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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LETHBRIDGE HERALD JUiy Can North America monopolize food The Liberals There were several elections with only one set of parties. The Atlantic provinces eased up just a bit in their Conservatism. Quebec stayed with Trudeau. The Prairies thumbed their noses at him. In B.C. the voters were concerned only with repudiating Premier Barrett. Only Ontario seemed to focus on the the the alternatives. The return of majority government is provided it doesn't lead to smugness and arrogance as perhaps it did prior to the 1972 election. The Liberals are lucky to be returned at and much luckier to have a majority. This time they can be expected to respect it. In retrospect Mr. Stanfield would probably admit that he would have done better if he hadn't messed around with a wage and price control policy. But1 he cannot be faulted for his honesty and frankness- He believed in his program. He presented something very specific to the instead of hiding in vague and vacuous generalities. His political judg- ment may be but seldom has a more upstanding leader confronted the national electorate. In so many ways he resembles the late Mr. Pearson. And after three he is doubtless finished. Mr. Lewis will be missed. He too deserves all party thanks for his long and honorable service to the public life of Canada. What of There is no single plausible explanation. A province that so religiously sent a solid phalanxe of Social Crediters to Ottawa for so long has now transferred its unquestioning devotion to an equally conservative party. There is still a solid anti anti Trudeau feeling. Probably no government in modern times has done more for the Prairie farmers than this and never have they been better but there is no political gratitude for it. that votes should be cast out of Voters are fickle. They elect good can- didates and bad with equal and defeat them with the same total lack of discrimination. To be elected is no proof of or to be defeated no proof to the contrary. Popular support means nothing more than popular support. That goes for all all candidates. Yet popular support is the essence of and in Lethbridge con- stituency Monday democracy was at work. As its beneficiary Mr. Hurlburt deserves the sincerest congratulations. ART BUCHWALD The football strike WASHINGTON As if the United States did not have enough the National Football League players have gone out on and there is a possibility that none of the veterans will be there for the kickoff in the fall. Although the disputed issues have to do with discipline and the power of the football the main problem is automation. A professional football Bronco told owners are trying to cut down the number of men on the field. They maintain you don't need 11 men on a side to play a game. They claim they now hav-o computers that can pass and block in one-tenth the time it now takes a man to do it. But what they don't say is that if you cut down the number of men on a team you run great safety risks. A computer can't protect a quarterback like a human being. football owners are trying to save money on the payroll at the expense of our jobs. We're not going to stand for it. The rules say you have to have 11 men on a side and we're going to stick by Horace a football owner who has been negotiating the told has been too much featherbedding on football and it is no longer economically feasible to maintain all those players on the field. We've done studies to show that the guards can be easily replaced by machines. The ends do nothing but stand around all and the football union refuses to let tackles touch the ball. Unless we use new technical methods and update the job we can't stay in Maldabeth showed me a computer that was programmed to do almost everything a player could. can put one of these at each goal line and play a full hour's game in 10 minutes. These computers can produce twice as many fumbles and intercepted passes as any team in the league. Why should we keep men on the payroll when they add nothing to the don't computers take some fun out of the I asked. but our concern is profits. How can we explain to our stockholders that we are paying 11 players when five could do the Maldabeth we're not talking only about the 11 men on the field. There are also 29 on the bench doing absolute- ly nothing. No football team can afford to have 29 players sitting on their duffs hiding their heads under the players worried about job willing to work that out. We will guarantee the union that no active player will be fired from his job because of automation. But if he gets injured or plays out his then he cannot be replaced by another man. I can't think of anything Maldabeth said that he wasn't thinking just of the players but the fans as well. costs are and if they continue we may have to eliminate a quarter of the game. By we are guaranteeing the best possible contest at the best possible price. If we can give the fans a good game with five men on each I think we will have made a great contribution to the I went back to Bronco the players' and told him what Maldabeth had said. a bunch of he said. or no com- I ain't going to send no guy out on the field unless he has 10 men to protect him. We've been playing football by hand for 79 years and we ain't about to do it different By James New York Times commentator During the worst of the oil Americans complained that the nations of the Middle East monopolized the world's oil reserves and created great hardship by charging the