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Page 4 Garden City Telegram Thursday, November 10,1977 Editorial Holding Up the Mail Usually by this time of the year, we have received several pleas from the postal service urging early mailing of Christmas packages going overseas. It's different this year, though. Don't mail at all. The postal system has an embargo on packages going through ports along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Longshoreman are on strike, tying up both incoming and outgoing ships. In some areas, the strike, which started Oct. 1, is already being felt and it is expected to disrupt Christmas merchandise sales across the country. The longshoremen for years have been fighting a losing battle against automation. Around the world there has been a growing trend the past decade toward use of laborsaving containers. The huge containers— actually vans, often on wheels—are loaded, driven aboard specially-designed ships, then loaded off by tractors. The containers have reduced the need for longshoremen. Where it used to take a week to 10 days to unload an ocean-going freighter, the job can now be done in half- a-day. Little progress has been made in negotiations with longshoreman who appear to be making a Custer-type last stand. Ultimately, the government is going to have to get into the squabble and via a Taft- Hartley injunction. \\\ cl. h. » THE QUESTION today Lillian Hellman, author, playwright, and social commentator observed in a recent lecture, is not, "Where are we headed?" but "Where are we?" • "I'M VERY distrubed about us," she said. "It seems to me we're sort of nowhere. We no longer know what we mean by democracy or justice or commitment. We're listening to rhetoric we no longer believe in, and we have one set of rules for ourselves and another for others." • MISS HELLMAN, speaking to Harvard students, questioned whether today's young people are as vigorous or committed as those of a decade ago. She asked the students whether they, were interested in the fate of their country. Lack of concern about social issues in the 1950s gave rise to the eruptions of the 1960s which were spurred by the Vietnam War, she reminded them. This decade lacks a central dramatic issue such as the war, but less striking events and problems could trigger another period of social upheaval if they are not addressed, she said. • THERE ARE no simple answers, she cautioned, and it is dangerous to think that there are. SHE SUGGESTED that the women's rights movement should address the economic needs of women more. "Economic equality is the only true equality. The rest is just sex jabber, interesting ideas." THE ELEGANT and small woman noted, "There's an enormous difference in this country between now and the time when I was a child, and most of it is for the good. But there should be and must be greater change." Where to Write Sen. James B. Pearson 5313 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Sen. Robert Dole 4213 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * Rep. Keith G. Sebelius 1211 Longworth, House Office Building , Washington, D.C. 20515 Garden City Telegram Published daily except Sundays ana New Year's day, Memorial day, Independence day. Thanksgiving day, Labor day and Christmas. Yearly by The Telegram Publishing Company 275-7105 310 North 7th Street Garden City, Kansas 67846 Second class postage has been paid in Garden City, Kan. Publication Identification Number 213600 Fred Brooks Jtiu Frailer U Roy Altaian Editor Managing EdHor Ad and Biulneu Manager Art Buchwald Writes: \ The President Cancels WASHINGTON - Most Americans are relieved that President Carter has postponed his trip abroad to nine countries in 11 days. Not only has it saved the American taxpayer millions of dollars but there was a feeling thai the ^President would not be able to accomplish much in that short lime. Yet when the word was announced, it caused great disappointment in the countries President Carter had planned lo visit. Preparations had been in full swing and excilemenl was building up for Mr. Carter's short stay. When one head of stale's wife was informed that the President was not coming she broke into tears. "But I've been cleaning the palace all week," she told her husband. "I don't want to hear about your troubles," he said. "I've been painting all the buildings from the airport into town." The wife asked, "What do I tell the caterer?" "Tell him the dinner has been canceled. I'm sure he'll understand." "That's easy enough for you to say. But he turned down three parlies lo do our dinner. You know this is his busy season." "Listen, I'm not responsible for Carter canceling his trip. Why are you bothering me with your problems?" "You think it's easy lo gel the palace ready for an American Presidenl? Do you know we bought new draperies and slipcovers for his visit? And I had all the rugs shampooed. I think he has a lot of nerve telling us he's decided not to come at this late date." "Woman, will you shut up? I gave all the schoolchildren in Ihe capital Ihe day off so Ihey could cheer for the President. Now I have lo go on television and tell them I was only fooling. How does thai make me look?" "Do you realize we inviled 