Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 tHE LETHBR1DCE HERALD Monday, February 21, 1972 Tim Up, up, ami away The cost of living cnnlimies lo Tin- hmisdioldi'r knows this willimu to the dismal fiquiTs issiu'd monthly by Statistics In January it cost more lo buy a car, post a lelliT. linance a mortgnui? and Mock the kitchen pan- try. The rise uas estimated at -10 cents on every S100 spent, which doesn't sound much said fasl, hut over Ihc year il adds up lo quite a bundle. Canadians w anl lo know why some- thing concrete isn't done lo reverse this mflalionary trend, b'nl Ihe prob- lem is I hut cu-ii Ihe exnerts cannot come lo agreement on what causes inflation. The tried to initiate a program of voluntary roslrainls on inconu'S and pi-ices iml lhat failed. Next it put siuli pressure on the economy lhat unemployment rose alnrmin'yly and is still at a worri- some levcl. The I'.ank of Canada, in reviewing trends in incomes and profits had lliis to say in its recent issue: "The fu- ture course of prices mil be crucial- ly affecied In- the scale of pay in- creases in relation lo realized pro- ductivily one way nr annlhur. How ever, nominal earnings and prices will have lo move in such a way Ihal Ihc increase in leal earnings evcnlually comes more inlo line will] increases in productivity." The siihseqiieul report from the labor department showed lhat a increases negotiated in major union contracts last year were out ol line, averaging 7.8 per cent a year. That was lower in 1H70 but higher Ihan the two previous years. The bank indicates lhat the spiral must he stopped one way or another and citizens even those engaged in strike action would have to admit Iherc has lo be an end somewhere But how to about it? The last re- sort is controls: an unpopular move winch all turn to only when all else has failed. Vel it would appear that controls may have lo come. The government may have to introduce a program to freeze inflation v.'hile a sound system of guidelines is worked out to keep Ihe rise in prolils and incomes not just wages wilhin the healthy growth of the economv. Under seige Smokers arc slill able to laugh off attempts lo circumscribe them in the indulgence ot their habit ami can even gel non smokers to join in Ihe laughter, as apparently happened at a recent meeting of the Lethbridge City Council. But secretly most smok- ers must be starling lo suspect lhat they are under seigc and will some day have to withdraw from their priv- ileged position. So confident have smokers been of their ''right'1 to smoke that scarcely any limitation on it is recognized as having force It is nol an uncommon sight to see people puffing away while staring directly at large red NO SMOKING signs. Sometimes they can be found smoking around gas pumps and in sen-ice stations. Obviously if people will defy rules and discount danger in order to smoke, a little thing such HM causing other people discomfort is not going to deter them. The compulsion of ad- dicls to smoke is. great and has elicit- ed the tolerant sympathy of the non- smoker lo date. With Ihe publicizing of medical findings that smoking harms Ihe non smoker as well as the smoker, a new situation is developing. Toler- ance of smoking in public and con- fined spaces is becoming intolerable. An indication of this is to be found in the move lo segregate smokers on aircraft. There is nothing particularly novel or unrealistic about prohibiting smok- ing i'and making it slick) in public places. Smoking is not customary in churches, theatres and concert halls. Smokers go to these nlac'es and sur- vive varying periods of time without resort lo tobacco. Perhaps if there were more places where smoking w as foi bidden, the addicts could be wean- ed from llieir dependence. Another dam report T ET me get this straight. The federal government is going lo build a dam on the Alli'basca River to increase wa- ter levels lhat lowered by the built by the B.C. government on the Peace River. "Dam is of course the phrase that we must resist uttering. As a taxpayer who is still helping Lo pay for Mr. Bennett's dam, t-colo- gists blame for making an arid plain of the Athabasca River delta, f arn not en- tirely enthralled b; the of ampl- er