Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 3, 1972 The peoples business The decision of the Lethbridge Community College board to close its meetings lo the press does not end the matter. It is not the last word. The reasoning of the board is that some of its business is essentially private and cannot be displayed to the public, and so more and more of this type of business has been dis- posed of in committee meetings which traditionally are closed to the press. Thus the open board meetings are used only to rubber stamp commit- tee decisions, and to discuss the re- maining 10 per cent or so of board business which can safely be exposed to the public. So why carry on the fiction that the board's business and the board's meetings are public, and waste a reporter's time by attending a rehearsed or rigged open meeting? Why not, instead, close the meetings in name as well as fact, and issue a press statement afterwards? Thus the board has reasoned, and thus the board has acted. Unfortunately for the board mem- bers, perhaps, life and their responsi- bility are not that simple. They are running a public institu- tion and spending a whale of a lot of public money. The public has a right to know how they do it, and the reasons for how they do it. Of course any such board does have a good deal of private (personal might be the better business to deal with. In any employer-em- ployee relationship some matters must be kept private even if the em- ployer is the taxpayer's agent. There is an erroneous impression that the press will report anything it hears, Enough is too much No one knows whether the fatal shooting and the bomb explosions which followed the cease fire in Ireland was a disciplinary action by IRA provisional against its hold-out terrorist group, or whether it can be ascribed to the defiance of the tough wing provisionals themselves. In spite of this incident and the acceleration of violence immediately prior lo the truce deadline, the peace has been maintained for a few days. That, in itself is reason for what can only be termed "very cautious optimism." The fear now is that the militant protestant majority counting on the battle weariness of the Calholics, will take advangage of the situation by violating the cease-fire. The Protest- ants are fearful that a settlement of their differences with the minority Catholics will mean a sell-out leading to union with the Catholic dominated South. There are fanatics on both sides of the religious political fence, and no one knows whether they can be controlled long enough for Mr. Whitelaw's peace forces to make any headway towards settlement. But each day the truce is main- tained is a step in the direction of peace. The relief from terrorism after years of violence and fear is trem- endous. As each hour passes, it means more reluctance lo return lo strife. But fantics being what they are, the peace is fragile. If it is not main- tained, the chances of civil war in Ireland will increase. Enough is not always too much for the Irish. Guns in the bedroom There may be some people in this area who own registered hand guns. There are others, no doubt, who have unauthorized firearms in their homes. They keep them because they are under the illusion that they are good for self-defence. These pecpls would be well ad- vised to listen to U.S gun law ex- pert Franklin Zimring, wiio writes an article in the Nation, and says among other things, that "even though the great majority of hand- guns are kept for household self-de- fence, it is absolutely clear that the handgun in your house is more likely to kill you or a member of your fam- ily than to save your life. In De- troit more people died in one year from handgun accidents alone than were killed by invading robbers and burglars in four and a half years." The notion that the best way to deal with the burglar who is bent on stealing the family jewels, or the would be rapist who might attempt to force his way into the bedrom, is by keeping a pistol handy is a fig- ment of the imagination. There are less lethal weapons around which would serve the purpose far more effectively. "TJESPITE the icepack applied to a throb- bing temple and the doctor's order for absolute silence in my room, I am recov- ering slowly from the shock of learning that today's (op pop (une is played by a bagpipe. When first informed of this morbid con- dition of the D.J. I expressed honest in- credulity. "Och, aye, you're pullin' my I said to my wife. "It's bad enough that raindrops are fallin' on my head, wilhout being enveloped in a miasma of Scotch mist rising from the tarlan bladder." I was quickly laughl Ihe price of impiely. Each lime Ihe radio lapses inlo Ihe Ccllic braying, my family freezes into altitudes of devolion lhal would be a credit to Jolm Knox. "What is I asked the dearly beloved, "a dirge wrillen lo commemorate the gar- bage My levity was born of panic. The Nicol clan (Argylc) is as loyal to Ihe heather and usquebaugh as most oilier kill-bearing ani- mnls. but when the bagpipe lums up cap- ping Ihe Top Ten we have reason for grave concern for Ihe other nine. As every schoolboy knows, the bagpipe Is defined as an III wind that nobody blows good. It was invented by a Scolsman as a crude mclhod of diverting allcntion from a brcalh problem. It is hard lo say whether Ihe octopus In- spires horror because il looks like an un- dcrwalcr bagpipe, or the bngplpe Is dread- ful because it resembles a squid paralyzed in ils extremities. What is