Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBHIDGl HERALD Monday, June 19, 1972 Joseph Kraft Worthwhile The Worth report is indeed one of the most profound and perhaps revol- utionary documents in the history of Canadian education. It is a tribute both to the former government that commissioned it and the present government which has promised to cope with it. The detailed findings and recom- mendations have been reported in The Herald. They need not be re- peated. If it has a theme, it is that education and the people must be brought much closer together. That must start with the report itself. It deserves to be discussed in both depth and length by the people, for it affects all the people more than they know. If most of its advice is followed, this province will never be the same. The next many months should be devoted, then, to a study the report by every Alberta par- ent, eveiy Alberta taxpayer, every Alberta educator, and all the senior students starting perhaps in junior high. Without such study and popular appreciation, the recommendations can never work. In one area we find the report too timid. It advises continuing compul- sory school attendance. If formal education had to exist on its ability to attract the voluntary in- terest of the children or the parents, and not on the compulsion of law, most of the reforms suggested by the Worth report would come about much easier'and faster, and perhaps additional valuable reforms as well. Strikes vs hijacking The fraternity of international air- line pilots is to be commended for taking so seriously the hijacking plague, and for trying to persuade governments to take it more ser- iously. However in being so impatiently adamant with the United Nations pro- cess, they are not helping their cause. The world is moving steadily toward some international agree- ment on this matter, and while the movement should be hastened, a world-wide strike is hardly necessary just yet. Hijackings are a threat to human life, a curse to travellers. But airline strikes are not exactly harmless. The place of planners The resignation of Envin Adderley as head civic planner in southwest- ern Alberta, including Lethbridge, prompts an assessment of what has made him so widely respected and appreciated, and what should be looked for in his successor. He has been rather unique among planners in that he has regarded his work as subject to local government jurisdiction. There is a tendency among pro- fessional planners to ascribe supreme authority to their recommendations, and to regard the function of civic or municipal governments merely to rubber-stamp, without question, the planning recommendations. Mr. Adderley has been firm and forthright in his recommendations, but he has not questioned the over- riding responsibility of the people's elected representatives. Whether wise or foolish, they must have the last anrj the planners must bow gracefully to their eventual decisions and everyone must get on with the job. The world won't end, the city won't collapse, if sound planning ad- vice is rejected. Civic planning he has always kept in context. It has not been an end in itself, but only one of several functions that make a viable com- munity. In that attitude he has en- hanced the respect in which the peo- ple hold the" planners. He has been good for Lethbridge and the whole Oldman planning region. Finding oneself WASHINGTON One of the reasons the colleges are suffering from under- enrolment is that many high school stu- dents are taking a year off "to find them-; selves." I was at the Thatchers' home the other night when their son, Rolf, came in and announced that he had decided he wouldj not go to any of the universities that had! accepted him because he wanted to spend time bumming around the country. Mr. Thatcher asked. "Because I have to find Rolf said. "How can you find yourself any better bumming around the country than going to his father asked him. "Because it's not happening at school. It's happening out there." "What's happening out there" Mrs. Thatcher asked. "I don't know. That's what 'I have to find out." Mr. Thatcher said, "Willy Grugschmid has been on the road for three years now trying to find himself. The only time he knows where he is, is when he has to call collect and ask his parents for money." "It takes some people longer to find themselves lhan other Rolf said defensively. "Where will you Mrs. Thatcher asked. "I thought I'd hitchhike to Nevada. Blair Simmons is living on unemployment in- surance in Reno. He's with several kids who are trying to find themselves. Then I'll go to Arizona. I know some guys there who are working for Indians making Navajo blankets." "How do you find yourself making Nava- jo blankets for the Mr. That- cher wanted to know. "You work with your Holf said, "and that gives you time to think." Mr. Thatcher said, "no one ad- Appropriately attired By Doag Walker I came in from gardening o was it golfing? one evening it wa or golfing? one evening it was f.ngested that we should wander over to Lcs1 emporium for an ice cream cone. 1 said, "I guess since I'm going out with a lovely lady I'd better change Stopping McGovern will be major task WASHINGTON The Stop McGovern movement has now taken shape inside the Democratic party like everything else political this year, it turns out to be remark- ably weak. It comisls of some beaten generals looking for an army of potential defectors. Because Sen. 