Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Thurtday, November 12, 1970 Better Picture America's "best" young people have been and are being alienated and radicalized br the war in Vietnam, the draft, harsh drug laws, the inability of the nation to solve its domestic problems of race, urban blight, pollution and so on and on. Or so it has frequently been claimed. If 22,000 16- to 18-year-olds are representative of America's "best" high school youths, however, the recruiters for radicalism are going to have slim pickings among the crop of leaders coming up. The 22,000 constitute about one-third of the 62,500 students listed in the current "Who's Who Among American High School Students." The book, published annually by Merit Publishing Co. of Northfield, 111., lists outstanding leaders and achievers who have been recommended by their high school principals and counselors or who have scored high in national scholarship or award contests. More than 96 per cent of those listed go on to college. This particular 22,000 took part in a just-completed nationwide study conducted by Merit of the attitudes and opinions of student leadership in 18,000 of the 23.000 public, private and parochial schools in the country. Students themselves compiled the questionnaire, so it is not some adult's idea of what young people should be concerned about. The questions dealt with Vietnam, drug use, national politics, minority group relations, sex, population, ecology and the whole range of current national problems. While one in 10 of the students reported using marijuana and 22 per cent favored its use among high school students, 76 per cent said they would not use marijuana even if it were legalized and 96 per cent disapproved of the harder drugs such as LSD and heroin. On the question of the Vietnam war, the one issue which has radicalized so many college students, 85 per cent of the high school students felt that respect for this country has suffered because of the war. Yet 72 per cent approved of President Nixon's policy of gradual troop withdrawals. As for sex, which is supposed to be the older generation's "hang up," a large percentage failed to respond to any of the questions about sexual behavior. If youngsters are sexually liberated, says Merit, they aren't talking about it. They are talking to friends, though. More than half indicated they discuss their problems with a close friend rather than a parent or brother or sister. In sum, far from being pot-smoking, sexually liberated radicals ripe for the college campus barricades, the students revealed themselves as thoughtful, deeply concerned about the social and political crises of the day, but against violence and much more moderate than many would have us believe. It should be emphasized that the study by no means reflects today's average high schooler because it reported only the opinions of student leaders and high achievers. But it is the leaders who set standards and behavior patterns for the others to follow. Need Homework The election of an admitted (now that election's over) narcotics pusher as justice of the peace in Lawrence, Kan., is an episode made to order to underscore the importance of homework before voting. The situation in Lawrence, both scandalous and ludicrous, shows in extreme form what may happen if voters lack sufficient interest to learn essential data about those they choose for office. That is an over - simplification, granted. The responsibility rests not solely with the voters themselves; it is at several levels. In the first place, no party should allow a man a place on its ticket without some information as to his fitness for the office in question. We acknowledge, too, that the press has some responsibility for demanding answers to pertinent questions about aspirants for office. Lastly, the voters should exercise some curiosity in such matters. All that goes double, one might say, when the office in question is that of judge _ even, as in the Lawrence case, of justice of the peace. The probity of those who are to administer justice, even in a modest capacity, is a matter of the greatest concern. The Lawrence voters apparently cared little about that. Chill in Air AH but ski buffs and others of like temperament tend to experience a sinking feeling about this time of year. They have this in common with the outdoor thermometer. As the temperatures sag, until the day's high is lower than the day's low of only a short time before, the now-we're-in-for-it-again syndrome becomes increasingly evident. No one makes much fuss about the prospect. The average fellow wastes little time on advance groaning about icy winds and snow-clogged driveways. Some even look forward to such phenomena with a kind of grim anticipation. It doesn't much matter how we react, come to think of it. Willy, niily, winter's near. Dead End Dear Abby