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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 11, 1971 krcli Time set aside For sonic people Hi.'ninmbraiici: Day is a holiday; for others it is a day of work as usual, nc-nardless of whether one works 01 rests, it is a day of significance anil few will let it pass without some thought of the horrors of the past and of hopes for the future. There are probably some people who think the real horrors lie in the future with the hopes belonging to the past. The spectres of nuclear devastation, of mass starvation, of an uninhabitable planet have been held before people with such vivid- ness that hope has a hard lime lo survive. The hopes which sprang up with the cessation of global warfare and the birth of Ihe i'niled Nations are still worthy of nurturing. A peaceful world, a world in which there is co- operation in seeking to make life bet- ter for everyone, is slill a commend- able objective. A day even a moment in the day set aside specifically for seri- ous reflection and resolve regarding the truly great issues is essential. Suffield affair The rumpus about the use of the Suffield military reserve near Medi- cine Hat for training manoeuvres by British troops should now be laid to rest. Defence Minister Donald Mac- donald and environment minister Jack Davis have announced wide- ranging measures to protect the ecol- ogy" of the area which have been agreed to by British officials. "This should he tiie end of the mat- ter. Canada, as a member of XATO must contribute to the alliance, and military exercises are a necessary adjunct. Public protest may have in- fluenced the defence and the minister of the environment to take measures to protect the grassland area from damage as far as pos- sible. So chalk up one on the score of the value of public outcry. There have been rumors that West German troops may use the area for the same purpose as the British troops will. There should be no ob- jection to this either. West Germany is a full fledged member of NATO and is thus entitled to use the Suf- field base too if suitable arrange- ments arc made to this end. 71 ic Crown of Tears Canadians were treated to an ele- gant spectacular the other night, thanks to the privately owned C'TV network. At a cost ot S100.000, the most ever spent on a single TV show by the network, viewers watched as Donna Sawicki. the pride of Kitchen- er, Out., became the pride of Can- ada. She was ''crowned" Miss Can- ada 1972. as a glittering diadem, suit- ably dubbed Uie Crown of Tears, was placed on her pretty head. Miss Sawicki, responded in kind by weep- ing copiously. Her tears were tears of joy and well they might be. She's an instant success, for a year at least, and she's got a S12.000 chin- chilla coat, a motor car and a few sundries like a grand piano to prove it. The CTV is in business to make money. One presumes that it did so with this vulgar parade of female pulchritude. Evidently the network believes that a pageant of the body beautiful is what Canadian viewers long to see. But to our notion if this is the best they can come up with, we Canadians, and Canadian women in particular, are in a bad way. The natural conclusion must be that they have little else but the face, the measurements and a very modest amount of talent to recommend them. The irony is that this weak imi- tation of a poor American program qualifies as Canadian content. Is this the path to Canadian identity and independence'' The real Mr. Cop-oui By Mel Snackman PRINCIPALS and teachers. b.umls End parents complain of the dress stan- dards, o( hair standards, of student acti- vism, of attitudes of the young, of each other Parents complain that the teachers don't "make" Johnny work; others that the teachers are too harsh: some, of too much homework; others, that there is never enough. Board members complain of teachers, teachers of hoards, parents of hoards, teachers of parents, parents of teachers and OB and on and on it goes. The ringing phone signifies a parent's pica for the school to make his child get a haircut, or lengthen her dress, or for the school to mind its own business, and the note home indicates a principal's final warning to the parents to make their child "shape up or else." Well, where does the responsibility for all these decisions lie? In some areas of control boards and teachers and parents and children all fight for the right to make decisions. In others, no one wants the responsibility, for it will reflect adversely on them. Behind it all lies the great, monolithic and often unap- proachable giant, the department of edu- cation, whose decisions are based mostly on politics, who can be blamed and cursed, and who can receive all the buck that is passed and lc.se it in the bureaucracy of tangled lines of and responsi- bility. And who can draw those lines of au- thority and responsibility? Has the parent relinquished all his control to a few men to arbitrarily decide which directions edu- cation will go and how the money will be cut up? Is it up to the