Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LtTHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Soplember 10, 1971 Curl Rowan, After the freeze President Nixon's announce m e n t that the wage-price freeze will not be extended beyond the 90-day period previously announced will come as a relief to most Americans. But the confusion and conjecture about "what comes after" remains. The freeze obviously cannot be terminated with no plan to replace it; nor would a full-scale program of wage price control work. The public would not stand for it, the bureaucracy re- quired to maintain controls on all wages and all production would be impossible. Some economists believe that some form of authority must continue. Maurice H. Stans, the secretary for commerce, believes that there should be some kind of backup statutory authority to halt or roll back specific price and wage increases, presumab- ly mainly those of major practical or symbolic importance for the eco- nomy Guidelines would be necessary to make this system work, such as say a five per cent wage increase in the first year after the freeze and an industrial price increase of one or two per cent on the average. This idea has attractions for Paul Mc- Cracken, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, although he is said to fee] that immense difficul- ties in establishing guide lines may make this solution impractical. Then there is the possibility of con- trolling profits through an excess profits tax, which has great appeal to Mr. George F. Meany, head the AFL-C10, but is anathema to in- dustrialists, business leaders and most economists. The reason it encourages "wasteful advertising, ex- pense-account living and overfull employment of shrewd accountants." In other words it would be counter- productive. Many experts put their faith in a non-compulsory program headed by a board which would include repres- entatives of labor, business and the public. The probability is that the solution will come through some form of com- pulsion combined with voluntary ef- fort on the part of every section of the public. Voluntary effort alone has never shown satisfactory results in economic crises, and compulsion by itself is too autocratic to be accept- able. If labor and business leaders can sit clown with members of the ad- ministration and talk it all over in non-combative terms, chances for slowing down inflation and increasing employment opportunities which is what the price-wage freeze is all about may have a chance of suc- cess. If they can't there is bound to be renewed inflation and greater un- employment in the U.S. Pride goes before Judging from (he foggy nature of Vice President Ky's remarks he could have "made a coup" if he wanted to, but for reasons of his own he decided he wouldn't try. Gen. Minh, like Ky, a former candidate in Saigon's presidential election next month, claims that he was offered a huge bribe to stay in the race, but declined to do so. No evidence to sup- port the statements of either candi- date has been produced. Be that as it may, the brouhaha has intensified Ihe nasty taste in the mouths of mil- lions of Americans, who can see only that they have wasted billions of dol- lars and thousands of lives in pre- venting Communist North Vietnam from overrunning a corrupt regime in South Vietnam. If the presidential elections were conducted fairly, that is, with more than one candidate in the field, it is almost certain that Thieu would have been elected. The recent elections for the lower house indicate that al- though there is opposition to him by political Buddhists, students and sol- diers, he is still the man the South Vietnamese believe to be most cap- able of pursuing the war and con- ducting the affairs of state. But he will never be able to prove that he has won the presidential of- fice by means of fair contest and public approval not now. His auth- ority will always be suspect; his mor- al position untenable. The American people will never agree to support him in office if he should face oppo- sition by force; nor will they back efforts to get him out of office by extending military or political sup- port to the opposition. Thieu has cut off his nose to spite his face. The Vietnamization program of pacification and the conduct of the war itself, may well fall into frag- ments because of the stubborn in- transigence of one man, who is un- able to temper pride with humility. The new fall term WASHINGTON This is going to be a tough fall for schoolchildren, per- haps the toughest they've ever faced. Many teachers who were promised raises won't get them and while they will not take it out on the kids, I'm sure it will be upper- most in their minds. I can imagine what will happen in the classrooms across the nation. The scene is Public School 349. The teacher calls the class to order. "Now children, the first subject is arith- metic. I'm going to give you a problem. If someone was promised a raise of 10 per cent on a year at the beginning of a school term, and at the last minute it was rescinded, how much money would she have heen cheated out "That's correct, Anthony. Now here is the second problem. A person lias gene lo college for five years to learn a profes- sion. When she comes out of school she makes half as much money as a plumber. If a plumber makes S15.000 a year, how much will the college graduate The children work silently for five min- utes. Then Susan raises her hand. "She would make "If she's the teacher says, "One more. If the cost of living went up seven per cent in one year, and a person could not get an increase in her salary because cf government bureaucrats, how much less would her salary be worth in three Johnny pipes up, "Twenty-one per cent." "All right, you seem to know your arilh- mclic. Let's go on lo English. Which of these two sentences is correct? 