Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Sofordoy, February 5, 1972 Shaun Herron As Canadians look back over the air traffic controllers strike it will be difficult for them to escape the conclusion that it was all a costly charade. That does not mean that the strike was called as a macabre jest by the union or that the government went along with it for the fun of it. The strike came about as a result of a series of moves becoming all-too- famUiar to citizens of most industri- alized nations. In an opening move, typical of the collective bargaining process, the controllers made the absolutely ridi- culous request for a 60 per cent sal- ary increase over a 27-month period. Since such a bid could not possibly be taken seriously, the government made no response to it. Then when nothing had apparently been done in the way of serious negotiations and the strike was under way, the union made a fake dramatic announce- ment that it was cutting its demand in half to a 'mere' 30 per cent in- crease. Only after that did realistic bargaining figures appear. When the conciliation board's ma- jority figure of 15.5 per cent and the figure of 22 per cent recommended by the union representative on the board were made public it was ob- vious that a settlement would be made half way between. The negotia- tors first reached agreement to settle at 17 per cent but this was rejected by the union members. Then another agreement was reached to settle at 19.5 per cent but the government re- jected this. Final and binding arbitration was then agreed upon. When Dr. Noel Hall makes his report the figure is bound to be about half way between 17 and 19.5 which will be very close to what the public assumed it would be following the release of figures by the conciliation board early in the strike. A suspicion is strong that the final figure is probably close to what both the union and government had in mind all along. Surely there is a better way to cope with wage settlements than this drawn-out and costly procedure that has all the appearance of a charade. It would seem logical to skip the senseless feinting at the beginning and then if serious negotiations can- not bring agreement, bypass the strike and proceed directly to binding arbitration. The slight advantage that either side might lose in this way cannot possibly equal the losses suf- fered in a strike. Troop cuts One of the topics of discussion high on the agenda when President Nixon visits Moscow next May is bound to concern mutual troop cuts in Europe. NATO Secretary General Joseph Luns has been visiting Washington sounding o'j.r American opinion. The Soviets want to talk terms on a man to man basis; that means that to the Kremlin "mutual and bal- anced" means one American soldier withdrawn to the U.S. for each of his Warsaw pact counterparts returned to his native soil, whenever that might be. The reasons for NATO's objections to such an arrangement are obvious.. The Americans have the Atlantic ocean between them and Warsaw pact military forces could move up en masse with much greater rapidity, if circumstances should re- quire their return. The one man one vote principle does not operate fairly tinder such conditions. Mr. Luns didn't seem very hopeful that the Soviets are prepared to discuss mutual reduction of forces within the next few months, and he inferred that if there is no progress made, NATO would probably "with- draw its offers" for the time being. But it is a foregone conclusion that President Nixon will be well briefed on the subject by May. By that time, the speed of change in internation- al relationships being what it is now- adays, it may be a whole new ball game on the European front. Weekend Meditation The scientific law of growth, T IFE either goes up or down; it never stands still. This is true of the spiri- tual life as it is of the mental and physical life. The same laws apply to muscles, tal- ents, and morals. Use it or. lose it, Young people come from Europe proficient in their native language and after a few years cannot either understand or speak it. So it is easy to let the lovely things of the spirit wither and die without constant attention. As Chesterton said, if you wanted to keep white post white you have to keep paint- ing it white. "I have kept the said Paul and it was not easy to keep. The struggles of life, the temptations, the injustices, the weak- ness of the flesh, the immorality of the streets there are a thousand enemies of the soul to be encountered daily. And life must either go up or down, never standing still. In the stress and rush of life the sense of God fades, can become little more than, a pathetic memory or a vague dream, no longer a reality and liv- ing experience, the deepest and dearest of personal relations. John Stuart Mill wisely says, "Capacity for the nobler feelings is in most natures a very tender plant. Men lose their high aspirations because they have not time or opportunity for indulging them; and they addict themselves to in- ferior pleasures, not because they deliber- ately prefer them, but because they are either the only ones to which they have access, or the only ones which they are any longer capable of