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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THB IETHBRIDOS HERALD Monday, October 16, 197J Wage-price controls needed Bv Dave Humphreys, London irp publications commentator Wheat payments and outlook However sight should not be lost of The Brain payments announced last week was Nvelcome news for the West, the long-term prospects, but perspective should not be lost. The payments have been linked Partly because of poor crops else- where, the market is good and Can- ada may be able to sell more wheat with the election. Such an inference jn the next couple of. years than she is as natural as it is unfair. If Ihe grain sales are earning tills extra money can grow. But a world surplus can develop {and the greatly improved quickly again, and Canadian farm- world" market suggests they ers cmlid. work themselves into an- then it is only right that Ihe pro- marketing bind if they throw ducers should benefit immediately. all restraint to the wind. BLACKPOOL Knglanri Debate about inflation in Brit- ain cuts to the core of deep so- cial issues the succession of strikes, record peacetime un- employment, the level of social services as well as one of the worst foliation rates in the Western world, about nine per cent. Tlie Labor party's annual undertook to ensure f. growth rate of five per cent In the economy. The Bank of England, having allowed the money supply to expand at a rate of 30 per cent a year, suddenly' called last month for a strong tightening up of government fiscal and monetary policies. Unacceptably high inflation Would it have been better to hold the announcement and the money back until after the election'.' The grain is the farmers' not the Wheat Board's or the govern- ment's. The fanners have insisted that the government, through the board, be the marketing agent. are not sure that is in the farmers' best Interests, but that is the way it Ten, twenty or thirty years from now the outlook is for a growing world deficiency, but except for local and temporary situations, that time has not come yet. Three years ago there was a strong move for Canada to get into the new higher-yielding shorter varieties of wheat, inferior io the old Canadian varieties bv traditional standards but confe'rencef doniinat'ed by this was undermining Britain's posi- issue has been colored In its lion in international trade and approach in the knowledge of a was likely to accelerate, the background initiative ot make- bank warned. The warning only Just fol- lowed one from the Interna- tional Monetary Fund. The IMF annual report said in- comes policies may be neces- or-break proportions to bait tbe spiral of prices and wages. Tbe pound has lost a third of its purchasing power over tbe last decade; a widow living quite well on a week in sary in Europe to make last 1962 Is today barely scraping year's monetary agreement along on a purchase power of work. is. The failures and the hardships of not by the standards of today's world the system have been blamed on (he market. Canada is selling the lower- government, so perhaps it is only fair yielding (and therefore higher cost) that credit for the less frequent suc- cesses should also go to the govern- ment. wheat today because the market needs all of everything it can' gei. That day may not last long. about A few days ago unions reject- ed Prime Minister Edward Heath's package offer: a flat- rate ceiling of a week (nearly for all from Hie shop floor to the board room. Mr. Heath offered to try to bold prices clown to five per cent in- creases annually, to tie wage increases to tbe cost of living a device untried here but pro- ducing apparent satiety in Belgium. The government also Mr. Heath's doctrine of "cut- ting into tlie price-wage spiral" has failed. The prime minister wrote last year tbat "this can be done by reducing those tax- es which bear directly oti prices and costs and by taking a firm grip on the public sector." Tbe government did slash taxes as well as easing credit and float- ing the pound. The effect was felt in a reduced rate of infla- tion, but even the government's most slaunch supporters since the complete rout of (lie miners' strike would not claim success. If only a bargain could ba struck with unions, many ob- servers think, conditions might still be ideal for steady econom- ic growth, which indeed is what Mr. Heath is counting on in of- fering an economic growth of six per cent. But already it may too late. Apparently responding to Mr. Healey's appeal for unity be- tween the Labor party's indus- trial and political wings, dele- gates did keep the door open to further negotiations for an in- comes policy based on effective price control. Nobody favors wage control, as such, or they would have been driven from the hall. The voice of the unborn As the election comes closer, voters are beginning to think more and more about what they would like to have done by the new government. There to be no vital issues this time, and many voters