Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuttdiy, January IS, 1975 Sharing the costs As the number of grain delivery points is being steadily reduced and will become much fewer if and when more rail lines are abandoned, the average hauling distance from Alberta farms will increase. Who will pay the extra cost? "One place to get it would be from the producers who happen to live close to the the Alberta Wheat Pool points out. But it adds "That thought must be short lived, of course." Perhaps the Pool is right that the farmers directly affected should stand the increased cost themselves. But is it right not even to consider seriously the idea of pooling the trucking cost? And also w'nat about consideration of pooling the rail hauling cost? In other words a uniform price f.o.b. the farmer's bins or the delivery point, instead of the Pacific or 'Lakehead terminals as at present? This would eliminate the relative price loss borne by the producers with the longest truck haul and (or) the longest rail haul. The burden lifted from them would be shouldered by those producers nearest the delivery points, and those in western Alberta and in Manitoba and thus nearest the terminals. Why not think about it? Gun control The chances of a tough gun control law being enacted might seem to have im- proved as a consequence of the rash of shooting incidents that have taken place in Canada recently. Past experience, however, suggests that there would be lots of resistance to any attempt to severely limit the sale and ownership of guns. There is a marked preference for deal- ing with consequences rather than the cause in this matter, as in some other things such as alcohol. This is evident in the way .committees are forming to lobby for capital punishment but not to keep guns out of the hands of irrational and irresponsible people. It is hard to understand how the removal of firing mechanisms from rifles and shotguns in gun shops at night can make any significant contribution to the problem, as suggested in Calgary following the shooting episode from a department store. The guns with their firing mechanisms intact can be bought in the morning by anyone and used to cause mayhem. The proponents of easy access to guns argue that when guns are outlawed only outlaws have them. That might well be true, but even that could be a gain for safety. The majority of gun killings are not perpetrated by outlaws; they are the result of accident, anger, and alcohol and the fact that guns are too accessible. Absence of guns in the home or on the person would not mean less protection since the element of surprise employed by an outlaw generally renders useless the gun in the drawer or on the wall. There are very few essential needs for guns; most people would be hard press- ed to name even one. A case can be made for using guns for recreational purposes target shooting and game hunting but that does not really count as essen- tial. Some way could surely be found for restricting guns to those qualified to use them for specified purposes. Society might then be protected at least from some of the unpremeditated irrational acts involving guns. THE CASSEROLE In a remarkable display of gaucherie, Air Canada and C.P. Air announced they have issued term passes to Mrs. Trudeau, wife of the Prime Minister, as a courtesy to "the first lady of our Considering that the wife of the Governor General is officially Canada's first lady, and that neither His Ex- cellancy nor Mme. Leger were offered similar passes, their use of the word "courtesy" is clearly presumptuous. Criminal traffic in drugs has brought about some strange criteria for measuring police effectiveness. To illustrate, the RCMP in Vic- toria claims that a recent series of high level arrests has reduced the flow of drugs in B.C. As proof, they cite the current rash of break ins, which they regard as a reliable in- dicator that illicit drugs are scarce and ex- pensive. There's no nonsense and no deception about the labelling of socks produced by Glen Knitting Millsrof Georgetown, Ontario. The socks are O.K., but they're manufactured from reclaimed material of one sort or another, so each sock is stamped, "100 per cent unknown fibres." Kellog's Co. of Canada has been fined for disobeying a Quebec Superior Court order which forbids animated cartoons in adver- tisements directed at children. Has anyone any idea why something considered harmful for Quebec children is O.K. for kids in Alber- ta? The Weekly Literary Gazette, official publication of the Russian Writers' Union, has published an article about CIA excesses in the U.S., in which it bemoans the sad loss of Americans' freedoms. Now there's a switch! Probably the most ironic piece of informa- tion surrounding the upset of the Haille Selassie rule in Ethiopia has been the news that Italy, which invaded Ethiopia in 1935, should offer Selassie political asylum now that the military leaders are in charge of that country. RUSSELL BAKER Sport at the White House NEW YORK I went to the White House for a game of "Economics" with President Ford. "You're going to love this he said. "It's more fun than anything since the Hi- Li." He shuffled a stack of thousand dollar bills, asked me to cut the stack, then dealt me one. I held it close to my chest and studied it. It was the real thing. "What happens now, Mr. He grinned. he said, "it's up to you to guess what you're holding in your hand." I paused a long while. Finally: "Could it be. "Yes, yes, you're warm. Go on." "Could it be a thousand dollar The president leaped up with a delighted smile. he cried. "It is one of your very own