Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thimdoy, November 14, Liberals can expect NDP support A 'new9 publication There used to be a magazine called Alberta A Land for Lvinng. It was published by the provincial govern- ment, and its purpose was to ensure that Albertans and others, of course were adequately informed as to certain social and economic facts, to publicize the interests and activities of various governmental agencies, and in general to keep be- fore its citizens the manifold advan- tages of living in tills particular prov- ince. Publication started in 1969. and it was planned there would be two issues a year, spring and fail. That was more than plenty, according to opposition MLAs, who roundly damned the mag- azine as an instrument of blatant pro- government propaganda and a wicked waste of taxpayers' money. Their dis- approval was voiced with special veh- emence during the 1971 election cam paign, and accompanied by a prom- ise that if perhaps they said 'when' elected, they would forth- with see this pernicious publication received its quietus. they did. In October 1971, during the first sitting of the new leg- islature, the newly elected govern- ment announced it had ordered the demise of the offending journal, not neglecting to point out that this action would redeem an election promise and also save the taxpayer some money. The redemption of a promise is al- ways gratifying. One hopes there was significant savings, too, because just the other day the government an- nounced you guessed it! that it planned to publish a provincial mag- azine. Doubtless it can afford to do Peron returns The 77-year-old former dictator of Argentina, Juan Peron, is returning to his native land after 17 years exile. Rumor has it that he is somewhat reluctant to leave his third wife and his apartment in Madrid, but has been taunted into doing so by the tricky manoeuvring of current Presi- dent Lanusse. Argentina has had four military presidents, and three civilian ones, since Peron's departure. The coun- try's economy hasn't been prosperous since then. It was not prosperous be- fore he left either, but many Argen- tinians think with nostalgia of the time when they had the charismatic Eva Peron around to worship and even after her death when Peron gave them a feeling of belonging, and involvement. Peron's Judicialist party has been active during his absence, but with- out the Peronist myth, the revival- ist type meetings, the whole emo- tional build-up, it has been relegated to the basement in the Argentinian political spectrum, until very recent- ly. The last election in Argentina took place in 1966; there is to be another in 1973. President Lanusse, knowing that there is a need to lay the spectre of Peronism in its grave, that it can- not be ignored, is counting on pulling the rug from under the Judicialists, by testing the slippery floor beneath it. There is no successor of Peron's stature in the party. Lanusse is con- fident that Peron will be unable to find one who will be able to pull the polyglot Judicialists together in a workable opposition. If he doesn't, the once powerful Peronist faction will die out by the simple process of frag- mentation. Lanusse is taking a calculated risk In the hope of exorcising the devil. It will probably pay off when the elec- tions scheduled for March 1973 are held. Brezhnev remembers Reports of serious food shortages in Russia, leading to the hoarding of fruits, vegetables, and potatoes, are growing every day. The problem has been caused not only by bad wea- ther leading to an unsatisfactory har- vest, but also because funds which might have gone into increasing agri- cultural production have been as- signed to industry. It is reported that the Soviet bud- get managers have allocated a whop- ping S24 billion to agricultural needs for 1973. This investment priority will certainly have the enthusiastic ap- proval of Party Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, a key figure in formulating Soviet agricultural policy. Mr. Brezh- nev is unlikely to forget that it was the failure of Russian agricul- ture to produce enough food for the people, that forced his predecessor, Mr. Khruschev, out of the Kremlin into the boondocks beyond Moscow. Pedagogical ponderings By Ed I like MLA Dick Gruenwald's Idea of giving educational vouchers to parents thereby permitting them to select the school that best meets the needs of their child. Among other things, the plan would en- courage parents to take a greater interest In their children's education. And, it would compel schools to examine the effective- ness of their teachers and their programs more closely. Schools which were unable to attract students