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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THI UTHBRIDOfc HERALD Monday, April 16, 1973 The way to long life The quest for longer life has been going on for centuries. Health fad- dists have always attracted sincere followers anxious to stretch their years. Meanwhile the modern life- style with its tension, rich food and emotional stress is robbing many in- dividuals of choice senior years. A few commonsense rules could extend life. According to Dr. Joseph Hrachovec, researcher in gerontolo- gy and geriatrics at the Ethel Percy Gerontology Centre faulty living hab- its such as unbalanced nutrition and a lack of physical activity and relaxa- tion hasten the aging process and death. This researcher recommends that people, to avoid heart attacks, eat more than three meals per day, eating just half their meal at meal- time and the remainder an hour or so later. He has found that those who eat less frequently have more heart attacks. He scores eating sugar-sweet- ened foods, recommends regular walking and urges people to provide for relaxation to counter periods of high tension. Geriatric specialists are studying the inhabitants of the Ecuadorian vil- lage of Volcabama where residents as old as 142 years are still fit and active. Miguel Carpos, 124 and over six feet tall, still has a full head of black hair and looks like a bearded Kirk Douglas. The nine residents top- ping the 100 year mark are neither feeble nor bedridden. Unlike most old people, the resi- dents of Vilcabamba continue with simple tasks until death. They usually die from accidents or diseases such as influenza brought into the valley by visitors. Ailments common to most societies, such as colds, are rare and hypertension, heart disease and can- cer uncommon. The villagers are chiefly vegetar- ians. Their meals are frugal, consist- ing of grain soup with vegetables and fresh fruit with only one ounce of meat per week. A 1965 study of Hun- gary's oldest residents, chiefly vege- tarians, showed they began to de- velop heart trouble and tumors when they started to eat meat. Dr. Hrachovec's prediction that within the lifetime of today's middle- aged a ''youth pill" will be introduced guaranteeing an ideal life span is welcome news to those fighting longevity hazards. Vilcabamba's younger generation who now prefer modern canned food products to their parents' frugal menu may also choose the pill to achieve the life- length their forbears' vegetarian life- style provided. Compensating flood victims In some countries the population density is so great that people are forced to live where there is a high degree of risk of suffering the rav- ages of flooding. No such pressure to take up habitation along lake shores and rivers exists in Canada. People in this country tempt fate in order to enjoy the aesthetic and rec- reational advantages of proximity to water. Every year, it seems, some new disaster area emerges. This year houses along the shores of the Great Lakes are taking a fearful pounding from waves. Last year it was resi- dents in a. Kamloops subdivision whose houses were inundated by the swollen waters of the Thompson River. Next year it will be some other place, vulnerable to rampaging water. There can be little doubt that peo- ple in these areas experience heavy loss- It is questionable, however, whether the public purse should con- tinue to be drained to recompense private folly. People who want the privilege and prestige of living in risky places should be required to insure themselves accordingly. Some responsibility also falls on the authorities who permit residen- tial development in high rish areas. If that responsibility extends to mak- ing compensation, then instead of helping people to restore their houses, a plan of relocation should be institut- ed and the water frontage property be turned into parks. The private appropriation of the banks of rivers and shores of lakes and oceans is a scandal. Water is a resource which all citizens ought to be able to enjoy. Resentment of bail- ing out the victims of poor planning could be lessened by the promise of restoration of right of access to water bv all citizens. ERIC NICOL All in the ivay you look at it American prisoners of war returning from Vietnam with tales of torture have been roundly scolded by U.S. authorities (Jane Fonda, Joan Baez and their hus- bands, past, present or ''Hyp- ocrites and liars" they've been called, for suggesting that their North Vietnamese captors treated them as anything but guests of the state. This chippy postscript to the Viet- nam war points up the difficulty of telling the when politics are involved. The American soldier having been cast as the villain in the piece by the world's left- wing public, his story of being abused by the heroes of Hanoi confuses the issue of distinguishing White from Wong. In the interest of national solidarity. therefore, perhaps the U.S. government should have instructed the repatriated