Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
_ THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Tueiday, July 4, 1973 Datx? Humphreys A month of danger A Herald survey lias spelled nut the extent of. the traffic engineering folly at Glh Ave. nmi 13lh St. S. Traffic cast lliis lwo lancs from which lo enter 13th St. One is clearly marked for left turns, Iho other'for slraiqhl-ilirongh and for right turns. In period last week nine cars turned left and 209 went straight through or turned. right. Obviously that is a senseless utiliza- tion of (lie limited space available. Secondly, aU of the traffic was sup- posed to squeeze through a one-lane- wide bottleneck and go around an is- land. But many cars went right across the island. Thirdly, many of the cars in the left-turn' lane did not turn left. They went straight through. And City Hall has said that it is not happy with the way the traffic is moving, and may do something about it in a month. A month is about 29 days too long' Every rush-hour moment, the poten- tial for an accident is glaringly high. Many cars ignore the traffic designa- tions and many observe them. Doesn't that mean trouble is inevit- able? The directions are not being enforced, probably because they inake so little sense. So until something more practical and enforceable can be established, wouldn't it be the part of wisdom to rub out the island markings and the arrows and operate it as a normal traffic-light intersection? Japan wins the 60s Resentment caused by the flood of low-cost Japanese industrial products is mounting in the west. The opposi- tion does not emanate entirely from U.S. sources. In Great Britain recent- ly, Mr. John Davies, the minister for industry, warned Tokyo that he would not be "fobbed off" with vague promises of relaxation of Japanese restrictions on British exports. It is perfectly true that Japan has managed to build up its tremendous industrial complex partly by adopt- ing trade policies which are not guaranteed to make friends or in- fluence than the Jap- anese themselves. Tokyo has con- sistently followed a policy of restrict- ing imports from industrialized na- tions to a mere trickle, at the same time that it put on a massive export campaign all over the world, selling Japanese products at prices with which Western nations simply could not compete. Now Japan is being forced to open its doors to allow an inflow of for- eign investment capital. The protec- tionism the 60s has laid Uie ground- work of industrial modernization; the industrial complex is roaring ahead at a pace that astonishes even tha Japanese themselves. Knowing this, the West wants to have a chance to invest its money in profitable Jap- anese industry, a chance that has been denied it until now. The tendency is for Japan's com- petitors to attribute all of Japanese economic success to selfish motives, which without question have played which without question have played a nix-like from the ashes of destruc- tion. Western industrialized countries fail to fully appreciate that Japanese resurgence is also due to the vigor and business know-how of her peo- ple and her leaders, who knowing that they must export or die, put on a selling campaign all over the world second to none in history. The Far Eastern Economic Review puts it like this. The Japanese, it says, "have taken no markets for granted; they have invested heavily in research and de- velopment; they have been perfor- mance rather than profit oriented, and they have gone flat out to sell both domestically and abroad." Not only that, the Japanese have developed solidarity between govern- ment and big business and between business concerns themselves. Un- written agreements between compet- ing firms have worked to their mut- ual advantage in the long run. Furth- er, the capacity of the Japanese peo- ple as individuals to work hard, can- not be matched anywhere except by the Chinese. In short, the Japanese beat the Europeans and the United States at their own game in the 60s. As things look now (in spite of devaluation of the yen, and pressures from the West demanding an end t o res- trictive trade they are in a fair way to win in the 70s too.. It won't make them any more popu- lar abroad. Economic prosperity as the Americans know only too well, doesn't pave the rocky friendship route. Holiday hilights By Ma-garet Luckhnrst TN MAY we visited our daughter Nancy and her husband Chuck on their mini- farm In Manitoba. While we were essential- ly on a holiday, there is ahvays plenty of work to do around a farm mini or other- wise, so that we found ourselves puttering around performing odd jobs during most of our stay. My husband, an over-organized individu- al, took it upon himself daily to act as farm foreman while our son-in-law busied himself at his city