"Why Are You Such a Pessimist?" Equity, but Not Blackmail For years we have supported the city's plan for the construction of new streets. Jt still is sound. Those who pel the streets, pay for thorn (with the city providing labor, en- pineorinp and other assistance). On this basis, blocks and blocks of new paving have been put down,in each of the past several years. Most of this is done because areas seeking street improvement form special street improvement districts, levy taxes, sell bonds and thus provide the capital. However, many citizens in poor areas of the community do not fully understand this. As a result they are not included (as a rule) in new pavinp programs. There have been a few exceptions. \\'e would like to see the mayor or any other public official who is, conversant with city policy on pnv- inn' meet with such groups as the National Association fur the Advancement of Colored People and explain in detail just how the system works. Further, these groups should be offered assistance in forming improvement districts. This, we think, should be done now so some work could begin during the coming con-' struclion season. Beyond that, there should be something to preclude the systematic denial of better streets for some areas which are too poor to do anything about, their situation. Naturally, the city expenditures in such improvements would have to be modest, hut even a modest, program would ho a sign of good faith and of the city's interest, in all its citizens. The fact that Mayor Tom Little reported opposition from NAACP leaders in regard to the Feb. 27 sewer bond proposal has nothing to do with the fairness of treatment regarding streets. However, the leaders of the Negro community are quite wrong in threatening to lead a move against the sewer bond issue unless they are promised better streets. It is obvious that street improvement must be made in the southern sectors of the city (where most Negroes live). \Ve favor such improvements and we favor them during 1368. However, we object to an extortion approach in any sort, of social or political intercourse. We also know that the city is astride a public health powder keg and Negro children (and parents) are in just as much danger as the whites. More to the Story Than Meets the Eye / lote II is an undeniable pleasure, this business of making one's home in this fair country. 1 would suppose that the primary reason is ihe exposure it gives you to all the beautiful people living hereabouts. For example, lasl Saturday afternoon 1 went to Luxora to take the photograph of the J. R. Gathings home which appeared in Tuesday's paper. Mr. and Mrs. Gathings could not have made the visit more enjoyable lor myself, a smalJ daughter and one of her friends. They are what I call gentle folk. Mr. Gathings is another of Ihe good people this country was fortunate enough to gel from Mississippi. Mrs. Gathings' family came from southeast Missouri. They settled in Luxora in 1944 when Mr. Oath- ings' physicians became a bit anxious about his health. "I bought this place." be said as we stood beneath a huge, ancient oak, "and I've never regretted it. 1 think 1 did the right thing." Hie oak. Mr. Gathings explained, is about 300 years old. He arrived at this after reading where an oak only slightly larger in circumference was about 400 years old. He wanted to show me ihe original underpinihgs of the old home (which Mrs. Gathings 1 . keeps absolutely spotless) in which he Lives so we got down on our hands and knees and examined the logs under the principal rooms of Ihe liouse. Doubtless they are virgin cypress. Then we strolled around lo Ihe rear where he keeps his pet bulldogs. "Can't put two of them together," iu explained pointing In Ihe individual runs, "because they'll fighl and one of them will he dead for sure." The dogs, lie said, are worth "about a million dollars. . .Someone wanted to buy one and asked me what I'd take. 1 couldn't sell one. 1 don't think." Some of the dogs hear the names of friends. They are a vibrant, happy, energetic breed. . .big and playful. We tramped around through Ihe Gathings home. He showed me a Colt handgun which one of dis antecedents had used and told me how Mrs. Gathings' folks had settled in Southeast Missouri. "They were French but they look Ihe name Brown when they went up there." Listening to this kindly gentleman talk, you gel the idea that we're all here because of the river, which was America's largest highway in the nineteenth century. * * * Judge Graham Sudbury and 1 were at a meeting recently and I commented that I had heard him introduce (to civic clubs, elc.) every big Arkansas political name. Then, remembering Ihe judge Is a Democrat and that we now have a Republican governor. I asked if he ever had introduced Rockefeller. "Yes. When he was head of Ihe Arkansas Industrial Development Commission," he recalled, I don't know why we save introductions from Judge Sudbury for the visitors when the workaday civic club speaker is In far greater need of his eloquence. -K.A.H. DEAR ABBY: Please don't think I am bragging, but my problem is that I am loo attractive. When I waj in high school I never had any girl friends because they were all afraid I'd take their boyfriends away from t h e m. When I went to work I bad lo quit one job after another because my bosses were forever making passes at me. Now that I am married I have the same problem. All my husband's friends proposition me and I have to tell them off. And we don't have any married couples to go around with because the wives are afraid of the competition. Sometimes 1 wish I were born ugly. What's Hie solution? TOO ATTRACTIE DEAR TOO: Quit fooling yourself. If you aren't consciously inviting Ihe attentions of the opposite sex, you musl be unconsciously doing so. No man in his right mind makes a pass at a statue. He needs some encouragement. A woman who has lo beal off every man she meets should find out why. DEAR ABBY: We recently lost a beautiful baby girl and if one more person tells me "it was a blessing" that she died, I am going to scream. Our little girl was born with a defective heart. We knew it soon after stoe was born, but • the doctor said she had a 5050 chance to live a healthy normal life, so what kind of a "blessing" Is it that she died? We are mourning just as tho she had been a healthy, normal child. It would have been a "blessing" had she LIVED - not died. Will you please print this, without my name, to let people know that they are not consoling parents when they say "it was a blessing" that their child died. Thank you. A GRIEVING MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: All who offered I h e i r condolences meant well, but I shall pass on your sincere and illuminating words lo those who may find them helpful. DEAR ABBY: Say a couple invite my husband and me to their home for dinner, and we decline. Do we owe this couple an invitation to our home for dinner or not? I say we don't, and my husband says we do. 75 Years Ago — In Blytheville Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whitworth and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Nelson were hosts to members o! Club 28 at the American Legion Hut for their annual Valentine dinner dance. Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Sylvester have as their guests, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Clark of Out- bank, Montana. A Valentine dance was given in the Mirror Room of Hotel Noble Friday night when ten junior high students entertained more than 150 of their friends. Hosts were Don Copeland, Clarence Cummings, Billy Caldwell, Joe Hughes, Robert Holt, Raymond Miller. John Robert Stovall, Roger Sudbury, Roy Spencer and Nicky Weedman. Mrs. J. A. Saliba has returned from two weeks in Atlanta and Savannah where she visited relatives. YES OR NO? DEAR YES OR NO: That depends entirely on your reason for declining. If you declined because you didn't care to socialize with these people, you are not indebted to them. If you declined because you were UNABLE to accept, but would like lo , be invited again, return Ihe invitation as soon as possible. treating you? Unload your problems on Dear Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069 For a personal, unpublished reply, enclose a self - addressed, stamped envelope. DEAR ABBY: I have been going with this very nice ebgi- • ble bachelor for about five months. We haven't been going steady, but he has asked me out more than he has asked anyone else out. Of that I 9m quite sure. I have a birthday coming up, which he knows about, and he has asked me if I wanted anything special. I would really like a hope chest. If I were to tell him that dp you think he might get the idea that I am trying to rush him? GLADYS DEAR GLADYS: Probably. Are you? THE Bi.YTHEVlLLS COUBIER NEWS THE COUMEB NEWS 'CO. H. W. HAINE8. PUBLISHER HARRY A. HAINES Assistant Publisher-Editor GENE AUSTIN Advertising Manager Sale National Advertising Representative Wallace Wltmer CO. New Torfc, flhlcaco Detroit, Atlanta, McropB'* oecoiid-class postage paid •t Blythevllle, Ark. Mcrnb&. of the AsaociatCL Presa SUBSCRIPTION RATES, By catTlci' in the city of Blythe. vine or any s:ii;" ban town when carrier 'service is m. Intalned 35c per week. Sf.50 per month. By mail within r radius of *iO miles. $8.00 per ycai S5.00 i'or 8i~ month*. -3.01 for thret, mouths, by mall, outside 5J miles radius $18.00 per year payable in advance. M;,'! subscriptions are not accepted in 'owns and cities where The Courie, News carrier service Is maintained. Mail subscriptions are payable in advance. NOTE: The Courier News assumes no responsibility .for photographs manucriDt. engravings or mats left with it for possible publication. How has the world been AND I SOT A VALENTINE FROM CLARA, AMP I 60TONE FROM VIRGINIA AND ONE FROM RlW.. ANPISOTONEFRDMJOV.ANP CECILE,AMJ> JULIE, AMD HE ANP JUNE,AND-MARIE... AND , PI ANE, AND .VIVIAN, AND CHARLOTTE, ANP TEKLA.AND LILLIAN, AMP... Sh ow by dick kleiner beat Kleiner HOLLYWOOD - (NBA) Hollywood can always use a little class, and we've got us a girl these days who has more class than the inner circle at Vassar. Her name is Marian Moses and she makes Princess (it-ace look like the check-out girl at the supermarket. Marian Moses didn't decide to br an actress until she was 30. Why should this be? She had money — her grandfather started a small company named Standard Oil — and she had gone 'to the finest schools and she married a rising young advertising executive aad she was very much in love and had four fine sons. So she played tennis — oae year she made the Wighthian Cup team — and raised her family and gradually found her- scll growing disenchanted with high society and its narrowness. That disenchantment was, she says, one reason why her marriage broke up. "My husband." she s a y s, "measured success in the num- bci of clubs he belonged to. I fell, otherwise." At 30, then, she