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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 IHE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Friday, November 12, 1971 fallout No of nuliation material apparently n-u'.ied from lite ri'renl nuclear li'M mi island, so Ihc HI chaise ll'l'l vindi- cated. Tliev "I been conluli'iii Iliat this would he Ihc case. Yi'l ci'ilirs have nol Iv.vn silenced. They point out that and unexpected could still follow. Uo scientists i rally know whether Ihc radioactiui1 permanently sealed or IV.-'.iu'.s develop idlowinu' it lo seep cM'ii'.vially inlo (lie occiui and atmosphei-'.1 ililli lellial elli'L-f'.1 While nvi.v ahiml the physical fallmtl. almost exemnic will he' conscious of a different ?ori of falloul 1'ri'iu Hie evcnl. Thcic are and One consequi'iic-e is that relationships between Canada and (lie U.S. and between .Japan and the I'.S. have been worsened. The Am- erican imposUion of a per cent surchaiye on imporls, warn- ing, severely strained relations. Then lo the official prolesls of both governments ignored in liic1 mailer of the tes; just added lo Ihe coolness. Friendship is nol enhanced by arro- gant disriU'yo nf power. Wilhin L'ltilcri Males ilself Ihe people have been further divided. IT discouraged, so that there is the con- sequence PI" a reduction in morale. larije segment of the people, sick of war and airdous about Ihe condi- tion of the environment, has been left anlamuiislic towahl ils govern- incnl or 'anguished by !he cviilencc thai the adminislralH'i. is impervi- ous In appeal. No a Mi'iinl of nu- clear lire power iv.nipeiisalcs fur the weakness of a v. ill less ancl dis- united people. Perhaps the vorsl 01 Ihe fallout is the impetus Ihe blast may have pro- vided for more experimentation in Ihe field of nuclear weaponry. Long ago Ihe slagc was readied when Ihe prospect of a nuclear iiulocansl pro- vided Ihe only safeguard thai of deterrence against uar. All sub- sequent research lias merely created Uie possibility of inflicting retalia- tory slrikes lo insure Iliat all suffer and die together. Safely for man- kind now seems to lie in Ihe direc- tion of ceasing tests and reducing The Slrategic Arms Lim- itation Talks are proceeding under Ibis realixation hid unfortunately neither the U.S. nor the U.S.S R. wants lo give any indication of weak- ness or willingness lo compromise. One of Ihcni has to break Ihe slale- malc. The U.S. might have von a moral victory by leading [he world back to sanity by calling oil' its lest. The exultation which has been ex- pressed in some quarters over the seeming victory over protcstets is unwarranted. There can be no gam that could possibly- offset Ihe losses now known as Amchilka fallout. Cosyiiig up to Communists Any day now Ihe labelling of Rich- ard Nixon as a should begin. That il hasn't happened yet is probably due to the fact that he hasn't quite exhausted the capital he accumulated as an anfi Communist in the time of the late Senator Jo- seph McCarthy. Since visiting Communist countries and welcoming visitors in return has made Pierre Trudeau a Communist in the eyes of pome of his critics, Mr. Nixon ought also lo be eligible for the same designation. Before vis- iting some of hi? country's closest allies he has visited Romania and planned trips lo Peking and Moscow. It is absurd lo think of either Rich- ard Nixon or Pierre Trudeau as Com- munists. They are not leading Iheir respective nations into the Commu- nist fold; they are simply respond- ing to a changing world .situation seems to be opening up the possibility of genuine peaceful co-ex- istence. A refusal to venture in the direction they are going would be reprehensible because il would pos- sibly be the sealing of mankind's doom to do otherwise. In some ways .Mr. Trudeau has merely been reacting in pressures within Canada. The people in I his country want grain lo be sold: they want jobs to be created: they want to see less foreign domination of Ihc. economy. Does anyone seriously be- lieve these things can be accomplish- ed without reaching out beyond old patterns and relationships? The Conservatives