Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETrtBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, October M, 1972 Korea protects democracy' Perhaps urged on by President jMarcos the Philippines, who has placed his country under martial law, President Park Chung Hee has fol- lowed suit in that so-called bastion o( democracy South Korea. The president has said Hi at draft amendments to the constitution will be written and presented to the pub- lic by October 27, with a natiomvida referendum to be submitted lo the people for approval the following month. When the fog of rhetoric and pious intention is cleared away, it becomes plain that the Korean gen- eral who changed his uniform for mufti some time ago, is determined lo dictate the terms and conditions of reunification with the Communist North, according to his own view. The vigorous opposition parly no longer has a voice in South Korean politics. A ban on all indoor and out- door assemblies is in force except for weddings and funerals. All speeches, publications and media broadcasts are subject lo prior cen- sorship. Foreign newsmen as well as SouSh Koreans are prevented from photographing (lie military build-up. No internal opposition to President Park's objective will be tolerated. That's the message implicit in the latest edict. It may be loo early to tell, but it would now appear that Korean unity will not be achieved through consulta- tion with the people of the divided land, either North or South. Dictator- ship rules the North under the guisa of leadership by tlie proletariat. At the present moment it rules in the Soulh under the guise of political ex- pediency armed with a gun. It's eas- ier to negotiate man to man, dictator to dictator, than to go through the laborious process of consulting the people. All this brings one to another point. Massive injections of aid in an at- tempt lo transform South Korea into a show case of the economic and poli- tical advantages of the democratic system, have failed. Washington said nothing when President Marcos' sil- enced dispute in the Philippines. It has said nothing since President Park trotted out his guns in Seoul. What can the people of South Vietnam ex- pecf, when that terrible war to save the people from the horrors of Com- munist dictatorship, is over? In a few years will (he voice of America be heard across the Pacific in loud protest against the proclamation of martial law in Saigon? Pedestrian safety The inclusion of a pedestrian cross- walk at 8th Avenue and 13lh Street would facilitate foot traffic and result in greater safety. Children with bikes, en route to school, and elderly folk are dodging early morning traffic at this busy comer with motorists often forced to slop abruptly in an effort to avoid them, thus risking a traffic pile-up. The condition worsens as the colder weather approaches and icy streets make braking hazardous. There is no crosswalk for pedes- trians between 9fh and 6th streets along this four-lane thoroughfare. V The pedestrians' position is aggra- vated at this particular corner due lo the incline between 9th and 8th Streets prompting Hie motorist to ac- celerate as he nears the hill.- The pedestrian is abandoned to guess- work as he leaves the curb against on-coming traffic is an effort to gain safe access to the opposite boulevard. The child with his bike and the older resident is forced to cross this busy artery at 9th or 6th streets. Implementation of a cross-walk at 3th would both convenience the non- driver and provide him with a safer world. Cross conn try sk i i ng When items become too expensive, such as food, clothing or recreation the consumer generally decides to do without it or find a satisfying alter- native. This is what has happened in the field of skiing. Increased numbers of people are finding cross-country skiing to be the cheapest way enjoying winter. Downhill skiing has simply hecome too expensive and crowded. Families can't continue to afford lift rates and equipment rental charges plus trans- portation to the slopes. The long queues waiting for the ski two con- fronts the skier with the loss of much of his yaluble day as he patiently waits his turn. Many skiers also dis- like the fact that skiing must be crowded into three or four winter months when ample snow is assured. Cross-country skiing is devoid of any of these annoyances. A mere few inches of snow is required instead of a number of feet of it as in the case of Ihe downhill skier and it is relatively inexpensive compared to its more glamorous competitor. A good set or louring skis and boots can be purchased for a minimum of with the only other equipment needed be- ing a good coat and an extra pair of mitts. Increasing numbers of ski resorts throughout North America are of- fering special cross-country ski faci- lities to accommodate enthusiasts of this most ancient form of