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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THS LITH6RIDGE HWAID Monday, October 5, Joseph Kraft Industry Comes First City officials apparently rate good rapport with industry spokesmen higher than with the citizenry in gen- eral. They have decided that the mat- ter of equitable distribution of sew- age charges will be settled with in- dustry spokesmen without hearing the views of interested citizens. The agreement will simply be announced when it is reached. Technically speaking, there is no necessity of consulting the public. Competent men are employed by the city to work out such matters and they should be trusted to act in the best interests of all concerned. But this is a time when there is deep concern about pollution and it would have been wise, to have given some consideration to permitting par- ticipation by a representative of the organization known as. Pollution Con- trol Southern Alberta. It would have been possible to have warded off much suspicion and criticism by so doing. An impression has been created that city officials consider anti-pollu- tionists to be a nuisance. The assump- tion seems to be that environmental- ists are automatically opposed to in- dustry. But most people who have thought about it realize that reversing pollution processes cannot be charged to industry alone everyone is going to have to pay. What the members of PC-SA fear is that inadequate sew- age arrangements rather than unjust rates might be approved. There are people in PC-SA with expertise who might very well have been of value in the discussions. Officialdom at all government lev- els has such a poor record in pro- tecting the public interest in the mat- ter of pollution control that they have little reason to expect great trust. The way of restoration of confidence does not lie in secret meetings followed by Olympian pronouncements. Benson Not Bothered Finance Minister Edgar Benson was not noticeably bothered when the Senate banking committee came out against some of his white paper proposals for tax reform. Opposition from the Senate committee was pre- dictable. The 30 gentlemen who comprise the. committee hold some 180 com- pany directorships. They could be ex- pected to think protectively of the in- terests of those companies and others like them. But the views of the members of the committee are not to be dismissed simply because of their company in- volvements. Their association with business could give them insights which are invaluable. Mr. Benson continues to patiently explain that the white paper contain- ed proposals only. Legislation will be drafted only when the recommenda- tions of the Senate and House com- mittees have been assessed. Since the major.aim of the white paper was to achieve greater equity in taxation, it is not likely that the Senate committee's slight nod in that direction will constitute the' last word. Changes can be expected but not to the extent desired by the senators. Protecting The Public Scenes of dressing room carousing shown on the CBC television special on hockey hero Bobby Orr have been criticized by Mr. Clarence Campbell, president of the National Hockey League. He has threatened that tele- vision cameras may be banned from dressing rooms in the future. This is similar to the displeasure expressed by the commissioner of baseball, Mr. Bowie Kuhn over a book written by pitcher Jim Bouton. In that book it has been "disclosed" that, many ballplayers are m o n e y- grabbers, pill poppers, drunks and lechers. The image of baseball play- ers was definitely not enhanced by the book. Likewise; the impress i o n made by the boozing hockey players shown on television could be consid- ered unfavorable. But the public does not need to be protected from the truth. Athletes are not gods; they are only human be- ings who possess skills for perform- ing in sports. There is a tendency to elevate them to something akin to gods, however, so that to strip them of some of their false aura of sanc- tity can only be salutary. Athletes can be appreciated with- out being worshipped. By taking them for what they are rather than in some idolized fashion it becomes pos- sible to restore proportion to valua- tion. It may never be possible to have the real value of occupations expressed in their monetary remun- eration but at least it would be de- sirable to be able to point to the distortions that exist. Mr.. Campbell was apparently not concerned to protect the public. He wasn't even concerned to improye dressing room behavior he will just keep out the cameras. What must be protected is the business that is hockey. By promoting the false im- age of athletes as near-gods the in- dustry hopes to keep their temples (arenas) filled with worshippers and their coffers full of coin. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON The Washington so- cial season has never been more fraught with cocktail parties, dinner parties, autograph parties and testimonials, all in the name of political fund-raising. People in this town live in fear every time the mail arrives that among the bills and junk letters will be buried an invitation to some- one's house for a friendly drink. This drink can cost the invitee anywhere from to as a political contribution to some poor senator or congressman's cam- paign. Last week was typical of what is going on here. On Monday I arrived home and my wife said, "The Jessels have invited us for cocktails tomorrow night to meet Sen- ator Bolt." "Wlw wants to meel I said. "I saw him last night at a fund-raising party for Congressman Ax." "Wcjl, we can't say no. I run into Ginny Jcssel at the hairdresser's every week, and she'll think we couldn't afford to come to her parly." The next night as we were getting dress- ed for the ,1 e s s c 1 bash, my wife said, "There's an autograph party for Senator Finney at the Quagmires tomorrow." "An autograph "Yes. Senator Kinney is autographing his new book, 'The Sensuous Senator.' If you contribute he'll sign it to you person- ally." "One hundred dollars? I wouldn't buy it if it was printed in paperback." "Well, the Quagmires reminded mr> that they gave us for the Junior Village Telethon, and so I said we'd come." A few nights later I was home reading my autographed copy of "The Sensuous Senator" when a telegram arrived. It read, "YOU ARE INVITED TO A TESTIMON- IAL DINNER CELEBRATING CONGRESS- MAN ALF KLOTZNICK'S 30TH ANNIVER- SARY AS A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE DISTRICT SEWER COMMITTEE. A TA- BLE HAS BEEN RESERVED IN YOUR NAME. PLEASE MAKE OUT A CHECK IN NAME OF KLOTZNICK FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE." they've gone too I said to my wife. "I wouldn't be caught dead at a testi- monial for Klotznick." "You can say that my wife said. "But the next time our sewer breaks, Klotz- niek will block the bill to fix it in his com- mittee." We had no choice but to go to Klolznick's testimonial. For two days after that we didn't gel any invitations to go out, and I was starting to worry that we had been crossed off every- body's list. But on the third evening, when I came home from the office, my wife said, "Guess "I'm not going to any more cocktail par- ties, autograph parties or testimonial din- ners this year, and that is I yelled. "You don't have lo go to she said nervously. "Great." "Sally Foniei called and asked if xvc could come In a brunch on Sunday for Forest, who is running against Senator Boots Kimbcrly. I told her how you baled lo go out on Sundays, so she asked if we could hold it here." "Yon I said. "Well. that we owe the .losscls and Ihc Quagmires, il uill lie im easy way In get oven." (Tiiruiilo Telegram News Service) Pills Without Sugar For Campus Unrest WASHINGTON "Ultimate- ly you have to be Biblical on this Bayless Man- ning, a member of the presi- dent's Commission on Campus Unrest, said the other day. And that comment expresses the most striking feature of the commission's melancholy re- port. For the report provides pre- scriptions for easing tensions, but not Inducements or Incen- tives. It offers rules without reasons, pills without sugar. The best it can do is tell us all to get religion. The starting point of the com- mission's analysis is the cultur- al revolution in this country. Today's students represent per- haps the first generation of young people who grew up in an atmosphere almost wholly free of economic trouble and quite remote from credible threats to the national security. Cut of that unique experience they have developed a special outlook which the commission properly calls a "new culture." The new culture finds its most visible expression in music, clothing, hair styles, and atti- tudes toward sex and drugs. But it also has a political com- ponent. Many of the best young peo- ple find the Vietnam war an unmitigated horror. They re- gard racial discrimination as intolerable. And they have be- come acutely sensitive to the shortcomings of their universi- ties. "For Pete's Sake Quit Worrying YOU Chose Him For Vice-President Colin Legiun Zambia's Kaunda And His Opponents ALL over Africa the ruling parties which were the vanguard of the anti colonial independence movements are losing their power. United in the face of a common the alien colonial by a common objective in- dependence the national i s t movements were able to con- tain the divisive elements with- in themselves during the period cf the struggle for indepen- dence. But once in power the inter- nal struggles first divided, then weakened and finally robbed the ruling party of its efec- liveness. At this point the na- tional leader who brought his country into power has either been swept from power (often by a military coup) or has been strong enough to take control of the political situation by re- casting and recreating the role of the ruling parly. Letters To The Editor The methods adopted by Af- rican leaders to overcome this challenge vary consider ably from one country to another. Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda has just anounced his plans to overcome the crisis which overtook his ruling party, the United National Indepen- dence Party last year. Faced with bitter internal ri- valries within the powerful central committee of UNIP and with fierce rivalries over who should be his Vice President, Dr. Kaunda suspended the whole of his executive in 1969 and appointed a commission to report on a new structure and role for the ruling party. He has now accepted the commission's proposals that the political leadership of the rul- ing party should be concentrat- ed in the hands of its secre- tary general and that the post of vice president should be abolished. Of the 28 members of the new Central Committee, Kaunda has been given the right to nominate 12 members of his own choice; the other 16 wil be elected, two from each of the eight prov- inces. These proposals are intended to ensure two results. First, that none of the tribal areas (which correspond roughly with each of the provinces) will be able to dominate the party, and hence the government. Second- ly, the president's nominees, wil' enable him to provide a bal- anced national leadership. The next task will be to ar- range for proper elections at grass roots level for the 16 Central Committee members. Once the new committee has been chosen, Dr. Kaunda will be in a stronger position to tackle the problem of reacti- vating the influence of the rul. Action On Pollution Control People in southern Alberta may be pleased to learn that some of the talk about pollution control and sensible preserva- tion of our environment has re- cently lead to real action here. Last spring, Shell Canada Ltd. applied to the Water Resources Division of the Provincial De- partment of Agriculture for per- mission to divert additional wa- ter from the Drywood River in the Pincher Creek area. This application was o p po s e d by many citizens and several groups, including Pollution Con- trol Southern Alberta (PC- As a result of public ex- pressions of opposition to this diversion and the accompany- ing consequences, the Water Resources Division has now ap- proved a revised and more ac- ceptable application from Shell, subject to some additional safe- guards worked out with repre- sentatives from the Environ- mental Health Division and the Fish and Wildlife Division. It is appropriate for PC-SA and others to express apprecia- tion to the Divisions mentioned Honesty And Truth In response to Prof. Kubara's letter, appearing Oct. 1st and criticizing Prof. Benin's letter of Sept. 25th, I would like lo defend the latter briefly in face of the misconstructions given to his arguments. Prof. Benin's letter did not, as far as I can see. contain any of the simple- minded logic wrongly attribut- ed l.o il by Prof. Kubara. If Prof. Kubara finds Bourn's style so awkward, it is odd that lead- ing literary, scholarly, and po- litical journals (both "left" and in the U.S., Canada, Australia, England and many other European countries con- sider it such a privilege to pulv lish Prof. Bourn's articles and poems, that his bibliography alonp reaches a length of twen- ty typewritten pages. Prof. Kubnra's supposed "les- son in logic" would hn ap- propriately cnlitlcd "lesson in sumantics and misuse of logic." Ills loiter is evidence, that ho e i t li e r has not read Prof, Beiim's letter, has not under- stood it, or has felt its impli- calions so deeply as lo have had Iiis feathers ruffled. This last reaction seems particular- ly obvious since Prof. Kubara's letter does not end with his as- sessment of Prof. Ecum's ideas, but goes on to question Prof. Benin's profcs s i o n a 1 compe- tence. Indeed, I find that Prof. Benin's letter and Mr. Peter Hunt's letters have all been re- freshing changes in viewpoints offered by The Herald. It is reassuring for many of us to know that there are two such learned men with a tra- ditional (in the sense of the fine, high European tradition to which we owe our civilization) understanding of honesty and truth. And many of us find, as Prof. Kubnrn seems to have found, that Ihc Irutli can hurt when it hits home. KATiiiJKEN M. MCMILLAN. Lethbridce. above for Iheir work to protect the public interest. But these Divisions have more to do in this area, and are likely to do their work most satisfactorily under the influence of further public pressure. Both Gulf and Shell have ;.p- plied for permission to dump process water from their sul- phur extraction and gas pro- cessing plants into aoandoned wells. Tl'ey presumably want to dispose of the water in this way because it contains harm- ful materials that make it too dangerous or expensive to get rid of in other ways. Residents of the area are worried about the nature of the pollutants and the possibility .of leaks or 'dif- fusion of the contaminated pro- cess water into surface waters or underground streams, and thence into domestic or agricul- tural water supplies. The land of public interest and pressure that played an im- portant role in achieving the apparently satisfactory solution to the proposed diversion of wa- ter from the Drywood is need- ed once more. The place to be- gin is at the public hearing that has been set for a.m. on Thursday, October 8 at the Pin- cher Creek Court House. PC-SA urges all those who arc con- cerned about safeguarding their environment to support thor- ough investigation of the pos- sible consequences of the pro- posed method of disposal of pi o- cess water before such a request is approved. I.ORKN C! lUiPLER (Tor the Board of Directors, Lothbridgc. ing party, and to reorganize his cabinet. When these reforms are com- pleted he will be faced with two further decisions: whether to turn Zambia into a single-party State, and how to arrange for a system of elections which will ensure a more representat i v e form of government. At present Zambia has a mili- tant opposition, the African Na- tional Congress, which draws its main support from two prov- inces, and largely from one tri- bal group. There has, in recent times, been considerable vio- lence wherever elections arc held. Kenneth Kaunda has been under considerable pressure from within his own party to abolish the opposition party in order to eliminate violence in politics and to dimmish tribal rivalries. So far he has been reluctant to do so. But he has not altogether ruled out this possibility. A year ago it seemed that Kenneth Kaunda's authority was in jeopardy; today he looks more firmly in power than at any time since Zambia became independent in 1964. He ap- pears to he one of Africa's lead- ers who brought his coun- try into independence who is going to survive the challenge that comes from the internal crises of the ruling party. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) In the past, the United States has usually dealt with such pro- test movements by a tactic of co-option.- The country bought off the Populists and the labor movement, for examples, by making accommodation to most of their demands while punish- ing their extremist leaders. The commission recommends pre- cisely that technique in dealing with the new culture. In highly practical terms, moreover. Unlike most past presidential commissions, the Commission on Campus Unrest did not come in with a long list of pro- grammatic recommendations the Congress 'would not pass and the president would not propose. Chairman William Scranton Insisted that everything recom- mended fall into the realm of the do-able. So the commission has set forth practical steps that could be taken to cut down violence right now by political leaders, law enforcement agen- cies, university authorities, and students. Indeed, that focus on the immediately, do-able ex- plains why so many recommen- dations call for presidential leadership. What the commission fails to note is that the new culture imposes strains and penalties on many other Americans. The group that I have called Middle America is sharply condemned by the new culture for not open- ing up neighborhoods, unions, and schools to more blacks. The forces of law and order, wheth- er military or police, are sub- jected to abuse. And those of us who just happen to-be over 30 and have less modish tastes are scorned as repressed lack- eys of a corrupt system. Not surprisingly, the general public has scant sympathy for the new culture. Protesting col- lege students are widely view- ed as spoiled brats who ought to be taught a lesson. And those feelings are not lost on political men grasping for is- sues that command popular sup- port. That is Vice-President Spiro Agnew and so many members of the Nixon admin- istration, including the, presi- "ent himself, have said such larsh things about youthful pro- test. That is why governors and mayors can't wait to sum- mon the forces of law and order as soon as disturbances begin. And that is why the forces of law and order are not infrequently rushed up in ways that can only cause more trouble. Easing campus tensions, in these circumstances, does not lend itself to programmatic remedy. It is not sirsply a ques- tion of integrating an out- group into the system of spreading more jam on more bread, of stuffing more cream in more mouths. It is a question of calming a provoked major- ity. With that majority, even the self-interest argument the argument that unless peace is made with the new culture the country will be torn apart doesn't really work. College students are a tiny minority seven million in a total of 200 million. Those partial to the new culture are probably small- er in number. The majority could easily crack down hard- er than it has so far without even beginning to feel the point of its own swords. The fact is that there are no compelling inducements for set- ting in motion the good things the commission recommends. Sensible attitudes towards un- rest on campus depend essen- tially on the self-restraint of the majority. Which means thai the universities in this country, and indeed freedom itself, rest on a frail reed. (Field Enlcrpriscs, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 The biggest' pigeon race ever held in the U.S. is to be flown from St. Louis to New York. Five thousand pigeons are to compete. The birds are lo be released in pairs from 280 cities and towns in the St. Louis area. 1930 The world's largest dirigible, Britain's R-101, crash- ed and exploded near Beauvais, France, on a flight to India, At least 47 persons lost their lives. 1910 Students of the Uni- versity of Alberta who refuse to take military training in con- nection with their studies this year will be expelled, univer- sity officials announced. Two or three conscientious objectors have been assured that taking the training does not necessar- ily involve military service after graduation. Representatives of Canada's Japanese have launched a new appeal to the government for an increase in compensation for losses in the Second World War. 1550 A vaccine for measles which has had limited tests with encouraging results will be given to U.S. and Nigerian children. Nigeria is being in- cluded because it has ssvere epidemics, with the death rate running up to 25 per cent.- The LetKbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 001! Member of The Canadian P'css and tho Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and iho Audit Bureau or Circulations (JLEO W. MOWERS, Editor itnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager jUE DAI I A WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager udilorlal Pago Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;