Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 -THE LETHMIDOE HERALD Novtfflbtr Consumer protection Nearly two years have been wasted in attacking marketing abuses in this country because the government was too ambitious on its first attempt to legislate up-to-date consumer protection. The mammoth bill brought in by the former consumer affairs Ron sought essentially to scrap previous legislation in favor of a new approach. But the opposition was too great. Now the government has decided on a more prudent approach and is seeking only to repair the deficiencies of the old legislation and to add some new protec- tions. There is nothing in the presented by Consumer Affairs Minister Herb about the very controversial proposal of setting up a tribunal with dis- cretionary powers to deal with mergers. This matter apparently hasn't been and will be reintroduced separately at some later datp. Present proposals call for such things as extending the prohibitions of existing law to cover the service industries which have become such a major part of the modern business providing protection for athletes against giving the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission new powers in a variety of restrictive situations. Consumer groups will be pleased that the government has been responsive to a fairly recent target by proposing to out- law double ticketing. They will probably feel that the legislation doesn't go far enough in providing consumer protection but will perhaps be satisfied that a start is being made to catch up in this field. It is a matter of regret that the propos- ed legislation continues to employ such vague terms as and These may be words to give joy to lawyers but the potential in them for prolonged court cases is not something that will make the average citizen rejoice. The couching of prohibitions in more precise terms is an exercise to which the members of Parliament should apply themselves as the bill goes through its various stages to enactment. Words...just words The diplomacy of the past two years with regard to detente has really not changed the world much at all and if nothing else the Middle East war has at least made the word detente as suspect as the concept of peace in Vietnam. Despite assurances of Mr. Nixon and Mr. Brezhnev at San Clemente last June not to become drawn into other people's the Soviet Union's airlift to Egypt and Syria took about tons of arms to the Arabs while the U.S. contribution to Israel was about a third of that amount. The only consolation perhaps is that Mr. Kissinger and Mr. Kosygin were taking care to limit the fighting to Israeli and Arab soldiers and no American or Russian blood spilled on Middle East soil. Now the after a good deal of nudging by the have finally played their oil card but only after bitter wrangling among themselves. King Feisal and his Arab neighbors in the Gulf do happen to have their share of internal worries and by throwing down the glove to the U.S. and the West may fear an ex- pansion of Russian influence that could have unpredictable effects on the stabili- ty of their own regimes. If the new relationship of the two superpowers appeared to be moving towards economic co-operation and arms control a slight switch in words to arms co-operation and economic control should describe the situation in the Mid- dle East meaningfully. ART BUCHWALD Same changed mood WASHINGTON The solution to the two missing presidential tapes is simple. The president should do them over again with the same cast. It would be no problem for the White House to rent a recording studio and hire a producer to make tapes as good as the original. This is how it would go. Mr. do you have your Now on this tape you're getting a call from John Mitchell. It's right after Watergate and Mr. Mitchell is giving you a fill-in. Mr. you hold the phone over there at that mike. Are we Roll 'em. This is the Nixon-Mitchell telephone conversation tape one. Go. Mr. President. John Mitchell here. John. How's Martha since you tied her up in Newport Cut. Mr. you sound too relaxed. Now you have to this is right after and it looks like the Committee for the Re-Election of the Presi- dent has been involved. Could you get some anxiety in your I never show any anxiety. pretend you were just awakened or something. We want to make this thing sound real. roll it tape two. Do you want to start from the top or where I tell the president I can't tell him anything about Watergate because it will only upset All start from there. I know something you don't know. What is Mitchell- I'm not going to tell you because you'll go through the roof. But as shouldn't I know everything you It isn't nice to keep secrets from John. Someday you'll thank me for not telling you about it. Why on earth did you bring it if you can't tell In the future I may have to testify that I didn't tell you about it and I want it on the record. what did you call for Just to tell you I couldn't tell you anything about the Watergate break-in or who was involved. I appreciate that. have a nice day. Beautiful. You guys were perfect. All let's do the second tape. Where's John He's sitting over there being guarded by two secret service men. He says he doesn't want to do it. Why doesn't he want to do He says he has a contract with Columbia and he can't make tapes for anyone else. Get him over here to this mike. I can't read my script with these handcuffs on. Take off the handcuffs. Now. the presidency of the entire United States is at stake. How you read these lines could affect the history of the country. Do you I guess so. But this script doesn't sound like me. Who's going to You're in show biz. The president didn't say these things to me. John. Don't worry about what the president said to you. Let him worry about his own lines. let's roll. Everyone in the quiet. Tape one Nixon-Dean in oval office alone. I'm glad to see John. Do you have anything of importance to tell We need a million dollars to cover up the Watergate scandal. But that would be dishonest. Cut. Mr. would you show more surprise in your voice when Dean brings up the million Letters Trapped by their system By Bruce Herald special commentator WASHINGTON The American a foreign scholar once can make any constitution even their own. That brave assump- tion is now meeting its second test. In the only a civil war could save the union. To- day the though legal and in some more difficult and cer- tainly more complicated than war. But most including Canadians who watch the test close at do not fully grasp either its constitutional mechanics more its in- calculable