Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Monday, June 3, 1974 Eating Changes Circumstances have begun to force Americans into changing their energy use habits. Circumstances also may in time force them to change their eating habits. The same goes for people in other industrially developed countries. The circumstances referred to are the relationship between world food supply and world population growth. The latter is outpacing the former, with more people competing for proportionately less food. It is not suggested — not for the immediate future, at any rate — that because of this Americans will have to get along on less food per capita. This may come in time, but at present the change foreseen has to do with the kind of food rather than with its quantity. Most of the world's people, those who live in the less developed countries, rely on various kinds of grain as their staple food. In developed countries, most notably the United States, grain is largely converted into meat, milk and eggs. Since it takes several pounds of grain to make one pound of meat, the end result is that we and the people of other developed countries use up far more than our fair share of the world's grain supply. A United Nations study called "World Population and World Food Supplies: Looking Ahead" makes a proposal to deal with this situation. It suggests that people in the more advanced countries "reduce the demands they place on world food resources" by substituting vegetable-based protein for animal protein. This would not make for such a tasteless diet as might be supposed. Numerous palatable foods created from vegetable-based protein are being developed or are already on the market. Greater use of such foods would help to make more grain available in the less developed countries. A widespread voluntary move in this direction would in time do much to ease the steadily rising pressures on world food production. Chemical Tests 'Public reaction in recent years has made it evident that Americans are not enthusiastic about continued research and development in the field of chemical warfare. They will have even less stomach for this if the military persists in using beagle puppies to test the killing power of the new binary nerve gas and other lethal compounds. Word that puppies were being used for this purpose last year brought a stream of protest mail. There also was a demonstration at the Pentagon. For a time it appeared that the military would take the hint: it was announced that henceforth testing would rely on other animals and on computer models. This laudable intention now seems to have been abandoned. The Army's Edgewood Arsenal Chemical Warfare Center in Maryland has. advertised for 450 beagle puppies. It is a fair guess that these are not being acquired as pets for Chemical Warfare Center personnel. This affront to dog lovers is bad public relations, and likely to generate renewed opposition. The use of puppies as test animals is, however, not the only reason for questioning the program. Continued development in this field runs counter to decades of worldwide effort to outlaw chemical warfare. The United States ought to be taking the lead in this, not creating new chemical weapons. Relay Team Viewpoint Duke Ellington Duke Ellington composed a lot of songs. They are songs that lighten the spirit, touch the heart; songs that make listeners feel the mood and sway to the beat. He brought much pleasure to the world with his songs. Duke Ellington composed a lot of other music, too. He leaves with us an amazingly large body of work, some 6,000 compositions in all. Besides the tunes on which his popular fame chiefly rests, he also wrote tone poems and sacred music full of innovative touches yet marked by solid musicianship. Duke Ellington's place in America's musical hall of fame would be secure were he known only as a composer, but there was more. With the Duke at the piano, his band performed his compositions and arrangements everywhere — in night clubs, at college dances, in churches and concert halls, here and in many other lands. Duke Ellington was one of the most noteworthy men of music yet to emerge in the United States, but that alone does not sum up his contribution. He was, as an old friend said at the funeral service, "loved throughout the whole world, by all levels of society." His passing leaves a sadness and an emptiness. Advice Apologize and Free Anxieties By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I have a son who was my whole life until this happened. He was married for 18 years and had two lovely children. Then all of a sudden he left his wife and family to go live with a man! He called to tell me about it. My world was shattered. When he was younger, I sometimes wondered if he was homosexual. I noticed a few signs, but I never would accept it. In my hysteria. I screamed at him over the phone: "As fnr ns I'm concerned, you just died. In fact, drop dead. I never want to see you again!" Then I hung up. He and his wife must have some kind of understanding because she doesn't seem nearly as upset as I. I'm told he spent last Christmas Eve with his family, helped with the tree, and everything went smoothly. Abby, dear. I am not without sin. Was I wrong to sit in judgment and condemn him? Should