Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, Soplombor 25, 1970 Carl RoiQun The Wheat Boom The dramatic improvement in tlie wheat market is the best news west- ern agriculture has had in a long while. Wheat is still the crop best suited to much of the Canadian prairies, and until this year there was no serious move away from it. But it would be almost criminal to dismiss the experience of the last year or two as a bad dream. Last winter the government, which has assumed responsibility for selling the farmers' wheat, suddenly dis- covered that the market had shrunk. Now it is back to previous high levels. However prices have been mangled in the process. Which condition will prevail in the years ahead? What will be normal from now on? Can Canada count on her traditional volume of sales, and if so at a profitable price? Or is the sudden restoration of markets just a windfall that is not likely to last or to be repeated? Much of the answer depends on factors which cannot be predicted. A vast drought in China or Eastern Europe would help Canadian sales. A bumper crop in Australia would hurl them. The huge U.S. corn acre- age is infested with a new disease; if it is further out of control next year and the damage is much great- er than this year then Canada will be able to sell everything she can grow. However in all this fluidity there seems to be one solid fact. That is that Canada cannot dominate the market, as she has for the last fifty years, with her so-called superior wheat. The world doesn't need it and certainly won't pay a premium for it, at least as long as anything cheap- er is available. Therefore the move toward newer higher-yielding varieties, toward pro- tein grading, toward "rationalization" of the grain marketing physical fa- cility, and all the other reforms which seemed so imperative a year ago, are just as imperative today. Surely it has been amply proved that the final responsibility for all this rests with the farmers, not the government. And they are often the to fall back into the pitfall of complacency false optimism and an unfounded sense of security. Guessing Game Over The guessing game on cabinet changes in the Federal Government is over. All the pundits were right about a change being in the offing despite Prime Minister Trudeau's suggestion that it might not be, since he was satisfied with his cabinet. Judging by the few changes that were made, it is apparent that the Prime Minister is indeed satisfied. Nobody was dropped; nobody was added. There was only a little switch- ing of responsibilities. It was probably inevitable that Eric Kierans would be relieved of his responsibilities for the post office. Rightly or wrongly, the dissatisfaction with the postal service has focused on Mr. Kierans. The surprise is that he has been left in his portfolio and had Ms load lightened by the post office being put under Jean-Pierre Cote. Since Mr. Cote is now a min- ister without portfolio this may sug- gest that the post office is destined to become a crown corporation. Some guessers had Otto Lang leav- ing the cabinet. One writer said thai he has proved to be such a disappoint- ment that he could not even get nominated to run in the next election. But Mr. Trudeau has left him with responsibility for the Canadian wheat board and made him minister of Manpower and Immigration in addi- tion. Obviously Mr. Trudeau still has confidence in Mr. Lang. The shift of Allan MacEachen into the position of Privy Council presi- dent and government House leader will likely prove highly acceptable to everyone. Donald MacDonald, like Mr. Kierans, had become the target of a lot of criticism because of his way of doing tilings. Mr. MacEachen is expected to be much less irritating to other parliamentarians. Other able men in the Government will be disappointed not to have been brought into the cabinet. But for those in the cabinet this mininal switching at mid-term constitutes a vote of confidence from their leader which should have good effect on them and result in good service to the country. Art Buchwald There has been a rash of automobile insurance cancellations lately by the major companies, and every- one is very nervous about it. The other day my wife was notified that her auto Insurance policy was being cancelled. The notification gave no reason for the cancel- lation and since my wife had not been in an accident or had ever made a claim she was perplexed. She asked me to get to the root of it and I took the next plane to visit our insurance company. The company is housed hi a 56- story aluminum and tinted glass skyscrap- er on a 30-acre shopping plaza overlooking most of the state of Connecticut. I arrived on the 35th floor where one made inquiries concerning cancelled insur- ance policies. After browsing through the company literature, which told how insur- ance was making America great, I was ushered into the office of Clyde Feather- stone. I gave Mr. Featherstone the cancella- tion notice and he clucked once or twice and then disappeared. He returned hi a few moments with the folder. "What did my wife do I de- manded. "Your wife didn't do anytlu'ng wrong. Her records are all up to snuff." "Then why did you cancel her insur- "Because of Trembling and Trembling, her insurance agents." "Trembling and I said. said Featherstone, going through the folder. "They've been very naughty boys very naughty indeed." "Did they steal any I asked. "Worse! They've mitten too many pol- icies this year that people have made claims on. We've had to pay out to Trem- bling and Trembling clients in the last 12 months." "But what's that got to do with my wife's insurance policy? She