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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 INI UmiMIDM HIRA1D My EDITORIALS Wooing the West As the Liberals gather today in Vancouver for their weekend confer- ence on western objectives they must wonder if the fates are not conspir- ing against them. Boobs of their own and barbs from the opposition con- tinue to plague the fortunes of the Liberals. The latest goof on the part of some- one or some group in 'the Liberal camp was the composition of the guest list for the dinner in honor of the Queen held in Calgary recently. Most of the defeated Liberal candi- dates in the last federal election were invited while most of the Conserva- tive members of Parliament from Al- berta were left off the list. Some of the Conservative MPs had made it known they wanted to be included which makes their exclusion all the worse because it cannot be attri- buted to oversight. One of those who certainly should have been invited was Mr. Ken Hurl- burt, MP for Lethbridge. He has rightly complained that, represent- ing the historic home of the RCMP as he does, he should have been at the dinner held on the Stampede grounds where this year the RCMP centennial is being recognized. Perhaps it is true that governments ought to be elected on the basis of programs they have launched and the policies they plan to implement but political fortunes binge on less im- portant things as the Liberals ought to know after last fall's elec- tion. Images count for more than platforms. Allowing the electorate to think "Liberal" is synonymous with petty partisanship has not helped in the wooing of the West. Bigger containers needed Preparing for visitors often exposes long-neglected household needs, such as leaky faucets and faulty ovens. So it is in readying a city for an ex- pected influx such as that antici- pated for the annual Whoop-Up days. One obvious jnajor need in the city is for durable, ground-level garbage receptacles, with closed lids (the swinging kind) that can't be van- dalized, burned or sawed off. The attractive, aluminum receptacles, in- stalled by the city aren't big enough to be called city garbage cans. They are hardly large enough for the average- sized family. Though attractive, they have been a disappointment here, as in other cities where they have been installed. The soft aluminum is an easy prey for vandals, the fact the matching lid is suspended allows paper and debris to Tie blown away, with the supporting pedestals sub- ject to bending, being broken off or tipped over. When they are dam- aged it is impossible to repair them because they have long been dis- continued. The solid structures, at ground level, wfih the swinging lids, installed by the businessmen's asso- ciation are far superior, are more commodious and better suited to city- wide use. Fifteen per cent of the city-installed receptacles have been destroyed by vandals leaving a total of 46 scatter- ed throughout the city, a mere seven of which serve the north side, 32 in the downtown shopping area and sev- en in various south side residential locations. Greatest downtown eyesore is the receptacle on the east side of Kresges, at 4th Avenue and 6th Street, which appears to be the dinted in- side of a former strong container, now held in place with wooden sup- ports, from which garbage spills over into the streets. Roy Macintosh, the city's garbage supervisor, reports his crews will make sure every city receptacle has been emptied in readiness for Whoop- Up day visitors, but when there is a scarcity of receptacles, or present containers are too small weekly gar- bage pick-up doesn't solve the prob- lem. What is obviously needed are more, larger, stronger, containers to keep the garbage intact until the once-a-week pick-up is due. ERIC NICOL Cleaning costs It does one's heart good, I guess, to management and labor join bands in a common cause. The phenomenon happens with increas- ng frequency, from one end of the country jo the other, as government starts to en- force the standards laid down against pot utioo by industry. Sometimes it is a pulp min on the west coast, laying off workers lecause it cannot meet the requirement of reducing the effluent it discharges into an Met. Or it may be an auto manufac- wer, threatening a shut-down in the face of the increased cost of producing vehi- cles less damaging to the environment Whatever, the mixed chorus rings oat The rich bass of company management deads resonantly with the tenors of shop steward and hard-hat. The harmony-is as to mcve the flintiest person to shed tear into his lager. The title of this touching ballad long Familiar to choral groups in Britain's Mid- ands is "Where There's Muck There's Brass." The theme: ecology is aH very well, but the most sensitive and threatened species s not bird or fish but the thick-billed shareholder (or common and the jantcarrying plebe. Anything detrimental to the economic wen-befog of these two creatures is to be deplored. In particular, the government hows criminal disregard when its poflu- ion control Department enforces regula- tions, instead of merely announcing them. Industry has shown great wUhBgness to sooperate witb pollution control agencies, n long as these don't exceed the accept- able level of vapidity. No cuuijMfly complains about a fitUe perbal effluent from the department of the environment, flowing into the Media, whose count of B.S. is a minor fallout of flapdoodle. But the time limit set by the govern- ment, the date by which industries were told to clean up their sdirty habits, has expired, and the authorities are showing a shocking disregard for Up service. They actually demand that done to stop an honest contribution to environ- mental breakdown. This is what makes management -and labor jump into bed together, yelling bloody murder. Whole towns win be killed, they chorus, If the supporting industry must curtail production, and fire workers, just because the government is offended by the way the plant relieves itself. Camaraderie is bom of strange causes. In war, an assault on a