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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta a year for six years City gets transportation money The city will get a year from the provincial government for six years to establish a trust fund for urban public transportation projects, says a letter to go to city council Monday. The first cheque for this year's amount will be sent Thursday it council approves the arrangement, says Minister Clarence Copithorne in the letter. Council is expected to give the agreement quick approval. The money can be invested by the city in any manner it wishes, provided any expenditures from the fund's principle or interest are made on urban public tran- sportation. Exactly what projects fit this category is not spelled out, but they have to receive the approval of a joint planning organization of the city and province and the highways minister. In recommending approval of the agreement, City Manager Allister Findlay says the money would be in- vested in a funded reserve. Projects previously mentioned by city officials since the grant was first announced in June included ex- panding the city bus barns, buying more buses to ex- tend city transit routes, and helping to meet the system's annual operating deficit. Canadian UN plane downed by missile? Compiled from Herald News Services Investigators are examining the wreckage of a Canadian twin engined Buffalo aircraft that crashed over Syria on Friday, killing all nine Canadians aboard. The plane was on United Nations duties. The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 10, 1974 20 CENTS 56 Pages Nixon couldn't see himself as others saw hint By C. L. SULZBERGER New York Times Service ATHENS The astonishing thing is that Richard Nixon was keenly aware of the importance of strong, moral leadership but that, paradoxically, he never seem- ed to apply to himself those standards he saw as necessary for others. Thus, I can recall his telling me (in 1964, during his political ex- ile) that he thought Presi- dent Lyndon Johnson "dangerously egocentric and therefore considered it Comment power-hungry" and imperative "to have enough Republicans in Congress to keep the president from being corrupted by his own power." When he had returned from the wilderness and moved into the White House, he said to me one day (May 19, "The real moral crisis in this country is the leadership crisis. The trouble is that the leaders, not the country as a whole, are weak and divided. "By the leaders I mean the leaders of industry, the bankers, the newspapers. They are irresolute and un- understanding. The people as a whole can be led back to some kind of consensus if only the leaders can take hold of themselves." Then, with particular reference to the Vietnam war and not in respect to an internal situation which then look- ed rosy, he said: "A great nation sometimes has to act'in a great way. Otherwise it destroys its own moral fibre." I was impressed by these words and by the long-range goals the president told me he had set himself. On Feb. 26, 1970. he said he was trying to lay the groundwork for a period long after he would be out of office (which neither of us, of course, could imagine would come as it In a subsequent talk (March 8, 1971) he observed philosophically: "The older a nation and a people become, the more they become conscious of history and also of what is possible." He was referring to Vietnam, from which he was trying to extricate Americans. He described this as "a war where there are no heroes, only goats. Our people became sick of Vietnam and supported our men there only in order to get them out after this period of change in mood. Somewhere a great change has taken place." And, as the war was he added. "There has never been so great a challenge to U.S. leadership." Thus, again this word, remained con- stantly on his mind. He went on: "Frankly, I have far more confidence in our people than in the establishment. The people seem to see the problem in simple terms: 'By golly, we have to do the right thing.' Nixon reviewed his ideas on the U.S. destiny, on policy, on his dreams. He said with solemn assurance: "I want the American people to be able to be led by me, or by my successor, along a course that allows us to do what is needed to help the peace in this world." Then he interjected something which sounds extraor- dinarily strange in the light of events: "I work here as if every day was going to be my last day. My theory is that you should never leave undone something that you will regret not having done when you had the power to do it." In some kind of distorted mirror, it is all there: The president mustn't be corrupted by power; the crisis in leadership; a great nation must act greatly or destroy its moral fibre: countries become increasingly conscious of their history; the people warrant more confidence than the establishment. And finally, every day might be the last; don't leave undone things you might regret. Everything is reflected, with sometimes stunning ac- curacy, except for one blank space. The man who gazed into that mirror had a blinding beam in his eye; he could not perceive his own image in the glass. His role, in the things he often so accurately discerned, was either warped or absent and he did not seem to know it. He lack- ed tlie gift so admired by Robert Burns, to see ourselves as others see us. Up with the new Gerald Ford's portrait replaces that of Richard Nixon in U.S. government above photograph was taken at the U.S. embassy in Bonn, Germany, immediately after the new president was sworn in. New vice-president 'top' Ford priority WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford met for the first time today with his inherited cabinet to ask that each member stay on the job, at least for the present. Ford