Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Worth 27, 1972 Who will lead the wavP Taxpayers are not yet in lull re- volt over the high costs of such ser- vices as education and medical care but the warning signs are becoming more evident, There is a limit to what any service can command from the public pie. Walter L. Hughes, president of the Alberta Teachers' Association, uttered a tmism when he said that jl people demand more services then they are going to have to pay for them. People might more willingly pay if they were convinced they were getting value for Iheir money. That people are demandiii-; more services in Hie field of education is open to some question, too. Additions have been made to sen-ices such as those provided by administrators, counsellors, librarians, clerical help may win approval from the people but were not demanded by them intially. Also, there are ser- vices which once were free super- vision of non classroom acitvities, for now cost money. Mr. Hughes noted that since people have money to spend on luxuries and amusement they can afford the higher cost of education, lie advo- cates belt tightening witb the object of spending money where it will do real good. Apparently many people are not prepared to give up their pleasures. Included among the pleasure lovers are many professional educators who help inculcate that dispostion. Those teachers who are unwilling to devote extra tima to school activities without remun- eration, who can hardly wait for the bell to ring to get away for a week- end of fun, and who have success- fully shucked the role of moral ex- emplar in the community, make a considerable contribution to the im- planting of a philosophy out of ac- cord with what Jlr. JUiglies advo- cates. Perhaps it is unfair to put the onus on the teaching profession to be in the vanguard ot a movement to give education priority over amusement in spending. But if those who might be thought to believe most in the importance of education cannot be expected to give the lead, who does Mr. Hughes think should? Consumerism is a philosophy that has infected almost everyone in our society. Deliverance from it may be desirable but it will not be easy. Frightening statistics The latest issue ot the United Na- tions Demographic Yearbook reveals frightening statistics on world popu- lation growth. H states that global population is increasing at the rate of 75 million people a year. A1, this rate, by the end of the century, if existing trends continue, the total population of the world will be about 6.5 billion or double the present figures. The Yearbook points out that while more and more countries are trying to cope with population control, world population continues to grow at about 2 per cent a year and for several reasons is expected to remain at this figure. Life expectancy is being ex- tended, infant mortality is declining, and even in "have not" countries (as disease is overcome and living condi- tions control of population is negated by improvements for pro- longing life. Demographers are warning that uncontrolled population growth could outstrip economic gains as early as 1985. This is already a major con- cern in areas of North America where pollution, depletion of natural resources and congestion around urban areas are concerning environ- mentalists, social scientists, and all levels of government. The UN study is not a gloomv forecast of an inescapable destiny but a projection of what could happen if Uiere are no concerted plans to con- trol population growth. If such plans are resisted by certain countries then the outcome of planned control would throw growth trends even more off balance than they are now. The Yearbook figures show that an- nual growth rate is fastest in under- developed regions, notably Africa (2.6 per cent) Latin America (2.9 per cent) and Asia, (excluding the Soviet Union) about 2.3 per cent, These three areas now hold 74 per cent of the world's people; by the end of this century they will hold Si per cent. In contrast, the United States and the U.S.S.R. rates are only about one per cent each, while Europe's is ap- proximately 0.8. This indicates that the population of other areas by the century's end relative to that of the U.S. (plus Canada) will be: Europe's about 70 per cent higher; Latin America's almost double; Africa's nearly two and a half times as large, and Asia's 11 times the present figure. It has been suggested that interna- tional co-operation and a sound popu- lation growth program could save the world from a major population explosion. The United Nations is probably the best and most widely accepted body to initiate such a pro- gram. ERIC N COL D1 Softball champs )ID you know that Canada has just won the men's world Softball champion- ship? No kidding. It was in the paper, an item tucked between headline news that Canada had been skunked at skating and an article deploring Canadian football. I very nearly missed knowing that the Canadian men's soflball learn, playing in Manila, defeated the U.S. 1-0 after getting past Singapore 7-0 and walloping New Zea- land 1-0 in the semi-final. The Russians ap- parently don't play Softball, thank God, so it wasn't necessary for the Canadian team to withdraw before the tournament started. In the light of this tremendous victory I think we can see that Canada's national game is soflball. Softball is the great Canadian game be- cause it does not draw enough interest to he owned by Americans. Our new world championship team the Dynes, of Rich- mond Hill, Ontario played their hearts out in the malaria-infested Philipines with- out hope of being drafted by the San Fran- cisco