thousand-dollar bills picked at ran- dom from the many you have sent to Washington. It is all yours." I was delirious with joy. A thousand dollar bill, and my very own. So General Thieu hadn't gotten all of them, after all. Clutching it, I rose, to go. "Just a said the president. "We haven't finished the game and he produced a board and dice. "Now I roll the he explained, throw- ing a four and advancing a replica of Air Force One four spaces on the board. "Take an Economist the space said. He turned over a printed card. "Oil it said. "Impose an oil tax to cut dependence on Middle East oil." "This is the fun said the president, picking up the telephone and imposing an oil tax. "Can I take my thousand dollar bill and go, now that the fun part is I asked, knowing what the answer would be. The president poked me lightly in the ribs, smiled. "Always the he said. "I like a fellow with a sense of.humor." "Do I get to throw the dice said the president. "You get to take a Consequences card. Go ahead." He picked up a pile of cards, examined all and gave me one. "This will break you he grinned. "Due to the recently imposed oil it said, "the cost of warming your house has been increased by 50 per cent. Pay to your fuel company to offset its tax increase." I said I had better go pay the fuel company right away, but the president stopped me. "Since they will have to pay it back to the government he said, you can just give it to me." He changed the thousand dollar bill, gave me and said, "now you get an Inevitable News and handed me one. "Congratulations on knowing it all said the card. "The government has authoriz- ed your electric company to charge you its share of the new oil tax. Pay your favorite utility The president said he might as well take the to save the power company the bookkeeping nuisance. "Now I bet I get to take a Believer in the American Dream Hah-Hah I said. "You know the president said. "You have a natural feel for this game." Following card instructions I paid to cover the increase in gasoline prices. "Some game. Isn't the president laughed. "It sure is. But how dp you get my last I asked. "Take one of those Another Round of Infla- tion cards and he grinned. The card said, "Due to the rising cost of transportation caused by the higher price of oil, the price of everything is increased. Surrender all money left in your bankroll." I told the president I didn't think much of the game. "It's too said. "No real surprises." "That's what you he chuckled. "You get the surprise when you go outside and find all those higher prices you've just pajd won't go down again." "What's the surprise I asked. "They never have gone down and I don't ex- pect they ever will." laughed the president, "but what you don't realize is next year I'm not going to give you ah extra thousand dollars to pay them." It was a scream, but to cheer me further the president pinned a button in my lapel. "Docs it say I asked. he chuckled, "it says SAP." "All I said was, 'Let's involve Ottawa, too, and they'd run it like Air Canada, the post ofiice, the Unimpressive efforts By W. A. Wilson, Montreal Star commentator OTTAWA This new Parliament has so far been an unimpressive place and if prizes were given for this sort of thing it would be a near matter whether they would go to the government or the op- position. The ordinary man in the street would probably think first of the ludicrous parlia- mentary attempt at a 50 per cent pay raise in the midst of a raging inflation if he were asked to identify some major action of the House of Com- mons. Just possibly he might remember that John Turner had presented a budget during the autumn and something about the sound and fury of the uproar over campaign contributions from the Seafarers International Union might come back to him. The latter incident is not a bad example of what has been wrong with this Parliament so far. The SIU row was an at- tempt to cash in on the scan- dals of a decade ago when Hal Banks and the SIU really were up to their necks in mischief. This time there was never a convincing case that the vio- lence which had occurred on the waterfront in some On- tario Lake ports was either part of a general pattern or that it had got beyond the control of energetic police ac- tion and normal prosecutions. But more opposition energy went into this half-sterile attempt to resurrect the past and cash in on it a second time than to any other issue during the first months of the present parliamentary session. There were more important things that the opposition members could have been giv- ing their attention to even though they are distracted by their searches for new leadership. It is a year now since the minister of trans- port, Jean'Marchand, flam- boyantly announced that Canada's transport situation was a mess and that the gov- ernment was without a trans- port policy.. Assuming Marchand's des- pairing cry had some basis of truth, remarkably little has happened since then. Some pa- pers were whipped together during the election campaign and trotted forth, promising everything from glamor transcontinental trains resurrected from the 1930s on upwards. They evidently serv- ed their purpose during the election campaign and the government, has shown no dedication to them since then. If the transport situation was a mess a year, ago it remains a mess today and the Trudeau administration has done nothing to resolve the problem. A healthy op- position, concerned about the state of the country, would have seized on that situation and kept constant pressure on the government. Nothing of the sort has happened. Trans- port has been the