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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 27, 1773 Family planning with a difference Both worthy of support Back to back charitable appeals next week and the week after by the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Association for the Mentally Retarded are causing members of both organizations some anxiety. They know how easily potential contribu- tors can be turned off by frequency of appeals. Anyone who takes the time to be- come familiar with the work of these organizations knows that they are both worthy of support. In the one instance the emphasis is on rehabili- tation; in the other it is on normaliza- tion- A major elective in both cases is to get people out of institutions and keep them out and functioning in the community. Even organizations that make ex- tensive use of volunteers, as is the case with both these groups, require funds. Just to co-ordinate effort calls for an expenditure of money, before anything in the way of training and sustaining programs are considered. It is unfortunate that the cam- paigns come so close together in time. Unless people pay particular atten- tion to the fact that there are two distinct associations making appeals an erroneous impression of a double solicitation might arise. This would probably work more to the detriment of the Association for the Mentally Retarded simply because it is the second campaign. Members of the Canadian Mental Health Association are concerned about the elfect of their campaign on the other association. They recognize that the Association for the Mentally Retarded has had an annual appeal, for a decade, in the second week of May while this will be the first ap- peal by the CMHA. But also the first week in May has been National Men- tal Health Week for many years. Thus both organizations are locked into their time slots. Responsibility for the increasing number of appeals ultimately falls back on the community which has failed to contribute as generously as it should e to the United Way, the single canvass for multiple or- ganizations. Insufficient supply of funds from the United Way forced the CMHA district council to with- draw, while the prospect of reduced funds has kept the Association for the Mentally Retarded from considering application. If the government could resist the temptation to assume control of ser- vice agencies the sensible solution to the increasing dilemma of secur- ing adequate financing for them would be to fund them out of taxation. This would have the merit of spreading the load more equitably, too. Since this proposal is only in the kite-flying stage those who are aware of the valuable services provided by such organizations as the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Association for the Mentally Retard- ed will have to prepare to respond to their appeals. Flunking out The administrator of the U.S. en- vironmental protection agency, Wil- liam D. Ruckelshaus, was recently forced to grant the automobile in- dustry an extension on the deadline for producing cars meeting certain anti-pollution standards. Spokesmen for the industry said it as impossible to meet the original objective. Russell Baker, in his column be- low, directs some scathing comments toward the engineers who have flunk- ed this technological challenge. He wonders what has happened to the "can-do" spirit that had earlier char- acterized Americans. Many people will be skeptical about the claim that the engineers cannot do what is expected of them- Tech- nological achievements such as send- ing men to the moon make it seem almost inconceivable not to be able to reduce engine pollutants in a given time limit. It as difficult not to suspect some feet dragging on the part of the manu- facturers. At any rate, there can't be much sympathy for an industry pleading for more time when it has been evident from the early 1950s that something was eventually going to have to be done about reducing engine pollutants. The really disturbing thing about the situation is that the manufac- turers appear to be in the driver's seat. Shutting down the automobile industry was a prospect Mr. Ruckel- shaus could not face. What that would do to the economy is incalculable but obviously intimidating. More exten- sions could conceivably follow. The "can't-do" guys WASHINGTON Those of us who were brought up with absolute ;n the ab- lolute superiority of American mechanical skills ear-not help feeling embarrassed about Detroit's performance in this matter of exhaust pollution standards. It isn't that the engineering failure is so humiliating, although it is bad enough when we read that Japanese industry can already meet standards Detroit says it will still be unable to measure up to by 1973. The Japanese! To anyone whose psyche is rooted m the 1930s, finishing behind the Japanese in a manufacturing exercise is like John Wayne being beaten up by Smiley Burnett. Still, that could be tolerated. We are older now than we were in 1339, and we have learned that nobody can win them all. What is insufferable, however, is that De- troit should not even be ashamed of indeed, that far from being ashamed of itself, Detroit should mount a loud lobbying operation in Washington to call world at- tention to its