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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta I THE Development in the 'Pass It's hard not to sympathize with the town council in its desire to lave the proposed new route for -lighway 3 follow a route through the own's old business section. here is nothing more to be saved on the valley whereas the forested slopes m the north side of the valley at this possess an environmental quality vhich should not be sacrificed to lighway construction when it can be leveloped for residential purposes. It is true that a highway through the own would uproot some people. adequate financial irrangements are it is hard to see low this could be a change for the worse. In selecting the north route around the department of highways nay have wished to avoid all the and expense involved in constructing it through an established problems which inevitably nclude the fate of the coal cleaning If this is it is not an adequate Something has to be done to the plant other problems of and rights-of-way can be as they .have in the and the government is not poor. Planners may also have notivated by a desire to give travellers a nore scenic view of the pass by Bypassing some of the appalling aspects what development has done to the irea. A hundred years ago Crowsnest Pass must have been a lovely divide .hrough the mountains. Although today's can still get occasional glimpses of what it was once in a roadside a picturesque lake or a fleeting look at the solitary majesty of Crowsnest by and large the eastern approach to the summit is a depressing hodge-podge of not very successful industrial and commercial development. If this is the motivation of the it is time to ask why travellers shouldn't be made aware of the problems as well as the scenic glories of the Canadian Rockies. Most of them are eager to enjoy the benefits of the energy produced by coal. They also learn about its about the kinds of lives imposed on those who mine or work with and about the total environmental impact. If the motive is simply to speed up traffic through the it should be noted that speed is no longer looked on as a desirable end in itself. The main point is one of priority. Whatever remains in the pass of a pleasing environment should be protected at all costs for the benefit of residents. This applies equally to establishing routes for power lines or other services for which the valley floor is already a carrier. Prosperity and applied order to present and future industrial and commercial development will do much to enhance the appearance of the towns in the area and if the highway goes right through then the whole world will be watching to see whether it happens. The worst is yet to come A forecast that the worst is yet to come as far as inflation is concerned has to be one of the surest of prognostications. The ordinary citizen could make such a forecast as readily as officials in the finance department who did so in the annual economic review. The upward trend of the inflation rate over quite a long period of time suggests a continued spiralling. Supporting this view are such fundamental indicators as shortages of basic commodities and increased demand or 80 million more consumers are added in the world every Even if there is an election soon and either the Conservatives or New Democrats gam a mandate to put their policies for combatting inflation into effect the worst is yet to come. It would be impossible to halt inflation as soon as a new government took office and made its moves. The momentum that inflation now has would continue a while even after brakes were applied. Although the opposition parties do not accept the contention of the present government that inflation is the result of world conditions they must surely know that it is a major cause. Thus any measures that might be taken in under a new would at best only slow the rate of inflation. And any however means a worse condition than at present. None of this means that nothing should be attempted by way of combatting inflation. The present government may be planning to take some to be announced with the budget. All that the annual economic review does is make a irrefutable the worst is yet to come. Open meetings desirable The Lethbridge Chamber of not altogether has decided not to support a student bid to get university board of governors meetings opened to the public. No doubt the idea of having to make decisions while the public watches makes many people extremely uncomfortable. Whereas management bodies in private businesses unquestionably have the right to reach decisions behind closed the same privilege cannot be claimed by boards of public institutions. They administer funds belonging to the people and are responsible to give an accounting. sometimes issues of a fairly sensitive nature come before the LETTERS board of governors of the university. There probably fewer such issues than imagined. If necessary they can be dealt with by going into closed sessions. Generally it is probably to the advantage of the institutions and to the people who sit on their boards to conduct business in open meetings. Much misunderstanding and antagonism can be avoided by permitting the interested public to hear the discussion that leads to decisions. Even better public relations could result. The students have