Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LE1HBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, September 19, 197J Joseph Kraft McGovern counts heavily on youth vote Justified slaughter? The Canadian Jewish News quoting from the French language daily, Journal ilc Montreal, snys that Reno Lcvesque, hT.iler of Hie separatist Parti Quobccois writes in his news- paper column Hint tlie slaughter of the 11 Israeli athletes is an action which in itself; is, was nnd will con- tinue to "a just one." Tliis kind of statement, even from the intemperate Mr. Levesque, is as- not to say repellent. At a time when great hopes were raised for a peaceful settlement of the Mid- dle East conflict, when there were signs that Arab countries presently harboring guerrillas were consider- ing taking steps to remove them, when Aral) opinion was moving to- wards accommodation with Israel, [lie brutal massacre in Munich has stoked Hie fires of bilter hatred once more. Israel now feels justified in acts of reprisal. Some feel that the attacks against Lebanon are indefensible, others uphold them as legitimate re- taliation. But the fact is that the hor- or in Munich was the catalyst precip- itating for further violence. There is uo moral justification for slaughter of the innocents. None whatever. In supporting it, Mr. Lev- osque reveals himself as a danger- ous unprincipled hothead, a man who believes that any kind of means juslifies the end. He has placed his own special brand of hatred on the party he represents. If Rene Leveuque truly reflects the beliefs of the Parti Quebecois, it has become a party on record as approving terrorism as a political tool and that's about the filthiest weapon in modern warfare. T1 R E N T 0 N Tlio theory that George McGovern can cany Hie country through the youth vote finds a sensitive lest here in Jersey. Thanlts largely to young people, the Senator swept the Presi- dential primary here without a media campaign or any organ- izational support. Ms strafe- gists say that this state, along with California and Ohio, is one of the three big ones lliat can l3e switched to the Demo- cratic column Ihis year by new voters. But talks at several different kinds of colleges show the youth vote is nearly as diverse as the national vote. At pros- The old, old, story In [his age of immediacy, glo- bal villages and instant-every- thing, it seems there is still room for a touch of nostalgia. At least one hard-working politician must think so, because just the other night the hoary old proposition nationalizing the CPK was resurrected. Some ol' you may recall the by- gone days when the formal debate was considered to be a useful learn- ing device, especially by teachers of English literature and composition. A sort of intellectual team sport, with opposing teams arguing the posi- tive and negative sides of a parti- cular question, it was believed to stimulate thought, demonstrate the value of research and generally im- prove the mind. And who shall say it (lid not? In theory, any subject was fair game for the would-be debater, though in practice the range of top- ics was rather sharply limited by the instructor's notions of curricular utility and, of course, propriety. This probably accounts for the odd fact that at the public school level (that means up to grade 8; junior high school hadn't been the perennially favorite debating topic was "Resolved that the tractor will replace the and at the more sophisticated high schools, students regularly chose "Resolved that nationalizing the CPR would benefit Canada." It has been truly said that politi- cal issues are where you find them. Someone must have been searching pretty diligently to have dug up this one. Car safety Automobiles are not recalled for fun, nor as a publicity stunt. When a car maker recalls a large number of cars a recent recall order affected over a million units it is to check on, and where neces- sary rectify, a possible defect or mal- function, usually safety related. Recalling cars isn't a new thing; the record shows that in 1916 Buick called in a number of cars to check the fuel tank fastenings. But it wasn't until the Nader-inspired creation of the Centre for Auto Safety that mass recalls became commonplace. Now they have reached the point where in the past nine monlns Detroit actually recalled more cars than it manufac- tured, Most recalls are o! comparatively recent Models. Safety inspections are so rigid and so frequent that poten- tially dangerous defects cannot es- cape detection for very long. Yet we are told by manufacturers, safety councils, government regulatory agencies and others, that today's cars are better engineered, better built, and above all far more safe, than any previous models. It would seem reasonable to en- quire, then, if it is really necessary to recall so high a proportion of: to- day's cars, what of the