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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -Thunday, March 29, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 3 'Let's talk a little better sense about our rural farm problems' D'ARCY RICKARD photo Hutterites are welcome Earl Tomlinson of Magrath says Hulteriles are more than welcome 1o farm in his neck of the woods. He says they are greal farmers, great neighbors and great people. Mr. Tomlinson submitted a brief favoring repeal of the communal properties act which, he says, was "cruel and unjust." We must look elsewhere to solve our rural mess.______ By D'ARCy KICKAIU) Herald District Editor MAGHATH Grain grow- er Earl Tomlinson'says let's talk a little more sense about our rural'problems." says if you wanl lo un- derstand farmers, ask a farmer. Earl Tomlinson is a farm- er. If you measure a farm-, er's ability by mechanical aptitude and a love of the land, Earl Tomlinson is the best. Others may be just as good but there are none better, lie says all Hie current fuss about Hutteriles is a "bunch of baloney." He backs the Louglieed government all the way on the repeal of the communal properties act. He opposes those who want special laws for Huttcrites. THIN BTIOTU "T heir arguments don't 'hold water. In fact that's all they.have for argument, just a little water. It's pretty thin broth, no taste, no color, no substance. They ought to run the chicken through the soup again." Mr. Tomlinson submitted his ideas to the communal properties study commission, header] by Consumer Affairs Minister R. W. Bowling, thus taking a lonely stand but one that helped abolish the act. The Vulcan Chamber Commerce has been particu- larly vocal about its opposi- tion to the repeal of the com- munal properties act. The chamber, 150-stroiig, has ap- parently ignored fundamen- tal human rights in its argu- ments against Hutleriles. Recently it said flatly, "at this lime we are not pre- pared to welcome this group inio our midst and in fact will do whatever we can to pre- vent their establishment in this or any area of Alber- ta." Mr. Tomluison says col- onies of the Brethren in North America are located in the United State's, in the states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Washington; and in this country, in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. He reminds us of the fact that in all locations, except Alberta, the provincial or state government has not seen fit to pass any restric- tive legislation. "There have been requests from small but noisy he says. "It's not noise but common sense that wins out." Mr. Tomlinson says he has lost money farming four out of five years recently. But he doesn't blame his neighbors. POOR RETURN He blames a poor return on investment and labor as the cause of rural problems. Edu- cation has led young people away from the country. "How do you teach a love of the land? Do you learn that in school? Farming is a hand- ful of dirt, the squeal of a pig. You have to be born with it. But our -kids are taught if they don't get high marks, win scholarships, go to uni- versity and race off to the city to get good jobs, then they're failures." He says some day we'll re- alize Hutterites are "saviours of the country." He says the current argu- ment that Hutterites must ex- pand every two decades is "hogwash." "It costs a million dollars to buy land for a new colony. You need another half-million to buy machinery. Hulterites don't pay cash for land, they borrow just like .you and me. With high interest rates and the slow accumulation ot farm capital from production, thorp won't be. that many chances for expansion. They can't accumulate enough to continuously expand." At the same time, Hutterite women are probably, on Hie pill. The colonies' birth rate is declining. "Fifteen years ago, (hey never went to our .hospitals; they had midwives right on the colonies, Now they give birth in the town or city and they see their own doctors." Mr. Tomlinson says: The communal proper- ties act was "a cruel and un- just act subjected on a [ew people .who have been per- secuted for 400 years." "They arc a credit to whatever farming area they locate in but perhaps in some cases by being diligent and efficient they shame their neighbors