Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, 27, 1970 Need Ascherson The Action Is In The Cities One of tlie two or three most serious problems in Western society is the rise of the neo city state. Whereas most of today's nations were founded essentially on rural or small-community populations, they have now become aggregations of huge, sprawling, cumbersome and often unworkable cities. Most Cana- dians, for instance, now are collect- ed into about seven or eight bee- hives. Yet in the Canadian constitution there is practically no recognition of the municipal identity. The prov- inces do have status and authority and in many matters complete sov- ereignty, and the municipalities are simply the creatures of the prov- inces. Technically the federal gov- ernment has had no right to deal directly with the municipalities, for they had no existence apart from their provincial licence. So the Canadian predicament is that on the one hand the growing urbanization has created all sorts of national problems and ills, and on the other hand the national gov- ernment has had its hands tied in dealing with these problems. Now there is hope for a signifi- Humble Pie British pollsters fell flat on their faces in predicting the election out- come. There can be no question of that. Now they are desperately com- ing up with excuses and an unexpectedly low voter turn out, a swing to the Conservatives in the last 48 hours of the campaign etc. Whatever the cause, the public will look on opinion polls with less con- fidence than it did prior to June 18, 1970. The press is taking its lumps too. Most leading British newspapers con- fess that they were mesmerized by the reports of relentless leads, and failed to consider more favorable es- timates from Tory party workers. In o t h e r words, journalistic instincts went by the boards. Gallup and Har- ris took over. Political correspondent George Gale writing in the Evening Standard said that: "The Tory victory both confounds and disgraces all of us who have reported the election campaign political journalist will ever again allow himself to be bamboozled by the pollsters." Confession is good for the soul, even when it has to appear in print. In this case there was no alterna- tive but to eat humble pie and publicly at that. Peking Puppets The U.S.S.R. is alarmed at the turn of events in Southeast Asia. It has sent out warnings to nations in that area, that if they co-operate with the Chinese they will end up bitterly re- gretting it. So far the message has been tentative innuendoes in the Soviet press couched in the familiar grandiose terms. But it is plain that Chou-En-lai, Peking's master political strategist is not allowing a golden opportunity to forge a close relation- ship between the ousted Sihanouk re- gime, the Laotians and the North Vietnamese, with China as the bene- volent father image, to pass him by. It's bitter medicine in Moscow which is now faced with the possi- bility that Cambodia, Laos and North Vietnam could easily become Peking Puppets. The Soviets, after all have paid an immense price diplomatically and financially in backing Hanoi in the Vietnamese war. They are as anxious to prevent Chinese dominance in Southeast Asia as the Americans are, and they are now realizing that their strategy is in danger of complete failure. There is a ray of hope in the situa- tion however. If the Russians are pushed to the point of real appre- hension, of the genuine possibility of Chinese dominance in the area, they might be more interested in using their considerable influence in the cause of peace in Indochina. If they were 16 opt for a reconvening of the 1954 Geneva conference, this could hopefully lead to a peaceful solution of the hostilities which have plagued the participants and their allies for so many years. I consider peace more important than David Ben- Gurion, former Prime Minister of Israel. Weekend Meditation Good Manners In Church TJECENTLY a man went early to church v to listen to an organ recital before the evening service. The church was crowded and the music magnificent, as the organist was one of Canada's greatest and the or- gan a splendid instrument. Unhappily the audience for some reason was the most unmannerly imaginable. Halfway down the church aisle four people seated together paid no attention whatever to the music, but talked in a loud voice as if outside the church, utterly disregarding the music. They were only the worst of many. In front and behind the devil's agents were at work to destroy the lovliness. Not only did they seriously damage the music, but they damaged preparation for lire service following. That blessed oportunily for silence and meditation was also ruined. No mood of worship could possibly be estab- lished, but many were irritated and in no readiness of spirit for the magnificent moments to follow. Why is there so little reverence and wait- ing upon Gcd: Do people come to church without expectation and desire? They are profane people who have no sense of the fitness of things and bring a carnal life into the holy temple of God. They not only do not have any luminous experience them- selves, but they prevent others from en- tering. Far better if they stayed away be- cause they go away worse than they cama. Their hearts are harder, their bad habits more confirmed. One always goes away from a church sen-ice worse or better than he came. It is a sobering thought. Apart from that, however, think of (lie rudeness and discourtesy. Do they carry the Sr.me bad manners everywhere? Tne