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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Anthony Wcslcll THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Ihurld Strike issue shunned by all parties Depressing prospect AT, (he For instance, in liis eolunui today Anthony Westell says lhat none of the parties arc likely to tackle the issue of strikes. Later in the week (here will be a piece by Bruce Hut- chison anticipating that the biggest concern in all industrialized coun- tries ._ that of controls will be skirted. What, then, will the voters find to base their decision upon? Judging by what has caused the most heat lately iu ttie House of Commons, not much. Such matters as proper language in Parliament, keeping the national police "Royal" in all circumstances, and the scandal of a "wife-killer'' hoodwinking corrections and immi- grations officials are really only trif- ling at least when placed against concerns that touch on the direction id the Gerda scandal. Why do politicians waste their time and put the business of the country iu jeopardy thereby on such unimportant matters? Precisely because they have learned that Ihey can play on the emotions people and mine political gold as a consequence. The two most decisive victories in federal elections in recent times were due to the appeal of. personalities, not programs. No messiahs are being offered for approval in this election but intelligent alternative choices of platform do not seem to be in the offing either. The people face the depressing prospect of another feel- ing-filled and perhaps brainless cam- paign. ,4 flash of sanity One of the worlds festering sores appears to be on the verge of being healed. For 17 years a civil war lias been in progress in Sudan. The dead have been estimated in the hundreds of thousands; the refugees living in the bush or in neighboring countries are numbered in the millions. A whole generation of people in the southern part of the state has grown up not knowing Ihe meaning of a settled life. Peace and unity at last seem im- minent as a result of secret talks held in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia be- tween President Gaafar el-Numeiry's revolutionary regime and the south- ern Sudanese rebel movement, the Auya Both sides have abandon- ed "their previous fixed positions lo make the negotiated agreement pos- sible: the Khartoum government has agreed that the Sudan shall not be an Islamic republic (the people the south are Christians and Ani- mists, the people of the north are the South em Sudanese have abandoned their aim of secession. If this war does end and the peo- ple are united under a new federal- type Constitution, a good deal of credit will go to the World Council of Churches. It was the controversial decision of that body to give support to liberation movements in Africa that apparently broke the situation open for negotiation. This decision gained the confidence not only of the largely Christian leadership of the Anya "Nya but also of President Nu- meiry. As a consequence the secret talks" in Addis Ababa were chaired by Canon Burgess Carr, the general of the All-Africa Confer- ence of Churches which is linked with the World Council of Churches. As part of the reconciliation, Pres- ident Numeiry has invited the inter- national community to help with the immense task of resettling the refu- gees. Agricultural projects will have to be established; schools and hospi- tals will have to be built; and jobs will have to be created. Colin Legum, the London Observer correspondent, writing from the scene of the negotiations speaks of tiie imminent solution lo the war as "one of those infrequent flashes of sanity which illuminate international relations." It is to be hoped mere will be no disastrous last-minute hitches caused by hardliners on eith- er side. the stand a bit of sanitv. Hijackers hard to catch Tu the past couple of years Cana- dian airlines have had their head- aches with repetitious strikes and walkouts of one kind or another. Thousands of citizens have had to log long hours in the waiting rooms across the country while airport of- ficials try, by one means or another, to keep the planes flying. .More recently, another threat has presented itself, making airline offi- cials, aircraft personnel, and passen- gers equally nervous. The ever present possibility that some crack- pot will successfully board a plane and hijack it to a destination not on the scheduled route, is not alien lo Canada any longer. We have had a couple of instances recently which prompted the Airline Pilots' Associ- ation to demand of governments that stricter screening methods be em- ployed to discourage travellers from carrying guns and dynamite onto aircraft, they also asked for tougher Process or product? school has a function and each teacher therein has a specific job to clo. Every teacher ought to work at schol- astic input if there is to be the proper srscial outcome lor the little being called far too rr.any are engaged up lo Iheir eyes in the process of education while ignoring the product. This is entirely wrong. The product of a school system oughl to be a young man or woman possessing a body of knowledge, a number of skills, a certain maturity, a sense of responsibilily, and an urge to take a place in a free so- ciety. Schools aro but a part of the educational r.pectnim and hy no means its totality. The youngster i.s subject to a whole bat- tery of other elements equally important in his development the home, the church, vhe newspaper, radio and televi- sion, his own peers, his friends, his local hangout, and a dozen others, not the least of which are the caretakers and corridor education at his schools. There are a hun- dred and one bits to the puzzle; the teach- er being only one, not all o( them. In recent limes, schools have been hajnd- od over to pseudo-educationalists spewing Freudian philosophy and psychology. Too often, teachers are trained to teach in terms of emotional and social development instead of intellectual achievement and ex- cellence. The bright student ia a freak and high marks a sin. Some school .systems are not too con- cerned if ''Johnny can't by the end Speaker's reception for ttie opening of Hie new session of Parlicunenl, a senior Tory from Ihe Maritimes was speculating like everyone else crowtlcc! aronnci the bars, set lip in Ihe cavernous railway committee room about Iliu coming election. Tbe one cam- paign he would really fear lo fight, he said, was against the government if it decided to do something about strikes. Never, he thought, lias Ihe public been more fed up with strikes and ready to support a government that promises lo end them. Other MPs 1 have spoken lo agree that sirikes are poten- tially the most explosive polit- ical issue in Canada today. 5t is moslly a buried issue for the present because no party knows quite what to say about it. The damage thai sirikes