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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRICV.E HERAID November 75, 1971 U.S. diplomats in pre-election freeze Ashing for passing 'H- i- nil I'm- its pass- m veil v. m'M'i1 lie cmnplcleugrec- on viuii i> lust taxation hc- caiisi' in tlif of nlije-c- nvitv Sonv .iiipi'oxiinalion is pos- 'inn oluiour-iv main of the peo- ple'who i in- poorost v.ill benefit t'lvn llic in'-'.. Tin- iintvi liiai tlic suffers iKi.-ic i'lsiifiiricnt study is lus consumed so tini.- .'' :L> ill'1' attempt i.i'vitiun 'llii-i'iich the Car- i.' ihf Paper to dvafis Hi' ]i there has been .iM'ii tliis matter by ivi.pic thiiii nrobablv anything I memory. It is time to at i 01; lii.n ei'ion and insight. These sii'oiu objections allegedly fiiiin. man', may deserve at- lennnn anil ai some Misiances arc neltuu it. 'be moves along, changes are hcin; made lo adjust to criticism, But it is hard not to he .suspicious lhat much of (he noise is .online from a relatively small sector who ;-ee some of their lax shelters hcin1.; demolished. They want to preserve their privileged po- sition rather than see a move to- ward a more jusi .society. All Ihe crying about Ihe difficulty of interpreting the provisions of the bill may be nothing more than the al- tenipl lo rally public support to delay and ultimately it. Is it possible lhat Ihe intent is so clear that those seeking advantage for themselves or (heir clients rlo noi find Ihe usual within the phrasing? A government Heeled on Ihe prom- rins about a just rd to bad; away step in that direc- i the point of view of trust and improving another elec- al'iord lo give up on At last! City has finally come to a decision on 'be closing of shops bylaw after seveial of discussion, extra meetings and fence sitting. The new bykr.v state; all retail stores will be allov to remam open Wednes- day afternoon all year with Thurs- dnv and Friday .-hopping hours ex- tended to 9 p.m. The issue has been before council since last July v. hen local merchants asked for either a revamping of the old bylaw or having it thrown out altogether Councillors rejected the latter and found themselves dickering over definition, in an attempt to cate- oorize merchants' services and sup- plies. Impatient at the delay, two larger chain stores recently stayed open all day Wednesday in violation of the old bylaw. Whether the nev- bylaw will be en- forceable as it is spelled out remains to be seen. In air.7 event it will take time for shoppers to accustom them- selves to new shopping hours and the bylaw's rather confusing terms of reference. If for example, your neigh- borhood store is more than 2.400 square feet it mu-t close at 11 p.m., but if it is under 1.500 square feel then it is classed as a confectionery or delicatessen and is excluded from the bylaw. Also excluded from the bylaw are drug stores, which will be allowed to sell a variety of items other than drugs and medicines after regular closing hours for other stores. However no restrictive bylaw can be completely successful in satisfying both the public and the merchants. Nor can rigid literal enforcement be expected, short of a mountain of bylaw detail. The draft finally adopt- ed is probably as good a compromise as can be obtained. It is good to have the matter out of the way. and now City Council can get on with more of its deferred business. It's not time to cheer Until the complete text of the ienns of agreement reached between Sir Alec Doualas-Home and Premier Ian Smith of Rhodesia is published, it is impossible to comment, with complete assurance. Indications are that Mr. Smith has accepted the idea that African parli- amentary representation based on in- come tax payments will be replaced with s'-nic form of income, property and educational qualifications for the vote. Tii'.s sounds splendid on paper, but the fact is that such change is merelv inching towards progress. White hands would hold all levers for improvement. This is probably the very be-1 that Sir Men and his nego- tiator Goodman could do. They know that .Mr. Smith will probably be able lo sell this constitutional amendment lo all but his most hard- line party members. He could never net them or himself to accept the one-man one-vole principle. Not vet maybe never. If there is no inclusion in the agree- ment of a clause guaranteeing that the government will not be able lo block African progress towards ma- jority rule sometime, by providing against