millions and millions of presumably less safe models that choke our streets and highways? It's a chilling thought. ERIC N1COL Girl ivatching 'THE Canadian male is gently easing his eyeballs back Into their sockets after the greatest summer of girl watching since records have been kept. Other summers the girls have worn next to nothing but this season they put it all together and called it a hat. The delight of us dirty old men has been dimmed however by the declaration by representatives of women's lib thut what we have witnessed is not, repeat, not an excercise in sex ohjectry on the part ol the eternal Eve. "Women dress to feel cool and comfort- able. If men see this as sexually provoca- tive, the gross error lies entirely in the eye of the says one party-poopcr. Shucks. Here is the dilemma of the male animal, gallumphing about in his clumsy supposi- tions. He can't tell the difference between a woman revealing her charms in the namo of better aircondiliorring arrtl the dumb tale he has bought about the goldilocks who bares to be ogled at. The whole array of feminine come-hilher- ness is struck ambiguous to the normal, redbloodcd Canadian boy, to say nothing of the other 11 million of us. False eyelashes, for example. We face Bie filum possibility that women wear false eyelashes as a protection against air pollution, filtering out the larger particles of debris that might otherwise damage the cornea. What Bbout lipstick? Also suspect, fel- low male chauvinist pigs. Probably it nev. er was intended to pretty up milady's pucker. Once we discard this motivation, ent anyway, the new voters ave not going to make the dif- ference for McGovern, even in a state as open to student in- flucnco as New Jersey. To be sure, McGovcrn sup- port remains high at the elite school, Princeton. I talked with about a dozen Princetoiu'ans who supported McGovem hi tho June primary. They sup- port him still. But the idealism has been rtuljed by the Senator's recent performance. One girl said: "I've been turned off by Mc- Govem and liis constant has- sles. I really don't know what ho thinks now. He's not like God. He's more like Hubert Humphrey." A male student acknowledg- ed disappointment in the coun- try's lack of opposition to the bombing of North Vietnam. "The be said, "is a dead issue because only Vietnamese are being killed. A graduate siudunt strongly implied that suffrage had ac- tually taken tlw steam out of the student movement. As he put it: "The worst Ihing that ever happened to us was getting tho vote. Before we were united in a grievance and we all said: 'You let us fight, but you don't let us vote.' We at Princeton felt we could speak for all young people. But now we have the vote nnd our interests di- One sign ot the diverging In- terests emerged In chats with youngsters In the state system of higher education. For tho Prlncetonlans are frankly re- sented by students at the state and community colleges. "The Princeton kids ran said a girl from Mercer County Community College who worked for McGovem in the primary but Is not working for liim uow. The waning of Ihe war issue is felt at the public colleges, but more as n practical than an iderdislic question. One girl from Douglass, the women's di- thc real purpose of her painting her lips stands forth as bleakly obvious. Lipstick is (choose 1. An excuse for a woman ID go to Ihe powder room with her girl friend and have a good laugh at their escorts. 2. Something tasty to chew on between meals. 3. A means of identifying a man's shirt as guilty as hell. It comes as something of a shock to a black-belt voyeur like me suddenly to un- derstand that the reason why every night millions of Canadian woman painstakingly rack their hair in rollers is to look attrac- tive to Judy La Marsh. Yes, it all fits. You must have noticed, gentlemen, that your womenfolk go to con- siderably more trouble to gussy up for the ladies' auxiliary tea than they do to go bowling with you. It is humiliating to learn at this late date that for thousands of years man has been lollygagglng around woman under the delusion that his glimpse of bared bos- om was intended for erotic effect when in fact she was merely ventilating her sUiys. This column will, 1 know, draw hundreds of letters from women of all ages protest- ing that it Is not true, imploring me to believe that they have worn the miniest skirls ever this summer specifically to turn me on. Well, it's too late. The scales have fall- en from my eyes. I may never look at another scantily-clad woman, At least, not till next summer. (Vancouver province feature) vision of HutBerg, said; "You can't put your finger on Uio Vietnam issue nnymore. What can you do? Picket bomber pi- Those at the community col- lege still live in tlieir old neigh- bortoods mid arc more subject (o influence by parents and young people wlio havo taken jobs alter finishing