Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI lETHBRIBOt HMAID Frldoy, 16, ,___ Peter Desbamts Paying Bothers Putting mothers on the public pay- roll as proposed by the National Council of Welfare is not the radi- cal idea first impressions might sug- gest. Preparation for its acceptance has been going on for some time, as the council pointed out. People are already being paid to look after children as babysitters, day care supervisors and foster par- ents. The council merely suggests that this already established practice be extended to include the real moth- ers. In a sense, and on a limited scale, this is already being done. Various forms of social assistance Widow's allowance, family allowance, wel- fare are payment to mothers to stay home and look after their chil- dren. The suggestion now is that what- ever stigma there may be in assis- tance be done away with in favor of paying mothers a salary for the service they render. Mothers have the opportunity to perform an im- measurably valuable service and should be encouraged to do so. If salaries will give the job the status that so many seem to think it lacks then haste should be made to imple- ment the recommendation of the National Welfare Council. Any suggestion that homemaking is not a job worthy of being remuner- ated can only be made in ignorance of the nature of much that already qualifies as "work" in society. A majority of jobs are no longer of the kind that require the expenditure of manual labor; they are paper-work and people-help jobs. Motherhood cer- tainly qualifies as a job when com- pared with many for which people have been paid under the Local Ini- tiatives Program and the Opportu- nities for Youth Program. Perhaps the most important rea- son for accepting the proposal to pay salaries to mothers is what it could mean in terms of the preven- tion of serious social problems. Any- one who has "worked" in counselling situations cannot help but be con- cerned about the way the lines so consistently lead back to unstable home environments. Some mothers, admittedly, might not contribute much to a stabilizing influence by merely staying home or by having their job in the home upgraded. But the chances of improvement in the picture are good and worth taking. At any rate, industry simply is not creating enough jobs to meet the demand and with automation ad- vancing will create even less in the future the alternative is to invest other activities witH "work associa- tions including Chat of remunera- tion. The U.S. and the UN The U.S. Senate's failure to reim- pose the ban on chrome imports from. Rhodesia is deplorable, a slap in the face at the UN, a virtual breaking of a solemn commitment. The ban on Rhodesian chrome was lifted by the Senate last year with the specious reasoning that if the U.S. couldn't get the chrome it needs for military procurement, it would have to rely on the U.S.S.R. The state department has emphasized that tho restoration of the embargo on Rho- desian chrome would not weaken American security, but in spite of that the Senate has voted to continue importing Prime Minister Smith's chrome. Perhaps the White House did not come out with a convincing argu- ment for reinstitution of the em- bargo, perhaps the administration considered the question of too little importance to make an issue of it. It is most unfortunate that at this juncture, when sanctions are more important than ever because of the total breakdown of British diploma- tic efforts to reach a solution to the Rhodesian question, that the U.S. for any reason whatever should fail to support its commitments to the UN. If the U.S., a big power country, re- fuses to fulfil its obligations in the world body, it can only encourage smaller powers to follow its lead in refusing to honor commitments which do not happen to suit them. In the end it amounts to a down- grading of UN authority and leader- ship. Is this what the U.S. wants to do? The current move in Congress to reduce America's contributions to the UN, the cutoff of funds to the In- ternational Labor Organization, and now the insistence on allowing Rhod- esian chrome into the U.S. makes one wonder just where America is head- ed in its UN relations. DAD, Just wanted to wish you a happy Father's Day. Been thinking a lot about you lately. Did you send the money order in care ol American Express in Madrid or in care of American Express in Barcelona? American Express here in Madrid says they never received it, so you better raise hell with them because they're being very loose with your money. I'm pulling out from Madrid for the Costa del Sol, and then will probably go over to Morocco. There's an American Express in Casablanca and a friend told me they're really good on receiving money orders. Hope you're not working too hard. I'll wait here two more days, just in case the money order comes through. I'm real sorry I can't be with you on Father's Day, but I didn't to let it pass without saying hello. Love, GEORGE Dear Dad, I'm taking the opportunity of Father's Day to tell you something important. I've decided you were right there's more to life than having a good time bumming around and not