Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 3, 1974 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, April 3, 1974
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Wednesday, April 3, 1974 Mail Dilemma Most companies, especially those that rely heavily on the mail to conduct their businesses, are facing a "first-class dilemma" as a result of the recent 25 per cent increase in postal rates, according to a survey of several dozen companies across the nation conducted by DRI Communications Services. The basic question is not "To mail or not to mail" but "To charge or not to charge the customer." Some firms are already neutralizing the increases by passing them along to their customers, says Alan R. Mount president of DRI. Others are actively trimming their mailing lists and using lightweight paper stocks. Some are considering utilizing more third-class mail, but this is not always practical. Says an executive of a company that provides finished photographic services to professional photographers, "You can't keep a bride-to-be waiting for her wedding pictures. So we are somewhat reluctant to switch to third class." The executive of another company, which annually mails more than five million pieces of mail, complains that "In the past, if we mailed two months in advance (by third class), many of our customers would receive the announcement of a major conference two weeks after the meeting had taken place." As a further "vote of confidence" in the Postal Service, the DRI survey also found that more than half of the companies contacted doubted that the increased cost of postage would result in improved mail delivery. During the New York Post Office strike a few years ago, one Wall Street firm delivered mail to its branch offices and customers by chauffered limousine, notes Mount. "It would almost pay companies to do it today," he says. "If they could get the gas." Voiceprints For decades, fingerprinting has been a basic tool in the field of law enforcement, as well as a means of identifying the victims of disasters. Today, however, the increased use of the telephone to make bomb threats or ransom demands or to engage in other'illegal activities has increased the interest of law enforcement agencies in "voiceprinting" — the indentification of people by their voices. A voiceprint is a graphic representation of the intensity and frequency of a person's voice, showing characteristics that are as unique as fingerprints to each individual and which scientists say cannot be disguised or faked, even by professional ventriloquists or mimics. According to the "father" of voiceprinting, Lawrence G. Kersta, who developed the technique while a speech scientist with Bell Telephone Laboratories, voiceprints have been used in several dozen trials so far. Seven appellate courts and three state supreme courts have upheld them as evidence. Interestingly enough, in the very first police application, a suspect accused of making threatening telephone calls to a family in Connecticut was proved innocent when his voiceprint was compared, with those made from tape recordings of the calls. Voiceprint identification was used to substantiate the claim of the Israeli government that it had intercepted a radio-telephone conversation between President Nasser of Egypt and King Jussein of Jordan during the 1967 Six uay War, in which Nasser asKeo. Hussein to back his claim that U.S. and British planes had assisted the Israelis. Voiceprinting has also been used in reconstructing unintelligible messages, says Kersta, including several from aircraft in distress. In one case, the crash of a flight between Las Vegas and San Francisco, the deciphered message revealed that the pilot and copilot had been shot. Subsequent investigation supported the message when a gun was found in the wreckage and traced to a passenger who had lost heavily at the gambling tables and had taken out a large flight insurance policy. More recently, voiceprints piayeu a prominent role in Howard Hughes' refutation of Clifford Irving's purported "autobiography"of Hughes. Voiceprinting may have applications in other areas besides criminal investigation. Research indicates it can be used in diagnosing body sounds, such as heart rhythms, and in treating speech defects. Kersta is now a special consultant with Base Ten Systems, Inc., of Trenton, N.J., which expects to market abo ( ut 100 voiceprint machines in 1974 and; reach annual sales of 500 within a few years. mm WORLD Dear Abby "/ KNOW about their value, but sometimes I wish you hadn't converted our savings into gold coins!" Pride No Obstacle Bruce Biossat OSAKA -- (NEA) A little girl playing on a seesaw in a park climbed off when I called. In a red dress, she strolled over smiling warmly. I stuck out my hand and asked: "How are you? Will you shake my hand?" Without a second's hesitation, she did, and then asked her own question, in Japanese, translated for me by a friend: "Are you from some English-speaking country?" Not bad. In plain fact, the kids are irresistible. And I hope that doesn't sound like some soldier handing out chocolate. Most of the ones I see here are attired in colorful little outfits of' varying, imaginative design, usually topped off by a saucy little hat. They're consistently friendly. Maybe that's where it starts. Overwhelmingly, the Japanese are friendly people. Oh, I've encountered a few scowlers, total strangers, giving me harsh looks as if my presence were some sort of intrusion. But they're rare. The other day I was riding Japan's famous high-speed "bullet train" on the route between here and Tokyo. We pulled into the station at Nagoya. On the platform, some elderly Japanese were looking into the train, trying to signal goodbye to people they knew. I looked at them and smiled. They smiled back. I gave them a little wave. They waved back. As the train pulled out, I smiled some more and waved goodbye. So did they. Friends. On a long bus trip toward the summit of Mt. Aso, a volcanic mountain on Kyushu