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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lcthbridge THIRD SECTION Alberta, February itroduccrs nth nms stir cy o 27-IM raised jruck driver escaped serious Injury when the dump bed of his vehicle accidentally raised up and caught on on overhead pedestrian crosswalk ,n Son An- "tonio, Tex.__________ ___ ____ r or conswers mace to nase By UI.Mtl.KS rO'.KV Uiildiiii Oliservrr Service LAS Oran K. Crag- son. Mayor of Las Vegas, ihc capital o: the gambling world. says: have more churches. and m o r e people attending chucch regularly per capita than most cities in the coun- try. We have the largest per- centage of Boy Scouts in the nation. I've always considered Las Vegas to be one of the best places in the country to raise a family A social worker involved in the civil rights movement in America says: "It's a tinsel town. It's the happy time re- sort. But behind the tinsel there's suffering and poverty and the people who run this state are going to have to do something about soon.1' Mayor Gragson informs you: "Came here on a freight train in '32 from Oklahoma, looking for work. Never gamble my- self. Very few of our perman- ent residents do. Couldn't af- ford to live here if they did. Gambling's a loser's game." Nevertheles.-. it is the rea- son for the existence of Iliis bi- zarre, extravagant city, a hright image of t'.o Anic-.-ic: n dream, isolated from pleasant realities ill '.he hoi. clear air of the Nevada dcs.-ri. TOUUST I1AVKN Mayor Gragscn's Vegas is n city of hard working souls, many of them black, and mostly employed in catering to millions of tourists, including the business pronlo who last year attended :ion conven- tions here smooth, r o o-1 wheels a kind of P'.sreyland version of a Wild We.-t gam- bling town, whore and over indulgence are a way of life and the long lines of slot machines click arcl whirr 2-1 hours a day; where a Frank S'naira cm earn a week. Ihe i-iil-on- aire, Howard llujihes. wars with the Mafia lor eonlrnl cf the gambling and real operalion- There h i a third a eily fhal iias grown sn il build.-- Mhoolr. wi, out cafeterias and It is thousands of children go williou! school lunches, in of federal law. In the ef a Methodist minister, the Hev. Jerry Furr. "To he hlack in America is had lo he black and poor m Nevada, ihal s fihaslly.' All ho u g h blacks make up about nine per cent of the Stale's half million popu- lation, last year they made up 40 per cent of the relief rolls. In bolels along (ho famous Strip, blacks occupy all Ihe menial jobs, and hold only a token handliil of high paving 'or high lipping) positions, Close In Hie affluent eily. thous- ands are In ing below ihe pov- erty level, and face a slate wel- fare eoiilrulled hy politicians who liMoti carchdly to grumble.-, about hive welfare- laws; alter all, George Wallace gets 10 per cent of the vote. Ill the Ms Las Vegas was a railroad and mining town with a population of a few thousand, which boomed when construc- tion began at nearby Hoover Dam. People poured in. and worked, like Mayor Gragson. as labourers, on the roads, in dance halls and saloons. The great gambling boom really began after World War n. The skyscraper hotel tow- crs rose in the desert like a mir- age- stars, and racketeers mov- ed in Mr. Gragson himself went into politics, he says, only lo help clean up the corruption. His furniture business had been robbed of thousands of dollars worth of goods. The j thieves turned out to he police- j men who had pass keys to most of the businesses around town. and were quietly helping them- i selves, night after night. "I ran 1 for mayor in 1939. promising to clean" up the police and I did." The grateful citizenry have i kept him in the mayor's seat ever since. This is his fourth four-year-term, in a state that has a history of changing its NK-OS at every election. Mr. says he has tried to cry.ie with the social problems of'a ci.y that has doubled its population in the last 15 years. appointed blacks to all the commissions and commit- tees in Ihe city child wel- fare, housing, zoning, every- thing. One of our two munici- pal judges is black. Judge Rob- ert Mullen." IM50DI.K.MS a is no; socially cnurpotcnl. he says. There arc problems, "but 1 have tried lei create an administration that is everybody's government, not just wh'ilcy's." Gragson says he also stays away from the pco- pie running the casinos and "If you get loo close to gaining. >ou won't remain in long." lie has pc'-- sonaily welcomed every con- vculion group thai came to Ihe city last year and given them his traditional warning: "The plush lintel you're staying in, the casino you'll visit -they were built by people like through their gambling The warning usually falls on deaf ears. Money has a trick of seeming lo lose its value [here. There is so much of it. Haltering, clinking in the eool air conditioned hotels, crash- ing down in a cascade every few seconds as someone hits Ihe jnekpol. A hell rings, n light flashes, and anollier happy gambler has won against thous- i ands-lo-ono odds. But that heap of dimes and nickels is not about to break Ihe bank, ll's Ihe "come Ihe lure lo Ihe liltle old women in tennis shot-: lo lake up Iheir i paper cups brimming w i 1 h coins and feed in more money. Inside Ihere are no clocks, for lime. ion. lost iis meaning l.ile speeds by in Ihe neon hghl. where dawn and du.sk are I immaterial, and a "graveyard shift" of dealers and croupiers comes on at 4 a.m. i Sinatra lorded it in Vegas for many years. But not long ago i he iiad an altercation with K i dealer who refused to. up his j bet cf on a single card at baccarat. A senior cxccu-1 live at the vast Caesar's