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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE April Federal election unnecessary this year Increased city costs The Citv ot Lethbndge is not insulated trom the forces ot inflation As the cost ot else goes up, so does the cost ot the goods and services purchased the city As the cost of running am thing else inci eases so does the cost ot running the city The citv s general revenue comes from apphmg a mil! rate against the assPbsment So when more money is needed to run the city, either the assessment or the mill rate or both must be increased The assessment is adjusted everv tew years but on any given home or other property it has stayed the same tor some years Therefore the mill rate must be increased Of course new buildings go up every year and new properties are added to the assessment roll But the cost of serving the additional properties and people consumes (on the average) the extra tax revenue they generate So it boils down to this that as the citizen must pay more for his automobile and his sugar and his plumbing repairs and his shoes, so must he pay more for those services supplied him by the city That means a higher mill rate The prospect is for an increase in the mill rate proportionately less than the inflationary factor So in a way the taxpayers are fortunate Reordering priorities One of West Germany s foremost space scientists Professor Heinz kaminski of the Institute of Space Science at Bochum says that space probes are a luxurv mankind can no longer afford The need for fuller understanding ot the earth and its supporting capacity tor human beings is so pressing that turther exploration of the planets should be postponed This is not the of a man who does not see value m the exploration of the solar svstem it is the plea ol a man who is afraid that all human pursuits, including space probes may come to an end unless there is a reordering of priorities Both the mone> now being expended on space exploration and the intelligence ot those engaged in the field are needed to help solve the immediate problem ot sustaining life on earth the 30 vears predicted as the limit unless there is major change All space activity would not need to end in a reordering of priorities Professor Kaminski has praise for the intormation gathering program through earth orbiting satellites Such intormation as has already been gathered about the inter-relationships of lite on earth is proving valuable for decision making An even greater waste of money and brains can be found in the area of weapons technology A diversion of even a fraction'of the expenditure here could prove to be the best defence for mankind It is tor this reason that everyone should hope that U S -U S S R relations can continue to improve until talks on arms limitations reach a successful conclusion Then general disarmament negotiations could be pursued among the rest of the nations There may be grounds for optimism about the future of man on earth but unless there is soon some shift in priorities the theoretical could be swallowed by reality A short-cut maybe while back the Alberta legislature was wondering about using the title Ms tor temale citizens in an amendment to the Elections That was in deference to the increasingly popular notion that somehow it is discriminatory to use Mrs and Miss to indicate a woman s marital status men married or single, are all called Mister Perhaps it is a bit unfair to advertise the connubial state of one sex and not the other But as anyone knows who has observed the never-ending battle of the sexes everv concession is simply the percursor ot the next, so it won t be long betore there s another clamor It might make sense to take the next step now and save another battle later on It the present idea were adopted, there d be two designations, Ms for temales Mr for males That just won t do We are constantly being rebuked for discriminating on the basis of sex, told it is sexist or worse to suggest that men and women are different kinds of people Then why not deal with that complaint too, by doing away with the offending distinction7 Get rid of "r" and "s" altogether and use only the simple dignified M, that discloses neither sex nor marital status That should satisfy even the most ardent crusader for equality wouldn t you think7 (Well perhaps not the French, their exultant Vive le difference'" wont easily be reconciled with a designation that says everyone's a Monsieur) But if M becomes the proper title for men, women, boys, girls, married, single, widowed, divorced or whatever, the designation becomes rather meaningless doesn't it7 So someone's bound to get the idea that time space and ink would be saved by dropping it too which would leave no designation at all And that may be the only way the whole silly business will ever be settled ART BUCHWALD Fasten your belt WASHINGTON If President Nixon is really serious in his campaign to protect Americans from invasion of privacy, he might start with the 1974 automobile safety belts These harnesses which are attached to screaming buzzers on the dashboard may save lives but they're also wrecking marriages driving people stark raving mad and causing untold havoc on the road Just the other day I was in Tucson, Ariz and the Sheltons offered to take me to dinner in their new 1974 station wagon There were six of us in the car three in the front seat and three in the back Everyone was in a jovial mood Then Shelton tried to start the car A red light the size of a highway billboard lit up and a buzzer which sounded like an air raid siren went off Shelton yelled to his wife, 'Fasten your safety belt1 It is fastened'' she screamed back over the dm Well it isn't fastened right Put the shoulder strap over your chest' It is over my chest, she said angrily I was sitting between them in the middle seat Maybe it s my belt1' I yelled I unhooked and then rehooked the belt, but the buzzer wouldn t stop Hurry someone in the back seat shouted, 'or the whole car will self- destruct1' Shelton leaned over me, grabbed his wife's shoulder harness and pulled it tightly around her The red light went off and the buzzing stopped There, said Shelton, "that's better "I m Mrs Shelton gasped "I can t breathe Don t do Shelton cried, "or the bii77ing will start again I can only hold my breath for two Mrs Shelton gagged I