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t Tte Idaho Free Press t The Mews-Tribune. Thursday. March 11, 1976-4 Opinion Today's editorial Overhaul system : When President Kurd urged an increase in Social Security t.iv payments to 3 per . cent for employes ar: I a like amount for ; employers, he aske' r the additional · sum so that SS | .icnls would be 'equalled by income, i Due to recession and unemployment, SS this year will pay out iiboui $4 billion more than il will lake in The fund has a surplus 'or cushion of about $·!-! billion now. bul this ,could easily bo exhausted in coming years if high unemployment or several other factors prevail. One of the trends which is straining the 'nation's plan for income for the aged is the fact that more and more workers are retiring al a younger age. Thus they are beneficiaries of Social Security payments ·for a much lunger time than was en- visionod when (he fund was started in the mid .iOs. One of the great weaknesses of (he system is that it has not built up a reserve Irniii which payments are being made, lialher, Ihe benefits p;iid in any one year come from SS taxes collected in that year. Thus it is subject to the vagaries of the notion's employment situation. Further, adjustments have to be made almost yearly lo take into account employment fluctuations. A wrong prediction or anticipation in the speculation could plunge the fund into great financial difficulties. Studies of the system, looking ahead of the year 2000 nnd beyond, indicate that it will Ihen come under great strain as today's bumper crop of 20- and 30-year- olds begins lo retire. II is also predicted that then there will ho Washington letter If Reagan stars lly Godfrey Sperling Jr. fewer workers in the nation who will be supporting a much larger group of retirees. There are also many irksome inequities in the Social Security system which are causing widespread disaffection both on the part of the retired and on those still paying taxes to il. Many wonder if thev will ever collect when they gel lo retirement age. Since the drafting of the original legislation the government IMS added on many other social programs. Some of these nearly equal the benefits of Social Security but the recipients make no payments whatsoever to receive the benefits. One of Ihe provisions of the present SS rules « hieh is a source of discontent is the limit placed on the.imount of money which a person receiving benefits can earn if he chooses to work. In certain age brackets a man earning more than $53 per week will cancel out his SS benefits by one dollar for every two which he earns. Unions have supported this regulation on Ihe theory that il keeps retired people out of the labor force. On the other hand, such a person may have peculiar skills or experience which place his services in demand. And if he were working he would again be paying SS taxes, as well as drawing benefits. The time has come, for a complete sludy and overhaul of Social Security. More thaii 100 million Americans arc affected by its workings. Collapse of the system would be tantamount to collapse of the U.S. government and (hat is unthinkable. Up close. Ronald Reagan is quite a pleasant fellow, as he appears lo be from u distance or on tv. Some reporters who thought they didn't really like Mr. Reagan have found him very difficult nol lo like. One nalional columnist who certainly differs greatly with Reagan on philosophical grounds rode with him recently along the campaign trail. And it was clear in ihe ensuing column that Reagan's warmth had broken through Ihe reporter's preconceived antipathy. Hi has oftenibeen:written' how.-.well' Reagan uses his actor's talents - bow well he phrases, how well he enunciates: all that. But the reason he has done whal few actors have been able to do -- find success in politics -- is that Reagan (he man anil nol Reagan the iiclur is such a genuinely attractive and persuasive person. How can one know he isn't still acting? The answer seems lo be simply Ihat people who talk to him or listen to him rion't feel he is acting. Further, one comes to con- Air. Sperling is chief of the Washington bureau of The Christian Science Monitor. elude after years »l "Henu.m watching" that he probably was never playing any other part than himself when he was in (he mnvios. Mosl critics never thought Ronald Reagan was much of an ;ictor. He was a "star." playing himself. And he now, it seems, is being himself-- urul il lakes 1:0 effort for him to do sn. Thus il is that when Reagan is asked how he is going to get a liberal and Democratic Congress lo go along with him if l;e gels the opportunity ,i president to shape a more conservative. Irugal