'President Nixon's economic gair.e plan were a fail- ure' or 'President Nixon's economic game plan was a Charles replies, "Was a failure." "The people who were caught in a wage price freeze are those who could least afford it' or 'The people who were caught in a wage-price freeze is those who could least afford "What is wrong with this sentence; 'Am- erican economists don't know Carol replies, "It should read 'Ameri- can economists don't know everything.' "You're the schoolteacher says bitterly. "It should read 'American eco- nomisls don't know anything.' Let's go on to another subject. Get out your Ameri- can history books. What was President Hoover most noted David raises his hand. "A depression." "What is a "It's when everyone is out of work and nobody has any money to buy Bobby replies. "When people don't make enough money in America what do they "They go out on Freddy yelled. "How long do they go out on "Until the other people give them more money." "Can everyone go out on strike in Am- Joel says. "Policemen, firemen and schoolteachers can't go on strike." "Why Everyone was stumped. "All the teacher says. "Your homework tonight is for each of you to write lo President Nixon and ask him why schoolteachers can't go on strike. "Class (Toronto Telegram News Service) Rejected thesis Dons Walker DON'T KNOW that men should accept that old saying about there being a behind every successful man. A lady came up to us ofler the service at Soulhminslcr United Church one Sunday this summer and said she would like In meol Klspolh. She explained Hint she rends Ihcse fillers and just wanted to meet UK heroine of so many of them. There is an indication of how a husband has brought fame lo his wife! Elspcth doesn't accept that. She says the lady didn't say anylhing nhoul her being a heroine and that she probably cnir.c to shake hands out of sheer sym- pathy. UN Security Council must be changed WASHINGTON AH loo often, (lie light of a new truth blinds men to the validity of some old ones. There is a real danger o[ lliat happening at !ht United Na- tions this fall as Ihe world hody grapples with Hie China ques- tion. The new truth lias dawned on most people that Commi'.nist China ought to be in the UN. It seems to be a foregone con- clusion that Peking will be voted in, now that the United States no longer is fighting to keep the Mao government out. A corollary truth also has be- come obvious. Since Taiwan under Chiang Kai-shek never was a great power, and never did represent all of China, it had no business holding a per- manent scat, with veto powers, on the UN security council. In recognition of this, UN mem- bers almost certainly are going to vote to seat Peking in the council. But these nations ought not become so intoxicated by their new wisdom that they walk blindly over the compelling reasons why Taiwan ought not be thrown out of the General Assembly. Looking at the world as it is, we see a separate political en- tity of 14 million people on Tai- wan. Tliere are 97 "countries" in Ihe UN with smaller popula- tions than Taiwan's, and it makes no sense, either in terms of these people's rights or the long-range effectiveness of the UN, to throw Taiwan out. The UN must be moved in the direction of embracing all of mankind, so the exclusion of Taiwan would be a foolish step away from universal member- ship. Then there is a moral issue before many nations, especial- ly those of Africa. Over the years, the right-wing inclina- tions of the China lobby have created some anti-Chiang bias- es, especially among liberal Americans. Thus a lot of peo- ple 'iave failed to acknowledge that Taiwan has been a "good citizen" internationally. Not only have the citizens of Taiwan made extraordinary so- cial and economic progress themselves, but they have been generous in giving technical and other assistance to other nations, especially the poorer nations of Africa. These African nations will want to acknowledge the new reality by voting Peking in without resorting to the ingrati- tude of summarily voting Tai- pei out. As UN members take this historic step of putting main- "Oh, on.' It couH be something about Red Middle movie something else has haOKned to lw NamaM" f 1971 by NEA, lnc.u "Would you mind being quiet until football season is land China in the Security Council, it might be time for them to think seriously of going even further lo make the UN more reflective of the real world. Of every 10 people on this globe, six of them live in Asia. By what logic should anyone say that Peking alone repre- sents Asia as a permanent Council member while Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the United Slates hold the oth- er four seats of power? That is a throwback to the old colonial mentality as to who deserves "great power" status. Japan is clearly a world power and ought to have a per- manent seat on the Security Council. What entitles Britain and France to permanent sta- tus when that rank is denied India and 'her 600 million peo- ple? There is fear, of course, that a move to give India and Japan permanent membership on the Security Council would invite passionate demands that one African and one Latin Ameri- can nation be given permanent station. Such demands could be reasoned a w a y, especially when members from those con- tinents are far from agreement that any one country stands out so clearly as a world force that it deserves "super" sta- tus. So much attention is being devoted to the question of which China, or Chinas, will he in the UN next year that peo- ple have stopped asking the even more crucial question: Who is going to take what steps to make Ihe UN worth being in? Many reforms are needed be- fore liie UN can play a more effective role in moving the world toward those lofty goals set forth in San Francisco in 1945. A good start would be to in k e membership and the makeup of the powerful Se- curity Council more in keeping with the world the UN seeks to save. (Field Enterprises, Inc.