Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 1919. BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The go-slow policy is perhaps proper for borough councillors who are Hearing the end of the term for which they were elected, and the proceedings of the Ashburton Borough Council on Tuesday evening were more marked by recommendations than decisions. The councillors are to be congratulated on resisting any temptation to indulge in electioneering speeches; these are not always absent at the final meetings of" local bodies. We had previously urged all district, administrators to study the ' salaries or wages paid to their respective employees, with a view to reconciling these to the dwindling purchasing value of the sovereign, and the increased duties time throws on public servants in growing communities. The mar-
gin between the payments m^ide for skilled and unskilled labour is nowadays often so minute that there is little encouragement to acquire the efficiency and education necessary for responsible positions. This lack of incentive, unless checked, is bound to prove costly in public affairs, local and national. The recent milk crisis was discussed by the councillors, but fortunately the satisfactory developments did not make official action necessary. Had the position kept serious, a telegram to the Minister would have, in the interests of public health, se : cured immunity . for the councillors in any action they, undertook, temporarily, to prevent children being hungry. Most of the townsmen will join in the laughter which greeted the reading of a request from one milk vendor who is already in a far more favourable position than his competitors. Had he agreed to reduce the price of his milk supplies to the public, his letter would have deserved some consideration. fAnother request brought before the Council was of a different character, that of the Ileturned Soldiers' 'Association for a grant, and there will be few who will object to this being made. Our comments on the proposed "variety shows" on Anzac Day were not intended to "take the soldiers to task," and that our criticism was not captious is proved by the alterations that are apparently to be made in the programme. Tomfoolery, as Or. Watson termed it, is certainly out of place on a day so sacred with memories- as Anzac Bay is. Although we cannot adopt Lieutenant Blathwayt's suggestion to open a subscription column, we are always desirous of "helping the Association" and returned soldiers generally. A perusal of our recent files should prove this. It was in the real interests of the soldiers themselves that we urged a deletion of the "variety show" element, and we believe that our expressed opinion was generally endorsed.