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Light a Fire in 9 72 ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, FRL, DEC. 31, 1971 Page 4 the small society by Brickman This is supposed to be the time of year for making resolutions. What can a person who is nearly perfect say? About the only thing that is really wrong at the moment is that my necktie is strangling me. Resolution: I will not slam my desk drawer shut on my tie again. At least when I can't find the key to unlock the desk. BUT PERHAPS I should really make some kind of resolution concerning the top of my desk. There is no one in the world who would admit more readily that it is a mess than myself. It is a thing I have grown up with. I once ran a contest to find the messiest desk in town and was flooded with entries. Most people, I found, are proud of this type of desk. And the only bad thing about my contest was that I won. Actually nearly everyone I know looks at my desk with an extreme amount of envy and curiosity. Most can hardly resist going through the selection of pictures that are cunningly hidden under last week's newspapers and assorted opened and unopened mail. The mother types grit their teeth against temptation to rearrange things and put them in "order." A few have thrown matches at it in hopes some volatile fumes arising from the heap will erupt into a complete holocaust. EVERYTHING on my desk is valuable. Some of it may stay a year before some important use will be found for it. To throw it away would be like cleaning out the garage. The day after you dispose of an old coaster wagon you will find some use for the wheels. I even have one file drawer in which everything is filed under 'M' for Mess. But if someone in this department would come and ask me for carbon paper I would tell him to look in the sixth folder from the front; for old time pictures, the third from the front; for a summary of the 1970 election results, the 34th folder back. These are not right, of course, but it sounds good and when I am told they are not where I said, I usually reply, "Well Til be darned. That's where I put them." In this way few people bother me to ask for carbon paper and such. Scratch any resolutions concerning my desk. It is more fun this way. IF BURNING is to be the answer, however, I have set aside a select grouping of papers. They are piled in this order from top to bottom: Ralph Nadir's Complaints; The rules governing the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1970; and Pollution Control. I have, at one time or another, believed in all of these things. Nadir, at least once, was right and reasonable. Now he is just trying to out-Nadir Nadir. The Health and Safety Act had some credence until it took a handful of pages to describe a safe stepladder. And while I admit there is pollution, some things have been carried a bit too far. Any dummy knows that if he sends a workman up a ladder that has a split rung he is opening himself up to the loss of the workman's services for a while, plus one heck of a lawsuit. It would seem very simple if the government set guidelines for ladder manufacturers. But to send a guy out to measure the size of knots in the left leg of a stepladder is overdoing it. Of course the guy who takes the job as inspector is letting himself in for all sorts of ridicule, and will probably never tell his children what kind of work he is doing. Can you imagine getting up before your class reunion and announcing, "I am a knot inspector?" BUT FOR THE ULTIMATE in inane rulings, the Pollution Control Commission— nearly any one of them— would have to take the "1971 Lint Locker of the Year" award. The Iowa commission has watered down some of its own rules and regulations calling for the control of "Fugitive Dust." Fugitive dust is that which is stirred up by a car driving on a gravel road or by a farmer plowing a dry field in a strong wind. The proposed rule specified that where there is a possibility of dust being raised, those responsible are required to take "reasonable precautions" to prevent it from becoming a nuisance. The Iowa County Engineers Association had protested the regulation, saying it would cost $40 million annually to treat all the rural roads in Iowa to keep the dust down. Nothing has been heard from the farmers. Had the ruling been in effect back in 1936, the entire state of Kansas would have been towed out to sea and drowned. In that terrible drouth year, Iowa inherited about six inches of Kansas topsoil that shifted in the wind. Today, Kansas would be ordered to get out the garden hose and water it down. Can you see the headlines next fall? "Iowa corn crop drops to zero; too dry to plow fields." AND THEN there is the pollution commission's odor definition. The staff had suggested it be defined as an odor which is "believed to be objectionable by 30 per cent or more of a random sample of the people exposed to such odor, with the sample size at least 30 people or 75 per cent of these exposed if fewer than 30 people are affected." No 30 people could much agree on an odor. You just go down to the drug stores and look at the countless brands of colognes, perfumes and other such odors. Send 30 women in to buy the stuff and they'd come out with 20 brands. Five would come out with Right Guard, two would buy bubble bath and the other three would still be inside waiting for the prices to drop. Let's face it, some pollution control methods stink. THINK OF WAV 1* TH& LAST THE VeAfZ- Y&AZs AfeHT A& lofts, AS TWEY US&P TO&&\ Opbwm Paul Ha rvey AILY NEW Politalk am ft Tax for Shoplifters City administrators with one eye on the budget and the other eye on the next election are tempted to ask you — and a few dare to — for an additional tax on everything you buy. They talk in terms of a fraction of 1 per cent additional. If any one of them dared ask you for an additional 10 per cent — an additional dime on every dollar — you'd have his political scalp and his personal hide. Yet you are right now paying an additional 10 per cent "tax" on everything you buy in the store. Because you have to pay for what the shoplifter steals. How about getting tough with him—or her? Nationally, the FBI says crime continues to increase. It's up 6 per cent this year from last year. For most crimes, however, the "rate of increase" is less than it's been. Yet shoplifting in some areas has doubled this year. A 100 per cent increase. The National Federation of Independent Business, representing 291,000 business- 'ginHIIHIIIII(llltlMI»MIIMIIfl>ll>llllilllHIIItllllHIHIMIfll>»llillfllIIIIIIiUlllfllllllltllll>IMIHIIIIIHI>llll>illllllllllltllllllillMlliy es, reports "shoplifting heading for epidemic proportions." The National Retail Merchants Assn. guesstimates that retailers are thus losing—a loss they have to pass on to you in higher prices — $8 million every day. Sophisticated new detection devices can reduce losses, but the Wall Street Journal says they tend to offend customers and employes. Employes, particularly, recent the Big Brother "snoopervision." Last July when Bonwit Teller began giving employes lie detector tests, their union exploded; within two weeks the tests were canceled. The retail unions are less than enthusiastic about closed circuit TV cameras, also, considering these "an invasion of privacy." TV cameras at Klein's Department Store in Yonkers scrutinize both customers and employes and with such clarity that when an employe is at the cash register the camera can record the number of his badge and the amount he rings up and the denomination of the bill a customer hands him. Since the new system was installed, the number of Klein employes caught stealing declined from 325 last year to 170 this year. The detection system which works best while offending the fewest people involves marking all merchandise with a sensitized tag. The clerk removes the tag when you pay for the merchandise. Try to leave the store with anything tagged— and an alarm sounds. The professional shoplifter — and the youngsters supporting drug habits that way—is counting on the merchant to be lenient. For the store it costs so much in time, lawyer fees and customer goodwill to prosecute — that few do. Maybe more should. But as long as the store can add whatever loss to the bills honest people pay, the shoplifter will continue to pick your pocket. SEN. EDMUND Muskie has called on President Nixon to halt the bombing of North Vietnam. "Our present policy in Vietnam is a dangerous one and a futile one," said the Maine Democrat, one of the frontrunners of his party's presidential nomination. CONGRESSMAN John Culver sharply critizedthe administration's renewal of intensive bombing raids over North Vietnam. "The President should no longer delay setting an immediate date certain for total withdrawal subject to the release of American prisoners of war," he said. Also, in a letter to Gov. Ray, Culver urged a series of regularly scheduled meetings between the Iowa senators, congressmen and statehouse leaders to improve communications between Des Moines and