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t V V V v V V V V V -6 Thursday, Ocr. 9, 1 980 Green Bay Press-Gazette Doug Larson OtmPrM-Guatt Remember back when the only Dallas involved in a soap opera was Stella? Indian summer is a ruse to keep you occupied while winter is sneaking up. If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, there are a lot of dangerous people running around. Pan-demonium is when the kids cook breakfast for their mother. Another advantage of small-town living is that you're pretty safe from major presidential candidates. Internationa relations were simpler back in the days when we had atleast heard of most of the people who hated us. Grandparents are people who no longer have to do their own spanking. Poisoning in children diagnosed after 14 years BLOOMINGTON, 111. (AP) Something terrible was happening to Mary White's children, one by one, something with no name. Danny was the first. That was 14 years ago and he was only 2. "I noticed he started holding his hands over his ears like he couldn't stand noise," she said. "Then George started acting the same way." Mrs. White took the boys to a doctor, who diagnosed them as retarded. Social agencies said they had behavioral problems. School officials told her the boys were hyperactive and undisciplined. "It was a nightmare," she said. "I kept saying something's wrong, something's medically wrong with" my boys. You could see it by looking at them . . . but people acted like I should be quiet." Paul was next, then Michael. Her children were run- "It was a nightmare. I kept saying something's wrong, something's medically wrong with my boys. You could see It by looking at them . . . but people acted like I should be quiet. " Poisoned children's mother ning around the house, slamming into walls, screaming at things that were invisible. Six months ago, she found her youngest, 2-year-old David Wayne, under a table screaming at things nobody else could see. Then, in August, a routine screening of welfare mothers by the McLean County Health Department found out what was wrong lead poisoning. Subsequent testing revealed that eight of Frank and Mary White's 13 children had dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. At least four Danny, George, Paul and Michael were irreversibly damaged. Somehow, nobody in 14 years had tested them. The Whites are poor and they are black. In 17 years since moving here from Chicago, the family has lived in old houses painted with lead-based paint. The children chewed on the woodwork or ate paint chipping from walls, and one by one they poisoned themselves irreparably. Ben Boyd, county health director, called it "a terrible tragedy" and acknowledged that had the discovery been made years ago, the family could have been moved to safe housing as is now being done and the younger children likely could have been saved. "I tend to blame the agency system," said Boyd. ". . . Somehow when the children were seen, nobody asked the question why." Boyd said agencies tend to think of psychological or genetic reasons for problems in children, not medical reasons. And, he added, doctors simply just didn't expect to find lead poisoning a familiar problem in urban ghettos in a middlesized Midwestern city surrounded by cornfields and fresh air. "It never really occurred to us that this could be a problem," said Dr. C.B. Sak-sena, a Bloomington pediatrician and one of several doctors who examined the White children over the years. Lead-based paint .was used in houses constructed generally before 1950. Thousands still stand, in big cities and small. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1972 found lead in the blood of almost 19 percent of the chil-'dren examined in 14 Illinois cities with populations ranging from 10,000 to 150,000. "The findings suggest that pediatric lead intoxication is not confined to urban slums, but does occur with alarming frequency in smaller communities," the study said. Nationwide testing between Oct. 1, 1978, and Sept. 30, 1979, found lead poisoning in about 7 percent of all children tested, showing up in such cities as Portland, Maine; Waterbury, Conn.; Lynchburg, Va.; Milwaukee, Wis.; New Orleans, La., and Davenport, Iowa. Gareth Johnson, who heads Illinois' 7-year-old lead detection program, says doctors in smaller cities just don't think in terms of lead poisoning. Early signs are lethargy, vomiting and weight loss. "Those things could be attributed to so many things that in its early stages it is unreasonable for us to ex- -pect a physician to make a-diagnosis" based on ' symptoms, Johnson said. Local health officials say , the White case has assured . that future problems will be , spotted more quickly. But for Mary White, it is too late. Her children are permanently damaged, and she cannot understand why it ' took so long to find out what was wrong. "They were born smart," she said in an interview. "It's like they were in their own little world now, like if you rang a bell they'd come out again." As she talked, a low,-steady moan intruded from-the next room where the boys were, rocking back and forth on the floor, staring blankly at the television. Libertarian VP top contributor WASHINGTON (AP) In the spring of 1979, David Koch, a manufacturer of pollution control equipment, . wrote out a check for $1,000 to the campaign of Ed Clark, who was seeking to become the presidential candidate of the fledgling libertarian Party. Five months later, Clark won the nomination and chose Koch as his running mate. Since then, Koch has returned the favor, giving the Clark campaign and his own three out of every four dollars it has reported collecting, or over $1 million. - Specifically: : On Oct. 15, 1979, Koch gave the Clark-Koch campaign $20,000. On Nov. 29, he gave $35,000. On Jan. 10, he gave $35,000. On Jan. 15, he gave $100,-000. On April 3, he gave $100,000. On May 8, he gave $100,-000. On June 9, he gave $100,000. On July 2, he gave $125,000. On Aug. 1, he gave $300,-000. On Aug. 15, he gave $125,000. On Aug. 28, he gave $125,000. To total it all up, records on file at the Federal Election Commission show that through Aug. 31, Koch has given the ticket $1,165,000. Under federal law, individuals may give only $1,000 to a candidate for federal office. But candidates may give any amount to their own campaign, as long as they" don't accept federal campaign funds. So, unless the libertarians had nominated Koch for office, they could not have accepted his contributions. Ed Crane, communications director of the party, recalls that at the libertarian Party convention in Los Angeles in September 1979, Koch circulated an open letter saying he was seeking the vice presidential nomination "because he was disturbed the law denies independent parties the opportunity to