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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta IHE LEIHI5RICGE HERALD Monday, Juno 8, 1970 Victor Back To Square thai Hie Alberta Indians luivc roimteiTil the (iovmiment's paper with their Ural one it appears Unit Hie yaine lias been rulimied to square one almost. The position taken by the Indians seems to be only a slight modification of what already exists. They want the Indian Affairs De- partment retained with a full-time minister in and they want more responsibility in the manage- ment of their own interests. One of the major problems in {jelling more responsibility into the hands of the Indians in the past was the bureau- cracy of the Indian Affairs Depart- ment. The White paper appeared to suggest the solution lay in freeing the "Indians from that web. How the Indians expect to achieve the free- dom to be responsible in such cir- cumstances is net dear. liejeclion of assimilation into the while man's society is understand- able many white people would like to be able to free themselves from it. too. Whether it is possible to only part way with that so- ciety is questionable. The Hutterites, of course, manage to do so. By con- scious efforl the Indians also might be able to maintain cultural enclaves supported by industry and agricul- ture in their midst. Since the lied paper is not im- mediately available for study, only superficial observations can be made about it. The initiative shown in pre- paring a response and presenting it to the government is commendable. Jt is to be hoped that the impres- sion that (here has been an opting generally for things as they are, is wrong. C'hiinge is needed whether by the White I'aper way or another. Getting Into The Act Voluntary work, be it for a cause or for a community project is on the increase one of the more cheer- ful, encouraging aspects of living in a turbulent, worrying world. Profes- sional people, business men and women, school children and ordinary citizens are getting into the act with more enthusiasm and in greater numbers than ever before. In Canada, for instance, lawyers are increasingly active in civil lib- erty causes. For many years legal aid has been extended" to those ac- cused of criminal offences if it is shown that these individuals are un- able to pay for their own defence. It is expected that very shortly most Canadian provinces will extend this aid to cover civil causes. On- tario has already done so. Business men continue to take an active part in attempting to reduce air pollution. In the United States business people of many cities are encouraging black capitalism and subsidizing training schemes for the hard core unemployed. One of the newest and most interesting of all these projects, originally financed by several large U.S. corporations, is run by a consortium of Chicago's West side black power groups. It has a double purpose to provide busi- ness training and employment for ghetto blacks and to fight pollution. The enterprise collects old news- papers in central depots, bales them and takes them to re-cycling plants. It is estimated that each filled drop box saves 187 trees or cubic feet of landfill. In Lethbridge and other Alberta cities, school children have taken on the fight against pollution with will- ing hands. They are not simply leav- ing the work to the governments. It is possible to cite all kinds of similar instances of citizen involve- ment in myriad projects which go far beyond the outdated concept of or the protest demonstra- tions. This is working within the estab- lished framework of democratic so- ciety in a willing, participatory and meaningful way. rri Unfair To Mao Violent dissenters in North Amer- ica and Europe call themselves Maoists at least some of them do. They are to be seen waving Red flags, the little Red Book, throw- ing rocks and looting stores, almost every time an outbreak of violence takes place. There should be anoth- er name for these I-hate-everything- rioters, who have very little in com- mon with Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Mao was a builder nol a destroyer. He firmly believed, and still does, in the political principles of doctri- naire communism, a philosophy which most of the Western world rejects. Nevertheless it is on these firm principles that he built his rev- olution. Anarchism is anathema to Maoist ideology. Discipline, conformity to the fundamentals of Marxist-Leni- nist theory is everything. Chairman Mao would be the first to dissociate himself from groups of violent dis- senters bent on destruction for the sake of destruction, lacking organi- zation or plans for a more just so- ciety. Art Buchwald A7 The latest parlor game to catch on in the United States is called "depression." Not since "charades" took the country by storm has there been anything to compare with "depression." The object of the game, which can be played indoors and out, at cocktail parties, dinners, soda fountains or any other place, is to depress the other person more than he depresses you. Most readers have been playing the game without even realizing it. This is how it goes: Jones at a cocktail party serves. "I've never seen the country in worse shape." Evans returns serve. "The kids just don't give a damn about anything." Jones hits it back. "They have no respect and no values." Evans at the ret. "If they didn't have everything handed to them on a platter, they wouldn't be so ready to attack the system." Jones aiming for the sidelines. "They ought to get some education More they start telling us how to run tilings." Evans making a great save. "What they need is a haircut and a bath." Jones Icbs it back. "They want to talk, but they won't listen." Evans returns it. "We're in a helluva mess." Jones swings and misses. "You can say that again." Evans v.on the game because he de- pressed Jones more than Jones depressed him. But it was veiy close. "Drprc.