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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LPTHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, OtloW 17, 1972 Whom should you vote fo Several Ciituulian newspapers still liiu'c not abandoned the noUuii thai they must tell their readers whom to vole for. Thus the Toronto Slur, for instLmce. has made a big production of its decision to abandon the Liberal parly after 50 years of supporting it And the Toronto Globe and Mail, with generations of attachment (through its antecedents) to the Con- servative parly, feels it must now support tlie Liberal government. Such ritnnl has little meaning left. The Lethbridge Herald feels no need to perform it. It would lie as meaning- less as it be futile. By and large, our readers arc cap- able of making up their minds on evidence. Note the qualification, how- ever. On tlie various I'luorklation pleb- iscites, for instance, far too many readers voted against it for the cur- ious reason that The Herald argued strongly in favor of it. The issues in (his campaign have been confused and the answers gar- bled. Let us try to sort them out. By far the most important is the survival of Canada. If Quebec separ- ates the disintegration will not end there. French Canadians, as every- one else, must have a nation, a state in which they can feel fully at home in their own language. If Canada is not that nation (and up to now it has not been) then they will leave Canada and set up their own nation. ICvery parly must be judged on its aware- ness of that issue. Unemployment, we submit, is not a major issue. In lliis province there js almost no unemployment. In some provinces there is much. There are three remedies to provide incen- tives for jobs, to even out the regional disparities, and to reduce the per- sonal damage done by unemploy- ment. What are the parties' positions on these? Nor is whipping Industry a proper issue. I'nder anything but a Commun- ist slate, most of the jobs must come from private industry and private capilal. These must have some rea- son for going to work to provide jobs. Foreign ownership is not an issuo except among Iho extremists those who Uiink Canada should join tho U.S., and lliose who think the U.S. is public enemy number one. Surely everyone agrees that Canadians should invest in their own country and gov- ernment should encourage them to do so. But surely no one seriously be- lieves Canada can afford lo do for herself as much as she has done with the help of U.S. capital. An issue on which the Trudeau gov- ernment fails badly is that of prophe- tic leadership. The prime minister strikes more and more people as an intellectual giant but a cold fish emo- tionally. They want to be led by some- one who feels a mission lo leadership, someone who can lift them, inspire them, carry them into battle for great causes. Mr. Trudeau doesn't appreciate that this is his function, both as party leader and as prime minister. It is against his nature. Curiously, Mr. Lewis and, Mr. Caou- ette do have the prophetic air, al- though their causes seem synthetic to many people. .So in many constituencies in this election il boils down lo local issues and local candidates. And here the voters will have to make up their own minds. H is important to remember at election time that there is no course for the voter, no "right" thing for him lo do. Democratic govern- ment never pretended to be good or efficient government. Far more im- portantly, it is only popular govern- ment. The people, with all their limi- talions, make the decision, answerable to nobody or nothing except Iheir own consciences. ART BUCHWALD Mr. Nixon against the -wall WASHINGTON Dr. Kis N. Gun, Pres- ident Thieu's special representative, has arrived here with his lop advisers to try to persuade Presdient Nixon to form a coalition government in tlie United States. So far the talks have not been going well, and President Nixon has remained ada- mant in his stand not (o accept a nego- tiated settlement of the November el- ections. "I intend lo remain president for Ihe next four President Nixon angrily told Dr. Kis N Guh, "no matter how much pressure Ihe South Vielnamese govern- ment puts on me." Dr. Kis N Guh told President Nixon, "This is completely unsatisfactory to the Democratic party. They insist that peace can only come lo the United States if you are removed from office. We, oE course, support you, but we have to reach Borne compromise that will be satisfactory to all parties." "No President Nixon said. "I will not make one concession to the Democrats. They are tying to destroy my government, and I will not stand for It." "Before you make up your mind, let me fipell out the terms ol a peaceful settle- ment to sec