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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, September 8, 1970 Joseph Kraft A Suggestion The annual United Fund appeal is in the offing. Those who are respon- sible for the planning and execution of the campaign have probably es- tablished their general strategy but it may not be too late to make a suggestion about the home calls. Ideally the elimination of calls at the homes of those who have given at work may seem to make sense. Yet realistically it does not appear to be worth the administrative effort it entails. It could be scrubbed. Opposition to being called upon at home after giving at the office can- not surely be very great. Persons who have made their contribution are generally likely to he civil with their home callers. After all, answering the door and explaining that a gift has already been made is not very taxing or time consuming. Any notion that the system makes it difficult for people to weasle out by using the "gave at the office" ex- cuse is soon exploded by having the experience of being a home canvas- ser. When people do not want to give, the elimination of that excuse doesn't make much difference. In- stead of that excuse they will have others, or perhaps simply shut the door. The chances of the home can- vasser having an unpleasant experi- ence are thereby increased. It is unrealistic to expect the av- erage home canvasser to challenge excuses or make a sales pitch. They are generally only collectors they simply accept what people are pre- pared to give as a result of the edu- cation that has been done through the media. There is reason to think that a door to door home canvass would yield greater returns than the pres- ent selective system of calling. Some- times a wife wants to give some- thing out of her own pin money in addition to the contribution made by the husband at work. In a mobile society it is impossible to have up- to-date records of everyone who lives in the community. House to house canvassing could very well pick up some new contributors that would otherwise be missed. Not only would the blanket canvass eliminate a lot of work for the Uni- ted Fund office staff but it would likely be welcomed by most volun- teer canvassers. It is easier to do a whole street of calls than to pop in here and there and it is possible it might be a more pleasant experi- ence, too. Democracy In South Vietnam Whatever else might be said about democracy in South Vietnam it can be said that the people vote as they do in most democracies indiffer- ently. Election day recently saw about 67 per cent of the eligible voters go to the polls. This was a drop from the 83 per cent who voted in the last election three years ago. If they keep it up they will some day reach the low levels set by Ca- nadians. The results of the election to fill 30 Senate seats will not make much difference in the generally confused political scene. President Nguyen Van Thieu has a firm grip on the government no matter what fac- tions gained or lost in the voting. The realization that the outcome would probably make little difference may account for the lighter vote. .A correspondent for the London Economist recently observed that it is possible to write almost anything about South Vietnam and have sup- porting evidence for the view. If the commentator wants to prove that the Saigon regime is beginning to stand on its own feet, the facts are there. If he wants to prove that the Com- munists are winning and that the Saigon regime is still riddled with corruption these facts are equally at hand. Admitting that lie might be as guilty of selectivity as anyone else, the Economist correspondent says there seems to be some improvement in South Vietnam; The government is beginning to look like a government. Some easing of the police state atmosphere is apparent. Even the sound of war has died away to a large degree in Saigon. Optimism about South Vietnam is difficult to sustain. In the end the correspondent suggests that the peo- ple of South Vietnam may find that their "Saigon summer" will turn out to be like the "Prague spring." In this situation they are "both fortified and handicapped by their capacity to live for eternity and for today, but never tomorrow; perhaps this is the only way the Vietnam war could be sustained." It remains a moot question whether democracy will ever triumph in South Vietnam or even if commun- ism can be held off. There is no doubt, however, about the tragedy of the war that has overwhelmed the country for so long without the ap- pearance of an end. We may be a small island, but we are not a small people. We shouldn't think of ourselves like that and we shouldn't encourage other people to do so. Mr. Edward Heath. Hong Kong: A Mini World By Joyce Sasse TIONG KONG A year and a half ago, when I paid nty first visit to Hong paid nty Kong, I returned to Korea convinced that it was all a dream, that no one place could possibly be so wonderfully interna- tional, so bursting at the seams with things to see, and do, and buy, and eat, and experiences. My friends and I are back again, this time only on a one-day-pass- through-visit, on our way to a full month of touring again we're capti- vated. Coming directly hi from Korea, as we have, the