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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI HWAID EDITORIALS Vietnam farmers want peace, not aid Where is the University Senate? Any university, if it is worth its salt, is always involved in contro- versy, perhaps even trouble. A young university struggling to find itself, to build an identity of its own in the shadows of older and larger uni- versities, is even more susceptible to public disputation. So it is only natural that the Uni- versity of Lethbridge should still be vexed and tormented. Its current frustrations are mostly due to a communications failure. Its enrol- ment prospects are not bright enough. The special bursary program insti- tuted by the provincial government is not being properly understood. Nor is its desire and need for another building. Its community support is not as strong and ready as it was, for instance, during the site contro- versy. Part of the blame must be accept- ed by the university. If it wants com- munity support it must keep the peo- ple informed. In other times and other places universities were the most precious possession a commun- ity could have and they needed no public relation program to get and hold the interest and affection of the people. Today, in this country, that is no longer so. When the people are so cynical toward every other insti- tution government, the church, business, labor unions and the press to name a few there is no reason why universities should be exempt. But that cannot be the last word. Whether it deserved to be so or not Lethbridge six years ago became a university city. Many people were excited at the time, and there were lavish promises of undying support. But now, when the university needs its fnends, they aren't around. They are too busy, too casual, too lazy. First the university and its staff must take steps to correct the mis- understanding that exists about the relationship of the university to the community, the misimpression that the university doesn't want and feels it doesn't need interaction with the community. Then it can be questioned wheth- er the board of governors is assert- ing a strong enough trusteeship over the welfare of the university. The most serious delinquency pro- bably lies with the university senate. Just about its only real function is to relate between the community and the university. It is not primarily an honor roll, a peerage. Its mem- bers were elected or appointed to do an essential job. and it appears they are not doing it. The professional community in tnls part of Alberta has a special obliga- tion. It, more than any other, should appreciate the special value of this or any university. Finally this is the people's busi- ness all the people. Education is man's device for passing on to an- other generation and enhancing all the benefits of civilization, all the glories of culture, ail the triumphs of earlier ages. And if frightening new problems are being created along the the answer is not to retreat from education but to grasp even more of it. As the instruments of formal high- er education, universities are need- ed more than ever "before. The Uni- versity of Lethbridge is in that main- stream. Curiously, doubts about its com- munity support come at a time when its academic performance is good- If it is to be judged by what it does and not what unknowing people say of it, it is highly successful. RUSSELL BAKER Sex revolution WASHINGTON HP. Podsimmer of Old Puling, Conn., writes us about a prob- lem that has arisen at his house in con- nection with the sexual revolution. He wants advice which this column, mired as it is in the ancient sex regime, is unable to give Readers who wish to be helpful may send advice to this column. It will be forwarded under plain cover. "As soon as the sexual revolution be- writes Podsimmer, "my wife and I flung ourselves into the cause which, be- lieve me, was not easy considering the var- iety of other causes to which we were then devoted. "My wife, Bessie, was into the A.C.L.U., the Peace Movement and tihe drives to legalize pot and abortion, and I was strug- gling with an 8 per cent mortgage, which meant I had to keep the big boys at the company persuaded that even though I might be a shade over 30, I could still cut the mustard. As a result of this necessity, I was into three martinis at lunch and those chemical shirts with gigantic collars that need a necktie knot as big as a fist. "I mention this last only because these fashionable chemical shirts make me sweat heavily. (Notice that I say "sweat" now in- stead of "perspire." I couldn't have done that before the sexual revolution.) After three martinis had combined with the in- tense sweating brought on by the youthful chemical shirts, I was exhausted. The last thing I wanted to face when I got home tired in the evening was a sexual revolu- tion. "I told this to Bessie when the revolution began. Tin disappointed in you, H. she said. "When America had its problem, you were man enough to start listening to highbrow music. When America faced its physical fitness crisis, you didn't hesitate to get out and jog.' "I know what she was leading tip to. She was going to accuse me of letting the