enjoying." This is one reason why the Bible warns over and over again to "watch." The soul must be constantly on guard. Schweitzer has an eloquent passage somewhere that says that life will strive to take from us the love for the true and the good and the beautiful but we need not let it. The letter to the Hebrews warns, "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip." William James said that he put his faith away hi a drawer one time and when he looked for it it wasn't there. He must have found it again because he was certainly a man of tremendous faith. A high spiritual life will not be achieved by an occasional devout wish. One doesn't drift into the kingdom of heaven or get there by an occasional mood. The spiritual heights can only be achieved by systematic discipline and nurture, through prayer, Bi- ble study, and acts of worship with the de- velopment of devout habits. Real faith must not be a mere sentiment or hap- hazard opinion but must be a dynamic conviction and enthusiastic persuasion. If someone says that he doesn't believt in God or eternal life, one suspects that he has failed to cultivate the kind of Me that would bring intimacy with God and com- munion of the Spirit. .The dying Paracelsus in Robert Browning's poem groans, "Love, hope, fear, faith these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character, And these I have lost, gone from me for- ever." One can see this happening in oneself or in the circle of one's friends. How easily a materialistic attitude, a comfort- able paganism, can creep into life until all the spiritual things are starved or smothered. No great height, no high vision or splendid insight came without infinite pains. Michaelangelo said, "If people knew how hard I work to get my mastery it would not seem so wonderful after all." Wilfred Funk the editor and publisher said, "I have never discovered a genius who spoke of talent Or even of inspiration. Only brutal work." There used to be a saying that if wishes were horses beggars would ride. Jesus once said a startling thing which Is difficult for many folk to understand, "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath." It is true in every part of life that the more you have of anything the more you get. Musical competence means increased competence. Neglect of practice means less competence. It is a simple and basic law of Me. A man grows or declines in every single sphere. Most people haven't the slightest idea of the person they could be. When the psalmist said "I am fear- fully and wonderfully he was stat- ing a thought known to every physiologist Most men do not live within sight of their potential and it is estimated that few of us use more than fifteen per cent of our potential. We must take time, we must make an effort. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried." It Is astonishing the number of people who never try. An epitaph on the grave of a mountaineer was, "He died climbing." Few of us will deserve that epitaph; We going down. If we don't fight up the stream the stream carries us down and we are lost, drowned in the sea. Some men blame fate for what happens to them. They think that life is a matter of chance or fate and that they have no real responsibility for the final event. This is not true. You decide your own destiny. Prayer: 0 God help me to realize that there are mighty powers which will assist me if I strive to climb. F, S. M. The ignorance of Irish street youth 'T'OM Earl of the CBC said an interesting thing in a radio report the other day. He was speaking from Northern Ireland about talking to the young people who take to the streets when there is violence afoot. He was especially impressed by their ignorance. He also said it was dangerous to walk in crowds unless you kept a smile that made it clear you were part of them and with them. But first, the ignorance. There are great imaginative advantages in ignorance. In fact, all the advantages are 'imaginative. The mind is un- trammeled by facts. The Irish have lived in this unclogged world from the beginning of for one brief spell with its Irish clerics and by choice. the landscape lends itself to the cultivation of a sense of isolation that makes reality an encumbrance. The rest of the world, and the things that affect it, are the world of unreality. There was a period and movement rightly called the Celtic Twilight. The everlasting reality is, however, a perpetual Irish Mist. But this is the full focus meaning of the ignorance Tom Earl may or may not under- stand. The particular ignorance to which he referred is created in school. The separate school system in Ulster is financed to the tune of 90 per cent by the maligned "Protestant" government. It is staffed largely by nuns and Christian Brothers many of whom are little better qualified than their pupils, but rich in Irish political legend. Mr. Earl didn't see any place for these youngsters in any society after these present, troubles are over. "They were not qualified for anything." They are the prod- uct of the sectarian school sys- tem their community wants and without which it will not do. The state theoretically has a measure of control over this school