Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 13, 1970 Maurice Western Alienation Deepens The Nixon administration not only is faced with growing alienation over the Indochina war but also in re- gard to its policies on the place of the black people in American so- ciety. It almost seems as if the alienation of the black community has become complete. Recently the administration was. rocked by the devastating indictment of Bishop Stephen G. Spottswood, chairman of the board of the Na- tional Association for the Advance- ment of Colored People. "Now, for the first time since Woodrow Wil- Bishop Spottswood told the 61st national convention of the NAACP, "we have a national administration that can rightly be characterized as anti-Negro this is the first time since 1920 that the national adminis- tration has made it a matter of cal- culated policy to work against the needs and aspirations of the largest minority of its citizens." Undoubtedly this is an overstate- ment. A spokesman for the adminis- tration was quick to reject it and cite specific steps taken for the benefit of blacks. But the fact remains that Bishop Spottswood's view is appar- ently widely accepted among politi- cally conscious blacks. The reasons are not difficult to find. There is above all what has come to lie called the "Southern stra- tegy" whereby President Richard Nixon seems to be trying to keep the good favor of diehard anti-Negro ele- ments of the Old South, typified by such men as Senator Strom Thur- mond. This' courting of the diehards more than anything else is causing the alienation. But there are other more specific grievances. There was the vacilla- tion on the school desegregation is- sue; the nomination of G. Harrold Carswell, a man with a racist repu- tation that was hard to shake, to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court; the failure to name any blacks to high positions while at the same time men such as Cliff Alex- ander, Leon Panetta and James Allen were squeezed, out of posts where they were battling for black rights. Even if Bishop Spottswood's indict- ment is unjust The Washington Post said "it imputes bad motives to mistaken policies" it reflects a feeling that the present American administration is not -concerned to push for black rights. At best, the administration has obviously failed to make its efforts to meet the needs of blacks real in their thinking. The Christian Science Monitor has proposed a new dedication of effort on the part not only of the present administration but of the country's whole white population as well. Equality of opportunity and treat- ment is important but even more im- portant is being honored, prized and wanted. That would mean a fairly radical change of heart on a rather large scale which is not likely to hap- pen fast enough to satisfy the black community. Only a change in the approach of the administration can stave off massive internal trouble for the United States. Compassion In The Church Although the Christian Church has always been an exponent of compas- sion it has sometimes failed to ex- emplify tliis quality. This has been notably the case in official positions taken regarding sexual matters. A harsh legalism has tended to become characteristic. Evidence of tin's is the fact that It is news when a denomination adopts a liberalized sex ethic as a basic stance. Tile Lutheran Church in Am- erica, the largest of the Lutheran family, took its stand at the fifth bi- ennial convention held recently in Minneapolis. There is nothing about the position taken by the delegates that could be construed as a radical departure from traditional ethics. While they went on record as refusing to con- demn, willy-nilly, all persons who en- gage in sexual relations outside mar- riage they did not necessarily con- done such behavior either. Sex out- side a legal marriage, it was agreed, might be redeemed by the existence of a "covenant of fidelity" which makes lor a form of marriage. It is this insistence that legal def- inition not be allowed to blind people to the reality of good relationships that suggests compassion. The Luth- erans believe in the ideal of life-long commitment in marriage but 'they recognize that human beings some- times fail in their intentions and be- come attached to other partners. For such people they would have com- passion rather than condemnation. Perhaps the most advanced posi- tion taken by the church was in its sympathy for homosexuals. All at- tempts to condemn homosexuals or to speak about them as though they needed to be cured were defeated. It was agreed that such persons are en- titled to understanding and justice in church and community. Not only does the Lutheran Church in America appear to be in tune with the tolerant mood of the times but it would seem to be in harmony with the spirit of the Head of the church who refused to be harshly condemna- tory of a woman taken in adultery. Art Buchwa d WASHINGTON Everyone has made great claims of success in the Cam- bodian operation, and the South Vietnam- ese and keep congratulating themselves on how well it all went. The only ones who have not been heard from are the Cambodians. "Mr. Dan Tan, are you pleased with the way the Cambodian operation has "Very pleased, very pleased. It is so good to have the South Vietnamese in our country again." "Then you have no hard feelings toward the South "How could I have hard feeh'ng toward our friends from across the border? We have welcomed