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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta �IHIOIMM.S HI Dubious exemption An exemption has been made to a dress requirement for visitors to the galleries of the House of Commons. Male Indians will not be required to wear jackets and ties, as will continue to be the case with other men. This change of rules has come about in consequence of an incident when three native people from the Rocky Mountain constituency were denied access to the galleries. MP Joe Clark successfully argued that his constituents should be permitted to enter the galleries in the clothing which they customarily wear. To make an exemption only for native people in this matter is a dubious tiling. There are many other men in Canada who never wear jackets and ties; for some, in religious groups, it may even be a matter of principle to go so unadorned. While it is important to observe some proprieties in the House of Commons that does not mean a sterile uniformity must be imposed on what male visitors wear in the galleries. It is good to get a ruling that customary dress can be accepted. To have this ruling apply only to Indians, however, needs questioning. Native people are citizens of Canada. They have not always enjoyed equal rights, but extending to them extra rights is not the way to redress the wrong. In fact, it may well be the perpetuation of what has been wrong all along. Singling out a special racial or national group for exemptions carries a patronizing implication - an attitude from which the native people are in desperate need of deliverance. Let the dress rule disappear entirely rather than make Indian men feel discriminated against by an exception that can easily be interpreted as patronizing. Fight noise Many people feel quietness and weakness are synonymous. A quiet lawnmower was recently withdrawn from the market due to the myth noisy models are more powerful and efficient. A "whisper" quiet vacuum also failed because housewives associate less noise with a minimum of cleaning power. Unwanted noise is ruining the quality of human life and damaging the health of millions of people. In industrialized nations people are slowly becoming deaf without realizing it. This insidious process caused by high-intensity noise emanates chiefly from machinery. Most of it is unnecessary. According to Theodore Berland in the Smithsonian ^Magazine, prolonged noise can damage the heart, increase cholesterol and raise blood pressure. Even moderate noise impedes circulation by constricting blood vessels while causing the brain's blood vessels to dilate, contributing to headaches. A National Research Council study shows that traffic noises bring a sleeper up from the deep dream-level needed for good mental health to an alert level where the brain monitors sounds. People seem to think life has to be noisy and assume they can do nothing about combating it. They don't realize consumers' demands can force manufacturers to produce quieter machines and city streets would be quieter if residents invoked the noise bylaw. Formulated to protect residents from unnecessary noise the bylaw stipulates a driver is violating the law if he operates a vehicle "in such a way as to unduly disturb the residents of a street." City police apprehend and impose a $25 fine on noisy motorists. Racing motorists and those with noisy mufflers must face court appearance and a fine up to $75. The police appreciate residents' reports of irresponsible driving. Even if the licence number can't be furnished a description of the offending vehicle is helpful and results in the setting up of radar traps and surveillance of the named area. In most cases the culprit is apprehended. The next time sleep is distrubed by a gunning motorist it is worth remembering there is something that can be done about it. RUSSELL BAKER Nopersonclature WASHINGTON - Cummings is the soul of frivolity. Nothing is serious to him. Nothing even sacred. The lightest of causes cannot squelch his childishness. Just a moment ago be popped into the office here, mind giggling over the belated discovery that in the feminist movement a chairman is usually called a chairperson. "Chauvinists giggled themselves out over that months ago, Cummings," I explained. "A perfectly understandable attempt by women to break out of the prison of words, that old Baconian idyll. And why should they not? Why should women's brow be pressed with this crown of suffixed man?" Why should she be crucified upon a cross of English?" Childish eyes glittering behind thick spectacles, Cummings said, "Exactly! Sexism must be hounded out of the tongue. Replacing murdered chairman with chairperson merely points the way." "We made that joke last summer, Cummings. About calling a policeperson, forgetting to tip the doorperson, paying the milkperson, complaining about the bill from the TV repairperson. Even then it was a one-liner, and not funny if you were really committed to the movement. Not funny at all." "Have you read "The Caine Mutiny' by Herperson Wouk?" asked Cummings. "Don't tempt me, Cummings," "Which play do your prefer?" asked Cummings. " 'Everyperson' or 'The Ice-person Cometh?'" "Neither one. 