Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Friday, Novambtr 10, 1972 Broken promises eroding confidence The initialling of Ihe accord on a basic Irealy between East and West Germany is a giant step forward in improving relations between the two halves of the divided nation. At the very least it is an acknowledgment that, in spite of the wall, in spite of the hatreds that still exist, future re- lations between the two will be con- ducted on a pragmatic basis. East Germany has already released a great number of West German pol- itical prisoners. There are provisions In the agreement for mutual control of such things as drainage and canal traffic, more boundary crossing points, etc. Above all, the treaty opens the path for both German states to enter the UN, for the estab- lishment of diplomatic ties between West Germany with Eastern bloc countries (particularly Hungary and Czechoslovakia) and for East Ger- many with Western nations. The essence the treaty is the acknowledgment by both sides that the two nations do, in fact, exist something that would have seemed impossible two years ago. The timing of the announcement is perfect from Chancellor Willy Brandt's point of view. Although the Nov. 19 election campaign has been fought mostly on economic issues, 20 per cent of West Germans who are undecided about how they will vote, may tip the scales in Brandt's favor. They are hardly likely to look with favor on the statement of his oppon- ent Mr. Rainer Barzel, who says that the terms of the current draft treaty are unacceptable and that he would demand "new negotiations" if elect- ed. Asked what he would do if West Germany were to insist on "renego- he said "I think I would just laugh." Never enough parks There can never be too much park land. This fact is recognized by the Al- berta government in its latest move to purchase two sections of ranch land at Cochrane, northwest of Cal- gary, in an attempt to bring provin- cial parks closer to major urban centres. Population trends indicate the Cal- gary suburbs may encompass the town of Cochrane sometime in the future and by then the cost of ac- quiring large land parcels for rec- reational use will be prohibitive. Even now land bordering the form- er Diamond Ranch owned by J P. Austin, just purchased by the prov- ince, is being carved into 20 acre parcels. With records indicating provincial parks are used chiefly by the middle and upper income groups, due to the fact the financially handicapped have no transportation to them it is a distinct advantage to locate parks within easy access of all the people. Cities are becoming equally park- conscious. Cranbrook, in the Koote- nays, well known as the city of parks, is to have at least three new parks in the coming year, thanks to local service clubs. One is to be in neigh- boring Slaterville, on the city's out- skirts. Another will be sited at the opposite corner of the city in Brook- view with the other located within the present Balment Park. Lethbridge is already utilizing some 300 acres for its 27 city parks. Plans call for a lake-centred park on the west side, a major 20 acre park development adjacent to Win- ston Churchill school as well as a park adjoining St. Paul's school in the north and a 10 acre park north- cast of Woolco. A major report has also been pre- pared for park development in the Oldman River bottom. With Alberta's subdividers reqired to allow 10 per cent of all subdividable land for park purposes, it would ap- pear ample city park areas will be one of the beauties and joys of this bourgeoning southern Alberta city for years to come. Sensible suggestion The proposal that the existing li- brary be turned over to the Golden Mile Senior Citizens' Centre when it becomes vacant two years hence should be welcomed as a most sen- sible and practical suggestion. The design of the library devoid of stairs plus the fact it is sur- rounded by the lovely Gait Gardens and is adjacent to downtown shop- ping makes the present library build- ing an ideal location as a meeting place for oldsters. With the present drop-in centre at Southminster United Church becoming too crowded if ap- pears imperative that a larger centre be found. The 452-name petition pre- sented to council should receive a warm reception. Involvement and keeping one's mind active is important to the health and well being of our senior citizens and is a sure deterrent to graduating to nursing homes. Social- izing with people of their own age group, enjoying crafts and hobbies and having regular functions to look forward to contributes greatly to the contentment and happiness so neces- sary if people are to enjoy their gol- den years. L Switch off the lights Premier Dave Barrett has asked tha people of British Columbia to turn off their b'ghts whenever possible, to conserve pow- er. This is part of his government's philoso- phy of resisting expansion of existing sources of electricity, because new hydro dams, thermal units and nuclear plants damage the natural environment and ag- gravate pollution. Way to go, Dave. I have had your words xeroxed and have placed copies in the rooms of all the people I live with in our house, includ- ing the cats, who sometimes leave the porch light on after I come in from a wine and cheese