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December 17, 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Highway icing? Don 9 tput all economic eggs in one basket Governor Robert Bennett's string of "town hall" meetings left in its wake a string of editorial yelps all across the state. For the most part, the critics zeroed in on Bennett's persistent refusal to listen to pleas for help for money-pinched municipalities. Here, at least, that issue will pass with this comment: our agreement with the critics is too old to surprise anyone, and long ago we learned the bitter lessons about squeezing a turnip from Johnson County. On one score, however, Bennett's visit to Hays has us scratching our heads. Wednesday night, he said that next week his office would unveil a plan for highway projects in this area. One, a $5 million project, would be built east of the Russell-Ellis county line. Another, $3.5 million, would be in Ellis County. Both would be along Interstate 70. As anxious as we are to see the details, a word of caution should be interjected. This just could be icing without the cake. To do so might perturb the Governor's staff mightily, but some history about these matters should be noted. Late last Spring, in May to be exact, the state Highway Advisory Commission made some recommendations about how federal highway money should be divvied in Kansas for the next ten years. The pie was heavy enough- containing about three-quarters of a billion dollars. The slices were something else. At the time, a pittance was included for work in the western half of the state. Some preliminary study and engineering work for extending a 4-lane portion of US-81 north of Salina up past Belleville was about the only identifiable expenditure slated in the recommendations. A huge chunk of the huge remainder was given over to projects in Eastern Kansas, mostly around urban centers. Until Bennett unveils the plans, it might be best to give him the benefit of the doubt. But if there is such a thing as justice in equalizing expenditures across the tax base, don't expect , too much justice. The recent history of highways suggests a possible disappointment even if we get a few million scattered here and there. Amnesty at the Point A special commission set up to look into the latest West Point cheating scandal made some mystifying statements this week. First, the commission released a report saying the cheating was much more widespread than first thought, almost of epidemic proportions. Next, the commission laid some heavy blame on the Army's faculty for knowing about the cheating but doing little to stop it. After all that, the report recommends reinstating the cadets who were booted and stopping all investigations of those under suspicion. In a sense, the commission may be right. The wide-spread publicity and the torment some cadets already have experienced may work as a purgative, and the commission suggested some steps to insure some honor at the academy. The only problem, however, is that more is at stake than the hurt feelings,of cadets and the burnt image of the institution. Taxpayers shovel a large amount of money into the education and training of each of West Point's students. Far beyond that, military life carries with it some huge burdens — especially for that group of persons who eventually will lead this country's Army. However Draconian explusion from the academy may sound, excusing dishonorable conduct is not the way to make leaders of college-age men and women. Une should assume they accept their appointments knowing the rules — and the consequences of breaking them. Truly gritty If you don't think the world is changing, at least in increments, consider this bit'of fluff from the West Coast. John Wayne, man-handling Man of the Movies, has endorsed the right of homosexuals to be homosexuals. Let's go through that again. He does not endorse homosexuality. Just the right to be so. "A man has the right to live his life the way he wishes," Wayne said. "I have nothing against gays." That's right. Big, bluff, blustery, truly gritty, macho- laden John Wayne said that in an advertisement for what is reported as the "nation's largest ( and most influential homosexual newspaper." What next? WASHINGTON - Will a tax cut actually give the economy a boost? Would it be good public policy, or should the nation's precious resources be used in some other way? And if it is necessary, in the end, to go the tax cut route, should it be a permanent change in the rates, or a "one-shot" effort to • get the economy moving? These are among the questions being asked in Washington as President-elect Jimmy Carter prepares to take office with the economy sagging. The economic climate on Jan. 20 will be forcing his hand. In this circumstance, former Harvard professor John Kenneth Galbraith has come forward, in his always neat turn of phrase, to argue that a tax cut is the wrong, even indecent, way to seek stimulus. IT MATTERS not that Galbraith's record as a forecaster is not, to put it kindly, impeccable. In thjs argument, Galbraith is joined by