into being belter farmers themselves, thus cre- ating animosity." "1 have lived neighlwrs to several colonies in this area for 15 years and am proud to proclaim them as friends. I have found them to be genuinely concerned re- garding their neighbors wel- fare. They arc willing to lend a helping hand any time." "The communal proper- ties act has handed Saskatch- ewan a lot of good citizens plus an untold amount of wealth." need these people to bolster our fading farmer population." Young people don't want to farm. "Our own area is an exam- ple: Taking a strip 10 miles wide and six miles long, sections, out of 15 families Cone with 12 children) I am the only one who has a son that desires to continue farm- ing. By the year 1990 this area will be hard-pressed to find farmers other than cor- porate farms. These hvye been proved not efficient and definitely give little capital return to an area." Mr. Tomlinson says they are subject to personal In- come tax, as any individual, and contribute to the prov- ince. They maintain their own elderly people and thus are no burden to the prov- ince. They never need or take welfare. "As their mode of living tn the colonies has changed a great deal in the last IS years, they are almost on a par with the individual fann- er for spending more than (hey make." Hoop tourney opens Saturday NATAL (HNS) A senior men's basketball tournament will be held in the Sparwood high school auditorium Satur- day and Sunday. Teams from Sparwood. For- me, Lethb ridge and Calgary will participate. Proceeds will go to the Spar- wood recreation complex. Midnight Days fair needed says president Walt Hyssop FORT MACLEOD (Spe- cial) Walter Hyssop has been named president of the Fort Macleod and District Agricultural Society. He appeared before town council recently with plans to hold a fair here in future years. He said the lime of the stampede alone is over and a fair in connection the Midnight Days rodeo would "benefit more people." Mayor George Buzunis and councillors endorsed the new venture. Mr. Hyssop thanked recre- ation councillor Phil Ilcdnett, recreation director Leo Bourassa, town secretary Eoy While and secretary Claudette Halladay for the work they have done. Memberships are available to any interested citizen. ,000 surplus achieved by MD Golfers to meet FOREMOST (Special; The Foremost Golf Association will hold its annual meeting Thursday, April 5, at the Fore- most School at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in the audio visual room to enable a film to be shown of a match between Roberto de Vicenzo and George Knudson. WANTED PEA SEED CONTRACTS HIGH CONTRACT PRICES COLUMBIA SEED COMPANY LTD. BOX 331 VAUXHALl, AtBERTA PHONE 403-654-2535 PINCHER CREEK (Special) Fifty ratepayers attended recent annual meeting of Pincher Creek MD to hear hairman Frank Lynch-Staun- n say there was a record ex- enditirre of made 1972 but a surplus of )8 was still realized. Education required cneral government, -gricultural Service Board, 30; fire and ambulance ublic works, social recreation, capital expenditures, 51; provision for reserves, health, hospitals and Even Elephants Can't Remember All The CJmnges in the If Pachyderms have prob- lems with the new tax reform, how about people? The easy answer take your, return 10 BLOCK. Our system of checking every 'return means you will receive every legiti- mate deduction. Come in today. You'll be glad we got together. _ We guarantee accurate preparation of every lax return. If we make any errors that cost you any penalty or in- terest, we win pay only that penalty or interest. CO. tmti't Laws! Tax Service WilitOver 6000 (Hikes In Hoth Ameilci 815 3rd AVE. SO. 314 13th ST. NO. OPEN 9 A.M.