Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 12, 1971 Joseph Krafl Courageous candidates Tomorrow i.s municipal caution clay in Alberta. Hundreds of men and. women have offered to serve their communities as councillors, trustees and board members. When the bal- lots are counted, some of the candi- dates will assume responsibilities while others will have to accept re- jection by the doctors. Either result proves the courageotisness of the candidates. The winners face awesome respon- sibilities. They must try to provide the best possible government, educa- tion, hospital service within fiscal limitations. This will require of them wisdom in assessing current circum- stances; grace for facing comprom- ise; humility for admitting error: persistence "in pursuing seemingly elusive solutions; patience in the face of criticism. And for the sacrifice of time, effort and peace of mind there is very liltle compensation ex- cept the mystic qualities of serving and finding satisfaction in meeting challenge. The losers may lell themselves they are fortunate to have been re- lieved of Hie responsibilities of office, but they pay a price for having run for election" Human beings never find it easy to accept rejection. Even the very "mature experience disap- pointment when they tail to win pub- lic approval. A great many people do not have the courage to risk de- feat. When the price candidates pay is considered, the least the electors can do is turn out at the polls. It only adds to the burden of office and de- feat in the bid for office to know that a large percentage of eligible voters do not care enough to go to the booth to mark a ballot. Negligent electors seldom get what they deserve: poor service from incompetent public of- ficers. On the eve of elections it is in order to think also of those who are ending their period of service. Some people who have given a very good account- ing of themselves will not be com- peting for office. They will be miss- ed and may not know it unless others make the effort to express apprecia- tion. How will Ontario vote? In the last year and a half six provincial governments have faded into the sunset, so it's with special attention thai the Ontario public is following the election called by Pre- mier Davis, leader of the Conserva- tive parly which has been in power for 28 years. Will the trend to switch governments continue as it has been doing in other provinces, or will On- tario cling to its past traditions? It's anybody's guessing game. As a successor to John Robarts, Mr. Davis has neither the personal- ity nor the color of the old leader. As a speaker he is rather flat and uninspiring, but nevertheless it will be difficult for his adversaries to turn the trend in their favor. But just the same, these adver- saries will give the Conservatives quite a run for their money. The Liberals, who took more than 30 per cent of the vote in the last elec- tions, have in Robert Nixon a skilful parliamentarian w hose political views are really liltle different from those of the government. On the oth- er hand Stephen Lewis, the bright young polemicist, draws the young people and some academics into his wake through his socialist ideas. Of the three leaders, only Mr. Nix- on has promised to provide grants to Catholic schools, an issue which is likely lo stir quite some controversy as the election time draws near, and one which will scarcely help him with the WASPS. Incidents, such as what happened at McMaster University where spe- cial guest David Lewis allowed the debate to roll into the difficult abor- tion issue, the lay off by General Motors of a large number of its employees, and other ticklish sub- jects which doubtless will be brought out into the open during the on-com- ing campaign, will allow' the opposi- tion plenty of political hay lo pilch around. Alberta didn't have quite the same amount of hay to deal with during its election recently but the people decided on a change of government anyway. It may be thai Ontario, so long a Conservative preserve, might decide on a change also, for no other reason than wanting a change. It's hard to tell what will happen and at this point even the pollsters aren't making any predictions. In any event it will be an interesting campaign to follow. ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON Some of us here, but not all, still have not recovered from the exciting presidential election held in South Vietnam last Sunday. All of us stayed up all night long as the election seesawed back and forth, first Thieu ahead, then the ballot mutilators picking up strength in the cities. The b'ghts were on at the State Depart- ment, the Pentagon and the White House. High government officials, whose reputa- tions were at stake on free elections in South Vietnam, stayed glued to their TV sets in anticipation of a new era of self- determination for this great bulwark of democracy which all Americans had learn- ed to love and respect. Tile neighbors gathered at our house in the evening. My wife had made sandwiches and hot coffee and we had beer in the ice- box. We had set up three television sets in the living room so we could watch ABC, NBC and CBS at the same time. There was a festive air in the room. After eight years our investment in South Vietnam was final- ly paying off. The first results came in from the of Bu Dhang Bicn. CBS reported 156 for Thieu, one ballot mutilated and of the enemy killed. Erie Sevareid came on and analyzed the vote. He said that Bu Dbang Bicn had al- ways been considered a Thieu stronghold and there was no reason to believe that this was a trend for the rest of the country. Just then John Chancellor came on