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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 JHS inHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, Jenuory 34, 1973 Conn catches up A conservative element in the Unit- id States has for some years been that their Supreme Court been subverting the social order by its radical rulings. That group will be newly disturbed by the laiest land- mark ruling of the court in favor of easier access to abortion. It may even feel betrayed inasmuch as the complexion of the court had suppos- edly changed with the appointments made by President Richard Nixon. The truth is that the court has never been really radical. It has, as in the abortion ruling, mostly taken a fairly accurate reading of the chang- ing outlook of the people and inter- preted the law accordingly. This is only unusual in that there is a gener- al expectation of law enforcers to run behind law makers even as law makers tend to follow public opinion. There cannot be much doubt that a majority of people in the Western maybe throughout the entire lor.jer find the argu- ments against abortion persuasive. They rr.ay never have found them ccr.vmcins but bowed to them in a kind of resignation to inevitability. Now that authority no longer car- ries the aura of invincibility all sorts of things once considered absolute and eternal have ceased to be be- lieved and practised. And with the decline in a theistic interpretation of reality the questioning and aband- oning of moral judgments has ac- celerated. So almost as a matter o! course, the prohibition against abor- tion has withered in force. In an age when actual beings have been dispatched wholesale in war it is not likely that much reverence can be mustered for what is only a po- tential life. It is not likely either that the frequently unintentional and ac- cidental conception of life can be persuasively presented as somehow purposive. At any rate the public profession of the sanctity of the fetus has in- creasingly not been matched by pri- vate practice. The Supreme Court will be charged with abetting a change in moral outlook on this is- sue; it is more likely true, however, that the court is simply accepting the change that has already taken place. Sewers for Bellevue Septic tank seepage in the Crows- nest town of Bellevue has reached such grave proportions there is now no time left to debate the pros and cons of sewer installation. It is a case of installing sewers or vacating the town. Last winter's high water table saw seepage rising tc the ground sur- face and running down open gutters. Several cases of resulting illness were suspected. Sanitary sewers should have been installed in Bellevue 25 years ago when costs were mirjnsl bu; every time a sewer debenture was brought forward the townspeople turned it down. Today, the town built on rock, has no choice. Half of the town is being serviced by 50-year-old wooden water mains, while the remainder enjoys lines in- stalled five years ago. The wooden mains will have to go. Realizing the gravity of the situ- ation the town council applied for a formal sanitary sewer survey lasj spring and tiis has brought the mat- ter to a head. A meeting with Mr. BLU Vurko, minister cf environment, in recentlv brousnt the town council assurance that the pro- vincial government had concluded the situation was so grave it had agreed to give the town a 5450.000 outright grant for sewer and water line installation -with the town re- quired to raise the remaining neces- sary 5150.000. Believus's mill rate e: UO mills, believed to be the highest in Canada. vill no; rise due to this added expen- diture, but instead is expected to decrease by possibly 10 mills, thanks to the good housekeeping of the town council who this past year has been able to collect all but S2.000 of the S16.000 in tax arrears outstanding at the beginning of 1972. To the residents of Bellevue the coming of the sewer lines will termi- nate a condition which could have resulted in an epidemic of widespread proportions. It is likely the problem would have been debated for many more years had the town council not taken the necessary initiative to see that the survey was carried out. And to make sure the town doesn't defer further, the provincial government is providing the necessary incentive Sliare the Queen Word mai the Queen will not in- dude a Fort Macleod visit in her Alberta itinerary has left a lot of southern Albertan hopes sagging. A visit from the Queen would have add- ed the lustre this centennial celebra- tion warrants. The disappointing word tends to take the wind out oi the sails. It is known that the Queen limits the duration of her to 15 minutes, and on previous Cana- dian visits she has made a point of visiting historic forts such as her visits to both Fort Langley and Fort Steele in B.C.