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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Excellent appointment The appointment of Mr. Ralph Steinhauer of the Saddle Lake Indian Reserve as the new lieutenant governor of Alberta is meeting with almost unanimous approval. It is an appointment that both honors the man and brings honor to the province. The prime minister is to be congratulated on his wise and exciting choice. Mr. Steinhauer is understandably concerned that too much emphasis may be placed on his native ancestry. Although he is too modest to mention the fact is that he is worthy of the office in terms of his character and accomplishments. Ke is an outstanding man in his own right. With that point clearly in an emphasis on Mr. Steinhauer's ancestry is legitimate and desirable. The lieutenani governor through his name reminds the present generation of those early days when white people and native people were making initial contact with each other. Many of the motives of the white people were suspect and their influences on the native people negative. But a small the with the highest of motives brought a countervailing influence. Mr. Ralph Steinhauer's The Rev. Henry Bird was one of the bearer's of the white man's religion and of a high ethical concern inherent in it. He was unique in that he was a full blooded Ojibway Indian who had adopted the name of a Philadelphia benefactor price paid for the opportunity of getting a good as the present lieutenant J. W. Grant says in his book. Portraits From The Plains. The Steinhauers became connected with another well-known family ot missionaries from those early the McDougalls The Rev. John McDougall married a daughter of the Henry Bird Steinhauers. Subsequent visitation in the family connection doubtless explains why Ralph Steinhauer came to be born at Morley rather than at Saddle Lake. Quite apart from Mr. Steinhauer's interesting personal his Indian ancestry generally is significant. This is a time when native people are beginning to realize that they have a contribution to make to the life of the country that has for a long time been unsuspected both by them and the dominant white segment of society. The appointment of Mr. Steinhauer is an endorsement of that new conviction and vision. Following the immensely popular Grant MacEwan in the office of lieutenant governor would be a difficult thing for most people. Mr. by his decision to be has largely removed the difficulty. And nobody is likely to be louder in his applause for that decision and for the appointment itself than Lieutenant Governor Grant MacEwan. The Nixon transcripts President Nixon's television assertion that the tape transcripts to be released by his office prove his innocence is as inaccurate as some of his previous televisions assertions in regard to the Watergate matter. Since they are edited versions of conversations in his office their proof is negative at and they can be more accurately described by his lawyers' statement the following day that nowhere do they make it appear that the president was involved in a criminal plot to obstruct justice. the transcripts are revealing. They without that the president knew his staff was involved in something on his behalf that he should not know about. An intelligent deduction translates this as illegal activity. His reaction was not one of instant dismay or indignation that the integrity of his office should be thus marred. He did not immediately demand the resignations of all those involved. His concern seemed less to uphold the law and the constitution than to protect himself from proven complicity. This is an unflattering image for the head of a great but it is now the accepted one of Nixon and it is not illegal The released reveals something else besides a tricky legal mind Dean's remarks to the president acknowledged doubt about how much the president knew and in presupposes that someone else involved in the illegal activity also had access to the president and might be expected to have revealed something to him. This is circumstantial evidence but it implicates the president's closest associates of those days. The house judiciary committee is not likely to accept the transcripts as a substitute for the subpoenaed tapes. In the first in a situation where everyone's veracity is in the tapes are much better evidence than the transcripts. In the second it would establish a precedent that the president is above the law. by successfully resisting a subpoena on the sole grounds of being president. Nixon's excuse in refusing to turn over the tapes is that he is protecting the office of the president and the confidentiality necessary to carrying out the functions of that office This is a weak excuse from a man who has already destroyed whatever reliability his office may have had by taping conversations without the knowledge of the persons involved. Whatever one may think of Nixon's conduct as if he is not above the neither is he beneath it. He is entitled to all the law's presumptions as has been shown recently by the acquittal of Mitchell and under the law proof of guilt is necessary for conviction. ERIC NICOL Nationalize the during a lull in the other zoological noises issuing from transport minister Marchand uttered what sounded like a threat to nationalize the CPR. At the stock market wet its rhe last spike sprang up and hit a CBC actor the nose. And in his celestial upper berth 5ir John A Macdonald hiccuped in mild lisgust. Minds that don't boggle easily have been struck aghast by the threat to take over the company that made Confederation possible. 