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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta EDITORIALS Does government know what its By Maurice Herald Ottawa commentator Salaries for Should a housewife be paid a sal- That which has been ask- jd a thousand times in as many for- and probably will be asked as many times again before being ly came up once more at this year's Couchiching Conference. No one settled though one of the Premier Schrey- er of was finally badgered into venturing the suggestion that it might be the sort of question each married couple had to decide for themselves. As far as is no one improved on that quite sensible though naturally it didn't satisfy the questioners. The matter was considered at length by the royal commission on the status of women tabled its word report more than three and a half years and might as well have swallowed it for all the action that has been The com- missioners noted that wife who works at home as a housekeeper performs essential service worth at least as much to her husband as the cost of the shelter and cloth- ing he provides for but it still did not recommend that she be paid a salary. it thought that being on the family payroll might very well obscure a much more important that of preserving a married woman's right to choose freely be- tween a paying job and remaining at home. But that Isn't all the by any there are many other prob- lems to solve and questions to deal with before there can be any real likelihood that housewives will re- ceive salaries for doing what they now do in the home. One obvious question who is to pay the sal- Should it be the And if what happens if he becomes or for any other reason lacks funds to meet the There is also the rather complex prob- lem of how a housewife's salary is to be calculated. Should it be based on her husband's the size of the the number of people in the or in some other Would a husband who stayed at home and kept house while his wife went out to work be entitled to a If a wife hurt herself or be- came' ill so that she was unable to do the required would pr-e still draw a Would it be from a revamped Health Care or perhaps the Workmen's Compensa- tion And what about additional ser- Over- time9 Pension And then there is what may be fie most crucial question of if the housewife fails to perform her proper or performs them unsatisfac- does her husband assuming he's'the one who ends up paying the salary have a right to hold back the pay deduct a few or in a really extreme dis- charge the unsatisfactory and hire a more able or willing There are a couple of thoughts in that last paragraph that the girls might do well to think before clamoring too loudly to be put on the payroll. Slave There Is at least one difference be- tween being the property play- ers in various kinds of professional sport are so of a mod- ern sports syndicate and being the chattel of an old-time plantation owner the individual is free to opt out any time he wishes. Thus the commissioned by the Alberta department of youth and rec- on the rights of individuals in. amateur hockey perhaps exag- gerates in comparing junior hockey to a slave market. Let's face the boy who is caught up in the toils of playing hockey beyond the lowest levels of league competition is looking towards get- ting himself a piece of a very nch pie. If he reaches the top he can ex- pect to be generously rewarded. The money now being paid to pro- fessional sportsmen is ludicrously high even in this day when afflu- ence tends to be taken for granted. Part of the price for achieving this kind of success is suffering whatever humiliation is entailed in being treat- Weekend Meditation ed as a piece of property. It is a price that many are willing to pay. Yet there have to be some rules for the protection of the players and the owners. Society has an in- terest in seeing that fairness is sought in this business as in all oth- ers. If existing laws do not quite cov- er the situation that prevails in hoc- key then new legislation will have to be enacted. The of is that the young may be exploited in the busi- ness more than most other busi- looks to youth for it per- sonnel. while it is generally desirable that government not try to regulate business too there is probably need for special scrutiny of professional sport hi relation to the young. It should be interesting to see what the Conservative government in Al- -berta will do about the recommen- dations in the report on the rights of individuals in amateur hockey. The first thing it should do is ignore the fictional distinction between ama- teur and professional and treat it all as a piece. Life found only in depth Paul Tillich said that the goal of all religion and the meaning of the Kingdom of God is eternal peace and joy. But he warned that this cannot be found by sur- face but only by penetrating to the depths of our and God. Only in the depth is truth or hope or joy. But few men have any inwardness. They live on the surface of things with super- ficial experiences