Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 TH! i.tTHBRIDGE HCRALD Tuesday, 197! Joseph. Kraft, Getting the best buy Shoppers will welcome Consunu-r Minister Ron Basford's at- It'inpl get supermarkets to adopt unit pricing cost per pound or minces in their stores. In an interview recently Mr. Bas- lunl said unit pricing is already being clone by one large chain in the I'mli-d Stales and is proving satis- factory. It is indeed an exercise in higher mathematics for the average con- sumer to know which brand of pro- duct is the most economical buy. Laundry detergents for example, conic in a dozen different-sized boxes, some with towels or tea cloths stuffed in the top to make the "deal" more inviting. Toothpaste is marked in either grams or ounces and defies price comparison without the aid of pencil and paper. Whether or not (he slores will fol- low Mr. iJasl'ord's suggestion is an- other matter, h'.vlni pricing will un- doubtedly require extra help and thus inflate the cost of many arti- cles. While Mr. Uaslonl lias tliu power lo pursue research into unit pricing, tiie power to legislate on it resides with the provinces. But at the federal- provincial conference on consumer affairs last spring, the ministers en- dorsed a call on supermarkets to ex- periment with unit pricing. Now that Mr. Basford lias spoken out for it, it behooves the consumers to follow up his recommendation by insisting their favorite supermarket at, least try unit pricing for a period of time to see how it works out. Romania's defiance No commentators thus far have pre" dieted a Russian invasion of Roman- ia, but President Ceausescu has come close to inviling tough reprisal from Moscow in the past year. Kis latest gesture of defiance is his trip lo China where he was received with open arms by the Chinese and on Ins return by his own people. He has been lauded in the free world press as a liaison between the Chinese and the West and gossip has it that he had a role in arranging the Kissinger visit to Peking. The Soviets arc not going to take this kind of breakaway attempt without retaliation. Moscow's heavy handed discipline is about to descend nn P.omama. and even if the hand does not tote a gun, its punch is bound lo hurt right in Ihe economic solar plexus. Romania has been seeking trading partners outside Comecon, the Moscow-dominated economic planning organization designed lo integrate the Soviet and Eastern European econom- ies. It has already established a S300 million line of credit in China, opened commercial offices in San Francisco and Chicago, and is seeking substi- tutes for Soviet bloc raw material im- porls from other sources like Algeria and India. Romania is plainly defying the Russian term for in- sistence on commercial interdepen- dence among the Warsaw pact na- tions. The Soviets dorr I intend to let the Romanians gel away with what they're trying so courageously to do. A meeting of Comecon, the Warsaw pact trading organization, is scheduled to be held in Bucharest shortly, and commentators are predicting a tough light. Whether the Romanians have really insulated themselves against the Russian economic squeeze is hard lo predict, even though some Roman- ian trade officials insist that they have done so. If this is true. Presi- dent Ceausescu is in a belter position to defy Moscow's authority than Czechoslovakia was in 1968. There's reason for the atmosphere of appre- hension in Bucharest these days, even if no one really expects Soviet tanks in the streets. Saskatchewan's homecoming By Frascr Hodgson 11' had been building up for more than Uvo this homecoming holiday 10 all fcrmcr Saskatchewan residents. First 11 jus I a line or two in several dif- fiTcuL pa purs, (Jicn it gradually built up to homy in every issue of all Saskatchewan publications. Every resident who knew the address of any friend or relative formerly living (.here, was to send in to Regina head- quarters for a special invitation to be sent out. I think we got a half dozen, so their address computer must have overlapped a little. Every lULlc village surrounding a bigger centre, had a celebration day of us own, and was lo put on special home- coming events. Swift Current was my form- er borne town, so we were there for the Monday morning parade to kick off their annual Frontier Days, souped up a little extra Hits year for the oldLime visitors, It was very good, with bands and floats from .several outside cities and towns, but we beard a few say the sidewalk crowd was jiot as big as expected. Anyway we lock il in. I think Ihe main reason Swift Current a. little disappointed in the crowd vol- ume ivas because people had all flocked baek lo their small communities, and djdn't intend to celebrate twice for the benefit cf the big town. The little village of Webb, 21 miles west of Swift Current, found they were swamped with 1000 more people to look after. It was only a one day affair, but quite a lew stayed with the do7.cn or so families still living in and visited around Uie country. The many empty business buildings and houses show if was a thriving place at one time, but ihe few remaining had their hands full looking after the greal influx of returnees. They mostly entertained themselves, be- cause the idea was to meet old friends, and see old familiar places. The school, community hall, churches, and empty busi- ness buildings looked over, and "re- member when" stories flew in every