Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBBIDGE HERALD Friday, October 19, 1973 Cattle boats are coming A novel development in world trade which it characterizes as an agricultural revolution has been suggested by the London Economist. It involves the export of tens of millions of young feeder cattle from the poorer countries of the world, where they are worth very little, to f'eedlot operators in the rich countries of the world, where they are worth con- siderably more. Most of the have-not nations of the world, in South America, Africa and on the Indian subcontinent, are well- endowed with resources suitable for calf production. However, they are not equipped to mature them profitably for slaughter. The suggestion is made that it would be to everyone's advantage for these countries to export calves. Technical problems are not seen as be- ing too serious. The calves could be tran- sported in floating feedlot boats, the health hazard would be less than that of present meat imports, and generic short- comings could quickly be eliminated un- der such a program by skilled breeding and artificial insemination. It is presumed that farming lobbies in the rich countries, which normally op- pose imports of meat, are likely to welcome importation of feeder calves, although there might be regional resistance in areas which are a long way from seaports. The main obstacle to this development, says the Economist, lies with the produc- ing countries and such organizations as the World Bank and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, all of whom, obsessed with the maximum-value-added theory, think only in terms of exporting vacuum-packed, oven-ready beef cuts. It is the magazine's opinion that policy makers for the cattle industry in poor countries and the World Bank and FAO are often expert cattle technologists but economic illiterates. Nevertheless, real possibilities are seen in this proposal of trade in feeder cattle when those responsible for cattle production policy stop thinking like cattlemen and start thinking like economists. A mounting problem Mountains of broken glass (2.5 million tons a month, to be exact) all gathered from Albertans are waiting to be turned into profits glassphalt for roads, fibre glass, building blocks, decorative stucco, or what have you if only someone could find an economical way to do it. The glass, belonging to Albertans and the Alberta Liquor Control Board, is the result of the Beverage Container Act (an assault on waste and an effort at recycling) which has turned people into scavengers and. according to the soft drink industry, has sharply increased their costs. The act made bottlers responsible to reclaim all soft drink bottles (returnable and non-returnable) resulting in the ALCB and franchise bottlers authorizing Contain-A-Way, a service company, to pick up and dispose of all non- returnables. including a monthly pounds of soft-drink containers all dumped in Calgary and Edmonton. Until April. Contain-A-Way sold the cans to. steel companies but that market has fallen through. The suggestion that beer cans could be used for house building, instead of lumber, is highly questionable. In the meantime pop cans are being crushed and buried at Calgary and Ed- monton landfill sites and non-returnable pop bottles are piling sky high in the hope someone can find some economical way to use them. Operators of the Lethbridge Pop Shop and Green's Pop Shop score the non- returnable idea claiming the consumer is better off to pay the refundable five and 10 cent deposits on the stronger, recyclable bottles that can be sterilized and reused than to pay a two cent deposit on a non-returnable bottle ultimately re- quiring costly transportation to a Calgary dump to pile up as debris and sold for something useful. Would it not be better if refillable, stronger bottles, capable of being reused, were made mandatory, eliminating non-returnables altogether? (The consumer doesn't save anything by buying them.) Then tossing the odd non- returnable bottle (import liquor and wine bottles, for instance) into the gar- bage would prove to be the cheapest and best way of disposing of them and the growing problem of what to do with the non-returnables would be eliminated. ERIC NICOL Fatal flaws of urban living Farmers caught in the land freeze, for- bidden to sell their farms for the inflated price that would put them in Fat City, com- plain that urbanites have a romanticized view of life on the farm. They say that it isn't all home-made blackberry wine and Wai tons. As a city person I have difficulty believing this. It is my firm conviction that everybody, but everybody, would choose the farm but for the associated need to wring a chicken's neck. That kills it, for me. If they ever develop a chicken that drops dead when shown the stock market report, and a pig that commits suicide by taking an overdose of filth, and a steer that celebrates its prime by falling apart neatly along the dotted lines, you won't 'see me for silage. Meantime, to those farmers eager to convert their acres into a plush pad in town, I suggest that they have a romanticized view of city life. Let me list a few of the realities. Smells. Farmer Brown, until you move into an apartment building you have no idea of what a comparatively odor-free environment you enjoyed around the barn. I would sooner walk past the cow pasture every hour on the hour than expose my nose to the grease gang of smells that hangs around the corridor of an apartment building at feeding time. When you get a whiff of pizza fighting a Kung Fu dinner and the miasma with which the management sought to asphyxiate the roaches in the stair well then, and only then, do you appreciate the classic purity of the pong of the poultry shed. Noise Okay, so the cow-bells are getting to you. You have a multi-decibel cricket on the hearth, and you don't care if you never hear another