Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Visions of future unavailable to Ford Thursday, January 23, 197S THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 By James Reston, New York Times commentator WASHINGTON If ever there was a time when the president of the United States needed the help of the best ob- jective scientific minds to help him grapple with the problems, of food, fuel, transportation, housing and many other things, it is now; but he is a little short handed. Early in 1973, President Nixon abolished the post of presidential science adviser at the White House, and dis- banded the government's of- fice of science and technology. Roy L. Ash, director of the office of management and budget, explained the reasons. During the Eisenhower ad- ministration, he said, when the Russians pushed ahead into space with their Sputnik, "there was a need to bring science right to the top of the White House." But after that, he added, science and scientific points of view were represented throughout the government, so "there isn't a need to bring the scientific point of view directly into the president's office. It's there every day." Well, maybe so. There is, however, another view that Nixon didn't like the advice he was getting from the scien- tists about some of his programs, like the develop- ment of the supersonic planes, and the dangers of modern technology on the environ- ment of the human race. And there was another conflict. Nixon sensed, quite ac- curately, that his official scientists were not very enthusiastic about his chances of winning the Vietnam war. They were not part of "the Nixon but had become sort of a "special group or scientific lobby within the White House family, with strong political view's hostile to his own. Maybe he was right about Berry's World tliis and maybe he was wrong, but the fact is that he wiped them out, and transferred the responsibility for scientific advice to the director of the National Science Foundation, H. Guyford Stever, an able and talented man, who is not at the centre of policy making at a time when science is central to the problem of the nation's and the world's problems. Roy Ash is probably right that "science and scientific points of view are now represented throughout the but he is probably wrong in thinking that their information about present problems and their suggestions about what might be done about increasing the food and the fuel of the world get to the White House "every day" or even on time to influence President Ford's decisions. The truth is, as Roy Ash in- dicated, that the federal government has a remarkable reservoir of scientific knowledge in Washington, scattered through the departments and agencies on atomic and solar energy, on increasing the production of food by seeding and desalting the waters of the world, on geologic surveys of new sources of petroleum one of which is now coming to the fore in Mexico but all of this information is dispersed in the departments of the government and in the univer- sities and laboratories of America. It is not brought together, with all its potentialities for the future, and put before the president as a vision of the possible and the basis of his policies, which is too bad, because we now have a presi- dent who is listening. It is fortunate, and acciden- tal, that Nelson Rockefeller, now vice president, has spent the last few months presiding over a study of the "critical choices" before America many of them on precisely this ques- tion about what science can contribute to the solution of our national and world problems. One of the studies in the Rockefeller analysis, for ex- ample, has to do with the role of scientific research and development on the world's economic problems. It in- dicates that a bold investment of billion in fertilizer plants could produce within a few years enough additional food to maintain three million of the world's increasing pop- ulation. George Woods, former head of the World Bank, is working on a plan to bring the Arabs the new capitalists of the world the United Nations, and the banking and technological skills of the western world together to build and distribute this new fertilizer capacity. Likewise, Rockefeller money and other foundation money is going to exploit new and cheaper means of produc- ing essential raw materials to manufacture aluminum, to find food in the seas, to restore the ancient granaries of the Middle East, and to find new and cheaper engines of transportation. For the moment, the pessimism and shortages of the world are dominating the possibilities and dampening the natural optimism of America, and this is the frustration of the scientists in Washington, in the univer- sities, and in the laboratories. They are dispersed and many of them feel abandoned. They are a great natural resource of America, and know much about the unused resources of the world. But they have to be given a chance to help the nation, and only the president can call them all back together. 