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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 1973 5 Tomorrow comes to Northern Ireland By Louis Burke, Lethbridge teacher 1'his is the second in a series of three articles on the Irish Republic, Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom written by Louis Burke, a Lethbridge teacher who has recently returned from a year of study in Dublin. The first article appeared last Thursday; the final article will be found in this Thursday's paper. The reterence to "tomorrow" in the six Ulster counties of Ireland refers to a distant one, but the new Ulster is not as far away as some think, or as some would like it to DC The grass roots in Northern Ireland are moving despite the reports and the es- calation It might be compar- ed to an ocean swell which has no waves or galloping white horses to herald it It comes from the ocean floor and moves all before it Such a movement can be felt throughout the British Isles and is related to Ulster's six counties The problems therein revolve around sheer simplicities those who have all and the others who have little or nothing, not even self- respect. Certainly, there also exists what one might term essential accidents. The peoople with the wealth are mainly Protestant and mostly Unionist while the others are Roman Catholic and Nationalist. In addition, roots of history 300 years deep serve to divide them all the more. Yet it is hardly fair to focus world shock on Northern Ireland as the media have done In France, the Bretons are borderline revolutionaries, in Spam, the Basques are in revolt, in Belgium, the Walloons and the 'You look tired and pale, Henry. Have the bureau- crats finally caught up with Flemings are far from friendly. Perhaps these are unwritten chapters tor the media to play with as the supply of sensation runs short When honesty is applied to Ulster two things emerge. The war, though vicious, is no worse than war waged anywhere at anytime Innoce- nt people get maimed and murdered Secondly, Ulster is very much a gut issue for the many It is bread and butter, jobs and positions, housing and security in a land with plenty for everyone There is the rub, pe'rhaps The greedy few grabbed all and have refused to share any And until this wrong is righted, the war will con- tinue, led by the hunger of the many who have nothing The Six Counties, moreover, also provide an emotional kick for those on the glory track to historical fame. Though there exists no such place as a political heaven, the political martyrs gather around moth- like They plunge into the flame of Ireland raped. Indeed, an English corporal, one Stevenson whose pseudo- Gaelic name is MacStiophan, has a permanent place in Irish history Many pseudo-Irish will gather round the flame while the Six Counties remains outside Ireland. Statistically, the Nationalists are not too many years away from being a ma- jority The Unionists' majori- ty is a rapidly fading mirage They have been outbred and one of their greatest fears, in Macbeth-like manner, is about to come true In the schools, only half the student populati- on attends the public system, the other half is educated in Catholic schools which are Nationalist almost to the last one. Given a decade, today's minority will emerge as tomorrow's majority These are realistic facts which many Unionists face Many important members of that party have resigned in the last year. They understand the writing on the wall and wisely prepare themselves for the next stage which is a Council of Ireland. There are. indeed, men on both sides who are willing to put themselves in the front line for Ireland Such men are not IRA or UDA members. Neither of these organizations is really interested in any solutions whatever A solution in Ulster would destroy their hunt for glory and put them out of business Nor can these organizations be crushed by forces outside Ireland A chat with a comm- on British soldier in Belfast will reveal fears and facts the press misses or skips The IRA particularly has the potential to wage war worldwide Britain, America. Australia, even Canada No doubt, the UDA could develop such evil poten- tials too But both organizations live in mortal fear of being dis- mantled internally The peop- le can and will turn them off when wrongs show signs of being righted a better dis- tribution of wealth, a changed political system, a move towards a unified Ireland There are no other to overcome such rorces and Ireland has a worldwide sym- pathic swell with her for these changes, the seas to make an ocean of peace after centuries of storm Certainly, entry into Europe will make a difference It has opened a land mass and a vast populati- on centre where few Irishmen in recent times have trodden. It will consume their great energies, distract them from their hatreds and make their religious and racial differences more meaningless Europe should be very good for Ireland. Though the world sees Ireland and things Irish as hopeless, even insane, many Irish men and women allow themselves some optimism. Nor are they all echoes of the Belfast comedian who. using his old mother as philosopher, asks the question when will it all end9 She answers in Belfast tones that it will all end when we have a Protestant Pope and a Catholic Queen A quick solution, however, is not possible But when a un- ified Ireland comes, both groups will be a handful for those who rule Dublin The Irish Republic, 99 per cent Roman Catholic, has a Protestant president today, arid li is most likely u will have a Protestant prime minister soon after unification is achieved This is a fact not lost on those who call themselves Unionists these days The real prize is all Ireland, not just a corner of it, doomed to disaster while the few on both sides try to manipulate the many Finally, an Ireland unified does not mean that all Irishmen will sit down as brothers Heavens, no1 Future decades must pass before that stage arrives, but come, it will Book reviews The best in suspense "Best Detective Stories of the Year edited by Allen J Hubin (Clarke, Irwin and Co. Ltd., 245 pages; For devoted readers of Mfred Hitchcock's Mystery Kllerv Queen's iVIvstei v magazine or even (believe it or