Daily Times Herald KD1TORIALS 'Don't Worry About This Guy, He's Half Asleep!" Washington Notebook Monday, April 29, 1974 Still Bumbling Most Americans are willing to give every possible benefit of the doubt, and even more, to law enforcement officials whenever they are accused of wrongdoing. The rationale apparently is that to do otherwise would be to place yet another hindrance in the path of the law in these permissive times and provide encouragement to criminal elements. A recent, and very prominent, case in point was the acquittal by a grand jury in Alton. 111., of 10 federal undercover narcotics agents charged with violating the civil rights of two families in Collinsville. 111., during raids on their homes for nonexistent drugs. Although there was no question that the agents, dressed like nippies, had forcibly invaded the homes without warrents. and although the plaintiffs testified that they were verbally terrorized and physically abused and their property extensively damaged, the jury found that the agents had acted in the performance of their duty and could not be held criminally accountable. Here again, the possibility that a finding of guilty would cause rejoicing among illegal drug users and pushers was a theme hammered on by the defense. The agents were portrayed as "kids" who had simply made an honest mistake. The jurors heard and weighed the evidence and. it must be presumed, reached an honest verdict. But if their decision can be viewed as a discouragement to lawbreakers, it would be tragic if it were taken by law enforcers as an encouragement to irresponsible behavior on their part. Carried out in the line of duty or not. the Collinsville raids were incompetent, bumbling and unnecessary. If this is the only way we can fight crime, then we have already lost the war. It would compound the tragedy if the acquittal by the Alton jury were to lead to the denial to the families involved of monetary compensation they are seeking from the government for their sufferings. Tricky Trends Take it as axiomatic that population trends are more' likley than not to be tricky and unreliable. The shorter the period of time considered, the truer this is. What occurs in five years, or 10. cannot be relied upon as a basis for predicting what will take place a few decades hence. This must be borne in mind when reflecting on word from the National Center for Health Statistics that United States birth and fertility rates stood at their historic low point last year. If the current total fertility rate of 1.9 children per family were to continue, the stage of zero population growth in this country would.be reached before the middle of the next century. That is. we would have arrived at the point of merely replacing our then population, without any increase. This is a state of affairs much to be desired, considering the problems that go with rising population. However, it is not an outcome we can count on. Besides, we must be aware that even should the trend carry on to achieve zero population growth, a very substantial increase in population can be expected over the next several decades. Last year the net increase in U.S. population was 1.164,000 despite record low birth and fertility rates. As the population base grows, the number of people added each year also grows. The lesson to be drawn from all this is that we must neither relax efforts to encourage family planning nor become complacent about problems related to population growth. Even at present growth rates, there is a steady rise in pressure on space, resources, and the capacity of our institutions to do what is expected of them. Enough — If The encouraging word from John Sawhill, deputy director of the Federal Energy Office, is that "it is not unpatriotic to travel" and there probably will be enough gasoline to permit it this summer. Dr. Sawhill imposes a condition on that bit of. official optimism, however. There will be "enough gasoline for all travel needs," he says, "if we conserve." This seems to be the crux of the matter: we must make optimum use of the available gas if we expect to move about as much as we want to. And that is really rather different than saying there is plenty. There is good reason to question whether enough Americans will take this relationship between conservation and supply seriously. Whether they do or not will begin to show up when vacation travel burgeons a couple of months hence. Ask: Is it Worth it?' Dear Abby Yearns to Live After 13 Long Years By Abigail Van Buren Abby DEAR ABBY: How can a man come back to life at 53 after 13 years of life without life? My wife died recently after a long illness, and I've been out of circulation for so long I don't know where to begin making a new- life for myself. I may sound cold and heartless, but now tnat sne is gone. I feel a sense of freedom. You see. she left my bed 13 years ago and never showed me any sign of affection after that, so in my view our marriage ended then. (She thought a man over 40 didn't need a woman to sleep with, i My ego has been ground down to a pulp publicly and privately more times that I can count. My only source of satisfaction is knowing that I stuck with her until the bitter end without cheating on her once, although I often was tempted. Now I am free to find a woman who can compensate for all that emptiness. Abby. I am so full of love, and so eager to give it to someone. I can hardly stand it. Somehwere there must be a woman who is willing to take on a steady assignment like that. But where do I start looking? I need it now. Thirteen years is long enough. I ask only for one with stamina. Thanks. GEORGE DEAR GEORGE: Call your friends — married and single — and let them knchv you are interested in dating. You'll be swamped! ' Find out what your church and community have to offer in the way of social programs. Get into volunteer work. (That's, a good way to meet people with similar interest, i Get out and get going. Some lucky gal has a treat coming. DEAR ABBY: There is a teacher at school who makes some of us girls sick. He pulls the hair out of his sideburns and eats it! We would like to know why he does this, and what we can do to make him stop. NAUSEATED DEAR NAUSEATED: I don't know