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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    The "San Diego Clarion" (Syndicated)

    July 4th 1975

    Thank God for country music

    by Dan Conway

    During this Fourth of July, the anthems that should ring out over the airwaves are Country music songs about truth, honor and the facts of life, not the dreary incomprehensible repetition of Rock, or the impossibly idealistic and effete notions of Folk.

    In the present dearth of Tin Pan Alley, and Musical Comedy numbers, Country songs are about the only music that a half-decent voice can essay, these cacophonic days of "Yay, yay, yay, Bab-ee" and wimpy "Where have all the real people gone?" moanings.

    Country music as exemplified by the vigorous affirmation of American values in Merle Haggerd's "We like livin' right, and bein' free" and his scorching denunciation of long-haired hippies wearing "Beads and Roman sandals" burning their draft-cards whilst strung out on drugs,in his "Okie from Muskogee", the plight of the traditional American worker, as illustrated by Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter" where she sticks up for the much- maligned by liberals, White South of today, as does the Charlie Daniels Band's defiant "The South's Gonna Do It Again", and John Denver's proud "I'm Glad I'm A Country Boy"

    Whilst I, myself, am a fan of the old romantic Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore dreamy melodies about love, attained, and not, I have always liked the down-to- earth Country melodies of Hank Williams' ("Cold, Cold, Heart" ) and Jo Stafford's ("Allentown Gaol"), even the "Unlucky in love", songster, Jim Reeves, as a change of pace.

    Nowadays, I cling to all these Golden Oldies as a reminder of what our great country used to be, before all this trendy propaganda, about the environment, feminism, and being "inclusive", whatever that means; This is all here-today-gone-tomorrow stuff, trumped up by a media that is bound to scribble, mouth, or show, something controversial every day, together with other people out to make a sleazy buck or two.

    But, hopefully, Country music will endure, long after these nine-day wonders, have gone out of fashion. Besides, it sounds real good in the shower.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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    Re: "SPIKES" ...on their combat boots...

    The "Canadian Chronicle"

    June 17th 1975

    Pierre's U-turn

    by Lynn Howard.

    Only a Pierre Elliott Trudeau could have done it.

    With a straight face, and a tongue firmly in cheek, he announced yesterday that the policy of imposing price and wages controls on the country, which he had shot down during his electioneering in 1974, would, after all, be imposed by his government.

    It must have caused him much private embarrassment when his chief Liberal rival, John Turner, and current Finance Minister, and others, pointed out to him, that it was much better for the public good if the economy of the country was to be in the hands of the government, rather than at the mercy of greedy trade unions, or profiteering businesses.

    Militant working-men and women might curse the Prime Minister among themselves, and fat -cat business guys rant about him to the media, but there is no doubt that he is doing the right thing, as his Conservative election opponent, Robert Stanfield, had tried to do by his own proposal, during the campaign of 1974, that the Canadian government, should set a standard of a fair wage for a full days work, and a reasonable price for food and goods, one fair to the retailer and consumer, both.

    As much as we citizens may grumble about Government intervention, in a crisis, it is best that an objective body be in charge. World War Two in Britain bore out that theory. A fractious, ornery, rebellious British public acquiessed meekly to identity cards, ration books, gas masks, officious air raid wardens, and police, and price and wage controls, as well as "No Beer, Today" signs outside pubs, because they realized the dangers of non-conformity, at a time of peril.

    Well, Canada's time of peril from the twin tines of runaway inflation and high unemployment, is now, whether or not, a more docile Canadian public, than were those wartime Brits, recognizes that we're in a crisis, and must heed the government.

    Inflation is going through the roof because of higher prices caused by increased wages, and puffed-up prices, all based upon the shocking increase in the price of OPEC oil. An iron hand is needed, if most of us, are not to go broke (already the average personal debt of the average Canadian household is a substantial $ 8,000

    Let us hope that the Liberal government shows that iron hand...for all our sakes.
    -30-
    "Whate'er should be our Zodiac's star
    We all are born to make or mar.
    To each is gi'en a bag of tools
    Some mentors, and a set of rules:
    And each must carve, ere life has flown,
    A stumbling block, or a stepping-stone"

    (Author unknown)

    Generation 35.

    "Spikes" The cleats on baseball boots
    "Spikes" On which newspaper editors impale copy for future reference, or ultimate destruction.

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