Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 29, 1971 Politics on the farm Mr. Trudeau's challenge to prairie farmers is one that they must ac- cept. They must make their wishes known to the government concerning the new grain legislation being held up by filibuster in the House of Com- mons. If they want the new policies implemented, they should tell not only the government but their PC and NDP representatives, and pre- sumably the bill will then be allowed to proceed and the new measures become law. II they don't, and if the government is convinced they don't, then the bill will be withdrawn. All of this fuss is one of the haz- ards of involving government so deeply in the farmers' business. Gov- ernment agricultural policies become party politics so easily. The first tiling that must be re- membered is that the onus for con- structive policies is on the govern- ment party, and the prior concern of the opposition parties is to discre- dit and ultimately defeat the govern- ment parly. The game being played by the Con- servatives, in particular, is a dan- gerous one. In a technical way they had the government over a barrel, and they were paddling it for all they were worth. The talk of "im- peaching" three of the ministers was nonsense, of course, but nevertheless they were rieht in charging the gov- ernment with failure (delay would be the more appropriate word) in im- plementing the existing legislation. The government's defence is sim- ply this: Grain marketing, espe- cially during times of heavy sur- pluses, is a difficult problem, and to the extent the government is in- volved, part of its responsibility is to keep the farmers solvent and on an even keel. Because they must plan their operations at least a year or two or three ahead, they should Let's try again! Lethbridge citizens have again been prevented from expressing their views through a plebiscite in regard to fluoridation ot city water supplies. But those who believe that fluorida- tion is no hazard to health and that it prevents a high incidence of tooth decay have a chance to vote on the issue next year. It will cost more. If the plebiscite had been taken in conjunction with the civic election this year, the costs would have been about It can be taken next year at a cost of This means that a 1972 plebiscite would set us back approximately 17.5 cents per head instead of the 3.75 cents per head it would have taken in 1971. There is still a chance that the provincial government might change tlie law in regard to the hold- ing of plebiscites in these matters. It not, the citizens of Lethbridge want an opportunity to express their views as soon as possible. Incoming city council and all organizations concern- ed with the benefits of water fluori- dation should not let the matter drop until 1974; 1972 is long enough to wait. Two years after that is far too long. ANDY RUSSELL The blast of the chinook A number of years ago I was to conduct a film study of the bighorn sheep. II was an assignment that took ire aloft amongst the Rockies with these nim- ble climbers for seventeen months, winter and summer, every day the weather allow- ed and sometime when it didn't. It was a fascinating experience, though it involved a tremendous amount of work and some- times real hardship. In summer, my two oldest teen-age sons accompanied me by packtrain and we hunted from camps pitched high among the hanging meadows at timberline in the heart of the finest bighorn summering ranges. In winter, when the boys were in school and the sheep were lower down, I went alone. It was then the camera hunting was compli- cated by snow and ice covered slopes, and sometimes dangerous weather. The wintering grounds of the wild sheep are always windy in the Canadian Rock- ies, for it is the wind that keeps the snow whipped off their feed. Sometimes Al- berta's famed chinook wind was something to reckon with. The phenomenon of the chi- nook is born out over the Pacific Ocean where the air warmed by the Japanese Current ascends lo high altitude and drifts eastward. As it drifts over the land and mountains, its cooling causes it to des- cend at rising speed. When it hits the Con- tinental Divide, it behaves exactly like fast water of a river encountering rocks. It curves nnd dives and swoops along the cast face of the main range of the Rockies, and Uicn leaps vards, warmed again by friction, to form a standing wave along the mountain front next the plains sometimes hundreds of miles long, and ttien the air currents slope off and drifts down towards the great nir pool of the prairies. Here where I live, the forrr.ntion of the mounlnins ami Ihe narrow harrier of Hie high range allows the warm air mass lo reach velocities sometimes in excess of one hundred miles per tour. One Jaauary day while stalking sheep I found out something mighty startling about wind. From the bottom of a canyon in early afternoon, I spotted a small bunch of rams feeding with a dozen bull elk about fifteen hundred feet up a steep slope on top of a grassy shoulder buttressed into tlie front of a mountain. Here was an interesting ex. ample of competition for the limited win- ter feed, so I made use of some natural contours to stalk them. The wind was blowing, but it was warm and not unpleasant. With my camera in my pack and tripod in hand I climbed a draw leading up to a level even with the sheep and elk, and then turned to climb the last pitch of the shoulder. The wind bad picked up and