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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TK1 UlHMIDCt HERALD Moich Joseph Kraft Yoiing offenders act Debate on the federal govern ments proposed act respecting young offenders has been vigorous and ex H would not be surprising if many people are by now thoroughly confused by the Division of opinion can be expected in the House of Commons and has certainly been in evidence with re spect to this What has been con fusing is the division among the pol itically concerned people throughout the As an example of the opposition to the bill there is the widelycirculated indictment by the Canadian Mental Health and other negative judgments made by persons prominent in the field of juvenile brought forth many calls tor withdrawal of the On the other the bill also has its There for the Canadian Bar Association which has approved the legislation in prin ciple Instead of withdrawing the it has been urged that amendments be made to sections that have caused The of has not been Solicitor General Jean Pierre Coyer lias consulted with many of the critics and he has indi cated that he is ready to accept amendments during the committee stage of the bills progress through the The central principle of the bill seems to be that the general offense of juvenile delinquency should be done away with in favor of a proce dure under which young people will be charged with specific criminal of Critics charge that this makes the bill a junior criminal code whereas the supporters say it is a lull of rights for the There can be no doubt about the intention of 1he At the outset it is stated that the act is to be liber ally But whether the act will prove to be a criminal code or a bill of rights will probably depend largely 04 the judges who ad minister Public pressure does work Who said public opinion doesnt count Canadians from coast to most of them mothers of preschool wrote thousands of letters to the Canadian Radio Televison Com mission protesting the possibility of the removal of the program Sesame Street from the airwaves next As a result of this public the CRTC has relaxed the Canadian content requirements to allow this program to It has ordained that private stations affiliated with the CBC may exceed the commis sions 35 per cent Canadian content limit for the specific purpose of car rying tlus one In return the CRTC should receive some fringe benefits from this deci sion in the nature of respect from the public at Parents dont par ticularly care whether or not a good childrens program is part of CRTCs hallowed Canadian If the program is educational as well as as Sesame Street has proved to the average parent couldnt care if the program was imported from Timbuktu or points Tlus move on the part of the CRTC should give heart to people who have long entertained the opinion that bureaucrats do not listen to the plain tive voices of protest from the lowly grass The success of Keep Sesame Street proves that some times opinions do get provided they are loud and Israel moved by friendly persuasion WASHINGTON Secretary of State Rogers has a strong point when he says that Israel can achieve security bet ter through political agreement than by territorial But how does he make the Is raelis believe it One reflected in the Sec retarys press is to put public pressure on Israel to accept a package settlement now as the only alternative to the Third World But a far better way is to foster evolu tion of opinion in Jerusalem by a patient stepbystep address to the concrete issues that now divide Israel and the II n i t e d The reason for Israeli stub bornness on security questions is not in The nation bears as its birthmark the trauma of the Nazi For all its and espec ially for those in the highest of the threat of annihilation is a living Present circumstances touch Dont this may be the last time youll be in this position the security nerve on the raw in two there is the matter of The Is raelis have discovered in the past three years that their de fense is more easily assured when they have control over Gaza and Sinai and Jerusalem and the Golan Heights than when they They are being asked to abandon the most comfortable borders they have ever It is not there is the matter of The Isrealis are being asked to turn over the strategic points to some uncertainly guaranteed United Nations Just such a force with just such guarantees took over sensitive places in the aftermath of the Suez war of That force and the guaran tees behind it melted away in the events that precipitated the sixday war of the Israelis are not eager to rest their destiny on such a frail structure once again Despite these how there has already been a considerable evolution in the Is raeli Prime Minister Golda Meirs government has accepted the basic UN Security Council resolution of It has forced out of the cabinet the rightwing extrenvsts who ad vocate major territorial annex It h a s dealt with UN Ambassador Gunnar Jarring as a negotiating not as a mere It has wel comed the Egyptian offer of a Even the vote of confidence given Meir the other day in the Knesset or parliament represents a kind of conces For the Israeli parliament implicitly accepted as a basis for settlement the border ar rangement laid out by Meir in her interview with the London Times last And nothing that specific had pre viously been endorsed as a basis for settlement in Jerusa To be Meir is sisting on terms far away from the American stipulation for only insubstantial border Among other she wants Israel to hold onto the Golan and Sharm el Sheikh overlook ing the Strait of But there is no reason to think that this has to be Is raels final The young er men rising in Israeli politics behind Meir Defence Minister Moshe Deputy Prime Minister Yigall and Foreign Minister Abbm Eban are all far more flex ible than she is on the general proposition of living with Arab In these it makes no sense for the United States to go into a headtohead confrontation with Israel in order to try to put across a package settlement Such a move would only cause Israelis to dig in Meir would come on stronger than and the rest of the cabinet would have to rally round in a posture of intransi gent resistance to American Once the idea of going for broke on a package settlement is cast many