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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuclday, December 8, 1970 THE 1ETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Soon the seasonal rat-race called hideous rcad- re had the office Christmas party will be upon us. It's a h ritual which I have always deplored. Although' I've been ing your column for years, this is the first time Ivi the courage to write for advice. I happen to be a homosexual who is making it in the straight world. I live in a rather small town where people view homosexuals as freaks who should be read out of the human race. The man I live with does not come to the office We've been seen dining out together but I'm sure no one figures we're a couple. I've dated several girls (strictly a cover) but I've given up that sort of thing because I don L think it's fair to the girls. When they hint at marriage I feel like a heel. I'm tired of living a lie and want to tell the chairman of this year's Christmas party that I'd like to bring my "wife" who happens to be a male. If the chairman doesn't like it, I won't go. Do you recommend the move? Zero Hour DEAR ZERO: If you want to lose your cover go ahead, but figure in advance what you're going to do for an encore. Also have another job lined up just in case. DEAR ANN LANDERS: I'm a high school junior with a grown-up problem. This might sound ridiculous but I think my boyfriend is an alcoholic. Is this possible for a kid who isn't even old enough to buy a drink legally? Every night he gets bombed out of his mind. He will drink anything he can get his hands on. H we are just driving around town it's beer with vodka chasers. If we are at somebody's house he drinks whatever is in the liquor cabinet. I don't know how he gets his head off the pillow in the morning, but he rarely misses school. 1 love this boy and we have talked about getting mar- ried after graduation. He has promised me things will be different after we marry that he won't drink like this. But something inside me says tilings will be the same. Will they? Please advise. Troubled In Saull St. Marie DEAR TROUBLED: No. Things will NOT be the same if you marry this boy. They will be worse. A kid who refuses to put the cork in the bottle for his sweetheart will not do so for his wife. Your guy needs professional help. He must learn why he has this compelling need to escape from reality. What in his life is so painful that he must anesthetize himself against it? I hope he realizes the seriousness of his problem and gets some help soon. BEAR ANN LANDERS: I enjoy playing cards and am considered a very good player. I usually win. The last few months I haven't been invited to many card games. Several of the girls who used to invite me regularly have excluded me for reasons I can't figure out. I mentioned this to my husband last night and he said it's because I won too often. He suggested1 I lose now and then. I would feel dishonest if I didn't play my best. Furthermore it wouldn't be any fun. He says I'm wrong, that there's nothing wrong with letting others win once in a while. Is he right? Horseshoe Helen DEAR HELEN: He's wrong. I don't believe you are being excluded because vou win consistently. People enjoy playing with experts. It improves their game and it's more exciting. Perhaps you are an ungracious winner. No one should play less than lu's best. It would be dishonest also boring. Relaxed abortion laws favored by committee OTTAWA (CP) Canada should permit abortion on de- mand for any woman pregnant 12 weeks or less, says Hie ma- jority report of the royal com- mission on the status of women. The report, tabled Monday in the Commons, also recommends that an abortion be permitted at the request of a woman preg- nant for more than 12 weeks if continuation of the pregnancy would endanger her physical or mental health. This also would apply "if there is a substantial risk that if the child were born, it would be greatly handicapped, either mentally or physically." The recommendation and ar- guments in favor of relaxed abortion laws are not supported by commissioners Doris Ogilvie a Frederic-ton juvenile court judge, nnd Jacques Ifenrlpin, a University of Montreal demog- rapher. A third commissioner, John Humphrey, a law professor at McGUl University, dissociates himself from the majority re- port generally, although he docs not specifically mention dis- agreeing with its abortion provi- sions. Elsie Gregory MacGill, an- Johanna Mitchell links future in meat packing SASKATOON (CP) Jo- hanna Mitchell considers her- self a bridge between the past and the future, a link between her father and her three sons. And an important link she is. As president of Interconti- nental Packers Ltd., Can- ada's .fourth largest meat- packing company, she directs an industry which pays million a year to em- ployees and last year