forgotten topic of this new Parliament. There have been some quiet suggestions that parliamen- tary decency played a part in this. Marchand was not well for a time last year and some members of the opposition have privately suggested that they felt a compulsion to treat him lightly in case strain worsened his health problems. That is a kindly instinct, so far as an individual minister is concerned, but it is hardly an excuse for sparing an entire administration any serious pressure over a neglected area of government which has a major effect on the country. In addition, it has never been clear how serious the tran- sport minister's health problems were if they were really serious at all. The House leader, Mitchell Sharp, suggested last week that rather than return im- mediately to its pay raise ef- forts, Parliament should first pass the budget bills, action which must be taken before many tax refunds can be paid. That order of priorities seems almost to go without saying but the government House leader made it clear that the pay raise is not going to be dropped.. It is obvious that parliamentary salaries, like others, must rise but it should be equally obvious both to the government and most members that the present way of going about it is wrong. The House leader spent part of the parliamentary recess in London exploring with British parliamentarians the peren- nial problem of getting heavy, ON THE HILL Uy Hurl llargruve, Ml'for Medicine Hat On returning to Ottawa for the mid-winter session, I would like to comment on the current very controversial MP pay increase bill that was introduced just-before the Christmas recess. All members were aware that such a bill was coming in, but the details were not known un- til December 16. Prior to seeing the detailed bill I stated to the news media that I was in favor of a reasonable increase and would support such a bill. By "reasonable" I mean an amount that would compen- sate for average cost of living increases. 1 am still of this opinion. However, I am not in favor of the specific increase contained in the bill calling for a 50 per cent increase or even the modified suggestion (not a one-third increase. The arguments put forward by public reaction relating to the need for MPs to hold the line and set an example in the face of two figure inflation are very valid and pertinent. It is fair to now assume that the government and indeed Parliament got this message! It also seems fair to suggest that this bill was very poorly drafted and introduced by Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp, and the com- mittee chairman, Mark MacGuigan. In my opinion there is a distinct possibility that the bill will not be brought back for debate at this lime. The bill was primarily spon- sored by backbench Liberal MPs from Quebec because of the status situation resulting from the pay increase recent- ly granted to Quebec provin- cial members, who now receive more than federal members. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR contemporary workloads through somewhat antiquated structure. It could be hoped that he spent part of the recess trying to devise means by which parliamentary salaries can be readily kept up to date, treating members with economic fairness. It is essential both that parliamen- tarians be properly paid and that they should avoid presenting the country with the awful example they did before Christmas. The best that can be said about defence these days, even after the minister's statements, is that there is real doubt whether this government actually has a defence policy at all. The government neither re- assesses the responsibilities laid on the armed forces, to ensure that they remain appropriate for the times, nor does it increase the defence budget sufficiently to 'offset the effects of inflation. It can- not be right in both approaches. In fact, the ad- ministration simply conveys the impression that it prefers not to think seriously about the subject. It ought, however, to think very seriously about this because the present approach is simp- ly not good enough. Nu- merically, this opposition is not particularly weak but it is doubtful if it possess the necessary vigor to bring the government to a serious approach to defence questions any more than to those of transport. The government, after all, has only 141 members in the House, a majority but not an overwhelming or even par- ticularly large one. So far, however, the present opposi- tion is the weakest we have seen for years. Part of the problem, no doubt, is the need of both the Tories and New Democrats to find new leaders but there may be another element in this situ- ation. Political parties have to learn new arts when they form minority governments and the process takes time. Parties may also need time to learn ways of being effective when they form oppositions in Parliaments where the government possesses a ma- jority. Entertainment reviews I read Lynne Van Luven's reviews for two reasons: to marvel at the innumerable caustic similes used in describing characters' portrayals and to hope for, one day, what 1 can honestly read as a soul searching and creditable review. I know it is all one woman's opinion and I have found myself agreeing with her. She did ]6st fine with Zorba and the Ice Capades. But in her happy review of Under Milk Wood, I feel she has done a major injustice to the students who gave us Llaregyb. Student actors need praise to grow, but too much praise and a lack of constructive criticism denies them the un- easy feeling that they should have been better arid must keep on growing. They really