Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 11, 1970 · Page 27
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 27

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 11, 1970
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wedneidoy, November H, 1970 Women's Rights The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution declares among other things that no state shall "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." One trenchant argument against approval of the proposed equal rights amendment which would bar discrimination on grounds of sex is that this is unnecessary because there is ample power in the 14th to protect women. Some opponents of the equal rights amendment also make the claim that, by erasing all distinctions between men and women in the eyes of the law, it would rob women of certain protections. Such an amendment, it is said, would do away with protective statutes which now safeguard women. Opponents also assert that the amendment would make women liable to conscription for combat military service. These and other contentions in opposition have been so well received in the Senate that there is no chance of its enacting the simple amendment already passed by the House. Thus Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana has changed his strategy. He now plans to propose a different equal rights amendment which in effect would specifically extend to women the protection of the 14th's equal protection clause. Neither the United States nor any state, it says, shall on account of sex deprive any person of due process or the equal protection of the laws. Some of the most zealous proponents of women's rights may bajk at any such deviation from the pristine language of the amendment originally submitted. As a practical matter, though, the choice may be between going down gloriously in flames on this one or getting the new approach through Congress. They would be ill-advised to choose the former course. Tossed Like Leaf Clear air turbulence has for some years been a matter of concern, but rather low-priority concern, in aviation circles. If anything can stimulate a more vigorous approach to this problem, the ordeal of a Pan American 747 that began over Nantucket Island and lasted for five minutes or so ought to turn the trick. It was fortuitous, in this sense, that the plane involved in that episode was not an ordinary transport but the largest passenger aircraft flying. The fact that this giant plane was tossed up and down like an autumn leaf in the wind gives dramatic emphasis to the magnitude of the force involved. The devilish thing about clear air turbulence is that it strikes, as in this instance, without warning. Even the calm language in an airline statement brings this out. The plane, it says, was "flying in a slight chop in clear weather, climbing through 28,000 feet with the seat belt sign on." Then we come to it: "Over Nantucket a sharp downdraft was felt followed by frequent severe updrafts and downdrafts. The turbulence lasted five minutes." A lively and frightening five minutes, to say the least. That phrase, "frequent severe updrafts and downdraft s," means the plane was bouncing about the sky like a child's toy. Seventeen persons were injured. Many more might have been hurt had the accident occurred at a time when the seat belt sign was off. It all adds up to urgent impetus for a more intensive study of this phenomenon. The need for better ways of anticipating and evading such clear air turbulence is freshly evident. Genetic Threat The swiftly growing number and diversity of chemicals used in industry, agriculture and households poses a question: To what extent are they harmful as well as beneficial? The more compounds there are, the more widely they are used, the more urgent the question becomes. One potential danger increasingly feared is that some, perhaps many, chemicals in common use may be doing subtle harm to the human genetic pool. This possibility has been newly emphasized by a well known geneticist, Dr. James F. Crow of the University of Wisconsin. While appearing in Washington at a symposium sponsored by a number of private and federal agencies, Dr. Crow said that hundreds of chemicals might be capable of causing undesirable genetic change. It should be noted that he said there is no present evidence of such agents causing mutations. He went on to say, however, that he and other specialists are suspicious of numerous chemicals. While this in itself may not warrant alarm, the informed suspicions of such men as Dr. Crow and his colleagues argue for more thorough and widespread testing of chemicals with this danger in mind. That is what the University of Wisconsin geneticist recommends — an intensified program of seeking to determine the genetic effects of this or that commonly used substance. This is an important early step toward minmz- ing the threat of undesirable mutations. Where Did You Come From, Baby Dear? Dear Abby Washington Notebook — Nixon Outsmarts Himself By Bruce Biossat President Nixon, styled the master politician, has a way of outfoxing himself, and the Republicans' heavy governorship losses in the 1970 elections are evidence he may have done