Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
SEN. EDWARD M. KENNEDY Mysterious group takes blame for car blast [Watergate may i lhave drowned I I I (Ted's ambition] j WASHINGTON In going over the side, Richard Nixon may have taken Edward Kennedy down with him. Sen. Kennedy remains well in the lead as the prospective Democratic nominee in 1976. But Nixon's 5 i collapse makes the nomination worth considerably 1; 5 less to him than it would have been otherwise. ._____________ After the public has rebelled jj against a cover- ;J up at the Watergate, will it buy a cover-up at V Comment by WILLIAM SHANNON, New York Times Chappaquiddick? If Nixon had been less directly involved in Watergate, he could have survived in office until the end of his term. That would have been ideal from a Democratic party viewpoint. The next presidential election would then have been fought between two non- incumbents with the GOP candidate carrying the burden of an unpopular, scandal stained administration. As it is, President Ford comes on as Mr. Clean and will have the advantages of incumbency. The 1976 campaign may thus turn on normal economic and foreign policy issues. The problem for the Democrats, however, is that if Kennedy is their nominee, it will be hard to focus attention on those normal issues and on such mistakes as Ford may have made by then. Instead, the Republicans will have no difficulty establishing as the prime question Do you believe Sen. Kennedy's story of what happened that night at Chappaquiddick? An old story? The drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne and Kennedy's failure to notify police promptly or to seek help from a nearby house would have become an issue whenever he ran for president. But if Nixon had clung to power through the next election, Kennedy and his managers might have been able to establish in the public mind the fiction that Chappaquiddick was an old story, that it had all been hashed over before, and that is was in rather bad tase for any Republican to bring up the subject. As the saying goes, why rake up the dead past? Under those circumstances, the Chappaquiddick story would only have percolated below ground. But after the paroxysm of press expose, public indignation, and congressional investigation of Watergate, there is no chance that the Chappaquiddick story can be pushed underground. It has become legitimized as a topic of political controversy. The public will expect to get all the facts and will expect to make a judgment on those facts as it did on Nixon's case. The facts have not been forthcoming yet. No autopsy was performed. The coroner's inquest was a feeble and inconclusive affair. Senator Kennedy's speech to the people of Massachusetts was in the inglorious tradition of Nixon's "Checkers" speech, a mixture of partial and self-serving information mingled with and overwhelmed by an emotional plea for sympathy. It cannot stand as Kennedy's final word on thfe affair. Robert Sherrill's article in the New York Times magazine of July 14 entitled "Chappaquiddick Plus 5" was a major political event. Sherrill raised pertinent unanswered questions and pointed out serious discrepancies in the authorized Kennedy version of events. Unless Kennedy can clearly respond to those questions and reconcile those discrepancies, they will dog his footsteps throughout the next presidential race. His reluctance to face the Chappaquiddick issue confronts his party with another problem. As long as he remains a potential candidate in 1976, his shadow keeps the sunlight from reaching any other putative democratic nominee. It is easy to understand why. Superb candidate Aside from his famous name and his family's legend, he is a superb candidate. He is an excellent speaker able to put serious issues in clear and dramatic terms; he has physical presence, an easy charm, and goes at the grueling business of campaigning with verve and gusto. Contrary to what was said of him when he first ran for the senate a dozen years ago, he would be a formidable candidate today even if his name were Edward Mocre. But because his name is Kennedy he has a devoted constituency that would make him a hard man to beat in a Democratic primary in any nothern state. That loyal constituency can nominate him but by itself cannot elect him. Can he persuade the independent voters as long as the full truth of Chappaquiddick remains unexplained? That is the question that haunts other politicians in his party, including many who are sympathetic to him. CALGARY (CP) An organization calling itself The White Hand has claimed responsibility for Monday's bombing of a police car parked outside the Forest Lawn district police station. A two-page typewritten letter, unsigned, undated, without contact address and with numerous spelling errors, was received by the Calgary Herald Friday. The envelope bore a Calgary postmark. "This is the first communique from The White said the letter. "Its purpose is to inform the good and decent people of this city of the existance (sic) of the organization and also to ounce (sic) our participation in the destruction of a police vehicle whch (sic) was parked outside the forest lawn district station." The Herald said the letter was turned over to police, who said investigation would be launched to determine whether it was a legitimate