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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE HERA1D Thursday, March 1, 1973 Let the taxpayer decide In spite of all (he dissent and up- roar over costs, shamateurism, Dra- peau's machinations and a lot miscellaneous fears and misgivings, there isn't much doubt the 1976 Sum- mer Olympic Games will take place as scheduled, in Montreal. The rest of. the world, or at least that part of it to which the Olympics matter at all, will think of the 1976 Games as being held in Canada, rath- er than in Montreal, just as they thought of the 1972 Games as being in Japan, or the 1956 Games in Aus- tralia. So, for Canadians, there really isn't much option; the Games must be properly financed and conducted, in a manner that will not. reflect dis- credit on Canada and Canadians. this costs us money and there doesn't seem much doubt about that, for all the protestations from Mon- .treal then so be it; we're stuck, and crying about it won't help. But having said that, there must be no misunderstanding about furth- er adventures of this kind, by M. Drapeau or anyone else. Next time some international extravag a n z a catches the eye of Canadian promot- ers there must be prior note that word, prior consultation with those who are most likely to end up with the bills to pay. If it can be demonstrated beyond any doubt whatsoever that the costs can be and will be borne by one city alone, then well and good; let that city decide on its own. But there is even the remotest possibility of a de- ficit to be picked up by the taxpayers as a whole, then there must be coun- trywide agreement about the venture. And there is only one agency that re- presents (after its fashion) the entire country, and that is the federal gov- ernment iii Ottawa. As far as the Olympics are concern- ed, that will require altering one of the rules of the International Olym- pic Committee, wliich requires that responsibility for the Games must be undertaken by a city, not by the country in which that city is located- History supports this notion, in that centuries ago the original games took place under the auspices of a single city. Also, it probably does help to minimize the effects of nation- alism, as those who revived the Games intended. But it fails to take into account the obvious fact that today the Games are wildly beyond the resources of any city. Not even Shanghai the largest, nor New York the richest, could singlehandedly fi- nance and operate the Summer Olym- pics, as they are staged today. So, if the 'Olympic Games are to be continued and there are begin- ning to be serious doubts about that will have to be under some dif- ferent arrangements. One of them will have to be that those who pay the piper shall at least have a say in picking the tune. Superhumans com ing? Modern technology may soon make it possible to give birth to a blonde, brunette or red-headed as the parents wish. Improved breeding technology is already underway with farm animals. In cows, sheep, and pigs, chemicals are now being used to bring on pub- erty earlier, to regulate female re productive cycles for fertilization at will and to produce groups of iden- tical quadruplets by splitting a newly- dividing egg cell into four parts. Agricultural scientists are also re- moving calves from wombs to bring them up in foster mothers, so an ori- ginal "super mother" breed can be made to produce a far greater num- ber of calves. All future calves then might be super calves from, super mothers artificially inseminated by carefully meted out bits of sperm from a few super bulls. Biomedical engineering may soon produce test tube babies, make it pos- sible to scrutinize and treat a baby in the womb and bring about a mod- ification in man's genes and chromo- somes. Methods already available could be applied such as making early screen- ing for many diseases and examina- tion of all babies in the womb com- pulsory to detect early signs of illness and to prevent birth defects. Biomedical engineers, meeting at the American Association for the Ad- vancement of Science in Washington, feel research has reached the point where advanced countries may need to consider rules to prevent techno- logical abuses, inadvertent or other- wise. They believe genetic manipula- tion in humans is a big wide-open field that is just coming of age. Future work could include the fer- tilization of female ova or egg cells in the test tube; in "coloning" or try- ing to produce large numbers of genetically identical twins and the possibility ot developing new forms of life wliich are superhuman or sub- human. Dr. Robert G. Martin, biochemist and specialist in chemical that carries the genetic recommended that research continue at a slow but steady pace in the hope that possibly some day society will come to grips with its technology. He cautioned not only about the ear- lier and easier forms of biochemical engineering, but also the farther off, true genetic manipulation. A similar word of caution has been issued by Professor Harold B. Breen, authority in technology and the law at George Washington University law centre, who said, "it is time for our society to ask itself whether we want to go through the door to the brave new world: to potentialities so un- settling that it is difficult even to think of them in a meaningful way." Because research on test tube bab- ies is international with the great- est push towards human results being made in England any effective restrictions would have to be multi- national. Rules governing further ex- perimentation, say the biomedical engineers, should not be government rules, but rather professional and moral ones that emerge from