Internet Payments

Secure & Reliable

Your data is encrypted and secure with us.
Godaddyseal image
VeraSafe Security Seal

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archives

- Page 4

Join us for 7 days to view your results

Enter your details to get started

or Login

What will you discover?

  • 108,666,265 Obituaries
  • 86,129,063 Archives
  • Birth & Marriages
  • Arrests & legal notices
  • And so much more
Issue Date:
Pages Available: 20

Search All United States newspapers

Research your ancestors and family tree, historical events, famous people and so much more!

Browse U.S. Newspaper Archives

googlemap

Select the state you are looking for from the map or the list below

OCR Text

Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD July 1974 Speed limits The recent July 4 holiday in the U.S. proved beyond a doubt that the energy crisis has been able to do what no amount of safety sloganeering could accomplish. Traffic deaths during this period in the U.S. were 240 less than last when 758 deaths were recorded. The 55-mile- an-hour speed limit imposed by the U.S. government seems to have been the ma- jor factor. federal government did not impose a since it does not have that but it refused to distribute highway funds to those states which did not comply with a re- quest to set that limit as a means of preserving These holiday statistics conform to the pattern of lower casualties which has followed the gradual acceptance of the 55-mile-an-hour limit as an outcome of the energy crisis last winter. In the first five months of the U.S. had 27 per cent fewer traffic fatalities than in the same period the previous year. The new speed limit is not uniformly enforced and higher speeds are tolerated in some areas. some notably California and enforce the law rigidly. California patrolmen are now handing out an average of speeding tickets a contrasted with last year's monthly average of Texas police are handing out more than twice as many tickets and in Michigan average highway speeds have dropped from 67.9 to 50.5 miles an hour. Not only has the lower speed limit sav- ed it has also found general sup- port. A public opinion poll reports that 72 per cent of all adult Americans favor the new limit. Possibly they are learning the delights of driving at lower speeds. Perhaps they are just intent on saving gas. Some may be aware that they are saving not minutes. It seems unlikely that speed limits will be reduced in especially here on the prairies where there is still a belief in unlimited energy and where gasoline prices are still comparatively low. But given proof from south of the border that speed it is not too much to expect that drivers will at least respect posted speed limits and thereby save a few lives. It is surely obvious to anyone on the road in Alberta that a speed limit of 65 miles an hour is taken to mean that it is all right to drive at speeds up to 70 miles an hour. A general assumption exists that the police are not really playing the game fairly if they stop a driver who is going only 68 miles an hour in a 65 mph zone. It is equally noticeable that those drivers who feel there is a legitimate five-mile-an-hour latitude in limits as often as family drivers setting a bad example not only to their children in the back seat but also to those young drivers on the road who are trying meticulously to obey the traffic rules and who must wonder sometimes why they should do so when their elders are speeding by. If children learn by ex- it is frightening to contemplate some of the things they are learning on Alberta highways. It's time for everyone to accept the responsibility of obeying speed limits. ART BUCHWALD A great year for W.I. WASHINGTON Watergate Industries held its annual stockholders meeting at the federal courthouse in Washington last and Sherlock the chairman of the reported a windfall profit of billion. Watergate Industries is a conglomerate that deals in all aspects of the Watergate affair from providing legal talent to selling memoirs of Watergate per- sonalities. Mr. Springbinder told the happy way things are Watergate should be one of the best growth stocks of 1974. The legal profession alone has earned and very few of the trials have begun. By the time all the indictments are handed down we expect to have lawyers working full time on motions. After the trials we will have another produc- ing appeals. Estimated net income from this division should bring in There was a great deal of applause. book division is also showing a great profit. We estimate that everyone involved in Watergate from John Dean to the mail room boy at the Committee for the Re-election of the President will have a nonfiction or fiction book out by next Christmas. If you include former White House former at- torneys milk ex-CIA secretaries and grand jury we believe there will be different books published this and the advances alone will come to million. If President Nixon decides to write his book of what really I could see another million in added There was more applause. movie rights for Watergate are going very briskly. Robert Redford is working on All .the President's and several other movie producers are