sure is that the main purpose of the bagpipe has been nol musical but mar- tial, a military device used to demoralize the English at Bannockburn and other sog- gy engagements. The bagpipe helped to es- lablish the reputation of the Highland regi- ments as "ladies from Hell" by reproduc- ing the wails of tbe damned. What is the significance of the transition of this lerror weapon from the armory to the juke box? I am no authority on the pop trends, but as a casual listener to Ihe background music provided by Ihe four radios in our house, I have Ihe impression lhat today's sound leans to lament. And the bagpipe is the most lamentable insliumcnl on earlh. It loday's is a losl gcneralion, in love with death, it lins found the perfect musi- cal accompanimcnl. Compared lo the bag- pipe, the pipe organ is almost frivolous. The syncopated haggis is Music to Cease IJy. It makes departure from Ihis world some- thing of a treat. Some years ago another lost generation look to a tune called Bloody Sunday lhat wa.s so morose il caused a wave of suicides all over Europe, f don'l know whether the piece was orcheslraled for bagpipe and window ledge, but Ihe episode illustrates Ihe noxious effect of Ihls kind of emission. Old King C'ole was a merry old soul who called for his pipers three. Over his dead body. Joseph Krafl Peace in Vietnam still considered remote no matter how private or personal. That is not so. The press is circum- scribed by the law, by good taste and by judgment and propriety in what it may report. Most or all of the business which should not be report- ed would not be reported. However, excluding the press from discussion of that type of business is not the problem. The problem is that most public representatives find it more comfortable to function insul- ated and protected from public scru- tiny. So if they have some vehicle, such as committees, to handle in secret the business they want to con- duct in secret, they conveniently di- vert more and more business to those committees, leaving, in the case of LCC and by its own admis- sion, only 10 per cent for the public meetings. So the decision to disband the pub- lic meetings and discuss everything in private at least has the merit of being honest and above-board. But it is not a responsible decision. It does nothing for the people, who want to know not only what the board might choose to release in a care- fully-prepared press statement after the meeting, but also how the board arrived at its decisions, what con- siderations affected its decisions. The LCC board is doing the people's business, and that it seems to have forgotten. And other boards equally responsi- ple to the people seem also to have forgotten it. In the long run the people seem to prevail. That is why the last word on the subject has not yet been sooken. WASHINGTON In a truly extraordinary feat of dip- lomacy, President Nixon lias brought lo bear on behalf of peace in Vietnam the joint ef- forts of Russia, China and [liis country. Hanoi has been ob. viously impressed, and there is now underway there a recon- sideration ol policy in a leader- ship situation made fluid by Ihe apparent illness of Premier Pham Van Dong. But while a settlement is still a possibility, the issue is not solely or even mainly up to Ha- noi. The United States mil miss the brass ring again unless Washington comes off the heady euphoria engendered by the latest military develop- ments. Behind t h e recent burst of diplomatic activity there is the offer made in the president's speech of May 8. That offer called on the oilier side to ac- cept an internationally super- vised cease-fire, and to release American prisoners of war. In return, this country would agree lo a "complete with- drawal of all American forces within four months." That with- d i1 a w a 1 seemed lo include a permanent cessation of all air and naval activilies by Ameri- can forces. At the time, the other side was moving forward in Ihe full flush of their spring offensive. In a one-on-one situation with the Americans out, it seemed certain that the Communists could crush the Saigon regime. The offer seemed to many of us what I called a 'fig-leaf lor defeat." Not surprisingly the North Vietnamese were visibly in- trigued. I myself was queslon- cd intensively about tbe "fig- 1 e a t for defeat'' conceal early in June by the chief negotiator in Paris, Le Dec Tho. During the president's visit to Moscow at the ener of May, ine Russians also posed intensive questions about both the politi- cal and military features of the offer. On the basis of the Am- erican answer, Hie Soviets agreed to send President Nik- olai Podgorny to Hanoi. Pre- sumably, Mr. Podgorny's mis- sion was to persuade the North Vietnamese to take the offer se- riously. The May 0 offer was also the cenlrepiecD of the recent visit to China by the President's chief foreign policy adviser, Henry Kissinger. The Chinese showed some obvious suspicion of the May 0 proposals, particu- larly sbo'.il. the implications for a continuing American military presence. But the Chinese ex pressed no support for tho no- tion, dear to Hanoi, tliat there had to be a major change of government in South Vietnam as a p r i c e for peace. So it seems likely Dial the Chinese will now join the Russians in urging the North Vietnamese to reconsider their position hi the light of the May 8 offer. The French Dis-connection In lact, il is evident (hot such a reconsideration is in the works. Xuan Thuy, the am- bassador who