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^ GalwbufO RMUW-MOII . Colesbufa. III. Sot,, April 14. 1973 "Strike!" Interstates Worth It............ Don Oakley EDITORUL Comment and Review Aiter the Natural disasters, even qatastrophic ones, are far from uncommon. Hardly a month goes by without a statement from the White House declaring a major disaster in one state or another. Thus, a storm, flood or earthquake must wreak truly extraordinary havoc to attract sustained nationwide attention. Hurricane Camille, which devastated the Mississippi GuV Coast and caused extensive flooding in Virginia in 1969, rated such attention. So did Hurricane Agnes, the June 1972 storm that the National Weather Service called the worth disaster in American history. Now, less than a year after Agnes did her damage, the'Mississippi River has spilled over its banks and levees and inundated more than seven million acres of land downstream from the Missouri. While the total amount of damage has yet to be calculated, the flooding already is described as the worst on the Mississippi in more than a century. Past experience suggests that public interest in the Mississippi deluge will recede along with the floodwaters. But the flood victims cannot afford to forget. When the river resumes its normal flow, they will face the long and painful task of repairing damaged homes and businesses. Fortunately, a wide range of assistance is avaHable under the federal Disaster Relief Act of 1970. Under this law, individual victims of a major disaster may obtain temporary housing with up to 12 months' free Andreotti in Meetings between two heads of state are usually predictable affairs. They are announced by spokesmen who say that "matters of mutual interest" will be discussed. There is usually a somewhat pompous state dinner involved. And when it is all over, there is the inevitable communique reaffirming friendship. Diplomatic writers frequently get cramps from trying to guess what the real purpose is and what the central topic of conversation might be. Such is the case with Italian Premier Guilio Andreotti's two-day visit to Washington beginning Tuesday. Basically, Andreotti and Nixon can be expected to find out what the other's gen- Timely Quotes It is hard to think of another business . . . that is anything remotely like trade- book publishing — a business in which the zealous manu^cturer |s separated from would-be consumers by a phalanx of men and women who are paid by presumably disinterested employers to pass judgment on the quality of whst is being purveyed. —PubUsiicr BJcliard Kluger, on book re view editors. We wore more in our dressing room than actresses wear on the stage and in the movies today. -EMse Martiii, tmOm ^gfickl FoUies Deluge rental; temporary mortgage payments; food coupons or surplus commodities; unemployment compensation and re-employment assistance; legal services; and liberalized loans by the Small Business Admui- istration and the Farmers Home Administration to homeowners, business firms, and farmers. Legislation approved by Congress last August broadened the disaster-relief loan program. Among other things, it provided that up to $5,000 of Small Business Administration loans for disasters occurrmg between Jan. 1, 1972, and July 1, 1973, could be forgiven and that the remaining balance would have an interest rate of 1 per cent. It also authorized disaster loans to small businesses for workmg capital and operating expenses as welj as for repair or refinancing costs. Federal tax laws provide yet another avenue of relief. Casualty losses to property used for personal purposes, including a home and furnishings, may be deducted from federal returns to the extent that they exceed $100, but they cannot amount to more than the cost of the property before the casualty. Losses reunbursed by insurance are not deductible. The maxun "once burned, twice shy" means nothuig to the actual or potential disaster victim. Robert Schnabel, chief of the disaster preparedness division of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, has observed: "In this country there hasn't been much collective memory about these tragedies. Too often, people go right back to the river." Washington eral attitude is toward an array of conferences now under way or coming up — on NATO-Warsaw Pact troop reductions, on European security, on the international monetary situation and on trade. Andreotti is the second of a string of European leaders who are expected to arrive in Washington during the first hal/ of this year. British Prime Minister Edward Heath was first, in February. Scheduled for May are West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, President Georges Pompidou of France and Francois Xavler Ortoli, President of the Commission of the European Economic Community. The whole panoply of European-American relations has been made uneasy in recent months. President Nixon has been talking tough on trade and monetary affairs — demanding a "fairer shake" for Americans. Congress, meanwhile, is stepping up demands for a reduction of American forces posted in Europe. Brandt, for one, reportedly believes that Nixon has fences to mend and should be traveling to Europe, rather than the other way around. "Why should we all line up to kiss the dormat," the German leader reportedly fumed in the presence of "a well- placed Bonn official." (The New York Times, April 15.) It could be that President Nixon will, detect a note of reserve in the pride of European leaders who will parade through the White House