Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDCE HERAID Monday, January 22, 1973- Where were you when the phone rang: By Peter Dcsbarats, Toronto Star Ottana comracnlalor Electioneering costs I'Dually private members' bills sec very :ar in Parliament. It i-jped a better fate awaits one le_-.c readied by freshman MP Flora MjcDonald la Conservative, in case i: matters) providing for mandatory enclosure of all political contribu- tions to candidates or their parties. Such legijUdon is long overdue. In the 1363 federal election, the Liberal candidate in Toronto's Don Valley riding won the sea; by spend- ing 568.369. a Canadian record. In evidently a bit sensitive from the publicity his "record'' received, r.e eased off to S52.306. His Conserva- tive opponent, apparently getting a different messase from the 1968 re- sults, poured cu: J64.i79. and won. I: ii Ddrr.es were to fLnaiice their candidate; in ever.- constituency on the :CM! bili ivn'jVi ex- ceed 560 rruihon. an uiiliie.y y: votes. ;s ".ould appear result. r.red be much doubt about "here the couiury is It is towards a situation in v-.'hich elections are won not on abiliiv. integrity or plaiform. but by the party w.th the wealthiest candi- Icates. or the most effective fund rais- ers. There is nothing wrong with rich IT.en into politics. The posses- sion of money alone does not impair either honesty or ability. Indeed, there is much" sense in the argument that the same talent needed to ac- cumulate wealth is often badly needed m government. And in the case of a rich man who spends his money, however lavishly, to get elected, the public knows what and who it is setting, where his money comes frofh, and what his obliga- tions are. A conflict of interest, should one arise, is easily identified. Nevertheless, it will be a sorry day for Canada when only the wealthy can afford to stand for Parliament. There is ever, greater peril in the fund-raiser approach to financing pol- itics. When funds come from un- known sources, the public has no idea of what interests are backing a candidate, the extent of that backing, or wiic" is reiii'.y important v.-'-.a: rv.ay rave been attach- e-.i. As :he c-.'sts of keep r.sir.s, arJ those anonymous donors ai'e asked to contribute more and more money, the temptation to exaci some quid pro quo must rise as well. Conflicts of interest, of which the public knows nothing, are well nigh inevitable. That is the situation facing us now, and it is time it was corrected. The curse of greed T h e accumulation of material wealth is neither a right nor a satis- fying objective. The large increase m material productivity that mechaniza- tion has brour.h: with it has now been overtaken and surpassed by a still greater increase of appet.te. in at- tempting to consume more than is produced, inflation results and infla- tion is a grievous social and ir.oral evil- The price of inflation is chronic strife and escalating injustice. The strong misuse their strength to rob the weak. In the minority of rich countries, the weak include all who are old. unemployed or low-paid. The common objective is a continuous increase in material wealth: the common behavior is a ruthless use of power, whether individual or col- lective, to victimize the weaker mem- 'bers of society and to push them to .the wall. Historian .Arnold Toynbee believes that if mankind is to secure its sur- vival on earth, for ES long as the earth's surface is soms to remain habitable, material life will have !o bo reduced to a Pueblo like stability. The present objective of maximizing material wealth will have to be re- roiL-ced. He claims the way of hie ci the Pueblo Indians of the U.S. is the antithesis of modem mechanized life. They are concerned, as every- one is. to secure their material sub- sistence, but they are not concerned to maximize either their collective or their individual wealth. Their chief interest in life is not material enrich- ment: it is the corporate worship oi the EMS. who. in their belief, are the givers of the harvests that pro- with their daily bread. AccordXi to Toynbee even mutual- ly agreed voluntary restraint of appe- tites can't cure inflation for the cause of it is spiritual. Most men are suf- fering from having sold their souls to the pursuit of an objective that is both spiritually wrong and practical- ly unattainable Unless and until men change, they will not have peace either in themselves cr with each other. RUSSELL BAKER "What's good for the goose s WASHINGTON Some people are say- leg Gov. Nelson Rockefeller goes too iar in wanting to lock up every drug dealer forever. Sonie say President Nixon's jus- tice, ceparacent shuv.3 too much !ove for tr.e roose n askirg congress to brln: back fce death penalty, even [or hijackiig. The issue is debatable, hotly. Viha; is not debatable however. 