Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
4-THE UTHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, September 27, 1074 Where are the women? Lethbridge has a varied and commen- dable group of candidates for the eight city council seats. There is, however, one noticeable lack. With the exception of an incumbent, no women have responded to the obvious challenge of this council elec- tion. Considering the apparent strength of the Women's Lib movement and the attention it has been getting, this is both surprising and disappointing. (Three women are running for the public school board, including the incum- bent chairman, but this is more traditional and less a challenge to custom.) Vera Ferguson has already proved not only that women can get elected to the council but also that they can serve there equally as well as men, if not better. The operation of a city council is not some mysterious tribal rite guarded by the males of the world, in spite of the fact that it may sometimes seem to fit this description. The daily business of the city council involves analyzing budgets and taxes and other financial data, assessing social and economic possibilities and needs and establishing priorities in these areas, understanding the city and representing it. Generally speaking, women are as well qualified to do these things as men and in specific cases they may be far better qualified. There is no secret alchemy that ordains that a man can understand a consultant's report but a woman cannot. When it comes to withstanding pressures, women have as much inherent intellectual integrity as men and, whatever their interests, they would be at least as dispassionate on the council as their male counterparts who bring professional or business interests to that council whether they are aware of it or not. There is an additional specious argument, seldom voiced but not out- dated, which holds that politics is a dirty business and not suitable for women. This argument was made bluntly in the presence of an exceptionally capable woman who was elected state superintendent of public instruction in Montana for several terms under two different political banners. She com- mented matter-of-factly that the par- ticipation of women would raise the level of politics. The lack of women candidates il- lustrates one of the criticisms of Women's Lib activities. Frequently too much effort and attention are given to revamping an image and not enough to revamping reality. Additional women on the city council would do .more to enhance the confidence and the self- respect of the women of Lethbridge, and alert them to their capabilities, than any number of protests against theatre ads and any number of complaints about the sexual stereotype imposed by the term "alderman." But women are not going to run for such offices without the encouragement of their peers. Until this happens a depressing amount of talent will be going to waste in this city. The registration list Property owners within the city limits are eligible to vote in the municipal elec- tion regardless of their citizenship. Non property owners must be Canadian citizens or British subjects and must fulfil certain residential requirements. This is somewhat discriminatory against those who do not own property. To be sure, what the city is saying, and rather generously, is that while citizens are entitled to vote it is also extending the franchise to non citizens who are property owners, in recognition that the outcome of the election also affects them. Municipal elections are much more immediate and personal than provincial and federal elections and there is something to be said for the enlightened thought that a person should not have to be a citizen to vote for of- ficeholders in the city where he resides. The fact that city elections are non par- tisan adds weight to this distinction. But should the owning of property be the necessary qualification, particularly at a time when house prices are high and mortgage money expensive if not rare? It takes five years' residence for one to become a citizen. Should renters have to wait five years before they can vote in city elections? After all, they too are interested in utility rates and taxes, which they pay indirectly, and the total development of the city. And after five years if they have decid- ed not to become citizens they are still disenfranchised while a property owner who may have made the same decision will still be able to vote. Perhaps there is a better way of com- piling a registration list. THE CASSEROLE Americans lucky enough to have been able to get a home mortgage recently may have Saudi Arabia to thank. That oil-rich country's government has decided to help the slumping housing market, a principal user of fuel oil, by investing million in Federal National Mortgage Association debt issues. One more example of Western influence on the Russian way of life: bowling pins will begin falling for the first time in the U.S.S.R. this month. An Illinois firm is installing an air-conditioned and carpeted, 16-lane bowling centre in Moscow's Gorki park. The new federal minister in charge of hous- ing sounds like a dandy. He's selling his own house in Willowdale, Ontario, for but thinks that the present slump in housing starts is a good thing as it will "redirect the market from fancy four-bedroom houses to something people can afford." He has his ideas