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December 19. 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Sticks in the stocking? 1 CAN'T .BE CERTAIN what it means, but we'recognized this weekend that a tradition is taking shape at our house. It's the Christmas tree. For some reason we have lapsed into the habit of decorating our tree the Friday of the week before Christmas. A couple of times we did it earlier. It didn't feel right. At least once we tarried so long that the only pickings left were so slim we had to bring home a plastic tree. It didn't look right. THIS YEAR, WE ARE back in the old, comfortable groove. Normalcy goes like this: First, the tree. Ours usually comes from the Optimist lot. Don't ask why. Maybe because they're there. Anyway, along with the tree came an interesting conversation with a pessimistic Optimist who noted for us the expectations involved in our raising a daughter who just celebrated her third birthday — and just wait until she is old enough to date and young men begin to hang around the house. This was offered with the full authority of one whose four daughters are in, or reaching, their teens. We were fascinated, and it took my mind off the annual ouches of stuffing the needled bush uneasily into the trunk. But I hadn't been watching. The conversation also took my mind off the crucials of fitting the tree to its location in front of the dining room window. SPEAKING BLUNTLY, THE trunk was blunt — even a bit gnarled, enough at least that it wouldn't fit the holder. Out came the saw — and some curses. Like a spring, the tree yields to the saw's down-thrust, then binds on the way up. Watching the blade's slow progress from the first bite to the last brought with it the wish for some ear-plugs for the child — especially at a time when her vocabulary is growing and grandma and grandpa are expected any day. I needn't have worried. She was in a peculiar thrall, first evidenced by some giggly-gurgly sounds I had never heard before. Upon closer examination, we found she was tense with excitement, so wound up that her body literally shook with excitement, her grin pulled tightly close to a grimace. SATISFIED IT WAS A fit of joy, we returned to picking the knots from the string of lights. The tree was doing some strange things to her, I though, still worried she might have chewed up a couple of fake ginger-bread boys missing from the battered box of decorations. Leeword By JOHN LEE I relaxed a little when I discovered she was returning to normal — which at that moment meant driving her tricycle back and forth across the lump of needles so carefully plucked from the grasping clutches of the carpet. The trike went to the basement. The child went to the living room to fiddle with the tape casette of Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." As I went back to tackle the lights — or vice versa — she was jumping and twirling to "Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy." That must have paled early, for the next thing I heard was a strange rattle, and; "Oh, no! Look at this. She took every one of the wire clips from the little ornaments and put them in this big one. How are we going to get them out of there?" "Easy," I said. "Just smash the thing, pick up the wires and put 'em back in the little ones." "Are you kidding? Your mother gave her this the year she Was born. Look at it. It's one of those commemorative bulbs with the year painted on it." AN HOUR OR SO AFTER her bedtime, we were still pondering. The little ornaments are without clips. As these things go, they will be that way for another ten Christmases. Later, as I went through the nightly ritual of zipping a sleeper blanket around one who may never pass a 'night without kicking the covers off, I sank into the rocker beside her crib, watching the short rhythm of her breathing in the dim nightlight. Out of her slumber she lifted a heavy eye, grinned, then fell into an expression of adult-like concern as she remembered the evening's events. "Sticks for my stockings, Daddy?" she asked. "No, not this year." SHE MURMURED SOMETHING, incomprehensible but .with a ring of ecstacy, and said, "I like our tree. It's pretty." Then, silence. The night took hold of the house. To hear that in such a moment, I was certain, must be the motive force for drawing a tradition into another year, and still another. At Random By L. M. Boyd "IMAM BAYILDI" is the name of a fancy gourmet main dish in Turkey. It's a spicy juicy combination of eggplant and meats. A cook concocted it years ago for a leader who supposedly keeled over with delight upon tasting it. It's still served and so called. "Imam Bayildi" means "The leader fainted." CAN YOU NAME all 50 states and all U.S. presidents? Okay, now can you do it in 20 seconds? Tom Adams of Austin, Texas, says you can. That's wonderful! No doubt he's the world's fastest talker. I can say Mississippi and Martin Van Buren in 20 seconds with enough time left over to squeeze in Maine and Polk. WOMEN DREAM far more about weddings than dcj. men. But those dreams are mostly fretful. Oftentimes, the face of the groom is invisible. Or the dreamer herself