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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta '4 THE LETHMIDGE HERALD June 27, 1973 EDITORIALS The unmentioned recession of 1970 By Maurice Western, Herald Ottawa commentator The city's garbage Credit should be given, even be- latedly, to City Council for not rubber stamping ail the new garbage restric- tions recommended to it for enforce- ment. Disposing of a community's waste, in this highly wasteful society, is a headache everywhere. house- hold generates waste, some of it in- destructible metal or glass, some of it combustible newspapers, leaves, paper cartons, some of it wet gar- bage from the kitchen. Seeing that all of this is properly disposed of is the function of City Council. The city's garbage collection sys- tem is getting more bothersome an- nually. So many kinds of waste won't be picked up at all. Most of it must be in expensive plastic garbage bags or it won't be picked up There was an effort to ban the burning of com- bustible matter, but fortunately it was thwarted. So the city crews becoming more and more particular about what they'll handle, v.hat is the citizen to do with -what they uon't take? If he lets it accumulate he'll be in trouble with the law. So he has to make some other arrangement. If he finds a trailer sc he can haul it to the dump himself, he must cover the trailer or he'll be prose- cuted. There has been an attempt to force him to haul it during the day, when he's busy earning a living. Whether he's experienced in backing up a trailer or not, in those con- stricted areas around the dump, he's expected to dump it only in very special places. All of this is approaching the ridi- culous. Fortunately some aldermen saw it as such. But further attempts will be made to solve the city's garbage problem by creating more restrictions and regulations. It's the people's garbage, the peo- ple's garbage trucks and garbage collectors, the people's dump. Some day some imaginative person will propose that the city crews and trucks pick up everything the people leave for them to pick up, perhaps with a special charge for special circumstances. But then only city crews and city trucks would ever need go to the dump. The disposal system, at the dump would be more effective and cheaper to operate, the people would be much better served at a much less total cost and trouble to themselves, and editorials on more important subjects could be written. East still ignores prairies In the welter of paper that passes through an editorial office each day, there is always a sprinkling of press releases. Two from a recent batch help to illuminate the prairie dwel- lers' occasional irritation with the way Eastern-based corporations and organizations tend to dispose of mat- ters that are supposed to be national in scope. The Canada Council has just an- nounced Canadian Horizons grants totalling roughly a quarter million dollars T this "type of'grant supports projects related to Canada's historical and cultural heritage. Creative indi- viduals from coast to coast are eli- gible, and there are always far more requests than the available funds can cover. The grants are distributed In a way that has become depressingly familiar to prairie applicants; rough- ly one-third each to Ontario, Quebec and "the with B.C. getting the lion's share of the last. This year's Horizons grants showed a notable departure, it must be con- ceded: for once, the Maritimes got as many awards as the other regions, and almost as much money. But the prairies fared about as usual; a man in Winnipeg was awarded another in Paradise Valley (Alberta) got and the Vulcan and District Historical Asso- ciation received There were no awards for Saskatchewan. The total for the three prairie provinces, then, was a princely less than two per cent of the total. The other release listed the newly appointed officers of the Canadian Cable Television Association, a na- tional organization with headquart- ers in Ottawa. Except for one Trade Member, this association appoints its directors on a regional basis, four from the Pacific, five from Ontario, three from Quebec and two each from the Atlantic and Midwest re- gions. Two out of 17 might sound like rather sparse representation for the West, but it's even worse than that; one of the two "Midwest Re- gion" directors is from Ontario. ART BUCHWALD The summer of '73 WASHINGTON The big question on everybody's mind is: "What do we do with the teds this summer? The Idea of a teen-ager spending his holi- day with his parents is so revolting to the teen-ager that no parent dares bring it up. Camp for most young people is out, and it is a lucky father and mother who can get a Aunking child to go to summer school. A recent survey among the teen-age chil- dren of my friends revealed the following summer game plans: A 15 year old girl was going to drive across the United States In a Volkswagen her closest friends, Sarah, Carl, Fred, Harriet, Lizabeth, Pat and George. Whsn her parents asked their last names, their daughter said she didn't know. A 16-year-old boy named Henry was go- ing to Canada where he