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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THt IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, July 7, 1972 Colin Leguin Big show in Miami At the time this editorial is being composed, the question of whether enough judges of. the Supreme Court of the United States will consent to convene and make the ultimate and final judicial decision as to whether Senator George McGovern is en- titled to the California en bloc vote, is still unknown. It's been a cliff hanger all week, but it now appears that the senator will get all of the California vote, and a good chunk of the Illinois delegation vote as well. This should put him over the top and assure his election as Democra- tic presidential nominee when the big show opens July 10 in Miami. The credentials committee, having decided that the California vote vio- lated the reform guidelines of the party, allotted a proportionate num- ber of the California delegation's vote to the Senator's rival in the race, Senator Hubert Humphrey. (He won about 39 per cent of the vote as against McGovem's 43 per cent in the primary.) The credentials com- mittee denied categorically that its decision had anything to do with the stop McGovern movement which has been gathering steam for several weeks now. It said that it had made the decision solely on the basis that the winner-takes-all premise violated the party reform guidelines. So far, the courts have upheld the credentials committee's decision to unseat the entire Chicago group head- ed by Mayor Daley. Illinois will be represented by a challenge group chosen in special caucuses. About 40 of their votes are expected to go to McGovern. It is still possible that a further upset is in sight. About all that can be said for certain now is that there will be a donnybrook on the conven- tion floor and that no one within TV range should miss it. The kick off takes place July 9 when a panel of Meet the Press interviewers will question all the candidates. Suspension no solution Instances where parole or tempor- ary leave for prisoners have resulted in harmful consequences should not be considered evidence that the policy is invalidated. They may only indicate a need for changes in ad- ministration the policy. Scrapping all experimentation in this direction is no solution to the problem of sex offenders and those prone to be violent, in any case. IVithhloding privileges from danger- ous prisoners would seem to make sense. Yet it really only postpones the day when such people are legally free to be in society. If the penal system was truly re- habilitative with expert help being provided for the correction of per- sonality disorders it would cer- tainly make sense to refuse early release. Full advantage of treatment would dictate that without considera- tion of any threat to society posed by parole or leave. The concern which Is being ex- pressed over people with known sex problems and violent tendencies being at large in society is legiti- mate. But it has to be met in some other way than altering or withdraw- ing the system of parole. Protection can only be provided by instituting a realistic and costly program of professional care for convicted people of a dangerous type. Even then there would be no guar- antee against regression, assuming that cure had taken place. Only in a system of permanent custodial care could society gain any real assurance of protection against known sex offenders and violent types. This Is not now provided for in law except in those cases where individuals are considered habitual criminals but may eventually have to be accepted. Meanwhile experimentation with parole and leaves should continue in those cases where proper assess- ment suggests they would warrant risk. Splendid gesture Ottawa extended its hospitality in Unobtrusive fashion last week to a group of distinguished Americans. They were there on a hands-across- the-border mission unique not only because of the enormous amount of money its 29 members control, but because of the altruistic motives be- hind it. The Americans are members of the American Friends of Canada Committee Inc., and between them they are said to control assets ex- ceeding the entire Canadian GNP. Their purpose in the short run is to organize art loan exhibitions to Can- ada drawn from the great collections in the U.S. Eventually, the patrons expect that Canada will itself be- come a beneficiary of some of the ail treasures donated by wealthy American patrons led by this group. This is a splendid gesture of good will and confidence from a group of altruistically motivated U.S. citizens, who ask nothing in return, other than reciprocal feelings on our part. Our acceptance should be enthusiastic, our gratitude unreserved. The young rebels to do with the young hoodlums that beset rock concerts, Grey Cup of- fertory and other wholesome Canadian sat- urnalia? The flics, fearful of being accused of po- lice bruality, are taking their lumps. De- nied the opportunity to lay on with a will, our constables wait for some kind of guid- Une will spare them going off duty on a stretcher. The first thing to note about this violent confrontation with authority is that the hoodlums are always young hoodlums. We don't hear about middle-aged hoodlums. Nor does hoodlummcry draw many re- cruits from Hie ranks of senior citizens. The bottle-throwers, the distempered rock hounds, are youths. Spirited youth has been challenging authority since Satan was in short pants. There is nothing novel about It, or peculiar to our permissive era. What is new is that young people have fewer legitimate targets on which to vent their zest for rebellion. In days of yore the brawling lad spoiling to prove his manhood made the acquaintance, abruptly, of the press gang acquiring crew for Her Majesty's navy, It Is feasible for us to pass a law con- icripllng any young battler found guilty of public riot and mischief, and giving him the chance to practice his rock-throwing in the Sinai desert, as the guest of the Arabs and Isracl.s. Even as peace-keeper for the UN, how- ever, Canada is involved in too few wars to absorb nil the spunky punks shci pro- uiccs. An nllcrnntlvc to the drill-square method of shaping youth wna offered hy Aldous Huxley in The Islandi when young persons reach the age of confrontation with authority they are sent on a course of mountain climbing. By the time they have scaled the sheer face of several peaks they don't care if they never touch another rock. Their need to defy higher authority has been purged. They are ready to confine mutinousness to letters to the editor. Huxley's is not a had way of dealing with our hot-blooded goons. Alter all, a goon is a hero who has misplaced his cause. He is Horalius bereft of the bridge. Galahad whose holy grail got displaced by low- grade pot. A disco D'Artagnan. Today's youth is romantically under- privileged romance in the sense of the heroic and adventurous. The new worlds to conquer are either cerebral or unable to accommodate more than the two passen- gers of the lune buggy. So the young hotspurs gang up to crock a cop. They find a temporary allegiance to anarchy, a camaraderie in fellow rioters. Having no sense of community, in the al village or in the public places of megal- opolis, they unleash the rage of frustration at the visible symbols of tho society that hns logged off Sherwood Forest, the vctuge of the outlaw, and made It. into plywood. Tagging thran young people as hoodlums gives us a certain amount of semantic sat- isfaction but solves nothing nt all. Some- how we must provide n new frontier to which the misfit can escape, and prove himself out ti man. It might make n good Opportunities for Youth program: To rediscover Ihc New Caledonia. (Vancouver Province Features) Co-operation lacking for African unity MADAGASCAR'S decision