Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 IHE LETHBRIDGE (iERAlD Monday, July 17, 1972 Pelfir Reasonable report Ji'cars that tlie iUoir Commission looking inlo non Canadian influence in the universities and colleges in Alberta miglil result in a distasteful kind of wilch-liunt have been laid to rest. For this we can be thankful. The investigation does not seem to have unearthed anything of a start- ling nature. That there was a valuer, high percentage ot American and other non Canadian academics in Mberta institutions of higher tearing was a well-known fact before the com- mission was appointed. Administra- tors made no attempt to disguise the truth; they defended the situation on the grounds that qualified Canadians had not been available but in time would increasingly fill positions now tending to go lo outsiders. Albcrlans should be grateful that so many able people from the U.S. and abroad have been attracted to the province to share their learning and enhance our living. To suspect Ihese people of having sinister inten- tions to promote oilier systems is absurd; many of them left their lands with what almost amounts to a sense of relief. Among them are many who intend lo make Canada Ihcir permanent home and become Canadians. As senseless as Ihe flurry of anti- foreign sentiment now appears, it may have a positive permanent in- fluence. Non-Canadian teachers may now more consciously examine their o-.vn presuppositions ar.d more con- scientiously seek lo appropriate the resources Canadian research and publications. That will be to their gain as well as to the satisfaction of all those who wish to cultivate a distinctive Canadianism. The Moir Commission is to be com- mended for its calm and reasonable report. More good will come of fol- lowing its modesl recommendations than could ever have resulted from Ihe imposition of quotas. Bring America home! "Bring America the im- passioned plea of Mrs. Valerie Kush- ner. the wife of a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam could well become the battle cry of the Democrats as they gear up the campaign to elect the McGovern- Eagleton ticket. Second choice for vice-presidential candidate. (McGovern would have preferred Democratic star Senator Edward Kennedy) Senator Thomas Eaglclon of Missouri, is nol well known across the United States, lie himself appeared to be as surprised as most of Ihe convention delegates at McGovern's choice of running mate, but his enthusiasm, his delight at the prospect of the coming battle came on strong. His comparative an- onymity could turn out to be an asset rather than a liability because he will start from a relatively unalign- ed base. He is a city man, known to have the respect and confidence of organized labor, both attributes which McGovern lacks. Personally, Eagleton will empha- size and expand the Democratic ap- peal to youth, that vast segment of Ihe population on which much of Mc- Govern's power is based. It looks like a strong learn, but whether it is strong enough lo mend Ihe party fractures is anybody's guess. Rumors have it that President Richard Nixon's choice for the Dem- ocratic presidential nominee is Mc- Govern "the vulnerable Mr. Nixon may be having second thoughts now that the convention is over. Canada in Bangladesh What arc the priorities in gelling a decimalcd country like Bangladesh "on ils feet." The secretary of the planning ministry in the infant nation says first, food for districts where ''severe hunger" exists. He implies that famine, generally considered lo mean massive dcalh by starvation, does not exist; but that in some parls of the country there is just enough food to maintain life. Secondly, there musl be clean water, and thirdly the message of family planning must be somehow transmitted so that suc- cess in the first two priorities will not be vitiated by lack of emphasis on the third. Canada is giving 54 million in aid to Bangladesh, 20 million of it for wheat and rapeseed oil for cooking, the rest for restoring railway track and locomotives, repairing hydro transmission towers, importing indus- trial commodities from Canada, and some technical assistances. The assistance with transportation Is already underway, and some Cana- dian grain has already arrived at the port of Chiltagong. Here, there have been difficulties. The Russians, ac- cording to reports, have been slow to remove obstacles including a sunk- en ship blocking the only dock serv- ing a grain silo. .Much of the wheat is being unloaded from larger ships lo smaller ones and brought to shore this way. Ottawa has put together a crash program under the supervision of the Canadian International Development Agency It is underway and working well, although encountering some difficulty, mainly due to the lack of effective administrative poli- cies of the Bangladesh government. All in all it seems as if Canadian official assistance is in competent