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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Lows tonight near 25; highs Thurs. near 50. The LetUbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 279 jJiTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER B, 1972 OVEK 10 CENTfc FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Victory marks greatest hour for U.S. chief An analysis By JAMES RESTON of The New York Times NEW YORK It was a spectacular personal vic- tory for Richard Nixon, 10 years to Ule day, and al- most to the hour, after his most humiliating defeat by Pat Brown in the 1962 election for the governor- ship of California. Beaten by John Kennedy by the narrowest of mar- gins in the presidential election of 1960, beaten again for the control of his own state in 1962, finished with American politics by his own angry proclamation exact- ly a decade ago, here he is now, not only vindicated but triumphant in one of the most decisive victories in the history of American presidential politcs. A few days before he takes the oath of office for a second term as president of the United States (Jan. he will be GO years old. His 30's were a political surprise, even to himself, his 40's Were an agony of controversy and self-doubt, his 50's were a struggle and at the end a triumph. What now will he do with his 60's? This is the question that even his most in- timate associates in Washington cannot answer. In the world, he has to achieve not only the cease- fire, but Uie "peace" he has promised in Vietnam, the "reconciliation and co-operation" with Peking and Moscow that were so central to his victory, Uie truce in the savage struggle between Israel and the Arab states, and some kind of new economic and political relationship with Japan and the Common Market coun- tries of Europe, who are now challenging the Ameri- can economic leadership of the modem world. At home, Nixon has to deal also now with the minorities he defeated in the election: The poor and the blacks who have been left behind in the general prosperity of the nation, the young in the universities who have been over-run but not persuaded or con- vinced, the old who are in despair about rising prices and inflation. It is a formidable agenda. Having won, he must now try to govern with a Democratic congress, which resents the tactics of his victory, and will now be seeking a leader to inherit the wreckage of the Dem- ocratic party. How did he do it? Meanwhile, the question is how he acliieved this startling victory? How was it possible, with a tliree- to-two Democratic registration against him, did the president overcome the doubts of the electorate and win this astounding victory? Partly, and obviously, it was a failure of Ms di- vided opposition. Increasingly, George McGovern look- ed like a decent man who stumbled out of the minor leagues into the seventh game of the world series, but there was something beyond that. Probably the decisive thing in the election was that the president made a more accurate judgment about the mood of the majority of the voters than Mc- Govern. The senator dramatized, in the primaries, the convention, and the campaign, his alliance with the militant blacks, the welfare poor, and the intellectuals on Uie university campuses, who were demonstrating against things as they are. The president made a different judgment. He de- cided that the majority of the American people were not black, or poor, or young, or militant, but white, middle class, middle-aged or older, reasonably com- fortable, worried about the militant blacks and intel- lectuals, and sympathetic to his brand of pragmatic change and compromise in Vietnam, Moscow, and Pe- king abroad, and his economic compromises and con- trols at home. For example, the political historian, Clinton Rossi- ter could write only a few short years ago, "The Democratic party exercises a near-monopoly of politi- cal allegiance in the south because Uu's (Democratic party) system appears to be Uie stoutest bulwark of white supremacy." But now, it is a Republican pres- ident who is arguing against busing school children to create a racial balance in the schools, and arguing for conservative judges on Uie supreme court, so that the south now seems to have switched and has apparent- ly concluded that the Republicans are now "the stout- est bulwark of white supremacy." The race question Also, this question of race apparently helped to erotic, if not destroy, the Democratic domination of the blue-collar workers in the north. For the union workers, who have become suburban property-owners in the last generation, now feel threatened by the militant blacks, and tend to support Republican poli- cies of lower taxation, law and order and protection of property values. But mainly, the president