Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD December 13, 1972 Arctic flying is hazardous Pilot Martin Hartwell sunived the crash of his plane and 32 arctic win- ter days while awaiting rescue. His three "passengers, a nurse and her patients, did not. Those are the simple facts. Because of them, this 74th air search of the year in our Northland probably will be the most controver- sial. There are two main points oi con- troversy: first, that the search ior the plane was abandoned, ior several days, at a time when one oi those who subsequently died was still alive; and second, the doubt that has been raised as to whether the ill- fated flight should have taken place at all. It is hard to decide which is the more chilling thought, that David Kootook might have lived had the search not been interrupted, or tr.at all misht have survived had the pa- tients and their escort been assigned to a later, safer flight ;n a larger and much more equipped plane. As to the first point, it is a matter of record that the search was offi- cially called off November 23. and that'at that time David Kootook was alive. Moreover, he had vitality enough to have bulk a shelter, cut a month's supplv oi firewood, and cared for the injured pilot for nearly three weeks. Prompted by a strong public out- en', principally by friends and rela- tives'of those missing, the minister oi defence ordered the search re.-umej on December 1. David Kootook gave up and died on December 1. As to the second point, there are disturbing reports from the north that within a very short time of when the doomed mercy flight was dis- patched, a well equipped DC-3 was due, which have evacuated the patients almost routinely. These re- ports strongly suggest that the cir- cumstances might not have been suf- ficiently urgent to necessitate a special flight, in a much smaller plane. Such things are matters of judg- ment, but it seems clear, in ret- rospect, that at least one of the pa- tients was not in immediate danger. David Kootook was able to survive not only the plane crash but 23 days of exposure to arctic winter, lacking propt'r food or shelter or even the most rudimentary medical care. His fellow patient, Mrs. Nulliayok, died a few hours after the plane went down. Or, as it might he put, she was able to survive a plane crash that killed a companion and severely injured the pilot, and subsequently to live several hours despite exposure to the arctic winter and complete ab- sence oi medical attention. This is not to accuse, much less to denounce, anyone connected with eith- er the northern medical services or the search-and-rescue operations. Pre- sumably inquiries will be made, after v.hich it will be time enough to de- cide whether there were faults of judgment or action. It is clear, however, that even though man may walk on the moon, he must still remember that winter firing in the Arctic is dangerous, and not to be undertaken lightly. Ever since the first flights into Can- ada's Northland, men and planes have been lost. Some have been found, tat many have not. And far too many have failed to return from searching for them. If investigation should turn u p even the smallest grounds for suspect- ing that in this particular case a spe- cial flight was an unnecessarily dra- matic reaction to the circum- stances, immediate and forceful ac- tion must be taken, to ensure that it never is allowed to occur again. ART BUCHWALD Don't call it pot WASHINGTON Drag hearings are be- helri in Washington this week. Several doctors have that many of the drugs sold er the coucter are liseless and in sonie cases harmful. Those billions the American public on patent medi- cine remedies, according to testLmocy, are Just dcrA-n the drain. Will anything be done afcoijt this? >W: Trhile the drug is alive well in Washington. Which brings up th.e ssobject of pot. pjjddemaier, a frierji f atten- tion all Narc agents I made up his so don't ask me tn reveal who he is before i grand told me, trouble pot is that it was introduced to Am- erican public under the auspice. The counterculture thought they couid go it alone, and in so doing they brought dnwn the wrath of the ar.d the leg- iilators on their heads." "I don't understarid." "Becaiise of the crjuntercutoje's ajspi- rion of big they tried to baiar.cjB can he bought for it sesrn.5 certain that banks v.-iU continue to ac- curnulBte quan- tities of personal information, ar.d possible that an integrated system cf finaricial records '-v'il! he developed, it is becomin 5 pr ve) y m or 5 important that information traneacticn proc-alures, both at. regards the public at large sr.d regards organizations enjoy- irg privileges, should clesr'y ocer.ly is of that lorjcem about is rfirected parties- lariy to ''0: c; r ewjirts the fores. "Li fact that con- m infor- rnation Eysterns Eerved in a brief that "Govern- ments are potentially tbe big- gest mLsusers of information collected on citizens (Govern- ments) should first articulate policies to prevent this." There is supposed to be spe- cial danger in the fact that much information about Cana- dians is stored in data banks in the United States. The task force, although it makes some recommendations on the point, does net apjx-ar seriously alarmed. Thus it notes that: "In some resoects, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, United Steles law may be mure protective of tbe rights of people about whom data are stored ar.d disseminated than is Canadian law." There is also a "spill-over effect" since Cana- dian subsidiaries tend to apply U.S. as corporate practice although Canadian law r.ot require them 'o do The task force ever! far- ther. "It v.ould not be too far.ci- of Canada becoming a ''data haven'' where United Sta'.ei their data so as to evsce it be another worry for Presi- cer.t Nizon? the ta k force feels ;hat biLty" that U.S. cwH safeguards. White this Is theoretically, it is difficult to believe >.'r.i threat is irr.rr.i- der's homeland as it is here. There is much that the report foreshadows an in- in the pro-.ec-lor. privacy. It might "be a hov.ever early r.'