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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ann Landers Ms. LANDERS: I am send- ing you a copy of my recent letter to the editor of the Miami Herald in which I take exception to a column you wrote dealing with homosexu- ality. You said homo- sexuality is unnatural. It is, in spite of what some psy- chiatrists say, a sickness a dysfunction." I told the editor that I am a member of Miami's gay population and I do not read the Herald for the purposs of finding myself (and 20 mil- lion of my sisters and broth- ers in the United States) re- ferred to as "unnatural, sick or dysfunctional.' I feel you owe the gay community here an apology. Such blatant use of the language would not be tolerated by members of other minority groups. I find no reason why we should ac- cept it. The homosexual who wrote to you (he signed himself bemoaned the fact that he and his lover could not hold hands in public, or dance together, or kiss if they felt like it. He pointed out what the world needs is more love any kind of love. Your shallow reply allowed as how the world wasn't ready for THAT sort of thing becaus-3 "it doesn't'1 fit into our cul- tural or some such nonsense. Apparently you're living in DEAR ANN LANDERS: My steady and I are both 17 and have gone together for two years. We get along great most of the time, but when we fight it's horrible. We both have hot tempers and we end up hitting each ether. (Usually I hit him first.) I've had some pretty ugly black and blue marks from where he punched me. Once I dislocated his jaw. We want to be married when we get out of school. I'm taking typing and shorthand so I can hold a good job and DEAR ANN LANDERS: I am stuck on the horns of a dilemma. Mom suggested that since I cannot decide (she refuses to get involved) that I write to Ann Landers. I am. Four months ago I was asked to be a bridesmaid. I was honored because no one had ever asked me to be in a wedding party before. The dresses the bride selected were sort of cute, but def- initely and not usable for any other occa- sion. My dress cost I a sheltered environment, Ann Landers. My lover and I hold hands and kiss in public all the time.. But it must be done naturally, without shame or spectacle. What could ba more natural than two peo- ple in love holding hands and kissing? C. A. L., Miami Sexual Identity Crisis Centre DEAR C.A.L.: From the day that column appeared in print I've been swamped with letters the likes of which I haven't seen since I printed my Omaha sister's meat loaf recipe. The mail ran the gamut, from soft spoken requests that I rethink my position to hysterical obscenities and threats. I have re-thought my posi- tion and I believe my origin- al conclusion is correct. Homosexuality is unnatural. Individuals who prefer mem- bers of their own gender as sex partners are sick. I noted your organization's motto at the bottom of the stationery: "A place for Hearing, Helping and Heal- ing." Hearing and helping are noble goals and I have deep respect for what you are try- ing to accomplish. But that word "healing" caught my eye Healing, according to the dictionary, means make whole, to make sound to restore to health." Thank you for writing. help put him through voca- tional school. But I worry about the fights. He says we won't have any fights after we are married because all our problems will be solved. What do you think? Mike's Kitten DEAR KITTEN: I think when you are married you will fight and hit each other even more because there will be irritation from new prob- lems that are bound to come up when people live togeth- er. Lots of luck. You'll need it. paid for it myself. The wedding was called off two weeks ago. Nothing was said about reimbursing us for the gowns. Three other girls were also stuck. Do you think this is fair? What should we Pickle DEAR PICKLE: I think you girls should be reim- bursed for the dresses, But I doubt that you will be or you would have been so advised by now. It doesn't hurt to raise the question, however, and I suggest that you do so letter. Neighborhood dance class evolves into cultural centre By DANIEL Q. HANEY BOSTON (AP) A 23- year-old dance class for neighborhood children has ri evolved into a multi-million- dollar cultural arts school. It blends Shakespeare, Mozart f and ballet with drums, soul and tribal dances. Five hundred youngsters learn culture in the atmos- phere of a conservatory two blocks from Blue Hill Avenue which stretches through one of the highest crime neighbor- hoods of the city. Inside, students rush from courses in opera to costume making. Some play African drums; others study the vio- lin. There is music theory and sculpture, painting, orchestra and plays. The Ehna Lewis School of Fine Arts has grown into a centre of learning for people off the streets as the streets themselves degenerate into crime and poverty. The school is the work of its director, founder and name- sake, a stout little woman who says black pride is nothing new; she has had it and taught it for years. Miss Lewis teaches children of the ghetto in a former syn- agogue building. "W e celebrate ourselves she said. "In Western civilization, black people are called upon to celebrate everyone but themselves.'' The children, mostly in their early teens, take 13 hours of classes a week. They go after school, all day Satur- day and a few hours Sunday. Those who attend must take at least two courses a week in of the five c.