Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
J Fifty golden years Mr. and Mrs. Joe Robutka of Coleman recently their golden wedding anniversary with a family dinner and open house. They were married at Candiac, Sask., 1923, and have three children: Berny of Coleman, Vince of Calgary and Mrs. Hubert (Ester) Maillot of Cranbrook, B.C. Mr. Robuthka was a miner before working as camp cook with a road crew in the Glacier, B.C., district. He retired 14 years ago. Distress centre helps in crisis OTTAWA (CP) The Distress Centre, a place in the federal capital to call for help to solve a personal crisis, in- quire about community ser- vices or just find a friendly ear to hear problems, is ex- panding in an attempt to meet a growing demand. Each month about per- sons call the centre, among them some who don't really want to be helped and others who are lonely and depressed. With an increasing number needing the service, often a caller is frustrated by a busy phone signal. Co-ordinator Pat Delbridge hopes to get two more phones the centre now has three lines, two English and one French and bolster her volunteer staff of 165. She is aiming her recruit- ment campaign at university students and housewives, she- says, because "it's always the people who are busy who volunteer those with full- time jobs, large families and many outside activities." Volunteers aren't expected to provide all answers to all problems. They just listen, help whenever possible and refer to other agencies when appropriate. One volunteer, a social ser- vices student, put it this way: "You need a willingness to sit down and really listen to someone else. You have to have a fairly open mind rather than a narrow, dogmatic point of view." Another volunteer, a psy- chology, student, said: I've always been interested in peo- ple and since I'm planning to do graduate work in counsell- ing and clinical ypsychology, this is good job training." He says when the time com- es to go to the centre for his shift the centre operates 24 hours daily "I always think of a thousand other things I'd rather do. But once I get here and start handling calls. I'm glad I'm here." Thle Week MUSICLAND SUPPLIES LTD. presents MCA 8-track stereo tapes r? Mama Wat A Rock and Roll Papa to All and Cher Hot Augutt Night Diamond Rock and Roll Collection Holly Truly Lynn of Wells Special 99 Exchange With trade-in of your old tapel carry all (Channel and carrying In all prlcM and 1289 3rd Ave. South Phone 327-1056 Ann Landers Friday, September 28, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Brain pacemaker helps epileptics Dear Ann Landers: Several months ago, just before summer vacation, you printed a letter from an angry mother. Her son had taken a 39-cent pen from a drugstore. She was furious because the store manager had lectured the boy harshly, "treated him like a she said, and made the child cry. The mother was afraid the traumatic emotional ex- perience might cause perma- nent psychic damage. I am a sixth grade teacher and my pupils are about the same age as the boy who did the shoplifting. I read that column to my class and made no comment. I merely asked them to write their opinions of the incident in essay form. The results were fascinating. It proved they were really thinking. I would like to share their essays with you. Here they are all 27 of them! Mrs. Adele T. Burnett, Berkeley, Calif. Dear Mrs. B.: How I wish I could print each and every letter in full, but space limitations make it im- possible. I'm printing some excerpts, however, with my warm thanks to all. Ann Landers Dear Boy's Mother: Your son will not get psychic damage from one lecture. You are an overly cautious mother and a worry R. The mother should not blame the store manager because her son got nervous and shivered and shook and cried. The boy was at fault. He had no business stealing the pen in the first M. The mother of the boy who stole should be glad somebody bawled him out. She should have done more than that when she got him home, like taken away his privileges and his bike, and no TV for four W. A mother who is too soft on a child who steals little things can be paving the way for him to become a big robber later on and he might spend the rest of his life in prison. Stephanie P. Yelling does no good. The boy should have been questioned and asked why he didn't ask his mother for the money so he could buy a pen if he wanted one. He should have been told that if he didn't learn to leave things alone that didn't belong to him, in later life his career would be ruined. I think the store manager should forgive him now that everything is over, with and let him come in the store again and prove he can be 0. Your son got off too easy. You, as