-Mon" also become the most popular game with college ami high school students. Hero's a mixed-doubles match at a coffee house. Sophomore serves. "I've never seen the country in .shape-.1' Junior retrieve.- understands Sophomore's date. "I can't stand talking to my parents any more." Junior's date returns ball. "All they can think about is money, money, money." Sophomore returns with "We have nothing to live for." Junior slams it back. "We can't make any plans for the future." Sophomore's date runs for the ball. "No- body gives a damn about us." Junior's date in backcourt. "Nobody loves us." Sophomore hits it back. "All they can say is 'get a haircut.'" Junior returns il. "They're all hypo- crites." Sophomore's date. "I wish t were dead." Junior's date. "T wish I were more dead than you were dead." Sophomore. "We're all going to be dead whether we want to be or not." Junior. "Oh, obscenity-" This iratch happened to be a tie, so it was agreed the couples would have a playoff the following evening at the same time. While the game is being played all over the United States fWill we ever forget those matches on Wall Street last Washimiton is still considered the .super- bowl of "depression." and you can't go anywhere in this toun without someone wanting to play. If someone tries to get you depressed about the war, you can get him depressed about inflation. And if tie attempts to get you depressed jibotiJ, dissent, you can't get him depressed about the administration. There are so many subjects to choose (mm in Washington that it's getting alnux-t impossible to depress somebody more ilun he depresses you. (Toronto .Service) A'n'AWA: Agriculture seems destined to become one of the most controlled in- dustries in Canada. The days of the independent farmer making his own deci- sions and not checking with some bureaucrat, cr report- ing to some inspector, to find out what he can grow and where and for how much, are numbered. This trend emerges in the findings of the federal govern- ment's task force on agricul- ture. Main principles cf i I s recommendations call (or sharp "reductions" in surpltis- es and'those surpluses brought under "control." If necessary there is to be a "drastic" re- duetion in production. Production resources "must be shifted" to more promising market cppurlunilies. Where tbese allenialives cannot be found, land and other re- sources must be suggested the task force. It is not surprising therefore to find Ihe Progressive Con- servatives in Parliament, who dislike the weed-like growth of side central, fighting a vigor- ous delaying action against a government measure now be- fore (be House, Bill C197, the fcr in products market i n g agencies act. The Conserva- tives have been joined in their fight by iarm spokesmen from the Crcditiste Quebec group. Seme New Democratic Party MPs have, also raised their voices against certain of its provisions. The bill, as dratted, would apparently give the govern- ment authority, by proclama- tion, lo bring all agriculture under government con t r through the inter provincial control of the marketing of all farm produce. Ths govern- ment, cf course, flatly rejects such a claim by the opposition. Agriculture Minister 11. A. (Bud) Olson dismisses sugges- tions of "state control" a n d descriptions of the bill as "dic- tatorial" as nonsense. However, he has net been able to calm their fears, aixl far goad reasons. He interject- ed recently, in Hie prolonged debr.le on second reading of the bill, to contradict irate op- position spokesmen. The Con- servatives, in particular, have been protesting that nowhere in the bill is there a provision that the producers must initi- ate the move lo set up market- ing agencies, that they be es- ablishcd when a majority of the producers arc in favor of them and that producers be represented on the council and agencies. The opposition is fearful that a federal government, under the legislation, could move on its own to set up agencies to how come they can'f pay us for not eating what they pay the farmers not to employer may find that it now stimulate Ills search for substi- Letters To The Editor Mixed Results From Minimum Wage Minimum wage legislation lias mixed results which on bal- ance are likely bad. If we wish to help Ihe poor by making a law that forces an employer to pay a certain wage then we must legislate an additional law which forces the employer lo hire relatively unskilled workers. By having only the first law we force em- ployers to decide if a particu- lar, person will be worth what he now has to pay him. The becomes economic for him to substitute a motorized floor cleaning machine for three of the four cleaning men he now employs; lo substitute an IBM card system for some of his women clerks; to get along with fewer soda jerks or gas