Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Frldiy, Octobtr 12, 1973 The resignation of Lethbridge's city manager was a surprise but not a shock. Mr. Nutting has been a strong city manager and thus a controversial one. It would be unfair to try to define the main differences between him and city coun- cil, to try to place the blame for any ten- sions that may have developed. He has been good for Lethbridge, but the time may have come for a change. The city manager system of govern- ment may be outdated. In theory, it works this way: city council writes the bylaws and sets policy, and hires a manager to run the city. Council keeps its hands off the day-to-day ad- ministration If it doesn't like the way the manager operates, it can complain to him and eventually fire him, but it should Time for a change not try to do his work. That theory is difficult to adhere to in practice. The people elect the aldermen and the only way their voices can be heard regarding the civic administration is through the aldermen. So it is un- realistic to expect the aldermen to stay clear of administrative concerns. This may be the time to consider changing to the commissioner form of government, which differs mainly in degree. City council, often through the mayor, works more closely with the ad- ministration, which is a commission usually of more than one person. It may not mean better administration but it should mean more popular ad- minstration, civic management more responsive to public demands and con- cerns and pressures and whims. Support halfway houses A government appointed study com- mittee has recommended that high priority be given to development of community-based halfway houses as an alternative to imprisonment. This recommendation is deserving of serious consideration and should not be allowed to simply gather dust in some parliamen- tary morgue. The public, however, does not seem to be ready for the wholesale abandonment of the incarceration of offenders against the law There have even been in- dications that many people would like to see a greater emphasis placed on punishment, including the restoration of such barbaric practices as lashing. Many people fear that society would lack protection without a prison system. Unfortunately, as the special study group points out. society is not being protected by its present corrections system Ninety per cent of those who are imprisoned are released within two years without much improvement h been made in their attitude The high Oil for troubled economies rate of recidivism is indicative of this and it prompted the committee to state that the risk to society is likely to be greater after incarceration than before. Perhaps a greater use of halfway houses for those who have served sentences would help convince people of the soundness of the proposal to use them eventually as an alternative to im- prisonment. The relatively few halfway houses now in existence and the limited number of people who can be served through them does not yet provide enough evidence of effectiveness to be convincing to the public. In fact until there is more effort in this direction so that there is greater visibility to halfway houses most people won't even know what that alternative is. It would make sense immediately for the government to give support to the agencies already in the field. The rehabilitative emphasis which has latter- ly been given to the corrections system is bound to be ineffective without after- care It s hard to keep up with developments in world ol oil This is true not just on the Canadian scene, where every day's episode answers one question and raises more but throughout the world Algei id ha.-- raised the price of oil from "v! liU ID sr> uei1 barrel Libya is buying out the oil companies working within its bordei s on its own terms, under threat of luitionahxation An American-based oil tompanv has just opened oltices in Moscow And Aberdeen. Scotland, ol all places. iias become the oil capital of Europe This development stems Irom the curient boom in oil production in the Sea Scotland is getting its biggest ml lux ol capital in this century. So tar, ti new jobs have been attributed to !he oil drilling It is expected that 25.000 A ill have been created by 1985. This may uell be too pessimistic a prediction. since official estimates to date in con- ni'clion with the oil boom have proven to be too conservative In addition to Aberdeen, which has seen the arrival ol 150 new companies iince I he boom began, growth is noticeable in three other areas. Cromar- Fiith. File, and the Orkney- Shetland area. Shetland is the neatest land to the drilling operations and the Shetland islanders, who were already doing well with fishing and knit- ting, are worried about the impact on Ihcir environment and their distinctive ot lite In there are fears that the oil boom will be short-lived and the city will sullei