Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Monday, May 13, 1974 Nice Albums Forty-eight thousand dollars is a piddling sum in relation to the U.S. Postal Service budget. Perhaps Postmaster Gen. E.T. Klassen considered it an all but negligible sum when (according to columnist Jack Anderson) he spent it on snazzy stamp albums given to friends and officials as Christmas presents. If this was Klassen's thinking, we disagree. The taxpayers provide money to run the Postal Service, not to satisfy the expensive personal whims of the postmaster general or any other official. There have been varied reports of mismanagement and bad spending practices in the Postal Service, for all its boasting about business efficiency in the public interest. When the postmaster general himself indulges in something as questionable as the stamp album caper, it becomes clearer than ever that a halt should be called. Perhaps the time has come for a general congressional review of how the Postal Service is working out. Lives Saved Associated Press reporters in every state but Hawaii and Alaska were sent out on the highways with orders to drive 55 and report on what other cars were doing. Their findings were predictable: except in a few states, most traffic passed them at 65 or 70 or faster. So much for Americans' adherence to the 55 mile an hour limit nationally imposed a couple of months ago to save gasoline. Compliance with prohibition in the 1920s comes to mind, though the parallel is not exact. There was widespread violation of the ban on alcoholic drinks because people did not agree with the law. or thought it unnecessary. Today a great many Americans seem to have concluded that, with the Arab oil embargo over and gas readily available again, there is no point in the 55-mile limit. So they are exceeding it in such numbers that police are all but stymied. On balance, we find this regrettable. We find it so because in our opinion the benefits of the lowered speed limit outweigh its drawbacks. Slower driving not only conserves fuel: it saves lives, as is shown by fatality rates during the period when the 55- mile speed was widely adhered to. Moreover, this measure fosters the idea of conservation as a way of life and not merely a temporary expedient. It is unfortunate that the shnrt- 'sighted yen to go faster is blinding people to that lesson emblazoned on our blackboard by events since last summer. 'I Cannot Tell a Lie - I Didn't Do It!' Viewpoint Advice No Spirits - Not Even in KC By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I don't know if you believe in spirits. I never did. but something happened that really got me thinking, and I don't know who else to ask about this. When my husband was in Kansas City on a business trip he looked up an old girl friend just for old time's sake, and she told him that I had visited her some years back under very mysterious circumstances. Abby. I never met this woman in my life. In fact. I have never been to Kansas City. Now here is where the spirits come in: My husband swears that this girl is telling the truth and that somehow my spirit left my body and went to Kansas City to visit Agnes. He says that Agnes described me to a "t." even to the mole I have on my right cheek, so now I don't know what to think. Can you explain this? I am bewildered and confused. WONDERING DEAR WONDERING: I don't believe in spirits. Even though you've never been to Kansas City or met Agnes, perhaps Agnes has seen you or a picture of you. Or possibly you have been described in detail to her. Don't worry about it. There is no evidence that spirits exist, much less leave the body and go to Kansas City. DEAR ABBY: I am 14. My mother remarried two years ago. The problem is that before she remarried, she used Health Result of Liquid Diet By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D Solar Energy A United States senator with a degree in civil engineering says he is "convinced that an all-out effort to develop solar energy will yield results far more quickly than some so-called experts now believe possible." The engineering degree is relevant because one can reasonably suppose that a senator with such a background may be better equipped than most of his colleagues to weigh the pros and cons of this issue. The senator in question, James Abourezk of South Dakota, does not go so far as to match himself against those experts he refers to. "Perhaps I am wrong," he continues in a recent article. "But surely a nation facing fuel starvation and gross pollution must spend the money to get the truth about its cleanest, most plentiful energy resource." This goes to the heart of the matter. The present question is not who is right — those who, like Abourezk, think the potential of solar energy can be exploited rather soon, or those who think of solar energy as a practical adjunct to other sources is still a long ways off. Before we come to that question we must have a lot of research and experimentation. No even reasonably appropriate provision is made for this in requests for energy research funding. The Atomic Energy Commission has downgraded solar energy and slashed funding recommendations made by its scientific sub-panel. The result, as summarized by Senator Abourezk, is that the administration's "proposed five-year federal energy research and development program allocates $4 billion for nuclear fission, $2.9 billion for coal and only $350 million for solar energy." This imbalance is one we may come to regret. In retrospect years from now, neglect of this energy source may seem to have been short-sighted folly. . DEAR DR. LAMB — How is it that Dick Gregory, the comedian reformer, has lived a vigorous life for two-and- a-half years on nothing but water and fresh fruit juices? Is he due one day for a complete breakdown in health? I've read that the body without protein soon becomes unhealthy, but Gregory, although very thin, appears to be alert and looks fine. This isn't the first time he has fasted either, but he continues to father healthy children, 10 to date. DEAR READER— I can't speak for what Mr. Gregory ,eats or for how many children he has fathered. I have noted references in the paper to his fasting, and I believe he terminated his fast sometime back. I do know that fasting