the interests of both the university and a democratic society in mind in pressing for open meetings. They deserve to be heard and heeded. Letters says he might as well enjoy the ultimate frustration of writing to his government representative to do something about Dark side of Nixon revealed By William New York Times commentator WASHINGTON stir up quite a a relieved President Nixon told a caller a few hours after delivering his television address releasing tape transcripts. some rough stuff in And why hadn't he released them months He had to wait until the indictments were the president and then until the Stans-Mitchell trial was over took time to get all this But the primary reason for withholding the transcripts until survival demanded their release dawned on the caller after reading the quarter million words in the sky blue some of the stuff is damnably rough. The tape and tell memoirs illuminate a dark side of Richard Nixon- his need to hide the sleazy wiretaps and break ins that took place before his desire to appear candid while remaining his fear of personally confronting John passing that unpleasant job along to John Ehrlichman with instructions to secretly bug the room. No wonder the president never wanted this to see the light of much of this scurrying around is what goes on under a flat rock. The transcripts show the man in the Oval Office to be guilty of conduct unbecoming a president. The language used in private is not the problem in March 21 when I had that conversation with I have broken my ass to try to get the facts of this is the most heartwarming observation in it but the president's reluctance to recognize reality is and the weakness displayed in not taking charge of events so as to build a firewall between the presidency and the scandal is inexcusable. When Nixon realized how abysmally out of touch and isolated an executive he had he compounded his mistake by getting too much in touch. By allowing loyalty to his old friends and hatred for his enemies to becloud his he failed to execute as a chief executive sometimes must. One of his advisers at the time recalled a remark attributed to prime minister must be a bit of a Nixon did not have the heart to swing the ax with moral fervor and suffers for it now. In a genuine the sensible man is the one who pushes the panic button. The president's defence is that he was groping in the in the weeks after March as the mystery slowly the transcripts show his agonized amazement. To his post speech caller this the president laid stress on how much had been withheld from him by John Dean on the he didn't tell me was more important than what he did Dean did not tell the president that he had coached Magruder in February in John Mitchell's or that he had handled payoff money or that he had offered clemency to Magruder and James McCord or that he had taken the notebooks from Howard Hunt's safe and I don't know why I bother looking you never see 'beer taster wanted.' shredded that in Dean did not begin to sketch the outlines of his own villainy. Suddenly Dean's massive confidence game with the Senate Watergate committee comes into on all three he sought repeatedly to implicate the president in the Watergate cover up by backdating some of what had been said in the March 21 meeting. That he deliberately probably to show that his hush money payments had always been is apparent now. Special prosecutor Jaworski's unwillingness to move against Dean on a set of perjury counts is a cover up scandal in and one day may receive the investigation it deserves. Just as the transcripts answer the famous Senate committee question did he know and when did he know in a way that show the president to have been wrapped in an innocent they call attention to his damaging acquiescence in the payments to Howard Hunt. That is and although the president equivocates toward the end in a way that makes it hard to prove him guilty of a it is hard to read that transcript without a sinking feeling. they'll pick out a line here and a line Nixon tells his but he believes that the totality of the evidence will enable his presidency to survive. And so it perhaps the Congress will be satisfied with the personal humiliation of the president His friends always knew there was a dark side to feeling it so vividly in this excruciating it is hard to keep in mind that there are other sides to the man neither phony nor ignoble. That is why the first reaction to his temperate speech was one of and the reaction after reading the poisonous fruit of his eavesdropping tree is Errors and emotional comments on Velikovsky corrected I am surprised that The Herald would print a letter containing as many quota- tional errors from Dr. Velikovsfcy's book Worlds in Collision paperback and unfounded emotional comments directed towards the University of Lethbridge as was E. R. Lilley's I would like to take this opportunity to correct those errors for those people who do not have access to Velikovsky's and would like to comment on the criticisms directed at the university. .Mr. Lilley starts out by making the comment that is to assume that the Earth could have had a near collision with Venus all life being snuffed Is it really During U.S. nuclear weapon testing it was found that insects could survive the explosion and come out without a scratch at distances from the blast center