do not realize the importance of one issue which has not yet hit the headlines. I am talking of abortion. Abortion has been on the in- crease in Canada since the end of 19G8, but its momentum has only been causing alarm since last year. 1971 saw babies in Canada destroyed in this way, at an approximate total cost to provincial health care The parly's executive pub- schemes of million. Tax- lislted general guides for price payers and voters are only just starting to realize that it is taxes and premiums tbat The Wankel engine General Motors iias decided to vy, necessitate extra space and cost produce the Wankel engine; it will be money to produce. By coincidence offered as. an option in the 1974 Vega. The Wankel is a rotary-type internal combustion engine, smaller, lighter, quieter and cheaper than the familiar piston, model; with almost vibration- free operation and fewer moving parts, it should require less main- tenance and repairs. It can be made remarkably small; a 1-3 horsepower model, weighing only a pound, is no larger than a man's fist. Already the Wankel is in use as the power plant for one model in the Mazda line of automobiles, and for a type of snowmobile. vSoon it will perhaps the Wankel engine is lighter, smaller and costs less to pro- duce than the conventional piston- lype engine. It must also be remembered that this engine, whatever its advantages may be or General Motors or the motoring public, still operates by internal combustion, burns the same fuel as a piston engine, and emits the same noxious gases from its ex- haust. Neither the Wankel engine, nor the gadgetry it may make room for, is the answer to air pollution. But sooner or later, the answer must be will be found, if the power outboards, lawnmowers, required research is permitted to con- pumps and several other machines. tinue. Normally one would welcome such One of the most promising develop- an initiative; the motoring public can merits has been with electrically driv- stand an engine that is cheaper to en vehicles. One important example own and maintain. But it has to he is now operating on the streets of Berlin, in the form of a fleet of battery-powered buses, produced by the Bosch Company. Such developments must continue. Neither the automakers nor their oft- time allies in the gasoline business remembered tbat Detroit has been un- der heavy pressure lately because of stringent anti-pollution requirements, and Detroit has a tendency to equate what is good for the auto industry with what is needed by humanity. control, including govern- ment-issued lists of "maximum fair a consumer-price unit to investigate and pub- licize cases of over-charging: an early-warning system and careful supervision of prices for commodities likely to set of! a chain reaction. Labor's ap- proach to wages is tied up with extensive plans to redistribute wealth in Britain; a wealth lax nnd proposals to close estate tax loopholes were approved. Reginald Maudling argued that a basically-changed situa- tion exists in this and other thci arc financing Ibis barbarism. The very lifeblood of Canada Ls being drained by this wanton destruction of human life, and many pro-life groups through- out Canada are doing their ut- most to have it stopped. The Voice of the Unborn Associa- tion, Alberta, is the voice of the west on this matter, and we urge the people of Leth- bridge to pin us in our attempts to stamp out the wholesale slaughter of tomorrow's youth. abortion (abortion on demand) an issue hi tliis election. We know for a fact that the matter will be debated fairly soon af- ter the new government is ap- pointed, and will be decided by a free vote in the House. It is, therefore, vital that we know the candidates' personal feel- ings on abortion, so that the various groups throughout Can- ada can do what they are able to vole pro-life candidates into office. AH people who are pro-life should take note of these words and go to meetings to find out how their candidates would vole on abortion in a free vote m the House. Tlie New Democrats (NDP) are committed to liber- alized abortion by party policy; the best we have been able to obtain from any NDP candidate is an offer to abstain. How- ever, an abstention is no better than a vole for abortion on de- mand, ft can be seen from Iliis, that every vote is impor- tant. Anyone interested in joining with us, please send member- ship fee of S2.00 (or more It you wish Io help with printing costs) to Box Sherwood Park, Alberta. MRS. TERESA ANN PARSONS Sherwood Park. The anti-life forces are at- capitalist societies where the tempting to make liberalized power of organized labor is willing and able to its f T Cynicism unjustified views upon society. This cre- ated a political rather than an economic impasse. Traditional cures to inflation, like squeez- ing the money supply, would no longer work. A capitalist economy must be prepared to accept a far greater degree of systematic control over the level of income ajd prices "than we have ever