} John Richmond Violence declines in Quebec as status improves TITONTREAL Terrorist ac- tivity has abated in French Canada. It has been de- clining all this year ever since the release on 5 Decemb- er of the British diplomat. Jas- per Cross, by members of the Quebec's terrorist organization, the Front de Liberation du Que- bec (FLQ) w b o kidnapped him, and the arrest three weeks later, of the kid- nappers and suspected murder- ers of Quebec labor minister, Pierre Laporte. Many observers believe this is due to the stern measures adopted by the federal govern- ment of Pierre Trudeau in pro- claiming the War Measures Act. A total of 456 people were detained under the Act, units of the Canadian Army moved into the province of Quebec, and normal democratic freed- oms were temporarily suspend- ed. Most Canadians and most French Canadians approved the government's action. It is certain that if there were any recrudescence of terrorist out- rages Ottawa would be equally tough, if not tougher. In oilier parts of the world, however nolably, just now, in Northern Ireland such measures have not heen suc- cessful in Ulster, indeed, ter- rorism seems to grow as the military force sent lo keep the peace is strengthened. Why has a tough policy succeeded in Canada' Part of the answer is thai repressive measures alone were nol a cure, and that other fac- tors arc present lo inhibit FLQ terrorism. Both ou the federal tint] pro- vincial level police efficiency has considerably improved. There is round-the-clock sur- veillance of all persons suspect- ed of having FLQ connections and after tiie mass arrests, searches and interrogations car- ried out under the War Mea- sures Acl, it is highly probable lhat [lie names of Ihnsc even reiuololy siispcclcd of FLQ sympathies are known to the authorities. The malcri.nl of KLQ terror- ism, dynamite, used to be fair, lly easily obtainable. Large siocks used for mining and con- struction operations were care- lessly givnrded and regularly pilfered. This is no longer the case. Indeed if the FLQ still exists as an operational organizalion it must be apparent lo ils mem- bers Hint their best policy for .n long lime In come would he lota] inactivity. The danger of a fresh out- break of terrorism eoisls, it is said, because of the depressed economic situation of the prov- ince of Quebec now compound- ed by the recent dollar crisis in the U.S., and that increasing unemployment, par ticularly among former university dents, will lead to recruits for the FLQ- A different view is that economic depression, far Letter to the editor from encouraging fanatic Que- bec nationalist feelings, will tend to make Quebeckers look to the federal government for alleviation or solution of their economic ills. It will also call into question the viability of an independent Quebec. Interviewed on television, justice minister, Jer- Sports unlimited I read last week in The Lcth- bridge Herald that a new ath- letic association under Art Campbell has been formed. One of their objectives is to run amateur sports like it should be? I would like to suggest that one worthwhile objective they might attempt to accomplish would be lo categorize the sports activities [or the young people in Lethbridge into sensi- ble time units so that the sports are not competing with each other lor the young boy's time. For example, minor hockey used lo begin in November, then gradually it moved into October and now has intruded into September. It is very pos- sible in some years, for a young junior high school boy to be attempting to play 4 or 5 sporting activities in the months of September and October, namely football, soccer, base- ball, basketball and hockey and oh yes, at the same time go to school. !t seems lo me that some groups are more inter- ested in producing potential stars for professional sports and for the Olympics than in having youngsters enjoy sports and become well grounded in a variety of them. Then if they wish, they can select at a later date, the sport they are most .suited for and most interested in, to excel in. A couple of years ago, I sent a Idler In every president of minor sport, every news media, every junior high and Ihe rec- reation department expressing Ihe problem which exists here. It was remarkable that only one person, another physical education teacher, felt moved suffirienlly lo relurn a com- ment lo me. I had hoped dial Ihe recreation department would provide Ihe leadership to organize a meeting and sec if some time channelling coiiM be accomplished for Ihe good of all concerned, especially the ynung people of Lrlhbridge. I di.sappoinled dial such did not oceur. If 1 were a young hoy today, I would etill like to do as I did