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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetKbtrtdae Herald Fourth Section Alberta, Saturday, April 28, 1973 Pages 25 30 Soviet car in low gear entering U.S. market By RALPH NOVAK NEW YORK (NBA) The ideal background sounds for the exhibit of the Soviet-made Lada car at the 17th annual international auto show here would have been A furious whirrrrrring, the sound of the late Sen. Joe Mc- Carthy spinning frantically in his grave. A delicate the sound of the last vestiges of Cold War ice melting. An anxious tintinnabulation, the sound of all those Commun- ist cash registers getting set to collect all that capitalist pro- fit. But instead. there was only the sound of the same sort of gently milling auto show crowd that surrounded the exhibits of Toyota, Austin, Mercedes, Fiat and Peugeot, other products of erstwhile enemies and present friends. CONTEST The curious leafed idley through piles of literature, filled in blanks for a contest to name the Lada's utility vehicle coun- terpart a two-week trip to a sign said) and talked to the salesmen, who were not Soviet citizens but representatives of the Satra Cor- poration, a trading company run by Americans. Everybody kept a decadent eye or two on the brunette model wearing a bikini, fur coat, boats and about three pounds of falst1 eyelashes. (Her accent indicated that she may well have been from Georgia, but the Georgia that produced Ty Cobb, not the one that pro- duced Joseph Stalin.) It is the new era of peace- ful coexistence, in which the Russians are apparently going to try not to bury us but to run us over. We, after all, may be plan- ning to drown them in soft drinks, since the same loosen- ing of trade restrictions that is sending Pepsi Cola to the So- viet Union is what may bring the Lada here. "May" for a lot of reasons. TRADE CATCH For one thing, the trade agreement signed in the wake of President Nixon's visit to the Soviet Union last year contain- ed a catch: the Soviets agreed to pay back million in World War dition that debts but on con- the United States r 4 SAND GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702 327-3610 A grant "most favored tariff status to the U.S.S.R. If Congress does not grant the status to the Soviets, higher im- port duties would make it im- possible for the Lada to com- pete against imports from such 'favored" countries as Japan and Italy. Satra Corporation, which is importing the car to America as the Soviets' agent, also is tread- ing very gingerly. Its plans call for placing the car on the U.S. market in 1975 bat it doss not yet have any dealers lined up to sell it. And Satra is still conducting mar- ket studies to make sure the American public is ready to buy a Soviet product. Yuri Chimakov, vice-presi- dent of Avtoezport, which sells Soviet-made cars over- seas, introduced the Lada here with a long speech. It included an extensive plug for the Moscow subway and an exhaustive description of the Soviet atuo industry, which turned oat cars last year, (compared to more than nine million produced in the United The speech sounded like an especially dreary moment on Radio Moscow most part of 'Lada' cars is delivered to the socialist etc.) but Chumakov said he was pleased with the reception it got and did not anticipate any ser- 17 of L professor reports: 'Strong family background essential for mental health' On the read The Soviet lada sedan seats five persons, has a 75 h.p. engine, low fuel consumption and is said to be cap- able of running miles without a major overhaul. ious problems for the Lada due to leftover Cold War hostility. "There may be an occasional outburst but only by an indi- Chumakov said. "We don't expect any real problems. We have been sel- ling cars in Britain since 1968 had a Cold War there, we haven't encounter- ed any opposition." If and when the Lada makes its appearance in North Amer- ica it should cost about although a Soviet citizen has to pay about and be willing to wait at least a year to get the same car. The Lada is a modified ver- sion of the Fiat 124, built by a Fiat-licensed plant in Togliatti, a Soviet city named after an Italian communist leader. The Avtoexport and Satra of- ficials insist that the modifica- tions are "improvements" and will make a lot of American comrades for the Lada. Agor Chalekian, president of the Satra Trading Corporation says. "There are some people in the United States who still think a Russian is just an ani- mal, of course. But we had worse relations with the Chin- ese and now all of a sudden you see people wearing shirts made in Free medical plan urged EDMONTON (CP) Opposi- tion members called yesterday for consideration by the gov- ernment to giving free medi- cal coverage to persons under 65 forced to retire because of ill health. CITY OF LETHBRIDGE SPRING CLEAN-UP I April 30fh, 1973, the City of Lethbridge will commence the onnuol Spring Clecm-Up. Rubbish will be picked up according to and in order of the zones indicated 'below: The government argued in the legislature that such bene- fits should be given only to per- sons under 65 who are in "fi- nancial need." "Indeed, there Is such assis- tance for such people and