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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LCTHMIDQI HIHALD November 1173 New efforts needed to aid farmers Threshold of peace The truce agreement signed Sunday by Egyptians and Israeli representatives raises hopes of real peace in the Middle East. Even Israel's Defence Minister Moshe a man not given to eu- phoric has said that Egypt and Israel are at the of a true peace Mindful of the fact that modest hopes have repeatedly been dashed by the ac- tions of Middle East it might seem wise to keep optimism tempered. Yet all indications are that a settlement is imminent. The fact that Israelis and Egyptians met for the first time in more than 20 years is'a major breakthrough and an earnest of better days to come. One of the basic conditions of the Israelis for reaching a settlement has been met. They have long insisted on a face-to-face meeting with the Egyptians. With a yielding on this point at the Egyptians can expect the Israelis to make some concession on their side. Other enemies of notably may not be ready to enter upon serious peace negotiations yet but if settlement can be reached on one front it should be easier to negotiate later on another. That it is Egypt that is leading the way augurs well. The part U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has played in leading away from military confrontation that' threatened the peace of the world cannot be minimized. It is an achievement of the highest importance that he has succeed- ed in setting the stage for a political dialogue that could lead to a peace settlement. Perhaps some of the bitterness being directed to President Nixon these days will be abated as a result of what has been achieved by his emissary. That Henry Kissinger actually carried out the mission should not blind people to the fact that he did so on the instruction of his president. Norman in an ar- ticle carried in The Herald observed that Mr. Nixon has been forced to take responsibility for the actions of his subordinates in the Watergate scan- dals and fairness should decree that the same principle hold in the field of foreign policy. Tom Adams Lethbridge lost one of its most vibrant citizens and this newspaper lost one of its most dedicated and loyal servants Mon- day when Tom Adams succumbed to a series of heart attacks. Our own personal association began during the and in the years that followed a lasting friendship was born. Like so many I came to trust and love this man. Much could be said of Tom Adams. He was a local boy who rose through the ranks to become general manager of The a position he filled with com- zest and dedication. He was good for the newspaper industry and the newspaper industry was good for him. They went hand in hand. He was a man who loved his his his friends and his community. And I can think of no one who enjoyed taking each day as it as much as he did. The contributions he made to The Lethbridge and to the newspaper in the respect he earned of a legion of friends and business and his complete devotion as a husband and a father is a legacy of which Norma and their three children can always be justifiably proud. I speak for all of us at The Herald when I say we shall miss him more than mere words can ever hope to express. Rest old friend. DON Managing Editor One enquiry is enough Time was when one telephone call was enough but today with the complexity of agencies and the staggering turnover of personnel in everyone referr- ing you to someone an enquirer may wind up a nervous wreck before ob- taining an answer to even the simplest question. He phones one department only to be referred to another where Mr. X fellow supposed to is likely out or on another line A second call finds him busy interviewing someone else and a subsequent call finds him out to lunch. when he is he informs the caller he has been referred to the wrong department it isn't Mr. X he it's Mr. Z. The lengthy process must be repeated with Mr. Z likely as elusive as Mr X. In the process the day slips by with the problem still unsolved. Everyone has had this experience at some time. Perhaps to with only minor the time loss isn't too important while to others the delay is tragic. Local agencies have been as frustrated as individuals over lengthy processing. Their multiplicity and private plus community has complicated previous attempts to co- ordinate their information because each has its own individual policy. Agency workers have needed to be better inform- ed of the services offered by fellow agen- cies so they could refer enquirers instead of leaving them groping with the problem of finding the agency. This would have both streamlined and increased their community contribution. Two years ago 60 persons most of the social agencies in recognizing the need for the dissemination of decid- ed a central information service was needed a packaged deal available from one requiring only one telephone enquiry instead of repeated calls. This was the beginning of the ser- vice known as Information with an office opened in the Yates this past September. One call to to Mr. Kay supervisor or Miss Diane will supply needed informa- tion whether it's locating a collapsible handling landlord and tenant supplying data to government agencies and funding information on available services or merely a suggestion as to where to locate a stray cat. Both long-experienced in public relations' work they will answer enquiries get the information and phdhe the caller back or put the en- quirer in touch with the right party. They are presently compiling a file of organizational material and have sent out requests to all local groups to supply names of contact persons. Getting the run-around has long been a frustrating especially for those with language difficulties who would rather give up than endure cons- tant referrals. The fact nearly 500 en- quiries are received by Information Lethbridge monthly is proof enough of the need for this service. By Bruce syndicated commentator The extraordinary run-up in Canadian food prices 16.7 per cent last more than any western nation except France has finally begun to