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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta In My Opinion By CHRISTINE PUHL Hercld Staff Writer Wedneiday, December 30, 1970 _ THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Traction device worth the price: safety president here comes another New Year's Eve. Did the very thought bring a rush of anticipa- tion to your ticker or did you turn a little green at the words? As one of the staff in this office said: this night of swinging parties everyone looks forward to all year is getting to be such a tradition, that it is a bore. No one could possibly convince me when that night comes around, one week after Christmas, one could possibly be psychologically ready for a swinging party. How could it be imaginable after everyone has just gone through the last two weeks of hectic last-minute shopping, dragging around a tree, vacuuming needles 24 hours a day, cleaning-up acres of ripped paper and ribbons and getting as stuffed as the seasonal turkey and staying that way all week? I think it's just like people on a diet. They look forward to a certain dish with such anticipation that upon actually eating it, they are let down. At- tending a party which has been looked forward to all year round, couldn't possibly obtain the same Enjoyment to me as one that came up spontaneously and without obligation to old tradition. Different times are the highlight of the evening for people so when the old bonger strikes the count of 12, it never ceases to amaze me how so many people can be excited at once. But regardless of any circumstances, there are always those certain bodies who can enjoy a party anytime, anywhere and under any excuse. The best to them. Then there is another group who makes a party under any conditions, as long as there is a little juice floating around. Any reason is good reason for them to throw a swinging party. There's a thought, if the traditional Christmas drink is completely integrated with the youth so- ciety it will become a Christmas smoke. "Drop around for a Christmas smoke next week." No, for some reason that does not sound tempting at all. By KEN POLE EDMONTON (CP) Win- ter lias the nasty habit of dropping in on Canada in earnest about this time ev- ery year, and it never fails to catch thousands of drivers unprepared. It is a situation that amazes Ralph Coupor of Ed- monton, president of the Al- berta Safety Council, espe- cially when the number of traction aids such as special tires or chains and studs are considered. "Any traction device that helps a driver to start and stop his car more safely on ice and snow is worth the lie says. "At today's repair costs, they pay off if they a driver avoid even one minor fender-bendcr-type accident Mr. Couper warns, how- ever, that the potential cus- tomer for snow tires, chains or studs should be aware of their shortcomings as well as their advantages. "I am concerned about ad- vertising claims of some companies which lead the consumer to believe that all our winter starting and stop- ping and skidding problems vanish with (he purchase of their product. "Many accidents occur be- cause drivers are led to be- lieve they have a far great- er margin of skid protection than is built into the device they bought." He cites tests conducted by the U.S. National Safety Council: "The tests give us accurate and unbiased measurements i of performance on snow and ice. Few drivers know, for example, that conven- tional snow tires with- out studs are actually slightly inferior to regular tires in stopping on glare ice. "Contrary to popular belief, the tests show that with regu- lar tires the average braking distance from 20 miles an hour is 149 feet whereas with snow tires on the rear wheels, (lie comprablc dis- tance is 151 feet. As might he expected, the best perform- ance on ice was by reinforced tire chains. They cut (hi wheels, but "what he doesn't realize, or refuses to believe, is that his increased forward traction has no influence on his altering control or stabil- ity until it is too late." Another good rule to follow was not to mix tire brands. Radial tires on Ore front braking distance to 75 a i wheels and conventional 50-pcr-cent improvement.1' TIUCTION IMPROVED Tests with studded snow tires on the rear wheels made the car stop in 120 feet. Mr. Couper says conven- tional snow tires provide bet- ter traction from a start on glare ice than ordinary tires. Studded tires provide three