about what people can afford, too. "Ex- pectations are too he says. "They want a house and a color TV and a snowmobile and a winter holiday in the sun. They have a right to a decent house but they don't have a right to a house and all those other things." How's that for communication, Pierre? Letters or else A learning experience By Richard Gwyn, Toronto Star commentator For days Ottawa officials had been running around tell- ing reporters that the point Prime Minister Trudeau wanted most to get across to Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka was that Canada was no longer a nation of "hewers of wood and drawers of The formula sounded fine: an appeal to our national pride; an accolade to Cana- dian industrial maturity. The only weakness was that it missed the point. At the end of Tanaka's Ot- tawa visit I asked a senior official the most obvious of questions: was there any real reason for Tanaka to come here, other than politeness on a sidetrip from Washington, except for the fact that Canada happens to be one of the few nations with some spare wood to hew and water to draw. A pause. "No, well not really." The formal goal of Tanaka's visit was to "usher in a new era of Japan-Canada quote the crisp prose of the final communi- que. Certainly a useful start was made. Tanaka will go back a little wiser about Canada, in- cluding, as an avid golfer, the layout of the Capilano Golf Club in Vancouver. Trudeau will have learned something about Tanaka, including the fact that he had been badly briefed about his visitor. Tanaka used to be a chain- smoker. Early in their first meeting, Trudeau, himself a rigorous non-smoker, passed across his silver office cigarette box to Tanaka. No, answered Tanaka: he had quit, with "a solemn promise to my daughter" never to start again. The real benefit of the meet- ing for Canada, lay elsewhere. It amounted to a learning ex- perience in the art of "re- sources substitute for 19th century geopolitics. Canada has gained some ex- perience in this rugged game. Our oil export tax means that Americans pay the same price for Canadian oil as for the Arab oil that President Ford is so angry about. At the Law of the Sea meetings Canada has adopted a progressively more hawkish stand: our claims could add up to two million, offshore, square miles to Canadian territory. In meeting Tanaka, Trudeau was meeting the big leagues. Japan is the world's third eco- nomic power. Tanaka himself is a businessman-turned- politician, much in the style of the late U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. Last winter's oil crisis add- ed an incredible billion to Japan's import bill. Japan, which imports almost all its raw materials, and one-half of its foodstuffs, panicked tem- porarily. Then it recovered, with amazing speed. Japan discovered that its money, technology and sheer exper- tise could buy longer-term raw materials contracts, with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Brazil. Japan's economic growth should resume in 1975. During their meetings in the East Block, Tanaka lis- tened, no doubt politely, as Trudeau recounted Canada's technological prowess, in nuclear reactors, pollution control equipment, com- munications satellites. Tan- aka's real was in the fact that Canada supplies 38 per cent of Japan's copper, 72 per cent of her lead, 30 per cent of her zinc, and could, once the tar sands are developed, supply oil as well. Tanaka gave no ground, other than generalities, on Canada's demand for an increase in our exports of manufactured goods (which makes up less than two per cent of total Canadian sales to At a press confer- ence, Tanaka agreed that raw materials should be "process- ed more fully" in Canada. He then delivered a neat put- down: "Canadians are too ac- customed to selling (Manufactured goods) in the United States and Eu- polite way of saying that Canadian manufacturers find the Japanese market too tough. Tanaka of course has little room to manoeuvre. To pay for its resource imports, Japan must export manufac- tured goods. If Canada, and other resource countries, de- mand to sell both raw materials and finished goods, Japan couldn't meet the bill. Trudeau, if he gained little ground, also lost little. "Give the Japanese an inch and they'll come pouring in, with joint-ownership deals, tech- nology transfers, anything for the raw they're confident that back home they still can beat said one official. No deals were signed; no concessions made. Canada is one of the few Russia is can boast both relatively sophisticated industry and abundant resources. That kind of double luck doesn't win many friends, still less does it usher in "a new era of Japan-Canada It does usher in, or should and must do, an era of hard-nosed calculations in relations between Canada and Japan or between Canada and any other country. Helps spread heresy I have been following with interest Mr. Noel Buchanan's choice of articles in The Lethbridge Herald. He has done more to hurt the cause of Christ in Lethbridge than any one man in the city. The very nature of his job requires him to print material on the cults and Christ haters. By so doing he helps to spread their heresy. Congratulations to him. He is amazingly ignorant of the Bible. Take for instance the scriptural requirements of a "bishop" in 1 Timothy cannot praise women church leaders when God does not. Take as another example God's command