Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
EDITORIALS Maurice Western Round one to Nixon Protests against political trials which have aroused international interest recently have become a kind of vast tit for tat game in which each participant retaliates with its own kind of "you did it too" response. The Soviet Union, the U.S., and many other countries including Canada, expressed dismay at the type of justice meted out to the Basque separatists in a military court in Spain. The U.S. was horrified at the sentences meted out to Russian Jews convicted of hijacking an Aeroflot plane, and has protested against the method of trial of Jews accused of attempting to hijack an aircraft in an attempt to escape the country. The Russians have responded by pleading for justice for Angela Davis, the black militant, accused of murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in the escape attempt at San Rafael courthouse last August. The Soviet plea on behalf of Miss Davis was signed by a group of Russia's most distinguished scientists. Several of these men are reputed to have been involved in a protest movement in the U.S.S.R. itself against intellectual and scientific repression in their own country. Now President Nixon, through the medium of his secretary of state for European affairs, Martin J. Hillenbrand, has invited the 14 protesting scientists to come to the United States and attend Miss Davis' trial. Not that the President expects them to change their opinions about the quality of American justice, or believes that if they did, their impressions would be published in the Soviet press. He and his advisers are far too wise in the ways of Soviet propaganda for that. What the President has accomplished, is to emphasize to the Soviets and the rest of the world that American justice is confident that it can stand up to scrutiny. The suggestion that the Soviets might reciprocate by allowing foreign observers to be present in Russian courts, is simply turning the screw. Russian political trials to date have been closed to the public. The bout isn't over, but the first round has clearly gone to Mr. Nixon. Taking to the road There is an unconfirmed report out of Ottawa that the federal government is planning a $50 million "youth program," for this summer, including establishing a fleet of 25 buses to carry young transients across the country without charge. We hope the report is true. The idea is bold, constructive, imaginative. These young people will be largely unemployed anyway. What better use of their time than seeing the country? Thousands of them will be hitching back and forth. They will all be short of money. Anything to facilitate their travelling is good. Encouraging them to take to the road, through providing free bus passage, will put a greater strain on local hostel facilities in most Canadian cities, but again that's part of the game. Twenty - five buses means that no more than about a thousand young people will be travelling this way at any moment. A hundred buses would be more appropriate. Or what about putting a dozen passenger trains on the job? Surely there's plenty of equipment around, left over from the days the railways were in the passenger business. The heaviest strain on Canadian unity is caused by the ignorance of most Canadians of the magnitude and grandeur of their country. The more that Westerners, for instance, see of the people of Quebec, the more patient they will be with Quebec's difficulties in working out her problems. And if young French-Canadians by the thousands could see the prairie spacious n e s s and the majesty of the mountains, their mountains, they would not be so ready to give up on Confederation. Pedestrians beware! Those of us who visit Moose Jaw from time to time will have to take note of our walking manners from now on. Recently, city council passed a new traffic bylaw which insists that pedestrians must walk on the right hand side of sidewalks and crosswalks. No more bumping against the traffic on the wrong side of the sidewalk as people casually window-shop; no more middle-of-the-street mini-dances when you meet on near collision course with ano t h e r walker. The new bylaw is designed, so council says, "to cut down pedestrian accidents." Doubtless people hurrying along do bash into each other from time to time and suffer bruises and bleeding lips as a result. But to be fined $100 or the alterna- tive of 30 days in jail for crossing the sidewalk to talk to a pal going the other way is just a bit too much! Next thing we know they'll be expecting us as, one resident complained, to signal for turns and equip ourselves with rear-view mirrors. Aw come on Moose Jaw, you gotta be kidding! Let us foster all that unites us and not that which divides us. Let us give the world cause to say: These were dedicated men. They did not posture and postpone, but strove humbly and honestly to lighten the afflictions that weigh so heavily on mankind. -Dr. Edvard Hambro, president of the General Assembly, as the United Nations observed its 25th anniversary. Art Buchwald WASHINGTON - One of the most fasci-" nating things that is taking place in America's youth culture is that no one knows anybody else's last