Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THC LHHBR1DGE HERALD Wodnejday, Jgn. 14, 1972 Roland Huntford Improved image Hostility toward the United States may be on the wane in some parts of the world. For several years it has been popular to make Ameri- cans feel unwanted by the use of slogans and demonstrations as well as througli an unfavorable press. Re- cently, however, the New York Times' peripatetic columnist. C. L. Sulzberger, did a little survey in Europe and concluded that the U.S. image had considerably improved. Much of the credit for this happy development must go to President Richard Nixon. His trips to Peking and Moscow above all have im- pressed the world. They have sup- ported Mr. Nixon's assertion that he wants to build a more peaceful world. An exception to the generally im- proved attitude toward the U.S. is the matter of the Vietnam war. It still provokes hostility. If. Mr. Nixon could manage to get the Paris peace talks moving again and reach a negotiated settlement it seems high- ly probable that most of the remain- ing anti-American venom could go down the drain. Some antipathy of course would be bound to remain. American invest- ment abroad with its real or ima- gined interference in the affairs of other countries will continue to be a source of resentment in some quar- ters. Jealousy and envy could also operate to provoke an antagonistic attitude. The U.S. deserves a better balanc- ing of the ledger than has been the case. Its excursions into the affairs of other nations as in the case of. the Dominican Republic and Vietnam are deplorable. But since the Second World War there have also been pro- grams of assistance to people that have been generous and imaginative. Such are the vagaries of world af- fairs that nobody can predict how long the improved image will last but while it does neighbors can re- joice together. A nice young, man British Columbia's Premier W. A. C. Bennett has a way with him, guaranteed to infuriate crit- ics and political opponents. He ex- udes self-confidence, smiles with his papa-knows-best grin, and listens to contrary opinions with the lofty air of the man in the know. Comment- ing on the election of 34-year-old Lib- eral MP David Anderson to the lead- ership of the B.C. Liberal party, Mr. Bennett said, "He's a nice young chap. I think he was placed here by the federal government. They have been having difficulties with him." It is true that Mr. Anderson has had his problems with the party in Ottawa, which he says tends to dis- courage initiative, and leads to frus- tration of new members with a mes- sage and a cause. He has turned to provincial politics as a more effec- tive way to buck the system. Mr. Anderson's disenchantment with federal politics will undoubtedly make him the target of Mr. Ben- nett's barbed tongue, but Mr. Ander- son says he isn't worried about it, nor does he think that B.C.'s disin- terest in the federal Liberals will show up in provincial politics. That is open to question. What is not open to question is that the three provincial party lead- ers, Mr. Anderson, PC Derril Warren, and NDP David Barrett are all com- paratively young men, all of them newcomers on the provincial political scene. They will make a strong pitch to the young voters many of whom must be tired of Mr. Bennett's auto- cratic posturing. It won't be entirely a youth versus age battle, or even one of the experi- enced versus the untried. All three of Mr. Bennett's opponents have di- verging views of their own. But they do have one thing in common. They are relatively young, and even Mr. Bennett must concede that he is not. Saul Alinsky Saul David Alinsky, the controver- sial sociologist and civil rights ac- tivist, is dead at the age of 81. Alinsky was to American civil rights as Ralph Nader is to the American consumer, both being feared and respected in high places. Alinsky was a man who believed that the end justifies the means. In an interview with the Playboy mag- azine earlier this year, he admitted that some of his tactics were "dirty" but added that he saw no other means to fight the Establishment. His most noted achievement was in Chicago, where he helped the Negroes to more decent forms of living. A believer in the masses, he was an extraordinary organizer. In his confrontation with Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, he sent his workers to occupy all the wash- rooms at O'Hare International Air- port when the passengers arrived. In Rochester, New York, he em- barrassed Kodak Films by buying all the tickets to a performance by the company's orchestra, then boycotting it. He used every strategy to win. ANDY RUSSELL The missing drummer ALONG about greening