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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 8

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, April 1, 1968
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... S&lrZ 998 ,. 5, Good Planning •> County Judge A- A. Banks' Eoad Advisory Committee idea seems about to become fruitful. The committee visited several Mississippi counties earlier this winter and last week met to hear representatives from Crittenden. County, which, has been constructing county roads on an improvement district basis for some years. •";, Now, the committee appears rjg'ady to conduct an in-depth study of the improvement district method. It is a logical step and one that Blytheville residents have been using to get out of the rnud and dust for some years now- However, we would suggest that this should not be an effort concerning only a few landowners and county government. It would be well if the Osceola and Blytheville Chamber of Commerce (both of which have appropriate committees) would come forward and offer any assistance they may be able to give to this project, on which Judge Banks is to Be congratualted. * * * During the committee's deliberations at Osceola on Monday evening, a figure of $100,000 was mentioned as being "surplus." As Judge Banks noted, $100,000 doesn't construct much road any more. However, we find the repeated references to varying amounts of county surplus funds unsettling. In quorum court, one justice of the peace referred to a $900,000 surplus- In the June 30 financial statement published (in accordance with Arkansas law), by the county, there is a $355,000 item which is labeled "unused balance" in the county road fund. It would be a mistake, no doubt, to refer to all of this as surplus, since no government functions with a level zero cash balance at a given time, but then very few function with a third of a million on hand, either. In the county general fund, there was an item marked "unused balance" of $384,000. This amounts to well over $700,000 in "unused" funds. One more point: these unused balances were reported before one of the most severe winters of recent history did untold damage to county roads. Of Otlr hers Letting George Do It .• George Shadoan, that young crackerjack of an insurance lawyer who helped pre- yent a rale increase in Arkansas last year, was shocked to hear that this year's Bearings had lasted only five hours. : "Incomprehensible," he said. "Five days would have been more like it." " Last year, Mr. Shadoan came down from Washington to team up with John Norman Harkey, then the state's insurance commissioner. The insurance companies seeking the rate increase were represented by the National Automobile Underwriters Association and the National Bureau of Casually Underwriters. Both of which withdrew from the hearings after a couple of days of intense questioning, taking the rate increase with them. If the rates approved at the Five Hour Hearing this year go into effect, the cost of automobile liability insurance will have gone up 40 per cent within less than three years. How's that for an economic guideline? The state's AFL-CIO lias hired George Shadoan to take a look at the rate increase being asked this year. The state's new insurance commissioner, Allan Home, plans to rule on the proposed increase by April 10th, but Home adds that he is open to new evidence. One indication that he may get it is George Shadoan's comeback.—Pine Bluff Commercial. The 'Ins'" In?? [ Unless new vigorour leadership emerges for the Democratic Party in Arkansas, tha Republicans are likely to triumph in the November general election. Governor Rockefeller's popularity isn't nearly as great as it was when he took oitice. • This is to be expecled, because he has hiid to meet some tough problems of prisons and finances. He has been blamed both for bringing Thomas Murton in as prison superintendent and firing him. The governor has further been accused of leading the state 10 a bankrupt position, although the truth of the matter is thai welfare grants were raised and state services expanded by the previous administration without any provision for additional tax income. And I$ss revenues became reality. •• The governor also has been accused for being out of the ttaU • great deal end being trdy with answering requests or communications. In short, it appears that the public is somewhat disillusioned about the governor. . .but he is still strong enough to win provided that the Democrats remain in their present state of disorganization. The Democrats have some potential candidates lurking in the wings as is always tha case. But one of their best possibilities, House Speaker Sterling Cockrill, has already bowed out of making a race for governor this year. Jim Johnson is too busy running George Wallace to be a candidate himself, and his previous defeat in the gubernatorial race might well lead to another loss. As one veteran political observer says, "It's always hard to get the 'ins' out, and this is one year that (he Republicans find themselves in the unusual position of being the 'ins.' "—Dumas Clarion Valenti Answers Dirty Film. Critic DEAR ABBY: A while back someone wrote to you complaining because motion pic- •tures were getting dirtier and dirtier. And you replied, "Now that Mr. Jack Valenti , is president of the Motion •>j Picture association, we can *• ' all sleep a little better." I don't know about you, Abby, but I haven't been