Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, Oclober 13, 1971 Maurice Western Pointless strike Twenty thousand Alberta children are not in school because their teach- ers are on strike. Essentially the same conflict is building up in many other areas and before long the strike could be hitting ten times as many children. So far, neither the teachers nor the school boards involved have succeed- ed in bringing the public around to their side. To most people the strike seems rather pointless. The teachers seem petty in pressing their de- mands, the boards equally petty for not granting them. The boards have to raise the money for the salaries and other costs, so they want the final say in what that money goes for. What's wrong with that? The teachers are Ihe professionals. They are intelligent people, far bel- ter informed than the average trus- tee in how the schools should be run. They want to be consulted seriously and in good faith before the boards make decisions affecting school ad- ministration. Isn't that proper and right? So what is the dispute about? Could the real issue be simply an old-fashioned power struggle? What happens to the children may not be considered very important, if that is the case. The second visit The timing of the second visit of U.S presidential envoy Henry Kis- singer to Peking to make firm ar- rangements for the upcoming call on Peking by President Nixon, is inter- esting. Mr. Nixon plans to go to China whatever the outcome of the U.N. debate on the admission of the People's Republic to the UN. In other words, if Taiwan is expelled in spite of Mr. Rogers' valiant ef- forts to prevent its forced departure, Mr. Nixon is bent on establishing a rapport with Peking, although he is well aware that expulsion of Taiwan violates international principle in favor of practical expediency. This interpretation is inevitable and it is bound to have some effect on the vote of those countries which have not yet made up their minds one way or another. Even before the an- nouncement of the second prepara- tory Kissinger trip, background whis- perings in the corridors of the UN forecast that the vote would go against the two-China policy support- ed by the Americans, As for Premier Chou En-lai he is blandly unconcerned about the re- sult of the UN vote, or the outcome of his chats with President Nixon either. lie says that "for us, it is all right if the talks succeed and it is all right if they fail." In other words, if China doesn'l get what it wants now, it can wait. The fact is that China has never stated definitely that it wants to join the UN. It has simply said that the terms on which it would be willing to take a seat in the world body, are unalterable. Perhaps Mr. Kissinger will find out on the second go-round whether China will come to New York even if it is invited on its own terms. Could it be that Chou En-lai will back up his demand for Peking's right to a seat in the Security Council and the General Assembly, with a further forthright request for the re- turn of Taiwan to Peking's embrace? Hope for Soviet Jews Welcome news for world Jewry comes from Moscow, and it comes from Russian Jews themselves. The Soviets have said they intend to make it easier for Jews who want to leave Russia for Israel. A few days ago Soviet Jews sent a memorandum signed by nearly 100 Moscow Jews to the Central Com- mittee in Red Square, outlining their demands. The astonishing response was an invitation to send a delega- tion to the Kremlin to discuss griev- ances. Not all their demands were met ac- cording to reports, but the delega- tion was told that exit visas will no longer be decided upon by the sec- ret police that applications for such visas will be processed with- in two months rather than two years, and that there will be no per- secution of Jews simply because they have expressed a wish to emigrate. If these promises are met, and there seems to be real ground for confidence that they will be, they have been made as a result of pres- sure from the West, and the wish of the Kremlin to soften its image in the eyes of those countries it is now commencing to woo. It would be em- barrassing to Mr. Brezhnev when he visits Paris later this month if he were greeted by anti-Soviet Jewish demonstrators. The same applies to Premier Kosygin who is planning a visit to Ottawa in November. This is one spin-off result of the warmer climate between the Soviets and the West, that can be given un- qualified approval particularly if some of the Russian Jews on the emigre list arrive in Israel within a week or two. ANDY RUSSELL The strong ones 'T'HE ANT is a marvelous little creature, enormously strong with many accounts of its weight lifting being recorded. But strong as it is, the