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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-15,Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THI LETHMIDat HIRALD-TilMday. JMMMiy 18,1f74 ElllTOltlAL^ The price of eggs if the Food Prices Review Board can’t come up with anything more worthwhile than a diatribe about the price of eggs, its relevance becomes more clouded. True, the price of eggs has gone up substantially. And true, nobody lilies to pay high prices for foods. But eggs, as with cereal grains and meats and most other foods at the producer level, had generally held their low prices for many years, while almost everything else was steadily inflating. Egg production is heavily competitive, and it was only because most of the production was taken over by large factory-type operations where the greatest possible economies could be made, that egg prices stayed as low as they did for so long. ^ But now time has caught up with the egg industry. Labor is scarcer and more expensive. The chicks cost more. And the biggest part of the cost of productioii, namely the feed, is vastly higher in price. In few other foods is a bigger percen* tage of the consumer price returned to the producer. Whether the merchandising chain makes an exorbitant profit may be argued, but in any case that profit is only a tiny part of the consumer cost. ^ the board's attack on the egg industry is mis-directed, ill-considered and unfair, especially in relation to the total food picture. A self-sufficient Canada ? A recent study done for the Provincial Bank of Canada should give heart to economic nationalists, since it shows a declining need for foreign investment. (An economic nationalist is someone who is disturbed by the fact that 98 per cent ot Canada’s oil refining industry, 78 per cent of its chemical production and 85 per cent of its primary smelting operations are controlled by foreigners.) The bank's economists predict that by 1980 the country’s need for foreign capital, while it will be slightly greater than at present, will represent a much smaller percentage of GNP and total investment, and that the country will be practically self-sufficient. The forecast is based on the anticipation that savings within the country will increase considerably in this decade and that these savings wiij be available for investment. The study may well be wrong on this point. liistory has shown that it is not safe to conclude that Canadian funds will necessarily be invested within the country. Money is generally invested on the basis of hard fact, not emotion. Obviously, the report was prepared before the astronomical increase in the price of oil triggered what will amount to a revolution in world economy. What the final impact will be on Canadian economy is hard to predict, since the revolution is still going on, but it certainly is reasonable to expect that there will be much more money available in Canada for investment than was anticipated by the economists who prepared the study. Irish intransigency Hopes for restoring stability and peace to all of Ireland as a result of the Sun-ningdale agreement may not have been extinguished by the recent defeat of Brian Faulkner at the hands of his Unionist party council but they certainly have been diminished. It is possible that the setback administered by the Unionists is one of the last gasps of Protestant intransigency but few will count on that being so. Protestant fears in Northern Ireland that the proposed all-Ireland council spells the ultimate union of Ireland with subsequent dominance by the Catholics may be excessive. Yet things continue to take place that do nothing to dispel such fears. The Irish Republic’s attorney general is taking the country’s Family Planning Association to court for allegedly violating laws banning the advertising and sale of contraceptives. He is doing At Linton-On-Ouse. England, the Royal Air Force cancelled a traditional 300-mile-an-hour fly-past by pilots who have just won their wings, in order to save fuel. And so, nine pilots in full flight regalia pedalled past on bikes. Under the heading of anthropological notes Common Market undermined By C. L. Sulzberger, New York Times commentator -this in spite of the historic decision of the Supreme Court in £>ecember that a private citizen has the right to bring contraceptives into Ireland. The distinction is being made that a person can import but cannot advertise and sell contraceptives. Whatever may be said in support of the attorney general’s action it cannot be denied that the timing is unfortunate. It is a reminder that the 95 -per cent Catholic population can impose laws that are unacceptable to Protestants. The issue may not be momentous but it is the sort of thing ~that feeds fears and nourishes old animosities. Charging the Protestants in Northern Ireland with intransigency for voting against changes in the governing structure may have to be seen over against their feelings that intransigency is present in the retention and upholding of Catholic-inspired laws in the South. from all over comes word that a gorilla in Sydney had an infected leg amputated with the help of human blood plasma. Zoo