PoWs in the proper technique of describ- ing their treatment as prisoners of the North Vietnamese. The objective being to recount the facts without upsetting Jane and Co. "CBS. Sergeant Kowabki. Would you tell us what conditions were like during your four years as a 'Til be delighted to. I don't mind re- membering it alL They were four memor- able years. Fd go so far as to say that O never forget them." "Will you describe your PoW I suppose 'simplicity' is best word to describe the decor Dmra I have a feeling I'm going to have a good year at golf. Just before the season offi- cially opened I WOT a round at He.ndfr.ym Lake playing with my hot-shot I had 94 for 38 holes white he came in with vn. My total included a respectable 44 for the back nine. Then 1 look on .lim if ;iv IT ]'h is to he iQ-Td, t pro-.Tk the ity of c for UK- as. my son-in-law. I re- word and apann had rarrc. In the nai-irj; lot after Uie game with FOUVER ART GALLERY "Idtn't understand government policies, international monetary affairs, business, r. Jmmrt tout I Jbiow what I like." Storm lessening in Quebec By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator Although most observers are now looking toward 1974 as the date of the next Quebec elec- tion, it is far too early to rule cut the possibility that Premier Robert Bourassa will decide this year to ask Quebecers for a second mandate. Next month the province will start to draw up its first per- manent voter's list under elec- toral legislation passed last De- cember. The list will be ready when the latest redistribution of electoral ridings comes into ef- fect on Aug. i. Anytime after thac, Bourassa can call an elec- tion with a campaign period as short as 32 days, under the new legislation, compared with up to 56 days under the old system. But he isn't likely to start thinking seriously about an election until next October. Since he was first elected on April 29, 1970, four months be- fore the political kidnappings and assassination of the Octo- ber the 39-year-old pre- mier has tried to give his prov- ince political stability and eco- nomic progress. The ability of his government to remain in of- fice for something approaching a normal term is associated this image of stability. ,The last time that a Quebec government allowed four years to pass between elections was between 1956 and 1960 under the leadership, for the most part, of Maurice Duplessis. The most durable government of the tur- bulent sixties lasted three years, six months and a few weeks under Liberal Premier Jean Lesage. Next November, Bourassa's Liberal adminis- tration will pass this symbolic mark. When the young Quebec pre- mier surveys the political scene these days, his reaction must be mixture of satisfaction and astonishment. Despite the ridicule that greeted his election prediction of new jobs in 1970. Que- bec's economy now provides the strongest plank in Bourassa's embryonic election platform. After six poor years, when performance lagged behind the Canadian average, Quebec s h o w ed above-average in- creases in private diiu public in- vestment in 1971 and 1972. Con- tinual improvement in over-all economic performance has been reflected in health government tax revenues, enabling Bou- rassa to boast that he has held the line on provincial taxes through iour successive budg- ets. The conservative aspect of this economic policy has been a reduction in the annual rate of growth of government spending from 20 per cent to less than 10 per cent. Part of this decrease is a reflection of the tough line thai the Quebec government has taken in bargaining with its civil servants. Bourassa has taken the posi- tion that tax decreases for low- income groups are more impor- tant, economically and politi- cally, than wage increases for organized public employees. The Quebec premier's dollars- and-cents approach to feder- alism was strengthened by Ot- tawa's decision, in the Febru- ary budget, to increase equal- ization grants to the seven recipient provinces by 190 mil- UOE dollars in the current fiscal year. About 80 million dollars of this will go to Quebec. Bourassa's hard line in deal- ing with striking civil servants last year eliminated whatever support he had among radical left but it helped to counteract the reputation for weakness and indecision that clung to him after the October crisis. This probably remains a key factor in the government's refusal so far to mitigate the prison sen- tences of three important labor leaders wbo were jailed as a re- sult of their activities during the "general strike" of civil servants last year. The public's relatively apa- thetic response to date to mass protests on behalf of the union leaders is a good indication of Bourassa's success in tranquil- New Irish broom sweeps clean Jun Fern Bouchard. I about those 44 bf bad DUBLIN The proverb states every new broom sweeps clean but perhaps it just moves faster than the old one. What- ever the reality or the truth of the matter, the new govern- ment