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s BeiCfl. Ciii. WtfO.. Mjrcfl n, I1H --B-3 Campaign reform Because many people arc interested in denning up Ihe political campaigning process, (he principle of public financing of campaigns has received strong endorsements in this presidential election year. These endorsements have come from the public in increased check-off contributions on their income tax forms and from (he Supreme Court, which declared the princi: pic constitutional. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1071 provides federal funds to malch contributions up to ?250 to presidential candidates who qualify for Ihe funds during the 1976 primaries. The law also provides total federal funding for the general election campaigns of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees and proportional funding for minority party and independent candidates based on performance. 1 The money is provided through the dollar check-off, which permits the individual taxpayer to check the "yes" box on the first page of the 101(1 income lax form to designate $1 of his tax p a y m e n t , w i t h nn, additional cost to himself, as a contribution lo Ihe presidential election campaign f u n d . V. F A U K E R1LLIET Long Beach Military unions The F l e e t R e s e r v e Association applauds and pledges its full snpoport to U.S. Senator Thurmond's bill. S-3079, lo prohibit m i l i t a r y unions. In our n a t i o n a l convention last September the delegates unanimously voted lo oppose military unionism ami budgeted $112,000 to do so. Senator Thurmond and his 24 co-sponsors recognize the impracticalily of military unionism and the sure danger it |»ses to our national defense. They are to he commended for their wise and courageous action in an election year. 1 have just completed a week's cruise on the U.S.S. Oriskany and talked with the c r e w ill length regarding military unionism. The majority of these sailors feel their pay and benefits are being eroded, and if a union can slop this erosion then t h e y mnsl join a union. 1 sincerely believe t h a t if military personnel would join and suppnrl the national m i l i t a r y associations, we could provide them with the -same pay and benefits protection as a union but not jeopardize (lie military chain of 'command and our nation's defense. JOSEPJ1D. M O R I N ·President Fleet Reserve Association Washington, 1).C. Unfair Jo athletes For the first time I turned on "One Day at a Time" on Channel 2--and (lie last. I hope very few watched because it was in such poor taste. It put down everything decent 1 spend time t r y i n g lo build up. I'm a teacher. Why musl athletes be portrayed as d r u n k s t h a t stop drinking only for a few wveks? Why must righteous men be made to appear blind to what is happening as w e l l as s t u p i d ' Why must Ici'n-ajjiTS... becoming drunk be shown as cute and funny when it is t h e No. 1 h e a l t h problem in our society'.' COAC]! J m DE NQS HuiUington Beach Timid officials Again on Feb. 24 we witnessed the inadequacy of the city council and the city attorney's office in their timid approach to the nuisance abatement ordinance dealing with pornography presented to the cily council by the citizens of Long Beach. Other city attorneys have taken a positive approach to this ordinance and not spent the taxpayer's money looking for loopholes. Other city councils have had the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what their citizens h a v e roqueted. T h i s ordinance is in effect in other cities. It seems the cily attorneys want only open and shut cases t h a t will make t h e m look good lo f u r t h e r their own political ambitions. Come election lime, the silenl majority will be heard at the polls. Perhaps only then will our elected o f f i c i a l s gel the message. DON M. HALLS Long Beach Bad exams As an employe of the distribution division of the Long Bench GJS Department, 1 have a question to ask the 1-ong Beach civil service and city personnel offices: When will the phony system of promotional examinations end? Phony in Ihe sense, as far as Ibis division is concerned, that management personnel can make up the m a t e r i a l that goes into the exams. Isn't this the job of the civil service department? Phony in the sense that no one in the entire gas department, past or present, has ever been capable of p e r f o r m i n g all the duties