The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 1980 · Page 13
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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1980 OTTAWA JOURNAL PAGE 13 'Dim' Reagan could be interesting president By Walter Stewart FP NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON Ronald Reagan may be the next president of the United States. This should interest Canadians because (a) he favors a contintehtal energy policy and (b) he does not appear to be very bright. ' It seems startling to contemplate . turning over the leadership of the free world a title, presidents appropriate on election to a man whose intellectual capacity is up for debate. Just the same, along with the public speculation here about how the Republican challenger is beginning to edge President Carter in opinion polls, are other stories suggesting though Americans are too polite to put it in crude English WORLD that the man may be missing on a couple of cylinders. Item: When Risked on TV about Valery Giscaro; d'Estaing, he didn't " know who the president of France is. Item: When a Wichita farmer asked him if he favored 100 per cent of parity government support for crop payment based on past prices he said "I don't know enough about it to fully discuss it." Later he said he did so know, but didn't want to paint himself into a corner on the subject. Still later he said he knew, but not really. In fact, four years ago, he came out flatly against parity. Item: His set speech includes a claim that Alaska has more oil than Saudi Arabia. This is part of bis argument that the way .to solve the energy crisis is to leave the oil companies alone, and to back the claim, he cites a U.S. geological survey. That survey, in fact, puts AlaskaVproven reserves at nine billion barrels and its potential at 49 billion; Sa'udi Arabia has proven reserves of 165 billion barrels. Item: Reacting to concerns about his age 69 he told the Today Show that "as president, I would be younger than all the heads of state I would have to deal with except Margaret Thatcher." In fact, the head of every major state, save only the Soviet Union's Brezhnev, is younger than Reagan. There is some argument as to whether he is really as dim as he sometimes sounds, or whether he is deliberately deceptive. He may be a bit stunned, the argument goes, or a mite dishonest. Or some mixture of the two. It says as much about U.S. politics as it does about Reagan that this nation has a leading presidential ' contender who Is seen to be as handsome as a stud horse and almost as smart. State Senator Peter Behr, a fellow California Republican, once' said, "If you walk through his deepest thoughts, you wouldn't get your feet wet" Even so, he is dynamite on TV, and that may be enough. . His skills are the result of a lifetime of practice. Ronald Wilson Reagan was born Sept. 6, 1911, the son of an itinerant, and drunken, shoe salesman, and grew up in a series of small towns in rural Illinois. Over the next 33 years, he made more than 50 films, including such gems as Bedtime tor Bonzoin which he played opposite a chimpanzee, and Knute Rockne All American in which he played George Gipp as in "Win one for the Gipper". He was elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1947 and distinguished himself by supporting the blacklisting of guild members who were accused -often without a shred of evidence of having communist ties. His first marriage, to actress Jane Wyman, ended in divorce during this period and he married his present wife, Nancy, in 1952. iA ; ii. Presidential hopeful Reagan is leading Carter in polls. Sears Carlingwood St.Laurent Les Galeries de Hull Cornwall Square $ Pure Virgin wool, pure quality... makes the man, naturally $1 49 The naturals.. .three-piece vested suits with the craftsmanship, the refinement; the telling touches so very important to you. 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Div. 45 - Men's Coats Personal Shopping Only SOViet Briefly . . . dancer back in Russia WASHINGTON (UPI) Soviet .ballet dancer Yuri Stepanov, who defected to the United States in January, returned to Moscow last night on a Russian airliner. Friends of the dancer said he was apparently pressured by. Soviet officials to return to his homeland. Stepanov, who had defected in Rome, had been living with friends in the Washington area. A state department team met with Stepanov yesterday morning and were told by the dancer he decided to return to Moscow of his own volition. . Two Soviet consular officers were present at the meeting- in the state department. Informed sources said. Stepanov boarded a red-and-white Aeroflot jet at Dulles Airport at 6:45 p.m. EST, 55 minutes behind schedule. A close friend of Stepan-ov's, Yuli Vzorov of Beth-esda, Md., said he was convinced the dancer had been pressured into returning to the Soviet Union. "He was very excited about the United States," Vzorov said. Stepanov had been offered a position as principal dancer at the New Jersey Ballet in West Orange, Vzorov said. Pickets protest pact LONDON (AP) Dozens of picketers screaming "Sellout!" battled leaders of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation at its headquarters yesterday after the union executive committee voted to end a 13-week nationwide steel strike. , The picketers, waiting in the front hall of the building, became violent when they learned the committee was urging them to accept the latest pay offer of the state-run British Steel Corp. Italian