to evangelize the world. Why then does he ridicule mail evangelism, tracts and publically confronting people about Christ? How often does he lead the lost to Christ? Mr. Buchanan has finally given some recognition to our work at. the Independent Bap- tist Church. Next time he should mention the fact that we try to win souls to Christ by door-to-door evangelism, radio evangelism, Bible studies and evangelistic ser- vices as well as "epistle cam- paigns." We are not the slightest bit interested in "stealing sheep" from other churches. We desire to see the Lord glorified by souls being saved from sin and then serv- ing God in a scriptural church. If some of those lost souls are in the Salvation Army or Bethel Baptist or any other church we will try to win them too. We are in prayer for Mr. Buchanan that he might do something positive for Christ instead of hindering His work. K. DAVID OLDFIELD Lethbridge Farm marketing system The article, Food crisis stark reality for millions, in The Herald (Sept. bothers me. How is it that scientists and economists do not yet know how to feed the world's peoples and how to beat infla- tion after so many years of practising their trade? It seems to me that nobody is going to feed these millions facing starvation, (let alone now or ever, un- less very definite steps are taken to correct some of the faults built up in our marketing system. The weak link is the lack of an individual asking price on the bulk of farm produce sold to consumers. In Alberta, as in the rest of Canada and much of the world, farmers tend to pool agricultural produce to reap sales benefits. This lets the efficient producer receive the same unit price as the less efficient. What happens is that the less efficient producer is forced out of fanning and becomes one more consumer. One efficient farmer and one not so efficient farmer produce more than just the one efficient farmer. So when consumers worry about rising prices they might worry for these two reasons more consumers and less produc- tion. Because of the fact that farmers often do not have, or take seriously, the individual asking price, business and government are able to charge much as they please. This causes farmers to scurry into a variety of protective associations which cannot do much for efficiency as 28 million rotten eggs demonstrates. The disturbing part is that it is not always the efficient farmer who wants all these pools and marketing boards. But it is the efficient farmer who collects most of the real benefits because he sticks with it and produces. And so it is the efficient farmer who can give the poor person in In- dia a price that this person can afford to pay. However, under our present marketing system not even a Rockefeller .with a 10 million bushel crop could knock off a cent a bushel to a buyer from abroad. I would like to see private business sell its services to farmers and ranchers. These enterprises would tally on computers the farm produc- tions and asking prices of their clients received by mail and by telephone. They would not handle the product but would act mostly as agents to help adjust supply to demand. There would be constant revi- sion of asking price, and products for sale, as informa- tion was received from farmers and ranchers. Buyers would not have to buy at the asking price es- tablished but when the difference was too great farmers would have a guideline. Going back to the efficient farmer, he would pretty well have to place his asking price also, to obtain sales this would work to the advantage of those starving millions. Yet if he did compete in this fashion it would not cause him any loss because his profit dollar would have its counter- part whereas now it probably has not and inflation is the word, maybe! LUCIEN BEAUDIN Stirling ART BUCHWALD A medal for Jean Chretien Let the buyer beware "Did you hear the one about. 999 WASHINGTON Prof. Alan Greenspan, chief presidential economic adviser, endeared himself last week to the country with a remark he made to a group of leaders representing the old, sick and handicapped. Greenspan said Wall Street stock brokers have suffered the most from the nation's economic decline. When I saw Prof. Greenspan say this deadpan on television, I broke into laughter and thought to myself, "The Ford administra- tion does have humor after all." A few minutes later I received a call from a congressman friend asking me if I had written the line for Greenspan. "I wish I had." I said. "It bas to be one of the funniest things I've ever seen on television." "Well, could you find out who his writer is? I need some jokes for my campaign this fall: and if Greenspan's man can come up with any other one-liners as good as this one. I'll be in clover I called the Council of Economic Advisers and spoke to a man on the phone. 'Tm trying to find out who Prof Green- span's gag writer is." "What are you talking the man said. "You know, the guy who wrote that line about Wall Street brokers hurting the most from inflation I started laughing again as! said it The man on the other line said frostily. "Prof Greenspan meant every word he said Brokers have suffered the most." I was laughing so hard I couldn't stop "I didn't think you economists went in for that kind of humor." 