MILLSTONE Say It Isn't So ' You can hear anything, true. 1 The trick in making intelligent decisions is knowing what to believe. We heard one last week which we had just as soon not believe . . . nnd which we don't believe. For years, the federal'govern- ment levied a tax on all real estate transfers. This tax has rankled slate lawmakers and administrators many of whom have worked for its repeal in the belief that such a tax should go to the state. The federal tax now has been repealed and during the special session, the Arkansas Legislature had the opportunity l.o divert this money into the state treasury. It would come to a modest—but much needed—$500,000 per year. Inexplicably, the Legislature .refused to take advantage of what is practically a windfall for the stale. So why didn't the Legislature opt for this lax, which would have rep- resented a re-routing of a tax from federal lo stale coffers rather than an increase? One story—the one which.we prefer not to believe—has it that the Legislature was in such a petulant mood that it hopes to short circuit any form of aid which might ameliorate the administration's bind for tax moneys. This is what 8 Republican Michigan legislature did for years.. Finally, they accomplished their purpose: prior to George Rom- jiey's election, the state was insolvent and almost dysfunctional. Certainly, il must not be true that the Arkansas Legislature is going to strike such a partisan pose that it will seriously impair the operational capability of the state in performing its various services. There is nothing in the record to indicate that Ihis is the case. The lest of such an unlikely hypothesis will come in the special session in May when mailers of revenue will be in the call. Jo f^ditc Dear Sir: This person who in your column wishes to have his or hers letter printed in "It Beats Mr" » r ' hc editorial page so they could sound off because that Osceola's ald- .erman are all heart and they are disgusted -With the dog law In our city of Bly vile. I also have lived in many places large and small, this is the first one that did not have a dog law. In the summer they ruin the gardens, the flowers people spend money to have turn the nasty garbage barrels over, carry and tear peoples newspaper off'as well as other larger dogs injuring and killing small dogs. What if it was your child? Then you'd be the first one to want something dime.. Maybe this person doesn't care about how his flowers is trampled on. his garden dug in. his newspaper tore up and nasty Irash belonging to someone else all over your yard. There is and was a reason for war on dogs, if people want a dog, put it in a fence. Tie it up. take care of it as you would your child Iron) doing wrong, or maybe your child runs lose and does as the dogs have been doing in this city. If they teach their children to stay in tlieir own yard try fixing it so your dog does too and you'll have nothing to gripe about. Children can do as much damage as dogs if turned loose. " I'm a mother of four children and have a dog but I took care of my children when they were growing up. We had a fenced yard. I have a dog. I also take care of him. He bothers no one. "The Dog Law has nothing to do about the cost of living here. You can live as high as you wish anywhere, eacii place has things that cost more, yes. I'd like smaller utilities to cost less, but the Dog Law won't make them go down. The Dog Law was one of the finest things this Council has ever passed. If if wasn't this they would have something else to gripe about. There is nothing as devoted as the love of a dog but if anyone wants a dog, in fact if they wanted a dog and loved it enough they wouldn't want it out where it cotild get injured or killed. I've just been through the ordeal of a big dog belonging to on* of our neighbors tearing our small dog up, besides the money il costs for the "Vet" there is the trouble you have if you love the dog enough to sec that it gets well. (Name Withheld by Request) * * * Dear Sir: After reading the letter in today'? Courier from the irritated reader who was bit- tor over Rlythcville's "Dog Law", I'd like to "sound off" in defense of the dng law. T agree that it is bad and even heartbreaking for a child to see his dog picked up and carried to the do'T pound, hut il is p\'"n more heartbreaking tor a dog to attack and bite a child. Perhaps a small toddler. The fad that the dog has been vaccinated and has nropcr tags doesn't make the stitches and the shots hurl a bit less, nor does it help calm the (car that remains in a little child's memory. I know this has happened. I've been threatened in my own yard hy a neighborhood dog, and il didn't help my feelings very much to note that he had all his tags. I've seen them roaming the neighborhood and I've seen them gathered on the school yard. I am sure, probably many, of these dogs were harmless but it's a menace to our children when these animals are allowed to roam at will, whether on school grounds or elsewhere. It is also very irritating, to say the least, to work hard trying to improve our yards only to have neighborhood dogs move in as soon as our backs are turned and dig. trample and completely destroy hours of hard work and several dollars worth of (lowers, bulbs, etc. Pots become dear lo the hearts of their owners, and I would not deprive any child the joy of having a pet, but these owners must bear the responsibtt- iiy of seeing Hint (the) pet doesn't become a danger or a nuisance to others, and if the owner refuses, I think the authorities should have the right to enforce this for the benefit of all concerned. 