lifted the shoulder harness from her neck and the red light went on again and the scream of the buzzer filled the car Shelton hit the wheel with both his hands I told you not to touch her belt 'But her face was all I said Everybody get Shelton said "Let's see if I can solve this thing We all got out of the car Shelton studied the front seat "All right, my harness goes in this slot, your harness in this slot and her harness goes in this one Now let's all get back in the car again and I don't want to hear any buzzers We got back in and in five minutes managed to get the harnesses around us Shelton turned on the ignition and everything on the dashboard flashed red You hold her harness, Shelton yelled to me, "and let her hold yours1" "Who's going to hold yours'" I shouted "I'll hold my own 'How are you going to drive'" I asked him Who cares, as long as I can stop the buzzing'" I was holding on to Mrs Shelton's harness for dear life, and she had my seat belt in the crook of her elbow Shelton had one hand underneath his seat and was driving with the other For five minutes it was quiet in the car Then Mrs Shelton said, "I think the circulation in my arm has been cut off There's no feeling m it "We've only got three miles to Shelton raged "Hang on "Please let go of my Mrs Shelton begged me "If you do I'll kill Shelton said to me We made it to the restaurant just before Mrs Shelton passed out U was a good dinner but no one really cared Everyone was thinking of the drive back to the hotel By W. A. Wilson, Montreal Star commentator OTTAWA The time has come for the leaders of our po- litical parties to look with realism at all the evidence they can assemble about the state of opinion m this country and then say to themselves with great firmness, "enough of this They should do that now be- cause they are coming very close to perpetrating an absurdity on the Canadian people in the form of a premature election It is arrant nonsense for Mr Stanfield and the Conservatives to continue self-serving attempts to upset the balance of this Parliament and bring on an election at least two years before there is need for one It is rather worse than that It is an attack on political stability, damaging to confidence in goveinment and the political process rather than simply to confidence in a particular administration The Conservative duty is to function as an opposition, not as a group of political spoil- ers It was careless and irresponsible of both Mr Lewis and the New Democrats to leave it so late in the day before taking steps essential to protecting their own political position When they did return to reality, it was a mistake to adopt a scatter-gun approach, firing off demands in all directions The sensible approach would have been to pick one or two attainable demands with popular appeal and go for them with determination, making a simultaneous contribution to this country's social structure and to its immediate political stability The cabinet has been guilty of day-dreaming in the midst of a few genuine accomplishments and some genuine political and governmental bad management It has on one hand been engaged in play- acting, making the pretence that its power rests on parliamentary security, daring opponents to shatter that illusion On the other it has fumbled important aspects of the nation's business and stubbornly refused to correct mistakes This has obscured the public HHAUfrl "Yes9" McNamara anticipates world disorder By James Reston, New York Times commentator WASHINGTON One of the charges made against officials and press alike during the oil crisis was that they did not alert their peoples in time to the magnitude of the problem They saw the trend but not the stupendous dangers ahead, so now they are looking forward to even more serious world economic crises Here for example is Robert McNamara, president of the World Bank, asserting with almost missionary zeal that the rich nations have not yet calculated the economic and human consequences of quadrupled oil prices or even begun to grapple realistically with the food and fertilizer shortages he sees ahead A few years ago he protested publicly when C P Snow the British scientist, predicted at Fulton, Mo that before long the world would be watching' millions" of human beings on television dying of starvation Now, he says, he is not so sure Lord Snow was overly pessimistic One or two more seasons of bad weather, he observes, and the human family will be enduring unimaginable disasters Helmut Schmidt, minister of finance of the Federal Republic of Germany, is almost as gloomy about the divisions among the advanced nations at a time when the world economy, despite recent boom conditions, is entering a phase of extraordinary instability Writing in Foreign Affairs for April he sees a struggle for the distribution of essential raw materials developing in the world with most nations looking to their own selfish interests and avoiding the co operative planning necessary to meet their common problems Again the nations are misjudging the magnitude of the coming problems and the fragility of the present system of distributing world goods and paying for them What remains, Schmidt asserts are resourceful bickerings over the results of joint efforts a game full of ruses and little tricks, with strategies of threats, attrition and fatigue of overnight conferences and dissolved meetings a game of coalitions and cartels 'It is a struggle for the distribution and use of the national product a struggle for the world product Schmidt says The struggle over the 01) prices may be followed tomorrow by a similar struggle over the prices of other import raw materials And since what is at stake is not just pawns on a chessboard, but the peaceful evolution of the world economy and the prosperity of the nations of the world we need a politically sound philosophy if we are to win this dangerous fight' "Take that, you dirty rotten irritating seat belt buzzer'' McNamara's experts at the World Bank estimate that India alone will have to find an additional billion a year just to pay the increased cost of oil at present prices In addition, the hundred poorest countries of the world, where two billion people exist, 40 per cent of them in semi starvation the rise in fertilizer prices will cost them an additional billion which of course they do not have This year, he notes, the