Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, March 8, 1974 The billion oil bill For several months concern has been expressed over the fate of third world countries in the face of the drastic increases in oil prices. This has finally been put into dollars and cents by the Overseas Development Council, a nonprofit research organization based in the U.S. Thirty of the world's poorest countries are going to need an additional billion next year if they are to survive, and they will need an extra to billion for investments to help them become more nearly self sufficient. This sum will not cover the increased costs for all of the third world nations. Their total additional oil bill will be 510 billion and increases in food and fertilizer will add another billion. However, some of the countries, like Zaire and Brazil, are buoyed by soaring prices for commodities they sell and are not in desperate straits. The neediest group, with no saleable commodities to restore the economic balance, includes the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, several countries in the Caribbean and Central America and the nations of West Africa. For these countries, the fertilizer problem is even more acute than the cost of oil. India, as an example, faces a shortage in fertilizer that will mean a loss of production of about five million tons of food. The billion which is needed is in addition to the usual annual aid of .billion received by these countries. It represents a small percentage of the gross national product of the industrial countries. To make a better comparison, it represents a small percentage of the increased revenues of the oil producing states. The Shan of Iran has already pledged billion toward a new development fund to help ease the impact of oil prices on impoverished countries. At the same time his oil revenues have risen from to billion. Also at the same time, according to experts in the producing countries and to European and Japanese buyers, profits for Western oil companies operating in the Middle East have increased from 30 cents to a barrel. Most analysts in OPEC countries feel that 50 cents a barrel profit should satisfy the oil companies. So they, too, have money to spare. Meanwhile, billion is a matter of life and death for 30 countries of the world. This will no doubt be the main topic at a forthcoming special session of the UN General Assembly on raw materials and economic development. Canada, which has a unique position in the industrialized world vis-a-vis the energy situation has, of course, been soaking the rich, not the poor, in its oil exports and so does not have to bow to the dictates of an uneasy conscience. Nevertheless, common sense, gratitude for good fortune, and plain humanitarianism should impel Canadian participation in an attempt to meet this bill. The Ulster headache Among the headaches acquired by Mr. Harold Wilson upon becoming prime minister in Britain is the presence of an almost solid contingent of Protestant extremists from Ulster in the new Parliament. Only Gerry Fitt, leader of the predominantly Catholic Social Democratic and Labor party, will represent Ulster's new coalition jgovernment at Westminster. The Protestant hardliners, led by the Rev. Ian Paisley and Mr. William Craig, will be pressing for the end of Mr. Brian Faulkner's two month old coalition in Ulster. It is not likely that they will be moved by consideration of the enormous burdens which have come to rest on Mr. Wilson to delay their demands for termination of the coalition experiment. In their eyes they have a mandate to seek the quickest action possible. Viewing the situation from the outside it seems tragic that Mr. Faulkner was not given more time to demonstrate the value of sectarian co-operation in restoring peace and effecting social and economic progress. The establishment of a coalition government, though fraught with difficulties from its inception, was one of the more hopeful developments on the tumultuous world scene in recent times. Believers in miracles may still have confid'ence that a return to Protestant dominance in the affairs of Ulster can be averted. It would be a major miracle if Harold Wilson, at the head of a minority government, could somehow placate the Protestant hardliners sufficiently to permit the Faulkner coalition government any lease on life. THE CASSEROLE Speculators have been making moremoney from property than from anything else in England except the stock market. Soaring 'skyscrapers are standing empty in London despite the housing shortage and loud protests over this waste of valuable space. For the speculators the empty buildings are in value at a stupendous rate and they obviously don't care a fig about the protesting. Larry Lewis, a San Francisco man, who died recently at the age of 106, proved there is no medical reason for old age. He astonished his doctors for years by running around '.Golden Gate park at 4 a.m. and marked his birthdays with 100-yard dashes, finishing the Evidence mounts towards Nixon removal By Joseph Kraft, syndicated commentator WASHINGTON President Nixon's latest press conference provides yet another indication that he is going to.be forced from office before his term expires. But not because of physical signs, such as pouring sweat or mis- speaking, which