Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE U1HBRIDGE HERAID Wednciday, August 9, Paid McGovern blunders Sen. McGovevn's political blunders may not have fragmented Ihe Demo- cratic party beyond hope of repair, but they have done nothing so far to mend the crocks. McGovern has demorslrated beyond any shadow of doubt that his organization is woe- fully weak, that he has mistaken tlie enthusiasm of young untried staff workers for efficiency and that he has, as columnist James Kcstoi) re- marks, "been weakening his own claim to be the moral leader of a new political order by reverting to the same old casual, if not irresponsible ways of tile Old Politics, and divert- ing" attention from Nixon's credibility There is no valid reason for Mc- Gcvorn to lu'.ve wailed until half an hour before the convention deadline to announce his choice of miming mate. lie knew, in spite of the Cali- fornia delegation battle, that the con- vention had to nominate him or split the party wide open. He had plenty of time to make a meticulous survey of potential vice-presidential candi- dates, but lie neglected lo do it. H was a fundamental error, leading lo doubts about his capacity for organ- ization and leadership that could be a cause of a major swing by the politically uncommitted lo the Re- publicans. It will lake a lot of doing to re- store public confidence in Me- Govern's ability. He now has a run- ning mate, Sargent Shriver, who is backed by Kennedy money and in- fluence, lie will probably be an as- set to the ticket, but the fact thai Shriver was seventh in the line-up will militate against him. Added to all this, McGovern made pre-convention statements which he was forced to modify almost to the point of retraction. Many voters are still mystified as to what his com- mitments and priorities really are. It is possible that early emergence of campaign problems will make them easier to correct. If that does not prove to be the case, McGovem's goofs to this point could well mean the rout of the Democrats in the November election. Anticipating secession Among the news releases issued in advance of the United Church General Council meeting in Saska- toon next week is a preview of a re- port of the church's special com- mission on French-English relations. The striking thing about the report is that it faces squarely up to the fact that Quebec may secede from the rest of Canada. There is nothing new about posing the possibility of Quebec's secession; what is new is that a national body is trying to ready itself for the shock that would, attend such an even- tuality. Few, if any, other organiza- tions have drawn up contingency plans. In a new slate the branch offices and associated institutional struc- tures would have to adjust to a new status. It would not be business as usual. All the complications of deal- ing with a foreign country would come into effect customs duties, currency exchange and so on. Nation- al churches would have fewer ad- justments to make than most busi- ness organizations but there would be difficulties nonetheless. Preparing for the eventuality o! secession makes sense even though it is to be hoped that the plans will never have to be put into use. If more people actually considered in detail what the secession of Quebec would require of them there would perhaps be greater concern shown for trying to keep the nation intact Concorde come-on? The Shah Iran and the People's Republic of China are so far the only foreign customers for that tremen- dously expensive and highly contro- versial supersonic aircraft, the Con- corde. So far nobody has heen told what 'either the Shah or Chairman Mao will have to pay for the planes. The suspicion is now aroused in Bri- tain that the planes are being sold far below cost as a kind of come-on ANDY RUSSELL End oi poisoning WATEKTON LAKES PARK troversy over the use of The con- rsy over the use of poisons to control predators has been hot in many places. Now the United States has bowed to pressure from concerned citizens and various organizations by ending its mas- sive poisor.ing of predatory animals. Presi- dent Nixon announced in February the immediate ban on the use of all poisons for predator control on all public lands, and proposed legislation to enable various states to control by other means. The pri- mary target of the federal program has been the coyote, which sheepmen accuse of destroying large numbers of their stock. But in the process of Irying to eradicate the coyote with a bizarre assortment of prisons, hundreds of thousands of other kinds ol wildlife including some endanger- ed .species have been wiped out. Some conclusive research by Murdaugh Stewart Madder, ot Ihe Humane Society of the United States has uncovered some information that should he interesting to