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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 IHE IETHBRIDGE HERALD fundtiy, rdiruniy 1972 Bruce Hutchison Sadat's humiliation liniuc'dnili'l) m inr to Ins nvc'iil I rip In .Mosru'.v President Sadal lolcl Ilic. pi'i'ss Unit lie ranld not fix a (Lite lur the start of Uie he's been pnnnis'.ni; the restive Egyptians milil lie consulted with thc'Krcmlin. li WHS a plain and rath- er pathetic admission thai ICfjypt has become in eiH'U. .1 Soviet satellite. The president Hie promise of So- viet support and .--nine more mili- tary hardware-, br.i he was told to play it cool pi'Ju now, in spite of demonstrations by hot headed Cair- cans, who are spoiling for a fight, even though I must know that without Russian participation defeat is almost a rrrkmity. At this iiMnirnl. it would appear ihat the Russians are not prepared in encourage any major lOgyptian- .Israeli fight which would jeopardize current behind Ihe scenes diplo- ma! ir manoeuvres. The Egyptian president will now have the humilia- ting task of telling Ins people that they bide their time before at- lempling any overt military action, hccair" their Russian advisers have told Ilieiri to pipe down. 'Ihe immediate danger of a war in- direct Soviet military partici- pahou is delayed but that doesn't mean it's been eliminated. Pressure hv Egyptian militarists, and by oth- er Arab countries bent on destroy- ing Isr.iel. could force the issue and invoke the sooner or later. Soften- adversary system The worth ol ihc adversary lem in court and Parliament was seriously questioned by Prime Min- ister Trudeaii when he addressed the national lav, conference recently. Anyone who has pondered the way in which justice can be subverted by skilful use of Ihe adversary sys- lem in coun or the business of the country tan he brought almost to a halt through it in Parliament will share sonic of the prime minis- ter's concern to find a better way. What that better way might be is not yet apparenl. However, a modifi- cation of the adversary system in Parliament might lie possible with a resulting easing of the dissatisfac- tion now experienced. By a si range coincidence Ihc prime minister's ad- dress was followed a day or so later by a disclosure that the Conserva- tive government in Alberta is seri- ously considering allowing debate and passage of bills presented by Opposition MLAs. This would be a move well worth trying. No government can expect Io have a monopoly on good ideas. It is an impoverishment of the couftry to have a system that effectively "pre- vents a large number of elected rep- resentatives from contributing their proposals for the better ordering of .society. Hv allowing the Opposition to in- troduce bills with some hope of hav- ing them pass, it is conceivable that the petty delaying tactics employed under Ihc present system might be reduced. The emphasis might then shift Irom mere party fighting to ful- filment ol the legislative responsibil- ity. Certainly it would be salutary to give all elected representatives Ihe leeling that they have a posi- tively constructive .role to play. There are limes when it looks as though an unaltered adversary sys- tem can only lead Io its destruction. At present there is something of a lull in Ihe, assault on the institutions of society. It could be a serious mis- take to assume this means thai all is now well v. ilh our world. A new onslaught could begin any lime. .Hopefully, the Conservative govern- ment in Alberta will proceed with the idea of allowing Opposition not just for the purpose of staving off an evil day but for Ihc sake ot the constructive-ness in the idea itself. ART BUCHWALD Too many points for pence V! A i.mi i of the reasons that it is so difficult 10 get a settle- ment in Vietnam is Ihat then.' arc so many peace proposals on the table that no one knows wluch one anyone is talking about. Even President in discussing the .secret meetings with the North Vietnamese in Paris, stumbled over the different plans that have been submitted. I am certain Ihat this is what is hap- pening in the White House ,u this very moment: ''Mr. President, the North Vietnamese have just given an answer to our peace proposal." "Good, Henry. Is it a response to our reply to their public seven-point plan or our private eight-point plan which we sub- mitted to them'1'' "We're not certain. As you know, in they offered us a four-point plan and we came back at them wii.ii a H-poinl pro- posal which they rejected outright. Then on May 14, IDfiS, we came back with our eight-point public plan which they counter- ed by submitting a 10-point plan on July S, 1969." ''What about our proposal of Oct. 7, "They responded to that by publicly sub- mitting the National Liberalion Front's seven-point plan.'' "What does Ihat make the point spread, "I'm not loo good at mathematics, Mr. President, hut believe on points thej'ie slightly ahead. But if you add our eight- point secret plan, then uc're ahead." ''Do you believe they'll conic up v.