Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Tuesday, April 2, 1974 Swedish Thaw For some while there have been indications that the official wall of ice between the United States and Swedish governments was thawing out. Now we are told that very shortly there will be an exchange of ambassadors for the first time in almost two years. That is a most heartening development, especially in light of Washington's recent difficulties wj.th other European allies. There has not been a U.S. ambassador in Stockholm since Jerome Holland left in 1972 following public demonstrations in protest against the Vietnamese war. Holland did not return, and the fat really went into the fire when Swedish Premier Olof Palme roundly condemned the U.S. bombing of Hanoi before Christmas that year. Washington not only left the Stockholm post vacant, but also declined to welcome a new Swedish ambassador to our country. The bitterness has persisted much longer than anyone would have expected at the time. Finally last fall Henry A. Kissinger said, at hearings prior to his confirmation as secretary of state, that he intended to review the administration's Swedish policy. Even after that review was completed, however there was long further delay. At last it appears that the matter is being satisfactorily resolved. Soon normal diplomatic relations between Sweden and the United States will resume. That will be a happy outcome of a mutually unprofitable impasse. Gas Prices Up Two or three months hence, when gasoline from resumed imports of Arabian oil begins to show up at service stations, they may be charging 65 to 70 cents a gallon. That is the discouraging word from William E. Simon, head of the Federal Energy Office. The message was accompanied by his exhortation that we start "doing something" about long-range improvement of the nation's energy picture. Simon's fundamental point is the sound one that as long as Americans continue to rely so heavily on outside energy sources they must expect to pay the price. Imported crude oil costs about twice as much as most domestic crude, and that is of course reflected at the retail gasoline pump. If prices do.,go, as. high as Simon predicts, that is going to hurt. Maybe the pain will be felt severely enough to generate strong public sentiment in support of the kind of intensive, sustained energy development and conservation program the situation demands. There is widespread agreement that this ought to be done, but as yet the job has not been tackled on the necessary scale. Simon summed up cogently: "I hope we're finally going to stop talking about it and do something about it." We fully concur in that view. Silent Mower Some Saturday morning a good while hence, but in the foreseeable future, it is going to occur to some lie-abed suburbanite that something is missing. As he lifts his head from the pillow it will dawn on him that what is missing is the accustomed roaring whine of his neighbor's power mower. Whereupon the aforesaid suburbanite will arise, wondering at this happy surcease, and go forth to question his neighbor. Who will respond that, lo, he now possesses the new "silent" mower. •Silent," of course, will be a euphemism for "less noisy" than the older model. Still, any reduction in the noise level ,of such machines will be welcome. And reduction there will be if the government has its way. The government is likely to have its way. The General Services Administration has begun to assure that by asking for bids on 10,000 mowers, but specifying that they make 50 per cent less noise than models now on the market. Ten thousand mowers is enough to stimulate manufacturers to vigorous effort. Though the effects will not be seen "innovations stimulated by the experiment could move into the private market within three years after the first bulk purchase by the government." Look for better weekend morning slumber conditions around then. Timely Quotes — "I don't object to schools keeping records - just to their keeping them in a closed system. Schools prefer to keep on operating behind the parents' back." — Dr. David Goslin, New York sociologist investigating parents' complaints about access to students' records. ' 'I'd like to be known as Lee Elder, the golfer, not Lee Elder, the black golfer." — Pro golfer Lee Elder at a luncheon in Miami discussing the role of blacks in the professional golf circuit in the United States. Would you bite the hand that feeds you ? Dear Abby ^jS^^^^S^—' ~~~ Check Feelings Before Helping Couple ^Sa^^t^LA , rV"* 5 !