-a.na, music, art, dance and costuming. Everyone learns to play at least two musical instruments. The school is 90 per cent black, reflecting the neighbor- hood around it. But it is open to all, Miss Lewis said. The waiting list is one year long. "We are an extended fam- Miss Lewis said. "The parents know that once the student gets to the door, that's our child. They've lost their jurisdiction. Sometimes we spank, and sometimes we love." The school depends primar- ily on grants. Its million annual budget includes money from education contracts with the city school system, funds earned from performances and, to a small extent, from tuitions. PAYMENTS OPTIONAL The a month tuition pay- ments are optional. The poor don't have to pay, and most people don't. All of the school's 12 teach- ers, 9 of them full-time, are paid. "We can't run a quality in- stitution with Miss Lewis said. "And any- way, why should poor people be asked to volunteer? They can't afford it. They have to earn money to eat. The teaching staff is large, enabling classes to be small and personal, but there are no secretaries or janitors. Stu- dents do those chores. The Elma Lewis School will turn 10 per cent of its pupils into professionals, Miss Lewis said, but that is not the school's central accomplish- ment in the eyes of its foun- der. "All these people will be she said, "and that is what's most impor- tant." Ducky dip Evelyn Fanning, 17, prepares a bath fit for even the most regal of woodducks. The duck broke a wing re- cently when, she flew into a boat in the backyard of a surburban Burnc-by home. The injury is mending nicely. Poultry preparation differs from methods used years ago OTTAWA (CP) At a time when the price of protein from four-legged animals is busting the budgets of many shoppers, penny-wise consum- ers are looking to two-legged Not that the birds have been immune to the general rise of food prices. Poultry prices have climbed by 18.5 per cent in a smaller increase than pork, but a higher rate of advance than beef. In the last decade, however, poultry prices have advanced by a smaller percentage than other two per cent compared with 3.6 per cent for all meats, the con- sumer price index shows. But in that same period, poultry sold in the shop has altered so it needs different treatment, says Marie Slusar, home economist with the food advisory services of the fed- eral agriculture department. Take turkey, now that it's not the high-priced Christmas or Thanksgiving seasons. Your roasting timetables may bo out of dale, Mrs. Slusar says. Oven times in older cook- books applied to good old, tasty free-ranging turkeys, those which ran free in the barnyard and grew naturally. Nowadays, most turkeys in supermarket freezers have been bred and raised by fac- tory methods, strictly con- fined and force-fed to get to market fast. Further, they have been in- jected in breast or legs or both with butter or vegetable oil to make them more plump, succulent and marketable. UteeWhimsy Tfc Maitey Calhoun receives the original art for his Wpe Whimsv. Send vours TO this paper. After a long series of exper- iments, Mrs. Slusar has come up with a new list of roasting times for big one, at least. Traditionally oven times for an eight-pounder are okay today, but modern 16- pounders need 15 minutes lass than traditionally, 20-pounders almost two hours less. She proposes, at an oven temperature of 325 degrees, 3% to 4V2 hours for an eight- pound bird, 5% to 6 hours for a 16-pounder, 5% to 6% hours for a 20-pounder. Other discoveries in the tur- key tests: about 40 per cent of what you pay for in a turkey by pound is edible. A 20-pound turkey produces only eight pounds of meat, exclusive of skin, giblets and neck. loss in cooking is about 24 per cent and thawing a frozen bird before that re- duces the weight by anywhere from one to four per cent. avid out of town The 2nd Lethbridge Group Rangers were among those winners of the Girl Guides of Canada, Alberta Council, an- nual sing-off held recently in Calgary. Approximately 165 Brownies, Guides, Rangers and leaders from Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge took part in the ev- ent. Other winners of the Helen Schlosser Trophies were the 199th Calgary Pack Brownies and the 55th Calgary Company Guides. f The Conservative Ladies' As- sociation will hold a wild ros tea Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Family YMCA. There will be a bake table. Ev- eryone welcome. EAT LESS MEAT TEL AVIV (AP) Finance Minister Pinhas Saphir urged Israelis to eat less meat