Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE tETHBRIDGE ftERAlD Friday, August 14, "70 Joseph Kraft Nervous About Nerve Gas Opposition to the clumping of. nerve gas capsules in the Atlantic Ocean continues despite the determined ef- fort of the U.S. Army to see the op- eration through to a conclusion. Army officials feign not to understand the objections since a previous dump made several years ago off New Jer- sey was carried out without ob- jection or incident. Lack of objection to the earlier dumping is relatively easy to explain. Only recently have people become aware of how seriously the environ- ment is being threatened by pollution. Also until a few months ago it was scarcely known that the U.S. was en- gaged in the stock-piling of gases and germs. The earlier dumping of gas was carried out quietly as would have been the case this time were it not that there are now watch-dogs ready to sound the alarm. Scientists who are mostly in the pay of the government have been trying to give assurance that men will not be endangered even if the gas should escape from the caskets. They think the salt water will neutralize the gas. If salt water will neutralize the gas it would have been possible to have passed the stuff through salt water in a laboratory and saved all the furore. There is a strong suspicion that no- body really knows what effect the gas would have if it escapes into the sea. This is the reason why there is a world-wide outcry against what is happening. The earth is the home of all living things in which life is of a piece. What endangers one creature has an ultimate effect on others. The nerve may not get to man directly but it could have very deleterious ef- fects on him indirectly. Good grounds exist for being ner- vous about the dumping of the nerve gas. And if people are angry as well as nervous who could blame them? Unwelcome News Those who would prefer that only good news be made public will be unhappy about the disclosure of mas- sive corruption of the police force in the city of Seattle. Columnist Joseph Kraft's intimation that similar condi- tions may exist in other cities in the United States only adds to the un- happiness. Objections may be voiced that pub- licity given to the unsavory situation in Seattle could worsen the disres- pect for law enforcement officers so widely in evidence. It is unfortunate that good police forces may come under cynical suspicion as a result of a bad force. It would be doubly unfortunate if police forces in Can- ada came under suspicion because their record, on the whole, has been excellent. But an important lesson can be learned from the disclosures in Seattle. Those who have been calling for a strict law-and-order regime and in- sisting that respect for law be in- stilled in the young need to recog- nize that only when respect is de- served is it likely to be given. Noth- ing is scorned quite EO much today as hypocrisy. One of the worst places for it to try to hide is behind a uni- form. The police everywhere are reaping the rotten fruit of discreditable police- men such as those who have been exposed in Seattle. Too often there has been graft and perversion of jus- tice. Word gets around about such things. What has now been made public about the conditions in Seattle undoubtedly was widely known throughout that city and beyond. So long as such "a situation is un- acknowledged there is no hope of restoring an attitude of respect for those in authority. The damage was done before the publicity was given and can only be undone by an open dealing with the condition. Any hint of a white-wash or a sweeping under the carpet would only serve to harden the cynicism that exists. Rising Sun The Japanese finance ministry has published some astounding fore- casts about the standard of living it expects its people to have at the end of 30 years. The ministry says that it expects Japanese production to in- crease at 10 per cent a year over the 30 year period. Paired with pop- ulation projection this would mean that the average per capita income would be in twenty years, and in thirty years. At the end of the latter period, claim the statisti- cians, the average American will be scraping along on less than a third the income enjoyed by his Japanese counterpart. The reason for all this optimism is that Japan, freed from the need to maintain any military force other than that required for internal se- curity purposes, has been able to turn her considerable energies to work- ing an industrial productivity mir- acle. The other is that she has limit- ed her population stringently with up to date birth control measures in- cluding legalized abortion. Large fam- ilies are out of fashion in modern Japan. A lot of us around now will be push- ing daisies before we find out if the forecasters are right or wrong. But if they're right it means at least two things. It doesn't pay in the long ran to be in on what used to be call- ed the winning side of a global at least from the dollars and cents point of view. It doesn't pay either to have too many babies. Art Buchwaid WASHINGTON There has been a lot of talk about news management in the