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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE 1E1HBRIDCE HEKAID Wedimday, March 25, 1970- Joseph Kraft Right Decision A Way To Neutralize Southeast Asia A FUNNY thing happened lo age, (here is a danger that ho me on the way to Viet- will actually be led to expand namization" is what President the American commilnient to Spending three million dollars just to send, clean water to Picture 13utte, as Alderman Vaughan Hem- broff put it in describing Lelhbridge City Council's decision to complete its secondary sewage treatment fac- ilities, certainly seems futile. But it was a right decision nonetheless. There is no question but that Leth- bridge is a polluter of the Oldman River. It has a responsibility, then, to rectify the situation as speedily as possible. And that is what is being done now that financing has been arranged. Undoubtedly other centres and in- dustries along the river are also guilly of causing pollution. They have a responsibility to vl busy with plans to establish effective controls also. A hit and miss kind of approach to the problem cannot be accepted. Yet waiting for everyone to tackle pollution control together could mean and has meant that little or nothing is done. A start has to be made somewhere. Lethbridge is just getting on with its part of the job. Now it should be expected that other offenders will get down to ser- ious consideration of what they have to do. If action is not soon forth- coming the citizens of Leihbridge can start hollering and should expect the government to start pressuring. The sooner clean water moves not only between Lethbridge and Picture Butte but down the whole length of the Oldman Hiver, the better. Nixon should be telling himself about Ihc latest developments in Southeast Asia. For if he did, he could move from instability in Laos and Cambodia around the stalemate in Vielnam ne- gotiations to a general diplo- matic conference for neutraliz- ing all of Southeast Geneva Three. But managing events in direction demands far more mastery over hardliners in the United Slates and friendly countries than R. M. Nixon has shown to date. So unless he screws up his political cour- Meals On Wheels Not every elderly person can or wants to live in a communal situa- tion. Because of shortage of accom- modation in senior citizens lodges or as a result of reluctance to leave a familiar setting, many older people live alone. There are both advant- ages and disadvantages in conse- quence. One of the major disadvantages to living alone is that people tend to give insufficient attention to the plan- ning and preparation of meals. With- out an incentive to eat regular and balanced meals individuals suffer from inadequate nourishment. This can lead to loss of energy and interest as well as to susceptibility to illness. The Meals on Wheels program now in operation in several Canadian centres has proven to be an answer to this problem. By means of meals centrally prepared and delivered by volunteers a proper diet can be main- tained with many beneficial results. It has been discovered that most of those receiving the meals appreciate the courier coming as much as they enjoy the food. Contact with other people seems to he as much a nec- essity for human well-being as the partaking of food. Interest in establishing this program in Lelhbridge seems to be high. The good wishes and support of the com- munity as a whole should be extend- ed to those who have initiated action and those who are continuing with its implementation. Bending Backwards The spectacle of a chief of stale especially a German bending over backwards to give a rival top billing is very refreshing. That is what West German Chancellor Willy Brandt seems lo have been doing in the historic meeting of the heads of the two Germanys. In a paper published in East Ger- many credit for the bit of thawing in relations between the two slates is given to Walter Ulbricht, head state of the German Federal Repub- lic. There is every reason to believe that Willy Brandt would be willing to concede this although he obviously is Ihe one who has brought the meeting of the heads of state about. While in Erfurt an unexpected thing happened: a crowd of people gathered to cheer the visiting Willy Brandt. Such is the nature of the deli- cate negotiations that this brought no satisfaction to the Chancellor. He was afraid the cheering crowd could jeo- pardize the next summit, set for May 21 in Kassel. The demonstration could arouse feelings of jealousy and an- tagonize. This troubled Willy Brandt and his cohorts so much that they have been taking pains to explain the demon- stration as a show of support for the summit rather than enthusiasm for the West German chancellor. There was also an attempt lo get West German newspapers to play down the demonstration. There are difficult negotiations ahead and they may not produce any- thing in the way of solving the prob- lems that exist because of the div- ision that has lasted for a quarter of a century- But this conciliatory spirit exhibited by Chancellor Willy Brandt is encouraging nonetheless and it is not difficult to understand the cheer- ing of the Kast Germans for him. Art Buchwald 1VEW YORK There have been many repercussions over the mail strike. The most serious is that in a computer age it's hard lo explain lo a computer what a mail strike is all abuul. AU laxge companies bill by computers, end when the bills are paid the computers check them off. For a week now it's been impossible for computers in New York to send out bills or to receive money for outstanding debts. Therefore, the compu- ters not concerned with the postal workers' grievances have become frustrated and have been venting their anger on Ihe list of people stored in their memory banks. 