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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 _ THE 1ETHBRIDOE HERAll) Soluiday, May 20, ]972 Tim Travitor Pipeline plan has obstacles to hurdle No election year two and lugclher should If ml 11' Hie nmdiisicm lhal, there will he no Icdural oltclion this year. The prime minister, being a logical man. may already have fol- lowed Ibe slcps of reasoning to the decision thai his govcriuneiil should slay in office for" the full live-year term. The people of Quebec waul to be reassured that there is at least one strong government somewhere, the prime minister has said Many pun- dits have been saying an election at this time would result in a minority government. A minority government cannot be ;i slroii" govornmenl. Therefore no election .should be held. Being prime minister today when the problems to be faced are becom- ing slcadily jnorc complex and in- creasingly "more difficult fo solve is not an enviable position to be in. Strangely enough the leaders of Hie other parties talk as though they would like to relieve Mr. Trudeau of Jiis i-esponsibilJtiles. Perhaps they do not really know lo what they aspire. Out of kindness perhaps, Mr. Tru- deau may be delaying the, calling ol an until next to save some other good man from the fate that has befallen him. When one thinks about how ineffectual Mr. llealh in Britain or Mr. Nixon in the United Stales or Mr. Brandt in U'esL IJerinaiiy have been in bringing in the millenimn the inaction of Mr. Tnidcan elec.lionwise is easily seen KS a blessing- A little tarnish removed The American indicia! system re- cently lost a little of the tarnish it lias acquired through (rials of dissi- dents on charges of conspiracy. Con- tempt of court convictions resulting from the Chicago Seven trial were overturned and remanded to the U.S. district court for trial before a new judge. Undoubtedly the defendants in that trial were guilty of contempt of court. Followers of the proceedings at fhe time were scandalized by the circus atmosphere which prevailed. Probably a majority of people who only had access lo Hie sel- ective reports of the media fell Hie judge was justified in the harsh contempt sentences he handed out a I. (lie conclusion of Ihn trial. But anyone subsequently read accounls of the whole Irial can hardly fail to feel (hat the judge himself provoked such feelings of outrage that contemplous outbursts were irculablo. The way in which Judge Julius J. Hoffman so obviously sided with the prosecution is almost unbelieve- able. Me continually ruled the de- fence out of order and even prevent- ed Ihe calling of such key witnesses as former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. While the disrespect- ful manner of the defendants and their lawyers may be inexcuseable it becomes understandable upon the reading of the transcript. A tria! before a new judge prob- ably will not result in the exonera- tion of the accused from the contempt charges entirely but the expectation of considerable reduc- tion of the sentences will be high. Not only is the story of the trial now well known but llicre is a mood of fnr.ilily about conspiracy I rials which should allow for more realistic as- sesmcnt of guilt. 'Jlie result should be the restoration of a little of Ihe lost confidence in the administra- tion of justice. WASHINGTON: The U.S. government will now try lo clear away flio obsLac-'lus lo plans for moving oil south- ward by Lilt" controversial Inins-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and supertankers travelling the Pacific coast. The government, hav- ing announced its support for TAPS, irill lillenipl lo siiacle the conrls lo remove injuncl ions h i c h h a v o barred Hie issuance of permits for a road right of way associated with the pipeline. The groundwork for this was laid in a set of rcporis made public earlier t h i j spring. In part, [his repre- sented the resulis of a careful inquiry into the environmental repercussions of di- rected by the coin-Is in Ihe baiis of recently cnacled en- vironmental protecuon legisla- tion. To this the government appended sludies of related ec- onomics and security Sonic of the finding of [he economic and security report were clearly tailored to support a bid for approval of TAPS. Bui. as the government uncomfortably aware, all of (he reports also provided plen- ty of material for environmen- talists lo draw on in mounting (heir last ditch fight against TAPS. As foreshadowed in tlie re- ports, I h c government an- nounced in favor of TAPS has combined an acknowledgement of environmental doubts wilh