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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Inescapable law More discouraging even than the rising cost of so many food and other com- modities is the widespread public ig- norance of some of the economic facts of life. As long as so many people think the cure for rising costs is simply price controls or higher taxes or lower taxes or profit controls or more labor unions or fewer labor unions or socialism or more welfare or less welfare or elimination of foreign then the prospect is gloomy. Not hopeless but gloomy. The laws of nature will still function. They will still be enforced. But how much better it would be if they were under- stood. Mr. A. M. president of the United Grain spoke wisely when he told his membership last is an inescapable law that before con- sumers can have low producers must have high With some of his some of our this is what that law Before something can be consumed it must be produced. Before .it is produced there must be a motive for producing it. In a complex and integrated society of free that motive is adequate return for effort and usually called profit. The hope of profit induces the producer to produce to produce to produce more and as long as he has competition or the threat of most of the benefit is passed on to the consumer. Once upon a time a lady complained to the manager about the price of his bananas. have been a lot cheaper at Joe's store on the other side of you should buy them she said. bankrupt and went out of business Light foot needed The pros and cons of sanding methods have been discussed for years. Some prefer others sand and here in Lethbridge pea gravel seems to be the preferred deterrant to skidding. Some motorists those with chipped blame flying gravel kernels for their expensive housewives with sand and white salt tramped in on their put the blame on these two icing-control methods and blame their withered lawns dn salt being sprayed onto the boulevards. Sand is known to work its way into tires. It is carried home on overshoes and causes a severe dust nuisance after the snow has gone and the chinooks whip it across the city. Some complain that which melts the snow quickly and probably reduces rear-end rusts the under- carriage of their and leaves a white residue on floor mats. Others complain that pea gravel is abrasive to children tumbling to the roadway from their bikes. Pea gravel is used in Lethbridge because it is believed it provides traction and will stay on the road longer than sand. The trouble seems to be that a lot of especially those with a heavy foot on the gas don't accept the fact that winter is upon them and con- tinue to spin their rear wheels as if rac- ing on a dry track. This throws the gravel up onto the windshield of the car behind them. It is a certainty every motorist and pedestrian won't be no matter what skid-prevention method is used. Winter driving calls for a slow- ing of the accelerator and consideration of fellow-motorists. This town's riot dying Magrath isn't one of the numerous Southern Alberta towns reputed to be dying. On the it's its is very much alive and has just completed developing its first sub- Magrath first of several similar'projects planned for next year. Twelve fully serviced lots all sold as quickly as advertised com- plete with underground have been developed in Block in the centre of town. The town council has long felt that the original 10 acre lots included in the initial townsite and the 165 by 320 foot pop- ular for are far too bulky for the average property especially since Magrath is becoming a bedroom for Lethbridge. People want larger than big city but not too big. Plans have been completed to create cul de sacs and lanes in the centre core blocks cutting the individual lot sizes down to 82Vz by 143 feet. A large proportion of. Magrath's pop- ulation of 1500 commute daily to Lethbridge to work. It is fast becoming an annex to the busy city and is obviously the preferred residential location for many families. People choose it for the relaxed living it offers. The town-owned nine hole golf course to be the finest in the draws the bulk of its membership from Lethbridge. The 30 acre adjoining park is to have a rodeo ground and race presently under construction. Schools are handy and the 32-bed Magrath Municipal recognized by the American Association of Hospitals distinction held by few Alberta boasts higher surgery per capita than hospitals in much larger centres such as Calgary. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. With deer and pheasants at the back an abundance of fish in the nearby Jenson Dam and a marching band that makes residents proud to be associated with the it is no wonder Magrath's future is assured. It will grow with while careful to retain the atmosphere that makes it a preferred residential area that country combined with small town living. ART BUCHWALD Questions and answers WASHINGTON The mail has been very heavy from readers in the past few weeks and I feel obligated to answer some of the ques- tions that keep popping up in my letters. you think President Nixon was wrong in turning over only seven of the nine tapes he promised to Judge I don't. Nobody's perfect while the media have been very critical of the president's failure to produce the two missing no one has given him credit for the seven he turned over. I think we should emphasize the good things the president has been doing and not the bad things. Q-Why did the president fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox wouldn't stop wearing bow ties. The president hates bow ties and on several occasions he asked Cox to wear a regular tie like everyone else in the ad- ministration. Cox refused and Nixon had no choice but to get rid of him. It's impossible for a president to run a country when his own special prosecutor refuses to obey a direct order concerning hit neckwear. Q-Why does the president go to Camp David every be can't get any sleep at the White House. People stand in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wjth signs U you think Nixon should be im- and tte note to deafening. The best solution would be