-ilh another point proposal when iln-y realize they're behind "I'm siuu of il, Mr. President. Thej were very angry that we added a point to their seven-point proposal of July, and consider- ed it an act of bad faith.'' 'The only reason we did it was because Ihe seven points did not cover all the pro- know thai and yon know Ihat. but don't know it.'1 ''I have a cood mind Io then) to- morrow morning." "Wait a n-.inutc. Jlr. President. 1 think v.c ought Io study their reply to our re- sixmse to their proposal first. There may be somcttung in it we've overlooked." "Well, why can't we bomb them wlu'le we're studying their "Because if we respond to their answer with bombing, they could say we're not se- rious about our eight-point proposal." "Is that the secret one or UK public "I! was the i-ecref one. Mr. President, until you made it public." "Oh, yes. that's right. Well, is their re- sponse to our secret uh. public eight-point proposal, secret or "Publicly they have denounced il. but se- cretly they've indicated they're studying il." "Well, why don't we tomb them publicly, but secretly let them know we're looking for a peaceful "I believe, sir, we'd have to come up with another proposal before we do. How about a 35-point peace plan? That could really throw them into a swivel." "That's not a bad idea. But before we do that, what was their response to our eight- point secret proposal which I made public the oilier night Io show all Americans that I had gone the extra "My people are sending it up to me now. Here's one of my aides. Tbnnk you." "Henry, jon've gone pale. Whal is il, "Oh. my Cod, Mr. President! Tiro North want to change the shape of the table." (Toronto Sun Scnice) Slow groiclh Tlir Toronto Globe and Mrvl one decade to another, from one generation to another, there has been a tendency for people to mature earlier and faster, and to grow bigger. inllcr and heavier. Between and Ili'iO, for ex- ample, the average height of children be- tween the ages of five and seven increased by more than four inches in North America is being raised from .Vi Io indies. Unhappily the facts ol life have jet Io ouTiakc Ihe market in children's shoes, as one well-prepared mother made plain in a crisp lecture In Consumer Affairs Minister llobcrt Anrlras Ihe other day. She out Io him thai It-year old boys l.'irge feet require adult shoes at nnd Weslcrn Europe. The acceleration rale HO instead of boys' shoes al The shoe has been about half an inch for every 10 industry, she added, had not revised years, lasl since the turn of the century So apparent lias it Iwen, In fact, that, if despile (lie fact Ihat people had grown has finally overtaken Ihe buses of Ihe Toronlo Transit Commission, upon whose internal structure is in.seritjcd Ihe demar- larger. (Sales lax assessors are in Ihc same rut.) II would lie unroa.sonalilo Io expect Jlr. Careful study shows how to gain security ATY neighbor Horace Snifkin has long dislnislcd the government's economic reports ;ind therefore undertook a na- lion-wiilc survey ol his own. lie first interviewed Hie fa- mous captain of industry, Clar- ence J. Ciliilt, over a simple lour-coursc hmch in Uic execu- liic dining room of Gigantic yiiporcorpornlion Inc., on Bay Slrccl. Toronto. Mr. Glult ex- plained that the Canadian eco- nomy was suffering from the lazy liabils of Hie working peo- ple. "They don't work like, they used lie said, and pro- duced figures and charts to prove his point. By the time ne finished his lunch, wine, ci- gar and explanation it was three o'clock in the afternoon. ''The working hours of indus- try are just tot) short for effi- ciency (ilult concluded. "And another prob- lera is the immobility of labor. The workers won't go where Ihe jobs are, out in the healthy wilderness. The spirit of adven- ture is dead in Canada. Unfortunately Mr. Glntl was unable to continue the conver- salion because he had to catch a plane for his winter resort in Bermuda where ho will rest and recuperate until spring. Mr. Snifkin then called at the modest home of Joseph Doakes, president of a powerful labor union. Mr. Doakes being ab- sent, Mi' Snifkin talked to Mrs. Doakes, a keen student of eco- nomics. She explained that the national economy was suffer- ing from excessively high prices. ''Take our own she said. "We'd buy a new ho'jsc but we can't afford the price. Construction costs are just run- ning wild. Besides, my husband is out of a job right now. Mis union of is on strike for a wage increase of Tfl per cent, a very reasonable figure." At this point Mr. Doakes re- turned home and informed Mr. Snifkin that the real underlying dilemma of the economic sys- tem was the monopoly power of big business and Ihe weak- ness of the unions. The govern- ment should break up the busi- ness monopolies, he said, and force all workers io join unions before Ihey were allowed to work in any trade. "What we he added, more freedom and flexi- bility in collective bargaining so that every worker can choose his own future for hinr- sclr without interference, And there should be a freeze on prices but not, of course, on wages because they have no significant effect on prices." Mr. Snifkin decided to widen his survey and study the prob- lems of the unorganized work- ers. In the dressing room of a Vancouver cabaret he inter- viewed Miss Lucille Labelle (nee a talented topless dancer, who, rather disappoint- ingly, was fully clothed at the moment. "All I'm paid in this lousy she said, "is an hour for dancing nude, if you'd "Oh, the usual a dozen bourbons, vodkas, a couple of scotches, two parachutes and a half a million bucks." Carl Rowan U.S.