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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD EDITORIALS Property-owner's responsibility Oil squeeze hitting U.S. war machine One thing the city's annual snow removal budget doesn't include is .he clearing of sidewalks fronting Businesses and private property. Bylaw 159 clearly slates that is the responsibili- ty of the tenant and property and no other. If he fails to comply tie can receive six hours' notice from city nail and should he still city crews will do the job for him charging costs to his tax bill. Only the weather man knows if the remaining in the snow clearing budget will be adequate to take care of this winter's snow Winter the city got otf fairly lightly but old man winter the previous year overshot the budget by more than The 1972 snowlall alone cost the city in excess ol Keeping roads passable in winter is a costly business. Sanding with pea gravel costs the city even though 40 per cent of it is salvagable and used three times over of gravel costs another A one third saving was realized two years ago when snow was windrowed into piles in the middle of streets where it remained until melted by warm chinooks. It was cheaper but the resulting visibility hazard to motorists and the accompanying danger to pedestrians influenced council to discon- tinue this method in favor of carting the. snow away to nearby well-drained couless. It is but they claim. Barrie city works is keeping his fingers hoping the remaining budgeted funds will be ade- quate lor the job. But one thing he is cer- tain it will not allow for clearing sidewalks. That is up to the residents of Lelhbridge. Co-operation in this area will result in safer walkways and will eliminate the nuisance factor of rising and falling with the depth of the snow. When one walk is cleared down to the concrete and the next is snow-packed and dangerous it makes walkers unsure of their footing and sometimes results in costly spills. It is to be hoped city crews won't have to take the initiative this winter with property owners paying the costs when' their next tax bills roll around. Is there or isn't Some 900 sightings ot flying objects are on tile at the National Research Coun- cil's upper atmospheric research office in Ottawa but the recorded which date back to 1965 when the federal government tirsl began keeping such are no more than a minor curiosity to the scientists. Allen G. of upper at- mospheric studies says when a sighting is reported government scientists try to determine from its description if the ob- ject is a meteor. It it sounds like it is the scientists are interested but if it remains unexplained it is merely kept on file and there is no further checking on non- meteoritic sightings. McNamara's theory is that UFO sightings seem to occur at times of stress or contusion. Perhaps this is why there have been a number of recent sightings during a time of great confu- sion in the United because of the Watergate atlair and concern over the war in the Middle East. But the fact some people such as army reserve helicopter Capt. Lawrence who doesn't believe in unidentified flying objects or little green spacemen claims he saw a light come out of the horizon and hover over his aircraft makes one wonder. ERIC NICOL Dream girl A couple of nights after the B.C. govern- ment introduced the bill outlawing dis- crimination on the basis of marital place of origin or criminal I'had this terrible nightmare. In the nightmare I was personnel manager for an airline. It was my job to hire people regardless of marital place of origin or criminal unless I wanted to get busted. The bad dream starts with a knock on my office door. I put the bottle away in the check my breast pocket to make sure that the cyanide pill is and The door in this and in glops a blob of a evil- smelling mass of green gunk that quivers like jaundiced junket. asks the I apply for the job of airline certainly I smiling terminally. I want to the way a person does when he's having a bad dream but nothing comes out applying for the says the Blob. It has sort of a parrot and one very cold eye. I fumble forth an application form. I have your name just for the says the Blob. that Mr. Blob or Ms. difference does it growls the Blob. there sex discrimination in employing an airline None You are our kind of fine for individuals and 15000 fine for companies violating provisions of the rights age doesn't matter either. am three thousand years says the Blob. that it is any of your The prime of I flick a bead of sweat off my nose. place of says the Blob. to be exact. But don't get any funny ideas about my not qualifying for human rights. I got landed immigrant status before the you're a Canadian Blob. green losing my understand. I can't help noticing that you are wearing a swastika on your my head. The upper part is my I beg your knew how to take care of idiots like you. Off to the Sig you are a has that to do with hiring me as an airline Next you'll be looking at me to see if I have good I a stewardess needs is A number of tentacles writhe about the Blob. can serve eight passengers at I you fill all the requirements. On behalf of the I welcome you The door in my and in walks the most gorgeous girl I have ever set eyes on. Leaning her willowy figure against my her full lips parted she like to apply for the job opening for a stewardess. That's when I woke crying. the nightmares you can have if you read the paper just before- going to bed. By Dennii London Observer commentator SINGAPORE As the lights go out across the Far the fragile Asian sub- structure on which American strategy for preserving the precarious balance of power in this region is founded begins to buckle under the Arab squeeze. The case for collusion between Middle Eastern and Marxist states seems uncomfortably clear. Faced with the threat of a dwindling flow of leaders of three out of four countries on whose bases or supplies local American military logistics