ant has peers in the insect world: namely the wasps and horn- ets. One of these can lift a sixteen hundred pound horse several feet in the air with one swift jab. Of course they apply their strength a bit differently, but in its own way their system of moving things is extremely effective even if violent. During years of operating a packtrain in wild country. I have many times sat my saddle in the lead looking back over forty- odd head of loaded horses. And I also came to know what it was like to he in the midst of an equine riot, when the outfit got involved with a wasp or hornets nest. Al- though we were lucky enough never to have a rider hurt in such a mix-up, there were times when a pack get scattered over considerable country. Few things can upset the serene atmosphere of mountain travel with horses so effectively. I remem- ber one time when a normally gentle marc stampeded into the timber with two hun- dred pounds of canned goods and cook tent. She disappeared fully loaded and re- appeared a few minutes later wearing noth- ing but a halter. It took us an hour to gather up the tent and two badly wrecked pack boxes. We never did find the saddle and half the canned skiff. It was a salutary example of the tr.oving power of a couple of yellow-jackets. I recall coming towards home from a fishing trip as a boy riding bareback on a horse with my rod in my rein hand and a sack of fish in the other. I was loping along enjoying the cool with my shirt open down the front. Suddenly a big cruising hornet flew in the gap and stung me square on the belly. In less time than it takes to tell it, that rampaging devilish insect stuns me Iwice more on Ihe ribs and back. The first jab caused me lo drop nvy rod, the next induced tho fish sack to follow the rod and the third saw me fall off rolling and tearing at my shirt. It was an excruciating experience that spoiled an otherwise enjoyable day. You hear people talk about being "bitten" by one of these insects. The term could only be proper if wasps and hornets wore their teeth in their tails. In fact, by use of a kind of hypodermic syringe sheathed in the tip of the abdomen, these insects inject a fiery acid resulting in a very painful sting, not a bite. Like all wild things carrying poison of one kind or another, wasps and hornets do not go looking for just take care of it very adequately when it comes to them. Direct contact is always acciden- tal. There was an evening many years ago when I rode out on horseback to bring in the cows for milking. They were located in a little basin at the foot of a steep bluff beside a creek. It iiad been raining, and to avoid risk of a fall, I put my horse straight down the steep slope, and on the way my mount's hind feet slipped a bit and he sat clown to slide over a wasp's nest, getting part of it rolled up under his tail. He was a gentle old horse, but he forgot all about it right then and came out on the flat bucking like a fiend and bawling like a wounded grizzly. I was riding by main strength and ignorance, grabbing at every- thing tr.ere was lo grab, when the cinch broke and the saddle and I did a graceful dive from high altitude. The jolt when I hit the ground knocked out my wind, and by the time F got well enough organized lo take a look, it was to .sec my horse sky- lined on a hilltop half a mile away, still kicking and winding up his tail like a wind- mill. These insects can bo very useful just Ihe same, for flvey prey on smaller in- sects. Hornets arc avid hunU'i's, ;md whvn located near one's house, they cut heavy inroads into the population of pesky flics. Grants to industries of doubtful value QTTAWA For the members of all political parties, re- gional expansion is like moth- erhood. Everyone is for it and no one is at all keen to ask embarrassing questions about it. Nevertheless, the existing programs consume a great deal of public money. If the resull is a genuine and lasting increase in regional this presumably is money well spent. But how closely does practice conform to the theory on which the programs have been built? With impressive regularity, sheaves of communiques from the department of regional eco- nomic expansion arrive in the press gallery. They invite a variety of questions. Even with the present trou- bles, the Canadian economy is now sufficiently large and orons that it is capable of gen- erating a variety of new ven- tures, major or minor, with or without government assistance, Money is being wasted if it is pumped into enterprises of such as character that they would probably have been started in any event by busi- nessmen in search of a profit- able investment. Mr. Marchand announced re- cently incentives for a new fish processing plant in Newfound- land and the expansion of