Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBR1DGE HEIIALD Tuesday, Soplcmbcr 1, 1970------------------------------------------------- Sha nil, Herron Summer Of Bitter Anger On Prairies Can Israel Trust The U.S.? Israeli apprehension over alleged Egyptian violation of the ceasefire agreement is entirely understand- able. Their fears that the Egyptians, with Russian backing, are trying to build up their anti-aircraft missile sites are not ephemeral. Israel claims to have photographic proof that an Egyptian build-up of anti- aircraft missile sites, has been going on ever since August 7, and is continuing. They say that four sites have had. 23 new missiles in- stalled since the ceasefire date, and that digging, concrete pouring, and installation of electronic equipment is currently going on at several others. The Americans are refusing to comment, in effect shoving the issue of ceasefire violations under the rug, although they must be in pos- session of evidence of the truth or falseness of Israeli claims. According to the London Economist the U.S. "has been using U-2s and satellites Nasser's Guerri I las Two days before the Congress of Arab Guerrillas met in Amman, the man who is generally accepted as be- ing in control of guerrilla operations, Yassir Arafat, held several meetings with President Nasser in Cairo. Nas- ser, who has angered the guerrilla movements because of his accep- tance of the ceasefire, attempted to placate Mr. Arafat by assuring him that Egypt is fully committed to safe- guarding the rights of the Palestinian people. "Cairo also holds that the ex- istence and activities of the Palestin- ian organizations are a necessity for making progress towards liberation." Nasser's double talk and assur- ances of sincerity have plainly fallen on deaf ears. The guerrillas categori- cally rejected any move to recog- nize Israel as a nation and vowed to do everything in their power to make any peace settlement impos- sible. (The guerrillas may have been encouraged by the presence of Am- erican Black Panthers at their con- ference, but they were unhappy be- cause Eldridge Cleaver did not turn up, nor did representatives of the Chinese, the North Koreans, Alban- ians, Cuba and North Directly on the conclusion of the conference the guerrillas increased their pressure on King Hussein's gov- ernment in Amman, indicating their vicious intent to step up the violence. It is ironic that the guerrillas, form- ed by Nasser himself, are one of the greatest blocs to the peace which he says he sincerely wants as the terms are right. as long Nun-Running Scandal Allegations that Indian girls have been sold to European convents have been denied by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. But investigations have been launched anyway. The suggestion lias been made by a Vatican source that if money has actually been realized in the supply of postulants it would likely be the result of misguided efforts of Ker- ala priests to obtain funds for their dioceses. This would then be a case of milking the rich church abroad to help the poor local church. Should this prove to be the actual truth over against an attempt of in- dividuals to profit personally, it would still be a black mark against the church. Using human beings for the benefit of either individuals or the institution is a contradiction of the teaching of the church. Whatever may be the outcome of Investigations, the "scandal" has served to emphasize a serious and growing problem being experienced by most church bodies. The churches are failing to get sufficient numbers of dedicated men and women who are willing to give un- re.nun :erative service. As a conse- quence the necessity of having to hire help has pushed the cost of op- erating hospitals and homes of var- ious kinds to the prohibitive level. This is forcing the churches to turn over their work to the state to be maintained out of general taxation. The decline in the numbers of people offering themselves for the religious life especially in the Western World is an expression of the secularization of life that has taken place. A weakening of reli- gious devotion has been the conse- quenee. In addition the change in the sta- tus of women has had its effect. Widened opportunities along with the expectation of equality have hin- dered recruitment of women for menial service. Even if Indian girls now willingly offer themselves for service in the church this is likely to provide only temporary relief for the convent needs in Europe. The revolution in expectations is progressing in all parts of the world as is seculari- zation. Judging by some of the re- ported comments of some Indian girls recruited for European con- vents, the infection has already spread. IN since August 8, in good weather to watch a small area of some of the most easily