Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, April 57, T972 Juntas Neil son Baby bonus bomb The revised family ullovumce pvo- proposed by the federal gov- ernmcnl hns run into such criticism from opposition MPs thai it could well become ;iti election au election is to be held soon. At present set universal "baby boiiiisos" arc paid on behalf of every child under 18 regardless of family income. Under the new Family In- come Security Plan payment would depend entirely on the family income base. This base, under the proposed act, would be set at .innually fw a sinijlp-child family with nil in- crease of S5W for each additional child. Tins adjustment means that many families will] incomes of more than will be paid less than at present and in many cases nothing at all, while poorer families will get more, it is estimated that approxi- mately 'M per cent of all Canadian families would not qualify for family allowances if the bill is passed. The NLH' argument, (supported by the Social Credit and to ii lesser degree the Conservatives) is that the bill places an extra burden on niid- dle-iiu'omc people with children who already provide most of [he taxes to support (lie welfare system and other government activities. Another point, scored by Grace ilaclnins Vancouvei-Kings- way) was on behalf of mothers. Many mothers, she stated, regard- less of their financial levels look upon their baby bonus cheques as Iheir own small private income to be used for the family as they see fit. They will, she threatened, gang up on the government if this source of revenue is cut off. Still another point which should be considered before the new bill be- comes fact is that by establishing a "means test" Ihe family allowance program might well become a divi- sive fiiclor in social harmony. Those who receive the assistance could be unnecessarily humiliated by the fact that their neighbors who earn but a few dollars more, do not receive it. The present system of universality is no doubt faulty. It has always seemed silly for Ihe wealthy to be, receiving unnecessary financial help but it made the plan easy to ad- minister and the rich eventually paid their bonuses back in taxes. The new plan, aimed at fairer distribution in order to help the poor, is excellent in theory but fraught with complica- tions which are being protested in the House. A second look at all the ramifications might prevent lash which the originators did not anticipate. Kwame Nkrumah Little more than a decade has passed since Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah led the way in the African independence movement. In that brief tune some of the brightest hopes for Africa have been dashed to dust. No disappointment could be greater than that associated with Kwame iVkrumah. In the beginning lie appeared to be taking the new nation in the right direction. Then democracy quickly gave way to dictatorship and before long a military coup had written finis to the career of the black nationalist leader. Yesterday Kwame Nkrumah died in the ignominy of exile in Guin- ea. Failure oi this man lo live up to the expectations held for him by peo- ple inside and outside his country should not be allowed to detract from the significant role he played in his- tory. Independence for the Africans has been a real turning point and Nkrumah was there to help engineer it. Interdependence of the new Afri- can nations lias not been achieved but it was something he dreamed about and which may yet become a reality. Whatever magic may slill attach to the memory of Kwame Nkrumah is doubtless due lo the genuiness of the goals he early espoused. Regret- tably the mess he left in Ghana lias probably effaced most of the attrac- tion for the man and the good things he once represented. Stwis Sunday For the first time since (he Second World War, Albertans are once again fioing to be able lo utilize Daylight Saving Time. During those years since the war, the government of this province de- cided it would be illegal to use the advanced time. Meanwhile, state and provincial governments throughout most of North America had author- ized daylight time during the late spring, summer and early fall months. It made it both difficult and em- barassing for Albertans lo have to stick with standard lime, when everyone else in the vicinity changed the clock. Standard time is artificial. Day- light Saving Time is very artificial, relevant not to the individual but to the community. It is a gimmick, but a very workable and effective gim- mick. So next Sunday, after many years, it starts for Albertans. The time is 2 a.m. And have a good summer. The Crunch 1 GF.T good value (or my school taxes. I have three children in school, and I use the school ground to fly my kite. Well, if isn't my kite, exactly, and I don't exact- ly fly if, hut I get exercise wrestling it away from my son and running it into the dirl. But though I believe that I receive a good hang [or my school fax buck, I am disturbed to read that our schools iPc.v have lo increase the size of classes next year because the ratepayers declined to underwrite a budget increased by fen per cenl. Many taxpayers apparently believe that education is becoming too costly. They ob- ject to the expense of what are often call- ed "frills." (There is no such thing as a cheap frill. Sex education has taken care- of Xow, frankly I don't know whether school has become too frilly, or whether teachers are being greedy about pay increases. Greed is a highly relative thing. That is, il is somclhing our relatives have, but we don't. What we have is legitimate claim lo a realistic increment in remuneration for our services alsc known as The- Crunch. All I know Is, when I was going lo school yes, here we go again, teachers were palhelically grateful to be employed. teacher wasn't suppled lo .