Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 16, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, April 16, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Inside Repert Friday, April 16,1976 What Others Are Saying Cedar Rapids Gazette After years of dispute between Midwest meatpackers and union butchers in the urban East, congressional investigators have agreed to check the boxed beef business for possible restraint of trade at the retail end. Specifically, the General Accounting Office field agents will try to determine whether labor-management practices reject pre-packaged beef cuts in favor of the whole carcass. Motivators in the inquiry are nine congressmen, including Iowa Reps. Bedell and Grassley. Those familiar with the farm-to-store processing chain may regard an election year a curious time to investigate union . butchers for possible artificial restraint of technology. But Republican Grassley, for one, is no union boss' toady. And Democrat Bedell, a swing voter on union matters, represents the Northwest Iowa district that supplies much of the manpower and beef cattle required by Iowa Beef Processors, Inc., headquartered in Dakota City, Neb. The firm innovated the boxed beef process and still leads the field in volume. Whatever the immediate reason for the GAO inquiry, it is about time that someone took out the magnifying glass. One need not be an expert to know that reducing an animal into roasts, steaks and burgers before transcontinental shipping is vastly more efficient than sending the whole carcass. And as any meat specialist will attest, pre-trip packaging not only eliminates spoilage through dehydration, it enables packing plant processors to make efficient use of the carcass. Some retail markets are notorious for totally wasting fat already shipped at considerable expense. The consumer's state in all this is obvious: What does a make-work setup for retail store butchers do to the price of beef? The price goes up as fast as you can say "middleman." This is not to imagine reticence on Iowa Beef Processors' part. In a confusing New York court case two years ago, the firm was convicted of conspiracy to bribe supermarket and butchers' union officials. Corporation spokesmen contended . that the firm was forced into making payoffs to get its product into the union-controlled Gotham market. In light of the muddled record, the beef industry — as a whole — and consumers stand to benefit by congressional probing into whatever marketing hanky-panky may exist. Cherokee Daily Times News reports of the past few days to characterize officials of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) as the bad guys in the nationwide drama of proposed and projected cuts in service played against a background of a mail system that is deteriorating. Such casting is untrue. Those who head up the USPS are following the orders given them in 1970 when the Postal Reorganization Act set up a government corporation with strict financial guidelines. Congress passed the 1970 act and thereby relinquished control. Now that the USPS is in trouble, with expenses exceeding revenues far beyond the calculations of six years ago, the lawmakers are fulminating about plans to reduce deliveries and eliminate small post offices. In truth, their displeasure should be directed at themselves, for only they possess the power to change the rules under which USPS operates. At the beginning of this decade, Congress set the goal of making the USPS an almost break-even agency by 1985. The method was to even out the annual subsidy at the beginning and then gradually phase out financial support. Inflation has worked against this plan; and even though the phase-out timetable has not been reached, USPS officials have been forced to introduce some economics through service cutbacks and contemplate even more drastic ones for the near future. Congress has the choice of allowing the USPS to struggle toward eventual bankruptcy, with more and more services curtailed or eliminated in the process, or of revising both the formula and the operating instructions of the 1970 act. The mail system traditionally has been a conduit of communications, information and education to the public. It should be allowed to continue to serve such purposes. Congress should stop complaining and take positive, corrective action. Wall Street Journal . It is not at all surprising that Jimmy Carter's political rivals are trying to make the most of his "ethnic purity" remark by trying to type him as a closet racist or humbler. But when all is said and don, it isn't much of an issue. Mr. Carter told a New York Daily News reporter that "I see nothing wrong with ethnic purity being maintained. I would not force a racial integration of a neighborhood by government action. But I would not permit discrimination against a family moving into the neighborhood." The Washington Post, which came to Mr. Carter's defense, notes that his basic position differs hardly at all from positions stated in the past by Messrs. Udall and Jackson. All three have come out against government neighborhood busting. The argument then boils down to Mr. Carter's choice of the word "purity." He apologized in Philadelphia for making a bad choice and said "ethnic character" or "ethnic heritage" would have been better. That left Senator Jackson and Mr. Udall to try to make an issue of the front-runner's bad word choice. "What will he be doing as President?" Mr. Jackson asked at an Indiana news conference. "Is he going to get us into national and international embarrassing situations?" Well, if Mr. Carter should ever make it to the White House, which still is highly problematical, perhaps he would be a President who admits it when he thinks he has made a mistake. And recent history would suggest that there are far worse things for Presidents to do. Waterloo Courier Increasingly during'the current political season, we find political writers dealing with something called the "new liberalism." With the nation carrying the scars of the New Left activities during the 1960s, the "New Politics" of the early 1970s, and the "New Conservatism" of the Nixon era, a lot of us are a little shy of any new "ism." Chief prophet of the new liberalism if Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. of California.. Brown has been preaching that government on every level is too big and clumsy