tried, but due largely to direc- tor Peter Mueller's bad choice of vehicle, the lover of Dylan Thomas's poetic play for voices was put through a rather agonizing ordeal. Under Milk Wood does not lend itself to movement. The words are all we need and the constant shuffling, stumbling and running about the stage all but destroyed the beautiful flow and harmony of the cadences to be found in the work. The speed of the thing was amazing and those seeing Thomas for the first time missed far too much of his music. If I could say anything to the cast it would be, "Thank you for the heartfelt effort I saw; come again, but channel those efforts into a play that does you credit." THEATRE-GOER Lethbridge A deciding factor? The Herald (Dec. 12) reported that the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital performs most of the abortions carried out in Alberta south of Calgary. Also in The Herald (Dec. it was noted that plans for rationalization of hospital ser- vices' in Lethbridge recom- mend that obstetrics should become the Municipal hospital's baby. One wonders if the unstated but deciding factor behind this recommendation might not be that St. Michael's Hospital does not permit abortions. If this be indeed the reason, could it not be admitted so that the public might tetter judge the value of the recommendation? 'NEMO NUSQUAM' Foremost Cleaning the streets I hope all of the letters sent to The Herald concerning the street cleaning will improve the manner in which it is done. When the big storm hit Lethbridge it took 2V2 weeks until the roads around the community where I live were cleaned oil. It looked beautiful outside until you wanted to go somewhere in the car, as it was hard to get out of my own driveway- It was difficult to travel on the streets and we had to struggle to make our way through the snow ruts and keep the car on the road. I came from a small town with a population of It didn't have much equipment but they made sure that the streets were cleaned. Surely a big city could afford the machinery for this. What is the problem? I hope this letter will influence those responsible when the next storm occurs. If Lethbridge has any more snow before the winter games I wonder how the visitors will get around if the city con- tinues its present method. Lethbridge LINDA HAUCK Wisdom of aid questioned Late school buses By David Macdonald, Herald London commentator LONDON The wisdom of a Canadian aid project in Tan- zania is questioned in a leading British scientific magazine this week. The New Scientist says a newly automated bakery set up with the help of more than million in Canadian tax revenue in Dar es Salaam may not be the best idea for that country at its current stage of development. The magazine says small bakeries in Dar es Salaam had been providing sufficient bread using wood or charcoal burning and a flexible range of raw materials, including maize during the re- cent wheat shortage. The joint venture by the Na- tional Milling Co. of Tanzania and the Canadian Inter- national Development Agency is said to involve a so-called soft loan, meaning low repayments spread over many a low rate of interest. A condition of the loan was that Canadian equipment sup- plied by a company called Baker-Perkins be used. Tht new plant, 100-per-cent im- ported from Canada, has an oil-fired boiler and must have all spare parts imported from Canada, according to the New Scientist. Furthermore, "the bakery requires 50 per cent hard wheat, which has to be im- ported as it cannot be grown locally." The cost-per-job is rated at as opposed to had the existing Dar es Sala'am technology been used. CMZX CAWS Production in local bakeries "has to be cut" and employ- ment in the industry "will stagnate for the next few years." The magazine says it is calculated that by investing in 'local technology the Tanza- nian government could have saved as much as million "and created 300 jobs rather than the 50 required for two shifts working at the automatic bakery." The deputy high commis- sioner foi Tanzania in London said in an interview: "In line with oar industrial policy we normally don't promote capital-intensive projects. This type of labor-saving plant is now what we usually seek. "I do not know the local fac- tors Involved in the Dar es Sa- laam decision but you must understand that we cannot run our policies on inflexible lines." An official at the Canadian High Commission said: "The details of this pro- ject are not known here in London. The terms sound nor- mal for CIDA." I think something should be done about the school buses coming late to pick the students up. In the spring and summer it doesn't really bother us when the bus is late because it is warm out, but in the winter when it is 10-20. degrees below zero outside, a person practically freezes. At the beginning of the year and after Christmas, the teacher gives out the times the buses are to come. Then they should be there at that time and not five, 10 or 15 minutes later like they do now. I think the city should make shelters for the students at each stop or else on stormy or icy days in the winter the bus drivers should change their schedules to leave from the barns five minutes earlier so they can be at the stops on time. The school board has paid them to do a job they should follow it through. STUDENT OF CCHS Lethbridge The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th SI. S. Lelnbrioge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON. H. PILLING Managing Editor ROY f. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. 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