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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wednesday, November 22, 1967 Still Give Thanks The nation has seen better years in which to celebrate Thanksgiving. A rising death toll in Vietnam, rising threats of a new nuclear weapons race, rising urban and labor unrest at home, not to forget rising prices—all of these cast long shadows over the holiday in 1967 and stretch as far as we can see into 1968. But there have also been far, far worse years. Consider 1621, which tradition remembers as the year of the first Thanksgiving in America. The Pilgrims had lost half their tiny band of some 100 souls to disease during the terrible winter before. Their colony on a raw and inhospitable continent was by no means established and secure. Yet those who remained gave thanks—not merely for mere survival but for the opportunity which the God they worshipped still offered them to build a new life in a New World for themselves and .their posterity. Or consider 1863, the year of Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation, from which we date our modern observance. The nation was in the midst of the most bitter war in its history, before or since. Though there had been a great victory for the North at Gettysburg in July, no one could foresee how many more months of bloodletting, of brother killing brother, were still to be endured. Yet the people gave thanks—not merely for mere survival but for the promise of peace —of the opportunity, as Lincoln was later to say, "to bind up the nation's wounds" and to join, North with South, to fashion an even stronger and more perfect Union. True, there have been more placid years than 1967. But if anyone knows of a time when there were no crises on the horizon, when life was better for the greatest number than it is today, when the future was less forbidding and more promising than it is today—when, in short, Americans had more reason to be thankful than they have today—let him step forward and we will listen to his case for calling off the holiday. Until then, we will give thanks for our own and our country's blessings this Thanksgiving, as Americans have always done, and as they always will. News Is News Secretary of Labor W. Willard Wirtz has chided the nation's press for printing so much bad news and so little good news. He is tired, he says, of so much emphasis on Vietnam, inflation, riots and slum problems and so little on the positive accomplishments of the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. The truth of the old saying cannot be denied: Bad news is news, but good news doesn't always make exciting reading. But the sword cuts two ways, smiting not only newspaper editors but newspaper readers —which includes 'government officials. The bad news they read, but the good news—of which plenty gets printed—tends to be skimmed over, whether it appears on page one or page 31. Conscientious editors earnestly strive to present balanced reporting in the news columns of their papers. It could just be, however, that the bad news for which the administration is responsible is so very bad these days that it completely overshadows the good news, despite the best efforts of the journalism profession. Mr. Wirtz should think about that. If the good news from Washington ever becomes so rare that it rates screaming headlines, then we will really be in trouble. Mr. Wirtz should think about that, too. Will Power Boost The Food and Drug Administration claims that the pills advertised to help the smoker quit smoking do no good and that in order to break the habit he must depend on will power. This is pretty grim news to men and women who for years have trie'd to quit smoking, attended clinics on the subject, read miles of statistics—and kept right on smoking. We do believe, however, that the anti- smoking pill is not an entire fraud. At least it is a psychological aid, say some who have beaten the habit. In the last analysis, true, will power must be the deciding factor. But one can see why so many smokers hate to depend on will power indefinitely. It seldom proves sufficient. Everyone knows men and women who have quit; the number throughout the country must add up to an imposing total. Yet even so the Department of Agriculture reports that Americans will smoke 551 billion cigarets this year, some 215 packs for every person of 18 years and older. What's needed is a way to boost will power. Much To Be Thankful For The Doctor Says a Washington Notebook Four GOP Hopefuls Left-How They Stack Up Today By Bruce Biossat WASHINGTON (NEA)-The race for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination, a five- man affair for nearly a year, is now down to four. Illinois' attractive Sen. Charles Percy is just about out of it, with only the remotest chance a tangled up convention might turn to him. The four remaining contenders are, of course, Richard Nixon and Govs. Nelson Rockefeller