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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 9, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 27 Nixon statement New president fits glove WASHINGTON (AP) Fol- lowing is the text of President Nixon's resignation address Thursday night: Good evening. This will be the 37th time I will have spoken to you from this office where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matters which I believed affected the national interest. In all the decisions I have made in my public life I have always tried to do what was best for the nation. Throughout the long and difficult period of Watergate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the kind of office to which you elected me. In the past few days, how- ever, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress to justify contin- uing that effort. As long as there was such a base. I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the con- stitutional process through to its conclusion; to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately dif- ficult process, and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future. But with the disappearance of that base I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged. PREFERRED TO FINISH I would have preferred to carry through to the finish no matter the personal agony that would have been in- volved. And my family un- animously urged me to do so. But the interest of the na- tion must always come before any personal consideration. From the discussions I have had with congressional and other leaders. I have conclud- ed that because of the Watergate matter I might not have the support of the Congress that I would con- sider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this of- fice in the way the interests of the nation will require. I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. As president I must put the interests of America first. America needs a full-time president and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad. To continue to fight through the months ahead for my per- sonal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the presi- dent and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperi- ty without inflation at home. Therefore. I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice-President Ford will be sworn in as president at that hour in this office. FEELS GREAT SADNESS As I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working in your behalf to achieve those hopes in the next 2'-2 years. But in turning over direction of the government to Vice- President Ford. I know, as I told the nation when I nominated him for that office 10 months ago, that the leadership of America will be in good hands. In passing this office to the vice-president. I also do so with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that CARDS OF THANKS ORBAN I would like to express my sincere thanks to my doctor; the nurses and staff of Third Main at St. Michael's Hospital for their wonderful care; to all my relatives and friends for the lovely flowers, gifts, cards, visits and thoughtfulness while I was in the hospital. Orban 9252-10 THE GOLDEN MILE BOARD We would like to sincerely thank Mr. and Mrs. A. Szymiec, Mr. Lee Bullock, and Fred King Motors for the co-operation and help on our float. To our members who worked for so many hours making decorations many, many thanks. The pillowcases raffled on July 18th were won by Mrs. E. Snowden. C913 will fall on his shoulders tomorrow and, therefore, un- derstanding the patience, the co-operation he would need from all. As he assumes that responsibility, he will deserve the help and the support of all of us. As we look to the future, the first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this nation; to put the bitterness and the divisions of the recent past behind us and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people. By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing which is so desperately need- ed in America. I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the nation. GRATEFUL FOR SUPPORT To those who have stood with me during these past dif- ficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful -for your support. And to those who have not felt able to give me your sup- port, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me. because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the country however our judgments might difter. So. let us all now join to- gether in affirming that com- mon commitment and in help- ing our new president succeed for the benefit of all Americans. I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, but with gratitude for the privilege of serving as your president for the past 5 years. These years have been a momentous time in the history of our nation and the world. They have been a time of achievement in which we can all be proud, achievements that represent the shared ef- forts of the administration, the Congress and the people. REQUIRES SUPPORT But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too, will require the support and the efforts of the Congress and the people working in co- operation with the new ad- ministration. We have ended America's longest war, but in the work of securing a lasting peace in the world, the goals ahead aie even more far-reaching and more difficult. We must complete a struc- ture of peace so that it will be said of this generation, our generation, of Americans, by the people of all nations, not only that we ended one war, but that we prevented future wars. We have unlocked the doors that for a quarter of a century stood between the United States and the People's Republic of China. We must now ensure that the one quarter of the world's people who live in the People's Republic of China will be and remain not our enemies but our friends. In the Middle East, one hun- dred million people in the Arab countries, many of whom have considered us their enemy for nearly 20 years, now look on us as their friends. We must continue to build on that friendship so that peace can settle at least over the Middle East and so that the cradle of civilization will not become its grave. LIMITED ARMS Together with the Soviet Union we have made the crucial breakthroughs that have begun the process of limiting nuclear arms. But we must set as our goal not just limiting, but reducing and finally destroying these terri- ble weapons so that they can- not destroy our civilization and so that the threat of nuclear war will be longer hang over the world and the people. We have opened the new relation with the Soviet Union. We must continue to develop and expand that new relationship so that the two strongest nations of the world will live together in co- operation rather than con- frontation. Around the world, in Asia and Africa, in Latin America, in the Middle East, there are millions of people who live in terrible poverty, even star- vation. We must keep as our goal turning away from production for war and ex- panding production for peace so that people everywhere on this earth can at least look forward in their children's time, tf hot in our own time, to having the necessities for a decent life. Here in America, we are fortunate that most of our peo- ple have not only the blessings of liberty, but also the means to live full and good and, by the world's standards, even abundant lives. We must press on. however, to a goal of not only more and better jobs, but of full opportunity