Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HEKALD Tuesday, October 13, 1970 Tiw Traynor It Has Happened Here! Most of the world is sick. Canada, her people have carelessly assumed, is different. Canada is one country where the rule of law, the power of reason, the strength of mutual under- standing and the devotion to tran- quility could be depended upon. It can't happen here! But it has happened here. Here, in Canada. Here, in Canada, an outburst of criminal aggression worthy of Sy- ria, or of the Mafia in Sicily. A con- frontation between gangsters and the state, and the state is negotiating with the gangsters! Blackmail of the most fiendish kind is gaining a partial tri- umph Perhaps Canadians have been liv- ing in a fool's paradise. Having for- gotten, they are reminded of the per- ils of a free society. There is no abso- lute security. Total protection is a myth. No one is no one, any time, any where. If not from a band of kidnappers or an assassin's bullet, the fatal blow can come from a car- eening automobile or a thrombosis. Having said all thatj one asks what else the Quebec and Canadian auth- orities could have done but offer the kidnappers some sort of compromise. By not acceding to all of the de- mands they gambled with two men's lives. The gamble seems to have suc- ceeded. As was so simply stated, some of the demands were not within the competence of reasonable men to grant. Should the release of the "political prisoners" have been offered? What a travesty on words. These men are common criminals murderers, ar- sonists, bank robbers. Their dedica- tion to a "free Quebec" had nothing to do with their conviction or impris- onment. Now they may go free. If their release as part of a gen- eral settlement with the FLQ, should lead to cessation of the terrorism of the last few years which merely cul- minated in the kidnapping, then it will have been a bargain. But if these thugs resume their criminal activ- ities and the partial triumph of black- mail is established, then Canada is in for real trouble. One other question must be raised. While the FLQ is doubtless an extre- mely small conspiratorial group, an alarming measure of reluctant sym- pathy for it has been exposed. Que- bec has a very large separatist move- ment. Most separatists deplore the methods of the FLQ hut many of them agree with its purposes. For all of Canada that is the chal- lenge, but especially for the moder- ates in Quebec. If they don't take full command in this moment of crisis, confederation is doomed. If the rest of Canada wants Quebec to stay, then it must be more sensitive to the legiti- mate French Canadian grievances than it has been thus far. So merely to fume and swear and denounce is not a sufficiently mature reaction to the shocking news from Quebec. What can be leamed from it? Junior Achievement Program The Junior Achievement program, coming to Lethbridge this month, de- serves the widest popular support. Whatever one's politics or prej- udice, it must be universally con- ceded that Canada's economy is es- sentially composed of business cor- porations mostly privately owned, and mostly directed at making a pro- fit. Even many of those corporations owned by the state, such as Alberta Government Telephones or the CNR, operate on the profit principle. Most incomes in Lethbridge are from cor- porations which must operate profit- ably to stay alive. At the same time far too few peo- ple are involved in corporations at the management or ownership level. Far too few people know how com- panies must operate. Some economic theory may be taught in the schools, but like most theory it doesn't come alive until the student has practical experience with it. The merit of the Junior Achieve- ment program is that it gives that practical experience. The student par. ticipants become the company. With the advice of adult experts they es- tablish, finance and operate a com- pany, being responsible for purchas- ing, sales, personnel, maintenance, of- fice management, and every other facet of a successful business. The benefits are many. For some there is employment, for some the gaining of self-confidence, for some business apprenticeship, for some so- cial satisfactions, for some the strict monetary incentive. The direct purpose is not to indoc- trinate or to bolster "capitalism." The system is here, whether one likes it or not, and the main trouble is that not enough people understand it. An uninformed friend is more harmful to the system than an informed foe. If the system cannot stand up to informed critics, it does not deserve to survive. But first it does deserve to be understood and the best understanding comes from participation. That will now be of- fered to Lethbridge senior high school students. Hopefully