pump jockeys. Raising the lute ways of lowering Ms costs which may eventually be fruit- ful. A minimum wage law has the effect of denying employ- ment for our most poorly train- ed, tire very ones I suppose that wo. thought the law would help. Employment may be denied In- dians, Blacks women and minimum wage will of course young people who may wish to help those who the employer enter the labor force for the fir.ds that he cannot do without first time but who do not ini- taut at the same time it will Hally have the skills needed to Freedoms And Rights Eroded? Canada, once the home of freedom, has had the plug pull- ed out on it. Bill C-3 has pass- ed the Senate, the greatest blow to the freedom of the press and of speech m our great country. Now combine this with the Canadian Radio and Television Communications recommenda- tions to put in the hands of a government-appointed commit- tee what Canada shall hear and see or not hear and see on ra- dio and television. Then add this to the While Paper on Taxation to take away any incentive for a per- son to accumulate. Now Mr. Olson, who voted for Bill C-3, has introduced into the House of Commons for second reading, Bill-197 proposing a National Farn7 Products Mar- keting Council, giving the gov- ernment "arbitrary and total control over all aspects of Can- ada's food supply and the agri- cultural Mr. Olson has really sold us down the river. Let us consider for a mo- ment the impact of this com- bination of legislation. 1. Control of Radio and Tele vision Communications gives the power to a few of what Canadians shall see and hear or not sec and hoar- control of our thinking. 2. Bill C-3 takes away our freedom of speech our chance of rebuttal. 3. Bill-197 puts in the hands of an appointed few control of our toed supply. 4. The W bite Paper on Taxation taxes us out of wliul money a man can still make. The way is now paved for a full-scale legitimate take-over of Canada by a So- cialist Totalitarian State. Fellow C a n a (1 i a n s. arise while there is yet time and throw off these yokes of so- cialism and bring back the freedoms and rights once guar- anteed by our Bill of Rights. By our consent, our rights are being eroded away. Talk about the pollution of our we have it here and now. Let us make our Members of Parliament legislate for free- dom and liberty instead of for our enslavement! The way for Socialism to suc- ceed is "for good men to do CHARLES N. ACKROYD. Raymond. Bay Care Centre Fees I am surprised at the recent expressed opposition to the Day Cnrc Centre as the need for a lower cost centre would seem to be so obvious. As the university and junior college grow in Lethbridge there will be an increasing number of married students with small children, and cf women who for various reasons must raise their family alone, and who in the absence of a bread-winner will want to further their own education to support their fam- ily. My understanding is that the fees charged by the Day Care Centre under considera- tion, and previously approved, would be based on ability to pay so that students with small children would possibly qualify fcr a lower fes. For many of these students further educa- tion would otherwise be impos- sible, or at the very least de- layed until the children reached school admission age. Once the students have completed their education, and enter the work force, their taxes will in some way find their way back to the Day Care Centre as a repay- ment for the consideration they may receive in the years pre- vious. FORMER STUDENT Lelhbridge. WIFE. ion enFer at a high level. There is lost opportunity for employers to meet people who may soon develop into highly productive workers through on the job training and the gaining of fam- iliarity with ongoing business ope v a tions. Prospective em- ployees lose the opportunity to learn and to prove that they can be worth more. The law in- creases our burden of misery and discontent. The bad effects of enforced idleness are well known. (Let's take one exam- ple only that we might not think of. School students are often forced to do nothing dur- ing holidays1 which results in boredom, frustration, family bickering, wild parties and pet- ty crime. We can't blame all of this on the minimum wage law but it is certainly contri- butory. How do we weigh the effect of one ilty-bitty bad law? K'o one knows but we do know that the cumulative effect of our thousands of bad laws and bad ideas is tremendous.) I don't know what the poor think but I guess it's an awfully nice thing for the rest of us to know7 that he would be making two dollars an hour if he had a job. JOHN MacKENZIE. Lethbridge. con'tro! the marketing of farm products. Under the bill, "mar- keting" includes selling and offering sale and buying, pricing, assembling, packing, processing, transporting, stor- ing and any other act neces- sary to prepare the product for purchase for consumption or use. It is recognized, by the MPs fighting the measure, that farmers want more orderly marketing and pricing of their products so they can receive a better return for their financial outlays. At the same lime they want lo prelect their freedom to direct these opera tions by being represented by pro- ducers cf Ihe products on the boards cf the council and the- marketing agencies. Defending the measure, Mr. Olson said there is a strong