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December 14, 1976 PACK HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Water... water The word this week from Topeka is that Governor Robert Bennett will take Kansas into a series of meetings with other plains states to find ways to deal with dwindling underground water supplies. The news is good, but late — about 15 years. Western Kansans have known for almost that long that an end to full-bore irrigation is in sight. Whether next year or in the coming decades is a matter of geography, but it will come. Eventually, the wells will dry up or dip to a level at which too much energy is required to continue the mining. The consequences, of course, promise to be enormous. In a series of reports in this newspaper last Spring, a K-State economist was quoted to the effect that a flat-out irrigation halt could mean a yearly loss to the state's economy of $2,000,000,000 — that's pronounced two billion dollars. Conservation techniques to trim the rate of water mining would result in a less drastic loss, but consider just one of the ways in which irrigation dovetails with the rest of the agricultural economy. According to Keith Farrar, a state legislator from Hugoton, feedlot operations were never all that stable until irrigation provided a predictable source of feedgrains. Trim back irrigation, feedlot costs would rise, and cattle production could be thrown into a huge bind. That may be just one of the ways we'll have to take it, but on the face of it it seems wiser to swallow this bitter Rill sooner than later. To date, the legal instruments surrounding this issue have been as effective as a kitten fighting a pack of wolves, which poses a question whether the Legislature ever has understood the implications of its inaction. And even the most casual observer is coming to understand the need for something more than the moral suasion open to the state's water management districts. If, indeed, that is the lesson that comes home from the plains states conference, it will be a step forward. The pity is that it comes so late. Peter Lisagor "All politicans make simplistic charges. It becomes a problem for the press to put these charges in proper perspective. But a lot of reporters feel that they've discharged their obligation if they just report what the man said." The words are those of Peter Lisagor, one of the best reporters in the trade, speaking about "objectivity" to Timothy Grouse, a chronicler of the Washington press. Lisagor died of cancer last week at the age of 61, leaving a void at his paper, the Chicago Daily News, and a wide gap in the ranks of capitol reporters. Among a cadre of select reporters, Lisagor was never bound by such inanities as the bogus version of "objectivity" others attempted to press upon him and his colleagues during the stormy years he watched the national scene. If a president was lying, Lisagor understood it, and he felt it was part of his job to say so. He and Richard Nixon didn't get along and he gave Lyndon Johnson fits. Unlike some heavies in the trade, Lisagor never quite crossed the bridge from reporter to chief, or whatever they call the managers who direct the activities of the big papers' Washington troops. He was a reporter, and that's where he stayed, because he understood the danger of being too far from events. He also understood the essential distance that must be maintained between the reporter and the people reported, and if there was ever a caustic in his raspy-soft voice it was reserved for the seducible colleague who couldn't stay out of a source's embrace. Some viewers in this area came to know him as the "star" of public television's "Washington Week in Review." He was that, but for journalists the loss will be felt where his presence was most evident — in the pages of the Chicago Daily- News and the papers that subscribed to its news service. It is as if the head of the household is gone. At Random By L. M. Boyd NOT O\K MAN IN inn can tell you how many notches (here are in his favorite belt, how many steps there are in the flight of stairs he most often uses, and how many letters of the alphabet are not imprinted on the ordinary telephone dial. ONLY POPULAR AMERICAN sport whose origin can't be traced to another country is basketball. KAR .MORE HOYS than girls throw tantrums when they get inoculation shots, please note. YOU, MK.6ILMORE / — You HAVE JUST WON A ^ST-MOMENT HHAKIN6 NONE Om THAN M SUPREME fflUCT OP THE UNITED Hays Americana Carter's OK, (I think) It seems that we, the people, have, elected more than just a plain, oldj, simple, peanut farmer. We have, elected a peanut. Not only does Mr. Carter have magnificent leadership qualities; he. also is an outstanding decision-maker. Why, only last night I heard Mr. Carter say that ,he would "fill the remaining cabinet vacancies in December..:!, think." Not to mention his decision to retain F.B.I, director Clarence Kelley. But; what's this? I read here where it says Carter is firm on his stand to fire Kelley ("I think"). Ah yes. What leadership we (not that I voted for him) have put in the government for the next four years. If nothing else