it will do for them what the 4-H program does for farm young people. Only good can come "from it. Letter From Kashmir By Joyce Sasse Any trip to Kashmir can take Sorry to disappoint him but only be called "A Royal Road to without the romantic (and other) backing Romance.' For the adventurer, this narrow neck of land iiestled in the Himalayas between volatile West Pakistan aggressive China, and over-possessive India, offers romance aplenty. If war be your game, you'll see Indian troops at every turn of them stationed here. The hunter of trophies can track brown bear and wolves in Himalayan foothills identical with Water- ton peaks. Or he can push further up into the snows after marmot and snow leopard. While our guides tried to persuade us that duck season here offered the finest hunting in the world, I was content to sit on Uie banks of a stream under the shade of one of Kashmir's beautiful dinar trees (our feasting rr.y eyes on a ridge so identical with Sofa Mountain I had to keep pinching myself to make sure it wasn't a dream, pulling in, fighting pound to pound- and-a-half brown, rainbow, and trout. Back in Srinagar, the winter capital of the province, we again assumed our 'sophisticated and followed the guide through the maize of handicraft factories that gave us insight into the hours of labor and love a craftsman puts into a nig that may take his whole family ten years to design and complete (every knot having been meticulously I was capti- vated by the woodworkers masters who make walnut look and feel like carved leather. The shawl man came to us with his wares spreading them out on our living room nig casually allowing their golden threads to glisten in the late after- noon (shawls so fine, he could pull some of them through the ring he wore on his little It was fun to watcli the sales technique of the jeweller nothing but the finest for the mesdames. "I don't care whether or not you are interested in buying. Just let me show you Diamonds, and rubies, and sapphires. Natural pearls com- bined with emeralds. Eight-jewelled prin- cess rings. "That bracelet? Let's see Three thousand dollars." A beautiful blue sapphire nestled in a ring of diamonds only By that time we got down lo talking shout twenty dollar opals some- thing so insignificant in price "You'll of an Onassis, "could I have a look at your souvenir coffee The romance grows when you take look at the Kashmiri women. Their cos- tumes, by our standards, are bedraggled and they look as if they need a good sham- poo (wouldn't we, too, if we were helping our men hand-scythe the fall yet their fine, dark eyes, smooth complexion and handsomely shaped features make you wish you could portray every one of them. There is romance aplenty as you walk through the Gardens of Nishat (The Garden of Pleasure) and Shalimar (The Garden of Love) and absorb the passion these Mughal King-cum-architects must have had for their wives building such enduring ex- pressions of their devotion. Far be it from us to pass up the most romantic accommodation of our whole trip living in a one-hundred-and-thirty-foot- long houseboat, anchored in Dal 'Lake, equipped with a servant for each of us, and our own two-vessel fleet of shikaras to take us back and forth between our place of residence and the land. Here, the romance was almost more than we bargained for. Let me begin by saying the shikara is a small, flat bottomed boat, most resembling a floating, curtained pal- anquin. Its seats are deep and padded designed for reclining. One felt very much like Cleopatra awaiting her Anthony the only difference being: (a) she knew what she was bargaining for when she got Anthony; and (b) he wasn't a Kashmiri bent on love! At any rate, the skill with which our two gentlemen (the houseboat owner and a local 'industrialist') wooed the four of us onto our two vessels (to see the lake by and then succeeded in dumping two of the girls into a third vessel in the middle of the lake and whisked us off into the reeds to show us some Karsh- miri was something to behold. Cut the 'Royal Road to Romance' made an abrupt 'U' turn at that point, when we in- sisted on paddling back into the 'R' cate- gory. We almost pushed the chauvinistic lovers over the quarter-deck ourselves when we got back to find our fellow companions hal not only been "dumped in Dal." but had been left to pay their own shikaru ride back to the "Vale of Kashmir." Widening Gulf Between Superpowers WASHINGTON: The seis- mic evenls of recent weeks have left Uiis capital dazed and edgy. In quick suc- cession, it has had to come to terms with the guerrilla hijack- ings, the Jordanian war, alar- ms about Soviet penetration o f ths Caribbean, the president's buildup and personal show of power in the Mediterranean, and the