Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIOOE HERMD Thundeiy. Otlnbcr 19, I97J Why the increase? In Ihc next five years Jnpaii will spend inure limn twice it (lid iti the last, five years on defence a whopping sixteen and a half billion dollars. There will be a parliamentary delKile before the bill goes Ihroiigli, but lliere seems to be little doubt thai Lhe five-year pjan will win the parlia- mentary majority required to imple- ment it. Premier Tauaka believes thai al- though Japanese Chinese relations have warmed up considerably, there is slill no "stabilized easing of ten- sions." The security treaty willi Hie United Slates will continue as before and Japan will continue to depend on the Americans for the nuclear de- terrent. Japan will probably mann- (aclure its own fighter planes and other armaments in spite of nicnls thai imports would help re- duce huge export surpluses. II is difficult to understand the logic of the Tanaka government's asser- tion that Japan needs such a tremen- dous increase in defence expenditure, unless it fears future abrogation of the security treaty with the U.S. an unlikely turn of events. Where is tliat threat? Mr. Tanaka isn't saying. The world lias been led lo believe that tensions in the Far East were easing somewhat. This enormous in- crease in defence spending is hardly likely lo encourage confidence in Japan as an essential peaceful pow- er, particularly in a part of the world that retains bitter memories of Jap- anese militarism, and cannot dismiss tears of a resurgence of it. Signs should mean something There are far too many highway accidents. There would be more if it were not for our generally excellent system of highway signs, which warn of curves, hills, intersections, breaks in His; road surface, obstructions of various kinds, and all the other situ- aliens or conditions about which the motorist needs and incidentally ap- preciates advance warning. But warning signs don't accomplish much if drivers pay no attention Lo them, Those travelling on Highway 3 this past weekend will have noted a stretch of construction east o! the town of Pearce. They may also have noted that the temporary road signs associated with this construction were in place, and not covered, for the weekend. At least that was the case Saturday evening, at which time there were signs which said "Men and Equipment Working" when there were not, which instructed drivers ''Be Prepared to Stop" when there was no need to, which imposed "Speed Limit 25 jMPH" for several one "Slow to 45" no good reason, unless it was felt this was preferable to in- forming the motorist that the should- er had been stirred up and was soft- er than usual. Any warning system will lose value if it continually warns of circun- slances that don't exist. And any sys- tem of highway signs will become less effective, as an aid to safer high- ways, if the motoring public becomes unsure whether it needs to pay atten- tion or not. It is all very well lo say that high- way signs must be obeyed under all circumstances; certainly that is the legal and probably the safe thing to do. Bui human nature being what it is, few drivers are going to drive on mile after mile placidly obeying a sign that obviously was intended for conditions that don't exist. Far more likely, the driver will size up the situation for himself and drive ac- cordingly. There is no belter way lo lose the habit of respecting highway signs. Any sign on a highway should mean something; if it doesn't, it shouldn't he therein the first place. This is particularly true in construction zones. There, there are bound to be signs which are needed only inter- mittently, when work crews are on the job, but which shouldn't be hold- ing up traffic and encouraging mo- torists to ignore highway signs when men and machines are away for the night or the weekend. It would take only moments to cover them at the end of a shift, and it should be done. Save those landmarks Let's hope Fort Macleod's Histor- ical Association has a chance to de- cide whether or not the town's two- room public library warrants preser- vation as a landmark before the demolition crews are ordered in. The little cabin, formerly the office of Dr. G. A. Kennedy and his son, Alan, has been used as a town li- brary since 1936 and is now to he replaced by a new building in a new location. The cabin is distinctive from the point of view that it has served as the Fort Macleod library for 36 years and also that the former owner, Dr. Kennedy, appointed North West Mounted Police surgeon in the town in 1878, used the cabin for his private office when he established his own practice after eleven years with the force. Spiralling attendance records at Fort Macleod's museum (this year's attendance was compared to in 1970) coupled with the ap- proaching celebration of the RCMP's arrival al the fort make it impera- tive that any landmark or site recog- nized as important in the early de- velopment of the area be preserved. Vast sums have been spent in neighboring B.C. to restore Fort Steele