raise substantial amounts." But Crane and presidential nominee Clark say Koch was not picked as Clark's running mate because of his pledge in the letter to give a substantial amount "several hundred thousand dol lars," as Clark recalls. Koch and his brother, Charles, of Wichita, Kan., are heirs to a large oil and industrial fortune. Charles Koch has spent several million dollars underwriting a variety of Libertarian projects, publications and think tanks. David Koch president of the Koch Engineering Co. of New York and Abcor Inc. of Wilmington, Mass., both makers of pollution equipment was nominated at the libertarian national convention Sept. 8, 1979, The Libertarians believe in minimal government. They advocate laissez faire economics, a fortress America foreign policy and individual liberties a mixture that brings together in common cause extreme conservatives, proponents of alternative lifestyles, ex-hippies and rugged individualists. David Koch could not be reached for comment, but Clark, campaigning in Las Vegas, Nev., said Koch's promise to support the ticket financially had nothing to do with his selection as Libertarian vice presiden tial nominee. "He was clearly the best candidate," Clark says. "He would have been nominated anyway." Clark says thousands of individuals have contributed small sums, both to finance his campaign and to underwrite the successful but costly drive to get the Libertarian ticket on the ballots in all 50 states. He says a small party can't get going without the help of a few rich benefactors. The Libertarians philosophically oppose federal limits on how much individuals can give candidates. And they oppose the law that provides $29.4 million each to the campaigns of President Carter and his Republican rival, Ronald Reagan, and that promises to provide millions to John Anderson's campaign if he wins at least 5 percent of the vote. "1 think they ought to be ashamed of taking taxpayers' money," Clark says of Carter and Reagan. "The taxpayers should not have to support with their taxes ideas they don't like." Burning wood presents problems By DAVID E. SMITH Brown County Resource Agent Most farm-reared people past a certain age remember the wood or coal-burning heating and cooking stoves that graced most rural homes before the widespread conversion to central heat and electric or gas cooking. Well, the good old days are back and wood and coal-burning stoves are finding new life, thanks to the high cost of energy and a touch of nostalgia. But not many people, other than senior citizens, have ever used stoves nor are many existing residences designed for their installation. The unhappy result has been a number of fires not to mention a risk of carbon monoxide due to the improper installation and operation of stoves. In addition, people are suffering burns from accidental contact with hot stoves. The following suggestions should help users enjoy their stoves this coming heating season without the worry of fire and personal injury. Make certain your,, stove is properly installed. Place it on a non-combustible surface with ample clearance between the stove and the wall. Check that the stove pipe is securely connected and leak-free. Detailed instructions are usually included with new stoves. Before setting up an old stove that you dug out of the shed or bought at a garage sale, clean it up and check it thoroughly for cracks and leaks. Make certain the legs are sound, as a sudden failure could find a hot stove tipping over in your lap. Check that your chimney or flue is sound, clean and has good draft to assure proper venting of smoke and Uaocs. It should be' cleaned at extension report least once a year, and more often if you frequently burn wood. Otherwise, a layer of creosote could build up and cause a dangerous chimney fire. Creosote depositing can be minimized by burning thoroughly dry firewood, preferably the hardwoods. "Green" wood contains more water that lowers fire temperature during the combustion process and part of the volatile gases do not ignite. These gases then combine with moisture and soot to produce creosote. Teach children to stay away from the stove. You could erect a barricade to protect tots too young to be verbally warned. Stay back from a hot stove to avoid overexposing skin to intense heat. Keep newspapers, fabrics, upholstered furniture and other combustibles safely away from the stove. Also, remove tripping hazards near the stove as a stumble into it could result in a severe burn. Do not use gasoline, kerosene or charcoal lighter fluid to start a fire. Kindling, corn cobs, paper or fireplace fire starter is far safer. Place ashes in a lidded metal container, retrieving any that are spilled as a hot cinder might be among! Official to visit Latin America SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Mario Obledo, the state Health and Welfare Secretary, plans a 21 -day good-will trip to Latin Amer- them. Wear gloves when handling rough chunks of wood or pieces of coal, being careful not to drop one on your foot or to strain yourself when carrying heavily-laden buckets. You can burn wood in a coal stove, but don't bum coal in a wood stove unless it is lined and designed for it. Also, don't burn trash unless your stove is designed to be used as an incinerator. Unless you already have, equip your home with fire warning devices. But to avoid false alarms when refueling or from back-puffing, don't install a smoke detector in the same room with a stove. Utilizing wood as a fuel is much like using electricity; it's respect, not fear, that will allow you to make full and safe use of it. FOR A SPECIAL BONUS We have a buyer who has put In an order tor 5,000 claw rings. We desperately need toilll that order at soon as possible, so tor the coming weekend we will be offering a SPECIAL BONUS In Green Bay on all class rings ... from High Schools, Colleges. Armed Services, Fraternities, Sororities, Technical Institutions, Organizations ... all class rings will bring a BONUS these days. Take advantage of this offer. PAYING UP TO $150.00 ALL CASH Privacy and Police Security Provided At All Times 5,000 CLASS RINGS NEEDED WE PAY CASH! There are always a lot of people who don't wear their high school rings after they go to college or women who don't wear their class rings after they get married or people whose rings no longer fit. So, Instead of letting those rings lie around, bring them to National Gold and Silver for cash. TOP CASH PRICES!!! GOLD COINS, RINGS, PINS, WEDDING BANDS, BRACELETS, CHAINS, ETC. MUST BE STAMPED 10K 14K 18K WANTED! STERLING SILVER!!! Spoons, Forks, Trays, Tea Sets, Jewelry, etc. Paying Top Prices NATIONAL GOLD & SILVER INC. All prices subject to market fluctuation! FOUR DAYS ONLY! 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