Daily Times Herald KDITOKIALS, Horatius at the Bridge Washington Notebook Friday, April 19, 1974 Crisis Pluses That most characteristic element of the American way of life, the individual automobile, seemed to be severely threatened with the onset of the Arab oil embargo. The stock market dropped, gas lines formed, big car sales waned; there was much talk of coming revolutionary change in our auto-oriented lifestyle. All this now seems to be more or less a thing of the past as enough gas to get by on has somehow mysteriously become available - even before the arrival of Arab oil shipments. It now appears to be a safe wager that, so far as the immediate future is concerned, things will shortly return to "normal." The fuel shortage brought considerable inconvenience and difficulty. At the same time, it had some beneficial side effects which should not be lost sight of now that we seem to be out of the woods. For one thing, there was a nationwide decline in auto deaths This can be attributed to a combination of fewer cars on the road, and lower speed limits. Another beneficial effect is a perceptible decline in air pollution. In New York City. U.S. News and World Report informs us. two separate monitoring stations showed 10 to 20 percent less carbon monoxide in the air than a year earlier. On Sundays the reductions have been even greater - up to 31 percent. Lower pollution rates also were reported in Chicago There 1 the declines were greatest at several busy expressway intersections in an area near the Loop, presumably because of fewer idling cars merging into fast traffic. There is a joker in the deck, of course; if driving practices return to "normal." there can be no true test of how reduced car use cut air pollution. We say further that if this happens - if Americans resume their old ways of driving where they please when they please as fast as they please without regard to fuel conservation - that will be the measure of their unwillingness to make a modest sacrifice for the sake of cleaner air and less highway hazard. Privacy Basic A 75-page section of the Congressional Record of April 2 is given over to an extraordinary discussion of the right of privacy. This was clone under a special order of business during which the House of Representatives turned its full attention to the subject. It is a pity that the record of this occasion, when member after member arose to speak on various aspects of the matter, is not available to a far larger body of Americans than those few privileged to receive the daily- report on congressional proceedings. There was much repetition in what was said; certain basic themes were sounded again and again. Yet the cumulative effect was to underscore the depth of concern about rising invasions of privacy as electronic technology advances. It is a point emphasized also by the number of bills and resolutions on the subject now in the house — more than 100 at last count, with many similar proposals also before the Senate. A famous Supreme Court justice — Brandeis, if recollection serves — once described privacy as the most important of our rights. The special order of business in the House of Representatives focused on threats to this right: it dealt with invasions of individual privacy by government, and also by non-governmental interests. The American public has an enormous stake in this. It should demand effective legislation as the fruit of that historic discussion. ERAat33 Reactionary forces arrayed against ratification of the equal rights amendment are claiming that it has only a 50-50 chance of becoming law. That strikes us as wishful thinking by the opposition. The approval of only five more states is needed to obtain the requisite 38 by March 1979, and in the interim the momentum of the women's rights movement seems sure to increase. Supporters of the amendment were successful in three of the four stales they concentrated their efforts on this year: the legislatures of Ohio. Maine and Montana joined the 30 others which had previously approved. The negative vote of the Florida Senate is a setback, but the narrow vote — 21 to 19 — augurs well for ERA ratification when debate is taken up again a year hence. Opponents of the amendment have dragged all sorts of odorous herrings across the path, seeking to play on uninformed sentiment and emotion. The fact is that this proposed addition to our fundamental law can fairly be described as a matter of simple justice. The operative part of the amendment is stated in one sentence which meets the test of America's traditional concern for equal treatment of all citizens; "Equality of rights under I he law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." That is reasonable and just. We believe that 3H legislatures will ultimately so affirm. Democratic Outlook Dear Abby Phone Ring; It's a Call to Duty — By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Here is the big argument between me and my mother. If I am home alone, should I have to answer the phone when it rings? I say only if I feel like it. She says I must, regardless! Let's assume the phone rang, and I didn't answer it. If the call is for a member of the family who isn't home, he or she would not be home to talk anyway, so if it's important, the caller would call back later, right'.' If the call is for me. if I chose not to answer it that means I don't feel like talking, so that's my privilege, isn't it? Abby That's my argument, and my mom disagrees. I see no reason r why I should have to tear myself away from whatever I'm doing to answer the telephone. ! am tired of being a secretary for my parents and taking messages for them when they're out. If messages are that important to them they should get a mechanical box that answers telephone calls with a prerecorded message. I am curious to know your opinion on the matter. TIRED TEEN DEAR TIRED: I think your mother is right. It could be an emergency or an important message for someone in your family. Now. get off your duff and answer the telephone when it rings! Polly's Pointers Wall Marks Bother By Polly Cramer POLLY DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve stems from the high cost of postage. I think greeting card companies could help us with the high cost of postage by making "Greeting Postcards" as they would take the eight cent stamps formerly used on first class. This would be especially helpful with Christmas card mailing. MRS. H.E.N. DEAR POLLY Lucy should be able to find several different types of finishes to apply to her Mexican and Indian pottery pieces at a ceramic shop. Doubtless she will not get a really shiny finish without firing but there are stain and water resistant finishes that can be applied to the outside of many such pottery pieces. (POLLY'S NOTE: Such items should be used for decoration only.) ' KATHIE L. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — How can cloth picture hangers that stick on the wall be removed without leaving, a mark or ruining the paint? In transferring an embroidery pattern, not all the unnecessary marks were cut away and were transferred along with the design. Is there any way these marks can be removed safely or what could be done so the piece does not have to be discarded? MRS. P.L.B. DEAR POLLY — I do not know how Lucy could refinish her Mexican pottery but I would like to caution her against using it for food. Several years ago a leading magazine printed several articles about people becoming quite ill from using such pottery that had not been correctly treated. Sometime ago you published a Pointer that told of an herb that would keep insects out of cereals and flour. Could you repeat this? (POLLY'S NOTE: A bay leaf or two in each container does the trick). ARLINE DEAR POLLY — I find talcum powder very helpful, in fact almost magic, in controlling shredded foam when working with it. I powder my hands and arms and sprinkle some in the top of the bag and around the edges of the article I am filling. ANNE W. DEAR POLLY — My Pointer is for tea drinkers. When I make hot tea I brew it in a tea pot and make two cups with each tea bag. If I do not drink all the tea while it is hot I pour the remainder into a half gallon jar. When the jar is full I season the tea and have good iced tea for the the family members who like the cold drink. Also, when washing acrylic sweaters, socks and other wash-and- wear things turn them inside out before washing and they do not get nubby and I think they wear longer. JOAN DEAR POLLY — I think I have help for G.R. Our 25-inch TV was in a lovely cabinet with doors so my husband sawed off the legs, put on a plywood back and added three shelves. I refinished this to match my kitchen cabinets and have a wonderful storage place for pots and pans. We found another large one on the town dump and added doors, back and shelves to make a linen storage unit which looks like a piece of furniture. NITA DEAR POLLY — When making a garment I like to finish the seams. It is not only neater but keeps the fabric from raveling. Recently I was making a pair of slacks for my husband and found it is much easier to finish the seam edges BEFORE sewing the garment together. I use the zigzag stitch on my machine for this. After the seam edges are finished resume sewing the garment knowing all the seams are neat looking. SHARON DEAR POLLY — When there is a toddler in the house I find it wise not to store cleaning products in the cabinet under the sink. I clean the whole thing out and store toys there. The> are handy for the child to get and the kitchen can be easily picked up. Such cabinets have a certain fascination for little ones and it is nice to know they will not be getting something they should not have. -MRS. E.E. Bruce Biossat Official Paper "I County :uulI'ily Subscript inn Hales Ily carrier liny di'livrry prr week UY MAIL I'arroll I'utility and All Adjoining I'nuntii's. where carrier service is not available, per year Outside uf Carroll mill Adjoining Count irs in/.lines I and 2 per yi'iir ' All Ollirr M:nl in the United Sliili'S. per yi'iir Biossat DEAR ABBY: In a few months we will be moving into our new home, and I'd like to throw a question out to you, and your readers. We will have a swimming pool, and I want to enjoy using it: however, I've observed other pool owners having problems with uninvited friends who overstay their welcome. Also neighbors who get hurt if they are told: "No. not today." Someone suggested the flag system (when it's out. come on over), but how do we keep the undesirables from joining in. too? How can we ask people nicely to leave at a certain time without turning them off completely? .There it.is, Am I making.aimountain out of a molehill? NEW POOL OWNER DEAR OWNER: The flag system is the best. Who are the "undesirables" who "might" join in, too? If you mean strangers, ask them to leave. If they're neighbors who have been invited by you to "come on over" when your flag is out. when you want them to leave at a certain time make it plain beforehand, so they won't be surprised. DEAR ABBY: At a banquet recently. I was being introduced to my husband's boss and employees when a secretary piped up, "Your hair is very- pretty. Or is that a wig?" (It was). There was total silence while everyone waited for my reply. Having been put on the spot. I had to tell the truth, but I don't know when I've been so humiliated. Another time, I was asked by a woman I hardly knew: "Those aren't your real eyelashes, are they?" (They weren't.) I have witnessed nervy questions being asked of others. For example: "How .much did that cost?" Also: "How come you never had any children?" Are people getting less considerate of others? I have never noticed such bad manners before. Please tell people to cut it out! PLEASE DON'T ASK DEAR PLEASE: Rude, thoughtless and presumptuous people always have been with us, but no one is compelled to answer a question he doesn't want to answer. An appropriate response is, "I don't think it's any of your business." And don't hang around for a rebuttal. Daily Times Herald 50K North Court Slroi't Carroll, lowii Daily Kxecpt Suiuliiys anil Holidays olhrr than Washington's Uirthday and Wlrraii's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMKS W WILSON. Publisher IIOWAUDH. WILSON. Kiiitiir W I, KKI'I'Z. NcwsKdilor .IAMKS It. WILSON. Vire I'lTsidenl. (ieneral Manager Kntered as seeond-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, losva. under Ihcaclol March 2. IKH7. . Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republicaliiin of all the local news printed in Ibis newspaper as well as all AP dispatches WASHINGTON (NEA) — The occasional giddy forecasts that Democrats might gain as many as 100 seats from the Republicans in the House this fall are being knocked down by cautious Democratic analysts as totally unrealistic. They think there may be perhaps 100 "loose situations" offering them promise of gain, but believe they'll be having one great field day on Nov. 5 if they actually win 50 new seats or a few less. Furthermore, party sources keeping in close touch with incumbent Democrats who are making the race again this year hear from many, again and again, one overriding worry. It is a concern that, if they have had to vote on the issue of impeaching President Nixon for possible offenses associated with Watergate, they will be compelled to spend too much of their campaign time explaining their individaul vote — no matter which way it has gone. What they say they want to talk about is the President's handling of energy, the economy, health care, welfare and other matters they think he has bungled — issues they are convinced are uppermost in voter's minds. If the campaign can be thus centered, they don't fret over having it labled a "Nixon referendum." But incumbents fear that an impeachment vote will plunge the country into a special mood which will veil, at least for a time, otherwise prime voter interests. Polls, of course, continue to make things look bad for the Republicans, and so do random samplings of voter attitudes by newsmen and other observers. Nevertheless, as indicated, top Democratic specialists keep a cautious reserve. $ .BO $2(1.0(1 $2:uxi S2'< IK) 11. is not a new forecast, but they are holding to a prediction that party gains in the Senate may amount to no more than three or four seats. As earlier, state-by-state surveys have suggested, factional fights and the difficulty of finding good candidates combine to diminish what ought, in theory, to be sweep prospects. The same is being said by Democratic leaders and others about the outlook in the governorship field. Democrats presently command a 32 to 18 advantage over Republicans. All four of the big states — New York, Massachusetts. Michigan and California — still held by the GOP are on the block this time. Yet it may not be easy to squeeze the Republicans down much further Their governorship total fell to 14 in 1958, but that was a year of sharp economic recession. GOP incumbent Govs. Francis Sargent in Massachusetts and William Millikon in Michigan look strong, and the Democrats simply haven't turned up high-grade challengers so far. New York's newly installed Gov. Malcolm Wilson, who took over when Nelson Rockefeller bowed out late in his fourth term, is being rated increasingly tough. As is now so painfully habitual in that state, Democrats are torn factionally and having their troubles turning up an impressive, fresh-faced candidate. Some of the Democrats' earlier confidence about California has evaporated, too. They don't see a big plus in the indictment on the ITT matter of one GOP contender, Lt. Gov. Edward Reinecke. They figured him to lose anyway to rival Houston Flournoy, state controller. The Democrat's evident leader, state Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr., son of the former governor, could do well. But there is worry that the party's developing lineup for major statewide offices may be "too ethnic" and thus, on net balance, offer a limited appeal that could hurt all contenders. Your Health Reader's Shocking Tale BY Lawrence E. Lamb., M.D, DEAR DR. LAMB — I get a terrific shock every time I touch something metal at home. work, shopping, getting out of a car. etc. I have even shocked other people. It's a crazy situation, and it's beginning to get me down. Can anything be done about it? DEAR READER — This is more com- Lamb mon that you apparently realize. In modern operating rooms, the personnel must all wear grounded shoes, or shoe coverings. A wire conductor connection is placed inside the sock to connect the body to the grounded footwear. This is done because everyone has some degree of the problem you describe. You are storing static electricity. It is capable of giving off a spark. Since there are explosive gases used in the operating rooms, it is very important that no spark occur, hence the grounded footwear. You might check with some of the medical supply houses in your city and see if they can offer you any footwear that would do the trick. As you know, after you have discharged the static electricity from touching something metal or a person you will not have another immediate discharge shock until you have built up electricity again. If you continually discharge electricity you won't build up a statis charge. I suppose if it is really a problem you could have a piece of metal in the heel of your shoe that touches the surface of the floor and connects to a piece of metal that has contact with your bare heel. This would serve as a constant ground wire and prevent accumulation of static electricity Rugs are a common cause of the problem. The friction between the filament and the movement of your feet builds up static electricity. The coverings without filaments are better in this sense, such as tile, wood, or even the flatter indoor-outdoor carpeting (but that too can still be a problem). I can't resist the temptation to suggest that if all else fails you could always wear a chain and drag it along as gasoline tank trucks do to prevent static electricity and the possibility of an explosion. It would be a real conversation piece. mm WORLD 'Take that, you dirty rotten irritating seat belt buzzer!"
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