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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE UTHBRIDGE MERAID _ Moicli 29, Mnnrlcc Wcslcnt Irish Nothing uu'.ies imuv than a common luilred, it has often been cynically observed. If thore is any tiutli in it then Ihe inhabitants of Northern Jrelami should be on their wiiy to some kind of concord Ions; absent from their midst. The Catholic segment of that so- ciety lias had a good run at hut Lug the 'English since the army too1: over the surveillance. This is especially so in the iit'tcrmalh of Bloody Siimliiy when 13 people u ere killed in Lon- donderry. Ihe Protestants are apparent- ly to take their turn at hating the English. Angered by the take- oxer of the government, some Prot- estants are making threatening ges- tures which will almost certainly re- mit in a clash with the army and end in bloodshed. Then they, too, will have cause for deep antipathy for Uie Kuglish. No doubt the Kuglish would be will- ing to accept Ihe bad feelings di- rected toward them if that could prove to be the catalyst required for uniting the Irish. Unfortunately the situation is not likely to yield to any such simplistic solution. 'Hie Catho- lics and the Protestants are more apt to do their hating separately jiist as they do their worshipping apart. There is danger now that Protes- tant extremists will emulate the vi- olent ways of the IRA. With t h e Provisionals already determined t o persist in their activities until the goal of a fully united Ireland is achieved, the prospects for a peace- ful working out of a new ordering of society in Northern Ireland do n o t look encouraging. peddliiig Few people are reassured when politicians disclaim that influence peddling is involved in election cam- paign gifts by large corporations. This is due not simply to stubborn suspiciousness on the part of the av- erage person but to a sense of the litter improbability of gifts being given in the realm of politics without the hope, if not the expectation, of benefits accruing in return. When a scandal such as the Inter- national Telephone and Tele g r a p h case in the United States is exposed lo view the inclination is not to dis- miss it as an exception. Rather, the tendency is to suppose there is much more of the same thing that is not revealed. 'Hie attempt by ITT to clear itself of suspicion has only succeeded in making people more convinced of its guHt. Shredding of its documents to avoid being further embarrassed was bad enough; to come up with the "real" memorandum after the publicized one was declared a fake just seems too contrived. Perhaps the whole thing would have blown over and influence ped- dling could have gone on as usual columnist Jack Anderson had not sub- sequently published more purported ITT documents. These implicate Ihe company in an attempt to have the U.S. trigger a military coup in Chile and bring down the elected Marxist president. Salvador Allende. Bad as it is for a company to seek favors at home it is much worse for it to try to use its influence to gain advantages abroad (ITT apparently hoped to avoid having Ihe Chilean government nationalize its telephone property in that And it is a very serious matter if the U.S. ad- minislrat.ion allowed itself to get in- volved in yet another case of inter- ference in the affairs of a foreign state. Senate investigation of this alleged case of manipulation will surely fol- low. If nothing else comes of it per- haps an impetus will be given to the always lagging intention to place curbs on what can be received and spent by candidates and parties in elections. Maybe even Alberta NDP leader Grant N'otley can get some mileage out of this case as he seeks to get acceptance for his bill to limit Ihe spending of candidates in provincial elections. ANDY RUSSELL The "tame buck" COMJS years ago, before it was illegal to keep a wilt! animal in captivity here in Alberta, a neighbor found an or- phaned mule deer fawn. Its mother had been killed by a car on the highway, and the little deer was gaunt and hungry when picked up by the man, and proved to be a very gentle, attractive pet which his chil- dren adored. It adjusted well to feeding and new surroundings, and grew apace. But when it was about a year and a half old, about the time it shed the velvet from its new antlers, the buck became restless and began to go farther and farther from home. It would not have been surprising if it had met up with others of its kind and gone back to the wild, but it seemed (o ignore other deer preferring to visit var- ious ranches and choosing people for