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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI UTHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, April 19, 19.3 NDP prop offering false security Lying is the issue Until recently hardly any Cana- dians knew what the Watergate in- vestigation in the United States was all about. If they knew that it was concerned with the bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the time of national convention last year they were apt to dismiss it as merely part of the shenanigans that characterize political conventions. Suddenly, however, it has assumed major significance. President Nixon has had to bow to pressure and re- verse himself on the stand previously taken. He had declared the White House to be innocent of any involve- ment in the bugging incident and refused to let his staff be questioned about it- But suspicion increasingly focused on the very people Mr. Nixon said were guiltless. The steady resistance of the president to having his people interrogated only heightened the sus- picion it appeared as though he was protecting them. Then people began to hint that the president might be trying to pro- tect himself, not his staff. Absurd as it would be for a man in his position, the possibility was mooted that Mr Nixon might have proposed the idea of bugging the Watergate himself. The issue came to be not who ori- ginated the stupid plan of bugging the Democratic headquarters but who was lying about it. Plainly some lying has been done and at a high level at that. William F. Buckley, Jr., the well know conservative columnist, has ob- served that there is a similarity be- tween this situation and the Profumo scandal in Britain in 1963. In that instance a member of the Macmil- lan cabinet was rumored to have been engaged in illicit sexual ac- tivity. The prime minister, on the word of Mr. Profumo, publicly vouch- ed for the man's innocence. It was very damaging to Mr. Macmillan when the truth came out because the people's trust had been betrayed. Mr. Nixon apparently realizes fin- ally that the American people know lies have been told. Confidence in him and his administration has been seriously undermined. He is now try- ing to salvage something from the wreckage. Here is just another reminder to people in public life that trying to avoid the truth often results in more trouble than facing it and taking the consequences. Bugging the Watergate was bad enough; lying about it is worse. Simple nourishment Mayor Andy Anderson's impres- sions while travelling in the Orient are worth nothing, especially his re- marks on the industry of the people and their thrust to capture world markets. His remark, "our sea ports seem idle compared to those of Asian is sobering. Of interest was his report of the very healthy children all apparently living on a diet largely devoid of meat This is what the vegetar- ians have been preaching for years. The vegetarian's grocery list ex- cludes white sugar, carbohydrates and meat but is nevertheless packed with energy producing foods notice- ably less expensive than his sweet toothed meat once a day peers- The vegetarian believes the soya bean, peanut, sunflower seeds and yeast are richer in protein than anything the butcher can sell him. The vegetarian believes the major- ity over-indulge in carboyhydrates and refined sugars are "starch- eaters and sugar babies" resulting in weak hearts and under sized muscles. Some have described it as "attempting to run a Rolls-Royce on paraffin." Many long-range viewers forsee the day when meat eating will be- come so expensive it will be obso- lete. Some believe, with population expansion, it will some day be view- ed as wasteful to provide eight tons of vegetable food for an animal in order to produce one ton of chemi- calized meat. Vegetarians believe that the world acreage of food pro- duction lands could be doubled if we relied on growing rather than grazing. While the arguments of the vege- tarians are worth considering most people have become so accustomed to meat that a nutty noodle casserole or bean burger just doesn't turn them on. The casserole It seems the city fathers are reluctant to buy 60 acres of west side land, at four or five thousand an acre, in order to get the 14 acres someone believes is needed for a lake. (That's right, a There was a day when the idea of pay- Ing that kind of money or any, for that matter to be able to include a lake in a real estate development, would have beeen laughed out of court. But times have changed, and perhaps a lake is really needed. But is it all right to ask "By Receiving 315 Standard Oil credit cards in the mail could lead to bsukruptcy un- less the recipient kept only two (one for his wife and one for himself) and mailed the rest back as Gregg Cbastain of Tigard, Oregon, did when he opened the surprise package. A company spokesman in Concord, Cali- fornia, blames a computer error for the embarrassing mistake, but claims 342 sards were sent to Chastain rather than the 315 reported. and when the other 27 cards will turn up is a matter of growing concern to Standard Oil. And who always ends up pay- ing for any errors that cost an oil com- >any money. Standard's customers should x concerned, too! attend all the regular diplomatic cocktail parties and dinners, and of course hold their own, and generally keep busy doing all those special and elegant things embas- sies and consulates do. And no one seems to mind, or even re- member the feet that they haven't really been representing anyone for 33 years. Another argument against drinking has come up. Maybe just maybe it will be effective. The American Journal of Psychiatry has published a report with the title, Alcohol- induced sexual impotence. It is by two Seattle doctors who have been treating alcoholics (some of them) over the past 37 years, and it deals with just what the title says it deals with. Evidently heavy boozing does have an effect on sexual capacity in men, one that can take away ability without reflating desire. This effect can continue long after the sufferer gives up booze, and in a pro- portion of cases becomes permanent, even if total abstinence is practiced. Well, if that won't do it Women's platform shoes have been term- ed "the worst driving shoes ever creat- sd" by Roy Henshaw, the Keystone Auto safety director. Henshaw claims it is difficult to shift the foot from the accelerator to the brake in an emergency white wearing four-dr- ive inch platform shoes. "If car manufacturers must recall their automobiles for safety defects, it would logical for fashion designers to be Htinshaw sairt Recall unsafe shoes? tbrn a recipe -or pandcirxraiuTn! The following vignette perfectly true, bj the way may shed a little light on the problem a typical parent faces in trying to finance the college education of an aspiring offspring. (The light, it will be noted, is not especially rosy.) Mother was really concerned over how to manage the rather lavish budget pro- posed by her first-born, and after having consulted with friends who had been through a similar ordeal, suggested to the child the possibility of a student loan. "Oh, but you don't understand, Mother" came the pained reply; "if I take oat a student loan. Til have to pay it The world of diplomacy lia> a of xms, unreal. Three countries once VJJOVTI as 1he Baltic Latiia, Li'hiaroa and -acre absorbed into the USSR. in 1940, a circumstance that, bowr.er un- ortunaie some may consider it. 3s gm- srally accepted m international affairs and recognized in the history But not in diplomatic at kart not in Washington. There all throe state? are still officially, display the pedal diplomatic licence plates, bane national flags in Laamody Ccirtrc, At the moment the world's currency problems seem a bit below crisis level, may allow a moment to reject 'hat vhcn 1h" heat was really on. and lixy V.CTC And. know something? The sun tame up next morning just the tame. By Peter Desbarats, Toronto commentator The most remarkable thing about the remarkable situation in this Parliament is that most Canadians find it totally unre- markable. In Ottawa, the game of mi- nority government still attracts a great deal of interest. Will the Conservatives vote against corporate tax cuts? Will the NDP take a stand on for- eign investment? Will the Liber- als call a snap election? In Ottawa, the questions go around and around and they come out nowhere. Else- where in Canada, people look blank when the conversation is directed toward the "pre- carious situation of the federal government. They have long ago lost interest in the manoeu- verings of the various factions in Parliament. Common sense tells them that the government is securely in place, politicians of all parties apoear to be working harder than usual (as they and the federal sys- tem is at least as productive as it is under normal circum- stances. But what are normal circum- stances? In the late fifties and sixties, political normality was taken to mean majority government by one of the two major parties. When this condition was absent, Canadians felt that something was amiss. Election campaigns were based on the promise of majority government or as it was called at the time, "strong" government. In the seventies, Canadians seem to have accepted a new normality. They have elected majority governments in only two of the eight most recent federal elections. Minority gov- ernments are now familiar creations to be assessed by pragmatic standards, not by outmoded political conventions. Latest Gallup Poll seems to confirm this. The party that has shown the largest increase in support is the NDP, the parlia- mentary group that has most Everyone works in busy Far East By Lethbridge Mayor A. C. Anderson The Far East is busier and more prosperous than ever, of- fering Canada both an oppor- tunity and a warning. The warning is that we had better get to work if we want to keep on enjoying our pri- vileged economic position, and the opportunity is to share in the Asiatic boom through two- way trade. Returning to Lethbridge af- ter six weeks in that part of the world I am more apprecia- tive than ever of our Canadian economic, political and social systems, and of our abundance of resources. However, the Asi- atic countries I visited could teach us an important lesson human determination, enterprise and ingenuity are Letters to the editor more important than the re- sources of nature. Crowded Japan is short 12 million workers. Singapore could put more people to work tomorrow. Hong Kong, perhaps the most congested spot on the globe, has no un- employment. We didn't go into China, but we were never abte to forget Its nearness. With their cur- rent emphasis on education and vocational training, the Chinese could become the most indus- trially powerful as well as the most populous nation on earth, particularly when they develop more trading patterns. Taiwan has textile mills, and by next year will have three million people working in them. A new 53-storey hotel in Kong is on land that cost a square foot. That's about million an acre. Singapore is building new hotel rooms. When I was in Honolulu three years ago they were add- ing hotel rooms to their tourist capacity. Today the shortage is greater than ever. On the average, tourists enter and leave Hong Kong every day. Japan has become a nation of travellers. Japanese tourists are everywhere in Asia (and Europe They are good of the strength of their own industry and econ- omy. Justice to be found in sharing Materially speaking society today was never better off. The circumstances indicate that it has to be. The things we see and buy were not produced so much by human effort as by that pres- ent force so easily overlooked, namely our endowment of na- tural resources and natural en- ergr combined with technology having a capacity for material wealth production that cannot only meet our material needs but is obviously being diverted largely to luxury item produc- tion. In a culture which would in- terpret justice as a sharing of this material endowment and I do not mean equal sharing, but a fairer humane distri- bution, there must be efforts made by both individuals and governments to implement this concept. As we know a large segment of society today is composed Will punish In regard to the article Jn The Herald {April Hi) horses slaughtered for consumption in Europe and the sales of borpe neat. I TniKl j-aj arc discuilcd We feel it 5i absol- utely unnecessary Jo slaughter horses as we haic already slaughtered or murdered as we call it millions upon mil- lions of helpless cows. Sooner or later animals will punish us as we punished them. God will seek, find, and de- stroy those who have anything to do with the sale of horse meat. CATHY EARTLETT and SUSAN DAY of people who cannot for cer- tain and various valid reasons be a part of the so-called work force. Most of us sooner or later become a member of this seg- ment. If it is an injustice for govern- ments to demand large taxes and use some of it to distribute our material wealth, it is no less an injustice for the work force to repeatedly demand more income for the same out- put, or commerce to periodical- ly raise the profit level on the same item. Exercised in a just way none of these need be subject to criticism. In a liuuiy oriented society made possible mainly through material technology there is a danger that those who pos- sess potential for the acquisi- tion of this material wealth, chiefly the work force, may ac- quire an unjust share of this wealth and I would say that henceforth a cardinal function of good government would be to block such an objective even if it means increasing taxes until all realize that justice is sharing and that gross social selfishness usually leads to serious trouble. LLOYD R. WEIGHTMAN Lethbridge Council identified This tetter is not one of the usual letters to The Herald. It is rather an attempt to correct a wrong impression the news story School for Hutterites op- posed (April 16) conveys. One reading this story, unless he is very versed in the municipal government of the province, woukl read the phrase "The Vulcan council will sup- pr.rt" etc. as being the council of the town of Vulcan eypccial- 3> in of the large amount of publicity Vulcan has been re- ceiving lately on this subject. The "council" referred to In the article is the county of Vul- can No. 2 which administers the rural areas surrounding the town. As far as ihe council of the tcwn of Vulcan per se, is con- cerned, we have taken no part in this campaign, although a number of the councillors have been very active in the matter, 35 members of the chamber of commerce. D D. MAYOR Vulcan Indeed, we found the Far East considerably more expen- sive than when we were there. Our money was heavily discounted in Australia and New Zealand, raising the cost of travel a good deal. Our trip coincided with the recent international money crisis and in country after country it was difficult to con- vert to the local currency. They were all afraid of being loaded up with too much Canadian (or American) money at a time when its real value was so un- certain. Tahiti and Fiji seemed to have an acute shortage of ac- ceptab'e tourist facilities but the other countries on our itin- erary were coping much better. Fiji seems to be in trouble, with high degree of labor un- rest and social turmoil. A ship count in any Asiatic harbor proves the vigor of the local economy. Our busiest Ca- nadian ports are idle by com- parison. The food market there