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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, Hay 13, 1770 THE LETHtRIDGE HERALD S Carl T. Roivuu Auto Insurance.- A Crooked Mess WASHINGTON-I was aghast recently when an insurance company asked to insure an IB-year-old's car for a year. And this amount was arrived at with no blemishes on his record! At those rates he "rebuys" the car every two years or he gives up UK young man's lux- ury of having wheels. A few days later, a woman I know had the front of her car damaged. One auto repair company said flatly it didn't want the job unless she had repair authorization from au insurance company. The implication was that they could milk the insurance company for money they wouldn't dare ask from an in- dividual. I mentioned this outrageous. situation to an insurance man who replied: "Any day you feel like getting delink, or cry- ing a lot, let's sit down and I'll tell you about the crooked- ness and injustice in the auto insurance business thai you won't believe." T haven't felt like weeping over car insurance, wlren so many other crying shames Joseph Kraft, abound, hut 1 have seen a study just released by the Depart- ment of Transportation This study ought to make it clear to anyone that the auto insurance business needs ma- jor reforms not a tuneup, but a complete overhaul. Ac- cording to DOT's Deputy As- sistant Secretary Richard J. Barber, the study showed that our auto accident compensa- tion system "is working very poorly and very inadequately. It is indeed startling and ter- ribly disturbing from both an economic and human stand- point." Here are a few of the find- ings which led to this conclu- sion: c t i m s of serious. crashes and their dependents got back only half of [heir total personal and family economic losses, and only 40 per cent of this recovered money came from auto in- surance. Many persons have had to move, borrow money, and change their standard of living as a result of (heir losses. average victim with a loss of or more re- covered only 30 per cent, while the average victim with a loss of less than S500 got back more than twice the amount of loss. On the average, 16 montlis elapsed between the time of the accident and final pay- ment, and even longer when the loss was over Barber called Ihe findings "shocking" and "startling." Shocking they are but not startling. We've known for years that the multi-billion dol- lar car insurance industry is in a mess. Staff members of the House Judiciary Committee concluded after a 1967 survey: "By any objective standard, performance of the auto-insur- ance business in e United States is unsatisfac- -.jr. The system is slow. {.'-Complete, and expensive. The companies and organizations involved in furnishing this service to the public in many resperts do a poor job." Individual horror stories abound: Virginia womat; ad lier policy cancelled la1; 'ear because of "unfavorable in- formation" the insur n r c e company received ing personal habits" her household. Investigation re- vealed Ule cancellation was based on the report of an Atlanta credit bureau tlial the woman's husband was a drunk false information given by someone who barely knew the man. Florida man, injured when his car was hit in two accidents, couldn't collect on either claim because each in- surance company involved said the injuries occurred in the other accident. New York attorney's policy was cancelled after Ills car had been hit in a parking lot while he was asleep in his apartment. a million policy- holders and claimants most of them blacks and other minorities were viulirns of the failure of 110 auto in- surance companies in a 10- year period. There are other stories of in- flated claims pursued by law- yers with an eye on the 30 per cent cut they get of Uie settle- ment, of hanky-panky with in- surance adjusters, of premium rates rising 50 to 100 per cent. Because of legal fees, investi- gations, court costs inefficien- cy, and other factors it cosls insurance companies to pay out in benefils. We are not talking about penny-ante stakes involving a small portion of the American public. There are some 100 mil- lion motorists in the U.S. The DOT study, which covered 1967, estimated that tliey were involved in accidents an average of 25 every min- ute. These claimed lives and left more than 2 million persons injured, of them seriously. The total compensable losses" lo the dead and seriously in- jured was put at billion. The DOT report is an interim phase of a two-year investiga- tion the government is making. Hopefully, the summer will bring some conclusions and re- forms. If Uncle Sam offers protec- tion to men who buy stocks, or women who buy diet drinks, surely il can do something for 100 million motorists who are being taken for a ride by those who exploit the auto insurance situation. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) Far-Reaching Costs Of Cambodian Strike Tff ASH MGTON American troops enlered Cambodia in search of the main enemy headquarters. They end up burning a bunch of dusty na- tive villages. Presumably some damage will be done to Communist sup- ply lines, stores, and plans. But for how long? The While House estimates it will take eight or nine months for the Communists Lo build back to where they were. President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam told Osborr.e Ellioll of Newsweek magazine lhat the effects would last "two, three months five, six months." Then what? The White House has not yet figured out how to do an encore. Presidenl Tliieu is not reticent. He laughingly told Newsweek: "We will go in again when it is necessary." What this teaches once again is that there is no way to end the Vietnamese war by conventional military force, that the only good way out is to negotiate out. But what does the latest set of strikes do for the negotiating possibility? Well, the Russians and those leaders of Hanoi who. favor a negotiated settl e m en t are plainly on the defensive. That is the meaning of the Com- munist boycott of the Paris peace talks. That is why Le Due Tho, Hanoi's chief nego- tiator, has left Paris back- tracking from early indications ot sympathy with the u' a new Geneva conference T.iat is why Premier Alexei of Russia, when asked abua: Geneva meeting at his conference the other .-e- plied: At this point it ii we- essary to stop the not to hold conferences." Similarly the Coia'-'-iuJst Chinese and their alii s in Hanoi have had a new for their theory of maint. a perpetual guerrilla ir; Indochina. That is why P.'king is plugging as never befoi the insurgent liberation move] of Cambodia, Laos, and Suuth Vietnam. That is why i; making such a big deal fivl't the presence of Chinese I'-CT> ler Chou En-lai at a meeting in south China of all the Communist parties to the Vietnam war. No doubt a temporary cloud- ing of the negotiating prospect would be justifiable if the great centre of the Communist power was being put on notice to be- have by the show of. strength in Cambodia. But the Russians are not getting that message at all. On the contrary, at his press conference Mr. Kosygin was confident to the point of joking about Western speculation on inner Kremlin politics. He spoke of a new burst of activ- ity by Soviet pilots in Egypt with bland impunity. For the United States is not exactly in good position to complain about Stock up for the Holiday Weekend Prices effective 14-15-16 CHUCK ROA iST Red or Blue Brand Beef Ib, 69' COTTAGE ROLLS Md r PORK LOIN ROAST Boneless Ib. I Red Brand Beef, Ib. Red or', :J6 Brand Beef, Ib. j ClUD SteOk Red Brand Beef, Ib. 1 Pork ......IB. 1'19 Side Bacon Pvs. Bologna By the Piece Seven Farms Ib. Mb. pkg. 59" Clover Leaf Kraft Dinner Green Beans Beans with Pork Flaked Tuna 1 Garden Gale, whale. Mushrooms Orange Drink Spaghetti Wax, Green Giant, Fey., sliced, M-oz. tini Malklnt 14-oz. tins 6-oz. tins 10-oz. tins In Tomato Sauce, 48-01. tins 14-oz. tins! 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At best thai means that Mos- cow, far from being scared, is applying against tlie United States the a d m inistration's famous policy of linkage the policy of saying you behave or we won't play Dall in the arms control talks. At worst, there could be gen- uine harm .done lo tlie pros- pects for arms control. For the Soviets are negotiating on tlie assumption that agreement will register rough parity between the Big Two. They have finally begun io believe former Defence Secretary Robert McNamara's assurances that neither side could gain from an increase in strategic weaponry. But if they begin to get tlie wind up, if they are convinced that this country is creating a climate of confron- tation in order to go one up, then tliey could easily back away from any agreement. So far, most of tliese bleak developments are potenl i a L They could be undone by a re- versal of American policy. But that would mean finaEy re- jecting the contention of the American military that tliey can win decisive advantages in Vietnam. It would mean under- standing that President Thieu is advocating a policy of per- petual war. It would mean moving to negotiate by chang- ing the ambassador and the commander in Vietnam in order to pave the way for a new government ready to com- promise with the other side. And doing all those things takes courage the moral courage of convictions, not the kind given to men who think (hey are Inc.) Earth Drifts I'l'oni Tlie Christian Science Monitor ATOT much stability on planet 1 Earth these days? Ge- ologists now have located the South Pole in the middle of the Sahara Desert. That is, what was South Pole 450 million yars ago