-9 P.M. WEtrtOAYS, 9-5 SAT. PH. 327-3712 OPEN TONIGHT NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY omes, eous and miscellan- T. V. Hammond reported the Senior Citizens Lodge s operating with a deficit. It i expected a requisition of .bout three-quarters of a mill rili be made on the muncipal- ty for 1973. A resolution was proposed, mt lost, to request the MD 10 ift restrictions on sotting out 060 coyote baits. The total assessment in (hi ID is of which 58 >er cent is industrial, 35 per :ent agricultural and seven per :ent from other hources. Road construction tnd main- tenance is a major cost municipal expenditure. Each year sees heavier traffic. The high cost of complete asphalt hardtop puts this type of surfacing beyond the reach Provincial gov'l agent is Draper CRANBROOK (Special) Cranbrook's new provincial gov- ernment agent, effective April 15, will be William Draper, a native son, at present agent at Rossland, He will succeed the late James Ryley. He died suddenly several weeks ago. The office also includes sup- reme court and county court registrar. Mr. Draper started his pro- vincial government service here 37 years ago on comple- tion of Cranbrook high school. His parents are Mrs. Draper of Cranbrook and the late Charles Draper. He came here in 1913. His brother is Aid. Arthur Draper who continues the fanv lily garage business. of municipal financing. The provincial government is con- inuing with a plan to complete i grid of hard-surface second- ary roads. Tentative plans are to hard- surface the Pincher Creek road .0 Beauvais Park and Beaver Vlines junction this year. The Lundbreck to Longview road rebuilding and surfacing will be started on Uie south end in 1974. Oiling in some section of the municipality have partially solved the problem. A good oil surface can be laid for per mile com- pared with to for a asphalt road. As funds are available, council will proceed with oiling. Church at FOREMOST (Special) _ The Foremost United Church has announced it will go on a summer lime schedule Sunday, April 1. The time of church service aud Sunday School moved from 11 a.m. Sewage lagoon to be lowered TABER (HNS) Taber'! sewage disposal system, by ir rigalion spray on grass lands is to commence as early as the equipment can be put in opera tion. The deep 40-acre lagoon levc will ttien be lowered befor summer. Irrigation will be applied o areas not designated for plow ing and seedhig to alfalf; amounting to 160 acres. Council referred lo commi lee the purchase of a fourl wheelmove spray system, fiv tenders being received rangin in price from to Council suggested Ihe bid from Blue Water Irrigation, Taber a be favorably considerec since the system offered dupl cates Ihe equipment now ir use. Tenders for a second pum] ing unit are still on call, ar consideration is being made purchasing a duplicate of tl existing pump, or one of douh present capacity, gallon per will be to More district on page 19 REPORT your i Mii n i lo..... Correspondent in Your Area CIARESHOIM PAUL ANDERSEN 2353581 M. M. GRIMSEN 235-3615 COALDAIE MRS. PETER TYMBURSKI 345-3921 COUTTS MRS. HENRY HACKE 344-3782 COALHURST MRS. JOHN (MARGA) OKKEN 328-0061 CRANBROOK, B.C. NANCY MILES 426 3232 DEL BONITA O. E. DALTON 653-2181 1 amlemaii rink 'ins spiel t border COUTTS (HNS) Canada istoms and Excise from Ed- onton, Calgary, Lcthbridge nd Coutts hosted the recent nnual Customs Roundup here. The bonspiel, wilh 24 mixed inks, was held in the Milk iver rink. The Tom Sandeman rink won ic Brokers Travelling Trophy. Ken Jaffary placed second nd Bob Lawrence, third. A hanquet and dance was eld at the Coiilts Civic Cen- Contort these people for your District News or Classified Advertising I SENCOR Herbicide Really gets tough weeds: Barnyardgrass Fall panicum Foxtail Lambsquarter Lady's thumb Pigweed SENCOR will also provide some control ol couchgrass (qjackgrass) and yellow nutsedge. When other herbicides let grass or broadleal weeds through, or when infestation is exlra heavy, call or SENCOR. Apply il... Pre-emerge Early post-emerge (except on early red-skinned varieties) Both ways No pre-mixing Moderate agitation Doesn't stain skin Doesn't stain clothing When you need 'Good Stuff for lough weed conditions, order SENCOH from your supplier. RESPONSEabilily lo you and nature. Chemagro Limited 77 City Centre Drive Mississaugua, Ontario THE ENTERPRISE APPLIANCE OF YOUR CHOICE NOTHING TO BUY (Details at Smith's) WISHING WELL SALE MISS SHEILA NIEMAN HOME ECONOMIST for Canadian Western Natural Gas This Is your invitatfon to rneer Sheila and view her cooking demonslralionB on 1he new 973 Enterprise gas ranges now in slock. The demonsira- tfons will take place March 29th and 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ol Smiths, Color T.V. Appliances CLOSED MONDAYS OPEN THURS. AND FR1. TILL 9 P.M ;