occupation. So instead of dawdling over our coffee, Nancy and I each morning were dispatched to chores which I'm convinced my good man spent the midnight hours dreaming up. For example, one day Nancy was detail- ed to plant vegetables, I had to clean the barn, while Himself chose to take care of the [lower garden. There seemed to me something akin to male chauvinism about those peremptory orders and on behalf of myself I lodged an immediate complaint. "Why I protested. "I haven't been around livestock for years and I've never cleaned a barn by myself m my entire But as he handed me a shovel the fore- man launched into an crticulale defence of his decision, pointing out that I was the logical choice after all, considering my ex- perience, qualifications, and (tossed in as a after-thought) my vocation. Anyway, the barn was small, relatively airy for a barn, so quit whining, and so on and so on. As I tied a kerchief on my head and pulled on stout rublier boots I sifted through his innocent-sounding explanation searching for hidden innuendo.1; on which I could base an argument that at least might elicit some assistance in the perfor- mance of my task. But try as I might I couldn't quite justify my suspicion lhat ho was subtly insulting me or getting back for some imagined grievance or other, so reluctanlly I stopped my analysis and set to work. If I do say so myself I did a pretty good job of houscclcaning for ten unlidy old-maid hens and a few ducks and Reese. I shovelled tho place oul, rcatencd up bags of feed, hauled around bales of si raw nnd even washed the windows. Tho place ab- solutely sparkled. When I'd put n seal of on the fini.sbnd pnxlurl suggested it might he timely lo give tho hens a both, "I don't think you bath I replied doubtfully. "I expect they have a way of keeping themselves tidy by a special dry cleaning process of some sort." "But these aren't ordinary our daughter pointed out serenely as she filled a tin tub and proceeded to bathe feathers and indeed I had to agree with her. Nancy has a special way with animals, fish, fowl, birds and what-have-you, so that the farm is something of a miniature Dis- neyland. Squirrels, chipmunks, even her shy lurtles will answer to her soft coaxing and sidle up to nibble goodies from her hands. And any poultry or other livestock her husband brings home for practical pur- poses immediately become her pets, and her chickens are especially dear. "I don't like Chuck to feed my she explained one day as she affectionately hand-fed Theda, Bertha and so on, "he just pitches their breakfast about and never stops to visit with them." Try as I might I couldn't get used lo sharing afternoon tea with Nancy's "Ladies." They'd crowd around our chairs, eyeing Nancy adoringly as Ihny waited for tidbits. Then they'd rush off to repay her devotion by obligingly laying cm unconscionable number of eggs. In the evening we'd stroll through the meadow trailed by a straggling collection of gccse, ducks, hound-dogs and farm cats. If the turtles had been loose they'd have come along too. I think the biggest surprise I received at Nancy's unusual knack with her animal friends occurred one morning when I was tidying up the bathroom. I looked up from wiping llie floor ID see her elwny-colnrcd cat capably using the toilet. "Hey I called, "Blackjack is on the Nancy arrived at the door just as tho cal, il.s needs satisfied, leaped down "He's been doing that for Nancy ad- vised, "he didn't like to go out in Ihe win- ter .so I guess he decided people should just, share their creature comforl-s." I could scarcely believe my eyes or my ears. "But when is he going lo learn lo flash the IhingV" I asked facetiously. NoIJi- Ing however, daunls Nancy in this line and such a goal to her is not the realm ol possibilily. "We're working on it." she shrugged, "1 cxpod he'll be onlo it Ihe next time you Now if we could only get him lo clean out the barn Devaluation of pound seen likely T pound, under political and speculative al- lack, lias become the target lor devaluation lalk. Pressure in sterling docs not constitute a devaluation crisis, although a growing body of British finan- cial and political opinion be- lieves devaluation is a question of when rather than whether. There are three significant aspects to the problem. It as a reminder that the whole international curren- cy situation is drifting from ona event to the next on the tempor- ary agreement of last Decem- ber. While the pound was drop- ping against the U.S. dollar last week it was actually gaining in strength against the Canadian dollar. This, London bankers said, was because the Canadian dol- lar was falling against the U.S. dollar even more drastically than the pound. The dollar's fall was blamed on rising U.S. and European Interest rates. The interest rales were