.ay bearirgs are proi'.a'.iy in Computer Service Centre ob- ParLsrr.er.t to r--e political rni'.te-' U.S. wealth angers Latins CARACAS. "The big rich, Not by effc.ru. TT.s-j- have rows in poverty zrA rrii-'ery o: the of little, rae wa.-. ArLvtides Calvarj, Vtr.ezij'Ji s a man, yet oi ;-.e rr.ost Bit- terly artic-'jlatft of if tr.e of America by rich pri- marily Uri'.ftd hs.- a tion terrr-% of r.e "Tr.t fjricer; ct isU go day hy day thft prices of go up." CalvarJ says ?.u'.-h are driving Arr.ftrics far- ther from thft L'r.iserf '-the fo.- ju-.tice cxild I kr.w if S'jffLCier.tly of ttft v.ith in tr.i.-5 ;r.- on of ti-.eir fates." A3 ?iizor; turen his iftar.i to rtirert polid-s, te ri'; v.eil a.-. trA repetitious of La'Jr.os v.frj grijx: An Arrjeriea.1 diplomat who has .tper.t most of the last 2.5 y-san in this area says: "V.'e perhaps 30 years a hlo'AUO in which there will be a partir. of the A.T.erica ar.'l United rr.ove v to er.d such Carlos Andrew Perez, fjfiritia! of the Lerr.o- crati': Actiofi pt n lor.g with tnis" conr.- r-itrit; ''V.V.-e r.v. happy v.ith tbs policies of Nixon to-R-a.-d Arr.enca. He sh- a.irior.ed to-Asrd t in A rrierics ar.d gave area a iov; priority. And Urjitc-d State-i f.a.-. been exert- ir.ff threat 3 sr.d the Ir.ter-Arn.enia.n Banx. It i.-, a to credit It was Andre; becsiivs I from lot of them y. fi'i' Joyce Ar.derr.on pleaded with me to spare her husbar.d. I would have heeded Joyce's iir.portun- ings if I hid wit detected Rlake's cry for bslp. Despite apparerit slim at tbe in- of the presi, I think te appreciate or.-; effort on rny part fwe he to psychiatric heip in over- coming biock. Letters Report's philosophy praised er who ha-i corr.e O'jt the to r.f-sd a caned Tr.e significant thing about Calvani's gripe is is r.o ranting Marxist, ar.d gov- errirr.sr.t he represents did v.-n trrroijgh Yankee- baiting. Tbe striking truth Li interior rriiriiiterl best ti'Jit U nra ?.o to o-.er- fctror.g almost every- Yr-t segment of public opinion and cornmr-rj's eroromic rnat- poiitical Iftadership L? saying tK3 differed littit from what I Calvani said, except more heard ir. a tv-o-r.o'jr in some cases. Teodoro Pet.koff, tiU'forrn- Both President Cald- era ar.d Fernandez, thf: Social Christian party's choice to succeed him, atrorigjy to rne of U S. enterpriser. Cal- exr arcJ dera iaid hft that, any more v.'as -fjere a greater Tr.en caroe the stu- rrxjrj'.'1 wberi i.e put dov.n hi? ituder.t leader, is 'r.ov; to get rid of U S. domination. is a Cuban v.ay. a Chilean way. a Peruvian We must fed o-jr ov-Ti v.ay, JJiA v.t that csi iirx-ratiori are liVr; Sisrne'.': tv.ins You can't have or.e v.-i'h- O'Jt the Bricer.o boasts that Ls taken from "tbe ]5 weslthy families that are a f.-or.t for L'.S ft of dUeor.ter.tiT.er.t. and Wyj.ttr friendiy which enjoys the capita iwxirf.e in Arnc-rica. It is more than to ponder the fact that rnv.t Arnericar.s aren't everi caiiorisi such a to be used mainly for ed'jcaUc-nsi purposes. We also have the "back wood- sy'' reactionary type of critic- gi'.'en by or.-e official of the Alrxrrta. Trustees AssociatioQ v, ho a pf. believes tha t y esterd ay s v slues should rxx be Values they are old or tradition- al arc Deces-isrijy good bid. Society evolves its values uncer the circumstances that prevail during any particular time. T'nese values rn'iit be con- ttar.tly reappraued in the Ugrrt the exerted on present society. Tbere i5 jns to gained by harping 03 the the old ways that eztirct. Modern with its muUitcfie of probleins should rot and afford to wasta Its tjrne fioggir.? dead horses, Fr om a la yrna n's point erf I thinx that anyon-e wfco agrees Dr. Worth's fct v. e airn to what be caD. a "person cersred society" oj.pv.eii to a 'sec- or.d Ir.dus trial iriLut aUo that the catioa of educational tem U ore of the be-t methrAi, per hsps the on !y rrjiihod to provide the for the f-o a q'jal- of I am sure anyone v.ho keep this objective in rcir.d will find Worth Com- rnissiorjs report a very thought provoking Honest criticism Thft Herald's critical review of the: firs', of the season seem.', to nave sorr.e Any cornrr.erJt on tbe bridge s'riyjld be kept in context. context Ls that the rrjisic-iarj5. are all and all involved fu'ttirne in their dally work, that of them are little thx: pflMT '.'age, triat tbe program for cor.cert was diffi- mernbers Iy worked very harrj very many of them had dons' a of travelling Ui get to from rehearsals. Ar.d get anythir.g out of it except the pleasure of their [hopefullyj of the aiai- Yct whst of tbeir music? In it wa3 ezceiierjt, in placei rat. Tnat tn enaclly what TTx: Fferald crritic saJd. it have 'tffffA, vro-ild it have or- FxitVT, to that it was sil excellent? V.o'jld it have beer, pat- rovizir.g to say "cor.-iiderir.g 'bat the musician.! were mostly basy arna- teuri ar.d r.o', much more vtfA have beeri exrx-f.ted. it was ex- the critic simply judg- ed what she which a c-rirjc- suppvs- ed to do. For her jorj the critic fand The Ifcraldj are Tioe tbe IrAtr-j- nierjtaluU are to be latc-d tbanked L, pro-id of them. future have the fullest pa'ro-nage. Rut a sour Li ttill a rxXe. O.VE WHO WAS THERE Txithbridge.