in the Kootenays; Barkerville, Ihe famous gold rush town east of Quesnel; and- Fort Langley on the banks of the Fraser with elaborate pains taken to restore the townsites to their original design. The three sites constitute one of B.C.'s chief tourist attractions. Residents in other settlements have failed to treasure their link with the past and have sat idly by while de- velopers have either levelled their landmarks or promoters have pur- chased Lhe old buildings to include them in ghost town tourist ventures far removed from their original set- ting. With Hie tourist industry mounting so rapidly plus the fact Fort Macleod is nearing a momentous, historic celebration it would be well to con- aider carefully the destruction of any landmark. Once it is gone, it is too late. Is it Worth a safari? By C. M. Esau, Dr. Elliott High School, Linden Aniid the verbal jungle comprising the Worth Report on educational planning, the reader v.ill discover some very interesting species. But just TIS big-game hunters must push deep into the foliage for days before finding the habitat of their quarry, so the reader must pcnelrate a dense verbiage before locating those phenomena which make (he search worthwhile. Because of the reader's inexperience in this terrain let us identify a few of Iho more intriguing species that might be en- countered. First we run across The Person Centred Society. Tnis baboon-like species is normal, in appearance, excepl lhat the eyes arc turned inward, rendering the creature blind lo its surroundings. It swings its long, groping forearms until it has grasped onto another of its kind. This continues until all of Ibis species are joined in one Lwist- ]ru-. mieutver a s.varm ol fleas lands on this body, the rapid dis- engagement in order to scratch causes a great explosion. The survivors begin Ihe cycle all over again, leading to the eventual extinction of this species. We must watch carefully for Early Ed, a monkey that stealthily prowls around the tlens, slortling monkcy.s from 'heir unwary mothers. Early Ed is kind PQ fortunes 19TI by "fxcwe me? Arc hats coming Letters Worth opinions wanted Gregory Hales' recenl con- tribution on the Goals of educa- tion questionnaire recalled to my mind a similar article on The fog of silence by Terence Morris, which appeared some time ago. Mr. Morris was la-- inenting the reluctance on Ihe part of teachers, parents and Students lo express in writing their opinions and'feelings about education. Mr. Morris came to the conclusion that "perhaps teachers and parents have de- cided that not only is silence golden, it is also safer." Mr. Hales' description of the two barometers which may in- dicale the public attitude to- ward education is, alas, only too accurate. who are work- ing to get in writing some re- sponses lo the Worth Report are Ihe first to admit that most people do not really seem to care about education. IL is much easier to call in lo a phone-in radio show and p've an opin- ion "off the top -f the than to sit down and write a paragraph on the same subject, or lo attend a meeting and take part in a (Discussion. Unfortu- nately the officials of the de- partment of education are not tuned in to the radio, so that the pearls of wisdom fall un- noticed and are soon forgotten emid the clamor of the follow- ing (and usually dissenting) voices. There is now, in every mail- box, a summary of Ihe Worth Commission report, distributed at a cost of over with the hope that al least some of Alberta's residents will read it, and return the tear-off part of the back page, to let their opin- ions be known. Contrary to some reports, Ihe Home and School Council had nothing to do with this publica- tion, but we do have available to all interested people, free of charge, our own summaries compiled by the past president of Ihe Alberta Federation of Home and School Associations, together with copies of decisions reached by study groups at a workshop held in Olds, where the Worth Report was studied by some 50 representatives from all over Alljerta. The cost of this material has borne by the federation. The Unifarrn Women are holding a meeting on Octo- ber ]9th, at the Kate Andrews tuilcfrig al Ihe Lethbridge Community College, lo discuss their reactions to the Worth recommendations. We hope that Ihey get a belter attendance lhan we did on our Oct. lOlh meeting. School trustees, teachers, ad- ministrators, and principals have all been studying the re- port and contributing their op- inions. Why, then, can we not get the average parent to do the same? Surely Ihe future of education in this province is of vital importance lo anyone who has or will have children attending school during the next decade. Or will these parents just wait until the recommendations become law, and ffcen rush to the telephone to complain bit- terly on an open-line show? MRS. N. E. KLOPPENBOHG, Secretary, Lelhbrirfge Council of Home and School Associations. Ethnic diversity to his captives, telling them through a tac- tile form of body language what they will see when their