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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE Friday, Februnry 4, 1975 Prove it would be better Al Ilic n.ik cf iiniliny llu- descent ill Hie of (.'ai.nnry'.s Miiyor Rod Sykes i His s li i i> having al- li'inplcd lo put Ihe brash Calgary newspapers in thc'ir The Her- ald begs lo qiieslirm !iis promolion of ;in .MljCM'Iri .sales "A lingo unlappt'il reserve" lie calls it, according lo the unreliable Cal- gary press. "There is no sense in Al- bcrl.'iiis being jimml of being Hie only province- without a sales lax that could p.rovidc Ilic municipal ser- vices they need. All across Can- aria people accept the saies tax as a part of life. The way lie tells il, the people should actually feel belter with such a lax. like being relieved ol gas on their sloniachs. Tne people, of course, must pay fur Ihe services they demand, and lhat means taxes. If they are not now paying for these services ('and perhaps they are then either the services must be cut or the taxes raised. If Ilia taxes are to be raised, the ( is which (axes, and how much. there is only one set of lax- payers, Ihe decision on which taxes is only one ot convenience, facility and fairness. If an extra lax bile must bo put on Ihe people, would a sales lax be butter lhan higher in- come taxes, higher property taxes or some oilier device? Perhaps il would be better, but Ihe onus is on Mr. Sykes and those who I'eel like he does to prove it. Alberta people have been most for- tunate in going this long without a sales lax. In (hat one respect they have saved thousands of dollars per family over the years, compared, with Ihe cost of living in oilier provinces. Perhaps they don I appreciate their good fortune. But lo say they have a "huge untapped reserve" is hardly appreciative of the high cost of being a consumer these days. Tet -1972 four years ago on Jan. 30, Ihe be- ginning of Ihe lunar New Year holi- r.iore familiarly known here as Tel, signalled the beginning of a Com- munist offcnsh o in Vietnam which turned nearly every city, village and hamlet in ihc South, into a battleground, its shock waves rocked 1he Unilrd Slales of America thous- ands of miles av.ay, shallcrcd Ihc political rrcdibilily of President Johnson, sorial unrest in Ihe mosl powe.'rfnl nalion on earth, and in practical Irrms brought abonl the cessation of bombing in Ihc Norlh. This year Tel commences on FcV 35. It will be a different kind of of- fensive this time, according to Ilia forecasters, but reports tell of exten- sive preparation for an all-out offen- sive by Jlaimi. including the use of reserve troops. The assumption is that (he Xorlh having refused President Xixorrs latest terms for peace negotiations, w i I 1 throw everything they've got in an all-out effort lo achieve their pur- poses on their own tough terms. In a Etricllj military connota- tion, most commentators believe the vliich may not com- mence exactly on .Feb. 15 will con- tinue for about tvo months, until the rams start in May. They predict that it will end in the old familiar way deadlock. (There is one out- standing exception among Ihc fore- casters Joseph Alsop. the staunch ally of U.S. policy and strategy in Vietnam, Defying the gloombuslcrs, Mr. Alsop, claims lhat Hanoi has all but reached the death rattle stage. He believes lhat Iho North Vietnam- ese are exhausted, that they, not the U.S. face defeat, unless '''Ihe U.S. Senate can be persuaded to bail them out.'') South Vietnamese and Cambodian troops vastly outnumber the North Vietnamese, and have the advantage of U.S air support, but the expecta- tion is that the North will concen- Irate on certain selected areas to achieve a spectacular victory or two. There is some speculation lhat Hie whole of Laos, a dispirited war- weary nalion. may be occupied by Ihe Communists. 