Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHDR1DGE HERALD Friday, May 3, 1972 Curl Roivan More trouble for Concorde The Anglo French supersonic air- liner Concorde lias hit yet another siulg _ it has been found that it ctimiol fly from Pans lo New York with a full pnylnad. A basic condition in purchase: agreements by the two interested American lines is that the craft be able to cany a full pounds. Voracious fuel consumption by Concorde means that every mile flown beyond optimum range re- quires a cut in the load. Removal of between four and eight seats from the J32-seat cabin wnukl be necessary on the Paris to New York flight a heavy penalty in a plane whose op- erating costs are 50 per cent higher than those of existing jets. Opinion is divided among the ex- perls on whether the technical prob- lem of fuel consumption can be sol- ved. Even if this problem could he solved at more cost to a project that has already zoomed so high above Ihe orginal estimated cost put forward 11 years ago that most people cannot comprehend are still other major unsolved prob- lems. Supersonic- route planning has been held up by the unwillingness of gov- ernments to establish 'boom corri- dors' over their areas. That uncer- tainty probably explains why not one firm order has yet been placed for the 16 planes being built. Under such circumstances it is understandable that some people would still like to drop the project, National pride as well as the hope of salvaging some of the astronomi- cal expenditure of money will prob- ably keep the planners from making such a decision Taxpayers every- where seem destined to have lo sup- port the folly of governments bent on pursuit of prestige. Toronto really in the dumps In Toronto, the strike by public employees charged with collecting garbage is now in its third week. Union demands of an 18 per cent wage increase to bring the average weekly earnings to S169 has been re- jected by Ihe employer. In the meantime, hundreds of tons of garbage has collected in emer- gency dumps, on all sidewalks and in every city public park. Over the past weekend piles of decaying gar- bage -.vere set on fire either by van- dals or by younsters playing with matches. The prospect of a city dis- aster caused by fire is about equal to a minor plague touched off by disease. With union officials exercising ex- treme power in several recent pub- lic service strikes the end of the garbage collectors strike would not seem imminent unless every wage and fringe benefit demand is met. Why then, for the sake of sanitation and the health of the city, is not the army called in to clean up the mess? They have the personnel, and the tracks and dare we suggest it? the time. Of course. Ihe army is under fed- eral authority which immediately weaves all kinds of red tape around the situation. But red tape can and should be cut in extenuating circum- stances such as this filthy garbage strike. A move to use the army in these extreme situations might in- spire the negotiators involved to ar- rive at agreement as expeditiously as possible so that citizens can get on with the business of living onca again. The 'Muskie' is recalled AWASHNGTON Presidential Motors announced last that it was re- calling the "Muskie." once considered the hottest model on the road. In a terse statement announcing the re- call, Presidential Motors said, "engineer- ing difficulties and lack of consumer ac- ceptance have forced us lo recall the 'Muskie.1 The story behind the rise and fall of the "Muskic" is one of the great stories of automobile history. It was originally de- veloped by such great presidential design- ers as Ai'erill Harriman, Clark Clifford, Sol Linowitz, Hilton Snapp of Pennsylva- nia and John Gilligan of Ohio. They want- ed a quiet model lhat would hold the mid- dle of the road, had the confidence of the people and was safe at any speed. From a design point of view, it had to appeal to the little man, but at the same time it had to look like a Lincoln. After working at their drawing boards for two years, they came up with the a name they were sure would have consumer appeal. Before investing money in the model, the manufacturers took surveys all over the country. They discovered that, compared to other models that would be offered in 1972, the "Muskie'' was leading 2 to f. At one point, it was rated more popular than the and Presidential Motors was sure it had a winner on ils hands. As a result of Ihe surveys, millions cf dol- lars were allotted for a high-powered ad- vertising campaign. The "Muskic" was de- scribed as a front-runner, unbeatable in the cities and in tile countryside. It was designed (or comfort and had something for everybody Ihe poor, the farmers, (be blue-collar workers, the businessmen. It came in all colors and all sizes. It was, according to the ads, the best buy for 1972. With an overconfidence nol seen in au- tomobile circles since Detroil put oul Ihe Ihe manufacturers took Ihe "Muskie" up to New Hampshire for road testing. Everything was going along fine when suddenly, in front of a national TV au- dience, the "Muskie" broke down in Man- chester, N.H. Presidential