Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Fridoy, May 29, 1970------- Tim Traynoi Bear Hug In Bucharest Romanian Premier Ceausescu was touring the flood devastated parts of his country, where nearly a quarter million people have fled from their homes, when he was suddenly called to Moscow lor discussions which had nothing to do with the domestic tra- gedy in Romania itself. The Russian official press reported that the talks with Soviet leaders were "frank and comradely" which probably means that they were outspoken and quar- relsome. No reason for the sudden summons was given, but commentators sus- pect that Soviet pressure on Romania is growing. For one thing Moscow wants to extend Warsaw pact obli- gations of its Eastern European part- ners beyond Europe. It would like to have their assurance in writing that they will come to Russia's aid in the event of a Sino-Soviet conflict. The Czechoslovakians were forced to sign such a treaty last month, but the Romanians want no part of it. Like the Czechoslovakians before them, they want to be masters in June 30 What Then? There is no doubt that all- Ameri- can ground troops will be withdrawn from Cambodia by June 30. This promise has been reiterated again and again. Come what may, it would be political suicide to go back on this commitment. Such a rever- sal of policy would precipitate do- mestic crises in the United States making the present disorders look like school-yard disturbances. The question now being asked by the growing anti-Vietnam war fac- tion, is simply after June 30, what? The proposal now before the U.S. Senate to prohibit the use of any appropriated money to support military operations in Cambodia af- ter June 30 means that air and naval support for South Vietnamese troops would be cut off. This could very well vitiate Mr. Nixon's mo- tives in allowing American ground troops into Cambodia in the first place, and imperil the speedy with- drawal of American troops in Viet- nam. The plain fact is that there is grave doubt that the South Vietna- mese, denied American support, could prevent a speedy North Viet- namese military supply build up to replace what they have lost. The possibility also exisls that the South Vietnamese Cambodian traditional hostilities cannot be held in check and that the war will engulf all of Cambodia. The President is being forced by mounting pressure at home to re- veal Ms military strategy to the enemy. If the proposal now before the Senate to limit the administra- tion's war-making powers in Cam- bodia goes through, the Nixon ad- ministration will suffer a body blow from which it may never truly re- cover. The power of public protest will have shown itself greater than the might of Presidential decision. The administration will have been forced to exchange even qualified military sucess in the war for hope of peace-in-the-streets at home. Art Buchwald Probably the most misunderstood person in the Nixon administration is Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. Everyone believes that just be- cause he attacks the press and TV media twice a week, Agnew is hostile to the com- munications people. But this is not the case. I have it from a reliable source that Agnew finds no pleasure in his work, and is constantly hoping that the president will give him something important to do. My source, who claimed to be so close to the vice president Biat he had once been hit in the head by a volley ball Agnew was trying to serve, told1 me "The vice president is as upset as anybody about having to take after the Eastern Establishment press in every speech." "Then why does he do it? I asked. "They make him do it." "Who "The Republican fund raisers. It's money in the bank." "I don't understand." "Well, take his speech in Houston last week. It was a dinner. When a guy shells out that kind of money, he doesn't want to hear the same old stuff about how well the president is doing with the war and the economy. The contribu- tor knows that already. He wants some raw meat on that Ssoo-plate." "You mean Mr. Agnew is supposed to supply the raw "Exactly. He has to get the juices flow- ing or those people will just keep their hands in their pockets. Let us suppose you were a Texan and you had just paid for your wife and yourself. What could possibly make a dinner of that kind worth- "An attack on the New York Times, the Washington Post and the three television course. And, if you throw in the students and Uie professors for dessert, you've given those Texans a helluva meal." "You can say that I said. "It's no accident the vice president always uses a Republican fund raising dinner to take off on the communications he said. "Why doesn't be attack the Democrats? Surely the Republicans would enjoy "Not half as much as- they enjoy him knocking the media. The people in the White House who write his speeches know what raw meat works and what raw meat doesn't work at a fund raiser. One chunk out of CBS' hide is worth 10 bites out of Sen. Fulbright's." "Then you mean all the vice president is doing when he attacks the press is raising money for the "Of course. Mr. Angew loves the press. Some of his best friends are newspaper- men. He reads the Washington Post and New York Times religiously every morn- ing. You don't think he'd read those papers if he didn't like them. He watches ABC, NBC and CBS every night. Surely he wouldn't watch the news on television it lie thought it was slanted." "I never thought of that." must understand a vice-president's job is not