police nab 5 suspects ROME Anti-terrorist police in the northern cities of Bologna and Ancona yesterday arrested five suspected members of the Red Brigades urban guerrilla gang. Police said among those arrested was a 28-year-old Arab university student. The arrests were carried out at dawn and that those arrested offered no resistance, police said. Five days ago anti-terrorist police killed four Red Brigades members in a gun battle in the port city of Genoa, and two days later French police arrested four members of the terror gang who had fled Italy. Three perish in avalanche KATMANDU, Nepal (UPI) An avalanche on the 24,858-foot high Annapuma III killed three climbers of the first Australian national expedition to Nepal, the tourism ministry said yesterday. "Three died instantly in an avalanche," expedition leader Warwick Micheal Deacock, 54, said in a terse radio message to the ministry. The message said the 15-member team abandoned the expedition after the tragedy last Sunday. It gave few details of the avalanche on the mountain in central Nepal. Ex-Serbian nationalist to die - ZAJECAR, Yugoslavia A former member of the Serbian nationalist Chetnik movement yesterday was ordered executed for crimes he committed during the Second World War. A court found Vojislav Rajcic, 59, guilty of killing 49 people, including two unidentified British military pilots, two Russian soldiers and two Bulgarian soldiers, the Yugoslav news agency Tanjug said. Rajcic, whose case had been given wide publicity in Yugoslavia, was accused of membership in the so-called "Black Three," a Chetnik execution squad. The Chetniks, though also opponents of German occupiers during the war, were unsuccessful rivals for power against the wartime Communist partisans of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. IRA militant acquitted BELFAST A member of the militant Provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army who was accused of planting a bomb that killed 12 was acquitted yesterday because the judge was unsure whether his alleged confessions had been induced by torture. However, the defendant, Edward Brophy of Belfast, later was jailed for five years for belonging to the outlawed IRA, which is fighting against British rule in Northern Ireland. Throughout his 45-day trial, Brophy consistently alleged . that detectives ill-treated him and invented the confessions. Brophy was accused of the La Mon restaurant bomb blast in February, 1978, when 12 were burned to death. He was also found innocent of causing 11 other explosions between February, 1976, and his arrest in-September, 1978.' Kidnapped man found dead PAPEETE, Tahiti (Reuter) The kidnapped son of a leading French financier was found dead and two suspects detained, police on this French Polynesian island said yesterday. They said the mutilated body of Olivier Breaud, 26, who was abducted last Wednesday, was found buried in a hilly suburb of Papeete, the Tahitian capital. Police identified the suspects as two French-born businessmen, Yves Le Goff , 37, and Daniel Chelle, 40, who had just started a textile factory in Papeete. Police said the pair demanded $2.5 million for the release of their prisoners and later told detectives they intended to use the money to develop their firm. Dope hidden in condoms BANGKOK A Thai narcotics agent said in court yesterday that he was informed that a common method for smuggling drugs from Thailand into Canada was by swallowing condoms filled with .the drugs. The officer,. Capt. Amares Vattanapibul, spoke during the first hearing of the trial of a Canadian and an Australian charged with heroin possession. Scientists warn volcano could blow any time -Simpsons-Sears Ltd.- Prlcea wtiera reduced, in effect until store closing Sat. April 1 2th. While quantities last. The use of the terms Regular' or 'Was' In our advertising always refers to Simpsons-Sears prices. - COUGAR, Wash. (UPI) Scientists reported yesterday that fissures and holes formed by the eruption of Mount St. Helens have merged into a single giant crater that could loose a blast of fiery steam and volcanic rock at any time, incinerating everything in its path. . The sharpest earthquakes yet jolted the mountain early yesterday about 900 metres below the summit, and authorities said there was a "good -possibility" that lava had climbed to within 900 metres of the top. "I'm scared to death," said Dan Miller, a volcanologist for the U.S. Geological Survey who has studied southwest Washington's 'volcanic peaks for six years. "It is dangerous and I've heard about sightseers flying over the crater and I shudder." Almost as if responding to Miller's warning, the volcano triggered another huge blast of rock and steam at 8:16 a.m., sending debris 900 metres above its 3,220-metre summit. Aerial observers in forest service aircraft reported that new vents and fissures had been ripped across the top of the mountain and that the volcano's two craters were puffing steam, ash and debris as a single unit and for all practical purposes, had merged into one giant hole. . "What we have is essentially one . crater now," said forest service spokesman Tom Sayre. Communities southwest of the cone-shaped peak were dusted by "very abrasive" volcanic ash from the continuing eruption, which began last Thursday. Muddy-colored, clay-like ash began falling shortly after noon Monday in the Kelso-Longview area of about 75,000 population, 64 kilometres west of the volcano. I

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