Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
5 THE IETKBRIOGE HERALD Saturday, August 29, T970 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor 'INHERE were a few screams of protest around the breakfast table this week after the news was broadcast that Alderman Vera Ferguson does no favor 14-year-olds riding motorcycles. She was taking part in a council discussion on the noise level in the city and questioned whether or not 14-year-olds have the maturity to handle a motorbike Fourteen-year-olds, of course, are positive tha they have the maturity to do just about anything and on the other side of the coin there are forty- year-olds who may never have the maturity to do anything. One doesn't excuse the other, though, and Mrs Ferguson has in our humble opinion, made a valic point. It isn't just a matter of whether they can handle the bikes properly but will they? There are kids who have bought their own bikes, work on them to keep them in repair, need them for a job or transportation, and are therefore more likely to realize the need for showing care and responsi- bility. There would seem, however, to be too many who use their bikes as a means of letting out whatever feeling of frustration and insecurity they have. A bit of showing off is natural but if a kid hasn't learned respect for school zone speed limits and that a lot of noise on a bike doesn't increase his superior- ity, he isn't ready to take on what can be a deadly device. Stuffy? No. If adults took all the mufflers off their cars, the youth of today would be on us like a flash charging us with noise pollution. It's a matter of consideration for others which is difficult for a 14-year-old to digest. They are still very group conscious and not until they reach senior high do they strike out on their own. Peer impressions count at 14, but the impression a few are giving, is not a happy one. Mrs. Ferguson has an advocate in Dr. M. M. Cantor, chief provincial coroner. He said in Edmonton this week that persons under 16 should not be allowed blanket freedom in the op- eration of motor vehicles. He was speaking at the inquest of the death of a 15-year-old motorcyclist in June. The boy had been warned by an RCMP officer to get his headlight fixed. He told the boy he didn't want to have to pick up his body off the road. Twenty-four hours later the same constable was doing that very thing. One instance doesn't make a case, but the num- ber of motorcycle accidents in the city is constant and increasing. Any day you can see helmets on passengers which are not fitted properly. Small children sitting astride bikes. If you're driving defensively you know you need two hands to control the bike of someone else makes a mistake Where does that leave the child? Adults make mistakes too. They drive carelessly. They drive when they're drunk, or tired, or on bar- bituates. But an adult can take his own life into his hands. Can we honestly believe that a 14-year-old wants that much responsibility? No one wants to put more restrictions on teens, but they still need earing-for. It's up to them, though. Either they start caring for themselves, or some- one may decide to start doing it for them. Why not have a little fun antj this winter? JOIN ONE OF OUR MORNING or AFTERNOON LEAGUES Leagues commence Sept. 2-3-4. For mcro Information contact JOHN OR SANDY at GLENDALE BOWl or Phone 328-4545 Special Help Is Available City Offers Many Obstacles To Handicapped By LINDA TURNER St. Catharines Standard ST. CATHARINES, 0 n t. (CP) For someone who is handicapped, a town can be full o[ barriers of all kinds. A three-inch curb is as insur- mountable an obstacle as a foot-high curb. To prove my point, I walked around "St. Catharines one morning mentally noting all the barriers. I could have rented a wheelchair and really put the city to the test, but I didn't. I walked as I nor- mally do with my usual handi- muscle movement from the knee down. The YW-YMCA and the post office both have three steps up to the front door, and no railing. I can't get up, a per- son in a wheelchair could never make it and neither could most of the or more handicapped people in St. Catharines. The city hall has 17 steps and railing. Both the city hall and the Y have other entr- ances with no steps. A small sign outside would let the handicapped public know about those other doors. The public library has steps with a railing that starts two steps up. It is no more use to a handicapped person than or- namental railings that do not offer a firm grip. A small ramp on part of a curb would help- WORK HARD TO FIND Handicapped children who can cope with a normal school day can often have classes ar- ranged in one-storey schools or on one floor of a school. But when they complete school, it is not always easy for them to find acceptance and a job. Many face mental barriers against them. Enid Biss finished college. The 36-year-old Winnipeg na- ive graduated from the Col- lege of St. Scholastica in Du- luth, Minn., with a bachelor of arts in sociology and a year of- ibrary science. She was born with a hip de- formity. The only work she has been able to find is at the rehabili- ation centre. She works there hree days a week when it is open, making pot scrapers, ig knitting and embroidery 'or a token hourly wage. She says; "It's very good to be able to get out into differ- ent surroundings with differ- ent people, but on the other land I do feel my college training could be put to better use." Miss Biss cannot manage he steps on buses, but she oes get around in taxis and n trains. She says she is pre- ared to use an aluminum walker to go out in icy reather but has been told not to take it with her on a job in- terview, because it might frighten someone. LIVES WITH PARENTS Miss Biss lives with her parents, and because she does can manage on her govern- ment pension. S'ne gets a little over a month and is al- lowed to earn a month over that. If anything happens to her parents