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Opinion page Physicians and the MAA THE JOURNAL of the Iowa Medical Society has alerted physicians to the fact that the Medical Assistance for the Aged (MAA) program in Iowa has almost exhausted funds provided by the 1963 General Assembly. The MAA is the state-federal health care program setup under th« Kerr-Milla Act, which was designed to help the near needy. Eligibility requirements and benefits are left to the states. The Iowa program is one of the most liberal on both counts and, as a result, more people are using it than anticipated. It had been estimated that about 6,000 persons would be eligible, but 6,000 qualified in the first nine months of 1964, with more coming. The American Medical Society was a prominent sponsor of the Kerr-Mills Act, preferring it to a medicare plan attached to Social Security. And the Iowa Medical Society has championed the MAA program. The Iowa Medical Society recognizes the responsibilities it assumed in this sponsorship and has called for realization that the Iowa program will have to care for about 10,000 people a year. The Journal suggests two things for doctors to do: "First, they should urge state legislators to provide sufficient money so that, with the federal contribution, the MAA program can be maintained without any eliminations of benefits or stiffening of eligibility requirements. "Second, they can make sure that physicians' and nurses' fees, hospitalization or nursing-home ' bills and drug costs are as reasonable as possible in MAA cases." Congress probably will adopt some sort of medicare plan, covering hospitalization. Even BO, there will be many areas of health care for the elderly and the needy that will have to be met through MAA programs geared to local situations and privately - financed insurance programs. The physicians of Iowa can do more than anyone else to make MAA a continuing Buccess. There is every indication they are prepared to do their part. Peronism lives without Peron THE HALF-hearted attempt by exiled Juan Peron to return to Argentina, as promised, seemed to be a final curtain for the onetime dictator. It w a s apparent that Peron, now 68, wasn't too eager to really get back to the frantic political life or Argentina. He meekly returned to his luxurious life in Spain. As a result:, many saluted the Incident as the death-knell of Peronism. Word coming now from Argentina, however, indicates that Peron may be finished but that the Per- onistic movement is not. It is estimated that some 7 to 8 million Peronists remain in Argentina, comprising about 30 per cent of the total electorate. Five Editorial of the day Peronists are provincial governors. Reports from Argentina now nay that Peronism no longer is allegiance to one man, but an echo of the workingman's opposition to the military-middle class coalition now in power. Peron's hey-day is remembered fondly by the workers for the momentary increases in salaries, living standards and political importance. It is easy to forget that Peron's policies left Argentina almost broke when he was overthrown in 1955. Lack of'leadership and lack of program to cure Argentina's political problems have made it possible for Peronism to live. Even Peron's death probably won't erase the discontented movement that bears his name. How not to woo the lady (Chicago Dilly Newt) It's time to dust off the song about the "Twelve Days of Cliristmns again. You remember tho song, in which "my true love gave to me" a dozen tokens of appreciation ranging from a partridge in a pear tree to molds a-milking and lords a-leaping. Fond as we arc of tho catchy song, ils gift suggestions have always impressed ui as a rather noisy — and possibly messy — way to woo a lady. Insider's Newsletter proves it would also be expensive. You could get a pcnr Ircc for ns lit- tl« as $4.95, but a partridge lo sit in it comes high — you might have to substitute a Hungarian crousn xvhich rents, with handler, for $05 a day. Golden rings start as low as $5, but drummers drumming will cost you a minimum union rale of $300 to $400, and pipers piping cost the same except they are more during Christmas season. Then there are all the geese ($15-$20) and awans ($B5-$100), nnd ladies dancing for Actor'i Equity rates phis overtime. The whole bill would come to $2,231 without the French hens, which can't get past the Immigration office at any price. Better promise her anything but just give her Ihe recording. Look out below! The younger generation always seems much worse after you lose your membership in it. Preparedness c a n be described ns having excuses for mistakes you haven't made yet. When some politicians open their mouths you can see right through them. Rudolph's isn't the"only noso