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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE lETHilRIUGE HERALD 1, f yt' Tins city rests c o n f i d c n 1 1 y on one golden premise It down t just make cars. It a way of life. Deprive ;m American of hs car or IIK U> 'ii'ivo i: and you create ;i a shipwrecked sailor, a without a shell, a full witlwut a fin. The automobile VMS -up- poscrf to pivr: him freedom. But today somp ;n'o asking whether ft not made him a slave. Only (ij a lean young man named Henry Ford wrote in defence new motor car: "I thrrk that the automobile, while it may have been a luxury when first put is now one of the absolute necessities of our later-day civilisation. The bi- cycle was a recreation and a fad. The automobile, while it is a recreation, is in no a fad.'' Thai was incti. There were only cars 'nonnci.ni; over primitive A in e r i c a n roari- ways. Henry Ford pledged to odd to that number in the next year. There were comer p r o e e r i e s in those days, and duclors made house calls, and children walked to school. MOST RIDK CAKS Today, there are more man 90 million ear.-; the United rollim: OUT nearly iuur million miles of road. The Fun! Mulor i'o.. Genera! Mulois. Chrysler and new car can wa SOino r; grocery tn Ihr hn aiiu altered the curriculum penr.il ;ed segre- living and t'ren provided busing lo eliminate segrega- tion, the political rti the requiring kai.fia'ion to ensure and finally provic-v] lig'i'Aays and more so each Ameri- can could have the freedom of one-man, ono-hirse. OH, I'r.i'ed States, t're v.'i largest producer f on fort-irn .-locks, and thus fnr- ei-in ro'iiios. than 93 bil- lion t-ullcn? (if motor fuel are consume'1 in ti'r1 United States each year. Tlir.t's about gallons a day. Thus p r o v i d i n g an oilier problem. Ttrt United Strifes public health service estimates that each year those M million plus vehicles out at least: million tons of carb'in monoxide; million Ions of phur oxiiios; ir.illion of nitro- gen oxides: Tuelve million tors of hy- drocarbons; one million tons of dust-like matter, some of poisonous. year somo peo- ple die on U.S. streets and highways. The federal govern- mer.! sj-jends as nmeli each vr ,ir i as it. does on i m .UTUS COSTLY Tile U.S. do of iraiv-porla'.ion es- t i m a 1 1 s tl'.al ihe average Anvriean ear cents a pound m1'-1. >vrr MVve.ir MI- lll't.CNIS null- lifrtjinr ill a'.'d to Hi- "v.'ino ITU-- nine in r.lli-r Cflrs whorci, cr iw Tlio ;uiti) iildii'-lry a e run ills for '2') cent.s onl of every retail sales dollar in the eo'mtry ar.d 17 cent.s of even- dollar, indeed .17 cents nf every dollar spent, for sen ice in !he Tniled Slates some coneerii. !iu- autoinoliiie. The aiitoiiuiliile hi- lallt'd iicarK in li''.7 w h o I e s a I e. ilian es Ironi ice stalions lo dri tre.s arc dependeal tomoliiln What, started oat ;r, a re- placonienl fnr the and the cai-riat-'e has rearranged the Aineru ;r.i it created sulnii in v.iu- en'ele.v, opened neu i'ec- rt'iitional area> anil )a mined them to capacity, consolidated ting .iCdtnid '-osls a flay; or I l.'.t ci-nts a mile. To Infiii tlu: ear loses in every milp it Irau'ls. 'I he driver also spends pi'nrah'd cenl.s a mile for maintenance, parts aixi liri'S (las and oil, another i ,i n.ilr Toll-; and pai-luiii.'. 1 e null- Taxes, I re a mii'1 out of er1.1 I" Aniei'ii'an families ov lied ai Ica.-l one ear in lll.D ---and -t) MI! nf every 100 ounod