Daily Times Herald ___ KD1TOH1ALS Thursday, April 18, 1974 Drive to Save When the gasoline shortage was acute, many drivers who had previously given no thought to gas conservation decided it was worth a try. They found that certain changes in their style at the wheel actually did pay off in terms of improved mileage. A lot of those motorists seem to have reverted to their former driving habits, now that the gasoline shortage is easing. They are back to burning gas without thought for either the short-range or long-range supply outlook. They are, in sum, again exemplifying the traditional American penchant for using up resources without concern for tomorrow. Admonition, stressing the anti-social impact of such behavior, is not likely to have much effect. An appeal to self interest may be more to the point. That appeal can be made without any reservations whatever. It is a matter of simple fact that Americans can best serve their immediate economic interest, and their long-term interest in extending finite reserves, by driving so as to use less gas. The reverse also is true. No very exotic driving practices need be involved. Auto company test Drivers haveshownthat mileage can be significantly improved by following certain simple rules. Some instructive advice along these lines came the other day from Les Viland, an American Motors driving expert who has been a remarkably consistent winner in economy and performance trials. "The big thing," Viland said the other day when giving an interviewer a first hand course in fuel conservation, "is to smooth your driving out. Watch ahead. Anticipate stop lights, traffic changes." Logically extended, this driving philosophy also rules out jackrabbit starts and sudden spurts to beat another driver out of position. Some may think it foolish of us to go on at such length about this when things seem about back to "normal." The point is that the pinch will be on again, sooner or later, unless millions adopt fuel-conserving practices at the wheel. Solar Power? The extent to which the federal government should support research and development of solar energy is a matter of judgment. Laymen are not of their own knowledge qualified to make such a judgment: they must rely on expert conclusions based on all available data. This, at any rate, is the common assumption. But what if the experts' conclusions are withheld from the full role they ought to play in arriving at such a decision? Sen. James G. Abourezk of South Dakota suggests that this is just what has been done by the Atomic Energy Commission, whose recommendation of 10 billion dollars for energy research over the period 1975-79 includes a mere 200 million for solar energy development. This, in Abourezk's view, does not reflect the judgment of AEC scientists concerned with the matter. He claims they thought the facts warranted expenditure of a minimum of 400 million and preferably as much as a billion dollars to add practical solar energy applications to the nation's power resources. The senator demands an investigation by the Government Accounting Office, suggesting that "the GAO should find out what justification there is for this fivefold reduction recommended funding." Abourezk has a thesis to explain the gap: he believes the major oil corporations, which he says "already largely control coal, oil shale, uranium and geothermal stearn," want to gain control of solar energy developments as well. He makes it plain that in his opinion the AEC "has been sitting on scientific data pointing the way toward solar power while major oil companies are quietly moving to take control of the means to produce solar power." Whether Abourezk's thesis is substantially correct remains to be seen. Certainly his charge is serious enough to justify the investigation he seeks. Yes and No When Vice President Gerald R. Ford was asked for the umpteenth time if he really meant his pledge not to be a presidential candidate in 1976, he said in effect: Yes. He also said something that makes "yes" into "maybe." The newly anointed White House understudy observed to reporters that his remarks on the subject came "about as close to a Shermanesque statement" as he could manage. He rightly chose Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's statement as a benchmark. The general put it in absolute terms a century ago, declaring that if nominated he would not run and if elected he would not serve. The point to be made is that anyone who really wants it understood that he's not going to be a candidate can say what Sherman said. Ford didn't. . .And This Is the Washington Rumor Mill!" Washington Notebook Bonn Seeks Detente Dear Abby Don't Call 'the Other Woman' • By Abigail Van Buren Abby DEAR ABBY: I have a problem which I have discussed with my married daughter, and she said I should write to you. After many years of marriage, my husband has been seeing another woman. She's a young school teacher he met at church. (Her father is a minister.) The worst part of it is, I know he really does love her, but I'm afraid of what people would think if I let him go to her. I admit 'that our marital relations have never'been enjoyable for me, but ; I have done my duty and given him three children who are grown and married now. I work full time, which my husband never liked, but it has provided us with lots of extras we wouldn't have been able to get as soon as we did. Should I call this young woman and tell her I know the truth and she'd better stop seeing my husband or else? Should I call her father and tell him about it? Or should I keep quiet and hope they get tired of each other before too many people know about it? TROUBLED DEAR TROUBLED: Don't call the young woman. And don't call her father. You and your husband should get some counseling and level with each other. If you don't let him go to her (knowing that he really loves her) because you are afraid of what people would think, that's a poor reason. Add that to your feeling that you've done your "duty" and given him three children, and the picture becomes even more clear. You seem to be a reasonable woman. Counseling is the only answer. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been arguing over a question that we would like you to settle for us. I say it is bad manners to yawn in company, but if you can't help yourself, you should do it with your mouth closed. My husband says he only yawns when he can't hold it back, and he can't yawn with his mouth closed. Please give us your opinion. Thanks. MRS. B. DEAR MRS. B.: Yawning with one's mouth closed isn't easy. However it can be done, but a squelched yawn offers very little satisfaction. Your Health Aspirin Stand-ins By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB — I read your article, "Aspirin Can Harm." I believe that you should have pointed out that other analgesics may be even more toxic. I refer particularly to Tylenol. A few days ago I saw a woman buy a bottle of 500 over- the-counter. This is not a new compound, having first been prepared in 1878, and was Lamb widely used before the introduction of the less-toxic aspirin. The high toxicity of aniline and its derivatives is well known. You should have pointed out that replacement of aspirin by Tylenol should be done only under the advice of a physician. DEAR READER — Thank you for your letter about Tylenol. The column you refer to was about aspirin, not Tylenol, and I did not recommend that people should switch to Tylenol rather than use aspirin. You seem to be the father of that thought. You may also be surprised that. I got several letters telling me I should have told people to switch from aspirin to Tylenol. I hate to disagree with a former professor of organic chemistry, but the older medicine was acetanilid which is now obsolete and has not been used for some time. It lost out when aspirin came along. Tylenol (acetaminophen), a newer drug, is less toxic than phenacetin. Other trade names are Apamide, Conacetol and Lestemp. Look it up in the "AMA Drug Evaluations," and you can see for yourself. The same source points out that, unlike aspirin, it does not cause bleeding from the stomach or intestines as aspirin can and goes on to state it can be used as a replacement for aspirin. It is a good medicine for the relief of pain. It does not have the anti- inflammatory action of aspirin. Thus it might relieve the pain of osteoar- thritis (seen in older persons), but it would not be a good replacement for the large dosages of aspirin sometimes used for rheumatoid arthritis or other conditions where a red, swollen, inflamed joint needs anti- inflammatory treatment. Tylenol has one other drawback. It increases the action of the medicines used to prevent blood clotting in patients after a heart attack. Anyone taking these medicines should be careful about taking Tylenol. But, for relief from aches and pains or a mild headache, it is not the villain you seem to think it to be, and, in some instances, would be superior to aspirin. DEAR DR. LAMB — Will daily doses of digitalis have an effect on one's sex life? I have been taking it for a heart ailment for about a year, and my sex life has almost gone to zero. DEAR READER — No, but heart disease requiring digitalis often is severe enough to limit one's interest in sex or sexual capacity. To the extent that digitalis helps your heart, it actually can improve your sex life. There are a lot of serious medical problems that literally shut off sexual function. The correction of the sexual problem that then occurs is totally dependent upon how much improvement in one's general health can be achieved. Biossat The ideal solution would be to go ahead and yawn, but cover your mouth with your hand. And apologize for it afterwards. » DEAR ABBY: In trying to decide what to give my son and his bride for a wedding gift, I have come to the conclusion that the best gift I could give them would be the treatment at a "stop smoking" clinic. The treatment costs $350 per person, so I feel that it would be a generous gift, considering my relatively low income. My son has been warned by his doctor that he should stop smoking, and he has indicated that he would like to. However, there wouldn't be much point in giving him the treatment unless his bride takes it top. . Under the circumstances, would it be proper for me to offer such a gift or would I be considered meddlesome? CONCERNED MOTHER DEAR CONCERNED: I don't agree that there wouldn't be much point in giving your son the treatment unless his bride agreed to take it, too. However, unless you know for certain that they both want the treatment and would welcome it as a wedding gift from you, it might not be appreciated. DEAR ABBY: Why should the parents of the bride pay for the wedding? I know the book of etiquette says they should — but that's not a good enough reason. My father made it clear to his daughters that he would double mortgage his home to give all college educations, but as for weddings — he'd buy us a ladder. I didn't take the college education, and when it" came time for me to marry, my fiance and I decided to have a big wedding at our own expense. Working together for a common goal taught us about the responsibilities were going to have to face as husband and wife. After a year of scrimping ana saving, we had a beautiful formal wedding with all the trimmings. We were so proud of ourselves! Six years later, we are in our own home, with baby number two on the way. Everything we have we both worked for together, and we don't have to thank anyone but God for it. I want to say a big thank you to my father for making that decision and sticking to it. That was the best gift he ever gave me. HAPPY IN N.J. DEAR HAPPY. Three cheers for Dad. And hooray for you and your husband. Young lovers, take note! Daily Times Herald 508 North Court Street Carroll. Iowa Daily Kxccpl Sundays and Holidays other than Washing- Ion's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMKS W. WILSON. Publisher HOWAltD B. WILSON. Kditor W. L. KKITZ. News Kditor JAMKS B. WII-SON. Vice President, (ioneral Manager Kntered as second-class mutter at the post-office at Carroll. Iowa, under the act of March 2,18»7. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for ropublication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Kales By carrier boy delivery per week $ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties, where carrier service is mil available, per year $20-00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counlics in /.ones I and 2 per year »3-00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year WASHINGTON (NEA) - Top West German officials are wroking hard to find new avenues of economic consultation between Europe and America, to prevent further damaging blowups such as those touched off by President Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Leadership in this strained situation fell to Germans since chaos in Britain largely nullfified its influence and the testy French, caught in a web of unreality, were a principal cause of the misunderstandings. France, evidently unable to digest what has happened to the world in recent decades, and obsessed with fears of U.S. domination, talks as if it could relive the glories of Napoleon's day. So Bonn, for months, but most particularly since the oil crises taxed the bonds within Europe and ties with America, has tried to serve as mediator and mollifier. Its political realism suits Germany for the role. It does not hurt its status as a negotiator that it retains an impressive economic health and an accompanying stability of outlook. Economic growth prospects for 1974, to be sure, are quite modest — put by officials here at around 2 per cert at most. But Bonn still has a trade surplus, substantial foreign exchange reserves and an unemployment rate of just 1.8 per cent. As everywhere else in the industrial world, inflation is a serious menace. In 1973, West Germany's upward price spiral reached 7.6 per cent. The hope voiced by sources here is to hold the 1974 advance to 8 per cent. The U.S. climb in 1973 of course nearly hit 10 per cent, and in Japan it was a whopping 16 per cent — with leaders strug- 'B\ Bruce Biossat this \r;ir to keep the new surge to 10 to 12 per rent. German otiirials cautiously suggest false alarm in earlier reports that the energy crisis would push unemployment up markedly, with the toll falling most heavily on the 2.5 million workers imported from Italy, Yugoslavia. Spain. Portugal, Turkey and even parts of Africa and Asia. There is a 'stop order" on further worker immigration from countries outside the Kuropean Economic Community which means only Italy among the listed nations is free of that ban The inflow from far and wide, of course, reflected a significant labor shortage in an earlier booming Germany Britain's confusion, affecting its ability to assure deliveries in key fields like steel, has naturally benefit- ted West Germany. With added orders channeled its way. Bonn's balance of trade for the first two months of 1974 attained record highs. New social arrangements are also aiding the Germans. Modest profit- sharing plans adding to worker stipends are steadily taking effect. Also getting under way is a system wherein all industrial firms employing 5,000 or more will have a 50 per cent worker representation on their directing boards. This has applied for years in coal and steel. This may dampen some foreign investment in Germany, and the Germans themselves do not talk as airily as a few years ago about their own capital ventures abroad. But the payoff in economic steadiness may be worth such cost. Local election reverses show that Chancellor Willy Brandt's Social Democratic regime has its own perils. But the basically healthy economy gives Bon the needed confidence to act as peace-maker in the troubled U.S.- EEC situation. Polly's Pointers Coat Remodelling Bv Pollv Cramer POLLY DEAR POLLY — I am a home sewer whose Pet Peeve is more of a suggestion to manufacturers. We all love the advantages of the vast assortment of polyester knits, blends, etc., however one finds the need for using different sizes of needles when sewing on their different weights if the machine stitching is to be perfect. The sizes stamped on such needles are impossible to read without the aid of a magnifying glass. I wonder why they cannot identify the sizes with colors that would be universal for all manufacturers of such needles. This would save time even for Jihnse who have no sight problems. MRS. C.L.K. DEAR POLLY — Like Betty, we too, had a rocker that squeaked and had unsuccessfully tried both oil and soap on it. Finally we tried graphite and it worked. Spread papers under the chair and squirt the graphite powder on the springs and on the wood where the springs are attached. It comes in a convenient tube and can be purchased at a hardware store. RUFFY of New Hampshire POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — 1 have a full-length .polyurethane coat that looks like leather and I would like to know if this can be shortened to a car-length coat and some buttonholes put in it and, if so, how? VERA DEAR POLLY — I also had a problem with a squeaky rocking chair and would like to tell Betty I sprayed silicone on the springs. This does not stain but I first placed newspapers on the floor. Rock a few times and if the squeaking continues spray on a bit more. MRS. A. K. DEAR POLLY — Betty should put some petroleum jelly on her squeaky swivel rocker. Put it on with a nice long water color brush or even a long chicken feather works well in tight places. This is also good for squeaking hinges and other things like drawers that are hard to pull out and in. Just apply where the trouble is-. It does not take too much. MRS. H.P. DEAR POLLY — To have seedless lemon juice keep pieces of nylon net handy. When ready to squeeze a lemon wrap it in the net and seeds will not pop into the juice. MRS. O.H. BERRY'S WORLD Q: © 1974 by NEA. Inc. "Eat your heart out!"
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