if something can be worked Dr. Kis N Guh said. "President Thieu considers them very reasonable, and urges you [o accept them." President Nixon sat stony-faced. said Dr. Kis N Guh, "you would remain president of Ihe Uniled States until the country holds free and open elections under international .supervision." "That's said President Nix- on. Dr. Kis N Guh continued, "Second, Sen- ator George McGovern would be named vice president in the coalition govern- ment." "What ahnut Splro Agnew? President Ni.xon demanded. "He would oecome the U.S. ambassador to Dr. Kis N Guh replied, "Ram- sey C'ark would he attorney gcreral and Dr. Spock would be secretary of henlih, education and welfare." Watergate proves free press vital Hy Carl U.S. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON Newspa- permen are an easy bunch lo hale. They meddle In other peo- ple's business. Ami Hint has been lo irk all sovts of jiroplc. from the Iwo-bil corner pimp who doesn't waul his hustle publicized to Ihc power- ful men wearing the cloak of the White House who don't w a n t their stupidities and clicnlings revealed. So when Peter Bridge, n for- mer rcporlcr lor the Newark Good idea By IJoug U'alkir Now lhat the public knows The Herald M going to enlarge its premises in conjunc- tion with going offset, a minute from an earlier meeting of department heads can he released. Our man, Cleo announced to the meeting that Tom Adams would sup- ervise the construction. 1 made the suggestion, duly ihiit 1'aslor J. Gamble should IK; asked (o News, is thrown into Ihe Essex County jail because lie won't reveal data other than what ho wrole about a housing scandal in that scandal-ridden county, Ihe Hllle Ruy doesn't care enough to read the tacts, or [ig- ure out that part of him has been jailed. (A repodcr who is forced to tell all he knows about a n y t h i n is soon without sources, and is useless to the public he The irony is (hat if the pub- lic ever had glaring evidence o[ the need for a [rce press, or of Ihc truth (hat Ihe First Amendment protects Ihe peo- ple, not newspapers or news- papermen, il is now. Fo reasonable man can now doubt (hat Ihc campaign lo re- elect President Nixon has in- volved on ugly, sinister con- spiracy of political espionage and sabotage, including such crimes as burglary and wire- tapping. No honest American of any party can have much doubt that key campaign olfi- cials and White House aides around the president were in- stigators of and participants in Ibis sordid, criminal assault on Ihc political opposition. Only a fool would any longer entertain doubt that (bis was financed with money conlributcd to Ihe Nixon re-elcclion fund. Someone must awaken HIB American people lo the tact (hat they would know little or none of Uie dirty truth about the Watergate scandal were it "What about my President Nix- on asked. "Your people would have cabinet posi- tions, too. James Hoffa would be secretary of transportation, and Maurice Stalls would be secretary of the treasury. The rest of Ihe cabinet posls would go to Ralph Na- der's people wltom we consider at this moment neutral." "What else have you thought up (or President Nixon asked testily. "After the ceasefire, all territory paci- fied by Ihe Republicans will remain Re- publican and all territory in Democratic hands will stay Democratic. "Now this is the part we think you'll like. The Democrats have agreed to givo amnesty to all Republicans involved in thb Watergate bugging scandal on the condi- tion lhat every tape and captured enemy document be relumed lo Democratic head- quarters." "We're winning the President Nixon said. "I see no reason why we should bargain with outlaws." "I cannot Dr. Kis N Guh said, "how strongly President Thieu feels this is a jusl and honorable settlement. His elec- tion depends on achieving peace in the United States. He has asked me to tell you lhat if you not accept Ihe conditions as outlined he will not accept any more military and civilian aid for his country." "Why that's President Nix- on said. President Thieu has also told me to ad- vise you that unless you agree to a coali- tion government he will not allow you lo Ijornb North Vietnam." "He's taking all my options Pres- ident Nixon cried. "It's up lo Dr. Kis N Guh said, Thieu is losing his patience and the peop'e of South Vietnam arc sick and tired of all the fighting going on in the United slale.s. What, is your "Tell President President Nixon said, "that no matter how much f need to support him, if he tries to force this settle- ment on me. f will go it alone." f Ixis Angeles Timrsl 'Shall I brand or will you not tor the courascous digging of the press. If there wore no Wnslunglon Post, Washington Star, An- geles Times, Time magazine or New York Times, you