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Mon Takes Blame For 'Grounding Son *AS I UN1>ERSTANE> BE IN m OF % ws OF THE AREA, THE REMAINS* OCCURRING IN 16>»%OF^.HJT THE WRT/ DEAR ABBY: Our 16-year- old son (I'll call him George) told us he was going to a hockey game with a boy his age, so his father gave him the car and permission to stay out an hour later than the usual midnight. Instead, George went with a 24-year-old divorced man, and didn't get home until four o'clock the next morning. ^ George had heen told that we / ^* didn't want him running I «/£4A around with this man. / JMr»* For punishment, we ground» f9 gd George for a week. Last night he was bored, so he asked if he could go to town for a couple of hours. I said, "No, you're grounded." Then he turned to his father and asked him, and his father said, "YOUR MOTHER said you couldn't go." George pouted a while and asked his father again. His father said, "YOUR MOTHER has grounded you" Later I told my husband that I resented being made the "bad guy" - that he and I had made the decision together. A quarrel followed. -<v-- ».«t «k«*v ~—.«™ My husband said it wouldn't OrtAAtZlMr PAIrtf Will have hurt t0 l6t Ge0rg8 g r pOMB\lN« rAUJt WlU fo tow|1 for a few hours i •"" ABOUT 9£ OF, said once we ground the boy, he should stay grounded. I'd appreciate your opinion. "THE BAD GUY" DEAR BAD GUY: You had better get even tougher because if your letter is any indication of what it's like at your house, you are going to have to administer any discipline your son gets — and he sounds as though he needs plenty. DEAR ABBY: My problem is as follows: I married a man of 73. I am 73, also. We had both lost our mates. Well, my husband moved into my dw.elling, and he brought along a picture of his first wife, which he keeps on our dressing table. He "talks" to her, waves and smiles to her, which hurts me very much because I try my best to be a good wife. I cook for him, and keep house for him and do his laundry, but that picture gets more conversation than I get. Today I told him I thought he was an ''idiot" and he got mad at me and walked out. Do I have to let him back in? NO PICTURE DEAR NO PICTURE: When two 73-year-olds marry, it is usually for mutual companionship. If you're not getting the kini of companionship you had in mind talk 75 Years Ago —In Bfythevi//e Miss Betsy Bell, a student at Lindenwood College, St. Charles Mo. is visiting her mother, Mrs. Mahan Bell. Mrs. J. P: Garrott was leader or Subcontinent" when mem- or Subcontinent" when members of the Deltonian Society met at the Hotel Noble. One hundred fifty members of the Blytheville High School Glee Club and Choir left this morning for Hot Springs where they will remain until Saturday f o r a choir convention. Worth Holder spoke about Blytheville's sewer system at Sudbury Parent Teachers Asso - ciation Father's Night last night when Gelbert Smythe presided. Bob Lee Smith and Ott Mullins spent yesterday in Memphis on business. Blytheville School officials today announced the resignation of Harold Stockton, Blytheville Junior High Coach, who has accepted a position with the Burdette school system. to your lawyer about ending the arrangement. DEAR ABBY: Tell "OLD SARGE" he is not alone. I have been married for 22 years and I have the same problem. I have bought my wife dozens of beautiful sheer nightgowns, but she wears flannel ones to bed. I think they make those sheer gowns for men to buy, not for women to wear. I love my wife, and I would give anything if she would put on one of those beautiful night gowns and look glamorous — just for me. But she never has. I have come to the conclusion that some women just don't want the bother and mess of being loved. If you use this, please don't use my name. She would kill me. "IN THE SAME BOAT" CONFIDENTIAL TO "ONLY HUMAN" IN BRENi'WOOD: It has been said that a doctor who attempts to treat himself has a fool for a patient. Face it, you are suffering from an illness. Confide in another physician and seek his help. Everybody has a problem. What's yours? FOr a personal reply write to Abby, Box 6970* Los Angeles, Cal., 90069 and enclose a stamped, self • addressed envelope. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier Newi Page Six Monday, April 8, 1968 THE 81 rTHEVILLB COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. £ W. HAINES, PUBLISHES HARRY A. HAINES Assistant publisher-Editor GENE AUSTIN • Advertising Manager Bale National Advertising Representative . Wallace Wltmer Co. New 7orS, 'JWcaeo Eatifolt. Atlanta, Mempli«« .Second-class postage paid at Blytheville. Ark. Membft. of the Assocldtet; Presa SUBSCRIPTION BATES, By carrier in the city of Blywe* Mile or any lufiban towi. wBert carrier service Is maintained 35c par week. S1.50 per month. By mall within R radius ot SO miles. £8,00 per yeai. $5.00 tor toi • months I3.0" lor threb months, by mail, outside 5j miles radius S18.00 per year payable In advance. Mi'l subscriptions are not accepted in '.owns and cities where The Courier News carrier service 11 maintained. Wo11 subscriptions art payable In advance. NOTE: The Courier News assum** no responsibility for photograph* manucrlpt. engravings or mati left with It for possible publication. Spiritual Apartheid Many Southern editorial writers prayerfully hoped (and with good reason) that they had written their last regional piece on murder or attempted murder within the racial genre when James Meredith was gunned down (but lived) near Memphis. Sadly, such was not to be the case. The murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., however was not another manifestation of a regional illness. If something is not discovered about the collective mind of America, Dr. King's murder will become another chapter in a book which is being written by madmen and which might be called The Great American Way of Problem Solving, or: Bang; You're Dead. This incredibly good nation is remarkably bad. There is a clear and present danger that large areas of our population are undergoing an erosion of their humanity. Murder in this nation is up 22 percent (37 percent in Memphis). There is some sort of queer pheomena at work and its rationale runs counter to the classic Judeo-Christian ethic which has served the nation so well for these past two centuries. It is as though man, despairing of being capable of solving problems, is eliminating the " source of his discontent—people. Ed Bowling, writing in The New Republic, says of children's television ". . .no sooner does a threat appear than it is summarily dispatched, usually with a series of pummeling blows from a laser beam. Man, beast or robot, Saturday morning's heroes solve their problems with massive retaliation rather than through in; genuity." Last August in Hawaii, Sen. J. W. Fulbright told members of the American Bar Association: "If, as Mr. Eusk tells us, only the rain of bombs can bring Ho Chi Minh to reason, why should not the same principle apply at home? Why should not riots and snipers' bullets bring the white man to an awareness of the Negro's plight when peaceful programs for housing and jobs and training have been more rhetoric than reality? Ugly and shocking thoughts are in the American air and they were forged in the Vietnam crucible »i •«. These remarks were made as part of a polemic which posited that the Vietnamese war was dehumanizing the American people. Editorially, we took exception with that. As Americans of both the dominant races continue to write the strange history of this decade, we are not so sure. On Sept. 18, a former Army lieutenant who served in Vietnam said he had heard "on at least six occasions" of pilots boasting of strafing and presumably killing innocent civilians in Vietnam. In October, one of the songs on the charts of pop music had a line which went, "Tell me before I pull this trigger," as a spurned lover spoke of murdering his beloved unfaithful. Problem solving. If not the war, if not television, then something, if you please, is brutalizing American society. When something so fundamental is amiss, it follows that a return to fundamentals is clearly in order and in this instance "fundamentals" would be basic Christian attitudes and prayerful consideration of mankind and its future. But the races don't pray together, do they? H ERE'5 THE WORLD FAMOUS 60LF-PRO RECEIVING HIS , INVlTATrONTOrW \ IN "WE/WASTERS AH, WHAT A THRILL,'.' GEOKGIA IN THE SPRIKJ6! I CAN SEE MSELF NOW 5TANDIM6 ON THE FIRST TEE.. ACTUALLY, BEAGLES, ALMOST NEVER INVITED TO IN THE Of OtU Two Came Forward Now ther* are two Democratic candidates for governor. One is Frank Whitbeck, who still . as though he's launching. a L tion rather than an etdtfcg r/>iUkal • campaign: "We need real prrAeLtlw^i-m . without controversy arxi tunrsM." M. r . Weil- beck's ovatory is ttii) \r, >.r* teyrr,';.-d Rebsamen stage, bus fcii cs-Tipaiga may heat up soon enough. Mr. Whitbeck wai icxfe mt rjtejfls and constructive bdcife tot Komxovj fcii candidacy, when be tQ$%ivjtA t of equitable wayi for &# rU'< V, growing DM* of Art*a*wa. The other candidate Is Marion Crank, whose idea of greatness is Orval Faubus as governor. Which pretty much sums up what he promises to hang around the governor's office 12 to 14 hours a day delivering.!!. Mr. Crank already has started off In the faugressive tradition by talking gibly about no new taxes, being delicate enough not to mention what that would <k> to state services. What made Frank Whitbeck's announcement yesterday look its best, we suppose, was Marion Crank's.—Pine Bluff Comnwr- Camel NEW YORK (NBA) It should come as no surprise that two weeks after publication, a book called "The Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris has installed itself firmly as the nation's No 1 best seller. It should come as no surprise. But it does. This sort of recurring event always comes as a surprise to us. For some reason we have never understood at all, there is simply no topic more appealing to people than the scientific study of their sexual behavior. And the more scientific, the more best selling it is. Last year it was courtship rites as studied by Konrad Lorenz. The year before, it was the Masters investigation into the sex mechanism. The year before that—well, suffice it to say that we have been astonished annually since the Kinsey report. Just what the scientists are