-moke or drink, and Ihe school board re- sisted him in his abstinence by paying him only enough to sustain life. When I took an apple to the Icachcr, it wasn't just a gesture of affection. Il was her week's supply o! fruil. A leachcr who failed to put out for Ihe cla.ss .sufftrrd fell mil. Today's teachers, (jute rigbtly, enjoy n better-nourished standard of living. Yet their classes are becoming larger than were the classes when I went to school. In [act 1 have seen a better teacher-pupil ratio in underdeveloped countries where the class squatted outdoors in a circle around the teacher whose only audio-visual aid was the stick he drew with in the mud. I'm sure there is a good reason for this apparent anomaly, but I don't know what il is. Because I didn't know Ihe explana- tion, I abstained from voting in the last referendum. I dislike revealing my ignor- ance unless I know I can afford it. Perhaps there are others who, like me, would be grateful for reassurance lhat the school board is not involved in an addifio ad absurdum, one day paying the teacher a year, to teach a class of 300 stu- rienls, and felling the taxpayer that unless the school budget is boosted by ten per cent the class will have to be increased to 301. The teacher cannot be faulted for seeking as robust a paycheque as his association can bargain for. Like (he garbageman he has the advantage of providing an essen- tial service, removing from the house somelhing that would otherwise make il un- inhabilablc. Hui I mmld ask Ihe icaeher, Ihe iKjard .wJ flir. government fjo make t-'iro lhat it is not the s t u d c. n I who is being benched in the old, rough game of wages chasing prices. In fact I can think of nolxxly heller quali- fied lo underline the writing on the wall: WAGE AND PRICE CONTROLS. If the i.s where rii.sc-iij'irie bc- Kin.s, rilay'H; it is lime Tejiclicr rang (lie Argentina plagued by serious unrest JJUENOS AIHliS Political violence has been endemic in Argentina since Ihe militiny seized in 19GIJ, biU even tliis country was jolted urban guerrillas of Ihe I'cojilc's Revolutionary Army (Kjcrcilo Revolucionario del I'ucblol killed Ilic llosario garrison commander, General Juan Car- los Sanchez and Obcrdan Salln- slro, Fiat's top man in Argen- tina, who has been kidnapped. Both killings made the position o[ President Alejandro Lanusse far more precarious, lie will need all lu's tactical skill and a great deal of luck if he is to keep his promise to lake Ar- gentina to tree elections next March. As both Lanus.se and his ene- mies are aware, these elections could prove a major turning point for Argentina. If the army, having admitted it is in- capable of ruling the country, hands power to a civilian gov- ernment dominated hy Pe- ronisls, if not under Juan Domingo Peron himself, it would resolve the stalemate Letters to the editor All are insane., not just those in the IRA Editorials appear periodical- ly about tilings that the writers seem to want to do as little thinking about as possible. The one headed, Madness in Ire- land, ii an example. No ex- planation is offered other than to speak of madness, mystery and insanity, so why was the editorial written? We have seen terrorists in Israel, Kenya, Cypress, Algeria. Vietnam, Ire- land and elsewhere. How can anyone say (hat he doesn't yet have some understanding of what is going on. or why Eire is sympathetic to the IRA? How many lessons are needed? hat are our thoughts re- fianling the activities of (he French underground in the Sec- ond World War? What were Ihey fighting against? What were our honest feelings when the underground executed an informer? (Information is- the prime weapon of "the authori- ties" in ttic fight againsl an un- (iergroiiml o r g a n i z ation and they will use all means to ob- tain it! What do we think of every slate's laws of treason, the penalty usually being execution? What are the penal- ties for desertion? Why such penalties What do you do when the jails arc lull; or if you have no jails? Why do we welcome lo our midst those who have been treasonous to our enemies? Why Uo we give political asylum lo Communist defectors? Why did we fire Lomlj Drescle n; for wh.'i I pur- posc; what was the justifica- tion? How did of us justi- fy Napa.salu? Why not mount Canadian tfcmonstra t i o n s against Nixon's visit when he and Johnson and (heir cabinels make the IRA look like Sunday amateurs? W h y do so many say that Galley "was just doing his Why were hundreds killed and sexually mutilated by (heir neighbors a I the end of the Second World War? Why do we sit in I r o n t of our TVs and absorb violence night after night and (hen buy moulhwash, deodorant and detergent? Answer the queslions and maybe there will be a partial understanding of the FKA. In Ihe long run the British will withdraw and the Protcs- lanls will have lo accept a mi- nority