>.. A I,Z~~ll I/« M ftwirttn DEAR ABBY: Our son (he is 24) and his fiance have been going steady since they were 16, and plan on being married when she finishes college (out of town) in June. They have been spending every weekend together for some time. (They each have an apartment.) I knew about this and have told them I disapproved, but since they are both over 21, I had no say in the matter. A b b y Used Car Buyer's Eden Discovered: a place where you can buy a used car without having to worry about whether the salesman is honest. How do they it? Easy. They keep the cars honest, using a system that lets you buy a car here with almost the same sense of assurance as buying a diamond at Tiffany's. . Used cars, as a result, are selling here like popcorn in a theater lobby. The volume is so large, and the system so efficient, that prices are $75 to $175 lower than for an equivalent car anywhere else in the city --•- and the salesmen earn some 20 per cent more than their colleagues elsewhere. We can only ;hope that some enterprising dealer establishes a similar operation in your area soon, because this one is a little hard to set to, for most Americans. It's in a suburb, 23 minutes by subway and bus from the heart of downtown Stockholm. Sweden. Konkurrensen — loosely translated, "the gathering place" of automobiles — is the brainchild of Torbjorn Ek. former Volkswagen, sales manager here. The job had its problems. Sweden has the highest prices in Europe, and a glut of cars — more on the road, per capita, than any other European country. A year ago, the Swedes just weren't buyrig. "We have to start selling cars," VW told Ek, "or we're all in trouble," Ek's answer was to pin VW's ambitious expansion plans in the dead file, and rent an underutilized multilevel car-park building in suburban Skarholmen's shopping center. Then he invited General Motors and Saab to join VW in setting up Konkurrensen as a method of cutting car prices, and moving used cars with a unique confidence-inspiring policy. When an owner brings his car to Konkurrensen to sell, or trade, it's turned over to a test center operated by the Royal Auto Club of Sweden — a prestigious organization, with high standards of public service. The car is subjected to 17 tests, and graded A, B, C or D. An A means it's in top shape, a D means nobody should be driving it. The three grades of salable cars, carry, respectively, a six-month guarantee, and a certificate of road worthiness. Information about each car and its condition appear on a windshield sticker even to whether the RAC tests indicate that the mileage indicator has been tampered with. Each car is given a non-negotiable price no hargling. no wheeling and dealina. Even though used car prices undercut other delaers" "even other VW outlets in the city," says Ek sellers can generally count on getting a higher price because of Konkur- rensen's big bolume and quick turnover. So everybody seems to win including the salesmen, who average $15,000 a year. The system is so efficient that the VW operation gets by with a staff of \0, racking up sales of about 3,600 cars, new and used, in its first year. One unusual advantage, admittedly. is that the Royal Auto Club operates its test center on a nonprofit basis, in the interests of raising car sale standards. The owner of a tested car pays the RAC four kronor (97 cents), and Konkurrensen pays it the same. Customers can drive in, pick out their new car (or newer used car) while the test center does its work, get firm prices on their old car and their new one, and drive out an hour later with financing and insurance all attended to. They can if they move fast, that is. Konkurrensen has so many cars for sale that, on the day we talked to Ek, he calculated that if we looked at one car a minute, it would take us 12 hours to see everything in stock. What was that somebody was saying about Americans having a monopoly on merchandising ingenuity? And as for the land of opportunity well, from now on, to locate Torbjorn Ek, you call not Konkurrensen, but the executive suite of a Swedish banking group. Last weekend the girl's mother checked on them and discovered what had been going on. She said she would not give them the big church wedding that was planned as it would be hypocritical. The girl is well off in her own right and plans to pay for a big church wedding herself. She has asked me to help her with the plans, and now I am in the middle. They are a wonderful couple, and I love them both, but I don't want to irritate her mother by doing for this girl what her own mother has refused. Yet, I don't want to alienate my future daughter-in-law. Can you help me? IN THE MIDDLE DEAR IN: How do you feel about being a party to a big church wedding for a couple who have been spending weekends together for some time? If you feel it would be hypocritical, then have no part in planning it. But if you feel differently about it, then go ahead and help. How the girl's mother feels about it shouldn't dictate your actions. DEARABBY: I am 35, happily married, and