Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on November 18, 1970 · Page 56
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 56

Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, November 18, 1970
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wednesday, November 18, 1970 Merry Christmas Once again a special Christmas shopping issue of the Daily Times Herald marks the official opening of a concentrated gift buying season in Carroll. Today's unusually large edition launches the 1970 yuletide for all Carrolland, only this year there is a difference; and a most pleasing variation from similar openings of past years. This year the Carroll retail interests offer completely new surroundings and locations, in the majority of cases anyway, that are indeed thrilling and exciting. Although far from finally completed as yet, a major step in the urban renewal project of the downtown business district has only recently been accomplished with marvelous results that will bring not only joy for the Christmas season but pleasures and conveniences on an enduring basis. Coincidental with the advent of the Christmas shopping promotion has been the formal opening of Westgate Mall, Carroll's all new downtown retail trading center that stands unique to the whole country. No where in the nation is there an urban renewal project to compare with Carroll's. In the first place, Carroll is one of the smallest cities ever to be awarded an urban renewal project. And most important of all, the Carroll undertaking was never intended to eliminate blighted residential or commercial areas, as is the case in most urban renewal projects. But tile local objective was designed principally to update and modernize an admittedly antiquated downtown business section and in its place present an entirely new retail trade and commercial area unsurpassed by the most elaborate and extensive new shopping centers in the largest cities. Many a metropolitan community has witnessed the rise of some mighty fancy suburban shopping centers. In practically all instances, however, these attractive cooperative efforts have been developed far from long established business and civic centers. They have come about, in large part, because of a deterioration of well worn downtown districts where it was impossible to undertake successful face liftings or provide adequate parking facilities so vital to commercial operations. But not so in Carroll. Here a complete renovation of the downtown business section is well started, as will be so readily apparent to Christmas shoppers as they find a hearty welcome awaiting them in numerous and varied retail stores which are completely new or extensively modernized from stem to stern. They are likewise found to be well stocked with completely new merchandise to please the most discriminating customer. The distinctive and exciting Westgate Mall forms the core area for the many new establishments now operating in beautiful new surroundings. There is much yet to be done in the five-year urban renewal program to transform all of downtown Carroll into a veritable fairy wonderland of retail and commercial establishments. But the portion which already has been completed, and makes a formal debut with the opening of the Christmas shopping season this week, gives a fine picture of what is ahead. And residents of all Carrolland may well share in the enthusiasm, joy and pride of these outstanding accomplishments at the opening of the Christmas shopping season. For those retail and commercial interests already well located in such beautiful new surroundings, as well as others soon to follow suit, it promises to be a very Merry Christmas, which we know they will gladly share with their many customers from far and wide. Hey, Pop, We Ain't so Bad! Dear Abby Washington Notebook Young Voters... and Impact WASHINGTON (NEA) - The poll-, sters are checking right now on 1970 voting participation among the nation's younger eligibles. Probably it was somewhat weak, as usual. Of those who did vote, we already know many helped Democratic defeat in New York even as they aided Democratic victory in California. It will be a week or two before estimates of turnout percentages by the various age categories will be offered by the opinion samplers. No election night spot tests can provide that information. They can, by a kind of eyeball check followed up by interviews at polling places in carefully selected precincts, give some index as to how people voted by age brackets. CBS took such samples in seven states, but found their results confusing and hence useless in two. The network's most interesting findings were in California, New York, Minnesota and Tenessee. Copying Census Bureau practice, the testers used the broad 21 to 35 span for their lowest age bracket samplings. In California, the interviews revealed that 67 per cent in the 21-35 category voted for the winning Rep. John Tunney, Democrat, over incumbent Republican Sen. George Murphy, who got ^he other 33 per cent. Jess Unruh, Democratic nominee for governor, won 58 per cent of the 21-35 bracket's support against 42 per cent for Gov. Ronald Reagan, the winner. The New York outcome was inevitably more complex because of the three-man U.S. Senate race. There some 41 per cent in the 21-35 age frame went for the winner, James L. Buckley, a Republican who was on the ballot under two special headings — as the tiny Conservative party's nominee and as an independent. Forty per cent went for the beleaguered GOP incumbent, Sen. Charles Goodell, but only — By Bruce Biossat 19 per cent backed the leader of the early polls, Rep. Richard Ottinger, the Democratic nominee. Ottinger's collapse, which I reported a week before the ejection, was one of the least foreseen developments of the 1970 campaign. Clearly, the younger voters played a substantial role in that decline. What happened in Minnesota may contain some small but crucial indicators of the political future of Sen.