an easy one. There isn't much for him to do except raise money for his party." "But isn't the vice president finding It hard to say something new about the media after speaking to so many "He's finding it harder all the time. That's why in Houston he started to attack people by name, instead of just the publications they worked for." "I noticed I said. "And I, frankly, was very disappointed." "Well, if he was going to start attacking columnists by name, I was hoping he would do it (Toronto Telegram News Service) Hidden Artistry By Doug readers now know, we painted tlie side of our neighbor's fence that faces on our place. Since it was a sunny after- noon Elspeth did the part between the houses where it is shady she freckles and frizzles when exposed to the sun. At the end of a very long afternoon she announced that she had done ihe better job. I didn't care to argue the point. My purpose was simply to preserve Louis' Walker fence not I- do such an artistic job that passers-by would involuntarily stop to ad- mire it. I just swept the stuff on as fast as I could. It is a shame, though, that Elspeth's v.wk will remain unseen. She will have to com- lort herself with the knowledge that sire is like unto the nameless artisans who, while employed on the building of Solonton's tem- ple, did lily-work on tlie tops oi Ihe pil- lars where only the Lord could see it. Marked Strains Within Nixon Cabinet their own home, free to make their own alliances, free to find their own road to Communism. Since the Czech- oslovakian experience, the Roman- ians are doubly apprehensive. The bear hug is smothering. If Hie Soviets did not insist on the Romanians signing a military aid treaty, they probably did press hard tor consent to Warsaw pact military manoeuvres taking place on Roman- ian soil. The Romanians want to avoid this at all costs, and have thus far resisted with success. After all, if they were to allow this display of Russian military might within their borders what guarantee would they have that the Soviet army would go home when the display was over? None of these things make for Mr. Ceausecu's dreamless sleep. On all accounts he will welcome the calming presence of Canada's External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, who will be in Bucharest at the conclusion of the NATO meetings in Rome. The timing of Mr. Sharp's visit may be a coincidence, but it's interesting nevertheless. WASHINGTON: It will lake some time for tho U.S. lo digest the tumultuous, often startling, events of (he past few weeks. Hammer blow followed hammer b'ow, from tire attack on Hie Communist sanctuaries in Cambodia and the killings at Kent State Uni- versity, tlirough the public air- ing of cabinet discord, to the explosion o[ campus protest and the president's extraordin- ary efforts to show himself in sympathy with the young and in touch with the nation. Almost overnight, the country was engulfed in a new wave of dissension and discord, tinged with t i o n a r y rhetoric about the ovortlirow of the "sys- tem" with its responsibility for prosecuting the war. This cul- minated in the relatively peace- ful Washington demonstration and gave way to a redoubled and broadened groundswell of opposition to Mr. Nixon's war policy. The prevailing tone be- came moderate and the empha- sis was on political action with- in (he system; specifically, the support of congressional action lo limit funds for Southeast Asia, ar.d election of anti- war candidates to Congress in the fall. Nevertheless, the stage was set for a formidable politi- cal confrontation between tho administration and the anti-war forces. There is no question of re- versing Hie trend; the Cambo- dian expedition is beyond re- call even if the president was willing to reverse himself. In this difficult situation, strains within the cabinet have become more and more evident some members agitating for a change in orientation which would make for a generally easier passage during the difficult limes ahead. This inclination, first express- ed in the highly publicized let- ter lo the president from In- terior Secretary Walter Ilickcl, has since been explicitly under- scored by Secretary of S t a t n William Rogers and Hisains Secretary George Romney. In the letter and subsequent Interviews, Mr. Hickel has urg- ed1 a more receptive posture toward youth and toward advis- ers, like Mr. Hickel, who would not simply reinforce the con- servative ideas of the presi- dent's inner circle. (Hp has said he wrote his letter after failing to get the ear of the president, and being told that the Kent State protests would "blow over in 24 hours." Tho You MIGHT SAY WE'RE OVER HERE WENPING Tto T-HAT ALLOWS THE BACK WME TO AND KILL ONE ANOTHER IN AN ATTEMPT TO us BACK: HOME Richard Purser Montreal's Incredible Jean Drapeau (First of two articles) Amid the un- concealed, unrestrained and almost unanimous re- joicing here over the decision awarding Montreal the 1976 summer Olympic Games, voices of discord from points west have been duly heard and noted. The voices started only a short distance west, in Ottawa, and were, of course, heard loudest from all the way west, in Vancouver. Never mind Ottawa for the moment. But image-conscious Montreaiers are not unaware Letter To The Editor of the anti-Quebec, or perhaps sometimes just anti-eastern, feeling that sometimes ema- nates from the West itself. The more sensitive among them will acknowledge that what with Expo 67, major league baseball, and now the Olym- pics, Montreal is