Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 LETHBRIDGE HERALD December 1973 Impeachment prospect gathers steam WASHINGTON -The ludiciary committee of the United States House of Repre- sentatives is turning its full attention to an investigation of possible impeachment I'harges against President Nixon Chairman Peter Rodino said Saturday the first in more than a century aimed at j president of the United moving steadily and will pick up steam when a special counsel is nam- ed within two weeks. Rodino was reported to have narrowed the choice to three jr four persons recommended by bar historians and jurists Ideally. Rodino would like Sears someone of high stature in the legal profession with a Republican or non-political to avoid any appearance of a political vendetta against the Republican president. A staff of 31 is collecting evidence gathered in other investigations bearing on Watergate matters that points toward presidential in- Rodino said. The staff may eventually number 50 with lawyers added after the special counsel is Rodino said. The House has given the com- mittee million for the in- quiry. STUDY HISTORY Much preliminary work has also involved study of the his- tory and procedures of the 12 previous near- ly all involving federal judges. Andrew the only president impeached by the was acquitted by the Senate in 1868. The purpose of the com- mittee's investigation is to de- on the basis of evi- dence it whether Nix- on has any im- peachable offences. If it concludes he it would then draw up articles of im- peachment if approved by the would constitute an indictment on which he would be tried by the Senate. Much of the committee's de- liberation is expected to revolve around what con- stitutes on impeachable offence. The U.S. constitution refers only to treason and crimes and mis- Both the precedents and the history of the constitution in- dicate an impeachable offence need not be a crime in the or- dinary legal sense but must be misconduct of a serious nature. FORM OWN STAFF The Republicans on the judiciary committee are putting together their own legal staff to assure a balanc- ed evaluation of evidence. Representative Edward Hutchinson of the committee's ranking said there has been no consultation with the White House in connection with the investigation and none is contemplated. The judiciary committee will hold its first meeting to discuss the conduct of the investigation Tuesday. It must decide whether the full 38- member committee will work on impeachment or whether a special subcommittee will handle it. Also to be determined is whether any of the proceedings will be public. Most members favor secret meetings. Rodino refuses to set any timetable but other com- mittee members estimate that it will be several months before the investigation is completed and the committee can begin to decide whether to call for Nixon's im- peachment. C LE A R A N C STARTS A.M. WEDNESDAY FOAM BACK Nylon Loop RUBBER Red Polypropylene Nylon 44.92 W ff Nylon Nylon AM A A A DOUBLE JUTE Gold Polypropylene Needlepunch OPEN WEDNESDAY a.m. to p.m. PERSONAL SHOPING ONLY ARE ONE OF A KIND Aviv Jerusdle NEGEV Cairo EGYPT SINAI PENINSULA Elath Three possible Sinai settlement lines SAUDI ARABIA nNow occupied by Israel Sinai disposition a step for peace By EDWARD SCHUMACHER Christian Science Monitor If substantive negotiations for a permanent settlement in the Mideast as predicted this a major issue dividing Israel and Egypt will be disposition of the Sinai. The pressing Egyptian objective in this latest war was to regain the under oc- cupation by Israel since 1967. The costly Israeli counterattacks and seizure of Egyptian territory west of the Suez Canal reflect the equally strong Israeli intent to hold the if not for strategic then as a bargaining chip. The plight of the Palestinians also divides the two but it is an issue shared by all the Mideast nations Egypt has said repeatedly it is not the spokesman for the though it demands of the rights of the Palestinian a vague position that most observers agree reflects considerable negotiating flexibility. Any agreement will depend on a number of not the least of which are psy- considering 25 years of mutual and hatred. Beyond being the United States and the Soviet probably will have marginal influence. If agreement on the Sinai can be then Israel and Egypt will have gone a long way toward establishing peace the Egyptians demand return of the entire Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The Israelis demand newly negotiated boundaries. Official statements usually are initial negotiating positions subject to and the positions of both sides are subject to internal politics. Israel has never formally outlined proposed new but in several statements Prime Minister Golda Meir has supported a plan in which a slice of the Sinai with a geographically secure boundary stretching from Israel proper to Sharm el the strategic area overlooking the Strait of would remain in Israeli hands. The size of the slice would be but Gaza would not be returned to Egypt and the Sinai would be