an- other in New Brunswick. Cer- tainly the new jobs are wel- come. But, assuming a market e.xisls for the produce of more Maritime fish plants, it seems very likely that the expectation of profit would bring them into existence in any case. Similarly, a Nova Scotian apple products plant will re- ceive a small grant permitting four men to produce cranberry drinks. Another firm in Saskat- chewan wil be subsidized into production of fancy sausages. Since cranberries are ivefj The hot seat known In Nova Scotia aid sau- sages in Saskatchewan, a na- tural question arises. Do these plants represent genuine addi- tions to economic activity, which would not have been thought of in'the absence of re- gional expansion, or are those involved merely taking advan- tage of grants (and who could bame which happen 10 be available under a govern- ment program? Another batch of incentives are announced for textile plants in Quebec. Thus Elec- tro-knit Fabrics (Canada) Ltd. has qualified for sums totalling in respect to two pro- jects. Another beneficiary is Canotex Knitting Mills, which is expanding its double knit fabrics plant in Montreal. Kute Knit Manufacturing Corpora- tion is building a plant in the same city to manufacture chil- dren's wear and to dye and fin- ish fabrics. There is to be a new plant in Shawiniga.i (in- centives to manufac- ture fur fabrics. Batches of news releases also come from the department of industry, trade, and commerce. According to one dated Sept. 23, the textile and clolhing board is conducting an inquiry into allegations that Canadian textile manufacturers are threatened by imports of cer- tain double-knit and wrap-knit fabrics. Last June, another in similar vein announced an in- vestigation into the distress claims of Canadian sweater manufacturers. With the government greatly concerned at the moment about unemployment, it is entirely natural that Mr. Marchand's department should extend a warm welcome to anyone pro- posing to set up a new job- creating plant. But the textile industry Mncuding knitting mills) has been in deep trouble all year and has in fact suc- cessfully implored the govern- ment to launch a variety of measures to keep it afloat. If the new mills prosper, well and good. But it seems al- together likely, with competi- tion becoming more intensive, that they will not go very far on the government's incentives, generous as they may be. What happens then? Will the new jobs be written off? Will they simply be at the expense of old jobs in a sick industry? Or will the government, having subsi- dized them into being, find, it necessary to go on subsidizing them at taxpayer-consumer ex- pense? Much money is being poured out. Is it buying growth, or merely an illusion of growth in I he affected regions' The shoe industry is also in difficulties. There is a grant of for National Heel Ltd. for a new product expansion to create an estimated 74 new jobs. One can only hope they are viable. Furniture has been hit hard by the new American duties. Still, a plant in St. Lambert is expanding. Aided by a small grant. There is also a possibility that some expansion, so-called, is in fact a rationalization, aid- ed by (he incentives program. Thus Ingersoll-Rand recently was provided a grant of lo create 75 jobs in Sherhrookc. This was not, as Mr. Marchand explained in the House of Commons, actually paid. It turns out, however, that Ingersoll-Rand is closing out its smelting plant which employed 140-people in the same city. A case can, of course, be made for programs facilitating change. It is arguable that, by paying a grar.t, the government would merely have been assist- ing a firm to save what could be saved of the Sherbrooke op- eration. But such action would scarcely fit the general notion of regional expansion.. This may be true of many of the many other ventures ini- tiated with the promise of gov- ernment aid. There is the same difficulty which formerly exist- ed with the winter works pro- gram. Who can say what wou'.c have been done in 'he either of winter gional expansion? ._iui.