freakish death of Presi- dent Nasser. It is difficult to look back over (he tempestuous period without a sense of sharp de- terioration, of movement away from .global accommodation be- tween the superpowers, and away from the narrower stabil- ity to which the American- backed Mideastern peace initia- tive was pitched. In the aftermath of the death of the most authoritative Arab leader, there has been an al- most visible' deflation of mid- eastern peace aspirations. Am-, erican concern was transpar- ently evident in the quick Nixon appeal for the maintenance of the ceasefire and a.continuation of negotiation efforts. Signifi- cantly, Robert 'Finch, a close confidant of the president, was replaced as head of the delega- tion to the Nasser funeral by Eliot Richardson, a former as- sistant secretary of state with the background necessary to make the most of any diploma- tic opening which presented it- self. Looming large in the back- ground are new uncertainties surrounding the relationship be- tween the Soviet Union and the U.S. As the worrisome post- Nasser era begins, the two superpowers glare at each other across a widening gulf. Tlie current American pos- ture is in sharp contrast to that of the palmy early days of the peace initiative. Cruising aboard an American warship fn the Mediterranean, the presi- dent heavily stressed the power of Uie Sixth Fleet, which he had reinforced during the height of the Jordanian crisis. As the president pointedly recalled it, the presence of the fleet in the eastern Mediterranean had demonstrated American strength and this had played a key part in stabilizing Jordan after the Syrian attack. (In an embellishment of this line, officials have strongly dis- counted the possibility that the Soviets engineered the Syrian pullback. Attention is focussed, instead, on the fact that the Syrians, presumably with Soviet endorsement, launched their at- tack on Jordan despite a clean U.S. call for all outsiders to keep hands off. It is suggested that the Soviets, seeing the Sy- rians falter in the face of Jor- danian resistance and the threat of Israeli intervention, made as if they were reining there is strong support for view that the Soviet role in tha Syrian attack was of a piece with her role in the cynical Eygptian exploitation of the cease-fire to build up missile defences along the Suez Canal. The talk is once more of a Soviet disposition to push relent- lessly for Soviet gain and the discomfiture of the U.S. In a commentary apparent- ly based on an interview with the president, Time magazine in the Syrians, "thereby laying quotes him as saying: "Russia the basis for a propaganda is going to conlinue to probe." claim that they had worked for peace while the U.S. mads war- like sounds.) Over-all analysis of Soviet- American interplay tends to be framed in terms of resurgent antagonism. In official circles and press commentary alike, 1970 fcf NEA, Ir "1 don't Jcnow about you, Joe, 6uf don't think I can drink another -football 'game _used fo ihem mud pies, now call it 'Earth Aril1" Letters To The Editor Way To Solve Wage Disputes I don't know what the rest of you people think, but I sure feel sorry for these underpaid, over-worked school leachers. Imagine working five hours a day, four or five days a week, and then getting only three months holiday a year! I think we could improve on this a lot by giving them an entire year off, like firing the whole darn works. If teachers are going to be holding out their hands every time some work is supposed to be done then they are not the kind of people we want ming- ling with our children. The only way to solve the wage disputes with these money-mongers may be for Good Riddance By Don O.-Aley, NBA Service that it is over we hope the army nerva gas caper seems like an exer- cise in surrealism. It also illustrates the insane extremes to which men have been led in the past two and a half decades in their search for "security" in ,a world which has the capability of obliterat- ing itself in an eyeblink. Here were 418 concrete and steel jacketed coffins of super- deadly nerve gas which had suddenly become an acute em- barrassment, to put it mildly. There was, we were told, no method whereby it could be de- toxified and rendered harmless. The only way it could bs dis- posed of was to sink it beneath three miles of ocean where, over the ages, it would gradual- ly escape from its containers and be neutralized by sea wa- ter or so the army was pretty sure. Thus it slowly wended its way by train to the Atlantic coast, while crowds of the who could have been wiped out by the merest whiff of the stuff "ocked to watch it go by, and while the army and concerned environmentalists argued in court about the least potential- ly disastrous