Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Augusl 16, 1971 Joseph. K nil I, Democratic determination The war in Vietnam is destined to drag on at least until after UK; Octo- ber 3 presidential elections in South Vietnam. Men will continue to die in order to yive South Vietnam "a chance to determine its own tale.1' in U.S, President Richard i x o n 's words. Vice-President Nguyen Cao Kv's re- cent elimination from conlcsting the election as a result of a law skill- fully introduced by President Nyuyen Van Thieu is a reminder of Hie phoniness of South Vietnamese elec- tions. The law requires that presi- dential candidates muster a certain number of endorsers from provincial councillors or from senators and dep- uties of the National Assembly. Mr. Ky was unable to get llic required number because Mr. Thicu had lined up most of the hvo sources behind himself. The presidcnl lias been ac- cused by the vice-president of having intimidated the councillors from sup- porting other candidates. This sorry development is nothing compared to the way other poten- tial candidates have been eliminated from the picture The dark-horse peaee candidate of 1067, Truong Dinh Dzu, is in prison for the "crime" of having advocated direct negotiations with flic National Liberation Front and a coalition government willi some NLF elements, lie cannot contest the election because President Thieu is determined not lo release him from prison before (lie end of his full term on May 1, 1972. Then there is General Nguyen Chanh Thi who was one of the three commanders who overthrew the hated Uiem regime in 1962. He has been in exile in the I'.S. after being forced out of the counlry for siding with Ihe Hue Buddhists against Ihcn premier, and now vice-president, Ngu- yen Cao Ky. In Paris are two more involuntary exiles, former premier Nguyen Klianh, and a Comer econo- mics minister. An Trang Thanh. These three men would like to get into the fray also. Any election in which potential can- didales are excluded by a sneaky law. imprisonment, and exile can scarcely be a means for determining the will of a people. As columnist Flora Lewis says, it is very difficult not to he drearily cynical about Vietnamese politics. The wonder is that people such as President Nixon can continue lo give voice to the nonsense about democratic determin- ation of their affairs by the South Vietnamese. The tie that binds Ideology is not the tie Ihal binds _ tribalism is. That is being demon- strated anew these days as political chaos rends Islam, and in its wake exposes the fact that Russia is more concerned lo advance its interests than to promote communism on a world basis. The fact Ihal Ihey are all sons of the Prophet Muhammad has not brought the Muslim people together in the Middle East. Ancient animo- sity between Arab and Jew re- vived by the creation of a Jewish state at Aral) expense (or a time provided a greater unifying force than religion Now even that seems unable to overcome the divisive influ- ence of nationalism fueled by the ambitions of state leaders. Communism likewise has not been able to withstand the crumbling ef- fect of nationalism. Only (he military might of the Soviet Union prevents the Eastern European bloc from breaking up. Not even the threat of thai poncr vui.s able to keep China in the Communist family. And now Ihe expediency of Moscow's dealings in Sudan makes the Chinese accusa- tions of revisionism ring true. American foreign policy since the Second World has been based on the ideology of anti-communism. Not surprisingly, that has failed to unite the people" of the United States and I heir allies. The result is that Presi- dent Richard Nixon, once an ardent anti-Communist, is pragmatically try- ing to repair the damage by putting his country's foreign policy back on a non-ideological basis. tribalism is a force Ihal pre- vents the cementing of local human aggregations into cohesive interna- tional or global conglomerations the sensible thing lo do is to recognize the fact and make the best of it. Clinging to the myth thai ideology is the lie that binds only prevents work- ing out political solutions lo prob- lems. The dirty