Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, September 1'., 1971 Carl Rowan An Ottawa welcome The visit of the French foreign minister, Mr. Maurice Schumann, to Ottawa is welcome, not only because it formally signifies the end of the deep freeze between France and Canada brought about by the tactless arrogance of the late President Charles de Gaulle, but because it will afford Canadian authorities the opportunity to discuss a mutual prob- lem. That Js, the icy atmosphere brought about in Canada and some European countries by President Nixon's new economic policy. Mr. Schumann comes to Canada fresh from a meeting of the Council of Ministers of t h e European Com- mon Market countries, where com- pensatory action to the U.S. import tax was discussed at length. The six did not indicate to the press what form the "compensatory" action would lake and they were careful to use diplomatic terms in their discus- sions. They did not use the word an adjective that might b e interpreted as mean- ing thai the EEC would institute import surcharges of its own. Canada can only hope that France will increase her trade with this country significantly, particularly in manufactured goods. It almost goes without saying that closer co-opera- tion in scientific, cultural and tech- nological matters with France is more than welcome. This lime the discussions are taking place in the right place the capital of Canada. An expensive idea One aspect of the new unemploy- ment insurance act is bound to cause considerable trouble. At the moment many women across Canada are re- ceiving unemployment insurance ben- efits because they are expecting ba- bies. Under the new act, pregnant women may apply for maternity ben- efits and receive up to fwo-thi_rds of their normal wages for a la-week period. The benefits, of course, are paid for by workers and employers with an added assist from the federal gov- ernment's general coffers. No one would question the idea of giving working mothers financial assistance when they are family bread-winners. But there is likely to be grumbling from workers who have to pay prem- iums to support the wives of com- fortably-off wage earners. The basic weakness in this aspect of the act is that it is neither insur- ance nor welfare. The benefits paid lo pregnant women and part time and seasonal workers have little re- lation to the premiums they pay into the insurance fund. The help is neith- er based on need, nor, as in Hie case of pregnant women, with any particular attention lo family income. Originally Ihe unemployment insur- ance plan was just that an insur- ance scheme to protect people who lose their jobs. But Ottawa has tried to make the plan inlo something thai was all things to all everyone would share in the pie. Nat- urally such legislation is bound to be outrageously costly. If unemployment continues at the present rale for the next year, the federal government will have to pay more than S300 mil- lion into the fund in addition to the money raised through premiums. Somewhere along the line the bottom of the barrel will be reached, and many unemployed, including preg- nant women, will not be able to count on Ihe largess of an insurance plan which started off with good in- tentions but got bogged down in bur- eaucratic planning. Bucking assimilation When the federal government pro- posed that the Indians in Canada be encouraged to become full citizens of the country there were charges that the intention was to destroy the native culture through assimilation. Led by Mr. Harold Cardinal, presi- dent of the Indian Association of Al- berta, such an assault was made on the white paper on Indian policy that it was shelved. Instead, the Indians have been encouraged to work out their own proposals and have been provided -with considerable funds for ihat purpose. The result in Alberta seems to be the mimicking of the white man's bureaucratic ways. The whole appar- atus of executives, assistants to the executives, public relations officers, field staff, is there. And there are respectable salaries (e.g. plus a a month expense ac- count) to go with the positions. Con- ferences and consultations abound, resulting in a good deal of paper work no doubt. All of the operation is city based. None of this necessarily means that distinctively Indian objectives are not being formulated and achieved. It is simply odd that assimilation is being bucked through what is so obviously the white man's way of doing things. Power to Mr. Cardinal and his crew Red Power, that is. Dig straight education SCHOOL shopping for our kids, in the drugstore, I encountered a hairy young parent, acquaintance of mine, whose child attends one of the new free schools where permissiveness is Ihe key to knowledge. "Hey, he said. "What's that thinj you're "It's a I admitted. "You dig that straight education." "It's even got a steel edge I felt like a character out of Nicholas Nickleby. Thank heaven he hadn't caught me looking at slates. "What school supplies are you I asked. "Oh, the usual: nail polish remover, glue, conlraccplivc devices. This year Garth moves up lo Intermediate Sex." "Every year il gets more 1 said lamely. "Buying school supplies, I mean." "That other Ihing in your hand, what's that for'" I blushed. "Il's a pair of com- passes.1' "First time I ever saw the