Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIB Wednesday, February 23, 197J Maurice, Western Hope for Ireland H. id nnlv il, 11 jiLTim! "1 rululivc liiiut in Northern Ii-c'lunil prevails lui- a uri'ks. lliL'i-o may bi' smiic hope lhal Ihr plan .Mr. llcalh is s.iul In have in iniiul. cmiltl he (ho husis I'm1 of peaceful II s a Iniii; shot. cnnsider- 1111; lhal !hc opposition parly in Slor- innnl h.is imposed piTcoiuliliuns to disLiisMui! of seltlenienf. 11 insists that hefniT il will IIP a parly In such nc- eolialions v.'illi the llritish govern- ment. irlernmpnt wjllmul trial must conic i" an end. Mr. llcalh is said lo ho titivv In go this lar. bill he nnghl bo induced lo release sonic of Ilic dc'ainecs nn a selective basis, [he hard core mililanls imprisoned until a mutually accept- able basis for solution has been ac- ccpled be bolh sides. the broad piclure appears to be thai Mr. llcalh wants lirsi to induce leadms members of the Irish Cath- olic hierarchy to join in the- discus- sions with represenliilives of. bolh Mr. Hoath known Iliai 'here must be a linn busts Inr as- suring Catholic representation al Slonnonl and he proposes thul Ihere .should. be a fixed number of Catholic members in the Parliament o! Nor- ern Ireland. The idea of a Catholic deputv prime minister is also being considered, with the provision that Ibis arrangement would not preclude a Catholic from holding office as prime minister. (In this case Ihe dep- uty prime minister would be a Pro- testant.) There would be a fixed num- ber of Cabinet posts assigned to Cath- olics and Protestants and further pro- for more Calholics lo hold ad- ministrative posts. Lastly and finally, Mr. Heath may propose dial, on a one man, one vole basis. Ihere should be periodic referenda on the question of union will] the soulh. There is bound to he violent dissent over the details of these proposals as well as in the broad concept. But Ihere are signs dial Ihe northerners are beginning lo realixe thai there must be concessions by bolh sides or civil war. The Heath proposals, which are as yet conjecture, appear to be a reasonable compromise going fur towards eliminating past injust- ices. Much will depend on vhelher Ihe tempo of prevailing hoslilily can be wound down in time lo get discus- sions started. The alternative is ugly. Brotherhood Absence of public celebrations of brotherhood in this special week does not mean that there cannol be new commitments made to this ideal in private anymore than that expres- sions of goodwill cannot be extended beyond the week Ihroughoul the year. The purpose Brotherhood Week is not to go on some sort of emotional lunge for a few days but lo com- mence or continue a sensible liletime journey of right relationships. There is nothing easy about the practise of brotherhood. With Ihe best will in the world one can do and say things that are disruptive. Words and deeds are frequently nvpiinder- stood when viewed from differing backgrounds. A willingness to seek an understanding of oiliers is desir- able; some purging of acquired pre- judice may be required; commitment lo justice is essential. The utter inescapabilily of Ihe need of establishing justice is being pressed al many points on the world scene. Women want to be persons in their own right; people with dark skins want an end of v.hite superiority; religious minorities want to break out of the ghedoes to which they have been consigned; the dispos- sessed want their share of the world's goods; the young want a piece of the action. The elimination of privilege and the ensbrinement of equality are the complementary pursuits implicit in a commilmenl lo brotherhood. What may have seemed to some in die past (o be an innocuous tempor- ary indulgence in sentimentality is now appearing as a serious perma- nent imperative for society. Man ig- nores Ihe call lo pursue brotherhood at bis peril. He cannot leave it for those who have a feel for that sort of thing or expect to have it taken care of in one week of a year. ANDY RUSSELL The comfort of a knife rrKERE is a triangular bit of hand chip- ped stone mounted on the faro of the mantle shelf above our fireplace. It is an ancient knife primarily designed to grasped bWAvcen ihe thumb and forefinger or lashed in Ihe cleft of a split slick with rawhide to make a tool for skinning. It coiild be eight or 10 thousand years old and is an artifact left behind by the an- cient people populating this land a long time ago here at the foot of the shining mountains. For many thousands of years man has been fashioning knives of one kind or an- other; some for weapons, others for tools as well as cooking and eating utensils. There are a myriad patterns and designs, some very simple, some complicated, spe- cialized, and ingenious like t.he. common multi-bladed folding pocket kmfe. Over a large stretch of history knives were used largely for weapons. Combat knives are still used by military forces. Some of the belt knives used by and collected by mod- ern hunters arc the most expensive, being forged from special steel by hand, very carefully ground and hafled wilh exotic uocd. Wharever the