Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Peace talks pessimism dispelled By CY FOX Canadian Press Slatf Writer Henry Kissinger's meetings in Paris with chief ne- gotiator Lo Due Tho of North Vietnam has dispelled some of the pessimism which has long shrouded the Indochina peace talks in the French capital. Kissinger, United States President Nixon's foreign affairs adviser, is reported to be encouraged by the prospect of further private meetings between himself and Le Due Tho, who Is a member of the North Vet- namese politburo. Conditions In the Vietnam battlefield might be such as to make the Communist North slightly less confi- dent of its victory chances than it was previously and therefore more amenable to peace-table compro- mise. The South Vietnamese claim to be making pro- gress in their counter attacks against-the Commu- nists, three months after troops From the North launched crucial drives towards cities like Quang Tri. The situation has prompted some Western obser- vers to suggest that certain ranking Communists in the North now may be regretting the conversion of their army from an essentially guerrilla force into a more conventional military organization. Need U.S. aid But on the South Vietnamese side, it is hardly ad- visable for officials to deceive themselves into think- ing that their current state of modest military gains would have been possible without the continuing Am- erican air support and the blockade imposed on North- ern ports by President Nixon. Realism in this respect might reduce Saigon's re- sistance to the idea of eventually making some con- cessions to Hanoi. In Washington, meanwhile, Nixon and his aides find themselves within four months of the presidential and congressional elections. Democratic candidate George McGovern seemingly intends to maintain his peace-in-Vietnam plank as a main theme of his campaign for the presidency. A tactic used by Nixon in the past has been that of im- plementing enough of an opponent's program to leave the opposition with little basis for further complaint about vital issues. Already the president's trips to Peking and Mos- cow have detracted from his reputation as a dogmatic cold-war-anti-Comm unist. Defuses doves Now Kissinger's sessions with Le Due Tho indi- cate that the president may be planning to defuse McGovern's electorate appeal as an arch opponent of the Vietnam war. In any event, Nixon is probably anxious to present himself in as good a light as possible in the matter of his Vietnam policies. In general, considerations of this kind are useful points of reference for anyone trying to explain ths present evidence that peace-making efforts are being intensified on both sides in the Vietnam conflict. Yet great obstacles to peace remain, notably the American position that military and political matters Ehould be kept separate in any negotiations and the Hanoi position to the contrary. Moreover, Hanoi may genuinely wish to keep the peace talks in an inconsequential state hoping for a McGovern victory In November and, with it, easier settlement terms. Whatever happens, the spotlight now has definitely switched to the Kissinger-Lo Due Tho side of the Viet- nam talking marathon. Woolliams sees parole system as vote issue By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Calgary North MP Eldon Wooliams says the Canadian public should demand a full judicial inquiry into temporary leave and parole prgroams for prisoners. Mr- Wooliams, shadow justice minister in the Pro- gressive Conservative Opposition, made the statement following the charging earlier this week of a 24-year-old prisoner on parole in the death of a 16-year-old Leth- bridge, girl. The man, David William Threinen, was jailed for three years for robbery in 1970. He was arrested in Lethbridge July 15 after the body of Angela Hucmer was foimd in a ditch. The latest incident involving prisoners on the loose comes sharply on the heels of the charging of Charles David Head, a child-rapist, with the murder in June of a seven-year-old Tanya Busch of Vancouver. Head was on temporary leave at the time Tanya disappeared. Mr. Wolliams brought the Head case up in Parliament and was originally rebuked and scorned by Solicitor- General Jean-Pierre Goycr and Prime Minister Trudeau for suggesting that Head might have been connected with Tanya's death. The Calgary MP described the current situation as "ridiculous and unbelievable." He also cast doubts on statements by Mr. Goycr that inmntcs on temporary leave and parole cause little trouble. "Quite frankly, T don't know if Mr. Goyer is being linncsl. when he says only a small percentage of in- males rauso trouble. "Mr. finyer obviously has his priorities confused, lie s.iys rehabilitation of Hie criminal comes before protection of the public. The prime minister obviously supports him on this issue. It should be the other way firmind. I'm sure Ihe people in British Columbia and Alberta certainly feel so said the MP. "The prime minister has obviously fully endorsed Mr. fioyer's ideas, but I'm sure if Ihe public could speak on I he issue I hey would put protection of tho Individual first. I can sec this becoming n major elec- tion said Mr. Woolllnms. HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 70-75 The lethbridge Herald 'Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 188 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JULY 22, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 58 PAGES Common Market now richest trading bloc in the world BRUSSELS (AP) Six West- ern European countries signed into a junior partnership with the Common Market today, launching the world's richest trading bloc. The signers were Austria, Ice- land, Portugal, Sneuen, Switz- erland and Lichtenstein. Fin- land initialled the treaties and IB expected to sign formally after a new government is in- Stalled in Helsinki. The newly-developing 16-na- tlon bloc starts dismantling tar- iff barriers on factory gooda Jan. 1 and promises to become a major challenge to the world's biggest industrial U.S., the Soviet Union and Japan. 