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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE lETHBRIDGt HERAID Monday, October 1. 1972------ James Re si on And what price Medicare? At a recent meeting of superiiiteii- ients of insurance from the various provinces, a representative of Uia Canadian Association of Accident and Sickness Insurers guideline for the industry, a payout figure of 50 per cent. That means that of all the money collected as premi- ums on tlieir policies, the companies should pay out at least half in bene- fits, on the settlement of claims. It may not be entirely a matter of coin- cidence that at the same meeting it was disclosed that some accident and sickness companies operating in Can- ada have been paying out iess than 40 per cent. Some readers may be surprised that any insurance company would require 60 cents of every dollar col- lected, for operating costs and pro- fits. If so, they will probably be aston- ished to know that Medical Services Incorporated, a medical insurance scheme run by doctors in this prov- ince before Alberta Health Care came into being, operated very effi- ciently on 10 cents (that's right a dime) of each dollar collected. It regularly disbursed 90 per cent and more of its premium income ill the settlement of claims. The contrast is no less remarkable when one considers insurance com- panies normally are managed by ex- perts, and employ highly skilled ac- tuaries, professional sales and pro- motion men, accountants and a 11 sorts of specialists in the insurance field. The affairs of. MSI, on the other hand, were directed by ordin- ary doctors; bright enough chaps, no doubt, but without training or experi- ence in the insurance business, and not generally noted for extraordin- ary skill or a great deal of inter- est in business matters. Obviously the difference isn't all profit; insurance companies are nat- urally and legitimately interested in making some money, but simple market-place considerations to say nothing of government regulatory bodies would never permit profit margins anywhere near 50 cents on the dollar. Yet, if the 'amateurs' who ran MSI could cover their operating expenses with 10 cents from each premium dollar, the 'experts' must be able to do very nicely on GO cents. ]f one assumes insurance company profits are at a reasonable level, and that tlieir management is neither wildly spendthrift nor hopelessly in- ept, it is hard not to wonder if there isn't something a bit odd about the whole business. All of which might be worth keep- ing in mind, next time there's an argument about the merits of Medi- care. Badger the commission Depriving some Canadian children those not close enough to the American TV outlets or those not having access to cablevision of the educational impact of the TV show Sesame Street is senseless. The Canadian Radio Television Commis- sion deserves to be badgered into rul- ing thac the show qualifies as neu- tral content. No compromise of the principle of requiring 60 per cent Canadian con- tent in broadcasting would be involv- ed in giving a neutral ruling on this highly acclaimed show. The fact that it is an. American produced show us- ing American talent is irrelevant in this instance. Canadian shows of this type are simply not available now and are inconceivable in the future because of the high cost of produc- tion involved. The Herald's Family Editor, Mau- reen Jamieson, ably presented tha case for a neutral ruling in her col- umn in Saturday's edition of the paper. To her suggestion that people write the Canadian Radio-Television Commission, 100 Metcalfe St., Ot- tawa, Out., K1A ON2, urging a neu- tral ruling on Sesame Street, it is simply proposed here that her col- umn be clipped and sent thing which Mrs. Jamieson's mod- esty prevented her from proposing herself. Do it now before the paper is destroyed and the impulse lost. ART BUCHWALD The White House bowl WASHINGTON evening, ladies and gentlemen. This is Howard Low- sell and we're at half time at Presidential Election Stadium where we are witnessing one of the duller political football games ever played before a nationwide TV audi- ence. "The McGovem team is behind by 28 points in the polls and the Nixon team seems to be running at will. This is par- ticularly interesting because Nixon has not even been in the ball game. He's been sitting on the bench and sending in pi ays to his assistants. This has enraged tha McGovern team who claim they came to play Nixon and not his flunkies. But Nixon lias said it is unprofessional for someone in his position to go out on the field and mix it up with the McGovern rabble. "fn the first quarter the McGovern team got off to a ted start when McGovem'g star running back, Tom Eagleton, fumbled the ball. McGovern backed Eagleton in the fumble, but a few minutes later sub- stituted Sarge Shiiver in the backfield and sent Eagleton to the locker room. "This