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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LHHBRIDGE HERAID Wednoidoy, March H, Wi Shttun Hcrron Hussein's move Has King Hussein's bold move in the Middle East come to naughl? On the surface it would appear so. Israel, expectctlly, has rejected liis proposals for a federal state in which the Palestinian Arabs would get reg- ional autonomy on Ihe West Bank. The militant Arab lenders, also exp- necteclly, have roundly condemned Hussein for what they consider a sell-out plan. While it might appear, then, that things are unchanged in the Middle East that could prove to be a hasty conclusion. King Hussein, knowing [hat rejection would be forthcoming, must have had a calculated reason for making his proposals at this lime. The most obvious explanation for making tlie move is found in the dec- ision of the Israelis to hold munici- pal elections in the West Bank at the end of the month. By offering 'reg- ional autonomy' Hussein was probab- ly telling Ihe Palestinians that they do not have to choose between tlie pre-1987 ilasheniite control from the Kast Bank and Ihe present reality of Israeli occupation. By ignoring the Israeli election the Palestinians could hope one day after a peace settle- ment to enjoy the self-government they have hankered after since 19-18. Another possible reading of the proposals is that King Hussein has filially decided to declare his readi- ness io seek a unilateral settlement with Israel. The possiblity that he might do (his has long been mooted and now is a good lime lo signal willingness for realistic dialogue with Israel. King Hussein has nothing to lose since he is already at odds with other Arab leaders over his smashing of the guerrillas within his borders. He cannot feel any advantage in being tied lo an Arab league thai could suck his country into another disastrous war as happened in 1947. What King Hussein may have ac- hieved is to take the focus in the Middle East away from the stale- mated negotiations over Suez lo the really fundamental problem of the Palestinians. If these people are ever to achieve some sort of political iden- tity again it will only be through giving up tlie impossible dream of conquering Ihe Israelis and engaging in realislic negotiations. There does not need to be disappointment that nothing seems to have come of Hus- sein's proposal; it was merely the opening a welcome one. Can't shut the doors Grim as the financial picture is at the University of Lethbriclge now that the provincial operating grant is known, the prospect of tlie U of L having to close its doors is difficult to entertain, The university has de- veloped too far for the government to allow that to happen. If the govern- ment can be convinced that the uni- versity is in jeopardy it will surely come to the rescue. No doubt the government wants all the universities to undertake a criti- cal evaluation so that economies can be effected throughout tlie system. Some radical changes such as were discussed by Dr. I. ,1. Adel- Czlowiekowski in a major article published recently in The Herald (which is being reissued in pamph- let farm} may be forced on the universities. Reduction of course of- ferings might not be necessary if pro- fessors did more teaching and less research, for instance. Since the government appears to be interested in economy in higher education it would seem to make sense for it to see that the U of L operates at capacity, relieving the crowding in the other two universi- ties. A case could probably be made for the newest university getting more than its fair share of the pro- vincial allocation in compensation for having to compete unequally for students, as a result of a late start. Dr. Bill Beckel, president of the U of L, has given the warning that while the university can scrape through the 1972-73 year, the follow- ing year will be critical. In this next year, then, the government needs to take another look at the situation and make whatever adjustments are appropriate. But first on the agenda should be reassurance that the U of L will not have to close its doors. ANDY RUSSELL The quality of endurance JOE COSLBY was the last of the old mountain trappers to make his living taking furs from tha wild mountain re- gions now enclosed in Waterton Glacier International Peace Park. He was half Al- gonquin Indian, college educated and came west as a young man from Ontario some- time in the 1870s to trap in the country aJong the headwaters of Belly River. Along about the end of the century when Glacier National Park was formed, Joa moved to the Canadian side of the border running (raplines on the Fiathearl River drainage in British Columbia. But on o'ca- sion he sneaked back into his old trapping grounds on the Belly in spring to take bea- ver. Naturally, this poaching activity was frowned on by the Park Rangers of Glacier Park, but they had little luck in attempts to catch Joe; for he was a very tough, re- sourceful and intelligent man who knew every square yard of the country like the palm of his hand. One spring he made a rich haul of bea- ver, cached the hides and travelled across the mountains to Kalispell, Montana, to contact a buyer. Somehow the Rangers got word of it and thinking he had the ivlte with him, they arrested him and threw him in