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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LETKBRIOGE HERALD Thursday, April 5, i9 Spreading out the people During a recent House of Commons debate on the National Housing Act, ooe Clark, MP for Rocky Mountain, made an eloquent plea for the gov- ernment to devise a policy to assist small communities to survive. It makes no sense to Mr. Clark for the government to be providing for the creation of entirely new communi- ties while denying existing centres encouragement to live. Despite Mr. Clark's commendable concern to save prairie villages and towns from dying, there isn t much hope for the resuscitation of most of them. Vast changes in railroading, farming, and the way of living today have removed the rationale for the existence of a lot of little places. The flow of people away from the rural areas to the large cities is a matter of justifiable concern because of the problems created by congest- ion. To be looking at ways of spread- ing people out makes sense but it may not be sensible, as Mr. Clark says, to be thinking about new com- munities as the only to accom- plish this. One of the obvious requirements for stimulating the growth of towns is the location of industry in them. The lack of job opportunity has been a major cause of the exodus from small communities. But dispersing a bit of industry among all the existing towns is not necessarily the answer either. People have not lefft the small communities for the big ones solely because of a lack of job opportunities; they have also felt the attraction of the cultural, recreational, education- al, and medical facilities the larger places offer. These are things that cannot really be duplicated in smaller so that much of a ch'ice is offered at any rate. This is the focus of a study now being made in the United States fund- ed by the department of housing and urban development. A leading part in the study is being taken by Peter C. Goldmark who invented long-play- ing records and pioneered color tele- vision. Mr. Goldmark believes the tide of migration to the cities can be re- versed and the population spread out more evenly by encouraging people to settle in established cities and towns whose population is now 000 or less. He sees this as being done through a phenomenal increase in telecommiuiications tying all com- munities into the kind of life now available only in the big cities. Whatever the answer may be it seems lik'ely that it will be necessary to concentrate on building up select communities, strategically located and at a good distance apart, rather than trying to shore up every exist- ing settlement. If this is true then senior governments should give direc- tion to the planning and not stand aside while the life-and-death struggle between communities takes place. Commendable practice Most people probably read with satisfaction about the practice of sus- pending drivers' licences for 24 hours on suspicion of impairment. Even those who have lost the privilege of operating their automobiles, on re- flection, would likely agree that it is a good precautionary move. The evidence that alcohol is im- plicated in a majority of traffic ac- cidents is sufficient warrant for en- gaging in this experiment. Some way must be found to reduce the num- ber of deaths and the amount of damage resulting from people driv- ing while impaired. Although it cannot be proved that a reduction in the number of acci- dents is attributable to this approach, it seems reasonable to see a correla- tion. The police should feel justified in continuing the program. The police deserve the support of the community in their diligent at- tempt to make Lethbridge a safe place in which to Eve, in this and other ways. The casserole No paper can print all the cartoons it would like to, space and other limitationn being what they are, so the only way some of the good ones can be shared is to de- scribe them verbally. One that seems to de- serve sharing depicts a typical doorstep exchange between a great hulking hobo, with his hand out naturally, and a frail, harried looking housewife. He bears a label which reads "Rising, rising, rising prices." and she is saying "It's beginning to dawn on me the more I feed you, the more you come back." There is serious talk in England about the possibility of Queen Elizabeth and oth- er members of the Royal Family making a state visit to the USSR. Conunenting on what this might mean to Moscow tour- ists, especially that long line-up that al- ways seems to be stretched across Red Square, the Daily Mail suggests there might be a new and fascinating attraction. It would be the sight of Nicolai Lenin, turning slowly in his grave. A Washington report says the National Academy of Sciences has issued a warning that new cases of skin cancer a year, 300-odd deaths, may result from supersonic flights over the U.S. The report predicts the flights of supersonic transports damage the atmospheric shielding that protects the earth's surface and those on it from excessive ultraviolet radiation. If this is indeed the case and it may be worth noting that the only extant super- sonic planes are being built outside the U.S. is 5t not surprising, even disturb- ing, that the investigations wKcb led to this discovery were not undertaken, or even recommended, when the aero-space industry -was driving the U-S. Congress so hard for funds to go ahead with an Ameri- can SST? Canada imports quite a lot from the U.S., including the odd item we might do very nicely without. It's a bit of a pity the list of imports doesn't include some of the re- cent policy rulings of the Federal Trade Commission with respect to advertising claims. As an example, take the absurdly extra- vagant claims made for various cough and cold remedies. Recently the Commission demanded some substantiation for these, and having found the manufacturers' sub- missions to be nothing but verbiage, is now applying rigid curbs to this sort of hokum. Perhaps encouraged by overwhelmingly favorable public response to such endeav- ors, the Commission is now tackling a ma- jor food chain on its constantly repeated claim of "The Lowest Food Prices in Town. Its inspectors are to test that claim most thoroughly, by checking the claimant's prices against those of competitors all over town. The Commission has warned that the claim had better be right, or the conse- quences will be drastic. Makes one a bit wistful, doesn't it? The Bafl Reform Act, radically altered Canada's attitude towards suspected malefactors awaiting trial, has been in op- eration long enough for law enforcement agencies to nave worked out most of the bugs, so lo speak, and 1o have made them- selves generally familiar wHb it should and can work. Judging from the rather cautious comments published so far, quite a lot of them don't especially like it. Justice Mmhter Otto said, how- ever, he will broo-k no retrograde changes, and he is right to foci that way. The new policy, whatever its real or ima- gined shortcomings has one merit that far outweighs 11 tbs objections so far muster- ed. It provides a much needed niechanism human dignity, that most elhisivs of characteristics, can be measured by a means other than the thickness