name. The fact that American children consider last names irrelevant seems to drive parents up the wall. My friend Zinnser tipped me off to this phenomenon. His 15-year-old daughter was giving him a hard time in his living room the other night when I came to pay a holiday visit. It had something to do with a ski trip she wanted to take but she dashed out in tears before I could discover what the argument was about. Zinnser filled me in. "I guess I'm one1 of those old-fashioned parents of the non-permissive school," he said. "The argument you just walked in on concerns a rule I've laid down that Ellen can not go skiing for more than 24 hours with any boy whose last name she does not know." "That's a tough rule," I admitted. "The question arose," Zinnser said, "because Ellen wanted to go on a three-day ski trip with Betsy, Therese, Randy and Steve. But all she knows about Randy is that he lives in Virginia and Steve lives in Baltimore. For two days we've been arguing about 'Randy of Virginia' and 'Steve From Baltimore.' You might say I'm having an identity crisis." "I guess it is tough on a father not to know a boy's last name," I said. "It probably wouldn't be a problem if she just knew one Steve. But she knows three. There is also 'Steve Who Works in the Carry-Out Shop' and 'Steve, the Cousin of Tina.'" "Tina who?" "That's the problem. She doesn't know Tina's last name either.'1 Trudeau claims inflation conquered jTkTTAWA - The Prime min-" ister's mysterious comments on inflation are now available in an official transcript which is not of much help in resolving the mystery. At least there can be no argument as to what was said or as to the context of the remarks. Mrr Trudeau made three general observations about inflation, present and future. The first developed from his remark that unemployment (rather than inflation) was the problem facing the country in 1971. When asked: "What's the switch all about?", he replied: "Well, the switch is because we have won last year's victory, the one against inflation. It is obvious from the statistics of the past two months that inflation no longer exists in Can- "Maybe Ellen isn't good on last names." "It isn't just Ellen. My 16-year-old daughter, Mitzi, is just as bad. The other night she asked to sleep over at the house of a girl she goes to school with named Karen. I suggested we call Karen's parents to see if it was okay. Mitzi said she didn't have Karen's telephone number. I said we could look it up in the telephone book, but Mitzi said she didn't know Karen's last name. As a matter of fact, the only thing she knew about Karen was that her family tad a house in Nag's Head, North Carolina. "So now we have to refer to Mitzi's friend as 'Karen Whose Family Owns a House at Nag's Head, North Carolina.' You have to admit that's a mouth full. "My son Chris," said Zinnser, "is not any better. He went up to New York last week with 'Bruce Who Owes Him $15* and 'Jim Who Plays the Drums in Some Band' and 'David Who Got Kicked Out of School.'" "Does Chris use his last name?" I asked. "I don't believe so. The other night I picked up the phone and the person on the other end of the line asked if 'Chris Whose Father Works for the Government' was home." Zinnser's 15-year-old daughter, EUen, came back in the room. "His name is Steve Jackson," she said angrily. "And what's Randy From Virginia's last name?" Zinnser asked. Ellen started crying again. "I knew you wouldn't let me go skiing in tl>e first place." (Toronto Telegram Newt Service) ada. The cost of living has not gone up in the past two months and this is a performance which has been unequalled in any country of the Western world and indeed is something which hasn't happened in Canada for almost ten years now. So, in a sense, what I was saying last year at this time that inflation was the big fight well, we won that fight and I hope you're congratulating us for it." After several queries about unemployment, the question was put in a different form: "Sir, then do we deal with inflation again in the fall?" To this the prime minister answered: "Well, if it's still an evil, yes, we'll have to deal with it again next year. But I am sure that now that Canadians have understood the danger and indeed the cost of inflation, that we won't have that evil again. Finally, defending the government's actions since March against unemployment Mr. Trudeau sounded a note of caution: "And if we go overboard on this we will have the effect that Mr. Ralfe is suggesting, the next year we have another big swing and we will be fighting not unemployment but inflation, and it is this delicate balance that we have to keep between unemployment on one side and inflation on the other." The statement that "inflation no longer exists in Canada" is puzzling for at least two rca-sons. In the first place it is perilously based on a very short experience. In the second, it does not correspond to the warnings of the government's own Prices and Incomes Commission and makes nonsense of its actions. Last fall when we had presumably reached the point of equilibrium, the commission was vainly attempting through meetings with business leaders in the larger cities to extend the price restraint and wage guideline