contrast is all too apparent: ice cream that you can buy from a street- side vendor without fear of contamination, and drinking water direct from the tap, and fresh greens that have been proper- ly treated so you don't have to worry about parasites. That T-bone steak we had, within an hour after our arrival, was a real delight for one southern Albertan who hadn't sunk her teeth into such a critter in the last twelve months. And I hardly knew enough to call it quits as I devour- ed one drippy, juicy orange after another our people pay a small for- tune for. Standing the cross-roads of the world, this free-port is a shopper's haven. You can start out with the. very best test the depth of the carpet pile as you make your way through 'Lane Crawford's', and the air of exclusiveness that envelopes the new 'Mandarin Hotel's' arcade. Buy Japanese cameras, radios, and tape rec- orders thirty per cent cheaper than you'd get them in the country where they are made; bring your Mikiraoto pearls here to have them set in gold rings and silver necklaces. Embroidered linens are a sixth of what even the cheapest stores can sell then: for at you are like me, you'll easily go broke because of such savings. Hong Kong is two hundred square miles of contrasis. Nowhere is this more appar- ent than v.iien you are shopping. Mate your way of{ Nathan Road, down to the over-crowded Chinese material market on Granville Uoad, ;intl have a hyper-anxious saleswoman sell vou a Thai-cotton shirt for a dollar and a half. Cross over on to Hong Kong Island, around the cricket green, past the largest assemblage of international banks in the world, down Queen's Koad to the old Chinese market district. Take along someone who speaks Cantonese, and you are set. The jade merchant may store his treasures in shoe boxes, but that doesn't harm the quality of the second hardest gem in the world. Ivory carvers will dig back in a little dark corner and bring out a replica of a beautiful Chinese lady so fine you'll dream about it tor days to come. Come on up Ladder Street this wom- an is weaving wire dippers, that one is selling ear-cleaners. Over there you can buy fresh ginger or lotus root. How about a 'hundred-day-old egg'? These intricate wood carvings, a grim reminder of the 'cultural revolution' going on in the heart of mainland China are being torn out of temples (some with wall-brackets still at- tached) and exported by the thousands: not only destroying the China that was, but also using these vigilante efforts to raise money for Uncle Mao's cause. It is impossible, in one letter, to con- vey all that Hong Kong is. While ninety per cent of her four and one half million people are Chinese, chances are that, in one day, on the city streets, you couM meet someone from every country in the world. This is, in fact, a mini-world, (he international heart of our globe. They come as tourisls, they come on business, they come to live, they come and forget to go they are at home. One finds it hard to believe for such an alive, vital community, the death knell has already begun to toll. Before the twen- ty-first century dawns, the New Territories end everything as far as Boundary Street, are scheduled to revert back to China. Tbo heart of the harbor, Hong Kona Island, most of still be Brit- ish, but what is a heart when the jugular vein has been severed? Hong Kong, now, is a 'borrowed place1 living on borrowed time', but .slic's having a hey-day doing it. And we're glad to be briefly part of it. Agnew Finds Room For Doubt In Asia WASHINGTON An Incrcdl- bility gap fosters public support for U.S. administration policy in Vietnam. Hardly any- body can believe that a savvy president will not get us out of a war that is tearing the country apart. But that blind faith should be shaken not a little by the vice- president's recent Asian trip. For Mr. Agnew's lour exposed in exquisite detail the vast ar- ray of forces that work to make an early American .exit from the war politically difficult, if not impossible. First of all, there is the American rhetoric. The United States might just be able to slip out of the war if officials could bring themselves to tell the truth about the relative un- importance of Asia. A president who let on that Washington's hash is not going to be settled in the Mekong Delta would have a chance to exit from the war no matter how much the Southeast Asian politicos screamed treason and betrayal. But President Nixon, like President Johnson before him, "How Are The Peace Talks Coming Along Letters To The Editor Where's The Friendly Camping Spirit Gone? We have recently returned home very disappointed with a two weeks' vacation at Water- ton Lakes Park. We would Ijke to know where the friendly fam- ily camping spirit has gone? The three kitchens, Numbers 10, 11 and 12, now. stand vacant. By choice, people have camp- ed by them for over 20 years because they liked the together- ness. We've protested the banning of camping by these .kitchens both written and verbally to Supt. Ross. We were told park policy is to force the people to spread out and have some grass for the children to play on. Our opinion is that people don't want to spread out. In regard to the grass situa- tion; in the two weeks we were there, we saw no children play- ing