Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September S, 1970 UJ Y Ask Me.. Jim Wilson T'ODAY'S TOPIC is drugs. Marijuana, hashish and LSD in particular. Let's ignore the emotional pitfalls of whether or not ths drugs arc harmless or harmful, whether or not they are abused. Let's look where should be looking: at the people- human and sisters. We enter the situation after an arrest has been made be- cause (whether or not the !aivs are right) the law lias been broken: possession and trafficking are the charges. The people are, we shall say, undeniably guilty. So we put them through a court of law and a magistrate or a judge sentences them: a fine (or two months in or perhaps 30 days or six months in jail. As it should be? In the name of humanity and common sense, NO! We drag the kids like identical sausages through a court they have not been prepared in school or at home to under- stand and which they are convinced is automatically slacked against them. We "help" them to know they shouldn't break the law, by putting them in jail, particularly if their parents can't afford to pay the fine for them. And we do this to thousands of kids every year. Never mind who they meet in that jail, or what is being done to them by such a ghastly and primitive place. Consider what happens to them when they're when we decide in theory that "they've paid their debt to society" as tba litany goes. They apply for a job. Criminal record? Oh, er, sorry, no jobs open and by the way, don't call us, we'll call you. they lie about their jail record: someone tells the boss, and again no job, even though the "crime" did not involve theft, or rape, or murder or other more heinous anti-social actions. And of course, they get no references. Credit? Forget after several years. So they get depressed (wouldn't YOU get and find some friends with some acid or grass (because they've never cultivated a solid drinking habit in which they could LEGALLY drug their sorrows like the hypocritical estab- lishment does) and Suddenly they're busted again, and in jail again, and this time they're treated as second offenders. I don't even pretend to know what alternative "the estab- lishment" might find it could support in order to sensibly en- force its laws. To me the legalization and resulting government control of soft drugs is the only intelligent solu- tion, but perhaps there is a compromise. In any event, there just has to be a better solution found, because almost every time a magistrate or a judge puts some- one in jail even for a few weeks (much less a few years( he takes aivay the remainder of that person's life, since our self- righteous society will refuse ever to forgive or trust the "of- fender" again. Almost anything would be more sensible than a jail sen- applies the same kind of non-thinking solution used by primitive and (to our way of thinking) uncivilized so- cieties years ago. Just because it's been used for years doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't find a better way. A jail sentence in our society is as harmful hanging. And it happens simply because our courts do not have the courage or common sense (however well-meaning they PERHAPS are) to temper immorally blind "justice" with a little thought for human realities. Surely it's time we applied our intelligence, instead of the letter of our horribly imperfect laws which were never meant to be more than guidelines anyhow. Or aren't our courts up to it? Fire Hall Yields Way To Progress HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. S. FOR YOUR COMPLETE Phone 328-1778 WEDDING REQUIREMENTS Invitation] Announcement! (24 Hour Service If Neeejsory) Bridn Book) Materiel Napkins Thank You Cardi We provide Complimentaiy Personalized Head Table Place wifh each Ordorl FREE CUSTOMER PARKING TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY Choose wisely (he monu- ment to honor your loved ones. We will be pleased to assisl you. LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS "We Have Been Satisfying Customers for Over. 60 Yea'rs" 325 St. S., Lethbridgo Phone 317-3920 By HERB JOHNSON Herald Slaff Writer The four-man crews of the old No. 2 Fire hall on 13th St. N. began moving this morning into new headquarters at 5th Are. and 28th St. N. The translocation of the fire hall staff and equipment, in- ducing two fire engines and one ambulance, closes the book on one of Lcthbrirjge's most his- torically-valuable structures. Due to be torn down soon in preparation for the early Octo- ber opening of Marathon Re- alty's Village Centre Shopping mall, the old No. 2 was built in 1909 and stood about 200 yards south of its present loca on. The CPR in 191G moved the building closer to the 13 St. N vhen the railway needed mon land for expansion. Former Fire Chief William i. Short, who joined the Lelli jridge Fire Department in 1911 recalls that the old fire haL vas manned by a force of 12 men, phis six horses. The men were on 24-licui duly and earned a month [tiey had one afternoon off ev ery tenth day. ff a man was married, he was allowed to sleep out en thai night. Gradual mechanization of the department began not long af- er the hall was built. The first truck was ac- in 1913 and was named after Mayor George M. Hatch. The two-p I a t o o n system Appeal Kick Off Sept. 14, Blast off for this year's Uni- ed appeal is Sept. 14 with an bjective of Last ear's objective was An educational meeting for 1 team captains and area hairmen will bo held Sept. 8 nd 9 at in the United Ap- eal office. made up of 14- and 10-ho1 shifts was Introduced abou 1930. About the same lime botti the No. 1 and No. 2 station were re-designed to include liv ing quarters, three upstair and one on the ground floor. The quarters were designe for married men putting in Ion hours. The barrack-like ar rangement was unique in Can ada and was kept until abou 1941, when the three-platoon system and the eight-hour day were introduced. According to Mr. Short one o the rituals in the early day was for the citizens of Leth bridge to assemble each eve- ning to watch the exercising o the fire horses. A gong would sound six nights a week at 8 o'clock and the horses would immediately stand under their harnesses which were suspended from the ceiling. The