Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETH8RIDOE HERALD Uieiiiay, September 12, 1972- Carl Roivan Two wrongs The Arab terrorist attack at the Munich Olympic games quite proper- ly earned "the disgust of. the civilized world. It was a brutal act oE gang- sterism that did the cause of the Palestinians only harm. Innocent and harmless people were the victims, their only fault being their Israeli citizenship. Israel's act of revenge must also be condemned. It did nothing for her cause. The victims again were inno- cent, except for being Palestinians. Acts of. lawlessness have come to be expected from some groups, not only Arabs. But to see the Israeli government adopt that tactic is dis- couraguig to her Mends. Who's kidding, whom? The row between the Canadian Union Postal Workers and the Post Office seems lo be warming up again. The latest flare-up was touched off by a Post Office announcement that it will purchase several million dollars worth of optical character reading machinery. Mr. James Mc- Call, President of the Union, claims tlie only prior consultation with the "Union was a "brief mention" of opti- cal scanners a couple of years ago. It was in February 1970 that Mr. Kierans, then Postmaster General, told us that we were to have our own version of a zip code, which turned out to be the six digit, postal cod" announced with some fanfare a fev. months ago. Now just what does Mr. McCall think a postal code is for? As we would have thought everyone knew, it is intended to be read by ma- chines capable of operating more ef- ficiently, a thousand times faster, and hence much more economically than human clerks. Without the machines, the postal code system makes about as much sense as the contention that they come as a surprise. Poor is fat Columnist Richard Needham of the Toronto Globe and Mail has been in- forming the public that there is no need for the poor of Toronto to be undernourished, He points out that a survey which one he doesn't say shows that the Canadian poor are fatter than the rich, the reason being that they eat a lot of sugar, starch and fat, passing up the vege- tables and fruit which would be a lot better for their figures and just as easy on the budget. It is true, that many Canadians, rich and poor, with all the wealth ot advice available about what is a good diet and what is not, eat too much of the wrong things. But when Mr. Needham suggests that the abund- ance of fresh fruit and vegetables available the year round, are a "cheap" source of essential vitamins for health, he's batting up a sticky wicket. Ask any pensioner or wel- fare recipient in the city Leth- bridge, how many oranges, how many heads of lettuce, or how many pounds of tomatoes or cauliflower he can afford to buy when the local har- vest season is over. He's likely to tell you that the variety of fruit and vegetables displayed in the super- market are for Mm, available only about six weeks of the year. Jokes of yesteryear By Walter MonfrierJ in the Milwaukee Journal TN the Milwaukee Public Library faced an unusual situation: It simply could not meet the unprecedented number requests for books on Confucius, the Chi- nese philosopher who lived and taught centuries ago. The reason for the popularity of the an- cient sage was the then current wave oE spurious "Confucius Say" quotations, In- numerable brief quips, ribald, outrageous and occasionally funny, were allributed lo him. This specific brand of humor has never disappeared completely and there seems to be a resurgence nowadays, A restaurant's paper place mat Is Inscribed with such witticisms as: "Confucius Upkeep of woman is downfall of man. Girl must keep on toes to keep away from heels. Showoff always show up in showdown. Famous man get face on dollar but woman prefer to get hand on same" and so on. Ob- viously this latter day coiner of Confucian- Isms would find no place among the women liberalionisls. Persons of mature years and long mem- ories can cite quite a number of cycles of jokes and alleged wit that persist for months or even years. In the 1920s Tad Dorgan, a popular sports cartoonist, intro- duced "You tell 'cm." In the lower right corner of each cartoon he created a tiny pair of skeletal creatures who tossed off such nifties as: "You tell 'em, Wells Fargo, I can't express it." "You lell 'em, baker man, you got the crust." "You tell 'cm, America, you've got a strong Constitution" You tell 'em, doctor, you have the patience." Little Audrey, who likewise flourished in the 1920s, is still remembered. Audrey's sunny disposition and equanimity were amazing like Polyanna, the Glad Girl, Audrey laughed and laughed through all troublesome situations. When her mother fell out of an airplane, Audrey was not per- turbed because she recalled that mama was wearing a light fall coat. Playing with matches Little Audrey started a fire that burned down the family dwelling. "Your father will spank you for her mother warned. "No, he the child answered de- lightedly. "While the house was blazing, daddy was upstairs taking a nap." In that same decade of the '20s flourished the girl who was so dumb that millions were reporting her plight thus: "She's so dumb that she