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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta fl THE LETHBRID6E HERALD Thunday, November 2, 1972 in Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: About lliat while couplo who were adopting Hie baby girl o[ an interracial union, tliey may be God's own. as you say, bul I question their judgment. We are still a race-conscious people. These parents would do well lo consider the problems the child will lace. Will she be looked down on by both blacks and whites? What will the attitude of the neighbors be? Are they well enough inte- grated so that she will have access to both black and white friends? Parents who want to adopt "any child" should realize that children aren't prodles. There's more to it than provid- ing good home." A child must grow ir.to adulthood pre- pared to live in the real E. In MeComb, Miss. DEAR MRS. E.: The questions you raise are provoca- tive and there are no easy answers. Since that letter ap- peared I have been bombarded with expressions of love, hate, praise, condemnation and concern. Name it, and I've had it. Here are tome samples of what the mail has been like lately. FROM OHIO: God bless that couple with the courage to adopt an interracial child. The folks down South won't be so happy about this prediction, but within 150 years Am- erica will te predominantly brown. FROM INDIANA: You suggested a 21-gun salute [or that Iowa couple. I suggest yuu save the salute for the kid, if he survives. It's a rough world out there and whether you like it or not, Archie Bunker is the new American hero and people love him. FROM EDMONTON, CANADA: I am a 12-year-old girl. I just read a book about a couple who took twelve children of mixed parentage into their home and they are as happy as can Ire. Anyone who thinks brown skin ov different shaped eyes makes a person inferior needs educating. FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.: How much experience with interracial children have YOU had, Ann Landers? We adopted a Vietnamese child five years ago and she has put us through hell. The girl has been In a mental hospital for over a year and is still very sick. Our own children are normal and healthy and we rue the day we opened our hearts and our home to this foreign girl. FROM MINNESOTA: Four years ago we adopted a Ko- rean boy. He has brought us a world of joy and happiness, taught our two sons kindness and unselfishness, and we thank God daily for him. FROM ALABAMA: You Northerners have a lot to say about brotherly love and racial equality. God made people different colors for a reason. Birds of a feather belong to- gether. If your granddaughter marries a black, you deserve it. FROM HARTFORD, CONN.: A spokesman for The Great- er Hartford Association of Black Social Workers says, "Black children should be placed with black families. White fam- ilies cannot provide the experience that will enable a black child to survive in what they call a 'racist society.' Children face enormous burdens during their growing-up years even under normal conditions. This special situation is an added burden Lo the child and the parents." I read this in the Hartford Courant two days after' your column appeared. It Bounds reasonable to me. So, dear readers, there you have it. In my opinion, the overall results of what happens to bi-racial, and black- and brown-skinned children who are adopted by white families will not be known for at least 15 years. I'm betting there be many triumphs and many disasters. Those who tiy It need unusual courage, emotional stabiEty and an infinite capacity to love. If they succeed, the rewards are tremen- dous. DEAR ANN LANDERS: This is for "Denver Housewife." Welcome aboard the Ship of Fools. We also live in a state tourists love to vacation. These past three summers we have spent entertaining people in our home and taking them to places we wouldn't have gone ourselves. Our generosity has not brought us any pleasure. We now know that giving means nothing unless it is done intelli- gently. Foolish generosity is neither rewarding nor is it ap- preciated. People expect you to continue to give. When they are refused, they forget the past and are bitterly disappoint- ed. We've had to tell three families we can't entertain them this summer and they are all mad at us. Does it pay to be S. S. DEAR S. S. S.: Your problem is that you have second- rate "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" variety. at least learned. Congratulations. There is a big difference between cold and cool. Ann Landers shows you how to play it cool without freezing peo- ple out in her booklet, "Teen-Age Ways To Cool It." Send 50 cents in coin and a long, self-addressed, stamp- ed envelope to Landers Reader Mail, Chicago Sun-Times, 401 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, 111. Sophisticated classic loaded with formal glamor Vivacious red skinny knit with accordion skirl 426-13 St. North TOCK REDUCTION BUTTONS THREAD (100 Yards of Thread Per Spool) (On a ZIPPERS DRAPERY One Selection At Vz PRICE (Custom Made) Bring your own measurements. ut p.m. Doors Open al p.r 5 Cards for G01D CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH 4lh, 8th and 12th Camel in 7 Numbers or less WORTH in 54 Number] ;orry No One Undor 16 Yean of Ago Allowed Fall fashion fantasy SOPHISTICATED version of do-your-own-lhing was the message that came across loud and clear last night to the receptive audience in the cosy confines of the Yates Memorial Centre. The third annual fashion show presented by the Daughters of the Nile, Iras Club No. 4, a gift of fan- tasy, had something for everyone. There was little pioneer spirit In evidence. The accent was on those solid winners from the the ageless classics. Some daytime skirts were a surprisingly independent mid-thigh high, but most con- formed to the knee-level hemline now being shown in the fall fashion collections in New York and Europe. Lines, for the most part were simple, sleek and uncluttered. Plaids were much in evidence, as were eye-catching, go-everywhere knits. Red and black were prevalent. A few of the old-new dolman sleeves shyly infil- trated here and there, while the graceful bias-cut skirt beloved of the thirties and forties, was also ap- parent. Long gowns, whether hostess styles for today's casual approach lo living or elegant formals for spe- cial occasions, were exceptionally graceful. p'urs were exotic and exciting. Most came in the new longer length that looks so chic with trim-fitting boots. A froth of fluffy, feminine fox was frequently used to accent collar, hemline or both on coats of deli- cate pastel mink, muskrat or rare Ethiopian pigskin. For men, there was a lot of leather on the fashion scene, also suede and sheepskin in casual and semi dress styles. Man's second-best friend, the cardigan, was much in evidence, like the blazer, which came in assorted checks and overchecks. Jackets were slightly shaped, with wider lapels and rear or side vents. Many sported a debonair touch of suede. Designers for men have also resurrected the gals' mix-and-match look of a few seasons past. The new corduroy and blazer suits look like becoming perman- ent fixtures because of their almost endless co-ordinat- ing possibilities. The three-piece suit, complete with vest, also made a dashing comeback. After a somewhat halting beginning, the informal cameraderie of commentators Don McLean and Aud- rey Gough kept the wheels running smoothly through- out the showing of a sleek fashion collection ranging from daytime through date-time to peignoirs and sleep wear. Suedo Irim is going over big in sport jacketi f RUMMAGE SALE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4th a.m. St. Mary's Parish Hall 539 12lh Street C North Bill Grocnen -photos- Youthful gaiety in layered red and white knil Four different shades of gorgeous mink in ono longer-length coat ;