Independent from Long Beach, California on January 17, 1975 · Page 14
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 14

Long Beach, California
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Friday, January 17, 1975
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Eloquent silence at the polls 1 "Following the November election, the New York Times devoted a long lead editorial to deploring the failure of three out of every ·five eligible voters to go to the polls, This 38 per cent turnout was "the lowest in nearly 30 years. ·;''.' A ctuaUy, as ,, E ag i e to n has pointed out elsewhere, America's voter participation rate is the lowest in the world, save for three countries -- Botswana, Chad, and ·Yemen. In Canada and some Euro' pean nations, about 80 per cent of the'voters go to the polls. I take issue, however, with the Times' analysis of this voter apa- ' t h y . The editorial attributed it Sydney Harris mainly to three reasons: an out- -moded administrative structure, a 'cumbersome registration process, 'and the growing complexity of the ballot. There is a fourth reason the paper does not mention. THIS IS THE rapidly increasing cynicism of the electorate, com- · bined with the mediocrity, and : worse, of the candidates. People don't vote because they feel that in -most cases it won't make much difference which party hack they support. They have been disillusioned too many times. - "I don't think people are so much "apathetic" as they are disgusted. They may be "throwing away" their vote by staying home, but this is perhaps the only way they can demonstrate their non-partisan rejection of third and fourth-rate candidates, who speak one way before election and act another way after it. It was ludicrous, for instance for Nixon to assume he had a "mandate" in 1972, when he was · actually elected by only one-third · of the eligible voters. In fact, more people stayed away from the polls .'·in'1972 than voted for either presidential candidate. This tells us 'something about the popularity of both Nixon and McGovern. The ·'only ascertainable fact is that 'McGovern was more unpopular than Nixon.' · ' :'... THE SAME WAS true in the " Johnson-Goldwater contest of 1964, when Johnson won a crushing : victory only because Goldwater frightened people as much as McGovern frighted them eight years later. Johnson, too, foolishly imagined he had a "mandate" when all he had was a grudging preference as a lesser evil. (He turned out to be, as I predicted then, very much like the "greater evil.") The popular canard that "all politicians are crooks" is, of course, a gross overstatement. But thfey are all out for themselves more than for the people they represent; this is what sends them into politics in the first place. The voters' failure to respond is an act of realism, not apathy. Today's books The Sun Dance Religion: Power for (he Powerless. By .Joseph G. . Jorgensen. Univ. of Chicago Press, $5.95 paperbound. For three d a y s and nights, several limes a year, the Utes and Shoshones of the Rocky Mountain ·region fast and dance to bring spiritual power to those taking part in the ordeal. Through the sun dance religion the Indians seek cs- '·cape from white society's oppression. Prof. Jorgensen grew up near the Utes, and gives us a gripping history and interpretation of the religion and its ceremonies. -- N. A Wilderness of Birds. Photographs by Sidney Bahrt. Text by Hope S. Jex. Foreword by Roger Tory Peterson. Doublcday, $24.95. Warblers -- yellow ramped; Cape May, Nashville, blackpoll and Wilson's; the common starling and the very uncommon sanderling; thrushes --olive backed, wood, and hermit -- these are among the 77 dazzling camera portraits by Sidney Bahrt, photographed in their natural environments/in full color. A grand gift for the bird-lover. -- The Spirit and Splendor of Art Deco. By Alain Lcsieutre. Paddington, $19.95. The hundreds of illustrations, including 19 color plates, the keen descriptive eye and the knowledge- ability of Alain Lesieutre, show us how 20th century style was shaped. There exists no more dazzling view of the applied and fine arts of the era between 1910 and 1935. In fashion, textiles, sculpture, painting, posters, ceramics, furniture, this is where we have gotten a rich heritage. - N. UGI sstA essi. M, .'w. ». ws !NDEP!ND?NTJAM]_ NOT N(W,TM\BO. CAM? VOU SEE J ( /A George Robeson For some, once · «A L. i« mntp! pirmiijorti Levi: right man for the job By WILLIAM E. FARRELL New York Times News Service CHICAGO -- It' was February, 1969, and the campus of the University of Chicago was seething with student unrest that finally erupted into a long sit-in by radical students in the university's administration building. Like other university presidents at the time, Edward Hirsch Levi, whose nomination as attorney general was announced by President Ford, was hectored by militant students for being an exemplar of "the establishment" -- one of the most pejorative terms in-the semantic arsenal of the-Students