3et rid of the yes. tionalize certainly. But to mi 'k about with the corporate colossus that bestrides Canada like the Jolly Green Giant this is of more farfetched duvi-muies uf Sinbad. No accurate estimate exists .s to how nuch it would cost the public pu- e to buy the The best guess is that the price would somewhere between the national debt and i prime rib roast. There is reason to believe tl t the trans- port minister pulled in his hi is because lomeone quietly informed him t Canada is i real estate subsidiary of the CPR. Concern or good public relations is the son why the has delayed revealin- its plans to urn Parliament Hill into a si. oing plaza. Mr. Trudeau's office is sketchc -n as a ski ogs provoked M. March even to lint at something as Hercuk.in as a take-over of the lie was 'xasperated by the shortage of boxvars. To the average sitting in his mtomobile waiting for a freight trar lo clear he Canada would seem to have ilentv of boxcars. Indeed a surfpit nf boxcars. The damn things in the shunting coupling like billy-o and making your night in the motel something less than The Rest of Your Life. But according to the transport department there still are not enough boxcars moving grain and lumber across the land in the quan- tity needed to denude the country by the year 2000. The department is not satisfied with the stop-gap such as that of the company that offers rail passengers special rates on Yellow when they travel standing up to their navels in wheat. Ottawa believes that the rail and especially the are playing footsie with their freight cars. One man's boxcar It is difficult to judge how many boxcars are being converted into townhouses. The shortage of housing is such that the buyer cannot afford to balk at little things like heavy sliding doors and an icebox in the roof. Be it ever so there's no place like CP 278459009. Regardless of the grounds for M. Marchand 's hostile saner heads seem to have prevailed. We have heard no more about Jonah swallowing the whale. CPR shareholders may look forward lo another hundred years of investment in Canada's senior private though majority stock is held in either Japan or Kuwait. Which is just as well. For the CPR is more than a more than a complex of The CPR is coffee served in a real silver pot. The CPR is how God would travel if He were not ubiquitous. F.isv on M Marrhanrl i V -1 jt-4' Flagrante delicto burning a chewing gum wrapper in an open Nixon goes over heads of politicians By James New York Times commentator WASHINGTON In the great crises of his political Richard Nixon has been almost recklessly bold. He saved himself from charges of corruption in the presidential campaign of 1952 with his Checkers speech. He came back after losing the presidency of 1960 and the governorship of California in and the guess here is that he has helped himself by his latest TV defence against impeachment and conviction As in he appealed in his latest TV performance to the people over the heads of the politicians. His fate with the judiciary committee of the then with the opinion of the House and if he cannot persuade with the judg- ment of the Senate. But he did not give the judiciary committee the evidence it had subpoenaed. He gave them that part of the evidence he thought they should and interpreted it selectively in his TV address to the nation before the judiciary committee had even had a chance to read the partial evidence he had provided. More than he challenged the Congress to decide what facts they needed to carry out their constitutional responsibilities in the impeachment and even insisted on who should verify the evidence he had made available. For he insisted that his own lawyers should have the right to challenge any charges made against him in the impeachment proceedings of the but refused to allow the lawyers of the judiciary committee to listen to the tapes and check them against the selected transcripts he sent to Capitol Hill. In he asked the people and the Congress to trust but refused to trust the judi- ciary committee or its lawyers to hear the tapes on which his argument was based. he concentrated his attack on the testimony of John the main witness against though he must have known that Dean was forbidden by the courts to answer back. All this was presented by the president to the nation as an exercise of unprecedented generosity. No president in the history of the he had ever made available to the Congress or the people so many secret conversations within the White which is true No he these documents would be misconstrued by his opponents in the Congress and the but he had always sought to do what was and now all these thousands of documents would be and if anybody had any the chairman of the house judiciary Peter of New Jer- and the senior Republican member of the Edward Hutchison of could listen to the tapes and confirm whether or not he was telling the truth. It is odd that such a speech should have to be made in America by the president of the United and even tragic that he felt he had to if you don't believe all you can check it against the but still this was probably the most powerful and effective political speech Nixon has ever made. Unlike his recent public speeches in and when he seemed to be elaborately enthusiastic in his language and Nixon argued his case from the Oval Office of the White House with patient detail and calm. If he made any it was that he went on too but he was composed and conveyed the impression that he knew precisely what he was doing. Seen from Capitol Hill it was a almost an outrageous speech. For if the Congress agreed with the House and the Senate would be saying even in an impeachment the president should be able to select the evidence and the people who should check and confirm it. seen from the television the president's main it was probably an effective and even brilliant political performance. Here is all the relevant he said to the television audience. It will prove my fairness and innocence. Here behind me are volumes of testimony. Let the Congress and the people study and if they have any doubt let Rodino and Hutchinson of the judiciary committee listen to and raise and I will answer them under oath. But he the rest of the judiciary and not the lawyers of the committee or its staff. No doubt this sounded fine to the television but imagine Rodino and without lawyers or trying to go through dozens