Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HtRALD Monday, July II, 1973 Maurice Western Who is to be believed? Those Tho like UN Secretary General Run Walclhcim and V'orld Council of Churches General Secre- tary Eugene Carson re- cenlly expressed concern over alleg- ed bombing of dikes in North Viet- nam have been described by U.S. President Richard Nixon as dupes of Hanoi's propaganda. It is quite pos- sible that men such as Waldheiin and Blake have been victimized by skil- ful propaganda even though they in- sist that they have confirmation from reliable independent sources. Abso- lute assurance about what is happen- ing in international affairs is hard to come by. Mr. Nixon's own denial of the bomb- ings has to make its way to credibi- lity against the whole miserable his- tory of deceit regarding the Vietnam war on the part of a succession of U.S. administrations. If Mr. Nixon has now become believable on things concerning the war it has to be be- cause people have developed amnesia cr because they have come to trust the president somehow. Hanoi has never had a monopoly uii propaganda so far as the war is concerned. The fact is that Mr. Nixon no more than Mr. Waldheim or Dr. Blake has not been to North Viet- nam to see for himself if the dikes are intact or bombed. He has to take the word of his military officials who have not always been completely can- did about what they have been doing in Vietnam even with their com- mander in chief. Even a visit to North Vietnam to view the evidence first-hand might not yield proof. Sir Robert Thomp- son, a special adviser to President Nixon on the Vietnam war, has put his finger on an important consider- ation when he said that Jane Fonda American actress who has re- cently been in North Vietnam hasn't the training to be able to dis- tinguish when or how a dike was damaged. The North Vietnamese also are careful to let people see only what they want them to see in the way of evidence contrived or other- vise. Columnist Joseph Kraft, who has been in North Vietnam recently, says he saw two undoubted examples of hits on the dikes. Mr. Kraft is a much more qualified observer than Miss Fonda and is not nearly as naive about the kind of regime in North Vietnam as his first col- umn about his recent visit indicates. What Mr. Kraft sensibly noted about the bombed dikes was that "given the number of American sorties (about 200 per day recently) and the extent of the dikes (about miles) it would be remarkable if there were not some hits on the dikes." The most plausible conclusion is that both Mr. Nixon and the accusers of bombed dikes have some truth in their statements. The whole truth is very likely that the dikes have been hit but not intentionally at least not to Mr. Nixon's knowledge or in accord with his orders. Take a delight in dogs The quality of life in Lethbridge is everyone's concern. Would that qual- ity be improved, would it make for a better Lethbridge. if the city crack- ed down much harder on dogs, as is proposed in new measures being con- sidered by city council? We respectfully suggest that it would not. Lethbridge should be clean but not sterile. It should be prosperous but not ostentatious. It should be serene but not silent. It should be cultured but not remote. It should be ambi- tious but only for the good things. To make the city virtually unin- habitable for dogs would make it less happy for most children and many adults and therefore a poorer city. No one has a right to impose a dog nuisance on his neighbor. On the other hand no one in a living com- munity, a community concerned for its children, has a right to complete immunity from the presence of dogs. In re-writing the dog bylaw, cily council should keep its values in prop- er order. Dogs have an important place in any self-respecting urban community. ART Calling Bobby Fischer I a few weeks Presi- dent Nixon will have to make one of the most important decisions of his Admin- istration. He will have to decide whether or not he puts a telephone call through to Iceland if Bobby Fischer wins the World Championship Chess Tournament. There hasn't been an antihero like Bob- by Fischer in years. His behavior before and during the tournament caused one Washington Post reader to write, "Fischer Is the only American who can make every- one in the United States root for the Rus- sians." Based on what Fischer has been doing In Iceland, the President's call could go something like this: "Hello Bobby, this Is President Nixon. I ]ust wanted to call and congratulate you on your victory in Iceland." "Make it short will you? I'm tired.'' "This is a great day for America, Bob- by." "It's a greater day for me. I won 000, and I showed these Icelandic creeps a thing or two." "You know, Bobby, I almost made the chess team at Whittier College." "Big deal." "But I went out for football instead." "Is that what this call is all "Now wait a minute, Bobby. I always call anyone who wins a championship for America. I would like to give you a white- tie dinner at the White House when you come back." "How much will you pay me lo "Pay you? I don't pay people to have dinner at the White "Then what's in it for "I'll invite the Cabinet, t h e Supreme Court, the leaders of Congress and every rich Republican chess player in the country. I'll get Guy I.omhardo !o play after