Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednoictoy, October 11, 1972 Thieu makes war a mockery II) fail T. lluwiiii, U.S. s.vmlU-Hlcd comincnlntor Solving unemptoyment External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp noted, when he spoke in Leth- bridge recently, that the unemploy- ment problem today is vastly differ- ent lo the one that existed during the depression. The economy is healthy and jobs are being created in unprecedented numbers yet unem- ployment continues lo increase. As an explanation for this phenom- enon, Mr. Sharp cited the increased birth rate following the Second World War. By implication, lie seemed to suggest'that once the big influx of the post-war baby boom now entering the labor market was over, 1lie problem would be solved. Tints the caretaker arrangements of such schemes as Opportunities for Youth ami the Local Initiatives Program can be viewed as sufficient. Any such view which Mr. Sharp is not apt to hold in such a simplistic form any more than Mr. Stanfield is not apt to be blind lo the differ- ence between unemployment now and in the depression era is surely mis- taken. The birth rate may have levelled off but if it has. it still means that people will be coming into the labor market at much Ihe same rate as at present. Caretaker programs, therefore, are not the answer. The solution to unemployment may be to learn lo live with it. Industry cannot realistically be expected to continue to create more jobs. With the steady encroachment of automa- tion there may even be a reduction in jobs. Only the skilled and highly enterprising seem to have much as- surance of employment. Unless genetic engineering becomes acceptable and it is a highly re- pugnant idea at present so that only that number of desirable in- dividuals who can be accommo- dated in jobs is permitted to be born, what alternative is there but to gear for unemployment? It means chang- ing the prevailing philosophy about work and it requires an even more radical move into welfarism than has been experienced to date. Discussion of such views as these, by the politicians seeking election would be more desirable than either the criticism or attempted justifica- tion of existing policies now being fed to the electorate. Keep Waterton open longer There is more to be corrected at Waterton Lakes National Park than bringing in a uniform fishing closure, as The Herald suggested recently. Park patrons who frequent the area in early autumn should be provided with adequate facilities, at least until Thanksgiving weekend. Comments by visitors, listed in the park register, in- dicate there is a growing dissatisfac- tion with Waterton's complete shut- down following Labor Day weekend. September and October are the chosen vacation months for scores of nature lovers. It is then the national parks are less crowded and autumn parades Us grandeur. But should Wat- erton be chosen during the fall a bland diet is risked unless the camper has ample provisions. Everything is shut tight apart from one service station which also supplies milk, eggs, butter and bread. Thanks giving weekend found down- town Waterton in moth balls with only one lodge remaining open for busi- ness. There was not even a place to get a cup of coffee. A check disclosed a portion of the downtown campsite open, but generally speaking all toilet facilities were closed. Crandell Lake campsite was barricaded despite the fact this camping site nestles within the finest hiking area within the park. This implies that Labor Day week- end terminates all park interest until the grand resurgence on Victoria Day weekend. But need a silent fall settle over this magnificent location when actually many view autumn as the most beautiful and adventurous sea- son? Is it not likely that with the introduction of a uniform fishing clos- ure plus the extension of the camp- site closing date, coupled with a dis- play of optimism on the part of Waterton merchants, that Waterton could be patronized for a longer sea- son than at present. Typical twaddle An American political journalist has writ- ten a book in which the author describes Prime Minister Edward Heath as suffering from sexual and social repressions. The bachelor head of Britain's Conser- vative government has difficulty relating to women other than as a bloc of votes, says trie journalist, who also quotes Heath's mother as saving: "You can't imagine Teddy kissing a girl." This is typical1 American twaddle. The author says he is a jouroaliist, but he sounds more like a psychiatrist to me. One of those American psychiatrists who freeze into a point 8t the first scent of a repression. They go bird-dogging through the groves of greatness, intent on flushing deviations from the norm, and baying deep in their throats when they (real what they see as anti-social