- India spat dooms foreign aid cation line intended Io separate Ihe men Andras Io end Ihe generation gap, hnl he from Ihe The height hmil tor chil- dren s [arcs, I be TI'C ha.s announced, might able Io persuade Ihe shoe indus- try Io put it in place. TV EW DELHI, India After 24 years, almost 10 billion U.S. dollars and as many an- gry words, U.S. aid to India seems about to come to an end. Brooding hostilities between President Nixon and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi have produced a catalyst of anger, and India's military victory over Pakistan has provoked an exuberance of pride, and these have caused top officials here to take seriously the cries of more aid from the U.S.A.'1 Many officials in Washington have argued that Indian hos- tility to the Nixon administra- tion because of its "pro-Paki- stan tilt" would melt in the cold reality of Ihis country's need for U.S. dollars and food grains. Ilul officials here insist that the "lake your aid and go to hell" talk is not just the wounded cry of an ex- tremely sensitive people. These officials have spoken so ad- amantly, and they have cre- ated i-o much public antipathy Io t'.S. aid. Ihat it would take .in almost shameful about-face, involving great domestic politi- cal risk, for Mrs. Gandhi's gov- ernment to resume acceptance ot bilateral help from Uncle Sam C. Snbramoniam, India's rnmisliT for planning, is a low key man who indulged in no vitriolic anIJ-N i x o n rhetoric. He said quietly: "No doubt Nixon has irri- tated us. lie has taken wrong postures. Nalnr.dly. we have a grievance againsl the U.S. wilh that posture. Mill, we nre not nnlagonisl.ic loward Ihe Ameri- can people or Ihe t .S.A. a.s such. "liul I don'l Hunk we mil ever go back nny line un- der which we will depend largely on U.S. assistance. We will lake advantage of this sit- uation to build up our own self- reliance.'' I asked Subramaniam if this will mean a substantial reduc- tion in the aid mission here which employs 183 Americans and 950 Indians. "Naturally, the sort of per- sonnel that was functioning for the purpose of backing up this aid will not be necessary here he replied. Another lop 1 c v c 1 official, who would not permit use of his name, put India's griev- ances in even stronger terms. "Repeatedly, the United Slates ha.s tried to use aid Io influence our he said. "If aid is to be used Ibis way. It is not in our self-interest of dignity to accept aid." He pointed out that in ''when even the U.S. admitted lha( Pakistan started Iho war, Ihc U.S. suspended aid to India fur a year. Then in the ir.idst of a famine. President .Johnson held up food grains while he diclaled whore we must accept which fertilizer plant and how we had to our agri- culture. "In Ihe current ho continued, "the U.S. was Ihe only country in Hie world Io go bark on agrccmenls that had already been signed. For Hie U.S., (.here was no sanclily of agreement." lie said the Japanese merely asked India Io wail a while be- fore asking for new agree- ments, but canceled nnlhing. The U.S., he argued, not only welshed on standing agree- ments but pressured the porl-imporl hank into holding up on signing loan agrooment.1- The Indinn accused Secretary of Stile William Rogers of saying that aid would remain cut off "until the U.S. lakes a hard look at In- dian policy." "This we he said. Some Indian officials ac- laiowlcdgc that Ihcir "go to hell'1 posture is easier now be- cause neither their need nor the level of U.S. aid is as great as it was a few years ago. In India got about 330 million U.S. dollars in development aid and about 500 million U.S. dol- lars in PL-1EO food assistance. Last year development aid was down to million and Plj- assistance to SI25 million. Part of the prideful anger here flows from a suspicion that Ihe U.S. is alwiit Io dry up Ihc flow of aid anyhow. Neverlhelcss, there is evidence that Mrs. (iandhi (who is the government of India now) has made two overtures to Uie Nixon administration. She wrote Mr. Xixon a letter ask- ing, in eifecl. "What have I done And promptly did the wrong Ihing bv giving it to the press before Nixon could consider il. lie sent back a lel- tcr of cold. re- bnilal in which he rqiealed all his previously-staled charges againsl India. More recently. Mrs. (iandhi had Foreign Minister Swaran Singh lell the U.S'. ambassador