the mother of three. My husband and I enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. We never become intoxicated or anywhere near it. My grandparents (my mother's parents) strongly disapprove of alcoholic beverages, so out of respect to them I never serve it in their presence. I had eight other guests for dinner, but because my grandparents were here. I omitted the wine, even though my husband and I. my parents, and the other guests would have enjoyed some. When my husband and I are dining in my parents' hprne they always serve wine . but if the grandparents drop in unexpectedly, everyone rushes around hiding the wine bottle and glasses. I don't want to hurt my grandparents, but I wonder if this is the proper way to handle the wine situation? ASKING DEAR ASKING: Since you and your parents ordinarily enjoy wine at dinner. I think it is unnecessary to ditch the bottle and glasses when the disapproving grandparents unexpectedly drop in. You're probably not fooling them anyway. DEAR ABBY: As my eight-year-old son's birthday approached. I found myself in the dilemma of wanting to give him a birthday party, but being turned off by the idea that each child invited would feel compelled to buy a gift. Now that we are beginning to realize that the resources on our planet are not inexhaustible, we must be more conservative, so I suddenly hit upon the idea of "recycling" gifts. I sent a note with each invitation saying: "Doesn't your child have something that he has enjoyed but has grown tired of and would like to pass along to a friend?" It resulted in a beautiful sharing experience. My son appreciated the gifts all the more knowing they had been enjoyed by his friends. And his friends had the pleasure of giving something they had enjoyed. And nobody had to spend a dime! If you think this is a good idea, please pass it on. D.B. DEAR D.B.: It's a lovely idea! But it's hardly new. Adults have been By Abigail Van Buren quietly "recyling" gifts for years. DEAR ABBY: I am a 65-year-old man and have been married to the same woman for 35 years. About ten years ago my wife went through menopause, and during this period she gave me a very bad time. Since then I have been completely "turned off" sexually, especially since she now has grown a mustache. She complains that I don't "love" her anymore. I love her in the real sense of the word because I care about her, but I do not "love" her enough to make love to her. In fact, I don't think I can! What do you suggest? OVER THE HILL DEAR OVER: First, tell her to get rid of the mustache, and then make an honest effort to make love to her. Most men can, if they want to enough. Force yourself. You may like it. Your Health Fainting Spells Discussed By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. Polly's Pointers —— Baby Bottle Brush Uses By Polly Cramer Polly DEAR POLLY -- My Pet Peeve is with the packers of spices. I may need a new one for just one recipe but arn forced to buy a big can. Often the remainder goes to waste. It seems they could put spices in smaller packages. I am often kept from trying some new recipe because I do not have the spice or herb on hand and do not want to buy big containers as they can run into money. If I am trying a recipe the first time the family may not like it and I would never use that particular seasoning again. MRS. H. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY Can someone suggest a good cleaning agent to run through my washing machine to rinse away buildup of soap scum? My Pointer is that a baby bottle brush is really handy for washing out- thermos bottles or any long narrow containers or vases. I keep such a brush to use strictly for baby's bottles and another for the thermos bottles my husband takes to work. ELAINE. DEAR POLLY Do tell Dorothea that when I make pine needle pillows I cut only the fresh new light green ends of my favorite pine needles. When enough needles for a pillow have been accumulated, pull the little needles off DEAR DR. LAMB - I would like to know what "vaso-vagal reflex" means. A couple of weeks ago, after eating dinner, I started to get up from the table, and I passed out. I was out 15 to 20 minutes. My blood pressure at that time was 112-60. i am 72'and have very good health and have never faint- Dr. L. E. Lamb ed before. After i came out of this fainting spell I felt as good as I ever have. Next day I went to my doctor and he gave me a checkup and said everything was fine. My blood pressure then was 148-88, and that's what it usually is. He said I had overeaten, but I'm not a big eater. He explained this to me, but I didn't understand all of it. He said it probably wouldn't happen again, as it doesn't happen very often. Would like to know what vou think DEAR READER - Many people faint without it having