advanced nations of the world will have to pay billion more for the same amount of oil products they consumed in 1973 The increase for all the poor nations will be billion Meanwhile, the increased revenues to the oil producing states this year will be on the order of billion, about half of this going to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and Libya 'Were no other changes to affect international McNamara says, 'The 1973 current account surplus of the developed nations would turn into a deficit of billicn and the 1973 current account deficit of the developing nations would double to billion "Such he concludes, "threaten the stability of the economies of the oil consuming nations throughout the world Individual nations may seek to finance the deficits by unilateral, beggar my neighbor policies of drastic exchange rate adjustments, and severe trade restrictions But such efforts to expand exports and restrict imports, if pursued by many nations, can only lead to a world wide deflationary spiral These anxieties are shared by Secretary of State Kissinger and the former Secretaiy of the treasury, George Shultz, yet while U S official development assistance to the world amounted to 2 79 per cent of the U S GNP m 1949, it is now only 22 per cent, and the House of Representatives rejected last Jan 23 U S participation in the replenishment of the International Development Association funds for the poorest nations McNamara called this at the time "an unmitigated disaster and ever since he has been running around the world trying to persuade the rich nations to calculate the consequences of the coming world disorder He got some promise of help from Iran million at 8 per cent interest and million a year for soft long-term leans at 2 per cent) but he will have to get many more advance commitments to keep the International Development assistance program going after July 1 This is the somber prospect that helps explain Washington's irritation with the current squabbles among the allies over the procedures rather than the substance of the world economic crisis Kissinger is alarmed by the disarray he sees in the world and exasperated with the slowness of coming to grips with it sometimes exasperated at his own exasperation McNamara noted the fact that the most fighting has taken place in the poorest regions of the world and equates political stability with economic stability Helmut Schmidt comes closer to the bone In the short he says "there is at least a point beyond which economic stability would be in jeop- ardy And that point is reached whenever the industrialized countries are confronted with intolerable adaption and reorganization problems incapable of being solved at short notice and are thus driven into employment crises or toward an even higher rate nf inflation I do not wish even to contemplate a point at least theoretically conceivable beyond which the irrational use of force might ensue view of things that have been well done Mr Trudeau is a complex man, with qualities that are appealing, some that are rather impressive, one or two that are off-putting and, it seems increasingly, one flaw that is serious enough that it could mar his whole period as prime minister That last one is an inability to correct mistakes that seems to stem from a hatred of admitting that they have been made in the first place This is the most misplaced form of pride that heads of government can be afflicted with, simply because there are no supermen It is not possible to run anything as large and active as a government without some er rors of judgment, some mis- takes about people The sheer volume of activity alone guar- antees that The public does not even seem to blame men in government for this inevitable quota of errors It may very well blame them however if they drift into blind refusal to acknowledge what has happened Few samples of public opinion have been much more predictable than today s Gallup Poll and few have contained less justification for an election The high result the Liberals reached last December was based upon unusual Quebec support which reflected the sweep that had taken place in the election there just before the polling was done The Liberal standing had sagged by the time of the last sampling done in January and it has now dropped back to the level demonstrated in the last election This was pre- has happened to sustain it at the artificial high shown after the Quebec election The one-point Conservative shift down from the election up from the lower point of the winter The general level of Conservative support some what below the Liberals but not out of reach of them, does demonstrate however that Mr Stanfield has made no progress with his long post- election campaign to persuade people that he ought to replace Mr Trudeau as prime minister He will have his chance to put that to the test when the next election comes There is not even any indication that it is really to his advantage to be doing his utmost to precipitate one now Yet his stated aim seems to remain to try to bring down the government at the first opportunity By now that goes past the normal accepted role of the parliamentary opposition Its proper function is to submit the government to checks to ensure that it always is forced to make the case for what it proposes to do to guarantee that things never go by default That is not the same thing as trying to destroy the stability of a Parliament The New Democrats have a specific place in the political spectrum to protect and neither they nor the government which depends upon their support have been paying enough attention to that necessity But it is the NDP as well as the Liberals who have been doing some of the day-dreaming The NDP fancies have been morbid of course, because they take the form of a doctrinaire conviction that the party's devoted following will never forgive its members for supporting Liberals In fact, nothing of the sort has been happening because the public obviously has seen it differently, as a rational contribution to political stabil ity The New Democrats have simply enabled Parliament tc work and the opinion polls have shown all along that nc one is blaming them for doing that The public interest in thi general situation is eas> enough to define Governmenl must go on and since all the signs are that a premature election would preserve th ;