Internet Payments

Secure & Reliable

Your data is encrypted and secure with us.
VeraSafe Security Seal

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archives

- Page 9

Join us for 7 days to view your results

Enter your details to get started

or Login

What will you discover?

  • 108,666,265 Obituaries
  • 86,129,063 Archives
  • Birth & Marriages
  • Arrests & legal notices
  • And so much more
Issue Date:
Pages Available: 44

Search All United States newspapers

Research your ancestors and family tree, historical events, famous people and so much more!

Browse U.S. Newspaper Archives

Select the state you are looking for from the map or the list below

OCR Text

Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday. March LETHBRIDOE Alexander Dubcek breaks silence Laments passing of 'Prague Spring9 I Tune from the maestro Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Crumb tinkles a melody on crystal wine glasses at lunch in Toronto. From Philadelphia, the classical music composer will give a concert at the University of Toronto today. Much of his music focuses on unorthodox musical glasses. Price war in Burnaby means break for local motorists BURNABY, B.C. (CP) They're keeping their fingers crossed as they do it, but some Burnaby gas station operators are underselling most Man crushed EDMONTON (CP) A 22- year-old elevator installer was killed when .he was crushed by an elevator in the Edmonton Centre development. Gary Francis Champion of Edmonton was dead on arrival at hospital. Police said the man was lying on the floor of an elevator talking with another employee. He was trying to move the elevator down to touch the final limits switch when he pressed the "up" instead of the "down" button on a control box. TryBthwiYiiBiy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAI CO SMITH-JONES (HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 32S-S447 Vancouver area gasoline retailers by 10 to 12 cents a gallon and making a profit. It began less than two years ago with a price cutting competition between two independent service stations here. For months they stayed within a penny a gallon of each other undercutting other stations in the area by at least 10 cents a gallon yet remaining profitable through sales volume and a self-serve system. In order to get a share of the business, six other outlets in the area had to slash prices too. Today there are eight stations selling gasoline at 43.9 cents for regular and 48.9 cents for premium. Current prices in the lower mainland of British Columbia range from 54.9 cents a gallon to 56.9 for regular gasoline and from 59.9 to 61.9 for premium. There are also some scattered discount stations selling gasoline for about five cents a gallon less. "If the wholesale gasoline prices go up by eight cents or so. then our prices will go up too." said Bill Ablitt. co- owner of one of the original price cutting stations. "But so will the prices of gasoline at all the stations, and we'll still be underselling the big oil company outlets by 10 cents a gallon or more. "How can we do it? Well, we own our property and don't have to pay on a lease or take our supplies from one company. We shop around and get our gas and oil where it's the cheapest. "Customers fill up their own tanks and, unless business is really slack, we don't wash windshields'or check the oil or the tires. And we don't take credit cards or cash cheques or deal in any gimmicks. "We sell three or four times as much gas as most service stations, so even though our profit is slim it adds up through the volume. The big companies have all sorts of ways of siphoning off profit from their leased or mortgaged retail -outlets.'' The big worry, said Mr. Ablitt. is that the oil companies might simply refuse to sell to independents such as himself, except at the higher than wholesale prices they charge their own service stations. John Van Der Woude, manager of the other station, said he also worries about how long the oil companies will sell to the independents at "straight wholesale prices." "There's plenty of oil in Canada, you know." he said. "This energy crisis stuff is just a good way for the big companies to push up prices. I hope we can help to slow them down a bit." NOTICE EAST END WELDING It no longer affiliated with CUSTOM ENGINE ft PARTS LTD. as of March 1st 1974 No More Charges Will Be Accepted By Custom Engine For East End Welding CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd South 320-0101 By ERIC BOURNE Christian Science Monitor VIENNA, Austria After four years of enforced silence, Alexander Dubcek, leader of the 1968 Czechoslovak reform movement which was crushed by a Soviet led invasion, has spoken out. It was Mr. Oubcek's first statement to reach the West since mid-1970 when he was stripped of all official posts and expelled from the party. In it, Mr. Oubcek staunchly deiended his liberalizing regime and bitterly assailed his hard-line successors. He made his views known in a letter to the widow of his tormer principal aide during the "Prague Josef Smrkovsky, who died in January. A copy of the letter was smuggled out to the Italian magazine Giorni Vie Nuove a large circulation weekly close to the Italian Communist Party which published the text in its March 14 issue. The editor, Davide Lajoy, a Communist parliamentary deputy and member of the Italian party Central Committee, says he is satisfied with the letter's authenticity. In the letter, Mr. Dubcek, a lifelong Communist, reiterates the views and beliefs he struggled to uphold in the stormy period between the August, 1968, intervention and his dismissal as party leader in April of the following year There still is the puzzled air, almost of naivete, with which he greeted the first news that the Warsaw