intrigue people who haven't bothered to follow the Watergate case. The trouble that plagued Mr. Nixon in the press conference is the trouble which has hounded him ever since Watergate got going. The central fact the fact underlined anew in the press that a mass of evidence points to Mr. Nixon's involvement in the vast array of crimes lumped under the general rubric of Watergate. Take, first, the one piece of genuine news 'which emerged from the conference the news that the Watergate grand jury had sought to question Mr. Nixon personally. The president tried to pass that off as a mere bagatelle. "It's a matter of he said. In a pig's eye. Actually, Mr. Nixon's statement at the press conference was the first public acknowledgement that the grand jury had asked him to testify. That fact is of fundamental importance. It was not Senator Ervin's Watergate special committee which wanted Mr. Nixon to testify; nor the special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski; nor the House Judiciary Committee; nor the television commentators, nor the press, nor any of the others whom Mr. Nixon is pleased to regard as his enemies. The request for his testimony came from a jury of ordinary Americans. It can only mean they had reason to believe that Mr. Nixon was Mackasey disagrees with UIC survey By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator last one three years ago in 17.3 seconds. He ran almost seven miles every morning. He worked as a waiter for 25 years, starting at age 80 and retiring at 105 and was assistant to magician Harry Houdini for 33 years. The Soviet Union is sending skiers to the north pole some time this year to test their psychological and physical endurance. The men will be slogging for more than miles across the polar ice cap, facing searing winds and will carry their own food and supplies. New equipment and survival foods will be tested as the men plod northwards, starting from the northern edge of the Teimur Peninsula, nearest point in the U.S.S.R. to the polar circle. OTTAWA A recent article of mine reported that Barney Danson, Liberal member for York North, found strong evidence in a survey that his constituents consider abuse of unemployment insurance to be widespread. Of those responding, 70 per cent were of this opinion while another 20 per cent were of the view that there is "some abuse." The article also noted certain comments of Robert Andras. Minister of Manpower and of Mr.. Cousineau, chairman of the UIC. These were of a nature to suggest that amendments to the Act might be brought forward at the present session. Mr. Danson's poll failed to impress Bryce Mackasey. the former Minister of Manpower and architect of the present Act. In a letter to the writer, Mr. Macfcasey replies as fol- lows: Dear Maurice: I appreciated your column. How else could I know what is going on in York North these days, or what my good friend Barney Danson is up to, the old rascal. I just can't wait to exchange his survey with mine. I'm sure they will have much in com- mon. After all, we're both Lib- erals and we both support our own legislation through thick or thin, don't we Maurice? Now I haven't been to York North recently. But you de- scnbed it as not "exceptional" so perhaps Verdun and York North are different, since Verdun is exceptional. The best town in Canada. Maybe you might tell Barney for me in case you see him first that I too have completed a survey. It's interesting to know that Barney's constituents think 70 per cent of the time. Or have I got it wrong. Maybe it should be 70 per" cent of his con- stituents think unemployment insurance is widely abused. My survey indicates the fol- lowing. Amongst those unem- ployed, 93.89 per cent felt that the businessmen in York North cheated a little on their income tax. Amongst the employed, 93.19 per cent felt that the businessmen in York North cheated a little on their income tax. Verdunites felt 74 per cent of doctors ripped off Medicare. When pressed as to why they felt that way, they told me they knew a girl who went out with an accountant who did a doctor's books. The girl wasn't sure if the doctor's income of was before or after his expenses, but she knew he changed his car every three years. Lawyers did worse in my survey. One anti-poverty group said they were all no good since they did not devote all their time to legal aid. Letters The force of kindness I have always had a high regard for our city police, and recently I came into contact with them when I accidentally fell on 13th St. S. This happened during the busy noon hour, so I lay on the sidewalk for approximately 10 minutes before I finally managed to get on my feet Then luckily a policeman on his beat came walking towards me and called another member of the force, together taking excellent care of me. Now the opinion I have had for 25 years is fully justified. This is a kindness I will always remember. A GRATEFUL CITIZEN Lethbridge. Evolution course If the University of Lethbridge course on evolution is comparable to its three on religion, I would expect it to present: the evolution of the theory from the time of Comte de Buffon. to Lamarch, to Darwin, to De Vries, to now; various philosophies including those of Russel and NieUche; and examination of inter-racial relationships as well as other sociological topics. I