She's in Love With an Image — By Abigail Van Bnrcn Washington Notebook Myths Down the Drain By Bruce Biossat HONOLULU (NEA) — Each general election quickly breeds its own myths. In this 1970 affair, some were budding even before the voting. Right now, let's knock those in the head that deserve it. To begin with, this year's balloting was not in any clearly measurable way a referendum on the war in Indochina. I covered major races in 10 states and heard only two candidates (beaten New York Sen. Charles Goodell was one) voluntarily bring up the subject. Questions on it from audiences also were relatively rare. All over the landscape, both hawks and doves won. And some of each lost. It would take a page to run through the contrasting, inconclusive results. The fact is, and it was visible months ago, President Nixon by summertime (after our Cambodian adventure) had the war neutralized as a 1970 political issue. Incidentally, despite Vice President Agnew's harsh assaults on Goodell for his anti-Nixon stance on the war, let not the myth grow that the New Yorker was purged. He was doomed in any event, and silence from the Nixon-Agnew tower would have served his defeat just as well. The White House aim in New York was to save that key Senate seat by electing James Buckley, a Republican running under the Conservative party banner because his Connecticut residency barred him from the GOP New York primary. The elected Buckley will vote as a Republican. The game was to push him but also to stir sympathy (not too much) for Goodell, in hope liberals would resent the Agnew attacks and support the incumbent over the evident leader, Democratic Rep. Richard Ottinger. The tactic was tricky and might well have failed. Ottinger came to Nixon's rescue by looking bad next to the attractive Buckley. Another myth germinated early was that a special kind of apathy (a turn-off from the "system" by adults as well as young) would keep record millions away from the polls. It is too soon for national vote totals, but the preliminary evidence suggests moderate to heavy voting in countless places. What there really was in this campaign was unequaled confusion in voters' minds. One professional poll taken just a few weeks before balloting in the New Jersey U.S. Senate race showed an incredible 45 per cent undecided. It was not a telephone poll of the sort which normally yields a high undecided. The undecided percentages ran high to the end in many states. In Michigan, Democratic State Sen. Sander Levin, governor nominee, declared to me that the nation's alleged "apathy" concealed a furious energy — a people not indifferent but looking in bewilderment for answers to the economy, crime, unrest, etc. A week before the election, an astute GOP professional warned me that results would defy pattern if the vote was good. He was right. Democrats piled up governorship gains as Republicans advanced modestly in the Senate and avoided usual heavy House losses. Yet, again, let not the myth grow that Democrats' statehouse gains and retention of Congress mean Richard Scammon's "social issue'" — crime, unrest, urban chaos — is not real. I found it real everywhere. What puzzled voters was where to lay blame. It's easy to nail the GOP for economic troubles. That's a 38-year national habit. But the voters' real social enemies — the bombers, disrupters and cop-outs — were not on the ballot. How do you transfer their "guilt" to Democrats like Senate winners Cannon of Nevada, McGee of Wyoming, Muskie of Maine, Tunney of California, Hubert Humphrey, Ted Kennedy, all tough as nails against violence? Obviously, voters found the transfer implausible. Still, the Democrats' governor gains don't negate the issue. Sitting governors are vulnerable today, and the GOP offered 24 targets. Taxes, schools, welfare, personality matchups, those are the deciders. Hour Health Shingles, Chicken Pox By Laivrence E. Lamb, M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb — I have contracted the "shingles" and am in terrible pain. Would you please tell me what to do and how long it will last? Dear Reader — "Shingles" are caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Characteristically, "shingles" or herpes zoster occurs in adults, although it can occur in children. Dr. L. E. Lamb ? , m ° st cases '. t! ? e adult has previously had chicken pox. The virus may remain in a dormant state for years and then become active. Usually a nerve root is involved. The inflamed skin is over the area where the nerve is located. The most common location is along the curvature of a rib. A nerve follows the course of the rib from the spine, half-way around the chest. The band of pain may exist for several days before any changes in the skin are noted. In this time interval the doctor often has trouble discovering the cause of the severe pain. Then a rash, such as