Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Friday, May 3, 1974 Wasters Americans are so used to being criticized, or to criticizing themselves, for their affluence that they have come to take it almost for granted that they alone of all the world's peoples are guilty of reckless exploitation of the world's resources. Rather than being a credit to our technology, ingenuity and energy, our high standard of living has lately become something to reproach ourselves for, a sign of national selfishness — or so some critics would have it. Yet if affluence is now to be equated with waste. America may actually be among the least "affluent" of nations. For while we may consume a disproportionate share of the world's resources, our consumption on the whole, if efficient, is conducive to even great efficiency, and is a contribution to the progress of the world. Paradoxically, a nation like India, surely the world's poorest for its size, becomes in these terms truly "affluent." In that country, millions of'sacred cows roam the cities and countryside, consuming resource's not adequate to feed the human population, to which 13 million are added each year. There, too. the inefficiencies of a government committed to thorough-going control of every aspect of the economy have barely enabled India to hold its own in the face of population growth. The spectre of mass famine looms again in the subcontinent, and once again it is the "wasteful" United States, which sent $10 billion in aid between 1950 and 1971, that India is again calling on for help. Chile, onces one of the most stable countries in South America, was brought to the brink of economic collapse by the wasteful socialistic experiments of the late Presdient 'Allende. Those countries which practice, slash-and-burn agriculture, turning forestland into desert after a few years, or which pour money into prestige items like steel mills or armies while having to import the basic necessities, are guilty of far greater waste than Americans, with all their air-conditioners and high-powered cars. Even the Soviet Union, after a half- century of supposedly rational state control of the means of production, has still not begun to approach the ability of the American farmer to utilize the land efficiently, and despite its vaunted technology is still unable to provide its people with the kinds of . consumer goods available even to the poorest American. Rather than being a mark of virtue, as those American youths who like to play at being poor seem to believe, national backwardness is in many cases really a mark of national folly. It is no double true that the world will simply be unable to support an expected population of six billion by the end of the century on a scale presently enjoyed by Americans. It is also true that Americans have wasted much, especially of nonrenewable hydrocarbon sources of energy. But we have begun to realize this, and to take steps to utilize resources more efficiently, and to develop substitue ones. Whether technology can win the race against soaring world population and finite resources, or whether we will all eventually be reduced to a level of living hopefully somewhat higher than that of India, is the burning question in these last decades of the 20th century. But those nations who indict America for exploiting the poor of the 'world could do worse than copy some of our "wasteful" ways. Theft Finesse The heist of a fortune in paintings from an Irish mansion was a dj?wer play. We prefer the finesse displayed by those who filched a Van Dyck and a Breughel from a Warsaw museum. They relied on guile, slickly replacing the two canvases with cheap prints. Their deed might be undetected yet had not one of the frames, doubtless put up again in haste, fallen from the gallery wal). We yield to no one in deploring art thefts. Still, one can't resist chuckling over all those gallery visitors who solemnly admired that Breughel — snipped for the pages of a 15-cent magazine for girls. Pied Piper? Washington Notebook Barbs At the international dateline you can lose a day; on the highway centerline you can beat that by an eternity. Add to endangered species: the pedestrian. You can't get sick on Wednesday in our town: all the doctors are golfing. People who don't believe in the hereafter have never met a bill collector. ;33Sb_ 'toPuurioH tf/aWrT* XV r\V s\ Dear Abby Fear Stops Good Samaritan Acts DEAR ABBY: Can you or anyone in your vast reading audience provide a solution to a problem which saddens me? Because of the frightening increase of crime, in order to protect myself, must I now refuse to lend a helping hand to a brother or sister in apparent need of help? If I am driving along the road and see a car stalled by the roadside, and a woman tries to flag me down, must I ignore her plight and keep going because 1 Abby fear it might be a trap to rob me? Or if a stranger, apparently hysterical, rings my doorbell and asks to use my phone to call the police and ambulance to report an accident, must I say: "Sorry, no." because he might be trying to set me up for a holdup or kid- naping? I have always felt that I was my brother's keeper. Not anymore. I and millions of others await your reply. TAKING NO CHANCES DEAR TAKING: If someone tries to flag you down on the road, keep going. But stop at the first telephone and report it to the police or highway patrol. Under no circumstances Silent Women By Abigail Van Buren should you open your door to a strange man. woman or child. Don't ignore them. Offer to make a call and summon help. DEAR ABBY: My father wants to get a motorcycle. My mother and I (his only daughter) think he wants the fun of being a teen-ager again, but he •Claims a motorcycle is the answer to - the gas shortage. I am more afraid of his getting hurt than anything else. He's 47 and has to drive 40 miles on the freeway every day to get to work and back. My brothers are on his side, and my mom and I are against it. This is causing a lot of arguments in our house. How do you feel .about a man Dad's age buying a mdtorcycle when he's never ridden one 'before in his life? CONCERNED By JOANNE KOCH "If you can't stand the heat, stay in the kitchen!" That's the kind of remark that antagonizes not only