Ihe claim lhal there are over- riding economic and security factors. Interior Secret a r y Rogers Morion's announce- ment put a premium on avoid- ing "all further delays and un- certainties1' in providing delivery of Alaskan oil In 1'np U.S. MTsl coasi. Throuub nn early inlupinn nf I'.S. oil In tllfll. area. II- would he given an alternative lo a very large jump projected for Hie later seventies in its dependent on oil. Controlling such dependence would he eonsislenl wiHi Ilia nation's oil import policy and it is consistency which forms Ihc basis of the government's effort to win approval of TAPS. As if to emphasize the pres- sures in Ihe oil import policy, (he While House chose t h o same day as the TM'S, announcement to reveal tho latest in a series of increases in foreign oil import quota al- lowances. (Some will see a parallel bc- Iwccn Ihc fact that the Cana- dian allowance was increased by a relatively small 30.000 barrels a day and the fact l.'iat Canada was rebuffed in ils ef- forts Lo promole a cross-Can- ada pipeline as an alternative lo TAPS. It is by no means clear whclhcr or how closely Ihc two mailers should bo linked.) Mr. Morion was very muc-li on Ihe defensive with respect lo Uie environmental ques- lions raised by TAPS. Mr. Morton did not maintain that TAPS was environmentally preferable to a line from Alas- ka to Edmonton along Hie Mac- kenzie River. (And, probably, wilb branch lines from Edmon- ton to the U.S. wesl eoasl and from Edmonlon lo Ihe U.S. midwest.) II was said thai a Mackenzie line would Iravcrso anil possibly disrupt a greater amount of permafrost. (Though this was not flatly staled in the environmental report.) It was further said dial while TAPS World's longest running serial. entailed a greater risk earth- quake damage measures would be lakcn lo provido "maximum assurance of. pro- tection." Acknowledging the pollution risks associated with west coast tanker traffic, ho said simply that "strict regulations are being developed to mini- the pollution threat." Mr. Morton was more confi- dent in talking of. other impli- cations of TAPS. Measures to cope reliance on overseas imports wore "in the interest of national security, balance of payments and reliability of energy supply." It would take three lo five years longer IT got Alaskan oil to the wcsl coast through the Mackenzie system. Terming a Mackenzie lino "impractical at this he ciled Ibe U.S. desire lo have full USD of a pipeline (rather than leaving some of Uie ca- pacity for Canadian use) and uncertainly and delay about financing and making prepara- tions for construction of a Ca- nadian line. The U.S., he said, needed "a secure pipeline Jo catcd under the total jurisdic- tion of the Unites States." Beyond t he question nf whether it is really necessary lo bolster Ihe import quota sys- tem through TAPS, there arc very real questions about the security advantages of TAPS and ils general prefcrability, in view of the fact that a pipe- line to carry Alaskan gas wilJ go through Canada. Working strongly against the govern- ment will be the fact that its own massive reports are equi- vocal on TAPS versus the Mac- kenzie line, and at some points suggest economic and security advantages to the latter. The cnurls arc bound- to hear much of these from the environmen- talists, who ore now supported by many Influential Congress men. (Herald Washington Bureau) The downfall of Lin Piao Bruce Hutchison The Chinese saying, "It you to accuse someone, you can always find an excuse'' fits vividly into the current denunciation of Lin Piao, until recently Chairman Mao Tse- [ung's chosen successor. From Mao's "'rinses! comrade-in- arms." -Mr. Lin is now one of the "pseudo comrades-in-arms" repudi- ated in the People's Daily, the offi- cial Chinese Communist Parly news- paper. Mr. Lin's doinilall hc-cainc notice- able last fall when he disappeared from public view after accompany- ing Mr. Mao in Ihe irilli Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu. (here were rumors that Mr. Lin plotted against Mr. Mao Weekend Meditation and that he was consequently killed while trying to escape to Moscow. That Peking did not deny these minors was evidence enough to dis- credit the former defence minister. Of the five members of the stand- ing committee of the political bur- eau of the central committee of the Chinese Communist Party, only Chairman Mao and Premier Chou En-lai remain in power. Following Ihe purge of President Liu Shao-chi, lop people have gone one after an- other, and one wonders who will be the next to go. It all demonstrates the thinking be- hind the Communists "revolution