Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE lETHBRIDGE HERALD May 20, WO Bruce Hutchison Battle In Britain The upcoming British election an- nounced for June 18 promises to be a cliff hanger. Less than nine months ago Prime Minister Wilson's popu- larity reached an all time low. De- valuation, strikes, rising prices, ra- cial crises, adverse balance of trade figures, had reduced public confi- dence in his administration to the point where recovery seemed impos- sible. But the political climate has changed almost overnight and the wily Prime Minister, never one to allow an opportunity to go by, is taking full advantage of it. He knows full well that the weather is likely to change by October of this year, and that by next year when he would be forced to go to the polls, it is likely to be very stormy indeed. The plain fact is that Mr. Wilson has had to concede to the unions' demands for higher wages. The re- sult of these concessions lias not yet become apparent in the economy where prices still lag slightly behind. The British are experiencing an im- provement in the economy which is unlikely to last and the Tories are going to tell the country that tough times are ahead. But unless prices Policy And Morale Dissatisfaction over recent appoint- ments of outsiders to administrative posts in the Lethbridge school system appears to be considerable. The fact that there are teachers identi- fied with this dissatisfaction does not augur well for the future health of education in the city. There is no reason to doubt Super- intendent 0. P. Larsons's defence of the appointments on the grounds that established board policy was follow- ed in the selection of new personnel. But there is good reason to ponder the observation of Trustee Dr. Doug McPherson that the of local applicants can have a debilit- ating effect on staff morale. A policy that is responsible for lowering morale in the system is a questionable one. Education is not something hypothetical it is what actually takes place in the relation- ship of students with teachers and the resources with which they work. AH the theory and organization in the world will be powerless to effect good educational development if teachers let down in the classrooms. Most teachers are probably not in- terested in administrative appoint- ments, preferring to be with children in the classrooms. However, it is demoralizing to them to reflect on the implication that their efforts may not be recognized as significant. When the system regularly produces its own experts there is a feeling on the part of all teachers that they are appreciated and could possibly receive administrative appointments if they were sought. It may only be accidental that so many appointments this year have ueen made from outside the system. But the consequence might have been better anticipated and some bending of policy in the interest of morale indulged. As it is, the new appoint- ees are going to have to be visibly much superior to local personnel to prove themselves in their jobs. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON For years now, our congressmen on Capitol Hill have been urging students to "work within the system." You can imagine their surprise end consternation last week when the stu- dents took them up on it. Congressman Halyard Hoakum was just putting some balls in his golf bag when his secretary came hi and said, "Sir, there's a delegation of students outside from your district and they want to see you." Congresman Hoakman said, "For heaven's sakes, it's Friday. Don't they know we don't work on "I told them that, but they still insisted: on seeing you. They said they're from Fair- weather State, your alma mater." "All right, show them Congressman Hoakum said, "but be sure and interrupt me in 20 minutes. You can say tie White House is calling." The secretary showed 10 students In. Congressman Hoakum stuck his hand out, "Well, this is a great honor a great honor. How's everything at Fairw e a t h e r A young girl said. "Congressman Hoakum, we've come to discuss with you what is going on in Vietnam." Congressman Hoakum said "Of course you have. Say, let's pose for a photo to- gether." He buzzed his press man. "Jack, you want to bring in the camera and take some shots of me talking to a group of fine, dedicated Americans from Fairweath- er State? We could air mail it out there for Monday morning's papers. Good." Jack came in with his camera. Congressman Hoakum said, "Now gather around the desk here and pretend like you have something really serious to say." "We do have something serious to a boy said. "Congressman Hoakum, the stu- dents at Fairweather State are concerned 'over the way the President has been "Say, how's the football team going to the congressman asked. "Coach Fogel told me be might get a bowl invitation this year." A girl pursued the subject, "We are fed up with rhetoric and pablum. We want our representatives in Congress to do some- thing." "I know exactly how you Congress- man Hoakum said. "When I was a student I felt the same way. I said, 'Why can't we change But since I've been in pub- lic life, I've taken a more realistic view. But you're too young to know that, and I envy your idealism. If I were your age, I'd be doing the same think you're doing." "How can we change things, Congress- man "By working through the system that's the American way. Our government with its checks and balances provides for everyone to have a voice in this country. And ho one believes in the right of peaceful dissent more than I do. You getting all this on tape, "Congressman the girl spokes- man said, "you have been a great help to us and have shown us what we have to do." "It's wonderful that we can still commu- nicate. What are you going to "We're going to get all the students at Fairweather State to work for your defeat