Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
LHHMiDOC Ric SWIHART Rail line abandonment. Sure sounds like 2 high society phrase and ail the major segments of the grain handling and transportation industry s-eern to be falling all over the place spouting the big words. With rail line abandonment comes the natural process of eliminating country grain elevators situ- ated on the rail lines which are planned for that 3 Track in the sky or wherever rail lines go v.hen ihey are finished. This Is starting the cycle back. or. In the of the proponents of rail line abandonment. reaJJy with it. When country elevators first carne tc this country, they scattered across the landscape ustil they Jiterally became the landscape. The reason for this, of course, was service to the Canadian farmer. This one recognition that served notice that Canada's farm population in- deed the most important economic sector. Figures projected by a special study commission indicates a drastic cutback in the smaller country elevators Hcd s of more efficient elevators more efficient for every- one but the farmer. With of elevators, fewer and. far- ther between facilities, comes longer hauls for the majority of the farmers. The farmers couldn't be ex- pected to haul ajry- grain the average of 39 miles expected through rail line abandonment in the early days because they drove a team of horses and a 66- bushei grain tank. Today, many farmers drive huge trucks capable of hauling 300 bushels at five times the speed. For this reason, all farmers will have to invest upwards of SS.OCO for the big truck and pay the extra hauling cost or face the prospect of being sticks in the mud because they don't go along vnth the exclusion of their elevator Doings that are closer to their fields. The Alberta Wheat Pooi has indicated that it wiJI push to have the increased cost of har-dling the graLn from ths farm to the fie-A- devators spread through- oyt the grain handling ar.d transportation systetn b72t it still falls back to the fact thai the costs to th-e farmer are going up. There Is need for immediate worry since the federei government has put a ban on rail line ahan- donment applications until Go ahesd fanriers, it up. You may have a.s mAny g.s five years before you have to ?.tart packir.g a lunch just to move a load of zrain to the marfeet The annual Rocky Mountain and Sale at the Ezhibition Pavilion has to rank with the best. This year the Southern Cattle Breeders Association joined forces with the Rocky Mountain show for Aberdeen Angus and Hereford breeds. It has to be a step forward for both specta- tors and exhbitors. With the expanded at the Pavilion, there no trcuh-ft vrith the slightly larger entry. The cold can take credit for number of ezh-bitors. Jt looks like s feu- hurvtftr- have- again spoiled the cake for the rest or the gun totters, A lady from the Pineher Creek area sent a picture to The Herald which sfeo-wed sight of garbage, including 52 empty beer boities. empty cans of food, hard litjaor and left over food. Two forgotten could attest to the c-ondrtion of the this is little fine to pay for what they did. Why do the good people have to suffer si fjs of the useless Jock, the snlfer thai has followed halls footsteps writh the reporter for 15 years, is really feeJmg his age. For years new, whenever the lemperaterre drops below zero: he has a red sweater for warmth fallfw-s. my rn-ofher to the post offsce for the mail with religioos regularity. year, the ritual erf getting the mail was interrupted- Jock's long snoot poked otit the door, he tgmed JmrnedJstely back into the house headed for tfce bed fire oiace. ctlon 'OUTH CtAFTSMAN 71 ef 1T18 14rh S, jusr pioJo Tsng on-tf"