meadowlark. You know what awaits your ear-drum in your prestige con- dominium? Your immediate neighbor, audible through wallboard whose acoustics are the only faithful thing in the building, devotes himself fulltime to dismembering his murder victims with a power saw. During the rare intervals when he is lugging the suitcases to railway- station lockers, the sound level is more than sustained by stereo nuts whose tweeters psy- ke out you budgie and whose woofers vibrate you into permanent damage to the kidneys. Loneliness. Hey, rube, you can forget about the friendly folk when you use that farm-sale money to buy into a city high-rise. In town, when people wave to you they use no more than two fingers. One finger is usual- ly ample, to cover the greeting. Down on the farm, if your truck got stuck in the ditch you could count on a neighbor to hus- tle over with his tractor to haul you out. In the city apartment you can fall down the elevator shaft and not be missed till the phone com- pany comes to disconnect your horn. Sometimes all the residents of an entire high-rise lose the most meaningful relationship in their lives when the news ven- dor on the corner succumbs to parrot fever. Against these often fatal flaws of urban living. Farmer Brown, you measure the financial indignity of being unable to sell your acres to a developer who will use them to ex- tend the perimeter of smells, noise and loneliness. You are a martyr to our time. The govern- ment is insisting that you keep your head when all about you are doubling theirs, plus 14 per cent interest. But never fear: there will always be someone to buy your farm. Just get cracking on that headless chicken. Letters "Not bad but they won't make as much on endorsements as the winners of the World Series." The Nixon nomination "Ah, but did you ever try to run your station wagon on chicken soup JAMES RESIGN (New York Times commentator) Now there's a Ford in our future, and when you get down to basics, as the ad man says, you get down to Gerry Ford. He's about as basic as politicians come basically loyal, basically honest, basically square, as plain, solid and serviceable as Grand Rapids furniture. Well, President Nixon may be backing into the future, and it's not very exciting, but after all the excitement of the last year, there is something to be said for picking a decent and experienced man who will avoid one more divisive battle in this divided city. Ford's private record is better than his public record. As a party leader, he has defended the party, no matter how it twisted. In Congress, as on the line under the Universi- ty of Michigan's great coaches at Ann Arbor, he followed the signals. If President Eisenhower was against American intervention in Vietnam at Dien Bien Phu. he was against intervention. If President Nix- on later on was in favor of intervention in Vietnam, or opposed to accommodations with the Communists or eager for accommodations. Gerry was a faithful Ford, obeying the commands of the driver THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE (published with The New York Times and The Washington Post) If Mr. Ford is not an ex- citing choice, he is an eminently respectable one, and it is hardly possible to conceive of Mr. Nixon making the kind of selection that would galvanize the American public without at the same time creating bitter divisions, which the country cannot af- ford. Like the negotiations that preceded Mr. Agnew's resignation, Mr. Nixon's cogitations on a new vice- president had a result that left many Americans disap- pointed. But, as in the Agnew case, the upshot was workable, created no dangerous precedents and served the broad interests of the United States, given the context in which the decision was made WILLIAM V. SHANNON (New York Times com- mentator) In feebly acquiescing in President Nixon's nomination of Rep. Gerald Ford as vice- president, the Democratic leadership of Congres fumbl- ed away an opportunity to resolve the nation's political crisis. The cause of that crisis is the widespread belief that Nixon was engaged in criminal misconduct during his presidency The speaker of the house and majority leader of the Senate could have jointly an- nounced that no nominee for vice-president would be con- sidered until Nixon acted constructively to dispose of the grave charges against himself Had Nixon balked and an impasse resulted, the necessities of government do not require the immediate choosing of a new vice- president. The republic has survived quite well for lengthy periods with the vice- presidency vacant. As recent- ly as 1945-49. the first Truman administration proceeded without a vice-president ;is first ;i Democrat, Sam Ray burn, and then a Republican. Speaker Joe Mar- tin. served as stand-by president. The same situation recurred for a shorter period of 14 months after the assassination of President Kennedy. It was highly desirable to keep the vice-presidency open until Nixon's guilt of in- nocence is determined. If Nix- on is ultimately shown to be guilty and has to resign or be impeached. Speaker Alberta, a Democrat, would be con- situtionally next in line. Rather than force a change in party control of the ad- ministration, the leaders of both parties could allow Nixon as his last official act to nominate a Republican as vice-president who would im- mediately take over as presi- dent as long as he was a person of genuine presidental quality. No one would apply that descrition to Represen- tative Ford THE WALL STREET JOURNAL One does not want to be cruel to Gerald Ford, who has a long record of capable public service. But in trying to see what sets him above hundreds of other public of- ficials who might be nominated for vice-president, the only virtue we can see is that his many friends in Congress will ensure him con- firmation without a divisive battle. If, indeed, that is a virtue. The nomination of Mr. Ford caters to