caring about the world. I've decided my attitude has been selfish and unrealistic, and hasn't helped me or you. I know you warned me that I would] come to this realization, but I had to find it out myself. And so, Dad, next week, on my 47th birthday, I'm going to go out and look for a job. Sincerely EDWARD Dear Pop, With Father's Day coming up on Sunday, I thought I ought to get a short note off to you and tell you I think you're the best daddy in the whole world. Also, I think I'm pregnant. But don't get excited. Tommy said he'd marry me when he gets out of law school which should be In three years. I hope you have a wonderful and relaxed Falher's Day. LovBn 1NGEB Dear Dad, I don't know how to say this to you. It's probably the hardest letter I've ever had to write and coming just before Father's Day doesn't make it any easier. You always taught me to think for my- self and make my own decisions. I remem- ber when I visited you at the factory last year you said, "Son, in business you have to live your own life. Don't let personal things influence your decisions." Well, Dad, I've been thinking a lot since then about what you said, and this is what I have io tell you. My conglomerate bought out your company last week and you're fired. Love, FRED Dear Father, Your son Gerald bought a red and blue tie from us for Father's Day, and we'd like to inform you that we have several suits on sale that go with it. Why not visit our fitting rooms and get the right suit to go with the tie? A lot of thought went info your son's gift, and you owe it to him to buy a suit to complement the tie he gave you. Yours Truly, Abelard and Thomas Men's Clothiers, Est. 1894 P.S. We are open on Father's Day until midnight. (Toronto Sun News Service) Mother's son By Dong Walker dSP WS Jmother for in Publication must be obvious to all readers of f..ese fillers. At least it didn't miss the ed- e followrln6 thumbnail: "Paul Walker: itors of the year book for Paterson school a quiet hoy who is everyone's friend 1971'73- sonof Elspeib." Regional disparities unsolved problem In 1963 the Trudcnu govern- ment identified two primary do- mestic objectives. Tlie first was to combat sepa- ralism in Quebec and to con- vince Quebecois that their fu- ture lies in file Canadian federa- tion rather than in the state of Quebec. The second was to combat re- gional economic disparity. In 19C8, Prime Minister Tru- deau said that unless inequali- ties of economic opportunity were eliminated, "the unity of the country will almost as surely be destroyed as it could he by the French-English con- frontation." This was repeated only a few months ago by Jean Marchaud, minister of regional economic expansion, when he said that regional disparity Is "even more dangerous" to Ca- nadian unity than the question of language. After four years in power, the government's record on lan- guage reform and establishing the French "presence" in the federal administration is clear. There is disagreement about tha direction and pace of the policy but there is no confusion about its effects. The opposite is the case in the second major area of govern- ment concern. Despite the spending of millions of dollars and the efforts of almost civil servants, there is no con- clusive evidence that the gov- ernment is winning the war against regional disparities, or even going about it the right way. One indication of this has been the creation of a new divi- sion in the department of re- gional economic expansion this spring to evaluate the whole program. But the division has barely started to operate and no one expects quick answers. Marchand has said that it may take up to 15 years to produce significant reductions In re- gional economic disparities, and the problem is complicated by disagreement among experts about methods of measuring "progress" for this kind of pro- gram. The only thing on which all the authorities agree is the per- sistence and seriousness of the "Hmm, everything seems in order character references from Mr. Bremer, Letters to the editor Herald accused of sloppy journalism I have been prompted by a number of articles recently carried in The Herald to write a letter concerning the validity of what is considered to be news. As an introduction to the point which I am attempting to propound let me first cite a sample of journalism from be- hind the Iron Curtain. In the late spring of 19G9 a soccer (football) team from the Soviet Union toured Japan for a ser- ies of four goodwill matches. I had the opportunity to watch all of these games live on tele- vision. Of the four games the Russians won two by comfor- table margins, won a third by the score of two to one and tied the fourth. A couple of weeks later, while travelling in the Soviet Union, I read an ac- count of this series in a Moscow publication. The report men- tioned only the two games which the Soviet side had clear- ly won and did not even admit that two additional games wero played. The reason for relating this little episode, which is, no doubt, only one of many similar cases, is to compare the sup- posedly restricted and editor- ially censored journalism of countries behind the Iron Cur- tain with