normally heads Hanoi's delegation to the Paris talks, has said a reassessment was under way. The return from Paris to Hanoi of Le Due TIlO, (VllO iluu ueell SCiicuU'icu w} visit Bulgaria, confirms that Fl'iLemcnl. In view of the Mos- cow summit, the Kissinger visit to China, and the latest'Ameri- can military actions, it would be surprising if a big skull ses- sion was not going on in Ha- noi. The outcome of the rethink- ing remains very much in doubt. One special reason is un- certainty about Pham Van Dong, the prime minister and close associate of Ho Chi Minh, who was conspicuously absent from the recent iiilks with Rus- sian President Podgorny. The belief in Washington is that Pham Van Dong is critically ill, and that a general leader- ship realignment may he under way. But one point is very clear. The recent expressipns of inter- est by Moscow, Peking and Ha- noi all resl on the assumption thai Washington is seeking a of Ihc war a veil to cover a less than brilliant exit. There is no sign in Mos- cow, or Peking, or Hanoi thai the Communists are giving up. Radio Hanoi, in particular, is full of defiant references to (he spirit of Ho Chi Minh and the need for fighling protracted warfare. In one typical com- the minister of transpor- tation, Pham Trong Tue, scored the latest American bombings as an indication that President Nixon was in a "defeated, pas- sive and declining position." What this means to me is that peace is mainly up lo Washing- ton. If Ihe Nixon adminislralion is finally prepared to accept the fact that it cannot win, if it is ready to make significant con- cessons to the other side, then a settlement is possible. But so far I see no signs beyond Ihe hints in the May 8 offer. On the contrary, peace now seems lo me unlikely be-1 cause the bombing and the mining and the gains on the ground have imbued Washing- ton once again with what one military man here called "the sweet smell of succes." (Field Enterprises, Inc.) David Hatvorlh China following EEC progress with keen interest B1 iRUSSELS Communist China is proving to be an unexpected friend of the Euro- pean Common Market. Officials in the European Commission still cannot quite believe Hie fulsome tributes paid by the Chinese to Ihe prospects of Ihe Community's enlargement next year when Britain, Ireland, Norway and Denmark join lly Six. The Chinese have been insis- tent In their view the only way forward for Weslern Europe is full integration between its na- tions and a strengthening the EEC as a political enlity. These, of course, are senti- ments the most ardent support- ers of the EEC wholly endnrao hardly expected Ihe Com- munist Chinese lo agree with them. When China was admitted to Letters to the editor Ihe Uniled Nations, Peking es- lablished an embassy in Brus- sels and lei il be known it was to be Ihe main centre for Chi- nese diplomatic and trade op- erations in Europe. like the Russians the Chinese withhold recognilion of the EEC and seem to care very liltle for Ihe Communily's eco- nomic activities, they see its political development as an en- lirely good thing. In conlrast to Moscow, which sees Britain's entry inlo the Common Market as a Trojan horse lor American economic China believes Ihe EEC's enlargement repre- sents a dual challenge to the so-called super powers of Rus- sia and Ihe Uniled States. The Chinese argue lhat Communitj enlargement is an effort to unite a European struggle against Uniled Stales ''hege- mony" and that this develop- ment coincides with the "head- long decline" of American pow- er in recent years. European integration, they say, is a response to the in- creasing tendency of Ihe U.S and Russia to make deals wilh each olher over their allies' heads and this will only lead lo further friclion belween Am- erica and her European allies. By supporting the EEC's po- litical ambitions the Chinese believe (hey have found a way of irritating both the Am- ericans and the Russians and it is evident that, judging from the way the Peking press has discussed the Common Market in recent months, this tempta- tion was too good lo miss. An article published in China whose contents have recently been made known here makes the following sympathetic Appreciates amenities of small toivn Having spent the last sixteen years belore retirement in the city of Vancouver, I had re- solved that when I did retire I would live nowhere in that area or in any part of any large cily. Wilh this in mind on my final vacation travels I came upon the town of Milk River, Alia, the existence of this commun- ity never having come to my attention before. With reliremcnl in mind I rc- visiiud Ihe lown and finding things much to my tasle, pur- chased a small property and fiiibseqifcntly a resi- dent. Allhough relying almost, com- plclely on govcrnmcnl pensions for income I am able lo enjoy the type of life I wish and have made many acquaintances with whom I am happy to associate. In most large cities, lone- liness is Ihe cross many people hear as in Ihe main they are nol anvioi.s to acquainted and arc concerned wilh Ihoir own affairs lo the exclusion of all olhcr things. I have found dial, in smaller commum'lies Ihe affairs of all inhabitants lire nf inlcrrsl lo everyone and lhat no person who wishes friendship mid shar- ing of common iulcrcsls is de- nied. I also found thai besides Ihe river being in close proximity wilh ils small lourist rest stop il is possible lo meet people from almost anywhere if one wishes. Tf you care lo hunl, hike or fish all