in November." Congressman Hoakum shouted, "You can't do that. I've been in Congress for 20 years." "We'll see that it's your last one." "Get out, you Hoakum yelled. "You're al! a bunch of rotten bunis." The students marched out singing. Hoa- kum, his head in his hands, said to his press man, "Jack, call J. Edgar Hoover and tell him to find the S.O.B. who's trying to get the kids to work within the system." Musical Notes By Doug Walker errors are the bane of the newspaperman's life. If he be- gins to suspect there really are gremlins who could blame him? When the Lethbridge Symphony Orches- tra and Chorus performed recently, our paper reported that one of tire pieces was "Bach's Jesu, Priceless Treasurer." Every- one knows that a good treasurer is price- less. He may also be very ought to hear the cheers when Ted Rad- ley or Ken Barnelt appear on the 15th and 30th of the month! Ever since Martin Luther had his show- down with John Tetzel, however, Trea- surer has not been one of the most prom- inent titles assigned to Jesus. Bach, a noted follower of Luther, would have been aghast to have had credit for calling Je- sus a or olherwise. Well, J. S. Bach is dead. Violet Nagy, on the other hand, is very much alive. No doubt her life has been made miserable by the gremlin who changed Violet into Violent hi the music festival reports. How is that wrong to be redressed? Harsh Discord In The Old Symphony escalate spectacularly within the next month, the message is likely to fall on deaf ears. There are one or two develop- ments however, that could militate against the Laborites. The proposed tour of England by the South African cricket team has aroused a storm of protest and if violence should break out, which is by no means unlikely, Mr. Wilson could find himself in deep trouble. The situation in Ireland is growing more ominous. If it should explode, the government would be bound to suffer. The Tories, with the somewhat lacklustre Mr: Heath to guide them are taking a back seat now. But Mr. Heath has been known to put on an admirable performance when his back is to the wall. Much will de- pend on the personal image he can present to the electorate. If he can be galvanized into impassioned pre- sentation of his cause particularly over television, he might just have a chance to overcome public confi- dence in the comforting Wilson father image. Right now, betting odds are two to one for the return of a Labor government. T IKE ALL Uie present generation in Can- ada does not know what is ac- tually happening to it. Only "in retrospect will our children or more likely, our grandchildren understand today's scene of confusion, and then too late to do anything about it. But if we cannot distinguish the perma- nent from the the important "from the merely, spectacular, the vital fine print from the bawling headlines, one phenomenon surely out in Canada just now. For lack of a better word, we call it nationalism. These things, like everything of importance, are not mea- surable, but nationalism in va- rious forms meets us on all sides in Pierre Trudeau's constructive Arctic policies, for example, in negative anti-Am- ericanism, in the recent Que- bec election, in the Canadian version of youthful protest, In the struggle for a genuine Ca- nadian culture and in countless other symptoms, healthy or un- healthy. Nationalism, hi fact, runs as a deep undertone, a leit-motif, throughout our Canadian sym- phony. To an unreconstructed native like this reporter, the old symphony, rising to a new crescendo, is pleasant music. Yet there are harsh discords in it. The nationalist upsurge, odd- ly enough, occurs at the very moment when most thoughtful men agree that nationalism, in its extreme forms, must en- danger the peace of the world and possibly the survival of our species. Moreover, the Cana- dian nationalists are especially ambivalent and inwardly torn because, in half then1 minds, the best of them are interna- tionalists and preachers of world unity, even of world government, at least in theory. These contradictions should surprise nobody who knows (lie infinite miscellany of the hu- man mind, that attic stored with a wondrous jumble which the owner seldom tries to sort out. But one could wish that the Canadian nationalists who do the most shouting these days would be a little more honest with the facts. Among them is the fact, sel- dom mentioned, that Canada cannot greatly reduce its eco- nomic interdependence with the United States without greatly reducing its own wealth. Now, I can respect and have known many good men who de- liberately rejected wealth in favor of poverty, who refused lucrative jobs hi big cities and preferred to live quietly hi some rustic retreat. I could re- "So Call Me When The Alarm Goes spcct a politician who said that Canada should impoverish it- self economically to enrich It- self spiritually, though I have not yet found such a politician. But 1 .cannot understand and do not respect the politicians who constantly urge us to cut our ties with evil neighbors, isolate our economy and get richer in the process when obviously we shall get poorer. The future of Canada in the vast economy of North Ameri- ca is far more complicated than these primitive prophets suppose or, at any rate, pre- tend. That, course, is why Mr. Trudeau finds himself caught hi a wrenching para- dox. Before he entered public life, lu's famous book revealed him as a free trader, an enemy of the protective tariff and self- containment, but hi office his government maintains prob- ably the highest tariff in the Western world. Again, he be- lieves in the freest possible flow of money, people and ideas across national borders, but as the chief steward of Canada's material resources he is worried by American eco- nomic penetration and as a philosopher even more worried by the penetration