The Portsmouth Herald from Portsmouth, New Hampshire on September 13, 1967 · Page 4
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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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Wednesday, September 13, 1967
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Page 4 THE PORTSMOUTH HERALD, PORTSMOUTH, N. H. -- V/edneiJay, September 13, 1967 Always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate Injustice or corruption fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party always rcmaindevoted to the public 6 welfare, never be satisfied with merely ^f^***TM: ticall, Independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory or predatory poverty."--Joseph Pulitzer Mi tonal Opinion Carl Cohen for President? 'Maybe We Ought fo Complain to lady Bird' Let's not close the rankings yet on possible nominees for the presidential sweepstakes. There's a new hero to be considered. His exact qualifications are unknown and the matter of his party affiliation seems almost beside the point. It's enough to say, simply, that he's Carl Cohen, the man who pu'nched Frank Sinatra in the mouth. Now, fairness compels us to concede that punching Frank Sinatra in the mouth represents no high degree of physical achievement. Sinatra, after all, never has been any tougher than his nearest bodyguard. Still a large amount of credit and glorification inure to Cohen, both for the deftness of his one-punch performance and for the circumstances of deservedness which surrounded the deed. As the news revealed yesterday, it all happened last Sunday in the gambling casino of a Las Vegas hotel. Sinatra, un- dergoing a temper tantrum al the lime because his betting credit had been shut off, hurled a handful of poker chips al Cohen, vice president of the hotel, when the latter was summoned to the scene. Cohen was having none of this. Ignoring Sinatra's fearsome reputation as the unforgiving overlord of Las Vegas, he uncorked a blow that knocked the famous singer reeling and left him nursing the absence of two front teeth behind his badly swollen lips. It must have been beautiful! Sinatra, ever one to feel a sense of ]X)wer when lie has vengeance in mind, wouldn't surprise anybody if he issued a call for federal troops to restrain Cohen. But the victory in this case is not one that can be taken away. By giving Sinatra his come-uppance, Cohen, has captured the hearts of Americans everywhere. His triumph surely compares with any early success scored by Ronald Reagan. So why not a presidential boom for Carl Cohen? Vietnam War Losing Favor - - the nation has half a million troops corn- It is often remarked that the United States has never fought a war less popular with its citizens than the one now being fought in Vietnam. This appears to be a fair judgment, and not merely the self- serving conclusion of those who counsel pulling out of this confusing morasse. The evident unpopularity of the Vietnamese war was further confirmed recently by a Louis Harris survey showing that basic public support of the U.S. presence in Vietnam has substantially declined over the past month and a half. The "support" figure in the poll combined those who favor total military victory and those who want our forces to continue fighting until peace negotiations are achieved. This figure now encompassed 61 per cent of those interviewed, as compared with 72 per cent in a similar poll six weeks before. Sixty-one per cent is still a substantial majority. It is far from the preponderance one might normally expect, however, when milted to battle. Under ordinary circumstances, the emotional chords slruck by involvement on such a scale would tend to rally all but a tiny percentage of the public to support of national policy. This is emphatically not the case now. The Harris poll shows only 37 per cent of those interviewed favoring the apparent administration policy of fighting under some self-imposed restraints with peace negotiations as the goal. Almost that many, 34 per cent, favored gelling out of Vietnam as soon as possible. Though there seems to be a widespread feeling that our stand in Vietnam is required to curb the spread of communism in Asia, a great number of Americans are confused and uncertain aboul the reasons for our continuing involvemenl. The poll findings cited above, coupled with other indications of public unrest, suggest rising disenchantmenl with the course thai is being followed. Sacred Cows at Annapolis The Case of the. Annapolis Sacred Cows brings to mind a couple of pertinent aphorisms. Item: A penny saved is a pen- ney earned. Item: It is cheaper to' buy milk than to keep a cow,. · The General Accounting Office figures that $84,000 a year could be saved if the Naval Academy would quit operating a dairy and buy milk products from .a commercial firm. The prospect of saving §84,000 out of a 70-billion-dollar defense budget may arouse no great excitemenl. Still, a penny saved, et cetera. The House of Repres en la lives seems to have been liltle moved by Ihis consideration. Having heard that selling off the Academy's herd of 600 cows might have a bad effect on the morale of the midshipmen, the House -- by a voice vote -- opted for staying in the dairy business. The connection between a herd of cows and midshipman morale escapes us. There seems to be no good reason for not depending on commercial dairies to supply the Academy. But good reason or not, there goes §84,000 a year -- unless the Senate pays more attention to the old saw about buying milk instead of keeping a cow. Dr. Joseph G. Molner Testing for Carpal-Tunnel Syndrome Yesterday I was discussing pain, numbness and tingling which can result from pressure on a nerve root in the neck. It brought to mind the experience of being chidcd by a physician in another city and bis secretary for not including a discussion "of the carpal-tunnel syndrome. The secretary, it appears, has this trouble- numbness and tingling of the fingers. It is beside the point that the problem I was discussing at the time did not have the characteristics of carpal-tunnel syndrome; that's what the secretary had, so I w a s supposed to assume that it was the other reader's problem, too Bony changes in the neck are a common cause of such troubles, b;it as I remarked yesterday, it is never safe to · j u m p to conclusions. In every case, you have to find the point at which pressure is exerted on the nerve, and then find a suitable way to remove the pressure. syndrome repre- sents pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the wrist--usually a scarring or thickening of the s h e a t h surrounding the nerve there. This particular ailment is featured by numbness and tingling of the first and second fingers, and part of the third, that being the area served by the nerve. The condition may result from injury or a variety of other causes--it is sometimes seen with the menopause, or with low thyroid states, a m o n g others. It can, obviously, to some extent resemble disorders of the neck, spine, or presence of a cervical rib which i discussed yesterday. (With d i s o r d e r s originating in the neck, the s y m p t o m s usually a r e exaggerated at night.) Neck disorders generally affect more than just t h e appropriate fingers for carpal- tunnel syndrome. In any event, a simple test for carpal-tunnel syndrome, as d : fferenliated from neck spine The Portsmouth Herald ElTjy.i'-M SepllmKr tl 'E Continuing THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE OliMl St«=i;r h Amtriet-EliioWM Ocl. J. I'M Fat AH C*33:!rr.;nTi Can OA-1K0 MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS Pcb ii.;d (v'f.irgi vcrxlay rrcys'i PrkJay e'3 Saiurday rrorn'rvg by tht H«nid ·jtlivVig Ccr.;ar.y. I r e , at (3 Cc-,;-EiS ifreel. Zo Coie 0;WI Stccid-clJSi PCS'ail .id al PcrfiT.culh, N H Ptr copy i:c; r-c-re t!«:^:ej ty carrier [carrier ccl'iecl) P*r .tei Me. By c!F!te ttCscrtciica (payat't in .Jva-ice) oni TOnlr, 17.JO. Krw month! 50: six rr.cnthi SISfX). cr.e yes' HOW. J,D Hartford, President and Publisher {1938-19631 rel M. Hertford, President-Comptroller Richard Blolock. Editor \Villir.m E. Col*ell, Production Martoce.' J. R. Morrissey, Advertising Director Roger R. Thompson, Circulation Director David A. Toter, Business Manager Raymond A. Brighton. Monoging Editor Aiio J. Ferrini. Mechanical Superintendent Hemfc*r cl !r.« As«ct*ted Pri» -- Ue Ajjocli)e4 Prin (i inliltea mhjlfvtty Tfl l-e ue for ouliiCJlicn a 111 total nr« crlnled In Ihb nevtlaiatr II Hill it in M ' rn Pwtimomv Herald lir.inti tu IKIKIII m;cmy]|:ii rou 1.1 idYertlMrn typcara r* lol error «rrorl"l.n jTdvertii«rrienll fey* *M resrir.1 triBT Mrt dt"jiff »£itrl\{tmri) In tthl^ %· P'-r;«n!M flltfettHy by The Julius Mothswi Special Ajency. Inc. w York, Dil;»l, Cnicijo, S«cuit, PNIriilprill, pressures, is to bend the wrist forward as far ns it will go and hold it there for GO seconds. If it is carpal-tunnel, tiie symptoms (numbness- tingling) will be reproduced. Finding out the cause in a particular case is the important tiling; one gets into trouble by assuming that because the last case treated was from such-and- such a cause, the next one will necessarily be from the same cause. (Dr. Molner is interested in all his readers' questions, and whenever possible uses their questions in his column, but because of the great number received daily, lie regrets that he cannot answer individual letters.) Looking Back In The Herald 100 Years Ago-- Sept. 13, ISR7 Women as well RS men are to vote at a school district meeting in Nebraska. By a:i act of legislature women of lawful age arc allowed to vole at this type of meeting. 73 Years Ago-- Scr.1. 13. ISM City workmen have begun to fill 'in the South Mill Pond preparatory to building the new road across the pond. 50 Years Ago-- Sept. 1.1, 1017 Government regulation of the meet packing ir.tJuslry will be the next move of the food administration. 25 Years ARC-- Sept. 13. 1312 Portsmouth civilian defense workers started a course in bomb disposal at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. 10 Years Ago-- Sept. 13. 