Wizards of 0. The trial and conviction un charges of obscenity of the three editors of the British' underground magazine Oz. has unfortunately attracted a great deal of publicity because of the severe sentences imposed jail for nine to 15 months. The jury agreed that the magazine was obscene. The sentences are to be appealed, thereby giving the defendants even more publicity than they have al- ready had. Whether one believes that the judge was right in his rough Ircal- Vnent ot these squalid purveyors of filth, depends largely on one's point of view. From this vantage point, it seems that the judge would have been better advised to have sen- tenced them to much shorter terms. Now they have been made to appear as martyrs, when they are simply silly young men whose form of re- venge on a society they dispise is lo pander lo the prurient lasts of a small section of it. ERIC NICOL Muling the squash FATHER-in-law. a gardener of the first watering, took a look at my back yard the other evening. I could see that only love for his daughter restrained his revulsion al what he saw a welter ot weeds and veg locked in mortal combat. He said: ''You should mate your squash." I laughed heartily al this, slopping laugh- ijig when I saw that he was not jesting. "How's that f asked. he said, pointing lo a spread of large leaves Ihal had got larger despite my kicking Ibem. "You have to help them pollinate. What you do is you lake the female blossom, and you "Hold 1 said, looking at neighboring windows. "Maybe vc'd belter discuss this behind Ibe garage." Behind the garage I said, low: "Now, what's Ihis about the female My father -m-law explained Ihat Ihe squash had both male and female blooms on the same planl._ Migaud. 1 Ibougbl, a hermaphrodite, as though the moral tone of our .suburb wasn't going downhill fast enough already. He went on to say (hat the male and the female squash blooms de- pended on the birds and Ihe IKICS, hut when these were not forthcoming they needed help. My help. "What do you want me lo T asked. "Play soft music in Ihe squash Patiently my falhc.r-in-law told me how the male .squash blossom differed from Ihe female squash blossom, and bow lo exlracl pollen from the former and the laller. I rcijrol lo say Ihal f giggled once or Uicc. Il i.s a pily Ihal we middle-aged juveniles have to pick up these facts of botanical life behind the garage. Quite aside from Ihe intimate nature of my falhcr-in-law's fertilizing program, my heart wasn't in it. For one thing I hadn't planted the squash in the first place. The seeds must have been hiding in the com- post used lo encourage some peas I planted. Only one pea came up, quickly strangled to ricalh in the jungle of gianl leaves and yellow flowers: squash. I don'l even like squash. I'm not one lo nurse a grudge, however, and if the squash needed help in having young I would not shirk my responsibility. "I'm going squash I told my wife n couple of evenings laler, when I was .sure Ibc neighbors out "You're "A new Iwisl. I'm maling my squash, in- stead of Assisted inlo the back yard, f examined Ihe squash for a male blnssorr. Most of Ihe blooms proved lo be female, a sign of the times no doubt, hut at last I found a small male hiding shyly under o leaf. like a iK'e lo encourage Ihe little chap. I was about to probe his stamen, or whakH'er it wa.s, when my hand Was what I wa.s doing completely clhi- cal? Was I violating the medical code of Ibe vegetable world, laying myself open lo a denunciatory edilorial in The Wceders' Digest? Then I saw it: a baby squa.sh, ne.slled in Ihe grass. Tho lilllc male, sly devil, had been busy ,-ifler all. f was relieved of my responsibility. There will he squish un the (able Ihis fall. Please pass the peas. Nixon has done a deed of significance Hammer blows are now raining down oil the first cart-loss of rapture engendered by Llic news of President Nixon's com- ing trip lo China. But llic only serious damage is lo illusions that needed lo be smashed any- way. Provided the administration plays its cards riglil, (he big hope implicit in the thaw with Peking may yet materialize. Thai is the hope For an early and safe exit from Vietnam. One set