Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRID6I HMAID Otlobtr 22, 1970 No One Has Cried Uncle A ceasefire in Vietnam "effective- ly supervised by International obser- vers as well as by the parties them- selves" was suggested by President Nixon in his recent widely publicized televised speech. Reports indicate that the suggestion was given the ho hum treatment by old Saigon hands. Why? For the simple reason that a ceasefire under present circum- stances is quite impossible to enforce. In the North, the warfare is hit and run; in the South it takes the form of. a government drive to overtake old Communist redoubts in the area, plus a police and civilian effort to break down what is left of the Vietcong cells in the villages. In the latter case, the London Economist corres- pondent in Indochina writes satirical- ly that civilians have become in- volved directly in the war through several government agencies such as the People's Self Defence Force "which works according to the very American precept that every good cit- izen deserves a gun." Most able bo- died South Vietnamese villagers are either double agents, communist ca- dres or members South Viet- namese army. In a war such as this it would be completely impossible for members of any supervisory force to go into a "secure" village and de- cide whether the Vietcong had used the ceasefire to reactivate commu- nist cadres. Then the question of who the cease- fire would benefit most in South Viet- nam, in Laos and Cambodia comes into question. War has become en- demic in Indochina, hatreds are vici- ous and the Economist correspondent writes that "even if it were possible to stop shooting now, the silence would soon be replaced by the clatter of reloading." Once a war has start- ed it is close to impossible to stop it until one side or the other cries uncle that time is not yet in sight. Exercise In Futility? During the summer, hearings were held throughout the province to as- certain the views of citizens on the use of the east slopes of the Rocky Mountains. In Lethbridge many briefs were presented all in support of setting aside designated areas to be safeguarded against extractive indus- tries. At the time, The Herald noted the absence of the- voice of industry and expressed concern that this might mean that the old method of the secret lobby might be relied upon by that sector. The recent remarks of Health Minister James Henderson to the annual convention of the Cana- dian Institute for Pollution Control suggests that industry's views have reached him at least. Mr. Henderson said that the govern- ment believes there should be a pol- icy of multiple use of natural re- sources. In his opinion the east slopes should be able to support in- dustry as Well as providing recrea- tion. To exclude industry would be folly because of the wealth that would be missing to the province as a result. It is not certain that Mr. Hender- son was speaking for the government but when he spoke of multiple use as the "policy" that was accepted, the suspicion is strong that the legis- lation being prepared will not safe- guard wilderness areas. If this is so then the hearings can be chalked up as an excercise in futility. Groups seeking to preserve wilder- ness areas were warned at the Lethbridge they should not be too confident that the exer- cise in participatory democracy would result, in legislation favorable to their desires. They were urged to use the lobby method, too. Mr. Hen- derson's remarks ought to serve as a goad to renewed effort on their part. Guys And. Geezers Worried about the future prosper- ity of Canada? Take heart, Canadi- ans are saving their money these days as they've never saved before. Overall figures for Canada are not available, but there is little doubt that the Canadian pattern follows that of the United States. Local bank managers say that money held in personal savings accounts has in- creased significantly in the past year and a half. In the U.S., according to the Christian Science Monitor, "the American people are saving money at the astronomical rate of bil- lion yearly. This means that'they are putting away some seven and one half per cent of their disposable income." In other words, those who have jobs are putting money away for the proverbial rainy day. This indicates of course, that they may be worried about losing the job they already have and want to have the assur- ance that they will have something to live on until they find another. Unfortunately with unemployment figures comparatively high, many families have already had to with- draw savings to tide them over. But these withdrawals have not been sufficient to alter the possibility that in Canada, as in the States, the bank holding of the average indivi- dual is actually rising. Canadians, it seems, are taking the advice of the guy to the geezer. "If you save up your money and put away your rocks you'll always have tobacco in your own tobacco box." _ It's an encouraging picture, and a very different one from that of previous economic recessions when cash savings skidded' downward. When public confidence is restored, when the economy is on a genuine upswing, there will be money to spend and plenty of available goods to spend it on. But the warn- ing is out. As the Monitor puts it, "the country had better make mighty sure that inflation is truly and well under control before such