would just have to close their doors. The plan, of course, is im- practical and unworkable because many areas of the province have only one school within hailing distance of a bus. I just can't get excited when I hear or read about a few students from a parti- cular school who get high grades on a set of examinations. Virtually any school can do that get a few brilliant kids to achieve high grades. What I want to hear about is the school that gels the same results with ils average and below average students. But, you never hear oubout those kids, do you? Any school that can do that is a good school. And, there just aren't many of them. Teachers are overworked. At least, the good ones are. The university professor is said to be overworked if he teaches classes for 10 hours a week. And, maybe he is. But an elementary or secondary school teacher teaches 25 to 30 hours a week. He attends mcelings, makes up tests, corrects papers, reads in his field, engages in extra- curricular activities and presents four or more exciting and challenging classes each day. Under those conditions any excite- ment or enthusiasm thai is generated in class is purely accidental. It bothers me that of the hundreds ot thousands of dollars donated by privala Individuals and organizations to education each year, almost none of It goes to ele- mentary or secondary schools. And yet that Li where It's ronlly needed and where it benefits the greatest number of youngsters. 'Hie Allwrta department of education provides grunts for cafeterias to school? with a student population of at least 600. Since there are virtually no rural schools with such a large student population, no rural schools get these grants. They all tend to go to the large city schools. This means that rural kids, many of whom tra- vel up to 50 miles a day, are deprived of hot lunches and wholesome meals. From the time they enter school till they finish twelve years later they have to rely on dried-out sandwiches. Talk about blatant discrimina- tion! After almost a half century of research and study and countless thousands of dol- lars being spent, educationalists still can't seem to come to any common agreement as to who is or who is not a good teacher. Funny thing, students don't seem to have that problem at all. A lot of reasons have been advanced lo account for the decreasing enrolment of students at universities. But the one rea- son that has been overlooked, and the one that probably best explains it is most kids are sick and tired of going to school. And it's easy to understand when you rea- lize thai a youngsler in Grade 12 who Is 18 years old has spent two-thirds of his life in classrooms. Another four years of much the same is just too much for many of them. Aside from inconsequential notices about home and school meetings, parent-teach- er days and the like, alMiit Hie only lime Ihat Ihe school communicates with parents is when the child is in some kind of diffi- culty. Seldom, if ever, docs Iho school phone or write parents to commend Ihem on Ihe child's achievements in some facet of school life. A phone call from the school is like a phone call from the police. It almost always moans trouble. I agree with Gordon MacMurchy that, "Parents should have free access lo every classroom anytime." Before that will ever happen, however, teachers will have to overcome their scnsllivily to the presence of parents in the classroom. And, schools will have lo slop being so darned defensive and make feel welcome. By Peter Dcsbarats, Toronto Star Ottawa commenlalor OTTAWA decision of the New Democratic Party lo hold meetings of its federal council and caucus in Toronto only two weeks after the elec- ''mini-convention" of Ihe party, in effect, with a po- tential attendance of about 150 people from across the coun- the delicacy and difficulty of the task that lies ahead for David Lewis. Many of the future difficulties were apparent in the party's analysis of the vote on Oct. 30. Despite the increase in NDP representation in the new Par- liament, the election result showed a number of areas of weakness for Ihe party. Losses in Saskatchewan, for instance, were a reminder that areas of provincial strength on the Prairies and in British Colum- bia cannot be taken for granted in federal elections. The party's poor showing in Quebec and most parts of Ihe Marilimes, while expected, highlighted the paradox of a socialist party unable lo establish itself firmly in regions where economic con- ditions should create favorable conditions for its development. The decline of the NDP in Quebec Ihis year contributed to the party's inability to increase its share of the national vote at a time when economic condi- tions and its own