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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Thurs., March 11,1976 Pause and Ponder For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels. --Luke9:26 Social Service should act soon on report "This system has been horsewhipped so badly it's a wonder morale isn't totally shot. Nobody loves the welfare department." It is difficult to take exception with this statement. Speaking was William G. Purdy, a retired Martin Marietta Corp. Executive and member of a committee of businessmen that has been studying the state's Social Services Department. Welfare recipients sometimes speak out their resentment against what they feel are injustices in the welfare system. County commissioners become upset with Social Services Department rulings, decisions and operations. Taxpayers complain about the heavy welfare burden and the number of welfare chiselers. To say that nobody loves the welfare department may be stretching the point some, but not by far. The welfare departments have many capable and devoted workers, so much of the dislike surely has to be directed at the system. The seven-member committee found no shortage of problems within the Social Services Department. In fact, according to its chairman, Thomas M. Hallin, a Denver certified public accountant, "The department needs a full inventory of the problems." The committee recommended, for one thing, that an effort be made to clarify rules and regulations so complicated small counties can't cope with them. It also advised Henry Foley, the social services director, who asked that the committee be formed, the legislature and the Governor to streamline the department. Furthermore, the committee found the general accounting system "archaic" and recommended that the entire system be replaced and that an effort be made to select computer equipment and hire more professional accountants. It also found that problems exist in determining eligibility for public assistance and said an alternative might be to allow counties to determine their own eligibility standards. A special task force to determine the top management was urged. While nobody may love welfare, it is a fact of life and must be handled as effectively and efficiently as possible. Instead, the Social Services Department has been plagued with problems for a number of years. Common sense, in view of high welfare costs and problems in the department, dictates that the committee's recommendations be given urgent consideration and action. The outcome should simply be a system that assures adequate public assistance to the truly deserving and protects the taxpayers against abuses of assistance and inefficient and wasteful practices within the Social Services Department and County welfare departments. Politics, sports, women By HOSCOEDKUMMOND Hubert's embarrassing forecast. When it looked as though the economy wouldn't get lurr.ed around for some time, Sen. Humphrey told friends he thought President Ford would win the election if "unemployment was visibly declining." He stressed that the exact percentage would not be a serious political liability to Ford, if the trend was downward. It is downward and the Labor Department's latest composite index is showing the most favorable increase in six months. If Ford falters in the primaries. Others will enter the race and it is by no means a safe assumption that former Gov. Reagan will automatically get the nomination. Other contenders would likely be Vice President Rockefeller, St:crdiii uf Cumuitice Elliut ludiaid- son, Sen. Charles Percy and John Connally. Rockefeller has told reporters he believes Connelly would emerge as an unusually effective candidate. 4- + + The political crunch on world athletics. The U.S. is rightly protesting the discrimination against Radio Free Europe at the recent Winter Olympics at Innsbruck. It was denied accreditation to cover the games on the ground t h a t it broadcasts news to Eastern Europe and thus engages in propaganda. But Hadio Moscow engages in propaganda, and it was not denied facilities. Evidently the International Olympic Committee is controlled by an alliance of a Communist and third-world majority which seems to consider discrimination against the free world not to be discrimination. Politics and the Davis Cup matches. The U.S. Tennis Assn. is informing the Davis Cup nations that it may withdraw from future competition unless sanctions are imposed on countries which default on political grounds. The a I hides don't A ant such discrimination, but politically minded governments dominate the Davis Cup Committee. How dangerous are nuclear p«wpr reactors? Some scientists contend they are too dangerous to continue building. Other scientists argue that they are no more dangerous than other energy- producing systems such as dams. Obviuubly, llicrc art risks. But there may be even greater risks if the United Slates does not free itself from perilous dependence on foreign oil. There ought to be some middle ground between those who believe the risks are not great and those who find such risks to great to bear. More women in polities. The number of women running and winning public office is mounting steadily. Two years ago the number of women legislators nationwide increased by 20 per cent while 3G more women