-----and previously she has flown to numerous communities in a single day. Her flight to Fort Macleod from Calgary would take less than an hour. To limit her Al- berta visit to Calsarv alone seems rather unusual. Tr.e centennial being marked in Al- berta this summer commemorates the establishment of the world-re- nowned North West Mounted Police force in 1873. but the fact that the North West mounties established their first westerly fort at Fort Macleod in 1373, one year earlier than Fort Calgary should be signifi- cant enough to move tour officials to at least include a brief visit to this historic southerly site. The prime minister is right when he says the Queen can't be every- where in one she is not be- ing asked to be that she take a few minutes of her day to visit the first fort the Norn V.'-cst Mounted Police established in province. The casserole The collapse of the anchovy fohins indus- try off the coafit of Peru, due to an abnor- mal warming of the Humbolt C-orrent. is contributing to higher meat prices through- out the world. The fishmeal made from the anchovy now comes at higher prices to the meat producers who use it as a food supple- ment. Higher production costs push up the prices in the supermarkets. Misfortune in one pan of the world is thus felt, even if relatively Lightly, in other places. The British public has been complain- ing bitterly sbout the high cost of beef. The Heath government, always aware of distress among the voters, set up a special ark Evening N'ews reporter was jailed for 20 :'or reiusLng to answer a grand jury question on a story he wrote about an alleged bribe involving a civil servant. Other considerations notwithstanding, the Supreme Court decision is disarming the press in its war to expose corruption, in- efficiency arxl abuse by civil servants. Needless to say, informants will now think twice before volunteering irj'ormauon. The narrow margin of the vote itself reflects that it was a difficult decision, not neces- sarily made in the public interest. n. The that Con- committee to inquire into ire M finri-Lng of the prices are up ,'i O'.cr uhich importers ;.o p-alulalions to ii-.e re-marks thai viouj to a Lub r.ormal Ivll. The United Slates Supreme Court has decided by five to four voles Ih.V. the Con- stitution's First Amendment does not pro- tect journalists from bcm? forced In RUO grand juries information Riven ilicm in con- fidence and lo idenlify the source. A New- A cinzen in Hamilton has come up with what may be the most sensible suggestion VL-C Mr prcvt-nnng posraJ strikes. Ke pro ih.Tt in future all postal employees receive their pay cheques by mail. V. schools and other public buildings in of the U.S. being closed because of furl ar.rt talk of imminent and fuel oil raiioning in ttiat coun- try, one is moved to wonder how much pisoiinc and other petroleum products is in Vietnam, r.nd tanker traffic in that direction has ever been inlemiptcd. Next move for U.S. By James Ilcslon, Xcw York Times commcnlator WASHINGTON Now that President Nixon has been sworn in for four more years, and the Vietnam war is about to be sworn out, what are the chances lor reconciliation in America, or at least for a per- iod o! comparative calm? Put anoiher way, what about a truce or ceasefire or at least a demilitarized zone at home for a while? If we can talk about ending the era of con- frontation with China and the Soviet Union, and substituting an era of negotiation, can we not have a period of negotiation be- tween the president and the Congress, the rich and the poor, the old ar-.d the young, lie black and the whites? The guess here is that we can. It will not be easy; but it is possible. Despite the bitter feel- ings between tie White House and the Congress and all the personal contention that has de- veloped in Washington over the war. politics, the races, the Su- preme Court, the press and the While House staff, there LS a fufdarnemal difference between