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The book offers step by step programs and a series of self tests that enable one to assist in the identification and treatment of common problems caused by eating the wrong food out of simple ig- norance or wrong habits. It can benefit the millions of people whom doctors, un- aware of the subtle biochemical imbalances that affect emotional health, have misdiagnosed, mistreating their mental distress as if it were a purely psychiatric problem. CHRIS STEWART Books in brief "Maverick: The Story of Robert Six and Continental Airlines" by Robert J. Serling (Doubieday Canada Ltd., 350 Serling's skill as a writer is ranked with the best, as is evidenced by his previous books, The President's Plane is Missing and She'll Never Get Off the Ground, both made into movies. His writing of the Robert Six story turns what would have been a nor- mal run of the mill book into an enjoyable piece of work. Six' life is interesting, but the writing of Serling is the prime reason for reading the book. Without his insight and skill the book might not be worth bothering about. GARRY ALLISON "A Deadly Shade of Gold" by John D. MacDonald (J. B. Lippincott Company, 366 pages, distributed by McClelland and Stewart John D. MacDonald reaches his usual high standard in this fast moving mystery involv- ing solid gold antique statues, murder and Latin American politics. His brief, sharp, philosophical asides heighten the enjoyment. WARNING: This is a hard cover reissue of a book available several years ago in paperback. The current demand for good mysteries obviously exceeds the supply. F. R. HARPER OTTAWA With the publication of Prime Minister W. L. Mackenzie King's intimate diaries, the press is being much criticized for not revealing while he was alive that he con- sulted spiritualists and took advice from the dead through the medium of his pet dog. j was not around at the time and do not know what constrained reporters. Perhaps they did not know about King's curious habits, were not sure enough to publish the rumors they had, or figured that all that real- ly mattered was how the prime minister per- formed in public. Anyway, I have heard some things about recent prime ministers and their families which perhaps I should put on record to guard against the accusation in the future that I have concealed the truth. Mind you, I'm not prepared to swear to all the details of the stories. (1) John Diefenbaker is writing his memoirs and recording them for television. I've heard from several sources that passages are so sexy some say vindictive they may never reach the public. Mrs. Diefenbaker is reported as saying this is not true and that her husband is being kindly and discreet. That may be a relief to a leading Tory who perhaps has heard, as I have, that Dief was planning a chapter titled Hees and Hers. (2) Lester Pearson once showed me some passages from his diary about his handling of the Rivard and Munsinger scandals. I wrote a series of articles about the diaries which revealed most of the facts, but I kept secret by agreement with Pearson an entry which referred to a Conservative frontbencher. The Conservative, a well-known national figure, apparently called on him at 24 Sussex Drive during the height of the uproar and en- couraged him to keep on digging and attack- ing in the expectation that he would eventual- ly discredit his arch political rival, Diefen- baker. Pearson had no opportunity to complete the third volume of his memoirs before he died. There has been a dispute about whether the version prepared by the editors should be published at all, in view of the sensitive nature of some of the material. I gather that a volume will be published in the fall, but will not include the story about the Tory frontbencher. Maybe Pearson was not absolutely sure of his recollection of the conversation or felt that some confidences extend beyond the grave. Anyway, I'm not going to tell you what I know or what I think I know. But if anyone ever accuses the press of keeping secrets, just remember that I warned you, and why. (3) I heard recently several things about Pierre Trudeau and the way in which the press has been intruding into the affairs of his wife. One report was that Trudeau invited a number of journalists to lunch at 24 Sussex Drive. The reporters wanted to hear about the Prime Minister's forthcoming visit to Washington, but Trudeau kept talking about Margaret's visit to Japan to launch a ship, which is a new view of privacy. The second report was that Margaret's much publicized experiments in photojour- nalism were being conducted with several cameras given to her by King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. That story is now out in the open and the rumor version was untrue. She has been given only one camera by King Hussein of Jordan. As a result of this incident, Trudeau's staff are now looking at the whole question of gifts. In the United States, gifts to the president and his family are considered the property of the U.S. government. In Britain also there are rules which govern gifts to the prime minister. Canada has no rules at present, but some may be drafted before the prime minister goes to Europe in a few months' time. The much juicier story about Margaret is that after leaving hospital in Montreal where she had psychiatric treatment she attended the clinic in Boston where Joan Kennedy, wife of Teddy, has been a patient. The trouble is that Trudeau's office say the story 'is totally untrue. I believe the denial. But there is the nagging doubt that somebody may have told reporters that the rumors about King and the spirits were un- true. Oh well, what you know, or think you know, can be misleading also. Shortly before Prime Minister Mackenzie King's titillating diaries became available to the public on Jan. 1, I was talking to Paul Martin, one of the last survivors of King's cabinet. Martin had just been down to Waterloo to attend a conference marking the 100th anniversary of King's birth, and he was in a reflective mood. The popular impression, said Martin, was that