leader's cam- paign were creating hopes for some sort of breakthrough. This situation is unlikely to change for the next election. Particularly in view is the de- cision of Raymond Lalibcrte, who led the NDP in Quebec and in the 1972 campaign, to submit his resignation as leader and to suggest lhal the party in Que- bec, once again, should reorga- nize and "start from scratch" lo gain support from Quebec workers. Laliberte frankly told party members from other provinces at the meeting in Toronto that he accepted responsibility for the 1972 result in Quebec as the most recent of a succession of intellectuals who have led the party nowhere in that province. He said that the party must find leadership among the Que- bec working class and that he intends to promote this develop- ment himself, hopefully in time to locate a new leader for the next election. In English-speaking Canada, where one out of four voters chose the NDP, the 1072 elec- tion showed that the party still cannot realize its full potential on election day. As in previous elections, the party reached a higher degree of support during Ihe campaign, according lo all the polls, than It was able to mobilize in the actual vote. Many Canadians who are sympathetic to the NDP during a campaign evidently still find it difficult lo bring themselves to the point of voting socialist when they are confronted with the ballot. A new area of concern emerged for the NDP this time in polls showing that while its support among male voters in- creased from 20 to 25 per cent between 1968 and 1972, Its ap- peal to women voters remained almost unchanged at 17 per cent. These and other factors evi- dent in tire 1972 result have given Lewis reason to be cautious in his approach to the future. He has already been criticized for being too moder- ate when he appeared on tele- vision last Nov. 2 after Prime Minister Trudeau had an- nounced his Intention to stay in office. Even his decision to follow Trudeau's performance before the cameras that night in the press conference theatre of Ot- tawa's National Press building, when Conservative leader Stanfield stayed away from the proceedings, has since been at- tacked. Lewis claims that Ms agree- ment to appear that night was made after he understood that Stanfield had given similar commitment. In any case, the event and its subsequent inter- pretation revealed how warily all party leaders will have lo tread in the next few months. Speaking to his own party a few days later, Lewis appeared to make an effort to counteract the impression left on tele- vision, predicting that the new Parliament will be short-lived and that "a campaign will come shortly." But even in this speech of Nov. 5 lo the political action committee of the Ontario Fed- eration of Labor, Lewis hinted at his own inclinations during Ihe coming session of Parlia- ment. His comments about the and the rag bag of polilical failures he has gathered around were tougher and on a more personal level than his criticism of the Liberal government. "If Trudeau's government be- comes more sensitive to the needs of the Canadian Lewis said on that occasion, "it will he a repentance that we will encourage and continuously hold before them." There is certainly some ex- pectation within the NDP at Ibis slage lhal the Liberals will be "pragmatic" about meeting NDP demands for economic changes that will increase em- ployment, reduce taxes for indi- vidual taxpayers and assist pen- sioners. Lewis is also transmitting sig- nals to indicate the NDP's prac- tical approach to the new ses- sion. There is every indication already that channels of com- munication between the two parties will be more extensive, at least in the immediate fu- ture, than between the Con- servatives and the NDP. Sunday West Germany votes on Brandt or Barzel Herald News Editor Klaus Pohle recently spent two weeks travelling extensively throughout West Germany, under the auspices of the Bonn government, to observe first- hand cultural econmoic and political conditions or the di- vided central European coun- try. BONN Unsmiling, craggy- faced Chancellor Willy Brandt stares down at you. Stern and statesman-like, yet with a com- passion and humanity that is ham to resist. The caption underneath proclaims: "Those who seek reforms tomorrow must fight for them today." It is an election poster for the West German leader's govern- ing Social Democratic party. Former Christian Democratic Chancellor Ludwig Erhart, white-haired and as pudgy as ever, assails spiralling infla- tion. Nearly 80 now, Dr. Erhart is still revered by Germans as the architect of the economic miracle, which raised Germany from the ashes of utter defeat in 1945 to unparalled prosper- ity, no