dis- cussions by all ranks of society. Most people realize, of course, that when medical science learns to do something, it mil be done no matter what restrictions are set. An object lesson By Ralph Himsl, superintendent of the J.ethbridgc. Catholic Scpaiate School District What happened on the last afternoon of the teachers' convention? Something pretty important, that's what! A lot of teachers grew a bit. It happened this way. On the last afternoon, the convention as- sembled in the gymnasium of the Lcth- bridge Collegiate Institute to learn about applications of transactional analysis in the classroom. Transactional analysis helps in the study of communications between people. The speaker for the afternoon has an international reputation for hi? work in the subject. But before he bad gotten very far into his talk on how to communicate, it became evident that he couldn't. Despite his obvious attraction to the subject, and its apparent value to an understanding of the teaching art, the speaker failed to stir the interest of the audience. Some teachers slipped out the side doors, and one, in eloquent statement of displea- sure, took a long walk up the middle aisle toward the speaker, and turned across tho front of tre hall to happier precincts out- side. Those who jemained, stirred restless- ly in their chairs, and breathed audible THINK WOW.? B6- AN EQUITABLE SETTUeMENT Letters Defends rural teachers In relation to the editorial, their autonomy to regional bar- Another strike threat, I would gainers. We have had to ac- like to correct some misconcep- cept the fact and h've with it lions. The editorial states that "Now, in addition to salary dif- ferences, issues include length of a new contract, allowances for principals and vice-princi- pals, pay while on sabbatical boards. But we don't" have to feel sorry for the boards because of it. Certainly a rural board will have little autonomy if it has to conform to tho contractual arrangements of 17 other leave These are not new That teachers wanted 9.1 issues. They have been in dis- per cent increase is true, but pule ever since the beginning of this increase is the total cost of negotiations. Releases to The a package including salaries Herald's education reporter will and fringe benefits, not salar- ies alone. Southern Alberta rural teachers are the- only major teacher group in the Gone with the budget wind By Maurice Western, Her aid Ottawa commentator OTTAWA As Robert servative interest in waste was vious that a good case is going bear this out. In addition, the reporter was given a copy of the teachers' submission to the conciliation board. Also, the question of sabbaticals was some contributions to the agreed upon long before the premiums of Alberta Health, last conciliation board met. I would suggest the updating of information in this area. The editorial implies that the ATA pulls the strings as to aries than ours. Many receive "whether or not a strike is call- 50 per cent and most receive a ed." This is not the case. No ATA negotiator may make any province who do not receive Cross or a life and dis- ability plan. Others receive up to 75 per cent of these premi- ums in addition to better sal- agreement with any board in good share. As to boards' ability to pay, no one would try to get more Stanfield observed in his speech last Friday, "we must deal with it (the budget) as a whole pack- age." The alternative policy de- veloped by the Conservatives must be dealt with in the same fashion. The Conservatives, after in apparently a transient phe- nomenon. Although the waste is evident enough, opposition con- cern with it has apparently gone with the budget winds. With Mr. Turner now converted (largely by flush revenues) to older Conservative notions of terminable months of hedging, higher benefits and lower taxes, have now come out for a 90 day Mr. Stanfield is now persuaded freeze on wages, prices, divi- dends and income, followed by a control period of 18 to 24 months. In Mr. Stanfield's view, such action is now justified by evidence that inflationary ex- pectations have reached levels which are seriously high. The last year (when the cash deficit argument is the more per- was the same proportions) suaave because it is endorsed was inadequate for the needs, although not for the first time) This accords no consideration by the Organization for Eco- whatsoever to the lime lag nornic Cooperation and Develop- which frequently confounds the begging in Ottawa for lack of advocates. Since the days when Edgar Benson indulged in amateur theatricals in the House of Commons, attempting to persuade the sceptics that his hands were as red as Macbeth's from supposedly murderous cuts, there has been no serious effort to curb expenditures. On relation to salaries without the out of the cup than it holds, consent of the members of the and this cup holds enough for regional economic policy, com- parity with other rural areas, miltee. These members solicit the opinions of the membership of their locals. Negotiations from initiation to conclusion ity of the boards to pay. It are controlled by the teachers would be a foolish negotiator at large. They decide the items of negotiation, accept or reject the awards of a conciliation commissioner or. board, vote to and some urban ones. Parity is not a new idea in this coun- try and it is based on the abil- apply for a strike vote, and vote on whether to go on strike or not. The only time they have no direct say is in the timing of the inadequacy of his own the contrary the size of the pub- of a strike, and this is decided prescriptions. A billion cash lie service has largely deficit will no longer do; add creased and expenditures have another