1057 The City of Portsmouth and !h? Air Force may bx- heading into a controversy over water. 5 Years Ago-- Sept. 13. 1362 W h a l e b a c k Light-Safety beacon since 1822 for ships entering Portsmouth Harbor-- is going completely automatic. I Year Ago-- Sept. 13, 1386 Early voting was light as N"ev Hampshire Republicans conducted their primary elections today. Drew Pearson Public Forum Police Apathy at Fight Scene Scored To the Editor: On the evening of Sunday, Sept. 10, a grave injustice was done by the Portsmouth Police Department. This letter is to bring this matter before the public for tlieir consideration. During the early part of said evening, there were several members of the local police force on patrol in the downtown area of Portsmouth, both on foot and in official vehicles. By some remarkable coincidence, these officers disappeared when a "fight" broke out in the area. This fight involved an unprcl yoked attack on one Naval Reservist by three unapprehended inebriates. After 15 minutes of beating another human being, the three tired of the sport Sidney Harris Retirement Opposites Last year, two elderly men of my acquaintance retired within months of each other. This fall, I learned that one of them was immensely enjoying his retirement activities; the other had returned to work. The man who returned to work had been bored to the edge of breakdown. He had wandered -to Florida for a few months; played golf at his club; fluttered benevolently around Ins grandchildren; consumed a sickening number of unripe movies; and finally fieri hack to the sanctuary of his old job. The other chap was, as he put it, "picking up all the things 1 neglected while I was scrambling for a living." He joined a world politics discussion group; began collecting a well- rounded record library; look an active interest in the financial (and educational) problems of his college; and started to learn French, "which I had always wished I could speak." Both are men of good character and reasonable intelligence. Yet the first, to me, is only part o f ' a man, and the second is on his way toward becoming a full man, toward an understanding that life demands the fullest use of the personality, and is not merely a matter of toil (however pleasant) and acquisition (however incidental). · Elderly men are likely to say to each other, with more than a touch of pride, "I don't know what I'd do with myself if 1 didn't work." And, truly enough, most of (hem are restless and aimless as soon as they slip off (he halter. They face a huge, yawning vacuum -- the accumulated emptiness of years in which they did little except play the lusty, absorbing game of make- the-mosl. But man also needs to make the most of himself. And this is difficult to do while the demands of the market place confine us largely to a single function in society. The greatest and most imperishable values in life have always come from a leisure class; but, in the past, such men have "known how to be constructive and creative with their leisure. Only a man who is above the storm can sec it completely. Only a man who is beyond the struggle for status can think coolly and act with wisdom and humaneness. Only a man who no longer wants much for himself can perceive what men ought to be in their personal development and their relationships with each other. Only the uncommitted man can commit himself to the eternal goals of truth and goodness ar.d beauty. If retirement leaves a gaping hole, in anyone's life, his task is to fill it up with the values he snubbed; not to return to a job which, however useful and satisfactory, leaves' little room for the contemplation of our ends. Castro on Move Again THE GIRLS 9-IS "Here's one lhat shouM perk yon up, Emma ... It made him lop over 26 feel." and only then did two police vehicles and several patrolmen appear on the scene. It is only fair at this point * * * to explain my involvement in this situation, f had been riding Ihrough town in a friend's car and had witnessed the original encounter between the muggers and their victim who, at that lime, was running away from these three assailants and appeared nothing but scared. There were aboul 20 people on the street at Ihis time so I deemed it unnecessary to stop at that time. a * ft About 10 minutes later, I rode Ihrough downtown again and was surprised to see Ihe mugging still in progress and no police in sight, so I found a place to park and ran up to see if anyone had called the police. No one had wanted to get involved. I played my "ace in the hole" and shouted, "Cops." The muggers looked up and then ran off; it had worked! Being a medic, I went over to see if I could help this bloodied human slumped on the sidewalk. I tried to slop the bleeding wounds and was still bent over him when the police finally returned to the scene they had fled from earlier. f, tf * The first police officer never , said a word. He just flashed his light in the victim's bloody face and walked off. The next officer to arrive knelt by the victim and began asking a man, who had just had his teelh knocked out, to answer some questions that could surely have waited until the man reached the hospital. Then another man said he knew the man, identified the victim and said he had not witnessed the fight. 1 began to tell the officer thai I had seen the attackers and could identify them. He interrupted me saying, "I don't give a damn who you are," and told me to shut up, he was holding the investigation. * :· * So I waited, answered his questions, and then asked him for his name. He t h e n threatened me to "Keep quiet, or (he'd) have me behind bars so fast it wduld make my head spin." That was the end of his investigation on the scene. He didn't question anyone else; he didn't pick up the umbrella (hat had been broken over the poor man's body. He had only asked me what had happened and if I could identify the assailants. He never asked the color of their car, its make or year. He never asked if anyone in the crowd had known any of the attackers. It so happened Ilial someone had, and were already planning their vengeance. ···.' « = I thought to myself, as the ambulance look the man to the hospital, Is this the way a police department maintains respect for law and order? To find Ihe answer to that question, '1 think an investigation should be forthcoming. ALAN J. BURGESS . A. 2.C., MC, .USAK Pease AF Base WASHINGTON - Intelligence reports from Latin America show that Fidel Castro has launched a massive drive, financed by Ihe Chinese, lo stir up revolution in various key parts of Latin America. The intelligence reports also stale, however, that in every case so far, Castro's Guerrilla attempts have failed. It makes heartwarming news compared with some of the military reports from South Vietnam. Here is a summary of the latest secret intelligence reports: In Bolivia, Ihe army captured a batch of passports and signal plans used by g'icrrillas, showing beyond any doubt that Ihe revolution was inspired by Cubans and lhal Che Guevara, once War Minister for Fidel Castro, was originally in command. On Aug. 31, 'he Bolivian Army ambushed a group of guerrillas, killing several Cubans. In Venezuela, the government has located a 15-man terrorist unit calling itself "The Strategic Sabotage Command." The captain has been captured and four lieutenants killed. In Nicaragua, Ihe Guardia Nacional in August began making a sweep of the north central section of the country to wipe out guerrilla (raining corps, killing 14 Cuban guerrillas and capturing Ihe others. In Guatemala there have been no insurgent contacts of late. The situation is much better. Despite this, Congress has drastically curlailcd development loans under the Alliance for Progress. Even the Scandinavian countries and West Germany are now loaning more money to Latin America than the United States. Walter Reullier, who has shrugged off the scowls of George lleany, couldn't lake the scowls of an irate California congressman and recently ran for cover. The congressman was Chet Holifield, D-Calif., t h e . Monlcbello haberdasher. The issue was uranium miners in Colorado and the Southwest who have developed lung cancer. Sen. Bobby Kennedy estimates 1,100 miners will die from exposure to radioactive uranium. Waller Reuther got involved because his Washington representative, Loo Goodman, has been waging a crusade against radioactive hazards, and 10 years ago publicly warned that uranium miners would die of radialion unless steps were taken to ventilate the mines. Nobody paid much attention to Goodman's warning- except the uranium miners. :- ;.. :. Ten years later, on April 26 of this year, the issue came l o ' a head once again when the Public Health Service stated that 200 uranium miners already have lung cancer, and Goodman publicly testified that Rep. Holifield had blocked him earlier from testifying to this danger. Bobby Kennedy then jumped in lo champion Ihe u r a n i u m miners. When Bobby moves, the While House listens, and the matter came up at Cabinet meeting next day. All this made the congressman from the Los Angeles suburbs sore as blazes. Chet came lo Washington 20 years ago a dewy-eyed liberal who ran a struggling haberdashery store just outside Los Angeles. Now he's become one of the stauncher conservatives among California Democrats. He denied he had ever blocked Goodman from testifying. Goodman denied Ihe denial. Holifield then demanded Waller Rculhcr fire Goodman. The demand was not made publicly but through John Conway, who is Reulher's representative on the AKIrCIO. Goodman, believe it or not, has now been suspended. Conway wrote him that his job had been abolished. Reuther has long been a balder for workers' health in other unions as well as his own, but not Ihis lime. But he's busy with other matters today. Goodman, however, is still battling, even though he's lost his forum. He points out that the uranium mines of Colorado and the Southwest could be ventilated for only 1 per cent of Ihe cost of operating the mines. You read headlines about the Marine haroism in South Vietnam, but you don't hear much about the man behind Ihe headlines. He is