Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 25, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, March 25, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Thursday, March 25,1976 New Orleans & The Sting Life imitates art, they say, and that caper dubbed "The Sting" pulled off recently by Washington, D.C. police and FBI agents was, indeed, like somethng out of the . movies. During a five-month investigation, undercover agents posing as out-of-town syndicate members and operating out of an abandoned warehouse brought more than 3,500 pieces of stolen property from various denizens of the criminal world — the fruit of countless muggings, break-ins, hijackings and auto thefts. The goods, estimated to be worth more than $2.4 million, included television sets, kitchen appliances, automobiles, credit cards, government checks and equipment and even an electrocardiogram machine stolen piece by piece from Prince George's County Hospital. To celebrate the enterprise's success and to show their appreciation, the phony fences threw a party to which they invited all their friends. Then came "the sting" — the arrest of 108 persons and issuing of warrants for 75 more. It was the biggest such roundup in FBI and District of Columbia history. Unfortunately, life has a way of stopping short of art. Or maybe it's the other way around. In movies or on television, the cracking of a case is usually the end of the story and the viewer is left with the satisfying knowledge that justice has triumphed and the evil-doers will receive their appropriate desserts at the hands of the courts. It's not like that in the real-life cops-and-robbers game. Of the 108 arrested at the party, 70 had previously been arrested and charged with similar crimes — some of them repeatedly — and 21 were out on parole following convictions. One man had been arrested at least six times for burglary, forgery and other crimes, and in each instance had been released without bail. In keeping with this sorry pattern, federal magistrates immediately released several of those seized in the haul on their own recognizance. Claiming that 600 persons indicted on felony charges in Washington are now fugitives, assistant U.S. attorney Charles Roistacher complained bitterly that "most crimes are by people out on bail. The majority of those arrested (at the party) were hard-core .criminals. People who commit crimes while out on parole or probation are making a mockery of the system. They are thumbing their noses at the courts." But lest anyone think this is a problem involving only your ordinary street mugger or burglar or thief, consider the case of the "great grain ripoff" which was coming to a conclusion in New Orleans about the same time as the Washington affair. Charged on 36 counts of conspiring to steal some $1.7 million worth of grain over a four-year period, two large export companies — Garnac Grain, I n c '. , and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. — pleaded no contest in U.S. District Court and were fined $10,000 each. This was not even a slap on the wrist. It was more HKC a gentle stroking with a feather. The costs of the two-year investigation no doubt were far more than the puny $20,000 in fines. When a felon is sent back onto the street to resume plying his trade even before the arresting officer has completed his paperwork, or corporate criminals are given minuscule fines representing the merest fraction of the illegal profits, something is seriously wrong with our system of justice. One of these days law enforcement officials, who work hard for months or years on an investigation or who daily risk their lives to protect society, are going to stop and ask themselves: "Why bother?" Inside Report Military Benefits In the "old days" of military service, when enlistment frequently was by command of the draft board the pay was nothing to brag about, numerous fringe benefits were provided to soften the blow. Now that a professional, all-volunteer service — accompanied by greatly increased pay and allowances — is the order of the day, some of the former inducements which remain in effect are attracting closer scrutiny. One of these is the early retirement provision. It is possible, and has been all along, for military personnel to qualify for retirement pensions while they are in their early 40s, an age at which workers in civilian employment have not begun to think of retirement. During times of plentiful employment it has been common practice for military retirees to become employed in a second career, which does not-affect their military pensions. Under the liberalized payscales and pension tables of the modern military, the early retirement of a large number of personnel is a costly experience. One congressman has proposed upping the retirement age to 55, which would remain well below the earliest Social Security retirement age of 62. But at this point, that proposal