falls down. Or nobody shows up. The weddings dreams of men, however, tend to be less nightmarish. On the contrary, a lot of smiles are apt to flit in and out of such male dreams. What's indicated is men are nowhere nearly as apprehensive as are women about weddings. At least, that's what the sleep researchers contend. ONLY SCIENCE in which the amateur is given professional standing is astronomy. Scott issues a foil for the Suran rap Because of a set of circumstances that boggle the mind, Cade Suran, the director of men's athletics at Fort Hays State, has been trampled by the press. Suran, who celebrated his 65th birthday Friday, announced his retirement to the local media Wednesday. The Daily News story, played on page one, was promptly rewritten by a United Press International writer who, by rearranging facts, hinted that Suran is leaving the college in a huff over girls athletics. That's not so. Here's trie story: A Daily news reporter, anxious to expand an FHS news release about the retirement, telephoned Suran and asked a wide variety of questions, including one about the recent forced introduction of girls athletics. Suran responded by saying he's dismayed at the girls program which is financed in part with tax dollars. SCOTT SEIRER Male athletic programs, he explained, are funded with gate receipts, donations and a percentage of student activity fees. He called the girls program a "funding inequity" that penalizes the boys programs. The UPI story, which was widely used by newspapers and radio stations throughout the state, incorrectly concluded that Suran is retiring because of the inequity.. A Wichita Eagle editor batted out this headline: "Unequal Funding Drives Fort Hays AD To Quit," That's an example of derailed journalism. The fact, as explained by Lois Lee Myerly, administrative assistant to the FHS president, is that the Kansas Board of Regents has declared that college administrators must step down at age 65. Although he could haye continued to teach until age 70, Suran chose not to. It's as simple as that. Britain maintains noblest export—civility LONDON — A leading British newspaper editorializes: "The prospects for Britain's economy, politics and perhaps democracy will be decided over the next few weeks...." The Chancellor of the Exchequer warns of "riots in the streets." Former Prime Minister Harold Wilson announces that left-wing extremists pose a threat not only to the Labor Party but to British democracy. Such talk, and the echo of it in the United States, is causing the British to misunderstand their situation, and to be misunderstood. This is especially important in the United States, where Britain is frequently cited as an object lesson in ' the wages of this or that sin. But Britain's problems are not the result of sin, and they are not the problems of a failed or failing nation. Consider the matter of excessive union power, and political extremism. THE HISTORY OF this island race is a history of successive dominant powers, first kings, then owners of land (nobles), then owners of capital, and now, for a decade or so, trades unions. The power of the unions failed, utterly, 50 years ago in the General Strike. It succeeded in 1974, when Prime Minister Edward Heath was defeated primarily because the country thought GEORGE WILL that he could not get along with the unions, and that the coal miners' union would (literally) put out the lights. Certainly the ability of the Conservative Party to govern as it chooses is circumscribed by union power. But, . then, the power of the Labor Party to govern as it chooses is circumscribed by the willingness of the world's financial institutions to supply credit. And the unions are heading for a Runnymede, a showdown with the nation that will curtail union power. Indeed, that already is happening. The unions are the most unpopular institutions in Britain. That ( and their residual reasonableness) explains why the unions have accepted an unprecedented degree of wage restraint in the current crisis, in spite of continuing double-digit inflation. AS TO HAROLD Wilson's warning Hays Americana Stray dogs and human ignorance These two problems go hand in hand and have once again come to our attention in the Hays area. I am not surprised to note the need for a Humane Society with adequate shelter for stray animals. I am proud to see that the Hays Humane Society is progressing toward a sheltering facility. The land has been approved by the City and the Humane Society approved the plans for a building at its Board of Directors meeting, Monday night, December 13. It will take time and money to build that shelter. It will take people giving, caring and volunteering to get it and keep it going. When this happens, the strays should no longer be shot by protesting farm and home owners or businessmen. Stray dogs are the result of human ignorance— either by allowing a dog to become a nuisance or by abandoning a dog to fend for itself. Let's look forward to the day when we no longer witness senseless shootings like the one at Countryside Estates but the day when we have responsible owners and protection from stray dogs and ignorant