Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 UTHUWCI HHMD MwMUy, Mruary I, iwt IIM I OKI VIS Bruce Hutchison What do the children say? One of the tragedies of an in- creasingly urbani2ed civilization is the strangling of childhood, the stif- ling of its spontaneity. So many of the childhood delights of those now plus-40, particularly if they were for- tunate enough to grow up in a rural situation, are forbidden to today's children. They are proscribed by prohbitions wherever they turn, mostly for the convenience of the impatient and intolerant adults who make the rules. Now City Council is on the verge of making the sale, possession and use of firecrackers illegal, even with adults involved. It will be difficult for most sympathetic parents even to buy them outside the city and use them outside the city. This is quite unnecessary. The childhood it affects may be more antiseptic but certainly duller. It is not fair to the children. Fireworks are sometimes abused, but so are all the other exciting things of life. Total prohibition is not the answer. Technical training That the Lethbridge Community College should be hampered in its attempts to provide technical train- ing seems like the height of folly. What could be more desirable, in an increas i n g 1 y technological society, than opportunity to acquire compe- tence in some technical field? Good as the two provincial insti- tutes of technology are, they do not fully meet the needs of those who could benefit from trailing. They simply are not able to accommodate all those who would like to enrol. It would seem logical, therefore, that the community colleges should be recognized places for parallel or preparatory or supplemental train- ing. Now that it finally seams to be dawning on people that a costly uni- versity education is not necessarily desirable for everyone, the role of the institution providing technical training should be receiving greater attention. The needs of individuals and the financial resources of gov- ernment seem to point to the com- munity colleges as something to which every encouragement should be given. Dr. C. D. Stewart, president of Lethbridge Community College, de- serves support in his struggle with the apprenticeship board. It is to be hoped that he can get a meeting with the ministers of education and labor and find a way around the present impasse. Goodbye Mr. AA. Hundredo of thousands of men and grateful for the serenity that is the result of their sobriety, will gather on February 14 to pay respect to the memory of Bill W. He was one of the co-founders of Alcoholics An- onymous who died recently. The twelve step program of Al- coholics Anonymous has been re- markably successful in redeeming people from the hell of alcoholism. Few places of any size today are without at least one chapter of this association devoted to the achieve- ment of sobriety. And it all began in 1935 when two men decided to share with one another a hope of recovery through faith. Dr. Robert Holbrook Smith, one of the original two, died in 1950 after 15 years of sobriety. Now the other man, William Griffith Wilson, is dead. They live on in the fellowship which they founded. While the members of Alcoholics Anonymous have a special reason for paying tribute to Bill W. there will be many non alcoholics who will not be far behind in their feelings of gratitude to him. Each alcoholic in- flicts his (or her) hell on several oth- er people, especially the members of the immediate family. These people also experience a deliverance when sobriety is achieved by the alcoholic. They will want to pay tribute, too. What have they got to lose? The announcement that reciprocal arrangements are to be made be- tween Canada and Peking in regard to diplomatic travel is exciting. Re- straints will continue on both sides but the Canadian government un- doubtedly hopes that the Chinese will allow our diplomats to travel further than most diplomats have previous- ly been allowed to go, which is not very far beyond the great metropoli- tan centres. If there is less constraint on diplo- matic travel, the expectation is that there will also be less on journalistic travel. Peking has always been dis- trustful of Western correspondents, and of representatives of Western governments. The correspondents of the Globe and Mail in Peking, have been frustrated by their inability to go very much beyond the Chinese capital, and by the restrictions placed upon them in gathering and interpret- ing the news. When the agreement is reached be- tween Canada and Peking, there ought to be some provision for diplo- mats and journalists, to go further, to see more, and to report with great- er freedom on what they find. What have the Chinese got to lose and, for that matter what have we? Buchwald WASHINGTON Science is now fid- dling with animal sperm banks. It is already possible through deep freeze methods to save the reproductive ingredi- ents of a great bull for several years, and then, by artificial insemination, to produce a calf whose father may have long gone on to that great cow pasture to the sky. Lucy Kavaler to the New York Times has suggested that if there are now banks for animals, we should start thinking to terms of human beings. She suggests that the re- productive cells of great men could be frozen and banked for future generations. Miss Kavaler foresees a time, to the not too distant future, when a man and wife would be able to go down to their local test tube bank and select the child of their dreams. So do we. It is the year 2001 and a couple walks into the First National Test Tube Bank of New York. They are ushered into an icebox where the vice president, bundled up in a sheepskin coat, asks them to state their business. The wife says, "I would like either anoth- er Artur Rubinstein or a Jasha Heifetz." says the husband, "he should be able to throw a football like Joe Namath." The vice president says, "We're all out of Artur Rubinsteins, Jasha Heifitzes and Joe Namaths. The last of them went in 1996. Could I interest you in a Norman Mailer or an Erich The husband says, "If you don't have a Joe Namath, what about a good line- Tile wife soys, "I want rr.y son to be a professional man. Maybe a doctor. You dor.'t have a Jonas Ralk sample around, do "Xo, I'm the vice president re- plies. "The L'jst genes of .lonas Salk in 19B7.1' "I tell you says the husband, "if Trade is major Commonwealth concern THE moment, the Com- monwealth has postponed, without solving, the South Afri- can arms crisis. But Canadians bewildered by the debate of Singapore, will be quite mistak- en if they suppose that this is- sue is the only, or the most im- portant, difficulty ahead. Much greater strains will ap- pear in the Commonwealth later on if and when Britain enters the Common Market and becomes organically a Europe- an state. For here we shall wit- ness not some dispute of day- to-day tactics but a total, incal- culable change in Britain's his- tory and, therefore, in the his- tory of its overseas friends, in- cluding Canada. King John (as Macaulay ob- serves in his famous chronicle) served Britain well by losing nearly all its real estate in Europe. An island in the North Sea, forced to stand alone, cre- ated its unique civilization and, you have a good golfer like Arnold Palmer, we'll take it." "Not so the wife says. "Golfers are a dime a dozen. I would like perhaps a little artistic genius. Maybe a Pablo Pi- casso or a Chagall." "Wait a the husband says. "The Marions got a Picasso 20 years ago, but instead of him painting pictures, be be- came a Communist and got married three times." says the vice president, "there is no guarantee that your offspring will not inherit all the characteristics of the person you choose." "Don't I know the wife says. "The Kaisers had a Dr. Edward Teller offspring and he married a daughter who came from a Gen. Patton strain, and now all they want to do is make war instead of love." The vice president studies a list. "Would you consider a politician for a son? We're having a sale on John Lindsay." "Not on your the husband says. "Anyone who wants his son to be mayor of New York has to be crazy." "I wouldn't be adverse to an Onassis- type the wife says. "At least we wouldn't have to worry about security in our old age." The vice president says, "We've been sold out of Onassis for 20 years. Why do you think there's such a glut in oil tankers these The husband says, "Maybe n-e should try for a basketball player." The wife says angrily, "I'm not going to produce a 7-foot giant just so you can go to Madison Scjuare Garden three nights a week." The vice president says, "You people are going to have to make up your minds." The wife says, "All right, give us a Ralph Nader. He may not get rich, but at least he'll always tell us the truth." (Toronto Telegram News Service) after some six centafcs, ruled a large portion of the world. Now Prime Minister Heath is reversing the process and bridg- ing the Channel. The potential economic re- sults of this grand reversal, as- suming that it succeeds, clear enough, and Prime Min- ister Trudeau noted them, with obvious alarm, at Singapore. Unless Britain can somehow maintain its special trading re- lations with Commonwealth members tike Canada, he said, its marriage to the Common Market will be disastrous to them. Yet surely these economic re- sults will be less wrenching than the political, strategic and purely human results. To un- derstand them a Canadian can usefully read C. L. Sulzberg- er's shattering new book, The Last of the Giants. Among other secret conversations with European giants, he reveals the views of Georges Pompidou, as stated on Feb. 1, 1963. At that time Mr. Pompidou was only the mayor of Charles de Gaulle's strange palace, and the French president had barred Britain, apparently for- ever, from the Common Mar- ket. Today, we should remem- ber, Mr. Pompidou is president of France and hence his inten- tions toward Britain are vital in the affairs of the Common- wealth. Asked by Mr. Sulzberger how he envisaged the role of Britain in a newly emerging Europe, Mr. Pompidou replied. "The role of Britain is evident. In the end Britain must be to. It is inevitable. The normal role for Britain is