contemplated before." Mr. Healey told this confer- ence: "Economics is alxmt peo- ple. In fact, economics is a branch of politics and politics is not a branch of economics." In Britain, this is certainly ap- parent after two years of con- frontation government and unions. So far, ministers have resist- ed the temptation to excuse in- flation on grounds of its inter- national character. Like the unions, inflation has met I feel I must retaliate to Richard J. Needham, of the Toronto Globe and Mail in re- gard to his recent article Cynics don't go in for murder. I couldn't disagree with him Iween the churches, aren't there any more, particularly for the young people. Those walls are down; divisions don't exist between young people. They are all mixed up, they are more. Today, most Christians loving, sharing, living together, some marrying, hearing their children, some even bringing them to church. Some day, it will he a free church, and as Dr. Frank Morley stated in his article "perhaps in some bless- ed future all denominations will live together in charity." Mass communication ts shrinking the world, people are becoming filled with an aware- ness of each other, their corn- are ashamed of the behavior ol so-called Christianity of yester- day. He quoted Blaise Pascal, "all men by nature hate each oth- er." That may be so, but we can learn to love all men, if we are taught. I would suggest that Mr, Needham look around, open his eyes and his ears, perhaps, and become aware of Ihe exciting Detroit's most strident complaint can be permitted to use the Wankel against anti-pollution measures has engine as justification for slackening been on the grounds that the addition- al equipment required would he hea- "Writing jermonr, marrying people, counseling sometimes I leel like chucking it all and becoming a Jems Listen to the songs of love, real love, not sentimental about international co-opera- tion, particularly in the Com- mon Market. things that are happening to- passion is being aroused. Some- day, will) and between people, thing is happening. There is of one another, even many of the pictures express a real con- more laughter, more joy, more freedom. Maybe joy can only corne with freedom. I just want to laugh out loud at such cynicsm. I don't under- stand how he can have missed the search for an answer to air pollu- tion. Church Week 3y The Rev. R. W. K. EUfott, Soutliminsfer United Church, Lelhbridga The Church has climbed on to the mod- did provide a stable and secure way o! era prayer wheel to announce to the world life in Europe, that It Ls still functioning along with oth- er outstanding, and more or less worth elements In our culture. Many will wonder why the Church has entered into this be- wildering league. Every week is actually church week. Wa may not readily agree with this, but, for centuries now the week has begun with a Sunday gathering of people to prepara them for the activities to come. This has been a distinctive and unique part of Western society. It was adapted from the practice of the Jews who orig- inally gathered to recognize and acknowl- edge their relationship to tbe Creator, tha Liberator, tbe Sustainer of their national heritage. The Greeks, also, had a practice of calling all the disfranchised to an as- sembly. These two practices were brought togeth- er to have tbe people gather to celebrate both types of experiences but highlighted by the resurrection of Jesus v.rlio, reported- ly, died on the Jewish commencement o( their Sabbath (Friday) and rose from that traditional background on a new day, be- ing declared Sunday. This, also, had some close relationship with a Roman Festival in honor of the sun. The Church, as an institution, ha.s come io us with a varierl and iiiteresting his- tory, "'hen we read its .story ue have mix- ed feelings about its part in Ihe recent in- teractions of humanity. There has been a periodic thrust to- wards the betterment of society through its influence. It has been the formulator of ordered thought out of the confusion and fears that have surrounded our unfolding drama. It (lid bring a concern for the ill and thus inspired the establishment of hos- pitals. There was an aroused interest for stimulated by the church of that day. fn another day it was the communicator of truth, as it was accepted during the Me- dieval period, and an interpreter of of the mysteries. In the days when industrial society was exploiting the women ami children rir.d twno of the men, the church instilled into the minds of tbat era a concern for tho well being of the and eventual- ly rise ti> tbe union movement. There v.fis 'hat long it as- sumed tho role of the protector of the mid- dle and lower classes under a rigid totalitarian authority whicb nevertheless Armed forces rule better? By James Neilson, London Observer coiresponden'. cern for people. He won't see what is happening. I'm just so it, or won't hear it, if he has excited about it, I could yell a negative attitude. If he looks Hallelujah from the