up time every spring we hear a sound reminiscent of Indian drums booming in the forest around our buildings; the mating signal of the cock ruffed grouse. It was a wild sound, rythmic in its own fashion, starting slowly and gradually speeding up into a flurry of beats so close together they almost blend into each other. Sometimes we hear it again in the fall, but this Is a sort of false mating moon when the birds go through the ritual but no farther. It is by drumming the cock establishes his territorial claim stake and at the same time calls the females to him. The drum- mer takes his stand on a particular log or stump, and spreads his tail fan and neck ruff to the limit. Then standing bolt up- right, tail flat against the log, he spreads his wings in a sort of cupping posture and begins beating them with such rapidity the displacement of air makes the drumming sound. The drumming starts like a slow pulse beat and ends in a fast roll so fast the wings are just a blur to the eye. Obtain- ing a good sharp photograph of a drum- ming grouse is next to impossible with a conventional camera, for with the shutter set at one thousandth of a second the move- ment cannot be stopped in sharp detail. In spite of their preoccupation with mat- Ing and the fact they advertise their loca- tion to everything within earshot, very few cocks are taken by predators while drum- ming. They choose their locations well where their beautifully marked feathers offer the best camouflage and (he sur- roundings make it very difficult for a fox, lynx or coyote to approach. One spring several years ajo a cock ruffed grouse with some original ideas set up his drumming location on top of our pump house. It was a small building cover- ing our deep well and behind it there was another old hand dug well with its con- crete cribbing covered with a heavy nlank lid. This cock would take up his position every morning and evening to drum his messages, a procedure the whole family found entertaining and we often approach- ed quite close to observe him without being paid much attention. It seemed he was in- ordinately proud of his oversize "log" and the hollow frame building added to the resonance of his call. Bu then one morning he did not show up, did he make his appearance that even- unexpected development for his various rivals were still sounding off in the timber all around. A couple of days went by and still no drummer showed up on the pump house and vie began to wonder what had happened to him. On the evening of the second day I was out looking for some sign of him when I chanced to walk behind the building, where I found something likely a curious bear had ripped a plank loose from the lid leaving a hole. 1 looked into the old well and was astonished to see our missing drummer silting on a pipe protruding from the cribbing about eight feet down and six feet above the water. I lifted the lid out of the way to let him fly out but he refused to move. So I got a piece of rope, tied one end of it to a tree and very slowly lowered my- self into the well until my feet came to rest on each side of the bird. Now both of us were standing on the two inch pipe. With utmost care I slowly reached down and grasped him. Then 1 quickly passed him, up to son, Dick, waiting above. The grouse was weak but still able to fly, for he took off wilh a flurry of wings into (he aspens. But he never came back to drum on our pump house roof. A couple of days later I heard a grouse drumming in a spot where we had never heard one before, and when I investigated it was to see a cock with a foxy red tail sitting on top of a dead log lying on the ground under a willow clump. Our missing drummer also wore a reddish tail and so it was likely him. If so, he had found a new location, and I wished him luck. Environment conference gets bogged down STOCKHOLM It was said before the United Nations Conference on the Human En- vironment opened here on June 5 that it would be tlio conference that' made or broko the United Nations. At all ev- ents, it might turn out to be tha death knell of this type of mammoth event where every- one has his say and or almost nothing gets done. If that is the outcome, Stock- holm will not have been in vain. One thousand delegates from 109 countries are gathered here for almost a fortnight, expect- ed to discuss and adopt a plan of action to save the global en- vironment, containing at least 100 clauses. Some are contro- versial, many ambivalent, a certain number downright in- comprehen s i b 1 e. Committees have proliferated; they seem not infrequently to be concern- ed with semantic juggling. One seems to be in cloud cuckoo-land. Delegates appear to live In the conviction