Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD July 25, 1972 Bruce Hutchison No-fault advocacy Understandably, spokesmen for lha Insurance industry are unhappy with Justice Minister Otto Lang's recent advocacy of no fault government automobile insurance. They do not like either part of the proposal. In their books, government should stay out of business and there are better ways of reducing the cost of insur- ance than opting for the concept of no-fault. When the insurance people argue that the real problem is with inade- quate driver training and unsatis- factory licensing they seem to be forgetting something fairly elemen- tary: people and their systems are not perfectible. No system of licens- ing will ever be foolproof against and cheaters; after every- has taken driver education courses there will stifl be accidents. This does not mean that improve- ment in both these areas cannot be realized; it only suggests that expec- tations need to be tempered by rea- lism. No fault insurance continues to Russians go home-slowly Reports from Cairo indicate that there has been no mass scale with- drawal of essential Soviet military personnel from Egypt since Presi- dent Sadat's "Russians go message. U.S. Defence Secretary Melvin Laird says that it seems thus far that the ouster has been limited to advisers and not to the military forces which have been stationed in Egypt and are flying and operating some sophisticated weapons them- selves. Present indications are that at least some of the Russians man- ning sophisticated air defence units along the Suez canal will remain for the time being just in case Israel should decide that the time is ripe for a break in the two year old cease- fire. Sadat has re-established his wan- Ing personal popularity in Egypt and much of the Arab world by meta- phorically thumbing his nose at a super-power. This kind of gesture is becoming increasingly popular In the new climate of international politics. Still, by humiliating the Russians in the eyes of the international com- munity, Sadat has engendered Soviet antagonism. This will undoubtedly lead to strained relations between Egypt and a friendly power which has already extended over three and a half billion dollars in military aid in the past 17 years. Russia has also invested heavily in non-military aid to Egypt over the years, the prime example of this kind of assistance being the immense Aswan dam proj- ect. Obviously there is a good deal more to Sadat's decision than meets the eye. The most hopeful interpre- tation could be that he has mended his political defences in the Arab world preparatory to direct or "close proximity" talks under the auspices of the United Nations. MARGARET LUCKHURST A bell for our gal Sal WHEN we were visiting our daughter'] farm in Manitoba recently one prob- lem kept cropping up and wasting OKT time. Sally the cow had an annoying facility for getting herself lost in the bush. Now maybe she thought we were the one's who were lost, I don't know at any rate she always looked faintly surprised when we finally tracked her down after spend- ing angry hours combing acres of busb land. On the plains In Alberta It Isn't to misplace a cow. You can see so far in every direction here that bossy can be spotted climbing the Crow's Nest from at least 50 miles away. However In bush land it's relatively easy for bossy to wander, and though she's as broad and as big as a boxcar, she can be as tough to locate as a golfball in a snowbank. Evening after evening, if Sally didn't come home voluntarily, the family drew lots to see which direction each wou'd lake to ferret her out. Then we'd scatter In hot pursuit. And there was no point in calling So boss, or here Sally come on girl, because that irritating bovine seemed to enjoy the game ot hide and seek. For the time she was the centre of attention and what female doesn't like that? "You had cows in bush pasture when you were a girl so how did you manage Nancy asked me one evening when Sally seemed extra hard to find. "Well, now why didn't I think of I exclaimed In exasperation, "of course we bung cowbells on wanderers those things are as good as radar." But when we went to purchase a cowbell we found them to be as archaic as kero- sene lanterns Ihere wasn't one to be had in all Manitoba I'm sure, except as high priced memorabilia in antique shops. "Twelve dollars for a I pro- tested to the lady in Ye Olde Kitchen Shoppc. "But It's copper and at least 30 years she retorted proudly, "Just think what a wonderful conversation piece It would make on the mantle." "But we don't want to talk to it we want to hang it on Sally's Nancy ob- jected. The lady quickly put It back on the shelf wilh an Injured look. "Oh, ll's loo valuable for a she staled sliffly, "Ihcsc arc gelling awfully hard lo fid now." She was tolling us? Nevertheless, unde- feated I assured Nancy Uial wilh iill !hc catlle In Alberta there was sure to be good market in cowbells there. So on my return to Lethbridge I confidently started at the top of the list of hardware stores and farm supplies in a search for Sally's cos- tume jewellery. The responses to my ques- tion, have you got a cowbell, were as varied as they were frustrating. "No but we have a horse one wise guy retorted. Another said no, but would a bike bell do? Still another had to have a job description of the object before he hollered to a superior, "Hey Al, some dame