thinks the football coach is what the team rides in that the white line in the middle of the road is for bi- cycles that she felt flattered when told she had a cute appendicitis that she looked for a handle on the revolving door that a Norwegian automobile is called a fjord thai kites are made out of fly paper." African abuses of liberty thrill racists WASHINGTON My No. 1 correspondent Is a nulls' insurance man in Maryland who posts me a message at least once a week, He is communicating mostly with my waste basket, but I glance at his letters often enough to notice that the con- tent has not changed: it is re- minder after reminder of every crime committed, every wrong done, by a black person any- where. This fellow has had a field day recently because of t h e terrible, dismaying stories that have come out of Africa: In Nigeria, crowds flock around for the sport of seeing firing squads mow down lliievcs and robbers. That Is a throwback to the lynch parties that once were Uie shame of the United Slates. In the Central African Re- public, the president leads his soldiers to the jail for a mad rampage of clubbing alleged thieves, some of them beateq lo death. In Uganda, the leader who took over in a coup blinks his eye at the murder of two Amer- ican newsmen and creates an atmosphere in wliich Ameri- cans are warned not to travel overland. That same leader, President Idi Arnin, has de- creed the expulsion from Ugan- da of about of the Asians living there. His expul- sion orders have been deplored as racists by the international Commission of Jurists. From Guinea come reports of the arrest and or execution of several prominent citizens, including a former ambassador to the United States, on charges of "espionage" which seem trumped up to the pouit of being preposterous. These brutal assaults on human decency, these tramp- lings of basic liberties, are enough to make a man weep even without the incentive of character like my insurance man correspondent gloating over every incident that sug- gests "black people aren't ready for freedom." Tlus observer unders t a n d s fully the frustrations faced by African leaders. They took over poor countries that are getting poorer in comparison with the rich nations. They see their re- sources exploited by the indus- trial giants. They see their peo- ple suckered into doing dirty work for ex-colonial masters. Faced with the trials and bur- dens these leaders face, it is easy to become enraged when one African steals from another, when one black man sells out another. It is easy to unleash firing squads, soldkVs clubs and the other trappings oE a police state. It can all be done in tha name of "black freedom." In the following decade the speakeasy, with its secret knock-knock to gain admis- sion, inspired the knock-knock queries that persist to this day. Horrendous mispronoun- ciations and twisting of common phrases were the ingredients as for example: "Knock, knock." "Who's "Mor- ris." "Moms "Moms Saturday, my day off." Can you stand a few more specimens? "Who's "Max." "Max "Max do difference." "Gerald." "Gerald "Gerald be a hot time in the old town tonight." "Irving." "Irving "Irving a good time, wish you were here." "Luke." Luke "Luke and see." Some years ago there was a vogue for the so-called sick joke "Aside from that, Mr. Lincoln, how did you like the Such macabre humor was probably inspired by the Little Willie verses that Harry Gra- ham, an Englishman, had written many years before. Here a few of the precocious lad's escapades: Little Willie hung his sister; She was dead before we missed her. Willie's always up to tricks. Ain't he cute, He's only six. Willie saw some dynamite, Couldn't understand it quite Curiosity seldom pays; It rained Willie seven days. Willie, in a fit insane, Thrust his head beneath a train. All were quite surprised to find How it broadened Willie's mind. From such doleful incidents it is a relief to turn to the brightness of the 1940s with its Little Morons (who actually originated long One day two Little Morons rented a boat and rowed out to a fishing spot where they had spectacular luck the fish fairly leaped inio the boat. "Let's come back here said one. "But how will we find "That's easy just mark a big X on the boat." "But supposing we don't get the same boat While one Little Moron was painting the ceiling, his chum camo in and told him: "Hold on light to the brush, I'm tak- ing the ladder wilh me." About 10 years ago the "Tom Swiftly" game originated in Minneapolis, spread rapidly and departed the same way. The Tom Swiftlys, with their inevitable punning punchlines went Uius: "Playing tennis will be hard on your Tom told her callously. "I'll have a Tom requested drily. "You're as beautiful as the Venus di Milo." Tom declared disarmingly. "That's the last time I pat a remarked Tom off-harxledly., It Is simple enough for Gen- eral Amiii to figure that the way to deprive Asians of 90 per cent control of Uganda's 'econ- omy is to run most of them out of the country especially when they offend by holding British citizenship rather than vow the loyally of citizenship to Uganda. But no humanitarian, no civil libertarian, oE any race can re- main silent in