it at this critical time for his party's future. The Democrats' net pickup of governorships in the range of 10 or so, coupled with necessarily incomplete figures indicating total Democratic control of at least 27 of the 50 state legislatures, can reinforce the party handicap of the GOP for another decade or more. For, on the basis of the 1970 census totals, district lines for both congressional and state legislative seats will be redrawn in 1971 and thereafter. No one doubts that where Democrats have control at the state level, those lines will be drawn to their advantage. If the importance of this escapes anyone, let it be remembered that only twice since 1930 has the GOP commanded the U.S. House for two-year periods. In the last 20 elections from that date on, the GOP only five times has elected 200 or more congressmen — with 218 needed for a majority. Even without the coming new reapportionment, the Democrats already have such a strong leg up in many areas that in any given election year they need only a fair portion of the so-called swing districts to gain a House majority. Moreover, in these 1970 tests, the Democrats have come close to turning around the GOP's lopsided 32-18 edge in governorships, which included nine of the 10 most populous states (Missouri previously was the most populous northern state with a Democratic governor). Now, in addition to keeping their prior hold on Texas, the Democrats have cut into the 10 biggest with victories in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida and may add another. Automatically, this widens the Democrats' power base for a strong presiden­ tial thrust against Nixon in 1972, especially since the Democrats' big state triumphs are backed up by governorship victories in such second-tier states as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oklahoma. Their only loss to the GOP in this category was Connecticut. A party holding approximately three- fifths of the governorships, as the Democrats will in 1972 as result of this election, can operate with far more unity and sense of command in a swing behind a key presidential propect like Maine's Democratic Sen. Edmund Mus- kie, than can a loose confederation of headless state organizations such as comprised the Democratic party after 1968. Of all this peril to himself in 1972 and to the GOP's long-range building hopes, Nixon had fair warning in at least one private memorandum earlier this year. The key point of this advisory was that the President was concentrating on the wrong ball game. In personally campaigning in an unprecedented 22 states, Nixon focused almost wholly on U.S. Senate races, even though GOP experts told me last spring and again in August that their pickup chances were at best only four or five of the seven gains needed for control. Nixon had to know what they knew. Yet, doggedly, he pitched his whole effort toward the Senate. A dozen Republicans yielded apparently safe House seats to run for the Senate, many at the President's behest. Five won, and the official canvass in Indiana might give victory to a sixth. Evidently Nixon assumed some GOP House losses anyway (he was right), but figured that body's more conservative tone would make them less hurtful. The great irony is that the President's entire game plan from the time of his election was to build the GOP toward a national majority. But what he has done is cop a small public relations triumph (holding House losses low and gaining two or maybe three Senate seats) at the cost of party-damaging losses in the crucial governorship arena. Woman's World Bane of Civilization Have you ever run into a person who has all the answers even if he doesn't know the questions? My seeing the type so often led me at first to believe he might be an occupational hazard. But he's a common species, encountered everywhere from PTA _ \ meetings to cocktail parties. Physical characteristics vary, of course, except all have a voice like a bull moose and enough brass to start a foundry. The type usually has such a grasp of world affairs that the mind boggles. Here he is wasting time as a furnace filter salesman. If only the United Nations KNEW. It doesn't matter that, in your opinion, the man's conversation would bore a cigar-store Indian. The man knows things. He knows politicians are crooks and policemen are on the take. (Wouldn't he be surprised to discover YOU know that he hasn't voted for years and that he tried and failed to get his last speeding ticket fixed?) He always knows "the real story." (Perhaps he read it in one of your books — By Betty Canary he borrowed and never returned.) He knows why the school system is failing, why teachers shouldn't strike, why kids aren't learning anything today and how the superintendent should cope with the busing problem. For some reason he never seems to know what grade his son got on yesterday's spelling test and is usually surprised when you mentioned the solo his daughter sang at the Fall Festival last week. He has never spent even a two-weeks' vacation in San Francisco but he can tell you how terrible life is there "among all those freaks." He did spend two weeks in Washington, D.C., once, which is, no doubt, what made him an authority on the crime problem there. Philadelphia isn't worth the trip, he'll explain. (He passed through there 20 years ago on a train.) Today's music is no good, which is why he never listens to it. The movies are all bad and the plays are worse. This is the reason he doesn't go any more. After all, they'll never top "Rain" and "The Student Prince." Newspapers are biased, magazine editors have "sold out" and books, well, they're nothing but a string of four-letter words bound between hard covers. If he loses at poker, it couldn't be the way he played the game. 