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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE May Party leaders weigh election advantages A leak in the dike The Soviet Council of at its latest took a significant economic step. It ordered the manufacturers of consumer with the exceptions of children's goods and to set the volume of their own production according to market demand. This is a notable concession to the Soviet consumer and it arises from high level debate in the U.S.S.R. over the best approach to economic management. Russian economy has been notable for its inefficiency in the light industry sector and for the poor quality and lack of variety of consumer goods. This step in the direction of remedying these flaws may not result in any spectacular since the manufacturers were also at the same that they would have to be contented with existing allocations of raw materials. it is a break in the planned economy in the state controlled and monolithic structure in which the Soviet economy served the needs of the state as seen from the top of the structure. It follows the trend of holding factory managers more accountable than in the when artificial goals were imposed which may have had little relationship either to consumer needs or to efficient production methods and which in the absence of either have simply served the needs of the bureaucracy. The rise of the consumer in the pecking order of the Soviet economy has been interesting to watch and can probably be correlated with increasing relationships cultural and otherwise between Russia and the industrialized nations of the west. Russian citizens are becoming more and more aware of standards of living outside the so-called Iron Curtain and are therefore becoming more aware of the shortcomings of their own economy. At the same council of ministers agricultural officials of each of the republics were directed to make certain that state and collective farms had enough feed and fertilizer. The awesome simplicity of this solution by directive to the serious fertilizer shortage leaves a Canadian unless he is one who believes that talking to plants will make them grow. The pen may be mightier than the sword but it is still no substitute for fertilizer and on the at it takes more than a penned directive to make wheat grow. Flowers of Hope campaign Helping the handicapped to help themselves is something that makes an immediate appeal to most people. There to be a positive response to the appeal for funds being made by the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded through a house to house campaign in the city tomorrow evening. Casual readers and listeners having a vague recollection that outside financial support is coming to the Lethbridge association may wonder why the local appeal needs to be made. The outside tunds are lor a special pilot project called Comprehensive Community Services designed to integrate the handicapped into society. This soon to be will begin with the mentally retarded and then be expanded to include the physically handicapped as well. The truth is that the Lethbridge Assoc'ition for the Mentally Retarded needs more money than in the past. Not only should the local association have at least a small share in the pilot project it conceived but the cost of administering its other projects continue to rise. In addition there is pressing need for new residences for the mentally retarded. There are more than half a million retarded people in Canada today out of every 100 children born are mentally The hopeful thing in this picture is that 29 out ot 30 mentally retarded children can be helped to grow into useful members of the community. A generous response to the Flowers of Hope campaign will turn dreams into reality. ERIC NICOL The rapid decline AND CHER AXED The obituaries of showbiz are cruel. At least the writer could have said that Cher was tomahawked. Some observers of the entertainment industry blame cancellation of the Sonny and Cher TV variety program on the marital rift between the couple. Millions of American men wanted to believe that an Italian runt really could find happiness with a sensual woman with Indian blood in her veins and a disturbing way of licking her lips. When Sonny and Cher's togetherness became a reality came crashing down on the phantasies of middle-aged guys who had been eying their tall secretaries. I was not one of them. I distrusted Sonny and Cher from the start. They came on too strong. Especially Cher. I was brought up to believe that a female singer looked like Kate Smith. Once she had been placed in front of the nothing on God's earth could move her. Cher moved in a way that revealed her basic insecurity. I detected and escaped the mass disillusionment that has obliged CBS to cancel one of its more popular shows. Sonny and Cher had the ingredients of success in North the ideal ethnic Italian immigrant and native aborigine. They wedded the transplanted to the and kept the melting pot bubbling by adding Cher's cleavage. It wasn't enough. After two meteoric seasons in which they flashed across the entertainment Sonny and Cher begin to disintegrate. They flake under the fierce heat