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Wednesday, December 22, 1976
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December 22, 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Bell a ringer Mckeits revisited Since the day after the election, black leaders all over the country have reminded us of the contributions blacks made to Jimmy Carter's victory over a sitting president. To win the White House, Carter desparately needed the South. He got it — but only because blacks all over the south voted for him in numbers so overwhelming the imagination has difficulty following the figures. So, in historical terms, there is a large irony in Carter's choice for Attorney General — Griffin Bell, a lawyer and former Circuit Court of Appeals judge. The nomination of Bell has drawn severe criticism from many black leaders, who view the man as a pariah. The NAACP vows an all-out fight to scuttle the nomination. At this time and remove, it is difficult to believe such an effort would succeed. A Democratic Congress may be extraordinarily chary about drawing so much blood with a partisan kinsman so early in the game. Yet, the opposition to this appointment cannot be overlooked; what it forebodes goes well past the inherent drama, for the signal to blacks is too unmistakable: thanks for the votes, but please live with the doubts that you'll get much in return. Whatever the good of Bell's record on civil rights, there is much room for a second look. In too many cases he has been an obstructionist to the legitimate aims of blacks. All in all, this appointment makes one wonder just where Carter was during those years — and wonder, too, whether his antennae are properly adjusted now. Somewhere deep in the maw of that huge hulk known as his transition organization a better name must have been overlooked. Rules? What rules! Almost every year some big college somewhere around the United States receives a knuckle- whacking from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. So it wasn't surprising that the University of Kentucky is "it" this year. The school followed others down the path of payoffs and recruiting violations. Punishment followed. Nor was the reaction at Kentucky out of the ordinary. Kentucky's lump, says school President Otis Singletary, will be borne with good humor and good faith.with the promise of some better conduct in the future. How'can they be certain about that? Well, says Singletary, now the university knows the rules. To quote him exactly, "We can go forward now with a clear understanding of what the rules are and what are our responsibilities." ^Jn other words, the Kentucky sports brass never were certain what was and wasn't allowed. That's incredible, and as Jimmy Carter once said about the Director of the FBI, somebody should be fired. For just a few of the highlights, the NCAA found that Kentucky coaches and alumni groups paid cash bonuses to football players for performing certain plays, paid the expenses for an athlete's trip to Las Vegas, gave cash and a race horse to a group of possible recruits. The list goes on from there, sordid item after sordid item. With a record like that and Singletary's allusion to uncertainty about the rules, is it any wonder the coaches and their assorted groupies are likely to feel the leash has been loosened a bit? It boils down to public excuse- making, an ugly endeavor for someone in such a lofty post as a university president,, . , ; ,,,,, BY THS" CH/MM6V U>rrW IM HOPE* THAT" TOMSStW f*KX£<X*) Humbug!Pudding with a wet towel taint? BySTUARTAWBREY For Harris Newspapers At the risk of being nominated in the Scrooge Sweepstakes (winner gets a flocked, artificial Christmas tree) I feel obligated to note that Charles Dickens' notion of a holiday feast is bunk. Some people still read "A Christmas Carol" at this season. If they get all the way to the end. they will go to a party at the Cratchit home which is supposed to be the ultimate in Yuletide indulgence. The Cratchit chow is climaxed by pudding. "Suppose it should not be done enough!" someone exclaims. Suppose, indeed. Mrs. Cratchit should have dumped the gravy on his head. (The gravy — for the goose, not the pudding — comes on "hissing hot," Dickens had it. Do you have a mental picture of gravy hissing at you? It's difficult. The goose, maybe. The gravy no. Hissing gravy is not my idea of something to put down one's gullet.) HOKAY. HERE COMES THE pudding. Golly gee and clap hands: "Hallo! A great deal of steam! The pudding was out of the copper. A smell like washing day! That was the cloth. "A smell like an eating-house, and a pastry cook's next-door to each other, with a laundress's next- door to that! That was the pudding." (Dickens was great on exclamation points.) I have had Christmas pudding that smelled like burnt sugar. Or pudding that smelled as though Cook had forgotten how to put the cork back on the brandy bottle. But pudding that puts you in mind of wash-day? Perish forbid. The goose is also something of a problem. (The last goose I had at Christmas was near Liege, Belgium, during a pause in the Bulge. A French-speaking corporal in our platoon paid a friendly visit to a Belgian farm, and came home with this scrawny bird. No one knew what to do with it, particularly the mess sergeant. A mess sergeant without an ovefn or a stew pot is a sorry man, and we had neither. We finally stuck a stick through the goose and made a spit, hobo-style. It was o.k., but nothing to prompt a chorus of "God bless you, Tiny Tim!" Just before that "hissing Hot" gravy was ladled, and after prayers were offered all around, Mrs. Cratchit took charge of her goose. She looked "slowly all along the carving knife, prepared to plunge it in the