these things are within easy range and as Ihe main highway runs from Montana through lo Lelhbridge and olhcr larger cities, it is easy lo rrarh Ihcm Ihe year around as (be highway is, of course, kepi open. These communities have vir- lually a zero crime rale and then only of Ihe mosl petty na- ture, so the danger of being mugged and having your purse snatched or olhcr such unpleas- ant occurenccs is non-cxislenl. few cid'es supply any more in Ibc way of convienicnces in- as much as we have clcclricily, water, "as, and garbage pick- up as well as the town having a hospilal ambulance service, a [ire d ep a rl in c nl, nolf course as well as olhcr cnlcr- tainmojil. Why live In Ihe cily? fl is (rue lhat a community .such as Milk River docs not have bus service nor mall de- livered lo your door It is nlso (run that Ihere is a daily deliv- ery of the Li'lhhridgc Herald which offers as much news of world happenings as any big I'ily paper but also keeps you informed of districl doings. Traffic in Ihese communities offers no threal even lo the mosl disabled person and due to the lack of traffic volume (he most inept driver who can hold a license finds no prob- lems in gelling wherever they wish lo go. Then loo wilh very rani exceplion local drivers are conscious of Iheir duly lo bolh (he pedeslrian and lo olher drivers. With all Ihese advantages itl hand al far less cosl it is be- yond my power lo find any ra- lional reason for any rclircd person to wish lo live in our cilies where overcrowding, dis- regard of Ihe individual, hip- pies, hi-rises and areas which are crime infested arc the or- der of Ibc day. G. D. LEE Milk River. noises: "II is clear from the his- tory of Ihe Common Market and from the British applica- tion for membership that the conflicts belween the imperial- istic countries have become more acute and, most particu- larly, the American hegemony in Weslern Europe is now weakened "If there are contra- dictions between Ihe Western European countries, they are nevertheless still trying to unite in order lo make a stand against U.S. imperialism and social imperialism." The Chinese also offer this view about the enlarged Com- munity, published in NEW CHINA: "The new situation in Western Europe will conslitute a grave obstacle for the Uni- led States and the Soviet Union in the pursuit of their policy of hegemony in Europe." Naturally enough, the Com- mon Market countries do not see things in mute such extrav- agant lerms. Nonetheless, Ihese and other comments have en- sured the Chinese of a sympa- thetic hearing If _ or when-- Peking suggests it might eslab- lisli diplomatic contact with Ihc Common Market. The Community believes Russia's apparent readiness to take a softer line with the EEC, evidenced by Brezhnev's speech earlier this year faying that Russia recognizes the "re- ality" of the Common Market, was a counter to the success the Chinese have had in get- ting closer lo the EEC llirough their representation in Brus- sels, Rome, Paris and The Hague. "It is not impossible Ihe Eu- ropean Commission will have an office in Peking wilhin Ihe nexl 10 a senior Euro- crat said this week. "The Chi- nese are intensely interested in developing trade relations with European countries. If Ihey feel they can gain from this and at the same time upset the Russians, their policy seems an entirely logical one." The Chinese Ambassador here is Ihe objecl of great cu- riosity in Brussels diploms'ic circles He is a conscientious attcnder of Embassy parties, distinctive in Jiis grey uniform and the nonchalant way he dis- poses of gin and tonic. As yel he speaks no Ercnch, and is ac- companied by an ir.lerpreler; he volunteers very liltlc. bul lislens with flattering concen- tration V anyone who a'ddress- es him. nVrillra for Tlie llcraW and The Observer in London) Looking backward Through Tlie Herald 1022 Lelhbridge is loday welcoming His Excellency Gov- cnor-Gencral Baron Byng of Vlmy, Lady Byng, and parly who arrived from Ihe coast on the vice-regal special train. 19.12 The Lions club will bold their first lag day on July in aid of their very worthy work for Ihe local blind and Hiose wilh failing eyesight. Sugar rationing came inlo effccl across Canada Mon- day. Many sugar ralion cards were presented lo local groc- ery stores Monday morning, Ihe first day for presentation of cards for Ihe purchase of sugar under Ihe Dominion order. 11132 A branch of CARE opened ils new agency in Lcth- hridge loday. II is lo he han- dled by Barrell-Forrcst Hard- ware, who will handle the dis- tribution of lilcralurc as well receive orders for CARE ser- vices. fif comment, Not. being the mosl tactful person of the human race, I will allow myself jusl one com- ment regarding Doug Walker's filler In the Lethbridge Herald dnlcd June 26, 1972. "TAKE A LONG VACATION Mil. (preferably (MRS.) EDITH HASZARD. Lelhbridge. The Lethbrukje Herald 5M 7th SI. S., Lelhbridge. Alberta UCTHIIUIDUE lIEIIALb TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published I.105 -1954, by lion. A. BUCHANAN Second Llass Mull Reglslrallon No. Ml: ol The Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dally Newspaper Publlsnsrs' Association and tne Audit Bureau ol Clrculalloni CI.ED W MOWERS, Ecllior and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS. General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM Mansolng Editor A'sodatf Bailor ROY f 1AILES OOUGIAS K. WALKEK Vlvtrtlslno. Manarjrir fcdltorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"