teacher, as a pro- fessional responsibility, to decide on his own what he will teach, what courses will be offered, and what the aims and goals are for each course of studies? Perhaps it really is a great parent cop-out. The apatiiy of parents i.s certainly obvious in many districts in the struggle to keep even a norr.inal parent-teacher organization alive. And then, of course, there is always the man uho worms his way into a posi- tion as a stepping-stone to bigger and greater political accomplishments, ,md thus is disturbed by the necessity of ma- king any decision which will detract from his popular personality cult. Is he the cop- out? What about the teacher land there arc a fowl who cops out by blaming the parents for instilling altitudes in their pre- school children which contradict accepted cultural and then simply gives up trying to help that child? On the oilier hand, why blame anyone? It LS surely a useless task, this trying to find a scapegoat, and those who pursue it grasp but a handful of air most of the time, for no one gni.ip v. holly What, we need la cfo is to find a solution to tlie problem. And tltere is a solution, as 1 see it. Perhaps it is not a popular pan- acea, perhaps too simplistic, or too ob- vious, or to socialistic for some, but still a solution: simply the principles of co-op- eration and coasultation. Simply said, but seldom accomplished in the business of ed- ucation Why? Because more than often, principals', teachers, and boards feel thai the school i.s their own special preserve and become institution-oriented, forgetting education's reason for being, the parents who are its support and the children who are its participants. Parent, teacher, board, administrator, and child, yes. child, are all concerned with the decisions of education. Thev should all have a voice. Somehow, any unilateral action by any one of these groups seems in direct contrast, and oppo- sition to the democratic process they 'all attempt to teach. Parents' taxes support the institution; they have a direct interest. Boards are elected to reflect in policy the thinking and desires of the parents; they have a direct interest. Teachers are in- volved in the administration of these poli- cies; they have a direct interest. And fi- nally, all policies are directed at and for the children; especially do they have a di- rect interest. And the children can leach us all something. Why can't boards go to the parents with decisions that affect the community? I've seldom seen them do it. After all, whose interests are the boards looking out for? Why can't teachers consult with the boards and with the parents, even regarding working conditions? Is this too naive a thought? Why can't tire changing attitudes and values of the children be taken into account? Unfortunately, only a few people count, the students worthy of consideration. Committees of students, parents, and teachers should be informed of educational ideas. They should he allowed to submit their opinons to the locally-olcctori trus- tees. There is no reason that a ccmmiltee composed of representatives of each of I hose groups cannot sit down together and make the decisions on the bais of those Board meetings .should lie open to the public. Those who make deci- sions which affect many people should re- spect the wishes of I hose people. Are we all afraid of leaching children by example' the real meaning of democracy, instead of using dictatorial and authoritarian n our system pays only verbal homage to these principles, we can hardly expect (he youth to consider us anything hut hypocri- tical. Co-operation and consultation have be- coir.o a part of our heritage and a neces sily for Ihe problem.-, of eomimnuiv hung. It's time we started making use of them. Vietnam criticisms may need updating WASHINGTON Vietnam is coming wnler stage again. In the next HI days llic president is due to announce a now .schedule' of troop with- drawals which he plainly will be the grand finale of the whole aft. In the meantime, Uio.se of us who have been critics of Hie war need to update our think- ing. In particular, there is re- quired a reassessment of the conceit that Hanoi, which is equated with the good guy, will necessarily soon overwhelm Saigon which is equated with the baddies. A good starting point for analysis is the regime in Sai- gon. It has proved to be far more effective than even its most optimistic backers could have supposed when President Nguyen Van Thieu first took over in 1967. One impressive sign of its strength is the distribution of weapons. Something over two million carbines, rifles and au- tomatic rifles have been hand- ed out to people all over South Vietnam. Not just to soldiers under orders either. Militiamen are armed, and watchmen, and the local equivalent of Boy Scouts. But the distribution of wea- pons to the population is not a practice that comes easily In unpopular leaders of abhorrent regimes' Tire Greek Colonels don't do it, nor Gen. Franco in Spain. Ngo Dinh Diem "It's just that the proliferation of knowledge has