the mother, should have given him six lashes across the hands. Three on each M. That mother should be smart enough to know that every person who steals a car probably stajrted out stealing some little thing, like a 39- cerit C. The store manager was right. If the boy got away with no punishment at all, he might tell his friends and it could start up a wave of stealing all over town. About the psychic damage, unless a child is overprotected he probably wouldn't get G. Stealing is against the law no matter how old a person is. The boy deserved harsh punishment like no G. The store manager did the mother a big favor. How would she like to have a' juvenile delinquent around the W. Dear Ann Landers: What is this world coming to when a woman can't telephone her aging mother from the office three or four times a day? And whose business is it if they talk about the price of meat or even whether or not the rain will hurt the rhubarb? My mother is 84 and she lives alone, God bless her. I'm sure my telephone calls mean a great deal to her. I try to telephone at least four times a day. The world needs more love and consideration and less criticism of people who show it, especially to their aging John's Beauty Salon 1271 3rd Ave. S. Phone 328-6422 We are pleased to announce that DONNA VANDER HULST Has rejoined our staff. She welcomes all her former customers to drop in and see her. Donna is well qualified in all phases of hair styling. parents. That office must be a real I Don't Work There Dear Glad: I'm not. I think perhaps you could teach those "dumbbells something. Don't get burned by a "line" that's too hot to handle. Play it cool with Ann Lander's guide to "Necking and Petting What Are the Send your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 3346, Chicago, 111. 60654, enclosing 50c in coin and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope. (Copyright 1973 Field Enterprises, Inc.) By JANE E. BRODY New York Times Service NEW YORK Combining skill, scientific reasoning, im- agination and an unyielding devotion to treating presumably hopeless patients, a New York brain surgeon has developed yet another in a series of techniques to reverse the incapacitating symptoms of severe neurological dis- orders. The surgeon's latest inven- tion is a kind of a brain "pacemaker" that by deliver- ing electrical impulses to a certain portion of the brain, in some cases can halt the seizures of untreatable epilep- tics, relieve the spastic paralysis that often follows a stroke and reduce the spastici- ty of victims of cerebral palsy. In the last year, three dozui patients have had the pacemaker implanted. Ac- cording to the latest report, a few have experienced rapid, nearly total relief from their symptoms, most have improv- ed to some degree and none has been affected adversely. But it is still too soon to know how well the treatment will work, how long its effects will last and on which patients it will work best. Even if the pacemaker's results turn out to be tem- porary, experts believe that the fact that it works at all could lead to a new under- standing of how the brain controls movement and perhaps to simpler, non- surgical methods of treating brain disease that cause ab- normal movement disorders. The surgeon who developed the pacemaker, Dr. Irving S. Cooper of St. Barnabas Hospital for Chronic Diseases in the Bronx, achieved world renown a decade ago for his discovery that freezing a tiny area deep in the brain could halt, in many cases, the tremors and rigidity of Parkinson's Disease. His desire to help those patients for whom no treat- ment was available led him to the series of radical in- novations, culminating in the brain pacemaker. The pacemaker system con- sists of two sets of electrodes placed on the front and rear surfaces of the cerebellum, two small receivers im- planted under the skin of the chest, a circular antenna taped to the skin above the receivers and a battery- powered radio transmitter that can fit into a breast pocket or shoulder harness. The which is still being improved was developed with Cooper by Roger Avery of the Avery Co. in Farmingdale, N.Y. The first epileptic Cooper fitted with the pacemaker, 26- year-old Wayne A., now works for Avery, gathering essential data on how the pacemaker is working and helping other patients use it. Prior to the pacemaker sur- gery, which Cooper says is far less risky than the other brain operations he developed, Wayne was "a walking zom- bie" intoxicated by the large doses of antiseizure drugs he had to take and, despite them, periodically hospitalized with violent seizures. His illness and the drugs had forced him to drop out of college. 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