1 was in the office of one of the major credit eard companies in New York last week, ar.d Ihe manager was in the com- puter room trying to lalk to the compu- ters. The teletype of one computer kept print- ing: "Where is Ihe money? Where is Ihe Another computer was printing: "James is a dcadbeat, Jir.cks is a dead- beat, Jist is a deadbeal, Johnson is a deadbeat, Jones is a Juniper is a deadbeal." A third corr.pu'er was teleprinting: "At- tention! Attention! The credit of all people whoso last names begin with 'A' through 'L' has been canceled." The manager kept running from tcr to computer teleprinting "Rescind (bat order." But the computers v.crc uwking faster than the inanager. I watched him Iced into one machine "There is a postal strike! Do no, do any- thing drs.siic it is aver.1' The machine immediately responded: "I am rot concerned with postal strike. If people don't pay their lie-bis, they must bo punished." The manager rushed lo the next mar'ninc which printing "King is a deadliest, Klolz is a deaclheal, Klutz is a deadbeat." Uo manager typed out "They arc not fight on in Asia. To understand all this it has (o be recognized that there is a small knot of leading American officials in Saigon and Wash- ington who still hope war will finish with the happy end- ing of a strong anti-Communist South Vietnam. The group is led by Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, and includes most of the leading military and diplo- matic officials connected with Vietnam. They have a natural harmony with hardline military and political leaders in the area. And they have going for thorn the positive phobia Am- erican presidents have about seeming to come lo terms with foes who are no! yet beaten in battle. The Vielnamization policy is a direct product of those forces. It provides maximum political support for tlie hardline anti- Communist regime of Presi- dent Nguyen Van Thieu in Sai- gon. It provides a continuing American military presence at a high level for many years lo come. The progressive with- drawal of American troops is aimed lo keep public opinion in this country from pressing for a quicker exit. And the sophis- ticated rationale is thai under of Cambodia a splendid oppor- tunity lo assert ihemselvcs I'rince Sirik Malak and Gen. Lcn Nol whipped up a big fuss about North Vietnamese pene- tration of Cambodia. They then the neutralist head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The coup against Sihanouk is sure lo be red meat to the Uunkcr faction. For years Am- bassador Bur.ker and the gen- erals of Saigon have been claiming that the war could be won if only American and South Vietnamese units could cross the border and wipe out the North Vietnamese sanc- dcadbeats. They're victims of an act of God." The machine printed back "I do not deh've in God. Lachman is a deadbeat, Lengcl is a deadbeat, Longworth is a dead- beat." the manager tclctyped, "Don't come to any conclusions while the mails are not working." "You're going the machine tele- typed back. "If you're not careful, you'll be a deadbeat loo." The manager was in tears. "I can't stop he said. "We've trained them lo be so uiicienl they wcn't accept any ex- cuses. At this rale they're going lo mark everyone who has a credit card lousy. We'll lie out of business." "Why don't you pull Ihc electric plug on the suggested. "It's no good. They cnn work on auxil- iary power. There's no way of stopping them." A computer was lelclyping "The follow- ing people should bo immediately arrested and all property confiscated Paine, Peace, I'ollcr, Plunkett, Pruneau, Punter, Raskin, Roberts, Ilcgers The manager typed back "No, no, no, no. "They're innocent." The computer typed "Get your filthy hands off Hie keys of my teleprinter." The manager was white. "I have no choice. To save the company, I'll have lo push [he selt'dcstruct button." "Yo.i'rc going lo up tl-.c compu- te "It's cither or 115. He broke Ihc Class on the wall and pushed the red There ,1 Inun'lcrous explosion follow- ed by smoke. When the stroke cleared, I looked nrour.d. All Ihc computers seemed to be working, One started teleprinting "As I was saying Ijefore I was interrupted, Maylield is o deaclbeat. Minton is a (lead- beat. Morgan i.s a deailbeal, Mullins is a deadbeat (Toronto Telegram News Service) Letters To The Editor Confusion Over City Manager Appointment The facts as presented on the city manager