amendment of important en- trenched clauses, the agreement will be a sell-out as far as the Africans are concerned. This is no time to cheer. It's a time to wait and see. Something to be proud of Bv Terence Morris T ETHBRIDGE public schools are doing a fine .ion providing students with an education.' As the teacher-board c-ir.ract dispute drags to an inevitable there is a natural tendency lo forL'et about the good things in our school system. We have a committee that was formed ID receive comments from teachers awut praicalional matters. This committee has representatives from all sections of oiir public schools and these elected representatives meet regularly with central ottice personnel. Practically very tiling that lo our beard is considered by the co-cnlinalin? and dis- cussions are thorough, lenctliy, and very frank. Doubts have sometimes been expressed that such ccmir.ittccs are little more than token shows of democracy. This danger is very real but in U'thbridge such a situa- tion would be the complete responsibility of teachers for no; sure that their representatives were doing the jcb lliey were elected to do. Our co-ordinating com- mittee is constituted lo receive as much ir.put from teachers as and in- deed, comments from teachers arc eagerly scuchL by our superinlendt'iit and hi.s col- loamics. This committee1 no legal life a.s >et and it makes one wonder about the reasons v hy the school hoard cannot, for- tiiis Mtuation a clause in our contract. We have done such a fine job in up- f.ur libraries Ilial was .-oli'div] as the nfi- l.ii.aa! uinniT of !he Brilan- nica A'.'.ard for llu- t improvement in tleir.cntaxy tdicol libraries 111 Canada. Horn Lewis, from the Winnipeg Free I'ITSS OAKION _ The big game of musical chairs for diplomats working on problems has bren can- celled. This mc-nns that half a ambassadors and high stale deparlmcnl officials who were scheduled lo change places will remain where they are, probably will' after the 11172 elections. More iniporlanily. it means that t'.S. Ambassador F.lls- vcrth Bunker can be expected to stay on in Saigon for another reason for putting off the planned shift in the Saigon, Bangkok and Tokyo embassies and the state de- partment's bureau of Far East- ern affairs was a clear sign that the Senate wouldn't easily The development of library media centres has been one of the most worthwhile in- novations thai has happened in education. A good media centre becomes the pouer- house of learning for any school that is committed to non-grading or independent study for students. For an outstanding ex- ample of a modern school library one should visit the Fleciwocd Elementary School Library where equipment, organiza- tion, usage and ideal placement within a school building combine to civc Lclhbridgf one of the finest school li brarics in Canada. Letbbridge has aho p'-oi. ided .schools with a great deal of freedom to plan a school program to meet the needs of .-.In- dents in individual school..- This freedom to experiment and break new ground is an elusive quality to find in any school system but we have it in Letl.bridge. There arc dangers in giving a school siaff such free- dom but il is a ri-k wr.rth taking. Non- grading, team leaching. of stu- dents, new programs, and greater respon- sibilities for students are schemes lhat have merit and inusl i'e tried lo see if they V.I.I-K in our syMcm. t'nless teachers are allowed lo assume I ho respon- sibility lor making changes schools become little more lhan dull imitations of a central office prototype. There are many difficull problems that still plague our schools and no one is suggesting lhat easy solutions are wailing around Ihe corner. But. we have so many good things going for our syslem that we have reason in believe Ihal when Ihe con- tract been elHed we will bo able to tackle our problems v.ilh a fair ex- pectancy of. tucccts. confirm new appointments for [he same eld officials who made American Indochina pol- icy without firm assurance lhat there will be a new policy. And Ihs major meaning (if the While lluu-e decision to leave people where they are is that it reflects a decision lo leave Vietnam policy where it is. The policy now has a single theme risk no change. The diplomatic w o rd for il is "stability." The translation is: Let nothing new happen in Southeast Asia until most U.S. forces are safely home and most Americans stop noticing that there is a war going on here. That is w h y Washington