of Sonny-and-Cher jokes. They wedge a plump child into their format sure sign of desperate measures. To no avail. Like other instant TV starts before them Flip The Smothers Rowan and Tom Jones they had everything going for them except durability. In Lawrence Welk keeps burbling along The man is an ethnic disaster barely able to communicate verbally. But we can trust Lawrence. His decolletage is no and he licks his lips because his mouth has dried up with the torture of announcing the next band but his viewers feel eminently secure with him. They can eat an with while watching Welk Quite different are the problems of what may be called The Disposable Great. Television revives vaudeville except for this fact that the rapidity of the ascent is exceeded only by the speed of the drop. Explaining his longevity as a Jack Benny recently said that he had moved slowly upward from one plateau of achievement to continually polishing his technique. He is now so accomplished that he can produce hilarity by using complete silence. But pity the young performer who has no such chance to become seasoned. Under the TV lights his fame is accelerated without commensurate growth as a person. Hollywood's TV stars are like California impressively but when you peel off the skin you've thrown away the best part. .Yet we need not weep for Sonny and Cher. In a world where nothing is forever they have enjoyed a thick slice of the ephemeral. Somewhere a summer replacement is being readied for sacrifice to the mammoth idol that slouches brooding with a can of beer in one hand and the salted nuts in the other. Lotsa kids. THE CASSEROLE There's a brighter day coming for smokers. Scientists at New York Medical Centre are working hard to identify the cancer inducing substances among the 1200-odd chemical compounds in the tars- found in cigarettes. When all of them have been which will take several the next step will be to discover how to remove them from which will take a few more. Some smoking is destined to be ever so much safer. But only for those who survive till of course. In blistering U.S. Senator Birch Bayh has denounced plans to export Alaskan oil to a scheme he says is of the all-timp crrpatpst fraud's nprnpfratrd nn American Canadian whose oil is being exported as fast as it can be pumped out of the don't seem a bit concerned. Maybe we should allow imports in the political too. The government in Ottawa still insists that legislation to roll back unjustified price increases won't work. That's odd. In the authorities have ordered not only price but more than in refunds of and a long string of fines for unjustified price rises. That sounds almost as though our southern neighbors think roll-back legislation does and when it comes to they usually know what thev're doing. By W. A. Montreal Star commentator OTTAWA-A sort of tenta- tive profit and loss sheet began to emerge as the party leaders staked out their opening campaign indications of the advantages and disadvantages lying with each of them as they approach the voters. Their most noticeable com- mon anxiety was the desire not to be tagged with responsibility for forcing this election only 18 months after the last one. For the prime minister this was a simple matter. Responsibility lay entirely with his opponents. The early election was unwelcome to him and he thought the action irresponsible of them. The blame was squarely on the shoulders of David Lewis and Robert Stanfield. That of an approach with a good claim to historical accuracy has the advantage of being the way things seemed to happen. For Mr. the matter was a little more complex. Mr. Trudeau and Finance Minister Turner had khpwn the sort of New Democratic conditions they had to meet if they wished to avoid an election. They had refused to meet them. responsibility for forcing the appeal to the voters lay squarely on those two not on anyone in the opposition. That of a way of looking at it. Mr. eager as he clearly is to get into the acted as if he had really been a simple bystander during the events that brought an end to the 29th government had brought itself down. And since the election came because the de facto par- liamentary coalition between Liberals and New Democrats fell Mr. Stanfield is not implausible when he plays this role of interested innocence. The great disadvantage fac- ing the Liberals is believ- ing there were no short-cuts through inflation and that only medium and long-term policies would actually solve the they are vulnerable to the charge of inaction. There is a good deal they can point to in return but none of it is in the category of dramatic action. The prime minister's stubborn refusal to change ministers around has denied him and his followers some advantages they easily could have had. Eugene Whelan has done a yoeman job on behalf of farmers but no one would be likely to say that Herb Gray's efforts for consumers were in the same category or that Beryl Plumptre was even a pale imitation of the late Donald Gordon when he was the consumers' watch-dog. There was nothing fore- ordained about this. Mr. Gray's portfolio abruptly became the cabinet hot-seat when prices started 1 PON'T WANT TO 5PQIU YOUR