Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Rage _ Wednesday, February 25,1976 Fresh Hemispheric Start Inside Report The Absentees of Congress By Roland Evans and Robert Novak Traveling Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's journey to five Latin capitals is designed to restart once again talks between the United States and its southern neighbors, over mutual problems and aspirations. • Mo Udall, who was running hard in New Hampshire, said Sunday, that because of Kissinger's trip, the United States will now'have a foreign policy for Latin AmeYica. But when Kissinger returns,.Udall said, that policy will evaporate; In the past such dialogues with our southern neighbors have tended to become bogged down over the problems. It might be more fruitful to look at the aspirations. That is not to say problems should be ignored. But setting realistic goals of achievement and helping the Latin countries attain them would be a positive step. Such problem-solving concepts as the Alliance for Progress too often held out hope when none realistically was possible, with the inevitable'letdown when failure set in. More than slogans and good intentions are needed for solid accomplishments. From the diplomatic point of view, the danger of repeated failures is a deepening .cynicism and distrust. . Those'unwanted.hindrances to good relations will evaporate with each new. successful venture jointly consummated. Along with them, the mutual problems of the hemisphere will shrink into more manageable proportions. We hope Rep, Udall is wrong, and the trip will provide the basis for a sound Latin American policy. It's needed. Lab Fee Abuse Claimed If the Senate Special Committee on Aging can document its claim, and the evidence appears pretty strong, that in five states studied one out of five dollars paid for laboratory fees for Medicaid and Medicare patients flows into doctors' pockets in the form of kickbacks, the grounds have been laid for a nationwide study that could lead to a nationwide scandal. It is a serious charge, one the committee' should be prepared to prove. At the least, the states involved in the investigation — Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and California— should proceed with their own investigations and follow up with indictments and prosecution where warranted. Nor were kickbacks the only alleged abuse found *by the committee. Staffers question whether many of the tests were necessary in the first place and claim to have found cases where doctors who ordered the tests have ownership interests in the laboratories performing the work. The latter arrangement is not necessarily an illegal one, providing kickbacks were not involved and the tests performed were necessary. In any case; the Senate committee has made a charge with serious ramifications-to an important section of the health field. It should follow immediately with its evidence and legislative action to stop what, in effect, is another form of welfare cheating. WASHINGTON - On Feb. 5, a high official of the Federal Energy Administration (FEA) saw the chance of a generation slipping away and placed a panicky long distance call to one of several Republican Congressmen who had suddenly disappeared from the House floor — a disappearance that can best be described as scandalous. The chance was the first good prospect in two decades and perhaps the last good prospect for some time of deregulating natural gas prices. That's why the FEA official panicked when he noted so many absentees and tried to round them up. Actually reaching one back home in his district, he asked the Congressman what in the world he was doing there. The reply Was blunt: "Hell. I've got a tough race on my hands." Tough reelection contests plus paid speaking engagements, vacations, routine weekend visits home and just plain lassitude accumulated 25 absentees for the Thursday afternoon vote. Since most of the absentees favored deregulation, they are responsible for a 205 to 201 vote that killed gas deregulation almost surely for this year and quite probably into the foreseeable future. To permit their troops to wander on such a critical vote questions the competency of House Republican leaders but also raises this broader y point: members of the best paid, best staffed and most luxuriously equpped parliamentary body in the history of man often act more like volunteer village selectmen handling legislative duties in their spare time than directors of a multi-billion-dollar corporation. That so liberal a Congress seemed about to deregulate gas prices after 25 years of court-ordered controls was a triumph of reason over ideology. Many liberals, threatened by a natural gas shortage, had become convinced that artificially low regulated prices inhibited production. That generated Senate passage of a moderate deregulation bill and what seemed nearly certain House approval of an even better bill. The stunning 205 to 201 vote against deregulation was attributed generally by key Republicans to organized labor's lobbyists swarming all over Capital Hill at the eleventh hour to fight deregulation. Other Republicans explaining away the setback cited that morning's Washington Post revealing heavy oil contributions received by the principal sponsor of deregulation, Democratic Rep. 