The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 18, 1968 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, June 18, 1968
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'IBIS Are All Men Created Full? ! If you want to check out a fine ; record of public service, take a look !at the House Committee on Agri- i culture. Look at agriculture during I good times and bad times during the ' first 130 years of this nation's life ' and then look at it during the past ' 35 years when agricultural legislation '• has played a primary role in develop: ing the policies of agriculture. The ! free market system might have im; proved on this record, we wouldn't ; know. We only know that American ' agriculture was a major disaster dur- • ing the 1800-1930 period and has ' flowered to 'the greatest food and fiber industry the world has ever '. known since that time. '. Surfeited with success, the old ' agriculture legislators now look to ; other fields to conquer. . .if not con- : quer then roam. Once outside their discipline, they are not the same i trustworthy legislative helmsmen we ' know them to be when they consid- ; er the particular marketing and pro.' duction problems of the farmer. : Now, the House Agriculture com' mitte'e seems to be dedicated to the proposition that all men are ere' ated with full bullies. In a release to yesterday's newspapers, the commit- tee said, "statements submitted to ; the committee by officials of the counties. . .lead to the unmistakable conclusion that there is very little \ actual hunger in the United States, •; but widespread malnutrition caused : largely by ignorance as to what con: stitutes a balanced diet." : Well, so much for hunger in the United States. And so much for hunger in Mississippi and Crittenrien counties of Arkansas, what? You'll sleep better tonight knowing that hunger does not exist ("actual hunger") ... of course there's this little matter about "widespread malnutrition," which troubles us more than a bit. The fact that it is due, in the committee's words, to "ignorance" does not soften the flow, in fact it make it even more troubling. Paul Kirkindall of the Mississippi County Union Mission seems to know a thing or two about hunger. He spends countless hours and many thousands of dollars each year batting hunger ... or widespread malnutrition. Rev. Kirkindall tells us that as of yesterday morning there is hunger in Mississippi County and that hunger is a problem in Mississippi County. Of course, this hunger—much of it—is invisible. "Ask Jimmie Sanders," Rev. Kirkindall said referring to one of -his Mission board members"He'll tell you about the tiny little legs on that mother who just left here yesterday. Then there's that woman — with seven children — we found. She was living on wild turnip greens and parched meal." This is malnutrition. No doubt the people involved are ignorant, too, but the ignorant get hungry- We also asked B. J- Yarbrough, president of the AVest Memphis NAACP, about hunger in Crittenden County. It's there, he assures us "But you have to get off the highway. . -you can't see it from the road. It's there even when people think it's not." Mr. Yarbrough said he sees people every day who are hungry and sick. He feels one is related to the other and doubtless he's correct. He is concerned over the lack of employment among the poor in Crittenden County. He would like to see their farm families held together. He'd like to see them eating regularly. He understands the problems of the agricultural revolution ("I know the farmer can't pay these minimum wages and just let folks stand around."), but he'd like to get on with some solutions. It is futile to get into a semanti- cal argument with the House Committee on Agriculture as to the differences between "actual hunger" and "widespread malnutrition." A little of either goes a long way and a sick baby is just as sick, whether from "hunger" or from "malnutrition." We just wish the House Committee would quit pretending the problem doesn't exist. cJLetteM Uo Uke Csditor (L.filon to the ttltsi ate welenael. ffeiy an tunject io «cmmi, n<wet<r, aa« mint »e nfata. Slcoalure will not be printed at the request M tbr wntet No letters nil o« returned.) Dear Sir: 1 lived in Blytheville 25 years, paid taxes and voted for bond issues, but when the plant closed in Lepanto and we who ' worked over there asked lor work, aven th« manager of th* employment office said we were too old ft» work. But after getting out and looking _ far work even a place as small as Enid, Miss., can find work for you. So all of you older people who want to work, there's work even if you do have to leave Blyiheville. (Signed) Mrs. Lola Long Enid, Misi. Epileptics Mother Won't Face Facts DEAR ABBY: One day last week a little neighbor boy was here playing with my son. Fortunately I was present when the playmate had an epileptic seizure. I took him home and told his mother what had happened. Abby, she turned on me as if I had accused her child of some crime. She said, "What do you mean, EPILEPTIC? Once in a while he has- a little fainting spell but he'll outgrow it. Besides, it can't be epilepsy