'Iliis would be of litlle military advantage but the blow to South Vietnamese morale and pres- tige would be immense. Hanoi does not expect to achleva the great and final uctory with the 1972 Tel offensive, but it badly wauls to regain some of the base areas in South Vietnam, lost in the J968 offensive. This would provide the necessary springboard for the next push. If the expected offensive begins during President Nixon's visit lo Pe- king, scheduled to begin Feb. 21, and if there should be a spectacular vic- tory in even one of the designated areas, it could be acutely embarras- sing to Ihe U.S. and it would serve notice lo the Chinese leaders that any accommodation they might be cooking up with Air. N'ixon, is strict- ly out of order. Whether the offensive will succeed, or whether it: won't, or even whether il will lake place at all. is still a matter of conjcclure. But (he odds are that there will be a big military push by Hie Norlh Vietnamese, that it will end without a clear-cut deci- sion, which means the war will con- tinue long after the May rains force a slow-down. What lies ahead ior Nepal? By Marian Mahendra. ruler of the tiny king- dom of Nepal in the great Himalayas, is dead! It is only Ifi years since Mahen- dra Bir Bihran .Shall Dev rode with his wife, in brilliant sunshine, on a white ele- phant in a silver howdah. surmounted by golden umbrellas, to one of the most color- ful coronations (he world has ever seen. And the greats of the world were there lo see the first time. Nepal had opened it? doors to visilors. The new King was clothed only in while homespun. His Queen, Ratna. a wore a hripiil. sari. Amazingly, he was Ihe fu-st king in history lo come to the throne wearing a Western symbol, sun- glasses. Brahmin prietts annoinled him with fifteen kinds ol earth mud from elephant stables to give strength clay from the Himalayas for wisdom, after which they sprinkled him willi milk curds and with waters brought from "seven seas and thirty sacred rivers." Finally, they rubbed him wilh clarified butter called ''Ghee" from a hupe golrfon urn. Before he ascended tho throne, which resembled a Iml. Ihc priests dressed him in pure while silk and he walked to it on rugs made of Die skins of a tiger, a leo- pardj an ox anil a cat. His crown, worth many millioas, was unlike any oilier in its bonnet-like effect. Embroidered in pearls and edged with em- eralds, the lallcr so large they hung down like bobbles, it had n front piece made of a three foot sheaf of bird of paradise plumes from Guinea, held in place by a huge jewelled brooch. Then, alter many incantations r.nd Vedic hymns, the Virtue triumphant monarch mounted a silver how- dah on a fine "tusker" and leading a pro- cession of 30 elephants, all with gilded toe- nails and mosaic paintings on their huge ears and tusks, rode to his Hoyal pal- ace as his army commander and Gurka soldiers threw money to the watching crowds. In his short reign. Mahendra did much for raised Ihe educational stan- dard from a meagre two per cent left by the Rana autocracy to ]0 per cent, abolished polygamy awl Ihe caste system, encouraged foreign aid and land reform, built new highways, schools and hospitals which were forbidden by the Kami's, but above all, with this progress, gave his people a feel- ing of security and well being, which had been sadly lacking under the 128-year rule of the Ranas, when each Rajput king, along with his family, had heen kept a li- leral prisoner in his own palace. Mahendra s sou, 20-year-old Crown Prince Bircnda. who succeeds was born into an imprisonment. HLs moth- er i.s a member of the wealthy Rana dic- tatorial clan. So, Ihc question now is, will this progress continue in Nepal? Will this young king be sufficiently slrong in charac- ter and strength of purpose to withstand the liana fanu'ly pressure, as did his fath- er? Or will this tiny kingdom, that had such a long struggle to get out of the claws of Ihc Ranas in lifil. when Mahendra's falhrrr, Tribhuvan. assisted by his German physiotherapist, Ericka Leuchtag and Iho Indian embassy, escaped so skillfully the tortuous imprisonment and regained con- trol of lu's country, revert again to weak- ness and lo the sly Iricks of the lianas? If so, il will a sad blow lo democracy. Good suggestion Tt.y Doug Walker A WIIIl'IO rope is looped over .several rows of pews at the back of McKillop I.'nilcd Church even- .Sunday as a means ol Ihe flock lo sit away from the back, This hclic doesn't usually work with Klspilh she just flips the rope off and moves in wlv.'ro ivanls lo sit while