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l* 3 w W ft*! iV. NIEWS-HERAI.I), Panama City, Fla., Sunday, June 23,1974 ]\EWS-HERALD ' Bttl W. 6TH ST MW ;,„ 763*7621 Panama City, Florida A Florida Freedom Newspaper This newspaper is dedicated to furnishing information to our readers so that they can better promote and preserve their own freedom and encourage others to see its blessings. Only when man is free to control himself and all he produces, can he develop to his utmost capabilities. We believe that freedom is a gift from God and not a political grant from government. Freedom is neither license nor anarchy. It is self control. No more. No less. It must •S be consistent with the truths expressed in such great moral i$i guides as, the Coveting Commandment, the Golden Rule H and the Declaration of Independence. ft w w >>: 8rJ to to to ?$ Si Mandatory Voting Ralph Nailer is trying to do the country a lot of good, but perhaps not just the way he supposes. Nader's peculiar service to his fellowmen is that he epitomizes all manner of wrong-thinking in such a grotesque fashion that Americans ought to be able to see through it.The fact that many do not tells you something about the unthinkingness of Americans. Nader's latest kick is to make voting mandatory. He told a conclave that compulsory voting would eliminate the time and energy spent in registering voters, prevent politicians from "pandering" to voter blocks, and also prevent government obstructions to voting. As a sop to libertarians, Nader's proposal would carry with it the civil privilege of abstaining from selecting any candidate. The elec­ tor would also be able to write in any candidate. And if individuals did not hgo to the polls? Mr. Nader did not say, but the word "mandatory" must mean something. Presumably a penalty would be attached, like a fine, and if you didn't pay it, what else could the government do but levy on your property or put you in jail. In an obverse sort of way, the man-made law might serve as a great teacher. After the last primary, more than 50 per cent of the electors would be behind bars or standing in line to pay the non-voter tax. This consequence would show in a clear and convincing fashion what a drag the Nadar Society would become. We like Nader. He's funny. KIRK: TO THE POINT Most adults, I suspect, underestimate the intellectual and imaginative powers of small children. It is too true that most little boys and girls, nowadays, abandoned to the custodianship of Demon TV, are not much encouraged to develop their native powers of reason and fancy. Nevertheless, little children commonly are endowed with, remarkable insights, potentially at least. If only their early eagerness to learn, and their acuteness of perception, could be continued through their school years! The best thing a parent can do for his offspring is to take them seriously, and talk with them at length; they profit mightily from that sort of attention, and so may father or mother. Many children are quite capable of independent meditation—if they're not, laughed out of it, or condemned to the boredom of the boob tube. Why are so many college students turning today to what is called "transcendental meditation," usually after a confused fashion? Perhaps because their powers of meditation were neglected when they were little. Just the other day, our eldest daughter, Monica (whose ambition is to become a ballerina), startled us by her talent for abstraction. Monica is 6 years old. She was conversing with her sister Cecilia, aged 5. "Cecilia," she inquired, "do you know what 'meditation' means?" Cecilia replied that she didn't know. For our part, my wife and I hadn't been aware that Monica knew the word "meditation," let alone the concept. "Meditation means thinking about God," Monica proceeded to instruct her sister. "It isn't praying: it's sitting and thinking about God. I often do it in the parlor." Cecilia hadn't known that word, but actually she is as meditative as Monica. Only a few days earlier, she had surprised her mother, the lovely Annettee, by entering into metaphysical discourse. Cecilia had been clowing in Annette's study, making rather a nuisance of herself, and her mother had reproached her. "All right," said Cecilia, cheer-' fully, "would you you like me to" ask you questions instead, Mamma?" Annette assented. "Well, then," Cecilia went on, "I've been wondering about this, Mamma. I can imagine, something that has no end. But I can't imagine something that has no beginning. How is it that God has no beginning?" Annettee once studied Thomistic philosophy at Molloy College, in Long Island, N.Y., arid retains her interest in such intellectuality. But little Cecilia stumped her, at least for the moment. The Mamma means to * bone up on arguments for the infinite continuance of God, and to put them into phrases that a tiny girl might apprehend. Meanwhile, we shall set Cecilia and Monica and their 3-year-old sister, Felicia, between two tall mirrors, and show them the apparent infinity of their own images, reflected back and forth from mirror to mirror. (I've always found that rather an alarming experience in infinity.) Perhaps the analogy is apt enough: for God, one mirror is what we human beings call "future," and the other mirror is what we finite beings call "past." Not content with having perplexed her mother thus, Cecilia proceeded to the realm of natural philosophy. She pointed out of the study window to a maple tree that Cecilia's great-great-grandfather planted. "God made that," Cecilia declared. "But how did He do it? Mamma, (ital) how did He do it?" ((unital) Annette isn't so well prepared in natural science as she is in metaphysics, so this inquiry impressed and embarrassed her even more than the first question. Cecilia