of New York, George Romney of Michigan and Ronald Reagan of California. Wherever Republican governors and other party leaders gather these days, Percy's name is almost never heard. National opinion polls rank him very low and his name recognition across the country is obviously weak. Being realists, Percy and his political aides have long since appraised this situation accurately. Despite his favorite son ambitions, Percy has no plans to take part either in presidential primaries or key delegate- choosing state conventions. The indications are Percy thinks it wise to wait until another day, in 1972, or thereafter. Many party leaders seem to agree. With the GOP nominating convention at Miami Beach just nine months away, here is the outlook for the four principal contenders: ROKEFELLER: He is now GOP moderates' only real fallback prospect should Romney fail hi the primaries. The New Yorker's assertions of disinterest do not rule him out but they do mean that only a draft will nominate him. Polly's Pointers Glue Stain Gives Her a Problem By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I sincerely hope some of the ingenious readers can help me make a > new chair look new. When it was delivered from the store, an identifying tag was attached to the arm. When this was removed, the glue from the tag left a dark spot on the fabric and all efforts to remove the stain have been in vain. I really need some advice. —IRENE DEAR IRENE - Rather than work on this spot yourself you should have called the store from which the chair was purchased and let the responsibility of removing it be theirs. No doubt the chair would have been replaced. Even though you have tampered with it, I still suggest that you call and explain the circumstances. Some clever reader will, doubtless, come forth with an idea to help, too. -POLLY DEAR POLLY — After cutting off the legs of jeans to make shorts, the cut-off pieces make sturdy marble bags. The side seams are there, so just not spray. I have found a cim- ple way to get them to work after they become stopped up. Put the push part in a container of almost-hot water and soak for a few minutes, then put the end back on and keep pushing until the shaft is open and will spray again. — LUCILE DEAR POLLY — I have to wear an elastic bandage around my leg in addition to support hose and I discovered that the bandage is less conspicuous i£ Body's Endocrine Glands Have a Delicate Balance By Dr. W. G. Brandstadt Q — What is the function of the thyroid? What are the symptoms of an overactive and an underactive thyroid? A — There is a delicate balance between the various glands of the endocrine (internal-secreting or hormone-producing) system, of which the Vietnam is no academic question. It is not a topic for cocktail parties,, off ice arguments or debate from the comfort of distant sidelines. —President Johnson. NEA stitch the bottom, turn a top hem down and stitch. I use two shoe-strings for good pull-up drawstrings. — MRS. A. F. S. DEAR POLLY — Bottles with a shaft spray often get to the point where they just will I fasten the end with transparent tape instead of using the metal clips that come with the bandage. -MRS. W. A. B. DEAR POLLY — I think I have the perfect answer for Lisa who has the trouble of sticking plastic folders in her picture album. Sprinkle a small amount of bath or talcum powder on each window in the album. This works well for me. -FRANCES DEAR POLLY — I would like to add to a recent Pointer suggesting the use of a new oil can for greasing baking pans. I use a white plastic squeeze bottle that was thoroughly washed after the detergent was all used. It fits nicely on the door of the refrigerator, where it is always handy, and I put a label on the bottle to avoid confusion. Though perhaps a dozen Republican governors appear to favor him, drafts are very rare and deep-set conservative animosities toward Rokefeller would make this one especially difficult. There is little liklihood he will change his mind and campaign- actively. He tells friends he is weary of campaigning. Beneath his smiles, he is still embittered over what he remembers as the highly traumatic, experience of his losing the 1964 race for the nomination against Barry Goldwater. Yet Rockefeller stands in the curious position where every time he tries to reinforce his disinterest some party leader exclaims: "Beautiful! Just exactly what he should be saying at this stage of his campaign." ROMNEY: Most of his potential party supporters consider him badly wounded but not dead. Many professionals voice high respect for the Michigan governor's on-the-scene campaigning abilities. They think he might surprise Nixon with underdog victories in the crucial early primaries in New Hampshire and Wisconsin. But Romney still has no visible campaign strategy for either the primaries or the state convention states — and he will soon be off to Europe and Asia. Furthermore, some GOP skeptics think