jail. Naturally, they found no evi- dence and had to release him. Frustrated but determined, they proceeded to watch him closely figuring that sooner or later he would lead them to the skins. It was spring and the were still deep in snow. Marir- where the railroad came through east, was the only way he could ,_uve, or so the Rangers thought. Joe slipped away in the dark head..ig up over the high, rough and snow- choked Bowman Pass on snowshoes, and was well on the way before anyone knew he was gone. Knowing there was little chance of successful pursuit, the Rangers made plans to circle and cut him off over on Belly River east of the Rockies. All that night and next day Joe tra- velled, sometimes walking on the up slopes and then swinging into a long trot where the going was level or pitched down hill. For over fifty miles he went up between the snow hung peaks where avalanches rumbled and thundered, pausing briefly here and there to boil some tea and munch some jerky. About midnight, twenty four hours later, he tapped on the window of a cabin belonging to a friend in Waterton Village in Canada, borrowed a canoe and without wasting a minute, paddled east lo the far shore of Knight's Lake. Leaving the canoe, he set out again on foot another ten mites or more to a rancher's pasture where he had some horses. By sunup he was in Ihe saddle leading two packhorses up through the timber into Belly River and his fur cache. Meanwhile the Rangers had gone east by rail to East Glacier, where they comman- deered a car and headed north. But the road was rough and wet in places and by the time they made the circle into Canada lower down on Belly River, Joe had just evaporaled into the scenery with his skins. Making his way east again under cover of darkness, Joe covered anolher thirty miles to a friendly rancher's headquarters on St. Mary's river. There he borrowed another boat, loaded his fur packs and steered it out onto the flood. Ey daylighl he was many miles down stream, where he holed up in some thick brush for a well earned sleep. Now travelling easy, he floated on down river to the Saskatchewan following it for a thousand miles lo Lake Winnipeg and Ihence to Ihe City of Winnipeg, where he sold his furs. When he came back to Albcrla, he was travelling in style by railroad pullman car. Being smart enough to quit when he was ahead, Joe never poached in the Park again. Not long after he went away north to trap the country near Great Slave Lake. He died there when well over eighty years of age. Behind him, he left memories and a legend of a man who made one of the greatest races in history on snowshoes across the Rockies a man who was about as physically tough as one ever gets individual with a quality of determin- ation and endurance like few others. Recognizing the expert By Kong Walker a book reviewer I sometimes get inlo books (hat are outside my inter- ests and beyond my understanding. Ono such book was a beautiful thing on anti Wes Cutforth was taking a look through the book one day when he came upon a picture of a car with a feature Hint him. He raised Hie question of why CBC justified in refusing union demands gels the impression from members of Parlia- nienL like Gordon Fainveather and Patrick Knowland lhat tho CBC is giving Hie Canadian public a bad deal in its han- dling of Hie NABET ncgotia- lions. If either of these gentlemen has read [he demands of the union, it's difficult lo under- stand what [hey are talking about. N'ABET presented a list of 400 points for negotiation. They wanted all of them one by one. CBC management is accused of obstinacy, ft par- liamentarians think so. they should read the key demands and ask themselves whether they are prepared to commend to the taxpayer the cost of tha settlement demanded by NA- BET. For example: a 32-hour week, on a four day work-week ba- sis. For example: a basic four- wcck annual holiday rising to eight weeks for 2o years ser- vice, and om? extra week for every five years service be- yond 25 years. But? With this: in addition to their regular salary an additional holiday allowance of 50 cent of the employee's pay times the number of weeks' leave to which he is entitled. For ex- ample: Four weeks leave for a man of less than ten years ser- vice would, according to union claims, entitle him to an addi- tional sum, in holiday pay above his regular salary, of 5400, it he was earning a week. If he was in tlie eight- week holiday category bis ex- tra holiday pay would be Do these complaining parlia- mentarians really believe the taxpaying public thinks the CBC is being obstinate, in face of demands like that? On discipline: The union de- mands a revised procedure by which a letter of reprimand, suspension or dismissal could only be imposed following ac- ceptance by the employee, the union and if necessary the ar- bitrator. In other words, the CBC is being asked to hajid over its employee relations and its necessary powers of disci- pline to the offending employee and his union, To do that to this union, making tltese de- mands, would he monumental irresponsibility. Wages: for the entire unit covered by the union an av- erage 34.69 per cent increase in three eight month segments over a two year agreement. There arc many technical de- mands that to anyone knows this business would make the operation of the