dealt with Peking and Moscow, co-operated with them, but defied them by bombing their oily in Hanoi, and mining the North Vietnamese harbor of Haiphong, and ending up wi'h an announcement out of Hanoi that a con- promise "peace" had arranged. All this can and will lx> debated endlessly, as a shrewd deal, or an election fraud. But there is littlo tlouht about Hie political effect of Dr. Kissinger's an- nouncement, just before the voting that "peace is at hand.'1 Part of the tragedy of Uie last decade is that there is such doubl about the iiilcgrily of official announce- ments from Hie While House under both presidents Johnson and Nixon, flint even news of genuine com- promises about the war seem false. And this may be the president's major problem nfler his victory; Somehow, aflcr this deceptive but victorious republican campaign, even the president's closest advisor agree Hint he must restore some kind of Irusl wilh the people he hns defeated in a con- Kress si ill controlled by flic opposlUon Democratic party. Historic landslide buries McGovern Nixon loser image fades New York Times Service NEW YORK Richard Milhouse Nixon won re- election by a huge majority today, perhaps the largest ever given a president, burying forever his loser image that has plagued him for much of his political career. Nixon scored a stunning personal thriumph in all sections of the country, sweeping New York and most other bastions of Democratic Nixon out-polled McGovern in 49 of the 50 states. The South Dakota senator managed to win only in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. In electoral votes the system by which a presi- dent is formally elected Nixon seemed certain of 521 out of the 538 votes, leaving McGovern 17. Not since Franklin D. Roosevelt buried Republican Alf Landon by 523 to eight electoral votes in 1936 has there been such a margin. Resounding vindication GEORGE McGOVERN buried under ballots RICHARD NIXON tight-lipped imile Demos control Congress WASHINGTON ,AP) The voters who gave President Nixon liis landslide victory Tuesday also elected a Con- gress almost (is firmly in Democratic hands as the Houso of Representatives and Senate with wliich Nixon dealt during his first term. The Democrats widened their margin in the Senate by at least two. The Republican in- cumbent was running ahead in Michigan in the last undecided race. If he kept his lead, the division in the new Senate would be 57 to 43. With only seven of the 435 House races undecided, Re- publicans had made a net gain of 11 compared with the 41 needed to take control. And some of the new Republicans replace conservative southern Democrats who generally had voted with the administration. It appeared the new Congress would have at least 15 women members, compared with 12 in the last Congress. The number of black members seemed likely to increase to 16 from 13. HOPE FOR SEXATE The Senate outcome was an especially hard blow to the Re- publicans who had written off the House, but needed a gain of only five to take control of fbo Senate and thought there was a real chance. But there was consolation for Republican strategists working for a full two-party system in the South, where many voters in recent years bad shown readiness to vote for Republi- can presidential candidates, but stuck with Democratic candi- dates at other levels. T w o Republicans were defied to the House from Mis- sissippi and one from Loui- siana, the first since the recon- struction period after the Civil War. And in Virginia, William Scoll dofonlcd scnaior William Sponp In become the first Re- publican senator from the Old Dominion since. 1892. Democrat William Hathaway ended the 24-year Senate career of Margaret Chase Smith of Maine, chairman of the Senato Republican conference and sen- ior Republican member of the armed services committee. But the Democrats lost a ate seat in North Carolina. Representative Nick Galifian- akis, who defeated Democratic Senator B. Everett Jordan in the primary, was defeated in turn by a self-described con- servative Republican, television commentator Jess Helms. A stunner was the defeat ol Senator Gordon Allott of Colo- rado, chairman of the Senate Republican policy committee and an administration stalwart, by Democrat Floyd Haskell. National League loses court case PHILADELPHIA (AP) Professional hockey was en- joined by a federal judge today from enforcing its controversial reserve clause. A preliminary injunction against the National Hockey League was issued by Judge A. Leon Higginbotham in U.S. Dis> trict Court here. The 124-page opinion re- sponded to several suits filed by players who jumped from Uie NHL to the new World Hockey Association. The decision likely will be ap- pealed, since the U.S. Supreme Court this year ruled in Uie Curt Flood case Uiat baseball was