have hitherto heavily have now hastened to show the Arabs that their hearts are in the right place after all. The Japanese cabinet has issued a proclamation urging that in accordance with U.S. Resolution No. 242 the Israelis should withdraw to their 1967 frontiers. Premier Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore has echoed the demand in a letter to President Boumedienne of promising that there will be no departure from this island's policy of friendship towards the Arab President Marcos of the Philippines has publicly condemned the Israelis for their continued occupation of Arab territory as tamount to an act of and may Manila's relations with them. Thailand is considering sending a mission to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in the hope of buying crude oil directly in exchange for rice and cement. Throughout the area fuel prices are stocks are governments are imposing power cuts and planning gasoline rationing. Japan heads the critical list. The Japanese import 80 per cent of the oil they need from the Middle East half of it from Arab half from Iran. With supplies for less than two months in hand or at sea. their government is call- ing on the country to accept a general cut in consumption that will hit at least IS key in- right the TV does give enough light to read by Kennedy style and substance missed By Joseph syndicated commentator WASHINGTON Everybody talks about the Kennedy the promise of the young president cut off in his prime by the assassina- tion 10 years ago. But what was the I think it was the promise of a cool approach to the central economic and foreign policy problems of our time. It was the promise of being spared the false expectations and inevitable counterreac- which in fact developed after the assassination. To understand all it is first necessary to say a word about the Kennedy style. with its evocation of something mis- represented what it was all about. The term was foisted upon a public that wanted to believe after the president's death. But the true Kennedy style consisted in down-to-earth things. It was refusing to wear a stetson or a headdress at political gatherings with cow- boys and Indians. It was narrow lapels and informal ways- of doing business. It was laughing at Richard when he waxed sanc- timoniou's about Harry Truman's profanity. It was preferring approaches that could be called to taking stands on of It was what caused even sympathetic critics to charge that the Kennedys lacked heart. It was. not glamor. It was coolth. The cool style expressed a genuine a sense that politics was not which came naturally to a president vulnerable to the charge of who had been elected by a minori- ty in the face of ingrained religious prejudice. The cau- tion characterized and to a degree camouflaged the Kennedy approach to the ma- jor problems of his brief time in the highest office. In foreign Kennedy was never a peacenik prone to believe the Communists were the good guys. He thought the hardliners had a point in emphasizing effective defence particularly against subversion. Probably he paid.. excessive deference to the military professionals in em- barking on the Bay of Pigs and in going deeper into Vietnam. But the central line of his policy was clearly the other way. The important point was keeping open a line of escape loi Nikita Khrushchev in the Cuba missiles confrontation. It was the signing of the test ban the refusal to take impulsive coun- termeasures against the Berlin the building up of Willy the apostle of over Konrad the cold war chancellor. In Kennedy was moving from confronta- tion to and taking the hardliners with him. Similarly in social policy. Kennedy was highly sensitive to the national division on civil rights. He wanted to preserve the support of white both in the Congress and the country at Letters to the Editor Wisdom of regulated society ChritMri Science Monitor How much for The remarkable thing about that celebrated Claresholm coyote hunt is the fact that it has created more of a stir in the newspapers than the last two murders committed in Lethbridge. Nearly a dozen letters have berated the hunters of two coyotes but nobody has much of anything to say about a society that allows its murderers to flaunt the law and go free. We have become so modern and so enlightened and educated that we can't punish our but he who would shoot a or run without a taillight is held up to the stern judgment of all mankind. Half a dozen salaried of- ficials could have co- ordinated and conducted the same venture and there would have been little objection. Fif- ty or 100 of them could have descended upon the area with and great roaring bombardiers and decimated a whole herd of spattered the landscape with -blood and stampeded the ranchers' cattle as they did in the Cypress Hills a few winters ago. To the general populace it would have been a fine victory for the wisdom of the regulated society and the concept of big government and big spending. But a Sun- day afternoon coyote without permits or regulations and no officials to shout orders never If people had an ounce of sense they wouldn't run game with and if of- ficialdom had any sense it would be less of a menace to our wildlife too. The brainwaves out of those ce- ment canyons in when closely have done very tittle for the and pheasant populations. They conducted a scientific and highly technical antelope study down southeast of Manyberries and one cold night the antelope froze to death. It was therefore es- tablished that antelope will perish in a bitter wind with the temperature at 45 degrees below when locked in a slatted little enclosure so they can't drift with the storm. The heroes of that fiasco were well-paid government employees with a good stove in the trailer. Anybody who has tramped the trail of a coyote in the snow is a better man for it. He knows before he has followed their tracks 50 miles that he will never hurt the coyote pop- ulation too much. And he also knows