Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
TtiMday, March 6, LCTHBRIDOE HERALD-17 Vows oust permissiveness Marriage gains popularity Golden anniversary Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Harty of Lethbridge celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family supper held at Sven Ericksen's Family Restauram. The couple were married at Sacred Heart Church in Groton and farmed in the area until 1957 when they retired and moved into the city. They have two daughters, Barbara King and Rose Foss, both of Foremost; and sons, Ben of Rumsey, Math of Foremost, Lawrence of Avonlea, Sask., and Frank of Foremost. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I am 23. My little brother is 12. Ever since this kid was born I have been an instant, non-paid babysitter. All through high school I had to miss things that were really important to me because I had to stay home with my little brother. My mother never missed a thing. Even when I was in college and working part- time, I had to sit on a moment's notice. Once I offered to pay a sitter so I could go to a homecoming dance. Mom said, "No. We never hired a sitter for you and you aren't going to hire one for him." grandmother was Mom's unpaid sitter in those days.) I've been married two years and I'm still sitting. Don't you think a boy in the seventh grade should be able to stay by himself an evening? I told my mother that if she could leave me with a baby when I was 11, a kid who is nearly 13 should be able to stay by himself. Her response: "You're a girl. That's different." What do you say? Had It Dear Had: Your mother started early to dominate you. Unfortunately you never grew up emotionally to the point where you could shake loose and be independent. You should have bailed out of that situation years ago. How about today? Ann Landers: Notice I am skipping the "dear." You have a lot of nerve devoting an entire column to catlovers, meat loaf recipes and morons who want to know if Scotsmen wear anything under their kilts. Don't you realize a lot of people need help with serious problems? For example, I am desperate for advice and it's been at least two weeks since I wrote to you. So far, my letter has not appeared in the paper. It's this couple. He's a home-town friend of my husband. They keep inviting themselves to our house for weekends. They have never invited us to theirs, nor have they ever written a thank-you note, sent a gift or brought anything. The wife is a lazy slob. She expects me to wait on her and I am sick of it My husband knows they are a strain on me and has agreed to do whatever I say. But I just can't seem to get up the nerve to tell them why I don't want WeelVhimsv them to visit us anymore. Can you help me? Scanton, Pa. Dear Scran: (Notice I'm calling you dear.) Sorry, I can't do a thing for you. You'll have to do it yourself. This advice is so old I'll have to shave it to repeat it. Here it is: It takes two people to create such a situation an insensitive clod, and a weak- livered sap. If you recognize yourself as one of the two, it's about time. Confidential to Where Was She was probably so busy with her church work that she couldn't find time to practice her religion. By SCOTT THORNTON GENEVA (Reuter) The institution of marriage is more popular than ever in Europe and is successfully riding the storm of modern permissive society, according to a survey by the United Na- tions, the World Health Or- ganization (WHO) and the Economic Commission for Europe More and more couples in both east and west Europe are heading for altars or registry offices, although increasing numbers are also regretting their marital vows, getting divorced and shying away from marriage, it said. The three international bod- ies reported that east Eu- ropeans are generally the keenest on marriage, that an increasing number of Scandi- navians appear to be living together before tying the ma- rital knot, and that the big- gest current boom in mar- riages is in the Soviet Union. UP IN BULGARIA Marriage is most common in Bulgaria where 73.7 per cent of women over 15 are wed. In Romania, just over 30 per cent of women considered least by the statis- spinsters. It is least favored in Fin- land and Austria, where only about 55 per cent of women over 15 settle down with a marriage partner, the survey revealed. Of the northern European countries only Sweden showed a decrease in the number of marriages per head of "eli- gible" women, while in the Netherlands the figure leaped from 78.3 per spinsters a year in the 1960s to 100.5 in the early 1970s. "There has been a contin- uous increase in the propor- tion of married women and a consequent decline in the single state in virtually all European countries" the re- port commented. ECE officials who released the report as background ma- terial to World Population Year in 1974, in advance of a fuller survey to be published by UN headquarters in New York next year, said that par- ticularly striking was the in- crease in the number of mar- riages in the Soviet Union. More