claim or the work of a prankster. The organization was hitherto unheard of. The letter gave no indication as to the size and makeup of the organization, but a police spokesman said "there is no way we can ignore this communique." The letter said the police car explosion was "our first action" and was "our attempt to halt the progress of the new district system." The letter said the "new district system" apparently referring to the zone policing system in which police officers work closer with citizens was "designed to bring police officer and criminal together as friends." "Coddling criminals can only bring about the total and final destruction of our free society. "The liberal attitudes of the city government and particularly the police force has (sic) encouraged a number of us decent citizens to form our group in order to protect our society from the criminals that stalk the streets and cast a dark and evil shadow on our unprotected community." The letter said The White Hand wanted to "rid and cleanse the city of undesirable elements: the hippies and drug pushers who have been invading our lives and corrupting our children." No one was injured in the explosion, which caused about damage to the car and another to the police station. Police said there was no evidence that the explosion was intended to harm anyone or that it was the work of a professional. The lethbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, .SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 1974 20 CENTS Moving out Greek-Cypriots flee advancing Turks Friday. Ministers, grain heads to meet on dispute SASKATOON (CP) The presidents of the four Western Canadian grain firms agreed Friday to meet with Labor Minister John Munro and Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board, in Saskatoon Tuesday to discuss contract disputes between grain companies and West Coast grain handlers. The dispute has resulted in a slowdown that -has hampered shipment of Canadian grain. A telegram requesting the meeting was sent Thursday to the presidents of United Grain Growers. Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, Alberta Wheat Pool, and Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd. All four presidents informed the ministers they plan to attend. Ted Turner, president of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, described the meeting as "an opportunity to get down and talk about the issues." The companies are prepared to talk to anybody in the hope of reaching a reasonable settlement, he said. Flood disaster has 4 million 'untouchables' near starvation NEW DELHI (Reuter) Four million people in the northeast Indian state of Bihar are on the brink of starvation following the India- Bangladesh flood disaster, The Times of India says. Most of the four million are who earn their livelihood from cultivating absentee landlords' holdings in return for food. Their belongings have been washed away, their houses have collapsed or are still under water, and relief food is either not reaching them or is insufficient, the newspaper says. From neighboring Assam state recent reports tell of thousands of peasants streaming into towns. Emaciated and near starvation and battling with dogs for scraps in rubbish bins. No pot of coffee LOS ANGELES (AP) Two delicate four-inch plants growing in a small plastic pot have police here puzzled. They know they're marijuana, police said. What they don't know is how they got to a coffee table at Parker Centre police headquarters where a records and identification clerk noticed them Friday and called them to the attention of officials. 'Don 'tjust stand there, form a Inside Classified........30-34 Comics............10 Family..........24-26 Local Markets Religion.........12-14 Sports...........16-18 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH SUN. 75; SUNNY, WARM. Divided Cyprus ceasefire holds THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fighting waned on a divided Cyprus today after a 60-hour Turkish blitz that brought the northern third of the Mediterranean island under the invaders' control. The ceasefire called Friday evening was interrupted at dawn in Nicosia by the rattle of machine-gun and recoilless rifle fire along the western edge of the "Green Line" dividing Greek and Turkish sectors of the capital. After about four hours the guns again fell silent, and Greek-Cypriots who had fled the city Friday began streaming back. A Greek-Cypriot radio station pleaded for key government personnel to return and for bakeries and grocery stores to reopen. The foreign ministry and public information offices ordered their staffs to come back or face immediate dismissal. The United Nations command in Nicosia reported that two Danish soldiers of the peacekeeping force were killed and three wounded when their vehicle struck a landmine near Morphou Friday night. The casualties brought the UN toll to five dead and 50 wounded since the Turkish in- vasion began July 20. Turkish Premier Bulent Ecevit said that his troops have achieved their objective and have laid "the foundation for a federated Cyprus state with two separate autonomous regions, one for the Greek- Cypriot majority and one for the Turkish minority." Turkish-Cypriots are out- numbered by Greeks, to Ecevit said Greeks will remain in the Turkish region