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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wtdnwday, October 2, 1974 Poor excuse for a strike The strike of Alberta civil servants called almost without notice Tuesday morning is about the silliest thing that has happened in this province in a long while. The Civil Service Association of Alberta has a contract with the government. It sets forth the wage scale. Negotiation on a new contract was due to commence this week. The government didn't wait for conclusion of negotiation and ordered an immediate pay increase. How this would impair or impede the final settlement has not been explained but because the minister ordered the increase the union called a strike' It in- sists he rescind the increase1 What an excuse for a strike1 What an exhibition of immaturity' Perhaps not so silly but more ignorant is the statement by the association presi- dent that the minister did not have cabinet approval when he made the increase, that he was speaking for himself and not the government. If the president knew how governments operate, he would know that whenever any minister does or says anything like that he has the backing of the cabinet. The proof is that he is still the minister. A final observation. In the 1971 provin- cial election the civil service association campaigned openly and strenuously against the Social Credit government and the clean sweep of the Conservative can- didates in the 16 Edmonton constituen- cies is generally attributed in part to the civil service vote By the way, is this strike legal! Are not the civil servants under contract9 The Indians in Ottawa Too many white Canadians fail to appreciate that there is as much diversity of character, ability, outlook, status and other qualities among the In- dians as there is among any other racial group It is unfair to stereotype the In- dians It must therefore be appreciated that the group that demonstrated on Parlia- ment Hill Monday was not represen- tative The inclination to violence, which the RCMP had to anticipate and to frustrate, was not typical of most In- dians That is not to say, as the minister ad- mitted, that the demonstrators had no legitimate grievances. Anyone familiar with the nation's Indians knows that there are innumerable problems and many justifiable grievances. Some of them are urgent and can be redressed by money But most of them cannot, and that is where the demonstrators failed to impress either the government or the nation The so-called Indian problem cannot be solved by demonstrations or government funds but only by patient sympathy, encouragement and oc- casional funding while the Indians themselves continue to build the self- confidence, pride and resolution essen- tial to mastery of their own affairs. But Monday's demonstrators should not be severely criticized for demanding more hand-outs from the federal government. Isn't that the traditional way of the white man? Beefvs grain American cattlemen are fighting back against the notion that whole grains are a more efficient means of supplying the world's need for protein than beef an argument that is often heard now as authorities survey the world's potential for producing food and match it up against the needs of an exploding pop- ulation In an ad placed in a national U S. news- paper and signed by 31 organizations from 29 beef raising states, the beef in- dustry council claims that "beef is a cor- nerstone of a balanced diet" and that it gives the kind of protein that no single vegetable, grain or fruit can provide. The ad lists beneficial side products of the beei industry, including insulin, adrenalin, leather, fertilizer, gelatin and glycerin Although there may be nutritional arguments with some of the claims, this action of the cattlemen is not ex- traordinary. There are economic as well as nutritional interests involved and historically cattlemen are used to fighting for their livelihood They have a strong assist from the dietary habits of North Americans The common food of this continent is a hamburger, not a bowl of nee. And a physicist's calculation that it takes more energy to produce a pound of beef than that pound of beef produces (as food) is not apt to have much of an effect in changing this diet Even under the assumption that com- mon sense will eventually recognize that grain is a more efficient source of pro- tein that grain fed beef, the cattlemen have one more point in their favor Eighty three per cent of U.S. land, they say, is unsuitable for producing crops for human consumption and almost half of that land grows grass and forage which is cattlefeed. While the syntax of the ad is elusive enough to generate the suspicion that this picture is slightly ex- aggerated, the truth to the idea that some land is more suitable for raising cattle than for raising gram should be ap- parent to every Albertan. The competi- tion between gram and cattle arises only in the feedlot and the solution may be for beef eaters of the world to get used to eating range beef so that feed grains can be consumed directly by the rest of the world It's something to think about dur- ing Agriculture Week ART BUCHWALD A family summit w We all gathered in the living room for what was the first Family Economic Summit in our history. 1 opened the meeting with a brief statement "1 have called you all together to discuss the grave economic situation that this family faces As vou know, inflation has spiraled the cost of all consumer goods and we could be heading for a serious domestic depression I would like your advice as to how we can set our house in order Mv son Joel said, "I think your tight-money policies of the past vear have contributed grealJv to the crisis It seems to me that if vou loosened up on our allowances, it would give us more money to spend and take us out oi.r doldrums I am not certain that is the solution I replied "One of the causes of the family economic woes is that we are spending more monev than we're taking in It was my hope that we could balance the budget before the is out Anv increases in allowances at this time would onlv encourage inflation MX daughter Jennifer said "The biggest item in the family seems to be education don t we all quit school and take a year off to find ourselves''" This is not a practical solution If took a vear off from school. I would have to sub- sidire -von which would cost more than >our tuition 1 hardly see a saving there 1 don t brlievo a high unemployment rate in the family would solve anything 1 continued, "H seems to me one of the ma- jor causes of the problem is the high cost of gasoline If everyone turned in his and her gas rredit card and paid cash for your fuel. 1 c ould a light at the end of the tunnel