sat at a long table be- tween State Secretary Henry Kissinger and Defence Secre- tary James Schlesinger. Directly across him was an empty chair, symbolizing the vacant vice-presidency. Making small talk before launching the formal session, Ford inquired of Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz whether the rains that hit the Washing- ton area Friday had been United States-wide and might have helped ease the Midwest- ern drought. Butz told him that the rains were regional in various parts of the country: Ford, acting to steady the ship of state a day after his sudden elevation to the helm, requested the National Securi- ty Council to meet with him immediately following the cabinet session. Ford already has asked the government's top officials to stay at his side during the transition period, and was ready to repeat that request 'todav as he resumed a Cheers ease Citizen Nixon's pain SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) The cheers and ap- plause of supporters eased Richard Nixon's re-entry to private life at his Pacific oceanfront villa, but the former president faces a future potentially still full of Watergate. He flew home from Washington aboard Air Force One on Friday, becoming a private citizen in mid-flight as his On by the Watergate received by State Secretary Henry Kissinger at a.m. EDT. A crowd of about at nearby Kl Toro United States Marine Corps air station cheered the former president as he descended from the plane, promising to continue working for world peace. completed one task does not mean that I am going to sit in this marvellous California sunshine and do Nixon said, smiling broadly before the placard- waving crowd. "Over the next two years, I can assure you that in all the time that I have that can be useful I am going to continue to work for peace." Scores of closer friends join- ed to greet him a few minutes later at the helicopter-landing pad next to his 26-acre Spanish-style estate here. Telegrams and phone calls of good wishes poured into the former Western White House. Persons, who saw him up close, said Nixon was relaxed and in good spirits after the dramatic week that culminated in his decision to leave office. Asked about immediate family plans, an aide said: "I think they just want to relax." Even as he relaxes, however, Nixon finds himself in new circumstances. No longer is he immune from prosecution, civil action or be- ing called as a witness in legal proceedings connected with Watergate. Nixon's daughter, Julie, and her husband, David Eisen- hower, remained in Washington to supervise pack- ing of family effects at the White House. Daughter Tricia and her husband, Edward Cox, accompanied the former president and his wife, Pat, on the flight West. Aides who accompanied Nixon on the trip said the staff was unable to handle the deluge of phone calls at the government-owned offices next to Nixon's estate. whirlwind personal pace of conferences and meetings that began even before he took the oath of office. State Secretary Henry Kissinger has agreed to stay indefinitely. Taking the oath of office Friday, Ford formally became the only president never to have faced a U.S. election, succeeding the only president ever to man driven from office by scandals that shattered his Republican administration. Between the time he was sworn in and his late evening return to his suburban Virginia Fords will not move into the White House until some time next week were these developments: president said through a spokesman that he considers the selection of a new vice-president to succeed himself to be of top priority, with the goal of announcing his choice within a week or ten days. Ford met with am- bassadors from 57 countries whom he called to the White House to assure that U.S. foreign policy remains basically unchanged. With Kissinger at his side, he told one group of ambassadors "I'll rely on Henry for all the tough international negotiations." Syria's civil aviation authority said that at the time the aircraft was in the air, anti aircraft defences were engaging Israeli fighters which had penetrated Syrian air space while other Israeli planes were bombing south Lebanon. "A United Nations private plane was passing at the time of the clash" the authori- ty said. "Contact with it was lost and it was revealed later that it had fallen in Syrian territory." "A technical committee promptly started an investiga- tion into the cause of the crash." Sources at the UN head- quarters in New York said in- formation was received that the plane had been brought down by a Syrian missle. The aircraft was on a flight from Beirut to Damascus. Eyewitnesses said the wreckage from the plane was scattered over a wide area near the village of Dimas. Syrian soldiers were guarding the area and UN observers had been posted nearby. Sources at the UN truce supervision organization declined comment on the in- cident. Those killed include: Capt. George G. Foster, 44, of Calgary; Capt. Keith B. Mirau. 29, of Gull Lake, Sask.; Capt. Robert B. Wicks, 39, of London, Ont.; Master WO Gaston Laundry, 35, of Charlesbourg, Que.; WO Cyril B. Korejwo, 47, of Angus, Ont.; Master Cpl. Ronald Spencer. 