that a conference decision Is the same as action. Speeches are mostly compounded of platitude and empty rhetoric. It is, in short, a typical United Nations con- ference, observing the typical United Nations forms. It is a pity that the matter should have turned out thus. The environment and its pro- tection are obviously an issue of the first importance. Too important, one would have thought, to have been left to a forum which all previous expe- rience suggests is anything but conducive to action. It can be argued that the very form of the UN General Assembly which in effect is what this conference happens to against action. It is, after all, a device to allow all nations, great and small, to have their equal say. It must by definition work to the low- est common denominator. It is scarcely the environment in which great deeds get done. The trouble is that politics have the upper hand. The UN is pre-eminently a political fo- rum, with all the strengths and efficiencies that this entails. Nations guard their own inUr- ests jealously, while paying lip service to international consen- sus. Resolutions are watered down, hedged about with reser- vations, wrapped up io equiv- ocation. In Stockholm, some of e im lj NU, he. "He has WitWrown from tte cruel worU.fo Iht point, naif, wfcere he wi'H only lead abcut Willie GODS.' Now, h's Jong heir ent women ft fBI' IS NOTHING Letters to the editor Fears shackling of the free soul in society There Is no doubt that I am a man overly sensitive to im- prisonment. I lust after freedom as others may lust after love. It is no longer the youthful free- dom of the wanderer that I seek but the internal freedom of an uncoerced apirit choosing its beliefs and actions with a stern and personal integrity. As men of wisdom have stated throughout history, it is not the physical imprisonment which is to be feared but rather the shackling of the free soul. There Is no more vicious nor subtler sin than the abdication from free will since it encom- passes the greatest of all the sin which inspired Stanley Kubrick's moral epic, A Clock- Work Orange; that is, the sin of no longer being capable oE choosing evil. In Kubrick's masterpiece (which unfortunately is unavail- able for viewing in Alberta, a phenomenon which is itself an ironic footnote to his theme) the protagonist, a vicious sadist who loves classical music Is reprogrammed by the slate so that he is incapable of commit- ting evil. A side effect of the treatment Is that he loses his fine appreciation of music; that is, his capacity, as a man, to be like an angel, to choose The Good. Who can doubt that this is the trap being laid by our present society whore technological ef- ficiency demands more and more lockstep performance by its citizens? There are thous- Deplores slur on civil servants It does not seem to me that journalists in general and The Herald in particular yet realize that society is made up of peo- ple of all types, most of them trying to do their best at their chosen vocations. Doctors, edu- cators, lawyers, surveyors, electricians, plumbers, nurses, engineers, laborers, clerks yes, even journalists, all are recognized as being useful in society that is, until the title "civil servant" is also added. Then he or she becomes fair game for anyone la smear in the way that the editorial of June 9 does. Just take its title Civil service corruption. No corruption is quoted or proved, but this title indicates (hat cor- ruption exists; however, we are told it could happen in the future, if certain conditions are fulfilled! I always suspect an individu- al who denigrates his fellow beings; by calling them slobs he firstly shows his lack of vocabulary and secondly a lack of Christian charity. I suggest this person's sensationalist re- marks were made to please certain non-conformist young people and-or the press, and should not be taken seriously. Opinions personal Miss Chris Sumption wrote a letter about an article written by Miss Marlene Cookshaw. I feel I must respond because of the overlooking of certain facts. Miss Sumption pointed out that the reason for Miss Cook- shaw's destructive critique was the fact that there is a high school rivalry between the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Requests path As a newcomer to Lethbridge about a decade ago I was rath- er dismayed when the Hender- son Lake Golf Club was given such a generous extension of the lease of the parkland verg- ing on Henderson Lake. The lease slid through smoothly wilh hardly a murmur of dis- sent to relinquish almost half a century of its use to golf- ers only. Reversal of the lease was possible until the clubhouse was erecled and it then ap- peared improbable that