cor- poration immensely more ex- pensive and could mnke the em- ploymerjt of B Increas- ed tcctinical staff necessary. For example: The union wants to prohibit the corpora- tion from using outside facil- ities or personnel lo produce programs or materials which can be produced by the corpor- ation. This means that contract- ing out, either to freelance peo- ple or outside production com- panies, would have to slop and the work be brought into Ilio corporation where production costs are higher than they are outside in commercial opera- lions not having access lo the limitless well of lax resources. Commercial operations have to meet the market. If the union got this demand, the corpora- lion would need more slaff cov- ered by the soil of provision The Watchdog demanded by tin's >mion, and ataff, production costs and some oilier things would be added lo Ihe public bill. If tire CBC accepted the ma- jor NABET demands, tlie nrico would be increased for NA- BET slaff alone by at least 50 per cent and possibly 60 per cent. The NABET payroll is now million. These are a minute selection of the 400 demands being made by NABF.T on the corporation. They leave out of account an- nlber factor in the life of an organization like the CBC. The union demands overtime rates of: double time after 12 hours; dbuble-and-a-half after IS hours, plus additional Vt time for all hciu's worked on Saturdays and Sundays. I have worked, and in over- time hours, with some of trra best technical men in the busi- ness, in CBC studios. And have worked with some of the most incompetent bumblers in the business, in CBC studios. Some of the very good men are worth more than the union re asking. A disturbing proportion of the others are not worth half of what they get now, lei alcne what the union wants for them. One of Ihe inevitable snaip in a corporation like the CBC is that there isn't much it can do about its bumblers. The un- ion wants to make it almost im- possible for the corporation to do anything at all, even in Ihe mallei- o[ discipline. II wants, for example, fwo weeks worlh schedule posting of one week, as at pres- ent. Ttiat would make the cor- poration, in its operational plan- ning, a home for the NABET people rather than a service corporation for the Canadian public. This demand also in- cludes a provision that an em- ployee should he free to refuse unscheduled overtime. This could mean thp.t in some emer- gency situations, in an emer- gency industry, on employee would be free lo say stuff it, in any emergency situation. But part of the very essence of the communications industry is that death and the runs are the only two things that should pre- vent a man in it from meeting emergency calls on his time and skill. With this, and the employee's right to a veto over his own discipline, what would hava at the CBC would be a tax-sup- ported organization run like a comfort station for a segment of its staff. ft's time people like Gordon Fairtveather and Patrick Know- laJid did their homework on this dispute and gave some serious thought to what NABET's de- mands would do to the corpor- ation. Or else come out for NABET and thumb their noses at their taxpaying constituents. (Herald Special Service) Carl Roivan Nixon busing stand spells retreat and tragedy ........n i rtu-iyu till; quuhuun O] WHY automobiles which was bequeathed to tho car would have such and such a thing. our son Paul who has an acquired (not in berited) appreciation for cars. .said Ehpelh .smartly, Doug. (K'lJ CERTAINLY know." WASHINGTON For many reasons, personal and professional, I have strained to find something good to say about President Nixon's latest pronouncement on school bus- ing. But I am driven to the conclusion that the president's proposals mark one of the sad- dest chapters in this nation's history. A periodically glorious cam- paign to make this one society of mutual admiration and re- spect, which began full-force back in Ihe '30s, has been dragged lo an end. For tha first time in half a century tho president of the United Stales has arrayed himself and the immense powers of the execu- tive branch on the side of "sep- arate hut equal." He is decree- ing generations more in which the poor, the have nots, wind up without a remote chance lo succeed in lhat race we call the pursuit of happiness. Mr. Nixon turned some neat phrases about integration and equality of opportunity, but they can never camouflage tho truth that he was retreating before the charge of George Wallace, bending to the of the mob, both of whom he unwillingly armed when he put the phrase "forced busing" into the language. The White House may call it a "Jibor1 on the American peo- ple, but the naked truth is that bigotry is now riding high in this country, so high that even the president is crowded inlo a position where he appears to be either its prisoner or its ally. Mr. Nixon beseeches Con- gress to direct the courts not to order any more busing for racial balance. The president must know that he cannot seize the schools any more than Harry Truman could seize the steel mills in the face of a dis- approving court. Congress sim- ply cannot forbid federal courts lo order relief that they believe essential to protect Constitu- tional rights of this nation's children. And let no one forget that busing is simply a form of relief to