heard rock bands were short on drummers. When asked what part of Canada was short on drummers, he said he couldnt' be sure until he got there. A 17-year-old named Henrietta was going to hitchhike through Europe with her boy- friend Ziggy- She met Ziggy last summer when she was hitchhiking in Mexico with her former boyfriend Norman. Fourteen-yeair-old Michael had a bicycle trip planned from Washington, B.C., to the Virgin Islands. When it was pointed out that he might have to cross a large body of water on his bike, Michael accused his par- ents of never letting him do anything on his own. Sixteen-year-old Ethel and her twin sis- ter, Eunice, accepted an invitatoin to sail from Bermuda to Southampton, England, with a fellow named Bob whom they met at the Grateful Dead concert at R. F. K. stadium. Josh, who celebrated his 15th birthday last week, was going to join a "bunch of kids" who had rented a farm in Maine. There were 18 kids involved and two bed- rooms in the farmhouse. When I asked him if he planned to do some fawning this summer, he locked at me as if I were out of my mind. Mary Margaret said she had been invited to spend the summer with Suzy in Nan- tucket, Mass. A check with Suzy's parents by Mary Margaret's mother revealed that Suzy had told her mother she was ing the summer with Mary Margaret's par- ents in North Carolina. As of this writing, the mystery cf where Mary Margaret and Suzy are really planning to spend the sum- mer is still unsolved. Eighteen-year-old Stu bought a motor- cycle with a share of IBM stock his grand- mother had given him and he said he was going. When I asked where he was go- ing, he looked blank. "I'm just going, man, wherever the road takes me." The only couple among my friends who seemed to have it made were the Parishes. By good fortune they persuaded a friend 01 theirs to give their son, Peter, a job on an oil rig more than 20 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. The friend promised he wouldn't let Peter off the rig until La- bor Day. When the rest of our group hoard about this, we all started searching for friends who owned oil rigs. We then discussed the possibility of a group of us leasing an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico or even the North Sea where we could send our kids for the summer. Even if we didn't strike any oil, it would be a worthwhile in- vestment. We would provide them with food, water, tapes and a two-month stock of Boones' Farm apple wine. Anything they wanted to do on the oil rig would be their own busi- ness. A committee is now dickering with the Exxon Oil Co. for a likely site. If we find one, it will be the greatest summer that any parents In the United States could have. The gallivanter By Dong Walker OTTAWA: Statistics Canada released this week a multitude of financial statistics provid- ing, in the words of a CP des- patch, "a detailed picture of the 1970 economic recession." This is a curious development for at least two reasons. Ac- cording to the mid-1960s' find- ing of one of Mr. Pearson's ec- onomic advisers, then a minis- ter and now a distinguished senator, the business cycle had been eliminated by modern gov- ernment management. Statisti- cians evidently have short memories; the report shows that they have been busily searching for and, what is worse, discovering things which, in these circumstances, ought not to have been there. The other point is that the government, which keeps a close eye on things so that it can provide businessmen with a constant flow of advice on the conduct of their operations, did not mention the recession when the country was enduring it. There were, of course, refer- ences to it in Parliament by opposition figures. But the illu- sions which trouble members to the left of Mr. Speaker never fail to perplex responsible min- isters. They are considered to have much in common with the famous poem for children. "The other day upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today, Oh, how I wish he'd go away." It is of interest in this con- text to look back to the 1970 budget speeches of Edgar Ben- son, who was then our leading economic wizard and has now passed on to higher things. In March of that year, Mr. Benson did hint at some diffi- culties. The economy, he ad- vised us, "will continue to move upward in 1970 but at a lower rate than in 1969." But reces- sion, clearly, was far from his mind or at least from his speech: "In presenting the budget to the House last June, I express- ed the government's view that strong fiscal position was es- sential to check the rise in prices and smooth the way to- wards more balanced and sus- tained economic growth. We have maintained that position. Fiscal and monetary policies have worked in tandem to es- tablish conditions which should give us the upper hand in squeezing inflation out of the economy." If inflation was not squeezed, we now have the testimony of the statisticians that business certainly was. So were the con- sumers. In December, Mr. Benson was back for another dazzling performance. Of the recession, he had not a word. He did men- tion the boom hi housing and noted with satisfaction that "the year 1970 will go into the records as our best year ever in international trade." He also said: "They raised the interest rates to slow down borrowing because they're worried about The cruelty of city dog-lovers By Alan Morley, in the Vancouver Sun So, the dog-haters want dogs tossed out of Vancouver. Well, here's a dog-lover who goes right along with them. In fact, I'm ahead of them. I tossed my dog out of Vancouver three years ago. Keeping a dog a real dog a city is cruel and in- human. My dog, a border collie, now is on a ranch where he can live a decent dog's life and not exist on the end of a tether or bumming around with a pack of canine delinquents on a city street corrrar. A city never gives a dog a chance to be a dog. There are some exceptions. Dalmatians spotted dogs, coach dogs are one. They are bred for town life. There is a type of animal known as lap dogs which can exist with rea- sonable comfort in an apart- ment house but these are not really dogs they are a sort of insect that has learned to bark. The vast majority of dogs however, come of working or hunting stock and are con- demned by unthinking owners to an unnatural and utterly frustrating life. What is a ter- rier without a rat to hunt? A hound without a quarry to fol- low? A collie without a sheep or a cow to herd? A city dog- owner is a cruel person un- thinkingly cruel, I grant but still cruel. He is as bad as show-dog breeders, who crib, cabin and confine their dogs and breed them generation after genera- tion until they produce a phys- ically perfect "type" a me- chanical marvel with all brains and purpose bred out of him. This does not apply to breed- ers of dogs which are shown in field hunting and herding tests, of course, because such dogs ni u s t be raised with enough outdoor freedom to become pro- ficient. Only owners who are rich enough to give a dog a One day wren I got home for lunch I noticed that our two boys were very pesti- ferous. Realizing that it was holiday time and that their poor mother had them around all the time I asked Elspeth how the put up with them. "Well" she said, "it's not easy so I got out and visited with the neighbors." It seemed like a satisfactory explanation unlil I reflected on the fact that she galli- vants I he rest of the year too. I wonder who the tries to escape then beraelf? 1973 Iby NEA, tiK.< saw you (ftrow that candy wrapper there. How, pick it up. We're from the EPA, country life or who do live In the country can raise such dogs. City owners can't. It comes hard to condemn city dog owners because they really do love their dogs and go to sorts of extremes to keep them well and happy. I saw a wonderful example of this at 11 p.m. on a recent evening, on Burrard Bridge. A large and expensive car with a handsome and expensive looking couple in it was cross- ing the bridge from south to north at a snail's pace. Other traffic in the outside lane had to swing wide to pass. On the sidewalk a few feet ahead of the car was an English sheep- dog, glumly and (excuse it, please) doggedly plodding his way along, paying no attention to the couple's urging for more speed. Such is the way, evidently, one city couple "walk the dog." It was absurd enough to make me, first, want to laugh and, secondly, want to cry. Poor dog herded by a me- chanical behemoth. What earthly good is that to a dog? Even if you've got him on a leash he never thinks that you are taking him for a walk. He's taking you for a run. That unfortunate sheepdog! There's one pooch with no fun in life. I often think of dogs I have known; proud dogs, working dogs, dogs with a purpose in life. Those were dogs, leading a self-respseting dog's Me to the full. Compare them with city dogs, with the ones in my neigh- Books in brief "Take My Wife by Henny Youngman (as con- fessed to Carroll Carroll) Longman Canada Limited, 25S_pages, Fans of American comedian Henny Youngman may enjoy this account of his "life and laughs" more than I did. I haven't seen much of him on television so may not be tuned to appreciate his kind of hum- or. I suspect that it is a brand of wit that is fast dying out and this may be a good thing. A few of his one-liners and puns were funny but 255 pages of I struggled through it but on the whole I felt the effort was a waste of time. EL8PBTH WALKER borhood, if you will. All good dogs, but look at them. Old Caesar, shepherd and collie, dozing out the last of his life on a doorstep in tto sunshine. A bull terrier from the house on the corner, a shy dog and a bit of a barker but pathetically grateful when you pat him. Judy from the next street, once a car chaser and the ter- or of postmen and milkmen, but reformed now. Tippy from next door, a little wooTy bag of unspecified breeds but probably the happiest of the lot, be- cause he has a bunch of kids to rough-house with. A wriggling, nameless, little black and- wnite puppy I've just had to cnase him out of my garden where he has a God given mission to dig up whatever I plant. All good dogs, all well fed and kindly looked after, but what a life for a dog! Let them loose for a run and they've no place