horses sensed what was required and were always ex cited and ready to go. The stable-like atmosphere came to an end in 1921 horses were phased oul completely. Also dispensed with was e steam engine used to boost wa- ter pressure in the mains. The construction a large reser- voir made it superfluous. In its final days of operation the hall still retained its "his- toricnl" appearance from the outside. Inside it was purely functional. Former living quarters had been converted to storage rooms or recreational areas. There was a TV set, a dart Doard, some books and bits of gear staved in corners. Only a few relics, including ;he brass pole, remained from 'ormer days. Mr. Short said there are still a few ex-members of the de- jarlment who remember these days. II was his hope that some ilace might be found for the old fire hall within the city, to irovide a memento of the old days. That hope died when the old No. 2 hall was forced to make vay for "progress." 'Pass Man Eligible In 'Sweep Eric Price of Blairmoro Is one of 25 persons remaining eligible for the big prizes in today's Calgary Stampede Fu- turity Sweepstakes. His name was among the 25 selected recently from t n e 100 names which had been drawn Saturday. John McColl, the only Leth- bridge resident to have his name drawn Saturday, will re- ceive about Today (lie remaining 25 ticket holders will be reduced I to correspond to the number of horses in the 10th running of the futurity. Finalists will draw thsir own horses. Mr. Price is eligible to win th-3 first prize, second, third, fourth, fifth or a lesser consolation prize if he is not among Saturday's finalists. Medicine Hat ticket holders who were drawn Wednesday are Alex Thome and H. Tooth. Fourteen Calgary residents re- main eligible plus an Idaho couple, a Vancouver, man, two Saskatchewan resident, two from Edmonton, and one each from Red Deer and Three Hills. LAST CALL FOR OUTDOOR SWIMMING Wendy Culler (left) and Libby Cornock soak up Ihe sun at Henderson Lake pool, but Old Sol's yearling swing down south is spelling the end of oil sunbathing and all outdoor swimming. The Henderson pool is scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Labor Day, Monday, if the weather remains warm enough until then. The Lion's pool will slay open until Sept. 15, provided good weather prevails. The indoor Frill Sick Pool, closed for renovations, is lo re-open Oct. 1 for the fall and winter months. University Orientation September 9 Andrews Building lecture the- TJ n i versity o f Lethbridge asses start S'ept. 10, when )out students are expect- d to enrol in four year arts nd science and education pro- For students starting their rst year, orientation activities M be held Wednesday, Sept. sponsored by the U of L stu- jnts' society council. Following welcoming speech- at a.m. in the Kate atre, students will be given tours U pf L facilities. Welcome addresses will b e given by U of L Acting Presi- dent Dr. Bill Beckcl' Gordon Hussell, co ordinator of stu- dent activities; Don Wick, chief librarian; and Robin Dann, stu- dents' society council president. Students will be given "sur- vival kits" containing all the in- formation needed to complete rcgistra t i o n nnd '''survive" their first university semester. A dance will be held the same evening on the outdoor cafete- ria patio in the Kate Andrews Building, with music by the CopasetJc Magafus. Sept. n the Point of Interest and the We Two will present a concert in the Yates Memorial Centre, open to the public. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Denial Mechanic Metropolitan Bldg. 328.4095 The U of L Alumni Associa- tion has given the students a grant toward expenses of the dance. Weekend Dances The Alberta Square and Round Dance Federation has scheduled an outdoor dance and corn feed at Henderson Lake picnic area Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event is in conjunction with the federation's annual convention and is open to the public. There will also be a Die Hard Dance at" Indian Battle Park from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. ANNOUNCING CHANCE OF OWNERSHIP A-l STAR TAXI ii now owned and operated by PERCY J, WEIGHILL with 14 years taxi experience Corritr of 5rh Ave. and 7fh St. 5. Ill Phone327-4457or58 24-HOUR SERVICE DR. IAN W. M. WRIGHT SPECIALIST IN UROLOGY WISHES TO ANNOUNCE THE LOCATION OF HIS OFFICE at 1275 3rd AVENUE SOUTH LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA From September 8th, 1970 BY APPOINTMENT TEL: 328-8433 BIKE WINNER-Andrew Teteris, right, of 2815 llth Ave. S., has something to smile about. He was the recipient this week of a new bicycle. It was one of Ihe major cil, and co-sponsored in southern Alberta by The Herald. Making Ihe presentation above prizes in the cross-Canada-Elmer Safety Contest sponsored fay Ihe National Safely Coun- to Andrew is Herald adverlising manager Roy Miles. MARTIN BROS. FUNERAL HOMES LTD. (SECOND GENERATION) DEREK H. MARTIN NOW TWO CHAPELS SERVING LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT DALE A. MARTIN THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL 812 3rd AVENUE SOUTH THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 703 13th STREET NORTH SHOE REPAIRS BEST FAST x CHEAP SHOb HOSPITAL 331 lllh Street South WILL THE GENTLEMAN who offered assistance and witnessed the accident on 6th Ave and Mayor Ma- grath Drive qt Sat- urday, Aug. 29, 1970 please phone LINDA MAUSER, 327-7609 or 327-762J University Of Lethbridge BOOKSTORE Sept. 8th is registration day for Fall semes. er. We invite students lo drop in and lee the following BACK-TO-CLASS SPECIALS BIC PENS Pack! of 6 Reg. .98c SPECIAL VENUS PENS Pqckug. of 4 1.18 SPECIAL ACCO PRESS FOLDERS Ant. Colors .85 SPECIAL O CO Im for HILROY EXERCISE BOOKS Package of 5 SPECIAL I W DUO TANG COVERS Excellent for ajst. 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The general public are cordially invited to drop out to our store and see our special price sale on books covering all subjects History, English, Languages, Psychology, Soc- iology, Political Science and many others. LOCATION: Exlreme edge of Community College Campus northwoit corner. HOURS: Open 9 a.m. lo 4 p.m. throughout dinner hour Monday to Friday.