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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Dcctmbtr 1973 The commission's choice The resignation of Nelson A. Rockefeller as governor of the state of New York after 15 years in that office is a prelude to his bid for the Republican nomination lor president in 1976. He might have preferred another situa- tion than the one which will give him as a springboard a national administration racked with scandal but he has no choice. This is his last chance at the presidency. It nominated and he would enter the office at which many people think is too old if he had no he also had nothing to lose by the move. The governor resigned officially to devote lull time to the Commission on Critical Choices for which has been set up with Rockefeller money to think about new sources of new sources of new relationships between nations and continents and about America's future beyond the bicentennial year of 1976. This operation is similar to a project set up 15 years called Prospect for which was also founded and funded by the Rockefellers and which also put .top American brains to work on problems facing the country. It did not project a Rockefeller into the presidency but it is signilicant that its original direc- tor was Henry who today per- somhes the one unchallenged area of success which can be attributed to the Nixon administration its breakthroughs on several international tronts. The secretary of state is a member oi the present which includes Vice-president Gerald Ford among its members. Governor Rockefeller is not universal- ly loved by the by or by the public. He is already being in setting up the commission with family of trying to get around current restrictions on campaign spending. While there is no doubt that he is am- it is safe to say that he seeks presidency not to be somebody but to do it is not personal aggrandize- ment he seeks so much as the power to make things happen. At this distance in time two things would seem to favor the in ad- dition to the fact that he is a seasoned politician and already a public figure. The first involves his personal conviction that elections are not a judgment on the past but a bet on the future. A candidate who can indicate that he is not only aware of the problems facing the country but also is prepared to meet them with reasoned assurance should have a strong appeal to the voter if he doesn't know now that the world faces many critical will certainly know it by 1976. In since he has not been involved in the Nixon Rockefeller would be able to campaign on the while a Democratic can- didate would have to campaign on the past. A second factor which should make him an appealing candidate to the voter at this particular time is the obvious one here is a man whom money can't because he doesn't need it. If no then The drug problem Ten units or one By Richard syndicated commentator The solution to the drug problem seems to be as elusive as despite the intensive research done by the LeDain commission and the extensive report it produced. Yet the time and money spent may prove worthwhile in the long run. By insisting unequivocally that alcohol is the most serious non-medical drug use problem facing the country the commis- sion makes an emphasis which had been notably lacking. There is undoubtedly wide perhaps even to the warning of danger in the alcohol situation but one slight gain can be noted People are now looking on alcohol as a drug something they resisted earlier along. II alcohol produces effects more harm- ful than those of any other form of non- medical drug then the harsher in law. of those using the other drugs becomes indefensible. Soitening the penalties for use of other drugs while making it tougher for and to function is a line the government has already seized. It poses an awkward tor government in that alcohol is something it has an intimate involve- ment with as a One of the strange inconsistencies in the LeDain report seems to be its recommendation that heroin addicts should be rounded up and detained for medical observation. Besides raising serious questions in the area of civil liberties it is discriminatory in that it does not recommend the same powers be turned on persons suspected of being alcoholics. There doesn't seem to be much likelihood that the government will opt for a program of forcible introduction to treatment for any kind of addicts. What it could do is take seriously a recommen- dation made a few years ago by a com- mission in the United States that a kind of national promotional body be es- tablished to create new attitudes toward drug use. especially the use of alcohol. The fact that the use of alcohol has been so successfully promoted that few ab- stainers remain suggests that skillful promotion might be effective in braking the record consumption rate and perhaps reversing the trend. The day may not be too distant when an appeal for voluntary reduction of con- sumption will seem reasonable and desirable. Energy is not the only thing that is in short supply in the world. Every indication is that food is also going to be scarce. Will conscience permit the present rate of diversion of grains into beverage alcohol if starvation haunts a large segment of That ques- tion may soon have to be answered. The required cutback will undoubtedly be as beneficial for most people as the reduc- tion in energy supplies is anticipated to be. Criminal negligence By Doug Walker I sometimes get stuck with doing the dishes when the other members of the family have to rush off to engagements or to shop. When it comes to doing the dishes I'm a pretty methodical guy I mop off the the the top of the swish out the put things hang up the towel. I do the whole bit or nearly so. Recently after I had performed this duty Elspeth entered the kitchen and let out a cry. I thought we must have been robbed or that I had failed to deposit some garbage in the proper receptacle. It turned out that I had failed to fling the tablecloth on the table. Maybe I'll never be left to do the dishes again. For three weeks a behind- the-scenes struggle had been taking place