exempt from anti-trust laws. The Higginbotham decision, as it stands, would break down the reserve, clause, Uie struc- ture of all major sports in the United States. The ruling is on a lest case involving John McKcnzic, for- mer NHL star with Boston Bruins, who jumped to Phila- delphia Blazers of the World Hockey Association as a player- coach. McKenzie's contract was sold by Uie Bruins to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers, who sought to prevent the player from carrying out his contract with the Blazers. McKenzie and Uie Blazers then asked the court to rule the NHL reserve clause a violation of anti-trust regulations. Irish giuimeii steal arms from soldiers BELFAST (Reutert Eight gunmen overpowered a 13-man guard of Northern Irelands Ul- ster Defence Regiment and rob- bed them of their weapons and ammunition, it was revealed to- day. An army spokesman said the gunmen first overpowered the watchman at a water pumping station in the city last night and then waited for the guard to arrive for duty. The U.D.R. men were let into the pumping station by a gun- man posing as the watchman and when they had taken up their positions, (he two sentries at Uie gate were held up by three of the armed men. Election at glance By THE CANADIAN PRESS At a.m. EST PRESIDENTIAL Final Nixon won 49 states with 521 electoral votes. McGovern won one state and District of Colum- bia with 17 electoral votes. (270 required to POPULAR VOTE Nixon McGovem 27.807.730; Schmitz others returns from 95 per cent of 173.172 voting units. SENATE Final (For 33 of 100 scats) Dem. elected 16 Holdovers 57 Rep. elected 17 Holdovers 43 Gains: Dem. 6. Rep. 4 HOUSE For all 435 seats Dem. elected 24, leading 1 Rep. elected 190, leading 0 Ind. elected 1 Gains: Dem 14, Rep. 2G GOVERNORS IS lo be elected Dem. elected 10, leading 1 Rep. elected 7, leading 0 Gains: Dem. 3, Rep. 2. Holdovers: Dem. 20, Hep. 12. Despite this drubbing of Sen. George Stanley McGovern, the Democratic chalbnger, the voters split their tickets in rec- ord numbers to leave the Dem- ocrats in control of both houses of congress and a majority of the nation's governorships. Nixon thus became the first :wo-term president to face an ipposition congress at both in- augurals. The president seemed cer- tain, however, to claim a clear mandate for his policies of gradual disengagement from Vietnam, continued strong spending on defence, opposition to busing to integrate the schools and a slowdown in fed- eral spending for social pro- grams the issues which he had stressed through the cam- paign. The 59-year-old Nixon who will be 60 before inauguration on Jan. 20 could also claim a resounding personal vindica- tion against Uie strong charges of corruption brought against him personally by the opposi- tion. By coincidence Uie great- est triumph of his 26 years In national politics came on the tenth anniversary of his defeat for governor of California the night he told newsmen they would not have Nixon to kick around anymore. McGovern, 50, conceded de- feat before midnight in the east with a telegram of support for the president if he leads the na- More U.S. election results on Pages 2, 27 and 28 tion to peace abroad and jus- tice at home. The South Dako- tan took credit for helping to push the administration nearer to peace in Indochina and as- sured his cheering supporters that their defeat would bear fruit for years to come. The president responded In brief address from the White House, expressing appreciation to his supporters and respect for the supporters of McGovem, whose name he pronounced for the first time in months! He promised rapid progress toward peace and prosperity. Sweeps everything Nixon carried into office again his running mate, wee President Spiro Theodore Agnew, who will now be re- garded as a formidable candi- date for the Republican pres- idential nomination four years hence. His opponent, Robert Sargent Shriver J.r., has left many with the impression that he, too, will seek to lead his party. Both will celebrate birth- days on Thursday Agnew his 54th. Shriver his 57th. Unlike four years ago, when he became the 37th president by the slenderest of margins, Nixon did not suffer even a mo- ment's suspense last night. Indeed, in state after stale, Nixon's margin was remark- ably close to the combined to- tal won by him and the third- party candidate, George C. Wallace, in 1968. Had Wallace not been eliminated from con- tention this year by a crippling bullet, the 1972 contest would have been much closer. But in the clear field against McGovern, the president swept almost everything in sight. Pro- jections based on early returns showed his getting between 55 and 60 per cent in the cities, 70 per cent in suburbs and near- ly SO per cent in rural regions. The president appeared to have