and that the expectations of citizens are unreasonably inflated. In brief, Brown is seeking a society in which the citizens will do more to solve their own problems than they have in the past. Critics of the Brown movement have labeled the governor and his followers as the "new skeptics." In speaking of the future role of government, Gov. Brown frequently terms the years ahead as an era of limits — limits as to what government can and will do, and limits as to wfiat citizens must expect from government. This is a new philosophy? Admittedly we moved far from this system for several years, but according to our understanding that is the way things have always been in the United States. If it makes people happy, then call it "new liberalism." But a lot of us have called it conservatism for many years. "Quote/Unquote" Deepening Turkish Disaster By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON - A confidential telephone call from the prime minister of Greece to President Ford April 1 brought a bitter complaint that explained why the immensely important agreement between the U.S. and Turkey to reopen former U.S. bases in Turkey is doomed. Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis informed the President that the new agreement (not yet submitted to Congress) does not even attempt safeguards against Turkey's using the bases in war against Greece. Th new agreement, he charged, would dangerously upset the balance of power in the Aegean. The Greek premier has privately voiced those same complaints against the new U.S.-Turkey accord to other statesmen in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization: the British prime minister, the West German chancellor and the French president. But his words carry greatest weight in the U.S. Congress, where the Greek lobby is more influential than the President himself. This highly unusual intervention of an ally into the affairs of the U.S. and Turkey contributes to this horrifying situation: the U.S.-Turkish bases agreement, even before its dispatch to Congress, is headed for disaster. It cannot pass Congress and may not even emerge from committee. What then will follow is more alarming deterioration in the NATO defense system in the Eastern Mediterranean. The extent of the disaster can be measured by the ill-fated course of U.S. diplomacy ever since 1974, when Congress blindly followed the dictates of ethnic politics to bar American aid to Turkey. That punished Turkey for using U.S. weapons against the Greeks in Cyprus following the attempted Cyprus takeover by the military dictatorship then ruling Greece. Ever since, U.S.-Turkish, U.S.-Greek arid Greek-Turkish relations — a Advice "It is because we were hunters, because we killed for a living, because we matched wits against the whole of the animal world, that we had the wit to survive even a world of our creation." —Anthropologist Kobert Ardrey in his latest book "The Hunting Hypothesis." Fears Growing Up By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I am nearly 13, and I have been reading your column since I was about 11. From the looks of the way married people hate each other, it makes me afraid to get married. I don't think it would be very much fun to be a grownup because they have so many problems like getting jobs. Health Controlling Gout Bv Lawrence E. Lamb. M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — Approximately one year ago I had an attack of acute gout. My physician prescribed Colbenemid and the attacks subsided. I thought that was the end of it. Then a month ago I read that I needed lifetime medical management and that the severity of gout was much more critical for those who had an attack when they were under 30 years of age. I immediately saw a physician and he placed me on Zyloprim although he was not able to give me any indication of the course of the disease when a person had the first attack under 30 years of age. I was 28 when mine occurred. I am wondering if you can give me some indication of what to expect in this area as I am quite apprehensive. DEAR READER — Gout, as you must know from your reading, is caused by an over production of uric acid by the cells in our own body. The ( uric acid is literally a by-product of cell ' regeneration. Without cell regeneration our lifespan would be extremely short. The excess production of uric acid appears to be on a genetic or inherited basis. It is perfectly true that anyone who has gout should accept lifetime medical supervision. This isn't all bad. As long as the person's uric acid level in the blood is controlled, things are progressing well. Very often it is necessary for patients with significant elevations of uric acid to take medicines persistently. Zyloprim, which you are now taking, is also called allopurinol. It suppresses the body cell's capacity to form excess uric acid. Other medicines help eliminate excess uric acid through the kidneys. The combination of medicines now available make it possible to literally control gout and prevent most of its complications. But of course one must continue medical supervision to gain these benefits. The advances in the ability to treat gout with medicines has also diminished the importance of the diet in the treatment of gout. There are no meaningful statistics on what to expect just because you had your first attack before age 30. Quite frankly, the advances in medicine in the treatment of gout are sufficiently recent that long term studies on individuals who have been properly treated just aren't available. Those who want a more complete picture of the course of gout, what to expect in the way of complications, and how to prevent them can send 50 cents for The Health Letter, number 2-3, Gout, Uric Acid. Send a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to me in care of this newspaper. P.O. Box 1551. Radio City Station. New York. N.Y. 10019. I will say. however, that because it is possible to control the uric acid level with available medicines that a conscientious patient under good medical supervision should expect to have a relatively normal lifespan with a minimum amount of complications, if any. The key part of this, however, is that the patient must cooperate with the doctor in his continuous management. 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. JAMES W.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 t .