Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
'4-THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD March 20, 1974 Too timid External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp's explanations of the government's plan to aid the black African freedom fighters came out in the news reports sounding apologetic. There is nothing to be ashamed of in offering humanitarian aid to any group it is a thoroughly civilized thing to do. The government may be unduly cautious in the way it intends to dispense its aid, paying out money to church and private agencies to be administered on its behalf. Canadians who cherish the ideal of freedom and honor the principle of self-determination would like to see their government give more evidence of sympathy for the Africans who seek independence from an oppressive colonial regime. No doubt it is awkward to be giving even minimal humanitarian aid to people who are considered to be enemies by a state recognized by our government. The awkwardness is really in having to recognize such a state as Portugal. It must offend a great many Canadians that indirectly, through NATO and through trade, they are being forced to support the Portuguese regime and its war effort in Africa. A bit of .humanitarian assistance to refugees and io those who occupy liberated territory is but a sop to their outraged consciences. If the truth could be known and it can't because of the nature of the regime a sizeable number of Portuguese people themselves probably favor granting independence to the Africans. There must be a lot of discontent about a war that has dragged on for a decade and is now eating up nearly half the national budget. An indication of this is to be found in the increasing number of young Portuguese who are slipping over into the labor-hungry European market to escape the draft. Lately a well known, though now deposed, army officer, General Antonio de Spinola has published a book advocating that Portugal get out of the war business and create a loose federation of the three African territories with Portugal and perhaps Brazil. He apparently does not buy the propaganda that the war is some kind of sacred mission against communism. There is some reason to believe that General de Spinola was acting as Prime Minister Marcello Caetano's stalking horse but unfortunately the conservative faction forced Caetano to dismiss his general. A bit more boldness on the part of the Canadian government in expressing its sympathy for the African freedom cause might serve the good of the Portuguese as well as that of the black Africans. ART BUCHWALD To tell the truth WASHINGTON Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to To Tell the Truth. "No. 1. what is your name, "My name is Richard Milhous Nixon No. 2, what is your name, My name is Richard Milhous Nixon." "No. 3. what is your name, 'My name is Richard Milhous Nixon." "All right, panel, Now I will read the story. I, Richard Milhous Nixon, am the 37th president of the United States. I was re- elected with one of the largest mandates in American history. After my re-election it was revealed that some of my closest aides were involved in dirty tricks, election fraud, breaking and entering and perjury. Congress is now discussing my impeachment'." i Applause.) "Now. panel, only one of these three contestants is the real Richard Milhous Nixon. "Let's start the questioning with Kitty." "No. 1. if someone came to you and told you that they wanted to pay hush money to defendants caught in a Watergate break-in, what would you r "I would tell them it was wrong." "All right, Orson, you're next." "No. 3. it is revealed that on your income tax return you claimed a deduction of for donating your vice-presidential papers to the National Archives. But it turns out the donation was made after the law was changed. What would you say to the "I would say that Lyndon B. Johnson made me do it." "I would say that I only did what John Kenneth Galbraith has been doing for years." "No. 1. the House judiciary committee has asked for tapes and documents to help them in their impeachment hearings. How would you handle "First. I would tell the American people that I am willing to co-operate in any way to bring the Watergate matter to a resolution. Then I would tell my lawyer not to turn over any tapes or documents that he considered would in any way hurt the presidency of the United States." "No. "I would say the House is on a fishing expedition and I am against fishing expeditions of any kind." "No. "I would get Ron Ziegler to call it a cheap shot." "No. 3, at one press conference you said, John Dean did not tell you about the hush money being paid to the Watergate defendants. At another you admitted he did. How would you square the two statements with the American "I would say that people will read different things into what I said. But I'm the only one who knows what I meant." "No. "I would call in Sen. Hugh Scott and show him new evidence that Dean is a liar." "No. "I would announce the end of the oil embargo in the Middle East." "All right, panel, our time is up. Please vote whom you think is the real Richard Milhous Nixon. "Now will the real Richard Milhous Nixon please stand I said will the real Richard Milhous Nixon please stand up. Come on, one of you is the real one. Hurry up, we're running out of time. There seems to be a mix- up, ladies and gentlemen. No one wants to admit he's the real Nixon. "No. 1, who are. "I am Sarah McClendon, a newspaperwoman." "No. 2. who are "I am Spiro Agnew. a fiction writer." "No. 3. who are "I am not a crook." Letters Positive results of weakness By Erwin D. Canham, Christian Science Monitor commentator Does it matter that the major governments of the Western world are weak and uncertain? Of course it does. But the results are not all negative. For instance, a powerful majority for Harold Wilson's Labor party in Britain might have resulted in British withdrawal from the Common Market, which would have produced far more uncertainty than a continuation of the status quo. And the