Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, September IB, Joseph Kraft A Greater Tragedy Whether marijuana is very much worse than alcohol will be argued for a long while yet, and that its posses- sion should merit stiff prison terms will be opposed by many intelligent and responsible people. However the evidence is growing that the stronger drugs, such as LSD, can be extremely harmful, if not in the use then in the accidental abuse. For instance, Mr. Justice A. 0. John- son of the Alberta Supreme Court re- cently noted that an Edmonton hos- pital is now caring for several young people who had become "vegetables for the rest of their lives" because of LSD. Has any young person the right to do that to himself? And what of the person who sup- plies him with the means of doing that to himself? Until the current drug fashion, traf- ficking in narcotics was considered one of the vilest and most detestable of crimes, and invariably drew the stiffest of prison terms. Should those who "traffic" in LSD be treated the same? Apparently the facts are that among these young people it is fre- quently considered an act of cour- tesy to supply companions with_ the new drugs. If using the drags is a socially accepted custom (and it appears to be, in such then whoever arranges a convenient sup- ply is doing not evil but a favor. Whoever provides the material by which some of the users kill them- selves mentally is still regarded as a useful citizen. The Herald, with some anguish, has leaned toward a more tolerant atti- tude towards those who use mari- juana. In the more serious cases we feel the law frequently does not de- serve tho respect it should. But we have some sympathy for the judges who use the instruments available to them to try to discour- age trafficking. Their motives are worthy. They insist on punishing those who supply the material that makes these human vegetables. But there is another tragedy per- haps even greater than the destruc- tion of the personalities of a few peo- ple, and that is the gulf between the young people and the machinery of justice. They will not submit to auth- ority as their parents did. They don't know why they should refrain from doing something they don't consider wrong, even if there is a heavy pen- alty for doing it. Respect for law has no intrinsic justification, in their minds, in part because they have wit- nessed parental disrespect for many laws and in part because they know some laws don't deserve respect. So the problem goes much deeper than sending LSD traffickers to pris- on for long terms. The laws in this area should be reformed first and enforced second. Enforcing an un- worthy law is probably as harmful, in the long ran, as the drag abuse itself. The Peoples Business A nation's constitution is of crucial importance to the people. It sets forth in a federated country such as Canada, the responsibilities and the powers of the different governments, what kinds of taxes each may im- pose, which looks after education, de- fence and so on. As Mr. Trudeau pointed out at conclusion of this week's constitution- al conference, pollution is everybody's business and yet not only is it_ not mentioned in Canada's constitut ion but there is hardly room for its con- sideration. The constitution must be relevant to the times. In Canada, that requires either writing a new constitution or establishing effective machinery- for changing the old one. Neither will be easy. The conferences so far have been leading up to the main task. To those who are growing weary of the talk, Mr. Trudeau has replied with opti- mism. Indeed, he seems to welcome such criticism, for to him it indicates an essential milestone. He insists that this is the people's business, and when the people feel the time has come to move from talk to action, the prospects for a new constitution will look better. Hair Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore was almost ready to take off for his first visit to Malaysia since 1965, when an incident that could only be described as hairy prevented his departure. The Sing- apore police arrested three Malay- sian youths whom they suspected of being members of a secret society. The young men wore their hair in the modern mode, that is, long. The constabulary in Singapore, where the prevailing mood is austere, are reported to have clipped the locks of the trio before releasing them after 16 hours detention. Adding in-. suit to injury the barber charged 33 cents each for his services. The ensuing uproar is scarcely credible. Mr. Lee delayed his good will visit to Kuala Lumpur; the Malaysian government entered a formal protest, diplomatic relations between the two countries were severely strained. some want it long, some like it short, some have it where they don't want it, some want it where they don't have it. It's be- come the most tiresome subject of discussion in the world. Art Buchwald __national political football season has just opened, and Coach Dick Nixon has indicated he hopes to drop sev- eral Democrats from the United States con- gressional team. He has assigned the task of getting rid of these players to