Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
THI LITHMIDOI HIKAID Widn.U.y, Odob.r 21, WO Richard Purser Banana Republic? No! The expressions of support for the Trudeau government's firm stand against the FLQ murderers, must be heartening to those who had to make the cruel decision not to cavo in to their totally unreasonable demands. Some Canadians, horrified at the appearance of ugly brutality among them, have referred tongue-in-cheek to this nation as one the newest banana republics, which it is not. Canada is a democratic country which provides its people with many avenues to register grievances and protest. They have a free. press, they have the right to demonstrate peacefully, they can -air their views on the radio, TV and in the news- papers. They can vote for freely chosen candidates to speak for them in Parliament. They have access to the courts and protection under a system of law that is constantly under revision to preserve the rights of all citizens. Not all countries have such rights. Social Credit Future Social Crediters in Alberta, once dreamed that their political program would come to dominate the Cana- dian scene. In recent years that dream has faded significantly. It is not likely to be revived by the news of a possible merger of the Social Credit and Progressive Conservative parties in Saskatchewan. On the provincial scene both those parties are practically dead. Neither has a member sitting in the provincial legislature and their pros- pects of electing one in the foresee- able future are remote. By merging with the Conservatives, the Social Crediter1; in Saskatchewan are really bowing out of the picture. Whatever life there is in the merged group can only be conceived to come by an infusion from the federal or- ganization of the Progressive Con- servatives which has succeeded in keeping some members in the House over a. period of years. It is ironic that this merger could be contemplated in Saskatchewan while in Alberta the same two par- ties will fight it out in the next elec- tion. If the Conservatives should suc- ceed in their bid to take over the government that could mean the eventual end of Social Credit in Al- berta, too. The courtship clandestinely con- ducted to date between the Lib- erals and Social Crediters could also end in a merger. Then revival might take place through an infusion of life from the federal organization of the Liberals. Social Credit philosophy has dimin- ished even where the party retains strength.' It is not inconceivable that it will disappear altogether. Paisley Is A Bore The firebrand rabble rouser of Northern Ireland, the Rev. Ian Paisley, wants to take a trip to Aus- tralia. He'd like to have his visit coincide with that of the Pope who is headed that way soon. Mr. Paisley claims that the country is "hopeless- ly dominated by Catholics" and that the descendants of Irish 'immigrants who now make up about a quarter of the population are a repressed min- ority. According to Australian correspon- dents, Mr. Paisley is way off base. The old fires of hatred which once burned brightly have almost died away, because of the ecumenical movement, the general decline in rigid religious compartmentalization and the fact that there have been al- most no new Irish immigrants in re- cent years. The Australians would rather that Mr. Paisley stayed at home not be- cause they are worried about demon- strations in the streets, but because he bores them. Religious tolerance is a fact of Australian life, and Mr. Paisley isn't going to change it. The Australian Cabinet is predominated by Protestants but there are two Roman Catholic members, who would be held responsible if Mr. Pais- ley is not admitted to the country. But it is unlikely that they will pro- test. Loud mouthed evangelical mili- tants from Northern Ireland are un- likely to disturb the peace of a so- phisticated, progressive people like the Australians. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON One of the complaints the kids voice today is that parents put too much pressure on them. I accident- ally listened to such a discussion the other evening at Goldfarb's house. Young Goldfarb, aged 16, told his father he saw no reason to study such irrelevant subjects as math, language, science, his- tory and English. "Who needs young Goldfarb said. "You need his father shouted. young Goldfarb demanded. "Because of Springfield. If I don't push you, Springfield's k i d is going to g e t ahead of you in school. How would you like "Who cares if Springfield's son gets ahead of young Goldfarb said. "Springfield does, that's the older Goldfarb replied. "Oh, wouldn't he love it if he could say Ms kid was doing better than Goldfarb's." "You mean to say you've been leaning on me all this time because you're in a contest with young Goldfarb said. "I didn't start the older Goldfarb said. "It was Springfield who began push- ing his kids first. Years ago I heard Springfield tell his kid, 'Never take second best. Go for all the marbles. Get out in front and show them what you can do.' "When I heard this, I had no choice but to make you work your tail off. If you're mad at anyone, you should be mad at Springfield." "But Springfield's kid doesn't want to compete with me anymore than I want to compete with hint. Why don't you call him up and tell him if he knocks off beating his brains out, I'll knock off beating my brains "That would be just old Goldfarb said. "But