Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 23, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, April 23, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Friday, April 23,1976 What Others Are Saying— ' The Wall Street Journal Inside Repert Free speech is well up there on the list of things that the American Civil Liberties Union professes to defend. So it is a matter of some intellectual interest that the ACLW's Washington director, Charles Morgan, Jr., has just resigned, claiming that ACLU headquarters in New York was trying to muzzle him. We can't help suggesting that this ' might offer a good opportunity for the ACLU to re-examine its adherance to its original objectives. Mr. Morgan, it seems, is an irrepressible man, a stocky Alabamian who fought for civil rights in the South in those 1960s years when it was both unpopular and dangerous. His conflict with the New York office arose from some inhibited comments reported by The New York Times. He was quoted as saying that Northern liberals don't like Jimmy Carter because "they don't have their hooks in him." Worse still, he admitted to accusing a New York liberal at a party of biogotry after the man said he could not vote for anybody with a Southern accent. Soon after the Times article appeared, Mr. Morgan got a letter from Aryeh Neier, the ACLU executive director in New York, warning him that he shoiild make it clear that he is not speaking for the ACLU when commenting on political candidates. He was asked what steps he was taking to correct any misunderstandings created by the Times report. Mr. -Morgan promptly replied that the primary step he was taking was to resign from the ACLU. End of message. Now, Mr. Neier could no doubt argue .that he was merely trying to protect the ACLU from charges of political bias. The distinction to be made when someone speaks for himself and when he speaks for an organization is, among other things, of some legal significance. Executive directors of organizations have to worry about such things, though worries about taking positions on political personalities did not seem to trouble the ACLU when it took a position against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. The heat generated in the latest intramural struggle would in any event suggest deeper issues. Mr. Morgan's comments, after all, were scarcely an endorsement of Mr. ^Carter. Rather, they were 'a denunciation of those who would automatically dismiss him because of accent and geographical origins. That is, they were an attack on a Closed mind, in traditional ACLU fashion. Where they differed from more usual ACLU positions was being directed at the closed minds of Manhattan liberals. The ACLU's traditional mission of defending constitutional rights would unquestionably suffer if it came to be regarded as an organization identified with political candidates. But in the same way the mission would suffer if the ACLU came to be regarded as selectively indignant about free speech or close/! minds. The Morgan episode served to confirm our impression ' that the latter is the greater danger. Mason City Globe Gazette Recent efforts by a Democratic-controlled House committee in the area of publi'c service jobs legislation is little more than a poorly camouflaged attempt to bring election-eve pressure to' bear on President Ford. The bill reported out of the House Education and Labor Committee last week would extend the public s^ryiCjC jobs, program for about 260,000-workers. That action is understandable,.-since Labor Department officials have said that unless some kind of congressional action was taken program funding would begin to run out by mid-June resulting in the immediate laying off - of 115,000 public service employes. It's the time limit on the extension that smack's of election-eve politicking. The House committee extended the program through Sept. 30. 1976. only a little more than a month before the Nov. 2 general election date. Republican members of the committee offered an amendment to the bill — which was defeated 9-22 — which would have extended the program through fiscal 1977. They said that "it would be the height of irresponsibility to have the emergency stopgap jobs measure expire just before the presidential election." We agree. The committee's Democratic leadership responded that the bill had been "carefully drafted" to win quick support of the House and Senate and that any changes would jeopardize its-passage. They added that the Sept. 30 deadline gave Congress and the President "plenty of'time" to agree on more comprehensive jobs legislation. These two Democratic contentions are at odds'. Ohe'bne hand, it is maintained that the support on the bill is so tentative that no .changes can be considered without success being jeopardized. On the other hand, the Democrats contend that