substantive issues come up for genuine There is the matter of clearing the Suez There is the matter of guarantees for an international force to safeguard various sen sitive There is the status of Any one of those issues could be a vehicle for ex tensive dialogue between the American and Israeli diplo And in that way the mo mentum towards an eventual easing of tensions can be kept The basic fact is that there has been a favorable evolution up to now in Cairo does seem to want The Sovi t Union has gone along with the government in The United States is prepared to underwrite a settlement that goes quite a way toward meet ing Israels security Since the opportunity is it deserves a serious diplomatic effort not a slapdash grab for the mirage of instant settle Field Do away with vagrancy act Carl Roivan Tucked away in the package of amendments to the Criminal Code being prepared by the justice depart ment in Ottawa is the recommenda tion to kill Section 164 1A which makes it a crime to wander the streets without No doubt the Vagrancy Act served some purposes in certain areas of large cities where people with no money and nothing to do tended to gang together to commiserate with each and therefore kept the police busy moving them to new lo But when there are somewhere up wards of people across the country unemployed and with empty more or because of certain actions of the it does seem rather as a conse to nail them with a vagrancy Most vagrants would prefer to work than wander the streets but economic conditions at present offer little hope of reducing the number who are at present roving from country to and from province to Then of there arises the question as to what constitutes a There are those itchyfeet wanderers who move from job to working when ever the spirit moves but if they have a dime in their pockets does this affluence separate them from those who may only possess two cents Its time to be rid of Vag as it is referred to by its rami fications not only rob people of their dignity but put them in the position of being criminals simply because they are ii L pOR hollow President Nixons ap peal to other nations to join in a ban on germ warfare has to be the sugared doughnut of the The Soviet Union is expected to echo his The image one gets is that of two big toughs brandishing bicycle chains as they plead with a bunch of little kids to outlaw Germ warfare is the smaller nations So long as the and Russia retain their nuclear it is imperative that a country like which cannot afford to stuff its silos with ICBMs should develop the terror that can be kept in a Here we venture into the The has a clutch of eggheads housed at Princeton and paid handsomely to do nothing but think the mostly the Third World I am prepared to Ihink the namely Canada threatened with armed invasion by the or and I think it free of charge I maintain an Institute for Advanced Studies in one corner of the as a public somebody has to consider the long range effects of Canadas rapidly deteriorating relationship with the We Canadians have been nipping at the calves of the Friendly Giant for so while counting on him to protect us from large bcars 3nd othT hostile lhat we take it for granted that he will never swat us into Actually it is not as hard to think this unthinkable as you might think tnr havn already thought alxnit if The US is running low on a variety of natural re Mmiccs that its yappy ward to the north has in Canada lies between IHe Its either allout war or peace for Israel T TOTTED It would be difficult to overstate the critical nature of the current situation in the Middle The delicate balance between war and peace is threatened by this set of developments A searing dispute between the United States and over Israeli withdrawal from captured territories and the de militarization of the has broken into the The So viets and Arabs will be tempted to try to exploit Israeli and the dispute al most certainly will be intesified by American domestic politics and There i s continuing dis agreement between UN Secre tary General U Thant and American officials about what kind of international military Letter to the editor force ought to guarantee any peace agreement that Ivrael and the Arabs can Gunnar the dis long patient UN media is described by friends as growing frustrated and disgust ed by the all around stubborn ness and If he walked that would create a colos sal challenge to U Thant to find a suitable replacement and would be a grim blow to hopes of soon achieving a peaceful In talks here and in Washing the Israelis have made it clear that they want to keep stratePic territories captured in the 1967 June war because they trust their own fighting abilities more than international s a f e even when the guarantees those Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban is saying bluntly that while Israel can trust the pres ent future elections might put someone in the White House who would let the international safesuards fall and other UN officials are pointing out that if Americans elected a presi dent who was that unsympathet ic to the Jewish state could not survive so Israel has no choice but to be lieve in and play ball with the Some UN officials observe that Israels refusal to accept Secretary of State William Rogcrss proposal reflects domestic political pres sures in Israel more than mili tary In all disputes like if a Yearly clamor of teachers Pentagon and the Alaska a secur ity risk even though Canadians clap hands in delight every time a big tanker gums up the west There is a precedent the Bay of Pigs for the manhandling a neighboring country that it considers to be a threat to its And the way Canada is get ting on famously with Red China could build to justification enough for the Ameri cans to step in and cut off our Faced with that what could we do about it Semaphore Help to the British somewhere off Gibraltar I have a pretty good notion what the fleet will signal At the moment Canadas defensive pos ture in a world of nuclear power is little short of Her only offensive weap on is John of the Montreal Cana and he may be traded to An We have sheltered so long in the shade 11 lat good old that we take it as our Godgiven right to be inviolate though all we can shoot off is our mouth An arsenal of bugs is nothing to rave but it is