on it. We just saw people walking their dogs and permit- ting th.2 dogs to use it for a bathroom. We feel that people who pay for the upkeep of the park with their hard earned tax money would like to camp on the grass, not have it go to the dogs. We were also told that those kitchens for the campers' use in the trailer park. We think people with self contained toilers, that have tables, stoves, sinks, etc., certainly aren't going to cany their food over and eat in one of those kitchens. That would be down- right silly and a waste of time on their part. We saw one kitchen have a drinking party in it until 1 a.m. Our youth of today had a good loud rock and roll in another until 2 a.m. one time. Where is the youth centre in Waterton Park? The Cypress Hills Park has a nice one. Why can't we? Another question is: Why are all the lamp standards in the camp ground turned off at 2 a.m. People do not like to grope around half the camp- ground in the dark, to take chil- dren to the bathroom. As we thought and looked this situation over, we were quite disgusted when the 'no va- JVo 'Flood Of Immigrants' Mr. Ray Keitges has provid- ed The Herald with yet another white wash job through his let- ter defending apartheid (Sept. I am afraid he has grossly exaggerated the number of black immigrants entering South Africa and mistakenly ap- plied the title "immigrant" to citizens of neighboring Bolswa- na, Lesotho and Swaziland who work in South Africa. These peo- ple work there not because they want to, but because their coun- tries are poor and there is not enough work. So they reluctant- ly join the pools of cheap black labor in South Africa and Rho- desia because it is a little bet- ter than starving to death. There is no "flood of immi- grants" as Mr. Keitges claims, except in the Imaginations of racist officials who print such mind destroying propaganda bulletins, with which I am well acquainted. On the other hand, there are refugees from South Africa in the three free coun- Gravelled Lanes We have lanes in this city years old, covered with gravel, the lane between Slh and 10th streets for example. Every three weeks I spend most of the morning sweeping and shovelling the gravel back into the lane. This makes the sidewalks belter for the people with baby buggies lo walk, also better for the youngsters coming from the swimming pool in bare feet! The neighbors are splendid and considerate, never enter or leave the lane over ten miles per hour, but a fast driver comes out of tile avenue into the lane, hits Hie gravel, the wheels spin, and spray gravel into the avenue, onto the side- walks and the boulevard, and also, leaves a cloud of dust lo settle on the washing each side of Ihc lane. Considering Ihc number of pra school youngsters Iwre- abouts, 1 tliinfc the police de- partment would he justified in placing a board 10 mph on the corner of the lane. 1 pick up candy and other wrappers from the boulevard and the sidewalks and I think teachers could instruct the chil- dren to take the wrappers home and place them in a scrap book. They would make somct h i n g interesting for Christmas. DICK FISHER. Letbbridgc. So They Say It is not loo late to confess our guilt and to ask God and all the world to forgive our error. Lawrence, editor of the conservative U.S. News and World Report magazine, commenting on the 25lh anni- versary of Ihe dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan. tries, but their numbers are few because of South Africa's influ- .ence over the countries. Wasn't it terribly decent of South Africa to issue its black citizens (not immigrants) passes which, (hey say, cut down on this imaginary "flood of This Is just the diplomatic way around say- ing: "We want to know where every African is so they cannot get together to rebel." Thous- ands of South Africans, black, while and who do not agree with the Nazionalist gov- ernment are herded off, harass- ed and tortured because a stamp is missing from their pass or because of imaginary Communist affiliation every year in Most are not given a trial. Why are the Soulii African officials so afraid of a bloody revolution? Because the Sharpeville Massacre prov- ed that it could never be done peacefully. Mr. Keitges makes light of the phrase "rotten, decadent so- ciety" lo describe our "demo- cracy." But what kind of riemo- cracy allows the perverted, im- moral and terrifying tactics of a police state to go virtually un- checked? Near the end of the editorial on Ihe page opposite Mr. Keitges' letter, Mr. Wales, a British businessman, says: "It is clear that this (South Africa's Terrorism Act) is cur- re n 11 y directed against the black, but it is already begin- ning to be used against the white and must ultimately prove self-defeating." I anxious- ly await that day. "FREEDOM FIGHTER." Lethbridue caney' sign went up at the en- trance of the campground. All the space by the three kitchens previously mentioned was em- pty and also a lot of space by the big enclosed kitchen at the southwest of the campground. People were being sent to the overflow places. In our estima- tion, overflow places could be made in the park within walk- ing distance of the townsite. If the time comes and we'ra turned back at the entrance, to go to that mosquito ridden Mas- kuionge