inspected terrain on the 1'acc of (he globe. If the Israelis wore making it up, the Americans would know by now." The U.S. State Department is fence-sitting on the issue, attempt- ing presumably to calm Israeli fears and urge the parties to enter into peace talks forthwith. But in doing this the U.S. is causing a crisis of confidence between itself and Israel, a crisis which can very easily break up the Israeli Cabinet and delay the talks still further. What Israel needs now, indeed must have, is solid assurance oj U.S., support, since it was at U.S. instigation and prodding, that Israel consented lo the ceasefire. Dodging judgment on Israeli accusations only increases apprehension and places the U.S. under a cloud of suspicion in Tel Aviv. A II 0 N TII wandering A among and talking with a (jreat variety of people in the three Prairie provinces, I have heard enough lo convince me iliat there can scarcely have been a time in Canada's his- (oiy when western billerness ran so deep. The bitterness has reached the stage where every little thing feeds it, and lhat, I should have supposed, is a stale Ottawa should take very ser- iously and doesn't appear lo. For example, when you de- scend from the peaks that in- furiate the people I don't mean irritate, I mean infuriale like wheat and the CBC and tariffs, Ihe sort of thing that comes up like a sour swallow is in this statement: "They couldn't even leave tho horses of the musical ride in the West they had to go East, like Hockey Canada, like ev- ery goddamn thing." The thing I'm most convinced of after this trip, which was part holiday and part a chance to listen to Prairie people talk- ing about Canada, is that the two nation theory is a gross underestimation of the facts. At least at [his moment, Canada is a loose association of four, nations: Ontario, Quebec, the Maritimes and Canada W e s t. This loose association is domin- ated by (a) the power ol On- tario and (b) the sickness of Quebec. There is no question hi my mind that at this lime the West is in a state of mind not unlike that of a colony ready to ex- plode. I obviously do not mean ready to start throwing molotov cocktails but there is approach- ing, and approaching quickly, a ripeness for some kind ol switcli in political loyalties. Not all (hat long ago the switcli would have been from Tory and Liberal to NDP. Cut at this moment the standing of the NDP is at a low level, due largely to the aggressive inten- sity of trade union activity across the country. The Pollutant Letters To The Editor How About Positive Thinking? I guess Paul Kazakoff (Aug. 19) thinks he is a very lunny, smart fellow. Who does he Uiink he is, some guy named Voltaire? I never knew before bad teeth caused countries to go bad. Anyway, I never had lo worry about moral decay or teeth decay or things like that. I was never at a dentists and I'm proud of it. I wouldn't let one of those guys into my mouth. Maybe brushing is OK for some people but I say they ought to avoid decay altogeth- er. I believe positive thinking is the right way and also I try to keep my mouth shut to keep out germs. I am also a firm believer that aspirin, coffee, good cigars and scotch whisky have been real good to me. I just can't see what all this fussin' is about. (Well anyway that amuses me and so did Paul Kazakoff) I'm going to complain a lit- tle about your "Drug Addiction in U.S.S.R." editorial (Aug. You say: Also, an improve- ment in social conditions might lead to some curtailment of Thanks From Oxfam A Car In Korea By Joyce Sasse Having had my own vehicle Queen of the Day. Sly long nose frees me for six years before I came to Korea, I was pretty well addicted to the "how- could-I-ever-get-along-wilhoul-a-car" cult. The mission was hard on me at first. As a language student, the committee de- cided, I didn't "need" access to a car. But two years have passed. What with buses and taxis and trains and tiw kind- ness of friends I am still alive, and, maybe even as they say, "better tor the experience." And now, with two other sin- gle girls I have access to a highly polished, dark-blue, Japanese-made, Korean-assem- bled, Corona. And now my cry has changed. Instead of spending tliirty-five minutes waiting for a taxi, I spend two hours at the service centre trying to explain, through an inter- preter, that "the whole electric system is no good! Every lime you turn on a light you blow a fuse." Instead of jamming into a cily bus with twice as many people as safely allows, I jam between smoking jeeps and behind belching buses in hope- less traffic snarls. Instead of lolling in the independence that having a personal ve- hicle usually implies, I'm constantly bouncing across the furrows between tile [act that the driver was scheduled to take our car in for iis "safety inspection'' (they check the paint job and