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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Birth, fertility rates drop to lowest points By HAROLD M. SCHMECK Jr New York Times WASHINGTON-Birth and Fertility rates in the United States last year dropped to their lowest points in history according to a summary report from the National Center tor Health Statistics It was the second consecutive year in which the rates achieved record low suggesting a significant trend Because of the sharp decline in births the national total fertility rate dropped to 1 9 children per family This, too, is below last year s figure and substantially below the 1 replacement level" of 2 1 children It the current trend continues, the United States would reach the stage of zero population growth sometime in the first half of the 21st century Experts in population statistics emphasize however that birth rate trends are ordinarily volatile The rates have been declining since 1970 but there is no assurance how long this will continue The figures from the national center which is a unit of the department of health education and welfare showed that the 1973 birth rate was 15 0 births for every 1 000 persons in the total population The rate was 4 per cent lower than last year s which itself had been a record low Altogether there were an estimated 3 141 000 births in the United States last year the smallest number for any year since 1945 when 2 858 000 births were recorded In 1946 with the Second World War ended the total number of births soared to 3 The annual total has been above 3 million ever since and stayed above 4 million a year from 1954 through" 1964 Last year the fertility rate was 69 3 births per 1000 women in the appropriate age range The rate was a record low and 6 per cent lower than m had also been a record low John Petygson, an expert in vital statistics at the Center said the big question now is how much of the current decline represents lowering of the size of completed families and how much represents decisions by women to defer completion of their families The census bureau makes calcuL r; concerning a different type of fertilir -ate called the total fertility rate This is expressed as the number of children in the total completed family The rate is calculated from the individual fertihtv rates of women in each yearly age group from 14 through 49 and implies what the completed family size would be if those age-specific fertility rates remained constant The census bureau s figures show the United States total fertility rate for 1973 was 1 9 children for each family a drop from the 2 03 figure of 1972 Both figures are lower than any recorded in the U S for any previous years While those figures mean that the national total fertility rate has been below the replacement level of 2 1 for two consecutive years the total United States population is continuing to increase and will continue to do so well into the next century even if current low rates continue There will be more women of child-bearing age and total births will presumably continue to exceed deaths It is therefore, neither possible nor useful to estimate the exact number of years from now until zero population growth, according to an expert at the census bureau For several years before and after that point is reached the rates of growth or decline would be so close to zero that the population would be almost static THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Hand me one of those twenties you're sitting on Polluted skin growing problem NEW YORK (AP) Although there have been recent scientific break throughs that can stop the aging process of the skin a far bigger problem is polluted skin caused by the time m which we live That is the opinion of longtime skin specialist Georgette Klinger who feels the problem can be solved by proper skin cleansing In her more than 30 years in business she has never seen skins as bad as they are today Long hair hair sprays suntan and airplane travel mav make the skin look old long before we have a chance to enjov its youthful appearance she said Manv men and women take better care of their automobiles than their skins which also need to be clean and to have changes in seasonal lubrication she observed Plenty of money is spent on faces and hair but manv preparations are bought to be slathered on the skin or scalp compounding the problem What is cleansed out of the skin and scalp is more important to its appearance she said Dailv cleanliness of the skin is a necessity for everyone especially these days boys with long hair bring grease and dirt to their foreheads and faces men using hair sprays clog the pores of their skin also setting the stage for blackheads and pimples Women too are using medications which cause skin allergies that they may attribute to cosmetics Airplane travellers dehydrate their skins which get taut- another aging factor Air travel has created so many skin problems she has designed a special skin program for pilots and stewardesses And of course the sun summer or winter can be aging Until recently, she had been called old-fashioned she said because she had stuck with the hand method of skin treatment easing blackheads and eruptions with finger manipulation rather than using machines But after trying them she decided thev were mainly good for show verv little eruptions come out she said Her salons m Los Angeles and London also do their skin treatments bv hand 'Special' education lacking EDMONTON (CP) School boards in Alberta should provide special educational services for all children who need them the Alberta Teachers Asso- ciation says The 21 000-member ATA also said provincial grants should be provided to enable school boards to provide such vital services A resolution passed during the 57th annual assembly of the policy-making body of the called on the province to insist that school boards provide special services to children with physical or mental handicaps A separate resolution called for extra funds to make this possible and a third said assurance must be given that sufficient materials for special education would be available The group also asked Alberta s universities to provide programs for teachers of handicapped children IODE plans meeting The 54th annual meeting of the provincial chapter of the Alberta IODE will be held at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary April 23 and 25 Highlighting the annual meeting will be a workshop entitled What s Down the Road arranged by Mrs Pat 'Mien executive director of the volunteer bureau in Calgarv Mrs W J Ross provincial president will preside over all business sessions New for Spring at Camm's Bally shown in taupe Baby Kid pump with bone Baby Kid trim in u ack patent pump witn black matte Baby Kid trim Lovely new Lisa Debs As shown n marbehzed glass AAA AA and 0 widths or navy kid under The Newest Teen Rage Our SUMMER SANDALS now in New one as shown in red black or wnue leather AA and B widths Sizes 3 to 10 Popularly priced at S15 We carry a lull me ol Basketmaster Runners and Norm Star joggprs lor all ages Thursday til 9pm. CAMM'S SHOES 403 5th StrMt S. menu-makers AT EASY-ON-THE-BUDCET PRICES! Coffee Mate ssp Grapefruit Juice ssu- Orange Juice wrrr? 65P MUllUj Soup Alpha cream style 2 Ib. carton '9 1 I 6i89 Soda Crackers srr Beef Ravioli 2s89e Shreddies Dog Food Water Softener I39 GROUND BEEF Freshly ground. Ib. 99 0 PorkRiblets. 49s UdUS3y6 Large dinner style, Ib..................... W Baby Beef Liver 89C !Su v 4 M XT JT ry te J V r i; S E t l- Choice Navels Oranges Cantaloupe Celery Watermelon 7 39 45's Mexican Fresh green stalks, Canada No. 1, Ib. Mexican I BLUEBERRY COFFEE CAKES each BANANA CREAM PIES 109 BREAD Fresh daily, white or brown loivas ;