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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, August 9, 1974 Ford children close to father WASHINGTON (AP) Betty Ford used to tell people. 'We're just a normal American family." No United States vice-presi- dent's family is "just a nor- mal American family" but the Fords do seem to thrive in a life-style that has a lot in com- mon with other Americans. They live on an unpreten- tious street in an unpreten- tious suburban neighborhood in Alexandria, Va. The family, which includes three sons and a daughter, also is very close-knit. Ford, according to his wife, is "square." Their children have never been in a protest march. Their hair is only fashionably British cartoons slice at Nixon LONDON iReuteri Car- toonists in Britain have spared no sensitivities in de- picting the downfall of Presi- dent Nixon. In The Evening Standard. Nixon was depicted with his head on the block of a guillo- tine, his hand outstretched to delay the drop of the blade. There was no caption. The Times reprinted an- other Evening Standard car- toon of Nixon standing with a power-saw in his hand beside an enormous felled tree. Uncle Sam glowers over him as the president says: "I cannot tell a didn't do it." The Daily Express showed young George Washington, axe in hand, telling his father beside the fallen tree: "I can- not tell a you've got the tapes." In The Daily Telegraph. Senator Barry Goldwater i Hep. Ariz.) was shown lean- ing out a window high above Washington, pleading with the trailed figure of Nixon, idl- ing on the parapet outside: "Dick, don't do anything In The Guardian, Nixon was shown seated at his desk be- fore the Stars and Stripes. Sunlight streaming through the flag cast the effect of prison bars on the desk-top. with Nixon's silhouette cling- ing to them. Gerald's new job 4hard to believe' GRAND RAPIDS. Mich. Gerald Ford's three half-brothers appeared overawed on learning Thurs- day that Ford will be the 38th president. They expressed confidence that the American people would rally behind him. but Tom Ford. 56. said the brothers still find the event hard to believe. "1 know he's the next presi- dent of the United States, but I don't believe it. He's still my brother." Tom Ford said. The former Michigan legislator said President Nix- on's decision to resign is "a traumatic experience for the country. I'm disappointed that it had to happen in that way. Whether my brother happened to be there and pick up the reins is immaterial." Tom Ford, serving as the chief spokesman for his brothers. Richard. 51. and Jim 47. made the comments dur- ing a news conference at a downtown hotel within minutes after President Nixon announced his resignation. Under the glare of TV lights, the three brothers watched Nixon's televised speech in siience. The room where they sat was not air- conditioned. It was packed with reporters. Tom P'ord insisted the fami- ly is intent on preventing development of "a circus at- mosphere." "We would rather not be in the public eye at this he said. In fact, none of the family ir Michigan planned to attend today's swearing in ceremony for Gerald Ford. But that plan changed after Nancy Howe. Mrs. Gerald Ford's secretary, telephoned asking that Tom's wife, Janet. attend as the family's representative. "I'm shaken." Janet Ford said when asked her reaction to the invitation. Throughout the news conference all three brothers insisted they hope their brother's rise to the top office will not alter their own lives. They passed off suggestions that Grand Rapids might be the site of a summer White House. They said Gerald Ford spends more time in Vale. Colo., "where he has a cabin." Passport Photos Candid Weddings Picture Framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 710 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-0222 shaggy and those who know them say they have nothing to do with drugs. Klixabeth Bloomer Ford, at 55. is a tall, stately woman with high cheekbones and a reddish-bouffant hair style. The years of political cam- paigning, pressures and rais- ing tour children virtually alone, have left only a few wrinkles around her greyblue e yes. Betty Bloomer was a model and a dancer before she mar- ried Ford in 1948. It was her second marriage. Her first, to a Grand Rapids salesman, William Warren, ended in divorce in 1947 after five years. A pinched nerve in her neck, the result of trying to open a window in the house 10 years ago. keeps her from the golf and skiing she loves. But that doesn't keep the Fords from taking an annual Christmas ski vacation to Colorado. It is among the little tree time his family has with Ford, who has spent much of his time over the years on the lecture circuit and cam- paigning. The Ford children have never shown a strong interest in politics. Michael, 24, is a se- cond-year divinity student at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton. Mass. He spends his spare time working with Young Life, an evangelical organization for teen-agers. Last July, he married Gayle Ann Brumbaugh, 23, whom he met at Wake Forest Universi- ty where both attended college. Jack Ford, 22, will be a sen- ior at Utah State University where he is majoring in for- estry. Steven. 