swallowed P r e s i dent Thieu's concocted re-election without a noticeable gulp. It is why Ihe United Slates isn't likely to put any pressure on Mr. Tliieu lo reform his administration and reconcile his opposition, al- Ihougli American officialdom here is acutely aware lhat South Vietnam's longer-term chance for survival may de- pend on achieving a healthier political climate before U.S. support trickles away. And it is why Mr. Bunker is likely lo remain through Presi- dent Nixon's first lerm. It is a complete reversal in the 77- year-old ambassador's plans. He came to Vietnam in 1067 saying he would only slay a year or two. Then, because ho was so deeply involved, he de- cided to stay on and sec Presi- dent Thieu safely re-elected. Only a few months ago, Mr. Bunker was idling visitors Ihal he planned to leave soon after Ihe elections. Now lie has no plans to leave, and ll'i-rc is ev- ery sign lhat Mr. Nixon has no plans lo replace him. A change in ambassadors, even without any change in the U.S. posi- tion, would be a new element in Ihe situation, which is just what Washington doesn't want lo chance. This is a policy of no-risk for the short term. Americans here have no illusions about the likelihood that it wiM con- siderably cl i m i nish slighlly longer-term chances for ending the war and preserving a non- C o m m u n i s I government in Saigon. But American activity in Vietnam now could be call- ed Operation Breath-Hold. So long as everything remains e. 1971 t, HtA, "Ate you SURE Dr. Kissinger recommended this hr my trip to "stable" during U.S. with- drawals and the cam- paign, what happens later is of .secondary concern. This courts two real dangers. Duo is that in desperation at I he administration's refusal to fix a complete withdrawal date w h i c h might cause short- term tensions in Saigon tlio U.S. Congress will refuse to ex- pand economic a i d. And yet economic support through about 1075 is essential if South Vietnam is to have R real fu- ture on its own. Maybe even that would not be enough, but officials here are optimistic that in the next few years the economy will grow sufficiently to pass the breakthrough point of almost total dependence upon the Uni- ted Slates. This is hard to jcdgc because industrial devel- opment and investment is just beginning. But it isn't just wild- ly wishful thinking, because fi- nancial reforms have strength- ened the plaster and created a base for economic advance. The second danger is that slubbom maintenance of things as they arc will block any chances of healing South Viet- nam's internal political dis- eases. Then when the time comes, as it ultimately must, for South Vietnam to face the Communists in political con- flict without U.S. bombs and bullets, it wcivld be as weak and unprepared as it was for war in The United Slates made one mistake after another in South Vietnam because, as Daniel Ellsbcrg has pointed out, it .sought what appeared to be shorl-term safety for domestic political reasons, and ignored longer-range risks. The Gls are moving home now, but that, patfern hasn't changed. And the war goes en. Peter Ddibarats Western separatism waning, claims Harradence T'ALGARY In the winter of 1969-70 many Canadians became aware of a marked in- crease in separatist sentiment in western Canada. There was a sudden flood of alarming newspaper reports from the west and a spate of spectacu- lar headlines of a kind normal- ly associated with Quebec. On Jan. !i. 1970, the Toronto Star reported thai "Gloomy west grows a crop of secession- ist symptoms." Three weeks later" the Regina Leader-Post printed this headline: "Money said offered for separatist party." On Feb. Ifi. 1970, the largest French language daily newspaper in the country, I.a Presse, ran a si.x-column headline above a re- port from Calgary: "An pendent nation in western Can- ada would IK viable." A special report hy the Canadian Press, published in many newspapers ai that time, d'iscloscd Ihal ''New West Task Force probes western separatism." Most of the situation reports nn western separatism in 70 referred to this "New Task Force" as an important development. I'nlikc the few nbscuro separatist movements which came into being in Al- berta and British Columbia at that, time, it had an identifiable and influential spokesman. It was also said to have the sup- port, of 15 top-level business and professional men in Allier- ta. The spokesman was Millon llarradence. a criminal lawyer in Calgary, a