because we have never had any insanity in our family!" I tried to tell her that I knew an epileptic seizure when I saw one because my younger sister had had many. I also tried to tell her that it had nothing to do with "insanity", and with medication, epilepsy could be .controlled. I even told her how happily married my sister is today. I did all I could to educate this woman, but she-insisted she had no need for my explanations, so I left. Abby, it seems incredible that we still have people who think epilepsy is something to be ashamed of. I hope you will print this letter with a few facts of your own to wake up people like my neighbor. SYCAMORE LANE DEAR SYCAMORE: The notion that epilepsy is something to be ashamed of dates back to biblical times when .illnesses .which couldn't readily be diagnosed were attributed to witchcraft, insanity, or the work of the "devil". It is a safe estimate that about one out of every 100 Americans has epilepsy. The exact cause is not known, but it can be the result of prenatal influences, infectious diseases, or brain damage. Altho the "tendency" toward it can be inherited, it is not considered an hereditary disorder. In recent years medication and drugs have become extremely effective in controlling epilepsy. With proper care, most epileptics are able to attend school, hold down a job, evriSually marry, and live normal lives. I hope your neighbor sees this, For her sake, but especially lor her ion's. DEAR ABBY: A neighbor recently acquired a 90-pound "puppy." When he cries at 75 Years Ago —/n B/yt/iewf/« Misses Vera Goodrich, Nora Simpson, Billie Sue Burks and Charlene Armstrong left today for a two week's vacation on the Gulf Coast and in Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Roe, Mr. and Mrs. Shelburne Brewer and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Miller were hosts last night to members of the Thursday Night Supper Club at the American Legion Hut. Dr. Milton Webb left this morning for Rochester, N. Y. . where he will attend the 56th Congress of the American Op- tometric Association. Mrs. E. M. Regenold was hostess yesterday for a luncheon in the Colonial Room of the Hotel Noble honoring Miss Mary Lawrence Feagin, bride-elect of R. C. Allen Jr. night, he sounds like one of the hounds of Baskerville. We live in a canyon and the echo of his barking can be heard for miles. The noise at night is bad enough, but we also have a day time problem. The puppy likes to tiptoe thru the tulips (ours) regularly every morning.- All the other neighbors are up in arms, too, so maybe if you print this, it will save a dog's life. Thank you. ALSO UP IN ARMS. DEAR ALSO: A dog, like a child, cannot be expected to know what it hasn't been taught. The real culprit is the dog owner, so tiptoe over there and tell him that if you want your tulips fertilized, you'll do it yourself. DEAR ABBY: The matt who advised "love - hungry" women to greet their husband at the door every day for a year with a Geritol embrace must have more red blood in his veins than the cold fish I married. In the morning it's "Dont touch me or talk to me. I'm In a hurry to leave." At noon, "Don't bother me. 1 came home to eat my lunch and sit a bit." At night, "I'm tired. Shut up and take the kids in the other room." At bed time, "Shut up and go to sleep." If I kiss his ear or try to put my arm around him, he says, "Is sex all you can think of?" So much for the Geritol embrace. I get more pleasure from the want ads. MIDDLE-AGED MAMA Everybody has a problem. What's yours? For a personal reply write to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069 and enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. Hate to write-letters? Send $1 to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069, for Abby's booklet, "How to Write Letters For All Occasions." Blytheville (Ark.) Courier Newi Page Six Tuesday, June 18, 1968 MM BESTOPPEMWLAWSjrIAT IS../ Not So Reverent Paul Harvey NEWS ' By PAUL HARVEY Now we see the not always reverent Rev. Ralph David Abernathy in Washington as head man of the poor peoples' campaign — mouthing platitudes about nonviolence — while seeking to extort money from Congress under threats. How much cash this "professional protestor" is raking in none but he will ever know. Churches are known to have donated hugh sums, but leaders of the SCLC will say little about their finances except periodically to plead for more. Known cash contributions have ranged from a quarter to $5,000. Some unions have contributed generously. The Retail Store Union reported pledges from its locals totaling $20,000. The Estimated cost of this demonstration in Washington is $365,000. But the Poor Peoples' March The Rev. Abernathy Committee is calling for no less than $3 million in contributions- and probably getting it. Funds have been pouring in too fast to tally; unopened' envelopes are being stored at Brinks. Officials are doing much traveling by plane, to and from fund-raising speeches elsewhere. Some are staying - not in the Shantytown - but at plush motels in Washington. Being hosted and consulted by members of the President's Cabinet and the Congress