can be,, and is, unhealthy and should never be done for any length of time except under a doctor's supervision. There are numerous cases of death from total starvation for periods as short as four to five weeks. Note that Mr. Gregory has not been on a total starvation routine. In 1920 Terrace MacSwiney, the Mayor of Cork, died after fasting 74 days. They were having "Irish troubles" even then and that was the reason for his fast. With medical support providing needed vitamins and careful supervision, in recent times some very obese individuals have fasted longer Daily Times Herald 50H Nnrlh Cuurl Si reel ('arrnll. Iowa liaih Kxeepl Sundavs .imd Holidays other than Washing- Inn s llirlhdiu mill Veteran s Hay. by Ihe Herald Publishing Cuinpam .IAMKS W,.WILSON. Publisher IIDWAHDII WILSON. Kdilur W I. HKI'17.. News Kdilitr .IAMKS II WILSON. Viee President General Manager Knlered as sernml eluss matter ill Ihe posl-iiffice Hi Carmil. limn, under (he art nl March 2. IMS7 than 200 days. But I repeat, this is not a do-it-yourself project. Yes. most people do need some protein in their diet. The amount varies and an adult can get by on a lot less than a growing person. Even so. if there is no protein at all in the diet there will be a gradual loss of muscle mass and that emaciated look you have seen in pictures of starved war prisoners. In general the fat sores are depleted before the major portion of the muscle mass is used. If you get enough calories, even from fruit juices, that will help protect the body protein. The carbohydrates in the juice will be used for energy rather than the protein in the muscles. That, no doubt, is part of the Gregory secret. But since protein stores are constantly torn down and rebuilt, even an adult on a protein deficient diet will begin to have a deterioration in health in time. Fortunately after such a period the body can rebuild its protein stores when adequate nutrition is resumed. If you have developed a fatty liver and liver damage you may be left with some liver problems. Men Not Money Member nl Ihf Associmed Press The Associated I'n-ss is entitled exclusively tti the use tor repubhcHtion of all ttie loeal news printed in this newspaper .is well as all Al'ilispalches I Mhi lal Paper nl County and City Subscription Kales lit earner lim delivers per week • . t SO HV MAIL .•••-• Ciirmll Ciiunly and All Adjoining t'niinlies where earner service is mil available p*'r year $2000 Outside nf Camill and Adjoining Counties in Xnnes I anil '<! per \t-iir «300 All Other Mail mlhe I lined Slates, per u-ai (27 00 BERRY'S WORLD © .1974 by.NEA, Inc. "At a hundred bucks an hour for my time, these are going to be mighty expensive vegetables!" By Don Oakley to spend all her time with me and my little brother. As soon as she remarried she started spending all her spare time with him. She is always sending us to the movies, park. etc. just to get us out of the house so she can be alone with him. My younger brother doesn't realize it, but our mother buys us things to make up for it. (Her shutting , us out.)Do you think I should have a talk with her and explain how I feel? I don't have anybody to tell my troubles to. Please help me. I feel so alone. SHUT OUT DEAR SHUT: Yes. Tell your mother how you feel. It will open the door to conversation and give your mother an opportunity to tell you how she feels, too. Instead of resenting the time your mother spends with her new husband, you should be glad she has found someone with whom she is so obviously compatible. If she's actually neglecting you and your brother, she may not realize it until you speak up. DEAR ABBY: In response to the mother of an llth grader who is upset about the four-letter words in the books assigned him to read by his English teacher. Mrs. Upset states: "If I heard my son using such language as he is being forced to read, he would get five knuckles in the mouth." As a mother and teacher it is my opinion that there is more suffering in this world caused by parents who think parenthood gives them the right to apply five knuckles in the mouth than by all the four-letter words that ever were. Just as beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so does filth in literature. To this beholder, dirty words, if used at all, might better be used to describe man's inhumanity to man: the inhumanity of assuming the right to judge the values of another person and further assuming the right to physically assault another person because of a difference in values. A WISCONSIN MOTHER AND TEACHER DEAR MOTHER AND TEACHER: Beautiful! Your students are fortunate, and vour children are blessed. Just on the face of it, there would seem to be all kinds of room for economizing in the Defense Department's record $85.8-billion request for the coming fiscal year. This is a monstrous sum of money, even though it represents a small fraction of America's total economic output. Americans, harried by inflation, perceiving no immediate threat to the nation's security and still looking for the Vietnam peace ''dividend 1 ' that has never materialized, inevitably question whether such an outlay is necessary. This kind of grass-roots thinking is perhaps exemplified by one Florida newspaper editor, who points out that our only two possible adversaries are Russia and China. "The idea that one or both of these powers would launch an unprovoked war on America is completely absurd," says Robert K. Pepper. Why should the Soviet Union, which occupies a third of the land mass of the globe, seek to seize the Dakota wheat fields when they can buy all the grain they want on credit, he asks? China does not have, and probably never will have, the long- range offensive capability to threaten us. The problem is not grave enough to warrant a large standing army, he concludes. Yet one thing critics tend to slight when they question the defense budget is the fact that fully 55 to 60 per cent of this $85.8 billion will go not for missiles or ships or sophisticated weaponry but simply to meet the payrolls of the armed services — which at 2.2 million men are already half a million below the level of pre-Vietnam 1964 and 1.2 million less than that maintained by the Soviet Union. "Military critics scream about the high cost of defense," says Rep. F. Edward Hebert (D-La.