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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD May 1974 EDITORIALS The right decision The integrity of Progressive Conservative leader Robert frequently has once again been demonstrated in his speedy and unequivocal veto of Moncton Mayor Leonard Jones as a Tory candidate in this summer's election. Mr. in an area with a large proportion of French speaking has chosen to resist the implementation of the provisions of the Official Languages Act. Mr. Stanfield has consistently supported the federal government's bilingualism policies as being in the best interests of the country. He has even set an example to his fellow Canadians by buckling down and learning the French language so that he can now engage in exchanges in that language. Unpleasant though it must have been to veto a nominated it was clearly something that Mr. Stanfield had to do in order to live with his conscience. While the action he took was dictated by almost certainly this incident will help Mr. Stanfield at the polls. It will not deflect votes to candidates of other parties since all parties officially support the Official Languages Act. What it can do is win some of the uncommitted votes in Quebec. People there will be reassured by what has happened that if Mr. Stanfield becomes prime minister he will not allow any erosion of the gains that have been made toward creating a truly bilingual country. The only possible loss might be that of the Moncton riding. If Mr. Jones decides to run as an independent he could split the Conservative vote and give the edge to one of the other candidates. But this is a risk that Mr. Stanfield had to take and may consider to be a small price to pay for the good it will do in the long run. Buying votes Manipulating Air Canada for political as Prime Minister Trudeau did when he recently gave Winnipeg a maintenance base that Air tor the purposes of would have preferred to keep in brings up the question of whether a crown corporation is run for the benefit of its or its stockholders this case the taxpayers of or the party in power. In the business world the customer is presumed to be but many patrons of Air Canada would sign affidavits to the effect that its customers have never been kings. There some justification for running a crown corporation for the benefit of its using it as an economic tool for the good of the country as a as has been frequently urged by westerners wanting a better distribution of government business. There is no justification in using it as a political as was the case when the announcement was made as an election gimmick. this manipulation of a crown corporation raises doubts about the government's recently announced intentions to purchase two foreign owned aerospace firms. Although it intends to find a private Canadian buyer for the two as soon as and although it can be commended for its attempts to bring Canadian industry under Canadian the possibilities remain of subverting national purposes for partisan political goals during an all- out national campaign. The prime minister's Winnipeg announcement also contained a little noted promise that may even buy a few votes in Lethbridge. He asked Air Canada to help develop airline operations and this city is served by such an airline. The fallout from India In the fallout of India's nuclear explosion it has seemed that Canada's attempts to market the CANDU reactor abroad might receive a severe setback. This country was instantly appalled not only at the explosion but at the thought that Canada might have contributed to it. Undoubtedly it did. In spite of India's assurance that the plutonium came from home-made sources and not from the Canadian reactor it would be naive to assume that there was not a spillover of technology which benefitted the project. Whatever its pangs of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. reports that which recently bought a CANDU has agreed to have regular inspections by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency and that such inspections will be written into the sales contract with South Korea. Although no reason was given for the lack of such an undertaking with it is possible the AECL was deceived by the memory of the original to whom non-violence was a cardinal principle. Such inspections will not avert the danger of spillover of technology from peaceful purposes to weapons' programs and the possibility that nuclear weapons will then be developed by maverick countries or fanatical organizations with less sense of world-wide responsibilities than those which now have nuclear arsenals. this burden of unwittingly contributing to a nuclear weapons proliferation does not belong to the Canadian conscience alone and it should be shared with the whole international which needs to arrive at solid agreements about the acceptable uses of nuclear energy. And now. ART BUCHWALD A Dear Dick letter WASHINGTON A man in Richard Nixon did whom would he resign It's a good and my legal counsel informs me that the president would send his letter of resignation to the secretary of who happens at this point in time to be Henry Kissinger. Mr. Kissinger could acknowledge the resignation with a formal but I hope he would enclose a letter of a