improved his standing with all identifiable groups in the electorate, even blacks and Jews who still gave majorities to Democrats. Seen and heard About town flTY HALL receptionist ..Betty Gal getting a call from a lady who didn't know what day it was because she had thrown away her previ- ous day's issue of The Herald Don" Nakama paying for a pair of sneakers and finding only one shoe in the box Hotcli's chin stubble showing signs of be- coming a bonafidc goatee. Montanans run true to form HELENA, MONT. (AP) Montana voters stayed true to their tradition of electing tic- kets with the name Nixon on Uiem but avoided the presiden- tial electoral eoattails like the plague today in giving the president four more years but four more wilh Democratic firebrand Lee Metcalf in the senate. Metcalf never rolled up a huge lead but scored an easy victory over little known Re- Trustees urge teacher clamps By RON' Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON- Alberta's school trustees have called for aK.-oss-lhe-board application of the Provincial Labor Act to the leaching profession. Among other things the trus- tee resolution, approved during I he. Alberts School Trustees As- sociation Annual Convention in K d m onion Tuesday, would mean that teachers would no longer have tenure and could lie fired at any lime. They could be laid off without pay in the event of such things as a care- lakers' strike and salaries could bo wilhhcld f'oni a teacher on suspension until and if the leftchcr is reinstated. The approximately (iOO del- cgnlcs also approved a resolu- tion requesting the provincial government to introduce leg- isl.'ition which would allow cer- tain teachers to drop out of the Alberla Teachers Association. Principals and other adminis- trators should have the free- dom to belong o" drop out of the ATA, trustees were told. A Medicine. Hal delegate ar- gued Hint if teachers in Ibis category nrc eliminated from romculsnry ATA membership they will their own union organization. "Then we will find ourselves negotiating with two unions in- slond of he said. Another delegate maintained that if administrative or super- visory personnel wauled oul of I he ATA they have the me- chanisms in llteir own organi- zation to do it. "It is not tho business'of Uie AST A to tell them." 1.ETI1BRIDGE RESOLUTIONS Meanwhile, trustees approved two resolutions dealing with the provincial government's School Buildings Board which were submitted by the Lcthbridge public school delegation. As a result of I be resolutions, the ASTA will ask the govern- ment, to withdraw some of Ihe authority of the SBB while pro- viding staff to handle the workload and speed applica- tions for new school construc- tion. T h e Lcthbridge resolution asked that local school boards should have Ibe final say on plans and designs for school construction rathe." than Ihe school buildings board. "The local school district is the only one who knows what it needs from its said Al Mont, Lethbridge Public School Board member. Dr. Dough McPherson, chair- man of the Lelhbridge public board, said Uie School Build- ings Board needs more staff lo speed up applications for finan- cial assistance and approval of building projects. "I'm not implying n criticism of the people there said Dr. MoPhcrson. "I just feel that they need more staff." It was noted that it usually takes several months after an application is submitted to the board before actual construc- tion gels under way. Mo'.'e than 70 resolutions will be dealt with during llic con- vention wliich concludes today. publican state Senator Henry S Hi'obard, who was the re- cipient of all the White House and national Republican fund- raisers could foster in the way of high level aid and money. Nixon got the state's four electoral votes for the fourth time in as many races. NEVER CAUGHT ON With most of Uie state's pre- cincts reporting, Nixon had a lead of 58 per cent over Demo- crat George McGovern, whose candidacy never caught on de- spite a hearty effort by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mans- field and Metcalf. Nixon led by 149.033 to 100.. 291. The American Party failed to retain (lie Wallace vote of four years ago getting ynt'NGF.ST GOVERNOR Montana voters chose Uio youngest governor in the state's history in picking Lieu- tenant Governor Thomas Lee Judge, father chose the middle name because of ad- miration of Metcalf. Judge, 38, a Democrat, led the parly ticket in adinmisier- ing a thumping defeat to east- ern Montana Farmer Ed Smith. The nearest thing to presi- dential coatlails in evidence c.ime lo freshman representa- tive Richard Shoup, Republi- can, in the slate's western dis- trict. Shoup outlasted former five term Hep. Arnold Olscn to lo lake a victory of some voles. Shoup won the job Irom Olscn two years ;