Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Tuesday, Junuary 2, 1973----------- Early dosing hardship t sirlcr.lv for birds may have been right. According to a recent issue of the Ger- man Tribune, the City of Cologne has de- cided thtt instead of trapping, shooting or poisoning their over-abundant pigeons, thai create the same problems in Cologne as they do everywhere else, it would be a lot tidier, and clearly more humane, io see that too many oi them don't get born. So irom r.o'.v on. ihe pigeons of Cologne be "on the so to speak, in ihe form of chemically doctored com. A major factor in our enjoyment of the Christmas season is the sheer beauty of the holiday decorations, and the mood they help to create and sustain. Miih of this beauty corr.es from the lovely colored lights v.-ith which most of our buildings are fes- tjor.ed. ins.cle ar.d GUI. IL is not a happy thought, but perhaps ue should these lights while ue can, because they be Vviih us. The general shortage of useable er.ergy. ar.d the rapid depletion of fos-il fjc-1 serves. both have beer, well So has the mounting concern for ihe of the air we breathe. Most oi our come? from thermal generators, which con- sume vast quantities oi fossil fuel, are notorious air polluters. For or.e reason or the other, and probably both, it is or.'.v a matter of time before restriction.-; are eci on consumption o. nn ihis uses t'-.it hr.v.y ;v h-iirs arc --a1 i.utn m'A fresh nir are so r-hcc.s of employment rib'.ir.cnr.r. forgot th.v hi-sc ire !his thoroughfare has lone hocn a nru !jv hurermcrnlic minris to P''--hlcm, '.o.irh ii, L- thru not c.rcura- Zqually in nocd of pedestrian safclv sl-rmces. measures is Ihe intersection of SLh flnrl 1.1th street, where rlurinR Si b-'fum the early hours to plck their way f.iiL mo-.ing irafuc. The Paris puzzle I'y Kralt. V-S svndicaled A rich crop c: his err.ercea :rc-: :'-f T -i to e I sices. So if :o rry to eive c: WT.EC I ihL-k tcV-veon Lc Due Tro o'Xorh Li the secor.d v.-gek cf 1 r-a: sereerr.er.: was r-ofs.r le each s.de r.-Jt push :o :he ei> the lay the The cor.ed a par: o: their cerr.ir.d for a r.e-v recLr.s io govc-rzmer.i: o: Xguyen Thl-ru Li Souih Hazoi accented as a basis for a change LI go-. a c-er Presider.t Thic-u s Hiroi acrevC to Arr.erlcar. prifcners t h o u r. .1 Vietnamese Corrmur-ists remained United a-r-arro-red seme of that Vietnam was an sovereign siate. No e arrarigeir.eT_LS were ir.ade for trcops from tr.e c: the Saigo- reflme. The role cf the LiLernational ri North compliance the was sz-elleii OUT ir. cVail. Bo-h sices almost ccnainly "Le :t uie Ilrsi Unie Dr_ tj on Oct. 17 tj.ali" clespiie v ircm tr.e ir.tejigecce thai ho comd uin Thieu1 s support of 3ccr-d P- Kissinger's plan :o fly 5-iicon to Hanoi r an ceremony due io Drtceed a forrr.al sicriing :or on Oct. 25. as it hap- clemar.ced vlchter trjsr- of So-th Vietnamese sov- Dr. Kissir-ger appir- :el: General Thieu's de- i" re? sess ?n -.-li 6j that basis. Nixon cabled Hanoi 15.c of the P-. gave his iv. 5 ;tr.T.er. "peace is a: in L'.e la--: a: Novem- c r. resurn- crl r. Dr. pre- :o :he h i c h specified c-r-n troops ar.d :r.ese terrr_s back to r.r.oi through the person of. :rjyeri Co "fr.ack. a foreign OI- L'S official who few from ari- In the davs o" Nov- In Haroi. the North Vietna- nese leadership apparently cuncludea that i; they wore ItL-g to make 5ior.s or, Saigon's they get someiilr-g LI IT turn. necordaricTS re- suned on Dec. 4 in Paris, they began tabling some amend- ments of their own. Among ether things, they reopened the issue of the South Vietnamese Comnvjnisis held prisoner by President Thieu. Despite these changes, the African delegation in Paris was convinced, as laie as Dec. P. an agreemenr was ui the works. Gen. Alexander Haig ser.t back to Washington en that date with a proposal of- fered by the other side for prcsidor-tiai approval Dr. Kis- singe- told people he saw, in- cluding French President Georges Pompidou, that the big obstacle