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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 24, 1970 Anthony Weslell Preparing for withdrawal U.S. State Secretary William Rog- ers told Canadian ministers, after the bombing of North Vietnam on the weekend that his country expects to be completely withdrawn from a com- bat role in the war by May of next year. This is an expectation that not ail Americans share. Montana's Senator Mike Mansfield views the bombing with dismay. He thinks it is almost certain to bring about a resurgence of the war that had apparently been cooling off and might have fizzled out in a stalemate. If the North'Vietnamese now choose to use the bombing raid as an ex- cuse for renewed military activity in the south, it is very dubious whether the South Vietnamese forces could carry the fight alone. The vaunted Vietnamization program is viewed with great skepticism by many ob- servers. U.S. forces would probably, then, be forced to continue in a com- bat role. A bombing attack on North Viet- nam seems like a strange way to set the stage for withdrawal of U.S. troops from combat. The explanation that it was meant to serve as a warning to Hanoi not to think that the U.S. had gone soft and would not retaliate, is unconvincing. Nothing positive seems possible from the action. The North Vietna- mese cannot realistically be expect- ed to accept the attack mtli equani- mity. And the multitudes of disaf- fected Americans are apt to be driven into deeper alienation. It simply looks like a mistake. Poor connections One of the irritations travellers in and out of Lethbridge have to put up with is the lack of good schedule planning on the part of (hose in charge of air, and train services. Dayliners are scheduled so that connections with the Canadian in Cal- gary keep passengers hanging around the station for two hours going west, and three hours going east. Previous to the 1970 schedule, train passengers going east could travel to Medicine Hat by dayiiner and board the Canadian there within an hour arrival. At present the dayliner doesn't get to the Hat until after the Canadian has left so that a traveller has no other alternative but to go to Calgary and board there. This is senseless waste of time, for the pas- senger must spend the whole day in transit, but when he finally reaches the Hat is only 100 miles from home for his efforts. Air service is not very much of an improvement. Of the half dozen flights leaving Lethbridge daily, only one makes a good connection with planes travelling east. This leaves the passenger cooling his heels at the Calgary airport, and that isn't the happiest place to spend any length of time, let alone several hours. Surely people in this remote corner of the province deserve better ser- vice than this. The pioneers didn't have nearly the trouble getting places as seems to be the case now, and all they had were covered wagons. Triumph for justice For the first time in history a fed- eral appeals court has supported a reporter's refusal to testify. In San Francisco recently the U.S. Court Appeals for the Ninth Circuit support- ed the refusal of Earl Caldwell, a black reporter for the New York Times, to testily in an investigation. of the Black Panther Party. In its decision the court said that the gov- ernment must show a pressing need for evidence before any journalist could be required to testify in a se- cret grand jury proceeding. Mr. Cald- well's appeal from the decision of a lower court was supported by many individual newsmen and publications, the New York well as the NAACP legal and defence fund. The court held that i! information gathered by a reporter were to be made available to the grand jury and the Department of Justice, these bodies would then "have the power to appropriate appellant's investiga- tion efforts on their own behalf." It went on to uphold a "measure of aut- onomy" by the news media in pur- suing their investigations and said that they "should be able to do so without fear of governmental interfer- ence." The question of spelling out the cir- cumstances of a "pressing need for evidence" is not left in limbo. The lower court has been ordered to rec- ommend rules "for spelling out the government's burden, or the type of proceeding that would accommodate such burden." One can only await 'this decision with interest. But Mr. Caldwell's per- sonal triumph is also a triumph for the wisdom and impartiality of the American judicial process. Speech making and sitting in are the easiest, least demanding means of declaring a social con- science Mr. Edmund Ions, Lec- turer in Politics, York University, England. The dirty ivord syndrome By LI6yd Flaig, Central School dirty shrieks little Jasmine, equal most common four letter words and "The ink smudged my map." "Where in.....did you learn such roars fatter. "Miss Ptotz said these words every time the lamp burns out hi her overhead pro- Jasmine replies demurely. A nasty situation coming up for Miss Ptotz, you can be sure, but all she is doing is trying to maintain an equilibrium in this and in many similar situations wMcn pop up daily. Everyone knows that a good, round expletive is worth a dozen tranquil- Izers. Besides these minor irritations there is the voice whispering continually "inno- vate or which is heard far into the night, nagging like a persistent tooth- ache, and