Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Interpreting the News I IIUI9WQJI Major weakness seen in U.S. system By GEORGE KITCHEN NEW YORK One of the major weaknesses of the United States political at least in the eyes of toreigners brought up under parliamentary the practice of holding national elections on a fixed date every two years Bv law. congressional elec- tions are held on the second Tuesday of November in even- numbered calendar years. For virtually all 50 states run their state elections along with the federal contests With a fixed date for elec- tions the next one will be Tuesday. Nov. 5. 1974 members of Congress and the state legislatures spend a great deal more time politick- ing and seeking re-election than do who face no fixed election lime and generally are limited to a 60-day campaign. Members of the House of Representatives get a two- vear term and tend to spend the second year seeking to im- prove their re-election chances. Senators are better oft. with a six-year term. Presidents are elected for lour with the next presidential election set for 1976 STRATEGY PLANNED The fixed election timetable produces such developments as a meeting Tuesday between President Nixon and key Republican leaders to plan strategy for 1974 congressional contests which are still 11 months away Early planning is a matter ol urgency for many Republican congressmen who. though the party itself was in- nocent of any connection with the Watergate have been hurt individually by the White House involvement. Some face defeat at the polls unless as party can clear himself of suspected involvement in the affair and restore public confidence in his Republican presidency. the fixed-date syn- drome may well have been the compelling reason behind Tuesday's announcement by Nelson Rockefeller that he is giving up the governorship of New York State to work full time on two national com- missions on the quality of water and on critical choices lor Americans Most political observers believe Rockefeller's an- nouncement actually marks the initial stage of what will amount to a three-year cam- paign for the presidency in 1976. The 65-year-old governor already has made three un- successful attempts to win the Republican presidential nomination. Rockefeller denied he is a presidential candidate but conceded that he wants to keep his open until late 1975. In the the two commissions he will head may easily project him into national prominence and provide him with a national forum for any presidential bid. Nixon is barred by the con- stitution from running for a third term in 1976 and his newly-confirmed vice- president. Gerald has said he bas no presidential aspirations after he completes term he took over from Spiro T. Agnew. Agnew resigned in October when charged with falsifying his in- come tax return. So-the presidential field is wide open. One result of the Rockefeller announcement may be to smoke out other Republican presidential hopefuls over the next few months. Some may prefer to wait until after the 1974 elec- tions but politicians with serious White House inten- tions would regard it as fool- hardv. Grain elevator recycled Since grain elevators are not noted for their this one caused a bit of a stir around when it took a trip earlier this year. The 60-year-old elavator outlived it but rather than consign it to the usual fate of obsolete its owners decided to it by moving it home 21 miles away to where it would into a fertilizer plant they were building. For generations the Russians made a vodka from potato spirits. we introduce to Canada a vodka which is a delicate blend of fine grain and potato spirits. nnsrnv VODKA Sears New deluxe component-style stereo system makes good music sound even better. 2QQ98 So Yet there's an 8-track tape player and auto- matic record changer built right in. Features solid state tuner-amplifier with slide control signal strength blackout and many more features. Built-in 8-track tape player plays each channel automatically or manually. Deluxe record changer has auto- matic cueing lever and dual sapphire needles. Large 2-way air-suspension speaker sys- tem delivers full-bodied stereo sound. Headset incl. Order by phone Call 328-9231 Free delivery Simpsons-Sears Ltd. at Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee satisfaction or monty refunded and free delivery STORE Open Daily until Christmas a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Man. Telephone 326-9231.