beach. In peace, poisoning an inlet But this time the allies are on the wrong side. The general welfare overrules their posi- tion, because there will be no virtue in the fact that at the time it suffocated to death the planet was fully employed. Although a town must die and the need is serious as alternative to foul- ing a waterway, the priorities do not lie with preservation of the human habitat Several thousand other species, as wen as ours, depend on there being no com- promise. This is how it is, despite the plaintive duet "Oh, it must go down to the sea again, the murderous foam and the guck. TSs the parting wish of belly-up fish, the quack of a choking duck." The old folks By Dong Walker Elspclh and I frequently hold hands when we go for walks our young oiks usually avoid being seen us for that reason but once in awhile they are unavoidably present. One day white on holiday in June went for a walk with friends. The boys tagged akmg on that occasion. "Isn't it romantic to see your parents holding bands like said Mrs. Henry to the boys. Paul. "They have to do tnat to bold each other Everything is beautiful in Canada's economy By Brace Hutchison, Herald special commentator The press, always far be- hind the news, and even the Central Intelligence Agency and the Mounted Police, has failed to detect the daring es- pionage mission recently con- ducted in North America by an agent of the powerful Asian Kingdom of Nostalgia. Through secret channels it is possible to disclose here that the Nostalgian prime minis- ter, Fragile All (disguised as an innocent dealer in has returned safely to the cap- ital of Eyesore in the Hima- layas with an extraordinary detailed report which astound- ed old King Lumbago. "There are no serious prob- lems in the prime minister informed his mon- arch. A few trivial inconveni- ences appear now and then but I was assured by the highest officials in Washington and Ot- tawa that nothing bade has oc- curred to halt the perpetual rise in Hie standard of living." "I can hardly believe said the King. "Neither could I until I read the budgets of fee American and Canadian governments and listened to the speeches of their leaders. No, the facts of ever- increasing prosperity, luxury and general happiness are Letter to the editor Park policy deplorable Park policy at Waterton be- comes increasingly absurd. Each new act makes it more downright ridiculous. Waterton has become a popular vacation centre but park administration actions do little to warrant this popularity and instead they dis- courage those who would enjoy dis great outdoors. Any normal person could have seen this situation devel- oping for the last five years, with park authorities closing their eyes and minds to the situation. Now it is upon them in fun force and they are using Gestapo measures to protect their little mountain empire. To some the excuses may sound valid, but closer evaluation win show them to he a poor at- tempt at cover-up. One excuse used is ecologi- cal damage. I am all for pre- servation of the ecology but in Waterton it is a farce. A good- example is the present trailer court. For years it was a pile of rubble, an eyesore and now it is a thing of beauty, an im- provement on the ecological destruction of nature. The overflow camp was a dis- grace and its management much more disgraceful. This area is evidently good enough for riding stables, a church camp, garbage disposal and gravel crushing. Good enough for these, but not good enough for the ever-returning tourist. This old river bed, extending over a mile, and comprising many acres is a mass of rock, boles, and rabble. The devel- opment of a trailer and camp- ing area to accommodate up to 3000 units would entail-haul- ing in loam and putting in ser- vices but as in the case of the townslte it would be an im- provement over what was left there by nature and you can't even see if from the road. Why should the authorities be, promoting camps outside the park? Here is a chance to pro- vide for the taxpayer and at the same time reap some of the money the tourist is willing to spend. It would soon be self- sustaining and provide funds for efficient operation. I happen to be one of those stubborn campers who keeps returning year after year for over 20 years. One of the main attractions has always been being able to stay near what is going on. I even resent being shuttled out to Bed Rock or any other camp. Another example of short- sightedness is the location of the compound, one of the most protected, sheltered spots at the park entrance but ecologi- cally, an eyesore. Move it! Put it out of the park and let the holidayers in, The taxpayer is continually being ignored, yet we are the ones who pay the bilL H afl else fails we should start a trailer caravan and beseige the for- tress. Would security 'guards stand up to several hundred units? United action is needed now before it is too late. Shabby treatment barely de- scribes the attitude shown to the businessman. True, they are there to make money, but what would the park be without them? The way they are being treated they should be paid to stay in business. Nobody else seems concerned about the tou- rist and the services be re- quires. Bow Island 0. V. JONES fully documented by statistics. "At the moment, to be the prime minister added, "a shortage of oil irritates the American people but they are solving that minor problem by typically ingenious measures. Since gasoline is scarce, they're building some twelve million new 'automobiles this year a brilliant inspiration. "Ah, but that's only the first step in a larger strategy. Since America depends on vast oil imports from the Middle East and the Arab sheiks are be- coming excessively rich and rather difficult, the United States is planning to sell them control of General Motors. then they'n have to keep ex- porting oil in order to maintain their American automobile in- dustry." said the King. "Diabolical." "YeS; but the Canadians are even more diabolical. A cun- ning statesman named Bryce Macfeasey has given Parlia- ment noming less than a flash of