unemployment and eco- nomic and political power in less than 20 years. Erhart is joyied by none other than the former wizard of Social Demoratic economics and kingpin of the Brandt gov- ernment, former Economics Minister Karl Schiller. Togeth- er they remind the German housewife coffee costs about S2 a pound, jam about SI.15 a jar and an indifferent cut of steak between S3 and ft is an election ad for the Christian Democratic Union, which is fighting hard to rc- gan its traditional control of the West German government. Both arc microcosms of a tough, sometimes bitter, elec- tion campaign that ends Sunday. The Brandt government of Social Democrats and Free Democrat1; is emphasizing for- eign policy: Its spectacular suc- cess in reaching accords willi East Germany, the Soviet Un- ion and Poland, the general casing of tensions in Central Europe and the Berlin Ireatics. The Nobel prize winning Brandt is cast in the role of the peace- maker, who has led his nation from the dark, stormy era o[ everlasting threat of war, inln the sunny, warm climes of everlasting peace. Capitalizing on Brandt's com- paratively poor economic rec- ord (over six per cent inflation and less than three per cent growth ol the dross National I'roducl) the opposition has innde !ho economy il.s number oae (..iinpiiign issue. Theirs is n powerful, all per- argument, bolstered by the defection from the Brandt party of Dr. Schiller, ostensi- bly over economic motives. Dr. Schiller was a sufficiently pow- erful figure in German politics Letters To The Editor By Klans Pohlc, Herald News Editor Jour years ago that he was credited with single-handedly winning the election for the So- cial Democrats. But for all the political clout Salutes old Central School Whenever I pass Central School during these demolition days, I have a feeling of nostal- gia. I think of our children and their friends happily trotting off to school during the years 1937- 1951. I think, too, of the home and school meetings, the art exhibits, the open nights and the school concerts, which we attended. As the walls come tumbling down may I, on be- half of the parents whose sons and daughters walked its halls, salute the old school and ac- knowledge the significant con- tribution it has made to the quality of our urban life. I was born in Glasgow (Soct- land) and received my early education at the Glasgow High School. The school was in the heart of the city, which meant commuting by train twice daily. All grades were taught. For at least five and probably eight centuries this school has occup- ied a prominent place in the educational life of the city.The original building, on the present site, was constructed in 1846 and was occupied for the first 20 years by the Academy for the Sons of Gentlemen; it was taken over in 1878 by the High School of Glasgow and later re- constructed. Today, only the original frontage remains. A first class stone cleaning and a comprehensive flood light- Ing of this "magnificent facade" has been suggested as a monu- ment to the architect, Charles Wilson, and as 2 reminder of the school's long and distin- guished record. Our Central School, though still appearing to be a pretty solid structure, seems to have had its day. But congratula- tions to the interested citizens who fought for the preservation of the bell lower. May I suggest that a place be found on the university campus for this his- torical artifact as a link with the past and a monument to the pioneers of education in Lethbridge. fn planning and building for the future let us not forget the value of all that has gone be- fore. D. STEVENSON Lelh bridge Against licence hike Our benevolent masters, province-wise, have once again slruck al a minority of Ihe pub- lic, namely those who enjoy and own snowmobiles. It will now cost to a year to license ami insure the vehicles lo use them for parks, game preserves, community pastures and Ihe like. Prior lo this year we were Informed thai a licence was good for Iho life of Ihe ve- hicle but unt'sr Ihe Con.scrva- livcs the minister of highways, an expert of course on .snowmo- biles, bus seen the possibility of rooking Ibc public of a few more thousand dollars and so the licence must now be renew- ed each year. He not only loves the snowmobilcrs but he must now sec lhal. they arc protected from themselves. This means Ihat now n family on limilcd income with two or Ihrcc machines will give up Iho sport because of Copilhornc and liis firrcd while al Ihe same lime governments an; .spending many Inx- dollars trying In pro- mole recreation. Had the FLQ directed their activities toward certain of Can- ada's so-called leaders they could well have deserved pub- lic support. DISGUSTED