ring some bells. Among other it has brought an end to remaining hopes that infla tion is on the wine. There is a virtual catalogue of facts that should be presented to the government if we hope to im- prove the situation. Fact number one is that the more efficient Canadian agriculture the lower our costs. If our agricultural prices are relatively we can successfully compete in inter- national markets. Canada can then develop export markets 'and larger production runs will ensue. If Canada could wheat to Japan because our prices are more Canada could then import from Japan foodstuffs where its prices are relatively more reasonable. Fact number two is that Canadian agriculture and this must include farm selling agencies and the provincial and federal governments has not paid nearly enough attention to the dynamic and constantly changing market place. Marketing oppor- tunities and the specific re- quirements of markets first must be identified before they can be exploited. Canada has missed selling and marketing opportunities at home and abroad through failure to meet market demands. Our prices and services just did not meet the needs of others. Government can provide marketing direction to its farm community. Our agricultural prices are based on anachronistic production scales and this is the third fact that must be acknowledged. The price of wheat has been based on production of 20 bushels per acre but it is now possible to produce more than three times that amount. Chicken and turkey production has been restricted to permit the least efficient producers to stay in business. Such prac- tices are becoming more All you really need is a dachshund Shortages to bring us to our senses fly James New York Times commentator By William New York commentator of cmirte I'm la favor of the stvdeits raratig the schools the mlnate they tractate to betaf pruperty-owitaf WASHINGTON The craziest notion that has hit this country in a long while and we've had quite a few nut- ty notions lately is that shortages of beef and a lot of other things are bad for the American people. What America really needs is more shortages. It is not our shortages but our surpluses that are hurting us. Too much too much too much and fire me too much newsprint are our problem. We need to cut slow stay run around the eat vegetable call up old and read a book once in a while. Americans have always been able to han- dle and even adver- sity. Prosperity's what's been doing us in. For most of this we have been told by our leaders that it was our right and destiny to have two cars and a boat for Sundays. The more we the more the nation would prosper. The Voice of America was the voice of the buy consume get more even if you can't afford them. The sky's the and happiness is acquis- getting more things. The Almighty Dollar has been devalued twice in the last 18 months. The Japanese and the Western Europeans have mastered the arts of the computer and the scientific and seem to know more about labor manage- ment relations than we do. it wasn't until President Nixon began talking about rationing and jacking up the prices of fur- nace that the people began to wake up. You can fiddle with an American's freedom at but if you. monkey with his you're in trouble. the recent talk of shortages of gas has brought a lot of people down to reality. President Nixon has asked us all to conserve energy by keeping our cars to SO miles an and keeping the thermostats down at home to and -he has offered to set an example. He is cutting off the and presumably the tape- in the White House at 10 o'clock every night. No doubt he will conserve fuel by staying home or will travel to Camp Key Biscayne and San from now on by train. This is all to the good. The Arab nations have done us a favor by cutting off their oil and forcing us to be self suf- ficient at home. Suppose everybody in America sudden- ly became sensible which is quite an assumption and kept their cars to' 50 miles an and their houses at 68 degrees to save energy. The chances are that everybody would be safer and that the old man would know more about other people's problems by riding the that junior's options would be limited and without a his contribution to the population problem would probably diminish. None of these potential bounties to American life would have been possible if it had not been for the blackmail threats of the Arab oil states in the Middle East. But now the threatened shortage of and heat has finally brought people to their and the only trouble with Henry Kissinger's successful compromise diplomacy in the Middle is that the Arabs may agree to sell us their oil at higher and en- courage us to go on with our foolishness. Letters to the Editor WASHINGTON The im- minence of gasoline rationing provides political figures with a golden to shuck off some of the anti democratic luxuries that encrust and demean the seats of power. When the president sum- moned up the spirit of self sacrifice and voluntary belt tightening in his energy speech last he sought to set an example by placing speed restrictions on a half million federal vehicles. A question what is the federal government doing with a half million Further research shows that the fed fleet drives three billion miles per slurping up 300 million gallons of gasoline and ex- clusive of original million every year. There are civilian cars in the fed the buses do not bother and I will grant the need for but what is the need for and 800 eu- Unsporting reporting The Herald reporter's description of the Claresholm coyote hunt appears to be a pretty fair attempt to incite the anti-gun and anti-hunting fraternity. I am not so much concerned about what was as I am about the way it was said. The fact that seven pictures and nearly a full front page was devoted to the demise of two ordinary coyotes indicates to me that there is more to it than just the fate of the two animals. The the animal by chasing it with a and down at close make the hunt sound unsporting and perhaps even and this I believe was the intention. My is that farmer Mauser had lost more than worth of and that he had therefore asked Claresholm Fish and Game