robbing our Miss Plotz of her much-needed sleep. But we can't have the tender ears of our children bruised by the Dirty Word Syndrome which is spreading throughout our education system. I have therefore devised a system which not only cleans up the vocabulary in the classroom but also offers relief from instant frustra- tions and deals with the constant nervous erosion from which many teachers suffer. Here's bow it works. Suppose you are on playground duty on Pet Day. A runaway Si- amese cat has just attacked you and ruined yotir nylons. Instead of muttering try r, good round "OH TEAM." Should tha ruin-vf crlicle be a brand new pair of panti- f-i> throated "TEAM TEACHING" wiii i-'fiHi any for instant relief. Notice how this two edged sword cuts twice wife stroke. the deities has always been a method of cursing, and it is not eUmirwi.'ed from my method. However, avoH improper usage. A "JOHN DEWEY" these days is as innocuous as an "OH and will evoke peals of derisive laughter even from a kindergarten class. A "BKUNER" or a "GOODLAD" rates much higher but a "PIAGET" should be used Ci: y under extreme provocation. Be bold! Never mutter "I.P.I." Practise rolling "INDIVIDUALIZED PRESCRIBED oft your tongue. It proper- ly accented and clearly enuacialed, it be acceptable in even the most polite cir- cles. Don't make the common laux pas of say- ing the wrong thing in the wrong place. In some staff rooms, for example, "THE LIT- TLE NON-GRADED" etc., would be correct but to others the user would be instantly castigated by his peers. Similarly, every staff room would accept the cuss word "NOON HOUR SUPERVISION" or "EXTRA CUHRICULAR whereas one's career could be permanent- ly damaged were one to make such utter- ances at a Home and School meeting. Try to suit your choice of words to your position. Should a librarian drop a heavy volume on her toe, "FILM LOOPS" would be quite in keeping with the of her surroundings, "ACCOUNTABILITY" (heavy accent on the first syllable) or "STAFF DIFFERENTIATION" used by an adminis- trator would show that he keeping in touch with the latest trev A classic in expletese was presented in one of our Junior High Schools a few days ago, A diminutive English teacher inad- vertently turned her back on the class for a moment and immediately, with a resound- ing plop, a fat spit ball struck the nape of her neck. Slowly she turned to face the class and unerringly her glowering eyes sought out the offender. "YOU POD-HAT- CHED, TEAM-TAUGHT, NON-GRADED, MEDIA CENTRE" her crescendo began. "Get up ott your AUDIO VISUALIZED OPEN AREA and haul your NON AC- COUNTABLE VTR to the LISTENING STA- TION or I'll ram these PRINT AND-OR NON-PRINT MATERIALS so far down your PIAGET PIED VALUE SYSTEM that ADMINISTRATION won't have Thw object of this thunderous barrage, a hulking sixteen year old, melted into a quivering blob of protoplasm. As he oozed through the door toward tha office he was heard to quaver. "TEAM OFF, you NON- RELEVANT ETV." diminuendo now, "INTERNALI- ZAT10N to Cabinet reviewing economic policies TfTEDERAL policies designed to relieve unemployment, hold down prices and ease so- cial hardship are under urgent review by the cabinet. Although Arthur Laing speak- ing for the Prime Minister in the Commons, suggests for pub- lic consumption that the gov- ernment, has already decided on a massive make-work program, the truth is that all the im- portant economic decisions re- main open. The Trudeau cabinet still faces some of the toughest choices of its life, as it de- bates what new trust can be given to tackling unemploy- ment without lifting the M on inflation. This critical question is com- plicated by the need to make early decisions on plans for a guaranteed income scheme, in the long term, and on a pro- Christmas rise in old-age pen- sions. All of these conflicting inter- ests have somehow be meshed in a new economic strategy. Sharp battles are already de- veloping in the cabinet, and there may be severe pressure on the government's advisers such as Louis Fiasmtesky, governor of the Bank of Can- ada, and John Young, chair- man of the Prices and Incomes Commission before political decisions can be reconciled with economic facts. The federal strategy will probably have to be discussed and cleared with the provinces at the conference of finance ministers next month before it is finally settled and announced. But this is the way the ques- tions now seem to be shaping up in cabinet: Plans to create now jobs focus on next year and beyond, rather than on relieving unem- ployment this whiter. While this is cold comfort Jor thousands of Canadians tramping the icy streets in search of work, it is probably their test hope lor the future. For the fact is that the govern- ment has already done almost all it can to boost the economy this winter. Spending has been increased to the point at which the na- tional accounts, which measure the total impact of federal op- erations, are expected to show a deficit of million this fis- cal year. The money supply has been expanded so that normal de- mands for credit can be met, and interest rates are falling. All federal operating ments have drawn up urgent plans for make-work projects this winter, and Parliament this week was asked to vote the funds to pay the bills. This means that the restraints imposed on the economy to fight inflation the budget surplus