dinner. It's Ihc least I can do for someone who beat the great Spassky." "All right. I'll come, hut these arc my demands; You send the presidential piano to Iceland to pick me up. You personally meet me at the plane and provide me with a limousine, a suite of rooms, a private tennis court, my own swimming pool and 30 Secret Service men so I'm not bugged by the press." "I think I can do that, Bobby." "And no television cameras." "No television "I hate television cameras. They send me into a frenzy. If I see one television camera at the dinner, I'm walking out." "Don't worry, Bobby. There won't be any television cameras." "And no talking while I'm eating. I can't eat when people talk." "It's very difficult to hold a large din- ner at the White House aad not have any- one talk." "That's your problem. If I hear noise of any kind, you're going to have to get yourself another world champion chess "Anything you say, Bobby. It's your din- ner." "What time is this shindig of yours going to take "I thought about eight o'clock." "I'll be there at nine. I don't like to stand around and make small talk with a Jot of stuffed-shirt politicians." "I understand, Bobby." "And I'm bringing my own chair. I can't cat when I'm using someone else's chair. And you better know this right now, 1 don't like bright lights when I'm eating. If Ihe lights are too bright, I don't start the first course." "No bright lights. I got you, Bobby. I just want to add how proud we all arc of you. You're an inspiration to the young people of America." The President hangs up and calls Rich- ard Helms of Ihe CIA. "Dick, I'm sending the presidential plane to Iceland lo pick up Bobby Fischer. Do me a favor. After lie's on board, will you see that it's high- jacked to (Toronto Star Syndicate) Lack of experience Ry HIIIIR T PASSED in the pre nuptial nlfair for Suihart because 1 suspected my v. i.'c wouldn't have appreciated it if I had had a v. illi I lie boys on tho occa- iiion of her birthday. I was ronccrncil Hint Ilir mipht Inke It a bit of an affront lhat I failed lo slinw tit tho staji parly jn Jiis Lonor or Hut rest of the fellows might think I was reluc- tant to coiifih up my share for the fcstivi- tira. Hut Judi reassured mo lhat It was okay fur me to stay homo with Klspclh. "It would be out of character for you any- she said. Which is just another way of laying 1 wouldn't know how to baliaval Polymer sale bound to raise questions QTTAWA The side of Poly- mer to the Canada Devel- opment Corporation is a curious transaction, as it was bound to be in the circumstances. No doubt It will prompt many questions when Parliament Is ngain In session. There is a persuasive case for selling Polymer to private en- terprise. It was born of unusual wartime conditions and exists as an odd duck among Crown corporations. In the absence of compelling reasons, why should a state company continue to en- gage in highly diversified opera- tions, both national aud interna- tional, within purely business fields? A normal sale would involve no particular problem. While Polymer may be odd, It Is at least profitable. The govern- ment would be expected to seek the highest possible price for as- sets belonging to the Canadian public. It would choose a time when prospects appeared most attractive and would doubtless benefit from competition among bidders. It has been apparent for some lime that this situation would not exist. The government, until recently, owned Polymer out- right; it also at the recent time owns the Canada Development Corporation outright. In addi- tion, because the CDC has been so controversial, it has a very strong political interest in the corporation's future success. Thus the government was sell- Ing to the government; further- more, having committed itself to the CDC as purchaser, it had ruled out the possibility of com- petitive bids. In oilier words, the ministers were caught in the clearest pos- sible conflict of interest. Docs this mailer since Poly- mer is merely being transferred from one government pocket to another? The difficulty Is that the gov- ernment, having sold Polymer to the CDC, proposes to retain only a 10 per cent interest in that company, with the rest passing to private Investors. How much then are the taxpay- ers receiving for their asset? What assurance have they that the deal Is fair? On paper, they are receiving million, plus an Indetermi- nate to million on future earnings. In fact, no cash has changed hands. The government-owned CDC has paid the government with common shares. Such transactions are provided lor In tho CDC legislation. In the same fashion the govern- ment quite regularly buys stock in the CNR and has yet to re- ceive any return on them. But the company may "at its sole it chooses and when it back such shares, which will be in excels of the lu per cent interest the government proposes to hold In tho CDC. At that stage, then. "I know you're hiding in there somewhere coming in after Letters to the editor Repertorial attitude needs major reappraisal I am writing this lelter as much in sorrow as in anger, lo express my disappointment in the declining quality of ser- vice which The Herald Is ren- dering to southern Alberta. We have witnessed in the past weeks a biased, wrongheaded series on the University of Lelhbridge, a local news page which devoled more space lo