highest prices possible. with less the world is facing a food and the main question this time is what the United States and Canada will do about it. For North America now controls a larger share of the world's exportable supplies of food grains than the Middle East does of oil. The of is not because the United States is not withholding grain from nations for political but the price of soybeans and corn has more than doubled in the last 2G and the nations that need food the most are precisely those least able to pay for it. This raises some hard political and even moral ques- as Lester Brown of the Overseas Development Coun- cil put it to the Rockefeller Commission on critical choices for Can we rely primarily on the marketplace to set the price and determine the distribution of so esbential a commodity as And should Americans continue to consume as much fodder as they now most of us consuming more than we actually is little Brown told the Rockefeller that a year from now we will see the largest food deficit of any region in history unfolding in Asia a situation where political leaders in the more affluent including the United may have to decide whether to throw up our hands and sort of cast Asia adrift or go to consumers and ask the food equivalent of turning the thermostat down six degrees that reduc- ing consumption livestock products in order to free up many millions of tons of grain to move into World demand for food because of i population and marginal improvement of living standards in some countries is increasing by 30 million tons a year. In we had reserves amounting to 95 days of world food con- sumption. despite very good crops in the major grain producing countries last reserves are down to 27 days and declining by 10 million tons a year. The United States farmers and the department of agriculture have probably made as great a contribution to world peace as the soldiers at the Pentagon or the diplomats at the state department. Nobody can say they didn't do their part. In the last 20 they have increased corn production by 4 per cent per acre. So great has been the demand for soybeans that one acre out of six in the United States is now planted to that and U.S. soybean exports now bring in more money than all our high technology exports such as computers or jet aircraft. It is a particular disappoint- ment in Washington that the scientists have not been able to produce multiple births in cattle. This is to use Henry Kissinger's the that the agricultural scientists are looking for. They would rather MIRV a cow than a but so far they haven't managed to do and supply keeps running behind demand. There are other reasons. The United States is running out of idle acres. Fertilizer is in short supply because of the rising price of oil and the increased demand. While the average person in poor countries consumes about 400 pounds of grain a the average North American is now consuming nearly a ton of grain a about 100 pounds of it in the form of beer and whiskey. It is of that the Malthusians had been predicting disaster in this race between people and food lor a very long but the surplus of people and the shor- tages of and common sense are beginning to catch up with us again. The guess here is that the United States could make more friends and progress in the world by solving the food crisis than by fiddling with the missile crisis. But this will take some doing. The rich world doesn't real- ly believe in the coming food crisis any more than it believes in the oil but it will. One day we'll all be weight watchers including Henry but not until the crisis is really much better understood. Nixon diminishes value of U.S. foreign affairs By Joseph syndicated commentator MOSCOW The Moscow summit meetings last week provided a foretaste of the rough going the United States is apt to encounter in the international arena as long as President Nixon clings to of- fice. The talks here showed plainly that Mr. Nixon has lost his clout in the most impor- tant of foreign affairs. the president's weakness is now beginning to rub off on his secretary of state. Dr. Kissinger can no longer wield the club of a strong presidency to line up the American bureaucracy in the style required by his special kind of diplomacy. Unmistakable evidence of the president's weakness abroad arose from his efforts to make the summit talks a personal victory. He repeated- ly and publicly declared that the talks and their success depended upon between himself and Secretary General Leonid Brezhnev. But the Russians did not rise to that bait. On one oc- which referred to the Pravda struck the term from the text of a presidential toast. At the final Mr. Brezhnev made rejoinder to the president's stress on per- sonal diplomacy by pointedly alluding to the American peo- ple and the American Congress. The Russians have come to understand that their future with the United States requires a thick diet of relations with all elements in American life. It says something of Moscow's chang- ing view that a documentary film of Senator Edward Kennedy's recent visit to Russia opened here last week. Neither were the Russians prepared to oblige the presi- dent on the main matter of substance in the summit talks here. The big item on the agenda turned around proposals for a limitation on multiheaded or MIRVs. The Russians clearly sensed that they had Mr. Nixon on the defensive. Secretary General Brezhnev presented proposals which would have allowed the Russians to catch up with the United States and perhaps achieve a decisive edge in 1980. The Politburo