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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOGE July The campaign 1 Vote Democracy does not mean good government. It means government by the people. It does not mean government by the responsi- ble people. It simply means government by the the ignorant as well as the the gullible as well as the dis- the stupid as well as the the rich as well as the the prejudiced as well as the objective. They all have the right to vote. Their collective decision may lead to wise government or to strong leadership or to a nation to splitting the country or to uniting it. But no matter. What alone in the democratic is that the people have -jhosen the government. That is probably why democracy is not universally admired or aspired to. In many countries strong government and government are more important than popular so the people are willing to have no voice in selecting wisely their government. Someone else decides what is good for and they are content. However if the voters in a democracy are too too they contribute tc their own disillusion with democracy. If they don't vote wisely they weaken public confidence in the system and they risk losing the right to vote another time. In this election campaign a frightening amount of nonsense is being spoken by the candidates and the party leaders. Much of what is being said in all seriousness is simply impossible. The voter who doesn't try to sort out the who doesn't question the can- didate's or party's ability to do what it is not applying the intelligence this confusing campaign demands. This is not the time to vote casually or with prejudice or malice. Too much is at stake. 'The awful fact is that I know who I want to vote against and that doesn't leave anyone to vote Message from Moscow By James New York Times commentator Letters Dominion Day oratory There were a couple of good ideas in the editorial Canada June but it made me sick. What I want is the old Dominion Day I always enjoyed. It would never have occurred to him to mention Americans at all. He wouldn't have found excuses to be proud of being because the British Empire was the first and ought to be now because our Commonwealth has more of everything than the U.S. and Russia that includes little nationalists who are far more deadly with the pen that Hitler and the Kaiser combined and all other And he didn't know all those gobblygook words and phrases that even the author can't explain to and mean nothing. We ciidn't have a lot in those days The country had a lot of open space. So We were the builders. It was a grand country and a grand empire full of builders everywhere. We had a big job and we were just the people who could do it. There were no obstacles we couldn't overcome and one day every citizen in the empire would have everything he required and together we would build a glorious beyond comparison. Of course Canada would be right there at the head course every other nation in the empire had the same but that was what kind of people would they be if they didn't feel that We had such a wonderful country.. Who else had so many opportunities to prove a man's worth as we and Look how eager people are to invest such enormous sums in our country. It is a grand land and a grand people and we will yet recapture our dreams and take our place again at the head where we belong. J. A. SPENCER Magrath Question needs answer NDP leader David Lewis should not have ducked the posed by Mr. John Bassett in a nationally televised about how his party would line up in the eventuality of the election returning another minority government. Many voters would like to know the answer to that question. Part of the pitch being made by some New Democratic candidates in the elec- tion campaign is that voting for their party almost inevitably means gaining a voice in government. The assumption that there will be a minority government and that the NDP will hold the balance of power in the House will seem reasonable to many voters. The puzzling thing in the picture is how the NDP could support either the Conser- vatives or the Liberals. Both parties have promised programs which are un- acceptable to the wage and price controls by the reintroduction of the Turner budget by the Liberals. Unless the voter is told how the NDP proposes to cope with this the voice in government appeal to sup- port that party could be fraudulent. The NDP could stick to its principles and vote in such a way as to force still another election or refrain from voting and leave the balance of power role effectively in the hands of the Social Credit contingency. But neither alter- native would give the voter his promised voice in government. A frank explication of the course likely to be followed by the NDP in both possibilities of a minority government would be welcomed. Parking meters The bit of byplay by Alderman Cam Barnes and Alderman Vaughan Hembroff over parking meters at a re- cent Lethbridge City Council meeting is worth attention simply to remind motorists of the true purpose of these devices. There is only cne reason for parking to encourage the turnover of cars at curb side to facilitate business. The tickets which are issued to violators are reminders that those bent on long stays should pull into the parkade or leave their cars outside the metered area Visitors to a city are likely turned off more by the inability to find a parking place than by the occasional ticket glean- ed as a result of carelessness. Nothing is more frustrating than having to waste time trying to find a stopping spot near a place of intended business. In the end failure to keep traffic turn- ing over in the downtown area spells decay because it discourages people from going there to do business. Nobody yet has found the way to deal effectively with the meter feeders the people who work downtown and run out hourly to feed their meter who are the saboteurs of the system. But in seizing every opportunity to emphasize the pur- pose of meters there is hope of making converts and improving the situation for the majority. ART BUCHWALD The French don't understand PARIS The good news from France is that the French no longer hate Americans. If they are very sympathetic with President Nixon's plight aitf cannot unders- tand what all the fuss in Washington is about. My good friend Francois said to mon what are you doing to your poor Francois. It's just that he's in a slight jam and they're trying to find out whether they should impeach him or what did he Francois asked. hard to explain. You see there were some people working for his re-election who decided to find out what the