Romney is now so badly scarred by his miscues that even a string of primary wins will not rehabilitate him. It is hard uphill for the party's most experienced early morning runner. REAGAN: He is the only clear gainer among those contenders who rode the governor's cruise ship to the Caribbean. Smooth, poised and witty as always in his public appearances, he also made points behind closed doors. Two aides to moderate governors not eager for Reagan's nomination described his performance in shipboard Republican caucuses as "clear, forceful and aggressive." Some found him impressive but aloof, a smiling "cold fish." His popular support is obviously large and growing in the South and West. Any stumbling by Nixon would find conservative professionals turning to him in droves, though some would hang back. Only a few think weak showings in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Oregon primaries would doom him, since he could ague his effort there was (as planned) merely token. NIXON: On paper the present leader, as measured by public and private polls, organization commitments, leadership appraisals. Yet he seems to need really smashing primary victories, plus consistent poll margins over Lyndon Johnson to wipe out deep skepticism in the party over his capacity to win. Nevertheless, moderates shaken by a defeated Romney and unable to mount a draft for Rockefeller might throw in with Nixon rather than hand the prize to Reagan. Remember Way Back When Nineteen Forty-Two- Mrs. Robert A. Wright is the new commissioner of the Carroll Girl Scout Council, succeeding Mrs. V. E. Stansbury, who has held the office for the past year. Mrs. Wright was elected for the ensuing year at a council meeting held in the club room of the public library yesterday afternoon . . . Mrs. W. A. Anneberg was elected deputy commissioner and Mrs. Harry Rose, secretary ,.. . Mrs. Henry J. Franzwa held over as treasurer, as her office is for a three-year term. Nineteen Forty-Two— The L e t s g o Pinochle Club had its first regular meeting of the season at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Mohr in Manning Sunday night. High score' prizes were won by Mrs. Louis Rupiper of R o s e 11 e and Joe Friedman of Halbur. Second high was won by Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Thieleke of Carroll and low by Mrs. Louis Fritz and M. M. Nagl of Carroll . . . because of gasoline rationing, the club will meet only once a month. Nineteen Forty-Two— Uncle Sam's request to the farmers of America to produce corn enough to feed his people and those of neighboring countries has affected the regular routine in Carroll High School. Fourteen boys have been absent from school . . . during the period of the last six weeks to help with corn picking . . . Michael Juergens, '43, was absent a day to assist in building a corn crib. Nineteen Forty-Two— "Listen to Leon," junior class play directed by Robert McBlain, will open the dramatics season Friday, Nov. 20 (at Carroll High School) with an evening performance in the high school auditorium. Robert Sivertson . . . and Lois Mae Butler ... head the cast. thyroid is one. Tn general, thyroxin, the thyroid hormone, stimulates growth in young persons and increases the rate of absorption and utilization of • the sugars and starches you eat. When the sugars and starches in a meal have been used up, thyroxin increases the amount of circulating fat in the blood by drawing it; from the body's fat deposits as energy is called for. It also increases the heart rate and the general metabolism (building up and tearing down of tissues). This applies especially to muscu- lar and nervous tissues. When anything happens to increase the corticotropin (an adrenal hormone) in the blood, the body puts out more thyroxin to stimulate the adrenals. Persons with an overactive thyroid become restless, have a fine tremor of their hands, protrusion of their eyeballs and insomnia. They feel hot in a room where others are comfortable. Persons with a thyroid deficiency have a slowing up of their mental processes and their physical activity. They feel chilly and gain weight, much of which is due to waterlogging. Dear Abby Lying About Age Isn't Worth Price By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I am a girl 12'/2 years old, but I don't look it. I haven't started to develop or anything yet and could easily pass for 10 or 11. When I go to a movie I say I am only 11, and get in for 50 cents. If I told the truth I would have to pay $1.75, which would leave me broke for the rest of the month. When I traveled with my mother last summer I said I was 11 and saved a lot of money on buses and planes. I also stayed in a motel for free. I go to church and don't believe in cheating. But is this really cheating, Abby? I can't see where it is so wrong. WONDERING DEAR WONDERING: Yes, it is cheating, and it is VERY wrong. Futhermore, when one gets away with seemingly "petty" falsehoods, he