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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 20, 1970 THE IETHBKIDGE HEAAIO 17 Discussion Groups Spring Up If Parents Won't Help, Who Will? By TOM TIEDE WASHINGTON (KEA) years knowledgeable re- in lira area of nar- cotics abuse have predicted (1) parents would one day sud- denly discover Iheir sons and daughters involved; and (2) when they did, they would likely panic and lake heavy-handed steps lo slop Ihc threat. And now it has come to pass. In recent months parental citizen's groups have organ- ized across the n a t i o n. Stun- ned that Johnny is taking pot, confused because he seems to tnjoy it, they have hastily de- manded a series of solutions that range from giving regular urine (drug detection) tests in high schools to purging all psy- chedelic, literature and staif from the educa- tion system. lii Morris County, N.J, for eiample, where 800 drug ar rests were made last year, on irate parent has proposed: "Search the kids' lockers, give them saliva tests, escoit them o and from lunch. Anything. We have a nightmare here and we have to take some dras- ic steps to save these kids." Such tactics, of course, mil not work. Dr. Robert Petersen is with the government's Center for Studies of Narcotics and Drug Abuse. Says he: "In the first place, saliva and urine tesls taken by the majority of the won't work. In the second place, f parents think they are going :o stop drugs simply by police- state methods, they may end up finding they are not only missing the problem, they are coming part of the problem. "One sure way a parent can eep his kid on drugs, or even l him more involved with lard drugs, is to attack the prob- lem with a big stick. Run schools and homes like jails. Pry into kids' pockets. Make big threats. Almost surely, then, they will drive their children even farther away." Petersen, whose agency dis- tributes tons of narcotics liter- ature to requesting organiza- tions, says he is not opposed to the proliferation ot parental groups concerned with youth- ful drug use. The first thing for such groups to realize, he says, is that "Kids aren't the only ones who like drugs. Big people do, too. Alcohol, cigarettes, sleep- ing pills these things are 1970 HAIRSTYLE-Model Mary Johnson wean the 1970 hairstyle created by Charles Booth of Montreal, The style depends on meticulous scissor-cuHrng and, offer shampoo- ing, is blown dry with a hand dryer then polished with a curling iron. For girls without a hint of natural curl, o body permanent might be necessary for the soft ripples which to a long point touching the collar bone. We are, in fact, a ug-oriented society." The d.oc- r suggests parent groups 'oid these pitfalls: Don't panic. Many lads ry drugs, but few are addict- 1 to them. The evidence is lungsters are not on the road Sodom and Gomorrah. The rug worry is valid, but the re- archer believes that tact and Ann Landers understanding are a far more aluable defense against addic- ion than an excited wide-open mouth. Avoid scare tactics. Peter- en insists that kids know that 'marijuana wUl not make them tcrile, blirxi them, or send tiem to an early grave." So elling them so is counter-pro- uetive. The doctor believes par- nts rr.ust be well informed of he facts which include the armless as well as the harm- ul effects of drugs and should use "facts only" in dis- ussions and dealings. Never stereotype the young iociely. A boy who deviates rom what his father did at he same age, says Dr. Peter- en is not necessarily a bum. ill long haired males are rot Tippies. All marijuana-smoking "em ales are not nymphoman- acs. And communicate instead of alienate. Dr. Petersen feels that parental meetings with- out youthful participation solve nothing. He believes kids must x listened to. And as for other don'Is, there is a final one worth noting: "Don't bo says Dr. Petersen. "Parent groups never get results overnight. The drug problem among kids is loo deep. It's enormously complex. The thing to do is just to keep trying. The par- ents, I mean. "Keep trying. Because, let's face it, when all is said ar.d done, if the parents don't help the kids today, wfco DEAR ANN LANDERS: I just received a phone call that upset me so I can't do my housework. A former neighbor whom we haven't seen in