what about Ascarelli's "What's Ascarelli's kid cot to do with "You think Ascarelli is going to stop pushing his kid just because you two let up? And how about Bernheim's sons? Bern- heim has already announced his kid is going to Yale. You want Bernheim's kid to go to Yale and you wind up at some community college in "But don't you understand, young Goldfarb said. "Ascarelli's son couldn't care less it he got ahead of us, and Bern- heim's son doesn't give a damn whether he gets in Yale." Old man Goldfarb got up and took his son over to the window and pointed out to the .flickering apartment lights across the Potomac. "If it was just one Springfield or one Ascarelli or one Bemheim, I would say 'Enjoy yourself; don't break your back.' But out there where you see those lights are thousands and thousands of Spring- fields and Ascarellis and Bernheims, and do you know what they're saying to their kids tonight? They're saying "The only thing I want you to do is to beat Gold- "All over America, the Springfields, As- carellis and Bernheims are vowing to beat you out of a job, a sale, a taxi, a con- tract, a home, a wife. And do you why they're doing said young Goldfarb. "I don't know why." "Because at this very moment they know I'm .telling you to get them before they get you." "But if you stop, maybe they young Goldfarb said. "It's too the older Goldfarb said. "Springfield, Ascarclli and Bernheim are too ambitious for their sons to quit now. So a nice boy and go do your home- work." (Toronto Telegram News Service) Quebec Takes Sides On FLQ Extremists In Latin America for instance where kidnappings of innocent people have occurred all too often in recent years few such principles of justice and freedom prevail. Torture is not un- common; arrest without trial, con- viction on suspicion alone is preva- lent under rigid dictatorship. In the case of the recent Palestinian hijack- ings, where the demands of the hi- jackers were met, although no one condones such anarchical action against totally innocent people, it must be remembered that the Pales- tinians are stateless, and have no means as Canadians have, of regis- tering their grievances. Canada is not a banana republic and it never will be as long as there are people like the prime minister, the leader of the watchful opposition and all the other Canadians who re- main on the alert to assure that the principles on which this country was built will be maintained. JLJONTREAL: The time drags. Montreal remains a city morbidly preoccupied with its double kidnapping. Whatever the outcome, Quebec will never be the same again. Sides are taken. The federal and provin- cial governments take tough lines. The debate takes on a mean- ingless quality; news pours out, but without answering ques- tions. But a few unfortunate things have to be said. The basic thing is that the Front de Liberation du Quebec has a great deal of at least partial support. Cer- tainly there is a hard Ime re- action from many, perhaps most. Montreal's open line French language radio shows are filled with invective such as suggestions that the 23 jailed terrorists be hanged one at a time until the hostages are re- leased. Yet an undercurrent of backing f o r the FLQ is evi- dent among the young people and even among what can still be called ia Quebec, the work- ing class. The two French language universities here are hotbeds of admiration for some aspects of FLQ activities. Students inter- viewed by the press or appear- ing on television are "sympa- tico." Student hangouts around the universities and even the junior colleges are filled with revolutionary talk. The methods of the FLQ, understand, arc rel- atively rarely approved: but the aims of the FLQ manifesto, as read out over Radio Canada last week, are widely supported. A popular remark is that while the FLQ methods are not ap- proved, they are understood an attitude which seems a pos- sible stepping stone to even- tual approval. Students who, in the company of their fellows, ac- tually approve of such techni- ques as kidnapping', are rarely directly challenged. It is difficult to deny that a feeling of frustration prevails among many elements of the French speaking populace. It is most notable among the in- tellectuals always an influ- ential force in Quebec but also among the unemployed or underpaid (in comparison with the rest of urban Canada) workers who gave the Parti Quebecois most of its seats in the national assembly from the poorer areas of Montreal. This is not merely an impres- sion. Such organizations as Frep, the major opposition to Mayor Jean Drapeau in this month's civic election, endorsed the objectives of the FLQ man- ifesto. It rejected terrorist tac- tics, but accepted tfae FLQ's list of woes in the fields of labor and political conflict and con- demned what it called "the vio- lence of the system." Frap, the Front Pol- "Mo-o-o-o-na, Those Awful People Next Door Have Got A House Itique, has to date been aimed at ending the one party of Mayor Drapeau's civic party, favoring policies of benefit to all the people rather than what it considers the mayor's pres- tige projects, such as Man and His World and the Olympic Games. But now it has express- ed the conviction that terrorism is directed not against salaried workers but against the Establishment, and if not therefore excusable is at least understandable. As a result of the stand, Frap has lost one of its few non- French speaking city council