children who have been fubjef.toi to a panoply of offi- cially sanctioned injustices. Mr. Nixon may believe that his "strict constructionist" Supreme Court will go along meekly with whatever Congress orders, hut I rather suspect lhat even his most conserva- tive appointees will see the dan- gers of this meat cleaver at- tack on the judicial branch. Millions of Mack American! find bitterly amusing Mr. Nix- on's argument that a Constitu- tional amendment would "take too long" and leave thousands of youngsters to endure busing next year. Where has Mr. Nixon been during the 17 years and 10 months since the Brown vs. tha Board of Education decision when black parents and chil- dren were screaming lhat "it takes too long" to escape tha discriminations ajid humilia- tions of Jim Crow schools that our highest court had outlawed? Justice delayed was justice forever denied to millions of black kids who finished their entire public schooling without Letter to Ihe editor getting one iota of judicial re- lief. Suddenly, when it comes U) cancelling their iale relief, the White House finds that time is of the essence! The truth is that from Wild Goose, Minnesota, to Sloppy Gulch, Florida, the school buses will roll on, with more than IB million children aboard, from now unlil Richard Nixon is just a name in the history books. Because busing is the passport of white children lo equal education. The record will show lhat the only buses derailed were those carrying black children toward a rea- sonable chance to secure th-nr American birthright. Applause for skating club Let's all stand up and give a great big hand to the Leih- bridge Figure Skaling Club for the wond e r f u 1 performance each and every member gave. The costumes were colorful and beautiful. The skating was su. perb. One little crow complete- ly stole the show. The opening number of the Precisionetles was lovely, and ttiere were a lot of young and old fellows alike, I'm sure, didn't mind get- ting kissed by these beauties. Another colorful and comical feature was 'Ihe Witches.' They were truly a sight, or maybe I should say fright, to sec. Don Jackson's performance was just fantastic. What a tru- ly wonderful skater he is. Ho is also a very charming and witty fellow. He was given a standing ovation for all three performances. Next, 1 would like lo say a word to our town planners. How about less talk and more aclion on the new arena that you've finally decided we need? I realize it will cost a great deal of money, but couldn't we get started on it to have it ready for the 1973 ice carnival? The best location as far as 1 can see would be on fourth street uptoxvn, as someone mentioned. It would also bring more business to our downtown area. All in all it wan truly a fino show and I'm sure everyone there enjoyed a very pleasant evening. JENNIE ANDERSON Lethbridge. I know. Mr. Nixon proposes to mollify minority and poor children with his "Equal Edu- cational Opportunities Act of 1972" and a billion expen- dilure. Even if we give the president credit for the most egalitarian of intentions (which I frankly find it hard to there are- some dismaying flaws to his proposals: 1. He is offering a warmed- over "compensatory education" scheme with extra financing from unnamed sources. I have documented in previous col- umns how earlier ouviays of billions for educating the de- prived and speeding desegrega- tion wound up in swimming pools and fancy frills for afflu- ent whites. Until the White House spells out the guaran- tees that vast new money will actually be spent to benefit the poor, past experience dictates that we regard (he new scheme as a pretty piece of wool to be spread over gullible eyes. 2. Even if the governmcnl does pour some money inlo o o d s occupied by blacks. Puerlo Ricans, Indians, il still be a reversion to "separate but equal." It would scarcely differ from 1952 and 1953 when legislatures in Soulh Carolina and other Southern stales were pumping money inlo showcase schools for blacks (after generations of ab- ominable neglect) to try to head off the outlawing of Jirn Crow. Mr. Nixon has to know that allocating S2.5 billion to rem- edy Ihe plight of schools for the poor is like weeping in the Pacific Ocean Irving to run it over. He must know that how- ever flamboyant the gestures toward the ghellos may now be, Ihere is absolutely no possibil- ity of equal educational oppor- tunity if you keep the poor, black, brown and red in sepa- rate schools while Ihe rich end influential bask in Ilie sanctu- aries of their "neighborhood" emporia of education. Money flows toward in- fluence. Much of Ihe nation wants to kid itself. But some of us have to live with the reality that Mr. Nixon has asked Congress to underwrite an educational setup that guaranlees this coun- try remaining two na t i o n s, quite divisible, one whife and one black, with liberty and jus- tice for some. Almost all of us will live In rue this sad interlude in the life of an bled society. (Field Inc.) Looking backward Hulterilcs pay taxes The Herald on March 10, con- tained an article regarding "Al- berta Hutlcrites" and a recent court decision regarding the taxation of Underlies. We write at this time fo clari- fy the present position. The Huttcrian Brelhren Church in Canada consists h r o groups, namely: "The Smio- rieehil. grout