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Carroll Daily Times Herald > Comment & Feature Page Wednesday, April 7,1976 Politically Untouchable * While Congress has taken the first steps toward a further expansion of the welfare system through the budget process, it has yet to act to solve what has become, or is fast becoming, one of the largest problems the welfare system has faced — the runaway food stamp program. What is wrong with the program is not its origins, it is what it has become. As was pointed out on this page last Friday, the program does appear to be doing a good job for those for which it was originally intended. • But from a $36.4 million program in 1965 to help the poor achieve a higher level of nutrition in their diet, the food stamp plan last year cost $5,2 billion. From one recipient out of 429 Americans 10 years ago, last year one out of 13 received foocl stamps. ' This progression came about by including armies of people who are not poor by most definitions. The definition of income was changed to exclude payments for taxes, retirement funds, tuition, costs of shelter and union dues. The definition of a recipient's wealth was changed to exclude such things as the house, jewelry, car, furniture, pension funds, cash value of insurance, trust funds and other federal benefits. Under this extended formula, strikers, part-time students and others whose incomes may be greater than some of the taxpayers who support the system are declared eligible. It may be that the food stamp program has reached such proportions that it is politically unstoppable and will continue to expand indefinitely. It would be better, and is in fact necessary, to head off the program's excesses before the program itself becomes politically untouchable. Portugal Almost two years ago the Salazar regime in Portugal came to an end. For much of the time since then the question has been whether the anti-Salazar reaction would take the nation into a tailspin in the opposite direction. As recently as last November the communists and their allies in the military were attempting to seize power, taking advantage of the unstable conditions then existing and what was perceived by them to be confusion among the people of Portugal about what direction their government should take. The leftists overestimated their own influence and misread the sentiments of their 's Revival countrymen. On April 25, only five months after that unsuccessful coup, the Portuguese people will decide in a free election who will represent them in parliament. Another election for a president will follow in about two months. Those are but the first steps toward a new democratic Portugal. Serious economic problems await the new leaders, but having come this far in two years — and swimming upstream against the pessimism expressed almost everywhere — the challenges ahead do not seem insurmountable. Non-Issues Hardly a day passes that some prominent politician doesn't say that such-and-such a principle or event is "not a political issue." When analyzed, this quaint and well-worn saying actually means that the speaker doesn't want it to be a political issue. It is a tribute to broadmindedness, in a way. that many political leaders' make this sort of disavowal even -when their statement might tend to work against their own political cause. Nevertheless, the saying is without much substance. Controversial subjects have a way of becoming political issues even when they are rigorously excluded from political platforms. Simply mentioning that such and so is not a ''political'lssues can makejt one. Inside Report Viewpoint With No Handles .ByTomTiede WASHINGTON - (NEA) - In introducing Senate Bill No. 1 last year, John McClellan of Arkansas called it "the most involved and comprehensive measure ever presented to the Congress of the United States.". And that should have been the tippff to kill it on the spot. Congress needs room to arrange its prejudices, and at a time when its attention was already divided beyond capacity, the legislature was in no position to begin proper consideration of a matter so sweeping as to affect every person in the Republic. Hence a quite real American disaster is nearing formation on the senior side of the Capitol. Having failed to attract needed scrutiny, S.'l has largely been left to the mostly secret devices of its advocates. It has, therefore, become a political pot whose handles have been removed. Only a suspicious few have hold of it now. And if the bill comes to the floor soon, as is expected, the Senate might very well vote affirmatively for legislation that can only be described as decidedly Nixonian. Indeed, it was Richard Nixon — who else? — who very early encouraged the creation of S. 1. In his "get tough" approach to American justice he urged Congress to institute an upgrading, stiffening and codification of'the federal criminal laws. His thoughts