type of federal government, his answer should he noted, lie just iniglil he able lo gei Congress lo dance lo his (ur.e. Reagan says thai he would, like franklin Delano Roosevelt, deliver fireside chats lo the nation, asking ihe publk to put pressure nn Congress In support (iftigan pnlieies. He claims thut this worked to a large exlenl when he was governor, where he was found with ,1 Democratic legislature He says ihnl in this way he will put "heat" nn Congress ajj'l thai members of Congress, battered by phnne calls, letters, and telegrams, u ill have to comply wiih his wishes One can see Reagan delivering such a speech on TV. dressed a little informally, moving about the room from lime to lime. Lnlike Kord iwl:n has looked awkward on TV when he lias tried ID move around n nil when delivering a speechi. Kepgan could he most graceful in such :i -.citing He doubtless comu onng Hie viewers rigm into Ihe living room with him. In his own way. he might be the most persuasive president, in such a context, since FDR. Certainly, he might not persuade many liberals. Bul he mighl move a great many people. Democrats as well as Republicans, to call or write their congressman. So Reagan might he powerfully persuasive as a president. But this attractive fellnw is leaving a lot of questions as to the nature of the administration lie would put together - if he should oust Mr. Kord and ·· go all the way to Ihe While House. He won't say who would be in his government, beyond indicating that Henry Kissinger won't he around and that James Schlesinger will he in some key post -probably Secretary (if Slale. Rut Rengan is quite critical of what he calls the "buddy system" in Washington, w i t h Ford and previous presidents "depending" on their "cronies." So where would Reagan go for his Cabinet and While House staff As governor he leaned on the business community to assist and advise him. Doubtless he would follow this same courseshnuld he get to Washington. Would he abandon those who Assisted him as part of his administration in Sacramento? II would seem he would have to -- or be accused of leaning on his own cronies. When He;igin was in his earliest stages of deciding whether to run for governor of California, more than a decade ago. this reporter asked him: "Without having had any experience m government, aren't you a little frightened over Ihe prospect of having to run Ihe government of this great stale 1 " He said "nn." lie would bring in capable people who shared his conservative philosophy lo help him - and that he would depend on them lo come up with the answers, lly and large he followed this course of delegation and depending on others when he became governor -- w i t h good results or bad results depending tin one's pninl of view. iCalifornians differ sharply in their assessment of Reagan's performance.' But. as president, Keagan doubties- would lie particularly de-pendent mi hi., assistants and advisers - much more su than a Ford or a Xixon or a Truman, nil of whom had close-in knowledge of the workings of Washington before they look the top job. So Reagan owes it to the voters lo giu- them an idea of uhom he would have arnund him - whn. in fact, will be sn influential in providing ihe flavor uf a Reagan administration. If he could just provicli' a few names, il would he helpful. The News-Tribune and Baljo fw firm SUBSCRIPTION RATES Corner, per monlh $3.25 Carrie', per year $3900 BY MAIL: (Paid 11 advance) I rnonlh. . $3.50 6 rnonlhs . $20 00 3 month;. $10.25 I year ... $39.00 Th.$ ne^spoiK-i 'eserves 'he r ^it 100 '-c r il-e e*rvo'-on dcre of any pasd m advance iub sc'ip'cn should rhe'e he on ad|uitn'enr :n ·ADAMJ. KA16- THE NEWS-TRIBUNE IDAHO FREE PRESS JCU-IL' Lm'n.Bu nes« Manage' In"/ 8 G:y:l«ic.'r. Ec'r;' J C L Letters Sometimes you can't see the forest for the trees. Paul Harvey comments Home deliveries lly I'a More American mothers are choosing lo have their babies at home. What's il all about? Hospitals are nol ihe altogether safe haven we once considered them lo be. The advantages of having all thai laboratory equipment handy for diagnostic and emergency procedures have been canceled out by other factors. Of (he 30 million Americans hospitalized each year, al least 1.5 million of them get "sicker" in the hospital. The nalional Cenler for Disease Control (CDC) says infections contracled in hospitals are costing insurance companies a billion dollars a year. The CDC is presently surveying 6,500 hospitals, seeking for study those which seem to have Ihe infection under control. Meanwhile, an increasing number of mothers are electing lo have their babies at home. Several Chicago-area doctors prefer to deliver