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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHMIOOE HERALD November 1WS Ostpolitik in doubt Chancellor Willy Brandt's persistent attempts to establish diplomatic relationships with Czechoslovakia and other Communist satellites in Eastern Europe have again met a snag. Aftei postponement of an earlier the West German chancellor had been scheduled to go to Prague Nov. 28 to sign an agree- ment which would have voided the Munich Pact of 1938 and established diplomatic relationships between the twc countries. At the last Czechoslovakia reneged. The surprise move came about ap- parently as a result of pressure from East which dislikes provisions of the agreement regarding West Berlin. The surprise was augmented by the fact after the initial West Germany's foreign minister had made a trip to Moscow that had produced a seemingly satisfactory solution to the problem. Negotiations of a similar nature with Hungary and Bulgaria are also hung up on the question of the status of West Berlin. East Germany has always been sen- sitive about ties between West Berlin and Bonn. The former German now a divided lies in the heart of East where West Berlin remains as a protectorate of Prance and the United States with a certain affiliation with West Germany. Attempts to strengthen these with Bonn have always been firmly resisted by the East German government. It was successful in 1967 in halting Brandt's first attempt at Ostpolitik. The question will it succeed While it is interesting to speculate on the meaning of this show of East German strength within the Communist two things are evident. One is that the Communist countries now really want closer economic and political ties with West Germany and the second is within the Communist what Moscow really it gets. Presumably like the has been directing its major concern toward the Middle to the neglect of other matters. now that the Soviets have sent a message to the Arab summit conference in Algiers that it is time for peace in the Middle perhaps it will turn its attention to matters closer to home and send a similar message to East Germany. Freeze Arab loans A leading British merchant part- ly owned by the Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. of New shortly before the out- break of the Arab-Israeli war granted a multimillion dollar loan to Abu Dhabi. The funds were to be used for general purposes. Abu Dhabi was not directly involved in the fighting but is a staunch supporter of the Egyptian and Syrian war efforts. It is also one of the Arab states to have halted oil exports to the United States. Further- the need for the loan is said to have arisen from the Soviet Union's de-' mand for cash payments for arms in an effort to bolster its own currency reserves. David son of Britain's foreign secretary is believed to have been involved in the negotiations of the loan. Soon after the war broke out Sir Alec announced an embargo on British arms shipments to both sides in the Mid- dle East. According to government the embargo favored the Arab nations and was thought to irn- pair Britain's impartiality. At any other time a large million to million loan to Abu Dhabi would not have been questioned and although the British government is theoretically powerless in controlling the flow of it was suggested the loan should be postponed because it could be con- sidered a sign of British favoritism to the Arab cause. British planning can be said to have paid off since not much more than a 10 per cent cut is expected in Arab oil supplies to Britain if she promises not to pool anything of what she receives from the Arab states with fully embargoed countries specifically Holland. The Arabs are rejoicing to see the in- dustrial West in peril and it is true the rush of the Western countries to collect good behavior marks from the Arabs does make them vulnerable in this game of blackmail and shifting alliances. The quickest way to bring the Arabs to heel would be co-operation of the oil- consuming countries in freezing Arab loans and investments. It is here where Britain could prove that it does want to belong to the European community. THE CASSEROLE Starting with and most of the offenders or alleged offenders in the Watergate and associated irregularities were lawyers. This has caused serious concern to the American Bar Association and many other persons and institutions anxious about the integrity of the legal which has been charged in law with the responsibili- ty of self-discipline. Business a serious and conservative American fears entire system of justice in the United States may It goes bar has been made a privileged class in America in order to serve the public interest. What we have seen instead is a hypocritical double standard among some Their privilege leads to high and once they appear to serve their private interests. On being found they 'cop a plea' and avoid jail on the ground that their fall is punishment Patent medicines proposed for sale in B.C. are screened by the provincial liquor control board. This is not so odd as it might seem at first glance. A recent reject turned out to be 80 over proof. The board once analyzed a medicine called of Tiger and found it was potent enough to bowl over a moose. Commented the board's deputy amazing what some people will Coal development in both Canada and the U.S. is getting more and more attention. One big strip mine in eastern Montana is getting ready to ship coal at the rate of one 100-car every hour. ERIC NICOL Protection from shoppers The government is tightening up laws to protect the consumer. This is I for consumers that need it. For I find that I get all the protection I can from other shoppers. For in the hardware department of a local store this week I bought a tube of caulking to caulk the family tub. As I was walking away from the cashier with my purchase a grey haired man kind face stopped me and saw you buy that sealer. You should have bought this He opened a paper bag and extracted a tube of sealer. Sure it was a different brand from tbe one I had bought. doing the whole bathroom with this. It works like a I my lip you tell me before I bought the no-good were too quick for he patting my shoulder and walking away. Five minutes later five mind and I swear that I am not nuking this op in the sports department of the same I picked up a ski toque that a sign said was on sale at wanted to buy tbe toque for my whose head is a lot toss protected than I am. As I nude my a middle aged