Daily Times Herald KDITOKIALS "He Doesn't Seem to Be the Heavyweight He Once Was!" Washington Notebook Tuesday, April 30, 1974 Taxes of Aged H is a truism that the aged need special help in many aspects of life. Sen. Frank Church of Idaho has concluded that one particular area in which they need help is in their role as taxpayers, and he is right. From his vantage point as chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, Church has had opportunity to see what happens to many over-65 taxpayers when they tackle their income tax return. Often they are baffled by the regulations and forms, uncertain as to legitimate deductions and credits, inclined to pay rather than ask about their rights. Often they are in a sense victimized by zeal to bear their share of the burden. The overall result is that overpayment of taxes by- persons in this age group is not uncommon. Church and 44 of his fellow senators have introduced legislation which should go a long ways toward correcting this situation. Their Older Americans Tax Counseling Assistance Act would in effect considerably strengthen the impact of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program instituted by the Internal Revenue Service. Last year the IRS trained 2,500 counselors, most of them among the elderly themselves, for this work. Under the proposed legislation, also before the House, volunteers for this important work could be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, the IRS would be authorized to advise retired persons that this aid program is available. It is a sound bill which should be passed without delay. Meanwhile, the elderly can help their situation as taxpayers by securing from the Superintendent of Documents (for 35 cents) a "Checklist of Itemized Deductions" for their guidance. It is a document we would like to see the government make widely available to the aged. New Premier The fractionated state of Israel's political parties presents Yitzhak Rabin with a demanding challenge as he succeeds Prime Minister Golda Meier. The law permits him little time — only about six weeks — to form a new coalition government. The Labor party's choice to head the government will not find it easy to achieve a reasonable degree of unity after months of internal wrangling. The new prime minister has significant advantages, however. For one thing, he carries the prestige of having been chief of staff at the time of Israel's remarkable success in the 1967 war. That is of particular import in the wake of Israeli forces' less successful performance last October. Rabin's five-year stint as ambassador to the United States tends to strengthen the impression that he will be able to deal well with that crucially- important ally. His comparative youth (at 52 he is the youngest premier- designate i also may prove to be an asset if. as we would guess, Israel is about ready to outgrow an apparent yen for patriarchal or matriarchal guidance. The new prime minister may draw some support, significant though hard to assess, from the fact that he is the first native born Israeli to rise so high in the government. Those who see Israeli-Arab peace as the necessary prelude to dealing with the Middle East's pressing regional problems will take comfort from Rabin's asserted interest in peace. His attitude has been less adamant than that of Mrs. Meir; his wing of the Labor party advocates greater territorial concessions that the government has as yet offered. In his acceptance speech Rabin said, "We must exhaust every possibility of peace." That is a good device for the new government to carry on its banner. Alaska Oil Jack Robertson, who is regional administrator of the Federal Energy Office in the Pacific Northwest, may nave let the cat out of the bag the other day. He reportedly said that oil brought south by the Alaska pipeline would be exported to Japan and elsewhwere. This was disputed — sort of — by Secretary of the Interior Rogers C.B. Morton when questioned at a House Public Lands subcommittee ap-- pearance. He noted that under the law export of the Alaskan oil is prohibited 'unless the president finds that the United States doesn't need it. However, he added: "If it were in the national interest to export to Japan or other countries, I think the export licenses would be granted." In other words: No — but maybe. Morton's remarks were not an entirely convincing contradiction of a regional FEO official's statement that Alaska oil'may, after all, find its way overseas. Dear Abby 2 Divorces Catch Her in the Middle DEAR ABBY: My brother left his wife and five children and got a divorce. My close friend subsequently divorced her husband. It soon came out that my brother and my friend had been seeing each other for a few years before their divorces. They are presently 1 i vi n g together and plan to be married soon. I hope they will find the happiness together they lacked in their former marriages, but there is a problem: I have always been very close to my brother's wife, and I adore the children. My brothers says that his ex-wife is no longer a part of the Abby family, and that if I want to see his children I should do so when he has them for visitation. Brother says that if his ex-wife is invited to any family gatherings, he and his wife-to-be will not come. I don't want to have to choose whom to invite to my home for a family affair, but I am told that since my brother is closer to me than his ex- wife, he should not have to stay away. During the holidays. I invited everyone and left the decision up to those who wanted to come, but there was side-choosing and ill feelings, so I cancelled the party. My own children are being denied associating with their cousins, and remaining neutral is not easy. Please help. IN THE MIDDLE DEAR IN. Your brother divorced" his wife, you didn't, so don't let him dictate whom you shall have in vour De-Spocking the Kids By Joanne Koch "Our children have been 'Spocked,'" says New York psychotherapist Richar C. Robertiello, M.D., in a recent article by that name. Dr. Robertiello bears no malice towards the eood doctor whose "Baby and Child Care" topped "The Exorcist" and "The Godfather" with a record 22 million copies sold. But the permissive, self-effacing child rearing practices that thrived inn the