Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, October 25, 1971 Power vs. power AlberUi Teachers' Association pres- ident, Walter L. Hughes, is undoubt- edly right in saying that the incor- poration ot several school boards into associations is a contributing factor in the deadlock on contract negotia- tions with the teachers. Probably in- dividual school boards, such as the Lethbridge Public School Board, could quickly reach an agreement with its teachers. It is hard to believe that Die issue of consultation is of equal concern in all situations. In some districts consultation may already take place even if it is not agreed to contract- ually. Reaching agreement in those cases should not be impossible. The problem likely is that having banded together, the boards have to stick together. Apparently opponents to coiiKullatiun predominate among the boards. .Maybe the teachers brought about this situation through the power in- strument which they have created in the ATA. Power blocks produce answering power blocks. The pres- sure from the teacher block to have standardized working conditions has removed some of the flexibility from their side that made the old indivi- dual district agreements possible. In meeting this challenge the boards have sacrificed their own manoeuv- rability. The provincial government may in- deed find it necessary to change the regional bargaining set up through legislation, as Mr. Hughes has sug- gested. But governments can make changes affecting the other side too. a fact which the ATA might reflect upon before pressing the government too strongly Blatant politicking Senator Edward Kennedy has been talking with his feet again. He's'be- comc an embarrassment to millions of Americans and to the Democra- tic party. His remarks about what policy Britain should adopt in re- gard to the troubles in Northern Ire- land, show that he does not under- stand the situation, and has taken trouble whatever to study recent events in their historical context. Mr. Kennedy evidently doesn't know, or if he does, he dismisses as inconse- quential, that Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom, just as California is part of the United States. There is no other conclusion to draw from this kind of irresponsibil- ity in a man occupying a responsible job. He's playing politics in the most blatant and obvious fashion. His re- marks are going to be very popular among the huge Irish Catholic popu- lation of his home state of Massa- chusetts. But everywhere else Am- ericans with a sense of the fitness of things will be outraged at his unwarranted and ignorant state- ments. Accusation and suspicion Ugly rumors ot brutality to IRA (Irish Republican Army) internees in Northern Ireland have been re- ported. On top of this, comes an- other suspicion. This is that Czecho- slovak arms intercepted in Holland immediately prior to these reports were intended for the use of the IRA. It is too soon to confirm the for- mer allegations, but presumably there will be an impartial investiga- tion, if that is possible, conditions being what they are in present day Ireland. If they prove false, the only conclusion to be drawn is that they have been made for IRA propaganda purposes in order to destroy the rep- utation for decency of the security forces in Northern Ireland. The suspicion that Czechoslovak arms are being sent to Dublin for use by the IRA against the British forces in the North, has wide inter- national implications. The Czechs don't export arms without the knowl- edge and consent of the Soviets, and if it is proven that the Russians are helping the trouble makers with weapons, that would mean that they are actively fomenting civil war in the United Kingdom. Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Doug- las Home has "suspended judg- ment" about the arms, because he can't prove the allegations. It is go- ing to be an extremely difficult and maybe an impossible task to find out. Nevertheless strong evidence points to Russian interference in Irish af- fairs. The London Daily Telegraph remarks, that "the guns and ammu- nition with which British soldiers and Northern Ireland's policemen are being daily murdered most often reach Belfast and Londonderry via Dublin it is against this back- ground of open war, with increasing- ly grave international implications, that the protests conveyed in Lon- don about alleged brutality towards internees under interrogation must be viewed." The paper leaves it to the reader to draw his own conclusions. ART BUCHWALD A great honor WASHINGTON The worst thing that can happen to any public official in this country is to be mentioned for a top appointment in the government, and not get it. It isn't just the rejection of the job that is hard to is that while he is under consideration the candidate is being subjected to exhaustive investigation by everyone from the FBI to the Harvard Law Review, and his reputation can be destroyed forever. The recent Supreme Court nomination circus that President Nixon put on is a perfect example of how dangerous it is to be mentioned for one of the highest posi- tions in the land. Take the case of Judge Chilblain Clamchowder. Judge Clamchowder, who had