Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 29, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Monday, March 29, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Monday, March 29,1976 Evaluating 'Swine' Flu When the mass immunization program against "swine" flu virus was announced in Washington, Dr. Albert Sabin, polio vaccine developer and one of the health authorities consulted on the flu question, commented that the matter was one in which those involved would be damned if they did and damned if they didn't. In opting to go ahead with a $135 million program to inoculate as many of the.215 million Americans as will take advantage of the vaccine, the United States at this time appears to be going alone. No other nation has announced a similar program. Several are investigating the possibilities, but others are already announcing they consider the precaution a waste of effort. Canada will announce within a matter of days whether it will adopt a similar crash immunization program. Contrasting is the view of Prof. Soeren K. Soerensen, director of the Danish Board of Medicine, who said: "Here in Denmark we see no purpose whatsoever in organizing public vaccinations against flu which would give protection against a specific type of virus for no more than a year." What brought the "swine" flu strain to the front burner of medical attention was an outbreak of the virus which was responsible for 20 million deaths worldwide in 1918-1920, among a few soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J. One soldier died from the virus. Whether that one case was sufficient to warrant a nationwide inoculation plan is, as Dr. Sabin noted, the unanswerable question. But given the unknown future of this particular virus and the demonstrable results of its last major attack, it is far better to err on the side of caution. Inside Report No Gloating Matter If the United States had not been experiencing serious increases in crime for a number of years, last year's increase of 9 per cent nationally in serious crimes would have been bad enough. But coming as it does on top of all the previous crime increases, 1975's further increases represent another failure for a law-abiding society. Never mind that in 1974 serious crimes increased 18 per cent, a rate of increase which was cut in half last year. An increase of 9 per cent in the crimes of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft in one year is nothing to gloat over. Only one of these crimes classed as "serious" by the FBI showed a national decline last year. Murder was down 1 per cent. But even in that statistic there is little cause for rejoicing. While the total decreased 1 per cent, murder was up 1 per cent in the suburbs,, up 3 per cent in cities of less than 10,000 population and up 5 per cent in rural areas. That is the performance — not how much worse it might have .been — upon which 1975 crime is to be judged. Obviously not enough people have involved themselves sufficiently to bring about a true improvement in the crime picture. It can be turned around, in fact as well as statistics. But only if enough people want it to happen. Grilled Cheese Rhubarb Rep. Les Aspin of Wisconsin has made something of a congressional career out of criticizing the Pentagon. That is all right, because the Defense Department, like every other department, agency and bureau of government, at times deserves criticism. But there are times when picking on a single target tends to blur the total perspective. 'Such as when the congressman zeroed in on the $1,030,476.73 the taxpayers paid to subsidize the five Pentagon dining rooms last year. Dividing that total by the 85,667 meals served, the congressman arrived at an average subsidy per meal of $12.03. But then Rep. Aspin picked one entre from the menu — grilled cheese sandwich, salad, ice cream and coffee, for which the patron paid $1.50. A cost of $13.53 (average subsidy plus charge), intimated the congressman, is a terrible price for such a meal. Indeed it is, Congressman. But if yo'u ; are'going'tb'rhake such an issue of it.'wh-at about the similarly subsidized restaurants, gyms, barber shops, et al, provided for members of Congress. Shouldn't you try to put your own house in order too. Viewpoint Spiralling Tyranny By Tom Tiede WASHINGTON — (NEA) — Buried somewhere in the records of the millions of crimes that have already been committed in America this Bicentennial year, there is a statistic representing the Robertson Bennett family of Fort Collins, Colo. There is a case number, an account of the crime and an assessment of property lost but there is nothing to indicate the spiritual damage done. In this case, as in so many others that will occur this annum, the brutalization of the emotions of the victims is the real crime. T.V.e incident in question here was savage enough. A month ago a vandal broke into the Bennett home and systematically, room-by-room, destroyed not only things but dreams and memories. Furniture was turned over, dresser drawers were emptied, clothes, books and papers were thrown on the floor. Not satisfied with merely upsetting order, the vandal went totally berserk and killed a small dog, wrapping the body in bloody sheets. He then caused the death of two other dogs, one a pup, by setting fire to the interior of the home. One of the children's rooms was gutted, the kitchen was charred almost beyond use, several other rooms were laced with licking fire by way of randomly spilled kerosene fuel. Antiques were ruined, memorabilia turned to ash. In the end there was an estimated $40,000 in losses. On'seeing th.e results of the vandalism for the first time, Mrs. Bennett collapsed. Later, she and her husband were to agonize over the possible consequences had they or their children been at home. Neither has any doubts that the family like the animals, would have been killed. Indeed, on capturing the culprit, police told the Bennetts the person was severely unstable, confessing that he burned the home "because that's the way the Indians did it," and said that he hadn't wanted to kill all the dogs, just two of them, but the third had to die because it wouldn't be fair to the first and second. Yet that was about all the police would say of the suspect. The Bennetts were told, he had vandalized before, Jimmy's Defense ^Policy 9 By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - When Jimmy Carter was asked recently to list his national security advisers, he demonstrated the audacity and cunning of his remarkable presidential campaign: Paul Nitze and Paul Warnke, he replied evenly. That's like teaming Milton Friedman and John Kenneth Galbraith as economic advisers. Except for party affiliation (both are Democrats), Nitze and Warnke share few common characteristics. Warnke, a leading dove in the last days of the Johnson administration as an Assistant Secretary of Defense, is a prominent soft-liner and advocate of lower defense spending. Nitze, Lyndon Johnson's hawkish Deputy Secretary of Defense, is a profound critic of detente — a Cassandra warning of military insufficiency. Linking Nitze and Warnke (the first of several advisers listed by Cater) probably numerous times, perhaps committing other crimes as well, but because of his age — 17 — his identity could not be divulged. Colorado state law forbids the release of any information concerning suspects under 18. The boy's name will never be printed in the newspapers because of the same law. In fact, the Bennetts are not even sure they will be able to find out the determination of his court case. And so the Bennetts are left to blindly grope for answers to their frustrations. They have been told the boy is free until his trial and they are worried he might return. They are concerned that without energetic (their own) prosecution of the case, the boy will be let go again to rob and despoil the property and values of somebody else. In her anguish Mrs. Bennett has written to every high official in her state as well as officials in. Washington. "I don't understand," she says, and talks of loading the guns in her home if there is no other way of protecting her peace and privacy. The gun talk is of course loose, and counterproductive. Thinking more rationally, the Bennetts might understand'that Colorado's juvenile protection law is largely humane and for a good purpose. Still, who can quarrel with the Bennetts' bitterness, and, more important, who can adequately answer their quiet screams of confusion? America has become a nation where " people under the age of 18 commit nearly half of all the known serious crimes, yet juvenile justice and delinquency prevention starve for meaningful concern except by the increasingly numerous victims. Publicize them? Lock them away? It has done no good in the past. And yet neither has the Father Flanagan philosophy that a kid is not responsible for his sins. I confess I haven't the answer for the Bennetts or the problem, except to submit that the nation must find itself again, in order for its children to do the same. The alternative is readily apparent — it is wb-•>•>• ••• >ire heading at present. seeks the same goal as Carter's campaign prose: hawks and doves accepting his position on national security. But nobody -g- with the possible exception of Carter himself — can really know what his general defense policy would be, much less how to define his detailed programs as President. On the campaign trail, Carter assumes a hard-line veneer — criticizing SALT agreements and urging stepped-up naval spending. But in a recent interview with Washington Post editors, Carter declared the only trend in U.S.-Soviet military balance "that concerns me is in the naval strength," then added: "I think that we're still superior to Russia even in the Navy:" While tending to reject adviser Nitze's warnings of strategic nuclear danger from the Soviet Union, Carter hints he would build more'warships. But he couples enormously expensive naval construction with pledges of overall reductions in defense spending. How much of a reduction is another matter. In March, 1975, Carter was quoted as calling for a $15 billion cut. More recently, however, Carter has talked about a $7 to $8 billion reduction. That caused the national board of SANE, the peace organization, to ask: why so little? "If, on examination, you can cut more, he would," replied Carter's spokesman. But in the Washington Post interview published March 21, Carter talked about a cut of 5 per cent, amounting to $5.7 billion. Even assuming the lowest promised reduction of $5.7 billion, how can it be done? The areas for cutting he most frequently