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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 IHE U1HBR1DGE HERALD Wednesday, Auguit 2, 1972 Joseph Kraft Dirty political pool If public sympathy were a valid reason for retaining .Senator Thomas ICaglcton on Iho Democratic ticket as Senator George McGovern's running mate, the man from Missouri would be there today. Few, however, will question that in the light of the con- troversy aroused by Kaglcton's med- ical liis'tory, and the fact that politi- cal issues would be obscured by per- sonality discussions, McCovcrn had no choice but to ask his chosen run- ning mate to step clown. It is a sad, humiliating affair for Sen. Eaylcton. A comparatively young man, hiylily Hiftcd, eager and confi- dent, his vision of a splendid future in liijjh office has been cruelly and publicly shattered. The affair has also brought to light glaring weak- necses in party organization. All that acknowledged, one must ad- m t that there is a kind or weird sat- isfaction in the fact that columnist Jack Anderson has mined his own credibility in his attempt to destroy tlial of his hapless victim. Delving into Sen. Kagleton's past record, lie claimed that he had in- controvertible evidence, that the former vice presidential candidate had had charges of drunken driving laid against him. Later, on a national TV show, Anderson acknowledge that his information sources were not as well checked out as they should have been and that be owed Sen. Eagleton an apology. Muck raking is a disgusting busi- ness. Anderson has engaged in it and therefore proven himself to be a journalist of (tie kind who brings dis- credit on the entire profession, a glaring example of the kind of re- porter who brings the press under constant public attack. One can only deplore the effect of his most recent grubbing into the slime at Ihe bottom of the political slongli while at the same time admitting some satisfac- tion thai he has brought himself per- sonally into disrepute. Dirty pool seldom is its own reward, Good riddance The Western Canada party has folded. It will not be greatly missed even in the West. Few people seem to have been at- tracted to the membership of the party, which bespeaks the innate good sense of the people in this part of the country. Western Canadians may have genuine grievances about the treatment received in Confedera- tion but they know the redress will not come by the separatist route. At this point in the history of tho nation the most urgent need is for the recognition of the dependance of one part of the country upon the other. The fragmentation that might eventually result if the separatists in the East, or in the West got their way would create far more prob- lems than it would solve. Another political party hardly seems the answer even to gaining a hearing for the West's concerns. It could never be anything but a splint- er group in Parliament. After many years of being represented by Social Credit, and latterly by Progressive Conservative members in Opposition the people of the West ought to try to get on the bandwagon and be represented in (he Govern- ment. There may be a problem in discerning which' party is likely to win an election but is is certain a Western Canada party would never carry She country. Musical treat Music lovers have a treat in store for them on Monday night. Young people throughout the province who have been attending the 14th Pro- vincial Summer Music Workshop at Camrose will give a concert of vocal and instrumental music at 8 p.m. at the Yates Memorial Centre. Those who have been privileged to attend performances of workshop par- ticipants in past years, in one centre or another, will know what a pleas- ant evening is in prospect for all who plan to attend. It is remarkable what the directors in the various depart- ments of the workshop accomplish in the short time they have the young people together. The only cost for those who choose to partake of this musical treat will be the effort required to get to the Yates Memorial Centre and the time taken from some other pursuit. In return there will be the immediate pleasure derived from the concert plus the satisfaction of knowing that some of the performers may be en- couraged lo a lifetime involvement in music. A large and appreciative audience should be in attendance from tho city and district U> applaud the ef- forts of the performers and approve the investment of the promoters, the Alberta department of culture, youth and recreation. ANDY RUSSELL Steelhead WATERTON LAKES PARK The river flowed fast and clear down between the mountains of the Coastal Range on the last leg of its journey to the sea. The morning sun was warm, the westerly