com- pany. As the November rutting season ap- proached the tame buck began to show some disturbing tendencies. I [iad been away for two among the mountains with hunting parties, and when I got home near the end of Octo- ber it was to find my v, ife and children forted up in the house wondering what to do about the buck that had taken charge of the yard. It had fought, the dog, chased the cat and torn every screen aoor on the place to shreds. Things in general had ar- rived at a point of decision, so I stepped out the door with a gun Lo settle the mat- ter. But when the huck walked up to me looking into my face in a friendly trusting manner, 1 could not for the life of me pull the trigger. Then I got a much better idea, I would dehorn him, So I got my lariat, built a loop and flipped it over (he buck's antlers. At thft touch of the rope all hell broke loose, for the buck went completely ber- serk, and had I not taken a quick wrap on a tree to anchor him, I am sure fie would have tried to kill me. Pulling his head up close to the tree, I held the rnpe tight with one hand and reached over his National Revenue branch another Fagan? There is nothing like a las form lo him the country into a school for crime. It is character is lie of our pre- sent enlightened lax system that it many ele- ments tested in earlier sys- tems. In feudal society, citizens were required to devote so many days a year to the ser- vice of the lord of the manor or the sovereign. This is what happens nowadays with people, especially of the middle class, display any initiative. It is commonly in Slarch or April that the citizen realizes with a shock many months he rendered to the state in the pre- vious year, often in the quaint belief Mint he was working for himself. Many terms in economics arc1, of course, misleading. For example, a great deal of what remains of ''initiative" today is obviously little more than pan- ic induced by apprehended in- flation such apprehension nowadays being almost invar- iably sound. A favorite device of the Tu- dors and Stuarls was Uie forced loan. Exactions of this fort of- ten led in those (Jays to pro- tests and tumult inspired by ci- tizens who could not foresee the development of the modem sci- ence of government. Revived after Uie war iu the United Slates ard copied in Canada, it excites little comment nowa- days and may well be regarded in National Revenue as the best trick since Fagan and The Artful Dodger. The great filing about the middle income taxpayers in Ihe eyes uf government is Ihr.t most of them are captive. That is to say, the money which they dedicate to government for worthy causes, such as the support of the helpless (not to mention the shiftless and the is siphoned off at the source by employers who axe also captive. Business is used, at its own expense, by government which it is sup- posed to serve and by which it may be rewarded for good be- beware lly Doug WalUr TTM MAYBLE, anticipating a few days in hospital, looked up from his reading of Jim FLshbourne's column enumerating two advantages to quitting smoking and said, ''I think I'll give it another try while I'm in the Municipal." "I've made a stab at it lie went luivtor. (Well done, Ford, help yourselves to another load oE tax remissions.) This money, the government takes before it is due. National Revenue makes its first grab in January 16 months before the due date. The last, of course, is in December, but even this is four months ahead of the time for filing forms. government (hen says: What fortunate citizens you are. Most of the money is paid and it has a'l as painless as an op- eration under anaesthesia. Had Uie poor dumb taxpayers been left lo I he rnanagemel of their own tax affairs, you would now suffer a terrible shock. What National Revenue never avows is (he fact that this is n technique for extracting from us a hidden tax. U never ap- pears in the schedules, is never whispered at by a minister of finance. But it is a reality, a substantial one for Ihe middle income taxpayer. IL appears in the light of day as legalized theft. A guaranteed investment cer- tificate at the present time wilt earn approximately seven nor cent interest a year. Tlie good citizen is expected by his gov- ernment to account for any- thing he may receive in Iho way of interest, even trifling IKiymcnts from a bank account, lint the government, with its own peculiar notions of moral- ity, ignores any interest which may be due the citizen. Takcj for examle, the case, of a mid- dle income taxpayer from whom the government with- holds by its tap-t he- source method in course of a year. This is roughly a month. Calculating this month back with the other tn grab his flank and thow him. But he was like a steel spring, amazingly strong and quick. 