disposition on the part of a majority cf producers in major agricultural areas in favor cf marketing boards. He explain- ed the bill provides an oppor- tunity for th.e producers to work together when it is in llrar interest and co-ordinate their efforts more effectively on a national basis. The legis- lation only provides for con- trol over inter provincial and expert marketing, he argued. It would give the government r.o authority to control market- ing or production within a province, lie told the opposi- tion: "The whole of this legis- fclion is based on the premise it will only be used on the initiative cf the producers and c'hers directly involved in the agriculture industry." An able farm critic, Jack Hcrner, on the Conservat i v a benches from Alberta, de- manded, "Where does it say that in the He insisted the minist e r paint lo Ihe section. The min- ister was only able to cite Clause which said a public hearing shall be held into the merits of establishing a mar- keting agency, or broadening the authority of an existing agency to cover an additional farm product. The opposition are asking that the minister write into the bill an amendment stating it shall be a principle of the legislation that it shall be in- volved cnly on the initiative of the producers. They also want it brought more into conform- ity with existing provincial leg- islation. The minister replied that would mean too many changes and legislative complications. He assured the opposition of; the government's good inten- tions. The minister Is accusing tha opposition particularly the Conservatives of blocking the whole bill in a desire to prevent its passing. Not so, claim the Conservat i v e s. They say it will go to commit- tee now if the minister will give the House an undertaking in writing that he will propose amendments that will: first, provide for the agencies being set up on the initiative of the producers concerned, not the government. Second, provide for a plebiscite being held in some cases. Third, provide for some method cf appeal against the setting up of the agency or the marketing 'plan proposed. Farm organizations would like lo see such provisions in the measure, it is understood. A few Liberal backbench e r s have conceded publicly that "changes" are required. Mr. Olson, during the de- bate on second reading, indi- cated ss'.r.e amendments are being considered. He premised lo improve the bill. But he would not outline what those amendments are, ard the opposition is not sat- isfied with such a loose com- mitment. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) LOOKING BACKWARD Pollution Control Meetings Pollution Control Southern Alberta would like to compli- ment two provincial govern- ment agencies who reported on the slate of the Oldman River, a recent meeting of Ihe sub- committee on Oldman River Pollution. The Environmental Health Services Division of the Alberta Uept. of Health, and Hie Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Dcpt. of Lands and Forests should be com- mended for the factual reports outlining Ilia present condition of Ihe Oldman liiver, as well as for proposing some solu- tions. The presentations and discussions, while revealing the deteriorated condition of the river, also provided encourage- ment that the measures being undertaken now, along with other programs, could restore the river. The Board of Directors of PC-SA respectfully submit the following suggestions regarding future meetings: a. U these meetings are for the presentation of public in- formation, then may they be so publicized. b. That future meetings be held during evening hours, to allow all interested citizens a chance to hear these rr purls. c. That the location for Ihe meetings be a large enough room to accommodate the in- terested public. FRANCES I'C-SA Hoard of Directors. Lelhbridge. bo of a type now in use by Uritain. The Dutch people slopped trying lo deny Hol- land's famous slory and unveil- ed a statue to something that never happened all to satis- fy the thousands of tourists who ask where Ilia Dutch boy put his finger in Ihe leaking dike. A needle-nosed Bo- inarc-A, bailie-ready with an atomic warhead in its launch- ing pen. caught fire at Mc- Guire Air Force Base, N.J., touching cff a radiation scare. Officials say the radiation was confined to (he badly damaged launching pen. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. Lcthtx-idge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HEKALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN .Second Class Mail Number Mil 2 Member of Tlio Tress and the Cnn.'uli.iB Daily Newspapff Publishers' Association ,md the Audit IJuruau of Circulations W. MOWERS, Editor find Publisher THOMAS U. ADAMS. General Mnnafier JOE 8ALLA Wlt.MAM HAY MriisKins Kditor Editor KOY I1. MILKS K WAl.KEfc Adveiuwns Kihiorj.il t'apc Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" TIIKOUGH THE HERALD new in the line of soft beverages has made i t s appearance in Lethbridge. It is called Okla-Applo and is a pure apple cider confection put out by the Lelhbridge Brewing Company. Prince Carol of Ro- mania recovered the Ihrone he gave up fcr a woman five years ago and vvas proclaimed king, his son Michael being named as next in succession. lino Construction of tanks will start in Canada the director of public information has announced. The tanks will ;