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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE lEIHIKIDGf HERALD March 1971 Joseph Kraft Civil War in Pakistan The outbreak of civil war in East Pakistart was bound to come sooner or It has been developing ever since the countrys partition from India in The central figure in the current hostilities is Sheik Mujibur Rahman a determined fighter for East Pakis tan autonomy and leader of the Awa mi Peoples A mile tract of Hindu India divides West Pakistan from East two equal halves of the worlds second largest Moslem coun try after with a total popu lation of 120 West Pakistan is economically richer than the East which has a far larger But the East earns valuable foreign exchange for it pro duces about 80 per cent of the worlds raw But Sheik claims too much of the central governments funds are allocated to the and the East doesnt have enough representation in the or in the armed particularly at the executive Although Shiek Mujib is liis political problems are enormous because of the fiagmentation in the population in both the East and West due to religious and language differ West Pakistani Yahya who seems to hold the whip hand militarily and economic ally in considers Sheik Mujib to be an upstart determined only to gain autonomy for East According to conflicting reports from the Mujib started the civil and West Pakistan army quick ly moved in and put it but not before thousands But radio re ports from both areas give com pletely different interpretations on what is going One thing is cer Sheik Mujib is likely to hold out against the central governments in tention to have Khan declared gov ernor of all So it looks as if there will be more bloodshed un less East Pakistan can be satisiied with a better deal economically than it is getting at present from the pow erful central Consumers complaint The national executive of the Con sumers Association of Canada has recently complained about the im pending increases in service charges by the chartered It will be interesting to see if the federal gov ernment will make any move to re strain the Increases of 27 per cent to 33 per cent are certainly dramatic in the face of the six per cent guideline the government was once urging upon the country in the fight against in The amount the banks may realize as a result of the increases might not be great but the principle involved is Anyone who has even glanced at reports of the state of the banking business in recent times will know that it is not an aspect of the econ omy that is The profits reaped by the banks have been very And now the banks pro pose to inflate those profits further by imposing increased service If the banking business can get away with the increases what is to stop other businesses as well as unions from seeking corres pondingly high jumps Following the precedent being set by the banks could set the country off into another inflation The unemployment situation now troubling the nation is bad enough as govern m e n t spokesman repeatedly another period of inflation could be even more Vague insurance program All across the country teachers associations are protesting the feder al governments recent announce ment that it will include the teach ing profession in its unemployment insurance This means that all school boards will have to pay into the unemploy ment insurance while the teach ers will have to fork over an assess ed amount to make up the differ The vast majority of teachers will never receive a cent for their con In the first most of them have already purchased insur ance against unemployment by ac quiring skills which provide their In the second an un employment crisis depriving substan tial numbers of these people would pretty well clean out the The unpleasant fact is that the re vised unemployment insurance pro gram as spelled out by its program mer Bryce is in reality not an insurance program at Its simply a new tax which will be im posed on except selfem ployed with the object of ob taining more Perhaps with all the unemployment and the grow ing welfare requirements this reve nue might make it easier to distri bute incomes But if that is the why not make it plain Why call it an unemployment insur ance program when in fact its just a plain old tax Progress at the flab lab By Margaret rFHE big thing about losing even all vigorous mechanical aids at the flab lab such as rollers and is of watching the old For the little pudgy who con fided the other day that she just cant stand her Slimcal unless she laces it generously with chocolate ice doesnt stand a chance of losing an ounce a year with that On the other most of us take our weight reducing program and much as I hate Ive been engaged in following a fairly rigid daytoday menu which I adhere to pretty And I figured as long as I was making the other members of the family would do well to follow my ex ample For one thing its much easier cooking the same thing for and for another theyre fat Our daughter was quite happy to go along with my meticulous calorie counting but Father put up a big argu ment Whats this dab of gunk Ive been offer ed as my evening he groused re Thats dieters Seafood Delight 1W I Its got all kinds of yummy fuh in it and it look hours to so It looks like and i like In fact Id rather suimmmg in roast beef gravy And Luckhurst who says Im on a diet anyway9 I Youre beginning to look like Santa Clans out of Why is it husbands can be so unreason able about a perfectly reasonable subject like dieting My arent we the witty one he replied and what is this blob of jelly on a limp lettuce leaf Slim Salad no calories at and jou know how nutritional sal ads are for it gives you all the ne cessary or something Ive eaten so much lettuce in the past month my tongue is turning and if you ever try to gne me poached egg on lettuce for breakfast again Ill feed it to the cat and knowing