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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta FOURTH SECTION The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1973 PAGES 35-44 Young politicos struggle against Watergate tide WASHINGTON (NEA) When Greg Reed, then 19, was running for the Vermont legislature last year it was only natural he invoke the name of Richard Nixon. He was Republican, his parents were Republicans and his state was Republican. Besides, Reed believed the President a good fellow, had limited the war, ended the draft, stopped campus riots. etc By Tom Tiede, Newspaper Enterprise Association Now in office. Reed's party loyalty has come back to taunt him. "Ever since Watergate.' he says, "people come up and ask what I think oi Nixon now. like it was all my fault or something I tell you, I get a lot of bull in this job." The Vermonter is not the only politican getting bar- nyard salutations over the Watergate controversy. Politicos everywhere are fry- ing in the heat of suspicion or public reaction. But Reed, just a tart, now only 20, and new to political perlexities, suffers especially. Kids his age chide him. adults ignore him and everybody wonders aloud how a nice young boy can keep honest in such a dirty business. Man, Reed sighs. "Everybody's on my back." His lament is similar to that of many of his young office- holding contemporaries in America. From California to Connecticut freshmen are be- ing initiated in politics the hard way, in the wake of angry Watergate emotions These elected officials, the campus activitis of the 1960s, the "Children's Corps" of idealists who have entered of- tice in unprecedented numbers since 1970, have had the misfortune of embarking on careers at perhaps the most critical time in American government. "As if being young weren't landicap enough" says one of U of L research There's more to mistletoe I than meets It's difficult to regard the cheery green :j: and white plant under which so much Yuletide kissing oc- g being an insidious enemy of Canada's forests. That is. until you talk with Dr Job Kuijt. a University ot Lethbridge "biological sciences professor. He may shatter all your romantic illusions about the quaint mis- tletoe A botanist specializing in plant parasitology, Dr. Kuijt recently returned from a year's sabbatical leave in j: Europe. He is not unkind toward the mistletoe, conceding it can quite often be very attractive, both in its natural :j habitat and as a festive decoration. But the danger of the mistletoe which worries him has nothing to do with reper- cussions resulting trom kissing the wrong party beneath i; it j Although very few people other than plant j ij parasitologists realize it, the mistltoe actually poses a j threat to evergreen forests, one of Canada's most valuable resources. As a parasite, the mistletoe feeds itself by growing on coniferous trees, mainly those in B.C. and Eastern Canada, and drawing all its support from the host like a houseguest who comes for a :i short visit, only to move in for keeps. The mistletoe may not actually kill the tree by feeding upon it. but will certamlv reduce it to a shrivelled rem- nant of its potential grandeur, susceptible to a variety of j other diseases. I FEW SPECIALISTS Dr Kuijt is one of about a dozen specialists in parasitic 5 plants throughout the world conducting basic research on the growth and dvelopment of these crippling organisms, which pose an economic threat wherever they proliferate. Although his specialty is the tropical mistletoes found in S Mexico and the rest of tropical America, Dr. Kuijt hopes that one day his findings together with the research 5 done by government forestry scientists will result in S some way ot controlling the pernicious parasite which :j: seems to "be impervious to the usual chemical sprays and x treatments. "On Canada's west coast, the mistletoe does a vast amount of damage, weakening such trees as the hemlock, pine and douglas iir." says Dr Kuijt. "It also attacks the V spruce in Eastern Canada." Before you rush out to check the pine tree in the back t yard, take note that the type of mistletoe which grows in Canada bears no resemblance to the white-berried plant which adorned the doorway of the last office Christmas party. The mistletoe Dr Kuijt is referring to looks like a sort of brownish seaweed attached to the trunks and branches ol west coast conifers. The festive mistletoe is imported by florists, mainly from Texas, whore it too is a parasite, growing on oak and x hickory trees. In turn, it closely resembles the European mistletoe which usually grows on fruit trees. The original European mistletoe was workshipped by the Druids as having sacred powers