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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THB UTHBRIDGE HERAlD August 197J EDITORIALS Louis St. the simple man By Bruce Hutchison. Herald special commentator Alarming seminar It has been reported that the Leth- bridge police department this week sponsored a seminar on and with FBI agents fiom Montana as chairman and lee- turers and with about a hundred police officers from throughout Al- berta in attendance. The specific top- ics discussed were not disclosed. The matter cannot be allowed to rest there. That much having been there be more explana- tion. What is meant by The common concept is theories or views not down the middle of the not not held by the vast indifferent majorities. It can ap- ply to political social. The inference is that extremism is bad in a free and extremists a threat to peace and order are the only legitimate concerns of any police That is a shocking inference. Terrorism society can do without. And violence of lesser and con- spiracy. 'But or can the spice of life in the social order. Beyond extremism is an in- dividual's and it is the duty of the of which the police are an to protect that right. Within the limits of law and they have no business whatever expressing any professional concern about it. That such an alarming should have been held in Lethbridge and sponsored by the Lethbridge pol- ice that public money should have been spent on and not least that the paranoid FBI should have been invited to impose its alien views about on Cana- dian law enforcement is al- most beyond belief. But it happened. A full and satisfactory explanation should be provided. Amin can't be ignored Present or President Idi Amin of cannot be ignored at the Commonwealth heads of ment meeting in Ottawa over the next few days. Much as it might be desired by the planners of the con- ference that divisive issues be kept out of the new dimension given the perennial racial issue by Presi- dent Amin cannot and should not be ignored. Never far from consciousness at Commonwealth is the legacy of the colonial and im- perial days of the suspicion of a superiority attitude on the part of whites blacks. This persists despite the strong on of the racialist policies in white-dominated southern Africa. The situation in southern Africa will be discussed at this meeting again. Commonwealth Secretary General Arnold in his has writ- while deploring instances of racial injustice wherever they must share a deep and continuing concern with the special problems of southern and ia particular with the situations in South and Nami- bia But strong condemnation of white- inspired racism cannot be made in good conscience without giving some attention to black-inspired racism. President Amin's expulsion of Asians from Uganda must be condemned. That action cannot be reconciled with the declaration of Commonwealth principles signed at Singapore which recognize racial prejudice as a dangerous sickness Each of us will vigorously combat this evil within our own nation Facing up to the fact that racial- ism can be practiced by Africans and Asians as well as by Europeans and their descendants is a necessary thing. It could very well make other di- cussions more profitable and mean- ingful because of a new realism. Keep it clean Littering seems to be synonymous with the camping season. Trash has a way of ending up on the ground rather than in the garbage can and wet material rinds and orange in the camp- fire rather than in a leav- ing a messy welcome for the next camper. Every camper is pleased to dis- cover a clean campsite where litter has carefully deposited in prop- er receptacles and every picnicker is glad to find a picnic table free of sticky jam and old but many are not initiated into the great out-of- doors in such pleasant circumstances. Some have to clear a campsite of debris before pitching their tent and many a picnicker has been forced to wash down a table before laying a cloth. City parks are no exceptions. Stroll- ers and bench warmers tend to be dropping littler on rnani- cured or leaving lunch scraps on rather than walk a few feet to a nearby container. It may only weigh an ounce or be as small as a fist but every scrap of every discarded can and every tossed cigarette butt contributes to the country's pollution problem. A candy wrapper or a paper napkin may seem insignificant but together with the billions of other pieces of scrap tossed on the ground each year they become a serious part of our over-all environmental problem. It is through everyone caring that the parks can be kept the streams clear and chattering and the roadsides free of debris. If everyone tosses papers and peelings our world will be so blighted there won't be a clean spot of grass on which to rest but when everyone is careful a freshness the earth's carpet remains attractive and the woods retain their beauty. The casserole It's not just the West that's showing an enlightened interest in zero population growth Japanese parents have been moving steadily towards the ZPG goal for the past -quarter-century. The Japanese Institute of Population Problems has conducted national fertility surveys every five years since when the number of children per mar- ried couple was 3.30. By 1957 the average bad fallen to 2.79 and by 1962 to 2.31. In 1967 it stood at and last year it drop- pcd to significantly below the target set by ZPG. Apparently thinking along the lines that inspired Montreal's and His exhibit on the site of Expo Japan is building an international ethnological in- stitute on a corner of the Expo 70 site in Osaka. It's museum is to display data and relating to every society and cul- ture in the world. For those who visited Expo the location of the institute is just south ot tha Japanese where the Indian and Swiss pavilions stood. Long range plans for the remainder of the Expo 70 site call for the creation at a mammoth cultural incorporating a major sports and recreational centre. A fund that already exceeds 15 billion yen in- dicates the intention is a serious one. Maybe people have been misjudging maybe he really didn't know what the Committee to