DAY.. BUT MQ 6UARANTEE THAT YOU WONT END UP IN THE AFTER ELECTION... Transcripts add little to impeachment By Joseph syndicated commentator The storm raised by publication of the White House transcripts demonstrates a point much forgotten late and soon. The United States remains a deeply moral country. It has been easy enough over the past few years not to equate America with the New Jerusalem. The swag has been piled high as the and the self- debauchery of getting and spending has gone on apace. Great power rivalry has bred a casual acceptance of the doctrine that might makes right. Frustration in race relations has fostered a tolerance for unfair and even brutal practice. Deep cynicism became the badge of the young. Five-year- olds learned not to be taken in by TV commercials. In Washington particularly it was assumed that men would lie and cheat and steal to stay in power. It is not that the White House released the transcripts without giving any thought to the impact they would have on moral feeling. Letters Nor that Dean Burch of the White House staff said the transcripts reflected as it is in politics and business and Nor that the Rev. John McLaughlin of the White House staff would assert that criticism smacked of hypocrisy. In what looked like moral inertia in the country was only a refusal to accept idealistic nostrums for complicated international and racial problems. Beneath that not unfounded the Puritan conscience ran strong. The country was not blind to lies and cheating and browbeating and and nothing has showed it better than the character of the criticism made by the president's supporters. Hugh the Republican leader in the spoke of a and immoral John the leader of the Republican conference in the said the transcripts showed the president to be lacking in moral And the Chicago Tribune found in the transcripts an to the standards of ethics and But if an absence of moral outrage would have been despicable mere indignation does not lead very far. There is a vital as the sagacious House Republican leader John Rhodes has made between low behavior and evidence of impeachable actions. On the latter the case is by no means buttoned up. The transcripts themselves add hardly anything. They show that the president did seem to coach his subordinates in that he refused to grant immunity in order to prevent the truth from coming that he seemed to approve a report that money was paid to the Watergate defendants to keep quiet. But all of that was implicit in the Ervin committee and the indictments obtained by the special prosecutor. That so much is being made of the transcripts now suggests to me that the country and the Congress have British monarchy is figurehead I doubt on Louis Burke would condemn all monarchy per se. After Solomon and David were and were anointed of the Lord. the Christian Church gave its sanction to kings when they were consecrated by Pope or Bishop. Kings like Edward the Con- Louis IX of France or Alfred the Great were kings of virtue and justice. They were also men of immense vision. Alfred typifies the best in with his undying his devotion to his perseverance in the face of Danish barbarism. He made possible the continuation of Western European traditions in England and far beyond it. And Irish as Mr. Burke showed in an earlier had a glorious history. As Brutus says in Julius abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from Monarchy in the ancient world was often with the king usurping power of life and death over his subjects. In the so-called Renaissance period and after it the false doctrine that kings had their power directly from rather than from God through the people as Aquinas led to the absolutism of kings whose code was summed up in Louis XIV's dictum. c'est This autocratic kind of kingship was different from the medieval ideal of limited sovereignty. The British monarchy is neither limited monarchy of the medieval kind nor absolutist. It is merely a figurehead some constitutional with the real power lying in the hands of the few wealthy who rule Britain. Britain and has been for ruled by an like every other so- called democracy in the Western world. Still some memory of true kingship lives on even in the puppetry of British privilege. Perhaps the most blatant example of degradation of monarchy in Britain from its acquiescence in British barbarism in this was Prince Phillip's suggestion that contraception be forced on ordinary people through pill in the This is the totalitarian's solution to the problems which his own class create through- social injustice. PETER HUNT Lethbridge. Burke is a bore Mr. Louis Burke is becoming a bore. His antiquated ideas on contemporary monarchy aren't even funny any more. If he is so enamoured of why doesn't he go back to Ejre or the U.S.A. and give us'a rest from his monarchy moanings. he might find the antics of the IRA or President Nixon more in keeping with his ideas of democracy. SYLVIA KING-BROWN Lelhbridge not truly paid serious attention to the details of the Watergate case. I in if half a dozen members of the Congress are familiar with the details. The evidence is almost certainly there. The special prosecutor believes