lake your and one of (lie olhcr girls had agreed lo Uko a church women's group on a picnic. Vow mind you, all this is part of the hubbub ol Seoul. Get me out ot the cily mir compact car can make it up lo the 100KM speed limit lire new foiu-ianc freeway has .set and I feel like I m from the police pay-offs most Korean drivers are constantly confronted with. And if an officer does slop me before he really sees who it is, chances are he won't know ir.uch English (and if a foreigner ever needed to forget his Korean, the time is Such arc the games people play. The fun-to-have-a-car experience is short-lived. When I'm in my city, Chongju, there's no one within fifty miles that has a right to this vehicle, except me But that gives me all the responsibility, too worth (taxes taken into considera- Few Korean homes come equipped with a garage, or even parking space in the yard. Mine doesn't. Anything on the oulside of that wall is thoughl of as all men's property. When the old Land Rovers were left on the street, everything locked down except the windshield wipers and side-view mirrors and those wore removed by the owner. On these new ears, everything is thieves play the radio aerial, Ihe front grille, the headlights. One man even found his vehicle on blocks and Ihe four lircs gone. And even when one's town isn't so wild, Ihcre arc still Ilic neighbors' kids who never before really had an opportunity lo loucb and wrile on and climb on such a tine stains symbol. Before you know it the whole gang are perched like crows on a fence! Somehow, public transportation isn't so bad Ihcsc days. As a matlcr-of-fact, I rath- er look forward lo gelling that "thing" back mlo Ihe .Seoul compound's garage and going back to just I ravelling like an ordinary person! As one of the participatory agencies of Miles for Millions, Oxfam of Canada would like to (hank ail those people walk- ers and sponsors who con- tributed to our program so gen- erously this year. In August, Oxfam received from the Lethbridge Miles for Mil- lions Committee. Money raised by Miles for Millions walks forms the major part of Oxfam of Canada's in- come. Last year besides sup- porting relief efforts in Nigeria and Peru, Oxfam of Canada was able to support projecls improving health, family plan- ning, agriculture, water sup- plies and education in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Funds from the Lethbridge walk are contributing to a water supply for a technical school in Ghana. While the connection between this project and daily life in Lethbridge may seem very dis- tant, nevertheless real help has been extended in 'each case. For this, we are very grate- ful. JANE WILSON, Overseas Aid Dept., Oxfam of Canada. Editor's note: Oxfam is one of 15 international aid agen- cies to receive a share of the funds realized in last Novem- ber's walk in Lethbridge Equality For Women From The Christian Science Monitor gOME say that jab discrim- ination against women will be the issue in the '70s that job disciimination against blacks was in the -'60s. Certainly statistics support the need for change. Fifteen 3 ears ago full-time women workers' wages were fill.9 per cent Ihose of men. Now, Lhcy have fallen lo 58.2 per cent of men's earnings. In lerms of median income, while men last year earned black men while women .JJ.SSO, and black women In terms of education, women with four years ot college earned less than men who didn't graduate from high scbuol and only half as much as men with Ihe same degree. Whereas 10 years ago unemployment was the same for both men and women, bv last year Ihe rale was Iwicc as hi.sh for women. The SenaUj Judiciary Com- mittee's Sub-committee on Con- slitulional amendments has held hearings on an amendment which would upgrade the joh and legal status of women. One of the older provisions of Ihe (first proposed in the !20s) would require women to register for the draft just like the men. And while a case could be made for filling the multitude of supportive jobs with distaff soldiers, one can hardly think of a sphere where women would have a harder time breaking into the chain of responsible command than the m Hilary. Three-fourths of Ihe Senale and more Ihan half the House support the amendment, whose provisions for new marriage, con tract, and educational rights may be as important in Ihe long inn as job guarantees. The proposal deserves broad public as well as congressional support. abuse but unfortunately as a panacea it founders on the fact that abusers of drags do not belong to underprivileged groups only. I would ask you (1) to define underprivileged and (2) to de- fine abuse. To ask this might seem silly because I don't like people asking me for defini- tions. But to tell you what is on my mind without defining these words myself I would say (1) that eveiyone who abuses drugs