Newsweek columnist Shana Alexander, but the millions of women who regard the kitchen as the hub and prime symbol of their family life. While Betty Friedan expresses boredom with the "old" problems and certain younger, more militant sisters vituperate against men before the Radcliffe Club of New York, the real action of the women's movement is emanating from neighborhood and union meetings of white ethnic women, of black and brown working women. These are the women who can damn well take the heat, in the kitchen, or out. They aren't discarding home and family as second-class goals. They want the right to choose. Their reac- tions to women's lib are colored by statements such as Ms. Friedan's which suggest it's degrading to stay home. Their polical views are not just faint echoes of their husbands', thus their resentment toward Edith Bunker and the apolitical curler-and- undershirt crew of "Lotsa Luck."' The white ehtnic woman whose husband earns between seven and eleven thousand a year has been, in the'title words of a new book by Nancy Seifer, "Absent from the Majority." Though they haven't been recognized by any movement. Ms. Seifer demonstrates that they are the female activists in the urban communities, the ones who fight to prevent the expressways from destroying their neighborhoods, the women who go to city hall with three or four kids in tow,, the ones who picket and protest for decent schools and struggle to keep their block safe from panic peddlers. Polly's Pointers Rusty Lids Under Fire POLLY DEAR POLLY — When using an epoxy glue I inadvertently spilled some on an oiled walnut table. Before I realized it was there the glue had hardened. How do I remove this glue without ruining the finish on mv table? -DORIS DEAR POLLY — Jayne wanted to know the best way to remove heavy self-adhesive wallpaper. I thinfc sta will have to rent a steamer which should do the job efficiently but does require care in handling. -BARBARA DEAR GIRLS — Jayne did not say whether or not her wallpaper was the prepasted kind or decorative paper we use for so many jobs and that adheres on contact. The latter would certainly call for the help of a professional. Prepasted papers usually are strippable. Use a razor blade or knife to start it and then it should pull away in strips. If it seems a bit hard at first wet the paper with a vinegar and water solution. , — POLLY POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with the manufacturers of pickle and preserve jars that do not have rustproof lids. Having lids that do not rust would certainly be a help so we would By Polly Cramer not have to buy new jars each year and dispose of the ones we have. Thank you for the column which is most helpful. —SIMIN DEAR GIRLS — I think Simin is referring to jars that pickles and preserves come in from the store and that many people utilize as canning jars — not the ones bought as home canning jars. —POLLY DEAR POLLY — I love to watch the wild birds outside my windows and listen to them sing and so wanted a bird feeder to attract them. I live on a tight budget so a feeder had to be low cost. I finally taook a four-footpieceof plywood, nailed an old cake tin to it, attached a wooden dowel in an upright position in the middle of the cake pan and then nailed a pizza pan to the top of the dowel. The plywood was then nailed to the outside of my window sill and the cake pan filled with wild bird seed. I have a bird feeder that provides shelter for birds and their food apd for very little money. — DONNA DEAR POLLY — Some of the less expensive children's wash-and-wear shirts turn up form the hemline when worn on the outside of pants, shorts, etc.,'so they look unsightly, With the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine I sewed bias tape in place on the underside of such shirts just over the hemlines where they were rpone to fold up. This was a satisfactory solution to an annoying problem. —DOROTHY Fast Action Not Likely (llfii i;il Caper ill County and City Subscription Kales IU carrier l>m deliver* (NT week IIVMAIl. Carroll County anil All Adjoining Countirs. where carrier scruee iMiul available |>vr \car Outsideof Carroll and Adjoining Count it's in /urn", | mul 2 per \car AIM Hhrr!Mail in Ihc t'mlt'd Stales, per \car Biossat WASHINGTON ( N K A ) Knowledgeable sources in Congress now see the House Judiciary Committee proceedings on possible impeachment of President Nixon ending no earlier than June 20. If impeachment articles were voted out, it is foreseen that nothing more would happen until after a July 4 recess period. Under the suggested timetable, it would thus be well into July before the full House could begin turning its full attention to impeachment, with all other matters rigidly excluded. This presumes first clearing away at least some of the basic appropriations for the fiscal 1975 budget, and any other urgent issues. One source says that under the indicated tightly controlled debate conditions, the House might conclude its deliberations in two weeks, or near July's end. This could be optimistic, should a very large number of lawmakers wish to be heard. There is easy gauge on that one. But let's plunge on with the theoretical timetable envisioned by key sources. The view is that the next step would be to grant the President a substantial span of time, no less than a month, to prepare his defense for the Senate — again presuming the House has voted against him on one or more of the proposed impeachment articles. In almost any court of law. a defendant could surely win such preparatory time. Thoughtful House members think the President is entitled to it, to assure both the fact and the appearance of utter fairness in such critical proceedings. It is for that same reason they also approve letting Mr. Nixon have his own counsel at the House Judiciary stage of the case. In the committee phase, with the President's lawyer participating, any and all Republican committee members are as free as they care to be from acting as presidential advocates. Kntcrcd as srrniiil class matter ill Ihe post -office Hi Car. roll. lima, under the act ol March 2. IHS7 Member of the Associated Cross The Associated Cress is entitled exclusively to the us* (or republic,itionnf all ihc