18, just graduated from high school and plans to spend next year working on a cattle ranch in Utah before starting college. Susan, 17. will be a senior at a private boarding school in Bethesda, Md. All tour children have said they feel unusually close to their father. "He never tried to mold us or direct said Jack. "He allowed us room to explore for ourselves, to find ourselves." Press boss appointed WASHINGTON (AP) Gerald Ford Thursday named Jerald TerHorst, Washington bureau chief of the Detroit News, as the new White House press secretary. TerHorst, 52. was the first appointment made by Ford following the formal an- nouncement by President Nix- on that he will resign, to be succeeded by his vice- president. TerHorst first worked for the Grand Rapids, Mich., Press, then moved to the News in Detroit in 1952. He joined the Washington bureau in 1957 and became bureau chief in 1961. Trudeau declines Nixon comment OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau had no comment on U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation Thursday night. "He said it all this a spokesman for the prime min- ister said, At a news conference earlier Thursday, Mr. Trudeau said Mr. Nixon's international policies have been "by and large good for the world He said he was concerned by the situation in the U.S. govern- ment but did not elaborate. Asked whether Vice-President Gerald Ford had demonstrated any interest in Canada, Mr. Trudeau replied that he "did the usual thing" and watched Mr. Ford for any "contingency knowledge" of Canada that would indicate his attitude if he should become president. THE FORD ADMINISTRATION Foreign, domestic viewpoints similar TRANSITION For additional coverage of changes in the U.S. presidency, turn to Pages 1, 2, 4 and 27. Kissinger key Canadian link By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) Relationships between the United States and Canada are expected to undergo little change under Gerald Ford's presidency. Emphasizing a continuity in foreign policy generally. State Secretary Henry Kissinger has sent messages of assurance all over the world and is scheduled to meet personally with key for- eign ambassadors today. This emphasis on continuity of policy is expected to carry into domestic affairs as well. Ford, who grew up, played football and practised law within 150 miles of the Canadian border in Grand Rapids. Mich., has shown little interest in Canadian affairs during his 25 years in U.S. politics. The only Ford reference to Canada Of recent record came a year ago. At the time, he was opposing in the House of Repre- sentatives a proposal to bring Alaska oil south to the U.S. by pipeline through Canada. CITED FEAR Canada, he said, has "a foreign government that could be un- friendly." Later, he explained that he regarded Canada as basically friendly, but said he feared that if "a radical government" took over there, it might shut off any such pipeline. "I think that (original) statement was taken out of he said later. "It was part of the argument I made that the need for Alas- kan oil was so important to us now that we couldn't rely on the ebb and flow of Canadian politics." Since then, the state department says, Ford has been briefed on Canadian affairs, as he has been on those of all other countries and areas. However, an official said the briefing was not extensive. A senior Canadian diplomat said Ford remains largely an un- known factor on relations with Canada. The feeling among Canadian diplomats is that Kissinger's re- tention remains as the key element in Washington's relations with Ottawa. BACKS KISSINGER Ford has backed Kissinger fully, announcing that the secre- tary will stay on the job and that the current foreign policy is in the best interests of the United States. Most cabinet ministers and ex- pected to remain and play a major role in helping Ford through the transition. Initially, there is expected to be a honeymoon period during which all concerned will co-operate to help the new president become established. After that, those who desire to leave, an aide says, will go "with dignity and grace." By MARJORIE HUNTER New York Times Service WASHINGTON Months ago, as he underwent close Congressional scrutiny before becoming vice president, Gerald Ford readily acknowledged that his views on both foreign and domestic policies were virtually iden- tical to those of Richard Nix- on. "I would say I am a moderate on domestic issues, a conservative in fiscal affairs and a dyed in the wool internationalist in foreign af- -he said at one point. Thus, it would appear that Americans can expect little change in direction in the con- duct of foreign affairs or in the shape of domestic proposals sent to Congress by President Ford. But. there are strong in- dications, based on the new president's own assurances to congressional committees during his vice presidential confirmation hearings, that Ford's White House will be far more atuned to Congress and the American people than was that of his predecessor. Unlike Mr. Nixon, who sur- rounded himself with aides who viewed congress as little more than a nuisance. Ford has repeatedly said that he believes that the White House and the Congress should be equal partners in conducting the nation's business. "There has to be a two way street between the White House and the he told a senate committee dur- ing his confirmation hearings last fall. While he is a staunch fiscal conservative, favoring a more balanced budget, Ford in- dicated during those same hearings that he would probably not impound Congressionally appropriated funds to the extent that Nixon did, and not in any effort to terminate programs. "I think the president should carry out the he said. However, he added that he would not favor spending "every dime" appropriated by Congress. More open Ford further indicated dur- ing his confirmation hearings that, in the event that he became president, his would be a more open administra- tion so far as access to government documents and financial records was concerned. He said that the present procedure on declassification of government documents "is slow and tedious" and could be expedited. He said that he had not noticed "any harm to government policy" by dis- closure of the Pentagon Papers dealing with U.S. in- volvement in Vietnam. And he said that he favored full dis- closure of financial assets by presidents, vice presidents, the federal judiciary and members of congress. A onetime isolationist, as