people by the support and use of the Humane Society's facility to house and care for these unfortunate animals. Lois A. Schier .Route l, Ellis Prayer for life Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment in which the Word of God came to earth as a single cell and made His abode in the most pure body of the Virgin Mary, 0 Cell Divine, in that hour hear the prayers that we send to You across the ages. Welcome into Your loving care the souls of all those children who are rejected by their mothers. Look with compassion upon those mothers who are driven by distress and delusion to seek the lives of their own offspring. Have mercy upon those who turn their training in the healing arts to the purposes of death. Inspire .Christians everywhere to seek out and apply Christian solutions to social problems. Bless our efforts to educate and serve. Help us to conduct them in the spirit of humility and love that will win minds and hearts to accept the truth, to minister to those in need, and to forego the resort to violence. Amen. Isabel Pfannenstiel Catherine Route about the "Trotskyist" threat to British democracy, it is true that a few antidemocratic persons are taking advantage of permissive residency rules to seize moribund Labor Party machines for the purpose of denying renomination to a few moderate Labor MPs. But fending off extremists is a recurring Labor Party chore: In 1927, the Party disaffiliated 35 constituency associations in London because they had .been captured by Communists. Easy changes of Party rules would dispel the current threat. If Britain had a serious movement of extremist leftism, it would manifest itself today in an attack on defense spending and Britain's NATO participation. But sentiment against defense* spending is less strong here than in the United States. And many Labor MPs report that even — no, especially — in working class constituencies there is scant support for large defense cuts to limit the need for large cuts in social spending. \ COMMUNISTS ARE'at the threshold of power in Italy, and are within striking distance of power 24 miles across the channel in France. But in Britain there is not a single Communist MP, and since 1966 no Communist candidate has received as much as five per cent of a vote. At the end of his history of Britain between 1914 and 1945, A.J.P. Taylor says: "The British were the only people who went through both world wars from beginning to end. Yet they remained a peaceful and civilized people, tolerant, patient and generous." And after still more strain, they remain as they were. In the Second World War the British called up for national service a higher proportion of men — and women — than even Nazi Germany called. But the end of the war brought not respite but even worse austerity, and then other dispiriting experiences. BRITAIN HAS undergone the disorienting change from a world power of the first rank to a middle- ranking European power. And in the last four years Britain has suffered economic problems — some but not all self-inflicted — which would have let loose political extremism in lesser nations. But inspite of the provocations of the last six decades —10 years of total war and diminished prominence and expectations — . this exporting nation remains true to the traditions of the political and social civility that has been its noblest export. Mine inspectors'woes By JACK ANDERSON andLESWHITTEN WASHINGTON — Behind a small wooden hut, guarding the entrance to Kentucky's deadly Scottia mine, hangs a single green wreath. It is not a Christmas decoration, but a grim memorial for the 26 men who died in the mine last spring. They were victims of two terrifying explosions, which ripped through the mine. The disaster, like many before it, could have been avoided. For the Scottia mine is a monument to broken federal mine safety laws. We senjt our roving reporter, Hal Bernton, into the coal fields to find out why the mine safety laws aren't better enforced. He found that the federal mine inspectors are underpaid, overworked and harrassed. THEY CRAWL through miles of- narrow, damp passages, checking roof supports, measuring methane gas levels and checking air ventilation. Their reward is likely to be a churlish reception, perhaps even physical violence, from the rugged mine operators. Complained one inspector: "You can make, more money roofbolting the mines than you can as an inspector. What incentives do you have to crawl into every damn doghole? You are subject to constant abuse wherever you go. "You like to think you might have saved some daddy from getting killed. But merchants blackball you. And when you serve an order on an operator, he may draw his pistol and send his dog after you." The physical danger" is a real problem. Attacks on mine inspectors aren't uncommon in , the brawling mining towns of Appalachia. Yet Congress not only neglected to make it a federal crime to assault a mine inspector, but the victimized inspectors are required, to pay their own bills. ' THE SALARIES are also poor. One inspector swore to Bernton: "In my first 10 months as an inspector, I earned only $5,100.1 worked three months as a coal