I Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Inside Repert Thursday, April 15,1976 Terrorism Backfires In the mistaken belief that it will result in the improved treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union, some American Jews have launched a campaign of terror against Soviet citizens and Soviet offices in New York City. The campaign differs from that waged by Palestinian terrorists against Israel only in that, so far. no one has been hurt in New York. It is purely a matter of luck, however, that one of the most recent episodes — two shots fired from a highpowered rifle into the Soviet Union's United Nations mission on East 67th Street — did not hit anyone. About all that has been accomplished by a group calling itself the Jewish Armed Resistance, which claims responsibility for these acts, has been to make life hell for American diplomatic personnel and their families in Moscow. The Soviet government, which is unable to believe that the attacks in New York do not have the sanction of the U.S. government, has retaliated with hundreds of late-night harassing telephone calls to embassy personnel and at least two bomb threats. Of all the people in the world, Jews should know that terrorism is self-defeating and only hardens the attitudes of one's enemies while destroying whatever moral ground the terrorist claims to act upon. The Israelis have of ten pointed out that no Arab government has ever condemned the terrorism of the Palestinian guerrillas or expressed regret at the murders of innocent men. women and children. While the Israeli government certainly has no control over nor bears any responsibility for the actions of misguided Jews in this country, it would not be amiss if it were to denounce in no uncertain terms the maniacs of the Jewish Armed Resistance. Medicaid Abuses Probed Finally, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare — the behemoth department which oversees the nation's welfare and health care programs — launching a major investigation into alleged abuses. The target will not be the Supplemental Security Income program, which even HEW admits has been riddled with errors and abuses costing the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Instead, the probe now beginning will zero in on doctors and nursing homes suspected of overcharging state and federal governments under the Medicaid health assistance program. This program also is a large one, involving health care assistance provided to more than 10 per cent of the American people. No one knows how extensive abuses are, although HEW Secretary David Mathews has given "purely a subjective estimate" that as much as 5 per cent of Medicaid payments made this year—or about $750 million — may be involved. Five of the largest states will be investigated in the department's probe, beginning with Massachusetts this month. Ohio will become the target of federal and state investigating teams in June, with three other states to be chosen for investigations later this year. Those three will be selected from New York. Pennsylvania, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin. Three other large states — California, Michigan and New Jersey — are considered to have efficient systems operating to spot fraud. Many of the standards in effect in these states have been adopted by HEW. Reinforcing Auto Safety Having failed to convince many motorists to wear seat belts, even though the belts must be installed by manufacturers, the U.S. Department of Transportation now is considering a .passive restraint system. Passive systems are those like air bags which do their jobs automatically without the driver having to take any action. Such restraint systems likely would prove to be more expensive than seat belts, which brings the subject around to why many motorists refuse to use the belts. Perhaps it is simply a matter of forgetfulness, although that seems hard to accept in light of the large number of people who have deliberately tampered with the buzzers, ignition locks and other systems designed to force the use of seat belts. More.likelyMt is a mini-rebellion against a device forced upon an individual whether he wishes it or not. People who object to seat belts are quite right, although foolish, in pointing out it is their safety which is at stake.. Countries which have adopted mandatory seat belt use under strong penalties have a mixed reaction of compliance, but they do show lower fatality and injury rates. It is a possibility which has not seriously been pursued in the United States. Viewpoint Why This Enemy? Carter's Tactical Crisis By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — The furor over "ethnic purity" has shaken key supporters and advisers of Jimmy Carter more than they admit, not because it reminds them of George Wallace but because it recalls the spectre of McGovernism. To 1972 McGovern campaign veterans who dominate Carter's 1976 cadre in state after state, the self-inflicted wound brings back nightmare memories. Although George McGovern's reflexive liberalism guarded against any statement with . even faintly racist overtones, his political ineptitude has recently reappeared in Carter. The "ethnic purity" problem, then, is tactical, not substantive. Coming just when Carter had to resume his offensive for the presidential nomination, it knocked him back on the defensive, leaving him thrashing in the political wilderness of neighborhood housing patterns. Carter's supporters now question whether Carter and his Georgia-bred staff are truly capable of sustaining a presidential campaign. Significantly, it is this tactical question, not fears that Carter might have disclosed secret racism, that worries his liberal backers. Indeed, McGovernites have backed Carter not out of illusion that he was a proven Southern civil rights liberal who never dallied with George Wallace but because they perceived him as a winner who welcomes them aboard his bandwagon. If Carter suddenly looks like an inept loser, his appeal disappears. That is why this single, tertiary issue so damaged Carter. Leonard Woodcock, president of the