with ft buHc'lin that Chu Phuoc Hai had gone for Thieu by 98 per cent, but the highway be- tween there and Saigon was still not safe to travel at night. Chancellor put great significance in this vote because in 1962 Chu Phuoc Hai had given Madame Nhu a solid majority. He said that the high Thieu vote could be at- tributed to volunteer work the army had been doing in the past few months, round- ing up the people to vote. Harry Reasoner said that ABC had given the entire Mekong Delta to least those parts of it that still weren't in Viet Cong hands. This was at 9 o'clock. He did say that several ballots, four to be exact, had been mutilated in Due Thanh and therefore it was too early to predict who would win. Walter Cronkite then started reading re- turns from the north. Thieu had won in Di Boup, Chu Yang Sin and To Bong. It turned out that To Bong was one of the crucial towns in the election because three of Vice President Ky's relatives lived there. But the police bad been campaigning since August and To Bong had gone over- whelmingly for Thieu. with 768 votes for him and 20 students arrested. By this time precincts from al! around Ihe country started reporting in. NBC had Thieu leading by 95 per cent of the vote, CBS by 91 per cent and ABC had switched to a rerun of the Monday night football game. But despite the heavy Thieu vote, the ballot rr.utilators refused to concede to Thieu. NBC and CBS had both set up their cameras in the palace of President Thicu to cover the victory celebration, hut Illicit said he wanted to wait until every vote was in before he made a victory stale- ment. The funny thing was that most of us went to bed believing Thicu had been elected president of South Vietnam. When we woke up in the morning you can imagine our .sur- prise to find it was true. (Toronto Telegram News Service) Said icilh certainty By Dong Walker When I was out in back shop provid- part lime farmer, loo, George was unsure Ing some interference for George Goldie he appealed to Garry Allison who while he was trying to make up the Satur- d bc day editorial pages I asked him if golden- rod is prevalent in this area (seeing a Rrow nrollnd llorc? GcorRc- Ix-ading about Koldonrod prompted Ihc I'oralering the question a bit, Garry replied. Vietnam election yields one more irony CAIUOM In winning rc- election, President Nguyen Van Tliieu showed himself to be smart, hard-workiiiR and brillirnt organizer. In all the es- sentials he scored a striking vic- tory lor the policy favored by President Nixon and Ambassa- do' Ellsworth Bunker. Only it develops thai policy cannot deliver the sale a n d quick American exit from Viet- nam it was supposed to achieve. So unless Mr. Nixon wanls to go into the 1072 election with the Vietnamese war on, he will now have to get President Tliieu to change Ihc approach that brought him such enormous success. To understand what President Thieu achieved, it is first neces- sary to rid the mind of cant about true democracy in South Vietnam. That notion has all along been a line put out by the American embassy here as a device for winning support for the war effort back home, fn fad, with a war on and a million men out of a popula- tion of 17 million under arms, the chances for free political choice have been virtually non- existent. The real question here, as in most Asian elections, was simply how well the govern- ment could organize the vote. President Thicu organized it with rare mastery. He feinted his only opponents Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky and Gen. Duong Van IV'inh out of the lists. He circulated election materials all over Saigon and on trees in every village on a scale rarely equalled by American political organizations. "We mind your riding your bicycle to work, Gorman, but the board has voted to suspend your execu- washroom 1971 tylUA, Inc "We ALWAYS buy fVlWTHING Iron chain stares in inner like to poy TOP Letters to the editor What is the future of Red Rock Coulee? Red Kock Coulee, south of Seven Persons, drew natural- ists from various points in Al- berta Sunday, Oct. 3, who came to view the location and make recommendations as to what should be done about the cou- lee. Their ideas seemed to be running more along the lines of a wilderness area. These peo- ple don't seem to realize that in southeastern Alberta we al- ready have wilderness areas galore. With a little co-opera- tion from leaseholders and owners there is endless oppor- tunity for hiking. What we need arc parks. While we were very impress- ed with the interest shown by naturalists who came from as far away as Edmonton, we were disappointed in the ob- vious lack of concern on the part of the County of Forty Mile. Mind you everybody was probably pretty tuckered out after opening that big park at Foremost the day before, but you'd think at least one coun- cillor would have been there! Now, unless we get up on our bind legs a little a dam thing is going to be done about Red Rock Coulee. The very idea that fixing it up is going lo attract so many people that it will be literally tramped down is ridiculous. In the first place, grass is replaceable. Be- sides Red Rock is not very grassy for after all it is bad- land. With a little imagination, roads and foot paths can be made to guide people through these areas without upsetting the natural setting. But it does take imagination and that is something that there isn't much of anymore. Further- more, if we had more parks the ones we've got wouldn't get that worn appearance. Unless these places are fix- ed up they do not attract the general public. The average person has to be led by signs, camp sites, etc. I think the gen- eral public are the people