direc- tion. I'm sure the old stores and abandoned implement buildings on main street, got a liig .share of reminiscing conversation that u.'iy. In ilie afternoon following the parade we went to the exhibition grounds, and regis- Irrcd at the okllmcr's booth in the Slock- II vasn't a hoase of detention, it was the exhibitors building, and I don't know how it got that name. We sat around the .spot reserved for okUimcrs, and Lwo hours later hadn't met anyone we ever knew before, ft was very hot and noisy, and a barker in a nearby corner wa.s Idling everybody he could get to listen mer a crackling PA about the ,-irluan- latfcs of owning a certain make of car. I have; never had anything against them, but after being forced to hear him RO on and on for so long, now I'm not so sure. U'e got out of there and went driving around the country. We were slaying -with old friends, and they invited mutual acquaintances and old school chums in every evening. Four days later we had all (he nostalgic routine we could hold, and we packed up and left for home. Going back over days Jived long ago can get tiresome after a few days steady diet, you suddenly realize 3011 can't bring those wonderful times back, and you know you wouldn't want them anyway, so you return lo present day living in a hurry. "Remember is nice, but just for a lillle while. We drove a back road coming home, a couple of miles north and then west into Ihe edge of the Great Sandhill country north of Webb. We spent an hour with several old farmers and ranchers 1 knew many years ago. then on farther west lo Ante- lope lake to see one other old friend. Oil wells were scattered all through that dis- trict now, and pumps bobbed their heads up and down among sand dunes and clusters of wolf willow buck-brush. The roads were well kept by the oil companies, the grass was green and wild roses out in bloom from recent rain, and it was won- derful to see the country again where T cnce worked and rode around on horse- back. The few buildings we passed were tumbled down and deserted many years before, and then on a small hill nearby, a pair of antelope disdainfully trotted past a pump to look us over. They knew they would outlast us and the oil wells too, and soon have their pasture back and be left alone for a while. The wolf willow, sage brush, wild roses, and grass were nice and green, sort of a dress parade for ihe province's home- coming celebration. 1 know a lot of peo- ple Ihink tliey are passing Ihrough mo- notonous desert country on llicir way west from Swift Current lo .Medicine Hat, ami quite a bit on the way to Lethbridge Loo, but we can always sec interesting things on Ihat road. Did you ever notice the little short micro-wave tower between Piapot and Maple Creek? ft isn't more than twice high as ibc building beside it. When- ever Ihc TV announces line trouble, f tliink maybe a cow walked by and cut the waves. By the end of the season 1 think Sask- atchewan will find they liad a very suc- cessful homecoming affair, especially the .smaller communities, and we also had a gocrt lime. Alberta and B.C. will sonn have residents back home, and their pop- ulations will be back lo normal and 1 Ihink most of us will be looking forward to the lime Saskatchewan puts on its home- coming '81. The winner By Doug Walker won the scrabble lournamcnl J we bad on our holidays this ycnr. We played 1-1 games of which she won seven and tied one, So great is my wife's desire lo hosl me that, she [mils off aliuosl unbelievable plays.. In one game, just because I bad managed to get the rare Ijonus of 50 poinls (or play- ing all seven Icllcrs in rr.y hand, she twice got (he Ixinus for the same feal. She is llic winner in games bul I lake .satisfaction out of Hie fact thai I hail a higher average, score '.Wi to li'ia. Japan's strength could be a threat WASHINGTON I n many ways llic biggest impact of rapprochement between tlic United Stales and China is on relations between tliis country and Japan. For Americans now have lo Ihink about a Japan we have preferred nol lo see al all. That Japan is nasc-enL super-power with Hie vast potential for ex- tending military and political influence over large parts of Asia. Everybody knows, of course, about .Japan Hie economic giant, flexing its muscles in markets the world over. At pre- sent rales of growth the J-ipa- ness will surpass this counli'y in most of the major categories cf economic power by the end of Hie century. Already the Japanese have acquired long-term access to large shares in the raw-ma- terial wealth of Lalin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. They have become major pro- ducers not merely of cheap novelties, hut cf steel and autos and ships and industrial chem- icals. Jlore important, (hey have forged ahead in the most so- phisticated areas of economic development in electronics and in computers. They have already sent aloft weather sat- ellites. And no country touches Japan when if comes to main- taining steady prosperity and growth. Though there has been a hold en defence activity, Japan has the underlying economic base lo become a formidable mili- tary power very rapidly. Japan could even become a nuclear power and not just in the loken sense that Britain -md France are nuclear powers, but with a full panoply of land- and sea-based launching systems and defence missiles. Those potentialities have been obscured from American view for several