candidates, who now is running as an independent, and its pres- ident, Paul Cliche, has received threats on his life. Besides Frap, the Influential Montreal central council of Que- bec's big Confederation of Na- tional Trade Unions has express- ed its full support of the FLQ's radical manifesto. Michel Char- trand, the central council's ul- tra nationalist, foam-at-the- moutli radical leader, had al- ready distinguished himself ne- gatively by shouting impreca- tions at the name of Pierre La- porte in front of his house on the night of his abduction and later by urging that not a "sin- gle damned cent" be spent to rescue the labor minister, call- ed by the FLQ "the minister unemploy m e n t and assimila- tion." Mr. Charfrand upbraided the people for being more concern- ed with the possible.deaths of two men than with the fate of thousands threatened economi- cally by the system or by the medical strike. He said that while he still believed in demo- cracy, he would not fight those who no longer do who believe that the system has sold them out. He claimed that intensive police activity in Quebec in the wake of the kidnappings signi- fied the emergence of a police state. He threatened something ap- proaching civil war if vigilante action in reaction to the kid- nappings harms a single hair of a French Canadian's head. There is a deep split of feel- ing here, and it is not about to go away. Any outcome of the current crisis will leave "Que- bec's domestic matters worse than they were before. (Herald Quebec Bureau) Letters To The Editor Real Reason For Dismissal? Glorify Wrong Things May I, an outsider, express my view on the current dispute between the LeUibridge City Police Commission and the Lethbridge City Police Force. I am really concerned because I grew up in Lethbridge and look upon it as "my I was amazed by the report that the president of the police association was dismissed be- cause he had business interests. On the surface, this would ap- pear to be a fair action, but in Softboiled Joins Hardboiled I would like to express my complete agreement with Mr. Hardboiled of Bow Island, (which is obviously a centre of enlightenment) when he states tlrct education is over-rated. As he says we should sack all the teachers in Alberta and turn the kids loose. In a fifth-rate power like Canada, this new- fangled "book-learning" is no use to them anyway: it only gives them ideas above1 their station. Next thing you know these kids will want to com- pete with those of our trusty allies U.S.A. and Britain, who rightly do all our thinking for us; and then you'd have inter- national incidents and com- plaints of all kinds. No. Our kids had better learn now to keep quiet and grow lots of corn and beef like Mr. Hard- boiled and me. We know best about everything. What do teachers know about corn? Or beef? Teachers don't know any- thing. Teachers don't pay tax- es. Teachers don't believe in God. Worse, they don't believe in Us. And children are getting bad habits from them: talking about disgusting things like "pollution" and spouting dan- gerous phrases like "the future of Canada." They should go down the mines at the 'age of nine like in the good old days: then, if they didn't know how to count, they wouldn't cost much in wages, and would make lots and lots of lovely money for Mr. Hardboiled and me. But don't worry, Alberta. With your help, my friend and I will stop the cancerous spread of education in this province. Help us chant our slogans. Spread vicious ru- mors. It's quite easy. For ex- ample: Co you know that the boys and girls in the public schools here practise co-educa- tion under the very eyes of the teachers? And that isn't all. They actually make the girls matriculate. And this you won't believe. For the past eight years our sons and daughters at some of the Lethbridge schools have been forced to use the same curriculum. SOFTBOILED of NORDEGG. Lethbridge. Umvarranled Strictures Like Mr. Hardboiled Taxpay- er of.Bow Island (Oct. 13) my family is dependent on- a tax- payer who pays his local taxes to the County of Forty Mile, so I know how he feels when he says "the well is However, our family misfor- tune is compounded by having a teacher to support us. Mr. Hardboiled picks many personal nits. Of course we are all acquainted with people who have at times displayed characteristics of 1 a z i n c s s, atheism and lack of creativity, but a few examples to support his personal prejudices against the entire educational system would be interesting to read. One wonders, for example, to what bizarre actions teachers of Bow Island have resorted in order to display their lack of patriotism, or whose example has supplied his figures con- cerning teachers' hours of work. This latter is contrary to all my observations in my own and other teachers' homes over a period of fourteen years. I don't think any normal nine to five worker would tolerate the endless hours of correction, preparation and continuing study which consume a teach- er's "leisure" time. As for atheism, perhaps Mr. Hardboiled would be happy to know that in Foremost, the backbone of fluctuating mem- bership in one church choir consists of six teachers, one wife and the schno! secretary. One can only add that if the present situation hi the County of Forty Mile results in greater parent interest in education and the activities of children in general, apart from their own, we shall all be the richer. SHIRLEY