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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LlinnPUUVII EDITOltlALS Watergate is most important business Home deliveries out of The reason milk prices are set by the Public Utilities Board is that milk is generally thought of as being one food that is vital to es- pecially of children. It is the board's business to see that it is sold at a fair and reasonable price. Alberta producers are seeking an increase in the price of their application to the board is for per hundredweight top of the present though they'd like The dair- ies are vague on how much this in- crease will raise the price to con- but the last increase of 60 cents a hundred that was less than eight months by the way was followed by a price increase of two cents a so this time it looks like a hike of three cents a quart or more. Because Canada Safeway owns a dairy products firm Foods it has made representations to the asserting that home deliv- ery adds significantly to distribution costs and hence to the retail price of milk. It suggests that stores could sell milk at a lower price than is charged at the customers' and should be allowed to do so. ent board regulations set the same minimum price for both stores and Obviously Safeway has a direct in- terest in being able to sell milk cheap- er than the dairies do. The figures in- dicate that with the price ditierential Safeway as many as 22 mil- lion more quarts a year would be sold through retail undoubtedly Safeway would gain a substantial share of the new business. It is just as obvious that the dair- normally not tied in with retail beb'eve it is to their advan- tage to retain the existing system of costly or not. they'd drop it as fast as they drop- ped every-day deliveries when they found it expedient to do so. But without holding any brief for either the dairies or the if ever there was a time to explore any and all possible ways of lowering food it is now. With the cost of living spiralling upward to a point where low income families are near- ing the desperation a food that all society believes is vital to chil- dren's health should not be made more expensive than necessary for any especially not to pre- serve an archaic delivery system. No apparent policy At least everyone knows where he now that the rail strike is complete. There's something underhanded about the rotating strikes. The unions vere trying to impose all the pres- sure of a complete national achieve all the effects of such a without assuming the respon- sibility for calling a national members are not out on strike they must be paid. The rail business be tied up just about as effec- tively as by a national but with most of the members still draw- ing their pay. The duplicity of such actics was exposed when the railways had to lay off some of these people with no work to do yet not on strike and the unions cried and But what The government's position is also unreasonable. It has effectively frozen the railways' and so they say they cannot afford to m e et the union's demands. Will freight rates be permitted to go up if the demands are Will the government give a subsidy to cover the Where will the money corns Mr- Trudeau's answer to these questions is curious. Settle with the he tells the and then we'll discuss where the money comes from. That's not a good way to do busi- ness. Calling Parliament together to im- pose a settlement is not yet indicated. The governmenfmu.st have a a recommendation to put to Parlia- ment. So far it hasn't shown it has such a policy. A father's plea By Don R. local writer In case you hadn't school start- sd this week. I have two youngsters who will be making the trek to dassrcoms every day. I would like to tell you about them so that you will recognize them if you happen to be driving during the time Qwy are making their way to or from school. have a young son who is a pretty sharp little at least I think so. Es is lite most young lads of his age. I am sure you will recognize him as he strolls a'ong in a wonderland. You may see him follow- ing a floating twig or leaf as it courses along the curb in a trickle of water that he may imagine is an open sea. The twig is probably a pirate's corsair with him- self as the dauntless buccaneer captain. He may not notice when the sea crosses a street or that danger lurks between park- ed cars. You may even see him whi'e he is a freedom-fighter in some far-off land darting from tree to tree or dashing across the street trying to elude capture by the enemy. It is possible that you may see him at the Expo's training perfecting the skills that will one day help him surpass Aaron's records. You will see him with his baseball tossing his ball in the air so he can rob Johnny Bench of another home run. he Isn't yet. He may drop the ball and i t could skitter out into the street with him behind ready to make the toss that will result in a game-winning double-play. He is a real