33, who served in Trenton, Ont.. and Rawdon. Que.. Cpl. Bruce Stringer, 23, of Angus, Ont.: Cpl. Michael W. Simpson, 26, of Scar- borough, Ont., and Cpl. Maurice H. Kennington, 33. of Calgary. The Israelis have denied that their planes were anywhere near the crash area 16 miles west of here and 13 miles from the Lebanese border. The Israeli military command and Israeli planes were only involved in an at- tack against guerrilla bases in southern Lebanon. They struck at a tent encampment and two houses in an area described as a known concentration point for terrorists. "It will be very important to find out if the airplane was on a pre arranged, pre cleared flight a Canadian exter- nal affairs spokesman said. "Did it fly the pattern and if not. why not? These things have to be determined before a government can make decisions." Describing the incident as "very unfortunate and the spokesman left no doubt that if Syria was respon- sible for the crash, the country would be expected to issue official apologies and "pay compensation" under the normal diplomatic procedures. He did not elaborate. Eyewitnesses said the wreckage was scattered over a wide area and the bodies were mutilated beyond recognition. A team of Canadian crash specialists is on its way to Syria to investigate the crash. (See related story on Page Freedom formula disclosed LISBON (AP) Portugal's military government announc- ed today a formula to give Angola independence within two yeats. The government said it would turn power over to a provisional government com- posed of liberation movements and ethnic groups as soon as agreement was reached on a ceasefire. The government said the ceasefire was "an .indispen- sable condition1' for independence. It added that United Nations observers would be welcome to watch the decolonialization process. Independence for Portugal's three African Mozambi- que and Portuguese a key goal of the army, revolt April 25. EGYPTIANARMY SAID ON ALERT BEIRUT (AP) The Egyp- tian army on the western bank of the Suez canal was placed on alert today, the newspaper An Nahar said in a dispatch from Cairo. The newspaper said leaves were cancelled and Egyptian reservists called up. Several Lebanese new- spapers said Israel has mass- ed troops and armor along its borders with Egypt and Syria. The newspapers quoted Arab travellers arriving from the Israeli-occupied Gaza strip as reporting the Israeli buildup in Sinai. In Damascus, the Syrian government newspaper Al Thswra charged Israel was "actively preparing for a new war." NEB ethylene hearing void OTTAWA (CP) A ruling from the Federal Court of Canada Friday prohibits the National Energy Board from making a decision on an ethylene export licence on the basis of hearings in late June. The court said in a 26-page decision that the hearing on an application from Dow Chemical Canada Ltd did not conform to board regulations But the effect of the judg- ment on Dow's application was uncertain Friday since the court turned down a re- quest that it order full public hearings into the matter The dispute arose when Manitoba and six other parties objected to the form of hear- ing used by the board. It allowed oral evidence only from Dow while other interested groups could only, present written briefs. Manitoba contended the matter was of such impor- tance that it justified full public hearing at which all parties would introduce witnesses and cross-examine. It referred the case to the Federal Court, the body set up to hear appeals on decisions taken by federal boards, com- missioners and tribunals In his decision. Mr. Justice A. Alex Cattanach said a board hearing was analogous to a court trial and therefore both parties must be granted equal rights to give evidence The board failed to grant such rights, the judgment said, and therefore the board would be prohibited from making a decision on the basis of the June hearings. But a request from Manitoba for a court order to hold lull public hearings was denied on the basis of amendments to the board regulations June 20. which give it the right to authorize ethylene exports by order without holding a public hearing Mr Justice Cattanach said the validity of a federal cabinet order amending the board regulations vvas not at issue before him and had therefore not been fully argued by the parties in- volved A spokesman for the board said Friday it was impossible to say immediately what the effect of the judgment would be. No comment would be made until board lawyers had analysed the court decision. C L Mort. vice-president of Dow Chemical, also declined comment until company law- yers had read the judgment. Dow was seeking permis- sion from the board to export 10 billion pounds of ethylene to its United States parent between 1977 and 1987. The ethylene would be produced at a plant planned for Fort Saskatchewan Name-plate flap disrupts talks GENEVA (AP) Turkish Fcroign Minister Turan Gunes and Turkish-Cypriot leader uauf Denktash, vice-president of Cyprus, left discussions on the political future of the island today in a dispute over name plates for delegates. A Turkish delegation spokesman said: "It is not a walkout." Gunes said he left Geneva's Palace of Nations to await resolution of a dispute involving official designation of the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot represen- tatives. Denktash told reporters he was going to his mission in Geneva but would remain "on call." The Turks, who seek a federation of separate com- munities on Cyprus, wanted the name plates for Denktash and Glafcos Clerides, the Greek-Cypriot president of the island, to read "Turkish- Cypriot Community" and "Greek-Cypriot Commu- nity The Greek choice was to designate the two sides as the president and vice-president of Cyprus. There were indications Fri- day of stepped-up behind-the- scenes mediation efforts by the United States and the Soviet Union. Seen and heard About town Embarrassed AGT operator Trudy Hart discovering she had filled all the operators' pencil boxes with empty mechanical pencils Polly Boychuck having money to burn her husband's pay che- que. Inside Classified....... 22-26 Comics .........27 Comment....... 4, 5 District............17 Family....... 18, 19 Local News 15, 16 Markets 20, 21 Religion...... 10, 11 Sports........ 12, 13 Theatres........... 7 TV 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 50 'Watch your strings, here cunWFR comes a Boy CHANCE OF SHOWER ;