housetops. for it, he will Tind it. The divisions that existed ten, twenty and thirty years ago be- BETTY MEYERS Coaldale. Freedom trampled It also Us genius Io have within its ranks those who were compelled to speak out against its unwise use of power and give rise to the wholesome inter- pretation of one of its dogmas, that of the incarnation. This Iwlief became real in the emphasis on the rights of the individual to make a choice and to be able to play a part as a child of God. There Is abroad today an earnest desira to let the church become a more relevant institution with a "word" filled with mean- ing and vision. In some areas this is tak- ing on revolutionary proportions as It comes to grips with the idea that every ev- ent is invested with the significance that God is involved in the whole framework of our existence and cannot easily be rele- gated to some elective corner of a special- ly selected sacred site or a particular pe- culiar pocket of people. Perhaps what so many folk think that they are alienated against, v.hen they criticize the church, is not really that against which they are alienated. It is true that, over the years, the cllurch has not always played the role of the in- strument of the eternal. It has often been caught up in the socio-economic milieu so deeply that is has practiced the methods in vogue at a particular time. It has ex- pelled, excommunicated, acted on an ex- clusive basis, served as blesser of amoral wars and conducted such to promote its own brand of mistaken justice. Tbe church has teen like water, which can freshen and clean.se but can also engulf and drown. We need to remerribcr as well that the church is not the mearts by which a new so- cial order v.ill be inaugurated, but its task is primarily to draw back the curtain on what is probable, and enthuse (awaken th8 verse 'i (K to make the probable real. It ts not the building that is all impor- tant, nor is it the denomination as such, hut it is 1, who am the church. We ought to remind ourselves that Jesus said, this building which it took forty years to build will be destroyed but in three days it will be as strong as ever. It is when one comes face to face hi a personal encounter with someone who pos- sesses the integral qualities of grace, of of joy, of truth, of of understanding, of all inclusive goodwill and fit loving kindliness, then. you. have been at church. BUENOS AIRES The Uru- guayan government's energetic onslaught against the Tupama- ros has paid off handsomely on the surface. About ur- ban guerrilla suspects are behind bars and most of their known leaders have been slain or captured, including tbe founder and leader Raul Sendic. He is now In hospital badly dis- figured by an army bullet that ripped through bis cheeks. The costs of this operation go far beyond the official figure of 518 milion spent by Ihe armed forces and police in the last four years in the war against subversion. The cost may, in- deed, be incalculable, for the victory has also served, para- doxically, to weaken still fur- ther the rickety democracy the Tupamaros had dedicated themselves to destroying. While only mopping up opera- tions remain for the soldiers, their very success has in- creased the danger Hint the military will decide to pick up what remains of Uruguayan democracy. The general popu- lation is grateful that tho ter- rorist menace has been, for Ihe time being at least, crushed; but It is demoralized by the economic deterioration that has gone far beyond mere stagna- tion, the dilapidation of the cities and Ihe lack of any clear vision in government circles of a way out of the mess. The armed forces have quick- ly grown accustomed to play- ing a major role in Uruguayan life, and have given litlle in- dication that they are prepared to fade decorously from the scene now Ihei.' dutv has been accomplished. The top brass are fascinated by the example n! the Peruvian military dic- tatorship, which has been push- ing through a number of popn- list-f 1 a v o r e ri social reforms against the opposition of a rich elite that had controlled the country for generations. Gen- eral Gregorio Alvarez, current- ly chief of Uruguay's joint gen- eral staff, is known Io be al- trr.rted by (his line of Ihotitdil. The elected presidfnl, Juan Maria Bordabcn-y. a rich and conservative landowner who unturned power m Maicb I this year after a fiercely-fought election, is well aware that the army Is tempted to remain in the limelight and perhaps play an even bigger part In Uru- guayan life. He is now study- ing a possible" shake-up in the Uruguayan high command. The armed forces have made it clear that they would strongly resist this, and can persuasive- ly point to the fact that they have eliminated Uruguay's toughest enemy and deserve to be treated with great respect. Although the Tupamaros have been physically beaten they had already achieved most of their short-term objec- lives. Inflation Is roaring through the Uruguayan econ- omy, plunging millions of Uru- guayan