more personal nature. It could go something like Dear All of us at good old Inc. were saddened to hear that you were resigning. There is no doubt that you are going to leave a big hole in the government which even someone like Gerry Ford can't fill. But we understand your reasons for wanting to go. As you put it so succinctly in your you would like to find something more challenging than just being president of the United States. Although we hate to lose we can't stand in your way of climbing up the ladder to success. We're going to miss your beaming your warm sympathy for your fellow workers and your earhy language. I don't know anyone and your earthy language. I don't know anyone who called a spade a spade the way you did. We're also going to miss the prayer the great state the trips to China and Moscow and San not to mention those fun sessions in the Oval Office when you let down your hair and regaled us with stories about The Washington The New York the television networks and Chuck Colson. I want you to that thanks to you the good old U.S.A. never been in better shape. Our stock is at an all-time and although we've had to pass up a dividend this no one blames you. You didn't know about the oil crisis and you certainly couldn't guess the rate of and surely it isn't your fault that the dollar is in trouble abroad. I don't think anyone could have foreseen the and I believe it was very unfair that a few disgruntled stockholders called for your resignation. We also admired you for the way you handled your personal tax problems and real estate deals. The feeling here at U.S.A. is that you did the right thing in taking the and they still haven't been able to prove thM any of your real estate investments weren't on the up and up. I know they keep harping about the milk thing and the payments Howard Hughes made to your but this is just jealousy on the part of people who wanted your job. You were smart to ignore them. The gang would also like to thank you for hanging tough over the subpoena from Congress for your records. Heaven knows where U.S.A. would be today if they ever got hold of them. As a small token of the boys and girls in the office chipped in together and bought you a little gift which I'm sending over by messenger. It's a brand-new Sony recording which we're sure will give you lots of pleasure. You could dictate your memoirs or use it to record conversations with your friends. In any every time you turn it we hope you'll think of your long-suffering buddies here in Washington. Nancy sends her best. Keep in Henry Kissinger Secretary of State Letters called his sister an expletive No middle ground in Ulster By Tom New York Times commentator Northern Ireland Northern Ireland is a dark and tragic bomb- fire-scarred and victim of ancient hatreds and passions running deep into the bogs of religion and nationality. But as it is usually called has its men and women of moderation and struggling to survive amid the savageries of civil the uncertainties of violence and disorder. Two such each of great Irish charm and talked sadly with visitors the other as the Ulster Workers' Council's general strike brought Belfast near paralysis. A Protestant who had conceded the justice of the Catholic civil rights movement that began the in argued that since then there had been a steady string of concessions to the Catholic minority a third of the by the Protestant majority. He conceded that many of these concessions provided only for real Catholic grievances police and civil service discrimination. the Catholics had won a share of power in the Northern Ireland government and made other significant he so he had been almost glad to see at have to make their own concession their agreement to postpone for four and until after an the full implementation of a Council of Ireland to link heavily Protestant Northern Ireland more closely to the Catholic republic of Ireland. It had to be the writer that most Protestants saw themselves as aggrieved their secure political position chipped their lives and property threatened by the Provisional Irish Republican much local power they had wielded given over to the central Ulster a unified Ireland likely to follow the Council of Ireland proposal. No wonder the Protestant workers had seized the initiative from their political leaders and staged the strike that has destroyed the Northern Ireland government. For the long he the tide was running against the Protestants. In the there would either be a unified which would reduce them to the minority status they feared or Northern Ireland would have to be integrated with the United which was unlikely would mean unending guerrilla warfare by the relentless IRA. In the long he maybe the Protestants had better emigrate to Canada or England or wherever they could find a home. A few hours later a Catholic businessman long associated with the civil rights movement but adamantly opposed to the violent tactics of the IRA said that the last 24 I've talked to more Catholics who are thinking of leaving Northern Ireland than I have in five years and that includes all he said. The Protestant strikers have regained practical political control of Northern Ireland and the five-year Catholic civil rights struggle has come to nothing. There will be no