needle with a pencil attachment." "The needle is for Ihc pencil lo turn on." "Man, don't we (ilancing around the .store, and hiding scribblers under my coat, I said: "Garth enjoys his free "Where else does Ihc school curriculum offer cleclives that include setting fire lo the "Yes, I see you've bought a year's sun- ply of matches." A rubber object dropped out of the sleeve up which I had palmed it. My free-school parent friend picked il up saying; "Organically-grown "No, it's an eraser. "Funky, man. You moan, your kid haf, to wipe "Only if he make an error." I added weakly: "And this is a new type of eraser that doesn't make crumbs." "You been buying new school shoes, too. Weird." "Garth doesn't need new shoes for free "We just polish his feel. What we bought him is a wider Indian headband. And we had to let out his beads." Helping my wife pick up the young mountain of school satchels and ther- moses, T said: "I guess you don't have to worry about Garth taking his lunch." "No problem, man. At Ihc free school, when the sludenls get hungry, the whole class goes on welfare." "Hippity-hop lo the free grub shop." "They call it creative-absenteeism, il. heals making peanut butter sandwiches." I could tell Ilial Ihc free school parenl had bought his kid's school books the books were in plain, brown wrappers. They rather made a fool of Funk and Wag- nail. "Well, we Iwllcr be getting 1 said. "We still have to buy our children their school gym strip." The free school parent sliook his long locks, saying: "You save money when in- stead of gym they have the school produc- tion of '0 Calcutta." That's the trouble with having faith in schools of Iradilional education: Ihe foun- (lalion is sound, but the overhead can kill you. IV.iiiimivcr I'rnvince Feature) Muskie bars black VP and invites woes WASHINGTON Sen. Ed- mund Muskic lias bought himself a loL of needless trouble wilh his unnecessarily candid remark to blacks tha't he doesn't think the Democratic party could win with a black vice-presidential candidate. This comment has stirred up a Inmeh of despicable slurs about Muskie being a Catholic uliusc name was changed to hide a Polish heritage. John F. Kennedy so demolish- ed the bias against Catholic presidents thai no one was mon- I ioning, or caring about the fact of Muskie's religion. So it is unfortunate that a remark lie made cut of what he believed lo be complete honesty, with no motivations of personal ra- cism whatever, should boom- erang and make him the target ol childish religious and ethnic laimts. As I shall explain later, Mus- kie's remark is going to haunt the Democrats lo the point where, in fact, they may for the first lime in history give serious consideration lo the fea- sibility of a black running-mate loi their nomhiee. Muskie should have given a diplomatic answer to the black- In The Spotlight Letters to the editor Canadians: protest the Amcliitka nuclear test I wish lo make an appeal regarding the imminent Air.- chitka lest. If anyone feels strongly about I his issue now is the time to act I'or I am con- vinced that Ihis explosion is going lo take place. A very convenient rumor lias been floated that U.S. Presi- dent Nixon will call off the lest at his Sept. 27 meeting Hirohito in Alaska. Concurrenl with this rumor is anclher, that the date for the blast has been advanced, perhaps lo the end of this month. Is N'Lxon making another or his fake hand-offs to the people and winding up to lob Ihe ball over our heads into Ihe arms of the Pentagon? Over the past fifteen years officals of the AEC and the Pentagon have repeatedly dis- torted scientific evidence, deli- berately antagonized the Rus- sians and misinterpreted nego- tiating position in order to con- tinue weapon development. (This statement can be easily defended.) Last year Ihe ABM opposilon forces lost their battle to '.he sellers of the Pentagon despite a massive marshalling of evi- dence that these weapons are useless. Warheads for these hopeless machines are now being "perfected" en our door- step in the scientific search lor perfect deslrucliveness. Since underground testing was ini- tiated as a result of the 1D6.1 partial test ban treaty, one of even' tv.'olve lesls has resulted in radioactive leakage. Three leakages of the pasl year from the U.S., one extending lo To- ronto, should slill be fresh in Shocked by cddermens9 veto oi vole I was shocked lo learn Ihat one or two council member's votes could veto a thousand citizens signatures to bring fluoridation to a vote in the Oc- tober election. If Ihis is an indication of Ihe type of way civic government promotes freedom for the pub- lic. 1 would Ihink a revision is long overdue. The fad that Ihe American Medical Association, American Dental Association, Canadian Medical and Dental Associa- tions and the World Health Or- ganization (to name only a all favor fluoridating is sufficient evidence, to me, that it is an excellent preventive health measure, and thai tak- ing it lo a public vole is archaic in Ihe first place. It is simply replacing a natural element, which happens lo be inade- quate in sonic water supplies. If the public will allow tons of chlorine lo be added lo Ihe water supply (without a void. in the interests of safely lo health, in order lo compensate for an inadequate sewer sys- tem, it should go on the