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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Trudeau recovery engineered in Ontario Russia and the Balkans Although attention in the Middle East has been focussed on the Arab Israeli and now on the coup and possi- ble civil war in the Soviet Union has taken a step in southeastern Europe which may have an equal effect on the balance of power in the eastern Mediterranean. The Russians have not had a base of operations in that area since the Egyp- tians expelled their fleet from Alex- andria and their planes from Egyptian air bases in 1972. They had previously lost the Albanian port of Valona as a sub- marine base and Yugoslavian har- bors have been unavailable since Marshal Tito defected from the Soviet bloc Now the Russians have told Romania that they want an extra territorial land corridor through that country to Bulgaria. The corridor would run through the Romanian Black Sea province of Dobruja and would contain a Russian type broad gauge railway. It is wanted for moving commer- cial traffic and troops into Bulgaria. This ties in with a hint dropped by Bulgaria's Communist party leader not long ago that that country might become the 16th republic in the U.S.S.R. It already has the closest links with the Soviet Union and is the most docile of the Communist countries in eastern Europe. The supposition is that Russia is less interested in Bulgaria than in the countries it mainly where a change in leadership is immi- nent given Marshal Tito's age. With access to Adriatic ports which might come about with such a Russia would also be able to exert pressure on Italy where the central parties are weakening and some sort of movement on the left or right is not unexpected. access to naval bases in the Mediterranean would offset Russia's loss of influence in the Arab par- ticularly when the Suez Canal is and it would re establish the Soviet Union as a dominant military power in that part of the world. There is no doubt that western diplomats are watching this situation carefully. Whether the Romanians will acquiesce easily is another matter. Since they succeeded in persuading Khrushchev to withdraw Russian troops in 1958 they have been successful in keeping them out. They have now told the Russians that if all they want is to put troops in Bulgaria they can transport them by water across the Black Sea. This is not enough of a however. Russia needs the land rail cor- ridor in order to apply effective pressure on Yugoslavia Albania as at a time when that country will be most when Tito dies or retires. Social reform The Finer Committee on One-Parent Families in Britain has just published its with one of the main recommendations being a guaranteed maintenance for both men and women raising their children alone. After two years' the report seems to have been published at the worst possible according to the London just when the Wilson government is grappling with severe inflation and heavy unemployment. Although the Labor government is committed to a policy of universality in social Mrs. Barbara minister of social has given the idea a cool reception. With over single the bill would run over million. In with a smaller number the cost would be considerably less and the implementation would result in a lowering of the number of assistance recipients. It is something that might well be considered in view of the social benefits that would accrue. Another suggestion of merit from the Finer committee is a rearranging of the law courts dealing with family as the Observer resulting in one law and one administration for rich and poor and eventually in a combination of family law and social administration. Something similar may happen in Alberta through recommendations made to the Kirby Commission on Law Reform which may be incorporated in the report expected in 1975. Judge Marjorie Bowker of has said Alberta is the best place to build a unified court to deal with as many family matters as possible in one court. Women's groups have made representations to the commission telling of the humiliation and defeat families suffer when dealing with several different courts in arranging child etc. It is interesting to see that both Canada and Britain are looking at very similar reforms at approximately the same time. In this instance the gap appears to be narrowing on the often heard line that North America is always behind Europe in adopting trends. ART BUCHWALD A letter to Frank To Frank Sinatra Wherever You Are- Dear Blue I just wanted to tell you how shocked all of us here in America were when we heard the Australians had cut off your-room service and refused to refuel your private airplane just because you called women reporters and said male reporters were who never do an honest day's work in their I mean didn't they know who they were messing As soon as the bulletin came out on the wire I called the White House and are you going to do about and you know what the joker on the phone That just shows you what shape the White House is in since all your pals left. I'll tell you one thing. If Spiro was still they wouldn't have asked So I told the chairman of the 01' Blue Eyes himself. The Aussies are holding him hostage because he insulted the press and his people started beating up on reporters. What are you going to do about you know what the bumpkin an internal matter between Mr. Sinatra and the That really got me sore and I you know Frank gave more than to Nixon's Doesn't he get a little service for So this flunky do you want us to I said. he answered like he was shocked or something. would want it that I told him. can't drop a nuclear bomb on Australia just because Mr. Sinatra can't get room he tells me. So I it out with Kissinger before you say no. He owes Frank a I didn't get any satisfaction from the White House so I called the Australian embassy and got the ambassador on the line. I said unless the prime minister of his