Motors was appalled. All the time and effort and money invested in the model was wiped out by one small radiator leak. To make matters worse, the press re- ported that the "Muskie" bad a very short fuse and every once in a while went out of control. The engineers and designers took anoth- er look at it and tried to repair the dam- age before trail runs in Florida. But the "Muskie" came in a bad fourth in the race, and some people at Presidential Motors decided they had another "Rom- ney" on their hands. The advertising money was cut back, and the people working on the "Muskie" campaign were taken off salary. Investors started backing off. The con- sumer began taking interest in another smaller model called a whicli had been built in the back room of a garage in South Dakota. The next disaster took place in Wiscon- sin when, after a slow start, the "Muskie" ran out of gas. The final (rials came in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Presidential Motors de- cided that if il. couldn't sell the "Muskie" (here, they couldn't sell il anywhere. Once the sales figures came in from those two slalcs. Presidential Mnlors had no choice bill lo recall Ihe model. The manufacturers have announced Dint while Ihe "Muskic" will nol he sold in Ohio, Michigan. New York or California this year, it will be on display in the show- room at the Miami Convention Centre in case anyone still wants to buy it. f Toronto Sun News Service) Add gobbledygook .Milwaukee Jnn-nal rplTE Washington Posl has coined a now word 11 should go down in Ihe. dictionaries along with anli- disoslaKishmonlariani.sm, ml as long bul iusl as hard to figure nut. Thn Post's coin- is more, in a way of prediction (ban rmocacy a rallier frightening predic- tion. In Die of burraucr.icy (he v.ord has won wide aclhcr- en a. II means to make definite. The Se- nate Armed Services fnmniillee. came up v.illi Ihe word Thai means something not made definite. Obviously Ihore will arise the need of another oppo- site word which naturally will be "non- or drfinilizcd. As we go down I his road of language dc- slriietion are bound to hit denonundcfi- uilized. And Ibn ullimale, if The- Posl's prediction is and il. will be if bu- reaucrats pcTfhrm in true style will lie dcnounundcfinitizalkmificd. Thai is still three letters shorler than onticlisestablish- but il i.s n .safe bet ,some- imo will (bill n way In lengthen il. Inci- dentally, it means "unclear" and cer- tainly is. Presidential primaries serve purpose Fur weeks now politicians and jour- nalists Ji.'ive blla-d of the bru- tal insanity of the long, ar- duous presidential primary campaign. As Sen. Edmund S. Muskic abandons it, broke of purse and bent of spirit, we can expect a new spate of exhortations that we abandon this monstrous ar- rangement whereby a small army of candidates juts out to see who can run whom into bankruptcy or political dis- grace. But even those with respect and affection for Muskie must reflect and admit that these primaries are saying something about, and doing something for, the candidates thai is clearly in the public interest. They have disabused New York Afayor John Lindsay, Los Angeles Mayor Sam Yorty and Indiana Sen. Vance Harlkc of their grandiose dreams that Pennsylvania Avc. beckoned them, and the writing is up there tor Washington Sen. Hen- ry Jackson and York Rep. Shirley Chisholm to read. If if appears that Muskie was treat- ed more harshly, it is only be- cause Muskie dared to dream bigger dreams. J3ut we ought not weep for these viclims of the primaries to the point that we are blind- ed as to the help these dread- ful Tuesdays have given oilier candidates. Look at what the primaries have done [or Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey. He only lost by an eyelash to Nixon in 1968, but somehow he took on Ihe image of a "los- er" whose era had passed and who had dragged the Democra- tic party onto hard times. His associations with Lyndon B. Johnson and Ihe Vietnam war svere so strong that the drop of Humphrey's name was like the drop of napalm on many a campus. The primaries have given this a chance to get that old albatross, the vice presidency, off his back. Peo- ple have begun to sense that he is his own man now, and not Johnson's Charlie Mc- Carthy, as a lot of young peo- ple and liberal Democrats claimed four years ago. The primaries have per- mitted him to refute charges that he is a man of the past by showing that blacks, union workers, Jews back him jus! about as fervently now as they did when he was chasing Dix- fecrals out of the parly con- vention in Philadelphia and sponsoring some of the most far-reaching social legislation in the nation's hislory. Just a year ago some of Humphrey's best friends .were telling him lhaf the party re- garded him as a loser and did not want another Adlai Steven- son or William Jennings Bryan so he ought to cool it. Without the primaries (and especially his Pennsylvania vic- tory) there would have been no resurrection of Hubert Hum- phrey. George Corley Wallace ought to be even more grateful for the primaries. They have made possible his "metamorphosis" from a nigger-baiting