The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 2, 1963 · Page 4
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OTTAWA HERALD Pag* four Editorial! Saturday, March 2, 1963 Saturday Notebook Watching his favorite TV program the other night, one of our youngsters posed a question that stumped us. It was election night in Kansas City and the station was breaking in occasionally to give the returns. "Why it is," we were asked, "that they break in to give the results only during the program and never during those commercials?" That's a good question. It parallels the one many viewers are raising. Why are commercials louder than the regular programs? It seems the Federal Communications Commission has been flooded with complaints about loud commercials, a charge that is hotly denied by the networks and the sponsors. After intensive investigation, the FCC has this to say about loud commercials. "The loudness of a sound is related to the loudness of preceding and subsequent sounds, and contrasts with such sounds. Thus the cough in church may seem quite loud, but a similar cough at a busy street intersection may seem much less so." So now the FCC is seeking ways to correct the imrjression of loudness that blurbs create. Further, the FCC says the question of taste in commercials isn't involved. Maybe it should be. It's doubtful that residents in this area will consider the winter now on its last legs much to complain about. But nationwide, it has been one of the worst. For this opinion we have the word of Red Shofner, Ottawa's sign man who has crews working hi various parts of the country. "It has been the worst whiter in the 29 years I've been in the business," he tells us. "It has been freezing all over and my men can't work anywhere. Even in the South it has been bitter." Another old landmark is soon to disappear, if current Santa Fe plans materialize. It's the branch line between Ottawa and Lawrence. The railroad wants to tear out the tracks from a noint three miles south of Lawrence to Ottawa. In this county the line hasn't been used in years, as a heavy coat of rust will at- j test. The Santa Fe takes the position there is no future in naving some $5.500 taxes on something: it doesn't use. The line was built initially by the Leaven worth, Lawrence and Galveston Railroad Company. It was placed in operation on Jan. 1, 1868. The line changed hands several times before the Santa Fe took it over in 1899. Best quip we heard this week comes from a friend who was talking about the wave of 50-mile hikes. He claims that "you must admit, President Kennedy has got this country back on its feet." To Your Good Health Smoking Factor In Labor Cyclone Doin's By DR, JOSEPH G. MOLNER Dear Dr. Molner: What about the pregnant woman who smokes? I am now three months along and want to know if there are any known cases of a child being mentally or physically deformed because the mother smoked. What medication is safe?—E.J.A. I've long thought it preferable if pregnant women didn't smoke, but I've never gotten to the point of flatly prohibiting it. We have the terrible and oul standing examples of the drug thalidomide, and of German measles if it occurs in the first three months of pregnancy. These we know about. There could be others, perhaps of less DJ Molnet devastating effect, that we have not identified. Therefore it is a good rule, particularly in early pregnancy, to take no medication except by prescription. Doctors are becoming more and more cautious in the use of any medications with which they have not had plenty of past experience. Better safe than sorry. Of drugs that have been in continued use for some time, I would say that the danger, if anv, probably is not great or it would have been de- As to tobacco causing deformity, physical or mental, I do not know of any evidence in that direction. A recent report indicates that babies of women who smoke excessively tend to be smaller and on the average eight ounces lighter than those of non-smokers. Whether this reflects a difference in nutrition, or is attributable to the nicotine, I can't say. ' But I will say that reduction of excessive smoking by a mother-to-be certainly makes sense. Dear Dr. Molner: Our. grandson had measles four years ago. It left him with a badly draining ear. His tonsils and adenoids were removed but this didn't help. Could it turn into cancer? Will it gradually get worse? Would surgery end the trouble?—Mrs. C. W. G. It won't turn into cancer but it is a hazard to general health and may impair hearing. Draining ears are one of the serious complications of measles. It is my understanding that many have been cleared up by surgery, but this depends on precisely where the infection is lodged. Dear Dr. Molner: Has it been established whether cancer is contagious or is the research still in progress?