U '*' OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, JULY 6, 1974 Ed.torijli wr.Kfn by James Gray «™J CtiarlM Underwood Editorial Comment, Oh, say can you sing? '"Hie problem with our national anthem," says a music critic quoted by the Wall Street Journal "is mat it's just a bad piece of music." Well, that's a relief. We thought the problem was our own voice. If we begin too low, we slip into a gutteral whisper. Too high, and we end up in an embarrassing falsetto, if we end up at all which we don (.always, because we have trouble remembering all the words. That, though, isn't the only problem. Many people criticize the song because of its warlike content: "The rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air" And as everyone knows, the song that Francis Scott Key jotted down on the back of an envelope in ?•« A? l? Ve , n American ^ origin. The music was lifted bodily from an English song, and a drinking song at that, "To Anacreon in Heaven." It is obvious that, with so much against it something ought to be done about it. But what? Replace it with, say, "America the Beautiful," which is both singable and peaceable? Or Woodie Guthrie's popular ballad, "This Land Is Your Land?" or Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," which some music critics describe as "really snappy " All are possibilities; but it is also obvious that if Congress were to consider nay or all of them it would be inundated in more controversy than Watergate and impeachment have brought about. Even though most Americans can't sing or remember the words and even though "The Star-Spangled Banner" has only been the official national anthem since 1931 the prospects of replacing it are at best remote. ' But we don't know what can be done except to live with the problem. And accept going flat on the high notes. And try to remember the words * * * When it comes to human rights and fair employment practices, overweight people might find cause for battle. Fat people perhaps can mount evidence of discrimination. In a survey of 15,000 American executives weights were compared with salaries. Only 9 per cent of executives earning between $25,000 and $45,000 were more than 10 pounds overweight. In the group earning between $10,000 and $20,000, 40 per cent were more than 10 pounds overweight. It's been concluded that top management hires and promotes thin people because they are apparently in better health. And leanness is associated with agressiveness and hard work. But in England, it seems, fatter people have the edge. There's the image of Churchill and his leadership. By DON KENDALL AP Farm Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States has a brisk farm trade contest going on with the Peoples Republic of China for a lucrative market in nearby Hong Kong, the British colony. China is still way ahead, according to an Agriculture Department analyst, but U.S. farm products are gaining favor among Hong Kong importers. Ust year China sold about $484 million worth of farm products to its neighbor, while U.S. agricultural sales totaled about $200 million. But the U.S. share has more than doubled in a year and may continue climbing, says John B. Parker, USDA specialist in Asian trade. Parker's analysis is in a current issue of Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States, published by the department's Economic Research Service. China has a big advantage because of geography and can send farm products to Hong Kong on trucks and rail cars while U.S. shipments must travel by ocean vessels. "The nearby rural areas of China produce the traditional products which characterize the average diet in Hong Kong," Parker said. "In addition to rice, they provide pigs, chicken, ducks, geese, oilseeds, and a wide variety of vegetables for Hong Kong's market centers." Popular U.S. farm shipments to Hong Kong include cotton, rice, wheat, fresh vegetables, poultry feed, milk and cigarettes. The latter account for about 10 per cent of all U.S. cigarette exports. WASHINGTON (AP) - A study by the Agriculture Department shows consumer use of margarine, that other spread, is continuing to grow and that butter is still playing second fiddle. "Margarine is the major table spread consumed in the United States and use is still expanding," the department's Economic Research Service says in a current report on fats and oils. "Technological breakthroughs have improved its quality. This, coupled with prices lower than butter, primarily explains its expanding use." Margarine is made from vegetable fats, while butter is derived from milkfat. to Hong Kong rising WASHINGTON (AP)-Milk production in the Soviet