bigot who barred school doors to little black kids into a "populist" who opposes unfair taxes, big government, the crooked "es- tablishment" totally out of his love (or "the little guy." Most Democrats still wouldn't touch Wallace with a caltle prod, but there is no state in the union where he can't find 20 per cent or so of (he people willing to vole (or him now that the primaries have taught him only to imply subtly that his goal is to keep niggers in their place. The primaries have nol made Wallace a genuine candidate for the Democratic nomination for president, or even vice president, but they have en- abled him lo demonstrale that he is one of the shrewdest prac- titioners of sophisticated de- magoguery ever lo grace the American political scene. These primaries have made Wallace an important if not cri- tical factor in this year's shap- ing of America's political des- tiny. As destinies are read by pundits and polllakers, Muskie was on his way lo easy desig- nation as the Democratic nom- inee and Sen. George S. Mc- Govern was just a raspy STOP- MUSKIE stalking horse for fhose yearning for Ted Ken- nedy and a return to Camelol Muskie is finished, and not EVISION15T EME1IT-MON8ER, L1TI5T L1W GIANT PANDA5 because lie lacked money or spread himself over too many primaries. He became the po- litical flop of his generation be- cause he thought he could sub- stitute cndorsemenls for big names (Govs. Gilligan in Ohio and Sliapp in Pennsylvania, Sens. Stevenson in Illinois and Tunncy in California) for per- sonality, vigor, a sense of how and when to ride the contro- versial issues in such a way as to maintain peak momentum. The primaries showed, him to be tired, soft, petulant, uninspir- ing and despite the lingering nonsense that "he would still run the best race against Nix- the primaries portrayed the "modern Abe Lincoln" as his own John Wilkes Booth. Meanwhile, McGovern Was using the primaries to erase his own image as a South Da- kota hayseed whose limited vo- cabulary made him a stuck rec- ord cursinR the Vietnamese war and South Vietnam Presi- dent Nguyen Van Thicu. Millions of people in New H a m p s h ire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and e'scwhere now know that Mc- Govern is a sopbisticated, gutsy guy who calls a spade a grave-digger. No hemming and hawing when he accuses Nixon nf playing politics with the lives of Tils and political pri- soners in Hanoi. No carefully measured doubletalk for Me- Govern when be discusses le- galization of marijuana, am- nesty lor U.S lads who dodged the draff or the right of women to an abortion. Yet, oven as the primaries have illustrated a McGovern whose candor excites and in- spires campus crowds and sub- urban sophisticates, they have also helped McGovern to dispel the stereotyped fear that he is a wild man who in his mis- guided liberalism and permis- siveness would destroy the country either hy quickly de- basing its morals or by throw- ing away its defence apparatus while a menacing Soviet Union licked its chops. Sure, the present spate of 23 primaries, some of them on the same day, is madness. Finan- cial absurdity. Physical tor- ture. Yet. who can afford to be without them'.' They have set Humphrey and McGovern out in front of (he pack so far. And the pri- maries have been absolutely in- cxnendaMe in that they have helped the Democrats to reduce drastically Ihe publicity advan- tages lhaf rest with an incum- bent president, One day we may narrow this madness to four or five re- gional primaries, but some kind of primary system must remain if democracy is to re- main. No one knows better than the remaining Democra- tic- contenders how vilal the primaries really are. (Field Enterprises, IncO, Irene Beeson Tension increases between Arabs, Israelis in Gaza f'AZA The old fellah in the mayor's office in Hafah, at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, fought hack- tears of frustration and grief. His orange trees were dying for lack of water be said, and he was appealing to the mayor for advice and belp. "Fifty acres of orange groves going lo he moaned, "all my life's work wrecked no water, and the trees are in flower." The mayor explained thai the Israelis who were bulldoz- ing Irees on an adjacent plot of land ripped up the walcrpipc that irrigated Ihe old man's land. The military governor had been promising the dam- age would be repaired "lomor- bul now. three weeks lalcr, no action had been Inkcn, I saw Hie stretch nf expropri- ated land, about .i.tmo acres, on the border between Palestine and Sinai. The ground had been levelled. Men vcrc at work laying roads ami (be foundations of buildings. Since the beginning of this year the Israelis have expropriated 000 acres of cultivated land in Ihe Gaza Strip, (lie mayor of Gaza lold me. "When I protest- ed." he went on "Ihe military governor asked me I was complainint! since Ihe neeiiny- inp aulhmilios given Ihe people tenls lo live, in." An official al I be. Itradi-con- trolled Social Affairs C'nruuiil- Ice said M.ntin people belonging In tribes been expelled. The expropriated land was cul- livaled with olive, abniiud ami cilrus Invs, be .'iildivl, with