hands. As for dissemination of birth control information and family plan- ning programs, this is essentially up to the government of Bangladesh it- self, but if il should ask for help from us in reducing population growth we should give it generously and willingly. ART BUCHWALD It could have been worse AIIAM1 BEACH, Fla. It could have been worse. As last Tuesday right's marathon .session droned on into Wednes- day morning, and LS the sun came up over Miami Beach with the dele- gations demanding roll calls on every plat- form issue, it suddenly occurred to many people that the Democratic National Con- vention might not bo over in lime Ibc Republicans lo hold their convention ijii Aug. 21. There strong possibility that when the Republicans arrived the Democrats would still be here, a new floor fight would Ire started lo find who legally had a right to Ihe scLls. As a rnatlcr of fact, while the battles raged on Urn floor, a group of Republican and Democratic officials met behind the podium to sec if they could work out a com- promise on tlie seating, so that the Repub- licans coukl hold Ihcir convention as sched- uled, and Ihe Democrats could continue their debates on women's rights and ahor- lion.s. It was a hillcr meeting with the Repub- licans claiming they should get the hall for themselves and Iho Democrats iasist- ing Ihcy couldn't adjourn their convention until Ihe platform harl been accepted. Republican Chairman Robert Dole point- ed out that Ihe bylaws of Ibc Republican Parly read lhat Ihe Republicans had to have Ihcir own and roulrl not share it wilii another pol.iiral parly. Dcmocralir Chairman Lawrence O'Brion fiaid dial, if his roiivenlion continued through 21, and at dial, moment il looked like il vonld. he would insisl Ihr Democrat day vhcic Ihcy were anil Rive up Ihcir teals, ''We were. here, O'Brien said. ''Besides if you had gone In San Diego, like you should you wouldn't have had the problem." Dole said, "Any party lhat starts a con- vention on July 10 and can't finish it by Aug. 21 doesn't deserve to run a presiden- tial candidalc." O'Brien replied thai he would gladly put it lo a vole of Ihe Democratic convention whether they wanlcd lo share their seats wilh the Republicans. Dole insisted that the be al- lowed to vole on the issue as well. O'Brien said that since they had not been seated they had no legal right to vote. The mayor of Miami Beach, who wasn't sure he could handle two conventions at one time, suggested a compromise. The Republicans would be seated at the Demo- cratic convention and would conduct their business while the Democrat were calling the roll. Since it look two hours before the Democratic stale delcgalions could poll Ihcir people on each issue, Hie Republicans would have plenty of time lo nominalc President Nixon. O'flricn agreed but Dole turned Ihe pro- posal down flat and said he didn't want his clcan-cul. Republican delegates lo be seen on Irlrvipion with people with long hair and blue jeans. Fortunately by 7 o'clock In I he morn- ing Iho Democratic Pnrly finally aiioplc'l its plalform, and (he quo-slum of the Demo- crats nnd Republicans sharing Ihe conven- tion ccnlrc bccanv; academic Hut il was close, much closer than nny- I'iKly will .-.dniil KUT mr.v when n'. Hunks alimil he has nighlmarcv (Tnronln Sun Nrus Scrvlrp) Plans unfolded for Great Plains project A few minutes after five o'clock last Tuesday in a conference room uf the East Dlock, Prime Minister Trudcau looked up from the 00- page report Mint ho had been studying for the past I wo hours, stared at the 17 men in front of him, and asked, "What The obvious answer was in the report. The Great Plains project was asking the federal government for million over the next Iwo years to continue, ils invesligalion of such adven- turous proposals as a giant re- source-carrying aircraft pow- ered by 12 jet engines, fish [arming on HID Prairies and year-round "vegetable facto- ric'i" in the Arctic with con- trolled environments. IM Ihe prime minister wasn't asking about dollars or techni- cs! data. Presumably the Great Plains project will get the money it needs. Trudeau was inviling the group to think aloud for a few minutes about ils fu- ture role in relation to govern- ment and industry, and lo Cana- dian society as a whole. This part of the discussion ex- tended the Iwo-hour session for an unscheduled 40 minutes, and it didn't produce any clear an- swers. For Ihe past two years, the Great Plains project has been freewheeling creatively through unexplored territories between Ihe neighboring but isolated worlds of government, largo corporations and universities. In the process, it has lapped tho talents and energies of several hundred brilliant Canadians, upset conventional thinking In government departments and corporate boardrooms and just possibly set this country on sev- eral new paths of development which will affect millions of people