was roaring along the slopes above, but I was thinking of the animals and paying it little attention. Just a few steps short of coming into view of them, I walked right up into a wind stream of unbelievable velocity. It slammed ijito me, swung me half around and propelled me towards a steep drop-off on the front of the shoulder. Before I realized what was happening I was literally blown off the mountain and found myself draped like a dish towel over the stout limb of a gnarled old pine looking down a hundred feet onlo Hie jagged rocks below. For moments Uiat seemed like years, the wind held me there utterly helpless. Finally a slight lull allow- ed me to crawl to earth, where I flattened out hanging onto everything I could grab. Tills of flying rock, dirt and grass stung my face like shot. Between gusts I crawled back the way I had come, having retrieved my tripod where it had been dropped. Finally I made it back down to the sheltering limber. Where Hie sheep and elk had gone, there was no telling, and right then I could not have cared less. Apnrt from n painfully skinned wrist and n (jig bruise on my ribs, T was Rood us ever. But I had learned n lasting les- son about wind that will stay with mo the rest of my life. Dave Humphreys Monetary talks involved many issues know well in advance what the gov- ernment marketing and support pol- icies will be. The old legislation was not good enough, not long term enough. A new set of policies, em- bodied in the legislation now before Parliament, proposes not only more money for the crop year recently ended, but a formula ensuring more stability and more support over the long haul. Because the new legislation is not yet passed, the opposition parties contend the benefits under the old should be paid immediately. In the- ory this is right, but the new legisla- tion is not yet passed because of the filibuster of the opposition parties. They have the government in trouble. For the government to give in now would be to give the farmers less and to delay for at, least a year the implementation of the new long-term policies. The farmers can't have it both ways. They can't have imme- diate payments, as demanded by the opposition MPs. and the benefits of the new legislation. Mr. Tmdeau has laid it on the line, lie has put the onus on the fanners themselves. Which way do they want it? The prime minister omitted one obvious point. The farm population is still declining rapidly, in propor- tion to the total The farm vote is going down More and more Canada is being controlled by the big-city vote. Government support for agri- culture is more and more dependent on the goodwill and understanding of the city voters and their representa- tives. It would be dangerous for the Canadian farmers if they became regarded as unreasonable. Unfortu- nately, for political reasons, many of their MPs are regarded that way now. The next word must come from the farmers. TONDON Finance Minis- ter E. J. Benson struck apparently the only note of op- timism when, after Ihe interna- tional monetary meetings here, he said the cards had been laid on the table. He meant only that the ten countries talked honestly and frankly about sharp differences of opinion on the way forward to a new inter- national monetary order. In fact, seldom Jiave so many cards been on the table at the same time, covering so many aspects of the world or- der. The statesmen have been unusually busy in setting out their positions about the type of world they expect or hope to see in a few years. Without much reading be- tween -the lines, it is possible to see in the cards changing patterns of world power, of an evolving European superpow- er, of a thrust for East-West detente, of the spectre of pro- tectionism in trade, of a new relationship among the tradi- tional allies. Even as Mr. Benson and his colleagues were packing their bags, British Prime Minister Edward Heath was laying his cards on the table in Zurich, He delivered a major sneech there about European unity to mark the 25lh anniversary of Sir WiJislon Chiu-chill's appeal for the same thing and in the same spot. In an enlarged European Common Market, Mr. Heath said, "It seems tn me inevit- able that progress towards a common foreign policy will be accompanied by increasing co-operation on defence. It will also be the clear responsibility of Hie enlarged Community to speak with one voice on mat- ters of international trade and payments." IJealh spoke almost as if on cue from U.S. Treasury Secretary John Connally. A few hours earlier at the money meeting Mr. Connally had said he didn't want to bring up non- money matters but something was clearly bothering him which could be solved by the nations represented around the table. "And he said, "is simply that we again think we have a right to ask that there be a greater sharing of the de- fence burden among the na- tions of the world who can af- ford to do so. Now it is sig- nificant that U.9 per cent of the total GNP of the Uniied States is wrapped up in this figure. (Canada It is significant that 36 per cent of the total United States budget is in the defence area and I submit to you that there is not any indus- trialized nation in the world that is even close to it." One way to get around this common problem of big bad de- fence budgets, and the best way it would work, would be to come to terms with the Soviet Union and her allies. They would take away X men and arms and we would take away Y men and