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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1C THE UTHBRIDGi HERA'D Saturday, April 21, 1973------------------ family life by MAUREEN JAMIESON "LI ELL. hath no fury like a male chauvinist at the wheel of a car. caught be- hind a woman driver. Strange, isn't it, how even the sweetest, friendliest, most good-natured of guys almost invariably is transformed into Count Dracula the moment he revs up his motor and catches sight cf a female in the car ahead? Instantly it becomes a question of give and take be gives a good hard boot to the accelerator to take the lead, or he has a coronary trying. Should she overtake him, his blood pressure zooms up to danger level, and doesn't start to fall until he is once again out in front. She tells herself to hold onto her patience. Glor- ia Steinem, Germaics Greer and Eetty Friedan behir.d her. the situation is bound to get better. v never does! Tne male chauvinist s-3es a woman at the wheel of the car beside him at a traffic light, and his sole mission in life is to leave her coughing off his exhaust fumes. Four feat of vacant space ahead of her L'ctle peanut is an open invitation for him to push Ms ten-foot super chariot in, like a large -wom- an squeezing her way into a small girdle. they ar.d accelerator when reach a busy comer. But I strongly dispute the statement that woman drive with their eyes closed. In rebuttal, I claim there are men who could only con- ceivably have obtained a driver's licence through the mail, from a Chinese stamp- collector who speaks only Arabic. Logic, I am to'd by male friends, is something invent- ed by roan so why can't man use it, pray tell? Because it is just plain, clear, obvious logic that any feminine driving problems which arise are All His Fsult, anvway. In 99 cases out cf a hun- dred possibly even more it's a man who taught the xvoman to drive in the first place! Recognition for TOPS I A provincial reeogirtion day will be a highlight of the EIJ r-ual convention of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) club, to be held in Lethbridge May 4 and 5. Over 780 members throughout Alberta are espected to at- tend. including Esther S. Manz founder and president of the TOPS club: ar.d Rae Getter of So he wants to txirn left Milwaukee, regional director. from the right-hard lane? If the stupid broad en his left doesn't stop in time, every- body knows she's a wom- an driver anyway! In all fairness, I must ad- mit there is sometimes rea- son for vitriolic male chauv- inism at intersections, be- cause there are women who spend five or ten minutes pussyfooting between brake 1 Mrs. Shaona- Durfey cf Card ston will act as chairman for the two-day event. The recognition day will be Friday at 6 p.m. and members v'ho have reached their desir- ed weight and maintained it for a year or more will be honored. There will also be a fashion show of home-sewn garments 3rd rhs crowning of royalty at this time. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes y Sharp increase in mental illness This u a RICK ERVIN phrto This bemused hunter was in the right piece at the right time, and stumbled across a rare and interesting j sight. Easter Bunny a little careless this year, and got caught stocking vp on gcodies for her annual Easter run. We have it en good authority that any hunter catching the bunny with her baskets down will be left off her gift list Sunday. Retarded need good home life, day care One out of every three fami- lies in the Lethbridge area is going to need professional help for mental illness, according to officials of the Canadian Mental Health Association. "Sameiimes mental health is left in the back when it comes to financing, said Max Gibb, board member for the southern region. "We're godng after funding to do the kind of things that need to be done." The CMHA fund raising campaign gets underway May 1 to 5. It is hoped to raise 000 through the letters of solicitation soon to be mail- ed to homes in this area. Bannis O'Connell, president of the board, said "there is an increasing incidence of men- tal health problems." While stressing the fact that the humane aspect of mental illness is of prime concern, be added "there is a real dollars- and cents consideration be- cause of the charge on the pub- lic plus we're not getting productivity from these peo- ple." According to Walter Coombs, the aasocia-ion's Edmontcn- bsssd executive director for Alberta, "there is a whole ganui of ptblic programs' covered by CMHA. "including rehabilitation residences and social rehabilitation programs to help those making a come- back into society." New education and informa- tion projects are also being instituted to provide better exposure in schools about men- tal health programs. "This is probably more im- portant in the long run." Mr. Coombs added, "as many of our problems arise from atti- tudes. "The necessity is to get the community he said, particularly now that institu- tions are being used less, and in-community therapy used more frequently. j People confined in an insti- j tution any length of time de- I velop he explained, and become used to i "We are endeavoring to make society realize mental health problems are not that different from physical prob- lems, and they should be treat- ed more and more within the context of the hospital" in the patient's own community. Mr. Coombs pointed out that each regional branch of the CMHA aims at providing "the kind cf program reflective of what people in that region feel they require." JOANNE SINGER president Sigma officers installed Sigma Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi, recently held an installa- tion of officers for the coming term of office. having their for them. decisions made Mrs. named "I understand this medicine has a side effect it mokes the wife let the husband- spend the weekend playing golf." Wedding Reports Marriage and Engagement Announcements in The Uthbridge All weoding reports, marriage and engopement onnouncements will now be published on i spe- cial page in The Herald's Saturday editiorv each week. Specie) requests for publication on other specific days of ths week win be given every consia'eraticn- Wedding Reports, with or without picture, will now accepted in the following forms: Standard Wedding Report- Using the information you provide on The Herald's standard wedding report form, (available at The REPORT ONIY S 5.00 REPORT WITH TWO COLUMN PICTURE Extended Wedding If you wish ir.Jormalior published which would additional to thai provided on The Herald's stand- ard report form, this will be cccep'sd, and 'he entire report -will then be charged at 20c per coum line. Charge for o two column picture with this write-up would be DEADLINE FOR SATURDAY PUBLICATION WiU 8E t P.M. WEDNESDAY OF THAT WEEK FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE Phone 328-4411 Family Editor The Lctlibrixlgc Herald By MAUREEN JAMIESON Family Editor Any child not functioning at his potential is mentally retarded, according to Dr. Gerald Holman. head of the division of pediatrics in the faculty of medicine at the University of Calgary. Dr. Holman was in Leth- bridge Thursday as a re- source person for doctors at- tending' a regional confer- ence on recent advances in the prevention of mental re- tardation. "Advances now available in the southern part of the province include the ability to diagnose some genetic dis- eases before a child is bom. by sampling fluid from the F.O.E. BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HAIL 6th Ave. A and 13th St. N Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. 5 Cards for l.QO or Each Three 7 Number JACKPOT Free Oomrs free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold earns pay money Children under 16 not otlowod uterus before he ex- plained. Tliis is usually done in the 14th or 15th week of preg- nancy, when "a study of the fluid can determine, in some about 22 different kinds of disease that lead to mental retardation. "There are probably 300 to 350 biochemical causes of mental retardation." he said, "sc-me very rare." He outlined the commonest causes, including thyroid de- ficiency and phenylkeLonuria which are treatable if recognized early. "The next major issue is to screen all newborn in- fants. We are still dealing v.-ith a small percentage of retardation." he admitted. "The major problem or re- tardation is the environment in which the child is raised.' Dr. Hclman contended that biochemical reiardalion af- "maybe 15 par ce--t. Eighty-five per cent is iS-e result of inadequate rearing parents or the en- vironmsnl is inarjquate. Poverty still exists in the province. "We are now recogniz- ing that a Jot ol mothers are rrt Irc'r: io be m'thsrs. V.'e talk to youin pcop'c on v.-i'st it i? to lie a rsrent I like to ca'l the quality of parent Fortunately, chil- dren survive." he said. "But S CASH BINGO TONIGHT, O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A SIOO Blockoot Bingo played for till won Saturday plus JACKPOTS NOW AND Cards for or 2Sc each (located Nexi 'o No. 1 FirehoM) DAN'S GREENHOUSE EAST CF STOCKYARDS EASTER LIMES EASTER MUMS HYDRANGEAS AZALEAS OPtN GOOD HIIDAY AND SUNDAY TRADE a child who has a handicap at test is going to suffer much more than his from lack of stimulation. "That's where the focus is en young people and the op- portunity to learn about being parents. We should be help- ing young people enhance the environment in which the child is he point- ed out. INTEGRATION "We feel very, very strong- ly, any child with a handi- cap must be integrated in as normal a setting as pos- sible." Dr. Holnian asserted. "So we feel day care cen- tres for the handicapped should be part of the normal day care program, with spe- cial services to go on in re- gular day care and school programs. "This is important in pre- vent ira the extension of the retardation." There is "clear evidence.'' ha ssid. that when "integrat- ed day care prcgrans are begun very early. t..i chil- dren learn social skills very early. "The combination of a good home, v.ith help, ar.d a day csre centre or child development program, im- proi'e the chances of Hie child becoming part of the community." Should tW.s combination be unavaitotfe. "it is more and more likrJy child will ba- a for csm- support." the doctor noted. WiJh 1hc right combination. "te will not need to be surosrtcd by Jfce state. "He can Income, a reason- ably productive member of ihe community only if tfiis is But wait until he is five or six and it is often impossible. "The mcntalTv rratarded chiW i? not coins; to Isarn Ininfcinc." Dr. Hol- man pointed out, "but in many instances he can learn a vocation." The medical profession, he said should "identify mental retardation bsfore birth if possible birth, certain- ly." The role of the doctor is to "help the family accept it. work with them in the home, and support the day care centre." In conclusion. Dr. Holman "at this mom-ant in time, v.'ifh feelings. I stil! feel with biochemical problems causing severe mental retardation, that the child should be aborted." They are deprived of many everyday living experiences', Joanne Singer president with was Mrs. Fran Rude as vice-president, Mrs. Maddie Kinnlburgh, re- 'New-method j nursing istarts May FDMOXTOrC CCPI The i Urivcrsity Hospital school of j r'.Trsm? brs received auroral i for a shortened. 30-month nirs- i in? course vvhi'ch trill allow! j nore n'trses to be trailed Hir- of the school. Dr. Hal i Chalmers, .ssid here. He snd in an interview the cfcanpe in ivroaram WES I i to improve the Quality cf education, hut also j i in re-wse to a trend toward i sfcortcnpd nroprains. i the i Ho-pils3 school could take about threc-yer- course students ench year. The ww program i can tafce slywl 4." nursing slu- ifenis in three jptwps. start- JTg in Srtcrnbcr and or a jiearir