Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IfTHBRlDGS HERALD Tuesday, S7, Roland Hunt ford French nuclear test French insistence on going ahead with nuclear testing in the South Pacific is a demonstration of France's firm belief in its right to sovereignty in defence matters. It is a continuation the late President de Gaulle's distrust of the United Slates and a belief that France should not surrender her military in- dependence, as he believes Britain did, when it decided to co-operate with the U.S. in developing and sharing nuclear capability. There has been no outcry in France itself against the decision. The gov- ernment position is that France is being unfairly criticized for doing ex- actly what the Americans, the Brit- ish and the Russians have done. Opposition from these sources, say the French, is just so much hypo- crisy. What is worrying the French a little though, is possible reaction Australia, a potential customer for the supersonic aircraft, the Concorde. Australia has voiced loud opposition to the testing and public opinion could conceivably tip the balance in the decision to purchase it, in spite of the fact that this would victimize Great Britain, the co-sponsor of the Concorde. Even more significant, is the oppo- sition of Peru arid other South Amer- ican countries with whom France has had close economic and diplo- matic ties for years. Peru has threa- tened to break off diplomatic rela- tions and other South American countries might do the same thing. Canada has sent an official protest, voicing fears that the explosion will heighten international tensions and threaten the environment and human welfare. But Canada has not officially sup- ported the efforts of the Canadian vessel Greenpeace which has sailed into the danger area. The Minister for External Affairs, Mitchell Sharp, believes that private efforts to inter- fere in conduct of international af- fairs is wrong in principle, a decision with which thoughtful Canadians will agree. Ingredients for an accident Fortunately Lethbridge has no ser- ious traffic problems or bottlenecks, at least on the scale of any of the larger cities. However that does not excuse inadequate handling of those problems it does have. The problem at 6th Avenue south pjid 13th Street has not been resolved by the changes made in the last couple of weeks. Expediting the rush-hour traffic is the object, of course. The signs post- ed until recently, intending to pro- hibit left turns between 4 and 6 p.m., were little short of a trap, in that they did not state the prohibition and yet many motorists were prosecuted for violating the prohibition. Now those signs are removed, the pavement has been redecorated, and the hazard has worsened. Two-lana traffic going east is suddenly fun- neled into one lane, without warning or guidance, and U won't be long until a collision takes place. Then a left-turn lane is marked but most of its occupants go straight through, again creating the ingredients of a potential accident. Killing the goose Health Minister Munro may have been wetting his forefinger to the political wind when he told the Cana- dian Commission on Social Develop- ment in Quebec that the middle in- come group is going to have to pay higher taxes if poverty is to be era- dicated in Canada. Unfortunately Mr. Munro, throwing tact to the winds, added a rider. He said that it would be relatively useless to im- pose a heavy tax increase on the rich, "because there are not many in that group and you would kill their incentive." In other words higher corporate taxes and higher income taxes on the personally wealthy have reached the saturation point, and further taxation would mean that in- vestment incentive would be lost. Mr. Munro did not say where "middle income" starts or stops. Middle income citizens whether their money comes from private invest- ment or from wages, have been providing by far the largest propor- tion of taxes for years. If they are to be taxed ever more heavily, they too will reach the point of diminish- ing return, where it will be no longer possible for them to save enough to invest in Canadian enterprise in- vestment that is absolutely necessary if the country is to maintain its eco- nomic health at the same time that it prevents further foreign takeover of the sconomy. Killing the goose that lays the gold- en egg only assures that there won't be any more golden eggs. Social pro- grams which cost far beyond the na- tion's capacity to afford, will suffer along with the rest of us if taxation reaches the point where incentive is destroyed. Don't call me Margaret Lcckhnrst Is nothing quite so disturbing to the peace of a sleeping family as a phone call in the middle of the night. It's even more upsetting when it's a wrong number. A few years ago we used to get wrong numbers practically every night in fact some nights (especially over a weekend) it would add up to several. This was under- standable, if irritating, for our number was all too similar to that of a chicken home delivery service. It wasn't too bad deal- ing with calls during the waking hours, -but It was virtually impossible after struggling out of bed, to be civil to people too dense and uncaring to