arms. The scene shifts from Lan- caster House where Mr. Ben- son and Mr. Connally have been meeting. We move half a mile down Lonfa'i's Mall to Canada IJ s e where De- fence Mir' Ranald S. Mac- donald is holding forth. Yes, he is saying, he thinks there mil be progress on the very prob- lem, known colloquially as de- tente (the broad picture) or mutual and balancerl force re- ductions (the specific proce- "I have no an agreement will be easy, but I think a dialogue will be open- ed during the coming Mr- Macdonald says. The four- power agreement, normalizing Berlin access and traffic prob- lem had been encouraging, As Mr. M a c d o n a 1 d was speaking, West German Chan- cellor Willy Brandt was either swimming, talking or eating w i t li Soviet Party Leader Leonid I. Brezhnev at a Crimean resort. If he was talk- ing, the conversation was about the prospects for a Soviet inven- tion called a European security conference about which nothing .much is known except that the Soviets want it very much. Meanwhile, back in Moscow Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin was seeing off Harold Wilson, British Labor party leader and former prime minister. They, too, were on about security. Mr. Wilson and his party have been Letters to the editor Teachers' professional opinions should be heard If recent letters published in The Herald are any criterion of public opinion on matters educational then we are, in- deed, in a sorry plight. School systems in general, and teachers in particular, have been the object of much criticism some of which has, undoubtedly, been relevant, but much has been ill-informed and out-dated. Educators do not complain. They recognize that criticism which does not par- alyse is helpful, for it is only when the waters are moved that they have their power to heal. Self-complacency is as great 3 danger to teachers as to everyone else. We are, hope- fully, better for a knowledge of our shortcomings. When, however, we have crit- icism based upon ignorance (D. Beintema, Sept. and com- pounded by arrogance of the type portrayed by "Home Own- er" (Sept. 25) then no respon- sible educator can long remain mule. Four facts on education Hecenlly, a couple of extra- ordinary reports and letters crept into Tlie Herald editorial page. Actually, they are of lit- tle significance except that they attack educa- tion, schools and teachers. Nat- urally, when one is attacked, all are concerned. Anonymity If your policy allows, I would kindly request the name of Ihe writer who signed himself "Homeowner" to the letter en- titled "Voters beware of teach- ers." Does a contributor of this kind have the right lo anonym- ity? Please reply and oblige. E. S. VAEELENAK. Lethbridge. EDITOR'S NOTH: such a contributor docs have llio right lo anonymity if he requests it, provided The Herald knows Ills identity and is sntisMcd the loiter Is genuine, and original. The nnmos n( such cnnlribiiUirs nrc krpt confidential, nnd thus Mr. Vnsclenah's request must lie denied. Many Rood letters are received with no idlMitlNcnllnn, nnd tlie.se writ- ers arc wnsllng (heir lime, since such contributions nrc not published. I am glad your page is an open forum. So, here are a few facts for the thinking majority and the non-thinking minority: Fact one: teachers do not want to take over education as Mr. H. Clark claimed. They want to be, and need to be, consulted as the Later Act per- mits. That is an utterly simple statement no takeover; just consultation. Nothing more. It should be easy to understand. Fact two: the School Act Sev- enly pushed educalion back a full fifty years. Now "Home- with his 50-60 class sizes wants to drive it back a ful! century. Notice what a gut- less wonder this "Homeowner" is when he hides behind a pen name. Brave lad this! Fact three: As was mention- ed in another letter recently, in (he present gov- ernment, is conspicuous by ils absence. Let us not make the same mistake in our civic and school board elections. Teach- ers, retired or not, know a hel- luva lot more about education than doctors, dentists, lawyers nnd the like. Do it. now, Leth- bridge! Fact four: ATA has always recommended that educational finances be, removed from the ratepayers' backs. LOUIS Lctlibridgc. Mr. Beinlfima's message is quite simple and quite undem- ocratic. He wants those with recognized competence on edu- cation banned from a seat on the school board. It strikes me as odd that in an age of spe- cialization, you, the taxpayer, should be asked to entrust the bulk of your tax dollar to a group that, of necessity in the absence of a specialist, must operate full potential. "Home Owner" who under- standably would not want his name publicly associated with bis "effort" is quite another 'kettle of fish.' Statistically his comments are worthless. Opin- ion is stated as fact. No doubt he is in possession of data not available to the rest of us or is he merely talking "through his hai" when he states (hat "there is no improvement in the quality of tlie product (stu- dent) turned When, how- ever, "Home Owner" refers to the ATA as an insidious teach- ers' union he degrades, under the cowardly cloak of anonym- ity a profession entrusted with the education of Canadian youth. No, dear reader, teachers not plotting an FLQ-lypc take- over of education within Alber- ta. There is no cache of muni- tions planted by their insidious union in the school board of- fices of southern Alberta. Nor is it true that mercenaries have been