Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
EDITORIALS David Haworth The Pound appointment It has been suggsted that politics is muddying the Canadian grain industry, by the appointment of Mr. Del Pound, well-known in Southern Alberta, as chairman of the Canadian Grain Commission. Mr. Pound was active in the Liberal party before his appointment to the Board of Grain Commissioners just a few months ago. It would be grossly unfair to Mr. Pound and to Canadian agriculture to infer that this is a patronage appointment. Mr. Pound was raised on an Alberta grain farm and held responsible positions in the seed, grain and agricultural supply industries for 25 years. He knows the grain business and he is a competent executive. Those who know him best expect good results from his new appointment. The Board of Grain Commissioners has been responsible for imposing and operating the grading system. It is the chief agent for quality control. It supervises all handling facilities. Then the Canadian Wheat Board takes over as the marketing agent for those grains within its jurisdiction. Over the years the Board of Grain Commissioners has enjoyed vast public respect for the high standards it maintained. The Wheat Board has been subjected to a good deal more criticism, especially for allowing indifferent selling policies to let a huge surplus accumulate. However the Wheat Board had to operate with the grades provided by the Board of Grain Commissioners, and that was much of the problem. The world market changed and left the Canadian grading system and the Canadian quality standards obsolete. How blame for the disaster for Canada should be apportioned among the Board of Grain Commissioners, the Canadian Wheat Board, the Government of Canada and the grain producers themselves (who cannot escape responsibility for the disposition of their products) is a matter for debate. In any event Canada will have a new Grain Act in a few weeks, there will be new grades, the protein factor will be considered, and in several other ways the work of the Board of Grain Commissioners is being reformed. The board's name is being changed to the Canadian Grain Commission. Mr. Olson, the minister of agriculture, said he felt there should be a change in the board chairmanship to cope with the "new Deal," and thus the appointment of Mr. Pound. Nobody there to do the job The announcement that the government might appoint a minister to take charge of implementing the recommendations of the royal commission on the status of women is a step in the right direction. But it should be a quick step, enacted immediately lest the whole matter languish and eventually perish as has been the fate of other probes of Canadian social problems. Robert Andras, minister in charge of housing, in making the announcement indicated the government was whole - heartedly behind updating women's status and hinted that a ministerial post of this nature should properly go to a woman. This is very unbiased, broad-minded thinking, and it's also highly logical. It is acknowledged that women have an uncanny knack for getting things done. They have organizational abilities that put men in the shade, as any man knows who has ever attended a convention or conference headed by women. And the impetus to get the recommendations on wom- en's status moving is a challenge which would have any Madame Minister and her assistants so busy her male associates around Parliam e n t Hill would be left in her liberated dust. But unfortunately the only woman in the house at the present time is Mrs. Grace Mclnnis, an NDPer who does not qualify. Therefore unless some technicalities are overlooked or some procedure taken to open an opportunity for another woman to gain a seat in the government - a tenuous situation in the best of times- the position will automatically be awarded to a man. The upshot of the whole matter is, if women are really serious in improving their own condition they must come forward politically strongly and with determination, and play a responsible role in ironing out the inequalities which beset their, sex. Until this time arrives, the direction in this sector will come from members on the 6 p p o s i t e gender. More's the pity. Weekend Meditation The Quest of soul jyjOST men live lives of quiet desperation. So said tbe New England seer of Walden. This century began as the century of hope and threatens to end as the century of despair. Multitudes perish for lack of faith. T. S. Eliot describes the anguish of the departure of God. "God is leving us" and "through the dark air falls the stifling scent of despair." In the Bible, however, God is represented as seeking man. The psalmist states that no matter where he goes, whether he ascends into heaven or descends into hell, God is there, God finds him. God finds Adam when Adam is desperately hiding from God because of his sin. God finds Elijah cowering in despair in his cave. God finds Gideon threshing wheat and Moses tending sheep on the hillside. Jesus represents God as seeking the soul of man like a woman searches for a lost coin, like a shepherd searches for a lost sheep, like a father seeks the prodigal son, and it is never with losing, but always with finding that the Bible story ends. God comes to man where man is, communicating His life to him, calling