in the East Block. Prime Minister Trudeau was determined to attack Premier Lougheed of Alberta Almost to a man his aides advised him not to. Trudeau went ahead anyway. At a Liberal dinner in Vancouver he blasted Lougheed as with his pants and as guilty of most incredible perfor- mance ever engaged in by a Conservative Trudeau's own incredible performance astonished his audience that and newspaper readers across the country the next day. To find parallels one would have to go back at least as far as John Dietenbaker and Joey Smallwood during their epic battle over the Newfoundland loggers' strike in 1959 and probably to Mackenzie King and Mitch then Premier of in the late 1930s. The political motivation behind Trudeau's remarks is obvious enough. His as Robert Stanfield described it in the was a operation'' calculated to draw Lougheed into the fray and so keep alive what the Liberals believe is their best election issue the conflict between the energy interests of the nation as a whole versus those of only and now of Saskatchewan also Trudeau also had a quite and longer-range purpose in mind. He wanted to the un- written rule that has developed in recent that while it is and even for provinces to criticize Ottawa's it is unacceptable and somehow improper for the federal government to reply in kind This unwritten convention has produced a and one-way dialogue between the two levels of government As one the western premiers in ad- vance of last summer's Western Economic Oppor- tunities Conference criticized Ottawa's policies on everything from freight rates to the location of federal m- but when Justice Minister Otto Lang in turn ac- cused the premiers of he was damned both lor what he said and for say- ing it at all. the provinces regularly complain of Ottawa's failure to consult them yet themselves move un- as for example Alberta with its Syncrude tar sands projects depends upon federal tax concessions to and Saskatchewan with its oil and gas tax Among the causes of this imbalance I judge that two predominate One is that the despite their enor- mously enhanced authority in recent still un- derestimate their power in relation to and un- derestimate therefore the national significance of their actions. The which concentrate massively upon make the same mis- in part because news gets printed or broadcast not only as a function of its actual importance but as a function also of how easy it is to and it is far easier to cover Ot- tawa than ten provincial capitals. The other reason is that federal-provincial or are so often depicted in terms of a or ex- tracting concessions of one kind or other from Ottawa. The use of the word 'Ottawa as I have done in this column as a shorthand for the govern- ment of creates an il- lusion that stands apart from the country of which it is the central government. or won by one province at the expense of the others. This doesn't mean such concessions are only that they have to be paid for by everyone else. Beyond any doubt now that Saskatchewan has joined Alberta in demanding concessions in return for sell- ing its oil to other Canadians below world the stage is set for a and probably con- stitutional debate. The issue is whether Canada is a country at all or merely an agglomera- tion of 10 principalities. What 1 hadn't anticipated was the speed with which the debate would escalate. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald's blunt description of Saskatchewan's would be an appropriate would have been at least until Trudeau gave his minister the verbal cue in Vancouver. Different tactics needed for Arabs By Joseph syndicated commentator we'll drive 50 miles an turn down the conserve but this is going too LONDON Dr Kissinger is a believer in the diplomacy of the not the dog biscuit. His as the Vietnamese negotiations is for one-on-one pressure tactics. But he has to deal with several Arab leaders at and he has very little leverage over most of them. The most important of the Arab is also the easiest to handle. President Anwar Sadat of Egypt is pro-American and anti-Soviet. Israeli troops oc- cupy large chunks of Egyptian and they now have a strong force 70 miles from Cairo. President Sadat undeV stands that only the Americans can get the Israelis off his back. So he is prone to go along with any deal made by Dr. Kissinger which ends the Israeli occupa- tion of Egyptian territory. But President unlike his predecessor Gamal Abdel is not a hero throughout the Arab world. To achieve a Dr. Kissinger will have to win the support of at least three other Arab leaders. President Houari Boumedienne of Algeria is one. He is a war hero who combines socialist doctrine and high standing in Moscow with an interest in selling natural gas to the capitalist nations of Europe and North America. He tends to hide that contradiction behind loud blasts on behalf of Arab rights. he has aspirations to assume Colonel Nasser's role as leader of all the Arabs. About the only thing Dr. Kissinger can do for President Boumedienne is to stroke those ambitions. King Faisal of Saudi Arabia is a second crucial leader. He sits on the world's most plenteous oil and he has solid commercial reasons for holding down the better to drive up He is said to care dt.perate- ly about his role as protector of the Moslem holy places in Jerusalem. He in direct conflict with the Israeli Arab sovereignty over the city. But Dr. Kissinger can bring to bear only the most remote pressures on Faisal. At he can intimate that the West can organize itself to do with less oil. Hence his proposals here in London for a joint ac- tion group among the oil- consuming countries. Then there is which fought particularly well in the recent war with the Israelis. President Hafez Assad is the leading protector of the Palestinian whose demands for self- determination go to the heart of Israel's existence. Though he heads a minority regime in he has power- ful support from the Soviet Union. It is typical of his independence that Syria has not even begun the prisoner exchange which was a part of the original ceasefire arrangement made between Dr. Kissinger and the Russians. What all