accelerated at such a rate as to render me capable coping with Letters To The Editor comments on rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar Recently we. as a social can get very little from ence class, have studied to a preacher in discussed issues relating to but in this version of production "Jesus Christ you get the real mean- star." V.'e listened to Lite ('Sandra' Perkins) sic, some attended the a few older people bridge production, and as that we don't care about class we listened to the of Lethbridge respond to the production on the CIOC, Phone Bill Show. Aft or Star deliberation the students wrote their personal responses. thought, the reading public might appreciate hearing the views of some of ihe young adults of Lethbriuge. ''Some people feel that who will scan the pages of history is bound to realize that the world owes much to minorities. A vocal minority can be a healthy sign, (.lid intelligent a forerunner of advancement. production Jesus Christ this day of fast disappear- star is rotten, hut they libcities we are getting into listen, they ju-t hear Hi? habit of Idling things gn by and right, av, ay it is and even religious load- and labeled as 'junk.' scum to lack either the cour- is becoming n.orr important or the concern to take a today's life and I feel this stand when truth and sical will open the oyrs of are at stake. pie to the feelings of was therefore highly re- (J. (o .say the least, to "If the representatives, ot that at the recent presen- so-called establishment of Jesus Christ Super us to even try to start to there was a small enthus- about religion, why don't, minority who protested approve of tin's performance with appropri- placards' "1 think i! i1- that was not present on that oc- people are interested in but as 1 survey the facts pion. I don't think it the (rase I find myself, in whether tliey learn it in a ai. least, standing up to opera or in a church matters is they are turned on lo Ciod, not (Hob "If people: would just quite agree with the "con- down and LISTKN to tho parents" that any strike and music they would certainly see tho beauty nf it.'1 tho school teachers in the Lctbbridge area would have an effect, on our children's 'I attended tho concert and thought it u ;LS However, the right to strike is a legislated right 'Grant, tho teachers. Both parties "Those who protest seem at the bargaining table and think modern religion dors are aware of where an belong in a iimdrni society." (13 [i can lead. With regard lo the S 1.000 dis- "The older generation is bchvocn Edmonton-Cal- ing to put us down. They tell us all (he time lo go to church but soir.e of us don't iikc and Lelhbridge teachers and the references to fire fight crs, we too suffer this disparity way churches are organized today. We should learn a larger amount and certainly support the teaches in the way we want." (C. F. "I ihink it should not how we learn religion. To 1 know all means the Marv I In'hes are doing an audio-visual "In Hie past, religion on Floetwood School which i.s now torn down. We .Croat ly decreased in our lives. Only lately has it. returned in full force The rock to use pictures showing events over Ihe years, starting linn. Any photographs left IHprd DM-, lot i Cathy us will be returned as soon they are copied info slides. readers let us intor- "Here I-, ;i way to them about their days at Jesus the he Ix-auliful old structure? "Sou'M1 argue that the they know someone we could talk to? Please help us. tion is wrong for it is not according to hiMorira! rlata. LKSKIW AND Ihink Ihi-- is not so for the STKPPLK, called cNad hislorie.il data of llamillon Junior contradicted throughout School books. (Frauds Jesus because we don't wan! to read and memorize the Bible. But we have found other ways to study.'1 (Susan Grave- land) "If society feels religion is be counted in that minority. What are the facts concern- ing Super Slar? Super Star is a non-C'liristian attempt lo launch a highly successful com- mercial venture. It is no! his- torically correct and therefore presents a warped picture. Kv- is reduced in a purely physical level which causes eerUiin lo hcn-der nn Ihe blasphemous. e s u s Chrisl Super Slar. this insecure, ir- resoluie pimpcl of man's crea- tion is not Chi-iM. the Divine h-on of (i'.'d I have rersonally known and served tiirse UK ny years. Nor is he the Christ whom the If you have any doubts on this score take dov.n the old book and read for yourself. You can discover llic real Jesus as I did. RKV. T. ROYrROKT their quest to remove same. We agree that our teachers are as qualified as those in Calgary or Edmonton. We also insist that our fire fighters are also as qualified as our counterparts in the major cities. As to the 10 per cent figure quoted with reference to our collective bargaining, we are not aware of il, but certainly would like to start out froiii thai position. In conclusion, a teacher strike Is a possibility and if it occurs, we will most certainly sup- port our teachers' choice of the compulsory arbitration proced- ures we