Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 IHE 1ETHBRIDGE HESAID Friday, Moy 197? lirucc Hutchison 4 new look-may be uflicial sliilcniPiiL from Ilio gov- rniincnl in OlUmn cuiiLcniing Hie resignation of Mr. (.'omuilly bis son-clary of Hie I' S. treasury would he out ol order. 1'ul minor lias it IhuL llic Trmkau could not be more pleased that -Mr. L'onnal- lv is out of Ihe picture, temporarily at any rate. Talk of his turning up as President Nixon's running matu in the upcoming election is still only talk. During the financial crisis of last year, brought about by devaluation of the U.S. dollar and the imposition of the 10 per cent surcharge on foreign goods eiilcrinn the U.S., Mr. Connally was brutal in his refusal to acknow- that Canada has unique prob- IcnTs in her CCUIIOITUC relationship v.-itli Ihe U.S. In essence Mr. formally der.iaded thai we should reduce our exports lo our biggest trailing part- ner and increase'" our imports from it. 11 does not take a finacial genius lo know that accession to such de- mands would mean economic disas- ler for this country and certain downfall of any government which gave into them. Some adjusl incuts have been made since, but not nearly enough. Canada has been forced into the position of fighting back, into what amounts to an economic confrontation with its powerful friend and nuighbor on tins continent Much damage has been done. Whether Mr. Connally intended it or not, he presented a ruthless image which he did very little to mitigate. The impression here was that he had little concern for the dil- emma of Canada, whose present and future is inextricably entwined with that of the U.S., but a nation deter- mined to retain its sovereignty in economic as well as other matters. It will he tile task of Canada's new minister of finance, Air. John Turner and his I'.S. counterpart. Mr. George Kcluilz. to repair the damage as far as possible. 11 is Lo be hoped that M'1 will lake a more realistic point of view vis-a-vis Canada than Jlr. Connally did, and that tunnel vision will be replaced by normal viewing from all sides. Seeds of distrust H is a measure of the importance to Japanese morale that the emper- or and empress, who seldom appear in public, were present with U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew when Ihe formal ceremonies of the return of Okinawa to Japan look place re- couth. The biggest island ol the Uyukyu chain Okinawa was captured by U.S. forces after a bloody battle in 1945. (be peace treaty with Japan was signed in the look- over the administration of the Ryulc- yus, at the same time admitting Jap- anese residual sovereignty, without a specified time limit. This meant that the one million Okinawans had little to say about their own govern- ment _ although they did benefit greatly from American military spending as well as development as- sistance. The islands have prospered under American administration and are relumed as an economic asscl. Nevertheless there were riots in Tokyo at the time of the take-over, the "reason being that the military presence on Okinawa re- remains, and is likely lo remain for a considerable time. U.S. military base facilities are essential, at least until the Vietnam war is concluded, and probably lor some time after, because of Okinawa's proximity to the China coast. However, the treaty with Japan provides that the Japan- ese government and the American government must before any U.S. military forces are sent into combat from either Japan itself or Okinawa. 'Hie Japanese have always resent- ed the storage of American nuclear weapons in Okinawa, but according to the U.S. these installations were re- moved a long time ago. U.S. Secre- tary of State William Rogers issued a statement on the day of the lake- over reiterating that the Ryukyus are nuclear free. Anti-Americanism simmers below the surface in Japan, particularly since Ihe monetary crisis late last year. It reared ils ugly head again on Okinawan independence day, a time which should have been an oc- casion for a mutual celebration of good will. The riots accomplished nothing, except perhaps lo warn Ihe U.S. once again Ibat llic seeds of distrust grow rapidly in the soil of suspicion. Teen-age births British statisticians thought they had something to cheer about re- cently. They had predicted a rise in the birth rate for the year 1971. hut their forecasts were far off base. The rate did not increase. It was maintained at the 1965 level, the '.