Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 tHE UTHBRIDGE KERAID Thursday, Moreh 15, W3 Libelling South Albertans A libel has been committee! against tlie people of Southern Alberta. They have been representated in the pro- vincial legislature as bigolted or worse, of thinking twisted thoughts of riots and burnings. Speaking during debate on a bill to establish an agricultural land- use forum, opposition members notably Mr. Gordon Taylor of Drum- heller and Sir. Roy Wilson of Calgary Bow used every rhetorical trick of misdirection and smear to imply that Southern Albertans are so chok- ed with emotion and the repeal the Communal Properties Act, so terrified of being engulfed in a Hutterian takeover, that this part of the province could erupt in horror and violence any time. Mssrs. Taylor and Wilson were not .without support in their views; other members of the opposition also used dubious tactics and ploys in their patently partisan attempts to irritate the government, whether or not they understood or cared about what it was attempting. But other speak- ers at least kept the tenor of their re- marks within the normal (sic) range of sophistry and innuendo that char- acterizes kiiee-jerk opposition politics. To weep crocodile tears over the educational plight of Hutterite chil- dren or the unliberated state of Hut- terite women; to denigrate all Hut- terites for not joining Canada's armed forces in time of war; to blame a communal life-style for the continent- wide dwindling of small towns; all these display crass ignorance, and a penchant for dirty politics. To draw a parallel between the be- liefs of the Hutterian Brethren and Russian Communism crosses the line between decency and indecency. To attempt or even to risk inflaming people, to implant triughts of riots and burnings in their heads, by raising the spectre of violence and insurrection, and hinting at ac- tions similar to Watts, Northern Ire- land or the Hegina riots, is at best shameful, at worst criminally irres- ponsible. South era Albertans apparently with a few sad exceptions are not people who resort to violence, over communal property or anything else. All some of them have to be asham- ed of and again it is only very few is fostering discrimination against Hutterites in some school children by granting special holidays for anti-Hutterite protests. In the legislature the other day Hon. David Russell, minister of mun- icipal affairs, said "Mr. Speaker, as of March 1 (1973) all citizens within the province are now treated abso- lutely equal with respect to land sales and purchases." It is to the lasting credit of this government that it is that way. Thank God it is that way. And may it for- ever stay that way. Sharing Rover's dish The report of the two Oklahoma State University students eating clog food and dog biscuits in an effort to gain low-cost nutrition is Lesa shocking today than a few years ago. With spiralling meat prices it is un- derstandable that consumers search for substitutes. The prospect of a shortage in Can- ada for the next 10 years, has brought predictions that Canadians will be paying more for meat per- haps on a par with other countries where prices are mind shattering. Round steak, is currently selling for per pound in Paris and expected to reach ?4 per pound by the end of the year. But the price rise isn't limited to meat alone. Retail figures show that the cost of groceries for a typical family jumped 2.7 per cent in Jan- uary as a result of the substantially higher prices for beef, pork, poultry, eggs and fresh vegetables. An in- crease of six per cent in food prices is predicted for this year, the big- gest one year gain since the inflation- ary Korean war days. Housewives are turning to cheese and fish as a main dish in an effort to provide nutrition while combating inflationary food prices. It has been suggested that the popular backyard victory gardens, so prevalent during the Second World War, be re-intro- duced to help ease the pocketbook strain. Despite the fact Ottawa veterinar- ian Dr. E. J. Pallister says, "There's nothing wrong with dog food and it is so nutritious a person could live on it the majority of. peo- ple would find it offensive. Regula- tions governing its production are strict and its protein-content high but dog food does contain the type of meat the public has decided isn't proper for human consumption such as horse meat, lung and mam- many tissue. While some may claim a dog food meat loaf, topped with tomatoes and onions can't be distinguished from one made with hamburger, most people would choose to stretch the hamburger content to the limit rather than share Rover's dish. Believe it or not By S. B. Tain, free-lance writer Schoolteacher Miss Dedicated, of the Doomsday Elementary School, has never missed one day of work during 40 years of teaching service. Although she has suf- fered many severe attacks of laryngitis, pneumonia and contagious psychosis of the knees, ahe has always staggered to school like a true professional. Unfortunately, Miss Dedicated's colleag- ues who started teaching at Doomsday with her are no longer available to help celebrate her unique achievement. They have all died or accepted