the problems now faced at Civ de-side. However, it is assumed that the North Sea area will be productive for about 50 years. During this time, Aber- deen hopes to become the world's base lor underwater technology, since the techniques needed for drilling in the North Sea are the most advanced in the world. This, says the London Economist, is the greatest opportunity North Sea oil is bringing to Scotland. Meanwhile, the Irish, who anticipate an oil boom on their own continental shell, are tightening restrictions on loreign capital. They say they want to avoid the mistakes made by the British in not making oil profits taxable at the source and by not charging high enough royalties In late September the Irish govern- ment ended its generous tax concessions to loreign companies. Previously, such lirms had been exempt from income and prolit taxes tor 20 years from the start of production and the Irish experience was that such profits left the country with little or no lasting economic benefits to the Irish. Foreign companies will still get allowances on prospecting, development and equipment, which should favor the oil companies which are lined up now waiting lor drilling leases The Irish are learning. In fact, it looks as it everyone is learning about the value ol oil ART BUCHWALD Vice-president wanted WASHINGTON The search for another vice-president is going on, and no stone is be- ing left unturned to find the best man for the job. The head of an executive employment agency in Washington told me he received a call from someone in the White House. The aide said. "We're looking for a vice- president of the United States. Do you have anyone on your rolls that we might inter- view9" The agency boss said, "No, we don't have anyone listed who is looking for that kind of job. What does the vice-president "He doesn't do anything." that makes it rather the agency head said. "Does he have to know shorthand and typing9" "No. he gets a secretary with the job; also his own staff, a limousine and the use of an air force plane. It also pays quite well." "Let me go through my files I have someone here. He was the vice-president of a large insurance company and ran the claims department It says here he was indispensible to the company, and the president wouldn't make any important decisions without check- ing with the vice-president." The White House aide said, "I'm afraid he would be overqualified for the job. Look, don't you have someone who is very presen- table, likes to play golf, can make fund- raising speeches and won't bug anyone because he has nothing to "I'll check. Wait a minute. This may be the person you re looking for. He's 49 years old, very good-looking, is a fantastic speaker, a great athlete and is a nut about leisure lime." "That sounds pretty good. Where is "Well he was indicted in some building scandal in St Louis, hut he'll be available right after his trial." said the White House aide, "on se- cond thought I don't think he's the person we have in mind." "I have a card on another executive here. He's now working for an oil company but wants to improve himself. He's a very attrac- tive fellow, active in his church, involved with community affairs, has a lovely wife and is a lawyer by profession." "He sounds the White House aide said. "He also serves on the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People." "Opps! Who else have you "I don't know. Most of the people registered with us are very talented. I'm not sure they would be interested in a job that didn't have any responsibility. Say, wait a minute, there was a woman who came in the other day and "Forget the White House aide said. "I tell you what I'll do." the agency head said "I'll start scouting around to see if I can find anyone with the qualifications you have in mind. I'm sure we can find someone to fill the job. Is there any chance for ad- "You can tell your clients that if the person keeps his nose clean and doesn't bug anyone in the White House, he could move up to president of the United States in 1976." "Say. I might even be interested in the job the agency man said. "What's your the White House aide asked "Dean John Dean, but I'm no relation to the one who. The White House aide slammed down the phone. Israel at the hot gates By Joseph Kraft, syndicated commentator No one can take comfort reserve judgment about who J and then there was one Measures, not men, important By William Satire, New York Times commentator WASHINGTON The man who carried the standard against "permtssiven.pss" copped a plea today, a j in return for his resignation, the judge and the justice depart- ment permitted him to go free. The prosecutors must have had the evidence, as they say. and they must have had it cold. People who believed the former vice president's ring- ing protestations of innocence feel betrayed and shaken; people who felt the lash of his tongue over the years