and vice-versa as protection for the minorities on each side. Ecevit said he is willing to renew as soon as possible peace negotiations in Geneva, which his government abandoned Wednesday before starting its latest advance. The Greek government, however, curtly rejected the invitation. Turkey had proposed a federated Cyprus at Geneva, but the Greeks rejected the proposal. The lightning Turkish offensive that followed the breakdown of the talks gained for the Turks what they had been unable to obtain at Geneva. In Washington, State Secre- tary Henry Kissinger offered to mediate between Turkey and Greece and, if necessary, to commute between opposing sides on Cyprus. The Athens government received Kissin- ger's offer coolly. Greece's ambassador, Denis Carayannis, said it was "presumptuous" for the United States to seek a mediator role at this stage. Conquered Turks control shaded area. Alphabet bomber vows bloody spelling bee LOS ANGELES (AP) Po- lice have safely removed a 25- pound explosive device from a bus terminal locker, but are still trying desperately to find a man who says he has already planted another "alphabet bomb." The mysterious man, self- proclaimed military chief of Aliens of America, continued his alphabet assault on Los Angeles Friday night by planting an explosive device in a looker at a downtown Grevhound bus depot. Earlier, the same foreign- accented voice said the organ- ization planted a bomb which devastated a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport Aug. 6, killing three persons and injuring 35 others. The man, who calls himself Isaac Rasim in tape-recorded communiques, has vowed to spell out "Aliens of America" across the United States "in blood." He has said "A" was for airport and "L" was for locker. In a tape recording directed to the Los Angeles Herald-Ex- aminer Friday night, he said Seen and heard About town Lisa McKay sitting in the warm sunshine for hours after arriving from Goose Bay, Labrador bartender Mike Wolczek trying to learn how to snap his fingers. New feed plan unfavorable to Alberta EDMONTON (CP) Under the new open market pricing system for feed grains there is no way to guarantee supplies to Alberta livestock feeders and a new system must be devised to guarantee such supplies, John Channon, chairman of the Alberta Grain Commission, said Friday. Mr. Channon, who is scheduled to meet Canadian Wheat Board officials Monday at Winnipeg and then hold talks with the Canadian Grain Commission and the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, said the Alberta government may have to purchase feed grain supplies to assure livestock producers adequate supplies. He said current conditions favor the feed grain producer with barley selling at about a bushel and livestock producers need assistance. Mr. Channon said unless the imbalance is corrected, many livestock producers will get out of the business and, in the long run, destroy the best market Alberta feed grain producers have traditionally enjoyed. He also said Alberta feeders are at a disadvantage compared with those in Eastern Canada because Winnipeg Commodity Exchange prices "for barley are established at Thunder Bay. This works to the advantage of Eastern cattle producers because the pricing structure encourages the shipping of feed grains rather than cattle or meat. Mr. Channon said the provincial agriculture department probably will step up its role as a clearing house between grain and livestock producers. This role facilitates direct contact between grain producers and cattlemen, eliminating middlemen. Grain producers can advise the clearing house of his available supplies, quality and, possibly price. The clearing house then puts him in contact with a cattleman who needs supplies. bomb "I" already has been planted. "Nothing could make us happier than if we could conclude that we can reveal the location of bomb 'I' which is already the speaker said. Bomb "I" might be a device which Rasim said will be ex- ploded in a crowded area Sun- day if two now-retired police- men are not charged in con- nection with the death of two Mexican nationals in 1970. Asked whether he thinks the threat still stands for Sunday, Assistant Police Chief Daryl Gates said: "I assume so." Rasim said the "0" in "of" in "Aliens of America" stands for oil refineries. But he ex- cluded as a target those owned by Standard Oil Co. Much of the rest of the tape contained an emotional con- demnation of communism, religious oppression and sexual taboos. To guard against the bomber, an additional policemen will bolster the 600- man force scheduled for duty- Sunday, authorities said. Nixon will have to wait WASHINGTON (AP) -The White House says it is not denying that former president Richard Nixon owns the tapes of presidential conversations he left behind him, but he will have to wait a while before he gets them. "In the interest of allowing timely consideration of possible legal issues raised by the special prosecutor or others, movement of tapes and documents is being White House counsel Philip Buchen said Friday. Presidential press secretary Jerald F. terHorst, who relayed the statement from President Ford's new lawyer, said Buchen "tells me that this development in no way constitutes a denial that the materials are the per- sonal properly of the former president."