breakdown pen- sions due to severe attacks of laryngitis, pneumonia, and contagious psychosis of the knees. A student in our local school system is actually receiving individualized instruc- tion. Deadnut Cuckoo of the Western Cal- amity High School, is getting daily coach- ing, adjusted to his personally identified needs, in English usage. Deadnut's devoted teacher is his father, Dr. Cuckoo, counsellor at the Hopeless Jun- ior High School. "He just gotta graduate from Calamity before he's growled Cuckoo. "He added the learned pedagogue, "that I gotta learn him real proper if he wants to become a teacher like what I done." A supervisor from, the school board cen- tral office was actually seen teaching a class of students for over one hour. This amazing event took place at the Waste- makers1 Experimental elementary School. It was witnessed and verified by the project administrative staff who had just finished an all morning meeting trying to decide what they should meet about in the after- noon. The supervisor wandered into a classroom but the teacher had just left the room to complain about the broken lock on the classroom door. The supervisor slammed the door behind her, and discovered to her horror that she was trapped in the class- mom with 44 students. It was one hour before the classroom door could be fixed. The lock has now been repaired but the supervisor is still hospitalized in a state of severe shock. Trustees have ordered a top level inquiry info this serious incident. A school trustee was actually seen talk- Ing to teachers and students in one of our public schools. It is believed that this is the first time an unsupervised school trus- tee has been allowed inside a school class- room. This unique accident happened as follows. Trustee Simpleton was walking to the local stockyard to buy his beef. He absent- mindedly wandered into the local school confusing the noise and turmoil of that establishment for the din of the local stock- yard. Mr. Coverup, principal of the Dead- ivood Elementary School, has cross-ex- amined all teachers and students at his school to make sure that nothing was said which would lead the trustee to suspect what is actually going on in the school. A teacher who queried some of the in- novations imposed on schools by central office personnel has received promotion. Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Projects, said in a press release, "The promotion of class teacher, Mr. Honesty, to a school principalship, shows that central office per- sonnel bear no malice to those who ques- tion their brilliant schemes." The promotion Mr. Honesty received was fo the principalship of the one room, all grade colony school, in Death Valley which is'about 37 miles by .gravel road northeast of the city. "If he leaves home by five in the morning he should make it to school in chortled Dr. Projects. The above shows that the truth is often more horrible than fiction In our public school systems. "We have overpopulafed the world, used up all our natural resources, polluted our air and water. now here's my plan." Famine threatens undeveloped countries By Nigel Hawkes, Lonfton Observer commentator LONDON For the first time since the so called "Green Revolution" arrived to boost the world's food produc- tion, (hare are serious fears of famine. Two disastrous years have once again brought much of the world face to face with starvation: another bad year could be catastrophic. The old enemy, bad weather, is held responsible for the de- veloping world's failure two years running to meet its food production targets. The Food and Agriculture Or- ganization of the United Na- tions regards the situation as extremely serious. At the FOA's council meeting last No- vember, Director General Dr. Adeke Boerma said that "one can regard the failure of a sin- Letters to the editor gle year as exceptional, but failures in two successive years cannot be shrugged of as a temporary misfortune." FOA's figures show that the world's total output of food will remain unchanged this year, with increases in the United States and Europe making up for the developing countries' shortfall. But the FOA's figures do not include Ciiina, where wheat production has failed to increase for the first time in 10 years. The situation in the world's poor countries have been made much worse by the catastro- phic failure of the Soviet har- vests, which sent Russian buy- ers scurrying to the United States to buy huge quantities of wheat and coarse grains. The result is that prices are up by 70 to 80 per cent, and reserves depleted. Thus developing countries forced to buy on the world mar- ket have had an unpleasant shock. In January, India bought two million tons of grain from the United States, Canada and Argentina, costing S200 million nearly a fifth of tile country's foreign ex- change reserves. The U.S.S.R.'s impact on tiie world food mar- ket has been "unprecedented, colossal" ecording to an FAO expert. The drought in the U.S.S.H. has undoubtedly been the most important factor, but China and many parts of Africa are also feeling the effects of too little rain. According to the UN Herald's change of publication policy? Since 1ET71 I have enjoyed