uncertainties which surround President Nixon's administration do not seem to have weakened his administration's capacity to conduct a strong and useful foreign policy. Rarely has American diplomacy been more effective than in this period of darkened.national leadership L Nor does the doubt which hovers over President Pompidou .in France inhibit his government from taking an abrasively nationalistic line in its foreign policies. The fact that Chancellor Willy Brandt in the West German Republic has to walk a domestic tightrope may have somewhat moderated the vigor of his improved relations with both the Soviet Union and his East German brothers, but it has not negated them. The Italian governmental coalition is tottering, the Greeks have had a fairly recent coup, the problem of the Spanish succession is unresolved, there have been dramatic political shifts in LETTERS Denmark and Sweden. So it goes, throughout much of the Western world. But all this uncertainty has not reduced the West to shambles. It may even have intensified the responsibility and sober caution of the regimes that are seeking to survive and strengthen themselves. It does not seem to have encouraged adventurism anywhere, which is the principal danger. If President Nixon felt, for example, that to save his administration he could take the risk of precipitating an international crisis, there would be trouble indeed. But no such recklessness has appeared. We have less information about what is happening to the power structures of the two Communist giants. There obviously is some kind of struggle going on in China. It seems to involve extremist elements challenging the gerontocracy of Chairman Mao and Premier Chou. But it has clearly not produced any reversal of the opening of China to the West, although it has closed the doors somewhat. Visitors are not welcomed as they were a few months ago. Nor do we know the status of the rather endless power manoeuvres inside the Kremlin. It is the nature of police states that there should be battles for power around the throne. It does not seem to be an intensive period of domestic rivalry within the Soviet Union, although rumbles of opposition to detente are heard and there could be radical explosions at any time. Obviously, to defend or extenuate weakness in government is carrying optimism pretty far. But the mitigation of unlimited power is no bad thing. Nor does it harm the morale of one government to know that other governments also are having trouble. And there are some values in a government having to develop consensus programs instead of partisan ones. The need of an American executive to conciliate Congress is not without its advantages. Sometimes it prevents the abuse of power. And in Great Britain, the nation may now have to learn some of the lessons of divided and balanced power at least between the parties which is inherent in the American political system. Weakness can be carried too far, and the British will have to have some kind of parliamentary majority before very long. Of course, conditions in the nation and the world (and in many nations) are such that governments of national union would seem to be highly appropriate if they can possibly be worked. This calls for imagination, sacrifice of partisan selfishness, and dedicated leadership in any country. But I believe that public opinion would rally to some such solution, particularly in Great Britain and the United States. Critical observations on Garden As credentials for making the following unpleasant statements about the Origan Sconce "President Assad, stake bands Prime Minister Meir' I am a retired Canadian citizen, landscape contractor and architect. For over 20 years, my firm did extensive landscape installations throughout California. Nevada. Arizona and Oregon. It was my firm that spearheaded far advanced landscape designs and radically innovative installation methods that were not only quick, but required a minimum of future maintenance costs. My ideas, designs and installations are incorporated into Disneyland in Anaheim. California. For the past four years I have gritted my teeth and silently seethed every time I passed by the garden. I believe the only reason no one else has taken a deprecating shot at it. is because' the Caucasian populous of Lethbridge. and the surrounding communities, are just too polite to attack something so closely identified with a minority group. However, being of Jap- anese ancestry, I believe the people of Lethbridge will not take undue offense at my critical observations: No landscaping should be able to be seen in its entirety from any one vantage point. Clusters of trees, shrubs and boulders should be used to accent the natural features of the land, leading one's eyes and feet to investigate winding paths and secluded areas. The tea house itself s never be standing exposed like a pyramid sticking oat in a barren desert. It should be carefully screened with flowering trees and clusters of tall blooming shrubs, in such a manner that, from any point of view, at least two corners of it are hidden from the viewer, thereby giving the structure a measure of mystery which would invite visitors to walk up to it in an effort to gaze at it in its entirety. Huge boulders and waterfalls have always been a necessary part of any Jap- anese garden, regardless of its size. With proper technique, a truly magnificent garden can be created in I 10th the present area. In a park of such size, it is imperative that large clusters of flowering trees and shrubs be employed to render a wealth of color at varying heights. Flower bed plantings are indispensable for splashing highlights of color and form: however, their growth becomes lost and insignificant in such a large area. A Japanese garden is not an athletic field, or a picnic area. It should be designed to invoke one's curiosity while compelling a person to wander peacefully along its winding paths with a selection of colorful trees, blooming shrubs, blazing annuals and Ihe ever-present sounds of running and falling water. All five senses