had sales totalling million. She bceame president of the family owned company last February when her fath- er, Fred Mendel, 82, stepped down as Intercontinental's chief executive. "When I feel my sons are mature enough and have learned enough, they can take said the blonde, blue-eyed grandmother in her 50s. The older -sons, Bob, a y e a r-old lawyer, and Fred, 23, have joined the firm's marketing and production de- partments. Charles, 19, and daughter Camille, 16, attend schools in British Columbia. "Fortunately my family is interested in the business, but I don't want it to get lopsided. Some of our top ex- ecutives are not in the fam- ily." Mrs. Mitchell, divorced from movie, and television actor Cameron Mitchell, has brought a housewife's ap- proach io her new job. She said she is aware of what housewives want be- cause she is a housewife. "I'm very fussy about com- parative shopping. Every morning I taste our products and our competitors'. "I feel veiy strongly to- ward the housewife, many of whom are working and want LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th Ave. S. Telephone 328-4214 more prepared and nutritious foods. It's the woman who does the shopping." Mrs. Mitchell always has been active 'in the company, serving as a director, for 20 years. She feels that being a woman president is not diffi- cult because she has spent much of her life in the busi- ness. "If I would have been hired as a stranger, I think it would have been a difficult assign- ment." Mr. Mendel, still chairman of the board, founded the company 30 years ago hi Sas- katoon. He owned 13 packing plants in various European countries and one in Aus- tralia, but was forced to flee to Canada from Nazi Ger- many. Intercontinental has changed somewhat since Mrs. Mitchell took possession of the president's chair. The company letterhead been brightened and a similu, for- mat is being considered for packaged foods. In September, Mrs. Mitch- ell announced a million expansion program for Inter- continental's Vancouver plant. The company also has plants hi Red Deer, Alta., and Hegina, but the Saskatoon op- eration is the largest with 800 employees. One thing that hasn't changed is the president's of- fice, which some people might think would be first to get the woman's touch. "I haven't changed it says Mrs. Mitchell. "I guess I'm sentimental." other of the seven commission- ers and a Toronto aeronautical engineer, says, however, that she supports the abortion rec- ommendations but docs not think they go far enough. "I foresee with fear that un- less the prohibitions and penal- ties provided in the Criminal Code are repealed promptly, they will linger on a decade or two more to harass and punish women." The Criminal Code was amended last year to permit abortion where a, IjDspital com- mittee of doctors decides a con- tinued pregnancy would endan- ger the mother's health. Prime Minister Trudeau has also promised a debate in the Com- mons this session on abortion. The four commissioners sup- porting the recommendation- chairman Anne Francis, Lola Lange, Jeanne Lapointe and Elsie in their re- port that as long as the present abortion law exists thousands of women will break it. "Breaking the law forces them to resort to methods that seriously endanger their physi- cal and emotional health." the report says. "The present 1 a w also dis- criminates against the poor, who do not have the means to get an abortion, for example, by going outside the country." They say formal procedures for obtaining an abortion under present law may make it even more difficult for some women to obtain a therapeutic abortion than in the past. Approval of a hospital com- mitlcc for an abortion was not easily obtained and involve delay. The commissioners say the number of illegal abortions can- not be accurately known, al- Ihough estimates range from to a year. If the estimate of was correct, it would mean that one preg- nancy in five was being illegal- ly aborted. In a separate statement, Prof. Henripin says that unless "we admit the scarcely tenable view that there is no such thing as a human being before birth, we are forced to compare the ad- vantages of such a brutal solu- tion as abortion with the 'value' of the being to be destroyed." The present law is accept- able, although "an honest ef- fort" should be made in hospi- tals and by doctors to set up "the machinery which the law provides for its application and which is still sadly lacking." Judge Ogilvie agrees fi her statement that the abortion problem is deplorable. "But in an age of growing recognition of the value and dig- nity of every individual, further approval of abortion seems re- gressive rather than progres- sive. The time is coming when society will no longer tolerate abortion just as it no longer tol- erates infanticide." 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