to be part of Europe because it is so closely linked by history and geogra- phy. But this will mean, un- doubtedly, a great historical change for Britain. "After all, the British are used to their links with the Commonwealth and the United States. Also it has been the British doctrine for so long to prevent any European unity. This was the traditional British policy until 1940. But there has been a profound change in everything and it is perfectly clear that ultimately Britain will be part of Europe." A part of Europe what does that mean for Britain and the Commonwealth? No one knows- the full answer, of course, but we can see what the French president means and, in part at least, what the British prime minister must ac- cept. He must accept much more than the common Euro- pean tariff and drastic changes in the existing Commonwealth tariff preferences, which Mr. Trudeau fears. As anyone who has travelled It knows, the European Com- mon Market is 'not merely a business deal. It fa the first stage in a new political organ- ism of vast possibilities, for good or bad. To join it, Britain must undertake both a reorgan- ization of its economy and a reorientation of its vital inter- ests, its entire status ia the world. Oversimplifying a hideously complex problem, we can fore- see that Britain, as a member o.' the European family, will be very different from Britain as the core of a worldwide Com- monwealth. How, then, can it live ill two communities when the interests of both collide, as they must from time to time? Beside that daunting and un- precedented question the South African dispute, however grave, is only a detail. Gallic logicians like President Pompidou might answer that Britain must make a clean break, abandon the Common- wealth, commit itself totally to Europe or else remain isolated and poor across the Channel. But logic has never counted for much in British affairs and is denied every day in the illogi- cal affairs of the Common- wealth, as we saw recently at Singapore. Given the Commonwealth's Illogical pragmatism and Eur- ope's eagerness for marriage with Britain, it may be possible to square this stubborn circle, though one doubts that Mr. Heath or the European states- man yet know how. There is no doubt, anyway, that the Com- monwealth, if it is to five at all, must learn to live to an entirely new situation, once Britain has reversed King John's retreat from the conti- nent. Unquestionably Mr. Trudeau foresaw these possibilities while he grappled with the immedi- ate problem of South Africa and found himself, against his will, cast to the historic Canadian role of honest broker. He seems to have fulfilled the role bril- liantly, but this, as he must know, is only the beginning, the overture to the main act What concerns him is the end. Above all, what concerns Canadians is the worst of tha possible worlds to which Can- ada could be squeezed between two gigantic trade blocs, Ameri- can and worse, between two quarrelsome po- litical blocs. To prevent such a calamity Canadian brokerage will have to be not only honest but exceedingly skilful! For a whole generation, with- out realising it, Canada has been fortune's darling to an un- fortunate world, underwritten by huge American and British markets, defended, almost for free, by American power. Sing- apore, and larger events be- yond Singapore, should tell us that things may be far less com- fortable, and cheap, from DOW on. (Herald Special Service) Suzanne Cronje It could be tough for Uganda's coup leader new military master of Uganda, 45 year old Ma- jor General Idi Amin, has some serious disadvantages to overcome if he is to keep on top after the overthrow of Pres- ident Apolo Milton Obote. In Uganda's tribal complex he will need the support of the Baganda, though he is not one himKlf, and the Baganda have strong reasons for being anti- Army. They are the biggest ethnic group in the country- more than one million in a pop- ulation of eight million and are of Bantu stock. Amin is a Muslim from the Nilotic north. So, too, are many officers in the Ugandan armed forces as was the better part of the Obote Government, including the President himself. When the Europeans first came to Africa they found the impressive and well organ- ized Kingdom of Buganda ruled by a monarch whom the peo- ple called the Kabaka. The Bri- tish, who put Uganda under their protection in the last 10 years of the last century, allow- ed him to maintain his tradi- tional authority under the sys- tem of colonial administration which also characterized north- Letter to the editor ern Nigeria indirect rule. The last Kabaka was exiled by the British from 1953 to 1954, partly for refusing to co- operate in democratic reform. He was allowed back and form- ed an uneasy coalition with Obote's political party., the Ug- anda People's Congress (UPC) and when Uganda got its inde- pendence from Britain in 1962 the Kabaka became sovereign Uganda's first president. But the alliance between him and Obote was clearly half- hearted. In 1966 Obote discov- erd plans for a coup, and the Kabaka Sir Edward Freder- ick Mutesa II had