'Death of a Salesperson' is far superior." "Ah, yes," said Cummings. "Good old Willie Loperson." "Cut, Cummings! Cut!" "Have you read Alfred Noyes' poem, 'The Highwayperson," lately? Or the work of Gerard Personley Hopkins?" "I haven't even thought of Hopkins since that summer in Geneva in the sunlight on the banks of Lac Leperson." "Don't abandon poetry," said Cummings. "Remember, person does not live by bread alone." "Still, the proper study of personkind is person, Cummings. Poetry in moderation is fine, but I find it more profitable, more feet-on-tihe-ground, to spend my time contemplating Avereli Harriperson, Harry Tru-person, Ethel Merperson and Baron Per-sonfred von Riehthofen. To study the paperwork empires being built by those two dynamic presidential aides, John Ehrl-iebperson and H. R. Haldeperson. I am saddened to reflect how rarely such em- pires can be built by hard personal labor." "It is depressing thoughts like that," said Cummings, "that gave rise to the violence of the Weatherpersons. Take my advice. When you begin to brood about Haldeperson, the futility of personal labor and the Weatherpersons, warm up the phonograph, put on Benny Goodperson playing 'In old Personhattan' or 'Can't help lov-in' that Person of Mine', sip a little glass of Persondschevity, and you'll lose that murderous impulse to rush into the streets shouting, 'Yo bo ho and a bottle of rum, Fifteen persons on a dead person's chest' " "That's not my style, Cummings. I prefer listening to Bizet's 'Carpersons' or strumming 'Come you back to persondal-ay' on my persondolin. Afterwards I eat a little personicotti and sip some creme de personsthe, and then go out for a long walk with a dog who, as you know, is person's best friend, or perhaps drop by my barber's for a personicure." "For relaxing," said Cummings, "give me sports every time, or history. I never tire of reading about the winning of Per-son-O-War and about how Tunney beat the Personassas Mauler on the long count. The stories of the Ottoperson empire or Sul-eiperson the Magnificent never fail to-". "Personally, I prefer the Roperson Empire among the old-timers. But the more modern stuff is best - the creation of the Gerperson state, Lincoln's epersoncipation proclamation which freed persons from their chains and personacles, the expansion of American personufacture which improved the lot of all personkind, in the process producing such books as "The Personchurian Candidate" and Steinbeck's "Or Mice and Persons," as well as great paintings by artists like Eduoard Per-sonet, and such great newspapers as "The Personchester Guardian." "You're talking like a personiac," said Cummings. "Like - per - you know! Where's your personners, person? You've been personip-ulating me! I must get back to serious thinking about the president's persondate, the persontel of greatness, penpersonship, oneupspersonship, the decline of the praying persontis, Persondrake the Magician and whether the presid^icy is still attainable by Governor Rockefeller." "You mean Governor Rockefolk," said Cummings. , "A-persons." On the Hill JOE CLARK, MP for Rocky Moutain "Of course, you can't believe everything you read in the papers!" � Fear replaced by discontent By Dave Hnmpfe.-eys, Herald London commentator LONDON - "All change . . . all change," cried the platform attendant at Clapham Junction, as the 8:44 from suburban Barnes to Waterloo station drew up for its usual stop. Instead of travelling tl its destination with hundreds of commuters, it stopped five minutes and one station away and a minor functionary of British Rail herded stockbrokers, civil servants and all through the underpass to another platform where, with a bit of British luck, they might catch another more crowded train in a few minutes. They obeyed and went quietly. As anyone who has lived here for three years knows, such incidents are not isolated. Industrial action causing vast inconvenience to the public is common. Now during what one paper dubbed "the Bashing of Britain Week" it has reached its highest level probably since the general strike of 1926. The rail and underground train drivers are joined by civil servants, teachers, car workers, gas workers and hospital ancillary staff. The day after the civil servants were inconvenienced by the train stopping in the wrong place, they took their pounds of flesh out of a patient public by striking themselves. The airports were chaotic, to give only one consequence. As the list grows, obviously including larger and larger sections of the wider public, even experienced British watchers ask what they are trying to prove. Now a combination of public disruptions replaces the customary rotation system. In the good old days, Mr. Citizen merely ran the risk of being late for work. This week he also may not be able to send his child to school or make his business trip by air or rail to Edinburgh. And his wife may have to cook without gas. His elderly mother may be frightened about the dangers of falling gas pressure she knows nothing about. Since the electricity strike a year ago, many British house- holds keep candles stocked on every floor - just in case. House wives have responded well to appeals to reduce gas, using one of the many recipes the papers have published for one-burner stews and the like. Do the British actually enjoy these sieges? Whatever massive precautions are in order for feared disruptions, they respond with a fortitude reminiscent of darker war days when, as everyone knows, they were at their best. Several Britons have denied any such answer. If anyone revelled on the troubles it was the press which published all those recipes and help-your-neighbor checklists rather than the people affected. A conscientious welding foreman near Manchester said inconvenience would last as long as the grave