*Atl WfiHT, O'BRIEN, W» THE HELL HM YOU Depersonalization Not only does it do no good to rail against a national publication, it is a bush thing to do. The following commentary is not in the nature of a howl from the wounded hinter-,. land (and how is it that journalists who live in those glass houses in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles throw stones at the likes of Little Rock, Dallas and Memphis?) but more as an examination of a symptom which poses grave questions concerning basic attitudes in America. Last week, a magazine of national circulation printed a by-lined story, in which its correspondent wrote, ".. .1 knew they had killed him (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) ..." This is racist bias in one of its least subtle and worst forms. The use of the third person plural pronoun, "they,," is to place the nature of Dr. King's murder in a nationwide or region-wide racial context. It was nothing of the sort. Consider if you will, this same syntax applied to the assassination of President Kennedy: ".. .1 knew they had killed him- What would this have meant? That Dallas had killed him? That Texas had killed the President? That America, black, white, yellow and brown America, had pulled the trigger? Use of the third person plural pronoun in this fashion depersonalizes an issue. It has been done for too many years (Jews — They are close -with -money (like Abe Plough, perhaps); Immigrants—they tend toward, criminality, .(.like Andrew Carnegie?) • Negroes—they are lazy and inarticulate-rvsuch.as.Ralph Bunclie, Curt -Plood-and Sen.- Edward Brooke? Everyone 'plays, this game. Some years ago in this community 'a' cliche ' developed which became--laughable. It went like this: "Why dbtft' 'they do something?" This inihe.days.of.the Eisenhower recession, before Blytheville Air Force Base .opened and new industry came to town- Whites say'' "They are' rioting again," overlooking- the fact that most Negroes are as terrified of the riots as most.whites.once were of the Klan. Such generalizations by both white and Negro spokesmen are grossly unfair and misleading. The majority of Americans are honest, decent people who long to see justice and peace. Stokely Carmichael said, "When white Amei'iwv killed Dr. King . . ." While we've come to expect any. thing from Stokely Carmichael, we have every reason to expect considerably more from responsible magazines, which in spite of some obvious shortcomings, generally attempt to be honest. Americans, meanwhile, must be more definitive in their terms. Every time a Negro is arrested, "They" must not be held responsible anil every time a plate glass \yindow in Harlem is broken, "blaming it on "them' 1 simply is no good. <tU Of Why Riot News Can't Be The Riot Commission, in Its broad report, devoted a chapter to the role of the news media in reporting and evaluating the urban riots last summer. Their conclusions are mixed. There were "instances of sensationalism, inaccuracy and distortion," the report concluded, but "newspapers, radio and television tried on the whole to give a balanced, factual account of the 1967 disorders." The media feU down, according to the commissioners, in not reporting the "broader, more complex and ultimately far more fundamental subject" of race relations in America. The commission'* conclusidi?s, though they admittedly only scratch the surface of a vast and complicated subject, should provide one clear answer to those who contend that news accounts Increase both the intensity and frequency of riots and other civil disorder*. The commission report comes out ttyiarely against censorship or "managed" riot reports: "We believe that it would be imprudent and even dangerous to downplay coverage in the hope that censored reporting of inflammatory incidents somehow diminish violence. To attempt to ignore these events or portray them «s something other than what they are, can only diminish confidence in the media and increase the effectiveness of those who monger rumors and the fears of those who listen." No better support qf this statement could be found than the present situation in Detroit, where newspaper have been shut down by a four-mpnth-old strike. There, say city officials, unfounded rumors about Impending racial violence have produced hysteria. Gun clubs and vigilante groups are forming throughout the city and suburbs, and apparently officials have no easy, quick method of spiking the rumors.