listed in these exams. JOHN' R. ROBEKTS Long Beach Grand editorials I notice some people don't like your editorials, but iwl me. 1 think 1 they are grand. Especially "Nixon's trip to China" (Kcb. 26). When will people forget Watergate? They should know there are worse crimes committed every day in every American city. In a few years, people will be saying "Walor-what?" C. E. ABBOTT Long Beach Hayden's program The recent anti-Hayden letters in the I, P-T seem lo be cases of uninformed hysteria. As the New York Times' Tom Wicker has pointed out in these same cdilorial pages, there is nothing "revolutionary" and surprisingly litlle "new" in the positions Tom Haydcn represents in his bid for the U.S. Senate. For the most p a r t , Haydcn supports bills already proposed by senior legislators in W a s h i n g t o n -- I h e Kcnnedy-Corman Health Security Act, Senator Humphrey's Full Employment and Equal Opportunity Act--or adds his voice to concerns which have been mounting in Washington (or years. There is nothing new about a rc- cvalualion of military spending, plugging lax loopholes, tightening the Occupational Safety and Health Act, extending union rights to public employes, and putting police where they belong in prevention and investigation of crimes against persons and properly instead of spying on bedrooms and political meetings. Haydcn brought out in J a n u a r y a 130- page booklet outlining issues and stands. From this, some 20 position papers, on topics ranging from education and labor lo crime prevention and energy alternatives, have been prepared. These papers arc a v a i l a b l e at Ihe Long Beach Ilaydcn for Senate office, 2313 E. 7th St., and hopefully will IK available through campaign workers as we move closer to (he June prim a r y . I am not part of the Haydcn committee, and this letter represents no one but myself. I am working lor Hayden's election. We've had decades enough of people who cry "fu/zy thinking" when what they mean is (1) clear t h n k i n g with which they don't agree, or (2) something they haven't bothered to f i n d out about. KATHI BOGAN I/ong Beach They don't make 'em like that By GUY SLAUGHTER HMdrr News Service Have you shopped for a suit lately? Just a quiet, calm, conventional suit of clothes one of us old guys could wear to the o f f i c e or to a lunch appointment w i t h o u t Iriggcring Ihe mirth of passersby? ! have, and I've given it up for Lent. Al the f i r s t place I went, hoping lo grab a ready-made off the racks, I was accosted by a grinning clerk about my age --which isn't young-- wearing a red bolero jacket, t i g h t - t i l t i n g green flare slacks and dove-gray I n d i a n moccasins sporting f l u - orcscrnl yellow buckles. " W h a t arc you going as?" I asked h i m . assuming he was on his way to an afternoon costume parly. "THIS. IS TN," he informed me, his Ljrin fading and his eyebrows rising at my ihiny blue serge w i t h the baggy knees and '.he frayed sleeves. "What can I show ,-ou? "A suit." I said. "Leisure?" he asked. wm Rogers Suya . . . "Dont you kinder wish t h a t Ihc President of our country wouldn't have lo run all over Ihe land, having to lower his dignity, getting up on a soap box lo shoul his merils like a backwoods congressman asking for votes lo keep him there another term? A president should h o l d office six years, that gives him time to do something. It takes him four years to find out who is his friends in the Senate and House. No re-election. Ihen he serves with dignity- right up to Ih* f i n i s h and don't take part in this mess of promises, accusation: and ballyhoo. "And he should be retired for life on half salary! The country should keep an ex- president from bankruptcy, if il can keep a railroad, or a badly managed bank " .Vorcmoer, 1S32 "Work." I said. "Oh, I see what you mean. No, I don't wanl one of those bus driver outfits, just a suit. You know, like a jacket and a pair of matching pants, gray or blue or maybe brown." He showed me w h a l he presumably considered to bo a suil, pursing his lips lo convey disapproval of Ihc attire 1 was wearing, and suddenly I felt sorry for this guy whose shaggy hair and vaudeville clothing suggested he was Irying lo look }fl years younger. 