is still a long way from enactment. Viewpoint Detente Recipe By Ray Cromley WASHINGTON — (NBA) — There, are three reasons I believe a viable strategic arms limitation with the Soviet Union is impossible. — The Kremlin adamantly says no to on-site inspections. — Leonid Brezhniev's men absolutely refuse to agree to precise definition in critical areas of defense. — Moscow refuses to halt the export of underground revolution. So long as the Soviet Union holds to these policies, it is ridiculous to talk of SALT or detente. And the two are inextricably related. It is all very well to talk of checking Soviet developments through satellites and special electronic means. But this is malarky, pure and simple. Certainly, satellites will show some of what the Soviets have built or are building. But it's too little and too late. By the time we are certain what the're doing, they've done it, which may leave us years behind—with our security down. Further, our satellites and special electronic surveillance, are of little more than academic interest in maintaining defensive equality with the Russians. The intelligence people may know what is happening in the USSR. The Soviets content themselves with denials. Congress thus far has not been impressed by intelligence data, taking it as Pentagon or administration propaganda. So where are we? Take now the persistent Russian refusal to agree to precise technical definitions. As we've already learned to our sorrow, this language loophole may allow the Russians to build missiles 50 per cent larger than we thought we'd agreed to. And a fleet of bombers not fitting what we believe the treaty provided. The vague language of the treaty also allows the Russians and test antiballistic missile readers which American policymakers were certain SALT excluded. If these loopholes and evasions were accidents they could be corrected this time around. But they're not. As noted above, the Russians refuse to agree to clear definitions. Treaties without clear definitions are so much scrap paper. The Russians can do what they will. The U.S. with a properly active press and Congress, is bound to strict interpretations. This, I submit, is a certain setup for disaster someday. Some would contend Moscow's refusal to give up the export of underground revolution has nothing to do with SALT or detente. I believe otherwise/and so did Secretary of State Henry Kissinger until quite recently. It is obvious, I believe, that no treaty, however finely phrased and technically perfected, can have meaning if there is not a semblance of honorable intent on both sides. These are not "written-in-the-U.S." business contracts, where, courts see to enforcement. There is no power extant to enforce a treaty. Now the purpose of arms limitations agreements is to lessen the chance of war, to obtain for both sides a certain degree of security and hopefully enable both to divert more assets to domestic problems. But if one side, in this case Moscow, has declared openly that it is going to make end runs by pushing third country wa'rs aimed at military takeovers .Svhere then is the Security of SALT? A continuously unsettled world of Middle East wars, Angolas, Mozambique-Rhodesias and Vietnam-type invasions, will sooner or later lead to Soviet-U.S. confrontation. There will come a point when we will decide we can retreat no further. I see no joy either in a SALT agreement so long as the Russians 'continue pushing a buildup of conventional arms much greater than required for pure defense. The Sonnenfeldt Doctrine By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — Intense debate was set off within the Ford administration three months ago when Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's right-hand man declared in a secret briefing that permanent "organic" union between the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is necessary to avoid World War III. That policy, going well beyond any public position of the U.S. government, was enunciated in mid-December by State Department counselor Helmut Sonnenfeldt. He told a London meeting of U.S. ambassadors to European nations that the "inorganic, unnatural relationship" between Moscow and Eastern Europe based on Soviet military prowess threatens world peace. "So," he concluded, "it must be our policy to strive for an evolution that makes the relationship between the Eastern Europeans and the Soviet Union an organic one." When transcripts of Sonnenfeldt's remarks hit Washington, some officials complained that this amounted to U.S. underwriting of Soviet dominion over Eastern Europe. As such, these critics contended, the Sonnenfeldt doctrine never had been U.S. policy and certainly should not be now. Indeed, what was said three months ago may be the victim of President Ford's election-year harder line which has made "detente" an unword. Nevertheless, the Sonnenfeldt doctrine exposes .underpinnings of detente as