Fortyniners or the Ice Follies. Now that's performance. I must have sensed this destiny of soft- ball as Canada's Number One national pas- time because I played the game myself at school. We played Softball because a hard- ball cost money whereas almost any kid could put his hands on a cabbage. That's why we developed incredibly good pitch- ing: If anybody hit the ball, the game was lost to coleslaw. The one hardball I ever owned was hat- ted at me in the bleacher during a game at Vancouver's old Athletic Park, a game between the Firemen and Arrow Transfer. The line drive foul hit me right in the bands, enabling me lo pocket the ball be- fore the usher could zero in to retrieve it. In (hose days the ushers had n special commitment to retrieving a hardball foul- ed into the stands. Their search and inter- rogation methods provided t h e model for (he Gestapo, which was at that time build- ing a team around a hardball named Hitler. I never exposed my heaven-sent hard- ball lo actual play. It was too valuable. I kept it in the bottom drawer of rny dress- er, sometimes taking it out to fondle it. till at last the hide became wrinkled and developed liver spots, The ball then vanish- ed, probably consumed by a desperate team of moths. The ball that I played with, on the field was the Softball tbat has become Canada's national sports symbol. When I say sofl, I mean soft. We played with the ball till the cover flapped loose and lengths of twine hung out of it. A batter was rarely bean- ed, but he could be Hailed lo death. Wheth- er or nol our Softball separated the men from the boys, it separated the wheat from the chaff. Despite our enthusiasm for Softball, even then we played in the shadow of the World Series. None of us dreamed of one day challenging Singapore, let alone New Zea- land and the U.S., on the rough diamond. Even today, wilh Ihe world champion- ship dangling from our belt, Softball lacks Ihe glamor of (he American game. None of the players on Ihe Dynes team is suing the club for anything. Unlike U.S. pro base- ball and football, Canadian Softball has not displaced tennis as a court game. In point of fact, Softball is almost a game played for the game's sake. But, beck, let's hear it anyway for the world champion Dynes of Richmond Hill, On- tario! ff (Vancouver Province features) Carl Rowan. Voters too gullible on Wallace showing WASHIN'GTON Permit me, if you will, a few more words of reflection about (lie Florida primary, (he showing there of George Wallace and the impact of the busing issue. With another crucial lest coming lip in Wisconsin, anoth- er comment about Florida is made mandatory by my late convinction that we in the me- dia rushed out to make the Alabama governor a stunning victor and a "national candi- date" before really an- alyzed the vole. Wallace got in Florida only (hose voters who supported him in the past and who will BO on supporting him, using whatever excuse (lie moment provides. Note that in the 1968 Pres- idential election, when busing was not an exploitable issue. Wallace got votes. In Hie March 14 Florida primary, after riding the busing issue io the hilt, he got only votes. Wiien fewer Florid- ians turned out to vote for Wal- lace in March than voted for him in 1963, how does that par- lay him into the status of "na- tional Yet, there Wallace's face is, Bracing the covers of both Time and Newsweek maga- zines. Note, also, that the other Democrats combined got 527 votes in the Florida pri- mary. That is more than Humphrey got in She 1968 race when half a million more peo- ple went to the polls in Flo- rida. The non-Wallace Democrats were stronger than ever nu- merically, and Wallace was weaker than before in actual numbers. The only reason Wal- lace looked stronger is that the Republican vote on March was so low, when compared with the 1968 election, that it made Wallace's percentage of voles higher. Nixon got votes in Florida in 1363, but he got only in the primary. Throw in the voles for Reps. John Ashbrook and Pete McCloskey and you stilt have the Republi- cans polling (ewer than half as many votes in that primary as Nixon got four years ago. The inescapable truth is ttial Wallace has a hard core of supporters who for racial, re- gional, populist or oilier rea- sons insist on wasting their votes on him. lie got most of that hard core in Florida Ibis lime and nothing more. So nothing has changed with regard to the future of Wallace with two exceptions: 1. Media people who have not taken a hard look at the Flo- rida figures could mislead peo- ple in Wisconsin and else- where into believing that Wai- lace is suddenly the respect- able candidate of the masses. 2. Wallace himself seems to have decided (hat he can go nowhere as a third party can- didate and is now determined to wreck Democratic chances on the assumption that Nixon will continue to pursue policies more to his liking than any, of the Democrats. Wallace has said for years that he would not run on a third ticket if one of the major The Model Candidate parties would put up a candi- date whose views lie could stomach. This lorn) is full ot rumors (willi no proof any- where) that the Alabaman has made a deal to hang in there harassing Hie Democrats if Mr. Nixon follows a conservative line on busing and other issues, especially Iliose pertaining to "ivil rights. These rumors are based on ic assumption that with Wat- .ace not a third parly candi- date, most of his voters will support Mr. Nixon rather than the Democratic nominee. Sen. Henry M. Jackson, who has adopted an anti-busing stand almost as tough as Wal- lace's, might attract a sizable number of Wallace voters, but it is evident [hat even