BUSWELL Foremost fact, is it not mere camouflage? If this were the real reason for the dismissal, then why'is the commission not consistent in its application of the rule regard- ing the police not having out- side interests? Are they a bit apprehensive that the whole force, even officers as high as an inspector, might be fired, I suggest that" the real rea- son for the firing was that the constable, as president and spokesman for his association members, had the temerity to speak up for his associates. But about this rule that pre- vents city policeman from having any other interests. Is the commission refusing to pay the force a wage that will allow a minimal standard of living as an average citizen and by so doing forcing the police to find other sources of income to meet the modest necessities of life? Is it not to the credit of the members of "our" force that they have the ambition to try to augment their inadequate incomes by honest work? Since last November, the ne- gotiations between the commis- sion and the force have dragged on. An arbitration award wlu'ch was accepted by the force, was turned down by the commis- sion. (Incidentally, this same arbitration award was accepted by the the force and the police commission of Medicine Are we not as solvent and able to pay for services rendered as the Hat? Arc we not proud of our force? The action of the commission is sura to break down the mor- ale of (lie force and to make the members look for other em- ployment. We need a force which is happy in its work, that is polite in its administra- tions, and that feels that it is appreciated. Montreal tried for a day to get along without a police force. It could happen here! Diamond City K. C. RUSSELL So They Say I tlon't want to lose that extra little bit of tender loving care I get from being a she rather than a he. Idaho State Rep. Patricia McDermott, comment- ing en increased political ac- tivity by women. We're telling our barbers not to patronize longhairs. They don't give us any business, why should we give (hem any? Thomas Siracusa, .secretary- treasurer of a barber's union local in Chicago. No one should be shocked at the latest FLQ murder. This is precisely the kind of behavior which our society generates by expecting our men to be tough, aggressive, competitive, mas- terful, independent. Parents, either explicitly or implicitly encourage such atti- tudes and behavior for boys from the moment they are born note their toys, their games, their sports, so we can. expect violence, aggression, war, to continue for as long as we fos- ter the tough ideal for men. If our society really wanted peace, equality, it would begin at the beginning by seeking to change the whole pattern of expectations relating to the behavior of boys as com- pared rath girls; we would at- tempt a "unisex" program aimed at encouraging all those attitudes and behaviors which make for a sweet-running so- ciety. Instead of glorifying ag- gression, competition, greed as We do now, we would glorify har- mony, peace, love (both "spir- itual" and equality, tenderness and consideration. I see no likelihood of this basic revolution occurring so we can continue to expect violence upon violence in our society since all of us are contributing to it all the time. RAY Lethbridge. 'Rhythm Of Tragedf With the unprecedented in- voking of the War Measures Act by the prime minister there has been created a situation po- tentially tragic for the societal structure of the Canadian na- tion. The prime minister ap- peared on television the night of Friday, October 16 and an- nounced to the watching Cana- dian people, in a subdued and calculated mood, his reasons for resorting to the Act yet he purposely neglected to reiter- ate even the minutest shred of fact concerning its application. I ask why the prime minister bypassed the people in making his decision. If he is sincerely interested in the preservation of liberty why did he so trample the peoples' If the Canadian people con- form to the rhythm of tragedy set in motion by their prime minister the unmelodious rhythm may indeed prove trag- ic for the Dominion. Historical theory could act the sage and foreshadow the final conse- quence of this 'time of trouble' but if the citizens of Canada do not conform to the rhythm the outcome can then be humane and Canadian society pre- served. MIKE MIRON Lethbridge. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD bones of six dino- saurs dug up from the Red Deer fossil beds have been shipped to Toronto. A geologi- cal party has been digging in the area for the past thrco summers. broadcast repeating set, the only one in the south of the province, has been in- stalled -in the local offices of the CPR in the Marquis Hotel. Tills will enable broadcasts to be heard simultaneously in all cities in Canada. 1010 On October. 21, St. Paul's residential school on the Blood Indian Reserve near Cardston, will celebrate the 60th year of its inception. of the Canadian army special force have begun training at: Ft. Lewis, Wash. The special force is destined for duty with the United Na- tions' The Lctlibridge Herald 501 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1054, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 Member of The Canadian P'ess and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Assod.ilQ Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Edllorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"