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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Uffcwniw me ucinomvuc There is no compelling reason why we observe Jan. 1 as the beginning of a new year. It matters not to the as it makes its appointed or- bital at what point the sell-important little creatures who cling to its surface say that one revolution of the sun has been completed and another begun The in their closeness to and dependence upon the cycles of were actually more sensible about this calen- dar business than we by marking each new year with the coming of spring and the return of lite to the or associating it with some other important seasonal such as the Hooding of the Nile. It is only in relatively modern times that we have arbitrari- ly selected Jan. 1 as New Year's Day. The Julian which began its year on March 25. was. in used by Great Britain and its American colonies until the middle of the 18th long after the rest ol Christendom -had adopted the Gregorian or reformed calendar. We could argue that Jan. 1 is a logical choice because it comes shortly after the winter that point in the earth's orbit when the days slowly start growing longer in the Northern Hemisphere. this is purely and for those in the Southern Hemisphere it means just the that the nights are growing longer and that summer is ending no particular cause for celebration No. there is less reason for us to observe Jan. 1 as the beginning of a new calendar year than there is for the govern- ment to continue using July 1 as the beginning of a new fiscal year just once upon a time. Congresses finished their legislative work by the end of June. But New Year's Day also falls hard upon Christmas Day. Perhaps here is a clue to the reasoning behind our if reasons we need. With Christmas comes the memories of Christmas that warm feeling ol good will toward our fellows that always manifests itself at this season and infects even the Scrooges among us. as well as a sort oi summing up in our minds of what we have or failed to for ourselves and for others during the previous year. Some ol that that good that resolve to do better in the coming year carries over for at least a week. All the of carry over. Perhaps then it is highly appropriate that our New Year's Day. which in all cultures has been a time to straighten out old debts and make plans and resolutions for the should fall during the one period in the year when we are most receptive to thoughts ot a new beginning. Let the astronomers keep track of solstices and equinoxes and-solar revolutions. New Year's Day. like is something that happens in the heart. And in every heart this day is the same May it be a Happy New Year. What's in a Where to GENERAL FARM Presents The Obscure origin Who are Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET Lethbridge Medicine Hat 7 Pincher Creek Grande Prairie 16 Edmonton Banff Calgary 18 Victoria Prince Rupert 36 Penticton 29 Kamloops Vancouver Saskatoon Regina 22 Toronto Ottawa 36 Montreal St 38 Halifax Charlottetown 45 Chicago New York Miami Washington Los Angeles 66 San Denver Las Vegas Rome Paris London 41 Berlin Amsterdam 45 Madrid 52 Moscow Stockholm 39 Lows near 10 below. Mainly sunny. Highs near zero Medicine Hat To- day and Mostly sunny. Highs today near five above Lows near 10 below. Highs Tuesday near zero. Calgary Today and Tuesday. Cloudy. Periods of light snow Highs 5-10 above. Lows near zero Highs Tues- day near five above. Columbia Kootenay region Today and Tuesday sunny with cloudy periods and the occasional snowflurry in the Columbia district. Cold. Highs in the Kootenays from 10 to 25 with the higher values in the Kootenay West. In the Colum- bia district from zero to 15 above Overnight lows in the Columbia from zero to 20 below and in the Kootenays from 10 above to 5 below. MADRID The six young men accused of assassinating Premier Luis Carrero Blanco come from a rugged section of north central moun- tainous square miles referred to by Spaniards as Bas- que The terrorists of the ETA the initials stand for Land and in the Basque language are fighting to make the Basque country a reality politically. Few people in even in their own green think they will succeed. Basque regionalism is support for terrorism is not. Of Spain's 34 million 1.5 million are Basque. Of these. 100 may be active ETA The organization claims only dedicated supporters. Basques say they are against ETA although some of these still support the separatist idea But many say they are Spanish Basque next. would I want my son to speak asked an industrialist in San Sebastian. Problems shrink trade surplus FORECAST Lethbridge Main- ly sunny. Highs 5-10 above. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Periods of light snow and continued cold today and tonight. Snow increasing all sections New Years Day. Not quite so cold south Tuesday. Highs today 05 below zero to 05 above north zero to 10 above south. Lows tonight 15 to 25 below north... zero to 10 below south. Highs Tuesday zero to 05 below north 05 to 15 above south West of Continental Divide Scattered snow flurries and continued cold today and New Years Day. Highs both days 15 to 25 Lows zero to 10 above. HAY BUSTER For chopping loose or baled hay and grinding all the Hay Buster is the machine to do a good job. AVAILABLE NOW AT GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Highway. Box Phone 328-1161 Highway 1 reported bare and dry. Widening of one mile sec- tion of Highway No. 3 east of Fort Macleoa is in progress. All remaining highways are in good driving condition. FORTS OF ENTRY ana Closing Carway 9 a.m. to 6 Chief Mountain Con Its 24 Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 Kingsgate 24 Porthill-Kykerts b a.m. to