The Hays Daily News from Hays, Kansas on December 21, 1976 · Page 4
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Hays, Kansas
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Tuesday, December 21, 1976
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December 21, 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Fire hazards Another large fire in Kansas over the past weekend should serve to make even more urgent the state fire marshal's inspection of possible fire hazards throughout the state. In the early morning hours Saturday at Lawrence, an old building that housed Quantrill's Flea Market burned. Damages were estimated at more than a quarter of a million dollars. The day before, the city's newspaper reported that in the coming weeks fire marshal inspectors planned to examine a number of structures there — part of a state-wide inspection program stemming from a fire at Baker University in September. The Baker fire killed five persons. Five more were killed in a hotel fire at Holton last month. Luckily for the city of Caney, eight persons escaped a fire at the Clifton Hotel in that community late last week. Ironically, the fire marshal had just completed an inspection of the old Clifton. Repairs- of antiquated wiring was underway, but apparently not soon enough. Early reports indicated faulty wiring was the culprit. At Garden City, a fire marshal's report following inspections there led to the recent closing of the old Windsor Hotel, posing doubts about whether the old structure, an architectural gem, will survive. The message coming through all this, loud and clear, is that a host of buildings in Kansas pose some substantial hazards. That more persons haven't lost their lives may be totted up to blind luck. (Lawrence, for example, may have been lucky in the extreme; it could have been a much different story if the weekend fire had come on a Sunday afternoon, when the old flea market usually was jammed with antique hunters.) Does the state fire marshal have the manpower to inspect all the state's hotels, motels, college dorms, fraternities and sororities and the many other buildings that might require attention? It doesn't appear so. At present, the fire marshal has eight inspectors on the job. Three more are to be added in January. That's dismal — and if money is the key we suspect it is, the state should take some corrective measures immediately. Tax gains One of the press associations to which The Daily News belongs has decided to scrub a convention ir/Mexico City. The reason? Legislation passed by Congress earlier this year limits tax deductions for foreign excursions to the amount a federal employe is allowed for daily expenses in each foreign country. Senator Barry Goldwater, who promised in our last meeting to help find a loophole, apparently wasn't successful in his mission of mercy. So it will be Chicago again, which in February usually resembles a randomly-selected spot inside the Arctic Circle. It's just as well. The average taxpayer is getting a break by not being forced to make up the Treasury's loss. Why taxpayers covered even a portion of the cost for this kind of junketeering by businesses of all sorts is a puzzlement. We could do better, of course, by striking the foreign travel write-off altogether. There are other ways to stimulate tourism for foreign countries. Booze: not necessary for Christmas cheer Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Bye The holiday issues of the big selling, slick magazines all have one thing in common: They are loaded with attractive, colorful, lucrative advertisements for booze. The largest layouts, the finest color photography, the most artful composition, are found in the liquor' ads. And they speak the same message: Get with it, be sophisticated, have Christmas Cheer! Buy booze, drink booze, give booze. The cup overfloweth, And the cash register, too. Last Month, the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, returning from a convention, was arrested on an airplane at Dallas airport, charged with being drunk and disorderly, then released when a fellow judge found out who he was. The justice has made injudicious remarks about police brutality. The Kansas press had a field day. Lawyers were squabbling. Political opponents were after the Chief Justice's scalp. Christmas Cheer! UP AT AMES LAST WEEK, an Iowa State university student chug-alugged eight beers in a tavern, topped them off back at the fraternity house with vodka and brandy, then went to bed and passed out. Hs overdosed brain couldn't tell his lungs to breathe. He had drunk himself to death. Christmas Cheer! These are but two of the thousands of tragedies the press will record over the holiday season, directly attributable to the stuff in those expensive, . attractive Christmas ads. • Many a holiday dinner will be ruined by drunken family fights, many a child will be confuted and Other editors scarred because Santa Claus falls down. Nearly half of the hundreds who die on the highways will be victims of drunken drivers. Meanwhile, millions of others will have their cup of Christmas cheer, as they enjoy their social libations throughout the year, with no apparent ill effects on themselves and others. That creates the dilemma. The many will not give up their pleasures because of the perils to the few. So prohibition does not work, nor do the relatively minor penalties for drunken driving or'drunken fights dampen the convivial spirit. GOVERNMENTS SPEND MILLIONS ON alcoholism programs, and schools and churches try to educate their charges about the dangers of drink; But these are feeble efforts compared to the massive ad campaigns which tell us booze is the thing; and compared to the old and deeply cultural belief that drink is necessary to the good life. • There will be no real attack on these tragedies until that attitude changes, until it is accepted that alcohol is the most addictive, dangerous and widespread drug. The Kansas papers, busy with the political implications of their Chief Justice's fall, have not yet asked to what extent drunkenness is widespread among public officials, and to what extent it may account for some of the state's problems. The Ames paper did establish that alcohol abuse constitutes the chief drug problem on the campus today — not marijuana, which interests police and courts so much more. The Ames editor summed it up: Alcohol kills. The secret is as simple as it is obscure: The mostly undiscovered truth that booze isn't necessary for Christmas cheer. '600TB<E, EFFERY80WI TOTWNK Ml,! Wfc NOW! NO .'NO! WOW,-' / . • • ' . • . . ; , ; ' . ' •...'•,•-,,- ;'••;;•-•'! 'Over Easy* — immense potential to serve older persons By HARRIET MILLER If mass audiences respond as positively to a proposed new television series as did groups assembled recently to evaluate two pilot episodes, the term Over Easy will no longer be linked solely to instructions given a chef when ordering breakfast eggs. It will identify an entertaining, informative daily series on public television produced for, about and with older Americans. Over Easy represents the most ambitious effort ever undertaken to develop special programming for older viewers. And it offers immense potential for reaching the isolated elderly and Unking them with service providers who can respond to their special needs for information and assistance. For that promise to be fulfilled will require a major funding commitment by Congress, private foundation and corporate sources. Such groups should be encouraged to make that commitment on the basis of the impressive results from research conducted on the- pilots. AFTER EXTENSIVE consultation with professionals in the field of gerontology and communication, KQED-TV San Francisco, the PBS station that conceived the project, assembled a production staff, secured former NBC-TV personality Hugh Downs as host, and produced two pilot episodes for the proposed series. They were broadcast by most PBS stations last September. Before they were aired, an extensive research project was designed, involving focus group sessions in seven test sites. Pre and post broadcast telephone surveys and detailed questionnaires. In all, some 2,400 persons participated in the research study. Their response was overwhelmingly favorable. Dr. Donald F. Roberts of Stanrod University's Institute of Communication Research, who designed and directed the evaluation, said he had never seen such general approval for any TV program from its target audience. More than 80 percent of all viewers tested registered a positive reaction. Host Hugh Downs scored an impressive 93.8 percent favorable response. SINCE THE PARTICIPANTS in the evaluation were themselves older viewers, their responses may be slated by what researches call the "halo effect" — a desire to be favorably impressed in appreciation for the special attention being paid them. Taking into account this possible bias, however, the> research indicated that the producers have a potential "winner." Using a magazine format, Over Easy is designed to reach and hold a large audience of older viewers with entertaining, informative content; to, foster positive attitudes about aging, in society as a whole, and among the aging themselves; to share experiences of people who have learned to cope creatively with the challenges and problems of aging in our society; and to make known, and more accessible the wealth of existing services available to older people. That the program offers potential for achieving all of these objectives, particularly the last one, was evident from responses to the special outreach component of the pilots. A NATIONAL POST OFFICE box was listed during the shows to which viewers with particular problems could write for assistance. Many local PBS stations also