Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
I IHt ItTHSHIDCI HIRMB Wednesday, January 31, 197J American withdrawal big gain By Anthony Lewis, New York Times commfnlalor A new policy? The current furore over a govern- ment requested RCMP investigation 01 three Slave Lake area residents mav prove insiruciive. and not only to some cabinet ministers show signs of being a bit new at the game. 'Two years sgo, if they wish to remember and if they don't, they'll be reminded a comparable outburst of opposition indignation oc- curred, over an alleged impropriety on the part of a cabinet minister that adversely affected the rights of a citi- zen. On that occasion. Opposition Leader Lougheed had presented the petition of a northern Albertan who wasted government action to restore Athabasca Peace water levels, low- ered by the building of the Bennett Dam. and on which his livelihood as a trapper depended. In disclaiming responsibility, the minister concerned released information that the petit- toner hadn't really lest his live- lihood, as he'd been on welfare for .years, during which rime ht had con- sistently denied any inccrr.e from trapping. Disclosure by a. c: the Crc'.vn citizen received welfare senous'v shocked several r-.einhers oi the Opposition. IT. WES so reprehensible, in the view- er Mr. Lougheed mow Premier1] as to constitute a threat to indi- vidual rights in Alberta." Dr. Hugh Homer (now deputy premieri was equally concerned: he felt the mini- ster's action violated one of the basic tenets of and ss- serted that in any other dem- ocracy or any other parliament, the minister would have to resign." Mr. David Russell (now minister of municipal affairs) considered the situation to be so serious that no citizen can res; easy." The three honorable named have no', yet sa.d how they feel about the current incident of alleged tampering with individuals' rights. It is known, however, that at least one prominent member of the gov- ernment has mellowed considerably toward this sort of thing. In 1971 Mr. Getty was so indignant over the welfare disclosure that he formally moved in the legislature to have a committee consider the conduct then Premier Strom and Minister of Social Welfare Speaker in "condon- presumably by inaction, the de- plorable conduct oi their colleague. Two short years later. Acting Prem- ier Getty seems to feel that having the police investigate the private af- fairs the citizenry isn't anything to mai'.e a great fuss about, but rath- er just a part the "overall a government routinely makes. Well, as the Europeans say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. But however interesting it may be to observe the metamorphosis from opposition to cabinet ministur, there is still something very disturb- ir.2 in this situation, even if one takes the government's reassuring state- ments at face value. According to the government the attorney general asked the RCMP for in- formation" on the Slave Lake peo- ple at the request of another minister, who wanted the information because ii was obvious the government would be meeting the citizens to discuss certain allegations they had made aEainrt various govern- ment officials ar.d appointees. TI that is the case, and it is now considered proper to have the police look into the background of anyone the government expects to meet whatever that may mean then the metamorphosis has gone far, and taken a ceriioiis direction. ANDY RUSSELL The vanishing osprey WATERTO.N" L4KES P.ARK The os- prey, sometimes called the fish is known best by those who wander wild places, for this is a bird of the wild- erness. It is big hawk contrastingly marked in black and while that speciauzes in catching fish. It builds its nest en top of a broken off snag sometimes fifty or siity feet from ire ground a big rough lookiDg nest constructed of miscellaneous eticks. It is always located near a stream or lake fish of one kud or aitcthcr. When ospreys go fishing they fly out over the water at an altitude of a hundred feet or more using their :en eyes to lo- cate lieir prey. Upon seeing a fish swim- ming near the surface, the bird comes down in sizzling dive with wings half folded. Just before it strikes It flips its niiags high over its back to check its diva ind hits the water feet first. Sometimes, If the fish Ii deep, the fish hawk will go completely under witi a big splash. Quick- ly surfacing, the bird takes off with fish hanging from its claws as it heads for the nest to feed its young. A swmiming fish i3 nearly always struck from behind so it is carried in a head forward position offers the least wind resistance. I once saw an osprey strike at a fish In the shallow water of a silty backwater along the side of a river. Either El-e fish itas too bi? for it to handle or it missed its hold. Anyway, it went flooring about in a great c: --vs'.e- its feathers were a soggy mess of It crawled up on a r'.ck to dry off Icoking very disgrur-tled aixl no doubt if fish rawks tell fioh stor.ss, this or.e had a good one to account back at Use nest. Occasionally in waters containing sal- mon on the west coast, an osprey ".v i I strike a fish too big for it and is drowned before it can release its claws Ospreys and bald eagles often use tr.e same territory for nesting as both species prey on fish- The eagles will sometimes pre-empt the nest of ospreys, taking over before the smaller birds get back torn the south In spring, and enlarging it to suit their Deeds. Both kinds of birds make use of their nests year after yecr. until the dead snag on which it is built rocs and breaks off or the wind blows it down. Bald esjles make use of their sotiety with ospreys in another way, for it is cot uncommon to see an eagle attack an os- prey carrying a fish. From high above the bigger bird s.voops at terrific speed on the luckless fish hawk. It dodges and s c re a m s osprey curses, but inevitably drops the fish sooner or later, whereupon the eagle swoops down and catches it in mid-air before it reaches the ground or water underneath. So a pair of hunting os- preys may be forced to contribute part of their catch to neighboring eagles as well as supplying the foundation for their nest. Years ago, when I first travelled the Rockies by packtraia. ospreys were a common sight along the bigger streams. Now they have almost disappeared and are listed among endangered species. Win- tering along sub-tropicai coasts and Inland waters where they feed on fish from heavily DDT polluted regions, they have accumulated so much of this poison that their egp are r.o kcger fertile. Ore pair that I fce-.v well were shot off Uieir test by holidaying hoodlums, one of the haz- ards ir.trccuced bv poorly planned road huildirg ir.to wild country. Strangely enough, remaining cuzsbers of sr? ttmg in by :hc scier.ce claiming ir.- terst in protecting them. In or.p place on the rr.c-jtr. of a river on the New E-glar.d coast, there has been such a progression of uni-.ersity teams doing experimental re- search over a pence of years that the birds hsve been almost vdped out. The continuous coupled with the ravages of DDT has res'ulted IT. a much tewrrcd hatching success ratio until the cour.t dropped to a single bird growing to maturity out of a considerable number of cesls. Brave or foolhardy? By Dong Walker In of tie HriL'il-1.1 1- ance had Comrnaiv'.or dcvi-y Uc Hwr c.'j- quent ii'e aflor-ilinnor exorci.sps, making some rather dangerous references to his wife and daughter among other peo- ple II. I'.IS in h'." rT -i-n .i-'! wife, as guw'o. lh.it I wu unuiiMlly brnve or just fnolhardy. Hi me as Ihe of these lnf'e i fi: lo i ard. obuoiL-iy boping to grab him. a.nd put him in the truck. My dog jump- ed to his fee', and barked at '..TO would-be f.'.tcricr. I opor-od (he door, and the coa C2tne in. The man furious at my interference, and told me my dog was straying at the next comer (which is a lie> and I have to keep him inside the house a: ail limes. I toid him to "Sh-aiup." and closed my door. This prornrjts me to ask for answers to these questions: 1. Wr.y did he rot catch my doit, when It was straying oa the instead o; try- ing to :me it oli my property? 2. Why no I have to buy a dog licence for fhe dollars v, ren I hsve ;o keep my dog inside the at all timefi? I rlo no- a cog ;o up insice, and i: if cruel to do so. as rv1. r.eeds a free rur.. et less: in the jard. And it is nci when the meter readers, mail- mm. paperboy, etc.. leave tha cate when leave. 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