18 dead, 130 injured Bloody Ulster strife attains fresh heights Troops, Protestants retaliate for blitz OBLIVIOUS A youngster, seemingly unaware of the danger confronting him, crouches behind a British Army marksman, with gun ready, this morning, following another night of shooting and violence in Belfast. MP backs Weatherman way co-operate better camps at Waterton WATERTON Allen Sula- tycky Liberal MP for Rocky Mountain, has thrown his sup- port behind a request for im- proved campgrounds at Water- ton National Park. The chamber of commerce here has asked the federal gov- ernment for another site of equal size in anolher location in the park to replace Cameron Lake campground which is be- ing phased out. Upgrading of present camp- sites and overflow areas was also requested. Mr. Sulatycky, a member of a federal parks committee, is currently touring national parks in Western Canada. He met chamber officers at Waterton on July 19. "The chamber executive felt the meeting was very success- ful and are hopeful that their proposals and suggestions made for Waterton park will be carried out at a later said chamber president Eman- uel Cohen. OH By RON CALDWELL Herald Staff Writer A lot of people are going to have to click through the turn- stiles today if an attendance record is to be set at the 1972 edition of Whoop-Up Days. At 9 p.m., the exhibition was almost short of last year's record-setting attend, ance of On Friday, 14, 948 took in the fair, bringing the total to On the corresponding day last year, entered the fair grounds. However, Friday last year was Kiddies Day, resulting in the wide difference in comparative figures. The weatherman Is promis- ing a break for the final day of the fair. He says it will be mainly sunny with a few iso- lated showers In some localities Attendance Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Salurday T4.94S ('64) ('69) (72) (70) ('66) (71) (71) Human error caused worst train crasli LEBRIJA, Spain (Reuter) Spain's worst train disaster, which left 76 persons dead and 103 injured, was caused by a driver of a small passenger train failing to notice a red light before crashing head-on into the Madrid-Cadiz express, Alfredo Sanchez Bella, information and tourism minister, says. "The accident was due to human the ferrobus (the small train) did not notice a red signal and this was the cause of the trag- the minister told report- ers Friday night. Flight rules tightened for moon-bound astronauts WASHINGTON (A P) Troubled over attempts to reap personal gain out of the lunar landings, the National Aeronautics and Space Ad- ministration said today it is toughening flight rules for Apollo 17, the last of the cur- rent series of manned mooned missions. The agency said it is consi- dering eliminating the so- called personal preference kils, the packets in which as- tronauts have been permitted to carry light articles for later distribution as souvenirs to family and friends. A spokesman said instruc- tions were issued to the as- tronauts before the Apollo 16 mission last April on what was permissible to carry to the moon and what was not. The trouble seems to be that once an item, such as a coin, a medal or a stamp- and-envclope, has touched the moon and then been returned to earth it assumes astonish- ing monetary value. and highs of 65-70. It will be cool again this evening as the temperature is expected to drop to the mid 40s. Sunday will also be sunny and a bit warmer with highs of 70-75. One of Friday's most popular attractions was the slate of an- tics dreamed up by the Youth Exhibition Board. They had a hula hoop contest which Char- lene Balog won by twirling the hoop for more than seven min- utes. More than 500 soft, creamy pies were thrown during the pie fight; two teams managed to squeeze, push, bend and kick 22 people each into a Volkswagen but no one could reach the top of the greased pole. The prize will be do- nated to the Lethbridge Asso- ciation for the Mentally Retard- ed. Today's activities include horse racing with a 10-raca card getting underway at 2 p.m. The final rodeo competi- tions are set for p.m. Today will also see three lucky people walk off with the big prizes of the week. The Jaycees will be awarding a 000 bar of gold and the Kins- men will be giving away two 19F2 cars. By COLIN FROST BELFAST (AP) British troops swept into Roman Catho- lic strongholds here early today under heavy fire from guerrilla snipers in continuing gun batlles that brought the death toll from a two-day bloodbath of bombing and shooting to at least 18. Gunfire erupted all, over this battle-scarred capita] when the troops launched their attacks in the wake of a terrorist bomb blitz Friday that killed 11 per- sons and wounded more than 130. At least seven others died in the gun battles. The army said the soldiers came under guerrilla fire as they moved into the Markets, Lower Falls and Andersonstown sectors after midnight in "large-scale selected opera- tions." At least two soldiers were wounded in the offensive, or- dered by the British administra- tor for Northern Ireland, Wil- liam Whitelaw, in retaliation for the blitz Friday. The army refused to say how many troops were involved, but units from several regiments advanced into the three zones, all known as bastions for the outlawed Irish Republican Army whose Provisional wing claimed responsibility for Fri- day's savage bombings. An army spokesman said tha bomb attacks were believed to have been launched from these sectors. He said troops found large caches of gelignite, hand grenades and bomb-making ma- terials in the swoops. A large number of IRA sus- pects was arrested, but many were later released. The spokes- man said 31 