country personally apologized to Maxine Cheshire would throw a picket line around his embassy and cut off his water and gas. He got a little ner- vous about but he said Australia was a free country and he couldn't do anything about what unions over there decided to do to you. How do you like A free country and they won't even let you rough up a few newspapermen. I told him he wasn't messing around with some pop singer. I said you were the greatest enchilada of them all. I said unless you got some satisfaction for the way you were America was going to lay on a boycott of kangaroo meat that would make the Aussies' heads spin. I think I got the message through because he said he would get in touch with his govern- ment and report back to me. I know you're wondering why I'm doing all for you. The truth is I'm not only doing it for you but for every American entertainer in the world. Unless we stand up for your the United States is going to be treated like a pitiful helpless giant. Look what they did to Sammy Davis in Monaco. If we had nuked 'em after Sammy wasn't invited to a cocktail party at the you wouldn't have had all that trouble in Australia. We've got to draw the line and you're as good a case as any. you worked things out in Australia for the moment. But I wanted you to know how we feel about you here in Washington. Whatever you do abroad is okay with us because you did it your Have a nice A. B. A hard teaching By Doug Walker McKillop United Church's golfing Jon caught up to our foursome one windy day there any windless golf at the tee box of the short llth hole at Henderson Lake Golf Course. While he was watching I demonstrated a splendid five wood shot that was destined to roll close to the but it caught the lip of Calling on good Deuteronomic doctrine Jon said to if you would get to church more often that sort of thing wouldn't happen to That's a hard doctrine that Jon there are only rewards for the perfect apparently. I had only missed church once up By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA-It appears in retrospect that the prime minister's remarkable recovery was engineered primarily in Ontario where the Liberals won back much of the ground lost in 1972. The pattern of changes is interesting and may provide a significant clue to the mind of the electorate. In Metro Toronto and all through the in- dustrial areas of the the Conservatives suffered heavy losses. But in these same con- at the their hopes were very high. Something obviously went badly wrong. Robert to his gave the voters a choice in this election. For him it was almost a one-issue election that issue being price and income controls as a defence against inflation. The Liberals may have persuaded many Canadians that controls would not work. But they probably convinced more that they would work well enough on the wage side but prove ineffective against many of which are affected by external factors. With two-digit the Conservatives should have been in a position to keep the government on the defensive. Mr. Trudeau's aggressive and colorful campaign made that difficult. One of the objec- tives of that campaign to persuade workers that they would be subjected to an even more hurtful squeeze if the Stanfield approach was attempted. There seems to be little doubt that for many was a telling argument. Thus a curious situation with the challenger challenged. Mr. Stanfieid had constantly to ex- plain his none-too-clear offering repeated which tended in turn to spark fresh questions. Ontario is the province which borders Quebec and is much more sen- sitive than most to developments there. By stressing as an Mr. Trudeau suggested an important question to many people. How could a Stanfield ministry govern when the Conservatives appeared headed for oblivion in French As the results there was very little movement in that province the only surprise being the relative success of Real Caouette in maintaining his bloc of hinterland seats against the Liberal assault. It long been a theme of the New Democrats that minority government is good for Canada. The more usual experience has been that it is very hard for minorities. Especially in a sharp drop in NDP support contributed substantially to Liberal gains and to Conser- vative losses. Mr. Lewis preferred an election to the I told you what would happen if we put Trudeau back in A silver lining in Nixon's pockets By William New York Times commentator WASHINGTON For most it is bewildering and too painful to contemplate the' possibility that Richard Nixon entered the White House in 1989 fully intending to use the presidency to make himself a rich man. Since the presidency is sanctified in the U.S. national it boggles the mind to think that any man who has won this great honor might see it as a wonderful opportunity to line his pockets. But it is also a distinct honor to become mayor of one's native city or governor of one's state. Yet trials in criminal courts tell over and over again the chilling story of mayors and governors who set out systematically from the day they took the oath of of- fice to exploit their offices for private gain. When corruption is a recurrent problem at the local and state it is only realism to recognize that sooner or later a financially corrupt man might slip through ine net of public watchfulness and get his hands on the presidency. As soon as Nixon was elected in he bought a house and land in Key for a purchase price of more than Six months he went deeply into debt to buy an estate in California for million. From the it was a mystery how with his modest capital he could hope to pay for and maintain these two expensive properties. this mystery is being though the whole answer is not yet known. he paid very little federal income tax by claim- ing unwarranted deduc- tions. he billed the government for millions of dollars in improvements and maintenance costs on the false basis that the secret ser- vice required them for