Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, July 24, 1971 Joseph Krufl Projects for the Prairies The prairie .provinces and a large area of Canada's north will be en- couraged by the recently released Great Plains Project report. Collated and submitted to Prime Minister Trudeau by an influential group, all experts in their field, the report was given a stamp of ap- proval by the prime minister. Many of the proposals for the de- velopment of the Prairies and the northwest are practical and sensible. Others are too overblown and gran- diose the idea of cargo jet freighters for one. Nevertheless, basic changes must lake place if the Prairies are to pros- per under normal economic circum- stances With all due respect to the ideas contained in the Plains report, there are problems which could if acted upon immediately, relieve some the economic distress which has plagued this region for years. Inequitable freight rates which the government has consistently turned a blind eye to for years is one. These rates, perhaps more than anything else, have held back the economic development of the Prairies. Another contentious issue, especi- ally in Alberta, is energy policy. There is evidence lately that this province arm its oil arid rGscurcss are to be subservient to federal aand central Canadian interests. If this trend is allowed to continue, impor- tant development proposals like the ideas in the Plains report, will be seriously hampered. This would be unfortunate, as the projects for the most part are ima- ginative and bold, and very much needed to develop the West's econo- mic potential. Good news at McGill A quiet revolution with a differ- ence is going on in Montreal academ- ic circles. It is the current change in outlook at McGill, Quebec's most prestigious English speaking univer- sity. A few years ago the McGill campus in the heart of Montreal was the focus demonstrations by students of French speaking universities in the city, protesting McGill's compar- ative affluence. McGill, incorporated in 1821, is not the oldest Canadian university. The University of New Brunswick, incor- porated in 1785, claims that honor. But over the years, McGill has bene- fited enormously from endowments by wealthy private citizens and cor- porations, although it must continue to depend on provincial grants for continued operation. Not long ago, the government of the province of Quebec reduced these grants, and McGill authorities feared that the fu- ture of the university was in jeopardy. They did, however, recog- nize that French resentment had some justification. Wisely, they have attempted to take steps to correct the image of the university as an Eng- lish enclave, insensitive and unco-op- erative to the needs of French aca- demic life. A recent issue of the alumni publi- cation The McGill News outlines how the university is changing and tells of its hopes to play a signifi- cant role in the creation of: close academic links with Canada's two cultures. There is no suggestion that McGill will ever become a French speak- ing institution, but language pro- grams and courses conducted in French have been commenced, in- cluding a number designed to give students a greater understanding and empathy with their French speak- ing counterparts. It has not been done painlessly, or without creating resentment in cer- tain circles. Nevertheless the proof of the pudding is its enrichment thereof. The provincial grant to McGill has been increased substantially this year. If McGill continues on this route, developing its relationships with the French community around it, en- larging exchanges in academic cir- cles, it could become the first Cana- dian university to reflect truly the bi- cultural nation of Canadian society. Thanks for a good time The weather could have been a good deal better. The fair itself could have been better. But all in all it was a good week. In looking back on it, there is one item of unfinished business. That is for all those who enjoyed the parade and the events at the fair grounds to say thank you to the many hun- dreds of people who contributed time, effort and talent. A few people were paid for their work, but most were not. From the directors on down through those who participated in the parade, those who manned the community food booths, those who sold tickets on the cars and the bar of gold, those who exhib- ited competitively and innumerable others, it was a labor of love. They did it because it would help to make the fair more enjoyable. Thanks to all of them. ART BUCHWALD The election counselor WASHINGTON Everyone knows about marriage counsellors, but very few people know that there are also election counsellors who are responsible for bring- ing psople together during a presidential election year. One of the best known is Stanfield Stan- islaus, who has been in the election coun- selling business for 30 years. He told me how he works. "Every pres- idential election year, hundreds of thou- sands of marriages and friendships are broken up because people get so mad at each other that they lose all reason. It is my job (o work with couples and friends to sec if I can persuade them to resolve their and become compatible again. Most of my work is done after the elec- tions in November, but even now I have appointments." "I imagine you'll be busy this year." "It could be the busiest I've ever had. There's a bitterness about this upcoming campaign that I haven't felt since Gold- water." "How do you "I have a couple coming in now. Why don't you sit over there and watch A middle-age couple eame into Stanis- laus' office. The husband had a Nixon but- ton in his hot and the wife was wearing a skirt which said "Vote For McCiovcrn." They sat far apart from each other. would like to Stanislaus asked. Tl.c husband said, "Lot Ihc radical speak first." "I'm not n the wife shouted. "I change. I want welfare reform rights for women and I want lo get nut of Vietnam-" "I luld you she svas a the hus- band said. "Let's avoid name calling If we possibly Stanislaus said. "Tell me, is there anything about this year's political cam- paign that you can agree The husband said, "We both agree Nixon isn't much, but I say he's better than nobody." The wife replied, "And I say I'd rather have nobody." "You're getting nobody with the husband said. Stanislaus said, "It's obvious that the election year is causing