the issues that shake Washing- ton and the longings that move the American people. Between Franklin Roosevelt's first inaucuraum End Presi- dent NlTon's second, this coun- try has gore throush 40 years of economic depression, war. so- cial ana racial turmoil. Its dreams have been disappointed. end its assumptions haven't worked out. After all. it seems that big guy? don't always lick little guys. Power is more complicat- ed than vrs money and machires coa'i always prevail. The Communists are not mono- lithic rrj: even more divided than we are. Republicans turn out to be Keynesisns, the Dem- ocratic South goes Republican, tlie blacks turn on their old lib- era! supporters and everybody needs a little time and quiet to sort all this out. But while Washington has talked a lot about "malice to- ward none" and has been ne- gotiating with its adversaries, it has recently been confronting and even defying its adversaries with astonishing malice. And, of course, there has been malice on the dissenting side, too. The interesting and hopeful thing abut all this is that while Washington is still preoccupied with all its local, personal and institutional feuds, the people as a whole seem to be less in- volved, less preoccupied with politics in the past and more concerned about the main points of the moment: Richard Nison is the president for four more years, the Vietnam war is coming to an end. so where do ive go from here? Maybe this is the most im- portant quality of the Ameri- can people at a time like this. They may be indifferent to the great and immediate issues that get us into wars at home and abroad, but they don't concen- trate, as Washington does on the policy blunders and personal fiieds of the DSST and present. Vnlike the Europeans, or the Vietnamese. North and South, they have little memory, or at least are more interested in the future than they are in the past. The question now. however, is vi '-eiher they will respond to the theme of MT. Nixon's inaugural address. It touched on the t'rerr.e of reconciliation, though rot nearly as much as in his first inaugural address four years ago. "As America's longest and most difficult war comes to ail end." he said, "let us sgain learn to debate our differences with civility and decency, and let each of us reach out for that precious quality govern- ment cannot provide a new level of respect lor the rights and feelings of one another." Well, it was not the most in- spiring inaugural speech of the century, but if it didn't have the soaring Sorensen rhetoric of Kennedy's first inaugural speech, it was at least personal and plain: "I offer no prom- ise." he said, "of a purely gov- ernment solution for every prob- lem." And if the last four years prove anything, it is precisely that: Washington cannot solve our problems or bring about the reconciliation most people want. It needs help from the people themselves. The American people, howev- er, cannot "learn to debate our differences ivich civility and decency" unless they get much more civil and decent debate here in Washington. Mr. Nixon at least avoided the excessive rhetoric and of his first inaugural address, but all speeches are now discoun'ed here even the st-eeches of historic and heroic occasions. To get back to com- mon discussion o; common problems and particularly to ret "a new level of respect for the rights and feeiinp of one another.'' the President is going 10 have to lead the way in ac- tion toward "civility and decen- cy." And Lf he does, the chances are that he will set, despite all his troubles the Congress and the press, a positive re- sponse from the people. Meanwhile, in Manila Bv Tom New York Times commcnuior NE.v YORK Peac? in Viet- nam was at hand 12 days be- fore las; November's election. ar.d by odd coincidence peace seemed to be at hand asain days before President Nix- on's secord iraurjratior. Cur- iously er.oueh. r.ow a; a few small details do remain still to be negotiated, tut let us be no more cynical than e.v perience warTaii'.s. If we really are on the way o-jt of Vlc-ciam at more- ever. maybe we car. apply some of its lessors -3 the re- markable events no-.v occurring in the Philipphes. which is even more of an ally than South Even more, b-Jcsuse for half a cer.'