I accept him for what he is? We were always so close and really Health Heart Failure By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — I have had a heart murmur at least 16 years. Four years ago I developed cardiac insufficiency. The left side of my heart is much weaker than the right side. The heart beat is soft and around 100 times a minute. If I get extremely tired it will go up to 140 for a time. The murmur is growing steadily worse. I'm having chest pain frequently and my left arm hurts. Will a fast heart rate lessen the life span? Does the heart ever strengthen after cardiac insufficiency? I'm past 50. Is surgery indicated? DEAR READER — Cardiac insufficiency means heart failure. Doctors use this term to mean the heart muscle is weak or not able to contract hard enough to pump blood in the most efficient manner. Failure or weakening of the heart muscle can affect either the left side of the heart (the most common problem)or the right side and eventually both the right and left side of the heart. Failure of the left side causes shortness of breath from the accumulation of fluid in the lungs. Failure of the right side causes swelling of the liver, abdomen, feet and ankles. There are many causes for failure of the heart. A bad valve from old rheumatic heart disease can be one cause. It can also result from overloading the heart muscle. Stress from high blood p'ressure and the fatty deposits in the arteries to the heart muscle are common guilty factors. It is important to know just what causes heart failure in order to treat it properly. If the problem is a damaged heart valve then in many instances heart surgery with valve replacement is a good idea. If heart failure is caused by disease in the arteries to the heart there is relatively little that can be offered surgically to treat the patient. Medical treatment can do a lot to help strengthen the heart. Digitalis and related medicines are first and most important. Many people who have had heart failure can return to normal living patterns by taking these medicines. This, however, doesn't mean that you shouldn't have surgery if . you have a condition that warrants it. Eventually the problems from bad valves can't be managed by medicines alone, and there often comes a time wnen surgery is needed and advisaoie, provided the patient's over-all condition can tolerate it. The fast heart rate you have is common in the presence of heart failure. It sometimes slows as the problem is corrected. The murmur can be either from a bad valve or caused by the dilation of the heart from the weakened heart muscle, I think you ought to find out why you have heart failure. Ask your doctor if you have a valve that should be operated upon, or what the problem really is. I'm sure you should be on medicine at least to help control the problem, and perhaps you are. But, you need to know this and what the medicines are. Raise it High By Lew Koch I can't understand why Joanne seemed less than pleased with my romantic yet useful Mother's Day present. I gave her a book entitled "Home Repairs Any Woman Can Do." About a month before, an irresistible impulse came over me: I decided to be Mr. Nice- Guy and build Joanne a desk. Not a fancy one, mind you, but one of those slabs of wood that has to be sanded, stained, shellacked and placed on top of some filing cabinets. Well, I did it. Presto! A desk for Joanne. She was surprised and delighted. About a week before Mother's Day, Joanne was sitting at her desk (the one I built) commenting on what a shame it was that some people still refused to believe women-could-do-the- same-jobs-as-men. Later, when the kids were through playing, she looked around the room and said, "Lew, why don't you build a wooden cabinet so the kids could keep their toys in one place rather than scattered around the floor?" That's when I decided to buy her "Home Repairs Any Woman Can Do" written by Tom Philbin (a man, I might mention). ,,, Chapter 4 tells Joanne what to do with the flickering fluorescent tube in our upstairs bathroom. Chapter 5 is just perfect for showing Joanne how to fix the loose doorknob in the kitchen. Although Chapter 7, page 100 isn't much help because it deals with fixing a hole in the blacktop driveway and we don't have a driveway, six pages later it's exactly what Joanne always wanted to know (but was afraid to ask) about unclogging gutters. .IAMKS W WILSON. Publisher linWAUIMI WILSON. Kriitnr W I. KKlTX.NcwsKdilor JAMKS II WILSON. Vice President (icncral Manager Kntcred .is second class mailer al the posl'Office ill Cur- mil Iowa under the act ol March 2. IHS7 Mrmbrr ul (hr Associated Press Was it Harassment? By Bruce Hiossul loved each other. Should I call him and apologize? Please. Abby. tell me what to do. BROKENHEARTED MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: When we do the right thing, we feel good about it. When we do the wrong thing, we feel bad. Call him. DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been considering beginning a family, but we aren't completely certain that we want to. for various reasons. However, here is one reason in particular which bothers me. I have always been a rather possessive person, and it is important to me to be the most important person in my husband's life. ... I'm