conveyor belt from my wallet, to Mr. Jack Davis' dr.m, though this will JTIHKC the desert bloom again. Darn it, sjme nations can't even afford cr.e dam. to improve irrigation, let alone two dams to cancel one another nut. We shall engineers of underdovelnprd countries coming lo Canada when their studies have put them in need of a good laugh. As a source of unexpected foul-up. Mr. EDr.nell'.s dam loom.s a I-JSMJI- Asv.an dcm. Sen cf a half-Aswan dam. I nl.so have doubts about the complaint by wild- life exports that the Athabasca rielia is vital to Canada's RCCSC, IL is im impression that our Ree.se are firmly nested in Vic- toria and Oliawa, inmr.iliii" In iho country four years but. laying tggs anyplace that's handy. Unlike the whooping crane, iJiea- capi- ta! RUCSC are in no danger of extinction. On the contrary, the lower the level of government, the better they flourish. It seems to me that what Iho Canadian taxpayer needs now is some fngiiioorini; studies on means of raising the level of government. At the moment we have three levels of government: Ihc municipal level, Ihe pro- vincial level, and the federal Some of these levels are more level than others, but not much. In fact a government that really levels is something of a physical impossibility. Whst kind -of dam will raise these levels of government to the point required to sup- port life for the taxpayer. I am not qualified Lo discuss this ques- tion. All I know is we don't want a colter dam. Our governments have been depen- dent on the coffer for years. The faster we fill the coffer up, Lhc more leaks it springs, all headed downstream. Whatever the type of construction to maintain a viable environment for us poor fish, it must not on any account create more levels of government. As we can sec by example of the situation at Lake Atha- basca, there is no limit to the number of dams that can be built to provide extra power for politicians. II Mr. Bennett is plugged in to God. Ihe come from Ihe Peace River. It is an oddity of hydro-elec- tric pc'.vcr lhat while, it is the government that pains Ihc juice it is the taxpayer thai gels Ihe .shock. In fairness, I note [hat the dnm that Mr. Trudeau's government, plans In build to offset the effects of the dam built by Mr. Bennett's government, will cast only That's pretty cheap, considering the going price for putting nature hack lo where it was before paid lo have it mucked up. it's the principle of the thine 'hat worries me. Or am I Just being picky? (Vancouver Province Feature) In the grip of golf Ity Doug Walker Ilmshaw, in his of Rufus .lout's, thai Ihc mas- Icr Quaker played for alwut SO Ho Iho air, the sport, tho compotilinn, Hi- Iht! flow of talk. In Ihe tr.d. how- I'vr. hv up tl.c gamo IH-C.-HI.-C he criine to find il. difficult to "sc- renily Ihe ii.'imc "off1 ;md Hie. mounlf-d tot! !iigh. of sercniU not lln- with llJJb ill! a'ldiclho. quality. Tliis was v.cll illustrated m a car- toon in a recent, of lloviow. v.'im.-in i.'nlfor. rctorinu tn her prcun.-inl, romp.'imrm. lo a main l.wosfniic: "On yon niind if v.c play tlirouyli'' My friend is liavini; l.ihdr pains." ['11 Inivr lo hi1 careful lo thai the doesn'l such a nn me il me from experieneim; ol' Hie i.'rcal paslmies Midi a-. shop- liiin; in Icnce building! Canadlan-U.S. trade agreements complex N _ om. iiiou-; is I hi- fact lluil Canada and the1 I.'.S. fail- ed reach a trade agreement involving the Kuropran Kconomic Commun- ity and Jnpnn'.' The vai'icd readings of the sili'.iilnin lefli'ct its compk'X- jly. T lu1 specific poinls at i-.-uo are simcrini- poswl tin die hroadiT cornplcx- ily of the 'pco- nomic pk'iiire in the nflcnnalh of the unlit-aval of lasl fall. A vital adjimc-f to Hie eco- nomic is a tangle of po- litical pressures. Net. only does government confront govern- ment in the effort to hammer out compromises on t! ade is- sues, but factiors wilhin gov- ernments struggle with one another. IUvcrylliiiif? LhaL is snid about lerrnl dovclopmenU must be set against this background. Several questions arise nat- urally. In one rending of Lhe siLua- tion, Canada laid Ihe basis for a preliminary Lrado pack- age by putting forward a num- ber of proposals parlially lo meet U.S. objections to the