a new spending spree breaks out. If not, no one need be reminded of what result could be." Neglect In Education By Ed Kyan AT a recent Home and School meeting in Coaldale the following question was posed to the parents in attendance: "It is generally agreed that parents want their children to get a 'good' ed- ucation. What, in your opinion, is meant by a "good I can't recall the exact replies of the parents, but the substance of their re- sponses went something like this: "A good education should help students to develop a positive attitude toward? themselves and others." "A good education should help indivi- duals to lead a worthwhile and meaning- ful life." "A good education should promote the growth of democratic attitudes." A good education should promote the development of such qualities as respon- sibility, compassion, honesty, generos- ity Now, assuming that you agree these are worthwhile and commendable objectives, what if anything, are the schools doing to contribute to them. Not very much, I'm afraid. Schools, by and large, are concern- ed primarily, if not entirely, with intellec- tual development. Come to think of it, students are eval- uated on a very limited basis. This is true of education at all levels and more so as the student advances through the educa- tional obstacle course. At the Grade 12 matriculation level, for example, the entire year's evaluation is based on a series of two-hour examinations. At the university and college level the emphasis on solely on the pursuit of and the ability to catch enough of it to get a degree. Tin's is not to .say that schools arc not concerned with personality growth, social adjustment and other non-intellectual func- tions. Because I think they are. It's just that in both the short and long run they simply don't count. What really counts is how well Johnny can read, write, do arith- metical problems, chase footnotes and re- spond to questions on examinations. Many of the important qualities that make for a worthwhile life are largely ig- nored. The. student who exhibits these qualities, but who fails to meet the course requirements (which re- flect very narrow aspects of the learning situation) is given short shrift. It matters little that this same student is a "first- rate" young citizen and an excellent hu- man being. It's nice, mind you, but really of no consequence in a school setting. No one would deny that knowledge and skills and grades in the various subjects and courses arc important. But how im- portant? And, more important, how signi- ficant? A recent study conducted by a team of University of Utah professors reported: "There is almost no relationship be- tween the grades a student gets in med- ical school and his competence and suc- cess in medical practice Another study involving some 340 grad- uate students who had won fellowships to Columbia University revealed the follow- ing: "Those who had graduated with hon- ors, who had won scholastic medals and who had been elected to Phi Beta Kappa were more likely to be in the lower per- formance levels than in the top levels." It may he that in our emphasis on in- tellectual excellence and academic acuity we may he overlooking the most important and significant aspects of education. Anthony Westell Conservatives Left Crumb Of Comfort Robert Stanfield v sits shorter and more un- easily in the saddle of the Con- servativfi party following the upset of the. Tory government in his home province of Nova Scotia. His personal power base has been cut from under him, and the national Conservative party under his leadership has been reduced to its lowest ebb since the 1930s in terms of its grip on public power. The Ontario government is now the only Conservative ad- ministration in Canada powerful government, certain- ly, but 27 years old and soon to face a severe challenge at the polls. Political trends in the prOv- inces do not necessarily repeat themselves in Ottawa, but the Tories badly need a few vic- tories somehow, somewhere, to raise their morale and acquire the charisma of winners. The Ordeal of Saint Spiro Letters To The Editor Don't Knock Valuable Youth Movements The article by Mr. Wilson "If You Ask (Saturday Oct. had to be a very infinitesi- mal part of a day's work. That people are paid to write arti- cles for public consumption and do not have the ambition to at- tempt even basic research is surely one of the "mockeries" of objective journalism. Students Should Study The student body of the Uni- versity of Lethbridge has no more right to distribute its pub- lication because it was printed before the order suspending all civil liberties than the Quebec students had to demonstrate be- cause it was organized before the order. In any case common sense should have been used and the whole issue destroyed. You bet I am concerned with this loss of liberty. It may be necessary, and unfortunate- ly this act by the student body furnishes proof that the situa- tion is not confined to Quebec. If such things are allowed they will lead to more serious in- fractions and we may never see those restrictions lifted. What we must do is see to it that no provocation is given to excuse the retention of these measures. If we do that it may all be gone in a few weeks. It must be admitted however that it is the actions of such students or their advisers (I do not believe in spontaneous gen- eration of student ideas) who