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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: That letter from the pot- smoking housewife was ridiculous. You obviously print the letters that support your outmoded philosophy and deep-rooted prejudices. I'll bet anything the woman who wrote was goofy before she ever saw a marijuana cigarette. Within the last three years I've had a fourth child, a traumatic divorce, a mental breakdown, shock treatments and a hysterectomy. Today I'm back to work as a registered nurse on a full-time basis. I was strung out from pills and switched to pot five years ago with my doctor's approval. People should be able to choose thier own crutch and the government should mind its own business. Print this you Stoned, Just Peel- ing Good DEAR LADY: It probably escaped your notice that you have been on pot for five years, and during that time you have had a "traumatic divorce, a mental breakdown and shock treatments." I am not suggesting the situations are in any way related, but you should be willing to concede that the pot didn't relax you sufficiently to be of significant help. As for the doctor's O.K., I am not surprised. Almost any doctor would prefer to have his patient on pot than pills. (Pill-poppers are harder to unhook than heroin addicts.) So the government should mind its own business? The being of people ARE the government's business. Sick or spaced-out citizens contribute nothing to the economy, or to the cultural, scientific or spiritual growth of a nation. Dear Square Annie Baby: Your advice to the housewife who smoked dope was a gas. How can you give advice on something you know nothing about? In order to tell people what pot does to them, you should be willing to ex- perience it first-hand. I'll meet you any time, any place, and we'll give it a fair try TOGETHER, in the name of research. Are you game? Don't Knock It Till You've Tried It Dear Don't: No, I'm not "game." First, it's against the law and second I have no idea what pot would do to a person who has never had a drink or smoked a cigarette. I need all the brains I have. I can't afford to fry what few I have with crazy experiments. I can think of many lessons in life I am willing to learn through someone else's ex- perience and this is one of _them. Can drugs be a friend in time of stress? If you keep your head together can they be of help? Ann Landers's new booklet, "Straight Dope On separates the fact from the fiction. Get it today. For each booklet ordered, send a dollar bill, plus a long self-addressed, stamped envelope postage) to Ann Landers, Box 3346, Chicago 111., 60654. (Copyright 1973 Field Enterprises, Inc. Women of India moving with times (CP) This city in southern India is known for its ancient temples housing diamond-studded Hindu gods, museums, brilliant lawyers and musicians. It is also famous for its aristocratic women. Belong- ing to wealthy landlord clans, they are privately educated and some have as many as a dozen servants. These women have recently decided, as one well- preserved grandmother put it at a women's club meeting, "to move with the times and get in tune with the spirit of the new India." Some half a dozen welfare organizations financed by rich women have sprung up in Tan- jore and adjoining areas. As Kamala Duraiswami, wife of a prosperous textile merchant, put it: "We wish to be of some use to poor people. No family in Tanjore should have reason to feel that it can- not send a child to school or to a hospital for medical treatment." So far, at least 100 poor chil- dren have found it possible to get admission in the city's schools. "We speak to the principal or pay the school fees if it is not a free said Parvati Ramanathan. Mrs. Ramanathan, a graduate of Madras Univer- sity, has started a kindergarten for the children of slum residents. Every day she spends four hours teaching. Other Tanjore women visit hospitals to give food baskets to poor patients and toys to destitute children. Recently, a desperately-ill child was taken by the wife of a landlord to Madras, 250 miles away, for specialized treatment. A group of wives led by Gouri Govindachari, a law graduate, have started a small circulating library for poor school children. Many of the Tanjore women's movement's leaders belong to the higher Hindu castes which generally frown on fraternization with members of lower castes. "Caste walls are breaking down and should be broken said Mythili Varada- chari, a rich widow belonging to the aristocratic Brahmin caste. She recalled that her mother never touched a member of other castes all her life. Mrs. Varadachari has open- ed a kitchen for landless farm workers at the back of her suburban bungalow where on Sunday mornings as many as 100 people are'fed. Many women who are help- ing the philanthropic drive re- main in the background. They make handsome contributions but do not wish their names to be publicized. As one of them, a pretty highcaste woman owning a huge farm, explained, "We must proceed cautiously. Social taboos against mixing with the poor are still strong here." Friday, October 19, 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD -21 Calendar The Lethbridge and District Parents of Twins and Triplets Association will hold a monthly meeting at p m. Thursday, in the gas auditorium. Dr. D. McPherson will be the guest speaker and a fall clothing ex- change will be held. For further information call Karen at 327-3734 or Sheryl at 328-6321. Mrs. Margaret Hawkes, vice-president of the Rebekah Assembly of Alberta, will make her official visit to Faith Rebekah Lodge at p.m Monday. There will be a smorgasbord followed by a regular meeting at 8 p.m. Members of Dominion Lodge and Rebekahs welcome. The Lethbridge Old Time Dance Club will hold a dance at p.m. Saturday at Assumption School, 24th St. and 14th