must never cease." among com- rades. If you don't drive your com- rades up against the wall, they will put you there. The budgets tha bloom in the spring tra-la Tilings that do not perish TN his second letter to the church In Corinth Paul tells of his sufferings and hardships but he is supremely confident and he says, "Though our outward man perish yet Ihe Inward man 15 renewed day by day." The physical body lias ils period of like a tree and it also has its period of decay when the physical powers and energy run down and wear out. The spirit of man need not be like that but may walk an ascending the mind always apprehending new truths, the ?oul nhi'ays aware of challenges (o prefit- ness, and I he life nf man gelling ever more prepared for that great leap for- ward into otermly. Sickness, sorrow, and age may exhaust Ihe body hut the essen- tial life of man inny be made stronger and liner through such experiences. This i.; why Paul warns against living for carnal pleasures and possessions even as .icsus had warned against fixing jour affe.clions on ibings arc of Ibi- .Self- Indulgence ruins the soul. To establish Mich a direction of lift- re- ffuircs iron nm! galfnnlry of the highest order. Tho vision, in- spires the: courage. Thrrc is a sinry iolrl of father Damien that ilUiMra'es I Thi bishop roller] for ;t volunteer fo go and re- main for life .unoiifi tin: Molokai wilh the certainly lhal Ihc contract leprosy himself. The bishop said flint ho could no! put compulsion on any man to go lo such ;i dreadful life and dealh. The record "No sooner wore his words ended, when four pries! s, one af whom sprang to then- feel and pleaded lo In; allinu'd lo liu- ;irid work among the lepers D.'imien fully ple.'ulrcl lo IK: [K'rmii'rvl In HD and t.he bishop, kiumiMt; ho pronounc- ing fi dealh si-nlenre. "'11ns eir.plm is of siirli ;i n.'ilure that T uniild not have imposed it on anyone, but I gladly accept your offer." The time would come when Father Darnien would speak of "we for he did contract leprosy and die. Only a man who had fixed his affections on tho things that are above could possibly have made such a decision and sacnlice. Only a very brave spirit, can resist nlso the mood of futility. There are times when the fades, God seems unreal, find prayer a meaningless exercise. Certainly one of the greatest preachers of nil time, Charles lladdon Spurgeon, was frequently a prey to depression. ]ii his case as sn often happens it had a physical basis since be was seldom well. Henry Mariyn, one of Ihc very greatest missionaries and spir- itual giants uho ever lived, suffered [rom depression find in bis case it VWLS caused liy loo much introspection. The only (.'lire for such depression is !o turn from oneself lo (iod. Faith is Ihe only remedy for fear and IxMicf is Ihe only cure for cowardice. In writing lo Ihc1 church in Home Paul said. "You nni, received Ihn spiiii nf bondage, again lo fear; bill you brivi.( lurched Ihc Spirit of adoption, uhcrr- liy we eiy Father. The Spirit, ifsclf beareih witness wilh our spirit, lhal we are Ihe children of (iod. And if children, then heirs; heirs of (iod. and joint hc'rs Christ; if ,so be we suffer wilh linn. uc may IKI also toget- her." Here is the key lo peace and lo victory thai overcomes Ihn I'niu.'r From i In1 homhifv1 ol I hi fJHM'fT rue pxx) Thnl I i IM- nil Mnppim; Mnnr'- nf my dcnd In hiphrr HiniC1-'. 1' S. nd refreshed pwrw. nmitf Walker HiillVlds ;in> m-l our m-iiih- nuw of Ihnr imn ;mil i e- Urhood us. They L. l.i j.-ii.l Ml JN THIS merry montii of May, this newspaper full of good news Jroni every- where and this column always bubbling wilh blithe you can be sure lhat Ihe nation's latest budget, will not be allow- ed lo rear its ugly head. But leaving aside the dull figures of John Turner's first financial off-spring, any remote and ig- norart observer m u s I. marvel at the Canadian budgetary style, the classic language, Iho sleek bedside manner, the re- assuring smile of a priest al a wedding or, perhaps, the sym- pathetic air of a seasoned un- dertaker at a high-class funer- al. A 1 r e a d y Mr. Turner, the ,'ililest young n'an ]n OU1" lies, has mastered the complex ritual and placed himself in the. line of all our great treasurers. Jt is a fate to be pitied, but don't waste your tears prema- turely. Governments may die, budgets may not last a single year hut Canada's good old folk festival recurs as surely as springtime and passes just as quickly, like Herrick's lad- ing daffodils. By midsummer no one will recall what Mr. Turner said in May and he will be glad to forget it. You needn't worry. Another