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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI IETHMIDOE HERALD August 1973 -x-io UK KMtl The seesaw tilts leftward in world Just a few billions Wth such buoyant headlines as shows or ada out of the several Cana- dian newspapers have given front page prominence to a recent Ottawa repot concerning the federal govern- ment's final income and expenditure figures for 1972-73. The words of the refer to there have been roughly a half billion dollars more taken in than paid out. Or was At first it almost appear- ed that there was. With the reason- able sounding qualifier a bud- get and isn't it supposed to be the budget that's all-important in these Ottawa report- ed aggregate income of roughly and expenditures totalling which certainly seems to in- dicate a clear half-bllion on the right side of the ledger. But read on. A paragraph or two later there are some other this time' on what is termed a tional basis. These show a rather different Avith total income amounting to billion and expenditures totalling billion. This set of figures also differs by a half-billion but this time it's the other a loss rather than a profit. To the simple it is passing strange that the government may have received either billion or according to how you i'igure while it spent either or again depending on the of calculation. Variances in the billion however cas- ually governments may regard are still a bit rich for the average taxpayer's blood. And even for those who can make sense of this kind of it is still a bit perplex- ing that the government either made or lost a half billion depend- ing on how you happen to look at it. The advantages to politicians are though. This govern- ment supporters can proudly cite of- ficial figures to back their claims of sound judgment and efficient manage- ment on the part of the government. Just as opposition spokes- men can quote chapter and verse as they denounce the government's ineptness and profligacy. And both can insist they were and that the others were wrong. And it. But it sure makes the taxpayer won- der. Its as you like it Judging from advertisements seen and heard motion pictures shown in Alberta's theatres come in three and The distinction seems to be a matter of just how much violence or coarse language the film contains. Of the three categories. is the only one that indicates a picture that children of all ages may attend. During a recent 30-day period the theatres in this vicinity four five rural offered the theatre-going public a total of 74 actual feature films. Of these an even dozen were classified while 50 others merited the label That means that in one month there were only 12 pictures shown in this corner of Alberta to which a conscientious parent could send or take the kids. just by the one of those was advertised as offering entertainment described as bloody during the summer when one would suppose more school children would be free to go to the show than at any other time of the in the nine theatres in this dis- trict there was never a better than one in six chance of there being a picture fit for them to see. That's not news to of course. It's been the case for a'long time that apart from the occasion- al Disney there isn't much in the way of family entertainment to be found at the iocal cinema. They know about they fret about they've asked about it and complain- ed about it. The theatre owners know about too. They're probably as tired of an- swering the same old question aren't there more shows rated as parents are of ask- ing it. The answer is sensible and perfectly justified. It is that if theatres showed many more they'd go bankrupt. It's true. Whatever anxious parents may and however full the thea- tre may have seemed that one Saturday afternoon when they took the kids to see or what- the shows labelled En- simply don't attract enough paying customers to keep theatre doors open. entertainment especi- ally when it has the added lure With the all-too-rare exception of a picture like it is a sad fact that the only type of film fare guaranteed to draw the patron- age needed to keep the theatres sol- vent is the kind the censors whatever they are classify as or the kind where one or more of sex or vio- lence or coarse language is present in quantity or kind sufficient to people so they'll pack the theatre. In sex and violence fam- ilv entertainment even in allegedly puritanical Southern Alber- ta. Vincible man Watching the Helen Am Red- dy Show on I had the Women are a summer replacement for men. If they catch they could become part of the more profitable season. One of the attractions of their program of liberation is when women achieve equality with the male will never have had it so good. A tantalizing glimpse of the New Order was provided to my bachelor friend who told me of a recent experience. was sitting at this George the bartender leaned over and told me that the lady a few stools down wanted to buy me a drink. I was flus- things take a while to get used saw that she was and I sort of admire a woman who smokes a but.. want a woman to respect So I told the bartender to tell the lady that she could buy me a drink if she let me buy her a liberation is hard on the we had our drinks she asked me for my phone and the next day she phoned to ask me to go out to dinner with her. I said but I was frantic I didn't have a thing to always that little black what I wore. But 1 felt dowdy beside my escort. I think there's some- thing especially feminine about leather lumberjack boots and a By C. L. New York Times commentator Colo. One inter- esting paradox of contempor- ary politics is the rise in strength of the so-called left virtually on the heels of the split in Communist unity. This has not been a sudden develop- ment. It has followed a zigzag period during which relatively conservative forces seemed to be reasserting themselves in many countries. Now the tide shows signs of reversing direc- tion. Monolithic