listed a local information and referral number which viewers could call for assistance. Some 2,300 letters were received at the national box, many from viewers frustrated by futile attempts to obtain available services created to meet their needs. In one of the test sites, the local number registered a 140 percent increase in calls the week the shows were telecast. Local area agencies on aging and national organizationals representing the elderly cooperated in handling the outreach effort. Responses indicate that many older people eligible for and entitled to government-sponsored programs are unaware of their availability. If adequate funding is provided, the series will become a daily offering on PBS starting in October, 1977. The Over Easy title, by the way, has nothing to do with breakfast eggs. It has no meaning unto itself, but will hopefully be given meaning to the viewers as the series unfolds. AS I WAS REVIEWING the research report on the pilots, across my desk came a column by Sylvia Porter based on an interview with Walter P. Marguiles, known as the "King of Zingy Names" through his lucrative business of helping corporations come up with appropriate titles. Readers planning a new business or project were counselled to ask themselves this question: "Does your name come over easily on the phone so callers know -immediately that they have reached the right organization?" Over Easy does that. And if it becomes a regular series, it will easily become a daily favorite of millions of Americans, young and old. (Miss Miller is the executive director of the non-profit, non-partisan National Retired Teachers Association and American Association of Retired Persons.). Watchdog and the fox By JACK ANDERSON andLESWHITTEN WASHINGTON — The top federal official on the Alaska pipline has accepted chartered plane rides, free fishing vacations and other favors from a construction firm tha.t has an estimated $1 billion contract to build one-fifth of the great pipeline. , He is Maj. Gen. Andrew Rollins, a crusty, combative former Army engineer, who was hired by the Interior Dept. in 1973 to enforce federal standards on the 800-mile pipeline. From the start, the pipeline was plagued with problems. We were the first to report, for example, that some of the welding north of the Yukon had been faulty. Now charges have been raised in Alaska that X-rays of the welds were falsified. Earlier this year, the Interior Dept.'s own investigators concluded that Rollins, for all his waspishness, wasn't .tough enough on the pipeline contractors. Now we have caught him accepting favors from Morrison- Knudsen, the giant construction combine, which is building 135 miles of pipeline. THIS IS ONE of the most treacherous segments of the pipeline. It winds over ' rugged coastal mountains and through a devilishly narrow canyon. Rollins is supposed to make sure that Morrison-Knudsen complies with the strict Interior Dept. standards. Yet he has developed a cozy relationship with Morrison-Knudsen executives. In the summers of both 1974 and 1975, he went on salmon fishing trips as a ' guest of Morrison^Knudsen's subsidiary, M.K. Rivers. The company chartered a plane and rented a lodge for its guests. Rollins did not reimburse the company for his expenses. When the weather turned cold a year ago, Rollins and his wife flew to Hawaii for a vacation in the sun. They stayed in a house rented by Jean Beard, who happened to be Morrison Knudsen's vice president in charge of pipeline operations. Rollins paid for his own plane tickets to Hawaii, but Beard provided the Hawaiian house free of charge. It was a classic case of the watchdog consorting with the fox. Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson '.. DEAR DOCTOR: Would you ' please explain pernicious ' anemia? I've read a little •; about it, but there are so many '• kinds of anemias that I just ' can't seem to understand it all. — Mrs. L,G, Anemia — any anemia — is a deficiency of red blood cells, • the ones that carry oxygen throughout the body. Anemia ! is not, strictly speaking, a . disease. It is a symptom that ; accompanies any of several diseases. It can stem from poor diet, '• loss of blood, from poisoning, bone marrow disturbances — in short, anything that reduces the red blood count. Pernicious anemia is a very special type, however. It is the result of a disorder of the stomach lining. The lining membranes do not produce a certain chemical substance which is needed for the absorption of vitamin B-12 from food. B-12 is essential for production of red blood cells, as well as the health of the nervous system. The word "pernicious" means tending to be fatal, and at one time before it was understood better pernicious anemia probably was. Today, it is easily diagnosed and treated. Because the stomach cannot absorb the B-12, the vitamin has to be administered by injections, which are continued for