1 looked al the greenish-purple o u t f i t lie held up, wilh its belled jacket, six-inch lapels and flared trousers without c u f f s . "I'm a married man wilh a f a m i l y and a mortgage and a short hair cut," I said. "I wanl a suit, not a disguise." He waved his hand at the r a c k of garish threads lining (he walls. "Whal you see is whal we've gol." be said. The nexl place I visited had a similar character for a front m a n . HE WAS WEARIN'O w h a t the advertisements call a leisure suit over a green and orange open-collared shirt and flamenco boots. "Pretend I'm your f a m i l y doctor and I want something suitable for a funeral." I told h i m . "Can you help me?" "Rclcha." he said, eyeing my stooped, narrow shoulders and s k i n n y waisl. ".lusl a question of fit. Wanna try tills for size?" "No." I s a i d , recoiling from Ihe polk.i del jacket he t h r u s t al me It was m a u v e dots on a fuchsia background, vented on both sides, w i t h button-down pockets ;ind a lamplight y e l l o w lining "That thing'll bile." "Something a bil more subdued'*" he asked. "Definitely." 1 said "Defeated, even. A nice, quid gray or blue or m a j b e brown. 1 want cuffs on the panls and buttons on Ihe sleeves and medium lapels." "KORGKT IT, Charley." he said. "We sell clothes, not shrouds." That's when I went home and began t h u m b i n g through the mail-order catalogs. Most of them featured multi-cotorcd leisure suits thai a respectable gas station a t t e n d a n t wouldn't wear in the grease pit. along wilh a v a r i e t y of five-button srorl jackets and flarc-lr-ggc-d slacks in f l a m i n g hues. Bui hidden among the rambowed monstrosities was a small illustration, tucked toward (he bottom of a page as though in apology f o r its tack of gaudy color or rococo c-ul. of an honest-lo-goodness .-uitof clothes. I sen! for il. m a i l order, check en- closed, after spending an h o u r as a do-it- yourself lailor, jolting down the measurements called for in Ihe fine print of the blank form lorn (rom the calalog, m a r k i n g il ''gray, trousers cuffed and unflared." Then il came. Pasled to Ihe oulside of (he box was an invoice wilh a handwritten message scrawled across it. "Substitution," it r e a d . "Because the article you ordered is no longer stocked we have made a substitution we hope will please you." II d i d n ' t . i.S'SIDK THE box was a copy of Ihe m a u v c - o n - f u c h s i a jacket t h e f r o n t m;m w i l h Ihe bus-driver suil and Ihe [lamcnco Ixjots had IhruM al me, accompanied by a pair of purple Irou.sers whose legs flared w i d e r I h a n the w a i s t b a n d , cuffless. w i t h buttons on t h e knees. So it's h.ick to Ihe shiny blue serge for me. frayed sleeves and baggy knees not- '.vitbstanding. Maybe I'll try again a f t e r Raster. Or maybe I ' l l wind up wearing my bathrobe lo work, lerry cloth, plain gray, double-breasted, knee-length, w i t h buttons on Ihe sleeves. Robe.vott Gee. I thought you knew that IT'S MY POOR NEWS J U D G M E N T , I suppose. Every couple of years, a big story goes in one ear and out the other, w i t h , nothing to stop il in between, and I don't know it's a big news story until I read it later in Ihe newspapers. I guess 1 always assumed that popple knew of torture-training that was administered to certain U.S. servicemen who might be called lo aclion in certain sensitive areas of Ihe world, which means getting off a raft on a small creek in Viet Nam. 1 don'l know why 1 thought everybody knew that. But now it's a big thing, with "wrongful death" suits being filed against the government, and expose-type stories. Hell, the program is about 20 years old. In 1552, 1 was told in an Air Force Basic Training lecture t h a t Americans captured by the North Koreans were co]ping put to everything but Lincoln's assassination. We were told by a military psy- chialrisl t h a t we didn't h a v e enough motivation for heroism. Or pntriolism. Young Americans, he sakl, had a lot of motivation for survival, and trial was all. And so it was that "survival schools" · w e r e organized amongst s o m e of Ihe armed services. The men who attended those schools were those people most likely to be captured by Asian enemy. That was around 1957. Two years ago, I knew (he story of N a v y LI. (j.g.) Bob Sise, who is an officer in Ihe elite SEAL Unit, the N a v y ' s commando group. His training was long and hard, hut there was one special trick added: like m a n y pilots, aircrowin.cn, members of riv.crboat guncrews, he was allowed lo escape from someplace in enemy territory, and he knew he would be captured. The "enemy