breeze gentle and balmy with the smell of the ocean in it. On both sides of the valley sharp peaks soared into the sky like teeth, all glittering with snow and pocketed glaciers here and there showing blue and hard like jewels set in the naked reck, ft was a bluebird day in late April on tho Pacifie cosst of British Columbia, and 1 had corne a long way from my home on the edge of the plains at the foot of tho Alberta Rockies to keep this tryst with the silver horde of steel he ad trout following their destiny on their annual run upstream to spawn. For the previous ten months they had been out in tho rich salt water hunting grounds foraging for food among other kinds of aquatic life. Hunting and being hunted, lost in the of Pacific depths, they grew and fattened till the eggs developed in the females' bellies and the row ripened in the males, waking their pas- sion to procreate, Now they were back in the river heading upstream where they had hatched and spawned before to propigalt: their species. storx! thigh deep with an eight anrl-s- half foot rod in my the icy cur- rent buffctting and chilling my legs white I studied the river. The water was pin clear with colored rocks showing on tho bottom, and while no fish could be sccro, the sure knowledge fhrit they worr. thore stirred an excitement in rny Thin Idnrl of thrill few oOier kinds of jingling can for the fJrrlhKirl was no stranger and has no as on i-if.kle, exropt !critic Sfitnvjn, Fifly srd ;i bit'ir-am a v, -'---ri bMiM'T with Ihf current I it and bfhmd it, a fr.r rf-iing after tho MI- journey from thf: :-.KI. 'flir- rrxl in to arch and flickmti lure in fast arc up and beyond tho Mistrust hampers peace negotiations 11'ANOI A null lici'c in Hunui oneo askcil Noi'tli Vietnamese Prc- raier Pimm Van Doiifj why )io didn't make the same mcnl wilh President Nixon (lint lie had made willi French We- mier Pierre Mcmles-l'Vancc ;it ilic lime nf (lie Cicncva .sclllcs menl of Thai mean a cease-fire first, and ttien tlic Atiicvicans finally committed to getting out ;i political settlement. Pliam Van Don replied: "We had many disagreements with Mcndcs-I'Vance. But when he said something was black, it was black. When lie said something was white, it was white. We trusted him. Wo don't trust Nixon." boulder. The lure struck the river like tho point of an arrow with scarcely a splash and I let it sink with the current bellying the line and drawing it down, fluttering and occasionally fondling Down In the hig rock it came, barely missing it then .weeping through the eddy, its vibra- tions telegraphing up the line. There came a gentle bump that could have bottom but wasn't, for when I struck the river ex- ploded as a twelve pouixi stcclhead shot up through glistening spray three feet into the air. It was a big female glistening like molten silver in the sun, and f caught a glimpse of sea lice clinging to her flank before she fell bark with a splash. Th? feel of the hook arxf [he tugging re- straint of the line touched her off like a bomb and Following her first wild jump, she slrciikccl down river (caring line off my scrcfirning reel frjr a hundred yards. The high arched rod br-nt right into Its long grip straining the line to the limit, Iwfore she finally turner! to jump again high out of I he water in a great (lashing leap. The splash of her return was scarcely .settled before she came out in another tail-walking jump, shaking her head and then she swung tn charge back upstrcar.i like a bolt of lightning, fn .spile of my frantic reeling to kwp Inn line tight, them was a loop of it bent downstream when shu jumped again right in front of roe and for a moment t thought six: was gone. Fiut when the slack r-arnc rmf, Hie line tightened, and F .slowly backed out onto the gravel bar using power of the rorl nnd the current to tire, her. Finally she lolled over anrl J slid her out on the coarse ssr.d at the. writer's F killed her quickly and lilln! h.-r by fhe gill cover lo admire her. ,v. I lonkrid Hie brilliant of (fiint rolor on side sowd In fade and my ejnillanc'' with it. The fight, had been fierce and wild arid wonderful, but Uie an artli climax. I wa.s sorry I bed not released h'-i unharirxd to rnnko her vay on up Inr- i riming river. V. U a ..le'.iiirad fish'THinn'.' Only 1m knows ami hn hajo'L (he words to explain. After two weeks of ly poking at the subject ot ne- gotiations lierc in Hanoi, I find that that comment provides the best guide to the prospects (or a settlement of the war. What- ever Iho pressures for agree- ment, nnil whatever the theore- tical possibilities, the outlook seems bleak because the essen- tial lubricant of trust is ab- sent. Trust Is indispensable be- cause the basic positions