of illusions now be- ing shattered involves Ameri- can opinion. The China lobby, to be sure, has been shown lo be one of the all-time world- historical paper tigers. There is almost no resistance lo the not very gentle letting down of Chiang Kai-shek. But neither has there been a burst of support for President Nixon. A little-noticed Gallup Poll taken after the Peking trip was announced showed his ap- proval rating standing at 49 per cent. Two weeks earlier, at Ihe end of June, it stood at 48 per ccnl. As far as public opinion goes, the China trip has been a wash. A second set of illusions cen- tres p'-oimd the notion that Peking was suddenly going to turn pliable on the broad range of issues outstanding with the United States. As it happens, spots have little hard- the lamiliar sore nil been rub'ed a er. Formosa is the most visible case in point. Mainland China has rejected the plea by Secre- tary of Stale William Rogers for two scats in the United Nations one for the regime in Peking, another for the re- gime nf Chiang Kai-shek on Formosa. Jt is almost certain that Peking will be able lo "Oh yeah? Well MY congregation can lick YOUR Letters to the editor Distortion in Social Credit propaganda magazine The latest issue of Hie .Social Credit propaganda magazine (Alberta Land for Living) contains just Ihal, namely a lot of propaganda, and very few facts. I am disgusted at llic amount of distortion of truth, and mis-represent alien found iu the ar- ticles of that publication. I am even more drgustcd that the government has to re- sort lo dJstribi'ling such misin- formation on the state of en- vironment in Alberta, lo every household, al the very expense of Ihe 1 am one of those taxpayers and I am ashamed that my money lias been thus misused. I can point out only a few of tile many mis statements made, .since it would lake as much print a.s published in Ihe maga-'nc. and len limes as many pictures, lo point out all uf them. For example. I shall refer lo a siatemenL Ihal could not pos- sibly be further removed from Ihe truth, occurring on page 9, which says: "Within the 14.000 mi. of foothills area there arc now 100 oil and gas wells, 3 gas plants, 5 coal mines, 12 quarries and one pulmniH, which TOGETHER OCCUPY LESS THAN 3 SQ. MILES, ex clushc of roads and pipe-line right-of-ways.'1 The fncts arc: a) The Ilinlon pulpmill alone occupies a total lease area of 6.300 sq. miles, most of it in the foothills, of which 171.46 sq. mi. hat! already been desolated by clearcuLling at the end of 19fi9. It must be assumed that in the meantime Llic clearcut area has increased to about 200 sq. miles. b) The Grande Prairie pulp- mill jt'st received cutting rights for approximately sq. miles, of which probably at least sq. mi. are in the foothills. c) Plans were imilcd, and have now been received by the government, for Ihe establish- ment of a third pulpmill, at Rocky Mountain House, to Shock tlie establishment August ,10 is llic Alberta elcc- lion dn'c. Recent legislation lowered the age of majority (o 111 pcrmiLling at least morn Albortans to assist in dc- ciding provincial policies. Should UP. ifl-ycar olds, have the right or more impnr- lire.1 our decisions worth c n n s i tl unfortunately of tho eslablished ma- jority fee! they're not. Evun lojidor-s of our provincial pnli- 1 it'll! pjirlic.s been quoicd .saying that ue aie too ton wircmrornrcl I'milrihulr In Alberta's fill HIT. 1 hunt; ur prove I hem wionfi. As u person, I feel I here i.s much is not right in today's system. Alberta is too Rrpjil for Ihe pcltiness that is KO evident in our politicians. Voting may seem futile for an imlindiml'.s winy floes nol ap- pear to he heard, not voling may .srvm a protest to Ihe pic.s- rnl .situation, bu1 remember a majority i-, .simply individuals totjrllKT. Il" we are genuinely concerned then will par- ticipate in (lie election. SiH'iely can he compared lo a fcrfifiralifin. fsolafod IIOUCUT violent serve only lo show Die .slmcluj-e'.s c.s and enable Ihe society to sirr-nglhcn I h o barriers of prejudice n ml misunhi-rstand- IDL; Lcluecn h c lat linns. liaise for the .sake ot heller- is needed, not change Ibc .sake of change. It may