Daily Times Herald KD1TOKIALS As I Was Saying, Gang, I'm Ready to Go Anyplace I'm Needed!" Viewpoint Tuesday, May 28, 1974 Rosy Future What with pollution, energy shortages and worries about the depletion of natural resources, "progress" is a suspect word these days. Rosy predictions about the future, once a staple of the Sunday supplements, have been supplanted by essays discussing just how bad things will be by the end of the century. Thus it has to be something of an event when a magazine bucks the current pessimistic trend to take a confident look at what life will be like in these United States in and around the year 2000. Engineering News-Record. McGraw-Hill's construction industry newsweekly. did just that recently in "Probing the Future." a mammoth. 538-page issue marking the publication's 100th anniversary. Not that there won't be problems and challenges aplenty. For instance, by 2000. 85 per cent of America's expected population of 250 million will live in cities. This will mean that 60 million more people will have to be accommodated in urban centers in less than three decades. To meet this need, almost 100 cities the size of San Francisco will have to be constructed. But according to the skilled observers and reporters who contributed to "Probing the Future." the job can and will be done. Some of their predictions: Cities will become more high-rise, with numerous 100-story and even 150- to 200-story buildings dotting the horizon. Some structures will be built on stilts hundreds of feet above plazas, and huge "A-frames" 400 to 500 feet high will span highways, railroad yards and parks. Plazas, some at low levels, some 100 stories up. will connect structures and provide open, parklike space as well as stability. On the ground, vehicular and pedestrian traffic will have their own levels, with theaters, shops and restaurants. High-rise buildings will be self-contained communities housing populations of 25.000 (the size of Philadelphia in 1776) and incorporating all services and conveniences as well as employment. Private housing will look pretty much the way it does now. but the single family house on its own plot will give way to row houses built about a commonly held open space. Factory-produced utility service cores will incorporate kitchen, laundry and heating and cooling plants in prefab units. Near-future public transportation will be an elaboration of the best that exists today, with high-speed intercity trains the most likely development.Personal rapid transit systems will be in use before 2000. but the intercontinental rocket, the personal helicopter, the automated highway and' gravity vacuum tube travel won't be. Lumber will be extremely scarce in the 21th century, and efforts will be made to increase forest productivity through fertilization to bring trees to maturity in months rather than years. Concrete will be improved so that it will be temperature- and chemical-resistant, high in tensile strength, self-curing and flexible. Glass will be 10 times stronger and plastics will find new structural applications. Robots will replace men in dangerous jobs, and today's computers will be replaced by thinking units that will "talk" with designers and make suggestions. Building tradesmen could be making as much as $60 an hour, while enjoying greatly increased benefits and reduced working hours. All in all, the year 2000 sounds like a great place to visit, though many old-timers who don't expect to make it may be just as glad they won't have to live there. Still, it's a refreshing departure to read some hopeful predictions for a change instead of the usual gloom and doom. Garbage Study The good people of at least one typical American city waste "at a bare minimum over $80,000 worth of beef a year and as much as $1 million in mismanaged resources," says University of Arizona anthropologist William H.Rathje. He knows whereof he speaks because he and his students, in a project that has to be considered above and beyond the call of academic duty, have been poking about in people's garbage in the city of Tucson, sorting through gobs of slimy lettuce, piles of putrid perch and even finding whole steaks. They report that social stereotypes don't hold up in the garbage can. For instance, the poor eat the most beef, they say, and the middle class is the worst waster. People save pennies by changing their own car oil, yet throw out hundreds of dollars worth of meat in their garbage. This semester, the students will have gone through 10,000 bags of garbage from 3,500 Tucson households. Martyr Now, Pay Later Hv Hrucc Miossiit Advice Feeling for Friend May Be Love By Abigail Van Huron DEAR ABBY: You are the only person I can turn n with this problem because I'm ashamed to tell anyone else, although I havvn't done anything wrong. I'm 22. Six weeks ago my husband was killed instantly in a motorcycle accident. Jimmy and I had been married only eight months and were fantastically happy. My whole world fell apart. I didn't want to go on living and even thought of taking a bottle of sleeping pills so I could join Jimmy. For a month I sat and stared at the walls. Then Jeff, a friend of Jim's, came over to cheer me up. I looked terrible. He made me fix myself up. and he took me for a lo'ng drive. I don't know how to say this. Abby. but all of a sudden all the hurt about Jim left me. and now I think I'm in love with Jeff. Is it wrong to have these feelings so soon? I loved Jim with all my heart, but now I think I love Jeff. I think Jeff feels the same way about me although he hasn't said it in so many words. Should I feel guilty? Can this be love? 'MIXED EMOTIONS DEAR MIXED: Yes. it can be love. It could also be a desperate desire to replace Jim and escape from depression. Don't rush into anything, and don't make any decisions or announcements until you are sure of your feelings. You need not feel guilt or shame for honest emotions. Good luck and God bless. DEAR ABBY: Our daughter was married for only five weeks last year. The marriage was annulled because her husband went back to his boyfriend. (Yes. you read right. I said, "boyfriend.") Our daughter then resumed her friendship with a fine young man she had known since childhood, and they are planning to be married in a church this summer. Should we send wedding invitations to our friends and relatives? I hesitate to do this because they already gave her one wedding gift. She didn't send the gifts back because she never got around to it. IN DOUBT DEAR IN: Invite whomever you want. The matter of a gift will be up to them. Timely Quotes — "Make reform meaningful enough to your own populace, give them a real stake in the future and there is no ni'od to fear insurgency." Talking to a prominent Republican, 1 heard him voice dark fears that President Nixon's impeachment over Watergate would martyr him in the eyes of die-hard supporters and convert them into a rigidly troublesome minority which would plague the party for many years. The point arose as we discussed all the prospects facing the President as impeachment proceedings go forward in the House Judiciary Committee. The man's worst fears surfaced when he presumed the worst outcome — that the evidence might be so overwhelming as to produce something like a 4 to 1 vote for Mr. Nixon's removal from office. Under my source's presumed conditions, he reasons that the 20 per cent of the U.S. Senate which still would stand with the President would be composed o'l men who either would hold themselves stonily impervious to crushing evidence, or would perceive in that evidence some wicked plot framed by the President's enemies. This Republican source, who though well known will not be among those required to vote on impeachment, argues further that Mr. Nixon's hard-core Senate (and House) support is sturdily duplicated in the Republican party at large. He does not imagine that in martyring an impeached President they can do anything to create for him any further practical political career. What the man fears is that a deposed Richard Nixon could serve these Republicans as the "centerpiece" in an embittered crusade which might very well endure for a decade or more. The hobbling effects upon a party already long handicapped by a minority position with respect to the Democrats hardly need to be stressed. Not long after my conversation with this leading Republican. I addressed the annual convention of the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs meeting in Chicago. My talk was simply an attempt to lay out the impeachment prospects, the likely timetable, some of the considerations which would affect senators' votes should they be asked to sit as jury in the matter. In the question period which followed, no one asked a single question which bore directly on the tone or detail of the President's published transcripts of certain Watergate tapes released April 30. Several women spoke with me in a side hall later on. one of them wondering aloud whether the whole proceeding against Mr. Nixon and various aides in Congress and the courts might not be a "Communist plot." While I was thus engaged, a convention delegate rushed out of the main hall (filled with several hundred women) and said breathlessly: "You'll never guess what they just did in there!" She satisfied our curiosity quickly. The Illinois Federation, representing 56,000 women, had voted overwhelmingly for a resolution entreating the House Judiciary Committee to halt all impeachment proceedings. The call on the issue had been for a standing vote, and the moment was not made easier for any opponents when — as the rough head count began — an organist struck up "The Star Spangled Banner." Later inquiry disclosed that the action was not impromptu. It had been thoughtfully discussed by Federation leaders, including some past presidents. Illinois has always had status as good "Nixon country" and as a bastion of GOP conservatism. Yet the favor of this blind-faith vote for Mr. Nixon, on the very "day the conservative Chicago Tribune urged his removal, hit with stunning force. It seemed to underscore the deep concern earlier expressed by my quoted Republican leader, that drastic action against the President would draw his last-ditch backers into rigid cadres of "Marchers for a Martyred Nixon" and produce a dangerously weakening split in GOP ranks. Homemaking Musty Papers Bv Pollv Cramer Solar set-up may make good, better POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I do enjoy the useful information from the various readers of your column. I am sure one of them must know of a remedy for removing the musty smell from valuable old papers and articles we have inherited. I would certainly appreciate it if anyone can help me get rid of this unpleasant odor. — LILLIE. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with the lack of mirrors in fabric centers or the dress goods departments in other stores. When considering fabric for a dress, suit or coat most of us would like to be able to hold up a length to see how we think it will look on us.-KATHY. DEAR POLLY — Eve could wash her white kid gloves while they are on her Daily Times Herald .WH Nurlh I'nurl Street I'.irrnll lima liaiK Kvi-epl Sumlais ,mil Iliiliilats nlher than Washing- luiis Uirllul.is .mil Veler.m s Ua\ In \hi- llrrald .IAMKSW WILSON. Publisher )li>WA)(»» WILSON. Krtiliir W I. IIKI'17. 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DEAR GIRLS — and Eve — First. one must be sure the gloves are marked washable or sold as such. Also, if washable gloves have been previously cleaned forget the washing. Follow any directions that may have come with your gloves. As. June suggested, all such leather gloves should be washed on the hands EXCEPT chamois and doeskin. To remove the wet gloves more easily let water from the faucet run down inside them. This also will help rinse the inside. After rinsing, any excess water can be pressed out in a terry cloth towel. I blow inside mine to separate the sides and fingers, putting them on frequently during the drying period to smooth and soften by flexing the hands. Many disagree as to rinsing in light soapy water but I find doeskin and chamois are much softer when so rinsed. Never dry gloves near the heat. And remember, the working and softening process during the drying is most important. — POLLY. DEAR POLLY — Putting my fry pans and griddles in my new dishwasher stripped all the "seasoning" from them. I started using the following easy method for cleaning them. Just before serving a meal I make a two-quart pot of hot soapy water. As each cooking pan is emptied into a serving dish or platter I lightly scrape it and then pour into it some of the hot soapy water. These pans stand until the meal is finished. Then they are . easy to clean with a sponge with little or no need for scouring so the "seasoning" is left intact. Any soapy water left is used for wiping off tables, range, countertops. etc. — MARTHA. Next fall this mpn will see if he can increase the efficiency of his home heating system with a solar energy collector. He is George Wilson, member service advisor for Greene County REC, Jefferson. His home is heated by a "heat pump" that has a good year 'round efficiency in the Iowa climate . . . 200% experts say. This means it can distribute twice as much heat as potentially exists in the electric energy it consumes. A heat pump extracts heat from the outside air and distributes it inside the house. It can take heat from the outside air until the temperature dips well below zero. But a solar collector may increase its work ratio percentage. Iowa RECs Wilson will find out by recording solar, Wind and temperature conditions after his solar collector is constructed. His heat pump is metered, so he can compare usage for the corning heating season with that for a winter similar in climatic conditions. This research may not be as exciting or dramatic as discovering a new energy source. But it is research and it will benefit consumers. Soon.
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