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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-TH6 LCTHMIDQE HERALD- November the world's a stage A cease-fire is urgently needed between Alberta and Ottawa. Tempers should be talk facts sorted out. responsibilities and rights mutually established. As in most such right and wrong are not clearly sorted out. Some of the North America is by far the heaviest consumer of and im- port needs are rising rapidly as the de- mand grows uncontrolled. Most of the imports come from the two great oil- surplus areas of the world the Persian Gulf and Venezuela. The Arab realizing their power over the U.S. economy and not hesitant to punish the U.S. lor supporting are drastical- ly raising their and the U.S. has to pay them. Venezuela sees no reason lor not getting in on the windfall. Most of her oil is produced by American com- panies. So the government has put a big oxport tux on it. Again the U.S. con- sumers have to pay. Concurrently the price of oil produced in the U.S. is going up. Then there's with Alberta producing more than Canada's total needs but because of geography the bulk of Alberta production going to the U.S.. and Kastern in traditional- ly importing 'ocean rates being infinitely cheaper foreign oil mostly frorr So everybody else's oil is going up ex cepl Alberta's. The federal having a prior constitutional responsibility ovei trade and a political responsibility for national oil has stepped in with an emergency decree of a per barrel oil export in place of an un- precedented 40-cent tax just a few weeks ago that almost brought threats of seces- sion from the Alberta government. This extra 51.90 on top of the well-head price in Alberta and the cost of transpor- lation. brings Alberta oil in the U.S. up tc roughly the price of Venezuelan and Arab oil in the U.S. and foreign oil in Eastern Canada. Ai Lime Ihe price of Canadian oil to the Canadian market for Alberta does not reach east of does not bear this tax. and other things being need not be increased. other things are not and prices are bound io go up to some degree in Ontario and the West but not to the same extent as in lhe rest of the With all other world exporters rais- ing their price. Canadian producers with some justice might have done the same Hut politically they could not. Their costs had not gone up commensurately. were not subject to despotic rulers as most of the Arab exporters are. They had WEEKEND MEDITATION no new taxes to meet. To have let them boost their prices on their own would have been politically unacceptable to Canadians. Thus the federal tax. Alberta's side of the argument must be heard too. Ottawa is dealing with a commodity owned by the people of Alberta and on the production of which they collect a healthy royalty. That oil has financed almost all of Alberta's public prosperity and was counted on for future government revenues. The Alberta government should have something to say about prices and quotas and taxes and embargoes. One compromise would be to turn over part or all of the revenue from the export tax to the province of Alberta. The rest of Canada might consider that too generous. It would be tantamount to .Alberta adding to its which would undermine the oil industry's con- fidence in Alberta and its governmental integrity. There are several other all of which should be explored. But in the The Alberta government has accus- ed the federal government essentially of certainly of breach of faith and of and Some oil industry and Progressive Conservative party spokesmen have ac- cused the federal energy Mr. of having unilaterally violated an understanding with Alberta as a price of continued NDP support in Parliament. It may not be without coin- cidence that the loudest support for Ot- tawa's action has come from Manitoba's NDP government. Mr. Macdonald's integrity has been questioned. It he is guilty of the charges made by Mr. Lougheed and Mr. he should be dismissed. Alberta's course of retaliation has been suggested by the premier a new energy marketing board strictly owned and operated by the which would buy all of Alberta's gas and oil production and in turn sell all of it. This certainly would strengthen the province's hand in its dealings with Ottawa. In Mr. Macdonald's defence it has been said that his new policy is admittedly an emergency and tentative made in haste because the oil import crisis was mounting too and that he is open to more negotiation. Alberta's position is that he can't be trusted. This can and will be worked out. Just as in the Middle understanding and goodwill are the requisites. And they must be shown bv both sides. The art of meditation In a moment of national crisis the prophet Isaiah told the king and fear not. In quietness and confidence shall be your The relation of quietness and courage is something seldom recognized. Bluster and commotion are associated with fear. In moments of crisis in the British navy it is commanded to blow a call for recollection and poise of body and mind. It is a great pity that the original of Whittier's Lord and Father of forgive our feverish has had the