eyes open. Those who can't yet swing arc taken for a ride through the vines. Whatever they cannot yet do, Early Ed will do with them. A close relative of Early Ed is Lifelong Ed. This monkey goes from tree to tree, routing nl! thn. aged and senile, urging them (o learn the wonders of photosynthe- sis, and the miracles of their primal be- ginnings. The resultant drain o( energy from those lhat respond Invariably hastens their death, but the rapture of ment on their ashen simian faces is uni- quely beautiful. A very curious creature is Final Offer Selection. Whenever two monkeys are fight- ing over a coconut, FOS, as he is affection- ately called, swings in to settle Ihe dis- pute. lakes the disputed object and IL in ihe crolch of a Irec. After Rriing through an elaborate ritual dance, he suddenly grabs the coconut, raises it above his head, and with a grand flourish, hands it to Ihe bigger of the two disput- ants. For Ihe adventurous reader, many more fascinating creatures lurk in the pages of Worth. Safari, anyone? What a caper the leaders of our political parties are cut- ting, as they merry-go-round across our country outpromising one another! At this rate their promises will reach lo the moon and back before election day! Politicians are a curious breed. The only time they seem to notice the other "e thni c" groups is near election time, and suddenly the phrase "eth- nic groups" errupts all over the place. One sees pictures of some expansive politician samp- ling "ethnic" food or looking at a group of "ethnic" dancers or posing with sonic sweet young thing in "ethnic" dress. Wine and cheese parties, put on by political parlies arc the "in thing" for "ethnic" peo- ples these days, and yet there are "ethnic" communities never visited hy a poliilcian. There was a story in the paper the other day headlined Pclle- tier pledges ethnic aid, when he presented a cheque for to the Federation of Italian As- sociations and Clubs, for citi- zenship promotion. I suspect other "ethnic" groups will re- ceive their share since this is election year! Once the election is over, no trace of "ethnic" groups will be found publicity- wise, until the next time! Why These arc Ca- nadian boys and girls, men and women. We are all elhnic if 11 comes to that. What discrimination against one-third ot Canada's population! Anything tor a vote, except to recognize Ihe fact that this great country of ours is not bilingual and bicultural as our political leaders would have us believe, hut multilingual and multicultural. Where arc Ihcir eyes and their cars? Ottawa slill fails miserably lo repre- sent the elhnic diversity of Canada. That's what Canada is all aboul! MRS. MAGDALENA KGGLESTOM Ottawa. By Paul Whitclaw KP Publications commentator MONTREAL The Parti Cluebecois of Rene Lovesque is at an important crossroad. Having established ilsclf so dramatically as an important force in Quebec ty al" trading 23 per cent of the pop- ular vote in the provincial general election, Ihe PQ has apparently reached a satura- tion point iu winning new sup- port. The separatist party must now chart a strategy which will broaden the base of ils follow- ing the next Quebec election, expected in 1974. If Kone Lcvesque and his follow- ers don't succeed, the 1'Q may be relegated for years to not its current role as a protest parly without a hand on the reins of power. A failure to win significant now support would result in a serious loss of( en thus ism and high ex- pectations which have helped the Pequislcs mainlain their profile in Quebec's politi- cal affairs since 1970. The critical challenge faced by the party was pointed up this week by the results of two provincial byclections. The Lib- erals of Premier Robert Dou- rassa retained both seats and the PQ failed to gain more lhan a token increase in its share of the popular vote, despite strong hopes that it would capture the riding of Duplessis. The largest city in Ihe con- stituency is Sepl-Iles. the iso- lated boom town on the north coast of (lie Gulf of SI. Law- rence which was sealed off by union militants during May's 'Common Front' labor crisis, The Pequistcs felt the climate in the community was right for a separatist victory, indeed, they were so confident that Rene a seat since considered running Iherc himself. However, the election result shows how badly the parly mis- calculated ils own slrenglh. Not only did the Liberals win the seal with some voles over less lhan for Ihe PQ, but the party gained only a slight increase over ils per- centage of Ihe vote in 1970. It was Ihe same one surprising dilference- in Gatineau riding, across the 01- tawa River from the national capital. As expected, the Liberals won handily. However, the PQ. again failed to achieve more than a slight Increase in its share of the vole and, most sur- prisingly of all, finished in third place. The second choice of Ga- tlneau's residents was still Unite-Quebec, the former Union Nationale party which has been widely reported to be edging over the brink of political obliv- ion since it lost power to