Independent from Long Beach, California on March 23, 1976 · Page 13
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 13

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, March 23, 1976
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Can you complete these quotations? *, B«rt, c«i,.., Tim.. H.rch»,i.» INDtPENDENI (AM) PKtbb-ltUOKAM (PM)-B-3 Let's try oul a new form o( word-quiz t o d a y , c a l l e d " pleted Quotations." Each item consists of a more-or-less f a m o u s quotation; you are asked to give ffnrri.s 1 the words or phase that immediately follow or complete it. One-third correct is a commendable mark of literacy. 1. Theodore Roosevelt: "Speak softly and carry a big stick . . . " 2. Thomas Gray: "Where ignorance is b l i s s . . . " Victims of the sex revolution By JOAN BECK Knight News Service .Every revolution has its casual- tics. And the sex revolution is no exception. A m o n g t h e w a l k i n g wounded in its wake are the teenage girls who are getting pregnant, having abortions, and becoming unmarried adolescent mothers in epidemic numbers. The casualty list goes like this: ABOUT ONE MILLION teenage girls become pregnant in the United States every year now--one oul of every 15 or 16 girls between the ages of 13 and 19. About 400,000 of these young women have abortions. The n u m b e r of unmarried mothers who are 18 or younger has jumped 15 per cent in the last five y~ars. An estimated three to four million teen-agers are sexually active. Of these, only 10 or 20 per cent use any kind of contraceptive consistently. Of those who do not use birth control, 7 in 10 think they cannot become pregnant. One in every five babies--and one in every three firstborn infants --has a teen-age mother. Almost all of these children are not planned. Teen-agers 'account for more t h a n h a l f of all out-of-wcdtock births and more than one-third of all legal abortions. SEVENTY-FIVE per cent of all births to teen-age mothers involve some kind of public welfare expenditures or subsidy. Getting pregnant is a rotten break for an unmarried teen-age girl. It causes embarrassment and shame, leads to trouble with parents, forces an adolescent to play an adult role before she is ready, usually cuts schooling short, and forecloses chances for a good job. A teen-age mother r u n s higher medical risks than slightly older women and is less likely to get early pre-uatal care; her baby is more likely to be premature, to have a birth injury or other complication, to get off to a poor start in life. Typically, what she assumed was a loving relationship with the baby's father dissolves as the pregnancy progresses and she is increasingly isolated from the teenage world of school and friends. If the boy docs stick around and agree to m a r r i a g e , odds are against it lasting. Half of all teenage marriages end in divorce within five years; those forced by pregnancy stand even less chance. Medicine and i/ou xi\si:u Those emergency insect-sting kits should be made available to certain persoas without a doctor's prescription, a well-known allergy specialist says. Dr. Claude A. Frazier of Asheville, N. C., says such a move could save lives. In a report in the journal Postgraduate Medicine, he say's: "As an allergist I am acutely aware of the life-or-death situations that can occur with insect stings. I know of several cases where death could have been prevented it an emergency sting kit had been available." There are certain persons in responsibility who do not have the kits and do not know how to use them. They include school nurses, principals, forest rangers, s c o u t masters a n d o t h e r s w h o m a y encounter p e r s o n s in a l l e r g i c ' shock. Dr. Frazier thinks that stale laws should be changed to enable such persons to purchase the kits without prescription after receiving appropriate training. The use of BCG to treat recurrent bladder cancer has brought about dramatic results, doctors report. BCG is an antiluberculosis vaccine but it is also being used to ity combat certain cancers in a technique known as immunotherapy. Researchers say the treatment involves instillations of BCG into the bladder via an indwelling catheter (tube) every week for six weeks. Patients are instructed to retain the BCG liquid for several hours. At the same time the patients are immunized each week with BCG by the technique of multiple puncture. A device called the Heaf gun is used for this. None of seven patients suffered recurrent tumors in a 47-month period a f t e r BCG treatment, researchers report. Prior to BDG treatment, these patients had developed a total of 35 tumors in 67 patient-months. The report is in Infectious Disease, a medical newspaper for doctors. Will Roge Says rs "The trouble with the Democrats is that they all want to run for President. "If they had just somebody on their side that would announce he didn't choose to run, why, he would be such a big novelty that he would be nominated by acclamation." September 11, 1927 For a l o n g time geneticists have believed that the importance of cell genetics in the cause of cancer has been ignored. Most of the publicity has gone to individual chemicals that can cause cancer. "You're never going to solve the cancer problem looking at the environmental insults onc-by-onc." says Dr. Kurt Hirschorn of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. You must understand t h e basic mechanisms of the disease in order lo break the chain of events leading to tumor growth. "I cannot conceive of ncoplasia (abnormal tissue growth) that does not involve an alteration in the basic genetic material of the cell." Dr. Hirschorn says that until