program to mid-1971: clearly a labor without purpose if inflation was already a dead duck. In announcing the failure of negotiations, John Young, the commission chairman, warned (early in December) that the b a 111 e against inflation was far from won. He said: "While some comfort can be taken from the recent modera- "But then - how do we know there ISNT any mercury in his spinach . . ?" Letters to the editor Caged animals in deplorable condition We would like to talk about wild animals being caged and sold in stores in Lethbridge. Upon walking into a certain store we went over to the pet shop. We were shocked to see a beautiful cardinal, a wild bird which is one of the loveliest in Canada, penned up in a small cage with a couple of other wild cardinals. They were flying against the bars of their cage in a desperate attempt to free themselves. A lot of their beautiful feathers covered the floor of the cage. They had been fighting and pecking each other. JVo relief vouchers left In a recent copy of The Herald (of which I have been a steady subscriber since late 1933) I saw that Hugh Demp-sey of the Glenbow Foundation wanted relics of the dirty thirties. Among other things he mentioned relief vouchers. Does he really mean that an individual would still have such a thing in his possession? Possibly he does not really understand that we had to turn over the voucher (like a criminal) to get a few necessities of life. Being destitute in December 1932, I and my wife hod to ask for assistance. Having lived in the surrounding district for 22 years, with the exception of six months, I thought things were in order. The relief officer in town threatened me if I put in an application. The municipal- ity denied responsibility and the provincial government also did the same. Finally in March, 1933 the municipality said that if I signed a waiver that they were not responsible for my wife and me they would give me relief for two months. That relief was a voucher for $10 a month for food, clothing and rent. To take $20 of humiliation money was the hardest thing I ever had to do in my sixty years in southern Alberta. So if Hugh Dempsey and the Glenbow Foundation want something for their exhibits and archives, I would suggest that they get some tapes of those who have gone through it. STILL HUMILIATED. Fort Macleod. Nuisance at ski chalet This letter is written to inform my fellow skiers and the shareholders of tho West Castle Ski Resort that an evil monster is lurking on their resort property. I call him the "STACKER". This is how he works; as the skiers come in the chalet for a break, they leave their skis on the ground near the ski racks. Once they enter the lodge, the "stacker" strikes. He grabs up the skis that are not on the racks and piles them furiously into a large entangled heap. When he is finished, he stands there with a great smile on his face, which probably can be interpreted as - "that will teach those skiers to use those ski racks". My first feeling as I returned to the ski heap was "I'll kill that- who did this". But then I cooled down and said that I would use the ski racks only in Montana, Banff and Fernie! Shareholders, you can't afford to have the "stacker" working for your company and here aro Uie reasons why: (1) your credibility gap to skiers because of the Mr. Chinook is very large already; (2) I have invested a lot of money in ski equipment and do not want to see it fall into the "stacker's" misguided hands; (3) I am a paying customer and feel that I deserve better service than the "stacker" hands out. A MEMBER OF THE "STAMP OUT THE STACKER CLUB". Lethbridge. As we went further we saw the boa constrictor. He, they said, is tame because he had been in captivity since he was very young. But who will buy him? He will probably spend the rest of his life in the store, unless some snake lover saves up enough to buy him. The toucan's tail feathers were all falling out and he looked very shabby. Any bird book will tell you that healthy birds take pride in their appearance, and keep themselves well-groomed. This is a sign that he wasn't feeling well. The rest of the birds, etc, we found were in the same general condition: over-crowding, fighting, pooping all over each other, etc. We had our worst shock when we were looking at some of the hamsters we found on a low shelf in the corner of the pet shop. There were at least thirteen male hamsters all together in a medium sized cage. What attracted our attention was1 a hamster hanging from the bars on top of the cage. Upon looking closer, we found that this poor little fellow was being badly treated by the other hamsters in the cage. He had one eye pecked out in a fight, he could only hang onto the bars with his two forepaws, as his rear paws were covered with cuts and bites, they were swollen from hanging onto the bars. The other hamsters were climbing up the bars trying to force him down. Other hamsters were fighting in the corner of the cage. One had his foot bit up pretty badly. We felt so helpless just standing there; there was nothing we could do. We have seen this happening other times also. We have phoned the animal shelter. So They Say Life is violent, people are violent and if indeed we are