spring u ill bring another budge! when UIG daffodils sprout again in the Harming carlh. .So impressive i? Ihc ritual, so certain the rebirth. Hi a I tho fads don't really matter in tho [east. Look back (en years from this spring and you will sec how the facts are decently s u b o r d i na I e d, by general agreement, lo the ritual. In my devotion lo the public lip si.Tvice, and also because 1 could use a few harmless 1 a u n h .s, I have re-read tho record ol and found it as fascinating as a fairy talr. Al Ihnl Imie. the, Dicft'nbaker n.lcring ils long death i h r nrs while its finance winiMei, Don- ald Fleming, assured tin: na- tion that everything was under control, Ihc future bright. Kven when In; devalued the. ('a- nadian dollar in the middle of an election campaign and ;i .sudden exchange crisis, Hit: re- I real from a series nf ei- I'ors w.'i-s represented as a won- derful a triumph of ixlnni Mill u rl had in ;i blinding rf-vel.'ilioii, (rpe.s ;i majoi1 C.'illsr nf ill- falinii, ennl lo the een- noniie nf Ihe c a r e d for Ihe fat-Is when Hit) ceremony Ihc iniilli- ludi1 and convulsed Ihe iniin- cent jjrounr I lines'.' They (I; meed lunpiK ;irnuihl tin1 Mnypole. Then, n the l.iber.tN linju'oM-il c I'M on iliis .mil an eleelinn with the promise to "gel (he economy moving again" though It was already moving fast into a b i g g c r and belter inflation. On went the dance. However, a slight interrup- tion occurred as Finance Min- ister Walter Gordon, and his whiz kids from Toronto, invent- ed a miraculous tax gimmick, pushed it IhmugJi a cabinet w h i c h didn't bother to study the fine print and withdrew it under fire. You might have supposed that such a fiasco would ruin any minister and any minority government but the solemn budgetary function rescued them quite handily. Appointed with fiscal myslcry, embellish- ed with undecipherable statis- tics and ated on a pink Letter to the editor cloud of prophecy, minister and government were safe for several more years of office, the facts buried in documents lhat only a char- tered accountant could under- si and. More lively jokes were to fol- low. By 19G5 an odd coin- cidence persuaded the govern- ment that huge deficils and easy money were needed to stimulate a lagging, deflated economy and would do no harm, either in an autumn election this at a lime when t he bonfire of inflation was burning with a hot, vehement flame, unnoticed by the Eco- nomic Council. Never mind Ibe facts. The budget looked dandy. The elec- tion was won. The show must go on. Tt went on in successive budgets, unlil 19G9 when a now and unceremonious prime min- ister began to ask himself where it was actually going. So Mr. Trudeaifs budgetary re- versal (called "austerity" hi a moment of macabre humor) was delivered wilh a different type of ritual that looked rath, er like a wake. IVo matter, in- flation was a said Mr. Trudeau, and he would crush it under his firm right foot (the left being reserved for flexible By 1971 everything was re- versed again by Finance Min- ister Benson in a political panic which, according lo the rules, was presented as another bold advance, a masterpiece of planning and logic. Hold on Lo decentrcdist responsibility Mr. G. S. Lakie Is quite right In advocating a return to local bargaining for school boards and teachers. And why would The Herald commend the sep- arate school board's policy nf staying with the consolidated area organization? Apparently, The Herald believes it lo be an advantage fur Ihe Lelbbridge Separate School Board lo share Ihc greater power of a larger unit. Rut lo whom is Ibis an advantage? Is it necessarily good that the hoard enjoy a .stronger bargaining position and should separate hoards, us a rule, strive for enhanced power of an adversative kind through- out Alberta? Is it to the benefit of Ihe separate syslc-m it-self? Or is such a recoinnie.iidalion by The Herald aiinlhcr nail in Lho coffin of diversity and indepen- dence in an increasingly mono- lithic, secular system? Ft seems odd. (o say Ihc (easl, that where people HIT working logelhor for the common good of ;jll lhal. they .should, of neces- sity, he in conflict. It is even more odd lo conlomplate Iho spectacle of people who are, sup- posed to .share, not merely a common philosophy, but a com- mon missionary ;K Iho They vmi 'lirrs- lophcr Cnliimhir, unnld IKIU- lo pnl if Kalph wns aroiiinl will1 bis flat. The Ihe Pifil.-i ;iml Maria have been c.illrrl back for nullification ;LS unsafe al. any speed. d'ov. Ron.'ild Reagan of fornifi, a pro- led pump fi OUT 1101 Ilicrn Calilnnna In Mtiilh- em Californi.i uhieh ;i