woman moved in beside me. do they think they're tbe said. I uid. price three ninety-nine. Why don't they say four and be done with I uid. does seem less than four how they trick the simple The plump woman nodded her for and I felt oMifed to nod mine. the counter at I walk away. I waited behind a pillar till the plump lady mounted tbe es- then nipped back and bought the to- que before anyone else could protect me. Isolated Not at all. As a con- sumer I attract protection tbe way the fish counter draws flies. Maybe it is something about my face. I have tried to study catch myself while to check on whether my jaw actually hangs or I have straw in my hair. But I look alright to me. So far no Boy Scout has tried to help me open the door to tbe store's parking but I'm braced for it. Not only other customers but the store clerks take me under their wing before I can lay an egg. The other day I attempted to buy a Boston cream pie in the bakery and the woman clerk looked around to see if anyone could then Boston cream pie will be on sale for a dollar I didn't have toe heart to tell her that I had foolishly made other plans for the next and would not be back to her baked goods. Rather than offend a Good I do you have that won't be on sale That was how come I went borne with a jel- ly roll. I hate jelly roll. No doobt I could into trouble as a con- on certain used car if I really put my mind to It and wore a black moustache. But In toe everyday round of purchases I am convinced that I am so well protected by my fellow man that legislation is redundant. If I want to make a bad buy I have to order by phone. Talking through a pencil clenched between my teeth. How the Grinch stole Christmas Macdonald not being Grinchy enough By. Maurice Western. Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA It is now clear that the federal in the course of radically revised its estimate of the potential petroleum shortage in eastern Canada this winter. The reason may be summed up in the legal ex- force which has suddenly developed a high political content in our Parliament. What is now in prospect is a possible deficit of bar- rels a day in contrast to the which it was feared earlier would result from the Arab cuts. This will occur if the supplying in their dealings with importing invoke force majeure clauses in contracts in order to reallocate exports among their va'rious national It seems curious that the which of necessity has been working closely with the learned of this possibility Mr. Macdonald last week or ten The Conservative as it developed is that the Government does not dispute the right of the com- panies to invoke force ma- jeure even as in the case of there is no apparent political pressure from the Government of that country. This is obviously a legal the Minister's advice on the point is that he has no choice but to accept the clause as so interpreted. As matters are potentially much more serious than the Government the re- sponse to them seems remarkably half-hearted. It is quite that the public will be less impressed by the measures which Mr. Macdonald spelled out on Monday than by a clarifica- tion which did not come until the following day. As it now turns out the price increase on gasoline wHich is due in eastern Canada December 1 will also apply to heating oil. Except for mandatory allocations at the wholesale to be directed by an Energy Supplies Allocation the Government is still relying entirely on voluntary measures. If they are as promising as Mr. Macdonald apparently it is dif- ficult to understand why they were not invoked long ago. generally ex- hortation from Ottawa is not very effective in altering well- established habits. We had quite a lot of it while the Government was fighting inflation but the impact on wage demands and price be- havior was negligible. Certainly the they may be so described- raise some odd questions. What has persuaded the Government that people will abide by a voluntary 50-mile an hour speed limit when they ignore a mandatory 60-mile speed Mr. Macdonald talks about a reduction from 70 to 50 mph on the highways. This may be an admirable goal it would probably save many lives and keep a good many automo- biles out of the body but on most highways in the Minister's own the maximum is 60 now and regularly interpreted as a minimum. how can the Govern- ment rely on calculations in- dicating that consumers can save 375 million gallons of heating oil by turning down their thermostats when it has no means of knowing what the customary readings are at Heating bills are not a new discovery. As a great many people worry about them it is quite possi- ble that the recommended temperatures are normal in a surprising number of now. Anyone must that the discipline recommended to the Govern- ment will be abnormal will happen to the tropical and welcome. What might have some public impact would be an an- nouncement that members of as their response to are willing to forego their new mini-bus service and walk their wind-swept way from the Centre Block to the Confederation Building. There appears to be a profound conviction in government that rationing is a terrible to be invoked if at all in most dire emergen- cies. It is mentioned as a dread possibility as a warning to us of what the future may hold if we are less than eager volunteers. Why has it become such a The standard objections to rationing are well enough known. It may result in black marketeering and it can be counterproductive if it causes people to buy unnecessarily rather than waste their ration claims happened with li- quor during the But a generally fair system is surely not to be condemned because we may not be able to count on 100 per cent enforcement. As for the possibility of gasoline is known to be a dangerous scarcely the sort of commodity that the average householder would wish to store around the house. It seems to me that eastern Canada would be better off if a system of rationing was being phased in now. The' Govern- ment then would look more credible and would be in a position to plan. Mr. Mac- remarkably in view of his fearsome reputation in federal-provincial worries too much about being a In the light of his own as revised by a study of the force ma- jeure he is simply not Grinchy enough. Greek students no better off with change By David London Observer commentator ATHENS Four years Mr. George Papadopoulos told a rally of Greek students that they were the best in the world. Many responded by drowning his speech with ironic cheers and football