readying including Gidget Goes to the Last Tango at the White The Tapes of Lassie at the Supreme The Life of Bebe Rebozo and Confessions of a Jesuit Priest. Industries has bought four movie and we now have a record divi- sion where we intend to produce the hit ex- pletives from the Springbinder also plan to go into TV in a big way if the impeachment trial takes place. We will produce Monday Night at the Senate with Howard Cosell and Frank to Tell the Truth with Richard I've Got a Secret starring Gordon Liddy and the Six Million Dollar Man with Maurice Stans. Industries is happy to an- nounce it is going into the employment agency since it is estimated that there will be White House aides look- ing for jobs in the next 12 months. congressional subpoena printing plant is now working 24 hours a and we just received a multi-million-dollar contract from the House Judiciary Committee which should keep us busy for two more Springbinder got a standing ovation. there any he asked. aren't there more women involved with a militant stockholder shouted from the floor. Springbinder answered true that Watergate was strictly a white male with very few exceptions. We tried to find women who could become but there just weren't any who were qualified. Women don't seem to be physiologically or mentally able to cope with all it takes to be part of a Watergate Letters 12 per cent tax came off while you were trying on the pants inflation caught up with the jacket .but Economic questions avoided By W.A. Montreal Stat commentator one dis- appointing aspect of the prime minister's press conference last week was his reluctance to provide anything approaching full answers to a couple of sound questions on the state of the economy and the direction it is taking. Mr. Trudeau willingly took on a wide range of providing reasonable and on the whole informative answers or sensi- ble explanations when he declined to such as on his cabinet plans. On the economic how- the prime minister held back. This was unfortunate because the public's rejection of the Stanfield panacea of controls should not be taken to imply that ordinary people are free from worry. It did not seem to me that the prime minister was avoiding the question through indifference but rather out of caution. He is known to be worried about economic matters but colleagues suggest that he has not had much briefing on them since early June when he was forewarned and brought up to date on the performance of the price indices. Asked how much briefing the prime minister has had since then on economic issues one minister with responsibilities in the area replied very This is not given the nature of the last few and it would be foolish to pretend that there is anything critical about a prime minister's reluctance to get into the question at one particular press conference. The important is the one of con- fidence and before too long the prime minister or the minister of finance should find some from campaign talk about the direction in which they think we are heading. It is obvious enough that there is the possibility of serious trouble not far ahead in the world's international monetary arrangements. But we are dealing with dangerous not certainties. Some of the comparisons that are commonplace these days are probably wrong because they assume that history would repeat itself with some precision in an entirely different set of circum- stances. Last winter the finance John repeatedly urged the country not to into a depression mentality. His ad- monition probably had some effect and it is this sort of cau- tion that again needs to be applied to the public so far as that is centered on anything except vacations. Perhaps the most important .of all the demands made on governments and their leaders is to provide some sense of direction to the peo- ple for whom they are respon- sible. The prime minister told the press conference that he was not ready to discuss the ques- tion of cabinet reconstruction yet because he was not through thinking the matter over. He will be under a good deal of pressure to conclude that the election results were a statement of confidence in the government and not much change is necessary. The matter does not quite end there. Trudeau obviously finds the pain caused by cabinet shuffled dis- tasteful. He has kept his to a minimum. There will never be a time when the prime minister will find it any easier to make cabinet changes than right now. His personal standing and au- thority has been greatly in- creased by the results of the was an impor- tant element of personal vic- tory in them. At least a slight feeling of uncertainty has probably lodged in the hearts of most ministers but it will disappear very quickly if Trudeau puts off the day of changes. Men will dig themselves in and fortify their positions as strongly as possible. The public has entrusted Trudeau with the direction of their affairs for the next few years. It would be good tactics on his part to convey the signal that he intends to employ the power they have given that is what they expect him to do. The truth is that Trudeau has some ministers who are not just to himself or to his party but to the government's