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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Camelot revisited The new French Valery Giscard is being compared with the late American John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It is a comparison deliberately sought by the who supposedly chose Kennedy some time ago for his model. Even the' fact that he won in an unusually tight for makes the analogy valid. His campaign was a copy of the Kennedy victory in including a television debate. The image he projected was one of vigor and freshness with the accent on youth. His attractive his political his interest in the wealth devoted to public-service attitude all evoked the Kennedy myth. Giscard was a deputy by 30 and at 36 was the youngest French finance minister in this century. He broke with de Gaulle in l'962 and formed his own party. Now that he has ac.hieved the top political position in France he faces the problem of uniting the which is noticeably split between right and left. He has to combat inflation while carrying out the promises of his campaign to equalize social and wage burdens. France's foreign policy is not expected to change with one significant exception. Under his leadership it is anticipated that the country will vacate its position of splendid isolation acquired under de Gaulle and co-operate on a more realistic level with its neighbors in the Common Market. It is according to close political that he will change the French position on NATO or alter nuclear policy. He is on record as opposing' renegotiation of the terms of Britain's entry into the Common Market and while he is friendly with the U.S. he-does not feel that the European Community should consult with the ally across the Atlantic before making decisions. The importance of Giscard to France and to the world may well be intangible. Like his main contribution may be less what he does than how he does style may be more important than content. He is expected to lose no time in appointing new men to government positions and to continue the momentum of the campaign. The world needs this example of enthusiastic leadership. It needs the assurance that someone knows where he is going. It needs to to be to be lifted from the deadly depression of being on every to man's darkest possibilities. It's time to dream again. General Charles de who once marched behind the coffin of the fallen also once said of day he will betray me. Let's hope he does it Amen. Another miracle U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger deserves to be called miracle more than ever now that troop disengagement on the Golan Heights appears to be imminent. Only a few days ago the possibility of averting resumption of full-scale war seemed remote. The guerrillas who perpetrated the vile act of holding children hostage in Israel were probably bent on breaking up the peace talks. When the Israelis retaliated with attacks on refugee camps in Lebanon it seemed likely that the whole. Arab world might be inflamed once again. So bleak was the prospect for reaching an agreement between Syria and Israel that Mr. Kissinger was reported to be preparing to -abandon the attempt and return to Washington. Thus the announcement of a breakthrough in negotiations comes as a surprise and Mr. Kissinger's reputation as a miracle worker is further enhanced. Troop disengagement on the Golan Heights does not mean peace in the Middle East but it is a crucial step on the road to peace. Until the fighting stops and prisoners are the long awaited talks in Geneva between Israel and the Arab nations cannot get started. The world has a huge stake in the success of the peace talks. Of all the trouble spots in the world none is so fraught with danger as the Middle East. Wars erupting elsewhere are likely to be war here could engulf the whole world. Whatever successes Mr. Kissinger achieves are worthy of appreciation and applause. Promoting rail service Employees of the U.S. federally subsidized national passenger railroad spent more than on airplane tickets last year despite the fact that they could have travelled free on Amtrak trains. Some of the air travel was excuseable because of the sketchy nature of service on many of Amtrak's routes but the on the gives a vote of non confidence to rail travel which is regrettable. Promotion of rail passenger service is a necessity in this energy short period ot history. The U.S. government recognizes this by subsidizing Amtrak in the amount of million a year. Employees need to demonstrate a similar awareness of the importance of turning to rail travel. Anthony chairman of the National Association of Railroad Passengers in the has observed that responsible Amtrak management officials rode the trains more the public would soon get better service. Amtrak's upper management is really very unaware of the situation on the trains they are responsible for Many who have watched rail passenger service deteriorate and virtually will likely suspect that the comment made by Mr. Haswell applies to Canada as well as to the U.S. ERIC NICOL The Nixon jinx President Richard Nixon has expressed his admiration for Victoria. He told Canadian officials at the opening of Expo 74 that he preferred Victoria to Vancouver. has a kind of quiet majesty. Don't destroy he said. Victoria civic authorities now wish it to be known that the city endorsed by Mr. Nixon is not Victoria British Columbia but Victoria Nigeria. couldn't have meant said a spokesman for the Vancouver Island pressing a finger to the vein jumping in his temple. just Work crews have made a preliminary survey of structural damage caused by President Nixon's tossing a bouquet at Victoria. The statue of Queen Victoria on the legislature grounds not only toppled off her base but badly mauled a bed of forget-me- nots. In the writing room of the several elderly residents were found lying insensible over half-written letters to the editor of The Times. With the tourist season getting under Victoria has hurriedly set up a committee to try to find out what Nixon likes about the so that they can get rid of it. can't be the crooked said an official. is laid out if I may use an unfortunate expression as a stout British square. How can someone who lives in San admire a city that has to feed its palm trees It was also pointed but that though Victoria is a capital like