slogans. It was the revolt of this which matured under his that started the chain of events that has now culminated in Papadopoulos's downfall. In the clamp down on the protest demonstrations earlier this month tanks roamed the Athens well over a dozen people were shot dead by police and hundreds of other mercilessly clubbed. The Papadopoulos regime described the student protesters as Maoists and and Letters to the Editor certainly the appeals broad- cast from the Athens Polytechnic were strong even though they only reflected what the country's former conser- vatives and had long been that Mr. Papadopoulos must go and a government of all parties lead the country to elections. Eighteen months ago the students were mainly asking for fair student elections but what has happened since then and the support the students gained in wide sections of the community had more to do with the nature of the Greek state under Papadopoulos than with student radicalism. For the first five years after the 1967 the mass arrests and the infiltration of every student activity kept the universities quiet. Then a small the first since the occurred. This and the petitions the students were making to the courts over replacing their regime appointed representatives led to over 300 students being im- mediately called in by the police for with this frequently including beating. No further troubles oc- curred until the student elec- tions were eventually allowed. These proved a complete fraud in almost all students' and observers' with security police harassing anti regime comman- dos pointedly firing blanks on one university campus during a student and votes being denounced as falsely counted. Many students who had previously little interest in High principles needed The Herald's report of our last Area Lethbridge Council to the Home and School Associations' was incorrect in some aspects. The council acted in good faith when the parents were called upon to voice their feelings and render their decisions on the birth control centre in question. Also the council felt their position was to uphold the policy set by the public school which they did. This said policy is available to anyone desiring a copy. The Herald's report on the unanimous support of the trustees for family life educa- tion in Alberta schools is most questionable. How could an emotional debate be carried out and result in a unanimous vote from the either for or I attended' the trustees' convention and witnessed the voting results which were far from un- animous. The following is a compila- tion of parental attitudes- regarding the centre in ques- Should there be a sur- rendering of family standards regardless of current trends of Should there be the following of the line ot least Should there be a compromising of prin- Shouldn't there be thought for public welfare and personal Should there be one standard for men and Shouldn't there be more reference to moral more mention of at least reasonable responsibili- ty to be accepted by the in- dividual resulting from his or her choice of Isn't the intelligent behavior of the youth of our present society based largely on parental communication lack of There should be no part of this age of appeasement for the sacrificing of principles. Instead there should be a paramount striving to gain our highest One great national problem is not of the soil but 01 the national morality. There should be more emphasis placed on the grass roots of the matter in the areas of mental and spiritual advantage. We desire a stronger nation. The strength of the nation is in each individual. We must work together as teachers and to produce the well-equipped youth who are destined to take over the world. This can't be accomplished by endorsing such proposals as the birth control centre in question. Please your local home and -chool associa- tion is one parent body the government will give car to. The Honorable Lou Hyndman has personally endorsed this advantage to me. ORAL N. Member of the Home and School Lethbridge. politics were outraged by all this. The interference with the elections had offended their self respect in a way that the use of informers never had. The situation came to a head last February after a law was enacted allowing the ministry of defence to cancel the draft deferment of students involv- ed in anti national activities. And the minister of Mr. Papadopoulos. In many students occupied first the Athens Polytechnic and then the law school. Dozens were wounded when the police stormed the buildings. The university largely purged since the 1967 worsened matters by reneging on various promises they had given the students. The government unearthed few if any professing Com- munists among those arrested in the recent past. Most could best be described as Social Democrats of the West Euro- pean type. Those on the Left tend to reject organized com- munism just as those on the Centre and Right often criticize the former considering them largely responsible for the situation which led to the 1967 army coup. Some of the student demands were obviously including the withdrawal of the government all from the the changing of disciplinary sanc- tions and student participation in university management. But when even demands for a revision of the totally anti- quated syllabus received no satisfaction and the reprisals many students began to agree that they could no longer sit passively back. The students were of course little impressed by July's referendum and Mr. Papadopoulos's commitment to announce elections next year. Some argued that Mr. the civilian prime minister appointed to prepare these should be given a chance and all concessions possible wrung from him. But the few concessions he did make were too limited and too late. By the time they were the majority of the students had begun to believe that students' problems could only be solved in a free political atmosphere and this could only emerge after the downfall of Mr. Papadopoulos. They avoided attacking the army on their but called for a govern- ment of national unity. in the end the army did overthrow Mr. Papadopoulos. But the new military rulers show little sign so far of mak- ing any move to restore political freedom for the students or anyone else. The Utkbridge Herald 504 7lh Si. S. Alberta LETMBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and PuBlilners Second Mail No 0012 CLEO w Eanor dna Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. h'ENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;