country down. She was going to warn me that if I didn't accept sexual revolu- tion, I would soon give up chemical and become indifferent to prison reform. "To make a long story short, I agreed to go along with the sexual revolution for the sake of the country and the children. decided that Sunday would be 'S. R. as we called it, at the Podsimmer house- hold. "At first the children seemed to enjoy It Their wholesome laughter was truly some- thing to warm a father's heart that first Sunday when I carved the roast in the nude. I bad explained to them that grown people often felt an overpowering and per- fectly healthy desire to take off their clothes and prance around in their pelts, and if there was ever to be justice and love in this old world we had to quit being ashamed of our bodies and learn to carve the roast in the nude even if it did make us feel like fools. "Afterwards we had a candid, completely unabashed discussion of the Oedipus com- plex and subconscious bestiality yearnings concealed under the innocently simpering prose of 'Heidi.' "On subsequent Sundays we enjoyed frank, wholesome discussions of lesser- known components of the reproductive or- gans such as the vas deferens and the epi- didymis. "Recently, however, things began to go badly. The change began, I think, when Billy, our youngest child, said he hadn't the slightest interest in the discussion of the corpus luteum about which we planned to have a good, sound, wholesome discussion over the Sunday fried chicken. "Carlotta, our oldest, said she didn't'eith- er. She was sure, she said, that the corpus luteum was sound, healthy and wholesome, that it was nothing to be ashamed about, and that if we could all face it honestly we would be better Americans. But the fact was, she went on, that whatever was good for you tended, like spinach, to be uninter- esting. K we had to have sex every Sunday, she inquired, why could we not move ahead to stag movies? "Next Sunday Bessie and I showed stag movies while pointing out in running com- mentaries how this sort of material de- based womanhood and reduced manhood to the level of beasthood through sick, unwholesome, shame faced smirking. Though the children watched with interest the first few Sundays, after a month or so they all said that dull as the corpus luteum might be, it was less tiresome than the psychological depression which Bessie and I produced with our lectures about the bad hygiene of obscene movies. a fevv Sundays ago, Billy demand- ed to know why everybody had to talk about sex every Sunday. "That's Car- lotta said, 'sex is even more boring than spinach.' Little Melva said: 'I hate sex, Daddy. Why don't we ever talk about mass "From all this, you can see my prob- lem. I want to know how to keep my family in step with the sexual revolution without making sex as depressing as looking for a downtown parking By Mirk Franklind, London Observer commentator SAIGON government In Saigon bad just announced its new economic development program, heavily dependent on several more years of Ameri- can aid, but the farmers in this village were not impress- ed. "Foreign one of them laid, "foreign aid is just for the government. All I need is to be allowed to work my fields in peace." But had be not benefited from foreign aid in the past? It was a question that had to be asked, if only to appease the spirits of the score of American ex- perts and advisers who had tramped around the village in the years gone by. And, in- deed, right in front of where we stood was a fine well some 30 feet deep, its sides protected by tough concrete tubing. What about the well? The farmer ad- mitted that "they" had built the well, but he was not a bit grateful. He pointed across the fields. Over there, where his old house was, there was plen- ty of water and no need for wells. The government and the Americans had made hint move from his old village, be- cause the Vietcong were there. All he asked from them now was permission to go home. "Going home" is what counts most for many villagers in South Vietnam these days. It is not just the concern of refugees who live in eampt, or even of fanners who have been forced by the war to move into new villages. It also concerns the farmers who have been lucky enough to stay put but whose fields lie in zones contested by the two sides. The governent still forbids them to go back into these zones, even though in some cases they arc only a few hundred yards away from the village. Once they do go back, the say, all will be well. Their land it good, titty know how to work it, and they are ready to work hard. What would they want with aid? The government's develop- ment plan declares that far- ming must be the foundation for South Vietnam's future pros- "Well, what do you think of European community needs new spirit By C. L. Snliberger, New York Times commentator BRUSSELS The White House decision to call this "the year of Europe" for American foreign policy is unfortunate. The slogan implies the "Eu- rope" everyone talks about but which doesn't really exist a community of Common Market nations with some semblance of unified administration. It also implies that major improve- ments in relationships between the United States and this