suspicious of a worldwide Communist conspiracy as Nixon once was, Ford took his first steps toward becoming an internationalist under the tutelage of an old family friend, the late Sen. Arthur H. Vandenberg, Recently, Ford said that he also would favor an "ex- ploratory review" of U.S. policy toward the Communist regime in Cuba. Troops His views on continued troop strength in .the North Atlantic Treaty Organization also parallel those of the Nix- on administration. Substantial numbers of U.S. forces should not be withdrawn from NATO, he has said, "until we get mutual troop reductions." While considered a strong supporter of Israel, Ford has said he would oppose the United States entering into a "firm treaty with Israel" guaranteeing that country its independence in case of exter- nal attack. Yet, he has said, "we should not draw a line around the United States and go back to our old isolationism, sitting here dumb and happy while the rest of the world festers. We have to be alert to any further Soviet encroachment in the Middle East." While critical at times of Johnson's handling of the war in Vietnam, Ford was one of the most outspoken hawks in Congress throughout the Johnson and Nixon ad- ministrations. His quarrel with Johnson was not over continued U.S. involvement in Indochina but over that ad- ministration's failure to step up bombing attacks on North Vietnam. Throughout the Johnson and Nixon years, Ford voted against all attempts to limit or end U.S. involvement in In- dochina. He also voted against all attempts to lower military Spending. And he has said that the nation's expenditures on foreign aid are "getting marginally thin." His basic conservatism on social welfare legislation and other domestic programs was amply demonstrated during his 25 years in the house, the last eight as minority leader. He opposed virtually all social welfare programs, including establishing a food stamp system for the needy, federal aid to elementary and secondary schools, rent Sub- sidies, model cities, medicare for the elderly, and creation of the office of economic oppor- tunity, the federal anti- poverty agency. Low score Organized labor has given him low scores throughout the years on the basis of his votes on key social issues, including ones directly affecting labor. He opposed attempts to repeal "right to work" laws, he voted to weaken all minimum wage bills and he voted to weaken occupational health and safety bills in 1970 and 1972. He conceded that he had voted against federal aid to elementary and secondary schools a program largely tailored to aid the disadvan- taged through compensatory education during the Johnson administration. However, he said that his original misgivings about that program had proved wrong and that he now supported such federal aid. Civil libertarians, too. have criticized his voting record, noting that he voted for an anti subversive bill in 1950, voted against requiring prior court approval for wiretaps in 1954, voted consistently to fund the House Committee on Un American Activities and its successor, the House Inter- nal Security Committee, and voted for a constitutional amendment to permit school prayers. An outspoken advocate of "law and he voted for most anti crime bills. During the widespread campus dis- orders of the nineteen six- ties, he voted to deny federal funds to students who par- ticipated in campus disorders. Ford, in recent years, has made numerous speeches in support of efforts to clean up the environment. Yet, his voting on various key en- vironmental issues has been severely sciticized by leading conservationists. White House awaits smooth transition We've added more trips! From LETHBRIDGE: SUPER SERVICE! 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Sources close to Ford say he plans to keep the entire Nixon cabinet and most of the top White House staff while gradually working in his own people. They will come main- ly from his vice-presidential staff and -a long list of former colleagues in the House of Representatives. At the outset, he plans to place primary emphasis on a smooth transition of power within the White House and government before turning to pick the man who will be the second appointed vice- president in the United States. Ford was the first. Though Ford associates differ on his prospects, former New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller heads an initial list of 12 vice-presidential possibilities. The list is ex- pected to grow as the new president asks the views of a broad spectrum of Republican congressmen, senators and officials. Rocky, as he likes to be called, is said to be favored by such influential Ford advisers as Melvin Laird, former de- fence secretary, and senior members of the House. Once considered the white hope of liberals in the Republi- can party. Rockefeller lately has wooed the conservative core of the party and now is regarded as acceptable vice- presidential material by those from the Midwest and West who formerly rejected him. Rockefeller next V-P? SEAL HARBOR, Me. (Reu- ter I Former New York gov- ernor Nelson Rockefeller changed his telephone number and remained in seclusion at his vacation retreat here Thursday amid speculation that he might become the next vice-president. Strict security precautions were in effect around the home the Rockefeller family have used as a summer retreat for years. Telephone calls to the compound were intercepted by an operator who informed callers that the number had been changed and was now unlisted. A source close to Rockefeller said Vice- President Gerald Ford had telephoned the former gover- nor Wednesday night but would not disclose the content of the conversation. Rockefeller, who actively sought the Republican presidential nomination in I960, 1964 and 1968, resigned as governor of New York last December after serving 15 vcars in office. ;