mentions — overseas bases, the proposed B-l bomber, Corps of Engineers' dam building, generals and admirals — are not only painless but so Advice Interfaith Marriage By Abigail Van Huron DEAR ABBY:,About the Protestant mother who was upset because her son married a Catholic girl: I also came from a strict Catholic family. The girl I fell in love with was the daughter of a Methodist minister. When we made plans to marry, my folks and all the relatives made an awful fuss. Added to their objections was the fact my lady love had a Jewish ancestor way back in her family. Regardless of all their objections, we went ahead and got married. None of my people came to the wedding. They Legislative Repert Opposition Rises by Sen. William Winkelman I invite you to join me in Varina, Saturday, Aprils, from8:00a.m.to9:30 a.m. to discuss any 'concerns or suggestions you may have. -0- Opposition to the property tax conference committee report is mounting from all sides as the report is being, studied more carefully. It looks. •"• as" if we stand a better chance df'gettlhg 1 ' ! the money back from where it comes. More legislators are now looking at the moratorium approach, similar to that which Representative Bennett and I attempted last session — only the time lapse will result in it being more difficult, more complex, and less helpful. However, it appears the most workable solution for now. -0- The Senate voted a $238 million education appropriation bill. It includes funding for the state Board of Regents' institutions, 15 area schools, the Department of Public Instruction, Commission for the Blind educational programs, and tuition grants to private college students. We passed an amendment presented by Senator Griffin (R-Council Bluffs) which "de-emphasizes college courses in the vocation schools by prohibiting inaugeration of such courses after July 1. and forbids expansion of existing courses unless the Department of Public Instruction approves." The area school were established to fill a need for training lowans for jobs. -;;,., ,.,„. -o- •.. We need to do something very soon about providing more medium security prison space. Our State Government Committee is holding a public hearing in the Senate Chamber Monday evening. 7:00 p.m., March 29 to hear all sides of this increasingly controversial issue. We are including consideration of the use of the Midwestern College facilities at Denison. -0- In Senate Appropriations Committee, we approved $5.000.000 for a new county • government assistance fund, with the money to be distributed to the counties on a proportional basis to be used outside the incorporated areas of any city in the county. We also appropriated $15,000.000 to the municipal assistance fund. also cut me out of their wills. I could not have cared less. My wife and I are both in our 80s and have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. We have wonderful sons, daughters and grandchildren and have always made them feel free to marry whomever they wanted,-regardless of religion. The Lord must have approved of our marriage or He wouldn't have blessed us with such a long and happy one. BROAD-MINDED IN MPLS. DEAR BROAD-MINDED: Three cheers for an interfaith marriage that let love overcome religious nitpicking. DEAR ABBY: Please print your answer so my husband will see it. What do you think of a 28-year-old man who has been married for seven years and who tells all his friends at work EXACTLY what happened in his bedroom the night before? We have always had a wonderful sex life, which keeps getting better every year. But since I caught wind of this, I feel cheap. When I questioned my husband about it, he denied saying anything, but from the things that have come back to me, I know that he has been talking plenty. (The wife of one his buddies gets all the details from her husband, and she tells me.) If my husband doesn't get over these high school habits, I'm afraid it will be the end of our sex life. Help me. OPEN BOOK IN MICHIGAN DEAR OPEN: Tell your husband that you KNOW he has been blabbing at work about your intimate relations, and if he doesn't keep his big mouth shut, he's not going to have anything to talk about! Legislative Repert Playing Politics by Rep. Carroll Perkins The property tax problem remains unsolved this week. A reported compromise did not surface in written form. Numerous objections were raised by members of both parties to the proposal in the Senate, where the compromise issue was raised. Many proposals to iron out the difficulties have been advanced and discussed in party meetings and informally among members of both Houses. It would appear to me much politics is now being played with the issue of property tax, possibly in the end — at the expense of the taxpayer. Undoubtedly, the minority party will use this as the lead campaign issue in the up-coming elections. I believe they will be on thin ice when the facts are brought out to the farm owners and home owners of Iowa. A* group of 600 persons came to the legislature Wednesday to urge lawmakers to appropriate $110 million to the state's road fund. Road funding figures most frequently heard in the legislature range from $10 to $25 million, though no money bill yet exists with a firm figure. This issue will be faced realistically in the near future, but the $110 million