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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE lETHBIimGE MI.RAIO Saturday, November fj, Lcllcrs l.o lilt- Berton's "diplomacy" I'lerri' lUTliiii. lulioiutl- isl public1 opinion milker exlraordin- ,ure. is iiiiiK'd willi the in W.tshinu'im and the- prime minister of lie SITS no i-easi'ii win the- riiihassy should nut arranged :i pri'ss omtor- riKT on its so that he and his cohort Mr. Charles Templelon could MHind oil' im Ihi'ir views nil the explosion tor the- benrlil in1 the public. Mr IVrt'ui ilofs lint .win In tinder- staiul thai an embassy has i-ssr-ntially a (hplnmatu1 t'linclion ami thai is In maintain ami f'ostcf gmul relations iihli ilii- In winch il is ac- I'mliU'd-ui llu' I'n'l'-'1 Sink's Us purpose is mil. and never has been, ami one hopes never will lie, a public forum. As lor Mr. Uerton's remarks con- 'II dent in order ti> halt the blast, these are nut (d' order Ion. The Canadian rarliameiit on record as opposing Ihe blast, the views of Ihe Canadian people are well known to the I'.S. administration and no appeal from Mr. Trudean to the president would make difference whatever. It would simply exacerbate relations between l anada and the U.S. which are now al Iheir lowest ebb in many years. Give us light! The fxii'iiMiui ot SUh Street to lith opens up another thorough- fare for eily. at present il also provides one more unnecessary rnrk for tile iraffic liottleneck which motorists these streets face luring htisiness hours. Long ago a traffic light should have been install- ed at 7th Street and lith Avenue. Motorist? lrvuig to cross this inter- section or move into the b'th Avenue lanes can wait halt' their lunch hour to "d into the stream because of excessive Iraffic and the reluctance of driver-: lo anyone entering hit !rom the side slice break Now iltli Street at tilh just adds to the congestion instead of relieving it as perhaps was the intention. The (itli Avenue artery moves a great deal of traffic to and from the down- town area to the residential south side. But the traffic signals which may have been adequate a few years ago" are far too few to move the ever increasing traffic swiftly and smoothly. A light somewhere nearer the downtown on tjt.h Avenue is long overdue. Death is not the end Pique did uoi play a very large rule m Ihe I'.S. Senate decision to kill Ihe foreign aid bill. There was some anger, "f course, as a result of Ihe I'X vote on the China question but the real reason for the defeat of the bill was a growing determina- tion to somehow "wrest the direction of foreign policy away from the mili- tary cabal in Washington. Senators Mansfield. Fulbrighl, Symington and Bayh were not suddenly converted to narrow nationalists: they were seek- ing to act consistently with their view that the military approach to world affairs is mistaken. It was only accidental that the de- cision to kili the aid biH loilowed so closely ;hc i.'X vote te, scat Peking and oust. Taipei. The anger which some Senators felt v-.as directed to- ward the ?341 million item of aid for Cambodia. Disentanglement from the mess in Indochina they feel does not lie in pumping more military material into the area which is what the "aid" to Cambodia means. The frustration which caused lib- eral Senators finally to strike against something they would nor- mally support was rooted in the way militarism seemed ineradicably tied In the aid program. By coincidence an article has appeared in Saturday Review written by Mr. Chester Bow- les, former I'.S. ambassador to In- dia, which details Inc. mistaken mili- tary policy his country has pursued lor'the past quarter century. Read- ing it one can understand why some Senators are so frustrated. Mr. Bowles points to five major blunders by Ihe r.S. in the backing of Chiang Kai-shek's reac- tionary approach in China: the push above' the USth parallel in the Kor- ean conflict: support of Chiang Kai- shek's bizarre notion of recapturing mainland China: involvement in Viet- nam: the ill advised massive mili- tan. outpouring in Pakistan that has led lo the terrible trouble in the In- dian sub continent. Only by revers- ing a foreign policy so infiltrated by the miltary mind can the U.S. play the role intended by (lie far-sighted aid program launched after the Sec- ond World War. The killing of Ihe aid bill may not be the devastating thing it seemed to be initially. Now it seems a true aid bill is to be introduced in which the tentacles of the military will be absent. Weekend Meditation Conversation with God T "'HAT gifted writer Rita Snowdcn in the British Weekly tells how she came to her vocation, (-he had trained long for another vocation and then a germ on the lining of her heart laid her on her back for over two years. A specialist came every day fcr a long time, calling in other spe- cialists, ami they could only agree that she might never work again. Yet through the pain and bewilderment of that time she came to he a writer whose works have been translated into many tongues and even into volumes of Braille. This has hap- pened to thousands of ethers. This Is an age of speed and activity and (M has a very hard time indeed to get us to listen to what He has to say. Little won- der that Western c-ivilb.aticn is so separated from God and a life of