caused great consternation on tho Learn and they were penalized one month for unsportsmanlike credibility. "Another thing that caused the MrGov- em team to lose yardage was that al- though McGovern is the quarterback, ev- the team was calling a di'iernt play. "When McGovern would call for a Shriver would run with the ball. Whei Mc> Govern signaled for a punt several of his linemen went over his head and tried an end run. It took almost the entire half for McGovern to persuade the fans he was calling the signals, and many peo- ple still are not convinced. "The McGovern team was seltcied In play In the White House Bowl because of their new brand of football. But 83 we The exile returns Ry Doug Walkrr T WAS never so glad to get away from a place as I was I New Yoi k Hily in !ate September after a two-week exile there. It seemed to me that nothing could take away my joy at returning home. A severe lest wa.i when I got back to Alberta to find snow on the ground Bad as that was it wasn't as distressing as trying lo gel back into the swim on tha McGovern should imitate Stevenson ATEW YORK Twenty years ago this autumn, AcMai Stevenson of Illinois, like Geo- rge McGovern today, is'as fight- ing a losing battle for (he pres- idency against General Eisen- hower, but Inere was at least one fundamental diffemce. Stevenson decided early i n the 1952 election that he would probably lose, but that ho would lose with a purpose: Ho would define the central issues of the coming four years, as he saw them, and, win or lose, as he put it then, "Talk seme to the American people." This is have seen during the first half, they ai'Q playing the same style of football as pre- vious teams without, I might add, much success. "There has been a great deal of recrim- ination about this contest. The McGovern team claims the Nixon team bugged tha McGovern locker room and stole the Mc- Govern game plan. "Nixon had one of his assistant coaches look into these charges in what he called the 'most thorough investigation in foot- ball history.' The assistant coach conclud- ed no one on the Nixon team had anything to do with the bugging of the locker room and was appalled that the McGovern team would make an issue of it. "Tho McGovern team also has claimed that one of the reasons it hasn't played well is the lack of money. Their helmti- are dented, their shoulder pads are torn and a few ot the players have no shoes. They maintain every time the Nixon team calls a timeout, the water boy, Maurice Stans, brings another bucket of money onto the field. "Money does seem to he a problem in this game, but. that's only part of it. Let's face it, folks, George McGovern is no Joe Namath. His plays have been unimagin- ative, his ball handling suspect and as far as the fans are concerned his passes have not been on target. "The Nixon team with its huge lead is playing it safe, using up the clock with runs down the middle. The name of the game a.i as Nixon is concerned is de- fence. "And thiil about summaries thai first half. The teams have now come back on the field for the second half. "There is McGoi'ern and Shriver scream- ing at Nixon to get off the tench, but Nixon is ignoring them and instructing Spiro Ag- new where to kick the ball." (Toronto Sun News .Service-) what George McGovem has not done. As he predicted even before (he 1952 campaign started, Stevenson lost badly, but lost gloriously. With remark- able patience, precision, and in- tellectual energy, he tried to foresee the coming age, wrote out in clear and often eloquent prose his views on the questions that lay liefort the people for decision, and set a standard for honest campaigning that has not been equalled or even ap- proached since that time. Maybe this only proves tho validity of Leo Durocher's cyn- ical conclusion (hat "nice guys linish but if the polls and all other indications mean any- tliing now, this may be all that is left to George McGovern: to lose with a purpose, to clarify the issues of (he next four years, and to set a standard for 1976, as Stevenson establish- ed the integrity of his party in 1952 and pointed ihe way and the style of John Kennedy's vic- tory in I960. The cYffereiices be- tween 1952 and 1972, oC course, are greater than the similarit- ies. Stevenson really didn't want to be nominated by his party in 1352 and George Mc- Govem did in 1972. The Demo- crats iiad been in the Wliile House for 20 years on the night in late January of when President Truman summoned Stevenson to the White House and offered to hack him for the Democratic presidential mon- ination. He convinced lu'mself that lie should take the nomination in order to save the nation from Senator Taft and isolation, though he felt at the beginning that Eisenhower would and should win, but when the bat- tle started and this is the contemporary point he de- job without my associate Margaret Ixick- hurM (she terminated her employment at The Ileralrl