Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE icTKBRiCS: HESftLB Friday, May 11, Martin Meredith Curbing costs The president of the (.'anaelian Medical Association, Dr. II. D. Unbcrls of Newfoundland, has reiter- ated the concern oE that over growing medical cosls by ask- ing the federal government to intro- duce deterrent fees for medical ser- vices. Speaking to the annual meeting of Hie Manitoba Medical Association rccenlly, lie noted that since 1960 the average annual cost increase for per- sonal health care has been in the 12 1n 1-1 per cent area. At this escalating rate he said that medicare could eas- ily bankrupt Ihe Canadian economy iii a matter of a few years. Dr. Robert's suggestion of a deter- rent fee is not new. It had been dis- cussed and rejected at the lime the medicare program was introduced. In oilier countries it lias been imp- plemented with some success. In such instances, in addition to hcallh care premiums patients are asked to pay a small sum directly towards the cost of services received. Such "participation" fees Dr. Roberts con- tends, would make people think twice before seeking medical help for every minor ache and pain. On the other hand, arguments against such additional fees are well- founded. It is claimed llial adininis- tralive costs for such a scheme would negale the financial advan- tages. There is also the concern that people may be discouraged from seeking medical help when they need it. Undoubtedly (here is some abuse of the health care program hut is very likely minimal. The introduction of even a token deterrent fee would not discourage the neurotics so much as it would penalize lower income families who, for the first time, can get health care when it is necessary There are olher areas where costs could perhaps be curbed. More home nursing services for convalescents and the elderly would free active care hospital beds. Trained personnel to treat minor complaints would free busy doctors. Better utilization of outpatients departments would re- lease more hospital beds. Urging the medical profession to police itself in an attempt to keep their fees and costs at a sensible level would also help. There is no doubt something has lo be done, and very soon, to keep health care costs within reasonable bounds and all avenues should be well reviewed. Deterrent fees should be implemented only as a last resort. Disappea ring priccs 'Hie average housewife doesn't need Statistics Canada's report to know that the cost of living continues to rise, particularly in the food department. The only thing she's not sure of is the exact consumer price index which the report obligingly provides. Quite without the indices she knows that when she does her weekly shopping she'll be paying more for meat, particularly beef and pork, than she did at this time last year. Doubtless in many homes a roast of beef or pork is rapidly be- coming a "Sunday only" treat. Fruit also is up more than 14 per cent over last year, and eggs, the poor man's chicken dinner, have nearly flown the coop. The housewife knows the producers are happy to be getting good prices for their products but she questions bow much the supermarket adds lo their prices and what the basis is for their strange merchandising system. For as she scans the ads for possible food bargains, the housewife lias a niggling suspicion that she is a pawn in the supermarkets' whims. For example, one the specials will be beef, the next pork, the fol- lowing poultry. If the housewife's family are non-pork eaters she must pay the price for the non-specials, hoping by doing so she can take a tuck in her budget at another counter. It is illogical to her, the consumer, why she must be directed what and when to buy. The market she reasons, is not that flexible from week to week, year upon year, but seldom does she have much of a choice in so-called bargains that are pre-deter- mined for her. At Easter and Christ- mas, non-poultry eaters may be an- gered at the scant selection in beef and pork available. She doesn't care a hoot that turkeys have to he moved before the weekend is over, she wants a roast of beef now. But unless she's prepared lo pay for a prime cut she'll end up with a turkey in the oven. The continual climb of these foods will eventually he met with resis- tance by shoppers, not only because of the high cost, but also because of a natural resistance to having their menus decided for them. When the consumer's voice gets loud enough, it's bound to be heard. ART BUCHWALD What the president knows WASHINGTON I guess It would bo an understatement to say that things are not going as well In Indochina as Ihe president planned. Jlost Americans are quite confused about It and are wondering ivhy. 1 was, too. until I spoke to my friend Knmmsky in a bar the olhcr night. Kaminsky raised a frightening Ihought when he said, "The Americans have al- ways assumed that the president of the United States has information al his dis- posal that the rest of us don't." "Of course" I said. "Everyone knows that." "Well, suppose he doesn't? Suppose the president doesn't know any more a h o u t w'mt is going on (hat we "That's impossible, 1 smrl. "The president knows secrets thai none of us would dream of." "We like to think that.." be replied. "But what ho knows is ''It, be vfong. The president, has pvcry source nf information In this country available lo him, from Ihe