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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Mondtv, 3, 1972 THt IE1HBRIDGE HCPAID Acute repairman shortage poses problems for Stales an d out The Homemaker 11V BAUT.MAN, DISTUHT Hd.MK ITONO.MINT NEW YOHK (API The United Slates is .sui'd-i-ini; an aculc .shortage of painnen. Whatever (lie hoasclioli! problem car that needs rep.iif, a hrokcn clishwjislu-r or TV, a bit o[ caL'pc.'iUry- it has no easy .solution. Tile householder Koes let tliu !cle- phonc, dials, has a frustrating conversation, then dials again. And again. Because even if Ihe tele- phone was working, lire re- pairman probably wasn't. It's getting impossible to gel serv- ice. Tradesmen say it's due to "a crisis of cralt personnel." Despite a general iiirro.ise In flic number of cr.ifl person- nel during the last two dec- million workers in 1953, compared with (U mil- lion in uuctls now are growing faster than the employment rate. One govern- ment report projects that five million more such workers will be needed by 19BO. which is about 3.5 million morn than the country will probably have il present growth rates conlinuc. VAIUES IIY A1IKA deal. Russell M. Sanders, vice- president of operations for Ihe American Homeowners ciation, says, there arc re- gional differences. Along the East Const, there's a shorlaue of major contractors: plumb- ers, electricians, plasterers, carpenters. In the midwest, it's appliance repairmen. In (lie soulbwcsl, masonry' and roof workers arc needed. And in Ihe wesl. says Sanders, "it's in the Los Angeles area.'' A homeowner or housewife. says the AHA. makes an aver- age of five telephone calls and waits an average ol one week to get .service. If he's lucky. More likely, it's a .story like one of these: couple in Manhattan spent two months. tele- phone calls and Sl'2'1 to try to get their dishwasher working again. It still isn'l. MOI1H ITKJIS (HVNKI) roofer in Albuqjerque gets so many calls after a major storm that he has tu pill off new customers for Iwo to four weeks. One of (he reasons 'ochind the growing demand for serv- ice employees is the ever-in- creasing number of items that need servicing. Thp 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 lo floslon, for example, where a carpen- ter says he earns S20.000 to a year or to Dallas, where a 2.Vyear-old plumber lakes in lo an- nually. COSTS 1C Lalwr mediator Theodore M. Klicel explained: "Ilefore this generation, a man who was an electrician would have three sons and they'd all be- come eleclricians. Now the smarl ones go to college." As for the others, "Ilicy just don L care any more, they just want a day's said An- thony Ferrari, of Ferrari Plumbing ;md Heating in Ix'X- 1 ington, Individual tradesmen blame Ilio higher fees on their own higher costs. Ferrari, who now clHirpvs Kljout S12 lo fix a stopped-up toilet, a job that would have cost S7 five years ago. says all bis costs have doubled. Auto dealer Ed Bailey, in Royal Oak, Mich., used to charge Slfi for a plugs, points and condensers. Today, lie charges because, he says, his rosts have gone frum 55 an hour to SI'2 an hour 0, The YWCA New To You Shop at 41r> 2nd Ave. S. i.s run entirely by volunteer help and more volunteers are al- ways welcome. Donations of clothing men's, women's or children's, wilb special crnpha- sLs on larger sizes and chil- dren's articles also sinul! household items, much ;.p predated. THIS LANGUAGE SAN MEMO, Italy (AIM 'Ilirco liavc .slartexl sludies to Italy's First Female croupiers. Their curricuhnn for cnlance into gambling jobs in- cludes classes in the Pencil language. Hirjoso upholstery fauncs anil upholstered furniture v.'ilh an eye for beauty and perfor- mance and be prepared to pay In this way you tor yourself yood value for your money. In this and columns I am lo discuss [actors important in nuiliijij; a choice The furniture slyle should brjar in your deci.sion for fabric- and color. There are several principal styles in mm. Usually exhibiting the hc'imly of simple functional urace is emphasized in i French provincial and Mcdiler- Flat surfaces are used I in the contemporary designs ol Scandinavian, Oriental, Spanish and modern melal. North American styles seem lo be an riilily lou, refJeclini; their per- unls of These styles use fabrics and I'lniA nf (heir own tradition. Flench Provincial, for ex- ample, uses textured i iiiul Mime tapestry for contrast, in subdued shades. Real LSI k: imd delicate slriju's rc- v.cll lo U-ailitional and pro- lincKd [unuturo. Conlempor- ary slylcs textured fabrics, novelly weave, ab- stract and conventional designs in vitjrnnl color. North Ameri- can slyle.s from dam.nsks and brocades to .stylized neat pnHern1; in nalui'e's color.1; lo lo solid colored homc- spLins. Vflvots, bj'ocncles, velours. plushes and sal ins relate to [radiiional furmlurr. i-uiil fabrics are ronlciuporary and oilier be.1-. I Miiti' funutui i The or of patterned faljrit> need-- relate to the ocali- tin- furniture. it mild he to Jtavc.- a Iui on a sjnall chair! i n small de- sign v.oulil lie on a Inrjjci' pieci1 Dclicah1 feminine lorii's, sub- duc'd sluuK-s and yet some lull txjdit'd cijiiijjleintnt lional fu run lire. Ilrifiht s-iviil eolfii s are n-ually chosc-j) for Tile choice of tcry fabric A ill set the atmos- phere, the mood and the color of your vJujlr room. It will acid 7.0; I lo n room and nrciin arv furiHluj'i1 It will inrni linen and porlioni ul filliei pieces IJiil ils (jerlm inance is all mi- ixirliml tn yuii. lou llm cnlin s undf.'r our briglit Albertii sLinsliinr-'.' Will it reMsL the wear and U-ai, (lie spills MIC! Minns mcMtablc to familv use'.' TIM' mui e knov.' about the fab] u fif choice mure >ou will have. Filire coiHi-ru labelling 1.1 maiifJal'iiy. Care labelling for textiles bciiif! by somn mar.ufiic Symbolh hnvc l-ccn uiiich, the LLM- fii" t olm lei! uhat ynu aii'l siinultln't fin ribnijl Mu? cart: of the fabric. Look and nbe Ihis labclliiiK- Wnlc mr- ,1 slice! which ev tin- eare Keep il Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: I VVFIS at 53. That v.-a.s 12 years afio. My husband left me very comfortable, I had a big house, no bdls and his insurance program was a good one- I could have managed very nicely if I had had the good SCTLSC lo say no lo my children. My two sons were left substantial sums by their lather. They were also left a fine? business which they ran into Ihe ground within three years. Shortly after thc-y lost Ihn business which they ran into the ground within three years. Shortly after they lost the husiness they talked me into selling my house and loaning thorn Ihe money so they could go into a new busincss about which they knew absolutely nothing My older boy's wife begged me to come and live with them. vShe made it sound wonderfully appealing said my presence would add n beautiful dimension lo the lives of their children. I was flattered and quite puffed up, lo he honest with you. Within two mouths I realized I had made a mistake hut 1 had no money and no place to go. litllc money had was lied up in the new business. In other words, 1 am now dependent on my children. My advice lo nil widows is this: Oon'l change your way of living if you don't have to. Hang on to your money. Hang on to your house. Let your married children make their own way. My husband would turn over in his grave if he could sec what has happened to me. 1 am Sad And Sorry. DEAR SAD: Thank ;-ou for the autobiographical essay. You've offered ft post-graduale course for widows in one. easy lesson. DEAR ANN1 LAXnKRS: of us have had coffee to- gether nearly every morning for a long time. all live on the same street and we meet, at my house alioul a.m. I have no children and I love lo hake coffee cakes and cin- namon rolls so it's no trouble The problem i.s Ihe woman who moved ncxl door' I in- her lo join our group three months ago and nor1.- I'm sorry. You knov. how women are, Ann we tnlk about Ihis one nnd that one, and I don't care anybody Fays, we all enjoy a little gossip. This new gal is so self righlcous she makes me sick. N'o mailer what is said she jumps in with. ''Were you there? Can you prove it? JIMov: do you know it's Aflcr all, Ann. we're just a bunch of housewives vho like lo kaffccclatch. aren't testifying before a jury or anything, Since Mrs. Iliglitcnus joined us our mornings aren't nearly so interesting. She only shows up about IM.O mornings a week but it's two too many. JIow can we get rift of her? Coffee DEAR COI'I'EK: I have m idea your problem will solve hefore long. Your group sounds (on dull for hrr. ANN You'll probably think I'm crazy TJicn rend (his Irtlrr and you could he right bill some- thing has been on my mind and I don'L knov. what lo do tahnut it. A ccrlain relative Just bugs (he daylighls out nf mo. T can't stand her. If I die before she does I do NOT want her to atlcnd my fimeral. I gel mad just thinking of the satis- faction shed get if she mil lasts me. No one knyus I have those feelings anil I don't to repeal Is there any way I can arranger in advance to keep tier out of (he church? Please think nf something I can sleep at nifiliL I Ah end PKAH I.OOKIXC Ynu rnn slate in your will that you uanl a privale funeral invitation only. Ihe urn v.outd like to be present and romieM Ihal no one t Isc lie admitted. Mow grt some sleep. Arc your parrnla too strict? Hard lo reach? Ann Lan- r'crs1 booklet, "Rugged fly Parents? How To Het M n r P could help you bridge (lie general ion rap. Srnd 50 cents in coin your request and a long, stamped, sclf- addrcsscd envelop lo this newspaper. ON SALE ,mf' 6 88' PKIU-H1X 2 88' DISHORilNIRlTRAr gJQf BAKE KING Bill! JET SOAP OO' 1IGHI BUIEI C" ol IS A OO 4u [.i IW'.vatl J, e CIIARGEX Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m: ;