Ave. S., with the Country Couples Orchestra in attendance. Everyone welcome. Instruction available for some dances. Southminster girls rehearse Farmers and crows get together for one last rehearsal of J in 1, a series of musical skits to be presented Saturday and Sunday at the Yates Memorial Centre. The Southminster Junior Girls' Choir, Teen Clefs and the Anne Campbell Singers will combine efforts for the p.m. performances which will include the pop oratorio, Joseph's Dream Coat. Assissting with the "pro- duction will be pianist Shirley Wilson, drummer Garry Wopd and guitarist Mark Nelson. Anne Campbell will direct the musical, and tickets are available at Leister's Music, from choir members, or at the door. Southminster Circle Square Dance Club will hold a regular dance at p.m. Saturday in Southminster hall. All square dancers welcome. Women are asked to please bring a box lunch. LARGEST CARTOON The largest cartoon ever published covered 35 feet by 30 feet on the floor of a building in New York. New breed of nurse expands services DEER ISLE, Me. (AP) Elaine McCarty is a new breed of nurse, delivering a new kind of comprehensive health care to the people on this island off the Maine coast. Most of the islanders rely on the former army nurse for their health needs. Miss McCarty, who served in Vietnam, is one of a handful of highly trained family nurse practitioners scattered throughout the United States, serving areas too isolated or too poor to have their own doctor. "Many of the people here are elderly and chronically ill, and a lot of the work is educating Miss McCarty said. "You help them understand their il- lnesses, how it will run and what symptoms they can ex- pect. "It's not really very dramatic health she said. But before she came here last summer, illnesses and in- juries usually meant a 35-mile drive to the nearest hospital at the mainland town of Blue Hill, reached by a causeway and bridge. _ Now Miss McCarty is available on a 24Thour basis, both at the new Island Medical Centre and on a house call basis. She sees an average of 15 patients a day. Some calls are down mile- long rugged dirt tracks where she's been stuck in snow and mired in mud. As a family nurse prac- titioner, she is allowed to per- form limited diagnosing and .prescribing of medicine. Miss McCarty completed her two years training to become a registered nurse, then took a bachelor's degree in nursing at Boston College. In 1968-69, she was head nurse in the receiving room of an army evacuation hospital at Da Nang, and later went to the University of Colorado in Denver where she earned a master's degree in health care. The family nurse prac- titioner program was developed at the university, and Miss McCarty spent a year there. RUNS CLINICS In addition to manning the medical centre and making house calls, Miss McCarty conducts well child, pap smear and family planning clinics. On a recent afternoon, she made one of her regulaTliaITi1 at the home of a %-year-old man, visited a bed-ridden elderly woman, treated an in- jured fisherman, examined a patient with a persistent cough, gave a smallpox shot, visited a cancer patient and made an appointment to give a student a college entrance physical. Ask About The NEW INVISIBLE Multicocal Lens1 (MULTILUX) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. GOOD FOOD COSTS LESS 2025 MiyorMigrilh Drive "Colltgt Miir 420 6lh St. South 324 Miyor Mignlh Drlw PRICES EFFECTIVE TIL SATURDAY OCT. 20th CLOSING We reserve right to limit quantities Doctors warned against 'morning-after9 pill OTTAWA (CP) Use of the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) as a "morning after" contraceptive involves a slight risk of blood clotting or thromboembolism, Dr. A. B. Morrison of the health protec- tion branch said Here. Golan Heights An Israeli woman soldier checks her makeup during a break at the Golan Heights front, Inside Syria. Although women In the Israeli Army serve in the Immediate rear, they do not go Into the actual front line. Although the branch knows of no cases in Canada in which girls treated with DES have suffered serious blood clot- ting, the branch plans to warn doctors of the potential danger, Dr. Morrison said in an interview. The health department de- cided last March to permit use of the drug as a "morning after" pill, but only under emergency conditions such as rape or incest. The pill, which can cause a rare vaginal cancer in the fe- male offspring of women ex- posed to it during pregnancy, was not to be used as a routine contraceptive. As a post-coital treatment, the synthetic estrogen DES is administered in high doses 24 to 72 hours after the suspected intercourse. Dr. Morrison said the estro- gen component is found in the oral contraceptive, the pill, and there is evidence in the United States that the pill is causing various disorders in women. But there is no known proof that DES causes thromboem- bolism, he said. The U.S. food and drug ad- ministration announced last month it will require manufacturers of the "morn- ing after" pill to insert in the packages information of the risk of blood clots. The agency recommended that doctors give women a pregnancy test before pre- scribing DES and advised that a woman who finds herself pregnant after taking the drug should consider an abortion. The drug has been banned as a growth stimulating hor- mone in cattle and chickens, after traces of the chemical were found in samples of meat destined for human con- sumption. MIX or MATCH VEGETABLE SALE JUMBO ONIONS JUMBO CARROTS ASSORTED RUTABAGAS SQUASH 4.69 Canada No. 1 Grade COOKING ONIONS RED OR GREEN CABBAGE 50-lb. BAG YOUR CHOICE Cooked Ham Smoked, Ready to Eat Half or Quarter Ib. 95 Robin Hood 20-lb.nilwl. With tnn coupon you may ont Box of L-Mirlwkili or brown 20-w. net wttoif DRESSING DETERGENT 8 II. K CLEANER DETERGENT ;