the ushris sland helplessly shuffling (heir Hul recently an abounding IhiiiR hap- pened. We rot only didn't gel lo nt near Ilic back but ended up on the WRONG sida of tiic church near the front. I don't know how all Ihis came aboul since I had delayed inquiring of Kalhii' Sewers how she happened lo he nt church on lime. Anyway, Klspelh was n bil wrolhy about the whole thing. She Inld (lordon Nelson lhal shr-'d bring 111" mailer up al (he an- nual meeling. Ib.s suggestion was thai I deal with il in iny "moamV column. U.S.S.R. gains; U.S. declines in India X'KW PELIII The L'nilod Stales provided -iii per cent of all tilt' aid thai enabled India to product a green rcv- olulion which meant self-suffi- ciency of wheal and rice and a military rcvolnlion which meant victory over Pakistan S'onie billion of U.S. assis- tance has heen an outright Rill and the rest lias been in areas of pressing need such as whoal in Hie days when U.S. wheal was what sliut the door to taniinc. The Kuviel Union has given a mere six per cent of India's development help. Most of it has heen for glamor projects of interior quality for which the Indians have paid through [lie nose. The .Soviet Union is riding a soaring wave of popularity here wlu'le the United Stales' prestige is lower lhan a snake's bellybutlou. There must he a lesson in Iliis somewhere. And il goes a lol deeper (ban the recent pol- icy debacle of the Ni.von ad- ministration during the conflict over Bangladesh. II is a lot more profound lhan the cliche Indian polili- cians harp on incessantly, lhat U.S. always supports dic- tators like Diem in Vietnam, Kvngman Rhce in Korea and ellilc role or inferior status lo Yaliyn K h a n in Pakistan a counli-y of M million or 300 million while people, no mailer how rich or powerful that while against Hie interests of the pco pie. The fundamental Irulh i; tliat tlic .Soviet Union has done ation may now be. These noil- while nations aspire to great- a hil better lhan the United power status themselves, and Slales al learning some vilal they will play the white pow- lessons about racial pride and crs off against each other until re.scnlinciiL No nnLion of non- Letters to the editor iverages can give misleading results Wow! As Jolui Purler (Tho Vertical Mosaic) would ssy. the mass media has done it again created an image o[ an affluent Canadian society. give Headline, The Herald, Jananry 2H. ''Study shows spending is a distorted pers- pective of the socioeconomic system lhat prevailed in Cana- dian socicly during 1DGD. The mailer what one labels his In- Ihe big colored nations become slrong enough lo assert them- while people will, in this stago selves, of world history, accept n sat- Look at Con-.munist Peking look Soviet economic and technological help, includ- ing know-haw on nuclear ons. But whan Cliina's need waned, she lashed out furious- ly al a Russia she had never ceased lo view as a rival and potential enemy. China accepted the political support of India at the Ban- dung conference and in lha United Nations but when In- dia gol in the way of China's aspirations lo power, the Chi- nese flailed militarily in 1362. Now Peking Is prepared to use Richard M. Nixon and the United Slates against Russia, and against Japan, India and all other rivals of Clu'na, if Mr. Nixon will accommodate Pe- king. You sit in India's National Day, watching ama- teurish pageants in which the military gloats over its victory over Pakistan and the colonial hangover is manifested in a skit deriding the Brilish, and you sense India is in a slale of euphoria where many of her people believe "great, power" status is just around Ihe cor- ner. Indians arc saying simply that they feel they must now be treated as equals by the big white powers. If the U.S. am- bassador, Kenneth B. Keating, sees Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the average of once every two months, as he does, Indians ask why their ambas- sador lo Washington has not seen President Nixon since presented his credentials. They talk continually hers abaut "strings" attached lo U.S. aid when il must be appar- ent that if there were strings they were woefully weak, since the' U.S. has never been able to exercise