difficulty in your marriage. How do you get along in a non-presidential electon "All the wife said. "He spends most of his time watching football." "Which happens to be Nixon's favorite the husband said. Stanislaus asked, "Do you do tilings to- "We play tennis and go camping, and we're good at the wife said. "Well, that's Stanislaus said. "But we're not doing any of those things during an election year. How can you play bridge wilh someone who's for McGov- the husband asked. "One more Stanislaus said. "Are you sexually Ihc husband paid, "you could say we are." The wife blushed, "I have no com- plainls." "Then there is only one thing for you both to do. Stay in bed until Election Day." "ELECTION the husbnnd gnspcd. "And no humpcr stickers on the head- board." Slanislaus said. "That will be 525, please." (Toronto Son Service) A columnist's reaction to life in Hanoi JJANOI I came to North Vietnam early this month to assess the outlook lor peace in the wake of President Nixon's recent diplomatic, mil- itary and political moves. I wind up my trip feeling that an early political settlement is possible. But not probable and only on condition that Mr. Nixon abandon the pressure policy that has dominated his ap- proach to Vietnam. For the President's two greatest strokes the voyages to Pek- ing and Moscow, the renewed bombing of North Vietnam and the mining of its ports, and even his rise in the Gallup Poll have not had a decisive ef- fect here in Hanoi. That general impression de- rives from many particular experiences in North Vietnam which I shall describe in sub- sequent columns. But first I need to say a word about re- porting from this country, for the conditions are different than any I ever encountered in the Western world or the Communist world including China. I was met at the Gia Lam airport outside Hanoi by a chauffeur, an interpreter and a woman guide from the Viet- namese press association. With one exception, they domin- ated what I could do and could not do during the rest ot my visit. The one exception was the foreign community. It was pos- sible to see in private, as I did, diplomals from Western countries, from Russia and China and smaller socialist na- tions, and from some Asian and African slates. It was also possible to mix freely with a foreign press corps which in- cluded one or two knowledge- able non-Communists. But no medieval monastic or- der was ever more cut off from the world of the flesh than the foreign community in Hanoi is cut off from the world of the Vietnamese people. One diplo- mat acknowledged to me that lie came closest to piercing the official veil when he bought an antique, ivory opium pipe. He IH SOMZ Letters to the editor Now parents want alleys for playgrounds I am troubled over two as- pects of the closure by city council of the alley between 6A Ave. South and 6th Ave. I cannot understand the think- ing of city council and in parti- cular Alderman Hembroff, that the wishes of the residents (one of which has lived in this area less than a year) should take precedent over the wishes of 56 other people who are directly or indirectly affected. I think the residents of Leth- bridge should take a long hard look at the members they have on council and when the next opportunity arrives to mark a ballot, mark it in favor of those who will uphold the democra- tic process. It appears that council now in office complete- ly disregards petitions present- ed to them be it signed by 56 people or people. How- ever, one influential man can impose his will regardless of the will of the majority. When I was a child 1 can recall being taught by my par- ents that a roadway was for motor vehicles, that I was to cross it as quickly as possi- ble and if I was walking along that roadway I was to walk well off to the side in order that any motor vehicle would have sufficient room. Not so with some parents of today. If there is to be any danger to their children playing in the alley, then we use our money The value of post-secondary education Our post-secondary educa- tional institutions are on trial, but so is the community that selected them and we should spare no pains to see that the trial is a successful one. I tend tn be rather optimistic. If we are big enough to need a university and a college our pride should not be directed to its physical qualities but to the fact that we use it effec- tively. The factor of sheer num- bers is obviously a fundamen- tal one but it is difficult to project what the actual enrol- ment will be. The solution per- haps is less meddling by self- appointed experts. How does one measure tlie worth of a university or college education? I wish I knew! As a parent I would hope one would acquire a love of objec- tive truth, no matter in what domain scientific, historical or any other and (hat he receive a return of more than a hundred fold for the price ot the tuition. Education has been described as the process of "learning to value Ihc right things." Graduation from a college or university is not an end, it is not even the beginning of an end. It is just the end of a beginning. Young people nt times, un- fortunately, ore trained to bo belter than somebody else, which cnn cripple Ihcm as much as it can challenge them; few are taught Ihal the only compclillon w.irlh Ihc candle is trying jo he heller than Hie self of yesterday. Those days it in ejuy (a turn our educational problems over to specialists to handle. That's good. But we must be careful we do not turn away from our individual privilege and responsibility in taking an intelligent stand where vital principles are at slake. Perhaps what we need, more than ever, is a social con- science. Let's quit the nit pick- ing and get on with making our college and university proud ones so that future gen- erations can say we have not failed them. Far too often we look upon ourselves as the lords of crea- tion, and yet we know more about the environmental re- quirements of puppy dogs and cattle than we do about the proper needs of the human en- vironment. If taken in a simple way, if we are not careful, the ultimate survivor may end up being the cockroach not the Caesar. and influence to close that alley, we don't teach our chil- dren safety. The modern psychology of parents is that my child can play in the alley, on the streets, and if you are driving a car, mister, you better watch out for him. We are