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.Jfr Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS TUesday, May 7, 1974 Fat Freddies The Battle of Waterloo, they say, was won on the playing fields of Eton. About all that is being won on today's football or baseball field, besides transient glory, are lucrative contracts by the superstars to peddle shaving cream or pantyhose. If the commercialization of sports in America were confined to the professionals, it would be one thing. They are, after all. in the business to make money by giving the public what it wants — a winning team. But Americans not only demand that the gladiators whose salaries they pay must win. win, win. They demand it also of their college teams, their high school teams, even their Little Leagues, and woe to the coach who is unable to meet that demand. More and more educators are beginning to question the assumption that competitive sports build character. They may. indeed, do just the opposite, especially if they are inspired by the kind of win-at-any-cost ' attitude many Americans seem to have identified with the word "sports." One critic, a track athlete himself, has been impolitic enough to point out that the first definition of "sport" in the dictionary is "a pleasurable activity." Sport is fun, something worth doing. And. he suggests, anything worth doing is worth doing badly. As it is, those of us not gifted with outstanding natural athletic ability are quite early on discouraged from participating in sports and are taught to be apologetic about our minimal skills. Few critics, however, have gone as far as the former supervisor of elementary physical education in Ohio, who recently advocated that all public school team sports be abolished. The purpose of physical education, as with other school programs, noted Ambrose Brazelton. is to teach. But school team sports, he charged, neglect the very ones who need them most — the nonathletic "Fat Freddies." This will be heresy in the ears of some parents and alumni, who would rather see their schools go without libraries than without a winning team and a stadium to showcase it. Of course, the Fat Freddies can always become spectators and join the great mass of other Americans, who may know their team statistics backwards but have as liule conception of the real m. '•ning of sport as the people who used to match lions a'gainst Christians. As the Sun Sinks Slowly in the East Homemaking No Frills Makes Her Picky By folly Cramer Advice •••MMMMMMMI She Should Pick Up After Herself By Abigail Van Buren For years the major airlines have huckstered a transAtlantic flight as the next thing to heaven, with passengers treated like pashas and every meal a gourmet's delight. There is nothing intrinsically wrong about this. It's just that people merely bent on getting from New York to London or Paris have had reason to feel a little left out. Now Laker Airways, a British airline which enjoys the British government's blessing, has announced that come June it will offer no-reservation service between New York and London at a one-way fare of $125. That makes the round trip fare $250. about 40 per cent less than the lowest rate being offered on any conventional scheduled airline flight. Passengers who opt for this "Skytrain" service will get what they pay for: a trip across the Atlantic. They will not be able to reserve a place; seats will be sold first come first-serve, starting six hours before flight time. There will be few, if any, of the usual in-flight amenities, and passengers desiring a meal will have to pay extra for it. The U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board has the say as to whether "Skytrain" service will be permitted. We think it should be, if only to encourage American airlines to follow suit. The Laker enterprise is a start at meeting what the British government described a year ago as "a substantial demand for cheap, no-frills, short- notice mass travel which is not presently adequately catered to." Some Comfort Those who are feeling less than kindly toward the Internal Revenue Service these April days may take some comfort in the knowledge that things could be worse. The ancient Romans had a tax on dying, says the National Observer. No payment, no burial. Peter the Great of Russia put a tax on businessmen who wore beards, and barbers were stationed at the gates of Moscow to shave all nonpayers. And't'afk about "being" bitten by the tax collector! In 18th century Turkey, after a visiting pasha had dined with a peasant family he would demand his "tooth money"— a tax to compensate him for the wear and tear on his teeth. DEAR ABBY: To begin with, my husband has always been a big liar. Last summer I found a pair of nylon panties under the seat of his pickup truck, and when I asked him where they came from and what they were doing there, he said they were probably mine and he was using them for car rags. I told him I didn't wear that kind and they didn't make \x-ry good car rags and I gave him something else to use. I forgot all about it until yesterday when 1 came across another pair of panties in the glove compartment of his pickup. This time I knew for sure they weren't mine because this pair had "Wednesday" on them. Abby. I know he can't, be that desperate for car rags. What do you suppose is going on? 1 hope you print this because I'd like that hussy my husband has been fooling around with to know she forgot to pick up "Wednesday." NOT FOOLED IN STAUNTON. VA. DEAR NOT: If your husband intends to continue picking up in his pickup, he should tell his friends to pick up after themselves — and that means Monday through Sunday! DEAR ABBY: I have a friend who claims she can analyze a person by his physcial characteristics. For example, she says a high forehead is a sign of superior intelligence and a low forehead is a sign of average or below average intelligence. (She has a high forehead. Mine is- low. i She also says that people with long, narrow thumbs have a natural advantage over people with short stubby thumbs because long narrow thumbs mean you are dependable, friendly, and easy to get along with, but short stubby thumbs mean you are