them into our homes with open arms." "Is that why you're sitting out "Yes, they are still in our homes, or what's left of them. If one has to be liber- ated and apparently everyone does, then it's better to be liberated by your friends. We are twice blessed you know. We have been liberated in half our country by the North Vietnamese and in the other half by the South Vietnamese." "Well, at least you're still neutral." "It is very important to remain neutral when your country is being occupied." "Is anyone bitter about the Cambodian "Oh, no. We have nothing to he bitter about. The Americans announced they were coming into our country only to save American lives. The South Vietnamese an- nounced tlicy had invaded us to save South Vietnamese lives. The North Viet- namese are obviously here to save North Vielnamese lives. One cannot quarrel with an army that invades your country to save their own lives." "Nevertheless, it still must be hard on the Cambodians to have so many foreign people in their country." "We would be inhospitable hosts to men- lion it. The important thing is the Domino Theory. If Indochina falls we would be very "upset." "I notice all the plantations around here have been destroyed. What will your people do for "We will find something to do. The de- struction of the plantations and the econo- my is a small price to pay for the freedom we now have in our country." "You are very inscrutable." "It is very important for a small nation to repress its own desires in the world scheme of things. Whatever has happened in our country is nothing compared to what we have done for the morale of the South Vietnamese army. When we see them march through our streets with their chests sticking out and their heads held high, we can only rejoice that the South Vietnamese soldiers have finally tasted vic- tory." "Were you sorry to sec the Americans "One is always sorry to see Americans go, but we still hear from them- through the air and through their artillery. It is not as if they've said goodby." "Mr. Dan Tan, it seems.to me that if Cambodia had not become a sanctuary for the Communists you would not have had to get involved in tire unpleasantness." "Yes, one cannot blame other people when one becomes a sanctuary. Of course, North Vietnam is a sanctuary and no one thinks of going there, and Red China is a sanctuary but no one thinks of wiping it out. You must be very small and helpless before anyone considers you a sanctuary worth destroying." "Well, I'm glad you have no hurt feel- ings, Mr. Dan Tan." "You may tell your readers, I air; very pleased with Ihc entire operation, as pleased as President Nixon, and as soon as I get my house rebuilt he is welcome in my home." (Torouto Telegram News Service) Back-To-Adam Basis For Consumer Law riTTAWA: Tlie most ingcn- v ions defence a ministry yet lo be offered by a membra' of the Trudcau government must be credited lo Ron Bastard, Hie voice of the Canadian consumer in official Ottawa. "There are accord- ing to Mr. Basford in a recent address in Austria, "who ques- tion the need for a consumer movement or a consumer min- ister. But just think what the world would be like today if Ihcrc had been a Hazardous Products Act working in tile garden of Eden." This appears, at first glance, to express a certain, Retroactive lack of confidence in an earlier administration, as it has been described to us, with remark- able brevity, in Genesis. Never- theless, it is a striking, highly original thought with many im- plications which scholars may find it rewarding to analyse. Many ci'itics maintain that we are over-governed and that Hie cabinet itself is far too large. On the back-to-Eden basis, hew many of Mr. Bas- lord's colleagues could justify their official existence a per- tinent point when the air in Ot- tawa is thick with rumors about cabinet shuffles. What was lacking in Adam's time, according to the Vancouv- er minister, was comprehensive consumer products safety legis- lation. Had (here been a proper Act, it would have been possible "to ban outright or to regulate the sale, importation or adver- tising of any consumer product poisonous, inflammable, ex- plosive, corrosive or be- cause of its design construction or contents likely to be a danger to health or safety." In fact, according to reports of the first crisis in human af- fairs, there was a ban, but the arrangements seem to have been far from comprehensive. Advertising by talkative ser- pents was unregulated, an omission which has been troub- ling younger Literals, such as Mr. Basford, ever since the famous Kingston conference. However this may be, the consequences of inadequate con- sumer instruction which now- adays would be ensured by well-staffed bureaus, complaint services, standards, mandatory labelling systems, acceptable packaging' requirements, in- spection and so forth are starkly clear from the Biblical account. Mr. Basford with unerring instinct, singles out one of the most important and this im- mediately after his reference to Adam and the garden. "In the field of textiles and textile he says, "we have just passed an act requir- ing more informative labelling of a wide range of consumer fabrics and textiles." It is a depressing reflection that all our troubles with the textile industry began with a few pairs of fig leaves; uncon- sidered trifles until the first consumers committed their fatal error and all for the lack of a Hazardous Products Act. But for the apple and the