genius. To solve the unem- ployment problem, he explain-' ed, Canada must bring in a massive flow of poor, unedu- cated immigrants who win take the lowly jobs that no de- cent Canadian will take. "As Mackasey says, tbese jobs are beneath the Cana- dian's proper dignity. They rightly prefer to be unemploy- ed. So, generation after gener- ation, Canada will import un- skilled foreigners to do the herd work, promote economic growth, improve the human quality of life and increase the population. And everybody knows, of course, that all coun- tries desperately need larger populations to increase the de- mand for goods and thus in- crease prosperity." "I said the King, "we could hire Mackasey to solve our problems." "Unfortunately he's not available. He intends to join the socialist party and over- throw the government if it doesn't follow his sensible ad- vice- Still, we can recruit other men of genius. A fellow named John Turner, for instance, has euddejnly solved the problem of inflation by discovering that wages have no effect on prices. Apparently he's had no occa- sion to call a plumber lately, or get his hah: cut or his car fixed. "Admittedly, Turner's cure for inflation may not be quite foolproof because a just society depends on ever-using con- sumption of goods, and ever- rising wages must be paid if the goods are to be purchased, and ever-rising costs must have some mak-ginal effect on prices, despite Turner. But that's a mere quibble. As ha says, the government has fine- timed the economy and the music is in perfect harmony at last "However, certain Insignifi- cant irritations remain, such as the scarcity of soyabeans, but then, the North Americans can always eat beef steak instead if they have to. These are small hardships, gladly accept- ed. The real sacrifice will begin when the people are forced to live without their rlertric toothbrushes and cjxners, or to up their winter holidays in Hawaii. "But as patriots they'll meet the supreme test of their char- acter. They'n endure anything so long as the living standard keeps rising, and it certainly is rising fast. The computers prove it every day." a asked the King. "No one really knows, but it's a wonderful device that produces the wrong figures quicker than the human brain a great improvement. We must bring computers into Nostalgia before we can com- pete with America in reliable, scientific miscalculation. Yet I have to warn yoar Majesty that even with computers Am- erica win ultimately face a terrMe problem. "I mean the problem sat- uration. Once the economic system puts five or six cars in every garage, once the public gets tired of buying more use- less gadgets or are bored with travelling through the back- ward regions of Europe on de- valued dollars, then the whole system will collapse." "A frightening said the King. "Never fear, the great econ- omists have solved even that problem in advance. Yes, they're already inventing ma- chines that consumes raw ma- terials when the public won't buy manufactured goods. Mora than that, these new machines wUl consume the old machines as well and an un- limited market for everything without producing anything. Miraculous, "Miraculous said the King. "But the Russians and Chi- nese are still more miraculous. Their superior economic sys- tem is so perfectly arranged that it no longer feeds their people. So they save labor by purchasing their food from North America which, natural- ly, is glad to sell it and thus relieve the shortage at home." "You know what I asked the King. "I think you're lying. Or else you're as crazy as the North Americans. And he banished the prime minister from Nostalgia for deceiving the Throne. That's why Frajfle Aii is now in Ottawa, behind the scenes, disguised as a member of the Economic Council and planning (he gov- ernment's latest industrial strategy. Letter to the editor Slightly skeptical I noted with a great deal of Interest "Chairman" Vaughan Hembroff s press release stat- ing that the concrete construc- tion contract for the sportsptex had been awarded to local con- tractors on a basis and for a figure of which amount is only slightly more than the engineer's esti- mate. Actually, that figure has no real meaning since it is a "cost plus" job without a guar-. anteed price. I don't know where, or from whom Chairman Hembroff plucked that quaint amount, be- cause I understand the low quo- tation for the concrete work was It is utter nonsense and also deliberately misleading to state that this work wfll be done for or even for Perhaps it may be completed for That last amount is not sflgMly more than the estimate it is 61 per cent more than Every item of work awarded to date on this project has ex- ceeded the engineer's estimate by at least 30 per cent! At the rate they are going, the end cost wiB be million which is only slightly more than the million budget! Oh WeU! With design and management fees of around at least the city is keep- ing a firm of Vancouver engin- eers gainfully employed! It would seem that the "In- stant Ice" nonsense has gone far enough. The committee hired an out-of-town consultant to design a neighborhood skat- ing rink. Such rinks were built in calgary at the same time for We got a concrete pill box costing We now have hired bigger and better experts to design a big- ger and better concrete pill box for minion. No doubt they win also be retained (for an ad- ditional fee of course) to ten the chairman and his commit- tee how he will finance this amount It seems incredible that Chairman Hembroff now spending thousands of dollars so freely was the same per- son who became so vehement during city council meetings when the possibility arose that the library construction bad-, get might be exceeded by one dollar fortunately ft wasn't and the library is going ahead. "AN INTERESTED OBSERVER" Letboridge The Utftbridge Herald _ Ttt St 3., Alberta ICTHBRTDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and PobHabsn ed IMS -ISM, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN StcoM CUM MM) ntfflOnman MB. W15 CLEO W MOWERS, E0Mr THOMAS ML ADAMS,