others who claim recent experience shows that cutting taxes does not actually stimulate the economy. By GEORGE WILL For example, economist Michael K. Evans, of Chase Econometrics, Inc., says that the 1975 tax cut "was somewhat of a bust." He argues that it didn't do much to expand either consumer or business spending. A new "one-shot" rebate of $10 or $20 billion, Evans says, "will accomplish virtually nothing," although he believes a bigger, permanent cut would have a larger, but not necessarily an important, effect. ' TAX CUT ADVOCATES with equally good credentials say that Galbraith and Evans are wrong. Expert Joseph A. Pechman, Brookings' noted tax economist, points out that the broadly based 1984 tax cut — which was a permanent reduction — had a massive stimulative effect on the economy. ' Granting that a rebate does not have the same effect, Pechman says that the reason the 1976 recovery petered out was not the inadequacy of the 1975 tax cut, but the still unexplained shortfall in government spending. Galbraith, of course, has an ideological objection to tax cuts, which he thinks favor the wealthy. For stimulus, he would go the spending route, concentrating on the poor, and the needs of the cities. Nonetheless, there is widespread consensus among businessmen and Carter's economists that a tax cut would like to see an across-the-board reduction in rates to offset some of the tax consequences of inflation, most of Carter's economic advisers fear that a permanent cut would make it well-nigh impossible to balance the budget or achieve tax reform any time soon. CARTEh IS SENSITIVE to the argument that Galbraith makes for the cities. It comes to him, as well, from politically sensitive members of Congress, and from the blacks who helped to elect him. A good case can be made, as economist Tllford Gaines of the Manufacturers Hanover Trust C«. points out, for a public employment program aimed at the vhard-core" jobless. The trouble, of course, is that it takes time for a jobs program to be shaped up, financed, and then to have an effect on the economy. The tax cut medicine, when it works, works much faster..-. What this all suggests is that the Carter economic package — the consensus figure is arbund $20 billion — will be a blend of tax cuts as well as spending programs. Carter will shape up the maximum job program that seems practicable, then fill in with tax cuts. So a clear-cut answer to what might be the optimum approach for a sagging economy — economic and social — is likely to elude us. Given the need to get some results, Mr. Carter can't bet all his money on one horse. Despite evidence, Nix nixes drinking problem By JACK ANDERSON and LES WHITTEN WASHINGTON — At age 71, Rep. Robert N.C. Nix, D.-Pa., is beginning to run down. The years have slowed his pace; his speech is hesitating. Yet he is a decent old gentleman who, in his plodding way, has tried to do right by his Philadelphia constituents. Now, after 18 years in the House, he is in line to take over the chairmanship of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee. This would give him'an important role in helping President- elect Jimmy Carter reorganize the federal government. His colleagues in Congress, therefore, are reluctant to oppose Nix. Yet they have come to us sadly with evidence that he isn't qualified for the chairmanship. They say he has a drinking problem, which has reduced his effectiveness. Nix denied the accusation in a painful interview with our associates, Gary Cohn and Howie Kurtz. The bald, bespectacled, old congressman insisted that he didn't drink any liquor at all. And the suggestion that he is slowing down, he said, was "absurd." "I'VE NEVER HAD any problem with alcohol in my life," he said. "I never frequent any drinking places, I work all day and sleep all night." He denied that he drinks in his office. "No, no, never," he said. Yet a number of witnesses have given us a different story. They have seen him drunk on many occasions. He starts drinking, they say, in the afternoons, behind the thick oaken door of his office. For these private snorts, he keeps a bottle of Seagram's Seven Crown in his desk. He often spends the afternoon, say witnesses, sipping whiskey and puffing on cigars. Callers and constituents may be held off indefinitely with stories of high-level meetings. Sometimes he drops off into an alcoholic sleep. Other times, according to the witnesses, he emerges with liquor on his breath. They report that he showed up drunk once at a committee meeting. On an official visit to Mexico awhile back, they recall, he was frequently intoxicated in public. Nix denied that he got drunk on the Mexico trip. "I wouldn't drink vodka if I wanted something to drink," he added unaccountably. "I'd drink bourbon." Footnote: Under the seniority system, Nix is eligible for the Civil Service Committee chairmanship because top-ranking Rep. Morris Udall, D.-Ariz., is leaving to take the vacant chairmanship of the Interior Committee. Rep. James Hanely, D.