behavior. What these twits fail to understand is that greatness political greatness as well as other uncommon garden varieties is rarely achieved without sexual and social repressions. Freud dealt with it at some length, the sublimation of sex being the wellspring of creativity and so on, but it doesn't appear to have sunk in. American journalists still expect the great to be as normal as apple pie, despite abundant evidence that we get results from the fruit cake. Mr. Trudeau is cited by some of these commentators as another Heath. He waited till he was 51 to get married. Nobody knows how much sexual and social repres- sion he experienced in his formative half century, but it plainly didn't hurt his chance of one day becoming the prime minister of Canada. I offer myself as another example. I was sexually and socially repressed during my most creative years as a writer (from age five to My mother not only couldn't imagine me kissing a girl, she was astounded to hear that I shook bands with Aunt Enid. (She probably forgot that Aunt Enid had a moustache.) One evening the girl I had been taking out for over a year kissed me out of sheer exasperation. My sexual and social repres- sions promptly blew a gasket, and the promise of a career as a emmirtent author dissolved in the heat of an embrace. I'm just thankful that, as a Canadian, I was able tfl hang onto my repressions as long as I did. As an American 1 would have been under considerably more pressure to develop normal relations with women, and olher people generally, than in this country that still owes much to Britain and her splen- did heritage of sexual hang-ups. If the Americans had more leaders like Ted Hoalh introverted, that is, and scar- ed rigid of the female they might not be in the mess they are now. Ever since George -and Martha acted cozy in the vine- yard, the president of the United States has had to demonstrate his complete ad- justment to women in the form of his wife, who at the electoral convention is right up Ihere with him clutching his nom- ination. And what has it got America? Viet- nam, pollution, rotten authors, and Dick. Ted Heath told a nosy American woman who chivved him about marriage: "A man who married lo become prime minis- ter would be neither a good prime minister nor a good husband." Well said, sir. And from you, Yank, a little more respect, please, for your bet- ters. (Vancouver Province Features) A sign of the times By -lim Klshbonrae "IT DOESN'T seem all that long ago (bat every school hoy and girl knew whore Runnomwle v.as and what happened there. No one could escape from school in the English-speaking world without absorbing the Who? Why? and Where? of a popular and hopelessly romanticized ver- sion of the Magria Carta story. This had the King John, by the assembled might of the noble WASHINGTON The news coining out of South Vietnam in recent weeks has carried a special, pitiful sadness. For (hat news has made it clearer and clearer that the prize paid for by the lives of 56.134 Americans, with another crippled and maimed, is a ruthless one-man dictator- ship. I renicmlxM1 that April day in 1965 when Lyndon K. Johnson told a Johns Hopkins audience: "Tonight Americans and Asians are dying for a world where each people may choose its own path to change. This is the principle for wlu'ch our anccs- stors fought in the valleys of Pensylyania. It is the principle for which our sons tight tonight in the jungles of Vietnam." It i.s seven years and a lot ot dying later, but the people of South Vietnam are not free to choose any path to change. What rights they had to free elections in the villages have been stripped away by their own president, Nguyen Van Thieu. Village leaders now will be appointed in a system that is notoriously corrupt. The new constitution which was adopted with fanfare has been reduced to a mockery, and Ihe legislators who were to help construct that "path to change" have been reduced to impotency. What goes through the mind of Lyndon Johnson these days as he recalls his solemn words: ''We want nothing for ourselves only that the people of South barons of England, putting his reluctant hand and seal to Ihoir Great Charter, v.ilh forthwith established Liberty and Equality (Fraternity was a French notion, and came much later) for all men and for all lime. It is probably no more than a sign of the times that our now ami massive office dictionary defines Kunnrmcdc as "a tomi ia S.W. New Jersey." mm mm tr i "How're the ol' loonholetf" Vietnam be allowed to guide their own country in their own He must wonder if Thieu's encircling little diclatorslu'p is what he bargained for. Among the things Mr. John- son dreamed of for Vietnam was "the sight of healthy chil- dren in a classroom." How bit- terly ironic that today the uni- versity classrooms are pad- locked, on