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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March 16, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 28 Rep. 78748-158 and others Has honest politics gone thataway? "The former Vice President, two former cabinet officers, three congressmen, a former senator and a federal judge were indicted, convicted or (last More than 51 indictments of state and local officers were also returned." U.S. Department of Justice news release By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON (NEA) Although it is not a complete tally, the United States justice department's statistical summation of official corruption for 1973 seems to confirm what headlines have intimated for months: The nation's motto is changing from E Pluribus Unum to Omnis' Idem Faciunt "Everybody's Doing It." The courts and jailhouses are filling up with busted public servants. Some parole board records read like pages out of Who's Who. No' one seems to have a precise listing of the disgraced and scandalized former officials the justice department says its own summary is "merely an indication of some federal investigation activity" but it's clear the nation has experienced an unprecedented house cleaning of sticky- fingered political figures. The federal extermination process has been bad enough. Spiro Agnew is still embroiled in disbarment proceedings. Federal judge and former Illinois governor Otto Kerner, convicted of taking a bribe, has been evicted from his chambers while awaiting appeal. Ex-Maryland senator Dan Brewster is resisting a conviction of accepting an illegal gratuity. And two of three former congressmen are serving time one of them, Cornelius Gallagher of New Jersey, is now known contemptuously as Rep. 78748- 158. Bad as the federal scandals have been, however, some individual states have been proportionately worse. Gallagher's New Jersey is with reason called the Republic's crookedest state. In a three-year stretch, the U.S. attorney's office there indicted 67 public officials and convicted 35. At present in New Jersey, former Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio is serving 10 years for extortion, a former secretary of state has been indicted-for contract fixing, a former state treasurer has been indicted for misconduct in office. John V. Kenney, Jer- sey City's ex-mayor and one of the nation's most powerful political bosses, has been convicted of extortion. The president of the Newark City council is facing trial for mail, fraud. Nelson Gross, once director of a federal drug investigation unit, has been indicted on a bewildering and depressing list of alleged chicanery. It's much the same in northern Illinois and Maryland and a half dozen other locations. Some of the defendants are household names, such as John and Agnew. Others are not: William Bieber, zoning director of Wheeling, 111., charged with extortion; Eldon Studebaker, mayor of Bedford, Pa., charged with mail fraud; Melvin Wod- zinski, city council president of Lackawanna, N.J., charged with extortion. From village trustees to a North Carolina sheriff and some 70 Chicago housing officials, the scandal list goes on and on. While admittedly incomplete, the justice department's tabulation of defendants is the best available. Its present listing carries names of 350 public officers who've been indicted or convicted in the past three years. Several states have Do Not Miss Iti 'The Lethbridge Folk Arts Council and The University of Lelhbridge International Folk Dance, Music. Festival and International Exhibition Tomorrow, Sunday, March 17 .See Our Bit Give us your ideas An Industrial Health and Safety Commission has been established by the Alberta Government to conduct a comprehensive Province-wide study of existing policies and programs in the field of occupational health and safety. The recommendations of this Commission are scheduled to be submitted within the next Six months and are expected to form the basis for future legislation. Public hearings are plan- ned to start in April 1974 and will be held in Ed- monton. Calgary. Medicine Hat. Grande Prairie, and possibly other centres depending on public response. All persons or organizations who wish to to make submissions or repre- sentations to the Commission at these hearings are urged to make such material available to the Com- mission for review as soon as possible and preferably before April 5. 