Panama City News-Herald from Panama City, Florida on June 26, 1974 · Page 3
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Towns Hopes NEWS-HERALD, Pwum.Clty, P!»., Wedixwtay, J »K!», l*M P«f*IA Talk about problems, this wife has one By Abigail Van Buren • im * CMUH Trftw ».M. v. Nm int., IM. DEAR ABBY: Harvey is 76, and I am a few years younger. We've been married (or two years, both having lost our mates in death. •», . My problem is his interest in other women. He says he just likes to "talk." We went to the Bahamas (or a holiday, and he took up with an old maid he met in the hotel lobby. She was with a tour, but found Harvey so fascinating she stayed behind and let the group go on without her. [Now don't tell me all he gave her was conversation!] When Harvey was in the hospital for a few days for tests he called up an old girl friend, and she came to visit him. Even with me in the Voom he held her hand, and they talked over old times. The head nurse told him he couldn't have any more visitors after that because it ran up his blood pressure. You can imagine how humiliated I was. Divorce is not the answer. If it weren't for this thing he has about other women he'd be a good man. I'm considering inviting two or three women over every day, and let him get all talked out. Should I, or not? HURT DEAR HURT: I wouldn't. Harvey might have more conversation in him than you think. DEAR ABBY: How does a parent deal with this new breed of woman? I need advice on this matter. Somehow I find it hard to accept this business of living together with- out marrying. Am I wrong to deny them sleeping quarters together in my house? My daughter is well educated, with a master's degree from a fine eastern university. She is only dumb where men are concerned. NO NAMES, PLEASE DEAR NO: What your adult offspring do away from home Is their business. What they do in your home is YOUR business. If you don't (eel right about their sharing sleeping quarters In your home, tell them so. And if they don't like it, they can stay at a motel. DEAR ABBY: What can be done about a neighbor who comes over every day as soon as I come home (rom work at 3:45 p.m.? Her husband travels, so she stays for hours. I have no time (or myself and absolutely no privacy. Sometimes I've had a hard day at the office and would like to lie down for an hour before I start preparing dinner, but I can't because she's here. She brings her two preschool children along, which makes matters worse because she doesn't discipline them, and they run wild. Otherwise she is a good neighbor and does a lot of little favors for me. I hawm't wanted to say anything that might hurt her feelings, yet these poorly timed visits are getting to me. Any suggestions? WEARY DEAR WEARY: Yes. Tell her you sometimes like to lie down after work so please telephone before coming over. I don't know what "little favors" she does for you, but you're paying a big price for them. Is it worth your privacy? Think about it. CONFIDENTIAL TO "DESPERATE OLD MAID": At 29 you are far from an "old maid," so drop that label. And don't act so desperate. Think of yourself as a whole individual, not a half looking for another half. NICODEMUS, Kan. (UP!) This small town In the wheat farming country of northwestern Kansas was founded more than 100 years ago by exslaves. During the late 1880s the town had several cultural organizations, two banks, a hat shop, general store, newspaper, post office, and a school. Over the years, however, most of its people have moved away, and today there are only 10 houses left. But the 50 residents who remain in the all- black farm town are not down and out. They are preparing to replace an old Baptist church built 100 years ago, and the town hall, built of native beige-colored stone, ' is neatly kept. In addition, they asked for and got a $240,0tib grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) two years ago to build a 10-unit housing project for the elderly. The townspeople, dreaming of restoring their lost prosperity, said it would help get their friends and relatives to come home to spend their retirement years. But the black people are angry now because they could not get a builder to construct their proposed housing unit for $240,000 and they have been unable to get any more funding from the government. The town leaders subsequently decided to go ahead and build what they could with the money they have, starting in July, but thev are not happy about it, and suspect they were discriminated against, "There's a mouse In the meal somewhere up and down the line," said Ora Switzer, a member of the Township Board. "Everywhere you look they've lost our papers and this, that