wheat, barley, vegetables and melons. For Ihr lime beir.i; Hie fella- heen were allnwc'l to v.nrk on Ihe land under cullivaliim, the mayor of Gaza added, but not lo live in their houses on the land. They were pul in lents on uncultivated land away from their plols. Several families of fellaheen in tenls on a sandy strelch out- side Rafab confirmed this statemenl. They pointed to a nearby fenced-in area of orange groves "This is our the men of a family de- clared, "but we are no longer allowed to live on it. We may work there, but the land is no longer ours. The Jews have taken it." "This is Hie worst situation we have ever Rasha Showa confessed with a ges- lure of hopelessness. "The peo- ple are crushed. We have for- gollen even how to smile. We wnukl accept any settle- ment that would get rid of the Israelis; anything provided the Israelis leave." The Israelis do not intend to leave the Gaza Strip. They are Irying to reduce Ihe Arab pop- ulalion of Hie area. Last ycnr Ihe military au- thorities demolished h n n dreds of houses in Gaza Strip refugee, camps and expelled Pal. esliniaus to Northern Sinai. They halted Ihe operation only when Ihe United Nations order- ed them to stop and to allow Ihe people lo return. Many more houses have been demolished through o u t the Strip since in retaliation for ncls of resistance or be- cause I heir owners and tenants were Mispectccl of having con- ncelious with Ihe resistance. About Gazans, forced out of the Strip in the first two years of Israeli occupation, arc living as refugees in Enst .lor- (lan. When the of ftazn visilcd Gaza men in Israeli jails reran ly, he says, they told him the Israeli authorities were "templing them to emi- grate." "Hundreds of prisoners were Informed they would be re- leased if they undertook to leave the he said. "None accepted." The Gaza Strip is quiet, these days. Active resistance is virtually crushed. "It was ter- rible when there were inci- dents, violence and clashes ev- ery a Gaza tradesman said, "but this heavy silence is worse." It is a silence bought at the expense of repression with heavy loss of life on both sides. It has built up hatred of Ihe Jewish occupier. Keeping the Strip quiet is a nerve-straining, round-the-clock joh for Israel's forces. It has been under curfew since Iho Israelis invaded the area in June 1967. Armed patrols arc on Ihe alert 2-1 hours a day in Gaza town and all the built-up areas. Motorized patrols (lash up and down the street every 30 seconds or so. Foot palrol- men stop and question men and boys, checking their identi- ties; order people off buses and out of taxis and private cars for Identity checks. Homes are liable lo he searched al any hour of Ihe day or night, with- out warning, sometimes sev- eral limes a day. On Ihrce occasions in (me morning in Gazn town. I watched motorized pnlrols drive up lo houses, disgorge four armed men who pounded on doors nnd rushed into bouses clutching machine-guns to carry out a search. "We no longer lock our front Uaziins said, "becausa (hey break Ihe lock or bash down tile door if we do not open as promplly as Ihey wish. Sometimes Ihcy don't bother lo knock. They leap over garden or courtyard fences and bnrgn in, terrifying women and chil- dren." There are about Gazans in jail, according to a legal source, and thousands more have served sentences or been held without charge or trial in administrative detention since June There are a number of Gazans among Pal- estinians who have been de- ported lo East Jordan. Others, called in by the military au- thority for questioning are missing. On April 20 the mayor oC Gaza issued a protest against the officially-statcd Israeli in- tention to annex the G u z a Strip. Declaring lhat this was a threat to the national ex- istence of the area, Mr. Shawa appealed to the United Nations to place the area under its pro- tection pending implemenlalion o[ UN Resolution 242 of Novem- her. which calls for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Die occupier! territories. There is nothing else tbe Gaza people can do to oppose Israeli takeover. OVritlrn for Tlic Herald and The Observer in London) Looking backward Through Tlio Herald 1022 Operations will bu re- sumed at Ihe old brick yard be- tween Slli street and the high Jevel bridge by a reorganized company known as the Pioneer Brick Company. 1932 Batons were used by Mounted Police this morning in the strike zone in Bcllevue, dur- ing a demonstration staged when employees of the West Canadian Collieries went on shift. 1012 In order lo free reg- istered nurse stewardesses for ,var duty. Western Air set up new requirements which ac- cepted girls with al leasl two years of college education. 1352 Tbe Sformont Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders As- socialion is iioping dial, Rome of ils former members now living in southern Alberta will the fifth annual reunion in Cornwall, Onlario. A vaccine "cocktail" giving protection against polio- myclilis, dipllicria, whoop i n g cough and Iclanus in one shot has been successfully tested. The Lethbrickjc Herald 501 7lh SI. 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