Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, Juno 15, Drive Humphreys Oil On The Athabasca The magnitude of the Athabasca oil spill and the extent of the ecologi- cal disaster will be a long time in the measuring, if only because the damage may go on and on for many years. But even at best it must be viewed with the utmost seriousness, for it might happen again. Criticism of polluters comes easy. The oil and gas industry is an easy target, for its accidents and its negli- gence are dramatic both in their ill consequences. But the critics should be aware of the cost of reducing pollution haz- ards. Some of them are, but most arc not. oil and gas are produced or transported or even where they are consumed, which is nearly every- where there is the risk of accident. To eliminate the risk is to close down the industry, and to reduce the risk is to add greatly to the expense and thus to the consumers' cost. Embattled King, Less than hvo weeks ago des- patches from Cairo told of attempts by Palestinian Arab resistance move- ments to form a unified command structure. Policy, military planning and liaison with host countries would be handled by new committees set up by the Palestine National Council. In other words guerrillas were mak- ing an attempt to get together, to agree on general policy, and to work together to achieve it. For the first time a representative of the radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine was represented on the council, which is dominated by Al Fatali, a more moderate faction of anti Israeli guerrilla groups. There are no less than seven other mem- bers representing an equal number of guerrilla organizations. The new central committee was expected to have disciplinary authority over all its member groups. Al Fatah, by far the largest'guer- rilla organization, has seriously dis- agreed with the far-left groups like the Popular Front, on fundamental policy matters. Some of the smaller groups, for instance advocate revo- lutionary activity against "reaction- ary" Arab governments with at- tacks on civilian targets and U.S in- terests outside Israel such as oil pipe- lines. Although all the groups are solidly anti American, Al Fatah be- lieves that guerrilla operations should be confined to targets inside Israel only. The latest events in the Middle East indicate that the central com- mittee is quite unable to prevail upon its members to follow the more mod- erate directives of El Fatah. Al Fa- tah, which has until now avoided mix- ing in Jordanian internal politics in- sisted on the dismissal of Hussein's top military officials. Yassir Arafat, El Fatah leader, reached a 10 point agreement with the King, and a cease fire was announced. But Mr. Arafat's agreement meant nothing to the far left guerrilla faction who have now moved out of the mainstream of the movement. They are determined to overthrow Hussein and install a re- public. Even though the foreign hos- tages have been released, statements by Al Fatah indicate that it too, has taken a giant step to the left, an ominous development. Peace in Jor- dan appears to be further away than ever A Good Weekend One of tiie main reasons for the grain-growing capacity of the Cana- dian prairies is the statistical fact that June is the month of most precipitation Rains in June usually make the crop. Without them, July heat can be disastrous. The weekend rains came at the right time for the grain growers, a trifle late for the cattlemen. In much of the southwest it was the first worthwhile rain in nearly a year. Nothing would have eased the wheat surplus better than a crop failure. But even if they have diffi- culty marketing it, farmers like to grow it. If they grow more than they can sell they have bulging bins to assuage their discontent, but if they are dried out or frozen out or hailed out or blown out, their grief is primitive and undiluted. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON There's much more to buying an American Flag these days than people think. I discovered this the other day when I went into a store to purchase a flag to fly on the 4th' of July, which this year Bob Hope and the Nixon administration have declared a Republican national holiday. The salesman said he was hard put to keep flags in stock. "I owe it all to tele- he said. "Every time one of the major news programs films one of the freaks burning the American Flag, we sell out. What can I do for "I'd like to buy an American Flag." "Good for you, sir. Show those lousy peace people what you think of them." "Well, I, uh, nh "Would you like it for light combat or heavy "I beg your "We have this model here which is very popular with the hard hats. The bottom part of the pole is tipped in ntetal so when you hit someone with it, it doesn't crack." "I hadn't really thought to "Now this model over here, while slight- ly more expensive, is perfect for hand-to-hand combat. The eagle on' the top of the pole has been made especially sharp so when you lunge with it, you can really do damage to the groin "That's very nice, but "Here's an all metal pole. It's much harder than the