leverage on India in crucial votes at the UN or any- place else. It was the constant talk in Washington by Con- gressmen who demanded "gratitude" lhal kept alive the notion that U.S. aid was an at- tempt at "dollar imperialism." The Russians have been blessed, so lo speak, with a dic- tatorial system in which ne- ither Congressmen nor anyone else sounds off in ways lhat The real return on wheat Your article front page head- ed, 'Farmers to cash in on two price was very mislead- ing. There is not one farmer in the Lethbridge area that will realize more than SI.25 per con- sumer bushel after shrinkago and dockage. This is the entire price paid to him in the ele- vator on delivery. This does noj include all cost of production or delivery to said Hevatrir, From this point Die eleva'or company receives handling charges plus storage car co- opering and loading. The rail- lf red til or liunl In these days when so much is known and publicized about ecology and the balance of na- lure and Ihe natural food cycles, I am surprised and dis- mayed to find you would ac- cept an advertisement ior a predator hunt. f would like (o point out In those organizing and lo those taking part in such a hunt Ihc Tact lhat they do a grave dis- service to Ihe farming com- munity. When predators are deslroy- cd, the balance and the natur- al, checks in Hie wild life com- munity arc upset, fiodcnts of all kinds multiply furiously. If seems we cannot learn from others experience b u I. must suffer ourselves. Over- kiii of predators has occurred before now in other communi- ties with very unhappy results. The proper and natural con- trol of rodenls is (lie naliiral predator. I1AI.I, UHlibridgc. So They Say if men of moderation bavo notliing (o hope for, mi-n of vio- lonco will have something lo shoot for. Wilson, former lint- prime minister, in a pica for compromise in Norlh Irc- land crisis, way receives freight lo export position or in the case of do- mestic use, a stop of charge re- sulting in much the same amount. The terminals receive stor- age and handling plus loading in Hie event of export, Iho cosl of shipping lo customer, on top of above charges come in- terest, insurance, demurrage in some cases, cleaning and dry- ing if needed and miscellane- ous charges courtesy of Cana- dian Wheat Board. The above charges have amounted lo a to- la! of over one dollar per bush- el, when grain was stored more than one year these costs were more than total value of grjin. We note that your subscription rate includes all such charges plus interest on invcslment. Also you managed lo leave (he impression thai the cost cf Ihc Iwo price policy would be, passed on to Ihc general tax- payer. I wonder where you feel Hie agricultural taxpayer man- ages to bido while Ibis is all happening. MIDliLGO FARMS LTD. Champion. Uililcir's Mole: The wrilrr Is partly con-eel. Ilowrvnr, (lie fact srcins lo remain lhal whal- i-M-r Ihc farmer nclled bvFm'c, mi wheat for consump- tion in Canada, il will lip higher nndiM' Ihc new policy. Tlmiilis donor I was visiting in Lctlibridge on January 21 Ui when I had oc- casion lo park my car oulsido the l-iquor .Store while I went, for a coffee. On my re- turn I found a rale which said that the wrilcr, unnamed, inserted some money into thn parking meter since T hnd a violation flag registered and a 'cop was coming'. 1 would like to Ilianlt Ilic mysterious donor for bis or her action. Whoever you are out Iliere, ir.any I hanks! I1. C. DAVIKS. family spending patterns do nut match the family NET IN- COME patterns during that year. It was really great lhat tire annual AVERAGE NET IN- COME before taxes for 5.8 mil- lion families fincjuding single persons) was per fam- ily. This is where the first vit- iation appears, anyone familiar with basic arithmetic knows (hat slick "cooked" statistics stink. Tile average or arithme- lic mean value is the sum of all values observed, divided by the (olal number of observa- tions. Thus, the net incomes nf a million families observed is divided by the 5 8 million valions, the result of the aver- age net income. A riislorlion of tho average net income is thn rcsull. because the mean is sensitive lo extreme values. For example, len