skiing. Anyone who enjoys the alpine mea- dows in summer would appreciate cross-country skiing. The learning process takes only a day or two. That's show biz WASHINGTON The biggest thrill any American can get !s to appear on televi- sion shaking hands with one of the presi- dential candidates. In some cases it could change a man's life forever, Last week I saw a Mr. Larry McTag- gert shaking hands with Senator George MeGovem in front of a factory gale. Mc- Taggert was quoted as saying, "Meat's too high, and the big guys get all Ihe tax breaks.'' That was it. Alter the show I decided to find oul what happens to an average man who has had one great moment on television a chance that may never happen again. I sought out MeTaggcrt at his home week later. When I walked inlo the living room, I found him wearing a red velvet jacket, a white lurtleneek sweater, plaid pants and blue monogrammed slippers. "I'm rather pressed for Lime." McTag- gert said. "Forgive me if I don't offer you a drink." "That's I said. "I'm just grateful you could sec me at all. I saw you on Ihn news last week with Sen. McGovern." McTaggert said, "George is a fine man; I enjoyed working with him." "I thought you gave a wonderful per- formance. It was honest and sincere, and you came through as a true 1 said. "I did the best I could In the Mc- Taggert said. "Of course I couldn't done it alone. Some of the credit has In go to the cameramen and the wonderful technicians I worked with. I also have to thank the producer and director of t'ns show for the marvelous co-operation they gave me. And I want to thank my mother swl my wife who had faith in me during all the years I was struggling to get on TV. And last but not least, Timmy O'Leary, my foreman, who let me off 15 minutes early so I could get to the gate before the other guys were let.out of the factory." "You're a very modest man, Mr. McTag. gert. Tell me, if you had to do the show again would you do anything McTaggert said, "Meat and taxes seem to be the main issues of the campaign and if I raised other issues they might have been left on the cutting-room floor." "A vast number of people seemed lo en- joy what I said, and in our profession that's all that counts." "Would you consider making TV your said McTaggert, "it's a ver> risky business. It's true I had a big hit with McGovem, hul that's no guarantee my next appearance wouW be a smash. They've asked me to piny a role in front of the fence when Kpiro Agnew visits the plant next week, but I don't want to bo typecast as a factory worker. Frankly, I'd rather be on one of those medical shows where you get residuals." "Have you had many offers'.1'1 ''Nothing concrete, though there .seema to tie -a lot of talk in the neighborhood lhat I should have my show like All in the Family. But I wouldn't do it just for the money. It would have to IK a part I could get rny teeth into." "Well, thank you, Mr. McTaggert, for seeing me. I just want you lo know how surprised and happy I am to discover you're just, as simple and slraighforn ml in real life as you are on the screen." "Tiie one thing I've learned i n tele- McTagfiert said as he handed rno an autographed picture, "is never let sue- (ess go (o your head.'' UXM Angclrs Timcsj Letters Sex education in schools "Help me out of this tangle, Andy, and I'll help you deliver your papers." No treatment-no licence By Max Wilde, London Observer Commentator GENEVA Road casualties in the next few years will reach an annual loll of 250.000 dead and more than to million injured, according to a study prepared for the World Health Organization by Dr. J. D. J. Havard, of the Britisli Medi- cal Association, an expert on problems of road safely. Is there any way of halting or slowing the increase? Dr. Hav- ard believes that not enough research has been made into the factors which can increase the risk of accidents. In view of the number of deaths and injuries occurring on the roads today, it should more widely accepted that highway engineering is as im- portant to public health in the 20lh century as was sanitary engineering in the 19th cen- tury." The record of road safety au- thorities (Dr. Havard claims) compares badly with that of authorities responsible for pre- venting other kinds of acci- dents, such as industrial acci- dents, where very considerable reductions in casualties have been achieved. He concedes, however, that road accidents are far more complex lo an- alyse, because most other acci- dents involve relatively stable situations. The only scientific analysis which has proved conclusive is the relationship between the in- take of alcohol by drivers and risk of accident involvement. Dr. Havard says the evidence obtained from such surveys "has shown clearly that by the time a concentration of 80 milli- grams per 100 millilitres has been reached, alcohol emerges as the dominant factor in de- termining risk of