defeat For months it has been declaring that fee American car industry absolutely can- not under any conceivable circumstances solve the hard engineering problem put to it by the government. What it wanted, and what it got was government permission to be excused from having Jo solve that prob- lem for a Jong time forever, some peo- ple suspect. What's wrong out ttxre in Detroit? They seem to have lost the good oM American know-how, forgotten bow to cut the mus- tard, misplaced the moxie. This, at any rate, is what they keep say- Ing in Washington white trying to persuade the government to make it easier for them. What a falling off is this. We bear it and think of the Seabees m the Second World War. The difficult they did immediately. Remember? The impossible took a little longer There can-do 51 in arxi 1here to V can-do guja in Detroit, too. America was full of can-do guys not so long go. Nowadays we have can't-do guys. Wash- ington is perpetually filled with them, all looking for a government handout, or a backdoor appointment at the justice de- partment, all leaning on the Congress and Pentagon and White House while their su- perb lobbying machines boast that they can't build an airplane, can't fulfill a con- tract, can't inn a railroad, can't stop dump- ing their garbage in their own life's Can't-do guys do all right in Washington. Perhaps because lobbying is one thing the can't-do guys almost always can do, and magnificiently. Detroit may not be able to dispose of exhaust very neatly, but it can build a beautiful lobbying machine for sell- ing government the story of its own in- adequacy. What is it in the Washington air that re- stores UK: energies of these once dynamic American manufacturers? Something there is that brings out all the old latent, half- forgotten ingenuity that seems to have ab- andoned them back in the home plant Back in Burbank everything may seen hopeless. Engireers weeping and test pilots refusing to take the thing off the deck. But bring them to Washington and, suddenly, hopeless, half-dead men are leaping on the cocktail tables in penthouse suites shouting, "I don't care how impos- sible it looks. Boss! Our lobby can lick this Production, of course, counts for little in Washington. Here salesmanship that's stuff becomes the ultimate virtue. This is why companies that can't produce at the plant do it so well in Washington. The test be-e is seldom whether it win wrk, but whether you can sell K.. AaJ so long as you can sdl it. who cares whether it works or not? Salesmanshjjj that's the staff. In Washington, even corporate failure sells if boated about loudly enough. To 5je4 results in Washington, as Penta- gon contractors have known for years, you hr-f to grod old dont- By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator 01TAWA There was a cer- tain amount of unseemly amusement in the Commons the other day when Grace Maclnnis brandished a multi-colored fam- ily planning poster showing a happy brood of ten. Was this, she inquired, a reflection of government policy and was there not a danger that it would sabotage family planning organ- izations in their important work? At that time Marc Lalonde was content with a' cautious an- swer. While the poster did, he felt, reflect the policy of Otto Lang who was not responsible for it, he was not sure that it yet the government's pol- icy. It is apparent in retrospect that Mrs. Maclnnis was on to something. Certain officials may have erred through over- enthusiasm, exposing a policy which had yet to receive a for- mal, collective blessing from the assembled ministers. But the time for caution is past now that the ministers, in a last minute rush, have caught up with Mr. Lang and it has been possible at last publicly to un- veil the government's hold new program of bigger and better families and subsidized babies in a pleasing array of colors. The new policy, which will undoubtedly be acclaimed with so many the f.nest and most enlightened in the western world, and perhaps on planet earth, remains un- clear as> to details because of the government's virtuous re- solve to bring the provinces into earnest consultation. Var- ious questions are set out for consideration in the govern- ment's working pink paper al- though they appear, on exami- nation, to be illustrative and do not exhaust the matters of in- terest which undoubtedly will occur to citizens. What is required, in the inter- ests of regional development, a vey elemeit in the new patri- otism championed by Mr. La- locde, is vigorous baby growth everywhere in the country. This will be furthered if the federal government, in the course of consultations, sets out reas- onably specific targets. Indeed, the matter can scarcely be left to chance now that the govern- ment speaking through Mr. La- londe has accepted its role as keeper of the individual con- science. The basic questions would seem to be clear enough. What are the government's national targets for subsidized babies in 1974 and in subsequent years? What are the contributions ex- pected region by region and age group by age group? Is there to be a cut-off point at which citi- zens, with some credits for past "Ah, the sounds of spring geese coughing overhead on their way north." Another 1929 in the making? By Bruce WhHestone, syndicated