practiced in the State Department until recently. In their December briefing in London, both Kissinger and Sonnenfeldt stressed the need for the U.S. to come to terms with the Soviet Union as an emerging superpower — now their principal rationale for detente. Contending the NATO alliance is undermined by leftist gains in Western Europe, Kissinger declared: "The dominance of Communist parties in the west is unacceptable." That doctrine has no critics within the administration — in total contrast to Sonnenfeldt's message. Lacking the attractiveness of past empires, Sonnenfeldt declared, the Kremlin relies on "the presence of sheer Soviet military power" to unify Eastern Europe. Because "a more viable, organic structure" is lacking, "the desire to break out of the Soviet Advice Granddad Beats 6-Year-Old By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have two children ages 3 and 6. My. husband doesn't like to hire sitters. He says it's too expensive, but I notice he has money for his boat and a storeroom filled with the latest in hunting and fishing equipment. Anyway, the last time we went out for the evening we left our kids overnight with his parents. The next day, our 6-year-old had welts and bruises all over his little body. He told us that his Granddaddy had whipped him with a leather belt for telling a fib! My husband didn't seem at all upset. He said whoever kids are left with has a right to punish them any way he sees Health Porous Bones By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB - I would appreciate anything you can tell me about osteoporosis of the spine. I have not found one thing that really helps this condition. I was told five years ago that I had this condition and since that time it seems to be getting worse. In the beginning it only affected my back. Now my legs and arms seem to be affected. After my last bad muscle spasm I have suffered almost continuous pain every day. ••-,•,.., • • ,;, My orthopedic doctor has me doing exercises, taking hormones and a medicine to relax my muscles. But so far nothing seems to work, at least to my satisfaction. Some well-meaning friend told me to be very careful not to break my bones as they would splinter and recuperation would take longer than in the usual cases of broken bones. All of this hasn't added one bit to my outlook on this condition. DEAR READER — Osteoporosis means softening or porous bones. Calcium and actual bone cells disappear causing the bones to be both weak and brittle. This condition strikes one out of four women in the United States after menopause. It's responsible for the dowager's hump that you've seen in so many older women. That is the raised hump in the thoracic spine which gives the appearance of a modest humpback. •Degeneration can be so bad that vertebrae collapse and there may be major loss of height and considerable deformity. One of the reasons many older people seem to be susceptible to fractures is because of osteoporosis. That's why a little fall, which wouldn't hurt the younger person, may result in a fractured wrist or even a fractured hip. Many of the fractured hip cases occur in older people because they really have osteoporosis. This condition is painless in many people. When pain does occur it is usually because of muscle spasms which you described or it may be caused when a vertebra has collapsed and there is a temporary period of severe pain over the collapsed vertebra. Treatment certainly is not satisfactory. Hormones have been used and .may arrest the condition at least for a few years. Some studies suggest fluoride will stop the process and even result in forming new bones. A group of the Mayo Clinic have reported the use of. sodium fluoride, calcium and Vitamin D and claim to have gotten encouraging results. DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMESW. WILSON, Publisher W.L. REITZ, News Editor JAMES B.WILSON, Vice President, 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 republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week $ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year $20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year $23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $27.00 Berry's World ©1976byNEA.Inc. "This is the part of campaigning l^don't like — not knowing whether you were too evasive or not evasive enough!" fit. Abby, we have never whipped our kids with a belt, and I say nobody else should, either. Please settle this. MONTANA MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: I agree with you 100 per cent. NEVER leave your children with those grandparents again and tell them why. "Granddaddy" sounds as though he needs a thorough checkup. (Physical and mental.) And where was "Grandma" when all this was going on? DEAR ABBY: My daughter is a beautiful, bright young woman who has a mind of her own. For seven years I have been trying to train her not to overdraw on