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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbrldae Herald VOL LXVII 125 MAY 1974 10 Cents 32 Pages Nixon's position deteriorating WASHINGTON Republican Senator Richard Schweicker of Pennsylvania today urged President Nixon to resign because the Watergate transcripts released by Nixon last week a total disregard for the moral and ethical values upon which this nation was built In a letter addressed to the Schweiker said am compelled to speak out I cannot remain silent in the face of the now obvious moral corrosion destroying and debasing the presidency who often split with the president on said he will not prejudge Nixon on issues relating to impeachment But he said the edited transcripts of presidential Watergate conversations released last week inevitably destroy your capacity to lead our nation effectively for the remainder of your term Schweiker ended his letter to Nixon saying am convinced you can best serve your country and the presidency by resigning now The Pennsylvaman's letter to the president is the latest in growing pressure on Nixon to resign in the 10 days since he released the transcripts White House spokesman Gerald Warren said Nixon determined to remain in office despite comments by some and the attacks by is no question that the president's position is continuing to said a senior Republican senator Another reported increasing talk that Nixon will resign if the House votes to impeach him Almost nobody in the in private now believes that impeachment is not a foregone said Representative Charles Wilson Tex New pressure for Nixon's resignation came Thursday from three top House Republicans and several Midwestern newspapers on the day the House judiciary committee formally opened its hearings on whether Nixon should be impeached. The statements that Nixon should consider resigning were made by Representatives John Rhodes of the House Republican John Anderson of chairman of the House Republican and Barber Conable of New chairman of the Republi- can policy committee Senate Republican Leader Hugh Scott set 'off the current wave of Republican criticism of the transcripts Tuesday when he said they disclose immoral by those involved In another the Harris Poll reported that for the first time a majority of Americans believe that President Nixon will be found guilty of violating the law The April poll had 51 per cent holding that 30 per cent disagreeing and 19 per cent unsure The poll also showed that 40 per cent felt Nixon should resign and 49 per cent felt he snould not Workers' drug habit public' By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Drugs are being peddled and consumed in some of Alberta's most dangerous industrial says a co-chairman of a Labor-Management Council on the Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol Reg also president of the Alberta Federation of includes marijuana and hashish in the list of drugs he says that without a being freely exchanged These are in addition to abuses of alcohol The problem is serious enough throughout industry as a whole to have spurred creation of a labor- management council to help deal with losses in productivity and creation of public dangers The other co-chairman is Jack mountain region vice-president of Canadian National Railways The secretary of the council is Stuart co-ordmator of industrial programs for the Need of West ag minister major Tory campaign issue Country meets city Horses roam in an open field west of Lethbndge against the backdrop of the city's industrial skyline. And this city-meets-country scene should not be affected by the weekend weather The weather office predicts highs in the mid-50's Saturday with warmer weather Sunday Alberta s two southern Tory MPs predicted today the need for a federal agriculture mimster from the West will be a major Progressive Conservative plank in the July 3 election The two men were Contacted today in Ottawa about their plans for the coming federal election campaign Medicine Hat MP Bert said he doesn't take anything away from federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan but the overriding issues of agriculture lay in the West They should be looked after by a westerner bitter campaign seen By DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA The Com- nons drama and government tefeat Canada's four leaders opened fhursday what promises to be i tough and probably bitter for the July 8 ederal election Opposition Leader Robert relaxed and appar- ready for ollowed Mr Trudeau to the before television Cameras at the National Press Pheatre 'I don't know whether I'll as violent this time as he said in mock efei ence to his methodically- iaced campaign style He said le might take things slowly ind catch voters by surprise David Lewis promised a lard-fought New Democratic 3arty focusing on increases since the last 'lection in 1972 In a preview to the statistics le will use for he eggs have jumped to 85 a dozen from 57 lamburger has gone to 16 a from 85 and for a five-pound las soared to 68 from 75 served notice that the Liberals will make Finance Minister John Turner's defeated budget a focal point of the Liberal campaign platform Although it led to the fall of