where or anything man made would have been completely destroyed. Recent research has shown that certain forms of bacteria are able to survive such a hostile environment as that of the core of a nuclear mind it is not hard to imagine that if a such as that described by Velikovsky that some species of plants and including would survive. The first statement challenged concerned Velikovsky's discussion of solar system starting on page 25 of Worlds in Collision. It is argued by Mr. that Velikovsky all of the currently accepted theories and only discusses old outmoded Velikovsky discusses old theories. Mr Lilley fails to tell the reader that Velikovsky also shows the inadequacy of these theories on pages 25-29. On page 29 he discusses the double star system which at the time the book was written was the newest theory around. The second statement challenged according to Mr. from page 43. In it is from page 45 least in my The quote the end of the last glacial period occurred only a few thousand years ago Notice that Velikovsky said IF. had Mr. Lilley read Velikovsky's book Earth in Velikovsky used the most modern references of glaciology available at the time of writing. The old references that concern glaciology i.e. were calculations of the erosion rate of the Niagara Falls which if recalculated would come out to the same answer. Mr. Lilley then uses sarcasm when referring to the third statement challenged which was obtained from page 60 of Worlds in Collision. Only half of the sentence in ques- tion was quoted. The other half of the sentence was completely left and the nart that was was quoted incorrectly. It should have not a sudden stop by the rotating at a little over 1000 m.p.n. at Itt mean a complete destruction of the world' Since the world there must have been a mechanism to And the relevant part of the sentence mysteriously left out continues the slowing down of terrestrial if it really Again notice that Velikovsky said IF. In the fourth statement misquoted a quote. On page 83 of Worlds in Velikovsky quotes Exodus strong west not strong west as appeared in Mr. Lilley's letter. If the earth had stopped it is doubtful pressure let alone temperature gradients would have any control over the resulting mass movement of air. It is argued by Velikovsky that if such an event did the inertia of the Earth's atmosphere would make it continue in a west to east causing a west wind at the equator with a theoretical velocity of 1000 mjp.h. The next statement taken from Worlds in Collision was again misquoted. It should have comet with a head as large as the passing sufficiently would raise the waters of the oceans miles ocean to a very great footnote to this referred to in Mr. Lilley's quotes a 1795 source as saying that the ocean tides waves as Mr. Lilley would be raised figure was obtained with calculations using a distance of four diameters of the or about km. between the Earth and the comet Venus. Not a 100 km. distance as that used by Mr. Lilley for his own calculations. Even at a distance of the gravitational affects on the earth would be tremendous. As Mr. Lilley the crust of the earth would bend and buckle 'upward a large and this is exactly what Velikovsky If such a planetary encounter did the gravitational interaction between the two celestial bodies would cause the uplifting of the crust to form complex mountains. It should be noted that Velikovsky does not say that all mountains were formed that way. My final comments relate to Mr. Lilley's emotional opinions of the U of L. It seems to me that Mr. Lilley is in no position to ques- tion the sanity and academic quality of the U of L physics especially after he has shown his inability to correctly read and quote sentences from a book. withdraw its offer of the degree is absurd. I would expect this type of statement if this was Europe in the 1600s or but not today in North America. Mr. Lilley also states that think Velikovsky is a This type of statement has appeared throughout history whenever someone has rocked the boat and exposed truths that do not fit in with the currently accepted theories of the time. If one cannot answer the challenge within the world of just discredit the challenger and that solves the problems. Fortunately the U of L does not take this type of and is prepared to listen to Dr. Velikovsky with an open mind..... I do agree that Velikovsky's psychological theories depend on a real physical event to have and that if it did not cultural amnesia would be but speculation with no basis in fact. But one should as B. Carman put that fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation The University of Lethbridge has not agreed. LYLE Honoring Velikovsky Since the University of Lethbridge announced its intention of conferring an honorary degree upon Dr. we have been the recipients of a number of letters protesting this decision. I have been amazed at the intemperate tone of many of these letters. It is obvious that Dr. Velikovsky and his theories are capable of evoking violent and uncharacteristically emo- tional responses from a few of the scientific fraternity. the tone of some of these letters smack of intellectual the kind we.could well do it is a reminder of that breed of men who exerted pressure to prevent the publication of Velikovsky's books and yet would claim for themselves the privilege of