urnal OPINION PAGE SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, 1974 Arit'er by Jam« Gray a**) Charles Un<Je<*<»d Editorial Comment, State agency plans for energy shortages The Minnesota Energy Agency this week outlined tentative plans for the emergency allocation and conservation of energy in case of shortages. The planning considers phases leading to a disaster situation with energy supplies cut as much as 75 per cent. Planning for critical shortages, which may not occur this coming winter, actually is only part of the duties of the new energy agency established by the 1974 legislature. Conservation of energy and making the public energy conscious will be the on-going challenge of the agency. There are sobering prospects for the fossil fuels — oil, natural gas and coal. Predictions vary but if the present rate of growth of energy usage continues the supply will begone in less than 100 years. Convincing the public that the supply is critical will not be easy. There was an obvious shortage last winter but when it ended with increases in prices many people insisted the shortage was contrived. When supplies are adequate it's hard to believe there's a critical situation. Minnesota is without sources of natural gas, coal or crude oil within its borders and that's one of the reasons the state was first to develop emergency plans. Other states are showing interest in the plan and finding the new agency is helpful. Americans are generally criticized for their wastefulness and there are many ways energy is wasted. The agency can be expected to develop programs for improving energy efficiencies, reducing energy use and supplying information on building design, construction and maintenance. And most consumers know of little ways they can be less wasteful if they are conscious of the need to conserve. The new state agency also is at work on an information system to determine the flow of energy into the state, conversion, storage transfer and the end use. It will collect and analyze data to determine future needs. Hopefully the agency will know well in advance of an imminent shortage. And it seems sure the agency will continually drill Minhesolans in conservation of energy in years to come. Priorities by Ford submitted WASHINGTON (AP) - Calling for a proud new era of American achievement, President Ford has sent Congress a list of the legislation he wants it to adopt this year. Ford gave top priority to cutting federal spending in the message sent Thursday, and indicated he has given up hope for passage of a comprehensive health insurance plan in this session. Ford urged prompt confirmation of Nelson A. Rockefeller as vice president. And he urged Congress to resist temptations to add to spending totals on legislation under consideration. He asked the Congress to support his three-month delay in pay raises for federal workers "as a matter of highest priority." On trade legislation, which has been held up by a dispute over Soviet policy on the emigration of Jews, Ford said "this legislation is close to enactment. It would be a tragedy not to pass it." What others say PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER MAKING THE WHITE HOUSE A HOME Daylight time change vote likely WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress may complete action next week on a measure that would restore the nation to standard time from Oct. 27 to next Feb. 23. The House passed such a bill Aug. 19 and the Senate Commerce Committee this week recommended approval of that bill by the full Senate. Actually, the Senate already has given its approval to the idea — by voting late last month for a four-month trial return to standard time. But that vote came on an amendment to the pending Energy Reorganization Act and could be dropped in a House- Senate conference as non-germane under House rules. So the committee voted Thursday to bring the separate House bill to the floor. Dear Minnie:"It couldn't have happened at a worse time!" How often have you heard that old refrain, Minnie? Dozens of times I'll bet. You've probably said it yourself. It's true, that's for sure. Last Tuesday at the grocery store parking lot some clod backed out in front of me. Crunch. Next thing you know my front fender looked like Myron Floren's accordion. And it "couldn't have happened at a worse time" because the next day we had planned to drive over to Brainerd to spend the day with Selma and her husband. WeL 1 , we could have driven the car you understand, but you know Sclma, she would have yakked about that doggone fender for the next year or so. Of course there's no good time to have a fender bender and the same is true for a lot of other things. No one ever has a nose bleed at the "right" time. Kids always seem to get one when they're all dressed up or in the middle of the night when they can manage to decorate all the bedding. And it never fails that when I burn cookies it's usually about a half hour before the neighborhood coffee party is due to convene. Or when I'm making jam to give away as gifts the darn concotion nearly always goes sugary - or in the case of jelly it gets stubborn and won't jell. But colds are the worst. You know, a plain old cold in the head. Nose runs, sneezing, eyes itch and water, cough, and maybe some chills and a headache thrown in to boot. Ugh! There is positively no "right" time to catch cold. Folks are always saying, "Oh, there's nothing worse than a summer cold." Or "Those spring colds are just awful." Or "When I gel a cold in January I have it till spring." I^et me tell you that colds