that a bribery payment was made on the strength of a decision taken by the president on March 1973. The tapes which the Judiciary Committee has received from the special prosecutor apparently make that and the evidence of the tapes seems to be reinforced by witnesses. It that the Judiciary Committee counsel has more detailed and exact versions of the tapes than exist in either the White House or the office of the special prosecutor. It also seems that the committee counsel has been doing a serious investigation on its own. And besides the obstruction of justice in the Watergate there remain possible bribery issues in connection with the ITT the milk producers' case and the connection between Bebe Rebozo and Howard Hughes. But as the Judiciary Committee begins its impeachment the basic fact is that the case has to be laid out. The committee and its staff have repeatedly backed away from confrontation with the White House. By so doing they avoided traps in a truly impressive fashion. Now they have to take the initiative. They have to present the evidence in an unmistakable way. Whether they can do it to the satisfaction of a Congress and a public which seem to have no capacity for absorbing large amounts of detailed information is unclear. to soar and he is simply not the Whelan type. Mr. Trudeau rejected all the urgings that he move someone tougher in the portfolio. The outcome is that the cabinet seems to have been enormously more concerned with the welfare of farmers than with the welfare of the great mass of urban dwellers. To stack the deck against yourself in this fashion at the strange prime ministerial judgment. This is the sort of burden that Mr. Trudeau and his followers will be fighting even given their views on there was much more that they could have done on behalf of the consumer. Mr.' Stanfield's corres- ponding liability is having tied himself tightly to his price and wage freeze to be followed by a system of he must now try to sell tough action on incomes after a year's very sharp price rises. In most people's this goes far beyond the trade union cir- cles where the Conservative vote is light problem of catching up with living costs is now paramount. The appeal of incomes' controls is not very great. In his opening Mr. Stanfield was at pains to make the period of total freeze seem less drastic than he has earlier. It might he last the whole 90 days he has talked about. Catching up of course would be allowed- Low income people would be even allowed to seek relatively greater gains. This is a reasonable enough approach but it has a political liability nonetheless. It demands great trust from people who feel badly squeezed by living costs and at a time when the level of suspicion in the community is high. It asks everyone to trust both the fairness and the efficiency of a new the details of which they do not the administrators of which have not been initiated by a government that has not been tested by experience. That is asking for a lot of trust. It will not only be the union leaders who will feel uneasy about this approach to incomes policy. Mr. Stanfield will need to flesh that idea out with far greater certainty and detail than he has ever attempted up to now. Mr. Lewis' attempt to argue after that budget Mr. Turner should have gone ahead anyway and implemented the attractive parts of the budget gives an indication of the area where he feels vulnerable. Still tied very closely to the proposition that a great although not of the inflation can be explained away in terms of powerful corporations gouging defenceless Mr. Lewis rejected the govern- ment's anti-profiteering bill out of not even attempting to amend its weaknesses. He made a strong case against the bill in his Commons speech at the time but in the campaign the point will be thrown at him in simplistic he was so anxious for an that he refused even to seek to im- prove an anti-profiteering bill. it will be he .rejected a budget that would have saved individual taxpayers billion and cut clothing and footwear costs by removal of the sales tax. His difficulty will be to show what off-setting advantages can possibly come from an unduly early to try to suggest in what way this can help the consumers for whom he is concerned. How does this vote cut the cost of Not merely in logic but also in Mr. Turner has the best of it in his insistence that he must accept the' verdict of Parliament and not try to bootleg in the attractive parts of his budget. But Mr. Lewis' incentive for skipping the difficulties and trying to turn that action back on the finance minister is strong and probably understandable. This election is really his decision and the advantages to the public are far from clear although he obviously feels there are some for the NDP. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7tn St. S. LMhbridge. Alfwrta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. Proprietors and Publishers Mall Regulation No. 0012 CLEO Editor and Publisher DON H. PILLING Managing Editor DONALD R. DORAM General Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Page Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Business Manager HERALD SERVES THE ;