Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHMIDO! HMAID Friday, Ottolwr 3D, WO UN's War Of Words in Nasser's successors. Further, President Sadat has inherited Nas- ser's deceptive tactics of violating the ceasefire by another buildup of Soviet missiles. Egypt denies vi- olation of the ceasefire agreement and refuses to move a muscle, of its missile protection. Even if Mr. Sadat personally thinks it would be good policy to back down an inch or two, he would find it impossible. Such a gesture would be bound to split Egypt apart. The Nasser leg- Speeches, accusations, charges, countercharges, affirmations, denials -it's all part and parcel of the de- bate on the Middle East currently taking place in the UN. None of the contending parties seem to believe that much more than rhetoric, (with Israel's. Foreign Minister, the gold- en-tongued Abba Eban taking top honors) will come out of it. Israel has already made it quite clear that she does not depend on the UN to solve her problems. She puts her trust in the United States. Egypt is in no position to trust anyone, but acy has to be Preselvec1' she hopes that "protective" Russia will help her put in a very bad situa- tion. The Soviets undoubtedly will do this as long as it is in their inter- ests to do so. The current debate must be viewed as a time-buying exercise, with most of the advantage going to the- Egyp- tians. There is a power struggle going on in Cairo and until some stability is established the present government must go slowly on deci- sion making. A return to war would divide the country which has yet to establish a firm basis of confidence Halloween Help Circulating through the community for handouts on Halloween is some- thing that children anticipate with great eagerness. Most parents have probably suffered some qualms about the blatant self-indulgence in- volved and would prefer that its nurturing not take place. But the custom appears to be ineradicable. There is a possibility of redeeming made possible through support given in the affluent areas of the world. In Lethbridge last year, as a re- sult of the Miles For Millions walk, UNICEF received more than that it cannot expect this year be- cause of the lamentable failure to get a walk organized.-It would be a great encouragement to the UNICEF volunteers if people had quarters and dimes ready for the children in- the event somewhat by putting a stead of nickles and pennies and "helping" emphasis alongside the thus made up some of what will be "handout" one. Children can be pro- missing. vided with a learning experience in Children who get a good response which they think of others' needs in their UNICEF boxes cannot help even while thev satisfv fhpir nwn hnf ho ___T.JL even while they satisfy their own desires. They can do this by carry- ing a UNICEF box along with their goodies bag. The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund has been a shining example of humanitarianism since its inception following the Second but be impressed and will realize that thinking of others is important. If they get very little they will also be impressed but not in a way that is apt to be enriching to their development. Children who did not get UNICEF boxes at school can secure them from World War. Projects to help children Mrs. William Cousins, 2213 8th Ave In unfortunate circumstances are A S., 327-0434. Art Buchwald It was Halloween and all the pols were standing around the large iron kettle, waiting for it to boil. Spiro, the chef, was adding some spices. Spiro the chef and three of the witches grabbed Charlie Goodell and threw him in the pot. Goodell screamed and thrashed around as JSyaassi x sKiaBai'ite The Chief Taster Dick took a wooden th h. spoon and tasted it. "It's missing some- P 'fl? chef stuTed and stlrred Md then thins." be Save the spoon to the Chief Taster Dick. he said, smacking his "But it still needs another Republi- thing." Joseph Kraft The Canadian Parallel To U.S. Unrest JJONTREAL Americans ministration pleased to repre- sistance. In the early part of cent. worried by political vio- sent itself as a force for law this decade, French Canada Bitter frustrate inevitably followed, producing a Quebec lence should think hard about been happening here in Canada. For this country faces'a supreme national cri- sis born of the selfsame stuff being used as a political foot- ball back home.. Thanks to the rare gifts of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Canada may surmount the crisis. But in America the handful of leaders who could play the Trudeau role if. seri- ous troubles materialized are now being hammered by an Ad- and order. The source .of trouble in Can- ada is a submerged the French Canadians centred here in Quebec province and comprising about a fifth of the country. For two centuries the French Canadians stood firm against the English ascendancy by holding fast to Frankish ways and the old time reli- gion. Postwar prosperity, fi- nanced by American invest- ments and bringing along Am- erican culture, melted the re- opened itself to the modern world through a "quiet revolu- tion" against the old parochial- ism. Bui when economic conditions turned sour several years ago, Quebec's effort to make, it serv- ed only