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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDQC HERALD MVCOTTHMT You can't tell without a program Radical new policies have been an- nounced by both the federal and provin- cial governments How much better for the public understanding of these if the political nickering could be forgotten for a the political jockeying suspended The feud between Premier Loush.eed and Trudeau-Macdonglrt the Ton7 desire to defeat the federal govern- ment at costs ancJ the Liberal deter mmation to hold on at all costs these becloud rhe revolutionary decisions be- ing made The statement Thursday is alleged to have been demanded by the MDP as the price of support in next week's non-confidence Perhaps there is some truth in the charge of Liberal capitulation But why not ex- the pokcies'1 extension of the price freeze on petroleum products at least until next The danger ss that new oi1. dis- covery ar.d production must ze done mostly vVitn private ay the ex- companies Unless there is at leas' reasr.naole nope for a reasonable why should tfiey spend their freezes usually work to ..T.g-r.r. 'Jetnrr.ent of consurr.ers iy aggravating shortages and thus r.uiirhng jp .rresistao'.e pressure for an price explorer Toronto- Montreal pipeline s few rr.or.tns ago and especially up tn -Srab olackmail foreign crude cousd ne brought into Eastern Canada nuch cheaper Alberta crude even if pipeline from Alberta had been ex- termed 'o Montreal To displace imports 'Mi frorr. would have meant .er priced gasoline snd heating oil in F-ast ft was not good economic The extreme Canadian nationalists have been demanding such a pipeline but as long as there was ressonaoly frse trade in oil it was better fo sell excess Alberta oil in the U S and import forfjgn oil into the and Montreal That condition has now rhange-d longer is there free trade in oil With controls on Canadian the WEEKEND MEDITATION the sn East can now be better served by building the pipeline and depending on Alberta crude the federal government is going part way into the oil business. But that is hardly a catastrophe Ill-advised it may but it is not the first time such a step has been taken. for some years the federal government has been the msiri siidueiiosder. in company with ma- jor oil in the huge corporate oil venture in the far- north Doctrinaire free enterprisers may be but they shouldn't be surprised. Now for what the Alberta government is up to it flatly admits that 'contracts by the government with the oil com- panies are not ordinary and can be broken with impunity the government is nght. but seldom is it so freely admitted. Seldom does any new for feel bound by commitments of a previous government that are contrary to new policy. So the old royalty arrangements will now be freely aorogated. and the new royalty will be decreed to change 21 wiii Dy tne eabiiiet. If this doesn't throw confusion and uncertainty into the oil what would9 Again this is not necessarily bad. but from a Conservative government it is unexpected. Next and even rr.ore a new government body will be set up to buy the oil and gas and again resell it So the producing industry will have to deal with the negotiating price Tnd and the marketing industry will nave to buy from the government Could the N'DP have improved on In all of this there is plenty of room for a knock-down court and perhaps elec- torali battle between the two governments There had been signs of a detente Perhaps are a bit cooled. But rough weather still lies ahead. These are indeed exciting and anxious times Worry is a deadly sin people are surprised to learn that worry is one of the ieven deadly sins One man who was accused of worrying said he only felt justifiable concern When does a justifiable concern pass into worry Surely a man has a right to be concerned that he has rJone all he can all he is responsible for fining fiod is not going to make up for a iturirnl failure to study for an businessman's or a neglect of health But there comes a time having done all that one can the rest must be done by God A farmer remarked that be- ing a farmer was a great education. Having done the man must leave the growth to God Why is worry n deadly It is a form of pride It is u denial of man's a refusal lo acknowledge the sovereignty and lovi- of God Most folk have the whole world on their shoulders because they have forgot Ion that God has the whole world in His hands They refuse that reliance upon God which is the requirement of every religious person if it be Thy will let this cup pass from me. nevertheless not my will but Thine be This in the words of Jesus is true attitude of a pood man. Man must commit himself to God Next to covetousness. worry is the most common sin Think of all the books published on how to stop W. H. Auden has called the of anxiety It was Ihesm of and troubled about many Worry is the thief of countless hours of of days that could be filled with joy. of good and fine achievement. Many a potential is not many great oppor- tunities are wasted by worry. Worry leads to fear of to an abnormal self-concern and self-love. John Wesley said he could no more worry than he could curse and swear Worry prevents God's power flowing through a man. When one has faith in life is opened to new energies and resources and as has been amply demonstrated miracles become possible. trust is the way