> !i, presumably, for ,-.f. (whatever polities' may say) is not deau the latest speech by ai.v ter in the economic fiei> The Herald Ottawa BW.IU; Ivan Yates Labor party subdued by Common Market split BRIGHTON The British Labor Party's annual con- ference came at a time when unemployment is nearing a rec- ord post-war level of one mil- lion and prices are rising at record rates, making a crusade against the Conservative gov- ernment a good proposition. But the party, in opposition for nearly 16 months, is not well placed to mount such a crusade. Mr. Harold Wilson devoted most of his keynote address to whipping up the delegates' feel- ings against the government's broken promises and the hard- ships its policies are causing working people and their fam- ilies. And yet, despite all the former prime minister's ora- torical skill and scorn the con- ference was strangely unre- sponsive. Even the standing ovation at the end seemed per- functory. What had gone wrong? Labor has gained greatly in public opinion since it' defeat last year. If another election were held now it would win by a good margin, accord- ing to all the opinion polls. But still the mood was subdued, far from triumphant. The explanation for this was that delegates' thoughts were elsewhere. The whole con- ference has been preoccupied with the subject it had debated the day before: British en- try into the European Common Market. It was not the impor- tant historic issues this could represent for Britain's future role in the world that were con- cerning many people. It was much more the worry about tho consequences for the cost of liv- ing and, foi some, it was the fear that entry would finally rule out any hope of full-blood- ed socialism in Britain. But even niorc than this, tho rank and file were apprehen- sive about the strains and divi- sions that the issue might be going to cause in the leader- ship of Ihe party and among its members of Parliament, with the possibility that this might so weaken the party's ap- peal (hat it would he in no posi- tion In mount a successful of- fensive on Ihe government, ci- ther now or at Ihe next clcc- lion. flip ronference itself had vnted to oppose entry Ig the European Community on tlio lorms Ihe government has ne- gotiated, by roughly five mil- lion votes to one million votes. It had called at Ihe same time for an immediate general elec- tion on the issue and had in- vited all Labor members of Parliament to Mow its lead oil October 28, when the House of Commons takes its decision on entry into the Community. But even as it did so by this em- phatic majority it knew that a considerable number of Labor men were committed to sup- port British entry even on the present terms. They might not number much more than one- fifth of the total Parliamentary strength, but they included La- bor's deputy leader and former chancellor of the exchequer, Mr. Roy Jenkins, nearly half the shadow cabinet, and many of the ablest of the party's younger members of Parlia- ment. Not only would their defec- tion lose the party a great op- portunity of ousting its oppon- ents at a favorable moment, the bitterness and frustration this would cause might re- awaken the party's tradition of internal strife and so crip- ple its hopes for the next elec- tion, whenever it comes. At times Mr. Jenkin's posi- tion has looked distinctly un- comfortable, although it was consider ably strengthened when his supporters let it be known that at least 50 and may- be as many as 70 Labor MPs were prepared to defy the party whip in the House of Commons vote. Their names and signa- tures, it was said, had been given to the Chief Whip, so that the party leadership should be under no illusion about the di- mensions and the determina- tion of the pro-European mi- nority of MPs. There, publicly, the matter rests. Conference decisions are not binding on Labor MPs; they can be invited, not in- structed, to toe UK anti-Eu- Sue-doctor list? By Don Oakley, NBA Service T T'S claimed that one rea- son behind the soaring cost of medical care is the readiness of some people to sue at the drop of a surgical stitch. To protiect himself against the ever-present possibility of a malpractice suit, the prudent physician covers himself at every step by ordering every available test and X ray, even though he knows some are un- necessary, prescribing lengthy observation in hospital and call- ing in specialists. Surprise cut NBA Service hear a lot about "cost overruns" in national de- fense that is, a weapon or weapons syslcm costing ump- teen million more than origin- ally figured. It comes as a pleasant sur- prise to learn there actually are such Ihings as "cost undcr- runs." At least, there is one of this rare species. The U.S. Air Force has an- nounced that intensive cost re- duction efforts by North Ameri- can Rockwell Corp. in the de- velopment of Minuteman III guidance and control systems have resulted in a major cost underrun of million. The saving is equivalent to the cost of 3.29 missiles. This may scorn like a drop in the bucket compared to the to- tnl multibillion dollar defense budget. But every million helps. Tired of practicing such "de- fensive medicine" because he has no way of telling which pa- tients are litigation-prone, sur- geon George B. Markle IV of Carlsbad, N.M., has developed a counter plan. County medical societies, he suggests in "Medical would compile lists of persons who had ever sued or threat- ened to sue a