'Robert Krueger of Texas. ("Krueger was really indecent to accept that amount of money," one senior Republican Congressman, in an uncharacteristic display of moral indignation, told us.) Such claims are dubious. There is no evidence the avalanche of labor Advice Neckwear Issue Living Will a Legacy to Die By Abigail Van Buren Considering the weighty issues which frequently confront legislatures in the industrial world, it is refreshing .to take a peek at some of the preoccupations of lawmakers in other lands. A senator from the island of Yap has introduced in the Congress of Micronesia a measure to ban the necktie. "While the man's natural state permits him and his neck to be cooled by the gentle and pleasant breezes which grace our .islands," said the bill's author, "those of us who have been corrupted by this nefarious invention are compelled to suffer the constrictions of the throat and the chaffing of the skin thereof, to say nothing of the effects of closing the system of ventilation permitted by the open collar.'' The bill concludes that ". .. the necktie serves no useful purpose and has no redeeming social qualities whatsoever." If the bill passes,; a person convicted under it would be constrained to r wear a piece of. Yapese stone money around his neck "for the duration of his natural life and thereafter until he mends his errant ways." DEAR ABBY: Last year you had something in your column about the Living Will. I'm sorry to say I didn't pay much attention to it then, but I am interested in it now. Exactly what is it? And how can I get one? I am Jewish. Is it against my religion? Is it "euthanasia" or mercy killing? DAVID G. IN BOSTON DEAR DAVID: The Living Will is a document stating that should you fall victim to a terminal illness from which there is no hope for your recovery, you instruct your physician not to prolong your life by artificial means, such as machines, tubes, pumps, etc. Copies of this document may be given to your physician, clergyman, lawyer and to as many family members and/or friends as you desire. To sign such a document, you must be 18 years or older and of sound mind. (If at any time you wish to revoke the document, you are free to do so.) The Jewish view of the Living Will is as follows: ,It is NOT.' 'euthanasia.' ; j7rj o,r,,. ..mercy killing! There is a clear What Others Are Saying— ^ The Hawk Eye, Burlington The most successful treatment of alcoholism has been accomplished by alcoholics themselves, through Alcoholics Anonymous. There is continuing fascination with how and why it works. Some of the reasons become more apparent as the success of AA is compared to the difficulty and turmoil encountered by other efforts. One reason is that AA has no organization — no bureaucracy. Another is that it has no money. It is adamant about both these rules. Its founders — wise beyond all comprehension — knew that once you get organized, the bureaucrats in the organization start worrying more about their power and prerogatives than about their mission. So AA has no structure of officers. People get together of an evening and persuade one of their number to be temporary chairman. And AA has no money. Members pay no dues. It will not accept gifts — even from the most well-meaning member. It knows money always comes with strings attached; and people always get more preoccupied with who's spending the money and how, than they are with the purpose the money was meant to serve. The hat is passed to pay necessary expenses of AA clubrooms but that's all. The wisdom of these rules is being vividly illustrated in Iowa, where the state alcoholism treatment program is under attack for mismanagement, and for misuse of funds. This program has not connection with AA, which is a private matter. This is a governmental health and welfare program, operating with state and federal funds, and some local city, and county matching funds. Most places in the state — and especially here in Southeast Iowa — it is working well. The money is strictly accounted for and significant numbers of people are being helped. Other places, there is trouble. The state auditor wants funds cut off to Marshalltown's alcoholism program, because its books are in such bad shape. Similar charges have been made against other area* by legislators and state alcoholism commissioitofficials. Some complaints are coming from people who don't know what they're talking about. In some cases there is personal antagonism or political Reader's Letter Letter to the Editor: The recent flap (Daily Times Herald story, 1/27/76) involving the Area XII Alcoholism Agency and Carroll County is but another example of petty grievances that result in: 1) slipshod treatment for the alcoholic, 2) , unnecessary financial burdens for the . taxpayers of this county. The attitude expressed by our local officials