are under. This has not been the answer for us entire- ly, nor would il lor Ihe tea- chers in my opinion, for com- pulsory arbitration has tailed in Australia and the mediation commission of British Colum- bia has not been an unqualified success. Perhaps [he lies in the removal of unjiisi dispari- ties .such as eited. I also agree that the delay tactic is very frustrating nnd our leachers are certainly to he. commended for working with- out, a contract. Gooil luck leaches W. T. WII.LKTTS, Presidenl, Alberla t'ne Fighters .ViS. Letbbridge. importanl to man, why doesn't it let its youth learn in their own (Judy Roman- chuk.i "Most people say how awful if is but the ones that wcnl to il looked like they were really enjoying themselves.'' i.lanct Hartley I "You can get so ir.uch from this record much more than church has given me.'' (T. B.I "Doesn't the law say some- thing about free i David Totli) "Most teenagers say they would return lo church and re- ligion if the could worship in their own ways." (Cam .Mac- Lennan i "I witnessed a miracle I le-Miagcrs silling together with their parents and enjoy- ing religion as it should be." i Nancy Foulen "Perhaps people are insulted by such comments as. '.Jesus is a fool.' 'He i.s a puppet.' and they tell him to. 'Get out.' Rut those who are insulted must listen to it all and Ihcy v see the whole ugly scene of (he crucifixion as even the Bible portrays it." i Donna Atkins) "Xo! long ago we didn't want to go church and parents weren't happy. Now we want religion and parents slill aren't happy." I Diane Kovacs) "Turning kids on lo religion? Not likely? Jesus Christ Super- star has done exactly this mir- acle and thank your lucky stars for it." (Cheryl Seines) SOCIAL SCIENCE CLASS, GILBERT PATERSON SCHOOL. Lethbridgc. wouldn't hear of it even In his palmiest days as president of Koulh Vietnam. To me, at least, the willing- ness of the Thieu regime to pass out weapons in the most remote parts of the country is an unmistakable sign of strength, ft shows that the re- gime has crossed Uie first threshold of legitimacy. II has achieved general acceptance. On lop of general acceptance, Ihere are specific areas of im- provement The economy has picked up considerably wit- ness an arresl of inflation and the development of a rice sur- plus for the first lime in years. Administrative control over Ihe population has also increased, as evinced by Ihe large turnout for Presidenl Thieu in Uie Oct. 3 election. Lastly the South Vietnamese army seems lo have become a more formidable force. In Laos earlier this year, and then at Snoul in Cambodia, South Viet- namese units broke under fire from North Vietnamese troops and ran into ambushes that took a heavy toll. At Krek in Cambodia last month Ihe same kind of battle seemed to be developing. But on lhat occasion the South Viet- nrme.se held. Air and artillery support was brought up. The North Vietnamese gave way and took heavy casualties- As that encounter the leaders of North Vietnam have not been immune to cost- ly mistakes. They have reject- ed several offers to parley that could have been translated into something very close to their objectives. If, is not. surprising that. Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh, wriling in the latest issue of the theoretical journal Hoc Tap, seems to call for more diplomatic Initiatives from Hanoi. On the military side, the Communists suffered enormous losses in the Tet offensive in 3968. Moreover, as Don Ober- doerfer shows in his recent book on the Tet offensive, al- most, the entire burden fell on those forces the Communists could least afford to spare. That is on the native South Vietnamese guerrillas w h o have proved extremely hard lo replace. No douijl the other side has rebuilt considerably since then. II may well be that Ihe present low level of fighting against American forces expresses a d e 1 i b e r a I e husbanding of strength a policy of wailing to move until a more opportune time when there arc fewer American troops on the ground. But thai surmise could well be wrong. II is at least possible Ihal the North Vietnamese forces do not have the power to moinil a sustained effort in South Vietnam at this lime. The point of all this is not lhat the critics of the war have been wrong slill less Ural iis defenders have been right. The poinl is nobody should at- tach derisive iniporlancc lo The-e of u.s who have been critical arc apt to look foolish if uo assume Ihi' Saigon regime is in for an early death. Poli- tically, indeed, it is a mistake lo keep using Vietnam a toueiiMcne of Mil that is wrong foreign policy. In lie il in he on the merits nf Ihe r n'ar case, not merely reference to Viet- m. Bv the s'Miie token. Ihe de- fenders of the war in this ad- ministration ard the last one cannoi vindication merely in present cirenmst.T'i'es. The losses sustained by Ihi.s coun- try in men. in morale, and in economic and social momen- tum are probably just- ification. Ku'ii the Xixon ad- cannot censifler it- self home-free until all the Amcricnn pris -UTS