would require a substantial increase in taxes in some form. I do not believe the people in my district support this direction. We are still debating the revision of the criminal code in the House. It has been stated that no bill in the history of Iowa has been debated which is as massive and broad as this bill. Debate becomes frustrating and tempers at times become thin. However, seven years of work and over $100.000 have been spent to date on this revision. I would hope we can finish the debate and adopt the bill. There is a final amendment which would delay the enactment of the bill until January 1, 1978. This would allow the next legislature to review what we would adopt and correct any possible errors and would also allow the attorneys, judges and other interested people of Iowa to study it thoroughly and propose constructive changes. With this amendment I believe 1 could support passage of the bill. 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 popular that talking about them generates applause. Whether they also would generate even close to $5 billion in cuts is dubious, particularly when examined item by item. Overseas bases: While Carter talks of 2,000 military bases, there are presently 283 major installations. Of these, 232 are located in three countries —181 in Germany. 27 in Japan and 24 in Korea. To elminate these bases, the troops using them would have to be brought home on a wholesale basis. But Carter would remove troops from Korea in "staged withdrawals" over four to five years and from Europe and Japan even more gradually. Recently, he has backtracked on even gradual withdrawals from Germany and Japan, suggesting no immediate reductions. Yet, even if all troops were brought home and all bases eliminated (which Carter certainly does not propose), the maximum savings without massive demobilization (also not proposed by Carter) might approach $1 billion. ' B-l bomber: Its cost for the next fiscal year is $1.5 billion (though, of course, that figure would rise in the future). Savings from eliminating the B-l, however, would be partially sacrificed by presumed compensatory increases of cruises missiles. Dam building: In the most unlikely event that Congress would approve it, elimination of the traditional Corps of Engineers' rivers and harbors construction would save $1.3 billion annually — but not from the defense budget. Spending on dams never has been included there. Flag officers: Salaries of all generals and admirals total around $41 million or .04 per cent of the total budget. What costs so much money in not pay for the brass (however overstocked) but pay and retirement for enlisted men under a rich pay scale designed to promote enlistments in the all-volunteer armed forces. Thus, assuming the all-volunteer force and inflation are both here to stay. President Carter would have to make major reductions in manpower and weaponry to keep the defense budget from rising, without even dreaming about his planned program for naval modernization. Pro-Carter hard-liners feel the ex-naval officer would appreciate these facts of life as President and increase defense spending. But soft-liners, such as SANE executive Sanford Gottlieb, believe Carter is "basically a liberal on foreign policy" and would cut more deeply. Both sides see rare strength and intelligence in Jimmy Carter and so choose to interpret his clouded policies on defense as did the clients of the oracle of Delphi. * * * Correction: Our recent column on the New York primary erroneously stated, because of an error in transcription, that "liberal Jewish Democrats are not entirely happy with Jackson's attacks on detente (in contrast to far-left liberal Jewish voters in Brooklyn)." It should have read: "far less liberal Jewish voters" (not far-left). Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2,1B97. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use lor 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 120.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties In Zones 1 and 2 per year J23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year J27.00 Dogs Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Canine 4 Mongrel 7 Wrinkled-lace dog 10 Spanish exclamation 12 Space 14 Governmental agency (ab.) 15 Erect 16 Bird's home 17 House addition 18 Lord (Latin) 20 Not relaxed 22 Consistency (obs.) 24 Bed canopy 26 Covers with turl 30 Number 31 Continent (ab.) 32 Large tub 33 Talent 34 Against (ab.) 36 Mariner's direction 37 Prayer ending 39 Something to (ly in (2 wds.) 42 Sure 45 Turned to ice 47 Sewing implement 51 Mouths (anal.) 52 Rajah's wile 54 Not lat 55 Dry. as wine 56 Skin disease 57 Geraint's wile 58 Summer (Fr ) 59 Distant (prefix) 60 Transposes (ab.) DOWN 21 Nights (ab 1 Bee sting (Fr.) 23 Tie 2 Mountain (comb, lorm) 3 Metric weight 4 Dogs in ' general 5 Agent (sullix) 6 Remainder (Fr ) 7 President (ab ) 35 Droopy-eared 8 African river 9 Gallon (ab.) 38 Non- 11 Boy's name commissioned (pl.) officer 13 Solar disk 40 Tell untruth 19 Negative word 41 Anoint 43 Masculine name 44 Respond 45 Be peevish 46 Some dogs do this 48 Fender mishap 49 Den 50 Finishes 51 Carbohydrate sullix 53 Compass point 24 Semester 25 Graded (her.) 27 Baking chamber 28 Great __ 29 Samte (?b.) 30 Chinese pagoda

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