were called "primitive vengefulness" by the director of a commission formed along these lines, but his unmistakable hand is everywhere in the McClellan bill. So it is that just because everything is different in the post R.N. Washington, it doesn't mean everything has changed. The bill of course has not been received with plain apathy in Congress. Last year, actually, it was vogue for liberal and nToderate senators to stoutly denounce some of its original provisions. For example, quite a. few lawmakers wondered about the wisdom of provisions that would send a citizen ,to the electric chair if he in good 'conscience exposed national security information that inadvertently was communicated tp a foreign power. By •gad, said the, senator, we can ; t have that kind of thing, thus putting the lie to the rumor that congressional selflessness is a contradiction in terms. Rest assured, a purging was accomplished of some, of the S. 1 provision that most boldly resembled the thumbscrew theory of criminal justice. And this is precisely the reason S. 1 is still about. In exchange for some obviously necessary modifications in the bill (for instance: doing away with a death penalty for insane killers), critical solons have dropped their opposition. Though few in the Senate have even read the remainder of the 750-page S. 1 document, there is presently no meaningful opposition to its eventual adoption. And what is the rest of the document? Some good things, admittedly, such as crime-victim compensation, strengthened penalties for white-collar offenses and new rules for the crime of sex discrimination. However, by and large, S. 1 remains legislation which may not very usefully prescribes constitutional termination as a cure for what ails us: An updated form of the Smith Act would make it again a crime for Americans to belong to certain, kinds of political groups (those advocating violence); the government would be given increased authority for involuntarily commitment of people to mental institutions, even though they have committed no offenses; inciting military insubordination (draft counseling?) would be prohibited in time of war, but time of war is not defined; and the conspiracy laws would be stretched to a point where mere thought might become a federal crime. Clearly, much of the slightly modified S. 1 is contemptible, bi\t as Disraeli said, in politics nothing is contemptible. John McClellan is in the last term of a long career and, Constitution aside, S. 1 is seen by some of his colleagues as a kind of retirement monument. And what a monument. There is even a provision in S. 1 to cover crimes committed on the moon. "Quote/Unquote" "The nature of libraries (in China) is quite different from libraries in' capitalist countries. The task of our library is to propagate the thoughts of Mao, Lenin and Marx and serve the three great movements: class struggle, production, and scientific experiments:" —Pan Hao-pin, chief librarian of the Shanghai Public Library. *No' From Strom By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, whose steadfast support pinned down the Republican presidential nomination for Richard M. Nixon against Ronald Reagan's challenge in 1968. politely turned down .a secret White House request to do the same for President Ford shortly before the March 23 North Carblina primary. The explicit request was made at a time Mr. Ford's political managers sensed a rising tide against Reagan and were eager to apply the coup de grace But in the wake of Reagan's North Carolina victory, the neutrality of Thurmond — the most prestigious of right-wing Southern Republicans — is painful. So is the fact that John, Connally of Texas so far has also spurned Mr. Ford's appeals. The appeal to Thurmond was delivered by Stuart Spencer, political director of Mr. Ford's campaign. Spencer journeyed to Thurmond's McLean, Va.. home in the Washington suburbs one evening in mid-March to see whether there was any chance of enlisting him. Present also was Harry Dent, a top Republican in South Carolina who once served as Thurmond's administrative aide and later as political agent in the Nixon White House. Thurmond's response: he will maintain his neutrality until tne issue is resolved either by Reagan's possible withdrawal before the Kansas City convention (now regarded as unlikely) or the convention itself decides the issue. Thurmond's importance to Mr. Ford could scarcely be overestimtaed. Thurmond more than any other party leader saved shaky Southern states for Nixon against Reagan's late bid for the 1968 nomination. Not long after Nixon became President in 1969. Reagan asked and got from Thurmond a pledge of neutrality in the event Reagan ever should make another bid for his party's presidential nomination. Thurmond privately says he is now honoring that pledge. He indicated as much when Mr. Ford himself brought up the possibility of a Thurmond endorsement