who are hying to make political hay out of accus- ing Mr. Trudeau ol ''cosying up lo the Communists" arc gambling on people having short memories. IL vas John Diel'enbakefs conserva- tive government that paved the way for today's cordial relationships wilii Communist nations hv tlning busi- ness with Ihe Peoples Republic of China. And il was. that same govern- ment that sel the example of Irving to be somewhat independent ol Hie U.S. No irony could be greater given the much higher degree of passion- ale anli communism Dial has exist- ed in Ihe U.S. in comparison lo Can- ada in Ihe past than that "cosying up lo Communism" has raised Mr, Nixon's stock and lowered Mr, Tm- deau's for Ihe time being. ART BUCHWALD The i cay the icorld goes VV-'ASIIIXGTON The buil quote to come oul of Lhe Amchitka H-bomb test cm be attributed (o Maj. Gen. Edward B. Ciller has the title of "assistant general manager for military application1' al the Aiorr.ic Enerzy Commission. After the teit Gen. Giller told reporters, "1 don't foresee another test, but 1 uon'L we'll never come back. Il depends on how Ihc goc.s." Well. even.one knous how ilic world is going lo go. The Russian military chiefs are going lo say lo the Kremlin. "Sec here. Comrade Rulerh, Ihc Americans have just exploded a five-megatnn buml) li.m.f) feet below sur- face of earth, fs we explode six- mecatnn bomb fool below surface of cnrlh or I hey v.ill think they are ahead of us in nuclear warfare.'1 "Is safe exploding .six-moyatou bomb below Lhe the Kremlin asks. "Who knows? But national security, it is involved, and safn is not .should worry aboul. Is Sparlaa missile we must worry about.'' "Spartan Comrade in ARM system to down our mi.sHle. Americans .say explo- sion was Mica.-sh. Is pronf that, we; cannot gel through i.hfir defence. Is giving States such confidence they might u.s v.il.hnut uarnine. Soviets must, explode vSix-megalon II bomb lo shnw Washington nol ahead in missile race.'' "Comrade Lhe Kremlin nsk.s, ''Mippose Ihis explosion is causing nai'Lh- all over ('omr.'ide 'Ihe S-> court, has nisi font- lo ilirce that six-megaLon Il-homh caii'L rau.se earth- quakes." "All right, Comrade Go wiih explosion. National security more impor- tant Lhan lousy earthquakes." Six months laler, back at Ihe IIou.se: ''Mr. Prcsidenl, the Sonets just ex- ploded a fix-megaton H-bomb 7 Don fpcl below the surface nf the fM'ili.' "What dues nvjiui. General'? not sure. sir. Bui it cuuld thai Iheir Shashlik missik- can penetrate our Spartan missile, which as you know is our first lir.c of defense, whtnevc'r v.e get ii built." was afi.'iid you d sa; I would hate to the prer-idenl. in go doun in hislnry who iillnv.nd a Sluishlik missile Iti gel tliruuyli -mi Sjuran uiisMki riefcn.se system." "Precisely, sir. This Lest, bas given the Soviets added confidence and. unless we prove Lo Ihem that we have something to sLop the Shashlik, we might have lo blink in our nexl confronta- tion.'1 "Whal do >ou MigCf'st, "'Ihal we lay il on the Smii'ts once ard for all. We iniisi. sel off ;t l.VmegMon Il-bomh tf'.fXlO feel belou UK- Mirlace of (.hi1 earth." "Are there any pnviionrr.ental "None comparable to t.bp, risk of our mi- liorud security. We miplu luse part of Alaska in the explosion and thcrr cnuM be some cracks in l.hc Wesiern half of Canada, bul Dial's the way Ihe world goes." "I'm for Ihe tcsi. of course. General, bin, 1 have to Ihink of I be poliiiral rrpprcus- Mi HIS. Suppnsc lip ;n ill MIC and lake Ihn C.IM- hi tin; SupH-mn Court'.'" "But Mr. President, have you forgotten? It's your Supreme Court.'' Economic threat to Vorster's rule 'API! TOWN South M- rk-a's businessmen arc gelling increasingly worried iihiuil Ilio fuliiro. They never behoved Mi'. govern- iiicnL u hen it said it. would ralher Ihc country was poor iniil rich and racial- ly Now they sec IhaL ii meant ii said. Although the ciuinlry's eco- nomy is in a Male (if decline, Mr. Yorstcr stubbornly refuses lo remove Ihe color bars UiaL would make recovery possible. The most he is prepared to do is Lo turn a blind eye lo Lhe illegal employment, of Africans in certain limited categories o[ work. Dili this is not what South Africa needs. What it requires is ihe immediate lifting of the industrial color bar. which keeps non-whites (Africans, Coioieds and Asians) in un- skilled and semi-skilled and then lo follow this up mill a crash training program to turn them into productive cili- South Africa long ago reach- ed the point of indusl rial sophislicalitm where it found Hut cheap black labor was a myth. "We do not have cheap a b o says 0, K. chapman Len .Miller. use double Hie amount of lahor we should for each particular job. If all our labor resources were properly used, productivity would increase and this is tiie best curb to inflation." Inflation is the country's be- setting problem at the mo- ment. The obvious remedy would be to raise productivity by opening skilled occupations to the scores of thousands of Africans who are grinding out existences as messengers, cleaners, laborers, lea-boys, clc. Uut Mr. Vurslcr will not budge, lie believes Ilia indus- trial integration as he calls ii leads lo political iulcgra- tion and Ihe eclipse of Ihc white man. Instead of applying the obvious remedy, Iliere- forc. be bus tried lo lake mon- ey oul of circulation: by re- siriciinf! bank credil. raising purchase rales lo discourage spending, increasing taxes and Lhe resl. These anti-inflationary mea- sures have failed almost total- ly, partly because Ihc govern- ment itself went on pumping money into the economy by means uf public projects. All that bas been achieved, there- fore, has been to send Ihe cost of living soaring. No-one is sav- ing more or spending they are simply gelling less value for their money. Now. belatedly, government spending itself is to be cut. "We are now saying 'no1 nine limes lo every once we say 'yes' lo a slate capital expendi- ture project" said a treasury spokesman. Bankruptcies and summons- es for civil debts are increas- ing, shop and office premises arc standing empty, the bal- ance of payments deficit will soon be Ihe worst in the coun- try's history, the growth rate bas dropped lo four per cent this year and could fall to three per cent next year, the stock exchange is flat on ils face and by fixing the rand to the dollar the government, in effect, has brought about a perceptible devaluation of Ihe country's currency. This disruption of the eco- "Sure, I htm no inferesf in wort, I'm inielent, nonpro- ductive end neglect personal ftygiene-iuf I (fid it WtAout drills'." noiny is (hie not only to Ihe maii'ilciiance of [lie color bar, but a I s o lo the tremendous pressure Ihc government ia a p p I y i K lo industrialists, through restrictive lavs, [o de- centralize Iheir faclorics and locale Ihi'in on the borders of the Banlu-liins (African "home- a desperate move lo b r e a 1; up dip huge urban conglomerations of Africans- liven Afrikaner businessmen, who normally support Mr. Vor- sler's govcrnrnenl, are becom- ing restive. One of them, Dr. Jan llupkcs, of Federals Volk.-.bcleggings (part of the gi- ant Sanlam group) said recent- ly thai, al a conservative esti- mate. per cent of employ- ers in South Africa would like, lo see a new' government. For an Afrikaner businessman even lo make such an observa- tion would have been regarded as heresy only a year or two ago. Not mily businessmen but politicians, Ion. fear thai Ihe speclie of unemployment may soon haunt Soulh Africa. Mr. Vnrsicr himsclt has said that "Ihe grealosl Ihreal confront- ing South Africa is not so much Ihc Ihreal from outside her borders, senoiis though that mav he. bin mass unemploy- ment and disturbed race rela- tions.'1 And yet Ihc whole sl.riKl.iirc of the government's race laws is geared to transferring Uie burden of unemployment from the whites to the blacks when it comes. It is an ominous sit- uation, which caused a prom- inent industrialist, Dr. Anton Rupert, lo remark recently, "if they (Ihe blacks) don't eat, we don't sleep." Against this background, Britain's entry inlo the Euro- pean Common Market will nv-m difficulties for Smith Af- rica, especially for its fruit pnrfers. And if. on top of this, there is a world-wide rece-r- sion, Mr. Vorstcr's government