would never know that the craving to retain powor is so great In tlie While House that the pres- ident's operatives will resort lo lawlessness and to some of Iho most ruthless, unethical tactics ever to despoil a democracy. It is Ihc press that has re- vealed the secret slush funds, Ihe secret payoffs, the money sneaked through Mexico, bag o( dirty tricks played on S e n. Edmund Muskie, Sen. George McGovurn and other Democrats, But let them throw enough Peter Bridges in Jail, or force enough newsmen to re- veal llicir sources, Uioir unpub- lished notes, and the press will be powerless lo ferret out wrongdoing and scandal and report it fearlessly and without political favoritism. And do bear in mind that the press that has rendered this service is not p-ro-McGovcrn, despite administration wails to that effect. The overwhelming majority of U.S. newspapers are endorsing Nixon, yet some of Ihe most damning evidence dug up re the Watergate scan- dal first was printed in pro- Nixon newspapers. If tlie public sleeps until No- vember 7 and Mr. Nixon wins re-election, he (and especially those rulnless little men around him) are not likely lo forget how worried and miser- able a meddlesome press made them in October and the first days in Novemlxjr. The campaign lo discredit and muzzle the press could be Intensified. And it will succeed unlesj American citizens face tha trulh thai a free press, however imperfect, is what protects them from a wretched day when the shoddy fascislic tac- tics employed in this pre- election campaign will becoraa routine techniques o! political control. Vanishing leaders deplete Uganda's university By John De St. Jorre, London Observer commentator NAIROBI Fifty years ago, Makerere, Uganda's only uni- versity, was founded in Kampala and as the oldest in- stitution of higher learning in East Africa it has been a sym- bol of Uganda's wlucational and cultural supremacy ever since. This month Lhe president o[ Uganda, General I d i Amin, dressed in a chancellor's cap and gown but himself deprived of anything beyond the most rudimentary primary educa- tion, presided over Makererc's golden jubilee celcbrations. For Ihosc who are concerned about Uganda, Ihe event was both ironic and poignant. Makercre, like Uganda iUelf, is crumbling and the shoulder behind the brickwork is that of General Amin. Its future as a leaching institution and the crucible of Uganda's governing elite is in jeopardy. Just before (he anniversary, Frank KaUmuzo, the vice-chan- cellor, was taken away from his house on the campus by Amin's soldiers. His wife wag beaten and he has not been seen since. There is every in- dication that he has shared tho sudden, grisly death of a num- ber of other leading Ugandans. The government's denial of any knowledge of the victim s' whereabouts is regarded as fi- nal proof of their death Ihese 6-iys. In Hie lasl month, about a third of the teaching staff, mainly British Americans and Asians, have left. Two depart- ments, economics and natural sciences, which were both heavily dependent on expatri- ates, have closed down. A third, political science a sensitive subject in a volatile country like Uganda is expected to follow suit soon. Tlie medical faculty, staffed by a large proportion of Asian doctors, is also in trouble, Recently the head of Us de- partment of surgery. Professor Sir Tan Me Adam, and Ihc head of the department of obstetrics 'Crazy Capers' and gynaecology. Professor Richard Tnissel, were ordered to leave the country after Gen- eral Amin accused them of feeding the people of Uganda with "political gonorrhoea1' and interfering with Lhe expulsion of the Asians. The African staff and stu- dents have been similarly af- fected by the crisis. There are reports of senior Ugandan lec- turers disappeal'ing, whether as a matter of prudence or in (he manner of their vice-chancellor if is impossible to say. The latest development which has added to the general feeling of apprehension has been the pre- sence of soldiers on the campus during tlie recent invasion scare from Tanzania. Many students have also wiLluirawn. Several leaders ol the two student unions the National Students' Union of Letters The uncommitted voter The uncommitted voter is the deciding factor in the upcoming election. In every house-lo- house canvass it has been found that he outnumbers the party voter three to one. Will he for- get Ihe party this time, and vote the man? On all sides he has been bom- barded with (he Liberals telling him what Ihcy have done, Ihe Conservatives telling him that they can do it better and the NDPs telling him that they will do it differently. This is non- sense The problems that beset the country today nre universal. Every leader in every land is trying to find