were elected to statewide offices. Nationwide, women comprise only 5 per cent of officeholders. There will be more women candidates this fall. A boost . for Ford. A survey of Republican members of the House of Representatives show that 67 would prefer to run for re-election with the President on the ticket. G would prefer Reagan. (c) 1376.1.os Angeles Times More mothers having babies at home By PAULHARVEY A generation ago, only rich people could afforl to have their babies delivered in hospitals. Poor people had their babies at home. Now rich people are preferring to have their babies at home. Recent studies show that mothers whose babies are delivered at home by midwives have fewer complications and healthier babies. Also, mothers who were not anesthetized and not drugged reduced the risk to themselves and their babies. These studies were conducted in California and Chicago, in Appalachia and the Netherlands. All findings confirm the advantages of home delivery. And another thing: Being born is a traumatic experience. From the dark of the safe, warm, comfortable uterus the newborn is suddenly propelled into the noise and glare of the delivery room, suspended by the feed, whacked across the bottom. Little wonder the eyes of the infant squinch up, his fists fly up as though to protect his head from the impact of sudden sound. Little wonder he enters the world screaming in terror. A French obstetrician, Dr. Frederick Lcboyci', is creating a considerable stir in the medical profession there and here by practicing and advocating a return to what some scientists consider "primitive procedures." Purposely, he shrouds the delivery room in semi darkness and requires that any necessary communication be in whispers. In the dim-lit stillness the baby emerges and immediately is placed gently on the mother. The natural hollow of her abdomen becomes a nest which moves gently with her breathing. Any sounds which the baby hears are natural, familiar. The baby is not spanked awake to start breathing. Dr. I^boyer says it is our hospital product ion-line impatience which instituted this shortcut. Actually the baby, for the minutes following delivery, gets oxygen through the umbilical cord; it may be seen pulsating vigorously. Breathing, this doctor believes, would come at the baby's own pace. Dark-film photographs of babies thus delivered shows them, face-down on the mother, beginning with small gasps to breathe, slowly stirring, reaching out first with the arm, then the legs. Comforted by the hands of his mother or doctor, the baby is gradually rolled on his back and begins to uncoil. Then, instead of being dumped harshly onto a scale, he is gently dipped into lukewarm water. His eyes open. His expression is calm, tranquil. Of course, Dr. Leboyer is not without professional critics, but parents of infants delivered by the gentler stork over the past seven years affirm that their children are unusually calm and well- balanced. (c) 1975, Los Angeles Times Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Published evert week day evening Monday through Friday and Saturday morning hy the Tribune Republican Publuhing Co. Olfrce, 714 JthSt .Greeley. Colo.,IW)l. Phone JS1-CJI1. Ll'.nc, KOKN'Ki . l A K K K X T K I C K J f t K n i i K K T W I D I . I . ' M ) . A I. PKTKHSKN J A M K S W I'DITK ry. Mfir. re MRT. . Kdi lor ilv M|ir. Slip Second clan pasljgt paid *l Grcclcv, Cola. Subscription r*T. M.JO per month. Member of the Associated Press, United Press International, Los Angeles Times Syndicate features, Colorado Press Assn., Inland Daily Press Assn., Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued to the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. by Greeley Typo- . ,JL..,,. graphical Union No. 586. Throw a Nickel On the Drum byjimcraig There has been a lot of patriotic drum beating by adults in this bicentennial- centennial year, but there has been very little said publicly by our children. Thanks to Rich Stdle and Pat Conley and their 51 students of Unit Four at Scott Elementary School the message has been changed to include a little bell ringing, too. The second grade students were asked about the Liberty Bell and in a descriptive way common only to young children (hey had a lot to say. All the children knew the bell was cracked but they differed on the location of the famous bell. They all agreed the bell was loud but weren't quite sure about its color. They knew it was big and stood for liberty but there were a lot of different reasons given for its meaning. In a two-part series they will share their feelings about the Liberty Bell, it goes like this: "The Liberty Bell is a Bell, it is in the cite of Washenten and it has the biggest crack in the world." Kelly McDowell "1 think the Liberty bell is a very big bell. You can find it in Phifldefela. 