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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta School bus becomes election Issue By PETEJl BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) Tire yellow scltool bns, a familiar fixture on every American highway, has suddenly be- come the sj-rabol of an emo- tional conflict which could overshadow every other na- tional issue in this election year of 1972. Ferocious rcscnlmcnts have bubbled to the surface around tlie so-called "forced busing" issue, transforming quiet housewives into sign-waving militants, confronting politi- cians with a crisis of con- science, and straining the al- ready taut fabric of race rela- tions throughout the United States. A historic trial of strength ecems inevitable, pitting two of tie American power and the the Ihird, the courts. Faced with anti-busing anger from the grassroots, President Nixon has renewed his past opposition to busing and has been joined by both houses of Congress in looking for ways to prevent courts and the bureaucracy from ex- panding the busing concept. BECOMES ISSUE Out on the hustings, where mere than a dozen Democrats are seeking the right to chal- lenge for the presi- dency In November, the anti- biking position of several con- tenders has noticeably stiff- ened and others arc patently liard-presscd to accommodate their civil-rights views to the new anti-busing furore. Playing the spoiler with un- concealed glee is Governor George Wallace of Alabama, who has muted his old segre- gationist platform this year in favor of a vigorous anti-bus- ing stand. His sviccess in pub- lic opinion polls in such states as Florida has helped bring the issue into the open. Although public resentment tends to focus on period, the concern is really about a specific ing children across neighbor- hood and even city boundaries by bus as a means of break- ing down racial divisions in the schools. To end busing altogether, after docades of school consol- idation, would mean chaos. An estimated IS million ['American children ride a school bus every per cent of the student perhaps If) million more travel by public transit. Only a small fraction do so because of anti-segregation plans. For white Americans, how- ever, busing can the spectre that their children will be exposed to a loss of educa- tional quality and parental control, as well as face long rides to distant schools where drugs, racial battles and crime are thought to be com- monplace. Most black Americans, on the other hand, are said to feel that the depressing cycle of ghetto life, disrupted fami- lies, crime and inferiority will not end until white and black children can grow up together with equal education and op- portunity. The busing issue takes on an Aliee-in-Wonderlano qual- ity at times. Few opponents seem to know the facts about busing. Few supporters lack clay feet. Among the most outspoken advocates of busing as a tool to bring about racial balance are New York City's two Democratic presidential con- tenders, Mayor John Lindsay and Representative Shirley Chisholm, although most New Yorkers hardly know what a school bus looks like and Man- hattan schools are increas- ingly segregated. AT PRIVATE SCHOOLS Several of the judges who have decreed busing for the public schools in their juris- dictions send their own chil- dren to private schools. Sr> do many of the presiden- tial contenders and other Washington liberals con- fronted with the capital's struggling schools and their 95-per-ccnt black enrolment. Perversely, at least two leading opponents of Senator Henry Jackson and Virginia Governor Linwood gone out of their way to enrol tlieir children in Negro-dominated public schools. The greatest irony of all, perhaps, is that the anti-bus- ing fever seems strongest in what is or lied Ihe north meaning all those states to the north and west of the 16 southern and border which used to provide the strongest supporters of civil- rights legislation and an end to segregated schooling in the South. Eighteen years have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the South's old separate-but-equai doclrine of Jim Crow schooling. As tile South reluctantly dis- mantled its segregated facili- ties, however, two historic currents affecied the issue elsewhere. First, white residents mi- grated in accelerating num- bers from the cities to the suburbs, their city homes in- creasingly taken over by Ne- groes from rural and southern areas. Second, black organizations and civil-rights lawyers per- suaded the courts to approve a whole arsenal of judicial weapons against, discrimina- tion. The Civil Rights Act of 1W) and other legislation brought the federal govern- ment and its budget actively behind desegregation. Thus, when the civil-rights movement and the bureauc- racy began to feel the battle won in the South, they turned their attention northward. They found northern schools increasingly