had raised not merely the subtle truths of botany, but also the whole vast mystery of what we call "life," and how it comes into being. No one living could have given her a complete answer; but it is important not to shrug children aside with dusty answers. Although possess more university degrees than does Annette, I confess that our little 'daughters can stump me, too. Some months ago. Monica pointed to a cirrus cloud and asked me how it took that form. "I knew once, Monica," I said, "but I've forgotten." (indeed, it had quite passed out of. my head that a cirrus cloud normally consists of tiny ice particles.) "That's all right," replied Monica amicably, "I'll ask Clinton. Clinton knows everytinng." "Clinton" is Mr. Clinton Wallace, who works for us, and who has walked the roads most of his life. In public libraries and in the lonely rooms of old hotels, reading during his peregrinations, gigantic Clinton has picked up a gigantic fund of miscellaneous knowledge. Out of the mouths of babes and strollers, wisdom. Monica, Cecilia, and Felicia are Infinitely better off conversing with Clinton, or even with their parents, than they would be watching commercial television. The instinct for meditation and inquiry is natural, but it withers if not encouraged. So if you would have your children mediaate, save them from the boob tube. I readily declare that there exist a number of good programs for children on. educational ' television stations, but too few households tune such stations in. And on commercial TV, the typical juvenile program stult- fies the young mind instead of nurturing it. BERRY'S WORLD "Have you ever considered that maybe you're unhappy because you're wallowing In Watergate?" "I Can Still Lick Any Man in the House!" By S«m# Dixon Don Oakley The case of the missing expletives By Don Oakley President Nixon's use of deleted expletives in the White House transcripts has drawn comment by spokesmen from both the spiritual and the secular worlds, from the sacred and the - uh - profane. First was John McLaughlin, a Jesuit priest on the White House staff whom some reporters have dubbed the President's resident exorcist. "I see the profanity as a form of emotional drainage," said the good father, ".. .of therapy ... of release." Used as an escape valve for the tremendous pressure at the top, this kind of cussing was "good, valid, sound." Now comes a University of Wisconsin professor who says President Nixon is a "typical American when it comes to swearing. Reinhold A. Aman, an assistant professor of German who considers himself an expert on swearing, says he "read the whole (expletive deleted) thing" (the transcripts) and found that the President "acted like anyone else. He had to get rid of his emotional steam. He could have kicked Pat or started a war, or he could have sworn." I NewfHerald 1 Published Daily and Sunday by Florida Freedom New- spappers Inc. Second Class Postage Paid at Panama City, Florida: P.O. Box 1940, ZIP Code 32401. Direct successor to the Panama City News. Member Audit Bureau of Circulation. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY CARRIER: Daily And Sunday, 1 year 39.00, 6 Mos. 19.50,3 Mos. 9.75,1 Mos. 3.25 BY MAIL Daily & Sunday, 1 Year 48.00 6 Mos., 24.00, 3 Mos. 12.00, 1 Mos. 4.00., Daily Only, 1 Year, 32.40, 6 Mos. 16.20, 3 Mos. 8.10,1 Mo. 2.70, Sunday Only 1 Year, 23.40, 6 Mos., 11.70,3 Mos. 5.85. Represented in the general advertising field by Ward- Griffith Company, Inc. 575 Third Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Branch offices in principal cities. SUNDAY, JUNE 2S Your birthday todays Opens a year of generally normal maturing, much useful experience, prevailing tendency to wind up at places and conditions you hadn't planned. Relationships smooth out short of crisis or excess, are mostly reliable but not to be taken for granted. Today's natives are optimistic philosophers, who make a great deal of fuss over past records and doedSi Aries | March 21 -Aprll II] > For those who have settled, acquired partners and a definite place, this is a great Sunday. For the unattached it's a variable day of restless moods. Taurus [April 20 -May 20]: Plans come out piecemeal, find partial acceptance—or you try too much too fast and get an argument. It's better to find work that needs doing rather than to loaf. Gemini [May 21 -Junt 20]: Scattered connections keep you hopping to touch all bases despite a feeling of having less energy than usual. Mental pursuits work well, keep you away from possible mischief. Cancer [June 21 -July 22]: It's a Sunday for staying close to home, enjoying familiar reminiscences. Invite a few good friends in to share favorite pastimes. They'll contribute so much more In return. Leo [July 23 -Aug. 22]: A moderate course is the best one. Nothing spectacular or extraordinary is likely. Just get about early to fulfill your usual share of the community's customs. Virgo [Aug. 23 -Sept. 22]: Stop, think where you are in your stage of progress, do sensible things to protect your tuture. A holiday from the hullabaloo of day-to-day pressures is the thing to seek. Libra [Sept. 23-Oct. »]: Doing the usual this Sunday may seem a little dull, but is preferable to the probable result of casual or needless travel. Hobbles, pastimes include minor creative Innovations. Scorpio [Oct. 23-Nov. 21] > The greatest benefit available today consists of the simpler, basic considerations: your health, how you preserve it, and your constructive use of time. Stay quietly busy. Sagittarius [Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Nothing comes out quite as planned, but little harm is done. Keep your faith in yourself and the future, likewise your sense of humor, appreciation of the absurd. 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