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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIO Saturday, December 12, 1970 For The Record By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor HTHIS JUST has to be the week of reports. Be- ginning with the White Paper, the status ot women (the wallflower paper) the budget (the black paper) the report on sterilization and the Pill (the fertility paper) and ending with the Davey report on the'mass media (the news It's a lull vears reading ahead for anyone v ith enough gumption to plow through all the volumes of words. For some of us the temptation to give up in the face of possible eyestrain and certain te- dium, is almost overwhelming. After all, some of us are still straggling through the interim report on the non-medical use of drugs, and hoping we'll get to the last chapter for the last time, to be ready for the full report which comes out in the spring. It must be unusual that so many important is- sues are being considered and finalized at the same time. It almost gives one the impression that the federal government is doing something after all. Theoretically, t li e White paper will help t h e poor: the Status report will help women; the Pill report, the fertile' the Budget, the unemployed. If you're a poor, fertile, unemployed woman it could be a good year. Even if you don't get any help, the Davey re- port is there to make sure you know what you're missing. On behalf of women everywhere, this one little point must be made. The status of women report was compiled in four years, mainly by women com- missioners and ended up with Words. The Davey committee (mainly, if not all men) took one year and arrived at a glorious words. Too little to talk about in the first, or a lack of concise reporting in the latter? As far as the Lethbridge Friendship Centre and The Golden Mile Drop In Centre are concerned it doesn't matter what category you fall into when it comes to having a merry Christmas. You can even be a rich, sterile, employed male. The only condition is that you have no special plans for Christmas Day. If that's the case then you can drop around to either Centre and join in the festivities. A Christmas dinner and special activities are being planned for each location for anyone who needs a little com- panionship. You don't have to be white, black, young or old; everyone is welcome. It's such a heartening touch to see that there are people in the community who care about others whom they don't even know. That people are not top busy to take time out from their own Christmas prepara- tions to do a little bit for others, to cook turkeys and make salads just in case they are needed. Kind of polishes up the crassness of the advance publicity that Christmas receives, and makes one re- member what it's really all about. Makes one wish it could happen more than just once a year.