writers in The Herald but since the beginning of March, I have been particularly disappointed at the conspicuous absence of Eva Brewster's regular col- umn, o In a generation that seems to have forgotten how to com- municate, her command beautiful language alone was a source of pride and joy to me, quite apart from the au- thor's grasp of and concern with current affairs on the na- tional and international level. While Mr. Walker's Heport te Readers, Competition for Space, (March 6) attempts to justify the omission of local material, I deeply regret he ever attended that American Press Institute seminar. Ail that appears to have been achieved was the acceptance of the copying practices of U.S. publications with complete disregard of Albertan inter- ests. I cannot help feeling that the increased subscription rate and large advertising revenue should permit The Herald to pay that "small honorarium" to first class local authors like Andy Russell, Eva Brew- ster, Fraser Hodgson and Mar- ian Virtue. I feel sure that there must be many readers like myself who feel most con- cerned regarding The Herald's new policy. Mr. Walker's last paragraph appears to be inexplicable by insinuating that "readership increases in proportion to the brevity of what is published." I can assure you that none of our local author's articles go unread. If The Herald were to make a survey of reader's choice, they might be surpris- ed at finding that even non- regular subscribers of the paper, make a point of buying the Tuesday edition to see what our local writer had to say. There is someting else; ever since Mrs. Brevrriter man- aged to interest our govern- mtnt in Southern Albertan lit- erary talent and organized the Lcthbridge workshop for writ- ers last fall, she had fulfilled the dreams of many lonely and isolated people. The Herald's lack of concern for such ideals will contribute to undoing all the good work r.frs. Erewster has done for so many in South- ern Alberta. The Herald may find its read- ership reduced for the simple reason thiit a considerable number of "local patriots" would much prefer just one weekly article from our own than any number of syndicated American or even Canadian au- thors from other provinces. How about dropping some of the latter in favor of our own? Such an example would do much towards returning faith in humanity instead of an ever- increasing reliance in the power of mammon. "A DISENCHANTED READER" Courts. Editor's note: The following points need emphasis in con- nection with the letter above: (1) There has been no change of policy regarding publication, of local content. As Mr. Walker explained, the competition for space among local writers has simply become keener. (2) Mrs. Eva Brewster, who is rightly credited with stimu- lating some of the upsurge of writing activity, now has to compete with her proteges. (3) Staff writers, it must be remembered, are also local writers. The encouragement given them by publishing their opinion pieces may be more important tban that given free- lance .writers since they have opted to make their living by writing whereas others may only write for fun. (4) Pieces by local writers appear on other days in addi- tion to Tuesday. (5) The American Press In- stitute gave support to Mr. Walker's emphasis on local content. The Herald was com- mended for its relatively high proportion of locally produced material. As was pointed out in Mr. Walker's piece, The Herald publishes far more ma- terial by local writers than most newspapers do. publication Development For- um, droughts have affected vast areas of West Africa stretching from Mauritania east to Chad, including Upper Volta, Mali and Niger. In De- cember and January alone the World Food Program sent of emergency aid into the area. Conditions in the area; says the WFP, "will come close to catastrophe. Livestock which provides the livelihood of large parts of ttie population is al- ready dying and will be dying in great 'numbers before the next rains. Very little if any- thing can apparently be done to prevent this." Talk of famine so soon after the Green Revolution may well surprise many people who be- lieved that world food short- ages were a thing of the past. But the last two harvests have shoKTi (hat, despite the mir- acles of agricultural technol- ogy, man is still dependent on the weather. Even a tiny shift in the world's climatic pat- terns is enough to dash the hopes of a decade of plenty for the world's poor. "Can we endure this silua- stion any longer" asks Dr. Boerma, who has proposed establishment of an internation- al "larder" from which the under developed countries can withdraw food contributed by the surplus countries. FAO is proposing that all countries able to should contribute to an international network of stores, and detailed recommendations to governments are being pre- pared. There are, fortunately, two more cheerful items of news. In the U.S.S.R., snowfalls hava set aside earlier fears that a large part of the couutry'i grain crop might succumb to the winter frosts, and fn the United States President Nixon has announced the end of the agricultural policy under which American farmers were en- couraged not to produce. In