social inequities. His father-in-law, like many of the elderly, shook his head as he watched "the telly" and wondered what this country is coming to. Each of the striking groups this time around believes it has a case for special treatment. It is staking its claim in advance for any gravy available during the government's stage - two restrictions on prices and income, now in committee stage before parliament. The government plans boards to regulate prices, wages and food costs - the harshest controls since post-war rationing. The wage board will be expected to examine each pay claim in relation to industry as a whole. Thus legitimate anomalies are expected to be set right. They undoubtedly exist, and any significant reduction in them would provide the foundation for the one nation which has been lacking except in some ministers' rhetoric. The brilliant Sunday Telegraph columnist, Peregrine Worsthorne, who leans sharply to the right politically, wrote recently the 1930s has been sufficient to remove restraints of c 1972 tf NEA, Inc. "Do you nave something that's NOT 'Made in lapmT fear and deference but not nearly enough to induce contentment. "This was neyer really a genuine possibility. Barring some miraculous acceleration of economic growth wholly beyond rational expectations, there was never any chance of the great majority of workers enjoying a standard of living which would satisfy permanently their aspirations; or that differentials could be reduced to a point where greed and envy no longer applied . . . The point is that a basic wage of $50-whatever the take-home packet may be-is not enough to produce a bourgeois reaction of responsible restraint." The Heath government unfortunately during its first two years failed to perceive the need for a blueprint of social justice. Instead it concentrated on legislation for union reform shattering the consensus which previous post-war governments upheld. It simultaneously pursued its vision of Europe, with consequental initial sharp increases in the cost of living. The cost of food has risen 25 per cent since 1970. The standard of living measured by real personal disposable income after taxes and fringe payments rose last year by about seven per cent. When the aircraft fly they carry more Britons than ever to Palma and such Mediterranean pleasure spots, and when told about an honor box system during the customs strike, a passenger comments, "If only I had known I would have brought back as much gin and Bacardi as I could carry!" These are incidental items in the nation's scramble for the goodies of affluence. Cynicism that is mutual between public and politicians has been reflected in the major parties' uphill struggle in recent by-elections. Apart from strikes and inflation, people talk about Concorde and pornography, the liveliest public issues this winter. Should not the $1,200 million spent on a dubious supersonic aircraft have been applied more effectively? The unions representing that industry don't think so. American refusal to buy wounds national pride, convincing patriots it is a plot to allow U.S. technology to catch up with British leadership. Soho porn shops, insensitive television producers, and the movies, ensure an endless argument about the lengths of permissiveness. Someone suggested the average worker is too busy cleaning his car on Sunday afternoon to worry about national issues. History shows the British worker is not a revolutionary. Various left - wing extremists never give up hope that history can be overcome. But statesmanship Is alive. Prime Minister Edward Heath offers the unions every hope of a just solution short of backing away from the incomes policy his administration depends on. Opposition Leader Harold Wilson promises constmicttive rather than obstructive tactics in parliament. Individual union leaders make their public cry but stop well short of an organized confrontation. Mr., Heath has abandoned his carefully-drawn plans and visions in favor of something the British are better k n o w n for - muddling through. The new question this time is whether muddling with a European dimension will work. The throne speech debate of Parliament is one of the two main opportunities for new members to speak about the special problems and attractions of their constituencies. Usually, the other opportunity is In the budget debate. In an uncertain Parliament like this, the budget debate is also one of the few opportunities an oppostiion party, which intends to become the government, to set forward some of its alternative aproaehes to economic goals and policy. So the official Opposition "organized" Us participation in the recent debate on Mr. Turner's budget. The principal speakers were' Bob Stanfield; Marcel Lambert of Edmonton who has been Opposition finance critic for some time; and Jim Gillies,' MP from Toronto, an economist and former head of York University's school of business administration. They concentrated on proposals to stimulate greater growth and jobs, and to place some formal limits on inflation. As chairman of the Progressive Conservative caucus committee on youth, I took responsibility for suggesting changes in budget and related policy towards younger Canadians. A striking fact about unemployment in Canada today is that some 45 per cent of the people unemployed are under the age of 24. The percentage has been that high for the last few years, and the Economic Council of Canada, and others, have described it as a special problem, requiring a special