It's a Matter Of Personal Choice DEAR ABBY: I am going to have my first baby in six months, and both my husband and I are excited about it. A friend told me that if I let my doctor give me something to knock me out during the labor and delivery I will miss the greatest thrill a woman can know, — hearing her baby's first cry. She said when she had her baby, she knew what was going on every minute and she wouldn't have missed it for the world. I talked to my doctor about (his, and he said he gives his patients something to keep them as comfortable as possible, and for a doctor to deliver babies any other way is brulal and unnecessary. Now I don't know what to do. 1 hate to change doctors, but 1 tion't want to cheat myself out of a woman's greatest thrill. My husband says it's up to me. Have you (or any of your readers) any experience in this- line? HAVING A BABY DEAR HAVING: I hava had two experiences. For Number One (a daughter), I was "knocked out." For Number Two (a son), I was wide awake. If I had it to do all over again, I'd elect to be knocked out, thank you. Enjoy the "thrill" of hearing your baby's ninth or tenth cry. It's the same as the first, and it woh't take long before the crying lose* its charm, and the novelty wears off. ion had a lamp treatment for a skin ailment. The mother said the boy was embarrass-'. ed and refused to go back for another treatment because «f this .girl. flHIi Then a REGISTERiiT NURSE wrote in saying the girl HAD to be at least 21 to be a nurse. Who said she was a NURSE? I have worked in doctors' offices, have worn a DEAR ABBY: Not long ago a mother wrote to you complaining because a girl who looked to be "not much older" than her 17-year-old son was sent in by the doctor to stand by the table while her 75 Years Ago ( —In Blytheville Arkansas farmers sold $629,843,000 worth of crops and livestock during 1952 to set a new record for cash receipts. An Agriculture Department report, which shows that the total was nearly $50 million above !951's total cash receipts, also indicated that the Arkansas picture was considerably better than that of the nation as a whole. nurse's uniform and a nurse's cap, and have been called "nurse" but I am not a nurse. And I think if you will inquire, you will find that this is true in many doctors' offices today. And dentists', also. Sincerely, GIRL IN WHITE DEAR ABBY: When a person is under the influence of liquor does it make him tell the truth? Or does it just help him to lie better. Please hurry up your answer as I have to know before Saturday night PEGGY DEAR PEGGY: The effects vary with the individual. But if you remember this rule you can't go wrong "If you can't believe a man when he's sober, don't believe him when he's drunk." CONN.: Your ion had II years in which to change the beneficiary. Inasmuch as he left his wife and family well-cared for and you were a widow when he married, you may safely assume that he intended that policy for your security. Keep it, and don't apologize. How has the world been 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. CONFIDENTIAL TO "AB-E-R IN NEW LONDON, For Abby's booklet, "How to Have a Lovely Wedding," send $1.00 to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal., 90069/ IF YOU DONT BEHAVE, 00Y, I'LL HIT HIM SOME MORE/' It's Growth Time You are a warm and wonderful people and it is a privilege to live and work with you. That said, however, it is time you are told a few facts of life which have notliinjf to do with birds bees or biology but which have much to do with living. You are loo sensitive, too thin- skinned, too apt to take things personally. This is to deny your heritage — the tough men and women who fought disease, weather, mud and the vajuieries of an unfriendly environment in order to make this land habitable. Too often your behavior regarding- items in the newspaper is childlike. You are not obtaining the maximum, potential of your greatest gifts because you are thinking small. You will become preoccupied with a two-inch news story (which affects you neither favorably nor adversely) and fail to make the big sale, pull off the magnanimous deed or make the great leap forward. You read things which aren't there. Your cousin works for a cig- aret company. Cigarets get bad publicity. Therefore, the newspaper is unfriendly to your family. A political candidate gets his name in the paper. This, you feel, constitutes endorsement. An Associated Press dispatch deals with the John Birch Society. This means the newspaper is (a) going right; or (b) falling- further into the irrevocable grasp of the lefty pinky, bulb-brained conspirators. Let's get this straight one more (and final) time: When this newspaper is endorsing a cause of a candidate, you will road it in this space in terms which will leave no room for misunderstanding. There will be no doubts about the position. AP does not state our editorial policy. This is going to be a political year. If the politicians and the citizens hereabouts don't change their attitudes, there are going to be a lot of hurt feelings and no one enjoys that. Yon attempt to be more adult in your attitudes and