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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, September 26, THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD 35 The LetKbtidge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, September 26, 1974 Fourth Section Pages 35 to 44 Drug abuse, alcoholism, adultery almost non-existent Ann Landers not needed in China By .PAUL MOLLOY Special to the Herald There is no need for an Ann Landers column in China because, Ann Landers feels, the country isn't cursed with most of the problems she deals with. "I suspect they don't need one, the syndicated Herald columnist said in an inter- view. "It doesn't look like a troubled society." For one thing, China has very little adultery and almost no premarital sex, the syn- dicated writer explained. For another, drug abuse, alcoholism and juvenile delin- quency are nearly non ex- istent. Those were among the im- pressions Miss Landers gar- nered during a recent three week journey to the Com- munist republic. She was in- vited as a delegate of the American Medical Associa- tion on a reciprocal visit in- stigated by its Chinese counterpart. The Chinese Medical Association had visited the U.S. in 1972. Privately, and in her column, Miss Landers has long been an active supporter of medical research, notably in heart disease and cancer. Miss Landers toured several hospitals during her visits to six cities (including Peking, Shanghai and But much if her interest focused on the family unit and way of life among China's 800 million people. Comparisons of parental discipline were awkward, she said, because in China the children of working parents go to a state operated nursery at the age of 4, and move to a state operated school two years later. They are there Monday through Saturday and they see their parents on Sun- day. Unless they are ill, women work with men in all oc- cupations except those involv- ing hard labor. The wife is paid as much as her husband and promotion is on an equal basis. But don't mothers miss their children and the homemaker urge? "They don't miss the star- vation and cholera and crime their grandparents lived Miss Landers replied. "Chinese women are really liberated, very contented. Family life has changed under Mao Tse-tung, and it's a far cry from when they threw away the girl babies. "When Mao took over, he vowed that woman power would no longer be wasted. The motto of Chinese society became 'Serve the and Mao emphasized that the family of two was ideal and three was one too many. "I was fascinated to find that there was very little adultery and almost no premarital sex. This is amazing, because Mao suggested that the ideal marriage age for women was 25, and for men it was 28. "The obvious question is: what do they do in the mean- time? Well, the answer is Family's stay in school bus comes to an end OMAHA. Neb. (AP) A two-month stay in a 12-year-old battered school bus has ended for Marion and Jacqueline Roberts and their seven children. The family lived in the bus after they moved out of their rented house when vandals broke the windows and were unable to find a landlord who would accept the large family. Roberts said the family was ineligible for government assisted housing because he made between and a year but could not afford to rent places which would accept the family. After a newspaper published a story about the family's plight, offers of housing came from parts of Omaha, western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. On Monday, the Roberts family rented a three bedroom frame home owned by Mrs. Robert Bragg, widow of a former Omaha policeman, on terms of monthly with the second month free in exchange for maintenance work by Roberts. "All the children were just absolutely thrilled when they were going through the house." Mrs. Bragg said. "They were deciding who would sleep in which bedroom." Because they did not have a permanent address while living in the trailer, the Roberts' six school age children, ranging in age from 7 to 15. were not allowed to attend school. Mrs. Roberts said her children would be in school today. Roberts. 36. is a heavy equipment operator whose income dropped sharply during the recent building slump. During the two months. Roberts drove the bus to recreation areas at night where the family had access to toilet facilities, showers and picnic tables and in the mornings, drove it to nearby Elkhorn to eat breakfast at his father's house. Roberts said he acquired the bus with the idea of making a camper out of it. "We didn't figure on living in it." he said. Here are the ANSWERS for your NEWS QUIZ PART 2-c; 4-True: 5-Harold Wilson PART II: 1-c; 2-e; 3-b; 4-a, 5-d PART III: 1-c; 2-b; 3-a; 4-e; 5-d PICTURE QUIZ: Kakuel Tanaka, Japanese Prime Minister -The Herald- Family darn little." But don't these people of 25 and 28 care about sex? "You'd wonder about that, wouldn't Miss Landers replied. "But half of the pre- sent population grew up under Mao; his motto is 'Serve the people', and he says that when you're preoccupied with sex you're not serving the people." Isn't this an infringement on freedom? "Of Miss Landers said. "But they don't mind because their lives are so much better than under the old system. They eat well, their children are getting a fine education and they have free or very low cost health services. "Juvenile delinquency is not a problem over there, neither is drug abuse, and there is very little alcoholism and crime in the People's Republic. This was unheard of under the old regime." Miss Landers said she found "rather interesting" the con- ditions for a pay raise. The prime consideration is she said, "then come the ability to get along with co workers, followed by loyality and dedication to 'the next is productivity, and then daily attendance record. There is an unusual display of co operation among factory employees. Outside almost every factory one sees billboards displaying photographs and names of those who have made their quotas." Miss Landers toured a fac- tory where several hundred women were at work beneath a huge banner that proclaimed: "Work Diligently for Chairman Mao." She ask- ed the foreman