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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LEIHBRIOGE HE8AID Woclnosdoy, Match 8, 1972 Bruce, llnlchisoii. Tlie right to strike There is ;i growing opinion among Canadians that the federal govern- ment was overly generous when, in 1967, it gave civil servants Hie right to strike. This opinion now seems lo he shared by (lie government itselC as it appears to be having second thoughts on the matier. Since 1967, postal employees have staged two national and arc headed for another confrontation with (he government iliis year. Latterly, disruption of air service and CBC programming have inconvenienced taxpayers who foot the bill for these and other essential services. On. the other hand, of the federal employees covered by the Public Service Staff Relations Act, only have opted for the con- ciliation strike method of resolving (heir disputes with their boss, the federal government. The remainder have accepted binding arbitration. Seen in this perspective it seems that (he right to strike is not being abused by those who have gained it. While the government may now wish to modify this, right, it, will en- counter some stiff opposition from civil servants in doing so. A better alternative would be lo try lo con- vince all members of the Public Ser- vice to accept binding arbitration, making certain in doing so that wor- kers in all classifications are fairly treated. The China trade The People's Republic of China, with a quarter of mankind, accounts for less lhan one per cent of inter- national trade. Chinese exports and imports were estimated lo be worlli SI.225 million in 1870. only three fourths of the total trade of thw small colony of Hong Kong, or 10 per cent of that of Japan. The smallncss of foreign trade stems from the fact that China is a large, underdeveloped and inward looking country with a basically self- sufficient economy. Her poverty China has a per capita income of per annum means (hat both pro- ductivity and purchasing power are low. Politics plays an important role in China's foreign trade. Peking signed the largest wheat export contract in Canada's history after Ottawa recog- nized the People's Republic of China. She refused lo dea! with Japanese companies trading with Taiwan and South Korea. Peking agreed to buy a sizable amount of fishmeal from Peru, easily obtainable from other sources, in pursuit of diplomatic vic- tory in South America following recognition from Chile. An interesting development is the direction of Chinese trade after the Sino Soviet split, hi 1952, 69 pet- cent of Chinese exports went to Com- munist countries; in 1970, only 25 per cent. Likewise, China's imports from non Communist nations increased from 30 per cent in 1952 to 85 per cent in 1970. Japan China's largest trade partner, taking 12 per cent of China's exports and supplying 26 per cent of the country's imports. Jlong Kong is China's largest export market, taking S467 million worth of Chinese goods in 1970. China's foreign exchange earnings from Hong Kong amounted to SC75 million in 1970. Two way trade between Canada and China increased from mil- lion in 1900 to million in 196S Sfl5 million in Canada's favor in 19G9. The favorable trade balance with China and other Pacific rim coun- tries provides foreign exchange lo offset Canada's payment deficit with the rest of the world, especially the United States. The future prospect of the China trade should not be exaggerated. John Keswick, president of the Sino- British Trade Council, said no sud- den great expansion need be envis- aged. Those deluded by (he mirage of the China market, at least since the Opium War, have been disap- pointed. However, a gradual, if not spectualar, increase can be expected in line with the general growth of the Chinese economy. Now that the United States also wants to share that piece of cake, denied since 1949, the best advice is for Canada to de- velop other markets, while maintain- ing good relations with Peking. ANDY RUSSELL Amos TJIS mother was a somewhat non-de- script cayuse with a streak of draft Clydesdale blood running in her veins. His sire was a trim Morgan-thoroughbred cross. Amos inherited some of the best qualities of each and threw in some of his own for good measure. In the world horses he had the disposition of an equine, angel. He was black with a white blaze en his face and four matching stockings. When still only a two-year-old, lie joined me on the Rocky Mountain wilderness trails of southwest Alberla carrying a light pack of sleeping bags, and spent the re- maining twenty eight years of his life working under saddle in some of the mosl. rugged country in this continent. From the beginning he was a very gen- tle, friendly horse, eager lo please and loving nothing better than to be patted, talked to