com- munity can be accomplished in 1973 not likely. Henry Kissinger correctly discerns that "in Europe a new generation to whom war and its dislocations are not personal experiences takes stability for granted. But it is less com- mitted to the unity that made peace possible." Precisely for that reason, little steam has risen in the European unity boiler. Thus, the "year of Eu- rope" must perforce limit Am- erican discussions to bilateral, not multilateral, talks. This pleases France and the French have been dragging their feet almost since they per- mitted Britain to enter the Eu- ropean community after years of waiting. Following a refer- endum to ascertain the French public mood in which Presi- dent Pompidou fared badty there has been a retreat part way back to Gaullist disdain for European unity, despite the fact that both Pompidou and his new foreign minister, the as- tute Michel Jobert, are less ad- amantly hostile to regional and transatlantic co-operation than de Gaulle. This cooling-off period furth- ermore coincides with negative internal developments in France and the U.S.A. The French president gives the im- pression of being unwell recent- ly which could persuade him to abandon any policy initia- tives. French politicians eager- ly contesting a possible suc- cession unbkely to come soon are batting around the issue of co-operation. At the same time Watergate has tarnished the American image and encouraged those who would like to diminish as- sociation with America. Men like Jean Monnet, father of the European movement, d o n 't think Mr. Nixon will be stripped of his power; but they consid- er the possibility catastrophic. In this capital of that em- bryonic organism known as there is a gloomy feeling of breakdown in trans- atlantic communications and slowdown m European com- munications, partly caused by the Franco-American gap and by the internal inertia imposed on Washington. France argues resentfully that the U.S. is trying to ram down Europe's throat American methods governing transatlan- tic relations. It complains that Washington is wrong to try and link trade, monetary and de- fence matters in any negotia- tion. But the French themselves employ such linkage when It conveniences them Norway plans to acquire French crotale rockets in exchange for help in bettering commercial arrange- ments with the Common Mar- ket. It is hoped that disagreements between the United States and France can be narrowed when Jobert visits Washington this month After all, both Pompi- dou and Ins foreign minister are regarded as inherently more Letters to the editor Resents criticism I am a youth of 18 who spent the long weekend in Waterton Park. My friends and I went on several walks in the mountains and I loved every minute of it. But ever since your article in The Herald, June 8, we've had nothing but discrimination. Several times I have heard, "Your kind just don't know how to behave yourselves." I think we should ask for an apology from your paper. I personally would like to thank Mr. E. Co- ben for his fine article. It real- ly is too bad that there are some in every crowd who wreck it for everyone else, and it is for these people I offer apologies to those who deserve it. "THE KIDS" Lethbridge Protest coverage I strongly protest The Herald writer Jim Maybie's coverage of the E.C.A. hearings on "Land Use in the Eastern Slopes" (June His lengthy descrip- tion of the repetition, boredom and expense of these hearings, which he entitled "Elaborate re- union is perhaps a sad reflection of public opinion ex- pressed by those who are ig- norant of the crucial importance of these hearings. Do you enjoy picnicking and camping in the Forest Reserve recreation area? Do you enjoy fishing in mountain and foothill streams and lakes? Do you enjoy a leisurely Sunday drive through the refreshing beauty of our Eastern slope areas? Do you pride yourself on the at- tractive appearance, and lush growth of your well-watered yard and garden? Then you should care about the use, and gross abuse, of land and re- sources in our mountain and foothill regions. Will you be so apathetic when you discover your favorite pic- nic spot stripped to bare mud by coal seam exploration? Will you be apathetie when you find your favorite lake sur- rounded by five feet of barb- wire, and a sign announcing that it is now the private prop- erty of a foreign holding com- pany or when your lawn dries to a frizzled brown and your garden withers from lack of water because we have tamper- ed with the crucial watershed areas of the Oldman River and its tributaries? We no longer have the luxury of time to express Jim May- bie's "Ho-hum" attitude toward the preservation of our precious forestland, wildlife and water resources. We must act now to conserve them, or we shall be too late. BECKY COUSINS Lethbndge. Editor's note: Those who nisied the article to which the above letter refers should be aware that Reporter May- bie's attitude toward conserv- ing recreation areas was not involved in any way. re- port reflected what he and anyone else who was observed at the EGA hearings. pro-American than their pre- decessors, so no emotional bi- as is involved. With respect to this being America's "year" of