simply cannot or will not figure straight that have over the years, caused the present cri- sis. Combined with CBC an- nouncers and producers of some cally everything. I suggest that if the students paid more atten- tion to getting an education, than this irresponsible element does, the crisis would .have a very good chance of passing soon. Magralh. J. A. SPENCER. If Mr. Wilson's donation to any cause has no more sub- stance than his ethics, I doubt it will be missed. The whole article need not be taken to task here. The TJnitea Appeal and the youth move- ments mentioned can stand on their own record. There is how- ever a statement, the purpose of which is totally destructive and totally misinformed. The Navy League of Canada has been active since 1896. Its purpose, then as now, is solely the development of youth to- wards personal character and, pride and service to their com- munity and country, not as Mr. Wilson stated "to train little tin soldiers in the fond hope of perpetuating warfare." There can be nothing in a program of seamanship, rope- work, citizenship, communica- tions, band training, small arms Biased Babblings If you ask me, Mr. Wilson's column of last Saturday points out his complete ignorance of the aims, policy and training given by the Navy League. No one from the Lethbridge Herald (let alone Mr. Wilson) has ever contacted me or any other local representative of the Navy League for informa- tion as to our youth program. As they have been in the past, our programs are open to scrutiny by anyone in the com- munity. It is indeed unfortunate that the policy (or Jack of it) of the Herald condones. such unin- formed biased babblings. LT. K. LEES Commanding Officer NLCC No. 50 Lethbridge. safety and range shooting that can be even remotely consid- ered warmongering. These, along with an active sport pro- gram and many more subjects, are what active energetic boys naturally turn to. Of course we have another type coming to the fore these days. Is Mr. Wil- son more interested in provid- ing thousands of dollars to take care of the new drug genera- tion? The Navy League of Can- ada is not a recruiting agent for the Koyal Canadian Navy, make no mistake about that. The time and money involved is purely in the interest of the boy and ultimately this is re- turned to the community. These are young people who are learning to live in a "with it" world, and still maintain the principles of self discipline and personal integrity. Every dolr lar spent on youth development is worth a hundred in return to the community and who can say how many thousands of dollars spent vainly trying to fight the mushrooming drug culture. We invite Mr. Wilson to visit us some time, maybe we can supply some calcium for his "pacifistic E. B. ZOOK, Lt. R.C.S.C.C. Chinook Lelhbridge Why Stop At Four? Proud Of Military Record "If you ask me by Jim. Wilson. "No, I didn't do- nate to the United Appeal, be- cause at least four of the groups it assists make it a mockery." Why stop at four? The rea- soning in this article is such that it would be better to pick on all the agencies. After all, if one wants to hide behind an ex- cuse, let's be fair to all and not just pick on four! I have donated and worked for the United Appeal in Lethbridge -for the past 18 years and if able, I hope to do the same for the next 18 years. The statements are so old and shopworn that they have whiskers a mile long. Strangely enough, it has been my experience that these won- derful cheques to the Chari- ties of your choice usually re- So They Say They think that teachers are in the position of mother, God and country, that you can't take them on When they want to violate the law openly and knowingly, then I'm going to enforce it quickly and swift- ly. Lucas County, Ohio, Common Pleas Judge George Kiroff, ordering striking teachers back to work in Tnl.i- do under state law which for- bids strikes by public employ- ees. main in the land of the never- never. So four agencies are not ex- actly Jim Wilson's cup of tea big deal! Would he sacri- fice ALL agencies because of his petty, personal and erron- eous ideas? How many of us can stand up and state that there is not one agency of the United Appeal that has not, or will not touch me or my imme- diate family? If one does not wish to donate to the United Appeal, that's his business, when someone takes up free space in a daily news- paper to ridicule our United Appeal that's m business! ROY L. MONTGOMERY Lethbridge Cruel Traps For over 100 years our fur- bearing animals have been suf- fering slow, painful death from injuries, starvation and freezing on our traplines right across Canada. In Alberta the steel leg-hold trap is still in use, causing need- less agony to thousands of fur- bearing wildlife. The Canadian Association for Humane Trapping recom- mends the use of more merci- ful traps, that kill the trapped animal instantly. Will a change come U. KNIGHT, Calgary. I found myself generally in agreement with Jim Wilson's views regarding the United Ap- peal campaign until he made that crack about "little tin soldiers." Jim Wilson's "paci- fist bones" may indeed be bothered but I suggest they may have been, considerably more bothered had it not been for a few of us who did man- age to grow up to be "big tin soldiers" and created for all the Jim Wilsons, the hippie movement, the campus radi- cals, and others, the kind of af- fluent society that makes such comments as his possible, as- inine though they may be. Personally, I am quite proud of my own Atlantic Star and shall continue to be no matter how unfashionable this may seem to the comfortable Jim Wilsons of the world. I applaud the Navy League and the young people who perpetuate the memory of a part of our Cana- dian heritage the R.C.N. and the war at sea that is all too easily forgotten by people like your erstwhile columnist. Perhaps now, in the light of the recent F.L.Q. terrorism in Quebec, at least a few Cana- dians may begin to realize that we may again have need of men with guts, courage, pat- riotism, discipline and a sense of duty. They will not, unfor- tunately, be found among the ranks of the bearded wonders, the pot smoking fraternity and other assorted individual liber- ties groups who somehow man- age to confuse pacifism with what I regard as plain, old fashioned gutlessness. JOHN L. HUNTER Ex. RCN W.W. 2 (Atlantic) A-B. Ex. Can. Army. Canada-Europe Lieut Lethbridge Stanfield has worked hard and with some success to im- prove his own image and tin party machine is in better or- ganizational shape than it has been for years, but instead of victories, they suffer defeats. Manitoba threw out the Tories kst year. Prince Edward Is- land decisively rejected Conservative challenge this year. The party is not even mentioned in Quebec provincial elections. Now comes defeat in Scotia, doubly serious it fogs Stanfield's image as I successful former premier and denies his position as spokes- man for the province, and for Hie Maritimes region, in Ottawa. He came triumphantly to the Tory national leadership in 1967 as Nova Scotia's favorite son, having just won a decisive pro- vincial election victory to con- firm lu's government in office. But it soon began to appear as if Stanfield, in fact, had got out of Nova Scotia just in time. Troubles which had their roots in Stanfield's day. not- ably the disastrous venture into making heavy water descend- ed onto his successor, G. I. 'Ike' Smith, and how they have over- whelmed him. In defeating Smith's govern- ment the first opportunity. No- va Scotia voters may well have been complaining in part about Stanfield's mistakes as premier. More importantly, perhaps, they have removed from Tory control tbs provincial patron- age which remains a signifi- cant political factor in the Mar- itimes and which helped in 1968 to elect 10 Conservative MPs in 11 Nova Scotia seats. The pa- tronage will now be in Liberal hands, and could make an ap- preciable difference in the next federal election. A major beneficiary, in any event, is Nova Scotia's lone lib- eral in Ottawa, government House Leader Allan MacEach- en. He has had to fight hard to hold even his own seat against the provincial Tory ma- chine, with its squads of or- ganizers and members of the provincial legislature. MacEachen's men were frank- ly jubilant that the political pressure will ease, and the pro- vincial government will now be working with them, rather than against. Jean Marchand, the regional development minister must also be pleased to see the defeat of a government which has been an awkward and reluctant part- ner in the new federal pro- grams designed to stimulate the provincial and Maritime econo- mies. For Stanfield, the only crumb of comfort is the theory that there is in politics a general revolt against governments, that the voters are expressing widespread discontent by throw- ing the old rascals out and try- ing a new administration. If this is so, Liberal Premier, Louis Robichaud may be .de- feated in the current New Brunswick election by the Tory leader, Richard Hatfield. The Tories have hopes also of Winning power for the first time in Alberta. Social Credit Pre- mier Harry Strom inherited the government from Ernest Manning and will soon have to ask to be confirmed by the vot- ers. Strom has become quite pally with Prime Minister Pierre El- liott Trudeau, and Trudeau's re- cent appointment of Manning to the Senate is seen by some Tories as further evidence of Social Credit's seduction by the Liberals. They are hopeful that Alhertans will show their dis- pleasure by turning to the at- tractive young Tory leader, Peter Lougheed. Such a victory for the party would be a godsend for Stan- field, who has lost credibility in the east and needs to shore him- self up in the west. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD campaign is to be put on throughout the province to get all farmers to dehorn their cattle. It is claimed the animals feed, ship and sell bet- ter when dehorned. progress is being made in the construction of the three major building projects in the city, the government ter- minal elevator, the new St. Mi- chael's Hospital and the addi- tion to Gait Hospital. 1910 Temperatures soared to 77.7 degrees in the city as warm weather continued with gardens showing new growth in the balmy atmosphere. 1850 The federal govern- ment is building a new cus- toms and immigration and warehouse at Coutts. The Coutts port of entry ranks among the highest in Uie handling of heavy freight from the Groat Lakes to Vancouver. 1960-rThe opening of .'he new- ly renovated YMCA pool is ex- pected October 25. Cost of the renovation was about The Letlibridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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