representing Carroll County reminded me of a group of boys playing marbles. When one begins to lose, he gets mad, gathers his marbles and walks away in a huff. Unless Carroll .County works with the regional agency, the local taxpayers will pay 75 per cent of the cost of treating the alcoholic, instead of only 25 per cent. The county will be without the expertise and training represented in . the persons who staff the counselling centers in Sac, Audubon, Greene and Calhoun Counties. It would seem that in a city as progressive as Carroll, there would be more likelihood of enlightened cooperation than short-sighted obstinancy. I think the taxpayers of this county should take a closer look at what they are settling for in the area of treatment for the alcoholic. — E.E. Michaels, RR1, Carroll. (Editor's Note: Also punted on this page today under "What Others Are Saying," is a view on the same subject on a statewide basis. That article was written by John McCormally, editor and publisher of The Hawk Eye in Burlington.) DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Dally Except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W.WILSON, Publisher W. L. REITZ, News Editor •'- JAMES B. WILSON, . Vice Prtsldent, General Manager '• Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2,1897. ' . Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press Is entitled exclusively to the use for republlcatlon of all the local news printed In this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. y Off Iclal Paper of County and City ' Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week, ..,,$...60. BY MAIL V Carroll County and All Adjoining . Counties where carrier service is not available, per year S20.00 Ou»sl,de ( of Carroll and Adjoining . Counties In Zones 1 and 2 per '' »23.oo rivalry between legislators and area alcoholism officials. One charge is that the treatment units aren't reaching enough minority people — meaning black, Hispanic and 'American Indian. If there is deliberate discrimination, it ought to be exposed;' but it also must be remembered that there is no successful alcoholism treatment unless it is voluntary, and a quota system is hardly going to work. The whole mess is just what AA's founders predicted would happen when you mixed money and politics with alcoholics. Yet the problem is serious ' enough that the state must play a role in bringing treatment to alcoholics and relief to their families, and their communities. The most important, thing is to dampen the hysteria and take a calm approach to the problem. There are a lot of instant experts in alcoholism who don't know what they're talking about. A lot of political noise is being made for polities'saker One thing to remember is that the relative pittance spent on treatment in the state — even if it were all frittered away — is nothing compared to the state's total booze bill. We have an able state Commission on Alcoholism. It is capable of moving into the few trouble spots and straightening them out. The legislators should give the Commission the authority and time to do that, and then quiet down. All this shouting is bad for their hangovers. "Quote/Unquote" "The; first thing I taught him was how to start a speech, ,and I have never seen such talent in my life. But now we've been trying to teach him to stop." —Sen. Walter Mondale ID- Minn.) at a Minnesota Press Club meeting "roasting" Sen. Hubert Humphrey. "Abuses of the past have been more j than adequately described and I am concerned about them. But •one thing is very, very certain: we cannot improve this agency by destroying it. Let me assure you air I have no intention of seeing the intelligence community dismantled, its operation paralyzed, or its effectiveness underminded." V \ -George Bush, at his swearing ?SJK.r±, Mli """"' '..-.MM in as new director of the CIA. ^^^^^^J^^^^f^^^^^^f distinction between actively killing a person and "allowing him to die." According to Jewish Law, when a person suffers irreversible brain damage and can no longer recite a "bracha" — a blessing to praise God — or.perform a "mitzvah" — an act to help his fellowman — he is considered a "vegetable," and there is nothing to "save." It is thus an act of compassion to spare the family the suffering, anguish and expense of artificially prolonging the breathing and heartbeat when death is inevitable. The Living Will does not give anyone permission to END the life of another in a "mercy-killing" manner. It is simply a document that one signs, stating that he (or she) does not want to have his (or her) life prolonged artificially after his physician decides that there is no hope for recovery. I have signed such a document. You may get one by writing to The Living Will, 250 West 57th St., New York, N.Y. 10019. The document is free>.but please send a few dollars (it's tax deductible) for the cost of printing and mailing the document to you. I sent $5 for six documents and have given one to my physician, clergyman and lawyer, and to members of my family. ABIGAIL VAN BUREN P.S. I am indebted to Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas, Temple Aaron of St. Paul, Minn., for providing me with the above information on the Jewish view of the right to die with dignity. I have written to my friend, The Reverend Norman Vincent Peale, asking to explain the Protestant view. I have also written to The Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, another friend of long standing, asking for the Catholic view. If they respond, I shall publish their letters. DEAR ABBY: I am an attractive, natural blonde who was raised by strict parents. I love the Lord and have been saved. I've dated quite a lot, but I never let a man get too close to me because I wanted to keep my virginity for my husband. Five months ago, I met a 29-year-old man tb whom I was attracted like I couldn't believe was possible. One thing led to another, and I finally told him that I was a virgin. He said that I was "one in a million," which I took as a compliment, but he never called me after that. Thinking maybe he was sick, I called him. He sounded rather cool and distant, and said he had been busy with his work and would call me soon. Well, it's been a month, and he hasn't called. I really care for him, Abby, and I'm afraid my virginity has scared him off. Perhaps he thinks I'm abnormal to be a virgin at 27. Now, instead of being- proud of myself, I feel-like an overlooked wallflower. I'm considering going to a gynecologist and asking him to surgically deflower me. Do you think he would do it? CAROLINA VIRGIN DEAR VIRGIN: Probably, but since a virgin is someone who has never experienced sexual relations, it wouldn't alter your status as a virgin. The advice from here is to stay as you are and be proud, of it. And if you "scared him off" for that reason, you haven't lost much. lobbyists changed many votes. Liberal Republican Rep. Margaret Heckler of Massachusetts told us the Krueger revelations helped decide her vote, but there was no stampede. Rather, these reasons seem a smokescreen hiding what one Congressman never chides another for under the gentleman's code of Capitol Hill: absenteeism. Expert analysis shows that of the 25 absentees, 15 favored deregulation. Of the remaining 10, only four would have voted against deregulation (with four others not being present to vote in any event and two anti-deregulation Republicans keeping away from the floor at the request of party leaders). Thus, the absentees unquestionably made the difference. Of the 15 deregulation absentees, only one — Republican Robert McEwen of New York — had a valid excuse: illness. The remainder apparently had better things to do. Rep. John Anderson of Illinois, chairman of the House Republican conference, sized up the situation incorrectly and felt he could fulfill a speaking date at the University of Southern Mississippi without missing anything. Three conservative Republicans from Ohio — Donald Clancy, John Ashbrook and Chalmers Wylie — were flying back for weekends in their constituencies (the later two taking earlier planes because of bad weather). Republican Sam Steiger was giving a speech back home in Arizona. Republican Garry Brown of Michigan was out of town for a rest. Democrat Bill Alexander of Arkansas was in Steamboat Springs, Colo., celebrating his wedding anniversary. Democrat Kenneth Holland of South Carolina was addressing his sta'e ., municipal association. Others were in Washington but not on the floor. Republican Herman Schneebeli of Pennsylvania was cutting a radio tape and did not hear the buzzers. Republican Pete McCloskey of California was caught in a room without buzzers. Democrats Jack Brooks of Texas and Bill Chappell of Florida did not make it to the floor in time. The 15th absentee, Democrat Wilbur D. Mills of Arkansas, was not available to explain his absence. Of these, Brooks is suspected by deregulation forces of taking a walk to avoid an anti-labor vote (an accusation denied by Brooks). Republicans, outnumbered 3 to 2 in the House, accounted for 10 of the missing'15 votes for deregulation. Since nobody claims the Democrats intentionally misled them, this points to needed improvements in the Republican whip system. But fully grown Congressmen earning.$44,600 a year — only a small fraction of the tax money spent to support them — ought to be able to get on the floor for vital votes without being whipped. In truth, absenteeism is rampant in Congress, though usually for votes less important and not nearly so close as the probably irreparable action taken Feb. 5. Carroll Wholesale Market The Store That Sets The Low Food Prices Every Dayl We discount 6,000 grocery items, not just advertised items. Hwy. 71 North Prices Good Thru Tues., Mar. 2 Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Frida DEL MONTE CRUSHED ^^ ^^ , PINEAPPLE 3Q 1 '/2 SizeW * HUNT'S KETCHUP 32-Oz.' 8 a.m. to 10p.m. — Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. FOLGER'S COFFEE 2-ibs CAKE SWANS DOWN Reg.1 Oregon Trail Dark Cherries 303 Can 39< 3 Diamond Mandarin 11-Oz. 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