not be out duty to more than halfway, but meeting our eld- ers on their ground will serve lo emphasize the fact that we are concerned, that we do have contributions in short that care. If you're one of the new majorily and want a bet- ter thing for yourself and the future shock the establishment. Vote. SUE DWYUR. Lundbicck. Hrhnvr- il or tiol--lic-'r, r (roni nlhk'l'j'j ''harvest the last major sland of softwood in central Alber- ta." It must be assumed that Ihis pulpmifl will as well be given cutting rights to about sq. mi., within the Bow and nieanvalcr Forest Re- serves. But this is not all. d) About 287 sq. mi. of the Viillmore Wilderness Park was deleted to accommodate the ex- ploration and mining opera- tions ot Mclntyrc Porcupine MiMes alone. el Some 20 sq. mi. of the choicest nalural piece of en- vironmental real estate is about lo be flooded by the Big horn Dam in the Kootenay Plains area of the foothills, this in spite of loud protests by many sportsmen and conserva- tionists when plans were an- nuniced a few years ago. f> terrible mess created by the Rrazeau Dam Reservoir, originally about 16 sq. mi. in si7.o has recently been in- creased to about twice that size. Even not counting gas wells, oil .vellx, gasplank, other coal mines, and the omitted dry holes and hundreds of miles of cutlines that are necessary for crcatiiv; each well, anybody can sec that the foothills area occupied by a few exploiting industries is more than 3 sq. mil Anolher misconstruction of facl can be found on page "Seed treatment with Mercery compounds is prohibited steps are being taken lo remove Ihe compound from the market." The fact is that only a short time ago news media published Albcrla government announcc- mcnl.s Unit "Ihe Alberta gov- ernment is not about to han Mercury for seed Ircatmcnl." And information received from the department rf agriculture says 'hat Ihe Alberta govcrn- menl present permits treat- ing wilh Ihe compound, to use up exisling stocks, before the fedora1 government ban on use of the prodifcl becomes cffec- live in 1972. One last example of di.slnr- tion of Iriilh (On page 21: "He- source company roads must he built to certain stand- ards lo prevent The facts are, whatever llic "standards" are, (hern is hard- ly a mile of Ihe many hundreds of resource roads in the prov- ince I bat is KJ1F.K OF E.V- CBSRIVE EROSION. If the road il.self is not washed oul, IVn Ihe dilclirs il arc Culverts phicod whom mads cross t-rcck.s arc in must instances loo small, and wash out two or three times a year, if they are being Even Ihe department of high- ways has set a rather had ex- ample of "standard" the Grande Prairie highway. Ditch and road embankment erosion and washouts are practically continuous for 90 miles both sides nf the highway, some ditch washouts being up to 5 feel in depth. There se'Jms to be no end to (lie misrepresentation of true environmental conditions in Al- berta in this election issue. There are stripmine pictures from the U.S.. saying that this will not happen here. Why not say U.at it has already hap- pened? Why not picture instead the stripmine at Luscar or the abandoned mines at Coal Val- ley? Why not show the mined land on the opposite side of the road from where the pic- ture Page H was laken at Forestburg' Also on Page n the conditions under which Car- dinal .River Coal ;s supposed to operate and the conditions they have operated under and are now being taken to court for, am '-.TO diffc- nt alto- Tcally! Albcrlans have .-.e sciis-- left (o kno bctlcr than f- ollc1'" has been pre- sented as Alberla A. K. ZIMMER. St. Albert, Allicrta Looking Throngl! llic Herald 1S2I Kaminon de Valcra, Ibc lepublican leader of Ire land reiterated at the Dail in Dublin Ibc claim for complete separation from Brit- ain. 1931 will become the terminal fur the western end of (he air mail run, for- merly held by Calgary. This will mean a loss in revenue of Sfl.OOO lo SlO.OOfl a month in sal- aries lo pilots in Calgary. news agency re- ported today from Yokohama thai the .Japanese liner Talma nii'.ke good its claim to repre- sent China in the Security Council and the General As- sembly at Ihe expense, of