Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Thursday, July 15, 1971 Carl Rowan The Air Canada non-strike As far as passenger traffic is concerned, a rotating strike of the publicly-owned Air Canada is just as frustrating as a complete nation-wide strike (but less honest.) Thousands of Canadians have had their plans completely upset by the walkout of Air Canada's mechanics and baggage handlers. This is not to mention the disruption caused by uncertain service in the delivery of first class mail. Indeed, the union pretty well shut down Air Canada merely by calling 24-hour "meetings" across the country to discuss calling rotating strikes. This is dirty pool. Union officials admit they want to cripple the company without going to a clear - out strike. What they mean is that they want a strike but they don't want to pay for it. They want to be able to say that some or all of their mem- bers were laid off or locked out or something, in circumstances that would qualify them for pay cheques or unemployment insurance or some other benefit. Sooner or later the law respecting strikes and unions will be changed, because of such abuses as this. In a free country no one can be forced to work against his will. And in a free country there will always be "collective bargaining" if the workers want it. However much of the excessive power of unions comes from the laws of the land, not from the merits of unionism. But for the legislative statutes, unions would not be able to get away with such shoddy tactics as this. And those laws can be changed, and given the growing sentiment of the abused public, they will be changed. That is inevitable. Financing the charities City Council is working towards a firm policy of not contributing to the financing of the so-called voluntary agencies. This is not an easy matter. To condemn the policy out of hand is not quite fair, but perhaps it is also unfair to end the old policy so abruptly. One of the criticisms is that the many agencies inolved had been counting on this money, had no reason to expect the policy of many years would be abandoned, and have made commitments on the strength of honest expectations. To be cut off in mid-season hurts those who are depending on them. The value of the work these agencies do is not in question. City Council's point is that the citizens should put their money where they wish, and not have the aldermen make the decision for them. Philanthropy should be direct and voluntary, not through the compulsion of the tax collector. On the other hand the work of just about all of these agencies is essential public service, and if the voluntary organization is forced out of business then the city government will have to do the work itself, doubtless at much greater taxpayer expense. It is important that the voluntary agencies survive and flourish, and all they ask from the city for doing the city's work is a slight subsidy. However the responsibility is the people's, and one way or another the people will pay. Perhaps the burden is shared more equitably through taxes than voluntary givings. Raising funds voluntarily is onerous and costly; collecting the same sum through the mill rate is done at almost no extra cost. Ideally, the people would give all the necessary funds gladly and voluntarily, thereby witnessing to their responsibility, there is doubt as to how the ideal can be realized. Perhaps the citizens should be made to "put up or shut up" by being held responsible for the total financing of these worthwhile organizations. We would not disagree with that course. However it might be better if a year's notice were given. The old policy could be carried on for one more year, with a recommendation from this City Council to the next that the policy be changed. Time please! f In a recent editorial in tins paper, it was pointed out that the former Premier of Northern Ireland, Lord Terence O'Neill, had remarked that the only way to keep the peace in his battle-torn country, is to enforce it with the help of British troops. His successor, Prime Minister Brian Faulkner, has come up with a scheme somewhat similar to that which was put forth by Roman Catholic members of Parliament last year. The idea is that four powerful committees with paid chairmen would be established, two of whom would come from the Catholic opposition. These committees would help shape government policy rather than merely debate and vote on programs issued by the cabinet. The idea is an attempt, as Mr. Faulkner has stated "to govern with the consent and the acceptance of a far wider majority than is constituted by those who elect the governing Unionist party." Mr. Faulkner envisages his scheme as a change from straight majority, that is Protestant rule, giving Catholic leaders greater status and authority than they now enjoy. Northern Ireland's prime minister has already ordered that all future government contracts must carry a clause forbidding religious discrimination, and has proposed reforms such as the appointment of an independent public prosecutor, thus removing the prosecuting function from the police. These are far reaching and enlightened ideas and given time they could work. But time for these reforms to become effective is what Mr. Faulkner lacks. He must be able to keep the far-right militant Protestants and the IRA fanatics in particular, at bay at least until the initial effects of reform are evident. Both his immediate predecessors, Terence O'Neill and Major Chichester-Clark were defeated by the same right wing Protestant lot, whose main objective is to keep the Catholic influence out of government and ineffective in Northern Ireland. T ALWAYS look for my name in lists published in the newspaper. I start with the obituaries of course. I mean, if you're listed as having hopped the twig, there's no point in expecting to find your name among those vacationing in Palm Springs. From the obits I go on to check the lists of Irish Sweepstake winners (I never buy tickets), recipients of the Governor General's medal for anything, starting line ups for football games and For Sale, Miscellaneous. The number of times that I find my name in these press listings is not, I regret to say, considerable. But I reckon that sooner or later I'll start getting the breaks. If an unlimited