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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THt lITHBRIDGt HERALD January 34, I97S Americans made Vietnam war their own Fighting to end Fighting is to end in Vietnam on Saturday. Such js the relief that this ugly and seemingly interminable war is beins declared over thai the terms of the agreement become secondary even in the delay of their publication. The peace is almost bound to be an uneasy one m view 01 lie faci thai the avowed aim oi unification of Vietnam by the Viet Cong" and the North Vietnamese has been inisira- ted. Nevertheless the fact that the two Koreas have been able to avoid the resumption cf war sives some hope mat peace can prevail in Viet- nam. No matter hew difficuii it may be to achieve a lasting peace it nil! be worth the effort. A lot of healing must take place in Vietnam, in the United States, and throughout the world. It will be hardest in Vietnam where bitterness of spirit can contin- ue to be nourished by the devastation. Something of the same kind of help that was given to war-torn Europe after the Second World War would do much to hasten the healing. ITiat the United States will offer such help is not inconceivable and would con- tribute to its own healing. Canada appears to be ready to as- sist in supervising the ceasefire. No doubt Canadians will want their gov- ernment to participate in the recon- struction program as well. What is Marcos up to? Since Ferdinand E. Marcos be- came the first two-term president of the Philippines, observers have feared chat this man's thirst for power would drive him to change the constitution so that he could continue as the chief executive o: the republic after his second term expires. Their fears have been confirmed with the signing of a new constitution by a hastily formed People's Congress, re- placing "6 years o: U.S.-style govern- ment with a parliamentary system. The president also announced that martial law wculd continue indefi- nitely and eifctior.s v.-ruld be sus- pended for the s-.x seven years. Thus openly defvin; the old confutution which limited a presi- dent's cilice to two to first reports the Philiputr.e rar'iis- mentary system gives powers to the premier, ir.cludirg the office of the commander in chief of ail armed forces with the authority to grant reprieves, commutations, pardons and amnesties. Observers believe Marcos wants to be premier when he is no longer president. Anyone can see clearly what Mar- cos is up to. It is sad' to see the Philippines, the only Christian coun- try in Asia, placed under a dictator. The Philippines used to have a free press, but the recent detention with- out trial of several outspoken journal- ists has changed the picture. Dicta- tors seem to enjoy telling people that their actions are justified due to ''Communist threat." The Philippines is indeed a troubled country, but the threats of corruption and the widen- ing gap in wealth distribution, dnv- m; 90 per cent oi the Filipinos to a point where they have nothing to lose since they 'nave nothing to gain, seem more immediate than commu- nism. ANDY RUSSELL Mating It had been -atniag hard all day. a ftraight-down heavy rain thai soaked ev- erything and sept us ir. our tens close ra warm tin stoves. When 11 cuit an hour be- fore sunset I wen alone for z walk river. A above camp me trail took Ee to the edge of a meadow flankine a gravel bar with big timber flanking it oa either side along the lower slopes of the mountains. It was colder and Lie clouds were beginning to break up into lazy string- ers oi mist. High overhead through a nit in the grey stuff, the spire of a peak show- ed up aU covered with new snow sri-ina in the sun. It was a classic wilderness ecece, very quiet except for the mur- muring of the river. Then came a sound as wild as the pic- ture before me the challenging call oi E bull elk echoing like organ notes off the Elopes at a deep twisted ravine dropping into the valley from the north through some larch aod spruce perk? A flicker of move- ment showed through the big timber, a grove of western Larches just turned to au- tumn gold, and my binoculars revealed a herd of twenry odd ecu's and calves follow- ing a trail down off the mountain. As I watched, the bugle of another bull sound- ed off to one side to be immediately an- swered by the first, and ihen a magnifi- cent bull came trccring after the COTS. His antlers were massive and a rich mahcgany with six Ions points on each beam, their tics gleaming like polished ivory i-. He was in prime condition w-h 2 light buckskin coat darkening to deep brcwn almost black on his neck ruff, less and belly. This was a typical