are bad news any Every father who has ever had a teenage son with a motorcycle knows that it takes a lot of tinkering to keep a cantankerous cycle in tune — and that's half the fun of having one. So welcome to the club, President Ford. The photograph of 18-year-old Steven Ford tuning up his motorcycle on a White House driveway may have raised some eyebrows but we consider it the happiest picture to come out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in years. The White House should be a home. If it were governed more by the pleasantries of happy home life than by the rigidities of stuffy protocol, maybe Presidents wouldn't be so anxious to take flight at every opportunity. We don't know about the rest of America but it is our fervent hope that Mr. Ford will feel free to barbecue his hamburgers on the White House lawn any time he wants to. If Mrs. Ford wants to hang out the wash on a clothesline in the sun, that is OK with us, too. And good luck with that motorcycle, Steven. If it gives you too much trouble, maybe your father can give you a hand. That's what fathers — and driveways — are for. Business News Gold stocks plunge By JOHN OJNNIFF AP Business Analyst NEW YORK (AP) - It's really tough to make a speculative buck in the marketplace. That wisdom, which invariably is developed after the fact, has been the lament of broken speculators ever since man developed trade, but it has become a dirge sung by a million-voice choir in the past decade. The wail of the goldbug is now- heard in the land, the latest victim of that diabolical tendency of the market to collapse without warning. Who said gold doesn't deteriorate? Owners of gold stocks will claim otherwise. Long promoted as the only investment vehicle that could withstand the malaise of world economies, gold stocks this week turned out to be no different than others. They plunged, some as much as 20 per cent in one day, Monday. Homestake Mining shrunk $10.25 to «5. Campbell Red I^ke fell $8.50 to $30.12. ASA Ud. lost $10.37 to $79.25. Dome Mines declined $8.25 to $47.12. And International Mining declined $2 to $9.50. All were heavily traded. Why such devastation occurred isn't entirely clear. An advisory service did send a bearish report to customers, claiming that possible tax increases and inflation were fouling the gold investment climate. But there was more to it than that. As in almost every fad or mass craze, there is a beginning and an end. Whether or not this is the end of the gold stock boom cannot be forecast, but what obviously happened is that many stockholers declared it was the end for them. . That is the way the end always begins, It has happened in commodities of almost all kinds, in "glamor" stocks, in mutual fund shares. And it probably will occur sometime in the government securities market, where thousands now seek refuge. In the beginning of a fad a few people claiming to be in the know lead the way. Other insiders and a few outsiders join. The word goes round and the mass of people jump aboard. The newest fad has thus matured. At this point the first ones in are eager to be the first out. They've made their money and they're ready to depart, which they do. Those remaining are forced to assess their position realistically rather than romantically. They do, and they sell. The very largest mass movement of this sort occurred in the 1967-1968 bull market, when millions of Americans plunged into the stock market, many for the first time. During the 1960s the number of shareholders doubled to 30 million. This was, of course, the signal for earlier investors to clear out. Ever since then the stock market has been in a recession. The losses made financial conservatives out of millions of people. It convinced them, as it was so often put, "to get back to the basics," to measure real rather than imagined value. Viger qualifies for GUI designation Roland E. Viger, district agent, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, will be awarded the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation at the American College of Life Underwriters, Bal Harbour, Fla., Sept. 24. A series of professional examinations are required to meet the stringent experience and ethical requirements for the designation. Viger has keen the leading agent in the R. W. Chapman General Agrtcy, Duluth, for five straight years. In seven years with NML his total production exceeds 15 million of life insurance. He is a graduate of the Minnesota School of Business and a former officer of the Security State Bank in Fergus Falls. Dr. Cole attneds health care seminar Dr. Wallace R. Cole and Cindi Strass, chiropractic assistant, of Fergus Falls have returned from Dallas where they attended a four-day advanced training seminar conducted by the Parker Chiropractic Research Foundation. The seminar stressed specialized curricula in neurological and orthopedic examination and detection and care of spinal disorders. In his banquet address to 1,000 doctors, wives and assistants, Dr. James W. Parker stressed the chiropractor's renewed responsibility toward his patients. In a society that is plagued by the legal and illegal use of dangerous drugs, the challenge to natural, preventive methods of health care is greater than ever before, he said. Elmer Johnson to enter Jersey show Elmer G. Johnson, Underwood, will enter the Jersey- show at World Dairy Expo to be held at Madison, Wis., Oct. 2-6. World Dairy Expo is an international trade show for dairy farmers with workshops, youth judging contests, displays of equipment and products of interest to