former alderman of this city and the leader of Ihe Progressive party in this province for sev- eral years in Ihe early 'lilts. He told journalists af that time lhat bis group would sponsor a serious study of Ihe economic, financial and political implica- tions of independence for west- ern Canada. Since then, very little has been heard from the task force. The reason for this silence was given bv Mr. Harradence in an interview recently. He said thai the "New Wesl Task Force" which attracted so much jour- nalistic aliention Kvo years ago has done absolutely nothing since then, it has held no meet- ings. U has raised no money. Il iias undertaken no study. In fad. as Mr. llarradence disclosed, (ho total activities of (he "New Task Force" since ils foundation have con- sisted of "one or two" meet- ings of "about a Calgary business and professional men. There was one approach to the Toronto-based firm of Acres Limited regarding a study of tlic I'c'imimip cfiVcK of in- dependence on Can- ada. Tlic eompam said Ihal a preliminary sludy would cos! al least SHI.mill. Nothing further was done. Mr. Harradence now tends to b'ame ihe news media for blowing jp the slory. "We only had one or two for- mal meetings." he said. "Noth- ing would ever have come of it as far as I was concerned ex- cept the news media got hold of it." But he also points to the ob- vious intercsl of the media as evidence of Ihe importance of his :ask force. If there was nothing to it. lie asked, why did the ;ournalist.-, give it so much publicity? And then there were the letters he received from "Uxusands" of Canadians. As tl> letters piled up. he used them as evidence of popular ssppor! and the journalists were even more excited and w r o tc more stories which lirought in more letters. If there A'as nothing to it. asked Mr. Harradonce, how did it all hap- pen0 It's a good question, narticu- larly in relation to the French- speaking newspaper reader in Quebec v. ho is note under the impression, as a result of the whnlc process, that something like the I'arii Qiiebecois has a Letter to the editor start in western Canada. Noth- ing could be hirtiicr from the truth. The high paint of Mi. llar- radence's own career as a west- ern separatist spokesman came in the spring of 1970 when he spoke to an audience of about 1.000 people in the town ot High River, south of Calgary. "The atmosphere of the meet- ing was militant." he said. "I felt that if 1 had really wanted to, I could have started some- thing then and there, so I back- ed off. Questions were co.ming up like: 'When do we march9' -Huw soon do we get rid of 'Wiicn do we scpar- Harradonco lias contin- ued to back off since then, de- clining to join a new Western Canada party formed in Ed- tncr.ton w i t h i n the past year. He believes now that separatist sentiment in western Canada "has waned somewhat but I think it's likely lo flare up again." To report Ihe failure of the Harradence task force to gel off the ground, despite a Ire- role These ;irc commenUs about the arliele of Friday, Nov. 19th. on! it led "Yasclenak criticized for .statement." From what I have read and heard about (be gninc.s on at the recent sep- arate school beard meetings am! from impressions pained from oiling and pull ing two and together, it would seem Ihal the h a s iiK mlo a.-, an appointed offi- cial. He pves the impression lhat ho to he Ihe one and onh decision-maker instead o[ the elected be- ing allowed to do their job and be carrying out the policies set by the board, Xo area of the city point- ed out in trustee Vaselenak's report to the hoard il a simple sialrment thai OUT !lu: whole eil> ;it least. M students 'Crazy Capers' were attending the public schools and trustee Vaselenak rightfully pointed out that the reasons for this should be a- certained so that the causes of the .situation could be correct- ed. This makes common sense to me, an uneducated person by some standards. And further lo this, the board asked the su- perintendent to take steps lo ascertain why Ihe 211 students who did not report lo Catholic Central High School decided to at lend school elsewhere. S'urcly there must be good reasons for this. Why not interview the stu- dents and their parents to find on! the real reasons for the dis- satisfaction lhat exists and lo remedy the situation so thai next September, come opening of school, these reasons will not; exist? I am certainly looking forward lo the superinleiideut presenting Ihi.s report lo Ihe