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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE UIHBRIDOt HIRAIO Uatdrllitt 30, Adks2-, "WHAT WILL VALERIE'S ANSWER en? the question not only is what Valerie D. will reply lo the proposal of Lee H., but how she'll get up there to say yes or no. The bill- board proposal has just gone up near Disneyland in Anaheim, Cal., just off the inbound Santa Ana freeway where motorists are wo iting with bated breath for the next chapter in an anonymous 'ove affair. HOLIDAY SPECIAL 12" RCA VI Wooclrjrain Cabinet VHP and UHF Tuner. Twin Di-Polc. 7p rlear rs 324 13 St. North Phone 328-4441 Composer dies HOLLYWOOD (AP) Max S'leiner, S3, an Academy Award-winning composer of i dozens nf movie scores, died i Tuesday. i A native of Vienna, Steiner was trained as a pianist and I conductor. He began writing i movie music in 1920. j Steiner won an Oscar in 1SM4 for the score of Since You Went j Away. The films for which he com- posed scores include The Caine I Mutiny, The Informer, Life With Father. The Treasure of the j Sierra Madrc, Johnny Belinda, Battle Cry and Come Next i Spring. crme. More murders and muggings than ever llv I'l'ITKIl HUt'KI.EY WASHINGTON (CP) It was a year in which college ui.'ren't shot at Kent .Stair University, Watts and Harlem didn't burn, lire presi- dent wasn't assassinated, the Pentagon wasn't stormed. In there were few of the spectacular crimes and mass outpourings of discon- tent which overshadowed ear- lier years in the United States! But when the final crime figures for 1971 come out of J. Edgar Hoover's FBI office, they are expected to snow that more Americans were murdered and mugged titan ever and that their property was stolen in record quantities. In I'JTl, when President Richard Nixon and a host of other politicians appeal for election, the volcrs arc likely to remember Hint their streets were no safer, "Law and order" may still a seductive slogan, and a Su- preme Court newly woighted with Nixon conservatives may give tough Inxv-enforccmenl a fresh prestige. RADICALS SUBSIDE One of the most significant currents of American public life which became manifest in the last year was the some would say tire radical movement. If not fully dead, it was at least moribund. And the pattern seemed the same the world over. Singer, poet win prizes OTTAWA (CP) Maureen Forrester, poet Rina Lasnier and film-maker Nor- man McLaren have each won this year's Molson prizes for cultural achievement, the Canada Council announced Tuesday. The prizes, given annually since IOCS for outstanding con- tributions to the arts, humani- ties or social sciences, or to na- tional unity, will be presented officially at a ceremony here next March. Miss Forrester. 41. of Mont- real, internationally-known con- tralto concert artist, received tJie Order of Canada decoration in 1967. She is married to Cana- dian violinist Eugene Kash and has five children. Miss Lasnier, 56, born in St. Gregoire, Que. near Montreal, was chosen for her contribution to Quebec poetry. She has writ- ten a number of collections. The most recent is La Salle des I Revas, published this year. Mr. McLaren, 57, a native of i Scotland and a National Film j Board has won a number of awards for his films. smiiinc CHLL FOR 'LHBHTT'S I Christmas tree sales disappointing EDMONTON (CP) Vendors of Christmas trees in Ihe city celebrated a bleak holiday, a veUran of the seasonal trade said today. Paul Shypitka, estimated that at least one-quarter of the firs, jack pines, scotch pines and ponderosa pines he brought into Edmonton this year were unsold by closing time Chr'lit- mas Eve on his various lots. He feels his lots die' better than most. Of an estimated 200.OM trees offered for sale this Christmas in the area, he believes tint at least half never found a home and now are being called to an incinerator. The problem. Mr. Shypitka said in an interview, is the pop- ularity of artificial trees com- bined with a cold snap in the peak selling period 10 days be- fore Christmas. This led customers to settle for an artificial tree rather than "fighting the elements to choose a real one.'' in addition, there were- just loo many trees for sale, he said. "There's going lo have to IN some sort of control on licens- ing tree vendors. They should report to the city after the sea- son on how many trees they imported and how many were left. This information could be used the following year in de- ciding licences." He said the price of trees is "not necessarily a factor" in the declining sales. "I heard some lots charged too much. But a department store offering trees at 93 cents to still had plenty of trees left." Mr. Shypitka said his lots charged 'about a foot for scotch pine and about in total for a seven-foot fir. Anti-war demonstrations in the tl.S. reached a fitful peak in in May, then all but submerged from view. Jlany of Ihe leaders dropped out. Others turned "respecta- ble" and decided to work wilhin the system. Suil! others notably the priest-brothers, Daniel and Philip in jail. To the anti-draft activ- ities which put them in prison, there were added charges of conspiring to kidnap presi- dential adviser Henry Kis- singer against Daniel Berri- gan and seven other Roman Catholic militants. The black radical move- ment was in no better shape. by internal dissent and arrests, their recruiting at a standstill in the apparently dispirited Negro community, the Black Panthers ceased to be a significant force. KEPT IN JAIL Among the most prominent black militants, lecturer An- gela Davis remained in jail all year awaiting trial for murder conspiracy, H. Rap Brown was wounded by poice in a New York holdup at- tempt, George Jackson was gunned down to an alleged es- cape attempt at San Quentin prison, and Huey Newton had his third mistrial for shooting a policeman four years ago. Only Panther chairman Bobby Seale among the lead- ers was free and active, lie was released from custody when a jury in New Haven, Conn., could not decide after a prolonged trial whether he was guilty of slaying an al- leged police informer. The United Slates war on narcotics was stepped up sig- nificantly in 1971. C o n g i ess appropriated funds for treatment clinics and enforcement. Custom au- thorities multiplied their sei- zures many times over and the U.S. expanded its reach against growers and ''pipe- lines" in France, Turkey and Southeast Asia. But drug squad police re- ported few-significant changes in street surest in- dication that the supply of narcotics was basically unhin- dered. There seemed to he truth still in comedian-activist Dick Gregory's standard question: If any 14-year-old from the ghetto can get any drug he wants on any street corner, how come the cops can't find the pushers? There were also some nota- ble prison disturbances in 1971, reviving the oft-repealed calls for penal reform and new ideas about rehabilita- tion. There was widespread shock when a riot at Attica in upstate New York left 43 dead all of them, includ- ing hostages, apparently killed by "rescue" forces sent inlo Ihe lo rcsloro order. Over all, however, the most Hpnifir.'inl fads about crime in the I'nilcd .Slates remained the same in many city .streets were a playground for thieves and killers after Unit giuis continued to proliferate, that crime statis- tics maintained their stubborn climb. And no one pretended to know cither how to slop it