miner and earned $5,000." The inspectors also complained that their condemnation orders are constantly fixed by their superiors who negotiate at the upper levels with the mine operators. "You start out as a regulator," grumped an inspector, "but soon you become the regulated. The operators go to your higher-ups." Since 1970, the inspectors have discovered literally thousands of safety law violations and have levied over $66 million in fines. Yet the Interior Dept. has been able to collect only $29 million. YourHealth By Dr. George] Thosteson DEAK DOCTOK:What, if any, is the difference between stroke and paralysis? — ; Curious. Paralysis is a failure of any muscle to function. Stroke is a deficiency in blood circulation to the brain — from plugging of an artery due to hardening of the vessel or from bleeding from a ruptured vessel. Paralysis can result from stroke or from any disease of the nervous system. In the case of stroke, paralysis occurs on the side opposite to where the brain damage is. This because of a "crossing over" of nerve fibers at the base of the brain. DEAK DOCTOK: I am having trouble urinating. Sometimes I go for several days without any problem, bul it seems to be worse. My doctor said I had a "median bar" in my urinary tract, but did not think it was bad enough for surgery. That was five months ago. I am 48 and in reasonable good health. What should I do? — Mr. L.F. After five months- you are due for an appointment to see whether this prostate obstruction is becoming worse. One of the consequences could be increased retention of urine in the bladder. Surgery is usually the ultimate answer. The term. "median bar" refers to an obstruction caused by enlargement of the central (median) lobe of the prostate gland. There are two other lobes, one on each side of the median. Enlargement of the median is most troublesome, for through this runs the urethra (you-Ree- thra), the tube from the bladder. This would cause a severe obstruction. There are steps you can take to help yourself. Avoid alcoholic beverages and long auto trips. Massage and hot tub baths usually relieve any discomfort. Non-surgical methods like these can often control mild enlargements, but, as 1 mentioned above, surgery is more often the real answer. At 48 you are at an age when some enlargement might be expected. It is rare before the 40s. For further reading, including the matter of surgery, see my booklet on the prostate. If you'd like a copy, send 25 cents to me in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope. DEAR DOCTOR: I have heard that there is a higher cancer risk for those who have had a vasectomy or tubal ligation. Is it true? — Mrs. B. No truth in it that I know of. Both are accepted methods of preventing conception, the vasectomy by tying off the male's sperm tubes, the ligation by tying off the female's Fallopian tubes. Don't take chances with "kidney trouble" — it could be dangerous. Read Dr. Thosteson 1 s booklet, "Your Kidneys — Facts You Need to Know About Them." For a copy write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and 25 cents. Dr. Thosteson welcomes reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Word Of God The high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the son of the Blessed? Mark 14:61. And when he said, "I am!" they thought they had reason to crucify him. Who do you say that he is by your life and actions? Readers' questions are 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 Rate of Subscription: (includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable!. 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W IdMKlH 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 Monday, December 20 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 & The Restless 11:30 Search for Tomorrow 12:00 Midday 12:30 As the world turns 1:30 The Guiding Light 2:00 All In the Family 2:30 Match Game 3:00 Tattlelales 3:30 Double Dare 4:00 Christmas Concerts 4:30 Mike Douglas Show 5:30 CBS Evening News WithConkite 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Wild Kingdom 7:00 Rhoda 7:30 Phyllis 8:00 Maude 8:30 All's Fair 9:00 Executive Suite 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: "The Singing Nun" Sign Off News, Weather, Sports TV STATION KCKT Channel 2 — Program Log 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 Hartman, Mary Harlman 12:00 KSN Late News Monday, December 20 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 Take Kerr 7:30 Today Show 8:25 KSN News & Weather 8:30 Today Show 9:00 Sanford & Son 9:30 Hollywood Squares 10:00 Wheel of Fortune 10:30 Stumpers 11:00 50 Grand Slam 11:30 Gong Show 11:55 NBC News W 'OA KSN rVnnn Maiua .uu ivow noun ticws 12:15 Elmer Childress Show 12:30 Days of Our Lives 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 3:00 FUntslones 4:00 Bewitched • 4:30 Emergency 5:30 NBC Nightly News 6:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 6:30 "Christmas Is" 7:00 Little House on the Prairie 8:30 Monday Night at the Movies "The Loneliest Runner" 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News

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