-elect Hubert Humphrey, the 1968 Democratic presidential nominee. Those in the 21-35 category went for him by only 53 to 47 per cent over his GOP adversary. Indeed, the older age brackets did better by him as he wound up with a winning percentage aroiind 58. Nor did Humphrey's candidacy have any pulling effect on the young in the Minnesota governorship race. The 21-35 voters went 52 to 48 for the GOP loser, Attorney General Douglas Head. Only more detailed polling analysis can tell what this showing really means. Possibly the younger voters even in his home state see Humphrey simply as "old hat" at 59. Perhaps, too, there is a hangover of resentment against him as the product of the traumatic chaos of the 1968 Democratic convention at Chicago. If the Minnesota spot checks are at all representative of attitudes toward Humphrey today among younger voters generally, he must be put down as a pretty remote prospect for the 1972 presidential nomination. My earlier conversations around the country suggest this is so. The Tennessee samplings just demonstrate what other prior indications have hinted — that in some places the young are quite conservative. The CBS samplings there showed 75 per cent of the 21-35 age group voting for the Republican winner. Rep. William Brock, and' a mere 23 per cent supporting the old Democratic warhorse and confirmed peace advocate, Sen. Albert Gore. Virginia's 21-35 voters backed the winner, Sen. Harry Byrd Jr., who ran independently against two major party regulars, in roughly the same majority ratio as did the older age groups. Signs, No Words Woman's World For years, people back from motor tours in Europe have been talking about the wordless but graphic and readily understandable road signs they encountered. There is a move afoot toward spreading the use of such signs and even making them uniform worldwide. One step will be taken next year in our country: agencies which administer federal lands have agreed to adopt a large number — 77 at present count — of signs that get across their meaning without words. Putting it thus may be a bit overoptimistic. Some of the symbols are more obscure than others. Few would have trouble associating a knife and fork with food service, or a tent with a campground. But what about a solid triangle with one side crumbling off in chunks: What does that signify? Rocks, that's what. Or how about a car framed in a line made up of dashes and arrows? It designates an auto tour road, but some travelers may puzzle over it before they catch on. The basic idea is excellent, however. The present signs are recommended by the federal government 's Interagency Task Force Committee on Signing and Marking, which has been studying the matter for three years. Now the committee has decided in a nationwide campaign to replace print with attractive wordless signs wherever possible to reduce "visual pollution." That is a sound enterprise — and if this or that sign causes confusion, changes can be made as we go along, Out of the Mouths of Babes • • By Betty Canary "Toddy," she answered. "Potty?" I guessed in an inspired way. "Toddy," she said. Too late. As I changed her blue corduroys for her pink corduroys I cooed, "What a big girl, asking to go to the . . ." "Gorm," she said. "Gorm NOW." . I made frantic efforts to interest her in toys, my car keys, a graham cracker and several back issues of House & Garden, but to no avail. She sat cross- legged before the front door keening like an ancient Indian lady who has lost many braves in battle. "I think she wants to go home," my son suggested. "Brenda stopped crying, hit the door with her fist. "Gorm!" she agreed. "I know how you feel, baby," my son said sympathetically. "How would you like to go for a walk?" he asked her. Brenda scrubbed at her nose with the loose sweater sleeve and considered. "Sissue," she said plaintively. "I think she wants to kiss you," I said. "Go on and kiss her." "With that nose?" At his words Brtnda ran down the hall. "Now look what you've done," I exclaimed. "Here you've hurt her feelings. A child shouldn 't be rejected — do you want her to grow up antisocial, maybe a leader in women 's lib?" Before agreeing to baby sit with a toddler, one should have an understanding with the mother, mainly to better understand the toddler. Not his actions — his grammar. Ask her to bring a vocabulary list as well as an extra change of overalls. V ^^^lf Brenda, a precocious \ 20-months, has many words. She spent an afternoon with me while her mother attended a concert. Now, I may have flunked a Spanish course once, but, after having five children and