made red by Iowa's winters. Memo to motorists: The Christmas spirit lives on. Will you? GLOBE-GAZETT* A LEE NEWSPAI'ER limed Every Week Day hy (he LEE ENTEnPRISES, INC. JOO N. Washington Dial «.v«70 Second Clou Po«t«ge r«ld *t M»ion City, low*. LEE P. LOOM1S Publisher 1925—lOfiJ Holiday / gea$on I HAY N. ROniCK ROBERT It. SPIEGEL DONN E. WHITE .... THOR J. JENSEN . . KEN E. BERG KENNETH W. CAREY MAUDE STACKHOUSE f. W. HILLSTROM C. J. EGGERT REUBEN W. SWEHLA . Publlnhf r Krfltnr Ami. Bu». Mcr. Managing Editor Aiuoclnlo Editor Ret. Adv. Mgr. Nal. Adv. Mgr. Clrculnllon Mgr. Comp. Hm. Supt. Preiirm. Supt, Tutidcy Dtc. 22, 19M MEMBER ASSOCIATED PRESS which It ex- cluiively entitled to u«e (or repiihllcatlon of nil locjl uew« printed In lhl« aew<pip«r *> well a* all AP news dispatches. ' SUBSCRIPTION RATES (By Carrier) On« year JZO.M OM week . ... 40 Oulsld. Mason City and Gear l.»k« taut Within 100 Miles of Mmnn City. (North Iowa Edition) fly mall 1 year 114,00 By mail 6 months 7,SO Oaltldt 100 Mile Zone (North Iowa Edition) One year MO.OO Sljr monlhi .... 10.10 / 1 Pros and cons Hugh** shouldn't forget rural Iowa Crcsco Times-Plain Dealer: We have an idea that the governor will never for- Kct that he had virtually solid support from union members in all metropolitan areas of the state, but we believe that he will need to be reminded often that nearly nil rural Iowa rallied for the Democrat cause in the November election, too. Tho cas« against medicare Northwood Anchor: The arguments against marrying Social Security and medicare — even though In a compromised form — arc powerful and are based on both principle and on the irrefutable facts of life. Remember? 10 years ago Mrs. G. E. Punke, Clear Lake, received a check for $1,000 as second place in a national contest by writing a short rssay on why she preferred "Freckles" of the Norman Rockwell portraits appearing on the package of Kellogg's Cornflakes. 20 years ago Maj. Meredith Willson visited in Mason City 2 days leaving for Chicago and then Los Angeles, where he is musical director of A.F.R.S., headquarters for recording music and planning radio entertainment for troops overseas. 30 years ago Miss Margaret Gates entertained 12 employes of Ford Hopkins at a Christmas party at the Wilkins home, 807 N. Harrison. Carols were played by a string trio. 40 years ago New York—William Green of Ohio was elected president of the American Federation of Labor. James P. Noonan, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, will fill the vacancy Irfl hy Omen's promotion. t Civil rights law's record He measured and measured . . . Your Health Casualties of Yule season By DR. JOSEPH MOLNER Let's dispense with medical ailments today — except for emergencies such as burns, sprains, lacerations and other possible holiday casualties. Call mo Old Scrooge if you must, but people still get hurt by sheer neglect on Christmas Day and I don't want it to happen to any of my readers. The- picturesque, foolhardy custom of burning candles on the tree is gone, but some lesser, although real, perils have replaced it. Too many strings of electric lights on the same outlet can overload the wiring and cause a fire. (It can't happen if you keep proper-size fuses in place, though. Don't put higher- rating fuses in if one blows. And don't put a penny behind a blown fuse.) Worn isolation In strings of lights is an. invitation to either shock or fire. Two bare wires don't have to touch to make a short circuit. Once I got quite a shock for what seemed to be no apparent reason until I figured it out. A defective socket in one string was making connections (through me!) via the metallic tinsel on the tree to a worn place in another string of lights. So I replaced those strings. If you've changed bulbs on a tree, you know how hot they can gel. Don't have them nestled ngainst something that is burnable. Turn off the decorative lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Yes, I know. They don't look as pretty turned off, but how about a house on fire? Select a tree stand that can lie filled with water, which will add moisture to the tree and will keep the needles from falling too soon. You can also spray your tree with fireproofing material. tf you still smoke, try to quit long enough "while the presents are being unwrapped. Smoulder- ing butts and flicks of ashes can sometimes set fire to a snowstorm of wrapping paper. Most physicians receive emergency calls on Christmas Day from people wbo could have avoided accidents by using common sense. I very vividly recall a hand, badly cut in the enthusiastic opening of a big package that happened to be a card table with fancy retracting legs. Got the hand snarled up with a sharp corner on the machinery, he did. Remember that chemistry