life. Special diets are not necessary. Before the role of B-12 was discovered, liver was an essential part of the diet. DEAR DOCTOR: My husband had a heart attack. He had to go back to the hospital twice because he got fluid in his lungs. Could you please tell me the reason for this? Also, please send me your booklet, "How to Take Care of Your Heart." I'm sending the 25 cents to you in care of this newspaper, along with a stamped, self- addressed envelope. — L.L. A heart attack lessens the efficiency of the organ. If the damage is on the left side, lung complications will occur because of the inability of the heart to empty itself properly. The lungs, you'll remember, return fresh oxygen-rich blood back to the heart for pumping into general circulation. Incomplete emptying of the left ventricle (lower chamber) may cause back pressure on the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) of the lungs. This results in a sort of "back-up" of fluid normally removed through those capillaries. Symptoms of pulmonary edema (the name for fluid in the lungs) are coughing and a breathlessness during mild activity, such as climbing stairs. The accumulation of fluid is watched for in post-heart attack patients. During' treatment to correct any heart attack-caused circulation problem, care is taken to free the lungs 6f excess fluid. This is the reason for your husband's hospital visits. DEAR DOCTOR: Our daughter is 14 and is extremely short-waisted, and chubby through the midriff. She really seems to be lacking two inches of length. She weighs 102 and is 61 inches tall. We have been concerned about this, but our pediatrician says there is nothing wrong. Can you suggest any tests or corrective procedures? — Mrs. J.B. What are you suggesting — some kind of stretching devise? You're got a short-waisted daughter. So what? Since some of the baby fat will be lost in the next few years, stop fretting. If you make an issue over a thing like this you could give the young girl a 'complex about it. Instead, encourage her to buy "petite" sizes and prepare her for a short- waisted girl's world. You aren't the only mother who has written to me about such matters. I don't know where the idea got around that one can adjust inherited bone structure to suit fashion trends. DEAR DOCTOR: I have high blood pressure. Will I be able to use sea water? — D.M, Don't know why you want the sea water, but I can tell you that the salt in sea water is every bit as much a no-no for high blood pressure patients as salt from any other source. To find out what causes high blood pressure and what can be done to treat it, send for a copy of "Controlling Your Blood Pressure (Hypertension)" by Dr. Thosteson. Write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and 25 cents. Word Of God Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Acts 10:34. God doesn't judge a man by his skin color or his national origin, and neither should we! Dr. Thosteson welcomes reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. 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). 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 521 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 Editor and Publisher Glen Windholz Managing Editor Gilbert N. Kuhn Business Manager Dunald Haas Advertising Manager Gene Rohr Mechanical Supt. Thomas J. Drees Circulation Mgr. TV STATION KAYS Channel 7- — Program Log Tuesday, December 21 ' 6:30 TheMuppets 7:00" The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 8:00 M-A-S-H 8:30 One Day At A Time , 9:00 Switch 1 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: "Kojak, A Killing in the Second House" Two Weeks ill Another Town" Sign off News, Weather Sports Wednesday, December 22 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 Tattletales 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 Adam 12 "Van Nuys Division" 7:00 CPO Sharkey 7:30 McLean Stevenson Show 8:00 Sirota's Court 8:30 The Practice 9:00 The Quest 10:00 KS/I News, Weather Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News TV STATION KCKT Channel 2— Program Log Tuesday, December 21 6:30 Adam 12 "Hot Shot" 7:00 Baa Baa Black Sheep 8:00 Police Woman 9:00 Police Story 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tomorrow 1:00 KSN Late News Wednesday, Dec. 22 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 Take Kerr 7:30 Today Show 8:25 KSN News 4 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 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 Flintstones 4:00 Bewitched 4:30 Emergency 5:30 NBC Nightly News 6:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Charlie Brown Christmas 7:00 Goodtimes 7:30 Jeffersons 8:00 CBS Wednesday Night Movie: "Cahill, U.S. MarchaU" 10:00. Final Report News, Weather Sports 10:30 CBS Lais Movie: "Dirty Dingus Magee" Sign Off News, Weather, Sports

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