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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Latin America irked at U.S. interest lack High forecast Sunday 60 The LetHbridge Herald "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 235 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 64 PAGES By JEREMIAH O'LEARY Washington Star-News WASHINGTON The preoccupation of the United States with its own electoral and economic affairs has pushed Latin America further onto the back-burner of U.S. interest. The timing could not be worse. Latin America is seething with ferment which could once again present a crises for which no one is really prepared. The likeliest blow-up points are Chile, Argen- tlan, Paraguay, and Panama. The Republican Party platform on Latin America covers 14 lines, halt of which' are vague generalities alraut common interesl and the rest of wliich are de- voted to Cuba. The G.O.P. slates that Cuba is ineligible for re-admission into the community of American Slates because it continues to foment revolution. The Democrats gave Latin America 20 lines which promise to reduce military assistance, end military in- tervention in domestic affairs and call for a re-examin- ation of relations with Cuba. Don't understand There are millions of Americans of Latin origin who do not understand or like the indifference to their homelands. The Democrats, by even suggesting rapprochement with Cuba, are losing the support of most Cuban exiles, thousands of whom can now vole. The Nixon administration is treating Latin America as if it, were no more important than Antarctica. In Ills four years, Nixon has visited only Mexico (and the Bahamas, where he vacations sometimes) while receiving presidents Rafael Caldera of Venez- uela, Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay, Emilio Garras- tazu Medici of Brazil and Luis Echeverria Alvarez of Mexico. Former Treasury Secretary John B. Connally is perhaps the most important visitor Nixon has sent to Latin America although Gov. Nelson Rockefeller went nearly four years ago and White House counselor Rob- ert Finch went about a year ago. The Latins have not yet gotten over Nixon's econ- omic moves that effectively devalued the dollar, to which Latin currencies are tied. Brazil and Mexico were not hurt by the U.S. moves but less sound Latin countries went from bad to worse. Gvil war looms Chile seems on the verge of civil war and Argen- tina is wacked with economic and political problems of a different nature. The Chileans and Argentines have important elections next March but it is any- body's guess whether they can wiflistand the inflation, food shortages ajul political unrest. The greater danger lies in Chile where Marxists control the executive branch and anti-Marxists domin- ate congress. Street confrontations become more per- ilous each day, and the United States has adopted a calculated stand of indifference. Stroessner lost face, if not power, by grudgingly permitting the United Stales to extradite narcotics kingpin Augusta Ricord. His stock cannot be high with his military after his losing confrontation Ameri- can muscle. Panama has power-keg potential over the stalled canal treaty negotiations and tempers are strained by the narcotics war and the troops' seizure of the U.S.- owncd power and light company. There is standard restiveness in Ecuador, Bolivia, Uruguay and some parts of the Caribbean basis where unemployment runs as high as 30 per cent. The Cubans have gained recognition and diplomatic relations with Peru and Chile, despite the organization of American slates' boycott, and there are signs that Panama, Jamaica, Guyana and perhaps the Ecuador- cans are interested in raising the level of relationships with Fidel Castro. The disinterest in Latin America stems from its lack of military threat to the United States. Americans still think of the 300 million Latins as living in "banana" republics. U.S. interest is cyclical aroused only by events like the ascent of Castro, Hie missile crisis, the Panama war of 1964 or the Dominican intervention. The cycle will come around again, although it will probably take some sort of crisis. That could come al- most anywhere at any time in that vast area so easily forgotten by north Americans. Pay hike for Alberta MLAs suggested in report EDMONTON (CP) In- creased remuneration for all members of the Alberta legisla- a whopping raise for the leader of the Op- been recom- mended by an independent committee commissioned to study the matter. The three-member com- mittee, headed by Mr. Justice Michael O'Byrne, recommends the Opposition leader receive a jump from in "a marked departure from Ihe manner in which this office has been dealt with in the past." In a