Pal- ace hotel backed the dealer, Sintra started to complain vo- ciferously, and found himself looking down the barrel of a gun. He left, swearing never to return. Now Elvis Presley is rein- ing king of entertainment at the. j Palace, beating out his old I songs to the huge audience of j Middle Americans, who have queued for hours to get a tick- et, waited two more hours over a cold dinner and wait still, I fingering a bill of SRO a head, for the great act to begin. SAYS I'AKS KILLED 5.IHKI DACCA, Bangladesh (Renter! About 5.COO Buddhists were i killed and injured by the I Pakistan army following its martial law crackdown last j March, the secretary of the I Southeast Asia Buddhist Asso- j ciation claimed Monday. I By .MM NKAVKS DMONTO.N' 'CPi The majoriity of egg producers in Canada arc enthusiastic about federal marketing legislation which they think will help sta- bilize Ihe industry and benefit Canada's housewives. A national farm products marketing council will be es- tablished, initially covering only poultry products, b u t which can be expanded lo other farm products if the producers decide they want il. The development marked the end of a two-year hassle with stiff opposition from cat- tlemen, rugged individualists who shied at the terms "sup- ply management, quota con- trol and hoards." Phil Eldridge of Calgary, chairman of the Alberta egg and fowl marketing board, said the final bill was not achieved easily. It meant the end of a long uphill battle to bring stability and security lo our industry on a national level, a project that originated in Ihe early months of 1 UII MUST CHOOSE He said the egg producers fully supported the position taken by the cattlemen, and oilier producers, but were em- phatic that each commodity group should have the right "to make its own choice.'' lie said Slalislics Canada has shown a v e r a g e lood prices for the lu-year period ending in 1971 increased per cent, but in the same pe- riod the price of eggs dropped by almost 10 per cent. During the same period the average wage increase was 45.8 per cent "so perhaps the consumer doesn't really need a bargain." A recent review indicated ''il was not unusual for the price of eggs to change from lo to 20 times a year with a price fluctuation from 511 to too per cent.1' "Imagine the dilemma of the housewife if this occurred with every prod u c t she Mr. Eldridge said. Mr. Eldridge said (lie pro- ducers first have lo set a na- tional quota based on demand. This will then be divided fairly between the provinces on tile basis of their average marketings over a three-year period and then a base price- will be set. PRICE is BASIC "This will not be Ihe market price but only the price below which the product may not be sold and it will relate to pro- duction costs." he said. 'The market price may well be far above the base price in certain areas.'1 In Alberta last year, egg producers had an average production cuM of 32 cents a but recc'ivt'd fin aver- price for all grarlrs of 31 ccnl.s a "This is not unique to Al- bert a or indeed to Canada with recent figures indicating producers in the United Suites lose million during the last, year." But even with these devel- opments, the industry still is with seasonal surpluses generated by lower demand, a situation which the industry is at a loss to explain. Efforts must be made. Mr. Eldridge said, to reverse this trend toward less gg COD- .sumptiun in Canada. "The per-capita consump- tion of eggs is slowly but surely decreasing and yet Hie latest statistics show that conscientious bargain hunlcr should be feeding her family more eggs today than she ever did before.'' jSpwsal quota for rapeseed gven oka a'pi A ciiil rapeseed quola It n introduced to overcome a tem- porary shndage of rapt ccd that is available for delivery to domestic crushing plants, the Canadian wheat hoar ri an- nounced ioday. The additional quota of seven bushels a quota acre his been authorized lo permit pro- j ducers to deliver rapeseed to i domestic crushing plants on the basis of" quota acres as- signed now to the delivery of rapeseed to country elevators. The additional quota, which brings the .regular rapeseed quota to 15 bushels per quota acre, went into effect last Fri- day. Previously, deli v e r i c s to crushing plants were confined to those producers who had as- si trued acreage for this pur- pose. Producers taking id- vantage of the additional rape- seed quota must make their de- liveries by truck direct to j crushing plants. Producers who take full atl- vantage of the additional de- livery opportunity will not be able.to make any further de- liveries lo eounti'v elevators until Ihe regular rapesccd quota exceeds 15 bushels a quota acre. The special quota to crushers will decrease as further increases in the regular quo-ti fo rapesecd ae aulho- i With aclmcwledciement to the fabulous resort of Jhe some name an the island of MALM, HAWAII. 7 7? Aai.fi For the unhurried way of life In a peaceful harmony of coiour! lush and lustrous deep pile Nylon torn o gentle blending of exotic shades reflecting all the magnificence of the Islands, Woodland Green, Vermouth, Bronze Tones, Golden Avocado, Tangerine, Gold Rush, Gold Sparkle, Plum Tones, Ivory Tones, Red Tones, Bright Ember, Candy Pink "Napili Kai" Fashioned by Burlington Carpet Mills exclusively for Jordan! CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE WE HAVE CARPETS FOR EVERYONE! Out-of-iown resi- dents mny phone collect for service In your own home. Wildly versatile! Serve them any lime you like, you like iivcr ice, hot 'u spiced, with mixers, in punches, or rifilit from the hoitlc. Cap's Old Mountain Jack Wines two wild B.C. fruit llavours. Try uicm soon. ;