has been inching northward, due to the "sliding action" of the earth's crust, until now it's in southeastern Algeria. A front-page phenomenon! But we'd also like to see, while mankind is having teach-ins on how to save its environment, some publicity about more se- rious changes in the earth's crust. The growth of deserts due to neglect and abuse, for in- stance. Stability and earfli-strcngth can be rebuilt, with care and wisdom. Note that in some areas of northern Israel birds are singing, rain falls and critk- cls chirp, because of reforesta- tion afler centuries of ne- glect. And then Ihink what more could be restored if Arabs and Jews, North nnd South Viet- namese, Chinese and Russians would stop their insane con- frontations and wars and begin humbly to devote their energies to restoring their ravaged plan- et. They might even succeed in reversing the drift before it is too laic! Regional Library Expansion I'Yom Our Borders1 Alberta Government Publication pAHKLAKD REGIONAL Library, which has operated since 1959 covering three counties and one school division in Cen- tral Alberta, has expanded its southern boundary to include the County of Moun- tain View. This means that an additional people will now have available lo them (he best ui library service, bringing to over 000 tlie population served by Uie province's only regional library. Service will be chan- nelled tlirough six public libraries and nine school libraries in Mountain View County. The area which has been organized as a regional library for the past 11 years in- cludes the counties of Lacombe, Fonoka and Red Deer (excluding Red Deer city) and the school division of Rocky Mountain, with 3 combined population ot who are served through 13 public and 43 school libraries. Establishment of regional libraries is provided for ill the Alberta Libraries Act, administered by the Libraries Division, Cultural Development Branch, Department of the Provincial Secretary. In rural Al- berta, the regional setup provides a larger supporting population for operation of a library, making it possible to give teller service; more books, a wider variely of books, any book on request, and qualified librarians. Library technical processes book sel- ection, ordering, and classification are done by the staff of the regional library, giving local librarians more opportunity to provide librarianship assistance to readers. To encourage tire establishment of re- gional libraries, the provincial government pays a region an establishment grant of 51 per capita.. A cheque for was recently issued to the Parkland Regional Library lo cover its expansion to Mountain View. A regional library is maintained by an annual grant from the provincial govern- ment of 75 cents per capita, and contri- butions from participating jurisdictions of 51 per capita. There'are no .library usage fees. Services are "free for reading, re- ference and information of all residents of the regional library area." Regional library boards, comprised of two representatives from each participa- ting jurisdiction, are completely aulono. mous. Operating from headquarters in La- combe, the Parkland Regional Library now has a slock of books. It em- ploys a librarian, assistant librarian, and eight clerical workers. Each participating library now a total of 71 is visited every month by a book delivery van. A high level of public acceptance of re- gional library service is reflected in an- nual statistics for Parkland. Its 1969 cir- culation of volumes works oul to a "books borrowed per capita" figure of 15. The national average is about five. Two more areas of the province are now investigating the possibilities of establish- ing regional libraries. Enquiries regarding regional libraries should be directed to tlie Libraries Supervisor, Cultural Develop- ment Branch, Financial Building, Edmon- ton. Redrafting The Electoral Map By Jean Pellerui, in QNCE AGAIN, a provincial election has focused attention on the evils of the electoral map and the polling system. The Quebec Liberals, with 45.3 per cent of the popular vote, were strongly represented with 72 seats while the Parti Qucbecois, with 22.8 per cent of the votes, found it- self under-represented with seven seats when in all fairness it should have formed the official Opposition. Tne Union Nationale, with 19.6 per cent of the votes, won 17 seats and the Cred- itistes took 12 seats with only 11.3 per cent of the votes. This is a real swindle which we can no longer tolerate One fact that stands out is that the electoral map gives too much importance to the rural vote and not enough Lo the urban vole. But here the experts do not agree. The most authoritative among them say it is not sufficient to increase urban represen- tation to correct the situation. It is also necessary to decrease rural representa- tion. Others