Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, July 21. John It would cost nothing to try it (Second of two editorials) Yesterday we questioned the wis- dom of the city proceeding with a modest vet expensive ice center north of tiie tourist building on Mayor Magrath Drive. What are the alter- natives? We beg once more for a serious study of using Henderson Lake as a major pleasure skating facility. mile-long ribbon or track near the shore of the lake would create an urban skating attraction unique in Canada. Snow blowers and plows could keep it clear with a minimum of effort. Pumping lake water on to the ice could give the desired thickness of ice, and light watering could keep it skating-rink smooth. There need be no hazard whatever. Bulges in the ribbon could be used for putting up boards for an outdoor hockey rink, or several of them. The only objection is the weather factor. For at least four months there should be no problem of more than two or three days' duration. A long February Chinook could con- ceivably make the surface too slushy. However there is some frost almost every night for four months, enough to re-glaze the surface. And there is always enough frost early in the win- ter to make whatever thickness of ice is desired. What if Ihe weather is too cold? A prolonged 30-below spell could sec little outdoor skating, but it would also cramp a lot of other activities. Zero weather doesn't impair the fun of skating. On the other hand there would be special delight in an attractive and unique outdoors skating facility. And it could be provided with almost no capital cost and with only modest operating expenses. In short, it could easily be pro- vided this whiter (experimentally, if the authorities aren't easily con- vinced) at very little expense, and nothing would have been lost. Carpenter and Michelson There are many good things about the Lethbridge city police force, and one of Ihem is the opportunity it pro- vides for good men to rise to the top. Chief Carpenter, who will soon re- tire, has been a remarkable citizen. Not only has he given his men strong and unruffled leadership, but he has had the respect and confidence of the whole community for his sense of pub- .lic responsibility. Like Jim Carpenter, Inspector Ralph Michelson started at the bot- tom and earned every promotion. He has worked and studied hard. He has taken his work seriously, but not at the sacrifice of his sense of citizen- ship. When he takes over the force in a short while lie will see that it con- tinues to be the servant of the com- munity, not its master; that it will be the friend and counsellor of chil- dren, not their ogre; that it will en- force the laws with wisdom and com- passion, remembering that even the law- is the instrument of the people, not the people the pawns of the law. There are many more Jim Car- penters and Ralph Michelsons in the force, and because there can be only one chief, not all of them will reach the top. But the many good men who don't make it will be happy lo work wherever asked, knowing that this ap- pointment was a wise one and that the fore-) is good enough to produce its own leaders. A policeman's lot is a curious and difficult one He is engaged by the community to protect the community, and in doing his assigned task he is subject lo abuse from every quarter. Happy is that community that re- spects and appreciates its police, and that community with a discreet, good-humored, well-rounded police force worthy of such respect. Where was Arafat? Jordanian troops have been suc- cessful in bottling up the Palestinian guerrillas in a section of northern Jordan where they can do little harm. King Hussein's latest triumph in keeping the commandos at bay brings up the question as to how effective el Fatah, the guerrilla organiza- tion, will be in influencing the future course of events in the Middle East. Their acknowledged leader, Yassir Arafat, has turned politician, swag- gering around Cairo, holding confer- ences, and attending Arab League meetings, instead of fighting on the front line. He is the only leader yet to surface who has shown an ability to co-ordinate the whole spectrum of opinion among the guerrillas and to gain the confidence of the violent Marixst-oriented faction in the move- ment. Unless he can prove that he can provide more vigorous leader- ship, that he has not lost the old charisma, he is doomed to extinc- tion. Fragmentation of his once closely knit movement could mean total loss of viability of a force lo be reckoned with in Middle East af- fairs. ANDY RUSSELL The protective association AWAY I back in the days of the old wcsi, the early settlers were a hardy breed who found ways and means to maintain a toehold