mil be in veiy serious trouble indeed. (Written for The Herald end Tte Observer, London) Peter Desbarats Manitoba doctors and government dispute services Vt.'IN'NlPliG Circum- stances have combined lo Ibis province today in ll'c f'-ont hue nf a national struggle boiuoen n-nmrnt health ad- ministrainrs and doctors. The struggle can now be seen as the second phase of the in- Iroduction of Medicare in Can- ada, a process that starled in mosl provinces in Ihe lale six- ties. It involves changes in the structure of health care and Ihc doctors' role which are far more basic than iJic financial changes which occurred when government began paying med- ical b'lk The confronlallon has come, in Maniloba he- cause of Ihe election of a New Democratic Farly government in IM> and, paradoxically, be- cause of a highly devel oped system of group medical prac- tice in Manitoba thai antedates the introduction of state medi- cine. Conunillcd to improving ser- vices by Us eleclion promises and political philosophy. Ihe government is probably exerting more pressure on doc- lors loda> than any oilier pro- vincial administration with the exception of Quebec. The doc- tors so far have resisted this pressure with a delermination lhat has raised the possibility of a donors' strike in many minds. The dispute almost boiled recently when the govern- ment rc-lu.-cd lo authorize the construction ol new hospi- tal beds at Winnipeg's Concur- dia Hospital because of long- range plans to turn Ihe hospi- tal inlo a community health centre. Dr Morris Ercnhcrg of C'oncordia accused Premier Ed S c h r c c r 's government of "blind. pri'iudKMl animosity'1 Inward doctors. A compromise was reached when Ihc govern- ment agrn-vrd M Ihc centre. This form of pay- ment automatically means sal- aries tor doelors rather than the traditional fee for service. Regardless of Ihe merits of the proposal, it is clear lhat the government bungled the opening moves. Even Premier Schrevcr admilled that "com- munications slipped a lillle." According lo Pr. L. -I. Stephen of Dauphin, president of Ihc Manitoba Medical Association, the doctors firsi learned of the new plan when Heallh Minis- ter Toupin came to their an- nual meeting in Ma> 1070 and "told us that there were going to be some 20-odd community heallh centres in Winnipeg and rural areas." Dr. Stephen claims that no further details were provided by the govern- ment, despite repealed re- quests, until July of this year when Iho government outlined a scheme under which "in Ihc Final analysis, Ihc doelor would become an employee of a board of directors running a community heallh centre." The doctors found lilUe re- assurance in Ihe fad thai Lhe technocrat who outlined Ihc scheme was Dr. Ted II. Till chinsky. appointed associated deputy health minister here last April, who nol only has worked in comnnmil; heallh centres in Saskatchewan and Ontario but who has Ihe added distinction of being married lo the daughter of former NDP leader T. C Douglas. Manitoba doctors say I hey appreciate Ihe cost prob- lem faced by government and thai they arc not opposed in principle to community heallh centres. Bui they claim that Maniloba is served well today by group practices which in- clude half the province's doc- tors and lhat community health centres in Saskatchewan and Ontario have, failed lo provide solid evidence, that Ihcy reduce overall "If they could present us willi the figures, if Ihcy did prove it." said Dr. Stephen, "It's only logical thai Ihe associalion would lake a very serious look al it. Rut we've assessed all the centres in Canada and we find lhat it jusl hasn't worked out." Dr. Stephen claimed thai Ihc number of active centres in Saskatchewan has dropped from 21! to four and that Uie three centres ui Ontario show no signs of proliferating. There is no doubt Ihal doe- lors are wary of the kind of consumer control envisaged hy the government. Dr Stephen admitted lhat "our fear is the type of people lhat perhaps would end up on these Boards in this day and age." Bill their main fear stems from the sus- picion Ihal Ihe plan is a deuce lo bring doctors utlimalely un- der Ihe