Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 3, 1970 · Page 14
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Tuesdoy, November 3, 1970 As Death Hovers The medical profession has long adhered to the precept that human life is categorically precious and must be preserved at all costs. This precept is the basis for efforts, using every available method, to prolong even the lives of aged patients dying of incurable diseases. In recent years this practice has been increasingly questioned, in and out of the profession. More fan a few doctors seem to feel that in some circumstances "heroic" means of prolonging a patient's life should not be employed. It is interesting to find that an overwhelming majority of elderly persons responding to questions in a University of Southern California survey agreed with this point of view. Only four per cent said they would want to be kept alive by use of all available methods. Thirty per cent opted for "reasonable life-maintaining ttreatment," but not extraordinary measures; 60 per cent said they favored "withdrawal of all treatments except those designed to maintain comfort and reduce pain." The survey also tunned up some other results that foster doubts about the present handling of incurably ill aged patients. Whereas almost 80 per cent said they would want the doctor to tell them if this was their situation, other studies ahow that doctors generally do not tell patients they are dying, or are reluctant to do so. Whereas 61 per cent of the aged said they would prefer to die at home and fewer than 2 per cent wanted to spend their last days in a nursing home, the trend is exactly the opposite: more and more of the elderly are dying in nursing homes. All this suggests that there should be a review of how the aged are treated when they are stricken by what appears to be their final illness. Agnew's Chances Not all Republicans are enchanted with the oratory of Vice President Agnew. Newsweek reports that some in- ffluentail party men would like to dump him When the next presidential election year rolls around. Those of this mind might as well reconcile themselves to the unlikelihood of seeing 'their wish gratified. The precedents point to Agnew's retention on the ticket in 1972. It is noteworthy that even when two GOP presidents, Taft and Hoover, were hard pressed for reelection no steps were taken to strengthen the ticket by getting new running mates. One outstanding exception comes to mind. In 1868 Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had been overwhelmingly elected president. Among the scandals which developed in his administration was one affecting Vice President Schuyler Colfax. The convention dropped him for Sen. Henry Wilson, and Grant won an even greater victory ithan before. President Nixon knows how it feels to be a vice president whose place on the ticket is shaky. Soon after his first nomination some questions arose as to his financial support, prompting him to offer to resign ithe nomination. President Eisenhower rejected the idea. Nixon remained on (the ticket, and benefited by Eisenhower's easy victory. History offers little reaison, ithen, to believe that Agnew's place on the GOP Mcket in 1972^ in much danger. Barring far more\qually political weather than the administration has yet faced, his renomlirtation is all but assured. Truth Over Art As generations of schoolchildren have learned from Shakespeare, Julius Caesar's last words as the senators stabbed him in the forum (a sensitive place) were, "Et tu, Brute!" The phrase is sometimes translated as "Oh, you brute!" or more accurately, "Thou, too, Brutus!" Well, there's always somebody who can't leave well enough alone. According to the language magazine, Quinto Lingo, Caesar didn't say it. In fact, if he reproached Brutus at all, he probably spoke in Greek since Roman arto- crats commonly used Greek among themselves as a sort of caste dialect. Future productions of "Julius Caesar" valuing historical truth over poetry should change the famous speech in Act IU to "Kai su, teknon!" says the magazine. , Whaddaya want — good drammar or good Greek? For Gun Safety The new federal law encouraging states to develop gun safety programs was signed at a time when many hunters were in the field or thinking about it. This provides a good occasion to issue a reminder that tragedy can be all but ruled out if a few gun-handling precautions are followed. The most fundamental rule of al is this: Never point a gun at anything you wouldn't want to shoot. The other side of that coin is: Make sure it's game you see, not a fellow hunter, before taking aim. Other rules come to mind: Never hunt with the safety catch off; never carry a loaded gun. in your car; hold your gun so that if it fires unexpectedly it will blow a hole in the sky or the ground, not your companion's head. Many other things can be said, but the basics are simple. Many lives would be spared if those in the field followed those simple basics. Let This Be a Warning to You! Dear Abby Every Abby Has Her Problems tgggpm Washington Notebook Arabs Leery of Soviets —-By Ray Cromley WASHINGTON (NEA) - For some months now the White House, the State Department and