15 the of gerLins tousii votr. orJy a select crimes such 35 hijackmg ar.d drug dealing. There is something elitist m these t-AO huge, rich governments selecting dealers ar.a hijackers to get tough with. Tr.e drag racket and airline hijacking are crimes particularly annoying to big shots who ran governments. Here is a classic case oi po-.ier being used to its o-.ra pw.--.ci. abou: the dozens of other crjr.es and misdemeanors that do not affect ereat men, but still make life miserable for those without power to command headlines and congresses? Why is there no outcry from the top for harder punishments in these cases? For example, consider double The chief miscreants are trucks, post of- fice vehicles and doctors, three po-.ver blocs (Hoffa, Postmen, the AMA1 that hap- pen to enjoy patronage of Republican governments. If hijackers arc to hang ar.d drue deal- ers to bo caiud c'orr.aily because they try the patience of powerful men, the5e double parkers who compound Ihe misery of urban life should also sulfur punish- ment more lie c-ccasional ticket left by roii'.-cTior. A sujt.'jbfe he old torture o; i: not usttl acam.st voLioic-'s of America i.-, jet ready lo go all Ir.o way. It would be applied only to the offond- lr- car. During the witch hunts in Germany squas, saUon iva.'i ased lo produce It usually worked. The per.son under picion was hounrl wiili nrnii his hend. were- attached lo his feel. Pulleys raised him. arms up. high off the floor. From a hih elevation, his body was then allowed to isll free undl it stopped with an abrupt jerk iust before the artached weights could touth the fleer. a few post office trucio ar.d doc- cj'-lillacs hai been subjected to it is a -aie be: tha: double partr.a r.ut ce conuriiueo quite so cava_lir- iy- Capital pur-Js'rjT.er.t for mar.y minor crimes existed in Eng'ar.d well after Eliz- abeth. For trivia: offences, hands were hacked off, r.oses slit, ears chopped, cheeks branded. If we are get tough, some of this same spin: must breathed into offences goventir.er.ts row bl_-.k at. What 25ou'. CVLI machines that grab your silver ar.d give you neither orance soda poo nor char.st0 Under preset: nambv-pajLby sontencir.p, these thieves have only an occasional kick or punch lo fear. No wonder their thefts become increasingly brazen. If EO-, em- menis passed rr.utration la-.is requir.ng mancVitnrv- bv of ail machines caught stealing from a human, we wouJd soon have some law and order among these rogues. Drawing and quartering would not be too hard a punishment for those criminal buses that spn-w poisonous easos over ?.nv- one who dares drive behind them. We hang muggers L-nprison addicts for life, but until the law provides something li.-.e and quartering for buses, always be crime in the streets. If ive are lo eet tmiah with a ,'c-.v lot's get lough w-.th all. T.iat be our principle. For artver- the bastinado. For false ad- vonisiers on iclcvision, the Chinese torture. The olf-ctrlc telephone for household conlraclors who f.-nl to finish Ihe job; and for nho brilx? li'n iron nirudcn I'nr L-ikt-n. the pil 1'i'Ml' il iVllit nKil'kll. li 1. liic cnmt'. may satisfy our (lustration. Vietnam Is the last place where ibis country and em- battled government wants to go. But go it probably will, if and when the call comes, like the light brigade, impelled by the best of motives as well as the mftil selfish. There was a sharp quiver oE concern in the House of Com- mons this week as rumors of a Vietnam settlement were heard in Washington. Paris and Sai- gon. It vas a foretaste of the fierce debate that is bound to erupt here if an eventual peace agreement L-.volves n super- visory rule for Canada, The situation thai awaits Can- nda in Vietnam is of an almost classic "can't win'1 variety. If Canada refuses to have au> thing to do wilh inter- national supervision there, it will dimmish whatever remains of ils peacekeeping image in the world. More to the point, it will risk incurring the dis- pleasure of Ihe U.S. government at a time when relations be- tween the two countries have become more difficult on issues of vital economic concern to Canada. If Canada becomes involved In Vietnam, and subsequent events there displease (he Com- munist world, the Canadian government will be attacked home for compromising ils in- ternational reputation to suit U.S. charge that al- ready has been made about ils previous attempts at inter- national supervision in that part of the world. On the olher hand, If future developments in Vietnam anger the United States, there will be no shortage of critics in Wash- ington who wil! accuse Canada, as they have in the past, of being willing to accommodate the Communists and oppose the r.S. for its own selfish pur- poses. The Trudeau government has luid plenty of time to consider this dilemma. It was first discussed at length by the federal Cabinet more than two years ago. The conditions for Canadian partici- pation in a Vietnam supervisory force began to take shape at that time. External Affairs Min- ister Mitchell Sharp has re- peated them several times in the past week. For months now, Sharp's own department and national de- fence have been trying to an- "We can finally keep up wifh the Joneses he was laid off Inflationary pressure here to stay By Joseph Kraft, U.S. syndicated commentator Tr.e Nixon. has made a betier record in Eisht- ir.g isflarion the govem- me-E of advanced country. Eir. :he decon- trol wtjch presides: in- siiroted Li yet another highly personal decision is extremely risky. All the evidence. including especially the recer.t surge in wholesale prices, that ia- f-sdon is a difficult, longiena problem built :he narjre of nocerr. socieiy. Inioierable rises Li ci-sis can be a.