The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on September 12, 1971 · Page 42
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The Sunday Notebook East-West Agreement Western Front The East-West agreement on Berlin may collapse in that diplomatic house of cards called semantics, but the chances for a firm Berlin Protocol have Washington aglow. The recent signing of preliminary agreement is hailed as the most important step toward detente in Europe in nearly 20 years. Berlin has been a chip on the shoulder of both the West and the Soviet Union for a quarter of a century. The chip is slowly coming off, and the gun barrels are cautiously being lowered. In negotiations on the agreement, the West gained a Soviet guarantee of free and unimpeded travel along the Autobahn, rail lines and the waterways that separate West Berlin and East Berlin. The Soviets also promised to improve communications and to permit West Berliners to visit East Berlin. The West, in turn, acknowledged that West Berlin is "not a constituent part" of West Germany, and granted the Soviets the right to open a consulate in West Berlin. President Nixon has a right to be beaming over the apparent diplomatic coup. If the detente becomes reality, a reduction of U.S. troops in Europe is sure to follow in short order. Long range economic and political benefits aside, ' the preliminary agreement is a sign of much grander achievement. U.S. ambassador Kenneth Rush sees it as an indication that the Soviets "desire to move from confrontation to negotiation." He calls the agreement "an attempt to achieve a more civilized world." For the moment, that sums it up. Year Off With Pay Xerox Corporation, long a leader in corporate social responsibility and support of the arts, has done it again. The company has announced a $500,000-a-year leave program that will free 20 or more of its employes to go forth and do social work. The employes will be granted up to 12 months leave of absence at full salary to participate in a social program of their own choosing. Examples of the work that might be done on company time include drug addiction aid, civil rights, literacy and penal and electoriai reform. Partisan politics is no^ allowed. C. Peter McCoIough, Xerox president, noted in announcing the program that the company has supported a wide range of activities dealing with social problems. But, he said, money alone is not the answer. The compnny recognized 'that there is a critical need for "people of talent, dedication, imagination, determination and competence," and it hopes to free some of them. Applicants from production-lino workers to execulivos will have the opportunity to pick up social banners, and in addition to picking up the tab the company will guarantee the same or equal jobs when the employes return to the industry fold. Two months ago a group of business leaders representing the Committee for Economic Development warned that American corporations face a loss of public support unless more resources are channeled into social programs. Xerox is leading the way in offering a valuable resource. It obviously is an idea that could be Xeroxed by other giants of industry. »'/•',/•''/^iJ . /x•• i ' l, *.'"';'•>. •.•.^•[Vi-;. 'UNDER m MAxi -pouciEs HE'S wm A HmttmF A New Cure Suffering From A Cold? Try Freezing Your Toes Asking for a Buck Reno County Republicans will be going door to door Tuesday asking for a buck. The volunteers here are a part of a statewide, neighbor-to-neighbor fund-raising effort for the parly. It is called Buck Night, and the Republicans insist that when it comes to dough a little dab will do them. One dollar from each home is the established goal. The operation shouldn't go begging, no matter what a Democrat might tell you. Buck night was conceived as a method to get people actively inter­ ested in politics. Surveys have shown that probably 70 per cent of all the eligible voters in the U.S. are never directly contacted and asked to contribute to a political parly. Yet everyone knows that: a lot of little dabs could keep a special interest wolf from a candidate's door. Democrats should not only praise the Republican effort, they should openly compete with some sort of buck night themselves. The winners in such a competition would be the donors who 1hen watched how their buck was being spent. By ART BUCIIWALD WASHINGTON - A new cure for the "common cold" couldn't have come too soon. Last week two Israeli researchers announced they had been able to cure nose colds by chilling the big toes of patients' feet. The Israelies claimed that the sudden temporary chilling of the big toes almost immediately brings about a lowering of the normal temperature within the nose. And lowering the nasal temperature dries up the nostrils, thereby curing the cold. At the time the story appeared on the front pages of newspapers and on television I was in bed with a severe nose cold and my wife said to me, "Let's try it. What have you got to lose?" TJic Israeli researchers saiid they had developed a special indirect cooling apparatus adapted to the shape of the big toe. It uses a refrigerant chemical called dichloro difluoromcthane, which can chill u toe in less than a minute. Buchwald