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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE IE7HBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 11, 1972 accuses TORONTO (CP) Joseph Rafferty, 21, of Toronto, an, RCMP constable dismissed last month as unsuitable for the force, has accused HCMP Com- missioner W. L. Higgitt of over- reacting to press coverage of the dismissal and "completely obscuring the main issues." He said the main issues con- cerning his Aug. 23 discharge were "the apparent disregard of the well-being of Us (the forces') members" and the ap- parent failure of the office of Solicitor-General Jean-Pierre Goyer to act in the matter. Mr. Rafferty said the com- missioner "has gone completely overboard in one of tiic com- paratively minor whether or not I was held in- communicado in the Regina General Hospital." "The effect of his reaction has been to completely obscure the main issues." He said he still does not know the origin of an order forbid- (Vng him to communicate with friends and other members of his troop white he was in the psyciu'atric wing of the hospital last year. CAME FROM ABOVE "But I do know that it was enforced by my troop super- visor." Commissioner Higgitt has criticized the report of the case which appeared in The Glohe and Mail, calling the story mis- leading and saying it contained "very serious misconceptions." Mr. Rafferty said here that when lie placed a call from the hospital to a troopmate "to ask him of the situation and to re- quest that someone bring me some extra clothing and my shaving lie received a rep- rimand from the troop super- visor. "The men of my troop were not allowed to visit me and I was directly ordered not to phono them. The men of my troop tried to comply with my request but were ordered not to, and were also tolrt that they would probably never see me again." Mr. Rafferty said the com- missioner never explained why he was allowed to "remain in the responsible position that I occupied in the (RCMP) tele- communications section" for a week after he was reported to have made an attempt on liis own life. That report led to preparation of a recommenda- tion for this discharge. PUZZLED BY DECISION "The parties involved were never Mr. Raf- 'erty said. "If they questioned my ability, and obviously they must have, since they dis- missed me, why was 1 allowed to remain in the Regina radio room? It was almost a week after the incident that any medical opinion was sought by the force, yet all this time they allowed me to perform my duties unsupervised, and con- tinued to do so until the mo- ment that I was dismissed." He accused the force of hav- ing questioned the integrity of a member of the public who had praised his work, adding: "Why docs Commissioner Higgitt question the integrity of an impartial reporter who pre- sented the facts as he saw them? If the facts are so clear, perhaps the 'misunderstanding' is not on the part of tlio re- norter." DRESSED UP Eorlier this summer Windsor's Women's Lib protested the 18-foot bikini clad slatue which appeared in a service station lot promoting tires. When news of the protest arrived at the tire company's head office in Toronto, company officials decided she needed a change of image. She was dressed. .S.-Soviet grain deal goes sour WASHINGTON (CP) Only wo months after tlio announce- ment ot massive U.S. grain ;alcs to the Soviet Union irought joy to tlie agricultural heartlands of America, the vliole project has soured some- vhat. Domestic wheat prices have soared, U.S. bakers are clam- oring for permission to increase jread prices and a congres- sional committee, the justice department ami the General Ollice have aunched separate ions into the whole deal. There have been charges that a handful of gram-trading firms with inside information made a killing at the expense of con- sumers and even suggestions of wssible conflict of interest by former high-level employ- ees of the U.S. agriculture de- partment. At the heart ot the mailer is the fact that, unlike olher ma- jor wheat exporting countries the U.S. hasn't got a centra' body such as the Canadian wheat board to handle grain sales. CREDIT INVOLVED In the background is the July B announcement of a credi agreement whereby the U.S. fi nalty broke into the Sovie grains market. The U.S. agreed to give Moscow up to mil lion credit, repayable within three years at six-percent in- terest, with' the Soviet Union promising to buy a minimum of million of grain, including million the first year. But already the Russians lave ordered almost billion, ncluding about one-quarter of he entire U.S. wheat crop. The est involved corn and other eed grains, which Canada doesn't sell in large quantities. But sales of a whopping 400 million bushels of wheat have jiven U.S. domestic prices heir biggest one-month rise in 25 years. Farm prices jumped o SI .90 a bushel last week from 51.57 in early July. Wheat fu- :ures on the Chicago market rose to more than a bushel this week for the first time in six years. DENIES CONFLICT Agriculture Secretary Earl Bulz says no former or present department official has been guilty of conflict of interest and insists the U.S. has benefited from improved relations with the Soviet Union, a huge favor- able contribution to U.S. bal a n c e-of-payments, increases prices for farmers and a re- duced wheat surplus that could mean savings for taxpayers. Under the U.S. system, once the credit