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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Otlobor 59, 1971 Letters to the Editor The great decision The great debate is over, the de- cision made. Great Britain has opted to become a member of the European Economic Community. Polls showing that many British people who have expressed opposition to joining, still believe that member- ship in the Common Market is in the "national interest." Their hesitancy is understandable. Fears of higher prices, combined with emotional re- action to a possible diminution of Britain's importance in the pecking order of global politics have contri- buted to it. But the people instinc- tively know that present circum- stances give the government no valid alternative. Their future is with Europe. The days of Empire have long been gone. The days of depen- dency on help from America are numbered. The European Economic Commun- ity is not a community whose sole purpose is to deal with the trade, financial, agricultural and industrial affairs of Western Europe. Although the Common Market has, as yet, no political organization, its future im- pact and power is bound to be poli- tical. That the United States intends to downgrade its participatory role in future European affairs is plain. The Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) are taking place between Russia and the U.S. without allied participation. The U.S. president did not discuss his forthcoming trips to China and Russia with his European Endemic unemployment Unemployment, which has risen to such disturbing figures in Canada, is rearing its unwanted head in some of the European countries where there has actually been a labor shor- tage until recently. Part of the ex- planation may be found in the impact of the American 10 per cent sur- charge on imports but some observ- ers fear it is a symptom of a major recession in the Western world. While West Germany's 0.7 unem- ployment figure looks healthy along- side Canada's 7.0, it is causing con- cern. Sweden's unemployment rate of 1.4 per cent of the work force is the highest since such statistics be- gan to be kept in 1955. Unemploy- ment in Britain is the highest in 30 years on a seasonally adjusted basis. As a result of a decline in orders some European industries are shut- ting down and others are resorting to short work weeks to avoid having to lay off employees. In West Ger- many 73 factories have closed down or will be closed down by the end of the year. Seventy seven thousand workers are on short time. Bearing the brunt of the layoffs will be the foreign workers. There are more than two million of them in West Germany. They come from the poorer nations such as Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco and their paychecks returning to their fam- ilies aids the balance of payments of their homelands. Thus recession in the richer nations has grim fore- bodings for the poorer lands. Whatever measures are required to reverse the recessionist trend, it seems certain that such protection- ist moves as that made by the Am- ericans cannot be the answer. A trade war with countering im port surcharges could only worsen the situation. Fortunately there are no indications that this is about to hap- pen. Meanwhile the clamor raised over unemployment beats on the ears of troubled government heads everywhere. ART BUCHWALD No women on the court YffASHINGTON II came as no surprise to mosl men here that President Nixon could not find a qualified woman to nominate lo the Supreme Court. "Heaven knows we an adminis- tration spokesman said, "and the pres- sure on the president was enormous. First Mrs. Nixon lalked lo him aboul it, then Martha Mitchell and finally Bella Abzug. But it jusl wasn'l in the cards." I asked. "Well, we investigated it and discovered women just weren't cut out lo be Supreme Court justices. For one Ihing it lakes a lot of physical endurance to sit on the court, hearing cases all day long, and our medical people lold us women couldn'l take the pressure. They have a tendency to fid- get when Ihey have to stay in one place too long." "I hadn'l thought of lhal bul it's I admitted. "Also we decided the Supreme Court is a man's world. When the Supreme Court juslices gel togelher in private session lo discuss cases, they like to tell locker-room jokes and cuss a lot. A woman wouldn'l be comfortable in such an atmosphere and it would inhibil the male justices in their work." "It I agreed. "Another major consideration was the question of protocol. We had to think what effect a woman justice would have on din- ner parties in Washington for Ihe ncxl 15 or 20 years. A Supreme Court juslice oul- ranks mosl people in the govemmenl, in- cluding cabincl officers, and il just wouldn't look righl for a woman justice lo be seated on Ihe righl of her hostess. Put- ling Iwo women ncxl lo each otter al a Washington dinner party is unthinkable and could cause grave consequences in Ihe social world for years to come. I Ihink Mr. Nixon said it best: 'Presidents may come and go hut dinner parties in Wash- ington go on forever.'" "What other objections did you 1 wanted to know. "As you know, Ihe presidenl said in his television speech Ihe one criterion he used in his seleclion was lhat a member of Ihe Supreme Court should be Ihe very besl lawyer in Ihe nalion. He said, 'In the legal profession, the Supreme Court is Ihe fastest track in the nation, and it is essen- tial that the justices on that court be able to keep up with the very able lawyers who will appear before Ihe court arguing the eases.' "Now the president wasn't just using a sports metaphor. What did was lay out a one-mile track around the Supreme Courl and we clocked several women nom- inees in races against male lawyers. We discovered that those women who agreed with the president's philosophy couldn'l keep up Ihe pace, and Ihose who were fast enough to gel around didn't have enough blue-blooded slrict-conslructionist breed- ing." "No one can say Ihe presidenl didn'l give women a fair I said. Anolher factor that militated againsl a woman being appointed to the court was the fear thai Ihere would be mass resigna- tions among Ihe Supreme Courl guards, who had been used to dealing with men juslices all Iheir lives. "You can find any number of qualified Supreme Courl juslices, bill il lakes years to Irain a good Supreme Courl guard. "Rut there were oilier Ihings we hud to worry about as well. What kind of prece- denl would we be setting by appointing a woman to the Supreme Court? Suppose the next, thing womeji would ask for was a seat on the Joinl Chiefs of Staff, or an oppor- tunity to conduct Sunday church services at the White House? Whore would il "God only I said. "Why didn'l Ihe presidenl make this perfectly clear" "As soon us be explains il to Mrs. Nixon, Martha Milcholl and Bella he probably will." (Toronto Telegram Service) 'Registrars are expected to act responsibly' allies. The Cold War, says commen- tator Anthony Lewis, has become "a series of East-West understandings to maintain the status quo in Europe." It is disturbing to Europeans, par- ticularly the British, that transatlan- tic relationships on which much of their hope for security has been based are changing so fast with con- sequences they cannot fully compre- hend. But the inescapable fact is that the power base of Europe's future is the strengthened Common Market, which in spite of the complex diffi- culties lying ahead, must grow into a cohesive structure, able to speak with one voice in the affairs of the world to come. Prime Minister Heath tells it this way. he says, "must work out common European policies governing our dealings with the rest of the world, our trade, our finance and eventually our defence." For Canada, it almost certainly means a loosening of the once firm lies with the mother country, and many of us are saddened by this. But the Canadian child is an adult; dependence on mother has been aban- doned for a long time. His affection for her will remain as strong as ever; it is impossible to destroy it. The future peace of Europe is not assured by Britain's handclasp with the continent. But hopes that such peace is possible are higher today than they have been for many years. May the hope and the promise be fulfilled! 1 nin nol interested in be- coming engaged in a name- ciilling war with the University Lelhbridge. The public has a right to expect its employees to engage in more worthwhile ac- tivities; and additionally, I have a great deal of respect for many of the university community! Mr. Jack Oviatt's unprincipled and unwarranted attack upon the Lcthbridge Community Col- lege, however, makes it impos- sible for me to remain silent; even though this abysmal lack of good taste and good sense needs to