Nation's prophet is our loss The landslide election of Governor Jerry Brown as President in 1976 came as no surprise to his fellow Californians who had long adulated him for his integrity, asceticism, frugality and, above all, his uncanny ability to predict the future. His fame and popularity spread. At the Democratic Convention that year, he was awarded the nomination by acclamation. "Well," he said in his four-second reluctant acceptance speech, "I guess SOMEBODY has to be President." TIIK CAMPAIGN was no contest. The experts attributed Mr. Brown's astounding appeal to the fact that he was more anti- polities. anti-government, anli-spending and anti-interventionist than the electorate itself. Moreover, his simple slogan not only .summed up what he had been telling his - California constituents for two years, but it c a p t u r e d the mood of the n a t i o n . "Things," it said, "Will Get Worse!" And, amazingly enough, he was, as ; always, absolutely right! Nor was his reputation for honesty tarnished by his historic five-second Inaugural Address. "We certainly have a lot of tremendous problems," he said, "but don't expect the government to do anything about them." And -- would you believe it? -- it didn'l! One reason was that the new President promptly fired every Washington bureaucrat he could and, to represent the diversity of America, replaced them with thousands of bright young attorneys all of \rthur Hoppe San Francisco Chronicle whom wore Zapata moustaches and wire- rimmed glasses. These dedicated public servants devoted 18 hours a day to unearthing huge problems and discovering why the government could do nothing about them. This, coupled with his life style, endeared the new President to every American. Following his inauguration, for example, he was driven directly to his 1958 two- door DeSoto where he set up housekeeping in the back scat. (Efforts by well-meaning friends to purchase him a car heater for the Washington winter were rejected. "We must all suffer together," he said, adjusting the cuffs of his while, button-down hair shirt.) Who will ever forget his R.Y.O.B. potluck state dinners, his annual Zen Raster Egg Roll Natural Food Prayer Rreak- fasts, his one-second State of the Union address ("Ycccehhh!"! or his economic message to Congress which caused (he Wall Street Panic of 1977? SOMK HISTORIANS feel his Stale of the World speech to Ihe U.N. in 1078 was a mistake. He simply stood at the podium holding a sign reading: "The End Is a I Hand!" Unfortunately, t h i s seeming t h r o a t caused the nervous Hussians to unleash a preemptive nuclear strike. But think of the pride in the hearts of surviving Americans to realize, on emerging from the rubble, that their President had been right again! "And we sure can't blame him for our (roubles," as one put it so well. "He didn't do anything." Cure for our ills ; Once again, good news abounds near election time. The recession is abating, automobile production has increased and the unemployment figures are dropping substantially. Obviously, we should pressure Congress to adopt legislation that would require presidential elections annually. MILFORD C. WALKER West Covina Well done, Jaycees I would like to extend my congratulations to the Long Bench Jaycees for their successful sponsorship of Ihe California Golden Gloves finals at Long Reach City College on March 12. This was one of the best-managed and most enjoyable amateur boxing events I have attended in many years of following the sport. JERRY McIOJGH Long Beach Credit rating My husband and I lived here for almost three years (no children). We came from the East Coast. We have worked hard, and still do, to build our credit rating up, which we did back east. But they tell us here in this state it's no good because: 1. We both w o r k and make good money. 2. We never bought anything here on a charge account. 3. They don't honor credit references from other states. 4. We have a nice bank account. 5. We paid our bills off ahead of'time. One credit corporation told us to go to Scars or a department store of some kind and buy things (which we don't need) so they can sec how we pay our bills. Back when a person had to put things cm credit, he was looked down at. It seems the opposite now. How docs one get a credit rating in this slale '' MRS. RAY HERMANS San Pedro Right on You are "right nn" wilh ynur editorial concerning the c i t y council member";' newsletters. Thanks, and lei's h a v e mort. NORTON R . G O D D A R D l/ng Beach Will \Rogers "There was a piece in the paper (his morning where somebody back home w.-is seriously proposing me for president Now. when lhat was done as a joke it was all right, but when it's done seriously, it's just palhelic. We are used to having everything named as presidential candidates, hut the country hasn't quite got to the professional comedian sta^c. "There is no inducement that would make me foolish enough to ever run for any political office. I want to be on the outside, where I can be friends, and joke about all all of Ihem. 