was General Thieu ir Saigon. What happened then and the adjournment of talks on Dec. 14. I do Lot know. But whatever it was. it was in a negoriaiing contest where the other side was making changes in response io changes sought by the United States. The right American reaction LT these circumsiances would have been an American expres- sion of disappointment, ar.d an appeal to the Soviet Union azd China for help m nudging Nonh Insiesd, Mr. Nixon called on the bombers an action, in my judgment, of senseless terror which stains u-s good name OL America, Negro's debt to Truman By Carl T. Rtmaji, U.S syDdicated commentator 13 rj 73lh pnr.cip: one rc-- o: ;re I of :he free world >ure eve-'body I: v..-5 en a Janusry dsy cistuiE-jiahed :o ;.-.e House rac.al woe. this cr his r-.c- repsEicd violence GIs -.var ;o iheir Southern rf i-- prlnei: -A rfc ci3! message !o Congress l-g io- a rights diiision of the justice departinert. the strengtheriing of ciul riarits sta- tu-.es. federal protection Inching, better protection of the right io vote, a federal fair employment practices comrms- a ban on racial dlscnrnin- in interstate transporta- tion, roie for the District cf Coiumbia, statehood for !.a ar.d HaM'aii. Er.ci more seL'- covernmen: for other I" S. lerri- ior.if. I: a s'irrine monument to Mr. Truman's farsighted cour- Lhat this country rove has achieved ai! those goals except home rale for the District of Columbia, and we are a lot far- ther ciov-.n the road io achieving n :K1, Truman was aban- led on the left by llaco and his foliouers; he s cursed and desenc-d on Ihe h: the Dixiecrats. But re is no tesiimonial hus to prlnci- shove nullities than his firm of cfl'ja! J. T: S 1 .n I lhal tr... man no I impoi-tan nmnr.-ics. And .-iM nf Amor.- i'.y calling for a legis- program to wipe out 1 injustices. Trmr.an nrj'. shock- tioliiic.l! (Hjual 'i'i. J, 19W, he sent a spc- i 10 m "V.-.-y E >.-u '.-aii-.i.Tg All Tru- man is do.ng is following the Roosevelt pla'.i'orm." "I know." Thurmond replied. "but that s.o.b. Tniman means it We say farewell to Mr. Tni- nan in the prayerful liopo that nai.. n may ,-fion again tnfi'.c hi< kind of principled leader- thip. Pearson tribute By Bruce Hutchison, FP Publications special commentator Now and then, al long inter- vals, a nation produces a man who seems to embody and ex- press its inner being, its com- mon creaturehood. In Lester Bowles Pearson, Canada found such a ms.s. His public achieve- ment, a mighty by any reckoning and far larger than Uie sum of its parts, con be left to history's judgment. But it is not the historic figure and world citizen that his generation of Ca- nadians remembers today when, suddenly, he is gone. They re- member Mike, their own nature writ lr.rge and indelible. As prime minister, he was often criticized, fairly or un- fairly. As a man. he was loved by everyone, including all his political enemies. Thus his going brines a pang of personal grief to even' home in our land. Of very few men, half a dozen at most since the nation began, can so much be it is the true measure of his. life. And yet. collective mem- ory of both the public and the private man is not altogether accurate. It has been overlaid and blurred by TOO many plens- am myths, sometimes by mis- chievious distortions, to paint a misleading portrait the prince charming of diolomacy. the carefree college boy and the irresponsible youth who never quite grew up. Al] this, of course, is absurd. The real Pearson must have been the hardest and most seli- riiscipiined worker of his time in Ottawa, though the public could net see liim at work. Only his closest friends caught a glimpse of the prime minister, late at night, usually in pyiamas and v- ;h d'Xiirf.eits spread in en the floor cf his wivio ho hinse'J for crisis. If there vv.'s n of scTTie sort before him. as be'ore all statesmen nowadays, his mind, unlike li-s documenrs, was infrequently confused. It only appeared to be because he had learned, in