the face oE thesa brutalities, of Uganda's brand of racial chauvinism. This re- porter has seen the misery and sadness of ruthless, dictatorial regimes in many lands. The evidence is overwhelming that freedom never grows out of tyranny. Black people In South Africa, Rhodesia, the Portuguese col- onies remain subjugated be- cause the white residents who might force change go a 1 o n g with their racist governments. One reason they go along so meekly is that their govern- ments keep a steady flow of fear-inspiring propaganda going of the very sort the insurance man sends me. "Give the blacks a political voice in South Africa and we'll wind up with a mess like they had in Nigeria, or like they have in Is the cry. "Why criticize white rule of Africans? We treat them nicer than a black government does in the Central African Repub- is the claiin. How tragic that African lead- ers should provide so much grist for these propaganada mills. Not that anyone should ex- pect Utopian behavior from Af- ricans. They are, after all, just like other people, endowed with the same human weaknesses that produced My Lai and Northern Ireland's grim con- flict. But tliis reporter sees too many unnecessary trappings oE tyranny In Africa today. They burden the movement for black liberation everywhere. African leaders should, In the name of simple humanity, and In the intest of black progress worldwide, put an end to the police stale madnesses. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Peter Desbaruls Finance Minister Turner faces tough campaign While Pierre Tru- deau takes the high road of "national Integrity" during this time of re-election Eor all Cana- dians, John Turner will be slugging it out in the trenches in the toughest campaign oE his first decade in politics. As finance minister, Turner will be in the direct line of fire during the next two months, it will be the first acid lest of his decision at the beginning of this year to accept the cabinet por- tfolio that is usually considered to be the moot treacherous for a minister wilh leadership po- tential. Turner's job during the cam- paign will be to defend Ihe wea- kest sector of the government's record, its management of the economy, and to absorb criti- cism that the government has failed to deal with unemploye- ment while leaving the country Letters to the editor unprotected against and im- pending cycle of inflation. Only three days before tha election was announced, the ad- ministration's .own prices and incomes commission stated in its final report that "before long the march of events will bring Canadians to the view that serious consideration should be given to a temporary program of controls." If goods prices increase as expected during the campaign, Turner is tho minister who will have lo cope with mounting pressure for wage and price controls. At this stage, it can bo said wilh assurance that he has no intention oE moving toward con- trols during the campaign. His approach to this question has remained unchanged since he told a television audience last May that any scheme of wags and price controls in Canada would have to be mandatory, short-term and "based on almost overwhelming consensus in this country that they were necessary." Turner's tactic during the campaign will be to meet oppo- sition criticism head-on, as he did last week in the final ques- tion periods of the 28th Parlia- ment. Unemployment statis- tics will be matched by stalis- lies showing the growth oE em- ployment in Canada compared with other developed countries. The attack on the govern- ment's handling oE inllation mil he countered by comparing Canada's performance with the record In other countries, par- ticularly the United Stales. It will be a tough campaign for far cry from his first electoral battle in in downtown Monleal when he raised a circus tent at the cor- ner of Peel and Sherbrooke and campaigned amid a flurry of starry-eyed debutantes. Tliis year, voters will become aware Inequitable tax policies unfair In response lo Mr. A. E. Han- cock's recent letler I must say that his defence of the corpora- tions as a rational way of pro- ducing goods and services is well founded and I concur wholeheartedly. For a member of the NDP to do otherwise would be hypocritical. We have always supported the co-opera- tive movement as a right and proper way of achieving pro- She's going to be missed Did you know, Herald read- ers, that Margaret Luckhurst is leaving Lethbridge? She and her Eamily are moving back to Winnipeg. We are sure all who know her in that city will be happy about it, but how are we going to get along without her happy humorous articles in the paper? Who would have thought oE the value of a favorite old pot, an antique cream skim- mer, a search for an old cow- bell, or the dozens of other things she brought to mind in her columns? Her stories re- minded everyone of so many things we're sure Ihey had for- gotlen all about, and we know people often grinned to them- selves as they were read. The soup she made, her carpentry work, her farmyard holiday, and the many stories she wrote about local people were just de- lightful. Now who is going to fill a pair of boots that big? We know she'll be missed around The Herald news office, and a replacement will be hard to find. We only hope she will remember us once in a while, and send us the odd story to be printed on page four, or So many of her stories have made enters think of something similar to write what will we do for inspiration? Her writing has affected many peo- ple that way, we hope she keeps on writing to us. We won't say goodbye only so-long for now. MR. AND MRS. J. F. HODGSON. Lethbridge. 