human contents. What the foreigner least because it cannot be expressed in law or ar- ticulated by the ordinary is the pervasive grandeur and almost mystical power of the presidency. This office is something that stands far above the daily work of government and the grim business of party politics. It is the hub and central gear of the governing both constitutional and but its ultimate power lives elsewhere. It is much more for in- than the prime ministership of Canada or of not merely in a constitutional but in a imponderable sense which no constitution can specify. Out of long and strange ex- perience since the constitution was framed in the presidency has come to per- embody and or the whole living fabric of the nation. Among the English- speaking peoples only the within Britain itself and nowhere holds a comparable unwritten power beyond the written words of any constitution. That is why current damage to the presidency hurts the American people in a fashion that most Canadians have not yet understood. It hurts the Americans where they are most vulnerable and naked in the spirit. And that is why the un- derlying tragedy of Richard Nixon cannot be measured by the overt political events now moving to a climax of some sort in Washington. To be the real hurt does not appear in the the congressional the tortured televi- sion preformances of the or even in the private talk of the politicians. That poignant ache is there all the and it cannot be easily as Canada would have relieved months by a vote of Parliament and the overnight creation of an alternative government. The written and rigid it has trapped and enfeebled both the operating system and the vital energies of a great at the worst possible time a time of multiplying troubles at home and perhaps worse dangers abroad. That is too quick and superficial a as any foreigner must see at once in the nation's tense capital more in its comfor- table towns and homes where I was lately received with typical American kindliness. The popular foreign picture of a people splintered and impor- tant is superficial for two reasons. By one means or the constitution will be construed if stretched to revive or replace a president gravely if not fatally wounded and obviously enraged behind his plastic stage grin. Apart from such pragmatic political the energies of the people are still so fierce and irrepressible that the stranger in or any American is almost frightened by their vehemence and confidence. As I tried to say in an earlier all the nation's intelligence and self-control will be needed to or even the problems now emerging of which the energy crisis is only the most visible symptom. But leaving the economic and social prospects aside for the Public opinion alright Two distinct roles what of the con- stitutional apparatus at the Infinitely complex and con- fused in law and the basic process underway in Washington is plain enough. Through the outward mis- takes and the mysterious inward nature of one the presidency has been grievous- ly and as a may be past though that is not yet certain by any means. Yet the two other organs of the three-sided system are not only at work d ace suddenly angry and re- invigorated. In a country notorious for its crime and loose law- enforcement that old heritage of the lawless fron- tier the courts have never functioned better or more courageously than they func- tion now. Already they have destroyed a forced a regnant president to obey them after he had vainly and finally proved their independence from any political even that of the supreme office. The third separate the also is meeting its separate with much confusion and of but with a vigor which most foreigners could not expect above with a flexible non- partisanship which could not be deployed by the parliamen- tary system. A who is doubtless one of the half-dozen most powerful men in the told me that the Congress could and would through the next three dreadful much of the burden that a damaged presidency can no longer sup- port. On the other a or more dismissed this hope as impossible in practical politics and favored the replacement of Mr. despite the resulting unless he soon vindicates himself. So the aching argu- ment nears its terrible decision. in In my opinion recent publicity concerning Rose Yellow president of the Friendship Centre board and counsellor with the Alberta Native Counselling Service was both untimely and mis- leading. The impression was left of a personality clash between Rose Yellow Feet and her executive director Corey Foster. This is not the real issue. Ojbection has been taken to the article by Warren Caragata in The yet the Friendship Centre board asked this reporter to attend both the last board meeting and their meeting with the mayor. His report hit the nail on the head and no one should be angry when the truth is revealed. Slurs cast on the executive director are uncalled for. In her written resignation Rose Yellow Feet blamed the board's making it difficult for her to perform her duties. Past directors have either resigned for the same or were released. Corey with long years in Indian work is the Friendship Centre's first ad- ministrator who knows how to administer a centre. There is an impression that she was just out of training school. This is unfortunate Why the office of the Alberta Native Councelling Services shares the same building as the Friendship Centre is beyond me. The two services are entirely different. One deals with per- sonal the public. The counselling ser- vice seeks to rehabilitate per- sons with an alcoholic or drug problem by building faith and self-confidence 'while the Friendship Centre is supposed to help with the integration of the Indians and Whites by providing a meeting place where they can fraternize. as president of one and counsellor of the o'her created a misconception of the function of the Friendship Centre. She believes a harmless causing no should have the Friendship Centre's facilities at his disposal. But who wants to mingle with a harmless unkempt Such fraternization is only possible after he has been rehabilitated. On the other hand if Indians do not get ac- quainted with Lethbridge's Whites and Orientals how on earth can discrimination or prejudice ever The Lethbridge board believes this centre is for In- dians especially Blackfeet. When public meetings are held to discuss centre issues do Lethbridge citizens turn But the mustered by Rose Yellow Feet and the board's native are This situation makes it impossible to pass motions geared to remove difficulties. Everyone should ask does Lethbridge