if ttejr held up ilgm if you believe Then Washington would become tte quietest city in tte country. Q-Who ire tte 27 per cent of tte American people in tte pllup poll who still tMnk Nixon to doing a good Job at A-Julit and David TTida Bete Robert Gen. Aon Ztagler and tte enttrt board of directors of ITT. are the press and TV so mean to been mad at him ever since 1962 when he told them they would not have Nixon to kick around any more. The press never and everything you've been reading about Watergate is nothing but the media's way of proving they can kick Nixon around any time they want to. was Spiro was a former vice president of the United States who served during the Nixon administration until be got into some difficul- ty over his income taxes. While he has been completely a few old-timers remember him as being rather tall and a neat dresser. constitution provides that a presi- dent can be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. What are high crime would be accepting a large political contribution from the milk producers in exchange for raising tte price of milk. A misdemeanor could be impounding funds so schoolchildren could not get any of this milk free. Q-Has Nixon's personal enemy list gotten any longer since Us recent A-WouM you believe tte Maryland and Virginia telephone Q-If tte president how much of tte 110 million te spent on Improving his homes in San Clemente and Key Btocayne will te returned to tte to Ids about Q-No president has teen under so much criticism and pressure in history. Is Nixon hurting because of A-Only when te laughs. ON THE HILL By Ken MP for Letfabrtdge ihristian Science Monitor The new road hog Next-door strains showing By Bruce Herald special commentator WASHINGTON By the time the news came through from Ottawa the state depart- ment in Washington received exactly one-half-hour's ad- vance notice when the Cana- dian government imposed its preliminary tax on Alberta oil exports. What notice was given before the tax was roughly- quadrupled this reporter does not know. But certainly the American government had a right to feel aggrieved by such brusque treatment from its closest neighbor and trade partner. Though the Canadian government rather that it had to move too'fast for consultation with or even with the incident still rankles in Washington and raises much more serious questions for the future. It should be that the American government did not complain against a rise in the price of Canadian since all oil prices were rising. But at a moment of peculiar sen- for familiar Wa- tergate it was affronted and alarm- ed by Ottawa's unneighborly manners. While nothing was said in some long thoughts took shape in private and they will have long economic effects. It should also be understood that the state department is again in full control of foreign policy in all aspects. For a short'time the then headed by the belicose John conducted an eco- nomic foreign policy of its infuriated the con- stitutional custodian of that bullied many foreign governments in par- outraged the gov- ernment of Canada. This ugly interlude' has Henry Kissinger has taken charge. Unfortunately he knows very little about but his experts know it in the most minute detail down to the finest nuance of provincial and even municipal business. They and the Cana- dian government will educate the quick-learning secretary of once he finds time to look northward from the im- mediate crisis spots of the world. Having looked northward for at least a his department has for the last a considered strategy which few Canadians have suspected. When the Trudeau govern- ment was obviously planning an election sometime in the United States did not wish to embarrass it the op- by pressing for an early settlement of such so- called as the controversial' automotive pacti But it intended to get on with these affairs as soon as the election was over. to its the Trudeau government failed to win a majority and Canadian politics were suddenly de- ranged. In these new and slippery circumstances the state department again postponed its pressure for a decision on the lest it exacer- bate the anti-Americanism always or in Canada. The last thing the American government wants to see is a Canadian election fought on that old or grudge. 'the energy crisis thrust all other business into the background for the first made the average American citizen aware of his vital stake in Canada. Com- pared to this mighty those already pending on the border seem small and the United States can live with them. it is thinking beyond the crisis in both short and long terms. For the short like Canadians it can- not foresee what government will be in office at Ottawa even a few months from now. For the it cannot foresee what national policy Canada will under any over the next decade or two. it will the continental relationship stand by the end of the And it is here that Canadians most mis- understand the or rather the attitude and of the United States. As explained by men who deeply understand these mat- the United States thinks that Canada came gloatingly out of the last round of GATT trade negotiations with prob- ably the highest average tariffs in the Western World a ostensibly low-tariff This cannot be allowed to happen again In the new now Canada must drastically reduce its tariffs if the United States has its way and if the round succeeds at is by no means cer- tain yet. Any ot will not necessarily satisfy the United States or Canada's other great foreign custom- ers. as Washington sees the Trudeau government's latest so-called means only the old protectionism with different names and back-door devices. The various federal and pro- vincial tax the re- gional secret pressures on American-owned industries and the are seen as nothing but a potential method any of getting around the public GATT trading rules. And among other is with all its current dis- the United States is quietly but fundamentally reassessing its changing economic relations with Canada. Now of course there is an opposite side to this vastly complex a valid Canadian a strong Cana- dian leverage and also a grave Canadian problem for later discussion here. Before