alternative for rid- ding the earth of It- chemicals. It strains credulity to the 'Crazy Capers' breaking point to believe that such monstrous substances could be concocted in the first place without at the same time devising the means by which they could be uncon-octed. If the gases not be safe- ly detoxified little by little un- der controlled laboratory con- ditions, how in the name of all that is unholy did anyone seri- ously contemplate delivering and releasing them in massive quantities in a war without do- ing as much harm to our- selves as to the enemy, not to mention innocent neutrals? One wonders how many other time bombs in the form of a variety of fantastic but essen- tially useless weapons Us tick- ing away in secret vaults on both sides of P-s Iron Curtain. The military cannot really be blamed. Like all kids, they nat- urally want the biggest fire- crackers -n the block. It is the scientists who give them these firecrackers who ought to ex- ercise a little common unless they .really are snaggle- toothed fiends chortling over bubbling test k'jes, as they are portrayed in the worst kind of comic books. The nerve gas is now in Da- vey Jones' locker, out of sight and soon on' of the public mind. We can only hope that no one, over the coming ages, ever hears of it again. parents to assume still more of the school's responsibilities until 'eachers are no longer needed, period. In some cases all they are is a hindrance any- way. .There are good teachings in the home that fall by the way- side once children enter our school systems. Atheistic, un- principled, unpatriotic teachers have done more harm than anyone has thought to credit them with. In addition, they have helped institute school curriculums that have robbed children of learning the basic skills that are of practical use to them their entire lives. Na- tural talents have been stifled by uncreative and lazy teach- ers. Just the type of people that some teachers are makes them undesirable. They act like charity cases in the com- munity. They are bums. If teachers are as intellectual as they think, they would know this is no time to be fooling around with parents and taxpay- ers. The well is dry, there is no more. And were there more we might find more just and worthy causes to support than teachers and their idea of edu- cation. There is little doubt that parents in tha County of Forty Mile are standng behind their elecled representatives 100 per cent in this recenl issue, whereby leachers have offered an ultimatum concerning after school activities, pur county has at long last said "NO." Teachers who plead inno- cence, who say they are not in- volved, who have no part in this, should show their integrity by dissociating themselves with an organization that is no more professional than any common labor union. HARD-BOILED. Taxpayer. Bow Island. What Relevance? The Herald's Family Living Page recently included a story on the Waffle group of the New Democratic Party. The report, written by a man, .described a female candidate for the Ontario NDP's associa- tion presidency as a "pregnant blonde." What possible relevance the state of her reproductive equip- ment or the color of her hair has on her political bent ex- capes me completely. That she is a "militant lib- erationist, supports abortion" and believes a fetus is non- human until birth, could be stands she would take regard- less of her ensuing mother- hood. Can we now expect stories on male candidates to allude to their hah' hue and sexual po- tency? The description of Uie candi- date has the same tenor as the numerous stories on liberation- isls who burn their bras. This aclivily may appeal lo the news sense of male report- ers, but to women readers burning bras has been over- played ad nauseum. M. J. B. Lethbridge. The magazine depicts the presi- dent as acknowledging some Russian co-operation in the lat- ter stages of the Jordanian crisis, but harks back to Mr. Nixon's tough anti-Soviet pos- ture of the past. Nixon stands face to face with his old adver- sary the story asserts. Elsewhere, it is observed that the president sees the super- powers differing fundamentally in that the U.S. seeks peace while the Soviet Union seeks dominion.) Stern in its reaction 16 the Midcastem crisis, the adminis- tration was even tougher in its warning against the establish- ment of a base for Soviet mis- sile submarines at the Cuban port of Cienfuegos, where un- usual activity has been noted. A senior White House advisor, in a background briefing, re- called that the agreement end- ing the 1962 missile crisis had provided that there would be psace in the Caribbean, "if all offensive weapons are removed from Cuba and kept out of the hemisphere in the future." The U.S. would regard the establishment