the day after my But the crowning blow was tho sight of the owner of the duplex behind us building a fence. With the only unfenced yard left in tliu neighborhood, the pressures on me lo conform will intensify ami its going to tough to remain joyful. ".You won't find any job discrimination in Canada because of race, color or religion. Mind you, you won't find any job either." cided quite consciously on campaign that he knew wduld fail, but might clarify the main issues. He began the campaign of 1952 by lecturing the American Legion on the limitations ot military power and Ihe impor- tance of reaching an accomc- dation with Ihe Communists on arms control precisely what President Nixon, who villified liim at the time is now doing. He did not wheedle to tha unions, but lectured them on their larger obligations to the republic. He scolded the press and the farmers, and everybody else who supposed to bo on his side, and challenged them to be faithful, not merely ol their own interests and pre- judices, but lo the nobler pur- poses and objectives of tha nation. And of course, he lost, and in 1956, when he was nominat- ed again, he was told that he had been too idealistic, and should be more cynical, and more just as George McGovern has been ad- vised to be since he won tha nomination in Miami Beach. But Stevenson's second cam- paign was even less successful than his first. He joined the pros In 1956, but lost the idealism and the magic, anc! this is now tho question before McGovern. Should be follow the model of Stevenson's 1952 campaign or Adlai's 1956 campaign "Talk sense to the American or talk politics, as the Demo- cratic pros sec it? Eittier way, he will probably lose, but how he loses could be important. For nobody is de- fining the real problems ol tho next four years, as Stevenson did in 1952, not the president or McGovern, and if McGovern now tries to do so, he may at least rescue his pride and give his party another chance. It is interesting that McGov- ern is now getting out of the supermarkets and preparing a series of fireside chats to the nation of these larger questions. And that one of the men work- ing with him on this is John Bartlow Martin, who was at Stevenson's side as a speech writer in that other campaign 20 years ago. (New York Times' Carl Rowan The true religion in America today is football VtTASHKGTON Let the counts in October, is profession- Catholics and Protestants al football. fight; let Republicans and Democrats bicker. Maybe they're for real. But the true ''religion'' in the country, the only politics that Letters To The Editor You can have Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Krazier, but give me one guy for Bill Kilmer and another for Sonny Jurgenson, just after the two fans have Salary increases loo high The report of Mr. Justice Michael O'Byrne and his com- mittee members, Mr. Batcli- elor and Mr. 1'latt, appears to comply with the terms of ref- erence contained in Order in Cound! ya. 8B2-72, In that it thoroughly reviews the existing indemnities and allowances ai'd makes recommendations for in- creases, which, as you arr aware, range from 50 per cent to 87 per cent. The Order in Council uses the words ''pres- ent and anticipated circum- stances" and undoubtedly some of the increase is based on the indefinite period that these words imply. The report makes no mention of the effect that the increases will have on pensions which are very, very fair at the present time. I find that the rank and tile of the people are concerned with the extent of the proposed increases; this concern is heightened by the fact that civil servants and teachers and many others were urged to keep their demands for in- creases below Ihe six per cent figure if at ail possible; indeed many hundreds of our workers, particularly those in the low in- come brackets have received no increase nt a'l during (ho past year. Consequently, in- In the range of 50 per cent 87 per cent during this inflationary period does not ap- peur to set a very good exam- ple. In of these facts, I wish to make a recommendation at this time, namely, that the pre- mier appoint another commis- sion consisting of a pick and shove] laborer, a clerk and the wife of a quarter or half sec- tion farmer, same terms of reference. The O'Bryne Ftc- porl represents the thinking of three prominent and influen- tial citizens of our province and this, coupled with a report from persons from the middle and lower income brackets will give the government and the members a more compre- hensive view of the thinking of the criteria compiled in the O'Byrne Report. It is my view, that elected representatives should be just as anxious to reflect the wishes and thinking of their people when it comes to increasing their own salaries as they are in ascertaining their views prior lo passing other legislation such as The Bill of Rights. After all the people will be paying the bill. ClOfiDON