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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTNBRIDGl HERALD Monday, June 25, 1973 JEDITORMLS The new team: Nixon and Brezhnev Canada Week The week of June 25 to July 1 has been set aside for the celebration of Canada Week all across the coun- try. The theme of the event is "Can- ada Think about and the idea is to stimulate Canadians to think about their country with pride, and also to consider the many advan- tages of the Canadian way of life and how the less fortunate might be helped to share more fully in those advantages. Alberta's official celebrations are under the distinguished patronage of the Lieutenant Governor. All through the week there are to be special ac- tivities by native groups to depict their heritage. Various ethnic groups have organized a series of programs, too. The culminating event is to be a public picnic on the lawns of the Legislative Buildings in Edmonton, with 12 bands to be in attendance. No doubt there will be like events land, parades, con- certs, displays, pageants, visits, ex- changes, speeches, all sorts of spe- cial ceremonies. Any or all of these are right, proper and enjoyable, and should be encouraged. But the quintessence of the Can- ada Week concept is in the slogan "Canada Think about Do you do that, now and then? Really think about what it is to be a Canadian, to live in and be part of a land that has the world's greatest per capita store of resources, that still has clean air and pure water in abundance, that produces vastly more food than it can possibly use, that enjoys more freedom and a truer liberty than any people on earth? Canada is that, and more. It is a land that for whatever reasons has no real enemies among the nations, great or small. Few countries can stand up in the councils of the world and say "Canada has wronged us." Many can and do say "Canada has helped us." Yes, think about it. It is important to do so, maybe important enough to borrow the Remembrance Day tradition of reserving a special two minute period on July 1, the last day of Canada Week, to seriously ponder what being a Canadian really means. Some might wish to add a moment or two to consider whether it is something that should be pre- servd, and if so what that means too. A welcome service The Student Manpower office has been established for two to assist the student in job place- ment and to relieve the employer of the time-consuming process of selection. Many a deserving student, re- gardless of his education, lacks job experience simply because he is too timid to approach a busy, officious- looking employer, or having been turned down once can't bring him- self to ask again. Some, in their job hunting have found employers out to lunch, on the phone, too busy to see them with the secretary advising them to call back. When they do they find all positions have been filled. For these reasons the student seek- ing employment welcomes the Stu- dent Manpower office where he can be interviewed and assessed by an experienced counsellor, have his ap- plication studied and know assured- ly he has an equal opportunity with his peers when job openings come in. The employer, listing his vacancies with Student Manpower avoids the repeated interruptions by job-hunting students plus the lengthy process of elimination and selection, and learn- ing an applicant's ability (or lack of all on company time. The student counsellor, on the other hand, would have taken time to note the applicant's grooming, attitudes, speech, work experience, training etc., and formed a careful assess- ment, checking with references and former employers, if necessary all at no cost to the employer. Mandatory, working requirements such as punctuality, responsibility, courtesy and know-how are the hall- marks stressed by the local Student Manpower office. Students are told it's "cutting the mustard that counts" in today's competitive work- a-day world. Employers, throughout the area would do well to phone their job vacancies into the Student Man- power office, 327-7211, as an aid to themselves and to the many deserv- ing students who might otherwise be overlooked. ERIC NICOL Lying used to be sinful Flabbergasting and I say it as one whose flabber has been gasted by the bast what Watergate has shown to be the currency of lying. One after another, supposedly bright, re- sponsible, well-educated young men have sat before the Senate enquiry microphone and admitted to perjury and other popu- lar forms of mendacity. They blandly con- fess to lying like a sidewalk. And Nixon's press officer comes up with a special word to cover the statement that is proved to ba false: "inoperative." When the White House speaks with a forked tongue, we may be sure that bifur- cation of the speech organ is pretty gen- eral. In fact we seem to have created a whole generation to whom the idea of being mor- ally required to tell the truth is inopera- tive. Veracity as a virtue has fallen on hard times. Much more prosperous is the belief that the end justifies the means, and the