standing and to the confidence people can have in it. The number in this category is not large but they are re-in- formed by a larger group of men if not are not contributing much that is positive. It would be unreasonable to suggest that senior who have contributed usefully to the government of should go merely to make way for movement among these two categories. It is not so to suggest that movement among some of the long- standing -fixtures in the ministry for other reasons would not be a bad either simply in the interests of fresh approaches to problems or to make it possi- ble to bring on promising younger men. There are some regions where the prime minister can- not move or can do so only with great difficulty because of the narrowness of his par- ty's grip on its position there. But this is not the case among members from New Quebec or On- tario. This is the geo- graphical area if the prime minister can afford the by-elections that would follow the eleva- tion of ministers to the Senate. When a man enters the prime minister's when his tenure there has just been renewed by the elec- he goes through the door with a great deal of power in his hands. From that moment a complex combination of forces will attempt unceasingly to erode and control this power. He will have to deal with these accommodating himself to forcing others to accommodate to working closely with some of the men who are simultaneously attempting to control and erode his power. He will have to remain on terms with many of the people who are in to undo the elec- torate's work. Throughout it he must show a decent respect for observe the realities of his own party's politics and manage a team. In the course of he must ensure that the real power of the prime minister's office remains in his hands and that no one else quite succeeds either in eroding it or taking it from him. That reality of the job is one of the reasons why the present prime minister would be wise to be a little deaf when his friends and associates tell him there is no need for cabinet changes even soon. B ERuTS WORLD British poll examines emigration By David Herald London commentator 1374 by NEA. Inc I'm protesting high taxes AND the high cost of LONDON Opinion polls have been keeping a low profile here since their debacle of last February 28 when they forecast a Conser- vative victory. But they represent a resilient industry and got an unexpected publicity boost a few days ago when the Labor chief whip Bob Mellish calta one published by The Evening Standard The poll said after inter- viewing 993 people throughout the country that Labor's popu- larity lead of 12 per cent of a month ago now had dropped to level pegging with the Con- servatives. Mellish gave the poll wide currency by suggesting that it been prepared at mid- night the day before and that probably asked the chairman and the office cleaner and somebody Another nf the noil. published the next based on the same 993 said that more than one million British people plan to emigrate and a further 4.5 million people are thinking of doing so. If is so then these 5.5 million people are keeping quiet about it in the places where it might do most good. A check of the immigration offices for New the United States and Common Market countries shows no particular 1 increase in emigration in- quiries. The poll indicated that well-educated British people were making emigra- tion plans view of the pre- sent situation in Jim of the Canadian Manpower and Immigration service in said emigration inquiries for the first six months of this year show a 51 per cent rate of increase over 1973 but have been on a growth cycle for the past two are going up at an expectable with no particular rush. boom year was when moved to Canada from Britain. But it dropped to in 1961 when Canada's economy was in a downturn. emigration tends to be up with the Canadian manpower demand and employment opportunities peak and down when these factors are in The million British people who have emigrated to Canada since 1945 have done so at an annual average rate of about Emigration to Canada began to decline in recent years after the 1966 high point of By it was down to 451 and has been rising since to in 1972 and 000 in 1973. The 1973 increase of about 48 per cent over 1972 is about equal to the current increase rate this year of 51 per cent. Canadian officials found no special increase during the rigors of the three-day week. Inflated application figures for the month of January turn- ed out to be caused by the December embargo on mail movement applied during the Christmas period. said Mr. been emigrating for generations. It's an emigrating country. The poll could have been taken on any day of any year and you'd get British people say- ing they planned to leave. But our figures don't show that anything unusual is Unfair competition Everybody loves a parade the the the floats. In last Monday's Whoop-Up Days parade was one of the best the Winter Games Society float was ex- ceptional. In it won first prize in tiie commerical sec- tion. But should it The Winter Games Society runs a huge including a massive publicity campaign costing thousands of dollars and co-ordinated by a full