party. May I suggest, however, that .your ask- ing people to turn off their lights the follow-up of an educational campaign? This might help fathers like me to gel across the message to their loved ones that the light switch can trigger ecological disaster. "If you want to turn on, try 1 have urged my children for years, with no measurable reduction in the light bill. Tills has been tho flaw In my program: I have concentrated on flic immediale cost of the power swilled by our house, in- stead of painting the larger picture of what the electric toolhbmsh docs tx> salmon. "When you forget lo turn off the I now tell the family, "you are hooting some poor moose out of his hog." Clear to me, hut such n directive is loss so to children that have not IKPII taught the ullimTilc rnnremirnccs of wasting juice. "I don'l see why a duck will slarve lo death because I left the fridge door open." one of my kids complained. I tried to explain that leaving the fridge door open made Ihe appliance work hard- er, crealmg a drain on our power sources, which could force the government to build a nuclear plant whose effluent of hot water is discharged into one of our rivers, killing the aquatic plants on which the duck feeds. "How about if I don't vacuum my asked the child, "and help to prevent genetic damage to an unborn child whose mother has drunk water from a drainage ditch contaminated by aerial spraying of a Hydro "Butt I elaborated, Thn child had a point, however. The re- lationship of home power consumplion to abusing the wilderness extremely com- plex matter, calling for something more than printing on every package of light bulbs the warning that they may be in- jurious to health. The problem affects not only the family man but tho pad-dwelling bachelor who persuades his lady friends that the reason why ho is turning off all the lights ts lo help preserve the habitat of tho wolf. Dr. Barrett has shown real courage in diagnosing power consumption ns a malig- nant growth, nnd prescribing amputation of tho cxlcnsion cord. But when it comes to surgical compll- Iho sex switch hns nothing on tho light switch. Yoi'r patient, Doctor. (Vancouver Province Icnturcs) By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator NEW YORK While Dr. Kissinger was announcing that "peace is at hand" in Vietnam, he said with what appeared to be an unimpeachable dignity and pride, "that while it is pos- sible to disagree with pro- visions of an agreement, the implication that this is all a gigantic manoeuvre which we will revoke as soon as this per- iod is over is unworthy of what we have gone through." Well, it's also unworthy of what Lhe American people have been through, for a decade or more, for at least five or six years before Henry Kissinger came actively on the scene, to give them such an assurance and then to have it prove with- in hours that whatever Kis- singer's intent peace is not, after all "at hand." Rather, it may be somewhere in the vag- uely foreseeable future, if all goes well, and if President Thleu agrees, and If President Nixon doesn't feel too stamped- ed, and if we can agree on what an "administrative struc- ture" is, and If... and if... and if Kissinger, just for one ex- ample, had no hesitation in saying during what everyone "What's all this talk about peace Christmas isn't for seven weeks Ugandan airlift highly successful By Peter Ucsbarals, Toronto Slar Ottawa commentator MONTREAL-Duriug the 42- day airlift, bringing Asians from Uganda, Canada has re- ceived these new arrivals at an average rate of 100 a day. Perhaps because of the elec- tion campaign, Hie entry of more than Asians in little more than a month has gone al- most unnoticed. Immigration in general was an issue in the campaign but specific refer- ences to the Ugandan immi- grants were rare. "It's gone as smoothly as anyone could have said an official of the prime minis- ter's office last week who had been closely involved in the Au- gust decision to accept the im- migrants. "They've just faded inlo the woodwork." Despite the coincidence of Lha election campaign and Cana- dian sympathy for victims of racism in Uganda, this result has been more than a happy accident. It has been the calcu- lated outcome of an elaborate government operation that will cost, according to unofficial es- timates now being made in Ot- tawa, about million. The operation has been typi- cally Canadian in all its as- pects, good and bad. First, the good side. For those Asians accepted by Canada's 40-member immigra- tion and health unit in Uganda, the Canadian rescue operation has been cfficienl, humane and bountiful. Free air transportation has been provided for all the immi- grants from the Ugandan capi- tal of Kampala to Montreal aboard chartered Air Canada and Pacific Western aircraft. As soon as the plane? landed, they were directed lo a special section of Montreal's Inter- national Airport where buses waited to take the Asians directly to Longc Poinlc mili- tary base in the ca.st cud of the city. Mosl of Ihc arrivals were lalo at night or in the small hours of the morning. No matter what the hour, there was always a brief hut formal ceremony of welcome for each group of im- migrants when they reached the base. Then there was hot food and bed for those who were able