and tight money have bc.ea lifted, and considerable stimu- lus is being applied. A few showcase projects, designed as much to meet criticism as to make work, may be devised and announced in the next few weeks. The package of expansionary programs should move the economy forward during the winter and hold unemployment at a level well below the pes- simistic forecasts of 10 or 11 per cent. But the fact remans 'that tha government deliberately cre- ated unemployment and now must live with the consequences for some months. Heal improvement will not begin to show until next year. The plans now being are designed to ensure that when the growth comes, it will be channelled into areas where the need is greatest where unemployment is highest and inflation dangers least. This means expanding and improving the present strategy for regional economic develop- ment, directing special pro- grams to hard-hit industries such as textiles and shipbuild- ing, and extending more help to Indians and other minorities with special employment prob- lems. The big question DOW is whether tins sort of selective program should be backed by a tax cut designed to rev up the whole economy. It would be popular and dra- matic evidence of the govern- ment's earnestness in fighting unemployment. But it might also he inflationary in setting off another uncontrollable boom. Some government experts are fearful already that relaiation of restraints may have gone too far. Prune Minister Pierre Trudeau, Finance Minister Edgar Benson, Rasminsky and Young have ail warned that the rate of increase in wages must come down before inflation can be considered licked. But wages keep on rising. The labor department reports that the 72 major contracts settled in the third quarter provided for annual increases of 9.5 per cent. When the Prices and Incomes Commission asked for a volun- tary 6 per cent guideline, the hint was that the alternative might have to be mandatory controls, flat option is not yet dead. The government has bees en- couraged by the relative stabil- ity of the price index and by rising political pressure to .relax fiscal and monetary re- straints. It is still wailing an- xiously for spine sign that rates are responding. K the next monthly figures show wages still rising at an inflationary rate, and business refuses to renew its voluntary restraint program, controls may be the only answer. On the social front, the draft White Paper on-policy is still grinding through the cabinet, long overdue and still without a firm publication date. The original proposal for a fairly generous family assistance scheme, as the starter for a universal guaranteed income plan, has been whittled down by a cautious cabinet con' vinced that the country is in no rnood for major new expendi- tures. The paper now proposes only s modest increase in spending and offers a good deal of in- formation of possible plans'and costs. The question of when tisd by how much to raise pensions, to keep them in line with costs, probably depends on the larger issue of a tax cut and whether or not a ner? budget is required. (Toronto Telegram Syndicate) Carl Roivan Racial discrimination cited in FBI ranks WASHINGTON The pub- lie may regard it as just another juicy public squabble when FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover calls former Attorney General Ramsey Clark a "jelly- fish" or boasts that he "didn't speak to Bobby Kennedy the last six months he was in of- fice" as Attorney General. But Hoover unwittingly has raised issues of compelling na- tional interest. His incredible in- terview in the Washington Post has thrown a new spotlight on: 1 The old issue of whether, In 46 years, Hoover has made the FBI a Jaw unto itself, not bending to the will of the At- torney General, the President, the Congress, or the American public, Letters to the editor 2 The relatively new issue of whether, as Clark claims, the FBI lacks its agents coming primarily from that narrow segment of Ameri- cans whose racial background and ideology fit Hoover's con- cept of a loyal, reliable citizen. Why was Hoover not on speaking terms with his boss for six months (a situation that of itself would put anyone else ia the bureaucracy out of a job rather Because, Hoo- ver says, Kennedy pressured him "half a dozen times" to hire more Negro agents. Hoover says he refused be- cause Kennedy wanted him to lower standards and "discard the requirement that agents Clarification desired Recent remarks by a mem- ber of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce about a local in- dustry whose sewage bill might rise from to per month (Herald, Nov. 19) are enough to chill the very Mood, but let us attempt to remain calm and examine some of facts. Five hundred dollars per month equals pfir year; per month equals 000 per year. The present year- ly sewage bill for all of Leth- bridge industry is the industry whose bill is per month is therefore currently paying about 17 per cent of the total. In its latest brief con- cerning sewage charges Hie city proposes that industrial and commercial sources com- bined would pay per year. We don't know exactly how the costs would be ap- portioned, b'jt it seems fair to say that industry's share would be somewhere between CO and CO per cent. Therefore, accord- ing to flic city's newest plan the total yearly cost to all in- dustry would range from