Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wctlneiritiy, Mtiy Carl, Rowan The Quebec rev ll is Canada's linasl Ilial slu- is ruled by mil by men. fan be and in some cases doublless .should be defied. Conns can iiiU'iprcl laws dilferenlly and enlorce I hem inequitably. But ilill the nation's viability depends on reasonable laws being reasonably and fairly enforced. Mosl people would surely ayrce Ilial the one-year prison term im- posed on three Quebec labor leaders I'or contempt of court was unduly liaish. JJul (lie judicial .system under v.hifh Canada operates has made provision for such misfortunes the right of appeal. If the Ihree prisoners appealed there is little doubt that their sentences would be "really re- duced, perhaps even suspended. Zero hour in Preoccupation events in several parts of Ihe world has pushed one of Ihe mosl important crises since the end ol Ihe Second World War off the headlines. Will the Russo-Gcrman treaty which provides in essence for reconciliation between West Germany and Ihe U.S.S.R. be ratified by the German 'Parliament'.' The treaty is not a peace treaty. If is simply a recognition of the Odcr-Xcisse border and an implied acknowledgment of Ihe present order in Knrope that is. tacil agreement Moscow's influence in Kasleni l-.'nropc II would provide Ihe basis fur a peace l.in.'iiy. lull nnlil such ;i Ircaly is agreed upon by the lour powers concerned, Rrilain. France, .Russia and the I'.S.. will remain re- sponsible for the security of West Germany. Court s criticism of Mherla's .Hull.Rril.cs is their spurning of higher education. Their children arc not per- mitted i not encouraged might be Ihe more charitable wording i to attend .school beyond the compulsory school attendance age, which usually coin- tides with grade nine. Their reason- ing is that more education tends lo weaken their religious faith, and their eternal salvation is more important l.han learning. II is of interest Ihat this issue was faced just. Ibis week by the United vStales Supreme Court. The Amish people, whose roots go as iiiarlyrs. their sentences i.s iilrivcil. and it is reasonable1 peo- iif it. the revolution ini'bec. a revolu- I'Jish Canada but ;ainsl capitalism, isiiinenl, against imprisonment of liie cause of the It is only an Mid those in an- The hope is thai K'iv acquire LI ipprcciation lor the laws be and always v ;.ic ler Kir Chancellor i IMS luiSL'il his en- iiiMjiolilikl oil liu' rnkl in he SALT talks, and c! ;i 1-Juropeau e i-.i llic forsee- s (i; resurgence of v, mild lie stimu- iH'i'pies ol Europe, i; r.iii! it impossible d' Ihe Sce.oml p.iu.ilc lh.il Mr. opposi- .i in and r.il'linl Ici- j.v.i' Ihe The nl- s lor :i lirm ucace in our move- llnllorilcs and lei Ilieir chil- ,'ie eight. They is a cle- 1 Ihe Ircedom hy Ihe permit them The state of. usual compui- ;cu laws, prose- l'e case finally VUI'L. nl nine jus- leanings, ruled ihe ANDY RUS Adventures mill c: ANYONE WHO THINKS nalurc photo- film Ai; is a sissy game just hadn't how lie tried il, for apart from (lie challenges f-i Lcchnique there is always Ihe posoibiliiv clu.-c- en of the unexpected. many year.-; ox- clininni; perience as a professional guide iiehiiid ground i me, some of my most exciting, frushTn- Hires imj and astonishing experiences have boon its encountered while guiding The unknown of the jjain.: aiu completely any kind of Loins lo hapiH'ii next. Any turn nf HM (rail can offer a sel of tMreiimstances le- qifiniiL' Uir .silu.'ilion (o and the of us trip up on ot-ca.sion ur.- tier -sneh condilions. llic.- Tin- successful guide i.s .someone 10 a jack of ail trades. Hesidcs '''I'- ahmil. and lur.1. ID krqi iiu-m u'licrc A'- are eoncerned I hey must know sonmihiiiL1, ii about I heir compli-x Like Ine v, ilii MDC. u.sunl sonieuhat i-n'oneons [jic'Liire d of uuldoor uriier.s, me supposed In lie I" 'Iv- i" lop crark I1-'' my uofid ;i( elx1 inir call m-i '-c. on n.s to Iry Very fev. aclually nvismo b r r i r lip lo Ihii liliieprml, IlKni.nh Ihe myth pei MSI.V. Sonu-liine.-- our i-rrors of -n( .'ire niilc.sfoiU'.s akin (o Ihr. riflicdlous. flcii i-' There I be lime .mndinL: ,i PI bildrliim IlL'U' lo the i'l.'iii: iiiii up in ciilhiisiasin ;r- n liii'kint.' in i-xperii-nce. P.eil Kigali ,'-ud I i nv m s Merc liosl.1! lo him and lu.s family on n i -sururu'T [Kick (rip in flic; moinifnin >ui'.'s r.f lirilish luadmi; Mn- camp Lil- i liDrse. onn morniny sei lo MKIM 'n a n-.'W If-calioii. -.'