of American ideas. It is easy for a private citi- zen to declare himself a na- tionalist or an internationalist, as if he were choosing be- tween one political party and another, or .between two tele- vision programs. It is not easy for a prime minister to make these clean cut choices, be- cause, in truth, they are not available to him, or us. He must face the facts, and they Jock not only complex tail daunting. To take'one of the most ob- vious facts, the United States is growing fast in population and in the use of raw materi- als. Without going into the figures, it is clear that after a few decades at latest our neighbors will want all the ma- terials they can get from Can- ada when their own are de- pleted. A bottomless maw will soon be hungry for just about everything in sight. One can safely assume also that when the Americans reach population of about 300 million at the end of the cen- tury, as the demographers ex- pect, thousands, perhaps, mil- lions, of them will wish to escape from troubles at home into the empty and relatively virgin spaces of Canada, Some are escaping already. 'What will Canadian govern- ment do then? Happily for1 Mr. Trudeau, lie will have de- parted, but somebody must confront that situation and few of the contemporary national- ists have yet begun to get. their minds around it. One of them, a man equally distinguished in the dismal science of economics and in the lively arts of sculpture and painting, tells me that the problem of a ravenous conti- nent can be solved by a simple method. The United States and Canada, he says, will meet to- gether, reckon their joint re- sources, find that they are in- sufficient to support the exist- ing standard of living and agree to reduce it on a fixed schedule. In any case, he observes, quite rightly, the standard in material terms will be reduced eventually by the exhaustion of resources, even if we succeed in de polluting them mean- while; The trick is to reduce it voluntarily, rationally and peaceably before nature does so in much more unpleasant ways. If Mr. Trudeau receives such advice from his young experts he must smile, rather wanly, If President Nixon hears the same advice hi Washington he can have little time for it, his mind being focussed elsewhere, in a distant land. The men of politics know that no government could be elected on the proposition of a lower, sustainable living stand- ard. This prospect, though in- evitable in the long run, is not practical politics in the short. And in practical politics, des- pite its brave pretences, the, ablest statesman, even a man of Mr. Trudeau's brilliance, really has no solution to offer for the long run. Only the Canadian national- ists of the more virulent and thoughtless sort have the an- swers, and they won't work. The rest of us, almost all na- tionalists, too, but humanly am- bivalent, will not live to see the answers that another gen- eration will give, for better or worse. Well, it can hardly do worse than we have done late- ly, and that thought is comfort- ing. (Herald Special Service) Joseph Kraft Fundamental Change In Protest Politics WASHINGTON Behind the scenes of the recent Washington demonstrat ions there took place a fundamental change in the thrust of protest politics. Students and profess- ors finally kicked their obses- sion with the presidency. They are now plunging into Congressional politics par- ticularly on the House side. And if they target their efforts effectively, they may soon be reshaping the inner structure of the House in a way that changes national politics across the board. The move away from the presidency was symbolized by the delegation of Harvard pro- fessors that called on Henry Kissinger, the president's chief Letters To The Editor foreign policy aide. It included three or four of Dr. Kissinger's closest friends from the Har- vard faculty and a few others who came along as witnesses. The close friends had all worked for one president or another. They had been in touch with Dr. Kissinger on many aspects of policy, setting forth their views and occasion- ally writing letters supportive of President Nixon's policy. They came with witnesses this time to swear off that practice. They are' no longer going to be playing the inside game of try- ing to sway a president by pri- vate Their visit to Kissinger was an announce- ment that they had gone pub- into opposition to the executive branch. Even as some of the most famous idolaters of the presi- dency were foreswearing their old religion, there were other meetings all over town to put the focus on Congressional pol- itics. At the two main sessions one at Georgetown Univer- sity and the other at the home of former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, John big decision was to concentrate on fighting Con- gressional, and particular 1 y House, races. The House offers a particu- larly inviting target for many reasons. Districts are usually too small for use of television and other expensive media Nursing Home Penalties I am a resident of the Devon Nursing Home, and therefore vitally interested in anything that concerns the patients. I lis- tened to the broadcast over Channel 13, on Friday, May 8lh, at a.m., concerning the Auxiliary Hospital and the Nursing Homes. The occasion of the broadcast was to bring to the notice of the public that it was Hospital Week. In the main, I the report submitted by Mrs. Mary Niven, of the Devon Nursing Home, and the report submit- ted by Mrs. Paskuski, of the Edith Cavell Nursing Home were fairly correct. However, in Mrs. PaskusH's report, she stated that the patients were allowed to leave the home for 48 hours, providing they were able to look after themselves, or if their family took care of them, but she neglected to state what happened if they stayed away beyond the 48 hours limit. The truth of the matter