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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Fuel shortage not only reason for Nixon's cool Yule By FRANK BUTTER Herald WaikiiftM BveM WASHINGTON President Richard Nixon says he is go- ing to stay in the White House this Christmas because he has to set an exam- ple' to the American and that sums up both his problems. They Staying in the White House and setting examples. The president has not been too successful in the art of ex- ample setting this year and the reason he's spending a lot more time in Washington is not entirely because of the fuel despite the dubious propriety of jetting off for sunny holidays in Florida and California when gas is short. Nixon's tenancy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is far from secure going into 1974. Members of his own party will be assessing it during the holi- day season and trying to decide whether to break his lease. As Republican Senate Leader Hugh Scott of Penn- sylvania has put each Member of Congress will be a walking poll on the president's future during the coming recess. The big name polls have been very hard on Nixon. Most recent polls have shown a repugnance for the process of impeachment but a con- siderable attraction for his the Harris Poll had it 45 to 31 per for Vice-President Gerald Ford to take over for the remainder of Nixon's term. The polls have shown the presidency as the least trusted institution in the nation and Nixon's credibility at a pitiful site. But then they've also shown that Americans have more confidence in their gar- bagemen than anyone else and that a substantial majority believes in flying saucers. The the es- pionage the dirty cam- paign the political the enemies list and the Ellsberg case have all contributed to a strong public distaste for the way Nixon's White House has operated. But as so many politicans have found out to their it is often the little things that get you in the end. In Nixon's case these would be fiddling his income fix- ing up his private homes with public funds and a bad temper which flares ir such public in- cidents as shoving people around. These are little only in the relative compared with the great Shockwaves of politi- cal scandal which have shat- tered the monumental man- date Nixon won in the election only last year. There is still a tendency to take political sins with a helping of salt because they are part of a messy dish of ingredients mix- ed up by both parties. But personal foibles are very vulnerable and Nixon's political career been fraught with personality problems. There are also very prac- tical hangups ahead for Nixon. The process of government is definitely hampered by the poor regard for the president in Congress. The difficulty in getting emergency energy legislation on the books is just one example. It is all very well to say everyone should pull together in 'a critical but the clash of wiljs. Authority and trust caused problems which may haunt the country next year in coping with the fuel shortage. the shortage itself and the prospect of continued economic all dal are enough to signal a difficult year ahead for Nix- In a most interesting inter- view last Senator Barry who is regarded as a symbol of conservative don't think it's as much as just a question in people's minds of just how honest is this Goldwater attributed it to the old you buy a used tag which has dogged Nixon for years. There is always a certain amount of satisfaction to be gained from putting down presidents by jokes and jibes. But toe cracks about Nixon have reached record intensity. Even sports commentators are making them during foot- ball games on TV and the entertainment business is loaded with club acts poking not-sb good- natured fun at Nixon. When Nixon fired Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox even the public metro bus drivers were honking their horns as they drove past the White House. And that pro- verbial source for the cab doesn't wait to be asked these days. One cab- bie recently interrupted a quiet back seat conversation in which Nixon's name was only mentioned in passing to yell Much of the ill feeling in Congress is amon'g Republicans fearful of the elections to be held next November. They are respon- for much of the cloakroom talk about resig- nation. Meanwhile the cautious moves are being made by big league Republicans who might run for the presidency in Nelson Ronald John well as outsiders such as Charles Percy and Elliot Richardson. And without ex- ception they are edging away from any commitment or judgment on Nixon. Impeachment is still regarded as a last a step almost too drastic to live with. But the prospect is kept alive by Nixon's continued public assertions that he wili despite grow- ing predictions that he will. Too many people were dis- illusioned by the Agnew case on that score. But predicting what will happen in 1974 would be foolhardy after the un- predicted events of 1973. It can be said that Nixon is very tough. But it can also be said that he shows strain every time he is seen in public close enough for the eye to penetrate the makeup. It can also be said that 1974 will be another year of tur- moil and es- pecially for Richard at whatever temperature he sets his thermostat The Uthbridtje Herald VOL. LXVII 10 DECEMBER 60 Pages 15 Cents Last-ditch try sends MPs home OTTAWA MPs made a last-ditch compromise on the government's controversial energy bill then went home for a 12-day Christmas recess that remained doubtful until the last minute. r The Commons linally ad- journed at 6.55 p.m. until Jan. but it took a feverish nego- tiating session in the office of Government House Leader Al- lan MacEachen to hammer out an agreement. A