to serenity. will fulfil His purpose for me This is not to say that there will be no hardsthip no calamity but it does rnear. that God will bring you through God's way for you probably will not be to avoid trouoie but to bring you right through trouble As Jesus said the world you will have but be of good cheer I have over- come the world The night before his own death Jesus told the 'My peace I unto you Jesus would have w endure the cross and ali the subsequent horrors of the but he is the only genuinely peaceful person in the whole not not not not the not a single man had God's peace within him John Wesley had never known peace Then on his way back from America by a ship he encountered a storm which might easily have destroyed the vessel. He was amazed by a group of Moravians who undisturbed and serene were singing a psalm. He the midst of the psalm the sea broke split the mainsail in covered the ship and poured in between the as if the great deep had already swallowed us up A terrible screaming began among the English The Germans calmly sang on. I asked one of them you not He answered. thank I were not your women and children He replied our women and children are not afraid to From then on Wesley sought for the source of that peace and finally he relates with assurance was given It never left him. God would take care of him. Nothing henceforth would make him not even death. In the valley of the shadow he need fear no for Thou art with know not what the future hath of marvel or assured alone that life and death His mercy underlies And if my failing hands are weak to bear an untried the bruised reed He will not but strengthen and sustain. I know not where His islands lift their fronded palms in I only know I cannot drift beyond His love and With all Thy 0 give me peace in the inward man. F.S.M. Installment plan blackmail By James Restoo. New York Times commentator WASHINGTON In his latest news conference. Secretary of State Kissinger appealed to the Arab states to lift their embargo and give the Middle East peace talks a chance to succeed The reason he gave for this appeal is interesting. For the Geneva peace talks would be he on the basis of a United Nations Security Coun- cil calling for the withdrawal of Israel from territory taken from the Arab states in the 1967 war This seems a technical point but is fundamental. For what Secretary Kissinger was referring to was UN Secunty Council resolution 242. propos- ed and supported by United States and the Soviet Union or. Nov 22 1S67 he was insisting that the United States still supported the policy of this resolution. It calls for 'the withdrawal of Israeli forces from territones occupied in jijg recast It insists on the of the territorial integrity and political independence of every state in the and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized free from threats or acts of force In other words. Secretary Kissinger was appealing to the Arab leaders to pause while they were to be to give him a chance to work out just and lasting defined in UN resolution and not to be too demanding or greedy. In he was asking the Arabs not to insist or. making nirr. negotiate ancer duress. ar.d he was also askir.g the Israelis net to insist on holding on to the territory they con- quered in the 1967 war. and thus make his efforts at com- promise impossible Nobody knows what either side is saying to Secretary Kissinger in pnvare. for both have internal political opposition to com- but the Arab assumptions are fairly clear Their strategy is to praise Secretary Kissinger for his ef- to say that there is now a better opportunity for peace in the Middle East than but to go to the Geneva talks with the oil embargo still on. and offer to lift it. step by as the Israelis withdraw from the territory they cap- tured in the 1S67 war. This of course is black- mail on the install- ment plan and so far it has worked for the Arabs v e- r y w 1 T h e- y have split the industrial nations They have produced oil for the Europeans who have opposed and refused it for the Americans and the who have supported Israel Their strategy has worked so well that they are now tempted to carry it further. They seem to believe that the longer America suffers from the oil and the more they offer to relieve it if only Israel will agree to support UN resolution which Washington the more American opinion will turn against Israel. It is a cunning for it assumes that the gas and oil shortage will not only turn. American opinion against Israel but eventually against the American Jews who help finance Israel Kissinger is trying to per- suade the Arab leaders that in the long run this is a losing that they have made their point and demonstrated the power of their oil. but that thev should not confuse legitimate diplomatic pressure with economic war- fare which could threaten the economic and social welfare of the people m the industrial countries This is why Kissinger is leaning on the Israelis to withdraw from the Arab territories tftey captured in the 1967 war. on the Arabs to withdraw their oil embargo while the negotiations go on. and on the American friends of Israel to be patient and cautious while he tries to strike a balance. He is trying to keep the assure the first talks between the Israelis and the Arabs at Geneva on Dec. 18. block the tensions of a recession in the industrial countries this and avoid