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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAtD Monday, October 25, 1971 Your horoscope By Jeane Dixon TUESDAY. OCT. !fi Yonr birthday today; The major patterns of your daily living gravitate toward stabil- ity for quite a while to come. The changes to be expected are subtle, mainly spiritual. Today's natives ordinarily concentrate on narrow, spe- cial fields nf study; are gen- erous to others. ARIES (March 21 April Personal social contacts pose several minor problems, all temporary- Do the least that will get you past them for the TAURUS (April 20 May Impulse brings some impasse. Perhaps you unconsciously set it up to test yourself and your patience. Greater spend i n g could possibly straighten every- thing out but may not be the healthier course. GEMINI (May 21 June Visitors, strangers, passersby are chock full of news, tall stories, unfounded opinion. You learn a great deal about peo- ple, very little of the facts. CANCER (June 21 July Any theory you offer brings further dispute and not on [he merits of either the case at hand nor your estimates. Put it in writing if you must, but bo brief. LEO (July 2H Aug. Now it's your turn to carry the main responisbility, keep a per- sonal secret. You have missed seeing a simple fact. Vlllf.O (Aug. 2H Sept. The time is ripe to put in a forthright bid for better in- come and improve working con- ditions. LIURA (Sept. 23 Oct. Recognize your habits for what LAWRENCE E. LAMB, M. D, These are signs of slipped disc Dear Dr. Lamb I would like to know about a slipped disc. My doctor said I had one and recommended an opera- tion. Well, most of the pain went away and I feared the op- eration. My left leg has been quite numb since and now due to a little work, my back and leg have been aching quite a bit. Is there any way besides an operation to take care of this? People tell me that if I just let it go, being rather numb from my knee down to my toes, that gangrene would set in, Is there any truth in this? I am very worried and would like your opinion. Dear Reader It might help to explain what a disc problem is. Between the verte- brae from the sacrum to the head there are small cushions. These are like small plastic bags, filled with fluid. In the centre of each cushion is a small, round, rubbery disc. Im- mediately behind the main body of each "vertebrae is the hole or canal for the spinal cord. Its branches pass out through the spaces near the canal, formed where each vertebra joins with the next. The small pillows prevent jarring during walking. They are nature's spring. If a pillow ruptures the disc may be push- ed out and press against one of the main nerve roots from the spinal cord or the cord it- self can be damaged. The pres- sure leads to numbness of the leg, if those nerves are in- volved, and problems in move- ment. Sometimes doctors put a pa- tient in traction, to try to widen the space between the verte- brae, hoping the little disc will stay where it belongs. Often such procedures merely post- pone the day something more specific must be done. There is danger that an ad- ditional strain on the back might cause the disc to pro- trude even farther, causing more damage. Discs are apt to pop out when a person is bend- ing over and lifting. The wide- encd space with the pressure of lifting causes the little pil- low to rupture. If the problem really is a ruptured disc and not simply muscle spasm (sometimes con- fused with the problem) it is usually best to have an opera- tion. Once the disc is removed it cannot produce pressure on the nerves and cause damage. Of course, the function of the little pillow is lost and some- times the two vertebrae in- volved are joined The operation is usually simple. Some individuals are up and walking around the next day. It is unlikely that you will get gangrene, since it is the nerves in the spine that are under pressure, not the arteries. But you can cause permanent dam- age by neglecting the problem. Recently some studies on dis- solving the disc by injections have been tried but you should discuss that with your doctor. The problem is important and you should by all means do what your doctor suggests. Friends mean well but the place to get your medical ad- vice is from the doctor trained to give it. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN fe tfTI: BT The Chicm TribMeJ BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS Q. Neither vulnerable, partner opens with one club. 4K1042 CJ4 4-1073 What is your response? A. You have Just enough for bid and should make an ef- fort to reach the best contract ihould be done by Ing with one heart. If you re- with one vpadc. partner- find It to show four card heart suit if he has mediocre hand. But if you chooM to bid one heart, partner raise your bid if he has iMEartx and may show a four card mil at the level of one If be to hold IL Q. As South vulnerable, you bold: The bidding has proceeded: But South West Pan Pass 1 NT Fan What do you bid now? A. Since partner has previous- ly passed, his response Is not forcing, nevertheless you should proceed to three no trump. Yon fciTt only 12 points which brings total to somewhat lew than Abe required 26 points for no tramp game. But with a six card lull nine tricks can usually be riereloped with less than the normal high card content Q. Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: VAKU 8 3 OAQ7 8 4 S Tte bidding bas proceeded: fteotfe West North East 1 9 Pau l 4 Pass 2 0 2 "9 t What do you bid DOW? You cannot go tha tfholt way yourself because fwr, ilnca he never Increased the contract, shown no spe- cial strength. You should test him out with bid of three hearts. If his hand Is suitable he will go on. If not, you won't missing game. Q. 4 Both vulnerable, as South you trold: Ite bidding has proceeded: South West North East Pass 3 0 Dble. Past What do you bid now? Four fipades. This U a fins hand opposite a double nf three diamonds. A mere bid of three ipitrici would he a forced re- sponse and would almost surely F-UKd by partner, who weutf have no way -of telling that yw had any values. Q. vulnerable and as South you hold: W8 OKS5 The bidding has proceeded: East Sooth West North 1 o Pisi 1 NT Dble. Pass 7 What do yon bid now? Not with the of laymg up a huge profit, "hut In the belief that such ac- tion is the most expedient, sure- ly this Is better than bidding one, of your three card suits. A ful- filled contract will not spell dis- aster and the chance of beatine one no trump Is not too remote. Q. vulnerable, as Soutii yon hold: 4AQ9843 V9S OAJS7 The bidding has proceeded: Sooth Wett North Eat l Dble. Rdble. What do you bid now? spades, conventionally, when partner of the opener re- doubles, opener Is required to pass fourth hand's bid In order to give the redoubler a chance to take appropriate acUon which may taXe the form of a penalty double. In this case, however, since we would not stand for penalty double anyway, we would take this opportunity to describe a good spade suit and a hand with offensive posslblll. tics tho not outstanding as to defense. Q. South vulnerable, bold: The bidding has proceeded: South Wnt North Eart Pass 1 Dble. What do yon bid now? spades. While you only six polnta In high cards, your hand has considerable fenslve merit and a mere forced response of one spade would not be adequate, particularly tn view of your previous pass- ed vulnerable, as South you hold: Aid 7 oJ <7AKQJ The bidding has proceeded: Writ North East Sooth 10 4 2 0 t What do yon bid? diamonds, a fllK hid forcing to game, nit cue hid mny serve to elicit from part, nrr the naming of a four card major suit which may .0J11 Contract. they are, and make resolutions to change what you don't (ind productive. This would he a lair day to rearrange finances. SCOKPIO (Ocl. 23 Nov. It's a rather instructive day to watch what happens to ordin- ary routines and what people do about them. SAGITTAHIUS (Nov. 22-ncc. Get a second opinion on any technical question. Pre- view your home and posses- sions, and discern how you might improve or redf.velop them. CAPRICORN (Dec. 2Z Jan. Social doings can upset work schedules perhaps it's just as well, as you should be a little ahead of the routines. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb. Finish the larger tasks first, then get something done on any neglected older projects. There's little time for hobbies, but make the most, of transi- tory lulls. PISCES (Feb. March Pursue a bright idea as far as your lime and present conveni- ence permit. More will corne from its development. (1H71: My The Chicago Tribune) Mole cricket Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Vicky Meire- is, age 15. of Norton, Kansas, for her question: What exactly is a mole cricket? Vicky is preparing herself for a career in entomology but a mole cricket specimen left her baffled. Well, his gen- us happens to be Gryllotalpa. The name is coined from an older word for cricket which also named an ancient comic cartoon of art that blended var- ious animals and people. This is especially suitable because the mole cricket is a cricket who acts like a mole. That lit- tle news item might interest only a true entomologist dedi- cated to tile study of insecs. k The deer mouse is a swift- footed mouse; the mouse-deer is a mousy small deer. This naming system tells us that the mole cricket is a cricket and not really a mole.. He belongs in the insect Order Orthoptera, along with some other crickets and cockroaches, man- tids and katydids, locusts and walking sticks. Orthoptera means straight wings, which makes it only about half suit- able. These insects do have a stiff straight pair of front wings to fold down over their back. But most of them also have a gauzy pair of hind wings, fold- ed like a pair of fancy fans. Usually these are tucked out of sight under the straight front wings and used only in flight. When locusts unfold their fans, the sound of their buzzing is heard from afar. The mole cricket's wings are very small. He rarely, if ever, flies, though he often buzzes bis wings. He is a large cricket, almost IVz inches long. His shiny abdo- men is b 1 u i s h black; his legs are light brown to match the shiny shield over his thorax. His normal sized hind legs are not