1 could not be- gin to hold him downj for he would slip out of my grasp like a wet fish and spring back to his feet in a flash. It seemed as though he could reach me with his feet from all directions, kicking and striking, and my legs were soon scraped and bleed- ing, my clothing torn in several places. Hauling his head up close against the tree. I tied (he rope to hold him there. Getting my saw, I made a flying leap astride his back sliding forward to clinch his neck between my knees and then went to work on those sharp antlers. He snort- ed and blew, tramped on my feet, wiggled and squirmed but the antlers came off a completely painless operation for the buck bu( not for me. When I turned him loose, he stalked around for a few min- utes glaring at me with his tongue out and his ears hanging down along each side of his face about the most indignant huck anyone could imagine. Then tie left the place and never came back. For a few days he stayed alone and seemed to have decided people were not so good after all. But he made no attempt io join others of his own kind. One morn- ing I saw him walk right through a bunch of does paying them not the slightest, at- tention. Apparently he did not know lie was a tleer and thought he was a man. In the early part of the rut he got into (rouble again; this time forcing his atten- tion on a couple of ladies living alone. They were working in their yard when he ap- proached. Whatever he had in mind was not very warmly accepted, for he got bashed over the head with a stick, and they look refuge in their house. While tho buck circled the place looking in the win- dows, they telephoned for help. A neighbor came to the rescue and shot him. As hap- pens when wild ones are tamed, this stoi-y has a sad end. on, ''and I've found it's not too bad after the first few days." Then he added, "Of course, I'm a little more snarly than usual during that said Richard Ilurko. 'Tm glad lo know you're goinf! to fie away when ymi give it that old try." Perfect fit! by month at the interest which any citizen could obtain U ho had the, free use of his re- sources, we find Hint his pocket has been lightentd by some Old Fiigau, contemplating our revenue department, would have been ad- uiinilitm. It is true, of the government would have Irad its bile at the even if the citi- zen had been able to retain it for investment. Nevertheless, he would Inve had tJio better part of it, about Some, not being wards of National Reve- nue, manage to do this. Thfl saving, though it may appear microscopic in Ottawa, would doubtless be a welcome enough mite in most family budgets. Perhaps the best evidence on (his point is the demeanor of a minister of finance when he i.s able tn announce a tax re- duction of, say, lo While the deficit may be outra- geous (indicating that more will be painlessly extracted from us in higher backbenchers cheer anil pound their desks, conscious that they are in the presence of genius and hopeful that (he country will draw the same conclusion. Thus, a tax reduction is an event to be applauded, but involving nearly three times that amount is un- admitted and unmentionable, passihly because it would be conductive lo anti-social behav- ior in the middle income masses. We are constantly being ex- horted by government to emu- late the example of govern- ment. For example> we were urged in official advertise- ments last year lo spend like blaxes as the government itself was doing and i.s now doing on an even more splendid scale- But if we emulate the morality of government, wliere wiU we be? Possibly in one of Mr. Goy- er's institutions, being rehabili- tated by the attractive co-eds who will soon be thronging tho corridors. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) New quality of beer hoped to reduce alcoholism Harold Grecr, in the Winnipeg Free Press nrOROXTO: Last Dec. B, the federal government pub- lished an order-in-council, little noticed by the press, which may change the drinking pal- terns of Canadians. It coulri even reverse (he increasing in- cidence of alcoholism. Legally, the effect of the or- der-in-council is limited. It means the brewing industry has until June 8 to relabel beer which contains more than 5.5 per cent alcohol by volume or face the ire of (lie food and (1 mi g d irect or n tc. Su oh bever- ages, must be called "malt li- quor" and must contain not less than 5.fi per cent and not more than 8.5 per cent alcohol by vol- ume. This