territory" was near San Diego. He was duni|ed off the end of "six- by" t r u c k , as if he had parachuted into Viet N a m . For three days, he crawled around Ihe hills ami wooded areas until his capture. He was put in a - s m a l l wooden box, aboul four feel square, so t h a t ho could only crouch, Every so often, wntor was poured through a hole in (lie box, so that his light clothing would be soaked, and he would shiver. Then he would be questioned. · HE WAS TO TELL his "captors" only his name, r a n k and serial number. That does not satisfy captors, of course, so his little box would be beaten with big sticks. That gives one a big headache. The waler, the sticks, the questions. II begins lo bend the mind. Next step, and dandy: LI. Sise was strapped on a slant-board, his liend on the downside. And. water was poured into his, month from a canteen. Enough of this causes a passout. Your lungs are trying lo absorb water, they aren't l e t t i n g enough blood yet to Ihe brain. LI. Sise knoked out only once, but he says others passed oul more lluin once or Iwice. Ami on and on Ihe lorlure goes, preparing men for a strange sort of diploma which attests to the fact (hat (hoy enn withstand anything, and hold to the regulations. I AM TOLD by a retired Navy Chief l h a l t h e "graduation rate" from that course is 12 to Ifi per cent. 1 am lold lliat some men have cracked up under Hie torture, t h a t olhers begged lo be let loose -- and thai (here is a wailing list lor men who want to volunteer for (he training. There was no such training in 1952, and I must admit that 1 would not hnve volunteered (or il if there, had been. We were told (liul captured Airmen were duly-bound lo harass Ihe enemy captors in every possible w a y , to organize into prisoner units and elect commanders, lo plot and attempt escape every day. We all nodded d u t i f u l l y , not ronlly understanding, and the closest 1 cnnic to being a POW was an M . P . arrest in Grcenslwro, Norlh Carolina. I did not attempt lo escape. Bui Ihe "torlurc schools" continue, because men musl be prepared for the a w l u l pressures lhal will he mil upon Ihcni in a w a r , on the day, when (hey don'l got back lo the base. cittfl fjoii HV iti: /,i\si:n -il i - n l - S - 1 · ! · · l . i t l l i i i - The practice of giving birth at home hii!, boomed in C a l i f o r n i a in the paM feu- years, advocated "with considerable eloquence" by patients, consumer groups anil some obstetrical attendants. However, w a r n s an obstetrical authority, expectant p a r e n t s should IK aware of potential hazards of c h i l d b i r t h t h a t cannot be properly managed in the home setting. U n f o r t u n a t e consequences can result. The w a r n i n g comes from Dr. I*slcr T. Hibbard, chairman of Ihe committee on malern.il, perinatal and child care of the C a l i f o r n i a Medical Association. Dr. 1Mb- bard is a professor of obstclricif ami gync- colony al USC School of Medicine, Us Angeles. He takes issue with (hose advocates of home delivery who say such patients are c a f d u l l y screened for the experience. M a n y of the complications of labor and delivery cannot be anticipated by even Ihe most s k i l l f u l of obstetricians, he says. In a report in Ihe Western .Journal of Medicine. f ) r . Hibbard cites several exam- p l e s where matters h a v e gone wrung. M o t h e r s have had convulsions, s t i l l b i r t h s have occurred or subsequent infections have occurred. Dr H i b b a r d sums up "While m a n y hospital m a t e r n i t y u n i t s can be crilici/ed lor Ilicir h u m a n i s t i c d e f i - ciencies, they can also be contratula(cc) lor t h e i r ability ( h a n d l e » wide range til obstetric complications which can t h r e a t e n life and h e a l t h . " Inlramu.scul.ir injections of t h e a n t i biotic gc-rilamicjn may cause a brain ail- m e n t characterized by visual luillucin;i (ions. Dr. G a r y .1. liyrd, psychiatrist al Baylor College of M e d i c i n e , Houston, Tex., says lie has seen three such patients in (tie pasl two years. In e a c h case, lie says, precxislcnt psychiatric illness was ruled oul. Oilier possible causes also were eliminated from consideration. . When (lie d i n g was w i t h d r a w n , altered m e n t a l status returned lo normal w i l h i n 48-72 hours, (he doctor says in a rc]xrl in Ihe m e d i c a l periodical Drug Therapy. The longer ,1 nurse or technician