made for leaping, though his stubby front legs are fitted with claws for digging. In fact, the mole cricket digs like a mole, spreading his hands in a sort of swimming stroke and shoveling away the dirt as he goes. He is a born digger because he likes to live just under the surface of the soil where he can find plenty of his favorite food. In this matter of diet, the mole cricket is rated as a pest. And sad to say. he merits this reputation throughout all the tropical and temperate areas of his range. True, he eats up a few greedy grubs that feed on plant roots. But he also devours earthworms, those gentle crea tures that toil to build fertile soil. And this is not the worst far from it. The mole cricket's main diet is plant roots, preferably the tender roots of young seedlings and the fine roots of larger plants. Down there in his dark burrow, he works havoc on strawberries and peanuts, sal- ad greens and a list of valu- able crops as long as your arm. Without a doubt, he is an at- tractive creature. But also without a doubt, the mole cri- cket is a pest who secretly ruins tons of our crops. Insects of the Order Orthop- tera have chewing mouth parts and complete their life cycles in easy stages. Mrs, M. Cricket deposits her white eggs in moist soil. They hatch into miniature copies of their par- ents, with over sized heads and no wings. They gorge, usu- ally on our food, and molt their skins as they grow. After about the fifth molt, they em- erge as winged adults. Questions asxed by cWIdren of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beacii, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) Revamp dept. of environment EDMONTON new Progressive Conservative gov- ernment of Alberta is review- ing the regulations of the Clean Air and Clean Water acts which set "minimal" standards, En- vironment Minister Bill Yurko says. His new department of the environment becomes fully op- erative on Nov. 1 when the two ads become effective. Mr. Yurko announced a re- organization of his department into two divisions, one concern- ed with setting standards, the other with a thorough enforce- ment of the standards. Enforcement methods will be "beefed up" with additional staff within a few weeks, he said. He said the two ads are "pretty major pieces of legisla- tion." "Our course of action has been to make the department meaningful in pollution control and although the settling of standards has been difficult, we have decided to proclaim them as soon as possible on the basis of a minimum set of regula- tions. "They will have minimal im- pact on industry for the time being, but will be subject to a considerable amount of revi- sion in the months ahead." Pretty face not enough NEW YORK (AP) The state Human Rights Appeal Board has turned down the appeal of a Syracuse woman with a pretty face who con- tended she lost her job as a cocktail waitress because she lacked a large bosom. The former waitress claimed such grounds for fir- ing constituted discrimination on the basis of sex. Tho board found that the physical endowments she was considered not to have were "an important aspect of her employment" and the firing not discriminatory. Mary Chamberlain, 21, sought compensation after she was fired from the Little Foxes Restaurant atop the 20- slorey Holiday Inn in Syra- cuse for not being able to pro- perly "fill" her uniform. .1. Edward Conway, chair- man nf the state board, con- cluded that Miss Chamberlain "was not rejected because she is a female but rather she failed to satisfy an important aspect of her employment." Far-flying pooch logs miles HONOLULU (AP) A far- flying pooch was grounded here after logging more than miles alward a Nortrnvcst Air- lines 7'17. Bandit, a two-year-old mon- grel, was discovered in the plane's electrical compart- ment. He apparently had been there for five days. The dog escaped from a cage while in transit from Seattle to Honolulu, where lie was moving with his family, the James Tri- Ixms. During his five days of seclu- sion the plane had Iwen to San Francisco, Tokyo, Now York and back to Tokyo fljjain. SECRETARIES AREN'T HBRTH MUCH ON MONWW MORNINSS rUMBlEWEEDS-By TOM K. RYAN ROU. -me PRESSES, f THAT NEXT EPlTlON'S SOTTA HIT THE STREETS IN 2 HOURS! MY PAY A COPV POY WOULPN'T PARE ARGUE WITH HIS EPITOR THATWAYi... POT, WSSi YOU AIN'T HAMPER IN) NO COPY. I CAN'T SET tXPEl WE SOT NO NEWS TO PRINT! BEETLE BAItEY-By Mart YOU po you KNOW ViWAT THE ODDS ARE ASAINST BETTER THAh! OPDS APE IF I DONT ENTER 111 ABNER-By Al Capp f-FD'MERELV COMPLAININ' REPORTIMG AM AlR VBOUT ONE O'THAR TUivrX I IS SONS! A GIT THAR BUSTED? GOES SCORCHING THE PAINT 1 ARCHIE-By Bob Montana YESfBUT FOR. ONE AN AMTIC5UE )THIN6...rr'S OR8AN? vT TOO HARD CAN YOU _jl TO PUMP.' x SHOULD HAVE VTHAT'S IT PUMPED UP 1 .THE BYNOW.'fruFF, -OTHER PUFF) BO ...PLAY IT.' HI AND LOIS-By Dik Browne HOW WOULD MOM UKE IT IF I KEPT UMD01NG ALL HER WORK" SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal I KXT UNDERSTANP -YOU ASK MS, TritYVE ALWAYS BEEN FROZEN BUGS BUNNY HANS ACOUNP A FEW MINUTES AN'SET YA USEP T' TH SURROUNPIN'S! TOMORROW YA C'N GO) IN AM'ASK FEK A JOB! YOU'RE ALL HEART! ;