step was taken because the flamboyant B.C. indus- trialist, and brewer, Ben Ginter, followed by other brewers, started marketing malt beers containing up to 12 per cent al- cohol in Western Canada and iruore recently in Quebec. Most Canadian beer is five per cent alcohol by volume, hut there was nothing in the old food and dnig regulation which said it couldn't be stronger. Up to last Dec. 8, federal law simply said beer could not contain less than per cent alcohol by weight or I per cent by volume. "Uncle Ben's Liquor" thus forced governments to face up to the challenge of pric- ing alcoholic leverages accord- ing to alcohol content. Premier Bennett of British Columbia, who doesn't hold with drinking anyway, quickly told his liquor control board to charge a pre- mium price on beer over five per cent; Uncle Ben, it ap- pears, has decided a lower strength preferable lo a high- er price. But per cent beers are slill being sold in Manitoba and Quebec at popular prices; hence the federal regulation and the creation of the new ca- tegory of ''malt liquor.'1 The federal role is vci to bn played out. A fcrler.il excise lax of 12 cents n gallon is In- vied on Iwefj but ''malt liquor" is no longer beer and is there- fore lintaxcd a gap which al- most certainly will be closed iii the upcoming federal budget. seems equally certain that the tax will be significantly higher than (hat imposed on Ixier. The result will probably he to drive "malt liquor" off the market hut at lens I the principle of taxing on the basis nf alcoholic content will have recognized a most im- portant step in the control of alcoholism. There is another aspect to Uie Dec. R regulation which could be even more far-reaching. Un- der the old law, there were two categories of beer "light Ijeer" which had to contain not less than per cent and not more than 2.5 per cent alcohol by volume, and "beer" contain- ing at least 4 per cent. There was thus a gap between light beer and beer, which gap has now been closed. "Beer" must now be at least per cent al- cohol by volume. There are various explana- tions for this change, depend- ing on whom one listens lo. But the fact is that the major brew- eries in Ontario and Quebec have developed a 3.8 per cent beer which is indistinguishable! in taste from five per cent beer. Tn some cases advertising campaigns to market this pro- duct have already been pre- pared. Some say the plan was to get under the old federal de- Letters lo the editor finition of beer and thereby es- cape the federal tax which, if so, would have surely been a short-lived escape. Others contend the breweries have been listening seriously to Uie Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Ontar- io and are prepared to do something about the alcoholism problem. In any event, there is quite a debate raging within the indus- try now over what to do with its 3.3 per cent beer. One school of thought wants, in effect, to break into the soft drink market by competitive pricing (a 12-ounce bottle of 5 per cent beer now costs about 20 ccntd in OntarioJ and gro- cery store merchandising, which is currently permitted only in Quebec. Another school, and apparently the minority one, feels 3.B per cent beer should be priced at the current five per cent price level, with a higher price being charged for five per cent beer. Still another school is agauist pulling 3.8 per cent beer on (lie market at all. In this situation, the views of the Ontario Alcoholism Re- search Foundation could be de- cisive. The foundation strongly favors 3.8 per cent but is ada- m ant ly opposed lo lowerin g current prices. Beer, it poinls out, is already grossly under- priced in terms of alcoholic c ontent rela t i v e to wine and Appreciated services in snoivstorm I followed the broadcasts from beginning to end of CJOC during the unusual snowstorm which hit Lethbricige and dis- trict over the weekend. I couldn't help but feel that next to God Almighty, the an- nouncers came first when it came to patience and courtesy in dealing with the numerous phone calls from young people under sixteen years of age with their unimportant and unrelat- ed questions. Although request after request was made for these children not lo do this, the practice slill continued! Their parents must have been outside shovelling snow, as it would be hard for me to ac- cept that parents could so silly as lo allow (heir offspring to use the t elephone in thi s manner under such dire circum- stances. There are jiisl no words (o express the depth of gratitude to the radio stations' personnel, Steve Kolch of Norlliern Bus Lines who co