and lacking convictions and faith. They are shallow with perhaps breadth and but no depth. St. Augustine's words are true still man cares to descend into him- The poet Shelley has a fine thou Immortal Deity Whose throne is in the depth of human What he means is that if a man goes deep enough he will find something of God in the life of every man. The mind does not lead us from but to God if we are careful to go deep enough and not be content with intellectual superficiality. The great and science come from the even as do the spiritual gifts of and peace. There is a shallow optimism is re- pulsive and stupid. In a serious time it re- fuses to face the issues and challenges. K pretends that all is takes no account of the opposing and in the moment of crisis its morale collapses and it is done. Pain is a part of every man's life which he cannot escape if he lives truly and nobly. As the Swiss yiuet. to suffer is nothing else than to live deeply. Love and sorrow are the condi- tions of a profound If you read the life of any of the spiritual giants you come upon the depths of agony in disappoint- ments and the sensitive tempera- ments exposed to life's tragedy. Yet only as Tillich is peace to be only in the depth does one meet and know God. One reason for the neurosis of our time is the frustration and the failure that come from living on the surface. Superficial liv- ing drives men mad. It is in the depths of man's experience that discovers the depths of Divine love and grace. I make my bed in behold Thou art said the psalmist. God's grace goes deeper than any abyss of sin and moral failure into which you may sink. as Matheson God's joy me through This also is what Tillich meant. True joy must be in such depth that it goes deeper than sorrow and suf- fering. This is also what the Quaker John had in mind when he saw extent of the sin and misery of my fellow-creatures separated from the Divine Harmony and was more than I could bear. But in the depths of my distress I remem- bered that 0 art omnipotent and that I had called thee and again I was made quiet in Thy will and looked for deliverance from F. S. M. OTTAWA The Trudeau in accordance with its economic has responded to heavy pres- sure with an anti inflationary package which it seems not un- fair to describe as the least pos- sible at almost the last possible moment. Of the various measures an- only the first the institution of export countrols on beef and pork can be described as a direct blow at one and the most immediately menacing of the many heads of the inflation hydra. The in- tent plainly is to relieve some of the pressure on the domes- tic market. The new powers being ac- corded the food prices review board are intended to be re- assuring. How effective they will be remains to be seen. For the the government is not dealing with it is merely coming to the assistance of some of in- flation's victims. In the face of current ministers ob- viously have little choice. The present rear-guard ac- tion is the alternative to a dir- ect struggle with inflation. As a it is unpromising for a variety of reasons. Thus there is wide agreement that infla- tion is partly a psychological by anticipating the we help to bring it about. But how can ministers hope to break the inflationary psychol- ogy when it is so plain from their own actions that they are not leading but reacting and then only reluctantly when events leave them with little the govern- ment at every stage is in the curious position of discounting what it will probably be forced to do in the next stage. Export controls are minimal and transient a point ignored by those who choose to argue as if they involved em- bargoes. The government has been willing to use them in cer- tain cases to shield domestic consumers but in other for it has treated them as darkest her- esy. Thus John Turner has op- posed them as a new form of protection although they are certainly not new and they need not discriminate in the case of beef and the gov- ernment will do its best to take into account the needs of tra- ditional foreign which is simple common sense. Alastair minister of trade and has also been an opponent of export controls and has not failed to emphasize his reluctance in his control announcement. Thus the in is telling us that it has the deepest res- ervations in respect to its own actions. Herb Gray was re- ported only last week as think now that the food prices review board does have the teeth to do the job given it and that is to investi- to then to report. Anything further would involve us in getting into the whole area of prices and incomes controls But now if it is to be given more teeth in the form of ex- tended terms of reference why was this need not anticipated in the government's extended consideration of the role of the With its new teeth the Board is to do what many consumers probably assumed at the outset that it would that is to investigate price Perhaps the thought was that it would be re- moulded closer to the heart's desire of David if it would not appear