there will be plenty of time — five months during an election year congressional schedule — for more , complicated and comprehensive legislation to v be drafted, debated and passed. Who are they kidding? We see the committee's move as a cheap attempt to put President Ford in an 'unfai^position just a month before the election. We agree with Congressman Marvin L. Esch, R-Mich.. that it is an attempt to play politics with jobs. That's distasteful and cruel. We urge the entire House to extend the public service jobs program legislation through fiscal 1977. Mason City Gobe Gazette Most wives are not known for their sublety when it comes to hints about needed help around the house every spring. For example, husbands should take special note if: 1. They find screens piled at strategic locations around the house. 2. A new can of 10-30 motor oil suddenly appears next to the cobweb-encased power lawn mower in the garage. 3. Packets of radish and onion seeds replace radishes and onions on the dinner table two nights in a row. 4. Three bicycles^ with broken chains and/or flat tires are stacked on the couch when they get home ,from work. ; 5. They find a garden hose coiled up under "the sheets when they go to bed. 6. Golf clubs and tennis rackets mysteriously disappear Friday night. The message is clear. You don't have to hit us over the head with a rake. Muscatine Journal Do helmets work effectively for the safety of motorcyclists or don't they?' That's the only question that should be debated by the Iowa legislators who are considering a repeal of the motorcycle helmet law. There seems to be little doubt that motorcycle helmets do save lives. Iowa's motorcycle helmet law was adopted last year not so much on its , own merits as a safety measure,— ' but because there was a federal mandate to do so or face the loss of millions of dollars in federal highway and safety funds. Congress has now passed a bill, which is awaiting President Ford's signature, to cancel the federal mandate in the states. I T'h e low a'-House of Representatives voted recently 64-29 to repeal the Iowa law if the federal mandate is canceled. Rep. Richard Drake (R-Muscatine) who voted against the repeal amendment, said members should not predicate their votes on whatever the federal government has done or may do. "If you vote for the amendment you are saying that if a motorcyclist wants to go out and fall on his head at 50 or 60 miles an hour, he should be allowed to do it," Drake said. "Well, it's the state that has to take care of those individuals after they are turned into vegetables and it's the taxpayers who pay the bill." Iowa's motorcycle helmet law has worked effectively as a public safety measure. It ought to be retained.- Barbarians at the Gates By Roland Evans and Robert Novak FORT WORTH — Ronald Reagan's noon rally in downtown Fort Worth was most ominous for President Ford not for what was said but for who was there: former campaign workers of Gov. George C. Wallace seated on the platform and a goodly number of Wallaceites in the crowd. The remarkable gathering of over 3,000 lacked the sleek, chic look of Texas Republicans and seemed much more like a typical Wallace rally — women in house dresses, sport-shirted men, lots of small American flags. If the virtual collapse of Wallace's candidacy is sending right-wing populist Democrats across party lines to Reagan, President Ford' is in deepening trouble here. Portents of a record Republican turnout in the May 1 primary suggest the Wallaceite crossover. Combine that with Reagan's increasingly vigorous attack on the President and continued bumbling by the Ford high command. and Mr. Ford might well lose the primary that would at least keep Reagan alive and perhaps restore his momentum. "If we lose here," one Ford insider confided to us, "it's going to be a long spring and summer." Nobody can accurately forecast this state's first real Republican presidential primary, partly because nobody knows who will enter Republican polling booths in the absence of party registration. No longer are Ford Republicans even certain that Texas Democrats would never forsake their own primary with all those juicy sheriff's races. That certainty has been eroded by remarkable campaign crowds drawn by Reagan — some 700 last week at Harlingen on the Mexican border, formerly no man's land for Republicans. Unprecedented Republican absentee voting — surpassing Democratic totals in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — prompts Republican state chairman Ray Hutchison to predict a Republican turnout exceeding 300,000 (compared to a previous high of 114,000 in 1972). Private polls (not Reagan's) point to a possible 400,000 votes with heavy Wallace-to-Reagan switches. This crossover is being promoted by the campaigning of a Reagan far more self-assured and