and fed some tit-bit. But he was exuberant too and loved bucking with me. for the sheer fun of it in his younger years. But one always knew what he had in mind, for, unlike many horses, he gave plenty of warning. At such times he would drop; his near ear while being saddled, and when I stepped up on him he woidd reach around and sniff a hoot toe as though to be sure I was ready. Then with a little squeal of pure exuberance he would soar into the air. He was a very showy bucker but easy to ride and never threw me. Never in his life did he buck with a pack or with anyone else. If a pack slip. ped or something broke, he would stop and wait for someone to corne and fix it. But sometimes his light hearted ways caused us both some embarrassment. There was Ihe time he came bucking down across a meadow we were camped by a river, I w a s fitting a fancy ride on him for he chose to go right past some guests as they headed for breakfast at the cook tent. Neither of us were pay- ing much attention to where he was go- ing, and before I realized what was hap- pening, he went between two (rees where a lady had hung her washing on a piece of clothesline. It caught on the saddle horn and broke at both ends, and I found my- self up in a storm with pink panties and what-have-you of various intimate fem- inine attire fluttering and snapping by both ears. Amos complelely lost sight of all fun as he tried (o buck out from under the laundry. He went off the top of a bank to land in the river right in front of the owner of (he clothes with a great splash. Then he stampeded out the other side and ran away, not stopping till he had tramp-, ed everything into the trail dust for a quar- ter of a mile. Leading him I walked back gathering up various sad looking items of apparel. Riding back across the stream I dismounted to lie the whole mess at the feet of the lady with an apology. She was sitting on a rock with her head down and I thought for a moment that she was cry- ing, but (hen I saw she was shaking with helpless laughter. "Don't say another she finally managed to gasp. "I would have come all the way from Boston just to see Another time when everybody was busy and not paying him much attention, lie came wandering in among the tents, just poking curiously around sniffing various things and maybe hoping for a hand-out of .salt or a cracker which he loved. One of the tenls had its flaps open and Amos walked right in. Then he must have failed to realize he couldn't possibly turn around. Anyway, we Mere treated to the amazing sight of a tent pulling up stakes and going over a low bank into the river. When wo caught up to it. it was wrapped complete- ly around Amos and (he whole sodden mound was lying in three inches of water. We rescued him, but the lesson never had to be repeated, for he never went in a lent again. From the beginning to the day he died, Amos was the mascot of the pack outfit, a lovable and wonderful horse, whose epi- taph could read: "He served long and well and enjoyed the trail ail (he way." Merciful release By Dong Walker gOME years ago I remember seeing a cartoon of a bunch of terrified hoys scattering in all directions from a uoman grasping one of Iheir number. "STie's got gasped a fleeing boy !o another. By the sign in a window it was evident the )gre was a music teacher. I was reminded of this cartoon when I overheard a conversation between Paul and his mother. Elspcth said, "is your friend Darron Mills still Inking organ replied Paul, "he got to quit." Nixon: a prisoner of political irony WASHINGTON' Almost any other American pres- ident with Richard Nixon's rec- ord of success would auto- matically rc-elcclcci this Why, then, must he fight des- perately for a second term? Hoiv can the Democratic party, without a comparable candi- date, hope to defeat him? The single reason is the tnan him- self. His people know that he luis proven abilities not vet proven in any rival; mirniesiionablo courage, loo, that four- o'clnck-in-the-morning conraye and tile gambler's reckless fling which over and over again has saved him from cer- tain destruction. His experience in govern- ment, moreover, and his knowl- edge of politics, both theoret- ical and practical, are unequal- led. But' his rc-elcclion, though probable, is' by no means as- sured, simply because the Am- erican people do not much lik? or trust him. In fact, the only serious obstacle to the pres- ident's second, term is Richard Nixon. The irony of this dilemma will not he easy for a Canadian lo understand when his system of government is basically differ- ent from that of his neigh- bors. In Canada a prime minister may be weak, as many have been, or strong and regnant like Pierre Trudeau, but !he people know dial, in (he end, lie can do nothing decisively good or bad without Hie con- sent of his cabinet