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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Resignation threat 'silliest thing Henry Kissinger has done' By JAMES RESIGN New York Times Service Henry Kissinger's threat to resign is the silliest thing he has done since he came into the government, and is not really to be taken seriously. The issue apparently is whether he "directly" initiated the wire on his White House Associates, denies or whether somebody else them and he went along. This was back in 1969 at the beginning of the first Nixon administration, and it is a fine distinction. Whether he "initiated" the wiretaps or tolerated them in silence is no big deal, Certainly, he knew about them, and this he does not deny. Maybe it could be argued, on Kissinger's own terms, that he should have resigned then rather than go along with tapping the telephones of his own colleagues, or that he should have explained which he "initiated the- issue more explicitly when he came before the Senate foreign relations committee for confirmation as secretary of state But to threaten to resign now in an emotional news conference in Austria at the start of the president's tour of the Middle East, and just belore the really important discussions with the Soviet Union on arms control and trade, and with the Europeans on the future of the Atlantic alliance, is very odd. What startled and diverted Kissinger from his concentration on the great issues of foreign policy was the news conference he held after his long, painful and successful negotiation of the Syrian-Israeli cease-fire in the Middle East. Apparently, he expected to be questioned about how this remarkable compromise had been worked out. Instead, he was confronted by questions that had come up while he was away. They were very hard questions. In short, had he not lied about his part in the wiretapping of his aides in the White House? All last weekend he troubled about these questions. How could the United States, he asked privately, conduct foreign policy if the president was charged with impeachment and the secretary of state was being charged -with perjury? On Sunday last, after reading the charges against him in The New York Times, he considered skipping the Middle Eastern trip with the president. He consulted with his aides in the government and with members of the congress and the press, who told him he was turning an old controversy into an unnecessary crisis. Accordingly, he decided to make the trip, but somewhere along the way apparently he concluded, as he had said last Sunday, that this was a question of personal honor that had to be resolved. His news conference in Austria before a travelling White House press corps that had nothing else to report dramatized his threat to resign. This was obviously the wrong issue, at the wrong time, and in the wrong place, but it illustrates the paradox in Kissinger. He is a highly intelligent and rational man, but he is also deeply sensitive, and he has probably been travelling too far under 109 much tension. Also, going back to the original controversy on the wiretaps, he was, like so many others in the White House, under great pressure from "the other side" of the executive mansion. When there were leaks to the press and Ehrlichman and Haldeman were demanding that the leaks be stopped. Kissinger himself knew he was suspected as being the souice of the leaks. He was not even sure that his own telephones were not being tapped. Somewhere in this atmosphere of suspicion somebody "initiated" the wiretapping proposal, and Kissinger, rightly or wrongly, went along, believing that if he didn't he himself would be accused of the leaks. The Kissinger threat of resignment is only the latest evidence that everybody in the Nixon White House seems to be deranged or corrupted by the lack of trust in that place Even the most intelligent of men do strange things and the Kissinger press conference is stranger than most. There was no great issue about him in the public mind He was the one practical man, dealing successfully with intractable questions, but now he has made a big issue out of it and the congress will have to try to sort it out Meanwhile, he has put himself along with the president as a victim of an irresponsible press, and this is precisely what he- has always tried to avoid. He has wanted to be separate, to keep Watergate and foreign policy apart, but now he has linked them with himself, or at least made a big issue out of them, and this makes things even worse than thev have to be VOL. LXVII 153 The Lethbridae Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1974 10 Cents 64 Pages Power plant discussion may be light Only two groups have formally indicated to the city clerk they will be making presentations to a public meeting Monday night on proposed sale of the municipal power plant. Hostages face trial NAIROBI. Kenya (AP) Ethiopian guerrillas holding four Americans and two Cana- dians are planning to put three of their hostages on trial, in- formed sources in the Ethiopian capital. Addis Ababa, said todav. Ken Seaman, acting clerk, said Tuesday only the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and the International Union of Operating Engineers, which represents workers at the plant, have filed submissions. Anyone wishing to present a brief to the meeting must file notice with the city clerk oy p.m. Thursday. The chamber brief restates its position that more facts should be obtained by council before the plant is sold to Calgary Power. The meeting is scheduled for city council chambers at 7 p.m. and presentations must be shorter than 30 minutes. Council will begin discussion of its regular agenda at 9 p.m. Milk River water scarce By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Some Milk River residents have been without water since the weekend as town crews race against the clock to restore the local water supply One Milk River resident. Dave Russell, ran out of water two days ago and'now packs a five-gallon jerry can of water home from work. Meanwhile. Mayor Cam McKay predicted the town's would be "back to normal" by the end of the week. The mayor said the problem involves the filters