Miss Teenage America (what- ever that may be) than to the graduation of local nurses; and finally, on July 4th, a story (I use the word advisedly) about the Gait School of Nursing which served no useful purpose. Having been involved in the last incident, it appears to me that the people and events in- volved have been misquoted and misrepresented to manu- facture a story to conform with Young voters being coddled A host of yoL voters, soon to cast ballots for uie first time, will certainly welcome the criminal code changes design, ed to circumvent conviclifr.s for possession of certain drugs. It must be coincidence that this progressive step toward control of the problem, this liberalization of drug policy, should come on the eve of a general election. And it is truly shameful lhat there will be insufficient lime to gel government oper- ated dispensaries into opera- tion, to provide freely for Iho needs of addicts, at public ex- pense. Democracy moves loo slowly. A farmer's vole loday is worth Iwo cents a bushel. A pensioner Is worth about eigh- teen cents a month. A v'Ucgc idiot car, gel tnousands and thousands of dollars merely for the asking, for any asinine scheme he can think of. His vote is more generously priced, because he is young, impres- sionable, unproductive, recrea- tion oriented, and some falter- ing politician gets to make a big loud announcement. The harassed businessman struggles mountains of forms and reports, deduclions and permits, appll- cfl'-loiis, prepayments, repay- ments, penalties, interest and red tape. We can expect inves- tigations, reassessments, con- fiscation, prosecution, embar- rassment, anguish and con- tempt for our efforts. The other half, the visionar- ies who may now loll Indolent- ly about in their sweet scented fog while they spend the money we earn, are quite fortunate in not being subject to an audit. L. K. WALKER Milk River. Wind-free Thursdays? Seeing that Alderman Bill Kergan is going to insist that we can only burn our trash on Sportsmanship questioned A recent editorial, entitled Debunking chess champs, staled that a 14 year old mic- rocephalic imbecile who never advanced beyond the eighth grade won a chess tournament of 110 entrants. Shortly after the tournament he was denied entrance to high school and was committed to a mental institution. I am sure that from this latter place of residence he could write far better editorials I han some which have appeared in your paper lately and give a far greater exhibition of sportsmanship. Things like this crop up in many fields besides chess and In no way can it be accepted as K crilcrion to Iho sixteen million or so devotees of Iho game. I am sure anyone con- nected with mental institutions will lell you lhat inmates ollen nre I hose of broken down super Intelligence. I did not sl.irt lo play chess until I was 61 years of nge. T would not take n million dol- lars for what the game has clone fur inc. Why not be a. booster instead of a knocker at opportunity? I have played chess by cor- respondence with hundreds of college students and it has been my experience "The better the chess player the better the stu- dent." In England I played in several different clubs and the men I met there were highly respected in their communi- ties. The nearest club I can find around here is Calgary where they don't go out of their way lo knock the game, as in this paper. The editorial concluded willi a quotation from a Texan at Ihe Kpassky-Fischcr match. "All chess bugs arc crazy or at best no more inlelligcnl I han the rest of us." Sounds like lot of sour grapes lying around somewhere and while I hnvo never heard of n single chess player making the stnlcmcnt lhat he was more intelligent tlmn anyone else, I ca'.niot help but wonder Just how Ihe editor- ial writer, this Texan nnd snmo of the rcsl of us would like Io Biibmit to nn IQ lesl along with Spassky, Fischer, Gcllcr, Ollgoric nnd n few more liko them. LEO W. SPENCER Cardtlon, Thursdays, It Is only fair that we insist that he coiuine his smoking only to Thursdays be- tween dawn and dusk. All the tobacco smoked In this town is a health hazard to more people than all the burn- Ing barrels. If a person wants to kill themselves smoking, that is their funeral, but unfortun- ntely many who never touch it themselves are forced to Inhale and suffer almost the same bad effects, and seemingly, are powerless to do anything about it. And why only one day a week for burning trash? Mr. Kergan has lived here long enough to know that there might very well a 70 m.p.h. wind blowing and ix> one would dare bum. Thursday might quite easily ho "unbumnblc" several weeks lu a row. Then what do we do? City council keeps raising the charge for taking garbage nnd if we can't bum, they arc going to have lo pul on a greal many more trucks lo handle It. Then, no doubt, they will pass nnolh- cr bylaw lo the effect that Iho garbage Irucks won'l lake Ibis kind of Irash, or lhat kind o( (rash, so what do we do Ihen? Dump il in Iho yards of those who vole for this bylnw nnd let thorn find Iho solullon? "J1URNED UP" the headline supplied. I would suggest that Herald reporters be instructed to report quota- tions accurately, and leave creative interpretation to Ihe editorial page. The "controversy" which was so imaginatively reported on July 4tk was, by that time, well