sleeping any better since Mr. Valenti took over. Could Mr. Valenti be the one who is sleeping? ,So far I haven't noticed any improvement. If anything I think movies are dirtier than ever. Why doesn't your Mr. Valenti do something? I don't expect to see this in print. You'll probably just toss it into the wastebasket, but I had to write anyway. Sincerely. "SOLD OUT" DEAR SOLD OUT: I didn't toss your letter into the wastebasket. Instead I tossed it into an envelope and sent it to Mr. Valenti. His reply: "DEAR SOLD OUT: I wish I had all the power you credit me with. If I did, I would change things a mite. When it comes to passing judgment on a film, even the experts can't agree on what is "dirty". Wiiat the motion picture code attempts to do in this democratic society — where there is NO censorship — is to inform the public honestly about the content o£ the film, then let parents make the judgments. That is the only democratic way. The alternative is despotism where a small group decides for all. If parents cannot control and guide their children, arc we to deliver that responsibility to the state? And remember. Sold Out, the state is people, "and thus a handful of mortals will be gathering unto themselves one enormous amount of power." Then we would watch the watchers? And who would guard the guardians? Sincerely, Jack Valenti." DEAR ABBY: M;' daughter is in a home for unwed mothers now. She has decided to give her baby up for adoption. I won't go into the reasons for her decision, but I think she's doing the right thing. She's only 15. She doesn't even want to see the baby. She says it will be easier to forget if she doesn't. Abby, even tho it would be a lie, what harm would there be if I were to tell her that her baby died? I am not asking her doctor to tell the lie 75 Years Ago — In B/ythevi//e Blytheville was assured today of its air base, but the next step toward actual reactivation of the World War II installation was neither clear cut nor likely to come about with any suddeness. This brings to an end an energetic three - year effort by Chamber of Commerce and city officials. Mrs. James Vest entertained members of the .N. N. bridge club' at her home last evening and invited Mrs. Tommie Westbrook, Miss Ramona Crafton, Miss Nancy Holland and Mrs. Billy Haynes to be guests of the club. Miss Doris Bean, a student at Stephens, College, will arrive today to spend a two-week vacation with her mother, Mrs. Fred Bean. — I will take all the responsibility myself. I just want the doctor and the people at the home where she will deliver the baby to back up on my story. My daughter has suffered enough already, and I only want to make it easier for her by telling her that her baby died. She won't have to go thru life wondering where her child is. I can see only good in this lie, but if you think I'm wrong, please tell me why, and I'll do as you say. Thank you. HER MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: Your motives are "good" — but one cannot accomplish good with evil acts. I advise you to forget this scheme. It is morally wrong. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I were discussing a letter we had read in your column. It was from a woman who complained because when she and her children said "grace" at the table and thanked God for their food, her husband said, "Don't thank God —: thank me. I'm the one who earned the money to put the food on this ta- ble!" We joked about It and forgot the incident. But our 5-year-old son didn't forget. At dinner when he said the blessing, first he said, "thank you, daddy, for my food." Then he bowed his head and said, "and Thank you, God, for my daddy." FARMER'S WIFE THE BI fTHEVILLE COURIER NKW3 THE COOKIES NEWS OO. C W. HAINES. PUBLISHES HARRY A. HAINE8 Assistant Publisher-Editor OENB ADS'ilN Advertising Manager Sale National Advertising Representative Wallace Wltmer Co. New Torfe, f!h}caeo E^rolt, Atlanta, Memph^ oecond-clasa postage paid at Blytheville. Arft. Membe. of the Associated Presi SUBSCRIPTION RATES By carrier In the city of Blythe* vl:le or any suLu-'ban to'.vn .whert carrier service Is maintained 35c per week. S1.50 per month. By mail within a radius of W miles. $8.00 per yeai. $5.00 for m* months JS.on fo r three months, by mail, outside 5j miles radius 118.00 per year payable in advance. Mf> ( l subscriptions are not accepted in towns and cities where The Couriev News carrier service la maintained. **°" subscriptions axb payable in Advance, NOTE: The Courier Newa a&sum^fl no responsibility for photographs manucript, engravings or mata left with It for possible publication. /CHARLIE BROUN, WITHINKWRE A GREAT PITCHER! I CANT STAMP IT...I JUST CAN'T £TANP IT... TV Notebook by joan crosby Crosby By JOAN CROSBY ELLIS ISLAND, N. Y. - (NBA) - In 1912, a boy of 14, speaking no English, arrived at Ellis Island from Russia to begin a new life in the United States. He didn't know his name and the immigration officials gave him one, Alpert. Now his son, Herb Alpert, stands in the same room, walks past an overturned chair, past walls curled with peeling paint, looks at the balcony running around the room and the tiled, vaulted ceiling. He strolls to a dirty window covered with chicken wire and looks out at the dramatic outline of lower Manhattan Island The scene is a public one, as cameras record it for the second of Herb's specials, The Beat of the Brass, to be seen on CBS-TV on April 22. But Herb's thoughts as he walks through the emotion - filled room, once the registration hall where thousands of immigrants poured through, are private. It's the opening scene of the show, and will last about four minutes as Herb wanders over the island, closed as an immigration center in 1954, while he and the Tijuana Brass provide background music. They have filmed at the Mardi Gras, on a Mississippi riverbdat, with the Chicago Cubs in spring training, at a rodeo, in Chicago and on Broadway. This shot at Elli* Island is the most expensive. One estimate of its cost: $20,000 minimum. A generator weighing nearly 20 tons was transported to tha island by barge from Manhattan. Because it was impossible to determine the needed amount of cable in advance of filming, 300 pieces of it were cartel along. Sixty were used. Later, during a pause in the filming, Herb said he had not been sure of doing a second special, after the resounding success of his first one. "The first was 85 per cent of what I thought it should be," he said in his soft voice, adding that ha is very critical of his work. "Then we hit on the idea of traveling across the country." Giving the show a more immediate look is the fact that it is being shot on 16mm film. Equipment is so compact that Herb and the Brass did one number in the engine room uf the Delta Queen, the old river- boat. They play as the engine chugs, and Herb says the two rhythms blended perfectly. "I guess our music Is very mechanical," he laughs. He's a shy man who lets The Doctor Says - by wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. - Brandsfcdt Much has been written about the effect of watching • television on a child's eyes and general development (insufficient exercise). Dr. M. V. Simko, a foot specialist, now warns that a child may damage his feet by prolonged sitting in front of the television with his feet curled under •him. The best solution to the problem is to limit the time your child is allowed to watch, but in any case you should see to it that he doesn't sit on his feet while at this or any other pursuit. Q — My daughter was born with arthrogryposis. She is very weak. What can be done for her? A — Arthrogryposis is a contraction of the joints, especially of the hands and feet, with flexion. It is usually present from birth and may involve all the joints of the arms and legs. The involved joints should be massaged and gently straightened. In most cases, however, "Looks 01 though spring weather can't &e too for owoy. yesterday, I taw ume ntirul lolkt filing aotM" splints, plaster casts or even surgery may be required. In some victims, large doses of female hormones given early in the course of the disease will bring about marked improvement. Q — My son, 15, has Friedrich's ataxia. The doctors know of no cure. What causes it? There is no trace of it on either side of the family. How does it affect one? A — This is a hereditary degenerative disease of the spinal cord. Both parents, although not affected themselves, might be carriers of the abnormal gene. Their unaffected children may also be carriers. The disease usually has its onset in childhood with a staggering gait. As it progresses, voluntary control of the muscles of both arms and legs is lost. There is no effective treatment. Q — My baby was born with a hemangioma across her nose. When she cries, it is much more noticeable. Is this a permanent condition? What treatment do you advise? A —Although most heman- giomas (capillary moles) disappear without treatment, there ' are exceptions. For this reason, authorities disagree on the best procedure. Some favor waiting three or four years to see whether the lesion will disappear. If at any time the mole seems to be getting larger, it should be treated at once. A email hemangioma can be destroyed easily with an electric needle or the application of carbon dioxide snow. Injection with a coagulating agent may also . be used. More recently, the laser beam has been used with apparently good results. Tha choice of treatment would depend on the size and location of the mole and the doctor'* prefveoc*. his trumpet do most of the talking, although he has a strong sense of humor. He is beginning to shake his reticence but it appears in flashes as he talks. When he was complimented on the album cover for his latest A and M recording, Herb Alpert's Ninth (u showed a bust of Beethoven wearing a Herb Alpert sweatshirt), he says, "I hesitated about that for a long time. I didn't want anyone to think I was comparing myself to Beethoven." He looks around the room and says, "This would make a great discotheque." The talk gets back_ to his father, who is now retired and living in California "listening to the radio." Herb, who has traveled extensively in Europe and the Orient to great acclaim was asked if he had ever been to the country of his father's birth, Russia. "No, but I would like to go. I wonder if they would dig our music over there. They would either dig me — or I guess they would dig me," he says, making a shoveling gesture. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Page Eight Monday, April 1, 1968 VMD ALMANAC FACTS Fear of technological unemployment resulting froni .labor-saving devices h&s not been restricted to the 20th Century. The W6rld Almanac notes that in 1811-12, at Nottingham', England, a group of textile workers called-Luddites rioted and destroyed machinery which had caused some of their members to lose jobs or suffer wage re-

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