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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Werfnetdoy, Agguil 2, 1972 THE lETIIBRIDGE HERALD 35 Votes on 'emotional issues' Law-making by ballot in California Jly CIIAIU.KS F01-KV California, It is said, makes the mistakes for the rest of Hie world: ttie most populous In tho union is always ready to try out something new, especi- ally in tho political field. first, let it be admitted, Cali- fornlans like to make it legal with a vole: they vole on iil- most everything, from death lo taxes. Now they have decided In lo the polls next Novcmlicr on tlw (lay of Ihe prcsklonllal election to decide a wide rnngo of emotional issues, in- cluding Ihc penally, Ihe protection of Ihe coastline, (arm lalwr, racial integration of schools, liluc movies iind marijuana. All yon IWXK! to place a slatnte-chanRiiiR initia- tive on llic ballot is sig- natures; while proposed con- stitutional amendments require at least valid signatures to qualify. Having obtained these sifina-j hires, you hurry along to Ihe1 Californian secretary of slate, Edmund Drown, whose staff checks them against the elec- toral rolls; and your proposi- tion can HO to Ihe 10 million or so voters who turn out on major election days. Obviously, the gathering of lwilf-a-million signatures is n o slight task. How is it done? Very often, Ihe political group sponsorini: the initiative hires a big public relations firm to help it: and tho (inn, in its turn, liircs a small army of canvassers. The workers get 15 cents every name they col- lect. You find them in every supermarket narking their little tables, their clip- boards and pens at the ready. "Hi, sir! Would you sign the Marijuana "Pardon me, madam. Would you care lo join initiative lo return capital punishment In tills people did.) "Mister, wanna sign this pe- tition? We're against high food prices.11 "Well, who isn't? Hut Inquire a little further, and you dis- cover yourself to he on the verge of signing something colled the agricultural labor in- iatlve. I! you don't know what that is, your certified petition gatherer is not likely to tell you beyond saying something about the peaceful scltlcmcnt of disputes with farm work- ers. At 15 cents a name, he has no time to argue. What's more, lus employers have warn- ed him not The public relations firm hired by the big California growers which ran this cam- paign warned its canvassers to tway from college stu- dents and Mexican Ameri- cans: the first group tend to ssk loo many question, and the HELP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT Arthur Gelber, cenlre, holds a photostat of an old Saturday Nighl magazine at a prexs conference in Toronlo. Gelber, a millionaire, re- vealed plans to salvage financially ailing publication. With htm at lhn news con- ference were William Nobleman, left, and editor Robert Fulford. (CP Wirephoto) second have loo many answers- Old ladies with heavy shop- ping carts arc the liest IjDt: they swallow the "food prices" gimmick, and their .signatures are usually vnlid (I.e., they arc rcfjisKwl Of course, if you twist your canvasser's1 arm, lie is obliged lr> give you further informa- tion. First, lie shows you the pink card, which carries the the unofficial explanation of the labor relations initiative, as prepared by the public rela- tions wizards; then, twist a little harder, and up comes the low card, which has the full cial explanation composed y the slate attorney general n accordance with the law. Yon learn that the initiative vould make various kinds oE ilrikcs illegal: also Ihe boycotts jrganizcd world wicki by Cesar Jhavcz, and his United Farm Vorkcrs' Union: also the pick- eting of stores that sell non- inion farm produce, The grow- rs want to set up a labor rela- ions hoard which would ovcr- ee the unions and their clec- oral procedures. No strikes: ininteiTUptcd food production. Uninterrupted food production: cheaper prices in Iho Needless to say, Cesar Chav- '.s fmckcrs charge tl this is i piol lo wipe out his union. 'This initiative is so loosely says UFW lawyer lorry Cohen, "that I probably couldn't even hegotiate about ticidcs harmfuI to workers vithoui breaking tbc law and selling myself up for a inc." Sponsors of the California narijuana initiative face the op- posite kind of problem: to win vider support, they must lei he public more, not less, aboul ;heir proposals. "We have to convince people that this is not ust a bunch of says San Francisco lawyer Rober' one of the leaders o: the drive. "We have to show that we arc people who believe in personal liberty, am Ihc right to determine wha we put in our own bodies." The measure would abolis! criminal penalties for posses- sion, use and private cultiva lion of pot, hut sale would re- main illegal. One aim is t stop heavy sentences on youn woplo for possession of mini- nal amounts of marijuana; nd sponsors arc counting on youth vote to see. them trough. Between now and No- ombcr a massive drive will e mounted lo persuade more ian two million eligible young lalUornians to register and otc. The pro-death penally forces ace a peculiar problem. Even their initiative to restore cap- al punishment in the bly organized by top law en- orcemcnt officers, prison offl ials and police wins at the jolls, it Is likely to come up against the recent Supreme Court decision making capital u n i s hmcnt unctnsUUiUonal lut tlie sponsors are going ahead anyway, while opposing ;roups like the American Civi liberties Union fight to keep the proposal off the ballet. Equally hard fought will be ,he case put by the California Coastal Alliance, which con sisls of nearly 100 environment al groups. Their measure seeks -0 make the Legislature pre serve, protect and restore E clearly defined zone of the stil magnificent California coast inc. Development without a permit would ho prohbitcd ant six regional commissions woulc set up to watch over the coast. A powerful and wealthy op- position, composed of oil com lanies, real estate developers lighway construction firms ant Ihc like will batllc tooth ant nail to stop this one. These an the people who spent earlier this year to kill Proposl lion 9, which would have pr? vented further coastal oil drill ling, closed down polluting powi plants and factories and order cd the removal of all lea i' from petrol by 1976, amon other things. California has vir tually no coastal protection leg- islation. All in all, It -will be a busy autumn of campaigning in California. 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World's Warmest Animal The mighty musk ox. man's newest domestic animal, wears qiviut the world's warmest wool. It-could provide a significant boost to the Arctic economy. He Makes Real Bread There's nothing quite like the taste of real, honest-to- goodness bread. Jim Ouig tells how Bernard Tetrault makes real bread in an old Quebec flour mill. Gregory Clark y r% spins another amusing tale this time about a kissing episode on a bus. Rainy Days Treats Margo's rainy day recipes for keeping children happy are almost irresistible: Rainy Day Fudge, Hot Dog In Pocketr Butter Pecan Ice Cream, and others, You'll want to try them all. Doyle visits a Torontonian who made a successful, and profitable escape from the rat face, The Utlibrukje Herald ;