For- mosa. The American presence in Asia is a similar case. Public s'.atem. nts by Chinese offi-'ils on the mainland, and private statements by Chinese diplo- mats abroad, all indicate that Pci.ing i? pressing for a full- scale mcrican retrenchment. While Ihe bargaining element high ant! the timing is left open, Peking continues to talk of an end to the American military presence in South South Korea, Formo- ililand and Japan. Peking is not even willing to convoke a new Genev. conference to ise the process of American emcnt. Certainly, there is in -ign of Chinese willing- ness lr do a deal prejudicial to North Vietnam. Nevertheless, in opening the way to Peking, Mr. rx'ixon has done a deed of undoubted signi- ficance. If he has not ctenged Ihe subslancc of international problems, he lias changed their atmosphere. Before Ihe China trip was an- noiinccd, Vietnam had long since rendered Ihe United Slates dead in the diplomatic water. Shackled to Ihal miser- able war, Washinglon was on the receiving end of pushes and prods, hinls and suggestions, offers and threats, criticism and rudges from friend, foe and neutral alike. Whatever happened it seem- ed lo be forced on this country by outride pressures. And ser- ious men who understood to degree the safely of the world depended on the balance between Russia and Ibc United Slates recoiled from Ihe pros- peel of leaving Vietnam be- cause il seemed to mean humi- lir': n for Washington Wl-al Mr. Nixon has done is (o lay the spectre of humilia- tion. P" opening the road lo Pekin; he has recovered dom of action 'T this country. What happens next il not forced down our throats in a way ''kcly to upset a delicate of power. What hap- pens next is done on our own niolion. Mr. Nixnn has thus made an indent for further diplomatic initiatives in Vietnam. And there is not much doubl about when ind what Ihe initialives should be. The opporlune momenl comes after Ihe Vietnamese presiden- tial election of Oct. 3. Once (hat hurdle is cleared, no matter what the result, the Unilcd Stales wil1 have honorably ful- filled any commitment il ever ma i for self-determination in South Vietnam. As to substance, the most can.lid Administration officials admit that this country's terms are not very far from Ihe lerms offered by Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh in the seven-point pro- gram presented at the Paris peace talks. With that as a starling point, it is easy to put together a new American offer. The offer would centre on set- ling a date certain for with- drawal of all American troops in exchange for return of the American prisoners held by Norlh Vietnam. This country would conlinue lo provide eco- nomic and military assistance to the Saigon regime. Any poli- Lical deal would he Icfl up lo arrangemcnfs between Hanoi and Saigon. And if the other side accepted, this coi'ntry would have achieved an exit from Ihe war. Bi'l will Ihe other side ac- ccpl? Nobody really knows. Slill il is a near certainly Ihat Mr. N'von will lake the plunge. For or.Iy by putting on the table another offer to Hanoi can IIP make his big gambit wilh China pay off. (Field Kulerjiriscs, Inc.) backward Mara anivcd off Ihat port ihrce passengers dead of fond poisoning and 120 olbers ill. 1331 For (he second time Ihis bail slashed crops in fhe Barons di.slrict, causing 50- per cent damage in a five lo .six mile long ship today. ISM Echdii Cooper, knnirn In circus fans as the (lied luday at (he age of 41, of cancer. Cooper, who slarlwl his carper at llic age of nino, (ravelled for many years wilh Ihe Uarnum and liailcy Ciicus. The Letlibridcje Herald 7lh St. S., Lcthbndgc, Albcrla THBmDGE HEHALD CO. LTD., Proprielor.s and Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN T SMfind Cl.iss Alnll Rcnrifr.ili'ji No Mem.icr ol The Cnnndliin Press and I he Cnnntllnn O.Tlly Npwspnpur Publishers' Association and Iho AucJIl Duroau ol Clrculalloni CLEO W. MOWERS, Etlllor nnrl Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General M.innorr JOE OALLA wn I 1AM MAY iWiniKjiriq Pclirnr A; soci.itp Etfllor h MII rs nnuoi AS K WALKER Aducrli-iinci Mftr.r.rpr Tditr" i.n r.ino Editor "THE HCRAtD SERVES THC SOUrH"