should be stimulated and awakened to Ihe very limits of their capabilities. No pathway should be constructed of the same material. There are such a variety of different colored and shaped stones, seashells and w.iod. to mention but a i-fvi With a much more closed-in and intimate design, birds would be attracted lower and closer to the observers, where Enjoys train travel I enjoyed very much the article by Norman Smith about train travel, (March 12) and agree with his opinions on this mode of travel. Even the obvious advantage of speed in air travel can be cancelled out by the time one must spend getting to and from the airport at each end of the journey, not to mention delays in flight departures and the inevitable and interminable wait for the baggage to appear hopefully! It is possible to travel from Medicine Hat to Ottawa in 44 hours or from coast to coast in 3Vz days and that is faster than travelling by car. In that time you will have spent some relaxing hours reading, knitting or getting acquainted with air kinds of interesting people, instead of being confined to conversation with the person seated next to you on a plane. You will have been able to stroll the length of the train rather than be cooped up in a seat in a car or plane. You will have enjoyed some leisurely and excellent meals at a real table with not only clean linen and silver but flowers as well. You will also have slept in a clean and comfortable bed, though one must admit the "bedroom" is a trifle noisy. However, there, is a rhythm to the sound of the not wheels which is unpleasant. You will also have done some sightseeing en route and looked at some magnificent scenery from the Dome Car. At some stations you can get out stretch your legs and enjoy a breath of fresh air something you definitely cannot do on a plane! When you arrive at your destination (on time the railroads are great for this) you will look your best, because you are rested, and have had an opportunity to change your clothes, do your hair, nails, face, etc. Last but not least, there is the safety factor. I know about the statistics which prove the low percentage of plane accidents, but that is no consolation if you happen to be on the one that proves to be the exception. There are train accidents too, I know, but none, surely, in which all the passengers are killed or badly injured. So if one is the least bit nervous train travel is the answer. A train ride is a vacation in itself and a great experience, but, like Norman Smith, I suppose this makes me a fuddy duddy. Nevertheless, I like trains and hope they make a great comeback. MRS. J. HIGA Lethbridge Centre is beneficial I would like to add my voice to that of L. Van Luven who said in her letter of March 14 everything I feel about the Birth Control and Information Centre and the need to continue funding it. It seems foolish to do away with a service that is meeting a need no other agency in the city is fulfilling, even if for some season the powers that be feel it is not living up to their expectations. The Community Services Advisory Committee certainly did not offer any alternatives when it proposed to terminate the Birth Control Centre. I can only ask city council to please'not disappoint those of us in Lethbridge who do not wear blinkers and who realize there are people who can benefit from the types f services the centre offers at the present and proposes to offer. JANICE CAIN Lethbridge. Stupidity won out they could be seen and heard much more clearly. Presently, at the average speed of traffic on Mayor Magrath Drive, the entire park can be taken in with one sweeping glance. How can this invoke a foreign vacationer, or a Canadian visitor, to stop to walk through the Gardens? I am fully aware that the Japanese Garden was designed by a noted landscape architect from Japan. I'm afraid the learned gentleman was under the misapprehension that vast herds of bison still roamed these prairies. PETER NAGAI Lethbridge Firemen praised The city council meeting of March llth, as reported in The Herald, was one in which stupidity won out over common sense. Some lady had started a 1000 name petition to ban burning barrels and after securing a total of 17 names had another lady speak before council on her behalf. This lady had a staunch supporter in an alderman whose wife at some time in the past, by not attending a burning barrel fire, had let it get out of control and he determined then and there to change our fire bylaw. By supporting this 17 name petition, four to two, council is now telling thousands of citizens that they will not be permitted to burn in their own yards, in their own incinerators, the glut of unsolicited litter in the form of circulars that is thrown BERRY'S WORLD weekly between our doors or on our steps. All householders must now be saddled with the additional expense of bundling up and tieing or putting in plastic bags these circulars and other paper materials and putting them in garbage containers. It won't be long until we find that due to the colossal amount of paper materials our garbage disposal charge will be doubled. No one should be permitted to pollute the air by attempting to burn wet garbage, old tires, etc. and neither should responsible citizens be prohibited, except on restricted days, from disposing of paper materials in a safe and satisfactory manner. A. F. SMITH Lethbridge We would like to take this opportunity to thank oar local Tire department. Last week we had an electrical burning smell in our store and could not detect it was coming from. We called the downtown fire station and immediately the firemen came. To make a long story short, these men knew what they were doing and it really showed that they have excellent training. They found the problem in very short lime. Also, we must say that the two men. sorry we do not know their names, were most courteous and well mannered. it is nice to know that we hi Lethbridge have firefighters that are "on the ball." THE PIANO CENTRE Lethbridge 5974 try HEA. 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