here wants to know do we have cow Finally, as I was running out of sources, a nice saleslady kindly took pity on me and explained that cowbells, while once popular, were not used much any more in southern Alberta because there were herd laws and fences etc. She suggested that in small towns I could perhaps be luckier. Next time we went through Fort Macleod we stopped at a hardware store. "Hun in and ask for a I sug- gested mildly to my husband. "Oh he replied in a sarcastic lone, "and when I've bought that I'll run next door for a cowslip." It was easy lo see he had no faith in Ihe project so hoping not to get laughed off the premises I hesitatingly went in. There were several people hanging around just visit- ing, and reluctant to place myself in t posi- tion for ridicule, I, too hung around, looking, hoping they'd go about their own business and leave me lo the dignity of mine. But (hey didn't, so eventually 1 sidled up to someone In authority and asked did they have a you know what? Without a smirk or a giggle Ihe nice clerk- disappeared for a moment then returned wilh a couple of handfuls of cowbells in different sizes. I was dclighled of course, inspected them all carefully before deciding on one I thought would best suit Sally's personality. Then I paid the modest price and went back to my better-half clanging mj purchase. Now Sally's whereabouts are reasonably audible for some distance and a lol of lime is saved In dealing with her. But my husband has a thing about going around the countryside buying up classic cowbells and tucking them away until (he price and Ihe mnrkcl coincide. So If he's in your neighborhood asking for cowbells do me a favor nml lell him you ju.sl sold Ihe last one this morning. I can think of belter tilings would rather collect than cowbells, nllhough I'll admit they do make astonish- ing conversation pieces. How much reform can society bear? gain support and advocacy by the federal justice minister is very big support indeed because it strikes people as being so simple and just. In essence it means that a person insures himself and his property and collects the damages when there is an accident no matter who is at fault. All the costly and time-con- suming business of trying to sort truth from falsehood regarding res- ponsibility for accidents is made un- necessary. The risk of inadequate compensation when hit by uninsured drivers is reduced. There is a world of difference, of course, between making a statement in support of a principle and having that principle incorporated in legis- lation. Whether Mr. Lang will in- troduce such a measure in the House of Commons or even has the op- portunity to do so remains to be seen. If he and the Trudeau govern- ment survive the next (election it is certain that he will be reminded of his position taken now and be ex- pected to proceed on it or explain why not. TT li rot very often, except in the case of war, that a nation is asked to make a fresh start, a clean break with its accustomed habits of life. In the United States, for example, such a break occured only once during the present cen- tury, and even then Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal was not explained to the people, in more than vague slogans, be- fore it was dealt by men who really didn't know what they were doing, thus the still new er and more drastic deal pro- posed by Senator McGovern is unique because it is spelled out In advance, and In specifics, by a man who thinks he knows ex- actly what he is trying to do. Of course he may never get the chance to do it. All the bet- ter pundits apparently agree that he will be defeated In No- vcmber and, having been wrong about him from the start, they could be right now. Even if they are wrong again, and Senator McGovern is elect- ed, it does not follow that ho will do what he intends, Most presidents, including Mr. Nix. on, have usually done the op- posite because they had to. It does not follow, either, that the McGovern deal is unimpor- tant, a mere passing aberration, because it may be rejected at the polls. For the currents flow- ing in the United States today are surely larger and more dur- able than the man who symbol- izes and hope to direct them, and they will continue to flow, under other men, if he disap- pears. Stripped the convention rhetoric and the mathematical' ly Impossible promises, what in truth Is the Democratic party proposing? It is proposing a vast redistribution of the na- tion's existing wealth to im- prove the lot of the unfortunate, the still forgotten man of Roos- evelt's day. But in this process the American people are told (as we are told in Canada) that no one will suffer any serious inconvenience, much less sac. rifice, since the total wealth will be vastly increased by wisa economic management, the col- lective living standard will keep rising and society, if not en- tirely just, will move closer to justice. These are brave hopes the politics of great. expectations writ large at the risk of equal disappointment later on. Over them ha'rig certain awkward facts the fact, among others, that the American standard of living, in non-economic and more vital terms, has not been rising and is not rising now. It has been falling to the point where the city streets are no longer safe, the water clean, the air healthy or the people aa a whole happy with their un- equalled affluence. According to Senator McGov- era's