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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Apnl 3, 1972 THE LE1HBRIDOE HMAID Acute repairman shortage poses problems for Stales Jt NEW YORK (API The United Slates is suffering from an acute shortage of re- pairmen. Whatever (lie household problem car that needs rep.iir, a broken dishwasher or TV, a bit of has no easy .solution. The householder goes to the tele- phone, dials, has a frustrating conversation, I hen dials again. And again. Because even if the tele- phone was working, the re- pairman probably wasn't. It's getting impossible to get scrv- iee. Tradesmen say it's cine to "a crisis of craft Despite a general increase In the number of cr.ifl person- nel during the last two dec- million workers in 1968, compared with (U mil- lion in needs now are growing faster than the employment rate. One govern- ment report projects that five miliion more such workers will be needed by 19RO, which is about 3.5 million more than the country will probably have if present growth rates conlinue. VAH1ES IiV A1IEA dent. Russell M. Sanders, vice- president of operations for the American Homeowners Asso- ciation, says, there arc re- gional differences. Along the East Coast, there's a shortage of major plumb- ers, electricians, plasterers, carpenters. In Hie midwest, it's appliance repairmen. In the southwest, masonry and roof workers arc needed. And in Ibe west, says Sanders, "it's in the Angeles area." A homeowner or housewife. i ana oui or toum The Homeniaker 11V BAIIT.MAN, DISTUKT MOMK Individual tradesmen blame doubled. Anto dealer Kd Bailey, in Royal Oak, Mich., used to charge Slf> for a plugs, points and condensers. Today, lie charges because, he says, bis costs have gone from S5 says the AHA, makes an aver- age ot five telephone calls and waits an average oi one week to get service. If he's lucky. More likely, it's a story like one of couple in Manhattan spent two months, tele- phone rails and to try to got their dishwasher working again. It still isn't. MOHH ITEMS OWNKI) rooEcr in Albuquerque gets so many calls after a major storm that he has to put off new customers for two to four weeks. One of the reasons behind _ the growing demand for serv- j hour to an hour ice employees is the ever-in- creasing number of items that need servicing. The Associa- tion of Home Appliance Manu- facturers says that Americans now own about one billion ap- pliances, not even counting radios and televisions. That figure is double what it was a decade ago. The shortage of personnel exists during a period of more than six per cent unemploy- ment and despite the promise of substantial pay. Why aren't young people in particular flocking to Boston, for example, where a carpen- ter says he earns 520.000 to a year or to Dallas, where a ii-vear-old plumber takes in to an- nually. LAHOK COSTS UP Labor mediator Theodore M. Kheel explained: "Before this generation, a man who was an electrician would have three sons and they'd all be- come electricians. Now the smart ones go to college." As for the othei-s, "they just don't care any more, they just i want a day's said An- thony Ferrari, of Ferrari 1 at 415 Avc. S. is Plumbing and Healing in Lex- ru" cmirely by volunteer help ington, Mass. aixl more volunteers are al- ways welcome. Donations of f.'hoose upholstery fabrics uilily tou, refueling their per- and oilier anil upholstered furniture with itnls (if development. bw.1 suite n un CVI-1 beauty and perfor-. styles use fabrics and furniture The New I o on Shop am, ,je ,jay own tradition. The scale or higher fee.s on their own clothing men's, women's or important in designs ami delicate stripes re- chair! Conversely. a small tie faiirii's arc' tnrnl lirmiuful and pro- porhoits ui nUn-i [jiccc.s Hut its performance is all im- portant to yuii. lou. Will the. oikns uiulf.'r our brigbt Alberta sunshine'.' Will it resist the aii'.l tear, the spills stains to family use'.' TIM' mure vou know about l.lvAHN THIS LANGUAClv ncipal styles in "iui L-UIIVUIUHMUJI i ixHtit'd tones now. Usually exhibitinp in vibrant color. North Amin-i- Uonal furnilurt'. Briaht vivid Symbols have the bt'imty of simple functional range from damasks ;1R, chosen for which, with the snniiUln'l do colored rugged home- set a'tinns- i nhimt (he rare of the fabric, phere. the inood and the color l.ixik fur arvl use this labcllinp. SAN HGMO, Italy (AIM is emphasized in I brocades to stylized neat contempnrary -siyies 'Hireo girls luive .sLarLw! studies i Frencli provincial and Wediter- Patterns in color.s to choice to become Italy's first female1 i ranean. Flat surfaces are used croupiers, llieir curriculum for Jin the contemporary designs ol spuns. entanco into gambling jobs in- i Scandinavian, Oriental, Spanish VMvets. brocades, velours, i of your v.linlr rocini- It will acid mr- for a slice! winch ex- cludes classes in the Fench i and modern metal. North plushes and .satins relate to! lo a (irah rtiorn and nrciiiv tin- care symhrjls. Keep !language. American styles seem to be an i tnulitional furniture. Tweeds ary Ann Land ers DEAR ANN LANDERS: I wns widowed at age 53. That was 12 years ago. My husband left me very comfortable, I n big tiouse, no hills and his insurance program >vas a 1 gtxx] one. I could liavc managed vei7 nicely if I had had the 1 good scase lo say no (o my children. i My two sons were left substantial sums by their father. They were also left a fine business which they ran into the ground within three years. Shortly after they lost the business which they ran into the ground three years. Shortly after they lost the business they talked me into selling my house and loaning thorn the money so they could go into a new business about which they knew absolutely nothing My older boy's wife begged me to come and live with them. She made it sound wonderfully appealing said my presence would add n beautiful dimension to the lives of their children. I flnUercd and quite puffed up, to be honest will) you. Within two mouths I reali7.ed I had made a mistake hut 1 bad no money and no place to go. What lilUc money had was tied up in the new business. In other words, 1 am now d epcn dent on rn y i1 hi Id re n. My advice to nil widows i.s this: Don't change your way of living if you don't have lo. Hang on to your money. IJang on to your house. Let your married children make their own way. My husband would turn over in his grave if lie could see what has happened to inc. I am Sad And Sorry. DEAR SAD: Thank you for the autobiographical essay. You've offered a post-graduate course for widows in one. easy lesson. i DEAR ANN1 ZANDERS: Five of us have had coffee to- gether nearly every morning for a long time. nil live on the same street and we meet at my house atnnit a.m. I have no children and 1 love to bake coffee cakes and cin- namon rolls so it's no (rouble, The problem is the woman who moved next door'. I in- vited her to join our group three months ago and now I'm sorry. Vou know how women are, Ann we talk about this one and that one, and I don't care what anybody says, we all enjoy a little gossip. This new gal is so self righteous she makes me sick. No mailer what is said she jumps in with. "Were you there? Can you prove it? JIMov: do you know it's After all, Ann. we're just a bunch of housewives who like lo kaffeeclatch. We aren't testifying before a grand jury or anything, Since Mrs, liigliteous joined us our mornings aren't nearly so interesting. She only shows up about mornings n week but it's two too many. How can we get rift of her? Coffee DEAR COFFER: T have an idea your problem will solve itself before long. Your group sounds foo (lull for hrr. -A- DEAR ANN r-ANUEHIS. You'll probably think I'm when you read Hits IrUrr and you could be right bul. some- thing has been on my mint! and I don't know what lo do it. A certain relative just bugs the daylights out of mo. T can't start! her. If I die before she does I do NOT want her lo attend my fimernl. I gel mad just thinking of the satis- faction she'd get if she (uillnst.s me. No one knows I have these feelings anil I don't want lo reveal them. Is there any way I can arrange in advance to keep her out of (ho church? Please think of something so I can sleep at night. Ixxiking Ah earl DEAR l.OOKINC You ran slate in your will that you want a private funeral invitation only. the "guests" you would like to be present anrl request that no one rise IIP admitted. Now got some sleep. Are your parents too strict? Hard to reach? Ann Lan- r'crs' booklet, ''Bugged Ry Par en (5? How To Get Morn could help you bridge flit1 generation pap. Send 50 cents in coin with your request and a long, stamped, self- addressed envelop to this newspaper. BLUE JET SOAP rtO PADS PI; ol OO e Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m: ;