'Girlie Show' Got Hubby in Doghouse — By Abigail Van Bur en Abby Van Buren DEAR ABBY: What do you think of married men going to a "girlie show" where the girl dancers are completely naked and they dance VERY close to the tables? By the way, only men can get into these places. My husband plans to go with some men friends of his soon, and he is really looking forward to it. He doesn't know how furious I am about this. I did tell him I didn't see why a married man would even want to go to such a place, but he kind of laughed it off. Do you think I am being foolish for feeling as I do? Maybe I should pretend I don't care so I won't be thought a jealous, possessive, nagging wife. What would you do in this case? Tell him he can't go? By the way, my husband is 25 and I am 23 and we've been married for three years. JEALOUS DEAR JEALOUS: You have already expressed your surprise (and probably disappointment) that your husband would want to go to such a place, and having done that, there is nothing further for you to do. Don't tell him he "can't" go. (He'll go if he wants to.) DEAR ABBY: To ease the heart of the lady who kept finding fresh flowers on her husband's grave from an "unknown donor" and was hurt because she had thought him so faithful, please tell her this: We had a dear old relative whose vision wasn't too good. After her husband died she went almost every day to place fresh flowers on his grave, and since it kept her busy, nobody interfered. One day, I went with her and discovered that she had been putting the flowers on the wrong grave. I didn't have the heart to tell her, thinking it couldn't possibly make any difference to anyone. So for the rest of her life, that dear little old lady never knew she was going to the wrong spot. It never occurred to any of us that such an error could cause heartache to anyone until I read that letter in your column. So, this lady's husband was probably the wonderful, faithful person she remembers, but somewhere there could be a feeble myopic mourner who is visiting the wrong grave. Hope this helps. BETTY IN L. A. DEAR ABBY: Your article about "Twin Beds vs. Double Beds" hit both of us right between the eyes. You are absolutely right! Although we are both past the age of "romance," we have a king-sized bed, and it is so nice to cuddle up next to each other and hold hands until we drop off to sleep. In spite of the fact that I am a snorer, blanket-snatcher and leg flinger, my wife is happy with this arrangement. Sincerely, HAPPY IN OAKLAND DEAR ABBY: Re the widow who wrote that a mysterious person kept putting fresh flowers on her husband's grave, and she was heartsick. It is possible that in her grief and shock, this widow when making the funeral arrangements signed for an automatic flower service. This means the grave site is perpetually provided with fresh flowers. This happened to a friend of mine. She was so numb at the time she made her husband's funeral arrangements she signed with a florist for such a service. When she was sent a bill one month later for "Perpetual flower delivery" she said she had never even heard of such a service — and she certainly didn't recall signing for it. So tell that poor lady that she may be going through all this for something she herself agreed to pay for. JEAN IN LOMPOC CONFIDENTIAL TO "NO SWINGER" IN MISSOULA, MONTANA: Dancing can be a very intimate business, and I don't think you are even a little bit square for wanting to dance the "slow, cheek-to-cheek" ones only with your own husband. DEAR ABBY: My driver's license is due for renewal very soon. I retired last month so I am now a "Senior Citizen." I have had a driver's license for 35 years and have an excellent record, but I have never told my right age. (I am five years older than recorded on my license, and also on my car insurance.) Should I tell the truth now? Or should I let it go? I am scared. BROOKLINE, MASS. DEAR BROOKLINE: Tell the truth. Honesty is the best policy in all things. And for insurance, it's absolutely necessary. DEAR ABBY: We have been married for 20 years and have three children. I have worked 16 of those years and made half the living. Our children haven't suffered from the arrangement as they are good citizens and top-notch students. Last week my inlaws brought over a beautiful diamond ring which my hus- gand had inherited. They expected him to have it reset and give it to me. (So did I.) My husband flatly refused, saying I wasn't the "diamond type," and he was going to just put it in his safety deposit box — which is what he did. Now I know I'm no Liz Taylor, but I would have enjoyed wearing that diamond. My husband could never