government these days, but if you go through history you can find that every presidential administration tried to man- age the press in one way or another. I found an eld transcript the other day of a press briefing between Abraham Lin- coln's press secretary and White House re- porters, which shows that even in those days attempts were made to bottle up vital news of interest to the public. Here are excerpts from it: Question: Mr. Nicolay, yesterday the president gave a speech at Gettysburg, and he started it out by saying, "Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation." Sir, would you mind telling us the names of the fathers he was referring to? Secretary: I'm sorry, gentlemen. I can't reveal the names at this time. Question: The Saturday Evening Post, which is published in Philadelphia, said he was referring to Washington, Jefferson and Franklin. Is that true? Secretary: That's just conjecture. The president is not responsible for everything written by his friends. Question: The president said yesterday in the same speech that the country was engaged in a great civil war, testing wheth- er that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. lie didn't say how he intended to win the war. Docs this mean lie has a no-win pol- icy? Secretary: The president in his speech tvas (.riiy concerned with the Battle of Gettysburg, which incidentally we won. The department of war will give you full [Mails on other battles. The department refuses to give :is any iniormafion. We don't know hov.' sr.any Irnops wore at Gettysburg, ivlio commanded Ihcm, or how many ca- sualties there were. All we were given were some lousy photos of Confederate gun emplacements. How can we be sure the Confederates still don't have artillery hid- den in the hills around Gettysburg? Secretary: We have constant surveillance of the hills. To the best of our knowledge, all southern artillery pieces have been re- moved. Question: What about Confederate troops? There are an estimated in the area. Secretary: We have the south's promise they will be removed in due course. Question: Mr. Secretary, why didn't Mrs. Lincoln go with the president to Get- tysburg? Secretary: Mrs. Lincoln feels that her place is at home with her children. But she did send a telegram. Question: In talking about the govern- ment of the people, by the people, and for the people, did the president have any par- ticular group in mind? .Secretary: Nor to my knowledge, gentle- men. But I'll check it out just to make sure. Question: Mr. Secretary, didn't the pres- ident in his speech yesterday indicate he intended to manage the news? Secretary: In what way? Question: He said, "The world will little note, nor long remember, what uc say here." It .seems to me in the phrase he was intimicialing the newspapermen who were there. Secretary: I don't think you have to in- terpret the speech in that manner. The president's remarks, written on an enve- lope, were off (lie cuff, and he felt there was no reason to be quoted. An official version of his speech will be made avail- able lo file press in due lime, as soon as tlie president ha.1; a chance lo go over it again. (Tnnmlo Telegram .Nous .Service) Crime, Corruption And Law Enforcement CEA1TLE Assume you could send all policemen to Harvard, endow them with tlie understanding of Sigmund Freud, bless them with the grace of Pat O'Brien, give them walkie talkies galore, a n d waive the rules about wire- tapping, roughing up prisoners, and breaking and entering. Would that solve the crime problem? Well, not judging by the case of Seattle. For experience here makes it clear that improved law enforcement across the country depends on a much m o r c basic namely, rooting out police cor- ruption, getting the cops' hands out of the tambourine. This city is now being treat- ed to one of the gamiest police scandals in the history of a city not free of gamy scandal. One police chief and one acting po- lice chief have resigned. An as- sistant police chief has been conicted on perjury charges. Several other high-ranking offi- cers have testified to corrupt practices. And while the inves- tigation is far from being over, there is already apparent a general pattern of corruption. The testimony indicates that for something like 30 years there has been working in Seat- tle a highly organized payoff system stretching from the rr.an on the beat to the respect- ed pillars of the city establish- ment. The system was known as the inverted pyramid. The first collections were made by the cop on the beat- generally in the vice squad or the operations bureau. He split his take with the sergeant. The sergeant split with the lieuten- ant, the lieutenant with the captain, the captain with the major, and so on through as- sistant chief, chief, and on to Ilia higher echelons. Hundreds of dollars changed hands at the lower levels. At the very top big money was involved. Buttressing this payoff sys- tem, there was an official tol- Letters To The Editor Man's Abuse Of Freedom Of Choice Mr. Black's letter in the Aug. 1 Herald was a timely remind- er of our society's precarious state. However, f was sur- prised and