Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, Junt 6, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Algerians enjoy bonanza of reduced food prices THE BETTER HALF By Barnes ALGIERS (Reuter) While housewives throughout the world are bemoaning soaring food prices, Algeria's womenfolk are enjoying drastic reductions in the cost of food and vegetables and plentiful markets. The prices of fruit and vege- tables have been slashed by nearly half virtually overnight. And long-standing laments over scarcity have been ended by full markets with ample choice. The dramatic reductions, at a time of increasing food prices almost everywhere else in the world, are the result of a massive reform of the whole distribution system. A direct producer-consumer "feed-pipe" was set up May 1 under local council control to replace what an Algerian journalist called a "monster of an the state-run Office for Commercialization of Fruit and Vegetables whose short-lived existence was bad for both producers and consumers. The reform was double- pronged. Its aims were to cut down the high increase in the cost of living in Algeria's main cities and improve farmers' income. The income of farmers had felt the pinch of a rigid price- fixing system Which took little notice of world inflation. What was needed was a fresh look at the distribution system, to reconcile a socialist-oriented agriculture of peasants grouped in co- operatives with a somewhat hybrid commercial system making room for private in- itiative. Since Algeria's independence in 1962 small business has been allowed to operate freely, although it passed from French to Algerian hands, while bigger National president delegates elected Mrs. R. W. Adams of Toronto companies were nationalized along with large agricultural estates. What reform there was in 12 years led to more state- control on a free-trade system, with government bodies selling to private wholesalers who in turn organized distribution, fixed are alleged to have planned artificial food scarcities to increase prices. The new reform started from scratch. Its first and basic decision was to do away with the private middlemen, who are reported to have been indemnified, and to give the Algiers city council total control over distribution. Farmers cooperatives for the first time were empowered to supply the markets directly. The reform remains ex- perimental in the Algiers region but, if successful, it is soon to be extended to the country's 16 other administrative regions and to other food products. National IODE elects executive TORONTO (CP) Delegates to the 74th annual meeting of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire elected a new slate of national officers this week for the 1974- 75 term Elected president was Mrs. R. W. Adams of Toronto. First vice president is Mrs. Bruce Craik of Huntsyille, -Ont.; second vice president is Mrs. Bruce Butler of Toronto. The new secretary is Mrs. Peter Douglas of Toronto. Mrs. Atkins will also serve as treasurer. Provincial IODE presidents are- Mrs William Marquardt, Burnaby, B.C.; Mrs. W. J Ross, Calgary; Mrs. D. C. Flegg, Saskatoon; Mrs. Pebbles Kelly, Winnipeg; Mrs. E. F. McKay, Hamilton; Mrs. D. M. Holmes, Pointe Claire, Que.; Mrs. F. A. Lynds, Moncton, N.B.; Mrs. B. M. Nickerson, Halifax and Mrs. J R. MacDonald, Summerside, P.E.I. Granted national life memberships in the order were Merrian Keegan of Oakville, Ont, and Margaret Brand of Ottawa. Have you ever wondered how the bullfighter cools off after the bullfight Granada. A deliriously refreshing sangria wine. Made to be served ice cold on nice days with good friends. CHALhl WINI.S 1 TD CALGARY ALBhRTA CANADA "Let me have old Stonewall Jackson. I'll need him for the shopping battle in the bargain basement sale." Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: First, you should know I am a happily married man, the father of two children. I work in the shoe department of a large store in a shopping centre. I don't know what to expect next in the way of women's apparel. It's not what they are wearing but what they are NOT wearing that bothers me. Middle-aged women as well as young girls come in with their bare midriffs, belly buttons winking at me through rolls of fat, breasts flopping around under flimsy halter tops, hip- hugger pants so low you are afraid to look for fear they might slip a quarter of an inch. This afternoon, a girl about 17 came in with her father. I couldn't believe my eyes. She was built like Raquel Welch. There she sat in a see-through blouse with such an innocent look on her face. The blouse was so tight she was about to pop two buttons. If a guy had made a pass at her, the old man would have flattened him, yet that girl was a case of indecent exposure if I ever saw one. Please tell all the females out there that when they go in public half-naked, they look like tramps. Square, Ancient, Gross But Proud Dear S. A. G. But P.: I've seen some mighty indecent get-ups on the streets of Chicago, and I agree that young girls and women who wear wildly provocative outfits not only look like tramps, but they are asking for trouble. Dear Ann Landers: I am one of your younger readers, but I think I have something to say. The letter signed "Editor Who Has To Eat Out" said he darned well wasn't going to leave a tip for a waitress who threw the food at him and gave him poor service. My grandmother has a better way to let a waitress know the service was bad. She says you should leave two pennies under the plate. If there is NO money under there, the girl might think the person just forgot. If she sees two pennies, she knows what the customer thought of the service. Marshall Who Admires You A Whole Lot In Mpls. Dear Marshall: Thank your grandmother for a sensible suggestion. (And P.S., Marsh, I like you AND Mpls. a whole Dear Ann Landers: We are two girls, 27, attractive and working in the same office in New York City. We didn't agree with your advice to "Suicidal in Indy." That girl doesn't need a she needs is a nice boyfriend! It's tough to find a decent, sincere guy these days, and we know because we have the same problems, and so do half a dozen other girls in this office. We talk to each other a lot and every one of us has gone into black moods of depression. Your advice was not only off target but could be damaging. When you tell someone they need a psychiatrist they get the idea they are nuts. Believe us, Ann, there's nothing wrong with "Indy" that a great boyfriend couldn't cure. Lynn 'N' Lil Dear L and L: Go back and read In-iy's letter again. When a girl says she can barely drag herself out of bed in the morning, goes into a deep depression whenever a friend gets married, and signs herself "Suicidal" believe me, she needs psychiatric help. I agree, a great boyfriend would be a big help, but I'll bet one of the reasons she doesn't have one is because she is panicky and unstable, and it shows. Confidential to Can't Get A Date: I explained in my letter what I thought was the problem based on the facts you gave me. Please don't send a picture. It won't change the advice. It's not always easy to recognize love, especially the first time around. Acquaint yourself with the guidelines. Read Ann Landers's booklet, "Love or Sex and How To Tell the Difference." For a copy, mail 35c in coin and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago! Illinois 60654. 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