workings of the auto and de- fence agreements. Though this mel the requirenienls of some key officials, it is said. iL foundered on the hard-line op position of treasury officials, led by .John Connally. In a rather astonishing utter- ance, Canadian Trade and Commerce Minister -lean-Luc Pcpin gave explicit support to this interpretation of what went on. (How would Canada react if Mr. Connally, for in- slance, were lo pass similar comment on Ihc Icnsions wilh- in Hie Canadian Leaving Mr. Pepin aside, iL is but a sliorl jump from Die picture of an immuving trea- sury to speculation on grim consequences. R is suggested that the treasury lias slammed the door on further negotiation in the coming weeks and monlhs. and again Ihal il will stand by as congressional ay- ponents of Ihc Canadian-Am- erican agreements push for ac- tion against Canadian imports. Going even further, the Jour- nal of Commerce of New York, Friday, speculated on a trea- sury move Lo have excise taxes were eliminated last fall reimposod on "anadian- builL cars being imported inlo the U.S. (it is assumed here that such a step, which would have lo he approved by Con- gress, would add up to torpedo- ing Ihe auto pact The first question tliat should be asked concerns the nolion thai a great divide has been reached. From the poinl of view of the Nixon administra- tion, some sort of trade agree- ments with America's major trading partners were de- sirable to complement a re- quest to Congress for a for- mal devaluation of the U.S. dol- lar, and as a token of the will- ingness of (he foreign govern- ments lo carry on with sweep- ing trades and monetary ne- gotiations over the crjning years. What ultimately happen- ed, in the view of many ob- servers, was lhat Japan and "After 10 years of intensive says there's going peace research, Mr. Aleock to be a Letters to the editor Chemical fertilizer is not destructive of soil I fun v-.Tking you ;In.- letter concerning Lhc of chemical fertilizer in southern Alberta, mainly nitrogen and phosphate. This. I hope will inform some of Ihc rcoloey mimled people LhaL chemical fertilizer is not I lie evil villain destroying the agricultural soils of our area, Agricultural au'.honJes gen- erally agree that there are gootf reasons for supporting Die or- ganic Farming coixrpl being advanced by mind- ed enthusiast, hui they don't necessarily that organi- cally grown foods are nutrition- ally superior. While recogniz- ing its organic farm- ing's poter.ti-'-.l for economically producing the world's I'ood must be puL in proper perspective. According Lo Dr. Bin sic Day, associate director of iho Cali- fornia Agricultural Experiment Station, pbnls require v.ater, carbon dkxire and a or so inorganic: iron-. noshing more. So far a.- Ihc ''plant'' is concerned, it is immaterial whe- ther these ingredients are sup- plied from decaying compost, a mine, or factory. For perspective note, this over all view of organic fann- ing is expressed by Dr. Milton Salomon, chairman of the de- partment of food and resources chemistry, Rhode Island Agri- cultural Experiment Station: ''I do not believe that for Ihc fore- seeable future, we caji gener- ate and reclaim enough organic residue to be delivered at the right place at the right time and in the right condition to feed even our present popula- tion and its distribution." Salomon adds: ''Additions of chemical fertilizer complement in a very flexible and economi- cal uay the benefits derived from organic matter already in the soil. They are a safe, logi- cal way of building and main- taining our soils and agricul- ture." Also, the consumer of agri- cultural products must be in- formed, that the retail price of organically produced foods would 15 lo 20 per cent high- er than at present, I personally believe that the cost of living is high enough at present without looking for ways to increase it any move. DALE TRAPP. LsLhbridgc. Divine Right of smokers Cause of sectarian strife In Lhc of historical accuracy, fncls should be pointed out tfj uiir denl. Anne Siniili. Firmly in the uuienil elec- tion ii'id mi I-! of Di-fi.-m- her liili'i lo Ihe Mriii.-h HOUM- of Commons Uil thai time Ire- land SHI! one hundred aiul fke member.