deal was signed, the Russians made direct pur chases through trading com panics. In most other wheat-ex porting countries there are bod ies similar to the wheat board, a corpo- ration formed in 1935' as th general agency for all wheat oats and barley sold com mercially in Canada abroad. The Canadian farmers pu their grains in marketing pools receive an initial payment an also participate, on the basis o leir deliveries, in any surplus] ID board may subsequently re- lizc. Through the provision of an nitial price guaranteed by the Canadian government, the oarfi stands as a buffer be- wfeen the fanner and the con- -tanlly changing conditions of upply, demand and price. Marriage ceremony on again SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Reu- :er) South African dancer Juliet Prowse, 35, interrupted once on the road to the altar when siie had a baby, took out a licence yesterday to marry singer John Me Cook, 28, father of the child. The pair originally scheduled to be married Aug. 2, had to call if off when Miss Prowse gave birth lo a seven-pound, 15- ounce boy about an hour before the wedding ceremony was due to lake place. Miss Prowse and McCook originally announced they were having the child last February but said then they had no plans to get married. He is a singer in her night club act. The South African dance was once engaged to Frank Si natra. The U.S. also makes export payments to bridge the gap bc- ween domestic prices and owcr world prices, making (imerican wheat competitive vilh that from Canada, Aus- ralia, Argcnlina and Europe. But as domcslic prices went up, so did the it reached 38 cents a bushel last veek and the agriciUture de- jarlment, under public pres- sure, unveiled a new policy. The subsidy was only 11 cents six weeks ago. Because of a potential wheat shortage, from now on the sub- sidy will be announced daily and won't be pegged to domes- ,ic prices. A department spokesman said the policy was ntendcd to prevent export sales from gobbling all avail- able supplies of certain classes of wheat, particularly the hard red winter wheat used in mak- ing bread. Court tough TAIPEI (AP) Nationalist Ctu'nese courts Thursday sen- ler.ced five men to death and eight others to prison for smuggling. Two former port in- spectors, both mililary men, were sentenced to death by a military court for accepting bribes to allow entry of pounds of food from mainland China. Tho other three death sentences were in connection with the bringing in of pounds ot heroin to be sold. Oddities in the News BOURGES France (Reu- ter) Roger Bonnemere, 62, sat stunned hut delighted when one of two teen-age Gypsy girls who had knocked at his door performed a strip- tease in his living room. Bonnemere was even more Btunned but much less de- lighted when he realized the show had cost liim about second girl rifled a drawer while her companion held the pensioner's undi- vided attention. SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reu- ter) Gov. Ronald Reagan revealed here he is not as well as known as some people Including himself might think. The governor said a few weeks ago in Los Angeles he received a nolice to report for jury duty. Reagan noted the form provided an ex- emption for certain occupa- tions including public em- ployees. "So I wrote down my occu- pation as public employee and mailed it Reagan said. "About four days later, I got back another form that said not all public employees are exempt. 'What is your ex- act position' CLEVELAND Ohio (AP) A suburban Richmond Maimed vets seek apology SEOUL (AP) About 150 disabled South Korean veterans who fought in Vietnam ustx their crutches and artificia limbs to force their way int tlie Japanese embassy here to demand an apology from tin ambassador for a article. But the veterans left the em bassy after: police and the hea< of the disabled veterans associ atiou Intervened, The veteran stayed on the embassy ground. for about four hours, but the dispersed without hearing frorr the ambassador. There were n. arrests. It was the first public proles since the South Korean govern ment Friday ordered the Seou correspondent for the Japanes Yomluri Shinbun expelled from the country for an article in his paper. A government spokesma eald the article challenged th legality of the South Korea government and went bcyon internationally accepted prin ciples of press freedom. It appeared in a supplemen on North Korea and describe) South Korea as "a running do of the American imperialism and "the strongest shield in th Vietnam war" for the Unite Slates. FLOODS KILL 5 TOKYO (Reuter) At lea five persons were killed, eig Injured and another five ported missing in floods landslides after rainstorm lasbfid southwest Japan Satur day. [eights woman who lost 00 from tho sale o{ a pizza arlor recovered it all this reek after a neighbor found t scattered along the street. Mrs. Robert J. Horvath aid she put her purse con- aining the money on the roof f her car and forgot to put tie purse in the car when she drove off to deposit it in the rank Thursday. "I was hysterical" she re- lalled. "I never thought I'd ;ee it again." A half hour after she re- urned home, Mrs. Joseph J. Merhar, a neighbor, tele- phoned to say her husband lad spotted the purse and tthcr items strewn along the road and gathered it up. "He never really saw all the money or cheques to find out how much there Mrs. Horvath said. "When I .old him he nearly fell over." HONG KONG