blueprint, such problems can be solved if the nation's resources are redirected, its priorities changed from non- essentia! defence spending and bureaucratic waste to the relief of poverty, anti-pollution mea- sures, racial equality and sim- ilar good works. Doubtless these reforms are possible, at least In part and "Aren't you going to ask for a couple of parachutes as must be undertaken, In some fashion, by any future president and Congress. Yet an even more awkward fact will remain that our tiny planet does not hold enough raw materials to support the rale ot perpetual economic growth on which the United States, and all the West- ern nations, are counting to solve their problems. The sovereign planetary fact Is not likely to be mentioned by American (or Canadian) politi- cians when they seek votes and make their ritual promises in the autumn, since the exhaus- tion of the planet is a consider- able distance away, perhaps a century or so, and politics are always short-run, the art of the immediate. What concerns the American people at the moment, there- fore, is the distribution of the existing wealth, the movement toward more egalitarianism as vividly symbolized by Senator McGovern in the United Slates, somewhat less boldly by Prime Minister Trudeau in Canada and by various other politicians throughout the world. Among them probably the most pragmatic, subtle and in- calculable is President Nixon and he will know how to deal with the latest new deal of his challenger. We may be quite sure that before the November polls open he will have ex- posed all the flaws, inconsisten- cies and impossibilities of tha McGovern blueprint while snatching from it any ideas that might be useful to him. In practical politics, how- ever, he will not sneer at the brave hopes surrounding it but Rill arouse still braver hopes of his own, based on sounder premises. He will not admit that the Republican party is less just and progressive than the opposition but will argue that it is more realistic, prac- tical and American. He will not attempt to reverse the course of history but will move with it. He will not reject a new deal but will offer a superior one, better attuned, as he judges it, to the decisive centre, the common denominator and inner grain of his people. Therein lies the tantalizing test of an election which must be truly historic. It will test the will of the peoplo not merely to talk about social justice but to pay for It. Tha real question, then, In the Unit- ed States (and Canada also) Is how much reform the political traffic of a free society can bear. (Herald special service) Maurice Western Post Office selling more than picture post cards OTTAWA For most of my life the Post Office has been regarded by many citizens as one of the more unfeeling de- partments of government. It is gratifying lo be able to report that this is far from the truth. In writing about departments of government, it is not always easy to avoid traces of criti- cism; impurities which mar one's work. Commonly these are ignored by departments, being attributed variously to human depravity, abysmal igno- rance, harmless malice, or tha cussedness of things. But the Post Office is not in- sensitive like the others. It is all heart. When pricked, it bleeds. The evidence is a two page let- ter from Uln director of its Pub- lic Affairs Branch who has de- tected such impurities in a re- cent article about Canada Cards and wishes to cleanse tha record. Mr. Kinsella's first point is that the sale of postcards is not a radical new departure. For many years Hie Post Office has offered stamped stationery and prestamped monochromes. How easy it is for an unthinking cor- respondent to be carried away by a Canada Post communique. Letter to the editor In this unhappy situation, re- morse is not enough. Mr. Kin- sella will doubtless welcome a constructive suggestion. Criti- cism, in his view, is out of place because the Post Office, gripped by the new dynamism, is now doing what it has always done and nothing has changed. This may readily be shown by pub- lishing the amounts in sales tax which the Post Office has been paying year by year to provin- cial treasurers in respect to its postcards. The point is thai Ihe ilem, which would fortify Mr. Kinsel- la's case, seems to lit missing from Ihe Public Accounts. Pre- sumably Ihe paymenls have been made; otherwise Ihe prov- inces would be aflcr Mr. Cote for an accounting. There can be no question of a new liability because the Post Office, as noted, is not up to anything new the unworthy thought. Canada cards, Mr. Kinsella explains, will have little effect on the sale of commercial cards. "The scenes he writes, "will be representa- tive of provinces generally, whereas regular postcards tend to depict local or particular points of interest. The latter are Senses and sensitivity There is a difference between legality and morality. Legality is judged by (he senses. We examine an act, compare it lo a descriplion in a law, and judge whether it fits. Morality is judged through sensitivity. We examine an act, feel resentment, and judge Ihe act lo be wrong. Where many people own property, t h n thought ol having that properly taken without payment arouses Indignation within the owners, and thievery In judged to bo wrong. Just as moral values are judged through sensitivity, so arc other values j u d fi e rl through sensitivity. The com- pany