-N.Y., next in line behind Nix, hasn't decided whether to challenge him. But many congressmen reluctantly feel that Nix should be pushed aside. RARE BIRD: S. Dillon Ripley, director of the Smithsonian Institution, is a distinguished ornithologist who pursues rare birds around the world in high style. he has said that he will take no royalties from the book. DIPLOMATIC DIGEST: The British have been sending' quiet signals to President-elect Jimmy Carter. They are worried about the Soviet military build-up in Europe, where the best Russian divisions are concentrated. If the United States should waver at all in its support of NATO, the British have warned, the other NATO countries would reduce their support and the alliance would be jeopardized. Diplomatic undercurrents are stirring between the United States and Vietnam. Both former enemies are interested in ending the Vietnam nightmare and establishing diplomatic relations. Our sources predict that the progress will be slow but that an accommodation eventually will be reached. TRANSITION ELECTION VlCTfOfifV UNEVyPlOVMENT TH6 EGONOAAV THEBUCXSeT -T Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson DEAR DOCTOR: I told my doctor I has stomach rumblings and he pulled out his stethoscope and started listening. I always thought that was used to listen to the heart. I was embarrassed to ask him, but can you enlighten me? — H.E. Sure. He was listening for those abdominal sounds (not necessarily stomach sounds) which can tell a physician a lot about the condition of the digestive tract. Gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) gas can make strange sounds as it is propelled along. Sounds in certain places (or the lack of them) may be a clue to obstructions, which can produce gas. Dr. Leroy H. Stahlgren, a professor of surgery from Philadelphia, recently urged a return to the fine old art of "abdominal auscultation," which is just what your doctor was doing. "It's a time-honored and important clinical skill sometimes neglected nowadays in favor of more modern methods," he says and I rather agree. More sophisticated tests seem to be taking over. Incidentally, the most common cause of such rumblings is air swallowing while sleeping or eating. Mouth breathers are prone to this. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine," coined a word for abdominal rumblings, and it is rather descriptive of the way the sounds strike the ear through a stethoscope. The word is "borborygmos." That is still the medically correct word for the phenomenon. DEAR DOCTOR: Please write about Herpes vaginalis, how it is caught, what the treatment should be, etc. The doctor told me it was the first case he had seen but he had read about it. — Mrs. D.B. Herpes vaginalis is better called Herpes "progenitalis" because it is not limited to females, but to gential organs of either sex. It is a virus infection caused by the Herpes II virus, The Herpes I virus is the one responsible for face lesions as "cold sores." The genital virus is spread by sexual intercourse. Lesions appear as tiny blisters. They sometimes disappear by themselves, but do tend to recur. Usually it is a very stubborn affair. Treatment consists of rupturing the blisters, applying what is called a neutral red dye, then using a simple light treatment (not ultraviolent) for two or three days. My mail tells me it is rather widespread. It is discussed at more lengths along with other vaginal infections in my booklet "Vaginits: The Hidden Ailment." If you want a copy, send 25 cents to me in care of this newspaper. Enclose a stamped, self- addressed envelope. DEAR DOCTOR: My husband had a kidney removed last month. He is fine now. He had a checkup, and the doctor told him to come back in six months. I am happy, but sometimes I get worried. Is one kidney enough for the body functions? He is 34. — V.S. The single kidney will serve him quite adequately. Those who have had a kidney removed for a benign condition can Ijave a normal life expectancy, assuming the remaining kidney is healthy. Word Of God He brought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. Mark 15:48. Human beings have always seemed to honor the dead. Oh that we might learn to care for the living. Your husband should have been instructed about certain dietary restrictions he may have to observe for a while. I assume he has received such instructions. If not he should inquire. The Hays Doily 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 Rate of Subscription: (includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable). By Carrier: Convenient monthly rates: Hays and Suburbs $2.75 per month Trade Zone Carriers... 