about humans, but monkeys have been known to pull the hair out of their heads and eat it when they are despondent and frustrated. I think your teacher needs heb. DEAR ABBY: In response to an inquiry last summer from a woman who wanted to marry a married man whose wife had disappeared years before, you advised: "Contact the Salvation Army. Box 3856. : Lt. Col. Pauline Eberhart. San Francisco. Cal. They have had remarkable success in locating missing persons." That gave me an idea. I had been searching through the usual channels tor a brother Who had been missing for 47 years. No success. So I thought: "Why not give it a chance?" I wrote to the Salvation your suggestion, giving Army them per the Bridging the Gap By Lew Koch If one accepts the premise, as I do, that our schools are continuing to turn out immature students rather than young men and women realistically prepared for the world of work, then something drastic has to be done. That was the conclusion of the Panel on Youth of the President's Science Advisory Committee, and they followed it up with some specific recommendations to remedy the situation. First of all, the panel believes we should do away with those giant, conglomerate high schools which try to be everything to every student. Instead, the schools should be broken down into sub-units, specializing in specific academic areas — and then let the student choose which area of study and which school he or she wants. In this way, one school can have a truly excellent science faculty and another, a terrific music department. Schools could cater to students interested in publishing, art, medical sciences — attracting them from every social, economic and racial group. Next, the panel recommends that students be put to work. At the very least, older students should be made responsible for tutoring younger students, helping to guide them through infamiliar academic territories. Another profitable way of putting older students to work is to locate day care centers in the schools, an idea which has worked successfully in more than 200 communities. Students caring for young children not only get meaningful, responsible work, they also learn sume 01 tne realities ol ineir luture parenthood. Because we've isolated the young from the adult world, the young have learned most of their skills, culture, ideas and information from other young people. In order to break that cycle, high schools should begin acting as employment agencies, putting kids to work part-time so the kids have a chance to pick up information from the real world. Work and study could be alternated, one half day in school, one half day working or one semester of education, one of work. The vailable research reveals that Peace Corps volunteers were found to be more toughminded. realistic, independent and self-directed than other young people without such experience. Aren't those the very qualities adults want to see in young people? Then why not increase the range of work experience offered to young people? Finally, the panel recommends that every young person be given a "voucher," good for four years of college, redeemable nay time in a person's life. That way, the "youthful" experience of high school isn't immediately followed by the "youthful" experience of college. Parent-Teacher Associations around the country must take the first step by- reading and discussing the panel's recommednations (published as "Youth: Transition to Adulthood," U. of Chicago Press. $1.95). The next step is implementation of some of those suggestions. This country can't afford to have a secretary of the Treasury who doesn't know Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" from Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book." necessary information, and they went to work. Last week they reported that they had been successful, and they forwarded me a photostatic copy of a letter they had received from my lost brother. And in the same mail I also received a letter from him. What a marvelous surprise! Abby. how can I thank you? L. T. 'IN SEATTLE DEAR L.T.: Don't thank me. Thank those wonderful people at the Salvation Army who do so much for so manv in everv corner of the world. Timely Quotes — "It's not right for a little old bitty state like New Jersey to have the same clout that Texas does." —Texas legislator Dan Kubiak. suggesting that Texas split itself into five states, a right it retained when it joined the Union in 1845. to gain more regional representation in Washington. "I don't know of anything that motorists can attach that will improve their mileage a significant amount." —Automotive engineer Bob Knoll charging most commercial "gas- saving", devices currently on the market are ineffective. "Industries are now asking how can we raise frivolous questions like sex discrimination in hiring when they don't have enought fuel to keep in operation. Suddenly there is shift in the climate for social change, just as women were beginning to make inroads." —Mary Jean Collins-Robbins of the National Organization for Women on how the energy crunch has de- accelerated the feminist liberation movement. "Robots should work there permanently, not men." —Soviet Planning Office spokesman Fyodor Kotov discussing working conditions in Siberia where Russian authorities are planning widescale development programs to mine oil and mineral deposts. By Rny Cromley WASHINGTON (NEA) - Some recent but as yet uncompleted studies on the state of Congress have come up with some disturbing findings. As one indicator, it seems most lobbyists these days don't bother much with most congressmen, because they don't think their votes are worth cultivating. They believe that 70 to 90 per cent of the legislators on Capitol Hill have so little influence on legislation it is not profitable to buy them lunches, offer free transportation on company planes, culrate automobile leases or otherwise attempt to legally or illegally influence what they do. This feeling of unimportance is felt by a growing number of representatives and senators themselves. Congressmen who now say they will not run for reelection has grown to an unprecendented number. Some members of the "I won't run again" group have most assuredly been