all the worst in- stincts on Capitol Hill the clubbiness that made him the choice of Congress, the par- tisanship that threatened a brusing fight if a prominent Republican presidential contender were named, the small-mindedness that thinks in terms of who should be rewarded rather than who could best fill the job. After the Agnew and Eagleton fiascos, the American people had a right to expect a better way of choosing vice-presidents a right to expect, we should have thought, that they would be chosen from among the handful of men capable of contending for the presidency in their own right. Instead, the vice presiden- tial nominee was chosen the way vice presidential nominees always have been, to deal with the immediate problems of the president or presidential nominee Now. we're sure the republic will survive; we do not want to leave the idea that the appointment is any kind of disaster. The nation has lived with vice-presidents less dis- tingushed than Mr. Ford. There is something to be said for smoothing' relations between the Executive and Congress and for avoiding a nasty confirmation battle ANTHONY LEWIS (New York Times commentator) Anyone who still hoped to find some residual dignity or sensitivity in Nixon should have been disabused by the charade as he announced his choice of Gerald Ford for vice-president. Tliat scene in the East Room of the White House was the most repellent American public ceremony in memory. The very idea of a televised tease over the name was contemptible. If it was to be a public occasion, it should have been a solemn one before Congress. The man who gave us Apnew and Mitchell and Stan.s and Haldeman and Ehrlichman and Colson and Liddy and Hunt and Krogh and Dean and Magruder and Chjpin grinned as he un- veiled his next choice. There was not the slightest sense of responsibility for what has passed, not the least reference to the grisly reason for this occasion. The vulgarity of the scene would not ordinarily be worth noticing. But in this case form and content were uncomfor- tably mixed. Can Americans in general respond to such stuff? Is that our country? The answer has to be no: Richard Nixon's values are not America's. Either that or all of us give up our vision of this country. We really have to stop pretending that Nixon is somehow going to change, going to conform to the old American dream of an enlightened society governed by law. It is a question of character, and he has made clear that his cannot change CARL T. ROWAN (syn- dicated commentator) On too many occasions these past five years, this observer of the Washington scene has felt compelled to ask: "Where does President Nixon find If anything has distinguish- ed this administration more than the breadth and magnitude of crime and cor- ruption that has permeated it. it has to be Mr. Nixon's dogg- ed knack for clinging to people whose ideological quirks are his own. In nominating Rep. Gerald R. Ford to be the next vice- president. Mr. Nixon rose above the Carswell mediocrity. In Ford he chose a man who, by the known record, bears no taint of the crookedness and corruption that has engulfed so many of Mr. Nixon's other men. The naming of Ford is dis- maying evidence that Richard Nixon still thinks the measure of a man's greatness is his loyalty to Richard Nixon. According to records com- piled by Congressional Quarterly, of all the votes in Congress on which Mr. Nixon won or lost from .Ian. 3 to Aug. 3 in both 1972 and 1973. only one man in the entire Congress was more blindly loyal to the president than Gerry Ford. Ford voted for Mr. Nixon's position 83 per cent of the time. Compare that with a mere 68 per cent "loyalty" on the part of Roman Hruska, the Nebraska Senator who enshrined himself in the history books by backing the Carswell nomination to the Supreme Court with the argu- ment that the country needs a little mediocrity. Of the 535 people in Congress, only Barber B. Conable, Jr.. of Alexander, N.Y., beat Ford out (Conable was 84 per cent loyal) for the sycophant-of-the-year award. Still, let us not forget that the naming of a new vice president is about as impor- tant to the nation as naming a new waterboy for the Washington some calamity befalls the president. Naming Ford has extra meaning because this presi- dent faces more than the usual actuarial threats to his tenure The odds arc now overwhelming that even after Supreme Court consideration the president will have to make a choice of handing over tapes that could implicate him in several felonies, or of defy- ing an order of the highest tribunal. Either route would lead to impeachment of Mr. Nixon or his decision to resign. Either outcome would make Ford the president of the United States. Impeachment now seems more than remotely possible. But resignation9 Mr. Nixon has insisted that he will not resign. But then, so did the man whose job Ford is taking. Indian integration Hopefully, the type of In- dian who abuses Gait Gardens is not representative of the majority. We are told, from time to time, that a proper destiny of the Indian is to integrate with the White man. While I am not an expert on this matter it seems to me. from experience and observation, that if accep- tance and harmony are to be reached in this proposal much understanding and patience will be required on both sides. Obviously unless the Indian sincrely wants to be absorbed into the White man's com- munity and culture it won't work. In the event that he does in the belief that he would eventually be better off I would say that great ad- justments would be required on his part. 1 feel that the prejudice the Indian accuses the White man of holding against him is mostly of the Indians' own making through his seeming resentment, envy, defiance, and lack of respect for the White man and his property. Furthermore, the Indians' open exhibitions of dirty violence presumablay to ease his frustrations and irritations and