Wild Horse 8 a.m. to 5 Rooseville 8 a.m. OTTAWA Inter- national inflation and cuts in Middle East oil supplies likely will reduce Canada's trade surplus next year from the es- timated billion posted in 1973. says Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie. In his annual economic review and outlook for the coming the minister said Friday that even before the curtailment of Arab oil production in October the latter part of 1973 saw marked slowing in the pace of advance of most industrial As other governments took steps to control de- mand for Canadian exports threatened to decline. Reduction of Arab oil shipments influence the demand for and price of some important industrial his statement said alignments of ma- jor currencies are a distinct these circumstances the demand for Canadian exports in 1974 may contribute less to expansion than it has in the past year. A relatively stronger pattern in imports is expected to persist in the com- ing Mr. Gillespie said increas- ing demand for capital equip- ment by industries maintain- ing an expansion trend begun in 1973 will be the major fac- tor in rising imports. DECLINE LIKELY in the light of uncertainties in inter- national markets in some decline from the level of the very substantial trade sur- plus in 1973 seems In 1973 the gross national product will have increased about 14 per cent seven per cent after discounting price inflation to about billion. That would be the greatest yearly expansion since the mid-1960s. Employment has risen about five per cent in 1973. to about 8.7 million. The average unemployment rate fell to about 5.7 per cent in 1973 from 6.3 per cent in 1972. a less encouraging aspect of 1973 was the increas- ing momentum of price minictar Caift expansion of capital spending for new industrial capacity in Canada may be one of the most important means at our disposal for ul- timately securing an abate- ment in the rate of price Because of the shortage of Arab and development in the energy resources field is expected to be a principal area of capital spending growth in 1974 and in ilu- lying turther he speaks Spanish The language that sounds like garbled Russian is widely spoken in the three Basque provinces of Vizcaya. Guipuzcoa and Alava. Adver- tising and store signs appear in and of course there are Basque folk singers. Basques are fiercely independent and proud of be- ing Basque. Their origins are obscure. Some Spanish historians say they sprang from the Visigoths. Basque country was the only part of Spain not conquered by the Moors. It is the only region where boulder lifting and wood chopping are popular sports. Highly industrialized now. the region has a standard of living 10 per cent higher than the Spanish average Its people feel close to the French Basques across the border in the provinces of Navarre. Loburdi and Zuberroa. Spanish Basques wear black French wear red. The police say Carrero Blanco's assassins got their training in the French Basque region. TH E Workmen's Compensation Board ALBERTA SUPERVISORY SAFETY TRAINING COURSE LETHBRIDGE SCANDINAVIAN HALL JANUARY 7-8-9-10-11 p.m. Daily Few supervisors or foremen receive formal training in the control of industrial despite the fact that efficient production is accident free produc- tion and economical production is total loss con- trol. To help achieve this some of the topics covered in the course will the supervisor's responsibility lor accident prevention the cost of production losses caused by industrial accidents basic accident investigation and prevention work hazard analysis and work simplification com- munications and job instructional training. Register NOW Telephone Lethbridge 328-2040 or 328-2669 Opponents of Franco get long prison terms MADRID Ten leading left-wing opponents of iho Franco government have sentenced to prison terms Kinging lor 12 to 20 years nn charges ol unlawful' ass- einblv. ihe public order court announced Their three-day trial was held last week but sentences were not passed until today. The 10. arrested in June 1972. were alleged to be leaders of the Comisiones Obreras com- Spain's major un- derground trade union movement. Two of the defendants were sentenced to 20 years in jail and two to 19 years each. The other terms ranged Irom 12 to 18 years. The principal defendant was Marcelino Camacho. 55. a lathe operator said to be a tounder of the Comisiones the prosecu- tion alleged were affiliated with the outlawed Spanish Communist Party and sought 'the destruction of the pre- sent Spanish All 10. who included a Roman Catholic denied the charges. The priest. Father Frah- i-isco Garcia Salve. 43. was jailed for 19 years. He had been held at a special detention centre for catholic clergy in Western since his arrest. Last month he staged a 16-day hunger strike with five other demanding that the prison be closed down and that they be allowed to serve their ierms with other From These Lethbridge Business Leaders W. L. Hooper Manager of 2 KING KOIN LAUNDERETTES Thank You and Compliments of the Season Owner EARL WAKELIN 'Andy' Holmes Culligan Water Conditioning 120-D North Mayor Magralh Drive Phone 327-7867 Jim Martin Culligan Water Conditioning 120-D North Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 327-7867 Ken Rice Manager Marquis Hotel Ian Whittington Food and Beverage Manager Marquis Hotel Gerry DeHeer Manager The Herald Printers Ed Bauer Sales Representative The Herald Printers Chris Switzer Manager Fairfield Appliances TV Sales 3rd Ave. South Bob Derbyshire Fairfield Appliances TV Sales 3rd Ave. South George Takeyasu Prpprietor Bert A Macs Raoio TV Ltd. J. C. Camm Barnes Proprietor Camm's Ghees 403 5th Street S. Frank Ferguson Proprietor Ferguson Paint Ltd. 318 7th Street S. ;