report released today, the committee also suggested a 02.2-pcr-cent increase for the premier, which would bring his total remuneration to up from All members of the legisla- ture would receive, a sessional indemnity of compared with the current In addi- tion, all would receive in expense allowances. They now get Cabinet ministers with a port- folio would get an in- crease from the they now receive. Ministers without portfolio would collect against the now paid. INCREASE TO SPEAKER The Speaker would go lo 500 from and the deputy Speaker to from The commission also recom- mends an increase to from in the daily expense allow- ances paid to out-of-town mem- bers during the session. Mr. Justice O'Byrne and his co-commissioners, Arnold Plait and Dudley Batchelor, said in their report: "Those who enter public life must be prepared to make substantial sacrifices of time, privacy, and family life. "To suggest that members should be expected to make corresponding financial sacri- fices is unacceptable, and in fact immoral. Indeed society has a responsibility to provide adequate remuneration to those who serve in government. "It is significant that mem- bers of our legislature, serving in an affluent province are at this time the poorest paid in the country except for Prince Edward Island." Changes have not been made in Alberta members' salaries since 1968. The commission recom- mended the leader of the oppor sition should be a full time of- fice. "It Is of vital Importance to the political health of the prov- ince that there should be seen to be a credible alternative gov- ernment ready and waiting to take over. The opposition must seek to establish itself as an al- ternate to the government, oth- erwise there is no real choice for the electors." The committee, appointed In June by the cabinet, compared Alberta members' salaries with those of members in other provinces and with a variety of people in public office. In an appendix to the report, the commission showed the remuneration of Canada's other premiers: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Ed- ward Island, Nova Scotia, and New- foundland Brandt plans confidence test of administration By DAVID BINDER New York Times News Service BONN Chancellor Willy Brandt plans to put his administration to a parliamentary confidence lest next Wednesday as a means of obtaining new West German elections Nov. 19, it was learned from reliable sources here. However, it was not at all clear that he would succeed with this strategy in a federal parliament of 4% deputies that has been deadlocked in a tie situation since April 28. The key vote could be cast for or against him by former economics minister Karl Schiller, who felt com- pelled to quit last July In a monetary policy dispute. The sources, both in Brandt's Social Democratic Party and in his government coalition with the small Free Democratic Party, said his plan could fail. The plan foresees a tough campaign-type speech to Social Democratic Party officials in the Ruhr City of Oberhauscn Friday, an outline of his strategy to the party executive hevc on Monday and the presentation of the confidence question to the Bundestag the low- er house on Wednesday. Should he fail on the confidence test, as generally expected and personally calculated by him, the chaji- cellor who began his adminislralion three years ago wiUi a three-vote majority would set in motion a con- sUnilionally determined machinery leading almost auto- matically to new elections. It would mean dissolving the Bundestag 48 hours later, on Friday, and demission on Saturday, with fed- eral president Gustav Heinemann, also a Social Demo- crat, setting the election day (or Nov. 19. Israeli forces attack Lebanon From AP-REUTER Israeli planes bombed two bridges across Lebanon's Litani River today and ground troops launched a large-scale assault on Palestinian Arab com- mandos inside Lebanon. The Lebanese government de- clared a state of emergency throughout the country. The cabinet considered asking for a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. The parlia- ment scheduled a meeting tonight to debate the attack. "The Lebanese army is doing its utmost to defend the home- said Prime Minister Saeb Salam. But he noted the superiority of the Israeli forces. The planes hit Ihe Elhardala and Aquiya bridges, which linked soulhern Lebanon, where thousands of guerrillas are en- camped, to Nabatiyeh, a com- mando headquarters also bombed by Israeli planes. On Ihe ground, tanks and half-tracks swept through 13 Arab villages, destroying doz-i COME TO MARTH COUNTRY Marth Adorns, puffing on a cigarrelle, talks lo re. porters in Montreal Friday night after she called a press conference to announce she would be running as