The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 6, 1971 · Page 31
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 31

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 6, 1971
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The Drug You Drink-ll Her Habit Not Funny By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor Linda truly is 38, going on 100. Her story was pieced together by her grieving family and friends. There is no composite of an alcoholic, especially a female alcoholic. It is as if America is just now recognizing that it can happen here. Each alcoholism case is different, affecting all the rungs on the social scale and encompassing all the alcohol on the market. A person can get hooked on beer, wine or hard liquor. In Linda's case, exotic drinks were the original drug. She is attractive and the mother of two school -aged children. Her husband is a success, measured by their home and their two cars in the garage. He works hard, and he is happy in the beginning. The children are growing up bright. At first Linda saw herself as a social drinker. She associated alcohol with fun times and sophistication. Her friends not only condoned drinking, they encouraged it. And the stories and jokes Linda had heard concerning alcohol confirmed to her that her drinking pattern wasn't unusual. It was. Crutch For Hum-Drum Days Linda leaned on alcohol originally to get her through the hum-drum days as a housewife. When she was invited to a luncheon where alcohol was going to be served, she fixed herself a relaxer at home. If she was going to a luncheon where alcohol was not on the menu, she had two or more drinks at home to be more relaxed with her friends. She was more fun when she drank, and more sure of herself, she felt. Linda watched herself carefully so that she did not drink before 11 a.m., a sign that she had heard of and feared. But she made jokes about looking especially forward to 11 a .m. She did. She started drinking "pick-me-ups'' whenever her day lagged, which was often. Going without alcohol made her feel drowsy or irritable — almost hung over — and she resented it. She was a heavy drinker. Her tolerance was high, and she sought constant euphoria as a part of her life. But she became worried about her drinking and vowed not to have a drink between the time the children came home from school and her husband's arrival for dinner. So she would have a quick drink just before the children got home to tide her through that evening period. And she soon found herself sneaking a quick drink away from the eyes of the children to get her through this period, too. Overnight, it seemed to her, the alcohol started to betray her. Often, by the time her husband came home, her speech was slurred. She did not want to be drunk, she wanted euphoria and good times. But she was tipsy. Her husband was upset more and more often. The children were puzzled. Drinks Instead of Meals Linda started declining the meal, and fixing defiant drinks In the livinrr ro^m instead. Her husband started to argue with her over what they used to laugh about—the wonderful effects of booze. Her husband refused to buy liquor. Linda bought it herself, and she started to hide it. Her friends and family now noticed she had liquor on her breath early in the mornings. Privately, her hands shake until she has that first drink in the morning. Her closest friends tell her she should cut down on drinking. Her husband wants her to quit. He worries about the children. Arguments dominate all conversation in the house Linda hides her liquor now in places where even she forgets them. She has switched to vodka early in the morning thinking it can't be smelled on her breath. It can. In the kitchen, booze is found in plastic soap bottles, Clorox bottles, and even in empty little seasoning jars. In her bedroom, Linda has removed the booze from drawers and easy hiding places to light fixtures, furnaces, In flasks between mattresses, in perfume bottles and other cosmetic containers. Her husband feels betrayed. He is thinking of divorce in disgust. He is ashamed to seek help for her because it might endanger his social status, and embarrass the children. His status as a man 's man is questioned, too, in his own mind. They no longer go anywhere. Friends no longer come to the house. They sympathize with him, and he starts to go out. alone. The children dream up excuses to stay away from home, and they are beginning to hate their mother. Linda has sunk to the bottom. She vows she will go for help if she gets worse. She can't get much worse. Many Lindas Here There are a lot of Lindas in Kansas. And the ranks are growing by the day. Nationally it is estimated that perhaps 1 in 10 alcoholics is a woman. Many Kansans in the alcoholism field say a 1 in five ratio isn't far off, and some even think there probably is a 50-50 split among the estimated 90,000 alcoholics in the state. "The number is growing steadily. More women are coming forth for treatment sooner now and that may be why (Continued on page 3) The Hutchinson News 100th Year No. 95 28 Pages Wednesday Morning, October 6,1971, Hutchinson, Kansas MO 2-3311 B Price 10c Blaze Destroys Elevator GROVELAND - Fire early Tuesday destroyed the Mid- Kansas Cooperative Association elevator five miles northeast of Inman at Groveland. The fire was discovered about 3 a.m. when it broke out of the headhouse of the frame, ironclad structure. The elevator had been in operation until 8 p.m. Monday taking in milo. "We have no idea what started the fire. The power was turned off when the elevator was closed for the night," said Lcc Wenger, Groveland manager for the Mid-Kansas Coop Association, which is headquartered at Moundridgc. Wenger said that while t h e fire was discovered in the head- house of the elevator, "it is possible that it started in the boot and went up, using the leg as a chimney." The Inman Fire Department was summoned, and asked for help from the McPherson Fire Department under a mutual aid agreement. But firefighters could do little except try to keep the fire from spreading to other structures. The cooperative owns another frame ironclad elevator at Groveland along with a 300,000 bushel flat storage structure. "I couldn't estimate the loss," said Bernie Runnebaum, Moundridge, general manager of the cooperative. "We had from 6,000 to 8,000 bushels of wheat in the elevator and about the same amount of milo." Runnebaum said a weigh-up of all grain at the facility would be necessary to determine the exact amount that was in the destroyed elevator. "In addition, the concrete stave silos may be salvageable. We don't know how bad they were hurt," said Runnebaum. The elevator had four of the concrete stave structures attached. The grain was still smoldering at noon Tuesday with Inman firefighters still on hand to watch for any outbreak of flames. Ellis Voters Reject New High School ELLIS — Voters rejected a $1.66 million high school bond issue for a new Ellis High School Tuesday. The vote stood at 504 against construction and 396 for it Tuesday night. There were 37 voters ages 18 to 21 registered, most of them receiving absentee ballots which were not counted Tuesday night. Even if all of them should vote affirmative, the issue still would be defeated by nearly 100 votes. "It's discouraging to say the least," commented R. D. Rora- b a u g h, superintendent of schools. He said he feels the decision will restrict the educational opportunity for students. "The old building is just not functional," he said. The 44 - year - old building serves 258. students. If the new building had passed, educators planned to extend the present 48 courses offered to 60 with an emphasis on foreign language and vocational training. Although the older building hasn't been condemned, the school had been told it must do something about the building or face "serious jeopardy of losing accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools," Rorabaugh said. Of the nearly 1,100 persons eligible to vote, 937 went to the polls. The bond issue lost by eight votes in the city of Ellis and by nearly 100 votes in the county. It was the second election on (he proposal, which was defeated 695 to 310 in 1969 when the proposal was $500,000 larger. SMOLDERING GRAIN spills from what was once the. Groveland elevator headhouse. (News Photo by Jim Morrl») May Hall Dock Strike Nixon Waits For Report By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Nixon awaited Tuesday the report of an inquiry board before deciding whether to seek a Taft-Hartley interruption of an Atlantic-Pacific dock strike that has paralyzed most of the nation's deepwater ports. The five-member board, appointed by the President, was going about the automatic chore of certifying contract deadlocks already reported from both East-Gulf and West coasts, where a total of 60,000 longshoremen are idle. The board's report was due no later than Wednesday, after which the chief executive was empowered to obtain a back-to- work injunction with the Taft- Hartley provision for an 80-day cooling off period. Meanwhile, 80,000 United Mine Workers were idle for a fifth day, in a strike in 20 coal- producing states. A spokesman said negotiators were "not even close" on a union demand for a $13-a-day boost in the current top wage of $37 a day. The