wooden one. and you can really get someone in the shins wilh it." "Look, I "This is our shorty. The pole is half the regular size, so it can be used as a club instead of a lance. Many of our customers like to get in the thick of it and swing wild- ly. The hard hats had great success with it in St. Louis when they beat up a woman and her veteran son." "It's a I said, "but I was hoping that you would have a "Tliis one here is heavier in weight and you can swing it like a baseball bat. Feel the grip on it. It will never fly out of your hands." "I was looking for something less ex- pensive." "We have the 'mighty midget' over here. It's only two-feet long and while it looks fragile, you can really do damage with it." "All right. I'll take a mighty midget." "Very good, sir. Do you have any identifi- cation wilh "Yes, sir. We always ask for identifica- tion. Do you have any proof you support President Nixon's policies in "Well, I don't have it on me. I didn't know you needed proof of thai to buy an Ameri- can Flag." "Of course you do. The American Flag is a very lethal weapon and we don't sell it to any stranger who just comes in off the "I'm sorry. I should have brought some identification v.ith me." "Why did you want it in Ihe first if you don't tell anyone." I said, "I was going lo hang il out my window on the of July, to protect my home." (Toronto Telegram Xews Service) Party Unity Shattered In Ulster In direct revenue to the provincial government, development of the oil industry has built most of Alberta's highways, schools, university build- ings, hospitals, and so on. The indus- try lias provided scores of thousands of jobs ami thus indirectly accounted for much of the province's economy. A good argument can be made that all of this and all of the other technological benefits of modern civilization are not worth the appar- ent consequences of an over-polluted environment. Obviously there must be compro- mise. Government and industry must be much more pollution-conscious, more alert to avoid accidents such as that on the Athabasca river, and the people must be prepared to have (heir standard of living reduced commensuratcly. Better a lower standard of living than a world unfit for living. IJELFAST; The semblance of party unity in tackling the social problems o[ Northern Ireland lias been shattered in a crossfire of accusations. Union- ist Conservative candidates ac- cused Prime Minister Wilson of inciting opposition to the state (luring last year's troubles. In a declaration launching their campaign, they said Mr. Wilson let it be known last year I hat in the event of trouble Bri- tish troops would be sent only on condition that the govern- ment and separate parliament of Northern Ireland be suspend- ed. The relevance of a supposed leak, ten months old, and sub- sequently can only bu explained in terms of North- ern Ireland's peculiar political context. Charging Ihe Labor government at Wcstm i n s t e r with playing with the constitu- tional integrity of the province maybe good politics for Un- ionists under pressure from the Paisleyite hardliners. To its credit the ConseiVa- live parly in its national mani- festo offers unqualified support for the reform programs and the constitutional position of Ihe Norlh. It will follow through by sending Sir Alec Douglas-Home to speak on behalf of official Unionists. Sir Alec's p 1 a t f o r in s and speeches will be chosen with care to support the moder- ate Unionist approach of the Stormont government but not necessarily followed by all Un- ionist candidates. The Labor party, whose po- litical Units with Ulster are ten- uous at best, is as much to blame as the Unionists for cast- ing the province into the cam- paign as an issue. The national Labor manifesto set the theme. "Fifty years of one party Tory rule have led to social tensions and lack of opportunities which erupted into major disorders last it declares. "The government has helped stabilize the situa- tion and has insisted on reforms being carried out based on the practice and principle of ncii- discilminalion." liven if true, this language cannot be considered temper- ale, particularly when the one- party Tory government at Stor- mont is struggling in good faith to carry out reforms, huffcted by attacks from right and left. It is even moi'e surprising be- cause the Labor party is not in the election in Northern Ireland and its affiliated party is a weak and ineffectual force. But the decision must have been quite deliberate, because Prime Minister Wilson followed up by repeating Ihe charge dur- ing a broadcast. "We had to come in and guarantee a fair and orderly he added then. For the Stormont government of Major James Chichcster- Clarfc the June election it- self could not have come at a more inopportune lime, strain- ed as it was by the effects of the southern cabinet crises and the approaching high season of stiluency, is the main threat to oflicial Unionists. In all but two or three constituencies opposi- Orange Luduc marches. The or three constituencies opposi- timinK has ensured that the lion votes 'will be splintered constiiiilion, always