SNOWMOBJLER Raymond Use Kcal bells This letter is addressed lo tho yomi" mother I saw driving with her small child in tho front scat. The liidcllcr was standing up beside her without a scat belt, or car scat. What a dangerous place for that lit- tle one lo be! The smallest jolt and flown she goes, knocking her face against Ihe dash board and causing unnecessary pain and injury. Please, don't wait until you've learned your lesson Iho hard way secure your child firmly before you start the car mid give your full attention lo your diriving. Ixithbridgf) the CDU's economic campaign is having, the parly faces one severe drawback: its leader and candidate for chancellor, Rainer Barzel. Everywhere one goes in West Germany one hears this: "If the Christian Democrats win the election, it will be not be- cause of, but in spite of Bar- zel." There is no doubt that Barzel is one of the most unpopular leaders produced by post-war Germany. Chancellor Brandt is having an easier time of living up to his public relations image of the compassionate, peace pipe- smoking statesman. The three years of his administration have been devoted mainly to those roles, as has his cam- paign. Dr. Barzcl, on the other hand, Is having some considerable dif- ficulty, living up to liis "as- signed role" as a dynamic mod- ern manager. Most agree Ihat Barzel is more politically-astute than Brandt and that he is an excel- lent technician; but most also have some trouble trusting the 48-year-old lawyer. The adjeclives most often heard to describe Dr. Barzcl are or "slippery as an eel" or "arrogant." Foreign Minister Waller Scheel, head of Ihe Free Demo- crats, junior partner in the gov- ernment coalition, has over- come early charges of inex- perience and has gained a rep- utation as a tough and earnest negotiator, who has made sig- nificant contributions to the chancellor's cherished "Osl- polilik." His party Is hoping lor about seven per cent of the popular vole this time, compared with 5.7 per cent in 1969. The Free Democrats may surprise themselves and poll significantly more. Many people, especially So- cial Democrats, who are un- happy wilh Brandt's economic policies plan to vole for the liberal Free Democrats, thus displaying their displeasure at rising prices but maintaining the coalition In power. These people see little danger of a Christian Democratic Free Democratic coalition. But much lo the chagrin o[ the government, the Christian Democratic economic cam- paign has overshadowed Brandt's foreign policy accom- plishments. While most Germans are proud of Brandt's accomplish- ments in foreign affairs (polls show 80 per cent approval) it is the bread-and butter issues which will decide the fate of his government. While most observers scs Brandt as a slight favorite, the real danger is thai the elec- tion Sunday will produce the same sort of stalemate it was called to resolve. If that happens it may be disastrous for the Social Demo- crats in the long run. It Is feared by Brandt sup- porters that the West German voler, having tried the chan- cellor's reform-minded and "radical ways" and having seen political and economic in- stability result, will swing mas- sively back to the Christian Democrats, slill remembered fonrMy as Ihe non-inflation par- ty that gave West Germany 20 years of peace, prosperity and stability. But, whichever party wins, Ihe consequences will not be as dire as predicted by the other. Barzel's election would not be an "international disaster" as Brandt has claimed, just as democracy will not end wilh Brandt's re-elcclion, as some opposition members have claimed. The latter charge has made some points for the opposition. It is not Brandt that some peo- ple fear so much as the racM- cal, youth-wing of Ihe parly, which Ihe chancellor has had some difficulty controlling. These are only side issues. It will be the personalities of the chancellor and his main oppo- nent, Dr. Barzcl, and the bread- and-butter issues that affect Iho pockctbooks of each and every voter thai will dclerminc (ho ultimate polilical stability of West Germany for a number of years lo come. The lethbridge Herald KM 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBHIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprlclors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clan Mad Registration No. 0017 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Ncwspaoir Association and tho Audll Ourcau of Circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publlshir THOMAS H. ADAMS, Cenerai Manager DON FILLING WILLIAM HAY Mannglno Editor Aisochln Editor ROY F. MILES DOUG1 Aj K. WAI KER MvMtlilno Managir idlloniM Pam Elllor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"