snag developed after par- ty House leaders had agreed to adjourn the House on the condition that three conten- tious bills would get speedy passage after Jan. 3. MPs were about to approve the deal when Energy Minister Donald Macdonald threw in a last minute rider Elkford miners may stop A dispute over a cost-of- living index and fringe benefits could shut down the Fording Coal Ltd. mine at B.C 20 miles north of as early as Jan. 1. By a 93 per cent workers at the coal members of Local United Steelworkers of authorized strike action if contract demands are not met by the a subsidiary of the CPR. According to Lome local the 600 workers are asking for longer vacation a cost-of-living escalator shared-cost dental and drug and company-paid medicare. Fording has refused the es- calator dental and drug and is offering only a 50 per cent share of medicare he said. The company is also balking at a union demand for a per hour increase from the present base rate of A counter-offer of 50 cents in the first and from 23 to 43 cents in the second year has been made by management negotiators. The two sides will meet Thursday with a mediation of- but if there is no settle- ment by Dec. the expiry date on the present the mine will be Mr. Ryder said the Conservatives said they couldn't accept. The conten- tious issues was the energy bill which would grant widespread powers to cope with oil shortages. The agreement by House leaders included a govern- ment concession that would let the Commons have veto over any cabinet decision to declare an emergency situation. The change would make a Commons debate mandatory within seven days of an emer- gency declaration if the House was in session. If the de- bate would come within seven days of the start of the next sitting. Mr. Macdonald said the privision would not force the government to recall Parlia- ment only to meet the seven-day stipula- tion once the next sitting opened. Conservative House Leader Tom Bell said there was gentlemen's un- on how agree- ment would be interpreted in the event of an emergency declaration. American energy bill killed WASHINGTON The United States House of Repre- sentatives killed a Senate- passed emergency energy bill early today. Then it refused to let Congress take a month's vacation. The House -voted down the Senate bill 219 to 34. Many congressmen opposed the Senate bill because it did not contain a restriction on wind- fall profits for oil companies. At the peak of the balloting on this bill that would have given President Nixon a free hand to order gasoline ratio- the House suffered its own energy crisis as the electronic voting system broke down. After this touch of a long day of parliamentary ma- noeuvres by Republicans and oil-state legislators ended when the House refused to quit for the year although it obviously could not agree with the Senate on energy legislation. For the first time in 20 the House rejected the normally routine adjournment resolution Inside gave at the office.' Classified........26-30 Comics............22 5 District............19 25 Local 18 24 13 Sports...........14-16 8 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT IS HIGH4t SUNNY Weatherup gets apology A slander lawsuit launched by a Lethbridge businessman against former Social Credit house leader Jim Henderson was settled by a full apology and a con- sent judgment filed in district court in Lethbridge Friday. Fred Weatherup had sued Mr. Henderson because of remarks the former Socred leader had made last April. Mr. Henderson had alleged that Mr. a direc- tor of the Alberta Housing had received a loan from the cor- poration. At the members of the Social Credit and New Democratic parties were cir- culating insinuations of political patronage trying to push the government into revealing the names of No Herald recipients of industrial incen- tive loans. A public apology later in the spring not go far and Mr. Weatherup continued with his lawsuit. know now that these statements are Mr. Henderson said in his written and wish to uncon- ditionally apologise to Mr. Weatherup for any em- barrassment to him and for any damage to his business and political reputation that I may have Mr. Henderson said he was well aware of the contributions of like Mr. Weatherup make in accepting appointments to serve on commissions and in Alberta. Their ap- pointments should not be construed as political Mr. Henderson said Talking Members of the Israeli headed by Foreign Minister Abba Eban and the Egyptian led by Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi are shown at the opening ses- sion Friday of the Middle East peace conference in Geneva. Spain seeks premier MADRID With final tribute paid to Luis Carrero- speculation turned to- day to who will replace him as premier of Spain. By most it will be Torcuato Fernandez the vice-premier who automatically succeeded to the post after Admiral Carrero-Blanco was assassinated Thursday mor- ning. Troop tangle answer sought GENEVA The Mid- dle East peace conference ad- journed today with agreement to work quickly to separate the tangled Israeli and Egyp- tian forces on the Suez canal. The historic the first since the Arab-Israel conflict began 25 years ended its two-day opening phase with a decision to set up a working to discuss the disengagement issue in Geneva. The group will be made up of Israeli and Egyptian ex- perts supervised' by United Nations American and Egyptian conference sources said. It is expected to be formed and begin its work within a few days. Russian sources left open the possibili- ty of broader committee representation. U.S. State Secretary Henry. the chief of the was described by an American spokesman as happy at the outcome of the two-day opening