from the NDP leader's distressed reaction that the operation has been particu- larly successful. What is the board to it is to identify these price increases with the it is of the Canadian Association of Consumers. The facts will then be given wide offend- ers will be summoned before the board failing voluntary government will seek parliamentary author- ity to undertake corrective ac- The idea of publicity as an ef- fective weapon- is borrowed from the thought of Mackenzie King. He saw it as a defence Fight inflation by cutting income tax By Diaa syndicated commentator MONTREAL A lot of peo- ple are panicking about infla- tion. The thing that panics me is the way the three political par- ties want to handle it. Not one of them has apparently grasp- ed the true nature of rising prices. none has an adequate solution. The minister of John speaks for a govern- ment which believes nothing can be done about it. That is not true. Robert Stanfleld says price freezes and controls are the an- swer. They may have been two years but they are not today. David Lewis knows controls can't work right now. Never- theless he wants someone to have the power to roll back price increases. What precise- ly is the difference between price controls and price con- Were it not for extraordinary food price the infla- ton rate in Canada would be quite manageable. Clothing prices are up five per cent over last transportation costs up a mere 2.3 per cent. Health and personal care costs are up 4.8 per while housing pushed by the govern- ment's policy of raising inter- est are 6.6 per cent high- er than last year. A large part of the of rising food prices revolves around monopoly price deceptive phoney promotional gim- big markups and other excesses of the modern market- place. These have been around for a long claiming an extra or a year from Canadian consumers. Half a dozen investigations have sub- stantiated this. How is it that no government chooses to tac- kle these problems How can the newly formed par- liamentary food price inquiry group define its existence as anything other than a vehicle to justify the status A more immediate reason for back not more than two when the government's agricul- tural policy was to discourage food production. A year the federal govermnsnt actually spent taxpayers' money to sub- sidize the slaughter of millions of hens so that egg prices would rise. It set up provincial market- ing boards with the power to restrict supplies. Two years Ottawa paid farmers not to grow and gloated that the LIFT program had cut wheat'acreage by 45 per cent. It would be heartening to hear that the with the benefit of was prepared to disown farm pol- icies that can only lead to food shortages in the future. They give no indication of so doing. Opposition Leader Stanficld would have been right two years ago in advocating price freezes and income controls. He isn't now. This week is the sec- ond anniversary of President Nixon's August to November 1971 wage and price freeze. Whatever inflation-fighting er- rors the Americans have made their original freeze and Phase One were un- questionably successful in slow- ing the rate of inflation. What Stanfield overlooks Is that the circumstances and tim- ing are as important in setting correct economic policy as the content of the policy itself. In there were no real short- ages of material goods. People were psychologically ready to accept to do the since tine old techniques were patently proving bank- rupt. The present how- comes from real short- ages. As we can see from the American putting price ceilings on goods simply results in lower output which in turn aggravates the inflation. No one is long going to sell products for less than it costs to produce them. Phases Three and Four of the American inflation fight- ing campaign have been ill-con- ceived to the point of disaster. People who might have been psychologically prepared to go along with controls two years ago are no longer willing to do so. An immediate relief from in- Letter to the editor First aid training If you are the outdoor first aid is almost a necessity. If an emergency should and medical aid is not readily the casualty's life may depend upon YOUR knowledge of first aid. A calm and confident approach and a quick examination will enable you to treat life endangering conditions such as failure oE and shock before minor injuries are attended to. The difference be- tween life and death may only be a matter of seconds. First aid is also essential in may also require quick and efficient treatment. Accidents such as electrical shock and major cuts and burns have taken the lives of many children. Proper care immedi- ately after the mishap has oc- curred will aid in his recovery. First aid training is a valu- able asset. At least one mem- ber in every family should have some knowledge of fust aid. For further information con- tact your local St. John Ambul- ance Brigade. QUALIFIED T flation could be obtained by cut- ting taxes. The finance min- ister acknowledged last Febru- ary that