billion. In pail the new Conservative argument proceeds from a be- lief that the Turner stimulus of ment in its latest report. experts. Vast injections of Mr. Stanfield charges that the money into the economy do not Liberal government has lost pp. necessarily produce immediate itical credibility by adopting in results. Often the full impact on large ireasure policies which it the price level is delayed, which ridiculed during the election is not lo say that it will not be campaign In their advocacy of sooner or later. Thus the controls, the Conservatives are second Turner prescription may attempting to expkn .their oh- well be more inflationary than rocketed as the government has become more and more bent on spending its way to prosperity. It is relatively easy to build in new costs and programs; it is another matter to get rid of them even when their value is suspect or exhausted. When subsidization, open or concealed, has become so gen- eral, it is well nigh certain that by a strike committee made up of elected local presidents and teacher appointed or elected representatives. Believe me, teachers have been very vocal in guiding negotiations to date, and that's as it should be. Tlie editorial states that city teachers settled for 6.2 per cent, the same increase offer- ed to rural teachers. I should like to point out that the trust- ees have never offered 6.2 per who didn't know what his em- ployer could afford. Rural counties have been put- ting education surpluses into their general funds for years. Until the last two years this money was unrecoverable for education purposes so that teachers in rural areas have been blamed for taxes that have either piled up or been spent for roads or equipment. Those teachers are tired of be- ing the scapegoats for taxes; now it's time to recover some of the 5.5 million surplus at- tested to by the audited finan- cial statements of the trusts ees. Trustees reason that rural teachers should not have par- ity with city teachers because much of it is wasted. Why cent. This figure is a concilia- they live in the country. By should Peter pay Paul when Paul pays Peter, both payments being made possible only through elaborate organizations involving heavy administrative costs'! The best way to spare the taxpayer and consumer tion board award which the the same reasoning one might trustees grudgingly accepted, suggest that trustees receive In addition, a 6.2 per cent in- crease on a Lethbridge salary Jhe fi-S' but tWs is n0t not economic credibility which they to satisfy the Conservative crit- increase expenditures but the ics. lacked before. But it is necessary, as the Op- The imposition of controls Is position Leader sensibly argues, s to deal with the Conservatives (except in iso- lated cases, such as that of In- 10 formation Canada) seem in- Unfortunately for" their credt much all experience capable of making the argu- snown -rfcey caimot be ex- ment. If the budget is insufficient to whet inflationary expectations U1K uc-ii in the country, the Conservative of all worlds and to ulease ev- "wno are in a posi- performance should make up erybody, they are spurning the to make objective assess-......-..... possible for the unattainable ments'. loiicaiiauBj wltn the advice that the government should cut back on two to three cents per pound less for their cattle than corn- is much more than a 6.2 per mercial feeders who operate from or near cities. MEL SPACEMAN ATA Communications for Southern Alberta Rural cent increase on a rural sal- ary! As to local autonomy, the loss is neither a teacher desire nor burden. The local boards themselves decided to give up Lethbridge. Teachers. Tribute to Cousins On January 6, 1932 my Grade bination of vast patience and and, 'in the process, wrecking what ought to be a compelling amnIaUw meagures According to much opinion, including Conservative opinion, we are suffering from cost-push inflation with the government insisting, on the other, that the as the chief pusher. (There is neat mus' turnip up in order to generate more price pres- sure. Mr. Stanfield's "whole It is utterly contradictory to argue, on the one hand, for a for the inadequacy. With the major parties both committed to inflation, the taxpayer cannot reasonably expect anything from David Lewis. According to his view it is a "crime11 that the government "did not have 6 teacher in Coleman wrote the following in my little 25 cent autograph book and I quote: certainly no particular con- solation in the latest word from Statistics Canada; in January package" would probably dis- credit in short order the very controls which he advocates Never has it been more ob- the general wholesale index niuved up 2.5 per cent and this includes many nonfood groups; a generally persuasive ar- for example wood products up gument. 2.3 per As the Turner budget is based on a huge in- crease in government spending, estimates, it might be expected to encounter fierce criticism especially as Robert Stanfield, in a pro-budget signal to the minister set out a three-point olle of Ule nation's "railroads plan including.elimination of has appealed to the company lat in spending to show that Joyaity workers to help solve thc Incredibly, the signal hag lost malerials' been virtually ignored by Mr. "I" course of a normal Stanfield himself. The Con- working asks the Rock lid on the inflationary pot while sufficient guts and imagination p to pour at least another billion dollars into the economy." He made it clear in the same speech, however, that he would vote for crime, if not with a light heart at least from a sense of duty. It should be a great year for Inflation. In our politics, it has nothing but friends. his fine Welsh tenor voice