-- rrsted. r.o: by a !e rf i OJ'.L'. ".SI" progrsn. The remarkably gocc show- ing of the Xixon in ihe on inflation doc- umented by a recent study of the economic outlook in r.ujor cuurrj-ies ir.ade by t.-.e tGr Economic Co- c Deration ar.d c-r EK.GM the Un.ioi the dealt u-lth ir.- f'i'jon Li Frar.ce. Germany. Briiair., Canada and The latest siatistics. for ihe third quarter of last year. .er prins ad- vascag b the Lnite-o 2t a rate 3 4 cent. The nev. best Japan With 6.1 per cent. The German fisure was fl.r per cent.- the British figure, 10.5 per cent. The reasons for the compar- atively pood American showing .ire no: in doubt. Major credit ones :o tr.e waae ar.d price con- trol program instituted hy Mr. Nixon in Aus-jst 1071. 'Addi- tional crerfit poes lo the ticht- po'icy rp.ainlair.ed hy iue Federal Board, al the osl iT.empioy- ir.ont. in IW9 anil 1570. ir rrl.'iti1. medicine, however, a further l.'ait of clearly on tlic The ri.sc of l.S per cent in (ho wholesale price index [or l.vt month is Ihe jnnnlhly in- i c-l on fo fhn nn ing increaio of large proportion in the genera] cost of Many persons in and out of the are ascibuig the wholesale price increase entirely 10 the special condi- tioris that have forced a rise LT prices for neat. .As it happens, there is a gap between supply and demand of meat Demand. because of rising liviag stand- ards around the developed world, has been steadily in- creasing especially in Eur- ope aixi Japan. Supply has been limited by s number of special factors including the drought In Russia the fuU stocking of the available range land in fcs The measnTes recently taken by the adminisLrauon to rela.1 constraints on meai imports, wheat allotments, and grazing land make sense. But they wifl prct-sbly not neld cheaper meat prices until next year. Thus, for ir.ost o: this year, there Bill be inflationary pres- Letter Airport facts wrong I resd a great deal of i.-.erest the arnc'.e on airport crve-opmenE in the January edition oi The Herald ?.rd Lhe mayor ciry in their efforts to im- prove Lhe airport facilities, par- Ucularly regard lo an en- larged and modern terminal building. I was absolutely chagrined however, at ihe motion of the modern facilities st Verron and Penticton, Verr.on does rot have any airport facilities other than a small, grass strip suitable for small planes only. I presume the reference was to Lhe KeU owna airport which is 10 miles north of that cily and 2-i miles south of Yemen. a recent, 12-year resident of Kelo-A-na I sUte that tho evolution of the Kelowna air- port was a slow and painstak- ing procedure and is a bstir.g monument to ex-Mayor R. F, Parkinson, his successive coun- of commerce ar.d the media working as a over a period of 10 years from 1958 to 19C3. Three 'thou- sand Kclowna citizons turned out in the summer of lo ffc i he first, infrffjupnt .vl'ixhiio nn rid IK' .1 laivl- u'j.s rn hy Jiphlinc, navigational Aids, (He. These were completed by depert- o: transport after ler.gthy r.eioiliitior.s. It became appar- c-.r that the terminal buildir.g ir.cilities tirally Ci'jate by the bow- ever, as the was o-vned by the of Keiowr.a. the DOT would not build a new terminal building. It would, however, operate the airport on the completion of the building. This modem teiTr.inal was con- structed by the city and com- pleted in 1P63 and the whole facility turned over to the DOT for operational purposes. A new tower was added in 1971. Penticlop. airport, on the hand, has been nwnoi and operated by the DOT. I: was a wartime port much the same as Letbbridso ar.d all facilities, including its terminal building were con- structed by the federal govem- niT-.L. forrive this lengthy ''epistle'' but it did pain me lo think of nil ihe effort by tho ritjze.