The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 3, 1971 · Page 4
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Hutchinson, Kansas
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Sunday, October 3, 1971
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The Sunday TCoieltook Too Big for Bridges A state transportation problem lias developed due to a federally-initiated crackdown on the bridges of Kansas. Simply put, many of the trucks today are too big for many of the bridges they cross regularly to deliver goods and services to the towns throughout the state. The Highway Commission has been apologetic, but firm, in posting weight limits on bridges, many of which had never been checked or posted before. One bridge that was built before the turn of the century is doing a 1971 job. Most bridges in the state's highway system were built either in or before the 1940s. Some 63 bridges have been posted in recent months and "many more" postings are on the way. The Kansas Motor Carriers Association notes that a small community near Leavenworth already has been cut off from its big transportation sources because of bridge postings. Other communities are discovering bridge 'blockades developing in their vicinity. The fact is that it won't do a community any good to protect it from falling bridges, and freeze it to death because it can't get gas. But the situation is not yet locked into that either- or position. The bridge postings are long overdue. They were spurred by the collapse of a bridge in Ohio that killed several persons. It hasn't been too long ago that a major bridge in Topeka caved in. It can happen here. It shouldn't. The Legislature should put bridges on its growing list of priority items for 1972. Heavier road user taxes for the heavier loads on the road readily come to mind. Meanwhile, the public should watch carefully to see to it that safety doesn't give way to expediency in this matter as it has in so many others. Not Keeping the Faith The Nixon Administration is bringing hand - picked political appointees Into the Bureau of Labor Statistics (ELS) to Interpret wage and price data for the public. The new appointees will displease career technicians whose analysis of economic trends often conflicted with the rosy interpretations put out by the White House. After the BLS director called the labor picture "sort of mixed" last February at the same time a White House spokesman was calling it "favorable" and "hopeful" and "indeed heartening," BLS briefings for newsmen were dropped. The briefings won 't start again until Nixon replacements are on the job in November. Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., chairman of the House - Senate Joint Economic Committee, warns that when the briefings do start again the BLS will be delivering "what the administration wants the public to believe about the figures, not what objective economic experts believe they signify." It will be indeed sad for the public If that becomes the case. Most people are rooting for Nixon- omics to work. Candor, not political Mickey Mousing, is the means to restore the faith. Old Face, New Heart Gaudy men's fashions have arrived. In Platte City, Mo., that is. The Bartlett Merc. Co. features high-stacked shelves and the floors are wooden and worn, covered in spots with linoleum. Burt; just about where the overalls should be, a shopper can find wide ties, flowered shirts and striped jeans. And therein lies a tale. A federal architect said in Wichita the other day that Kansas' old storefronts should be preserved and protected. He said that small towns should be proud, not ashamed, of their rural atmosphere and their 19th century buildings. C. Northcote Parkinson, author of "Parkinson's Law," says that, "The quality of any center of human activity, whether a city or village, a college or a fortress, is not the reflection of human planning but of human affection." In other words, a town's face may be new but its heart may be old. In the case of the Bartlett Merc. Co., the face is old but the heart is new. It's a point that other merchandisers, and towns, should ponder. At Wit's End A Brief Obsession Bombeck By ERMA BOMBECK My washer is on a new tack. For years, it has seen fit to eat one sock out of every pair I have fed into it. Oh, I questioned it at first, but* after awhile everyone ad -f justed. They would put a| cast on one leg, or a bi-[ cycle clamp around theirj trouser cuff or laugh nervously and say, "Good heavens, one sock is brown andl the other one pale blue,! isn't it?'» j Three weeks ago, my washer did a reversal. It gave birth to three pairs of men's briefs. They did not look familiar to me, but then I get a little behind sometimes and have been known to stumble onto navel bands In pre-soak. (The baby is 13.) For starters, I put the briefs on my 13-year-old's stack of laundry. He came out early the next morning and said, "Where's a belt? My shorts keep falling down." "Don 't be funny," I said. "Put them in your brother's drawer." The 16-year-old came out the next morning and said, "Where's a belt?" "Give them to your father," I said dryly. My husband said, "They aren't mine. They've got elastic in them. I don't own a pair with elastic in them." I figured out they had to belong to a friend of my son 's who had spent a few weeks with us, so I put them in an envelope and mailed them to Ohio. We received them back within a week with a note attached. "These are wonderful for showing home movies on but somewhere there must be someone walking around who