getting a lot of a good thing as far as events of major international stature are concerned. There 'is no gloating here that Vancouver did not get the winter games for the same year. A double victory for Can- ada would have been regarded here as the icing on the cake. Phosphates In Detergents The "Public Informa'jon Statement by Amway of Can- ada" in the Monday (May 25) Herald concerning phosphates in detergents requires com- ment. First, it should be real- ized that this "statement" was a paid advertisement and should not be considered to be an unbiased source of factual information. One point made by Amway is that various lists of phosphate contents of cleaning products contain many errors and omis- sions. They don't say which lists contains what errors, but I can say '.hat the widely cir- culated list that originated with Pollution Probe in Toronto has been checked and verified in .several independent labora- tories. Several other lists hav.e been a-; least partly verified. In spite of Amway's vague claims, I think we must accept these lists as being substantially cor- rect. Some time ago I wrote to Amway (also io Colgate- Palmolive. Proctor and Gam- ble, Bsstline, and Lever Bros.) as Professor of Chemistry anil on behalf of Pollution Southern Alberta (PC-SA) lo obtain information about their cleaning products. Not one of the replies told me how much phosphate is in their products. All implied that they didn't want, to confuse people wilh a lot of facts. Proctor and Gam- ble actually wrote "Our basic r e a s o n for not listing in- gredients is simply because it would tend to lead to much con- fusion in its interpretation by the average consumer." These manufacturers are generally withholding the factual infor- mation that would permit con- lo make snnsibV! deci- sions aboiii which cleaning products to buy. Amway and other manufac- turers correctly toll us that phosphates in detergents are only one source of water pollu- tion. On the basis of this un- disputed fact they seem to want as to ignore phosphate pollution from detergents until we can eh'minate all water pollution with one masterful stroke. T say that this is 'nonsense. Ultimately we must have rigorously enforced, standards to limit many kinds of pollu- tion, but while working toward this end it is important to make all the progress we can by con- trolling various sources of pol- lution one by one. It is only a combination of consumer pressures and politi- cal pressure that is likely to lead to tlie kinds of cleaning products that will not contn-. to water pollution. The public information work by PC- and by Pollution Probe, SPEC, and other organizations else- where in Canada appears to be working effectively toward this end. Elimination of p'nosphate'and pollutants-nutrients from cleaning compounds will not. solve all of iur water polluticn problems. As detergent manu- facturers correctly point out, it is also necessary lo control pol- lution from sewage and from industrial effluents. The rcoort prepared by students at Win- ston Churcliill High School and published in The Herald some time ago made it clear that we currently have these problems here in southern Alberta and cannot afford to ignore them any longer; PC-SA and inter- ested cilizsna are begining to take effective action on several of these problems. c. HEPLER. Lethbridge. And there are voices to be heard here admitting that if justice were perfect it would have-been nice for the other side of Canada to get the next big international treat after Montreal's spectacular success with Expo.- But Olympic tradition de- creed otherwise and the ball bounced the other way. Had the winter games been voted on first in Amsterdam, and Vancouver won, Montreal would then have been ss sum- marily eliminated from the naming. Both cities fought for what they wanted, and only one could win this time. What bothers Montreaiers is thai some of the comments heard from Vancouver and we only know what we read in the press suggest a feeling in the West that Montreal's vie. lory was another example o( some sort of mythical Ottawa. Quebec collusion that hands things to Montreal on a platter. There is, in fact, no Ottawa- Quebec collusion; the two gov- ernments haw been in a state of verbal war since Prime Min- ister Trudeau took office, and the Quebec government was just turfed out by the voters in the hope that better relations might ensue under a new gov- ernment. Quebecers, even Liberals, tend to feel that Ottawa is cur- rying favor with the rest of Canada by being difficult with Quebec, while the rest of Can- ada tends to think the opposite which suggests that someone is trying to play both sides against the middle, but that is a judgment belter made from Ottawa than from here. In any event, those involved in the Olympic campaign deny hotly that Ottawa-Quebec poli- ticking lias been .involved in the International Olympic Committee voting. Ottawa has played it cool in the negotia- tions too cool for some simply because it knew that at jnosi only one Canadian city could win, and it did not want to curry blame from the loser. The West may gnash its tenth at Montreal's latest triumph before it jumps on the Olympic bandwagon, as we all hope it will, but it should recognize that the present situation is due io one thing, and one thing only: Jean Drapeaii was work- ing for Montreal and not for Vancouver. The mayor of Montreal is such an incredible (igiire in municipal politics in North America that even after all these years Montreaiers can