terror on his bicycle. His imagination could conjur up dreams of a jet-pilot evading the fire of an imaginary He may dart around a which in his mind's-eye is a cloud that will offer concealment. I have a young too. She is a beautiful little you'll have to take my word for that. She is Ml of the thoughts of every young girl her age. There are even times when you might say she is a little scatter-brained not that there is anything wrong with that. I want her to have a rich full of the fantasies and dreams that we seem to frown upon as we reach She would like to be a ballerina some day and she practices every chance she you may see her doing a pirouette in the middle of an intersection just as she steps from the curb that she imag- ines to be the last step of the mar- ble stairway in her grand debut. She loves to watch the birds as they flut- ter from tree to tree. You'll see her stroll- ing eyes in the without much thought about corners and cars. She may even think she is a beautiful about to be captured by an in- vading as she erratically runs across the street. She may even dart from between a couple of parked cars to is some dark castle corridor. My daughter has a too. Since she is a little younger than her she is not nearly as expert as he is. Laden with books and far-off her path may not be straight and true. The reason I am tellmg you about my children is because I love them very much. I want my son to better Aaron's record of he chooses. I want my daughter to retain her beauty and become a bal- lerina if she chooses. I am sure that they are not unlike most other boys and girls of their ages. I am equally sure that the parents of all the other boys and girls.want their children to realize their own heart's desires. As you are driving watch for them. I know that you will recognize them. Give them the benefit of the doubt. I don't want you to come to my home and try to find the words to explain how one of them darted from some unsuspecting place into the path of your oncoming car. I don't want the hospital to call me to tell me about the smashed and mangled dreams of my children. As a T promise to be watchful and careful when your children an out. So please I beg you be careful of mine. Another dig By Walker Everybody is getting Into the try- neighbor Bob McMahen up in front ing to intimidate me with the idea that I'm golfing too much. I can't go to the sit in church or stand on the side- walk outside our house without the needle being pushed into me. I was Just putting the finishing touches of his house. you retiring the asked Bob. I replied golf cart collapsed today so I was Just fixing said with a nasty By Joseph syndicated commentator President Nixon wants Water- gate to go away so he can get on with of far great- er for in- The fact is that the world and the country are enjoying a per- iod of relative calm. No busi- ness before the American people is near as important at achieving 1 government which is what Watergate is dl about. for the president's favorite crisis Southeast Asia. This country has dropped millions of tons of bombs there and sent billions in treasure. Thousands of peo- ple have been killed and a beau- tiful countryside destroyed. Still there is neither victory nor peace. Now the Congress has impos- ed upon the president a stop to all American military activity in Indochina. The local parties to the conflict are going to ne- gotiate some kind of arrange- whatever the it cannot hurt the United for even if the Communists take over they will be divided among adherents of Pe- king and Moscow. So the best thing this coun- try can do is to keep hands not to plunge in as Mr. Nixon would like. It is far in other to be stuck in Watergate than in Southeast Asia. The president and some of his advisers believe that American military action in Southeast Asia is necessary to enforce the Sino-Soviet which operates so much to tbis country's ad- vantage. Unless the U.S. shows a willingness to stay the course in areas of Sino-Soviet they the Chinese will knuckle under. But that is narcissistic non- sense. The Sino-Soviet rift was born and nurtured by the inter- nal dynamics of the regimes in Peking and Moscow. Nothing proves it better than the post- ponement of the mission to Pe- king which Henry Kissingw had scheduled for early this month. The visit was not cancelled. U.S. army as branch of Black Muslims By Carl T. syndicated commentator WASHINGTON It looks as though the black ghettos of Am- erica are inadvertently provid- ing that long-sought means of halting the nonsense where a disproportion of this nation's resources are spent on weap- ons of destruction. All we've got to do is turn the all-voluntary army into a predominantly black and white support for the military will leaving mil- lions that otherwise would have gone to the Pentagon available for medical anti-pollution pro- jecte. day-care and so on. So black to those enlistment stations. You may destroy the army and