majoring in baby talk, it didn't occur to me that Brenda and I might have communications problems. At first we didn't. When she flung herself at her mother's knees and screamed, "Bye-bye!" I understood that all right. Then, when her mother's car pulled out of the driveway, Brenda immediately turned off the tears, marched to the refrigerator and demanded "Chocky mulk!" Easy. After finishing the mulk she put on one sleeve of her sweater and firmly announced, "Gorm." "What is it, honey?" "GORM!" "Want a graham cracker?" Mother-in-Law Unjust in Thinking By Abigail Van Buren Abby Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I have a wonderful hut- band and a beautiful baby boy. When Eric and I got married I was two months along. When we told my parents about my condition they wanted nothing to do with us, so Eric's parents gave us a small but lovely church wedding and reception for which I shall always be grateful to them. Soon after the baby was born my parents realized they had made a mistake so they called asking if they could come and see their new grandchild. Of course I let them, and they have been just wonderful since then. Abby, I still love my parents and am happy to let bygones be bygones. My problem is my mother-in-law. She is still mad at my parents and said I was a fool-for making up with them. She said, "When you needed them they turned their backs on you, but now they want the Joys of being grandparents, which they do not deserve." Abby, I know I owe Eric's mother a lot, and 1 hate to hurt her, but I can't bear a grudge against my own parents. Did I do wrong? IN THE MIDDLE DEAR IN: No. Be assured you did the right thing in making up with your parents. Your mother-in-law is in the wrong for trying to encourage ill feeling between you and your parents. DEAR ABBY: What is a mother supposed to say when her child asks, "Can Jimmy stay for supper," and Jimmy is standing right there looking up into your face? I always say, "Of course, but Jimmy has to call his mother and get her permission first." Then my brat says, "Mother, you call Jimmy 's, mother. He's afraid to." So, like a ninny, I go to call Jimmy's mother, and she says, "Are you sure he'll be no trouble?" Then what am I supposed to say? Anyway, I think you have the picture. I really don't object to one, or more, little tyke for supper because mine is an only child and it gives him someone to play with, but I don't like being maneuyered into it this way and my son pulls this often. Also, after supper they play until it's dark, and guess who has to take the dinner guest home? Is there a solution? ON THE SPOT DEAR ON: Your resentment at being outsmarted by a couple of junior con artists is understandable, but be glad your son has friends. Simply tell him Polly's Pointers to ask you privately if he may have a guest for supper. DEAR ABBY: My husband is 25 years old and he still sucks his thumb. He only does this at night. He says that's the only way he can fall asleep. It doesn't bother me except that I think there must be something wrong with him, and I'd like to break him of this habit. He is normal in every other way. What should I do? THUMB SUCKER'S WIFE DEAR WIFE: If he's normal in every other way, let him alone. DEAR ABBY: Could you please tell the world to stop punishing dogs with a rolled up newspaper? No wonder dogs bite newspaper carriers. They see the newspaper and they think they are going to get hit, so they attack the person who's delivering it. I know. I am a newspaper carrier. Not only that, but mail carriers look like they are carrying newspapers, too, which confuses dogs, so they also get bit. When I'm delivering newspapers, little kids under five years old will get me mixed up with the mailman. So, if dog owners will not whip dogs with rolled up newspapers, it will help a lot of people. Thanks. Keep up the good work. TOM IN LYNCHBURG, VA. DEAR ABBY: When a woman leavet her husband and children for another man, should the children be told the truth in a manner that they can understand, or should they be told that their mther is away in a hospital, somewhere sick? It seems to me that children today understand a lot more about life than grown-ups give them credit for. Please put your answer in the paper. It may mean a lot to the children. CONCERNED DEAR CONCERNED: You arc right. Children do understand more than grown-ups give them credit for. Furthermore, when they learn, as they are bound to, that they have been lied to, their confidence and faith in grown-ups is seriously impaired. The truth may hurt. But a lie hurts more. DEAR ABBY: I, too, am a good leere- tary, but if my boss tried to show his appreciation by putting his arms around me, I would look for a new boss. ' You hit the nail on the head, Abby. The way for a boss to show his appreciation is to "try money." Sign this: THAT'S ME "PROPERLY APPRECIATED IN VIRGINIA" Your Health Build Up Your Resistance By Latvrence E, Lamb, M.0. Do you know how to prevent colds and related respiratory illnesses? The two factors that determine if a person will catch a cold or not is how conta- g i o u s the infectious agent is and the individual's natural resistance. We can't do much about the many viruses that cause respiratory illnesses, but we can do something about the body's sus- Dr. L. E. Lamb