academic freedom. these same writers utilized the occasion to make snide references to the academic respectability of the University of having researched this area with the same scientific diligence. Dr. Velikovsky is being accorded special recognition for the multi. disciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature of his not necessarily because he is wholly right and not necessarily because we believe he is wholly right. So often in the progress has been made because someone has dared to defy conventional knowledge and wisdom. Perhaps the University of Lethbridge is and in this particular no doubt the same stupidity and idiscy as that displayed by that prestigious the American Association for the Advancement of Science when they invited Dr Velikovsky to a special symposium for the express purpose of discussing his theories. Dr. Velikovsky's candidacy was initiated by the general faculties council and approved by the senate of the university. At Convocation on May on behalf of the University of will confer the Doctor of Arts and Science on Dr. Velikovsky and I shall be proud to do so. J. M.D. Chancellor Protection service We hear lots of complaints about illegal strikes etc. 'which are levied against us for the purpose of destroying our yet few offer a solution to the problem. Every able-bodied resident of male or citizen or not not temporary should be drafted let's civil protection for a minimum of two years. Instruction courses in operating essential services could be by public meetings and actual training centres. Then when an illegal strike or something members of this force operate until matters become settled. As we know a mere handful of men threw thousands out of work and disrupted the country. Out of this one or two at most started the agitation in the first place and these men could not care less about the welfare of their fellow workers as the amount they get from their jobs is peanuts to what the enemies to our country pay them. The real scabs are the strikers themselves who condone this sort of treason. LEO W. SPENCER Cardston Canada's oldest vet The department of veteran's affairs is interested in finding out who is Canada's oldest veteran. In Ottawa there are files on all the veterans dating back to their release from the but the department has no way of knowing if the mailing addresses on these files are valid. Many people including move occasionally and unless they are on drawing allowances or in a DVA institution they have no reason to tell the department their latest address. Consequently it loses contact with them. This is unfortunate' because frequently requests are received for information about elderly veterans from the veteran's groups and other interested organizations. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a veteran who is approaching his 100th birthday is requested to send the veteran's name and address Public Relations Department of Veterans Ottawa K1A OP4. Ottawa T. G. COUGHLIN Carillon Illegal union strike This country has once again been subjected to highway robbery by two unions which have staged illegal strikes simply because their members have no concern for anything but their own greedy desires. The cost in dollars is considerable but the cost in inconvenience cannot be measured in dollars and cents. The leaders of these unions who never nor never will true Canadians are quite aware that their actions in reality affect people in the lower income classes far more than anyone else and that every time a picket line is set someone who is need of every dollar he can earn is prevented from going to his or her job. These people who do not cross picket lines are never recompensed for lost due to no fault of their except the belief that should stick together. Some strikes have had a certain amount of justification but for the most part they are seldom staged for the benefit of those really in rather for those whose one aim is to achieve better pay than anyone else. No union has really had the guts to get in and try to improve conditions in the Eastern garment industry because the wages paid these people will not allow them to assess a high dues rate such as now assessed by most unions This was stated as one of the main reasons for the formation of unions and allowing them to but in Montreal and other cities the plants who draw their workers from the new emigrant class are quite free from Union activity no matter how blatant their practises. Certainly the Union of today is not the answer to our labor problems since they have no time for the little man. It is high time this country had a government with enough guts to make some effort to cope with these situations which directly or indirectly are responsible for the sorry state of our country's economy. It is also necessary to have a government which does not bow down to the greedy unions who have been literally getting away with financial murder and who have in no way been called to account for their actions. G. D. LEE Milk River. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDQE HERALD CO. LTD. and Publleheri Second Cleea Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publliher DON PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R DOAAM General Manager ROY F MILES Advertitlng Manager ROBERT M FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ;