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Dally Times Herald EDITORIALS Tuesday, October 31, 1967 Nepotism Should Go One of the more interesting aspects of Congress-watching is the manner in which public pressure builds up to make itself felt. Sometimes this is dramatic; more often the process is stow. We are currently witnessing an example of this. For the past six years Rep. Neal Smith of Iowa has spearheaded an effort to end nepotism in all branches of the federal government. His attempt reflects recurrent censure of this practice. Criticism is voiced whenever the press carries reports of congressmen or others putting relatives on the payroll, and then subsides, but there is a cumulative effect as each disclosure leaves a residue of distaste. Apparently this has led the House to approve Smith's amendment to the federal pay bill prohibiting anyone in the government from hiring relatives. There is not an open-and-shut case against nepotism. Whenever the subject comes up, someone is sure to cite examples of relatives—wives or sons or nephews of congressmen, say—who work hard at their jobs and serve the public well. Blanket condemnation of the hiring of the relatives is therefore not justified. Smith's contention on this point is worth considering, however. He argues that though many relatives on the federal payroll may do a good job, "the over-all interest of the government is against the practice and those good em- ployes can get a job in some office on their merits rather than using relationship as leverage." A variation on the same theme was expressed by Rep. Morris K. Udall of Arizona. He estimated that perhaps three-fours of the working relatives are good employes but added that "you have to compare this against the loss of public confidence you get from outrageous examples." This is a valid point. Many will tend to agree with Udall's summation: "On balance I feel we better abandon the practice," School At Home Mothers presently involved in child rearing will find little comfort in the prophecies of Dr. Robert Hutchins, head of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. Addressing the American Institute of Planners, he envisioned a time when schools, as we now know them, will be passe. Formal education under these circumstances would be available, he suggests, through computer-controlled "learning centers" in the home. These would be complete with various electronic devices and would be supplemented by a teacher who traveled from house to house "like.a visiting nurse." Though fulfillment of this prophecy is not expected by Hutchins before the 21st century, if at all, the mere prospect of having Dick and Jane around the house all day the year 'round, is enough to chill the spines of mothers only just recovered from summer vacation. Then, too, any parent faced with the daily task of getting Junior to practice his music lesson knows the hazards of home study. Doubtless home "learning centers" are possible; perhaps they are probable. When and if they are perfected, however, we hope they will be used to supplement school rather than as a substitute. There is educational value in rubbing elbows with people, live and not by electronic tube. While this need not necessarily be accomplished in school we rather hope some of it continues to be. School is a special kind of experience, one future generations should have a chance to savor — gym shoes, spit balls, senior proms and all. Hospital Bugaboo Medicare has given a financial shot in the arm to the nation's hospitals, has in some measure elevated the general quality of hospital care, and has clearly been a boon to millions of the elderly. It also has sharpened the focus on the difficulties under which hospitals have increasingly labored. Unless substantial changes are made in how we deal with these problems, the cost of hospitalization will continue to rise at a disturbing rate. All these points are made in a study, ['Medicare and the Hospitals: Issues and Prospects," issued by the authoritative Brookings Institution. To underscore the threat of runaway costs, the study predicts that at the present rate of increase they will soon rise to $100 a day. The authors of this report propose a many- faceted approach to the problem of tighter cost- control. Their greatest emphasis is placed on a recommendation that state regulatory programs be established and charged with responsibility for the whole range of hospital functions. Such a regulatory mechanism appears to be a sensible approach to a situation found in varying degree in every state. And the prospect of $100- a-day hospital costs a few years hence should spur action without long delay. Timely Quotes I don't know what the Russians have, but I'd like to place a bet for a month's pay that this is better. —Maj. Gen. Edwin H. Burba, touting a new American-German tank. Open Season ... All Year Around - •j..%:.VrY;'-i'':-^i*;- < a^w«-»*'.^^^^^^ Washington Notebook Apparently, Hippie Jargon Just Isn't Romney's 'Bag' g WASHINGTON (NBA) — Around the capital you want to be "in" as possible at the office or on the cocktail circuit, so a good "Bobby story" is an absolute must. A Bobby story is an anecdote about none other than that hirsute Democrat from Mass . . . er . . . New York — Robert F. Kennedy. If not an anecdote, a quip. Sen. Charles Percy, R-I1L, got a lot of mileage out of this one: "Will Bobby run for president? Only his hairdresser knows for sure." Anyway, we asked Sen. Kennedy himself what he thought about Bobby stories. He was beautiful. "I have seen these stories in publications as many as four times," the senator said softly. "I suppose that makes them true." HARK! A new Republican party candidate for the presidential nomination? Who is this newcomer with the initials A. B. J.? Polly's Pointers Filing System For Wardrobe By Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — If you are short of storage space and have trouble keeping your wardrobe organized and ready to wear, try "filing" your clothes that need special attention. Use large index cards looped over the closet rod as dividers marked with the usual needed chores, such as Wash, Iron, Sew, To Cleaner, etc. Hanging clothes which need refurbishing behind the appropriate cards saves finding other storage places to put them. They are all together and ready when you do get out the ironing board, sewing machine and so on. —RUTH POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I have a collection of salt, and pepper shakers that have come from all over the country. Many of them are made of cedar and I have tried to clean them with soap and water but the finish looks dark and dull. I would like to know how to clean them and or how to renew the finish. -MRS. B. T. DEAR POLLY — I am answering Mrs. P. V. S. who has some dried out lipsticks. Quite by accident I discovered that a thin coat of petroleum jelly ap- PETROLEUM JELLY plied to the lipstick will provide the needed moisture. It should be allowed time to soak in. Also a dab of petroleum jelly can be put on the lips before, the lipstick is applied. -JANET DEAR POLLY — I hav* a money saver for mothers of small children. My husband amazed even me when he repaired our crawling baby's shoes. When little ones start to crawl, the toes of their shoes often pull apart. The upper part tears away from the sole. Ordinary kitchen string, welt rubbed with wax, is wonderful to use for such a job. Thread a strong heavy needle with waxed string and stitch away. You will need a thimble or strong hand to push the needle through the leather. A few minutes spent and they are in fine shape again. Not only are little toes kept inside but the shoes have added life. My husband also repaired our older son's house slippers in this manner and they are as good as new. -MRS. R. K. H. DEAR POLLY - Grace wondered about the danger of leaving appliances plugged on even though they were "off." DON'T do it. This is especially true if you are leaving the house. The insulation in the appliance itself could eventually deteriorate without warning, which could cause a short circuit and possibly a fire. — JEAN DEAR READERS - I think both Grace and Jean were thinking of small appliances, such as the toaster, coffee pot, electric can opener, iron and so on. When there are small children in the house, small appliances should be unplugged when not in use, even when one is at home. Do not leave them so the child could be tempted to slip the plug back into the outlet. Frayed cords are always a hazard and should be repaired as soon as possible. Of course, we would not unplug the television, refrigerator and radio every time we leave the house. — POLLY By Dave Burgin The GOP Congressional Committee Newsletter headlined a recent edition "ABJ for PRESIDENT." A. B. J. turns out to be a guy named Anybody But Johnson, whoever he is. QUOTE OF THE WEEK came from Democratic Gov. Paul Johnson of Mississippi, who confided to Washington friends: "LBJ would have as much chance of carrying Mississippi now as an asbestos dog would have catching a celluloid cat in " THE SPEAKER, inside witnesses reveal, was a hippie in San Francisco's much-publicized Haight-Ashbury section. In response to the greeting, "Hello, how are you?" the hippie said: "It's in the bag, baby, that's it. I mean, you can't be uptight and have your bag. Thing, I mean. Bag is thing. Thing is bag. You gotta do your thing. I mean, your wife, if she idolizes you, she can't do her bag. Her thing. If I idolize you, I can't do my thing. "Baby, you got to think about your thing. The thing is the thing. Yeah, that's it. Freedom, man." Replied the listener, Michigan Gov. George Romney: "It is my hope Republican policies on several different fronts will allow you to have your . . . bag." "Groovy," said the hippie. Aides to the puzzled Romney said the encounter produced little dialogue. Barbs The youngster making a rapid rise in the company knows which side his boss is buttered on An old-timer is a fellow who can remember when a youngster got a free ball and bat with a new, knicker-pants suit. Leaving the hot dogs in the refrigerator is just about the wurst thing to find out at the picnic site 20 miles away. Daily Times Herald 515 North Main Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Sundays and Holidays other than February 22, November 11 by The Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W. WILSON, Publisher HOWARD B. WILSON, Editor W. L. REITZ, News Editor MARTIN MAKER, Advt. Mgr. Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2. 1879. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier boy delivery per week $ .50 BY MAIL Carroll County and AU Adjoining Counties, per year $13.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties In Zones 1 and 2, per year _ . $16.00 All Other Mail in the United Spotlight on Agriculture Plambeck Meets Many From Carroll Area in Vietnam Stales, per year- _?20.W (Herb Plambeck, veteran Iowa farm editor is now on a world-encircling tour to mako farm and f*od observations and to serve as a war correspondent. This is the fifth of a series of articles for the Daily Times Herald on his two-month long 27,000-mile- fact-finding trip.) SAIGON, Vietnam - Embattled South Vietnam is an endless front line. Of this I was convinced within a few moments after landing at Ton Son Nhut Airbase, the massive airfield near Saigon, where so many ,of our troops come and go. Within hours of arrival in Vietnam, there is adequate evidence that the battle front extends from the DMZ far down into the Mekong Delta, as well as where our bombers are striking and ships are shelling to the north. Planes and "choppers" of every description fill the Vietnam skies. Troops, both U.S. and those of the Republic of Vietnam, are everywhere. Bunkers, tanks, barbed wire, lookouts, command posts, Corps headquarters, and all the rest of the military scenery are at every turn. Ammunition and fuel dumps cover countless acres. War is total here. My first day out was in a relatively secure area. I was with two former Iowa County Extension directors, Dale Thorngren, who served in Farm Security and CED work in Union, Madison, Audubon and Shelby Counties, as well as Max Sauerbry, who recently left Clayton County for service here. Thorngren flew me to a 2500-acre rice project. As we looked down we watched U.S. helicopter pilots searching out Viet Cong over jungles, saw fighters and bombers on sorties, noted where the V. C. had stopped rice production, saw defoliation evidence, etc. The first night I was with Sauerbry in Bien Hoa, northeast of Saigon. All through the night the 155 and 175mm guns were in action nearby. A V. C. company had shown up harassing a village. In another hamlet close by, a Claymore mine had been planted by the enemy. One of our jeeps was destroyed. One of our men was badly wounded. The initial reaction to the picture here is disturbing. Vietnam, like many other Southeast Asian countries is still in the dark ages by our standards. Much work is still done by hand. Primitive tools and water buffalo power still prevail in agriculture. Farms are pitifully small. Corruption continues in high circles. In the larger cities black marketing is rampant and immorality is shocking. Poverty and indifference seem to go hand in hand. Twenty years of war in this country has taken its awful toll. Homes are dark, dingy and dirty. Nothing is done in the way of community betterment. Every front yard looks . like a trash heap. "Lady Bird" could really keep busy here. A question arises, "What are we doing here, providing a half million troops, pouring in two billion dollars a month, sacrificing the lives of so many thousands of men?" The answer is not easy to find. Yet, virtually all the U. S. advisors and many of the troops feel the U. S. commitment here is worth carrying out. Morale is higher than I expected among the men stationed here. Most of those I have talked to seem to feel progress is being made. Most of them also consider Vietnam as a country with great potential, if and when peace ever does come. A Fort Dodge G.I.,'Specialist Gary Askeland, says, "Despite our being 11,000 miles from home, the morale is relatively high, and we believe we are getting ahead a little bit at a time." Captain Richard Carlisle, of Atalissa, in eastern Iowa, says, "My opinion has changed since the first unfavorable impression were formed. I've watched this area change from a jungle to what is now a heavily traveled highway. We're making progress." Sgt. Charles Warren, of Sioux City, whose tour of duty ends in time for him to get By Herb Plambeck home for Christmas, is coming back here to Vietnam. Sgt. Warren has re-enlisted. He says, "There's a job to be done, and I'm going to help do it. A lot of guys feel this way." Every part of Iowa has men here. In the few days I've been here I've talked already with a surprising number. As my tour of duty as a war correspondent for the Daily Times Herald continues, I hope to visit many more. Some Iowa women are here, too. Just before writing this column, I was introduced to Linda Pritchard, Osage, and Mavis Schmidt, «f Lake City, both WAC's and both in army fatigues. Our troops are battle hardened. They do not relish fighting the V. C. by the enemy's ground rules, but this is the kind of war they must wage. Bloody as the struggle is at Con Tiem and elsewhere up near the DMZ, where marines have battled so long and hard, there still is fighting elsewhere too. Captain Enrick Ruiz, of Council Bluffs, had to cut an interview in this "s e c u r e" area short because of a fire fight nearby. Ron Boone, of Waukee, exemplifies another common reaction on the part of enlisted men. Ron knows the exact number of days and hours left before his tour is over, so he can get back to his folks "and a home-cooked meal." Nelson Woods, Minburn, is also from the Perry Area. Carroll County seems t» have hundreds of men over