the Department of Defense, by hints, back­ grounders and part- statements have been making it clear that this government believes there is danger the Middle East could bring a Soviet-United States confrontation so serious it could end in war. A major part of the problem is that the Russians are making such great headway in the area and have so committed themselves to radical regimes that they lose sight of caution. It is pointed out that the Russians have not stopped with supplying the Egyptians with modern arms and military advisers. Before the cease-fire, Russian pilots were flying fighter planes in Egypt against the Israelis'. The Russian position looks strong on the surface. The Kremlin's gains in the area have been dramatic. They have allies where they did not have them before. They have made major strides toward acquiring air bases on the borders of the Mediterranean which can threaten Europe's southern flank and make the "Med" unlivable for Western fleets in time of war. Doors have been opened to wider Soviet oil exploration and to possibly very profitable Soviet partnership in the oil wealth of some of the Arab countries. But these very Soviet successes could well lead to failure. The Russians must keep the conflict with Israel going so that the Arabs will need them. But the Kremlin cannot allow the Arabs to win enough of what they want to be satisfied. The Soviet Union, therefore, must always be stirring things up and quieting them down at the same time. With no settlement of Mideast tensions, more Arabs are going to be asking themselves what actual gains have come from Russian help. For a time, public opinion can be diverted by blaming the United States for arming the Israeli and standing in the way of a "just" settlement. But despite public pronouncements by the Russians championing the Arabs and by both Russians and Egyptians castigating the United States, this reporter has good reason to believe, if his contacts are correct, that Arab suspicion of Russian intentions and effectiveness is growing. Even more troublesome for the Russians is that they have now entered into such close alliances with some regimes and some factions in Arab countries that they are strongly mistrusted by other groups. Politics in most leading Arab nations is so volatile that the outs may be in tomorrow and throw out the Russian sympathizers. In addition, the rivalries among Syria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia are so strong that any nation moving into an intimate relationship with any of them gets caught willy-nilly, sooner or later, in deep and bitter Arab "family" quarrels. In the end this can make Russia more enemies than friends. The Palestinian commando-guerrilla groups are already bitter against the Russians. While the Palestinians may not have great military strength, they exercise a powerful veto in a range of Arab countries. They have, with their violence and their determination, won the admiration of young men throughout the Arab world. So their open suspicion of Russia can translate into a sharp growth in mistrust among the younger elements of Arab society in Middle East countries. If the United States handles this situation with some imagination, the Russians will find it more difficult to convince Arabs that this country is against them and on the side of the Israeli. If Washington can sell Arab public opinion that we are friends of both Arabs and the Israeli and are not prepared to back either side against the other, this reporter has reason to know that some of the Arabs now making the most belligerent speeches in public, will be more than willing to gradually loosen their ties with Russia. Polly's Pointers Stop Rugs From Sliding — By Polly Cramer Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — I have satisfactorily solved Mrs. N. N.'s problem with her mother's crocheted rugs sliding on the floor by buying sheets of thin foam rubber to place between the rug and the floor. This comes in various colors and sizes and can be bought at most variety stores. Cut it slightly smaller than the rug so it does not show but will grip the rug to the floor when stepped on. For extra large rugs these sheets can be taped together and then cut to size. —MRS. G. V. DEAR POLLY — Mrs. N. N. could sew rubber jar rings on the underside of her mother's crocheted rugs. The rugs will not slide on the floor. —WILMA DEAR POLLY — Plastic bags from the cleaners could be put under Mrs. N. N.'s rugs to keep them from sliding. I enjoy the Pointers and find many of them make my work easier so I paste them on the inside of a cupboard door or in a drawer nearest the area in which they would be used. —ANN POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY Between many washings, and perhaps a small weighty gain, my polyester dresses seem too short. I lowered the hems on a couple of them but cannot find a way to remove the crease where the original hems were. Do you have the secret trick or is there a way? DEAR POLLY — While on a camping trip I started to hang up the towels, bathing suits, etc., and realized I had forgotten my clothespins. Trying to find something I could "make do" with I picked up some of those little