Union, * Meat Continued from page 1 company headquarters in Philadelphia and chain spokesmen do not give out dollars and cents estimates. They do say, however, that labor costs went up 18.4 per cent over the past year; light and power 38.6 per cent; paper bags 31.5 per cent; interest rates 55 per cent; and laundry costs 40 per cent. Kovaleski gets a profit quota for each department, telling him how much money he should make overall. It runs about 17 per cent for meat. He says he doesn't know how much money is left after operating costs and other expenses come out of that 17 per cent. A.D. Davis, chairman of the board of Winn-Dixie Stores, a chain based in Jacksonville, Fla., reels off figures to show that meat prices have declined sharply since the start of the year. Sirloin steak, $1.49 a pound at a Winn-Dixie in Atlanta. Ga., compared to $1.99 in January; chuck roast, 69 cents compared to 89 cents in January; ground beef, 69 cents compared to $1.09 in January. If costs are down, why aren't people buying? "The consumer got ripped off last year," said Davis, adding that boycotts, freezes, shortages, withholding actions contributed to customer confusion. "Now we have to win them back." Accreditation honor given BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) The Brainerd State Hospital has become the first Minnesota state hospital to earn full accreditation for both mentally retarded and psychiatric programs, a hospital spokesman said. Harold Gillespie, the hospital's chief executive officer said the dual accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals "puts Brainerd State Hospital in the top 2 per cent of all state hospitals in the United States " Gillespie said Brainerd joins a state hospital in Nebraska and five in Illinois as the nation's only state hospitals with dual accreditation. The accreditation, awarded this week following an extensive inspection in April, is for two years. Minnesota has eight state hospitals treating both psychiatric patients and the mentally retarded. The other seven are at Moose Lake, Fergus Falls, Rochester, St. Peter Anoka, Hastings and Willmar ( Sadie, Dear Minnie, Was the weather ever glorious for the Fourth? It couldn't have been more ideal for a picnic. Temperature in the low 80's, warm, steady sun, green grass again after the rain on Tuesday, no mosquitoes and no wind. So who complained' The Otter Tail Lake sailors who didn't get much action. Ed and I were invited out to Tillie and Elmer's place on Wall Lake and had a nice, sedate afternoon around the picnic table. No streaking water skiers like I heard they had on Otter Tail. There were very few firecrackers. But Tillie says it isn't always that quiet. If she wants to get away from man-made noise she says the best place is home sweet home in town. At the lake there are chain saws, noisy old power mowers, motorboats, of course, from early dawn til after dark. Besides that there are mini- bikes on the road in back and every day or so the next door neighbor turns on a pump he's put in the lake for watering his lawn. And that gives off a steady, annoying whine. Elmer is different, though. He says it's the crows that get going first thing in the morning along with a mixture of other bird calls that disturb him the most. And he feels uneasy out there when a storm starts to brew and the trees twist and bend. He even fussed about a couple of noisy red squirrels. Mark Twain once said that weather is a literary specialty that needs a trained hand. So I'm sure even my efforts about the weather are boring you to death. But I might as we'J pass on a few smart ways for you to out-fox Ole and his weather predictions. If you see rabbits playing in the open that's a sign of a dry spell. If your cat sneezes, if fish leap restlessly, if hogs are seen rooting in an uneasy way, look for a rainy spell. Want to know what the temperature is? Count the number of chirps a cricket makes in 14 seconds and add 40. Old Fashioned Fourths of July seem to be making a comeback. There was one at Moorhead that was a success, especially the food that was sold at Depression prices. When they even try to revive the old time Fourth of July orations I personally think that's too much. Fergus Falls, though, could try to stir up a few folksy things once in a while. Remember the old days of Elks Band concerts, carnivals and circuses? There must be some music groups that could play in a park or even on a raft in Lake Alice once a week through the summer to bring people together a little. But then it might be argued there's enough going on now Lots of folks have had fun taking part in "Oliver" at the college. I guess there's a sidewalk art show coming up plus Krazy Day. Other towns in the area have plans, too, like the Henning harvest festival, a celebration at Underwood, the Dalton Threshers. And if you belong to a church or most any kind of a club there are chances for a picnic. 