perhaps in an attempt to solve some problems is something the White man is not liable to accept in any serious initia- tion of integration. I see nothing wrong with a clean, well-mannered, respectful and ambitious In- dian coming to take a place in the community of the White man. The Indian, as we know, has a romantic background due to his close co-existence with nature over many centuries. There does seem to be an in- herent wildness and harshness in the-Indians' makeup which possibly derives from these circumstances. Obviously when such a peo- ple attempt to live side by side with the White man and his much more refined way of life, genuine effort will be re- quired on both sides if this venture is to achieve success and goodwill. LLOYD R WEIGHTMAN Lethbridge Spreading false gospel Attention all prostitutes in the Foremost jail: I didn't say Jesus Christ won't forgive you. I did show that Mary Magdalene in "Superstar" never repented. Let me repeat these facts for Mr. Tagg: Mary crooned to Jesus, "Sleep and I shall soothe you." Her thoughts become "He's just a man" that can be seduced. Does this sound like repentance? Jesus' tone of voice when he responds "That feels so nice" makes it clear that there's more head petting than head .anointing going on. The Bible shows the Mary who anointed Jesus as a Christian. It's irrelevant whether her past practice had been prostitution or, as in- spired texts say, just plain promiscuity. The head anointing took place in a house not a cave or Jesus' bedroom. Jesus was at table with other guests including Mary's brother. The movie ascribes to Jesus a morality he never practiced. Superstar accepts unrepen- tant sinners. The real Christ rejected self-righteous sinners. An empty cross no more gives us reason to think Super- star was resurrected than an empty electric chair proves that that victim was resurrected. Superstar's dead body was taken from the cross. The real Christ was resurrected from the grave. Some need to be reminded that the penalty for willfully supporting the spread of a false gospel is exclusion from salvation! JOHN DOWLING Coaldale Tribute to jazz drummer I was a big fan of jaz? drummer Gene Krupa. I was shocked, therefore, as many other musicians from around the world were when he died on Tuesday. October 16. 1973 at 64 years of age. He probably had one of the hardest lives possible. I say this because he was kicked out of his home early in his teens by his father who objected to a boy banging on some round- shaped forms with drum- sticks. He fought relentlessly and took just about everything from milk to the hardest of drugs on the market. I don't want to make the man a martyr, but I do want people to take notice of this man and share the music that this great drummer gave to the jazz-music industry. He gave sweat and maybe at times even blood over his work, can't we spare a tear or two to balance the river of life? I respect all people who have had it. hard and have pull- ed out of it a winner. I love playing the drums and hope that maybe I might, at one time, be as inspired as Gene Krupa was. How he will con- tinue to inspire young drummers everywhere! He's a legend. A DEVOTED FAN Lethbridge. Political propaganda After reading On the Hill, in The Herald, October 15th, by Joe Clark, MP. for Rocky Mountain. I began to wonder how much longer we are going to have to read these garbage reports. He writes about the Liberals and NDP being in bed together. Bid deal! We read this in the paper everyday. If this is all he has to report from a very busy and important place like Parlia- ment Hill then he has no business even being there. Ken Hurlburt, in his last report, was crying about the old story of the Liberals being voted into power by eastern Canada and the Progressive Conservatives being the only party to have MPs from all provinces. He can't seem to accept the fact that the 109 Liberals were voted in by "Canadians" just as his 107 PCs were voted in by "Canadians." These MPs from Alberta seem to forget that when reporting from Parliament Hill they are reporting to peo- ple from all political parties and not just the PCs. Our MPs might have been voted in by PCs but when they are sent to Ottawa they are there to represent all their con- stituents not just the people who voted for them. When crying about, legisla- tion put forward by the government why can't they also say whey they don't like it and what their alternative to it would be? Their biggest reason for not liking the legislation seems to be because it was put forward by a different party than they belong to. Ever since Mr. Stanfield became leader of the Progressive Conservative party it seems to have become a party that disagrees with everything the government does while not having any alternative answers for the problems which face the government. Our MPs from Alberta seem to fit this mould very well. In the future I hope we can read the real facts, and not just "political propaganda" to make the PC party look good. GARY OSBERG Lethbridge Lovely shots As a subscriber to The Herald I would like to voice appreciation for the change in the pictures in the paper. Lovely and pleasant situations are displayed much better than crime, violence and similar ugliness. R. VV. RUSSELL. M.D Cardston The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S Lethbridgc, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO LTD.. Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954. by Hon. WA. BUCHANAN Second Class M.nl Registration No 0012 Mnmhnr ol The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and Ihe Andil Duronu of Circulations CI. 170 W. MOWRRS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H ADAMS. Goncrnl Managi'i DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing F.tiitor Associate Editor ROY MILKS DOUGLAS K. WALKER AdvtM tismo, Maiuuor Editorial Pagt Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"