United Auto Workers (UAW). for weeks has been boosting Carter to dubious colleagues. When the UAW high command met last week in Detroit behind closed doors, the discussion was dominated by "ethnic purity." The result: neither the UAW (expected) nor Woodcock (believed certain) endorsed Carter for the May 18 Michigan primary. UAW leaders were not the only liberals stopped dead in their tracks. One nationally prominent McGovernite. singing Carter's praises for weeks prior to expected endorsement, advised friends last weekend he is pulling back indefinitely. Texas liberals about to back Carter against favorite son Sen. Lloyd Bcntsen are reconsidering. Black Democrats moving toward Carter in New Jersey have stopped dead. These setbacks may be short-range, balanced by gains among ethnic voters in Pennsylvania's critical April 27 primary (thanks partly to Sen. Henry M. Jackson's incredibly ponderous and ill-tempered assaults on Carteri. Nevertheless, this and other tactical errors by Carter and his staff pose Advice Wants to Recycle Dentures By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I hope you won't think this is a stupid question, but I don't know who else to ask. Is there some place that buys used dentures? I have six sets that are good as new. They belonged to members of my family who are now deceased. Three pair belonged to my grandmother, and she never wore any of them for more than three months. It seems a shame to just throw them out if they could be of use to someone. I would even to glad to GIVE them away if you could tell me where to send them. I called my own dentist and asked if he wanted to buy them, and he said. "My God. lady, I don't BUY dentures. I SELL them!" By Tom Tiede WASHINGTpN - (NEA) - When Goerge Orwell in "1984" wrote of hate figure Emmanuel Goldstein, The Enemy of The People, he was not so much drawing on imagination as history. Such symbols have been a core part of nations from the beginning. In America's case it was first the devil, then the Indians, after that the British. More recently it has been Adolf Hitler, the Yellow Peril, the Communist monolith — fill in your own blanks. Now that Vietnam no longer appears on the Orwellian screen to unite us in loathing, we have considered a variety of new targets, from the CIA to food stamp chislers. But the choice of the people, undoubtedly, is Richard Nixon. Here is our best opportunity since Tojo to fuse nonpartisian contempt. Besides his overriding evil, he, looks like Howdy Doody, with that nose, and, if you can't buy a used car from the President of the United States, well, that does not exactly speak well of the fellow. George Wallace is second, maybe. And he got his again the other day when the patriots at the University of Wisconsin donned facemasks of Arthur Bremer and pushed wheelchairs and ridicule at the paraplegic Alabama governor. Still, Nixon is the hate figure preferred by most; to our knowledge Wallace has not at least wandered through his mansion halls talking to the pictures of his predecessors. Indeed, we are with regularity given new ammunition to shoot at the man who held every high national elective position. In fact, a hew book about the last days of the Nixon presidency, by Watergaters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, arms us atomically. Please answer this as I am serious. TEETH ON MY HANDS DEAR TEETH: There's undoubtedly a law (with teeth in ill prohibiting the sale of used dentures. And il wouldn't know to whom you could give them. DEAR ABBY: The letter from the 31-year-old irate bachelor who always gets the "how-come-you're-not-married" routine when applying for employment prompts this letter: I'm 45 and divorced many years with no intention of remarrying. Ten years ago I applied for a position with the Chamber of Commerce of one of Ohio's largest cities. The interview went very well until the man in charge said. "I notice on your resume that you're not married." Then he said with a wink, "Not a 'homo' by Health Woman's Fertility Bv Lawrence E. Lamb. M. It seems Nixon had every defect except a hump on the back. He was reportedly a racist, an anti-Semite and a drunkard. Likewise he was inhuman; the authors write that when reminded once of dead G.I.s in Southeast Asia, Nixon said: "screw "em." No doubt Freud could explain all this, for Nixon is also supposed to have been rejected by his wife. The accuracy of the new report is questionable if only because no one human being could be so easily ugly. Yet so far as hate symbols go, people seldom let facts get in the way of their contempt. Negroes never had different body odor, but no white wanted to smell them to see. There were no reported acts of sabotage by the Japanese-Americans of World War II, but there was this slant to their eyes. There is some distance between the activities of Richard Nixon and Benito Mussolini, but they do not sell II Duce dartboards on the street of Washington. It may be, post-Orwell, that "hate symbol" is no longer a proper term to apply to a Nixon. Psychologists today may prefer scapegoat. This, as Karl Menninger reminds us, more precisely identifies a primary reason behind the mass focusing of hate: self purification. Menninger says that criminals are often scapegoats, for example, objects we use to remind ourselves how wonderful we who have seen the ilght are. We aren't so wonderful, of course. Each of us is crooked to a degree. But by having jails, and staying out of them, we take our pride. DEAR DR. LAMB —My sister-in-law reads your column faithfully. She says that it is possible for a woman of age 60 to become pregnant if precautions aren't taken. I disagree with her. She will look for your answer. DEAR READER - You have a 99.9 per cent chance of being right, maybe even greater. Documented pregnancy after the age of 56 has never been reported. In the past decade there has been some confusion regarding menstrual periods and fertility. Women who have been taking sequential birth control pills and interrupt the medicine monthly for artificial menstruation will continue to have this response as long as they take these pills and follow