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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETKB-IDGE KERALO TuMifay, May 29. Frnser Hodgson A 30-day trip down the river The sun Is going down again this evening where it usually goes. The inmates are all fed and watered, and most are in their bunks already The guards and their assistants are just seeing the remaining few to bed, and agreeing for some to slay awake a little longer watching TV. Scon it wiU be lights out, and the guards and chief warden will make a final check for the night. It happens the same way every evening, and during the day as well. Eat, dress, go for coffee, eat again, then coffee again and maybe some entertainment, and it's supper-time again. The cycle is completed and it sVirts 'ANSMAl CLINIC' STOCKYARDS LETHBRIDGE Phone Daily 8 a.m. Jo 10 a.m. 327-8822 SIMMENTAL CHIANINA BEAT FERRERO Semen Available From All Breeds over the same monotonous way every day. Thirty days seems like a mighty long time. Well I guess it's not really as bad as you might think by these opening remarks. It isn't quite a jail, the only bars we have are on our beds, and we have no tin cups to rattle across them to distract or at- tract the hired help. Of course we are not allowed out any time we feel like going, we're supposed to want to stay here and be cured of what ails us. When it comes down to being honest, most of us want to stay, but there is still the feeling that it's much nicer outside. Some are sick enough that no thought is to going out, but many aivtm the mend and just count- ing the days till release. I can count the days left for me on one hand now, unless the parole board decides I have to serve longer. The judge gave me 30 days in this Lethbridge Auxiliary Hos- pital, to allow my wife and caretaker a brief break away from a too steady job of look- ing after me. So this isn't a crow-bar hotel, no matter how much I might try to draw it ftrestone STORES Save at RADIAL tire headquarters Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S Phone 327-8548 We make it easy to stretch tire life At Firestone, ws Inspect a lot of tlret on customers' cars. And sea B lot of tires that hava been ruined long befora their timo. Most times, Impjopsr wheel alignment is tha culprit. When wheels are out of truo, the tires are scuffed, and scraped. Tread will be worn off on edga. There may bald with our showing up. At one time or another evsrv car auffers from improper wheel alignment So to get the most for your tire dollar, drive In for a Firestone wheel alignment. 'That little ounce of prevention can eavs you tho price of new tat of tlrot. firestone WHEEL ALIGNMENT for most North American cars. A little more if your car has torsion bars. Imported cars 6888 RIDING SYSTEM SERVICE as a parallel. The judge is our family doctor, and it wasn't a sentencing order, it was a sen- sible suggestion for the good of all concerned. The wardens, guards, and assistant guards, are the head nurses, nurses aids, and hospital assistants. Also thrown in are a few men orderlies, to help with the more cases and heavy work. They seem to be much in de- mand every day they are on duty. It's, "Hey Paid, or Jack, or continuously all day, "Come help me and often they don't even say please. Some prisoners don't get along too well with the guards, they are what you might call a little too demanding. This jail is different than the one you might be thinking of, it tries to cater to the wants of its in- mates. Of course if they get out of reason they are talked or humored out of their farout re- quests. With the great variety of prisoners living here it's nat- ural to have some that really don't know what they want, aind would ask for something more no matter what they got. The care and meals are beyond criticism as far as most of us are concerned, but some are never satisfied and don't ever intend to be. Everything is kept perfectly clean and spotless all the time, in fact a germ try- ing to get ahead in this place might as well give up and leave. The floors and halls are scrubbed so often it's a won- der they are not worn through. But even with everything clean, plenty of good food, and excel- lent care, some stUl come up with a variety of complaints. But I guess that's human na- ture. Anyone taking care of people in a place like this must have the patience of a saint to begin with, then mellow with still more generosity the longer they stay on the job. Only those who fit this requirement last very long, the others try it a few days then either quit or gradu- ate as patients In Ponokia. So all our Caretakers are seasoned oldtimers, and any just starting on the job either can handle it or soon drop out. The chief warden, or sMpervisor of nurs- ing, to use her proper title, has to have super patience, as she has to set an example for all the rest. I imagine she some- times tears her hair in frus- tration, as she is trapped be- tween the inmaites, the hired help, and the hospital board. Maybe that's why not too many are available for the situation, it's a good job but applicants are scarce. After a few weeks incarceration here you would quickly see why. I'm sure you realize some of this is in fun. I think we can live longer and get along bet- ter if we see the funny side at least part of the tune. Those people who are always deadly serious about everything, are sort of stuffy and hard to get along with, and maybe being deadly serious is next to being dead. I may be not much good, but I appreciate a joke, and good humor is surely needed here. I've served my term there now, and got out a couple of days early for so-called good behavior. I'm sure I caused some trouble, but I guess it wasn't enough to have my re- prieve cancelled. I know m be back in again for another stretch, and someday will prob- ably be judged as a habitual criminal, and given a life sen- tence. As it is the best place I know of outside of a person's own home, anyone could wind up in a far worse House of De- tention. 4-H report CARDSTON By Karen Holt The Rocky Ridge Riders 4-II Club public speaking competi- tion was judged by Mrs. Hen- inger, Mrs. Vadnais and Mr. Skinner. Senior winner was Karen Holt with Kara Holt second. Junior speeches were presented by thm Kerr, Carol Wilson, Cheryl Leavitt, Kathy Pontarollo, Mar- shall Holt and Sandra Hall. Shu-ley Leavitt attended a gymkhana event at Reeder's Ranch to give tips on horse grooming and showmanship for club members. Bill Reeder gave tips on what to look for when buying a horse and what a judge might be looking for in a horse during show. FARMERS LISTEN! You con hear those weeds g-r-o-w-t-n-g Carbyne 2-4D and MCPA Esfort and Airines Banvel Liquid and 1 Buctril 'M' SERVICO CENTRE 3316 1st Ave. S. (Across from tho Stockyards) Open Daily 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 328-9228 ;