number of monkeys banging away at an infinity of typewriters will sooner or later produce Ham-let, I can certainly expect to see my name listed as a winner of a lifetime supply of cake-mix. One of the nominees listed in an economics and politics professor at Pisa University who died in 1918. I don't wish to speak ill of the dead, particularly when they are up for sainting, but I do feel that my university experience as a lecturer in creative writing should have made me competitive, in regard to supernatural phenomena, with a professor of economics and politics. Again, without casting aspersion on the judgment of the Vatican, I must note that the list of potential saints is rather heavily weighed in favor of Italians (three out of five). This points up a common handicap placed on people like me who might otherwise make the list, namely regional sin. Consider the list of North America's 10 best-dresser men. (I check the list of the 10 best-dressed women without any real expectation.) Year after year those who make the list live in New York, Washington or Hollywood and have been nominated for president of the United States. Clothes make the man, but not in our block. If a person lives on Maple Street, Canada, he has very little chance, I find, of being listed as a new saint, or a best-dressed man, or a seed a Wimbleton. I don't want to sound bitter, but 1 suspect that all the effort I've put into being saintly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and well-dressed (Christmas Day) has gone completely unnoticed by those who draw up the published lists. Indeed the people who prepare the Queen's Honors list have as much as admitted publicly that the Queen has no way of knowing whether I have qualified for an O.B.E. The only reason I keep checking the lists is that Her Majesty may have taken matters into her own hands and said: "Oh shucks, let's put old Nicol on the list. He's kept his nose clean." Worse comes to worst, there is always the list of appointments to the Senate. It's not complete sainthood, but losers can't be choosers. Prospects gloomy for POWs and peace WASHINGTON - "When and how will we ever get out of this war?" The questioner stood at the airport newsstand, shaking his head over a headline indicating that the United States had rejected the Communist offer to release GI prisoners in exchange for U.S. withdrawal from Indochina by the end of 1971. There was no one to answer the question. But in that story out of Paris about the U.S. rejection there were lessons aplenty for Americans about false hopes for prisoner exchanges and for achieving a political settlement of the war. The allied response is surely an agonizing blow to the wives and relatives of American pris- oners. But they must now understand better the cruel fact that neither side is about to surrender major political and military interests out of compassion for the POWs. It was foolishly insensitive and unfair for the Nixon administration to ballyhoo the prisoner issue to the point that a lot of people began to think concern for the prisoners was more important than this government's ongoing commitment to Saigon or President Nixon's resolve not to preside over the first defeat in this country's long, proud history. Mr. Nixon faced a grim choice: either leave the GIs in prison for an indefinitely longer period or accept a coldly cynical Vietcong proposal that virtually demanded political and military capitulation on the part of Uncle S'am. The Communists surely never expected the U.S. to accept an offer that really was just a gleeful Vietcong attempt to drown Mr. Nixon in his own solicitous words about the prisoners. Ambassador David Bruce wrapped the U.S. rejection of the Vietcong proposal in a call for secret negotiations, a move designed to suggest that a deal may yet .be made. There are some secret maneuverings, and sooner or later they will produce something, but the best bet is that there will not soon be any agreement on releasing prisoners independent of the other issues. That session last Thursday in Paris produced some new indications of how far off peace may be. The South Vietnamese negotiator, Pham Dang Lam, was much more direct in rejecting the Vietcong offer. He noted that it called for total withdrawal of U.S. and allied forces within six months but did not call for the withdrawal of North Vietnamese forces from South Vietnam, Laos, or Cambodia. Mutual withdrawal may seem eminently fair to Americans, but the reality is that if we wait for that we could be in the war for another generation. Hanoi does not even admit that it has scores of thousands of troops in the rest of Indochina, so it is not about to agree to a "matching withdrawal" 'I'll tell you why we didn't send you any postcards - we haven't BEEN yet!' scheme with the United- States. Then the South Vietnamese negotiator asked a revealing question of Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, the Vietcong representative: "Will the fighting not continue in conditions advantageous to you since the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam, with only their own means, will have to face the aggression carried out by the North Vietnamese and their auxiliary forces?" It hardly sounded like a man who, emboldened by the great success of Mr. Nixon's "Viet-namization" program, is confident of South Vietnam's ability to survive once all American troops leave. The South Vietnamese say a U.S. pullout within six months is too soon and, left to make the decision alone, would probably decide that six years is too sbon. Mr. Nixon and his adviser's clearly don't know what a safe date for "total withdrawal" might be, and that explains the opposition to setting a fixed pullout date. There has been a lot of speculation as to what effect setting a withdrawal date might have on Hanoi and the Vietcong. It might or might not speed release of the prisoners and open the door to meaningful negotiations. Not much is said about what setting a date would do to or for the Saigon government. It just might make it come to grips with issues and problems (including political negotiations with the Vietcong) which will not be met until everyone knows that the Americans are leaving. There isn't any real motivation to make the concessions essential to peace where