ce P tabilil * r - , You can improve your resistance by maintaining optimal health. This means proper nutrition and exercise, avoiding excessive fatigue, getting adequate sleep and eliminating unhealthy habits, such as cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoke contains poisons and irritants that damage the delicate lining in the nose and respiratory passages, causing them to be more easily in- Follow the Instructions Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY -- My Pointer is for Mrs. W. L. C, who has difficulty removing tracing paper marks from light-colored fabrics. If she will trace her markings slightly on the INSIDE of the darts, then stitch slightly OUTSIDE the tracings, the offending dots will be inside and will not show through. —GRACE DEAR POLLY - We manufacture home sewing aids, including tracing paper, so feel qualified to answer Mrs. W. L. C. First, we wish to advise her that she is not following instructions. Our package specifically states to: 1) Test a swatch of fabric for color removability and 2) use a color-marking paper closest to that of the material color. Evidently she did neither, which is usual with experienced sewers. It is the novice who reads and follows directions. Also, she evidently used a heavy hand in marking with the wheel. Just enough pressure should be used for the markings to show without cutting into the material. The solution is a two-step process, provided the markings have not already been ironed in. 1) Use the grease-removal method on the markings. 2) Clean in the regular manner to remove the grease remover. If Mrs. W. L. C. had used yellow tracing paper instead of blue, which is diametrically opposite to the white material, she would have been able to remove it much easier. We do hope we have been of some assistance. —G. M. S., Marketing Manager Thank you for your letter, Mr. G.M. S. -POLLY POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I would like to know how to let out seams and hems in wash- and-wear garments without having the crease and line show. —REBA — By Polly Cramer ers, learned from experience, that should help arthritics and others short on strength from illness or surgery. Use only plastic dishes. They are much lighter to handle than china. This includes mixing bowls, etc. Use only lightweight coated aluminum cooking utensils, as washing them is a breeze. Wear front-hooking or zipping bras. Take a warm bath before going to bed. It is both relaxing and good for the morale. Put a one-inch-thick foam pad on your mattress to make it more comfortable for sore joints. Wear thin foam insoles in shoes. Learn to type. This keeps the fingers limbered up and is easier than writing by hand. Sleep in soft fabric nighties and not slick ones that feel chilly on cool nights. —VIRGINIA You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite homemaking idea, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write Polly in ear* of this newspaper. fected. So you can decrease your chances of getting an infection by nol smoking. Excessive air pollution has similar effects and adds to the problem of cigarette smoke. No special diets will prevent colds, but a debilitated person or someone with malnutrition usually Is more prone to infections. Just eat a good well-balanced diet. As long as your diet is adequate, and particularly if you don't use excessive amounts of alcohol or smoke, you probably won't need vitamins. Opinion varies on the value of vitamin C in preventing colds. Some doctors think it is useful. It can't cause any harm since excess amounts are eliminated. Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, so you need a new supply each day. It is easily destroyed and perhaps cigarette smoking is one way of doing it. Personally, I have been pleased with the use of vitamin C and see no harm in taking a daily tablet. You can buy them without a prescriptiin. Use vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 500-milligram-size tablets. One of the most effective ways of decreasing the number of colds is to stay away from people — with or without colds. The more exposure to people, the more likely you will get a cold. This is why parents of schoolchildren often have more colds than nonparents. Avoiding people won't solve the whole problem but it can minimize the danger. Attempts to sterilize the air or prevent transmission by infected droplets from sneezing and coughing have been disappointing. Despite this, it is worthwhile to stay more than three feet away from a person who is coughing or sneezing. This is the distance the infected droplets usually travel during a sneeze or cough. Customary hygiene in coughing, sneezing and disposing of used tissues may not help much but any effect is better than none. The same can be said about handling dish e s, toys and other articles used by sick people. In short, you can't really prevent all colds but you can reduce your chances of having as many or as severe infections by cultivating good living habits. Dear Dr. Lamb — Please describe impotence. Dear Reader — Failure to rise to expectations. DEAR POLLY - I have soma Point* BERRY'S WORLD © 1970 hy NEA, IK, "H youVt going to wear THAT— it's on/y right foe mo to wear THiSil"

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