sava the nation. If that sounds a bid credit the absurdity to thcs-s onymous generals at the Pent- agon who are now giving out wails of alarm about the sharp increase in the percentage of blacks in the new all-volunteiir army. It seems while blacks make up only 13.5 per cent of the fighting-age they already make up 18.6 per cent of the army's enlisted And what really has shaken the Pentagon is that over 34 per cent of the recruits signed up in June were blacks. The Washington Post quotes one -general as saying all this is going be troublesome damn troublesome. It will be the beginning of the kind of army that would not be an ac- ceptable army for the Ameri- can people Such a pity for the poor old American people All the al- ternatives are so unpalatable. 1. They can let the military draft everyone's sons even and have a military force that La truly representa- tive of the nation. But that in- volves the risk that upper-class and upper-middle-class lads will become the the cannon for whatever police ac- tions and miniwars we get dragged into after Indochina. Clearly 2. They can support pro- grams of public service jobs and mass job training so there is some economic other than the fir the tens of thousands of young blacks who cannot find work in the cities of America. But that would mean rejecting Mr. Nixon's Horatio Alger-type lectui against new pro- grams. And to really stop the desperate rush of young blacks into the American whites would have to halt their deeply entrenched policies of discrimination in civilian em- ployment. 3. They can go on determined to keep their own sons out of the determined to re- tain the old patterns of job hopeful that somelnw they cart feel enough with en army made up of and poor-white But they will have to worry constantly that they'll wake up one morning China-U.S. relations after Mao By Henry S. Washington Star News Commentator HONG KONG Although for- eign policy is not a significant issue in the political struggle now surfacing in renew- ed conflict in the Chinese lead- ership will have eventual reper- cussions on relations with the United States. From available signs of what may be a slow struggle over future policies and person- alities it is impossible to say at this point whether China will swing away from friendly con- tacts with the United States. But that is one definite possi- bility. The new offensive by Maoist leftists against conservatives could shift power toward those who have been suspicious of or even hostile to rap- proachment with while weakening the position of the man who conducted the new U.S. Premier Chou En- lai. It could also lead to efforts on China's part to improve re- with the Soviet althoigh at the moment it is hard to see just how the cur- rent hostile confrontation on the Sino-Soviet border might be broken. The Maoist whose Indirect opening shots could be erupted with a front- al assault of massed ideologi- cal artillery beginning Aug. 6 in a series of Peking newspaper articles. Major blasts were directed at domestic policies implemented by Chou'e government which radicals feel violate the precepts of Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Per- haps the Chinese Communist party chairman himself feels that way. since his hand seems to be behind the attacks. While domestic policies pro- vide the sniping at Chou's foreign policy formed the subsidiary part of the of- fensive. Indirect attacks on the new friendship with the United States which began last June have been repeated a little hard- er and more pointedly. The power struggle now seems to centre on the possi- bility of calling a party con- gress to designate new leader- ship and try to agree on poli- cies. This has brought to a head the conflict between the radi- cal leftists who emerged from the Cultural Revolution as the staunchest supporters of Mao's ideological approach to prob- lem and Chou's essentially conservative bureaucrats. but Mao is the key to the situation. The radicals ap- parently are trying to improve their position before the 79- year-old party chairman dies and can no longer be used to offset Chou's massive adminis- trative advantages In this uncertain the possibility of Chou's being hurt or even of being toppled is worth consideration in terms of China's relations with the out- side world. In typically self-effacing fash- Chou has given public credit to Mao for deciding in 1971 to improve relations with the United States. Mao has giv- en his presige to the new U.S. policy by receiving President Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger. But there is little indication that Mao's radical led by Chiang his Agree with or would want to continue this policy. They haya associated themselves with vis- iting U.S. radicals rather than establishment figures. During the Cultural Revolu- tion the radicals supported Lin the now-fallen defence minister and one-time desig- nated successor to Mao. Lin and his army deputies clearly