organist had worked countless hours for this recital. The audience had come many miles. The glorious occasion wn.s .spoiled by these boors. Discourtesy is thus re- vealed as unkindness and a serious thoughtlessness and stupidity, as well as insensitivity. They are people with hard hearts whom it is best to avoid in all relations of life. Such people go through life inflicting pain, never even realizing tow much anguish they have earned. Cour- tesy is a key to character. Hilaire Belloc has a little verse that goes. "Of courtesie, it is much less Than courage of heart or holiness; Yet in my walks it seems to me That the grace of God is in comiesie." So it is, but isn't it an essential part of holiness? Does not "corn-age of heart" require a self-control which makes Hie def- inition of a gentleman to be the one who does not willingly inflict pain? Certainly courtesy is the key to many a man's success and lack of courtesy the cause of many a man's failure. Few tilings do more to improve human relations. One does not mean the excessive, artificial manners of the court of a Louis XIV, but the natural and profound description of the perfect gentleman found in tiie thirteenth chapter of Paul's first letter to Ihe church in Corinth. Before his conversion Paul was "breathing out fire and slaughter" against those who did not believe as he did. After his conversion he came to resemble more and more that personality whom lie adored. God's and nature's perfect gentle- man. One would expect similar imitation from today's Christians who profess to come lo church (o worship Jesus Christ. As that thirteenth chapter says. "Love docs not behave itself unseemly." Or, as it has been paraphrased, love is never rude. Someone should say to (hem. "Excuse me, but your religion is showing." Prayer: ciivo me. 0 Gcd, grace in Hie inner heart, that so the outer man may be gracious also. Berlin's Guerrilla Gunmen Join Arabs cant change The federation of Ca- nadian cities has been agitating for years for direct recognition by Otta- wa. Several provinces were reluc- tant to loosen their grip, and Quebec was the most stubborn. Now the new Quebec government says it will be more co-operative. So Mr. Robert Andras, the federal minister most closely involved, has announced an urban council will be set up, with equal representation from the feder- al, municipal and provincial levels. Good! The provinces will not abdicate their responsibilities, however. In that connection the Alberta govern- ment is planning an exhaustive study into the peculiar urban prob- lems of this province housing, transportation, recreation and so on. Lethbridge lias a few problems, but it is well off compared with Calgary and Edmonton, which are lucky compared with Toronto and Montreal, which are in a far better position than New York and Los Angeles. Urbanization will be one of the over-riding concerns of North Amer- ica. It is time to face up to it. Both Canada and Alberta are moving in the right direction. As the old unity of the "Extra Parliamen- tary Opposition" in West Ger- many breaks up, the young revolutionaries have split into small and often mutually hos- tile groups which have spread their activities far beyond Ihe university rebellions of the late sixties. Some factions have des- paired of conventional agitation and gone over to urban guer- rilla action, using the fire-bomb and even, on occasions, the gun. For the last few weeks, young West Germans have been fas- cinated by the violent and still unfolding tale of "the springing of Anclr'eas Baader." It is the story of two well known fig- ures of the Extra Parliamen- tary Opposition, neither parti- cularly young nor especially ex- treme. They appear to have in- volved themselves with a band of revolutionary gunmen whose activities are reminiscent of the "Tragic the gang of romantic anarchists who car- ried out a series of bloody bank robberies in Paris in the first years of this century and died under police bullets or on the guillotine. The affair begins two years ago with Andreas Baade'r, a young student who, with tire girl Gtulnm Ensslin and two others, tried to set fire to two depart- ment stores in Frankfurt as an act of terror against "the sys- tem." Baader was given a jail sentence, but jumped bail. He was picked up in West Berlin early this yeaij, and confined in the Tegel penitentiary. Now enters the figure of Ul- rike Marie Meinhof, a rather shy and dignified young woman with two children who for some years edited the left wing magazine Konkret in Hamburg and then moved to Berlin. A few years ago, the more mili- tant students of the SDS (So- cialist Students' League) were inclined to deride her as a con- ventional pacifist whose ideas were stuck in the traditions of the "Ban the Bomb" era. Ulrike Mcinhof, it was slated, was in process of writing a book with Baader about "the organ- ization of uncommitted youth." A request was made to the Te- gel prison governor that Baa- der should be allowed to meet her in the library of Hie Insti- tute for Social Problems in West Berlin lo discuss the book. Baa- der was repeatedly visited in jail, apparently to discuss this visit, by Horst Mahler, a lawj yer of highly conventional and even bourgeois appearance who for years has been the devoted court defender of Ihe young rev- olutionaries of .Berlin in tticir innumerable collisions with tile law. On May 14, Baader was taken under escort down to the Insti- tute. Ulrike Meinhof was al- ready waiting for him in Ihe li- brary. Suddenly, four figures disguised in blonde wigs