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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, April 25, 1973 After the Watergate, what then? It's bound to come The chief of the Vancouver police force believes organized crime is at- tempting to establish itself in his city. He is probably right. Counting West and North Vancou- ver, the suburbs and adjoining areas, fche population of Greater Vancouver is well over a million. It is a sea port, a major resort area, and a fast-moving, modern city. It is read- ily accessible by road, ran, air or water. It is close to the international border, and only hours away by air from several large American metro- politan areas. In short, it is "quali- fied" for the attentions of organized crime. In crime, as in business, where there's a profitable looking market, sooner or later there'll be someone to do business. Some years ago. a series of crimi- nal incidents in Edmonton appeared to bear the marks of big-time crime, not only in the type of activity but in a degree of skill and sophistica- tion somewhat more advanced than local police were used to encounter- ing. The police were worried because they were aware that their col- leagues in several large eastern cities had been putting real pres- sure on the mobsters, and many cri- minals were looking for places to lay low for a while. As it turned out, Edmonton's fears were groundless, and as the mat- ter was examined more closely, some rather reassuring data showed up. Edmonton, it seemed, had certain characteristics they'd be called drawbacks by the mob that made it unattractive to big-time criminals. First, there too small a "take" available, in the way of profits from gambling, drugs, prostitution, extor- tion and booze, then as always the mainstays of organized crime. Sec- ond, even if big money had been available, there weren't any of the places big-time crooks like to spend it. Finally and this was the really important point the town was too easy to "sew to use crime drama jargon; there were just too few ways to get in and out, and these could easily be controlled by police. Prairie cities have always had good police forces, and they receive effective support from the RCMP. But it isn't police that worry the crime syndicates; dealing with high- ly sophisticated crime prevention agencies all over the world has left them -with little awe of lawmen. It is the size of the market, a "big-time" atmosphere in which to live, and freedom of movement that are im- portant. So far western cities have been reasonably free of organized crime, but one wonders how long it can last. The markets are becoming as the cities grow and as immense profits become available from the growing trade in hard drugs. Easy access to almost any- where is a characteristic of the times. And although the social and recreational bill of fare may not be just what big city mobsters find at- tractive, it is moving in that direc- tion, and in the meantime jet travel is there for anyone with the funds, which the gangsters always have. Orderly development Coaldale is booming. Building per- mits have tripled during the first quarter of 1973. Building construction from January to March' amounted to nearly half a million dollars, three that of last year. Permits were issued for 15 homes, one five-plex and additions to two businesses and several homes. Construction has commenced on the arena complex with seating capacity for and an ice slab measuring 85 by 190 feet located next to the swimming pool and curling rink to be connected by a mall. Choice of design and location were considered important enough to send Mayor A- F.. Blackie. Recreational Board chairman F. Wright and direc- tor W- D. Geldert to several Southern Alberta communities to study recrea- tianal- complexes before deciding what would best suit Coaldale's needs. Their thorough study has brought gratifying results. Coaldale's zoning bylaws govern- ing residential, commercial, industrial and transitional areas have been in- troduced to avoid hodge-podge devel- opment. But there will be those seek- ing special consideration claiming their proposal would be better locat- ed in a non-conforming area. Good, sound, long-range planning saves a community thousands of dol- lars, innumerable eye-sores and en- sures orderly development for the town's taxpayers. It remains for Coal- dale's town council to put teeth into their bylaws and make them stick if disciplined development is to con- tinue. ART BUCHWALD The election is off WASHINGTON Has the president done all he can do in regards to the Water- gate bugging scandal? Some people think he hasn't. One, a Democrat friend of mine named Osgood Timishoe, announced: "The University of Oklahoma last week forfeited nine football games plus the Sugar Bowl because someone cheated on their players' grades." "What has that got to do with the Water- I asked. "I believa Nixon should forfeit the elec- tion." "Have you gone mad. I said in horror. "The president's been in office for four months. He can't just up and forfeit at this late date." "Why not? Oklahoma played their games last fall and they just forfeited now. The president's the No. 1 football fan in the country and he should take the lead from the No. 2 college football Jeaw "But why would he do I asked. "Because -everyone in this country ttat Nixon wouM never want to win a contest if cheating were involved. He has too much principle for that. The pres- idency of the United Stales isn't worth the price if you. have to gain it by deceit The only honorable thing to do would be for the president to on Twliocial television this and say, 'Because of startling new information thai I have just received concerning the Watergate. I am forfeiting the election to my worthy opponent. Sen. George McGovern." "But, Osgood. if the presitkni forfeits the election now. what happens to thing that has taken place in tlif fmir months such as peace honor in narn, the dollar devaluation, meat pnces. the of funds'1" "They would all he The president's forfeiture would be the only thing operative. President McGovern would have to start from scratch, which he's used to doing anyway." "There must be another I pro- tested- "Perhaps rather than forfeit, the president could ask for a new election an entirely new team of players on the committee for the re-election of the president." "Did the University of Oklahoma ask to replay Penn State in the Sugar Osgood asked. "But that's I replied. "It may be to some people, but I'm not sure it is to Richard M. Nixon. How can he face the public for the next four years knowing he won the ejection by un- fair methods? How can the U.S. Marine band, play 'Hail to the Chief when the chiefs own people in the White House fix- ed the election so Nixon would be a sure "But surely Mxon knows in his heart that he would have the ejection with or without the tampering of the Water- gate." "There will aJways be that Osgwcl said. "It isn't good for the country to have a president Who will never be certain thai hr Kid a mandate from