Merry-Go'Round Bureau's Interest Lumber, Not Indians Anderson By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - While the Bureau of 'Indian Affairs flounders in a bureaucratic fog, the timber barons of the far northwest have gained control of hundreds of acres of Indian timberland. Often the loggers have razed the woods with abandon, leaving branches, toppings and other debris that have choked off streams vital to the Indian fishing industry. Many Quinault Indians of coastal Washington earn their livelihood by catching salmon which breed in the gravel beds of the clear, cold rivers that run through their reservation. Production Off Salmon production, however, has fallen off in recent years, and the Interior Department's Bureau of Sport, Fisheries and Wildlife holds the timber companies largely responsible. Such timber operators as Evans Products Company and Rayonier, Inc., have cut timber on the Quinault reservation with little regard for the streams and rivers. The debris left.along the banks have clogged " some streams, blocking adult fish from their upstream spawning beds. I . The Bureau of Sport, Fisheries and '/WUdlife claimed in an unpublicized May, j J971, report that some of the rivers "were found to be so littered with logging debris (bat fish passage is impossible." The timber companies have also stripped vegetation from the banks. This causes erosion and edit build -up (which clogs the gravel beds where the fish spawn), heavy water run-off (which washes the river bed of fish eggs), and an increase in water tem­ perature (which adversely affects hatching). Over $500,000 .y. in federal funds, meanwhile, were spent in the mid-60s to clear streams and correct damages that could have been prevented. Government Mismanagement Timber operations on Indian reservations, theoretically, are supervised by the BIA. For over 50 years, in fact, the agency has been collecting 10 per cent of the Indians' timber receipt for "administering" timber contracts. On paper at least, the BlA's regulations call for "strips of timber" to be left on "each side of streams." The agency is also supposed to see that "all debris caused by logging" is removed from the streams. These regulations have been Ignored on the Quinault reservation. BIA officials told us they have little jurisdiction over timber practices on the reservation be cause most of the logging is beingdone on land which the Indians have sold mil- right. They still own the streams but not nil the land beside them. "We may have a moral obligation here," said a BIA spokesman, "but we have no legal obligation." The BIA, of course, has been aware of the timber companies' devastation for some time. An earlier government report, written in 1966, concluded that the "dwindling salmon production" was caused largely by "past and current logging operations . . . 'Primary Cause' "Failure to recognize the magnitude and value of the reservation fishery resource in the past," said the report, "has been the primary cause of the problem. On the other hand, forestry and other phases of the timber industry on the reservation have received active attention by BIA empolyes." In other words, the BIA has shown more interest in selling timber than in protecting the Indians. The 1966 report was followed by a flurry of meetings between Indians, loggers and bureaucrats. But the Indians, for all the good it did them, may as well have stayed home. Since we didn't have this chemical available my wife decided to tape an ice cube on each toe. I lay there with my feet sticking out of each side of the bed and ice cubes on my big toes. "How do you feel?" she asked. "About the same." "Then why are you laughing?" "The water trickling between my toes- makes me ticklish." The ice cubes kept melting and I kept sneezing and giggling, so my wife said, "Maybe ice cubes aren't the answer. Would you consider putting both your feet in the refrigerator?" "You have to be' kidding," I said. "You have everything to gain," she said, taking the icecubes off my toes and handing me a bathrobe. I sat on a kitchen chair while she removed the food from the shelves of the refrigerator. "We'll try it in this part of the [ridge and if it doesn't work we'll put your feet in the deep freeze." "I'd just as soon drink plenty of liquids and take aspirin." "There," she said, "put your feet on the third shelf and read a book." Five minutes later she said, "Do you feel anything?" "Nothing at all," I said. "Then your cold is gone?" "No, my toes are frozen. I can't move them." "They are sort of blue, Maybe you better take them out." "Where should I put them, in the oven?" "There has to be some way of freezing your toes without giving you frostbite," my wife said. "Maybe I could put them in the mashed potatoes or a frozen TV dinner?" "Perhaps," she said, "if you stuck your feet against the air-conditioning vent." "I'd rather put them out the window." "1 know. I'll make two frozen daiquiris and you can put a big toe in each one. That way they'll freeze but you won't suffer." She made two double daiquiris (banana) and inserted a toe in each glass. I relaxed as nature took its course. My body temperature slowly went down and in half an hour my cold was gone. Now