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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, January 15, 1773 Signs of the times Door.-.sdav forecasters have been summarily dismissed by some peo- ple with impressive credentials, vet u deep disquiet persists. The possi- bility that "mar. may destroy him- self" through overpopulation, pollu- tion and the prodigal consumption of natural resources seems very real at times. A serious shortage of food exists today in some of the most populous countries of the world. With the par- tial failure of the Monsoons in the Indian subcontinent the euphoria bred by several years of success in increasing grain production through the use of the "miracle'' varieties has abruptly ended. The threat of looms asair.. In Europe densely popu- lated country. The Netherlands, is rented by pollurion problems. Photo che-rJcal sir.o; :s so unbearable in Rotterdam a: times t' is nec- essary order u cut cc'.vn Lheir operations and to ban ail automobile trafiic. the close- ness with which people have to live is taking iis toll Doctors claim that more than SO per cent of their pat- ients have physical symptoms whose origins are pureiy psychological and originate from the housing and work- ing environment. And no Dutchman can forget the frightening period of four weeks in 1969 when one third of the people's supply of drinking water was cut off due to the poison- ing of the Rhine. Closer to home there is the short- age of rue! in the northern United States this winter. It is a fearsome thing to hear that large centres of population are facing rationing and the closing 01 schools. A prolonging of the cold" spell could result in great hardship. These are the sort of things that mass it difficult to accept the optim- ists whs" s.v.- t'-e world can Tr.e o: the co net point TO a Air travel restrictions Air travellers returning from the U.S. have seen the Federal Avia- tion Administration's new snti-sky- iacking measures at first hand. Starting with the new year, every passenger emplaning at a U.S. air- port must be searched, and ever.' bag or package carried on board must be opened and examined. All must be scanned by electronic metal detectors. it ends there will depend very largely on those whose depre- dations caused the present situation. If skyjacking follows a familiar crime pattern, as fast as security forces deploy preventive measures, criminal elements will develop more sophisticated methods, so that coun- ter-measures will have to be stepped up again and again. Airlines are more than willing to take all measures needed to ensure the safety and comfort of their pas- sengers, as they always have been. They are acutely aware, however, that even a small shift in traveller- preference can maks the difference between survivin; and going under in the frantically competitive tra- vel game. To many carriers, no-.v jus; man- aging to get along, these and other security measures could well prove disastrous, an evem greater threat than skyjacking, to their ability to stay in business. The air travel hold; over other carriers is speed, and the sains in time and convenience that speed possible. The tra- velling public will pay a pnce for these, but if the pr.ce cash, risk or comfort gets too high, or if the returns time and convenience seem too low, they begin to look at alternative means o: travel, first for the shon trips, later for longer ones, too. Added security measures inevitab- ly mean higher air fares in and from tine U.S. The airlines will need 3000 more employees to handle their share of the new duties. The air- ports will have to hire nearly that many guards. Additional help will be needed as over-all productivity is, reduced by the new requirements. Electronic scanners and other mach- inery will have to be purchased. Total costs can only be estimated but guesses run to S170 million annually and higher. The only scarce of rev- enue is the travelling public. So in three vital areas cost, time and convenience the compe- titive position of the airlines, vu-a- vis other carriers, will be adversely affected. How badly remains to be seen. But Amtrak. an association of railways determined on a comeback for train travel, has already dem- onstrated that trains can be made attractive to erstwhile air travellers. ART BUCHWALD Where were WASHIN'GTOy It must be very for a congressman or senator, when he conies hozne a: night, to explain to his teen-age children what is going on in Eam. ''Daddy, where wtre you shea thev vere the cities oi Kar.oi Ha.