'McGovern is himself so vulnerable, even that feeble combination against him cannot be entirely dis- counted. But it can succeed only at the cost of provoking a truly disastrous split inside the Democratic party. The point man in the Stop McGovern movement is Con- gressman Wilbur Mills of Ar- kansas. As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Com- mittee, Mr. Mills sits at the centre of one of Uie country's rare networks for lateral poli- tical communication. He has good ties to Con- gressional leaders, to most of the major governors and may- ors, to business and labor, to the Democratic National Com- mittee and to the national press. He has been using them energetically to build barriers against McGovern. Mills played a hand in en- couraging Sen. Edmund Muskie not to throw in with Sen. Mc- Govern after the California pri- mary. He tried to stimulate a Kennedy candidacy by indica- ting on Meet the Press that he himself would be Interested in running as vice-president if Sen. Edward Kennedy ran for the top spot. He has spread disparaging remarks about Die McGovern program and candidacy, stress- ing particularly the devastating effect the Senator's welfare suggestions would have on Democratic candidates running in the South. He has also offered up a scenario (or the Miami .convention which goes like this: First ballot McGovern leads, but does not win; second ballot McGovern drops and Sen. Hubert Humphrey comes up; third ballot Humphrey and McGovern both fall; fourth ballot the nomination comes up for grabs among Kennedy, Muskie, Mills himself and per- haps some outsider. On behali of his own candi- dacy, Mr. Mills has been assi- duously courting delegates now pledged to other candidates, es- pecially the 300 or so lined up for Gov. George Wallace. Mr. Mills went out to see the gov- mires your adventurous spirit more than I do. But I have just so much money aside for your college education. Costs are rising every day. By the time you find yourself, I may not be able to send you to college. Couldn't you go to school first and then find yourself Rolf said. "If I go to school in the fall, I won't be able to concentrate because I'm missing something out there." "What, for God's sake Mr. Thatcher demanded. "If I knew, I wouldn't miss it. You see, I have to establish my own identity. If I can't do it in this country, then I plan. to go to South America with Edna." Mrs. Thatcher gasped. "Is Edna trying to find herself, "Yes. She has a Volkswagen, and she's invited me to go with her." "How do her parents feel about Mr. Thatcher asked. "They're pretty mad, but Edna soys she has no choice. If she doesn't go, she'll wind up going to school, then getting mar- ried and finally she'll become a mother. She sees no future in that." "Suppose she becomes a mother in South America Mrs. Thatcher asked. "It's not going to be that kind of Holf said angrily. "We each have our own sleeping bag." "It gets cold in the Mr. That- cher warned. "Well, Rolf said, "I just thought you should know I'm not going to college until I find myself." "I guess there isn't very much we can do then, is Mr. Thatcher asked. "Will you do us one favor, though? As soon as you find yourself, will you let us "How will I do that Rolf asked. "Put an ad in the Lost and Found column." (Toronto Star Syndicate) from my old trousers." While I was engaged in making the switch to something more swish Elspeth apparently slung on an old poncho. "Hey, called out Paul, "put your old work pants back "But 1 thought YOU had spent the last two years formulating our foreign ownership policy ernor in the hospital in Mary- land the other day, and came back with the report that Wal- lace did not look well. One shot i n this barrage plainly hits home. The Mc- Govern program is way out and not only on welfare. The tas position is unnecessarily provo- cative, and the defense position seems to me positively danger- ous. If the Senator does not modify and refine these posi- tions in the coming platform hearings, then he really could be a debacle for the Democra- tic party and many of its can- didates. Apart from the hit on the Mc- Govern program, however, the Mills drive is one more re- minder of a fact of Washington life that is especially painful for those of us who have ad- mired the Congressman from Arkansas. That fact is that even the most sagacious Wash- ington leaders lose their sense of proportion when bitten by the Presidential bug. Teclinically, to be sure, there are enough delegates uncom- mitted and pledged to other candidates to head off McGov- ern. But Ihe McGovern sup- port is solid, not wavering. A very large bloc of delegates is pledged to Gov. Wallace. An- other large bloc comes from black votes for Hubert Hum- phrey. Putting those diverse strands together would take an act of extraordinary leadership, nut the leaders are not there. Mr. Mills, for all Us skill and judgment as a legislator, is short of inspiring popularity. Sen. Muskie has been badly beaten in the primaries, Sen. Kennedy does not want to run this year. Moreover, by what right would they, or any dark horse, take the nomination away from Sen. MeGovern? The Senator from South Dakota entered the campaign from a very poor position a showing of 5 per cent or under In the polls. He played by the same rules that everybody else played. He scored impressive victories in the East and in the West and even in some parts of the South. He is now within a couple of hundred delegates of the nomination, and it can- not fairly be denied him by just a snapping of fingers. Essentially, in other words, it is too late for a Stop Mc- Govern effort. Even if it suc- ceeded, it would drive the Mc- Govern backers into a position of such adamant hostility that the Democratic party would probably suffer far more than from accepting Sen. McGovern, with his rough edges planed away by a more centrist plat- form and running mate. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Maurice Western Information on nation's earnings in Green Book OTTAWA The department of national revenue, in its ea- gerness to spur the nation's pa- triotic taxpayers to ever greater efforts, keeps a careful record of the yearly performance of. geographic and other groups. This is known as the green book, despite the objections many citizens that a more ap- propriate color would be blood red. There is a great deal of mis- cellaneous information in the Green Book, all of it dated since it requires two years for compi- lation, but some retaining con- siderable interest. For example, there is an historical table span- ning 20 years which proves what Mas been generally sus- pected; that over this span we have been earning (and paying into national revenue) more and more dollars worth less and less. Back in 1950 Ihe largest group of persons making returns were in the to income bracket. In 1970 the largest group by far reported incomes in the to range and the second largest were in the to column. Taken together, they accounted for well over half the total and it appears from another table that they paid in excess of 72 per cent of