are far apart. Wilh respect to the central issue, which is the ques- tion of who rules South Viet- nam, the governments in Wash- ington and flanoi have almost exactly opposite intentions. Washington, over the years, has accumulated certain com- mitments lo the South Vietnam- ese government of President Nguyen Van Thien. President Nixon has special feelings about these commitments. Thousands of Americans liavc died during his Presidency to make them good, ant] ho himself, as a kind of Lazarus who came hack from the land of the politically dead, is particularly sensi- tive lo the claims of loyalty. The regime here In Hanoi takes an almost opposite posi- tion. Its main objective an objective sanctified by tho blood of thousands and blessed by Ihe last testament o( the late leader. Ho Chi Mlnh, to which all present leaders have sworn allegiance is unification with South Vietnam. As a minimal, .'irsl step In dial ilirccllon, Hanoi seeks to accomplish a ehange In the Saigon regime. To be sure, it is passible (es- pecially for those who don't really care what happens in Vietnam) lo imagine all kinds of accommodations between these two gross positions. In particular, there appears to be an urea of give In the allilude Ihc other side takes toward the timetable for unification. In talks here with Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh and the chief Communist negotiator at the Paris talks, Le Due Tho, I have repcutcdly assured that North Vietnam is prepared to wait a long lime before ac- lually moving to lake over in Ihe South. Foreign Minister "You seem to be suffering from a military-industrial Trinh at one point said the In- terval would lust "several years." The relaxed allilude ol lira timetable si'cm.s to lend Itself to a settlement by stages. In the first stage there would be accomplished Hie total with- drawal of all American forces air and Vietnam and surrounding terri- tories. Sinuillancmisly with the completion of that stage, tho fast of the American prisoners held by Hanoi would be re- leased, and there aka lake place the resignation of President Thleu and an open- ing for change in tho Saigon regime. After that, in the next stage, Ihc working out of a political settlement would be between Hanoi and Saigon, Wilh all American forces gone for good and Thieu out, Hanoi could ex- poet to achieve a very favor- able outcome. But just try telling that to any official here. At once the trust problem comes lo the sur- face. As one North Vietnamese diplomat put it: "We would be foolish to let the prisoners go before reach- ing a political agreement. Once we let them go, Nixon would resume bombing all over again." That corrosive suspicion, moreover, is nol merely based on Ihe experience of pasl set- llemenls (in l'J-15, 1954, 1962, and lyfiff) which turned sour. Salt is poured inlo Ihcse old wounds almnsl daily. A recent case in point are Ihc statements made by the President and oilier Administration officials about Hie bombing of llio dikes which are regarded here as clis- and evasive. Accordingly, I wind up my trip lo Hanoi full of doubla about the. negotiating prospect, Though President Nixon has an obvious electoral interest In tho .'icttlemenl, though the govern- ment here could gain enormous- ly, and though there seems (o be no other good way out of tho war, my general Impression Is that so much mistrust has ac- cumulated there is only on out- side chance for an early agree- ment. (FreW Knlorprlscs Inc.) Shrnut. Hcrron Ulster the victim of well trained criminals JJELFAST The: Hc-lfj.sL massacre of .Inly 21 will days olrj before I his rone lies its destination. Tho masfiacrc was merely more of Iho fuUlily of William program. Asked what they hopul lo from talks v.ith Mr, aw and Harold Wilson, a Iltipuhli- can toltl me, "While-Saw's noth- ing bii' an rilfl woman and wouldn't take Wilson's word for anything if he signed it in Christ's blood what we're after is Incomprehensibly, Mr. White- law, acting for Mr, Ilc-nth, gave it to them. What Mr. Wil- son docs makes no difference. His credibility as a man who can he trusted in, any regard is entirely gone. Still, what was accomplished by the British meetings with the IUA is monumental. U) A depth of and distrust among Ulster Loyal iots that is utterly beyond ra- tional fixpresKion. "They in- tended to betray I fold hy ;in important source, "and only the IRA itself pre- vented them, by betraying them." (2) Alarm ami tlefiponclrnc'y in the Ounlin ol Lynch fiiat HJG IlriUsh government should I rail- ed with the TI'.A. Mr. Lynch come to realize, for loo late, that he is on the list arvl that one day soon fie be expected to meet .John Steven- son and others with criminal records, to listen lo (heir