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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD TueiiMy, August 22, 1972 Strike over, wore to come In terms ot cold hard cash (he Bri- tish dock strike, now finally over, was one ot the most expensive in history, even it the National Associa- tion of 1'ort Employers' estimate u 2.4 billion dollar loss is slightly ex- aggerated. In terms of foreign confidence in British stability and capacity to de- liver the on lime, it has been equally disastrous. That kind of think- ing did not cn'.or the heads of the militants who defied the law and their own union leaders when they took to the picket lines, armed with, according to tlie left of centre Sunday .Mirror, ''tomahawks, bill hooks, ham- mers and pitchforks." (The source of tomahawk supply is not clear; its use as a bludgeoning instrument is well known in 'his part of the world where it has been relegated to early Canadian history museums.) Many ot the most vicious weapons of war- fare were removed from the angry dockers by the police, but there was some stotie and brick throwing ami a vicious attack on union delegates and officials when they met to sig- nal the settlement ot the strike. 'Hie settlement does not signify a true victory, either for the union or for the government. It is simply a temporary lull in the confrontation between labor and management which has plagued Britain under both Labor and Conservative govern- ments. More and more political analysts are asking, in view of the anti-union attitude of a very large section of the public, why Mr. Heath does not call a general election and fight it on parliamentary democracy thai means, public support for labor laws enacted by the government, sucli as the Industrial Relations Act so vehe- mently opposed by union leftists. One of the reasons Mr. Heath docs not want to go to the country now on Ihis issue or any other, is that the Tories should lose, Britain's entry into the Kuropeaii Common Market on Jan. 1. 1973 might be jeopardized. A good indication of what the Labor party's present stand apropos of the Common Market is, should be- come evident at its conference in October. But even an endorsement o{ entry into the market by the Labor party will probably not be enough to persuade Mr. Heath to go to the people. There are gloomy forecasts of further labor disputes lo come. Thou- sands of building workers have start- ed striking in various parts of the country and union leaders are plan- ning a national strike in pursuit of an immensely inflationary pay claim. vSo the Heath government has got itself in an extremely difficult posi- tion. Tako up the cudgels, face the risk of defeat, or go on wilh what the London Economist calls "another year of retreat, of 10 per cent infla- tion, of laws being ignored." Mr. Heath has plainly decided on putting up with the need for relreat and inflation and ignored laws, at least until the beginning of January. By that time, if, as is expected, labor unrest continues at its present tempo, he will have no excuse olher lhan lo go lo the country. Inflation continues During a press conference recent- ly Consumer Affairs Minister Robert AJidras attempted to talk away the distressing inflation picture. He tried to justify the largest July increase in food prices in 10 years as an aber- ration caused by passing problems of supply. He claimed it's much too early to consider the imposition of wage and price controls, underlining the fact that labor, management, and a large percentage of the popu- lation do not want controls. But householders are becoming more and more aware that the spir- alling cost of food is not alone res- ponsible for the slimness they find in their wallets. A recent survey con- ducted by the Financial Post shows that house prices and rents are ris- ing and in the next few months may escalate even faster than food prices. Wage rates in the construction indus- try alone have gone up by 13 per cent in one year, and house-building materials have jumped almost 10 per cent. The same survey slated that cloth- ing prices can be expected to in- crease by five to 10 per cent this fall. And householders' insurance pol- icies are said to be headed for a 15 per cent increase all across Canada. One school of thought claims it is dangerous to call attention to omi- nous inflationary signals because they result in a buying rush which simply worsens the situation. But an infla- tionary psychology has existed for many years spurred on by an excess of increased government expansion during which too much money was spent loo fast. The Canadian consumers are, for the most part, a pretty practical lot. They won't be fooled by inade- quate explanations for unreasonably priced goods. The recent leap for- ward in inflationary momentum de- mands the immediate attention of the government and should be placed at the top of Ihe cabinet's agenda. EVA BREWSTER Don't wait ior an SOS Old prejudices die hard. Carbon copies arid circular letters used to be frrnvned upon, in Europe as ono of those "American inventions" designed to stifle individualism by promoting mass pnxluclion. Yet it can an invaluable aid to keep family lies and old friendships alive ar.d bridge lime and continents. Unansv-'t-red letters nothing more and nothing li-'-.s v.ere making my life a misery. The