commentator What in fact is the possibility that we are going to have a re- peat performance of the Great Depression? The decade following the 1929 crash did much-to instill and reinforce the now widely held View that the inherent insta- bility of the private market ec- onomy has been responsible for the recurring "boom and bust'1 cycles in North America. Yet this sort of finger pointing is not appropriate to the actual chain of events. In almost all instances, the periods of econ- omic distress have been the re- sult of monetary instability and the failure of government to provide a stable monetary framework. By ignoring the lag effect of changes the central banks al- ways appear to be late in re- versing policies Where are we now? Should economic policy become less expansive? To pose such a ques- tion now may seem to be mis- guided when unemploy m e n t levels, in Canaaa at least ap- pear to be hovering close to I he six per cent level. The question, nevertheless, is legitimate here If we ignore the problem and excessive ex- pansionary policies continue. we will have created just that wide mstabil'ty that will lead to an economic collapse. Annual money supply growth has rang- ed between 15-20 per cent since jnid-lSTO; highly expans i v e rates such as these must be moderated soon. We obviously do not want to Jewel off BJC expansion prema- turely because of the wide- spread human suffering that could result, but neither do we want a runaway inflation that lead to an old-fashioned collapse. Now. when njonsy supply growth 5s accelerating at ex- cessively high rates, prices will rise reflecting the increase in "printed Corporations or individuals will be tempted to borrow funds to protect their positions. Business will begin to stockpile inventory because of its justified fear that prices will rise even further. New facilities will be built before they are needed for the same reason. Similarly, individuals will begin 1o engage in -name frirvinc Thus the lor credit will war and central then will have no choice but to curtail credit drastically. There is, of course, the fact that economic policies take a considerable time to exert their effects on the course of the economy. Our economy has so much built-in momentum that Letters to the editor it continues in the same direc- tion for a considerable time be- fore responding to any change. How much longer the current expansion can continue at its current pace depends on the degree of slack in the economy. With industrial production Stop the noise Judging by the amount of motor noise in Lethbridge the anti-noise bylaw is obviously being regularly defied and the local police are permitting it Those who say this motor noise is not of serious volume are wrong and need only sta- tion themselves near stop signs or signals to see how mistak- en they are. Owners of late model cars frequently and purposely alter their mufflers to make them noisy and those guilty of this should be strongly dealt with for this is premeditated crime ard against the noise laws. I believe many citizens of this city would like to see the prac- tice of these noisy motorists roaring up and down city streets throwing this unwelcome noise into people's living rooms stopp- ed. Why don't the police do something effective about it? The downtown merchants complaining about the num- erous "drunks" probably don't notice the motor noise out on the streets as the pedestrians do. It is very probable that if are a serious detri- ment to downtown patronage then these noisy motorists are just as bad and probably worse. As we know, shoplifting is a crime and people are being re- gularly punished for it Exces- sive office-making is also a crime according to the law. City council upon complaints from residents employed con- siderable time and effort to formulate the anti-noise bylaw and it is past time for those res- ponsible for this laws' enforce- ment to show effective effort. Lethbridge CITIZEN Disputes tire claim In an editorial in The Her- ald (April 23) entitled "Sub- sidies and tariffs" the writer seemed unhappy because the U-S. had threatened to apply a countervailing duty on Micbe- lin tires snipped to the U.S. from Canada. T5ie circumstances surround- ing the Michelin controversy are these: Canada can export certain types of tires to the U.S. by paying five per cent duty while France pays 17 per cent duty on the same type of lire. The problem that arose was that for a very long time the Michelin tires were made in France and warehoused in Canada in a warehouse paid for largely by the Canadian government, and the U.S. main- tained that this was merely a method fry ivWch Micbchn evaded UTP 17 per cent duly was thereby getting tares into the U S. at a five per cent rate of duly. There may now be some Michelin tires actually fully manufactured in Canada but I have examined a great many Michelin tires on cars and every one had "made in France" stamped on them and I am of the opinion that few if any Micbelin tires are even yet really "made in Canada." 1 am convinced that no "m a d e in Canada" passenger car tires witii tbe Micheln brand name have ever been shipped to the US. from Can- ada. RAY KE1TGES Lethbridge note: Mr. reason fw extra tariff on Michcfin tires is interesting, and -nrll br correct, rtnt not