lie is nature's way of avoiding un- pleasant consequences. Those to whom lying comes so naturally do it with enormous amounts of cool. It is doubtful that the polygraph lie detector can catch today's liar no guilt, no twitch. Maybe I'm just envious, because when I tell i lie my ears light up and my fore- head breaks out ir the family crest of Baron Munchausen. I belong to the generation that waa taught that if we told a lie we would go to Hell. There was no mention of our go- ing to Washington, as an option. The trajectory was clear and final: a straight-down, heel-kicking drop into the fiery pit where we wouJd spend eternity watching demons feed our tongue into a pencil sharpner. Terror tactics, to be sure. But the de- cline of Satan's sauna as tfos ultimate abode of the liar appears to h'ave weaken- ed the incentive to tell the truth. Few of today's young people are impressed by the fate of Ananias, struck dead for lying.. Nothing in their permissive education or other social environment schools them to anticipate a bummer because of something that came OUT of their mouth. In their minds truthfulness, as a prin- ciple, has been displaced by loyalty to the group. In this regard it is significant that the word fink has stronger moral over- tones than the word liar. As Watergate has amply demonstrated, prevarication is jus- tified if it is done to help the team. Yea, verily, and in your hat. The parade of perjurers people who have lied under oath who are at last telling the truth to the Senate investigat- ing committee attests that the wrath of God is less feared than the wrath of Sena- tor Sam Ervin. What can be done to rehabilitate truth- telling? Perhaps it is too late to save honest com- munication. The kids have absorbed too many TV commercials to recognize truth- fulness -as anything but brand X.' What matters is the easy fib that goes down good. Perhaps we are committed to an era in which lying is a way of life, at least until medical science proves that habitual var- nishing the trath causes sterility. Or is there still time for the Sunday school teacher to chasten children with an updated doom, a Hell surrogate, namely that if they tell lies they will end up in politics? Frankly I don't know what ths solution is. I weakly offer the comment that, if George Washington were president of the United States today, he might be troubled by his account of what happened to the cherry tree. Like, inoperalive. Playing a good game By Dong Walker Advancing to the goal of being a bogey liance and then blow. A string of respect- By Norman Cousins, Ixw Angeles Times commentator Political commei> tors in the United States this past week have made much of the fact that President Nixon has had to look to the roost powerful Communist figure in the Soviet Union to get the minds of the American people off Watergate, even if only momentarily. Not enough, however, has been made of the fact that Leonid Dyich Brezhnev needs Richard M. Nixon as much as the pres- ident needs him. Ever since the death of Josef Stalin, the Russian leaders have been engaged in a historic realignment of their world pol- icy. Their major aim has been to reverse the policy of isolation which has damaged their na- tion beyond calculation. Nikita Khrushchev believed that the Russian people were infected by Stalin's paranoid attitudes. Khrushchev feared that unless he could turn the Russian peo- ple away from isolation, the So- viet Union would become a sec- ond-rate nation even though it might remain a first-rate pow- er. Khrushchev's ouster and his eventual political decline were not a repudiation by his succes- sors of the policy to lead the Russian people away from Sta- lin. The Communist Party leader- ship turned against Khrushchev more because of his personal style and his increasing arbi- trary approaches to important decisions than because of his basic policies. Indeed, it was precisely because the style was interfering with the policies that Khrushchev was sidelineed. Brezhnev and Alexei Kosygin have continued to work syste- matically and persistently to create position of prime im- portance and influence for the Soviet Union, not just in the camp of Socialist nations but in the world as a whole. In the last few years, a new dimension has been added to this policy. The Soviet Union now seeks closer ties with the West, especially the United States. The Soviet economy is no more able to stand by itself than is the American economy. Both economies are tied to the rest of the world. In the area of agriculture, "Excuse me, I think I'm in the wrong class" the Soviet Union is facing criti- cal shortages. Last year, the chronic problem of food production escalated into a na- tional crisis. The Soviet leaders turned to the ly to the United States and Can- ada for help. The help that is sought today is wide-ranging. The Soviet Union wants superphosphates for fertilizer; it wants heavy farm equipment; it wants pipe- lines. And, for the first time, it is even willing to trade off its natural resources in exchange. Against this background, the