Canadians can hope to unders- tand they must first realize that their closest friend and largest customer is not angered but is a little saddened and perhaps misled by the long-run prospects of the undefended border. of a Just one year in Ottawa has convinced me that we need more people in the national capital With practical ex- perience in many fields and fewer persons establishing government policy from a theoretical stance. This is especially true when it comes to agricultural and I'm reminded of a comment made by- that western Canadian champion Alvin Hamilton who said federal government policies which come out of the ivory towers are always based 100 per cent on logic and when you base everything on logic you're in bad trouble. I think because the Ot- tawa mandarins insist on bas- ing everything on logic and theory in many areas in Canada today we are in bad or quite likely headed Do you remember when Canada had a sheep farming I do. Just as is the case in those days academics and theorists with no or little practical ex- perience on the land ran government policy. I recall we in Southern Alberta and Saskatchewan had a tremendous sheep pop- ulation. In we produced so much lamb for market and so much wool the price the sheep farmer got for his product fell below production costs. The sheep farmer appealed to Ottawa for help. He was ig- nored. He begged the federal government to give him a floor price for lamb and a sub- sidy for wool. Ottawa no. It also continued to allow New Zealand lamb' to enter the country and eventually the Canadian sheep farmer went out of business. Not so with the U S government. The American sheep farmer was encouraged to buy up the Canadian breeding stock. The U S government helped to keep its country's sheep farmers in business. In after our sheep farmers went out of both the price of lamb and wool to the con- sumer went sky high. That's the it is today. What's I fear that if we allow the theorists and academics to run our federal agricultural department the same thing could happen to the Canadian cattleman and again to the Canadian con- sumer. For in 1973 Canada banned the use of the feed ad- ditive DES. But it still allowed U.S. produced and DES grown beef into Canada from south of the border. Shouldn't it have been all or Is DES fed beef to be allowed or is it not. If DES is bad it doesn't matter where the cat tie have been if il isn't bad why ban it ir the rail strike. I urged the federal transport depart' ment to take emergency measures to allow western beef to be shipped by mast trucking operations. But UM officials in Ottawa simplj raised you sell Or else they suggested the provincial governments should organize emergency measures fot shipment. DonH ask Ot- tawa officials begged. there were cases of on and off tariffs on beef imports and exports. Regulations here or regulations with nc advance warning. Canadian cattlemen lost thousands and thousands of dollars. They never know what's going to happen never know what fuzzy plan the academics and theorists will come up 'with next. Agricultural Minister Eugene Whelan' appears to believe that all we need to end agricultural problems are marketing supply management and controlled production. He seems to have become a victim of the who have never had farmyard mud on their who dominate Ottawa's Parliament Hill complexes. I happen to believe that what we need for our cattlemen are real incentives to produce and get an equitable return for our for the Cana- dian as much beef as possible at a fair price not one that has been inflated by economic experimentation. That's why on the floor of the House of Commons I recently presented a motion of and pressing that would require that every seven years theorists and academics who devise and implement govern- ment policy on agricultural spend one or two years on a ranch or feedlot getting to know the agriculture in- dustry's problems and new developments taking place on the land. Although the motion was re- jected by the Liberal I'm working now on a definite plan that would promote this idea. I hope to speak about it in detail to the and also to present it in writing to all three major federal parties and various related groups and organizations. Let's get practicability back into federal agricultural Let's have a return to for the sake of the consumer and and away with high flown theoretical ideas that come to nothing. Letters Improvements desired Why is it that with the new printing machine everytirne you touch the paper your fingers are if you lay it down everything under it is black and if you wrap anything in it the contents are Regarding the weekly TV guide out each why isn't there a section tell- ing what movies are the year they were who makes up the cast and a general The way it is now we have to purchase another TV guide to find out. The only way The Herald's TV guide helps is in giving infor- mation about Lethbridge stations. Programs are also missed in The Herald's two different shows are listed in the same time slot and and it lists shows which actually aren't being featured. The sports and other features are well written and up-to-date. We enjoy The Herald except for these above-mentioned complaints. Everything can't be perfect but there should be some im- provements as we progress. M. V. BEALE Lethbridge Editor's Ink control is a more intricate process with offset printing and we have had our problems with the new process and new equipment. However we feel there has been much improve- ment and there will be more. Every day we have notes on the major TV shows for that night. We haven't enough space to supply as much of everything that each reader might want. We have to make space compromises daily. Most of the mistakes are due to failure of the stations to give us the correct listings in time for printing. This is an exceptionally fine stone... The Lethbridge Herald 504 7m St. S. Letnbrfdoe. AltMrla LETH6RIDOE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W.A BUCHANAN Second Class Mill Registration No. 0012 Member ol Trie Canadian Preit and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W MOWERS. 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