.ury the islands were ur> der United States role, following our first adventure: be- cause their people so closely shared American fortunes. Eocd and bad. in the Seco-.d World War: because, before it cone in South an A--- was cre- ated for the Philippines: ar.d finally because the indeperd- er.ce and sovereignty oi the Philippine nation was granted by the I" S. Now President Ferdinand E. Marcos has suspe-ded the old Air.ericar.-sryls cor. stitution: yet declared martial law arid governed by decree under the suspended constittiiion: dictat- ed a ne-.v cr-istitMtion providing for a parliamsntary system: refused to hold the referendum on the r.ew constitution that he had proclaimed for Jan. 15. declared the cev constifj- ucn :n effect after :ls "ratifi- cation" by hcndpicVied special assemblies; refused to "sura- session t're Prirlia- merit called for fay the new stituvon: ar.d made himself president unde- the o'.d constitution and prem- ie- rr.cer tb? new. governing by dec-ee under the martial la- still in effect under one or maybe both constitutions. Naturally, all of this was in response to ''the peo- ple's w-.ll." to fight cotnmun- i-rr_. crime arid corruption, to establish order, and to provide stability snd security. Not sur- prisingly, the same people who willed all this have now official- ly asked President-Premier Marcos to remain in office for an period without holding elections. Presicent- Premier Marcos, however, has so far been too modest to agree to this, at least publicly. Washington, preoccupied wi'.h war. peace, the budget and the inauguration, has nevertheless "noted these sv.'s Charles w. Bray of the state department, but for the time being have no com- ment on them. Among other reasons, it is anonymously re- ported, is the desire of the Pent- agon not to "rock the boat'' when the boat carries Clark .-Mr force Base and Subi Bay Naval Station, not to mention as was learned at the time of the Okinawa flap a year or so ago stocks of nuclear weap- ons. To the extent, if any. that these facilities are vital to [he U.S's security, the Pentagon may be right: but the awful irony is that President-Premier Marcos's one-man rule could make it more, rot less, likely that at some point in the future Israelis seek Nazi compensation Eric Silver, London ObsiMer commentator JERUSALEM Israel is a discreet diplomat- ic 10 cc.T.r.e! in rn'imsi ar.n corn- the Jelvish r.crimi of the Third Reicr.. The campaign is prompted Dy ire towcirco o: ihe Ger- man Democratic Repunhc h; ['r.e ficr-Omnunis: Ifrae-i's case was pc; :o Par- liairier.L recer.llv r.y Lhc lore-isn Mr. Eoan. Ail of Gc-rmar.y shared :hc ;iuilt for Nazi shughtCT ar.d re a.iid. Reparations already prijd by West Gormar.y did not sa'.act- for the vie urns of these but ,it least .in of rc- ?pr r.sitmity. Mr. who Ado'.f Kichrr.arn ard is ryr.v" a ic.v; r.2 oiit LiV.rrnl MP. is more spec- ii.c ,i-d "LooiM -lov-i-h he said, "v.-ont to all parts of Germany. Tnis was part of the Final Sol- luion. which meant both mur- fh'i'iu' ,Irvs and ?hcm.'' N.wi rii.sin'ui- t i r Mr. said, 1 which shows that the goods sll over the Third Reich. Jewish property mvaluable in ins East Germany, which had no Marshall Aid. to rerabijta'.e iu-el: rebuild ailer the Second World War. "I see no reason they Fbou'.d. he left with ail thai. The perpetrators oi the crimes came from all parrs or Germany. East Germany claims that it is eriuuEh to renounce Nazism arxl embrace communion in order to atone for every L'artpres- I don't think the world ou.-rht to allow them to do Since the repanions acree- msnt with West Germany. EOTJI ha- paid million in repar- to the Stain of Israel "and million in individual Jew- survivors, or.e-third ot v. live here. The West Ccr- G Jr-v> from of the Iron Curtain. if Tn addition, the Federal Re- public has prar.tcd Israel about million a year for ihc past in development loans on term.s. Tlic money lias lieon spent on major civil pro- jects, such as improvements of Iks Te! way, expansion c: at L-od airpor. ar.d a tele phor.e system, Xo ore here Ls cultinc a fig- ure on Eafr. G-errnany's trarjce fee to the club of respec'.- able "nut ihe aeree- that it ray ahout rne- third of the We.v. German total. East Germar.y L> the in the Soviet nev- er 'o have had dirjlorr.a'uc ties I: ho'.