word changed to which dis- torts the whole meaning of the a call to serenity and quietness. Of all arts meditation is the most difficult. What is the for for wandering Sometimes meditation can be mis- taken for emptiness of mind and is in- distinguishable from sleepiness. One would do better to remember that all is of God. As Simone Weil it is impossible for man to travel in a vertical direction. You cannot take one step toward heaven. To strive for the meditative condition is as futile as to strive after goodness. God must come and take you up. Then as Aeschylus is no ef- fort in that which is It is so easy to forget the Pauline admonition that all is of grace. One has not even the power of of oneself. Simone Weil has another lovely thought. She reminds readers that looking is what saves them. When man has learned to look at perfect at infinite truth and then he is saved. This is so obvious it scarcely seems worth yet it is easily forgotten. One must therefore wait upon God and avoid the pitfall of rushing about to find Him. The key is do you really desire Are you then willing to wait for give Him all your The trouble is that most of us are afraid or unwilling to be still and look into our own depths. By an incessant busyness one can keep from reflection and stock taking. If one is silent he is likely as not to hear a to learn that there is something important that he is that he has taken the wrong route. It is a strange fact that many people do not realize that listening is the most important part of prayer. The most talkative people are seldom the wisest. This is particularly true in prayer. If you truly hunger after the infinite and your spirit agonizes for some com- munication with the corrupted as it can so easily be by this materialistic where conversation is mere chitchat and social relationships are and then remember that you are a child of the eternal and you must realize your ab- solute and awful need of God. You find Him as Elijah in the small as Isaiah did in the Temple when his great king Uzziah had as Samuel did when he laid down to as Paul did in the lonely journey to Damascus lonely though sur- rounded by his fellow as Moses did on the hillside with his sheep. If you are never you are never religious. still and know that I am Dear Lord and Father of forgive our feverish Breathe through the heats of our desire Thy coolness and Thy Let sense be let flesh speak through the wind and fire 0 small voice of calm. F. S. M. told I don't always use Nixon's worst enemy By Tom New York Times commentator NEW YORK Richard Nixon's worst enemy is not the press and television. Richard Nixon's worst enemy is Richard Nixon. That may have been suspected when Nixon first fired Archibald setting off a national up- then turned around and agreed to surrender the tape recordings Cox had been but it has been made perfectly clear by the remarkable announcement in Nixon's behalf that two of those tapes never existed. Let us pass over charitably the questions how that could be. if the Nixon taping systems were as mechanical- ly proficient and comprehen- sive as heretofore and why the two conver- sations that just happened not to be taped also just happened to be perhaps the two most important of the nine that had been at issue. Let us pass over if with an act of these reasonable ques- tions and raise only a more immediate point. Given the months long battle over these producing finally the Cox Richardson Ruckelshaus didn't somebody think to check the nine tapes somewhere along the As a matter of Nixon himself ought to have known the situation. On July the text of a letter from him to Senator Sam Elrvin was published and in that letter Nixon said that he had sonally listened to a number of them. The tapes are entire- ly consistent with what I know to be the truth and what I have stated to be the Nixon could hardly have given such an assurance in good faith if he knew the tapes did not record two of the most impor- tant conversations about which there was conflicting those with John Dean on April and with John Mitchell on June 1972. And if he did know then that those two conversations had not been his letter to Ervin should have included that since those talks were of primary interest to the Ervin committee. At least one White House Stephen borrowed the April 15 tape in July and kept it over the official log shows. Bull told Senate investigators that he also had tried to arrange for that tape to be sent to California for Nixon's hearing on June but could not arrange a courier flight. This is the tape now said to have failed to record the important Nixon Dean conversation of April which if it could be heard by a grand jury might well support one of their conflicting stories about Nix- on's alleged knowledge of the Watergate cover up. There was ample oppor- therefore aside from the normal precautions .in preparing a court to dis- cover long ago that at least the Nixon Dean tape did not if it does not. By an-' nouncing that if it is a only at the last possible when delivery to Judge Sirica was due in obedience to court Nixon has done several things that do not serve Richard