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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 26, THI HKAIB It Ann Landers DEAR READER: Several days ago I urged you to write to the presidents of the three major TV networks and pro- test the cruel and tasteless ridicule of handicapped people by alleged comedians. The most vulnerable targets for sick humor are stutterers, spastics and harelips. My heart felt thanks to tliose who did so. The response was staggering. Here are seine excerpts of the notes attached to copies of the letters that went to Julian Goodman, President of NBC, Charles Ireland, (since deceased) President of CBS and Elton Rule, President of ABC.: FROM SAN FRANCISCO: DEAR ANN: Over the years I've agreed and disagreed with you, but today put me in your debt. Urging your readers to protest in behalf of the handicapped was A. FROM DES MOINES: Bravo for awakening me from my state of Iclhargy. I have long deplored sick jokes on TV aimed at handicapped people but it never occurred to me to do anything about it. You opened a door for me, Ann. Thank S. FROM ST. LOUIS: I've worked with handicapped people for many years and I know how desperately they need en- couragement in order to build self-confidence. You've done a wonderful thing, Ann. Bless HARR1SBURG, PA.: As a mother who Is trying to. raise her children not to make fun of people with mental or physical handicaps, I appreciated your column the other day. I wrote to the network presidents and asked my children if they wanted to sign the letters. They were thrilled. Thank you for helping me teach them what it means to be effective members of K. N. FROM MIDDLETOWN, CONN.: As a specialist in the field of mental disorders who has a fairly good idea ol what is behind ridicule, I want to thank you for encouraging your readers to speak out against it.-S. A. P. (Psychiatrist) FROM MIAMI: I could kick myself for not having had the gumption to write to the networks and complain until now. Thanks for making me do J. Miller, Key Largo FROM SEMINOLE, TEXAS: Thanks for your assault on sick humor. "I was only kidding" is the usual defense, but the damage is done by then and the hurt is deep. Keep up the good G. W. Alexander FROM MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH.: My three letters went out today. Thank you for suggesting that we make ourselves M. Fraser (MD) FROM CRESTWOOD, MO.: Thanks, for the grace of God goest E. D. FROM WASHINGTON, D.C.: I heartily agree that ridicul- ing the handicapped is brutal and totally unnecessary. Intelli- gent people do not find this amusing. And now I wish they'd quit presenting alcoholics as "funny." They are the most pathetic people of D. H. G. FROM LITTLE ROCK: I've been bugged for years by clods who try for a laugh at the expense of the handi- capped or mentally ill. Thank you for suggesting that I do something about it. My three letters went off E. R. FROM KANSAS CITY: Don't those "comedians" know that tying a shoelace or shaking someone's hand can represent victory over hundreds of hours of frustration, embarrassment and pain? The handicapped people I know have more charac- ter and guts than I know. My hat is off to K. A. Z. (RN) So again my thanks to the most beautiful people in the readers! Ann Landers DEAR ANN LANDERS: We are normal, decent girls, 15 end 16 years of age who have been friends since kindergar- ten. None oE our parents ever mention sex because they be- lieve people shouldn't think about sex until they get married. We get most of our information from each other. Nat- urally some of it is wrong because the "facts" come from crummy magazines. We need answers to two questions. (1) Is it possible to get pregnant the first time? (2) Do you know of a birth control method that is 100 per cent harmless and foolproof? Thanks, Ann. You are more of a mother to us thnn our own Five DEAR FIVE: (1) It is indeed possible for a girl to be- tome pregnant the first time. Abortion clinics' records indi- cate that the inexperienced girl runs the greatest risk of pregnancy. (2) There is no knovm birth control method that is 100 per cent harmless and foolproof. The closest is The if the girl holds it between her knees at all times. Mrs. Rockefeller campaigns to protect isolated islands SKAL HARBOR, Me. (AP) Peggy Rockefeller, a member of one of the richest families In the United States, Is turning her money and Influence toward saving Maine's wild ocean is- lands from haphazard develop- ment. She and other wealthy outsid- ers who spend their summers along the cool, nigged coast have set up a trust that now shelters 27 islands from realtors' whims. Eventually, they say, they hope to gain easements on. al of Maine's coastal islands where weekend cottages have begun sprouting randomly as mainland property gets increas- ingly scarce. Mrs. Rockefeller, 5fi, wife o the Chase Manhattan Bani president, David ook a leading part In setting up he Maine Coast Heritage Trust a year ago and is its board Partly because ot her influ- ence, other members' of. the coast's wealthy summer col- ony-people like artist