descended from Australopithecus Africanus there can be no surprise about it. - Mr. William Emms, television scriptwriter. They can't do anything. We tried to file a complaint with the police. They can't do anything without a vet coming in and looking at the animals and certifying that they are sick. The vets are too busy to waste all that time and money to come in and look at the animals, when they could be earning a dollar with their patients. The managers of most of the stores brush us off with a quick "they're being looked after." So, as you can see, we've tried almost every way we can think of to get better living conditions for the animals and birds. We think people have sunk pretty low to capture and cage wild animals just for a few lousy bucks. MISS GAYLE DUBINSKI AND MISS PAT MATHESON. Lethbridge. Editor's note: see story page 11, on tion in the rate of price ftfr crease ,the commission must warn Canadians that this is likely to be only a temporary phenomenon unless there is an early decline in the rate at which costs are rising." Again: "Without an early and substantial moderation of the size of wage and salary increases, and pricing policiei which adequately reflect any moderation of cost increases, it is the commission's view that the choices available to Canadians will be limited to renewed inflation, and an unacceptable level of unemployment or compulsory measure of tame kind to provide more effective control over costs and prices." ..It will be apparent from the passages quoted that the prime minister concedes the danger, although he discounts it. He seems to consider 1970 as a single inning. The government had a tough battle but by year-end had won; the victory being officially confirmed by the cost-of-living index. This particular game has now been interrupted, not by rain but by u n e m p 1 o yment. The government is now tackling that and we can have confidence in the outcome because of the earlier success against inflation. Mr. Trudeau also seems to suggest that we can stop worrying for the time being about inflation because the government is following a prudent policy and because we Canadians have learned our lesson. Hence, he is sure that "we won't have that evil again." The evidence is peculiar. There was a notable effort by exhortation, confer ences and dire warnings last year to induce a mood of restraint in all groups. What happened? The far-from-draconian program of the prices and incomes commission was booted out of the field by organized labor. The commission itself survives only as a study group. What about the excessive wage settlements? According to information from the federal department of labor, quoted by the Ontario treasury department, the average increase in base rates in wage settlements for the three months ended September was 9.5 per cent - far above the PIC guidelines. Since then there has been the huge automobile settlement (followed immediately by price increases). Out on the west coast the International Woodworkers have now negotiated on behalf of construction tradesmen increases described as the "largest ever" - in Canada or the United States. There has also been advice to consumers to fight inflation by refusing to buy at current prices. The government, until it changed its mind, was going to help this cause by restrictions on consumer credit. How much impact all this had anyone could see during the recent Christmas stampede. We may, as Mr. Trudeau says, have understood the danger but we do not appear to be doing enough about it to get the government off the hook. It could have been argued that inflation no longer existed at the very time when it waa developing a head of steam. In fact, Walter Gordon recognized inflation, only to build it into his budgets with effects which did not seem very serious at the time. Often many months are required before the effects of monetary policy or tax changes or increased costs work their way through the system. In the interim there is "no inflation;" merely the inflationary potential that a leading Canadian economist, in Mr. Gordon's day, compared to a crocodile temporarily inactive on the bed of a stream. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Through the Herald 1921-There Merc no bids for the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation district bonds. Irrigations are a new issue on the market and bond dealers are hesitant about taking up the issue, without a more substantial guarantee being offered. 1931 -- Though as a general rule bread is selling in the city at 12 loaves for $1, in Edmonton it is selling for five cents a loaf, unwrapped. 1941 - Feminine hearts in Lethbridge arc a-flutter as an unconfirmed rumor has It that screen idol Spencer Tracy is ferrying training planes to Lethbridge. 1951-Memories of the "good old days" will be brought back Feb. 3 when the recreation department and the Lethbridge Old-Time Dance Club will go entirely western at their first Annual Square and Folk Dance Festival. 1961-Unemployment in Lethbridge increased by 290 during the first week of 1961. There are now 2,700 men and 645 women looking for work. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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