influenced by the conviction that Watergate has measurably decreased their likelihood of reelection. But when congressmen talk privately, the investigators find a considerable number of those quitting — and some who are staying — are simply fed up. One long-time legislator who has decided not to run again, told one student of Congress that he was in no danger of losing this fall. Anyone his party nominated to succeed him, he said, would have a certain victory. But the game simply wasn't worth the candle anymore. Attorney General William Saxbe. then in the middle of his first Senate term, expressed the thoughts of many when he said publicly that the role wasn't what he'd expected, that it didn't give him the satisfaction of achievement he desired and therefore he did not intend to run again. Legislation is influenced, not so much by the floor vote, but by what happens in the wheeling and dealing that goes on in the back room. That, primarily, is handled by the top leadership and by the committee chairmen — and to a lesser extent by the chairmen of subcommittees. In some cases, the senior minority member of a committee will be in on crucial decisions: other cases his influence is slight. JAMKS W WILSON. I'ubhshiT lloWAItlilt WILSON. Kdilnr W I. UK IT/.. Nrws Kditor JAMKS H WILSON Viee ['resident tieneral Manager Knlereil as seeimd i I.iss matter at the post office at I'ar- ii.I! lima umlrrlhr.irt "I Marrh 2. IHS7 Member ul Ihr A.ssneiaied I'rt'ss IU i. Illfii i.il Taper nl Cnunl> and I'lly SuhMTiptiuM Kates il l lei hii\ dehvelv per week MY MAIL r.innll C.mnu anil All Adjoining i'tiulilirs where earner serv lee is mil a\ ailatile per \ear OnlMilenf I'.irrull .mil AiljmnmK Cniinlies in /."lies I and'2 per veal Alluihei Mail mlhe lulled Stales, per u-ai In these congressional studies, members regularly report a man must be on the scene 10 or 15 years, or even 20, to have a real voice in what goes on and then sometimes only if he manages to get on one of the crucial committees. But these aren't the only problems. So much time must be spent on serving the personal needs of constituents that more and more legislators are becoming convinced they have no time to study, understand and vote on important legislation. In any event, a good many congressmen this reporter has talked with in recent years feel they are unable to vote intelligently on much of the legislation before them. An administration introduces bills involving billions of dollars and complicated questions of foreign, economic and governmental policy. A myriad other bills are put into the hopper. Now most of these never see the floor, but no senator or representative has the staff to adequately research the bills that must be considered. The Library of Congress has an excellent research staff, but it is dreadfully small. So is the staff of the General Accounting Office upon which congressmen can call. As a result of these difficulties, numbers of men on the Hill feel like blind men in a china shop. They are not certain whether they are doing more harm than good. Representatives don't have much time to think about the problem because there's an election coming up every other year and their constituents are clamoring for personal service. Senators have more years between elections but more people to serve. And of course, there is no job security for most of these men and women. The worrisome question is will there be a steady decline in the number of first-rate persons willing to run for Congress and stand for re-election once they experience how the system operates? In olden days, the "rush" hour was when they freshened the dining halls with a new floor covering or rushes over the food scraps. Polly's Pointers Start on Energy Saving By Polly Cramer DEAR POLLY — In these days of energy saving I have found a way to use the scalding water left after I sterilize my baby's bottle nipples. I wash dishes and set them to drain while waiting for the nipples to boil. After capping baby's bottles I pour the boiling water over the dishes for an extra germ proofing. -MRS. H.W. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is aimed at shoe manufacturers who design and make shoes with laces that are perhaps extra wide, an unusual length, color, etc. Such shoes have been designed for these particular laces and simply have not style when other laces are used and still we cannot buy replacements even at the store where the shoes were bought. I am sure they expect their shoes to last longer than a pair of laces so why not furnish an extra pair of laces. I am sure most customers would be delighted to pay the small extra cost at the time of purchase of the shoes. In fact knowing they could be bought might help in the sale of the shoes. -SHIRLEY POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — Our garage floor gets very slippery when it is wet from snow being tracked in and so on. This is very dangerous so I would like to know if any one has a suggestion as to how' we would make this floor safer to walk on under such conditions. MRS. M.H.M. DEAR POLLY — Mrs. C.B.S. wanted to know how to remove cement spots from the tile on her bathroom floor. My daughter used soapy steel wool pads on such spots on her bathroom floor after some was spilled when putting tile on the walls. Hope this does the work for Mrs. C.B.S. -GLADYS DEAR POLLY — To remove the cement spots from her tile floor Mrs. C.B.S. could vigorously scub with a sponge or scratch pad that had been dipped in a mixture of one part muriatic acid (POISON) and five parts water. Rinse immediately with clean water and be sure to wear rubber gloves. —CARL Daily Times Herald 50H Nnrlh Ciiurl Street Tarriill lima DaiK I'.xiepl Sund.us anil Holidays othvr than Washing- Inn s Ilirthilav and Veteran s Day by the Herald Publishing l'ump.ui\ The Assneiated Press is entitled cxelusivt'ly to the use lor repiibhealiiiinil all the Ineal news printed in this newspaper .is well as all Al' dispatches I 60 (2000 CHOI) StfOO BERRY'S WORLD DOG ATCHER © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "Yes, as a Democrat I AM planning to capitalize on 'Watergate' as THE big issue in my re-election campaign!"
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