Assistant Coach Spiro Agnew. "Our motto Agnew told reporters hi the White House locker room, "is you either play for Coach Dick Nixon, or you don't play at all." "Then you hope to get as many Re- publicans on the congressional team as a reporter asked. "That's correct. We're sick and tired of mealy-mouth defeatist, radical-liberal play- ers who have been trying to wreck Coach Nixon's game plan. We -don't want them here, and we're going to do everything in our power to see they don't come back." "Then you feel there are disloyal ele- ments on the "I don't feel it. I know it. The Demo- crats have been causing dissension ever since Coach Nixon took over. They've been running down Nixon's strategy, praising cur opponents and keeping us from win- ning a game. They're playing only to the students, radicals, bomb throwers, peace- niks, pornographers and long-hairs in the stands. We feel these hopeless hysterical 'iypochondriacs have no right lo wear the red, white and blue colors of the United States team." "Coach Agnew, are you saying the Democratic members of the team are re- sponsible for all the disruptions in tiie "That's correct. These Democrat troglodytic leftist players have encouraged defiance of authority, have been respon- sible for destroying Ihe cheer-leading for Coach Nixon, and have made it possible for the other teams to think they can beat us. We're going to weed out these effete malcontents and make sure only true-blue Americans suit up tor Uncle Sam." "There has been some question raised, Coach Agnew, that Coach Nixon's strategy leaves a lot to be desired." "This question was raised by the East- ern Establishment sports' said Agnew angrily. "The columnists and re- porters keep writing what's wrong with the team, but they never say anything about what we're doing right. Why don't you sports writers tell the "What is the truth, "That Coach Nixon is the greatest coach in the history of political football. He plays hard and he plays dirty, and he ex- pects nothing less from any of us. But every time he comes up wilh a sure-fire play, the radical liberals try to block it or start their pusillanimous pussy-footing around tho wrong end. The fans are get- ting sick and tired of it." A trainer started to rub some invective into Coach Agnew's spleen. he said, "thai feels good. Well, gentlemen, 1 have lo go on Ihe field now and see how many goldbricking nabobs of negativism I can bump from the squad. Arc there any ir.ore "One more, Coach. What does your de- fence look "It's never been better. If we win any games this year Coach Nixon will'get all the credit. If we lose any we'll blame it all on Coach Lyndon Johnson who messed up everything before we took over the team." (Toronto Telegram News Service) Time For Show Of Israeli Generosity WASHINGTON Cir- cumstances led Israel lo lake a harsh line alter the six- clay war. So to much of the world she looked like a chau. vinistic nation of conquering Jews determined to hold what they had even at the expense of world peace. But recent Arab actions com- bine with the emergence of Moshe Dayan in Israel to change the aspect of things. The Israelis now have a golden opportunity to present their case in a way that commands the sympathy of fair-minded men. What chiefly caused the Is- raelis to look harsh was the outcome of the six-day war. In the course of that brief con- flict, territory held by the Is- raelis was increased fourfold. Key (rouble spots such as the Gaza Strip, the Straits of Tiran, and the Golan Heights came under Israeli control. Except for the city of Jeru- salem and a part of the Golan Heights, the Israelis had no se- rious thought of annexing the occupied lands if only be- cause that would have meant importing an Arab fifth column into the Jewish state. But the Israeli regime tried to play it cute. Israeli officials took the line that their troops would withdraw only after the Arabs negotiated new and secure boundaries. As it turned out, the Arabs refused to negotiate. The Is- raelis were thus 'stuck with the role of occupying power. That role carried them into deeper waters. In the name of secur- ing the occupation, they launched deep penetration raids over Egypt and repeated- ly hit out at Arab guerrilla forces in Syria, Jordan, and the Lebanon. Not only were they cast in the role of conquerors, but for three years they put forward no peace offers. Since the Arabs were not prepared to talk, the Israelis had no incen- tive to advance terms. The more so as internal poli- tical rivalries worked against the taking of a conciliatory stand. Though Golda Meir was universally accepted as primo minister, there was an under- cover fight for the succession between Deputy Prime Minis- ter Yigal Alton and Defence Minister Dayan. And anybody who made peaceful noises against the background of that rivalry risked political an- nihilation as a weakling, ready to sell out Israeli security With Israel standing firm on conquered territory and offer- ing nothing, reasonable men became convinced she was the principal obstacle to peace. In that spirit Secretary of State Rogers began moving in con- cert with the Arab states