.Ijcu Hi rt s i'ha.se lit Miim-ibmi; m home 'ji.-k hrush .1 r.'nsr i.jn. nu-iil a :.mall bl.u-k lu'.ir -.1- Hini! up ;i om- HM-H hii-nd in lo p-t MHHU film Vietnam crisis could be Nixon's downfall WASHINGTON If you dis- like Richard M. Nixon, as millions of Americans do, it you detest what he has done to the Supremo Court, or civil lib- erties, to the economy, to tho future of black school children, you will be templed lo gloat over his grim dilemma in Viet- nam and hope that bis decision lo mine the ports and harbors of North Vietnam turns out to be political suicide. I[ you like President Nixon (be man, as millions of Am- ericans tlo, if you applaud bis ''strict cons true tionisL" view of the courts, his stand against busing to achieve school inte- gration, his vetoes of costly education and child care bills, if you have been deploring (he ''no win" policy in Indochina for years, then you will hind Air. Nixon's daring military challenge to the Communists. And you will shout that all Americans have a patriotic ob- ligation to rally behind their president. It happens-, however, that (do situation is too grave, the pe- rils (o mankind loo grim, for any of us to react on the super- ficial basis; of whether we like or dislike Richard M. Nixon. Nor is there room for blind loyally to "the presidency." The fact is that a tiny cluster of men in the executive branch has taken a colossal gamblo which could lead to warfare far more destructive and tragic than (he cjBln.mili'.y from which we have sought so I'utilely lo extricate ourselves. It may be weeks before wo know the full range of reac- tions by the Soviet Union and Communist China but it surely must have been obvious to the president and lu's top ad- visers that neither country is goinfi lo roll over and cry sur- render in the face of his de- mand that they cease providing the tools of war to North VlcU mi in. Because the security of ev- ery American is now at stake, it is important that we under- stand what are and what are not the real issues. Mr Nixon spoke of protect- ing GIs who remain in South Vietnam. He could have them out of Indochina within hours if it were just their safety that bothers him. lu truth, Ibc jninijig and new bombings of North Vietnam probably put the GIs in great- er jeopardy, because history suggests Hie North Vietnamese will respond by intensifying to the point of fanaticism their of- fensive in the south. The president suggested that somehow his new gamble will help American prisoners in North Vietnam. In truth Ibis probably subjects them to greater anger and brutality by their captors, lowers the chances of their survival till war'a end and ensures the im- prisonment of even more GIs. The real issue behind this gamble was the threatened hu- miliation of the United States and the political embarrass- ment of Richard M. Nixon. development is here to see your Mr. Despite H'ceks of oplimi.slic rhetoric to the contrary, Mr. Ni.xon had admitted that bis "Vielnamizalion" program had failed. The Communist govern- ment may be imposed on Uiu 17 million people of South Viet- nam" and it "gravely threatens the lives of American troops." Here was a desperate pre- dicament for a man who had said: "I would ralhcr be a one- term president and do what I believe is right than to be a two-term president at the cost of seeing America become a second-r a t e power and lo see this nation accept the first de- feat in its proud 190-year his- tory." So Mr. Nixon decided and make no mistake about It that he would risk war wit h Russia and or China rather than accept defeat and "in- solence and insult" from a third-rate power, North Viet- nam. We foiled the Soviet blockade of Berlin with an airlift. What if the Soviets decide lo airlift arms and supplies to Hanoi? Do we down Russian planes? There is surely no reason lo assume that the Kremlin will accept humiliation or that Le- onid Brezhnev will accept per- sonal embarrassment in order that the United States will re- tain major-power prestige and Mr. Nixon can remain political- ly viable. Soviet retaliation could come in a hundred ways in a score of locations where they have taclical advantage. Meanwhile, what of all those advisers through the years who have insisted that the mining or a naval blockade of HaU phong harbor could never ef- fectively diminish North Viet- nam's war effort? Only a mas- sive invasion of North Viet- nam and total destruction of the North Vietnamese regime could do thai, former Defence Secretary Robert McNamarq and others argued. So if the mining and bomb- ings fail to turn llio tide, and the Communist offensive rolls on, where do we go from here? Each desperate move that fails calls for an even greater gam- ble. It appears that President Nixon lias crossed the point of no return, making these next few weeks among the most, fateful in the entire history of I his nation. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Paul, Wliitelaw Quebec objects to lack of federal consultation QUEBEC CITY Since he became premier two years ago, Robert Bourassa had toned doivn many ot Quebec's de- mands which had a nationalistic character, preaching instead the virtues of co-operation with the federal government. llis characteristic preference Tor conciliation over confronta- tion had produced some suc- cesses, such as the tentative agreement announced in March allowing Quebec to determine how federal baby bonus money earmarked lor Quebec families will be distributed. However, there has been nothing close to the new dawn in federal-provin- cial relations which the premier predicted during liis 1970 elec- tion campaign. The result has been a buildup ol pressure on Mr. Bourassa, both from opposition parties and some influential members of his own cabinet, lo revert lo the more militant ways of his re- cent predecessors in the pre- mier's office. It came to a head ia.st week when letters of resig- nation written by two sen- ior ministers. Bolh Social Affairs Minister Claude Caslonfiiiay and Jean- I'aul L'Allier, the communica- tions minister who also held Ihe civil .service portfolio iinl.il lie was replaced in Hie latter post on Friday, withdrew Uicir resig- nations because of the gravity of the current labor situation. Hul. Ihey made it very elcar I luil llicy may leave for tioofl mice Hie crisis is oxer. Mr Cji.sl onlay's find Mr. frustration was valed beyond the point of endur- ance by Ihe recent federal hwltfi'l of Finance Minister .John Turner, uho bousled old [tensions and made other social chants wilhonl firs! consulting Qnebi-r. The province adminis- trative, if mil constitutional, control over the entire social welfare field, and Mr. CaMon in particular Turner budget was another mou: hi frustrate Quebec's am- bitions in this area. The lack of in (JnrbfT OMau'.'i HUM- Micial welfare jurisdiction, aMtle Irom Ihe haby bonus ae cord, is particularly difficult lo I'lrr.rpl. herr Ixrnusn of HIP Mr. liourassa has I rimmed down many of Quebec's other demands since he has been in office. The letters of resignation which Mr. Castonguay and Mr. L'Allier presented Thursday, then withdrew make it easier to understand why Premier Bour- assa has chosen lo criticize the federal government. Jt's not fhat Quebec' is against Letters to ihe editor giving more, money lo the eld- erly. What the premier and his social affairs minister object to is that the increases are univer- sal, going to everyone over 65 whether rich or poor. The prov- ince is also concerned (hat the additional S2.0S1 monthly pension an annual total of S125 the pap between aid available lo those over and under age 65. Unbelievable figun As a subscriber to both The Herald, and the Observer, London, England, T wish lo lake lo task the article by Mrs. Irene Beeson, published on Fri- day, May 5th, W72. I wish lo tjiiolc from none oilier source lliau Lieutenant- system U'e arc into our third year here and life continues to be both frustrating and fascinat- ing. I have avoided contact with the Kenyan Prisoners Aid Soci- eties. There is little a ''Europe- an" can do to help here at the present time. There is an in- tense emphasis on "Africaniza- lion." Since sentences, arc sav- age il makes some aspecls of I he, syMrm in ('anarfa see in not so had. Theft with violence brings sentence of from five lo years with Hi lo .ll strokes. I have been leaching .seuing lo the inslruclor.s in Ihe local women's jail. The inmates do mainly IXMcKuirk which is impractical. They need lo learn how lo look after their chil- dren. Children under the ago ot (our go lo jail with Hie inolli- rr To .sqiarale Ihcni he-fore .Tge of tun ho, disnr-lrons. Most children are nursed nnlil thai age. Most women are Jail- ed, either for prostitution, or for making pomhe (home TJic filings rue only IryiiifJ lo make a living MILIMIKI) COIiMACK N'joco, Kenya, Afrir.T. General