dial carefully, especially at 2 a.m. I don't remember now, but I'm convinced somewhere back in the mists of time I must have promised to love, honor and take all night phone calls for I get stuck with the job every time. My husband re- fuses to budge for the phone after mid- night oh, let's be honest, he wouldn't hear it if it was under his pillow. Occa- sionally at that time I too let the phone ring, knowing what it would be, but the persistence of people's stomachs nearly al- ways won over my resistance. Naturally we called the phone company when we first realized our predicament but while they were sympathetic they couldn't change our number immediately for some technical reason or other. However from time to time if I felt whimsical I got my own licks in. Instead of being kind enough to give chicken-callers the correct phone number, politely and without unnecessary malice, I'd take down their orders and as- sure them they'd be at their door shortly. If I felt particularly wide awake I'd even suggest a slice of pie and rattle off sev- eral choices, waiting patiently for the cul- prit to make a selection. Typicilly man-like my husband could tee the potential in thU lucrative busi- Watchdogs set to guard a dirty world United Nation's confer- cnce on the human envir- onment in Stockholm ended with at least one decision oE substance: to establish an in- stitution for the cure and con- trol of global pollution. To the general public this mipht en- pear an achievement of unal- loyed beneficence: to the UN organization itself however it is a somewhat doubtful measure. For the first time since the for- mation of the UN tire ized orgamzations will be sub- ject to outside interference. Tho forthcoming Institution will not be an executive, so much as .a coordinating body. It will gather information on pol- lution from any likely source: from international organizations like the International Meteor- ological Organization from national authorities, from universities and so forth. It will use the most up-to-date means of assembling its information, notably highly sophisticated 'computer systems. From this assembled know- ledge, warnings and recommen- dations will go out. These will be addressed in the first in- stance to various UN special- ized agencies, like the IMO or the World Health Organization, which in turn will then inform national governments what ac- tion should be taken. This form of institution has been chosen because pollution and its cure are not a new sphere of scientific endeavour, but rather a new way of looking at old subjects. The new insti- tution will be, in effect, an in- ternational organization to sup- ervise other international or- ganizations. Jt will tell the spe- cialized agencies what is to be done in cheir own particular spheres. In the words of a US dele- gate, "the specialized organiza- tions of the UN are going to resent this nibbling away at their fiefdoms." Many Western delegations, not least those o( Britain and the United States, are already perturbed at the unwieldy ad- ministrative apparatus of the UN, which they consider a dan- ness. "Why don't we set up shop for our- he suggested. "You make darn good friend chicken too; now if you just could get the knack of the french fries and whip up some pies we could really rake in the dough if you're going to be up an- swering the phone anyway, you might as well be doing Carried away by his own brilliance his idea expanded and expanded. Why didn't we get a little plot of land and raise our own chickens, he came up with. And as long as we had an acre or so if we grew our own french fries, think of what a sav- ing that would be? His enthusiasm was equally as alarming as the colorful word pictures he painted morning after morning at nings I might add, following night's of broken sleep taking down non-orders for mis-callers. I could visualize me in my own minds eye, out by the hen-house axe in hand, stalking someone's midnight snack. I pictured me there, plucking feath- ers, de-insiding my poor chicken friends and all because of wrong diallers. But the cool reception I gave to my husband's scheme went unnoticed ho kept right on talking about pricing hens, getting customers for eggs, etc. but never did he answer night calls. Before you could say Plymouth Rock I again dis- cussed the whole thing with the phone com- pany in no uncertain terms, and the num- ber was promptly changed. Now we have another idiot caller. This one wakes us up about a.m. "Hello he says and without waiting a reply goes on. "I'll be waiting at the corner in 20 then he bangs up in my ear. I was hoping he'd call the morning of the Big Snowstorm last March. It would havo given me no amount of unchristian, vicar- ious satisfaction to know that out there in the drifts somewhere some bungle-finger was waiting, waitine, waiting. M Sfxir, m J Croft's got his nerve he knows it's my turn to be away with the gerous handicap to effective work. Mr. Gordon Macdonald, a US delegate (he is a member of the US Council of Environ- mental Quality) told, journalists that lie "hoped that the new in- stitution would avoid the bur- eaucratization and red-tape the UN." The constitutional status the institution is at