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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta EDITORIALS Dave Humphreys Attitudes and elections The Alberta election, likely around the end of June, is now being fought. What happens today and in the next few weeks will have far more effect on the outcome than the events of the final weeks before the voting. Impressions and attitudes are being formed today, which will not be changed by the rhetoric of the campaign itself. That is particularly true of the anti-Social Credit vote. If the impression takes hold now that the government is not good enough and that it is safe to vote Conservative, it will be most difficult to dislodge that impression. Only a major blunder by the Conservatives themselves could do it. How are such impressions formed? As with any ideas, they come subtly, silently and without notice or obvious stimulation. Each of the little disappointments and irritations is overlooked by itself, and excuses made, but suddenly one wakes up to discover the romance is over. And seldom can it be rekindled. Romances between the people and governments are killed as soon as flie voter is taken for granted. The classic case, of course, is the defeat of the St. Laurent Liberal government in 1957. It was perhaps the best government Canada had ever had, but it included too many ministers who arrogantly took their authority for granted. How would the people dare vote against them? Did they not have a divine right to govern? They soon learned. Open budget meeting Budget meetings for most people probably conjure up images of the ultimate in tedium. Why, then, they should so often be closed to the public is a mystery - unless, of course, it is the result of fear on the part of officials that the tedium for them could be made intolerable through prolongation brought about by questioning. The decision of the Lethbridge Public School Board to invite the public to attend its budget meeting is worth whatever risk it might involve. In one easy swoop it has succeeded in averting any suspicion that might have arisen that the public's money might be mishandled. What the open meeting may succeed in doing is to provide an educational experience for the hardy peo- ple who might elect to attend. It should become apparent that the members of the school board do not "throw money around" as is sometimes wildly charged. Their job is the difficult one of trying to spread the money around so that it will cover the cost of those things that they deem most important. Essentially, it is a matter of deciding on priorities. Many people could profit greatly from exposure to such a meeting. The understanding of the problems involved in setting a budget for a school system ought to create appreciation for the, people who serve the public by holding office. Anticipation of that dividend might even compensate for whatever distress might be engendered by being observed by the public. High cost of housekeeping Government officials may be convinced that inflation has been curbed but the housewife who sets out to do her weekly shopping on Friday or Saturday knows perfectly well that the prices of food and household needs keep creeping up. The economy of the supermarket baffles the average housewife who tries to stretch her dollar by purchasing advertised "specials." What she can't come to terms with are the circumstances in the marketing world which will have liver priced at 69 cents on Tuesday then reduced to an intriguing 49 cents the next day. One week all supermarkets have a great run on turkeys at 39 cents a pound, the next week the specials will be in beef, at 99 cents a pound. And that 99 cents a pound incidentally, very often doesn't buy sirloin tip, but plain old boarding - house pot roast. Household diets are dictated by some mysterious producer-marketing agents who don't care a fig whether or not we may want lamb on Sunday instead of turkey or roast beef. Sundry items such as soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, cleaning agents are also appallingly high. Items such as aspirin, mouthwash, deodorant, talcum powder, shampoo, hair tonic, boggle the mind when trying to compare the advertising presented in the daily paper. Toilet paper comes so many sheets to the roll, toothpaste so many grams to the tube, soap comes in so many ounces, grams or pounds, which can be confusing enough to provoke the housewife to chuck away her slide rule. That there are many undernourished Canadian families is a fact the health authorities keep hammering home at us all the time. But is it any wonder? People at the poverty line exist mainly on starchy diets because protein products are beyond their limit. A few ingenious families, it has been reported, have circumvented starchy diets to a certain" extent by purchasing tinned dog food and frying it. They claim it isn't as unappetizing as it sounds and it does give some relief to a diet consisting mainly of macaroni and porridge. And as for sundry items, these are beyond the reach of the poor. They use salt for toothpaste and struggle to keep smelling socially acceptable with cheap products containing ingredients that would burn the hide off a rhinoceros. Inflation curbed? Not according to our housekeeping budgets. ERIC NICOL Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 - The minister of marines and fisheries announced in the House of Commons that the Canadian Merchant Marine made a total net profit during 1929 of $781,460. 1931 - Attempts to take the life of Peter Verigin, head of the Doukhobors, climaxed a reign of incendiarism, which has destroyed two Doukhobor schools and one public school near Nelson, B.C. 1941-British and Greek naval forces are now engaged in in an important sea battle against large units of the Italian fleet and report heavy damage has been suffered by Mussolini's biggest fighting craft. 1951-A Medicine Hat alderman has appealed to the provincial government to send bombers from North West Air Command at Edmonton to blast an ice jam, which has caused the Saskatchewan River to.back water over its banks to a depth of 10 feet. ]9fii-A $30,000 sale of Noble cultivators has been completed with Russia, officials of Noble Cultivators Ltd. announced. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher* Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA Managing Editor ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" 89 ;