to reveal how far French Canada, was behind En- glish Canada. For example, while the unemployment in Can- ada at large rose from 3.6 per cent in 1966 to 4.7 per cent this year, in Quebec the compar- able rise was from 4.7 to 8.9 per separatist movement with an extreme left wing the Que- bec Liberation Front, made up of workers confined to menial jobs and alienated intellectuals. One of these groups instituted the current round of troubles three weeks ago by kidnapping a British diplomat, James Cross Another group the chief sus- pects are two taxi drivers and a part time schoolteacher- then kid n a p p e d, and subse- quently murdered, a minister in The exacerbating debate will con- tinue, and one wonders if it is all of any use. The only answer to that one is that talking is better than fighting and if it results in an exten- sion of the ceasefire, something will have bee.n accomplished. Few ob- servers expect that the war of words will show the way out of the im- passe but as the Washington "Post remarks, "an impasse with a cease- fire is a whole lot better than an impasse without one." Quiet diplom- acy works best when the guns are silent. Letters To The Editor Mr. J. W. Fishbourne's attack on the matriculation system and his call for its abolition (Oclo- ber 24) was far loo sweeping and unqualified. On the whole, it is true that, as a method of determining who should enter university, the sys- tem is poor. Studies of the cor- relation between success in ma- triculation exams and later Uni- versity success, carried out quite extensively in Auslralia, for example, have revealed lhat, as a predictor of academic achievement at university, fi- nal examinalion resulls do not have a high degree of reliabil- ity. However, like any institution which has lived on from tradi- tional practices, matriculat i o n admission cannot be lightly abandoned without something Replacing Matriculation System worse coming into its place. It can, however, be reformed. For a start, internal and continuous assessment, provided it is prop- erly moderated by representa- tive groups of feachers anxious to maintain and even raise standards, can provide a much more reliable guide to future academic success. A first re- quirement is scholarly teachers and adequate study of the avail- room, silting-at-desks rout i n e, and provided with the chance to engage in serious study and discussion, not within the re- strictive confines of rigid time- tables and box like subject compartments. In this atmo- sphere, libraries seminars, the- atres, and special study rooms will play a more central part than they do at present. The teacher's role in this sort able research and experience of context would be a much in this field. Better teaching, I might add, is a concomitant of the sort of evaluative proce- dures I have in mind. But eventually radical changes in school structures will have to be made. Senior high school students need a dif. ferent environment from the present one. They need to be freed from the ordinary class- more flexible one. Every teach- er knows that .some of the more valuable moments in his work are those in which a few stu- dents simply talk to him about important questions or issues. There should be more such talk. To achieve all of this there would have to be more teach- ers available at matriculation level. At present, with ratios like 30 or more to I existing in some matriculation subjects, the exigencies of a kind of mass- teaching inhibit educative ex- periences. It might be as well to remind Mr. Fishbourne, too, that a uni- versity is not the only means of higher learning; so if some are excluded, (as they inevit- ably will adult education groups, libraries and indeed, the whole of a reasonably cultured community, can teach them. PETER HUNT. Lethbridge. Youth Organizations He passed the wooden spoon aronnd to his advisers. They all agreed, and sang together: can- "Another everyone gasped. "Throw in cried a goblin named Martha. "It's missing something. It's missing something. Oh what, oh what is it "I someone cried. "It's missing chopped rhetoric. No recipe is complete without chopped rhetoric." "Of Spiro the chef said. And he took a large box of rhetoric and poured the entire contents in. Someone threw some wood on the fire and the brew started to bubble. The Chief Taster Dick took his wooden spoon and everyone held his breath. Dick made a face, "It's flat. It needs more Demo- crats." Everyone joined hands and danced around the kettle chanting, "It needs more Demo- crats! It needs more Spiro the chef finally said, "We've thrown in all the Democrats. We have none left." They all cried in despair: "We have no Democrats left. We have no Democrats left." "Oh, what should we do? Oh, what should we One lakes quite a paradoxi- sured in dollars, with the study cal view of the ethics of the of law being a sort of an aca- legal profession after reading Ihe many and varied reports demic game rather than a tool for social justice. I am sure from your good paper. Perhaps there are many lawyers who to condemn "Lindsay, everyone yelled. "The stew needs some Lindsay." They heaved in Lindsay and added water to the pot. Spiro stirred and seasoned it with a bowl of pornography, a pan of marijuana, a