response. The government has brought In youth programs. The best example is Oportunities for Youth. But OFY last year employed only about 3,000 non-students, for the summer; in January, 1973, there were 300,000 non-students registered as unemployed. Anyway, OFY is only incidentally an employment program; its major purpose is to encourage new ideas and local participation. The LIP program has found jobs for some young people - 37,000 last year. But statistics prove that LIP is" more effective at finding jobs for older workers than it is for the young. Various agencies have tug* gested special programs tohelp young Canadians either find jobs now, or become better prepared for the labor market. One proposal, which my party approves as an interim measure, is to establish a Canadian youth employment directorate, which would treat youth employment as a special problem. It would focus particular ^ attention on the adequacy of counselling and education systems, and gather information on the effects of transient work and inexperience which contribute to the high rate of youth unemployment.  \ . , � Another proposal is to begin meetings immediately with the provinces to reform the present chaos in counselling and social assistance services available to young Canadians out-of-work. Surprisingly, neither these initiatives, nor others like them, have been taken. When I questioned the prime minister about youth employment, before the budget, he indicated the budget would deal with the problem. It didn't. There are two especially serious aspects to youth unemployment in Canada today. The first is that the proportion of young people out of work is higher than for other age groups. The second is the high social cost of taking. people, at the start of what should be their working careers, and telling them that there is no work to do. They will lose incentive to work, and become accustomed to welfare. The debate about youth employment can become highly emotional. Some critics claim that young people don't want to work. However, the Canadian Council on Social Development, aii expert and non-partisan national body, with headquarters in Ottawa, ran extensive surveys of people under 24 who had been forced to go on welfare. They found the great majority wanted to get off welfare, and go to work. The problem is to create conditions across Canada where there is enough work to do, for the 300, 000 Canadians under 24 who were looking for jobs in January. Letters Sense of humor? I would like to raise a few points regarding the letter from the Oardston taxpayer who was so very upset at the dreary act of vandalism committed by some LCC students, who removed toilet seats from the U of L. to raise money for char-ity. This was not a plain case of theft. There was no intent to keep the toilet seats. Thieves would not have had their pictures In the paper with the stolen goods. Dorothy Gooder school now has 36 more useful dollars, the toilet seats are back and some people had fun while achieving this (much to the disgruntlement of Mr. Taxpayer I'm sure). The writer questions the intelligence of these students. I question the intelligence of a man who would prosecute the few people who had enough in- itiative to carry out s scheme that did some good. I don't know if this taxpayer ever had a sense of humor or imagination, but if he did he se<*^i to have lost both, along wiui a good deal of reasoning power. There is a difference between extreme permissiveness, and the removal of sensible, stifling rules from our society that impede creative thinking and make life dreary. I thank my lucky stars that most people like Mr. Taxpayer never get to positions of power and responsibility. I'm sure that had he been Chief Regional Supervisor in charge of University toilet seats at the time, Dorothy Gooder School would be 36 dollars poorer now, and some well-meaning students would be behind bars. SANDRO CHISTE Lethbridge. Keep power plant We have been told every year what a good money earner our power plant has been. Now we learn it is worn out and we should give it away, and let Calgary Power take over. I wonder why city council cannot remember how we fared when Calgary Power had our plant on lease, and we were more in the dark than ever. We kept an oil lamp on the table all the time. Mr. Watson our first city manager fought hard to get it back, and wo have had good service ever since, Why not keep it that way? Surely no one will kick about keeping our power plant up to date. Mr. Watson wanted the city fathers in 1920 to expand the plant and sell power to the towns round about us, but they would not go along with him. There was no Calgary Power in the south at that time. If Calgary Power did take over they would not build a plant here as coal is more plentiful in the Crowsnest Pass and we would still have long lines to contend with. So let us keep our power plant and not be in the dark and thanks to the Lethbridge Herald for keeping us informed. Lethbridge. J. F. LOGAN The Lethbridge Herald S04 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1903-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Clan Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Pre�� and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publlahara' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. AOAMSt General Manager CON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES OOUGLA4 K. WALKER Mvertlslng Manager editorial Page Editor THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH* ;