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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Marth 5, 1973 THE LE1HBRIDG1 HHAIO S Food prices still rising Meals without meat may be next NEW YORK (CP) United States food prices are rising at their fastest pace in a gener- ation but all the government can offer the harried American housewife by way of succor are suggeslions that she plant a vic- tory garden and plan meatless meals. Latest government figures show that the retail cost of gro- ceries for a typical famiy jumped by per cent in January as a result of substan- tially higher prices for beef, pork, poultry, eggs and fresh vegetables. That gloomy report was fol- lowed by another from the agri culture department advising that farm prices, led by further increases for meat animals, went up three per cent in tlie month ended Feb. 15 and aver- aged 22 per cent more than year ago. The farm price report made no mention of retail food prices the increase signalled fur- Iher pressure on consumer budgets and on government at- tempts to hold down prices at the supermarket. A New York shojjjL'r turning to chicken to balance off the higher prices for steaks and chops found that the price of chicken had jumped 12 per cent 55 cents a pound from 49 cents. She settled for a can of tuna fish instead. The steady rise of wholesale food prices over the last year sharply illustrates the con- sumers dilemma. Since Febru- ary, 1972, wheat has gone up 57 per cent, hogs 49, pork bellies (bacon) 47, egs 46, chicken 46, coffee 40 and flour 33 per cent. The rise is reflected in restau- rants. A popular hamburger chain raised the price of its double-burger five cents. In New England, Howard John- son's restaurants dropped its Wednesday-night, all-you-can- eat fish fry for and substi- tuted a "deep sea" dinner at -and limited it to second helpings only. v For the whole of 1973, the ag- riculture department predicts an increase of six per cent in food prices, the biggest one- year gain since the inflationary Korean war days. That would compare with a 4.3-per-cent in- crease in which mosl American consumers thought was bad enough. Administration and food duslry officials began warning last fall that a price rise wouk occur this spring, with no gen- eral relief until- summer or eary fall. The government says t is proposing steps to encour- age increased farm production, )ut the harvest is months away. The government also lifted quotas on imports of foreign meats. Government spokesmen offer little other encouragement for consumers rummaging through supermarket counters for bar- gains. Labor Secretary Peter J. Brennan suggested that victory backyard plan- tings used during the Second World War to increase the food help drive down food prices. He told a news conference he planned to ask his wife to start one at their Long Island borne. Arthur F. Burns, chairman o: lie Federal Reserve Board and one of Nixon's right-hand men n the fight against inflation, las proposed that housewives put the family on one meatless day a week. George Meany, president of :he powerful AFL-CIO labor or- janization, squelched that like said warned that Amer- ican labor will push for substan- tial wage increases this year if the price rise is not halted. Nixon himself is reported to have suggested Americans eat more fish, which prompted consumer to ask, in a letter to The New York Times, whether the president was' really serious at a time when tilet of sole going at a-pound, salmon at and the lowly haddock at APPLIANCES 606-608 3rd Avenue S. Phone 327-5767 Presents Injured worker removed A constrjdion worker is carried to an ambulance ofter he was injured after a con- struction crane crashed through the top few stories of a partially completed high- rise apartment building at Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia. Officials said six people are known dead and many more Injured. Quality and Dependability Since 190B S-T-R-E-T-C-H AND SEW FABRICS 475 Holiday Village Phone 328-7343 ENROLL NOW BASIC 8 Mon., Mar. p.m. Sat., Mar. 24, 9-11 am MEN'S PANTS Wed., Mar. p.m Man., Mar. 19-1 3 p.m. FREE DEMONSTRATION Every Saturday 3 to 4 p.m. Pant Skirt or Kelly Skirl New Spring Fabrics Jitwa Just Arrived Many Metropolitan VIC recipients not eligible? OTTAWA (CP) Between 65 and TO per cant of unem- ployment insurance recipients investigated in Metropolitan To- ronto and Hamiton win likely be disqualified, a spokesman for the Unemployment Insur- ance Commission (UIC) said to- day. The investigation was carried out during January and Febru- ary among 17 or 18 skill groups for which there was a supply of jobs avaiable with a large sup- ply of qualified people on unem- ployment insurance. "The relationship between the unemployed persons original job, the job he is looking for and the job we expect him to take remains the spokesman said. "We dont expect him to ac- cept a job that pays less than he received before." The Toronto area invesliga- and up INCOME TAX RETURNS prepared by computer Sef up especially for 1he typical Canadian fam- ily, Benefidal's Income Tatf Service is fully com- puterized. Your tax return information is calcu- lated and triple-checked for the lowest fax by one of Canada's most modern computer serv- ices ..especiallyprogrammedlodoyourlaxes. Act. Now. Avoid the rush. Call the Beneficial Finance office near you, or just drop in. You're good for more at Beneficial Beneficial IncomeTax Service Finance Co. Anniversary 1933-1973 CORNER 4TH AVE. 6TH ST., LETHBRIDCE Vacuum dry principle Safety push to start button Durable press cycle 5 year warranty orv permacote drum 2 year over-all warranty CONVENIENT TERMS AVAILABLE! OPEN Till 9 P.M. THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHi: APPLIANCES 608 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-5767 ;