herdmaster trailing with his cows and guarding his harem from the atten- tions of the other bulls that were sounding off in the deep amber along both sides of the ravine. .As they dropped down the last steep pitch heading for the valley floor, the cows ail broke into a run, but the bull walked out on an outcrop of rock. la-, ed his antlers back along his flanks and bugled again. First a deep base note that lif'ed ihrwigh three higher ones to a long peeling whistle Bnd then suddenly dropped to in explosive grunt that sent steam shooting from hu moon mouth. Then be turned ar.d trotted from Eight trailing 4e cows. Then cow herd one on mea- dow in froni: or me obnotisly warming up after the soaking cold ram. The big old dry cow in the lead wheeled out on the grassy flat swinging the whole bunch in fi .ball circle at a gailop arse bringing them to a stop faring back towards the slope- Two cows reared high on tceir hind legs standing erect with coses pointed to the sky, almost touching awi they playfully pawed at each other with their fore feet- Several calves bucked ard gambolled around the herd. Then the big bull ed up Hi of the timber trotting up to a young, Emotey-buckskin colored cow, aai she side-stepped him with a playful flour- ish of her rear. Every animal had a plume of steam from iis nostrils at evsy breath. The bull thrust out his cose and gave a warbling series cf low pitched musical notes that sounded more Eke a bird than a big animal a souzd thai can be com- pered to the liquid notes of water oouring from a big glass demijohn. He wound this up with another great chat sent a shaft of steam shooting LTOZ his mouth for at least ten feet. Then four lesser bulls stowed up out of the timber circling the herd, and the air was full of bugling. Tee berdmaster charg- ed one that cared approach the young cow. The usuper fled, out as he turned, the point of an antler grazed his. rump cutting off a long ribbon of hair that floated away to ihe co'.vs head held low and antlers drove away his rivals. All had apparentlv tested him before for none were inclined to fight, and the last one was driven into the timber, the herd bull stalked back to the cows with head held low and antlers swinging in time to his stride. He walked directly to the young now- suddenly passive, reared ar.d cover- ed her. while the rest of the cows grazed all arou'rd. It was an utterly beautiful and magnificent picture of procreation fit- ting to the wilds. Overhead the peak was lit in deep rose over a silver collar of miit, while the river sang ila soft tong to the towering trees beside it. Happy New Year By Dong Walker Following the on the Sunday of the new year the cries of Happy New Year in the narlhex of McKillop United Church were almost It vn.s like an orgy all thai handshaking and wishing. Even I. a and the thing and went around pumping sur- prised people by the hand. When I came to Niels Kloppenborg and dished him a Happy .Vow Year he apparently hadn't in- tftnded fnr me. There W.TS a momentary pause and then By Anthony Lewis, New York Times commentator LONDON K history con. firms its promise, the most im- portant sentence in President Nixon's second inaugural speech will have been this one: "The time has passed when America will make every other nation's conflict our own, or make even- oiher nation's fu- ture our responsibility, or pre- sume to tell the people of other nations how to manage their own affairs." The president would natural- ly resist any suggestion that this new doctrine bears on Viet- nam. But others nil] view it as e reflection of the tragic Am- erican involvement there, as the beginning of a lesson bitterly learned. The war is ending. At last Hiere is reason for hope. But for Americans the fundamental questions remain: In a political and a moral sense, has it been a legitimate war? Does the end now taking shape justify the means that we have used? The case for the affirmative has been made most strongly in The Economist of London, one of the last wholehearted supporters of the American in- tervention in Vietnam and of ihe means employed. Thus in a recent issue the editors, ex- amining the bombing of Hanoi over Christmas, expressed some "How can we tell when you've gone on strike .1" Heath plays tug-of-war with unions By Nora Belolf, London Observer commentator pwvio, got caught up n hs uid. '-Wall, Happy Ktw LONDON Mr. Edward Heath, the British prise min- ister, has now defied Britain's trade union leaders and called over their heads to the public to support him in what he claims to be a fair package to hold back inflation. It was in order to mobilize the mass support which he des- perately reeds if he is to pre- vail