'Should the f)emocrals. however, bo- come successful, I would accept Ihe Post Office in Beverly Hills and Claremore. Oklahoma. I can take care of both Idlers." February 2, 1928 Fuzzy thinking I'm getting sick of the people who are espousing the cause of Tom Haydcn as a new and revolutionary hero. May I suggest that they read Solzhenitzyn's Gulag Archipelago if they have Ihe time and intellectual ability to understand what they have read. Tom Hayden is a pure Marxist-Leninist, and is willing to change our government from a free republic to a totalitarian police state through the ballot box. This is very commendable. It is far more so than the bloody revolutionary process which preceded the Bolshevik lake-over after the Russian Revolution. However, the fact remains that he is committed to this change. Aleksamir Solzhenitsyn r e c e n t l y expressed his sorrow in feeling that the free people of Ihe Wcslcrn World didn'l really understand the true nature of the Marxist- Leninist movement as practiced by the Communists in the U.S.S.U. and Cuba. He is also sorrowful lhat we don't really comprehend the true intent of the Russian regime. He hopes we will awaken in time. It is going lo take the concerted efforts of all the right-thinking people to offset the fuzzy thinking of those who would vole . change just for the sake of change, We had all betler be absolulcly certain as to just exactly what any change might ultimately lead to. KLATON CHAPMAN Long Reach Brown's philosophy Governor Brown in his statement announcing his candidacy for president made the statement that he had a philosophy Ihe people should hear. Do Ihe editors of the I, P-T know Jerry Brown's philosophy? If so, please print it for all to see. We have been dealt a political diet of double-talk, double-cross, half-truths, evasions and innuendo for so long the people arc inundaled with it. We arc all hungry (orlhetnilh. So let's have it! ANNE KICKES !ong Beach Bad place to cut I am told that the I/ing Beach General Hospital alcoholism rehabilitation program is to be discontinued in order to to save a few dollars in the health services budget. l/ng Beach General has had years of experience and has successfully formulated a treatmenl program that really works. Its staff is a highly specialized, scientifically trained, dedicated group of people who handle alcoholism professionally and successfully. I hope in writing this plea to arouse Ihe people of 1/mg Beach lo the pending situa- linn and to make them aware that when this curtailment lakes place Ihe alcoholic and his needs will still he with us. and we will have no facility lo lake care of him-no beds, no housing and, most of all, no professional help I am aware that money is important, hut surely there are other ways lo trim the budget. Don't cut out a program that is successful and a credil In lying Beach and l/s Angeles County. MARTHA I. WEBSTER I/ng Beach Equal coverage I would like lo commend you on a striking article about KRAmcrica. Now how does one go about obtaining equal coverage to explain the reasons for "Stop ERA"? It would he inleresling lo know what area of individuals were polled in our nation to arrive at K! per cent in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment. If this were true, tbere wouldn't have been such resounding defeats in some of our stales and the strong momentum to rescind in others. The silent majority is rapidly becoming informed, and are awakening lo action. BEVERLY ROSENLOF \ Long Beach Out front Lakewood has always been the "out front city." and it will continue lo be as long as Iho voters continue to exercise control. The Concerned Citizens of Lakewood should be commended for Ihcir hard work. 1 have no doubt the three, new council members they helped lo elect will do an outstanding job. DARWIN A. PETERSEN Uikewood Simple men 1 believe that our Founding Fathers were jusl as common as we--nol holy sainls. God permitted these simple men to found and lo fighl for the birth of this blessed, precious United Stales of America --a country where the majority of people have accepted all the immigrants of Cud's earth. I/cl us never forget this--ever, lest we fall. M R S . S U B K A l . T Norwalk Death penalty In recent articles by Dr. Wall Mcnning- er and Sydney Harris arguing against the death penalty, both useci (he same scare tactic. In forgiving murder, each said, in effect, that most murders are committed in the heat of passion. This statement is undoubtedly true, but it does not apply to the argument. In recent history, the death penally has been applied only lo proven cases of prcmedital- cit murder, and also more recently lo such planned instances as multiple murder ami bombings. I believe thai a cold-blooded, planning murderer should be forced to include a possible death penalty in his calculations. R..). COLE Ixing lieach Not all