leaves on a tourniquet while d r a w i n g hlood, Hie higher (he patienl'sNcholeslerol level will be, a noted medical res«arct)«r will be Dr. I r v i n e II. Page of Cleveland. Ohio. ;ind editor of Modern M e d i c i n e . s a y s t h a i every five minules Ihe blood cholesterol level will rise ]ft m i l l i g r a m s . In other words, if Ihe technician keeps puking a w a y t r y i n g to f i n d a .suitable v e i n , the cholesterol may rise from normal lo iitmuvT mormal l i m i l s , hu s a y s . f)r. Page says lhal a s h o r t t o u r n i q u e t lime is one litlle jiraclie.il asperl in o b t a i n - ing a blood rholcslcrol level II enables t h e doclnr In obtain a correct answer before condemning a person to c h a n g i n g his whole way ul l i f t . The report is in Audici-DigKsl Family Practice, and a s u m m a r y aji|x-ars in lh«.' Western J o u r n a l of Medicine And what is the evidence? K v c r v so o f t e n . I gc-l a l e t t e r from a rc.idcr who w a n l s lo know why I don'l w n l c more about world a f f a i r s of political f-vents. And each l e t t e r reminds me of M Anton .1 Carlson, who used to profess biology at Ihe U n i v e r s i t y of Chicaeo. Old Anton had a favorite phrase he must have used a dozen times a day. u o l h his s t u d e n t s and. 1 suspect, even with his colleagues. "Vot is de evidence?" he would n i k . whenever somebody made a f l a t assertion. IN MOST CASKS, there was no evidence -- or. at least, ivjt enough to j u s t i f y (he assertion. And thus is e x a c t l y why I · A n t e $ l i t t l e about world a f f a i r s or pohli- ral events -- I don'l h a v e enough evidence l o b a c k lip my beliefs. How much do ! 'or any o u t s i d e r ' know .ibotil w h a l is happening in the P e n t a g o n m u c h less in Angola, which I thought was Ihe name- of a «olt d r i n k only a few month-, ago' W h a t e v i d e n c e do I h a v e ar/om Ihe k'.illduggT t a k i n g place behind c o n f e r enc(- tables and hoard rooms, espcrially 'iric-c- it now appears l h a l everybody in power has been spying, r a p i n g , l a p p i n g . *hr(-ddir,g. t u r n i n g , and t r i p l e - d e a l i n g ' * My o p i n i o n isn't worth a pitcher of v . a i m s p i t , as J a c k f i a r n c r used lo say in another c o n n e c t i o n , without a c c e s s \r, in.-ilrn.il Ilia! eu-ry p u w t - r - h u n g r y and paranoid p l o t - h a l c h m g politician in t h i - w o r l d is I r y i n j j desperately to keep Ironi ihc prying eyes of Ihc press. And succeed- mji. loo, in mo.st countries -- indu'linc. .S'l/f (!!·)/ lf«rr«« ours, de-spile our possibly p r e m a t u r e ondc alioul the Watortile disclosures I have MI more idea of wh.il is going on in (he councils of (he m i g h t s t h a n th- m a n in t h e s t r t f ' l , or the man in the ni;*s room. In f a c t . I am the mari in Ih'j stn-'-t u h e n it t o m e s lo h a v i n g any more hard fact.s th.in he is permitted lo possess Tw«-nty y e a r s from now. our c h i l d r e n -- j u s t possibly -·· might l e a r n (he (ruth about the rnac-hina tionijjoini.; on today Tin-, is r.ol l s a . nt cour-.c. lhal niching should be spoken r/r w r i t l i - n nbuu! M i c h m a l l ' - r s linl il is In rcrogniite, i( not ;ia-i'|il. l h a l M per eonl of what is spoken and w r i t t e n w o u l d f l a t l y fail old Anton's basic- queslion: "Vol is dc evidence'" NOBODY IN F'OWKK every wanls to provid'- the evidence -- o n l y Ihe conclusions, r e a d y - m a d e (or mass consumption. As MH-itlj crows more dense, government more complex, ihc state- more powerful, less and less of the t r u t h is uvld us. Like n i i r food, our i n f o r m a t i o n is bleached. proM-vscd. disguised v.ith additives, nr/1 c u n n i n g l y [i.trkagt-d Who but a q u a l i f i e d i h mi.,t can know w h a t we arc r e a l l y gel- t i n g , i s nourishment? S»,. nol h a v i n g access lo Ihc lads on * r u t h to build a r a t i o n a l opinion in .such r n , l i t e r s . I ti'i my own w a . working wilti v,-Jia(c\cr evidence I have, on subjects more opf-n to investigation t h a n power poll- H f s . Otherwise, I would just U.- a d d i n g my own falsetto lo Ihc sxrtind and f u r y ; Ihis way. perhaps, old Anlon may be looking drj'jin and g i v i n g me al U-.-isi a "[!" instead ill 'j c e r t a i n "F" for f a i l i n g to o f f e r the i-\ i d e m r

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