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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 ,GE HERALD Saturday, November 16, Synthetic fuel costs The >uKgeyuon that Syncrude's oil nLp.i may cost 50 per cent more than ongi.iXX estimated may be timed to affect the provincial federal struggle aver the deduction of provincial royalties from federal taxes, a struggle which John Turner's budget will likely decide. But it should not be regarded in a aohtical light In Colorado, work on the first commer- cial oil shale plant in the U S. has been suspended because of inflation, tight monev and 'an absence of a national energ> policy Officials of Colony Development Operation, a joint venture af Shell. Atlantic Richfield, Ashland and Dil Shale Corp said cost estimates had -isen from million to million. While it was once thought the deposits :ould be mined profitably at a barrel hat estimate has been revised upward to a barrel A company spokesman com- mented that people who call for a "ollback in oil prices are also asking for a -ollback in oil shale development. Part of Colony's troubles may be to having an expensive orocess since other pilot programs in the oil shales are continuing However, these developments are also predicated on the once of crude It is worth commenting here that Colony's action was taken before the election of a rare breed of en- vironmentalist the kind who has been able to chalk up actual and not just moral victories as governor of Colorado. Meanwhile, here at home, while Canadians are awaiting not only the new budget but also the National Energy Board report on oil reserves, this might be a good time to look briefly at the 1973 report of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists on this subject made before oil zoomed in price and before the issue was politicized WEEKEND MEDITATION The petroleum geologists saw proven recoverable reserves tn Canada s needs for 10 to 15 years. This may be the source for Mr Jack Homer's observa- tion that reserves could be exhausted They were very sanguine about the total resource picture, noting that less than one per cent of Canada's estimated fossil fuel reserves in place and less than three per cent of estimated recoverable reserves had been used to date Nevertheless, they pointed out that a long lead time of perhaps 10 years is necessary in developing frontier areas, in producing synthetic oil and in process- ing coal and that consumers must be prepared to pay higher prices. In fact, it was their conviction that energy has been drastically undervalued and that an increase in price will increase awareness of the real value of non renewable resources and increase efforts to conserve them. Now it's Ottawa's turn. Mistaken identity If an anguished scream has been heard in the vicinity of Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street, south, it's because the YWCA is still having trouble with its im- age. It has once more been mistaken for the YMCA Given the differences in scope and pursuits of these two local groups, it's hard to understand this com- mon mistake except as an alphabetical transposition. On the other hand, if no scream is heard, it's because YW members are too busy identifying and attending to problems of women to worry about a simple case of mistaken identity. Their image will just have to catch up with them as best it can What are you saying to yourself? Most of us develop the habit of talking to ourselves Hilaire Belloc was once giving a public address when someone in the audience shouted Speak up' We can't hear you1" Belloc replied It s all right. I'm only talking to mvself Which is the case with many a public speaker reviewer of The Diaries of Franz Kafka. 1914-1923 described them as "a series of letters to himself." Few people needed to write a letter to himself more than Kafka who relates how one day he got up. washed his hands repeatedly, then went back to bed so bored was he No writer had a greater sense of the tragedy of these times than did Fran? Kafka The important thing, however, is what are vou saving to vourself If it is self-pity, you had belter >top talking or writing to yourself. If it is determination to make a new person of yourself it b a good idea Unhappily most people who talk to themselves talk about themseKes and think about themselves Jules Remains tells how he suddenly became aware that he was losing his delicacy of feeling Events had produced great numb patches in his sensibility of which he would never be cured Possibly the war did that to everyone who came through it. He saw nmself as an invalid who had suffered an am- autation of all delicate sentiments, like a Derson who had suffered amputation of his fingers He was filled with a sense of panic at the thought Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt once remarked that a very able government of- ficial misunderstood because "he lacks the antennae with which to reach out and the attitudes of others at times when such attitudes may be of utmost importance in the struggle against communism." If talk- ing to -.ourself is not developing an awareness of others rather shutting you into vourself then it is highly dangerous Bertrand Russell had a story of a meat- grinder that did a first-class job until it 5egan to look inside itself and became dis- gusted with the dirty thing it was So it has 5een I'M' cannot stand the hammering, thundering noise of his own vital processes A witty chap once remarked that most peo- ple suffer from "I-Strain." Just the same the apostle exhorted men and women to examine themselves The person who does not do so will find that many faculties are becoming dormant Charles Darwin suddenly awakened to