prayer, which is conversation with Ge.d. becomes extremely difficult if not impossible. Prayer with most of us consists nf a few phrases and re- quests flung at God. That wonderful French woman Kimor.e Weil who died in ISM at the age of 31 after incredible hardships and sufferings has left a bequest to mankind of rarely excelled spiritual legacy. She says that "the key to the Christian life i.s the realization that prayer consists of attention. The Christian life is lire orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God. This attention comes through careful, constant training as a result of sincere desire of Ihe soul. Every time we really concentrate our attention upon God we destroy the evil in ourselves. She holds that Ihc most precious gifts in life come, not by going after them, but by wailing for them. One iif man's chief faults i.s the desire lo be lui active. The soul empties it.self of all its (ran contents in order to re- ceive the pov.er, Irulh. and love of God into his life. With the reception of Cod comes everv oilier blessedness. Somel.imo ago the Saturday licvicw of Literature ran an article listing the great men of litera- ture. Ihc arls, and tiie sciences who admit- ted thai profound inspirations came to Ilieni a .1 :'.ill v.lirn they v.ere relaxed and i Tin s i-, ti.e tllilll that Simnnc Wed allempls In describe. Paul Claiulcl pul.s ll, "God keeps up n continual conversation President outlines college's distinct advantages On Saturday, October Hi, in an article entitled, "Superior Sir. Fislibourne raised a question or two re- garding colleges for which he ho doesn't have the an- swer. Although I find the pro- cedure rather strange in the day of the telephone, neverthe- less it docs have the advantage of providing information to our public. Ho suggests, "that colleges assi'rt that they arc better places to send your kids than universities." In addilion to the pride that our staff shares in our institu- tion, as suggested by the state- ment "It is not my privilege to work at a the fol- lowing are some of the that I have heard that would substantiate the above and do appear to have some validity. 1. It is possible for students to attend college and register in university-level courses as well as high school courses dur- ing the same semester. This is nui possible at universities or high schools. 2. The transition from a high school environment to a uni- versity environment for some students is difficult. Colleges with every creature." The French King ex- claimed impatiently to -Joan of Arc, "Your voices! Your voices. is it that they always speak to you and never spelk to Joan replied, "They do speak to you but ycu fio not hear them because you do not listen for their." It i.s a great pity that this cent nil fact of prayer is not taught to children, (led i.s not far from each one of us and His life touches every human he- ir." en earth so that communion with Him is possible for n> all. But the central fact of prayer i.s God Himself who initiates Hie desire to pray in our hearts and who should be the chief conversationalist in any pray- er. The aim of all prayer is, as John Donne expressed it. "To get as near Ocd as ycu can." Many peopk' find it very hard to pray and are afflicted with a sense of unreality when they try. How can they speak to someone who cannot he seen, heard or touched? Besides which thoughts are apt to wander. We may be the victim of moods and just not in the mood for prayer. Yet the dryncss and deadness of our souls makes prayer nil the more im- portant we should refuse to be a vic- tim of cur mends. Prayer is the purification of life, the change of direction of Hie self lo devotion to God. Or, as Fenclon said, to "want all that (iod wants, always lo want il, for all occasions and wilhout reservation." The definition of a good iv.an is one who is responsive lo (iorl. A man grows in true humanity as he grows in prayer. It is the final huinihly of ihe soul, Uie willingness to be quiet and In wail upon God. Kric Gill. Ihe English sculptor, wrolc a friend, ".lust as you cannot certainly painl a gucd picture hy guiag to an art school and learuir.g a method, but must fall in love wilb God first and Insl so yon cannot cer- tainly walk wilh by following a meth- od hut must v.ail upon Him as upon a huer .Mii.'ing IriM'ath His wail- ing fur Him in the Prayer: (I filler nf light and life and i'ly, enter our lives and make ill ,il! Mumis v.e re- fleet ulnpi .mil do Tin will. F. S. M. "We stand on guard for thee Canadian government should kike strong stand The crisis in India-Pakistan has reached such proportions that only massive government intervention can effect any ten- able solution. It is because of this belief that Oxfam Canada is urging strong government action to be taken immediate- ly- Mr. Alan Leather, assistant to Raymond Cournoyer. Oxfam Field "Director for East India, during the present refugee cri- sis, was in Canada the first w c e k of October. During Ms visit. Mr. Leather and Oxfam Canada personnel met with Sir. P. Gerin-Lajoic. president of the Canadian International De- velopment Agency which is a Crown Agency under the de- partment for external affairs, to discuss the current situation in India Pakistan. Discussion centred around the question of further government aid to the refugees in