dairymen. Production Credit Association is a general sponsor. Four local men honored by U Haul The U-Haul Company has presented awards to four Fergus Falls men for outstanding service to U-Haul customers. Ken Zimmerman and Duwayne Stoen of West Lincoln 56 received awards for 10 years of outstanding service. Arden Ness and Larry Sloan of North Union Texaco received awards for five years of outstanding service. Common Cause awards certificate to KBRF Common Cause, a national people's lobby for government reform, has presented a certificate of appreciation to KBRF Radio for broadcasting as a public service a daily program, "Speaking out for Common Cause. John Gardner, former secretary of HEW, is national chairman of the organization. Ruth Lundeen Saxe, a native of Fergus Falls and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Lundeen, is director of field operations for the organization. She will be a featured speaker at a Common Cause workshop in St. Paul Sept. 21. time. Any time is the wrong tune. If I didn't catch another cold for three years it would be too soon. You see I had a cold last week and it "couldn't have come at a worse time." I've been in the throes of re-decorating the- kitchen in the hopes of attracting a photographer from Better Homes and Gardens — or at least the local Tour of Homes people. Oh, not really. But I am trying to achieve a more modern look — if that can be done with paint and some antiquing, and a few rolls of wallpaper. 1 had emptied all the cupboards and drawers. Stuff was strewn over the entire diningroom and into the livingroom, too. Dishes, glassware, cooking utensils, towels — the whole works. So my plan was to work feverishly for four days and finish so I could get everything moved back before Ed blew his top. The poor dear can't find anything. One day he was crawling around looking for some soda crackers and put his knee smack-dab on top of an egg beater and potato masher. He wasn't wounded badly (nothing a Band-Aid wouldn't handle), but his disposition turned unusually sour (even for him). Dear me, this was the moment I picked to get the cold. There I was with my trusty sandpaper, rubbing away. Of course a person has to breathe once in a while and the powder from sanding only made my nose worse. I didn't have any nasal drip — it ran like someone had turned on a faucet. Right here I'm going to say I don't recommend painting when you have a cold. 'Specially on a ladder. A sudden sneeze just when you're stretching out to carefully touch-up a corner can be disastrous. The brush usually slobbers paint where you don't want paint. Not to mention the ladder, which starts to teeter back and forth. Sneezing also has a tendency to spray just where you've paintsd. Then it's a big decision whether to wipe the wall or try to brush out the specks. Gracious, what a life! Another bad feature is the nose-wiping process. When I paint I usually have the brush in one hand (that's a good idea) and a paint-rag in the other hand (for cleaning up spills and my fingers). I concentrate real hard when I'm painting and I found it hard to remember to put down my paint-rag when my runny nose needed a Kleenex. Twice my nose got wiped by the paint-rag and I didn't realize it had happened till later on when I looked in the mirror and noticed that I had a Golden Harvest mustache. Goodness, have you ever tried wiping half-dried paint from a patch of skin that already looks like a piece of raw beef? Ohhhhh, that smarts! Well, I survived, my health is recovering and the kitchen is almost back to normal. And I've made one more discovery. I don't believe there is any "right" time to re-decorate a kitchen. As Ever, Sadie. °$K KTftW m IS m\ tfOUT (MM t>OWN ON PtTJ. LtT'5 START WlTH T« ^OLDfISH." WHAT WILL PLAYBOYS DO NOW? SALISBURY, Rhodesia (AP) — Rhodesian censors have permanently banned the magazine Penthouse. Until now copies of the publication have been prohibited month by month. U.S.D.A. gives weekly spreads WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is now providing preliminary weekly estimates of average prices and farm-to-retail price spreads for choice beef and pork on request. Weekly release of this information was recommended by a special task force on meat marking margins appointed by Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz. The weekly reports are designed to permit more timely analysis-of data on meat price margins. ':'-' 1974 wheat under loan increases WASHINGTON (AP) - The net amount of wheat from the 197-1 crop placed under loan increased by 6.6 million bushels during the month of August. The monthly report of grain activity released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Aug. 31 there was a net of 20,367,000 bushels of 1974-crop wheat under loan compared with 13,757,000 at the end of July. At the end of August last year it was 28,555,000 bushels. Food stamp regulations WASHINGTON (AP) - Under a proposed new regulation on federal food stamps, a student from a home which is ineligible for the program would be ineligible too. The proposed rule just announced by the Department of Agriculture would apply to any student, age 18 or over, who attends an educational institution beyond high school and is claimed as a tax dependent by an ineligible household. It applies only to an individual claimed as a tax dependent. Other members of the student's household can receive food stamps if they are otherwise eligible. •Merry-Go-Round" Postal service policy costly By Jack Anderson They'll Do It Every Time FERGUS JOURNAL COMPANY Established 1873 Charles Underwood, Publisher George Marotteck, Business Mgr. -James Gray, News Ed. Glenn E. Olson, Advertising Mgr. i Co Jt-iUE Cr^Ming. C r* S6537 da ! 