in Ihe next few decades. Bui the lime has already ar- "Mr. staff will be delighted to acquaint you with our internal disciplinary procedures Letters to the editor Compulsory sterilization for sex offenders I like your edilorial on sex offenders because you not only stated the problem but a sug- gested solution permanent custodial care. Now I do not agree with the solution but it is bet'er than present policy. Here is my solution, and it would raise a storm of pro- test. A sex offender is a person ruled by sex and it is not his fault. It is just like drinking. Many can drink and do no harm. Some become alcoholics from the first drink. With those the cure is not to drink at all. A sex offender is in personal misery. We have a castrated cat that is not in misery. Why not castrate sex offenders out of kindness to the man him- self and remove the cause of the IroubleV If you do not believe in com- pulsory sterilization let the man himself decide. He is locked up for life or has the operation and is a free man in a year. Anciently, eunuchs held high positions and were not ashamed of their status. My suggested solution to Hie population problem is for man to be as smart as the animals. They allow only the most fit to breed. We have the means of selective breeding that will limit the population to the abil- ity of the land to support. In a world of exploding pop- ulation, baby bonuses are nuts. Instead of baby bonuses it should be that any person re- ceiving money from the gov- ernment, whether welfare or pension, must agree that while receiving such pension or wel- fare he will not father a child. In the case of illegitimate chil- dren the man agrees to sup- port the child. Failure lo do so is castration. He alone decides if he wants the operation. Dur- ing the time people get welfare there is r.o reason to produce more children to be raised on welfare. If they want moro children let them support them- selves. Tlie pensioner is not Correct important I enjoy reading Theodore Bernstein's On the use of words and would recommend Lo re- porters and commentators working in any media the care- ful perusal of this series. When one considers the of tlie reading and-or listening audi- ence, one can gauge the impact of English correctly pronounc- ed and accurately employed (and, of conrse, the reverse How many people, for instance, listening lo one of our announcers will copy his habit of pronouncing" the" in- variably as without re- gard to the nile which says that the pronunciation "Lliofi" is used only when the following begins uilh a vowel? Similarly he pronounces always as Ihus placing unwarranted emphasis on an unimportant word. Other mis- pronunciations nr.d incorrect usages occur frequently in lo- cal broadcasts, lending OIIP to conclude that somewhere1 along the educational palh, insuffi- cient emphasis hns heen placed on the oral nspccls of tin1 "lan- guage arts" course. One evening, aflcr listening to an unusually poor job of 'the 1 was rash enough lo phor.c in n complaint, and lo :iiik Iho announcer !f lio had icnd the: ncus n-porl before going "on the air.1' With some nnnovnncp. he mo Hint' he had, and when I commented thst perhaps he should have looked up the correct pronunci- ations before the broadcast, he replied testily, "Well, we can't all be I maintain lhat if the speak- er had any conception of the importance of the spoken word, he should at least avoid the more obvious crimes against the language by means of which we educate and com- municate. PANDORA Investors discouraged to live long enough to see a child through college. If ho wishes to continue to breed he can refuse the pension in which case Ms estate will care for college. Vasectomy should M. E. SPENCER Cardslon Beautiful city A group of friends and I re- cently visited Lethbridge and were delighted with what we discovered there. It is a beautiful city. We found it clean and well-kept, especial- ly the municipal parks. What impressed up most, however, was the friendliness of the city. Everyone wore a smile! The sloreowncrs and clerks were helpful, the waitresses cheerful, and the bus drivers patient and informative. Even the gentle- men in the park shared their newspapers with us. ft was a wonderful day we spent in Lelhbridge and we'll long remember it. It is a city to be proud of! MISS EVELYN TUCKER Glacier Park, Montana The correspondent who re- plied lo my leller of foreign in- vestment missed the point. I was referring to the millions of people who do not have lo tic up in a debenture or invest- ment fund. Many of these arc cautious about going into the -stock market in laler years with their limited savings. The examples I mentioned showed that these hlllc people will put up millions of dollars if given a chance. ft is too bad that our Alberta premier did not Iry this method before going to the United States lo seek funds. Of course it is easier to borrow huge sums than