1 hear a big bunch of over 100 senior citizens had a big time at a picnic at Phelps Mill. That's a great place for picnics. A little hint if you want to make a big hit with friends of all ages. Make a batch of ice cream the old fashioned wav As Ever, Sadie the world's largest producer, jumped 5 per cent last year while U.S. output dropped about the same share, according to an Agriculture Department report today. Soviet milk output rose to 192,2 billion pounds in 1973, compared with 183.5 billion in 1972, the Foreign Agricultural Service said. Meanwhile, U.S. production declined to 115.6 billion pounds from nearly 120 billion in 1972. But U.S. output was still second largest among 36 major dairy countries surveyed, France was third last year with nearly 65.2 billion pounds up from 63.6 billion. West Germany was fourth with 46 9 billion compared with less than 47.4 billion in 1972 (HWLIE JUST m HE WAS ASttMM mi (W ANt> m<> FROM A SURPLUS 5ALE Business News The United States, which set the Atlantic crossing record in 1952, was the fastest ocean liner ever placed in service. Though the ship freo.uently cruised faster than 36 knots, it actually was held under wraps. Designed for conversion to a troopship should the need arise the 817 - foot vessel could steam' at 40 knots - or 48 land miles an hour. Removed from service in 19/0 the ship is berthed at Norfolk. Round hay baler to be demonstrated A hay baler that doesn't make hay but produces a huge roll of hay will be demonstrated Tuesday, July 9, by Swanson Equipment. The new machine is a Sperry New Holland Model 850 Round Baler and the unit being demonstrated is one of the first off the production line. The demonstration will get under way at 1.-30 p.m. in a field at the Alfred Borgos farm east of Fergus Falls on Highway 210, 1V4 miles east of Wall Lake and then \Vi miles south. Harvey Swanson, owner of Swanson Equipment, says the machine produces a bale that measures 66 inches across and weighs about 1,200 pounds A Sperry New Holland representative will be on hand to answer questions at the demonstration open to the public. Shebeck completes course in banking Ronald Shebeek Jr., assistant cashier, Fanners State Bank, Underwood, has completed his final year of studies at the Minnesota School of Banking at St. CHaf College. He received a certificate of graduation June 28. He is among 140 bankers who attended the course established by the Minnesota Bankers Association to develop bank managerial skills in a one-week course in two consecutive years. Insurance complaints can be heard July 10 E. E. Isberner, insurance investigator for the state of Minnesota, will be in Fergus Falls at the Employment Services Office, 116 E. Lincoln, Wednesday, July 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. He will be available to handle complaints or problems with insurance companies or agents relating to insurance. His services are offered free by the Minnesota Insurance Department. West promoted by Gibson's Nate West, who has been associated with the Gibson Discount Center in Fergus Falls since it opened, has been promoted to co-manager Manager Jack Milam has announced. He was formerly one of two group managers. When the store first opened downtown, West was assistant manager. He and his wife, Helen, lifelong residents of Fergus Falls have a son, Daniel, at home ' Amway distributors awards announced For achieving a high personal sales goal, Morris and Katherine Haugen, Fergus Falls Route 1, have received a personal sales award plaque from Bob and Anita Winegarden, Minneapolis, director distributors of Amway Products. Merril and Myrtle Paulson, 318 Oakland Place, earned the active producer award. Amway Distributors offer in- the-home service with more than 150 home, car and personal care products. Started as a two-man business operation 15 years ago, the firm's retail sales in 1973 were over ?210 million. Bishop promoted to area supervisor Jim Jaeger, president of Jim Larson's Future Homes, has announced the appointment of Jack Bishop of Fergus Falls to be area supervisor for the mobile home firm. Bishop, who has been sales center manager at Fergus Falls the past three years, will have supervision of the sales centers in Fergus Falls and Detroit Lakes. Clarence Hess was promoted to assistant manager at the Future Homes Sales Center in Fergus Falls. Trites attends Norbest