high taxes were infla- tionary. He now seems to have forgotten this fact. Imagine the relief we would all feel if he cut the hidden federal sales tax by five or six per Virtually ev- erything in the country would become cheaper overnight. Or he could simply cut per- sonal income taxes in order to give us all more take-home pay. This could be crucial to the next year of wage negotiations. Right the average wage increase in the country is just over eight per cent and is automatically eaten up by infla- tion. By lowering personal tax- es to increase our or by lowering sales taxes to re- duce Turner could head off a move toward 10 and 12 per cent average wage settle- ments next year. Turner's corporate tax reduc- promised a year and a half were finally enacted last month. If businessmen be-' have as Turner hopes they they will the spare cash resulting from then- lower tax rates to resist further price increases rather than to in- cease their own profits. Turner could do as much for the man on the street. It's not that he doesn't have the money to do it. The treasury is literal- ly spilling over with unexpect- ed revenue. Turner thinks tax- es should not be lower. It is impossible to imagine why. against price-fixing by bines. But anti-combines legis- lation was based on the federal power to write criminal price-fixing was made a crime. It would not seem that price-fix- ing has much to do with in- 'flation since prices are in con- tinuous What is an price No law defines a just or warranted price and no law forbids a whether he runs a huge chain or operates a corner from increasing his coffee price ten cents. The govern- has told us re- peatedly that it is very difficult to write such a law because of well-known jurisdictional prob- lems. Having given the unwar- ranted increase maximum pub- the board will have the offender on the carpet. Is it likely that this prospect will be an effective The food industry has sustained a great deal of publicity. At intervals its leaders have ap- peared before parliamentary in they have been quite willing to do so. On the last the com- mittee wadsd through a flood of testimony without finding much on which members could base recommendations for specific remedial action. It cannot be assumed then that the government's latest announcement will cause the in- dustry to tremble in its shoes. But suppose a price increase is deemed to 're unwarranted and the merchant declines to repeal What is this mysterious corrective action at which the statement of policy darkly Who shopping is a daily experience but the process hinted at suggests long months of con- cabinet consideration of possible remedies and finally legislation in itself may take many With such an action the con- unless very may have abandoned all hope of his cup of coffee before any- thing much happens to bring it again within his reach. The Government is bound to these minimal of to more outpourings from the aimed at a single face of because it has once again reconsidered end rejected price and income controls. Having assured us over and over again that noth- ing of an effective nature can be done about food it has aimed its blow at food prices alone. There is not much point in re- viewing the Government's ob- jections to they have been repeated so often as to be known to everyone. It appears to be the fixed view of minis- certainly of David they will work only in wartime conditions of external peril. The argument does not flatter the public. It assumes that we are capable of restraint and com- mon sense in this country it some foreign warlord is at our throats. However this may the government has once again for- mally considered and rejected controls. But what happens if inflation rolls on and the minis- ters must again retreat to new Mr. even be- fore Monday's ielt that anything more would bring us into the area of con- trols and a With inflation then will have to be more and at some point ministers may be forced to summon us to co-oper- ate in the unthinkable. In other they will have to invoke the very they have assured us over and over again are un- workable and hopeless. and sensibly their they have hed- ged a bit. Before cabinet on Mr. Gray recalled the famous al- this is not it. The Prime Minister rejected controls as inappropriate present thus conceding that circumstanced may change. Evidently the situ- ation must get worse and less controllable before any action to control it is taken. When it does we will have to convince ourselves that controls are ap- erasing from our memories all that ministers having been saying for the past year if we are to have any con- fidence in the new national ef- fort to save the economy. The Lethbridge Herald 9M 7th St. Alberta LETOBRIDGE HERALD CO. Proprietors and Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN CUM MM Ktgntrtttoi No. nil Mtmbirjr TIM CiiMdUn Prut end ttit CitMdltn Dtllv PvMMwrr tM Audit BUTMU of Orwi CLEO W Editor IM FuWMnr THOMAS H. Gm'lIJtoSiSIr PILLING WILLIAM HAY B Editor AittKUti Editor MILES OOUOLAfc K. WALKIft ;