babies al home, and several dozen do so occasionally. Dr. Gregory While, a GP who has been delivering babies at home for 2,i years, says there's a "sharp upturn in demand; the increase is most pronounced among suburban mothers." Dr. While says the ratio of home-to- hospital births in his pradice has gone from 50-50 Iwo years ago to perhaps 70-30 today. Why? "Increasing recognition of Ihe fact thai home delivery is safer," says Dr. White. What about complications? A project in Santa Cruz. Calif., recently found no The lighter side .ulllarvej special difficulties among nearly 31M home births. "Statistically," says Dr. White, "there is no difference hclwcen the number of or the hazard from complications." Fred Ellner is leaving posl-medical school training al Chicago's huge Cook County Hospital after finishing his in leinship. He finds Ihe atmosphere of Ihe hospital "oppressive," "scary." And he finds many . expcclant mothers feel (he same way. He and a partner will go exclusively into "home obslelrics." Ettner says most doctors don't like to think about -- much less talk about -- the "mistakes that occur in high-volume obstetrical departments in huge hospitals." He says. "Hospitals have unnecessarily made childbirth into ,an; overwhelming medical-surgical procedure--- 'using ' anesthetics, give mothers drugs to slop labor and drugs lo start it again. We've even forgotten how to use gravity in hospitals, strapping a woman down with her feet in stirrups so that she's delivering almost vertically." Many doctors continue to resist home delivery. They like the back-up services which a hospital provides, and let's face it. running the doctor from house to house is not making (he most efficient use of his time. So both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Nurse-Midwivcs oppose home deliveries. liul the stork is tending lo ignore them. Election selection 1 The views ol (his newspaper appear only in "Today's editorial." wMe all olhei comments and opinions are Ihose of the individual columnist. Readers' comments are encouraged in ihe form of lelters that should nol exceed 300 words in lengih All letters musl be signed and coniain ihe address ol itie wiier. tellers should be typewritten and conteni is subjecl lo approval or condensation hy the editorial board WASHINGTON IUP1) - Saw an exciting nature program on television nol long ago. Arctic wclves chasing caribou across the frozen tundra. The film showed how wolves keep a c;iri!ou herd veering this way and that until they finally gel a single caribou separated from (lie real. Then (hey Kemimled me a tot of Ihe presidential i ampuign. A herd of candidates veering from primary to primary. In each primary, one or t w o candidates becoming isolated, dropping back lo reassess their support ai.il never beiiiK seen again. The process seems cruel. Many lender- hearted citizens turn their heads when Ihe primary returns arc being lelc\'ised. They can't bear In watch a lone candidate About people "The wheel of power in this nation is turning, unmistakably and undeniably Uiniing. from the North to the Soulh." -- Gm. Itniliin Askew of Florida, riling ttir sirail) flnw uf |n]iiil;i!iiii out of Ilic Niirlh ami Kasl into the "Sunbelt" slulrs. I Know your lowmakers ) Senator Frank Church Uoom 204 Russell Scnalc Office Building Washinglon, D.C. 20510 Senator James McClure 2106 Dirksen Building Washington, D.C., 20310 Congressman George llansen 1125 Longworlh House Office Btdg. Washington, D.C., 20515 Congressman Sieve Symms Room 1410 liOngworlh Building Washinglon, D.C., 20515 By Dick West falling behind to certain extinction. Hut when you ihink about the campaign from (he angle taken by the naturalist whu narrated Ihe caribou chase, il becomes less savage. To help you iidjusl your thinking, le! me introduce Dr. l.uigi V. Populi. Ihe distinguished political naturalist. "Whal you are witnessing in ihis campaign is Darwin's law ol natural selection ;il work." Populi (old me in nn interview. "The primaries are nature's way of thinning nut the herd so that some of Ihe candidates will be able lo survive until (he national conventions nest summer." "lint it's so ruthless!" I protested. "Once a candidate falters, lie is ripped In shreds hy Ihe political columnists." "I know it seems lhal way. hul believe me it's more merciful than Ihe alternative." Populi replied. "The- harsh fact is thai there aren't enough contributions to sustain a large herd of candidates throughout a long campaign. "If Ihe herd remained intact, you would sec the candidates gradually becoming more .wi mnro iindcr-finsnced. Their advertising would dwindle away lo almost nothing. Their staffs would shrink down to the bare bnncs. Kvcntually. Ihcy would barely have enough strength to stagger from one primary to Ihe next. "I tell you it's a pitiful sight lo see a candidate slarved for funds. Gelling knocked off quickly in one of Ihe early primaries is much more humane." I said, "How did Ihe herd gel so large in Ihe first pl.