any significance/ This is particularly true in young people. A common cause of fainting is the "vaso-vagal reflex." Through reflex mechanisms involving the vagus nerve, the blood tends to accumulate in the lower part of the body. The arteries overdialte and the veins fill with too much blood. When this happens there simply isn't enough blood to flow uphill to the brain. When you lie down the blood flows normally to the brain, and vou recover. The catch is what causes the reflex Hn young people standing, as in a parade formation, it is usually not medically important. You may remember a few years back pictures of the Air Force Academy cadets flaked out on the ground after fainting while in formation. People can have this reflex triggered from the sight of olood, a shot or a variety of emotional stimuli. Every unexplained faint does deserve a careful examination. In people over 50 it is more often an indication of some medical problem. Its exact nature may not be apparent at first. It can be caused from changes m the arteries in the neck or even"in the brain. In rare cases it is a sign of a heart attack. About the only thing the twigs and remember it does take a lot of them to fill a pillow. I like those from balsam pine trees. They give off the most fragrant aroma and last many years. MRS. G.B. DEAR POLLY — My hands chapped even when I wore rubber gloves. Now I wear a pair of white cotton gloves under the rubber ones. When removed the cotton ones are clipped to one clothespin and the rubber ones to another. B.A. DEAR POLLY The first thing I do to a new pair of coveralls for baby is to sew an extra set of buttons on the straps. No more changing buttons as baby grows older and larger. When the next baby comes one does not have to start all over again with buttons. Now that we are all so conscious of saving energy I am using my .pressure cooker more regularly for cooking many kinds of meat and vegetables and use half the amount of heat. I also have pulled out my double boiler and find vegetables can be cooked in the bottom at the same time gravy or sauces are heated in the top and I eliminate the use of a second stove burner. Also, my husband told me that my dryer runs 10 to 15 minutes longer to dry a load of clothes when it is raining or very humid outside. Now I do my laundry on dry days when possible. RITA. You will receive a dollar if Polly uses your favorite home-making idea, Pet Peeve, Polly's Problem or solution to a problem. Write Polly in c;ire of this newspaper. the doctor can do if the medical examination is normal is to wait and see if anything else shows up later. I'm doubtful that your faint was simply nothing. I have made a special study of fainting problems. When I used to see the Air Force oilots and the astronauts, fainting was a big problem because it isn't a good idea to have a pilot fainting while flying jet aircraft. After seeing several hundred cases, I was impressed that fainting in the older person was not quite often just nothing, and, ,quite significantly, fainting seldom occured in a person who was seated. The only maior ex•' * • j ceptions were those young men seeing a particularly gory movie on aircraft accidents - a film that induced a high faint rate. I think you should go back to your doctor soon for a follow-up examination. It could be that you had gotten up too soon and were standing longerthan you thought. In any case, it won't hurt to have a follow-up for a while to be sure that nothing else develops. Daily Times Herald 508 North Court Street Carroll. Iowa Daily Except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day. by the Herald Publishing Company. i . JAMES \V. WILSON. Publisher HOWARD B. WILSON. Editor W. L. REITZ. News Editor JAMES B. WILSON. Vice President. General Manager Enlered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll. Iowa, under the act of March 2.1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news primed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier boy delivery per week .. $60 BYMAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties, where carrier service is not available, per year S20 00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year ^ w All Other Mail in the United Slates, per year S27 00 The Carroll Daily Times Herald is an ABC Dailv Newspaper. The number ofsubscribers. recorded dailv on permanent records and verified by the nationally recognized Audit Bureau of Circulations guarantees advertisers the paid circulation figures of the Carroll Dailv Times Herald are accurate. Only an ABC newspaper can'give assurance its stated circulation is accurate. mm WORLD © 1974 by NEA. Inc. "Being a marriage counselor, maybe you could help us. We're an incompatible car pool!"
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