maybe Johnny Carson will have an inspired monologue. Oh,, yes. Better Carter and no leadership than Hitler and too much. Doug Harvey 1326 Mac Arthur Nixon 9 s metal sales worth plenty of silver By JACK ANDERSON andLESWHITTEN WASHINGTON — Back in 1973, Richard Nixon exercised his presidential powers to sell off strategic metals from the national stockpile. It was a $3 billion decision that benefited the industrial giants. The sales came at a time when strategists were warning that the United States would run short of many vital minerals in another decade. The mineral producers, taking their cue from the • oil potentates, were also forming cartels to jack up the prices. Yet Nixon unloaded the taxpayers' valuable metals at bargain prices. His decision to reduce the strategic stock-' pile was accompanied by quiet pressure from the White House to sell the scarce minerals to Nixon's friends and contributors in the metals industry. Among the corporations that wound up with the boodle were Alcoa, Bethlehem Steel, Englehardt Industries, General Electric, Kaiser Aluminum, Reynolds Metals, U.S. Steel and Westinghouse. MEANWHILE, THE National Security Council has conducted a top- secret study to determine whether the stockpile has been reduced too low. The dismal conclusion is that Nixon made a huge mistake and that the stockpile levels must be raised. We broke the news of the stockpile sales last April and offered to assist anyone in Congress who was interested in investigating the scandal. Sen. Lee Metcalf (D-Mont.) took us up on our offer. Working with the senator and his staff, we have dug out the details of a chrome sale that cost the taxpayers $20 million. The General Services Administration paid $35.35 a ton for metallurgical chrome ore, which was set aside for an emergency in the Nye, Mont., stockpile. Chrome of similar quality was still selling around $35 a ton when Nixon ordered the stockpile depleted. The GSA, acting on Nixon's orders, sold 803,526 tons of the chrome ore to Metallurg, Inc., for an incredibly low average of $7.64 a ton. The difference between the market price and the government price amounted to- a whopping $20 million. All told, Nixon lowered the chrome requirements from 2.9 million tons to a mere 440,000 tons, But a few weeks ago, -. the requirements were quietly raised back to 2.5 million tons. .The price of metallurgical chrome, meanwhile, has soared on the world market. The GSA must now pay $38 to $46 a ton for the same quality chrome that was sold to Metallurg, Inc., for $7.64 a ton less than three years ago. METALLURtt IS an international consortium, which occupies a glittering, six-story, glass-and-metal building in New' York City. The company is still moving its $7.64-a-ton ore out of Nye. We discovered that the bulk of this chrome is being delivered not to U.S. mills but to processing plants in the Scandianvian countries. Some of the finished chrome, meanwhile, has been sold back to U.S. companies at a fat profit. " . Thus, the aggrieved Americans have been whipsawed three different ways. First, they lost $20 million on the deal. Second, the ore they gave up was used to stimulate the Scandianavian, not the American economy. And third, they paid premium prices for the finished chrome, with most of the profits going overseas. GSA spokesman told us they were pleased with the chrome sale to Metallurg, even though it was more than $27 a ton below the market price. They explained that the remoteness of the Nye stockpile and the cost of transporting the chrome drove the price down. Metallurg's offer, they said, was better than the other bids. FOOTNOTE: Except for an insignificant $500 contribution from Metallurg's chairman Herbert Grunfeld to the Nixon campaign in 1972, we could find no links between Nixon and the company. No one from Metallurg returned our calls. SHADOWING THE SHADOWERS — An evangelical Christian group will attempt to turn the tables on the foreign secret police who operate in this country. , Secret agents from such countries as Chile, Iran and South Korea have been accused of hounding and harassing their enemies whithin the United States. The Christian activists hope to identify the foreign operatives and to follow them day and night, possibly with placards. The plan is to engage in "non-violent shadowing." >A tax cut could devastate Republican party WASHINGTON — A surge of voices is beating upon the ears of the President- elect, telling him to pep up the economy. And the most important voices, within the Democratic party and elsewhere, differ primarily about the appropriate size, shape and duration of a tax cut. That the argument is taking this form is the latest evidence that the U.S., unique among industrialized nations, has no significant politics of the left. No tax cut could seem appropriate to a person or party of the left. The left, properly understood, is concerned with expanding — to a level well above the current U.S. level — the portion of a nation's wealth that government controls through taxation. Two assumptions that are distinctively "of the left" are that justice requires a more egalitarian redistribution of wealth, and that economic