India was eager Io talk and smooth things over. The qncslion is whelher Mr. Nixon wants Io lalk with India Pakistan, Bangladesh or anything ( his trip Io China. In fad, Ambassador Kenneth II. Kealing left here knowing lhal a few admini.slra- lion officials even raise the of uhelher il is worth Irving Io keep India nut of Iho Noviol orbit. "India and llussi.i deserve each the Wash- ington cynics say. However, those questions are resolved in the talks now under way in Washington, one thing seems pretty clear: economic aid can no longer be regarded as an instrument of U.S. policy in this country. To the extent Ihat it continues at all it may have h n m a n i t a r ian justifi- cations, but from standpoint it could lie more a liability than an asset. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) believe it. A plumber gels twice as much with all his clothes on. And what has a plumber got Ihat I haven't got." The topless dancers of the nation, she suggested, must form a trade union and seek so- cial justice. But to Mr. Snif- kin's surprise she argued ihat the government -vas overtax- ing the higher-income brackets.. "The only guys that watch our she said, "are rich guys, past middle age, married and respectable. If they weren't taxed so high we'd pack 'em in every night and our business would boom. That fellow Benson didn't under- stand economics, I guess." Mr. Snifkin tbsn called on a leading Ottawa doctor who said lhal Ihe unions were destroying Ihc country. He could not go inln the problem deeply, how- ever, since he was engaged in negotiations with the govern- ment, on behalf of the medical profession, for higher fees. The chairman of the lawyers' society in Halifax gave Mr. Snifkin the same opiraon Ihe unions were destroying the country. But this distinguished barrister was also too busy to explore the problem at length. He had to alleud an emergency meeting of his organization to discuss the inadequate finan- cial rewards of its members. Somewhat confused by all these facts, Mr. Snifkin called on Prime Minister Tnideau, who assured him Ihat there was no real economic trouble in Canada. "The Canadian Jlr. Trudeau said, "has per- formed beller than any in the Wcslcrn world. Our prices are rising slower than those in oth- er countries, only five per cent bust year, Sure, we'd prefer that they didn't rise at all but when our rate of ruin is so re- latively low what's the public complaining Roljert Slanfield was even more specific in his answers. "I don'l. want to he said, "but after long thought I'm gradually becoming con- vinced lhal the problem of in- flation is quite serious. And I say without reservation that the government should solve il." Alarmed by this shocking liens, Mr. Snifkin called on his own broker to rearrange his personal investments. "Buy government the broker advised. "In these troubled times bonds are the only safe thing." Mr. Snifkin recalled that he had bought some bonds 20 years ago and, in purchasing power, they already had lost about a third of their value. Now, he observed, all bonds were losing value at five per cc-nl annually. "Where's your the broker demanded, rather indignantly. ''The government lias to borrow a billion dollars this year to cover its budgetary deficit. Someone must buy its bonds. Are you suggesting that the government's solemn con- tract with the bond holder will lw broken? A shameful thought for a Canadian In a quick mental calculation Mr. Snifkin realized that he might earn aboul six per cent interest on bonds and the gov- ernment woidd take half of it in taxes. Then inflation would take the rest and more. "Never mind said Uie broker, "when you buy govern- ment bonds you buy security. At your age you can't afford to gamble So Mr. Snifkin bought Imnds and came home much comfort- ed by his survey. As he lold me, he now felt secure. (The Herald Special Bureau) Looking backward THROUGH THE Canadian Minister to and chairman of 1512 A large group of Canadian delegation to the sic lovers in the city Pacific Relations confer- to form a Lethbridge will pay his first visit to monic Society. The Thursday. plans Io till the long-felt is presumed all in musical circles in the of llurdetle and dis- Friday oivninR saw will comply with Ihe day- Opera House al Warner saving order, effective filled wilh an appreciative and advance their dience when Ihe High one hour. student.1, of Milk River Members of the seiiool put on the Legion, Alberta soccer ebrated play "The Private in lillil, will tx1 hon- at an award dance at the Hon. Vincent Hall lonight. The Lcthbridgc Herald 7lh St. S., Lelhbrklfic, Albu-la LETIIBRTDGK IIKRALI5 LTD., Proprietors and Publishers 1M5 by lion. A. IHJCHANAN Puliil Second Class Mall RonKtrnT'on No 0017 of Hip Cannrlinn nnJ HIP Cnn.iiJmn Dnily Nowin.iper 'Tr1 Association -ind Iho Audi I nurp.iu rirculnhonj Cl T.O W. MOWERS, flnrl 1HOMA5 H. ADAMS, Gpnpjal I'll.l ING Wll I 1AM HAY I tiinr A-.'.nfirtl" fM.r-. [KUJf.l A.', I'. WAIKTR "THE MCRAID 5LRVL5 7HC SOUTH" ;