-; In tin- iin'i-h Parlia- me 111 i. ihr follnv.i'i'' i cpre- M-nlaiidn was elected: 7-') Sinn Fein i liie political arm nf 'lie Irish Republi- can liroiiiM'ho'ifl, u h o m- .stiqaU'd Hie 1'iin six" Members of [he Irish Home Rule Parly: 2'; I nioniMs. Ts this Ihc "majority" that Anne Smith is referring In? Set'ondK. the hundred mil- lion piniiKls ;i lhat Brit- ain gave lo (he Northern Ire- land government pariially fmannd, ;il leaM until hy the millions ni pound1- in Hial Hit: ITIT S'ali- nnv, the IriMi Republic} j-rnd lo liniish rrmnenl ;i e h These annitilic.s re n piiymeiil.v of UKIIIS made ihr In-h [arm- rrs IA Ihe cm ci nnicnl. which rnrihli il I he m f o buy hack their land from Ihe cninn'iil, v, 1'ieli onuinally confiscated il, several hundred years before. Finally, it Minuld In- puinled (tul in MIC mlen-M.-; of "I'.nl- ish .Illslice lor In I'l.'ij. (In- Ireland yovcnmu'iii. u.xs c-sLiiblLMicil hy o British Act of Parliament, without any reference lo the people concerned) that the British, made no distinc- tion between Protest anl and Catholic patriots when they were hnnpn.y or shooting them, as witnessed by the following in i x t u r e, Roberl Imminent, Wolfe Tone. Patrick Pcarsc, Henry Joy McCYacken. Roper Casement and James Connollv, etc. etc. In other words the cre- ation of Ihr ''non-viable oulpo.sl of British known as the Six Counties, is enl.ircly responsible for the so call- ed sectarian .strife. This nf cour.se can also ho corrected by Ihc same Parlia- ment, and this is as inevitable as death and taxes. W. J. CRANLIiY. Lclhbridge. Nr.-A- Ihal 'Hie Herald has done its best lo Iho. dniU world, Irl's hoar, in Ihn of series, fi'om Ihn kids who have enoiiph inlelli- self resperl. and back-i lione lo sleer clear of .mill- stances whose slaves claim arn not whose harm- leys no.ss is a way from heinj; proven. A 1'AKKNT Thank you, Mr. Hembroff, for having the intestinal fortitude to speak up against the "Di- vine Right of Smokers" lo make life miserable for lhat sub-species of the human race, the non-smokers, who appar- ently aren't really human after all, as they have no rights. Sure, smokers have the right to smoke when they arc alone or with only others who do .smoke- but they have no right to FORCE others to inhale, swallow, choke and otherwise absorb their second-hand gar- bage. All living things must breathe and in a crowded smoke-filled room the only al- ternative lo Lhis inhaling of sec- ond-hand smoke (which some doctors feel is as harmful as actually smoking) is to use gas masks, which' would ninko it rather awkward to Lake part in discussions, elc. Mr. Kergnn brags that he has Up the relwls So the gods must not dis- If seems Ihal a person as knowledgeable as Mr. Walls .should know so little about so much wars, Ihe Ballon- bergs, Ihe business baron ban- diis of The Second World War, all of whom poured millions of peasants down the drain and be unable lo conclude that Mounth.ntlen was a German and that he had clay feel, too. I .sincerely hope lhat my friend, and Ihe many like him, fiiot from nol all peasants art: fooled fact spun inlo ficiion by no- ble ignoblcs for common con- sumption to be rcr.'urgitalcd un- der Pavlovian pressure. llourvpr, as ihf1 poor English po.'i.snnLs li'ivo ruled by Nnrmans, Dutch niifl fiormans, it is nol, absurd to think of an English Republican Army. What Knglnml really needs is an Irish king! Up Ihn rolwls, or as we say in Ireland, O'Donnel Abu. LOUIS HUKKK. PUASANT consumed cigarettes. Consumed is hardly the word. He only got part of the benefit and part of the effects. Would he like to sit down and calculate how many innocent bystanders have suffered slightly or deeply from l.hese cigarettes9 Of course, he need not count tJic ones he smoked when in Uic company of only smokers! Worse yet, there is the guy with the cigar; usually found silting at a table after ob- viously enjoying a good din- ner, puffing away ard emitting a stench which spreads, and spreads while other diners try to choke and gag their way through a dinner they had hoped lo enjoy. Cigar smiking is not permitted in buses or trains. "Why is it tolerated in eating establishments? Smokers need lo be remind- ed that Ihc RIGHTS of any person extend only to the point where they