other political party was doing by bugging its head- Francois is wrong with wasn't just a question of bugging the op- position's office. They also discovered that people working for the president had large amounts of cash which they were using to sabotage the president's What else would they do if they were trying to beat the other don't Francois. What they were doing was understand Francois said rather irritably. what is wrong with do- ing something illegal to win an it wasn't just a question of the president's people doing something illegal. It turned out that when the people involved were an effort was made to cover up the crime so nobody would know anyone in the White House had anything to do with any politician in France would do the same Francois said. as far as we I con- a former attorney the head of the FBI and several people very evidence was destroyed and some of the president's most trusted men perjured themselves before the Senate Watergate committee and the grand read all this in the French new- spapers. But you still haven't answered my question. What did they do how can I make you under- There was one political scandal after another. The vice-president of the United States was forced to resign for taking bribes. The White House kept an enemies list which they were going to use to get people who criticized the president. They also hired to break into people's homes and offices. One thing led to another and pretty soon there was some question of whether the president of the United States himself was in- France we would have been very disap- pointed if our president wasn't there were other scandals. Mr. Nix- on forgot to pay in income la Francois said. it was discovered that the president had tape-recorded everyone who came into his office. Some of the tapes could prove whether he was involved in the coverup of the other crimes. The House of Representatives and the special prosecutor asked to hear all the but Mr. Nixon gave them only a few which he claimed were sufficient to find out if he was guilty or Frenchman would do the same thing. You have told me nothing so far to explain keep'picking on I didn't want to tell you but the tapes revealed that the president of the United States puts catsup on his cottage Francois' eyes bugged out. why didn't you say that Now I understand President Nixon is a great admirer of Woodrow and when he goes abroad he tends to speak in the heroic idiom of the most eloquent American president of this century. This was evident in Nixon's television address from Moscow. Never mind the obstruc- the treacheries and blinkered diversions of world politics. The goal is everything. Peace in our time and our children's time. All we Nixon seemed to is patience and goodwill a through ticket and a sensible slow timetable to everlasting concord. This was a even an inevitable theme for the president's message from the Soviet capital. For he was speaking to both the American and Soviet peoples and to the world. He could not tell them that he and Brezhnev had agreed on the control of nuclear weapons or the future of Europe or the Middle East or the freedom of Soviet citizens or world so he fell back on generalities and ideals and arranged to keep the dialogue going. It was really his only and he carried it off very well. Summit meetings between leaders of great nations in the past have often been more dis- appointing and even dis- astrous. Public opinion used to assume that when the great men got together they had to settle something or everything would be worse than before they met. But peo- ple are more reasonable or cynical now They expect less and they get and are not surprised. there is a for in his approach to the Nixon was far more generous than he is to his opponents at home. He lectured the Russians on the responsibility of on removing the causes of on the dangers of on respect for the rights of all the weak as well as the strong. There would always be he different values and but whatever the different the fabric had to be held together. Power had to serve principle. Nobody who has watched Nixon over the years could argue with this theme or even doubt that in that broadcast from Moscow he was anything but sincere in his yearnings for peace or his message to the Soviet and American peoples. Given his problem in the he spoke in the evangelical spirit and on the planetary scale of Woodrow but back he acts on the tactical level of John Mitchell or Pat Buchanan. This has always been the puzzle about the president. He lives in the world of roles and not of realities. He deals with the public relations of his mis- sion to with the ob- jectives of which everybody from Isaiah to Karl Marx have agreed upon. But not with the means to his no- ends. As a after his hard negotiations over the control of nuclear the Middle and human we don't really know where we are. Nixon has told us everything but the facts of his but in fairness to he has at least kept the conversation going. He has not made the or so it seems Henry Kissinger or made the concessions to the Soviet Union the Pentagon ana Senator Jackson of Washington feared. In he seems to have come out about as he planned. He has not upset the Conser- vatives in Congress who hold the balance of power on im- peachment And at the same he has not broken with the Soviets by following the tough line proposed by Jack- son and some of the members of the joint chiefs of staff. In this as has proved to be a shrewd and has probably picked up some votes in Congress against im- peachment and conviction. In he concentrated on things that might bring the Russians and the Americans together and their common experiments in space and minimized their differences. He did the same thing in his television address back Look to the common goal of he said. Keep the search for compromise going. Brezhnev is coming to the U S next year to talk to me and discuss these things all over so let's be patient and work together. On the it was a masterful performance under very difficult circumstances. Nixon is a tangle of com- self-contradictions and noble but he is also fighting very shrewdly for his political and despite his disappointments in he seems to have come off fairly well. Civic centre courts Discrediting of controls confuses By Dian syndicated commentator One of the less valuable by- products of the current federal election campaign may be the discrediting of price and wage controls as an economic tool. As everyone must by this time the Conservatives are for controls and the Liberals are against. have taken hard and fast positions which can only serve to con- fuse. The Conservatives say controls will