burst into the room with silenced pis- tols. A fire fight broke out between the warders and ths intruders, in the course of which an employee of the Institnto was badly wounded in the stom- Letters To The Editor A Philosophy Of Education Required I tlu'nk a philosophy of edu- cation is required. By this, I mean the set of principles that guide teachers, pupils and trus- tees in all the activities con- ducted in the school. It is a set of aims and objectives that will serve as definite guides to both parents and teachers in all they do to educate children. I believe that much good would result if trustees would sit down with the .personnel of the schools and discuss the phil- osophy which would reign in the school. Too much of the philoso- phy of the school is left in the minutes of board meetings and never gets off the drawing board. If board members, school rep- resentatives and student bodies undertook to state the philoso- phy of the school, it will be theirs, understood by all, and ready to put into action. A University Needs Students For the past three years a university has been in opera- tion in Lethbridge with the first granting of degrees on May 30. It seemed that many persons were coming to the university to take courses which would give them a BEd. or BA., and so last October work was start- ed on the university site, on the west side of the river. It is nice to see new university buildings for the faculty to teach in, but who will they teach? From looking around in my area I see that the majority o! the people who go to univer- sity, after attaining their high school diploma, go to Calgary or Edmonton, with only a mi- nority going to Lethbridge. Those persons going to Cal- gary or Edmonton, at present, might think that Lethbridge is not good enough for them, but if they want the U of L to ex- pand they must know that the faculty needs students to teach. The more students, the more demand for courses, the more teachers and the more facilities Mad Dash To Oblivion This is the second visit that my wife and I have made to this lovely park, the first about 11 years ago. We are retired now but still reside in a large U.S. city (Bakersfield, Califor- It seemed to us that you peo- ple still have time to head off this mad dash to oblivion that consumes even our so called leisure time and leisure places. As sat on the hill Sunday just below the Prince of Wales Hotel and watched Ihe day un- foid in the beautiful bays be- low, we saw this race as the high powered cars unloaded their high powered motor boats which snarled their way around in an aimless and fran- tic pattern of speed and power. Throughout (he day only one boat seemed to fit: for among these madmen sailed a man and a toy in a beautiful white sailboat who seemed Ip be get- ting their (hrills testing the in- creasing winds. Would that we could have turned a switch to shut tlw motor boats off and let Ihcm sail on in peace. I suppose tile skidoos lake over in the win- ter here too. From our Sunday observa- tions it sadly seems that you. will soon have your mechani- cal ant pile completed. How many spots like the old Water- ton Park have you got left? MR: AND MRS. P. Waterton Lakes National Park. will be available; therefore it's high time that students get cracking and start building up their local university! If Lethbridge ever hopes to have as good a university as Calgary or Edmonton, students must give the U of L a rea- son to expand. If students do come, facilities will increase and the university will become larger and will earn a good r e p u t a tioa, attracting others from afar. It seems that at present U of J. have a reputation, or else it has a bad one I would like to see the uni- versity develop and become popular in Lethbridge and in the surrounding area and hope that the students of, Lethbridge and the surrounding area think about local possibilities before going away. R. C. Enchant. The child must understand his responsibilities to the school and to his community. Diplo- mas are not enough. To be a good scholar is not enough. He must not only understand the world around him he must be prepared to change it if need be. In a town (Taber) with a pop- ulation of close to where more than half the population is under 21, there seems to be very little entertainment or wholesome activity for young people. Now that we have a new civic centre, we must concen- trate much effort on recrea- tional programs for young peo- ple. By young people, I mean young adults who are out of school. There seems to be a fickleness in rec r e a t i o n and school boards and a seeming inr sensitivity to the importance of this problem. I am not saying that recrea- tion boards and school boards are expected to be the watch- dogs of our community, but they should be called upon to put some energy in working closer and having a better understand- ing with the young people of the community. A. A. CHERVINSKI. Taber. ach. Baader and Ulrike Mein- hof jumped out of the the library was on the ground floor followed by the pistol party ?.r.d rsscle off in a sil- ver 'Alfa Romeo which was afterwards found to have been stolen. A grand police emergency was instantly declared. But Baader and Ulrike Meinhof had vanished. Uirike with her chil- dren whom it was later es- tablished she took to a friend in Hamburg. Mahler was not to be found eithci'. Acting on in- formation, the police raided the flat of one Guenther Voigt, a young man who had previously served time for a bank raid, and discovered a workshop for making Beretta silencers, a