her checking account, but without success. Have you any suggestions? GEORGE A. KELLOGG DEAR GEORGE: If after seven years you haven't been able to train her, give up. At this stage of the game, it's obvious that she has YOU trained. DEAR ABBY: About that woman who was embarrassed by her boyfriend's bad grammar. My glamorous mother was divorced 20 years ago. When she started dating again, she wouldn't even consider dating a man who said "We wasn't" or "He don't." For the last six months, her constant companion has been a man who says, "We wasn't" and uses "youse" for the plural of "you." But he is the sweetest, kindest, most patient man she's ever known. He's a big success financially, too. If Mom had stuck to her original standards, she would have cheated herself out of plenty. Also, this man in her life has made her a lot easier to live with. HER DAUGHTER DEAR DAUGHTER: Neither glamour or grammar guarantees a good relationship. straitjacket" has intensified among Eastern European countries. The counselor saw this as no boon for the West, declaring: "The Soviets' inability to acquire loyalty in Eastern Europe is an unfortunate historical failure because Eastern Europe is within their scope and area of natural interest. It is doubly tragic that in this area of vital interest and crucial importance it has not been possible for the Soviet Union to establish roots of ' interest that go beyond sheer power." After describing detente as a means of affecting the use of Soviet power, Sonnenfeldt warned Eastern Europe's "present unnatural relationship with the Soviet Union" may "sooner or later explode, causing World War III. This inorganic, unnatural relationship is a far greater danger to world peace than the conflict between East ano! West." Sonnenfeldt cautioned that "any excess of zeal on our part" could reverse the "desired process" (the Soviet-Eastern European "organic" union). Consequently, he set "a policy of responding to the clearly visible aspirations in Eastern Europe for a more autonomous existence within the contest of a strong Soviet geopolitical influence. This has worked in Poland. The Poles have been able to overcome their romantic political inclinations which led to their disasters in the past." While declaring a post-Tito return of Yugoslavia into the Soviet orbit would be "a major strategic setback," Sonnenfeldt suggested the Yugoslavs "should be less obnoxious" to Moscow and disabused of the impression "they have a free ride" of independence guaranteed by Washington. Critics inside the administration, describing themselves as "appalled" by the Sonnenfeldt doctrine, do not propose tragic encouragement of futile anti-Communist insurrection in Eastern Europe..But they believe Sonnenfeldt's confirmation of dominion there undercuts Eastern European nationalists such as President Nicolae Ceaucescu of Rumania. While ruling out Communist party control in Portugal or Italy, Dr. Kissinger's London briefing blamed the danger on the West's own problems, including "domestic paralysis in the U.S.'-' "The Soviets are not the key element in producing the present instabilities that we now face in Western Europe," he declared. "A Communist Western Europe'.would be a headache for us. It " "would be a headache for the Soviets as well. They probably prefer not to see Communist powers taking over in Western Europe. But in the final analysis their ideology requires them to assist in these efforts." To avoid assistance from Moscow, Kissinger asserted, "we must create the maximum incentives for a moderate Soviet course." But Sonnenfeldt, usually the faithful mirror of his chief, goes even further by putting the U.S. on record for stabilization of the Soviet empire in • Eastern Europe to preserve world peace. Wanderlust Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 South American nation 5 City in Ohio 9 Massachusetts cape 12 Mr. Sharif 13 Goddess of discord 14 Lifetime 15 Expansions 17 Nevis. Scottish peak 18 Greek gravestone 19 Three rocks near Isle of Wight 21 Vault 23 Pipe joint 24 Cleopatra's death blow 27 Weights of India 29 Tart 32 Swiss 34 Buckingham. for one 36 Live 37 Dinner course 38 Alleviate 39 Transmitted 41 Papal title (ab.) 42 Enlisted (ab.) 44 Mix 46 Flowers 49 Horn and Good Hope 53 Hen product 54 Exaggerate 56 Tiny 57 Not any 58 Proton 59 Gentleman (Ital.) 60 Plant ovule 61 Unaspirated DOWN 1 Containers for peas 2 Exude 3 Chest rattle 4 Soviet mountains 5 Hawaiian garland 6'Laundry device - 7 South African diamond 8 Property item 9 Frisco landmarks 10 Curved molding 11 Low haunts 16 Provoked 20 Distributed cards 22 Gala events 24 Measure of land 25 African tree 26 Rider 28 Expended 30 Frosts 31 Legal document 33 Mortgages 35 Capers 40 Hebrew ascetic 43 African animals 45 Assessment 46 Church seats 47 Awry 48 Cry of bacchanals 50 Top of head 51 .English school 52 Sprinkling (art) 55 Sea

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