Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 4, 1970 · Page 21
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 21

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 4, 1970
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wednesday, Nov«mb«r 4, 1970 Danger in Dark A few stubborn holdouts may still be around, but it seems safe to say that by now everybody is adjusted to the fact that the country is back on standard time. Darkness suddenly comes much earlier, and as the earth's axis tilts farther away from the sun in the northern hemisphere, darkness will come earlier and earlier in the late afternoon and stay later and later in the early morning. Both are times of peak driving activity. The Street and Highway Safety Lighting Bureau reminds mat night travel by automobile is three times more dangerous than day travel, even in periods of reduced traffic flow. Statistically, the fatality rate is 6.3 per 100 million vehicle miles after dark compared to 2.3 during the daytime. The obvious moral: Driving caution, necessary at any time of the year, becomes more important than ever as winter approaches. Good in System We live in a time of slogans, of labels and catch phrases designed to arouse our emotions but which do little to stimulate reflective thought. Perhaps the most overworked of these words is the "system," sometimes used interchangeably with the "Establishment." The "system" is rotten, we are told. The "system" stands in the way of all meaningful social reform, and not until the "system" is completely done away with or radically transformed can there be any hope of solving our problems. When one gets down to examining specific cases, however, the "system" appears to be less often a conspiracy by a small group of evil men or a plot by selfish interests than something that is built into the very nature of things — like Newton's Third Law off Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. And sometimes the reaction is entirely unforeseen. There is a consumer group encouraging women to buy meat in paperboard trays at the supermarket, notes "Forecast for Home Economics," a Scholastic publication. The reason is that paperboard is more easily destroyed than plastic and contributes less to pollution. But another consumer group in New York City has persuaded the city to pass a law requiring all fresh meat to be packaged in clear plastic trays so that shoppers can see both sides. Only a lobby by pulp manufacturers has so far prevented this from becoming a statewide law. Thus two consumer groups, each with a worthy goal, are working against each other and the "system" is caught in the middle. Another example: Since glass can be recyled many times, its use is being urged by some ecology advocates in place of metal cans. But suppose all fruits and vegetables were packed in bottles instead of cans. The extra cost for retooling, breakage and added shipping weight (glass jars are heavier) would have to be passed on to the consumer and would fall most heavily on the consumer who can afford it least — the low-income person. There is another campaign to have everyone leave a light on somewhere about the house at night to help combat crime. The cost, it is said, is about two cents a night, or a measly $7 a year. But multiply $7 a year by tens of millions of households and translate that into kilowatts. How many tons of irreplaceable fossil fuels would be required to generate that power? How much atmospheric pollution would be caused by their burning? These are petty examples, of course, but they do serve to illustrate how "solutions" can often create more problems than they solve. Those who say we have to work within the "system" are speaking a truth with more universal application than they realize. Undeniable Trend After years of seeing the h i g h w a y carnage go up and up and up, the fact that a decided downward trend is established takes some getting used to. The task is a pleasant one, though — so pleasant that there is some danger the public will accomplish it easily and then sag into complaency. There could be no excuse for that. The National Safety Council figures there may be as many as a thousand fewer traffic deaths this year than last, but that would still leave around 55,000 dead. Even such a reminder does not entirely spoil the thrill of learning that during the first eight months of this year there were three per cent fewer traffic deaths than during that period in 1969. The same goes, in spades, for word that in August there was a six per cent decline as against August 1969. The trend is undeniable, by now. Let 'g all try to speed it up. "Let This Be a Warning to You! Dear Abby Pros and Cons of Mercy Killings • By Abigail Van Bur en Washington Notebook U.S. is Pound Foolish -By Ray Cromley WASHINGTON (NEA) — It is worth at least considering to what extent some of our major social problems are being compounded by our failure to invest sufficient funds in their study and development of remedies. Take as one example crime, Which has increased with such startling rapidity and which this year will cost us an estimated $50 billion. Yet we'll spend less than $39 million on crime research. Or take housing and medical care, major factors in skyrocketing inflation. Hospital construction and operation is a $10-billion-a-year industry while new residential construction accounts for $30 billion. Yet the federal government puts less than $10 million in research funds into hospitals and less than $24 million into housing. The pattern is much the same in education — a $74-billion item, public and private, in 1970. Federal research and development expenditures are less than $250 million a year. In crime, housing and hospital operation research figures out at less than one-tenth of 1 per cent of total yearly costs. For education, it is not much better at one-hlalf of 1 per cent. A first-rate private enterprise in a rapidly developing field, such as chemicals, will spend from 3 to 5 per cent of its sales dollar each year on research and development. No one who has sent a son or daughter to college recently needs to be re- Woman's World minded of college exoenses. Rising education costs are also pushing up property and sales taxes nationally. Yet we are constantly being reminded that tihe quality of education at all levels leaves much to be desired. We don't seem to be