and the Soviet Union to force the Israelis into a ceasefire and peace talks. The backfiring of the Rogers initiative, however, has com- pletely changed the landscape. Repeated violations of the ceasefire throw grave doubts on the peaceful intentions of Egypt and the Soviet Union. Sky-jacking has shifted world opinion against the Arabs and fingered in (lie most dramatic way possible the immediate troublemakers in the Middle East. Given such malignant and crazy deeds, few rea- sonable men can doubt that the Israelis have genuine reason to be concerned for their se- curity. At the same time, the politi- cal situation inside Israel has been altered. The muscle put behind the Rogers peace initia. live both by the United States and other countries demon- strated to the Israelis how un- popular they had become in the world. The position of just standing firm was seen to be untenable. That was the sig- nificance of the dropping of ex- treme hawks from the cabinet when the Israeli government accepted the ceasefire offer a month ago. In dealing with the violations of the ceasefire, morever, Gen. Dayan has clearly emerged as the leading politi- cal figure after Mrs. Meir. He won over the whole cabinet for the proposition that Israel should react very seriously to the violation of the ceasefire by Egypt. Now he Is a lead- ing advocate of picking up ne- gotiations once violations have been rectified. The hawk, in other words, has become solid- ly enough emplaced to begin to take dovish positions. No doubt it is still not appropriate for the Israelis to spell out every jot and title of their terms of settlement. But the time is certainly ripe for a show of Israeli generosity. The world needs to be assured in the most unmistakable way that Israel does not mean to assert the right of conquest, that she is sensitive to the se- rious problems of the region, that she is alive to the need for meting out justice to Arab and Jew alike. Not only is the time right, but the occasion is at hand. Tins week Mrs. Men: will be seeing the president at the White House a superb set- ting for an emphasis on Is- rael's peaceful intentions. For- eign minister Abba Eban will be speaking at the United Na- tions, and while he may not be the greatest statesman in the world, he is no mean orator. Conciliatory words, to be sure, will not much ease the dangerous conjunction of forces that now threatens to explode in the Middle East. But at least the Israelis can remove from their case the clouds and shad- ows of their own making. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Maurice Western Conservative Policies Need Realignment The difficulty about the Conservative caucus was that it was almost bound to suggest a procession of erring scholars to Mr. Stan- field's woodshed. This is not to deny its necessity or the wis- dom of such disciplinary mea- sures as may have been ac- cepted in the party interest. As a result of the caucus, a curtain has been drawn over the Saskatoon insurgency until such time, presumably, as we have a definitive Coates-like study from a Prairie Conserva- tive of literary bent. For the present, we have a summary of sorts from Jack Homer, who says In effect that the meeting was a splendid idea but that he will never s'unmon another without the press, which he does not hold in conspicuously high regard. Mr. Homer has also direct- ed attention to another point. The Gallup poll appeared on the day preceding the Conser- vative get-together. This re- grettable event, which could not have been anticipated, had the natural effect of stim- ulating a good deal of discus- sion of a character too vigor- ous and red-blooded for gen- eral consumption. There has, indeed, been a tendency to re- fer lo it in rather hushed and guarded tones. One fact at least is plain. The Conservatives at mid- term, for the reasons indicat- ed by Mr. Homer, are an un- happy group. What baffles them is the continuing popu- larity of the prime minister at a time when the government is plagued with troubles and when, by all past experience, the fortunes of the major op- position party ought to be on (lie mend. It is tempting in this situa- tion to believe thai there must be some short-cut to power. But there is little to suggest that Mr. Stanficld believes in short- cuts or, for that matter, in miracles. He is still blamed by some Conservatives for his re- fusal to precipitate a crisis, which which might (or might not) have led to power when the Pearson minority govern- ment was defeated on a tax bill. His manner in opposition has been deliberate; he has spoken of himself as a "pa- tient man" and he gives the impression of a leader willing to wait upon rather than to force events. This may be sen- sible, but patience is in dwin- dling supply among Conserva- tive members as Parliament moves into the second hah" of its term. Faith in short-cuts is doubt- less reinforced by the presence in Parliament of John Diefen- baker. Not only did Mr. Diefen- baker find a short-cut to power in 1957 when some of his rivals were thinking in terms of "the election after the next election" he also created and long maintained the