been appointed to the Fifth Circuit Traffic Court for the work he had done in carrying Tornado County for President NLxon in found himself listed as one of the "leading" candidates for a Supreme Court scat. Judge Clamcbowder told me in his cham- bers, "I knew they had just thrown in my name as a smoke screen and at first I was flattered to see my name in the ne.vs- papcrs. "But then the Eastern establishment press started coming down here and ask- ing about me, and my life has become pure hell. "The talked to my second wife who said I had not only cheated on her, but also on my bar exam. Even if it's true, it's something you don't like to read about in the newspapers." Judge Clarcchowder continued: "Then some Democratic senators found out 1 hadn't paid my income Ux for the past five years and they tried to make a big deal of it just to embarrass the Nixon Ad- ministration. They made it sound as if 1 was the first Supreme Court justice nom- inee who had ever cheated on his taxes. "To make matters worse, the FBI dis- covered that I was a major stockholder in the firm that prints all the traffic tickets for Tornado County. So I had to get rid of the stock at a great financial sacrifice. "Then Jack Anderson found out about a Christmas party I had last year in my chambers for the meter maids, and while only two of them took off their clothes, he made it sound like an orgy. So now my third wife is suing me for divorce, and it's gonna be damn expensive, particularly since I don't have an interest in the print- ing firm any more. "The American Civil Liberties Uaion then dug up the fact that I had donated to buy dynamite to blow up all the school buses in Tornado County, and that made the newspaper headlines. Now f be- lieve this was a personal matter and had nothing to do with whether a person would make a good Supreme Court justice or not. "Finally, some smart-aleck law professor discovered that since I've ruling on traffic offenses I have been reversed hy higher courts times. "Me also claimed I had fixed the tick- ets of 45 members of my country club. It turns out I had only fixed 40 tickets simc I've been on the traffic court, but the me- dia doesn't seem to he concerned with ac- curacy as long as it's a good story. "The American Bar Assn. rated me 'less mediocre' and this certainly hasn't helped me keep any decorum in the court- room." "From what I can tell, I said, "you might have done Ixitter by not be- ing mentioned as a possible Supreme Court justice." "Frankly." he replied, "if it wasn't for the honor, I would just as soon forget it." (Toronto Telegram Newi Service) Joseph Kraft How Nixon figures in China's politics Everybody un- derstands that President Nixon's projected trip to China is connected with American do- mestic politics namely, his re-election campaign. But here in Tokyo at least, experienced and acute China-watchers have come to the conclusion that the converse is also true. Tliey think the Nixon trip fig- ures deeply in the internal poli- tics of the Peking regime. More particularly, their view is that the president's visit is being used to cut hack the role of China's military as part of a general leadership struggle. Evidence that the Nixon trip is an element in a continuing battle within China is over- whelming. For Uie trip is going to take place while almost all the outstanding issues confront- ing the Peking regime remain unsettled. There has not teen, as many predicted there would be, a tenth session of the national People's Congress, which is the top political authority in China. The new constitution, witli its provision that Lin Piao is to succeed Mao Tse-tung as chair- man of the party, thus remains in doubt. So does the question of a successor to Liu Shao-Chi as head of state. Moreover, the direct fight be- tween Peking and Washington over the role of Formosa re- mains unresolved. So does the "Gee not ANOTHER apartment Letters to the editor Boio Island drug situation grossly exaggerated 1 would like to refute some of the grossly exaggerated statements and unrealistic sug- gestions made in the letter to the editor, Leadership, action needed, of Monday the loth's Herald. The opinions on the drug situation appear to be based solely on "rumors cir- culating in and around Bow Island." Since gossip occurs everywhere, I challenge the oarent to state an instance where she has actually seen a Bow Island teenager taking Education system in a mess Permit me to say a word about this vexing issue of teach- er contracts with school boards. Firstly, I think the majority o! the public are ignorant of the issues involved. One caller on a recent radio program declared that teachers are hiding the real issue, which is money. I am quite sure if she had en- quired of her school board rep- resentative she would find that Hats off to men of valor Prime Minister Trudeau said: "The mauling of Premier Alexei Kosygin by a Parlia- ment Hill demonstrator was a humiliating event for Cana- I take the opposite view. It is encouraging to see that we have in our midst men of valor who refuse to rub shoulders with virtual murder- ers who would not flick an eye- lash in annihilating us forever. Hail to these souls who breathe life not death