- ''I was m recess, and vou damn veil know '.'Bii; why don't you protest i; would hurt the sersitive te- tul.y will icid "M a just peace in Incochina." "tt'hy adn't you protest "Because I didn't want to hurt the sen- sitive negotiations that have been going on for the last four years which would lead to an honorable peace in Indochina." "But didn't you see ali the photographs of civilians being killed and hospitals he- ing "Damm it, son! Vou don't understand the role of Congress. We're supposed 10 support the president during war. If we op- pose the war, we will be giving aid ar.d comfort to the enemy." "But I thought Congress wss supposed to declare war." "Who told you Li the mnsiiluticr.." "Now dor.'t believe c-.erythLis i Ir. schrxil. i'.'i i.-'.ic tat G'.-.- shouM declare -Aar. :.0'.; ,-.g not rc-ily a; I1. a tion." (1'X-h a action become a "Vvhcu the president asks for an official doclaration. Since three presidents c not asked us to declare war, there is r.o reason Tor us to do so "Doesn't Congress have any say in -Ah.'il the president can do in "Of course it does. The president has to ask for our advice ar.d censer.; before he makes any v. hich in- volve the lives of American, a-J iie errrenriirjre o; hilllons ei collars.'' why hasn't he cone the Kd; sty is alraid to ac; on the var." they '-r.o-.-. has taken sircr..; s'.ands c-n tiie vvar un-uh acticr.. We've recuestifd that the a penes and fcrlr.2 c'_r hcir.e It's ali in the recorc." thifjrs n-re get- tLng -A-urse. I: the president can't stop the Congress0" "For a very simple reason, smart guy. The president probably knows something we dor. t know." he tel: you what he- kno-vsn" "Because 11 he told us. someone would probably leak it. and then the press know and the .-Vmerican people would know. Do you want to have every Tom. Dick and Harry in this country find out the president kno-.vs ahx-ut the "Dad. don1; get mad. hut the kiris et schocl say is They say all a DLmcn of eur.ucins. and ;he car, do le 'Aprils h-e- you're afraid ot" him.'' u.! c. :cll tl.e i.. is it! 'hey hell taik.ri; e 'Ae.e lalkinz uar TV' en thoy :n very the e s to complain that the prcsirlcr.t't foiir.d a solution to the Vic-mam- corflici. Bur he's only bot-n at it four years, ai-.rl cot to give him a chance. If at the or.'! of .second tfrrn in ot'firij i 1 lip vi'h a lake actn n "drfai. rt.'id: Wan till I tell at Pipeline being shelved? By Pelcr Desbrrats, Toronto Star Ottawa commentator The great pipeline debate of 1973 appears to be coming to an end before it has fairly started. In the process, the govern- ment is getting off the hook a hook oi its own devising. It even stands a good chance of gaining credit for saving itself, and the nation, from the effects of its own mis judgments. Less than a month ago. the stage was set for a major con- frontation. Federal authorities appeared to be moving at top speed on the MacKenzie highway project announced by Prime Minister Trudeau last April. Speaking in Erir-or.ion. the primr minister had promised an all-Canadian highway from here to the Arctic Ocean well wirhin this decade.'1 Internal government docu- ments reveal thst the prime minister was. in fact, being con- servative in his deadline for the 750-mile hlghu ay-pipeline corri- o'o-. The fec'era! cabinet had al- ready agreed thai the MacK- enzie highway "should be com- m e n c e c and pushed through to rapid com- subwr.i- las; July referred to department oi public sc'-erule is dec to a date o; ior com- pletion c: tre entire highway Less than t-.vo months ago. the oil industry was suil prooid- the government. In Toronto Nov. S W. p. crairmsn of .Arctic Gas StLTly Ltd.. the group expected to make i-e fu-st app'jcaticn for a northern pipeline, warned that "prolonged and undue delay carries a cost paialty which must ultimately be borne by the energy consumers Opposed to the project were the envirc.