coal strike spread to two more mines in West Virginia during the day. Ten nonunion mines in Ohio, employing about 1,500 men, Americal Leaving SAIGON (AP) - One of the last two full U.S. Army combat divisions in Vietnam will pull out completely by Dec. 1 and the second will' be partially withdrawn by the end of the year, reliable sources said Wednesday. The sources said the 20,000- man Americal Division is slated for total withdrawal by Dec. 1, largely fulfilling President Nixon's schedule calling for U.S. troop strength in Vietnam to be reduced to 184,000 men by that date. today • Deaths 19 • Sports 15-17 •' Women's News 12,13 • Entertainments 5 • Editorials 4 were closed by management to avoid violence. But property damage attributed to strike vandalism was reported by two of them, a coal company in Harrisville, Ohio, and another in Holloway, Ohio. Taft-Hartley has been invoked seven times in the eight East Coast pier tieups since World War II. However, President Nixon had yet to use the law in his nearly three years in office. The President was spurred to action in the current dock tieups by what he described as a peril to "national health and safety" resulting from the first simultaneous strikes on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Kissinger To Peking WASHINGTON (AP) - President Nixon, apparently ready to proceed with plans to visit Communist China, is sending foreign-policy adviser Henry A. Kissinger back to Peking this month to "make concrete arrangements." Word of Kissinger's second journey to Peking in less than four months was given Tuesday by White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler. Kissinger himself made a rare on-the-record appearance before White House reporters to disclose that he will be accompanied by a full advance party of technical specialists. This development, coming while Westerners continued to speculate on murky happenings that might indicate significant events within China, was seen as indication that the President's plans remain unchanged—as of now, at least. Fatties Target ol Brass Lure of Fish and Chips Ballooning U.S. Airmen LONDON (AP) - The U.S. Air Force is fighting the battle of the bulging waistline among its ground crews in Britain. One target is fish and chips. Chunks of fried cod nestling in french fries are banned at two of the six big U.S. bases — Lakenheath and Mildenhall. Nearby fish and chip shops there have been put off- limits. Similar action may be taken elsewhere. "The trouble is that many personnel fresh in from the States find fish and chips quite appetizing," one sergeant explained. Previously ground crews could be as much as 29 pounds heavier than flight crews. The lure of fish and chips and other English dishes are ballooning out of shape. Tightening rules and belts, the Air Force now has orderd all ground airmen to be just as trim as flight crews. A 5-foot-10 ground airman, 25 years old, used to be allowed to weigh up to 219 pounds. Now he has to slim down to 190. All airmen at South Ruislip Base outside London are' being weighed to see how much damage English food has done. The fatties will get similar orders warning them against the dishes. "Hundreds of airmen throughout Brit' .ain are going to be found overweight," a spokesman said. Except for those with medical problems, fatties who disobey orders and still give in to the lure of fish and chips will be confined to Air Force hospitals until they kick the habit. •an liiiiiiiii Trapped Leg Saves Him From Plunge (Hutchinson News-UPI Telephoto) Rescuers struggle to free 2:i-ycar-old Steve Waller, trapped beneath the wheel of a large truck that jackknifed and hit his motorcycle Tuesday at Tam­ pa, Fla. Waller was left dangling over the side of an overpass by one leg. Despite his ordeal he was reported in good condition later at a hospital. Weather KANSAS - Mostly clear southwest and clear, to partly cloudy northeast Wednesday and Wednesday night. Not aa warm Wednesday east. Highs 70 to 75 northeast to the lower 80s southwest. Continued fair weather Wednesday night and Thursday. Low Wednesday night low 40s northwest to low 50s southeast. Warmer Thursday with highs in the 80s. Hutchinson Weather Tuesday's high 80 from 3: It p.m. to 7:22 p.m.; low 52 from 6:14 a.m. to 8:48 a.m. Record high 97 in 1947; record low 31 in 1902. Winds: 4 mph. Barometer: 28.60, steady. Sunset Wednesday: 7:08 p.m. Sunrise Thursday: 7:33 a.m. Intercepted Letter PRESIDENT NIXON White House Washington, D.C. Mr. President, The solution to fat airmen is simple — invent a beer-flavored Metrecal and sell it in all the PXs. Yours, Hutch *:

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