demilitarized. According to most returning most of the Sinai en- joyed majority public support in Israel. The Meir position is based on two Israeli guaranteed access through the Strait of Tiran to the vital port of and a geographically secure boundary. The port is Israel's outlet for the rapidly developing its water link to Asia and a growing tourist and industrial and the starting point for two oil pipelines to Ashkelon on the Mediterranean. The Israeli withdrawal after capturing the Sinai in 1956 is a precedent for what Israeli planners consider geographically defensible lines. In general there are three options To back off the Suez possibly keeping strategic passes and but allowing the canal to reopen. To cut the length of the Sinai peninsula with a line that begins near Ras Muhammad on the Red Sea and runs along the ridge spine of the Sinai Mountains and through the wadis make excellent tank to a point on the Mediterranean south of where a huge Israeli agricultural settlement has been established. To slice a strip along the Gulf of Aqaba that would include Sharm el the newly constructed road from and a widened neck at Elath. Many military analysts and Mideast ex- perts conclude that prior to the October war the Israelis would have demanded a variant of the second a line that would cut the length of the Sinai but possibly swing close to and enclose most of the strategic road that runs parallel to the Israeli boundary line. But by all the October Arab at- tack has shifted Israeli public opinion to a more hawkish demanding not just geographically secure but also the strategic depth of a buffer zone. This at- titude could lead to Israeli reluctance to relinquish if of the Sinai. With elections scheduled December the political position of a new right-wing opposi- tion the led'by Menahem Begin and his policy of returning one appears enhanced. Parks Canada hammered for of rights' At Simpsons-Sears you work with a professional right in your own home. See get free estimates at no obligation. 328-9231 Ltd. STORE Open Daily until Christmas a.m. to p.m. Centre Village 328-9231. OTTAWA The Com- mons northern affairs com- mittee Monday denounced the way Parks Canada ad- ministers the townships in Banff and Jasper national saying present practice involves a degree of denial of rights of local government that is simply un- acceptable in a It said a form of self- government should start in the parks by Dec. 15. 1974. In a report filed in the Com- the committee declared. of Jasper and Banff presently do not have the right to elect a local coun- cil with or the power to tax for municipal or any direct influence over the future of their community or the con- duct of its affairs. many local decisions are taken by public servants who are located ii- Ottawa 000 miles The hard-hitting report was an unanimous one from the committee composed of eight eight two New Democrats and one Social Creditor. PREPARE PROPOSAL In its major recommenda- tion to Parliament the com- mittee says Parks along with representatives from Banff and should prepare a proposal bring substantial self-government to the townsites that the proposal should include a reliable and detailed state- ment of the costs and revenues associated with local This proposal should include a formula to insure that the federal government contributes fair financial share to any form of self- government in the The committee further recommended that the proposal be ready by March 15 next year and that public hearings be held in Banff and Jasper prior to May After the firm recommendations should be prepared by a committee made up of one representative each from Parks Canada and the Alberta government under the chair- manship of an agreed independent. Their recommendations should go to plebiscite in Banff and Jasper before Oct 1974 and if approved of a substan- tial form of local government should in a significant before Dec. SEEKS REVIEW The committee also recom- mended that land rentals in the parks be reviewed in light ol the proposal for local government. 11 said local government re- quired the power to tax and the government now collects land rentals instead of municipal taxes. it may well be necessary to maintain some system of land after local government is that will almost certainly be a different system than now is it said. On theaccute housing short- age in both the com- mittee said Parks Canada should release a limited number of lots next year and tbat the government in collaboration with the Alberta government and park councils make recommendations for the population limits in the parks. On the possible relocation of the CNR division point frdm the committee said it would affect the viability of Jasper by removing per- sons from the townsite. I noted that a committee of Parks Canada and the CNR now is discussing such a relocation. keeping with the princi- ple that all local people have a right to be involved in decisions which affect we suggest that committee should be broadened to include other community and that it should publish regular and full reports of its the committee said.