for a Democratic Society. IF HE WAS ANGRY or hurt, Levi took pains to hide his feelings. He also tended to ignore the sit-in, refusing to ask the help of the Chicago police but refusing, also, to discuss amnesty with the rebellious students who at the peak, numbered about 400. The sit-in lasted for 15 days. p Eventually, the sit-in died of inattention, internal student wrangling and boredom. Eighty-one students were suspended and 42 expelled. His friends still praise Levi for his handling of that demonstration, saying that he showed his cool, unflappable approach to crisis, traits he had shown elsewhere -on a burning Caribbean cruise ship, and on a runaway train in Peru. LEVI, A LEGAL scholar who is assessed even by his critics as brilliant, evokes contradictory responses from the University of Chicago community. To some, he is "compassionate,"."possessed of a saturnine wit," "exhilarating;" to others, he is "cold," "calculating," "impersonal,", and, on occasion, "downright nasty." , Medicine and you By -BEN ZliVSEK Medical-Science Editor Massive infusion of glucose (sugar) may prevent fatal "septic shock," researchers report. The circulatory disorder claims the lives of about 100,000 Americans each year. In a report to a medical meeting, Dr. Lerner B. Hinshaw of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City told of saving dogs certain to die. The animals were given enormous amounts of glucose to offset the rapid sugar loss stemming from the disorder. Dr. Hinshaw and his associates now plan to repeat their trials in animals more closely related to man. Septic shock results when various microbes get into the bloodstream and release a poisonous substance called endotoxin. This chemical brings on a precipitous decline in blood pressure along with a drastic reduction in blood flow to a point where life functions cannot be sustained. No satisfactory treatment now exists once the shock is in full force, Dr. Hinshaw says. The potential value of glucose became evident when the researchers discovered that all dogs subject to septic shock showed progressively lower concentrations of blood sugar. When sugar levels reached a critically low point, the animals died. With his lead, the researchers decided to examine the effects of infusing glucose during the shock state in amounts sufficient to keep up with the animals' requirements. "We were surprised by the huge amounts we had to give, far more than anyone would have predicted," Dr. Hinshaw says. "It was as if the internal fires of metabolism were burning with forest fire intensity." Apparently glucose is consumed quickly by body cells in an effort to fight infection. Animals injected with endotoxin along with concentrated glucose, given over the next five to seven hours, were helped enough to be able to "fight the battle for survival themselves during the next 24 hours." Treated dogs lived while untreated dogs did not. The glucose helped the animals to breathe more effectively, kept their body temperatures normal and made them more alert and comfortable. A report on the research was made during a meeting of the American Heart Association. The drug silver sulfadiazine is an advance in the drug management of the severely burned patient, according to a report from the American Medical Association's Department of Drugs. The compound, also known by the trade name Silvadene, is applied as a cream directly to the burned area. Application is generally painless, which is an advantage over other preparations. Purpose of the drug is to prevent serious infection. Silver sulfadiazine has been used as a research medication since 1966, and there have been many favorable reports about it published in this column. It has been used in the treatment of 2,500 severely burned patients in the United States plus several thousand in other countries. Rogers Says .·. . "Congress ought to really get into the main show next week. This past week was just the overture. They will get settled down this coming week to 'steady taxing.' "All the lobbies are gathering in there to see that the tax is put on somebody else's business, but not on theirs. "Congress got all the committees made up last week, and they arc composed of two Democrats to each Republican, so what a pleasant year that poor fellow will be in for." , But friend and foe dp agree with the assessment of Philip B. Kurland, the constitutional expert and a friend of Levi's, that he is "the quintessential man to take charge of the Department of Justice" because of his pride and personal .integrity. · · Levi was born June 26, 1911, in the neighborhood of the university and at the age of 5 attended its laboratory school. He received his bachelor's and law degrees at the University of Chicago and he has a degree from Yale. Since 1938, he has been on the Chicago campus, first as a law instructor, then as a professor of law, then as provost of the university and, finally, in 1966, as the university's president. LEVI IS CONSIDERED an authority on antitrust law. He