more no more proportional representation even a return of the the now disbanded Protestant auxiliary police force. Neither of these dairing moderates was in favor of the Council of Ireland over which Catholics and Protestants are so strongly at odds. The Catholic businessman thought it unimportant compared to Catholic participation in government. The Protestant writer thought the Council was more than general Protestant opinion should ever have been expected to support. These are reasonable and decent men who have risked much for reason and decency in a country torn by passions. Their similar despairs and differing fears suggest the real conflict here Catholic determination not to accept minority status and the repression it for so long against the general Protestant fear that every Catholic gain is a step nearer to Protestant minority status in a Catholic and the church dominance over their lives most Protestants assume that would mean. This conflict leaves almost no middle ground for moderate men on either it permits no real consensus on the future of it gives room for action only to the gunmen and the bombers. Nixon's desperate stonewalling By Carl syndicated commentator In Buffalo there is a sobering sameness to the questions that haunt Americans these days. with all the other charges against would President Nixon-refuse to give up subpoenaed evidence and risk adding contempt of Congress to the reasons for impeaching the evidence against Mr. Nixon is already so devastating that it makes devout Republican conservatives sick to their why would any Congressman or Senator defend the The answers to these ques- tions say a lot about the measure of crookedness which has surrounded Richard M. Nixon and about the near- impossibility of this country's getting rid of any president however however however imperious. As for Question I must confess that if I were Mr. Nixon would refuse to give up any more tapes or documents. When he thought he had no other staged what he thought would be a public relations coup to top his Dog speech of another generation. He suddenly made public more than pages of boldly censored transcripts of conversations he figured would show him innocent of wrongdoing. He that the mass of Americans would never discern that he had turned the White House into a moral that he had led a cover-up of widespread criminality by his own and that he personally had ordered the payment of hush money. Americans turned out not only to be smarter than Mr. Nixon but political conservatives turned out to care more about the presidency as an institution than about Richard Nixon the individual and they assailed Nixon because they saw him as a man who had debauched and disgraced the noblest office in the land. The tapes now being sought by the House Judiciary Committee and special prosecutor Leon Jaworski are far more destructive of Richard Nixon than the disgusting transcripts he released in desperation. So Nixon is just as he urged his staff to stonewall in the early days of Watergate inquiry. So or concealing vital makes people think Nixon has something to So the judiciary committee is entitled to guilt from the president's refusal to provide subpoenaed So millions of Americans will ask angrily how a law-and-order president figures he's so much above the law he can thumb his nose at a Were I Richard I'd much prefer to be condemned on inferences and surmises than to be run out of town on the. basis of evidence I provided which left no doubt I was up to my toupee in high crimes and an assortment of misdemeanors. there can be a member of Congress of such intellect that he is unaware of the reality surrounding Mr. Nixon. not even Sen. William the Virginia Republican who is furious because administrative assistants voted him the dumbest man in the Senate. Scott and Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Barry Goldwater of Arizona and a few others are at the core of what Nixon hopes will be 34 Senate votes to save him from conviction after the House votes a bill of impeachment. How could they vote to save there's a bit of conservative and party pride. Who wants the standard- bearer for the troglodyte Republicans to be the first president thrown out of office in the history of this Why is Nixon doing what he's Because he is and that challenges his every wile. Not many Americans buy a used car or a new car from Richard Nixon now. But at the same millions of Americans still doubt that either Congress or the judi- ciary has the guts to imprison Richard Nixon under the same laws which have tripped up millions of other Americans and brought tragedy to so many once-decent people who traded their scruples for loyalty to Richard Nixon. Hutterites no problem I find that one of the bright spots in Southern Alberta is the presence of Hutterite communes whose by contrast to many of those around are neat and relatively sober. This is very evident in their young people to my knowledge do not present too much of a problem in any in contrast to other individuals or groups. It would also seem that the work ethic has not died out in these communities as it has in our larger centres and that the presence of scruffy indolent persons is not a common thing. Neither are they harassed by irresponsible youths who have