rec- ommendation of the experts (some aforementioned) Ihat an adequate supply of fluoride in water should he added where ne cssary to help prevent the most prevalent disease of our times, namely, tooth decay. Anybody in the Dark Ages, such as Mrs. Ferguson and Mr. Chichester, should be perfectly free lo purchase non-fluori- dated-botlled, canned or lanked waler if Ihey so SHOULD allow Ihe thousands of children, grandchildren (flu- oride is most beneficial to ear- ly ages) and adults to benefit by such a measure and who are unable lo speak for themselves. It seems disgraceful to me that Mrs. Ferguson, who is on the local health board, has not boned up on Ihis subject. In running for council Mrs. Fer- guson stated she had time lo Citizens deprived oi vole II is not only unfortunate but extremely disturbing that the negative voles of Aldermen Chicheslcr and Ferguson, on the by-law which would have ;il- lowed a plebiscite on the fluor- When one refers lo a second disinterested group of individuals as "slow-wilted" because a third parly refuses lo grant his request, one can only chalk it up lo irrational- ity. puerility, illogicality as well as bad lastc. However, when one that the source of [his ludicrous and lamenlahln In'rir is cue of (he respcclcd educational lead- ers of the communily, it's cause for dismay. I refer you lo Ilic Lcllibridgc Herald arliclr September uliirh quolcd .1 public school Irusloc a.s slating: "We shouldn't have lo change our ways because a bunch of slow- witlPd individuals work in mo.sl, of Ihc olher school systems." All 1 can say is, if thal's typical of Ihc kind of logic Ihat has hcen used in the dispute with Ihe Alherln department of cducalion, I'm uol at all sur- pri.M'd Ilial Pipy .slill remain In convinced. KI) 11YAX. idation of our city water sup- ply, deprived the citizens of Lelhbridge of their democratic privilege to decide by ballot whether they wished fluorida- tion or not. The negative vote of these al- dermen showed the utter disre- gard they have for Ihe right of people lo decide matters of this importance for themselves I do not know whether these two aldermen are for or against fluoridation. This is immater- ial. Whether the petition sign- ed by people lo have a plebiscite was strictly legal is also immaterial. What is vilally important is Ihat the rights of the citizens were flagrantly vio- lated by the actions of these elected representatives. It is difficult lo understand the ut- ter arrogance of these two peo- ple who profess lo hclievn in democracy as we practise, il. I sincerely hope that when Ihe voters go to the polls on October 13 lo elect members for the cily council they will re- memljcr the names of these two alderman who seem lo hold in such light regard the rights of the people lo express Inch- opinions through Ihc lial- lol box. H. S. LAKIK. look inlo Ihe interests of Ihe public and at S300 a month, it seems that a sad lack of this interest has been shown to date. Needless lo say, there are one or two councilmen (wom- en) who will not get my vole in the upcoming election. PRO-FLUOHIDATION EN. Lelhbridge. Appreciated Not loo long ago, the Leth- bridge Correctional Institution had the pleasure of welcoming back for the second lime, Ihe "Sunshine Company." This ex- tremely versatile group, under the direction of Mr. Knule Low- er, included: himself, Tim 01- sen, Ross Hogenson, Royce Wright, Jim Hellger, Larry Rogalski, and Miss Barbara I-Iackcr. The group nol only were good musicians, hul excellent entertainers. During the con- cert, they played and sang numbers from "rock" lo displaying their great versatility. This group, because of their willingness lo come and put on their own show, were really ap- preciated by the inmates, staff, and myself, as was displayed by llie behavior and remarks I received during Ihc next week. This aspect of bringing a part of the communily inlo the Institution, not only breaks up the roulinc, but also plays an important role in the Recrea- tion Progrnp.i we are beginning to establish, which in ilsclf is a necessary phase in the pro- cess of rehabilitation. So, thank you "Sunshine Company." Best of luck lo you in Ihc fulurc, and we hope to have you back again. DON RECREATIONAL THERAPIST, l.KTIIBRIDGK CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION. So They Say Unless firm measures are lakcn, UK streets o( Ixmdon will be as dangerous in five years as those of New York and Washington now. Assistant commissioner Pdor llrodic of S'collnml Yard, urging tougher punishmcnls for violent criminals. everyone's mind. This is the second test at Amchitka, (the first was in 1969) and is to be the largest underground test ever, 250 times the Hiroshima blast. Nor is this to be the last one, for this particular wea- pons testing program is to con- tinue for more than Iliree more years. If this explosion is as harmless as the AEC says it is let them and their friends put their own money down and conduct their testing in Chesa- peake Bay outside of Washing- ton. That isn't an earthquake zone and most of Ihc life in Ih'cse waters has already been polluted to death, but after three recent leakages it has become increasingly difficult for the AEC to test on continen- tal U.S.A., particularly for a blast of this power. Fill the White House lawn with letters of Canadian