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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETHBRIDOE HERAID Saturday, March 3, 1973 PETE SEEGER SINGS OUT 'The best thing about America is controversy' IS THIS A HUMAN BEING? YOU BE THE JUDGE SEE THE NON-RELIGIOUS PRESENTATION "ABORTION, HOW IT IS Based purely on medical, social and physiological areas SUNDAY, MAR. 11 at 2-4-7 and 9 P.I FREE ADMISSION Presented by the Knights of Columbus Council 1490 Lethbridge THIS PROGRAM ENDORSED BY CHRIST-TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH-REV. H. MARTIN IMMANUEl LUTHERAN CHURCH-REV. W. F. SCHOEPP LAKEVIEW MENNONITE BRETHREN CHURCH-REV. H. NIKKEI This advertisement inserted by KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 1490, LETHBRIDGE NEW YORK (NBA) JB This Machine Surrounds Hale and It to Surrender" is the message scrawled in black marker around the drum of a worn live-string banjo. Tlie "machine" is carried by folk singer Pete Sccgcr every- where he gees. H has accom- panied him in singing out against militarism, racism, pox1- erty, pollution and war. The motto is a gentler version of the one the late Woody Gulhrie had on his guilar all during World World II "This machine kills fncisls." "All my I've been singing for unpopular causes: unions, peace, civil says Sec- ger. 'But I dont mind singing controversial songs. The best Ihing about America is the amount of controversy. People all around Ihe world and I've sung for my supper all over the world say that, despiet mistakes, you in the U.S. can con speak your mind. America won't solve its problems unless (here's argument and contro- versy. H151U1IT "When I was a kici, I believed hypocrisy was to be a hermit. My natural inclination is to go off by myself. But for 40 years I've been up to my ears in one form of action or says Seeger, relaxing in his publish- ers office. He is a tall, lanky man whose thrust-back head seems to be searching lire sky for answers. Ills greying beard juts out at a peculiar angle as he slumps in his chair and with half-shut eyes reminisces about his 30- year career. Seeger has been pclterl with t rocks and with red-baiting Headlines (''Commie Singers Try to I nf i 1 tr at e Brought before the House Un- American Activities Committee, he was asked if he had been a service to the Communist par- ty by entertaining for them. He replied, "I have sung be- fore all kinds of people, of all religions, of all polilical faiths. I have never tried to propagan- dize for communism, or for any- thing esc, and I challenge your rights. These questions are im- proper." He was cited for contempt of Congress, then on appeal clear- ed of all charges. In recent years, he has fought lo save the Hudson River with the Ciear- ivalcr Sloop, and has appeared on television, which had long black-listed him. REPERTOIRE Pete Sesger didn't invent the prcicst song. In his new bosk, Incompleat Folk-Singer" (S i ni o n and he iraces its history back lo the polilical songs of medieval min- slrcls and early union songs. But Pete Seeger has added considerably to the repertoire of protest songs. He was allowed to sing one of those songs, "Waist Deep in in the Big on the CBS Smothers Brothers Show only after a nationwide controversy. The song is about (he late Pres- ident Johnson and Vietnam. "Porr old sighs See- ger. "I can't help feeling any- thing but pily him, because I can't help thinking about the housands of lives he would have saved it he had made the right decision." "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" is one of the songs writ- ten by Sseger which expresses his deep opposition lo war. Many of his songs like "Last Train to (writ- ten after My Lai) and "If You Love Your Uncle Sam, Bring Him Home" were sung through- out the demonstrations against the war. Seeger led a half-million demonstrators in a Washinglon demonstration in November of 1969 singing from one of songs: "All short phrase John Lennons we are saying is give peace a chance." Seeger's antiwar feelings are matched by his passionate p.-.t- riotism, "I was raised, a Yan- kee, but learned my music down says Seeger as he explains feelings toward Amer- ica. 'Only once I remember real- ly petting lie says. "A couple in Mexico said they left U.S. because "A country that doesnt respect the people doesn't deserve their support." I believe people who don't love their country enough to fight to make it better don't deserve a country." Seeger unconsciously fiddles with Ihe slems of his wire frame eyeglasses as Ihough he hadn'l noticed they weren't his banjo. "America is full of kids who can afford to run he says. "My advice is 'donl run.' The belly of the beast is where Ihe big battle takes place, the lair of the monster. They're going lo have to carry me away from the Hudson Val- ley in a box. That log cabin we live in, my wife-and I built it with our own says See- ger. Although born in New York City and educated at Harvard for two years, he looks as rustic as he sounds. Like many other Americans, Seeger didr.t stand up and cheer when he heard the peace announcement ending the long- est and costliest war in U.S. history. Instead he felt a quiet but cautious relief: "Some sav it's four years too late. I think it's 10 years too late. No one's celebrating be- cause no one knows what happen next. We may be living with this thing for a long time. Never to lough or love Nor taste the summertime? FIGHT ABORTION! INSERTED BY TWO CONCERNED CITIZENS RURAL TEACHERS DESERVE EQUALITY IF YOUR SALARY WAS LESS THAN A TEACHER IN A NEARBY LOCATION (with the same qualifications, doing the same job) AND IF YOU RECEIVED NOTHING FROM YOUR EMPLOYER IN FRINGE BENEFITS WHILE A TEACHER DOING THE SAME JOB WITH THE SAME QUALIFICATIONS IN A NEARBY LOCATION RECEIVED IN FRINGE BENEFITS AND IF YOUR EMPLOYER REFUSED TO PAY YOU FOR YOUR FULL QUALIFICATIONS AND IF YOUR EMPLOYER HAD DEMONSTRATED HIS ABILITY TO PAY YOU AS MUCH AS THE OTHER TEACHERS WOULD YOU INSIST ON EQUALITY? WOULD YOU WORK FOR LESS? IF TRUSTEES ACT RESPONSIBLY, A STRIKE WILL BE AVERTED SOUTHERN ALBERTA RURAL TEACHERS ;