not) The National Lampoon there will be lit HP new in this collection of vcdi-olfl fiction It helps your business. Business depends on good communications. We know, so we devised a better way to deliver your first class mail. The system is called Assured Mail. It is based on a prin- ciple of 3 different mailing deadlines lor national, regional and local mail. And it gives you some measure of control over when your mail will reach its destination. Detailed deadline informa- tion can be found on the newly stripe-coded mailboxes. It'll help your business. P.S.: Ask your secretary to check the stripes and the deadlines on your mailbox. She'll get you to the post on time. C Canada Post. We're working to make it work better. Canada Postes Post Canada But for the average reader, tins collection is an enter- taming and welcome addi- tion to anv library For his fourth annual anthology editor Hubin has found winners from the tvpewnters of well-known writers like Isaac Asimov Edwdid Hoch and Jesse Hill Ford and from relative newcomers among them Henrv Beard and George Chesbro The stones in their variety range lust as widely Problems ot current in- terest I retire m several of the stones presented here hi- black liber ation auto recalls (The Last Recall first published bv The National Lampoon) Others have the air of timeless classics the late of the world s most d r s nminating gourmet (publish- ed in Plavbov) a strange con- sprracv in an isolated English village a seemmplv insoluble posed In a man who never tells a he Whatever vour taste in suspense fiction vou'ie sure to find hours of in the Best Detective Stories of the Year HERB LEGG Books in brief "Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 1973" edited by Constant H. Jacquet, Jr. (Abingdon Press, 278 pages, dis- tributed by G. R. Welch Company, Almost anything a person might want to know about churches in Canada and the United States can be found in this yearbook The 1973 edition is the 41st and has data for the years 1972 or 1971 There are statistical tables lists of church officers, a calendar of important dates, a compila- tion of church colleges, etc It would be interesting to any churchmen and indispensable for people such as religion editors of newspapers DOUG WALKER "Challenge Me the Race" by Mike Hawthorn (William Kimber, 240 pages, distributed by Clarke, Irwin and Com- pany Automobile racing fans ob- viously have been interested in this autobiographical frag- ment of the British racer Mike Hawthorn's racing ex- periences from 1951 to 1957 because it had been reprinted seven times prior to this 1973 edition His racing was done mainly n Europe and in Argentina I gather from the dust jacket that Mike Hawthorn must have died while racing but in this book he is vcty much alive moving to the top in his class Only racing fans will find this book worthwhile reading DOUG WALKER The transition to life outside By Smith, local The fact that the majority of prisoners are repeaters, usually alcoholic or drug oriented, poses a problem for rehabilitation Many released men and women have no ambition to improve their lot. However, the problem is not unsolvable There are agencies such as the Salvation Army, the John Howard Society, and the provincial Department of Health and Social Development which are directly concerned with those who are making the transition from custodial care to life outside Unfor- tunately they are sometimes hindered by lack of funds and misunderstanding of what they attempt to do on behalf of the released per- sons The ex-convict is a human being and sub- ject to the same needs as others in society Basically the released prisoners need (1) shelter and food, (2) employment (without the ex-convict cannot be expect- ed to have the respect of his or her peers or to keep his or her self-respect and is apt to return to past patterns of (3) the need to be needed There are quite a number of ex-convicts who have with help, done well in society However, many more have failed due to the above needs not being met The correctional institutions are trying to better prepare men and women to face socie- ty again but there are not enough facilities outside pnson to help people continue their rehabilitation If the public became aware of the facts and showed more willingness to lend a helping hand the bulk of the problem could be solved There will always be some who by preference resort to u ime but the age level is dropping in our jails and the percentage of hardened criminals is becoming less Parole. Alcoholics Anonymous group therapy all contribute to rehabilitation It is my hope that a responsible segment of socie- tv will heed and help whenever possible Social Credit fortunes By Professor E. George Mardon, University ot Lethbridge It is now two years since Peter Lougheed led his party to an upset victory over the strongly entrenched Social Creditors who held the reins of power in Alberta for 36 consecutive years Ironically the Social Credit party obtained 40.000 more votes in 1971 than it had before but this was not enough In 1967 the Socreds. led for the last time by Ernest Manning, obtained votes which was 45 per cent of the votes cast Four years later their popular vote went up to 262.953 but was only 41 per cent of the total They elected 26 members to the 75-seat legislature The Progressive Conservatives won 49 seats while the northern constituency of Spirit River-Fairview returned the NDP leader Grant Notley with a slim 154 vote ma- jority Since then Dr Danse Bouvier, the member for Lac La Biche has quit the Socreds and is sitting as an Independent There have been two by-elections caused by the death of sitting members The Conser- vatives have retained both seats It is expect- ed that the next general election will be held sometime in 1975 It is questionable whether the Social Credit party will be able to have a comeback in Alberta The party's fortune appeares to be at a low ebb in western Canada Last year the NDP defeated the 19-year-old Bennett ad ministration in British Columbia, while not a single Social Crediter was elected from the west in last October's federal election At one time 19 western members of parliament were Social Crediters The party is still a force to be