-cd Abrcl orranizo It tary and ci'.il aid to several of the Arab It officially ac- cepted a dc-lc-eation from a'l Fa- ta fi. even boforo The S-iviet ion roooerl-c-d iro powers r.oro'iatir.c with Eas: Germany diplomatic re- to the point as a P.IUBC of admisyihilily to the community of nations. Privately, officials here arc pleasantly surprised at what ono nf them callcYl positive re- in var. inq decrees. No sinelc country approached has 8aid "no." tj NU, he, "Thank goodness the football season is finallf ortr. Now, I won't to listen to you saying 'On-any-' Sunday lor almost nine whole months'." On the Hill By Bel I Hargrave, MP for Medicine Hat "p-eorile's moverner.t" or a "liberation front" might seize power or create the kind of dis- order that wo-j'd threaten these American bases. I: has happen- ed before, f-r under Ngo DLnh in Viet- nam. "No may never- theless be ire best po'jcy for row. if net necessarily fo- the Pentagon's reasons, ard s.1- thou-sh prosably ought to take a dim view of any rnil- r.ary aid requests from Presi- dent-Premier Marcos. After all. those who have corr.e to deplore American inter- vention and B-52 diplomacy ETOTjDd the globe can hardly caH pow for Nixon to take strong steps against President- Premier Marcos, or to restore in the Philippines. However these developments may be despised by Americans wno admire the Filipinos and love democracy, sure'.v one prirc? ksfon of Vietnam is that this coin: try has no altitude for ordering the affairs of another, and no business trying. Another signal if obvious Is being taught by President- Premier Marcos himself the futility of American efforts to reconstruct nations and peoples in the American notion of the American image. If. after 50 years of governing and a quar- ter-century of all forms of aid, American-style Philippine de- mocracy could be so easily sub- vened, it probably never was appropriate. And why should Nixon or anyone else think it can be maintained, if could ever be established, in Vietnam? Parliament has now been of- ficially and formally opened and debate on the throne speech has drawn to a close. The general tone of the speech certainly reflected the government's reaction to the recent general election. It is a speech thai does indeed sug- gest that the prime minister f--.d his sovemrnent have learn- ed a few economic and social le-sor.5 as a result of the elw- There is ix question this throne speech was prepared and worded to gain the broad sup- pert of the NDP who quickly anno'-inced. soon after the speech readins. that would neither propose or support a motion of non-confidence in the Liberal soveramer.t during the throne speech debate. After this debate they have stated their support will depend on piece by' piece legislatioa as it is brought before the House. During the debate on the throne speech we beard a great variety of topics, issues and speakine styles frpm both front and backbenchers. The prime minister and transport minister. Jean Mar- charjd, spoke again and again oa the French-English national issue and made it clear that st I-KL-: some members of the Liberal parry blame their election Icsses oa this issue aol vrsst to keep it before the elec- torate in an effort to distract the nation from the much important economic issues. Claude Wagner is emerging as a very skilful and able de- bater and speaker. He has now made two excellent speeches the first giving the Conservativt position in tie special namese debate: and in the sec- ond he made specific referenct to the Quebec Issues and an- swered Mr. Trudeau's national unity cc.nimer.ts. BO C-2 (Capital Punishment) been introduced and has had ft.-st readi-g. It calls for a continuation of the last five trial period for another five years up to December 31, terms "capital mur- c.e-" and "Don capital murder'1 have been replaced by t h e phrases "murder punishable by death" and "murder punishable by imprisonment for life.'1' Ow backbencher has given notice he will move an amend- ment to have "life Imprison- ment'' mean at least a" years and nothhf lesss. I am sura there will be other amendment! as well- I hare had en excellent re- sponse to n-.y opinion survey ca this very important and emo- tional subject. I would very much like to hear from many more of yo-j in the Hat federal constituency. Please telephone my Hat office at 5C7-1S67 or me in care of the House ot Commons, Ottawa. Your com- mezts will be very helpful to me in the free vote that will decide this issue in the near fu- ture. That's a new talk shov knows' in fiftccr Tlie Lcthbridgc Herald 5W 7th St. S., Leihbnjge. 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