we should be concerned about. What good does it do society as a whole lo cater to a few exclusive people? Each and ev- ery person is entitled lo the in- spiration that people receive from getting out into the nat- Substitute teachers The people who pay the taxes should say what is taught in schools. After all they are smart enoL'gh lo earn Iho money to pay Ihe laxes. The educational system is like breaking a horse. Just as soon as that horse becomes a non-thinking robot it is edu- cated. It will stand in a man- ure-filled corral all day and then work or nm on command until it drops. If it does think for itself and kicks down the corral and goes to the clean air of the hills it is called crazy, and shot. Children go to school to learn not to think for themselves. They are educated by teachers who are selected for their abil- ity to never have an idea of their own. (This is necessary for if they taughl their own ideas il would upset the whole system.) This ability to follow orders does not qualify them to make Much encouragement given Native though lie i.s to these parts nml "f think f can for certain I don t know." With regard to our recently approved innovative project, namely Student Developed Au- dio-Visual Communications, f would like to thank the many people in southern Alberta who have gene unmentioned yet have since the beginning offered their encouragement in one form or another. Foremost, f must mention Mrs. C. E, Daw and Mrs. L. Krammcr. Many of the excit- ing things that happen in edu- cation today arc a result of the untiring efforts of these peop'e. Although many will be miss- ed, the following must be rec- ognized as their assistance was invaluable. Alex Johnson, His- torical Society; John Bmba and Ted Dawsor, U of L: Frank Smith, Tourist and Convention Magazines The students of Hamilton Ju- nior High audio-visual classes, require extensive amounts of magazines in order to fin- ish the many projects we have started. These magazines will be cut up lor pictures or used as reference material. Anyone wishing to donate these much-needed magazines may drop them off al. the school I.) Avc. and ir> SI. S.) or con- tact the school at lOT-IMM be- tuccn the hour s of a.m. and p.m. and they will bc picked up. KOHERT FAIRFIian. nitrcF SF.KIYA. SI'CDK.NTS, LtUiuridge. Bureau; J. W. B. Shipley, Shipley Photo Service, Cal- gcry; Miss Myra Bell, Eco- nomic Development Commis- sion; Herb Sivycr, Natural His- tory and Lethbridge Archaeol- ogical Societies; Staff of the Lethbridge Public Library, CHEC, CJOC, CFCN-TV, CJOC- IV and The Lethbridge Her- ald; Dr. F. H. Mewburn Chap- ter IODE; Lelhbridge Kiwanis Clubs. The most important ingre- dient has still been left out. To those at Hamilton as well as tht students who have gone on to the LCI and elsewhere a very special thank you. We v.ere able to carry on and im- prove our program because of the enthusiasm and responsibil- ity they displayed. BRUCE A. I1AIG, HAMILTON JR. HIGH SCHOOL. policy nearly as efficiently as those" who pay the taxes. Rais- ing that money calls for real thinking, and policy making needs to be done by thinking men. We now have machines that can do the teaching job much more efficiently than the teach- ers and the professors, and at a fraction of the cost. Naturally the teaching profession seeks autonomy to prevent the public from this knowledge. The children are now handi- capped by the quality of teach- ers that the school or univer- sity is successful in obtaining. On tape, any university can have the test lecture ever de- livered in the world on tile sub- ject even translated if ne- cessary. Also no student stands behind another nnd musses an an essential part but all have a ringside seat. If part is not fully understood, the tape can be played over and over again until the student knows all about that subject. Instead of forced attendance at school, w i t h exposure to drugs, etc., only ,those who could not make the grades would have fo attend. All would have to be examined for knowl- edge acquired and skill to use that knowledge. If you have a winter vacation and wish to go to Mexico, take the children. Also rent the tapes so that when you return they will be equal io or ahead of the class. Any responsible person can maintain discipline in school at far lower salaries. Let the teachers strike themselves off the payroll. With spiralling ed- ucational costs aiming to equal the national product by 1990 it is time lo call a hall. The teaching profession will not call a halt. The tax payers must protect our country from a sys- tem that is becoming an un- bearable burden. II. can he done. Will you do M. E. SPENCER. Cardslon. ural areas. It is the beginning of a new interest, an interest in nature, something that we need more of. If every person were interested and concerned we wouldn't need to hire an army of conservationists to keep nature from being de- stroyed. Then of course there are the many hobbies and pas- times that develop naturally from getting to know nature, rock collecting, amateur geol- ogy, etc. Over-looking Red Rock Cou- lee is Bullshead Butte, a high point that offers a sweeping view of a large portion of southeastern Alberta. Bull- shead Butte was used by the Indians as a smoke signal sta- tion. Messages travelled great distances quickly as smoke sig- nals were relayed from one high point to another. Bull- shead Butte was also a look- out for the North West Mount- ed Police and their scouts. In- dian activities and lawlessness could be cloarly seen from here. MRS. M. DRAGLAND. Maleb. The voting itself was calm and brisk. An abundance of well-armed police and militia assured against any serious disruption by the