was at. loose ends. She lived in Pasadena at the lime — she was born in Pittsburgh, but grew up in New England and considers herself a New Englander — and perhaps the proximity to Hollywood is one reason she thought of acting. Another reason is probably because she had a mirror, and could see that she was certainly more beautiful than most movie queens. She is tall, hlondc. blue-eyed, and her features are assembled in a way that smacks of elegant sexiness. It wasn't easy, becoming an actress at what, in Hollywood, is considered an advanced age. She went to many classes, studied with several coaches,'consulted agents and managers and producers. One of the latter chased her around his office in that lime . honored tradition, but it wasn't he who gave her her first part. That break came on n Bob Hope Chrysler Theater on television, and from then on things wont swimmingly. Today, she can have her pick of television parts — she averages one every other week - and just ahot h« first pilot. The movie career came slower. Her first was "Dead Heat on a Merry - Go - Round," in which she had a sizzling love scene with James Coburn. Her next was the soon-to-be-released "Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell," filmed-in Rome, and she The Doctor Says wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. -by Marijuana has become one of the most controversial subjects of the day. Unlike morphine, cocaine and the barbiturates, it has no medicinal value. It causes psychologic dependence rather than true addiction or physical dependence. A derivative of the hemp plant, Cannabis saliva, it has been known for many centuries under such names as hashish, bhang and dagga. Although traffic in the drug is illegal, con- trol is difficult because t h e hemp grows so readily in all parts of the world. The smoke from cigarettes containing marijuana, when inhaled, is irritating and frequent use causes chronic bronchitis. It also affects the brain, but not in any consistent or predictable way. This effect, when it is felt, occurs within s few minutes and may last for 10 lo 12 hours. Some habitual users of this drug develop mental dis- © I»H by NM, l«c. "Ntw Vort it a met pface lo ttrike, but I wouldn't wont _ towtrkthutl" ' ' Brandstadt ease, but it is possible that persons with a tendency to develop a psychosis are more easily lured into using the drug than are normal persons. The fact that many young persons today are trying marijuana just for kicks is a sad commentary on their motivation toward more worthwhile goals and their.total lack of inner resources. As a noted psychiatrist has said, "You don't need drugs to give you an awareness of the wonders of the world All you need is rapt attention to your surroundings." The rumor has gotten around that smoking marijuana improves one's creative add 'artistic ability, but scientific observation, fails to substantiate such a claim. Since the use of marijuana does not cause a physical dependence, there are no tortur- • ous withdrawal symptoms when its use is discontinued. That, the problems of psychological dependence. Chronic users sf the drug who give it up relapse about as often as users of heroin. Psychological dependence of any kind is an indication of a serious personality problem that can be solved only when it is determined what it is that is really bothering the victim consciously, subconsciously or both. For such a determination, expert psychiatric help may be necessary. Please send your questions and comments to Wayn* G. Brandstadt, M. D., in care of this paper. While Or. Brand- *tadt cannot answer individual letters, he will answer Ittter) of general interest in< Intuit col- umiu. found herself in the middle of a bunch of temperamental females on that one. Gina Lollobrigida, Shelley Margolin and Marian were the women involved. Producer - director Mel Frank was, she says "too nice" and didn't assert, himself. The result was that the ladies screamed and yelled to get the good close-ups. "At first," Marian says, "I was very ladylike. But when I found I was not visible in some shots where I should have been, I decided to do something about it. "I was always very athletic, and I had been taught to fight and come out a winner. So I felt I ought to fight in this situation, too.' I began crying a little." The tearful tactic worked. She has her share of close-ups and, possibly as a result, she now has her first movie lead. She's been signed to costar opposite Jerry Lewis in his next, "Hook, Line and Sinker." p Marian Moses seems headed for a successful career. Whether she is also successful in living remains to be seen. Her sons — who range from 15 to 8 —. are the centers of her life. She rarely dates, and says that one reason is because the men she likes seem to h? frightened off by the size of her family. "I think women should be allowed two husbands," she says. "One for her children and, one foi herself: The men I seem to prefer arc not particularly good father material." Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Friday, February 16, 1968 Page Six WORLD AIMAC The year I of the Moslem calendar, which corresponds to A.D. 622 in the Christian calendar, commemorates Mohammed's Arabian journey or hegira' from his birthplace, Mecca, to the city of Medina, notes 'The World / Imanac. Islam (Arabic for "tubmlssion") "therefore the most recently founded of tin world's major rclifiioni.
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