relationship with people and we'll try to lie more mature in what we do journalistically (this is assuming you .still want a newspaper and not someone to hold your hand). Deal '.' THE SCHOOL NURSE tfSTHW BECAUSE HELP 54 \ MY STOMACH you WORRY TOO MUCH, CHARLIE BROWNING uJOMPER VOU6 STOMACH HORT5..AWVE60TT0 5TCP ALL THIS SILLY THAT'S VOUR WORRVJ FIVE CENTS, PLEASE" Cannel at Bay -by ward cannel - Edit or J Screw your head on tight, because I'm going lo lay some rhetoric on you that you really aren't going to believe. An Arkans: I hifji school student was offered an alh- li-lir scholarship by a southern university some months ago. Now. evidently this school lound that it ovcr-recruiled isigiied more frr;:'.men than ils conference regulation allows i and il wants out of its agreement ("It's not how you play the game, it's how much you can gel by wild.") So an assigned coach was assigned tho ddail of writing the young man and telling him that maybe he'd belter look lo some other schools iwithout telling him the scholarship is out. you understand, because the NCAA is sure to raise hell if Iliey do THAT.) Here's how a portion of the let-down letter goes: "We cannot he certain at this particular time exactly what the admissions office has concerning you isic) application. There are a great deal of pieces of mail which are coming in day by day and they are filing them in the proper files as soon as they are able to ... . "... I am just letting you know how the situation looks at this particular time. It is not overly pessimistic but it is not optimistic at this particular time . . ." That clear? I don't know how badly the world of athletics needs this man, but. friends, believe me there are places elsewhere lor him. For example, he would do a swell •job of writing instruction* for UIOM Chriit mas toys you buy in flat boxes and take home and assemble on Christmas Eve. Better still, the military establishment in South Vietnam could usi> his considerable talents in writing analytical pieces ("It is not overly pessimistic but It is not optimistic at this particular lime.") about the progress (??'.':.'! I of the Great War against despotic regimes in interesting places of the world. This is a gentleman who obviously is out from the same cloth a President (General I Thicii. When asked how the Viet Cong could "slip" 6,000 to 10,000 men into Saigon without considerable support of the civilian population, the president-general said, in effect: We could make the cities safe if we wanted to. And why don't you want to, he was asked. Because we'd lose th« villages, he s«id, So what happens? They're going to lose both, From Louis? Bowker, the very able manager of the Arkansas Press Association: At the University of Arkansas news center, someone askerl Ernie. Deane (the Gazette's old Arkansas Traveler) if he was going to attend (the opera), "The Marriage of Figaro." "No." said Deane, without looking up from his newspaper. "I didn't even kno*v he. was engaged." -H.A.H. Cannel NEW YORK (NEA) Having driven up to Boston for the weekend, it occurred to us on the way home that it always seems to take a lot longer to get to someplace than to get back. We mentioned this phenomenon lo the wife, who explained it quite easily. "Well, of course," she said. "That is known as the Law of Diminishing Returns." Nalurally we pulled over lo the side of the road as soon as we could, and under the pretense ot checking the tires, we wrote that definition clown in the little book we carry for just that purpose. Writing those things down, we find, is not only good for mental health, but also prevents Exccdrin headaches, nagging backache and coughs clue lo colds. So. as a public service, we have copied out below some of the more cogent definitions from the present notebook — which is now full and must be thrown away. BLACK POWER: A universal principle meaning violence, destruction and bloodshed. See: Cleveland, 0. See: Gary, Ind. DETERRENT: A secret ingredient used in products made by Proctor &• Gamble, Lever Brothers, Dow Chemical and others. DISCOMMODE: A tactic used In getting into the bathroom in order lo be shaved and showered in time for work. DIALOG: A conversation, usually on important matters, between two or more people who speak different languages. See: Espionage. ESPIONAGE: Military: A meaningful exchange of ideas. Naval: Part of the Lend-Lease program. GARBAGE: (1) A method of communication. (2) A means of exchanging goods and services. See: Dialog. See: Deterrent. See: Discommode. GAP: The space between two impossible positions. See: Missile Gap, Credibility Gap, Generation Gap, Tourist Gap. HOST: (Obsolete: One who extends hospitality.) One who extends hospitality for a salary of $2 million annually. See: Guest. GUEST: One who receives hospitality at minimum scale ($320 per appearance). ILLEGAL: A violation of the law — punished in antiquity by fine, imprisonment or other penally. IMMORTAL: A dead person. METROPOLIS: (1) A melting pot. (2) A ghetto. Se«; Urban Crisis. URBAN CRISIS: A gold mine operated by scholars, experts and other officials. See: Crime Rate. CRIME RATE: A rising fig- urc, calculated