-Roanoke (Vi.) Times ' men Give Views on Grace DEAR ABBY: A housewife recently asked who should Bay the grace when a clergyman is a guest at the table. She wondered if a clergyman would feel "put to work" if he were asked, or would he feel slighted if he weren't. Count me as one Presbyterian minister who would prefer to pray along, while my host recites the blessing. I sometime suspect that the family is not accustomed to saying grace (some may not even know how) but they feel it should be said because I am present. In that case, if I am asked to "lead the prayer." I proceed without, delay to save embarrassment. CHICAGO MINISTER DEAR ABBY: I certainly do not feel slighted If this honor does not come to me. A clergyman has no more influence with the Lord than the business man-host who sits across the table from him. H. C. W., D. B. (Associate Minister Emeritus) PARK AVENUE METHODIST CHURCH, N. Y. C. DEAR ABBY: After 41 years as a pastor, I concede to the wishes of the host. If he asks me to give the thanks, I do. If he offers the thanks, I thank God that here Is a man who is taking his rightful place as the head of his house, and I pray that more men would do likewise. Sincerely, W. H. S. (PORTLAND, ORE.) DEAR ABBY: According to the Orthodox Jewish Law the host offers <he benediction (blessing before the meal) regardless of who else is present. However, the blessing at 75 Years Ago —In Blythtvittt Lloyd -Godley of Osceola has 'been named to represent Arkansas before a session of- the Mouse Agriculture Committee next Wednesday in Washington. Agriculture credit problems will comprise the bulk of discussion material. Mrs. W. E. Cherry was the only guest when Mrs. Leon Oenning entertained members of the Octave Club at the Dixie Pig last evening. Mrs. Max Reid and son Jere are in Waco, Tex., visiting relatives there. the end of the meal should preferably be led by a guest, since.it gives him the opportunity to bless the host in his prayer. L. M. K. (DOVER, N. J.) DEAR ABBY: For a host to ask a clergyman to say grace at a meal when the host normally does not, is hypocrisy, not courtesy. REV. D. N., FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WESTERLO, N. Y. DEAR ABBY: I say the minister should always be asked to say the grace. As a minister, I have been humiliated on more than one occasion by being treated as an ordinary guest. Very truly yours, P. E. I. (MARTINSVILLE, VA.) DEAR ABBY: I don't care WHO savs "grae«" fceteft a meal, but whoever says it with sincerity. I have heard people race thru the grace with such speed that it means nothing. A PRIEST (FREEPORT, Tex.) Everybody has a problem. What's yours? For a personal reply write to Abby, Box 69700, Los Angeles, Cal. 90089 and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. HATE TO WRITE LETTERS? SEND $1 TO ABBYj BOX 69700, LOS ANGELES, CAL., 90069, FOR ABETS BOOKLET, "HOW TO WRITE LETTERS FOP. ALL OCCASIONS." THE TIME is #00 fi/M. ON: NOVEMBER 3, Iflg... lUE ARE TAKING PHOT06RAPHS AT AN ALTlTUPE OF2200M6TEfc?... DOJN BELOW I CAN SEETHE PORTIONS OCCUPlEP WTHE NWETV- SKONP IAS. ARM 1 / PIYISIOM, AMP HiW THOUSAND YARDSTOTHE NORTH I CAN 5EE THE 6ERMAN POSITIONS,., HAVE t/OU EVER IN ALL tfOUfc LIFE SEEN SUCH 600P RK6ARCH? Stow beat by dick kleiner Kleiner HOLLYWOOD - (NEA) James Garner is back, playing Maverick. They don't call it that of course - they call it "Support Your Local Sheriff!" — but it's practically the same character. "It-seems to be," Jim said. "If I'd known it was going to be so much like Maverick I dont think I would have done it." He's kidding. He knew. After all the picture is being mads by Jim's own company Cherokee Productions. As an example of how personal a production this is consider this—Jim wanted Joan Hackett for ins leading lady. His leading lady is Joan Hackett. They were shooting on MGM s back lot on a western street that was newly old - painted. Plenty of extras' and horses milled about as Garner drove the bad guys out of town by throwing rocks at them, something Maverick might have done. "I'm going to si m • r • ?? at that woodpile" Garnered as they lined up the shot. But watch your heads - I've been known to miss." . . , One of Hie takes was ruined when.a horse tied to a railing skittishly jumped around when director Burt Kennedy callea "Action". , , „ "Let's not say that word. Garner said. "Instead of^A-CT-I-O-N just wave at me, Kennedy, one of HoUyjood* pleanntest directors is blessed by go'od weather and a co-operative cast and a great crew. With so much Hollywood production overseas, he had rus pick of techniicans and has nothing but the best. As a result, the company is two days ahead of schedule, after only 10 days of shooting. "Doing a comedy western is tough," Kennedy says. "You're treading on hallowed ground.' For Joan Hackett, "Support Your Local Sheriff!" is a first — an attempt at broad, almost- slapstick comedy. Since she is a first-rate actress, as well as the possessor of a fine sense of comedy, nobody is worried about her cutting it. Garner thinks she's doing wonderfully. . She had one scene climbing a