with the Senator soon after Reagan announced his candidacy last November. That Mr. Ford sent Spencer to McLean four months later shows how eager the Advice Keeps Haunting Her By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I went with this man for three years, and it was the real thing, but we had a big fight. Before he cooled off, he jumped into a marriage that he regretted right away. I am still single, but I have no time for him because he is a married man now and has been for six years. Every time his wife goes to a hospital to have another baby, he calls me at work and sends me telegrams begging me to see him. He says he still loves me. To tell you the truth, I still have a soft spot in my heart for him. I know I shouldn't see him, but how can I get him out of my heart before I weaken? STILL CARE DEAR STILL: There is nothing you can do about a "soft spot in your heart." Just make sur,e it doesn't spread to your head. Try to get interested in someone else. Nothing kills an old romance quicker than a new one. DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of a Health 'Kissing Disease' By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — I need an answer regarding infectious mononucleosis. Our son is 27 and his wife is 25. They are both recovering from infectious mononucleosis. They have twin girls, age 2. Apparently they can't get the disease at that age. We were planning to visit them and I 1 wanted to know if the virus" Was still"'' catching, you know in places like around the house or on the dishes. What advice would you give me? I don't want to hurt their feelings by cancelling our visit but on the other hand, I don't want to get infectious mononucleosis either. DEAR READER — Infectious mononucleosis is sometimes called the kissing disease because it occurs so commonly in young adults. It is caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intimate oral contact seems to be the principal mode of transmission, although it can certainly be transmitted in other ways. This suggests that if you visit'your son and family you should avoid the kissing routine. The illness may start out like an ordinary severe sore throat with fever and enlarged lymph glands in the neck. The diagnosis is made by various" laboratory tests. You are probably already immune to it since most older adults are immune to the disease. In warm climates children are more inclined to have the disease without the characteristic sore throat, fever, enlarged lymph glands and other features. The infection literally goes unrecognized. They develop lifetime immunity. Your twin granddaughters are likely to be permanently immune to infectious mononucleosis. There are rare cases of infectious mononucleosis in children with the complications seen in young adults. The disease rarely occurs in older people whether or not they have been kissing. This is probably related to whether these individuals have had previous exposure to the virus or not. The young adults with the disease usually come from a fairly hygenic surrounding. This is why it is more commonly observed in young adults in the college student group than in young adults from less favorable socio-economic environments. Usually the disease is quite begign. About three-fourths of the patients develop an enlarged spleen, which can easily' ruptUre and require"femergency surgery. For this reason individuals with infectious mononucleosis should avoid vigorous physical activity. Young athletes who develop any sore throat and enlarged lymph glands should be examined for infectious mononucleosis before they are permitted to continue exercise. Go see your grandchildren but restrict yourself to patting rather than kissing. We used to say the disease wasn't contagious between roommates, but that data was collected before the advent of co-ed dormitories. 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 8YMAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year J20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year 123.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year J27.00 Berry's World ©1976 by NEA, Inc. "You haven't' published the names of any CIA agents in your publication, have you?" baby who is learning to feed himself. I am almost positive that Terry is left-handed because when I put the spoon in his right hand, he transfers it to his left and proceeds eating that way. My husband says I should train Terry to be right-handed because everything is geared for right-handed. Now my husband is forcing Terry to eat with his right hand. What do your experts say? YOUNG MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: My experts say to let the child eat with whichever hand he wants to. To force Terry to use his right hand when he is naturally left-handed could create many more problems than it solves. Besides, what's the difference which hand he eats with? His mouth is in the