800 generals and their wives and two members of the opposition parly lo a receplion before Ihe dinner? We're going lo be Ihe laughingstock of Ihe town." "So we'll uninvite them. I had to get the air force in shape for a fly-over. Only two out of the 400 planes the United Slates sold us can still get off Ihe ground." ' "I never should have senl lo Paris for a new evening dress." "I don't want to hear any more. I've hung American Flags on every lamppost in the city. Whal am I going lo do wilh 130,000 American Flags?" "Won't the American exporters lake Ihem back?" "I didn'l get them from America. I gol Ihem from Japan. They've been dumping American Flags in every country Carter was supposed lo visit." "I think you should send a formal note of prolesl lo Ihe While House telling Ihem we have been personally insulted." "I've done that already." "Whal did Ihey say?" "I gol a nole from Iheir daughler Amy telling me she was studying our counlry in her geography class and asking me lo send her any informalion we had on our raw materials." "You know our children are furious wilh us because I made Ihem clean up Iheir rooms?" "Thai's jusl too bad. Do you realize how shaky my regime has been in the last six months? I was counting on Carter's visit lo solidify my position with the military junta. The army military band has been practicing 'Dixie' for three months. What do you think they're going lo say when I tell them they can forget it?" "I think if the President of the United Stales had any feeling al all he would at least have sent his brother Billy Carter in his place." "They offered us Billy Carter, but he charges $10,000 an appearance, and no one in my cabinet thinks he's worth it." Public Pulse Reader Writes in Defense of Art There has been some negative reaction printed in the Telegram about the review of the community produclionof "South Pacific." I would jusl as soon lhat the debate were put to rest once and for all; but I feel that there is one point that has not been mentioned lei alone defended. And lhal is the cause of Art. Having spent most of my life * * * Book Story Appreciated We appreciated and enjoyed the slory in The Telegram aboul Ihe book "The Hislory of Early Scoll Counly." We received Ihe books Wednesday and will be distributing them at Ihe Scott County Library during library hours through next Wednesday (Nov. 16). We have had a preview book and are thrilled to find the old pictures reproduced beaulifully, every thing in place, and attractively bound. What a thrill lo all of us lo see Ihis project completed. For 30 years a trio, Rosa Dickhut, Matilda Freed and Mildred Armantroul, talked and dreamed aboul this book as they gathered, wrote and tape recorded information. It has been a fascinating experience lo help sort and organize Ihis material and walch Ihe book lake form. I think all who are interested in the struggles, trials and joys of the early pioneers who setlled on Ihe plains will find Ihis book a collection of wonderful memories. We have ordered 1000 books from the printer and have presold aboul 600. The remaining 400 will be sold al the library during distributing hours and at the Antique Show Ihe Historical Society sponsors Nov. 26-27 at the American Legion in Scott Oily. The remaining books are expected to be sold quickly and anyone interested should inquire early about purchasing one. — MARILYN YOUNG WALCHER, Box C, Scoll Cily. here in western Kansas, I can vouch for the fact thai litlle of artistic or cultural value has been offered here. That is no excuse for allowing il lo remain lhal way. A few concerned individuals wilh some arlislic inlegrily, who are willing lo allempl lo educale Ihe public, can raise Ihe slandards of theatre- goers, music lovers, and even newspaper readers. Now thai is nol lo say lhat Ihe public wanls lo be educaled; bul some of us feel lhat we must try. Those who love Iheir arl form and have any kind of underslanding of il wanl lo lurn oul Ihe besl producl possible and Ihen have il acknowledged and appreciated, nol because friends or imporlanl people in Ihe communily were involved bul because il is a work of arl lhat can stand on its own merit. In the case of "South Pacific" those aspects of the production lhat had artislic meril were recognized in Ihe review. Those aspects lhal did nol received valid crilicism in Ihe hope lhal in Ihe fulure such things might be improved upon. In Ihis way an educalive process can lake place, and the art form can be raised to a higher plateau of meaning and accomplishment. Thai sums up Ihe purpose of Ihe crilic. She is nol oul lo inlenlionally lambasl anyone; yel because of her own arlislic inlegrily she refuses lo be hypocrilical. Whal il comes down lo anyway is lhal a crilique is an opinion; and Ihe Firsl Amendmenl guaranlees her the right lo express il. As for my own opinion, I feel that the review was more than kind. Yes, there was a great amount of efforl conlribuled by various people lo Ihe produclion; and Ihey were duly recognized in Ihe program. Bul I paid for my seal and Ihe same as anyone else; and whal I came away from the performance with is slated in Ihe opening of Ihe second paragraph of Ihis leller. — ANN ZUBECKi Deerfield. Advice for Play Critic Some do's and don'ts for Ihe small town critic. 