it is to bother with thousands of S100 allotments. But more effort will need to be directed lo the small investor if we arc to keep Canada our own and develop our resources and technology. JIM BURNKSS Lethbridge. Looking rived when Ihe scientific "revo- lutionaries" of the Great Plains project arc being forced to con- sider the institutional aspects ot their existence. It is rapidly he- coming impossible for three Verne Atrill, lawyer Richard Rohmer and retired Imperial Oil execu- tive Gordon keep the whole organization in their heads and in a small suite of offices in a federal building in downtown Toronto. Full-time experts In various technical fields will have to he hired in the near future. Mora conferences and seminars will have to be sponsored in various parts of the country. The organ- ization of the group itself will have to be overhauled and diffi- cult questions about political, corporate and academic con- flick within the group will have to be answered. In this perspective, the two }car.s since the prime miniver asked Atrill to form Ihe group seem almost idyllic. And as the session Tuesday revealed to Trutleau and four o[ his minis- (energy1, J a m i e s o n Lang (justice) and Gillespie (science and period has also been extraordinarily pro- ductive for government and in- dustry. Atrill's mandate from the prnne minister was simply to pull together some of the best brains in the country to think big about northern develop- ment. There was only one re- projecls dreamed up by the group would have to be feasible in terms, of existing technology. The federal govern- ment promised, in this initial phase, only to cover Ihe group's operating expenses. These have amounted to about at this stage. On Tuesday, the cabinet re- ceived its money's worth from Atrill and his colleagues. Eight specific projects were outlined dealing with underground water resources on the Prairies, com- mercial fish farming on the Prairies, plant culture in con- trolled environments in the North, increased beef produc- tion, new mining methods, new petro-chemical industries n o r t he r n shipping aad re- source-carrying aircraft. But the group's impact has actually been far more substan- tial than its report to cabinet indicated. The Boeing company in Seattle lias already spent an estimated of its own money, to elaborate the basic design of the giant aircraft dreamed up by one of AtrilFs groups to fly gas and other re- sources from the Arctic. The studies so far indicate that such an aircraft would be at least competitive with pipelines, which has caused the oil and pipelines companies to take a keen interest in the Great Plains keen that the project appears confident ot raising from private sources for final economic and design studies of the aircraft. Other aspects of the project's work have produced ideas which are now being explored, at a cost of millions, by at least one multi-national corporation which has an executive on one of the project teams. So far, the project has encouraged this kind of activity by private en- terprise. All this has been possible be- cause Alrill and his colleagues, with the prime minister's inter- est and prestige to back them, have been able to move through government offices and corpo- rale boardrooms as if they were inventing some new kind of game and making up the rules as they went along. Nothing exactly like the Great Plains project has ever existed in Canada. Its biggest challenge now will be to maintain its crea- tive thrust while defining its im- mediate concrete objectives and the outlines of ils own institu- tional existence. Toronto Star Syndicate backward Through (ho Herald 1922 Passes [or the street railway .system nt per week for adults and 35 cents per week for children will bo issued. The SI. Lawrence Waterways Treaty was signed by Canada and the United .Slates at Washington (his morning. Fire of unknown ori- tho the gin completely destroyed barn and outbuildings on Engclking, Kirkvold and Bissett lols in the north end of lowii last evening. 1952 Plans for Ihe second annual Vulcan County Fair to he held on Monday and Tues- day, August 4 and 5, were fin- alized at the supper meeting of the Vulcan Lions Club held in the Armories last night. Advertisements too ramie The LctllhtidgC Herald I am lircd of going to movies (hat are advcrllscd as being re- spectable and turn out lo he Ihe opposite. I have attended .sev- eral shows lalely thai have forced me lo get up and leave because of whal was porlniy- cd on (lie screen. If homosexuality is going lo ]K! Ihe highlight of Ihe show Ihon it should he spollrvl oul In the advcrliscmcnl. Homosex- uality is not normal. Or is il, and am I old fashioned at 31? What are Ihe of oth- ers in I.cthbridgc? Do Ihcy con- cur wilh (hose obscene movies? Mler all. if Ihey continue we arc so much us saying to our children We concur. J. 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