Washington. LT. GOV. ROGER Jepsen has cautioned Iowa senators against making a "political circus" of the 1972 legislative session. He pointed out that it is an election year when both he and several legislators will be seeking higher office. Jepsen pleaded with the members to refrain from political speeches and remarks on the Senate floor. Glancing back. . . Save the Wrappings AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, T e r r i 1, Graettinger and Superior, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80for 3 months, $15.60 for 6months, $29.70year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Stan Brotherton, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; Donald Stoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. 1 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin mi mi H iiiiiiiiiiMiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii illinium iiiiuniiiii i iimii HI AND LOIS Today is Friday, Dec. 31, the last day of 1971. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1946, the end of World War n was proclaimed officially by President Harry S. Truman. On this date: In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed an act admitting West Virginia to the Union. In 1879, Thomas A. Edison first demonstrated the electric incadescent light. In 1890, Ellis Island in New York Harbor was opened as a center to receive immigrants. In 1921, diplomatic relations were resumed between the United States and Germany after World War I. /THAT'S NO FAIR A / THIS IS A >£-v Bl© FAVOR/ J In 1943, there was a near-riot of bobbysoxers in New York's Times Square as Frank Sinatra opened a singing engagement at the Paramount Theater. In 1945, Bermuda voted to end its ban on the use of cars. Ten years ago: The government of Lebanon crushed an attempt by right-wingers to stage a coup. Five years ago: The United States said it would halt the bombing of North Vietnam the moment there was assurance from Hanoi that North Vietnam would seriously discuss peace terms. One year ago: The Soviet Union commuted the death sentence of two Jews convicted of trying to hijack an airliner to Israel. RIP KIRBY From the Vindicator and Republican Dec. 28, 1944 Waste paper from Christmas packages and other wrappings should not be discarded but saved, it was urged by George Heyman, chairman of the Emmet County salvage committee, who announced that Boy Scouts will have a paper pickup soon. Phyllis Torvik was elected president of Girl Scout troop No. 4 Wednesday evening. Other officers are Phyllis Harvey, vice president; Mary Louise Erickson, secretary, and Virginia Maloney, treasurer. An urgent call by the Red Cross for knitters was made today, as a supply of sock yarn is to be distributed immediately for knitting. Members of the Junior Auxiliary of the American Legion had a Christmas party Saturday night. Those present were Marian Bringle, Arlene Bringle, Ruth Ann Moltzen, Marian Grimm, Mauita Thorndyke, Vera Jean Grinde, Betty Sunde, Virginia Roek, Coleen Reynolds, Betty Croson, Janet Goldsberry, Lorraine Christensen, Donna Jean Paulson, Connie Ger- bracht, Marie Ann Eike and Mrs. G. M. Donovan. Dolliver News: Members of the Estherville Junior High came to Dolliver Wednesday afternoon for a game with the local, boys. Coming from vEstheryUl&were James Myers, BobbyHiggins, JackBrbms, Maurice Origer, Joe Behdixen, DavidDan- ielson, John Stevens, Billy Sanders, Gordon Barg, Richard Godsil, Don Roberts, Gerald Wilkins, Elmin Forssell and Don Diamond, Douglas McDonald and John Allen. The boys were accompanied by Coach Ray Steele. The Dolliver boys won 28-18. Graettinger News: In the basketball games at Ruthven Friday evening, the local boys won with a score of 37-30. Reed Potter was high point man for Graettinger with 19. It was the fourth straight win for the Pirates. The Graettinger girls lost to Ruthven by 24-19. Petersburg: Sunday afternoon guests at the Tom Rinkob home were Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hanson, Mrs. Arthur Petersen, Ruth and Junior, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Petersen, the Misses Emma and Eva Olson and Mrs. Claude Rasmussen, Larry and Bruce. ARCHIE LAFF - A - DAY TRUDY WE STARTED WATCHING A LATE MOVIE.' BEETLE BAILEY © Kinj Fealurei Syndicate, Inc., 1971. Wotld right, icerved. ) ,,, ' l~Jl 'You woke up Mother!" "Let's face it — we're just an average middle-class family living in an average neighborhood with a kid with average marks." Esther Maid Grade A Dairy Products Will Brighten Your Day, Too!