if the females ever got into arguments. "The foreman said: 'Yes. One woman will say about another that she is not produc- ing enough, and that will cause an argument.' The columnist had occasion to communicate (through translators) with many children. "I never saw such attractive and healthy look- ing she said. "They were so friendly and I was captivated by them. I found them disciplined, highly motivated and politically oriented at a very early age." Asked what Chinese couples argue about, Miss Landers laughed: "About the same as here the budget and whether mother or father is too permissive with the children." Even in China, too much arguing will lead to divorce. Bombay citizens receiving of contraceptives By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY Bombay citizens have receiv- ed "surprise gifts" in the last two months. The brown-paper packets usually contain about a dozen contraceptives manufactured by the Indian government un- der the brand name Nirodh. One newspaperman receiv- ed four dozen contracep- tives. "Unfortunately, I don't need he commented. "I underwent a sterilization operation more than 10 years ago." The donor is not known but the recipients think it may be some non-official family-plan- ning association of which there are many all over India. One recipient suggested this may be a method adopted by the Indian government to popularize family planning. A report from Calcutta, which is literally bursting with people, says some wealthy merchants have been distributing government- made contraceptives in slum areas. A packet of three Nirodhs sells at two the cheapest contraceptive in the world. This is possible because of a heavy govern- ment subsidy to the factories. If a person takes the trouble to visit a railroad station, he can get a packet of Nirodhs free. Some social welfare workers said the free distribu- tion is not producing the desired results. Chandrika Gidwani, who runs a family planning cam- paign in the Bombay suburb of Ulhasnagar. said: "Men often ask for free contraceptives just for fun. Apparently, they are more interested in talking to the girl at the family- planning counter." But Family-Planning Minister Karan Singh said the free distribution has won over thousands of couples to the idea of limiting their families to two or three children at the most. The Indian government may shortly be forced to raise the price of contraceptives because the cost of manufac- ture is going up but family planning officials say they are confident that the contracep- tives will continue to be heavi- ly subsidized and the cost of a packet is unlikely to rise above three cents. Golden Mile VARIETY Q AI B FABRICS SALE THURSDAY thru MONDAY ONLY! REMNANTS PRICE COTTON POLYESTER SK w MEN'S POLY PANTS FABRIC .4" BRUSHED NYLON ft ACETATE 40 denier, 15 denier. 00 SHEERS For Formate Other Specials throughout the Store! VARIETY FABRICS i Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep-fit. 10 a.m. General meeting. p.m. A good attendance is requested. Tuesday: Singing, 10 a.m. Dancing, 2 p.m. Wednesday: Bingo. p.m. (cash Thursday: Dance practice, 10 a.m. Bridge tournament. 2 p.m. Noteworthy: The singers will entertain at Green Acres Lodge at 2 p.m. Oct 3. Winter and fall bulletins are available at the centre. The keep-lit classes have resumed under the auspices of the YWCA and exercises will be geared to your personal ability. The centre has started a phone service for lonely and shut in people who would like to hear from someone on a daily basis. Those interested may phone the centre office. The centre will be having a bake sale at 2 p.m. Oct. 23 Ann Landers at the Great Wall of China outside Peking "But it's easier for a woman to get a divorce than it is for a man. The (divorce) laws are definitely slanted in favor of the woman." One of Miss Landers' major surprises in China was the "total friendliness" of her hosts. "I was amazed at their cordiality considering we didn't recognize their govern- ment until after President Nixon went there in 1972. "They were most hospitable and entertained us beautifully. And so tactful! Not a one said one word about President Nixon and Watergate." Miss Landers found that the standard of living was generally low. Television con- sists of 90 minutes of propaganda a day and 99 per cent of the people do not have TV sets. "They explained and apologized about not having luxuries, and they said it was because they were still a struggling people, and did not have the comforts we have back home. "A luxury over there would be a camera, or a bicycle ahd not a 10 speed bike. An individual can't own a car. The communes have earthen floors, and they're sparsely furnished and are terribly, terribly crowded." Miss Landers said that at times she felt she was getting "too many pat answers." "It was as if they'd been told to answer questions in the same way, even in the same words. I'd ask the kids about their future, and invariably the answer was, 'I will like to go where I am needed.' This seemed to me a trained response." About religion: "There is absolutely no religion in China. In Peking, our hosts showed us the Temple of Heaven, a beautiful 16th Cen- tury temple. And he said: 'This temple was foolishness. God doesn't do anything. It's the people who accomplish things. If they had spent the time irrigating and building reservoirs instead of praying in this temple for rain, they would have had good crops.' What can we learn from the Chinese? "You can't compar- Miss Landers said. "I found it unique. affluence changes societies, don't know how long it wi, last." As she was leaving China, Miss Landers was exchanging farewells with one of the interpreters, a pretty girl of about 20. "I said to her: 'How woult you like to come to "She replied: 'Amerir' would be a wonderful place 1: visit, but I would not want 1; live there'. Even that seemed a pat answer. (Reprinted with the permis- sion of the Chicago Sun Times.) SS-900 Chassis Instant On One Button Color Automatic Fine Tuning Earphone Equipped SPECIAL SPECIAL SS-1000 100% Solid State Instant On Automatic Fine Tuning One Button Color Centre Black Matrix Picture Tube Variactor UHF PERSONALLY ;