recruited from Sas- katchewan and D.C. to help Ihe "cause." I can assure you that nur greatest Ihrcat lo society is Ihe occasional member with BO after a hard day's work, our gcncial open-mindcdness and n desire to improve Ihe lot of mankind. In conclusion, teachers hiivo the right by law within ccr- lain, well-defined limits lo allow their names lo stand for school board memlwrship. In contracl nogolialions Ihe situation is quite different from thnl which Mr. Hcintonin along with his idol Mr. Bay Clark would have us believe. Teachers are quite simply stating that as professionals, trained and experienced, they have a professional opinion to voice which should be heard. We recognize, Mr. Beintema, as do all responsible citizens, that it is the trustee, elected by the people that has the fi- nal voice. In our plea for sanity all that we ask is that before that voice is heard, let us ask of those that know, and listen to those that have something constructive lo say. Then, let the elected representatives of the people decide. Let us take education out of the realm of probability and, so far as we are able, make it planned and purposeful. S'AM HUXLEY. Lethbridge. rather more receptive to such talk than the parly in power. On the same day in the Uni- ted Slates, U.S. Defence Secre- tary Melvin Laird had some in- congruous news about the So- viet nuclear weapons buildup since last May. As each month goes by, he said, statements he made last March about the. Russian land and sea based missile buildup nave been too conservative. "Statements that I was trying to scare people as secretary of defence" would be proved wrong. Every one of these slale- mcnts was made on the same day. They should all be read in Ihe same context. Not by coin- cidence each dealt with the twin problems of defence and detente where the action Is moving most forcefully. The NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels early next monlh to review the results of the Brandt-Brezhnev meeting and many others and undoubtedly to make another cautious col- leclivc move. When lie returned to Bonn. Mr. Brandt assumed exactly the same posture as the Canadians after llie Trude-au visit to Russia. "G e r m a n y is doing that which was agreed lo by the NATO he said. "NATO said each member should sound out the terrain by conducting bilateral consulta- tions." In London, Mr, Macdonald said the impression Mr. Tru- deau brought back from Rus- sia was one of the many fac- tors leading him to be optimis- tic about the prospect for detente. In Bonn, Mr. Brandt said he had found a positive and realistic Mr. Brezhnev. His colleague, Mr. Kosygin, is going to Ottawa soon as part of an unprecedented policy drive to bring NATO to the negotiating table. As The Economist said this week, "the sky is black Kith statesmen." The cards point to another step, perhaps the appointment of a NATO agent to act on be- half of all member countries in consulting the other side about details, like a security conference agenda. They point lo hopes only: an uncertain fu- ture with no assurance of suc- cess, Nor can they be definite about the future of Europe, relations with North America, changing trade patterns, ex- change rates or anything else. It is as certain as can how- ever, that the world will not stand still while Ihe powers talk about delenle. Mr. Heath's aspirations for Europe may fall: Britain may not join the Common Mar- ket. Yet the odds here are very much more in favor of a suc- cess in the Common Market than in a European security agreement. Which is part of the reason the Russians so ada- mantly oppose enlargement. So, too, Mr. Connally's com- plaint may go unheeded. It is one of the c o m p e 1 M n g rea- sons for European unity for sharing the burden more fairly. European enlargement through the membership of Britain, may in turn start to reverse the protectionist trend in Europe which so concerned Mr. Benson here the other day, and Mr. Sharp before him. The likelihood of rapid change among the Western allies in their trade, currency, political or defence relations it- self suggests that their ne- gotiating altitudes in a few years might be quite different from what they are today. All these problems have readied, if not crisis, conver- gence at about the same time. They have forced re-examina- tion of the status quo. Tlie re- sult so far is that each power, large or small, realizes how utterly dependent it is on the others. (The Herald London Bureau) Looking backward 3921 Sir John Vadely was today elected lord mayor of London. He succeeds James Roll, whose lerm has expired. 1931 Two miners were fa- lally wounded, another falally injured and two others se- riously hurt in a clash between striking miners and the RCMP in Estcvan this afternoon. 1911 Tlie Ilalian govern- ment loday ordered suspension of all Iradc in textiles and clothing and it was understood this was a preliminary to ra- tioning of these goods. 1951 Southern Alberta's bumper crop of cannery com was frozen into virtually a com- plete failure by (he wintry slorm al Ihe beginning of the week and today operators of Ihe cunning firms were writing off more than acres of corn as an outright loss. 19111 Syria's army rebels installed a new civilian govern- ment today and declared their independence of Cairo. Tlie lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lctbbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. 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