flOO to Tho single in- dustry alluded to would thus ba required to pay Cat a rale of per month some 61 to 82 per cent of tlio total Leth- bridge yearly industrial sew- age charge, an astounding and almost unbelievable in- crease in its percentage of the overall cost. This is indeed a blood-curd- ling situation, and I am frank to confess that I find it a little difficult to comprehend. I think some clarification would be much appreciated by citizens of this community, CHESTER B. EEATY. Lelhbridge. The solution 1 wish to congratulate Pat- ricia Wel'xmrn on a very well written and interesting article on "Being (Weekend Magazine. Nov. She shows concern ami un- derstanding of old people. I wish there ware more like her. However there is a solution. The solution is bringing old folks into a knowledge of Jesus Christ (Whom to know is life ANNE McCREARY, Lethbridga. hold degrees in law or account- ing. He even wanted to discard the bachelor's degree require- ment." Hoover adds that he told his boss: "Now, -Bobby, I have no prejudices. The FBI has Negro agents, Indian agents, Chinese agents, and all kinds of other agents. Anyone who can meet the qualifications can have a job." Robert Kennedy is dead of an assassin's bullet and cannot re- ply for himself, so I thought a reporter was obligated to ask the FBI lor some information not volunteered by Hoover. How many blacks and other minority group members are among the more than FBI agents? How many white FBI agents do not have law or accounting degrees? How many blacks are among the overall total of FBI employees, and how many blacks or other minority-group members are in lop-level jobs where they have even a remote influence on policy? I knew that this information was compiled, because in the administrations of John F. Ken- nedy and Lyndon B, Johnson every department and agency had to make regular "fair hir- ing" reports to the Civil Ser- vice Commission. A spokesman for the FBI re- fused to provide the data. He said the FBI "gives that infor- mation only to another Federal agency with a need to know." The Civil Service Commis- sion reported that the FBI's fi- gures had been merged into the larger report of the Justice De- partment, so it couldn't say how many blacks had met Hoover's qualifications. The Justice Department spokesman would say only that "about blacks are employ- ed by the FBI." But how many are agents and how many are sinning spitoons? The Justice Department wouldn't say. "You'll have to fight that out with the said John W. u, flireclor of public In- formation for the Justice De- partment. This is typical of the FBI in recent years. It talks freely and glibly when Hoover wants to assail some individual or group that he dislikes. It retreats into arrogant silence whenever there is any chance of FBI weakness or wrongdoing being exposed. This exercise also Illustrates the spinelessnes of the parent Justice Department (except un- der that Clark, who was the one Attorney General with enough backbone to tell Hoover who was Justice is clearly withholding figures about FBI employment at the request of FBI officials who know that in attacking Robert F. Kennedy, Hoover raised an issue that could prove embar- rassing if the whole truth is told the public. The ironic thing Is that the information I requested has nothing to do with national se- .curity. The FBI will quickly tell you how many agents it has. It just won't reveal how many of them are black. This is the kind of information that all oth- er agencies, by Presidential or- der, must make available. 'It is information that, under the 1963 Freedom of Information Act, should speedily be made avail- able to the public. Which means that those two great champions of "law and the Justice Department and the FBI, are not at all tim- id about ignoring the law if that is what is required to protect what Ramsey Clark calls Hoov- er's "self-centered concern for his reputation." (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD JJ20 Arthur Griffith, found- er of the Sinn Fein organiza- turn, and Prof. John MacNeil, Sinn Fein member of parlia- ment for Londonderry City, to- gether with a number of others were arrested in Dublin by the auxiliary police. 1930 Bread is now being sold in the city at two loaves for IS cents by the City Bakery. 1910 The Canadian govern- ment is aiding residents of the U.S. who plan to send gifts to members of the Canadian Ac- tive Service Force. A maxi- mum of 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and two pounds of tobacco will be allowed duty free, but no alcoholic bever- ages. 1950 Warm chinook air moving in from the west sent temperatures soaring to 69 degrees in the city. The balmy weather prevailed all over southern Alberta. 1900 Negotiators for both sides accepted proposals for settlement of the strike o{ 325 grain handlers, which has held up grain shipment from Van- couver for over three weeks. The Letltbrukje Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -1934, by Hon. W. A, BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of Trie Canadian Press and ttie Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and pubnsriCr THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE 8AU.A WILLIAM HAY Managing Edilor Associalc Bdilor ROY F, MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Mlniger Editorial Editor "THE HERAIB SERVES THE SOUTH" ;