in the Irish Republic ap- pears to be able to do both: sweep clean and move fast, much faster than the old one. This coalition government of Fine Gael, led by Mr. Liam Cosgrave. and Labor, under Mr. Brendan Corish, has done more in five weeks than the Fianna Fail government did in a dec- ade. Although the coalition just about made it at the end of the election battle, it picked itself up off the canvas to stand up punching. It demolished a million luxury Jel which the last gov- ernment had lined up to take its Irish personnel in style to the European Common Market meetings in Brussels. No nation as poor as Ireland can afford such extravagance when it has a highly efficient airline. A c r Lingus. serving the same ports and Brussels. That was followed by the round which clabber- ed the notion thai IRA arms did iwt arrive via Ihe republic. By She capture a! the Lybian- registered, German owned vessel, the new minister of de- fense. Mr. P. Donegan. blood- ied the nose of Ihe opposition, c c m e n I links British services, and erfrd the Irish navy there i> such in glowing green li By Louis Bnrke, local writer Nor was the fast moving broom to rest there. Recently, the minister of education, Mr. R. Burke, (no relation) turned on a gigantic right hook which sent compulsory Irish language through the ropes and out for the count. This is something no minister in that post dared touch for 50 years. The philo- sophy of compulsory Irish was the very hub of education and perhaps of everything Irish since the founding of the stale in J922. The abolition of compulsory Irish has enormous implica- tions both in and out of the republic, especially in the Six Counties. Irish or Gaelic was necessary for a secondary "Crazy Capers' school certificate, entry to uni- versity, a job in government and in many other branches of Irish life and living, including entry to Ireland's educational system. Not that Gaelic is to be su- pressed. Far from it: the lan- guage is much too beautiful for that. Next year schools will give double credits for Gaelic. It proves, once more, that no- body, even their own, can or- der the Irish to do things. TTie Irish mind is much loo individ- ual for that! This application of the new broom goes down well with al- most everybody. The abolition of the plush jet satiates the electorate. The British approve of the "Claudia" affair and it helps to kill tbp hand-in-glove- myth. Taking the compulsion out of Gaelic not wily pleases many in the repub- lic, but it appeases some fire- eaters in the Six Counties. H will take fire from the nostrils df the Belfast Unionist dragon and help bring all true Irish- men logcthcr to participate in Jrifh affairs on a national srate. Fianna Fai] has formed the Irish government for sixteen >cars JOTR enough io grow quite stale. If the new coalition of Fine Gael and Labor keep up Ihe clean sweeping and the speed of action, il may last IOM eraxiJcb So rfo the But whatever happens in the Ireland wiU never same again. Letters Parity with counterparts izing a province that veered dangerously close to civil dis- order in 1970. Even his crt'.es now recognize his astuteness in appealing to the inherent con- servation of many Quebecers and to their desire for a recess from political trauma after the events of the sixties. There are a number of uncer- tainties which will have to be resolved before Bourassa reaches a decision on a 1973 election. This month the Quebec gov- ernment's long-standing dispute with Ottawa over adminis- tration of family allowances will come to a head when pro- vincial ministers meet Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde in Ot- tawa. The issue might still be unresolved by the time Bou- rassa and the other premiers sit down with Prime Minister Trudeau next month. But there seems to be a feeling that both Quebec and Ottawa would now like to reach a settlement on it. While Bourassa now benefits from a three-way split among the forces opposed to him, no one yet is certain about the fu- ture development of the Social Credit group under its new leader, Yvon Dupuis. One school of opinion among Quebec Liberals holds that time will prove to be Dupuis' worst enemy: another group would like to tackle him as soon as possible. There is also the un- known effect of the crime probe on both the Liberals and Union Nationals opposition to be bal- anced by public approval of the government's decision to launch the investigation. Finally there is the absence of a ''big issue'' for an election in 1973. Only a few years ago, there seemed to be no doubt that it would be separatism, that it would be Bourassa ver- sus Rene Levesque. It still looks as if this aspect of the election will be the most prominent, particularly in the eyes of other Canadians. But the apparent levelling-off of support for Le- vesque's Parti Quebecois means that Bourassa might have to search elsewhere for the theme of his campaign. It is customary to give the hourly wage rate or monthly stipend when quoting salaries