feel vin- dicated But his friends and his foes would be mistaken to take the fall of any man to mean the end of all he said and all he stood for. What was it that Spiro Agnew came to mean in American life, for good and for bad11 He was the man who made "elitism" famous The "im- pudent snobs" he inveighed against were often un- necessarily impudent and cer- tainly snobbish There had always been a disdain for what used to be called "the great unwashed" by a social or intellectual elite: Agnew, as the voice of the "silent ma- jority" (a phrase he coined six months before President Nix- on used it) spoke out for egalitarianism, and was promptly, and unfairly, at- tacked for being a know- nothing or an anti-intellectual. He stood up for the es- tablishment against "those whose lifestyle has neither life nor style" the professional aginners (SIC) who all too often did not know what they were for, who wanted only to reject all forms of authority and treated dissent as an end in itself. This is where he smote "per- deriding the parents who produced a "spock-marked generation" and fell for "demand feeding up to the age of 30." The rise of Agnew put a crimp in the growth of adver- sary journalism, causing many writers and reporters, even while angrily wrapping themselves in the first amendment, to wonder if they had not lost touch with their readers or viewers, and to ask themselves if objectivity were not a more important goal than persuasion. As often happens, in the good, there was bad. Agnew's antipathy to the "media" that's the sinister word for "press" which he acquired under the press' bludgeoning in the 1968 campaign, became a kind of obsession with him: even last week, when he had a chance to strike a blow for in- dividual liberty against prosecution-by-leak, he could not resist the chance to sub- poena reporters instead of concentrating on leakers. He recognized his own ex- cess: after the campaign of 1970, in which the president designated him the "cutting edge" to keep democratic candidates away from the economic issue, he restrained his rhetoric and gave evidence of thinking more deeply about those sociological matters he had raised. As an articulator of un- spoken issues, Agnew was good, certainly surprising to the man who chose late one Miami night, after t-is, 1968 acceptance speech, can- didate Nixon said to me abou; his running mate, "he csr.'i make a speech worth a but he won't fall apart." But as a personal symbol, the embodiment of a tyoc1. Agnew was more than good he said what he meant, wilr no folderol He itood foi prin- ciple, even though it was pcf- ular: he stood for character at a time when charisma was going out of style And now he stands for hypocrisy, which h- so effectively denounced because he cannot say he not once on the take- According to his own permissive pieccpts, ple who believed in hira wt. wrong, but the pesple who believed in the message hr earned are not wrong thr ic a time to believe :n "measures, noi men I'll remember this man for his sense of hurnf- as we came into San Diego h 1970, he noted how i'm reporters were picking up hir; alliterative phrases, so he asked his writers lo come no with the biggest, whopper we could think of to slip into a speech about undne pessimism We gave him a choire rf ''hopeless, h t L- r ic 1 hypochondriacs of luster; and "nattering nabobs of negativism." The vice presi- dent laughed, saul "hell lei's use both" and tongue in cheek sailed them into the political language. It's a good thing he quit, would never again have beer, happy warrior Agnew puts country first By Anthony Lewis, New York Times commentator BOSTON The vice presi- dent of the United States resigns and is sentenced for a felony: it is shattering news for a troubled country. But it also carries a profoundly im- portant reassurance. There are institutions in this country upon whose honor we can still rely Law and the courts did their duty in the case of Spiro T Agnew despite the most enormous pressures of politics and emotion. The boast that the great are subject to our law as are the small has been vin- dicated in a way that must confound skeptics here and abroad. None of that suggests any lack of sympathy with Spiro Agnew. Congressman Paul Findley put it wisely when he said Agnew had "done a great service to the country." The service lay especially in not confusing his own fate with America's. Agnew's lawyers had un- doubtedly advised him that he could put up a long fight against any indictment. His position as vice president would have given him a sub- stantial constitutional argu- ment in his defence. And he knew he had widespread political support on the right and sympathy among many others who admired his directness. But to fight on those legal and political lines would have put another damaging uncer- tainty unto the American system for months, perhaps years. Agnew evidently decid- ed that sparing