Watergate scandals are regard- ed in the Soviet Union as an un- welcome diversion that could weaken the hand of the pres- ident in the proposed new mam- moth trade deals between the two countries. Accordingly, the Soviet press has been minimiz- ing Watergate lest it put Soviet leaders in the embarrassing po- sition of dealing with an Am- erican administration that has lost standing with its own peo- ple. This accounts for the as- tounding irony that the most charitable explanation offered anywhere in the world today for the Watergate disclosures has come from the Moscow press. The suggestion has even been made that Watergate may be a trumped-up right-wing device to embarrass the president and reduce his credibility with the American people on the eve of historic agreements with the Soviet Union. The only thing certain about history is that it unfailingly produces strange twists. It is doubtful, however, whether anything stranger in recent years has occurred than the present mutual dependence of Richard M. Nixon and Leonid I. Brezhnev. Richard Nixon, who made his original political reputation as a Communist-hater, now looks to Leonid Brezhnev to deflect the attention of the American people away from the Water- g a t e horrors. And Leonid Brezhnev looks to Richard Nixon for the accords between the two nations that can help his nation to meet critical do- mestic problems. This is a poor time for peo- ple who believe in the ideologi- cal interpretation of history. Drugola and payola plague CBS By Willisn Satire, New York Times commentator golfer is a pretty discouraging business for some of us. The guys I play with Rae and Fern flashes of bril- able figures will suddenly blossom out to a nine or a 10. On one such occasion Fern remarked, "I play a good game in my dreams." WASHINGTON Has the ag- ony of Watergate taught us nothing about how to handle scandal? The Columbia Broadcasting system, a corporation active in many businesses, earned million last year. Its fastest- growing profit centre, which ac- counts for nearly 30 per cent of its earnings, is the division that produces CBS records and tapes. CBS is by far the largest pro- ducer of records and tapes in the youth-dominated music world, an industry that takes in revenues of billion a year more than all professional sports and the entire film in- dustry combined. Grand juries and district at- torneys are now trying to find out if the music industry is shot through with a higher dollar volume of venality and corrup- tion than has ever been seen in American business history. The corporate corruption being investigated includes the old- fashioned payola bribery to disc jockeys by record com- panies with a new, ethnic wrinkle: one CBS records ex- ecutive has reportedly told a grand jury that cash has been slipped to disc jockeys who direct their programming to black audiences. But the return of payola, even on an unprecedented scale, is not the whole story: federal in- vestigators are looking into the use of hard drugs cocaine and heroin by the business- men of music to bribe their dis- tribution outlets, or to entertain their entertainers. The Federal Bureau of Nar- cotics and Dangerous Drugs un- earthed the first lead while in- vestigating Pasquale Falcone, a reputed New Jersey mobster, indicted on drug charges Feb. 7. He turned out to be sharing an office with a former promo- tion man at Columbia Records, whose papers led to David Wynsliaw, until recently direct- or of artist relations at CBS records group. Since that time, at least three official investigations have been launched into the use of cocaine and other drugs as a new form of payola in the music business, along with Mafia infiltration of the music industry's distribu- tion system. Beginning what may be the second most massive cover-up 'of the last 12 months, CBS fired its records division president, Clive Davis, charging him in a curious lawsuit with the music world's equivalent of spitting on the sidewalk, bilking the com- pany of in phoney ex- penses. The cancer in the music busi- ness is not in padded expense accounts, and the panic-strick- en men who head CBS today know it; the cancer is what killed singers Janis Jopliu and Jimi Hendrix the new cur- rency of the record insUtry, hard drugs. What action has CBS taken so far? To build a defence against stockholder lawsuits, it has fir- ed and sued Davis; to give the appearance of self-investiga- tion, it has asked its regular law firm Cravath, Swaine and poke around, but Letter Parents9 responsibility I am writing in response to a rather inane letter published in The Herald (June 16) entitled "Clean Up the Source." As far as I can see this "interested citizen" tries for three-quarters of his letter to blame the mis- takes of the younger genera- tion on material things. Indeed it is time Christians stopped kidding themselves. It's time they realized that if given a Christian upbringing, i.e., one not lacking in love, attention and concern, there's no need for juveniles to turn to drugs, booze and pornography in later life. Kids