the dangers of both war and anti-semitism. It is a staggering and if ever there was a time for cautious action and comment in this delicate it is now. For if the Arabs do not ease their oil but turn the oil spigot on or off to force Irsrael to they will be risking the com- promise Kissinger is trying to work and even raise economic and racial problems they cannot control Republicans juggling to By Tom New York Times commentator has been most tolerant with Arafat and Golda Meir but NEW YORK The confir- mation of Gerald Ford as vice president of the United States was the last necessary step to make possible the removal of Richard Nixon from the presidency. Whether or not that removal now takes it has become at least a live and possibility. Gerald above is a conservative whose accession to the presidency could not do violence to the voters' overwhelming mandate of 1972. He generally considered and investigation has confirmed that he is an decent man renowned for precisely the kind of political civility and in- situtional deference most needed to redeem the Nixo- nian depredations on govern- ment legitimacy. For both as would be considerably more of an asset to his party and to its 1974 candidates particular- ly its incumbents than a tarnished Richard Nixon ever again can be. With Ford officially designated as the con- stitutional Republican pressures on Nix- on to clear himself and his presidency surely will become more severe. It is not hard to imagine a committee Barry Hugh Johii J. John Tower and other impeccable Republicans calling on Nixon after Christmas to tell him that it is time he either for Ford in the interests of nation as well as party. The fact may well that if Nixon could clear himself by any volun- tary action or out of his own he probably would have done so long ago. And there is nothing in his or what is known of his or what has been seen of his recent to suggest that he is in a mood to sacrifice himself for country and party Ford or no Ford. But as an election year wears as Republican can- didates perceive themselves to be endangered by Mr. Nix- on's presence at the head of their as the trials of Krogh and others presumably keep the whole complex of Watergate matters in the Republican pressures on Nixon are likely to increase rather than diminish especially with good old Gerry Ford there as an evermore attractive alter- native. Whether or not those Republican pressures would lead to an impeachment no doubt depends a great deal on but it seems clear that the presence of Ford as an acceptable Republican alter- native is vitally necessary to any conceivable im- peachment. As a practical political in a democratic Congress there probably could not be an im- peachment of a Republican landslide winner unless the m Ant were spearheaded by Republicans. That is why Foxd's confirmation is a political event of historic dimensions. Another possibility flowing from it is that Nixon might now seek to arrange something like an with the new vice president. He could arrange to step that in return for certain assurance from president-to-be Ford that in- dictments or other legal ac- tions would not pursued in the case of a private citizen named Richard Nixon. More the confirma- tion of Ford will provide only one more reason why Republicans themselves may move forcefully to oust Nixon from the White House by resignation or impeachment. If that proves to be the what might by the political consequences of a Ford It is reasonable to suppose that for the remainder of the Nixon president Gerald Ford would not be an dynamic or innovative but would act instead as a caretaker of most Nixonian while keeping most of the Nixon team notably Dr. Kissinger in place. Restoring relations with Congress and re-establishing some public confidence in government would be quite enough to expect of for the a couple of Eisenhowerish years of government repose probably would find considerable public Letters Ignorance exposed People never fail to disap- point me. The letters to the editor of such publications as The Herald are often ailed with distorted facts and prejudiced personal opinion. A recent example is the Claresnolm Fish and Game Association coyote hunt story written by D'Arcy Rickard. This story whipped up a furor that lasted several weeks and saw many highly emotional rebuttals. I found the controversy most interesting but it resulted in only two comments worthy of one being the letter from Mr Balderson. the other being the oracle by Mr Somerville these men obviously know their subject very well whereas tae letters of scream- ing anguish are pure nogwash from very emotional and highly ignorant individuals. The thing that amazes me though is that absolutely no one questioned Mr s presentation. The article was cleverly slanted tj prejudice the reaoer without his know- ing it and obviously it ac- complished its purpose. Nc- one seems to be concerned with the writer's motives nor dees anyone question his ac- curacy presenting trae picture of the if it true. In my view the story was meant to stir up s. cheap controversy and enhance the writer's stature by doirg so. both accomplishments that Mr Ricksrd can pat himself on the back for achieving. The coyote hunt story was mace to oraer for the bleecing the anti-hunters and the brain- washed school children who accepted as gospel. Rickard has a strange pre- occupation with coyotes