Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 HIE leriioviooi HERALD Monday, Curl Rotctin Defensiveness 'unnecessary ivadiiis! of Professor Victor Mat- thews' slucly of sodo-lcjjal statistics in MlK'ila suggests lluit such expres- sions uf ik't'iMisivc'iiess as followed Hie imluil press reports arc uimec- i-ssnry. And attacks on the author of the sliiily for socking to subvert I lie iii.itiue system of Ihe province are unjustified. No antagonism toward Uic police or judges in our socicly can fairly be allnhmcd lo Professor Matthews on I hi- basis of his sluily. Throughout ilie vupcirl it is evident iliat the author a positive atliludc toward those the system. Kvidcntly the statistical indication 1 a backward and repressive system -urpriscd Professor Matthews, Based upon experience with other legal-jus- (ice systems, he says lie has found members of. Alberta's system lo lie voiic'cnipcl and co-operative as well as enlightened in their ap- proach." An explanation for Alberta's ap- parently uncomplimentary position is possible given the nature of avail- able statistics. Only through a cen- tralized data system collecting stan- dardized inforinatin would it be pos- sible lo determine if is amiss in the province's ailmiiiislra- lion of justice. At present, information is incom- plete ami difficult to correlate be- cause of different methods employed for recording. RCMP policy, for in- stance, prevents some of the informa- tion desired from the force from being available for study, resulting in an obvious distortion of Lhe pic- lure. And each of the city police de- partments has its own system of keeping records. The conclusion of the report is that Alberta needs n central registry for data on the legal-justice system. This is not .1 new idea. Both the .McGs'alli Heporl on the penal system of the province and the Ouimct Report on corrections in Canada pointed to the need of a central registry. What Pro- fessor Matthew's study does is sup- port the earlier proposals. Attorney General Mervin Leitch, then, is largely missing the point by looking for mistakes in the study, fie should lie addressing himself lo Ihe main issue of Ihe setting up of a central registrv. Planned exploitation The Upper Missouri River Basin in the United States is not loo unlike much of southern Alberta in topo- graphy, environment and natural re- sources. Governor Forrest Anderson of Montana told a business industrial development conference in Bismark, N.D.. recently that the basin holds the key lo the future happiness and well bring of a five state area, lie said: "In this part, of the country we are forlunale to have avoided the accu- mulation of environmental and social problems afflicting most of America this region is on the threshold of great economic development. In- dustries are being attracted by our tremendous wealth of natural re- sources. And people are fascinated by the last great expanse of qualify of living space in this country. "We cannot stop this development. cannot turn people away. We cannot lock up our slates and cannot secede from the union. can, however, plan now to assure that any development in Ihe region is or- aerly and reasonable. We have seen the environmental destruction that has occurred in oilier pails of the. country. We are aware of mistakes in Ibe past. This is our advantage.'1 The basin has and of which the entire country needs desperately. There is an energy crisis ill America. Almost all of the suitable hydroelectric siles have been developed. It is necessary lo generate power from new re- sources. The. huge seams of low sul- phur coal in Ihe Missouri basin are a valuable source of energy. the governor said, "if this development is not adequately planned, it will be disaster. The won- der and beauty of the region may be losl forever and the productivity of the valuable rural land may be de- creased or destroyed." A key point of the governor's was that through the Upper Missouri River Basin Regional Commission, Ihe natural resources can be devel- oped and Ihe benefits maximized in the states of Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska. North and South Dakota. At this tune, the governor's re- marks are particularly applicable to this province, especially southern Al- berta. Should we have our own vehi- cle to carry our planning through? Or are we satisfied to have a bulk of the say as to what happens rest with Edmonton and Ottawa? Perhaps even in Hie United Stales? Exploiting the great resource po- (enlial along Ihe eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies has hardly started. We must decide whether it is to be a battle of fire prevention, or fire fighting. It it's the latter. who's going to be Ihe custodian of the alarm? ART BUCHWALD Stop eating WASHINGTON There was more good news on the cost of living from the Nixon administration last week. IL vent, up nfiain. But Herbert Stein, one of the presi- dent's chief economists, said the only rea- son it had risen was because food prices had increased. If you eliminated food prices from Uic cost of living, 'ie said, you would in fact have seen a decrease in the prices. Not many people realiz'xl how well Lhe president's anti-inflation, policies were working until they explained to them by Mr. Stein. Since food puces seem lo Ihe main problem, I can now reveal what the ad- ministration is going to about it. Do not be surprised if you (lip on your TV .id. in a few weeks mid see Ihe president of Ihc United States silling at his desk behind his seal. >p.My follow Americans, ''I have asked Lo speak lo you Lonighl on a subject ItiaL is vital to everyone in this country. When I took office three and a half years Fipo, thi.s country was on the road to inflation; an inflation that touched every hou.sohold, every man, woman anil child in this great land of ours. I vowed nt the lime to do something about it and f am happy to report to you tonight that my efforts have succcded. I can now tell that the price of baseball cards is do-.'