close control of Lhe pro- vincial government. TcchilUT; in Ihe health de- partment claim that the doc- Inrs' campaign against. Ihe cen- lics has liven e.impo'-ed of Hi'1 ijnd a bell of -A Id of But il tins in a drastic rcvi sion ol Ihn schedule originally announced by Health Minister Toupin. The department is now talking about ''five, six, seven or eight'1 pilot-proiecl community health centres "over a period of four or five years'1. Premier insists a'i'ililinn of fee fur services as llv inoihod of paving doelor' "is nnl a necessary part nf whal v.c air- moving lou-ai-d. "We would hke, lo do some pvperimenlalion.'1 he pair', "hul rei-lainly we clon'l want ti bring it in nn a universal bari.H.'1 The pace of this expcrimen- lalion in Ihe near future will determine Ihe degree of con- flict between the Manitoba gov- ernment and ils doelors. Dr. Stephen already claims thai the government is "intimidat- ing Ihe medical profession" by quietly I ry ing lo pressure existing hospital hoards inlo transforming themselves, over Uie beads of Iheir doelors, inlo the hoards of new communily heallh centres. If a test case is produced in this fashion in Ihc near future. Hie doelors at the moment gml exery indirnli'in of reiu.-ing In under n hoard created uilhimi, Uici. eonscnl. Looking backward Scientists know best So the Amchilka Iret wont off without incident; no tidal wave, no earthquake. T h e s e protesters and crepe-hangers must he really disappointed. I was so glad that Mr. Nixon and his advisors were not deterred from Ihcir plans by all tire niiipLy headed demonstrations against il. These tests arc be- ing made for our oun prnlcc- t.ion in case of war ff the U.S. falls, the conqueror would only have lo glance at us, and Can- ada would evaporate into Hun air. Why should the public pre- sume to dictate on rr.al.Urs they know absolutely nothing about? When our scientists can send men for walks on Uie moon and, return them to a given point, al a specified lime, p-l-c a-.s-c, lei's frn.M. ther.i lo dclonalc an imdiTfirninid n1's' .silc without disastrous reper- cussions. Wlion I wad ol al] UK col- cpe and .sclnol domiiiiMralions. and realize lint these students are going lo lie our fuliire lead- ers, my blond runs cold. What kind of teachers have uc Ihal can't put jusl a liltle grain of common sen.se into their heads? And Mr. Sharp, mir Inini- iin.ulh at Ottawa, should hut- ton up his lips. We ospcTl our Mumlrcr.i uf Parliament to he about hall smart. Twixl he and Tnideau our last friendly rela- tions with the U.S. will lie se- vered. Can't they see that v-illi all this blather they are only making things worse for Cana- dians? How true it is Ihal, "The. empty wagon makes. Ihc 'Tlie empty kelllc boils first.'' President Nixon and advi- sors have surely learned a les- son ard u ill make nn prii.r an- nouncenieiil.s nn future tests. A KEEN Carditou Through The Herald McTcer. hnckey and baseball slar from Calgary, has accepted a job in Blairmore. The whole Crow league will see bolter hockey as a result of this new arrival. IM1 Lcthbridge radio sta- tion CJOC will be one of a cham next Friday evening when E. A. Corbett M.A., of Ihc of Alberla will pre- sent Ihc fourth in a scries of broadea.sls. sloppape ol work in- volving men fontinues al liic HilliTcst Mohawk coal mine today. The National com on- tion of the Young Liberal Fed- eration of Canada, Salurday re- solved Canada should have a "distinctive flag" and then ac- cepted a proposed design. application for ve- 7oning on Mayor Magralh Drive In allnw a mil- lion dollar nioli'l dcvclupmenl v. ill be in: ilo I1' cily count il The Letlibtidfiie Herald 5W 7th St. S., LcLnbridgc, Alhcrla LETHBRIDGIi) HERALD CO. LTD., Proprielors and Piihli.shcra Published 1905 I95J, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clasi Mall Rcnlslrfltinn No 0013 of Tlir C.innrtlnn Press nnn me r.-.ily Nrv.iprTfr Publishers' Aisoclslicn and the Audit nuriv.u nl Circulalinnj CL C'O W. MOWr.Rj, ntlilor rrd PuhlrhT TllOVAS H ADAMS, Gcncrol -ir JOt [JAl.LA I I HAY Ediinr A I 'ML' ROY F.' MILEL, I', Advirllslnu Manflfltr Ldiiorirti HERAID SERVES IHli SOUTH" ;