1 have seen a pithureof it in the paper." Robert Ham. "The Liberty Bell is a big bell that has a creak in it. It is a gray medle. I think it has (he years 1776-1976 on it. It is a good bell shape, I don't think it rings much." Janet Brown. "The liberty Bell was a Bell that was used to scare The emney away with some other Bells. NOW it is our Thing. Now we love it very much. everyBody talks about it." Kristin Dnrjpu n. "the Liberty Bell is our bell. We fight for it. We care for it. We love it very much, the United States of America bell." Mike Wagy. "It was the bell of our country. But one Day it cracked. The people loved the Bell. That made them very sad when it cracked. It rang very pertly, the people loved it when it rang. It was made in 1840 and was discofered in 1841. It was gold and pretty." Kim Carithers. "The liberty bell is a bell that was rung to tell us that we were Free. It was made in Philadelfea. There, where it was first rung, it cracked. It was remedied. Now It is being sent to a biulding where it will be safer." Ingrid Meyer. "II brings liberty and Justus. The most impoornst of all is liberty and Justus and love to us, and sat us free." Christine Thomas. "Liberty and justice for all. Colorado stands for liberty." Dwane Montoya. "1. it is a bell that has never rings. "2. It is glod. "3. And it is nice." Matthew Chandler. "The Liberty Ecll is a Bell for Liberty, for the Undid States of Amreika. Amreika is a free land and the Liberty Bell helps it be one! In the Liberty Bell ther is a crak. The crak was made when it was rung for the first time. It stands for Liberty." Valerie Morton. '"I bring liberty and juistes for all.' The Liberty bell is a big bell that has a cross in side for me to look into the be)!. The liberty bell brings lafetr and joy to lots of people and mostly for me." Cheryl Cavanagh. "The Liberty Bell is a privet bell for our country. The liberty Bell is made of copper. The liberty Bell repereyzense liberty. The liberty Bell is very very very very very old. The bell rings very loud." Erin Niehaus. And last but certainly not least, Connie Richards had this to say: "It's for liberty and jusles for all. It's the bell that means we are all, ALL free. It's importent. It tell the story of the pilgrems and how they sailed the sea and how they worked. It means we are free without a king to rule us. It means we won the war. It means we don't have to fight anymore. It means it is not just a bell It is the Liberty Bell. It means this is our country. It means they lost the fight. It means we have a flag right now." There is a lot of truth in what these youngsters had to say about the Liberty Bell and we could learn something from their youthful philosophy. They said it in their own words and even though the spelling is humorous, there are many adults who do worse. Our youth has always been this country's source of pride and these modern day youngsters may be (he best yet. Next week Unit Four will tell us how the Liberty bell was cracked. Take it for what it is worth. Wildcatter Texans don't like government's energy policy By NICK TI1IMMESCI1 HOUSTON -- The oil men, especially the wildcatters, still fuss and fume over the energy bill signed by President Ford last December and claims that federal laws arc accelerating U.S. dependence on foreign oil. So instead of the heralded "Project Independence," the government is really pushing a "Project Dependence," the way the oi! men read it. Indeed, foreign oil imports now account for 41 per cent of U.S. consumption, and two weeks ago set a weekly record with 5.1 million barrels coming in. The moderate, oven bland, corporate managers of the powerful oil industry are inclined to ponder these realities as phenomena of our society (is that what Harvard Business School does?). But a roughneck old timer like Mike Halbouly, blessed with ample larynx, seems ready to stamp across the republic, denouncing the "national disgrace" of such dependence. Halbouty, who looks younger than his GG years, fights for the independence of oil men as he would for the Flag. His patriotism would make John Wayne cry unashamedly. His generous mustache and sideburns enhance (he drama of his thunderous warnings and pleadings. After all, he started in the oil fields 40 years ago, helped bring in the West Texas boom of the Thirties and quickly became a Texas oil millionaire which means multimillionaire. "It is incredible," he cries, "that the Washington politicians haven't done one thing or passed a law to increase the domestic reserve of petroleum by one barrel of oil or one cubic foot of gas. Instead, they give us regulations and controls which only cut back production. All we want to do is get the oil and gas out of the ground." Halbouty is furious at Congress and disappointed with Mr. Ford. He thought he had persuaded President Ford to veto the energy bill, and he approved it; Halbouty resigned from the President's campaign committee. He argues that a "misinformed and ill- informed" Congress and bureaucracy eliminated depletion allowances, established an impossible pricing system and imposed environmental and safety regulations --allofwhich serve to retard exploration and production of more domestic oil and gas. It's true that an independent "oil and gas uxploralionist," as Halbouty calls himself, needs capital, and Ihc wild- raMprs, even the malnr nil producers, are increasingly short on capital. The oil men argue that present pricing policy (one price for oil from "old" wells, a higher one from "new" and still higher for imports) isn't encouraging enough new drilling. In I960, there were some 18,000 oil wells working in the United States. Now there are some 4,500, and Halbouty says there should be 15,000. Actually, the independent drillers slacked off from new exploration long before they lost