the apparently false ideal concerning the purpose of the press in "democratic" western nations such as Can- ada. The following quotation is extracted from the defensive editorial of Tuesday, May 30, 1972: "But let there be no mis- take about the function of a self-respecting newspaper. It is to find out and to inform." Despite this declaration, only three days later, on Friday, June 2, The Herald carried an incomplete and unresearched article condemning the Univer- sity of Lelhbridge for allowing the original site of Fort Whoop- Up to be destroyed by vandals. The article was indeed specta- cular but it was in no way in keeping with the function of a newspaper as was stated in the editorial of May 30. Dr. Heeves, of the University of Calgary, the authority to whom The Herald attributed the in- formation, was not' even pre- sent at the meeting to which constant reference was made. Furthermore, the reporler, it appears, did not consider it necessary "to find out" the facts from anyone who was present at that meeting before he "informed" the public. The often cited Five W's of journal- ism do not seem to have played a role in his report. Reverting back for a moment to the Rus- Too many lawyers in public office From time to time this cry has been raised and has often fallen on deaf ears. But today as human relations vanish and the law book controls our lives I say we need fewer and fewer lawyers in office, and more and more people! For too long cities, (Montreal for provinces (Que- bec for countries (Canada for example) have been "run" with lawyers at the head. They may know legal rules and regulations, the courts, controversy, and the ad- Not as bad as it sounds For whatever reason, news media have a tendency to over- blow their local bailiwick. We have been accused, on occa- sion, of painting Alberta a lit- tle brighter than it really is, and perhaps we are guilty. But there is an almost hum- orous tendency among some of our coutcrparts of the daily me- dia, particularly in Edmonton and Calgary, to try a little too hard to put their city in the really big league. Not that they overstate the population, or brag about local wonders. Hea- ven forbid, leave that to the Chamber of Commerce. On the contrary, the tendency in local media is to ridiculously overplay local problems, liko traffic congestion, pollution, or outbreaks of anything from measles to mosquitoes. Consider, for example, the persisting struggles of local ra- dio stations to report traffic problems during rush hour. Neither Edmonton nor Calgary has seen anything remotely re- sembling real rush hour traffiCi and our worthy reporters are hard pressed to find something they can report as a traffic jam. But they try, oh how they try. Another favorite subject for the past year or two has been pollution. How can you be a big city if you don't have pol- lution? So every time there was any tiny indication of pol- lution, whether it was a winter sky laden with steam or ice fog, or an east wind drifting some gaseous odor back over the city, the headlines and front page photos flared, But, unfortunately, much of the punch has disappeared from the pollution theme since the province instituted its pol- lution count. Neither city has yet managed to muster any- thing anywhere near pollution The report, depressingly for the newsrooms, I'm sure, is con- sistently clean air. I guess we just haven't made the big leagues yet. C. W. CHICHESTER Lethbridge. versary system of "right and but, in learning this they lose knowledge of reality and the human factors. Let there be lawyers who act as counsellors to our Legisla- tors but let them be barred, as are Judges, from holding the offices of Mayor, Councillors, Premier, Members of the Leg- islature, or MP's. We cannot expect to get those out who are already in power and thirsting for more, but let us support parties who reject law- yers as candidates and nomin- ate more human persons. Many men start out in law as a responsive, concerned cit- izens. However, it is not long before the reward of power, pressure, cunning and legal skill teach them that it is prof- itable to win no matter what is morally right or wrong. This process disqualifies these per- sons as the true representatives of the people, and gives them the shocking power to keep themselves and their confreres in office forever, taking unto themselves more and more power and authority (and prof- it and pay along the Let's have a law saying "no more lawyer candidates for any elected office" so things will balance themselves out a bit. Will some people write to me at Post Office Box 172, Place d'Armes Post Office, Montreal 126, Quebec. PAUL DAWSON sian soccer report, I can say honestly that the writer was either at the games he de- scribed or had done proper re- search. His was merely a case of omission not of distortion. The bland disregard for what are certainly the most relevant facts of the Fort Whoop-Up ex- cavation seems to be a continu- ation of reporting of the type displayed in the notorious Cald- well series. To me there ap- pears to be little difference be- tween this reporting and that which has been earlier de- scribed concerning certain countries in which the popula- tion has been declared, by numerous western writers, to be kept uninformed of the com- plete truth. But then, is it not possible that complete truths need not be part of news re- porting, even in our free and democratic country. HOWARD ALEXANDER Lethbridge EDITOR'S NOTE: The article to which exception is taken was indeed incomplete and insufficiently researched, for which no excuse is made. But on the other hand Dr. Reeves sceras to have been largely correct and also ac- curately quoted. Looking Through Tlic Herald 1912 rains in the mountains sent Highwood river on the rampage last night and at midnight the val- ley was flooded two miles wide, and a mile of the CPR track was under water. 