is heady stuff for one. whom fame discovered by accident. Mr. Abernathy is known to most Americans as the self- appointed heir to Martin Luther King's leadership as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But around Montgomery, Ala., they remember Mr. Abernathy as a disreputable clod who, panic-stricken and screaming, fled his own church office on the night of Aug. 29, 1958 — witn an irate hatchet-wielding husband on his heels. The jury found in favor of the pursuer, yet Mr. Abernathy somehow emerged from this sordid and revolting public exposure — preaching righteousness. Now we see this man urging today's college graduates to become what he is, "a professional protestor." And while Mr. Abernathy in- QUICK QUIZ Q—Which of the 12 Apostles was not a Galilean? A—Judas Iscariot. The name Iscariot may mean he came from Kerioth in Judea. Q—What is the meaning of the name Ethel? A—It is an Old English name meaning "noble." sists that his objectives are "nonviolent," his other public utterances imply otherwise. Boston, May 9: "And believe me, Ralph Abernathy, this nation is going to have hell 6n its hands!" Birmingham, May 8: "We're going to turn this nation upside down...I won't be nice the next time I go to Washington." UPI, May 21, quotes Abernathy: "We're going to raise And the man Mr. Abernathy has appointed the new "Field director" of the poor peoples' march, Hosea Williams, said on June 3 Washington: "The picnic is over; we're going to share in this nation's wealth or there won't be any wealth!" The cruelest irony of what many are calling a "new civil war" is that this, time the Negroes are frequently victimized by carpetbaggers of their own race. \: Tfls BI COUBiER HEWb . THE OOUBIEB NEWS CO. HARRY W. HAINES, 19Z8-M. HARRY A. HAINEI Editor-Publisher GENE AUSTIN Advertising Manage! gale Nations! Advertising Representative ., Wallace Wltmer Co. Hew TOIB, ' tlUtteo Ecu-Git, Athmta, Memplpe oecond-class postage paid at Blytheville, Ark. Membe. of the Anaocliitet; FTCM > SUBSCRIPTION RATEb \ By carrier in the city ol BlyMie»i flfle or any sucxL-ban towii whertl carrier service Is maintained 3!c p« . week. $1.50 per month. \ By mall within a radius of 90 1 miles. 18.00 per yeai. J5.00 lor «W ' months S3.0" for tares months, by mall, ou^lde Sj miles radius I18JW per year payable In advance. Ma'l subscriptions lire not «wat- ed in towns and cities where Tne courier News carrier service li maintained. """ subscriptions ufc payable in advance. NOTE: The Courier News no responsibillt? for photographs manucrint. engravings or mate left wits it tor possible publlCitiC-P ACTUALLY, AW NAME REALLf ISN'T NICK-NAME AW PAP 6AVE ME ...HE ALSO CALLS ME m "RARE t-if NOU), WHAT ARE Wft NAMES? AFTER ALLTHAT, (iJHATCANiOESW? The Doctor Says - by wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. - With the warmer weather, an ever-greater number of cars are venturing onto our highways. The larger their number in any given area, the slower their pace and the greater the concentration of carbon monoxide in the surrounding atmosphere. Authorities believe that, even though the concentration may not be enough to cause a headache, it may be sufficient to cause drowsiness and increase the driver's chance of having an accident. This is especially true for drivers who must spend an hour or more traveling to and from work during the so-called rush hours. The highest levels of Ihe poisonous carbon monoxide are Invariably found in the region of intersections controlled by either stop signs or lights. When Ihe concentration reach« 60 parts per million (and it often goes to 85 parts or more in these locations), 10 per cent of the commuter's hemoglobin is inactivated by carbon monoxide replacing oxygen in his red blood cells. If he is smoking while driving, as much as 15 per cent may be inactivated. The ill effects are determined by the level of carbon monoxide in the air and the duration of the exposure. There is no easy solution to this problem but a staggering of rush-hour traffic should help. Q — I am a boy, 17, and am only 67 inches tall. What hormone pills can I take to make me taller? A - Although most girls attain their full stature by age 17 boys don't stop growing until they are about 20, so don't give up hope. The greatest sue- «ss in getting short ptople to g**w bu been in tht CM* tl Brandsfadt dwarfs with a deficiency of pituitary hormone, but you cer* tainly don't belong in that category. Being short, is really no handicap. History is full of short men who were long on achievement. Q - What is the cause and treatment of Guillain-Barre'» disease? A - The cause of this disease is unknown. It affects children and adults of both sexes and all ages and is characterized by muscular weakness that usually starts In the ,legs. Weaknes* and paralysis reach their peak In about three weeks. If th« respiratory center in the brain is not paralyzed, full or partial recovery occurs in about 11 weeks. Great improvement and a lowering of the dftath rart has resulted from the list «i oertitMiUke dni|i. . . A ft Qfrtyi/Y .' is, tht* M* «?• •*«''»»

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