plastic squares with a hole in the center that come around bread and bun packages. I used them to hold my towels on the line and they worked fine. They do not blow off and could easily be saved for this purpose as they require less packing space than regular clothespins. SHIRLEY You will receive a dollar if Polly uses ycur favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write Polly in care of this newspaper. By Abigail Van Bur en DEAR ABBY: You are the only person who can help me because in an indirect way, you are the cause of my problem. I have the same name as you. To make matters worse, I work for a newspaper and I am bombarded with letters from people who think I am you. Also, whenever I am introduced as "Abby Van Bur en," people start pouring out their lies of woe. I have a hard time convincing them that I am Abby Van Buren not you. To top it all off, I am constantly bothered by nuts who telephone me in the middle of the night and want to tell me their life history. I have had my telephone number changed twice this year, and even though I now have an unlisted number, they still find me. I have even considered changing my name, but I will do this only as a last resort. Thanks for any help you can give me. ABBY VAN BUREN DEAR ABBY: Until some nice young man comes along and changes your name, I guess you'll just have to be a surrogate Abby. You'll be surprised what you hear. People Today Question You Don't Answer Lee Mueller LONDON (NEA) - "All right, old sport, what do you think of the British?" This oblique question it put to nearly every American who comes here. Invariably, and perhaps significantly, it is always put to him at tea by an Englishman with a slight twinkle in his eye, with a slight uncomfortable huskiness in his voice, with a slight twitching in his left foot. It is oblique because the Englishman really doesn't want to know, he really doesn't, but he does. You may try to put him off. You may ask him what he thinks of an elbow or of the future of the corned beef sandwich in a civilized society, but an Englishman is not easily put off. "C'mon, sport, the British . . ." The American says he has always liked the English, Charles Dickens and everybody, and it sure is great how they can still get milk in milk bottles instead of paper cartons and drive on the wrong side of the road and pay 80 cents a gallon for gasoline without fainting and ... . "I mean, dash it all, the people ..." Ah, yes, the people. The people, well, O.K., interesting, you know. Did you see where 20 Nottinghamshire dustmen were frightened by a bunch of cursing housewives yesterday? That sort of thing never happens in America except when the Women's Lib girls decide to stand around and make dirty remarks to passing construction workers. You should see some of those girls . . . "You stray from the subject. What do you think of the British?" All right, you asked . . . Sport. Not many Americans really understand the Your Health By Lee Mueller British, to be truthful. Neither does most of Europe. For one thing, the lethargic attitude of the British toward impending calamity is not easy for us to accept. Item: Situation. London is facing its worst pollution problem sinoe the Plague. More than 70,000 sewage workers, trash collectors, ambulance drivers and janitors are on strike. The Thames reeks with untreated sewage. Garbage and trash are piled high everywhere, feeding rats, maggots, other undesirables. Ugh. Item: Reaction. The lead editorial in one of the leading local papers is about how nine workers in 10 waste time partaking in the tea-making rituals at the office. Item: More than 30,000 au pair girls are brought in from other countries to do domestic chores in England. Elaine Grand's book, "You British," is a series of interviews with the au pair girls. A Danish girl believes that central heating is often missing from homes because the English prefer to freeze. An American girl says English invitations are a death-trap: "You've got to learn that if they say to you, 'You must drop in and see us someday,' the last thing they want in the world is for you to 'drop in and see them someday.'"' And what would Dickens think of this girl's account of a fine old English Christmas: ". . . at Christmas, they go mad, they go like pigs . . . people who don't drink all year round drink a full bottle of whisky in one night. And suddenly they are friendly ... so friendly. Then the next day they go back to being stiff and strange." Many Britons, of course, are not stiff and strange. They are, as they like to say, the salt of the earth. Helpful, courteous, kind; a regular Boy Scout troop. But some of these other guys . . . Obey Directions Faithfully By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. Dear Doctor — I have had my chest fluoroscoped and the heart specialist said I have a very tiny heart. I have tachycardia attacks and have a lot of dizziness each day. Digitalis seems to help, but I'm concerned that, if I take it all the time, it will eventually build up poisons and not work any more. Dear Reader — Digitalis is often given to Dr. L. E. LambP 3 ^"^ *° con ' ;ro i or prevent irregularities of the heart and sometimes to improve the heart