position, be massacred, or leave, However Icrluous the dance it moves to lhat conclu- sion. Tlic object of Mic Icrrorists is lo destroy a system thrit they hr.linvr lins rornipic'l every- one. hry not rxpn I to Ix? jiidgtxj by Ihe conventional standards of Ihe present hut only hy the future. The at p re sent is partly one of destroying the re- formers, those who are looking for a middle ground. Those in I lie III A who wrmlrl now nc- tfftuito with Ilic lihtish or w h o .L. c souls c revolted against the "necessary of the innocent" must be elim- inated. They have broken the faith. The inquisition is on. In the Catholic community terror deprives the people of peace and security; indiffer- ence and ambivalence dis- solve; true feelings come to the surface; alternatives lo dissat- isfaction arise. Moderates in I he community are declared enemies of the coming order and terror is concentrated on them. The innocent and de- fenceless are particular tar- gets in order to show IhaL no one can be immune. It is indis- criminate so that all will learn Anti-sales tax organization Tn November 1971, the people of the State of Montana voted on a referendum which in- cluded a stale sales tax. The sales tax defeated by a ratio greater than two and half to one. The anti-sales tas people formed an organization called Cilizens Opposed To Sales Tax. The pro-sales tax people bar] previously formed an organization they called SOS or Save Our Stale. SOS was financed by such firms as Anaconda Copper, Montana Power, railroads and lumber mill interests. On the day before the voting the sources of the funds for SOS were revealed and the sales lax was defeated. After the vote, C.O.S.T. sued SOS because o( a law that denies public utili- ties like power companies and railroads the right (o donate (o political campaigns. C.O.S.T. lost Ihe lawsuit hecause the Su- preme Court of Montana ruled that the sales issue was not a political campaign. This deci- sion was unpopular with many Montanans. Premier Loilgheed has said he wjiiM not ask for a sales lax at (his session of the legis- lature, lie did not say he would not ask for a sales tax at a later date. I feel the time has come to form an anti-sales lax organi- zation. C.O.S.T. should become aclivc in Alhcrta. A sales lax >rill make less sales ami inflate costs. This fax has been compared to a poll lax. We abandoned the poll tax many years ago in En- gland. The untrue slalemcnl is made lhat a sales (ax rests equally on every citizen. Tliis would be a valid argument if every citizen had exaclly the same rights and privileges. The lirsl uon-miiversal privilege granted by our government was exclusive right to use of land (a title Other spe- cial treatments1 and privileges have been granted as the years went by. Society should tax things that it would want to minimize. Therefore, if liquor is agreed to have a bad effect on society. tax liquor or olher things and practices that a [airly wide seg- ment of society agrees are not good. However, we should not tax houses (at this latilnde) or clothing or food or other good things. Alberta is receiving all Ihe revenue that it lawfully should from existing lax laws. Remember, a sales tax is: 1. Corporation tax relief. 2. Instant inflation for you. 3. A subsidy (o the rich at. the expense of the average, con- sumer. 4. Not a tax reform. 5. No guarantee of properly lax relief. Provinces with a sales lax liave usually started mil at a low rate and increased as time went on. I believe Allierlaus have a riglil to demand a vole on a sales tax. An anii-salcs tax or- ganization should not align it- self with any political party. All thinking citizens will oppose this oppressive tax. The people In Montana man- aged to convince their legisla- ture they did not want a sales fax. f think we in Alberla can do the same. Let's not wait un- til 1973 to form C.O.S.T. LEO ELLL'IVT Milk River. lo "fear the terror more than anything else." It goes on until normal distinctions disappear; until order disintegrates. If goes on until Ihe people realize that the state can no longer provide amenities to those who would obey the laws of the state. Now those who wish a dispute adjudicated or any oth- er amenity must turn to ter- rorist facililies It is barbarism. Cut each of us chooses to forget our own complicity in barbarous acts as we pursue the realization of the perfect conception whatev- er it may he. We have forgot- ten all Hie imdigniiied little de- tails of Hie "Sons of Liberty" and the Reign of Terror of the American Revolution. We re- vere il. We revile young Am- ericans who refuse to join in our brutality and cackle with glee over the failure of the Amehitka protest. Unwittingly in the end Ihe ed- itorialist is right except for one small oversighl. It is not just those in Ihe IRA who are in- sane; we all arc insane. JOHN MacKENZlE. Lelhbridge. Successful performance I should like publicly to ex- press my appreciation to (lie members of the LclhhridgG .Symphony Orchestra for Iheir conscientious and sensitive rnnliibulinn lo 3 successful performance of the Chopin Concerto in E minor during the recent symphony concert. Permit me, ii' you will, tn acquainl the players with my enjoyment of Ihis opportunity of working with them, and of Ibair delorniincd efforts to give of Ilieir best In my opinion, (he string joc- lion attained