tree. The script wanted her to have nothing much on at the time to lend a little cheesecake to the general proceedings. But Joan, partly out of modesty but mostly out of a feel for what a funny, thought it would be better if she revealed an expanse of re<j underwear. Both Garner and Kennedy went along New Yorker has adjusted slow- will? her suggestion. Joan, a native and dedicated New Yorker, has adjusted slowly to California living; She married Richard Mulligan — television's The Hero — and tried to settle down and be a good Los Angelean. "I missed New York," she says. "I missed not being able to go into Bloomingdate's and ses everybody I know. Here I was stuck up on top of a hill — a lovely hill, but still a hill — and I never saw anybody. I smile at the people in the next used to drive around and when I stopped for a red light I'd car just to have somebody to smile at. "I cried at least once a week. overlooking Saks. I could watch them unloading the merchandise. It wasn't Bloomingdale's, but was better than nothing." She wans't happy about her work, either. After "The Group" — rave reviews, awards, the whole laudatory scene—strangely nothing much happened. She J..U11CU Ol. iCOQL U111*C a ri^,\fn, ij iiui>>i*ii£ **.n,.. j^^i-»->.-—. _--— So we moved to an apartmentsays she had eight months of The Doctor Says - by wayne g. brandstadt, m.d. - (First of three Related Columns.) Q — What is sugar diabetes? How does it start? How does one get it?'Why do some people lose a leg with it? If you have it, do, you have to be on a, rjgid diet for the rest of your life?" A — Sugar diabetes or dii- betes mellitus. is an inborn error of metabolism as a result of which the body cannot utilize the'blood glucose derived from the sugars and starches in the diet. The victim'? blood sugar level rises high above normal over Into tht wine. Early symptoms, whan the onfcet occurs in childhood, are inordinate thirst, increased appetite, frequent urination and loss of weight. When the onset Occurs after age is, the only symptoms may be-loss of weight and \yeakness. Both types ; are hereditray. Eating a diet high in sugar ?nd starch is an aggravating factor. Complications of the disease may oeciir in any part of the body, due to interference with the circulation (diabetic lesions and some of the sugar spillsof the blood vessels and nerves). Brandsiadt The complications strike where a weakness already exists. When the lower extremity is the target^ gangrene of the toes occurs. This may progress upward,and necessitate amputation of a leg, • A fairly rigid diet is an important part 'of the treatment. Since the disease can be controlled but not" cured, the' treatment must be continued for life. Q — What is meant by sugar in (he .vessels of a diabetic's eyes? What can bij done for it? A — Diabetes may cause changes in the. blood vessels of the'retina, leading'to blindness. The progress'of this complication can' sometimes be halted by destroying the pituitary gland either' through surgical removal or. deep X-ray treatments. : ' "" Q — What is diabetic neuropathy? Is there" any cure? What kind, of'doctor should a pedon with this disease go to? A — This is a complication of diabetes which may affect the nerves in any part of the body. Treatment is difficult and require* the combined efforts of * nerve specialist, a diabetic specialist and often others. Q — 'Every time I' have * checkup for diabetes they do only- * urine test.' Is it heces- gary to have a blood test, too? A — Because diabetes can often be detected earlier by testing the blood sugar level than by uriMlysis, the' blood test it urged for all persons who are pa»t 40, especially if there H any family history of the disease. •'•' . "' , " Ptejip »end your question* •nd comments to Wayne 6. Brindstadt, M. D., in care of ibis paper. While Dr. Brand"'" mot answer individual H* will answer letters el i inter** to "future »J. nothing. But then she did "Will Penny" and now this, and things are better all around. Back on the set, Jim Garner was shooting a promotional film for Christmas seals. You'll see it on television next winter. Better do your Christmas shopping early. .. THE BT rTHEVILLB COOBfflR NEWS THE OOURIES NEWS CO. C W. HAINES. PUBLISHES HARRY A. HAINES Assistant Publisher-Editor GENE AUSTIN . Advertising Managn Sale National Advertising Representative . Wallace Wltmer Co. 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'Standing on th« Virginia, side of the Potomac just outside Washington, the huge five-sided building covers 34 acres, has 17 mile» of corridors and houses! 27,000, The W6r|d Almanac fays. It wa> completed In 1M3 at a eoitt ofjp ihiUion, «w is made up of five concentric buildings obvea- •*<l ojf 10"
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