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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, January i, Preacher Billy says Nixon could be great BOSTON (Reuter) Evangelist Billy Graham said in a newspaper interview published here Monday that if President Nixon could put the Watergate political espionage scandal behind him, he would become a great president. Graham, a personal friend and spiritual adviser of Nixon, said he senses in the president "a great deal of growth. You Edmonton nurses plan walk off EDMONTON (CP) Nurses at Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital have served notice that they will walk off their jobs Jan. 7 in support of contract demands. Bob Donahue, spokesman for the Alberta Association of Registered Nurses, said strike notices was served to the hospital Monday morning. The nurses voted last week. 3S6 to 15 in favor of strike action. The nurses had accepted a conciliation award providing a salary range of from to a month compared with the present rate of to but the hospital had re- jected the award and offered to a month Mr. Donahue said the tim- ing of the increases was dis- puted by the nurses. He said the administration's offer also included a two-rate system with a starting salary and a position salary after two years. The nurses felt this system would not recognize previous experience and training, Mr. Donahue said. Charles Gravett, the ex- ecutive director of the hospital, said the registered nurses' association want to es- tablish a standardized province wide agreement which would prevent the modification of any clause un- less the nurses' association agreed. know all this Watergate tends to deepen a man, to strengthen his character." The evangelist, in an inter- view with the Christian Science Monitor at his Montreal, N.C., office, drew a parallel between Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and Nixon and Watergate. Just as the agonies of the Civil War and the cries for im- peachment made Lincoln a great man, Nixon would become "a great president if he can get Watergate out of his Graham said Graham said the United States should get Watergate "clarified and out of the way and voted on and let the president be the president. Or let Mr. Vice-President Gerald Ford take over and be the president." He also said he does not believe there are any legal grounds for Nixon's impeach- ment over Watergate but that if he were impeached it would be on political grounds because the Republicans "feel that Watergate is too much for them to carry into the 1974 congressional elections." Werner Schmidt denies Socreds unhappy with leadership School trustee pay hike disputed CALGARY (CP) A sub- stantial pay increase for public school trustees will be challenged in five motions at the board's next meeting, Dr. Alex Proudfoot said this week. Dr. Proudfoot and his fellow trustee John Curran were the two members of the six- person board who opposed increasing their honorarium to from Another board member later said she would not take the raise. Dr Proudfoot said motions would be presented seeking to rescind the salary hike, res- cind the increase in the chairman's salary to bring him down to rescind an increase in trustee conven- tion expenses to per day from get a report on all expenses paid to trustees dur- ing the past year and arrange for a public meeting on the role of the board. Mr Curran will move a separate motion to bring board chairman Harald Gunderson's salary down to the it was prior to Dec. 12, Dr. Proudfoot said. no longer abundant nation' By BILL NEIKIRK WASHINGTON (AP) After a year of booming infla- tion and shortages of many key commodities, the United States economy heads into 1974 facing more of the the real threat of a recession as well. Even the Nixon adminis- tration, not known for pessim- ism in economic matters, says the economy could dip dan- gerously close to recession in the first half of 1974 with unemployment possibly rising to around six per cent. Some private economists and businessmen have issued far gloomier forecasts. Just how bad 1974's economic woes will be, however, depended on how long -the oil-producing Arab nations continue their cutoff of oil exports to the United States. Another major uncertainty was whether the government could handle the fuel shortage well enough to keep industry running without major dis- ruptions while ending wasteful consumption of gas- oline and other fuels. PRICES UP There appeared to be no end to the shortages plaguing the economy, from fuel to food to basic materials. Prices were poised to go in only one direc- BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! From Martin, Mark, Joe, Ken and Lan AT Norbridoe 66 Service [PACIFIC; 740 Ortfi. I CALGARY (CP) Werner Schmidt, leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party, has denied there is growing op- position among party members to his leadership. Mr. Schmidt told a weekend press conference the reports were hindering the party's ef- forts to form a strong opposi- tion in the Alberta Legislature. They were preventing the party from making Albertans aware of the real meaning of the provincial government's energy dispute with Ottawa. "Enough is he said. "There have been people opposed to my leadership, but I have tried to be co-operative and patient with these people." "Only one person (Albert Ludwig, MLA for Calgary Mountain View) has openly said he's not in support of my leadership and if there are others, they should examine whether they belong in the party or not." Mr. Schmidt said he sup- ports the Alberta governments attempt to get a good deal for Alberta oil, but he is opposed to its bceaking off relations with Ottawa. "We have to maintain a gentlemanly attitude in order to get the things done we have to get done." At present, Canada has no shortage of oil and gas, he said, and to ensure continua- tion of that situation, further exploration and development was needed. The federal government's national petroleum company might be the answer, but it would not become operative soon enough and larger sums of money than the government intended to spend were needed, he said. Private enterprise has shown it can develop the need- ed oil reserves, he said, and "I'm opposed to government developing anything that private enterprise can do on Its own." Mr. Schmidt lauded the re- cent contract between Syncrude and the Alberta government for developing the oil sands, but cautioned that not enough is known about the deal to determine whether Alberta is really go- ing to benefit from it. But he said provincial NDP allegations that Great Cana- dian Oil Sands, developer of the only producing plant on the oil sands, is selling its product below market price to its parent company, Sun Oil, and that Syncrude's operation might do the same are untrue. One of the most pressing for Canadians and Albertans is development of the MacKenzie Valley Pipeline, he said. "The Alberta government has a responsibility to pave the way" to prove that the province is not anti-American, he said. Canada needed foreign investment and such a venture would help allay fears of United States investors who have slowed down exploration and development in Alberta and other parts of Canada due to the energy dispute between Alberta and Ottawa. Building the pipeline also would ensure that Canadians would process the oil flowing through the pipeline and the country would not become a "hinterland for cheap raw resources." Despite the 1974 prospects, it appeared Americans were looking at their economic situation more realistically than they had in years. It was in 1973 that they learned the nation no longer had things in abundance. The fuel shortages, sur- prisingly enough, worked to give the dollar a big boost near the end of the year. Heartline to offer health tips CALGARY (CP) Citizens of Edmonton and Calgary will be able to dial tips on keeping their hearts beating after Jan. 7 when Heartline begins a three-month trial period. 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