.n 3 per cent, the cost of trolley-car (racks has been reduced .0 per cent, men's straw haLs are -selling at one-third tho price of 10 years "Lawrence Vv'elk records have been re- duced Si, and men's jackets are sell- ing at a fyO per cent discount. "The rc.-n.son for the success nf my anti- inflation is the of tlie American people to make sacrifices to the tide. "The only area don't seem lo made any headway in our fight agaiasl ris- ing prices is in food. Now 1 know you arc fating to say. 'Jf the price of food goes up can v.e ever hope lo hold down infl.'i- I ''My fellow Americans, the to that question rests wilh each and every- one of you out Ihcre. Ladies and gentle- men, we can lick the problem of the higb cost, of food if we make one more slight sacrifice. I am asking every person in the nation regardless of race, regardless of age, regardJess of party affiliation, to stop eating. ''When I say stop eating, I don't mean just meal or vegetables or fruit or bread. I mean stop eating anything. "If everyone gives up three meals a day as long as Phase 2 is in effect, I assure you lhat our battle against higher prices v.JJJ be (he November I'leclion. 'Some of you may say, 'How can v.c, give up eating when it lias become such an important part of our At first il won't Ijc- easy. If I may add a per- sonal note, Pat .said to me just before the broadcast, 'Isn't there any other way of lowering the cost of living besides giving up "And I replied, 'Pal, of cour.se (here are other ways. could freeze farm prices, or put a ceiling on grocery distributors, or issues regulations barring rises in cum- modilics. That would be the easy way. the political way, the economical way. "Bui, as president cf Ita United Suic.s, I must choose the hard way, Certainly there will be some temporary inconven- iences when people have to give up But they nre nothing comparable to ihe gain.s Uuil will show up on our economic indicators .My fc-llnw Americans, yen go to bed hundry lonjght, remernlxr you nre not going ID hungry hcojnisc there is no in hut vfiti arc Koint- to hun- gry because you as I dn, m a healthy, stable economy. "I 'ton't Hunk 1'rn cxaggcrating when I say that if every Americans gives up eat- ing until the inflation cri.sis is over. Ihis could go down as the wr-ek lhat changed Ihc history of Ihe world." d'tiranto Slur Syndicate; Nixon sends good money after bad WASHINGTON The sjood poker players live, by (ho rule that you never send good money -jffer luul. When your luck is ninnin" cold, you In- to cut your losses: you don't keep upping Uic anle in the hope (bat a sudden reversal of fortune will enable you lo re- coup your losses. There can be no doubt llml (lie United Stales lias IxX'n a losing game in Indochina, n point President must be aware of, since he has speul over two years figuring out how to extricate Uncle Sam betorc he lopes Ills shirt. Suddenly, Ihp bombings at Haiphong and Hanoi and Ihe. damaging of four Soviet mer- chant ships, Mr. Nixon lias thrown Mime mighty big chips on Hie (iihle. It is like the poker player who has lost all night asking for a hijih slakes baud of "showdown" as the game is breaking up in Ihe desperate hope that tic will not go home so bit: a loser. Like the poker player, Mr. A'ixoti is sending good money after bnd. Secretary of State William P. Rogers and Defence Sccrelary iMelvin Laird given the public a torrent, of words, many of them contradictory lo justify the bombings. They arc parties lo an administration attempt lo win public support by building up anli-IIanoi omolions. They talk aboul "this mas- sivj invasion from Ihe north." when in fact (tic Communist "Invasion" has been a constant reality for years. Nothing has occurred of such newness or magnitude as lo justify steps thai run Ihe risk of transform- ing the war into a direct U.S.- Sovtel confrontation. The administration speaks of retaliation because the North Vietnamese violated "under- standings" of toes, when Ihe bombing halt was ordered by President Johnson, although there is no evidence whatever that Hanoi actually agreed lo anything. The bombings of Hanoi and llaii'boni' ,n r understandable only as of a pol- icy of iIcsiTi.-.l.iin Koivrs .-.'-d tin-1 Iwinbings picvenl il Conunur.i-L i.Aoou-r Thai is Ibc lie-arl of lie (ruth, despite (he lad il-.ii it coiitvaclicls Lai rd V lesiimony iihimt (lie i'f Yictnami- yation and tv: of Soudi Vii'tiv.rvs'- Tlio ried tliiil iV lake over :v.'.'.'.'. would Ricliarci lie can ill Moscow ni-M month as a man wlio lias iust boon driven out of "'no has just was imMs y. and lhal calamity for i limp into 'By the way did he say what our foreign ownership policy watched the United States suf- fer her fiisl military humilia- tion Nor HO. LTD., I'ropriclors and Pubhshcra Published 1S05 195J, by lion. W. A. BUCHANAN1 Second Class Mall RcqiMralhn fJo A'.tmler el Trie Press fldrl Ih- Duly PuLlkJiers' Ajlocialion and Ifie Aucjit nureeu cf Circuiallcns CLCO W. MOWERS, Ediior and Publisher THOMAS H. 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