the Communists are concerned; they figure they have us over a barrel. There is no real motivation toward peace on the part of South Vietnamese leaders, for the status quo looks safer to them than anything they can imagine following U.S. withdrawal. U.S'. diplomats and military leaders see strategic losses in every move the U.S. might take to end the war, so it is easy for them to see stalling as being in the national interest. So the only real pressure for extrication of the U.S. is coming from the public and the Congress. And who knows how and when that pressure will produce peace? (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Leslie Colitt Europe's anthem, a song without words gERLIN - Drumming their fingers to the stirring music, the parliamentarians of the Council of Europe this week adopted Europe's first anthem. They chose Ludwig van Beethoven's ODE TO JOY, from his Ninth Symphony as the music "most representative of European genius." Although the Council, representing the parliaments of 17 European nations and their Foreign Ministers, proclaimed a European flag in 1955 - a circle of 12 star's against a field of azure blue - and May 5 as Europe Day, until now it was unable to decide on a hymn for Europe. Letters to the editor One wag at the Council s meeting in West Berlin suggested that the final vote was influenced by the commercial success of the pop version of ODE TO JOY. The clinching argument, however, was that nearly every European school-child is said to know the melody. The only serious contender was Georg Friedrich Handel's Royal Fireworks Music. An objecting delegate felt that the age of national anthems was over, and that young Europeans bad no need for hymns. The one other dissenting parliamentarian said caustically: "Let's not drag Beethoven into this." The Council has no illusions about millions of Europeans suddenly breaking into choruses of the new anthem. For one thing the anthem still has no words, as the original ones are considered a "universal" expression of faith rather than a "specifically European one." Until a new text can be found the Council of Europe expects the anthem will be played at European gatherings on the municipal level, and later at meetings of European government leaders and heads of State. It would be played along with national anthems and then. Council members only dare to dream, it might one day ring out alone as a symbol of an achieved European unity. European broadcasting stations are soon to be asked to use the new anthem at the end of their daily programmes, following the national anthem. Western Europe s "Intervision" television network will be approached to change its present musical theme to the Beethoven prelude. None of the Council's decisions are binding on member - Parliaments and it can only recommend to the Committee of Ministers, consisting of European Foreign Ministers, that the anthem be played. Even today the European flag unfurled by the Council in 1955 is seldom used. Remarkably, though, its display as a car transfer, affixed next to the oval nationality emblem, has become widespread on the Continent. (Written for The Herald and The Observer in London) BERRY'S WORLD Defends 'Jesus Freaks' As a "Jesus Freak" of thirty-five years standing please let me answer Don Oakley. Oh they did not call us "Jesus Freaks" or "Jesus People" then, we were "Holy-Rollers" or "Fanatics." However it was the same holy-spirit of the same Jesus we received by faith into our hearts. We had the same peace and the same joy and the same deliverancies. We experienced the same love for God and for others. Don, you imply that "Jesus" is a substitute for drugs. Man it takes the mighty power of God to deliver one from drugs. It takes the love of God shed abroad in our hearts to really love others as we should. My faith has grown steadily, so has my love for others. I have more joy all the time Christ is real. Clarifies situation I would like to comment on the Outdoors column by Joe Balla in the July 9th issue of the Herald. I don't know where Mr. Balla gets his information but he has certainly been misinformed. The County of Warner council has not taken over or been requested to assume responsibility for construction of launching ramps or other facilities on or around Tyrell's lake except for roads. However, the Public Works department of the County has co-operated with parties interested in upgrading facilities at the lake and will no doubt continue to help in the future. In one instance the Public Works Committee even offered to build an access road to the lake but since it was over private land the project has not materialized. Mr. Balla is one person who should realize that the County council are dealing with public funds and must use discretion in assuming new responsibilities. I would like to add here that thought has been given to improving the road running east and west at the west end of the lake and fishermen can look forward to this improvement. I am sorry that Joe Balla has been so careless in getting the facts before writing his article and from now on I'll never know if I should take him seriously or not. Wishing all fishermen better luck at Tyrell's Lake. LEIF E. TROCKSTAD, COUNCILLOR, County of Warner, Jesus People have found eternal salvation. It satisfies every longing of the heart. It is health to our bones. It is joy unspeakable It is love for God is love. And Mr. Editor the last time I wrote to you, you left out so much of my letter it' made no sense at all. As a citizen who has steadily subscribed to your paper for more than two decades do I not have the right to have my views printed verba-tum? A. McCREARY Lethbridge. Requests aid I am writing a book about the R.A.F. Bomber Command raid on Nuremberg of March 30th-31st, 1944 in which 96 British bombers were lost. I know that a large number of Canadian aircrew took part in this raid. May I appeal to any of your readers who took part for their help. All they need to do at this stage is to write to me giving name, address and their squadron of 1944. All letters will be answered. MARTIN MIDDLEBROOK 48 Linden Way Boston, Lines England. J^-~ -Jit ' ' i, 1971 k, NEA, Uz.CpWCwfcy- "If we weren't so organized, we'd be'Jesus Freaks/ too!" 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