Canadians. First, no substantial evidence has heen uncovered to support sheepmen's claims of massive losses from coyotes. Second, nobody in government or dse- where has done much research to discover safer and more humane methods of con- trol. Third, the government has been con- ducting the program largely to keep sheep- men from taking matters in their own hands a failure, because sheepmen were not only killing big game for bait but distributing the poisoned meat over wide areas indiscriminately with planes. Mart- den also presented evidence to .show that Ohio, where there is no coyote popula- tion, has had just a.s many lamb deaths as Wyoming, thus exploding the myth tlvtt coyotes are the major cause of losses among domestic sheep. Certainly Alberta's present program to encourage use of more selective means of control is timely and a great step in the direction. The widespread u-.u of poison is extremely destructive, not. only upsetting the ecological balances of areas where it Is used, but endangering many Friendlier relations but issues remain There's a countries had been U.S. still wants to sec Gray, the legislation had feeling on Parliament Mr. Pepin went on to pad, which it believes lo be heavily weighted feared by many. When il was unveiled, New Democratic these days llml relations lie himself was "a favor, amended. Loader David Lewis, who tween Canada and Ihe and Secretary Shultz is on Canada to give hardly be said lo be a States are improving man" hardly the a greater share of of Ihe current U.S. ad- perhaps a couple of years of sometimes friclion. description Canada's trade minister could have given purchasing to help offset the Canadian trade surplus described it as "one big fal zero." Obviously, If tainly, there's an ua.sicr aiv o u K h-talking Joint Lewis' reaction to Ihe Tru- tween the two Pepin was known to some ways, Canada has governments policy in When Trade Minister critical of the former made substantial area was negative, busi- Luc Pepin, one of the most methods of lo the U.S. The once on both sides of the lomatic and charming foreign had little to be upset Prime Minister Trudeau has despite Mr. aimed at his disposal, emerged from successful meeting takeovers of as Mr. Pepin was leav- private five-hour meeting Shultz, aside from companies by U.S. Washington, Mr. Gray the new U.S. treasury of fresh air it turned out lo be a unveiled another policy tary George SiuilU in lias been nothing of mild piece of might well have upset U.S. ton in late .July, iic to s h o w what has still nol passed Canada, he said, had that new ground had been cither side might Masterminded, to set up a surveillance ken and that the Mr. Pepin's comments is Hie word, by a to find out what U.S. "quiet diplomacy" between lack of it appears by Hevcnue Miir were benefiting by the same kind, magnified millions of times that grocery stores use to encourage customers. This kind of salesmanship may be necessary because Concorde's sates are painfully slow. What the British public is asking is whether it is sub- sidizing Mao and the Shah, and if so by how much. In other words, will more orders mean higher losses? other harmless species. The claim that dosage of 1030 poison as used for coyote control will rot kill birds and other ani- mals is not valid or based on any kind of decently effective research. Most of the information used by various personnel con- cerned field distribution of poison has been compiled hy the manufacturers and is over twenty years To suggest that the manufacturers are unbiased is lo be a good deal more naive than common sense and past experience directs. KjfJO poison is extremely non selective ar.d kills birds und other animals just as effectively as it destroys coyotes, The trouble is, that this is a very difficult thing in prove because the minute traces of poison in tht: tissue of picked-up carcasses cannot te identified oxcopl hy very sophis- ticated laboratory technique. The equip- ment in most veterinary labs is inade- quate anrl even the best laboratories have difficulty pinning it Very little really effective anrl informative research or. the effects of hrs.s foeer. conducted by any government agency here in Canada. have been rather carelessly following the path of least resistance and ignoring the danger potential of this lethal poison. But the public is becoming largely avrare of the rlanger. Even some of Ihe larger .sheepmen refuse; to have it placed on their land, for it just quickly kills highly trainc-d dogs so in handling shoe p. The; use of strychnine and poison loader! set guas is equally and dan- gerous even to Most compet'-nf v.ildlifc observers koov? that sheep prriclritifjii by royo'.ts is nnt a universal I hi n r.; hy all the cie3. It is s tidbit of iriflivifhiai animals that; have become speoiri lists through condition- ing to prey on Therefore- it i.i fair and jeason.'ible lo insist that the most effective- rnoj.ns of ronim! is by destroying these indivi'liKils l.v rjiorr means. 