employees found that gorillas have blood similar to humans but were unsure of the exact classification and so used the XX plasma. The world’s only known three-l< is doing well PARIS — The niue-nation European Community has been creaking at the seaim ever since the current energy crisis began. The big question raised by President Nixon’s proposed oil consumers conference is whether it will manage to close the ham door before the horses have fled into a nationalistic jungle. Certainly the community has not been acting as “Europe” in any united sense. It has been less coherent as a body than the hitherto disunited Arabs who didn’t permit disagreemeBts on other subjects to hinder their formulation of a joint petroleum policy. And they have since been followed, for reas<ms of compulsive economic logic, by such disparate lands as non-Arab Iran and nonMoslem Venezuela. Producers that are neither Arab nor'Moslem are not embargoing sales to Israel or its supporters, such as the United States and The Netherlands. Yet they have gone along with burgecHiing price rises which, in themselves, comprise a form of boycott since most Hirchasers cannot afford any onger to buy the fad they need. These developments exposed the fragility of the pean Community which failed to move^ rapidly toward a more unified policy after it was joined by Britain, Denmark and Ireland in 1973. Indeed, its wealcness was underscored by the astonishing collapse of the British economy, when coal miners chose to strike during the oil shortage, and by arguments between London, Bonn and Paris over how much money should be contributed to develop the Community’s backward regions. When secretary Kissinger spoke in London after attending the December NATO meeting, he first proclaimed the idea of a joint energy action group linking NATO and Japanese con sumers. But the idea seemed to lapse while the Common Market intently dug its own grave. The Netherlands, with the world’s largest port, Rotterdam, serving as West Europe’s petroleum entrepot, was left isolated by its community partners when the Arats singled out the Dutch as pro-Israeli. And the chief Common Maritet oil users — Britain. France and West Germany, struck out on their own as national governments, ignoring the Community, to make private deals. The French agreed to sell Mirage Jet-fighters, AMX tanks and other weap<ms to Saudi Arabia in exchange for guaranteed supplies of petroleum over the next decade. They made a slightly smaUer-scale deal with the tiny Arab sheikhdom of Abu Dhabi, whose pt^lation of 80,000 is unlikely to have much use for the arms purchased. The British raced to make similar agreements. They arranged a contract with Saudi Arabia involving 30 million tons of petroleum a year for the next decade, against weapons systems and machinery. London’s negotiators are also seeking accords with Kuwait, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, another tiny Persian Gulf sh^dom. Now West Germany is eying the market. It has not only made a deal involving its leopard tank with Iran — not' concerned with the Arab-Israeli war — but is reported to have sent discreet negotiating teams to Arab lands, although Bonn certainly prefers to exchange nonmilitary industrial goods for oil. Thus, three bellwethers of the European Community flock have all struck off on their own, disregarding common obligations — and paying little heed to the Kissinger idea so far. The result has been to rock the Community. Richard Crossman, a former British minister, assails the arms accords with the Arabs as a “cynical decision to start up the Arab-Israeli arms race before the peace negotiations have got under way.” Yet, despite this view. Crossman is strongly anti-European Community. He wants Britain to leave it although deploring the fact that the Conmiunity as a “political ideal has been shattered by the FrancoBritish determination to sacrifice solidarity with Holland to national egotism.” The intention lying behind Nixon’s proposal to convene a conference of oil users in Washington Feb. 11 is to halt pell-mell competition between individual nations, supposed to be allies, who should be aware of common fundamental interests. Whether too much water — or too little oil — has already flowed under the bridge to augur much chance of success is difficult to say. Certainly the onth that has elapsed since Kissinger’s first proposal has been wated by the principal consumers. They could surely negotiate a better bargain with the oil cartel if they spoke with one voice. Let us hope it is not too late to remember this. The energy crisis stilt could be a unifying factor rather than a source of fatal division. Who was the joker who put the empties around Mother’s chair? Cabinet shuffle unlikely By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator U.’ 'An’ 4*en 4ts mcM «al t «et 'Ow«r4 CmcII fw my Mxt    ek?’ Ottawa-ologists are a persistent, though not necessarily perspicacious, breed. Like their comrades watching the Kremlin or the Heavenly City in Peking, Ottawa-ologists school themselves to detect in a misplaced comma, a major shift in government policy, and to spot in a disarranged necktie, the first sign of a career on the rise or decline. Consider two clues: —A fortnight ago Mitchell Sharp went to his Toronto constituency to talk to his workers about organization plans for the coming year. —Recently former Minister of Manpower Bryce Mackasey lunched in the parliamentary restaurant with Trudeau’s principal secretary, Martin O’Connell. Your average tax-paying, snow-shovelling Canadian might conclude that all this means is a) tlwt O’Connell' and Mackasey like the same food — the choice item on the parliamentary menu that day was poached halibut, with egg sauce, and b) that Sharp, like all politicians, has to every now and then check over the grass roots to see if th^ need watering. Which is why your average Canadian would make a rotten OtUwa-ologlst. For months speculation has been commonplace in Ottawa that Trudeau is planning a major caMnet shuffle. The move, if Trndeau makes it, will come between the end of this session of Parliament, probaUy next week, and the start of the new setrion which is scheduled for the m<!MkI hall of Febmary (Calrinet shifTIes, by the way, are a political rqwrter’s favorite: you get two stories for the price of one. First a confident forecast of the changes Trudeau is going to make; then a story explaining why, at the last minute the prime minister changed his mind and did the direct opposite.) My own guess, and it in fact is rather more than that, is that Trudeau will either make no cabinet changes at all, or very few. Any major cabinet reorganl2ation depends upon Sharp’s stepping aside. Unless he does, Trudeau has no room to manouevre since cabinet shuffles, unlike musical chairs, require someone to drop out before the music stops so that everyone else can find new chairs, or portfolios. Sharp is the key to a significant reorganization because his portfolio of external affairs is the most senior in the cabinet. Sharp’s departure would open the way for Finance Minister John Turner to get the one prestigious portfolio left for him other than the prime ministership itself, and Turner'; advancement would in turn create other possibilities all down the line. My information is that Sharp has no intention of leaving politics in the immediate future, which is why he went to his constituency to talk to his workers. All that Tmdeau can do now is to exchange Junior or middle-rank portfolios between minister* already in the cabinet One minister who certainly merlls a pramotion Prophecy is disputed There has been much news lately concerning the Comet Kohoutek, especially by the Children of God sect. The individuals in this sect proclaim that the'comet will destroy the United States about Jan. 31. This prophecy of earthly destruction is not from God, and although these individuals say that it is from the Lord, and although they talk greatly about Jesus Christ, they know not the spirit of God. lliese individuals are being deceived and led about by a great demonic power. True prophecy has two purposes: first, it should bring people to obedience to God’s Word (Deuteronomy 28:29 “.. . but these things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law”); second, it should bring people the testimony about Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:10 . . . “for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy”). The true test for a.prophet and prophecy is found in Deuteronomy 18:22 “When a t speaks in the name of ! Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.” And 2 Peter 1:21 tells us “For no proobecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” Yes, one day in the near future Jesus Christ will come again for his own and then God’s judgement will fall upon this earth. But until then God’s love is reaching out for all those who are going their own way and his love beckons us to turn from sin and to go His way. 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering toward us, not wilnng that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” May God bless each and eveiy one of you reading this. And my friend, if you are in the Children of God sect, my prayer is that Jesus will graciously reach out and touch you with his love ^d bring you fully to the truth. CRAIG GILBERTSON Taber. Use of strap advised I am veiy grateful to the teacher who used a strap on me. She did me a favor. In those days we had spelling tests every day. One day the word son was included and I spelled it sone. The standard penalty for a miss was to write the word out five times and take it to the teacher. Every word I wrote read sone. "Did you look in the book?” she asked. “No ma’am,” I replied. "Well you look in the book and write what you find 10 times.” I wrote sone 10 times and determinedly did not touch the book. She said emphatically, "Look in the book and write what you find 50 times.” I wrote it 50 times and every last word had the final “e” more emphatically written than the rest but I didn’t have the benefit of any book. I would not look.. It was recess when I got finished and all the other pupils were, outside playing. She looked at it. “Well, Arthur,” she said very kindly. “I see there is no other way. Hold out your hand, ” I got two or three smacks on that hand. “Hold out your other