King had been an excessively cautious leader, weighing every issue at length and making decisions only after he had taken ad- vice from the spirits. The truth, said Martin, was that King often acted from political intuition making great leaps into the dark. He consulted the spirits not to ask what he should do, but to get confirmation of decisions already made or support for what he had decided to do. If true, that makes quite a difference. What counts is from whom the prime minister takes advice. Who cares who he asks for an opinion after the event? RUSSELL BAKER Sin in the upper brackets Has it been noted by students of American perversity that the Nixon scandals have produced one of the few financial bonanzas of the present bear market? The wages of sin in this affair have already swollen so succulently that we may see a revival of youth's urge to grow up and be president, or even vice president, or a president's flunky, all of them jobs that a lad with an ineptitude for corruption may now dream of parlaying into riches ever after. Nixon has a book contract for a sum said to be million. His first vice president, Spiro Agnew, who was cashiered for chiseling on his income tax, will become a multi- millionaire because of "contacts" he made while in the employ of the republic, ac- cording to his Indiana real-estate partner. Agnew's first financial coup, like his superior's, was scored in the vineyard of literature when he sold a project for a novel about a vice president of the United States. Whether that will be completed now that international real estate deals threaten him with surfeits of income is very doubtful. Writing is hard and lonely work compared to exploiting old "contacts." Would Shakespeare have bothered if Queen Elizabeth had granted him the rents on West- minister? "The Man Who Followed in Front" by David Chutler (Collier Macmlllai Canada Ltd. A frustrating book. The author changes his locations and characters with such speed it's hard to know what's happening. The main character, Little Ben, is on holiday in Europe and meets a host of unusual people. Before he returns to Alaska, Little Ben accidentally spreads chaos and murder among hit new friends. TERRY MORRIS The ease with which a corrupt political past Jures publishers with fat checkbooks these days must make every poet in America wish he had gone in for a career of public malfeasance capped by'national disgrace. Jeb Magruder, the perjurer, had his book in the shops by the time he went into prison. John Dean, who has just come out, has a book contract in six figures, more money than Henry James earned from a lifetime of writing. This if only the beginning. Can we believe that HaMeman and Ehrlichman will resist the literary impulse created by publishers ad- vances which routinely begin at John Mitchell might. One senses in him the lawyer's contempt for practitioners of the literary He might be more apt to take the athlete's route, granting endorsements of pipe tobacco, fine scotch, carbonated beverages, snow tires and other such goods appealing to the sweaty male. Ronald Ziegter is booked for the lecture cir- cuit, .where a person with good legs and powerful digestion can easily turn a year by talking 40 minutes a day without say- Ing anything. No one In the country approaches Ziegler's qualifications in this field. It must be pointed out that Ziegler is not a court certified sinner in the Nixon scandals. He is merely reaping the benefits of associa- tion with sin, having been the gullible mouthpiece for the Watergate cover up. Profit by association, however, accounts for a large share of the total bonanza. Julie Nixon Eisenhower and her husband David, who are associated with the scandals only by genealogy and marriage, are also heading out on the lecture circuit, following a season on the television talk shows. Messrs. Woodward and Bernstein of the Washington Post, who were instrumental in exposing the scandals, have profited from their hostile association to the tune of a successful best seller, All The President's Men, and a movie rights sale to Robert Red- ford, generator of the multimillion dollar gross. Nor should we overlook the Washington Post itself and the New York Times, for both corporations enjoyed immense sales of paperback editions of the official White House tape transcripts, now known to have been mendacious. If Judge Sirica fails to write a highly enriching memoir, he will prove an even more extraordinary judge than he already appears to be. After all, the Senate Watergate committee gave us a phonograph record by Senator Ervin and promises us yet another novel by Senator Baker. Is the bench to be kept from the bounty? Possibly the biggest grossers of all, however, will be the dozens, the hundreds of lawyers who have argued the cases. At the typical bench conference in Judge Sirica's court, a million dollars worth of legal bills was assembled in the front of the courtroom, and these few were only the tip of the lawberg. The law is an awesome and mighty thing, and not least so for the amount of blood it can extract from a client in the course of clearing its throat. The Nixon bonanza has close parallels to the financial consequences of President Kennedy's assassination. In both cases national disaster created flourishing new businesses, and the sadness of the event was dissipated as it was converted into a con- sumer product. It may now be impossible for the United States to have a national tragedy unless we concede that national tragedy may be not only entertaining, but also good for business.