maintain that il is difficult to re- Montreal La Presse duce rural representation, because we must take into account the distances mem- bers must travel to stay in contact with their electors. This argument doesn't carry much weight. The airplane, the telephone and television have abolished distances Redrafting the electoral map has caused and will cause many headaches. Figures for 1966 indicate that in the Quebec leg- islature for the last four years, one mem- ber, for Terrebonne, has represented 470 voters. Seven members represented ridings having an average of votes each. This means that the member for Terre- bonne, elected by voters, has only one vote in the house wliere seven rural members represent. a total of voters. A perfect electoral map seems to be a dream. But if Mr. Bourassa invites ex- perts on the question to go to work, with- out looking for loopholes, we will surely arrive si. a fair solution, and the new Liberal leader will be congratulated for having pushed a difficult but urgent re- form. Sad Epilogue To Peace Efforts From The Viclo A SAD LITTLE EPILOGUE to ths drama of Canadian efforts for peace before the Easter adjournment. It details Parliament's response to the appeal for a grant for tlie Canadian Peace Research Institute. The Institute sprang inlo tender bloom about a decade ago. It flourished under the warm breath of praise and hope breated upon it by out- standing Canadians, including Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Gerard Pellelier. From this foundation was conceived a "Bridge of Reason'1 to reach man's uni- versal dream of a r-JLhou' flict 0' 1 P I'lB Instill- vaipr- conductea. Last month Mr. Tom Barnclt, Comox-Alberni's NDP member, added his plea for governnrent consideration of a grart lo the Institute, following earlier submissions by Victoria's Liheral MP, Jlr. David Groos, and others. ria Daily Times With a suitable reference to (lie current period of austerity, Privy Council presi- dent Donald S. Macdonald gave the govern- ment's reply: I regret that at Uia present time the government is not in a position to assist the Institute although tlie government has great respect for its objec- tives." The need for economy in these times is widely recognized. It may seem a trill? in- congruous however, 'lie nation afford to Wi'sms owed to the 71W.2V, '.nt hasn't L. thousand to ..upporL an institute ior whose objectives Ihs government has such high respect. Or, for that matter, that there appeared to be unlimited funds available to make cupboard doors hang true and to stabilize furniture on Hie aircraft Bonavenlure shorl- ly before it went out of service. Chaos At 'Kennedy" By Marian Virtue (Writing from Fiuichal, Madeira, a Portngocse Island) Madeira Many of you have read the novel "Airport" by Arthur Haley (wish I hadn't) and likewise many of you may be familiar with tlie overcrowded conditions and inadequacies of "Kennedy Airport" in New York. When I left the peaceful island of Ber- muda expecting io be in Portugal for Easter, I had no idea I'd be caught up in what Kennedy Airport officials said was "the worst night we've ever experienced." Over a thousand air traffic controllers had gone on strike. Tliey didn't walk oul. They simply phoned in thai morning, on the eve of heavy Easier Initfic, to say tliey were "sick." What kind of "sickness" (ivliicli not only affected N.Y. but controllers all over Ihe U.S.A.) will probably be decided by the Courts. Bermuda airport on departure had re- vealed nothing. It wasn't until we were ready to lard at Kennedy for a change of plane, that our captain announced, "Heavy rains coupled with an air conlrollers1 strike." "We'll probably have to circle for about two hours as 50 or more planes are wailing lo land." Circling for us meant flying a 60 foot lane back and forth, at an altilude of feet, until control gave orders to and then it would be a slow process from one altitude lane to another. This order didn't come until three and one half hours later. At "Kennedy" chaos reigned supreme. Flights missed, hundreds cancelled, travel- lers slept on airport seats, baggage racks, in wheel chairs and telephone booths, while hundreds more milled about looking com- pletely disgusted. Olhcrs argued with offi- cials for immediate accommodation, others headed for (rains or to rent cars. All were cheerful as we boarded the big jet for the flight lo Lisbon but sn'.iles dis- appeared as minutes became hours. Alter n five hour wait, trailing slowly other wait- irg planes, like city traffic, we got the "go ahead" sign. Wlren airborne, a sense of relief seemed to permeate UK entire plane 'a relief perhaps, that we were at last on our way, but generally, mllef (o leave "Kennedy" and New York wlh all its chaos behind. Portugal, by comparison, seemed so calm, so peaceful, so safe. ;