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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIB _ Wcilntstfnv, October 18, Another law faculty 'Jiccently Alberlans have been treat- ed to some remarkable examples of frankness by their university presi- dents. Nol. long ago Alberta's Dr. Wyraan agreed that our universities cannot provide the programs our stu- dents want. Lelhbridge's president, in his installation address, told his listeners that it is any university's riglil not lo be held responsible for its actions. Now the president of the University of Calgary has clearly lopped his colleagues with a public statement lo the effect that when de- velopment of a university is being considered, it is the interests of the university that count, not those of Hie public. A year ago, the University of Cal- gary decided it should have a law faculty, so it drew up its plans and requested (he Universities Commis- sion to approve. Last week, the min- ister of advanced education, James Foster on the advice of the commis- sion, decided such a development was not necessary. In fulminating against this decis- ion and urging all southern Albertans to rise up in protest, President Car- miners accused the government, in effect, of turning the University of Calgary into a "branch plant of the University of of rejecting the principle of equal access to edu- cational opportunity, of denying the need for academic respectability, of failing to appreciate the value of legal studies, and horrors! "throwing away" a half-million dol- lars promised to the University of Calgary if it established a law faculty. Throughout this recital, no mention was made of whether or not another law faculty is needed in this prov- ince by anyone outside the Uni- versity of Calgary, that is. Yet earl- ier this year the University of Al- berta found it necessary to restrict admission to its law faculty, so as to avoid graduating more lawyers than the profession can absorb. That doesn't sound as though a second faculty is badly needed, does it? The point about equal access to ed- ucation is hard to take seriously, es- pecially if it is meant that having no law school in Calgary will prevent would-be lawyers entering the pro- fession. To suggest that or Toronto or Halifax or London, for that matter is too far away for southern Alberlans is simply silly. Students who wish to enter law will go anywhere they think lliere is a yood law school, and they always have. Perhaps it was meant that this de- cision will deny students in Arts and other programs the benefit of courses in law. Wlxile there are many disci- plines not offered in Calgary, of which law is but one, il does and should occupy a special place. But the "academic respectability" of a uni- versity is not measured by whether or not it offers courses in every dis- cipline; if that were the case, no Ca- nadian university would be "respec- and only Toronto, which has the largest number of departments, would even come close. As for offering courses in law as options in other programs, surely this can be done without establishing an entire faculty; one would have thought that it would suffice at first if appropriately qualified people were added to an existing department, per- haps in this case plulosophy, with a view lo a separate department be- ing developed if and when needed. A faculty might come later. The least tenable argument of the lot is the one about "throwing away" a half-million dollars, and it might be well lo put this in perspective. Some time ago the legal profession in and around Calgary offered to raise a quarter-million dollars for a library, if a law school were estab- lished in Calgary. The City of Cal- gary agreed to malch that amount, which accounts for the figure of a half million. It was assumed that this would be matched by the provincial government, under the terms of the 3A U fund-raising agreement. So the university would acquire a million dollar library, to which Cal- gary and district lawyers would have access. The taxpayers of Calgary and the rest of the province, after having contributed three-quarters of a mil- lion dollars, would forever after have the privilege of financing the operation of a second, law faculty they didn't need. If declining a pro- position like that is throwing money away, let's throw lots of it. The fact of this matter is that there has been a profound change in the public's attitude towards univer- sity requests or demands, if that is a belter word. It is no longer automatic that unviersities get what they want, simply for the asking. Mr. Foster has realized this, if Dr. Car- rothers hasn't. E Solid citizens pay the shot British Columbia's premier, Dave Bar- rett, says that his NDP government will strive for a just society. This echoes the Just Society of Prime Minister Trudeau (who named his son Justin) and makes me wonder just how much just society we can afford. The just society Is based on the premise that anybody can get into any kind of trouble at any time through no fault of his own, and even if it is his fault the govern- ment would perfer not to hear about it since It just complicates