disappointed in his conclusion: "I otter no solu- tion, only the problem." Mr. Black briefly touched the key to the issue when he stated that "the great strides of the Jewish people were halted each time they turned their backs on the Mo- saic Law." That statement says in effect, that those people turned their backs to God. Isn't that what people are doing today? Are not people general- ly turning their backs to the Ten Commandments, and in so doing fall short of living Christ's teachings? The "Concerned Student" wants the Sunday bylaw pass- ed "to give the people the free- dom to involve themselves in activities of their own choice Man has proven himself foolish and abusive in the use of his freedom to choose. The commandment reads, "Remember the sab- bath day, to keep it holy." The sabbath was intended as a day to set aside most of the daily activities, and was reserved for worshipping the Lord. Un- fortunately it has been turned into a day for seeking pleasure so that people can involve themselves in various activities including line ups outside movie houses to wal- low in the mire so vividly de- scribed by Mr. Black. The venereal disease epi- demic sweeping the 001111117 further attests to the need to turn back to God and His teachings. Obedience to the law of chastity is the only way to curb and ultimately cure Lack Of Support For Baseball Having just moved to Letli- bridge this spring, this is my first summer of baseball in Lethbridge. I have been more than just a little concerned at the lack of support for base- ball, in particular senior base- ball, in Lethbridge. The lack of support has been not only in attendance but also from The Herald and the city's two radio stations. Recently Lethbridge hosted a major tournament to deter- mine the Southern Alberta rep- resentative in the provincial senior baseball final. Last Fri- day's Herald contained a few lines about the tournament, Saturday's Herald said absol- utely nothing about the tourna- ment. Certainly a great way to drum up interest, in local sports. Tuesday's Herald contained one lousy column 17 inches long to describe what took place in four games. No men- tion of who the winning pitch- ers were, the leading hitters, nil The scores reported were even wrong. No one should be surprised. This is the type of coverage Toynbee's Warning Permit me to express my most sincere thanks for the ar- ticle from the pen of Dr. Ar- nold Toynbee, which appeared in The Herald on August 10. A statement such as this from a great modern scholar suiely must serve as a warn- ing, and a guiding light for men. When we read so much today of man's ability in and of himself, to solve the prob- lems of the world, then surely the studied conviction of such a scholar acts as a tonic to one's soul. Not that I speak disparaging- ly of man. But there are laws in operation in this world which ho did not make, and which he must observe. Pollution is an example of this. It is man made It is a violation of ihj natural laws which govern life. The only way man can clean it up is to obey laws he has tried to ignore. In the ethical, moral, and spiritual realm the same truth applies. Again, a heartfelt "thankyou" for this timely article. G. R. EASTER, Interim Pastor, First Baptist Church. Lethbridgc. Dirty Exhausts Three cheers for the editorial on the dirty exhaust in our city. (Phew Aug. I have travelled behind the city buses, and it is not a pleasant expe- rience. The Lelhbridge Transit System has a chance to he a leader here; let's hope it docs something about conlrolling the black exhaust from its buses. F. IHSCOCKS. Lctiibi idgc. the Senior Hens' Baseball League has been getting all year. The Lethbridge Miners, who just returned from the Canadian Championships, got more coverage in the Calgary and Edmonton papers than they did in.this paper. This type of coverage is not restricted to The Herald. The two radio stations and TV sta- tions come up with the same type of coverage. The league and the players need the public's support and we would certainly like to have some help from the media in getting that support. BRUCE GULLETT. Lethbridge. Editor's Note: Mr. Giillctt lias found a problem Iliat has long plagued the Letlibridge Senior Recreation liasebnll Leagues it is a self-in- flicted problem; lack of co- operation. At (lie start of each season llic league and the news media come to an agreement or. co-operation, but it never fails, the co-opcr- ation bogs down early in the season and is most notice- able by its absence the rest of the year. It is impossible to be everywhere at one time so (be media depend these leagues to help them- selves by helping the media. A bit and miss system of re- porting scores and games to the newspaper is of no value to cither parly. It may be time to get a part-time ngent lo handle such tilings. this ill which stems from im- morality. The commandm e n t reads, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Only two commandments have been referred to herein. The others, if analyzed, would lend additional support. God has declared himself to be a jealous God. He does not view lightly being substituted by the Gcd of