reasons. The Liberal Democratic party has been in power ever since the war, and many of its leaders, having played an active role in preparing (lie holocaust, have had a special interest in adver- tising to their own people- and to the world that their inten- tions are purely peaceful and benign. This public relations need filled nicely with a strategy of letting Americans hear the de- cnce burden so the Japanese could have that much more in [he way of resources lo plow back into economic develop- ment. Because Japanese pro- fessions of peaceful intention seemed lo endorse a dominant American role in the world, the business and political leaders "How was I to know he wasn't Nixon all these occidentals look alike to me of this country were pleased to accept them at face value. liul this ramshackle collec- tion of self-reinforcing illusions cannot stand the shock of the American turnabout on China, 'the bilter reaction to the pres- ident's coming trip to Peking taken by Prime Minister Ei- sako ifato by itself shows that Tokyo and Washington are not necessarily always bound by the same interest. In particular, Mr. Sato's evi- dent concern for maintaining good relations with Formosa in- uicates that Japan might well replace the United Slates as the dominant power in the chain of territories fringing China from the offshore islands through to Southeast Asia. Finally, Mr. Sato's reaction rcllecls tremendous political pressure on his regime. Hardly anybody in Washington expects that he will be prime minister a jcar from now. And what happens when the si able coali- tion which has run Japan since the war passes from the scene is a closed book. In these uncertain conditions we Americans have to stop kid- ding ourselves about Japan. We can no longer assume, as so many businessmen now in gov- ernment do assume, that cco- omics is the dominant consid- eration in relations between this country and Japan. Assur- ing American business better terms for trade and investment is not the only, or even the main, U.S. interest in Japan. Indeed, a hawkish American attitude on economic conces- sions could drive the Japanese down the road to military ex- pansionism once again. Neither can we make the au- tomatic assumption so deal' lo many officials in the State Department and Uie Pentagon that a growing Japanese role in defence and foreign policy is necessarily in the American in- terest. It may well be that we want to maintain barriers against what the Japanese can do in asserting themselves throughout Asia and in building military forces particularly in [he nuclear field. The point is not that Japan has suddenly become a world- menace. The point is that Ja- pan could once again become a threat to international stabi- lity. So in the American inter- est, in the Japanese interest, and in the world interest, all need to Ihink hard about what kind of Japan we want to sec developing over the next five or ten years. (Fielil Enterprises, Inc) Carl ROICUII Acheson's right-wing racist views are baffling WASHINGTON Dean Ache- son has always carried his nose higher lhan an eagle's eyebrow, so there is really nj reason to expect him lo aban- don snobbery and become a spoilsman lor the common man in his late years. Still, Ih're is somclhing sad in the way his epo and his no- tions of Ins own elitism have led him to utter statements re- cently that drag dou-n his rep- utation among most thinking Americans. Many people have long over- looked the fact that Acheson is a stuffed shirt and have re- spected him as a pretty good practitioner of statecraft in the Tnmian administration. But in recent years Acheson lias been so busy supporting illiberal causes, including Por- tuguese colonialism and South African racism, that he makes Colonel Blimp look like a hu- manitarian. Then, in a display of both poor lasle and Iwo-facedness, he recently chose a BBC broadcast to expectorate across the graves of both John F. and liobcrl F. Kennedy. Using the old head lly Dun Oakley. NEA smirc 4 NY nataon that can lai'.'l men 01. the moon ought to be able 10 make a little thin" like a metal .screw. It may surprise many peo- lo learn that, until recent- ly, one of (he biggest head aches faced by fastener manu- facturers was Ihe apparently .simple operation of pulling a slot in the head of a screw. The trouble was that the ma- chines often didn't Ret the slot centred properly. Even they did, they left a llltlc curl of ir.clal. Burrs could be removed, but it re- quired an additional operation. The verbs are in (he past lense becau.sc someone lias now buill, a heller mousetrap in the form of Ihe first screw- slotting machine which puts Ihe slot in Ilio screw precisely a.s well as totally the need lor dobii'Ting. The "Warren slollcr." n.iir.cd for ils invcntoi. Warren Jackson, prcsid.enl of a machine com- pany in Kockford, III., is re- portedly car.Mng f sensation in the fastener business. The Warren sloltcr will not, likely go down in history along with Ihe McCormick reaper and llic I-Misor lighl Hut it docs show Ihat no mailer how .sophisticated technology heroines, no mailer how far knowledge progresses inlo Ihe unkmrnn, llMTe will always it; ni'flledcd 01 o crlookrd hack- Miilcis waiting for some, enter- prising invnitur to tidy them up. In other words, thinking small can r.uvs big results. Letters to the editor It was fair enough comment to say that President Ken- nedy's reputation is greater than his