in a vast wilderness by taking suit- able measures to stay alive when danger threatened. Hard winters, prairies fires, Indiaas and while renegades sometimes gave them a bad time, but they stuck it out and most of them survived. There were Iwo kinds of people: good and some that were not so good. South of the 49th parallel in the U.S. things got so bad, that the citizens organized vigilante committees to establish their rights and rid the country of rustlers. Many the cot- tonwood tree that became the focal point of a necktie party. When Ihe vigilantes rode away there was generally a thief or two twinging from a stout limb at the end of a rope. Up here in Canada in 1874, tlie Royal Canadian Northwest Mounted Po- lice bought the law west before the set- tlers arrived. This was good, for things went a lot smoother as a result. But this past few years, aided by pow- erful trucks and good roads, many thou- sands of dollars worth of rattle arc being stolen. A few miles from here only a cou- ple of weeks ago, rustlers took eight year- ling steers in one haul, and then came back lo the same ranch a few days later and lock three more. This kind of thing along with pressures being exerted on pri- vate lands by industry and Ihe ever in- creasing numbers of "sportsmen" with no feeling for rights of property owners, has forced landowners lo tnko action. A group of ranchers nnd farmers along Ihe foolhills east of the Rockies formed an group called The Foothills Protective Association. What did Nixon give to get invited? PEKING About 15 min- utes afler radio Peking broadcast the skinning news of President Richard N i x o n's forthcoming visit lo China it went on the air with a solemn announcement of its slogan for the day 11 was one or Chair- man Mao Tse-Tung's favorites: "People of Ihe world, unite and defeat Hie U.S. aggressors and all their miming dogs." With a touch of irony that was almost certainly unwitting the broadcasters had captured the essential incongruity of Henry Kissinger's tour de force in Peking. For whatever else may be said about those three dramatic days it is surely a strange turn of events which will soon sec the chieftan of the warmongering imperialists fly- ing in to an honored reception in Peking. As they picked themselves off the floor afler Ihe first shock o( the announcement ob- servers here were just as puz- zled as their counterparts else- where. In the end they were li- able to produce any compelling explanation for the sudden breakthrough in an impasse which has lasted nearly a full generation. Certainly there had been Lhe beginning of a [haw, with the visit of the pingpong team, the relaxation of the U.S. trading embargo and the steady influx of influential U.S. visitors dur- ing the spring and early sum- mer. And had not Chairman Mao himself rolled out the red carpet, telling Edgar Snow that lie would be happy to meet Mr. Nixon "either as a tourist or as a A summit meeting between Nixon and Mao? It was the kind of notion a journalist likes to play with, hut scarcely real- istic; given the apparently in- tractable differences between the two powers, particularly on Taiwan. At the very least it looked as though the price Mr. Nixon would have to pay for his ticket would be the aban- donment of his old friends on the island, and there seemed little likelihood of that. Nothing like a vigilante committee, the objective policy of this association is to protect surface rights and livestock. More than interested in merely managing these rights by use of trespass regulations and right of entry, these landowners are co-op- erating with friendly sportsmen. They are also setting up close contact with the stock detective contingent of the R.C.M.P. to make life considerably more complicated for rustlers. They consider environmental management vital, and are determined Lo regulate use of pesticides on their lands. Thus they hope to influence use of the deadly 1000 poison presently in use for con- trol of Coyotes. Host ranchers, including ehcep raisers, consider this poison is doing far more harm than good. From Uie humane standpoint, its use makes the controversial seal hunting in Lhe Gulf of St. Lawrence look like a well conducted Sunday school picnic. The association has sponsored a good substitute means of control that is far more selective. Realizing that better understanding of environmental manage- ment can only be reached through ade- quate eduction at all levels of society, the association is sponsoring a broad new pro- gram of courses proposed for schools and universities. They feel it is dangerous lo the country In continue to educate agricul- turists, engineers and oilier professions without including environmental training courses in