E, TAYLOR, Kdmonton MLA Who discovered oil? Koolcnai Brown has been mentioned several times in Tho Herald as the original discover- er of Ihe first traces of oil in Alberta. T camped in Watcrton Park In August 1008. Of course it was not a national park al tho timo. There was only an aban- doned lumber mill on the rise just north cast of Cameron Falls and one or two small log cabins. One cabin a single room was on the be- tween Like l.innct and t h e bay north of the Prince of Wales IfoteJ. Reports had it this cabin be- longed to William Aldridge who had camped (here some years before. Reports also had it Aid- ridge had soaked some gunny sacking, in a spring at the Wnterlon oil well site as it is now known, in order to clean the sacking. On taking [lie sack- ing out of the spring, ho found it very oily. The drilling look place shortly afterward. Now tell me jusl who dis- covered oil first in Alberta? Ix-tbbridge. HlCni! WALTER spread sandwiches and booze on the station wagon tailgate in the stadium parking lot, and I'll show you a fight worth watching. In 26 cities across tills land, anrl hundreds of nearby, the great Sunday loyalty no longer is expressed in fervent singing of "The Old Rugged but in feverish praise of a rugged front four dealing mayhem to (he opposing quart- erback. Oh, they travel farther to see their 40 young supermen gladi- ate on the gridiron against 40 visiting he-men than they would ever think of traveling to practice ono cf the standard religions. And in this sybaritic society, tho cult has moved far past the old custom of bringing a hip Fiask of booze anil a pock- etful of corned beef sand- wiches. You wall! through Ihn parking lots now and. incredi- bly, you see eight Namath-wor- shippers from Doomsvillo spreading pate, popping cham- pagne, by way of strengthening themselves for '.vhatevcr cheer- ing, or booing, becomes neces- sary. You even set lovers-of-I.arry Brown pulling a full-sized bar- becue grills frc-m campers and mobile homes, sending up meat- perfumed smc-ke signals for their beloved Redskins that would make a Comanche chief drool. Kootball worship has not yel taken over Sundays to the ex- tent that we are throwing Chri.v- lians to lions--cxccpt perhaps to the Detroit variety. Those sensitive miilionaires who own pro football even show a cer- tain delicacy starling their games after what presumably has been Mr. and Mrs. Amer- ica's attendance at church. Rut you watch the madden- ing Ihrrmg and that tho only prayers most ot those fans utter on Sunday is that .Ian fitenerud will miss for make) that viclory-or-ilefeat field, goal. Or that Joe Namath's hang- over Is for real. You sort of suspect (hat, founting the tickets, Ihe beer, the hDtdogs, Ihe pennants, tho wagers, a lot more money goes Into pro football every Sunday than goes into all those collec- tion plates at the churches that America. But, again, football IS the new religion. The ritual and (he pomp are clearly there. The ehccrcrs have their catechism. And tho superstitions that per- vade pro football make a Hot- tentot witch doctor look like a super sophisticate. What about the guy who wears the same unlaundered shirt to the games because he thinks it brings his warriors luck: He seems so sincere that you refuse to entertain the cyn- ical notion that his way of get- ting a couple more precious tickets is to drive his neighbors off holding their noses. But can that "urbane" news- paperman, long claiming to harbor no silly superstitions, really smirk? After all, doesn't he take four lucky pork chop sandwiches io every Redskin encounter? But, then, you ask, "What's wrong with football as a reli- It may be doing as much to unite people, lo pro- mote a sense of common des- tiny, as Ihose gatherings in Ihe temples and cathedrals. Year after year you sea the same fans gathering in section SOX, or 4119, people from vast- ly different backgrounds and interests. More than by the flag, they are drawn together in their common passion for seeing the Dallas Cowboys ground into- the dirt. They gaze upon their beloved battlers, I ii e blond-haired whites, the fiercely-towering blacks, the clever-fooled East Europeans. There are no nig- gers, no Polaeks, no wops, no dagos, no out on that field. Just Bears, or Bengals, or Saints, all. It is, in truth a microcosm of what the whole society could he like if we only be devotedly reh'gious about the rest of life as we are about football. (Field Enterprises, Inc.) do you suppose made it on TV, tit The Lethbridgc Herald 504 7th St, S., Lcthbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALt) LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. DUCHANAN Second Class Mall Regrsrrallon No ecu Member The Canadian Press arvd rtie Canadian Rally Publlihers' Anoclalicn and Bureau of Ctrculallcni CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Edilor Ediror ROY -VML6S OOUGLAj K WALKPR fcdilonal Page 'THE HERALD SERVES THE ;