and who oppose deception and hypocrisy! I feel that the demonstrator, by his actions, showed courage of the rarest kind. He must have known that he would be jailed for his actions. Surely this man is a "hero" for the fight being waged against the oppressor wherever he may be China, in Russia, in the U.S., in South America, in Pak- istan in Africa and elsewhere. The world is full of oppres- sors today. It takes a njan of courage to fight for freedom for all against the unjust op- pressor's heel. It is really too bad that a few more potential leaders don't openly show by these actions that they resent a visit from a premier of a coun- try that suppressed freedom in 1936 in Hungary, in Czechoslo- vakia in 1969. Think of what happened to a great potential No one can deny that Kosygin represents a police stale. E. S. VASELENAK. Lethbridge. Open letter to mayor I. am honored that you have seen fit to place one of my campaign proposals so high on your current list of priorities. I am referring of course to Wrong 'fads' In response to the letter to the editor which appeared in the October 18th Herald about the decay of young people in and around Bow Island, UK fol- lowing: These parents have tlreir facts wrong (if we can consider rumors to be Actually, 99.999 per cent of us are taking drugs. After all, don't we all use aspirins and cough syrup at one time or another? And that we're so "lazy, sloppy, deceitful, dishonest, and immoral" is an understate- ment. Why, tilings arc much, much worse. If you come to our terrible little town, the world will never see you alive again, buddy. That there isn't much good literature to read in Bow Island anymore is also so true. I mean, all the corruption we see every day in current events and auto- motive magazines. Our minds .ire so warped from this, most of us can't think straight any- more. WORRIED YOUN'C I'KOPI.K. Bow Island. my idea of inviting young peo- ple to act in an advisory capa- city to the mayor and city council. The Herald of October 19 reported that in the first meeting of the new council, you slated that you would "appoint a committee of youth to act in an advisory capacity to the mayor and make recommenda- tions to council." It is most encouraging to me to have you endorse my propo- sals by implementing them so soon in your new term. I have just a few words of caution to offer you at this lime. The establishment of such an advisory committee of youth must not be considered as an end in itself, but rather as a means to important future ends. Also, ensure that you es- tablish a truly representative commitlee; by which I appoint young persons from a diversity of backgrounds and interests. I am certain the city can benefit greatly from such a committee of young people, as youth has much to offer. Even if, as Cfeorge Bernard Shaw said "It is all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date." That, us you know, is no mean feat. Once again I thank you for your confidence in my propo- sals. GREGORY L. HALES. Letbbridge. money is about the least of the issues here. If it was only a money issue there would be a settlement already. Another caller, an elderly gentleman, sought to justify the school board's actions by refer- ring to the ATA as a monster. It seems to me that school boards, or certain members of boards, are worried about the ATA and feel it is a powerful organization. Why shouldn't it be? (Of course I do not see the ATA as powerful as they are making it out to Boards seem to be making every at- tempt to lessen the influence of the ATA. They, in the pro- cess, lose sight of the fact that the ATA is concerned with ed- ucation in Alberta and not just bargaining for contracts. This leads me to another thing. Education tax should be abolished. The provincial gov- ernment should allocate funds for education; localities, if nec- essary, could supplement this. Then members of boards would be free to give their attention to education and what is best for the students There arc those who think teachers are too highly paid- ignoring the fact that a police constable and fireman in On- tario get or there about. My son went to school in Au- gust and within a short time he was reading. There are thirty such youngsters in his class. It is just simply impos- sible to repay that teacher. This mess in which the edu- cation system now finds itself is the result of the late provin- cial government. The present government can easily resolve tire situation with an order in council making consultation, planning and decision-making, negotiable items. CONCERNED. Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' drugs, or a case of arrest and conviction on a drug charge. Also, as a student in Bow Is- land and tuned to inside inform- ation I would like to say that we know of less than 15 stu- dents out of our three hundred who have ever tried drugs, let alone take them regularly, which is certainly not 80 per cent. As to cancelling teenage dances in lieu of family occas- ions, what would that achieve besides the alienation of more teenagers and a resultant wor- sened situation? Family dances differ from teen dances in their music and dance styles, so would end up the same as fam- ily dances now teens. That leaves your other option, no dances at all, so teenagers are stuck with noth- ing to do weekends but drink, take drugs, see a dirty show and become more "lazy, slop- py, deceitful, dishonest and im- moral." This problem of youth's rebellion stems from boredom and restriction by biased citi- zens in the small town rather than from recreational outlets. And teen dances aren't restrict- ed, parents are welcome to at- tend and chaperone their chil- dren. Finally, the pornography sold in Bow Island is universal. Take it off the magazine stands here and it will be seen on TV or a novel will be picked up on the next trip to Medicine Hat. The issue is with the writer's own child's morals, the books are not banned so if one doesn't wish to read pornography the answer is as simple as not buy- ing pornography, and educating children as to the reasons why not. "A GENERATION UP." Foremost. indirect fight over the future of Vietnam. Not to mention the tension with Russia along the northern border. With all these central issues still open, it strains credulity to believe as some White House China experts apparently did believe that the president's visit was the end result of a ba- sic across-the-board consolida- tion of the Chinese leadership. Far more likely, it is an ele- ment in an on-going process of decision-making. Clearly connected with this process is the subject of the succession to Mao Tse-tung. That much is made clear by the excision of Lin Piao's name from the news account of a for- mal toast proposed to him and Mao by Emperor Haile Selas- sie of Ethiopia during his re- cent visit to Peking. The obvious theory is that something has happened to Lin. But in general Peking tends to announce deaths or illness, and so far there has been no such announcement concerning Lin. Moreover, reports from Pelting suggest that what is going on involves institutions as well as individuals. In particular, there has been a striking series of ac- tions that work to put wraps on the armed forces in China. For one thing, there is the non-happening of the People's Congress. That puts into ques- tion the claims of Lin to the succession. And Lin, of course, is an army man. For a second thing, other leading military men have been out of sight. The group includes Huang Yung-sheng, the chief of the general staff and a special protege of Lin Piao, and Wu Fa-hsien, the commander of the air force. For a third thing, the Chi- nese air force has been kept on the ground for nearly six weeks. That is a truly severe operational restriction adverse to China's security in a way visible to the whole outside world. Additionally, some of the leading figures in the Cultural Revolution known for hostility to the military have recently been particularly prominent. The list includes Mao Tsc- tung's wife, Chiang Ch'ing, and two of her closest associates from the party leadership in Shanghai, Yao Wen-uan and Chang Ch'un-ch'iao. Finally, there is the NI x o n trip. It fits the pattern exact- ly because the status of a mili- tary organization depends on having enemies. So when the leader of "American imperial- ism" parades through Peking, the prestige of the Chinese mili- tary is inevitably diminished. A big uncertainty in all this has to do with who is doing what to whom. One theory is that Premier Chou En-lai is waging a fight to assert him- self as successor against Lin Piao who retains the backing of Mao. As part of that struggle, it is held, Chou has been down- grading Lin's followers in the military. A second theory is that Mao has finally decided to begin taming the military. In that view, Chou is acting with Mao's blessing to head off Lin Piao and control the army and air force. But either way, the central point is that the Nixon visit shapes up as an element in China's internal politics. And if that is so, two practical conse- quences follow. The first is that the Nixon visit, being largely an exer- cise in Chinese domestic af- fairs, will not be prolific of immediate diplomatic conse- quences. The second is that the Soviet Union, fully mindful of the Chinese disarray, is not particularly upset by the President's visit. On the con- trary, it seems more than ever true that the big diplomatic game lies between Washington and Moscow. (Field Enterprises Inc.) Looking backward Through The Herald 1521 Nineteen cars of beef cattle, loaded yesterday in Lundbreck and billed for Chi- cago, arc racing across the continent to reach their desti- nation before the big strike on railway lines in the United States is declared Sunday. 19.11 About 75 couples en- joyed a jolly masquerade dance given by the Ladies Auxiliary lo the F.O.E. 1911 The annual fall cam- paign of the community chest will be officially opened on Nov. 1, by Lethbridge's first blackout. Lclhbridge is the first city in Alberta to attempt such a blackout. 1951 Southern Alberta farmers arc faced with a ca- tastrophe because of feed short- ages the provincial livestock commissioner said yesterday. lIHil Prime Minisler Dief- cnbaker lock off on his good- will flight lo Tokyo. The LetMmdge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mull Registration No. 001! 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