efficiency requires increased reliance on the public sector to allocate resources. Americans for Democratic Action, a small ginger group of declining significance within the Democratic , party, is "of the left." It opposes a tax cut. Such opposition is predictable from By GEORGE WILL people who believe that there is "affluence" in the private sector, but "squalor" in the public sector. That is the theme of John Kenneth Galbraith's "The Affluent Society" (1958), which is frequently called the most influential book on economics ever published in the United States. Actually, it is stretching things a bit to call it a book on economics.' It is a durable political polemic by an economist with strong opinions about how political power should be used. And it isnot clear how it has influenced what Galbraith wanted to influence — public policy. Galbraith was a friend of the first President elected after publications of "The Affluent Society." But to the extent that John Kennedy was influenced by any book, it was Michael Harrington's "The Other America." Harrington's essay was not about "private affluence." It was about the sort of poverty Kennedy had seen, evidently for the first time, while campaigning in the West Virginia primary. When the time came to get America "moving again," Kennedy sent Galbraith to India and someone else's ideas to Congress. And they were not the ideas of Harrington, who fancies himself a socialist. Kennedy asked for a tax cut, including a cut for business. This was favored by most of Kennedy's economic advisors, most of them liberals, none of them "of the left." . Kennedy's 1962 decision for a tax cut was a disappointment for people of the left, who subsequently have seen other liberals resort to the suggestion that social goals can be achieved by "reordering priorities." People of the left believe, and not "reordered priorities" reflect a failure of liberal nerve. It is, they think, a timid rhetoric used by people who want a more ambitious government, but who flinch from the politically risky task of advocating an expansion of the government's control of the nation's wealth. , ' Since 1962, the ideological center o'f American politics has moved slowry rightward. Today, no significant political movement or ascending politician is making the case for the left — that the public sector should grow relative to the private sector. And today the most important politician seems to be preparing to do as Kennedy did. ' In one sense, at least'the principle of "American exceptionalism" still hold&: American politics is becoming less, rather than more, like European politics. -' f If Carter begins his presidency by cutting taxes, including business taxes', he will identify himself and his party with the policy of revitalizing the private sector. This will disappoint a small segment of his own large party-, but will devastate the Republican party Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson DEAR DOCTOK: I've had ringing in my ears for four or five months now and have been told it's something 1 have to live with. About two months ago an ear specialist examined my ears for wax and found them shiny clean. He tested my hearing and found it very good. I paid $20 for that! The ringing is annoying, especially at night. My blood pressure and blood sugar are good. I am 62 and recently retired. Any suggestions? — Mrs. E.D. Occasional ear ringing isn't usually an ominous symptom. Prolonged ear ringing may be. So I'd say your $20 was well spent if it included tests to rule out some of the major causes of tinnitis (ear noises). I'm speaking of high blood pressure, ear infection, im- pacted cerumen (ear wax), a nerve disorder (such as Meniere's disease) or otosclerosis (the formation of spongy bone inside the ear). Otosclerosis affects about 10 million persons in the U.S. alone, women more than men. Another possibility you don't mention is tension. Ear noises are often a part of the nervous personality — why, we don't know. The mention of your recent retirement is interesting. Perhaps you worked in a bustling atmosphere with a constant background of noise. Moving from this to relative quiet can result in a strange assortment of ear noises. This added to s,ome natural "retirement anxiety" could be a factor. Do you have to "live with it"? Not pecessarily. Your noises occur at night, so why don't you try turning a bedside radio on to a soft volume when you retire? This has squelched ear noises for many. Strangely, some sufferers fear that noises in the head indicate impending mental illness. There's not a whit of truth in that. One of my more popular booklets is "Ear Noises — Their Causes and Cures." You can get a copy if you send 25 cents and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to me in care of this newspaper. Understanding what they are all about should ease some of your anxiety about them. DEAR DOCTOR: What is meant by blue baby? — S.B. It is a baby born with cyanosis — the Jack of sufficient oxygen in the blood. The cause is congenital, meaning the damage occurred during growth in the womb. The usual cause is a defect in the partition separating the two lower chambers of the