daughter Connie said angnlv A transportation system in this family is essen- tial to a healthy economy, leaking us turn in our credit cards is an extreme measure which should be used only when everything else fails "All right then, let us take up the subject of rock concerts Last year members of this group spent a total of- on rock concerts and on rock records and tapes. This is certainly an area where cosis can be cut sub- stantially Jennifer rose in a fury. "You are penalizing the poor and the neediest in this family by taking away from them their major form of entertainment Why don't you cut some of the fat from Mom's household budgef" 'I was coming to that." I said. "It seems to me that too much money has been spent on slipcovers, drapes and non essential items such as lamps and nip. I would suggest a ceiling on all household expenditures "That's out of the my wife said "Applying a meal ax to those few fixed cost- of living items would only postpone what it would cost us to hx up the house at a later date We are actuallv saving money by spending it now 1 was afraid that would be your response Well, what about food'' Surely it would be no problem to cut 1 would go along with that." my wife said. 'with one stipulation From now on you will with Ihe baft water Letters High interest rates Mr Nixon said "Let's get Watergate behind us and get on with the nation's business But at the same time he did everything possi- ble to obstruct the solution of Watergate Mr Trudeau says "Let's increase the Bank of Canada interest rate to stop inflation But at the same time the money lenders mount a concerted drive to get more people to borrow more money at ever increasing rates If you want a boat, a camper or a holiday which you can't afford, just say Chargex or Mastercharge, and presto1 the money is there The net result of this policy is that more people borrow more money at ever increas- ing rates, and the opulent money lenders get richer A home at 6 per cent over 30 years brings the money Jenders in interest alont The same home at 12 per cent brings them I fail to understand how this i policy of gouging the public for the benefit of the money lenders can have any other effect than increasing inflation Two thousand years ago the money lenders were chastized for their greed and avarice and were chased out of the -I Temple NIELS K KLOPPENBORG Lethbndge Temperance union alive In The Herald Sept 7 there appeared an article regarding temperance booze battle thin" in which K L Jensen, information super visor stated that "as far as I know WCTU isn't even in Alberta I wish to reply to this statement We would like you to know that WCTU is alive and well in Alberta as ,well as in the nine other provinces of Canada Our officers and aims are listed in the provincial govern- ment publication of women's organizations of Alberta We have been organized in Alberta for many years, and recently held our 60th conven- tion in Medicine Hat As recording secretary of the national WCTU I have just recently returned from the national Centennial Conven- tion held in Ottawa I am also corresponding secretary of the provincial WCTU Having just recently moved from Lacombe to Coaldale I will be glad to inform anyone who wishes of the work of the WCTU in Alberta IVY FRETWELL Coaldale An exciting challenge After reading the recent ar- ticles on Huttente teaching which were based upon research which I recently completed, I feel that The Herald has done a con- siderable disservice to the Huttentes of Southern Alberta and their English teachers by not printing a third article possibly entitled Huttente teaching afjoyful ex- perience In the first article (Wed, Sept 25) I felt that The Herald staff writer was much too concerned with negative responses to colony teaching My research indicates, however, that many of the teachers are extremely satisfied with their job and that the compensations for teaching on a colony are numerous My interviews with the teachers led me to conclude that "generosity appears to be an extensive manifestation of good will." All of my respondents told of gifts of bakery goods, garden produce and meat, etc and almost all of the teachers felt that these gifts reflected the Huttentes' basic generosity and friendly outlook In addition, my report shows that approximately 83 Book review per cent of the teachers reported that their student teacher relationships ranged from satisfactory to very good With respect to such things as lying and cheating, your ar-'. ticle tends to leave the reader with the impression that the Huttente children do indeed', he and cheat, whereas my research merely suggests that'. some teachers perceive this type of behavior which may in fact be an error in perception But the significant fact is teachers who perceive more deviant behavior are the least, satisfied with colony teaching which comes first9 A further reading of my study will also indicate that many of these teachers also engage in behavior defined as unaccep- table by the Huttentes If one were to consider all of the positive as well as negative aspects of teaching on a colony, as I have tried to do, one is forced to conclude that colony teaching is definitely a challenge but an exciting and satisfying challenge, for the right teacher GEORGE MANN" Lethbndge Sailing for speed or fun "The Fundamentals of Sailboat Racing" by Stephen Falk (St. Martin's Press, 215 The fuel shortage and resulting restriction on motorboat cruising promises to make real sailors out of those people who until now been onl> motorboaters For those who want to do it right. Stephen Falk's book is essential whether one wants to sail for speed or for fun Falk makes it clear that good racing is basically good sailing, involving all normal seafaring skills "There's nothing hard about winning a sailboat race." he states in his introduction "Just start well, sail a little bit faster than the others, and sail to the right places where wind, current and competitors will give you Ihe advantage Get at least as much luck as the next fellow and work at if More than half of the book applies to the nonracer as well as the racer, starting with such basics as preparation of the boat, helmsmanship. and-I making the best use of the.: wind Falk tells how the1: novice can actually get started in the "racing" field, which today has lost its old- time social implications He tells how to calculate the best. starting position and how to pick the favored end of the. line, discusses the various hazards of leeward and windward: and reviews the major moves at a racer's disposal Stephen Falk is a; management consultant and- veteran sailor who has several" times won fleet cham- pionships in racing competition He currently competes in the Sunfish class