Andrew Wyeth, Boston businessman Thomas D. Cabot and Philadel- phia banker Nathaniel Bowditch joined in the campaign to save the isolated islands. The dots of land are exposed to development pressure by a growing northeast megalopolis and a lack of zoning ordinances Once deserted, they now are selling for to acre. All of the islands brough under the trust's wing so far lave been turned over to lia National Park. The pwk, jalf of which was donated to tin ederal government by John D. Rockefeller Jr., David's father. encompasses a lairge part oc Hount Desert Island, Seal Harbor Is located. Mrs. Rockefeller said tin trust Is not Interested in buying property but rather obtaining easements to turn over to gov- ernment agencies. "With easements, you're not giving away land but asking an agency to police your restric- tions in she said. It's writing a will for the fu- ture of your land." Mrs. Rockefeller owns two small islands off Seal Hartor and has granted easements on both to Acadia. SMILE JUSTIN Margaret Trudeau, wife of the Prime Minister, tries to prompl Justin to smilo for the cameras at Calgary airport. The Prime Minister and his family are resting for two days In Calgary before continuing his election campaign. (CP Wirephoto) Feminist says papal decree is based on male prejudice HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Needs Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CAIL 328-2860 FOB PICKUP SERVICE OR LEAVE AT 412 1st AVE. S. 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Pain was promptly and gently infection which is a stated cause relieved actual reduction or of hemorrhoids, retract ion (shrink ing) took place. Just your druggist for And most Preparation H Suppositories or Improvement was maintained in Preparation H Ointment (wilh a caseswhereclinicatobscivalions special were continued over a period of or your moIKy many months. Furthermore, these tests and ohsc rvations were made on patients wilh a wide variety of hcmorrhoidal condi- tions. All this was accomplished By JEAN SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO (CP) Cecilia Wallace says Roman Catholics do not have to pay attention to Pope Paul's recent statement that women should be barred from any formal role in the ministry of their church. She expanded on a release from St. Joan's Alliance that said the Pope's statement is based on male prejudice rath- er than authentic Christian doc- trine. Miss Wallace is founder ot the Canadian section of St. Joan's, an international organi- zation of Roman Catholic femi- nists. She is invited to be a member of an advisory com- mittee to the Canadian Catholic Conference on the role of women in the church. She has written for a number of Catholic jour- nals. In an Interview, Miss Wal- lace said the Pope's jnotu pro- prio, statement from his own hand, is a personal statement and does not carry the weight of a pronouncement made as head of the church. "When he makes a statement as head of the church under the infallibility thing, it has to be made in a certain form and he has to state that that is what it is. A motu proprio does not carry the weight of something that is irreversible. "The lay Catholic doesn't undertand because laymen don't know enough theology, they aren't taught It." MUST REACH TOPE Miss Wallace is one of a num- ber of Roman Catholics around the world who have written papers on the theological basis j for the ordination of women. "The thing is gradually com- ing up. The problem is to get it to the attention of the Pope. "The basis is theological. Peo- ple say women have to Ire equal to men and that's true, but it's not tlie basis of our argument for women priests. It's based on Scripture and tradition. "It's based on the role of women in the life of Christ, what they were doing, and on the role of women in the sacra- mental life of tile chucch. "The basis of the cucharist is the bringing of Christ into the life of the community and the first person responsible for bringing Christ into the com- munity was a woman, Mary. She was the first priest. "They have tried to refute it, but they have no argument against this. All they say is that women are inferior. Women have not stood up and said to the theologians, 'garbage'. "There are some theologians who now say this view of Mary's role cannot be denied, "Another factor is that the church is made up of male and female. They're always talking about male and female influence. Then this is denied in the priesthood when there are no women." SAYS SHE'S QUALIFIED Miss Wallace says she pre- fers to let the invitation to the Catholic Conference committee bo her credentials as someone knowledgeable on theology and women. "I haven't got a theology de- gree. Anybody in the churcfi can write a paper on theology, but now we have this bit that only professional theologians can offer an opinion. "The average Catholic does 1 not even know he can write to 1 the bishops il he has an opin- ion. The Canadian Conference is the national body that brings Canadian bishops together." 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