better than The purpose is a doomsday wea pon well suited to a nation with as much easily crossed border as Canada shares with both the and When Nixon and his fellow members nf TV Nuclear Hub get dom to a ban on the big boys that on germ war fare can be thrown in as a Meantime however his effort to discrimin ate against small powers who are trying to get a piece of the action for Armageddon smacks of Princeton where they are thinking thinking all the time Thr FmtnrA Srrvicr Once again we are hearing the yearly clamor of teachers and it appears that in addition to their salary demands they are now demanding the right to establish their own rules of em in other words ba their own It was also suggested recent ly by a local who fre quently contributes rambling articles on education to the edi torial column of The that teachers should be on school This suggestion supposedly for the purpose of upgrading the level of educa would clearly be for the purpose of further enhancing the cozy situation of some of these overpaid Years ago when teachers were interested in teaching and taught classes of 50 to 60 they were among the lowest paid segments of our Day of romantic wanes ITS getting harder and harder to be a romantic in the 20th In the course of lenovaling its castles to attract more tour the state of Hesse in West Germany has turned Franken steins castle into a The old neai Darmstadt dates back to and is where Baron an earl pioneer in transplant created his scary monster at least in the novel by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley at a cost of a hotel rooms and conference rooms have been transplanted into the place where once mysterious bub blings and blood curdling screams echoed through dark and eerie Another castle famed in lit erature has been dealt vvith lebs kindly by the modern age The walls of the castle at By Don KEA service u h c r e Hamlet pondered whether to be or no to are reported to be crumbling from the effects of sulfur dioxide and other indus trial pollutants in the air So much for Crazy Capers but today thanks to their pow erful and avaricious union ATAi they have become the organized group with about the highest hourly rate of pay in the based on the num ber of houis including they are required to be on the job And what other group re ceives 12 monthly pay cheques for a 9 month working period interspersed with numerous days off for meet What the ordinary homeown hundreds of whon are on a very limited or fixed would like to know is why lire ATA is demanding exorbitant early increases in basic pay thai aicneither based on any suggcMed nor on the copt of Perhaps a mem ber with a yen for letter writing can tell In a recent petulant letter by a teacher in defence of various ATA mention w a s made of salary increases to nlner the implication they got so what is wrong with us getting This is hardly a logical reason from a member of a group which claims some seirrblanca of professional Perhaps property owners gen erally should go on strike against paying taxes until there is some degree of reason in sal ary demands and if this hap pens municipalities will really IIP in h ANTIGREED settlement is not reached in reasonable time the hawks tend to gain more and more That has happened in one UN official told Part of Israels problem is a 25yearold unwillingness to al low any foreign peace keeping troops on Israeh The re luctance is intensified now be for some Wash ington goes along with a pro posal that and Soviet forces be included in the peace keeping U Thant has argued against this insisting that it will create more problems than it will solve to have troops of the two super powers The Soviets moved with un becoming haste to express their willingness to provide heightening Israeli fears of So viet espionage and other double Part of the quiet diplomacy that goes on here almost around the clock is to convince Israel that the Third World War hangs in the and that Israel is not being offered a choice of peace or an international Israels choice is peace with an international guarantee or peace without an international one high level official He emphasized that Israel would get a guarantee that the peace force would re main at strategic locations for 15 or 20 with no removal except with the unanimous con sent of the Security Which in that international troops would guar antee peace and security until both the and Russia agree that they could But there are powerful forces in Israel that say Sharm El Sheikh in and trust no They want to cling to muitarily strategic relying really on nothing more than Israels military What it means is thaV simul both war and peace are closer than they have been in And the man who has negoti ated this period of delicate de cision is who was cri tizied for three as being too and nothing more than a Jarring finally asserted him self with the recent peace pro this time causing Israeli critics to say that he exceed ed his Jarring has forced some hard decisions on all the parties in but he has opened a path admittedly risky away from daytoday brink We shall soon know if he becomes one of the great or if he is forced to walk bitterly disillu Field Looking backward Through the Herald fees are to be raised to discourage owners from allowing their horses to roam at destroying lawns and boulevards in the city Hie first time in he hisloiy of three men will he executed for mui der in one June at the Lclhhridgc weeks after its In troduction the largest money bill ever presented to a Cana dian passed the House of was all over in less than half an but while it lasted there was plenty of ex The ice in the Old man River broke up with a loirrl roar and chunks of ice and mud made a jam for a short period before the ice ran 13BI The Alberta legisla ture gave first reading to a bill which will permit all munici palities to tax pipelines and power lines for the first time The Letttbrldge Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 Member of The Canadian Press end the Canadian Dally Publishers Association and the Audit Bureau of Clrculatloni CLEO W Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Manager JOE BALLA Managing Editor ROY F MILES Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Anriate Editor DOUGLAS K Editorial Page Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;