than 70 per cent of Soviet females in the 18-48 age group were married, compared with about 55 per cent in the 1960s, they said. Europeans are getting the marriage bug at a younger age, too, the only exceptions being Bulgaria and Yugo- slavia where people had de- veloped this habit several decades ago. "It is interesting to note a distinct upward inflexion of the (chart) curves in Den- mark and Sweden in the mid- 1960s probably associated with the spreading practice among young people to cohabit without formal contract of the report said. Divorces are generally in- creasing, with the sharpest rises since 1960 in Eastern Europe, Norway, Finland, Britain and Belgium. In so- cialist countries, Denmark, Austria and Sweden, at least one in every seven women who marries now will end up divorced, the report stated. Around 1970 in the Soviet Union, where the divorce rate is also comparatively high, .more than twice as many women are being divorced than 10 years previously. "The divorce rates are largely a function of social legislation and the trends in Eastern Europe can be attrib- uted in the main to the rela- xation of the laws on di- the three organ- izations reported. Calendars The McNally Women of Unifarm will cater at the Bartlett auction to take place March 15. Members are asked to donate pies. The 4-H beef club will be selling gate signs, interested persons may contact Brian Murray. The Lethbridge Women's Institute will hold a sewing tea at the home of Mary Mahon, 940 14th St. S., at p.m. Wednesday. The Hi Neighbor Club will not hold a dance for this week only due to illness of instructor. Tickets for Kiss Me Kate, a musical production by the LCI, are now available at Leister's Music. The play will be staged March 20 through 23 at the Yates Memorial Centre. The Big Brother Association of Lethbridge and District will hold a regular meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of St. Michael's residence. All members and general public welcome to attend. Please note change of place. There will be a Christian Science testimony meeting held at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. City council of Beta Sigma Phi will hold the usual meeting tonight at 8. Friendship Lodge will hold a regular meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the IOOF Hall. Usual lunch. The Southern Alberta Gaited Horse Association will meet tonight at 8 at 315 7th St. S. All interested persons welcome to attend. The U of L Alumni Association will sponsor the spring fling March 15 at the Henderson Lake Golf Club, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. All former U of L students, honorary members and their guests welcome. Tickets available from the registrar's office or alumni members. Women join OTTAWA (CP) In 1969, there were women paid workers in the Canadian labor force. Of these, were union members. Women constituted 21.2 per cent of the total union membership. The proportion ranged from 56 per cent in the services industry to 0.5 per cent in the construction industry. Marks 90th birthday Mrs. Minnie Moffat was honored on the occasion of her 90th birthday with a tea and reception held for family and friends, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Graham. Mrs. Moffat was born in Spokane, moving to Southern Alberta and the Hussar district in 1918. She has five children, Eleanor Holroyd of Leth- bridge, John of Calgary, Loren of Spokane, Ann Scott of Montreal and Jerry of Winnipeg. Mrs. Moffat also has 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchlidren. She has been active in community affairs and in the Order of the Eastern Star, as an elder in the first United Church, a life member of UCW and taught Sunday school until she was 80 years old. Pork still requires thorough cooking CHICAGO (CP) Trichi- nosis, a serious illness con- tracted from infected pork, has declined dramatically in the last 25 years but the Journal of the American Medical Association says it still is advisable to cook pork thoroughly before eating. In its February issue, the magazine reports on two small outbreaks of the disease in New York among Thai immigrants who ate raw pork in foods popular in their native country. Swine in Thailand are free of the infection and the victims were unaware of the danger in the United States. The outbreaks in 1971 and 1973 affected 23 persons, all Thais. Most were seriously ill and one died. The article said 115 of trichinosis were reported in the U.S. in ]971, compared with a high of 393 in 1951. A federal regulation in 1953 requiring the cooking of garbage fed to swine started the decline. FOOT NOTES by JOE Joe GREEN'S SHOES Downtown on Sixth Street No. the Boss isn't going col- just wants to show off his shoes from JOE GREEN'S. CHARGFX master charge Olympic Lottery Canada DRAW JULY Sc.ifl your Child'sQuewitm w> Uispi Buy your tickets at banks, trust companies, caisses populaires, credit unions or retailers depending in which province you live. The 1st draw will be televised coast-to-coast live from Ottawa on April 15thr 1974.