here. Just to name a few from the area: Lt. David Wenek, of Lidderdale, with Operation "Bear Cat"; Ron Cabelka, Yale; James D. and Richard Emery, both of Coon Rapids; Martin Shirbroun, also Co«n Rapids; Paul Irlbeck and Daryl Wiederien, both of Dedham; Capt. Darrell Shreck, Templeton; Dale Olson, Steve Sporleder, and Douglas Sigler, all of Carroll; Walter Rose, Ralston; Glen Soyer, Carroll; Tom Rutten, R2 Carroll. The length of the war is'the most common question heard here. The possibility of a bombing pause is discussed, but until Ho Chi Min offers more evidence than he has to date about coming to a negotiation table, there's little thought of calling off the strikes. Not only "do they help cut supply lines _to the U. C., but there can be no question about Hanoi hurting as the countless strikes and sorties continue. One look at the endless procession of the Army's trucks, tanks, jeeps, scout cars, etc., and one glance ait the acres of ammo, napalm, fuel and other dumps leads every man in uniform, and certainly a casual observer, to believe that, unless Hanoi changes its pattern, 'we are in for a long, long war. The number of planes, fighters, bombers, troop carriers, helicopters and other aircraft here makes Vietnam look like one big airfield. There is never a moment, day or night, that one looks up without seeing aircraft in the sky — often many of them. And, day or night, the roar of aircraft is constant. This, plus the'continuous nightlong artillery shelling, makes Vietnam a noisy place — and one that may well remain that way for a long time to come; Dear Abby Tic Won't Upset Wedding By Abigail Van Bur en DEAR ABBY: I am going to be married soon, and am facing a big problem. My father has had a nervous tic for years, which causes him to jerk his head back involuntarily every few seconds. He winks one eye when he jerks, which has caused him to be misunderstood by strange women when he walks down the street. (It looks like a gesture which means, "Come along with me.") Anyway, I knovr it's customary for a bride to be escorted down the aisle on her father's arm, but Abby, how about this tic of his? All the folks on my side who will be at the wedding know my father and are used to his nervous tic. But how about those on my fiance's side who live out of town and have never seen my father before? I want my wedding to be a beautiful solemn affair, and I'm afraid my father might cause a few to laugh. Please advise me. UNDECIDED DEAR UNDECIDED: How does your father feel about it? If he is self-conscious about his tic, and indicates that he would rather not escort you down the aisle, ask a substitute. (An uncle, cousin, dear friend, or adult brother, if you have one.) But if your father would feel slighted to be denied that privilege, let him. Chances are, your fiance's family will have been clewed in about your father's tic before the wedding march begins. DEAR ABBY: Ever since I was 13 I have liked Rick, the boy who lives across the street from me. I just turned 16 and Rick is 18. Last year, when I was only 15, Rick asked my mother when I could date. She told him when I reached 16. Well, I have been 16 for two weeks already and Rick hasn't asked me out yet. Maybe he doesn't know I'm 16 now. Rick had a girl friend, but one of my friends told me he didn't like her that much anymore. What should I do? WAITING DEAR WAITING: Wait. DEAR ABBY: My daughter, who is 15, is thinking of get- ting married to a boy of 16. 1 have tried to talk her into wai£ ing until she finishes high school. (This is her first year.) Recently she told her father and me that if we didn't give her permission to marry sh£ will get herself in a fix like lots of girls do, and then we will have to let her get married ol she will disgrace us. = I told her that was the wrong attitude to take, but she said; she doesn't care, she loves ther boy. I Have you any advice to giva her? She reads your articles- every day. I hope you will print something to help us with; this situation as she is about t» drive her Pa and me nuts' Thank you. HER MOM- DEAR MOM: I could give! yiur daughter plenty of advice,but she hasn't asked me forl any. Tell her that even if she- gets herself "in a fix," you'- may not consent to the mar-I riage. And let her know that; her threats to "disgrace" you" do not frighten you. She can! disgrace only herself. DEAR ABBY: I am a widow.: 0, my husband still has a- heartbeat, but he has "passed! on" in another sense. I can't; get any conversation out of him- during the dinner hour. He- comes to the table and fills up' his plate, buffet style, then carries it to the living room to' watch television while he eats. I am not stupid. I am a college graduate, so it's not asi though I can't carry on an intelligent conversation. Should I stick my foot through the picture tube? Or; maybe I should try wearing a- wooden cabinet instead of a" dress? I wonder how many other women are in competition with, the television set? IGNORED DEAR IGNORED: Obviously, your husband finds television more fascinating than your con- • versation. He is being rude, of- course, to desert you at dinner time, but you can't force him; to remain and converse with you. And if you oould, his at-' titude would probably bo so condescending you'd soon fefc begging him to go wak-h televi-. sion.