the curriculum. Since formation of the Foothills Protec- tive Association, other similar organiza- tions nre being structured in the west. It is hoped those will eventually rcnch across Canada to promote bctlcr environmental iinnngcmcnl. That was all before the bomb- shell burst. Now, it seems that Mr. Nixon has got his ticket, certainly to Chou En-lai if nut to Mao. And if he is lo be taken at his word he has get it without any real concessions on Taiwan. But how then' Mr. Kissinger certainly can- not have come with an empty briefcase. The Chinese do not need lo be reminded of the poli- tical capital to be made in ..n election year out of a summit meeting in Peking. Nor do they need Edmund Muskie to tell them that Mr. Nixon is far from a surefire winner. So there must have been some- thing in that briefcase The belting here is that Mr. Kissinger came with something on the United Nations and pos- sibly something on Indochina. A few observers are inclined to go further and hazard that there may have" been a little something on Taiwan, though they find it difficult to specify what. On the UN question it is thought that Mi'. Kissinger may have given a pledge against U.S. arm twisting among uncommitted nations who will swing the balance for cr against Peking. He may even have told the premier thai Washington is ready to see Pe- king seated by simple majority vote. This would mean the end of Washington's effort, success- ful in previous years, to re- quire a two thirds vole. On Vie'nam, speculation is a bit more For all Uieir propaganda blasts against Ihe Americans' ever-widening war, the Chinese give every appear- ance of having accepted that Nixon is truly on his way out of Vietnam. So it is not likely that Ihey would be much im- proved by a simple pledge to that effect. More likely they would seek a definite withdraw- al date- .i. With the U.S. response to me National Liberation Front's lat- est peace proposals still under debate, it is unlikely that Mr. ICissinger was able lo satisfy them But he may well have given them a general indication of what the U.S. bargaining position is likely to be. If so, they no doubt passed the infer- maii'an on to Nguyen Duy Trinli, foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Viet- nam (North Vietnam) who dropped in to meet Premier Chou on his return lo Hanoi from Moscow only three days after Mr. Kissinger departed. Taken together it doesn't come to much unless you subscribe to Ihe theory put for- ward by one of the Soviet dip- lomats in the Chinese capital. To him the real gain for the Chinese lies not in what the Americans had to give to get Mr. Nixon invited, but in the fact of the invitation itself. The Soviet Union is remind- ing anybody who cares to lis- ten thai the Chinese can with- draw Mr. Nixon's invitation at any time, cutting the ground from beneath him as the So- viets did when they cancelled Dwight Eisenhower's invita- tion to visit Russia during the U2 crisis. The theory is that the president will be beholden to the Chinese until he makes the trip, unless he is willing to in- cur the loss of face which would result from a cancellation. (Herald Peking Bureau) Joseph Krnfl Communist offer on Vietnam merits attention WASHINGTON President Nixon's surprise an- nouncement of his coming visit, to Peking should not divert at- tention from the immediate is- sue in Asia. That issue is the latest Communist offer on Viet- nam. The best way to judge the offer is to measure what it gives now against what is apt to emerge later. By that stand- ard, the offer is tough but in- teresting. For the basic fact, Chinese visit or not, is that the president's position on Vietnam is that of a man on a melting ice flow. Letters to the editor Public support tor the war in this country, for one thing, has been sinking i'.eadily since the abortive Laotian adventure of last February. A decline in approval of the war now has on- going momentum of its own. It is fed by any and all de- velopments from the Calley conviction to the Pentagon papers. There is thus every rea- son to think that public impa- tience with the war, which now includes 73 per cent of the country, according to Uie Gal- lup Poll, will continue to mount. The strength of the Saigon government is also ebbing. Given American support, President Nguyen Van Thieu can probably win another term in the presidential elections this fall. But President Thieu's pres- tige was badly shaken by the Laotian affair. The savage op- position of Vice President Ngu- yen Cao Ky means that the armed forces are now divided in their support of the presi- dent. In some of Marshal Ky's latest statements there is a strong hint of a possible mili- tary coup to undo whatever happens in an