the country that burden was more impor- tant than keeping alive his personal hope of escape from the charges. It was a decision of honor and courage. That Agnew confronted the realistic possibility of convic- tion was primarily the doing of Attorney General Eliott L. Richardson. In other jobs in the Nixon administration some critics have thought Richardson displayed ques- tionalble resolve. But as at- torney general he has played the most difficult problems straight. In the Agnew case he had to deal not only with novel legal propositions but With strongly-pressed claims of un- fairness in leaking of the charges against the vice president. Richardson really destroyed the latter claims with his answer that the leaks did not come from the prosecution and could not be allowed to interfere with the course of justice. If the denouncement of the Agnew drama shows the primacy of law in the United States, that lesson must have a powerful impact upon Presi- dent Nixon as well. In an immediate sense, there is ironic significance in the fact that Agnew finally pleaded no defence to the charge of income tax evasion. For one of the doubts that shadows the president con- cerns his finances and taxes. After this, can the internal revenue service refuse to look into the questions about his returns? Can Nixon continue to withhold publication of the facts on his real estate other transactions'' But of course the president's fate may be affected much more deeply bv what has happened to the president. The country's natural sympathy for Agneiv will surely arouse an in- sistence that others be- judgf L' by the same standards an insistence that no one hr above the law Thf great case of thr president's tapes poses essen- tially the same issue. It is one thing, constitutionally and philosophically, to contend that a president is beyond ac- tual criminal prosecutior II is quite another to argue, as Nixon that he may decide whether to obey oroers of the coiirts That proposition seems even loss now Another lesion oi .the Apnev, case that iiiutoi-y is not absolute to pMil'. -ii change constitution..; in the Unites States vice president h.ici ever beioio been forced fru'n office, but row one has. N.ir has any prts.'lent, until now One p.-M'i- to this fresh shatjft the American system must h a foiling that the presicu ill remain in office wh itevci iu.s sins The United .States ,ui Uio world face terrible in 'he Middle Kast at this morim and thei c will be a yt i for continuity Hut ihurv also be a renewed M-nso ot tin resilience of our institutions i strength preatcr than 'In- person of particular offirv- holders. one can fioin the outbreak of fighting in ihe Near Kast. The siirpnse attack on their highesi ot holy days has given the Israels just cause for devastating retaliation Egypt and Syria Now will be soveci, and perhaps more Arab lerr.tones annexed resuU the timu ripe for settle- ment will bt> postponed for years. :md Hie whole world will be the iojei It didn't have br> that way The Arabs luc developed a co-ordinated suv-iegy which if followed patience. :ated r able gave prornis'-' o: >n to.v the wholp range of Arab states from the radical g''verninent-: in Liuya an'i in-the medieval in Sand: Arabia For the rirst time, it became possible to supple- ment the pressure of the Palestinian commando'; with so-called "oil weapon The threat of oil shortages was clK'i'iy causing Europe and Japan lo look more syrr.- patneiically Ou Arab raiisc Exasperation v.itii pai'ieui ot nvufig at 'i t- United Notions and in reactions to ierrjnsi blackmail It speaks tl'at a co-int''v not exartl-, free of pui't fur its Nan pas, n i a K e a .1 'j a M terrorists :il i'.it- of emigiv-' lor from Russia to Israel E-. PI "t e Lniteu Si'j'c-s vns ic fee! the p1 essure on the Near East at his Ci-'ifcrence of tept. 5. centeri'd on the proposition thai 'both iide more lonely in its sup- pori The one pe'1Cv-' possible in the Near East the peace of forgetfulness is accordingly further away than ever It is symbolic of what has happen- ed that the fighting took place near Gadara by the Sea of Galilee of which it was written "And behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and in the waters Letlers to the1 Ednor Tribute to reporter 1 wa- -oi. v i.i'li'ed sla'i'N out in ni, ex- to ih'- .mndiTK-eiiiopt ol pei lenti.1 a-> ;i nv.n >f coni- the ol Jim rieic-ice and The lici.ild'- cvvie .itla.r- kind ol ailairs ii L! lepo'-ler every a -'tuiig m.iii hib should ii.ive and c tji'fore him ilso 'ind vv brie! eaieer. the respect ;v a he ea; P.etl .i-. a decent !.i .i.iridv'iti oidiic! ,nf! ini.'lliLMMi; mai1. and ci .I'm: e.- l-> his pi ,ie Kiiinh noi .vui I i Al'iyor ol i'i I M The Herald "-.o 1 j Alherln HE 1 0 CO i L' "V JJM flrni PuWiShe.r 0 I v Mr WA S JCHA ,AN Si jiul Cl i.'iin 'IpqiMrai or No OC 1 Vt 01 Hi" idi.n Press ,K d Ihr j. 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