1. Say as many positive things aboul an amaleur produclion as you honestly can. Remember these people you are watching have all volunteered to lay their self respect in your hands. 2. Look for proof of hard work and point it out. Keep in mind the hours many of Ihe performers spenl Irying lo do somelhing well. 3. Sludy Ihe show you are going lo review. II helps if you understand the inherent weaknesses the author has handed the director and cast. 4. Look for actions thai show spiril and leamwork and unselfishness on Ihe parl of the cast and crew. Beware of praising the scene stealer al the expense of others. 5. Most of your negative criticism should be aimed al Ihe direclor. As Ihe direclor is usually Ihe only person paid for his-her efforls, then he-she should accept the responsibility as a professional. It is true lhal mosl awkward momenls, poor acling, or imbalance in a show are Ihe direclor's responsibilily. * * * 6. Keep your comparisons in mind. Remember you are nol in New York or even Denver or Wichila. So you continually ask yourself if you are criticizing from comparison; and if you are, is il fair? 7. Always remember Ihe people you are wriling aboul are nol professionals; if Ihey were perfecl Ihey would all be in New York. As a mailer of fact, if you were the perfecl crilic you would be in New York. — LARRY FOWLER and GRETCHEN TIBERGHIEN, Garden Cily Communily College. Omit the Bad Part? The original review of "Soulh Pacific" has brought a great deal of emotional and much heated response from the public. These responses have a definite defensive tone, and after reading all of them and seeing the play, I wonder why thai tone is present. I think we must remember the correct definition of criticize. It is as follows: Criticize. 1. To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate. 2. To find fault with. In regard of the first one il clearly states its purpose but does not say anylhing about the judgment being * good-bad, pro-con and so forth. The second one in mosl cases is Ihe favorile and mosl people lend lo lake il immediately as whal is being implied. In a honesl critical review both sides of the slory must be brought out, if that does nol happen il is more unfair because Ihe truth is being kept from everyone. A play or any art form put up before the public is Ihere for viewing by Ihe people. And surely people come away from lhal viewing wilh very differ enl opinions. The crilicism following may be posilive or * * From A Dissident Episcopalian TEBMS OF SUBSCRIPTION ' By^arrier • month In Garden City. 12.67 plus applicable sales tax. Payable to the carrier in advance. I am sure that you have many readers who are following with interest the unhappiness that is spreading throughout the churches today on account of the breakdown in the churches' stand for Biblical doctrine and morality. Episcopalians are especially concerned because their General Convention September 1976 voted to ordain women as priest and bishops, to radically change their ancient Prayer Book, to accept active homosexuals, and to condone abortion on demand. As a result, we are reading of unhappy Episcopalians all over the country voting or threatening to leave the Church. More Public Pulse Pg. 5 There are a few points that I would like to clarify in the maze of reporting on the subjecl Ihroughoul Ihe counlry. There are Iwo groups .of Episcopalians who are really more Roman Catholic than Episcopalian in Iheir doctrine and worship, rheir doctrine of the Holy Communion is substantially t)ut of the Roman Mass, and instead of the ancient Book of Common Prayer, they use the Anglican or American Missal. These are the people who are the ones who are voting to come out of the Episcopal Church and who are withdrawing and forming the so- called Diocese of the Holy Trinity. They have a bishop- elect, the Rev. James Mote, of Denver, Colorado, but they do not have any bishops committed to consecrate him, in spite of inferences in the press to the contrary. At this time they are seeking union with the Roman Catholic Church. "We hope the Roman hierarchy will accept us as the remnanl," said Canon Alberl J. DuBois, Episcopal priest, the new diocese's ecumenical officer (NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER, Sepl. 23, 1977). The olher group of dissident Episcopalians is the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen who mel in St. Louis in September. This group uses principally the Book of Common Prayer. It has not yet established a church at all, although they are thinking of establishing one and calling it the Anglican Church of North America. Practically all the members of this group are still in the Episcopal Church. They have no church charter nor constitution and canons nor any prospects of getting a bishop or bishops to continue the Apostolic Succession. They are still entirely in the hoping the talking stage. Nothing in the fulure is definitely settled. The Anglican Orthodox Church is the answer for many unhappy Episcopalians. It believes in the Bible as the Word of God and holds up Jesus as God's Divine Son. II uses only the Prayer Book and does not allow active homosexuals in the church. II