this says is that the peace negotiations in the Near East should not be likened to the negotiations in Southeast Asia. Dr. Kissinger does not have all the elements in his hands. Bombing is out of the question. He will have to de- pend on a mixture of seduc- coaxing and co-operation with the Soviet Union. The is not and plainly Dr. Kissinger will be sorely tempted to make his deal at the expense of the one party on which he can put severe pressure Israel. Letters Basic facts needed There has been quite a bit of speculation on the debate and vote on the energy crisis. Commentators tell us who won what and who licked whose boots and all that sort of thing and particularly who lost and who's chances of vic- tory in the coming election have been lessened. One lad had a bit of loose talk about ig- norant and uninformed pronouncements. So let's cut out all this and get down to basic facts. It makes no difference what a man for even in we are all long on Stanfield. That should start making us scratch. So maybe we'll generate enough energy to actually do something about this policy at least it is all wool and a yard wide maybe a mite more for Sven. Magrath. J. A SPENCER Communist tactics Prime Minister Trudeau and Donald Macdonald have been continually harassing and aggravating premier Lougheed for the past several months. In his recent speech at the west coast the prime minister stated that he wouldn't be pushed around by the premier These are strictly Communist party tactics. It appears thai Pierre is enjoying his role as David's political bedfellow more than we realize. R. J. LOWE Lethbridge. Lougheed taunted The dauntless Canadian chief put on a splendid perfor- mance at the coast for his large a plate audience. This chief had bravely laced the NDP. giving them more than they had dreamed of. so that the could continue to rule this cold do- main from coast to coast. upon our western he donned his NDP stepped upon his central Canadian charger and is He levelled his lance and charged His lance pierced the provincial brave. As Noheed reeled in the sad- dle he was gored again and again by our gallant national chiet. He was taunted by the Canadian chief's you have the audacity to think that Alberta formulated .1 policy whereby Canada can now reap the namely cheap gas and Brave Noheed lay mortally wounded among this august assembly of true Grits. He opened his mouth feebly to utter his last words. He was heard to criminatory freight central Canada produce enters the West at or above world What about Alberta oil and We are being robbed by the great Canadian rip-off of our natural resources. It must be better to be robbed by a Canadian rather than a foreigner although it feels the Someone in the audience remarked. only that redoubtable prairie warrior. Chief Sitting Justice was GEORGE T SNOW Milk River Praise for U.S. The United States still in my as the greatest nation in the world today Its which is of such paramount importance in a world so richly endowed with natural is so superior that it should be ob- vious to all without need for elaboration. It has been quite common in recent years to hear and read slanderous and downgrading opinions and remarks directed against the U.S suggesting that this country is about the most inferior and decadent country in the world. A close look at the facts reveals otherwise for it was the U S which financed the reconstruction of most of the tree countries after the last major war. The Marshall plan and the Trurnan policy restored vitality badly needed by certain countries. In times of distant natural disasters it was always the U.S. which rushed in with real help. These are only a sampling of the ways in which the U.S. has helped other countries of the world far and wide and one would expect that much gratitude would be held by those involved but a further scanning of the facts does not reveal this On the contrary this help has recently been rewarded with slinging criticisms and tolal indifference bv most of the benefactors of U.S. com- passion. Were it not for the superior military defence technology of the U.S. the Soviet bear would have had us for breakfast long ago. In my opinion the Vietnam campaign was not in as many are now for it doubtless had the effect of if not the encroachment of communism across the remaining free world Had there been little or no resistance from the Asia today would probably be totally under Communist enslavement and we would be hearing threats of similar treatment to come to us due to our appearing to lack the will to resist Finally. I predict that when the U.S. emerges from its pre- sent internal and I certainly expect that it gone will be the softness of yesteryear and it shall behave as a wiser country more concerned with its own preservation due to a depletion of the material which it shared so generously when it had it to give. Selfish it most certainly was a mark of true civilization and high morality. Best wishes and a happier new year United States of America. LLOYD R. WEIGHTMAN Lethbridge. Spreading the gospel Being a Christian is not a matter of seeing how much of Jesus fits into our value system. If we do that we are bound to be confused and dis- appointed. Being a Christian is a matter of seeing how well we measure up to faim and making the necessary changes. Jesus didn't restrict his preaching to the church as deceivers would have us believe. Jesus took a balanced view of peace and war. To call Him a pacifist is to completely ig- nore His imagine that I came to bring peace-to the a Equating evangelism with the of a small section of the Pharisees is nothing but a clever attempt to prevent the spread of the gospel. In Cuba no priest or minister is allowed to appear in a robe or preach outside the church. Prostitutes may legally solicit on the streets. Surely Canada is not far off from that day. Such a situation is being ad- vocated on the local radio phone-in shows. JOHN DOWLING Coaldale The LetHbrid0e Herald 504 7th St S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. and Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEOW Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;