'JTris is N !in I fif-r !jv ('.vidr-nro pointing lo Ui': di-iiinrt possibility that tho, moHt destructive coyotes will not touch poison fltfP NO! PUT WBN WS WfMf YW FOK the controversial DISC (Domes- tic International Sales Corpora- lion) plan. In effort lo boost exports, U.S. companies regis- tered umier tlic plan gain taxa- tion concessions. Again, Mr. Lewis' reaction to the Canadian action gives an indication of how much il is going to upset the United States. The NDP leader suggested the Canadian action moanl "absolutely noth- ing" ami was simply a "nil." In those two major instances, therefore, Prime Minister Tru- (leau's government came up with ways and policies just strong enough to safeguard Ca- nadian interests if necessary while being unlikely to provoke nasty words from the U.S. Per- haps not loo controversial, but interesting examples of skilful thinking. There's anolhcr factor loo. U.S. exports lo Canada, which fell by Ihree to four per cent in the off year of 1970, arc cur- rcnlly showing an increase of about U cent. Despite this, however, trade and economic problems do plague the Cana- dian-U.S. relationship. The U.S. trade deficit in general for Iho first half ol 1972 soared lo a record billion. The U.S. has loughencd its administralion of anti dumping and countervail- ing laws, and a number of Ca- nadian products such as sul- phur, lires and hardwood pulp arc under invesligalion. In the air (here's another bat- tle going on. Negotiations for a new bilateral air treaty bc- Iween Hie Iwo counlries have been under way for three yearsr1 W e s t crn Canadian MPs have been pressing the government for teller air route access to Ihe U.S. Mr. Trudeau has said that Transport Minister Don Jamicson has committed him- self to gelling "as good a bar- gain as possible" for Canada. Cut one Western Canadian cabi- net minister has said quite clearly that Ihe major obstacle- is that U.S. carriers don'l want any more competition than they have to have. In the (ield of International relations, Mr. Trudeau original- ly upset the Americans with his overtures to the Soviet Union and Red China. Since then, how- ever, President Nixon himself has visited the two nations and broken some of Ihe ice that ex- isted. On the other hand, Regional Economic Expansion Minister Jean Marchand has recently said (hat Ihe Canadian-US, re- lationship is still at the top of the li.st of areas of concern for tiie government. Almost in Iho same breath, he indicated revi- sions of Canada's North Ameri- can Air Defence Agreement, signed in 195ft and renewed in 19C8. can be expected when it expires next May. This could cause renewed tension with Iho U.S. (Herald Ottawa bureau) Letters to the editor Seasoned traveller doesn't need guiile Repulsive bylaw section In The Herald report headed, It's a dog's life council discov- ers, attention was drawn to the objections of various groups to the city's new dog bylaw. Men- tion was made of the pure- bred breeders and the Leth- bridge and District Kennel Club among others, plus tem- perance advocates who were not even there at all. However, ignored completely was the representation made by the Lethbridge and District Hu- mane Society whose president Mrs. Vi Kandcl made very con- structive criticism. This dedicated group of fine citizens works hard all year in the interests of animal welfare. They work right along wilh the city's already existing by- laws which, if enforced, would he in the Interests of tile ani- mals themselves (except for the crude method used to de- stroy unwanted animals) as dogs running at large or bark- ing incessantly are obviously not being properly cared for. They are concerned for all ani- mals in distress, not just the pure-bred, registered ones. I personally find particularly repulsive in the new proposed bylaw, the section slating "Any dog that is picked up three times in one month will AUTO- MATICALLY bo put up for sale or given to a laboratory." I believe that the majority of people in Ixsthlmdge would share my horror if they were aware of this threat to domestic pels in our city. EVA MARIE TELCS The review of Fielding's tra- vel guide hook Super Economy Europe '72, indicated that the reviewer feels the world owes the Fieklings a great debt of gratitude. Judging hy the num- ber of their guide books I sec in the hands of tourists as f trudge rny way, alone, about the world, Td say the Fieldir.g.s are making a mint of money for doing as she deems, "the tourist's dirty work." TniNl fund Large-type library books We all know of the wonderful work done by societies for as- sisting the blind, and how worthy