portals this spring. Ameriean motorists are paying an estimated $76 billion for th« 42,50(Kfnile Interstate Highway System. However, the return Oil that investment will far outweigh t h e cost by the time the full mileage is flfpen to travel am^und 1980. According to the Highway Users Federation, tota^ esti- OOOtj mated benefits from Interstate travel — not including values for driver and passenger time saving — will be more than $107 billion by the late 1970s^. This breaks down as: $45.8 billion for operating cost savings (through better gas mileage, for example), $15.8 billion tor accident cost savings (Interstate travel is twice as safe as other roads) and $4S .8 bilHwi for eem* mercial time savhigi (bated on $5.56 for each hour of truek operation). If car and pasMnger time savings are assigned a modest value of 11.50 an hour, total user benefits from Interstate travel will amount to $274 billion by 1960 or so. Now that last item suggests some rather intriguing figuring. If you assigned a stitt-modest figure of $3 an hour as the value of a driver's or passenger's time, you could up the savings of the Interstate System to $441 billion. Whose time isn't worth at least $3 an hour? But then, what about the guy who really doesn't save any money by using the interstate? We mean the fellow who wouldn't have taken a vacation so far from home, who wouldn't have Mvered so many mile$ and ipent so much money on giM>' line and auto repairs and recrea* tion and metis and motels, if it hadn't bm for that tempting wlde^ipen road? Or how about the commuter who wouldn't put so much wear and tear on his car driving between suburb and city, or maybe wouldn't drive at all, it it weren't for the availablHty of a freeway? In all fairness, their expenses should be deducted from that $274 billion. Seriously, there is one category in which the value of the Interstate System cmmi be overestimated, or even truly estimated, although the Highway Users Federation put a tag of $15 .8 billion on the accident cost aspect of it. This is simply the saving in human lives being made possible by the aafer interstate ^tem. This is now the Army, Ms. Jones: For the first time, a new Army command pcAlcy allows members of the Women's Army Corps to exercfse disciplinary authority over men. The actual change in Army Regulations enables Wacs to be assigned to any command position, except those issociated with combat or tactical combat support. Up until now, women have been permitted to conmiand women and to supervise both men and women, but were not permitted to exercise the disciplinary authority of a commander over men (contrary to what is frequently the case in civili'an—er, that is, married^ life). (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) So More Poetry . Ralph Novak You can say it is caused by the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. You can say it is a case of children wandering in the wilderness. You can even say it is the result of wringing the neck of eloquence. You cannot say — please do not say — that it is not a heavy scene, man. The subject is the loath-some disease that has afflicted American English, making the language break out in a rash of unsightly expletives, causing grotesque contortions that deform what has been a beautiful knguage, drying up the occasional oases of poetry that can sometimes transform even the most mundane communications into a casual, subtle art form. The recently published "Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary" contains about 22,000 words and meanhigs that were not in the previous edition, which first appeared in 1963. And if T. S. Eliot was right when he wrote that "every vital devolpment in language is a development of feeluig as well," we are m a lot of trouble. It is to search ui vain to search the list of new dictionary entries for the happy adjective, the gentle adverb, the loving noun that make music m a language. What you fmd instead are harsh, arkward, mechanical words, the Imguistic equivalents of artificial plants that do nothing but fill space. Where is tlie joy ui such words as "groovy," "rip off," "com- puterese,'' "environmentalist,'' "paraprofessional," "robotics," "cinematize," "trendy'? The medium, as Marshall McLuhan said, is the message and this message bespeaks an unseemly haste and lack of grace. Many of the new entries are, of course, technical words and it is true that "adenohypophy- seal" by any other name would probably still be unpronounc- able. But whatever happened to the people who invented such pleasing words as "pie," "book," "serene," "nimble," "prance," "lovely," "fascinating," "hug," "reverie,"."beach," "kitten"?. They just don't write words, like that any more, it seems. It is true, as English observer George Steiner has written, that "at its best (which is niost certainly not that of politics, advertisement or genteel pap), American speech has a raw precision of imagery, a musical wealth, a vuhierability to the uprush of argotic and neological experiments, a sheer onrush — the proposition seeking out the listener with a palpable directness." But most of us are not Norman Mailer or John Updike or Martin Luther King Jr. and we CO not appear to have profited very much from the example of their use of language. There is no reason, however, why we can't all cultivate a little more fondness, respect and sensitivity for the language that is so much a part of us. It is too much to ask that we become like the Houyhnhnms in Jonathan Swift's satirical classic "Gulliver's Travels." (The Houyhnhnms