hand.” I did. Really they were not too hard, but what was hard was that she did it. “Now,” she said. “Get out your book and write what you find five times.” So I got out the book and that did hurt. I was wrong!!! She didn’t strap me for being stubborn. She rather encouraged that, because there are times when a person has to be stubborn against bitter opposition. All she wanted was that I would look at the evidence. She never, that I remember, asked anyone to do anything just because she said so. Notmng else would have taught me to look at the evidence without dithering around. Most pupils never were strapped. I’d like to make a suggestion. The Herald is always investigating something or other. Take a poll of teachers. See if those who favor abolishing the strap ever had a strapping. Generally they did not, and just naturally hate to strap — any teacher does. Consider those who were absolute pests but, as sometimes occurs, are the hing over on them because they did it all. They really do not need to strap, except as a last resort. They will be absolutely in favor. No child has the right to take up time other pupils should have. Magra th J. A. SPENCER Short-sighted view is Jean Chretien who for nearly six years has handled the gruelling and often thankless portfolio of Indian affairs, and northern development. This would leave Mackasey still in the cold. Mackasey quit - the cabinet just after the 1972 election when Trudeau, recognizing how many votes the troubles of the Unemployment Insurance Commission had cost the Liberals, asked him to accept a different portfolio. Mackasey, his pride stung, refused and left the cabinet. I in recent weeks Mackasey has let it be known (I have no idea whether it was the subject of his luncheon conversation with O’Connell) that he would like to return to cabinet, a step he would consider as he told one friend, as a "vindication” of bis UlC program. Mackasey is a combative and vain Irishman. He has the common touch, a quality conspicuous by its absence from 'Aiideau’s cabinet, except for Don Jamieson, the minister of regional economic expansion and Bob Andras, the minister of manpower and immigration. Mackasey, (or all that the UIC has become a public whipping-boy, would reinforce the cabinet. Trudeau can hr* ing him in only i he drops another minister or at the very least over-rldc.s someone else’s ambitions. That’s the kind of decision it’s much easier to preach about than to practice. It’s also the kind of decision that goes with the job that Trudeau has come to enjoy so mucA, being prime minister. I recently saw some information which greatly surprised me. But I suppose it is due to the fact that we seldom listen. Did you know that the John Howard Society in Lethbridge was supported by only 67 memberships as of Dec. 31, 1972 and that its total budget for 1972 was only |10,89S of which $8,525 came from United Way funds? I would have to believe that successful assistance to only one member of society a year is worth many times this amount as measured by the social cost of failure, not to mention human values. Why isn’t this vital rehabilitation work supported generously by federal, provincial, and municipal funds? Surely such work is more valuable to society than the construction and operation of Prisons at enormous expense, his seems to be a very shortsighted view by governments; if they, in fact, do believe in rehabilitation    , Did you know that the work of the society was supported by only two church groups in Lethbridge? 1 guess I wonder where our values do lie. Finally I guess I am amazed that one professional worker with the help of volunteers is able to do as much as he does. I ahi certain he has little time for fund raising activities. And now we see the prospect of United Way funds falling short of a very modest goal. Perhaps this means a further reduction in the support of an agency such as this. Shame on us. ROGER B. MEINTZER Lethbridge Tips for dog-lovers According to the Animal Defence League, dogs should never be tied up for a long period of time without proper shelter. A kennel or doghouse with a heavy floor pad or a thick layer of straw should be provided to give the dog warmth and comfort and the feeling of having a place of his own. A' chain 12 feet long or more, free from entanglement should be provided. Make sure fresh water is available. A dog that barks and howls all day because of being bored or uncomfortable is apt to make himself very unpopular with the neighbors. A walk or a romp twice a day would help keep him contented and keep the premises of others clean. Your dog will respond to loving care. Try to keep your dog from running around loose or he is apt to end up in the dogpound sooner or later. 7C CLASS, R I. BAKER SCHOOL Coaldale. The Lethbridge Herald S04 7ih 81. s. LethbrWgt. Albwta lethbhidoe herald co. ltd. fropt-Nron tntf PuMiiiwr* S*cond CiMt MtH n*glitr«tion No. 0012 CLCO MOWEHS, Editor *nd PubHthcr DON H. PILLIIM Managing Editor DONALD ft DOAAM nov F. MILES AdvartiMflg Mifiojai DOUdLASK WALKER CdnorM P«B« Editor WOninT M. FENTON CirculitKK) Managar KENNETH E. BARNETT BunnMa Mlnagar "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;