breast; but when she did, and when the long expected gush of stuffing issued forth..." I CAN'T GO ON. The scene is worthy of a "M.A.S.H." episode. Can you imagine poor, crippled Tim sitting there expectantly and getting his face smeared with goose stuffing? (Craig Claiborne, who writes tor the New York Times and therefore knows everything, says this is baloney, he has never seen "stuffing issue forth from the breastworks of any fowl," and I should hope not. We .must go with Claiborne rather than Dickens, when it comes to dining.) All in all, that evening at the Cratchits must have been one to forget. It's not difficult to feel sorry for Tiny Tim, when you envision him confronted with hissing hot gravy, a goose that spews all over the landscape, and pudding that smells like a wet towel. Bah humbug indeed. At Random By L. M. Boyd MAYBE YOU missed that police, report out of Providence, R.I. Somebody called the lawmen to say a brick had been thrown through the plate glass window of a McDonald's restaurant there. Inside, officers found the brick with a note attached:: "You deserve a brick today." CLIENT ASKS how much liquor a man could drink ,in a day without getting drunk. Depends on how slowly he drinks and on his frame of mind, sure enough. In theory, a fellow of average size should be able to sip seven pints of beer, four of wine or one of whiskey, providing he spaces out the intake. Panama Canal - Carter's first major crisis? By JACK ANDERSON and LES WHITTEN WASHINGTON — The Panama Canal controversy could blow up in Jimmy Carter's face after he moves into the White House next month. Classified State Dept. cables from the U.S. embassy in Panama warn that "the economy is floundering." This has been caused, the cables declare bluntly, by internal mismanagement. The black economic outlook likely will encourage Panama's military dictator, Omar Torrijos, to raise an emotional issue to divert the attention of the populace from their pocketbook problems. Almost certainly, he will clamor more loudly for Sovereignty over the Panama Canal. A FEW WEEKS ago, the Canal Zone was rocked by bomb explosions. The bombs were professionally rigged and carefully planted to'cause a maximum scare, with minimum damage. The 'nighttime explosions blew up empty cars and damaged houses, without personal injury. Secret reports to the Pentagon speculated that the bombs were planted by Torrijos' own guardsmen and were intended as a message to the United States. Torrijos wants some major concessions from the United States on the Panama Canal, and he wants them right away. He badly needs to produce a triumph to save his regime from collapse. For the economic crisis could dry up capital and leave the Torrijos regime without the funds to run the country. The resulting instability could lead to a left-wing rebellion that would sweep the military government out of power. 'This could present Carter with his first international crisis. He might have to decide whether to use U.S. forces to defend the Canal Zone. Such a show of force would certainly alienate Latin America, whose leaders are united behind Panama on the canal issue. TORRIJOS HAD ONLY himself to blame, according to the State Dept. cables, for Panama's deepening recession. The cables charge that he has mismanaged the economy. He has permitted the external debt to soar out of sight. He has also been unwilling to hold down labor and production costs but, on the contrary, has fostered "highwages, subsidies and consumer imports," states one cable. This has produced "a "Standard of living which no longer appears to be supportable by Panama's inefficient domestic production." It has also reduced the ability to compete. The country's "basic economic weakness," declares another cable, is its "non- competitiveness in the world market." High production costs have left Panama's manufacturing industry with "little export or overall growth potential." The wage structure is also estimated to be "the highest in Central America and among the ^ighest in all Latin America." Finally, the Torrijos government has usually set support prices above the world market level. Result: Panama can't profitably export major crops like rice and corn. The country's sugar .industry u is likewise non-competitive," according to the cables. THE ONLY POSSIBLE solution for Panama's economic problems, the cables stress, would require slashing the wages, subsidies and other benefits that the Torrijos regime has granted the working classes. This 'might not be "politically possible," the cables conclude. Footnote: A State Dept. spokesman acknowledge that Panama has its economic woes but declined to discuss the cables because of their confidential classification. CIVIL SERVICE SHUFFLE: The Civil Service Commission is keeping a watchful eye on Republican appointees who, with a soft-shoe shuffle, are trying to dance their way into civil service jobs before the Democrats take over. It happens every time there is a political changeover. Dozens of political bosses seek civil service status so they won't lose their jobs. But this time, the Civil Service Commission is quietly monitoring all major job changes until President-elect Jimmy Carter is sworn in. At the Action agency, for example, papers were signed for Myron B. Kuropas to head the Philadephia office. Yet he is strictly a political appointee out of the White House. As a presidential assistant, he was assigned to woo ethnic voters for President Ford. Earlier, he headed Action's Chicago office long enough to have six complaints filed against him, alleging racial and sexual dis<:riminaliQ.n.' Acting on one complaint, a federal judge recently ruled that Kuropas had "antipathy for women",and. that his treatment of them was "reprehensible." He once issued a memo, for example, banning any women in the Chicago office from holding a meeting without his permission. * OUR INQUIRIES, apparently, have resulted in the cancellation of his Philadelphia appointment. He denied that he had been guilty of discrimination at Action and said he had no plans to return to the agency. At Action's Atlanta office, another campaign aide has gone through the quiet transformation into a career Official. He is Paul Jones, who was in charge of lining up'black voters for ex- President Richard Nixon's campaign committee. Jones told black businessmen that their success in getting government contracts would depend on whether they contributed to Nixon's campaign, according to sworn testimony. He also sent people to Washington to demonstrate support of 'Nixon's bombing and mining of North Vietnam in 1972. But now that the Republicans have lost, he has suddenly turned nonpolitical and gained civil service status. Jones told us that he handled minority voters during the 1972 campaign but didn't solicit contributions. Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson J DEAR DOCTOR: I have a pson who just turned six. I'm a ^little concerned about his ^weight and want your ibpinion. He weighed 50 (pounds and was 44 inches high Vat his fifth birthday. Now, a .'year later, he weights 65 •pounds and is 47 inches high. (He is solidly built and is big 'fboned. f He eats a balanced diet with £no snacking between meals. I jjwon't allow it. Should we •restrict his eating or is he Agoing through a stage right 'now? Our doctor thinks he is jfine, that he is bigger than £hiost his age, but he said 'nothing about restricting his pdiet.— Mrs.N. * Sound as though you have Jseen a weight-height chart and ifound that your son doesn't fit rinto the norm. The key words in your letter are that he is "solidly built and big boned." his height (47 inches) is a bit over the norm for his age (46 inches), so some of his over-average weight can be attributed to that. Average weight for a 46- inch six-year-old is about 46 pounds. But if your son is, as you say, solidly built and big- boned, than much of this apparent overweight is actually in muscle weight. Muscle is denser than fat and inch for inch weighs considerably more. The skin fold test will tell you more than the weight- height charts. This is done by measuring the width of the fatty protion of the upper arm as it is pinched between calipers. This gives a clue as to whether the excess weight is in fat or muscle mass. Your doctor could demonstrate it for you. From what you've told me I concur with your doctor. I think you may have a robust but not necessarily obese youngster who could gladden the heart of some football coach in the years ahead. DEAR DOCTOR: Our little girl is three. My pregnancy was uneventful except for a little spotting. I gained 15 pounds. I did become extremely tired the last couple of weeks and she was born five weeks premature and weighed three pounds, 13 ounces. She was out of the hospital in six weeks, weighing five pounds. Before I could talk further with my doctor, we moved out of state, and now I hesitate to become pregnant again because of the fear of another premature deliver. — L.S. Write to your former doctor and have him send on your medical records to your, present doptor so he can advise you specifically. There may be a slight charge. Many factors influence prematurity — high blood pressure, infection, malnutrition, blood problems (Rh), diabetes, kidney disease. Fetal and placenta abnormality are others. The placenta is the material through which the baby is nourished in the womb. Generally, women who have had one premature delivery have a greater chance of having another than do women who have not. However, modern medical science has greatly improved the chances of survival of "preemies." Witness your own experience. DEAR DOCTOR: I am a young lady in my early 20s. For a long time I have been bothered with my legs aching from my thighs down to my feet. It is disturbing at night when I am trying to sleep. I do have flat feet. Could this be causing my legs to give me so much trouble? I am on my feet all day. Any help would be appreciated. — H.B. % Yes, true flat feet can cause muscle problems in the legs, no question about it. But there may be a question as to whether or not you actually have flat feet. A foot specialist can tell you in a minute. I suggest you see one. Perhaps special shoes would be your answer. However, leg cramps can be caused by problems other than the shape of the feet. Faulty footwear is one of the commonest. DEAR DOCTOR : I have heard that coffee adversely affects the body's ability to deal with blood sugar. Is this Excessive coffee (or tea) drinking provides a high caffeine content. This may tend to lower the blood sugar, • slightly. x. How to get rid of leg cramps and foot pains? The answer may be simple — write to Dr. Thosteson, in care of this newspaper for a copy of his booklet, "How to Stop Leg Cramps and Foot Pains." Enclose a long, self- addressed, stamped envelope and 35 cents. Word Of God ...The Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told unto thee what thou must do. Acts 9:6. When we/do what the Lord tells us to do, what we do know to do, He is faithful and reveals more and more to us. 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 it Labur'Day Second Class Postage Paid at Hays, Kansas 67601 Kate of Subscription: (includes Kansas Sales Tax. where applicable). By Carrier: Convenient monthly rates: Hays and Suburbs J2.75 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 Donald Haas Advertising Manager Gene Kohr Mechanical Supt. Thomas J. 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