Nix- on's interest. He has produced another another controver- another round of charges and which he needs about as much as he needs another big contribution from the milk producers or Howard Hughes. This new tends to undermine the good effect that might have been derived from Nix- on's announcement of a new attorney general and a new Watergate to whom he said he had guaranteed the complete independence he denied Cox. Even in making that an- Nixon backtracked once more. Hav- ing stoutly maintained in the Cox matter that as chief ex- ecutive he had the right to fire anyone in the executive he has now announced that he will not fire Leon Cox's putative unless he can get the concurrence of congressional leaders of both parties. More important than all of with the smell of a cover up so overpowering and hanging over so many matters from Watergate to Bebe Rebozo's the miss- ing tapes story literally begs not to be believed. Sadly it may even be but coming from Nixon it is just not likely to be believed. And that tells us much about why public opi- nion has turned so strongly toward impeachment. Until men and women of restraint and goodwill generally thought that holding the nation together and pursuing its business were the highest and that these could best be served if the trauma of impeachment could be avoided. But as sensation has piled upon and ordinary credulity has been stretched to the breaking many of the same peo- ple have come to see no way to get on with the nation's perhaps not even to hold it unless the man at the centre of this endless storm is brought to and removed if necessary. The priorities have not but impeach- ment now seems less traumatic than the storm itself. I NATO'S copout may spell end By Carl T. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON Has the North Atlantic Treaty Organization grown sapped of its vitali- ty by and the diverging national interests of its That question took on dis- quieting importance during the recent Arab Israeli war- fare when West European leaders sort of left President Nixon alone to twist in the winds of confrontation. It was clear in his press conference last week that Mr. Nixon was almost as angry at his NATO allies as he was at the press. Mr. Nixon was angered by the fact that European allies would not grant landing or overflight rights for U.S. air- craft carrying arms to Israel. There are important lessons in and the U.S. would do well to discern them lest we go on for another quarter century putting troops and other vital resources into Western Europe on the assumption that they are the cement for a powerful anti Soviet alliance. The recent Western Euro- pean copout simply illustrates anew that each of the NATO countries is going to look after its own vital interest first and foremost. Only in a grave crisis will there be any automatic solidarity where all will con- quer or we die If you think that Arab oil is important to the United with our growing energy think of what it means to Western Europe. The U.S. got 360 million barrels of oil from the Arab countries in or 5.8 per cent of the total U.S. con- sumption. Western Europe got 2.75 billion barrels of Arab oil in 1972. or eight times as much as the U.S. Half the 5.5 billion- barrels exported by the Arabs went to Western Europe. our NATO allies are more careful about making enemies of the Arabs than Mr. Nixon feels he needs to be it is estimated that by 1980 half the oil we consume will come from the Middle Did the Europeans believe that the brinksmanship employed by Mr. Nixon was far in excess of what was needed to restrain the Did they have some doubts about of the U.S. action and fear that the U.S. might really start throwing nuclear bombs Whatever they now has the hard to refute argument that his strategy worked. Western Europe can scarcely argue with any certainty that milder action would have worked as well. The diplomats are out now with their baling wire and bandaids. trying to heal this rift in the North Atlantic alliance. But that may not be so easy. just may have seen the first truly meaningful evidence that finally like SEATO and is merely the bureaucratic shell of a great idea which is now well past its time. Letters Pointless horror I would like to add my protest to the many others I'm sure have been made concern- ing the chasing and shooting of two as reported in The Letlibridge Herald tober It was a most effec- tive piece of writing. I'm sure the men concerned must be feeling really proud of themselves right now and their families and friends as ashamed to know them as I would be. Most people accept the fact that farmers must protect their stock and that Canada's fast diminishing wilderness areas make it imperative that wildlife population be kept in check but I am sure there must be kinder ways of doing it than Sunday witch hunts. What horrifies me most is that the Fish and Game formed for the betterment and humane con- trol of organize such hunts. Either I didn't unders- tand the association's purpose or their original intentions have been warped by people out only to satisfy their primeval blood lusts. What is this sickness that