accident In- volvement." As a result the European Conference of Mini- sters of Transport (ECMT) has recommended the adoption of tliis concentration as the limit for driving in national legisla- tion. Britain Introduced such a measure in 1967 and achieved considerable reductions in road accident casualties, a favorable result which, however, has been steadily eroded in subsequent years. Why did this erosion take place? Dr. Havard says: "Al- though disqualification will re- move the driver from the roads for a temporary period, there is no guarantee that he can be returned to the roads at the end of the period without any danger to other road users. Not only are the available re-train- ing methods unsatisfactory, but provision for re-training to be available is rarely made in sen- tencing procedures." The position is especially bad, he says, in Ihe case of drivers convicted of driving under Ihe influence of alcohol. There is more than a chance that a dri- ver convicted of the offence has alcohol problems, if he is not actually a chronic alcoholic. "Unless treatment is avail- able during the period of dis- qualification and the condition is made tiiat the licence will not be renewed until treatment has been successfully complet- ed, the driver wilt return to the road in his former slale with a very high risk of being involv- ed in an accident causing death or serious injury to other road users. A recent survey from the Netherlands indicates that the severity of the sentence in the alcohol case bears no relation- ship to Ihe probability of the of- fence being repeated." What particularly distresses Dr. Havard is "the dispropor- tionate mortality from road traffic accidents in the 15 to 24 age groups." In West Ger- many, ths number of their deaths due lo motor vehicle ac- cidents per 100 deaths from all causes is as high as 59.2; while in nthe Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, France, Austria, and Britain it is over 40. I consider that the article Sex education could be harmful by lion Caldwell in the October 15 Herald borders on irresponsible reporting. At least the heading, and some of the quotations re- sult in something less than in- formative news. Before at- tempting to "cover" this sub- ject further, I wish to urge The Herald staff to at least brief themselves on the basic facts. For some reason, the idea ot Incorporating "sex education" inlo the school curriculum sti- mulates in the public, a wide range of peculiar responses. In Calgary, for example, the right wing element sees family life education as a violation of the American Constitution, if not an overt Communist plot. It seems lo me, that (here ate two assumptions w h i c h characterize the common slands against introducing family life education inlo the school sys- tem. First of all, the "family responsibility" group assume wrongly lhat the debate is over where it will be taught at school or at home. I have never seen any evidence in my work as a family counselor that more than a small percentage of par- ents adopt sucli goals at home This is understandable since today's pQrenls, as a result of their stint in the tradilional school system, received no pro- fessional training in the area of human emotions and sexuality. Secondly, there is a major misunderslarding by the public over what we really mean by "sex "family life education" or "ecVication for living." I think most opponents have a piclure in their mind ot "low" moral values being taught, the fear that a more liberal view on sexual promsicuity will result from such teactiing. I have been studying eurrlcu- lums ami textbooks from all parts of North America during the past two years, and have participated in "sex education" teaching. The facls which I have seen taught lead to a firm- er moral base, and not freer sex lives in children. For ex- ample, one outstanding rcsourca book designed for use In ele- mentary curriculums (Educa- tion For Sexuality, ed. B u r t and Brower) teaches the con- cept of Ihe "False Lead" with respect to adolescent mastur- bation. This same "False Lead" motive characterizes the chap- ter dealing with the inadequate context for heterosexual rela- tions without a fully committed personal relationship (i.e. mar- The worst problem we face, in my view, with "sex education" as yet neither fully adopted nor universally rejected from school curriculums, arises as an un- fortunate result of the fact that the "upset" parents are all graduates of school systems which were deficient In this important area ot sexual and other emotional learning. Let's hope that we will be successful in interrupting the vicious circle of ignorance in this area of early life education, so vital to healthy adult relationships and sound marriages. DAVID W. HEMBLING, Family Counselor Pinchcr Creek. Disillusioned Liberal Wheat sales help Australia By Gordon Holland, FP Publications