-ear when the birth rate showed its first sharp decline. But on further analysis, the pic- lure is not so rosy. The illegitimate birth rate shows an insignificant de- cline in the past five years, and a sharp nicreae. in lo tee n- agers. The conclusion is inescapable. The facts of life are not getting across lo llic very young. A permissive soc- iety and lack of parental influence are taking their toll and sowing the seeds of tragedy for the present gen- eration and the one to come. If par- ents cannot transmit the message of the dangers of sexual involvement lo their children, society must. The obvious place for the transmission of the message is in the schools. ART BUCHWALD He heard the whole thing WASHINGTON ''I can't believe I heard Ihe WHOLE 1 Yol> hc.'ird Ralph." I can'L believe I heard the WHOLE "Ralph, lake an Alka Scllzer and go 'o hod." "Did he really say lie was going lo mine Ihe Haiphong Ilarhnr and homb all the railroads around "He said il. Ralph. Now go lo sleep." he really say it's up lo Ihe Soviet Union I') gel us mil. of Hit1 war0" I heard him. Kalph. That's what he sad. He said we were more Ihan generous with our peace oflcr, and all the other side did wa.s commit naked aggression.'1 'Naked iitmrrv-M'Hi oil. my slomnrh i.i killing "I InW vnu In I.I lie ,11, Mk.3 Mfr And in In bed 'Tie taken fuin Alka anil Hoesn 1 help I ean'l believe I heard the ilmm "Ralph. its mil Ilial bad. .Maybe the mines Ilial were dropped around Hai- phong were made by the same people who put onl Ihe GM and Ford ears lhat had lo be recalled. Ihe mines will have to be recalled. Inn." "You're just trying lo direr me up, 1 knew he'd do something slupid if he saw Talton' more than [our limes." "Ralph: no way lo lalk ahonl Ihi- President nf the United Slales! lie ,'ifkeil for nnr Mipporl in this great hour nf crisis "I've been Mippni'lmg him. Dnn'l remember 'hat I hung onl Hie American Klai1 dinill.1 imaMon nf t'amhndi.r1 That didn't do a damn bit of good." "But Ralph, he had lo do it. or no presi- dent of the United States would be able lo travel around the globe v.iln respect any more." "Suppose Ilicre 1s no globe to travel around'.'" "Ralph, the president knous what he's doing. He's being advised by the Penta- gon, and Ihey haven't been wrong on Ihe war so far. Turn out the lights." 'Maybe we should order blackoul cur- "Ralph. overreacting. The presi- dent has the situation under eonlrol Henry Kissinger wouldn't lei him do it if il weren't safe." "I Ihink 111 write n lellrr Iri my scna Inv.'1 II dneMi'l dn any grKwI, Kalph dncMfl ask the. Senale whal hr should dn when Ihe honor of the Uniled Slales is al elate." "Who does he ask? daham and Hob Hope "I CTMI'I believe I heard (he Ihing "Ralph, MIII heard n. I saw you hearing il. Take auolher Alka Scllzer and Iry lo dream lhal Johnson is slill president." "Siipjmse il docsn'1. work? Suppose Urn Norlh Vietnamese succeed in their often sive'.' Whal will he do "He's gnl a secret plan, Ralph. Thai's why he's president. If I his docsn'l work, Ihe Joint Chiefs of Slaff will present him wilh n whole new set of options, and you know uhat Ihey'll say lo the "Whal II "IV. il Ym: II like il 'I "num. Sun Service) Nature's economic system outshines political one rFHE oldest gardener on our country lane was planting Ins fiftieth vegetable garden lo- day. Soil, weather and crop prospects were Ihe same as in the previous years hut I hey felt different. His shovel seemed heavier, Hie planting rows long- er, the sunshine cooler, tlje working hours longer. And those helpers who used lo work he- side him were gone now to an- other garden far away, as he hoped. Along with his tools, his seeds and certain memories, he dug and raked and suffered in every bone and muscle, for no good reason that he could think of. But on second thoughts there were some reasons iinmention- ed in the garden books and the botanical experts' instructions. A young man, he reflected, could plant trees, watching them grow until they dwarfed him beneath (heir shade, and he had planted many, now big enough for the logger's chain- saw, but safe from it for a little while yet, until apartment build- ings or shopping centres re- placed them with a superior concrete beauty. An old man. however, unable (o awail this slow process, could sec it accelernlcd, capsuled anil completed in a single year, if he planted vegetables. A cab- bage, a btM't ov a swuash went through ils full cycle from spring lo autumn, from seed to seed-making a silent, frantic race against lime which mother nature always won while never seeming to hurry. That was why be planted vegetables again this spring, having no time to lose. He emptied a package of on- ion seeds into his hand and ex- amined them carefully.