Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Scfturdoy, November 14, 1970 Media Assessed There are indications that Vice President Agnew's repeated attacks on the communications media have struck a responsive chord in many Americans. A recent poll suggests that, rightly or wrongly, there is much agreement with Agnew on the matter of media shortcomings. The poll was commissioned by Newsweek and carried out by the Gallup organization. It found that, while two out of three people were satisfied with the amount of news they were getting, 42 per cent agreed wiitih flhe vice president's censure of the news media. Fifty-three per cent felt that some points of view were not being adequately reported. Almost the same number, 51 per cent, were able to recall some news event which • they felt had been unfairly handled. When the poll further broke down the response in terms of which political leanings and which groups in America were being treated unfairly, some interesting results emerged. Half of those interviewed felt that in general both conservative and liberal points of view were •being treated equally. Among those who 'felt that one or the other was getting better treatment, however, the most common feeling was that liberals were 'coming out on top. Among newspaper readers, for instance, of the 35 per cent that thought one or the other view was being treated more fairly, 22 per cent thought the liberals got the best of it and 13 per cent thought the conservatives were favored. Among television viewers, the comparable figures were 25 and 8 per cent. The poll also sought to discern opinion as to the treatment of various groups by the news media. There was a consistent feeling that college students, peace demonstrators, Negroes and criminals were being treated more sympathetically than they deserved. Three groups were singled out as being treated more critically than was fair — the police, supporters of the war in Vietnam, and the "middle class." What is the significance of these findings? The most evident conclusion is that there is considerable support among the electorate for Vice President Agnew's charges against the media. Although there is far from outright opposition by a majority of the public against all aspects of the media, there are clearly some public perceptions about the media that warrant looking into. This is not a new situation. Indeed, responsible members of the news profession, whether in the electronic or print media, are in any case more or less constantly evaluating their performance. Both the vice president's strictures and the poll results cited above will have the effect of giving new impetus to this process of self-assessment. Man's World? Try this puzzler on yourself: A father and son were in an auto wreck. The father was killed and the son was rushed to a hospital for emergency surgery. The attending surgeon looked at the boy and said, "I can't operate; that's my son." How could this be? No, there aren't any hidden factors, such as adoption. The boy was the natural son of both the dead man and the surgeon. This story was told at the recent American Political Science Association convention in Los Angeles where it stumped most people, reports Science Service — men and women, liberals and conservatives alike. The explanation, of course, is that the surgeon was the boy's mother. The story was concocted to illustrate just how pervasive "male chauvinism" or antifemale prejudice is in our society, infecting even women themselves. ' It may be wondered, however, whether the failure of most people to guess the answer is due to male chauvinism or to the fact that there just aren't many women surgeons around. Yet female militants would argue that the fact that there aren't many women surgeons around is still due to male chauvinism, which teaches children that little boys grow up to be surgeons and little girls become nurses. So the next time Ben Casey asks for the scalpel, girls, let him have it. Era of Youths This may be the Age of Aquarius, whatever that means. It is without doubt the Age of Youth. Society is increasingly geared to the needs and desires of the young. All of middle age or thereabouts have felt the sting of it. In response a great many are trying, in a variety of ways, to seem younger than they are, and less "out of it." Census data suggest that the struggle to keep up with the young Joneses will be tougher, not easier, in years to come. The number of young adults is going to rise spectacularly in the next 15 years, says the Census Bureau. By 1985 there are expected to be an additional 28 million people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. At the same time, the 4564 group will remain about the same. The message in this handwriting on the wall is not wholly grim; youth is not all. There'll be plenty of it, though, so we'd better get used to the idea. In Bold Type Dear Abby Overweight Child Needs Doctor's Aid By Abigail Van Bur en DEAR ABBY: I recently married a wonderful man. He had been married to a woman who was sickly for many years. She finally took her own life, leaving him with one child who could be a beauty if she ever got down to human proportions. Abby, she is enormous. I don't know how much she actually weighs because she refuses to get on a scale, but she must be 250 pounds, and she's only five feet Abby Van Buren Washington Notebook tall! This child has been on every kind of diet imaginable, but she "cheats." We discovered that after dieting all day, •she'd get up at night and raid the refrigerator and pantry, so we put locks on both. Now, she steals .food during the daytime and hides it in her room to eat at night. I've found candy, cookies, bologna and even cans of spaghetti hidden under her mattress. Abby, she's not a dull child, but she's so unattractive and unpopular and unhappy. And she's only 13. Don't suggest TOPS or Weight Watchers. She's tried them. And don't tell me to get her to a doctor. I'd have to drag her there. I want more than anything in the world to help this girl, but where do I start? DESPERATE DEAR DESPERATE: You must conc» i r TT *x T? • T ~ Timely Quotes Set to Hit r oes in Laos . .. J v WASHINGTON (NEA) - The logic of the Southeast Asian war now makes stronger ground action against the North Vietnamese in Laos virtually certain. But not by American troops. Almost inevitably, South Vietnamese ground forces will