the bookkeeping. Thus we have no-fault auto insurance, no- fault divorce, no-fault medicare, no-fault unemployment insurance and various other faultless attachments plugged into the taxpayer's juice. Because the taxpayer just may have a few dollars left, the just society plans to subsidize treatment of no-fault drunks, no- fault drug addicts, no-fault bank robbers (rape artists apply to the Canada Coun- and no-fault politicians. The only person who doesn't benefit from this vast Hood of compassion bursting from the just society is the no-fault straight. These days il just pay to be a solid citizen. His very solidity sinks him. Amid the Black Power and Ihc Red Power, the women's lib and the gay lib, the youth opportunities and the corporate bums, where docs he find the movement to defend the rights, of the responsible in- dividual? Nowhere. Unloved by the young, too blab In merit atlenlion from lhe media, his failure to find [rouble is regained as symptomatic of a lack of enterprise. What's the hurry "My side is nice and tidy, Pierre how's your U.S. candidates differ on war By Joseph Kraft, U.S. syndicated commcutator WASHINGTON The latest evcnls involving Vietnam re- double my conviction that pity is the only appropriate feeling for a country that has lo choose between Richard Nixon and George McGovern. Mr. Nixon plainly believes in the purposes for wliich the war was fought. He is follovrtng, in a shamefully irresponsible way, a policy that means killing inno- cent "people for the sake of a corrupt regime. Sen. McGovem abhors the purposes behind the war. But, apparently without knowing it, he is prepared to accept worse terms than the other side is offering. A good index of Mr. Nixon's policy is the bombing of the building which housed the French delegation in Hanoi. No doubt the hit was accidental or, as the Pentagon likes lo say, "not targeted." But that is pre- cisely the point. That building, which I visited several weeks ago, was in the centre of downtown Hanoi. Size and elaborate communications equipment nvade it clearly rec- ognizable. The fact that it was destroyed shows that the Amer- ican bombers could have acci- dentally hit the Russian embas- sy or the central hospital or tlic one remaining power plant in town, or anything else. It shows that, for all their talk of smart bombs, the Navy and Air Force bombers often don't know what they are doing in the skies above Hanoi. It shows that, in tliis matter, as in so many others, President Nixon lias abdicated his respon- sihilily as But why? Why does Mr. Nixon allow the military commanders to go on plastering Hanoi in such wanton fashion? The an- swer is that he is hoping to fores the other side into better terms at the peace table. And what are the better terms? Well, the big issue, now as in the past, has been the government of President Nguy- en Van Thicu. It is literally true, in other words, that Mr. Nixon is allowing perfectly innocent people to be killed in a random way for the sake of a man and a regime which have been dis- honored and discredited in every way a thousand times over. It is an ignoble policy and it is one more indication of the low cast of mind, the dis- torted ethics and absence of civ- ility, that now rules in the White House. Mr. McGovern at least Is comparatively honest. In his speech to the nation he told the truth about President Thieu and his regime. He rightly said that the "people of Indochina are literally being crushed under the weight of the heavi- est aerial bombardment t h e world has ever known." He also told the truth about the subject that has generated perhaps the worst lies told in the whole war of lies name- ly, the prisoners. There is ab- solutely no reason to believe, as Secretary of State William Rog- ers and Secretary of Defence Melvin Laird have repeatedly implied, that the other side would hold onto American war prisoners after a settlement. The truth is, as Sen. McGovern pointed out, that the prisoners will be relumed when the war is settled. Sen. MeGovern Is also cour- ageous in recognizing that a final setllement will have to in- clude meaningful participation in power by the other side. He is prepared lo accept the coali- tion government that lhe North and South Vitneamese would probably work out if left to their own devices. He does not, as Mi'. Nixon does, assert he peace and then refuse to accept the one thing the other side insists upon as a condition for settlement. But there is a major danger clear to anybody who has fol- lowed the Vietnamese question which Sen. MeGovern totally ignores. That 1s the danger of the bloodbath, of a settlement that yields a crop of bitter re- prisals. The Communists have not been unaware of Ihis possibil- ity. Recently, in fact, they have discussed In relatively generous accents the possibility of two safeguards an agree- ment against reprisals, and a waiting period of quite a few years before changing the gov- ernment which replaced Thieu regime in Saigon. The proposals for an agree- ment against reprisals and a slow-staging of political change represent important ways to curtail the suffering and dis- order bound to follow