and is featured in Teutonic mythology. VERY CLEVER "The mistletoe infesting Canadian forests is a very clever plant." says Dr. Kuijt. "Its fruits are equipped with an explosive mechanism, which shoots the tiny bullet-like seeds far and wide. "It is difficult to convince people to worry now about effects the spread of the parasite will have on our forests :j in the next 150 years." adds the botanist. "And current forestry practices are helping, rather hindering the mis- f tletoe." Dr. Kuijt says lumber companies tend to log all the sturdy large trees, which are usually resistant to the mis- tletoe. The trees left are weak and probably hosts to mis- j: tletoe. which then spreads to the younger saplings replac- j: ing the hewn trees Soon, all the conifers in that location are infected, and not suited to logging, while no healthy trees remain. One need not be a botanist to realize visions of stunted, i dwarfed no use to the forest creatures of the forest all too real a prospect facing future generations. LESSER PROBLEMS For all the woe the mistletoe promises, the cooler countries of the Northern Hemisphere are fortunate indeed, when compared to the warmer and drier areas of Asia, South America and the Mediterranean. .nnrliiilcil on 10 :hcm from New Haven, "we got Watergate, too." Indeed, the combination of and politics has been jne of the saddest sidelights of vVatergate. So many of the jnncipals of the affair have oeen political youngsters that .he Senate Watergate icarings have several times nused about the unfortunate alliance. When, for example, 'ormer White House aide Gordon Strachan. 27. was ask- ?d what advice he'd give people coming into Dolitics, he said quickly. 'Stay away As it happens. Strachan's is apparently not being accepted by large numbers of young politicians. An NEA survey of two dozen U.S. of- ficeholders, age 20 to 28, reveals bitterness and anger over Watergate, but no thoughts of abandonment. Most polled have had a negative image of politics most of their lives "a basic says Ann Arbor, Mich., councilwoman Carol Jones. Most polled have not been shocked by Watergate "I've always felt Nixon capable of says New Mexico state senator Tom Rutherford Thus despite their age and inexperience, they say they're not so naive as to run when a stink bomb hits On the contrary, says Rutherford. "I think most young people will redouble their effots to clean up public office." Rutherford, a 26- year-old Democrat, feels that the problem is not the sys- tem, but is those who manage the system. "Like any other profession, politics has its bad guys. But we're not all crooked. I know at least I'm not." If Watergate proves anything, adds 22-year-old Boston councilman Larry DiCara. it's that "decent men make decent government John Kennedy proved this to me 10 years ago." Still, even the "decent" are having hard times after Watergate. Paul Soglm, ttie hairy, independent, 28-year- old new mayor of Madison. Wis.. says that he has been virtually hamstrung during his four months on duty "Watergate has made it very difficult to be mayor. I'm try- ing to run my office on a basis of mutual trust, but nobody trusts anybody any more. It's hard to" do any delicate negotiations." For example. Soglin says, his administration is trying to buy land for a park. The public, stung by Watergate. wants everything done in open session. "But if we make it all public." sighs Soglin. "the land price will skyrocket." Then too. Soglin adds. "We are having problems with our police department." (There is some criticism of the chief and some allegations of fraud want to get to the bottom of it. but how can we get anvbody to speak out if it has to be made public? God. there has to be some secrecy Yet secrecy in government on 10 Centre Village FREE BIRTHDAY CAKE From 10 a.m. to noon Sat., Oct. 6th Come... help us celebrate and have a piece of our Giant Birth- day Cake and a Coke FREE it lasts. Be sure to enter your name on a CHANCE TO WIN a trip for two TO LAS VEGAS Entry forms at Centre Village Mall Merchants Contest rules and details of prizes listed in Mall. Thursday-Friday-Saturday OCT. r 300 SILVER DOLLARS To Be Won! Are you lucky? During our Birthday Celebrations 300 names pick- ed at random from the Lethbridge Telephone Directory will be in display at the Stores at Centre Village. Check each store for your name, as each has dif- ferent winners. If your name is listed in any store you may keep all the silver dollars you can dig out of the sand box in 90 seconds. Only one mem- ber of each family eligible to participate. CHECK EACH DAY AS NEW NAMES POSTED DAILY! COME AND CHECK DIG FOR SILVER! The Mall that Has it All" 113th Street and 2nd Avenue 'A' North Lethbridge ;