orders from Tlu'eu. This is only one step in the stifling of dissent. No longer is even the most peaceful demon- stration permitted. The jails are full of those who dared speak out against Thicu. Freedom of the press has, by all normal standards, been ab- olished. It has been sacrificed (o Tliicu's amibtions of survial after Ihe Americans bail out completely. Our president does not say, but this must be a shock to the Richard II. Nixon who said on Oct. 7, 19G5: "We must nev- er forget (hat if the war in Vietnam is lost the right of free speech will be ex- tinguished throughout the world." Then you remember Nixon telling (lie National Association of Manufacturers on Dec. 3, 1965: "1 think 'history will re- cord that the war in Vietnam was fought to prevent the Third World War. Alas, Thieu has opted for the philosophy that if you can't convince 'em, tyrannize 'em. And millions of Americans now watch in nauseous dismay. You hear an occasional sickly rationalization: "Sure, what Thieu is doing is horrible. But the South Vietnamese are still a lot freer liian the North Viet- namese." But the rationalizers know that just about every ideal Am- ericans carried into that strug- gle has been debased by cor- rupt, power-hungry men. Surely not even Spiro Agnew can still believe that our Viet- nam involvement has been "one of the noblest" ventures in this nation's history. Addressed to Trudeau You asked us lo ask Jesus Christ, "Where is the just so- ciety." Many ot us have done just thai and found it. The former alcoholic and his family will tell you the just so- ciety is in their home, because Jesus Christ rules instead ot booze. The former crook will tell you about the just society as he finds forgiveness and dir- ection in Jesus Clirist. The former drug addict will tell you about the just society that Je- sus produces in deliverance from that bondage. Ask the Auca Indians about a just so- ciety, as the sister of the man they killed.uraved their savag- ery to tell them of Jesus and His just society. Ask those who, driven to the brink of suicide, instead asked Jesus about a place of peace, then found it worthwhile to live in that place. Ask Nicky Cruz of New York about the just society he found. When taking part in gangland terrorism, those he tortured prayed [or liim to find Hie love and peace of Jesus. He will tell you with enthusiasm about the just society Jesus gives when you ask Him. Sure there are phonies, sure there are fakes claiming their actions in His name. He warn- ed us of them when He said: "In Hint day they will come to me saying, we have done many wonderful works in t h y name, and-I will say, depart from me, I never you." You are right Mr. Trudeait, we must ask Jesus about the just society for He is the only one able to give it. If you want the just society go right to top and ask for it. It is not too late, Mr. Tru- deau, for you to join the just society. Just ask our leader Jesus Clirist He'll tell you an about it. JUST ONE OF MILLIONS WHO ARE HAPPY IN HIS JUST SOCIETY. Kimberlcy, B.C. Let some fresh air in Mr. Nixon and the press By James Iteston, New York limes commentator WASHINGTON You can hardly pick up a newspaper these days without finding some new evidence that the freedom of the press is being nibbled away in United States, and what's equally significant, that quite a few people think this is not a bad idea. The other day, Chief Judge John J. Sirica of the federal district court here enjoined all parties involved in the Water- gate political burglary case from discussing it outside the courtroom. His order covered the justice department, the FBI, the seven defendants in the case, their at- torneys, witnesses, potential witnesses, "alleged victims" and "all persons acting for or with them." If taken seriously, this would cut off almost everybody who knows anything about this case from discussing it with report- ers, and the judge wasn't quite sure whether his order would prevent Sen. George McGovern from discussing the case in public. The day before that, Peter J. Bridge, a reporter for the defunct Newark Evening News was tossed in the Essex Coun- ty, N.J., jail partly because he refused to tell a grand jury, not the source of his information in a criminal case, but because he had refused to answer ques- tions about what might be in his private notebooks on the case. It is not only that the Su- preme Court has enjoined newspapers from publishing in- formation the government wanted suppressed in the Pentagon Papers case, and that it has decided that reporters must disclose the source of their information in criminal cases. The free flow of informa- tion in a democratic society can be interrupted by avoiding the press just as well as by threatening reporters with jail or preventing papers from pub- lishing. For example, President Nixon has just