who. don't get love are going to look for the near- est available substitute. With- out love, kids turn to material pursuits in order to gain status and peer group acceptance. They have to prove that they're tough and don't need love to make it. Because people like this an- onymous "interested citizen" seem to view sex as something indecent, it is little wonder that their children try and satisfy natural desires in a base and degrading way, e.g. pornog- raphy. Because they are taught that sex is dirty, they relate their sexuality to anytliing which conforms with this type of upbringing. I am also at a loss to under- stand how anyone can regard sex education as a degenerate practise. On the contrary, the frigidity and perverse sexual awareness that seems preval- ent in Interested Citizen's gen- eration, can be quite directly and simply related to sexual ignorance. The reason so many kids do not experience parental love is because they were the result of accidents in the first place. Sex education prevents sexual accidents. Sex is not filthy if one has a healthy atti- tude towards it. To paraphrase Paul, there is nothing evil in itself, but man defiles it by re- garding it as vile. God made sex, just as he made love. After all, sex creates people and people are beautiful (or are they, Mr.-Mrs. Interested This person's views finally make some sense in the last sentence when he-she stated that provincial custody is a nec- essity "against parents who Cannot or will not bring up their children." Such parents are the root of this problem. The sooner parents start to ac- cept the responsibility for their own failures and stop trying to lay the blame on sex, drugs, booze, and pornography, the sooner we can start to do some- thing effective about the mess a lot of kids are in today. The Waterton incident (The Herald, June 8) would likely never have occurred if the parents of the juveniles involved hadn't let them go off to Waterton by themselves. This simply shows a lack of responsibility, and let's face it, when the cat's away, the mice will play. Don't blame the mice. They've been condi- tioned by their upbringing to do what they do. JEREMY ETIIERINGTON, Graduate, U of L. LeUibridge. the presiding partner of the law firm is Roswell L. Gilpat- ric, who also happens to be one of the best and brightest mem- bers of the board of directors of CBS. The men at Black Rock (as the dark granite structure that houses CBS headquarters is af- fectionately called) could not be more dunderheaded. Instead of building legal barricades and bringing in "old faces" to run CBS records, CBS chairman and chief executive officer Wil- liam Paley should turn to the men at CBS best equipped to ferret out facfs and expose scandal. I'd like to hear Dan Rather cross-examine an official of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dan- gerous Drugs about what is known so far, and to watch Dan Schorr on the steps of the courthouse in Newark report- ing the latest leaks from the grand jury room on the pene- tration of the record industry by Mafia drug peddlers. A great many Americans would gain confidence in our system if they were to hear Walter Cronkite narrate a hard- hitting documentary "the selling of rock music which would pull no punches about the involvement of smooth-faced, Madison-Avenue executives in the illegal passage of cash and would skewer those who claim as justification some perversion of loyalty to the team. CBS viewers would be reas- sured of the integrity of all tele- vision news if a morally indig- nant Eric Severeid were to ex- coriate higher-ups for trying to cover up, and demand Paley hold a news conference or ap- point an independent investigat- or of unimpeachable reputation. Richard Salant, president of CBS news, would win plaudits by putting the heat on Sen. John Pastore and Rep. Harley Staggers, whose committees have obviously been failing in their responsiblities to oversee this partially regulated indus- try. Salant could wake up the committees with an offer to televise some of their hearings. CBS need not continue its present, tight-lipped, hang- tough approach to drugola. Ex- planations like "You see, that's another or "Ev- erybody in the music business does or "The men at the top say there's nothing to or even "It's all a plot by our enemies to embarrass us" have an all too familiar ring- Let the journalists of CBS news cover the story of CBS records in depth, Mr. Pally and after they have finished, you can take a few minutes of your own for "instant analy- sis." 'Crazy Capers' Nice couple. I like the way they listen to you during commercials. The Lethlmdfjc Herald 5W 7th St. S., LetbbrMge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1964, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Mill Registration No. Mil of The Canadian Prwi ana tho Canadian Dally Nowtpwar PiMMMrr AMoeMtton MM Audit Buraau of CUEO w MOWERS, fdltor and PuMlthar THOMAS H. ADAMS, MaMgtr DON PILLINS WILLIAM HAY Editor Aitoelstt Editor ROY f. MILES DOUGLAi K. 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