of late as he has written two ar- ticles since tte Claresfaofai venture dealing The most recent story concerned the use of hounds by the Huitentes to control these predators The latter story actually reveals people for the phonies they are. If one has never seen a coyote hunt with hounds then A brief ex- planation may be of interest. There are two types of coyote a speedy type i of greyhound whose job it is to catch the coyote in a quick burst of speed and detain him till the more muscuiar ex-' can join the fray. The remnants of the coyote can. usually be bundled up in a sheet of newspaper If you think the shot-gunning of two bitches is inhumane and un- sportsmanlike then the results of a pack of hounds tearing a living coyote to shreds should make you weep openly This doesn't seem to' be the case as there hasn't been any uproar over the hound article as yet. We iiaven't heard from the bleeding the shocked old the old-time sportsman nor the anguished little children of the sixth grade No-one seems to care wfcec s. wild predator is dis- membered ard disembowell- ed alive by his canine relatives. How can this be when the killing of two bitches at CIsresnolm was such a Perhaps Mr. Rickard should write another story on the use of 1080 poison on coyotes- Persacs would stir up those good people. If he had seen the results that I've seen he could come up with yet another winner that woold shake up tte sensitive citi2en espose the fanners and ranchers as ghastly murderers who revel in the stench of rotting carcasses of- iceir late antagonists Whatever the future may hole for our reporter. 11 think myself he will write it will require quite an effort to surpass his last great achievement. Ke has revealed a group of people 'or the ig- pseudo-purists they actually are and for that I commend Mr Ricfcard. JEFF LICKISS Hardieville Pampered universities The University of Lethbndgs is again claiming that it desperately needs more money If the fat were trimm- ed from university spending there would be no need for ex- tra government help University professors have a nine hour teaching week. There are other professional duties that must be performed but if the teaching load were increased to 15 hours per week there should still be plenty of time available for other academic duties. A bigger teaching assignment would enable more courses to be offered without the need to hire extra staff No matter how you look at it. even 15 hours would be a very light working week. The nine hour week certain- ly encourages moonlighting by day and night raising pedigree carnival teaching summer and evening credit courses are some of the well paid extra activities carried on by professors These are very time- consuming and exhausting oc- cupations and it is unlikely that the moonlighters have much energy left for their main occupation Consultative work in schools and school dis- tricts is also provided by un- iversity staff at a minimum fee of per hour or S75 per day This work takes place during the working day so it means that university con- sultants are receiving a dou- ble salary Every year a flock of un- iversity professors fly off to exotic places on sabbatical leave I am told that at least 10 per cent of the university staff are away each that the qualifying period is five years or less of university ser- and that sabbatical pay is 80 per cent of regular pay. At per per that 80 per cent must add up to a lot of money. Congratulations to universi- ty professors on achieving such luxurious working con- ditions A nine hour long lucrative moonlighting plus a year off every five years must sound like Utopia to most tax- payers If the government has any extra money to spare there are many deserving organizations that need help' At the bottom of the list should be our underworked and overpampered univer- sities. CONCERNED TAXPAYER Lethbridge Obscuring issues Lately we have had Worth and Jenner all trying once again to dispel university and college fears about ordination being equated to These people are of course. But not in the way they intended. as most of us certainly cannot be equated with control. The is that co- ordination is not a simple and direct form of it is. in a complex and superior form of control. I wish that Worth and Jenner would stop trying to weaken the meaning of all that they are doing is creating contempt and cynicism. Most of us work in large and we know full well just how power- ful a set of controls is implied by A little honesty would not be amiss. Why doesn't Mr. Foster just say clearly and government is determined to control post secondary education as it has never been controlled before. And the government has created a new department with hundreds of civil ser- vants to carry out the The obvious is there for any person to see. Why not state the With that much we could at least concentrate upon issues rather than upon the ter- minology that is presently be- ing used to obscure the issues. ERNEST HODGSON Edmonton The Lethbndge Herald 504 7th Si S Lelhbndge Alberta LETMBRIDGH HERALD CO LTD. ProDnetors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 CLFO w Editor diia Publibhor DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM General Mnnnger ROYF MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M h'ENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. 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