achievements because of his assassination. Martyrdom generally has this effect, ,1 s witness the fact Ihat many his- torians still claim thai Abra- ham Lincoln's ant i-slavery, pro-black posture was not nearly as laudable in reality as it has beevi made lo appear since he was slain. But il takes more gall lhan even Achesrn was presumed lo have for the former secretary of slate to presume the com- pelence Lo declare that Ken- nedy was "in over liis depth" as president. The hypocrisy of such a denigration recks when you recall Acheson's praise of John F. Kennedy when Uie lat- ter ivas alive and massagirg Acheson's ego by occasionally asking his advice- Aii attack on youth In response to Charles N. Ackroyd's comments on hair, I wotdd like lo say a few llungs in support of (in my opinion) (lie unjuslly condemned. I don't think il would help lo supply biblical references (for example, the slory of Samson or the probable length of Ihe of Jesus Christ) in answer to Mr. Ackroyd. Nor do I Ihink thai reference lo Ihe facl that m a n y professionals h a v c lork.s- would .sway such people. My argument is that there really is nothing in the laws of church and country to stop peo- ple from Rrowing llicir hail- long, and most important is Ilial a pel-mil's' hair Icnglli is his own business. I lake Mr. Ackroyd's com- me.nl-s as an atlack on the youth of today. Maybe we aren't perfect but. most of us try harlcr lo live in harmony wil.h Iho older generation then some older people do In live nilh young people. U is people like Mr. Ackroyd who cause- n general ion gap. We should mind our own business ov hrl- lor still, Iry lo love rather than hale. Maybe someday, this world would a belter place in which lo livt. LES DOBOS. Lelhbridgc. Dangerous It is in my opinion, as well as Lhal of many people with whom I have discussed ihis mailer, that candy and gum should nol be thrown from finals (o children along the pa- rade route. One floai held up the pa- rade c o n s i d c rably, drawing children from the crowds by handing ovil popsiclcs. When Ihat particular parl of Ibc pa- rade passed before us, a small child darted oul in front n[ the vehicle. If the driver had not been alert and had not been watching for the children, who knows what state she would be in today! M a y I) c some people won't pay much attention to what I wrilc hut maybe next yenr it will he Ibeir child who darls in fronl of Ihat triir-li. [.clhbndgc. Acheson has been making strange noises for several years. In 1968, when Greal Britain and the United Slates- were trying lo undo the seizure of power by a small while mi- norily in Rhodesia, Acheson lold Ihe American Bar As- sociation that the two powers had ''plotted" to overthrow Rhodesia in a conspiracy "blessed by Ihe United Na- tions." When Ihe UN Securily Coun- cil imposed economic sane- lions againsl Rhodesia, Ache- son called il "barefaced ag- gression, unprovoked and un- juslificd by a single icgal or moral principle.1' Acheson's statement was la- belled "sheer nonsense" by Ar- lliur J. Goldberg, Ulen Uie U.S. Ambassador lo Uie UN. Acheson's concepl ol "mor- ality" became a bit clearer in 1MB when he urged the U.S. not to continue an economic boycott of Rhodesia and to keep open Ihe consulate in Salisbury. Achrson argued (bat the greatest hope for African stability and development rest- ed with "the while govern- ments of South Africa, Por- tuguese Africa, and Rhodesia." The ugly brutality of apar- theid in South Africa has shaken llic conscience of much of the world bul nol Ihe world of Dean Acheson. He is a frequenl and one assumes, gratuitous defender of South Africa and ils rule of South- west Africa iji the nation's newspaper columns. When most of the world has [oreworn racist colonialist policies as and inimical to I li e concepts of self-deter- mination and government with consent of (lie governed. Ache- son still talks like a slavcmas- Icr. S o n: c amazed Democrats arc wondering whether AcJie- son held righl-wing, colonial, racist views all along, bul kept them hidden behind his patri- cian airs. Those who do not wish lo treat him unkindly just shrug wilh Ihe hope Ihat it's only a mailer of his feeling his years. (Field Inc.) Looking backward Through llic Herald 1921 Famine conditions in Ihe Volga province in Russia arc reported lo be cxlrcmely serious. successful refuelling operation was completed over Unalaklcel today by the Texas aviators Reg Hobbins and Har- old Jones. The plane, Fort Worlh, then completed ils non- stop voyage lo Tokyo. Hill Q ue on Klizabelh celebrated her 41st birthday lo- day in the country will) her husband, King George and her two children, Princesses Eliza- beth and Margaret. insi The council of Ihe North Allanlic Treaty Organi- zation consisting of foreign, defence and finance minister of 12 nations will meet in Ollawa, il was announced lo- day. Canada's new left parly is lo be called the New Democratic Party. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberla LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published JM5 J95-I, by lion, w. A. Second Class Mill No. MIJ ml.in n.iily ureau ol Clrculallons Publishers' Association Ihn Audll A1OWERS' Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General IMMmr JOE DAl.LA WIILIAM MAY M.innnlnn Etiilpr A'Anrir.lo Cflilnr ROY r- MILTS nOIIGlAS 1C WA1KER Advcrhsinn Kan.intr niiiori.v r.inn Caiior "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"