1 said "Gosh that's funny Do you have any good "You apparently believe that Prof Greenspan was joshing at his meeting with the representatives of the old, sick and handicapped. But inflation is no joking matter. The professor was talking in terms of percentages. Whether the old, the sick and the handicapped want to believe it or not, we have statistics to prove that brokers have been hit the hardest" "Don't go too I said, trying to contain myself. "I want to write this all down." "You must remember that, when inflation strikes, brokers' commissions, which are fix- ed by law, are immediately affected. When you have low turnover in Wall Street stocks, the broker is the first one to feel it. Who's hurt by high interest rates more than anybody "Don't tell me." I said chuckling. "Let me guess." "I'm not sure you're taking me the man said. "Of course I am. I think the most important thing during a crisis is for people to laugh at themselves. If Prof. Greenspan can provide us with a line like he did about the brokers every week, we can win the war against inflation. Let me ask you something. Does Greenspan have any good ones about people suffering in the oil The man hung up on me. "I called back my friend in Congress. "I know you're not going to believe I said, "but Greenspan writes his own jokes." "I'll be said my friend. "You mean the line about She brokers was "Yup Greenspan's a fountain of mirth, and he comes up with things like that all the fame. It must be great for the president to have somebody like that around to take his mind off the economy." By Peter Thomson, Herald Ottawa commentator OTTAWA Treasury Board President Jean Chre- tien deserves a medal for cutting down on the public ser- vice parking rip-off. For decades the Canadian taxpayer has been paying for the construction and mainte- nance of parking facilities for public servants. It is a fringe' benefit that certainly hasn't been needed for a long time. In one swift blow this week Chretien announced: a) that after April 1, 1975 parking spaces in downtown Ottawa- Hull would cost a month; and b) the number of parking spaces provided would be re- duced from a ratio of one for every five employees to one for 20 by 1983. In other cities the contrac- tion will be phased-in faster, but then only five to 10 per cent of federal employees in other cities have had free parking privileges. In Ottawa Hull the percentage has been about 35. The parking issue has been simmering for more than two years, ever since the National Capital Commission, then un- der the chairmanship of Doug Fullerton. produced a film showing just how bad the situation is. The parking issue was brought before cabinet some time ago. but it wasn't until the new broom, in the form of Chretien, arrived that some- thing was done about it. Toe government has been providing parking spaces in the Ottawa-Hull area, of them in the central core area. The NCC estimated in its film that fully half of downtown Ottawa was given over to the car, in the form of roads and parking lots. Some of those park- ing spaces are eyesores lo- cated along Ottawa's scenic rivers and canal. Until recently the Govern- ment had gone merrily along providing more and more free parking spaces, at con- siderable expense to the tax- payer. In 1972 it was calculated that the Gov- ernment would be spending million in the next five years providing to new parking spaces. Those figures have long been obsolete due to rising land costs and other factors. Also obsolete is the 1972 es- timate that million worth of downtown real estate was being used for public service parking. The situation became even more ludicrous with the oil crisis of last fall and winter. There was Energy Minister Donald Macdonald urging peo- ple to use car pools and public the govern- ment was providing all those free parking spaces. But now Chretien has started in the right direction. If this is a sample of his work as Treasury Board President, let's strike a whole scries of Chretien medals. All real estate is high today, probably along with everything else. The crucial point as I see it is that infor- mation received about homes and land may be misleading. The best thing to do before making a purchase is to check with the city, town, village or county bylaws where the purchase is to be made. They have the correct information on what is. and will be, allow- ed on the particular property in question. Who is to blame for the mis- leading information, one asks? For instance, a base- ment suite could be developed or possibly an extra lot could be subdivided. The owner gives the information to the realtor. If is placed on multi- ple listing this same informa- tion is most likely passed on to all other realtors. Of course the owner wants the property to sell so all attributes to make the sale more tempting are mentioned. Maybe some of these are not quite true. Should the realtor not check with the municipality to make sure? It would be a lot of work and not advantageous to make the sale. Then we cannot expect city alderman or councillors to check that every property being sold within the municipality concerned is be- ing done under the correct conditions. Of course some are private sales when realtors are not even involved. Therefore I can only say buyers should check and beware and I do not believe this is being overly suspicious, just careful before it is too late. CAREFUL Coaldale The Lethbridge Herald S04 TWi S LelhbTWge. Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD. 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