scarcely belive they are lucky enough to have Mm. Mayor Drapeau a hero against whom nothing can be said in Montreal today is that rarest of things: a visionary with the sense of reality and the ability to work that make him realize his visions. His main vision is to make his beloved Montreal one of the world's great cities. He has just about done it, and should reach the age of 60 the year after the 'Olympics with a truly important career behind him. Anyone who re- members the mess this now" stunning city was before May- or Drapeau took over but that is a long story. It was nothing, absolutely nothing, but Jean Drapeau's dedication, tenacity, and sheer salesmanship, and the long, hard work of his fiercely de- voted teams that brought the Olympics to Montreal. The West does itself a disfavor to read anything .sinister into what has happened. If it co- operates in making the Mon- treal Olympics a success, then Quebec's superb winter sports athletes will be out in force when the winter games come to Vancouver, as come they must. (Herald Quebec Bureau) White House has disputed the latter The president's gestures dur- ing the heat of Hie crisis ap- peared lo indicate some move- ment in this direction, as did his evident move to curb Vice- President Spiro Agnew's at- tacks on student activism and the state of the universities in general. How far tlie president will follow this through is not yet clear, however. There is no doubt about the intensity of the pull within the cabinet. Beyond the generalities of Mr. Hickel's reproach to the president, ths dissident cabinet members have sounded specific notes very much out of keep- ing wilh the administration'! normal conservatism. Pollution control is Mr. Hick- el's responsibility and he has attempted to show himself re- sponding to student concern for the environment, notably through the sponsorship of stu- dent councils on pollution. En- dorsing student priorities, he has called for the abandonment of a "fortress and for the movement from an "age of security" to an "age of op- portunity." This would involvo. setting priorities so that thp world's time, energy and money "is spent on the living of rather than on the destruction and defence of life." He has given some sanction to comparison between tha present era and the buildup to the American revolution, say- ing that the latter resulted from the failure of Britain to heed the protests of youthful American leaders, such as Pat- rick Hemy and Thomas Jef- ferson. He does not rule out possibility that tliere may bo among today's protesting youth among the violent fu- ture leaders of comparable sta- ture. Youthful discontent k at a point where it could go to an- ger, or to hope, he has said. To avert a lapse into anger, gov- ernment must overcome tlie feeling of unresponsiveness and1 show itself railing to solve problems in "an enligh t e n e d and positive manner." Accord- ingly he has criticized Mr. Ag- new for attacks on youthful mo- tives which serve to cement student attitudes of dissent "to a solidity impossible to pene- trate with reason." Both Mr. Rogers and Mr. Romney have indicated general agreement with Mr. Hickel. Mr. Romney has been frustrated in his attempts to remedy the .na- tion's severs housing problems and he has left no doubt about his dissatisfaction with the ad- minist r. a t i o n's priorities. He made this plainer than ever in a New York speech, following Mr. Hickel's letter. Describing the plunge in mortgage lending over the past year, be urged presidential re- consideration of shelved propo- sals for credit controls and rais- ed the possibility of a federal takeover of lending, or of mas- sive federal support for borrow- ing. He noted' that.in the last quarter ot last year, federally- sponsored agencies supplied two thirds of the net amount of new mortgage credit borrow- ed, and otherwise aided home- As it is now, he said, expansive targets contrast with declining housing starts; from an annual rate of 1.7 million units in the first ojuarter of 1969, starts have dropped to an an- nual irate of 1.25 million ill the first quarter of 1970. He emphasized the acute so- cial problems created by the housing short ages, especially for victims of urban riots. He called' for voluntary action "to rescue oiir nation from the threat of and .warn- ed of the "explosive a confrontation between inner- city residents and the more af- fluent middle classes in sur- rounding communities. (Herald Washington Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD THKOUGH THE HERALD 1920 According to officia' reports from the Soviet govern- ment, fighting is in progress along the banks of the Dneiper River between the Bolsheviki and the Poles. government bill to relieve all soldier settlers of 30 per cent of their indebtedness to the country was passed by the Senate committee today without amendment. Calgary Aero club, upon the request of the Do- minion government, is to take over management of the Leth- bridge Flying School, under the new Empire Air Training scheme. Paul Emile ger was enthroned as Archbish- op of Montreal in impressive ceremonies today. He succeeds Archbishop Charbonneau, who retired recently due to ill health. _ Pasternak, noted Russian poet, author of the con- troversial novel, Dr. Zhivago and winner of Ure Nobel Prize for Literature, died today. He .was 70 years old. The Lethkidge Herald _ s- LtUinridge, Alberta LETHBHIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! 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