Britain entering an unpre- cedented period of turbulence and unrest that he decided to launch his new plan for price and wage controls at a cere- monial press conference in the gilded gallery of London's Lan- caster House. Encouraged by the fact that he had already confounded his political chal- lengers by getting mos; o: the country behind his emergency three months freeze on price? and wages, he has now brought in a less rigid bur still restric- tive method of follcwmg up the total freeze by a nine months period of severe restraiir. The central idea is that, from now on, pay will be allowed to rise by a flat rste of ore pound a week per man. plus four per cent of an employer'? wage bill. The cvso sides of ir.cttstry will still have the freedom to bar- gain within this ver.- narrow range about how ire extra per cent should be distributed among earners. On prices there win be a con- tinued freeze except where hi.rh costs can be sho'vn to price rises inescapable. This is the bosses', ir. '..-6 package, became Britain, ur- like the United States. dtwn'.is a deal 01 imports, botr. nf food and raw material, arc if these go up there is a risk that further price increases un- leash further wage The prime minister is quite willing to help the lowest eair.- ers do rather hotter thin the rest, getting high rent rebates, fringe benefits which rr.ight include longer holidays, but 'r.e ordinary workers have a long experience that oniy militancy rays, and Mr. Heath is going tn have a very hard time con- vincing them of the of sLabiliiy. Under the government's pres- ent plans, British prcwluctmn pc on rising by five per cent a year, which should allow it to expand the real value nf wages. Even if the proposed restraints were obeyed there would sul! K? some infialion hut Mr Healh is resicreri to slowing down rather than sud- rienlv interrupting the der'.ine in the value of money. The themp of his con- ference UTI.S 'hat the hurden ni" thr .'inli-inflJUionary rviekaiin would be shared by dif- ferent sectors o( the public, and tbt country could therefore be relied oa to support the gov- ernment in imposing compul- sory controls. Two new institutions, a com- mission watching over prices, and a board restraining pay, are to have at least three years existence ruling out any fore- seeable return to free collective bargaining. The prime mirJster is no or- ator, and his performance at Lancaster House failed to con- vey the sense of drama and the immediacy of his message. LeiTsrs to the editot Nevertheless he could claim that the public is becoming in- creasingly auare the dan- gers of inflation and resigned to government irterveritinn on the price and wage front to prevent it. He was asked how, if he freezes prices and prevents business from making profit he can hope to encourage [he new investments British" ir.dur.rv urgently requires if ir 15 to re- main internationally competi- tive. His answer was that what Tico minor errors In relation to the article titled, Trustee's statements tended 'irresponsible.' I would liie to correct two minor tfitots. Firs, the statements attribu- ted to me are not really mine; e. that I labelled the" trustee r.r.emer.Ss 'unreasottable. irre- spccstble and questionable.' The labels are those which came from teachers and lesch- er representatives when they read the statements of the Trustees terming the concilia- tion board offer to teachers of an 3 9 per cent increase. My position as communications for the teachers is o.ts which simply entails the of teacher titr.ers and of official state- ments from teacher representa- tives to the news media and tne public. Secondly, the sentence de- scribing the range of teacher salaries should read ''six years of university educitio-" rather than 'six years o:" Teachers are paid on the basts of both years of experience ar.d years of education. and the salary mer.iiored would be for a teacher with maximum education, six years, and maxi- mum, ten or more years. MEL SPACKMAN. Corrjr.ur.ications A'berta Lethbridje Questions coyote article T would like to option an a-Ticle that appeared in The Herald on January 11 entitled " cost .Alberta sheep rdse.-s I believe this article was. in some ways, and misleading. It cer- wasn't too clear. T-." article gives the general the idea tnat huge packs are laree nf sheep. Mrst people Wow, StH.OOO that's a lit of money to lose! I would L'-.c to know, how many (ap- proximately sheep can be val- i.od at 32H.OOO? Also, how many shwp raiser; shared this loss? Some of the olhor statistics s ere questionable too. I apree that if a sheep ranch- er loses 36 per cent of his herd he should be alarmed, very al- a-med. Rut. ho should also cnn-