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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Coping tvilh ihc, Parole means freedom to do what? EDITOR'S NOTE: The au- thor was paroled from I li c California Correctional insti- tute at Tehachapi in Novem- ber of 1972. He is 31 years old and has spent 13 of those years in various maximum security penitentiaries. Here lie describes liis new life on the By GENK HEHIUNGTON BAKERSF1ELD, Calif. (NBA) After spending 13 years of my life behind pris- on bars, I find coping with free world society quite con- fusing. When I was released from state prison on parole last Thanksgiving Day, I felt joy and elation wilh my new free- dom. Although I had no job to go to, I had hoped to be al- tending Bakersfield College as a full-time student under the GI Bill In February. As things turned out, I see now where this idea was not very realistic for someone like myself. I have no rela- tives to live with and nobody to pay the rent or food bills. Lucky QUALITY DRY CLEANING BY THE LOAD 8 IB. (NORMAL GARMENTS) PRE-SPOTTED AND AFTER-SPOTTED BY OUR ATTENDANT FAST SERVICE -USUALLY IVi HOURS -NO NEED TO WAIT -LEAVE YOUR LOAD WITH US DO IT FOR YOU AND HANG It UP -CAIL BACK LATER INDIVIDUALITY YOUR LOAD IS DONE IN ITS OWN DRY CLEANER Parkside Coin-Op Laundry Dry Clean Ltd. FIRST IN LETHBRIDGE WITH COIN-OP DRY CLEANING 2634 South Parkside Drive For Furlher Information Phone 327-0811 p.m. WEEKDAYS p.m. SAT. 1 was lucky to find tempo- rary work in an almost pack- ing hoiise as soon as I got out. This kept me going un- til Christmas. However, once that job ended, and I couldn't find anything else to do, I into a state of mental depression. I am healthy and want to work, yet society has notliing for me to do! Many prospec- tive employers have rejected my applications because of my police record. To add to the financial bur- den, I caught the "London" flu and had to spend time at the county hospital Jor treat- ment und medication. Since I am "probably the first felon to be initialed into the Knights of Columbus, the Bakersfield Council was kind enough to lend me to purchase a pickup truck so I could get around town. Getting insurance was hard with a felony record, but eventually a broker found a company that would take me at an added monthly pre- mium. Emotions It wasn't just financial problems which I had to learn to handle, but also the emotional adjustments neces- sary to survive. Quile naturally I fell pas- sionately in love with the first girl who gave me any atten- tion after half a decade in a world without women. I dreamed of her day and night. If she wasn't actually with me in pel-son, she was in my fantasies. Whether I was at work, at home, or anywhere, she would be there with in my imagination.' Unfortunately, the affair lasted but three weeks and I had to learn by experience that sometimes grown men do cry. The hurt from it all lias made me wary of form- ing any deep, personal rela- tionships again for awhile. In prison one can steel him- self against possible physical assault. I have been beat, cut, shot and had bones bro- ken by both police officials and prisoners, and learned how to survive by not gel- ting personally involved. I coulJ see a fellow inmate or u guard slabbed to death and walk away from it with- out gelling upset in the least. Sensitive Oulside, however, I find myself sensitive to the slight- est feeling of rejection (whe- ther real, or imagined) and am seared to death to lei go and love. Adjusting to a niale- female world, as opposed to an all-male world, is a diffi- cult thing. Although I am sick and tired of being locked up and having nothing, and being de- humanized by the prison sys- tem, if it were not for the moral support of my parole agent, a newspaper editor, a priest, a school principal, and a couple of girl friends I question whether I would still be a free man today. I've been so scared and lonely at limes 1 don' see how I ever survived this locig, but somehow I have. I couldn't have done it alone. I went to prison at the age of in, was released when I was 23, stayed free three wecfcs, and was returned for another five-year sentence. At that time 1 was too proud to accept charity, too immature to set proper value on anything, and too hitler to respect anything or anybody. When I was almost broke, I spent my last. 20-dollar bill on a "Saturday Night Spe- cial" (.22-caliber and set out lo take what I felt the world owed me for all the years of suffering and humil- iations the prison system put me through. I didn't get far, though, be- cause within 24 hours of my first holdup I was caught and on the way back again. Resentment Today I still feel little re- sentments. I can't vole and to me this is an archaic, ex- Irajudicial punishment which should have no bearing on the chances of my ever re- turning to a life of crime. I can't get married, buy a car, purchase property, or leave the country without permission from state offi- cials. I'm somehow scratch- ing oul a daily existence through little, temporary and part-time jobs I've been get- ting through the state em- ployment agency. My revised plans include full time employment as soon as I can find it, and at- tendance as a part time stu- dent in the evening division of Bakersfield College where I'll be majoring in journal- Saturdny, March 10, 1973 THt LETHBRIDG! HERAID 31 Soviet consumer council gears to improve quality By DONAIII ARMOUR MOSCOW (Reuter) A Soviet consumers council has started to ensure that coffee is not sold as fertilizer and that unsold clothes do not pile up to the over-all value of five billion rubles billion) as hap- pened last year. The Soviet consumer is a long-suffering soul. Apart from the general absence of such luxuries as cars, West- ern-style clothes and stylish furniture, he or she has difii-' cultics in finding all sorts of ordinary tilings such as china, camera film, gloves or blan- kets. One reason is that state-run industry is geared heavily to producing capital goods rather than consumer