by police to be ?25 for sergeants, $50 for lieu- tenants, $100 for captains. PATRIOTISM: (Rare: Love of country.) Now used chiefly by barons of industry and motion pictures who have not paid their taxes or live outside the United States. See: Law of Diminishing Returns. PEACE FEELER: A product manufactured by Lockheed, Republic, DuPont and others. PUBLIC: An extinct mammal, known by fossils found in parts of North America. PUBLIC SERVANT: An independent small businessman The Doctor Says by wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. - Q -— I am taking Rautrax N Modified. Is there any more effective drug for high blood pressure? Does this drug have any bad side effects? A — Drugs derived from Rauwolfia serpent ina are among the best remedies for hypertension. The drug you are taking is one of the safest because the addition of Naturetin makes it possible to get the de- haws little effect, food or bad, mended in any dosage to lower sired elfect with relatively small doses but, as with all powerful drugs, side effects may occur. Any unusuaj symptoms should be reported to your doctor. Q — Is it true that a. pinch (about H of a teaspoonful) of Epsom salt taken each day will lower the lood pressure? A — So small a dose would on the body. It is not recom- "If yoi/'« fob* fe wtor ioeft TH47 fow-?wfty feoff* with tht " Brandstadt the blood pressure. Q — I am taking Dmril for high blood pressure. Has it any bad side effects? Does it affect the hair? A — Chlorothiazide (Diuril) is primarily a diuretie.^It should not be taken by anyone who has kidney' or liver disease. If you have a problem with your hair, some other cause should be sought. Q -1 have a slightly elevated blood pressure and am taking Diupres. Has it any bad side effects? A — This is a combination of Chlorothiazide and reserpine which is said to be more effective than either drug alone. In the recommended dosage, it s -ould not cause any side effects. Q — I have high blood pressure and am taking Mebaral which keeps my pressure around 160-90. 1 also take Pla- cidyl to help me sleep. Is it harmful to take these drugs continually? A — Mebaral is a barbiturate. Both drugs are habit-forming. Q— I have high blood pressure and am taking Aldoril. Will it bring my blood pressure lure affect my equilibrium? A — This combination of methyldopa and hydrochloro- thiazide is an effective remedy for hypertension. A sudden rise may cause « transient loss of equilibrium. More persistent loss of balance is usually due to some disease! of the inner . ear, often associated With hardening of th« arteries. Q - I have high blood pressure and am taking Aldomct. Will.it help me? "What are its iide effects? A - Methyldopi (Aldomet) li an effective blood pressure reducer. In too large a dosag* It may cause headache, weakness, dry mouth and lighthead- with a guaranteed annual Income and pension, among other things. POPULAR: One who or that which appeals to a television producer. Or to his wife. See: Popular Demand. THING: The expression of individuality by Americans under the age of 30. See: Our Thing. OUR THING: (From the Italian: Cosa Nostra.) TOURISM: The latest weapon in the American arsenal against Gen. De Gaulle. VICTORY: (1) A win. (2) A tie. (3) A loss. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Friday, March 1, 1968 Page Six THS BI rTHEVTLLB COURiER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. H. W. HAINE&, PUBLISHER HAHRY A. HAINES ASjlstant Publisher-Edits! QENJ5 AUSMN Advertising Manager Bale. National Advertising Representative Wallace Wltmcr Co. Ne» To*, (fflicaeo Detroit, Atlanta, MempJ'« Second-class postage paid at Blythsville, Arlc. Membe. of the Associated PreM SUBSCRIPTION BATES By carrier In the city of Blythe- rllle or any siitv. ban town when carrier service Is ra.Jntalned 33d par wee!:. 11.50 ptr month. By mail, within e. radius ot 50 miles. »8.iio per y ea i »5.00 for SM months. :3.o« (or thieo months, by mall, outside 5j miles radius »IS.OO per year payable In advance. Ms-1 subscriptions are not,acc«pt- ed In towns and cities Where The Courle. News carrier service Is maintained. Mall subscriptions are payable in advance. NOTE: The Courier News assurors no resnonslblllt" for photographs nianucrlpt enersrincs or mau lalt with It lor posslbfi publication. New Grievance Rule WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Fernand J. St Germain, D-R.I., introduced legislation today to clarify grievance procedures involving federal employes. The bill, St Germain said, "affirms the right of union officers to present grievances in behalf of their members without restraint or reprisal." It would also shift the resonsi- bility for handling grievances from the Civil Service Commission to the Labor Department, which St Germain said, "is the most qualified body to resolve these differences." NEW DELHI '(AP) has told .Communist China tiiat "its recent unilateral and arbitrary action in forcibly taking over tht guardwaras (Sikh temples) in Shansj'iai was greatly resented by all Indiana," P.-ime Minister Indira Gindhi informed PuUamint.
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