Association to put on a drive to thin down the coyote population. This fact was not that the hunters were attempting to do a job that must be done. The graphic description of sticking out all brought from Bill the following the remark that hunters were riding around in a truck with loaded shotguns. I It is not possible to tell from a picture whether a gun Is loaded or not... I know that we have self- appointed armchair naturalists who claim that coyotes do not kill but this has not yet been impress- ed upon the and I choose to believe the farmer who has to cope with the car- casses. We have no compunc- tion about exterminating insects that are a crop or rats that are health why then should a farmer not have the right to protect his sheep and poultry from If it is conced- ed that he has this is the gun less acceptable than the trap or 1080 According to Mr. president of the Claresholm Fish and Game The Herald was not asked to send a reporter and photographer to cover the event. To accept the association's hospitality and then to come back and write an inflammatory anti-hunting article is certainly not In let me state that the highest authority in our world has said that man shall have dominion over all the and the the cat- tle and every creeping thing.. so let the fanner have domi- nion over the coyotes that are creeping up on his flock of lambs. NIELS E. KLOPPENBORG Lethbridge phemism for To a federal the sweetness of life is reflected in being transported by chauffered car domicle to place of as one of the delicious exceptions to the unofficial employ- ment strictures of the trampled upon ad- ministrative expenses act of 1946. The defence which is permitted by the of- fice of management and budget to be by far the worst violator of the permits an assistant secretary of the army to be carted back and forth like the nizam of Hyderabad at an annual estimate at per year at OMB or the defence department is going to get caught making that es- Such an after tax expense would give a millionaire no single act of waste more offends the ordinary man than the automotive pampering of of- ficialdom. railings like these would go but under the changed circum- stances of a fuel perhaps a trend could be set in motion that Would help reduce the of and a conservation of power could be used to cut down the arrogance of power. The ex- amples could come from the at all Sounds But it only sounds ridicule-- because we now surround the citizens we elect with royal against all property and American tradition. In the fell clutch of pomp and cir- we turn their heads and then wonder why they lose touch with Only if we use the fuel shor- tage to our advantage can we awaken the spirit of the newly inaugurated Jefferson waiting for his place at the table. The president need feel no awkwardness at since symbolism of sacrifice at the top is expected when the reality of sacrifice at the bottom a asked. prevalent. In many sectors of agriculture production marketing boards have been set up. In the poultry seven provinces have es- tablished marketing boards and more and more provinces are setting up egg marketing boards. Similar developments are taking place in the dairy industry. Quotas and prices have been established in several areas of agricultural the concept of marketing boards as such is not marketing boards must broaden their activities to en- compass policies to expand production and market expan- sion. Too frequently marketing are concerned with curbing production and setting prices. As a many quota setting boards restrict the ef- ficient producers in order to protect the inefficient and our food prices are higher than they should be. The federal government should help farmers to produce what1 markets want. Future demand should be charted for various products. The most efficient production techniques are useless if the product does not meet a market demand. We must plan ahead to estimate the future demand for specific kinds of farm how they should be delivered and at what time. Comprehensive research must be done before govern- ment policies are made. The attention of the department of agriculture should be directed to this problem. of the government could provide incentives for agricultural adjustment. The Farm Credit Corpora- tion has a large staff of field advisers who can provide counselling to farmers for diversifying their production. Then it could provide the credit to facilitate the necessary changeover. Short term debts are one of the most pressing problems of farmers. The Farm Credit Act provides long term mortgage loans for farmers are inadequate facilities to provide medium term credit. the farm-advisory ser- vices provided by the Depart- ment of Agriculture should be expanded to work in conjunc-' tion with a revitalized and changed farm lending agen- cy. There is a great deal of merit in combining advisory work with farm lending. The Agricultural Manpower Services are supposed to be assisting in the placing of manpower during planting and harvesting seasons. In many fanners see no evidence of their activities. Perhaps some of its functions should be correlated with the Unemployment Insurance Commission and various Op- portunities for Youth programs. We must make new efforts to improve the efficiency of the farm industry. Marketing of farm products and provi- sion for better credit facilities appear to be vital problems which have received insuf- ficient attention and yet they could assist the agricultural industry to provide farm products more economically. Imaginative and forward looking advice is desperately needed now to curb rising food prices. Sheer habits of will no longer provide any help either to the harassed consumer or the equally troubled farmer. crazy Isn't he like his But what does it mailer 50 long as he's The LetWmdge Herald 504 7th St. S. LETHBRIDQE HERALD CO Proprietors and Publlirwrt PuMIMXd by Hon. W.A. BUCHANAN Second ClM Mill Regulation No.'0012 Member of the Canadian Prtts and tfw Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of CLEOW Editor and Publisher THOMAS H General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Editor HERALD SERVES THE ;