were detained for interrogation. As the troops shot it out with shadowy gunmen in the dar- kened streets, fierce gun battles were raging all across the bomb-scarred city. At least seven persons were killed in the shooting which began Friday night as the city reeled from the 22-bomb blitz. The slayings from the bombs and gunfighls brought the death toll in Northern Ireland's three years of relentless violence to 409. But the most menacing gun battle broke out around another part of the Markets and other Catholic citadels when guerril- las were blasted by Protestant revenge squads mobilized to punish the IHA for Friday's bomb carnage that left debris- strewn streets running in blood. At least four men died in these fierce firefights, but just how many gunmen from the two rival factions were involved was not known. Troops found a man and a girl slumped side by side in a bullet-riddled auto in (he Markets when the firing died down just before dawn. That Shootout heightened fears that Ulster was sliding over the brink of sectarian strife into civil war as the long- feared Protestant backlash ex- ploded. The Provisional' Belfast Bri- gade sent carloads of gunmen racing through the city in an apparent bid to cause chaos and keep security forces chasing shadows. One hit-and-run squad raked a group of teen-age boys and girls in Clifton Street, wounding two of them. The bombs, exploding at the rate of one a minute for one period in a chain reaction of horror, were timed to blast the Belfast city centre when it was packed with weekend shoppers. For an hour, the bombs wept off, sending screaming panic- stricken women and children fleeing, unaware they were only running into the path of more blasts. Mangled bodies and maimed, moaning victims lay twisted in the streets as troops and armed police tried to dear the chaos. Men, women and children were mowed down in the explo- sions by scything shrapnel-like glass and brick fragments. Fires broke out. Ambulances and fire engines wailed through the devastation. Reds leaving Egypt Nixon picks Agiiew as running mate WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon has again selected Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew lo be his running mate in the November United States presi- dential elections, it was an- nounced today. BEIRUT CAP) Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was quoted today as saying the num- ber of Russian advisers leaving Egypt was and their with- drawal would be completed by the end of the week. The leftist Beirut Al Anwar, which has close ties with Egypt, also reported from Cairo that Egypt will continue to provide the Soviet navy with refuelling and refitting facilities at Egyptian ports. Sadat emphasized that Soviet civilian advisers engaged in in- dustrial projects and in electrifi- cation of the countryside will continue their work, The paper said Sadat made these statements in a meeting earlier this week with Egyptian Seen and heard About town rjOirNTV Councillor Ilmry Nimiml lighting up a cig- arcltc nnd confiding to fellow Councillor Otto Wohick that smoking is one of his few re- maining pleasures in life, which was Immcdintcly chal- lenged by Jim Nicol Man Cminlnnd telling n n y Mnr- nocli Ihe fastest horses nt Whoop-Up Downs belong lo Bill West, nnd then adding they were real mudders. Minister says upgraded services for mentally retarded in offing editors and information minis- try officials. The Egyptian leader reviewed the reasons behind his decision to send military advisers home and said one of them was (lie "atmosphere of suspicion" that he said characterized relations between the two countries. Sadat was quoted as saying the atmosphere dated to the days of his predecessor, the lale Gamal Abdel Nasser, who origi- nally suggesled a Soviet-Eygp- tian friendship treaty to reas- sure the Russians and eliminate suspicion. The treaty was signed in May, 1971. After receiving a "disappoint- ing message" from Soviet lead- ers on July 8 on the outcome of the U.S.-Soviet summit in May, Sadat was quoted as saying lie could not wait any longer and made his decision. By JOB MA Herald Staff Writer The Alberta government will introduce new legislation lo prndo services lo Iho menially retarded nexl spring, Health nnd Social Development Minis- ter Neil Crawford said here Friday night. He said the government's lino of action lo improve tho lot of the mentally retarded will be similnr lo that on menial henllh. "We will introduce the legis- lation in the spring session, wait for public feedback in tho summer, and make it a new act irt the fall." Mr. Crawford said when he look over as minister Ihe pre- vious government had madn commitments in I lira areas senior citizens, mental health and mental retardation. "We were able lo improve our services lo senior citizens without enacting new legis- ho said in nn interview nt a Youlh Across Canada With The Menially Retarded banquet at Ihe Holiday Inn. "The new mental health set will bo passed this fall and I want to fulfil the commitments within my ministerial jursidic- lion within flic next he paid. Mr. r'rawfnrd snld HIP nrw menial hcallh act "will not be. loo much different" from (ho proposed net which received ils first and second readings at the spring session of the legis- lature. Mr. Crawford also said: The government will not in- clude dental care In prepaid medical instance "in Ihe im- mediate future" because of the cost factor; The government will not change the existing net cover- ing Ihe chiropractors in the province. Mr. Crawford said Ihe Allwrla Medical Association lias rcciiicslod that chiropractic coverage be optional iaslcad of compulsory, but "we have no Intention lo change the present Home-care programs will be Introduced In the province "if It is found lo be The government Is working wilh Iho federal government on boiler cost-sharing method in health services.