of tapes on hundreds of intricate while still trying to preside over the proceedings of the judiciary committee and whatever else is going on in the House of Representatives. Even if the president's invitation were it would take months of and months more of questioning. the other members of the judiciary committee will be complaining that they have been tricked and left out of hearing the and the controversy will not be as the president but will become even more complicated and vindictive than before. This is the chance the president took maybe the boldest of his career but it may work Like Stans and the president's problem is to prove that there is a that he knew about the scandals of 1972 or tried to cover them up. And by releasing all these volumes of testimony and going to the people with his evidence and his appeals to get all this behind us and get on to the battle against war and he has probably gained considerable support in the country and some voies in Congress. Nixon is probably wrong in supposing that his speech and his pile of documents will end the but he has released enough to create and that may be decisive in his favor at the end. Future catastrophic predictions may be foiled By William New York Times commentator WASHINGTON Immanuel Velikovsky is a catastrophist. Nearing the author of in and in has for the past generation been setting forth a cataclysmic view of history. His theory is that ancient myths and scripture were reporting not creating epics in recount- ing earthshaking events or apparent the Bible and our mythology is mankind's collective memory of events that took place in prehistory. For Velikovsky suggests that the planet Jupiter threw off a chunk of itself which narrowly missed the Earth and collided with bouncing off to settle in orbit as the planet Venus. This action of Venus as a kind of celestial pinball did r.ct go unnoticed around 1500 B.C when Moses led his people out of Egypt that unfortunate left turn away from the oil The gravitational tug of Venus is what parted the Red goes this and the fallout of hydrocarbons from the richocheting planet in the form of carbohydrates were set down in scripture as manna from heaven. The astronomical and historical professions have combined to hoot his million-book sales and current campus revival drive conventional up the wall of space. Scientists who have threatened to boycott his publisher are only now coming impatience with a curmudgeon. Velikovsky is of interest because he is a catastrophist whose ideas clash with the establishment of the physical but over in the realm of the social and political the catastrophists are firmly in command Astronomical catas- trophists like Velikovsky look back and fit great cataclysms into their reading of the social catastrophists look ahead and project disaster into their readings of the future. Each has a few intriguing facts to go and constructs eye- popping visions out of the most speculative extra- polations. crazy No more wine and Mr. but you can sing The population catas- trophists a hardy band that has been in business for more than a century have been saying that a population will turn prairies into urban slums. But now a pall of gloom has lowered over these prophets of The American birth rate is knocking confident predictions of million Americans by the year into a cocked hat. Nothing a new breed of population catastrophists is this mutation extrapolates the dip in the birth rate and sees an end to economic envisions an only-child psychology gripping the nation's and warns of an aging populace putting the dead hand of conservatism on fresh ideas. The economic catas- trophists have concluded that galloping inflation is here to stay and that we had better emulate the action of Brazil in learning to love it. But even as they prepare to slip a wedding ring on the cost of living index finger shoots at Escalator the news comes from the coast of Peru that the anchovies are back. Intractable readers of these essays are finely tuned to the meaning of the retreat of the El Nino current and the return to the fisherman's nets of the protein-rich a plentiful supply of anchovies drops the world price of soybeans and cattle slowing down the inflation of food prices. In the catastrophists may be The energy catas- trophists came and went in a it seems that disastrous shortages were averted by a hike in the world price of fuel. Perhaps the four-cylinder car will be needed to match oil supplies in the generation or an electric car to draw its charge every night from a central source that makes electricity from coal and atomic but a healthy combination of scientific genious and human greed is likely to overcome the seemingly insurmount- able. The environmental whose of thundered horrendous warnings of international suffocation only a few years were caught in a crossfire between the energy-worries and the birth- rate discovering that in media love three calamities are a and what had been the centre of our concerns has now become the least of our worries. In the light of what has happened so recently to the denizens of one might think that the political catastrophists be cautious in their predictions about an oval jail cell. Not at the moving fingers are still writing on the banquet- hall and having will not move on. The catastrophists of the social who keep changing their targets and pushing back the date of the end of the have much to learn from cosmologician the only credit anyone will get for recognizing a cataclysm is if it may have already happened. Future catastrophe is an elusive brass rarely ready to be snatched by those who equate seriousness with and seldom seen by pundits who claim to find long-term trends in short- order facts. It is fine to see a world in a grain of but sometimes all there is in a grain of sand is a grain of sand. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO Editor ana Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Pige Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;