is, if a patient stays away beyond the 48 hour limit, they are pen- alized per day for every day they are away, in addition to the per day they have paid for room and board, and nursing care. I think it is fairly evident that you could Jail For Jaywalking On Friday May 8 when 1 was walking on 3rd Ave. and 5th Street South I looked both ways and no vehicle was coming so I crossed the street. A police- man called me to come over to him. When I got to him lie asked for my name and ad- dress. I gave it to him. After that I asked him why he asked me all these questions, and lie said he wanted to make an in- vestigation on me. He called the police car and picked me up and took me to jail, for jay- walking. After he put me in jail he then charged me Twenty- two hours later he took me to court and charged me Ho also took me in the back door. He did not take me hi the front door. I would like to know why hs did this. Everyone else is jay- walking in this city and is not charged for it. I feel in my heart that this is discrimina- tion. I would like to think the law is not for me but for every- body. The Court asked me if" I am guilty or not, I said "yes, I am guilty, because I am not in my country." I would like to know why I have to pay a fine when no one else has to? JEAN p. SEME. Lethbridge. count on the fingers of one hand, all the old age pension- ers, or patients, who could pay per day for the privilege of visiting their families. To be fair to the nursing homes. I know they are net responsible for this imposition. It is the provincial government that is to be blamed, yet they are con- tinually blowing off about what they have done and are doing for the old people's welfare. While I said the home is not to blame, they are far from be- ing innocent. They take advant- age of the patient who remains away beyond the 48 hour limit, by reserving the right to make use of the room, despite the fact that room and board have been paid for until the end of the month. It could happen that a patient, on returning, after being away for a few days, would find lie had no room or bed. I am 96 years old, and thank the Lor d, physically fit and able to get around, but I am denied the right and the oppor- tunity of visiting my family, who are scattered between Ed- monton and Vancouver, be- cause I have not got that kind of money. In that respect, it is not a home I am in; it is a pris- on. There ai'e other matters that deserve consideration as well, but I am afraid I have already imposed too much. DAVID GILLESPIE Lelhbridge, which students cannot afford. Voter turnout tends to be which puts a big premium on getting out the vote. And the one thing that students can probably do better than any- body else is to buttonhole citi- zens and get them to go to the polls. Most important or all, the inner structure of the House gives great powers to the rank- ing members of major commit- tees. Many of these committee nabobs are not well enough known in then- home districts to be unbeatable. And by knocking them off, or threaten- ing them, it is possible to have a dramatic effect on national politics. A good case in point is what happened on May 5 in the 20th District of Ohio. Without any- body hardly even noticing it, Congressman Michael Feighan was beaten in the Democratic primary by James Stanton, a Cleveland city councilman who ran with strong support from students at Case and Western Reserve Universities. As the second-ranking mem- ber of the judiciary committee and chairman of its sub- committee on immigration, Mr. Feighan has been one of the hidden powers of the Congress. Without his presence, the im- migration service will now be under far less pressure to act as an agent of cold war poli- tics and Victorian morality. And Emmanuel Celler can safely turn over chairmanship of the judiciary committee to a younger man, thus improving all the machinery of the Con- gress. Plenty of other Congressional powerhouses are also liable to defeat on their home grounds. One is Congressman John Roonev of Brooklyn and the ap- prtopriations committee the man who has more than any- body else made the State De- partment into a fudge factory. Another is Philip Philbin of suburban Boston and the armed services committee who has helped to hold the pack hi toe for the egregious Mendel Rivers. A third possibility is William Minshall of suburban Cleveland and the defence sub- committee of the appropria- tions committee. And there art lots of others. No doubt working the Con- gressional vineyards is not all that exciting. It pales com- pared with beating President Johnson back in 1968. and many students continue to work in senatorial races for Albert Gore of Tennessee and Quentin Burdicfc of North Da- kola; against Henry Jackson of Washington and Thomas Dodd of Connecticut. But right now the focus is on the House. There lies the best chance of truly transforming national politics the right offset so many need for the sad events that have so discredited the presidency. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERAU) 1920 retailers pre- dict the new luxury taxes will be very unpopular with custo- mers and also mean more ac- counting for merchants. 1930 Some fifty planes are expected here for the ing of the North Lethbridge air- port. 1940 The Lethbridge Kiwan- is .Club has announced they will hold whippet races here on the July 1 holiday. 1950 About job seek- ers received supplementary un- employment benefits worth more than during (hi first month the program was in effect. The Lethbddcjc Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1903 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN MW) Number 0012 of Canadian and the Canadian Dally Newm Anociation and tfta Audit Bureau ol Circulation CLEO W. MOWEIU, Editor ami riitlisner THOMAS M. 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