Pact forces had crossed the Czechoslovak borders, but one also senses the same bitter conviction with which he defended his government and its program until he was forced from office. He still could not understand, he writes Mrs. Smrkovksy, how the Soviet Union and its allies could accept the "false reports" which the hard-line remnants ot the previous Stalinist regime fed back to Moscow about Czech liberalization. "Even today I just cannot understand it." he adds. He also criticizes the present leadership for "resorting to slanders" jgainst Mr. Smrkovsky when, in retirement, he continued to protest the prolonged presence of Soviet forces in Czechoslovakia and the campaign of distortion leveled at the reformers' program. The aims of the "Prague says Mr. Dubcek, were in no way pointed to a "return to capitalism" but to "internal democracy, unlimited and unconditioned by the party, a strengthening ot the faith of the people and its transofrmation into a revolutionary force and creative power of the party." Instead, the letter continues, a system based on personal power and bureaucracy was restored in Czechoslovakia. "Thus all has been lost which counts most in the work of the Leninist styled party the trust of the masses." Since his explusion from the party. Mr. Dubcek has lived quietly in total obscurity in his native Slovakia, working at a minor administrative industrial job. No word of his personal feelings had been previously heard from him. Now. however, tie says in his letter that both he and his wife. Anna, "are dishonored and undefended" and "here, I think is one of the most tragic aspects of all these events even my wife has been expelled from the party." The Italian magazine in which Mr. Dubcek's letter appears published two years ago a long interview with the late Mr. Smrkovsky. In it he robustly challenged the present Prague leadership on all its arguments in justification of the August, 1968, invasion and the ruthless purge of the reformers which followed. The regime was clearly nettled and embarrassed by the attack, especially since it was leveled under the cloak of the Italian Communist Party which has consistently condemned the 1968 invasion and its aftermath. Mr. Smrkovsky, then living in a cottage outside Prague, was twice interrogated by security police but no action was taken against him. He was harshly attacked by Rude -Provo, 'the official Chechoslovakian Communist Party daily The newspaper indicated, however, that the leadership had no wish to make a "Smrkovsky case" under circumstances so obviously unfavorable to itself and which would inevitably bring it into open conflict with a party as influential in the international movement as Italy's. Its dilemma will be the same over Giorni Vie Nuovo's publication of Mr. Dubcek's letter Province unveils new housing proposals EDMONTON (CP) Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell has told the legislature about a new scheme designed to provide assistance to low income persons in regular accommodation where they need not be identified as public housing tenants. Under the proposal, a municipal government could recommend the province rent vacant apartment units for two year periods and then sublet them to persons who qualify for rent subsidies on the regular public housing basis. The cost would be split between Ottawa and the Province. Mr. Russell also disclosed details of a provincial home ownership program that would run complementary to the federal program. The federal scheme provides interest subsidies for 'mortgages and grants to individuals earning between and annually. Maximum assistance is The Alberta program will add another assistance and extend benefits to persons earning as little as Mr. Russell said the government is also launching a rural housing program that will provide 225 farm homes to rural families on the same basis that public housing now is, provided through a rent subsidy to urban families. Romania worried by falling population BUCHAREST CAP) The first World Population Confer- ence, aimed at dealing with the earth's population ex- plosion, will meet this year in Romania, where efforts to force the birth rate up have failed. The United Nations, which is sponsoring the conference Aug. 19-30 in Bucharest has proclaimed 1974 World Popu- lation Year The earth's popu- lation will grow during the year by four million reach nearly four billion. But Romania's problem is the opposite. While the world population growth rate is two per cent and rising, Ro- mania's is below one per cent and falling despite efforts to boost the baby crop. The Romanian Communist party paper Scienteia says "a fundamental task affecting the prosperity and future of our homeland is the increase in a constant rhythm of the birth rate." In 1965. only 290.000 babies were born in Romania, while an estimated one million abortions were procured. Abortions were outlawed in 1966 except for women who already have four children or in cases of rape, incest or se- vere danger to the mother. TREE-LINE RUN In Canada's North, the tree- Jmc runs diagonally across the Northwest Territories from ihe Mackenzie River Delta to just north of the Manitoba Border on the Hudson Bay coast EARLY WEEK SPECIALS Potato Chips Party Pride Assorted, 8'A oz. net wt. R %J %J 0 Peanut Butter 149 Emoress Homo or Chunk stvto. 48 oz. net wt. Empress Homo or Chunk style, 48 oz. net wt. tin Aimer Tomato or Vtsetible Condensid 10-10% oz. tin Safiway All Purpose Grind lib. Ice Cream Snow Star Assorted Flavors. 6 qt. tub Tomato Catsup 951 oo I Cranberry Chooso Slicos 1 LSMTM MR Prams MhridnUy 16 oz. ml wt. I 09 Mm firacory Spirals in Store. Effective April 1-6. 1974 WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIMIT QUANTITIES Copyright 1969. Canada Safeway Limited ;