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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 6 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, January 14, 1975 Ric The buck stops here Swihart "747 JUMBO SIGHTSEEING CRUISER WITH STEWARDESS GOlf Slid GBltlbiB SpBClal. Jan 25trt and March 28th Las Vegas and Palm Springs. 9 days as low as Wlnlar Fill! Fling. Las Vegas, Reno, Palm Springs. Jan 16. Feb. 11, March 13.11 days as low as 5242 Canada Winter Games Holiday. Disneyland. Palm Springs, Las Vflgas Tour. Reno, San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Knotts Berry Farm. Feb. 8, 14 days as low as .........................i....... LaS VegaS Special. Feb. 9 and March 10. as low as Canada Winter GamSS. San Diego, Tijuana. Disneyland, Holiday tout. Feb. Sin to 23fci. days, Reno, San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm. 2 days in Disneyland. 2 days in San Diego. Shopping tour of Tijuana, Mexico. 2 days In Palm Springs, 2 days in Las Vegas. As low as......................................... Florida" Disney World, Washington D.C. Tour. Washington D.C., Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Cocoa Beach, Fort Lauder- dale. Miami Beach, Nassau in the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, Pensacola, El Paso, Jurarez Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas. Feb. 24th, March 17th 24 Farmers' and Ranchers' Teur. (To Idaho, Nevada, California, Mexico, Reno, San Francisco, Hollywood, Disneyland, Las Vegas aboard the 747 Jumbo Sightseeing Cruiser, of Northern Bus, San Diego. Mazatlan. Acapulco. Puerto Vallarto aboard the luxury P C Princess Cruise Ship. 20 day tours. Feb. 24th. Twin as low as Co-Sponsored by Northern Tours and Thomas Cook World Travel Service. Limited amount oi space per tour. Escorted by Steve Cathy Kotch. Wlnrtr Games Wind-Down Holiday Tour. Feb. astn 16 days. Reno, San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Knotts Berry Farm. Hollywood, Disneyland, San Diego, Tijuana. Mexico, Palm Springs, Las Vegas. As low as Disneyland, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas Tour. Reno, san Francisco. Fisherman's Wharf, Hollywood, Universal Studios, Knolls Berry Farm, Palm Springs. March 1, 16 days as low as........................................... Holiday TOUr. Reno, San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, Disneyland, Hollywood. Universal Studios, Las Vegas. March days, as low as Comblnillon. Luxury Motor Coach and Steamship Cruises to Mexico an Hawaii. Several New 747 Jumbo Sightseeing Cruisers now in Northern's Fleet "World's Only Airline Service On The Ground" NORTHERN BUS TOURS Lethbrldge. Alia Phone 327-3536 329-4474 COLLEGE MALL___________________ All farmers in this fair land should be allowed to hang a gold engraved pla- que on the kitchen wall with the words of former United States president Harry S. Truman boldly emblazoned on it. "The buck stops here." These four words put the status of the farm com- munity squarely on the. line. No other sector of the Canadian society, except patrons of the penal system, has less control over its financial, economic and business interests than farmers. One of the largest contributing factors to this sad state of affairs is the very role of the farmer to produce and provide the basic food items required for life by all other persons. Because food is not a lux- ury item, various controls, direct and indirect, are clamped on farmers by both government and con- sumer sectors. Without a doubt the consumer fight against the farmer is one of the most selfish acts around but to the defence of government, its actions are well Mentioned. Farmers can't sell their wheat to the highest bidder because government decid- ed Canadians should be subsidized in their bread purchases at the ex- pense of farmers when the price of wheat on the world market exceeds a set level. One might argue that when the world wheat price drops below another set figure, the government steps in and provides extra money for the farmer but other sectors of Canadian society receive similar protection. Those other sectors aren't limited in what they can earn. An indirect government Simmental Breeders Cardston Ltd. P.O. Box 537, Cardston, Alberta, Canada. TOK OKO Home of these Great Sires PARISIEN GALANT FLOR1AN BEAT SULTAN Purebred Simmenia! Bulls. Bred three quarters and half bloods. Order your semen now. Some sires will be in short supply for the 1975 breeding season. control to me detriment of the livestock producers, while benefitting the grain farmers, is the method of marketing feed grains. The government es- tablished a feed board which sets a price tor feed grains. What this does is establish a minimum price for feed grains while setting the going price for that feed. A grain farmer wouldn't sell feed grain to a livestockman for less than the board price because it naturally would cost him money. And since feed grains aren't available any cheaper, cattlemen are forced to pay the going price. Consumers make their weight felt in various ways. The most obvious has to be impact on supply and demand by purchasing habits. If the price on some food gets too high, consumers quit buying. This means the farmer can't set a price on his product in the same way as manufacturers and expect to hold the product until it is sold. Food spoils, machines don't. Then there is consumer complaints, perhaps the greatest weapon of all. One big shout and government comes cowtoddling to the .consumer, usually to the detriment of the farmer. After all, farmers account for only about seven per cent of the total population. And this seven per cent is a vastly unorganized, free enterprise group which would spit in the eye of adversity. But that adversity is fast mounting. Government and consumers have been taken in stride for so many years it is old hat. The real problem for farmers now is organized labor. This giant move- ment which lifted people out of oppression years ago has itself become a weight on the back of agriculture. Disputes in 1974 and 1973 created huge backlogs of agricultural products throughout Canada. Farmers just couldn't move their products to market. When a farmer can't move his product to market, he can't make any money. Dispute after dispute has racked the port of Van- couver, stopping millions of bushels of grain from reaching the world markets. And the problems of organized labor seem to be far from over. Several unions are negotiating contracts at this writing and without settlement, more agricultural goods will be left down on the farm at the expense of farmers With all the pitfalls of the agricultural economy and all the "natural" blocks built into the system, it is time somebody did something to stop the crisis labor creates at the whim of a few influential leaders. This something could or should go as far as govern- ment intervention. The only other alter- native is the collective organization of all farmers. This would allow farmers to fight fire with fire. Few people realize the relative Utopia Canadians enjoy. They get the best food in the world at the least cost when comparing total incomes of any of the advanced countries. And they seem to do the most complaining. But if Canadian farmers resorted to control of food products to maximize economic returns, it would take years for the food system to right itself. It seems all non agricultural sectors are fast driving farmers to this end. Or some other end. The claim that as goes agriculture so goes the rest of society may have gathered some rust, but it still rings true. The public must wake up to realize that if agriculture isn't protected, nothing can stop the decline of one of the best standards of living in the world. And it may take an upris- ing by farmers to protect themselves that will allow the rest of society to con- tinue on top of the world in spite of itself. ED WHITE Idaho transplant Ed White is up to his eyes in beans these days. The genial manager of Alberta Bean Growers Ltd. in Bow Island-has big plans for the bean processing plant which has just completed its first year of operation. Increased acreages of high protein beans have been predicted for the south area and Bow Island farmers eye larger export markets in foreign' countries around the world. STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phona 327-3024 Cattle Sales start at a.m. Auctioneer FRANK MclNENLY Phone 543-3810 Call Bob rYicNairi, Mgr. Phone STOCKERS FEEDERS FAT CATTLE Local and Eastern Buyers Always Present! Staveiy, ;