if I can just get rid of this hangover. Page t **Man, That's The Dirtiest Smoke Signal I Ever Read." The Hutchinson News Sunday, September 12, 1971 Disagrees With Editorial A lead editorial in a recent edition of The News (Brand Doctors?, Aug. 29), took issue with the Most Rev. Ignatius J. Strecker of Kansas City and, I felt, slapped him rather severely for suggesting that the names of doctors performing abortions in Kansas be made public. In my estimation the editorial breached good reasoning, and perhaps good taste, when it inferred • that the Archbishop was mounting "a crusade (that) takes on the aspects of a witch hunt in the political arena." The fact is that the Kansas abortion law was supported, if not actually written, by some members of the Kansas Medical Association. The legislature and concerned doctors left the impression that the bill was intended as a public service. Kansas was not intended to become an abortion mill. Yet the fact is that in one year's time Kansas has become an abortion mill: some 62 per cent of the abortions performed were for non-residents. The law provides that "three persons licensed to practice medicine" shall certify in writing their belief that there is a "substantial" risk that would impair the physical or mental' health of the mother. . . etc." The law also provides that the abortion be performed in an accredited hospital. When the record shows that almost 90 per cent of the abortions were performed to preserve the mental health of the women aborted; and furthermore that some of these abortions were performed in non-accredited facilities, then I believe there is every right to ask how such decisions were reached. Granted that the Catholic Church opposes abortion on moral grounds. I know you grant our right to express publicly our moral convictions. Yet, the issue at stake is not a moral one. It is a civil and legal matter and something of public concern. Doctors were the guiding factor in persuading the legislature to approve the abortion section of the revised Kansas Criminal Code. If they were willing to defend the bill before it became law, they ought to be willing to defend it in its operation now that it is a law. Doctors who have performed abortions during this past year must be among those who favored the "open abortion" law. Why is it unreasonable to require that their names be made public? How can such a request be labeled a "witch hunt?" If these men acted within the law, and if they truly rendered a public service there is reason neither to be ashamed of what they have done, nor to resent a request that they defend the position they have taken. —THE MOST REVEREND MARION F. FORST, Bishop of Dodge City. 'Way Off Base, Boy' I have "utterly burned" all day every- ttme I think of your stupid editorial, "Brand Doctors?". I bitterly resent your parallelism between doctors who perform abortions and Catholic teachers in public schools. Even to mention them in the same paragraph required utter gall. How could you overlook the fact that teachers, Catholic or otherwise, love little children and devote their lives learning, teaching, and guiding children. Schools are required more every generation to serve as centers for education as well as to fill the gaps left in home training. People who stay with teaching these days, are truly dedicated to children. Doctors who perform abortions snuff out the lives of children before they are born. Sc—^how could anyone be so stupid as to compare such two—they are extreme contrasts. Yes, the state of Kansas has a law permitting such operations. It's still against the laws of God. Surely you have heard of the Ten Commandments. I've read numerous times in your paper of cases where false entries were made in medical bills, etc. There is plenty of chance for promiscuous handling of the reason for abortion. Do you believe that all abortions are performed only for the reasons outlined in our state laws? If you do, you are surely naive! Perhaps you are so busy dreaming up stinky editorials that you do not have the time to educate yourself on some facts. (1.) Catholics pay taxes to the public school whether their children attend or not; (2) Catholic teachers do not attempt to hide the fact that ihey are Catholic. Merit teaching depends upon one's ability to teach! not where one goes to church; (3.) Exorbitant doctor fees, black markets in baby selling, and numerous other derogatory practices have grown because of the abortion laws. Unborn should be of concern as are the living—they are living. Did you ever feel one kick, I have? I am a mother as well as a teacher. I think that you are "way off base, boy." Better stick to your Linotype and leave the editorials to more learned and less radical people. I am totally outraged!