irresponsible, unfriendly and hard to get along with. (Her thumbs are long and narrow. Mine are short and stubby, i , . I would like to prove her wrong about her thumb pronouncements,but 'don't know where to find proof, so I am writing to you. DISBELIEVING DEAR D1S: Since she made the "pronouncements." ask her to prove it. As I see it. the only natural advantage the narrow long thumb has over the short stubby thumb would be in hitchhiking. DKAR ABBY: My problem is my neighbor who lives directly above me in an elegant townhouse apartment building on the chic east side of Manhattan. Religion Tyranny of News By David Poling This gentleman lives alone, and gets up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. This includes Christmas. New Year's Day and Sundays. He makes noise which lasts until 7 a.m. I don't know exactly what he does, but it sounds like he's exercising, rolling on the floor or jogging in one place. All this in his bedroom, which is over mine. I don't have to be out of bed until 7 a.m. and it irritates me to be awakened two hours early every day. Once I am awake. I cannot go back to sleep. I've tried everything. I invited him here for a Christmas party, and then gently took him aside and told him that 'his early rising morning noises bothered me. He said all he does is "get dressed" arid he can't understand how that could disturb me. t talked to my landlady and she said she has only my word, and she can't demand that he leave before his lease expires in three years. My lease has another year to go. Please don't suggest 1 try to make friends with him again. It's gone beyond that stage now. I saw my lawyer at a party recently and he suggested 1 phone this neighbor every morning at 3 a.m. and ask him how he likes to be awakened two hours early every morning. Please, please help me, Mv nerves are shot. MRS. S. DKAR MRS. S.: I'd take the lawyer's advice, after which I'd ask my druggist to recommend the best earplugs available. If that fails, invite your landlady to spend the night with you. and share a rude awakening. DKAH POLLY — How can one remove adhesive from those darn CUTK stickers stuck to a varnished door? —LUCILLK DKAR POLLY — Judy 0. who washed glass fiber curtains with a machine load of other clothing and finds them full of the glass particles and cannot afford to discard the clothes should not feel too badly. The same thing happened to me. We were insulating our ceiling and got glass fiber in our clothes. I washed them SEVERAL times and added fabric softener to each rinse — that is important. The combination of the softener and rewashing finally made our clothes useable. -SUP: POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with the makers of quilted bedspreads. Thos made of washable fabric invariably seem to have the flimsiest material possible on the back, often no heavier than cheesecloth. When laundered the filling (often cotton) comes out and gets all over the washer. When dry this is impossible to shake off the spread as the filling continues to come out. It is quite a job to put a new backing on such a spread. - BARBARA DEAR POLLY - Fasten a swinging, three-pronged kitchen towel holder in a small boy's closet at a height low enough for him to reach. , You will find you have an excellent pants holder. . Place a piece of cardboard tn tne bottom of the paper bag that holds your husband or child's lunch. I his keeps it from getting smashed. If vow little girl wears her hair in a ponv tail keep extra rubber bands around the handle of her hair brush. Neither of you will have to look tor another when one breaks. — MRS. L.A.K.. DEAR POLLY - My Pointer is for those gardeners who are fortunate enough to get their milk in plastic gallon jugs. We cut the bottoms off such jugs and use the rest for hot caps over young plants. If we do not want to completely uncover a plant we merely screw off' the cap. If the plant is to completely uncovered the jug handle makes the task much easier. Another advantage of this is that gardeners do not have to worry about what residue might be in the jug as they would when using bleach bottles. -ETHEL DEAR POLLY — A perfect way to use the empty egg-shaped panty hose containers is to make a cute musical instrument — a maraca. Make a handle for each container out of a Vinch dowel pin about five inches long. Drill a hole in the small end of the egg and use a screv. to hold the handle to the end. Use small buttons inside the containers to make the right shaking sound and then glue the halves together, paint with gay colors and add any other desired decorations. If one wishes drill a hole '-» to 3-8 inch from the end of each and have a fancy hanging wall decoration. -HAZEL DEAR POLLY — We replaced the broken globe to a small back door light with a wide-mouthed pickle jar. The top fit exactly and one coat of liquid plastic glaze made the jar look like stained glass. - JUANITA. DEAR POLLY — While wrapping a gift and looking for ribbon to use I ran across a package of my daughter's colored cotton jersey loops. These are the kind made for children to use in weaving pot holders on small square looms. I slipped a few different colors over the wrapped package and discovered they stretch a bit and can be used on various size packages. I had fun arranging a crisscross design of the different colors. With a bit of imagination there is no limit to the designs one could make on a package. They are inexpensive and come 180 to a package and are great substitutes for ribbon or rubber bands. -MRS. W.C.C. Astrology For Wednesday May 8. 1974 By Bernice Bede OSD ARIES (March 21-April 19) Be careful whom you criticize today. The person you're apt to be talking about may be a mutual friend of the listener. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Be very, very careful today with goods or possessions of others. You'll be held accountable if anything goes wrong. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Weigh your decisions today with extra care. Booboos made now will be king-size and difficult to resolve later. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Don't tackle any tasks today that you know for sure are beyond your talents. Results will be anything but procluc- tive. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You will be tempted to take some risks today that you normally wouldn't. Don't yield to impulsive judgment. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 221 Matters that have an affect on the family' as a whole should be thoroughly discussed by all. and not decided by_you aloae. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. "23) Yesterday you looked at things realistically. Today, you're apt to view matters far too optimistically. Comd down to earth. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) The shoe will be on' the other foot concerning finance or business. The edge you had yesterday has shifted to the other guy. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) Forbidden pleasures will hold a tantilizing appeal today, it you get involved, you'll later have no one to blame but yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) When making .judgments today, focus only on the conditions pertinent to the issue. Your reasoning is subject to irrelevant influences. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Someone you're invdlved with could turn out to be an expensive pal if you get too caught up in her interests. Tread lightly. Right now there are four big news items that demand our attention day after day: Watergate, Patty Hearst, the Middle East and inflation. All involve people and all contain varying degrees of tragedy. The Watergate saga is like a never-ending soap opera: Today's sorrow makes yesterday look swell. Watergate involves several moral failures aside from the criminal acts. Most of the calamity, that now has spread like scarlet fever, is the result of falsehood and lying. The governmental process is rotting when an administration functions on creating an even larger lie to clean up earlier untruths. The body politic falters when elected leadership turns sour and soft minds attempt to fill the gap by saying, "WELL, every party in power makes mistakes." The impeachment process is the only hopeful sign for finally taking Watergate out of the news. The Middle East Conflict .eps reappearing and we have not yet seen the end to this Holy Land warfare. It may be a prejudiced opinion, but many of us who have visited the Arab world know the Syrians to be the most obstinate of all when it comes to settlements and concord. Three years ago, high Egyptian officials told this writer that peace and amity could come to the Middle East — if the Syrians could be trusted to stick to a negotiated agreement. This is the ultimate test for Henry Kissinger. Inflation? What can be said except that most of us are getting wrung out by the numbers: The rise in prices and the decline in the buying power of the dollar. A first hand conclusion: People who wait tables and live on tips are really hurting. Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army are on the front page every other day. Here we are being saturated by the mindless, vicious rage of a few dozen criminals who pollute our world with their weird message of doom. We don't need this and it appears that the only solution is to stop the public discussion of this case. Let the papers, radio and television stations simply turn over any "new" material from the Hearst abductors to the police or family. This just may save Miss Hearst's life and save us all from the irrational forces that presently preach insanity. The difficulty of all this news domination is the blocking of other major issues and events that need serious attention. Prison reform, mentioned in earlier columns, must not be swept aside by a public angered over the kidnapping of Miss Hearst. Writes one reader: "Though I certainly don't mean to condone kidnapping, or violence, for that matter, it's a sad fact that whenever we have particularly repelling examples of these happenings, public opinion comes down on everyone who has had the misfortune to have been on the wrong side of the law." The reader goes on to remind us that most people in prison now will be out sometime in the future. He concludes, "I did a four year sentence in Missouri and I came out a hell of a lot more cynical and bitter than when I went in. And I learned the hard way — that you have to resist the negative aspects of these places ... I came back and I certainly have more insight into myself." With all the heavy news events, it's gratifying to have the note from one person who is making good news in his own life. Timely Quotes — "The content of the (national) anthem is rather warlike and the "bombs bursting in air just remind me of the administration's bombing of Vietnam and Cambodia." —Rev. Francis Sweeney of Boston, speaking against the Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem charging it is too militaristic and glorifies war. "People like us don't do it for the logic. There is no logic, it's emotion...we are greatly committed to an existing Israel." —Mrs. Linda Weis of Schenectady, N.Y. telling why she and her family of five plan to emigrate to Israel in July. Daily Times Herald SUH Niirth fuurt Slrwl I'arriill. liwa .nh KMTpl SuiulaiK anil Iliilidays other lh»n Washing lull's Mirlliibi ;iml VVlrnin's Day by . Ihi- Herald 'uiii|iaii> DEAR POLLY — After two years of wrestling with my now three-year-old to get his face washed I finally hit on the idea of using the wash cloth as a puppet who talks in a funny voice as we wash. Now he even gets the wash cloth for me. (Polly's Note — It would be so easy to make a "puppet" out of a couple of wash cloths to use just for this.) — FLORENCE. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Don't agree to something for the sake of expediency. You will make an enemy if you back down later, May 8,1974 Friends will bring changes to improve your lot this year, but don't take things for granted. Splendid opportunities will be wasted if not fully explored. JAMKS W WILSON. I'ublishor IIIIWAKIHI WILSON. Kdilnr W I. HKITZ.N<'«-.sKdil(ir JAMKS II WILSON. Vice I'ri-Milt'iil (ii'iu-ral f.iiU'ri'tl as srrimil-rlasx niattrr at Ihr piisuiftic? al Cur- oil! liiwa. iimlrr I In 1 arl "I March 2. 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