getting our money's worth. Is the fact that a major drug concern may spend 10 times as much proportionately on research and development than does the public, through its various levels of government, on basic education studies perhaps part of *he reason? These days there is a great deal of criticism of the workings of the "system" in its details. The question is whether it works out as equitably iais intended, starting with the Consitution. For a nation to remain free and to remove the inequities inherent in any human system in practice, a great deal of knowledge is needed. Yet federal investment in basic political science research now probably runs between $2 and $3 million a year. In all economic matters, including the increasingly heavy and unmanageable welfare burden, it probably totals no more than $20 million to $30 million. By contrast, we spend $7.6 billion for research and development in the Department of Defense, $1.3 billion in the Atomic Energy Commission and $3.3 billion in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This is not an argument for over-all greater federal spending. But a wide range of studies indicates that dollars spent on research pay off at a higher rate than dollars spent in almost any other way. Government could profit from private enterprise's experience in this area. Time is Money, to Everyone In some areas doctors and dentists now bill patients for missed appointments. Arguing that you forgot to call and cancel when the twinge went away is to no avail. Even some beauty salons now charge for appointments not canceled V^»-jy several hours before. > ^sM The reasoning here is that your thoughtlessness kept another patient or customer from receiving service and, incidentally, deprived the person with whom you had the appointment from receiving an expected fee. Chances are we're going to see an increase in this practice. I have no quarrel with this. Anyone capable of using a telephone to make an appointment should be responsible enough to use one for breaking it. I go along with Time Is Money. I'm for ceasing to cause duress and disappointment in others. The one stipulation I have is that said doctors and dentists, along with beauty salon managers, television repairmen, plumbers, etc., must understand the customer's time is just as important as their time. They should also be prepared to pay for it. Anyone who has stayed in the house all day Wednesday and Thursday waiting for the deliveryman who said he'd be there on Tuesday knows what I mean. In one week alone, the time I have spent waiting for, a) a new shelf for my refrigerator, b) a hose for my washing machine, c) the television to be returned adds up to a considerable number of uncomfortable hours. I am now preparing my statements. Abby Van Buret! DEAR ABBY: In your answer to "UNCERTAIN" regarding euthanasia (mercy killing) for her elderly, bedridden mother, I think you have given the perfect answer as to why so many of us Catholics and non-Catholics alike oppose the liberalization or repeal of our antiabortion statutes. You said, "Giving a person the 'legal right' to terminate the life of another under some circumstances may be 'humane,' but because that right could be abused for selfish gain, society must be protected against it." Truer words were never spoken. Thank you so much. PHYSICIAN IN TUCSON DEAR PHYSICIAN: I am not deserving of your thanks since I hold the view that no woman should be forced by law to bear a child she does not want. Preventing an unwanted child from being born is not, in my opinion, the same as killing a living person. DEAR ABBY: Here is my answer to the lady who wants to put her helpless, bedridden mother to sleep, "mercifully." A story is told about a grandfather, a father and son. The son was 12. The father grew tired caring for his elderly, ailing father who had become completely helpless. One day on the road to the river, the son met his father carrying the sick old grandfather in a large basket — the kind used to haul pigs to market. "You see," the father explained to his son. "Grandfather is completely helpless, so I am going to lower him into the river in this basket." The son was dumbfounded, but thinking quickly, he said, "But you are going to save the basket, aren't you? Someday I will need it for you." F. D. G. DEAR ABBY: I agree with your implication that the woman who wanted to put her elderly, bedridden mother out of her misery could be suspected of thinking mostly of herself. However, I wish you'd have gone further into your reply. Today, it is illegal to terminate human life for humane reasons, and if legalized, it could be abused. But it could be legalized with careful safeguards, such as having the decision made by not only doctors and the family, but lawyers, clergymen and the patient himself. If all agree that the patient's life from then on would be painful and less and less worth living, and if the patient wants to die, he ought to be granted this boon. We consider it cruel not to put an incurable, suffering animal out of his misery. Why should we not do as much for humans? For years The Society For Euthanasia has been trying to legalize "mercy killing." And I have every confidence that one day they will succeed. ALL FOR THEM IN BERKELEY DEAR ABBY: My heart went out to that mother who is lying sick and helpless in her old age, with a daughter who thinks it would be better to put her mother out of her misery. I would like to say to that daughter, "Daughter, love your mother and keep her warm and clean, and hold her close to your heart in her last days just as she did to you in your first days. MARY IN LOUISVILLE DEAR ABBY: When some feminine extremist holds a door open for me merely to demonstrate her "equality" to a man, should I respond with the same lack of courtesy shown me by other members of her sex by simply ignoring the act without so much as a "thanks?" S. L. A. DEAR S. L. A.: To intentionally withhold "thanks" in order to get even with a whole sex is childish. And don't second guess a lady's motives. Many ladies hold doors open for others — regardless of their sex — merely because they want to be helpful. Your Health ~ Bad Office Habits, Stress By Lawrence E. Lamb, M .D. Are you prone to have lems because of stress? Drs. Friedman health prob- According to and Rosenman in San Francisco, there is a heart attack personality. They