sub- sequent expulsion, no entrepre- neur would ever have invested in the textile industry. Without that investment, we would have had no need of textile tariffs and dump duties, voluntary quo- tas or the annual scare cam- paigns of the most venerable lobby in Ottawa. Mr. Basford would not today have to worry about compulsory labelling of fibre content by generic names although Mf. Cote, as revenue Let's Give The Post Office Department Back To The Indians minister, might have lo worry a good deal about the future of his job. The remarkable fact is that the processes of retributive jus- tice set in motion by the inci- dent in Eden appear to work un- ceasingly, especially in Ottawa. Our once famous "infant indus- tries" have long reached pen- sionable age but their need of protection in ever more refined forms keeps ministerial com- mittees constantly busy. To en- sure that the same problems plague Mure governments, other ministers notably Mr. Marchand are even now pay- ing out more subsidies to estab- lish more textile plants which, in the next dscade, will be back on Ottawa's door-steps in quest of more protection. Although many ministers talk at length about these matters, it has remained for Mr. Basford to call attention to the root cause of the trouble (and, indeed, of many Un- fortunately, we cannot now re- cover Eden and can only specu- late on how, through legisla- tive and administrative fore- sight, it might have been appro- priately safeguarded. We are stuck with economics and must simply patch things up as best w.e can. What might be helpful, in pur less than-blissful condition, would be some sort of protec- tion for taxpayers against haz- ardous legislation which now comes with predictable certain- ty at every session. It may be that Mr. Basford has ideas on how tliis could be arranged. Certainly the more ambitious ministers we have, the more reaching we can expect for dan- gerous fnu't. On a hopeful view, the sort of test suggested by Mr. Basford what would you have done for Adam? might be a useful corrective. But even this may be too late. For behind every minister now- adays, there is a force (sometimes dozens of them) all guided by management con- sultants ready end eager to find incomprehensible reasons for doing whatever the government has a mind to do. The empha- sis, up to now, has been more on computers than on Eden but times (like hazardous products) change and only a rash obser- ver would predict that might be found in Genesis, given the nec- essary diversion of research re- sources and adequate incentive, such as the preservation of a' ministerial job. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Richard Purser Bourassa Wants French Before Five Also rONTREAL: Premier Ho- bert Bourassa, unwilling to be outflanked by the separa- tists, is taking a hard line on issues dear to the hearts of French Canadians including at least one issue that English- speaking Quebeckers often wish would just go away. That is the use of French as the universal language of work in the prov- ince. Mr. Bourassa laid down his hard line at a meeting here with chiefs of 42 large pay- roll firms operating in Quebec, warning them that they must work fast to counter the Angli- cization of commerce, especial- ly here in the metropolis, or face a separatist reaction. Addressing the industrialists in French, Mr. Bourassa said Letter To The Edito'- his government had decided to take all measures necessary to pursue its major policy objec- tive of making French the working language .everywhere in Quebec. He explained the ur- gency of his concern this way: "Is it necessary to recall that this country to which we belong has no reason to exist and to feel except with the presence of a Quebec, French by priority? Some among our compatriots have chosen the road of scis- sion to attain this objective (of French We believe that the federal regime is the most appropriate way to favor the full flowering of the cultur- al and linguistic particularisms of the communities which it groups. "One of these original traits, Undignified Display I am sending you a copy of the letter I wrote to the Ad- ministration of Waterton Lakes National Park, concerning a certain gross mistake of pseudo- bilingualism: Allow me to write to you in my second tongue, English, be- cause, obviously you are not very competent as far as French is concerned. I was in Waterton last week-end, camp- ing with my family, and I hap- pened to notice, (it is perhaps the most noticeable sign in the whole park) the entrance in- structions of the campground in the townsite of Waterton; I could read the following words: STOP AND REGISTER AR- KETE ET REGISTRE. Are you sure this is the best tiling you can do as far as translation is concerned? I have never seen anything more shocking, more horrifying, more shameful, more h a r m f u 1, 1 should even say, to the French language and culture, anything lower, to say the least, than (ho impolite, undesirable gramma- tical form of the second person singular of ARRETE and, fur- thermore, the use of the word REGISTRE, which is not even French at all. I do not know who did tho translation but, most obvious- ly, there is no sign of profes- sionalism in it what s o c v c r. What's the use of spending hun- dreds of thousands of dollars on bilingualism, if the kind of language people are to read and enjoy is utterly execrable and outrageous? I would therefore suggest that you completely eliminate this ARRETE ET REGISTRE, and