- Kach minute globule of ebony hue was insignificant, seemingly in- animate, apparently as dead as a speck of gril. and yd it con- tained the final secret which men vainly tried to unlock, be- ing themselves only .seeds in the The mystery of all tilings lay in Ills hand nnd ft had cost him only a quarter a devalued dollar. The .seed package had risen in price by 500 per cent since he planted his first garden long ago but it was still the best bargain on the market, an in- expensive intimation of iimnor- UiliW overlooked hy Words- worth, that eminent non-garden- er, but more valid than any poem, if you knew how to read it. Only the price, not Ihe article ilsGlf, had suffered from infla- lion. The quality of the product, unlike the products of men's machinery, never varied be- cause mother nature, he sup- posed, was ignorant of modern economics. She had not read Keynes, Mao, Galbraith or Turner, and he wondered if Itiey had ever read her print- less text book. Not likely. May- he lhat explained the failures of in o d e r n government not enough politicians and econo- mists had looked up the genu- ine authorities or grown vege- tables themselves. The success- ful statesmen, he guessed, were all carnivorous. Anyhow, none of Llieir poli- cies was as superbly economic as the humblest vegetable. A mere r a d i s h, for instance, achieved a growth rale faster Hum thai of Japan without, a single percentage point of in- flation, an hour's unemployment or a whiff of pollution. Moreover, its seeds could be stored for years and yet sprout instantly at the first touch oE soil and moisture, while even in the sheltered hothouse of Parliament Hill a politician who began Lo wither could rarely be revived. A lettuce might have no head for figures but its head was edible and delicious, as governments, unfortunat e 1 y were not. In short, nature's economic system a I w ays worked while men's systems, under any la- bel or ideology, always failed. The Cross National Product "Actually, I'm riding a bike Id work for tfie exercise, (o air pollution, and because my car recalled by the Letters to the editor Penalizing responsible dog owners backward step City council is about to bring In a new bylaw "wliieli will give the city more control over dogs." Under the existing by- law the city has considerable control; an owner must buy a licence and must not allow his dog lo run at large I sug- gest that it is not the present bylaw that is at fault but rather the lack of proper, meaningful enforcement of il. As a law abiding, licence- buying, owner of one dog, T will be one of the many to agree that Lethbridgc has an increasing problem with dogs running loose. I personally find It extremely annoying to keep my dog in a well fenced back yard while my neighbor's dog leaves daily deposits on my front lawn; to walk my dog on leash morning and evening and have him attacked by numerous dogs running at large. The prob- lem is not a "dog'1 problem bul. rather an "irresponsible fmn- problem. Parl of the blame for the ex- isting situation must rest llic city. If so many can get by year after year wilhout buying a licence and if the poundkeep- cr, for whatever reason, doesn't do a proper job of picking up the loose animals, the city must Iwar the blame for ils slnck- in enforcing the The proposed new bylaw will discriminate ngain.st Ihe clog owners who do abide by the law and will do lillle, if nny- fhine, lo get nl. Ihe mol nf (lie, Ml ihr IliTiirr frn will only Tiffed wjin hnlli PF to buy one '2) Annual billing for llic II fence Ice will only affccl I hose who bougbl one I his year and their names on the book 1 ;it My dictionary defines n kennel as: "a professional es- lablishment where dogs am hrcd, raised, boarded. Irainrd, dr.'1 This definition hardly fits I ho owner of Him- or foni dogs kepi as prLs or for slum. i l Kxpocfing t lie owiirr nf more than two buy n "kennel lirentT, I ho suggest- rd price nf which is far in ex- cess of that for most small nmi- mrrcl.il Imsinos.sps is hilling