sets should bo used with caution. Read the directions. Things that shoot (bows and arrows, guns, toy cannons, etc.) should be fired only in suitable places, and after all the gifts have been opened. Following this simple rule can save Aunt Maxine from getting popped in tho ear while she is innocently opening that bedjacket with the lavender rickrack. I'll add this: Fathers of tho world, subside! Don't think you can roller skate, ice skate', ski, ride a bicycle, chin yourself or otherwise contort yourself "as well as you ever could." This sort of nonsense perhaps causes more misery than the other stupidities combined. But I'm not really a kill-joy. Have fun, friends. By ROSCOE DRUMMOND WASHINGTON—Nothing could be more welcome than to have events justify this question: How is it that the nation has won through so soon to such widespread acceptance of the civil rights law of 1964? Its earnest enemies were confident that the new act would head into the same kind of nullification which destroyed prohibition. Its earnest supporters were by no means sure it would not happen. It isn't happening. The opposite is happening. Despite the awful punishment to which law and justice are being subjected in Mississippi, it is fair to say that massive ob- Roscoe Drummond servance is replacing massive resistance to making civil rights a reality for Negroes. The question today is not whether this is happening—but why. What has brought it about? The apprehension was that widespread violation of the law would be so great that enforcement could be achieved only by creating, as Sen. Goldwater predicted, "a police state." Why is it that what many feared is not coming upon us? I am convinced that the answer is that the American people, far from feeling that Congress imposed the civil rights law upon them, actually imposed this action upon Congress by their remarkable unanimity of conviction that it is morally just and Constitutionally right—and let's get on with it. The American people are showing decisive evidence that they want to see their nation unsullied by racial discrimination and that now is the time to carry forward the cause of equal rights for all citizens. And it isn't going to take a police state to do it. Investor's Guide Hopes at the What happened is that by this week every voice of the American people has spoken clearly, conclusively, and with a consensus which cannot be doubted. Look at this radiant record: THE PRESIDENCY — Civil rights legislation was strengthened twice under President Eisenhower's leadership. President Kennedy took the initiative to propose the substance of the 1964 law and President Johnson guided it to enactment. THE CONGRESS— After thorough debate and refinement, both parties in both houses gave their overwhelming support to the new law. THE COURT —The Supreme Court has just upheld the constitutionality of the most controversial and challenged provision of the act—equal access to public accommodations. The decision was unanimous, 9 to 0. THE GOVERNORS—The governors of the 50 states have with minor dissent given their sustained support to the civil rights cause, THE COUNTRY — The 1964 presidential election was in substantial part a concrete ratification of the civil rights law. Sen. Goldwater made civil rights a central issue in the campaign. President Johnson, who supported and signed the bill into law, received the largest popularity plurality and the highest percentage of the popular two-party vote in history. Goldwater, who opposed and voted against the law on the ground that it was unconstitutional, suffered the worst defeat of any presidential candidate in history. Obviously civil rights was not the only issue, but it was a clear and present test. PULPIT AND PRESS—In every section of the country newspaper editors and Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish religious leaders have given voice to the nation's conscience. They gave overwhelming support to the passage of the law and to the presidential nominee who promoted its passage. The notable progress being made today toward nationwide voluntary observance rests on this compelling national consensus. to sell n I n peak By SAM SHULSKY Aullior, "Slock Buying Guide" »nd "lnv««tment for Rellrement" Q. We are retired with $43,000 in 12 stocks. I believe we have a tired, old "bull" market. So I intend to sell half, and hold the balance for sale at some good time in 19G5 . . , Again: Q. I have a good profit on AT & T, ComSat, General Electric, Ilomcstake, IBM . . . I'm not going to retire for five more Sam Shulsky years, but feel this high market is not going to hold that long. I have in mind to sell some issues and go into conservative prcferreds. A. It's not surprising that these questions should be coming in with