reckoned with in Quebec It may be the rallying point on the right to bring down the Liberal administration of Premier Robert Bourassa The old strength of the Social Credit movement of selecting as candidates rather ordinary community leaders may be a weakness now that there are many educated, articulate debaters on the government side of the House If the party is to be led out of the political wilderness, it will have to put its house in order and attract a large number of good, young candidates The power base of the Social Credit party is the rural south This may m part explain why Mr Werner Schmidt, who comes from a strongly fundamental Protestant background, won the leadership race The connection between William Aberiurt, Ernest Manning, Harry Strom, and Schmidt is a religious one But we must not forget that the rural areas especially in the Palhser triangle, are on the decline The last time there was a redistribution of constituencies the legislature was increased by 10, all of the new seats going to either Edmonton or Calgary The recent Calgary-Foothills byelecuon shows that the does not have an urban appeal Or certainly not enough to win seats At present the par'tv does not hold a single seat in Edmonton and only four out of 13 in Calgary The decline of the Social Credit party in British Columbia have an adverse effect on its fortunes there Many former Social Crediters may vote Conservative next time rather than split the vote of the right Many fear the rise of the New Democratic Party in the province Grant Notlev alone is giving more forceful opposition to the Conservative administration than the two Social Credit members REPORT TO READERS DOUG WALKER Divided responsibilities Occasionally I am approached by telephone 'or in person to deal with a complaint about our paper or to be the vehicle for getting something into print Almost always I am not in a position to do anything about these things except to promise to pass on the concern to someone else I presume this happens to everyone who is employed at The Herald and that it is a familiar happening to employees of any business for that matter It is natural for people to turn to those they know rather than to ring a telephone number or approach a counter not knowing who to ask for The fact is. however, that friends and ac- quaintances in the newspaper can usually not do anything about complaints or requests un- less they happen to fall in their own department There is no use chewing out a salesman in the advertising department about the way news stories are covered or not covered, a pressman can't solve the problem of a delivery boy not placing the paper in a safe place on a windy day, a printer can give no assurance that a notice of meeting will be in the paper on the right day, and the editorial page editor cannot see to it that the church advertisements are correct in all details A newspaper only gets published and delivered because the various departments carry out their assigned functions with the least amount of friction or interference No single individual coula possibly oversee every detail of the operation so the editor sets policy and trusts his department heads to carry it out In all the cases mentioned earlier there are proper people to approach The person who decides which stones to cover or not to cover on the city scene is City Editor Terry McDonald, for the territory outside the city in Southern Alberta it is District Editor D'Arcy Rickard, for national and inter- national news it is Wire Editor Herb Legg, lor sports it is Sports Editor Pat Sullivan, for club news and the like it is Family Living Editor Maureen .lamieson, for church news it us Religion Editor Noel Buchanan Out of all the things that happen and come to the atten- tion of the editors a selection has to be made in terms of space available and criteria regarding ncwsworthmess An advertising salesman, for instance, might agree with a client that an upcoming sales conference would make a great story for the city pages but all he can do is pass the information to Terry who might or might not agree When there are complaints about the delivery or non-delivery of the paper the department to call is circulation whose manager is Bob Fenton Whoever answers the phone in that department, day or night, can take the information and try to deal with the problem All that a pressman could do would be to act as a relay of the complaint Identifying the name of the delivery boy or girl for a particular address and then checki- ng with him or her about the problem re- quires access to records and some experience in discipline and diplomacy It might seem logical to expect that the person who makes up the farnily living page would be able to spot a particular club notice and make sure it got into the paper But com- positors follow instructions from editors and if Maureen Jamieson decides that something else takes precedence over that notice the compositor can accomplish no more than his friend outside Mthough I have a known background ana interest in church life I have nothing to do with church advertisements. I only see them when they appear in print The church notices go to the advertising department The mis- takes may have originated with those who turned in the copy or be the result of mechanical or human error in printing or proofreading only a check with Sylvia Joevenazzo could determine that Most of us who work at The Herald take an interest in producing and delivering as good a paper as possible When there are complaints or suggestions, we can promise to bring them to tnc attention of the people who can do something about them What we cannot promise is that we can do something about them We can only do something about things that lie within our particular area of respon- sibility Striking resemblance By Doug Walker In one ot the opened for visitors on the John Howard Society tour this year there a loom that we judged belonged to a U'OiKigoi It had the kind of and paiaphernalia with which we have become lamiliat in our own home One ol Hie posters was a blow-up of a l.i s phvsiognomv it was ufjlv mtheox Klsneth looked at it momentanlv rind said to Connie Goodall standing II that was in out house it would be labelled MOTHER ;