at many careful, responsible own- ers. Ihcrc is no in I he n> I or ktMmrls" snrh >i licence iinohlamable. To attempt to resolve the "dogs at large" problem by pe- nalizing the responsible owner is surely a backside foremost app roach to the problem, It would seem more to the point Lo aim at the delinquent owner and hit him hard! 1) Don't raise the licence fee but do increase the fine for not buying one. Then, find some method of really tracking down those who don't. (2) If the poundkecper is un- able Lo do a proper job, find out why. If he needs more help, give it lo him. (3) Extend and vary the hours and routes the poundkeeper pa- trols with a helper the shifts could be .staggered. Many peo- ple let their dogs out to "run'1 before and after the poundkeep- cr's working hours Sharply increase the cost of reclaiming an impou n d e d dog. This will really bit the de- linquent owner. If he cares enough to pay the cost of re- claiming his dog he will think twice before letting it loose again; if be doesn't care enough for his animal lo pay the fine, at least his dog will have been removed from the streets. Beware of anti-dog city If a proposed new anti-dog city bylaw passes, life for dog owners in Lelhbridgc wi'l ho unpleasant lo say the least, ami at worst virtually impos- sible. Years ut slack enforcement of ,in c i s t ing prohibition dups running at large has so a n g c r c d the non-dog owners, and the responsible dog owners as well, that city coun- cil now apparently feels that it has sufficient, support to pro- pose a bylaw which punishes Ihe responsible owner but still no effort to clear Lhfl streets of dm dogs running at large. The provision of a scc- nnd Inick is meaningless he- miiM1 no provision is made for nmrc moi'c linnp; nf ti'dl. or Fnr men knnw hnw (n ;i j.s v.i'.n in Ihr uiiys (if I ho Kven if you do not breed vwir dogs, bin keep a few for show- ing, obedience trial competi- tion, or hunlinp, and keep the old ones to live oul their last years in retirement, you would pay clearly iur the privilege of living here1. Lelhbridgc has no area of small holdings, and the eily is in fnct opposed lo such areas, so your hope of finding an area zoned for kennels is negligible and the reference lo -areas v.oncd by the cily for kennels is a .smoke screen. If you contemplate moving to Ihis otherwise, perhaps, "fair" city, check firsl, think twice, it i.s definitely not a cily friendly lo dog owners. An nimnynmiis nirmhrr Kpnnol luh l.rih. mi'! Dish-irl Krnnrl Inh rkr Cluh (if Hcsponsihlp. nwnrr of mo IT Ihan rrtfislrrnl (5) Instruct the poundkeeper lo stop keeping dogs far over Hit; allotted lime (G) Do a survey of how many dogs impounded do have li- cences. It also might be of in- terest (o make a study of what happens lo the dogs bought from the pound for S5. How many of them do become, and continue lo be, licenced; how many of them become part of Ihc ''dogs at large" problem? (7) Regarding the owner of more than two dogs: distinguish between Ihe owner who keeps three or four dogs as pets and- or for show and who is a care- ful, responsible owner and Ihe person who uses his home to breed or board numerous dogs on a commercial basis. The for- mer could be asked lo pay a reasonable fee for a non-com- mercial kennel the cost of the individual licences or a flat .Sir> and his premises could be for proper fencing, sanitation, adequate space, do. The latter would have to apply for a commercial business M- ccnce and would have lo abide by the zoning laws. CONCERNED DOG OWNER. Lcthbridge. was never sufficient lo satisfy any nation but the Gross Vege- table Product, unrecorded by (he Economic Council, invari- ably satisfied Ihc loiling gar- dener, with plenty left over for his idle neighbors. If nature was more efficient (han any machine, the er had lo admit that he was nol. His economic system, tn tell the Iruth, was as inefficient as Ihe political and economic systems. Valuing his lime ut a dollar an hour (somewhat be- low the union wages of many less skilled trades) he calcu- lated thai, tie could do about as well on public welfare and save a lot of wear and tear on his crumbling anatomy. Ah yes, bul in a Just Society he knew lhat he should be pay- ing the stale for the privilege of working as nature's inferior journeyman. The state, he sus- pected, would discover his fraud some day and tax him for it, doubtless retroactively. If Air. Turner