combative than in the early New Hampshire days. Reagan's most potent point has been his contrasting of Mr. Ford's campaign promises about retaining the Panama Canal with actual negotiations to ultimately transfer operations to Panama. That fits Reagan's broader theme: that Mr. Ford takes different positions on the campaign trail and back in Washington on one issue after another. The new element introduced at Fort Worth last week was the charge that the Advice Would Bill in 'Bartered Goods' By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: A few months ago I had some plumbing done. Due to some financial troubles, I wasn't able to pay the bill within 30 days. Yesterday I received another bill with a note from the plumber's wife, who does his bookkeeping. It read: "Jim does not expect to take this bill out in trade, so please remit!" And she signed her name. I sent a check for the full amount and enclosed the following note: "I was not aware that your husband was in the habit of taking his bills out in trade, but if he does, I feel very sorry for you." And I signed my name. My son saw the note from the plumber's wife to me and recommended that I take it to a lawyer and sue the woman for slander. What would you do? INSULTED DEAR INSULTED: I would send her a get-well card. She is sick. (I would also let the plumber know what kind of statements his wife is sending out with his statements.) DEAR ABBY: I am a 55-year-old woman with a problem I've never seen in your column. I have been going with this man for six years. He is 43, and he says he can't marry me because he promised his mama before she died three years ago that, he wouldn't get married until his daddy got married, as she didn't want his daddy to be left all alone. Health Mother Gets Senile Dr. Lawrence E. Lamb, M. D. DEAR DR. LAMB — My mother at age 61. an intelligent, active woman, developed what was diagnosed as cerebral atrophy. Four years later she had gradually deteriorated to the point where she is a body without a mind, unable to speak or feed herself and apparently unable to recognize us. There is no family history of such an illness, so we assumed perhaps a head injury was behind it. However, another member of the family is now showing similar symptoms. Can you tell us what causes this condition? DEAR READER — I understand thoroughly your distress. I wish there were some good answer to give you. Your mother's condition is the same as that which occurs in many older people. Whether it begins early or late the changes are approximately the same. I don't need to detail these because they are all too familiar in our society. In medical circles we call these dementia and sometimes senile dementia, although it must be stated that this condition can occur at a relatively young age, specifically in later middle age in some people. Women seem to be more susceptible to this disorder at an early age than are men. Most of these disorders are . associated with actual changes in the cells of the brain, and the condition can occur in individuals with brain injury as may be seen sometimes in boxers who had repeated excessive head injuries. The development of symptoms may be gradual or more rapid. One of the earliest signs is the diminished ability for problem solving. Individuals lose the ability to cope with new problems. Stated simply, they lose their previous capacity to learn even though they may still be able to handle old familiar tasks. We do'not know what causes this condition, but these disorders are usually included as part of the picture of aging. However, medicine has long had a tendency to classify disorders that are not well understood as aging, only to find later that they are true diseases. A good example here is the common heart ..attack. We now know that heart disease can begin in young men in their early twenties and thus is hardly a disease of aging. Sometimes disease of the arteries to the brain contributes to this problem. In other instances, the degeneration of the brain cells seems to be independent of disease to the arteries. DAIL\'lllMES 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, unde'r 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 J23.00 All Other Mail In the United States, per year (27.00 His daddy hasn't got anybody to marry, and he isn't even looking. Abby, I am no spring chicken, and I need to know how I can get this man to either let me quit him or marry me. NO SPRING CHICKEN INADA.OKLA. DEAR NO: Only a dumb cluck would coop herself up waiting for her boyfriend's daddy to marry. Get another rooster on the roster. DEAR ABBY: Last night was the last straw. I cannot spend another morning picking up my garbage after my neighbor's dog has spread it all over my backyard. I turned the porch light on. and I could see Sam's tail wagging with his head in my garbage