meeting Fillmore Trites, Henning, representing West Central Turkeys Inc., attended the annual meeting of Norbest Inc Salt Lake City-based turkey marketing cooperative, at Snowbird, Utah, June 24-25. Norbest directors attending the meeting represent 11 member processing plants. J. W. Tallman, president and general manager of Norbest, said many of the good things that might happen to the turkey industry depend on a slowing of the inflationary trend. Silver theft is reported ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP)-Silver valued at $12,000 was reported stolen Friday, from an underground storage area of the Buckbee Mears Co. in St Paul. Police said 4,012 ounces of silver used in a plating process were reported missing from a single metal drum used in shipping the silver cylinders to the firm from Chicago May 16. Police said company officials suspected the theft may have occurred during shipping. Detoxification plan tested MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Use of a vitamin pill to speed the burnoff of alcohol in the body of a person who has had too much to drink is being tested by a Mankato State College professor. Dr. William Rucker, professor of psychology, says that if Ms megavitamin "antidote" proves effective, it could be used in detoxification centers to shorten the windrawal period and allow more time for rehabilitation. In experiment Rucker is conducting , subjects are placed in a comfortably furnished room, where they watch television and sip drinks. When an experiment director determines that each person has had enough to drink, he gives the subject a special pill. The test liquid is 190-proof ethano! alcohol mixed with a soft drink. The "antidote" is a B-vitamin complex pill. Rucker cautioned against an individual experimenting with vitamin dosages after a drinking bout, pointing out that not enough is known about the effects of various vitamin combinations with alcohol. •Merry-Go-Round« Klassen denies wastrel ways By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON - In response to our investigative series on postal abuses, the postal authorities have been fencing with the facts. They have put on a dazzling display of dodging and thrusting. We reported, for example, that Postmaster General Ted Klassen had frequently dispatched his chauffeur to pick up his wife and bring her to postal headquarters to dine with him in his private kitchen with the taxpayers providing the cook and waiter. The Postal Service assured inquiring congressmen that Mrs. Klassen "rarely has had lunch with the postmaster general." Quite true. She dines — not lunches — with him, as we reported. We also reported that Klassen's favorite chauffeur (he has livo) ran so many overtime errands that he doubled his regular salary. Responded the Postal Service: The chauffeur is entitled to overtime pay "on the many occasions when Mr. Klassen is called upon to fulfill postal engagements outside of regular working hours." A typical occasion took place on Sunday, June 16, after we had written our story. A government chauffeur drove the Klassen s to a department store where they purchased some curtain rods. The chauffeur waited outside in a no-parking zone, the car's engine idling to power the air conditioner. When the Klassens emerged triumphantly with the curtain rods, the chauffeur popped out, deposited the curtain rods in the trunk and drove off with the Klassens in a car that had been kept cool for them. Most of our charges, of course, were more serious. We reported, for example, that Klassen collected a secret $22,917.67 fee from the Martin E. Segal Company in 1971 while he was on the Postal Board of Governors. The previous year, he had personally intervened as deputy postmaster general to award a contract that the Segal firm sought for a client. Thanks to Klassen, the Segal company was able to collect a generous 15 per cent fee. Then KJassen, after his promotion to the Postal Board, accepted a 122,917.67 consultant's fee from the same firm. Klassen, meanwhile, moved up the final notch on the postal ladder and became postmaster general. Thereafter, the Segal firm received a large postal contract to do a life insurance study. Klassen has now issued an indignant denial. He did not receive any "secret" fees, he has protested righteously. But if you read his denial closely, you will find he does not deny taking the money but denies only that it was secret. No one on the Board of Governors knew Klassen had taken a fee from a postal contractor. We interviewed people at the highest level of the Postal Service; they had no knowledge of the payments. FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr.-James Gray, News Ed Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. «wSa,7a?aV n ° J ^ 3 ' <" * *" E ChJ ""^- f «1" ?«'*• «""v 54537. aa:i, SXCFOT Sundays a i-a Ho.:da v s Spcwd class postar.» pa.aai Fergus Falls. Minn SUBSCR'PTIO.\=)A7ES Delivered bv earner. snOwr mo By mail "n adva-xe rV nrf.r-1;. i „, ciiivi i r-,35 V000.3-r« Si 50 0-r.er sla'cs 1 ,r . s» M , ^ S •'S So"? '.OS S3K .'.',£'.' BE R OF THE ASSOCIATED PSFSS ^i s er-.r -lea e*cljsi^E!y 'o ir.e use for rtp L ti.cd» on ci an 'ocai TFi EPHO^L Adv £. Dcpr They'll Do It Every Time UKE NEBULA CQWLAINEP FOR 30 YEARS, TO ££< is TOO MUCH TOR ME.' NEXT Y£A£ ALL III 00 (5 STAY HOM£ AM> TEND TO W/ -? v ffi# ^ ?%f s^u^r? «-5 Even Martin E. Segal himself, now retired from his firm, told us he didn't know that the firm he founded had paid Klassen. Not until my associate Jack Cloherty confronted him with the facts did Klassen concede that he had pocketed the money. We believe the transaction, indeed, was secret. But the real point is that Klassen collected $22,917.67 from a firm that had received postal benefits. Here are a few more examples of Post Office hairsplitting: — The Postal Service denies that Klassen's office was "baronial," despite the fact that it is equipped with its own private dining area and a day bed. He also shares with the Postal Board an llth floor penthouse, replete with oak doors, plush carpeting, fancy chandeliers and a $50,000 kitchen. The board meets there once a month; it is available to Klassen all the time. — Klassen's press aides originally told us that only dignitaries received fancy stamp albums from the postmaster genera] for Christmas. They had to trim their sails, however, when we discovered that Klassen's personal friends had also received stamp albums. — The postal poobahs labeled as false our charge that the mails are moving slower now than they did three years ago. They cited their own studies but did not mention that the studies were manipulated to make the mail look like it moved faster. Sometimes the mail was specially handled so as to move more quickly for the benefit of the studies. — The Post Office denied our charge that the Bulk Mail network had run into cost overruns. Since the denial, however, the House Post Office Committee has verified our charges. The Postal Service hasn't even attempted to refute our findings that Klassen has packed the postal payroll with his old friends. Many hold do- nothing jobs, pulling down as much as $40,000 a year, while postmasters around the nation are being told to tighten their belts. Rep. Charles Wilson, D- Calif., has now called Klassen and his cronies on the carpet for their wastrel ways. He might also find it instructive to study their dodges and denials, as a lesson in the Nixon Administration specialty of government by public relations. Battle Lake Cond'nued from page 1 vertisements in the Battle Lake Review, the Perham Enterprise Bulletin, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal, as well as newspapers in Alexandria and others in the surrounding area, advertising bulk beef in retail handling weight of 73 cents per pound, with no intention of selling the beef at such prices. The four were arrested Wednesday afternoon by Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputies after warrants were served by Judge Henry Polkinghorn. Another man is being sought in connection with the case. A preliminary hearing has been set in County Court for 10 a.m. August 16 . The four, who appeared before Judge Elliott 0. Boe, are being held in lieu of $50,000 bond. Fluoridation convention is completed BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) In a highly unusual procedure, Minnesota's fluoridation law was declared unconstitutional Friday by a constitutional convention called by Brainerd voters. Brainerd is the only major municipality in Minnesota that has not complied with the 1967 law requiring treatment of city drinking water with fluoride in an effort to reduce tooth decay. City residents voted earlier this week to establish the convention. In the same election voters expressed overwhelming disapproval of fluoridation itself in a vote designed to test sentiment. The convention was the idea of Jack Graham, a Minneapolis attorney who has donated his services to the city of Brainerd Graham said the U.S. Constitution provides for the technique, although it hasn't been used since Civil War days. Convention delegates included members of the Brainerd City Council, the city Water and Light Board and Mayor Tom O'Brien, who was appointed chairman.
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