had no word for "lie" or "war" and when Gulliver attempted to tell one of them what war was, the Houyhn- hnm "found it gave him a disturbance in his mind, to which he was wholly a stranger before. He thought his ears being used to such abominable words; might by degrees admit them with less detestation.") What we can do, though, is make the simple effort to say a "yes" for a "yeah," and "isn't" for an "ain't," a "superb" for an "okay." And we can keep in mind how much of a people is reflected in their language. "All languages,' writes linguist Maria Pei, "are potentially equal, but the extent and range ol a language's vocabularly reflect the state of civilization of its speakers, the activities in which they indulge, the material objects they create and use. the abstract concepts they evolve." The Eskimos' language, for instance, is filled with many words to capture the differences ]n varieties of the substance we describe simply as "snow." (Continued on Page' 13) r, THE MAILBOX Crossword Puzzle Sports Show ACROSS 1 Wrestler's pad 4 Baseball sticks 8 Equipment for winter sports t2 Lifetime 13 Expert flyers 14 Ingredient of poi 15 Score in baseball 16 Against playing rules 18 More staid 50 About !1 Bitter vetch 52 Leave out ii Uncommon t6 Horse's gait 27 Feline SO Broad street B2 Rearing (horse stanee) 84 Kind of melon 35 Rubs out 36 East (Fr.) 37 Vipers 39 Outlet 40 Arrow poisoa 41 Dress edge 42 Pricked painfully 45 Ballplayer's 3 Softest 4 Torments with dogs for sport 5 Land measure 6 Great dread 7 Mariner's direction 8 Kind of aviator 9 Vegetable 10 Persia 11 Classify 17 Spat 19 Sports event area 23 Is dreary 24 Foot 25 Hawaiian pepper(pL) 26 Pester 27 Armed enclosures 28 Arabian seaport 29 Trial 31 African stream S3 Economizer S8 Rang, as a beU 40 mwtal sports 41Germanstfet« 42 Blemish 43 Domesticate 44 Russian river 46 Conceal, as the face 47 Bullfight ^ possibility 50 Shout (IV.) Cool Superstition Editor, Register-Mail: Here's good news for those who are leery of FYiday the 13th. This month it is the birthdate of our 3rd President, Thomas Jefferson. It is considered a coincidence by some that both he and our 2nd President, John Adams died on the same day. It was of all days on the SOth birthday of our nation. July 4, 1824. It was these two men, more than any others, who drafted the Declaration of Independence. It was the 13th Amendment to bur Constitution, which in a very few words abolished any form of slavery of the body. Thirteen is a number which makes its ai^arance more than others in the early history of our nation. Why people are superstitious of a Friday which falls on the 13th has always interested me and many others according to the articles written on this subject. I've read some people feel it was because Jesus of Naza-, reth was crucified on Friday' and with his 12 disciples — they numbered 13. To me the number to be leery of is one. It took only one person to betray Jesus and he did it for 30 pieces of silver. Then when he realized he was a person no one could trust, anymore because of his evil act, instead of asking for forgiveness from the man he betrayed, he conunitted suicide and the 30 pieces of silver were used to buy a burial place and was named "PoUters Field." This name applies today for a field for the burial of paupers, criminals and unknown persons. (Matthew 27:7) Also from the Bible — those who insist on being first, shall be last. The first of April is known as AprU Fool's Day. Why? - Ruth B. Harkness, Soperville. Burning Up Editor, Register-Mail: We farmers are really burned up over these slams we are getting about prices. Now when this lady mentioned about the factory workers we know very plainly they have hot and hard work but did you ever think about when we get up in the summertime at 3:30 or 4:00 and into bed late in the evening. Many farmers work late in the night, while our factory workers are out on our farms gathering mushrooms and fishing. Lots of them never ask to go on our land. They climb over the fences maybe by a no trespassing sign. Also who brings the trash out on our roads. Do they know how much we pay for our weed mowers. Of course we know some don't cut weeds, the farmers don't do this. What if some of these people had last fall to contend with, now rain everyday, K the city folks don't want us farmers in their towns, let's start a village of our own. — Janie Smith, Abingdon. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Regtiter- Mall, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of spaee limitations, letters should not exceed 300 words In length. They will be subject to condensation. The Reglster- MaU would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material will be rejected. No letters can l>e returned. 49 Specks 51 Bu$hy clump 52 Persian poet '53 Portuguese coins 54 Work unit 55 Anatomical tissue 56 Unoccupied 57 Observe DOWN 1 Red planet 2 Malarial fever r" r" I ii 1 t r" IT 12 13 IS 11 IT* !• IT n • FFl II ii 11 30 31 K 34 3S w 42 44 tr 49 49 w 81 52 53 55 56 r, u Office 140 SouUi Prairie Street Galesbwrc, Illinois, nm TILEPHONB NUIIBCII Re«lster-MaU gxchange S43-7U1 Entered as Second Class Matter at Uie Post Office at Galesburg, II- linou, under Act of Congress of March 1, 1(70. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthiuy, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. EUiel Custer rrttchsrd. publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general _ . ... manag- ^ I'Con- nor, assistant managing editor. 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