for every American, and of what we are striving so hard right now to achieve, prosperity without inflation. For more than a quarter of a century in public life I have shared in the turbulent history of this era. I have fought for what I believed in. I have tried to the best of my ability to dis- charge those duties and meet those responsibilities that were entrusted to me. Sometimes I have succeed- ed and sometimes I have failed, but always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena: "whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievements and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while dar- ing greatly." I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of life in my body, I shall con- tinue in that spirit. I shall con- tinue to work for the great causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my years as a congressman, a senator, a vice-president and president; the cause of peace not just for America but among all nations, prosperty. justice and opportunity for all of our people. There is one cause above all to which 1 have been devoted and to which I shall always be devoted for as long as I live. When I first took the oath of office as president years ago, I made this sacred com- mitment: "to consecrate my office, my energies and all the widsom I can summon to the cause of peace among nations." I have done my very best in all the days since to be true to that pledge. As a result of these efforts, I am confident that the world is a safer place today, not only for the people ol America, but for the people of all nations, and that all of our children have a better chance than before of living in peace rather than dying in war. This, more than anything, is what I hoped to achieve when I sought the presidency. This, more than anything, is what I hope will be my legacy to you, to our country, as I leave the presidency. To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: may God's grace be with you in all the days ahead. Police check bills A local bank turned over a bill to Lethbridge city police Thursday and the police have sent it to the RCMP crime detection lab in Ottawa to determine if it is counterfeit. It's the second suspect bill in the past month police have sent to Ottawa. Police have not heard from Ottawa about the first bill yet. Serial number of the bill passed at the bank if 4694055. Police have no infor- mation as to who passed the bill. WASHINGTON (AP) Rarely eloquent and never flamboyant, Gerald Rudolph Ford is a man with a penchant for work and simple, straight talk. That has won him immense respect from both sides of the aisle in 25 years of congres- sional service and nine months as vice-president. Richard Nixon would have preferred a more electric vice-president, namely John Connally. But Republicans convinced him of useful qualities in Ford: an attrac- tive personality, a clean reputation, an unflappable dis- position, a solid base of party support and a certain accep- tability to almost everyone. The Democrats found an additional reason to support him: they didn't think he would run for president in 1976. Ford said as much himself. One former Nixon adviser. Harry Dent, noted that "Ford fits the Republican party like a glove." Ford is an orthodox Republican. He is also a devout Episcopalian who has attended church regularly. Ford's solidarity, whatever it lacks in color, is viewed by Thefts reported A 1973 Ford Maverick, valued at was reported stolen from College Mercury, 17th Street and 3rd Avenue S., Lethbridge, city police say. The theft occurred sometime Wednesday night as was reported Thursday. A 19-inch television set was reported stolen Thursday from the Native Friendship Centre, 322 4th St. S. The set was valued at about leaders of both parties as tailor-made for a country yearning for a government it can trust. "Maybe he is a plodder, as some people here said liberal Democratic Represen- tative Richard Boiling of Missouri, "but right now the advantages of having a plodder in the presidency are enormous." Representative Edward Bo- land, (Dem. Mass.) said, "Jerry Ford exudes the kind of confidence that I hope to see in a president. He could be the kind of president that Harry Truman became." Ford seems to share the habits of the average American. His living tastes are modest. Even when he became vice-president, he chose to remain in his same Alexandria, Va., except for a much-cherished swimm- ing pool in the back yard. TALKS TO REPORTERS He is an open man, often holding forth with reporters several times a day. His speech-making averaged 200 appearances a year as House of Representatives Republican leader, a pace he kept up as vice-president. Like many men, he opens his morning paper first to the sports pages, eventually skims the whole thing over a modest breakfast of juice and rolls, and is off to work by 8 a.m. or even sooner. At night he relaxes, even if he's brought work home, with an eye on the television set. His favorites are the detective dramas whose heroes are clean and who nail their villains through sheer hard work. He told the Senate last fall he would regularly seek ad- vice from Congress and his cabinet if he became president. And he said he would try to halt the in- creasing concentration of fed- eral power in the White House. To avoid a Watergate in his administration, Ford said, he would "thoroughly screen and carefully supervise" his top aides. "I would do my very ut- he testified, "to make sure that they did not violate the law." Ford set out several other views and promises on his presidency, in response to questions at the House and Senate hearings. Calling himself a "con- servative on fiscal matters, a moderate on domestic affairs and a liberal on foreign Ford said no U.S. combat troops should be sent to the Middle East; he would insist on full enforcement of federal voting rights laws; keep the CIA under close scrutiny and control; and he would retain Henry Kissinger as state secretary. He said he would never au- thorize anyone in his adminis- tration to lie under oath and "only in the most extreme cases would I authorize even a temporary lie." Ford, who spent most of his boyhood in Grand Rapids, Mich., was born with another name, Leslie King, on July 14. 1913 in Omaha, Neb. His parents were divorced when he was less than a year old and his mother returned to her parents in Grand Rapids, where she later married Gerald R. Ford Sr. He adopted the boy and renamed him. Ford was a high school senior and a football player working in a Greek restaurant the first time he met his real father. He was frying ham- burgers or washing dishes, he recalls, when a man came in and stood watching. "Finally, he walked over and said, 'I'm your father." Ford says. "Well, that was quite a shock." Ford was centre on the Uni- versity of Michigan's 1932 and 1933 national champion foot- ball then captain and most valuable player of the 1934 team. He got professional offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers but chose to study law at Yale, working his way through as an assis- tant varsity football coach and freshman boxing coach' In March of 1940, he got his first widespread publicity as the ski weekend date of a New York model featured in a 21- photo spread in Look magazine. He was in 17 of the pictures. Ford also got his first ex- posure to politics at Yale, working as a volunteer in Wendell Willkie's 1940 Republican campaign for president. After service in the Second World War. 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