of a stratejflc base "with the utmost serious- said the briefer. A sec- ond White House official sub- sequently added that it was not possible to say exactly what the Cienfuegos activity meant, but that "at the right inomsnt we will take the action that seems indicated." Though there is not a direct parallel between the 1962 situa- tion, involving the emplacement of land-based missiles, and the provision of base facilities for missile subs, which can rou- tinely patrol off the U.S. coast in any case, the administration evidently looks on the matter in terms of unacceptable Soviet encroachment. It would be con- sistent with the line taken in successive background brief- ings to conclude that the ad- ministration has seized on the Cuban situation to censure forcefully Soviet pushiness worldwide. The prospect of a Marxist ruler :'n Chile may also have contributed something to the toughness of the warning. Ad- ministration officials have been blunt in expressing fears about the likelihood that Chile will exert a leftward, or at any rate destabilizing, pull on her neigh- bors, to the general disadvan- tage of the U.S. Any Soviet missile-sub base which might be established in Cuba would have the appearance of a bul- wark for leftist movements in the area to the south. The course of events has prompted the warnings from opponents of the trend toward deep military cutbacks. Assert- ing that the nation was in "ter- rible jeopardy" because of rising Soviet military power, Rep. Mendel Rivers, chairman of the House armed services committee, called for diploma- tic and, if necessary, mili- tary to eliminaet the Cuban missile-sub base, of whose existence there was "no doubt." "We cannot live with this new Soviet threat at our very doorstop, making cities of the eastern seaboard become hostages of the Soviet he said. (Herald Washington Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD 'Sesame Just like ,1 woman, criticizing a job before it's finished. 1 am astonished at the in- accuracy and irresponsibility of Joan Bowman's article "Unfa- vorable Reaction to Se s a m a Street" in The Herald (Sept. Anyone reading only the cap- tion would be totally misled. What she should have report- ed was that there was unfavor- able reaction lo the new fall program schedule of CJLH. It is ridiculous to judge a pre- school program by the reac- tions of irate exercisers t o their absent mentor. "Sesame in my view, measures up in every way to the very favorable reviews it has received. It is fresh, orig- inal, "with it" and charming. It has held.our two active pre- schoolers enthralled for the whole hour. It will obviously be a powerful force in enriching and stimulating the pre-school- ers of this area, who are now fortunate to see this quality pro- gram. Cheers to CJLH for carrying it. SYLVIA A. CAMPBELL. Lethbridge. Editor's Note: Mrs. Bow- man's story reported the first day's dismal telephone reac- tion jo Sesame Street. Her own highly favorable reaction to tlie show appeared in her review column on Oct. 2. THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 Sing Sing Prison has gone bone dry. An order was issued forbidding the use of shaving preparations contain- ing alcohol either in the bar- ber shop or by the inmates. 1930 Although efforts made in the past to establish a plant for the extraction of helium from Alberta gas have been futile, the R-101 disaster has suddenly renewed interest in the venture. Gas carrying the highest helium content is in the Chin Coulee field, but the flow there is small as yet. mio Lethbridge has set an all-time frost-free period this year. There were 174 frost-free days recorded at the Experi- mental Farm. The previous record was 150 days last year which broke the 1908 record of 144 days. The Red Cross blood donor clinic here established a new Canadian record of donors and drew 155 more don- ors than its nearest rival. Kara- loops, B.C. inso _ Premier Khrushchev paid a thunderous farewell t o the UN General Assembly with a declaration that Dag Ham- marskjold is a fool and a threat lo boycott UN disarma- ment talks unless his own plan is adopled. Al one point he took off his shoe, waved it over his head, then started pounding the desk in disapproval. Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta LETHBHIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1005 1834, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN TU Class Mall Registration No 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau ol Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor nnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JUf BAULA WILLIAM HAY Managing Eflilor Associate Editor liOY f. MILIHS OOUGLAS K. WALKER Advcrlismri Manager Editorial Page Edilor "THE HERAtD SERVES THE SOUTH"