half of the year had pn.sRwl me by long ago ami here I was, still nun-ing an impressive heap of la-.t year's Christ nits cor responds nee, rot to mention all tro letters receiver! since then. There scums enough lima for any- thing when you have a yr-urig family, go lo this or Oiat haspitnl in Ihis or that province where her mother, father, brother or sister is critically ill." Mrs. X was last heard of two, thne or four years ngo when her ad- dress was And there I was, washing, Ironing or cooking and worryin-g rny lottr-rs. Jfo-.7 carry i! is to get involved In daily and fo hov; quickly time pass- the remotest of lands. Nobwly complains about this system and many are u.sing the idea. After all, my immediate family are all interested in the samn things: everything. Cook old employees want to know how we without thorn or other unobtainable help, how the children develop anri whether tlioy resemble their memory of me as a htlto girl. School and college friends are inter- t.stod in how we are getting on generally, and friends rn.'sde abroad like to hear ail about in Canada and how much we miss the African Mjnshinr. Carbon copies enable rne to keep in touch with every ft is by no ('no f'lortl JTicfhod lo write letters hut, at legist, the Yirr liters' Kf-i date ami give rnc D chancr; to return to irdividiirtl romrnunioation. In thn mean- (ime. my conscience is at pence nnrl no long'-r do T have to th.-jl the next radio for it rniv ing aiirl nil I distress .snrh ftn SOS permeates miglit meant for me. 'Not exactly the Women's Lib are coming to protest calling hurricanes after women fore allowing Dr. Kissinger to resume the secret meetings, the president Insisted on tho right to make public news of the mcelinys. Now, whatever the president's real Intentions, II ie While Ilou.sc announces Dr. Kissinger's meetings tind trips in n way that makes it seem peace Ls in the works. Moreover, there is tho con> linucd bombing of North Viet- nam on a Ing scale. That may have had a military logic when the South Vietnamese army looked lo he coming apart. But sometime between now and the presidential election, Mr. Nix- on is almost bound to stop tho bombing That will also make it seem whatever Mr. Nix- on's real intentions that ponce is on il.s way. The possibility that peace may be in the works had made It very difficult for tho Demo- crat.1; to use tlic war issue. And nothing shows it heller [hem the two developments that have precipitated political debate about the war recently. First there was Sarjjcnt Shrl- ver's charge that President Nixon had blown a chance to make peace In Whatever Iho merits of that argument, it is threadbare with age. Avercll Harrimait, the first American ambassador at the Paris peace talks, said almut the same thing as early as Feb. 9fiO, in a TV appearancc on the NIJC nightly news. Mr. Shrivcr's charge attracted wide- spread attention only iKJcause, in tho campaign setting, the Republicans overreacted and gave it a front-page emphasis. Then there arc the comments made by former Attorney Gen- eral Kamscy Clark after his visit to Hanoi. It was only after his comments drew shots from leading Republican spokesmen that Senator McGovern camo in with a statement which took Ramsey Clark's comments as a point of departure for criticiz- ing the administration. So far the Democratic thrusts against the war have not been very effective. But llicy don't have to IMJ, Anything which serves lo remind tho country that tho war is still going on, four years after Mr. Nixon took office with a "plan" lo end it, works against the president. The more Vietnam Is In tho news, tfic less support there is for the war. That is why even going through the motions of making peace has in itself tho effect of rendering Mr. Nixon less and less able lo hold out against a change of govern- ment in Saigon, which is tho necessary pi-ice of H settle- ment. (Field Enterprises Inc.) Letters to the editor to outlaw annoying strikes Barrels, dogs and birds All this hustle end hustle ahout dogs and burning barrels really starts over some back yard fence, whore the neigh- bors don't just see eye lo eye. One neighbor says, "I know a city councillor who will liavo the barrels and the other neighbor says, "I also know a councillor who will have restrictions put on the dogs." These potty differences should not occupy the time of the council. The barrels have teen used by (he senior citizens for years, they know (ho value of com- post. The rlogs vvili always be wilh ns. Sprendiny comfKist around the rools of the various fences will on course n. o o d growth and resist attacks of aphids, Japanese beetles and moths. Most homes today havo washers and dryers, and a clothes line is becoming a thing of the past. J 'lon't think there will be any clothes lines over in the west, Bfick in 1924 tho local firo department hosed down all around the post office and cleaned off all Ihe pigeon dirt, Afterwards tiic place looked clean and Brnellcd clean and was ctcar. Perhaps today it may he cheaper to dig out the old sidewalks and replace (hem wilh new ones in preference to calling in (he [ire depnrtmcnt. I hope Ihc pigeons will appre- ci ate t ho cha nge now (n a halt. The audioncc which the almost films tfot tirfr! of thf.