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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBR1DGE HERALD _ Fridov, November 54, 1972 A most welcome demise An editorial in these columns three years ago, just prior to the 1SB9 West German election, referred to what was then a very serious ap- prehension, in Germany and else- There was then the real pos- s.cilily of. the neo-Nazi National Dem- ocratic Party (in German, the NDP) gaining a place in the Bundestag, the German equivalent of our House 01 Commons. Under German elec- toral rales, this would require that the NDP poll at least five per cent of the total vote cast. At the tie, the fears seemed real enough, be- cause in stale elections during the preceding year the NDP secured seats in no less than seven 'of the 11 state legislatures. As it turned out, the NDP failed to achieve the needed five per cent; their 4.3 cent share of the 33 mil- lion votes cast was disturbingly close, but still insufficient. There were wide- spread expressions of relief, mixed here and there with uneasy obser- vations that there were still nearly one and a half million Germans pre- pared to support a political party that welcomed ex-Nazis and openly es- poused much of the cant that char- acterized the ill-starred Third Reich. In the 1972 West German election just concluded, little was heard of the NDP, at least from this distance. Of much greater significance, both in Germany and internationally, was the foreign policy advocated by Chancel- lor Brandt and his Social Democra- tic Party, a policy of outreach to- wards Eastern Europe in general, and towards East Germany and Rus- sia in particular. In the general gratification that has greeted Ihe resounding endorsation of that policy, it has gone almost un- noliced that support for the NDP and neo-Nazism has practically van- ished. When Ihe vote was finally tallied, it was found that together all splinter parties and the NPD can be so classified gained less than one per cent of the total vote, less than a sixth of the support they received in 1969. Certainly it is good news that a policy of friendliness towards East- ern Europe has found favor in Ger- many. It is just as good news and in the long run may be just as im- portant that the NPD is a spent force in German politics. Protest TV violence The protest following the with- drawal of the popular TV program Sesame Street is a healthy sign reg- istered by concerned parents. But are parents as vocal in protesting the growing incidence of violence being tubed into their living rooms or have people become calloused to glorified L .vne? Is this entertainment? Should children be exposed to manhandling, murder and bloodshed where a gun is whisked about as freely as cut- lery1? Criminals used to be adult law- breakers. More recently the age bracket has decreased to the teen and elementary school level. And if present trends continue even the pre- mav devise their own ver- sion of 'just for kicks.' News reports of children involved in crime are heartbreaking. Patterns set in early years will be both diffi- cult and costly to correct requiring t services of trained per- sonnel in counselling and rehabilita- tion. Failure to respond could result in a life-long liability. A report of four Philadelphia boys, aged 10, 11, 12 and 13 terrorizing an 84-year-old widow in her apartment for four long days while they beat, stripped, raped, tortured, burned and robbed her are almost unbelievable; so is the report from New York of the three boys, from 10 to 12, charged with raping a seven-year-old girl and hurling her body to the ground from the roof of a six storey tenement house. Why this growing cruelty amongst the very young? Is it the result of a diet of glamorized crime and cruel- ty beamed right into living rooms where the turn of the TV switch ush- ers in a ban-age of shooting, fist- fighting and mugging so repetitive it becomes almost dull. Is it not time concerned parents used discretion in the selection of programs and, better still, penned a protest against violence on the ERIC NICOL The voter's syndrome In Vancouver, B.C., where I live, we have had a provincial election, a federal elec- tion, a U.S. federal election (the city is close enough to the border to feel the and a municipal election, all within a few months. This Is why the prospect of another, run- off federal election in the near future ag- gravates the convulsive twitch of the fin- gers that hold the ballot pencil. Having to listen to one more electoral campaign will complete the shriveling of the outer ear to dried apricot. For eye- balls already rolling dangerously one more session of watching candidates smile on TV will turn ours into a city of Marty Feldmans. I have voted conscientiously in all the elections except the American one, with the result that when a waitress handed me the menu the other day I automatical- ly pencilled an X beside the cold turkey. I then folded the menu, took it to the head- writer and walked out v.ith a vague sense of having done my duty. This voters' syndrome is marked by olh- er undesirable conduct. For example, when my small son asked me to play a bedtime gcme of nnughls and crosses, I struck him, rr" 2r violently. Disturbed by these behavioral anoma- lies, I consulted a psychiatrist who spe- cinlizes in trauma caused by an excess of electoral process, Dr. Knot Pollergast. Dr. Poltergast assured me that my condition was by no means unusual, that an appre- ciable