use. there arc few things a man can own giving more real personal satisfaction than a razor- sharp, well designed knife whatever the purpose. There have been fen limes since I was a boy that a ge.id knife has been very far out of reach of my hsnd. Many have been ordinary- pocket knives of one sort or another, while others have been hunting blades beautifully made by ex-pert crafts- men Some I have made myself. A knife has been part of my living and at least once good reason for still alive. When seventeen I uas running a trap- line along the front of the mountains nnd my trail took me past an old abandoned heaver dam. Tt had been breached and the pond was an expanse of dry mud with a heaver house standing high and dry be- side a little slream running down n cliu-h in Uie middle, t'.vcry time I passed the place i looked at that big empty beaver house wondering what it was like inside. Then one fine November afternoon I took the time to examine il move closely and fomid the main tunnel was big enough for me to enter. So leaving my ritle and pack J squirmed up the tunnel for a look inside. It was dusty diyiy business, but I finally managed to put my head through the hole into file interior chamber. A bit of light was filtering down Ihrough cracks between the sticks at the apex of the root so I could see fairly well. There was a waJl to wall pad of sticks and dry mud flooring, with another hole leading lo the back en- trance in the middle. A big porcupine had pre-empted Ihe place and was peering in pop-eyed consternation at his risitor. lie apparently did not care much for com- pany, for he humped up and turned his lail to me. which was fine except thai his formidable, quill armed tail was uncom- fortably close lo my face. So I began lo back out, but had not gone very far before 1 was in trouble- stuck fast as a cork in the neck of a Ixtttle. Two sharp sticks, chewed off on a bias by the leeth of Ijeavers, each pointing in opposite directions, had hooked my heavy wool shirt right between my shoulder blades. II was impossible to move more than an inch or two in eilher direction. Somehow I managed in work a hand hack lo my hell and get my stout knife. Then .t began to dig for more room. The dirt, was hard and full of slicks and sand. There was no place In put Ihe dirt except up past my face into the tunnel above. It was slow, aukward, muscle-cramping, dirty business that went on for r.iorc than two hours. Rut finally f managed to get free. was dirty from Iwad to foot and my hands were sore and raw. Never was I so happy to be out in the open blessing my luck and a good knife, for there was no tracking snow and 1 was miles from help help that miglii mil have come be- fnre I in Hint luniiel. Good offer Hy Dong Walker LOT of people have told in e lhal featured in a filler. llx'.v can pick out Ihe edilorials Anyone can correctly idenlify l.he I Mule. I very much doubt, if Ihey can authors all Ihe edilorinis in that pc- im a consistent bans. can [rom future nidi- Anyone who ran send me. n 1M of Iho lion in (illiT editorials 1 urole from May imlil the end Tin: offer open lo ovrryone-incliidniR of Uic uionUi will have Lbc honor ol Ix'inu lil. iieth. Throne speech discloses few new programs QTTAWA: A speech from the throne is a com- mercial for a product yel lo ap- pear on the market. It is Ihe promise of lomorrow's car without confusing details and without a suggested list price. II is, of course, well known thai in industry list prices mean very lilllc while in gov- ernment Uief are invariably exceeded when the. product reaches the market. Many consumers are suspi- cious of model changes. Thus a speech, if il is to have favor- able impact, musl combine Ihe appeal of pace-selling innova- tions with an assurance Iliat call-backs will nol be neces- sary since Ihe new models will continue lo be characterized by the craftsmanship for which Ihe firm (as one may see from any paragraph) is justly renowneri. An election year lends a spe- cial glow to a throne speech, bringing oul ihe literary IKS! in ministers of the Crown. The speech of his Excellency last. Thursday is in the bcsl Cana- dian Iradilion, reassuring evi- dence Lhal al least one of our native arts continues lo flourish despite, all the corrosive in- fluenccs of modern limes. livery craft has ils own se- crets. The outsider can only on how a Lhrone speech is constructed what is included, what (if anything) left oul. I'Vom purely internal evidence, il would appear lhal Ihe work began wilh a ca- talogue of Ihe nation's worries, compiled probably by under- employed ministers of stale. One can only marvel al the skill uilh which each of these is Irealcd. sometimes a single mellow phrase. Bush-ess, according lo somo reports is unhappy, alienated, nagged by doubts about certain wcll-laiown ilcms of legislalion. There is Hie competition bill. Yei. hut during the coming weeks, the government will continue lo consult and "will place before Parliament a re- vised policy reflecting the in- formed and constructive com- menls received and assistance gained.'' What businessman feels lhal his conunenls are less than constructive and