hand- ful of media and a gravy of student unrest. The pot was really boiling and everyone was licking his chops. "Her there ever been a political brew like cried one of the elves. The Chief Taster Dick went back to the pot and stuck his spoon in. Everyone watched. "It's almost perfect. All it needs is a little more extract of fear." Spiro added several gallons of fear and then the Chief Taster Dick smacked his lips and said one word: "Perfect." it is sacriligious some aspects of our legal sys- tem, but my inquisitive sense leaves many questions un- answered. Headlines in The Herald, Sept. 9, 1969: "Federal Health minister blasts legal profes- Mr. Munro, a lawyer himself, stated that instead of protecting the poor and needy from exploitation many law- yers are using the law "to en- able the rich to get richer and the corrupt to get more power- Mr. Munro went on in his report to state the various ways in which lawyers derive substantial incomes from arch- aic laws. It in no Wonder that the lawyers are the highest paid profession in the country are extremely self righleous and as in all our society Ihere are sainls and sinners amongst them. Your editorial of June 8, 1970 stales that lawyers are in- creasingly active in civil I am a strong believer in youth organizations whether it is Boy Scouts, Cubs, Junior Forest Wardens, Girl Forest Guards, Girl Guides, Brownies, Cadets, YMCA, or any other youth organization. The main aim of youth orga- nizations is to develop a young- ster's character, and prepare him or her for today's society. Youth organizations stress to a youngster the importance of teamwork, of gelling along wilh one's fellowman. Youlh organ- izations give a youngster a liberty causes and legal aid is given to individuals unable to cllance lo show hls or her lead' pay for their own defence. Oh have the Bold yes, we also Ones and the Store Front Law- yers on our TV stalion. The Lethbridge bar associa- tion is conducting a legal, forum on the "peoples laws" and the selection of the agenda sounds like an interesting one. Perhaps in Hie near future we can have a forum on Ihe "lawyers' laws" wiMi ques- tions relaling to heavier com- milment from Ihe legal profes- The Chief Taster Dick stared at the pot, CM' "Lct M taste "Start throwing in Republicans C lt! But Spiro the chef slapped their hands with the spoon and said angrily, "Nobody the Chief Taster gels to eat unless lhey Plate." (Turonlo Telegram News Service) There was a gasp from the witches, "Re- "That's what I said, Dick said. and the ways in which some of sion to social problems' juve- them are profiting would make nile courts, etc. An evening a shylock blush. Yes, Virginia the law is different for the rich, achieve between ership abilities. Youth organiza- tions give a youngster a sense of responsibility. It is a fact that tlie youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. What a person learns when he or she is young, and the attitudes he or she takes towards life and society while young, will have an everlasting effect on ihem as they grow older. In nearly all communilies there is a youth organization of one kind or another. There is one problem common to If one is a believer in youth organizations and.believes strongly in what they stand for; and if one cares what becomes of ones child, Ihen one should show an interest in what the youth organizations in one's area are doing. Youth organi- zations are not glorified baby sitting services as many seem to believe. They are an im- portant part of our community. Youth organizations, I believe, are another step towards mak- ing this a better world in which lo live. LARRY NELSON LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. the Quebec government, Pierre Laporte. From Ihe beginning, Prime Minister Trudeau reacted against this violence in the toughest way. He refused to trade 23 convicts designated by the Front as political prisoners against the two men held as hostages. He denounced the 23 as not "political pris- oners." He charged that sym- pathizers with the Liberation Front were "bleeding hearts." When an escalation of violence threatened he invoked war measures, providing for what is virtually a military occupation of Quebec. And he has held firm to lhat course despite the mur- der of Pierre Laporte. These lough measures have so far gone down very well. Claude Ryan, Ihe editor of Le Devoir and a chief spokesman for the French community here, acknowledged the other day that even in Quebec practically ev- erybody supported the P r i m e Minister. Bui Mr. Trudeau and only Mr. Trudeau could take these prove measures because he had previously established a rapport with those most in trou- ble. A French Canadian himself, he had published a magazine last was a focus of sympathy for the French community. As Prime Minister he has person- ified equal opportunity for French Canadians across this country. His political style has generated among the most, res- tive Canadians the young people a warm sympathy once known as Trudeaumania. Even so, it is not clear how long the tough line will continue to work. Unless the killers are captured soon and unless spe- cial economic measures for Que- bec are taken, support for the Prime Minister .will fall off. French Canadians will find themselves swept along on a new tide of separatism that could carry toward revolution. Which brings us back to the United States. Many of the same elements are at work. Blacks constitute a submerged minor- ity disappointed in newly rais- ed hopes. They have produced an extremist wing, the B1 a c k Panthers, which has collabor- ated with white radicals. There have been acts of political vio- lence in the ghettoes and on campus. But set against the real ar- ticle here in Canada, the Am- erican situation is not danger- ous. The vast majority of the blacks want nothing so much as law and order. Young per- sons have calmed down consid- erably since Cambodia. Despite scare talk by Vies President Spiro Agnew and Attorney -Gen- eral John Mitchell, there is no good case for going beyond the ordinary political action to meet present problems. In the end, maybe normal pol- itics won't work. Many blacks and many young people have been powerfully turned off. No- body can be certain that in time to come the United States will not face the kind of crisis now racking Canada. But who then can play the American Trudeau? Who will have the bona fides to take a strong line against real trouble- makers? Well, not the Vice President and the Attorney-Gen- eral who are despised and mis- trusted by so many. Not Presi- dent Nixon, who has cynically unleashed the Attorney Gen- eral and the Vice President. On the contrary, in a true cri- sis of law and order, the neces- sary measures can only be put across by those who have pre- viously shown concern for the problems of blacks and young people. And the tragedy of Ihe American situation is that the false prophets_ of law and order arc now moving lo drive these polential leaders from political life. (Field Enterprises Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD the west are showing a grad- 1320 Fire at the Brandon "al increase- The retail price is winter fair buildings destroyed now 31 cenls a 1850 Gustav VI was pro- claimed "King of the Swedes- the Goths and the the 42 horses belonging to the RCMP. Loss of the buildings is estimated at Thanksgiving Solicitation Hy Doug Walkci JJARGARET Luckhurst's pitch for pro- rather than the classified section, for thi vender for Thanksgiving dinner paid r.i off. A neighbor actually brought her a cou- sort of solicitation. It was obviously not good business on my part to have let Margaret have such a free hand. ple of wild ducks with "their insidcs out and Iheir outsides off." .imrsffissa the middle class and the poorl An article in The Herald, Sept. 21, 1970: a statement by Mr. Justice Edgar L. Haines of the Ontario supreme court says, "trials have become not a scientific search for truth, but a means of resolving dis- putes between warring citi- Allen M. Lunden, president of the Canadian Bar Associa- tion slated in a recent report, "in the past few years it has become apparent thai our legal system has failed to keep pace with the sweeping changes in our law On reading these reports one feels that lawyers seem pre- occupied will) success, as mea- such as this could encourage some intelligent debate and a better relationship people and those in the legal profession. At the present time the degree to which we have succeeded in meeting this challenge is ques- tionable. AB CHEIIVINSKI. Tahcr. So They Say Men can allow themselves to run to seed in the most appall- ing fashion. Women tolerate it because they think they are not entitled lo ask for anything bet- ter. Dr. Germaiiio Greer. 3? pre- in century. He succeeds his fath- er Gustav V, who died after a 43-year reign. ISM Fresh tracks believed to have been made by the treatment which Central Can- ada was meting out to the Maritime provinces had forced him to ask himself "whether Dominion." legendary "abominable snow- man" have been found in a -----------j ,jy an tlApe" dition led by Sir Edmund mier of New was iuoted as saying that while most of fhese youth orgamza- he had always been a strong lions, the lack of parent in- supporter of confederation Ihe volvemenl. There is no doubt that youth organizations are wonderful for the young, but still it appears to the volun- uuusea -wnemer u- i teers who work with the young we were not better out of Ihe by an peoplc in a community lhat hv SlV the parents of many youngsters do not give a hoot. How many parents have taken time to find out what their youngster is do- ing in his or her club? How many have actually gone to one of their meetings? How many fathers take time to watch their son play hockey or baseball? How many mothers take time to become interested in what their daughter is doing? When one considers the number of young people in. volvcd in youth organizations, the number of parents involved Thelethbridge Herald is shocking. pand Publisher, Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN u.-i i n Class Mail Registration Mo 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dolly MewsrjaMr Publishers' Aisoclallon and I he Audit Bureau of CirculatlSni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor ond Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manaoer WILLIAM HAY VdvOTIslnn EOtoU Pw'eato "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"