afford to buy me anything so expensive, but since he inherited it, don't you think he should have had it made over for me? His reaction made me feel so plain. I PLAIN JANE DEAR JANE: If your husband had put the ring away because he couldn't afford to insure it, or he feared you might be harmed in a robbery, -I wouldn't fault him. But shame on him for saying you aren't the "diamond type." Every woman becomes the diamond type the moment she wears a diamond. Your Health Not Harmful to All By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb — T am 19 years old and am concerned about this cyclamate issue. While they were out I was always drinking and eating them, as my family and other people were, also. I would like to know if there is any chance of my coming down with something fatal or, for that matter, anything at all. I have not eaten or drunk anything with E. Lambcyclamates for one year. Dear Reader — In my opinion, the cyclamate scare was an example of ignorant bureaucracy in full bloom. There is not a single case of cancer in man that can be attributed to cyclamates. The whole fuss began when very Polly's Pointers Keep s it From Showing — By Polly Cramer Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — I often stamp patterns on pillowcases to be embroidered and used to have the same problem as M. K. Now, to keep the pattern from stamping through to the other side of the case, I slip a plain piece of paper through the case. Foil or waxed paper both work well. After such marks are on the fabric, they are hard to remove, as I had used bleach, soil removers, etc., and still they did not always come off. —MAE DEAR GIRLS — If one has used an iron-on stamped design, wash with mild soap and water and the design should disappear, according to instructions given by one pattern company. If the marks are left by regular carbon paper, work detergent suds into the stain, then rinse well. If need be, a few drops of ammonia could be added, then repeat the sudsy washing and rinsing. -POLLY POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I dried a full load of expensive, delicate fabrics, mostly light-colored knits, and discovered on opening the dryer that blue crayon had been run through the dryer with the clothes. This left dark blue marks in all the wash load. Can any reader tell me how to remove these stains? -GLORIA FOLD BUTTERY SIDE IN things: When cooking vegetables in a saucepan, I cover with one of these wrappers, buttery side down, and the steam melts the butter or margarine off and flavors the vegetable. When cooking is finished, the wrapper is thrown away.. When making bread filling or pudding in the oven, the same can be done by using as many wrappers as necessary to cover the food. Remove in time for the food being cooked to brown. These wrappers are excellent for greasing cake pans and casseroles and also for coating the hands when making popcorn balls or taffy. —ALMEDA 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. large amounts of cyclamates were fed to rats and when cyclamates were injected by needle into chick embryos. : Now any good researcher worth his government salary knows you must interpret experiments on the basis of how they are done. Man is not a rat. We do behave differently. Cyclamates in soft drinks and foods is not injected; it is taken by mouth. The amounts previously recommended were nowhere near the range used in the rat experiments. Almost anything in grotesque excess can be harmful, including oxygen, sunshine, exercise and any naturally occurring foods, not to mention alcohol, tobacco and coffee. Cyclamates must first be absorbed from the intestines before affecting any other part of the body. Because many people do not absorb them, they may act as a laxative and cause bowel symptoms. If they are absorbed, chemical actions must take place (which seldom occurs in man but is observed in animals) before some of the other problems attributed to cyclamates can occur. Cyclamates can cause distention, bowel cramping and diarrhea when taken in excess. A few rare people develop increased sensitivity to the sunlight. But, taken by mouth in usual amounts, there is absolutely NO evidence that man has ever had or would have any other problems. This is despite the fact that massive quantities have been consumed by millions of people for a long time. Of course, cyclamates have been totally banned now. So RELAX! Government is made up of people, and people sometimes do silly things. The cyclamate scare is an example of people in government doing silly things. It also points up why government control of medicine and living habits has some dangers. Bureaucracy and governmental pronouncements are no substitute for sound scientific endeavor. DEAR POLLY — In these days of high living costs, my motto is, "A penny saved is a penny made." When unwrapping a y4 -pound stick of butter or margarine, fold the wrapper in fourths with the buttery side folded in and place in a small, covered, plastic container reserved for this in the refrigerator. I reuse these wrappers for the following BERRY'S WOULD "Now you've done it! We 're SWfr to be tote getting ta/ne*ond ^

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