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Daily Times Herald KWTOKIALS Tuesday. April 16.1974 SST Superflop At the time of the congressional debates over continuing government subsidies for an American supersonic transport plane, supporters of the project hailed it as aviation's wave of the future. They claimed that unless we clung to our seat on the SST bandwagon our country would decline to second rate status in aviation. Many changes were rung on these and related themes. The final vote - fortunately, it can now be seen in light of later events — went against pouring more tax money into the SST project. The two main factors that tipped the balance were questions about the nlane's economic feasibility and about environmental damage that might result from operation of large numbers of such aircraft in the stratosphere. The extent of environmental harm has not been proved one way or another. The economics of supersonic transport operation have been graphically illustrated, however, through experience with the British- French Concorde. This undertaking has proved to be a financial disaster. The latest and most impressive evidence of this is found in the British government's decision to halt all work on the Concorde project. Having poured out some two and a half billion dollars over the past 11 years, the government has at last concluded that it cannot afford to proceed. The depressed state of the British economy clearly has played a part in this decision, but there is more to the matter than that. The government figures that additional losses of from 480 to 570 million dollars would result from completion of the 16 Concordes now being built. The hard fact is that there seems to be no prospect of recovering losses through operation of the aircraft. The Concorde is therefore grounded by the economics of the situation. That, coupled with prudent regard for environmental considerations, constitutes a strong argument against any revival of the SST project in the United States. Army Spying A picture of hamhanded ineptitude emerges from informed testimony on the Army's civilian surveillance project in the 1960's. This does not diminish the potential for harm in such an undertaking, nor lessen the need for firm corrective legislation to prevent its happening again. In his appearance before a Senate subcommittee considering a bill to limit military domestic intelligence projects the Army's former general counsel. Robert E. Jordan III, documented the abovementioned ineptitude. For instance, he noted that the names of a major general and Special Forces colonel in the data banks were coded to cast doubt on their loyalty — on the basis of their having sub- secribed to an underground newspaper. He told the senators the data banks were "filled with a lot of unevaluated junk information about individuals and incidents which had an enormous potential for abuse." That, of course, is the crux of the matter: the potential for abuse. Jordan sought to minimize the military spying's threat to civil liberties, arguing that most of it was "essentially foolish and wasteful use of military intelligence resources to observe and collect information about the most trivial sort of disturbances one can imagine." But this does not remove the curse. Hamhanded or not, indiscriminate military surveillance of civilian activities is not tolerable in an open society. Enoush Gas Gasoline at 60 cents a gallon is no longer something to be spoken of as a future possibility. Service stations are getting that price on the average for premium gas in Illinois, New York and Hawaii, and other states are not far behind. Nationally, according to the American Automobile Association, the average prices have gone up to 54 cents for regular and 57 for premium. This depressing state of affairs is tempered somewhat by word that a nationwide survey shows only three per cent of the stations out of fuel. That must be measured against the situation not very long ago when stations in various parts of the country were exhausting their daily quotas by mid-morning. The improving supply picture encourages belief in Federal Energy Office assurances that "there will be gas out there" for summer travel. In the near future, it appears, enough gas will be available to virtually meet normal demand. This is not the same as having enough at "normal" prices. Americans on the road will have to get used to paying prices 20 cents or more per gallon higher than they paid last summer. "Heel!" Dear Abby Chadless— Whose Burden? Religion Today Public Outrage By Rev. David Poling The Hearst kidnapping has become a sickening experience for millions of people around the world. Now the attempted seduction of members of the British Royal Family adds to the rage of thoughtful people everywhere. Public figures, political leaders and leading financial officers must now dread the criminal intentions of an un- David Poling balanced minority that has the capacity to terrorize society. And this hurts everybody. The first result is a return to capital punishment. This is a painful theme for many who sought a better solution during the past decade. — but now discover that the one thing worse than the death oenaltv is kidnapping. The almost casual employment of the kidnap technique-whether it be for political or monetary gain — cannot be permitted in the social structure of humanity. The larger injury from the epidemic of kidnapping may be in the whole field of prison rehabilitation. Our correctional system needs continued improvement and the emotions of the present hour must not deter the advance of a more humane approach to rehabilitation and recovery. Consider this: Almost 80 per cent of all felonies are committed by people who have been in prison. The average local jail in the United States, according to the National Crime Commission Task Force on Corrections, is unchanged for the past 50 years. In Albuquerque. N.M. citizens have discovered little difference in the facilities of the county jail and the local stockyard. It is going to take a major effort from community and church organizations to offset the reactionary mood that has developed over the Hearst-Royal Family outrages. Some areas have a running start, like the Southwest, with the "Arizona