Spock era are resulting in some unexpected consequences. "A particular group of young people, especially young men in their late teens and 20s, have begun to make their appearances in the offices of psychotherapists," says Dr. Robertiello. They come from affluent and sophisticated homes, homes in which parents tried to "spare" their children the hardships and problems which they had endured during the Depression. These parents were demonstrative, indulgent and permissive and their children emerged with few hangups about relationships with their male peers or the opposite sex. "They have none of the social or sexual anxieties that so many people had in their par- tents' generation...Except," reports Dr. R., "there is a fly in the ointment." These young men are still Daily Times Herald 50B .Niirlh Court Street Camill lima Ha.li Kxccpl Sundais and llnlid.us other than Washing Inns Mirthdai .mil Veteran s Dai by Ihe Herald I'uhlisliinn ('nmpam emotionally and financially dependent on their parents. In spite of their considerable ability, they can't seem to cope with the challenges of carving a niche for themselves in the world. "How did this kindly upbringing fail them?" asks Dr. R. His answer: By eliminating all obstacles from the child's path, all hardship, deprivations and challenges, these parents led their children to believe that life would be a rose garden. When the children grow up to find an ordinary field, with a good many weeds, they are at a loss. Can't we parents ever win? Those who try to suppress the negative side of human nature — to avoid being frustrating, hostile, depriving, demanding, destructive — such parents seem to produce warm, open, friendly, loving delightful kids who are incapable of meeting the challenges required for success in our society. By Abigail Van Buren home. Ask everyone you want, and if Brother doesn't want to come, let him stay away. DEAR'ABBY: Several of us have a question to which we have been unable to find an answer. When a married man is invited to be the guest speaker for a women's club (business or social), what about his wife? The affair is usually held in the evening at a motel or hotel beginning with a dinner. What is the speaker's wife supposed to do? Sit home and eat alone while her husband is being fussed over by a bunch of women? 1 feel that if a club can't afford two meals, they should get their speakers from the membership. Also, what if the meeting is out of town over a weekend? Dpn>ypu think the speaker's ; wife should be invited too? Please set us straight on this. A CLUB DIVIDED DEAR CLUB: It is customary when inviting a speaker to let him know that his wife is welcome, too. If this courtesy is omitted and the speaker wants his wife to be included, he should say- so. Weekends? Absolutely — if the budget permits. DEAR ABBY: To the lady who was 30 and recently divorced and wanted to know where to go to meet men. Here's what I did at age 36 and newlydivorced: I called around to all the churches (all denominations) and got information on all the religious and social gatherings the churches sponsored for singles in my age group. Then I made a list and took turns visiting all the churches. It took a lot of courage to go to so many strange groups alone, but it paid off because at the Unitarian church I met just the man for me. We have been happily married for 15 years. HAPPY IN HOUSTON DEAR HAPPY: Some people go to church to pray. Others go to pray they meet someone. To each his own. .IAMKSW WILSON. Publisher IIOWAKIHI WILSON. Kdiliir W I. HKI'17. News Kdilnr JAMKS II WILSON Vice I'rcMilenl Ceneral Manager Kntcred .is M'Mind c lass mailer at the post office at Carmil Iowa under Die arl nl March 2 1897 Member ul the Assneuued Press The Assunaled Press is entitled exclusively In the use for republiealii.ii nf all the li.eal news printed in this newspaper as well as all APdisUiileh.es tllfic lal Paper ul founli and City Subscript inn Kates IU i airier • bm ilehveri per week MY MAIL Carroll Cumui and All ArijmmnK ('utilities where carrier set \ ice is nut available peri ear Outside uf I'airoll anil Adjoining ( 'iiunlies in /lines I and '2 per M '' ir All other Mail inlhe I mini SI ..... spcricai $W 00 R300 BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "The trouble with this new breed of criminals is that^ they are no longer governed by any form of principle!" Misused Talent Case Biossat WASHINGTON (NKA) - One of the sadder figures caught up in the great maw of Watergate and related issues is former Secretary of Commerce Maurice Stans. This is said without in any way trying to pass judgment on the degree of his involvement either in Watergate directly or in such other matters as the Robert Vesco influence case. In this latter, of course, he and former Attorney General John Mitchell have undergone many weeks of formal trial for conspiracy in a New York federal court. If the official judgments on Stans' conduct finally are harsh, some psychologist surely will be willing to step forward and say: "He had it in him all the time." Nevertheless, up to the moment of a breaking point (assuming there was one.), Stans seemed to countless people, and this includes numerous government insiders, a man beyond reproach. It is widely accepted that, having served President Nixon heavily as campaign fund-raiser from as far back as 1966 when the task was barnstorming the nation to help elect more U.S. congressmen. Sans took on the 1971-72 money-raising assignment with easy willingness. He did not. He saw an impropriety in a former cabinet official going back to the cash circuit. And he tried to ex- cape the assignment, in vain. The pressure was kept on him and he yielded. There is terrible irony for Stans that he is in such deep trouble today over money matters. Funds to finance Mr. Nixon's 1966 roamings for congressional bidders were not easy to come by. Standing out against any real help was former GOP National Chairman Ray Bliss. But Stans not only proved his skills, he husbanded the collections with scrupulous, tight-fisted honor. He "By Brucf> Bios sat didn't even want to let money go for an election-night party at New York's Hotel Delmonico. After a 1968' presidential campaign from which the Republicans emerged without a penny of debt, Stans, however, encountered what is surely his greatest disappointment in life. 