don't see how this can be done adequately in one course. I am also concerned about how the biological sciences are being taught. Are merely the facts about mutations and the fossil record presented, or are some professors presenting them in a way to support their evolutionary or creationist viewpoint? I know sT at least one case of an entire class being brainwashed by an evolutionary professor." And Maurice, the crudest blow of all, 98 per cent said that all politicians were crooked. If they were not, they were worse, they were stupid. When I pressed for reasons, the people said, why else would anyone be stupid enough to run for office? Barney has a good idea, Maurice, with his two-price unemployment insurance plan. After all, we have two- priced wheat. And what better way of getting those lazy bums off unemployment insurance so that they can work in a sweatshop for min- imum wages, than reduce their benefits? Still, maybe they might gravitate to welfare, and this could raise property taxes. But then, this would be a factor only in a municipal election. Why not get our employer friends, (you notice the use Maurice, I have a few too. At least 1 will, when they get back from Miami) to pay their single workers an hour, married men an hour, married men with de- pendents an extra dollar per child. Then when they become unemployed, unemployed insurance benefits will reflect this new concept. But I wonder who will be laid off First? "I'm very pleased Barney favors motherhood and approves of maternity benefits. For a while, I was tempted to believe Barney was no longer a Many women voters in York North. Barney? Bryce Mackasey P.S. Dear Barney: I'm glad we knocked off 250.000 people in 1973, the lazy bums. I think my figures show we did as well in 1972. Mr. Cousineau is too modest. I think we should shoot for a new world's record and see if we can qualify for a golden disc. It's not impossible, Barney. drew benefits in 1972. privy to important information about crimes connected with Watergate. That suspicion has to be quickened even more since Mr. Nixon did not respond to the grand jury request as he easily could have. Instead he refused on what he calls "constitutional grounds." Then there is the little matter of the plea entered by Herbert Kalmbach, the president's attorney, to illicit campaign fund-raising. The lawyer Mr. Nixon chose to handle his intimate personal business joined at least a score- of other former close associates of the president in admitting guilt to activities related to Watergate. Among other things, Kalmbach acknowledged that he accepted a campaign contribution of from J. Fife Symington, a Maryland socialite, in return for a promise of appointment to an embassy in a European country. When the embassy was not forthcoming, Kalmbach offered to return the money. At his press confer- ence. Mr. Nixon denied knowing of the Symington affair, and said that "ambassadorships have not been for sale" in his administration. But somebody authorized Kalmbach to receive money from Symington, and then to offer repayment. That somebody is soon going to be named in a criminal indictment. He is going to turn out to be somebody who has been very close to Mr. Nixon. And there will be a fresh piece of circumstantial evidence pointing to Mr. Nixon's complicity in criminal actions. As a final example, consider the matter of the tax deduction of taken by Mr Nixon for the gift of his vice-presidential papers. In his press conference, Mr. Nixon said that the "papers were delivered to the Archives in March, four months before the after which by act of Congress such gifts were not deductible. Only it happens that the papers delivered to 'the Archives by Mr. Nixon before the deadline were for storage purposes, not as a gift. The gift itself, and indeed the evaluation of the papers necessary to make a gift, came after the deadline had expired. The point of all this detail is that what counts is not how Mr. Nixon looks or sounds on television. What matters is his role in a number of specific, criminal cases. Ugly little facts pointing to his involvement keep coming out. Had he been a Mafia associate, he would have been long since tried and convicted and jailed just on the basis of the circumstantial evidence. Because he is the president, everybody is reluctant to believe the worst. But as the evidence keeps mounting, as the guilty pleas of his former associates add up, as' the indictments of his most intimate co-workers are handed down, as his own excuses wear thinner and thinner, it becomes harder and harder to believe that Mr. Nixon is innocent. It thus becomes more and more likely that he will be made to pay for his actions in the impeachment proceeding which the Constitution 1 prescribes. crazy There's one thing your aptitude isn't for apti- tude tests. Bow Island. ANONYMOUS. No help forthcoming The Lethbridge Herald 7th 91 S Lethbrioge, Alberta LETHSRIDGE HERALD CO LTD and Second Class Mall Registration No 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher H PILUNG Managing Editor DONALD R DORAM l Manager 'Mom savs no vtm can't start your own railway and get ii oack to Gait Garden before dad finds oat! I want people in lo se? wha! are doing to their neighbors, especially those who need help. 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