Lt. Gen. Victor If. Krulak, a little fellow about 5-fool-2 high, who because of his stature and general belligerency is nicknamed "The Brute." He got Ihe name at Annapolis where they had to waive the height requirements lo get him in. "Brute" Krulak is commander of all the Marines ranging from South Vietnam to South Korea and San Diego. His official title is "Commandant Fleet Marine Pacific," and he has 75,000 Marines lo worry about in Vietnam, plus 35,000 in Korea. He has made 49 Irips lo Vietnam in the last 24 months and, while other military and civilian leaders have been getting in the headlines, "Brute" Krulak has been steadily doing his job without headlines. Kiiilak has three sons in, the Marine Corps, and all have seen service in Vietnam. A former coxswain of the Annapolis crew, Gen. Krulak is the man lo watch to become top commander of the Marines, unless the Pentagon politicians euchre him to one side. Says Dick Gregory: "Lucy Nugent took an awful chance when she let LBJ come down lo see his first grand-baby. How did she know he wouldn't pick up that baby by the ears?" . . . Said Leslie Carpenter lo ex-Sen. Clarence Dill o f Washington, who .wrote the-first Federal Communications 1 .'Act: "If you'd written that law today, Hie co-sponsor might have been my congressman from Aus'lin, Texas -- Jake Pickle. Then it would have been called the 'Dill- Pickle Act'." . . . While race riots in Detroit, Newark "and other cities were giving ; Uncle Sam a black eye throughout Europe, Sidney Poitier was winning applause in Moscow with his new film, "To Sir, With Love." It's (he story of a Negro teacher who prevails over his unruly while pupils. When shown during the Moscow film festival, it brought a standing ovation from the audience, chiefly Russian. Ann Landers Companionable Parrot Dear Ann Landers: People write to you about all sorts of things. 1 want to talk to you about my parrot. He has taught me more about unselfish love than any human I ever knew, including my mother. Hans Wurst was given to me by a friend who had to leave town. I didn't want him. I gave him away twice. Both limes the people brought him back. He talks a blue streak and some of (he things he says aren't very nice. Hans is beautiful. He is at-, fcctionale. He is interesting. He also bites people who lease him. He keeps me up nights shrieking and cussing. He makes a mess of his cage and is a finicky cater. But he is w o r t h all I he trouble because he is my friend. When I am unhappy he knows it and yells, "Lemmeee oula here." 1 lake him out of the cage and pu! him on my shoulder. He tucks his little head under my car and says, "Everything will ba fine." And I believe him. So, Ann, suggest a bird for people who don't want cats or dogs. The only thing that saddens me is the thought that Hans will not live forever and I will miss him desperately when he goes. -- ALFIE Dear Alfie: Cheer up. The life expectancy of a parrot runs anywhere from 15 to 80 years. Hans might be around longer than vou, Bub. a « Dear Ann Landers: Your advice to the woman who had ths phony fainting spoils \vas wrong. I know from experience because my sister-in-law has been pulling the same stuff for 20 years. Her husband has spent a fortune on doctors and hospital bills. No one has been able to find anything wrong with her. Now, instead of having her phony attacks oice a month, shi has them six limes a week. This woman spends most of her time in bed watching TV. She has a lantrum if she isn't waited on fast enough. Her medication is nothing b u t tranquilizers. She has everyone under her thumb and it is nauseating. You say people like this need compassion and understanding. I say her husband should have called her bluff years ago and thrown her out on her ear. So please stop covering up for these phonies, Ann Landers. Don't suggest compassion and understanding. Suggest the booby hatch. They arc nuts. -- NO SVMPATHY FOR P R E TENDERS Dear No Sympathy: Your angry recital is filled with contradictions. On one hand you say your sister-in-law is a phony and her husband should have called her bluff years ago. On Ihe other hand you say she should be in the booby hatch because she is mils. A woman who spends most of her lime in bed even though the doctors can find nothing wrong with her has PLENTY wrong. She is copping out because she can't face life. The woman is emotionally ill and this type of illness-can be as incapacitating as two broken legs. H is difficult to explain this to one who has not experienced emotional illness but, take my word for it, these unfortunate folks suffer a living Hell. o ·» * Confidential to Mad At Him: Sorry, but you are wrong. Tha driver of a car should'.nol be exuccted to light a lady's cigarette. Safety is more important than chivalry. That split second of "politeness" could land you both in the hospital--or worse. (Ann Landers will be glad to help you with your problems. S:nd them to her in care of Ihis rcws-'pi-r enclosing a Icr", s el f - a d d r esscd, stamped envelope.)

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