feminists Your reporting of the picketing of the movie Snuff on March 17 was ,1 flagrant distortion of [he facts. It was definitely not a feminist action, as you reported. The majority of about 100 picketers were men, and all were angered, concerned citizens of I/ng Beach. Since our city f a t h e r s have lieon trying to promote a I-ong Beach Beautiful i m a g e , I feel that our newspaper should be supporting actions by concerned citizens working toward t h a t end. A N G K I . S C H U M A K E R l/ong Beach n, nn INDEPENDENT [AM) PRESS-IEIEGRAM (PM)--6-3 Wrong spirit of Seventy-six? I'VE BEEN GETTING some gripes from slore clerks who claim that their employers will make them work on July Fourth. Some claim that certain holidays were promised Ihem, and Ihe promises were nol kept. That problem, as mentioned in our Action Line a few days ago, is a problem for a union lo 1 worry about. In most such cases, the Rclail Clerks Union. An employer doesn't have to give you any days off a I all. if he doesn't want to. If he wants you lo work seven days a week, wilh no days off and no vacations, and you lake the job, that's your lough luck -- unless you're protected by a union contract. Bui Ihe gripes bring up a sore point wilh me: our Nation's Bicentennial is last becoming a "buy-ccntcnnial." . . . An aiito-mnker uses an obvious Gen. George S. Patton to sell its cars, against the onslaught of foreign imports. And nir- tine nd 1 saw two clays ago plugs its service with n man In a colonial costume, like a Mimiteman. Everywhere 1 look, 1 see the nation's 200(h Birthday promoted ami prostituted by "special sales" and all in the name of patriotism. I've watched TV and seen George Washington, lion Franklin anci Tom Jefferson made into fools lo sell goods and services. 1 should be (he last man to complain. I'm part of the business. Advertising pays my salary, but I wish there still might bo something held a little less than sacred but a little more (ban mercenary. THE OIL COMPANY that sponsors those moments about "that's the way it was" is to be commended for its little lessons in history. After all, oil companies, l i k e telephone and eleclric companies, don't have to advertise the product. You're going (o buy it, whether you like it or nol, hul il makes a nice (ax write-off ami is very educational, even if it Isn't all (rue. But 1 lake exception lo the stores and business (inns lhat use Ihe Hig U.S. Year as a sales-pitch. There arc little while crosses throughout Hie United Stales and, (or (hat matter, all over the world, that attest lo the dedication of men who didn'l know Ihey were fighting for the right to sell carpeting, cars, or cnnned goods. In truth, that's one of the things those men were looking forward to, if they got home. Most of the warriors came home, and began selling all those things. "i BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE that a (rue patriot could stomach much more of this promotion that has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence or "life, liberty and the pursuit of profit." There is nothing wrong with profit. But there is something wrong with putting a guy in a three-cornered hal, bucklcdlshoes and knee-stockings lo sell nn airline ticket. Those men wno stood nt I-c.xington and Concord and In the streets of BostoW, who spoke greal words In the meeting l\n.llMr Philadelphia, who debated in Ihe \jjg\fjt\ House of Burgesses, wouldn't lhcy ri fflcl stupid today to see Iheir dollies as quaint, Iheir muskets as mercantile props, Iheir stirring words and deep beliefs twisted into ad slogans, to see themselves simply as figures of fun in a sales carnival? WHAT WAS IT all about, anyway? It liacl to do wilh liberty, with man's age-old desire lo control his own government and Ihercfore his own dcsliny. It had to do with business and profil, loo, and a rebellion against unjust taxes levied as a punish- menl as well as a robbery. Many of Ihe great rclwls in those days were businessmen, whether their business lie farming or shopkceplng or making silver platters. But I am as sure as ! am of anything, that they would not want to see the 200lh Anniversary of Ihcir Big Move turned Into the commercial cnrnivnl it has become. Couldn't we lake a step backward for a few quici moments and read again the Declaration of Independence n n d the Preamble to Ihe Constitution (and rend on farther, it's greal), jusl n little whild to remember what we're celebrating. Â· Â· l It might just IK our last chance to/'a Big Birthday. /If eclifine an el ||on lly Â«Â«Â· 7 , I N S I , H .Mcilioiil-SHt Â«Â· M i l l lor Most women wilh ovarian cancer have 1 complained of gas and abdominal dislen- liun for lliree monlhs or more before cx- ploralnry surgery is performed, a doctor says. Because of Ihe type of symptoms, those women usually lake Ihcir complaints first lo an inlernisl or a family physician, claims Dr. Arnold Bernstein, a gynecolo- gisl. At Ihe outset these symptoms arc