—MRS. CAROLYN' B. WILSON, Langdon. Congress Made Mistake "There Must Be Some Way to Hand This Mess Over to the Yanks." Throughout the history of the United States Government, many mistakes have been made. One of the most flagrant mistakes in enacting legislation occurred in 1867 when the Congress, which consisted of representatives from the Northern States only, enacted an unconstitutional law known as the Reconstruction Act. Congress, filled with hate for the people of the Southern States because of the Civil War, and through lack of knowledge and respect for the Constitution of the United States, went headlong into this blundering legislation. President Andrew Johnson, who had been Vice President under Lincoln, knew that the Reconstruction Act was unconstitutional and vetoed it. Then the Congress in a fit of anger passed the Reconstruction Act over the President's veto, after which they made another mistake in trying to impeach the President, but failed. This piece of unconstitntional legislation was enacted for the purpose of trying to force ratification of the 14th Amendment which was being proposed at that time. This action was wrong then and it is wrong now. The 14th Amendment has always been unconstitutional and should have been so declared by the Congress of later years, but as time went on most everyone took it for granted as having been lawfully ratified. Today we find that the Supreme Bill Gives'Badly Needed' Rights to Pregnant Women It seems to me that Hank Deutsch, Ed Stephenson and others opposed to freedom of choice in obtaining an abortion are also, not above using scare tactics in their arguments. They sound as if they have all read the same material. Taking away tax deductions from families with more -than two children would not force families to stop at two. There is still freedom of choice, but not at the governments expense. Isn't a tax deduction for children government involvement? The abortion bill gives some badly needed rights to the pregnant woman. It does not mention the legalized destruction of the aged, incurably ill, insane, mentally retarded, physically handicapped, prisoners and others. God's most important commandment is not: "Thou shall not have an abortion;" Our society is indeed sick in many ways. One of those ways, long overdue to be put right, is the way society has treated women. ' ; ••''/_,, ' \ Mr. Deutsche forgot two important words in lus ending statement: ".We, as a people can meet any challenge as long as we respect and promote the right of all men to live in freedom and pursue happiness. Yes, all men, even those yet unborn." He forgot to add "and all women" or he could have substituted the words "human beings" or "people" for "men." But, then, again maybe, he doesn't consider women, people or human beings. — B. SCHARDEIN, 2913 Quivira Ave., Great Bend. Court of the United States is using this unconstitutional amendment as a basis for a number of its decisions on civil rights and school busing. Groups of people from the various cities in our country have objected to the unconstitutional law that is being forced upon them and have taken action against these decisions but have lost out because they did not use the right attack. What is needed today is a two-pronged wholesale attack on the 14th Amendment. This attack should be made through the present Congress who, on realizing the unlawful manner in which the Reconstruction Act was enacted, can easily remedy the situation by simply declaring that the Congress of 1867 made a mistake and wiping the so-called law off the books. The other attack should be directed at the Supreme Court which, when presented with the true facts, should without hesitation declare the Reconstruction Act and the 14th Amendment null and void. For the good of the i country, groups of people in the various cities who oppose school busing should unite and jointly present the facts before the Congress and the Supreme Court. — FRANK B. UPTEGRAFF, Kinsley. Wonders If Complainers Read the 'Good Book' In this troubled world we see so many sad-sack people who are always complaining they have not had the good breaks. I will admit there are times in all our lives when the old devil tries to build a dwelling place on our spirits. But I am wondering about these ones who continually have the long-face attitude, if they are reading the Good Book, and trying to put into practice its marvelous teachings. You see often right in your own church those that lead in singing, etc., never crack, ing a smile and acting as though Christianity were like taking a dose of castor oil. To me that is sacrilegious. Paul tells us, "Rejoice and again, I say, rejoice." If you have a product and you know it is a good one, then you had better be a good salesman! or you are going to be out of business. . . There seems to be a very little sense of par excellence. This often stems from childhood, the parents having failed to instill in their children the desire to do their work well. In other words, those who do not cars to do this have literally sold their souls for a mess of pottage. \ ;\ ; 7.;'; •;"/•'' There is a great difference between religiosity and Christianity and it can be spotted a mile away. The Lord tells us there are those that are neither hot nor cold and he will spew them out of his mouth. He also said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock." He knocks very gently and we all know when he does. If we refuse him, then that is our downfall, because he will not pound the door down. He merely shakes the dust off his feet and goes on to greener fields. GLORINDA FOREMAN, Ensign,

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