system; in fact it has none; it is a closed system. But Mr. Earl's defensive smile when he walks in crowds of these youngsters is not new to the Northern situation. Every Ulster boy who has walked through one of these districts in any part of Ulster, knows the meaning of one ques- tion: "Whada'ya think yer luck- in Being translated, that means: What do you think you are looking at? It didn't take the present crisis to create the tense hostility these people har- bor towards the unfamiliar, the questioning, or the merely passing-by. Anyone wishing to protest this reading of an as-, pect of the situation might ar- gue that this refers only to what we call "corner boys who hang about street cor- Letters to the editor Slanted reporting on Irish affairs charged Your editorial of February 1 entitled, Irish Madness, is com- pletely consistent with the slanted reporting and partial interpretation of Irish affairs you have indulged in for the past few years. The Irish situation cannot be understood in such simple- minded terms as those in which you see fit to present it. The other sources of news from Ul- ster make it quite clear that the British troops have not been directed with impartiality. On the contrary, they have of- ten acted against the Irish peo- ple and favored the Plantation- ists. You highlight tarring and feathering as atrocities but show little or nothing of the search missions, the rough treatment of civilians, the in- ternments by British forces. Public opinion abroad is iin- Morgan horses With the film "Justin Morgan Had A Horse" on TV's Wonder- ful World of Disney (Feb. 6th and 13th) generating interest and curiosity in this Morgan horse breed, maybe it would be of interest to know that there are some in the Claresholm area. In fact, one stallion here (Gay's Cinco de Mayo, owned by -Ed and Doris Garber) is closely related to one of the Morgans used in the film to despict the breed's founder, "Figure" changed to Justin Morgan after the singing schoolmaster Both the sire of the Clares- holm stallion and the paternal brother used in the Disney movie are elite horses in their own right, being both National Grand Champions, but in addi- tion they both come from an elite strain of Morgan horses carrying the highest percent- age of original Justin Morgan (horse) blood. So it is news to find one of such close relation- ship so close to the Lethbridge area. CARA MOSER. portant for Ireland, even in this small city. But honest and ac- curate reports are necessary in their own right. Your editorial crowns your efforts in slanted and biased journalism on- this issue. I hope that people who value truth and fairness here let you know their minds. One of the worst aspects is your failure to express, in your editorial, shock and compas- sion for the innocent victims of Sunday's episode. Here are a few facts and thoughts to supplement your recent reports on the events in British-occupied North-E astern Ireland. Fr. Denis Bradley, an eye- witness of the weekend killings in Deny, stated clearly and emphatically on a radio inter- view with the CBC that he, and other priests, saw absolute- ly no shooting at British troops or similar provocation before the paratroopers opened fire on the crowd. A Manchester Guar- dian journalist also went on record as saying that he ob- served the British open fire on the crowd. These troops were sent there and immediately opened fire, indiscriminately. Last year, the British troops were moving into the Catholic areas and searching for arms, putting the muscle on Irish civ- ilians. They did not interfere with the pro-Stormont Protes- tant groups. That, and subse- quent internment without trial, brought the violence to a head. It is clear that Mr. Faulk- Discrimination I am writing this note in con- nection with the ad run in The Herald which dealt with land set aside" for snowmobiles. I visited the site and was pleased to see that the city, seeing a need for land for the sport, had done something about it. But what is bothering me is if the city council can set aside land, which is a pub- lic park and actually put up signs declaring it closed to the public except for snowmobiles, then why is it so difficult for motorcycle users to have the city council set aside land for thi? new and fast growing re- creation? If you will notice the au even goes as far as to -ex- clude MRV vehicles which are built for this type of use too, but are not a snowmobile. Are these to be excluded just be- cause they don't have a manu- facturer's name on them? Snowmobiles to me are just an- other form of MRV use and yet city council seems to put them in a class by themselves. Leth- bridge is the only city which I know of that is doing this. CLAYTON McKEE. Lethbridge. ner's government, in collabor- ation with Mr. Heath's has adopted a "get tough" policy. Permit me to quote from a re- cent issue of Ulster Commen- tary, an offical handout of the Stormont government circulat- ing in Lethbridge. We read this from Mr. Faulkner: "You can no more deal with such deep- rooted terror without toughness and determination than you can excise a deep-seated tumor without cutting the flesh. It is not a pleasant business. Some- times