the think it is a good we'll campaign on it Mr Turner touched off the initial row of the campaign by telling reporters Thursday that almost none of the budget can be implemented while Parliament is dissolved the basis of the best constititutional advice I can it appears the budget has no he said Sales tax income tax reductions and steeper levies on corporate profits would all be delayed until after the election Mr Lewis called the argu- ment a repr- ehensible interpretation of the constitution. History is studded with precedents in which taxes have been imposed by the simple act of a public announcement by the finance he said In a notable the Mackenzie King government announced tax changes over Both Mr Hargrave and Ken Lethbndge MP agreed agriculture takes second place to inflation and the cost of living index as the key election issue on the national scene But agriculture will be a key platform issue both who will seek renommation in their respective ridings The Lethbndge and Medicine Hat PC nomination convention dates will be set next week Mr Hurlburt said there is nobody in the Liberal party who understands or has a feel for agriculture He said rules and regulations governing agriculture have been set in Ottawa and 'they just don't work clear across Canada regulations are needed He said as far as agriculture is there couldn't have been any worse moves than those made by the federal government since Jan 1 And the losses people in agriculture experienced couldn't be worse Local issues also drew some fire from the MPs Mr Hurlburt said he will be campaigning strongly for the establishment of more industry for Southern Alberta To do Mr Hurlburt feels there has lo be a more equitable distribution of funds under the department of regional economic expansion In the Medicine Hat the relocation of the Defence Research Establishment at Suffield is a real said Mr Hargrave The election call has speeded-up activities for the Lethbndge New Democratic Party Lethbndge metro NDP president Bob Tarleck announced today the party will hold its nomination Rainbow 1401 5th Ave N The convention had tentatively been scheduled for June 5 The status of former Liberal agriculture minister H A Olson remains in doubt today Mr contacted at his ranch near Medicine said this morning he will know by Monday whether he will seek the Liberal nomination for the Medicine Hat constituency Mr defeated by Mr Hargrave in the '972 said he will likely seek the nomination if he can make arrangements for operation of his farm Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Theatres Travel TV Weather At Home 26-31 24 4 19 25 7 11 3 8 g 'It's really sad He needs a big car and-voted Liberal.' LOW TONIGHT HIGH SAT. COOL. Gas prices may go up EDMONTON Gasoline prices in Alberta may increase by May 15 as a result of the recent crude oil agreement between the provinces Premier Peter Lougheed said Thursday This was in the tentative target date for an increase in the wholesale price whether or not it will be maintained I don't have any current the premier said Price increases at the pump usually follow closely any jumps in the wholesale price The increase has not yet been passed oh to motorists and Alberta's prices at the pump have dropped as a result of a five-cent-a-gallon reduction in the provincial sales tax on gasoline the federal government has asked Canadian oil companies to limit retail oil product price increases starting May 15 to no more than 9 34 cents a gallon in Western including most of and to no more than 2 74 cents a Spanish students restless MADRID Police routed hundreds of students from Madrid University for the second straight day today on grounds they were holding unauthorized meetings University sources said police took down a large poster at the entrance to the law school warning Spanish political police lo remember The military overthrew the regime in neighboring Portugal two weeks and since then hundreds of political police have been rounded up and jailed Reports said academic activity was normal in all other universities in but absenteeism was at thorn gallon in eastern including the Ottawa Valley And in the second of a pair of messages sent late Energy Minister Donald Macdonald asks the oil industry to continue collecting the export charge on Canadian crude and Canadian-crude derived products sold to the U S further and to pay the collected export revenues to the receiver general of Canada Parliamentary action to ratify the charge The issuance of the pricing guidelines and the request for continued collection of the export charge are the Liberal government's attempt to keep the single oil price agreement reached at the first minister's meeting in until a new government can be elected and pass the enabling Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission. Mr Basken said in an interview he has been personally involved in two complaints about drug use in plants Management attempted to ignore the he says One plant constituted an obvious public danger if something went wrog He won't name them but one was in Edmonton and one in Calgary He asks an interviewer what could happen in a chlorine plant slip of the wrist and 10 tons of chlorine go leaking over Edmonton Without inferring