phase. Today's final session lasted a mere 15 minutes because agreement on the committee had been worked out beforehand in contacts between Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and chief delegates from Israel. Egypt and Jor- dan. Israeli and Egyptian spokes- man said they were satisfied with the decision to form the committee. Both agreed the final session was and in contrast to Friday's exchange of atrocity -charges between Foreign Ministers Ismail Fahmy of Egypt and Abba Eban of Israel. A UN communique said it was possible that working groups on other issues could be formed. Finn wounded CAIRO The newly formed strong United Nations peacekeeping force suffered its first front- line casualty since arriving here after the October war when a Finnish soldier was grazed by a bullet during an exchange of fire between Egyptian and Israeli forces near Suez a UN spokes- man said today. KUWAIT HANDS OVER TERRORISTS RABAT The Kuwait government today handed over to the Palestine Liberation Organization the five ter- rorists who killed 31 persons in an attack and hijacking at Rome official Moroccan sources reported. Four Moroccan officials were among the 31 persons killed Monday when the terrorists hurled grenades into a parked Pan American World Airways jetliner. The terrorists surrendered at Kuwait airport Tuesday after hijacking a Lufthansa plane from Rome and lulling a hostage in Athens. The Moroccan government has demanded pun- ishment without for the five. Italy has also asked Ku- wait to return the five to stand but the two countries have no extradition treaty. It was not known immediately where the five Arabs will be taken to stand but the PLO has its headquarters in Lebanon. New Year bus ride extended Party-goers who know they have had one drink too many this New Year's Eve will have a foolproof way of getting home. The city transit system through the donations of large businesses is extending its bus service from p.m. New Year's Eve to 4 a.m. New Year's Day to deliver to their homes revellers who feel un- able to drive. In announcing the service City Manager Allister Findlay said Friday the buses are be- ing put on because of concern the city continue to remain fatality free. There have been no traffic fatalities for the past 18 months in Lethbridge. While the bus service will cost according to a transit party goers will be able to ride on the bus free. Police chief Ralph Michelson said the city police stands fully behind the idea. The City Police Association and Award Fund is one of seven parties who had already built the fund to about by 7 P.M. and the plan was only conceived at noon. Others are Sicks' Lethbridge Brewery Palliser Mclntyre Ranching Co. Ltd and three anonymous donors. Cnief Micheison said the police will be taking a tough stand to take drinking drivers off the road this New Years' with extra patrols and check stops. they want to avoid a check stop we suggest they not take instead take the he said. In addition to extending its bus service the city transit system will make buses available to large groups. Seen and hearo About town PROVINCIAL Jwige L. w. HMdm saying he had better pay a parking ticket before he had to give himself a summons Flo Kotch claiming the birds in her front yard were so involved in sing- ing Christmas carols they wouldn't come down for their feeding. at Christmas Make Cup of Milk your festive toast The Herald will not publish Christmas Day or Boxing Dec. 25 and 26. Earlier advertising deadlines for the holiday period are necessary. Advertisements to appear Dec. must be received at The Herald by 11 a.m. Dec. and ads scheduled for Dec. must be received by noon Dec. 27. Classified ads received up to 11 a.m. Dec. will appear Dec. 27. Ads for Dec. 31. must be submitted by 11 a.m. Satur- Today we are appealing for help. We are appealing for hungry children. We are the spokesmen for the Unitarian Service Committee. We have pledged our help and we must have your help. There is a terrible sorrow and suffering in this so much so that were we to realize fully realize our minds would be overwhelmed and our spirits crushed. Happily for we don't have to dwell on this suf- fering Life is good here in nmittvnvm A Itifkw-tn are and we don't have to worry too much about the suffering masses in other parts of the world. .We can put the newspaper down and turn our attention to happier affairs. Isn't this what we We read about the suffering and put our newspapers away. Then we put it out of our Having read about and having put our new- spapers we think suffering has gone away. It hasn't. It won't go away nnt to think about it. It won't go away if we ignore it Suffering humanity doesn't advertise itself. We can forget it. But it never goes away. What is our We must recognize it. We must acknowledge this cry for help. And we must answer. Having our minds are cleared. The worry and sadness arc rtiirged trom our subconscious tit never and we know we have helped. It is not our in uinlmo thpsp Clin of Milk Fund to kill the joy of Christmas We're not trying to make everyone guilty. We're not about to burden our own peo- ple goodness they have enough problems of their own We can make our problems seem small. Thank God our problems are so small compared to their's Thank God we have the the will and the hearts to help them. How can we sit down to our Christmas dinners knowinv they are sick and How can we call ourselves human beings if we turn our backs on these For these are suffer- ing children. Their in a is our fate. For when they they diminish the world and we are less because of losing them. Soon this campaign will be over. We'll be marking Christ- in one way or another. Let's hope it has meaning for and for them ;