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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, July 10, 1970 Maurice Western Two For One Arguing that the postal workers, have been getting two strikes lor the price of one, Postmaster General Eric Kierans has started closing down post offices in the vicinity of where the day's rotating strikes are occurring. Since the closing of main, postal centres leaves little to do in district offices, Mr. Kierans cannot see why workers in them should not have the clay off also without pay. Whatever may be said in support of the stand being taken by the postal workers it is difficult to dis- agree with Mr. Kierans' observation that there almost seems to be a death wish among some of them. The prospects of a favorable settlement for the workers seems to be diminish- ing every day. Yet a misunderstand- ing over time for resumption of talks was allowed by the union negotiators to prevent them from meeting with treasury board representatives. The longer the standoff continues the greater seems to be the likeli- hood that the jobs of the postal workers will be in jeopardy. Even if postal service remains a govern- ment agency rather than being taken over by private enterprise which The Pope And Portugal There are two ways of viewing the audience which the Pope recent- ly granted to the three leaders of the forces seeking to liberate the Por- tuguese territories in Africa. It can be viewed as a courageous, humani- tarian, and far-neeing act or it can be considered to have been "singu- larly ill-advised." In London, The Daily Telegraph has taken the latter position. While doubting that the Pope in any way encouraged the bloody methods adopted by the revolutionaries, the paper is certain.that his action will be so interpreted. To have the sanc- tion of the head of the Roman Catholic church for use of violence in trying to shake off the shackles of the Portuguese colonialists would be deplorable. Apparently the Pope was willing to take the risk of being misunder- stood in this way. It is inconceivable that lie would not have realized the audience was symbolic dynamite. What he did was put himself on the side of the oppressed who are seek- ing their freedom. This need not be interpreted as an endorsement of violence so much as a call to end violence. That can best be achieved by the Portugal govern- ment recognizing the legitimate de- sires of the African people to be freed from colonial rule. For far too long a time the Portu- guese have been exempt from pres- sures of any kind for their part in the perpetuating of a situation in which violence exists. The Pope has now applied a moral pressure. It would be better if, instead of chiding him, The Daily Telegraph were to join the Pope in the application that kind of pressure. The British government, which The Daily Telegraph now supports, should be prodded to apply political pres- sure on Portugal. It is a disgrace the way Portugal's NATO allies have supported Portugal's outrageously outdated colonial rule in Africa. No pious clucking over the possibility of endorsing the use of violence by the African liberationists is valid so long as there is support of violence on the part of the Portuguese through arms supplied NATO allies! The Pope who took such a deplor- able backward step in his stand on birth control has now taken a for- ward step. Good for him. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON Despite everything you hear about the government, there still is plenty of money around for projects. The only trouble is, you can't get the money if you have a plan that works.-You must have ooe that no one is quite sure about. A vice-president of a university system in the Northeast told me about this the other day when he applied for money for a program to run summer schools for stu- dents who needed extra help to get into college. He told me the meeting went something like this: "Now Mr. Haas, from our records it ap- pears that you're applying for a grant of to run a summer school project for students hoping to keep up in college this fall." "That's correct. We did it last year, and it was tremendously successful. We only had a drop-out rate of 6 per cent." "Oh, dear me. Then this is not a pilot project." "No, it's not. We know it works." "What a shame." "What do you mean what a "Well, if this were a pilot project the government would be happy to finance it. We'd be very interested in knowing what could come of it. But we can't very well give money to something that's been p'roven, can "Why the hell "Mr. Haas, we're very willing to fund any educational program, providing it's iffy. But we can't throw money away on things that work. Congress1 would have a fit." "I still don't understand why." "I'm trying to explain it to you. The government has no trouble getting money from Congress for study programs. It doesn't matter how much it costs to study a program; we can get the funds. But once we ask for money for a program that has been proven successful, Congress will be committed to it, and nobody wants that, do Suppose that I request the money for a study project. Could I get it "But you already told me that it had worked last summer. There's no sense having a study of it, if it works." "I'm not trying to be difficult, but this is a very important project. We are taking in people this year who are going to find it tough sledding to keep up in the fall unless they have some remedial work." "It's not our fault that your program worked last summer, Mr. Haas. Had it failed, we would have given you a blank check to try it a different way. But we're not here to dole out taxpayers' money for programs that have succeeded. "Just the other day a superintendent of a public system in the Midwest tried a visual-reading program for his state which turned into a disaster. The machines didn't work, the teachers couldn't handle them and the students lost interest after the first five minutes. "Did we cut him off? We did not. We gave him another million to find out why he failed. And we're ready to pour in another million if he doesn't come up with answers. The whole department is ex- cited by the failure." "Is there any possible way of getting the knowing what you know about my "I hardly think so, Mr. Haas. You've made a mess of things as it is. Our motto in the government is 'Nothing fails like success.'" (Toronto Telegram News Service) Giving Mother A Bad Time By Dotig Walker QiN' OUR RECENT vacation our two boys whilcd away some of their time by teasing and tormenting their poor mother. Tliny took particular delight out of de- vising ways of making her feel ancient. Near Saskatoon Elspcth pointed out a bridge Whose opening she had witnessed