the regime. The hormones build up the lining of the uterus (womb) in the first part of the month and when they are stopped the lining is shed. This "period" is induced artificially by hormones and is unrelated to the ovaries. Therefore the continuation of monthly bleeding with such a treatment, regimen is unrelated to the ability of a woman to get pregnant. For information about menopause send 50 cents for The Health Letter, number 5-12, Menopause. Enclose a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope for mailing. Address your letter to me in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, NY 10019. DEAR DR. LAMB — I am wondering if it is at all possible for me to decrease the size of my nose. You see, I have a very large one and it is making my life miserable. I am a male and 15 years old. If it keeps growing I'll soon hate to look in the mirror more than I do now. If you know of any possible way to reduce its size please let me know as soon as possible. I will appreciate any kind of exercise or anything that I could do at home for now. DEAR READER—Without a picture if would be really difficult for me to know whether you are exaggerating your problem or not. In any case it disturbs you and therefore it is important. An individual who thinks he has unattractive physical features will be handicapped for life. You need to either gain proper perspective concerning your features or else they need to be corrected. I am sorry to say that there is absolutely no way at home that you can do anything that will decrease the size of your nose. However, reduction of the size of noses is done every day in major medical centers by operations. any chance, are you?" I Just looked at him incredulously while he want on to sermonize on the virtues of marriage and explain that the Chamber wanted "a family man" whose wife could socialize with the wives of other chamber members and how a single man was usually "unstable" and just wouldn't fit in. He made it clear that a single man was "suspect" and didn't quite have the wholesome, highly moral image they required. A week later, the same man called and asked me to meet him downtown for dinner that evening to "talk things over.'' Thinking that he had reconsidered hiring me. I gladly accepted. When I got to the restaurant he had already had a few drinks, but he wasn't drunk. He was very friendly and told me what a handsome, sophisticated, cool young man I was. as he gripped my hand and slapped my thigh. He went on to say that his wife and kids were at the lake for a week and he enjoyed being a bachelor for a while because he was trapped in a rotten marriage, etc. "What about the job?" 1 asked. "No. Too bad. They still prefer a stable, family-type man. But how about coming to the house and spending the weekend with me. because I'm not all that straight, and I really dig the gay life?" I simply got up. shook his hand and walked out as he burst into tears and yelled, "Go to hell, you—'." ALL RIGHT IN OHIO CONFIDENTIAL TO "WHY. WHY. WHY?": Seldom is one single crisis wholly responsible for an emotional collapse. It's the trigger of a gun that is already loaded. Don't feel guilty. long-range problems. Tactical Error No. I: In taking the perfectly sensible position that the federal government should not break up homogeneous neighborhoods (agreed to by Jackson and Rep. Morris Udalll. Carter in his notorious April 2 interview with the New York Daily Times used the formulation "ethnic purity" with no advance preparation at all. Tactical Error No. 2: Neither Carter nor his staff caught the inflammatory aspect of the phrase when it appeared in print April 4. When questioned about it throughout April 6. Carter did not back off — as he then could have without any damage. Instead, he compounded the problem with another dangerous formulation — "alien groups." Explanations by Carter insiders thai these phrases conform to Georgia's freer way of talking about racial problems only indict Carter as a provincial politician. Tactical P>ror No. 2: Responding to complaints from black politicians, Carter suddenly switched positions and endorsed the Humphrey-Hawkins full employment bill — a seeming effort at appeasing the black vote. In fact. Carter had decided to switch when the bill was amended to his liking but failed to announce it when it might have been politically fruitful. Even before these blunders, supporters had perceived a decline in Carter's earlier tactical mastery. He lost ground in the Wisconsin primary by permitting himself to be put on the defensive. At the very moment that the "ethnic purity" furor enveloped his campaign. Carter was being advised to resume the offensive by assaulting Jackson and Udall for over-promising. What has happened to the flawlessly structured campaign which brought the obscure Southern governor to the front of the huge Democratic pack? The answer privately given from within the campaign is the candidate's fatigue (though the recent lengthening of his campaign days and weeks in itself is a deterioration from previously moderate scheduling). Beyond scheduling, two areas of doubt are raised about? the Carter campaign. First. Carter's general staff, composed mainly of intimates new to national politics, may be inadequate in the new phase of his campaign following the initial breakthrough. Though happily free of the internal feuds that usually plague presidential ' campaigns, the Carter staff may lack the sophistication vital to win the pre: dency. Second, when he departs from his carefully memorized answers. Jimmy Carter may partly share George McGovern's political insensitivity. His early blooper on mortgage tax deductions did no great damage. His gratuitous assault on Sen. Hubert Humphrey probably lost votes, though not a victory, in Wisconsin. But his bungled discussion of neighborhoods has. at the very least, now shaken the confidence of his victory-hungry supporters. 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. Appellations Answer to Previous Puzzle 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. 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