is underprivileged and (2) that a person who uses dings may not be abusing him- self or be underprivileged. Privilsge cannot be mea- sured by income, opportunity for a bicycle, holidays in the mountains, a university educa- tion etc. Many people that have all these advantages still feel u n d c rprivileged. They may never have known love, may fear that nuclear war will end their lives prematurely, that they do not have the opportun- ity to develop the potentials that they feel within them- selves, that any children they may have will be confronted by a poisonous environment. Wit- ness our high infant mortality, our high suicide rale among denlists and doctors ad iu- finilum. In the widest sense we are all underprivileged. (I would also argue that the peo- ple of the Soviet Union are not particularly oppressed, but that is another JOHN MACKENZIE. Lethbridge. Slurt Over In the August 20 Herald some person under Ihe pseu- donym of "an ex-great" com- pared Ihe modern hippie lo some person who had lived about two thousand years ago and who "didn't go along with the establishment" and who "wore long "a long flow- ing robe" and "a It is too bad lhat this old- timer did not take a lesson from Jesus Christ, who kept his hair cut short (1 Cor. ate plenty of wholesome food (Mark 6: ollen lived in a house at Capernaum (Mark conformed lo the laws of God (John had suffi- cient money (John and wore clothing ol such good quality that soldiers cast lots for it. Perhaps the hippies and liieir supporters should go back and slart over. KAY KEITGKS. Lclhbridgc. In Saskatchc w a n, Walking' Wafflers arc a prime reason for this, lor Ihey appear to the snbslanl i a 11 y conscrva live CCFers lo be theorists concern- ed with issues far removed from [he interests of the West. What some of these young Waffle gen- tlemen don't seem lo grasp is lhat Tommy Douglas in the great days of the Saskatchewan CCF, when he won such intense loyalty, was the Duff Hoblin of that province, in the sense that botli mtn were catcher-uppers. I found in Saskatchewan among NDP people I have known lor many years of them local party a terrible bitterness against the Wafflers, the reflex hostility to i.he provincial Lib e r a 1 s. and Ross Thalcher, but an almost aggressive conviction that Mr. Thatcher is a realist with noth- ing but the best interests of the province in mind. "He's doing they told me. But federally, there is a gap- ing political hsle. I don't know what Prime Minister Trudeau hears from his undercover lis- tening men in the West. One often suspects, since ibere is no way of knowing who bis region- al desk reporters are, that he hears what they want him to hear. What he should know is lhat his party is deeply dis- trusted and lhat under Robert Stantield's leadersliip, the Tor- ies are not regarded as a reli- able alternative. Tliis is in part what deepens the bitterness of the West. Wal- ler Gordon's once private opin- ion is now tjuoted freely in farm and town houses: "We don't need the West to govern Can- ada with Ontario and Que- bec we can do it without you." There is a full blown convic- tion abroad that the Rob e r t Stanfiekl, who was elected lead- er of (he Conservative parly and who answered questions honestly, is now a foot work- ing prisoner of Central Canada, a mere party politician, a rath- er futile loser in the hands of a slick public relations firm that puts him on the stage with the caste of Hair and makes a silly ass of him, when what was needed from him was his for- mer direct honesty aim integ- rity (Mind you, I also heard even among old Diet-men the belief lhat Mr. Diefenbaker had deliberately made Mr. S t a field's position impossible and forced him out of his quieter ways in an effort to prove that he really had been elected lead- er of the Progressive Conserva- The question that worries ev- erybody I talked to in every party is: Who fills the hole? If a charismatic' man said the things James Richardson is say- ing, something might happen. I found widespread agree m e n t with James Richardson, but no response, or a negative re- sponse to him; and I gathered here and there lhat some at least had been looking hopeful- ly to Win because of what he has been saying about the West and had decided he wasn't the man. I've heard James Richardson say he's not looking for the job, so the vacancy remains. Per- haps Mr. Richardson is some- body's John the Baptist? He lias a receptive audience; if he wants to serve Ihe West he might care to intensify his ef- forts and run the risk of hav- ing Herod deliver his cabinet head on a platter? At any rate, this vacuum Is part of the bitter anger I found everywhere. Where can we turn? was the question, and when men feel they have no- where to lurn, undesirable things can happen, and states of mind can become fixed that a real response