the pulling power and chains seven times the pull- ing power of regular tires. On loosely packed snow, snow tires were twice as good as ordinary tires in a standing start and chains were three times as good. He says nine out of 10 driv- ers do not realise that when traction aids are used only on rear wheels they are of little value. Instead of the usual rear-end skid, the "unpro- tected" front wheels simply skate out of control in a skid that's harder to recover from. "Tests in recent years have reinforced earlier opin- ions of engineers that stud- ded tires should be used on all four wheels." HAS NO INFLUENCE The driver could feel a marked improvement in pull- ing ability from Ms rear fross-ply tires on the rear could be a deadly mixture be- cause of the improved trac- tion provided by radials. Mr. Couper says the best aid to winter divers is im- proved driving habits. Tho best traclion aids were use- less if the driver maintained a summer style of driving when the roads are like skat- ing rinks. I don't think the New Year's Eve parties are as beneficial to anyone as they are to babysitters. Junior high schools girls strike it rich as all the neighborhood parents scramble to find a dependable sitter and the prices mysteriously hit sky rocket highs. Why not, after all its New Year's Eve? You would think the thought of another year slipping past would cause many middle-aged people to go into mourning instead of partying. But never fear, despite all the words on the subject, I will be out partying myself that night and claiming to have just as good a time as the next person. Maybe I won't be pickled to the gills or roof raising, but I'll be there. Happy New Year. INTERESTING INNOVATION A traveller steps smilingly into a von destined for the airport terminal in Montreal driven by Miss Nicole Auger manager of a new parking lot operated solely by women. If is the first such operation in Canada. Women run parking lot in Montreal Free sports for holidays A free family swim will be held in the Fritz Sick Pool Thursday from 10 to 12 noon followed by a free public swim from 1 to 4 p.m. The next free will be featured from 1 to 4 p.m. public swim on Monday LOTS OF FREE PARKING I THE BIG Launderette 1263 3rd Avenue South Adams Park Ice Centre will hold free family skating from 10 to 12 noon with free public skating from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, as well as the Civic Ice Centre. The Lethbridge Arena will only hold free pub- lic skating Thursday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Free public skating will be held in all three Lethbridge ice rinks, Monday from 2 to 4 p.m.' By BORIS MISKEW MONTREAL (CP) Amer can capital has launched women-run parking lot at Mon real's International Airport the first such operation in Can ada. Located next to the Airpoi Hilton Hotel, the parking lot. operated by a teanr of charm ing ehauffeurettes who proric a mini-bus shuttle service be- tween the lot and the airpor terminal. Nicole Auger, manager Parc-Aero, says the moment a air traveller or visitor to th airport steps out of his parket car, he is met by the mini-bu and chauffeured without extr charge to the terminal buili ing. Returning passengers a r BUS RIDE LONDON (CP) Two former bus drivers have set out on a trip around the a 1935 single-decker bus. The bus, fitted with sleep- ing and cooking facilities, has already covered about two mil- lion miles and still runs on its original engine. BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY AT P M. Jackpot S125 in 55 in 7 Numbers llh 8th 12 Games Doubled in 7 Numbers 5 Cords SI .00 2 FREE GAMES FREE CARDS DOOR PRIZE NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE LOYAt ORDER OF MOOSE is... happily visiting your in-laws. r NOTICE WE WILL BE CLOSED SATURDAY, JAN. 2nd TO GIVE OUR STAFF A WELL DESERVED HOLIDAY A Very Happy New Year from 4 4 picked up at the terminal doors and driven immediately to their cars, the engines kept warm with block heater equip- ment. The lot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Male attendants are on duty only be- tween midnight and 8 a.m., with uniformed chauffeurettes taking over for the remaining 16 hours. The Montreal lot has space for 900 cars but it can be ex- cars. About 15 or 20 women, average age 25, will make up the Montreal staff. panded to accommodate be on gifts. Golden wedding Open house will be held honoring Mr. and, Mrs. Thomas Atkinson, on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Yackulic, 