1974. The Commission invites submissions, representations, or any relevant information from all interested persons and organizations to assist in this review. These along with any inquiries may be directed to the Commission at the following address: Executive Secretary Industrial Health and Safety Commission 11111 87 Avenue. Edmonton, Alberta Phone: 439-3991 Alberta INDUSTRIAL HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMISSION scores of ex-officials currently in the slammers. One U.S. attorney who keeps an eye on the national proceedings believes "as many as a thousand" present or former political functionaries may be under indictment or in jail. Whatever the count, prosecutors hope it goes even higher. "We sighs a justice lawyer, "a lot of thugs in government." But apparently the political thugs are no more numerous than before. Just more visible. "I don't think political honesty has fallen so says a Maryland federal attorney, "what has happened is that everybody has just gotten sick of keeping the hacks in office the law, the people, everybody has gotten fed up." Indeed, the climate for prosecution has been fair since the beginning of the Seventies. Pinched by inflation and taxes, citizens are no longer willing to wink at bureaucrats who have hands in the public till. Because of this, some new and aggressive U.S. attorneys have found increased co- operation with, and acceptance for, the deodorizing process. "We had corruption and people who wanted to stop it 100 years says former U.S. Attorney Herbert Stern, but it has taken Watergate and a final public disgust to bring about a real crackdown. Thus it is that much of the present investigatory activity is not illuminating new corruption but old corruption. Says Tony Valukas, of Chicago's (federal) official corruption strike force: "Many of the investigations we've recently completed were started years ago. What we have here is a case of a long-entrenched Democratic organization now being investigated by a Republican U.S. attorney (Jim The old immunities are gone." The question now, perhaps, is just how long the immunities will be out. Already some U.S. prosecutors sense a softening of public attitude against the crackdown. "Maybe it's the energy says a New Jersey federal officer, "people are into other things. We don't get the supporting mail we once did. I think they're tired of reading about political crooks. PALFREY and SALOMONSCN AUCTION SALE TERMS: CASH LUNCH SERVED Located 1 Mile East of Lethbridge on Highway No. 3, then 3 miles North on Sunnyside Road. Wed., March a.m. Sharp Having from Mr. Salomornon, who ceased farming we offer for sale at auction the following. TRACTORS 1Ford 5000 diesel standard tractor, dual wheels, cab, with New Idea 503 loader and bucket. Ford Commander 6000 tractor Fibre cab, power steering, 3 point hitch, new rubber. 9N tractor front end loader. TRUCKS Dodge ton truck, hoist (single wood box. MIXER MILL Deere 400 grinder-mixer like condition, an excellent unit. mill, new- COMBINE Harris 90 Special, combine, 16 ft. platform with pickup. self-propelled BUNK HOUSES bunk houses, varying dimension 10 x 12, 10 x 16. Wall constructed and easily moveable. THREE POINT HITCH EQUIPT. bottom Ford three point hitch plow; bottom plow; ft. mower; scraper; 7 ft. cultivators. MACHINERY ft. Graham Hoeme rod weeder attachment; John Deere 10 ft. double disc; ft. One-Way, John Deere, Harris; Deere rub- ber tired flat deck wagons; ft. John Deere double disc; ft. Case disc; hydraulic ditcher; ditch filler; Arrow field weed sprayer, 250 gal. tank; land lev- eller; ft. rod weeder; diamond har- rows; chain .harrows; 31 ft grain loader, gas engine; angle blade; ft. John Deere press drill; type rakes; Deere 3 bottom plow; row potato digger; row corn planter; wheeled road maintainer, 12 ft. packers; (Big Blue) manure spreader (late Deere fertil- izer spreader. HAYING EQUIPT. Holland model 282 baler. This is a like new large capacity baler. Holland 1030 Hayliner bale wagon very little use. good condition; 103 12 ft. self propelled swather (hay and parallel bar side delivery rake. MISCELLANEOUS ft TOOLS pfO hole digger, two augers 4" x cattle oilers; river calf table; John Deere hammermill with belt: water sys- tem. Jaccuzzi pump, pressurized tank lines: gallon water tank: bushel overhead hopper; roll barb wire, assortment of used page barbed wire: new baler twine; pane bottle and torch: electric welder; Air-O-Malic compressor, grind stone, bench vise; cast iron kettle fanning mill; Large quantity canvas dams. Hydraulic jacks, drills, gear pullers, grease gun's, ice tong ice saw. Good assort- ment of horse harness 4 wheel lick tank. Bectnc motors. QMCflPfiOft 99 WO COftOfllOfl OF OwWTWlM 99 Wl fQfcti OH OOBh iVOfyi it mortal ijuitfv ond to In no Wawontj or EARLY WEEK SPECIALS CRACKERS SAFEWAY ALL PURPOSE GRIND 1 lb. bag BUSY BAKER SALTED or UNSALTED 1 lb. pkg. IDNEY BEANS TASTE TELLS, light red, 14 fl.oz. tin RHUBARB TOWN HOUSE WHOLE CANADA CHOICE 14 fl. 02. tin BEL AIR UNSWEETENED CANADA FANCY FROZEN 2 lb. pkg. ICE CREAM SNOW STAR, assorted flavours, 3 pint carton SKYLARK FASHIONED TOMATO KETCHUP HEINZ. 20 fl.oz. bottle TEA BAGS BEANS HEINZ IN TOMATO SAUCE 14 n. oz. tin CASINO 2 CUP CELLO pkg. of 100 EASOUP HABITANT, mil ti 28 fl. oz. til CAKE MIX TANG DUNCAN NINES DELUXE 11-18% oz. Mt wt pkg. ORANGE CRYSTALS pkg. of 4-3% oz. CLEANSER 4Miji ofTOfv In owcnppofi or conoHtefi. SALE CONDUCTED BT Box 10E7, LathbrMga Office Phont 329-3101 Company 071495 JOEPEftUCH Lte 010293 Fhontm-9772 irtltollHH. MHunt EDTonSHMt aoiBALOO Lie lie 012467 lie 010292 WHTO MAGIC POWDER. 14 tt. Ml wt. tin MANY MORE GROCERY SPECIALS IN STORE EFFECTIVE MARCH 18-23, 1974 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES Copvright 19M, Caaaaa Safeway limited ;