the Literals in WVO. Unite-Quebec had run no candidate in Dupl- essis riding. The voting in lioth con- stituencies showed that there has been clearly no significant change in the political senti- ment.'; of Quebecers since the provincial general election two years ago. Premier Bourassa retains the support ot a large majority of his administration's fragile appear- Letters Martial laiv in Philippines I deeply appreciated the cov- erage you gave to my troubled native land. Despite the news blackout lo llic outside world when President Marcos im- posed Hie martial law we were able lo keep Irnck of tlic day lo day happenings In llic pre- cecding weeks through ymir newspaper, As our lines o! com- munication w ere virtually shut off, rely solely on the news media. 1 am sure Filipin- os In southern Alberta are so grateful to the Herald especial- ly those who have relatives in the Manila area. Jane Huckvale's commenlry on the Philippine silulion on The Herald's editorial pages re- cently mnde enough sense lo cause many of the readers to ask why the Philippines, long considered lo he the freest na- tion in the Far East is now on the brink of a bloody revlu- lion. Behind the circumstances which have forced this country to break apart and finally the implementation of martial law, is the government's indecision and the presence of the 'tech- nocrats" people who are supposed to covmsel the presi- dent hut whose motives are selfish and suspect. Six years ago, President Mar- cos was on (he right track when he made a decision to hoost rice production, proposed a prografn of land for the land- less, and increased school- houses, and made spanking new super-highways Alas, after a few kilometers the roads pet- ered out into the same two-lane mudhole of the Spanish times, the miracle rice has turned info mystery rice and the prefab school houses were so con- structed that our Chinook winds could blow them down, Drastic changes were made. But the indecision to shift the Philippine economy from (lie traditional agricultural base to industralization caused land grabbing here and there. The indecision ar.ii inability to per- ceive true supply and demand situations lias caused an over- crowding in the cement Indus- try, textile and other dollar earning industries; thus oper- ating much below Uieir rated capacities forcing thousands of wage earners out of work and had the investors, stockholders, suppliers and even smugglers worried. The governments indecision to suppress organized crime, abolish private armies, hJrc goons and warlords resulted m "political war" in northern Luzon and petty "religious war" in southern Mindanao pro- vinte. The indecision to mete out equal justice for the erring poor and (he abusive rich only deepens the people's mistrust in and contempt for the govern- ment. My heart bleeds to sec my countrymen suffer from the burden of hunger and high prices as a result of the worst flcod recently, from be- ing alienated by the outside world, and most of nil from the curtailment of their free- dom and rights under the mar- tial law, What lies ahead for the Iso- laled island republic remains to be seen. As of now, it ap- pears that President Marcos Is undecided whether to make sweeping reforms in his gov- ernment, install himself as the absolute power for good or abide by the constitution of the land to hold a free and demo- cratic election come Novem- ber. Filipinos love freedom and independence. They want their molhRrland lo be once again the bulwark of democracy In the Orient. N. P. FERNANDEZ Coaldale. Cure for unemployment Keep park open longer The merchants of Watcrton Park are quite aware of llic attendance and service needs of the travelling public. The news media has continually an- nounced that Labor Day is "closing" day for llic park. However, this is not AO. The park is open 365 days a year, but few businesses have 12- month operation leases. Each year there arc complete Innrisl .....i] end of September, despite news announcements to the contrary. The Chief Mountain Cusloms close each yea1 on September ]5th, disregarding Ihc pleas for a longer customs operation. This is the tap thai shuts off the economics of a tourist vis- itor centre such ;is Park Townsitc. Visitois to the park want more facilities open. I suggest that the cus- loms facilities he open [or a longer period than the present Inlh of September. The local chamber has been unsuccessful in its allempts lo have cus- toms elates changed. Perhaps this could be an election plat- form promise by the elected MP for south Alberta, Fall is a most beautiful and picturcscjuc season. The peace appreciated by the visilors. llowevcr, llio day after Thanks- giving, the park was completely empty visitors. I must say "hats off" to the park wardens and the business- men that were there to serve the public needs. KMANUEI, COHEN, President, Waterlon Lakes National Park, Chamber of Commerce, ance. To alter this situation, Mr. Lc- vesque will have to persuade his party to adopt an even more more radi- cal followers would call it wa- tered This has been happening steadily since 1970, on the issue of minority language rights and in neutral- izing Ihe PQ's radical social- ists. However, it may be much more dilficult to gain further concessions. The Parti Qucbccois is many different things to different not the monolithic separatist threat which many people outside Quelwc assume it lo be. Its supporters include scpara lists with both con- servative and radical social and economic beliefs, and un- doubtably, many people who are not separatists at all but merely wish to register protest voles. The challenge faced by Rene Ixivesque is to maintain this broad somehow managing to broaden the PQ's appeal even further. 