which remove calcium carbonate from the domestic water pumped from the Milk River Town employees are cleaning the filters, a job that has to be done about every six months Mayor McKay said strict rationing has been imposed Seen and heard About town Friends of Blake Harris wondering why they haven't seen him since he saw The Exorcist Terry Penney pulled into an irrigation ditch when the St. Bernard he was walking for a friend jumped across iJ and "people have been co- operating in 80 to 90 per cent of the cases." The mayor said some Milk River residents have been turning on sprinklers after hours. Town Councillor Doug St Peter told The Herald today his phone has been ringing with enquiries and complaints. The water shortage, he said, is nothing new for Milk River Shortages usually occur when the filters are cleaned, he said. Mr. St. Peter said farmers are still allowed to buy truckloads of water from the town for agricultural purposes because "you can't deny the farmers and still allow people to sprinkle their gardens and lawns Residents with new lawns are allowed to sprinkle one hour each morning. Of the 900-odd residents in Milk River the hardest hit are those living to the north of town close to the reservoir Because the water system is gravity fed. higher elevations north of iown are Ihe first to lose water pressure and last to return to full pressure Mayor McKay said today that the town's water system is "not large enough tc> handle" current demand. He said (he Jown is designing a second reservoir -Ainch "should be able IP supply the Jown without any difficulty by this time next vcar Meat workers await national vote result lyetbbridge packing nlant and union officials were m dark this morning about a possible national lockout in the meatpacking industry Norm Ix-claire. business representative for 740 of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers, said today no word has been received on tbe outcome of tbe outcome of the workers' national vote on a mediator's recommendation Todav was to have been tbo deadline for a national lockout In Canada Packers Ltd Hums Foods Ltd and Swift Canadian Co Ltd Canada's three major meatpacking rbams But the companies lifted ihe deadline so the workers" votes could be counted Tbe three chains locked out workers in Alberta last week as the result of a pay dispute between Swift'sand the union. which represents all their em pi overs WALTER KERBER Dhoio Summer chatter Gordon Brown's three-week-old magpie doesn't know how to fly yet, but like all magpies he does know how to chatter. Gordon and two friends, Robby Kent and Mike Benoit each took a young magpie home Sunday from nests the trio found in a vacant city lot. Magpies are members of the pigeon family and. the boys say. make good pets. Horner assures review of Carmangay colonies By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CARMANGAY Carmangay residents were assured loday by Deputy Premier Hugh Horner that their concerns about the concentration of Huttenle colonies would be considered the province The residents confronted the cabinet with the charge it was ignoring the wish o1 the majoriU in allowing Hutlente land expansion But in a rarely offered defense of the sect's communal wa> of life, a Hultcnlc representative tbe sei-l was a worthwhile member of Canadian society groups, counties and muninpaliles all called on cabinet ministers, visiting this community 40 miles northwest of Lethbridge. Jo freeze HuSterate land purchases They want the purchases frozen until a land forum repnrl-s tbe government in abnut 18 months In briefs presented to Horner Municipal Affairs Minister Have Russell and ronsurnrr Affairs Minister Hob Howling, representatives said thnr schools and farms were threatened because of new colonies Bui Rev -lacob Waldner of tbe O K Colom at Raymond said distort ions of true facts had been made in accusing colonies of being a drain on society No member of my colonv has ever been convicted of breaking a civil law. no one has ever spent a minuk- in jaiJ. We do nol allow any of our people to become public charges Old age pensions and welfare are built-in factors of tbe HutteriJe way of life "Pon'1 blame us lor this." he pleaded After the meeting here this morning. Dr Horner said emotions clouded the thinking in some of the briefs, but he said serious consideration would be given to concern of high concentration of colonies A Carmangsy committee said no new sebool should be established at a proposed colony in the area It threatened tbe of an alreadv under-populated New grain plan sprouts EDMONTON (CP) A new transportation policy that in- cludes revamping of the entire grain-handling system was announced today by- Prime Minister Trudeau. The wide-ranging statement promised freight rates based on equitable pricing, creation of a reserve freight car fleet and restructuring of ports and harbors. Other highlights- for short hauls will not exceed long-haul rates, as has been the case in the past. and carriers will be protected and "cushioned" "from abrupt changes caused by the new policy. local autonomy for port authorities. rail access from the Prairies to gram ports on the Pacific Coast and at Thunder Bay initiatives to en- courage direct shipment of Canadian-bound goods through Canadian ports Much of the policy is aimed Farmers gamble for crop EDMONTON (CP) Prairie farmers, up to three weeks behind schedule in seeding their crops, are keeping their fingers crossed for ideal weather this fall to harvest their production Seeding was delayed by an ultra-wet spring, particularly in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and although the later-than-usual seeding may not give wheat enough time to mature before the first frost, some farmers this week were still planting wheat m a gamble against the fall weather Some farmers resorted for the first lime to aerial seeding and there arc indications (his unusual method may bear fniit Hazel Beaton, whose husband. Claude, operates a large farm al Liberty. Sask said Tuesday jhcir 220 acres seeded to flax by air "looks real She said 1hc land could have been worked by traditional machinery but it was a rase of time In Saskatchewan about W per cent