didn't get any of the money." "Ah, but since you are with Trembling and Trembling you are now considered a bad risk. Their record is your record." "That's nonsense. I hardly know Trem- bling and Trembling" I protested. "I wouldn't recognize them if I saw then: on the street. This is guilt-by-association." Featherstone smiled. "You came to us through Trembling and Trembling and you will leave with Trembling and Trembling. This company will not put up with people who make insurance claims against it." "But that's what you're here I said. "To pay people off when something hap- pens." "That's a foul said Featherstone, los- ing his smile. "We're here to build buildings and real estate developments, and financs ships and airplanes and ball parks. If we keep paying out claims, where would we get the money to construct this 56-story building with its beautiful shopping plaza and underground computer center? "Do you said Featherstone, "that every dollar we pay out in a claim is a dollar we have to take away from our ad- vertising budget which tells the public whal wonderful insurance people we "I appreciate all I said, "but surely you have to pay some claims in order to stay in the insurance business." "That's what Trembling and Trembl i n g Featherstone said as he tore up my wife's folder. I thanked Featherstone for his kindness and understanding. He got up to shake my hand. "If you're staying in town for dinner we have a great restaurant on the roof gar- den which is bringing us 15 per cent profit a year." (Toronto Telegram News Service) Not For Duffers By Dong Walker dutfers like me indulge in fantasy- ing about gelling a hole in one. Al- though it is not a probable happening, it is possible I have hit the green on the first shot a few times. But I'm not the sort of guy who should get a hole in one. It wouldn't be much fun displaying a score card with a one repos- ing there among all those sixes, sevens and eights that normally duller up my game records. Besides I would bo in trouble if I had lo buy drinks for everybody. My wife wouldn't lake kindly to a cash outlay of thai sorl when I keep lelling her we can't afford a fence! A Gloomy Farewell To South Africa One does not leave this coun- try with much hope that real progress toward racial or so- cial justice will occur in the next quarter century. Some whites here say the apartheid rules are so absurd thai they are bound to become self-defeating. Yet others swear that tho practices grow more absurd each year. A white man and his Colored friend used to ride together to a drive-in restaurant in Cape Town and get service without difficulty. Now the waiter puts a tray on the while man's side of the car, but he hands the Colored friend his sandwich In a take-out bag. Others say that some of the injustices are too (glaring for even the white community to "Ive been thinking, dear not get rid of those ol' GM shares and get some of that UAW? permit to continue. They refer to such things as the white inspector of education in the Cape province being paid while his-Colored coun- terpart, every bit as qualified, is paid Or they refer to the many thousands of cases like that of a man we shall call Bandela. He left the drought stricken Transkei 27 years ago seeking work hi the TransvaaL His wife was forbidden to join him, so for ten years he would re- peatedly smuggle her into Jo- hannesburg where she stayed until she became pregnant. Then Bandela would smuggle her back in the Transkei to give birth, knowing that if she were caught in Johannesburg without a permit it would mean jail. The Bandelas wound up with four children whom Bandela got to see once a year over about two decades. The children have no right to be any place but the Transkei, except for a rare special permit to visit their father in Pretoria. But these forced breakups of families are old stuff here, and there is just no reason to be- lieve that guilt will soon pro- voke any changes. Alan Paton, the noted author of "Cry the Beloved sees economic pressures under- mining the system. He says white South Africa can never afford the total sep- aration of blacks into "indepen- dent countries" unless white South Africa has a huge econ- omy, and it cannot have a huge economy without black labor- ers. So the dilemma, ha says, is that South Africa "can't have apartheid as long as it has apartheid." Paton says a contest of ideol- ogy vs. economics is under way here. Which will win? This gov- ernment is clearly determined to make ideology paramount. Indian leaders say that the only things that will produce change here are the economic, cultural, and sports isolations of South Africa. "But what about the argu- ment that crippling the econ- omy will only hurt the b 1 a c k people that the system is set up to guarantee that whites go on living asked a white South African. "Blacks here are already so oppressed they wouldn't know Letter To The Editor Accused Of Mindless Liberalism: The Herald Editor's Note: Ordinarily The Herald docs not print, in their entirety, letters of the length of the following one. But the writer obviously feels so strongly about our "lopsid- ed" views that it was thought the balance might lie redress- ed somewhat oy letting him say his whole piece. It may prove reassuring to some readers to discover that the universities are not peopled entirely by extremists of the left. The editorials of The Herald constitute a prof o u n d local irony. The paper prides itself (all too self consciously) on its devotion to educational and "cultural" interests; indeed, it often seems almost like another organ of the University, Its greatest apprehension appears to be that