have identified these personalities as type A personality and the person less likely to have a heart attack as a type B personality. The type A personality is spring-loaded in Lamb tne S° position. He is the person with an excessive drive for achievement and usually runs his life by the clock — a strong sense of time-urgency. The type B personality is the don't- give-a-damn type. He doesn't mind being late and life vicissitudes aren't important enough to get excited about. The problem may be more complex than that. It is difficult to imagine that there were no type A personalities before 1900 and only since then have heart attacks become such a common occurrence. Dr. Lawrence Hinkle Jr. studied 270,000 men employed by the Bell System. He found men with high levels of responsibility had no more heart attacks than others. His study showed that men who were less well-educated, less successful, or had achieved a high level of responsibility with a minimal educational background were more likely to have a heart attack. The study of the Bell System's em­ ployes and the apparent difference in the type A and type B personalities may mean that frustration is the key factor. The less-educated man striving for a higher position may feel frustrated. The type A personality with a true sense of time-urgency may be frustrated. Polly's Pointers Handy Stain Remover By Betty Canary With today's labor prices, a housewife is surely worth $10 an hour. And, I figure I'll soon collect enough for a vacation to Florida. A vacation I'm sure my doctor will prescribe for the shattered nerves I'm going to have if, a) I keep stacking things in the refrigerator like this, b) water keeps pumping all over the basement floor, and, c) I have to miss many more David Frost and Dick Cavett programs. Naturally, I'll not charge the doctor for the hour I waited past my appointment time when he was called out on an emergency case. However, the next time I must sit in his waiting room endlessly reading two-year-old magazines merely because he schedules 20 patients every 10 minutes, he'll receive a bill. The more I think about it, the more I can see how beneficial this practice is going to be. The teen-age girl down the street, for example, can be sure that when she agrees to baby-sit Wednesday night for Mrs. Morgan, Mrs. Morgan is going to be responsible. She won't wait until the sitter has refused three other calls and then me6t her at the door with a vague, "I'm sorry, but we decided not to go tonight." And, when a salesgirl contracts for your time by asking, "May I help you?" she won't immediately answer a telephone and spend 15 minutes talking with somebody else. Not unless she wants the customer to slap a bill for $2.50 on the counter, that is. Wrap a strip of bacon around a hot dog, daub it with roquefort cheese, grille the whole mess, and you have an abomination in the sight of the purist in these matters. Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — Coleen could probably get the pink lipstick off her white spread by doing as we do at our motel. Spread vegetable shortening on the stain and rub, rinse it off well, then wash the bedspread in the usual way. Bleach in the wash water also may help if the spread can take bleach. This method can often be used for other grease stains, too. —SUSAN DEAR POLLY - In a home economics experiment, I found that smearing petroleum jelly on lipstick stains and then scrubbing with an old toothbrush takes it out. This should be repeated two or three times to make sure every trace is out and then wash the article as usual. —SONYA DEAR GIRLS — Both the readers and I were at a disadvantage in answering the question as Coleen did not say what material was used for making her bedspread. Both the above were tested on white cotton, which naturally is washable. Specific information is needed for really specific answers. —POLLY POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY - My good wool carpet needs its first cleaning. I would like to get down on my hands and knees and do this myself but do not want to get it too wet because of the waffle-design rubber pad underneath. I know that if this pad got too wet it would never dry out under the carpet. If someone has solved this same problem, I would like to know what sort of soap they used and how they went about scrubbing the carpet. -MRS. P. K. By Polly Cramer a helium-filled balloon for each child and adult in the group. There is always a balloon man selling them. I tie the end of each balloon string to a suit strap, child's bracelet, purse handle, etc. If one person strays away from our group, he can be located in the crowd because of the colorful balloon floating at the end of the long string several feet above his head. This technique saves a mother ifrom the panic of searching for a lost child and helps a frightened child locate his parents. Simple though it is, this has been the most useful of my collection of homemaker hints. —MRS. B. W. You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write Polly in care of this newspaper. You can't really talk about stress in our lives without including its associated habits. The executive is stressed by more than emotions. Meeting, after meeting, or even a talk with an em­ ploye, is usually accompanied by coffee and, too often, cigarettes. Many conferences have the ever-present coffee urn. The executive and many office workers consume large quantities of coffee and cigarettes. They get little or no physical exercise. If you check their resting heart rate in the midafternoon, it is often over 100 beats a minute — well above optimal levels for h e a 11 h y, fit men. The coffee, cigarettes and inactivity, independent of so-called "executive stress," will produce these effects — and they are well-established factors in causing heart and artery disease, as well as contributing to ulcers and nervousness. The best approach to office stress is to correct bad habits — then add to that a sensible exercise program on a daily basis, to counteract unresolved, stress. 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 $15.04 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 DEAR POLLY — When my family goes to a carnival, fair or festival, I buy © 1970 NSA "Ask yore o\' lady—how should 1 know wtaff with tha broads' Mutation movement?"

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