once saw the financial rackets under way in the back yards of Canada, the undeclared income and heaped up capital gains, he would have the crim- inals in court before nightfall. Fortunately finance ministers seldom leave their dank budge- tary basements where nothing but fungoid statistics and rank deficits grew in the dark. Ko, the gardener could not claim lo be efficient, virtuous or perhaps sane, but he ques- tioned that nations were any better when they plundered the pconomy of the whole planet, lived on capital and planned to exhaust il al an early dale in a curious sacrament called eco- nomic growth. If all this was good sound economics he was glad to find himself certifiably mad and sunslruck on a genial May morning while his rational friends labored in stuffy offices to pay their taxes and earn their social slalus. He, too, had done the same thing for more years than he cared to remember, had follow- ed his mercenary calling and taken his wages and still, mira- culously, was not quite .dead, al least to For po- litical men spring was the sea- son of budgets and election campaigns; for business men nf sales, profils and corporals headaches; for labor union men of strikes, picket lines and demonstrations; for the garden- er of black, moist earth, the first green shoots of recurring vitality, the one sure, non-eco- nomic miracle. Society, then, remained un- just since younger men had all Ihe worry and the old gardener had all the fun. But wait a min- Possibly his work in Ilia earth was useful after all, the only useful work he had ever clone. He had helped nature to produce something, however small, that had some real value. Tt could he eaten. So maybe he had not been an entire liability after all. Yet that was pretty cold com- fort, a pathetic plea, when he recalled his own part on Ihe col- lective drain on tlie GNP, and even on other species butchered for his nourishment, (he ani- mals he had ealeu, Ihu hales of goods he had consumed, Ihe metals, oils and precious cargo of (he planet he had squander- ghastly procession, a horror of waste that neither lie, nor humanity at large, would ever replace. Well, he would do what he could. He walked to the comer grocery and bought two dozeii extra packages of seed. This, lo be sure, was an absurd act of penance and remorse, truly the act of a mad man. Out even with all his bones and muscles Celling lie felt bcHcr Cor il. As dusk came be knew that if he uerc old Hie seeds in the earth ucrc as young as springtime ynd already preparing to greet it wilh a mute little cheer. (Herald Special Bureau) Looking backward Through The Herald The opening session look pliice ye-slerday of the Monmm Tempi n a I Card- A new ;lnrry is In lm Imill on Ihr neu Dairy plnnl nn eighth Mreel. Ihe rosl up lo approximaicly n. Relief camps are he- ing opened for llic single un- employed at both ends of Iho Jasper-Lake Louise highway. The nu'ii will be given suste- nance and will be paid either or a month. Salvage shipments from Lelhbridgc value lo da'it'. OUT Ions of rarlonds nf gln.'-s. n nf ind rags nnd mnrr I dan a I mi of ffils ;ni'J grCi'if-rs have IKHTI shipped. 1952 U'Lhbndge ANAK vcl crans liallled their way lo a l-l tie wilh Ihc powerful Kcrnio Vnitrtl, in a soccer game In Adams Park. is dead, yon Young people don'I know meaning of fhr word JVTK Re ,'irkiscrl lhal tn Ihe second major revision since il was published in Amy Vandcr- bill has found it ne.ccssnry lo add words lo her stan- dard book on eliquelle. Thai's worlh li'10 pri riled PIHTS, brinuinu lhu lolal lo Tim bnller, footm.-in nnd Irid- ioV maid nro dead. Taking I heir place nrc .sections nn such Miings as how In behave in n snuna, (lie wearing of sun- plnssi'.s, locker room speech faeeeplable in the drawing room now) and the etiquette of snowmobiling. As (he old French saying doesn'l have il, Ihe more Ihings change. I lie le..ss they the snnir. The Lcthbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta nmniDGF: HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 105-1, by Hon. W. A. HIJCHANAN Second ClflSS Mall RrfiMrntlnn Nn oni? Memhrr of The Cnnarlinn Press find" ihr Cnnndifln Ddily Newspncir Publishers' AssouaNon and llic Audlr HurtMu rl Circulollons CLEO W. MOWERS, Tdllfir nncl PiilitKhr-r THOMAS H. ADAMS, Ge.ntr.il M.inntior [ION Pll.l IMG WILLIAM HAY M-in.ini ROY Mil T.. [iniJGI K WAI rFR htSilnfifll CdiloT "THE HERALD StRVES THE SOUTH"