trying to discover in their pursuit is hard enough to explain. But what the average reader hopes to learn from these carloads of research data is impossible to figure out. As far as we can tell, the wholesale market in this commodity has very little bearing on the re-, tail trade. The scientific theory seems to be that the creative, intelligent creature called man is the "product of a long evolutionary process of selective mating. To find out how this selecting has been accomplished, scientists go out and observe the mating habits of the ape. And average readers, a I usual, are reading about it as fast as they can. But what they expect to learn about themselves remains a mystery. For our part, we have read through the current studies of the ape and his mating behavior. Moreover, we have spent as much time as is. humanly possible in the zoo observing real live apes. And we can report from both our reading and looking tha.t the wonder is not how apes mate, or whom they select for the job. The astounding thing is that they can bring themselves to mate at all. But even if they do, ai •deuce cUinu, it is bard to set Gannel at Bay -bywardcannel- how they are getting anywhere been able to find out, apes to- or intelligent than they were, with it. From what we have day are not any more creative say, at the end of World War II. The Doctor Says - by wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. - Brandstadt The newborn child sees with only one sye at a time. He begins to focus both eyes on an object to get a fused image at about six months of age. When he fails to fuse the two images, his brain learns to disregard the image from the weaker eye and see only thgt of the dominant eye. When this happens, the weaker eye becomes amblyopic or blind, due to atrophy of disuse. It is estimated that each year about 100,000 children in this country are passing the point, at aje six or seven years, when the "vision in the weaker eye can be saved. These children's eyes appear bright arid clear and show no sign of being crossed, yet they will be handicapped in two ways. They will lack the normal depth perception necessary for safe driving (no one knows how many traffic accidents are due to this cause) and they will have lost a valuable factor of safety if anything should happen to the good eye. To test the vision in preschool children, an eye chart with no letter but E is used. The Es. point up, down, left and right, and the child, wearing a pirate patch over one eye, is asked in what direction the "three legs of the tables" on the chart point. If one eye is much weaker than the other, corrective measures should be started at once. Depending on the nature of the trouble, glasses, eye exercises or minor surgery may be prescribed. T.ie biggest reason for the present high rate of arnblyopia in children entering the first grade is failure of parents to have the eyes of t h e i r preschool children checked. This in spite of the fact that sight is the most important of the five senses. Q — My son, 8, has Perthe's disease. What causes it? How long does it take for the bones to'hesl? What is the best method for keeping the pressure off the legs? A — Ostepchondritis of the hip or Perthe'g disease is a common condition that has its onset between the ages of four and 16. The cause is hot known but, heredity is believed to be a factor. The victim outgrows .the disease when his bone growth is complete, usually in t'i'.e late teens". A walking cast, brace or any device that will keep your son from bearing weight on the affected hip will prevent deformity. Recent studies indicate 'that the antibiotic, tetracycline, accelerates healing and'improves the general health of the victim even though the disease is not an infection (the usual indication for use of .antibiotics). ' ' In that regard, the human is not doing so well, either. According to a recent study at the University of California ( Los Angeles), in nine out of 10 cases Doris Day ends up with Rock Hudson rather than George Bernard Shaw. So, as we said, why people persist in this observation of mating behavior is very hard to understand. It would be much more reasonable if the apes were observing people's habits. But that is not the case. Quite the contrary. You cannot read a book of any sort nowadays, or go to a movie, play university or park without being made to observe sexual behavior in every variation and tedious detail. And now, it appears, television has joined the trend with a documentary telling more about conception than anybody really wants to know. Whether all of this means that sex has become just another spectator sport, it is too early to tell. But we notice, according to a scientific study conducted by the Bureau of the Census, the American birth ' rate is dropping. WORLD ALMAMC FACTS . Some fobdi! present a different appearance when 'growing than they do when we see them in the store. Bananas grow in bunches• but with, their ends pointing up, not down, according to The World Almanac. Cocoa, or chocolate, grows in large pods, which are attached directly to th* trunk* or main branches of cocoa trees; the 'actual cocoa beans are inside the pods. - Cei>wlthte»«, .