local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AC dispatches t 60 . S2000 . C3MI S2700 By Bruce Biossat To feel compelled to so act would have been awkward, since they inevitably must vote at some point on whether the evidence warrants impeachment. The congressional .quest for fairness, and its appearance, thus could take the lawmakers past Labor Day before any crucial weighing of the impeachment case would begin in the Senate — sitting, of course, as the jury determining whether or not to remove Mr. Nixon from office. Once more, in a carefully conceived timetable plan, sources guess the actual Senate "trial" would consume two to three weeks or more in September. At the minimum, it might very well be nearly October before a verdict could be expected. A stretch-out in any one or more of the four phases here outlined could easily thrust the decisive Senate "jury" action deep into October and close to the important 1974 elections involving the full House, a third of the Senate, a host of major governorships and other offices. Naturally the prospect of delay carries with it the prospect that a Senate vote might in fact not come until after the elections. Some incumbents standing for reelection would like nothing better. Some would be happy, too, if they could beg off campaigning by telling their constituents they were busy "doing the nation's vital business." The crystal ball gets hazy when any attempt is made to appraise the delay factor. All we have to go on is past and present performance. And it is evident so far that Richard Nixon, in the conduct of the Watergate matter as it affects him personally, has consistently employed every delaying device available to him. It tooks like a long, hard spring, summer and maybe fall. Timely Quotes — "It's like a Chinese dinner. Two hours later you're hungry for more information." —H. Taylor Howard, head of a Stanford University team analyzing the wealth of data beamed back by the Mariner 10 Venus and Mercury probe. Your Health Jaw Muscles Contract By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR CONCERNED: Same as you, but your father is an adult and must be aware of the dangers as well as the advantages. You've spoken your mind, now be quiet. And for heaven's sake, if he should get into an accident, resist the urge to say: "I told you so." DEAR ABBY: How can I open up my son's eyes to something before it's too late? Sonny is 28, and he's marrying Sally, a 26-yeard-old widow with a child. Sally was married at 20, and had a baby at 21, and her husband was killed in an accident when she was 22. Because Sally was orphaned young, she never knew her mother, so she became very close to her mother-in- law. After Sally's husband was killed, she and the baby moved in with the in-laws and they've lived there ever ' since. I have told my son that since it isn't proper for a widow to have a gala wedding, he should insist on a small quiet ceremony with none of Sally's \ in-laws present, but he said whatever Sally wanted was all right with him. Well, Sally is having all her first husband's family, and I'm afraid with all the memories of their dead son they will turn the wedding into a funeral. I don't want to be a meddling mother-in-law, but I want my son to realize that unless Sally breaks those strong ties with her past, their marriage doesn't stand a chance. So how should I do it? TOUCHY SUBJECT DEAR TOUCHY: If you don't want to be a meddling mother-in-law, the advice from here is — don't meddle. Daily Times Herald 50H North Court Street Carroll. Iowa Haih Kxcepl Sundavs and Holidays other than Washington s Hirtlld.u and Veteran s Day. by the Herald Culili.shmt! Compam .IAMKSW WILSON. Publisher HOWARD II WILSON. Kdllor W I. HKITZ. NcwsKdilor JAMKS II WILSON. Vice ('resident, (icncral Manager LAMB i DEAR"DR. LAMB — For about two years now I haven't been able to open my mouth normally either to eat or yawn. If I do I am in pain. I've been to three oral surgeons who prescribed braces and either gave me muscle relaxers or tranquilizers. I, also had special X-rays of the mandible joints. The conclusion was I have a muscle spasm. Have you ever heard of a similar case? Can I be helped? DEAR READER — Yes, I have. The muscles in the jaw are often contracted. I first learned about this problem from Dr. Janet Traveil.'who was then President Kennedy's physician. She taught me that one should be able to open the mouth wide enough to place the knucles of the first three fingers between the teeth. If this is not possible, the jaw mucles are too tight. Her technique, which a physician should perform, involved spraying the skin surface over the jaw muscles with a coolant spray — and it makes a difference which spray is used — then opening the jaw as wide as possible. The procedure was repeated again taking full advantage of opening the jaw as wide as possible. In a few minutes, the jaw muscle would stretch, and the mouth could be opened wider. A lot could be done in just a few minutes. Sometimes more than one such treatment was needed, but with care to repeatedly open the mouth as much as possible within a few days it was usually possible to open the mouth wide enough to place the three knuckels between the teeth. If you wanted to try this yourself, you could rub the area over the jaw muscles with a cube of ice on both sides of the face then try opening as wide as possible. The whole project is to lengthen the jaw muscles, and this will relieve the muscles spasm. The procedure is worth a try. You haven't anything to lose. If you can't do it yourself you might want to see a specialist in physical medicine. They usually know a lot about muscles. Most people who have spasm of the jaw muscles have other problems that contribute to the difficulty. This may be a problem in posture that needs correction. Would you believe that a short leg can cause you to hold your head in an unusual position that can, inturn. lead to neck problems and other muscle disorders? BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NBA, Inc.
What members have found on this page
Get access to Newspapers.com
- The largest online newspaper archive
- 11,100+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
- Millions of additional pages added every month