-m, arid the audience tliry ha'l oHrnin- no I'iMfjer cures about to Ihf movies. As a result (lie film industry Is Mat on its back, ami is trying lo fiyht it.s v.'.'iy b.u-k with family films. TV is riot extimpl either. Most people prefer WKX! things. Although m i 11 i n n s So They Say KveryUidy Jias his momenta of insoeurily, hut I ntivr-r felt I in trfiiiMf, --Virrfj I'r f. ,i: i d c- n t Spiro on Nixon fo retain him a.ii Ms running mate. fikhy films, even more millions do If enough [jeopli! who liko Howl things v.iil .stay from bad things, dollars will forceful whether an appeal lo decency is effective or not, There I.s only onn answer to pornography and that h Lo fight it MEtS. MAVAN ATILKS. MagraMi. A recent news Hem reportetl business at Iho Leilibridgo post office Increased by more than 50 per cent in the five year period from IDfjfi to 1971. This report leaves EomcLlung unsaid. In it cost five cents to send a leller; today the cost is eight cents. A person does not Post office A.s a relative newcomer to thi.s beautiful and wholesome city J am encouraged by Iho editorial Preserving the post office. The arguments express- ed theriii arc so very much mine. Nostalgia! Yes, more- over the Lcthbrtdfie post office horn in IfilX Next year 1973, there will fie al len.'it four of ns will ceJehrale the; diamond jubilee our hirth. The Lellibridgc srjulh post office, SI. Patrick's Church and two most mc-mhers of St. Patrick's staff. V.'ilhout into the aes- il'etics, the cost and character of (he modern post office may 1 address tbe.se fcrw wo; lo tfie mayor, city councillors ancf fjvfrj'fKit; responsible for this city. PliM.'.e k-l our present post office live until we ccle- lirntc our diamond juhilce in the surnrncT of MAHCICLTJNrUS rjl.TJS O.M.L, A.s.si.slant prif.st, St. Patrick's Church Iiavc lo be a whiz nt mathe- matics to see thai tho 50 per cent Ls not twice as many let- ters handled hy the office. Since the extortion gang (union) gained the right to practice legal blackmail the profits of the post office havo not increa.serl. Like the other hyjackers they seize projxirty that they do not own and re- fuse the owners of that proper- ly the righl to use the same unlil Iheir blackmail demands arc met. T dislike people lo complain of a .situation without offering an improvement. This is mine; lias anybody a letter sugges- tion? Let the union lake their em- ployers to court and settle the problem by democratic and not methods. Law- yers, jiitlgcs etc. am in the higher bracket and suspect by labor, so we make it a court of Ihe people. .Select any city or town for IV.e jury. Each voter will bo supplied wilh a limited sized brochure by Ihe union and by the employer explaining lha reason for their position. There would be ten points of differ- ence for any contract. Each item to be .separate. No tying an unreasonable demand to a reasonable safety factor. The newspapers could print ttie brochures but not comment until after tiio vote. In voting the voter marks ten x marks. It could be In ono of Ihreo columns. Union. Employer. No change. This would the con- tract for the next two or Ihreo years. For every vote cast, Ihc (own or cily would receive five dol- lars, A very small cost to a strike. If we do not rTo something lo outlaw .strikes they will ruin Iho country ami the Comnnin- i.sls will lake over. The first action of (lie Communists Is to outlaw strikes. M. K. RPKNCER Cordslon. Looking backward People worth, saving: Through thn Herald 1TJ22 Taking into consider- nlion that he was a married man with a large family ,'ind Hint he had [fie valuable informal ion, a Clares- hofm man was fined and cosf.s and given until Septem- ber to (he fine, lor having an illicit stitl in his possession. Advertisement: U mil- ton's 50 cent Taxi, No for extra passengers. Phone day or No for wom- en for harvest field jobs havo been receiver! jis yet at the lo- cal employment and claims of- fice lint one farmer said he is willing to employ women if. ho couldn't men for the ]U52 Tho first flighting of a flying saucer over Ixilhbridgo was reported to The Herald [r> dpy. We can WL-ll understand how delighted the Liberal party be to have a rnan as liifflily admired and respected Jlfr. Andy Russell as their candidate whene v o r Mr. Trndeau dares to call election, A.s an ouLsFnndlng crmscrva- lionist, Mr. Russell b.v; long widely anil v.ell the p r vat ion of enrlungtired cies, He will nol, 1 think, deny that tho Inhabitants ot Vietnam have every riRht lo claim to bo Included in Hint, category, Tim ijueslion then n rises, how ran he support Urn Liberals whr> assist Mr. Nixon in his bar- Itjjrous policy of killing Ulllo children whoso uncles, or dis- lant cousins, refuse lo iKieomo President Nguyen Van 'IWcif.i slaves, by -seHing'him the wea- pons of rn.'if.s dcislrnrlion? Am not (lie Victnanu'SR worth sav- ing too? J. IV GIUI'TIN. Fort Macleod. The Letlibridge Herald 501 7lh St. S-, I-ellihridge, Alhrrlfl RinGK HKHAM) rO. LTD., Proprietors ar.d Puolis Published by lion, W. A. HUCHANAN Sccnnd Crasi Mall Reol'-lrallon Ho, OOU Mcmher etf Tho Ofifldfdn Presi nnd CAricidlAn N PutlJsheri' AivocIrtMon ard Tfia Audll t.f tlrtulallini CL6O W. Edi'fi' ft THOMAS H. Gener DON rV.anaglna Ertilcf ROY F 'AILES Hclvi'tri I n0 Mflnagsr Pubtl'.her l Wflnflacc WILLIAM HAY A Editor DOUGlAi K, WALKED Srt Pnofi Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH" ;