find it necessary to make repeated intermittent raids (or sweeps) to interdict the Ho Chi Minh trails, destroy supply dumps and marshalling areas in southern Laos. Predictably, these raids will be carried out from time to time during the next 12 months at a minimum — and possibly for the next two years. These Vietnamese troops most certainly will have U.S. aid and assistance of one sort or another. The Vietnamese actions and the American assistance will be covert. There will be no announcements of these actions. The actions will center on (1) keeping the North Vietnamese off balance, and (2) at reducing arms deliveries so markedly that North Vietnamese troops in Cambodia and South Vietnam will be unable to mount major operations in either area in the predictable future. With the blockade of the Cambodian coast and tightened patrolling of the South Vietnamese shoreline, the Ho Chi Minh trails and the upper Mekong River must carry an unusually heavy burden of supplies and replacements. Despite the publicity given the Ho Chi Minh trails in the past, the North Vietnamese have hitherto relied primarily on sea routes to the south. Now the Lao trails and associated river routes are the one major loophole — By Ray Cromley left through which Hanoi can keep the south supplied. If this loophole can be drawn shut, militarily the major mainline Communist armies must gradually wither away in the far south, leaving princpally the guerrilla units. (The situation may be quite different in the far north of South Vietnam, close as it is to the North Vietnam supply base.) At this stage of the game, until considerable more ground work is laid by the Communists, it is highly unlikely that poorly supplied Communist guerrilla units without the support of mainline armies can be a decisive factor in Cambodia, except in the third to a half of the country which is sparsely inhabited and those areas heavily populated by North Vietnamese emigrants. Guerrillas, however, can be highly effective in South Vietnam as the history of this conflict has demonstrated on many occasions. But South Vietnamese armies, the regional and provincial forces and the local militia are much more suited than American conventional forces for dealing with traditional types of guerrilla activ- ty, especially in a drawn-out conflict. Even more importantly, the type of attack on guerrillas most likely to be successful is a steady improvement in economic and political conditions (and economic and political organization), an increase in the efficiency of police intelligence operations and the gradual reducton of corruption. These are activities which require American advice and assistance. They do not require large numbers of U.S. troops. Therefore, if the Lao excursions by the South Vietnamese prove successful, the cutback in American military forces in South Vietnam could be speeded appreciably without serious danger. A riot on a campus is not different from a riot anywhere else. —Ohio National Guard Commander Sylvester Del Corso, saying the guard would continue to carry loaded weapons on riot duty. One thing I've learned after living 100 years is that every man is different, but husbands are all alike. —Mrs. William E. Borah, widow of the senator from Idaho. I'm not knocking Ralph (Nader). After all, we're both for consumerism. The difference is, it seems to me, he wants it and I have to figure out how to pay for it. —Lee A. Iacocca, president of Ford Motor Co. Religion Today vince her without increasing her shame and guilt that she must see a physician for a thorough physical checkup. She may have a glandular disorder or a sluggish thyroid. The physician will probably recommend psychotherapy. She is a troubled child whose compulsive eating is only a symptom of deeper emotional problems. DEAR ABBY: I moved into this apartment building 30 years ago. On my floor was a terminal cancer patient who had a nine-year-old cat named "Miss Chee Chee." I told her I would care for her cat after she was gone and not to worry. She left her entire "estate" to me to care for Miss Chee Chee. (It was $25.) Well, for four days after the lady died, Miss Chee Chee wouldn't eat a thing. I feared she would die, so I called a vet to find out how to get her to eat. On the fifth day, when I had dinner on my table, my phone rang. It was my vet with more "tricks" on how to get the cat to eat. When I got back to the table, my steak, gravy, potatoes and green beans had disappeared! Fifteen years later Miss Chee Chee put her paws around my neck, gave it a hug and died. I vote with you. Why destroy a healthy pet? Let God decide. Miss Chee Chee gave me 15 years of happiness, and she had the same herself. GEORGE THANOS, N. Y. C. DEAR ABBY: Your telling KAY to ask her boy friend's mother to clue her in on her son's habits around the house was ridiculous! Let me say I'm in full agreement with you that "premarital housekeeping" is not the solution either, but in my opinion neither is asking the boy's mother. It's a rare mother who would tell a girl about her son's faults and thereby lay herself open to blame for them. Besides, mothers of sons have a ferocious "loyalty" to their sons and they are not about to disclose their faults to prospective wives — and especially to one who is so concerned with her own welfare that she's looking for bad habits already. I say, ask his brother, maybe, or his co-workers, or a buddy, or even his Dad. But if you want the facts, forget about asking Mom. PORTLAND DEAR ABBY: In reply to "MINNESO- Politics of Religion By Rev. Donald Poling Rev. Donald Poling Polly's Pointers Make Doll Hairpieces By Polly Cramer Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — Mrs. J. K. could use her discarded wig to make little hairpieces for dolls. Hold the new wig on with tape for a headband or straight pins could be stuck into rubber dolls. Also, any child would like to use one on a girl "snowman" in the winter. —R. S. DEAR POLLY -r- Mrs. J. K. wanted to know what to do with a discarded wig. I also bought one test was soon a sight to behold. I used it to cover my floor mop and it does a great job of cleaning walls, blinds and similar things. I do not use mine on the floor but guess I could. When the mop gets dirty I just wash it and use it again. —EDYTHE POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — While pitting cherries this summer I got spots of cherry juice