Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Third Section The UtKbrtdge Herald Letbbridge, Alberta, Saturday, May 5, 1973 PAGES 27 TO 34 CRAIG MORGAN GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702-327-3610 By TOM TIEDE Newspaper Enterprise Ass. KENT, Ohio As massa- cres go, the May 4. 1970 kill- ings at Kent State University were not statistically signifi- cant: Jittery national guards- men shot four students dead in a few seconds of confusion. Nonetheless, on the third anniversary of the tragedy the event has for some at- tained immortality. "It wasn't just an accident that says one student here, "it was an historic event.'' Indeed. At least six books have been written on the oc- currence, one grand jury has rendered an opinion, the FBI has filed away volumes of investigations and a Presiden- tial commission has issued a broadside. Yet for it all, his- tory in the making as it were, no final or acceptable verdict has been forthcoming. Des- pite the millions of words, the scores of eye-witnesses, the photographic evidence, Amer- icans have a more meaning- ful grasp of the Boston Mas- sacre than the Kent killings. Any schoilboy knows the Bos- tonians provoked the British street fire: nothing such is known of Kent. Answers To be sure, many have tried to provoke the answers. For the first two years after the killings, while the war in Vietnam continued, the agony over an outgrowth of that war (the Kent killings occur- red during student demon- strations over the invasion of Cambodia) was energetic and vengeful. Parents of the dead stu- dents brought suits against tne soldiers and the state, national committees busied officials with outrage. One petition drive enlisted signatures (including Kent students) who demand- ed that the President of the United Stated explain why he had not called for an end-all investigation of the matter. For it all, however, nothing happened. Everybody called everybody else names, but nothing happened. And this spring, 3S months after the deed, nothing apparently is going to happen. History The war is over, memories have faded, energies have been drained. Craig Morgan, outspoken student body presi- dent in the year after the kill- ings, is, of all things, in the Army now. Only a few stu- dents remain on campus who witnessed, or say they witnessed, the scene. Even a tree which was plant- ed to memorialize May 4 has died, perhaps from neglect. Already then, the event has become history and not much more. "It's like something that happened years and years says an 18-year- old co-ed, "everybody feels bad about it but what can we do about it There are some on cam- pus who feel strongly that nothing should be done. Many EN THUMB ENTHUSIASTS! Here's a MUST for your Library "Better Ways to Successful Gardening In Western Canada" By ISABELLE R. 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Dr. Glenn Olds, who became university president the year after the event, says that one result of the continuing spot- light is that the school has gotten an undeserved reputa- tion as the Berkeley of the Midwest: "We've had some difficult times financially be- cause of it.'' Small wonder, then, the cause has shrunk here. Asks one administrator: "What good does it do to drag the thing out for every last bloody Asks another: "Suppose we did have a grand jury and suppose they found the Na- tional Guard guilty, what would we do then? Hang Even many students believe the fight for a final accountability is unnecessary. One senior who was at the May 4 incident frankly says he would be worthless as a witness for anybody: "My opinion has been prejudiced by everything I've read about the killings. And actually, ex- cept for the noise and the commotion, I don't even re- member, much else. Besides, I don't remember what hap- pened May 3 or May 5 any lawyer could dismiss me on credibility." Hard core Such apathy, however, has not consumed everyone. There remains at Kent and elsewhere a hard-core sen- timent for what the adher- ents call "some kind of jus- tice. Dr. Olds, for one, says he is "absolutely baffled" at the lack of concern from Washington. He talks about "innocent kids shot down on their way to class" and sug- gests that a democracy is ill- serving if it can't address it- self to 'Ihis kind of terrible thing." Beyond this, Olds says he is personally disturbed at the failure of Richard Nixon to respond. Olds was a major campaigner for in 1988, later served the man in the United Nations. He says he has done "everything I to provoke his old pal. "Once I asked Billy Gra- ham to talk to the President. I've made repeated phone calls and sent many letters to Presidential assistant Len Garment. I have felt the President should reply one way or another to our peti- tions Olds steps short of criti- cizing Nixon: "I know he's got a lot on his plate, but I just can't understand this.'' Others still active in the May 4 movement are not so reluctant to needle the Presi- dent. Peter Davies, a New York insurance executive who has waged a one-man crus- ade for Kent State accounta- bility, says flatly that nothing of the kind will be forthcom- ing as long as Nixon is in of- fice: "Nixon declared himself right after the killings. Rath- er than wait for all the facts, he jumped the gun and com- mitted himself to a rigid posi- tion. On May 6 he issued a statement saying 'When dis- sent turns to violence it in- vites tragedy.' Well, we now DR. GLENN OLDS NOTICE OF HEARING OF LIQUOR APPLICATION The following notice is published in accordance with provisions of The Liquor Licensing Act. 1. The area comprising the Town of MILK RIVER, being all of that area within the corporate limits of the town of MILK RIVER has been designated as a local option area for the purposes of the above Act. 2. The Sixth day of June 1973, has been set as the date upon which the Board will consider applications for licenses under the above Act, unless prior to that date the Board has received a petition signed by 500 electors of the above described local option area or 10 per cent of the number of persons named on the latest lists of electors for an election of a member or members to the Legislative Assembly from the area comprising the local option area, whichever is the lesser number, requesting that the Lieutenant Governor in Council submit to a vote of the electors of the locol option area a question in respect of the class of license applied for. Dated at Edmonton, this Eightenth day of April, 1973. NOTE. Petitions requesting o plebiscite vote must be on the official petition forms which may be obtained from The Alberta Liquor Control Board, 12360 142 Street, Edmonton, T5J 2R4, together with instructions for submission of a petilion. THE LIQUOR LICENSING ACT (PART 3) (Section 90 (4) A. D. ELLIOTT Chairman The Alberta Liquor Control Board know that there were no lent students that day. But Nixon has been unable to re- verse himself. And now he's waited for so long that he reverse himself. For him, Kent State is a thing of the past" For Davies, a British im- migrant an American citizen, Kent State's massa- cre is very much of the pres- ent and futore He has written a book on the matter. due soon, which he sajs will show (as did a reported FBI report of 1370) that claims of the National Guard that their lives were endangered by stu- dents "was fabricated subse- quent to the and also (as did the 1971 Presidential Commission on National Un- rest) that the ate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were u n n e c e s ary, urw arrant- ed and inexcusable Questions his book will not call for National Guards- men to be hanged He says he doesn't care if guilty par- ties are penalized or not He insists he's interested only in what Nixon is interested: law estigation after im estiga- uon of anti-v.ar types, reli- gious children such as the Berrigan brothers, and the now faded Eippj-Yippy "con- spiracy." Davies says, it can surely ask a fen' questions the establishment mur- der of college students. So this spring, as the buds break, and the giass grows and the Kent State campus turns to thoughts of Daues. Olds, and a few oth- ers ask again for ]ust'ce in the name of four dead kids It's too late for a Grand Jury says Daues. ''What we need nov, is a Congressional investigation. I the pub- lic to know what really hap- pened at Kert. I want them to know that if it happens again the next time it could be then- sens and daughters killed." If the nation is honest and open at Kent, he adds, it can learn from its errors and perhaps prevent their reoc- curience If not. May 4 will not only continue to be his- ton, but the worst kind of historv that which is shameful and hidden." COOLING SYSTEMS Fc- Any Size Home or Building REE ESTIMATES If the nation can convene I ;E! Manufactured by McGraw-Edison 5000 BTU. 165.60 EODO B.T U. 223.20 6000 B.TU. BTU.