Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, Dtcvmbtr 2, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 Funds allotted to mark IWY 6being wasted9 VANCOUVER (CP) Half the money allotted by the federal government to celebrate International Women's Year (IWY) is being wasted on conferences and advertising, the dean of women at University of British Columbia said last week. Dr. Margaret Fulton, speaking at a university conference said that million of the million budget administrated by the secretary of state department has "been creamed off for conferences designed for I don't know who." She said another went to a Toronto advertising agen- Cy Ms. Fulton said a recent IWY special bulletin listing sources of funds for research and fellowships was "not worth mentioning, because none of the sources have any funds, anyway." The secretary of state for urban affairs allowed and Canada Manpower set aside for major research projects involving women. Ms. Fulton urged university women to work within their own faculties to tap available funds for special lecturers and projects relating to women. The dean said a proposed pavilion, designed and built by women from the UBC School of Architecture, may have to be shelved for lack of funds. She said the United Nations Habitat Conference, which is expected to bring more than visitors to the campus in 1976, may assist in funding the pavilion. "It's an extraordinary, visionary project, and there are no funds available unless we get help from Habitat, but it might come Ms. Fulton said. Ms. Fulton said the million IWY budget could have been used more purposefully. "I would have preferred to see it divided up among com- munities, rather than being spent centrally, so we would get more feedback from the grass roots movement of she said. Dear Ann Landers: I don't know how you can reword this to make it fit to print but I'm counting on you. I just can't say it any other way. I'll bet many women had this problem and I'd like to tell them how I solved it. When Mr. Absent-Minded used the toilet, he could never remember to put the seat down Frequently our five- year-old would get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and the poor kid always fell in She would then come into our room (looking like a drowned awaken me from a sound sleep, and I'd have to change her into dry pajamas. Finally I bought some con- tact paper and cut out letters that spelled the following message: "IT'S SO NICE TO HAVE A MAN AROUND THE HOUSE." I glued the slogan to the bottom of the seat. Now my husband puts the seat down every time. Vic- torious Dear Vic.: Thanks for shar- ing your "solution." I have an alternative A five-year-old girl is old enough to learn how to check a toilet seat before she sits down and falls in. Dear Ann: You printed a letter from a mother who was broken-hearted because she had done everything for her children but "they went BINGO Won., Dec. 2nd Jackpot in 55 Gold Cards Pay Double Door Card! Regular Cards 2St or 5 for 13th SI. and 8th "A" N. No Children under 16 allowed wrong." She sounds like MY mother. After all, I wear those "terrible britches" when decent women wear skirts. I was a change-of-life baby and I guess when my mother was young most de- cent women DID wear dresses. But styles change. She deplores the fact that, at 23, I share an apartment with two girls. Girls who didn't live at home until they married (in her day) were considered "loose." What galls mother most is that I am not married. "You date lots of nice boys (not mind you, so why don't you marry The fact that I'm not in love doesn't matter. I should get married anyway. If a night goes by and I don't call her, she calls ME to make sure I'm sleeping home. Mother doesn't realize that my life can't be a carbon copy of hers. And because of this it's gotten so I don't want to see or talk to her. Any advice? Flip Side Of The Coin Dear Flip: Start by reduc- ing the phone calls to every other night Tell her "Don't call me, I'll call you And be firm about it. Listen politely to her views, then do as you please. A woman of 23 is old enough to run her own life. Drugs? How much is too much? Is pot O.K.? Is L.S.D. too much? If you're on dope or considering it, get Ann Landers' new booklet, "Straight Dope on Drugs." For each booklet ordered, send a dollar bill plus a long self addressed, stamped envelope (20 cents postage) to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, 111. 60654. PUBLIC BINQO A 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Until Won) LETKBRIDGE ELKS LODGE RCOM (Upstairs) EVERY THUBS.-8p.rn BINGO RAINBOW HALL -1401 5 Ave. N. Tuesday, p.m. JACKPOT in 54 NUMBERS 4th-8th-12th Qamn Doubled In Humbert or Lett Fret Cards and Qames, per Card, 5 Carda Door Prlte No Children under 16 Sponsored by A.U.U.C. Association________ GOBY'S BEAUTY SALON DEC. PERM SPECIAL -750 Reg. WIGS CLEANED and SET 3 50 322-13th St. N. 327-5687 Miss Hope selected Tuesday Miss Hope for 1975 will be selected Tues- day evening at in Classroom No. 1 of the Gait School of Nursing Residence. This year's Lethbridge and district contestants are Wendy Miller, third-year nurs- ing student from the Gait School of Nursing and Marilyn Daull, se- cond year student nurse from the Lethbridge Community College. They will be judged on knowledge of cancer, knowledge of the Canadian Cancer care of the cancer patient, per- sonality and appearance. The contest is part of the education program of the Canadian Cancer Society to make young people aware of cancer problems. Judges will be John Gogo, Marilyn Anderson and Dr J. J Haberman. Society elects Two pianos, four hands THE BETTER HALF By Barnes officers Winnifred Scott, left, and Robin Wood of Victoria, (Mr. and Mrs. Wood) are one of Canada's newest duo-pianists and will appear at p.m. Thursday at the Yates Memorial Centre in the Overture Concert Series. Their concert is part of monumental tour of 34 Canadian locations from Ontario to the Northwest Territories. Once-respectable hotels floodtides