Citizens Committee on Prisons" leading the way. Formed in 1972 and sustained by- leadership from Flint Anderson and Dr. Paul David Sholin of Tuscon, the organizations pressed for a review of the criminal justice system in the state. As a result, outmoded facilities are being remodeled, community- based treatment programs initiated, and overcrowding reduced. In Albuquerque, noted architect and Urban planner Max Flatow has lifted the vision of the community from the lockup jails of other days tO'Consider a modern treatment facility that enables correction officers to be helpers and not just keepers. Information on the program can be obtained by writing ACCP 715 North Park Ave. Tucson, Ariz., 85719. Another helpful booklet has been produced by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. A really excellent document, it can be discussed by young people and adults and is available in bulk orders of 50 or more, without charge, by writing for "Corrections," American Correctional Assoc., 4321 Hartwick Road, College Park, Md. 20740. Perhaps the rage of disgust over the recent kidnappings can be turned into useful citizen activity that generates a lift for all society. Polly's Pointers Railroad Safety Tip By Polly Cramer POLLY DEAR POLLY — Recently a young man on a motorcycle was killed by running into the side of a freight car. He was familiar with this crossing near his home and was not under the influence of anything. I wonder why the railroads do not paint broad stipes of flourescent paint on their cars so they could be easily at night. A car's headlights would pick up the reflection quite a distance away. The sound of the whistle on a long train is often gone as a car approaches a crossing and the train rumble blends in with the car,, engine noises. On a dark night it is 'impossible to see box or flat cars as they roll by unless there are lights approaching from the opposite side. — MRS. G.B. DEAR POLLY - Sandy's five- month-old puppy who chews on anything made of wood may be lacking something in his diet. She should give the dog some chew bones or a dog bone made of HARD plastic or rubber that may satisfy his need for something to chew on. Do hope this takes care of the bad habit. He could swallow wood splinters that could pierce his intestines. - MARY P. Abby DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for six years, and I definitely have made up my mind that I do not want any children. My husband says if that's the way I feel about it, it's all right with him. The problem is that I want him to have a vasectomy — an operation which will make him sterile. (My brother-in-law had one, and he says it is a breeze.) My husband says he doesn't want that kind of operation, and he thinks it's up to me to either take the necessary precautions or have an operation to make me sterile. I would like your opinion. NO CHILDREN THANKS DEAR NO: Since it was your decision to have no children, I think it's up to you to take the precautions instead of insisting that your husband subject himself to a vasectomy. Be realistic. If you were to divorce your husband (or die) and he were to marry again, he and his next mate might want children. As for a vasectomy being a "breeze," one man's breeze in another man's gale. DEAR ABBY: I am so heartsick this morning after getting very little sleep last night. My sister-in-law informed me yesterday that my husband (her brother) plays golf just to get away from me! I was so crushed I couldn't find the words to answer her. I've been married for 35 years and always thought I had a good marriage — and now this. Please tell me how to handle it. MRS. M. DEAR MRS. M.: Is there a pos- sibility that she was joking? If not, she clearly meant to hurt you, and the only way to deal with someone who intentionally hurts you is from a distance, and as infrequently as possible. DEAR ABBY: I've been dating this nice young man exclusively for seven months. He didn't ask me to go steady. I just don't care to go with anyone else. He doesn't go with anyone else either, so I euess vou'd say we are going steady. ivly problem is my mother. She has By Abigail Van Buren told me that she doesn't want me to date him anymore. Just like that! The reason: He's too short! (He's exactly my height — 5 foot 6.) I'm not a child. I'm 20 years old, but I live at home with my parents; I'd move out, but they need the money I pay for my room and board. NO NAME, PLEASE DEAR NO: Your mother is short — on common sense. Tell her that her objections to the young man are not valid, and that you measure a man from his eyebrows up. Washington Notebook Nixon's Tax Troubles -By Bruce Biossat WASHINGTON (NEA) — Unpalatable reality is always harder to bear than the anticipation of that reality. This surely can be said of the findings that President Nixon owes the United States government somewhere around $479,000 in back taxes. It will do him no good that he has announced he will not fight the official judgments but will pay. The great political commonplace of 1974 is that his generally small tax payments in his first four-year term (twice totaling less than $1,000 a year) have outraged the American public more than anything he may have done or not done about the great Watergate scandal. Significant in the highest degree, of Biossat Your Health Not a Rare Problem Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. By Lamb DEAR DR. LAMB — My son was in the Air Force in Vietnam for approximately one year. At the end of this time he became sick and was sent to a hospital in Japan. He had some kind of infection in the lymph glands which was cleared up, but the main problem was with his left arm which kept going to sleep when held in a certain position. After many, many tests it was diagnosed as "Thoracic Outlet Syndromebilateral." He was sent back to the States to a medical center where he went all through the same tests again. He was told there that his top rib was very high and a vein was being pinched between his collarbone and top rib, interfering with the circulation. One doctor told him he should have it removed (the top rib), and another told him it was something he could live with and he was sent back to duty. He is now in the National Guard. This condition still bothers him, and I