present a little uncloar it is to be faced later by the UN General As- sembly. But it is the hope of. most serious delegates in Stock- holm that .its connection with the UN secretariat will be as tenuous as possible. Also, there is considerable manoeuvring in progress to keep the heavy hand of the General Assembly away from its daily running. For this reason the institution will in all likelihood have the position of an autonomous or- ganization related to the parent body through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN, instesd of tlirough the General Assembly. This is a common device to ensure max- imum freedom of action for di- visions and organizations of the UN. The institution (exact tide as yet undecided) will have a gov- erning body drawn from 54 na- tions, but daily control will rest with a small board of manage- ment. Its effectiveness will de- pend entirely on the will of the nations to cooperate, for the institution will have no teeth. It will be able to issue only rec- ommendations which the sover- eign nations can accept or re- ject at their pleasure. Self-in- terest, enlightened or other- wise, will be the only driving force. There is a glimmer of hope in the experience of the World Health Organization, often linos that its sug- gestions in matters of disease and epidemics are followed with good grace. Fourteen States, from Malta to India, have offered to house the new body, but if the con- sensus of delegates is anything to go by it will probably end up in the home of all good Cosmo- politans Geneva. (Wrilten for The Herald The Observer in London) Carl Rotvan The California challenge might stop McGovern WASHINGTON The Dem- ocratie party's credenti- als committee is about to play host to some scraps that could make the battle of Anloc look like tiddly-winks. Of the delegates selected at this wiling, already have been challenged, setting the stage for a crunching series of donnybrooks unless the fed- eral courts stick to a ruling that challenges relating to the num- ber of youths, women and blacks may not be entertained. But the challenge having the greatest bearing on the move- ment to "stop McGovern" is unaffected by the Federal court ruling and offers the biggest headache of all to credentials chairman Patricia Harris and the 150-member committee. This is the challenge to Cali- fornia, where Sen. George Mc- Govern got 45 per cent of the vote but won all 271 convention votes on a winner-take-all basis. Four other Presidential can- didates (Sen. Hubert H. Hum- phrey, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, Sen. Henry Jackson and Sen. Edmund Muskie) have would-be California delegates who are going all out to try to take away M4 delegates from Mc- Govern. Their lawyers will argue before the credentials committee, which began two weeks of hearings here Monday and they say they will take their fight to the convention floor in Miami if necessary. The loss of 144 Calif o r n 1 a votes could be devastating to McGovern's chances of locking up the nomination. Ed Weisl, Jr., one of the law- yers who will argue for the Humphrey forces, is predicting victory, primarily on the basis that McGovern people on t h e credential1! committee "cannot possibly vote against reform, and in favor of a winncr-takc-all system, when MeGovern him- self is on record against win- ner-take-all." Asked If he really expected McGovern to fight for an aftcr- the-election California reform that would wreck his presiden- tial chances, Weisl replied: "The reformers have to live with reforms, even when the re- forms hurt them, else they have to eat their words. I rath- er think that McGovern w il 1 have his belly full before this one is over." Weisl is referring to the fact that as chairman of the Com- mission on Party Structure ami Delegate Selection, McGovern voted for abolition of Califor- nia's winner-take-all system. The abolition effort failed by one vote when Fred Dutton, a Californian and former special assistant to the late Sen. Rob- ert F. Kennedy, cast a no-re- form vote so as to keep Cali- fornia a critical power at the 1972 convention. In the report, "Mandate for McGovern and the commission noted: "One issue of special concern to the com- mission was the fair represen- tation of supporters of each Letters to the editor Presidential candidate on the state's delegation. Many wit- nesses at our hearing believed that the unrestrained applica- tion of majority rule in prim- ary, convention and committee systems produced much of the bitterness and divisiveness characteristic of 1968." As an example of unfairness, the report went on to state: "In California, a 'winner-take all' primary state, Sen. Robert Kennedy received 46 per cent of the vote (compared to 42 per cent for Sen. Eugene McCarthy and 12 per cent of the slate ul- timately committed to Vice President Hubert H. Hum- The delegation pledged to Sen. Kennedy became the sole representatives of Califor- nia Democrats to the national This was one of the filings McGovern referred to when ha said: "The guidelines that we have adopted are designed to eliminate the inequities in the Would like to have facts in detail Recently a responsible citi- zen and political leader, Mr. Paul