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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta j - THI LITHBRIDGE HERALD - Tutiday, March 33, 1971 Maurice Western Both are to blame With all of the important issues confronting this province, it is disappointing that the Alberta legislature should get bogged down in the squabble between Health Minister James Henderson and Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed and their respective supporters. The dispute does no credit to either side. As understood by the public, this seems to be the situation: Mr. Lougheed was naturally looking for matters that might embarrass the government, and made public a petition from an elderly northern resident claiming certain damages as a result of the Bennett Dam. Actually Mr. Lougheed had been misled by the petitioner, and Mr. Henderson, to refute Mr. Lougheed's allegations, disclosed certain confidential statements about the petition which discredited the petition. Mr. Henderson erred, but Mr. Lougheed should be the last person to say so. What of his own responsibility for checking out his material before using it publicly for political advantage? The battle should be called a draw and nothing more heard of the case. Both parties should have learned something from it. Both are to blame. A myth is smashed Disgruntlement in Quebec has been fed on such things as the claim that French Canadians in the professions and in industry earn "conspicuously lower" incomes than do their English counterparts. It would be justifiable cause for resentment if it were true. There is a recently published study that says it is not true. The study is one done by Dr. Donald E. Armstrong, dean of the graduate school of business at McGill - and it was done for the B and B commission. It was discovered by Dr. Armstrong that educational standards have more to do with income than does ethnic origin. The truth seems to be that the French Canadian professional has an income running about $2,000 a year higher than that of the English Canadian in Quebec. Alleged discrimination against French - speaking persons seems to founder on the much more significant factor of the amount and kind of education received by individuals. When one reflects on the long neglect of education in Quebec, the finding that it rather than ethnicity is the root trouble is not very surprising. Myths, however, are not easily dispelled. This is especially so when they serve such obvious ends as backing the demands for justice or special status. No one should expect that he has heard the end of the myth of pay discrimination in Quebec just because a study has shown the facts to be other than what has popularly been believed to be the case. Promising research The United States Information Service recently reported on some promising research being done in the field of disposing of solid wastes. Trash disposal has become a very pressing problem and grows constantly worse. The average American produces about six pounds of trash per day- twice the amount generated fifty years ago. One of the more popular methods of utilizing waste has been to produce electricity through incineration. Unfortunately, however, this solution creates an air pollution problem of a magnitude to make it unacceptable. A private firm located near San Francisco believes it is on the track of producing a converter that guards against environmental pollution while generating electricity inexpensively. The research has been so promising that the U.S. federal government's environmental protection agency is now helping to underwrite further research. The heart of the new converter is a combustion chamber in which the refuse is burned. It has a bed of sand which is fluidized by a stream of air passing through it. The sand is heated to very high temperatures and the refuse maintains the high temperature and is almost completely burned. To prevent the formation of nitrogen oxides, which are among the most objectionable components of smog, an even temperature of 800 degrees is maintained. Limestone is added to combine with noxious materials in the refuse to ,