1022 was a large attendance of both p.upils and parents at the Raymond opera house Wednesday when honor certificates were presented to one hundred and seventeen stu- dents who made an average of 90 per cent and over in various subjects during the school year. 1032 Eight thousand Red Trail maps recently issued by the co-operative effort of the problem. It was summarized concisely-in a recent study of Canadian regional growth writ- ten as a doctoral dissertation at Harvard University by Alan C. Green. "The poor provinces remain poor and experience growth rates substantially less than the rich he stated. "Re- Jiance simply on national growth to eliminate this gap ap- pears to be a doubtful solution. "If income disparities among the provinces are to be reduced regional growth problems must take on a large share of our concern in the period ahead." If concern can be measured io dollars, Canada has been follow- ing Green's prescription since 1909 when the department of re- gional economic expansion was created, and when the govern- ment embarked on a new pro- gram of incentive grants to at- tract industry to less-prosperous areas, chiefly in Ihe Atlantic re- gion and Quebec. In the current fiscal year, the department's budget exceeds for the first time half a billion dollars, an in- crease of 25 per cent over the previous year. For the first time, also, the largest single item in the budget is industrial incentives (187.3 million dollars in Some idea of the size of tho program can be gained from the fact that the department's budget now is equal to about half the total amount provided by Ottawa to the provinces every year through equalization payments. The program has been ex- panded despite the obvious po- litical dangers of a scheme that discriminates against many of the more populous and posper- ous regions of the country. Mar- chand has also had to defend his program against the contin- ual suspicion that large state grants to industry are open to political manipulation. The best statistical evidence in support of the program to date has come from the Atlantic region. From 1953 to 1968, earned In- come in this region was per cent of the Canadian average. In 1969 and 1970, years of slow economic growth in Canada, the Atlantic region average crept up to 68.5 per cent. This is a sig- nificant increase if it can be maintained. From 1953 to 1968, manufac- turing capital and repair expen- ditures in the Atlantic region were 54.3 per cent of the Cana- dian average. In the three years from 1960 to 1971, they reached 96.1 per cent of the average. But similar figures cannot be produced for other areas, par- ticularly Quebec. In his study of regional dis- parities, Alan Green found that "one of the truly perplexing problems is the persistently lower level of average perform- ance in Quebec than in On- tario." "The former province re- ceived many of the structural 'benefits' of the latter during the frontier phase but did not realize as rapid a rate of expan- least not rapid enough to close the income gap between the staled Green, "A search for answers to this problem would seem impera- tive." Within the department, this search is now seriously under way. But as Marchand told a Commons committee on May 24, "the task of developing a valid methodology for assess- ment of this kind has only begun." In the coming election, most Canadians will have to suspend judgment on one of the two pro- grams to which the Trudeau government gave priority in 1968. (Toronto Star Syndicate) backward boards of trade of eight cities and towns in southern Alberta and six in southeastern British Columbia, have already been distributed. 1012 New air letter forms for communication with the Canadian fighling forces abroad were made available at post offices throughout the Dominion today. For a 10-cenfc rate the form, a combined let- ter sheet and envelope can be sent airmail. 1052 A transfer of author- ity for the organizing and fi- nancing of future Alberta Music Festivals has been ap- proved by the Lelhbridge branch of the Alberta Music Festival Association. The Lctlibridgc Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALb f.O, LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No ooia The Canadian Press ana Ihe Canadian Daily Nempactr Publishers' Association and Ihe Audit Bureau cf Grculallons CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS K. 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