held his first press conference in five of the liveliest news weeks of the year. He wouldn't comment on the Watergate case on the ground that this might inter- fere with the judicial process, and he said he wasn't cam- paigning much because he had to stick around Washington and make sure the Congress didn't pass bills that would lead to a tax increase for the American people. Even when he does go out campaigning, as David Broder of The Washington Post ob- served the other day, "there is a wall a mile high between Mr. Nixon and the reporters." After following him to California the other day, reporters were not allowed in the hall and had to watch him on closed circuit television. "In every way possible, Broder observed, "the Nixon entourage seems to be systematically stifling the kind of dialogue that has in the past been thought to be the heart of a campaign." Several things need to be said about this. In the first place, all institutions manage the news in the sense that they emphasize the best in their rec- ord and minimize or suppress (ho worst Also, Ihere is nothing in the Libs, what about love? By Don Oakley, NEA service IT is ironic that something that was once considered a great advance in establishing the human rights of women now seems to be looked upon as merely another means by which men keep women "in their place." This was the idea, which be- gan with the romantic move- ment of the 19th century and came to full flower in the 20th, that women should be free to marry for !ovc, not by arrange- leading advocates of women's liberation. Though they might argue that they aren't a thing, it may be a significant that few of these women seem to have a joyous relationship with a man, or ever had one, or even want one in or out of mar- riage. Marriage is still popular, of course. HV some of Ihe model contracts drawn up by some women's libbers, in which all monl for fhe social or material, conjugal rights and duties are convenience of their (nmilic.s. "Love is the whole history of a woman's life; it is only an episode in utote the French authoress Mme. De Slael. Not any more. In their de- mands for "equality with men, love is a tour-letter word that never passes lha lips of the precisely detailed and split ex- actly 50-fjfj, are as businesslike and as loveless as any marriage contract of olden limes which specified the amount of dowry the woman lo provide. This may represent prog- re.ss, but toward what it is not yet clear. constitution that says Nixon has to debate McGovern or make a single campaign speech, if he doesn't want lo. ff he can get away with making pronouncement and refusing to make himself available for questioning about his plans for a second term, meanwhile ris- ing in the popularity polls, it is not surprising that he follows what is clearly a winning strat- egy. The consequence ot these re- cent court cases and these suc- cessful political and publicity tricks, however, are not unim- portant, and this is not merely a struggle between the govern- ment and the press and televi- sion. For Nixon is not only de- feating McGovern, but he is de- feating the press and what is more important the American democratic system. He is a master of the techni- que of propaganda and eva- sion, and the more they suc- ceed, the more they establish a pattern for the whole govern- ment. Once the officials of a government see thai the pres- ident regards reporters as in- struments of his policy rather than as servants of a society that lives by accurate informa- tion and more than that as- sumes an attitude of mutual hostility you may be sure that this mood will infect the whole bureaucracy. He doesn't have lo tell his cabinet members or White House aides to evade or be sus- picious of the inky wretches. Most of them observe his sus- picions, and are either unavail- able or uncommunicative, and the result is obvious, The peo- ple get primarily the informa- tion the government wants them to gel. For under the new court or- ders, even officials who want to talk about the Watergate case, or the secret Republican cam- paign funds, or Gen. Lavelle's private air war in Vietnam, or the milk and wheat deals have to recognize now that if they give information to a reporter, no matter how reliable, the re- porter may IK hauled into court and offered the choice of dis- closing his sources or going to jail. With laws like Ihcsc pins the techniques of publicity and eva- sion, even the boldest and most honorable men in government are now more scarce and cau- tious than ever in my memory. This, of course, is precisely what the president and the vice president apparently had in mind, and let's face it, they !iave won. The only trouble is that the country is losing some- thing of fundamental impor- lance, and Ihe public is taking it all wilh indifference if not actual approval. T