function or correct heart failure. It is a very important medicine. No patient taking digitalis should ever discontinue the medicine unless his doctor tells him to do so. Usually, each patient has to be studied awhile to find out what is the right amount of digitalis he should take for a particular purpose. This is sometimes difficult for the physician to determine and, if the patient doesn't follow the doctor's instructions, it becomes impossible. Digitalis can indeed become a poison, so to speak, and we call this digitalis intoxication. Even the best heart specialists often have trouble telling whether the patient needs more or less digitalis, since both heart disease and too much digitalis cause similar problems. The body does not develop a resistance to digitalis to the point that it won't work any more. It is true that patients develop tolerance to certain medicines, but digitalis is not one of them. Keep taking your digitalis unless your doctor thinks you are getting too much, then follow his directions carefully to the letter. Dear Doctor — You state that you consider coffee inimical to the best welfare of the heart. My question is this: Does that apply to decaffeinated coffee? Dear Reader — The caffeine in the coffee seems to be the main problem. It is a powerful stimulant or drug. I am not convinced that some people with indigestion or ulcer symptoms should drink decaffeinated coffee, since the other ingredients in coffee may have some effects on the digestion. If you have indigestion, burning in the pit of the stomach or excess acidity, perhaps it would be wise to stop all forms of coffee. If your problem is relieved, you can try a decaffeinated product and find out if it causes the indigestion to return or not. Now, of course, if you use cream in your coffee, that adds to your fat intake. Cream contains saturated fats. The same is true for most commercial cream substitutes. Sugar in coffee is another source of calories. By the end of a year, two cups of coffee a day of any type with lots of cream and sugar will account for a number of pounds of excess fat, unless you expend the excess calories by your level of physical activity. DEAR ABBY: My husband is a volunteer fireman and first aid man. He knows what it's like returning to a cold bed after a 4 a.m. call in February. He's had his share of congealed gravy and cold leftovers, and company left looking stunned when he leaves on a moment's notice with no apologies. When my husband goes on a call, I leave the police monitor on just in case a mother needs my help in caring for her children. Now the problem: Those people who make jokes about "the visiting fireman." They think a volunteer fireman plays at being a hero and gets a childish kick out of chasing sirens, washing trucks and drinking beer. But when they need the fire department or rescue squad in this little suburban community, it's my husband they call, and anyone who has ever had the services of these dedicated volunteers knows how efficient, curteous and gentle they are. Please, Abby, say something about the "VAMPS" as they are called. I love my husband and I'm proud of him, and I don't want people making fun of him. VAMP-S WIFE DEAR WIFE: You have said it all. And very well. Thanks for writing. DEAR ABBY: My pet peeve is the boss in an office who calls his "girls" by their first name, but expects everyone to address him as "Mister." I think it is simply a matter of mutual respect, and if he wants to be called "Mister," he should call the women "Miss" or "Mrs." On the other hand, if he prefers a less formal atmosphere around the office, and calls the girls by their first names, he should also be called by his. What do you think? MRS. J. DEAR MRS. J.: If I worked in an office and called my boss "Mister" — which I surmise about 99 per cent of the "girls" do — I wouldn't object to my boss calling me "Abby." But if he did, I would solve my problem faster by telling him about it than writing to Dear Abby. Daily Times Herald 515 North Main Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Sundays and Holidays other then February 22, November 11 by The Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W. WILSON, Publisher HOWARD B. WILSON, Editor W. L. REITZ, News Editor MARTIN MAHER, Advt. Mgr. Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2, 1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier boy delivery per week $ .50 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties, where carrier service is not available, per year $15.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2, per year :.$18.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $22.00 The Carroll Daily Times Herald is an ABC Daily Newspaper. The number of subscribers, recorded daily on permanent records and verified by the nationally recognized Audit Bureau of Circulations guarantees advertisers the paid circulation figures of the Carroll Daily Times Herald are accurate. Only an ABC newspaper can give assurance its stated circulation is accurate. BERRY'S WORLD 'What is it ibis lime, M thought on a domestic issue, foreign policy or another cartoon idea?" *»» •-:r.t m

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