election. Not enough hinds for the arts The "Opportunities for Youth" program seems lo have abducted our most crea- tive and socially concerned young people. They are now to be found wasting away the sum- mer in money-pacifying pro- jects, because the projects are stymied left and right by a dearth of cooperation on the part of the society for which they are functioning. Lured away from dignified allegiances to the many responsibilities to their country's land and peo- ple, lured into comfortable rub- ber stamp offices, our youth can dream of achieving fantas- tic goals of overwhelming im- portance (some of which should really be tasks extending into and throughout the next de- Then they can return to the comfortable obscurity with- in the mamby pamby cloister- ed of academics. fs this part of the welfare stale's answer to unemploy- ment? You putting up the cap- ital; you grant-bribing youth with promises of summertime action? Then we putting up the talent, we going wire-headed, scheming dilettante dreams, only lo find our New Young values inactivated by public diffidence. From experience in our pro- ject, we have drawn the fol- lowing aggravating conclu- sions. The.-e is an inherent pre- judice against experiments in the arts. Although the field of art can best recreate the senti- ments of a society, it is largely unattended by those who could best support its pursuits. Shouldn't a collection of poetry, writing and photography from youth across Canada deserve attention and publicity? It is a rare moment when young peo- ple can submit work to a pub- lication and have any hope of being published. Yet we, who actually have the nerve to try to pull off a dilettante dream of this nature have been greeted with a discouraging lack of faith that eats out the spirit of our initiative and leaves us wounded without our having re- ceived any actual assistance. After two weeks of hassling the media, we are still strug- gling for the initial exposure needed to bring us closer to the course of realizing our goals. Should we be rolling down the streets soiling our heads? Or should we be drunk on the fruits of our labour, which should be gaining us an enthu- siastic response from all our very vocal youth, all of whom see their worlds in so many ways. We (a poet, writer and photographer) will be in town within a few weeks. We expect to have been preceded by cov- erage in the media. May we say finally, that your coopera- tion with us, and with others in the "Opportunities for Youth" projects may mean the success and continuation of this government program. RICHARD LITVACK WRITING EDITOR JANINA SZLAMP POETRY EDITOR JAMES DAWSON PHOTOGRAPHY EDITOR "Canadian Youth Canadian Hope" Montreal. Then there is the Vietnamiza- tion program. It always strain- ed credulity to believe that the South Vietnamese forces mini's American troops could put Ihe kind of hold on the enemy they were unable to ap- ply with half a million Ameri- cans. Now even the optimistic reports from the field about the progress of Vietnamization are beginning to tail off. In these condilions, it is un- reasonable to think the United Slates can achieve for very long a favorable outcome of any kind in'Vietnam. On most of the issues, the latest offer by the other side gives this country something close to what it is likely to get in the future anyway. On the matter of prison- ers, the formal offer made by Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh at the Paris neace talks ties return directly to the withdrawal of American troops. The last American prisoner held in North Vietnam would be released when the last American soldier left South Vietnam. That is the best kind of arrangement this country is ever likely to get on prisoners, and though the men held in Laos and Cambodia are not included, the probably could be in any agreement for settle- ment in (hose two countries. On the schedule of troop with- drawal, the other side asked the president to pick the end of this year as the terminal date for the exit of all Ameri- cans. President Nixon is now committed to be down lo about troops by the end of this year. Authoritative reports sav that in 1972 the rate of withdrawal will be raised to men per month which would imply complele exit by the fall of 1972. That means that only nine months separate the president's timetable for withdrawal from the Communist timetable, and that is hardly a non-negotiable period of lime. A third issue is Ihe matter of continuing American economic and military aid to South Viet- nam after the troop withdraw- al. In her formal presentation, Mme. Binh allowed for the con- tinuation of economic aid. In his interview with Anthony Lewis of the New York Times, Le Due Tho, Ihe chief