ris- ing as part of the West Ger- man government's attempts to curb inflation. The point was that fluctuating exchange rates were still internationally linked to problems in a number of countries, to which Britain is no doubt contributing more than her share. The solution will come not just here or in Bonn or Wash- ington, bul in nil governments taking up where they left off in the Lilcir.uUonal Monetary Fund to construct a new frame- work to replace the one that stood up from Ilio war until last August. The second aspect is Bri- tain's relationship with her Common Market prospective partners. !n the weeks before the last British devaluation, in November of 1307, Uie Common Market was ominously criticiz- ing Britain's monetary prob- lems as a barrier to member- ship. This time they are com- ing to the rescue, although the rescue operation is bringing its own problems. Two months ago, the ten countries of the expanded Mar- ket agreed to reduce by about half the margin of fluctuation they would permit among ex- change rates of their curren- cies. This was the first and only piece of machinery of the planned European economic and monetary union to bo set in motion. As part of the deal European central banks were to support member cur- rencies fluctuating beyond the agreed limits. The pound has brought the first support and test of the new agreement. Some British bankers think the cart has been put before the horse. The exchange rate fluctuation band should not have been brought in until e im IT HU, lit I won't feel liberated until you hare tUshtnn hands, "OX., I'll biiet What is the worW of fashion back this other machinery to co-ordlnala member fiscal and monetary policies could also have been started. As it is, French, Ger- man and Belgian central banks have been buying pounds to jnuinlain a narrowed fluctua- tion band. The British will to delve into sterling reserves, which are fortunately quite strong, lo pay them back, Because the Europeans unable to agree on the remain- der of the package of economic and monetary union proposals, French President Georges Pom- pidou is threatening to postpone the Ten summit meeting plan- ned to launch the much-herald- ed next step in building Europe. It can be argued that It's better to have at least the Eur- opean support machinery than nothing. If the Europeans were not bailing out the pound, tha task would fall to someone else. Yet If the Europeans had not narrowed the bands (largely to stabilize agriculture policies the French consider the backbone of the Common Market) tha need for support at all might have been avoided or put of( until Britain is stronger. But will Britain be stronger before the end of the year when she is scheduled to join the oth- ers? This raises the final, most Immediate, and serious aspect of the problem. Foreign bankers have been watching the British scene with mounting misgiving. Inflationary wcge settlements, damaging In d u s trial action, dropping balance of payments surpluses don't build confi- dence. The government claims to have won some battles but it may be losing the war against inflation. It is at least unlikely to be winning.the war until next year. By then the act of jodning the Common Market will begin, to eat into the balance of pay- ments and higher European prices will add pressure to keep the spiral moving. (Herald London Bureau) The Waffle still healthy within Ontario NDP By Harold Grecr, in the Winnipeg Free Press TXJIIONTO Contrary to what has appeared in the press, the Waffle has not been "expelled" from the Ontario NDP. Neither has it been dis- solved, expunged, killed or otherwise pronounced dead and read over. There were many who placed that construction on the resolu- tion passed by the NDP provin- cial council at its recent meet- ing in Orillia, and many more who wished it so. But langu- age can only be stretched so far and, while the Orillia resolu- tion was gloriously ambiguous, it was not so elastic as to con- stitute authority, ex cathedra, to excommunicate the Wafflers on the spot. At most, the resolution was a warning. It said "the present structure and behavior" of the Waffle cannot continue, the emphasis being, according to those who submitted it, on the word "present." It then set out a number of guidelines wlu'ch, by implication, Wafflers could follow in the future and still re- main hi the NDP. The commonality in these guidebr.es was that the Waffle must slop being a party within a paily. It must not assume a "public identity" or a distinc- tive name. It must not hold press conferences, convene pub- lic meetings, initiate or partici- pate in demonstrations or make public statement about party matters on its own. Its role must become and remain "non- public." In the context of the NDP's problem with the Waffle, these conditions