Europe, many of our European allies resent the phrase as placing them in the same kind of cate- gory as China or Russia, which have also had their "years" on the U.S. political calendar. Moreover, it is obvious that a good deal more than a year will be required to get anything substantial done. No basic ap- proach to monetary reform can be accomplished in the next six months, much as everyone would ike it. The major inter- national trade negotiations that will start in the autumn are bound to last a long time. Meanwhile, the mass of dol- lars accumulated in Europe is bound to bang around like an unmoored ship everytime a fi- nancial tempest blows across tins continent. And there is no little irritation that Washington has failed to appoint a new ambassador to the tant organization for economic co-operation and development since its last envoy was with- drawn nine months ago. It is a pity to see the Euro- pean Community losing the mo- mentum stimulated, at least partly, by Britain's entry and appointment as commissioner for external relations of the dynamic Sir Christopher Soarnes, Winston Churchill's son-in-law. Soarnes had a good talk with Nixon this spring and is even now engaged in a "Eu- ropean" rather than bilateral negotiation with Iran, a coun- try whose oil the Common Mar- ket needs. But the spirit required to ad- vance Europe toward a real "community" is no longer in evidence. Nor will it be before the United States and France can resolve their mounting dis- agreements and get both trans- atlantic and regional machinery again under way. perity, but It skirts around this difficult matter of letting the farmers go home. The Saigon government does not want them to go home if it means going into a Vietcong zone, which course in most cases if exact- ly what it does mean. The promise of future aid also makes little impression be- cause the farmers' past exper- ience of aid -has been bad. The old U.S. effort in the villages was controlled by and men of the Central Intelligence Agency. A good deal of what was in theory aid money was put to military and political purposes. One of the last CIA overlords favored "high im- pact" programs, by which be meant things that could be quickly constructed, such as foot- bridges and concrete paths, to prove that the government cared. Such things are to real aid what frozen television dinners are to proper cooking. Other projects, m theory sensible, such as little co-operatives to rear chickens and pigs, have collapsed now the American advisers have gone home. They were imposed on the peasants and not created by them. So it is not surprising that farmers should often deny they have ever got anything from the government. "The government help asked a man who was rebuilding his house with a group of friends. "No. But I have helped the gov- ernment. I have given two sons to the army." The other men nodded m approval. The farmers who do not be- lieve in aid are echoing pro- bably quite unconsciously what the Vietcong are saying. The farmers may not appre- ciate that there are forms of aid, such as improvement of the water system that controls farming in the Mekong delta, which could help them vastly. The Communists' attitude comes rather from a concern for their independence of ac- tion. Saigon's development plan ties South Vietnam into Western capitalist system, par- ticularly by encouraging for- eign investment. Obviously the Vietcong cannot support that. And if all goes according to Saigon's plan the West will be present in South Vietnam in another and far more visible way. The plan calls for a mil- lion foreign tourists to visit the country every year by 1980. South Vietnam has got prac- tically none of the faculties needed for tourism of this sort, but the planners say these can be built given foreign in- vestment. Mass tourism is already a big money earner in other parts of Asia. Its attraction for economists thinking up ways of earning foreign exchange is ob- vious. But people concerned with the development of South Vietnam in the broadest sense may have some doubts. Have the South Vietnamese on both, sides been fighting all this time in order to become hotel-keep- ers and servants for a million foreigners each year? Does a small country want to become so dependent on a mass of for- eign visitors, whose behavior into the bargain is sure to seem strange and often shock- ing to the Vietnamese? The Vietcong, of course, will have none of it, and one way or the other their feelings have to be taken into account. For if there is not some sort of po- litical deal between the Saigon government and the Commun- ists it is hard to see how the farmers will be able to go back to their lands, let alone tour- ists put their feet safely on the beaches. 'Crazy Capers' This is the bone that hurts, doc! The Lethbridge Herald _____ tot 7th at 8., Lethbridge, Alberta LEIBBRIDGB HERALft CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1908-MM, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN IIMM CUM Mai RagMtratlon No 0012 Mmibar at Tha CanMlan Prm and ttw AflMClMtM MM ttw Audit Canadian Dally Nawtpanr Buraau of Clrtulatlow DON Managlni Cdtttr HOY F MILES WILLIAM HAY editor OOU8LAS K Mltar "We HHMIDMKVB THE tOUTIT ;