a level of achieve- ment aflogelbcr unparalleled in liny of ils previous con- cert work and also, there was a good deal of distinguished playing in other seclions of the orchestra, notably, by the first bassoon and the first hnrn. I commend the orchestra for Ils continuing musical prog- ress, and offer its members my encouragement in Iheir future work. Ixniisc Chapman Lethbridge. Snow removal In the recent snowstorm and all winter there were heaps of snow in Ihe middle of Ihe road and on the sidewalks, causing people to walk on the roads and restricting drivers' vision of what is coming. I (eel that this i.s tiol necessary as Hie city should have proper snow re- moval equipment. PATRICIA WEATHEKUP Lelhbridge. Looking Through Tlic Herald IM2 Zanc Grey's "Last Trail" is coming to the. Colo- nial Theatre next Wednesday. It is a special production screened by William Fox from the well known novel. 1MZ May 3, the first Mon- day in May i.s set fur Arbor Day, when cilizens are sup- posed lo plant trees and repair their grounds for spring. Imposition of con- scription for overseas service wliich has dominated Argentina polilics since Peron was over- thrown in W3S. Tlic reluctance of the army to let the people choose their rulers has meant that Argentina has been ruled alternately by weak non-Peron- isl civilian governments and army dictators. Factions prepared to go to ;my lengths to prevent elections arc already trying to cash in on the general stupor caused by the two murders. On the day of the assassinations Lanusse an- nounced that terrorists may be tried by military rather than civilian courls. The army officers surround- ing General Sanchez, who was well known as an authoritarian anti-Communist and was fre- quently spoken of as a possible replacement foi1 Lanusse, will certainly do their best to force Lanusse to adopt more of San- chez's stern ideas and methods. The two killings are sure to strengthen their hand. Lnnusse, while remaining commander- in-chicf of the army a posi- tion from which he toppled two other mililary surreptitiously shifted his posi- tion towards the trades unions and political parlies, who know that he is the only one who can guarantee elections and lhal only he can offer them any prospect of returning to power. Lanusse has nevertheless con- trived to keep the army under his thumb as well, but this manoeuvre is proving extreme- ly difficult. While under pressure from the mililary Lanusse must also guard his civilian flank. Here his most dangerous enemy is not terrorism but the rapidly crumbling economy. So far this year the cost of living has In- creased by over 20 per cent and the rate shows signs of accel- erating. Foreign reserves arc pathetically low and Lanusse'E efforts to get foreign loans have been embarrassingly unsuc- cessful. The riots in Mcndoza, which erupted a few days before Sanchez and Sallustro were, murdered, were fanned by run- away inflation. Unless the eco- nomy recovers quickly, wilder riols arc nil but certain. By kid- napping and then murdering Sallustro, the People's Revolu- lionary Army not only hit the government's sagging prestige but, by scaring polcnlial and actual foreign investors, have aggravaled the economic crisis and added fuel lo already fierce discontent. The urban guerrillas' at- tempt lo provoke a military backlash has so far failed, al- though General Sanchez has been winning an unsavory reputation for himself and tha a m y by his rulhlessness against '-subversion'' in Rosa- rio. President Lanusse will find it all liie harder to hold hack his more aggressive commanders, who could easily drive a wedge between tha army and Lanussc's civilian allies. In other circumstances Lanusse woidd have been a major beneficiary of the disap- pearance of Genera) Sanchez, who led the army clique most likely lo try to topple him. But by deinorjslraling that Lanusse is as incapable of maintaining law and order as be is of re- tuscilnling Ilic economy, the guerrillas have carved a largo hole in Lanusse's authority among his army comrades and dented his image among civil- ians. resign or overthrown, aflcr firing aban- doned by trade unionists and politicians, Argcnlina be very near civil war between those want elections, and these soldiers and Ihcir sympa- thizers who would like a really harsh dictatorship. (Written fur The Hcr.ilil and the Ohsri-ver, London) backward today became a mililary de- cision, free from political im- plications. By their majority jes vote in yesterday's man- power plebiscite Canada's civ- ilian volcrs wiped (he slale clean of all political promises. 1502 Harry Daalim was named winner of the all-round casting Irophy and champion- ship held at Kinsmen Park Salurday. Letlibridge has been selected as Canada's "model community" for I9S2. The Letlibrukje Herald 5W 7tb St. S., LcHibridge, Alborta LETHBHIDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1054, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Secwid Class Mall Reglsiralion No Ml? Member uT Ihe Canadian Press and ire Ciinadiiin Daily Publishers' Associaiion and1 the Audit Durcau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Edilor and Publisher THOMAS H, ADAMS, General Manner DON PILLING HAY Managing ROV F MILES DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager fcdilcnsl Pagi Ed i for "THE HERALD SERVES TIIH SOUTH"