securi- ty reasons. A third part of the answer begins to emerge in the Senate Watergate Committee's report. Exhibit No. 15 in that report is a confidential memorandum from H. R. Haldeman to John O. Ehrlichman. It reads in BERRY'S WORLD 1974 by Inc may I have some milk money -1 mean some mnnou tn hnu Rebozo has been ask- ed by the president to contact J Paul Getty in London regarding major contributions. would like advice from you or someone as to how this can legally and technically be handled. The funds should go to some operating entity other than the national com- mittee so that we can retain full control of their use. would appreciate your calling him with this ad- vice as soon as possible since the president has asked him to move This memorandum is dated February 1969. Why was the president seeking money less than a month after he entered Money was not needed to pay off any debt from the president's 1968 campaign. That campaign ended with a surplus of more than million that had already been placed in various California bank accounts under the control of Herbert the president's personal lawyer. Whether Getty made a jor to this secret fund is not but Howard Hughes gave in cash and the head of a chain of Florida supermarkets gave also in cash. Despite Rebozo's care in money through accounts controlled by his own the Senate com- mittee has traced some of this cash to show that it was used to pay for improvements on Nixon's Key Biscayne house and to buy a pair of diamond earrings for Mrs. Nixon. When a man is preoccupied with nothing valuable escapes his attention. The constitution explicitly forbids officials of the government from accepting gifts from any foreign king or country. Since the law has provided that all such gifts be turned over to the chief of protocol in the state department for deposit in a museum or other public institution. when Nixon left office as vice president valuable foreign gifts. As soon as he became Nixon transferred record keeping on gifts to himself and his family from the protocol office to an office in the White House. It required a tip from a former White House employee and persistent digging by Maxine Cheshire of the Washington Post to uncover this year the fact that Mrs. Nixon had received valuable jewels from the King of Saudi Arabia. Some of them had not been listed even in the White House's own confidential file until the day after Mrs. Cheshire first inquired about them. A five piece matched set of emeralds and diamonds had been appraised by jeweler Harry Winston in 1970 at Why did the Nixons have jewels privately apprais- ed which under the constitu- tion they had no right to Warning signals about Nix- on have been flashing from the beginning of his but the press and the public refused to heed them. One such warning was the loan that Nixon obtained in 1960 for his brother's roadside restaurant from Howard Hughes. How many other bankrupt restaurants has Hughes loan- ed money Was Hughes taking out a second mortgage on a hamburger joint or a future The White House reeks with scandal today because too many people for too long gave Nixon the benefit of the doubt where no doubt existed. Turner budget in the result he will have both. But in the next Parliament there will be no for presentation to the the reacting against 18 months of recurring have made sure that this time there will be a majority. If Mr. Stanfield's program created something of a credibility gap in Eastern it cannot be said that Mr. Trudeau's appeal carried much conviction west of the lakes. His although elaborate as regards very expen- were developed so late and presented in such a fashion that they were probably dismissed as political gestures. Thus elec- tion watchers in the eastern time zones had a somewhat curious experience. Until the four western provinces began to come the Liberals appeared headed for a massive majority while the Conservatives stood still. After that the Conservative total mounted swiftly while the Liberals inched painfully towards control of our 30th Parliament. Another considering the strength of the wheat is the fact that the Liberals appear to have made only modest gains in western rural ridings although in On- tario they made substantial gains at Conservative expense in farm constituencies. The general opinion is that the eastern result owes a good deal to the aggressive per- sonality of Eugene who successfully established himself as the without apparently arousing much resentment against the Libefals among Ontario consumers. For the next to their escape from NDP cap- the best feature of the election is obviously the restoration of a better balance in the party. Despite their relative weakness in the they no longer have the appearance of a Quebec- dominated party. In the last Parliament more than half their membership came from Quebec in eight of the 10 provinces they were in a minority. The although they have lost some effective members notably Tom House leader in the last and Paul the strongest proponent of controls will remain a strong force in the House of Commons. and perhaps the NDP has suffered los- ing David Lewis and such ex- cellent farm members as Douglas Rowland and Alf G leave In all probability Robert Stanfield has fought his last campaign as Conservative leader. He has failed to get the supreme prize but he will cer- tainly not be remembered as a Manion or Bracken. He came very close to an upset in 1972 and probably will leave his if he does step stronger than he found it. While Canadians did not accept him as a prime he has certainly contributed much that was valuable to our public life and when he leaves he will go as a much respected and well-liked man. crazy CbErV I Fourth floor Games and Mountaineering equipment. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Lethbridge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS.' Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manage HERALD SERVES THE ;