think he is worried that he has something more than he was told. I would really appreciate your opinion on this matter. DEAR READER — It wounds to me as from muscles or tendons in the arm. The only way to define the problem and what is causing the obstruction is by careful examinations. When the symptons are marked or there are problems in the function of the hand or arm, the obstruction can be relieved. This eliminates the problem. If the obstruction is not severe and the syptoms are not all that troublesome, then one can ignore the problem without surgery. Incidentally, the surgery isn't all that difficult or dangerous. It is a fairly simple procedure. I'm inclined to think, from the complete description you have made and what your son has been told, that neither he nor you have anything to worry about. I'm confident he has been told a fairly complete story regarding his health. DEAR DR. LAMB — I read your piece about the man who used electricity to cure arthritis, and you said it was no good. I just wondered about using heating pads. I have done that often. DEAR READER — That's a horse of a different color. Heat, if used properly, will help to relax the muscles and prevent muscle spasm. It is very useful. It will not cure arthritis, but with a sore joint from osteoarthritis (the wear and tear kind) from associated muscle soreness. Of course, you should take sensible precautions and not burn yourself. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — Since my 13- rnonth-old grandson started to walk he has fallen out of bed twice. He tried to climb over the side of his crib on his own. The crib is large, strong and sturdy but if the side is put down completely he rolls out and if it is left up he may topple again. Is there ' something that could be done to this crib so it will be the right height for him until he learns to climb out safely by himself? MRS. A.L.K. DEAR POLLY — and Sandy — My dod chewed corners off my wood floor cupboards and the edges of three vinyl tablecloths before I ran across the following hint in a dog book. Rub hot pepper sauce on sufraces the puppy favors and he will be discouraged. This cured my dog of indiscriminate chewing. He is now three with his chewing confined to milk bones and bones. (POLLY'S NOTE: Some vets do not favor this use so it might be considered as a last resort. Also, the puppy may be teething and chewing on hard rubber toys would satisfy him.). — MRS. McC. DEAR POLLY — Scraps of nylon net can be used by those whose washing machines drain by a hose to a tub or floor drain. Make a 3x8-inch nylon net bag and fasten over the end of the hose with a wire or rubber band to catch lint and prevent clogged drains. —RITA. if your son has had some pretty smart it can help give you relief. Some of the doctors. Your description of the problem soreness in wear and tear arthritises is a fairly typical one. Sometimes a person has an extra rib, off the last neck vertebrae (a cervical rib) that acts this way. Soldiers were noted to have this problem when carrying a backpack. The straps around the shoulders to the pack would pull the shoulders back under the weight of the pack. This would pull the collarbone back compressing the arteries and sometimes the veins and nerves in this area. Another way this can happen is for certain muscles in the neck to be pulled taut over an artery or nerve and cause problems in the arm. Some people have obstructive compression course, is the firm word that findings of the Internal Revenue Service closely coincide with the 210-page report of the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation in Congress. Mr. Nixon had invited the committee's inquiry last year when he made his income tax returns public. In asserting that the President would pay the huge sums owed, the White House was at pains to note specifically that the IRS finding (not made public at this writing) "rebuts any suggestion of fraud on the part of the President . . . The committee's staff report offers no facts which would support any such charge." We are on delicate ground here. But I have consulted a source highly experienced in the workings of the federal tax laws, and his judgments do not back up the utterances from the White House. My expert's word is that if any ordinary citizen employed the practices embodied in the President's 1969-72 federal income tax returns, he would indeed be wholly open to charges of either civil or criminal fraud. Disputes over taxes which stop short of fraud are those which involve differing, though innocent and thus legitimately variable, interpretations of the tax laws. What establishes fraud is "intent," that is, deliberate intent on the part of the taxpayer to misinterpret his income, the size or character of his expenses and deductions, or any other major aspect of his returns. We must remember, in this instance, that the President himself — before ascending to the White House .T-. was practicing some tax law in his New York firm. We must also remember that he had at his elbow, high-paid lawyers dealing with exceedingly complex tax issues, and that it has to be a foregone conclusion that they were chosen for their tax expertise. Y et the improper practices set forth in Mr. Nixon's returns are of such an order that their invalidity is made dear in elemental tax guidebooks of the kind you can buy for a dollar or two in any bookstore. The worst offense, obviously, is the now celebrated backdating of documents to "legitimize" his taking as a deduction $576,000 for donation of his vice presidential papers to the National Archives. Second in magnitude was his failure to report a capital gain of $117,000 from sale of excess acregage at his San Clemente "western White House." Nor was it legal to defer a capital gain on sale of his New York apartment, since San Clemente is not his "principal residence," and clearly he can't have two main residences — San Clemente and Key Biscayne, Fla. It is also rated fraudulent to split capital gains income, as Mr. Nixon did with his daughter, Tricia, on some Florida real estate. All this, he and his lawyers had to know — and "intend." 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Did you say you got the story from an unimpeachable source or an impeachable source?"