increasing frequency lately. We've had a long bull market, and — more recently — some shakcouts based on troubles abroad as well as some fears the business uptrend will sliicken next year. I have nothing of value to con- Try and Stop Me .. by Cerf A LADY WHO HAD bought E parrot, returned him a fortnight later, demanding her money back. "This bird," she told the pet shop proprietor, "is a nuisance around the house. He's bad-tempered and fidgety." "Allow me to make one suggestion," said the proprietor. "Try putting a mirror in his cage. Parrots arc vain, and love to preen themselves." A week later the proprietor met the lady on the street and inquired, "Well, has your parrot's behavior changed?" "It has," answered the lady grimly, "He's- hired a press agent." * * # Jerome Bcalty opines that if some young- son of a bUHonaira should have the misfortune to be nin over by a steamroller, ha probably would bo referred to as a compressed heir. Bcatty him•elf, meanwhile, is onpaRcd in anthologizing do# stories confided to him by native chieftains around tlio world. His book, of course, Will be called "The Golden Bow-wow." • * * Jim Marshall swears that these citizens actually EXIST: Hans R, Dirty Jr.: Goan, VOish. . . . Quoth D. Raven: Never, Mo. . . . O. Thcrza Mighty: Pretty, Miss. . . . Ide Lomy: Down, N.D. , . . Lettico Finder: Shady, Del. ... I. M. Pholln: Slightly, III. . . . Wish I. Nowther: .Uccsc, N.Y. . . . C. U. Sunday: Early, Mass. . . . Will U. Raider: Cookie, Ga. . •, . (It'a not quite aa cany as it looks. YOU try it!) tribute to this discussion — certainly not from the point of view of guessing where the Dow Jones industrial averages (or AT & T, or General Electric) will be next Feb. 1 or April 15. But I'd Kke to ma^e one point — and this with all the emphasis I can muster: Since no one can foretell the course of the market, we must fall back on the philosophy that our money exists for our comfort. We were not put here to worry about our money. Money should be the slave, not the master. If a retired, or nearly retired, person has any low-yield growth stocks which, he feels are vulnerable and which are causing him to worry, then the only logical move is to "sell down to the sleeping point," and put his money where it won't worry him. All the charts and all the technical financial reasoning in the world can not compensate for worrying an elderly person. Q. Will Pillsbury split? What about Ford and Chrysler? General Motors? A. It's flattering to be considered an oracle. But I misplaced my crystal globe, so I must ask to be excused. • Q. I intend to retire in three years, at 62 when I will receive S225 retirement income. I will need $400 a month. I have $9,000 in savings and $3,000 in E bonds. What stocks would you suggest? A. If you need an additional $175 a month, I don't see how you can get it from $12,000 capital. Even $12,000^111 into a lifetime annuity at age 62 won't produce much more than about $75 a month. Invested at five per cent, the $12,000 would yield only $600 a year or $50 a month. Mr. Shutsk? wclcomrf nil rtadrr nutll and frfr* (o Include all prob- lenii of frnrrnl Interest In the column. To CHRISTMAS CARAVAN PLANNERS — Kiwanis Club members, the Salvation Army, law officers and firemen all had a part in brightening the Christinas season Sunday night for more than 200 shut-ins by taking them on the annual tour to see lighted Christmas displays in all parts of the city. Where do we start? Vague poverty war By DAVE BURGIN New York Herald Tribune News Service NEW YORK — Six months ago, not long after President Johnson declared war on poverty, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce followed his lead and joined the flight. Chamber President Walter F. Carey, of Detroit, commissioned 109 of the nation's top businessmen and economists to form the chamber's task force on economic growth and opportunity. Erwin D. (Spike) Canham, of Boston, editor-in-chief of the Christian Science Monitor, was appointed chairman. The task force hasn't been heard from since. Nor will it be for probably another 8-to-10 months, according lo Canham. He explained why: "From the beginning," Canham said, "we felt the federal government didn't know enough about poverty, that it was creating money too fast. But we didn't know anything' about it either, and therefore we are not going to tell the government how to deal with poverty until we know what we're talking about." "The nation," he added, "cannot afford to be abstract about poverty, appropriate money for it and spread it around, then expect poverty to disappear." The task force also is convinced that any war on poverty cannot be more than partially successful unless it is kept out of the political arena. For the 'anti-poverty program to be