on the way to resolution, with the active participation of all responsible parties. The peo- ple who took the story to The Herald only satisfied their own appetite for mischief-making. They served no useful purpose. It seems to me that The Her- ald should either reappraise its repertorial altitude, or re- move the quotation "The Her- ald Serves the South" from its masthead. FRANK A. RUSSELL Lethbridge. Serendipity The news these days Is most- ly crime and grime, but I am particularly delighted when I find an article in the paper written by Margaret Luck- hurst or Fraser Hodgson. It's an unexpecled Ireat, a sort of serendipity. Let's keep them writing! GRACE SNOW Milk River. Looking Tlirongh the Herald 1922 A hundred per tent better than last year's. This is the opinion of many visitors to the Exhibition grounds this morning, as they witnessed the exhibits pouring in by buggy, automobile and truck. 1932 In the Boys' and Girls' Calf Competition at t h e Lethbridge Exhibition this week the first prize calf sold for 16 cents a pound to the Teco Store and will bo offered tho Lclh- Ihe public may obtain some of its money. The price Is not lo be less than the average price paid by the government for Ihe shares (set at subject to an important qualification. "But the Governor in Council may waive the requirements of this provision in respect of any common shares of the company when the net asset value of the common shares of the company is less than Ihe average price paid by Ihe Government of Can- ada for the shares and has been less than that value for a period of at least twelve months." What the CDC appears to be getting for an Indefinite period is an interesl-free loan. If Ihere is ever a waiver, as permitted by the legislation, we will pay interest to it. In a popular phrase of the distant past, this is nice work If you can get it. The CDC is elated by its pur- chase. How elated should the tax-payers be? Mr. Drury states that two de- partments evaluated the rop- erly. Unfortunately the objecliv- ily of departments in such a sit- ualion is highly suspect. There was also a report by Ihe firm o! Wood, Gundy Ltd. This might be more enlightening. Whether it will enlighten anybody Is doubtful since the government normally declines lo produce re- ports dealing with the internal state of commercial companies. Doubts may rise from tho facts which are known. Polymer has been a money-maker. Its peak year was 1969 when it made a profit of minion. In the nine years prior to 1971 its nel earnings exceeded million. Last year, for reasons outlined in its annual report and considered transitory, its profit after taxes slipped to (Was this reflected in the var- ious But this was abnormal. According to Ian Rush, Polymer's president, the company expects an average re- turn in profit of mil- lion to million. Polymer, quite Independently of the CDC deal, had made am- bitious plans for expansion. It may require million to million for expansion in the next five years. Mr. Rush comments significantly lhat it may gener- ate 80 per cent of this, looking to the CDC or the private bond market for the balance. A com- pany which expects to generate funds of that magnitude is ob- viously no cripple. The value of its assets in de- preciated land, buildings and equipment is reported to be According to Anthony Hamp- son, CDC president, It was hard to arrive at a price because of Polymer's poor showing last year. But any company encoun- ters the occasional bad year. The long term record is suffi- ciently impressive lo inspire doubts lhat Ihe decision was very hard for Mr. Hampson. On the olher hand, it would not ap- pear from what we know that the government negoliated with that tenacily which would hava characterized a private seller in the circumstances. Was it re- strained by Its natural desire to pump up the CDC? The facts, and Mr. Hampson's comment, provoke a second question. If Ihe government was Indeed actuated solely by a de- sire to achieve the best price for the taxpayers, why did it sell out at this particular time? Mr. Hampson, encouraged by his experience, is now turning an acquisitive eye on the gov- ernment's holdings in Pan-Arc- tic. This will present different problems; plainly, they are worth a great deal although tha company is not in production. But perhaps the government will lake a sympathetic, short term view. After all, the coun- try has been led to expect big things of the CDC and it may need some nice, economy-priced nest-eggs if it is to escape the unnerving experiences of the General Investment Corporation in Quebec. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) backward bridge shopping public. 1842 Approximately miners m the Crow's Nest Pass are idle loday as a result of al- leged violations Ihe mining companies of Ihe Pass wage scale agreements with the Unit- ed Mine Workers of America. 1952 The nursing silualion at the Isolation hospital was reported improved Thursday as Lethbridge's tenth case of polio Ihis year was received fo r treatment. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBIHDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0013 Member or Tha Canadian Press and Iho Canadian Dally Newspaper Association end tha Audit Bureau of Circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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