2521 13 Ave. S. on Sunday, from 2 to 8 p.m. All friends are wel- come and it is requested there catenaai" of local ha.ppenin-q.1 Golden Mile Drop-in Centre will be open on New Year's Day. Christian Science testimony meeting Wednesday at p.m. in the church auditorium, 1203 4 Ave. S. Everyone is welcome. "No more petty resolutions for me...In 1971 1 will not drop atom bombs on the Eskimos, I will not rob Fort Knox, I will not destroy the British Museum..." ANNUAL VASA NEW YEAR'S EVE FROLIC SCANDINAVIAN HALL 229 12th St. C N. THURSDAY, DEC. 31st 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Orchestra BRIDGE TOWN TRIO ADMISSION S3.50 PER PERSON includes supper, noise makers and hats FOR ADVANCE TICKETS Telephone Days 327-1657 Nights 327-1075 Only 150 Tickets Available MEMBERS and INVITED GUESTS Ann J Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: Several weeks ago you printed a letter from Dr. William Center of San Antonio, Texas. He described the value of breast self-examination and urged women to write for the American Cancer Society's free book- let on the subject. Would you like to know what happened? Our lives have not been the same. The headquarters of the American Cancer Society in New York received nearly a quarter of a million requests. This meant added help, added shifts, a tremendous postage bill and joy unlimited. We are not complaining, we love it. Because of that column, dozens (maybe hundreds) of lives will be saved. We hope you will publish this letter of gratitude. And please, Ann, tell your readers who have not yet sent for the free booklet that they may obtain one by getting in touch with their local unit of the American Cancer Society. It is listed in the phone book. Joseph Clark, Director of Press. DEAR MR. CLARK: Your letter made my day. Thanks 'or writing. DEAR ANN LANDERS: Please tell parents never to leave a child locked in a car because it is convenient. I would ike to recite three incidents which I witnessed this past sum- mer. A family from out of state left an 18-month-old child in a locked car while they enjoyed a tourist atlraction. The eraperature had risen to nearly 100 degrees. Inside the car t was at least twenty degrees hotter. The child was virtually She died a few hours later. The following week, as I was driving home, the car ahead )f me stopped suddenly to avoid hitting a youngster who was oddling across the street. (He was wearing only a diaper.) got out of my. car to help the astonished driver rescue the hild from the busy traffic. His mother came running toward s, hysterical. She had left the boy in a parked car while he went to make a telephone call. He had managed to get ut Several days later a family vacationing resort left a three-year-old boy in a station wagon. The child pulled the brake and the car rolled down the hill into the lake. The boy's father saw it just in time to grab a rock, break the rear window of the car and pull the child out seconds before the car sank in 40 feet of water. While two of these three incidents had happy endings, hundreds of children are killed or seriously injured because their parents were thoughtless. Do what you can to help these youngsters stay alive, Ann. J. H., Rapid City, S.D. DEAR J. w. H.: I'm printing your letter and THAT should help. Thanks for writing. I'd like to add that even though the incidents you related were summer-type, similar hazards exist in the winter as well. Alcohol is no shortcut to social success. If you think you have to drink to be accepted by your friends, get the facts. Read "Booze And You For Teen-Agers by Arm Landers. Send 35 cents in coin and a long, self addressed, envelope with your rcaucst. SAVE! SAVE! SAVE! BENEFIT SHOES COMMENCES THURSDAY 9 A.M. ALL SHOES TAKEN FROM REGULAR STOCK NOTHING CHANGED BUT THE PRICE B E N E F I T GOLD CROSS ONE LOW PRICE 14.95 PURSES H OFF RED CARPET TO CLEAR 14-95 9 A.M. SPECIALS GOLD KID SANDALS SILVER KID SANDALS Regular 32.00 SALE GOID KID SANDALS SILVER KID SANDALS BLACK VELVET SANDALS Regular 25.00 SALE ALL WINTER FOOTWEAR Men's, Women's, Children's_____OFF LA VALLEE Regular 21.95 up SALE U.95 UP POLAND CARTIER Regular 14.95 up SALE 9'95 ALL EVENING SHOES PRICED TO CLEAR SEE OUR PRICE PRKE TABU PRICE TEENERS' FLATS and CHUNKIES SALE UP BREVITT MOCCASINS You'll want teveral poir! of Ihesg ol this low, low price. Short Linei in Brown, Red and Blue Reg. 17.9S SALE 615 4th Ave. S. Phone 327-7300 8 E N E F S H 0 E S ;