percentage of the population was suffering from the overdose of junk mail and other apparatus associated with voting. "The withdrawal symptoms are jusl be- ginning to hit he told me. "All of a sudden people find themselves unable to initiate communication with others by say- ing, 'Well, who's going to win the elec- Many of them have forgotten how to talk about their other complaints." Dr. Poltergast confirmed that the surfeit of political promises ingested by voters during successive campaigns this fall has raised the cholesterol level of the mind well above danger point. "All that pie in the he said, "adds up to a polysaturated fat chance." f mentioned that I had been in the polling station an elementary school basement often that I was thinking of asking for a locker. "A routine he said. "You don't need to worry till you find yourself slip- ping notes to the polling station officer that have nothing to do with the ballot. This can be the beginning of an unhappy relationship." I asked Dr. Poltergast if in his opinion it would be detrimental to the nation's men- tal health if the House of Commons dis- solved for another federal election in the near future. "Without question. Another, immediate eight week campaign, with the media displaying Mr. Stanfield in jubilant mood, could be enough to destroy the sanity of the mentally he said. "Persons who arc now merely strumming their low- er lip will add a rhythm section by bang- ing their heads against the wall." On humanitarian grounds alone, there- fore, Parliament should seek a modus vi- vcndi ralher than soon go again to the country that is short on mental institu- tions. It must recognize that there Is an alternative to Canada's going Tory, or Lib- eral, or NDP, or Social Credit. It could go bananas. My name is not Chiquila but I am here to say: Give it a rest, guv. One of the clecl Ily The dream of every bnscball nut is lo was happily ensconced in his sent at tho "Things are looking up I'm only in European Community, one voice rjy G. L. Kulzfoerger, Now York Times commentator PARIS The emphasis of U.S. foreign policy imist irsvU- ably shift back to Europe early in President Nixon's second term. There arc Lhrcc compell- ing reasons for this The newly enlarged Common Market is eager to adjust eco- -nomic relationships with Amer- ica and strong enougli to insist on doing so. A European secur- ity conference including and East, the United Slates and Russia, is scheduled (o start soon. And NATO must plan force goals and strategy on the basis of these developments plus the assumption that an all- volunteer U.S. army will pare Ihe American garrison on the continent. It is necessary (o arrange modalities for a changing trans- atlantic relationship. Now Lhat the European Community has nine members, including Brit- ain, and is strengthening ils commission, it hopes to speak as an equal and with a single voice in its dealings wilh Wash- ington not with nine separate voices in bilateral talks. However, neither the Com- munity nor the United Stales are yet accustomed to this idea. Indeed, Nixon himself showed confusion in a message he sent on Oct. 28 after the Commu- nity's Paris summit. In one sentence he noted it was "of tbe highest importance that the Unilcd States and Eur- ope work closely together" and welcomed "the Community's de- clared intent to maintain a con- structive forthcoming dialogue." But in another sentence he re- affirmed the U.S. commitment "to work with the members of the European community." The difference in phraseology or "Members" not regarded here as a minor matter of semantics. It involves a primordial decision: will Washington negotiate with ttie Common Market as an in- stitution or wilh representatives of its nine component members? The answer cannot be decid- ed in Washington. Alone, the European Community must give sufficient authority to ils recently invigorated commis- sion to spsak for an organiza- tion that represents Ihe world's greatest trading power. And this still remains lo be done. .lean Monnet, Ihe 84-year-old Frenchman who is the Commu- nity's grandfather, insists "it is e-sential that relations between the U.S. and Europe should be on a basis of equality; there- fore Europe must speak as one. Of c o u r s e Ihe Community doesn't have its own nuclear force as such; but on an econo- mic and monetary basis it is certainly the equal of the Uni- ted Stales although its sepa- rate members are not." For this reason the Commu- nity members must accustom themselves to negotiating as a unified bloc. Even then, Mon- net feels, the problems to Ire settled between tlu's continent and tiie United States are so complex and difficult that they may easily take much more than four years of another presidential term to arrange. He believes the best way to slart is by creating an .organ- ization representing the two as equals the U.S. and the Com- munity. This would maintain permanent contact and contin- ual consultation between re- sponsible American cabinet ministers and members of the European commission. The dialogue would have to begin with the complex of mon- etary and economic questions. Only after they are resolved can the suggested organization move on to political and mili- tary matters. But serious dif- ferences on economic issues ex- ist. Monnet thinks it is neces- sary lo create a positive psychological atmosphere eras- ing all thoughts of superiority in the U.S. or of inferiority in Europe by establishing "true equality of approach." "The United Stales, with its great power, for a long time favored the construction of Eur- he says, "then, in the face of the hesitation of the Euro- pean countries to unite togeth- er, more recently especially in the matter of currencies some people in the United States came to think that Euro- pean union was an illusion. But they are beginning to recognize that the monetary problem can be settled only by United Eur- ope dealing collectively with the United States." For Monnet the habit of trans- atlantic consultation on a basis of parity between Washington and "Europe" speaking as a unit can alone erase accumu- lated suspicions: for exa m p 1 e the European view that Amer- ica is "domineering" and the American view that Europe is "protectionist." He adds: "Am- erica must accept the idea of equality. But Europe must move from a state of division and in- feriority to unity and equality." Obviously this is going to take a long time but the first step is plain: Europe must name rep- resentatives empowered to ne- gotiate for the community and then propose the needed con- sultation. The results could ul- timately provide the foundation for a new era in the West. The Washington Post and job bias By Carl T. Rowan, U.S. syndicated commentator in n World Scries game. The Rev, Keith Churchill, minister of I-' Baptist Church in came close Lo having his drcnm fulfilled. He wns in the San Francisco Bay area nt World Series lime in October. Having Oakland Collixcum on that lll-fntod Tues- day evening when with blue skies nil around the ruin cnme and washed out the gnme. That's lo make one wonder If the Lord Inily loves His own or If Mr. managed to pick up n scalper's ticket ho Churchill is one of the clccL WASHINGTON Probably EO newspaper in America has been more consislenlly eloquent in deploring job discrimination in government and private in- dustry, or in allacking Presi- dent Nixon for exploiting ra- cism and bigolry during llio re- cent election campaign, than the Washington Post. Understandably, then, no one in this town is happier lhan members of the Nixon admin- istration to see the Federal Equal Employment Opporlunily Commission (EEOC) support a complaint that Ine Post is guilty of discrimination against blacks in hiring, promotion and job as- signment. And no one could be more chagrined than those top offi- cials at the Post who think o[ themselves as 1'beral trail-blax.- crs, far out ahead of the rest of their profession in their use of and concern for minorities. So .stunned arc some people around tbe Post thai Ihcy have adopl- ed an arrogant posture of damn- ing the EEOC report as unjusti- fied. They assort that they will not engage in "conciliation'' lo remove the discriminations that ICfCOC found to exist. ft all adds up lo n .small tragedy, for one mighl hope lhat if aspiring black journalists aro to get inlo a public brawl, it will not be wilh one of their best friends in Ihe media. Yd, (he more compelling truth is that if blacks cannot a fail- shake out. of one of Ihe mitsl en- lightened of newspapers, I ho fu- ture Is truly blonk. So this dial- lengc to the Post could become n gloomy lurbinncr of Iliini's lo come for minorities in Ihc: Meld Of communications. The EEOC report leaves no doubt Lhal, however far ahead of other newspapers the Post may be, or may consider itself to be, it falls far short o[ the ideals it espouses in ils editor- ials. EEOC found that on the Post's commercial payroll Uio all Caucasian categories in- clude editorial and copy writ- ers and readers, engineers, en- gravers and other jouiieymen, and roadmen. Yet, in the jani- tors ard general workers cate- go-y Iherc were C4 blacks and one Caucasian. The mechanical payroll listed 102 Caucasian and jio Negro pressmen, 21 Cauca- sian and no Negro machinists, Youth too set By Dim Oakley, NEA service In an interview slightly less lhan a month before bis fatal heart attack, baseball great Gil Hodges made an interesting ob- sorvalion on youth loday. He snid, "They seem more set in their ways. They don't lake in- struction." Now being rigid and set in their ways supposedly is Ihe province of Ihe over-Ms who make up (he suspect Establish- ment. Is it possible lhat the generation that is going lo right the world's wrongs lacks a ma- jor tool for llio lask? This is Flexibility, and Ihis fines- not mean a wi.shy-w.ishy Charlie Brown nltilnilc. As n wise professor once said, over and over again, "You've got lo know the rules before you can brcnk Uiem cllccllvdy." 26 Caucasian and no Negro stereotypers, and 32 Negro and no Caucasian papechandlcrs. The pattern is loo much in keeping with that in govern- ment and the rest of society, where blacks are rarities in the good jobs but predominate in Ihe menial categories, for the Post lo show so much righteous indignation. I am aware that union dis- criminations and pressures arc responsible for some of those being all Cauca- sian, but it is the responsibility of the Post lo air Ihis and to challenge Ihe unio.i? instead of retreating behind protests of wounded innocence when it is accused of discrimination. Then, EEOC reports finding oughl to be particularly embarrassing to Post cxecu- lives. It says the Post "uses reference checks on an appli- cant's previous ten years' ac- tivity, but does not allow an ap- plicant Ihe opportunity to refute explain adverse references." Thai is a strange employment policy for a newspaper that speaks out repeatedly