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year 420.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year S23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year : 427.00 paying taxes and the whole political mess. I don't know what I am going to do when I get out of school, but 1 think I'd rather just spend my whole life in school than be an adult in a world like this one. People keep talking about peace and love, and all they do is go around hurting and killing each other. What do you think I should do? AFRAID TO GROW UP DEAR AFRAID: Grow up anyway. We need adults who are dissatisfied with a world filled with people who say they want peace and go around hurting and killing each other. And don't decide against marriage either. My column is a trouble dump. There are plenty of good marriages, but nobody ever writes to Dear Abby to tell me how happy he is. DEAR ABBY: Is yawning a sign of physical fatigue? Or is it a sign of boredom? CURIOUS DEAR CURIOUS: It can be either or both. It's usually an involuntary opening of the mouth when you wish others would shut theirs. DEAR ABBY: The letter from the distressed parent who was shocked at her daughter's "dishonesty and bad taste" in choosing to wear a white wedding gown when everybody knew she was no virgin provoked me into writing this. My daughter is divorced, over 30. and no virgin either, but she is planning to be married soon, and she has chosen to wear a white gown. In fact, I am knitting it for her now. and I couldn't be happier. I don't feel that my daughter is declaring herself a virgin by wearing white. She is declaring herself a bride. For that I am thankful. She could have chosen to live with her partner instead of marrying him. ALL FOR WHITE IN VA. Berry's World "It was all so phony. The thinking, I guess, was that the candidate and his wife should be poor and unsuccessful Hell, the way I feel, if you got it, wear it." —Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) criticizing suggestions by advisors during his 1964 presidential campaign that he and his wife not dress too elegantly at rallies. © 1976 by NEA. Inc. "... But because I got straight 'A's doesn't » necessarily mean h'K probably just another average student!" triangle of three NATO pillars — have dangerously worsened. That deterioration symbolizes perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the U.S. role in the world today: embittered, destructive political warfare between an administration striving to prevent further diminution of American influence in the world and a liberal Democratic Congress denying the validity of that American role while engaged in domestic ethnic politics. Ironically, since President Ford's new bases deal, though designed to turn the tide, is now destined to die in Congress, the result will be further estrangement with Turkey and even more poisoned relations with Congress. The former U.S. bases are supposed to be turned over to Turkey in return for restoring their use for invaluable U.S. electronic intelligence operations against the Soviet Union. The pricetag of $1 billion to Turkey over four eyars does not seem excessive. The problem is how to answer the question posed by Karamanlis to Mr. Ford on barring the use of the bases against Greece itself. There is no answer except attempts to reestablish mutual good faith between three allies and that is not good enough for the Democrats who control Congress — such as Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota. "That the United States would enter into an agreement so reckless as to allow Turkey to take over and use American bases against Greece, a NATO ally, is unthinkable," McGovern, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Near East, said in an April 7 letter to Elias Demetracopoulos, the Washington-based Greek insider. The similarity to Karamanlis' telephone call six days earlier is scarcely coincidental. Making a difficult situation even worse is the administration's blunder in asking Congress for a one-shot approval covering the next four years to fund the $1 billion for the Turkish bases, bypassing the annual authorization process. There is no chance this Congress would loosen its grip over the federal pursestrings to such an extent. Another administration agreement now in the Senate — the deal with Spain covering U.S. military bases — is almost sure to be changed by the Senate to require annual authorizations. That • change, demanded by chairman Thomas E. Morgan of the House International Relations Committee, is a precedent of sorts undermining the administration's approach to the Turkish deal. In 1974, Congress ruined the administration's Cyprus plan to restore stability in the Eastern Mediterranean by cutting off aid to Turkey. Now, stability is farther away than ever. The impending congressional rejection of the Turkish bases agreement reflects the inability of the U.S. to operate as a great power. That, along with the Soviet Union's political offensives and military growth, marks an ominous shift in the world power balance. At the Races Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Race track circuits 5 Be first horse 8 Horse's gait 12 Egress 13 Arab name 14 Chest sound 15 Entire (German) 16 Winter month (ab.) 17 Adjective suffix (pi.) 18 Remove 20 Register for service 22 Accomplished 23 Nothing 24 Amount won 27 Used to transport horses 28 Deny entry to race 31 Gold (Sp.) 32 Messenger 33 Finland city 34 Chinese pagoda 35 Cans 36 Pounds (ab.) 37 Shade tree 38 One (Fr.) 39 Kind of race 41 Exist 42 Own (Scot.) 43 Tokens ot victory 46 Racing equipment 50 Air (comb, form) 51 Consume food 53 Verbal 54 Refuse to run 55 Samuel's teacher (Bib.) 56 Cry 57 German ship. Graf 58 German article 59 Since (Scot-) DOWN 5 Walked in water 6 Island (Fr.) 7 All horses can be called this (2 wds.) 8 Warble 9 Rajah's wile 10 Spanish cheers 11 Try out 19 When two 1 Groom will do horses win this to 21 Number exercise horse 24 Swollen (Fr.) 2 Spindle 25 Russian river 3 Dose of 26 Wander medicine 27 Weathercock 4 Spirited 28 Used in many horses games 29 Father 30 Inquisitive 32 What cones contain(2 wds.) 35 Bend in race track 39 Narrow inlet 40 Provides support 41 Aroused from sleep 42 In motion 43 Taxis 44 Harvest 45 Escutcheon border 47 Heavy wagon 48 Reclined 49 She (Fr.) 52 Pub drink 50 54 57 51 55 58 52 53 56 59 16

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