income taxes. This naturally accounts for the conspicuous interest of gov- ernment in the middle group. Without its support it would not be possible for the state to flourish in the style to which it accustoms itself from year to year. But it is not these tables to which National Revenue directs our primary attention in a cov- ering press release. The hot news from the standpoint of the revenue men is apparently that "Sept-lies topped other Cana- dian centres in highest average income followed by Oak- ville and Sarnia." As Quebec is generally re- garded as one huge designated area, it is reassuring to learn that the citizens of one com- munity there were able to win such laurels from the depart- ment. First place out of 99 cer- tainly represents an admirable achievement. and large, however, the ratings will not surprise con- firmed Green Book readers. The dozen centres which rate as the richest in the land are, In average income order, Sept lies, Oakville, Sarnia, Sudbury- Copper Cliff, Ottawa, Windsor, Alberni, Sault Ste. Marie, To- ronto, Brampton, Hamilton and Prince George. Most are identi- fied with powerful unions and Electric car coming? Don Oakley, NEA service A UTOMOBILES, as every- body ought to know by this lime, are the chief culprits in air pollution, producing more than half of all air pollu- tion from all sources. That's about 144 million tons of carbon monoxide, hydrocar- bons, nitrous and sulfur oxides, lead and other particular mat- ter every year. In view of this, one of the mysteries of the day is not why automakers are slowly oping, at government prodding, a pollution-free Internal com- bustion engine which, when it arrives sometime in the dec- ade, will be expensive and tem- peramental and complicated. The mystery is why Ameri- cans are not demanding the mass production right now of a simple, nonpolluting vehicle the electric car. According to H. J. Young, ex- ecutive secretary of the New York-based Electric Vehicle Council, it Is possible to build an electric car that could cover 100 miles a day of suburban driving, with a cruising speed of 60 mph. It would he power- ed by ordinary automobile'bat- teries, which could be re- charged overnight. Those who object that this Is precisely the drawback to elec- trics their short range may be surprised to realize that except for occasional weekend trips and vacations, most people don't drive their gasoline powered cars any- where near 100 miles a day. A study in Chicago, for example, found the average ve- hicle made 3.72 trips per week- day and travelled 5.7 miles per trip, or roughly 21 miles total. The electrics have "plenty of range and speed for most fam- ily driving says Young, as quoted in the Ameri- can Medical Association news- letter, AMA Update. He notes that close to 30 per cent of all car-owning families row own two or more cars and the percentage is growing. Families looking for a second car for lo-and-fro driving would be the largest market for elec- trics. Another market would be for small delivery vans. There are about of these on the road in England. It has been objected that go- ing to electrics would only be to transfer the pollution prob- lem from automobiles to pow- er generating stations. Not so, says Young. For one thing, most owners would re- charge their batteries at night, when power companies have a certain amount of generating capacity that is spinning but not producing any energy. Most electric car recharging would draw upon these idle generators. So They Say Except for a commitment to Israel, liberals today have no clear policy at all with regard to international peace-keeping or to expansionist regimes. James Q. Wilson, profcssoa of government at Harvard. one with government which by this measure has apparently been doing very well by its em- ployees. The larger Quebec cities showed to reasonable advan- tage, Montreal placing 20th, Trois Rivieres 28th and Quebec City 33rd; all being well in the top half. Aside from Calgary and Edmonton, however, prairie centres fell short of the expecta- tions presumably held in na- tional revenue. They were well down; Winnipeg 56, Brandon 92, Hegina 58, Saskatoon 59, Moose Jaw 95 and so on. Portage clung grimly to its 99th place; unless it does better by national reve- nue, it may soon be banished from the league. There appears to be no neces- sary relationship between the incomes analysis of the depart- ment and the amounts of gov- ernment funds which flow into Looking Through The Herald 1922 The approval of the minister of education has been given to the Orion Consolidated School District No. 43 to apply section 35a of the school assess- ment, which provides for a tax of on every male residing in the district and whose name is not already on the tax roll. 1932 Lethbridge interests affiliated with Famous Players Canadian Corporation have pur- chased the Majestic theatre from the owner, Steve Hyt. The Wartime Prices and Trade Board is prepared various centres. However, it is all very complicated, apart from being historical, and may not be an accurate measure of the sense of well-being currently permeating the 99 communities. The intent presumably is to encourage citizens generally to recognize the sterling efforts of the townsmen of Sept lies in 1970 on behalf of the revenue department. But for this extra effort by deserving communi- ties, it might be difficult now to maintain so many tax collectors on the public payroll. It is al- ways a graceful act to give credit where credit is due, even in a book with green covers; a color perhaps associated by na- tional revenue with the annual lax harvest and by others with envy which, though reprehen- sible, may be natural in the cir- cumstances. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) backward to purchase all cattle which woutd normally be exported to relieve the present beef short- age in Canada. 1532 Nine hundred sheep and their 550 bleeting lambs are wendirg their way from the experimental sheep station at Scandia to their new home at Manyberries range experiment station. City council approved its controversial resolution on the waiving of off-street park- ing regulations in the central business district but only by a slim 3-2 vote. 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