that coyotes are smarter than some of the peo- ple who write letters about them. L. K. WALKER Milk River large. His feelings found ex- pressions in some of his. judgeship in his constant preference for race and in the distances he took from civil rights leaders. But no one could doubt his central line of policy. When mediation efforts he repeatedly used force to back up the law. The civil rights bill of 1963 was a particularly far- reaching measure. it came with its ma- jority built in. The Kennedy justice department devised the tactic for berating a filibuster by winning over the Republican leader in the Senate. Everett Dirksen. there was economic policy. Kennedy feared what the interests opposed to government intervention could do to him. He was slow to move against recession and inflation. But when he he moved in the right direction. He committed the country to an income policy with wage and price guidelines. The 1963 tax representing the first use of fiscal policy to counter set in motion the record prosperity of the mid- '60s. When it went it had the support of the conser- vative interest groups as well as the trade unions. All this went awry after the assassination. Maybe it had to. Maybe there was no. holding the forces that made for runaway infla- tion and the self-assertion of minorities. Maybe the reac- tion which set in in 1968 was written in the national psyche. But for my own I doubt. it. I think the Kennedy style and the Kennedy substance were particularly well suited to curb the excesses of the past decade. I think many of our recent troubles could have been and perhaps if the course of our political evolution had moved ahead normally. The tragedy of the in other finds its fullest expres- sion in the pain that has come afterwards. duslries ranging from cement to steel and from synthetics to tourism. Premier Kakuei Tanaka has asked Dr. Henry Kissinger to ensure that American oil com- panies allow Japan adequate supplies of gasoline. He has also described the Seventh Fleet as to the security of But as the taps are turned the crisis lends new conviction to the arguments of opponents of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty who believe that their guilty liaison with a pro-Israeli America could involve the kiss of death for their crowded country. The oil companies in Japan have now warned the Americans that next year they will be unable to supply 000 tons of jet fuel required by .the United States air and the oil companies in Singapore last week followed suit by simply stopping all deliveries to the United States Seventh Fleet. These decisions have primarily been dictated by the shortage of crude but there is no reason to think that the gloomier Japanese are alone in worrying about their com- promising connec- and meanwhile the strategic implications ac- cumulate. Nor is that all. Earlier in November it was revealed that President Marcos propos- ed to reduce severely petroleum supplies to the American sea and air bases in the and in mid- month a senior government official hinted that a newly- formed National Philippines Oil Company might take over the installations of American companies in the since Manila had been offered oil from the Middle East on condition that it did not fall into American hands. Meanwhile the Americans must now fuel their own ships and aircraft to an increasing whatever the expense and inconvenience. If they depended entirely on their friendly neighborhood suppliers in Asia the jets of their Far East air forces based on the Taiwan and Thailand there are still 500 planes on six air- might well be left low and dry. Yet one authoritative American diplomat stressed only two months ago that the Americans must man these bases maintain equilibrium among the great so that there will be a under which the small states of Southeast Asia can develop looking over their shoulders at the menace of an At this point the community of interests between the holding the world tc ransom over and the who see the deprived American giant weakened by withdrawal becomes self- evident. While there may be rejoic- ing in feelings in Peking will be mix- ed. The Chinese have for long shown signs of wanting ar if limited American presence in the and a lack of enthusiasm for development that might make it easier for North Vietnam U dominate the Indochinesc states to their immediate south. They also appear to be window-shopping for American expertise anc equipment that them to accelerate ttu development of their oil in especially in the dis puted East China Sea. In the meanwhile they cannot their oil as a major weapon ii the Communist cause bestowing it on friends insteai of withholding it fron enemies. They have no enough. The Chinese are not goiflg ti abandon their noisy cham pionship of the Arab cause but the world may still to spared an even roughe passage through the mid seventies simply by the reluc tance of Peking to aggravati further America's discom fiture in Asia' just yet. Added bouquets I. would like to applaud the conduct of Winston Churchill High School students at the matinee show- ing of and but I must mention the fact there was also a large con- tingent of Lethbridge Collegiate Institute students in attendance at this matinee and'l think both schools should be congratulated on their con- dur.t while viewing Shakespeare's as well as rural school attending such matinees are generally of ex- cellent behavior and more than once I have con- gratulated the teacher in charge on the conduct of their students. Our future is in good hands and given a chance these young people will do a good job. R. E. Manager Paramount Lethbridge. Herald 504 7th St. S LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD.. and Pubhtlwt Second Mail No. 0012 CLEOw Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Editor DONALD R. DORAM Qanwal Managw ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Managar E. BARNETT Buttnatt Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;