and the other." The town's housing authority applied to HUD for an extra $32,616, the smallest sum contractors said was needed to complete the project has planned. But the application was held up in Kansas City for almost a year, and by the time it reached Washington, the government had imposed a blanket moratorium on supplemental funds for any housing project. "We've made so many trips Banana Giants Clash In Central America WIN AT BRIDGE Poor play insures slam set replied North. "What I do object to is the way you misplay them." South won the diamond lead with his ace and led his four of clubs. West played the seven and South went right up with dummy's king. East snowed out and try as he might South had no way to avoid the loss of two club tricks. Where had South gone wrong? There was a perfect safety play available to him. He should simply have covered West's seven of clubs with dummy's nine spot. This would have cost him a trick if East had started with exactly two clubs. But all the trick would have cost him, would have been a 30-point overtrick. As North pointed out you can afford that loss when By Oswald & James Jacoby insuring a slam. imru JJ . u„ „n Suppose clubs had broken "Why did you take me all 3 . L ^ uth would Iose a dub the way to six? complataed trick and could not lose two. South. "Dont you know I may Suppose East held aU four open a fifteen-point notrump cl ^ s> West would nave on occasion? snown out and Soutn wou i d "I don t really mind your nave known about tne bad NORTH 25 * KQ10 ¥ A76 • KQ7 + K932 WEST EAST 482 •J9653 V 952 VQJ104 • J1096 4 8543 + QJ87 SOUTH (D) * A74 ¥ K83 • A2 • A 106 54 Neither vulnerable West North East South 1 N.T. Pass 6 N.T. Pass Pass Pass Opening lead-•J SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (UPI) — One factor behind this month's charges of banana company Intrigues to overthrow Central American governments Is a quiet struggle for hegemony between the Industry's two giants. The fierce competitors are the United Fruit Company, the traditional leader in the field and a favorite target of area leftists, and Castle & Cooke, a brash •challenger which, has captured half the market. Central American strongmen have played one firm against the other to force up banana prices. Area leaders this year imposed a tax of $1 on every 40-pound box of bananas shipped from any Central American port. Leaders make no secret of the fact they hope to emulate the success of. Arab oil countries. "Bananas are the petroleum of Central America," said former Costa Rican President Jose Figueres. "We have stepped being banana republics," said Nicaraguan strongman Gen. Anastasio Somoza. The American firms, locked in competition and plagued by alternate crop failures and bumper harvests, view the tax • as one more problem they don't need. v United decided to give the scheme, a try. Castle & Cooke's subsidiary, Standard, Fruit, emerged as the leader of the opposition to the banana tax. Standard challenged Costa Rica to buy all its holdings in the country. The government agreed to negotiate. Then the Pananmanian ambassador to Costa Rica, David Pere, dropped-a mini-bomb. He said Standard had approached United with a scheme to hire mercenaries to overthrow regimes in Costa Rica and Honduras and assassinate Panamanian strongman Gen. Omar Torrijos, who later confirmed the alleged plot. The immediate effect was to embarrass the negotiations between Standard and Costa Rica. Standard denied' the charge. Costa Rican diplomatic and business circles were skep tical. The complicated banana game has changed since the days when United Fruit allegedly made and broke dictators and Harry Belafonte sang of the plight of field hands. United's workers make so much money the union is fighting company efforts.to switch to sharecropping, which Standard has exploited spectacularly. Miles-long steel cables with hooks, resembling ski lifts, have replaced human shoulders as means of getting fruit from the field to the banana boat. Even the bananas are different. New varieties, assure large standard sizes, but they have to be died artificially to the yellow the public expects. Marketing has changed. United, whose jingle, "never put bananas in the refrigerator," became famous in the United States, began marketing fruit under the "Chiqulta" brand name. Standard countered with Dole bananas, using the name familiar to American consumers from Castle & Cooke's pineapple subsidiary. In the 1960s, United Fruit, a conservative Boston firm, was taken over by Wall Street raider Eli M. Black, who merged it with the John Morrell meat packing firm. Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. of New Orleans, with plantations in Honduras, was picked up by the Dole people. Both companies began energetic expansion programs. United tried to diversify away from bananas; Standard tried to diversify into bananas. Gradually, the sales gap between the two narrowed. Standard opened banana operations in Costa Rica in 1972 and in Nicaragua in 1973. But from the end of World War II until the 1970s, banana prices suffered the fate of other farm commodities. Central Americans paid more for manufactured imports. They earned no more from. their banana production. With Arab oil producers showing the way for developing nations, Central Americans began thinking of ways to make more from bananas. The tax has now brought to a head a three-way struggle among United, Standard and the host governments. Most observers believe there will be no palace coups. Instead, there will be loud denunciations, then compromise, and finally higher prices for banana munchers around the world. up and down the road and they've had us go this place and that place. We hate to be denied this when we've had such a great hope," Mrs. Swltzer * said. Accusations of racial discrimination were brought up after nearby Hill City, the larger and more prosperous county seat, won approval for extra funds for a 25-unlt public housing project. Applications for similar funds from the two towns were sent In at the same time. "We feel It was definitely discrimination, and we're hopping mad," said Lois Alexander, director of the, Nicodemus Housing Authority. "We're still going to fight, not so much for the buildings or anything, but to see what happened to our request." The project now planned is to be built without a community building, landscaping or other extras such as paving. Nicodemus has no paved streets whatsoever —only shale and gravel put on the roads by the county. But Mrs. Alexander said ground will be broken next month and the project will go ahead, regardless. "It's pride in the town and wanting to keep the history behind it. We'd just like for there always to be a Nicodemus if that's possible," she said. SIGHTS ON COMMISSION - She may not get a man with a gun, but she can get one step closer to a commission. Air Force ROTC Cadet Christina Kneiss takes aim on the target as instructed by SSgt. Michael Graham (right) small arms trainer, while Cadet Keith Curtis waits his turn. The cadets are among 118 who received marksmanship training as part of their four week summer encompment experience. The encampment is being held at the Air Defense Weapons Center at Tyndall. Askew Seeks More Police FORT LAUDERDALE, (UPI) — Gov. Reubin Askew has called for more and better paid state and local law enforcement officers. Askew told the annual conference of the Florida Police Chiefs Association that law enforcement work requires people who can deal with a variety of problems. "Today's officer must be more than the man who hands out parking tickets, corners a shoplifter or shoots it out with a felon in some dark alley, said askew. "He must be all of those things, but he also must be prepared at times to function as a lawyer, psychologist, referee, marriage counselor, fireman friend, coach, teacher, and technician, obstetrician statistician." The governor said that a growing crime and population rates merits the hiring more policemen. During 1973, said Askew, > serious crimes in Florida rose by 17.3 per cent. He said murders rose by 19 per cent, car thefts by 23 per cent, rapes by 21 per cent and larcenies by 13 percent. fifteen-point mind notrump,' HOLIDAY Travel time begins with us. , Let us show you the way... and our service will cost you no more!!} 763-2877 NERVIG TRAVEL SERVICE 569 HARRISON AVE. PANAMA CITY -7— —T- break. The only way to lose the slam was for West to hold all four and South to misplay the suit. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) The bidding has been: West North East U Dble Pass Pass Pass 3* 54 Pass Pass 25 South 2* 4t You, South, hold: •654¥KJ432*AQ97*3 . What do you do now? A—Bid five diamonds. This bid can't hurt you. TODAY'S QUESTION Your partner jumps to six hearts. What do you do now? Answer Tomorrow PotShots Teapots tend to be low and wide because tea leaves rise and expand in hot water. Coffee grounds, on the other hand, tend to sink to the bottom of the pot, leaving the pure clean brew at the top; thus coffee pots are generally tall and narrow. HANG ON — Little Anne Marie Fisette, 2, of Boxford, Mass. holds onto her oversized helmet as her dad, George Fisette participates in a Motorcycle Safety Riding program in Framington, Mass. The program offers instructions for safe riding. 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