researchers understand the genetic changes that result in cancer, "we are not going to get a unified control of cancer." His comments appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A new drug, piracetam, has shown up well in the treatment of vertigo (whirling sensation) s t e m - ming from head injury. The drug also cured headache in a number of patients who had suffered concussion Details are in Drug Therapy, a periodical (or physicians. There are two ways a society usually tries lo deal with the sexual energies of its adolescents and to prevent premature pregnancies. It can attempt to suppress and divert sexual activity until marriage by moral sanctions, social pressures, and supervision. Or it can openly and explicitly teach teen-agers how to cope with permissive sex and contraception. THE SEXUAL permissiveness of recent years has pushed us past the point where the first alternative is widely feasible, many psychologists and counselors argue. Yet we obviously have not reached a point, as a post-sex revolutionary society, where we can be completely comfortable and successful with the second alternative. As a result, millions of teen-age girls today arc caught in a destructive crossfire of altitudes. And the United Slates has a higher percentage of babies born to teen-age mothers than any other developed country in the world, a rate that surpassed that of most developing nations as well. Millions of teen-age boys share the sexual insecurity a n d confusion, a n d o f t e n t h e agonies of illegitimate parenthood. So what do we do about it? Can teen-agers by the millions ever be helped to cope with an active sex l i f e outside of marriage, w h e n many adults cannot? Can out-pf- wedlock teen pregnancy be avoided, when present methods of birth control require more self-discipline a n d p l a n n i n g t h a n adolescents usually manage in other areas of their lives and when some of the best contraceptives may not be suitable for them? The P l a n n e d Parenthood Association and many other agencies and individuals think so and arc working for sex education that is easier to gel, more comprehensive, and concerned with developing attitudes toward sexuality as well as with contraceptive techniques. And they are arguing against (.he lingering attitudes of more moral days that make some parents reluctant to t e a c h teen-agers a b o u t contraception for fear it seems like encouragement to use it. But it's quite possible the sex revolution is producing more casualties than it's worth. Millions of parents still are leaching their offspring successfully not to settle for anything less than love, marriage, and lasting commitment. Counter revolution, anyone? Today's books Birds ol Prey. By Michael Everett. P u t n a m , $12.95. The eagle is magnificent to look upon, the very symbol of majesty in our eyes, and the buzzard is repulsive lo the gaze. Yet both be- l o n g l o t h e s a m e o r d e r , Falconiformes. These and all the other fierce, feathered hunters, the raptors, hunted and slaughtered in their t u r n by m a n , have their engrossing chronicler in ornithologist Michael Everett, whose book is illustrated with 130 photographs in full color. -- N. 3. Alexander Pope: "A little learning is a dangerous thing . . . " 4. Mark Twain: "When angry, count to f o u r . . . " 5. Blaise Pascal: "Man is a reed, the weakesl reed in nature 6. William Shakespeare: "The evil that men do lives after them 7. David Crockett: "I leave this rule for others when I'm dead . . . " 8. Jonathan S w i f t : "Fingers were made before f o r k s . . . " 9. Voltaire: "If God did not e x i s t . . . " 10. E l l a W h e e l e r W i l c o x : "Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone . . . ' . ' 11. Robert Burns: "The best- laid schemes of mice and men gang aft a g l e y ' . . . " 12. Sir Walter Scott: "Tell that to the m a r i n e s . . . " 13. James Russell I/owcll: "And what is so rare as a day in June? I I . Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little m i n d s . . . " 15. H e n r y W a d s w o r t h Longfellow: "Into each life some rain must fall . . . " ANSWERS: 1. " . . . you will go far." 2. " . . . 'Tis folly to be wise." 3. " . . . Drink deep, or tasle uol Ihc Pierian spring." ·I. " ... w h e n v e r y angry, swear." 5. " ... hut he is a thinking reed." C. " ... The good is oft interred with their bones." 7. " ... Be always sure you're right-- (ben go ahead." 8. " ... and h a n d s before knives." 9. " . . . it would be necessary lo invent him." 10. " . . . For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, but tins troubles enough of its own." 11. " . . . And leave us nought but grief and pain, for promised joy." 12. " . . . the sailors won't believe it." 13. " . . . Then, if ever, come perfect days." 14. " . . . adored by little philosophers and statesmen and divines." 15. " . . . Some days must be" dark and dreary." George Robcson From the Mayor, to Young Citizen Columnists on the opinion pages arc chosen to represent diverse viewpoints and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of this newspaper. THE MAYOR is on Ihc ball, that's good to know. Long Bench Mayor Tom Clark responded in a lengthy personal letter to Miss Jcanncltc Gregory, 14 years old, who wanted to know what could be done about a plot of clly land at Studcbaker U o a d and the San Diego Freeway. 