spurned more restrictive numbers put forward by Mr. Nixon. Not only did the Russians feel able to hang but it seems clear that the president could not have bought a slight- ly softer Russian position. Mr. Nixon depends on conser- vative votes in the Senate to overcome impeachment. The last thing he can afford is a nuclear agreement that would alienate such hawks as Barry Goldwater. Congressional opposition was the more certain because the administration position of MIRV limitation has not been unanimous. Defence Secretary James Schlesinger actually wanted more restric- tive limits on Soviet deploy- ment than those set forth in the U.S. proposal which the Russians rejected. Had a deal been struck there would have been some murderous in- fighting within the ad- ministration. For relations among the chief figures inside Mr. Nix- on's government have been recently altered. Dr. Kissinger used by invoking the president's authority and by playing a inside game to force his own positions on the rest of Washington. Corporate profit picture not clear By Dian syndicated commentator In the first three months of this corporate profits went up by 46 per cent. The politicians were howling recently that this proves business is ripping off con- sumers and hiking inflation. Let us not forget that the people telling us these things were in the midst of a national popularity contest. While business has not been simon-pure when it comes to the statistics themselves do not tell business' story. as their performance has seem unable to let alone explain the relationship between business profits and inflation. There are several reasons to believe the profit statistic does not tell the whole story. A large part of the growth in after-tax profits is undoubtedly the result of inflation itself unsold inven- tory is included in the calcula- tion and is valued at its inflated even if it was made months ago when things were quite a bit cheaner Outdated arrnnntino procedures do not correct for inflation so this paper gain becomes This adds nothing to the real value of a com- pany. It doesn't make the company a better investment because as the inflated inven- tory is it must be replac- ed at inflated prices. And this can even be a drain on cash reserves because it is taxed before the inventory is actually sold. This lack of cash then shows up in lack of lack of moderniza- tion and lack of dividends for share-holders. There was a reces- sion in 1970-71 from which business is only just catching up. During the recession it was so unprofitable to be in that money invested in Canada Savings Bonds gave a better not to mention trouble. Labor has not yet had its share. Labor usually gets on the bandwagon late it's harder to get a new after than print a new price sticker or price list. Labor is eveinc the nrofit figures and when it does get its fair share that will take a chunk out of the profits. Labor is not the only Profits are handed down anyway and we should see signs of it within six months. Already there are in- dications the economy is slow- ing rapidly. Real domestic production in April the value of goods and services produced for Canadian con- sumption declined .7 per cent. It was the first drop in this figure in eight months and will not be the last. Production in the manufac- turing sector was down IVz per cent and production of durable goods was down almost two per cent. Housing that old statistical were down in April and May. There were 12 thousand fewer jobs created in May than in April though the trend is almost always up between these two months. The last recession started an unemployment cycle from which we still have not recovered. Nobody talks about nnemnlnvmpnt anvmnrp hut it's still unacceptably high at 5.5 per cent. Business is going to get its lumps soon and all of us will suffer. is not just ex- ecutives and coupon clippers. It's every working Canadian who invests in a pension because the funds ir.vest in What's good for General Motors is not always good for this country. But sometimes it is. Politicians would do well not to make business look like a bogey-man all the time. But the presidency which he once brandished as a club has turned into a banana. Independent-minded such as Dr can and do take positions which differ from those of the secretary of state. Dr. Kissinger now has to make treaties with the Washington opposition instead of over- coming it by main force. It says a good deal that dur- ing the Moscow visit various Russians expressed a keen interest in a visit from the defence secretary. It also says something that Dr. Kissinger hung back in the and not entirely in tells me anything. I just follow 10 paces What was achieved at the Moscow in these con- is not to be dis- paraged. The condition called detente was maintained. Some accords which provide for further co-operation were signed. A truly bad deal was avoided. No doubt it is unfortunate that more was not achieved. But no one should be in any doubt as to why the ac- complishment was so meagre. The central fact is that the United States has a president crushed by the problems which have brought an im- peachment process down upon his head. Even if he were a man of pure motive and un- blemished he could not possibly separate out his own interest from the national interest. So long as he remains in the country will limp along in its most im- portant international business. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO MOWERS. Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY f. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;