is nol Anglo-Catholic. It is prepared and ready, already organized, chartered, with the Apostolic succession, a strong constitution and canons, with a worldwide membership, and with a seminary already established for Iraining clergymen who believe the Bible and Prayer Book. It already has an IRS exemption. The address is 323 Walnut Street, Statesville, N.C. You may write for information. I have already joined it and am happy in it. It fulfills all that I want in an Episcopal Church. — THE REV. CHARLES F. SIMMONS, P.O. Box 329, Statesville, N.C. \ FTC Warns of Insulation Ripoffs negalive, bul whichever il may be, bolh opinions are necessary for shedding lighl on Ihe currenl piece of work and fulure produclions loo. All in all, il seems Ihe im- porlanl thoughts about the play were pushed aside lo give way lo "reviews of Ihe reviewer". The message lhal came Ihrough loud and clear in Ihese responses is just this: Pat us on the back for our hard work we deserve it. But if there is any bad lo be said of our efforl, we don'l wanl lo hear ill—JANET HENDRICKSON, 610N. 9lh WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission, saying consumers are being viclimized by misleading claims, is beginning a drive against deceptive advertising of home insulation. "There are about three million people who have bought insulalion since January," said one FTC source. "A lol of those people have bought lousy — sometimes even unsafe — insulalion." The program includes warnings lo between 200 and 300 manufacturers and suppliers lhal Ihey could be subjecl lo civil suits and fines of up lo $10,000 a day if engaged in such advertising. "We expecl mosl people lo volunlarily change Iheir conduct," said one FTC lawyer. Bul he said Ihe commission is prepared lo subpoena records and initiate civil suits if violations persist. The commission also is ex- peeled lo approve within a few weeks a new trade rule which, for the first time, would require Ihe disclosure of substanlialed "R-value" ralings bolh in adverlising and packaging. Wilh lime allowed for necessary hearings and comments, the rule could be put inlo effect in aboul a year, an FTC spokesman said. The R-value is Ihe measure of insulation's ability to prevent heat from escaping. Many manufaclurers have volunlarily placed Ihe ralings on packaging. Bul the FTC says some R- values are highly exaggerated while others are based on laboratory lest conditions instead of normal use. Claims of energy savings, the FTC says, must be "ordinarily attainable" in Ihe area where Ihe advertising is disseminated. * Since last April, when President Carter proposed a tax break for homeowners installing insulation, demand has skyrocketed and major producers have been hard pressed to keep pace. • At Ihe same lime, scores of new, small companies have enlered Ihe markel, par- licularly in Ihe produclion of cellulose insulalion where the initial investment is relatively low. v Three major manufaclurers of fiberglass insulation teslified before Congress last week lhal a shorlage of insulalion: was expected for another Ihree years and that all suppliers are using allocation systems because they are unable to meel demands. Palrick Kelly of the FTC's consumer protection bureau- said those kinds of markel conditions make the industry a largel for marketing and advertising abuses. The major evidences of abuse, he said, involve exaggerated R-values. Bul some producers also are nol giving adquale warning of possible safely hazards, such as Ihe highly flammable nature of cellulose products nol treated with special fire retardants. "We know enough that we think lhal there are major problems. The market conditions are right, and we see ttye evidence," said another FTC official. FTC officials have declined lo say how large a budgel will be devoted to the drive. 3:00 P.M. — CBS THE WINNERS — "Mobile Maidens." Kenia Borell, Nita Dee. A story of three young girls in California and their plan to distribute surplus foods to the poor. 7:00 P.M. — NBC CHIPS — "The Green Thumb Burglar." Jon and Ponch pursue a careening car to ticket Ihe crazy driver only to discover H.R. Putnstuf behind Ihe wheel, but Ponch convinces Jon that H.R. is a national treasure and Ihey only give him a warning. 9:00 P.M. — CBS BARNABY JONES — Barnaby's hands are lied, literally, when he becomes one of the captives in a desert town taken over by hoodlums planning an armored car holdup. 10:30 P.M. — ABC POLICE STORY — "The Other Side of Ihe Fence." A police officer poses as a fence in order lo gel evidence to arrest a pair of jewel thieves suspected of murder. Ch. 6 KTVC (CBS) Ch. 11 KGLD(NBC) Ch. 13KUPKIABC) Public TV (In Ulysses and Johnson, cable-TV customers receive Denver's public TV station on channel 10.) Thursday Cable TV Channel 7 9 p.m. ONCE UPON A CLASSIC "Robin Hood" Marion disguises Herself as a maid and helps Robin escape. 9:30 p.m. THE BEST OF ERNIE KOVACS A potpourri of Ernie Kovacs material including "The Great Sub- mergo" is featured. 10 p.m. THE BEST OF FAMILIES "The Election" Teddy Wheeler supports political novice Teddy Roosevelt in the mayoral election of 1886, but machine politics triumph. 1 m ll m i .v.v m

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