appointment leave considerable confusion in my mind as to why this parti- cular agreement was made. would be most grateful for add- itional information pertaining to the salary offered in rela- tion to the qualifications of (he successful candidate. No doubt selection of the successful can- didate from the 35 applicants was based on detailed position specifications. It seems the maximum remuneration for the fulfilment of the specifications was set at plus unvouch- cred expense allowance of a month. This is an increase of S-l.aOD a year over the remuner- ation received by the outgoing (retiring) city manager for the execution of his duties at Ihe same expense allowance since Dec. Is it correct to con- clude tiie following: 1. The duties oS Ihe future manager for the city are ex- pected to be considerably more demanding than they have been in the past? 2. The selection committee was entrusted to recruit the best qualified of those who applied, regardless of wheth- er the successful candidate meets all specifications of Ihc position? If the first is the case then I, and probably many others, would like lo know what these future city duties will be in addition to Ihosc executed by the outgoing city manager. In two or Ihrec years' time this knowledge may give Ihe public a chance lo judge whether these duties are indeed being fulfilled. If the second point ap- Unwarranted Expense I should like to comment on the report of the City Council meeting as printed in The Her- ald of March 3, 1970, under the h c a d 1 n g of Pol-Pourri. "The city is lo apply lo the federal government for funds, and all members of council are au- thorized li> attend Ihe 259th celebrations of St. Laurent, Quebec, Lcthbridgc's twin city, subject to budget think this is surely an unwar- ranted expense at this lime, and our aldermen are very well paid for their services and should foot this bill themselves if they want to go (n Quebec for Ihe above mentioned pur- pose. Ako, and again I quo'.e from the same report, "A letter from Premier Strom, outlining anti- cipated reductions in supple- mental education requisitions this year, ar.d asking (hat coun- cil not lake advantage of tlie decrease by increasing munici- pal spending was filed with nn iildcrmanic comment thai "It's the usual crap; which comment was accepted by Ihc chair" end of quote. Such language does not reflect much credit on the person who made it, and not what or.e would expect from anyone holding this posi- tion at a meeting such as this. PENSIONER AND TAXPAYER. U'thbridgc. Literature Course We were disappointed Hint (lie reports of (be Convention of Home and School Associa- tions, lick' last week in Hie city, did not include an account of (lie talk given by Eisler Mar- garet HCJSC, of Edmonton, on the High School Literature course. This intelligent ar.d entertain ing speaker had the attention of all delegates, and we found ourselves wishing that all slu- dents ci literature could have (lie benefit her teaching. I urnilrl like also lo have (cacli- crs of Hie course hear UK tape made of Ihi5 talk; it could not fail lo renew Ihcir enthusiasm, nut only for literature, but also for "teaching" it. MRS. N. K. KI.OPPEN'BORG Secretary. Area Eleven. Alberta Home and School Assn. Lethorldge, As (lie principal of General Stewart Elementary School ad- mits, the fact remains that a proposal lo axe additional pro- fessionals from his school for next year is Mill on Ihe books. It's an asinine theory lhal one can improve education by chop- ping off fully ijualiticd, much experienced professionals and substituting n bunch of unquali- fied amateurs. Do poeple think education is a game or something? I declare my opinion even if 'the adminislra- lion of General Stewart, Ihc Home and School of General Stewart, the Alberta Teachers' Association, Ilic University of Education, public and separate school teachers anil admin- istralors' are involved. One can fool some of the people all of (he lime, 1 suppose. Certainly, one can'l maintain Ihc slatus quo but today, we are so hooked on the notion of 'progress' wo don't see o-jr- selves blundering headlong b :i c k wards. Replacing teach- ers, trained professionals, is Inking education for a Don OjnV otc ride. Relieve me. I'm not against aiiles in schools. I'd like lo have one, maybe tsvo, in my own classes which bulge thirty plus at the p-adc twelve level. I could use them its anyone can see. But I'm against the razzle- dazzle, the fancy footwork, the big bamboozle lhal is being put up in the nainc of education in our schools. If it can happen in Stewart, it can happen in olh- Ihis pressure the North Viet- namese will eventually ccme to terms in Paris. Only it didn't happen thai w a y. Far from coming lo lerms, tlie North Vietnamese have allowed a complete stale- mate lo develop in Ihc Paris talks. Al Ihc same time they have applied military pressure in a way that costs little wiu'le yielding maximum diplomatic and public opinion dividends. They have attacked in Laos, re- gaining the Plain of Jars and moving into position to ad- vance further almost al will. The threat to Laos