to run to. If they make a mess on the sidewalk, the road- way or my lawn, where else have they got to make a mess? If you let them off the leash it's illegal; if you keep them on the leash they are in prison. The only ones with any pur- pose in life at all are the ones like Tippy with kids to look after and when the kids grow up what has the dog to do but loaf around the kitchen or gar- den and make a nuisance of himself? It's not the dog-haters but the dog lovers who ought to be trying to get rid of Van- couver's dogs. A dog in a city hasn't even a chance of lead- ing a decent dog's life- It comes hard I know it does but when I realized what city life does to a dog, I sent mine away. It seemed to be the only decent thing to do. "The national accounts fop the third quarter also reveal that real output in the econ- omy is rising. The pause in the growth of production of and services which marked the second quarter did not continue and latest information firms that the economy is raw advancing again although the advance would be stronger if major labor disputes were not in progress." In conclusion, Mr. Benson glowed as only a finance min- ister on budget night can. "I have no doubt that we as a nation will overcome what- ever difficulties present them- selves and keep the economy moving forward on a growth path with increasing momen- tum that will absorb our full human and material capacity. And with a little patience we can reach this goal without kindling the fires of inflation. In- vestors from all over the world are obviously willing to place their bets on Canada. My strong advice to Canadians ev- erywhere is that there is no better bet." The trouble with official ec- onomic analysis is that it does appear to suffer from time lags. In Eastern Canada the other day there was an earth taemor which was a surprise to most people when they read about it in newspapers together with the precise measurement on the Richter scale as report- ed by scientists. But the econ- omy was shaking in 1970; busi- ,ness profits were plummeting (a fact perhaps not unrelated to the subsequent persisting un- employment) and only in 1973 is recession verified by Statis- tics Canada. A possible explanation is that while we do have problems with recurring phenomena, the term "recession" has been retired from official use, except as a description of events which have passed. It has acquired over time an emotional content; it tends to upset people and impairs then- powers of posi- tive thought. It may also con- vey an impression of fallibility in government which would be clearly unfortunate when gov- ernment is steadily assuming a wide economic role. Thus while phenomena may appear familiar, terminology has been much improved. The mere fact that businessmen hurl themselves from their head of- fice windows is not today evi- dence of recession although ii may well indicate a "pause in the growth of production and which will be re- dressed in the next quarter. In longer perspective, how- ever, the term has retained its respectability or the lack of it; certainly its usefulness. For comparisons are always im- pressive as shown by the fact that any shortcoming of any sort at any time in Ottawa may be shown to be remarkable tes- timony to sound management when measured against the sorry performance of the out- side world. In the same way a three-year-old recession be- comes a splendid thing; the worse it was, the more awe- inspiring the subsequent recov- ery as described hi ministerial speeches. The historical findings of Sta- tistics Canada should also be of interest to the labor economists in Ottawa who busy themselves with weekly pronouncements on the state (usually lamentable) of our national affairs. It now appears that in the business of wizardry they did no better than Edgar Benson and in some respects fared worse. _ Thus Mr. Benson was quite clear in 1970 about cost-push in- flation although regrettably ov- er-confident of his ability to squeeze it. In contrast, the CLC thinkers were persuaded that wages had nothing to do with in- flation; profits were in such shape that the economy could absorb wage demands without imposing higher prices on the consuming public. It now turns out that, while the picture was variegated as usual, most in- dustries were being pinched. "Higher costs and particularly salaries and wages kept out- stripping price increases, re- sulting hi generally lower cor- poration profits compared with the previous year." In other words what we were warned would happen, happen- ed; primarily because the un- ions listened to their econom- ists or merely pursued their love affair with inflation re- gardless of consequences. The Uthbridge Herald Sw 7th St S., Letttondfie, Alberta UMHBRIDOfi HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1964, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Mcond MM (UflUtrttfen No. 0012 tne Canadian Prm Mid tht Canadian Dally AMOCNMIM MM Ww Avfllt Bvrtau or clrcvutlom CLEO W MOWERS, Cdltar Mid PuMMMT THOMAS H. Mmwgw DON PILLINO Managing Editor ROY P. MILES WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. IdttorM Mtttr IMi ;