someone or some- thing might one day outstrip it hi its zeal for What are, osten- sibly, the causes of sweetness and light. It is on the "progres- sive" side of everything. It is always terribly "concerned." Its favorite words are school, edu- cation, peace, brotherhood, en- lightenment, freedom, change, experiment, reform, advanced, progressive, modern. And the writers appear to be basically honest and sincere: nice chaps, with nothing but good will to- wards men (traditionalists and rightists rather excepted, of With them, one is safo and enlightened and probably well along the road to the mil- lenium. The hitch is that the editors (and a number of the column- ists and feature writers) ap- pear to be better trained in journalism than in philosophy, so that when they take up highly problematical or philoso- phical matters nothing much can in fact be expected. And so we arrive at a situation which seems to some of us appalling as well as ironic: the paper's consistently naive, somet i m c s mindless, liberalism must, at least to some extent, foster a like mind-set in the lads and lasses of Lethbridge. For some of us the liberal to leftist line is bad enough in itself. And if the paper holds (and does it "keeping an open mind" as an article of faith, how is it that its open mind almost in- variably comes to liberal left- egalitarian Rousscauislie con- clusions? A paper is entitled to its politics but and here I work from liberalism's own premises not to intellectual hypocrisy. Worse, however, are the nai- vete and illogic themselves. They set a bad example, espe- cially for the young, so many of whom are more inclined, these days, toward slogans and Pavlovian responding than to- ward meditation, logic, and sub- tlety. And perhaps even more of a disservice than this setting of a shoddy argumentative mo- del, this ironic encouragement, by would be intelligentsia, of a mindlessness already endem- ic, is the actual distortion of reality, of truth. A newspaper that makes notably intellectual and "cultural" pretensions is all the more damnable when it slants, nods, and otherwise cre- ates dangerously false impres- sions. A case in point is The Herald's Sept. 16 editorial ap- plauding the World Council of Churches because that very lib- eral and peace loving Chris- tian body has recently decided to send of its parishion- ers' m o n e y to support extrem- ist, leftist guerrilla groups dedi- cated to overthrowing by sub- version and attack the legiti- mate governments of South Af- rica and Rhodesia (let us not be euphemistic: the money goes to sharpen black knives that will seek white The same editorial praises, as well, "Roman Catholic priests in South America becoming radi- calized and personally partici- pating in guerrilla activity" (what The piece might well have ap- peared in the pages of The Daily Worker, Tass, or Izves- tia (does it never disturb Tile Herald editors that more than a few times their position is es- sentially or exactly the same as that taken by the organs of Marxist fanaticism and -Soviet It is so rife with oversimplification, illogic, slant- ing, factual error, and intellec- tual inconsistency that it be- comes a classic of its type; to say nothing of the dubious mor- ality of the position itself. But solid refutation of so much concentrated error would require at least a few thousand words, and I am already over- slaying my leave. We might make a beginning, however, with questions like these. Do The Herald editors per- ceive any logical inconsistency between their confident, even bold, assertion of loft liberal tenets, on the one hand, and their inclination, demonstrated on many other occasions, to tell us that most or perhaps all values are purely relative? Can one have it both ways: indig- nant moral absolutism when that serves one's end, and moral relativism when only that will serve? Is "racism" (is the word itself free from vague- ness and really the evil of evils (but, again, evil by whose or is this only an uncritically inher- ited axiom of modern liberal- ism? Is secular liberalism's now secret, now open, now in- direct, now direct, but never re- lenting harassment and eradi- cation of Christian and monar- chist triumphalism really, in the long run, less dangerous and evil than How so, and on whose authority? Are The Herald editors (or Carl Howan) competent scholars in the early (pre colonial) history of southern Africa? Could they Claim this competence and still assert or imply that the life of the black man there is now real- ly "worse" (there we are again) than it was in 1420 or 820? How much do The Herald edi- tors know about traditional tri- bal tyranny and massacre which nowadays only takes place when Labor and Com- munist governments supply the gear and weapons Is Arthur Koestler (is he a "ra- wrong when he points out that virtually all nations, empires, civilizations have aris- en by force of blood, so that, following liberal left views on guilt and atonement the only thing any of us can do logically is commit hari-kari? Why do our editors omit certain salient facts about the World Council of Churches? e.g., that on its record it is crypto Commu- nist, a well known champion of almost every act and impulse in the regimen of the Left; that, scandalized by this, more than a few churchmen have witheld. their funds from it and sought their particular denomination's withdrawal from Does The Herald regard as un- christian, or as less Christian than the W.C.C., the many An- glo Catholics and Roman Cath- olics who regard the W.C.C. as a body of heretical ideologues, as a group essentially secular and pagan? Can it even be dem- onstrated that the 