the government doesn't handle the kind of money needed to hire plumbers. In fact the civic illegal attempt to hush up the Nixon praise of the city. Reports of a bribe offered to a team from The National Geographic have no substance. Senator Sam Ervin is welcome to come and see for himself whether Victoria is as nice as Nixon says it is. Main cause for concern is that the president might follow up his eulogy by retiring to Victoria. The city fathers would feel obliged to arrange a civic and present him with The Jimmy to the City. Appalled at the thought of the sort of tourists that might follow the Dicky birds to an official points out that Nixon has admitted that it was 30 years ago that he visited the city. he visited Victoria today he'd hate said a member of the tourist bureau. moral integrity of the place would make him physically ill. They'd carry him back to the White House in his Hudson's Bay Although to be praised by President Nixon is the worst thing to happen to a city since King Farouk said he loved the morale of the citizens of Victoria remains high. Some are even taking a perverse pride in living in a city where anything incriminating has been deleted. be a bloody sight snorted a brigadier have been Trudeau who said he liked It may be that the mystery will never be solved how did Nixon relate to a city like when it is such a long way from the Washington Redskins to Davey Barrett hugging a rugby The most charitable explanation is that Nixon was brought up not to speak ill cf the The Christian Science Monitor On the campaign trail By Anthony Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA I'm in the middle of a book called Fear and Loathing on the Campaign by Dr. Hunter S. Thompson who reported the 1972 election in the United States for Rolling the weekly rock 'n' roll paper now seeking respectability. It's highly recommended by Keith the Liberal campaign and by numerous colleagues in journalism who say this is really the way to write about an election. Perhaps. But if your customary high is two beers in the press club or the subsidized buffet lunch in the House of rather than shooting smack or dropping and if you've been inhibited since childhood against actually writing out four-letter the book is not really much help in deciding how tu report the current campaign in Canada. fear and loathing are not exactly the words to describe my attitude to this election. Resentment and distaste come a little closer. Or how about frustration and The awkward question of how to write about one's fourth- general election. In it seemed to me'that the then Conservative John was not always telling the the whole truth and nothing but the truth. For he had a good gag about how a Liberal who had been made director of the War on Poverty at a good salary had certainly won his war but then he would go on to misquote the poor man's salary record. On other occasions he liked to read from Hansard a damaging statement about farmers and their wives made by the Liberal agriculture which was fine except that if you looked up Hansard it really didn't say that. Dief was on how the Liberals allowed into Canada all sorts of U.S. gangsters. if you examined the you found that some of the undesirables named had actually slipped through immigration while The Chief himself was prime minister. Not serious you might say. But how does a reporter handle that sort of I tried for a time faithfully reporting what Dief was saying but inserting into my stories corrective statements of fact in neat brackets. But that looked terrible. Here was in presuming to suggest that the leader of the Opposition was at best a forgetful old gentleman. But if you did not seek to correct you became not a reporter of but a distorter. Other of had the same problem and we used to argue about it in a friendly way as the as we called the campaign trundled over the Prairies. I said there has to be more to reporting than acting as a and transcribe anything a politician wished to say. Ron then with the Toronto later with the CBC and now the Tory candidate in York argued with equal conviction that it was our job to report what Dief true or and leave it to the Liberals to give another version of the facts if they and to be reported in their turn. One of our distinguished colleagues saw such merit in both arguments that by the time we reached Calgary he was paralyzed by indecision and refused to write anything. Another fine now the editor of a financial jour- continued the argument all the way back across the Prairies to and while the rest of us got off the Diefendiesel to board a plane at he sat fuming in his obsessed with preparing his next line of attack while the train chugged off to the freight yards. He caught up with us in but the argument was never resolved and I don't suppose it ever will be. I still wonder who was right. Next there was which was not my proudest election but not one of which I am ashamed either. Sure we wrote lot about but we also reported a great length if you want to examine the files what the new prime minister was saying about bilingualism and regional urban and putting an end to all that the welfare programs. If Robert Stanfield did not get equal it was not only because he lacked but because he didn't have much to say. How many times can you make an interesting story out of the fact that the Opposition leader is not in favor of deux Even I might have done better in 1968. The gulf between Trudeau's exciting style and the conservative content of his policy statements was too hard for me to bridge in news reports and I became caught up in the color and drama of the Liberal campaign. Stanfield was such an obvious loser it was impossible to be equally involved in his campaign. I sat out most of the 1972 watching events from Ottawa and handing down the occasional judg- craz That's no way to administer ment. When I wrote halfway through the campaign that Trudeau appeared to be in real danger of colleagues who had been on the trail assured me I was absurdly wrong and Liberal strategists took me to lunch to explain all the factors I had overlooked. Under this pressure I made the mistake of spending a few days on the Trudeau along with all the other first- close-up reporters and got the idea that the prime minister was indeed going over better than he appeared to be from range. On returning to I quickly regained my but the experience just went to prove that a DC-9 at feet is not the best place from which to seek perspective. If you sit at home with or without Fear and Loathing as bedside reading you tend to get frustrated. For when the aforesaid Keith Davey emerges from a meeting of the Liberal campaign committee to say that strong leadership is the issue in the somebody ought to be around to say that whatever splendid qualities the prime minister may have leadership has not been one of them. The public image is that of a the record is that of a man who has waited for participation and consensus in decision- making. When Stanfield says the prime minister lied to the Commons when he said defeat of the government would mean there was no power to collect the oil export somebody ought to ask the Tory leader what power does in fact exist. The government can certainly ask the companies to pay the tax pending the election of a new Parliament and passage of a tax law. Rather than make powerful enemies in the companies may but if they they will be bending to political pressure rather than to law. Free men ought to resist that sort of thing as a matter of principle. If the companies do refuse to what power would Stanfield use to I should like to be around to ask David Lewis how he can responsibly argue that the government should go ahead and implement some of the tax changes proposed in the budget despite the fact that the budget policies in general were defeated in the Commons. The right of Parliament to control taxing is fundamental to our form of democracy. To urge Trudeau to find some devious way to get around the vote in the Commons is not only contempt of but an attack on democracy. But here I am getting carried away again. If it is not fear and loathing I it is at least frustration and the fever to keep the record straight and of course to set the world to rights. campaign here I Letters Communal land act It seems to me that Mrs. Helen May has much to learn. Since when are farmers not considered mentally How could Mrs. Fulton make such an idiotic blanket Why does she think it takes no mental ability to run a I doubt very much if she knows anything about a farm. taking everything into the figuring and the forethought that farmers must I doubt if many ordinary businessmen could cope with the difficult situations 'that a farmer encounters in his everyday life I am not a but I was reared on a farm many years and I know a good deal about the problems-that are to be hassled and met with on a and believe me they aren't easy. I know many farmers who figure and do their own income tax papers and a good many of the businessmen take theirs to chartered accountants to have theirs prepared I agree that Premier Lougheed has been a good premier but I certainly do not agree with the repeal of the Communal Properties Act. I wonder if Mrs. Fulton has ever been in the Warner area or Does she know there are two Hutterite colonies in the area and that the town of Warner has dwindled from a very thriving progressive town to just a very few Mrs. Fulton's knowledge of the Hutterian way of living is very little. Why doesn't she try to sell them furniture and a hair cut. I am not being critical of the Hutterite people because they are Kind and good but they do absolutely nothing for the businesses of a town or a community. I would suggest to Mrs. Fulton that she take the time to visit a Hutterite colony and ask why they make everything they possibly can for their own use. Surely she must know that once Hutterites get it continues to be Hutterite land forever and ever. Also the birth rate is very high necessitating more and more land. Believe me. the sooner the Communal Properties Act is reinforced the better will be Alberta. MRS. MARTHA OSTBY Milk River Futile institutions I appreciate The Herald allowing discussion and exposition concerning especially the British monarchy. All the facts together with recent amply demonstrates how tragic this institution really is. I like to clear up a point or two. I have great admiration for English people. Though some few don't understand they have been most abused by monarchy. Many of my friends are English people and I would not wish them to think I a deep-rooted of them. hasten to defend myself lest readers imagine I dislike Germans. Many of my students are of German origin and I love them Nor am I less severe on my Irish the the plate-glass heroes and plastic political saints than I am on a murderous monarchy. Last week's holocausts prove beyond doubt the futility of earthly institutions which continually devour the common man. LOUIS BURKE Lethbridge Trudeau's complex Pierre Elliott Trudeau's assumption that do not want an with its arrogant implication that only he can give the country leaves me wondering just when and where Mr. Trudeau acquired his information. I was not polled for my opinion. None of my friends or neighbors were polled. No radio program or TV station asked listeners or viewers for their opinion. No commission or LIP grant has sought to take the pulse of the nation. It could be that Mr. Trudeau consulted his cabinet. Coupled with his recent statement that the main issue of the election would be one is tempted to conclude that Mr. Trudeau suffers from an elitist complex in seeking to perpetuate sees a threat in Bob Stanfield and the will of the people. PATRICIA YOUNG Vancouver Crime and corruption My congratulation to Louis Burke for telling it as it regarding British so-called aristocracy. They are my sentiments exactly. The scandals in the United are not even child's play compared to the butchery in English history. Anyone getting in the way there was beheaded. British history is one long episode of crime and corruption. Huge estates of land and even titles were given to court favorites. I am English on both sides of the family. Geneology has been traced to some of the so- called British aristocracy. I would have felt more honored if cattle rustlers had been found at the end of their search. T. LOWE Cardston 1974 Dy developed 'childproof containers for danger- ous things why don't we develop 'adultproof packages for The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mali Registration No. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K..WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON. 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