heart. The venous blood (the blood being returned to the lungs) never makes it. Instead some is mixed in with already oxygen-rich blood, usually through a "hole in the heart," the hole being between the two chambers. The result is poorly oxygenated arterial blood and a blue skin color. Defects in the lungs can also be a factor. There are many variations of such congenital defects; it is estimated that about 35,000 of them occur each year in the U.S. Formerly, little hope was held out for the blue baby, but with modern advances some obvious defects in heart development can often be repaired by skilled surgeons. The heart of the fetus is usually intact by the eighth week, so the congenital defect occurs within that time. The risk of such fetal damage is why some drugs are used sparingly, if at all, during the early months of pregnancy. In some infants the defect may not be obvious until the first year or two of life, depending on the type of heart defect and its extent. DEAR DOCTOR: I have a question about how to remove an annoying mustache. I am a young lady. My doctor told me to go ahead and shave it off rather than bother with the depilatory creams. Do you see any harm in this practice for women? — Mrs. P.O. I see nothing wrong with the practice. Despite notions to the contrary it will not grow back thicker. Depilatories are okay if used properly. But in some they may cause irritations that can be more undesirable than the hair. Electrolysis may also be considered — or if the hair is light, a bleach. Do you have problem hair? Dr. Thosteson's new booklet, "Good Health for Your Hair," shows how proper treatment can result in healthier, more attractive hair. To get a copy, write Dr. Thosteson in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long, self-addressed and stamped envelope and 35 cents. Dr. Thosteson welcomes Word Of God And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Acts 6:8. Faith in God, plus the power of God, will always equip the man of God to do the work of God to the glory of God. reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual 'letters. Readers' questions afe incorporated in his column whenever possible. The Hays Daily News Published By The News Publishing Co. 507 Main Street. Hays. Ks. 67601 Published Five Days A Week And Sundays Except Memorial & Labor Day Second Class Postage Paid at Hays. Kansas 67601 Rale of Subscription: i includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable). By Carrier: Convenient monthly rates: Hays and Suburbs $2.75 per month Trade Zone Carriers... $2.75 per month By Mail: ( Where carrier service is not available) In Kansas $21.63 per year Out of State $26 00 per year All mail subscriptions must be paid in advance in accordance with Postal Regulations. Carriers also collect for a month in advance. John Lee GlenWindholz Gilbert NKuhn Donald Haas Gene Ruhr Thomas J. Drees Editor and Publisher Managing Editor Business Manager Advertising Manager Mechanical Supt. Circulation Mgr hat promises of by taking its last sense of purpose. TV STATION KAYS Channel 7 — Program Log Tuesday, December 14 6:30 The Muppels 7:00 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 8:00 M-A-S-H 8:30 One Day Al A Time 9:00 Switch 10:00 Final Reporl News. Wealher, Sporls 10:30 CBS Late Movie: TEA Sign Off News. Wealher. Sporls Wednesday, Dec. 15 , 7:00 CBS Morning News 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 The Price is Right 10:00 Joyce Livingston Show 10:30 Love of Life 10:55 CBS Midday News 11:00 The Young and Restless 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 12:00 Midday 12:30 As the World Turns 1:30 Guiding Light 2:00 All In the Family 2:30 Match Game 3:00 Taltletales 3:30 Gambit •1:00 Christmas Concerts Hill Cily High School 4 :30 Mike Douglas , 5:30 CBS Evening News Wilh Cronkite 6:00 Evening News, Wealher, Sports 6:30 Mary Tyler Moore 7:00 Surfine Special- Julie Andrews 8:00 CBS Wednesday Night Movie: "The Getaway" l'6'30 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 11:00 CBS Lale Movie: TBA Sign Off News. Weather. Sports TV STATION KCKT Channel 2 — Program Log Tuesday, December 14 _ 6:30 Adam 12 "Harbor Division" 7:00 Baa Baa Black Sheep 8:00 Police Woman 9:00 Police Story 10:00 KSN News. Wealher Sporls 10:30 Tonighl Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Lale News Wednesday, Dec. 15 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 Take Kerr 7:30 Today Show 8:25 KSN News & Wealher 8:30 Today Show 9:00 Sanford & Son 9:30 Hollywood Squares 10:00 Wheel of Forlune 10:30 Stumpers 11:00 50 Grand Slam 12:00 KSN Noon News 12:15 Elmer Childress Show 12:30 Days of Our Lives 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 3:00 Sumersei 3:30 Flinslones 4:00-5:000. m. SPECIAL TREAT "Little Women" 5:30 NBC Nightly News 6:00 KSN News, Wea'.her, oports 6:30 Adam 12 "Ramparl Division" ' 7:00 John Davidson Christmas Show 8:00 Dean Martin Celebrity RoflSl 9:00 Mac Davie Christmas ' Show * 10:00 KSN News, Wealher, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show • 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News \ I

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