the land would revert Io park use. The footpath is now to be out of bounds to walkers who enjoy that part of the lakcshore and Fine view. The shore is a haven from the crowds which throng on the northern side when sum- mer arrives. The lack of foresight in filling half of a relatively small park with a golf club, for such a long period of time is the re- sult of earlier council decisions. Let us at least have a foot- path. PHYLLIS LEONG Lethbridge. (LCI) and Winston Churchill High School Although Miss Cookshaw was a student at WCHS, she is not at the pres- ent time. Although she was a member of the WCHS student's council and associated with our many productions, she was hired by The Herald and now fills the capacity as a staff writer. Also Miss Cookshaw is paid by The Herald and there- fore WCHS has nothing to do with her critique. Therefore Miss Sumption had no reason for suggesting that Miss Cook- shaw's opinions and views were based on a high school rivalry. Maybe Miss Sumption felt her school name had been offended but that is no reason for offend- ing the name of WCHS. JOHN WEVERS WCHS Student Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' "You've been lighting that cold of yours for three now, J. K. Galbrailh has been wrong before, and I contend thnl in saying the civil servant is somehow an enemy of the public he is ludicrous in the ex- treme. In the second sentence of this letter is a list of profes- sions and trades all of these are represented in the civil ser- vice, both federal and provin- cial. Enemies? The Alberta Hospital, Raymond; the Re- ceiving Home, Lethbridge; the Foothills, Calgary; the mem- bers Of the Drug Abuse and Alcoholism branch; the proba- tion officers, ths social work- ers, the Dept. of Public Works and Dept. of Highways, the driver examiners, correctional officers, NA1T and SAIT, all staffed by civil servants enemies! In all sectors of society, Ihere will be a small proportion of square pegs in round holes, and federal and provincial civil ser- vices are no exception. How- ever, there is usually a very good chance of the unsuitable civil servant being removed our employer, you, the public, will rightly complain about the un-civil servant! Please don't kick your local civil servant in the teeth, be- cause whatever The Herald says, he is not a corruptible slob and he tor she) is not a public enemy, but just a mem- ber of the public trying to do a good job for his town or city, her province and our country. I wish I could say the same about our newspapers. HARRY J. COBURNE Chairman, Branch 12, Lethbridge Civil Service Association of Alberta. EDITOR'S NOTE: It was not The Herald that called civil servants "corruptible slobs." John Carson, chair- man of Hie Public Service. Commission of Canada said Ihere was a danger of some civil servants becoming that. The Herald interpreter! this to mean some civil servants, like other people, (end to le- come conservative and pro- tectionist in outlook. By re- ferring to civil servants as "enemies" Galbrailh seems io have been concerned about the licnp of government bureaucracy vlth business bureaucracy not with the capabilities individuals- ands of examples of how this Is occurring today but the one that comes immediately to mind is the increasing scrut- iny of private citizens by law- enforcement agencies. In south- ern Alberta this has been rtratn- atically increased of late by the inauguration of aircraft patrol of the countryside with the specified intent of catching traffic violators. However, as reported in the pages of The Herald, the Big Eye in the Sky is also capable of spotting and arresting other types of law- breakers. I know It is possible to de- fend this new procedure in terms of lowering traffic deaths and increasing law enforce- ment efficiency. I accept these arguments as valid. However I sincerely question at what cost to the individual's human- ity is such efficiency gained. What does it do to the spirit of free will to know that the Big Eye may be watching? What does it do to the moral fibre of a citizenry when it is forced to obey the law not by the dictates of conscience and free choice but by the hovering omnipresence of the state? Any law sustained solely in such a manner is totally de- grading to the humanity of a soul which is either free in a state of grace or shackled in a state of sin. It is no virtue to be virtuous out of fear and co- ercion. We must preserve the individual's ability to choose evil or the angel within us all will transform itself into an automation. Without free will we are like the insects, crawling aimlessly on the earth. With it we partake in a divine nature- LAW-ABIDING CITIZEN Lethbridge. Hie more important