a simmer- among three or more candi- ine campaign issue in the North, dates. This LS true in Mr. Pais- will he on'the boil. It was al- ley's own constituency, where leady simmering following the the presence of five candidates charges of gun-running to the will likely ensure Mr. Paisleys Norlh against two cabinet min- election with less than half isiers i" Dublin. Till! Wilson government ac- knowledged Hie tense situation by sending in 700 extra Hoyal Marine Commandos. Street vio- lence in Belfast during the first part of the cam p a i g n was traced back to Orange parades rather than the election. But trouble is always a possibility in an election fought true to form along sectarian lines. The campaign came too soon for the major force trying to overcome the old prejudices, the new Ulster movement, reshap- ed as the Alliance parly, taking no Dart in the campaign. Rev. Ipn P a i s 1 c y, running himself in Norlh Antrim con- WAS THE CONFERENCE the votes cast. Mr. Paisley's one or two supporters are ac- tually running will cut into the official Unionist strength and likely reduce their contin- gent at Westminster by one or two seals. In a close election, these seats could be vital to Con- servative Leader Edward Healh. The Unionists held ten of 12 Northern Ireland seats in the last Parliament: the others were Independent Bernadette Devlin and Republican Labor Gerry Fitt. Mr. Paisley is running strong- ly against Il'enry M. Clark, the official and also one of the most moderate Unionists in the last Parliament. Mr. Paisley's side- kick. Rev. William Beattie, has a chance in Belfast North, also held by a Unionist, Strat ton Mills, who is worried. Theoretically, the Unionist in Fermagh and South Tyrone could be in trouble with a uni- ted opposition. Lowering the vot- ing age to 18 lias raised the Roman Catholic majority in the constituency from to The seat had been held by Na- tionalists before 1955. Bernadette Devlin got a head start in Mid-Ulster because the official Unionists delayed select- ing a candidate until the last minute. They have been lorn be- tween a candidate likely to draw Paisleyite votes and one who would be supported by moderates frightened of Miss Devlin's extreme brand of so- cialism. Subject to the candi- dale and the campaign, Miss Devlin is given a fair chance of winning. There is a prospect that one of the attractions of the new Parliament will be scenes of Mr. Paisley and Miss Devlin shouting at each other. But as one local commentator put it, that would at least be better than raging across barricades in the streets. The Unionists have been sen- sing the shadow of Mr. Paisley. Their response has been a strong defence of the constitu- tion while leaving Major Chi- Chester Clark to fend for him- self. "We at Westminster are not a party to any agreement between the Unionist gove rnment at Stormont and the Labor gov- said Capt. Law- rence Orr, unveiling the Union- ist platform. The reforms and the law and order issue were "cat our responsibility." This is rather like federal MPs disclaiming responsibility for unpopular legislation passed by a provincial party. Once again the Stormont government is in the squeeze. It is the one party with nothing to win aixl stability and progress to lose in the campaign. (Herald London Bureau) Richard Purser Bourassa's Successful Debut On National Scene QUEBEC Premier Robert Bourassa, who as an ex- pert eco n o m i s t in his own right is serving as his own fi- nance minister until the situa- tion in Quebec p.ts itself sort- ed out, did not really have time to attend the federal and pro- vincial finance ministers meet- ing in Winnipeg recently. He had his hands full enough pre- paring for the opening of his government's first provincial legislative session. But he was there anyway, maintaining the posture of hard work and boundless youthful energy which helped get him elected. He didn't stay for both days of the conference, but ho made his presence felt and his appropriate aides stayed Letter To The Editor around to keep up the mo- mentum. Tliis writer is in no position to comment on the other' prov- inces' or tile federal govern- ment's reaction to Mr. Bouras- sa's first emergence on the na- tional scene, but his debut has been well-received here. Quebec is enthusiastic about the assumed success of Mr. Bourassa's first exposure to his colleagues. He is felt here to have won laurels fof pushing for a better financial distribu- tion system to aid ailing mu- nicipalities, aid to provinces af- flicted by heavy unemploy- ment, and a revision of federal Finance Minister Edgar Ben- son's taxation white paper. Mr. Bourassa is considered Foolnolc On. The Fence By Doug Wr.'kcr JT isn't often that the absence of a there are key-holes and curving streets material thing is considered a land- tnat confuse many people. When Ihe whole mark. But this appears to be the case wilh fea is ilml everyone else hns a fence, our place could be cxcccdinulv our non-cxLstcnl fence. We have friends helpful in giving directions, who take their bearings from the corner Here is something to net excited about lot