gave hardline anil-Communists in the royal family and army luarics in neighboring Cambo- dia. Now (hey arc going lo be demanding all-out co-operation against Ihe North Vietnamese with the new anti-Communist regime in Cambodia. And the Nixon Administration will thus ccmc under the strongest pres- sure it has yet met, the most templing arguments it has yet faeed, for what amounts to an expansion of De war. In fact, the true lesson of re- cent events in Southeast Asia is a neutralist lesson. As never be- fore it lias been made clear that no great power can unilat- erally manage affairs to ils own advantage in that region. The United States may, as the administration claims, have a good thing going in Viel- namizalion. But one result is new cqmplicalions for a friend- ly regime in Laos. And there this country cannot control the situation on the ground merely through air power. Indeed, how little we know about what goes on there is well indicated by President Nixon's lalsc claim that no American soldier had been killed in the fighting. Nor docs this country control what happens in Cambodia. The American interest was probably far better served by Prince Sihanouk, a leader with known popular support who was lending anti-Communist, than by an unknown regime however anti-Communist. How .little we kr.ow about events there was well attested by Washington's surprise at Iho coup. Most American officials did not think Ihe news was real because they supposed all Cambodian scenarios had lo have Sihanouk as Ihe star, the producer, ar.d the writer. The ether great power, the Soviet Union, is similarly un- aKc to control what happens. Prince Sihanouk was visling in Moscow when the Cambodian coup took place a visible; mark of how litlle Moscow con- trols. In Laos, the North Viet- namese attack has obliged Ihc Russians to move further and further- away from a good friend of yore. Ihe ruler of the country, Prince Scuvanna Phciima. Tiie basic fact is that South- east Asia is an area beyond (lie unilateral influence of eith- er of Ihe great powers. It is quint essentially a neutralist area. One of tlie great powers cannot achieve a scltlement without the co-operation of the o'.her. Neither is it possible to impose a settlement on one country in Ihe area without en- compassing all Ihc counlries of Ihc region. Thus (lie rigiit kind of settle- ment is a general regional ar- rangement supported by the major powers. That can be achieved through a reconven- ing of the Geneva Conference which moved toward partial settlements in 1954 and 19C2. And thus it is more important lhan ever now that the presi- dent slar.d against the hanllir.e advisers. For if he holds (hem in c h e c k, if he finally drives home the point that there is not going lo be a strong anti- Communist South Vielnam, then the wny is open to deal simultaneously with the Laos uvu, U1 invasion, Ih, Instability in Cam- hndia, and Ihe stalled negofia- beinz drae lbns on way is being done nppn in otlw words_ for p'ush_ in? Ihcm altogether in Geneva Three. (Field Kntcrpriscs, Inc.) plies, then the remuneration for the successful candidate ap- pears excessive to me for the following reasons: 1. The can- didate has not had any experi- ence as city manager. 2. Ex- perience al city administration has been brief. 3. The period of adjustment lo a coun- try, its people and their way of life is considerable. K. W. F. JERICHO. Lelhbridge. Progressing Backwards? cr schools. The problem of aides has to be worked out not on Olympus or in Ivoiy Towers, but with the general body of teachers at the levels. 'Ilia I is not at present! LOUIS BURKE. Lethbridge. LOOKING BACKWARD TIIKOCGH THE IJKRALP children of Ilardic- v i 11 e, wilh (heir parents' con- sent, have gone on strike against the Ifardicvillc school. The children refuse (o go back lo classes until the okl school furnace, which smokes up Ihc sclrool when in use and lurns everything sooty, is replaced. iMn goals were scored in the NIK, this past year. There were 10 teams par- ticipating in the league. 1010-Rev. J. M. Prilcliard will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree from St. Ste- phen's College, Edmonton, dur- ing Ihc annual convocation ceremonies in April, it was an- nounced today. 1530- Olivia de Haviland won best actress award at the award presentations for her portr.iy.-il in "Iho Heiress." Best actor award went to Brtxi- crick Crawford in "All Ihe King's Men." Best picture was "Alt The King's Men." llian 25 per cent of the objective of the Green Acres Kiw.inis Club's Easier sen! campaign was readied al the first opening of returns lo- dav. The Lctltbrtdge Herald 5CU 7lh SI. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD, Proprietors and Publishers Published 1903 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN St-coH Mai) RctislraliM .Number Wl Kinder a Th> rim IH D.illJ MulplwJ Htbliibcis Arwclaticn ard Ihs Rjrrri cl Circulallotl CLEO W. MOWERS, Edjloi Pablishtr TUCJMAS H. ADAMS, Gtuiil Mar.ijtr JOE KALI.A Managing tailor mi r. MILES AdrertiJfnf Mar.agrr HII.UIM THY VswialL DOL'GMS K WAI.KLR EdJtor "THE HERAID SERVES THE ;