to sleep. In the morning, Ihc new ar- rivals received final clearance- from Immigration officials, se- lected their destinntion in Can- ada in consultation with Man- power officials, were given pur- chase orders for winter clothing to nn average vnluo of per person, and loaned money for transportation within Canada. At their final destination, they were met by local com- mittees organized by Manpower centres .and given temporary accommodation and allow- ances. About 20 per cent of the Asians have elected to stay in Quebec, the rest are divided equally between Ontario and the rest of the country. The number who wanted to stay in Montreal was much lower in the first few weeks of the pro- gram and was a source of con- cern until, one day, it increased suddenly and inexplicably. When officials investigated, they discovered that a traffic problem that day had rerouted the immigrants' bus from the airport to Longue Pointe. In. stead of driving along the ele- vated trans-island expressway through dreary suburban and industrial areas, it had reached the city via the Bonaventure Autoroute, providing the Asians with one spectacular view of downtown Montreal at night. From then on, the Bonaven- ture Autoroute was used by all the buses and a significant number of Asians, particularly single young men and women, continued to select Montreal as their destination. Operation Uganda has shown Canada's peacetime army at its best. The 20-hour "turnaround" cycle for each group of immi- grants arriving at Longue Pointe has been handled with detailed efficiency: everything Letter Save Sesame Street Sesame Street Is oft the air hccausc of prejudice, politics and money. It is understood that the CBC bought the copyright of the pro- gram from a foundation in the U.S. for million. This fact confirms the CBC's evaluation of the program. For about two seasons the content of the show was rated neutral and presented no diffi- culties locally. Recently it was revised as foreign content. This somehow forced the broadcast- ers in our area to cry, "finan- cial and thus take it off the air. It cannot be aired with assistance from local ad- vertisers. As it Elands, it is a non-commercial entity and if the broadcasters continued to air it, it would force other prime-time American content money-making shows out. Thus, they lose money. The. broadcasters stale Ihcy will resume telecasting of Ses- ame Street if the CBC possibly adopts it as a reserve air-timo piogram. Should they not have considered their expenditure ann done this already? If Iho CRTC revises its classification, where do we stand? Well, Iho broadcasters lost money on tlio show previously, and in my un- derstanding, they will continue to lose money regardless of any changes that result. So, why is It off? Scsnmc Street reaches our children at the age when Iho learning processes arc concen- trated and impressionable. Ses- nme Street Is Iim, It Is nntural, easy-going ycl gels the desired results i Life, learning nml love know no boundaries. Parents, do not let the officials of the CBC and the CRTC play politics with our children. They suggest Cana- dian version in the future. Where is it? We need it now. Why is it that only Calgary and Lethbridge are denied the pro- gram? D o n b I is the beginning of wisdom. 1 doubt that the CBC, the CRTC and the local broadcasters, in all their wisdom, know the consequences of their decision. Concerned parents, think about it, then do something sign a petition of support, flood Lhc offices of the big-guns with letters help save Sesame Street. Consider these words of wis- dom: a child learns what he lives and lives what he learns. That is, if he lives with ridicule he Iwcomes shy. If IK lives with rrilicism ho learns lo con- doinn. If a child lives with hos- lilily he learns lo light. A child who lives with shame feels guilt. One who lives with lolcr- nnco learns lo be patient. He who lives with encouragement learns confidence. The child who lives with praise learns to appreciate. Children who see fairness learn justice. Those who live with approval nnd se- curity find faith. A child who lives with acceptance and friendship finds love and un- derstanding In the world. Parents, think about it. Thcso arc learning experiences that TV, and In particular Sesnmo Slrcct, can Influence for tho belter Please, help snve Scsamo Sheet. M. n. COLIA Lt'lhbridfic, from curry in the military kitchen to diaper pins and rub- ber pants in the makeshift nur- sery. Now that the operation is vir- tually completed, it can be re- ported that there was one bomb scare triggered by a telephone call to the base at p.m. one evening. The last of that day's group of Asians had just left Longue Pointe but the next group was scheduled to arrive at midnight. While contingency plans were made to accom- modate the Asians elsewhere, the army moved hundreds of men to Longue Pointe and suc- ceeded in declaring, the base safe at p.m. before the new group landed at the air- port. There was also a smallpox scare when doctors aboard one of the flights from Kampala discovered a baby with a sus- picious-looking skin condition. A 24-bed isolation ward at Mon- treal's St. Justine Hospital had been set aside at the beginning of the operation for just such an emergency. The baby was