—M.G.B. After many years of observation and study, without finding any sign that cancer is contagious, we ANNE MARGARET tected by now, just as the foregoing major perils can be reasonably sure that it isn't. Not so long became evident. ago some volunteers even permitted cancer tis- Smoking, if excessive, is thought to tend toward sue to be embedded in their own flesh. The cancer premature labor, and prematurity is a danger in tissue quickly disappeared in the healthy volun- itself although not in the sense of a deformity, teers, and survived only in those who already Too much prematurity can, of course, be a threat had the disease. to the life of the child. Perhaps smoking, in such "Don't Quit Because of Arthritis" is the title cases, would have to be counted as only one of of my leaflet designed to help all who suffer the several factors — babies have been born prema- aches and pains of arthritis. For a copy write to turely to mothers who didn't smoke at all, but Dr. Molner, Box 158, Dundee, HI., care of this may have had some contributing illness of other newspaper, enclosing a long, self-addressed, stamp- condition, or may have been subjected to an acci- ed envelope and 5 cents in coin to cover cost of Mr., Miss OHS Named Tonight By MARGARET WILLIAMS and ANNE MACHIN dent or shock of some kind. handling. BEIRUT—Where some of the million Arab refugees have been living for the past 15 years. This And That by jph Dark Side Of Paradise JPH BEIRUT — Were I ever to retire to some Shangri-La, which at the moment I am sure I never shall, there are three places I would choose among. San Francisco, Hong Kong, Beirut. Being at the latter city more or less between planes, Beirut, momentarily, would be my choice. Here the calendar says it is winter. It should be chilly and rainy. It isn't. It is nearly 80 with bright sunshine. Walking along the pormenade at the water front one can see baskers on the sand just below, water skiers right beyond, and farther out on the incredibly blue water a freighter that has just steamed out of the port. Turn the other way and the hills of the suburbs, dotted with villas, swoop on up to 10,000-feet, snow covered mountains. There, up in the tall cedars of Lebanon country, there is to be an international ski competition of some sort next week. If one stays at the Phoenicia, or rents a luxury apartment, and spends his evenings at the lavish, government - owned casino 15 miles up the coast, and his days lolling at some private beach club, one easily could conclude that Beirut is as rich as Palm Springs or Palm Beach. It isn't. Beirut simply happens to have an unusual number of rich people. Moreover, since it is properly called the Paris of the Middle East, a considerable number of other rich people come here for long vacations to dissipate a negligible portion of their wealth. They do it with casual ostentation. But walk up some of the narrow streets that work their twisted way up the hillside and one sees another side of the coin. Compared to the Ar.".b statt — and it should not be forgotten that the Lebanese are not Arab and almost as many of them are Christian as Moslem — this tiny country is most prosperous. So much so that people all the way from Turkey to Yemen infilter and either o lin unskilled jobs or exist on the relief payments the government distributes in an unsystematic way. While things here are much better than in Syria, say, for the poor they are not too good. They live in slum squalor, like the thousands of refugess from the Palestine war whose small colonies have dotted the suburbs for the past 15 years. There is no hope for either their repatriation or their resettlement. The Arab and the Jew have been less affinity than oil and water. The problem, moreover, is not confined to those who originally were driven from their homes in Jerusalem and thereabout. They keep begetting and begetting. Now there are more than a million of these dispossessed. The Arab refugees, as a matter of fact, live perhaps a shade better than the indigenous poor. The former receive a modicum of United Nations ajd. The latter beg, scavenge, obtain occasional odd jobs, or walk away with whatever they can get their hand* on. All of them live on squatter property in clusters of shacks the French call "bidonvilles"—tin can communities. They occupy little more than jammed together huts made of mud brick, scrap lumber, or whatever. The roofs of odd bits of galvanized metal are weighted down with heavy stones to keep them from blowing away in the occasional storms. But here is the paradox, Miserable as their lives are, now and then there rises from these slum settlements some television antennas and beside the road in front there may be parked a few ramshackle cars. How they do it no one oil the outside knows, and the residents, obviously, are not explaining. The standard of living of any city can be gauged by whether there are any human pack animals on the streets. Men, that is, and women sometimes, bowed down under loads of 200 or 300 pounds balanced on their backs and held in place by bands extended around their foreheads. In Beirut there are such pack animal humans and they are by no means rare. That's the dark side of what otherwise would be almost a paradise. Auld Lang Syne 25 YEARS AGO Betty Marie Shadle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Clare Shadle, 327 S. Poplar, was ill with scarlet fever. Furniture in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4th and Walnut, was sold to two churches at Lawrence. Services were discontinued in the Lutheran Church on March 1, but no announcement had been made as to disposition of the building. Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Miller returned from New Orleans where they had attended the Mardi Gras. 50 YEARS AGO Mrs. Lola Porter was back at her work as night telephone operator after six-week leave of absence. Thomas Detwiler of the Peoria neighborhood was in Ottawa to buy supplies and remarked that "everything points to a big wheat crop." Fred Melluish received 200 of the new "Buffalo" five-cent pieces and was giving them out as souvenirs. Prayer For Today The publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. (Luke 18:13.) PRAYER: Father, we have sinned against Thee, against Thy holy will. We draw near to the throne of grace with penitent hearts to plead for mercy. Forgive us, fc we pray, for Jesus' sake. Amen. Ahead In Road Building TOPEKA (AP)- Kansas highway construction will exceed earlier goals by $10 million in the year ending June 30, the highway director said Thursday. Addison Meschke attributed the boost to expansion of the interstate program. He said construction will run more than $80 million after con tracts are let in the remaining four months of the fiscal year. He said they were: $13.4 million in interstate projects. —$25 million in primary, urban and state construction. —$4 million in county secondary road improvements. The total originally was to be .69.6 million. Meschke warned that unless additional revenue is found, construction of state highways will lave to be cut within a few years. During the past fiscal year, he said, the "K" construction pro gram totaled $11.5 million. Thi year, $4,150,000 has been placet under contract and another $5 million will be let by July 1. "The Highway Commission can not possible keep pace with the vital needs of traffic unless road can be built over and above those that are partly financed with fed eral funds," he said. Seat Belt Bill Is Approved TOPEKA (AP)-Bills to make installation of left and right sea belts in new cars sold in Kansa beginning with 1964 models wa given preliminary approval yes terday in the House. The bill is scheduled to com up for final vote Monday. If i passes it will go to the Senate Also given tentative approva for final vote Monday was a bi which would give county commis sioners in each county the author ity to fix the hours courthous offices are to remain open. MR. AND MRS. MEREDITH To Present Services In Song Dwight and Norma Jean Meredith, Wichita, Church of the Nazarene song evangelists, will Wellsville News Population Up 11 Over Last Year By BERNICE HOLDEN Mrs. Leroy Childs, district deputy assessor, has completed her enumeration of the population of the City of Wellsville. The population count this year is 1,080 in comparison with 1,069 last year. The 'oldest man and woman in Wellsville are Len Bell, 94, and Mrs, Anna Wells, 90. conduct a series Ottawa's Church of services at of the Nazarene, 7th and Elm, March 6-17. The services will be at 7:30 p.m. The couple sings old hymns with Meredith leading and playing his trumpet now and then. Mrs. Meredith is the piano accompanist, service is Meredith. A feature of readings by the Mrs. Sign Mental Health Contract The Franklin County commissioners today signed a one-year contract with Hie Franklin County Guidance Center, Inc., to provide mental health and physchia- tric services in the county. The agreement will be in effect for the duration of 1963, and an arrangement to provide funds for the center will be made soon, according to the commissioners. A half-mill tax levy has been set aside for a number of years for mental health purposes. The center recently incorporated as a non-profit organization. Mr. and Mrs. Ross Gault showed slides taken on a world tour at the West Windy community meeting. A chili supper was held. On the hostess committee were Mrs. Don Clark, Mrs. Melvin Folks and Mrs. Jack Seyler. A family fellowship supper will be in Hays Hall of the Wellsville Methodist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 3. It will be sponsored by the commission on membership and evangelism. Rev. Phil Bosserman, professor at Baker University, will be the guest speaker. The official board of the Wellsville Methodist Church will meet Wednesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. in Hays Hall. Other commissions will meet on call of the chairmen that night. After the excitement of the Junior High Record Party at which Pat Sievers and Hurst Coffman were chosen Mr. and Miss Ottawa Junior High School, enthusiasm was built in the senior high throughout the week for the coming announcement tonight of Mr. and Miss OHS 1963. Members of the journalism staff, sponsors of the party, have been searching through antique shops and lumberyards in quest of party decorations. They also have been selling table reservations, planning for refreshments and obtaining entertainment. First on the program will be master of ceremonies Jim Fouts. He will introduce Kay Barr, recent operetta starlet, who will sing "Deep Purple" and later, "Three Coins in a Fountain." Following Kay will be several dance routines by the Town and Country 4-H club, exhibiting three different forms of dancing. Bright pink and black costumes will add to their flashy appearance. Dancers are Carolyn Mages, Jan Jefferis, Margaret Henning, Martin Williams, John Brockway, Nancy Hewitt, Mary Ann Hewitt, Donna Bones, David Milburn, Sheri Shoemaker, Sharon Rice, Dennis Nelson and Dalena Willhite. The much • waited for event will then occur. Kris Ziegler, associate editor of the "Record," and Kerry Pound, society editor, will announce the candidates and winners of the titles. In honor of all nominees, the candidates' dance will then take place. Afterwards a reception line will be formed to allow friends of the 10 seniors to congratulate them. Barbara Johnson, Barbara Rybolt, Nancy North, Francie Payne, Linda Anderson, Ellen Ames, Marilyn Rule, Beverly Winters, Valery Langdon, Theresa Thomspon, Lucille Edwards, Everett Davis, Jon Indall, Richard Allen, Ricky Burgoon and Jon Ziegler. Thirty • two members of the "Finiari's Rainbow" cast journeyed to Bonner Springs and Turner for an exchange assembly. Singing the most popular numbers and presenting short sketches of the show, the repiesentatives were well received in both schools. The singers climbed on buses at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning and then traveled to Bonner. There they ate lunch before continuing their trip to Turner. Sponsors of the trip were John Jones, P. E. WOT- ley and Jane Feuerborn. Next Monday night is Dad's night. The Senior High Kayettei are entertaining their fathers at a father-daughter dessert. Marti* Doman is overall chairman with Nancy Burlingham in charge of the program. Kris Zeigler is chairman of the dishes committee and Mary Tipton, food. After cake and punch, the father - daughter pain will be entertained by John Pinney who will show slides of Europe. Girls whose fathers couldn't attend "adopted" fathers from th« OHS faculty. Patsy Mangum, first year student at St. Luke's Hospital, talked to all interested junior and senior girls about the nursing profession. P. K. Worley, guidance counselor, conducted the discus* Laff-A-Day Social Worker Attends Course Miss Judith Lang, 1026 S. Cedar, a social worker with the Franklin County Social Welfare Department, will return tonight from Topeka where she has been taking an orientation course offered to state and county em- ployes after they have worked for the welfare department six months, or a year. Miss Lang, who has spent one week in Topeka, became acquainted with the factions of such state institutions as the Boys Industrial School, the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind and the Kansas Neurological Institute. The orientation program is a requirement of the state welfare department for all em- ployes. Miss Lang began working with the Franklin County office July 1, 1962. Wednesday the Ottawa Junior High presented an exchange assembly at the Olathe Junior High School. Nancy Capper, Bob Latimer, Peg Stephenson, Beth Butler and Jerry Bender took part in a one-act play, "Antic Spring." The play is a comedy about a picnic, a hike, ants and other side - splitting events. Assistant director to John Bushman, junior high dramatics club sponsor, was Pat Sievers. Crew members were chairman Janet Warner, Marcia Allen, Sandra Cook, Sally Gibson and Linda Loyd. Also oh the program were members of the junior high chorus who sang four songs under the direction of John Jones, music instructor. The 19 singers chosen by audition were Dianne Fitzgerald, Sue McNish, Linda Page, sion. © King Fwttuni Bymlloitt, IM, IM3. World rixhl.s rtwveO. "Listen, dear, they're playing our song Battle Hymn of the Republic'." The WANT ADS Call CH 2-4700 Wednesday, the Future Homemakers of America had as their guests Albert Brox, history teacher, and 'Mrs. Frances Warner, substitute teacher and housewife. The two discussed main problems of the teen-ager from an adult viewpoint with the members. The week's activities ended with the end of the fourth six weeks period, the Record Party, and the basketball game at Rosedale. Now that the Cyclones have concluded this year's league play by capturing the championship title, thoughts of all OHS'ers are turned toward one thing — "Let's go State!" Ottawa Roller Rink Public Sessions Wed, and Fri. 7:30 to 10:00 Sat. nights 8:00 to 11:00 Private Parties CH 2-9704 Mon., Tues. and Thurs. Sun Matinee: 1:00 to 3:00 Children 12 and under M^PJ§ HURRY! ENDS TONITE W^J^J Box Office opens 7:00 p.m. Shown 7:30 Only — Shown 9:10 Only Ottawa Herald 1962 FIRST IN KANSAS IM-1M «. MatB Published dan» *ae»pi BUM*} ana Holiday* Second class postage at Ottawa. Kanaai. Robert a. WeiUngtci Editor And Publish*! flubicriptinn ralea la trade *rea — B> mail, one month ' $1.00, three months, 13.00, six months, 15.00, one year ».00. duURcripliiio rate* ouuide trade are* —By mall, one month, fl.BO; three months |4.26: six months. 18.00 1 on* year, $15.00. 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