communism was seriously shattered by the Tito- ist further wounded by the Hungarian and Czechc- slovakian repressions of 1956 somehow you got the impression that she was did you I figured that she was seperated frim her husband and and was looking for someone to take over her housekeeping and cook her kcow the George. They invite you up to their apartment for a and first thing you know they ars pumping you about your hate to be pushed into a domestic role. I told her that I cooked any that I lived on TV didn't belieeve on. As soon as she got ir.o into bed with her she brought out a fully-illus- trated book of explicit recipes for Oriental Curried Kama Sutra. I know it George. Some women will stop at nothing to arouse a man's appetite for home-cooked food. zap you're in their kitchen wearing an had the said George. I was getting dressed I put on my and my big toe stuck out a hole in each of them. She turned as white as the evidence of your Inability to darn your socks was a threat to her freedom and guess so. She didn't even offer to drive me George. They're becom- ing so complicated a guy wonders if it's worth the am weak. I can't do anything. I am vincible. 1 am can sing that and 1968 but globally split be- yond repair by the rift between Russia and China. after some years of major branches of Marxism including Peking's and the Guevarist-Castro Latin American seem to have regained vigor. There are two principal rea- sons for this. First of the differing Communist when finding themselves in responded as com- petitors usually by trying to improve their respective po- sitions. This inspirational factor lagged when the ideology was clearly subservient to Russia's interests as a state. major forms of communism have now openly reverted to popular front tech- niques practiced during the seeking alliances with Socialist or left-liberal factions when feasible. They hope to gain power by normal constitu- tional means before attempting to consolidate their position within a majority coalition. The only free election ever won by .Communists alone was the 1917 .Vladivostok city vote. The coalition method was ap- plied with signal success in Chile in 1970 where a disci- plined Communist party joined Socialists and far-out revolu- tionists to instal Salvador Al- lende as president by wholly legal balloting. Relatively sim- ilar formulas are being at- tempted elsewhere. An outstanding European case is France where a wing block of Communists and Socialists approaches future el- ections with considerable long- range fostered by opin- ion polls which give them more popular strength than implied by the number of deputies they outweighed in favor of a Gaullist majority. A weak cen- tre reform group also opposes them. The last French elections put PEOPLE WTH FIXED INCOME Only one thing worse than Watergate By Anthony New York Times commentator LONDON Looking at Wash- ington from a distance in these days of serial one is struck by a generality even more devastating than the par- ticular disclosures of crime and arrogance. It is the failure of the men who committed these acts to show the slightest con- sciousness of wrongdoing Consider some of the things we have learned in recent weeks matters not subject to factual president of the United States taped every sound in his office for betraying oth- ers' expectation of confidence and denying himself the dig- nity of privacy. the direction of the his chief domestic aide offered high federal office to a judge then presiding in a controversial criminal trial of great political interest to the president. House agents broke into a psychiatrist's office to steal the records of a patient who was being prosecuted in that after the FBI had re- quested the records in a law- ful manner and the doctor had properly refused them. planes bombed Cambodia for 14 months with- out the knowledge of the pub- of of the civilian head of the Air Force or of its vice chief of staff. False official reports were made on those and apparently on others in Laos. soldiers led bat patrols in Laos in violation of a specific legal prohibition voted by Congress and signed by the president. No apology has been voiced for any one of those acts. Far from it. They have been de- fended at the highest level as constitu- lional and proper. The unrepentant attitude has been on public display in the Letters Blame wrongly placed At the conclusion of the West- ern Economic Opportunities Conference in Calgary one would get the feeling from the premiers that all the Western problems are the fault of the prime his and the federal governments in the past. We in the West have a habit of sending a great number of opposition members to Ottawa. What have these members been doing while all the inequalities have been allowed to This as in some years in the we have a minority government. This seems to me to be the time to do something about the Western if they are really just the fault of the Liberal government. All we get from the Opposition is a lot of and nothing concrete is ever accomplished. These MPs seem to side with their leader even if the eventual out- come is harmful to the West. I received a letter recently from our own MP. He talked about working hard and long and also of tackling Prime Minister Trudeau and his but he failed to mention that he hasn't accom- plished a darn thing. in the has had a few MPs who have work- ed hard and never seemed to accomplish anything. When this happens the easiest way out is to blame their mistakes on the federal government. Western Canada has some very serious inequalities in comparison to central but these problems will never be solved by sending MPs who are not capable of handling our affairs. GARY OSBERG Lethbridge Blot on exhibition The recent Lethbridge in my was a real suc- cess in all departments with the exception of one entry in the art the picture of two human beings in a very obscene position. To me this picture was a de- liberate insult to the concept of public