his finicky appetite it wouldnt surprise me in the least if he tried to cover it And incidentally thats exactly what should be done with all this diet get get and plug up all jour arteries with cholesterol Youll he sorry when we walk down the street and people say what do you think ihat slim uoman sees in that fat old But that didnt impress he Just went out to the kitchen and made a thick peanut butter sandwich with icily while I when 1 step on the scale and do all those awful situps and hip lire Miions of peanut butter and fade into the distance in the long nin its all vorth it I m gaming on nn weight losing front Bj Doug Walker Len Schcilmer of a reg ular reader ff she tells would Ix disappointed if I didnt have to say about where we sat m United Chinch when the con gregations m the area met Elspcth and I sat very near to the front of uhorc people ucre winch as Mishomncr iiitcil K m K i on lur ttlut Mis Scheiljnn dtxjxn I Sea change in opinion on the war WASHINGTON In telei sion inter piess and speeches President Nixon s now w 01 king overtime on the public But reversing the drop in esteem that set in with the Laos operations is going to be very For Laos marks a sea change in public opinion on the It is no longer true that every presidential move auto matically entails a rise in public It used to On that the evi dence of the past is remark ably A study of Gallup Polls shows that every presi dential speech oi visit or change in know because six1 IXMI armed later than MSI is that Klspeth actually led the to the pew ue 1 dnnt anv explanation for this phen tte got to church caiher than and there were some openings farther back for the ones the Sinbnpis ncciipiorh Mulie she has come look n iKjsition in etr phone whether stepping up the war or it down would result in at least a shortterm rallying of public opinion to presidential The Tonkin Gulf incident of August 1984 is a good beginning President Johnson was leading the Republican chal lenger Barry Goldwater by 64 36 in the Gallup Poll before that Following the Am erican bombardment of North Vietnamese PTboat Johnsons margin spurted to 68 per cent against 32 per At the Gallup wiote Few such sharp shifts have been registered in recent The escalation of the bomb ing that took place with an at tack on petroleum supplies early in July 1966 brought a similar Before that ac tion President Johnson had SO per cent approval as against 33 disapproval in the Gallup Immediately afterwards it was 56 per cent approval as against 30 per cent Precisely the same pattern shoved up after President Johnsons speech of March 1S68 the speech in which the president took himself out of the 1968 race and ordered a cutback in the bombing of the Two weeks before the speech his rating was 36 per cent approval against 52 per cent A week after the it was 49 per cent approval as against 40 per cent President Nixon had much the same experience as Presi dent Before the No vember 1969 reply to the peace the pres ident enjoyed 56 per cent ap proval as against 29 per cent Two weeks after the speech the rating was 68 per cent 19 per cent The pattern held for the Cambodian invasion of On the eve of those the presidents rating stood at 56 per cent approval and 31 per cent Immediately it jumped to 57 per Im afraid theyre all busy discussing the delicate alternatives our Northern ecology hinges on cent 31 per cent dis By July when American troops were with it reached 61 per cent 28 per cent disap But with Laos the pattern has been The last poll be fore the operation began on February S gave the president 5tt per cent approval as against 33 per cent A poll conducted between February 1921 showed the presidents rating had dropped to a new low 51 per cent 36 per cent a number of other indicators about the Laotian operation were also Seven out of ten Americans a higher figure than ever reached under President John son thought the government was not telling the truth about the The break in the pattern Is not hard to In the presidential actions were gererally related to some worthwhile goal or a negotiated settlement or pre vention of enemy The president was making the ef fort and so the country rallied But in the past few Nixon has strongly implied that the United States is getting out of Other notably Secretary of Defence Melvin have nailed down that pledge in un ambiguous With the gsal of getting out there is no credible logic for expanding military There is no ethic that justifies greater exertion in the The president can no longer take the country in tow on Vietnam simply by saying For ward Maybe Nixon can change all Opinion can be and he is very skillful at mak ing address to the VicePresident Agnew is out baiting the TV commentators and the if they they may build new sympathy for the administra But I doubt My impres sion is that the president has been hoist by his own The country no longer believes that the South Vietnamese will win or that the other side will stop It has come to believe only in Nixons talk of getting As a Nixon is in a cruel He is not apt to gain much credit just for keeping his but he will suffer badly if he does not get out and Field CarZ Rowan Are the Americans now copying the Russians WASHINGTON In the years just after the Soviet launching of nothing capsulized the combative but insecure boastings of the sians better a story that raced across turope in the wake of Premier Nitata Khrushchevs 1959 visit to the United It seems on Khrush chevs the hardliners in the Kremlin wanted to know what the Premier had done to enhance his boast that he would bury the Had he pinned Eisenhower with a ham beaten hint in a sword or in some other way established Communist su periority The truth as the story had that Khrushchev had challenged Ike to a secret head tohead which the American general won going faced with the potential ly embarrassing question in the Khrushchev replied you be pleased