fu- ture, the president announced, they could produce just as much as they could profitably sell providing at least a. hope that if tbe 1973 harvests in the Third World are as dismal as the two previous years', the bountiful wheat lands of the Mid-West will come to the res- cue once again. On the Hill By Bert Hargrave, MP (or Medicine Hat Scores teachers' action The current teachers' strike is supoosed to be a case .of love. Who loves the students less: tbe mercenary teacher or tbe parents of the children who choose the trustees to represent them? The teachers would hurt every child by holding them back in their studies. They hope to win their case because they know that Ore student is very important to the parents. The department of education dees have courses of study for those who cannot get to school. AH should apply for those courses and teach the children at home or in neighborhood groups. If they do well enough it might eliminate the need to pay a university graduate fo teach grade two. The teachers teach that we have democracy and an ad- vanced civilization and then they resort to a form of black- mail to gain their ends. They say that a strike is legal. I do not know if it makes any dif- ference to the man who was shot whether it was done by a soldier in uniform or not. If a parent keeps a child from school he is breaking the law. Then why should it be legal for teachers to close the schools and deny the children the use of them even with parents serving as teachers? M. E. SPENCER Cardston. A new loiv reached I have been a resident of Lcthbridge for almost four years and during that time I have read The Herald almost daily. During that time I have had little reason to consider the paper anything more than a second-rate rag. Little or no effort is made to support local businesses which have been ttie backbone of our fine community for years. How- ever, I feel a new low has been reached. The item to which I refer is the picture, in the March 12 issue, of the woman who was killed when the car she was driving was in collision with the train. Not only was the picture unnecessary, it was thoughtless and taslel ess. Should not the feelings of the poor woman's family and friends or the feelings of people who have lost friends and family in similiar accidents have been considered? I am sure my letter will have little effect upon future policy in like matters or in the over- all quality of the paper, how- ever I felt I must express my feelings. DONALD M. MeAULAY I have been attending as an alternate member, the special committee on trends in food prices. About four witnesses per week are examined and an interim report is to be made by about .the end of March. Agricultu-al producer groups, food manufacturing and service industries, wholesalers and re- tailers, and even the govern- ments of Manitoba and Alberta have appeared as witnesses. As I indicated earlier I have some personal doubts as to any positive and meaningful results that may come out of this ex- ercise. However, here are some personal observations at this stage of the committee's hear- ings. Several presentations have suggested that recent food cost increases are in reality a symp- tom of a much more general price rise in the entire cost o[ living question, and that food costs quite clearly are follow- ing rather than leading Ihe up- ward trend in prices. There is general agreement tbat producing farmers are only now beginning to get a fair return on their labor and investment and still lag behind their urban friends in a stan- dard of living comparison. The committee divides itself too frequently along party lines and too often becomes a small edition of the oral ques- tion hour in the House of Com- mons. The NDP are persistent tn their efforts to try to estab- lish evidence of domination and monopolies by the larger food. services groups. It is my own personal view that our present Canadian up- ward trends in food prices ara followin g dearly defined world price patterns. A world shortage in raw food supply coupled with an increased world demand for all process- ed and high protein foods u the real reason for higher food costs. Four major events on a global basis have coincided to exaggerate this world food sup- ply-demand situation. J. The agricultural drought in Soviet Russia now known to be a very serious one. 2. A similar drought in Red China. 3. A short catch of rough fish off the coast of Peru in South America, 4. A very poor crop of soy- bean in the U.S. due to exces- sive wet weather last fall and this winter. While food does cost so doe? everything else! Per- haps Canadian consumers are fortunate in the sense that there is in Canada, a supply of 'wholesome, healthy food avail, able in siieli variety and abun- dance. The committee has beard ample evidence that food in Canada costs less, as a percent of disposable income, than any other country in the world with me possible exception of the U.S.A. The Lcthbtidgc Herald 504 7th a. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD no. LTD., Proprietors and Publishes Published 1905 1354, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Ma" No. 001J M.n.gff "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH'