Independent from Long Beach, California on June 1, 1970 · Page 21
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 21

Long Beach, California
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Monday, June 1, 1970
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A B T S 6 A ·vi B I By ART FINLEr The generation gap shows in dialogue ft***/ ctftf./ M*A./ it** i. Man, when the F.H.A. says REPOSSESSION, they MEAN it! MEDICINE AND YOU By BEN Z1NSER Medical-Science Editor A SCIENTIFICALLY SOUND method of treating a hangover is described in a medical journal by a doctor affiliated with the famed Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla. Dr. Donald J. Dalessio, head of the division of neurology at the clinic, lists the following suggestions in the publication Medical Opinion Review: Use ergolamine drugs -- or better yet ergotatnine plus caffeine -- to treat hangover headache. This type of headache is marked by overdlla- lidn.^of blood vessels, and these drugs constrict blood vessels. If nausea is a problem, these medications can be taken as a rectal suppository. (Ergo- tahiine preparations are prescription drugs.) i -ICES'APPLIED to the head is a satisfactory way of constricting blood vessels and can reduce hangover headache pain. To deal with dehydration of hangover, take several cups of well- salte'd beef broth upon arising. Replacement of, water alone will not cor- rectMhe problem, may even make it worse, since a large water-load in the stomach will increase nausea and vo'miting. If necessary, additional salty beef broth can be taken several hours later. With replacement of salt and water, nausea will decrease and dehydration will be corrected/ Vegetable juices taken during hangover hours are helpful in hastening the metabolism of alcohol remaining in the body. (In other words, alcohol will be "burned" considerably faster.) English physicians suggest that antihistamine drugs can be of benefit. These medications have both sedative and anti-nausea properties. A SLICE OF TOAST well spread with honey, taken before bedtime after an evening of heavy, drinking, is a simple but effective remedy. Addition of fructose (fruit sugar) to the diet burns up alcohol faster. Finally, persons who are extremely sensitive to alcohol may be able to tolerate small doses of vodka. Consequently, those who suffer severe effects of hangovers would do well to Investigate vodka's possibilities as, a substitute for what they drink now. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Due to the volume of his mall Ben %tnse"r frequently cannot respond to requests from readers* In no circumstances can he offer diagnosis.) warning system needed for 'progress' THfi OTHER DAY, a friend of mltti" who goes back to the early days'"of the automobile, was chatting with' ,me about the problem of pollution/ 1 ^ Who could have Imagined," he saW£ ' "when Henry Ford started mass 1 production of the Model T, that cars would become our No. 1 air pol- iMtldn problem a half-century later?" Who, indeed? Or, when Thomas Edison developed the incandescent bulb,.,], that our society's need for electrical power would pose an equal threat to our environmental health? These were both good, valuable, beneficial, "progressive" steps on behalf of all our citizens. Nor need we even go back that far. Just a few years ago, when the detergent manufacturers strengthened their product to get clothes cleaner, hardly anyone was aware of the un- fortijgate consequences that these phosphorous additives might have upon pur rivers and lakes. WE ARE LEARNING more all the time--most of it dismaying--about the 'side effects and by-products of our .jriighty industrial technology. But we have not been learning in time enough to prevent ecological distress, or sometimes disaster, that may prove far more costly to cure .than it woiild have been to avoid initially. Tlys is why I am so keen on a pro. posa,!, by Rep. Emilio Daddario of Connecticut, to set up an "Office of Technology Assessment" as an inder pendent; federal bureau for considering and evaluating the probable social,and environmental consequences of new technology. Both the National Academy oi Sciences' and the National Academy of Engineering have agreed with Daddario that some kind of "early warning system" .is needed by the nation --and the world--to identify the good, bad or neutral implications of new in- SYDNEY HARRIS v.entions 'before their consequences become nearly irreversible. NOBODY IS. doing precisely this job now. Indeed, agencies' of ten work at cross-purposes, or oblivious of what others are doing in the field. The Interior Department looks at "weather modification" one way, the 1 Agricultural Department another way, and the Federal Aviation Administration in still another/The "total systems approach" is lacking. But we need a total systems approach in technology even more' crucially than it is needed in industry, or any other segment of modern life. And we need it evaluated by a legislative group that is independent of the various executive bodies working on programs they are too likely to justify for their own continued power and existence. Only by planned foresight can we keep from contaminating this globe by our enthusiasm for newness combined with our ignorance of long-term results. GEOFF OBLATH, a 20-year-old UCLA student, stood in the middle of a small group of Navy officers on the local base He had just come out of a freewheeling discussion with 50 senior naval officers on the issues troubling today's campus rauicals and liberals, and there were small beads of sweat on his forehead. It had been a gruel- ling session. But the men around him all agreed that, notwithstanding his views, he had done himself proud. "He really held up well," said one officer who opposed the young man. "He had a lot of poise." What Oblath had held up to so well was an extraordinary verbal shelling from the officers -- a barrage of questions and assertions that might have caused another man to lose his composure and lash out'in irrational anger. · x V0l\ THE OFFICERS, while they were eminently respectful of their young guest, were also eager to make their own views felt. Ant they let go their ideas and feelings in a torrent of controlled passion, "If you think the students are frustrated," "you can see how these guys feel." So it was not surprising that was intended to be a calm and dispassionate exchange of views became, in the end, a collision of frustrations. Throughout it all, Oblath stood fixed to the lectern, responding as well as he could to the challenges hurled from the floor. After a while, lie did more listening than talking. F.or the officers began to mix their . questions with small speeches and lectures. It was apparent that they were deeply committed to the fundamental assumptions of American foreign policy, although they might quibble over 1 tactics and details; With few exceptions, it seemed, they found it hard to believe that what is going on in American campuses isn't Communist inspired, tragically^ wrong-headed or plainly insane. The protests, tlie massive demonstrations, the sporadic violence and the seemingly senseless destruction of buildings not only perplexes them. It infuriates the hell out of them. And they let Oblath know it in no uncertain terms. OBLATH TRIED to articulate the students' feelings as he understood them. And when he felt he couldn't . speak for the mass of students, he spoke for himself. He's plainly not a campus radical, but a liberal with a yet unbroken faith in the country's democratic institutions. He deplores the violence, but he thinks the time has come to try to understand what moves a minority of students to resort to it He said student anguish over Vietnam finally boiled over when President Nixon sent troops into Cambodia and the four Kent State students were killed. He said the students are frustrated because of their total inability to influence American foreign policy. Almost overwhelmingly; he said, they want the United States out of Vietnam. \ What alternatives does he offer? Peace through treaties and negotiations, a relinquishment of national sovereignty for a world federation, and a redirection of national energies to vital domestic and environ mental needs. The m i l i t a r y men raised the specter of world communism. They pleaded with the students to understand that communism is a monstrous force that can only be dealt with through resolute force. They pointed to Hungary and Czechoslovakia. They insisted. the United States went into Vietnam not ti invade another country,' but to deter aggression. Arid they urged the students to understand that the burning of buildings could, by no.stretch.of the Imagination, be equated with free speech, Oblath replied that he found it difficult to place the Vietnamese war in the context of Communist aggression. The military men, he said, were ignoring the national and civil character of the struggle, the sameness of the peoples involved -- outside of the Americans. He later expressed amazement that some people could still believe in "a monolithic Communist plan to take over the world," implying that it was too pat and too simple an .explanation, and failed to take into account the changing character of the Communist world in the ..past twenty years. . Neither side, of course, said anything that hadn't been- said before. Yet the dialogue 'seemed futile not because the arguments had been By R. Myers raised before, but because they seemed to offer so little hope of changing any minds. TALK, MANY 1'KOPLK say, is necessary to reduce the feverish tension in the country, the sense of irrevocable division among its citizens. And doubtless talk is a necessary prerequisite to change. Hut is it, uUi- malely, the answer to what is ailing us? Talk, it was said, could heal the country's profound racial divisions -and the cry of black power took root in the shambles of abortive discussion and decent intentions Is a similar cry fated to be raised around the war issue? If the rap session at the naval base proved anything, it proved that the generation gap is as wide and deep as many had feared, and that its KKPORTttK'S NOTEBOOK By CHARLES SU'lTON INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PMMW- GEORGE ROBESON Rare appreciation for rare kind words bridging is going to be a tortuous and difficult undertaking at best. For something far more fundamental is at stake than a mere reform or change in administrations. The student protests are the outward manifestations of a spiritual and moral crisis in America. They strike at the core of some of its values and firmly fixed assumptions. IF I READ the students correctly, they're saying the logic of man's survival must now take precedence over the logic of national self interest, and that a desperate effort must be made to reach peace . through peaceful .means. They're saying it will no longer do to have the country spend $80 billion a year on a war machine while the cancer of racism persists. For all its sincerity and good intentions, what took place at the Navy base was a pathetically vain attempt by two equally earnest but totally different worlds to understand each other. It would be comforting to believe that, in time, the two poles can get together in America -- but experience indicates that the political system, for all its idealism, operates not so much on the power of persuasion as on the persuasion jof power. Political commentator I. F. Stone recently recalled a story about a delegation that had gone to see Franklin D. Roosevelt about some reform or other. When they were about to leave; the President said: "Okay, you've convinced me. Now go out and bring pressure on me." Dialogue would seem essential, but so would the peaceful application of political pressure. (Political Advertisement) TOM COX, commander of Long Beach Post 210 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, sent a short telegram to President Nixon recently, informing the Administration that this Post had voted overwhelming support of the Cambodian incursion. Cox received a personal note from the President on Friday. "Thank you for encouragement of the country's goal in Southeast Asia as well as to me," said Nixon's letter. "I was pleased to hear from you, and I want you to know how much your comments are appreciated." Signed it himself, loo, he did. That seems like a lot of personal appreciation for one short telegram, but a friend of mine explained it this way: "Certainly, the President appreciates support on Indochina from somebody. That makes, three people already -- Nixon, Spiro Agnew and Tom Cox." Speaking of Spiro Agnew (sure, you know him -- heN the director of the "Beat the Press" program), there's a new book about him, sold locally. It's entitled, "The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew/ 1 selected and arranged with an introduction by Victor David Dinnerstein, published'by Gerard Enterprises of Hollywood. The introduction takes note of tho fact that the Vice President was elected to his first office -- chairman of Townson PTA in Maryland -- in 1949. "I have attempted to piece together a realistic and comprehensive portrait of the man as statesman and thinker/' says Dinnerstein in the introduction, "I have sought to make it representative of Mr. Agnew's thought as it evolved and matured." And that introduction is followed by about 170 blank pages. that he will personally picket the two big newspapers in Atlanta. As soon as the signs are ready, he will start marching around the offices of the .Journal and the Puliteer-prizewinning Constitution. Those newspapers, he shouted, turning red In the face ami banging his desk with his fist, "have been bcatiu' on me every day since I got over here, and I'm tired of it." He docs not intend to seize f l m newspapers or start "beatin 1 on" the editors with his famous ax-handles, but he threatens to remove certain commercial advert .sing from the paper by executive order and personally picket other advertisers in a secondary boycott. He has already banned Hie sale of both newspapers from all state property, which is not slate seizure of (he press, but forewarns of a tendency to totalitarianism. So far, he has a good clown act going, and I'd like to hear a HHle applause for tho Governor, who believes in economic pressure and street demonstration in preference lo the quicker, easier method of simply shutting down the newspapers with troops and shooting the whole staff. FOIt SOME REASON, that brings to mind Lester Maddox, who moved from short-order cookery lo become Governor of Georgia, which is a sort of lateral promotion. Lester became a respected political figure in Southern circles when he began cracking Negroes with ax-handles. Tho Negroes wanted to sit at his lunch counter, and Lester didn't want them to. He would show everybody that street demonstrations don't work. But Gov. Muddox apparently has decided that street demonstrations do work, and with his usual flair for self-degradation he has announced Columnist* on lfi« opinion **·« *r« ctiostn to repr««nt dIvtrs* viewpofn s *nt) do not necessarily rtiftct th* *4for at P«lt!on o this n«wsp»P«r, V FEELINGS for extremists like the Black Panthers is something less than warm, but I cannot agree with those who are appalled at the Appeals Court reversal of the manslaughter conviction of Huey Newton, Panther Minister of Defense. The high court claimed serious prejudicial errors from the bench in Newton's trial. K there were such errors, it's a bum conviction. If prosecutors, judges and juries don't follow the rulebook, then much of what the Panthers say about this nation's judicial system would be Iriie. Thoughts And in the morning, a great while 'e day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. --Mark 1:35. Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, If only for a few hours dally.--Arthur Brisbane, American newspaper columnist. The /ear of the'Lord is the begin* Ming o/ knowledge; fools despise wisdom ami instruction.--Proverbs J:7. Some people are so afraid to die thai they never begin lo live. -- Henry Van Dyke, American clergyman. (Political AcJvertii*menH (Political Adv*rlls«m«nl) For Attorney General America's **1 District Attorney Richard Nixou selected him as Chairman, of the President's Anti-Crime Task Force, which according to U.S. Atty. Gen, Mitchell, put together the major portion of our stepped-up national law enforcement program, Most Qualified F.B.I. Agent -Judge - District Attorney - Chairman, President Nixon's Anti-Crime Task Force HEAVEN*, NO/ AT TH0 NltfHT IN "The Republicans . , . ·Strongest Possible Candidate"-- Lonh Beach Committee to Fleet Kvelle Younger Arnold J. Romcyn - Chairman

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