can feel nothing but sym- pathy for the Calgary lawyer seeking an appeal from the Su- preme Court while defending against a nudity charge. The law, in this respect, states, "a person is nude who is so clad as to offend against public de- cency or The decision now centres on the question of whether or not public stand- ards are indeed unchanged since nudity was first outlaw- ed in 1931. With magazine and motion picture producers thumbing their noses at our moral savi- iors, our female public spend- ing more money on less gar- ment material, and the ever- increasing number of univer- sity residences opening their quarters to a mixed population, one can hesitantly but accur- ately assume that public stand- ards have changed. What be- fuddles me about these changes is that the local attitude re- garding this transformation hasn't changed one iota. I sincerely empathize with the unfortunate girls who ex- perience unwanted pregnancy. What exactly is unfortunate about these girls is us. We put such a "no-no" connotation on sex that (hese girls have learn- ed to feel guilty about it, hut they don't abstain from it, they merely feel guilty about it. As a result, birth control measures are waived in lieu of sup- pressing guilt feelings. If we weren't so negative about sex in general, young people would learn to "premed- itate" or precaution their sex- ual behavior because guilt feel- ings would be absent. Birth control measures would be used and the danger of uncontrolled spontaneity would no longer be an issue. As a result, the onslaught of unwed mothers would not he on the same para- lell as the onslaught of moral freedom 1 spoke of earlier. The only way to initiate this new "conditioning" is at a very young age, and what bet- ter place to start than in our schools. Sooner or later we are going to have lo face the fact that abstinence of sex in our youth is no longer a sufficient birth control measure because this abstinence simply does not ex- ist. Think about that the next time your child comes home from school and says "Guess who's I beckon to you members of Home and School Associations to open up your Victorian clos- ets and let some fresh air in. Lethbridge. JOHN A. MARTINI Make parents responsible A local school bus driver was recently dismissed, allegedly for disciplining a youngster for fighting in the bus, and for failing to stop at a railway cros- sing that has one train a month ordinarily, and none for five months last winter. I do not know the driver or any of the parents. A few years ago a school bus ran into the side of my car. It was a clear day and all I can figure was Ihe cause was that the driver was distracted from his driving duties. The duty of a bus driver should be to assign seats to the children where they are least apt to cause a dislrubance. Fail- ure to sit in that seat and be- have themselves should end rid- ing privileges of that student. The parents would be obliged lo provide alternate means of the child attending school or insist their child sit In the as- signed seat and behave. Fail- ure to do so would make the parenls subject lo the truancy act. Cardslon M. E. SPENCER Aid pre-sclioolers I was happy to see a letter Oct. 4 which finally set the facts straight concerning Ses- ame Street. I, too, wrote -a let- ter to the CRTC before I heard the truth. Once again, Ihe al- mighty dollar has taken pre- cedence. I fully realize that television stations need money lo operate, but surely some- thing could have been worked out. Personally, I've been tempted to pay them to keep some of the programs off. Perhaps we could set up an "Emergency Fund" lo help our revenue-starved television sta- tion. Don't any of the decision- makers have small children? Many of our lax dollars go for projects that the majority of private citizens don't bene- fit from. I'd like to sec some of mine going for a project to aid pre-schoolers namely, keep- ing Sesame Street on the air. By the way what revenue is there in Friendly Giant and Chez Helene? There's a half hour that could be donated to Sesame Street. Mothers if you care enough, let yourself be heard! MOTHER SUFFERING FROM. AN OVERDOSE OF WALLY- GATOR. Lethbridge Bangladesli appreciation I have read with much inter- est the item in The Lethbridge Herald entitled "Herald read- ers will assist in building of ref- ugee homes" and was pleasant- ly surprised lo see how the hu- mane people in this country so far away from ours felt for peo- ple on the other side of the globe who had lost their hearths and homes. May I take (his opportunity to express thanks for this In- itiative, and Herald readers for their warm generosity. A. MOMIN High Commissioner, The People's Republic Ottawa of Bangladesh Utlibtidgc Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. 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