infovmeJ? The labor code'.' II loo will relied "Ihe many representa- tions received in months." An industrial strategy1.' Wo are lo have one "prepared for the peculiar character of the Canadian economy." Where is there a Canadian who doubts Us pceular character? T h e resource induslries, frightened al intervals by Erie Kierans'.' Why fret when the speech recognizes lhal ''a basic building block in Ihe growth of Canada's national wealth has been the performance of our resource and energy indus- tries." Wto can dispense with bcsie blocks? Unemployment? The govern- ment uill "redouble ef- forts." Inflation'.1 "It will al the same lime eonlinlie In exerl ils influence lo prevent the erosion of incomes Ihroug'i tile mainte- nance of rcasi.'iialjiy stable prices of the goods and scr- vices required by Canadians." Are tlie new models to be taken on trust? No, because Ihere is the old advice: ask the man who owns one. "Our suc- cess in increasing our real gross national product, in the creation of new jobs, and in the maintenance of price stability has licen achieved through a policy which encourages an economic environment within which business and all ele- ments of society are able to benefit." One of the brighter gems ol the speech is a paragraph of mndcst length which couples "The goal of a total income security program for all Cana- dians" with an expression of (he governments belief ''in the strong sense of sell-reliance of Canadians." There siicukl be enough room under this philo- sophical tent for the aspirations of all of us. Here and there we have a feu specifics. For example. Icg- islaiion will provide for three new nalional parks norlh of the with parallel. The Nahanni por- Letters to the editor A defence of British troops in Northern Ireland This is intended to be a re- filiation of Peter Hunt's Idler of February 5 enlillcd, Slanted reporting nn Irish affairs charged, f think that it would IK relevant for me first to point out Ihat the time-lag in the answer is due to the fact that I am now undergoing basic infantry training at the Combat Arms School in Oagelown, We are currently taking Ihq very basics of internal securi- ty, as this type of operation is known Although I cannot dis- prove any of Mr. Hunt's allc- Transfer ability settled The thorny question of dent transfer should have been laid to rest by Thn Lelhhridpo Herald long ago. but since it did decide to publish Mr. Km Runge's letter I would like to stale lhal even though Mr. Rlinge signed himself as presi- dent of Ilic students" lie rlid not speak for all sludenK. I will even venture lo say that his kind of thinking is held only by himself nnd a small coterie surrounding bun. There are many students here uho, like myself, absolutely refuse to ovnlualo their education nl university purely in economic terms, or even Iheir academic attain- ments in terms measurable by I h i s university's reputation gained simply by ils supposed .superiority of study over those of any ntlier mslilu- lion. I would lo even how Ihr professors and administration would view Ibis kind of cvalualion. As a former sludcnl, of Iho and a fourth year student of Iliii Univorsily' of Alberta is the University of Lelhhridge Ibis year as a visiting student, 1 would like, lo slate lhal Mr. simply nol not Ins I a c I s slraiRhl about credits. Since tbr, LCC and IJ nl b ail. ministrations have been ablo to settle the question nolbing furlher need be said on tho mailer. However, I hope The Lelh- brirtgo Herald in the future can resist publishing letters con- sisting mainly of puerile spec- ulation, and a'med simply at stirring up controversy, since in doing so il. damages no! only ils own image Imt. Hiosc ol two equally worthwhile inslil.ul.ions of soulbcrn Alberla. MILDRED COOK. Lctbbiidge. 'Crazy Capers' gallons thai Ihe actual govern- ing body is prejudiced, as in fad it probably is. st'cinq lhal il. is ProLeslanl-orJRnlcd and also obviously pro Brilish. Ualhcr my argument lies in de- fence of the troops and Ilio posting of blame. Not a few people will Ire interested, and no doubt sur- prised to learn that, under very fmv silu.nlions docs the army net without Ihe police. In fad, in normal conditions il only supplies manpower needed lo suppress rioting or lo condncl search opera I ions. In all cases Iliei'e is at lensl one noliccmnn in al.lond.nncc, in addition lo a hamster, a photographer nnd a documentor, so ;ill events arc complHcly nnd ac- curatrly recorder! from I ho military side. Every cfforl is made prior In opening Hrc lo disburse I ho demonstrators and only (hen fafler (wo very distinct warn- ings) arc Ihe soldiers per- millcd lo open fire. Under nor mal conditions, if a riot can ho lenncd normal, only one round is fired. ;L( an ayiiwenl ring- lender or rabble-rouser. As (o searching operations, there arc specific: drdl.s Ihiil, arc pradiscfl, along uith riot t-onl.ro) and combat, drills nn the parade square; Ihcsr drills arc common In Canada and Ilrilain lo a greater or lessor degree1, and wore carried mil in Montreal during Ihe crisis there. Finally, although every cfforl is made lo I ho in- dividiuil solrlitT frmn firing