1 like dogs, and other animals for that matter, hut I think the welfare of the people comes before animals, Name Withheld by Request Time's Running Out For This Darling DEAR ABBY: I love my wife and she loves me. No problems whatsoever. However, after 30 years of married life I still believe my wife has an attractive shape. 0, she may be a little flabby in spots, and flat in others, but I'm no Tarzan-built fellow either anymore. Over the years I have bought my wife several very beautiful sheer nightgowns to wear in our privacy, but she has never worn any of them. Some have been in their original boxes for 25 years! I don't think there's anything wrong with me, Abby, but I would like to see my little darling wearing such alluring apparel once in a while. Especially now, for if. might pick up my interest a little when I need it most. I wonder if other husbands have this problem'! If so. perhaps if you were to advise me in your column, you could help us all. THE OLD SARGB DEAR SARGE: I can't speak for husbands, but many wlvei hive i "lave- it-for-later" complex. Simply tell your little darling that it it later than the thinki! DEAR ABBY: Congratulations for telling "Mauled in Philly" to quit her job. But first, she should show her boss that she has an "Invisible Protector," The next time he tries to grab her, she should get down on her hands and knees and start to pray RIGHT OUT LOUD! "0, God, our Heavenly Father, please protect Mr. Blank from the beast that has taken possession of his sou! at this moment. And provide me with strength to carry on for the sake of my precious children and my poor invalid mother who has worn herself out for me. 0, Father, I need Your protection and (strength NOW! Thank you, Dear Lord! Thank you!" I can promise you that 75 Y«ars Ago —In Bfytfiev/ife Mrs. Uoyd Stickmon was Kos- tess for a dessert bridge for members of the Tuesday Club at her home and invited Mrs. Gean Atkinson as a guest. A plan calling for issuance of 80-year revenue bonds for construction of a proposed $1.3 million dollar sewer system for Ely- theville was adopted yesterday by the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The plan was submitted by James Terry, who headed a 15-man committee which spent three months studying methods of financing a sewer system for the city. Lt. and Mrs. Charles Crigger III announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born Wednesday at Columbus, Ga. your boss will never molest you again. IN BOULDER PEAR ABBY: "Mauled in Philly" (and all other secretaries with bosses who have fun and games in mind) wouldn't have to worry if they followed my instructions. Be super • efficient and all business. When the boss asks you to do something, snap to attention, say, "Yes, Sir," and do it "on the double. Never look him in the eye and don't spend one extra second near his desk. Skip the small talk, smiles and flirty glances. Give the impression of a well - oiled machine and pretty soon your boss will come to regard you as part of the office equipment. I have worked for years for a man who was notorious for chasing his girls around the desk, but he has never even tried to lay a hand on me. He never Had the chance, but I know he would if he could. I've seen these cute young office dolls make with the eyes and smiles and put on all the feminine charm they can project, then they ' yell when the boss makes a pass. No boss in his right mind will try anything unless he has a little encouragement. "SAFE" IN ST, PAUL. DEAR ABBY: How does a 20-year-old girl who has just announced her engagement with intentions to marry in the summer tell her parents she thinks she had better get married as soon as possible? • WORRIED DEAR WORRIED: In English. And as soon as pos- Problems? Write to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 80069. For a personal reply, enclose; a stamped, self -addressed envelope. I THINK I WORRV ABOltf TOO MAMV Mf STOMACH WRT5..THE MOftE «W STOMACH HURT?, THE MORE I li-17 Showbeat by dick kleiner Kleiner LAS VEGAS, Nev. (NBA) I managed to resist the lure of the blackjack tables and the siren call of the slot machines and, as for baccarat, that seems to require more brains than nuclear physics or reading some of today's comic strips. And the crap tables are just too noisy. But there is no doubt that the casinos in Las Vegas' hotels have a great appeal. It's like hunting tigers with a cap pistol; you don't stand a very good 'chance, but it's thrilling while it lasts. The proximity of the gambling dens to the locations where "The Stalking Moon" is being shot worried producer Alan Pakula and director Robert Mulligan. So far, however, the cast have all behaved discreetly. Eva Marie Saint says she Is B winner. She won nine dollars In the slot machines. It seemed very easy, so she tried again. This time, she lost four dollars. So. being of a financially conservative nature, she has retired from active gambling, a five-dollar winner. Gregory Peck says he is enjoying Las Vegas more than he expected to. He had