pis- tol range, ammunition and an interesting device attached to the phone which had allowed Voigt to dial any number in Europe without payment. Voigt was arrested within days at Basle. The mild features of Ulriks appeared on a "Wanted for At- tempted Murder" notice posted throughout West Germany. Gud- rin Ensslin, also on the run since 1968, was equally suspect; it was thought that at least one of the nigged attackers had been a woman. But there the matter r'ested, until a sensation- al news flash arrived last week from the Middle East. Several of the group, Includ- ing Baader, Gudrun Ensslin, Ul- rike Meinhof and Horst Mah- ler, had arrived on an East Ger- man flight at Beirut. Their des- tination was Amman, in Jor- dan, hut the fighting which was raging in Amman between King Hussein's army and Palestinian guerrillas stopped the aircraft from completing its journey. The party applied to travel by road to Syria, but as they only had identity cards, the Leban- ese refused permission. They accordingly telephoned the West German representative in Bei- rut, posing as stranded tourists, and were issued with tempor- ary travel documents. Armed with these passes, the group was picked up in cars by representatives of (he Peoples' Democratic Front for the Lib- eration of Palestine, one of the guerrilla movements, and driv- en across the border into Sy- ria. Since then, a left wing newsletter in Berlin has receiv- ed a bizarre photograph of Horst Mahler dressed as a guerrilla and waving a gun, inscribed: "Best wishes to ycur readers from the land of a Thousand and One Nights." And there, in Damascus or Baghdad, the trail breaks off. The wildness and violence of the episode, rather than the link with Palestine guerrillas, has upset left wingers in West Gel-many and West Ber- lin, who consider that it has played into the hands of those who call for much tougher re- pression against them. The press has been deluged with in- accurate stories depicting "Ul- rike Meinhof as a wealthy Mes- salina and Gudrun Ensslin as a blue film performer, and there can be little doubt that public opinion in West Berlin swung behind new laws rearming the police with weapons which in- clude grenades and light ma- chine-guns. It seems likely that Mahler, at least, and possibly Ulrike Meinhof were not entirely aware of what was being planned by the "snatch party" in wigs. But the probability is that this sort of "urban maquis" action, pa- ralleled in Paris by the banned "Proletarian in the Uni- ted States by the Weathermen, and in several Latin American countries by urban guerrillas such as the Uruguayan "Tupa- maros" and o t Ii e r diplomat- grabbing groups will continue. So, inevitably, will the tendency of governments lo hit bach >vith equal force. (Written for Tlie Herald and Tile Observer, London) LOOKING BACKWARD Industry And Pollution With regard to pollution con- trols in areas near Lelhbridge and even areas all across Southern Alberta, isn't it logi- cal to assume that pollution controls, with long-term effects are more important than the securing of new industry which has mainly short-term effects and wliich is one of tlie pri- mary causes of pollution in Canada? Of course 1 can see the good effect which new industry has on the income of the province and Uiis helps to raise (he sla- lus, as well as the income of the whole nation. I can also see that many adults who are in the "driver's seat" would not be overly concerned with the nf- fccls fjf pollution since the deadly effects are not an im- mediate problem, at least prob- ably not for another five to ten years. Bui, I can also sec the side of the teenagers who will still be in their prime years when the effects of man's ingenious inventions strike in full force. How do we young people feel about the situation? I think 1 speak for most young people when I say that we would ralli- er see some of these industries turned away if necessary than to have the future world so pol- luted that it will not be worth living in and we will not enjoy the pleasure brought by these new industries. Isn't it possible to reach some sort of alternative wherein tlie industry would not be frighten- ed away and yet (lie pollution could be avoided? KAREN SANDER. Enchant. THROUGH TIIE HERALD Minister Bordcn lias announced that the in- demnities of senators and members of tlie House would be increased lo Cabinet ministers will be increased to 1930 Conqueror of the Pa- cific and the Atlantic and just 2.500 miles from a complete circumnavigation of the globe, Squr.dron Leader Kingston! Smith and tiic crew of the monoplane Southern Cross to- day were the guests New York City. is expected that tlw decision lo closo the Winnipeg grain exchange will be an- nounced shortly. J9.W Officials of the Leth- bridge and District Exhibition to- day acclaimed the 1950 rodeo as a great success. Twice as many people as last year have attended the exhihiton. Soviet bloc walked out of the ten-nation disarma- ment talks today alter the Am- ericans brought forth (heir pro- posal for world disarmament. THeLethkidge Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1951, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration Number OOJ2 Member o! Tho Canadian Press and tlio Canadian Daily Newsptpo Publishers' Association anil tho Audit Bureau of CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS II. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WH.UAM HAV Editor Kililor HOY F VII.ICS K WAI.KEI Advertising Editorial 1'age Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"