-uc?" Populi hlamttl Ihe silnation on "well- meaning but misguided" efforts lo protect cerlain endangered species of candidates by providing them with federal malching funds. "These funds gave viability lo many campaigns Ihat ordinarily would have been aborted before Ihe primaries began. Thus was created an unnalural imbalance in the sire of Ihe herd." Viewed in Ihat tighl, the primaries aren't quilesobarbaric. The nexl time you see a candidate fall hy the wayside, jusl remember Ihat Mother Nature knows best. Local bureaucracy To The Editor: We all hear about bureaucracy in uur land but mostly we manage to shrug it off with merely raised eyebrows. But a recent personal experience caused us to react with more than merely raised brows, Many citizens don't know there is a homemaker service in Canyon County. This service, like so many government bureaus, started with an excellent motive- to help the elderly remain in their own homes though disabled or ill. For some reasons we qualified for an aide's service, two hours on Thursday each week. The. first aide quit some lime ago DC-cause of not enough to do, a surprise to me, bul they neglected to notify the sponsoring agency for M months. In Nov. we were advised a new homemaker wouH be available, from the first this gal left one half hour early (giving us one and one- half hour) Ihough you can drive from our place to any place else in Nampa in 15 minutes. She had to get to (he next place on lime because the old man fell her pay was coming out of his pocket. Maybe it was. We never complained. Then she began consistently arriving late. Mostly she'd be here an hour, once three-quarters of an hour. We didn't complain. Bul last Thursday we got a real zinger of a surprise when she came in with a "1 have In talk to you," and proceeded to lay me out for not cooperating with her! ((hereby causing "her" extreme frustration!!) Then she enumerated my sins of omission. In a nutshell if I had (he work all done she'd be able to waltz out of here sooner. In my shock, I did say "We were to have 111 1 ! 1 sr-n-irp fnr 1 liA.-rr '" "O. nr-l if I gel through sooner." If I cooperated Ihusly 1 could have her services or that of another aide! When I closed my hung-open jaw I indicated "forget it!" and proceeded with the task at hand while she snuck out the door. Next morning as soon as 1 could I notified the sponsoring agency, reporting this aide wouldn't be paid for coming here to tell me off and she hadn't turned a lap! As far as can be told, these aides are totally unsupervised-known only as Mary or Jane- no last names gjvcn out. The "customer" is incidental as is any work that may be encountered. My sentiments arc as follows: If they want to slay in the street in front of my house and yell "803 unfair to Good Housekeepers" or any such obscenities they're welcome, until I gc! sick of it and call the police to invoke nuisance law. But my home is my castle and as long as I live in it no one is a comin' in and insult me, thereby upsetting their patients -- or me. Such a worthwhile service to get out of hand. Of course if the aide or aides can train her customers to have their work done up in lime for her visit, she can have a softer life and the oldsters none the wiser. Work has always been work and always will be, nn matter what your trade or profession. It's there to be done. You can do it or sluff off. Sometimes you get by with "sluff off" if you're your own boss and can finagle someone to dn the work thai is yours lo do. Gwen Norton Narnpii Independent platform To The Editor: II has come lo mind that I should have been a candidate for president. My slogan on Hie Independent Ticket -- "It ain't what I can do for you. it's whal you can do for me." I could pardon anyone wilhout finding him guilty. Also. I could give "amnesty" to any person, one who could not defend his country. Your most promising candidate. (He'll promise anything lo gel elected.I Just one example of his solid think- thinking. If elected. I'll leave the "government" immediately and not return until nexl election time - thus having all that travel expense. We have a vice president -- Id him work. And another "I'll lake care of my friends, gel in on (he ground floor. There are still a few things which can be divided up." And another - "My opponents will probably say this is a lot of bull - but you can take il from me -- I'm a farmer and know what bull is This is the pure quill. Ray P. Karpus Narnpa YWCA expresses thanks To The Editor: The YWCA of Canyon County wishes to express thanks to Ihe many good folks of our communities for Ihe donation of goods and services in helping make our various sales such us New To You, Book-a-Hama and Auction financial successes. To Ma'rie Galyean. Idaho: Free Press ·- family editor, we give a special "thank Florida primary you" for her handling ol the publicity for special events, classes, and sales held by Ihe YWCA this past year. Visit our building al 1417 Second St. S., Nampa. and see what's going on both 1 " upstairs nnd down Esther Ticgs ·finance Chairperson · . -.. ,· "". ' Can) v on' County YWCA*'" ; . Prospects change By Am WASHINGTON ilJPIi - Ronald Reagan's plan to win Ihe Republican presidential nomination wiih a two-round knockout over President Kord has failed. Jimmy farter's plan lo show George Wallace can be beaten in Ihe South has succeeded. As a result of Tuesday's Florida primary results, if Reagan's campaign is r.ol dead it ,it least is on the critical list. And if Carter is not Ihe frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, then no one is. Itegiin says he will continue his challenge of Ford all Ihe way lo the GOP national convention in Kansas City in August. Bul unless the former California governor can quickly erase the memory of losses to Pnrd after confrontations in New Hampshire anil Florida, as well as defeats in Massachusetts and Vermont. Reagan will he regarded ;is nothing more than a dogged loser from here on out. Carter says there still is a long way lo go to win Ihe Democratic nomination, and he is right. Rut by defeating the Alabama governor in Florida, a state where Wallace routed all Democratic comers four years ago, Carter demonstrated that Wallace is vulnerable in the South and reduced liim again to the status of protest candidate. This has Ihe practical effect of further reducing Iht? Democratic nomination field anil could assure Carter of second place on Ihe ticket - if no! the presidential nomination itself. Reagan was supposed lo have a lock on the conservative vole in Florida, and Ihat was supposed lo be Ihe ball game. Florida also was supposed lo be Wallace country and few pundits believed Carter could do much beyond cutting into Ihe Alabaman's 41.8 per cent winning figure of 1972. Bui Ford showed himself to be a good campaigner and quick to learn the advantages of the presidency in seeking voles lie called in professionals lo replace (_ Quirks 'S/\i,f~UKE CITY (DPI) - T h e Salt Lake City Police Department is looking around for a possible replacement for its 9 milimeter 8-shot automatic pislols. Officers say they admire the weapons' firepower, bul nol when il is directed against their own feel. Assistant Chief Eugene Cederlof said Tuesday Ihe departmenl is looking al weapons which might replace the Smith 4 Wesson Model 39, which too often fires when dropped. Officers say lhal when the automatic is dropped on its muzzle, the cartridge is pushed back into Ihe firing pin. Al least one officer was shot in the foot hy his falling gun. according to a department spokesman. mid Saw islak well-meaning amateurs in New Hampshire and Florida, but jl appears it was Ford himself who pulled victory out in bolh stales In timely visits and 'well-placed ilarls in In* opponent Ford also had help from Ihe economy. Increasing signs of recovery, especially the continued reduction of unemployment', had lo be a campaign asset for him. ^ Reagan can pull himself up by defeating Ford in Illinois. North Carolina or Wisconsin. liul lie had planned lo show in(he first primaries Ihat Ford was no more than a smalltime Michigan congressional politician who would fold al Ihe first punch. Having taken llu- first four punches bimsell. the burden of demonstrating voter appeal now is on Reagan. Carter's victory musl be viewed in Ihe context of Henry Jackson's effort in Florida All the major Democratic contenders save the Washington senator avoided campaigning in Florida lo let tarter go head lo head with Wallace and it is reasonable lo consider Ihe voles Jackson got as support siphoned from Carler The Florida triumph blurs Carter's fourth place finish in Massachusetts after his opening week .New Hampshire win Bul it docs r.ol really damage Jackson' Ihe Massachusells winner, or Hep. Morris Ldall.second in Massachusetts and leader among liberal Democrats seeking Ihe nomination h Carler faces Wallace, plus Sargenl -Shrivel- and Fred Harris, nexl week in Imo.s and Wallace. Jackson, Udall and Hams March 23 in North Carolina

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