27 people who constitute the W.C.C.'s execu- tive arc truly representative of the Protestants in the pews? And what point is proved by the ringing assertion that n few (when the Left cannot demon- strate a majority it can of course demonstrate a convenient) South Ameri can priests have joined Communist arsonists and machinegunners? Are these few more Christian than the Holy See who con- demns their acts and align- ments? I submit the paradox. Our editors seem sure they are promoting truth, beauty, and goodness. They have a in itself admirable of doing less than that. But being, in so many cases, well out of their depth, they probably succeed best of all in helping to send to our classes young people thor- oughly biased by left liberal ideology (yd with "open minds" of course) and all the more be- wildered and neurosis prone for the corrosive psychic forces that can be generated by the moral relativism of yourselves and some of your columnists; and all the more thoroughly un- acquainted with logic, depth, tradition, and intellectual re- sponsibility and consistency. ROBERT BEUM, Associate Professor of English University of Lethbridge. the the Indian re- plied. "Economic isolation will hurl whiles more. And if it means lhat Africans, Indians, and Coloreds get fewer crumbs, good! That will make us more militant." Still others say that "disor- ganized violence" by blacks will be the catalyst provoking change. Organized black rebellion is regarded' as impossible by al- most everyone. But many peo- ple point to the trams onto which Africans are herd- ed like cattle as they commute daily between the black town- ships and their jobs in Johan- nesburg. "A wreck of one of those ghastly trains may one day spark a spontaneous outburst of African one white leader speculated. "It will be put down brutally. But that could be the first of many spontaneous outbursts, and the cruelty of putting down each one will mobilize worldwide pressures and the world wide isolation which are essential to change." You listen to all the theoriz- ing, the speculating, but you walk aboard that homeward- bound plane certain that not much will come of any Of it very soon. Talk of uprooting apartheid in South Africa is almost like talk of uprooting Communism in the Soviet Union. There are significant differ- ences still. Certain newspapers in South Africa are remarkably courageous in criticizing the government except in those areas where special laws have silenced the press. There are laws prohibiting newspapers from writing about defence matters, about police operations, about what goes on inside prisons except when information is released by the government or is made public -under circumstances approved by the government. When a group here is "ban- ned" under the Suppression of Communism Act, newspapers are forbidden to print anything said or published by the ban- ned group. You leave South Africa puz- zled by this contradiction of bold men operating remarkably free newspapers under unfree circumstances and you won- der how long that can last. As the VC-10's nose jerks sky- ward and you bid South Africa goodbye, you think of your own country. Have you just seen hi South Africa what America could become if the passions of race and class escalate? Is South Africa a warning of what can happen to personal liberty where passions over race and crime, and fear of vio- lence and anarchy, push soci- eties into rash expedients like preventive detention laws? You think of 19 Africans On trial in Pretoria, accused of plotting the violent overthrow of the South African govern- ment. They were tried first under the Suppression of Communism Act and acquitted. But, double jeopardy be damned, the governm e n t promptly rearrested them, de- tained them (mostly in soli- tary confinement) for 16 months and was now trying them under the Terrorism Act. You leave knowing that even if acquitted again (as was the case) the government still has a bagful of police state acts and tactics that'will make it impossible for those 19 Afri- cans to be anything other than prisoners as long as they are in South Africa. So you ponder this bitter har- vest of racial fear and greed. And you go back to your own troubled country praying th a t somehow men there will find a way to prove that they are big- ger than bigotry- (Field Enterprises, Inc.) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 The Hotel National at Geneva, Switzerland, has been purchased as the home of the League of Nations. and juicy wa- termelons and cantaloupes growing by the acre in south- ern Alberta is not a' dream but an actuality. The fruit is being grown on the farm of Mack II i g d o n, well known cattle rancher of Manyberries. 1940 The provincial gov- ernment has cut 35 men off re- lief and council has decided that these men will not be placed on the city relisf list. 1950 Southern Alberta's third, Canada's seventh and world's most modern beet-sug- ar factory went into operation in Taber today. i960 Antwerp's municipal authorities banned showing of the film "I Aim at the based on the life of Werhner von Braun. Local patriotic or- ganizations allege he was re- sponsible for construction of Germany's V-l and V-2 rockets used in the Second World War which killed persons near Antwerp. The Lethkidge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon.'W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 001! Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newsospw Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO w. MOWERS, Editor end Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate' Editor F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"