served in the Roosevelt administration from 1940 to 1945 as a special assistant to the attorney general. Asked recently what his political party affiliation was, Mr. Levi replied: "I can't remember." Levi wears dark suits, smokes a pipe or cigars, and has a taste for bourbon or a martini. He and his wife, the former Kate Sulzberger Hecht, and his three sons, John, David and Michael, live in the Hyde Park area near the campus. YOU CAN BE bored with "old people" stories in Long Beach to the point at which you have grown old before your time, just from the boredom you have suffered from reading old folks stories. I will'try not to bore you with this one, but the "old folk fellow" prefers not to be named. , He is sitting around one of the many facilities provided for those people we choose to call "senior citizens," as if "old man" was not dignfied enough. He was new at this "center," and didn't know what to do. He needed to meet somebody. He walked up to a fellow he later referred to as an "Old Codger" and asked him if he would care to play a little pinnochle. "Tried it once," the Old Codger said, "but I didn't like it." Later, the man approached Old Codger again, and suggested that a game of shuffleboard on the mini- court that was provided, might be a dandy way to spend the afternoon. "Tried that onece, too," the Codger said. "Didn't like it." A suggestion for a stroll through Lincoln Park was met with the same answer. Finally, my friend suggested a game of pocket billiards, or "pool," as we youngsters call it. "Tried playing that game just once," Old Codger said, "and couldn't find any pleasure in it. But my son will be by here any minute now, he's about 45, seems to love it. He might give you a game.' "I imagine that's your ONLY child," my friend replied. IT IS AXIOMATIC in the newspaper business that a writer never attempts a correction of something he has written without very careful editing of the correctio A guy named Aubrey Phillips was identified in this column as a female, which angered him more .than somewhat, but he got a big laugh out of my sincerely appologet correction. One of his big laughs burst forth when the correction identified him as a man named Aubrey Smith. I was thinking of C. Aubrey Smith, financier, and general wheeler-dealer, of course. But I loused up my own correction. In my own defense, I must point out that it is better to misname a man than it is to missex him. There is a story famous in this business about a correction in a small Eastern newspaper. It allowed as how a certain police offi- cer had been identified as "a defective on the police force." After the usual expression of sincere regret, the story said that the officer was, in fact, "a detective on the police farce." You see how things go? Once you've olown it, don't try again. You only make, things worse. For example, I once heard a lady at a party say to another lady: "No, no, I never said your husband is known to like her. I believe I said that he would like to know her ... well ... u h . . . " I walked away at that point, and I never will know how much damage the "correction" may have done. BAD NEWS for Susan Westbrook, the 15-year-old girl who wants, to set a world's record for the longest gum-wrapper chain. Betty Raphael of Bellflower tells me that she has seen a whopper of a chain at the "Believe-it-or-not- by Ripley" Museum in Estes, Park, Colorado. This museum also displays table-mats made from gum wrappers. Betty suggests that Susan write to the museum for information on the wrapper record. I would not suggest such a thing at all. As a professional cynic, I do not believe that there is a Believe- it-or-not Museum in Estes Park, Colorado. It is my gut-feeling that the thing Betty Raphael thinks she saw was simply an optical illusion, caused by the reaction of light upon the retina of the eye. I cannot count upon all my fingers and toes all of the reports of sights that were caused by the very same phenomena. Any eye-doctor will back me on that. It should be remembered that I am the man who, several years ago, proved beyon doubt, that there was no such place as "Wyoming." Who are you going to believe, Susan? Me, or a Colorado tourist? Best of .press WORST JOKE: "Are you doing anything for you cold?" "Well, I sneeze whenever it wants me to." -- Leader, Hopkinton. SOME STATESMEN are like . buttons, popping off at the- wrong time. --Plain Dealer, Cleveland. HE WHO FALLS'-in love with himself has no rivals. --Wall Street Journal. LET'S GET IF THIS IS YOUR DESIRE . . . SO BE IT WE, AS LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTORS CAN COMPLY WITH YOUR WISHES IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER . . . TAKING CARE OF ALL THE DETAILS FOR AS LOW A COST AS ANY MEMORIAL SOCIETY . . . BUT WITHOUT THE ADDED COST OF MEMBERSHIP. WE INVITE YOUR INQUIRY. mottell's ri i A nv i HJ/-VIYI 909 tAST THIRD STREET AT AlAMITOS LONG BEACH TELEPHONE 436-2284 January 13,1935 I

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