he managed to teach the majority of us the fundamentals of rec- 'The reason why teachers ognizing and sounding out our are always remembered: Doh-Ray-Mes. The highlight of our day was a chapter from Penrod, who for this pupil at least far surpassed Tom Sawyer or Huck Film in his misadventures. I think I can give the reader all the The evil that men do Eves after them, The good is oft interred with their bones." (Julius Caesar) The signature is that of Wil- liam James Cousins. How nice it is to know that in this case the good that this man has done is to be acknowledged by way of an honorary doctorate credit. We in the Crowsnest Pass owe this man so much. He has devoted so much of Ms time and research into our from the University Leth- little corner of the world. I'm Extravagant waste By Don Oakley, NBA service The employee magazine of relief when the speaker announced the end of the affair. An analysis (not transactional please) of what took place reveals the importance of session of the convention. The speak- er dealt with s subject of interest to him; he spoke from a text laden with definitions; he had it all worked out in a structure clear to him. He "covered" a lot of sub- ject matter. But the audience could not intereact with him because of the situa- tion register" to use his unfortunate In short, ho lectured to the teach- ers, and they rejected the technique! Some walked out; others stayed and squirmed. Many at that session of the convention looked as inio a mirror. They saw reflect- ed there a somewhat familiar image. They saw a knowledgeable person, interested in an important subject. He chose a method of presentation which failed to convey any knowledge, interest or importance to his listeners. He talked about his topic. B'or a whole hour (imagine we teach- ers sat like students often sit before us. P'acing him. Try.ig to listen. Unr.ble to re- spond. Restless. And we didn't like it. That's what happened on the last after- noon of tho teachers' convention. "I'm not aga'risf women's lib, dear, but calling you o 'fiteftmn' just swais iuMil" Island how many times has one noticed a spikes, some rail an- chors or the plates rusting away in the weeds? Or empty 65-gallon drums collecting wa- ter and debris? Or oxygen or acetylene tanks that haven't been moved in years? Or an. air hose that has been dropped and To make employees more cost conscious, the purchasing department has distributed czrds listing some common items and their prices. A single track spike, for in- stance, costs only 11 cents "But if you multiply that 11 cents by several hundred spikes thrown away, lost or just left behind at a job scene, the figure starts to mushroom." Indubitably. And if this com- pany is typical of others in its business, it's no wonder the na- tion's rail system is In such straits as it is today. There is such a thing as in- ventory control, whereby you keep an account of every Item purchased and checked out to employees. Rather than rely- ing on their good nature to round up discarded materials, you simply do not permit them to lose or throw away the mat- erials in the first place. The military services, per- haps, can get away with tha careless waste of equipment. They are spared the burden of prudent management because they can dip freely Into the bottomless pocket of the tax- payer. Not so the railroads. Not yet, anyway. bridge. I well remember that class- room of over 40 pupils. There was no specialized teaching or teacher's aides in those days. Not only did we have our usual subjects but one comer of the blackboaifl was desig- nated for music. Mr. Cousins had his bars and notes drawn so very neatly and with a com- sure he knows all there is to know historically about this area. This former pupil would like to say "Thank you, Jim Cous- ins, for being the kind of teacher we remember with deep respect and affetuon." J1HS. JOHN PIERZCHALA Osa Ramsay) Hillcrest. Lethbridge praised (Reprintefl front (he Kclowna Courier) was so clean was because the merchants took enough pride in The editorial concerning the their stores to see that the side- beautification of Kelowna and walks in front were kept clean, area is certainly very timely The city also used a machine and one wonders why such de- to wash and sweep the road- terioration has been allowed to way. Judging by the present go on. The suggestion of boule- fatly appearance of the Ber- vard trees throughout the city nard Ave. shopping area, the causes me to remember the merchants scorn the use of the South Alberta city I lived in broom and the city hasn't heard (Lethbridge) before coming to of the machine that washes and Kelowna. There, In spite of the sweeps roadways, hazards of severe winters, lo say nothing of the capricious- ness of Chinook winds, there were wide, tree-lined boulevards in residential areas nnd clean streets downtown. Lest you say, "Ah, but the Chinook blows in and carries I realize that in your deni- grating comparison you were probably referring to the histo- ical Badlands around the Hanna area. The South Alberta City of Lethbridge could serve as an example of what can be dons to beautify a city comparable all the lifter through to the 'Hat in size to the City of Kelowna. let me assure you that the reason the downtown area MARGARET HORNSBY Kelowna The LetKbndge Herald 504 7th St. Lethbridge, Allxrla LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 -1951, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Man Registration No. 0012 Member of 'he Canaifan Press the Canadian Dally Newspaper Association and The Audit Bureau of CLEO w. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAi K. WALKER Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE ;