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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 113 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO PAGES Electricity rate boost approved By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The cost of lighting your house in Lethbridge went up Monday, but you'll be able to vater your lawn for the same price you've been paying the last 12 years for at least two more weeks. A bylaw increasing electric- ity rates by about per year fo'r the average home consum- er was passed unanimously by city council Monday. But another bylaw upping water rates an approximate average of 35 par cent for do- mestic users and 19 per cant for commercial users ran into some opposition and was fi- nally tabled on third reading Two die in crash A single-engine Cessna 150 crashed into a parking lot north of Streetsville, Opt., Monday The plane's two occupants were killed. Witnesses said the aircraft appeared to be gliding in for an emergency landing, shortly after taking off, when it suddenly nosedived from about 200 feet. Some American PoWs cowards By FRED S. HOFFMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON An air force colonel who com- manded United States war prisoners in North Viet- nam has denounced some PoWs as cowards "who openly collaborated with the enemy' and caused physi- cal harm to comrades. "I intended to do everything in my power to weed these people out of the Col. Theodore Guy said Monday in a telephone interview from Tucson, Ariz. He said there are fewer than 20 alleged collab- orators among the 566 returned PoWs. He declined to identify them. Guy said he was in'' by other American prisoners and bsaten and tortured because of his efforts to establish communications among the PoWs and to organize camp life and discipline. Guy acknowledged he had found an official attitude favoring a forgive-and-forget approach, but "I was rations and greater freedom within the walls, and "turned their backs on us." The former camp commander's accusations shattered the facade of harmony among the returned PoWs, bringing into the open for the first time resentments winch lop Pentagon officials had hoped to smooth over. Guy acknowledged he had found an nofficial attitude farvoring a forgive-and-forget approach, but "I was in Washington last week, I told my story, and now I feel I have COULD BE CHARGED "Those who did collaborate with the enemy or went against the code of conduct will be identified by me and. after all the evidence is in, I will decide whether charges will be placed.'' Tlie -M-j car-oid colonel, who spent five years in North Vietnamese hands, said ha is in a mood to press charges but wants lo be sure first thai investigators come up with enough evidence to make the charges stick. Meanwhile, Guy confirmed that he and other senior PoWs arc moving to enter black marks in the service records of men they regard as collaborators. A bad efficiency report can wreck a military career. ?f. Inside 'Did you drive ewhere over the holiday. Classified 23-25 Comics......20 Comment 4.3 Family 18.W News 33.54 21 8-10 Theatres......6 TV..........6 Weather......2 TOXIGHT WEO. 55: >HU) Co-operation advocated between gov't, teachers CALGARY (CP) Premier Peter Lougbeed urged co-op- eration between teachers and government, rather than con- frontation, in a speech Monday to the Alberta Teachers Asso- ciation He was replying to a state- ment earlier in the day by ATA president Murray Jampolsky who said government interven- tion in teachers' strikes may force teachers to become more politically active. Mr. Jampolsky said there was no pressing need for the government order forcing rural Southern Alberta teachers back to work earlier this month, ending a three-week walkout. The premier said ''we rec- ognize that tensions and, anxiety will arise from such a situation but we feel we1 made a decision which was in the best interests of the young peo- ple of "We allowed the strike to go on for a fairly significant time but we had to make a deci- sion and I think the association realized this.'' Mr. Lougheed said the ATA has always bean nolitically ac- tive and would likely become more so. Mr. Jampolsky had earlier told the 450 delegates to the ATA annual representative as- sembly that the government showed mora concern for the students than for the teachers when they intervened. Although the teachers have returned to work, a contract has not been signed in the wage dispute. Premier Lougheed also said the public opposition to educa- tion expenditures has de- creased. Albertans feel better about such expenditures largely be- cause the reliance on property tax for education funding has been removed. Mr. Lougheed also suggested the Alberta pupil teacher ra- tion may not remain the low- est in Canada. "I think you would agree that it is a yardstick of educa- tion excellence that has to be looked at and compared with other yardsticks in education." Also see Page 15. Live bombs discovered on B.C. military base Seen and heard About town SEDROVIC walk- ing into two doors, one filing cabinet and a bannister after consuming one liqueur- filled chocolate Larry Laudcr claiming his beat-up old car is just as good as brother Murray's new one. VERNON, B.C. fCP) Ca- nadian Forces demolition ex- perts found a live two-inch mortar bomb Monday while they were disposing of two live bombs and one smoke bomb found on the military range here during the weekend. All three live bombs, deLom ated harmlessly, were similar to the one that killed two Ver- non boys two weeks ago. Dwayne Williment, 9, and Bradley Hanke, 7. found a bomb April 18 and were killed when it exploded. Two other children were injured. Six bombs have been found in the Vemon area in the past two weeks. C a nadian forces spokesmen have said there is no need to conduct a thorough sweep of the area. City council and the British Columbia government have of- ficially requested a sweep, and a petition signed by per- sons is to be sent to the fed- eral government later this veek. To date, four persons have been killed by bombs from the range, used for training during the Second World War. In 1963, two boy scouts were killed when mortar bombs exploded. A search of the area time revealed 60 bombs. buildup charged Bombers plug gap in city's defence From REUTER-AP PHNOM PENH (CP) United Stales B-52 bombers re- sumed massive raids near Phncm Penh today following successful strikes by F-1I1 fighter-bombers that helped plug a major gap in the Cam- First release of civilian PoWs set SAIGON {Reulcri The Smith Vietnamese government and Ihe Viet Cong acrccd today to Iwcin Ihe firrt release of ci- vilian prisoners held by the two sides, a government military spokesman said. The agreement followed a' meeting of the two-party Joint Military Commission in Saigon. The spokesman said Ihe lime of Hhc releases had rot yet been ('ti'.f'.fd. hut they vc-e OAprcle'J 1o take place Wednesday or Thursday. bcdian capital's defence per- imeter. The B-52s, flying in from Thailand with 30-ton bombloads, struck within five miles off the southern suburb of hit by rifle fiic overnight. Government forces reoccu- pied Monday the little township of Sicm Reap, eight miles southwest of Takhmau, which had been flattened by the F-m tactical bombers in raids Sun- day and Monday, The retaking of Siem Reap plugged a big gap in the capi- tal's defensive perimeter and countered Communist infil- tration through the area in the last week. Government troops met no resistance in taking the ticvastalcd township. Vital supplier; of fuel, ammu- nition and food were unloaded today from eight ships that broke through a Communist blockade on 1he Mekong River to reach the bekaguered capi- tal. In Bangkok, the government of Thailand i! will nol sent in'o Cambodia but will continue lo support the govern- ment ol rresidcDt Lm Nol WASHINGTON (AP) The United States today formally charged North Vietnam with an illegal build-up of its military force in South Vietnam. Among other things, the United States charged that 000 Communist troops were moved through Laos and Cam- bodia into the South since the ceasefire was signed Jan. 28, In a circulated to the 10 oJher countries that signed the Paris peace accord to end the xvar in Vietnam, the United States rejected as "utterJy prourdlcss" the accusations by Kcnoi thai the United States end the Saigin government had the peace agreement Anik drifts off course OTTAWA fCP> Canada's second communications satel- lite. Anik H. drifted slightly off covrf? today as i' moved to- ward Jts permanent orbil. Anik II. launched last Friday from Cape Kennedy, Fla.. will serve as a back-up lo Anik I, launched lasl November. Communications channels on the second craft also will be leased to U.S. interests. When finally positioned, the satellite will orbit miles abrr.e earth otrr a line run- ning south fTotn war the Al- bert a-Sasiatcbewan border. until the next council meeting May 7. The electricity rate increase was accepted by council as a more or less necessary evil, following on the heels of a 15 per cent interim increase granted by the Public Utilities Board to Calgary Power Ltd. from which the city buys much of its power requirements. COMPARATIVE RATES According to a study present- ed to council, Lsthbridge's new electric rates will put th2 ci.y above Edmonton and Calgary, but below Red Deer and Med- icine Hat in residential rates, below Red Deer and Calgary and generally above Medicine Hat snd Edmonton in commer- cial and industrial rates. Council found the water rate increase a little harder to stom- ach even after there has bsen no increase for at least 12 years and that whether water is paid for through bill- ing or taxation, it's still ing out of the citizen's packet. City Manager Tom Nutting told council that under the present rate structure, or about 3 mills would have to be added to the tax levy to pay for the water supply system this year, while the cost in 1974 would be or about mills. Engineering director Randy HclMd said under the new rates, the system would begin paying for itsalf by the end' of 1975. BETTER SERVICE Replying to questions from aldermen, he said much better service is being provided through expansion of the treat- ment p'ant and installation of a two-zone system, giving in- creased pressure to consumers at the east end of the city. The cost cf financing these improvements are blamed in part for making the rate in- crease necessary. Aid. Vera Ferguson asked if the capital expenditures on the system were for the average consumer or the industrial park in the east end. She was told the system could not meet the demand and improvements wera for the en- tire east part of the city in- cluding subdivision areas. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes asked if rationing could be ex- pected again this summer, and was told the city has the ca- pacity to treat and deliver enough water to make it un- necessary if it can take the wa- ter it needs from the Oldman River. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said the water rates question comes down to the user pays phi- losophy. "While it is a very drastic increase, it seem to me to be directed to those who are using it.'' he said. "The more you use, the more you pay." "It particularly hurts those on fixed incomes, but it boils down to a question of which pocket you take it out of. "If you cut the rate increase, it comes out of the mill rate." Mr. Nutting told council in his opinion the low water rates in Lethbridge have created some waste. "For a few years at least this increase will yield some con- servation. Peoples' bills may be the same." Aid. Vcra Ferguson remark- ed: "We'll have a lot of brown lavas.'' Watergate affair scandal boils over cover-up Compiled from Herald News Services The Watergate scandal con- tinues to boil after fresh re- ports of evidence that the White House tried to cover up the facts behind the wiretapping. There were these new devel- opments: Sources close to the Sen- ate's Watergate investigation said President Nixon surely was aware of a cover-up, and that evidence indicates top presidential aides H. R. Halde- man and John Ehrlichman par- ticipated in the cover-up. A lawyer for Nixon's cam- paign finance committee gave court officials three cartons of secret campaign spending records that had been withheld in apparent violation of an agreement to furnish them last November. He said they include payroll records containing names of two of the Watergate conspirators. Transcripts of testimony before the Watergate grand jury quoted convicted wiretap- per James McCord as saying under oath that he had been of- fered executive clemency if he would remain silent about the conspiracy and serve more than a year in jail. W h i t e House spokesman Gerald Warren again denied that Nixon had advance knowl- edge of plans for wiretapping Dem ocratic headquarters last June. The president's mood, ac- cording to some of his associ- ates, in the last few days has bean one of angry impatience to get the matter settled. At his cabinet meeting in Washington on Friday morning, he said during a discussion of the Wa- tergate affair that there had been "incredible -jackassary" in the whole thing and he was anxious to get to the bottom of it. He left the impression that he would like to clear himself and expose the culprits. Meantime, there were In- creasing indications that a White House staff shake-up as a result of the Watergate case would be forthcoming. WHAT COUNCIL DID Some real pocketbook issues faced city council Monday, and when the smoke had cleared, aldermen emerged with a .500 cost of living batting average. With relatively litda debate they voted in an electricity rate increase and a taxi fare in- crease, and with considerably more discussion, tabled the proposed rate increase for two weeks and threw out the parking meter increase. But before getting down to the nitty gritiy they took time out to honor former alderman and Mrs. Chick Chicbester, presenting them with going away gifts. Mr. Chichester, who resigned from council April 9 and his wife are leaving for British Columbia soon on the first leg of an extended holi- day. Council also rejected the 911 emergency number system, ta- b'ed cemetery and sewer bjlaws. and dealt with a num- ber of more routine matters in a meeting that went unlil mid- night. Aid. Sieve Koich was the only alderman not present. Crash re-check allowed SAIGON (CP) Viet Cong sail today they will allow members of the International Commission of Control and Su- pervision (ICCS) to re-examine on Thursday the wreckage of an April 7 helicopter crash in northern South Vietnam in which four ICCS officers, in- cluding a Canadian, were killed. The re-inspection is intended to settle a growing dispute the two helicopters were on course when flying an approved mission over Commu- nist-held territory in Quang Tri. M a j .-G e n. Duncan A. McAlpine of the Canadian dele- gation has charged that the crashed helicopter was hit by a heat seeking missile fired by Communist command forces. All nins persons aboard, one of them Capt. C. E. Laviolette of Quebec City, were killed. The Viet Cong have said the two helicopters were straying from a prearranged corridor when they "met with an acci- dent.'1 But the American civil- ian crew members have insisted the aircrafts were on course. Energy tax plan mulled TORONTO (CP) The Pro- gressive Conservative party has scheduled a special caucus this afternoon to discuss the govern- ment's controversial energy tax. The tax. announced in the budget, has drawn criticism from both the opposition parties and some government back-ben- chers. Kennedy government party said the caucus has been called to deal with the proposed seven-per-cant tax on energy. Treasurer John White will at- tend the special caucus and it is expected that if an announce- ment is lo be on the tax it will bs in the legislature when the house cpcns. U.S. river on rampage ST. LOUIS