'Crazy Capers' The Lethbridge Herald's edi- Lorial, Solving unemployment (Oct. must be an example of Ihe most idiotic intellectual display seen by readers in southern Alberta for some time. The article advocates accep- tance of welfare as1 a short- term solution to unemployment, genetic engineering as a long- term solution and discussions of genetic engineering by cur- rent politicians seeking election as a sensible campaign issue. I am not sure that we should expect our local candidates to know much about genetc en- gineering (whatever that is) The unemployment issue In Canada is real enough but there are far more simple ex- planations and solutions lhan lack of knowledge and prac- tice of genetic engineering. Canada has imported large numtars of experts from for- eign countries. In many univer- sities, 50-60 per cent of teachers come from abroad, predom- inantly the U.S. In some of the graduate departments (here may he as few as 1-2 Canadians out of a total of 40-50 graduate students. For example, the Uni- versity of Western Ontario made 13 appointments lo its psychology department in 1970 (a year in which Canada had a surplus of PhD graduates in psychology) and all were Am- erican In that same year, 50 per cent that university's PhD gradutes were non-Cana- dian. This importation of intelli- gence has not been limited lo univcrsilic-s. Large numbers of engineers, school teachers and doctors are alxo encouraged to come to Canada each year. One can only ask what the unem- ployment prospects for Cana- dians would be like today if the country was forced to be self- reliant in ils production of educational institulions and pro- fessional personnel. The gift of this country's eco- nomy and resources to foreign interests may also be consid- ered in the current unemploy- ment crisis If one wished to take a very conservative po- sition. But alwve and beyond this, Ihe most critical factor may be our national de-empha- sis of human values. In the name of progress, small farm units have been systematically forced out of existence by care- fully planned government poli- cy, small industries have been eliminated through governmen- tal support of large enterprises and mechanization has been a sufficient excuse used too fre- quently for early retirement and layoff of large numbers o( workers. Even Ihese factors do not account for Ihe systematic destruction of Ihe life style and self-sufficiency of many groups of native peoples by govern- ment interference in their local economics, or the elimination of employment of fisherman by industrial pollution of their wa- ters. In summary, the character of the editorial serves as an ex- cellent example of the materi- alislic altitude that places technology- above inlclligence in Ihe problem solving process. IAN WHISHAW. Lclhhridge. Art thou Moses? Mr. Etrog has reduced art lo such a primitive level, thai now we can all Ixjcome artists overnight. If Mr. Elrog was fortunate enough to be blessed with talent, he would have known (hat what he barf created was nothing hut a boring piece of junk. A great piece of art elevates us to a level of appreciation for soul searching beauty we other- wise would never have known. Moses brings us down to a level we rfo not wish lo know. My first impression upon seeing Moses was thai of a grotesque Androidian Muta- tion, who was unsuccessfully trying (o perform a very per- sonal toilet duty. The accept- ance of Ihis piece of garbage, is a fair indication of just how sick our society really is. It is oh such a long lime off, but on the day the univer- s'ly must come down, I can luar a workman ask his fore- 111. n "What will we do with Ihis filing''" The foreman will reply "Throw it on the truck and take it to llic dump with the rest of the gmhagc." EARL DOUCETTE Lethbridgc. P.S. Is it not the old story of the king's new clothes, all over again? Tlic Lethbridge Herald SH ?lh St. S., LethbricJge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clau RegTsfrallon Ho. of The Canadian Pens And Die Canadian Dally Newspaper frublllheri' Association and Ihe AudIP Bureau ot CTrcullHoM CLEO VI, MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. AOAM5, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAW HAY Managing Editor Asswlaia EdJlor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER MvMllalng Manager Editorial Page EdHor HERAID KRVcS THE SOUTH"