were as moderate as they could be. Nothing was said about having its own mr.iling its own newsletter, raising its own finances all tilings the Waffle has done in the course of becoming a party within a party. Nothing was said about ideological differ- ences which place Ihe Waffle far to the left of the official NDP policy line. In short, there is nothing to stop ihe Waffle from becoming, under some other name or no name at all, a left-wing caucus within thci NDP providing it lowers its public visibility a role which Ihe Orillia resolu- tion rather pointedly invites it to undertake. Even the activities which' have now been interdicted by the Orillia decision are clearly lo be judged loleranlly. I'arly leader Stephen Lewis refused to get upset, for example, when flic Waffle convened a public mccfini; n few hours of the provincial council's decision, lie also saw nothing wrong with the Waffle subsequently an- nouncing it will hold a provincc- conference by mid-Augvist lo consider ils future in the lii.'ht of l.bo Orillia ro'olulirn. After all, Mr. Lewis snid, the Wafflers were entitled to some, limo to sort mailers out. Such magnanimity, It need hardly be said, is ol course double-edged. There is no need for the Waffle to hold a big conference in order to decide to disband; the point of such an affair can only be to assess the possibilities of becoming a Letter to the editor separate parly a prospecl, one suspects, which does not depress Mr. Lewis unduly. Gel- ling the Wafflers to secede is a lot less messy than having to purge the party of them. recession, however, seems too pat a solution for the Waffle Encouraging the arts What ever happened to art? Or to the arts in general for that matter? I suppose that they have just frittered away in torn and tattered dreams and illusions of a few aesthet- ically minded persons. I have seen the paintings and I have seee the pasts of emin- ent Canadian artists, both dead and alive. And because of this, I have seen life styles and ar- tistic values change and then finally start to fade. I have read the works of Canadian authors, both past and present and have seen the glories and dreams that they held close to their souls. And because of this, I have seen life styles and cul- tural values change. And now Canadian talent is declining and fading into a peaceful but imperceptible bliss. Ob there are writers and artists now, but there are few trying to succeed them. But there is talent. I have seen it and feel myself to be a part of it. The catch Is that it is not being exploited as it should. It is not being develop- ed by the sly speculators as re I lie sciences. No one is even trjing lo encourage it. That is my point and that is my grievance. Few people (il any) arc trying to help. Young artists and young writers arc left in the cold they have work, good work, but they know of no way to show it be- cause of lack of knowledge in this field. And so works of art that may be good enough for others to thoroughly enjoy arc discarded. The creative desire in the young individual will then die or he cut short and he will nn-n to another field wlicro his imagination is appreciated. To me Ibis is saddening, to think lhat the creative lifeline and perhaps tin! future culture of Canada can be so easily cut off. So here are my solutions nnd I don't claim them to be fantastic or fail-proof, they aro but Ideas. The first Is that a kind of In- formation be given out. II. need not he much, sny just a sheet of paper on which are writlon the names mid nddrcsscs of those that will help or can assist by criticism. If can then be posted in schoolrooms or other centers such as I lie li- brary. Also on that sheet should be a list of publishers, and not just those of major bookhouses. Magazines that will publish articles or prints, and local art dealers and critics should be on that list too so that the young artists can work for something for the recognition that they all desire. The second and most impor- tant is encouragement. A little praise and a little interest once in a while can do more good than anything known to assist an artist or writer. Praise will encourage him to produce and sell and once that person can get himself rolling, well, who knows what fantastic works will result? To illustrate the above, let me use an example, myself. In trying to find information on writing courses. I wrote lo one university, the University of British Columbia, twice. Each time I tried I received an evas- ive and duplicated sheetCs) in reply, And although I knew that the UBC had a unique and fine course, I almost gave up to try another university. But one clay I found the name of the depart- ment's head, Robert Harlow, and wrote lo him. He couldn't have been kinder, he answered all of my questions and encour- aged me to write