in- deed it is not called said Helen Hunley, minister without portfolio responsible for health services. Subsidies are available for persons of low income and the government has presented an amendment not yet pro- claimed allowing it to waive the requirements for certain persons to pay for health in- surance premiums, William Wyse (SC Med- icine Hat-Redcliffe) who pro- posed the motion said medical care premiums have been re- moved in Alberta for persons over 65 but there were still many people under that level who needed more help. Time ran out on the debate and the motion dropped to Hie bottom of the order paper. A strong sense of being a part of a distinct family unit or peer group is essential to a youngster's mental growth and self-esteem, says a Uni- versity of Lethbridge psycho- logy professor. Moreover, Dr. S a n t o k h Anant maintains that children denied the security and sense of well-being derived from a strong family background are more likely to develop into anti-social or disturbed adults. Dr. Anant terms the feeling of individual involvement with a structure outside one- self as the "sense of belong- ingness." His research on the importance of belonging has been published in a number of psychological journals. Dr. Anant has studied the correlation between belong- ingness and a number of oth- er factors such as anxiety, dependency and neurcticism and is currently researching the possible connections be- tween belongingness and eth- nocentrism. In previous research, he has found that where ihe sense of belonging was strong, the person was men- tally healthy, outgoing, at peace with himself and gen- erally better adjusted than the parson lacking feelings of identification with a family or group. He quotes Ashley Montagu, "The reason why people don't live by the principle of love is that they have not been raised by it. Most of the so-called civilized world simply hasn't loved little children adequate- ly enough." Primary source While Dr. Anant admits a sense of belonging may be obtained through affiliation with peer groups, service clubs or social organizations, he believes the family is the most primary and important source of a persons sense of belongingness. 'Tne sense of belonging is fostered in a relationship in which a person knows he is accepted and appreciated as an says Dr. An- ant. "The person himself feels be belongs, he does not need to -be-told. He does not suffer a sense of alienation, and is secure in his own identity." ideal place for .such feelings to be instilled m a child is within bis own fam- ily. If a youngster is accept- ed within his own family, he has been given a good start in Me. If he did not de- velop this sense of belong- ingness during early forma- tive years, his adult life will be spent in a search, often fu- tile, for the type of attention and recognition he was starved for as a child." Anti-social acts The person seeking to be- long is often doomed to fail- ure because he chooses to "act to adopt unusual or even anti-social action as a means of attracting atten- tion, "as a desperate means to attract the emotional warmth and attention he fail- ed to get but so much de- sires and needs." He may fall in with a gang as an adolescent, conforming to a practice of theft, drug abuse or alcoholism because such activity guarantees him an "in" with the group. Such a youth is always anxious, worried that one day he will be excluded from the security of the gang. A connection with a gang or club gives the members a false sense of belongingness, emphasizes Dr. Anant. A typ- ical gang is made up of a number of unhappy individ- uals conforming to a very rigid code of conduct in a misguided search for a feel- ing of self-worth. "An individual will never find the self-respect and sense of well-being characterized by belongingness if he continues in such a stresses Dr. Anant. Dr. Anant says such groups are not conducive to true be- longingness because they are based on fear, not love, and do not appreciate each mem- ber for "his individual worth and unique qualities as a warm and supportive family does. Genuine belonging does not result in dependency, says Dr. Anant. If affiliation with a system fosters the depen- dency of one party, then the association is not one of true belonging. "Genuine belongingness means an egalitarian interde- pendency, with parallel give and take between the partici- he stipulates. Affirms faith Dr. Anant's theories about the importance of belonging to a definable group reinforce _faith .in the nuclear family, currently much-maligned as the source of oppression and anxiety in modern society. "There is nothing wrong with the nuclear qualifies Dr. Anant, "as long as the parents treat chil- dren as individual persons rather than pocket sized adults. Parents must encour- age and recognize the indivi- duality of their offspring, at the same time showing appre- ciation, affection and love. "If parents do fly and in- fluence their children to be what they are not, then yes, there will be a sense of alien- ation within the family. The children will net feel they are an integral part of the fam- ily, but will think they are odditiKJ, warns the psychologist. Dr. Anant maintains an ov- erly