a rough school of experience, to hide his final thoughts until the moment of decision, to assemble ar.d di- gest the facts but. in the end. to trust his Intuition and hmch. They sometimes deceived him in small affairs, especially in his misiudgmem of colleagues who let him down, but in great affairs the Suez episode, for example. Canada's place among the nations and. abo-. e ail, the duality of tie two Canadian communities his inroitive de- cisions were seldom w-ong. Looking back, at another tiie of political tumult, we can see how often he was right when the men around him v.ere los- ing their heads and blaming it on him. Behind the exterior stead a tough "i stubborn man. as his cabine; discovered in many tesis of will which he nearly always won when the public guessed that he lost. It was commonly said iha: he lacked the hand or iron essen- tial to a nation's leader, that he hated to v.-ound anyoae. how- ever strong or weak, ar.d this was true enough as a general rule. True also, perhaps too true in the scramble of politics, WBJ the modesty that made him cringe from the spotlight and disguise himself vith a boyish grin or a reckless, deliberata indiscretion, his trade mark. But when he was too driven to it. the man of natural compas- sion, the subtle compromiser and peacemaker could be anery, ruthless and immovable. With little exaggeration, it may be said tiiat Pearson was the best and best loved man in Canada but, by strange paradox, the least known and probably the least appreciated. He had long realized that his work and infentions were widely misunderstood and the misun- derstanding didn't worry him too much. The record, he hoped, would be set straight in his autobiography. Alas "for history, that job was only half finished and now is left to others who cannot re- call the unwritten record of his mind. The loss is especially un- fortunate since his thoughts, at moments of decision, were rare- ly comrr.itied to paper. Mostly he phyed by ear. and the ear was delicately attuned to those moments. If the public hardly suspected the practical work-a-day side of his character, yet another side was even more concealed the loneliness, almost the desperation of a traveller who had seen the world entire, had looked into the abyss and was haunted bv the deepending tra- gedy of human kind. Perhaps no contemporary statesman, and certainly no Canadian, saw that srw.acle with clearer eyes o- se'iVieiitsion. Sill, 'be never bst for our queer srocicx ar.ii irio his last days labored io help it as best he ceniii. On behalf of his own and foreign peoples, not many r.yjn throughout the world did rr.oro. The familiar brave front was built of sterner stuff than the public ever recognized. It was built, one supposes, on a simple old fashioned faith, growing p-.it of the country parsonage, legacy of plain frontier folk and the noble Canadian land it- seif. this philosophy was ma- tured and refined but never lost in :he endless adventure of war, politics and power. This man. like all non. could be misled and rr.istr.ken, hut nothing could No success, no fniiitre. no suspicion and no fla-ery left a single stain on his public career, troubled and frus- trated as i: often was by events r.o man controlled. In direc: contrast, the private career was serene, untroubled, full of laughter and family enriched by troops of friends ar.d altogether fortun- ate L.-.U the last" weeks of ill- cess. He knew it to be fatal and accepted the end without He had warmed his hanc's before the fire of life, and when the fire sank was ready :o cooart. For Mike, no is needed besides the rr.cr.iory of a Canadian who. as no other of his time, was Canada Incarnate. ''I BCG your pinion! I am a a thin a The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE HERALD rO. LTD., Prornciors and Publisben Publishod by lien. W A, BUCHANAN 7 H J V S M A L" i V i G t f a i C2N f LL '.G HAV (OY f v _E. u: SL--J Ea.Ur "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"