12.79 per month By Mail: (Where carrier service is not available). In Kansas (21.63 per year Out of State 126.00 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 Editor and Publisher Glen Windholz Managing Editor Gilbert N. Kuhn Business Manager Donald Haas Advertising Manager GeneRohr Mechanical Supt. Thomas J. Drees Circulation Mgr. tnes, ac- in 197U, ne expropriated a gram m- emerges tended for other purposes to finance a ;y report yacht trip on the Mediterranean in ice at a ' quest of the rare Audouin Gull. He brought along some ritzy friends who joined in the bird watching, sun bathing and dining on Palaiokastritsa lobster. Again in 1974, a bird chase took him to the far cCrners of the globe for 28 weeks at a cost to the Smithsonian of at least $15,000. When he isn't roaming after birds, Ripley writes about them. Last month* for instance, he wrote a rave review for the Smithsonian magazine about a new book, called "A Guide to the Birds of Panama" by Robert Ridgely. "This is a . valuable volume," Ripley attested, "that serious bird watchers concerned . with neotropical birds can hardly do ^ without." A HE NEGLECTED to mention a few ^^ pertinent facts : (1) that he is president Preservation, which sponsored the book; (2) that he is also chairman of the World Wildlife Fund, which has contributed heavily to the book's sponsor, and (3) that the author of the book is his own son-in-law. The elegant, efficient Ripley assured . us loftily that it was no conflict for him t to praise such a book in the pages of the L Smithsonian magazine. He invited us to ^L go ahead and accuse him of a conflict. •i "It will roll off my back," he said, "like ^^A water off a duck." R^M Footnote: Young Ridgely was selected to write the book before he married Ripley's daughter in 1972. He if.^ was in Peru where he couldn't be iQjIBT ' reached for comment. But in the past, At Random By L. M. Boyd THE SLEEP researchers have come up with another antisnoring device. It's an electric noise magnifier that fits around the* neck. What might be no more than a whisper sounds to the snorer almost like thunder. It's said soon to condition the snorer to turn down the volume immediately while it's still just a purr. HERE'S TO ISAAC Papke, the fellow who swam 22 miles from Catalina Island to San Pedro — clink! — accompanied close by for 12 hours 45 minutes by a 30-foot whale. Papke said he enjoyed the companionship, but it 1 made him a little nervous. AM ADVISED the Plains Indians referred to- the first ,. horse they ever saw as a "13- Dog," because they reckoned it could carry just about 13 times as much as one of their pack dogs. IF YOU consider yourself double-jointed in the wrist or thumb or fingers possibly, what you actually have are extra-ordinarily flexible ligaments, Television Log TV STATION KAYS Chonn*! 7 — Program log Friday, December 17 6:30 Andy Williams Show 7:00 T'was the Night Before Christmas 8:00 CBS Friday Night Movie: "Pocket Money" 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: TBA Sign Off News, Weather Sports Saturday, December 18 7:00 Sylvester 4 Tweety 7:30 Clue Club 8:00 Bugs Bunny-Road Runner 9:00 Tarzan-Lordofthe Jungle ' 9:30 Shazam-Isis Hour 10:30 Ark II ' 11:00 FatAlbert&The Cosby Kids 11:30 Way Out Games 12:00 NFL Divisional Playoffs 3:00 Famous Classic Tales "Christmas Carol" 4:00 Wide World of Sports 5:30 CBS Evening News with Rather 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Lawrence Welk 7:30 How the Grinch Stole Christmas 8:00 All In The Family 8:30 Alice 9:00 Carol Burnet Show 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Late Show: "Texas Across The River" Sign Off News, Weather, Sports Sunday, December 19 8:30 Mr. Gospel Guitar 9 : 00 Day of Discovery 9 : 30 Jerry Falwell Show 10:30 Face The Nation 11:00 Insight 11:30 Youth for Christ 12:00 NFL Divisional Playoffs 5:30 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:00 Sixty Minutes 7:00 Sonny & Cher Show 8:00 Kojak 9:00 Delvecchio 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Late Show: "Where Angels Go-Trouble Follows" Sign Off News, Weather Sports TV STATION KCKT Channel 2 — Program Log Friday, December 17 6:30 Adam 12 "West Valley Division" 7:00 Sanford & Son 7:30 Chico & the Man 8:00 Rockford Files 9:00 Serpico 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 10:00 Midnight Special 1:30 KSN Late News Saturday, December 18 6:55 Sign On 7:00 Woody Woodpecker Show 7:30 Pink Panther Show 9:00 Speed Buggy 9:30 The Monster Squad 10:00 Space Ghost-Frankenstein 10:30 Big John, Little John 11:00 Land of the Lost 11:30 Muggsy 12:00 AFC Divisional Playoffs (Tenalive Time) 3:00 All Star Wrestling 4:00 Proud Country 4:30 Nashville on the Road 5:00 Porter Wagoner Show 5:30 KSN News, Weather. Sports 6:00 Hollywood Squares 6:30 Dolly 7:00 NBC Sat. Night at the Movies "Manic" 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Mary Harlman, Mary Harlnian 11:30 NBC Saturday Night 1:00 KSN Late News Sunday, December 19 6:58 Sign On 7:00 Amazing Grace Bible Class 7:30 Defenders 8:00 James Robeson Presents 8:30 Revival Fires 9:00 Herald of Truth 9:30 Oral Roberts Presents 10:00 Rex Humbard 11:00 First Bible Baptist Church Hr 12:00 AFC Playoff Game (Tentative Time) 3:00 Meet the Press 3:30 NFL Game of the Week 4:00 Food For All 5:00 Garner Ted Armstrong 5:30 News Center 3-Access 6:00 Wonderful World of Disney 7:00 The Big Event "Christmas Around the World" 8:30 The Big Event "Money Changers Pt IV 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Mary Harlman, Mary Harlman 12:00 KSN Late News

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