families have an average net income of annually, nine of them ranging from lo and one, a single professional man get- ling If the nine were a sample ot population the parameters are not unrealistic characteristics of the mmposilion of jncoinn class disparity. The. authors of THE REAL I'OVERY RIv TOUT demonstrated Ihe gap between incomes of poor and wealthy, based on each income class in DBS, Income Distribu- tion by Size m Canada, For the year IMS the average income of the middle 20 per cent of Hie population was ftl.UOO before taxes or 18 per cent of Ihc National Personal come. It is equally invalid (and cause trouble overseas, absurd) (o make (he sweeping Morc important, the Hus- sfafements "food basket early lhat a vote took more lhan 26 per cent of agajjist Portuguese colonialism Ihe Newfoundlander's income" or African racism or "Alberta, food took rough- nhodesian oppression wins ly 17.5 per cent ot total family ]ot mol.c gratitude than rubles, spending." Mr. J. the profcs- talk fear- sional, a resident ol Alberta tully or nussia grabbing bases may have had a problem in jn 01- otherwise moving where the hell to store to -dominate" this subcon- liis worth of groceries. Ule Russians play s Being that Mr. J. is affluent he game 0{ should have been grateful that he did not live in Newfoundland where his annual supermarket next to The Soviets have said to Fin- land: we don't want lo make tally would have been over vol, a just adopt pol- The rich have problems but icies so that we don't have (o ivorry about your becoming a they have money; the poor threat lo Russia through collu- liavo problems but (hey have. with Germany or other poverty. This "I per cent of Hie affluent Canadian society las an erratic spending pattern ho the samp: keep India in governed hy the desire for bll- posture where she will not bc- fonic Union. survival. Proportions of income spent hy these people on recreation, as is true for many Canadians, is NOT Western powers. ,cm-iel, policy here seems to threat, to the Soviet India is happy enough to ac- commodate the So- "mne, women and song." Sta- viets cater to their pride and their passions in such a way as to convince Indians lhat Rus- sia is no threat to (hem or lo their aspirations of national glory. (Field Enterprises, inc.) listics Canada surveys cost money. James Nelson could have referred lo data with more respect. LAURETTE SIMON. Lclhbridgc. Looking backward THROUGH Tlir; HERALD 1022 A public meeling is being held in Colcman on Fri- day lo consider the building of an indoor skaling rink. Quite a lot of enthusiasm is being shown. IIKI2 Alwut 350 guests at- Income. Thirty seven per cent lended the reception held at of Ihe NT! was shared hy 00 per cent of all families in Canada, which were those that had an- nual incomes of or less. Tfic 5.1 per cent balance of (ho M'l was shared by only per cent of Ihe families. Thi9 means that in of the 5.11 million families, M per cent or over tamilics had an nveragc annual income of and less. A second perspective that is questionable is (he validity of reference lo I.OWKU AVKR- incomes. Mr. R who re- ceives an Old-Age pension, in- conic before laxes, had no morn (o .spo.iid on "wine, women unit no Masonic hall Wednesday evening honoring Very Rcver- church, who is leaving for Ot- lawa. Religion is now being taught in Ihc Wrcntham school. The class will be under the su- pervision of four groups: Lat- ler Day Saints, Lulhcran, Cath- olic and non denominational. 1052 Ixillibi-iclge's City Dairy has lakcn lop prizes for Ihe best kept creamery nnd sur- roundings in Alberta towns or end Dean Murphy, rector o[ cities that arc provided with St. Patrick's Roman Catholic water and sewer. The Letlibridge Herald 50-1 7th St. S., Lellibnclge, Alberta LKTimUinfiI'1 HERALD HO. LTD., IVnprirlors -ml Publishers Published by lion. A. IH'CIIANAN Scrnnti Ha-u AA.ill Nn Member of The Cnmiffiiin Press nnd (In- C.nnndmn n.iily rVowspapor PuDlir.licrs' llio Audi I PUMMU of Cir cub lions Cl HO W. MOWfR-S, Pdilor ,ind ruhli'hrr THOMAS H. AL1AMS. Grncrni MOM I'll.l ING Wll I lAM HAY I" diii it (V.'.ocidlo KOY l.'MII.J'', PmiGI.AS K. VJfllKTR I diloi rVjc tdilur "THE HCRAtlJ 5I.RVI.5 IHt: SOU1II" ;