can. Then he tipped the can over, and the garbage was strewn all over my yard. This morning I called Sam's owner and asked him to please come and clean up my yard because his dog had turned over my garbage can. He asked me how I knew it was Sam, and I told him I recognized him because he comes over every day to defecate on our grass. Then I asked him to please keep his dog tied up. He said he couldn't because I was the neighbor who complained to the police about his dog's howling and barking when he was tied up. Then he told me to get a garbage can with a good lid on it. and he hung up. Abby. I am ready to move out of this house because of that dog. Can you help me? FORTBRAGG DEAR FORT: There ARE garbage can lids that are "dog proof." Ask at your hardware store. It's much cheaper than moving. Berry's World ©1976 by NBA. Inc. "Hey, baby! What's happenln'?" President, while posing as a fiscal conservative, favors liberalized welfare payments. "Sometimes you wonder how many times you're going to be deceived," says Reagan. Thus, his general indictment is of duplicity in sinister Washington unknown to Texans. "Who are these people in Washington," asks Reagan, "to tell us that we might be frightened or panicked by hearing the truth about our problems?" Some of the President's tacticians in Washington feel Reagan is going over to the right fringe, outside the national consensus. But Ford backers in Texas do not disagree basically with Reagan's pronouncements — only with his supporters. Establishment Republicans complain Reagan has surrendered his Texas campaign to right-wing extremists. They consider Ray Barnhart, Harris County (Houston) Republican chairman and Reagan's state co-chairman, too far to the right. Hank Grover, former candidate for governor now campaigning hard for Reagan, is viewed well to Barnhart's right. Beyond even Barnhart and Grover are those very un-Republican Wallace populists ready to intrude into the Republican primary May 1. This apprehension of the barbarians at the gates is enhanced by the vow of local Reaganite leaders to deny Sen. John Tower, Mr. Republican in Texas for 15 years, an at-large seat on the state delegation. Purging Tower suggests a change in party control from the genteel conservatives of Dallas to the populist right-wingers of Houston. Simultaneously, there is accumulated dismay among establishment Republicans over Ford campaign blunders, notably the President's signing of the energy bill. When the Dallas Times-Herald last week bannered a story that Ford campaign manager Rogers Morton had all but ruled out Texan John B. Connally for Vice President, the President's Texas supporters were apoplectic. Indeed, some regular luncheon diners at the Dallas Club round table that day were so furious they announced a Ford-to-Reagan switch. The dilemma this poses is typified by one prominent Republican pondering the state of politics the other day in the 49th floor Petroleum Club. Because of ties to the oil industry, he could not publicly support Mr. Ford following the energy bill approval. Now, he was angered and puzzled by Morton's slight to Connally. But he could never back Reagan, if only because of his Texas supporters — ."a bunch of damn kooks." The superior Ford organization, using telephone banks and targeting strategic areas, might yet prevail — aided by the excitement generated by another presidential visit to Texas next week. But not if Reagan's rhetoric has entranced all those Wallace Democrats to explode the tight little circle of Texas Republicanism and prolong the increasingly bitter fight for the party's presidential nomination. Mountains Answer to Previous Puzzle ACROSS 1 Elevation of land 5 Sleep face of rock 10 Lunar "seas" 11 Payment for instruction 13 French name 14 Retaliation 15 Nevertheless 16 Fruit drink 18 In the middle (comb, form) 19 On the briny 21 Greek island 24 Mountain gaps 26 Public notices 29 Mountain ridge 32 Covering of some Alps 34 Heavenly bodies 36 Place of exertion 37 Alkaline substance 38 Helpers 41 Wall hanging 42 Famous redhead 46 Solar disk (var.) 49 Social gathering 51 Donkey (comb, form) 52 Emit light 55 High hill 57 Alpinist 58 Rims 59 Genuflect 60 Never (poet.) DOWN 1 Hauls 2 Angry 3 52 (Roman) 4 Flannel 5 Hint 6 54 (Roman) 7 Articles 8 Free from impurity 9 Blurs 10 Yucatan Indian 1,1 Aspens or lindens 12 New (comb. form) 17 Dentjst's degree (ab.) 20 Church area 22 Hawaiian garland 23 Boy's name 25 Rose product 26 High card 27 Jacob's son (Bib.) 28 Watering place 29 250 (Roman) 30 Lad's name 31 Uncle (dial.)' 33 Gaelic 35 Polite title 39 Post office item 40 Compass reading 41 Resinous substance 43 Cosmetic 44 At the,interior 45 Folding beds 46 Joan of 47 Speech 48 Norse deity 50 So be it! 53 Presidential nickname 54 Far (comb, form) 56 Poem

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