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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, March 14, 1974 Ranger distrust, looting gives town little comfort By DANIEL SOUTHERLAND Christian Science Monitor BONG SON, Vietnam A year and a half has passed since Saigon government troops retook this shattered town, but little rebuilding has been done. Many here feel that they are suspended between a shaky peace and a full-scale war which could erupt again at any moment. Some of the town's original 35.000 inhabitants returned here after the fighting died down in mid-1972. But why should we rebuilt, the ask, when bombs and artillery fire might suddenly tear it all down again? Troubled peace Many Vietnamese villagers like this man feel they are in limbo between peace and war. Specialists in all types of ENGINE REBUILDING CYLINDER BORING AND RESLEEVING CRANKSHAFT REGRINDING Ask about our Guarantee ENGINES WISCONSIN ENGINE Sales and Service Centre Custom Engine Parts Ltd. 1605 3rd Avenue South Phone 328-8181 The government's man in charge here, a district chief and 'army major named Nguyen Van Bang, argues that the Communists will not launch another big offensive "because they're afraid that Nixon will bomb North Vietnam again." But the major is not totally sure of this assessment. Bombing "If they do attack again, our infantry is strong enough to hold them for a few he said. "But then we will need American bombing." This theme is echoed by the South Vietnamese Rangers stationed near Bong Son. The Rangers are better trained, equipped, and paid than the local government forces. But many of them are from as far away as Mekong Delta, and they were not particularly ,happy to be sent to this small, half-ruined town in the middle of nowhere (290 miles north of They consider the province of Binh Dinh in which Bong Son is located to be less than hospitable. Binh Dinh is known throughout Vietnam as one of those areas which jprovided strong support to the jVietminh against the French and later to the Communist- led movement against the Americans and their Vietnamese allies. The Rangers, who are the real rulers of Bong Son at the moment because of their firepower, are doing little to win anyone over to Saigon's side. Stealing Because they consider many of the people in this area to be they seem to think that anything goes. People complain that the Rangers have been stealing everything they can lay their hands on. At one hamlet on the south of Bong Son, the district chief, Major Bang, advised hamlet officials to organize a system of alert against the depreciations of the Rangers. Later, when several Rangers demanded money and rice from the hamlet chief's deputy, he refused and gave the alert. One of the Rangers hit the man and a fight started between the hamlet militiamen and the Rangers. The militiamen arrested three of the Rangers, but Ranger reinforcements arrived and started firing their rifles in the air. The lightly armed militiamen fled. Hamlet residents drew up a petition to the government demanding an end to the looting. A Ranger commander promised punishment for the offenders, but the looting has continued. The continued looting makes life difficult for the government propaganda cadres who are trying to tell the people in and around Bong Son how much the government cares for them. Three cheers. V Orion I ri 'Monique' Sheers A Beautiful Way To Brighten Any Window In Your Home Add 'sheer elegance' to your rooms with Orion Acrylic knit, open weave 'Monique' sheers. They are beautifully tailored with rod pocket heading, finished hems. Washable for easy care. Colour choice: Melon, Beige, Olive, Gold, Blue or Red. Made in Canada. 45x54" Panels 45x63" Panel 45x81" Panel For Every Room Drapery ill 'ill; II r 3l i .it It 11 'WIIIIII1WH3? i 'Cuisine' Pattern Kitchen Cafe Set Set includes tailored rod pocket Valance and pinch pleated Tiers, with coloured rings. Of washable Fortrel Batiste, brightly .patterned in Melon, Green. Blue, Burgundy or Black on White ground. Valance 85 x Tiers 50 x 36" 'Checkerboard' Kitchen Cottage Set Cheerful checkered ruffles add a sparkle Jo your windows in a Cottage Set of washable, easy-care Polyester. Checkerboard ruffles in colour combinations of White and Gold. Red Green or Blue. Top 65 x 28 x Bottom 9 46 Set 10 96 Set to pm Tfwradqr and Friday to t p m COLLEGE SHOPPING MALL 2025 Mayor Magrath Drive OEMCTMEXT STORES IF YOU TAKE AWAY OUR LOW PRICES YOU'VE GOT A REGULAR DEPARTMENT STORE ;