time professional publicity agent. The Winter Games float is one part of that publicity campaign. The Games Society derives funds from a variety of including ticket private and corporate and government grants. All this being was it fair that the Winter Games float be placed in the same com- petition with small local We believe it was not. We believe it was not fair to match a float costing thousands of dollars and perhaps professionally conceived and constructed against ones of far more modest expense built by local merchants themselves. It's like matching the advertising of a major soft drink company against that of the neighborhood kool-aid stand. Hardly fair at all. This should all be con- sidered in light of the criticism local businesses have received in the past for not participating more in the parade. One can now unders- tand why small merchants are reluctant to participate. And understanding one can sympathize with merchants who choose not to spend their and hours upon hours of time building floats to enter a competition they have no chance of win- ning. If those in charge of the parade want and expect sup- port from local businesses they had better establish a more equitable basis for the sectional competitions. For a small merchant should be in a different com- petitive class from a national corporation. As things now stand they are in the same section. Interest from local merchants would surely increase once a friendly com- petitive spirit was es- tablished. That spirit could be developed through fairer groupings of the floats. But so long as the inequities which now exist fewer and fewer floats will be until the Whoop-Up parade disappears entirely it threatened to do last And that would be a shame. The writers of this letter wish to emphasize that they in no way are critical of the Winter Games Society. The Society is doing an excellent job of the kind it must do to ensure the success of the 1975 Winter Games. The criticism is directed at those who are in charge of the parade. Lethbridge Little league ball the baseball season for the little leaguers is over in Lethbridge and as an in- terested parent I have a few thoughts I would like to share. This is our son's first year of ball in Lethbridge and judg- ing by the way the season went it may well be his last. I went to every game and I am thoroughly disgusted with the way Lethbridge handles its minor ball. If a boy is a good he is he will have games protested against him and if he doesn't lose a certain percentage of the other coaches are all convinced he should be dis- qualified. As a catcher a boy must miss every other bail or the other team tries to find something wrong with his etc. The parents that go to the games don't help a bit. I of what use is it to get on an eight-year-old's back and yell at him to strike and miss or scream at him for striking I saw many little boys cry after being struck out and I suppose this is natural due to a sense of letdown but I suspect the real reason for the tears was fear of what mommy or daddy were going to say. wake If you corne to a game to do anything but genuinely enjoy your child doing something he win or then stay home. The kids don't need you there. The in many were as bad. There are very few installing sportsmanship in our boys. Mcst of them are out to win simply for the prestige of winning and nothing else. The biggest game the coaches played that I could see trying to secure an umpire who had a son on their hoping for good calls. I am sure many of the um- pires who worked during this season would agree with me when I say if the parents and the coaches were sent home and only the officials and the boys a much better game would be played. Children follow examples set by their elders and how can they respect an official when their own parents are calling him down. our son was on a winn- ing team and he has a trophy to prove it but I really have to ask myself if I would put him through this again next year. Minor ball in this city is not a child's sport. It is the parents and the coaches that manoeuvre the children as pawns. A sad situation. A CONCERNED PARENT Lethbridge Trudeau 9s promises I am glad that Trudeau got a slap in the face from Alberta. I am sure we will suffer from this election with no represen- tation in Ottawa but we have had to put up with that since Social Credit so I feel Albertans can take it. The only reason Trudeau went the round of kissing babies and putting Margaret on the platform was to win votes. To kiss children must have been a hard thing to do because I know he could not care less about the other children he hurts. He has enough that all of Canada provides for to keep his children fed and clothed. If the older people are left in the cold I will be sorry about that but he will not care. Peter Lougheed is one man he will not push because he has brains and knows how to use them also. I will watch with interest how the promises Trudeau made are kept. He bought Ontario with everyone's money L. K. FOWLER Lethbridge your I backed down last The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING DONALD R. DORAM Managing Editor 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 ;