evi- denced hostility toward the and discover the army is just a .branch of the Black Muslims and that it has taken over tba country. Or that the poor have revolted against the rich. The generals want to make it perfectly clear that racism is not behind their alarm about the sudden influx of black GIs. Their they is that the black population is going to hate the Pentagon for mak- ing young blacks the nation's cannon and white peo- ple are going to hate the Penta- gon for putting too many guns in the hands of and all of a sudden no one will love the military anymore. the generals have a worry. But it involves a lot more than the potential loss of their lobbies for vast sums of money. They have seen enough racial conflict in the military in the last few years to know that if they reach the point where blacks make up 25 or 30 per cent of the profound changes in army race relations are inevitable. There will have to be a lot more black generals and col- onels and other officers. Not only the promotion system but the institutions of military jus- tice must undergo profound change rather than the lip ser- vice and phoney' gestures of the last few years. Without such genuine the rage of black GIs will render the army not only impotent but a liabil- ity in terms of national secur- ity. A lot of white military men view such reforms as a threat to their promotions and their careers. They would much pre- fer a return to the draft to hav- ing to face the repercussions and implications yt a substan- tially black military. So don't be surprised if you soon face a well-or- chestrated campaign for a re- turn to the military draft. as some because the Chi- nese lost interest after the end of the American bombing in Cambodia. It was cancelled be- cause the Chinese are in the midst of a major leadership huddle a plenum of the cen- tral committee now and a peo- ple's congress in the next few weeks. What in other is not what Washington does in Cambodia but what the Chinese leaders do in Peking. The same principle applies to Dr. Kissinger's famous plea for a new partnership with Japan and the European allies. Far better co-ordination in such matters as trade and energy does indeed need to be worked out. But these matters have to be handled step by step on a tech- nical basis in existing forums. So long as some momentum is it matters Iiardly at all whether agreement is reached tbis year or next or the year after. As to a summit it would merely serve as theatre. On the domestic to be there is one very serious problem. Bunaway inflation could toppfle the present boom into a recession. But the prob- lem there is a president so cocky that he imposes his per- sonal ideology on the fight to hold down prices. The fight will go better if a weaker Nixon compromises with the opposi- tion and to adopt some of the Democrats' ideas for an incomes policy. the economic pic- ture is not that bad. The dol- lar is coming back fast. The latest balance of payments fig- ures show that devaluation has promoted American exports in a big way. It could well be far from heading to the American economy is on the verge of something quite new in our history an extended boom fueled by exports. Set against that Watergate is by far the most portentous event now going. It has to do with the nature of the modern presidency and the relations between the executive and the other branches of gov- ernment. It involves build- ing trust between the president and the people. It concerns hon- est government which is tha basis of legitimacy in this coun- try. So to talk of moving from Watergate to more important problems is to stand tiie world on its head. The true danger is that the problem of honest gov- ernment will pot receive the careful attention it deserves from a country obsessed by the myth of world leadership and mired in the illusion of presi- dential power. Ecology By Don NBA servicd Science Service reports what must be a classic case of gical It all began when the World Health Organization sprayed a village in Borneo with DDT in an effort to eradi- cate malaria. The spraying ed the mosquitoes all but cockroaches built up an immunity to the poison and con- centrated it in their bodies. Household lizards called gec- kos ate the cockroaches and be- came falling prey to the many cats that roamed the vil- lage. As both cats and lizards died from the effect of disease-carrying rats began to multiply and caterpillars be- gan gnawing at the thatched endangering houses with collapse. a planeload of dropped by helped restore the balance of nature. happened in Borneo la another example of how man's attempt to control nature has led to disaster as often as to says Jonathan Waaga of Brown University. The Utitbridge Herald _ SW 7th St AJtarta LKTHBRJDGE HERALD TO. Proprietors and PnbMrtm Published 1906 by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN CUM MMI IMfMVFVfHM IRS Ito CMMIM M CatMMn Dil AMMMHM M flw Airftt lurwu K. WALKIft -TUB UMAIH ;