E. L. M. Burns, DSO, QBE, MC. our commander, for quite awhile, of Ihe UN force operating in Ihis area, from his bonk "Between Arab and Israeli" (Clarke, T r win: "The (Gaza) Strip is forty kilometers long, and av- erages cighl and a quarter kil- ometers in idlh; it contains 33H square kilometers, only two-thirds of this area is more or less arable; the rest is sand dunes spreading inland, for varying distances." A c I u n 1 ]y it's about acres for Ihe lot! Ilul wail a minute! One third of Lhfll has lo conic off, for sand dunes. Let's say 000 acres. This leaves us 000 acres or so. But also there ;uc the silcs of seven commun- ilies lo come off this area, plus (he siuvs of l.wo refugee camps (from wJie.nee, logically, people arc being sclllcd else- where in the area how many people can you cram into an area, half the size of They, altogether, take up an- other acres. Remember, the population was or so! So what now is left? About acres. You're nut going lo tell me lhal Ihe Is- raelis could expropriate Ihe en- lire arable land area, without ,'-onif prelly nrirl cnminenls from UN rnpresenlalive.s of Arab and Kasleni Rloe coun- tries. No! I feel Mrs. Tlccson has been hoodwinked, by a ra- cnnfeur, of Tales of Thousand and One Nights. MR. L. V. TOPI': T'ndr.r the provincial Social Aid Act, for instance, a needy couple of 04 is eligible for wel- fare payments ot per month financed jointly by Ot- tawa and Quebec. At age 65, however, the same couple is eli- gible for payments of an increase of more than a month. Not only would Quebec lite to Improve the lot of people be- tween 60 and 65 living in pov- erty, along with younger people- as well, t.he government knows that the Increased old age pen- sion will increase pressure on the province lo boost its owii assistance. Such action Isn't possible right now, for Mr. Bourassa has slated that the provincial econ- omy would not be able to accept a higher rate of taxation for the lime being. In addition lo ivhat is believed to be a growing re- sentment against Ihe financial burden of only in Quebec but across Norlh Amer- government must keep the economy as competitive as possible with Ottawa lo attract much needed investment. The government's wage policy in the current dispute the "common front" of public and para-public employees points up how determined Mr. Bourassa is to avoid large hikes and keep the economy in a competitive position. In addi-. lion, the premier hopes that current austerity will eventually permit Quebec io divert greater financial resources to a global income security and when negotiations with Ot- tawa over social welfare juris- diction are successful. The aims of Ottawa and Quebec in the social affairs field are similar (o a large extent, but the province feels it could devise a program which would lake better account of its own particular situation. "None of our reasons stem from a mere desire to increase Quebec's powers simply for Ihe pleasure of increasing noted Mr. Castonguay lasl fall, adding, "but it seems lo us Ihat the Quebec government i.s best able to understand and dclinp. Hie needs of Ihe Quebec pyptilii- lion." (Herald Quchcc Bureau) Looking backward The Herald Many rural telephone lines are being laid out for the Cardslon district. Local ex- changes are Lo be established Warner and New Dayton a IK) long distant lines are lo bo extended lo Milk River and CoulLv. The names of missing Canadian soldiers will be inscribed on a me- morial designed hy S. Al- I. h c Toronto sculptor, lo be erected at Vimy ftidgc. Shipments of Reel La- bel Beef Association livestock from Alberta to England are now going forward at 1 ho rate of 150 head a week. 1912 Mart Kcnney and his Western Gentlemen are play, inp at a fiance at, Iho Loth- bridge Arena May 21. are, heinp mndp. For a chartered bus trip for lo- cal soccer fans to attend the game between the famed Toi- lenham Hotspurs and the AI berla All-Stars in Calgary Sat urdav afternoon. Die Letlibndge Herald 7th St. S., LcMibridgc, Alberta LETimniDGE HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published I Wo 105-1, by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Mall RpijlLirnilrn No. 001? Memhor of Thn Canadian Press nnri Ihn Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Aisoclnlion and 1hd Audit Durdiu ol Circuldllons CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllnr find PuhlKhcr THOMAS H. 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