months telephoned to say her hus- band had surgery last week and "it doesn't look good." Then she added almost in the same breath "I'd like Horace to be a pallbearer." I thought perhaps I hadn't heard her correctly so I asked, "Is your husband still er a with She answered, "Oh jcs, but I'm a person who likes to get things settled in advance. If I get the pallbearers lined up DOW it will be one less thing to do when the times comes." Then she said, "I look awful In black. Would it be. all right if I wore a green I told her I thought it would be all right but I suggested that the talk to her clergyman. When Horace came home I him about the call and he was just as dumbfounded as I. He is reluctant to call her back and agree to serve as pallbearer for a man who is still living. What do you make of this? What should Horace do? DEAR KNOX: The poor woman probably doesn't have the best judgment to begin with. Add that problem to the anxiety of having a very sick husband and you have a sadly confused lady. Horace should return the call to express sympathy. If she brings up the pallbearer subject, he should say, "Let's talk about that when the time comes." FOR VALUE PRICES AVERAGE THIRTY Residents of Bratsk, Siberia, average about 30 years of age. Ask About The NEW INVISIBLE MULTIFOCAL LENS (MULTILUX) Locks The Glamor PORT ELIZABETH, South Af- rica (AP) Under pressure from clergymen, a local motor club changed the name and ground rules of its beauty con- test. What was the "Miss Mini" contest now is the "Miss Motor" compeli lion for girls clad in slacks and jackets. DINNER MENUS Easter tomei, bo prepared with a meal that taslei like sprjnglfme. Margo Olivsr'i Good Food feature in Weekend Magazine ihTs Saturday Hoi an entire menu lo help you plan Easier dinner. .IN YOUR UTHBRIDGE HERAID WEEKEND THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes "I wish you'd turn a headlines era curdling the When youte smiling call for labatt's Blue' cad fa a 'Blue1 THE TRUE-BLUE FRIENDLY BEER DEAR ANN LANDERS: After II years of marriage to a nice, quiet, uninteresting man, 1 fell madly in love for the very first time. My lover was married to a com- plaining social climber with money. Warren and I made beautiful music together. He said I was the most exciting woman in the world and he had to have me all to himself, so I filed for divorce. I was sure Warren would also get a divorce and marry me. I'm ashamed to tell you this part, Ann, but I gave up custody of my two little girls. It was the only way 1 could get free. Now it's four years later and I have just been told "it's over." It seems Warren's kids have had a talk with him. Then there's this problem with Warren's mother. She is Catholic and has a weak heart. My ex-husband has remarried. My little girls like their stepmother better than they like me so I've slopped seeing them. Warren has ruined rny life. Can I sue him for breach of promise? Even if I don't win anything, I will at least have the satisfaction of blackening his name. Please advise. -Jilted Jill DEAR JILL: Forget about blackening his name. People who sling mud always manage to get some of it on them- selves. Most states d'on't honor breach of promise suits any more and even if your state did I wouldn't recommend such action. My advico is to get out of town and make tew life for yourself. Too many couples go from matrimony to acrimony. Don't let your marriage flop before it gels started, Send for Ann Landers' booklet, "Marriage What To Expect." Send your request to Ann Landers in care of Tha Herald, Box 670, enclosing 50 cents in coin and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Ann Landers will be glad to help you with your problems. Send them to her in care of The Herald, Bra 670, enclosing a self-addressed, stamped envelope. GRAPEFRUIT BANANAS Golden Yellow 61 .00 SHERBET CRYSTAL assorted tubs COFFEE NABOB bag i .89 EGGS GRADE A MEDIUM ALBERTA GOLD CREAMED SUN RYPE, APPLE BLUE LABEL 48-oz. tin TOMATOES NABOB, PANCAKE 54-01. carton KING SIZE DEMISE Available In Bfock Crinfcle Patent. DENNIS Available In Buttmoft Ion coif with block polent frim, PROMENADE Avsilubfo Tn While or bone crushed coif ANNE Available In White or bone truihed talf other to thowe (rom OPEN THUDS. PHONE 328-1751 FOR FREE DELIVERY 615 4th Avenue 5. Phone 327-7300 ;