the war. Yet in his speech Sen. McGov- em took no notice of the prop- osals, or even the problem. And it is not because, as in the mat- ter of American aid for ex- ample, he was inhibited by past positions dear to Ills followers. No, the inescapable fact is that Sen. McGovem and his staff have a poor grasp of the Vietnam issue. They are not even interested n safeguards to American interests offered by Hanoi. They want to bug out no matter what the cost. So while I prefer the McGovern stand to the Nixon stand, I cannot help but feel that the choice is mis- erable. Preferable platform but miserable choice By Anthony Lewis, New Ytvk Times commentator There Is something vaguely unhealthy about liis taking care to keep himself in shape good enough that he does not exploit his medical benefits. He stays at his job year-round, and year after year, instead of quitting after he has put in enough weeks to draw on his un- employment insurance a morbid addic- tion to work. If he lives to retirement age, as he some- times does, he receives the same govern- ment pension as the real people who have lived a full life courtesy of public funds. Yet it seems to me that the just society should compensate the poor square despite bis lifetime record of self-dependence. If he has paid into the enormous spout that sustains the no-fault freeloaders, with- out his sharing commensuralely the cash benefits derived from permissive behavior (including his his excessive sense of responsibility should not be held against him. He should get a rebate. Here is a real challenge for tlw just gov- ernmcrt's big new just computers: to cal- culate at, say, age 60 the balance owed (if any) to the taxpayer who has paid in for compulsory insurance against the wide range of come-uppance that flesh Is heir to especially if it smokes. Virtue is its own reward, to the extent that your halo will buy you a pound of butter when enclosed with a dollar bill. But why go through life keeping your nose clean if only so you can pay through it? Mr. Barrett, Mr. Triidoau, Mr. Slanfickl, Mr, Lewis: just as you (Vancouver Province Features) NEW YORK The destruc- tion of the French diplomatic mission in Hanoi Ls one of those rare events that illuminate our condition. If we Americans look, we can see what has become of us in the Vietnam war. We can see what sort of men lead us. To bomb Hanoi at all at such a critical time in the peace talks came close to the irrational. Nor could it be dismissed as a policy oversight. Twice before American bombing has dis- rupted attempls to negotiate a settlement. We have to conclude that the bombing has taken on a life of its own: a brutalism that feeds Itself. But the folly of the bombing in terms of pol- icy was not the worst of it. There was the reaction of those who make the policy. Not one person in the Sai- gon command or the pentagon was man enough to say that this countiy accepted responsibility for the death and destruction in the French mission. Instead the American public saw on tel- evision the obscene spectacle of Melvin R. Laird, the secretary of defence, trying to find some- one or something else to blame. The French mission might have been hit by anli aircraft missiles, the defence depart- ment suggested. As if that would make any difference in our responsibility! The North Vietnamese are not yet forbid- den lo defend their own capi- tal, though the American mili- tary sometimes talk as if there ought to be a law to that effect. Those who bomb are responsible for all the consequences. In this case it happens that a Canadian correspondent, Mich- ael MacLcar, saw the bombing attack: repeated sorties by American planes "over the cen- tre of the he wrote, an area with embassies but "no North Vietnamese ministries or factories anywhere near." And so we know that this war has not only brutalized Ameri can policy; it has left us with lead- ers who lack the candor and (he courage to admil it when we have gone wrong. But even Ihat was cot the worst In the episode of t h e French mission. This bombing tol the national television news and made lhe headlines. But the death and destruction were really pretty small stuff, by the standards of what American planes have done. Western correspondents visiting Norlh Vietnam have seen villages pulverized by B- 52's, hospitals and schools hit, acres of housing smashed. On one day last April in one city, Haipong, hundreds and probably thousands of Vietnamese were killed by American bombers. Why did we pay more atten- tion to tlie incident of the French mission? Could it be that skin color makes a dif- ference? Would our pilots worry a little more if the people they bombed day after day and year after year were Europeans in- stead of Asians? Would succes- sive presidents have found it politically possible to carry on a war of mass destruction against a small European coun- try for seven years? Hie ques- U.S. lias money disposal problem 51y 1 Orie of Ihf; complaints our kids havo aVAit to church is that we arc always lhe last ones to leave mother has to visit all her CGIT girls and their rrtemhers of her coffee t! ami any visitors or strays s: upon. V'