needs these. They aren 't ours." I sent them to my father who also •Vent a few weeks with us. He called long distance to say if this was his birthday present, would I please exchange tbem for the right size. The shorts became an obsession with me. Where did they come from? Where had they been? Was there on anxious mother somewhere looking into her washer and saying, "Is that all there is?" I asked the milkman if they looked familiar. (He has never gotten out of the truck since. He just sets the milk at the end of the drive.) Due to the handling, the briefs became soiled, so yesterday I put them back into the washer. After the spin cycle, I felt around for them and they were gone. In their place, I found a faded beach towel with little black footprints on it that I have never owned in my life. I'm going to pretend I didn't see it. The headaches are corning back. What About Steve or Jack? W f^j^fi3i*n Fi , ©Mt B|ii ' i||,| " |!, " ,|n w m - mmmm NEWS ITEM: NOW FOOP CARTONS ARE VOISQNOUSi I Merry-Go-Round Government by Surprise New Slogan for Nixon? By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — President Nixon hugely enjoys the drama of interrupting all network television programs with some electrifying announcement. But this method of government-by-surprise is causing havoc with the orderly proce-j dures. Critics are muttering that the President has jeopardized the national welfare for the sake of momentary political impact. He withholds dramatic new policies from those who should be consulted for fear the word will leak out and spoil his surprise. Anderson Here are some cases in point: SURPRISE NO. 1 — Only his closest associates had any advance inkling of his preparations to visit Peking. State Department experts, who are paid by the taxpayers to analyze such moves, weren't consulted. The implications of the trip, therefore, were never "staffed out." The professionals would have urgently advised, for one thing, that the Japanese be consulted. But Prime Minister Sato's government was caught totally by surprise. This undermined Japanese confidence in the U.S. so severely that Japan has made cautious moves to withdraw from the U.S. partnership and go its own way in Asia. SURPRISE NO. 2 — The President announced his economic about-face without consulting some of his own economic advisers who were still marching in the other direction. But the effect on the Western world of our pulling the dollar out from under it, without advance warning, was wrenching. Two of our staunchest friends, Canada and Japan, publicly threatened retaliation. After the Peking surprise, the economic announcement was a double blow to the Sato government. And our allies in Europe began to re-examine their relations with Moscow, with less regard for the American alliance. SURPRISE NO. 3 — President Nixon ordered American troops into Cambodia without taking congressional leaders into his confidence. Since wars are supposed to be declared by Congress, his complete failure to consult the legislative branch has created a crisis in the congressional-White House relationship. The resulting distrust has jeopardized the President's legislative programs. Not only government officials but the public at large has become unsettled by the President's penchant for government-by- surpnse. 'Do not adjust your sets! The trouble originates at the White House!' He has presented new policies so often, each with the flourish of a Hollywood extravaganza, that the public is getting jaded. He has kept coming up with new programs, each more dramatic than the past: a New Federalism, a New American Revolution, a New Economics, and now a New Prosperity. Yet little seems to change, and the new policies seem more fluff than substance. The public is beginning to suspect, therefore, that what Nixon is really seeking is a New Campaign Slogan. 'Always Making Fun of Harry 9 By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON — I received a call from a guy last week who claimed he was president of the Harry Anti-Defamation League. He said, "You wrote an article last week in which you used the name Harry to make fun of a TV football situation. For years now radio, television and newspaper writers have been holding up the name Harry to ridicule and derision, and we Harrys have banned together to do something about it." "Now wait a minute, sir," I protested. "I do not always use Harry when I need a fall guy. Sometimes I use George, other times Amie and quite often I use Henry." Buchwaid "That's what I mean," Harry said, "Why don't you make fun of the Steves or Jims or Jacks or Bills." There is nothing funny about a Steve, a Jim, a Jack or a Bill," I answered frankly. "The image just isn't right. If I call my guy Chuck or Jack, my reader is going to expect him to punch someone in the nose. But if I call him Harry or Fred or Louie, the reader is going to expect him to be punched in the nose. It's as simple as that." "But why should this be? We Harrys and Mortons and Amies and Chesters have a right to live too." Criminal Instincts "I didn't make the rules," I protested. "A long time ago there must have been a Harry who slipped on a banana peel. From then on, any time a writer needed a name for someone who was going to get all fouled up. he used Harry." "Well, we Harrys don't like it," Harry said. "It's bad enough that people are always making fun of Harry, but it's even worse when they make him the guy who commits the crime on a TV show." "I don't know why you take offense at that," I said. "Everyone knows that if