nn independent cand idate in the federal riding of Monlreai-St. Hyacinlhe Oct. 30. Her platform will include the legalization of prostitution and the in- vestigation of organized crime at all levels of government. "The underworld dominates the provincial and federal government all loo frequently because certain politicians are she said at a news conference. (CP Wirephoto) Hijackers Few attend election rally Trudeau losing popularity GRANBY, Quo. (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau made his first venture of the federal election campaign into what has been opposition territory Friday and the trip could hardly be called a smashing success. At a major rally in this Que- bec Eastern Townships commu- nity, 40 miles from Montreal, the prime minister addressed Hockey fans may miss game TORONTO (CP) About 100 CanacYan hockey fans learned Friday that their accom- modation in Moscow during the week of the Canada-Russia Bomb blasts mar Mexico celebrations MEXICO CITY (AP) Mex- ico's Independence Day cele- brations were marred hy at lenst 12 bomb explosions in four cities that left one person in- jured and caused considerable property damage. Seven of the blasts damaged U.S.-owned businesses. Two explosions were reported In Oaxaca, five in Mexico City, three in Morelia and two in Guadalajara by the time the of- ficial independence ceremony began, late Friday. An estimated invited diplomats, dignitaries, report- ers and government represenla- tives from three continents were present as President Luis Echeverria rang a hell from the palace balcony to mark the 162nd anniversary of Mexico's Independence from Spain. hockey series is uncertain and their trip may be cancelled. The Canadians were lo get some of the hockey tickets al- lotted to Britain for the four- game series. Donaldson International Air- ways sent a telegram lo those affected saying it has been ad- vised that a meeting of the Su- preme Soviet is being held in Moscow that week, resulting in a shortage of hotel accom- modation. The airline advised its Cana- dian customers "of the possible cancellation of their flight To- ronto-London-Moscow on Sept. 19." The problem does not affect any other Canadian tours, said Henry Moos, an official of Kontours of Toronto, the com- pany that handled arrange- ments for all Canadian-based tours. The Donaldson airline ar- ranged the package in Britain but arrangements were made through the Me Williams Travel Agency of Toronto. The airline telegram lo cus- tomers stated that "Donaldson has suggested Kalinin and Dal Valdimir, which are outside Moscow, as alternate places" for Canadians to stay. To dale no reply has been re- ceived from Moscow. more empty seats than full ones. That came after a motor- cade, complete with a girls marching band leading the way on a truck, which attracted only limited attention as it drove through the centre of town. The day started well enough for the prime minister as he answered questions at a service club luncheon at Shorbrooke, once again attacking the sepa- ratist Parti Quebecois. In the small rural town of Famham he was greeted with what a Liberal official said was a arena hi which only a f e w hundred seals set o n arena surface were filled. Liberal officials said the rally had been advertised on the ra- dio. They suspected that Friday night shopping and the fact that the meeting was held near tha supper hour resulted in the poor attendance. surrender to police From AP-REUTER MADRID (CP) Three Yu- goslav gunmen freed all 83 pas- sengers from a hijacked Swed- ish jetliner in Malmoe today and flew in the plane to Ma- drid, where they surrendered, an airlines spokesman said. The gunmen and six Croatian prisoners, freed by Sweden in exchange for the passengers, descended from the jetliner and quietly gave themselves up, he reported. The nine were driven off lo police headquarters. The Swedish plane's four- member crew, including two stewardesses, were allowed to leave the plane in Madrid be- fore the surrender of the nine. There was no official con- firmation of reports here that tire hijackers had asked Span- ish government officials for po- litical asylum. GIVEN The plane took off from Mal- moe, Sweden, today after the 83 passengers held captive over- night were released in return for the freedom of the six Croa- lians from Swedish jails and about in ransom. ens rf houses harboring guer- rillas, an Israeli spokesman said. TRY TO BLOCK ROUTES The bombing of the bridges was seen as a bid to block the guerrillas' routes of escape from the Israelis, angered by the Munich massacre and two Pope issues appeal From Reuter-AP VENICE (CP) Pope Paul, making the first papal visit to Venice in 172 years, appealed today, for the preservation of.