depletion benefits and had to cope with pricing. The reason: It was cheaper for the big oil companies to import oil than develop new domestic sourcing. Bui with OPEC and quadrupled prices on imports, the wildcatters resumed exploring, but in a limited way. There are more rigs working, but oil production has actually dropped. In 1970, domestic crude oil production was 9.6 million barrels daily; in 1975, it was 8.3. million, there is no sign of an increase for 1976. So Halbouty blames congressional staffers (college boys), legislators like Sens. Adlai Stevenson III (D-I11.) and John Tunney (D-Calif.), and Rep. John Dingell (U-Mich.) ("dingbats") who listen to the "wang-brained thories and philosophies of antibusiness professors and basket-case economists." Mixing metaphors as freely as he once put pipe in the ground, Halbouty tells how oil men will be "drowned in the stew fomented" by Congress -- whose "self-serving" members are a "cancer" to the nation. Now the devils who beset a free- spirited entrepreneur like Mike Halbouty argue back that there was no excuse for the oil depletion allowance, (hat the oil industry belongs in the mainstream of taxing policy and that "tier" pricing is Today In History By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, March 11, the 71st day of 1976. There are 295 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1861, the constitution of Hie Southern Confederacy was adopted at Montgomery, Ala. On this date: In 1810, Emperor Napoleon of France was married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise of Austria. In 1845 (lie Maori natives in New Zealand were revolting against British rule. In 1865, Union forces under General William Sherman occupied Fayetteville, N.C., during the Civil War. In 1917, in World War I, British forces captured Baghdad. In 1930, former President William Howard Taft was buried in Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington. In 1942, early in World War II, General Douglas MacArthur left the Corrigidor fortress in the Philippines by torpedo boat, en route to Australia. Ten years ago: Mobs swept through Calcutta, India, and surrounding towns in the second day of food rioting, and police killed five persons. Five years ago: Three persons were killed at Puerto liico University in San Juan during rioting over the ROTC military program. One year ago: Two planes of Portugal's air force attacked a military barracks in Lisbon, in what was called an attempt to overthrow the left-wing military government. Today's birthday: New York Post Publisher Dorothy Schiff is 73. Thought for today: I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend - President Abraham Lincoln, 1809- 1B65. Bicentennial footnote: Two hundred years ago today, Ihc British Admiralty ordered a sloop to Cork, Ireland, to convoy 44 transports loaded with seven infantry battalions to Canada to defend it against American invaders. the only rational system to use in the Age of OPEC. The congressmen, staffers, bureaucrats and academics who see the oil industry as way overdue for reform, if not for being split up into many pieces or even quasi-nationalized, regard an individualist like Halbouty as amusing, quaint, perhaps even knowledgeable in his own area. What they don't understand, however, is that Halbouty is long past the ambition of making big money. He is convinced that our enterprise economy, yes, and democracy are based on cheap energy, and that King Oil provided that cheap energy, until it was tied down by the Lilliputians from Up East. So Halbouty travels to evangelize the republic. "Five years ago," he declares," 100 per cent of the public was against us. Now it's down to 51 per cent. I'm still an optimist or I wouldn't be fighting this way. If we win, and gel rid of controls, crude oil will eventually come down to SB a barrel. If we don't, why we're heading toward facism, and other industries will also be taken over." (c) 1976, l,os Angeles Times Letters to the Tribune Believes sales tax should be voted on To The Tribune: Just a belated word of appreciation for your excellent editorial: "Election fairest way to decide sales tax." I am not against the sales tax as a possible means of financing capital improvements but agree that any increase should be based on the vote of the citizens of our city. Capital improvements program should receive not only careful study by the council but also by the community. Leon Miller, 142414th Ave. Look at Postal Service management suggested To The Tribune: 1 should like to add my comments to many previous ones concerning our postal service. A PhD degree isn't required to know something is amiss when rates continue to rise, and service deteriorates, while the system still operates in (he red. How about investigating management? Where is the economy in taking Orceley's mail 30 miles to Brighton for sorting, then another 30 miles back for distribution? Granted, mail volume has increased since the days of the three-cent postage. However, why not revert to the system of a few years ago. at least on a trial basis? If independent delivery companies can make n profit, there should be a solution for the current postal service dilemma, other than curtailing service and raising fees. Ethel Clark 615 mill SI

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