been here one day before, and wasn't looking forward to the six weeks • of location work. But he has found the food and the shows good, and he has indulged in a little rulettc. And he is a few hundred dollars on the plus side. He uses a simple system: He bets his childrens' birthdays. Movies are another form of gambling, of course. And t h e stakes get higher all the time. Peck talked about this. He said he is now considering doing a film, but the costs shape up as so high it may not be made. "The costs keep going up," he said. "This one they can't seem lo budget at below $5.5 million — and it has only one star. When I did 'Arabesque,' there were two stars — Sophia Lorcn and myself — but the budget was only $4 million. And my fee hasn't gone up." Eva Mario Saint says there Is another problem with movies — a shortage of good roles lor women. "It's harder and harder for me to find a good script," she says, "where I'm not just simply the girl in the picture, but have a real part to play." The third star in "The Stalking Moon" is Robert Forster, and this young actor shapes up as a real comer. He is ruggedly handsome and the word is that he can really act up a typhoon. He is also blessed, with supreme self-confidence. . "I have no way' to go but up," he says. • He had majored in psychology in college, but had also done some college plays and felt that the theater offered a more exciting life than psychology. His father had led an exciting life —• at one point, he-had been an elephant trainer -* and Bob wanted his life to be exciting, too, — so he opted for acting. "I knew," he says, "that I could be a star." It took awhile — at least two years. His first break was in a Broadway play,' "Mrs. Dally," with A r 1 e n e Francis. Then came "Reflections In a Golden Eye," with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. Then this. In between the first two, he went back home to Rochet ...-, N. Y., and took a turn as sub- The Doctor Says - by wayne g. brandstqdt, rn.d. - A mother writes asking a number of questions about cystic fibrosis (CF), one of the inborn errors of metabolism. Formerly this was a highly fatal disease, but now a child with cystic fibrosis can enjoy a normal life if appropriate treatment is given early in th« course of" the disease. CF is characterized by abnormally sticky mucus secretions that obstruct the air passages in the lungs and a failure of production of essential enzymes by the pancreas. Also the victim's sweat is abnormally salty. The cause is a defect in one of the genes. The victim inherits this recessive gene from both of his parents although neither of them show any evidence of the disease. Thus, he will not pass it on to his children directly but may pass it to his grandchildren. About 7,000 children in this country are born with this disease every year. Fortunately, many have it in a mild form. / jueu it'i New HoTipshirt'i eniwe; to Mwmt -•' ''"" Brindstidt the treatment, though effective, is not simple. It requires a team effort in a medical center equipped to care for children with CF until control is established. The child sleeps in a highly humidified tent and antibiotics are given to prevent pneumonia. Postural drainage and inhalation therapy help to prevent blockage of the air passages. In addition to a low-fat, high- protein diet with vitamin supplements, including vitamin E, pancreatic enzymes are given. Special measures must be taken in hot weather to prevent excessive loss of salt through sweating. Recently, a germ that is harmless to the body but which feeds on the sticky mucus has been discovered and is being developed to aid in the . treatment of CF. For up - lo - the - minute, information on this subject, you may write to the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation, 521 Fifth Ave., New York, N. Y. 10017. Q — Please recommend a booklet to acquaint a 13-year- old boy with the facts of life. A — The American Medical Association, 535 N. Dearborn St. Chicago, III. 60610, has prepared a series of excellent pamphlets ion this subject: "As Others See Us", "Approaching Adulthood" Story About You". Many schools and churches are now offering irorth • while classes, in se* education. Please send your questions and comments to WayM G. Brwdstadt, tfl. D., in care o! this paper. While Dr. Brand- sUdt cannot answer individual letters, he will answer "letter* of general interest in future col- umhi. stitute teacher. In between the second two, he went back home and did iron work —on girders. He's built himself, a home in Rochester, for his wife and baby daughter. The people in "The Stalking Moon" think Forster is the next big star. He's inclined to agree with them. THE BI STTHEVIUJB I COURIER NEWS I THE COURIER NEWS CO. H W. HAINES. PUBLISSEB HARRY A. 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Courier News Tuesday, February 27,1968 Page Six WORLD ALMAMG FACTS The Caspian Sea is the World's largest lake, cover* ing 143,550 square miles. The World Almanac re-, ports. Located on th» border of the Soviet Union and Iran, the 760-mile-long sea is fed by eight rivers and has a maximum depth Of 3,264 feet. In the last 30-odd years, th« sea's shoreline has receded ai much as 10 miles 'n places, and the water level ha| dropped about 6Vi feet, "
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