middle. DEAR ABBY: A reader asked how to address mail to a couple who are not married but living together. Today, many couples who are married have different names. My daughter-in-law kept her own name, so I address their mail to both of them, using their names. It may appear to the postman that they are not married, but I know they are. Even though I would have preferred that she had taken my son's name, I realize that it is her privilege to use her own name if she desires, I'm just. . . GLAD THEY'RE MARRIED DEAR ABBY: That guy who came home to find his wife waiting for him a la natural with a pitcher of martinis doesn't know how lucky he is. I usually come home to a wife who's still in the same ratty bathrobe she was wearing when I said goodbye to her that morning. And the martinis are not in a pitcher. They are in HER! UNLUCKY ME IN JERSEY President was to get rid of Reagan. Since then, the President's case has deteriorated — with North Carolina lost and severe tests approaching in six Southern states in May (beginning with Texas May 1). Jerry's Strange Campaign The late-blooming presidential campaign of Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown of California, heavily depended on by Sen. Hubert Humphrey to create a convention deadlock, demonstrated comic disorganization last week with its astounding ignorance of the new campaign law. Brown, who ended a year of political seculsion with a burst of telephone calls to politicians across the country right after announcing his candidacy, called one of California's most powerful Democrats last week in an ebullient mood. Fatcat Mr. X had pledged a contribution of $5,000 for his campaign, enthused the Governor, and fatcat Mr. Y had pledged another $5,000. Wait a minute, the politician interrupted, that's against the law. Brown simply did not know that the new federal election law puts a $1,000 limit on presidential contributions. That lends credence to the complaint of Brown's critics that he is long on philosophy but short on planning. Although Brown clearly has been thinking about the presidency since being elected governor in 1974, he had done nothing about it — revealed by his ignorance not only of the federal election law but state filing procedures as well. A Brown aide last week contacted a party pro to scout the Governor's chances in the April 27 Pennsylivania primary: he was informed the filing deadline passed Feb. 17. On March 19, Brown himself telephoned a high-ranking United Auto Workers (UAW) official in Detroit to check the Michigan primary. That evening the labor leader checked — and discovered the filing deadline was that very day. In sum, Brown has let time pass him by. Besides California on June 8, the only other primaries he might enter are Maryland (May 18), Kentucky (May 25 land Nevada (May 25). Nor does Brown have a national campaign manager, even though his operatives in California have been spreading the word that nationally renowned liberal Democratic politician Allard K. Lowenstein will be in charge. But Lowenstein, who is running in the New York;primary as an uncommitted delegate, has teaching and writing commitments in New York City until June. Although he strongly admires Brown, Lowenstein certainly has not agreed to run his campaign. A footnote: Brown's icy distance, from fellow governors is ending. In a routine letter to other governors, Gov. Patrick J. Lucey of Wisconsin pencilled in a P.S. to Brown complimenting him for his recent performance on CBS's "60 Minutes." Lucey, who like most governors has never met the mysterious Californian, soon received a warm and congenial telephone call from Brown in Sacramento. Flying Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Flying mammals 5 Jets, lor example 11 Hawaiian porch 12 City in Prussia 13 Units of energy 14 Make prostrate 15 Careful reading 17 Pasture sound 18 Raw minerals 19 Passport feature 21 Purse 24 Dynamics (ab.) 25 Cylindrical tube 26 Parasitic insect 27 Body of salt water 28 Certain roof workers 30 Have recourse 33 Attempt 34 Yemenite 35 Norwegian capital 37 Jima 40 Greek letter 41 Voided escutcheon (her.) 42 Chemical substance 43 300 (Roman) 45 European . country 47 Swindled 50 Ice formation 51 Aviators 52 Extra remuneration 53 Besieges 54 Individuals DOWN 1 Desertfike 2 Black cattle 3 Soviet news agency 4 Yes (Sp.) 5 Friend (coll.) 6 South American animal 7 hoy! 8 Striking 9 Compass reading 10 Angelo, Texas 11 Wary (coll.) 14 Toss quickly 15 Seedcase 16 Airman 20 Colonist 22 Chalice veil (var.) 23 Aerilorm substance 25 Through 26 Aviate 27 Loud cry 29 Postwar organization (ab.) 30 Rodent 31 Period ot time 32 Flying objects, possibly 36 Moved stealthily 37 Legendary flyer 38 Airplane parts 39 Strange 41 Group of eight 42 Coeur d' , Idaho 44 Arrived 46 Black (poet.) 47 Public vehicle (coll.) 48 Hasten 49 Half-ems 52 Back order (ab.)

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