conflict with the rights of others. ONE OF MR. JI'S. FELLOW SUFFERERS. Lcthbridgc. Looking th P Common Market nc- potialrd tckeu packages, while nil cfforl was to develop a Canadian package covering much more basic ISPIICS. To oversimplify, Canada had p in e r g c d from Ihc tangled monetary negotiations of De- mnber in a posture which, in NIP vi'-w of treasury officials, poinled toward a Canadian- American deal covering such MKijur ilem.s as the auto pact. Thus, to Iho cnmnlcxilic's of (hi; Ihcmselvrs were added HIP. complications of the broad effort !o reach agreement on a .series of within a fairly rigid lime limit. The fact that this effort fell through is a disappointment. But a pos-ible counler-balanc- ing feature is that con.sulera- lion of the outstanding issues is no longer burdened hy the artificial prns-urts of the drive fur Though idea contrasts sharply wi h grimmer readings of the situation, it is in accordance with Ihe piivalc lliinkiim of at Icpsl some high U.S. clfidals. The same eve- ning thai the failure lo agree was announced, one ofiicial ex- pressed pinrded optimism and ccmircrlrd thai "pood pro- had made in the C a n a dian-American negotia- tions since Questions intent well be Ico, about Hie possible IvrUlen of much of wlipl has irnnspirc'd. WlK-ii Trrp'-'iry Under-secre- IKI-V hinted at f o M g h mea-urcs on trade agroements. wa? he serving notice to Canada, or build- ing up thn position with a view to Ihr rcsumplion of nc- goliai'ims wilh Canada after Ihr dusl PtMllrd? Mr. Volckcr. at most definile- ly did not Ihe door to fur- li-r'- (On Hie hanrl, as some have suggested, comments by U.S. and Canadian officials jioii'iing up Ihe possibility ot further negotiation cou'd be an effort to gloss over a very deep and su-icus brc-ch. Questions are al.-out com- iiv.'nls in 1'iis vein by senior T'.S. cffieiiils. who appear tn been on the losing side of s'ruyglc wilh more hard-line S. officials over the Cana- dian nurpMonX There is muoh scone fov src- oiiti-gucssing of this kind Very different nolcs have licen struck ln- elements nf Caiiadian offir'j.idom. In some quarters, support has been given tn Ihr of a super U.S. Treasury slnnri in collision with mcnt stiffness ba-rcl on con- cern ahnui Ihr political cffccis of appearing !o pi IT ground lo Ihe U.S. purlicularU on the aulomc'ive This is bound lo cnntri'inlc to a climate cf ahinn in Can- ada, belli ani'jnp Ihe public a IT! in the yovenimeiit. Conceiv- ably, il could iii'nr-ify .surcs for a ncv. cfforl lo reach a settlement u i I h Iho U.S. have such considerations given rise lo dire talk en Ihe part of officials wlm fed Ihe lime for agreement is long overdue, or is lhat talk simply ihcir view of Ihc facls of (lie situation? All such que.iiion.'i must re- main unanswered. The Cana- dian government is apparently waiting for signs of U.S. inten- tions, wilh officials saving it, is up to Washington lo inrlicaic whr-thrr and how (n resume negotiations Workirq against the ccnlinuMion of a will l.ir Ihe ugly consent Alices nf a economic; hrrach. Is ri'lirr really piTjiaretl lo cnniempl.-ilr- Hie ending of Ihe auto apK-cmenl, with im mouse impact on Canadian and iis promise of louchinu off a se- vere anti-American backlash in backward ITJ2 Coal Production in Al-hrrla last year nearly a. jnillion tons less than in 1920. In a stalcmoiH to the, press following their annual .nie.cliiifi, Ihc M o o! c r a 1 i o n League of Albert a the n pel il ion on the abolition of parlors does nol warrant, (he expenditure rmnp sum of on a plebiscite. Hn'itil A Ra.slon, nl Tx-thliridfTe I, C. Harm's, of Many berries, and Thomas P. Millar fnrirr-i ly of co in pi e 1 e Ihnr aiiff receive thi'ir pilots next Wednesday from Ihe Uare.vholm ti aininj.; .school. The Lethbridge Herald 7lh St. S., Albt'rla LETHDH1DGE IlfCRALD LTD., Proprirlcrs and Puhlishcra Published inor. Jfi5-l, by Mon. W. A. BUCHANAN Srconrl Mill Na nni? Mrmhflr ot Thr rnnntlinn nncl Mil' C.iri.ininn ILiily Nr.-.-p.irGr PulJllshLTS' Asioci.ilion iiml Ihn Audil Dun-nu n( t iruil.ilif.n-. C.l no w MOWTR.S, Rclilor ami PuLjn- MT THOMAS H. ADAMS, r DON Pll.l [fir; dilor I r ROY F I I V, AI i' I R Advertir.ing fctMiKini Cine tditor "THC HERALD SERVES THf. SOUTH"