high school. One boy at Trenton State Col- lege pointed out that for his high school classmates who had taken jobs Vietnam was no longer very Important. "They're more set In life he said. "They don't keep asking questions about the war. For them the biggest is- sues are taxes and busing." Perhaps Irecauso of such sociations, youngsters at llio state college seem more sensi- tive than the Princeton students to the issue of whether Sen. McGovem can govern. As the boy from Trenton State put it: "A lot of people are scared of McGovern. He keeps chang- ing aides and positions. They woaclcr how ho can run things. They're used to tlic war, but they're not used to some- body giving away a thousand dollars." No [inn. conclusions can be drawn from these comments. I saw only a handful of students selected more or less at ran- dom. Hut the indication of widely varied views which I found among young people is supported by other evidence. A recent Gallup poll of people un-' dcr 30 shows a drastic switch from Me Govern to Nixon. The clout o[ young people In the McGovcrn campaign in Jersey has also declined. They practically ran the show for the primary. But now tho McGovern state coordinator, Dan Ilorrjan, has worked out arrangements that give Influ- ence to the Democratic stale committee chairman, Salvaloro liontcmpo, and the boss of Es- sei. County, Harry Lcrner. Mavlre the arrival of the reg- ulars only means a broaden- ing ot hase r-f the McGw- crn campaign. Hut that Isn'I the way it looks to young peo- ple. "What it really one of them said to me, "Is that the old gang is getting ready (o pick up the pieces in New Jersey so that nest year they can give the gubernatorial nomination to some hack." (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Peter Desbarats Trudeau's second campaign moves into high gear By PETEIt DFSBARATS a tricky open- admitted erne of the the key men in the Liberals' na- tional cninnr.ijm o'-janizallon. He stopped, thought, nnd marie a quick mid-course cor- rection: "Not tricky in the tricky dick sense, you know but it's a long shot, and a difficult one." The opening of Pierre Trudeau's second national cam- paign this week was very much his own. The prime minister had lesled the approach care- fully for more than a year, in A WASP defends his 'ethnicity' By Edmund Fnller, In The Wall Street Journal HP HE RE I was, plodding through The New York Times, minding my own busi- ness, when Wham- I found myself ambushed in a racist attack by lilerary critic Alfred Kazin and novelist James T. Farrell. Addressing a group of students at the City College of New York, Mr. Kazin had derided the once-praised American concept of "the melt- ing saying time had made nonsense of it, which may be true. Mr. Farrell had delivered the worst low blow: "The melt- ing pot was essentially an Anglo-Saxon effort to nib out the past ol others Mr. Kazin, chimed in with, "If any group is to bo pitied, it is per- haps the Wasps (white, Anglo- Saxon who find their books reviewed in the back pages of Tht> New York Times Dock Review. The occasion of the bush- wacking the Times reported was a conference and film fes- tival on "The Heritage and Identity of F.thnic Groups in New York." Upon lids, my blessing. Mr. Kazin said, "Ethnicity, as a .something larger than self, making the self a bridge to the past, is very important." I'm glad the richness of individual heritages is to be recognized rather than melted down. Put, Mr. Kazin, I'm as ethnic as you arc; ev- erybody is ethnic, so let's not, have any Orwellian nuances that some arc more ethnic than others. It is not worse to be of English origin than o[ some other. Mr. Farrell credited writers of the 1920s with "first rec- ognizing t h e humanity and identity of olhcr.s hc.side mid- dle-class whatever they may be. He alleged that before Sherwood Anderson, "everything was judged by the norm, and chiiraclcrs in litera- ture did no! 'talk different' from the genlecl Wasp tradi- tion." Whoever is indicated by those loose terms, and "middle class were simply writing about themselves, as other groups did and do, including Messrs. Far- rell and Kazin, Obviously, often with suffering and injustices, the non-E n g 1 Is h speaking groups that came into this country had a difficult time finding their own new voices in an E n g 1 i s h-speaking society and against the ingrained sins of human nature. I often felt myself a thoroughly interior clhiiie during a long residence in Italy where my limitations of language made me sub-literate, speaking broken Italian. But the most astonishing slalemcnt was Mr. Farrell's charge that the melting-pot was a malign "Anglo-Saxon ef- fort, to rub out the past of oth- ers. There is an irony in that, which Mr. Kazin must have known and might have So They Say I'm not embarrassed lo bo George McGovern's seven- th choice for vice-president. We Democrats may