him to a relationship of total trust and commitment. Thus the Apostle Paul tells the Corinthians that "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself." The story of the incarnation has often been misrepresented as if God1 were being reconciled to man. It was the other way round. Man had to be drawn to God, to give an openness to God, a willingness to respond to God and live God's life. The faith must be lived; thought, word and deed must be one. Only thus does faith become real, only thus can man feel God close. As John said, "We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren." The quest for faith, the quest for hope, and the quest for love is one and the same quest and cannot be separated. Hope and faith are rooted in the love of God. Men are lifted from dark despair by knowing themselves to be the children of a love divine, whose souls are precious to the heart of the Eteranl God. The expected By Doug Walker 17LSPETH left me (us) awhile ago. That is what many people expected might happen. They kept warning that if I (we) didn't stop picking on her she would walk put on met us). She didn't slay away very long - about The strike that could not be won J^ONDON - Tbe end of a postal strike on March i that had lasted 44 days marked the biggest humiliation any trade union in Britain has undergone for more than a decade. The Union of Post Office Workers failed to win a 15 per cent pay rise. It was an heroic but futile engagement by the union, and one which they were warned they could not win. They had not the financial resources to win, and the reverberations of the defeat will be felt through- Scientific knowledge has greatly increased in this century. But knowledge is no substitute for faith, neither is it the enemy of faith. If a man will have faith in God, God will reveal Himself to man. One of the most inspiring of exercises is to read the different times Paul says, "I know." The knowledge of Paul was more important to man than any knowledge man has gained of the physical sciences. Lacking tbe knowledge of God, his life is dark and the burden of tbe universe too oppressive to endure. Just think of a man being able to say, "We glory in our troubles, for trouble produces fortitude, fortitude produces character, and character produces hope." It is quite wonderful to have hope that Is independent of external circumstances. Thus Paul could say, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." "Content" means to be "self-ruled." Most people today have learned in whatsoever state they are to be anxious. "Anxious" comes from "angere", meaning "to choke." Most of us are "choked up," like the athletes. Paul speaks of peace, using the words "ataraxia," which means "the untroubled life." Do you not find this wonderful and exciting? It is a quest worth pursuing. Only one man in a million has succeeded, chiefly because the others have not tried. They have sought happiness in tilings, security in the world, peace in physical environment, hope in power and pes* sessions. Turn from these things. They are all futile. "Set not your hope on any of the trees of this forest, for all the trees of this forest are sold to death." Worldly hopes turn to ashes; they have no comfort for the heart. Listen again to St. Paul: "Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, rejoice," or "I wish you all joy in the Lord: I will say it again, All joy be yours!" PRAYER: Lead mc, 0 my God, in Thy mercy lead me from despair to faith, from death to life, from darkness to eternal light and hope and joy. F.S.M. a day longer than the meeting she attended lasted. I concluded that she really couldn't bear to be wiithout us. The boys said it was because nobody else wanted her, out the movement for a long time to come. The strike, the longest of its kind in Britain since the Second World War, was brought to a dying fall on the basis of nothing more substantial than the promise of an independent Investigation into the postmen's claim and the efficiency and manpower of the Post Office. And, of course, there can be m guarantee whatever that the inquiry will recommend a penny more than the 8 per cent increase the men were offered before, the strike began. Whatever the final settlement, it is clear that neither the Post Office nor the union will ever be the same again. The Post Office must contemplate a permanent shift away from letter services to the telephone and teleprinters as well as an overall decline in the number of letters people write. For the union, in' the end, the strike was a matter of survival. Had it prolonged the strike any more there would have been nothing left of it but a bankrupt and broken or- ganization. Loans from other unions were offered, but the UPW could not afford to accept any more because It could not repay anything above a $612,000 debt The strike was based on two fundamental miscalculations. As there was no precedent for the strike, Mr. Tom Jackson, the union's cheerful and courageous leader, whose mustachioed face in the newspapers and on television had been raised in seven weeks almost to the status of a national institution, thought a quick, and let's not have any of that House of Commons language around here!" Letters To The Editor Does the government have to control everything? We sat in on a cattle sale a few days ago