ordinalcd all The Koulee Kruisers Our blizzard was not com- pletely harmful; it brought an example of neighborliness that uxniki be hard to equal in the history of our city. And that is a large claim. The Koulee Kruisers is a club whose members use lour-wheel- capers a? He's never had a moment's cfifficutty acl- la he's been pratUsina (or ccWrive vehicles to drive over difficult country for sport. They realized that there were many men whose work shift work- ers, night watchmen, railroad- ers, etc. made going and coming from home to work very difficult, indeed; so they organ- ized a pick-up sen-ice, and kept storm. My own experience will sure- ly tell it best. I came off duty at 5 a.m. on Sunday morning, after nine hours' patrol. There was a 30 mite an hour wind, which I would have to buck for 21 blocks, deep drifts and flying snow. I am 72, But wait- ing for me was a Koulee Kmls- er jeep; we had to back off sometimes and hit a drift a few times to get through, hut get through the driver ho had ixien doing this all night. When we arrived at my homn, I asked what was the fare: his answer was So I have written this letter as the only thanks I can givo to gocxl neighbors. Aren't you proud of them, too? ii. c. r. em ergency services tra nspor- tation; The Koulce Kniisers; and "Joe" who co ordinated al 1 those who volnnleered to shovel snow on roofs, and away from doors to dwellings. Many of these people got no sleep; they gave of their ser- vices at their own expense; they ale at irregular times; went hours upon hours in tho .service of humanity regardless of their own deprivations. God b less e veryone t he known and the unknown who gave so freely of their services. is Uie calibre of spirit which gives meaning lo Uie rea- son for being. MRS. J. DARYL STURROCK. Lethbridge, spirits. At Iho very least, tJifl foundation feels, .1.8 per cent beer should be marketed at the current price for five per cent beer, with premium prices charged {or higher alcoholic content. The question is, how tial is the foiuidation with the Ontario government? Now 27 years old, the foundation has built up a solid international re- putation and is o n e of the brightest jewels in the govern- ment's political crown; hut its effect on government liquor policy has been minimal. Part- ly because of bureaucratic struct tire and partly because of political sensitivity on the li- issue, it has been kept at arm's length on the key ques- tion of controlling alcoholism by the tax-price system. But now all that may be changing. The Ontario govern- ment is being reorganized so that related government granr can be co-ordinated and jointly planned. Both Dr. Rich- ard Potter, the new minister of health, and Robert Welch, the new provincial secretary for so- cial development, are known to be keenly interested in the li- quor problem. In the regroup- ing of functions which has been going on, Ihe alcoholism re- search foundation has been in- cluded in the policy field for which Mr. Welch is responsible. The pivotal question is wheth- er the liquor control board will he too, or whether it will re- main striclly a marketing and enforcement agency. At this writing, the issue remains un- decided. (Second of two articles) Looking backward Through The IIcrRlil Starling today four big days nt the Empress Theatre Wesley Barry in Gus Kdward's famous "School Days." A delightful .screen clas- sic containing the eternal ap- peal of unquenchable youth. 1032 Bargain rstes in tra- vel arc forecast for western lines of Canadian railways, said C. B. Foster, passenger traffic manager of the CPU. The. need is great! Contribute now to send milk lo Britain's children. Ask your milkman tomorrow morning. Our objective is quarts by July 1W2. 1052 Swollen strcair.s in southern Alberta have spread havoc in some areas, forcing families to cvaeualc t. h c i r home .s, threatening highway and rail traffic and damaging road grades. There is a growing feeling in Ottawa lha! Ihe fed- eral general election expected this year may be called for June 1 or 18. The Lethbridge HetaU 5M 7th St. S., Alberta LETHJSHIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 -195-1, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second crass Mail Reglslrallon No Ml? Member of The Canadian Press and Ihe Canadian Daily Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO VI. MOWERS. Edilor ar.3 Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager COM PILLIIJG WILLIAM HAY Wanaqi.-.q Edilcr A'.scciare Cc'ilcr ROy f MILES DOUGLAS K. WVLKFR advertising Manager td.lorial Page Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;