Commcnlator MELBOURNE A significant boost to the government's elec- tion prospects has been provid- ed by the sale of million worth of Australian wheat to China. The Democratic Labor Oppo- sition deputy leader, Senator Frank McManus, from Victor- ia, sparked off a controversy when he asked, "With the Aus- tralian election just around the corner why has China's Chou En-lai stabbed Mr. Whitlam in the Govcniment Sena- tor Drake Brockman retorted, "I think the question should be directed to Mr. Chou." This provocative question fol- lowed the unexpected announce- ment by the Australian Wheat Board ot the new 560 million contract with mainland China for the sale of one million tons of Australian wheat the first to China since December 1969 and at a price on a par with ruling international mar- ket levels with payment spread over 12 months. Only a month earlier, the wheat board had sold mil- lion worth of wheat to Russia for cash, causing the Primary Industry Minister Ian Sinclair lo confess that Australia's wheat stockpile is nearly ex- hausted. Mr. Sinclair believes the Chinese are buying back from Australia permanently and implies that the Chinese want to negotiate continuing con- tracts for up to two million tons a year. His department estimates Ihe wheat carryover into the 1972-73 wheat year beginning on Decem- ber I will ire only <15 million bushels compared with 127 mil- lion last year. Provided threat- ening drought conditions over eastern Australia do not occur, the next harvest should be around 300 million bushels, leav- ing the wheat board about 235 million bushels lo export after reserving 60 million for the Aus- tralian market and 50 million as a carryover. Heartened by China's wheat purchases, hold- ers of quotas are requesting the Australian Fed- eration to ease the present level of national and slate quotas and to allow them to produce all the wheat they can in 1971-74. The verbal sparring and checkmates in the federal Par- liament will cease at the end of October when the govern- ment's business paper will completed, The China wheat sale is a bonus at a crucial time when the government is working to reslore public con- fidence in its administration with major policy statements on decentralization, the quality of life in Ihe cities, and foreign investment controls. When Mr. Trudeau, a row years ago, hurried from the NDP to stand as leader of the Liberal party, he said "It is my duty and intention to make the Liberal party move in the direction that I feel best." Have you considered where that dic- otatorial attitude has taken Can- ada? Some people said, at lhat lime, "Alright, if the liberals want a Millionaire Socialist' for a leader that's their busi- ness." But, today on the eve of an election, its not only the Liber- als but every Canadian's busi- ness to say whether we are pre- pared to go along for another five years with this dictatorial, "don't give a hoot" attitude. -Must we re-elect a prime minister whose arrogance is such that with a complete dis- regard of Parliament said, "We are the masters of this and later referred to the opposi- tion as His autocratic mesmerism has led Canada into nn incred- ibly bad situation so familiar to "ordinary" people, in parti- cular. Inflation; food prices so staggering one can hardly af- ford to eat; crime of a sort un- known in Canada five years ago; "give away" legislation; and Trudeau's "crown Bil C-259; unemployment insur- ance to the point where unem- ployment is becoming a way of life. Who wants to work at men- ial tasks when they can sit com- fortably at home, watch televi- sion and get paid for doing it? This situation alone has created a noticeable lack of good ser- vice in every facet of our so- ciety. The illicit drug trade gallops along to astronomical propor- tions, leaving an indelible mark on one generation of young Ca- nadians; in cities and hamlets violence and vandalism in- crease daily; in urban centres it's becoming unsafe to walk at night. What has our "Socialist millionaire" done to curb this moral decline? Very little. "Na- tionalism" has been the cry, so we've submitted to bilingualism to pamper Quebec. In Quebec, road signs are in "French only." English speaking travel- lers leave a shop in disgust when the clerk will only quote the price in French. Other ethnic groups are not tearing our economy apart the way the French are being al- lowed to do. Germans, Scandi- navians, Greeks, Hungarians and others must submit in sil- ence to the dual language on all cans and packages they buy. As a former Liberal, I'm not prepared to go for another five years under such socialistic, dictatorial leadership. Are your Getting to know Robert Stan- field as he travels through this country, one realizes that in him there is hope A GREAT HOPE for a return to samty in government Yes, to a truly CONSERVATIVE way of Ufa again. A LIBERAL WHO HAS SEEN THE LIGHT Lethbridge. Endorses censorship Bilingual training costly By .Maurice Western, Ollawa Commentator tor FP Publications OTTAWA With the appear- ance ot the Coulotnbe recently leaked lo the Montreal newspaper, Le Devoir ISMIO of wide significance emerges. Given that the objectives are accepted by all parties, are the results adequate? In other words, are taxpayers generally getting value for Iheir money. Student achievement IVEIS un- impressive. Of civil ser- vants who had enrolled in ttio period 1968-71, only had been certified as bilingual. Thero had 6.4B3 drop outs anil, according to one paper, a lost investment of million, By another estimate, the govern- ment could reach its slated ob- jectives only by ensuring lhat fa, per cent of high level ap- pointments go lo bilingual per- sons. C. M. Dniry, president of tho treasury Iw.ird, insists that the studies which apparently cost are dated and that more recent results are favorable- close lo 4.000 civil servents have now been certified as bi- lingual In the matter of staffing, the Public Service Commission ob- served in its latest report "In the first place, the most talent- ed and capable Canadians must be encouraged to join the pub- lic service as a first choice among career possibilitiles." If Ihe most lalcnled and cap- able have been flunking at any- tiling like tho rate indicated, the practicality of the methods chosen to attain the agreed ob- jectives is bound to be serious- ly questioned. Further, unless there has been radical change, Ihe difficulties already encoun- tered by the government may be expected to multiply. Tho existing morale problem in the service would certainly not be cased by any system of quoins governing appointments, as ap- parently envisaged by one of the studies, Mr. Drury liimself has touch- ed on one of the key problems. This LS that "real bilingualism" depends on the schools. In ef- fect, because of the pressure for quick results, the govern- ment has been belling heavily on schemes for teaching old dogs new (ricks. How heavily is not clear. One of (he papers e.slimatcd the cost of training one senior ser- vant at Mr. Drury's fig- ure of refers only lo tha per capita cost ot the schools. But there are many other costs, including that of detaching the student from a high level post for nine weeks each year. Another problem is retention. A man may be certified as bili- ngual but he is not likely to re- main so when he has returned from Immersion (o fight his May Ihrough a backlog of paper and lo work for many months, in his mother tongue. Presuming that the theatre going public is offendable it can at once he seen that it may want, need and demand protec- tion against offendable mater- ial on (he screen, just as it needs and demands prelection againsl polluljon in its food and air. Now, where oilier can such a protection be effectively sought except through govern- ment? It should realized by the anti-censorship group that censorship was probably insti- Uiled more by public demand al a time when public dis- crimination existed on a more sensitive level lhan it now does. When governments responded I do not believe lhat they wish- ed to demonstrate (hat Iney knew better (ban Hie public what, it should see, hear and read. Since censorship has been in operation I sincerely believe Ihe good it has rendered the people of Alberta has far out- weighed any harm or injustice that some may claim. Further- more censorship has probably saved these people thousands of dollars and inestimable frus- tration. People without censor- ship protecting them, would have gone to the theatre and in many iastances after being sealed, would have soon been offended by Ihe material witnessed and would have chos- en lo leave before it was half over. In probably 99 per cent of the instances when films are cut it is because of portrayals of human beings enduring un- usual suffering and degrada- tion, often inflicted by others. Tiiis, I would say, would not bo pleasurable to many people. Isn't entertainment supposed to be enjoyable? Contrary to the beliefs of. some, I believe that we nre In- fluenced by what we consistent- ly sco, hear or read, whether we are mature or immature. Maturity really is a rather ambiguous term. Long live censorship or an effective alternative, to help keep pollution or lhat which is offensive and possibly deslruc- livc. oul of public enlcrlain- nient. I.LOYD II IxMhbridge. WEIGHTMAM The Lethbridge Herald 501 Jth St. S., Lelhbridge, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD <-.Q. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN i. cla" ReQt'trallon Ho. Wl? Member The Canadian Press and 1fie Canadian Daily NewjnaMf Pubtlsnerf the. Audit Bureau ol Circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manaoer DOT) .PILLING WILLfAM HAY Associ-iid Editor Wii? "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"