a Harry doesn't have two left feet, he probably has criminal instincts." "Yeah, but why does a Harry always have to be one of Rocco's boys or Frank's henchmen? Why can't he be the leader of the mob?" "People just don't think of Harry as a leader." I said. "Writers know this. If they have to come up with a name for a gang leader they would rather go with Red or Dusty or even Phil. You just can't see a Harry being the brains behind a bank job. As a matter of fact, it's more likely that he's the guy to make the fatal error so everyone gets caught." "You see? All your prejudices about Harrys are coming through. Those of us who are not public jokes are stool pigeons.'' "Not necessarily," I said. "Max is more liable to rat on the gang than Harry." Boycott Product "We aren't taking it any more," Harry said. "From now on every time we see a Harry presented in a bad light on television, we're going to call the sponsor and tell him that everyone in this country named Harry is going to boycott his product. And we also intend to cancel our subscription to any newspaper that holds up a Harry to derision." "Frankly, sir ..." I began. "The name's Harry," he said angrily. Harry, then," I said. "I mink you're being oversensitive. If your name was Hubert or Alfred or even Bert you might have a case. But I only use Harry when I'm looking for a minor schnook. If I'm looking for a real hopeless case I'll never use Harry.'' "Who do you use then?" "Marvin." Easy to Twist Numbers Recently the U.S. Census Bureau's chief demographer countered the "zero population growth" (ZPG) advocates by stating that the key to the pollution solution is "changing standards and habits" not excess people. He reported that while the U.S. population rose 13 per cent in the 60's, national consumption of goods and services jumped 60 per cent with its subsequent collection of wastes. Even if "ZPG" were achieved in the U.S. population would not stabilize until the year 2037 and the consequences would also produce an older nation. Numbers are convenient and easy to use and twist. Therefore, the ZPG's and followers like to use them. This, combined with a fear philosophy, gives one the feeling that his neighbors' children are his enemy and waste "his" resources. Anyone with a large family (the Deutsch's have three sons) are looked upon as irresponsible and not in the best interest of the U.S. Numbers is not the problem. Values, habits and distribution are the challenges. Why must we who are made in the image and likeness of God have our behavior compared with the conduct of research rats, mice and monkeys? Yet, many of the ZPG conclusions are based on these creatures' behavior patterns. Dr. Barry Commoner of Washington University in St. Lotus and the nation's strongest voice regarding the status of the environment stated, "Saying that none of our pollution problems can be solved without getting at population first is a copout of the worst kind. Our problem lies in our 'consumption patterns.' " The other sad side effect of this hand- wringing philosophy of fear of ourselves is that it will ultimately cause our scientific and intellectual community to accept certain levels That is, once we have established our population at a certain level (determined by who and by what method is a question) we will no longer have to explore new horizons in medicine, education, agriculture, industry and space. We will only have to produce so much for so many. That's all and no more. The very reason to explore, to dream, to research will have been removed. We will then have to become slaves to dullness, laziness and mediocrity. America's greatest strength is that our free society is able to grow because free men's minds know no limits and thrive on challenge and adversity. Free men do believe that there is no problem which does not propose its own solution. He must search for it, no matter the difficulty, and find truth. We have become a nation that deals with symptoms, not solutions. We practice defensive cosmetics only to find that our "solution" is washed away in the first test. — HANK DEUTSCH, 101 Curtis. 'Bind Began in 1930s' The economic bind in which we now find ourselves really began in the early 1930s under President Roosevelt when the Democratic Party, which controlled Congress, passed the Wagner Labor Act for the purpose of attracting Labor votes. This Act gave Labor the unlimited power to destroy their employers by stopping production unless their demands were met. The employers in order to save themselves complied with Labor's demands and passed the increased costs on to the general public which had no voice in these negotiations. Each time a labor contract came up for renewal the union said we demand so and so, and when their employes complied with their demands the price of products had to be increased. It took 35 years to bring us to the present point of no return, and during this time we lost our gold and silver money through inflation and now find that money made of paper has no real value. Now we have arrived at a time when we must pay attention to our economic situation and we find that during the past 35 years prices have increased 500 per cent, which averages out at about 15 per cent, per year. Each year Labor has said we demand and now after the passage of 35 years we look back to see what Labor did demand. They actually said we demand that the general public pay $25 for a $5 pair of shoes; we demand that they pay $4500 for an $800 automobile; we demand that they pay $30,000 for a $6500 six-room house, etc. We