physician. It would be similar to the credit- bureau reports doctors already use. A physician would check the list whenever a new patient ap- peared. If he chose to accept the palient (he need not except in a genuine he would give him the full treat- ment. This would be more expen- sive and more troublesome for those on the list, admits Dr. Markle, but it would be more than compensated for by the savings it would allow to other patients. An interesting idea, and one you can forget about imme- diately, doctor. Next to the right lo sue, flic right lo sue a doctor is our most precious God-given right, according to some people, many of whom are lawyers. If any county medical soci- ety dared compile a list of poor medical-legal risks, even it it were a grnylist nnd not n blacklist, it would find itself in court on a civil liberties or dis- crimination charge faster than it could lay suUauilamids. line. But the shadow cabinet, which includes Mr. Jenkins, will be meeting to de- cide whether or not the party's MPs should be asked to ac- cept an instruction to vote against the government. Opin- ion among the 12 members of the shadow cabinet is very closely divided and the decision could go either way. A good deal might depend on Mr. Wil- son's own recommendation. It seemed at the conference that between the lines of his speech could be seen the outline of a possible compromise. If only Mr. Jenkins and his friends would agree to join with the rest of the parliamentary party in fighting against the mass of 1 e g i s 1 a tion, statutory instru- ments and Orders in Council which the government will en- deavor to force through after the removal of the boxes. It an agreement to enter the Com- mon Market, there need be no reprisals against those who voted according to their con- science against a majority of their colleagues. This may be wishful thinking. There were many references in Mr. Wilson's speech to unity and the need for unity and ho specifically described the dif- ference over Europe as a dif- ference on an important policy issue, and not on an "article of f-ilh." In any event, this still leaves Mr. Jenkins and his friends in a very invidious posi- tion. What would it profit them to exercise their conscience just once on the general issue of British entry and then to help to defeat the government later viien it seeks to pass tho necessary legislation to make British entry effective. It does not sound very logical; on the other hand, it might prove ef- fective since the government's majority might not be at such risk from the small number of Conservative rebels against Market entry once the initial vote in favor had been passed with Labor help. However, if something of this sort does come about it would certainly confirm Mr. Wilson's value to his party as a source and pro- vider of unity. As for Mr. Jenkins, in the short term his position may be threatened by the danger that his opposition to the party's line may pose to its unity; hi the long term his steadfastness where others of his colleagues have wavered and somersault- cd over the issue as well as his obvious political and parlia- mentary abilities should as- sure him of a continued place in Labor's leadership. (Written for The Herald and Observer in London) Looking backward Through The Herald 1S2I The annual gathering of the AF and AM will be held in Macleod this year and all the lodges to the south will be represented. The grand ban- quet will be given to all the visiting brethern on the first Wednesday in November. Charlie Connor of Bellevue, was the hero of the hour on Thanksgiving Day. In winning The Herald YPCA road race for the second time Connor broke his own record set last year. mil Washington officials called on Congress to remove the ban against arming mer- chant ships. "The risk of war it- self must not deter tile United Slates from aiding Britain." 195] Elizabeth crossed up Ihe style experts to- day by wearing the same cos- tume for the second time in four days while on tour in To- ronto. Eleven firefighters of the city have volunteered part of their time to inspect down- town businesses as part of fire prevention week. The Lethbridcje Herald 501 7lh St. S., LeUibriclgo, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 -1954, ly Hon. W, A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall No "013 Member at The Canadian Press ami me Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and tho Audit Bureau ot CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H, ADAMS, General Mnnaflcr JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Manflqlnq Editor Associate Edilor ROY'F'MILEi DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager [Editorial Edilor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"