in my early years, play hockey, football, basketball, etc. as every sport has something thrilling and marvelous to offer every boy who wishes to parti- cipate. The way things are to- day, for example, there is only time to be a hockey player, or a swimmer, or a track and field competitor. Perhaps we'll have 10 months skiing someday. Please accept this letter as constructive criticism present- ing a problem that this new ath- letic group might like to work- on. JIM WHITELAW. Lethbridge. Soft living NEA service limes lie ahead for India, warned Presi- dent V. V. Giri, broadcasting a message to the nation on the eve of ils 24lh anniversary of independence. Referring to the miniwar wilh neighboring West Pakistan and the presence of seven million East Pakistani refugees inside India's borders, Girl declared that "we have to make enor- mous sacrifices the days of soft living are gone In a country where in the one city of Calcutta alone a million people sleep on the sidewalks, it wili he1 news that soft living ever arrived. So They Say There arc Iwo types of pol- luters in Ohio those who hold permils and those who do not. Giving permils lo pollule is no different Ilian giving n permit to rape. It's like giving a permit lo commit two armed robberies but not three. Ohio Attorney General Wil- liam .1. Rrown, on a permit syslem which allows industries and municipalilic.s lo dump wastes inln slate air and wnt- ors pending construe! ion of ade- quate treatment facilities. ome Choquclle, has said that the FLQ was not supported by any foreign powers. There are few who would disagree wilh him. The question, then, of support from outside Canada enabling a renewal of FLQ ac- tivities is very remote. Then above all the social conditions that breed violence do not exisl in Canada. Far from being hopeless, Ihe "sla- tus" situation of French Cana- dians is definitely improving. For Quebec the sixties were a decade of renaissance and the province, only nominally demo- cratic under Maurice Duplessis, is now free of reactionary ob- scurantisl shackles, and the gains have been increasingly evident in 1971. Educational re- forms have enormously in- creased the attendance at high school and university levels of French Canadians. Quebec's medicare program, introduced in 1970, ensures free medical attention. At national recogni- tion level French Canadians are now in the mainstream of fed- eral politics. Apart from Tru- deau there is also Jean Mar- chard, minister of regional eco- nomic expansion, heading Otta- wa's drive to help depressed areas and underprivileged groups. There is also Gerard Pelletier, secretary of state re- sponsible for cultural affairs, the National Film Board, Ihe Canadian Broadcasting Corpor- alion, help lo arts, adult edu- cational projects, and foreign cultural lies. Looking Through the Herald Damage in the mil- lions of dollars and the loss of as many as 500 lives is specu- laled in Ihe wake of the raging San Antonio River in San An- tonio, Texas. oil and gas operators of Turner Valley field here last night volcd lo ask the Alberta government lo double the announced gas conservation quota and lo grant permission to find Ihcir own market for addilional naphtha gas. 11 The Red Deer Prcshy- Bilinguahsm is spreading to such an extent on federal and provincial level that many uni- lingual civil servants Icar the loss of their jobs unless they ob- tain fluency hi French. It is now almost impossible to gel any kind of job here unless one knows French. Montreal is one of the fastest- growing cities in the world and possesses Ihe second largest circulation French daily in the world. Old Quebec hands are astonished by the rapidity of the rise in status of all things French. There now exisls a legitimate vehicle, t h e Parti Qucbecois, wilh seven seals in the provin- cial legislature for those who wish lo bring about a separate Quebec via the ballot box- Very recently a group ol prominent French Canadians began studying the possibility of creating a new political pres- sure group that eventually could become a political party on the federal level. Among the members of the group is Claude Ryan, publisher and editor-in- chief of the influential Mont- real newspaper Le Devoir. Wilh Quebec nationalism rep- resented at the federal level unit Quebec separalism al the provincial level, the answer to the question often nosed by Ca- nadians "What does Quebec should come over loud and clear. It will not be violence. (Written for The Herald and The Observer, London) backward lory of the United Church meet- ing at Rocky Mounain House today slrongly condemned the federal government for "failure to curb liquor business during wartime." 1S51 _ William Neal Rey- nolds, 115, tobacco magnate and grand old man of harness rac- ing, died in Winston-Salem to- day. Leo Carrilo. a movie star for Ihree decades who's higge.sl hil was as the lovable Pancho of Ihe television series. The Cisco Kid, died today at Ihe age of 01. The Lethhridijc Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lethbridge, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishen Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clnj! Mall Renjstrallon No 0012 B uMri.of Thc Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dally Nowspawf Publliners' AssoclRllon and Ihe Audit Bureau of clrculellons CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS. General Manantr JOE BALLA WILLIAM MAY Manafilnfl Editor Avncmlr Edllcr ROY P. 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