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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 TMI UTHMJDOI HltALO WtdnMdoy, 13, 1972 IJMIOIUAIS Arctic flying w hazardous Pilot Martin Hartwell survived the crash of his plane and 32 arctic "win- ter days while awaiting rescue. His three passengers, a nurse and her two 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 points of con- troversy: first, thai the search for the plane was abandoned, for several days, at a time when one of 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 iived_ had the search not been interrupted, or that all might have survived had the pa- tients and their escort been assigned to a later, safer flight in a larger and much more adequately equipped plane- As to the first point, it is a matter of record that the search was offi- cially called off November 28. and that "at that time David Kootook was alive. Moreover., he had vitality enough to have built a shelter, cut a month's supply of firewood, and cared for the injured pilot for nearly three weeks. Prompted by a strong public out- cry, principally by friends and rela- tives "of those missing, the minister of defence ordered the search resumed on December L David Kootook gave up and died on December L 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 could 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 proper 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 be 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 of 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 which 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 stUl remember that winter flying 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, but many have not. And far too many have failed to return from searching for them. If investigation should turn up 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 caH it pot WASHINGTON Drag hearings are be- ing held in Washington this week. Several doctors have testified that many of the drugs sold over trse counter are Tiseless and ia some cases Harmfcl, Those bQIicns the American public spends on patent medi- cine remedies, according to testimony, are jest fcrown down lie drain. W21 anytiaDg be dope aboct this? Not wMIe drag, lobby is alive and well in Washington, WMcn, brings ap tfce ssjfcject of pot Malcolm Boddemakar, a friend (atten- tion aH Narc agents I made 19 his name don't ask me to reveal who be is before a grand told me, "Tie trouble with pot is tfcat it -was introduced to the Am- erican pcbfic imder the wrong auspices. The coontercaltare thoaght they cooM go it alone, and is so doing they brought down the -wrath of the courts and the leg- viators on their heads." "I don't understand." "Because of tbe cocajtercutture's SUSJH- eion of big business they tried to cut out the middleman- When yoct do that in the United States you are in for a lot of troub- le." "You mean if you had gotten the giant American companies interested in mari- juana from the we wouldn't be sending kids off to "Exactly. Suppose the Mds; instead o azaiotied an initiatives toward Latin America asd gave iMs area a Low priority, Asd the United has bees ezert- ing threats aad presscres through the Mer-American It is a serious wrong to use intematKgal and credit this way." It was Asdres Perez who, as interior minister, best down Cormminist attempts to over- throw Venezuela. Yet those commssis aJxxit ecoEoralc mal- ters differed iittfe from wbat I beard in a twofeosr interview with Teodoro- Petfcoff, the form- er guerrilla who has conse oat of fee to bead a r-ew Marxist group called Movetaect to SodaHsnx Petkoff ssjS he is now Isflam- ing the against "im- perialist ezploitation" and the Venezuelan osgarchy more EtJceessfaHy than he ever cotild from a gaerrDIa hideout. "Never wss there a greater pubEc deroand for expropriat- ing the properties, first of our Rockefellers and then he boasted. Then came the angry stu- dents, crying that even Petkoff became "part of the establish- ment" when ije put down his gun. One student leader, Diciitri Briceno Reyes, said: "Cmr challenge is how to get rid oC TLS. domination. There is a Cuban way, a Chilean way. a Peruvian way. We must Sad our own way. But we know tfet economic liberation and politi- cal liberation are like Siamese twins. You can't have one with- out the Briceno boasts that tmless power is taken from "the 15 wealthy families that are a front for U.S. business interest, Venezuela wiH face armed in- surrection far iriore explosive than Cuba." It is disconcerting to many Americans here to see this kind of discontentment and bluster permeating levels of a friendly society which enjoys the highest per capita income in South America. It is ifiore than disconcerting to ponder the fact that most Aflvericans aren't even aware of this increase ia seething na- tionalism. Sscs toe report by Dr. Wal- ter Worth on edncan'osal pks- hss been published it ap- pears to hare generated mere than its shars of reac- tion. I suppose this is the usual of separating the wheat tbs chaff but let os not carry iMs ccjective to tre point o: fnstratioti where we throw our the baby wiih the bath- water. On cce hand there hare been criticises of it being too indefinite in rs cise sechaidcs for tioa while mfitnbers of tfcs edacatioii- al rray oe threat- ened. It has been recosusfiod- ed that tie growth of feese in- stiintioEs be csrtailed to insure fluids for more innoratiye eda- hardware suca as a TV to be csed maaily for edccatiKiai purposes. We also have the "back wood- sy" reactionary type of critic- ism given by one official of the Alberta Trustees Assodatioa who apparently beEeves that valzies should cot be (Tjesdooed. Vabes jast be- casse they are old or traditjoB- al are uot good or bad, Sodsfy evoryes its values isjcs1 the drcmnstaaces feat prevsil GJirin? any particclsr tisse. These vak-es isust b jggrtTv reapDraised in the cf the influences ererted on ocr present society. There is noth- ing to be gained by harping oa the -virtues of the old ways that may isezorahiy be beeoaiisg eniret. Jlodem sodefy wifa. its nsnliitede of probieins shoold cot szd cannot afford to ns tinae fbggsg' dead bcrsef, From a layaatt's point of view. I think that acyooe who agrees with Dr. Worth's opaaott ihsi we aisa zaore to be caEs a ''person centred as opposed to a 'sec- ond phase Industrial isGsfc also agree that the isodiS- catioa of oar edtieatiaoal sys- tem is one of the best Taetbonfe, perhaps the osly netbod, to provide the oppiuiftucitf for tbs icasses to get a desrable caal- of Efe. I 2121 sere aasyooe who win keep this objective ia will fed the Worth Cosn- report a very tbooght jg worb, Turin, Honest criticism The Herald's critical review of the first sjaipfeccy coccert of the season seems to have offeoded some people. Any comraent oc the Leth- bridge symphony should be kept in context is that the musicians are all sinatecrs all involved faJUnne ia their dairy work, that some of them are little beyond the be- jpsaer stage, that the program for the first concert was diffi- cult In addition, the orchestra members obviously had worked Trery hard and very long, awl many of them had done' a lot of travelling to get to and from rehearsals. And none of them get anything out of it except the pieasure of their music and (hopefully) of pleasing the aud- Yet what of their music? In places it was excellent, in other places not. That is exactly what Tbe Herald critic said. Would it hare been honest, would it have pleased the or- chestra better, to hare said that it was an exceOeot? Would it rot have been pat> rcaizing and offensive to say "eoEsideriBg that the musicians were in.ostly basy ycosg ama- teurs asd rot much more could have been expected, it was ex- Instead the critic sirsply jodg- ed what she beard, which is exactly what a critic is suppos- ed to do. For doing her job the critic (and Tbe Herald) are berag condemned. The conductor and the OKtrti- mectalists are to be congratu- lated and thanked. Lethbridge is proud of them. Their future concerts should have the fullest patronage. But a sour note is still a sour cote. ONE WHO WAS THERE Lethbridge. The Uthkidgc Herald 5M 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Poblisbert Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN tteond dm Mil (Usferrtffen No. 001} an) and nw AoS'rf euruu of CLEO W. MOWERS, Fufctls THOMAS M. OffMral DCW WILLIAM KAY THE HERALD UIVES THf ;