they are of our support. Yet there is a twilight zone tween normal vision and blind- ness that is not so well recog- nized. f refer to the people whose eyesight is (ailing they are mostly older folk hut who cannot qualify for assistance: as blind. Slowly, Ihcy lose louch with Ihi: visible: world, and un- less they can Irrarn llrailln (reading by touch) v.hich is difficult for older folk, the pleasures of reading are lost forever. But there is help for thcrrr, a publishing company in lanil now has a libraiy in largo sjtcually for limn. Time are lillis, by really good authors, and f gather that. llui copyrights were donated, 'fbcy cover all kinds of literature. And they will extend the lime that is lelt to people to read hy perhaps several years which is so important when they arc re- tired, with time on their hands. Where do you get these, hooks? Right in nur central library. Our library, with Iho spirit of service thai, is shown in all its work, has a splendid selection of these largo-typo books for lending; more than thai, they send them out to thn senior citizens' homes, and the hospitals. Won't yon, who have good eyesight, tell someone you know whose eyes are failing, ol the treasures of reading that our library has for Ihern? Or oven get one out to show them what they enjoy? tolhbrirlge H. G. PECK In a recent is.sue of The Lclli- bridgc Herald article nn Pat Masson slates "lie has heen receiving financial sup- port from a private trust fund set up hy of Lclhbridgo in his The persons concerned in this project certainly are citi- zens of hut let's be specific ant! give credit where credit is due. This pnrtie.iihir trust fnnif spearheaded, set up and successfully lished hy exet-utive members and members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the; General Stew- art branch of the Cana- dian I x1 on. Lelhbridtfc. Own territory I wish lo corniTH.nl on the re- cent editorial, Kirn and If rim- sfone. If the. are fir- ing missiles a) Israeli planrn Ihe lluy are firing Ihrjm over llvlr territory. This territory for KiO miles from UK- Cannl In if Primr; Minister CioUIa iMeir wants peafe, why doesn't siic withdraw frmn whfil lifts be-on Kgyplifm territory for n very long linir1' I know this rounlry, T hclfied drive the Turkish out in I'H'i. KfCM WATTS It amu-ies hit; when these same tourists slide up lo me nn [1 say, "Do you use Fielding" No! I use Virtue." Since T look reasonably hap- py, they go off wondering how they missed THAT guide book! In most cases, they are on a "guided lour" anyway. f wonder, when the American dollar dropped so drastically this pa.it spring, if Fielding had an answer to that problem for those carrying American Ex- press Traveller's Cheques? I Ihink it is far more inter- esting am! educational (o ex- plore nmi .sift things out for one's .self. Once localed in a hotel, in a particular country, the concierge i.s better equip- ped to supply you with, informa- tion Ihc what, where, antl how applicable to that very day or week. Going off with only n "hope, and n one may make some mistakes but through them one learns and remem- bers, In this age of ho.v about being aroused at 4 a.m., on n South African air- line flight from Lisbon to Jo- hnrmashurg, by the steward "Matlnm, the captain would like you to eome 'o the cockpit .see Ihe sun rise over the African Thrtt wasn't listed in Fit-klings' guide hook, but it v, as an experience long to be n-rmirnhfi eel, antl a fine introduction! lo what was [o follow, MAIUAN VIRTUE Walertuii I-ake Park. Looking backward Through the HcraM ftecrui.se of the fair in Magrath, today has been de- clared a civic half holiday lo enable the townspeople lo turn (jut en masse in support of (he fair. IM2 Alfalfa meal from the Green and Company will soon be on it way to the Jlritish market. I0i2 Rioting flared in Bom- hay and other Indian cities lo- dny as Mohandis K. Ghandhi and older leaders of the all- Indian Congress Party languish- ed under arrest and (Jbandhi's vaunted disobedience campaign .swung into action, not as he had wished it, wilh non-violence, bul with bloodshed, violence and murder. rellibricfgc its doors to Kiwanians of the West- ern Canada District this week- end in conneelion with the 3ith annual convemnn of dis- trict of Kiwani.s The lethbridge Herald SO-l 7lh St. S., Lelhbridgc, Albcrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published 1003 195-1, by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN Seccrfid CIAM Mall Rcqlsfrailon llo. Ml? Member of The Canadian Press and 1hr> Canadian Daily Nowspftwr Publlrheri' and Iht Audit Bureau of Clrculalloni CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor anrt THOMAS H. ADAttS, Pit 1 ING Wll IfAY i ROY DOUGLAS K. VMLKER P-'TQ Editor "THB HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"