if he wore Hie Democratic nominee a strong majority of the Wal- lace Democrats would shift to Nixon. Not only in slates like Flo- rida, but in some blue-collar and suburbanite areas of the North, the Wallaceites will run in droves from Humphrey, Jl u s k i c, McGovern, Lindsay or any of Ihe other Democrats. So the Nixon team will smile and the Democratic regulars will be in pain if Wallace sticks to his plan to avoid a third parly. What some Democrats al- ready are pondering is wheth- er they can be nice enough (o Wallace at the Miami conven- tion (o induce him to work for tiie Democratic nominee, or whether (hey should try being so rude to him (hat they drive him into another third party ef- fort. The likelihood is lliat neither ploy will move Wallace lo de- liver bis backers to any Dem- ocrat other than himself. Wallace is no closer to the throne than he ever was, but in his perverse way he clings to the role of kingmaker. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) CBC seen smothering in its own featherbedding JJROADCASTING is usually thought of as a young in- dustry. Its complete history is well within the memory of many senior people who labor in the field. The first Canadian radio program was heard in Montreal in 1918. The Cana- dian Broadcasting Corporation is only 36 years old next Oc- tober. And yet the CBC seems im- prisoned by its oun short his- tory. One can understand how such ancient institutions as the Roman Catholic church, the Hindu caste system, or the rival nation-states of Western Europe would experience some difficulty in adapting to con- temporary needs although in those three cases stupendous efforts are being made. It is harder to sympathize with an institution that allowed itself to become semi-fossilized in hard- Jy more than a generation. The sclerotic condition of the CBC afflicts both management and labor. It is the root cause of the present bitter struggle between management and tho technicians' union, NABET. In this dispute the manage- ment, rightly in my opinion, is frying io rid itself of old- fashioned union featherbcd- cling. Yet ironically the man- agement has done little to strip down its own gigantic feather- bed, physically visible in the stately pleasuredome at the end of Bronson Avenue The top-heaviness of CBC management is legendary, and has been amply diagnosed in a series of reports. It is a result of the industry's abnormally swift growth, from Ihe modest clays of early radio to Ibe vast- ly greater complexities in- volved in running two of the world's most far-flung televi- sion networks. Various new brooms have been assigned to sweep up the debris of this explosive process, but none has been noticeably effective either from the view- point of outsiders or ,is seen more intimately by CBC em- ployees. Whether influenced by man- agement's example or otlicr- wise, the proliferous unioas at the CBC have made them- selves a comfy featherbed from which they do not wish to rise merely in the interests of eco- nomy, efficiency and cre- ativity. And of all the feather- beds, none is more dreamy than NABET's. This has been a .serious drag on the operation for many years, but it will get much worse if it is allowed lo con- tinue in the future. Anyone who has watched a CDC television crew work in competition with one from private television will have noticed bow many more people the CRC requires. This is of union agree- ments. As equipment becomes small' Cllistonhcr Young, in Tlie Ottawa Citm'ii er and more portable, the pia- vantages to TV journalism, cd a pay increase which a con toons of technicians will be less But many of those advantages and less necessary. The CBC will be vitiated if the union re- says it will have plenty of work strieUons approved in other for its staff technicians in its production rooms, but it wants the flexibility lo dispense with costly and unwanted crews. The miniaturization of televi- sion equipment is largely a spin-off of the American space program- It offers great ad- Letters to the editor circumstances are maintained. The CBC could find itself in the position of a newspaper that iiad to employ a helper to carry each reporter's pencil and noleljook. The CBC is now taking a stand on this issue. It has offer- ciliation board found lo be "reasonable" hut which NABET rejects. NABET also seeks the four-day week and other benefits. The CBC man- agement is saying lo NABET Ihrt it uill offer no more un- less the union agrees to relax its obsolete restrictions with j leap nut new tccnnotogv mav icgard to union jurisdiction theil. b" anrl ujr The basic requirements for solulion arc two: lhat the unions recognize that technol- ogy must progress in the inter- ests of efficiency and that this kind of change will have an impact on Ihe work force; and that managements meet, tho proper concern of people who fear lhat new technology may and technological progress. Irresponsible talk about motorcyclists Trt ?10 thc ijl lhe loo, so of motorcycling m Lethbndge, bridge news media would be you can see whv I Van to 11 nOt nllltp Krx'mllv r-.. .1....... "U1JU lu if not quite socially acceptable, at least enjoyed some toler- ance. This appears to be dead, now. The work of a couple of minutes on the part of several immature persons seeking some wierd form of gratifica- tion through violence, com- bined with a lot of irresponsi- ble talk on the part of other- wise mature Lethbridge citi- zens, has destroyed the work of 10 years lo gain motorcycl- ing some small token of Irust. I am a motorcycle rider. A lot of my friends are motor- cycle riders, and we all abhor Uie incident at the El Rancho cabaret. We deplore this and