and his par- liamentary supporters. Not a man hut a group of men called a party is elected to govern by compromise and rough consen- sus. Besides, a party can al- ways change ils leader, as has happened frequently. Thus, leadership is necessarily col- lective, checked and balanced not by written constitution but by (ho unwritten rules of the game. The United States, howevsr, with its conslitulion written in every detail, elects one man di- r c c t 1 y, without necessarily electing his parly, and makes him the execnlive of nalional business, (he conirnander-in- cliief of the armed forces, Hie framer of policy, the proposer of ils major laws, with power to veto the laM's of the Congress and, above all, Hie symbol and moral instrument of the na- tion's conscience. To these dulics, increasing steadily, the president must add the work of a parly lead- er and maintain, if he can, the people's broad support, on which all else depends. Tim presidency, simple and endur- able when (lie constitution de- fined it, is becoming nowadays almost impossible for human mind and body. As executive, cfnnmiuider- in-chief and policy-maker, Mr. Nixon has been a hold, able and h i s t o r ically important pres- ident. He has directed the na- tion's day-lo day business more competently than most of his predecessors, i n c 1 u d ing the greater Franklin Roosevelt. Overnight, lie has calmly re- versed the nation's oftiest eco- nomic axioms and his own. lie has recast its foreign pol- icy, in the Nixon doctrine, so drastically as to revise, fur good or ill, the whole power- map of the world. And in a fi- nal irony he has largely extri- cated the nation from an Asi- alic war which he once advo- cated, winch the Democrats launched and which they now blame on him. As a politician he has con- slantly out-manoeuvred the Democrats, stolen their pol- icies, both foreign and domes- tic, cut the ground from under them and, elected as a Con- servative, has made himself a radical reformer. That story of sheer pragmatism must be unique. If you consider his with- drawal from the Democrats' quagmire of Vietnam, the settlement in Berlin, the SALT disarmament negotiations, the trip to China, Hie devaluation "Funny thing about the China hours after I returned I felt like visiting if Letters to the editor Ancient Irish Christian culture is the There was one small error (apart from deletions) in the printing of my last letter on Irish affairs which, trivial though it may seem, is really quite important. I refer [c tho omission of a capital lelter for 'Official' in the phrase Official IRA. The capital denotes a particular tody which I called Marxist. Apparently, many people do not know that thero are two main IRA organiza- tions. The Provisional are not Marxists. They are mainly fer- vent Catholics, dedicated lo a restoration of Ireland's tradi- tions. While not necessarily ap- proving of everything some of them do, I can understand how they become convinced (hat they are fighting a just war against overwhelmingly stron- ger Brilish military power, and feel justified in guerrilla type tactics. I do nol, however, sup- port the killing of ants, or vengeance raids. Some of these men are in the tradi- tion of Padraig Pearse who wanted an Ireland free of so- cial injustice and commercial decadence. Some of (hem share his vision of a restoration of properly lo the people. The sort of settlement which might be cooked up by Heath and Lynch and Hillcry, with its compromises on divorce, contraception and secularism, would destroy historic Ireland. Britain's massacre of the inno- cents in abortion, its proposals for euthanasia, ils contra- ceptive advice lo school-chil- dren, are the stench of a de- caying society. The pressures now being exercised on Ihe Re- publican government can interpreted as attempts to im- pose Britain's decadence on Ireland. Some people would see Hie influx of mindless pornography and advertisements for films (like, those lhat degrade !he Paramount theatre and !lia entertainment page of The Lett-bridge Herald) into Ire- land, as marvellous cultural Another side of tlie story In regard to an article in (he February II paper concerning Catholic Central School, we would like (o stale that (here is no longer the problem of mice in Ihe Home Economics room, although they are still (o be found in some lockers. The cause of this is the students' fault and shouldn't he blamed on the student board. A simple remedy is lo keep the lunches out of reach and to keep the lockers free of garbage. For some of the parents wno want a separate junior high there are many complications. To separate the kids would sep- arate the school facilities and teaching abilities would go clown. Also a new separate ju- nior high would cause unneces- sary bills, which would mean an increase in taxes lhat I'm sure we can