people like Messrs Etherington. Simpson and Mouse suffer I have heard men boast of how they ran foxes to death with snow- mobiles or motorbikes many of 'em Farmers will thank or slaughtered several mountain sheep or elk over a weekend more than they could possibly eat of beef these days but I wonder if these people are aware of the disgust and revulsion most normal people hold for them Or are they too self centered to The fault is not theirs en- tirely. This society seems to be keyed to killing. Children have been given guns to shoot or anything else that moves. Hunters become heroes. Even advertisements reflect this such as the one showing a picture of a man about to shoot a deer with the caption. we sell hunting I suppose I'm just another soft hearted woman who doesn't belong in this world of the Great White but I'm too angry to sit back and watch this unnecessary cruel- ty and slaughter going on. I. want to do something about but don't know what or how. I'm not even sure I'm doing the right thing by writing. There must be a good many others who feel as furious and as helpless as I do. Are there not any organizations which really care for our wildlife which we can The one of the most widely read newspapers in has helped by bring- ing to the public's eye the pointless horror of such events as Sunday coyote hunts Lethbridge. Vivienne Smith A gimmick The Herald story on the coyote hunt was grossly sensationalized and highly dramatized. It created 16 heroes versus two coyotes. Not 'even the East crisis was written in the play- by-play fashion of this incredi- ble hunt. Is this type of article not beneath the dignity of The A lot of people must be writing about this article and I wonder if it isn't a gim- mick to take a reading poll on the paper. ALIDA VANEE Lethbridge Misrepresentation Why does the Lethbridge Herald constantly sen- sationalize Indian The article of Oc- tober affects all Indian is untrue. I could name many families among the Shawness and many other tribes who are not affected by alcoholism. Through my close contact with the the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Com- mission and councillors in AA and Alanon I have learned that alcoholism is equally a problem among all racial groups. Money and social posi- tion make no difference. Richer people can drink at home and cover up their problem longer while poorer people are seen on the streets but there are just as many rich alcoholics as there are poor ones. The Herald is generally though not always accurate with Indian news but an inac- curacy like this only adds to the existing inaccurate image about the Indian people and only adds to the problems of Indians who try to live right. I cannot believe that such misrepresentation of facts about a minority group adds to the newspaper sales. My ex- perience with Southern Alber- tans over the last 10 years makes me realize the vast majority wouldn't enjoy reading such garbage and would be as upset by this type of reporting as I am. I would welcome hearing from others who feel as I do about this matter. A letter to The Herald might also do some good. SHERLEEN HUNTER Cardston Editor's The speaker whom The Herald was quoting was saying that all Indian families are not by alcoholism. What's in a With reference to the ques- tion about Etzikom Lingjerde raised in The Herald The child to whom reference' was was never actually called Etzikom. Because he was the first baby born in the new community many of the local residents thought he should be given the name of his birthplace a practice quite common in the area at that time. The boy was actually named Stanley. The John Lingjerde family came from Norway in 1911 to homestead in the Foresmot area but due to drought conditions operated a small Etzikom cafe when the CPR arrived in as part of the Stirling to Saskatchewan line. With Stanley the first white child known to be born in the area it was suggested he be called .after the town This is only one of the fascinating stories contained in the forthcoming Foremost history soon to be published. GEOFF TAGG Foremost Man's greed blamed The Okanagan and Southern Alberta have one thing in com- the diminishing phea- sant which has almost become a vanishing bird. People have different ideas why this once so has almost completely dis- appeared from our countrysides. Increased pop- wet weather in the spring and predators are said to be the cause. In the Okanagan there are no foxes and yet the pheasant popula- tion is down to nothing. Why not put the blame where it belongs and admit that in his by opening the season for hen pheasants has greatly contributed to the pheasants' sad demise. Kelowna M. L. KUIPERS The letltbridge Herald 504 7th St S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. Proprietors and PubliMwi Published by Hon. W.A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau ol Circulations CLEO W Editor and Publisher THOMAS H ADAMS. General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Edilor Associate Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS K.WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor HERALD SERVES THE ;