be- cause of the rise in world prices. Israel imports most of its beef, Saphir said. SEE THE AMAZING 4-WAY VORWERK The cleaner that will revolutionize house cleaning FA1RFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-6070 Friday, May 11, 1973 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD 21 Women more prone to mental illness VICTORIA (CP) There are more womsn admitted to mental institutions than men, at least at the Eric Martin In- stitute, a major British Col- umbia psychiatric treatment centre. Why? Dr. Ian Kenning, head of the division of psychiatry, has been mulling over the ques- tion. "I frankly don't know what the real reasons are; I just have my own ideas." He thinks there may be a large number of factors which act in combination. Part of the explanation may be becaise jails are populated mainly by men. Men are consistently in more difficulty with the law in many ways, from traffic of- fences to acts of aggression, he noted. Perhaps women were more honest in recognizing emo- tional problems and asking for help, Dr. Kenning said. "Little boys don't cry, that's the password for our society. "To see a psychiatrist is a big thing if you're not sup- posed to cry or get sick." NOT THE ANSWER It has also been suggested that women may be more physically susceptible to men- tal illness but Dr. Kenning called that a "cop-out" an- swer. "Women are more prone to depression pre-menstrually but I don't think that is a big factor." The same is true on com- mon attitudes on menopause, he said. Menopause has become a socially acceptable reason for all sorts of behavior changes so people frequently do not look for the deepar causes be- hind mental illness. Menopause often coincides a time of major change in a woman's end to raising can be emotionally hazardous. "That's been her job, maybe for 15 or 20 or 25 years. Then all of a sudden she's pensioned off, and she's got to look at getting a new thing that's meaningful." Dr. Kenning also suggested that women, under stress, may be more willing to look to someone else for help white men choose another outlet, perhaps alcohol. He goes out to drink while a woman, perhaps, goes to her doctor. DEPRESSED MORE The higher number at women admitted to Eric tin, he thinks, is probably par- alleled in doctors' offices. He did note, however, that the institute has a policy "rightly or wrongly" that pa- tients whose problems are only with alcohol will not be admitted but will be sent to other treatment facilities. He said also that women ap- pear to be depressed more often than men and that de- pression is the diagnosis in as many as half the institute's cases. However, there were many kinds of depression and a good deal had yet to be learned. Frequently depres- sion was merely a symptom of other problems. "My belief is that depres- sion relates to a lack of bal- ance in your way of life. If you are not getting healthy expression, you may well get depressed. "Women, I think on the whole, have a little greater trouble getting healthy ex- pression." That may be because the role woman play as house- keepers and mothers which does not give them the chance to express themselves in the same way a career does. "While work can be a stress on men, it also gives them re- sponsibility, expression. A lot of people I see are better if they have a job. It makes big difference." ST. BASIL'S C.W.L ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY TEA Saturday, May 12fh 2-4 p.m. DOOR PRIZE TEA TABLES BAKE TABLE CERAMICS AND CRAFT TABLES RAFFLE ADMISSION Rftr- DAN'S GREENHOUSE Located Just East of the Stockyards on GOAL ROAD has everything to give Complete Variety of Potted Plants and Bedding Out Plants DAN'S GREENHOUSE OPEN EVERY DAY FROM 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. I i Effective July 1st, 1973, Blue Cross is introducing a new Deductible-Free, Co-Insurance-Free Group Contract. Members enrolled in Groups that select the new Contract will be reim- bursed under the terms of the contract for expense incurred for the following: Hospital (semi or private Prescription Drugs Ambulance Clinical Psychologist Artificial Limbs and Braces Home Nursing Care Accidental Dental Care Naturopathic Services There is no limit on Hospital Services Benefits. There is an overall Benefit limit for any one illness or disability un'der all Other Services. Benefits are available from the first dollar of expense incurred due to the absence of a deductible and prescription drugs are reimbursed Monthly rates for the new Group Contract are as follows: SINGLE CLASS 41 3.40 FAMILY CLASS 42 6.80 For further information on our new offering, pleasa complete and mail coupon below. 5 TO: The Alberta Blue Cross Plan, g 10025 108th Street, EDMONTON, Alberta. 5 T5J 1K9 NAME OF ATTENTION OF g ADDRESS..................................................... CITYORTOWN g NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES M D Check (j) if your firm is presently enroled in the standard Blue Cross Group Plan. ALBERTA BLUE CROSS PLAN ;