-uae.'iialisls and. at the political level, the New Democratic Party. One of leader David Lewis' eight re- quirernents c: the Trudeau gov- ernment. after the October eleo tion. was "The MacKenzie pipeline scheme must be set aside to prevent further ex- pansion of foreign ownership and as a first step toward a planned use oi Canada's re- sources." TDe first hmr of a shift in the government's attitude came in early December when 150 na- tive were transferred from work on the highway to other employment. Then, on Dec. 19, Environment ilinister Jack Davis announced suddenly that there is "no great rush to build the MacKenzie Ke said that he would recom- mend a year's halt on the high- way to allow more time for en- vironmental studies. There was no mention of the MacKenzie highway or the pipe- lire in the throne speech. The government is obviously having second thoughts about the whole project. But the envi- ronmental concerns cited by Davis are only part of the siory. Another and more important reason for the delay is that the men working on the project have encountered design and engineering problems which can't be solved in time to main- tain the original schedule. The current opinions of all government departments in- roh-ed in the project have now been summed up in a memo for cabinet from the "umbrella'' group, the MacKenzie-highwar subcommittee. Tne options out- for the government in this memo, one can assume, include continuation of the highway, abandonment of the project or a year's delay. Tne one-year delay would commence this spring and con- 'Crazy Capers' You asked for a large brace j- tnd a cigar. tinue until the spring of 1974. During this period, some survey and design work on the highway would continue. But there would bo no further construction until the summer of 1974, at the earliest. This would mean, in effect, a halt in construction of the highway for at least IS months, starting last December. If the Cabinet adopts this op- tion, what will be the reaction of the oil-pipeline industry? This is (he unknown factor at the moment, but there are a few signs that the government's cuirerc hesitation about the highway might not be opposed by the oil industry. In fact, it might even originate there to some extent. Spokesmen for the industry, in private, have been remark- ably cautious in recent months when they discuss the gas po- tential o< the MacKenzie delta. They emphasize that e.volor- atien this winter in the MacK- region will be crucial and that the future of this develop- ment be discussed wirh any certainty until the results of this exploration are known. And for the first time, the oil has started to show serious in alternatives IP the nipe'ine Up to now. they have dismissed rml and air al- ternatives as wildly imprac- tical Bu; recently, ih-ee senior representatives of Impe- rial Oil Ltd. visited the Cana- dian Institute of Guided Ground Transport at Queen's Univer- sity. This was the oil industry's initial on-siie exposure to the in- stitute's work on a 1.600-mile arctic railroad w-hich some ex- perts believe is preferable to a pipeline from a social and ecological point of view. Imperial Oil made the first discovery in the MacKenzie delta in and is one of the members of the principal pipe- line eroup. Canadian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. If the oil industry itself now feels less urgency about the pipeline than it did a year ago, the federal government will be in a position to back away from its original commitment on the MacKenzie highway, avoid a confrontation with the New Democratic Party, and gain po- litical credit in tie process. Bleak prospects for peace By Joseph Kraft, U.S. syndicated commentator A bleak prospect for tie re- sumed Vietnam peace talks was announced in the very im- portant statement made by the negotiator, Le Due Tr.9. on his return to Paris. The Tho statement raises the clear possibility of a continuing war. It makes peace condition- al on an issue wruch has pro- voked a split in the American tret rezcl-es iato the hein ci the White House. The single hzponance ot the Tho statement is underlined by its considerable lengih and caref-L crafting. I: hears the iz-arks of a docizjent approved at the highest levels ia Hanoi. It stresses two sniking themes. the siatemerjt empha- sizes that the differences left outstanding between Washing- ton ar.d Hanoi when talks were broker, off or. Dec. 13 are small. A: cr.e rrr: savs :h" -on Dec. 1C tr.e ne-axiatiocs were still in progress and likely to lead to an early conclusion.'1 At another point, ii says that, as oi Dec. 13. "only a few questions were left pending.1' Second, the statement empha- sizes that the present bout negotiations is absolutely criti- cal. "Xos-." the statement said, ''the decisive moment has come either to settle the Viet- nam problem quickly and sign the agreed accord or to con- tinue the war." What this means is not in doubt. Hanoi is prepared to go back to war again. It is also prepared to sign an agreement along the lines sketched out in the accord negotiated between Mr. Tbo and Dr. Kissinger in October. It is not prepared to rnake