board and I really hope that the mailer will br considered as serious and thai no sweep- ing under Ihe rug will be tol- erated hy the board. I hope that this report will be given to the parenl.s and taxpayers very shortly. There are telephones and the distances lo the door- slops of those .affected can easily he reached even on fool if driving to Ironies is considered lo be a chore. I hope Ihal nlhers uill ex- press Ihcir views about this maltrr. M. BOUlWliAt'. meralims push from the media, isn't in minimize the real dis- crmlent that does exist ill west- ern Carada. It is mainly to underline the danger of draw- ing easy parallels between Quc- ber separatism and movements in other parts of Canada. The fact that regional protest mcvement.s in western Canada have been influenced by the growlh of Quebec separatism in recent, years actually ob- scures their real importance as expressions of local economic discontent and political frus- tration. If the Harradence force turned oul to be a rather flimsy creation, the man himself va.s anything but. As a journalist who has closely followed s e p a r a list development in Quebec since I960, I was look- ing forward to my first encoun- ter with a western Canadian separatist in his native habitat and I wasn't disappointed. First of all, the selling: an ornate office in downlown Cal- gary filled will) red plush and Victorian globe lamps, more appropriate in eastern eyes a.s the den of a riverboal gambler than the inner sanctum of a criminal lawyer. Then, the man: well over six feel tall, black suit will) wide lapels and a vaguely western cut. deep voice, firm hand- shake and on the wall behind him. a color photograph of the Sabre jel that he owned in 1967 when he flew with the "Confederate Air Force'1 an American association of for- mer military pilots. The llar- radcnce Sabre was the success- sot- to the Harradence Vampire jet and the Harradence Mus- tang fighter all disposed of as their owner approaches the ogc of next year. Finally, the opinions. In a wide-ranging interview, Mr. Harradencc gave Ins views on a number of subjects, includ- ing: for western Canada: "Our economic power is groving: our political con- sciousness is growing. It will all depend of course on how soon Levesquc takes Quebec out. There's no question about it. Two years ago. I said that Quebec would separate in sev- en years. 1 think about five more should see it. Then we'll really have to bile the bullet because nncc happens, even tlic emotionalism that ties Canadians together will be gone.' "I would rather go for a h.-.liday in the western or southwestern United Slates than in eastern Canada. I've had Ihe misfortune lo visit Quebec on several occasions and I fed Ihal I'm not wanted there.'' __p r j m r Minister Tnideau: "I 'lon'l hrlievr Ihal Governor Wallace was thai far wrong when he called him a crypto- Cnntnunisl r.S. surtax: "We think you bloody welt asked for it. Walter Gordon going to buy Canada hack, Trudeatl cosymg up to Russia what the hell did you really development! got a hell of n future a.s. if you want, hewers of wood and drawers of water.'' next federal elcctiont ''The election is over before we turn on our television sets. We have no illusions about Ihu. sir. (Tiit'onln -Mar Syndicate) Looking backward Through The Herald _ The body of an un- known soldier is to be brought from the old western batllc- front and buried beneath Ihe Victory Tower of the new Par- liament buildings in Ottawa There were un- employed in Alberta al the week ending Nov. 21. it was re- purled by the Alberta Kmploy- incut service. 1911 .Southern Alberta to- day Mirvcycd a wreckage- strewn trail as the result of ycslerday's cyclonic 07-mile-an hour uind. llir.i Allied and Communist slaff officers tonight agreed on the location of a Hrmiile ceasefire line across Korea. null The continued lo sfl Ihe pace in the City Commercial Hockey League u inning their game to re nnin undefeated atop tile pack with four .straight wins. The Lctlibridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lclhbridge, Alberta Lh'j'lIBRlDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1903 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN No. Second CI.1SS Memlior of Thf Publishers' ArsocMli end r.iir 0013 Daily Cl EO W MOXVERS, Pnl'lrtw THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gcnerr.l JOE BA1.LA WIIHA.V Mnnnqint] Editor A..n, i.'.to ROY rniiC.l.Ai WAI Mniugtr i.dilorul E "THE HfcRAlD SERVES THt SOUTH" ;