been provided with too much money and with cars or trucks in which they wander aimlessly and quite frequently manage to kill themselves or others by misuse of these vehicles. Mrs. Martha Ostby May has taken it upon herself to condemn these people for many of the very traits which I applaud. She very either through misinformation or personal tries to blame the decline of such towns as Warner on the presence of these people. I have often been in Warner and am convinced that the greatest factor in its problem is its location and failure to provide any reason why people should rather than continuing over the good roads to larger centres such as Taber or Lethbridge. The presence of these goods roads and unlimited supply of transportation vehicles has made it natural for many people to travel where they wish quickly. Throughout the history of man it has been a natural tendency to congregate together in larger centres for purpose of commerce and company and in most cases they have not changed in this respect. To my personal knowledge commune people are not the only ones who fail to patronize small town businessmen. I have been told and had it demonstrated to me that many other people do the great bulk of their business in towns like Lethbridge even if it means travelling 50 or 75 miles to do so. Recently an ad in the Lethbridge Herald featured a Milk River citizen winning an award for doing business with merchants in a Lethbridge store. I am not condemning those people who do business where they but I find it rather odd that Mrs. Ostby should condemn the Hutterite people but condone it in others. Mrs. Ostby objects to the Hutterites making their own clothing etc. I would be very happy if they would make some of these products open to the public rather than forcing us to rely on the less than second rate products furnished by the sweat-shop labor of many of our commercial institutions. Probably the oddest protest that some people make is that Hutterites retain the land which they have legally bought and paid for. If they had no intention of retaining it I can see no purpose in their purchasing it and everyone must be fully aware that it is quite common in some areas for land to be held by families for many generations. As to their purchasing it must be very obvious that no one can purchase land nor anything else unless someone is willing to sell it. To me it seems very odd that there is little or no condemnation of the seller or sellers. Mrs Ostby and her friends are quite free to have their opinions but it is unfortunate that they actually have no valid argument at all and that their motivation is so very deplorable. G. D. LEE Milk River Self-sufficient elite If people who build their own houses with their own hands are being made as Eric Nicol then maybe there is some hope for this society after all. Or at least for that in British Columbia. It would be a nice change from elite elite public relations elite politicians and so on. There actually was a time in this country when self-sufficient people were among the elite. The ones who could build their grow their and set up some kind of working contact with the reality of seasons and gardens and timber stands. That this sounds like so much idyllic nonsense in 1974 is just another of the sad echoes of progress. Think. How do most of us now spend our And are the rewarded the We spend our lives sitting in government offices processing pandering an education that is not needed by most of working in stores and factories like junkies pushing a joyless consumerism. Thousands of us our bread by spoiling acres of good timber with pseudo-intellectual exhibitionism and stale ideas. finance treasury accounting stock etc. employ whole armies of neurotics to conduct their giant monopoly games. And the The as are the agents. The persons who devote their full time hustling. The ones whose closest touch with the ground is an elevator ride to the garage level. Those of us who wouldn't know the difference between a potato and a carrot if they weren't taken from the soil and placed in plastic bags fcr us. Ah well. Maybe this is our destiny after all. But who would have predicted a Utopia made up of agents and hustlers. Worms who must be spoon-fed the apple. Maybe this really is what Plato meant some government decides to assist a man's efforts to build his own house then not only does the man deserve the title of but so does the government who made elitism so accessible. And if Eric Nicol and I can learn to pound a typewriter than surely. with a little we can learn to pound a nail. Who someday instead of living in a box described in haste by some hustling architect and slapped together beside a thousand others by some hustling construction we may live in a house whose construction was a physical reality for us. The thumbnail'' will be a thing to be proud of. Even we wouldn't have to resort to such idiotic practices as jogging to keep our guts out of our laps. THOMAS DOLHANTY Lethbridge. capers How does this tie in with your The LcthbruUic Herald 504 7m St. S. Albena LETHBHIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Pubiisners Second CUM Mail Registration NO. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. 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