-ji of beine cred- ited in Vcrnon whose help in obtaining the airport facilities from the DOT was solicited but lumfd down sure from a basic element in the diet. Moreover, as Lester Brown has shown in his book. World Without Borders, the conditions th-t rtsie for a meat shortage now apply prospectiveJy in many other commodities. Worldwide demands for most minerals and high-grade food- stuffs is going up. EVerywhere, supply is" pressing on natural constraints. What this means Is that an of us have to adjust to the idea that inflationary pressure is here to stay. There is no case for abandoning tight money for- ever. Still less for junking all :e ;rci price concrols in the r.far future. C.i tlie cor.trary, what Is re- quired is a strategy that will r the basic controls to sub- sis: for years to come. That means selective decontrol in areas where competition is ef- fective. But it means maintain- ing ugh: control not only in such special areas as health, processing and construc- tion, but in all areas where big oTnpa.Tles and hig unions dom- inate the market. Tr.e central weakness of ths recent decontrol is that it ap- plies only powder-puff re- straints against unionized work- c-rs powerful companies, Irj'ation will live on. and may- be even shoot forward, but its cost will b-i? by those most able to pay. Tight disci- rlir.e will be applied in the fed- eral budget lo programs help- ing the very poorest people. Thus as a whole, the new sys- reflects lhe faith ascribed t'i its new head, John Dunlop. that "Lhe lion's share should go to the lions.'1 ticipate the problems Involved in every conceivable type of su- p e r v i s o r y operation. Task forces have rehearsed the logis- tics of moving various of troops between Canada and Vietnam. Elaborate "war games'1 have attempted to an- ticipate situations that a super, visory force would meet on ground. But planning has been ham- pered by lack of information. Ottawa has been kept almost completely in the dark by Washington about the type of supervisory force being dis- cussed in the Paris negotia- tions. Canada's normal diplo- matic contacts in Washington have bad litte information to offer, and U.S. negotiator Henry Kissinger has kept details of hlj discussions to himself as far as Canada is concerned The U.S. response to Cana- dian queries has tended to be; "trust us-we're both interested in obtaining a long-term settle- ment in Vietnam." Canadian authorities have found this put-your-hand-in- rninc attitude unnerving. The closer they have looked at tha supervisory problem in Viet- nam, the more worried they have become. At the end of a particularlT intensive task force session, one of the younger officials of the department of external affairs surprised his seniors by ex- claiming: ''but what we're go- ing to be asked lo do in Viet- nam is operate a customs and immigration service.'1 It look 3 few moments for the others to realize that he had coined the exact job descrip- tion. The imrdtrration aspect of ihe job will involve surjervision and reporting c-f attempts by ei- ther side to infiltrate the other's customs part will relate to movements of military equipment. Or.e question that imme- diately arises is whether the su- pervisory force will have suf- ficient manpower to do this job. The planners in Ottawa also realized that previous peacekeeping operations have not given Canadian soldiers tha kind of experience that will nec- essarily be useful in Vietnam. .As one Canadian official put it: are now beautifully equipped to fly a mobile battal- ion lo Cyprus, set up observa- tion posts and drive around in jeeps. The only trouble there probably aren't going to be any more Cypruses." Another Canadian recently Iwked across a table in Wash- ington and said: ''With hun- fl-eds of thousands of men in Vietnam, with the most sophis- ticated electronic detection equipment in the world, you people haven't been able to keep track cf tbines. And now you e-TO-rt a handful of Cana- dian soldiers to do The special Canadian night- mare about Vietnam is de- scribed in terrifying detail in the December 3972 Issue of ''Saturday Review." Herman Kahn. Director of the Hudson Institute, undertakes to answer the qwsaoD.- "What are ths likely consequences of a cease- He produces a short "op- timistic scenario" and a long The pessimistic version is based on the hypothesis that the V S. will pressure Saigon into accepting an agreement which is unsatis- f3ctory to South Vietnam, and that this will lead to infiltration event'ja! Communist domi- nation of Vietnam. Every time another Canadian official reads the Kahn sce- nario, he breaks out b a cold sweat. Despite all this, and a pre- dominantly negative flow erf mail irito Ottawa from across the country. Canada's inter- national reputation, and the ne- cessity cf responding positively to a request that comes from Har.oi as well as Washington, appears to have left External Affairs Minister Sharp no al- tt-mstive but to ''consider (he invitation sympa'heiically and constructively." That's as far as Canada can go until the phone rings. And when it does, as one Ottawa of- ficial, said, "whoever it is at the other er.d of the line is go- ine to be saying. 'It's all set- tled. Let's po.' We're not going lo have much time then lo sit around and think about it." ut tho fT.rm. The Lethbridcje Herald 5W 7th St. 5., Leihbndsc. AJbcrta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 J954, by Hon. IV. A. Seccrx) Cliu Wjn Rfchiratl.vi Us. OCU cf Tte Canadian arvj Caravan Dal'y Nrwrnwr Putllttcn' md Ifit AurM Btrtsu cl CIrculatlcni CLEO W WOWERS, Pit ftf THOV4S H. D2N A l I HAY POY F V.ILEo HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"