recommen- dations, touching the heart of the human environment, such as water supplies, turn out to be so nebulous as to mean precisely what anyone wants them to. Politics have indeed taken p r i d e1 of place in Stockholm. Practically all delegations are led by politicians; scientists and technicians being unmis- takably subordinates. And, the great powers clearly under- write this mode of procedure. They indeed tend to regard this as t h e tiresome but unavoid- able jamboree, forced upon them by the contemporary style of international diplomacy. Neither the United Stales nor the Soviet Union (whose del- egation has not attended the early to take .the most obvious examples, are particularly worried over rthe deficiencies of the conference, although in privale they will fully admit that they subsist. Indeed both the two super- Powers seem to regard the Stockholm conference with a certain amount of levity, know- ing full well that they will dis- cuss serious environmental mailers privately in another place where they are not dis- tracted by the crowds of an in- ternational gather ing. They have an agreement initialled in Moscow by Mr. Nixon and Mr. Brezhnev to prove it. But it is not only the super- Powers who have reservations about the efficiency of the UN in matters such as these. Del- egates can be heard suggesting the corridors that the en- vironment is too serious to be left to the UN. When Mr. Peter Walker, the British Secretary of State for the Environment, talked to journalists here about convening a subsequent confer- ence to discuss marine pollu- tion, he suggested it be held in London, as an independent ven- ture, in terms which suggest- ed that he was not too en- amoured of the UN. It is indeed a pity all round that the UN had to be involved in tills manner. There Is a feel- ing among many delegates that it was asking for trouble to have such a large gathering, and ask them to deal with an elephantine agenda. The sug- gestion has been made that the correct procedure would have been to hold a conference wilii only one point of discussion; the establishment of an inde- pendent expert organization, on the lines of the World Mete- orological Organization, the In- ternational Tele communica- tions Union, or the Internafjon-, al Postal Union. Following their example, a great deal of work could have been done quite rapidly and with a mini- mum of political interference. The point is, almost every- body agrees that there is popular fcaUng that something must be done about the en- vironment, and there are signs that the necessary political will exists to take action. But the issue appears to be in danger of foundering on the unwieldy structure the UN General Assembly. In a curious way, It seems that only the Chinese are ex- tracting any real benefit from this conference. They are using it to train young delegates in the mysterious ways of behav- ing at a conference, and espe- cially in the arcane but neces- sary art of lobbying. The Chi- nese are handicapped by a lack of trained representatives abroad, and they are clearly using Stockholm as a heaven- sent training ground. A British diplomat said that watching the Chinese here he was vastly impressed, and a lit- tle jealous of their professional skill. And that seems quite the most concrete result of the con- ference so far. (Written for The Herald and The Observer in London) Looking backward Through The Herald J912 A group of Lethbridge businessmen have formed a "No-Hat-Club" the object of which is to develop keener eyesight and a luxuriant head of hair. 1922 The Fernie Fort Steele Brewery is again in op- eration today after having been idle since June owing to a walkout of employees over a wage dispute. A settlement was reached yesterday where- by the men accepted a general reduction of 50 cents per day in wages and returned to work immediately. 1M2 Safeway Stores Inc. have leased the P. Hammer brick block near the Rex Thea- tre in Taber. IM2 Bus Murdoch is con- fident of oulspeeding and out- boxing Cpl. Jacobson next week on "Milk for Britain" fight card. 1352 An enthusiastic crowd of more than 800, close to a full house, greeted E. S. "Red" Henderson, Spokane city recre- ation director, and his Silver Spurs, a teen-age dance group, at the Sports Centre last night. The Lethbndge Herald SOt 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publisherf Published 1S05 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN egistration No. 001J Ne allom _ SKoriO CIlS! Man Registration No. 001J 'na the Canadian Daily Newsp Publishers' Association and the Audil Bureau of Circulallo CLEO W. MOWERS. Edllor >nd publisher THOMAS H. 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