is un- limited. Beef sells for a pound in Japan. Imports last year were tons. Cana- dian beef brings a little less than the world-famous Kobe beef, but at those prices Can- ada could still export beef to Japan to advantage. While the Japanese people now are most- ly all middle-class, with good incomes, you don't hear any- thing there about meat strikes. The Japanese children in- deed the children in all the countries we visited seemed vigorous and healthy, and ob- vicusly many of them never see meat at all. The most vivid impression one gets from such a trip is the effort of the people. The more their countries were dam- aged by the war. the more in- centive the people seemed to have to rebuild. They couldn't do it by inflation, welfare, strikes or rhetoric. Work was their only instrument, so they worked. And they haven't stopped working. If we in North America aren't careful we'll soon find Jhem to be slil! much more formidable competition in world commerce. obviously disregarded the old conventions to explore the po- tential creativity of minority government. The Conservatives, on the other hand, have lost support since the election. The explanation for this must lie, in large part, in their image as projected through Parliament. Conservatives themselves, In recent weeks, have worried about a negative public reaction to the strong opposition role that they deliberately adopted in Parliament. They admitted that the negative reaction ex- isted, but how strong was it? The Gallup PoE has provided an answer. As far as the Liberals concerned, there are many rea- sons why they seem at least to have held their ground since the election. Among the most im- portamt was the government's ability to regroup quickly after the election, to maintain cabinet and caucus discipline and to present the country not only with a new legislative program but with a number of important fields such as welfare and re- gional development. In fact, virtually all these so- called new programs were in the works long before the Octo- ber election, in various govern- ment departments and deep within the central planning groups that the Trudeau gov- ernment nurtured after 1968. Despite all the criticism of "su- pergroup" operations under Trudeau, It was this planning capability that really paid oft for the government after Octo- ber, that enabled it to take the offensive in important areas of activity. Both the Liberals and the NDP have adopted more suc- cessfully than the Conservatives to the new normality, partly through necessity. The current situation con- firms the idea, advanced by a number of political scientists In the sixties, that the 1957 and 1958 federal elections were criti- cal in the sense that they pro- duced a long-lasting realign- ment of party support. John Meisel of Queens University predicted in 1965 that: "It Is to be expected that the multi-party system permitting majority governments some of the time, but not always, will continue to be the norm." Meisel also predicted that the exclusion of the Liberals from western Canada be a fairly durable condition. He warned that the Liberals "are in danger of losing what has been their greatest asset for over 40 image of being a genuine national party." When Meisel wrote this, there were no NDP provincial govern- ments in western Canada. Now, with the NDP in power in times of the four western provinces but absent from Quebec, the Liberals can compensate for their weakness in the west through a working alliance with the NDP in Parliament No such ootion exists for the Con- servatives in the region of their greatest weakness, Quebec, un- less there is an eventual under- standing with the Social Credit party. But In the long run, barring a formal Liberal-NDP coalition, the Liberal position may be the more precarious because of its dependence on the NDP. Across Canada now, at the provincial level, the Conservatives are generally in a stronger position than the Liberals, and Con- servative governments are in power in the two wealthy prov- inces, Ontario and Alberta. Even the beginning of a breakthrough for the party in Quebec would seriously threaten the alliance that now seems to suit the Liberals, the NDP and. according to the lat- est poll, the public. 'Crazy Capers' I haven't had the chance yet to find the trouble I've been too busy with your bill! Another beaver friend Thanks to Heten Schttfer for her eloquent and moving degy to the beavers m Indian Battle Park (The HeraW, ApriJ They were my fnends also, and T too their slaughter. Xbe pad iitoy cf. tin rituation rests with the fad the beavers had chosen a game preserve in which to buiM their lodge and ultimately to be exteTmnn- etcd BECKY COUSINS LeSUmrtge. The Utkbridge Herald _____ 504 7th SL S, Lethbnage, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and PobliataW Polished 1905-1964. by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Mtefl ReolsWton No WI3 or The GanaSlan press tna tbf Canadian Dally MtwsMwr fatffUher? the ewsu tit CLEO W MOWESS, EdHOT BnS THOMAS H. AOAMS, Msnawr DON PILUVG WIUUAM HAT Mwusginj Editor AssocJSW tailor ROY f. MILES K. WALKCt rTWns WtanwBtr editorial E0TW -THE HERAIO 9GKVES WE SOUTH' ;