as soon as possible, before you give an even worse opinion to those French tourists who are coming to our beautiful South- ern Alberta this season, than the opinion they already have from the low Frenglish kind of language that used to be spo- ken in Quebec over a decade ago, but is now rapidly disap- pearing. And as a professional, I would like to suggest that you replace the present wording by some- thing like this: S'INSCRIRE A L'ENTREE, which does not oc- cupy much more space. Or, if space is no problem, write: S'INSCRIRE AVANT D'ENT- RER; but, in any case, the for- mer expression is just as good as the latter. Whatever you do, please elim- inate the present wording. Un- consciously you arc contribut- ing to the dejection of the French cultural heritage in Canada. Which is also a sort of discrimination. GASTON R. RENAUD, Professor of French Dcpt. of Modem Languages, University of Lethbritige. the most essential and the most important, is the language spo- ken by the majority of Quebec citizens. It is in his own lan- guage that the French Ca- nadian aspires to contribute to the growth of Quebec and of Canada. The truth forces one say that this legitimate aspi- ration is often denied in fact, more often by the natural pres- sure of an Anglophone environ- ment than by a conspiracy of those who hold economic and financial power. "We have taken for granted until now that the sole mas- tery of the English language opens the road to success, thereby relegating the French language to the rank of a sec- ond language, a simple vehicle of culture and folklore. This time is over. If it is true that a language has no reason to live but for its utility, if it is true that the language which we speak marks the particu- lar character of our federation, and if it is true that French carries the same weight as English, not only in the values of cultural enrichment but also in the realities of the technolo- gical world, it is then impera- tive that we mobilize our efforts to ensure everywhere its expan- sion and its promotion." Then Mr. Bourassa made his appeal to business, with its ac- companying warning: "I urge you to act with the greatest possible speed because the situation is urgent. We must provide proof in the course of the next few years that the crazy HI Francophone Quebecker is ca- pable, without breaking the ties that unite him to Canada, of working, living and succeeding in liis own language. "If we fail in this primordial task, the consequences .will be heavy for our future." While promising a series of governmental initiatives lo ben- efit the vitality of French in Quebec, he acknowledged thai all measures would be illusory without the co operation of in- dustry, for which he thanked his guests in advance. Quebec- based industry has no choice but to co-operate, and the as- sembled executives knew it. For years English has tend- ed to be the working language of office life in higher, and often even in lower, echelons of na- tional and international busi- nesses based in Montreal. Such firms are accustomed to trans- ferring personnel without re- gard to provincial borders, with large numbers of non French- speaking persons from outside Quebec serving in the Montreal office at any given moment. S'ince the Montreal English- speaking community is itself no- torious for its collective inabil- ity to learn French, and since virtually all Francophone per- sonnel in such offices have at least a working knowledge of English, English becomes the language of work. But French Canadians, espe- cially young ones, are buying this less and less. They don't like the idea of using one lan- guage at the office and another at home. French, they hold, can- hot survive only as "French after five o'clock." Businessmen are as aware as Mr. Bourassa is of the touchy social climate here, and they accepted his harangue with a spirit of co operation that left him elated. It also left him con- vinced that the "pushing" of the use of French in business can be done without coercive meas- ures, which could prove divi- sive and self defeating. The English community is aware as never before that the French Canadian must be able to re- alize himself in his own lan- guage here, since he can't do it anywhere else. (Herald Quebec Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE IIEUALD 1920 Milk River residents are excited over what looks to be a silver lead deposit on the farm of Frank Leffingwell. Claims are being staked and there has been a rush to the scene. motorists have struck it lucky. Some garages are selling gasoline for six and one-half cents and many small dealers are said to be on 'the verge of bankruptcy.. Battle over Britain is continuing with 12 enemy air- craft shot down and many more damaged around the coast of England. thermometer reading of 37 degrees on the morning of July 13 at Winnipeg was the lowest ever recorded on that date the weather office there slated. inco The Lethbridge Her- ald's share of the Bu- chanan Memorial Chapel at Southminster Church, was presented to Rev. II. A. Frame, DD. The remainder is being contributed by sons of the late Senator and Sirs. Buchan- an, in whose memory the cha- pel is being built. I had the man in to fix that sticking drawer today, dear. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th 51. S.t Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO, LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. 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