to know that your glo ncus leader and the decadent bourgeois American President participated in a gruelling foot race I am proud to that jour glcnous leader finished an inspiring while the Am erican lust managed to come in ahead of the last That apocryphal talc of Com munisl veibal gymnastics keeps coming to mind as I lead Hie administration xersions of what is going on in Laos and The ironlpage headlines oui die and llu our Tll of Panic in Laos Reireat The mus dispatches that Hie men who are considered South Vietnam s best soldiers are coming out of some in oidrrly othrts in The Nlilli Vietnamese arc right bclind them But in YicoPiesident Spiro Atmews it is just an orderly retreat The administration would and mito liLheyo dial llic iinasnui uiiil ac cording lo plan and uas a mili tary Its just the press that cant or wont the sweet And our official spokesmen still want us to believe that the and of Cambodia constitute an his toric military coup even if more of Cambodia is in more trouble than This administration penchant for putting a rosy cast on what has the smack of a lost gam ble surely arouses the envy footracer not to mention Gocbhels and and the old masters at portraying calamities as glorious vic tories Let the record be clear that I speak as no trembling I confess to an early belief that Letter to the editor our original intervention in Vietnam could make a crucial difference in But time has taught me to view with suspicion the intelli gence and with grave doubts the of those leading the Amencan war ef It has taught me to view our South Vietnamese allies less as brave torchbearers of freedom and more as conniving deter mined to keep the United States fighting to protect their privileges and That the South Vietnamese should resort to to rosecolored portrayals of di does not surprise That Americans should do it is teiribly It raises Most important issue With regard to the editorial concerning the petition in the A I h o r t a Legislature entitled Both are to T suggest that it would be desirable if The Lethbndge Herald had a reporter covering the legisla ture I uas not mislead by the peti tioner The Noel stated that IK is a trap Noei trapped in the Fort Chipeuyan area since HMO and hai held trap line including a re cent one from the pi mm McKay also in his petition that he had ins living on ilie This i aso a fact until he was iige M lie became ill and required some assistance dur ing the last few de spite Ins he has con tinued There was noth ing in the petition ilia in accurate and here has been nothing disclosed which dis credits lie More serious is that Ihis is perhaps the most impor tant issue that confronts thfi province or the people of ho that has oceurcd diii ing my four years m he legis It involves the use by without the con sent of a of con fidential information merely because the citizen takes a posi tion embarrassing to the gov The fundamental rights of a citizen to privacy of his medi social health utilization and criminal and income records is essen tial m this day of big govern Contrary lo I it is most disappoint ing that you do not recognize the importance of this PKTER II So They Say The under 30 generation aixthe first pttijdf inp first gioup of human homgs horn into and accepting as their nstmal milieu tliat WurM man is that men arr hrothcrs hy virtue of mem liorship in the species or representative lo tho United the question of how far we have gone toward fashioning ourselves in the image of totali tarian Just think how mnch this war to contain the Communists has caused us to act like Commu before our Indochina would have dreamed that Americans might tolerate military gumshoes spying on and other civilian leaders Before this war tore the coun try who would have thought Joseph Montoya would accuse the executive branch of tapping the telephones of members of Congress Or that much of the public would believe despite Administration denials Who would have imagined an American attorney general Looking Through the Herald iffii An incinerator for Lethbridge to rid the city of waste which blows up Third Avenue from the riverboltom every time there is a strong westerly is the suggestion put forward by businessmen in the beer halls will not be abolished until after next session of the legislature at and their fate then de pends on rulings of the court and additional to be taken in the With the six weeks warning period the city going to court to claim an in herent right to bug or wire on only his any group he considers a threat to the nation Who would have imagined that Americans would steal documents from an FBI office documents given to Con gressmen who say they show that the FBI is watching and spying on any group with Afro or black or free dom in its name Or that the FBI would be viewed as our gendarme of the status more concerned with prevent ing social change than fighting crime Wasnt It Hitler himself who boasted that the strength of a dictatorship is that it makes its enemies imitate Fcidl Enterprises backward police are taking action against those who park their cars over an hour on Satur dajs on the streets between 5th S and 7th and between 3rd and 4th 1351 Canadians are wear Ing out theumoney about as fast as they get Bank of Canada officials report that about in a fiveday week is destroyed because it is worn or flillsecrrt report on Canadas drug industry has al legedly found there is pi icefix ing at level of Ihc salo of drugs The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published by BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No 001 Member pf The Caiadan Press thr Canriumn Daily Ndvspappr Publishers Association and the Audit of Circulations CLEO Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Manager JOE BALLA Managing Editor POV F Mil Advertising WILLIAM HAY Edilrr Y WALKER tUiioNtii Piiqe Edilor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;