is encouraged to try larger ones. That you are "wondering" is a healthy sign that your conscience is bothering you. Tell yourself (and your mother, who is partly to blame for permitting it) that from this day on you will NOT lie about your age. The relief and inner joy you will get from such a Woman's World Miniskirt Buyers on the Wrack By Betty Canary As the authors of self-help pamphlets say, we must be adaptable and ready to toss away outdated precepts. Letters from several women have helped me to understand that "the customer is always right" is false. The truth is that now "the customer is always wrong." The letter writers have the same complaint — a chorus in two parts. They say the only dresses available in the shops are mini-length and the manufacturers are so stingy in the cutting that no material is put in the hems so a woman can lengthen the skirt if she wants. A woman from Florida came right out and said she had fat 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 Count; 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 States, per year $20.00 •knees and wanted to cover them. A Philadelphian says she is 55 and does not want to wear a miniskirt when attending her son's wedding. A woman from Texas complains that not only did she want to let down the nonexistent hem of a new $45 dress, but that she lost a covered button and there wasn't enough material in the seams to recover it. I checked with a buyer. "A miniskirt does not have a proper line with a deep hem," she said coldly. "What would you do if you had fat knees?" "Wear a pants suit. Or the new heavy-knit stockings. That way the entire leg looks fat and nobody notices the knee. "As for the woman with the bald button, she should have checked the seams before buying. Remember the old saying about letting the buyer beware." "I thought that was outdated," I said. "What was out is in; what was in is out." "I'm glad to know that," I assured her. "I am ready to toss away outdated precepts. "But what about the woman who is 55 and thinks it unseemly to wear a miniskirt to her son's wedding?" "I can do nothing for these women! They are exasperating! They are not following the rules set forth by today's designers!" "What rules are those?" "Any woman today buying a dress is to be 18 years old, a perfect size 9, have long slender legs, and it helps if she doesn't see too well." decision cannot be measured in money. DEAR ABBY: A strange woman called me on the phone and accused me of having an affair with her husband because she found my name and phone number in his wallet. I didn't even know what she was talking about until she told me where her husband worked. Then I remembered that I had cashed a check at that store a few days before, and the man who cashed it for me took down my address and, phone number. Since I am a very happily married woman with four chil-; dren and I don't even know this man, what do you think I should do about it? BURNED UP DEAR BURNED: Did you tell the woman the circumstances? If not, do so. If she doubts you, offer to foreward a copy of the canceled check. And if you ever see her husband again and he so much as looks sideways at you, take it up with the store's manage- . ment. DEAR ABBY: About two yeaps ago, we were in some financial difficulty so my.hus- band accepted the offer of an interest-free loan from his father. His father is a wonderful person, but he has his own ideas about things, and it seems that we have to live our lives according to HIS ideas instead of our own. This is upsetting our marriage. Every time we want to spend a dollar we have to worry about what his parents wiU think. We aren't children, Abby. In fact, we have children of our own. Thank heavens, we will soon be free and clear, and when we are, we will never borrow from his father again. I have read where you have advised against borrowing from relatives. Please keep it up. I wish we hadn't. MADE A MISTAKE DEAR MADE: There are exceptions, of course, but most parents who give interest-free loans to their children obligate them in ways other than financial, causing ill will on both sides. Parents would do their chil- • dren a greater favor by teaching them to borrow money . form a bank to establish good credit. DEAR ABBY: What do you think is going on when a husband suddenly starts signing off" his letters with "Regard s" after so many years of "Love And Kisses?" My husband is an air force sergeant and was transferred to the Philippines a few months"" ago. We have five children and are looking forward to his service retirement so we can have a normal family life. He doesn't even wish me "Best Regards." Just "Regards." SINCERELY YOURS, WORRIED- DEAR WORRIED: The next': time you write to your husband, tell him that you noticed the change in his "signing off" and ask if there is a reason for it. Let him know that you are delighted with his "Regards," but you'd like to know what happened to his "Love and Kisses."