Re-elect the President was doing. The other replying to questions from another Senate committes there is something else in Washington be- sides the Watergate thing concerning last years' record shipments of wheat to the Secretary of Agriculture Butz denied having any knowledge that Russia was buying American wheat in any sig- nificant quantities. There cculd be something in the air in Washington. Bryce one-time minister of pointed out in a recent speech that having 10 immigration ministers in 11 years has meant that none of them had time to get to really understand Immi- gration policy. now. Allowing for holi- that would mean that each minister had about a year to learn his job. And then we're told that cabinet ministers are so much brighter than the rest of Illegal possession is a familiar enough or or whatever it is the lawyers call it. But a Calgary man managed to add a little touch of novelty the other when he was convicted ill magistrate's court of illegal possession of a parking of all As European currencies rise higher and higher vis-a-vis the Canadians are beginning think twice or oftener about tripping off to the old country. Ex- cept for politicians and those on expense that ii. Reviewing O. D. SkeKon's Life of Wilfrid half a century John W. Dafoe said that the definitive work on the great French Canadian would not be written for an- otlier generation at least. Two generations have passed since then and the book has not been written yet- the same is true of Louis St. Laurent. All the obitu- editorials and feature sto- ries published after his recent death still leave his place in history undefined by the younger almost for- gotten. Oddly our reading about him in their will under- stand Mr. St. Laurent better than we do. But we can safely assume that he will have a very high place. More than a unique place. While every prime minis- like every human is Mr. St. Laurent stands out with special clarity among the 15 men who have governed Canada. He did' not belong to the common genus and breed of politics like Sir John A. Macdo- Mr- Laurier and Mack- enzie for instance. He en- tered public life too late and then reluctantly by accident and a sense of duty to feel any appetite for power or the tinsel rewards of fame. The disease of megalomania could not touch him as it touches most success- ful politicians and often de- stroys them. when Mr. St. Laurent heard the inconclusive election returns of 1957 he said nothing but his decision was taken with- out a moment's hesitation. As he told Chubby Power and Jack Pickersgill in his home that be must hand over tha The verdict on Nixon is already in By Carl T. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON It is too easy to overdramatize the im- portance of President Nixon's tape recordings. Especially when demands for them cause the president of the United States to plead a combination of the Fifth Amendment and a divine right to hide whatever he chooses. And make no mistake all the fancy language about separation of powers Mr. Nixon is protecting himself from incrimination when he re- fuses to turn over to either the Ervin committee or special Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox recordings of his Water- gate -conversations with key aides. Back in the days when he was hounding Al'ger Hiss and hunting Richard Nixon would quickly have branded as a traitor anyone claiming any kind of right to withhold evidence relating to the commission of crime. But we need not draw any hard conclusions of guilt from Mr. Nixon's refusal to let either the courts or the Congress hear the tapes. It is enough to ac- cept the president's admission that the tapes com- ments that persons with differ- ent perspectives and motiva- tions would inevitably interpret in different is to there are comments on those tapes which would lead millions of Americans to conclude the president of the United States knew about the burglary of Democratic headquarters and other illegal acts of political es- pionage and that he condoned and may have directed a cover- Letter to the editor Dubious protection I deeply with The that France does not display that childlike his- totally unjustified trust in the protection of an- other nation which has become a Canadian characteristic. I list some of the possible reasons for this regrettable attitude that in- sists on nuclear tests. Twice in one lifetime the United States' ar- rived two years late. Vietnam says that if help should be the very ones that insist on dependence on will insist the enemy isn't and that your pulls out so that the people can have under the enemy. They will do the best they can to wreck the morale of your and encour- age resistance to military ser- when the they will applaud. They will also insistently de- clare that the has the right to your resources and and has some God-giv- or right to demand your loyalty to not your own country. Fancy discarding the for anoth- er country France may have won her liberties a bit too ruggedly to trust them to the keeping of any other country whatever. Dependence has to be paid for and the price is always in some form. Yet The Herald is right in saying proliferation of nuclear weapons may find some one who will actually use them. may have one right But until an equally shared and constructive alternative ia France has no other choice except submission. It takes the Commonwealth to to- tally quit without a and give up more than would be enough for all of with no profit at all as a result. We cannot expect that of anyone else. It would wreck any na- tion. I fear there will be but .one France will ask herself whether paid agents or un- thinking nitwits are behind the under her diplomatic utter a few sulphurous words of and proceed to see to her own protection. J. A. SPENCER Magratb up that included hush- money payoffs and other ac- tions to obstruct justice. The Ervin the the nation make a ser- ious mistake in structuring their inquiry in a way where they must with massive docu- the President's per- sonal his direct in- volvement in a conspiracy. did the president and how soon did he know is the way Sen. Howard Baker likes to put it. If you