out at the Auction Market and saw some nice prices paid for some good little heifers and bulls. Sirrnmental, Limousin and Brown Swiss crosses for breeding stock are in demand these days so the sellers were satisfied and the buyers must have been too because they were bidding of their own free will and with their own money. There wasn't anything unusual about any of this. It happens a hundred times a day, but on the modern agricultural scene one could expect that there should be a little more to it There were no permit books, quotas or restrictions. There was no mention of assignments or grades or compulsion to deliver. Not a word about equalization or a rake-off for a stabilization plan for those producers who don't have this class of cattle. Good stock was bringing top money and the very best offering attracted the age-old premiums of the market place. Anyone who thought things should be equalized because his neighbor was making a little too mucb money could buy a few, take them home, raise some more and bring them in next year. There may have been, in fact I'm sure there was, a hell of a lot of trouble with snow and mud and tire chains and purple gas that most trucks will scarcely burn. There were sleepless nights and burned clutches and lost ropes and late entries turned down, but there wasn't a soul in the place who didn't know that you can't sell excuses. That same afternoon, away back east in old Ottawa, in a committee room on Parliament Hill, a group of MPs, amply paid, were putting the finishing touches on a bill to eliminate this obsolete, reactionary, rudimentary freedom of the market place which has become such a menace to socialism. This is enabling legislation to Teacher misinformation corrected The Lethbridge Herald, March 6th, contained an editorial entitled, "Teachers' Demands." It is most unfortunate that the writer of this article did not bother to verify the accuracy of his statements before he used up valuable space passing along misinformation. Teachers have not, in at least two of the areas he mentioned, threatened to go on strike because they could not reach a salary settlement which suited them. If the editorial writer had bothered to read at all, the information concerning these places, he would have discovered that the main issue in Calgary was working conditions and in Quebec recognition of qualifications. For the information of this Parents to hlame Who supplies the drug crutch and the neuroses to today's teen-agers? Not the "pushers"! The suppliers are the individual kid's parents - dear ol* dad and mom. The creeps who have no time for their offspring! They are too busy making the money for the all-hallowed material items that they all worship and place in the forefront of their lives-the status symbol: the wall-long stereo, the sports' car for good ol' mom so she can -get to her important meetings and appointments, the ski-doos, the unlimited credit for all members, the "wheels" for the kids. Dad is too busy keeping AHEAD of the Joneses (hell! no self respecting middle class parent just tries to KEEP UP with the Jones family). Dear ol' dad spends 167 hours a week gettin' it (and rests his ulcer and salves his conscience for the remaining hour attending church). And wonderful mom - where is she at? Why doing good for the underprivileged in India, Korea, (hell! anywhere but at home!) and putting on the facade in a daily ritual despite the crow- feet, wrinkles, dentures, eye atrophy, and graying hair. (Second Debut is wonderful, isn't it, dear?) The peer influence is nullified if the kid is not given any hang - ups at home (Right?) and the parents encourage outside interests, i.e., YMCA, and the family household has an equalitarian atmosphere (where every individual's opinion is accepted and respected). Hang in there, spread the happy and maybe we'll all make it!!!! A "YOUNG" OLD PARENT. Lethbridge. person the Alberta School Act gives teachers the right to negotiate working conditions, a right which many school boards in Alberta are trying to deny. They wish to maintain the master - servant concept which prevailed for so many years in teacher - school board relations. We, as teachers, do not need this kind of damning by faint praise that the writer indulged in. Neither do we need his advice about the concern people have regarding the cost of education. We are much more aware of the crisis in education finance and the concern of the people over tax in general than the writer gives us credit for. In passing I might say I do not remember an editorial condemning the police force for getting a 10 per cent raise this year or one questioning the wisdom of the city employees who received the same percentage raise. It may be that the writer of the editorial has not yet realized that the same taxpayers support both teachers and city employees. G. S. LAKIE. Lethbridge. enable the government to whittle all hog producers down to twenty cents, all wheat growers to $1.20 a bushel, all barley sales to the board price, and all cattlemen to the level of the guys who never got there. A million bushels a day we lose in wheat sales at Vancouver because nobody can figure out how to get it loaded under government control. Buyers are ready and willing but they can't buy wheat because a bureaucratic muddle has become so ponderous, inflexible