CIA lo Ihe Pen lagon, to Uic embassy In Saigon. Their re- ports don'l lie." ''Well, how do you explain Ihe pre.ii- dcnL's assurances for the past three-and-a- half years thai Victnamizalion was work- was working when he said it was working. II just isn't working loo now. You can't expert Virtnamimllnn to work ALL the "Hut suppose the reports the president road w e r e overly optimistic In make Ihe people in the field look good. How would the- president know Ihe 'No one would do I proleslod. "They know the president relies on that in- formation ID make decisions "True, bul have you ever Iward nf a president getting a PESSIMISTIC report from until I admilted. insky, you are making me very nervous." "I am not being critical of the presi- dent." Kaminsky said. "I don't tlu'nk Presi- dent. Kennedy or President Johnson receiv- er] any more, honest rojHirls than President Nixon. Maybe (hat's why we've in Vietnam for 10 years. Anyone ever sta- tioned m Vietnam has always assurer! Ihe president in office (hat things were going well. The only people who didn'l believe the reports were Ihose who read the news- papers and watched the war on television. "The problem will] our presidents is that they refused lo believe what they read in the newspapers because Ihc secret reports Ihey received said Ihe exact, opposite.'' "Then what you're saying, Kaminsky, is llial. the people who read Ihe newspapers knew more ahoul what was going on in Indochina Ih.in presidents of the United "Of You must, remember Mint. when you're president, you Irusl. people who agree uifh you more than people who disagree with you. would R prcsidcnl believe a news story lhat, makes his policy JOOK bail'.'" "lie vouldn'l." I admilted. "Particularly during an election year. Rut If we can't believe the prcsidcnl knows more lhan wo do, then it lakes all Uic fun out of having a president. 1 slill believe. Ihc president has lols nf secrets lhat he isn't telling us." Kaminsky said. "But. you must, keep in mind that Ihc fact lhat some- Ibing is secret dooMi'i, necessarily make, it true, and Ihc fact thai, something is trim doesn't necessarily make it secret." Kaminsky seemed pleased with himself. ''Would you like lo buy me another I replied iTorunlti Sun .Vus Srrvirn African guerrillas have new hope in UN I L'SAKA African nalinn- J alisL guerrilla movements, which to now have bitterly critical of Uic passive role they said Hie United Na- tions had played in campaigns against white minority govern- ments in soutlicrn Africa, are beginning li> look to the UN as a more useful ally. This change of altitude was demonstrated during a visit lo Africa of the UN decolonization committee which spent most April meeting nationalist move- ments In three centres In black Africa Conakry in Guinea, Lusaka In Zambia and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, to listen lo progress reports on llicir cam- paigns. In contrast to previous visits lo Africa in which the UN corn, mittee confined itself to indoor discussions with nationalist representative, on this occasion three members of the commit' tee diplomats from Sweden, Ecuador and Tunisia made a trip to areas of Portuguese Guinea under (he control of Amilcar Cahral's guerrilla movement PAKJC (African I'arty for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Capo Verde I. Their unprecedented expedi- tion angered the Portuguese (who denied that the commit- tee bad set fool in Bis- sau) and considerably im- pressed oilier nationalist move- ments operating in southern Africa. Two of them MPLA from Angola and FRELIMO from Mozambique asked the UN committee lo send similar delegations at a later stage lo territories which they control. Although the guerrilla move- ments still remain impjilient with Ihc obviously limited role which the UN can play, criti- cism of the UN is more muled than before from both (he nationalists and from indepen- dent African governments like Zambia which )iad on a pre- vious visit of the committee to Lusaka referred to Ihe UN as (he "graveyard" of African causes. Of major importance lo tlio guerrilla movements is the real prospect of gelling substantial UN aid for their cause. While in Lusaka, the UN committee passed the customary resolu- tions attacking Portuguese rula hut in addition iL urged Ilia UN's specialized agencies such as UNESCO and the World Health Organization to provide material support to guerrilla movements. IL seems likely that UN health and educational facilities will be used to an in- creasing extent by guerrilla organizations. Much of the aid which the receive al present comes from Russia, China, and 1 he East European countries; in particular all arms supplies come from these sources. But a growing volume of aid is being given by Western sources, notably by Scandina< vian countries. In some the national- ists arc more eager lo gel Western aid than Communist since it lends to balance their heavy dependence on the East. It is also an indication of the widening for their cause. United Nations assist- ance falls into this category but it also confers on the lib- eration movements a degree of international recognition which they are most anxious to ac- quire. One of the decolonization committee's most significant on its recent trip to Africa to pass a resolution In Con- akry (hat. CabraTs I'AHiTJ WHS Lhc only "aulh- nific'' representative of (ho people of Guinea Bissau, Be- cause of .such commitments, the guerrilla movements arc finding new merit in llie UN's work. (Written for Hie Herald and tlic Observer, London) Charles Yoley U.S. campaign for legal 'pot' gathers strength 'AL1FOTLMA mil he the first stale to legalize marijuana, it is being confident- ly predicted In the United States. Attitudes towards "pot" have undergone a distinct change in recent months, and the question being asked today is not ''should but "how soon Ehould we alter Ihe Dr. Roger 0. Egebcrg, spe- cial adviser lo President NLxon on public health matters, re- cently suggested that legalized marijuana in the U.S. was slill four years away, but the spon- sors of the California Mari- juana Initiative tlu'nk other- wise. You can meet them any day, working in crews at tres- tle tables in parking lots out- side the vast supermarkets, on beaches and street-corners, gathering signatures for the petition that seeks to make the possession of pot lawful. Already the hundreds of peo- ple mostly, but by no means all young working for tha CMI movement have gathered signatures towards their Letters fo the editor goal of. which, they claim, will be easily reached in May. The campaign is slate- wide, being organized in 3-1 Cal- ifornian counties, with the San Francisco area being, unsur- prisingly, the most active, and Los Angeles a close second Signing the petition so the organizers will tell you does not brand you as a smoker of the forbidden weed, nor even as one who endorses its use: you are merely helping to put the issue before the people, who would then vote on it. The CMI movement does not, In fact, go far beyond the rec- ommendations of the Presi- dent's Commission on Mari- juana and drug abuse. It, loo, would remove penalties for adult possession or personal use of pot. Where the iniliativa takes a further slep is suggest- ing that people be allowed lo grow marijuana for their per- sonal use, thus giving one pos- sible answer to the problem posed by the presidential ad- visers, who would permit pri- vate use but prohibit sale. Albeit grudgingly, more and more public figures includ- ing some who have strongly op- posed legalization in the past are coming round to the pos- ition that marijuana must be separated from hard drugs in the U.S. legal code; that a pinch of noi is no worse majbe even less harmful than a double gin. One such crusader against marijuana as an inevitable forerunner of amphetamines, LSD and heroin has been TV personality A r t Linkletter whose daughter died in a fall from a window while under tha cflecLs of LSD. But now Mr. LinkleLter says he agrees with young people who believe there is "an unwarranted hysteria concerning marijuana." If the citizenry, the police and the courts spent less lime worrying about "this relatively minor problem." says Linkletter, Am- erica might get on faster with the real problem of correcting hard drug abuse. But is America ready to do lliat? The latest national Gall- up poll does indicate a rise in Halhvuy house has been researched 1 ,1111 clad Ihnl al last issues such as the need for hostels and halfway houses are not swept under the carpet any longer but are brought out in the open, and In such a place in the newspaper where it is hard to miss. Most people in tlus area are not aware of the need for hos- tels and halfway houses. Un- less people become aware of the conditions under which some of their fellow citizens live it is oxlrcmely difficult lo gel a lioslcl or halfway house, established. For us was staled in The Herald articles a ven- ture surh as this ami from now on I will solely ocenpv my- ficlf v.ilb a halfway linuse lie- cause I am more familiar wild It needs 20 lo 25 per cenl of Ihe funds raised in the com- munity or area where it is go- ing lo he located. Tlie govern- ment, requires Ibis so llial Ihey can be sure Ihc citizens are supporting Ihc issue. As a meiuhor of (he ftosalla House CoinmiUcc I mii.sl hou- ever take exception to a few slalcmenls appearing in t.lio last hvo nrficlos of (lie scries. The rommillcc. f o r Tiosalla House has done some research into the numbers of women taken inlo cuslody on charges under I be Liquor Conlrol Art, We also have kept track of (ho number of women going lo Hose Yellow I'Vcl while she was working al the LethbridKo Friendship Centre who needed a plaec (o stay and expressed Ihcir desire lo work lowards overcoming llicir problem. Wo have conlactcd Fort Saskal- chewan Correctional Institution and asked for the number of women coming from southern Alberta held there. Mrs. Thomas, chief matron at Fort Saskatchewan Correctional In- stitution is deeply concerned lhat Ibcrc is no place where she can refer women for re- habilitation in the Lellihridge area. The Lethhridgr Police Foren ought to he highly commend- ed. Quile some lime ago, I left a ten-speed bicycle un- locked In my driveway. II was slolen lhat night. Upon dis- covering the lliefl Ihe next morning, I immcdiaclly phoned Ihe police station, and des- cribed my bike, giving Ihc reg- istration number, efc. 11 is a common color though, and rnosl Icn speeds look Ille same, so I didn'l think Ihcro was a chance of my getting it back. Bul lhat very niphl, t received a call from Ihc polico slalion Idling me 1 could pick up my hiko anytime, as it liad been found. Incidents like (his mnke n person have a lol of rcspecl for Ihe good work our police, force riiics. HUTU WKINTIIAUII. Also