Lake or the 25 mile trip to and from the Belly River campground, we'll simply turn around and go elsewhere. When we go to Waterton, we want to be close to the townsite. I'm sending a copy of this let- ter to our representative in Par- liament, Mr. Dean Gundlock. For any of you with the same opinion as us please do the same. If Mr. Gundlock has let- ters which show that people are dissatisfied, he'll probably be able something "for we, the people." BROWNED OFF, PUSHED OUT AND BURNT UP. Lethbridge. has chosen to big-mouth the war. He has called it a vital lest of our strength and deter- mination as a world leader. And Viee-President Agnew, set- ting out on a trip to reassure the Asian allies, naturally took a cue from his leader. That is how he happened to say of the fragile regime in Cambodia. "We're going to do everything we can to help the Lon Nol government." That is how he happened to make matters worse by adding that it would be "impossible" to get out of Vietnam if Cambodia fell to the Communists. The American stress on the importance of Asia is a god- send to the local leaders. For as the vice-president found out to his discomfiture, everyone of them has a claim to press against this country. President Nguyen Vaa Thiflu of South Vietnam is seeking as- surances of a residual Ameri- can force to stay on indefinitely in South Vietnam. Prime Min- ister Lon Nol of Cambodia wants mono direct military help from the United States, South Vietnam, and Thailand. And the leaders of South Korea, Formosa, and Thailand all want a continuing military presence plus vast sums of American money to modernize their forces. When it comes to pressing these claims, moreover, there are, as Robert Trumbull of the New York Times used to say, "no dumb Asians." In country after country, Vice-President Agnew ran into the kind of tactics that have repeatedly made this country the prisoner of its Asian satel- lites. In Thailand, for example, Foreign Minister Thanat Khom- ari told the press that his gov- ernment would not raise with the vice-president the question of this country's paying mus- tering-out bonuses to the Thai troops coming home from Viet- nam. Then with a characteris- tic twist, he said: "If the Amer- ican side wants to change its mind and renege on an arrange- ment freely entered into on its side, we have nothing more to say." President Chung Hee Park of South Korea let it be known that a proposed American with- drawal of troops would require as compensation bil- lion for modernization of South Korean forces. And to publicize his ease he harangued the vice- president for a couple of hours in conferences that continued well past the scheduled time. What Hie Agnew trip shows, in short, is that there are still very much in play the forces which caused this country lo go in over its head in Asia. Lead- ers in Washington continue to exaggerate Ihe importance of remote pieces of Asian real es- tate dimly managed by ungov- emments. Asian leaders contin- ue to demand that the United States take responsibility for their security. And hen Wash- ington tries to scale down the Ar-rican military presence, or hold in check financial commit- ments, the Asians cry that this country is welshing. Maybe President Nixon is proof against such tactics. May- be' he is so clever that he can keep withdrawing American troops even as the leaders he has praised to the skies charge him with letting down the side. But there is room for doubt. Maybe the Nixon tactic won't wcrk. So there is reason to em- phasize an alternate approach less vulnerable to the blackmail of supposed allies. That is the approach of putting forward at the Paris peace talks an offer the other side can pick up. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD companies in Canada have been, granted an increase of 40 per cent in East- ern Canada freight rates and 35 per cent in Western. Pas- senger rates have been in- creased 20 per cent, sleeper rates 60 per cent and excess baggage 20 per cent. members gather tor tlie opening of Parliament the rumor is current that the gov- ernment is putting a stiff anti- dumping valuation on U.S. coal. Surplus coal has been dumped on the Winnipeg and Manitoba markets and the move is planned to assure Western mines of the whole market of the west. 1940 London was bombed for nearly 10 hours, the long- est continuous raid on Britain since the war began. 1950 Finance Minister Ab- bott's stop-gap budget hits lux- uries such as liquor, cars, soft candy, but personal income levies are left undis- turbed. i960 Some Alberta hunters will be notified that they have been successful in bids for antelope hunting li- cences. The hunters' names were drawn after more than applications had been re- ceived. The Letlibrutye Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W- A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No Ml2 Member ot The Canadian Press arid the Canadian Daily Newspaper publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO w. MOWERS, Editor end Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE: BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Ediior Associate Editor ROY F MILES DOUGLAS K, WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page. Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;