'Crazy Capers' ductive ends. There Is little dif- ference between a private cor poration and a co-operative ex- cept that the latter is based on democratic principles, i.e., each member has one vole re- gardless of equity held. Unfortunately, Mr. Hancock, along with many of the nation's editors seems to have missed the point Mr. Lewis is making. In questioning the fairness of the corporate share of the tax load he is not questioning their right to exist. We in the NDP claim t'aat tax policy must be used as a tool to reduce sharp differences in income and to give people in the less fortunate regions of Canada a chance to make a belter living. To show how unfair the pres- ent system is let us compare how a corporation is treated as compared to a wage earner in this constituency. For the indivi- dual, income from unemploy- ment insurance and old age pen- sion is now subject to taxa- tion. However, many govern- ment grants lo Industry are not taxable; that is to say they are not added on to income. It would be Ironic for me as a wage earner, whose income tax is deducted at source wilh no loopholes in sight, to defend the favourable tax treatment of wealthy corporations. Many of whom I might add, are foreign owned. B. HELMUT (HAL) HOFFMAN Lethbridge. that the transformation from 33-year-old eligible bachelor lawyer to senior member of Iho cabinet is now complete. The role assigned to Turner in the campaign is not only tho result ot his portfolio. Exten- sive public opinion polling by Ihe Liberals in recent months >as revealed that, next to Trudeau, he is the most Identi- fiable of all cabinet ministers in the minds of Canadians, and that'the identification is largely positive. Voters see him as youthful, energetic and deci- sive, but without the arrogance thflt many of them attribute to the prime miniser. Turner's value to his party is enhanced by his ability to com- municate wiih English-speaking Canadians who have become hostile to the Tradeau-March- and-Pellelier combination since 1668. Although Turner is fluently bilingual and his uni- versity studies took him through Paris as well as Ox- ford, there is something about his bearing aand manner that "Wasp" Canada Identifies wilh its own best characteristics. The obvious Turner stamp on the record of the Trudeau gov- ernment, particularly this year, appears to many English- speaking Canadians lo be a sign that their influence in Ihe cabinet would not diminish dur- ing a second Trudeau term. WMlo this campaign will make more Canadians aware oE Turner's presence at the right hand of the prime minister, it won't throw any light on ths kind oE relationship that has grown up between the two men since Trudeau arrived in Ot- tawa in and since he de- feated Turner Eor the lead- ership of the party In 1968. It would be an exaggeration to say that any degree of per- sonal friendship exists between them, but the working relation- ship is close and extends on oc- casion beyond normal business hours and the confines of their Parliamentary offices. Turner has learned from ex- perience that he can trust Trudeau, and in Turner's coda there is no higher political vir- tue that straightforward deal- ing. Wiien lie agreed to accept the finance portfolio for In- stance, Turner set out certain conditions to ensure his relativo Independence of authority. Ap- parently these conditions hava been respected meticulously by tho prime minister. IE (ho Liberals form a majori- ty government after this elec- tion, Turner's role in the cabinet will more important than during Trudeau's first term. If the Liberals fail to achieve a majority, his political future will be, if anything, even more intriguing. Looking backward Through TIio Herald 1922 Advertisement; Old fashioned. Possibly so, but like a great many so called old fashioned things full of merit. Iliginbotham's yellow throat mixture for quinsey, tonsilitis sore throat hoarseness etc. The old household standby. 1M2 Preparations for tho game between the Lethbridgo All Stars and the Begins Na- tionals, senior champions of Saskatchewan to be held at Henderson Ball Park on Tues- day, have been completed. TJI2 According to W. H. Clarke, the Toronto manager of the Canadian branch of the Ox- ford University Press, publish- ers can no longer obtain flexi- ble glue used in book bindings. Flexible glue is now consider- ed a war material. So don't ba surprised IE tho next new book you read opens wilh a crack. 1952 September 13 will mark the opening of a new garage built on Blair- more's main street by Charles Sarioris. The LetJibttdgc Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD HO. Proprietors and Publisher! Published by Hon. W. A. 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