we eonlacted our Ml1, MLA anil any olhcr politician who could have some interest in our venture, however re- mole, and passed on the facts lo lliem. So far we have only received Icllcrs stating lhat they would conlacl us, or re- ceived no answer al all. So we will remind (hem of the fact lhat we wanl Liiem to co-oper- ate with us. As lo the support from citi- zens or organizations in (his area, it is Irue Hint at one lime we only had indications of support from some city groups, hut. recently this is changing. We are receiving more support and are very happy with Ilie support given us by some or- ganizations and citizens. We only hope more will follow in their Footsteps. For to raise we need support from a number of people and organizations. Also Ihe committee itself Is making efforts to raise money. Un Saturday Afay 20 (here will be a rummage sale in Ihc Lelli- bridgc Friendship Centre from 11-12 a.m. Furthermore, any or- ganization wlio wishes us to come and speak on Ihe need for mid IV. goals of Rosalia House only has lo make this known to us and we will oblige. 1MIKS WAfiF.NAAR, Chairman, Ihe number of users: but not in the number of people opposing legalization. Gallup avers that K million adults (or about 18 per cert of the population) have sampler! pot. That is Ihree limes the figure estimated for two years ago. On (he other hand, by far the majority of users (and advo- cates) are In the 18-29 age group: after that, the genera- tion gap yawns forbiddingly. Eight out of 10 people polled opposed the legalization of marijuana; while for the use of "other 64 per cent of Americans thought that pen- alties for possession should be iiicj-eased. Yet, in California at least, there are continued signs of a turnabout in opinion. When the benign, lovable Mr. Linkletter, a repository of conservative virtues, finds himself allied wilh the radical Berkeley school board (which voted 3 lo 2 to approve a state initiative legal- izing then something is in the wind. Even the doyen of Californ- ian newspaper columnists, Ihe redoubtable Herb Caen of Ihe SAN FRANCISCO CHRON- 1CLE once voled by readers as among Ihe slale's Ten Most Powerful Men has come out in favor, again grudgingly, of Ihe weed: "Marijuana may bo worse than he wrola rccenlly, "hut I doubt it. Off- hand, I can't Uiink of anybody dead of weed, hut I have just jolted down Ihe names of two score of my contemporaries who died of ihe bottle." As for the president's com- mission, its findings, aFler a year-long international study, were that pot is a relatively harmless, even potenlially be- neFicent drug. The commission suggested legalization of use and possession vvilhin the con- fines of one's home, and a con- siderable reduction in penalties for sale, purchase and cul- tivation. To this, Dr. Egeberg has a ralher unusual suggestion to add: a trial of legal smoking in some small country where (he experiment might be stop- ped, should it misfire, more simply lhan in the vast and somewhat inflexible United States. Dr. Egeberg, who was addressing a Council of Eu- rope symposium drugs held in Strasbourg, added that "we are not encouraging anyone lo do bul he would discuss Ihe idea with officials of the Nixon administration. Meanwhile, the CMI move- ment continues to grow. One reason for the support it has garnered even among law-and- order enlhusiasts in California is the belief lhat student con- tempt for the police will be lessened if the marijuana laws are revised. Mr. John Kaplan, a former U.S. attorney in Saq Francisco, who once put pot- pushers behind bars without a qualm hut is now a lead- er of the reform campaign, ad- vocates a scheme of regula- tions similar to Ihose now con- Irolling the sale of alcohol. He envisages government-licensed marijuana stores, wilh taxes high enough lo price the drug out of young people's reach, and all sales to unricr-18s made illegal. The big tobacco firms aro keenly interested in the mari- juana market, despite their protestations lo Hie contrary; and when big business takes a hand in the United Stales, we may look for results before too long. (Wrillcii for (he Herald and The Observer, London) Looking backward Through The Herald UI22 We hear on good au- thority that as soon as seeding is completed, the noliklinbor is going In pull down (he flour mill at. Pinchcr Creek and haul it lo Lundbrcck. Positive identification of Ihc body Found near the Lindbergh estate has revealed it. lo be llial of (lie kidnapped Lindbergh baby. Flood waters havo lefl '10-50 families homeless in Blairmorc and between 100 and families have been driven oul of their homes. A building permit bar, been issued for the construc- tion of an one storey 10 by-lit) foot office building for the Lclhbridfic school division al 2M 13th Slrcct S. Construc- tion of Ihc building will slarL immediately. The Uthbridcje Herald 50-1 7lh St. S., Lctlibridfic, Alberta LETHBIUDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published Ittvl, by Ilnn. W. A. JUJCIIANAN Second Class Mnll RrnMrntlnn No 0013 Wpmhrr nf Thr Canadian nnil !hn Djnly Newspaper Publllhcri' Assocmllon nnri Iho Aurtil niirn.ni of Circulations CLEO W, MOWERS, Editor nntl PnhllMirr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Gcncrfll DON P1LI ING WILLIAM HAY AA.iniinino Edilnr Pdilrr ROV r- MH Fi DOUf-l M K Kf7rt AdvrrliMno Mnnflucr fcdiloiidl LJilor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"