innocent people will suf- fer." Innocent people have suffer- ed, only yesterday, and for cen- turies. And these people have suffered the grossest discrimi- nation and degradation in their own country since the Parti- tion. It will be interesting to see how British Intelligence will whitewash the latest inci- dent involving the military. They never learn. PETER HUNT. Lethbridge. ners. Precisely. The think yer luckin at7 attitude to life and passers-by is part of the product of the school sys- tem and these are the people Mr. Earl has to smile at when violence is in the streets. The perceptive part of his comment was in his view of the hopelessness of fu- ture. A large part of their com- plaint that there is job discri- mination that keeps them out of work is really due to the ig- norance Mr. Earl speaks of: They are not really fit for any- thing, he said. The public schools attended by the "Protestants" are very good schools with very high standards. Any Catholic is free to attend them. Many do. Then- educational standards are con- trolled by the state. When it becomes difficult to separate fact and fiction in this human tragedy, -the separate schools should be kept in mind. They contribute greatly to minds that find it quite easy to believe that in Ulster a Cath- olic cannot get a job, yet are not mystified when Miss Dev- lin and the IRA call for a protest strike and thousands of Catho- lics leave or do not go to then- places of work in the factories and offices of the province. Perhaps Catholic joblessness is as good an illustration as any of the problem created by pro- paganda in this conflict. There are Catholics unemployed. There are Protestants unemployed; un- employment is one of the-prov- inces major problems. But how do you call thousands of Catho- lics off their jobs if Catholics have no jobs? A few weeks ago two IRA men who escaped from Crum- Un Jail were exhibited at a press conference in Dublin. One of them showed the world's press how he had been burned all over his body by lighted cigarettes. But before this man was arrested and imprisoned his whole body had been cov- ered with boils and his medical records at the Mater Hospital in Belfast were made public by the doctors who attended him before and after his imprison- ment. The Mater is a Catholic hospital. The doctors had had enough. They showed the man's medical records to the Sunday Times. They said the "burns" displayed were not cigarette burns but dried-up boils. It will be quite impossible to get the youngsters Mr. Earl speaks of to believe these Cath- olic doctors. Their parents will not believe. The tragic fact is that there is no truth in the situation. There is such an ac- cumulation of untruth, of blind passion, of myth, of legend, and such rich and immovable igno- rance, that one despairs of it all. Mr. Earl said that if these people got what they demand, they would have no more place in the Ireland they want than in the Ireland they are now bent on destroying, and this is the terrible truth. The frightful fact is that peo- ple who truly are as ignorant as Mr. Earl has said, are now set on an irreconcilable course: to destroy a" state. When, they have done this, they say, they will then proceed to des- troy the state that has shel- tered them in their attempted destruction of the Northern state. They have made this per- fectly clear in public, state- ments. Yet Jack Lynch, the prime minister of the Southern state, has allowed them to shelter there, and has now announced that he will help them finan- cially. Is that Irish? Or is it that human stupidity and irratio- nality are as fathomless as the ignorance of Ulsters cornerboy patriots and gunmen? (Herald special service) Looking backward Book Review Early Indian leader THROUGH THE HERALD 1922 The National Council of Women in the past year has been responsible for domestic science and manual training in the schools, supervised play- grounds, as well as things per- taining to better laws for wo- men and children. 1931 The Coalhurst flour mill, operating in its second year, was completely burned last night. 1942 Egg producers in the Taber area are becoming in- creasingly discontented over the unsatisfactory price being re- ceived for some time. 1952 Winnie Ruth Judd made her fifth escape from the Arizona State Hospital for the Insane. "Joseph Brant: A Man for his People" by Helen Caister Robinson (Longman Canada Ltd., 175 fTHE dust jacket of this book states that it is a story aimed primarily at the early teen-age bracket, but this is a modest premise. With the In- dian question becoming more contentious today in both the United States and Canada, the of Mohawk Chief, Tbay; endanaga (Joseph Brant) indi- cates how concerned 18th cen- tury Indians were for their fu- ture. After receiving an educa- tion in the U.S., sponsored by a British officer, Brant served in various wars hi which the Brit- ish were involved. But he was sharply aware that the Indian was not receiving a fair shake and became a staunch leader in the affairs of his people. A book for all ages. MARGARET LUCKHURST, The Lethkidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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