800 6 THE ASSOCIATED PPE SS •ELEPHONE m.r Baglo awarded trip to Mexico Stan Baglo, route manager for Coca-Cola Seven-Up Bottling Co., Fergus Falls, has been awarded an all expense paid 10 day holiday in Mexico City, where he will attend the Seven-Up International convention, and Acapulco for he and his wife. He and nine other route managers in the United States received the award for highest per cent of increase in May, June, and July. eerro-n TOMORROW rw AIU OUTA CHECKS.' I THOUGHT I WOV6POUT 3 WEEKS A&O. sriu. owe m. THE REWT I IT CCMES TO 6MNG A DEPOSIT BAO^SHt'S ON A MY HUS8AN0 ! SEMT IT OUT- MAY86 ITS IN THE. WASHINGTON - With President Ford calling for government austerity, we have decided to help him by keeping a watch on waste. We will publish reports from time to time on government extravagance. Postmaster General Ted Klassen, for example, ordered local postmasters to send postal vehicles to private garages for servicing. His idea, apparently, was to save the fuel it requires to drive the vehicles to government repair centers. But the private garages unhappily have been charging up to 50 per cent more for parts and repairs. When the extra charges are multiplied by 103,000 postal vehicles, the result adds millions to the cost of delivering the mails. To make matters worse, the 5,000 employees of the government garages are now sitting around with little to do. We have obtained postal documents which show some of the price diff -cnces the taxpayers have underwritten. In Fort Lee, N.J., for instance, a private contractor charges $3.50 for a gas line filter that is available for 38 cents in government maintenance centers. A battery in Teaneck, N.J., set the taxpayers back $44.90. The same battery costs only $17.88 in government garages. The taxpayers also got stuck with a $58 bill for two new univeral joints, which were available at government garages for $4.12. We made spot checks in Detroit, Ixis Angeles and other cities, where we found similar examples. All across the nation, apparently, the taxpayers are paying excessive repair charges. We also have found evidence of waste in the "star routes" which link post offices in different cities with airport terminals and other transportation outlets. Private contractors move the mail over about 14,000 star routes at an annual cost over $262 million. Government auditors concluded after an investigation that 16 of 85 star routes in Illinois could be eliminated, saving about $185,000 not to mention 88,000 gallons of fuel. The Illinois example, according to our information, is typical of the waste in other states. Since the 85 routes which the auditors investigated represent less than one per cent of all star routes, the waste could be staggering. , Mail delivery, meanwhile, is deteriorating. Footnote: Postal spokesmen say they are taking corrective action to straighten out the star routes and the maintenance mess. ILLEGAL TRIP? A congressional delegation, headed by Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Ark., has just returned from mainland China where they marie headline news. Now constitutional authorities tell us that the study mission may have been illegal, because it was financed largely by the Red Chinese. The Constitution states unequivocally that no federal employee shall accept any "emolument ... of any kind from any King, Prince or Foreign State." The House Ethics Committee was recently asked to interpret this clause. Concluded the committee: "Acceptance of travel or living expenses in specie or in kind by a member or employee of the House of Representatives from any foreign government, official or representative thereof is ... prohibited." Apparently, the Senate leadership was unimpressed by the House action which, incidentally, was endorsed by the General Accounting Office and the State Department. In a memo quietly circulated, Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield and Republican leader Hugh Scott claimed that "participation (in foreign-paid trips) is in interest of the Senate and the federal "government and the nation." The Senateleaders noted that their own Ethics Committee didn't prohibit such trips. Since the constitutional ban provides no penalty clauses, senators apparently feel free to accept the hospitality of foreign governments. WASHINGTON WHIRL: With the departure of former President Nixon and his top aides, apparently no one is left at the White House who recognizes all the voices on the Nixon tapes. This makes it difficult for the White House to transcribe the conversations demanded by the courts Judge John Sirica, who took pains to make a study of the voices, is able to recognize them There are more than 900 Nixon tapes, filed only by dates It is a staggering task, therefore, to pick out the specific conversations requested by the courts unless the dates are given... So mammon have claimed that they once played football with President Ford that a former ford aide told us he has now met "about 300 people who played football with him at Michigan." Marshall County seat move sought WARREN, Minn. (AP)_ p e . titions seeking a move of the Marshall County seat from Warren to Newfolden were turned in Friday by the Marshall County Improvement Association. An association spokesman said the petitions bore 3866 . names, or 28 more than the number needed to call a special election on the matter.
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