now find that giving Labor unlimited power has not been in the best interest of the economy and the only way to stop the inflation spiral is to reverse the trend that has put us in the position in which we find ourselves. We must reduce wages and prices yearly until we reach a point where we can compete with foreign countries in the price of goods. This can only be done by the Congress enacting new labor laws, for the welfare of the country supersedes the selfish desires of small groups. Those who are locking to the Government for security will have to be satisfied with less and must do what they can to help support themselves. - FRANK B. UPTEGRAFF, Kinsley. Help Mansfield Bill Sen. Dole recently told the families of U.S. prisoners of war in Indochina that the prisoners have the highest priority, but that he would not support release of the prisoners "at the expense of the Saigon Government." That means support of the corrupt, dictatorial, cruel, morally-rotten President Thieu and his henchmen are more important to Sen,. Dole than the lives and welfare of the U.S. prisoners of war. That attitude is enough to incur the wrath of ont only the families of the prisoners but of all decent Americans, and is just another example of his "yes-man" support of the Nixon war policy. There is an answer to present policy in this respect: Sen. Mansfield has again introduced his original amendment that was emasculated by the Senate and House Armed Services Committee Conference. H i s Amendment would require withdrawal of all U.S. forces- lock, stock and barrell—from not only South Vietnam, but from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand within six months after enactment of the military Procurement bill, which it amends contingent upon release of U.S. More Promises IsAUWeGet This country has gotten into a hell of a shape. When people that work can have their wages frozen, but if you have money working for you the profits are exempt. Is it any wonder the Republican party has been out of the White House 28 out of 36 years? Let's look at Nixon's campaign promises. He was going to stop inflation, then took a 100 percent wage increase himself and Congress a 43 percent increase and is working to get ex-president's retirement from $25,000 to $60,000. He also has three White Houses, a number of jet planes for him and Agnew to hop around the world in to stir up more trouble. I could go on and on about the things he has done for the rich, but you take the poor, the aged and disable. Then there was a $5.5 billion surplus in social security funds andl they raise the amount taken out of pay checks each year. It would be inflationary to give all on social security $100 a month, he cut back on Health, Education and Welfare, then pours millions into Pakistan for arms, while the people over there are starving and thosuands here are dying of malnutrition every year. He promised to unite the people, the only time any were united was when religious groups, students, militant and hard hats joined in a protest march. He also had a solution to end the war instead he has spread it into two more countries, gone back to bombing North Vietnam while the taxpayer is picking up the tab in this country and thousands of our boys are getting killed or crippled while his vietnami- sation of it is going on. Yep, we are going to have peace if we have to kill everyone who is big enough to die. — C. S. HONN, Nickerson. Prisoners. But one man, a stubborn, bull headed President Nixon refuses to accept the North Vietnamese offer to release the prisoners when a fixed date for U.S. complete withdrawal is set. We as individuals can help accomplish the release of the prisoners and complete withdrawal of U.S. forces by writing to Senators Dole and Pearson (he voted for the amendment the first time) and Rep. Shriver, today requesting them to vote for the new Mansfield Amendment. Several thousand such letters can make a difference, and is the the least we can do. - D. W. MILLER, Halstead. People Voting; on Refuse 'The Proper Procedure' We get so set in our habits that when a new ideas comes up we cannot see the advantages of it, if any. We were in Hawthorn, Calif., two years ago where I was able to see curbside refuse service first hand. My brother-in-law had four 30 gallon drums that they kept their household refuse and trash, and grass cuttings, tree and bush trimmings in. The evening before the pick UD he would roll the barrels out on the edge of his concrete drive and after the pickup he would put the barrels back beside the house and inside the fence where they were out of sight until next week. Disabled and elderly persons? I suppose there were some there as well as here, but I suppose arrangements were made for their pickup service. The morning of the pickup the curbs were lined with cans, barrels and boxes, but for only a short time. Some of our citizens seem to think that all present cans and barrels will be moved from the back sides of ouir yards to the curbs for all time. But that is not the way it will be as I see it. The refuse men will be able to work on hard surface nearly all the time and will not have to fight gates, will not have to wade through weeds and lift cans over fences. Well, I have said my say, but I just could not keep still any longer. Perhaps the present way is the best, but I think a resident vote will be the proper proceedure.—LES­ TER H. WOOD, 305 North Chemical. Page 4 ^The Nm| Hutchinson News Sunday, October 3,1971

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