of n true friend brings re- laxation and pleasure. So among young people it is valu- ed highly, oven though it docs not have a quolcd markcl-place value. Lately we have had less of such friendship company. It is so easy lo drop inlo the TV rut, and collapse in front of the "boob tube." Shouldn't wo have n partial moratorium on this sort of h'fclcssncss? Wouldn't it be wise to forbid TV nn Tucs- dnys and Wednesdays and spend those two days visiting friends, or enjoying others of the old time values? The peo- ple who created TV didn'l In- Icnd it to be n vehicle for the commission of mental suicide. Montreal. DAVID KORETZ for the 'Having a wonderful you were here' type of message; whereas, you will notice if you examine the differ- ent sets of Canada cards, any one set includes cards from all over the province, and are not representative of places in just one locality or area." The importance of the distinc- lion eludes me. Perhaps it is inlended lo suggest that Canada cards are ideal for the other sort of message: "Having a mi- serable I was some- where else." Mr. Kinsella observes that the cards are being produced by commercial prinlers. Commer- cial manufacturers may also share in the prepaid postcard action if they meet security re- quirements and if their designs are approved and registered with the Canada Post Office. Again Ihe meaning is veiled; evidently there are nameless dangers in Ihe exposure of un- suspecting citizens to unregis- tered scenery. It will be readily agreed that Canada cards are no threat lo philatelists. The reference was to Mr. Cote's suggestion in Paris that the Post Office sell French stamps; the foreign field having, until now, been a private preserve. But what of the merchants, large and small, who derive in- come from the sale of postcards to the public? Apart from a general assur- ance (our cards are unique but no Mr. Kinsella makes this curious observation: "Nor arc wo doing anything at Ihe taxpayers' expense since I can assure you lhat the Canada Post Office would not have embarked on Ihis project if it expected to lose money in the process." The article did not, in fact, predict n loss on (he operation. (This may have been a fault for no prudent citizen would under- estimate the ability of the de- partment Lo lose money in nny But what was said wna different and relevant, surely, lo the case of retailers. To repeal: "In Hie new com- pctilion between Ihe stale mul small business, Ihe Posl Offico will idvortlse nt our and the private dealer at hia own." Two propositions seem incon- testable. First, whether an oper- ation be profitable or unprofita- ble, a merchant is bound to pay his own advertising bills. Sec- ondly, whether a particular op- eration is profitable or unprofit- able, the Post Office (which is in overall deficit) can meet its advertising bills from general revenues. Who but Ihe general public paid for the exciting communique announcing the policy which, according to Mr. Kinsella, is unchanged? For the small merchant, with only a limited advertisin g budget and only limited spaca for attractive layouts, this is manifestly unfair competition. Even a larger merchant must be at a disadvantage if he is expected to compete wilh the public Ireasury. In the course of preparing fhis article, Ihe writer happened to visit the central Post Office in Ottawa. The effect was unset- tling. Remorse fled. Baser in- s t i n c t s asserted themselves. One glance was enough to dem- onstrate that, for all Mr. Kinsel- la's protestations, the earlier ar- ticle was hopelessly flawed by understatement. The place looks like a bazaar or, more precisely, like a souve- nir or novelty shop. It was wrong to suggest that Mr. Cote has merely poked a tentative toe into a small corner of the retail business. He has moved in massively. Small wonder that he has stirred the competitive instincts of his colleague, Jean Marchand, who is reported to have set his mind on even more, glittering vistas of socialist re- tail enterprise. What are we offered? Not merely Canada cards, unique as they may be. Pins, brooches, fountain pen sets, atlractive spoons, medals by Ihe Mint and by private firms, sealskin change purses, other purses, wallets and folders, objects of Indian art, objects of Eskimo art, woodcarving, souvenirs, jimk. No change of policy? No com- petition wilh the retail mer- chant? In such mailers, seeing is believing. Mr. Kinsella should slop kidding Ihe Iroops. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Throngh the Herald 1922 Forty-one thousand harvesters will be needed lo handle Ihe prairie crops Ihis year exclusive of those to be obtained from prairie cities and towns. 13.12 Hoyt All-Stars, en- trants in the provincial champ- ionship became the custodian of Ihe While Lunch cup when Ihey won a one-sided game from the Cafe boys on Sunday. 1W2 Lethbridge house- wives have taken lo the vita- min Bl bread in a big way, ac- cording to local bakers. Tl-e Canadian Army adopted Bl bread ns the slandard loaf for the diet of Canada's fighting men. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD rjrj. LTD., Proprietors and Publishcri Published 1305-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 "pTiMith? Prcls and Canadian Dally Newspaper Association and thi Audll Bureau of clrcullllonli CLEO w. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. 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