Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 30, 1976 · Page 111
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May 30, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 111

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by LLOYD SHEARER BECAUSE OF VOLUME OF MAIL RECEIVED. PARADE REGRETS IT CANNOT ANSWER QUERIES ABOUT THIS COLUMN. THE HEWUCH MANEUVER: TWO WATS TO SAVE YOURSELF F YOU CHOKE ON FOOD. If a person is alone and starts to choke on food, how can he or she dislodge the food? Dr. Henry Heimllch of Cincinnati, developer of the Heimlich "bear-hug maneuver which PARADE first "brought to public ' attention in September, 1974, suggests the following: Make a fist with one hand. .Place it thumbside against your abdomen, slightly above the navel "but "below the ri"b cage. With your other hand, press the fist 'in and up in sharp, thrusting moves. Anothen method is to drape yourself across the · "back of a chair or press your abdomen against a porch rail or any similar object so that the air is forced out of your lungs and up the throat to shake loose the piece of food which is lodged there. Dr. Heimlich reports that he knows of 16 persons--the youngest 10, the oldest 85~who have saved themselves from"choking to death by the above two methods. Has U.S. Senate become a .haven for old-timers? John L." McClellan (D., Ark.) is 80. John Sparkman (D., Ala.) is 76. James Eastland (D., Miss.) is 71. John Stennis (D., "Miss.) is. 74. Clifford Case~(R., N.J.) is 72. Jacob Javits (R., N.Y.) is 72. Stuart Symington (D., Mo.)" is 75. Roman Hruska · (R., Nebr.) is 71. Michael Mansfield (D., Mont.) is 73. Carl Curtis (R., Nebr.) is 71. Hugh Scott (R., P'a.) is 75. Many of'these men plan to retire. The average age of a Senator at present is 56.8; the average age on taking office is 45. The ' French are drinking champagne as if there were_no.tomorrow, but the bubbly-bubbly is not doing too well in other countries. Statistics released by the French Champagne Trade Association reveal the biggest export, losses suffered last year were to Great Britain and Italy. . For 200 years, Great Britain has been France's best customer abroad. Last year it slipped to third place, behind Belgium and Italy. Two years ago, before the recession really hit, the British downed more than 10 million "bottles of champagne. Last year they consumed little more than 3 million. The U.S.A. is France's fourth-largest customer for champagne, taking 2.8 million "bottles last year, just ahead of West Germany, in fifth place with 2.2 million. Of the 122 million bottles France produced in 1975, the French consumed 94 million. Nigeria, one of Africa's leading oil producers, has become the fastest-growing market abroad for French champagne. In 1974 the Nigerians ordered 260,000 bottles. Last year they quadrupled consumption. ; The U.S. Postal Service has made an amazing discovery--that the National Rifle Association, which is dead set against gun control, is a lobbying outfit. It is not primarily a nonprofit organization that is mostly educational, scientific or philanthropic. Were it such an organization, it would be entitled to preferential second- and third-class postal rates. In 1974, Darwin Sharp, director of mail classification fbr the Postal Service, ruled and was upheld this year by Administrative Judge William Duvall that the National Rifle Association did not qualify for preferential treatment on the basis of educational activity. Last year the BRA, an organization which is 105 years old and boasts 950,000 dues-paying member's ($10 a year), mailed out 12 million- letters at cut-rate postage, which in effect amounts to a tax- payers' subsidy of the gun lobby. From now on, instead of paying 1.8 cents for each two-ounce letter, the National Rifle Association will have to pay 7.9 cents. "It will cost us," says one MA spokesman, "an ·additional one million bucks in postage." However one feels about .gun control, it's about time the Postal Service accurately applied its mail classification system. The people in this country who object to what the HRA stands for should not subsidize its lobbying. © LLOYD SHEARER 1976

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