Western bloc; something never before Letter To The Editor App recialwn I wish to make public the following letter sent to His Honor, the Mayor, and the members of City Council: Sirs: I have recently had the op- portunity to speak with the manager of the establish- ment referred to earlier in a statement presented to City Council. We were able to dis- cuss our separate positions and objections on the subject and come to an agreement acceptable to bolh sides. On behalf of others who supported the statement pre- sented to City Council, I wish to extend appreciation lo council for the provision of a public meeting at which ccmmunity issues such as this could be aired. I would also like to publicly thank the manager of the es- tablishment for his willingness to discuss the matter with me. JOAN PUCKETT. Lethbridge. known in his party's history. There is nothing unusual about the presence in Parlia- ment of a former prime minis- ter. M a c d o n a 1 d, Laurier, Meighen, King and Bennett continued to sit in the House after election defeats but they sat as party leaders intent on political come-backs. Mr. Die- fenbaker is a former prime minister who does not lead his party; is in a sense detached from his party since he does not attend caucus and, as hap- pened recently holds his own press conferences. This places Mr. Stanfieid in a singular posi- tion; he must operate in the shadow of a predecessor who still commands strong loyalties in sections of the party, who holds strong views about the parly, who is available for Sas- katoon meetings, and who rep- resents a style in politics which is certainly not Mr. Stanfield's. The view that things would be better for the party if Mr. Stanfieid would only change his style and borrow from Mr. Diefenbaker's book (or conveniently step aside in fa- vor of someone who could) ignores an important differ- ence between 1970 and 1957. Mr. Diefenbaker faced an eld- erly government, long in power and lacking in personalities with wide popular appeal. Mr. Stanfieid fac.es a youthful and very ambitious government whose leader has been remark- ably successful in communicat- ing with the nation's voters. It may be that with lime and ac- cumulating d i f f i c u 1 tics Mr. Trudeau's personal popularity will decline. At the moment, however, the notion that there is a Conservative shortcut, if only the Conservatives can find it, may be sheer illusion. It may also he dangerous since the Conservatives, if they are lo regain support, must ap- peal to the country as a re- sponsible alternative. Mr. Sian- ficld can and docs make se- rious speeches; he has, for example, delivered effective criticisms of the white paper on taxalion. But anything gain- ed by such campaigns can be lost overnight if the quest for short-cuts results in secret meetings which Mr. Stanfieid himself feels bound to charac- terize as "stupid." The rebuilding of a defeated party is often a very slow and tedious job; it is improbable that the Literals, after the 1958 disaster, would have recovered so soon had it not been for an astonishing combination of cir- cumstances, including a mid- election monetary crisis. But the Conservatives, sines that time, seem to have clung to a hope that some miracle would make the hard work unneces- sary. They have been a party of improvisation. In 1965 they trusted to filibuster and scan- dals. Even Mr. Stanfieid, in 1968, gambled, rather unchar- acteristically, on what proved a fatal bid for Quebec support. There is little to indicate, however, that Mr. Stanfieid, af- ter that sobering experience, is much of a believer in easy routes to power. Against a gov- ernment led by Mr. Trudeau, a long-term strategy would prob- ably accord better with the true situation of the opposition party. But even Ihe long term will be unpromising unless Ihe Conservatives make a begin- ning by fashioning policy in ac- cordance w i t h Conservalive Ihought in the country. Up to now the effort in this direction has been unimpressive. This is probably an important reason for the downward drift in Gal- lup preferences which so upset Mr. Homer and his colleagues in Saskatoon. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 Registration for tire voting on the prohibition ref- erendum totalled up to file close of registration Sept. 17. The total of those entitled to vote was roughly estimated at There are'two more days to register. 1030 Ten thousand people attended the National Air Tour, when 18 planes swooped down Upon the North Lethbridge air- port. 1910 Men attending Cal- gary's Normal School this year won't need to figure out "how to be Total registra- tion was 185 with 149 being women. 1950 Cement shortages will result in about 50 per cent cur- lailmenl of the curbs, gutters and sidewalk construclion scheduled for this year. 1960 The Appellate Divi- sion of tho Alberts Supreme Court dismissed the appeal lodged by convicted murderer Robert Raymond Cook. He has been sentenced to hang October 11. The Lethbridpe Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbddge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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