need a Friendship Centre. If so Lethbridge residents should attend the meetings and make some effort to build a compe- tent board MRS. J. DARYL STURROCK Lethbridge. Predators need control I will admit I have no love for coyotes. I can't forget the early morning I watched over a dozen of them emerge from the mists to gather on a knoll and howl but it didn't inspire any love on my part. I am sure they ate a lot of gophers and but nature never endowed the animal with such a formidable set of teeth just fdV that size game. Two of trfem got 90 turkeys one night. They also took chickens and while it is unusual for coyotes to come into a they made it one night the sheep knocked down the Sheep were scattered all over the there were dead lambs and I found another away off behind a brush patch. As is the case with a coyote- killed the hide was roll- ed neatly back. Dogs are but no one to date has shed any tears over them. Every once in a while we have a mouse plague and all the hawks and cats can't stop because it usually follows a winter with plenty of snow-cover over an extra good supply of food. It is well known that as these animals increase so do the predators. When the crash there are no food animals and the predators disapppear due to plain though Some claim they succumb to the same illness the mice had. That isn't balance of nature. There is no such thing. It is just a boom and bust cycle. It is all nature ever used. Nature is not conservation only man is. Some people keep cobras in the middle of a town and some won't even kill lice. Anyone who because it is natural for animals to or to tear animals to death with their that such is has a different sense of the subject than I have. I have always found poison to be the most effective gopher I continually poison and I certainly do not wait for fall to get rid of flies. I noted that one person claimed being had more rights than pheasants. I suggest the writer go back to where he -came providing he can trace history back to the original area. Another writer noted there were originally no foxes on the plains. I agree. The red fox- moved in recently. In checking I found the older reports say gray wolves ate foxes. I it's possible the coyote has the same for they did not return till we had poisoned off the coyote at least in this area I am not sure foxes are the sole reason for the near wipe- out of pheasants. But they are certainly the most persistent and deadly hunters of pheasants that I know of. Because people were for- bidden to hunt them thev have increased to destructive using cover that did not exist at one time. I certainly object to making or the a sport animal. The only objection I had to the coyote hunt reported in The was that it was ineffective. The hunters saw more than two animals in one lot. Better organization on a business including poisoning of would have cleaned out the something that ob- viously did not occur. J. A. SPENCER Magrath Tongue-in-cheek By Norman Los Angeles Times commentator to be the 17 pond In the explosive and tragic events connected with Oct. 20 may be regarded by future historians as one of the most significant and auspicious days in the life of the American nation. The American people covered themselves with glory in the 24-hour period that began that Saturday afternoon. That was the day Richard Nixon fired Archibald Cox. It was the day Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus left their govern- ment jobs rather than carry out orders to dismiss a man who accepted the position of special prosecutor for the Watergate affair only on con- dition that he be given access to all documents in his were essential for a full and untrammeled investigation. In Mr. Cox's the records of conversations kept by the White House in es- sential. The president dis- agreed. When Mr. Cox per- the president ordered his dismissal. within two the president changed his mind and offered to release the tapes. The reason was openly The president's spokesman said the White House had un- derestimated the extent of public feeling on the issue. It is doubtful if ever before in American history public opi- nion expicssed itself with u much unity and Im- pact as it did the moment the news broke about Richardson and Ruckelshaus. Estimates of the telegrams of protest sent to the White House and Congress ran all the way from to Some people tried un- successfully for hours to get through to Western Union. They were indignant and they wanted their views to be known. Those who couldn't get through to Western Union telephoned their newspapers or their friends. After what happened on that no one need ever again say that public opinion in the United States is non-existent or that people are reluctant to express or that no one in public office pays any attention to what people think. In many Oct. 20 was public opinion's finest hour in the United States. It was demonstrated that the system worked far more effective- ly than its detractors ever feared might or Its defenders dared hope might be possible. There was an interaction between press and public that was probably without parallel. The press not just electronic but print did the kind of reporting that would have justified all the hopes of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson when they spoke about the major functions of a fnc press in an open society. I read with interest the re- cent article animal-party man makes which was based on an interview with my wife and and would like to make one minor correction. The article attributes the phrase to Waterton and states that they would prefer to see the animals removed to make room for more people. In this statement was an expression of one individual's opinion and he had no connec- tion wlthv the Waterton business community. My tongue-in-cheek reaction to the statement was to propose the formation of the Damned Animal Party as the political force which would represent the animals of Canada in our legislative bodies. Most Waterton businessmen are compassionate toward the animal residents of the and all recognize the impor- tance of the tourist traffic generated by the presence of readily visible wildlife in Waterton Park. HOWARD SNYDER Cards ton. The LetHbrtdge Herald 504 7th St. S. LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. and Publishers Published by Hon. W.A. BUCHANAN Second Clist Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian PreM and the Canadian Dally Pubiliherf Aiaociation and the Audit Bureau ol Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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