India. It was urged that the government of Canada initiate immediate placement of the Pakistan situation on the agenda of the UN General As- sembly; that Canada press for a much expanded UN aid pro- gram to i n c 1 u d e UN negotia- tions with the Pakistan authori- ties and the Bangla Desh for safe conduct of food and relief supplies within East Pakistan anil the appointment of senior personnel to operate Ihe program; and the urging ot a ceasefire as a temporary solu- tion to the problem to allow the introduction of massive amounts of relief supplies into East Pakistan. On October 19th. Dr Robert McClure. former Moderator of the United Church of Canada and a member of Oxfam's board, addressed a special commitlee of the House of Com- mons. In Oxfam's brief. Dr. Mc- Clure stressed the need for poli- tical settlement, the need to en- courage voluntary agencies such as Oxfam to increase pub- lic awareness of the India-Paki- stan problem an awareness that could be increased by the application of matching grants to agencies from government sources and the need for the Canadian government to act immediately both in a finan- cial and peace-making role. It is Oxfam's hope that con- cerned members of the public will endorse our stand and write individual letters to their Members of Parliament in Ot- tawa urging the government to respond lo the current crisis in a strong and definitive man- ner. There are over nine million refugees within India. A famine of staggering proportions is im- minent in East Pakistan. This is not an "internal matter." It is a matter which must actively involve the entire world com- munity. If we turn our backs it will be to our everlasting shame. DEREK HAYES, Chairman, Board of Directors, Toronto. Oxfam of Canada. Good Indian series but not hill story Jim Wilson wrote a very good series of articles on the Indian reserves in northeast Alberta. He brought out some very true facts, and he defended Indian Affairs splendidly. However, his three day sojourn on the re- serves cannot completely give a true picture of all reserves. If Jim Wilson is determined to give a true picture of these re- serves, he would have to re- search 96 years of Indian Af- fairs treatment of Indians, and print the story as such. He should also live several weeks on the reserves. We were corraled on our re- spective reserves and were is- sued permits that ordered In- dians not to carry guns when they visited other reserves. Proper education was denied us. All farm and cattle reve- nues were controlled by Ihc In- dian Agent at Ihe agency of- fices. The missionaries did not treat us any better. No amount of money can in- stil! in us the self respect, which Jim Wilson claims is lacking in Indians, this very good human quality can only come from within one's inner soul. What Mr. Wilson did not mention is that there are In- dians who are working to im- prove their communities to Ihc point of sacrificing their fam- ilies' welfare, and their lives, with no compensation. We arc in an oppressed slate. Your eyes must be popping asking 'Hie years of oppression have left us "in a state of rigor mortis from apathy and lethargy. The governments are making the mistake of allotting vast sums to Indian political groups who think they can solve the Indian problem in expensive city of- fices. Our people need social and economic development, desperately. There i.s an orain- ou: ring of political influence extending right down to Ot- tawa. The news media can Ire just as guilty by censorship. Action is most important now. otherwise the future gen- eration will refer to this era as the Dark Ages. We have some sincere, educated, possible leaders, that can lead the way. MADELINE GOODRIDER. Brocket. Open letter to Mr. Nixon (or trustees We have children in all sec- tions of otir city schinils and we are very pleased with the education they arc gelling. We are very disturbed at the pro- posed strike by eily teachers and since we have had a chance to examine the contract offer- ed by Ihe school boards wo would like lo ask our trustees the following questions. Why do you want lo pay our teachers a't least less than the Edmonton and Cal- gary teachers and at. least S.'iOO less than Ihe provincial aver- age for teachers' salaries'1 Do you really have thai low opin- ion of our local Why did you use such a stu- pid expression as 'very gener- ous' to describe n salary in- crease of six per cent tor Ibis and under five 11 PI lor next year'.' llaveni lieai-d Hint policemen and fire- men arc gelling over 10 pel- rent year increase and wo think a teacher's job is just as important. Why did you immediately agree give large increases to administrative and so-call- ed back up staff but delay for over a year before offering a paltry increase to our teach- ers? After all, it is file teach- ers in the classrooms wlio have to do .the important work of ed- ucation. Why is il. that some of you I nisi res who are doctors, law- yers, dentists, and university staff demand the highest sal- aries and the finest working condilions for yourselves and yet try to inflict the poorest salaries and Ihe worst working cmidilions on your own em- ployees? CONCERNED 1'AUKNTS. lyclhbridge. We have heard your decision about the nuclear bomb test and we don't like it. Even though you don't care about what we think, we