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Hememaking "But the cost of trying to do without the draft is high and will continue to increase." The Army especially, which has discharged all but a tiny percentage of its draftees and has no prospects for any more, is discovering that it costs more and more to come up with less and less. Despite a quadrupling of military pay in the past 10 years, $2,500 bonuses for four-year enlistments and a lowering of educational requirements, the Army fell nearly 15 per cent below its 1973 recruitment target and is currently 13 per cent under authorized strength in its combat arms. It is becoming top-heavy with officers. Hebert predicts that in three years we will return to the draft because the effort to establish an all-volunteer force will have failed and our defense structure will be weakened. Whether this will happen in the absence of some new international crisis or a reversal of the trend toward "detente" is something that only the next few years can tell. In the meantime, however, the time is rapidly approaching when the nation will have to make some realistic decisions about the kind of defense structure it wants or needs. If recruitment targets have fallen short, have the targets themselves been set too high? Should we be willing to spend even more for an even smaller force of better trained and better equipped professionals? Or is a highly paid, elite military force itself "undemocratic" and a potential danger? Should a period of some kind of public service be required of all young people, with military duty considered as one way of several of discharging that obligation? The answers are not easy, nor will any of them come cheaply. KettleGivesBadTaste By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My mother has a new colored aluminum whistling tea kettle and water boiled in it tastes like strong medicine and tin. Coffee or tea does not change the taste. I hope someone can give us some idea as to what we could do about this. Now the tea kettle is useless. -D.H.'C. DEAR POLLY — I love flowers and my Pet Peeve is with those florists delivering potted plants who forget to include a card giving the name of the flower and instructions for caring for it. I recently called a florist to ask the name of one sent to me. All I got was an answering service and later when a friend identified it I realized I had been giving the plant improper care so the poor thing had seen its best days. -ELEANOR DEAR POLLY — Like Mrs. G.K. we. too. have hard water stains build up on our bathroom fixtures and were told by the people who lived here before to use a wet sandpaper. It is almost smooth, is used under water and really does a fine job. —ANNA Family Lib DEAR POLLY — and Mrs. G.K.— A former maid of mine who had worked for a hotel chain "taught me to scour the tub and basin, including the faucets, and to POLISH them dry. Each day this is done, shining the faucets and mirrors in the process. It is water left standing that causes the mineral deposits to dull or discolor the fixtures. To cut the scum and soap film a commercial cleaning foam, kerosene or vinegar are a few of the things that can be used. We always use bath crystals or a bubble bath water softener in the tub to eliminate bath tub rings. -LOU DEAR GIRLS — A manufacturer who read Mrs. G.K.'s problem sent us information concerning their new pumice scouring stick that is for such a situation. It is safe around children, kind to hands and cleans stubborn stains and deposits we were told. This can be bought at hardware stores. -POLLY Getting Hit Bv Lew and Joanne Koch "I am against your 'Family Lib' column," writes Mrs. Maude Kaufman, of Fort Worth, Tex., "as it is anti-American. "The clenched fist is a proven Communist symbol, just as the term 'lib' has been frequently used by the reds prior to takeover of several nations. "What do you have to gain by using Communist terms and symbols? You owe a great deal to the great Republic you inherited, and to the freedom enjoyed by many like you. You have a duty as an American to endeavor to help our nation remain free." Mrs. Kaufman, I am amazed that you would automatically accuse any person using the word lib or liberation of being a Communist. But I can understand this, because I am tempted by your letter to assume that you are a member of a fanatical right-wing group. But I will fight this impulse and instead ' assume you are simply narrow-minded. "Family Lib," Mrs. Kaufman, is not a political column in the sense that we comment on the doings or undoings at the White House or the various crises in international affairs. It is only political in the sense that we are on one level all political beings, that changes in society — either progressive or conservative — usually involve open discussion of viewpoints. We are concerned with changes that affect family life and will comment on, criticize or satirize people, politicians, parents unduding ourselves) as they are involved in such changes. Our logo was designed to express many ideas: a positive stand for the continuation of family life, a symbol of the interdependency of family life and — by the separate clenched fists of different sizes — the need for each member of the family to assert his-her own identity. Also, all the fists are intended to satirize our own, or any one else's militancy. We are all linked together organically, and must advance with a humanistic stride, not a goose step. In some newspapers our new photograph is replacing the family lib logo to save space because of the newsprint shortage. I want you to be sure that this decision was made months ago and has nothing to do with your letter. I have read "Reports on Blacklisting" by John Cogley and "The Nightmare Decade" by Fred J. Cook. I commend you to these works, and especially to a new biography of Thomas Jefferson in which the words liberation and emancipation appear in an American context; also "The Gulag Archipelago" and "The First Circle" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Your letter leads me to believe that you need to inform yourself better on communism and on one of the basic tenets which distinguishes democracy from communism — freedom of speech.
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