nol linked lo ovarian cancer, he says. By Ihe time surgery is finally performed, atxnit 80 |cr cent of women wilh ovar- i:m rancor have an advanced slale of malignancy. II survival of paticnls with ovarian cancer is lo In: improved, surgeons musl make adequalc incisions and determine: Ihe true extent of Ihe disease, the doclitr says in a re|xirt in Ob. Gyn. News, a newspaper for physicians. Cancer of the ovary is the third in frequency of gynecologic cancers but probably accounts for (he greatest number of deaths nf ;ill the genilal malignancies combined Generally il has an insidious onset rrMilling in lalo diagnosis and poor prognosis (ciullwikl. A new stiiity shows lhat no mailer how carefully patients arc briefed before con- .senling In major surgery, they fail In remember mosl of Ihr information. In this particular study, Ihe palicnls, all of whom underwent heart surgery, not only forgrii extensive portions of Iheir con- vrrsalinns wilh surgeons hul oflen fabri- cated details. Somo even denied Iiuy.iqg. hull a discussion wilh (he surgeon. llul researchers used a lapc recorder lo prove thai the conversations were held and Ihal important information wns given lo Ihe patient. On Ihe average, palienls recalled Ipss Ifian a third of whal Iho surgeon had discussed wilh them. Even under prompting, Ihe average recall score was alKiul 12 per cent four lo six monlhs after surgery. This was reported In Ihe Society of Thoracic Surgeons by Dr. George Robinson, professor of surgery at Albert Kin- Mcin College of Medicine. Two patients complained ( h a l t h e preo|cralive interviews were very brief ami implied that they were nol informative. Actually, bolh recorded intcrviows were about 2-1 minules long. ' Â·, The recurrence rale of around-lhc- mouth herpcs-lyne blisters has been found lo be about I..1 episodes a year. And emotional stress appears (o he the most common triggering factor. The report is lhat of Stephen K. Young, f). f). S., of Ihe department of oral palhol- ogy. University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Ann Arbor. Olhcr triggering factors include illness, sun exposure, injury and fatigue. The lower lip was Ihe most frequent site of trouble, followed by upper lip, lip. The nose, chin and cheek were also fre- (iicnt sites. Ripped off at the garage Nexl to his house -- it he has one the average American makes his largest single expenditure for a car. The majority of car owners, in fact, have to borrow money or go into debt if they want to buy a new one. Despite this expenditure, and despite Ihe added fact lhat the maintenance of a car is more costly than the original price, we have done little or nothing to protect Ihe car owner from the impure anri unsim- ple crookedness of the average auto repair shop. E V K R Y INDEPENDENT s u r v e y made over the last .30 years -- and ihey have been mndc regularly -- has demonstrated lhat a majority of such places art little more than ripoff joints, trading nn Ihe owners' ignorance, fear and credulity. As a by no means uncommon example. I asked my daughter to take in my car last week In the closest dealer handling that make I knew exactly what Ihe (rouble was: a rear light bulb had burned out, causing nn ugly warning buzz each time the brake was depressed Stic told (his in Ihe service manager, who nevertheless look out a "work shed," scribbled some prctenlious nonsense on it. and turned her (and the carl over to a mechanic. The latter informed her thai the steering wheel would have to be dismantled and all the wiring traced, In discover the "source" of the trouble. ff rtrrix I She thanked him gravely, said she- would have to consult her father, and drove Ihe car home. I Ihen .sent her to another dealer, on (he olher side of town, where Ihe owner knew me. A mechanic installed a rear light bulb in 30 seconds and refused to charge her for it. At the first place, I would have been lucky to get away wilh Â» HO hill for labor. Kill why should we have to go across lown. ami why in a repair shun who knows me, in nrder in get a fair dear And why should Ihe crooked service manager go scot-free? (Obviously, he gels a percentage on all work done.) I DONT CAKK to receive any canting Idlers from repair shop owners protesting annul "a few bad apples in Ihe barrel." I have had cars long enough to know lhat the good apple is Ihe exception, not the rollcm tine.. Motorists are bilked out of millions a year, and they have little, if ;my. legal recourse. All garages should be strictly licensed, regularly inspected and have their permits revoked if enough customers make substantiated complaints to the proper officials. Service managers should work on salaries, not commissions. And car manufacturer* should take away dealerships from (hose operators who habitually overcharge repair customers for unnecessary work. In no cither field is "consumer advocacy" more urgently or desperately needed.
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