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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - 1HI UTHMIDOI HIRAID - Tuwdoy, March SO, 1971 Your Horoscope By JEANE DIXON WEDNESDAY, MARCH II Your Birthday Today: Your success this year depends on your wits, your willingness to move ahead in spirit and physically. Today's natives are enterprising, self - assertive. Their vocational aptitudes lead them toward heavy equipment, heat, mass production operations, commercial development. ARIES (March 21-April 19): You are at some disadvantage for tune and energy. Your patience is the first thing to expire; take a break, size up the situation, then plunge back in and finish the job. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Information arrives in a belated rush; there is a pile-up of correspondence, budget-keeping, or travel arrangements. Do something to enrich your home life. GEMINI (May 21 - June 20): Circumstances are not quite what they seem at first glance - find an advantageous or experimental way of getting thru. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take the best of what is offered and be satisfied; close deals, settle accounts, retire longstanding obligations. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Today has a make-up-for-lost-time urgency; go at things as if they really were this simple. It works well for the time being. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): You receive special attention from others, for several different reasons. .Assume nothing and continue your program undisturbed. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Today deserves a steady, upbeat effort from you. Many outstanding matters can be completed to the satisfaction of all. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Much of what you bear is incomplete - wait for the full story, and while waiting, remember your previous opinions and commitments. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Existing schedules provide a necessary frame of reference. If you nave none, find out what the situation offers end make out a systematic program. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19): See that all wheels turn, being sure to take credit. The one thing to avoid is action taken before you're sure somebody else isn't already on the particular job. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Prepare for displacements and interruptions. Sometimes preparation serves-to prevent tht unwanted event. Restore equilibrium promptly. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Clear communications are more important than most other factors. If you achieve real under-1 standing, there's little problem. New chemical Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Randy Jones, age 11, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for his question: What is the nitrylotriacetate story? Sometimes a suggested cure is worse than the complaint - as in the nitrylotriacetate story. This new chemical was introduced to reduce a pollution problem - and promptly added some serious pollutions of its own. Most scientists now agree that we needed to know much more about the new chemical before it was released. Belated tests are exposing its long range effects on the environment and manufacturers agreed to stop using it. * * * This dirty laundry story started when detergents replaced old-fashioned soap. These lass costly synthetic chemicals are good cleaners and also useful in many industries. But their wastes polluted our waterways. What's more, they were poor biodegradables, slow to break down into safe chemicals that can be recycled through nature. As they accumulated, they added countless tons of phosphates to the environment. Phosphates trigger plant growth, especially among the scummy algae of quiet waters. Algae populations exploded and crowded out other life forms. When masses of these algae decay, they take oxygen from the water and their slimy, foul-smelling scum may be toxic. Fishes were suffocated! lakes died and our water supplies were contaminated. Detergent manufacturers frantic ally sought a substitute for the pollution - causing phosphates in their recipes. Nitrylotriacetate seemed a likely replacement and in 1970 this NTA ingredient was substituted for part of the phosphates in detergents. NTA washes the laundry, is cheap to make and is more biodegradable than phosphates. But too little was known about its long range effect on the environment. Some scientists cautioned that its unknown chemical behavior might cause trouble. They soon were proved right on at least three counts. NTA is a chemical base capable of forming salts with acids. Belated tests indicate that in large doses some of these compounds are hazard- The Friendly Staff MARTENS Invites You To Economize On Quality Foods: * * * Tide Detergent KING SIZE *f I BOX............. � WITH EVERY $10 ORDER ous to animal life, and perhaps fatal. NTA also is a chelating agent that sticks to metals. It may clog copper pipes and washing machines. In nature, it chelates with waste mercury and lab tests indicate that large doses of these compounds are fatal to rats and harmful to rat em-bryoes. A third factor was even more disappointing. As it degrades, NTA creates nitrates and some plants use 30 times more nitrates than phosphates. The NTA used to replace the detergent phosphates actually contributed to the algae pollution in our water supplies. Fortunately, nowadays everybody is alert to pollution hazards. The risky NTA was discarded before much harm was done. The disappointed detergent manufacturers are back with their search for a safe and suitable replacement for their phosphate ingredients. * *  Old-fashioned soap is not a pollutant, but our exploding population needs tons of cheaper, synthetic detergents. Some experts suggest that the hazardous phosphates can and should be reduced by sewage systems. But the additional process costs money. In the meantime, the discarded NTA is soon degraded by oxygen and sewage bacteria. However, it lingers in stagnant, oxygen-poor water, such as that in swamps and septic tanks. * * * Andy sends a World Book Atlas to Susan Mulligan, age 12, of St. John's, Newfoundland, for her question: What are the cinq ports of England? With two more letters, cinq becomes cinqu - the French word for five. The cinque ports of England date back to the Norman Conquest of 1066, when the conquerers attempted to impose their native French language on the British. The original idea was an agreement between the king and certain port cities facing the shores of France. In the 13th century, this was clarified in official charters. The towns involved were called cinque ports because there were five of them - Hastings, Komney, Hythe, Dover and Sandwich. The charters called for military and other assistance to the king in return for tax privileges and maritime courts with rights to bypass the admiralty courts. The plan must have worked well, because gradually more than a score of other cinque ports were added to the original five. Gradually, their important functions waned, though certain customs and privileges still survive. The powerful cinque port wardens of the past have become honorary offices. But cinque port courts still try maritime cases and retain certain salvage claims. Questions asKed by clnlrlrcn of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) Baby-ban suggested for genetic cripples LONDON (AP) - A prominent British physician says genetic cripples should be banned from having babies so they cannot spread their abnormalities. Dr. George Discombe, a former pathologist at a London hospital and now director of medical laboratories in Tehran, Iran, writes in the British Medical Journal: "We have always been prepared to provide care for cripples, but I do not think we should encourage, or enable, genetic cripples to multiply their kind and spread their genetic abnormality through the population." He says the money spent on treating such sufferers will steadily reduce the proportion of national income available for the care of other forma of illness. Discombe singles out hemophilia, a disease which prevents blood clotting, as an example. Treatment of each hemophilia victim costs Britain's National Health Service $7,200 a year, he writes. Although modern medicine could guarantee a sufferer a relatively normal and healthy life, "all his female children will be carriers, and half their male children will be born with hemophilia." He says the frequency of the disease could double in a single generation and quadruple in two. "What should we do? Shall we sterilize the hemophiliac male or his wife? Shall we await the later stages of pregnancy, abort all female foetuses and kill them if they are liable? Or should we refuse to treat such crippling disabilities?" Discombe's view touched off immediate protest. "The handicapped should be given every right to be normal citizens," Brig. George Chatter-ton, administrator of the Lady Hoare Trust for Thalidomide and Disabled Children, said today. "Who is going to Judge who should and who should not haw children?' The medical correspondent of the London Times praised Dr. Discombe's "brutally frank" manner, but suggested that eventually solution of the problem would need to be considerably less drastic, "Where the risk can be said to be high, an increasing number of married couples are seeking sterilization as a remedy," he said. "But always the choice is left to the couple..." LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D. War veteran, 86, likes to walk Dear Dr. Lamb - Your column, Walking Is Help in Losing Weight, intrigued me. >I am a veteran of many wars, totally disabled, almost blind, cannot drive, but I walk five miles a day. Many years ago I walked the greater part of England. One day in the estate of the great Lord Gladstone, I was walking through the Sherwood Forest of Robin Hood fame and happened to hear an interview by a newsman. "Gladstone, at your age, 84, to what do you attribute your physical appearance?" Gladstone replied, "I eat only when I am hungry, I chew every bite 42 times, then I go out and chop down a tree." I adopted! this and a few years later in Nova Scotia I chopped down trees for winter fuel. The 42 times stayed with me and 15 years later, a doctor in New York advocated this and it became known as Fletcherizong. Today I still masticate my food. My diet may interest you. For 30 years in the Far East islands, I lived as the natives lived. Today, I live as they lived. Fish, fowl, vegetables of variety, little meat, lamb when spring. I walk as I did in England 70 years ago, in Japan in 1908, in Hong Kong and in China. Your name, Lawrence brings memories. I knew Lawrence of Arabia, and at 86 I salute you. Dear Reader - Thank you for an. interesting letter. Despite some of your problems, your letter makes me think again of just what old age can mean. Your interest and ac- tivity points out how much fun the later years can be. Many people lead very active lives in later years. As a matter of fact, oldest - lived American, Sylvester Magee, was well at the age of 129 years. He also fathered a child at ago 100. Recently, a friend of mine, Dr. Crawford Adams of Nashville, reminded me of Thomas Parr who died in England to 1635 when he was 152 years old. Parr fell in love again at the age of 102, fathered  child and at age 120 he married for a second time. He still labored vigorously past the age of 130, He lived a simple life and worked regularly. In his last years, because of the fame his age brought him, he was given a greater abundance in life and was free of work, which may well have something to do with his demise at age 152. We have a lot to learn yet about how long a healthy life can be maintained. � * � Dear Dr. Lamb - I was delighted to read that you approve of bicycling wholeheartedly. I would like to know, however, if bicycling can cause prostate problems. Dear Reader - I hope not. I ride mine almost every day. New stamps OTTAWA (CP) - Two six-cent commemorative stamps, honoring political reformer Louis Joseph Papineau and explorer Samuel Hearne, will be issued May 7, the Canada Post Office announced here. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN I* 1WI� �i TIM CNM0 TrtWMl Neither vulnerable. East deals. NORTH * QJS64 V Void O AKQI3 *A104 WEST EAST 4.753 42 VAKJltBZ