strict upbringing can re- sult in alienation just as read- ily as permissiveness, if that kernel of family unity is lack- ing. Theories of belongingness, to be effective, should be ap- plied first in the individual family units, and then should play a role in determining a society's medical, education- al, social and recreational programs, says Dr. Anant. He suggests smaller group treatment for the mentally ill instead of the large institu- tions where patients are hos- pitalized but do not really belong. Community benefits Within a community, Dr. Anant feels both the mental health and productivity of in- dustries would be enhanced if people worked in small teams, rather than as individ- ual 'cogs in a huge wheel.' In terms of education, Dr. Anant feels students would learn more, with fewer ten- dencies toward psychotic and neurotic behavior, if the tra- ditional classroom organiza- tion were changed in favor of group interaction, with both students and teachers respect- ing and learning from each other. Recreation activities should place less emphasis on in- dividual endeavor and more on group communication and entertainment in a shared selling. As much faith as he places in the importance and posi- tive pov.er of belongingness, Dr. Anant is quick to admit that there are many exam- ples of harmful interpreta- tions of balongingness, of mis- guided affiliation. "The Mafia, for points out Dr. Anant, "oper- ates because of an extreme- ly strong sense of belonging and group entity. While this can be beneficial to the mem- bers within the group, it can have some very dangerous results of those outside that group." Such affiliations prob- ably are sought by individu- als who lacked the positive sense of family belongingness and are attempting to estab- lish security through mem- bership in the gang-family of the Mafia, hypothesizes the professor. The key to tie results of be-' longingness is one of defini- tion, says the psychologist. Belonging should not mean arbitrary subscription to a value system as a condition of membership: it should re- sult in a fostering of human potential and individuality in an atmosphere that is not threatening. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 Lower Floor 517 4fh Ave. Phone 327-1541 CURRIE'S FINE FOODS IEATC OPEN 7 DAYS lEfil M A WEEK and A.M. TO P.M. Fresh l516 9th BETWEEN THE TWO Produce HOSPITALS Guns turned in HAMILTON. Bermuda (AP) More than 1.000 firearms have been turned in to police under a law passed here after the assassiaaiton of the British governor and his aide and a double supermarket killing three weeks ago. Residents of Bermuda had 10 days in which to turn in their guns. The law provided am- nesty for all those who turned in unlicensed weapons. Come out of your shell. Come to a Watchers' 4 J[ class today. Appro rinxite Zones and Pick-Up Dotes ZONE 1 -APRIL 30, MAY 1, 2 7 ZONE 15, 16, 17 Citizens of lethbridge ore asked to locale burning barrels end adjacent Jo the Jones for emptying and wrap or place rubbish in boxes, cortons or plastic bogs -when practical. Prior Jo JHe cornpcign, please check the Tear portion of your property to ensure valuables are rot discarded. The City of lethbridge will not remove earth, Jorge tree trunks and branches, rarogono hedge removals, consJruction and building wastes, concrete, con- crete blocks or other similar waste materials. Wease note immedioHy cfter yowr zone been completed, burning barrels are to be kept within your property. If barrels remain In the lone, they will be removed by the City. News items will be releosed periodicolly odvhirtg effluent of the progrest of Spring Cieon-Up Compoign, ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT WEIGHT WATCHERS' Bunng April Weight Wotcrters Is contributing 5 per pound tost by members in Alberta Jo CANA- DIAN CANCER SOCIETY. In Jhirtl of April our losJ Ibs. CUSS LISTINGS ST. AUGUSTINE'S ANGLICAN CHURCH 1pm. ond p.m. CARDSTON UNITED CHURCH TABER CIVIC CENTS! Wednesday p.m. p.m. CoTdston, Alberta Tober, Alberta For information call ZEnith (Toll Free) wns (o Hoards The Honorable James L Foster, Minister of Advanced Education, invites nomina- tions for the appointment of persons to serve on the boards of governors of Alberta Universities and Public Colleges. Appointments are normally for a three year period. The following are the institu- tions, number of vacancies and the. effective dates: UNIVERSITIES University of Alberta 1 vacancy (effective July 1, 1973) 1 vacancy (effective January 1, 1924) University of Calgary 1 vacancy (effective May COLLEGES (all effective July 1, 1973) Grande Prairie Regional College 3 vacancies Grant MacEwan Community College (Edmonton) 1 vacancy Lethbridge Community College 2 vacancies Medicine Hat College 2 vacancies Mount Royal College (Caigary) 2 vacancies Nominations should be accompanied by pertinent information such as nominee's background, qualifications and home address. Nominators should include their address also. AH nominations will remain confidential. Nominations should be forwarded no later than May 12, 1973, to: Dr, H. Kolesar Assistant Deputy Minister Department of Advanced Education Jasper Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5K OL1 ;