similar, though less spectacular incidents over the past few weeks. Equally we deplore Ihe irresponsible comments urging the public to take action, since giving Iliem job security. Positions may disappear. Functions may change. But the individual can be protected agdnst loss of employment by a fair-minded employer who will depend on altritioii rather than mass filings to make his economies- In the case of the CBC, the more appropriate for the sec- fight for it. At least I will enjoy ond coming of Attila the Hun. it until someone runs me off Conciliation board found its of. Stop for a moment and think, the road, or I'm subjected lo i. I'm forced to give it up. I fervently hope, aud I'm technological progress the drunken cowboys during fair sure I speak for all legitimate week.' Such has happened, yet motorcyclists in Lethbridge it never received the attention that the populace is mature much notice wauld this incident have received had tho five accused been, for example, this incident appears to war- enough to realize because rant. This seems to be the re- man rides a motorcycle does sult of grade "B" movies and honest to God truth fact- finding articles in "Hairy- chested He-man not mean he's plotting to pillage and burn the community. And I sincerely hope that be- fer on job security lo be "most though NABET is not satisfied. But on the subject of teclmological progress the best the board could suggest was tbat a committee be ap- pointed to study the matter and report a year from now. The CBC has delayed facing this issue for many years. It has done so at last, and I feel it deserves support. It deserves cause I ride a chopper (a support on the merits of the Please, Lelhbridgc, do not and attempt to live up to tho misconlnie Ibis lellcr as con- donation of self styled bar- barians' actions. I only wish to silver-screen image. Let me put it another way the public to take action, since How would you feel, Mr or Mrs] put the whole affair into proper the police are too understaffed John Q. Public, M because five oersocctive. This backers its shareholders in our capacity as taxpayers. If the CMC is successful in rid- ding itself of absolete restric- tions, we stand lo gain, both dnmken golfers had beaten someone, the public wan urged to harass every golfer that showed up on the links? I lovo to handle the situation. Don't such persons thai, they are inciting possiblo manslaughter? What, if any- thing, will they feel when somo 16-year-old youth is deliberate- ly run off the road and killed because some paranoid person J3OOKS 111 sees a big bad bike outlaw and "did his Or will we even know? In the same vein, it strikes John Q. Public, if because fivo perspective. This action was viewers and as taxpayers. that of immature, ego rein- forcement seeking, overgrown children. A "BIKER." Lethbridgc. If liie management should be successful in its fight with NABET, it might then turn the scalpel on its own corporate obesity. Looking backward Draft, dodgers "T. s. Kliol: A Memoir" hy Kohcrt Sencourt' edited by Dnn.ilil Ailamsnn, (D n d d, Mrad antl Company, pages I. II'' ono can persist through Robert Scncotirf's biogra- Through The Herald 1922 At a meeting or cricket enthusiasts held in the city hall on Friday it was decided to go "'S on lhe government's plan ahead and make arrangements ''mil the seal of approval to to start cricket again. In all vitamin fortified flour begin Morris H. Ellison, man- nger of the Ellison Milling and Elevator Co., said in comment- rt M- In the editorial re: American phy of T. S. Eiiot, one will con- probability it will be a four- team league. B. ft. McMulliu and ning April 1. 1952 Saturday afternoon .incl district rcsi. deserters and draft dodgers, it was stated there are in Canada. With (he unemploy- ment as it is in Canada, have these men all found jobs here, or are (hey living on Canadian welfare? These men refused to obey clude the poet led such a con- ventional life lhat it was down- right dull. Author Scncourt, who was a friend of Eliot's, does mil manage lo make the conventional Eliot come alive enough to persuade the reader that such an ordinary man W. F. Russell, representatives dents will gel a preview of I-clh- of the licet growers at the Ot lawa sugar inquiry, have re- turned. "I think high vitamin flour is going lo be generally adopted though some con bridgc's newest bank building, The Royal. 1SC2 Welling captured the City Men's Commercial Basket- ball League B division cham- pionships the Civic Sports iiim, mi iriujiidry mai the laws of their own country could have written such extra and are subject to arrest if they return. Are these the kind of people we welcome lo our country? J think it is safe In say that most of them are cowards and a certain percentage would not want (o join the army where they'd have to cut their hair. In (he army you have to like a man, nol like a freak. VETERAN Raymond. ordinary works. Although he- digs deeply into Eliot's early life, his careers, bis marriage and so on, it's plain and out- right heavy reading. Eliot's poetry is much ad- mired by classical readers, but for myself much of it needs ex- plaining. Bui as Sencourt him- self didn't seem (o understand it. my thick-headcdncss may be forgiven. .MARGARET LUCKUUKST, vcnlional flour will always bo Centre last night. The letlibtridge Herald 5M 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN k Cla" Ma" Registration No 0012 A Press and (he Canadian Daily Newspacer Publishers' Association and lha Autn Bureau of circulations CLEO W. rViOWERS, Editor ond Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Central Uanancr "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"