about the right of the accused to face nc- cuscr. EEOC also says that the Post requires a police clearance for only one category of workers. This Is Ihe all Negro cnlegory of paperhandler. EEOC says Ihis is on Us faro. 1 have no doubt about the doplh nnd integrity of Ihe com- mitment of (Ms Post, ownership to cqualily of opporlunlly. But il is so easy lo rnllonalize in- equity. II. is tbe prngmatlc re- quirement of not embanrnsslng lop executives that creates file kind of pathetic impasse lhat now exists. In this current mess the own- ership could decide that it again has to support the editors and executives who ore saying, "How dare they accuse But let us hope that the Post has the guls to say, "Mca that in the spirit of ils courageous editorials and car- toons it admits that it too is the victim of human dynamics which make discrimination an institutional thing that tends to perpetuate itself except where one strong leader dares lo sweep away the white ori- ented tests, tire 10 year refer- ences, the for-blacks-only police clearances and say: "To hell with all the trickeries and con- fusions; let's got on with the job of setting a bold example of equal opportunity for the na- tion." That is hard to do when you feel hurt, or when you know your enemies are laughing, but I have a hunch the Post will rise to the challenge. If it doesn't, f air employment in journalism won't stand a snow- bull's chance at the equator. Letters Request We have become greatly con- cerned about the amount of for- eign investment in Canda. We feel if this continues at such a rate we will soon become rob- bed of our national independ- ence and unity as a country. Foreign investment from the United Stales is a major prob- lem and affecls all of Canada. B.C. especially, is having its problems. The Americans are buying huge tracts of land and exploiting it for their own per- sonal benefits. Major indust- tries are controllel by the U.S. and Canada is losing it's ident- ity. But how are we going to solve this? Employment for thousands of people would be at stake and reactions to ban- ning all foreign investment would be severe if the govern- ment really decided to stop Americanization in Canada. We would like to hear readers' views on this topic'so we could gather more information and really get Lo understand how foreign investment affects Can- adians. LINDA KLASSEN GWEN JANG KARIN GfESBRBCHT LINDA ESAW Ccaldale Part of a drop Bryce Mackasey has been quoted as saying that the un- employment insurance fund de- i'icit of million is a drop in a bucket. The irrigation dis- tricts in southern Alberta are in serious need of rehabilita- tion. At the cm-rent rale of re- pair it will take 60 years to re- store projects whose life use doesn't exceed 30 years. This means (hat those people now deriving a livelihood from the benefits of irrigation will be added to the unemployed wel- fare list. It is estimated that million would be required to re- store all of the existing irriga- tion projects. This money would benefit 200.000 Albarlans, help alleviate Ihe current unemploy- ment problem and keep future generations employed. It has been eslablished that only 17 per cent of the benefits of irrigation accrue to the pro- ducer, the remaining 83 per cent goes to the rest of Canada, surely then in a lime when million is only a drop in a buck- et, onc-riflh of a drop is not too much to ask. ROGER MOORE Lethbridge Correction Out of courtesy to the kind people of southern Alberta who read things I write, I must, corvecl pail of the opening par- agraph of a recent article by me, called Apathcid in South Africa. In print, I'm quoted as say- ing, "I decided to behave as 'Ihe other foreign lords' and leave this unknown 'apartheid1 and its performance to the loc- als." In the submitted article, the sentence read, "I decided to behave as I do "in other for- eign lands" and leave (bis un- known "apartheid" to the loc- als. Since I'm generally a humble, unassuming suit of character, I should dislike the readers to think that Marian Virtue con- sidered herself a "foreign lord." Undoubtedly, [he error "in print" by The Lethbridge Her- ald was due to the fact that I'd never pass a "hand-writing" test. My apologies! MARIAN VIRTUE Lothbridgc. Disappointed Please allow me as a new- comer to express my surprise and disappointment on discov- e'.ing thai Lc'.hbridgc and the surrounding area are being de- prived of one of the most pop- ular CliC programs Ilynm Sing on Sunday afternoons. Hymn Sing is an all-Canadian production originating in Winni- peg and iLs singers are all western Canadians. Us hymns and songs arc drawn from many churches and modern composers and Ihe original set- tings of ils director, Eric Wild, are n musical and cultural treat. A recent poll showed that Hymn Sing had the eighth high- est rating of all CBC pro- grams. GERALD F. ROGERS The lethbrtdge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lclhbridgc, Alb.'rtn LETHBRIDGE HERALD 00. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN second CIBU Mall Rcnlstrallon No. 0012 Member of Tho Cflnnllnn Press and IMP Cnnndlnn Dally Newspaper Publishers' And Ihe Audit of circulation! Ct-EO W. MOWERS, Editor nnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Genornl Mnnnocr DON PILLINO WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor AKSOCllle Editor ROY F MILES DOUBI.Ai K. WALKER Mvirllilng Mnnagir ttlllnrinl rnno Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH' ;