would dispel. _ But I found nobody who be- lieves in a real response. In- stead, a relatively "small" thing like the surcharge of on shirts imported from Hong Kong, Po- land and Japan is taken ns a symbol of the colonial status im- posed on the West in the inler- csls of the low quality cotton industry of Montreal. (Oddly enough, I tallied in a month with only one countryman who wasn't wearing one of those cheap imported summer shirts. Mr. Trudean, who once said symbols don't matter, might consider the deadly humor o f the Polish Summer Shirt be- coming his Boston Tea The cheap imported shirt is only one symbol, however. Otto Lang is another. It was said of him repeatedly that be "couldn't get nominated now, let alone elected." (Bud Olsen is held in high esteem but, as one politician said, "He's only a part-time minister of agricul- ture. They've cut up his depart- The farmer who grows grain feels persecuted by Mr. Lang's officials and "policing the LIFT program is going to cost a hundred limes more than Irusling us would have cost." The air reconnaissance check on the grain fields seven planes with photographic equip- ment is regarded as a luna- tic extravagance of immense and pointless wastefulness "to catch half a dozen at a time when the whole area is suffering depression. Trie grain men may or may not be "persecuted" by officials of the examples given me from the farmers' own ex- periences were more like exam- ples of incredible officiousness and stupidily under press u r s from above but the import- ant thing politically is that they believe it and are bitter about it. The bitterness is that is, I found no qualification of it anywhere and it was this bitterness that gave me the feeling that the West, emotion- ally, is close to being one of several separate Canadian na- tions. Contributing to this sense of separation is, I found every- where, the belief that the CBC has become not a unifying but a divisive force in our national life. The CBC reflects, I was told, the contemptuous condescension ol" a certain species of Centra! Canadian for hicksville and their constant preoccupation with the temporary trends that obsess them. But the thing that be- comes symbolic for my inform- ants concerned Premier Ben- nett's suggestion that the capi- tal of Canada should be trans- ferred to Winnipeg. It was received with the same seriousness with which it was made there was a tongue in every cheek until the CBC Sunday night program, Week- end, used s she-wins Mr. Trudeau in his new capital, dressed as an Ozarks hillbilly. No doubt it amused the Week- end producer, hilt CBC Presi- dent George Davidson mi g h t give some thought to the judg- ment of some of his eastern production staff at this parti- cular moment in our history. said the first man who raised it, "is our place in this Canada." The CBC actually docs bet- ter than that, bat its news and public affairs department needs, and is not developing for this delicate moment, mature men of judgment like Bernard Trotter, Frank Peers and the otters who made it a major unifying force. They would have sensed the atmosphere in which a faint- ly amusing sight gag becomes a wounding and divisive jibe. I must confess I came back "out" of Canada West fonder of it than ever and depressed by its justified sense of separate- ness and "rejection." I wish I could be as certain that Canada East has the least understand- ing of what is happening here, or the slightest intention of do- ing anything to relieve it. (Herald Special Service) LOOKING Through Tlic Herald 1920 Bread prices are due to take a tumble as Hour prices have dropped anywhere from to ?1.80 a barrel on flour of the new crop. J9M Young pheasants are on Ihe increase throughout the Slavery district. Jlany farmers were given eggs lo be put under chickens and in most eases all were hatched suc- cessfully. J9IO Plans to recruit a Netherlands arniy among Dutch in Canada and the BACKWARD United Slates was disclosed1 by Motherland sources on the eve of Queen Wilhelmina's 69th birthday. The Red Cross will launch a campaign for blood donors in the city. The concentrated campaign be- comes imperative to rebuild re- serves of plasma. 1MO Of a total ol' 30 traffic hazards listed in a survey by the Lcllibridgc and District Safety Council in May this year, only five have met with refusals lo co-operale by residents in- volved. The Lctlibridcjc Herald 50-1 7Ui St. S., LeUibridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO, LTD., and Publishers Published 1305 J054, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Rcgislralion No 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dally Newspapir Publishers' Association and Ihe Audi I Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Edilor end Publisher THOMAS H. 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