workers into penury and even resulting in cases of starvation in a country that, not so long ago, was over-flowing with cheap food. Bordaberry has committed himself to carrying through an extremely strict austerity plan approved by the International Monetary Fund, and this has earned him the furious opposition of the Irade unions who are demand- ing a blanket wage rise of 40 per cent immediately. They have heen harrassing him with strikes that continually bring the nation almost to a com- plete halt. Old democratic hnbiis arc nlso In tatters: press censorship is now part of the Uruguayan way of life and the government has even gone to the length of pe- riodically banning such rc- .speetahle, democratic Argen- newspapers as l.a Prensa and Clarin. The "suspension of guarantees' wmirri rticd Bordaberry's "slate of in- ternal war" allows arrested suspects to he held for as long as the police or armed forces desire, without the need in brinf! the prisoner before a magistrate. The nalion is also saddled with a hufje foreign debt, which now reaches million. Short- Icrm debts needing rapid re- payment lotnl about mil- lion (his in a cminlrv whose export earnings are stuck at million a year. la AC rifort to to- ports t h e government decided to institute a total ban on Ixief consumption, and this elimina- tion of what was once the staple diet of Uruguayans has in- creased discontent at all levels. It has also encouraged the thriving black market, where prices are absurdly high for the housewives' shrinking budgets. As the disarray and helpless- ness of the civilians becomes more and more manifest, eyes are turning to the armed forces which are basking in the pres- tige gained by their defeat of the Tupamaros. Their cam- paign was Eometimes brutal and took innocent lives, but it worked, and they showed effi- ciency. The Tupamaros, after all, were one of the most deep- ly-entrenched and best or- ganized guerrilla movements in the The armed forces, flashed with their success, have many officers who believe they could be equally effective in solving the rest of the nation's problems. Fears arc growing that they could soon find an excuse to take over the government Io rule in a nationalist, populist manner, with objectives that would he ironically similar Io those contained in what is known of Ihe Tupamaros' own ill-defined program for the country "after the revolution." The Canadian government has recently refused to grant a visa to a distinguished schol- ar and philosopher Istvan zaros and has consequently barred him from taking up his senior professorship at York University, Toronto. No reason was given for the government's decision and the assumption must be that Dr. Meszaros is regarded as a security risk. Dr. Meszaros is originally from Hungary, where he was a student and a friend of Ihe late Gyorgy Lukacs the well-known Marxist philosopher. Meszaros was one of the first citizens of a Communist country to speak But there is a deeper issue here. It seems evident that the re- fusal to grant a visa to Dr. Meszaros has to do with his political beliefs and this should woiry us very much. We should ask ourselves and the people who are responsible for the decision in question: 'Has not the individual, academic and intellectual freedom that we tend to fake so much pride in, been trampled on in the case of Dr. PHILIP BUTTERFIEl.D BELA SZABADOS _.......___ _ _r___ R. M. YOSITIDA out publicly against Stalinism. Lethbridge. He has been teaching for 13 years at British universities and holds a British passport. In all this lime he has remain- ed loyal Io the political posilion which forced him to leave Hun- gary in 195G. He has made no secret of his Marxist commit- ment, but he has never acted in any way Io foment disorder or to infringe the academic cod-e. Tlie fact that a man bus been refused a visa in what is ap- parently an arbitrary and whimsical manner ought clear- ly lie of concern to every con- scientious and responsible citi- zen. Either it is the case that there is a reason for tlie re- fusal or there isn't. If there is, then it ought to made public i so that it could be subjected to rational scruliny. If there isn't, then we should guard ourselves against sn irrational bureau- cracy. IVice people Surely Lclhbridge must he the friendliest city anywhere! Twice in the last several years we have entered the city looking for an address and twice people have gone far beyond the limils of casual courtesy to guirte us on our way. The second time we re- quired help, four motorists were stopped while we wers getting directions and no horns were blown, just smiles given and the one giving directions drove a dozen blocks to lead us where we wanted to go. Thank you, nice people In a nice city. CLIFF KOPAS Bella Coola, B.C. The Lcthbtidge Herald 501 7th St, S.t Lethhridge, AlberU LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. LTD.r Proprietors and Publishers Publislied 1905-MSI, by Hon. W. A. 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