'He wanted very much to be Secretary of Treasury. A New York financier with a long background in accountancy (part of it as a federal court accounting aide in Chicago), he served — evidently well — as President Eisenhower's budget director in the 1950s He felt qualified, and deserving. Hut the banking community thought Stans lacked stature for the cabinet post. Mr. Nixon, notwithstanding heavy obligation to him, accepted the veto quickly and named the recommended Chicago banker. David Kennedy. He turned out to be one of the early failures in the administration. Stans. shunted to his secondary post at Commerce, watched a succession of others get the job at Treasury he coveted. Cruelly, he was wholly left out of the secret talks at Camp David in mid-1971 which led to the President's imposition of foreign trade and domestic economic controls on Aug. 15 of that year. By then he knew he would never make Treasury. This was the very- reason he agreed to get out of government and go to fund-raising again. Maybe a stronger man would have resisted. Stans didn't. Some combination of pressure and appeals to loyalty worked. Mr. Nixon chews up people by the dozens. And he has never uttered one public sound in Maurice Stans' defense. So his fall — and it is a fall — may be one of the real tragedies of the Watergate mood. Timely Quotes — "I used to set my own target at Ruth's record of 714 homeruns. I though that could not be broken by anyone but now I have set my target for Aaron's total." —Japan's leading homerun slugger Sadahary Oh with 585 career homers. Your Health Hypertension Case By Laivrence E. Lamb, M.D. LAMB DEAR DR. LAMB — I am a 23- year-old female with essential hypertension of over one year. My family- doctor has had a difficult time controlling the disease. I have been hospitalized twice and bedridden on numerous occasions during the past year with blood pressure readings as high as 240/130. I am taking daily eight Aldomet 250.' four Elavil 25. three thyroid, and one Esidrix. I am obese and have been on a weight- reduction program. My weight loss hasn't affected the hypertension. Do you think consulting a specialist concerning my condition would be helpful? The doctor who is treating me is in family medicine. I have already- been through a hypertension workup while hospitalized during October 1972. What is your opinion on the severity of my problem? Do you think there is much chance that the hypertension , might improve or can I only expect to get worse as I get older? Can you make any suggestions that might be of some help in the control of essential hypertension? DEAR READER — I can understand your distress. The term essential hypertension is used for high blood pressure when the cause can't really be identified. Its occurence in a young woman is fairly uncommon. It's difficult to say if you should be seeing a specialist. Since you are concerned about this I think you should ask your family doctor to arrange for a consultation with a heart specialist. There are a number of very excellent ones in your town. Your doctor is proceeding in the right manner. It is important to know what your hypertension workup included. It should have included an Xray study using dye in your kidneys, and a careful examination of the bladder region to be certain that you have no obstruction of the elimination of urine either at the kidney level or lower. The kidneys should be evaluated carefully for the presence of various kidney diseases. Rarely a person may have a tumor of the center of the small adrenal gland over the kidney that pours out excess adrenalin. These tumors ordinarily are not malignant but they can cause persistently elevated blood pressure or attacks of high blood pressure. The tests for such tumors are chemical. Some authorities think that small overactive parts of the outer layer of the adrenal gland can also be responsible for elevated pressure. Unfortunately, the people with curable causes of high blood pressure are few compared to those who have high blood pressure for unknown and incurable reasons. However, these remaining cases of essential hypertension can often be managed by a combination of different medicines. The right combination often varies for different patients, and the doctor has the job of carefully evaluating the effects of medicines as he goes along. It is possible that you are not yet on the best combination for your. But. any doctor will need time to evaluate each change in medicine or amount to arrive at the best program for you. Power of Orthodoxy In recent weeks we have seen, again, the persuasive power of the Orthodox Church. This church of the centuries does not crowd the news or dominate ecumenical discussions. Yet few lasting events within the Christian community happen without its participation or approval. Most readers are not familiar with the Orthodox Church — it does not have the constant impact of the Methodists or the Baptists who are in every town and city on the map. Yet of the 33 different communions that make up the National Council of Churches, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America, headed by his Eminence Archbishop lakovos, ranks 10th in size. The other churches that are branches of the ancient eastern communions are Russian, Syrian, Armenian, Serbian and similar ethnic groups. For the last several decades the Orthodox Churches have been a balance wheel for broad interchurch discussions. Protestants and Roman Catholics would not be in dynamic dissertations without the encouragement and bridge-building efforts of people like Archbishop lakovos. But the Orthodox primate keeps reminding us that the eastern churches would be ineffective save for the loyalty and power of their laity. He is absolutely right. In the last century, it was Count Leo Tolstoy that challenged the Russian system with his writing and actions to demonstrate a more humane — even Christ-like-society. His program failed but his faith is still speaking. Twenty years ago Boris Pasternak came to the center of the Russian literary state — and then the free world — with his dynamic writing and spirit-filled vision of the dominion of God.
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