island south of here, the uniformed girl guide chattered incessantly about the scenes along the way. But three times, in a soft, frail voice, she broke into song, offering little folk tunes that were common to the areas we were passing. At the top of Mt. Aso, the male guide was something else. He had a rolled up flag of the sort the uniformed girls use to lead touring groups. But this fellow used his furled flag as a teaching aid. Neatly dressed in a brown suit, red sweater, shirt and tie, he jumped up on a small log perch and motioned us back as if we were a school class. He rapped for attention with his flag staff and then went into his machine-gun soiel about the volcano. He talked so fast he lost his breath once or twice. And then, gesturing wildly, he fell ott his perch. He had his Japanese listeners roaring with laughter. At the end he said- 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. JAMES W. WILSON. Publisher HOWARD B. WILSON. Editor W. L. REITZ. News Editor JAMES B. WILSON. Vica President. General Manager Entered 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 printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rales By carrier boy delivery per week $ 60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties, where carrier service is not available, per year $20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones I and 2 per year $23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year S27.00 The Carroll Daily Times Herald is an ABC Daily Newspaper. The number ofsubscribers. recorded daily on permanent records and verified by the nationally recognized Audit Bureau of Circulations guarantees advertisers the paid circulation figures of the Carroll Daily Times Herald are accurate. Only an ABC newspaper can (jive assurance its stiitt'il circulation is accurate. Tree Takes the Cake (and Carrots) four mppt week for DEAR ABBY: Can you explain why a wealthy woman when eating out, always takes home the leftover dinner rolls, carrot sticks, crackers, and anything else that's served and isn't eaten? This lady is very generous where charity is concerned. We are women who once a bridge and her conduct puzzles me. I can understand a "doggie bag" for leftover portions of meat, but what about taking home every morsel or edible food on the table? On occasion we all meet with our husbands, and when this woman asked my husband for his leftover carrot sticks to take home, he thought she was kidding. Yet her husband seemed indifferent. How do you figure this? AMAZED A b u n c h , and "There are four guides who do this work. I am the best." At a bus station, an aning woman offered me and my friend the cover of an umbrella in pouring rain. Our first thought was. what a nice thing. It turned out she was soliciting trade for a nearby hotel. When we said no, we had .one, she just smiled and moved off to try again. None of that antitourist snarl which the French have patented for those who don't tip excessively. (Tipping isn't allowed in Japan, any way. 1 Many Japanese take pride in small work done well, and with dignity. I watched a quite old police officer directing very modest traffic at an historic site in Kagoshima. His face was nearly expressionless yet it mirrored pride and self-confidence. What he felt, obviously, was a reasonable importance, small though his job was. Yet. busy and bustling as they are. the truly important, influential Japanese leaders I meet in government and business almost invariably show charm and graciousness and more generosity with their time than sometimes they can really afford. It is really unfair to single any ot them out. But I remember well Sohei Mizuno. president of the Arabian Oil Co. in Tokyo. He was very busy the day we talked. When I bid him goodbye somewhere in a corridor several floors up. I thought that was it. But when I reached a sub-basement garage to pile into a car. there he was again, smiling and bowing in warm farewell. Yes, this group thing is a major element in Japanese life and a lot of analysts think it is both good and bad. Still, no one is going to persuade me that the Japanese are stripped of their individuality by these deepset cultural patterns. No! Methuselah DEAR AMAZED: The lady can't bear to see anything wasted. (There are many people who, if they had the courage, would collect all the leftovers.) There is nothing wrong with it. If she were poor, she'd be "chintzy." But since she's rich, she's "eccentric." DEAR ABBY: My wife passed away three months ago. She was 52, and a wonderful woman. My children are married and have homes of their own. My mother-in'law is constantly plying me with advice. Example: "Don t ever marry again. All they want is your money." Abby, my life seems so empty. I don't know anyone I want to date, but my mother-in-law's constant harping on the subject has made me think about it. How long a mourning p?r-'"^ should be observed in my case? *.;•. ; soon is "too soon" to seek female companionship? Would my dating before a year be considered disrespectful to the By Abigail Van Buren nfieftiibry of niy late Wife? ; • . Our marriage was a happy 6ne and we had 30 good years, but 1 think 55 is too young to resign myself to a life alone. What do you think? LONELY DEAR LONELY: It's your life, obviously not that of your departed wife or certainly not that of your rhbther- inlaw, that counts. If you dislke living alone, do something about it and don't worry about what others think. Who named them as your judge? Couples who remain childless by choice shouldn't, be made to feel guilty. When the writers of the Good Book implored us to go forth and multiply, the world needed more people. Not so today. Quite the contrary. A grasshoppef weathervane hammered out by Deacon Shem Drowfte iff 174.2, when Faneuil Hall was built in Boston, is valued at $300,000. COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE CENTER 792-3515 HWY. 30 EAST CARROLL WARDS TOWN t COUNTRY SHOCK AISORIIR . 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