signlf-cant changes in the accord of October. Thus, the issue is up in Wash- United Sia'es can have peice along the al- C im Ir tell you wty I'm timing I've jot a college education, and I can't develop my lull potential Hoina ready refotiated. or a return to the fighting. A large group in the admin- istration, headed by Dr Kissin- ger, is obviously prone to go for a peace. They know that the agreement oi October is am- biguous, and gives the other side many opportunities for breaking the ceasefire. But they argU3 that no better agreement shon of surrender by Hanoi could be signed. They contend that the force of events, not the tightness of g'.ves an im- portant incentive not to break the accord in an egregious fash- ion for a; least a cmsicerable period. One trims tendm-a to keep Hanoi honest.they believe, is pressure from Russia and China. Another is the carrot of a generous reconstruction pro- Bu; this riew _ the view of tl-.e Icose or real- from v-eijncy figures ia w-s a renoe They say Hanoi w-111 break the arEin. as as the Ameri- cans are out. un'ess a tighter agreement is written. er in is a leading par- rers o; Dr Kissir.xer's O-ATI Alexander Haig. tr.e who moved to the Pentagon last week, and John Xegropente. a Vietnam special- is; also believe the October agreement was too Presid-i-nl Nuxcn il-e bornbL'-.; ot Hand and Hai- phong in an effort to force a chance in the terms of the Oc- tchxTr agreement. Unjustified as the N'ml-ing undoubtedly was ;he differenc- es between the two 2re no; frivolous. There really is a serious prospect that a cease- fire ranicliy break into pr-lcd ahc-r-'I very difficult, Dr. KLs- to ti'hlcn the or-ccnM'nts a lit- tle. But he is not optimis- tic Mayho Mr. N'ixon, having piven Hanoi n foretaste of uhat will happen if the ceasefire is can bo talkod back lo of the terms ne- c I'.i.Tod in dctrtvr Rut tha' is not a promisliic Iwt the !e-s so ns Mr. Ni.von has chosen to put himself In isolation. Letters Propagating fallacies RecenUy whi'e takins treat- ment for a chest ailment in the local hospital, I was listening to a phone-in radio program from Lethbridge." Fluoridation was the hot subject, and the hosts were really getting told by sometimes quite angry and sometimes senselessly abusive people were opposed to fluoridation of community water supplies. There also was a large number of callers refuting the fallacy that fluoridation was harmful in any way, shape or form. The rearon for all of this seems to be the fact that the provincial government, which happens to have a highly in- telligent deputy premier (and who among other qualifications is a practicing has decid- ed to stop supplying fluoride tablets gratis to communities where it is simpler just to treat the water. As is usual in cases or mat- ters of this kind, it seems that the highly vocal and misguid- ed minority dominate the situa- tion with letters and petitions putting forth their erroneous and unsubstantiated views to obfuscate all dental and medi- cal facts in regard to this mat- ter, which causes the medical profession to throw up its hands in horror at this brain-washing furore of technically uneducat- ed laymen. These people whom 1 have talked to and who are so much opposed io having the welfare of their children's teeth taken care of are usually faddists who espouse things like a nut diet, or are devotees of organic foods, etc. They refuse to be- lieve that salt is a poison, al- though they all admit to using it (I have seen it kill numbers of livestock when fed indiscrim- Tobacco is a deadly poison and I have seen a rattle- snake killed almost instantly without malting a move, when it had the juice from the stem of a pipe inserted in its mouth. As a matter of fact, most medi- cine is poison and could kill if handled wrongly. These people are like the tem- perance gang, who are not temperance at all but out and out prohibitionists who are de- termined to save all misguided devotees of the juice of the grape. These same people are killing themselves with knife an fork and while propagating their fallacies and myths, cause other ixc-too-weU-informed people to doubt the advice and counsel of dedicated and trained medi- cal professionals. I listened to some ci tie arguments put up by the opponents of the fluori- dation discussion with disbelief that in this day and age there could be such gross ignorance and lark c-f faith in our medi- cal profession: and also that any governing body knowingly would try to use fluorides if there WES the slightest chance