drugs were he says the chlorine leaks at Fort Saskatchewan are real He will name you plants with tons of ammonia sitting around Plants on the outskirts of Edmonton store explosive materials under thousands of tons of pressure employee can be in charge of million of equipment and 50 lives We suspect there are a lot of accidents related but no one ever checked out whether he was on drugs or alcohol By that time he s seriously injured or dead and no one wants to pry People can drive a 50-cubic yard scraper at 50 miles per hour and be drunk and not have a licence to be taken away Mr Basken says the costs are too high and dangers too great not to do some prying He says the medical and pharmaceutical professions are being asked to get involved The council estimates there are more than alocholics in the Alberta work force While Mr Lindop says the problem can be removed for 50 to 85 per cent of those people motivated to seek medical less than one quarter of one per cent of Alberta business organizations have implemented help programs sale of and advertisements of 'uppers and downers' is a problem in says Mr Basken Shift work m itself is a notoriously terrible thing on people The first day on and first day off causes serious bodily changes He says he has heard about use of or less the soft drugs' in plants In the coffee shop on the night shift there is a free exchange executive may try to deal with it but higher management says 'what drug problem7' He says companies are as nervous as employees about the problem They don't know how to handle the problem But they don't want to call in the police and have full- scale war in the plant The council wants to encourage labor-management councils in individual plants to bring the problem out in the open answer certainly isn't to fire the guy or make him quit or chick him in says Mr. Basken He doesn't know if the drug- use problem is but says at least the aftermath of the drug is still around Mr Spicer says Canadian National was as frightened of attempting to deal with the problem as Mr Basken says other companies still are years ago we were the same way The hang-up of management is that society has reached the stage where management running the lives of people isn't acceptable Management did not want to appear paternalistic But now the council is trying to education companies and unions in Alberta that there is a problem and management can exert pressure on the individual to seek help before it becomes a tragedy We're pushing pretty damn hard to get union leaders to recognize it is the right thing to do for the majority of employees It's a slow process It's a tough process The problem is not restricted to guys on the assembly line Drugs are not the major problem as far as Canadian National is concerned but Mr Spicer shares Mr Basken's concern for hazards created fnr nnhlif hv thmr Food moderate slightly By BUD JORGENSEN OTTAWA Some relief in food prices moderated the increase in prices during Statistics Canada reported today The April consumer price index level was 9 9 per cent higher than a year which meant there was a slight easing as the index dropped from double figures The March year-over-year increase was 10 4 per cent Higher transportation and clothing costs were the leading factors as the price index rose by seven-tenths of one per cent during April The monthly increase had been one per cent during the two previous months The index for food consumed in the home was down two-tenths of one per cent while that for food consumed outside the home up 1 8 per cent Marked declines in beef and pork prices offset higher prices for many other food commodities Consumer prices for dairy products rose 4 6 per cent fol- lo-wing producer price while bakery product prices gained 2 4 per cent Fresh vegetable prices de- clined 1 6 per cent but fresh fruit prices rose four-tenths of one per cent Food prices m April were 15 7 per cent higher than a year ago The index of food for home consumption was up 15 2 per cent during the 12-month period while that for food eaten outside the home was up 18 6 per cent The April increase in living costs brought the consumer price index to 161 up from 160 8 in March and 147 3 m April last year The index is based on 1961 prices equalling 100 Put another way it now would take 90 to buy what could have been bought for in 1961 or what would have cost 80 a month ago and 30 a year ago Israelis strike into Lebanon ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli planes attacked guerilla sanctuaries inside Lebanon Syrian jets raided Israeli positions on the Golan and tank and artillery duels erupted along the 40-mile front The Tel Aviv command said its fighter-bombers hit in the southeast pocket of Lebanon near Mount Hermon The planes rocketed and strafed the witnesses said The witnesses said hills and woods neighboring nine Leba- nese villages took of direct during the 25- minute Israeli but casualties were not immediately known. The witnesses said the raid followed an exchange of mortar fire between Lebanese and Israeli border positions and About town Rex Wood nursing a broken foot after he took second money in a tangle with a calf Henry Boumans catching spring fever and painting the trim nn hie hnnca ;