proving to ourselves what a sick psycho- logy it is. We don't teach him respect for other people's needs, their rights or their property. We teach him selfish- ness. My child will have any- thing, at any Many people will disagree with what I say but next time you drive downtown watch Uie "young people on the streets defy you as they walk across the streets. The taxpayers of Lethbridge have spent hundreds of thou- sands of dollars (if not mil- lions) in building recreational facilities for their young peo- ple. Must we go on to buy them the alleys and the streets? How about teaching them discipline and respect? Taber. AB CHERVINSKI Lclhbridge. GEOHGE HIGHAM noticed thai the pipe had teen much smoked, and quite re- cently. That was his first, and only, intimation that the fam- ous Vietnamese habit, sup- posedly banished by the Com- munists, in fact continues. Apart from such sniffs of life below the surface, everything I have done in. North Vietnam has been arranged by my hosts. They established the em- phasis ot my coverage. They decided whom I saw and did not see. They controlled my contacts with the local popula- tion. The emphasis the North Viet- namese wished to impart to tha trip announced ilself from the start. My first appointment was with a vice-minister of water control who described American bombing of this country's dikes. Thereafter, no effort was spared to acquaint me with evidence of the "criminal" damage done by American bombing. I was twice taken to points distant from Hanoi to see towns that had been ob- literated and dikes that had been damaged. An interview with two cap- tured American pilots, both of them vocal in condemnation of the war, was arranged. So was a press conference in which Vietnamese doctors described damage done to hospitals by American bombing. When it came to learning about other features of life in North Vietnam, difficulties pre- sented themselves. I had only three conversations that were not supervised one with an official of a foreign ministry who has asked not to be iden- tified. I met two truly important political figures Le Due Tho, a member o[ the politburo and chief negotiator at the Paris peace talks, and Nguyen Buy Trinh, another politburo mem- ber who is also deputy pre- mier. But when it came to meeting other leaders, and to the inter relationships between them which comprises the es- sence of Vietnamese politics, I was told: "Our regime was born from a secret resistance movement and we still observe the rule of the three nothings 'Hear nothing; see nothing; know nothing.'" There was one totally unre- hearsed opportunity for conver- sation wilh an ordinary North Vietnamese at Sunday mass at the cathedral in Hanoi. I said a few words in French to a woman who had that in- definable look some women have of being well-bred. She obviously understood. I thought a conversation was about to be- gin. But my interpreter came up; there was a burst ot talk in Vietnamese; he told me sha was busy and had to go. I do not conclude from Hiis that North Vietnam is a state seething wilh discontent and dissent, anymore than I sup. pose the North Vietnamese army to be comparable to the Arab fedayeen. On the con- trary, the capacity to cut off contacts so thoroughly gives me the opposite impression. As the actress Jane Fonda, who has also been visiting Hanoi, said in a characteristic buist of unrestrained enthusiasm: "I have never seen so many un- alienated people." My impression is that the North Vietnamese regime is one of the most Communist of Communist regimes anywhere in the world tough, resolute, disciplined, organized to the rice rools and with a mission- ary belief in revolutionary pur- pose that absorbs all internal dissension. The character of Communism in North Vietnam is one of the reasons it has been so hard for the United States to beat the men from Hanoi or to make peace with them. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) A bunch of deadbeats Looking backward Congratulations citizens of Lethbridge. Once again you've proved what a great group of people you are by your enthusi- astic display of appreciation for the efforts of others. Last Mon- day morning produced one of the best parades I've seen in my years of residence in this ctly. It's only loo bad Ihe crowd could not have displayed some of the pleasure and enthusiasm reprcsenlalive on (he faces of Ihosc who participated in the parade. People of Lclhhriclgc, you arc a hunch of deadbcals. I would not blame one partici- pant, when it becomes tlmo for next year's display, if they told you all lo go soak your heads, it would be no less than you de- serve. Each cilizcn in this commun- ity ought to get their arms out of Ihcir slings, pick up pen ami paper and write n note o! appreciation to each bond and sponsor of a float. Then hope- fully let some gratitude get into their hands to display their ap- preciation when it conies time for the next parade. Unfortunately, people, I don't think you'll learn until it's too late. Lethbridge. V. HUNTER Pay with Life I agree with M. E. Spencer of Cardston. A sex offender should be castrated. And when murder is commuted they should be made to pay with their life and not sent to prison just long enough so they cnn cook up nnothor crime. I think In the dnys of Ihc hanging tree there was n lot less crime. Through the Herald 1922 Mrs. P. C. Harris of 212 1st Avenue S. exhibited a radish today weighing one pound six ounces. In Lake Placid's new arena special ice-making ma- chinery will put a glossy sur- face over the smooth concrete floor for the international ice skating meet to be held in New York. IM2 Cecil Beford won top money in bronc riding with sad- dle at the annual Castle River stampede, 18 miles west of Pincher Creek, staged Wednes- day and attended by upwards of people, 1952 About voters of the Lelhbridge constituency will require 52 polling booths in the provincial election August 5. This was revealed on the completion of Ihe enumerator's lisls, handled from the office of the returning officer for this conslilucncy, William Ellis. ULhbridga H. GREY The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published 1005 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second class Mall Registration No. 0012 Cftnndlan Preis and Ihe Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulation! 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