the fact that a large segment of his spiritual life had fallen into decay He said. This curious and lamentable loss of the higher esthetic tastes is all the odder as books on histon. biographies, and travels 'independently of any scientific facts which they may contair and essays on all sorts of subjects interest me as much as ever did My mind seems to have become a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts, but why this should have caused the atrophy of that part of the brain alone, on which the higher tastes depend. I cannot conceive man with a rnmd more highly organized or better constituted than mine would not, I suppose, have thus suf- fered, and if I had to live my life again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week: for perhaps the parts of my brain now atrophied would thus have been kept active through use. The loss of these tastes is a loss of happiness, and may possibly be injurious to the intellect, and more probably to the moral character, by enfeebling the emotional part of our nature If a man talks to himself with the sincerity and purpose that Darwin did. then it is decidedly healthy More frequently it makes him morbid, sad or proud Like Little Jack Horner he says. "What a good boy am I'" or he says. "What a miserable wretch I am' When you talk to yourself it is a good idea to follow the example of the Prodigal Son who said "What am I coins here'' I will arise and go to my Father PRAYER: O God. help me so to live that I may enjoy my own rompanv. K S M etters "You know what I like about watching the news NUTHINI" Food used for politics By Tom Wicker, New York Times commentator NEW YORK The United States now is using its surplus food more nearly for inter- national political purposes than for humanitarian assistance. That is basically whv there is less than meets the eve to the news from the World Food Conference at Rome that American food assistance to hungry nations may be doubled fn the first place, it may not happen Concerned congressional members of the American delegation, led Senator Clark of Iowa, did put enough pressure on Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz to get his signature on a telegram to President Ford It asked permission to announce that such assistance would be increased from to million But Butz has been a persistent opponent within the administration of increased food assistance and there is no reason to believe he has changed his basic view He appears still to have plenty of room for bureaucratic maneouvnng to thwart the Rome move described bv one close ot Tver as a "coup d etat" against the secretary It is not clear, moreover, whether the grain can be found to double American assistance to hungry nations, although the increase in funding proposed in Rome would add another million tons to the million now scheduled So many govern- ment programs and private sales have already been arranged, congressional sources say. that it's hard to be sure just how much gram mav be available. One reason, as these sources explained it. is that im- Food For Peace program has been 'taken over by the National Security Council When the administration found that Congress would not vote what it wanted in foreign assistance for such "strategic" countries as South Vietnam, it began using food for peace in lieu of foreign aid thus subor- dinating humanitarian aid to political purposes More than half of the billion Food For Peace program, therefore, is being devoted to assistance to South Vietnam. Cambodia Chile and various nations in the Middle East where the United States has a political axe to grind Almost million in food assistance is going to these countries none of them among the most acutely threatened by hunger while Secretary Butz and others have succeeded in whithng the humanitarian food grant program down to about million Besides, by any measure, the proposed increase of million in grants and loans is not much Secretary of State Henrv Kissinger had already announced a million increase, which ap- parently would be part of the million. That amount would provide a million tons of gram, if it can be found But Butz. for instance, has just been to Egypt, signing an agreement for 200.000 tons of grain to be delivered to that country alone in the second quarter of 1975. and Egypt also has been promised 100.000 tons in the first quarter. Yet. the trulv hungry- nations of South Asia and the sub Saharan region of Africa face a gram shortage in the next year of seven million to 11 million tons By that stan- dard of need, and against the amounts of food assistance be- ing devoted to political pur- poses, the American humanitarian assistance proposal in Rome seems puny particularly since there is no guarantee that it will be carried out That is not to say. of course, that the American delegation's initiative is not welcome, as is its proposal that nonagncultural use of fertilizer be reduced in wealthy countries, so that fer- tilizer can be diverted to nations in which mass starva- tion threatens. In both cases, congressional pressures ap- parently overcame opposition or reluctance from Secretary Butz. the delegation chief If Americans alone diverted to. say. India the 15 per cent of their fertilizer consumption that is devoted to lawns and golf courses and the like, India could supposedly add two to three million tons to its wheat harvest Other nations would be under heavy pressure to follow this lead, lessening the hunger threat. They would that is, if anything effective was done in the United States actually to effect substantial reduction in nonagncultural fertilizer con- sumption A voluntary program might work if people felt the need strongly enough, but it