segregated be- cause of housing patterns, but they also found themselves armed with legal weapons to atlack the situation. School systems in San Fran- cisco, Boston, Detroit, Indian- apolis and a score of other communities, which felt im- mune from charges of south- ern-style discrimination, now stand accused. JUGGLED BOUNDARIES In several cases, the courts found that city and state au- thorities had juggled school boundaries to match white mi- grations or deliberately lo- cated schools to assure a seg- regated enrolment. Most cases have been re- solved by court orders to bus children among neighborhoods in the same school system. But a landmark decision in Richmond, Va., takes a met- ropolitan-wide approach that would blend suburban and city schools as a means ot ob- taining racial balance. The Richmond decision, more than any, has raised tho possibility that, no scliool sys- tem anywhere in the U.S'. would be allowed to "opt out1' of the movement for racial balance and equal education. The suburban refuge would be a haven no longer for whites. "The pity is that the north had 10 years of opportunity for gradual said J. Stanley Pottinger, head of the federal government's Office of Civil Rights. "That change did net c3me gradually; now comes the reality. Centre Village Mai! "And the whole syndrome resistance, anger, do- moving north." MiGKOES OITOSKI) U a minority of whiles in the U.S. show consternation alxmt the anli-tnising fever, a number o[ blacks are opposed lor different reasons. Militant black-power spokesmen, who find new political strength for Negroes in the city ghettos, say busing will dilute black "clout." A more moderate dissent has been expressed by Wil- liam Raspberry, a black col- umnist for the Washington Post. "Let us move forthrightly against any attempt at official lie wrote re- cently. "Hut at. the same lime, let us end the humilia- tion of chasing after rich white children. "For one thing, it says to btack children that there is something inherently wrong with them, something that can be cured only by the presence of white children. Some of us dent believe that. Date plates required for autos OTTAWA (CP) Consumer Affairs Minister Robert Andras said here federal regulations in effect since Jan. 1 require that all cars imported and Canadian-made carry the year and month of manufac- ture on a plate fastened to the car. He said that in this way pur- chasers will know whether they are buying a brand new car or one that has been sitting in a lot for some months, Mr. Andras wos replying to questions inside and outside the Commons to Ihe effect that some imported cars have been sold under "updated or mis- registered dates as (o the year of their manufacture.1' The minister referred to the new dating regulations, re- ported previously, and said his department i s recommending that both federal and provin- cial authorities exercise firmer control over dating practices used by some manufacturers and distributors, Provincial governments have authority over registration of cars. Wednesday, 22, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 19 Feed grains commission 'dangerous' SASKATOON (CP) Al- berta's proposed feed grains commission represents a "dan- gerous approach" because it in- troduces "direct partisan poll- tics into the grain Roy Atkinson, president of the i National Farmers' Union, said today. Mr. Atkinson said in a pre- pared statement the Alberta govern m e n t instead should transfer its grain marketing I powers to the Canadian wheat I board. "The effect of the present ap- proach will pit grain farmers in one province against farm- ers in another, grain farm- ers against livestock pro- ducers, balkanize markets and enhance the profit opportun- ities of agri-business orga- nizations while politicians 'make bay' at the farmers' ex- ho said. 642 13th Street North, Lethbridcje Phone 328-5742 GET PERSONALIZED SERVICE FREE DELIVERY TOO! FOOD COSTS ARE LOWER AT MAYFAIR FOODS Special Prices In Effect Thurs., Fri., Sat., March 23rd' 24th, 25th, 1972 Kon Tiki 14-oz Top Valti......................... 14-oz. CN lo employ 400 students WINNIPEG (CP) Can a- dian National Railways today nrvnounccfl nbr.ut Md UK 3 Nabisco Shreddies 2 for 98c DAIRY PRODUCTS Margarine B0nne. 3.ib. Cheese ingenoii soby ROII 16-oj, Cheese Slices Top 8.01. 2 FROZEN FOODS Orange Juice voiu 2 98c 98c 88c 88c Pens Sno cap 2-ib. 2 88c French Fries 88S Top Valu, all varieties O for Texas Ruby Red, 56's Canqda No. 1 14-oz. tube Canada No. 1 Alberta fcfiSJ 8 No. 1 KSSffl Ibj. WE INVITE YOU TO TRY OUR MEATS "THE BEST IN TOWN" Mayfair "WE WILL CUT OUR MEAT TO SUIT YOUR REQUIREMENTS" Canada Choice Canada Good Steer Beef mm HOURS: Mon., Wed., Sal. a.m. tili p.m. Thursday and F rfdoy a.m. To p.m. IHALIK' 642 13th St. N., Lethbridge Phone 328-5742 FREE CITY DELIVERY! ON LARGE ORDERS Prices Effective March 23, 24, 25 We Reserve Ths Right To limit Quantiliei ;