Hellyer, drew attention to apparent communist activity which, if disclosed publically would shock Canadians. The posture of the federal gov- ernment is one of extreme cas- ualness which at best is uncon- vincing to many people in view of the fact that many of the problems of the world today are fermented by groups which are dedicated to Marx- ist-Leninist brands of internal subversion. Any wise parents will investi- gate circumstances which may jeopardize the safety of their children. Similarly the infor- mation which is held by Mr. Hellyer should be freed from restriction and given thorough investigation. Why are we as a public less concerned about damages to freedom than we should lie? I think the answer is to be found in general reluctance to have our actions interpreted as alarmist or witch-hunting, a tactic used with great success by communists to shift at- tention from their actions which might otherwise come to b'ght. It may well be timely to real- ize that communists are gener- ally not dedicated to the pres- ervation of a free society as we inlerpret freedom. Might it not be a good idea for there to be a demand by people to know the facts bclu'nd Mr. Hellyer's charges? Raymond. JOHN C. LEA delegate selection process dis- cussed in the last chapter. We view popular participation as the lifeblood of the national convention system; any com- promise with this threatens the future of Uie convention." Lawyers for the other Dem- ocratic candidates in the Cali- fornia primary will argue that Rule B-6 of the guidelines obli- gated the party in California to act to char.ge the "winner- take-all" system. "They didn't do a Weisl complains, adding that ha can't see how reformer Mc- Govern can ask to benefit from a setup he recently deplored. Democrats seeking to deprive McGovern of those 144 Califor- nia delegates say that If they lose in the Credentials commit- tee they mil win at the conven- tion because "those 271 Califor- nians pledged to McGovern be able to vote on a ques- tion of their own legality." What it adds up to is a very serious challenge which sug- gests the amazing South Dakot- an is far from home-free in the contest for Democratic nomina- tion. And the Democrats are far from free of the bickering that so devastated them four years ago. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Strange Christians There was an individual on a radio program recently defend- ing the Ku Klux Man and ex- pounding its merits. Among other things, he said, the Klan was a Christian organization. The same claim was mada some time ago by the South African racists Smith, for his actions of segregation. He claimed that his government was doing a Christian thing. There is a sect too, I think, that has in its creed a dis- criminatory section. They claim they are a select and special group referred to in tha book of Revelation and no per- son of color can be admitted to their inner ruling clique, mis- quoting scripture to support their view. I am just wondering if these NOBLE Christians ever read in the Bible, the story of Moses who married an Egyptian. This dastardly act did not go un- noticed. It greatly annoyed Miriam and others. Now if the people who are BO much con- cerned about their Christian task of segregation, would take the trouble to read this incident they will find that Miriam and Co. were stricken with leprosy. This was indicative of God's in- tense displeasure. Maybe they might rationalize by saying God has updated Ills thinking forgetting for did they know) that God Changeth Not. CONCERNED. Lethbridge. Just a favor? I would like to know where a member of council gets off tel- ling the citizens of Lethbridge to go to heck. He might do well to remember who elected him to city council, it sure wasn't the citizens of Calgary. I would also like to know if city council is running the city as a favor to the citizens of Lethbridge or if the citizens have any say in city affairs at all. R. M. CLIFTON. Lcthbrldae. Looking Through The Herald 1522 The prime minister announced in the house this af- ternoon that parliament will meet again in January and that a redistribution bill will be brought down early in the next session, and there will be no general election in the interval. 1032 Jack MacKay of Med- icine Hat, and Waller Scott of Blairmore, will duplicate their battle of a year ago in the fi- nals for the Southern Alberta golf championship at the Hen- derson Park links. 1012 Thursday evening another over seas recording backward was completed in radio station CJOC under the supervision of the local branch of the Cana- dian Legion. Mothers and wives spoke to their loved ones in England. IS52 Cily Council Thurs- day evening accepted the rec- ommendation of the board of health that the Gait Hospital Board assume the administra- tion, staffing and operation o( the isolation hospital after Sept. 1D62 Despite an increase of the teaching staff, public and separate school boards have nearly filled all available positions. The Lethbridge Herald 604 7th St, S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. oota Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Dally Newspspw Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"