so they can no longer supply her with a place to live, Miss Biss may have to do as other handicapped peo- ple have in a home for the aged. They become homes for younger handicapped people because they have ranips and railings. For someone living on a pension who cannot climb stairs to an inexpensive flat, they can be the only housing possible. Miss Biss says she finds sports a welcome diversion in her life. She has a swimmer's life-saving badge and wants to try out for the Charioteers floor hockey team when it gets rolling. "Whether I'll be fast enough to shcot the puck and wheel the chair at the same time re- mains to be seen-" T h e Charioteers is tiie sports affiliate of H.A.N.D., a social and rereational club for the physically handi capped in the Niagara Penin sula. It and others like it publisl newsletters, friendly and in formative. Caliper is issuet four times a year by the Ca nadian Paraplegic Associa- tion. The Christian League for the Handicapped has a bulle- tin published at its headquar- ters in the United States. The Cornwall Handicapped Club has a monthly newsletter. KEEP THEM IN TOUCH The Canadian Sunshine Friend is a 12-page mimeo- graphed newsletter sent from Toronto to members every two months. It features an ex- RIGOROUS WOMEN'S RIGHTS IN RUSSIA-Equality of the sexes In the Soviet Union while theoretically granting women economic independence also means manual labor for females. Sometimes the Soviet Constitution is ignored and "liberated" women wind up bending their backs to heavy construction tasks. Here, heavily clothed women mix concrete on Moscow construction site. This is a 1965 photo. Sorority Aids YW The YWCA residence is wrting new china on its tables j us week courtesy of the gma chapter, Beta Sigma li. The 40-pTace setting, re- aring the old wcrnout dishes, as produced at Sunburst Cer- miacs of LethbrWge. Capture that once In a lifetime pose nowl years son of MR. and MRS. R. G. REIMSR GRANDE PRAIRIE, AUA. GOLDEN WEDD1NG-A family dinner was held recently at the home of Mr. end Mrs. Paul Fenz, 942 17th St. S-, in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Fenz have four daughters, one son, nine grand- children, and three great-grandchiidren. CASH BINGO HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL TONIGHT, SATURDAY 8 O'CLOCK A Blackout Bingo played for till won every Saturday plus 2 7-Number JACKPOTS NOW AND 5 Cards for 51.00 or 25c each (Located Next to No. 1 Fireball) Take Care With Linf Never wash colored napped fabrics (such as ferrycloth tow- els or bath mats) in the same wash with 'any garments that will shed lint. Lint, trapped In the nap of the colored fibre, is extremely difficult to remove and will be visible. change of handicraft and sew- ing supplies, books and puz- zles. There are round-robin letter-writing groups included in the activities of the Cana- dian Sunshine Club. Most of them are devoted to keeping the handicapped in- formed and in touch with the world. Some subscribers have been invalids for years. Mrs. H. R. Rogers has found a way to help crippled children get around a bit or to improve their lives even if they can't. Mrs. Rogers has collected over million in face value of Dominion Stores and K-Mart cash register tapes since 1965 and taken ad- vantage of the company's gen- erosity to have worth of equipment purchased for the Niagara Peninsula Crip- pled Children's Centre. All equipment bought with the tapes must go to charita- ble institutions, and all re- quests are judged by Domin- ion Scores executives. Mrs- Rogers' information about what is needed comes from the Crippled Children's Foun- dation. Mrs. Rogers says it takes about in tapes to buy a wheelchair. A growing wheel- chair or other special models cost more. KEEPS COLLECTING Mrs. Rogers has tapes com- ing in from Edmonton, Ot- tawa, Parry Sound, Ont, and Toronto. They have bought a television set for ARC Indus- tries, the sheltered workshop for the mentally retarded' a wheelchair for the Rotary Club's crippled children; au- dio-visual and speech therapy equipment; more than worth of toys, wheelchairs, ty pewriters and copying equipment for the Crippled Children's Centre. She says she will keep col- lecting. Anyone interested in helping may send tapes to her at 181 Glendale Ave., St. Catharines, Oat. cLocat The Lethbridge Social Credit Vomen's Auxiliary will hold its regular monthly meeting at the Svic Sports Centre room 15 on Vednesday at 2 p.m. Anne Campbell Singers and 'een Clefs will meet at .m. Sunday for a concert at ie east end of Henderson Lake 'ark. Girls are asked to wear niforms, long sleeves, and knee highs. McKillop Church UCW Units meet as follows: Anderson Unit at Mrs. M. Monner 2122 18th Ave. S. on Monday Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. Madill Unit at Mrs. H. B. lieppard 1523 Lakeshore Road on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Chambers Unit at Mrs. B. Allen 1703 Henderson Lake Blvd., on Tuesday at p.m. Dunn Unit at Mrs. G. Har- vey 1522 15th Ave. S. on Sept. 9 at a.m. Wednesday Afternoon Unit at the Church Kitchen on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Sproule Unit at Mrs. L. Saunders 2514 15th Ave. S. Thursday at 8 p..m. The Lethbridge Symphony Women's League will meet Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Ethel Gammon 958 12th St. A S. PIANO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS and EARLY GRADES. 15th Street South Phone 327-7031 BEAUTY SCHOOL of ELEGANCE Owned and Operated by ITHEL DOWNEY Complete Beauty By 3 Expert Teachers "A Modern School With Modern Methods of Teaching" NIGHT CLASSES OPEN TO THE PUBUC Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m. Students Apply Now Name Address "BEAUTY SCHOOL OF ELEGANCE 317 7th St-eet South Lcthbridg. LOOKING 3 AFTERNOONS PER WEEK Lethbridge Kindergartens Phone 327-1484 or 328-8769 Discover a Wonderful New Life! Earn Morel Qualify Easily! 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