of crime "The doctor forbids my husband to eat cholesterol, so trim all the fat off the bacon The Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society have elected a new slate of officers for the 1975 term. Serving as president is Leonard Halmrast. Other of- ficers include Don Le Baron, past president; J. W. R Wilson, first vice president; B J. Evenson, second vice president, Muriel Colby, secretary, and Martha MacDonald, treasurer. Directors are Rose Chomiak and Mary Roberts, representing the Women's Auxiliary, Thomas Clay and William Ryan NEW YORK (AP) Ann Kurtz's relatives got scared when her sculptress friend up- stairs was murdered late this summer. "The hotel is they told her in phone calls explaining their reluctance to visit. "You don't belong there." But Mrs. Kurtz refused to move out of her single room at the once-elegant Park Plaza Hotel on Manhattan's West Side even when a neighbor across the hallway died mysteriously And despite someone trying to break down her door one night, this fine-boned old woman with red-rinsed hair, who came to the United States years ago from Vienna, stubbornly stays put. A few blocks away, Kaye Richardson ties a thin white cord around the broken lock on the door of her squalid single room at the West Side Towers, a fortress-like hotel on Broadway. She moved from a better room upstairs "because the man next door was a drunk and kept telling me he wanted to be and you know what he meant by said the mild-mannered spinster who spent most of her life running a switchboard for a Wall Street investment firm. "I pray each night no one will break said Miss Richardson, "and I pray that I'll get a better room." Mrs. Kurtz and Miss Richardson are among the estimated people who live in SRO (Single Room Only) hotels in New York City. In the 10 years they have been in the neighborhood, the large, once-respectable hotels they inhabit have been inundated in a fioodtide of crime. "There is as much crime in some of these hotels as in an average-sized said a police officer who regularly patrols a portion of Broadway. Why don't the oldsters move away? "Crjlrne does not make them move, it makes them said Robert Jorgen, director of special housing for the New York Human Resources Commission, which tries to keep track of the aged. "The aged are afraid to move from the known to the unknown, even if the known is fearful." Mrs. Kurtz and Miss Richardson have never been physically hurt. But many have. Bessie Simmons, a former domestic living in the Manhattan Towers on Broadway, said: "I was raped in my room in July, had my bag stolen outside the hotel in August and was robbed of of my SSI (federal supplemen- tal security income payment) in the elevator in September." In the first 10 months of this year in the worst three hotels on the West West Side Towers, Manhattan Towers and Park there were five confirmed murders. 112 burglaries, 51 robberies, 25 major assaults, seven rapes and 35 other crimes. The average occupancy of the three hotels is around permanent and transient guests, many of them elderly. The Park Plaza was the home of Calvin Jackson, a former drug addict who con- fessed in September to murdering 11 women in the hotel. Prostitutes ply their trade out of the down- stairs bar uf the Manhattan Towers. Shabbily dressed drunks congregate on the pavement under the hotel awning or stagger inside as police patrols approach, bumping against each .other in the dark lobby. The hotel management says it is trying to upgrade the hotel, but a police officer said: "They keep telling us that but do nothing." On the surface the Manhattan Towers looks more prepossessing than the other two. The halls of the Park Plaza reek of urine and carpets are shredded. The West Side Towers is the worst of all. A husky guard in shirtsleeves strides through the cavernous lobby swinging a nightstick from his wrist. Drunks sprawl against the heavily barred reception window arguing about unpaid rent or lost welfare checks while old women, some with their heads wrapped tightly in shawls, try to steal surreptitiously to the elevators. "But just don't judge a hotel by its lobby, look suggested Florence Janovic, co-chairman of the 77th Street block, association, which has been working to clean up the hotels. It is upstairs that the elderly are preyed up- on. "I feel safer on the streets than in my said Kaye Richardson. No security guards walk upstairs. "Why, it costs a a one eight-hour shift for a security guard costs a said Morns Klein, manager of the Park Plaza. Burglaries are easy. Few rooms have dead- bolt locks. So many years have gone by since room locks were changed that "there must be '.iteially thousands of duplicate keys around the city, and these are often a police officer said The hotel managers say changing locks is too expensive. Mrs. Kurtz complained that the many fals" fire alarms at the Park Plaza are pulled "to clear us out of our rooms while they steal our valuables." She treasures a pair of delicate Dresden figurines and a few framed religious prints Some complain about the police. "There is very little police said a social worker in the West Side Towers. "They keep telling me the surfaces in these old buildings don't take fingerprints. When I asked 'What about this I got the same answer: 'Lady, surfaces in these old buildings don't take fingerprints'." The police say they do as much as they can. "We stage vertical patrols, searching the hotels out from top to bottom." said a spokesman. "We have regular foot patrols on the streets outside. We respond quickly to all calls. But unless management fixes the locks and weeds out the undesirable guests, there is little more we can do." The city government is well aware of the problem. A multi-agency campaign has been under way for several years to clean up the worst hotels. Some have closed down, "but you need a lot of violations to close down one of these big hotels and management rides out every said Jorgen. 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