1 wrote a column about her efforts lo contact the mayor. Those efforts were unsuccessful, because few secretaries take a 14-yenr-okl very seriously on minor matters such as that. But (be Mayor read the column (1 thought he would) and explained the whole thing lo Jcannette. The explanation, although solving nothing at the moment, has given her a now insight into municipal budget problems ami a little more hope that, as she put it "people who still aren't old enough lo vote still arc old enough lo be heard." We have a part-time mayor ami p a i l - t i m e coimcilmun i n L o n g B e a c h , because t h a t ' s a l l t h e inoiioy the citizens are willing lo pay. The Mayor explained lo young .Ii'annette (hat he was in his City Hall office only on Tuesday's ami Thursday's and "Thursdays are purposely set aside so that 1 may meet with citizens who are interested in our city, and who have suggestions, such as you do, lor its improvement." MAYOR C L A R K explained in bis letter lo Ins young constituent t h a t he had conferred with (he City Engineer's Department and lcen told that the little dumpsile that was such an eyesore lo her was one of several locations placed on a schedule to IH? upgraded by the Public Service Department. This means, he said, that the existing weeds anil debris will Ire removed, that it will le cleaned up and made to look as attractive as possible as an "undeveloped park site." "This area lias long been recognized as an ideal location for a rhildrens' play area or 'Tots' Lot,' or p a r k and the p r i m a r y reason this has not been accomplished is lack of funds," tiie Mayor said in his letter to Jeannettc. "Each year, wlien budgets are considered, the immediate needs such as funds for improved health care, t r a f f i c safety, Improved housing, must l« considered. Alter certain priorities have been met, the City Council is then free lo act upon requests such as yours, for parks and recreation facilities." Mayor Clark complimented the young "lady on her sense of clyic responsibility and he shared In her concern. He said he hoped that sjic would continue to be so concerned. And he said he would return any future calls. Well, she was tickled to death lo get such n long letter from the Mayor, and you would be, loo,-it you were 14 years old. Or 42. Mayor Clark sent me a copy of the letter, orrl ! «ns. tickled to death, bin I've always been ticklish. I CALLED Jeanneltc and askod her what she had learned from the Mayor's letter. She snid she had learned m o r e about t h e budget problems of a big city, and that the. Mayor really was responsive to people, but t h a t getting [mugs done seemed to take a long time. She asked me how long it would lake before this (rcc public (lumping ground could be turned Into a green place, with grass and trees, and 1 asked her lo take a guess. And she said "about a year?" and I allowed as how she was learning a lot. Anil 1 explained that there were many things a city needed to consider first, such as the expense of police, firefighters, t r a s h collectors, people who work on g:is and water pipes, and although their jobs are not similar, they arc needed every day. Behind them fire ;il«iiil n zillion clerks who (lo all tho paper work required to report' a burglary, trim a tree, schedule a garbage pickup, fill out a payroll, record the cleaning ol a street ... and on and on. Thai explanation doesn't help much w i t h Jcannptle Gregory's.III- llc corner of the world, but it shojvs her that somebody is listening, and reporting, and answering. "You will keep mo informal, of t h e progress, w o n ' t you?" she asked me in a style and tone 'beyond her tender years. I assured her that I would, although I had no intention of making it my Big Project for 137G. But I t h i n k she has teamed s o m e t h i n g a b o u t g r a s s - r o o t s democracy, and I ' l l liet that one day, after that d u m p is a littlo park, she'll still have that IcHer from the Mayor to show to her children. And lor our 200th birthday as a nation, I might offer this quote from the young lady: "I don't care who docs it. Just so somebody starts it." Best of the Press A CHARMING little recipe for a dessert called income-tax p u d ding: Take a good deal of dough, you'll taioad it. - Dublin Opinion. WHY IS IT that whispering a story seems to add authenticity to it? --Christian Science. THE FARMER'S biggest turnover is his spring plowing. -- Post. Syracuse. MARRIED MAX: a guy who has been penalized for holding! -Oak Uaf, Oakland. Cal. THF, OLD SAYING that you can't put more in a container t h a n it will hold has been proven false s i n c e w o m e n s t a r t e d wearing pants. -- Chief. Barnes, Kan. At Dilday Family, people are important Meet David Slayton. He's involved. A t D i l d a y Family, f u n c r n l service means our f a m i l y doing its best for your f a m i l y , a l a t r y i n g time. For e x a m p l e , meet David Slayton, m a n a g e r of our I.onH Reach Chapel Dave joined us in 1955, a f t e r college and war service in G e r m a n y . He is an usher al his c h u r c h each S u n d a y and is a c t i v e in m a n y local o r g a n i z a t i o n s and c h a r i t a b l e groups. He has headed Y M C A , Boys Clubs, and other youth c o m m i t t e e activities. Dave is married to Dorothy M e t / g a r D i l d a y S l a y t o n . and is f a t h e r to Jolm S l a y l o u ; Daniel D i l d a y ; James D i l d a y ; R i c h a r d Dilday I I ; a n d Dcnise D i l d a y . For three generations now, D i l d a y F a m i l y has involved caring people to serve f a m i l i e s of every f a i l h and circumstance. Ours is TIIE n a m e lo remember -- and to suggest lo your friends -- when people arc i m p o r t a n t . Prices are never lower elsewhere. LONG BEACH CHAPEL PACIFIC AVE (Faci 436-9024 LAKEWOOD CHAPEL 3136 WJORIJFF AVE. (Wwdrufl at Cirwn) 421-8411 del our free booklet: "Rcncflts (or Senior Citizens and Others"

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