of harming the public. I advise all the opponents o( fluoridation to go on a strictly lamb diet. It is non-poisonous and will cure almost anything Including a stubborn desire to revert to the dark ages. M. A. VALLI Brooks Against abolishment In The Herald. January 4th, three was a letter written by Mr. Weiditman titled "against capital punishment.'1 Its auth- or apparently is not a Chris- tian, or else is not informed as to God's law, and His com- mandments to His children. Our whole Western culture and law was built upon Chris- tian principles, and established by devout Christian people. Are we to lose all that we have gained by following the teach- ings of God and His Son Jesus Christ? It certainly looks like He are beading in that direction by our very lai and permissive attitude, not only insofar as murder is concerned, but in our entire drift away from His great moral teachings. Tee writer talks of ''moral sa'vance- ment.'' and yet he must know if he is inclined to look closely, that rather than advancement in our society we have regress- ed to the point where are about to lose all of the gains vve have made toward civiliza- tioa. Certainly the barbarian- isni o: the past was no worse the domgs of our so- called civilization ana raccera permissiveness. Perhaps i: is time that we took a grvxi look at ourselves in all areas, and got back to tie fact that God gave us life ia the first place. As early as the original pat- riarchs of civilization, com- mands were given by GOT as to our deporteenc. Genesis ?-6 states, "vnoso sheddeth man's Wood, by man shall his blood be shed" I know of no place ia Holy Scripture where this commandment was revoked, A reading cf the first chapter of Romans would also be helpful to all those who justify our retrogression in moral stand- ards. Keeping (kxj's law as to ire punishment of murder is .NOT "duplicated murder.'1 One who commits the o; murder, the sheddmg of inno- cent blood, is taking something from another which he can in no way replace. This is not true in most other crimes, for resti- tution can be made, although no-.v we do not even demand restitution in most cases. So the victim of crime is really not treated as as the crimin- al in so-called ''advanced culture.'' As murder and other serious crimes will continue, wr.o advocate the "abol- ishment of capital punishment'1 should be the ones from whom something that can in no way be replaced or restored, should be taken by crime. If and when they are so unfortunate, they might then be iijcuned to de- sire that our society should re- rum to the high moral stand- arcs tirrder which God intend- ed thai we should live. Hii laws are immutable, even though we may try to "plough around them." we will do so to our own peril. A. E. HANCOCK Ravmond Teaching example An article In The Herald (Jan. 9' stated that one staff member of the U o-f A sail "A drug problem th-ere is evident. Thirry per cent of my friends pot." I take trus to im- ply that most oi those 'friends' would be staff membsrs. D-. Sewart. LCC president stared. "Alcohol-drug problems shoid be considered with no action ty the LCC board, unless the work of a staff member is affected.'' VVhst is the work of a staff member? We do no; send cur !o 'higher' institutions of lemming merely to learn facts ar.d firures. but also to learn attitudes and a better way of Inasmuch as we {esch by example, as well as by precept, can we afford to run the risk o: having oar children emu- late these instructors? This lackadaisical attitude of some ediicarors makes i t for us who care, to send our youth to these institutions. GEORGE T. DUDLEY Masra'j Compliment lost Tie prinii-.g o! my piece on c-.i-ric'-ihim ''Jan. I! had two errors. In z reference to math- ematics the sentence read: probably t h e 'supplied' discipline ia modem schooling Tnat, c: course, makes r.o sense. Vy sentence had. instead of supplied." the word "sul- thus I was paying a com- pliment to the integrity of the Subject, r.o: the reverse. As well, in the sentence re- ferring to teachers, the sentence should" have read: "They would be both 'historically' oriented urd aware oi the contempor- ary' trends'' Tit word "histori- cally'1 was ondtted. PETER HUNT Lothbridce The Utlikidge Herald xH rth St. 5., AJberra LETHBRfDGE TO. LTD., and Published 1905 by Hon. TV. A. BUCHANAN Sfcprd Csu V-an NJ. K1J ef Carson preis flrj rr- Ci-ss-sn Dally CLEO V.. WOWERS. B-.J THOVA5 H. AW.V5, Gt-e-Bi DON Ma-ig. ftor c 1HE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH' ;