bring inflation down during a short period and thereby curb inflationary psychology and show all of us inflation can if not at least influenced. While it is debatable whether now is the time to try controls the Liberals have chosen to attack the tool rather than the timing of its use. Controls are just another economic tool available to those who would try to manage the economy. Sometimes they sometimes they don't. It is the timing that counts. The prime minister has been heaping scorn on the Conservatives for suggesting controls and ridiculing the use of controls to such an extent that the Liberal party if it forms the next government would be honor bound not to use even if they might be used to advantage. Ruling out controls is like saying that a hammer is a hotter tnnl than a it all depends what the job is. Price and wage controls worked satisfactorily in the United States in they worked well in The Netherlands after the war and marginally in Britain the last few times they have been used. Price and wage controls could have been used to great advantage in Canada in and certainly with less social damage than the Liberals created by fighting inflation with unemployment. Where the Conservatives have erred in the enunciation of their policy has been in promising a firm get-tough policy in vague terms. It is clear that prices and wages are in a severe dis- balance at the moment business has had what appear to be on paper record profits. While closer examination shows much of these profits are industry is still doing better than wage earners. To impose a freeze at this time would be to freeze workers at a disadvantage. Such a policy would collapse as soon as any strong union became militant enough to defy the government as the coal miners did with such devastating results in Britain. The corporate profits theme also strikes a sour note in the campaign. All parties seem to have jumped on the bandwagon which subscribes to the idea that there is a cor- nnratr- rin-nff In corporate profits are only recovering from un- precedented low levels and are grossly distorted by aged accounting techniques. The politicians who so glibly promise to end the corporate rip off would do well to remember that it is business which employes the bulk of the labor force and it is in business that the pension money of most Canadians is invested. When politicians get hold of these issues they create far more heat than light and force themselves into positions which lead to the type of mismanaged economy we have in Canada for the last 20 years. crazy We are concerned with the condition of the tennis courts at the Civic Centre. With the opening of the Henderson Lake Courts these courts have been allowed to holes in the backboard in a state of weeds growing through the asphalt. With the surge in popularity in tennis we cannot afford to lose these established facilities and with preventive maintenance they could be kept in adequate playing condition. the locks on ths west gates serve only as an inconvenience to players and their purpose escapes us The lighting is rendered useless by being kept locked at all times. This seems to be a great waste. When playable these courts fill a definite to accommodate beginner and occasional players and tc make the civic centre complex a more complete recreational area. MRS. D. G. WILSON Lethbndge Old Indian treaties Much has been said arid written lately about ancient treaties made with Indians. It is difficult for us who were born in this country under pioneer conditions to unders- tand why we should be bound by something that happened so many years ago. If one wants to go back far the only land the In- dians bad was what they took away from some other people who occupied the land at that time. Treaties were made for people who lived under different conditions than what they do today. It was expected that those conditions would be outgrown by now. One day a rather inebriated native told me that he was only an old Indian. I asked him what on earth could possibly be wrong with being an In- dian. I told him if he would go home and get dressed up that he would make me look like a tramp. Some of the finest loo'.cing people I have ever seen are Indians. They have much to contribute to society and should no Jonger be depen- dent upon those old treaties. Much has been said about discrimination which only ex- ists in a very few people if at all. One can hardly breathe without having some news media or other people scream to high Heaven. I am sure that Doug Miller for exam- ple never meant a confounded thing when he said they looked like human etc. I think he was genuinely pleased at their appearance. People who are always crying discrimina- tion are the worst enemies our native pecple have. LEO W. SPENCER Cardston Hatred doesn't exist Mr. Joseph Fielding Fox June goes to great length to expose Indian- White hatred that doesn't ex- ist. Surely Mr. Fox knows 100 Years criticized white people as a white person and signed his letter Not 100 Years Mr. Fox's name is curiously similar to that of Mormon prophet Joseph Fielding Smith. I think Mr. Fox is try- ing to give Mormons a bad im- age I wouldn't be surprised if he's the same guy that did the Chinook article debunking the Book of Mormon. TO Bow Island Civic affairs check The episodes surrounding the power plant sale have forced Lethbridge residents to take a long clear look at a lot of things. it points up the need for the people to have representatives in power who can keep a check on civic af- fairs at all times. It is only in times of crises that the public can be aroused to act as one body. As we have seen even this does not always prevail. We need represen- tatives on all boards and coun- cils at all times. The second significant thing was the fear that a businessman has of offending another businessman. They need each other for customers and none want to offend a large corporation. Many business people spoke to me during the past few months about the power plant sale. They hoped it would be stopped But none presented a It was only on the last public hearing that the chamber of commerce had an excellent brief opposing the sale. But no representative appeared to read this brief. The same rock the attitude is responsible in a large part for city council not protesting such things as the fantastic rise in price of locally produced sugar. JIM BURNESS Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING DONALD R. DORAM Managing Editor General Manager I just bumped into the sales- girl who sold me this coat- she's married now and has three children. ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;