decency. I am surprised it was allowed to be shown at all. It reflects no credit to the members of the exhibition board who approved it or to the members of city council who al- lowed the approval to stand. It is the one blot on a week of good clean entertainment. JIM CUMMINS Lethbridge face and words of John Ehrlicljman. In essence his po- sition has been that anything is within the power of the White House if it declares a national security interest. When a sen- ator asked whether murder was permissible along with burg- Ehrlichman replied that he did not want to draw the line. Such obliviousness to the re- ality of wrongdoing raises dis- turbing questions. Do these men have person- ality defects that make literally unable to distinguish between right and Do they reflect some terrible new flaw in American in our family life and or may the world military role of the United and the power concentrated in the White inevitably pro- duce a tendency to There can be no definitive answer to such mysteries. But Americans must be concerned with their society's attitude to- ward the corruption of power now that it has been so drama- tically exposed. And here there are some worrying signs of cynicism. Too many includ- ing visitiors j dismiss Watergate as the sort of thing politicians They do and it would be death in a democracy to assume that they did. Then there is the reported inclination of leading Demo- crats to keep Richard Nixon in office until so it will be easier to beat any Republican then. Merely to state that prop- osition is to know how un- worthy a response it is to a crisis of confidence in govern- ment. Another troubling idea in the air is that we must get back to government business as usual. Both Time and Newsweek last week with a ring of Establishment a call by Henry Kissinger for a sort of Watergate ceasefire to let the Nixon foreign policy go forward. could come to- gether on the he was reported as saying. The fundamental that Kissin- ger has never understood is re- spect for the institutions of democracy. The foreign policy of which he has been princi- pal author has operated too often with open contempt for Congress and law. And for after 14 months of sec- ret bombing in Presi- ident Nixon announced his 1970 invasion in a speech saying that for five years we had not moved against enemy sanctu- aries there we did wish to violate the territory of a neutral When Brandeis said is lie was warning against official done in the name of the national inter- est. Recent events have shown how wise he was. Men who wage war in secret find it easy to tap and justify and treat their own wishes as superior to the law made by Congress. All governments do some nasty in foreign affairs especially. But when those things come to a de- cent government treats them as aberrations or disowns them. It does not embrace law- lessness as policy. What the United States needs now is a cleansing awareness of not pieties about carrying on the business of government. The only thing worse than Watergate would be cynical acceptance of its values. Pompidou's Gaullist coalition back in power but its advant- age is no longer solid. And pol- itical experts now seem con- vinced that in France there is certainly less public hostility to Communists taking part in government than at any time since before the Second World War. Although in Italy the Chris- tian Democratic party still dom. inates the centre-left govern- it is an uneasy regime. Numerous Christian Democrats as well as Socialists would wel- come more left-wing political rule in Rome including the brilliantly organized Italian Communist largest in the West. In Egypt and other lands now gov- erned by non-Marxist the Communists have modified their tactics adopting a parliamentary ap- seek greater influ- ence inside the regular politi- cal machines. Almost everywhere with the exception of fringe or minority fac- tions communism is no long- er working as a revol- utionary force seems to favor legality and ev- olution. This is even relatively true for whose massive party has begun to voice calm- er sentiments. As far as Russia is concern- the Chinese schism seem- ingly swung a balance that has for long existed in the national personality. Throughout the 19th century there were feverish ar- guments between Slavophiles and meaning those who wished to depend on Russia's own latent power plus that of Europe's Slavs and those who wished to imitate and develop ties with the West. What might originally have been called the Slavophiles be- came in a during Stal- in's the dominant faction which hoped to etrpand the revolution from its Russian counting heavily on Asia as a crucial battlefield. The revolution itself drove much of the Western-oriented wealthy and commercial class out of the country. Subsequent purges eliminated most Western-orient- ed intellectuals. But now Russia's obsessive fear of China has seemingly in- fluenced Soviet political strat- egy as much as it has influenc- ed its military evi- denced by the build-up of huge armed forces near the Chinese border. While sternly holding on to its ideological controls in Eastern Moscow is openly pursuing a new policy seeking ac- commodation with all the ma- jor powers of the West from the United States to .the Com- mon Market. Unquestionably this new tac- tic can be related to the double-breasted suit approach of Communist politi- cal leaders in Western coun- tries and their growing influ- ence as real or potential factors in many democratic govern- ments during the coming dec- ade. Uc.' Is realty different. He broods about things nobody else Is brooding The Lethbridge HemU tut Ttta SL Alberta UTHBRIDGE HERALD CO. Proprietors and Pu PubUahed 1906 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN MCMM ClMi Mill Roolltl ton No. 1011 at TM Canadian Praia and tha Canadian Dal AnocuttlM MM UN Audit of DON PILLIMO Managlnf Editor ROY F. MILES THE HEIAIA WILLIAM HAY AttcetoH Editor DOUOLAi K. WALKiH IdHarMI Pagt tdKot THE aounr ;