be short of money. We're not short of tal- ent. Pity Mr. Nixon his first and only choice was Spiro Ag- new. Shrivcr. Consumers are simply sick and tired of being sick nnd tired. Palmer, 17, at a Cleveland, Ohio, public hear- ing of representatives of Ohio's new Division of Con- sumer-Protection. A photographer Incomes a photographer like a girl be- comes a prostitute. First he does it to please himself, then to please friends, finally for money. photographer Ar- thur Hothstein. had the grace to remark, If Mr. Farrell did not. The very phrase, was coined by the English Jewish writer, Israel Zangwill, as the title of a play. Like the later oversimplified concept of "in- it can now be seen to have had a naivete about it, but unquestionably it had ideal- ism behind it and was cel- ebrated more hy non-English- speaking groups than by any- one else. What history has proved, nnd It seems a good thing in spite of its disappoinling of one old ideal, is that none of as melt. Therefore, we who some call Wasps must assert our English ethnicity also. Wasp, loo, is beautiful. This is a tentative manifesto of a Wasp anli defamation league. I'm striking a blow for my perscculed people whom so many deem to have become obsolete. Of course, when that bicen- tennial comes around in 197G, it will difficult to igoore cer- tain Waspish names such as Jettcrson, Washington, Adams, Madison and Monroe. True, there were Salomons, Pulnskis, Eteubens, Lafayettes and oth- ers on the scene, hut it was those Wasps who launched that particular dream at that lime and place. The inspiraion for It camo principally from the Bi- ble, which Is not a Wasp docu- ment, and from Ihe Greek and Iloman states of antiquity where English was not spoken. We arc all in this together, brothers Kazin and Farrell. If we're going to celebrate ethnic identities, let's concede licaufy (o us all, and virtue nnd folly as well. My suggestion is that it will clear Ihe air if Ihose who endured derisive labels from others (and not from my group alone) now would drop the Wasp bit. Then we can all get as busy as hoes wilh the common tasks ahead of us. speeches, dialogues with au- diences and hot-line sessions. In the past few weeks he had de- fined it more closely in a series of campaign interviews with myself and other Journalists. By last Tuesday, the prime minister's special assistant and travelling speech-writer in IWs campaign, Ivan Head, had a wealth of material to assemble and polish into the opening campaign statement at Trudeau's own nomination in Montreal. The speech was only partly successful because the prime minister is trying to do some- thing which is politically risky and inherently difficult. "Though unable to articulate it as he said at his nomination, sense thnt we possess nil that is necessary to make this country a model for our children and for outsiders." The difficulties and risks of this approach stem both from content and from Triulcau's style of delivery. The content Is based net only on the prime minister's per- sonal feeing aljout the nation hul on the results of four exten- sive national public opinion polls, each involving n canvass of up to Canadians, under- taken hy the federal Lilwral or- ganization between January, 1971, nnd last August. These polls indicated to Hie party that, despite fears about uoem- ployement and inflation, most Canadians were optimistic about the future of the country and the outlook for themsleves. In assessing the "national sentiment" of Canadians, tho Liberal polls again contradicted the judgments of many profes- sional "literate" that Trudeau sneered nt In To- ronto this week-who are wor- ried about the divisive forces that "make you feel, when you cross Canada from Vancouver to Halifax, ns If you hnd crossed five countries Instead of Jean Marchand said at Trudeau's own nomi- nation. Looking backward Through The Herald 192Z A fifty barrel roller mill is being installed by the rtockport Colony of Mennonifes south of Magralh. The building of a mill in this district will be a good thing for the farmers as they will be able to fake their wheat and exchange it for (lour and feed. 1932 Miss Adrienne Allen, the F.nglish aclress, who scored a big success in New York, and her husband, Raymond Mas- scy, actor-producer, have just relumed from England. Mr. Masscy Is a brother of the Hon. Vincent Massey, former Canadian minister to Washing- ton. 1312 Gordon Black will be the chairman of the Lelhbridgo Kiwanis "Apple Day Week Drive" September 23-30. Pro- ceeds from the drive will go to replenish the Community and War Service Chest of the club. 13S.Z Lefly Eshpcter, city athlelic inslructor, said yester- day that arrangements have been made by the Recreation Department to have a mcm- IJOT of the Calgary Stampedcrs at the Sports Centre Tuesday nigh lo show a number films. 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