to flee the country. He died to mys- terious circumstances and in poverty to London just over a year ago at the age of 45. But the departure of "King Freddie" as he was known to Britons did not settle the dis- pute between the Baganda and other tribes. During the vio- 1 e n c e that accompanied his flight (he had to jump through one of his palace windows to escape) the army took strong action against Baganda nation- alists. The tribal animosity be- tween the northern Nilots and the Bantu, however, Please print program Often when a musician comes to perform in a good write-up appears in the paper. But sometimrs only an ail appears to announce a per- formance without Hie usual wrile-up. Almost never i.s the program for the evening published. The music loving public is sup- posed to go to thn concerts whether it is "Stravinski or Brahms." How many people would go lo a movie not know- ing what the feature is? I real- ize that sometimes the sponsor- ing organuation such as the Al- lied Arts Council or the Uni- versity of Lethbridge cannot get the information immediate- ly before the production be- cause of last minute program changes etc. I think that a greater effort should be made when booking the musician or group to have them commit themselves to the program so that the information can appear at a suitable time before the concert. R. P. KUIPBRS D.C. Lethbridge, and the fact that there was ac- cord between army and the pol- iticians to power gave Obote what turned out to be a false sense of security. About a month after King Freddie died leaving an heir, Prince Ronald Mutebi, a boy of 15 at school to was wounded by a gunman as he left the annual meeting of his Uganda People's Congress. A state of emergency was de- clared and the Army, under Amin, moved in to restore or- der. Amin was regarded as one of Obote's most loyal support- ers, but to October last year he was reported to be under house arrest. This was on the eve of the country's eighth indepen- dence anniversary and shortly afterwards the UPC approved Obote's prop o s a 1 s for direct presidential elections. It was his third attempt to get this measure adopted: it was op- posed even within his own par- ty. The Baganda regarded it as a charter for dictatorship. This was only a month ago, but at the same time informa- tion from the report of the Ugandan auditor general was leaked, and disclosed "finan- cial ineptitude" amounting to corruption. Despite nationalization of banks and other enterprises, private businessmen re- lieved at the flexibility shown by the Obote government. Anita has nothing like Obote's experience, and indeed on more than one occasion whilst he was supposedly supporting Obote his forays into the political arena TCre notably inept. For example, when Obote tried to be neutral in the Arab- Israeli conflict, Amin express- ed spontaneous admiration for the Israeli prowess in the Middle East action. The fact that Anita got his paratroop wings during military training to Israel may have had some- thing to do with this. As a Mus- lim, Amin felt drawn towards the Sudanese Mahdi sect which is to opposition to the present government to Khartoum. He sympathized with the southern Sudanese secessionists. The Obote government, how- ever, recently handed over to the Sudanese a German mer- cenary, Rolf Sterner, who had been fighting with the south- ern Sudanese and who was at that time staying with southern Sudanese sympathizers to Kam- pala. His extradition was a sign of the improvement to the Khartoum Kampala relation- ship and of the hardening of official Ugandan policy against the southern Sudanese rebels. This must have gone counter to Amto's Mahdi convictions. Another factor which could weaken Amta's hold is that the northern Nilots are divided be- tween the Acholi and Langi tribes. Their quarrels have left the army less than united. Re- ports of continued fighting to Uganda may well signify a struggle for power within the army. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 A fire destroyed two barns, a cow and a horse, two autos and worth of hides to the Duff addition at 908 8th Ave. and 8th St. The barns be- longed to M. Moscovitch and John P. Fowler. 1931 The Earl of Bess- borough is to be the new gov- ernor-general of Canada, ac- cording to an official announce- ment by Premier R. B. Ben- nett. 1941 Action looking to Hie eventual building of the St. Mary River dam for the best utilization of the waters of the St. Mary and Milk Rivers for irrigation extension is under- stood to be under consideration by the federal government. 1951 The US army served notice on striking railway men that they will be dismissed un- less they report for work by 4 p.m. EST February 10 or can prove they are physically un- able to work. 19B1 A modified first year course for students wish- tog to take their bachelor of science degree in agriculture win be available at the Leth- bridge Junior CoUege next fall. The Lethbridgc Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridfje, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 001! 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