on my tea towels and on the front of a patterned knit shirt. The spots did not show until the things were washed so now I have a lot of dark brown spots I cannot remove. Can someone help me? -KATHLENE DEAR POLLY - I stumbled on a way to remove that built-up soap film on shower doors and tile. The secret is to work DRY. Take a piece of coarse steel wool (or something similar) and rub the film right off. Just be sure BOTH the door or tile and the steel wool are perfectly dry. After all the film is removed, vacuum the particles scraped off. -MRS. T. D. DEAR POLLY — When knitting o crocheting an afghan I keep my work in a plastic clothes hamper with a cover. They are about 22 inches tall, 14 inches wide, IOV2 inches deep and can be bought in department or variety stores, in white or colors. While these hampers are large enough for such bulky work they are easy to carry about. When starting to use a new ball of yarn I run the thread •[': ;ough one of the ventilating holes in tl : hamper cover. This keeps the ball in the hamper rather than having it roll all around. My work stays clean no matter how long it takes to complete the project. —MRS. S. M. 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. This election year has seen several clergymen — Protestant and Catholic — running for office. In Connecticut and Rhode Island, men of the cloth were at the center of the controversy of mixing politics and religion. This disturbs many people, who feel that ordained ministers should not seek public office, fearing undue influence for their particular sect or denomination. Historians among us would verify some of these alarms. There have been plenty of popes who ran Italy as well as the Vatican City. Today, the Italian government is still trying to fashion a divorce law that will survive the criticism and veto of the Holy City. When Calvin tried to enforce the zoning and busing laws of Geneva, as well as the Ten Commandments, both church and state became uncomfortable. So people worry about preachers and priests in politics. But Congress will always be served by some and their record of political leadership may be both good and surprising. And this entire question has another side to it: Why do we always ask what the people think about the pastor? There are times, especially during periods of change and stress, that we should want to know what the MINISTER thinks abotu the people! In his most recent book, "Habitation of Dragons" (World Publishers, $4.95), Keith Miller arrives at this issue: "During one session of a pastors' conference, I asked each of the participants to write on a slip of paper their most pressing problem as a person in being a minister. Going through the slips. I was surprised to find that one of their main problems was resentment of the people in their churches. Some felt that the members used them in thoughtless ways which they would not think of using a business associate. Some thought their people had tried to extract every ounce of work they could out of their pastor for the smallest possible salary. There are many other problems, but they added up to a feeling that they were not being treated as persons but were used as religious equipment." All the studies and evaluations of the professional clergy seem to indicate a wide gap between the preparation and expectations of the job and the realities of the actual work. This is not to say that the young pastor was unaware of the difficulties and headaches he would face in the active ministry. The young lawyer, dentist and school teacher are also encountering their own difficulties as they begin to serve the public and earn their bread.) The distortion of preparation versus reality for the young clergyman may be traced to his seminary. This has been thoughtfully documented by the book, "Ex-Pastors," put out last year by Pilgrim Press. The summary here is, "Can he do what he really enjoys?" "While he was training in seminary, the pastor developed a mental picture of what his work was to be. It was an idealized portrait and, if he was a good student, he very likely developed an academic model of the pastoral ministry. But when he took his first church, reality broke in and he found that he had to spend his time doing many things he never intended." When you add to this tension the normal (or abnormal) changes that are sweeping across our modern landscape, you can imagine why feelings and attr- tudes are hardly calm within our churches. Many ministers would confess that they would not be interested in running for public office and seeking a place in politics. Why should they, since they are already involved in the politics of religion? TA GIRL," relative to hitch hiking, I wish to make the following comments: I am now in the process of investigating a case in which a 19-year-old girl also thought that hitching a ride with a stranger was cheaper and quicker than taking a bus. She was picked up by a "nice guy" who made advances to her. When he refused to stop, the girl opened the door and jumped out. The car was traveling about 50 mph. Needless to say, the girl required hospital treatment. Very truly yours, DETECTIVE: WATERFORD, CONN. DEAR ABBY: I feel very guilty and indebted because I have no strong feelings toward an 18-year-old boy who says he is in love with me. He is alwavs so kind and gentle and he spends all his hard-earned money on me. He is always looking out for my safety and well-being. I really enjoy his company and am grateful for his gifts, but I am unable to return his affection. I would like to date others, but I feel so guilty because I know he has no other girl. I hate to hurt him. Can you advise me what to do? FEELING GUILTY DEAR FEELING GUILTY: A little of that guilt is probably earned. Don't accept his gifts, and you will not feel so indebted to him. Date others, and insist that he do, too. By trying not to hurt him now you could be building him up for a more serious "hurt" later on. Barbs June is the month when the first of those no-need-to-pay-for-six-months payments comes due. Keep your chin held high, and you'll walk into a low clothesline. Now. if they could only apply the surefire delivery method used for junk mail to first-class matter . . . People who watch television closely rarely have their sets stolen. 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. 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