Communists or the opposition. The samo presence tended to stimulate a good turn-out. Waiting and confusion clog- ged the electoral process hardly at all. In one polling booth in the Chinese section of Saigon, 1 clocked voters moving through at a pace of one every ten sec- onds. In one village of the Mekong delta, a third of the town had voted before nine in the morning. The 90 per cent vote that eventually supported Gen. Thicu may not have been a tribute to democracy. But it was an unmistakable tribute to his grip on the security appar- atus and the bureaucracy. In asserting this strong grip, President Thieu was acting in strict accord with American aims. For the policy of the Nix- on administration as carried out by Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker has been to build a tough, can-do regime in Sai- gon. The theory has been that a well-entrenched Saigon govern- ment would be able to take over the war, thus facilitating Amer- ican withdrawal. It was also supposed that such a regime would force the Communists to negotiate-thus promoting a set- tlement and the final return of all Americans, including the prisoners held by North Viet- nam. But as Ihc American election of next year approaches, that theory looks weaker and weaker. The North Vietnamese show no signs of being forced to come to terms-least of all with Pres- ident Thieu. On Ihe contrary, they have been more and more explicit in saying that the price for settlement and releas; of prisoners is the re- moval of Thieu. Since the stick of pressuring the Communists with a strong regime has not worked, the ob- vious alternative is a carrot that might tempt the other side into negotiating. That would in- volve an American promise to remove all troops by a date cer- tain plus a broadening of Presi- dent Thieu's government to ad- mit elements with whom the Communists could deal. But President Thieu's interest is to keep some American troops around not to have them all go home in the next Similarly, his interest is to hold power not to share it out wilh forces hostile to his rule. TH upshot is that President Nixon has come onto collision course with President Thicu. If Mr. Nixon wants the prisoners home and the war dead as an issue in 1972, he will have to force Gen. Thieu lo abandon the strong-arm tactics that brought such conspicuous success in the election. Which is to say that the election, like so many other things in Vietnam, has yielded only one more irony. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Urges people to vole Two public forums involving candidates for mayor and al- dermen were held recently. Both forums were very poorly attended by the voting public. This may or may not be an in- dicator that the citizens are not interested and a poor turn-oul at the polls on October 13 could result I realize there arc no particu- lar issues but all eligible voters should have an interest in Ihc calibre of persons who are going to serve this community as mayor, aldermen, on school and hospital boards. I have recently returned after visiting a country behind the iron curtain which is controlled inn per cent by the Soviet Union. Yes, they do have elec- tions and they must vote but the people must vote for Hie candidate chosen for them. They have no choice. I men- tion this simply to remind us that we live in a free demo- cratic country and should take advantage of Ihe power of Ihe ballot. This is your city. Show your interest on October 13 and exer- cise your God-given freedom to vote as you please. I now speak for all candidates. They are giving a lot of their lime to tly community. All they ask is that you lake a few minutes of your time to vote. Never underesti- mate the power of the ballot. Vote as you please but please vote. W. L. (BILL) KERGAN. Lcthbridge. Looking backward Will it affect gardens? Through The Herald 1021 Grain shipments are now al the peak. The average is 75 cars daily. In some dis- tricls farmers are holding back their grains in hopes of a raise in price. The annual gathering of the Lolhbridge Homing Society will be held in the Canadian Legion Hall, Thursday. 19J1 _ Partridge have been numerous this year and in many cases have destroyed a large quantity of grain on sev- eral farms. Mir.i The Lcthbridge Com- munity Chest must collect 223, if this year's objective of is to be reached. Coleman Commun- ity Library will he officially opened on Friday October 20. All this aggravating and agonizing, "to be or not to be" regarding fluoridalion, is really going from "the sublime lo Ihe ridiculous." Mrs. Jane Lawson has truthfully answer- ed Mr. K. L. Brosz of Bow Is- land, and when stating, we can all have protection with fluo- rine tablets on request if want- ed, nnd for free. Rut I am wondering, if or when, we should accept fluori- dalion in our water, how il will affect gardens, Jawns budding flowers, yes even wee fish. We all respond with gallons of wa- ter in hopes of quick growth, and I don't exited il would ruin Ihe teeth of gardens, but what's Ihc use of its gaining white pearly Icelh, if the growlh is stunted and retarded wilh fluo- ridation and just nothing to chew on. Also regarding our lady coun- cil member, we need more like her r.ow and nnl lalrr. "OLE 1UCUAH1.K" Lcthbridge. The Lcthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbririgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1054, V Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mali Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press ana me Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association And Ihe Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEG W. 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