accept that as the crit- ical you leave the im- plication unless someone establishes conclusively early knowledge and direct involve- ment of the president in these the whole matter can be dismissed as political prank- stering and the Nixon adminis- tration can be deemed to have passed the sanitation test. The ugly truth is even if the American people never hear a word of those Nixon tape the Senate hearings have established be- yond doubt the widespread ex- istence of ob- struction of justice and general contempt for law within highest levels of the -Nixon administra- tion. The leader of the the must be held respon- no matter how he urges us to believe that it is only others who in Water- Sen. Ervin was eloquent in pointing out that it was Mr. Nixon's campaign money which was found on the Watergate burglars and in their hotel rooms and bank accounts. It was Mr. Nixon's campaign money the bagmen ladled out to the burglars and their law- yers to buy their silence. It was a member of Mr. Nix- on's who de- vised and directed the burglary and the other political espion- Mr. Nixon's former attor- ney-general who listened to dis- cussions of the espionage plan according to Mr. Nixon's second-ranking campaign dir- approved it. It was Mr. Nixon's personal attorney who squeezed illegal contributions out of corpora- who induced a major de- fence contractor into providing for the cover-up hush who went from tele- phone booth to telephone booth in a clandestine scheme to dis- tribute the payoff. It was Mr. Nixon ac- cording to who or- dered the burglarizing of the office of the psychiatrist of Dr. Daniel Elsberg. It was with Mr. Nixon's ap- proval that the telephones of newspapermen were tapped. It was Mr. Nixon's top aides who hired Donald Segretti for acts of political and Mr. Nixon's personal attorney who paid him. It was the White House that brought in a former New York cop to spy on the drink- ing and social habits of prom- inent Democrats and other Am- camouflaging the White House's connection to that gumshoe by putting him on the payroll of Mr. Nixon's personal attorney. The sordid record goes on and on and on and on. Sen. Ervin observes that president of the United by reason of the fact that he holds the highest office in the gift of the American owes an obligation to furnish a high standard of moral lead- ership to this Has Mr. Nixon furnished that moral leadership or the The Watergate hearings have given the people .ample evi- dence on which to answer that most critical of even if Mr. Nixon commands those tape recordings to self-destruct at the mere approach of a U.S. marshal. The constitutional crisis will be played but the verdict is possible without it. government to John Diefenba- ker because his own had been if not repudiated by the In the new parliament ha might well have survived with the. help of. the minor parties and awaited a change of if he had been willing to play that familiar game. Mr. King had done it after the elec- tions of 1921. and 1926- Pierre Trudeau is doing it under harder circumstances today. Some politicians like James G. Gardiner urged Mr. St. Laurent to hang on in this humiliating fashion but he fi- nally refused. At a grim turning as al- he was governed by a certain a rare virtue which most of his predecessori lacked. He saw things whole and in seldom mis- taking the trees for the forest. Sir Robert Borden seems to have possessed that though no adequate book has yet been written about but most successful prime ministers were Mr. St. Laurent's mind was as good as his grasp of large affairs almost In- his action in- variably direct because he saw no mystery in them. To him a thing was good or right or necessary or unneces- sary on that momentous day of November when a French agreed with Mr- King to support over- seas The process of was not brooding and as with Mackenzie of glittering as with Sir Wilfrid of quick trial and as with Sir John A. Macdonald. Mr- St. Laurent got the read a state pa- stripped it to the bone and readied a no and no tortured excuses if he was wrong. Of he was sometimes wrong and his worst as he told this reporter years was to fight the election of 1957 when he should have turned the Liberal Party over to a younger man. But the younger men around him would not hear of his retirement and could not understand that he was totally and they absurdly underestimated the appeal of Mr. ai much lesser man but an orator and an as Mr. St. Lau- rent was not. That physical exhaustion and a private grief unknown to his explain the famous pipeline fiasco in his days of health and Mr. St. Laurent would never have permitted. However these things are history cannot deny him a rank among the half dozen men at most who knew how to govern Canada. He governed it with success with all his immense he re- mained human and and because the public sensed it. The Uncle Louis legend the party managers ex- ploited it without scruple for their own was essen- tially valid. The great gentle- man of the grand neur of courtly was tha son of humble the product of an ancient soil and an indestructible race. He never forgot his origins in his understood the na- tion's mind. Few men have un- derstood it so well. This was an extraordinary achievement since the under- standing after a solitary career of law came so late in his life. Once it he was able to convey his under- standing to the common to simplify the most complex to make the difficult decisions look natural and ob- vious. His peculiar talent of ex- position gave without the least effort or a com- plete dominance of his cabinet such as no other prime minister has yet domi- nance won not by ambition but by consent. The net result was a smooth-running machine of an immense record of positive work not yet appreciated in our days of stalemate and confusion. History will rank Mr- St. Lau- rent perhaps perhaps but those raries who knew him must see that however he is ranked in the aftertime he has no equal in our politics today. The Letftbridge Herald Sw 7th St. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. Proprietors and PubttohHl by Hon. W. A. 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