in- .lisci iminalely 1 >hwild Ihink Ihat [n be exposed lo rondilimv; as they exist in Norlhrrn Ire- land today uoiijd hiivo much effect on Ihe nerves of the Bri- tish soldiers operating in (hat area. So if one soldier did become unnerved others would possibly fire also. So we must remember thai. soldiers are human, too, and subject to err. Further, if tar and feathering are not atroci- ties what is? We must lay blame where il. is due, nol as is often [he case, on the author- ities or their representatives. (Pie) G.N. KKMP Giigelown, N.B. The south-west Yukon? We do not know. Ministers who arc too specific sacrifice the advantages of supscnsc. There is Heritage Canada, al- ready forecast by Gerard Pelle- ticr. There is a pledge Ihat, wilhin five years, on per cent of Canadians will enjoy or en- dure Ihe CBC coverage for which they already pay. There are Lo be larger loans for stu- dents. Payments under Hie Iwo- pricc syslem will be related to grain acreage and not actual wheat production, a necessary arrangement "if we are lo avoid ftilure live programs." And so on. The speech says very little about fulurc economic and trade prospecls, although Ihere is an that negotia- tion; wilh Ihe United Slates uill continue. H is coy about foreign investment (the pre- ferred phrase is "control of our economic but we d'o learn lhal there is lo be leg- islation, in addilior. lo a policy paper. This slrcnglhens the impression some soil o[ screening agency is in pros- pect. Whal Ihe government sees on the economic horizon mil prcM'mahly lie much clearer when a budget speech is pre- sented, If Parliament lasts so One of the troubles with prose of this order is that a writer once launched may eas- ily be carried away. On the subject of full participation (an- olher goal of all right-minded citizens i. his excellency was re- quired lo say ''We cannot in- support for our laws and support from our institutions (rom persons to whom they are irrelevant or ineffective. If this means whal il appears lo mean (and wilh throne speeches one can never be an obvious objection is that we have been doijig it for the last hundred years. For example, in October 1970. We have never had a perfect society. Neither the present Li- Ixjral government, nor any oth- er assembly of talent is at all likely to present us wilh such a society within the foreseeable fiilure. Nor is Ihere any danger that any other government in any other country will ac- complish such a miracle. 11 follows, accordingly, that our inslilulions regardless of the identity of our will continue to appear "irrelevant or ineffective" to various per- sons. What is the government say- ing'.1 If you feel isolated, if you deem yourself less than a full partiripa.nl. if your needs havs not been fully met by the slep" of tax reform, you need nol respect the laws. Tliis is ridiculous. No govern- ment could say any such Uiing. Hul il is a mistake to expect pcrfedinn even in a speech from the throne. To err is hu- man. Krw works of ail are be- yond criticism. II is best to view Ihis one as a whole, with- worrying loo much ahoul Ihis or lluil paragraph where Ilic oil has been conlaminalcd willi ordinary, plain bilgewater. Viewing il. in this way, one farl .seems clear. The speech brilliantly conceals those pur- poses of Ihe prime minister which most fascinate members of Parliament. It forecloses no options? An April election? A May election: A June elec- tion: An October election? The "universality of Canada's atti- tude lo the world11 should be equally serviceable in any month one cares to conlcm- plalc. Our insighl of Thursday exact ly equals our insight o( Wednesday. In Ihis important respect, no- thing has been added and no- Ihing subtracted from not yen1 much. This, presumably, is what Mr. Trudeau inlended and he can scarcely be faulted on Ihe performance. (Herald Ottawa Tiiireau) Looking backward THROUGH THE HKfULl) Prof. Roylc from Ilic University of Alberta deliver- od a lecture on at Hio Central School Audilo riimi. Speaking for himself, he .said ho would rather rely on irrifinliOTi than on natural rain- fall for his moisture, wore he a farmer in this area. Ldhbridjjc's contri- bution lo the "Army of I he Un- L'liiploycd" which will march upon ICdmonlon, have secured ;in old car. and have lakcn up a nilUM'lion to huy psoline and d'-fraj oilier expenses of (he (rip in 12 Friday Iho S'l-KiK ,in dis- led by Mrs. T 8. hanicr nu ho various aspocl.s of mar- ri.'iqo. and how lo make il a suc- cess. Amies Hiivnxl of Vancouver, wilh 12 years of ex- perience playinp for ice carni- vals will Ix1 scaled behind Hie elcdric when local skalcrs perform on Friday and Salmdas. Tlie Letlibtidcje Herald 7lh St. U'llibridse, Alhn-la LETIIBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Propriolors and Publishers Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Srcwirt r. inss Mnll Rpfjislmllon No omj twrnlier or Tf-n Can.itlMn Prrss and Ihr- C.in.idinn Oiily Newspaper Publishers' Asstici.ilion ,inr1 the Audi! nl rirculfilions CLEO W MOWTRS, fM'Vr T1IOWAS H. ADAMS, ficnir.i) nnri PH.i inr, (.vu i IIAV ROr- I- A1', r WAl'urn "THL- HERALD SLRVIS THfc SOUTH"