without a fence. j raay nom __ as In the part of (he city where we service: burning If city residents would ignite only dry and readily burnable materials in their burning bar- rels and stand by to. assist in its rapid and clean combuslion. I believe there would be few complaints against this prac- tice. But when we frequently see people attempting lo burn heaps of half dried green materials, catalogues, maga- xines and other impractical items which result in hours of smouldering and dense smoke, then I would say that this con- slilules an abuse of the privil- ege of burning refuse. It be- comes a barbaric practice, es- pecially in the warm months of open windows and doors. II seems lo ir.c thai it is an insult to the community and Barrels especially one's neighbors to presume that they arc so in- sensitive to this obnoxious '.smoke invading their homes by Ihe hour that they do not mini it. It furthermore appears that if rational and sensitive people did not have to live side by .side with such se'fish louts and their various behaviourisms we would not need more than a fraction of our present bylaws and regulations. I advise that the burning of refuse by citizens be abolished at the earliest possible date and an end put to this definitely obnoxious and dangerous prac- tice. LLOYD R. WEIGIITMAX Lcthbridge. here to have spoken calmly, on the basis of facts, and without the threats and ultimatums of his predecessors. Since he is a specialist, his observations on modification of proposed fiscal reforms, proposed abolition of preferential taxation of certain socially useful organizations, and his different (from the fed- eral government) ideas on capi- tal gains taxation are not easily condensed. Analysis of Ihe details will take time. What people are en- thusiastic about, and justifiably so, is the improved lone of Ot- lawa Quebec dealings. Que- becers other than separat- ists are fed up with the sterile quarrels with Otlawa promoted by the departed Na- tional Union government. Quar- rels with Ottawa there will con- tinue lo be, but it is hoped here that they will not be on the previous ideological basis. The new Quebec civil service minister, Raymond Garneau, who was Mr. Bourassa's top aide at Winnipeg, expressed the Quebec point of view well when he said he found an open-mind- ness toward Quebec on the part of the other governments. Ev- eryone wanted lo see Quebec do well in the Canadian context. In the old days, he said, "because of the National Union govern- ment's incapacity lo adequate- ly present Ihe cause of Quebec, its questioners always suspect- ed some manoeuvre behind the demands presented by (lie gov- ernment of Quctec." F o r m c r Premier J e a n- Jacques Bertram! complained that other Canadian govern- ments federal and provincial no attention to his briefs. Considering (he lone with which they were presented, it is hard- ly surprising. But Mr, Bouias- sa has chosen the co-operative approach and why not? He said he would before he was elected. Even though both he and Prime Minister Trudeau are of the Liberal party, fhey are not the same. The federal Liberal party, even its Quebec section, must never be confused with the Quebec Liberal party. The provincial Liberals share with politicians of many persuasions in many other provinces the feeling that the present federal government is rigid and insen- sitive. They do not feel it the way the National Union felt it, but they feel it. The Bourassa government cannot go more than half way in meeting the Trudeau goveinment. No grand confrontation lias yet occurred, and this govern- ment does not want to see one occur, which is something new. Whatever disagreements there are to come, the new govern- ment is back here in a better frame of mind than has been observed in a long time. (Heralil Quebec Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE IIEP.AU) Alabama slate as- sembly defeated the proposal to ratify the federal w o m a n suf- fr'agc amendment. Slock prices were swept into one of the most precipitous declines of the year by a torrent of selling orders today. A long list of pivotal is- sues established new low levels for 1930. German high com- mand tonight claimed that the Maginot line has been breached on a "broad front" and that Ver- dun, scene of the Fr'ench stand of the First Great War has been captured. is feared that sabo- tage was the cause of the crash of the Air Trance plane in the Persian Gnlt last night. It was the second French plane to crash in the same area in two days. least three people were killed today in a clash be- tween leftist students and police in front of the Diet (parliament) in Tokyo. The students were protesting the new United Stales Japan security treaty. The Letlibtidge Herald 504 7lb SI. S., Lethbridge Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher, Published 1905 -1054, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Rccistnilion Number 0012 BI.EO W. MOWEItS. Ellilor and Publisher IIIO.MAS U. ADAMS, C.tncral Mnn.Tcr WILLIAM. HAv l-.djtor FVIiii.r HOY r. MILKS nniiri K WAI Manwcr "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"