Commun- ist at the talks, asserted mili- tary aid could also continue. That seems to mean the Uniled Slates can withdraw all its troops from Vietnam while still supporting the Saigon re- gime militarily which is much more than many have expected. Finally, tliere is the gut is- sue of who rules South Viet- nam after the American troop withdrawal. President Nixon wants the South Vietnamese to be free lo shape their own des- tiny. The Communists have insist- ed that President Thieu be ex- cluded from power. This is a step backward from previous insistence that Thieu, Vice President Ky, and Premier Tran Thien Khien all be ex- cluded from office. Moreover, in his interview with Mr. Lewis, Mr. Tho indicated that the poli- tical issue could be settled sep- arately from other Issues. That is a further slep backward, and rn indication, as Mr. Tho ac- knowledged, that the whole matter is up for negotiation. What all this means is that Ihe Communist offer merits careful, discriminating atten- tion. The burden of proof is on the administration to show that it is serious in its approach to negotiations. And there should be no dodging the issue in Mme vain hope that the coming visit lo Peking can produce miracles in Hanoi not to mention Moscow. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Strange reversal of attitudes A strange attitude has de- veloped in Canada towards the symbols of our country itself, the Maple Leaf and Union Jack flags. The Toronto Globe and Nail reported that on St. John Baptist's Day last, a group of separatists in Montreal, led by a girl wear nothmg more than blue panties, "decorated" the Maple Leaf with a skull nnd then to show their contempt for Confederation burned our na- tional emblem. Locally, great numbers of flags were stolen Mayor Magrath Drive at some cost lo Ihe laxpay- crs. Many ixxiple have also 1-ecn seen wearing flags par- ticularly the Union Jack as articles of clolhing. Ycl there has been little or no public out- Try. In Montreal the flag-burn- ing separatists were simply ig- nored by the police. This is all quite different from the past. In Ihe Second V.'orld War Ihe children of .Ic- hovnh's witnesses were expell- ed from school from periods of up to four years for not salut- ing the flags. Their parents wore often charged with sedi- tion and in some cases impri- soned. In one instance, at least, several children were taken from their families and placed under state control. Not salut- ing the flag was regarded, as Premier William Abcrharl once said, as "an act of rebellion." At the lime, Jehovah's wit- nesses simply acted out of deep, heartfelt religious moti- vations. They refused to hail men or regard the flag as a 'Crazy Capers' Exercises ho damned, .v- I'M clolh icon. Yet they were se- verely persecuted for their he- liefs. According to Prime Min- ister Mackenzie King, it was for those reasons thai they were declared an illegal organization in 1MO. However, as one of Je- hovah's witnesses myself, 1 can slalc with certainty that none of us were guilty of the typo of gross disrespect for Lhe na- tional emblems thai now exists. The Maple Leaf and the Union Jack represent Canada; they should he respected though not idolized. Now they arc 'burned, stolen and treated (is playthings, ii fact shocking in itself. Bui what is passing strange indeed is that no one seems lo care anymore. Where are all the old patriots of yes- teryear? Have Jill UK old sol- diers faded away? Have they nil gone to llicir rcwnrds? Are those of us who were once per- seculcd for supposedly showing disrespect to the ting the only ones wlio respect it anymore? I'lonsc pjrdon me if I wonder oi'.l loud. M.M.I'. Lethbridge. Looking backward Tlii'onRh the Herald It was rumoured today that a direct offer of leadership of the new Farmers' party in the provincial legislature was made to Premier Stewart, lead- er of the deposed Conservative cabinet. 19111 Princess Anna Trou- bclzkoy, while on her honey- moon with Prince Gregory Troubclzkoy, whom she mar- ried in New York, plunged from (he lop of Ihe Eiffel lower in Paris while sightseeing. 7311 federal loan agen- cy of Uniled States today made a loan to Great Brit- ain lo 'ielp the British pay for wcr supplies ordered in the U.S. King Abdullah of Jor- dan was assassinaled today as he was entering a mosque in Jerusalem. The alleged assas- sin Muslafa Shakir, was shot dead. Astronaut Virgil Gris- som safely look a mile an hour rocket ride into space Inday tlien hnd to swim for his life as his capsule-craft sank in feet of water. The Letltbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., LcUibridgc, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. 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