indig- nation. Get Trudeau to take his cap out of hand and replace it with a baseball bat. Let mis- guided leaders know that we are unhappy with their lack of performance. Let the rational aspects of Canadian national- ism come alive. Do we need reminding that public opinion has never stopped any test that U.S. lead- ers decided to conduct? The boys in the Pentagon will not easily relinquish their toys. Are the John Waynes in the Penta- gon living out the American cultural myth of the white hats galloping out on a mission of justice, their hips loaded wilh deadly missiles, lo rupture the bowels of the carlh in order lo save her? 1 am afraid Ihat Iha American mind works that way. JOHN MACKENZIE. Lelhbridge. VP question for strictly politi- cal reasons. He could have, talked of the many blacks he knows who are "great, dedi- cated leaders" and "would be a credit to any ticket" without remotely pledging to pick a black running-mate. But political shrewdness aside, there is a real question as to whether Muskie is right in assuming that a ticket with a black vice-presidential candi- date would be foredoomed to defeat. Any knowledgeable observer knows that the undercurrents of white racism are stronger in the country now than they have been for years. My hate mail attests to this, for it runs per- haps 10 times stronger than it did Ihrce years ago. But I maintain that this mail is from people who felt and voted racist 3, 10 or 20 years ago. They are simply more vocal now because they feel that "their people" are exercis- ing national power. These haters are going lo vote against the Democrats in 1972 even if the latter nominate two Mayflower WASPs, so a black VP candidate wouldn't make a bit of difference to them. But what about ordinary whites? Would a black VP nominee scare so many of them into Republican ranks, or to the banner of George Wallace, that he would doom the Democrats to defeat? Remember Wilson Riles and his startling victory over the glib, ridc-lhe-backlash conser- vative, Max Maffcrfv, in the 1970 California contest for state superintendent of public in- struction? Whites in one of the kej electoral slates proved thai Ihey cculd overlook race and choose bigness over bull. There is no way Eel Brooke could be clecled Senator from Massa- chusetts without vast numbers of whites deciding that race is a secondary factor. And don't forget those 18, 19 and 20-year-old voters who want to believe that they are bringing new idealism to Ihe polls. A few million of them just might rally lo a candidate with the guLs lo risk his politi- cal future by running with an able black. S'o Muskie just may have sold the American public shorl in his declaralion Ihat the coun- try is not ready for a black vice-presidential candidate. Tlu's statement may have seemed mathematically harm- less in view of Ihe fact that Democrats already are getting DO to 95 per cent of the black vote, leaving little polit i c a 1 incentive to put a black on the ticket. But by saying aloud what he did, Muskie has prod- drd into action those blacks who want to take sleps to con- vince the Democrats that they no longer can lake black voters for granted. Re.p John Conyers is now pressing Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes to become the blacks' candidate for president. A lot more people think Stokes is willing to have his arm twisted. If blacks do stage a third- or fourlh-party the Democrats are in deep trouble. They might be willing to take some drastic steps to appease bkcks and bring their vital votes back into the fold. It has seemed for weeks that blacks were abandoning their fourth-party ploy because of the ol'vimis danger of handing the White House back to Nixon. But Muskie, with his goof, has stirred them up again. Many a Democratic head will ache, including Muskie's before they settle down. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Looking ThronRli the Herald backward Guardia of New York asked 1921 Count de Poret and Congress today for authority Caimlle La Fargc fought a duel to provide air raid protection Ihis morning in Ihe Pare dcs Princes using both pistols and swords. The count is said to for civilians. 1951 A medical bulletin have suffered a sword wound .Duckul6liam Palace said that King George was "con- UnuiiiR lo gain strcnglh" afler a res'ful night. II. was the fiflh 1931-Viscount Byng of Vimv rcporl sincc performed surgery on one of the King's lungs. through his right arm which forced him, in tears, to give up Ihe combat. former governor general of Canada today announced he would retire from Ihe police commissioncrchin of the metro- politan police of London. United Nations and Katanga province launched sep- arale efforts today lo feed many cilies more than starving and other areas in Ihc United ba tribesmen posing a new Males particularly susceptible threat lo Kalanga's precarious to bombing attacks. Mayor La peace. The LethbruUje Herald 50-1 7lh St. vS., Lclhbridgo, Alborla LETIIBRIDCJE HERALD CO. LTD.. Proprietors and Publishers Published -1954, ty Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Moll Reparation No 001! Member or The Cflnndlnn Press ano me Cnnnmnn Daily Ncwsnftwir Publishers' Assoclntlon end iha Audit Bureau of Circulations CI.EO W MOWERS, Editor nntl Publisher THOMAS H. 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