seems doubtful that they do. and even more doubtful that Congress is ready to im- pose fertilizer rationing on American golfers and gar- deners for the benefit of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Even if the fertilizer program could be effectively earned out, it is doubtful that it could have much agricultural effect in Africa and South Asia within the next eight months when as many as a half billion people may starve, in the absence of suf- ficient aid. The immediate problem is to find the food and get it to the starving millions The real news from Rome seems to be that neither the means to do that nor the urgency to get it done is as yet being shown by the only countries that can do it Council smoking vote I vvonuv: a1.' >ji out iomous five to [out vole in ity council against smoking m council meetings I hupe human rights were involved and not just those who do tinJ those who don't A person even one person, who is elected to citv council is obligated to attend council meetings and should not be forced to endanger their health in the pertormance of their duty To paraphrase a saying. The right to blow your smoke as well as swing your fist ends where my nose begins Perhaps our government should extend the advice they now require to be printed on tobacco ads The use of this product may not only en- danger your life, but also that of your neighbor forced to breathe the air you pollute. The best answer I have ever heard to this problem came from a man raised less than 50 miles from Lethbridge. He became well-known not only in all of Alberta but in much of Canada and United States. He once picked up a hitchhiker, who very soon ask- ed if he minded him smoking in the car (some don't even do that) "Not at he answered "if you will give me just one good reason why you should smoke at all." After considerable thought the boy could give no reason. I would be interested to hear Alderman Kergan try that one or anyone else for that matter A READER Magrath Supporting the poor Saturday. Nov 9. on page one of The Herald, there were two headlines Some may HAVE to starve to save others from catastrophe, and. Much talk, little action at food meet And on page two: Pope denounces wealthy for for- bidding births Why must Canada with a zero population growth wilt and die of exhaustion and inflation to support nations whose only aim in life is to procreate and multiply far beyond their own resources and capabilities to sustain themselves 9 Pope Paul is quoted as hav- ing denounced the wealthy countries which "try to solve the problem of hunger by for- bidding the poor to be born I understand the reason contraceptives are banned by the Catholics is for the sole purpose of eventually attain- ing religious majority in the world Even in our affluent nation isn't it the ignorant, lazy and uneducated who sink to the bottom of our social struc- ture to suck like parasites by virtue of welfare and un- employment benefits7 Is it not they who also breed with such fecundity that it depletes all our federal and provincial finances, not to mention the blight on the cities and com- munities which they inhabit9 Why must the educated, the ambitious, the hard and diligent workers of the world be punished by taxes and criticized by the indigent7 Here in Canada, we have walkathons, marathons and paragons of national and worldwide welfare in- stitutions who solicit more funds from our meagre paycheques to support others who are unable to help themselves for one reason or another What more do they expect of us9 Having depleted our life's blood, they now clamor for our flesh1 Parasites ALWAYS end up killing their hosts PETER NAGAI Lethbridge VIEWPOINT Manna from Heaven Berry's World o a pressur--- v> i> c t -y to Come 'r US Icr lorC'i Reckless American talk of war over oil is madness WASHINGTON Reckless talk is constant and -orn- monplare ;n this town, but I (ion t Kno-A when 1 ve heard talk as irrcsponsibh- stupid as the current banter about the United States using military force to take oil from the Arab countries 7 "hdTi uTi, TTvn j i A" V ird rdtt "ur -AH! "Aounds of thdl far .ri ..k1- j j rtv, in hK h "ArM'ld idT Tf ITT" ff-T1 TI Oil ''f >i ,1 few grecdv potentates hr.r jeopardized 'the vita. of the United "i" industrialized West Furthermore, thf new hawks" argue, .-.snce 01! is the hfeblood" of the United this countrj must go to war rather than see its rut off 7V- Arrogance of this i. -rT-ij-jv. obvious but i r rt !ho most fvrf'.trfimp bombing ICTS .r fo'jid not ,1 -Mih guTnllas ir. 'i.jl orif liiil ihj1, rould simpi" H ITMI Marine battalions East and i i IT r. i i- blown up tar r vtro-.fi o Carl T. Rowan, syndicated commentator witn the resu'.t 1: of :v.rrel Tf ;v -ii if h.ir.t the horrendous impact oi oil prices on murh of the v.orld But the perspective of truth forces us to note (ha! Ttah was in political r1 so1- ifi'j economic shambles hcffnc prices uore raised And a lit more than oil prices for ex- ample. Ihe phony financing of the Vietnam war is to blame for the United Slates" economic He shall suf-frr a million ec rnsike as many rxrr'-nK before the oil crisis is resolved diplomatically, peacefully. But those headaches are trifl- ing compared with the calami- that lurks in military intervention H would surely hasten a peaceful resolution if Presi- dent Ford were to put an end to the irresponsible threats by asserting publicly that this country is not going to resort lo warfare to try to take air. bodv's oil The LctHbrid0e Herald SI S Letbbndge Alberta I E1HBPIDGE HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and 5 l OSS Mail No 001? ra DONALD! M FENTON on E BARWETT THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;