and devoid of resourcefulness that its hopelessness must be replaced by what else - more government regulations. When little Jack Horner, that unenlightened individual who has trouble understanding why the government has to control everything, asked if political appointments to the marketing council would always be in the best interests of the industry (as they haven't in the past) the venerable minister of agriculture got up and walked out. He doesn't have to answer questions since lie's got the big job. L. K. WALKER Milk River sharp battle would win the day for him. At the time there was no reason to disbelieve it. No one then knew that the country's business would not be brought to desperation level by a postmen's strike, nor could anyone have foreseen how well the telephone system would stand up to the extra traffic it received. J a c k s o n's calculation was that the Post Office executives or government officials - or both -- would lose their nerve after a strike lasting 10 to 14 days, and be willing to settle with him then at something like his asking price. But in spite of all his bold words he knew that if the strike were prolonged much beyond such a period he could have no hope of winning it. It became obvious that the union members had lost the strike, even while Jackson was saying: "Our members are resolved and more and more bitter. The strike could go on for several more weeks yet." He knew then that it would take his members up to three years to make up the earnings they had lost. But to him the strike had become something of a moral crusade and, a drowning man, he kept denying there was water in his lungs until be finally disappeared from view. The second miscalculation ~ was to underestimate the resolve of the Post Office and the Conservative government to hold their position, and for this Jackson had no excuse at all. He was told repeatedly, and in the plainest language, that the Post Office could not afford to pay more than its fine! offer and had no intention whatever in pretending that it could in the interests of a quick settlement. This was ignored or dismissed - and so tbe strike went on. For other unions, too, the collapse of the postmen's strike and the manner of its collapse is a hard blow. The Trades Union Congress is engaged in the most intensive propaganda battle on behalf of the unions over the Industrial Relations Bill, which is designed to curb trade union liberties, and which is now going through Parliament. The unions are also bitterly hostile to the government's attempts to hold down pay rises by "standing back" and not involving itself in the conciliation. But the big and rich unions were not prepared to give the poor postmen the really large sums they needed if the strike was to continue - unless they could see an eventual pay-off in political terms. And as the weeks went by it became increasingly clear that this was not a realistic prospect All that was finally offered was yet more interest-free loans and shopfloor collections. The first was not what Jackson wanted, the second was not sufficient. In the end It was just a question of how the union could get out of its predicament and get the strike called off without losing too much face. Those who remember compare the postmen's strike with a very similar encounter the London busmen had, again with a Conservative government, in 1958. That strike went on for nearly seven weeks while the public went resignedly to work on the Underground and in their cars. At the end the strikers had to go back to work almost empty-handed. Sadly for the unions, more so for the postmen, history has now repeated itself. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - Five hundred and forty-one American settlers entering western Canada during the past month brought in $249,536 in cash and $58,429 in effects. 1931 - The second cut in gas prices since the beginning of the year brings the price to 30 cents a gallon for ordinary gas and 23V4 cents for high-power gts. 1941 - Construction of a new type of dive bomber, with a possible top speed of 350 miles an hour and designed to carry a bomb load twice as large as that of other planes, was announced by a United States aircraft company. 1951 - Lethbridge's $l-a-day hospitalization scheme cost the city $879.54 during January, the first month the plan was in operation. 1961 - Keen interest in better education has been displayed by 37 unemployed persons who are taking vocational courses in the city. Mathematics, English and science are offered on the Grade 7 to u levels and math and physics on the Grade 12 level. More on 'Free China? Anent your editorial "Free China" (Feb. 22, 1971), I have been looking forward to the day someone would tell how "free" nationalist China is. Only recently the tentacles of the ruling (Kuomintang) party strangled the most influential and the largest Chinese newspaper in the Philippines. Its publishers, the Yuyitung brothers, advocates of truth and freedom, are now sharing the same fate with the mayor of Taipei - languishing in jail on charges of being Communist sympathizers. At the rate the old president is getting rid of his enemies, there will be more internal trouble in "Free China." The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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