that seen in chicken pox, occurs along the rib. The period of acute pain usually lasts Abby Van Buren DEAR ABBY: There is this wonderful man, 29 years old, who is begging to marry me. He's in a position to give me just about everything a girl could want and he says he's in love with me. My problem is thai I'm not in love with him. You see. I am still in love with my high school algebra teacher. I haven't seen him in 13 years and he never did know I was in love with him. I hear he is happily married now and has three children. I've talked to several psychologists, but they haven't helped me. This algebra teacher is still the first thing I think of in the morning, and the last thing 1 think of at night. Here I am 30 years old, have a swell guy begging me to marry me and I keep turning him down. Should I marry him anyway? I'm afraid if I do, I'll be frigid because I'm still in love with somebody else. What is your advice? CAN'T FORGET DEAR CAN'T: You should talk to some more psychologists. You are not "in love" with a person, you're in love with an "image." It's all right to build dream castles, but when you try to "live" in them you're in trouble. " To "love" someone who is not available is useless, painful and unrealistic. Don't torture yourself any longer. You are wasting good years. DEAR ABBY: What do you think of a husband who, after four years of marriage, still taunts his wife by saying she was loo "easy?" Abby, that man chased me, courted me, sent me poetry, flowers 10 to 21 days, but the area may be sore for some time thereafter. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be given to eliminate the condition except medicine to relieve pain, so the disease usually runs its course. Pain medicine and tincture of time are all that can be offered. If the skin gets infected, the infection has to be treated. Dear Dr. Lamb — I am 62 years old. Recently when I urinate I notice that I am passing blood. I have had prostatitis in the past and I have passed stones. J do not have any pain or hurt anyplace. Could it be cancer of the kidneys or prostate gland? Dear Reader — Yes, it could. If it is painless bleeding it is probably not stones. The only way you can find out the cause is from a conplete examination. It is likely that U - doctor will need to look into your blai ier or do other studies to locate the source of the bleeding and its cause. Don't wait. See your doctor right away since blood in the urine, particularly without pain, can be caused by cancer and, if that is the cause, the earlier you receive treatment the better. Regardless ol the cause, you need treatment Timely Quotes The central point about the free press is not that it be accurate, though it must try to be; not that it even be fair, though it must, try to be that; but that it be free. And that means, in the first instance. freedom from any and all attempts by the power of government to coerce it or intimidate it or police it in anyway. —Commentator Eric Severeid, on Vice President Agnew's suggestion that newsmen be publicly quizzed on their opinions. You don't have to go to college to learn. —Eddie Rickenbacker, on his 80th birthday. . Our democratic system cannot tolerate the possibility that any candidate of either party can buy an election through a TV blitz. —House Democratic leader Carl Albert of Oklahoma, on President Nixon's veto of a bill limiting campaign spending on television. and wouldn't give me a moment's rest until I promised to marry him. Now he tells me that, a "nice" girl wouldn't have kissed him on the first date, which I did. He is going to embarrass me into the deep freeze. I can feel it coming. Maybe that's what he wants, then he can get rid of me for being cold. Please help me. FREEZER-BOUND DEAR BOUND: If you don't want to get rid of him — tune him out. But first tell him to grow up. DEAR ABBY: We received an invitation for a wedding and sent a very lovely wedding gift and awaited the event. Four days prior to the wedding date the groom announced he wanted out, so the wedding was hurriedly called off.. Later the couple "made up," and since the groom decided that he wanted to be "engaged," but not married, they postponed the wedding for two years. A card announcing the postponement was sent to 200 guests with a "thank you" for their gifts. (No gifts were returned, and I understand they received nearly 150.) My question: Is this proper? Don't you think the gifts should have been returned? Two years seems like an awfully long postponement to me. What do you think? "TAKEN" DEAR "TAKEN:" If you feel "taken," — you probably were. Time will tell. DEAR ABBY: Your advice, "Ask his mother," to Kay, the young girl who wanted to determine her beau's real character was about the worst I've ever read in your column. Let's listen in on a conversation between an acquaintance and my mother — describing me: Acquaintance: "He's a fat slob." My Mother: "He's healthy and has a good appetite." Acquaintance: "He was a holy terror in high school." My Mother: "He always was a high spirited lad." Acquaintance: "He's very lazy." My Mother: "He enjoys his leisure time." Acquaintance: "He is loud and foulmouthed when drinking." My Mother: "He's always the life of the party." Very truly yours, HUNTINGTON BEACH DEAR ABBY: Perhaps your reader, ' "HATES WASTE," would be interested in knowing that the "silly rule of etiquet" that one should always leave "something" on his plate was begun as an act of charity. During the Middle Ages, the affluent always left some food on their dinner plates for a good reason. A huge bowl was passed to each diner, who wiped his plate clean with a hunk of bread which he also deposited in the bowl. The Polly's Pointers Licks Yellowing Problem — By Polly Cramer Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — Do tell Mrs. M. R. C. that the way to keep her linens from turning yellow along the folds while stored in the linen closet is to alternate them every washday. When a towel or sheet is washed and ironed, put it on the bottom of the stack. This way they will all be used in rotation. Things that are not often used can be folded inside out and then opened on the right side so the yellow does not show. -REGINA DEAR POLLY — If Mrs. M. R. C. would store her white linens in blue plastic bags, they will not have yellow fold lines. I have had a white spread and some towels so stored for over two years and they have no yellow lines. —MRS. M. R. G. DEAR POLLY — I suggest that Mrs. M. R. C. get plastic zip covers that are made for storing blankets. I use them in my linen closet for sheets, pillow slips and towels and find them always fresh and clean by just zipping the bags open. -MRS. C. 0. R. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I find flannel always looks and feels so nice until it is washed. Could someone please tell me how to keep flannel soft? -STACEY up the dust and hair with little effort. Now I keep this brush looped around the handle of my vacuum so it is always handy when I need it. -MRS. W. D. McA. DEAR POLLY — This day and time, most everyone has a wig. I have a wig head for mine but no wig box to put it into, so I put a plastic bag over the wig (on the wig head) and put. the ends of the bag into the little hole in the bottom of the stand. This works fine and keeps my wig clean. —CHRISTINE You will receive » dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write Polly in care of this newspaper. bowl was then taken out into the streets to feed the poor. If the diner "forgot" to leave something on his plate, he was lined. (The fine would be used to feed the needy.) Today leaving food on one's plate is wasteful, but it originated as a charitable custom. L. W. L. (HISTORY BUFF) DEAR ABBY: That woman who gor jealous because she saw her husband with his arms around his secretary must be a real dope. He said he was showing his appreciation to a good secretary, and I believe him. That woman should know what It is to see real trouble, like paralysis, cancer, arthritis. I see it every day as I am a therapist, and I'm thrilled to pieces when one of the doctors meets me in the corridor, puts his arm around me and gives me a little hug and says, "Gee, girl, you're wonderful — we got him walking again, didn't we? If that doctor were to pass me in the hall with only a cold, "Good morning," everyone in the hospital would be sure we were sleeping together. Very truly yours, APPRECIATED DEAR ABBY: Like everyone else, I never thought I'd be writing to you, but when I read about the Cherokee Indian who said he could smell a poisonous snake at 40 paces, I couldn't restrain myself. My husband is a herpetologist fa scientist who studies reptiles), and he says a venomous snake has no odor other than during the mating season; and then only the females have this odor in order to attract and excite the male. Furthermore, most nonpoisonous female snakes give off the same musky odor at. mating season as the venomous snakes. Most people's notion that snakes have an odor comes from their experience with poorly cleaned zoo cages. SCENT-CERELY, SANDY LINDER: PHOENIX 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 MAKER, 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. DEAR POLLY — My home is com* pletely carpeted. I tried and tried before finding a way to get into the corners and around the edges, as my vacuum does not go that close. Often dust and dog hairs were much in evidence. I found our old, no-longer-used, wire lint brush, stooped down and with one swish went along the edges of the carpet and picked BERRY'S WORLD © 1WO kr NIA, Inc., | ". . . And to think, doctor—it all starttd w/'t/i a heart transplant!"
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