} Ihe sinking and crumbling la- city. 1 "Venice must he told a cheering crowd of some people in St. Mark's Square. "Not only must Venice survive the incursions of the sea, Ve- nice must live." The Pope presented the mayor of Venice with for the restoration of some works of art. He gave a similar gift to the patriarch of the city for distribution to the poor. The Pope, who will be 75 in 10 days, arrived here this morning for a six-hour stop on his way to atlend the closing slages of Italy's national eu- charistic congress in Udine. recent attacks on the Lebanese border. The Israeli state radio said troops crossed the border in several places and moved on the guerrillas from the east, west asd south. The Lebanese cabinet ended an emergency session after meeting for almost four hours, but scheduled a second session later. Lebanon was disappointed with the United States veto last Sunday that obstructed a Secur- ity Council resolution con- demning last week's Israeli air raids on guerrilla camps and villages in Lebanon and Syria. Ministerial sources, however, said Lebanon probably would ask for another council meeting anyway. Six hours after the dawn raid begafe, the. Tel; Aviv spokesman said 'Israeli Jforces.- were 12 miles 'inside Lebanon, had suf- fered one man killed, and the capture of "several guerrillas." who had- clashed with the Leba- nese army. But he denied re- ports the Lebanese forces had managed to hold off the attack- ers. "Everything is going accord- ing to he said. Earlier, the spokesman named 10 villages hit. To this list he later added Majdel Is- lim, Quabrikha and Touline, in- dicating a northeastward thrust to the Israeli raid. Slayer unfit to stand trial EDMONTON (CP) A man charged with attempted non- capital murder in connection with a hammer attack on a woman Aug. 17 has been judged unfit to stand trial and com- milled to Oliver provincial hos- pilal. Chan Hee Lee, 32 of no fixed address, was charged two hours after Lorraine Audrey Brandt was attacked by a hammer- swinging assailant. 1 Miss Brandt was treated for skull fracture and massive hem- orrhaging, but has since re- turned to her job. Government to disband education commissions Police quell battle over soccer game GLASGOW (Reuter) Bot- tle throwing soccer fans fought a running battle outside Hamp- ton Park Stadium here today after Scottish League-leading Celtic defeated Rangers, their traditional Glasgow rivals, 3-1. Police made nine arresls and prevented the violence from spreading. Another 23 fans had been arrested inside the sta- dium during the comparatively quiet game between the two Glasgow clubs. The match started at noon In a move designed to curb hooli- ganism and only two-lhirds of Ihe tickets were sold. Celtic quickly established its superiority when Dalglish opened the scoring in Ihe Ihird minute. Goals by Johnstone (IB minutes) and Macari (48) gave- them a 3-0 advantage Greig replied for Hangers a minute from the end. Phil. Thesa (are one way I' EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta government has decided to disband both the Universities Commission and the Alberta Colleges Commission by March 31, 1973, advanced Education Minister Jim Foster announced Friday. Legislation will be introduced In the 1973 spring session to absorb the two commissions into the department of ad- vanced education, ho said in a prepared statement. The com- missions would retain their full responsibilities until the date of integration. Mr. Foster said that while most of the duties of the two commissions would be iflle- graled into the department, some will be turned over to the individual institutions. Exam- ples would be more local con- trol over buildings and borrow- ing. CLOSER RELATIONS "This move will allow the in- stitutions to deal directly with elected representatives and should streamline communi- cation and aid he said. "At the same time, there will be provision for citi- zen's groups to speak directly to government about their local institutions." "At present, the universities, colleges and technical insti- tutes report in three different, and sometimes competitive di- rections. This situation has made it nearly impossible for our province to develop a har- monious, system of higher edu- cation." Seen and heard About town player Mrs. Hugh JlcCaughcrly drawing a perfect 29 hand three fives and a jack of spades and her turn up card was the five of spades After spending throe days frantically looking for her birth certificate lost by Ihe Passport office, Jessie Snow laughing hysterically when she learned on the eve of her departure that Air Canada had lost her passport Joanne Perlich finally getting credit for a painting after her brother in law admitted the J didn't stand for Joe. ;