successful, "a private balance must be maintained on public efforts to erase poverty in the nation." Canham said the task force's first objectives were to define poverty, find out where it is, the characteristics of it and why it exists. "We're still trying to complete, in detail, the answers to these questions," he said. The blue ribbon committee has been split up into small groups to cover all areas of the country. They have enlisted the assistance of sociologists and economists from leading universities. For the next 8-10 months they will study so-called "poverty areas" and "impoverished families." Canham said that only when "poverty" is defined and understood and "poverty pockets" pinpointed will the task force make public its findings. Its recommendations will be submitted to the President, the Congress and the Chamber. He said that although task force studies are far from complete, initial findings indicate that some of business" recommendations "may conflict sharply with the plans the federal government has for the nearly $1 billion Congress has voted for the poverty fight." He gave a few examples: The poverty class, by the government's definition, is a family with $3,000 or less annual income. "But our early field observations," Canham said, "show that families in Arkansas earning $2,400 annually live much better than New York City families earning $3,000 annually." He said also that the government's definition of poverty "apparently ignores" such factors as whether a family earning $3,000 owns its own home, raises its own food, is retired or has young children. "Therefore," Canham de- clared, "if the government doles out money to a 'poverty pocket' in Arkansas, where a family may earn only $2,900 but owns its own home and raises its own food, the money would be better spent if it went to families in New York City who make $3,500 but do not own a home and do not raise their own food." Appalachia Is another area where early task force studies indicate direct disagreement with government's plans. "The government wants to build roads in Appalachia," Canham said. "At best that will provide only temporary employment. Even then, the government has little assurance that companies contracted to do the road-building will be from Ap- palichia, or that these companies will hire the people of Appalachia. "Wouldn't Appalachia money be better utilized for vocational training, which is permanent and which might attract industry?" he asked. "We hope our studies will find out," Life Begins at 40 More self-respect By ROBERT PETERSON Q. "Every big city has a skid row filled with dirty old men panhandling drinks. But you don't find women reduced to such depravity despite the fact that older women have less money and are more apt to be alone. Why is this?" A. Sociologists who. have studied this mystery attribute it to the fact that older women are less adventurous, are more inclined to stay in the safety of their rooms and apparently have a keener sense of self-respect. • Q. You don't know what you're talking about when you say most grown children are considerate of aged parents. I've talked with hundreds of old timers and have yet to meet one who says his children treat him with anything like respect or love. All most children want is for old folks to stay out of their lives and leave them their money when they go." A. I've met few elders with your pessimistic views. On the contrary, mos* elders I know regard their children as their chief source of satisfaction. Their children may not live near them or spend much time with them, but they enjoy a loving relationship and the parents receive .as much love and respect as they feel entitled to. Q. "I am a widow, 68, with my own home and $420 monthly trust fund. I have a proposal from a widower I've known for years who lost everything in a bad business deal aad now lives in a furnished room with Social Security of only $110. He's a fine person but lacks good business .judgment. I think I'd marry him in a minute if our incomes were similar, but'I've always heard marriages fail when the wife has most of the money. What do you think?" A. In nearly half of all marriages, the wife has more assets than the husband, so I wouldn't worry on that score. What's important is whether you both feel a mutual devotion and whether you're certain you'll be happier together than living alone. They'll Do It Every Time QATBIM MQ WHINNY, THE RACING 'AUTHORITY, GIVES A BUM STEER TO A PESKY PAL ON THE R4ILY POLJ8LE HASN'T MPAW1NHERM. WEEKS } ( HEY/ WHO VO \ you LIKE \TH£ NEXT ? THAT'LL /MAKE THAT PEST QUIT BOTHERIN'/WE.'/ TWO WORST NA0S THAT EVER ATE SlOATS-HEH-HEH- GLLfEPOT SLUE.FO07. THANKS, PAL V GLUEPOT .'you SURE SLUEFOOT/ >J

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