wares. Another is the chaos that often rcgns in the wholesale and retail trade, leading to bottlenecks and queues. The new consumer research council aims to work on in- creasing the production and quality of consumer goods and ensuring smoother distribu- tion. 5 GALLONS of GAS wilh either of these services COMPLETE LUBRICATION OIL CHANGE FILTER CHASSIS LUBE FRONT END ALIGNMENT End shimmy Stop tire wear Do it now. lot us quote you on a wheef balance tool THIS OFFER EFHCTIVE MARCH 12th THRU ?4th ONLY BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE COLUMNISTS NOTEBOOK SERVICE DEPARTMENT 2nd AVE. and 8th ST. 5. PHONE 3J8-1101 By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: United States women have been lightening their clothes burden for years. Arc they now heading for a stocking- less era? A recent survey found that 82 per cent didn't mind going outside the home without stockings. And 71 per cent said they now felt free to go oul without putting on makeup. The place on earth where carpenters are most spoiled is among the Dorze people of Ethiopia. They believe their bamboo-and-lhatch homes are built better if the builders are well-fed. So, in addition to paying the craftsmen, they ply them with native food del- icacies. Mothers, if your children like to blow soap bubbles, you might do well to prepare the soap solution for them at home yourself. A study by a New Jersey medical research team of H different commer- cial soap bubble solutions found that all were contami- nated by potentially harmful bacteria. GALAXIES GALLOP Our whizzing universe: You are a bigger speed demon than you know. You may walk at only three or four miles an hour and hesitate to drive faster than 60 miles an hour. But the earth is whizzing you around on its axis at miles an hour. It is also jour- neying round the sun at miles an hour, the sun and all its planets are wheeling around the llilky Way at 000 miles an h o u r, and the Milky Way is wheeling through a cluster of other gal- axies at about miles an hour. That isn't all. This vast group of galaxies, includ- ing the Milky Way, is esti- mated by scientists to be moving away from the hub of the entire universe at about miles an hour. So r c 1 a x, man, what's your hurry? Worth remembering: "Luck is usually a four-letter word spelled w-o-r-k." Health in dreams: If you say you don't dream, you're either mistaken or may be in for a bad time emotionally. Scientist now tend to believe dreams help keep you stable mentally. The average person dreams about a fifth of tlw time he's asleep in episodes from 45 lo 90 minutes apart. Nature nf.es: can be seen at night, but they are lunar rainbows not solar rainbows. A strong win- ter wind and sandstorm which blew into Los Angeles from the desert in the winter of 1933 left in gold dust and in silver dust on the city's streets and homes. The Amazon river, as it flows through Brazil, increases its width from one mile to f50 miles as it enters the ocean. It was Benjamin Franklin who observed. "He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals." It is trying to pinpoint de- mand in four broad food, clothing, leisure items and household goods. It will draw on market re- search organizations and aims to encourage distributors to direct the right Items to where they arc needed most. Not that this will be tlto year of the Soviet consumer. Despite an over-all govern- ment committee to improve Jiving standards by the mid- 1970s, 1973 will be an austere time following serious in- dustrial difficultires last year. A new magazine issued by the consumer council called Commercial Herald is being used to police industry and trade, checking on when new goods actually go into produc- tion, and if not, why not. It lists such shortcomings as lack of doorlocks, clothes brushes and spades in the central Asian Soviet republic of Tadzhikistan because the republic does not produce these items and only orders them from distant parts in a desultory fashion. Other examples of misman- agement and chaotic distribu- tion last year included the consignment of coffee that turned up at a collective farm labelled fertilizer, ttie day all the beer ran out at Ivanovo City, and the forgotten train- load of cabbages which rotted in a siding at Volgograd in a year when there was a cab- bage shortage. In the republic of Kazakh- stan, 38 per cent of the un- sold, shop-soiled clothing has been in shops since before INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. ESTABLISHED 1911 lower Floor 517 4lh Avt. 1 Phone 327-J541 FEEDERS FARMERS WELDERS HANDYMEN HOMEOWNERS We carry a complete stock of STEEL IN FIATS ANGLES CHANNELS BEAMS WIDE FLANGES RAILS ROUNDS SQUARES PLATES SHEETS RECTANGULAR AND SQUARE TUBING REINFORCING STEEL WIRE MESH PIPE GALORE FOR FENCE POSTS _ CLOTHESLINE POLES CARPORT COLUMNS OR FOR ANY OTHER USE YOU MAY HAVE. TONS TO CHOOSE FROM Bring in your truck and load up at bargain prices also deliver locally Bring in yocr icrap sleel tail iron batteries copper brail and the belt trade value ever We alia pay caiht VARZARI IRON LTD. STEEL YARD LOCATION 2808 2nd Ave. N. SCRAP LOCATION 3402 2nd Ave. N. Turns in crown SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Reuter) _ The black beauty queen of Utah turned in her crown yesterday, charging that the Miss Black American Beauty pageant was just an other way of exploiting black women. Denise Capel, 19, a pre- medical student at University of Utah, said the National pageant exploited black women for "power.publicily and profit." his style old style He opened up the north with baling wire, canvas and maybe the thought of Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner waiting when he made it back home. Alberta's original Pilsner has logged a lot of miles and quenched a lot of thirsts in nearly fifty years; and it tastes as good today as it did way-back-when. Slow-brewed and naturally aged for men who appreciate the down-to-earth flavour of an honest, old-time beer; Try it, TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIOSE ;