Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Thursdoy. May 23, 1974 Profits I'm puzzled by the recent announcement of a group in Illinois called "Men for the Equal Rights Amendment." Why did it take them so long? They have as much to gain from E.R.A. as women. The predominantly male state legislatures of 33 states have understood that it was in their own male self interest to approve passage of the 27th amendment. Now, only five states remain for the necessary two-thirds majority to put these words into our Constitution: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." That's what the amendment says. It does not say, as some women opponents imply, that the American family is to be destroyed immediately upon passage, or that it will interfere with private marital arrangements — such as the decision of the wife to contribute her services as homemaker without a formal salary. Nor would E.R.A. abolish rape laws, or force women into men's washrooms — thanks to the citizen's right to privacy. Men don't want that. What men want and stand to gain from the E.R.A. is alimony based on financial need, not sex; an equal chance for custody of their children in case of divorce. Widowers would like to receive spouse's social security benefits the way widows do now. Male laborers would like to be protected from unreasonable danger and unhealthy weight- lifting on their jobs, the way women are now. Since the U.S. Armed Forces has an al'1-volunteer policy, women wouldn't be rushed into combat as soon as E.R,A. was passed. Even if the draft were revived and women recruited, how many men would be disappointed if their lieutenant's name turned out to be Caroline, instead of Galley? Men who are already sharing the burden of bill-paying with their wives want that second paycheck to be as substantial as possible. Not one man I've encountered, including several union officials, would want to deny equal pay to the 43 per cent of American women over 16 who work full-time outside the home. E.R.A. opponent Phyllis Schlafly says "American women have never had it so good. Why should we lower ourselves to 'equal rights' when we already have the status of special privilege?" Phyllis Schlafly is absolutely right. That small fraction of the female population which enjoys full-time domestic help (as Mrs. Schlafly does) without full-time responsibilities has nothing to gain from changing the status quo. As for married women who .must work, women who would like to receive the same government pensions as men when they retire, women who are the sole support of their families, women who would like to see support laws based on a realistic appraisal of their homemaking services (about $10,000 per year) — they don't mind dispensing with so-called "special privileges." These women, and the millions of men who stand to gain from the E.R.A., are quite willing to trade off the vestiges of chivalry for the very real dollars and cents benefits of equality. Platforms One of the most graceless fashions yet to plague the. scene is that abomination known, so far as we can determine, as the platform shoe. This designation covers a multitude of stylistic sins, but in general it can be described as that sort of shoe which makes a comely young woman resemble a scrawny 11-year-old walking across a rough spot on roller skates. Fanciers of the style assure us that, worn by just the right lean, long girl with a certain flair, platform shoes can be most attractive. Alter a time ot observation we conclude that there must be a dearth of lean, long girls with a certain flair. Most of the girls — lean, long or otherwise — who risk their necks tottering about on such footwear walk as if they were just learning to walk, and not being very successful at it. They clomp, they clatter; they have all the' elegance and light-footedness one might expect of people who substitute hooves for feet. Platform shoes, in short, are — no, not for the birds. Why, after all, be unkind to the birds? "Here's a Spot Right Here We Seem to Have Missed!" Viewpoint Indecisiveness By BrucM 1 Biossat Advice Long Nose, Flat Chest By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I am a 33-year-old married woman with three children. At school I was called "Pinocchio" because my nose was so long. I also was teased because I was flat-chested. This gave me a very bad inferiority complex. Last summer 1 decided to see a plastic surgeon, so I looked in the yellow pages and picked out a name I liked and made an appointment. He charged me $25 just to tell me he wanted $1,500 to do my nose, and $3,000 for silicone implants, cash in advance! I don't have that much money now. I was so desperate I wrote to President Nixon and asked if he knew of a plastic surgeon who would do it for less. I told him that life wasn't Homemaking worth living without those operations. He forwarded my letter to the Mental Health Department, and they suggested I call "Suicide Prevention" if I felt the need to talk to somebody. Abby, I hate to go anywhere because I always see women with little noses and big bosoms and I feel like crawling into a hole. Please, please help me. A MISERABLE MESS DEAR MISERABLE: You can't be as big a mess as you say because at least one man thought you were appealing enough to marry. Start with your nose. Call your county medical society for the names of plastic surgeons who would let you pay on time. Also, try a university medical school. Resents Rush By Polly Cramer V Timely Quotes- :^ DEAR POLLY — How does one clean a sandstone fireplace? We have one in our living room that has an electric fire. My two-year-old pencilled along the ledge and I would like to know how to clean it without ruining its beauty. — JEAN. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve, and one that burns me up, concerns those publishers who start bugging us for magazine renewals immediately after the subscription starts. Since checks are usually sent 60 days before the magazine starts coming, this means they are asking lead time of nine months for renewal. Once I received a request for a renewal BEFORE my subscription started, which made a 12-month lead. This is really irritating. — LAURA. DEAR POLLY — Daisy wanted to know how to clean the mat under her dish drainer. I think she should discard the old one and when she gets a new one, put a terry cloth towel on the new mat under the drainer. The sediment from the water will stay in the towel which can be thrown in with the wash any time sheis doing laundry. — ROSA. Daily Times Herald SOU Nnrlh I'nurl Slrivt r.irrnll. luwii D;nh K.M-epl Sundays unil lliiliday.s mhir than Washing- Inn'-. Hirlhdiu ,iml Veteran s Hay. by the Herald .IAMKSW WILSON. Publisher KOVVAHIiH WILSON. Kdilnr W I. HKITX. Ni-ws Kdilor JAMKSH WILSON. VHT President Cicneral Manatfer Kntcrcd as second class mallrr al the post office al fur. under the' act nl March 2 IH»7 DEAR POLLY — Those readers who sew but cannot afford the high prices of so many trims to use on the things they make might try using rug yarn. I find it goes on easily and can be used on most materials. Set your machine for the wide zigzag stitch. I keep all colors of this yarn and use it to trim homemade purses, laundry bags, clothespin bags, girls' suits and dresses. Different effects can be gotten by say using one color yarn and another color thread on the machine, two colors of yarn side by side and so on. This looks great and is certainly easy on the pocketbook. — MRS. L.F.S. Nobody has everything, dear. Write to Frederick's of Hollywood for their lingerie catalogue. Their padded bras are so realistic, they could fool a nursing baby. And, good luck. DEAR ABBY: I do volunteer work at my child's school three mornings a week, and I enjoy it. I do not gossip, I mind my own business, and I am not better acquainted with my child's teachers than any other parent. I felt quite satisfied with myself until my husband asked me to find some other kind of volunteer work. He says he "knows" our child resents Mother "nosing around" school. Our child is an average .student,with no problems, and I was 'of the opinion that he enjoyed seeing me in school. All the mothers I know do some volunteer work involving their children. (Scouting, Sunday school, etc.) I am at a loss to figure this out. Can you? CONCERNED DEAR CONCERNED: No. Ask your husband how he "knows" what he claims to know, and if he doesn't come up with something convincing, just keep on doing what you're doing. DEAR ABBY: A man in prison for murder wrote and asked you if murder was a forgivable sin. He said he could find no reference to it in the Bible. All he could find were references to "an eye for an eye." You reply, "There is no sin that will not be forgiven by sincere repentance," was beautiful. Perhaps it would be useful to further point out that three of the most admired persons in the Bible were also murderers — Moses, David and Paul. So surely if these men could rise to such heights after having committed such an act, it shows the way for anyone to do so. W.T. Mel.: WASHINGTON, D.C. A seriously adverse spinoff for President Nixon from his released transcripts of White House Watergate conversations is the impression he has given many Americans of a man who is inept, indecisive and highly vulnerable to the pressure judgments of his key aides. I have just spoken with a public figure of substantial status who, while asking for anonymity, eagerly volunteered evidence for this critically harsh view of Richard Nixon. One of the episodes he recited was second-hand to him, and would be put down in a court of law as "hearsay." Nevertheless, I regard this man as an honorable and trustworthy witness. The other incident involved him directly. Let's take the second-hand item first. My source says a top cabinet officer, the secretary of a sprawling department, emerged from a private conversation with the President totally convinced that Mr. Nixon had just made a major decision affecting an important program in the man's department. Within a day or so, the cabinet secretary learned that the decision had been completely reversed. That the President's previously indicated support for him had been withdrawn. The cabinet officer of course had no proof, but he was convinced that one or another of the President's closest aides of the time had talked him out of his "decision." Now the other matter. My informant said he spoke to a presidential aide to make one crucial point: He felt he needed very badly to see Mr. Nixon personally to get some decisions quickly so he could get on with his own work with a clear understanding of how and where to proceed. This is what my source was told, with the substance of the quotation entirely accurate though a few words have been changed by me to help preserve the informant's anonymity: Member nf (hi 1 Assm-iaied Press "If supporters ,,of the Irish •Republican Army believe they are helping the cause of the Irish Republic, they should ask the Irish people what they think. They are acting against the best interests of the Irish people, both north and south and as such, they are unpatriotic." —John Hume, Northern Ireland s Minister of Commerce discussing efforts to halt secret contributions from sympathetic Americans to the outlawed IRA. The Associated Press is entitled exclusively In the use for rcputilicalinn of allthe local news printed in this newspaper as Hell as all AP dispatches Official Paper nf County and City Suhscnpluin Kulvs II) carrier hm deliver) per week $ 60 ItV MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining ' Ciiunlie.s where earner sercice is mil available pcr>ciir I'M 00 Iliilsulenf Carroll and AdjuinniK Counlies in /.ones I anil 'I per .Ml uiher Mail nitric I'lmrrt States, per \ear $2700 BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NBA, Inc. "That loophole I found in the fax law turned out not to be a loophole after all!" "It could be arranged tor you to see the President. But it really won't do you any good. He'll just agree with everything you say, but that will be no assurance at all that what he thus seems to decide will in fact be done." Fresh information of this character, coming from people who were not so far as is known ever drawn within a thousand miles of the Watergate controversy, has to be put down as stunning. It is a deep underscoring of the evidence running clearly through the celebrated transcripts. It is that portion of the transcript evidence which puts a new public measurement on Mr. Nixon as president. And this new measurement shows up strongly in many of the mounting editorial calls for the President's removal, which are dropping like indenciaries from major newspapers nationwide. None is more pointed than the call which issued from the conservative, powerful Chicago Tribune. In part it said of him: "He is vacillating... he is willing to be led. He displays dismaying gaps in knowledge." Mr. Nixon never will be impeached for such perceived deficiencies, nor will stress on them likely bring him to resign. In fact, his present top staff men defend his now visible mental performance as a kind of subtle, exploratory process by which he draws out people and weighs options and alternatives. Yet this argument plainly is not carrying with sober analysts looking at his self-disclosed record. They are shocked at this view of a man elected overwhelmingly in 1972 in good part because his opponent, George McGovern, was widely seen by both major public figures and ordinary millions as "incompetent" and thus unfit to be president. More Than a Little By Joanne and Lew Koch (Note: Today's column is written by Joanne) When I feel I can't cope with the mounting pressures of home and work, the best medicine for me is simply meeting another human being who loves life. Inge Morath — also the wife of playwright Arthur Miller (after Miller divorced Marilyn Monroe); also one of the fittest photographers in the country';'' " also a former prisoner of war in Nazi Germany; also the mother of 11-year-old Rebecca Miller — is just such a person. When Miller's "Up from Paradise" show was previewing in Ann Arbor, Mich., I caught Inge on the way to take pictures of the cast. A tall, slim, lithe woman with short graying hair and vivacious blue eyes, Inge sat for just a moment, her camera still on her shoulder, ready. "I had a lot of hair-raising experiences which have left scars," she says, referring to her "labor service" in East Prussia where she cleaned latrines, shoveled manure and witnessed death. "But I think if you survive things like that, idmakps you stronger rather than weaker; Maybe that's why I don't dwell on myself as a person. I've seen such big things happen in which you are simply swept up and the only thing to be is yourself and as decent as you can be. "I have no patience with too much self-indulgence and introspection. I think if you give a lot to other people you get back a lot. Health Tanned isn't Dirt Bv Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — I have a little girl who is 7 and her underarms and neck turn black when they get sunburned. It's very embarrassing to me when people ask me if I never clean her neck. I know it's cruel of me to use Lava soap on her, but I did and then she cries a lot afterward. People have told me that it's because she was once real thin and then as she got older she gained a lot of weight. I think she weighs about 110, but she is big for her age. She looks about 10 or 11 years old. I have tried everything on her from soaking her in the tub to using a lot of creams on her and it still doesn't work. Please advise me as soon as possible. DEAR READER — That dark color is not dirt. You can't do a thing about it with soap. It is the skin pigment that she has. The pigment in the skin is many layers of cells beneath the surface of the skin. It turns dark on exposure to sun. . The only way you can do anything about the color is to cover the area and prevent it from being exposed to the sun. That is hard to do in a little girl. If she has no other problem, , , , I would think you should ignore it. If she is really much too large for her . age, have the pediatrician look at her and be sure she doesn't have a gland problem that is causing her to grow too much and which might affect her pigment or skin coloring. Meanwhile, don't hurt her with trying to wash off the color. DEAR DR. LAMB — Will you please tell me the correct amount in milligrams of vitamin C for me to take each day? I am 68 and female. DEAR READER — You could get a lot of different answers on that. People do have different requirements for vitamin C. Perhaps the best guide is the new recommended daily dietary allowances that were revised in 1973 by the Food and Nutrition Board, National Academy of Sciences — National Research Council. They recommended that women in your age group should have 45 milligrams of ascorbic acid a day. That, of course, would be in a normal diet containing adequate amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. The recommended daily dietary allowances are the values which are sufficient to maintain good health in most healthy individuals. If you had an illness or even perhaps if you smoked a lot of cigarettes, then the amount you needed each day might be increased. Some vitamin C enthusiasts feel that everyone should take much larger doses than this. Some of these larger doses can cause irritation of the digestive tract in some people and in very large doses cause additional problems. It is unlikely, unless you have some medical problem that would cause difficulties, that you would have any trouble, however, with as much as 1,000 milligrams a day. I'm not recommending that you take that much, but that's still within the safe range. If you'd just take one all-purpose vitamin tablet a day it will contain in it adequate amounts of vitamin C to supplement your normal diet intake. I do not mind recommending an all-purpose vitamin tablet taken once a day for individuals who are concerned about their vitamin intake. It is one way to be sure that older people who sometimes neglect proper dietary intake really do get adequate amounts of vitamins. These daily type preparations that are available usually do not contain excess amounts of vitamins that could cause you any problem either. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on balanced diet, send 50 cents to the same address and ask for "Balanced Diet" booklet.
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