taken directly from the plane to the hospital, and military offi- cers routed one of the city's leading dermatologists from his bed and rushed him to the hos- pital. The specialist took one look at the baby, and said it had an ordinary skin rash, and everybody went to bed. While more than Asians were accepted, some reports have stated that Canada turn- ed down three out of four ap- plicants in Uganda. Britain, with a much more difficult rac- ial situation than Canada has accepted more than five limes as many Asians from Uganda. "No doubt about got the cream of the said one official in Ottawa last week. What Canada has done in Uganda, it has done well. It has done beller lhan any com- parable country wilh the ex- ception of England, where spe- cial circumstances prevail. But has It done enough? The government evidently be- lieves that the Canadian con- sensus on this question is af- firmative. agrees was a virtuous perform- ance at his Oct. 26 conference that "there aro no secret side agreements of any kind" and that the sum of the arrangements in which Wash- ington and Hanoi had concurr- ed had been contained in the draft document made public in Hanoi and confirmed in Wash- ington. Yet, now it has been disclosed that in addition to the terms of that document, Kis- singer had what he thought was the private concession by Han- oi that it would pull troops out of the northern prov- inces of South Vietnam; and getting a more formal assur- ance that that withdrawal will be accomplished is one of the problems holding up the sign- ing of the draft document, there any reason why that "side agreement" could not have been plainly and honor- ably stated to the American people, along wilh the state- ment that peace was "at hand" hut could not he had until this further condition was met Kissinger also expressed the hope that an international com- mission to supervise the cease- fire could be in place when the ceasefire began; but the draft agreement says only that the commission should be in place 30 days after the guns are Bi- lenced. And where Kissinger seemed to imply that there also would be a ceasefire in Laos and Cambodia, the draft men- tions only South Vietnam. Having insisted that the Am- erican election had had no in- fluence on the accord wilh Hanoi, Kissinger subsequently was cut off at the knees by Nixon, who not only referred in a political speech lo "a ceasefire throughout I n d o- china" but also drew the issue in this black-and-white man- ner: "Shall we have peace with honor or peace with sur- Moreover, t b e President threw Kissinger down once again In the same speech; he said that what Kissinger had called "details" remaining to be settled were in fact "cen- tral points" that, if not settled, could lead to "a resumption of war." No wonder, then, that Sen. McGovern could say in his own political speech that "the re- maining issues are the central issues of the war, and Mr. Nix- on knows it." And Secretary of State Rogers not only confirm- ed lhat peace would be "at if at all, several weeks or months further into the fu- ture than Kissinger had sug- gested, but gave only the weak- est rationale for the confusion if that is what it is on whether the ceasefire is to ap- ply to all Indochina or only to South Vietnam. All of these may seem minor points, not properly the con- cern of the public, to men of great affairs who no doubt think they have a right to shape or distort the truth to achieve great ends; and perhaps it does not seem "unworthy" to them to promise "peace is at hand" two weeks before a national election, wlen peace Is not in fact anywhere so near at hand as promised. McGovern had his own pol- itical purposes in declaring roundly that the "peace is at hand" promise is "one of the crudest frauds ever perpetrat- ed on the American for others, it is hard not to con- clude, at the least, that once again the hopes of the nation appear lo have been trifled wilh; lhat once again the lead- ers of the cowilry have not told the whole truth and nothing but the truth; and_ that once again moments of high solemnity and men of great repute have been tarnished by the political dis- sembling lhat is the inevitable result of mistrust of the people and imperial diplomacy. Somebody, somewhere, even a victorious presidential candi- date, had beller beware of the point at which there is nothing left for the American people to trust. Having been lied to con- sistently, as war mounted and as war declined, must Ameri- cans conclude lhat even in (he peacemaking Ihey will not be enlruslrd with Ihc IrulJr If so, no man can foresee Ihe out- come, for they shall h a v n "sown Ihc wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind." The Lethbridge Herald 5G4 7Lh St. S., LeUibridge, Alberto LETHBRIDGE I1ERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Moll Registration No. 0013 Member of The Canadian Prosi fltirf Ihn Cnnndlfln Dully Nsvvspaw PublUhen' Association and fht Audit Bureau of Clrculailoni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor And Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gencrnl Manager DON PILl INO WILLIAM HAY Mflnnglng Edllof Asrocliir ErlHor ROY P WILES OOUGLAi K. WALKER MvirlWng Manager fcdllonnl Pnrie Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"