more. And I have and will continue lo do so, thanks to him. Now if teachers followed this, the arts would flourish trem- endously in their schools. If citizens would do this, the cre- ative artists of today would find themselves in a new gold- en era. I ask then, that people do what Robert Harlow did, in- form and encourage. And in the near future they shall see that Ihcir endorsements have not gone for naught. BILL KRAUSS Lelhbridgc. So They Say It is extraordinary lhat at a lime when we arc concerned about ecology nml nuclear ex- plosions, we as n world hnvo not fully realized lhat the hard- est climate lo keep pure is a climalc where an idea can bo born and grow. Hubert L. Bcrnslcin, presi- dent of llnndom House, new chairman of tho Association of American Publishers. problem. Mr. Lewis and the party hierarchy were not strong enough to dispose of their Waf- fle albatross at Orillia a rec- ommendation from the party executive that the Waffle be dis- solved was so discredited that it was not even put before the provincial council and it would be an unusual turn of fate if the bird can now be per- suaded to fly away on its own. The reason does not lie in the strength of tie itself. At most, it can claim between 800 and adherents out of an Ontario NDP membership of some In Professors James Laxer and Melville Wat- kins and a few others, it has brilliant, ambitious leadership, but what they lead is r. pretty motley crew of young Maoists, Trotskyites and freakies who have very little in common with the mainstream ol the New Democratic Party. What they have, however, are B lot of NDP regulars the so-called moderate centre who are disposed to keep them in the party as a buttress or a counterweight or a thorn in the side of the trade union right wing. This sentiment was apparent enough in the 217 to 88 vote by which the provincial council passed the Orillia resolution. Of the 305 council members pres- ent, 109 were delegates from affiliated unions and with the exception of a handful they voted for the resolution. The 150 delegates from the riding asso- ciations were much less en- thusiastic; by this observer's Scoreboard, only about 55 per cent of these delegates support- ed the resolution. The trade union wing has al- ways presented an overbearing and dictatorial stance to the rest of the New Democratic Party and the Orillia meeting was no exception, as one union leader after another took to tho microphones to read far more into the resolution than movers intended, hailing it as the instrument by which tha Warners would be driven from the party. Since it is no secret that Mr. Lewis' decision to bring the Waffle problem to a head was precipitated by a meeting with top union leaders following a Waffle attack on the United Auto workers' leadership In Windsor in January, and be- cause he became Ontario lead- er by leaving a trail of lOU's to labor behind him, the Orillia conference was regarded by many NDP centrists not as the "catharsis" which Mr. Lewis claimed it lo be but as another of the pcwer-play thrusts from the ur'ons against which the NDP must be eternally on guard. It is unlikely, therefore, lhat these concerns and resentments will simply disappear in the months ahead, and Mr. Lewis will have to be most circum- spect about how he uses the power lo purge which the Oril- lia resolution undoubtedly gives him, lest he drive out Uie cen- trists along with the Waffle. Mr. Lewis will remember, no doubt, that after the Orillia res- olution was passed, a delegate grabbed a microphone and moved a vote of confidence in the party leader. On such oc- casions a standing ovation by all is dc rigueur, but this time a very noticeable number, per- haps 25 or 30, sat stolidly in their seals. Very few of them were Wafflers. Mr. Lewis will not soon forget it. Looking backward Through the Herald 1022 A home brew making contest open to women only, is a novel feature planned for the sports day which is to be held in liiggar tomorrow. 15.12 Lelhbridgc officials were awaiting word at noon Tuesday for the lime lhat the coast to coast airplane "Van- couver Sun" was to arrive at the IxHhbridge airport. 1912 Births, marriages, and deaths in Lethbridge for the monlh of June this year all show an increase over the same month last year, accord- Ing lo the local vital statistics. 1352 The finishing touches arc still being put on Lethbridgc's new prov- incial court house building, but Tuesday morning eight rooms on the basement floor were be- ing filled by department of ag- riculture furniture. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbrklge, Alberta LETHrmiDGE HEHALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -I9M, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clasi Mall Registration No. 001? 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