solutions to them if it was easy, il have been done long ago. The paily in is full of clever, intelligent people, doing their best not deliljcralcly try- ing to undermine the country with programs that will cause- inflalion, poverty, unemploy- ment, depression and unhappy citizens. The individual voter has a responsibility lo send a repre- sentative to Ottawa who has something to contribute not in all areas, because that Is :m- possible but at least in one. Of all the problems that beset us today environment is Iho most important. There is no turning back the clock or cor- recting ecological mistakes. Vote for a man who is an ojc- pcrt on the environment anrl he can prevent tho mistakes be- fore they arc made. S. G. Lcllibriclgc. Uganda and the Makercre Stu- dents' Guild have disappear- ed. The studenls were the only people in the country lo raise their voice against General Amin when he threatened to expel all Asian citizens with the rest. He later recanted but lie did not forget who criticized him and it is now feared he has moved against them. As with the rest of Uganda's I n s t i t u lions, Amin expects Makerere to approve his dis- ruptive policies and function in spite of them; lo applaud and yet not notice the empty chairs. An uneducated man with tho blinkered, avaricious mindi of a peasant, he wants lo have his cake and eat it. The General and many of tha former NCOs around him seem to share a schizophrenic alti- tude towards Uganda's impres- sive elite. They swing from envy in which there is an element of irrational fear to pride. In practice this means tho abduction and murder of the head ol the judiciary, a uni- versity vice-chancellor, a lead- ing lawyer, administrator, po- liceman or two and then expect to bask in the glow that a Rood police force, an impartial Bench or a famous university illuminates a nation's reputa- tion. So far, Amin and liis military messmates have got away with It. Though scared to death, many of the men who run Uganda's Institutions still feel that "it couldn't happen to me" invulnerability of the untried soldier. Also, many of them have nowhere to run and cling to their jobs for the obvious economic reasons. But life, in all senses, is getting tougher and the need for scapegoats will grow. What is happening at Mafccrcrc is, more than ever before, symbolic of life in Uganda today. mm mm Support Liberals as.si.sL Torn because of tho valuable expo.rl- c-nrc in fAipcrinlcruling 1he ad- dition to tho PinlecosLal Church nearby. I Jinfl llic feeling thai some of the fel- lows thought it would be more to tbe point if Paslor Oamljlc could just keep an rye on Tom. I'liffjrUirVck. is ,-it ihc end Ihc month. Goodbye, Mr. Gamble. Carry on, Tom. In [lie October Iftth issue of The Hcralrl there was an article that stated, Hoffman (NDP) gels union support. The Build- ing and Construction Trades Council is made up of one or two members from each trade. Thoy dri not have Ihc right In infringe on tho conslituliomil rights of nnion (n vote for whoever they please, fiy slating "a vole against Hoff- man i.s a vole against the work- ing Ihoy arc saying that any union man who docs noL vote NDP i.s voting against liimscIL I am a union man and a tradesman and T have no in- tention of voting NDP, There i.s no reason whv union and conlraclors cannot get along prosperously in a free en- terprise system, with a lillle more understanding from both sides and from Ihe government, I believe (hat a free enterprise- system under (be fcadrrsliip of Crime Mimslcr Trudeau, wilh Ihc riding repre- sented by Andy Russell is the best way for union anrl i-cin- tractor.s lo achieve their goals. So Ijrolhcrs of all unions do not be railroaded by your union leaders or repre.sc-nUdives into voting for a certain political party Vote wisely. GARY OSDKIir; "I ih'ink hi'll liyt ler fears. keeps Urn going is Ihrt possibility ihat he may be a winner in Reader's Digest Bniiuj up here's Mirc-Iy (lon'l rvnccl me lu v.'iirk a; We recently had a sad ex- perience in a Lellibridge store which deals In pet birds. A. budgie that was obviously sick and in new] of help w.-is sold. We implore anyone who sees jmy nnimal who is being treat- ed cruelly or Is sick and nolh- ing is Iwing done to phono the I-ctlibridge and District Humane Society. The president Is Mrs. Vi Kandol, 327-752.1. CAYt.K nillilNSKI JIOAN GUKGOIIY The Lcthbtidgc Herald 50-1 7Lh St. Ixthbridfic, Alberta TimnnXjE HERALD n-O. LTD., Proprietors and Published I905-I95-I, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clflii Mali ReghlraMnn No OG13 of Tha Canadian Press arwl lfie Canadian flally Publishers' and Ihs Audfl Bureau of CfrculaHoru CLEO W. VOWERS, Edilor and Puhrisfier THOMAS H. 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