Pleasure, and the God of Serf-gratification. Nations are permitted to perish because their hearts are turned from Him hi violation and open defiance of His laws. The Lord considered tlie an- cient city of Nineveh ripe for destruction, but the people re- pented and were spared. We are as Athens and Home of old, heading for destruction, but we could still turn and be as Nineveh and he spared. Re- pentance and return to wor- shipping God are the scriptural recommendations. Isn't that tlie solution? J. M. REGEHR Lethbridge. LOOKING THROUGH THE HEHALD of harvest workers from Eastern Canada, brought the week's total to ap- proximately Nearly as many more are expected to pass Uircugh Winnipeg next week. arc that (lie remaining nine-mile stretch of road from.the east side of Gla- cier Park'to the top of Logan Pass will soon be bui't. This construction will complete the Glacier Park trans-mountain road and connect it with the Roosevelt highway. who hclp- erance policy. Gambling is il- legal here. But years ago in Seattle, city hall with the tacit agreement of the leading citi- zens decided lo make certain exceptions in order to swell li- censing fees. Card rooms, where games could be played for modest stakes, were allow- ed. So were pinball machines, at a nickel a plunge. One effect of the initial toler- ance was to draw a large num- ber of. gamblers to Seattle. Some local reporters checking the gamblers tax lists a cou- ple of years ago were astonish- ed to find a disproportionately high number in Seattle. A sec- ond effect was to legitimize op- erations thai led lo breaking rules. If a nickel a plunge was legal, why not pay, or take, a little protection money for big- ger stuff? Lastly, the city officials were placed in an ambiguous posi- tion. Since they were them- selves actively involved in pet- ty gambling, it was hard to teke a very tough stance en slightly more serious crime. And as it happens, the present mess was exposed not by local officials but by the United States attorney, Stan Pitkin. The loose attitude toward corruption undoubtedly had an impact on other police work. While not easy to spell out in detail, the general effect is readily apparent. Take community relations, for instance. As Mayor Wes Uhlman told tire Congress last week, Seattle has been the scene of a series of fire bomb- ings. While no one is certain, the general feeling is that blacks are planting the bombs in order lo drive whites out of what they have come to regard as their turf in the cental part of the city. The police, held in no great respect, are obviously no great deterrent. Indeed, Seattle seems to have a larger con- tingent of anti-ccp black activ- Black Panthers, that any olher city ex- cept Oakland, California. Similarly with drugs. There is said not to be much Mafia activity in Seattle, but the scene at the University of Washington looks like a mini- Berkeley. A lot of stuff is ob- viously coming up from the Mexican border. And once again the police, held in no great personal respect, are no great deterrent. To be sure, all cities are not Seattle. San Francisco, which is perhaps the only big .city where major crime has been declining this year, has a not- ably clean police force. But New York is on tlie verge of a major police scandal. Los An- geles is getting a reputation as the money laundry for the Las Vegas gamblers. In New Or- leans a number of law enforce- ment officials are under indict- ment. And general reports from other cities all over the country suggest that Seattle has only brought to the surface the kind of corrupt payoff sys- tem that exists everywhere. The point, then, is not that Seattle is a bad town. On the contrary, it is one of the most attractive cities in the country. But it has been the victim of police corruption on a highly organized scale. Other, and more important, law enforce- ment actions necessarily falter when the police are on the take. And since the Seattle ex- perience is probably wide- spread, it seems clear that the first item on the agenda of im- proved law enforcement is not educating the cops or getting them more sophisticated equip- ment cr instilling in them a sensitivity to interpersonal re- lations. The first order of busi- ness is the simple matter of rooting out corruption. (Fie'Id Enterprises Inc.) BACKWARD ed a German pilot out of his downed plane in a stubble field in England took a novel way of assuring he did not get away from them. They removed his shoes and socks! 1950 Alberta BriquetUng Corp. Ltd. says it will build oaal-briquetting p'ants at Oko- tcks, Ryley and Medicine Hat. Each plant will have a capac- ity of tons of briquettes a day. A prisoner at Stony Mountain penitentiary was shot and killed as prison guards quelled an uprising by fire- setting prisoners. Four other prisoners were wounded. Tlie LethbruUje Herald 5M 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and ihe Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS M. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA 'WILLIAM HAY Miinaciinq Editor Associate Editor ROY'F." MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Pago Editor "THE HERAtD SERVES THE SOUTH"