have a great concern for our country and the rest of the world. The bomb may cause an earthquake down the west coast and Ihe radiation may affect life adversely. Although Ihe UN membership 1 agree with your editorial on the Formosan situation 100 per cent. No justice whatever i.s contemplated for those people they arc natives or Chinese. As far as the natives arc concerned, there does not seem to be much hope for them under any circumstances, but your editorial may have some effect eventually. Aside from thai, those who unseated Taiwan do not give a hoot if the place i.s turner! over to lied China and Ihe whole of the Chinese population murder- ed. Sealing of Red China is an- other mailer. I am not sure they ever applied for membership. Membership should, I Ihink, rest on (wo things; application by an independent nation and payment of dues. No nation should have any vole or voice till dues were paid. None of this appears lo be demanded, but unlil il. is, little can be ex- pected from Ihc tlulled Na- tions. As it is, Ihe question rrises, will China be a paying member or merely another blocking member lo hamper United Nations aclion'.' .1. A. SI'ENCKIi. Magralh. chances are very small that you will listen to us, we still are very concerned about our chances for survival. We think your decision about the bomb has something to do with wanting to pay the world back for turning against you and voting Taiwan out of the United Nations and voting Red China into it. Now that progress is being made in disarmament talks with the Soviet Union, we feel that you are creating some troublesome problems. THE GRADE 7 and 8 SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS Burden School. appear lo bridge Ibis transi- tion. II. Universities recruit aca- demic staff with their major responsibilities in research and teaching. Many competent re- search people are not nearly as competent in teaching. Colleges recruit only for teaching. It would then appear reasonable Iliat a greater average teaching ability would exist at colleges. <1. Colleges place, more em- phasis on the "Master Teach- er" than the master's degree. College academic slaff is drawn almost entirely from the available pool of proven teach- ers. Many appointments at uni- versities are made on the basis of degrees and research pa- pers. 5. College academic staff spend less time away from the classroom than I heir counter- parts in universities as a result of no responsibility in the re- search area no research seminars to attend, no papers to present, no publish or per- ish, etc. U. Not all students who have the ability lo succeed at the university level should neces- sarily atlend university. Many with such an ability have found happiness, satisfaclion, and success in programs offered at colleges. For students who are not certain what their future work should be, colleges offer them an exposure to students in other fields and two more years to make a decision on their future career. 7. Colleges provide a formal counselling service an oppor- tunity fur student1; to relate lo someone who is sincerely inter- ested in their social, economic, or educational problems on an individual basis. 8. College teachers have (raining in Ihc specialization of teaching, similar to your Fa- culty of Education. Not all members of a university staff have teacher training. 9. The colleges provide a stu- dent-salvage function. Many students who have not succeed- ed elsewhere are able lo attend college and many do extremely well on their second attempt. I can appreciate Mr. Fish- bourne's difficulty in under- standing why kids want to go to college. With his ability to draw conclusions he no doubt wonders: when tho University of Lelhbridgc has SIS million in plant and the College has SB million; and the University of Lethbridge operational budget is in excess of S5 million and ours S2.5 million; that all stu- dents don't attend university. If I may be so bold as lo suggest a change in the state- ment "II consists of the asser- tion that colleges are better places to send your kids than universities." I would prefer "It consists of the assertion that colleges should not be overlooked as a place to send your son or daughter." C. D. STEWART, President Lethbridge Community College. Being ignored To date on national television we have viewed sex deviates, drug addicts, prison inmates, hippies, yippies you name it, we've seen it! The Dominion of Canada par- ty would like to be exposed on national television. Why is it that we have never been invited? Is il because sland for decency and moral slandards? We have viewed Western Sep- aratists, the FLQ. Communists, and Quebec Separatists. Why is it that we have never been" invited? Is il because we desire lo abide by the terms of our constitution, the UNA Act? Is il because we stand for "One Official Language One Just wandering FLO E. FRAWLEY, National leader, Dominion of Canada parly Calgary. Looking backward Tlmmgli The Herald for the first time in Ihe history of the province a woman solicitor has been ap- pointed by Ihe Allwrla Govern- ment. The lady is Miss Greta Playter. III3I The Edmonton Grads, womeiis basketball champions of Hie world, last night defeat- erf an nil-star team from To- ronto I'J.'i to 10. Mil! 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