afraid if I had a child, the child might become more important to my husband than I am and I would then become jealous of my own child. I've seen it happen in some families. I have caught myself feeling jealous when my husband shows affection for our dog. Now. wouldn't it be terrible to feel that way about your own child? Does this sound far out to you. or have you come across this problem before? And what should I do about it? JEALOUS DEAR JEALOUS: If you're jealous of a dog. forget about a family. It shouldn't happen to a child. DEAR ABBY: I finally met a man I can be serious about, and there are only two things wrong with him. One: When we go out to dine, he cuts all his meat into little bite-sized pieces as though he were preparing it for a 4-year-old child, or a dog! The other thing: When a lady comes into a room and he is seated, he never stands up. How can I get him to correct these two faults without hurting his feelings? He would be perfect otherwise. SERIOUS ABOUT HIM DEAR SERIOUS: Tellhim lovingly that if it weren't for two minor flaws in etiquette, he would be perfect! Then gently explain. Now, what man would resent a little constructive criticism in order to attain perfection? If yours does, he has more than only two faults. CONFIDENTIAL TO "PROVED MY LOVE IN COLUMBUS": If he comes near you again, call the police. Or do you want to try for two? Daily Times Herald SOK .Niirlh Cuurl Street Carroll. Inwa D.iiU Kxccpl Sunda\s .mil Holidays other thnn Washing- Inn s Kirlh<l.it .mil Veteran s n.iv hy ihi> Herald Publishing ('oiiipam Despite some stories to the contrary, it is still a mystery to investigators what particular'things — if any — the Watergate burglars were after when they bugged and burglarized national Democratic headquarters in the spring of 1972. It is not correct, for instance, that the Senate Watergate committee is persuaded that the burglars' managers in the Nixon administration were trying to find out exactly what then Democratic National Chairman Lawrence O'Brien knew about ties between John Mitchell and Howard Hughes, and Hughes' passage of $100,000 via messenger to Nixon friend Charles (Bebe) Rebozo. One printed version of this story is that Hughes gave the money after Mitchell, while still attorney general, had allegedly bent the anti-trust laws to allow Hughes to pick up a sixth hotel in Las Vegas (he already had five). Then, so the version goes, key Nixon people discovered belatedly that O'Brien, through his small public relations firm, was doing business with the Hughes organization (his link being "old friend" Robert Maheu). With Maheu by that time separated from, and feuding bitterly with, Hughes, there was supposed to be specific administration interest in what O'Brien might have learned from Maheu about the Mitchell-Hughes- Rebozo "deal." Intriguing as this tale may be, a source close to the Ervin committee told me that members today are split all over the lot on how much credence to give it. This man says: "In my view, the Mitchell-Hughes business didn't have a damned thing to do with it." First off, the most specific recital of this tale has some basic errors. O'Brien and-Maheu were not, as reported, "old friends" from Massachusetts days. Maheu. representing Hughes, first contacted O'Brien in 1968 after Robert Kennedy had been assassinated, but the Democratic leader's business link (which lasted a little more than a year) didn't actually begin until late Homemaking Thr Associated Press is entitled exclusively lit tht 1 use fur rcpuhlication of all tlu 1 local news printed in this newspaper .is well as all AP dispatches olficial Paper nl Count > and City Subscription Kales IU camel ho\ dchvcn per week t 60 I(Y MA|I. Carroll Cuunl\ and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is nnl available per \ car S'AIIK) I hitside of Cat roil amf Adjoining Counties in /ones I and 'I per tear t£l 00 All I Hli.'l Mail in the I'niled Slali'.s. per veal %Ti 00 1969 when he was no longer chairman. O'Brien has of course repeatedly said publicly that he knew nothing of the Mitchell-Hughes-Rebozo thing. , That he was a special target of the administration's intelligence-surveillance plan seems established by 1973 Senate Watergate testimony and other utterance. Unsuccessful efforts were made to break into his New York apartment and office. His friends were investigated. Some evidence exists that he may actually have been shadowed. The IRS zeroed in hard on his taxes — without result. Plans also included bugging his personal and official quarters in Miami Beach during the July, 1972. convention. The bungling at Watergate presumably ended that scheme. So where does that leave us? O'Brien's friends think he was targeted just as a prime irritant to Mr. Nixon. He fumed publicly over IRS harassment, constantly pointed at the administration's controversial ITT anti-trust deal and badgered the President at every turn. Still, to the Watergate committee, notwithstanding doubts about administration concern over the Mitchell-Hughes contacts, an idea lingers that Hughes may have figured in the surveillance focus on O'Brien in a broader way. The thought (still lacking any proof) is that a furious Hughes feared Maheu may have told O'Brien and others much about his empire. In this view, Hughes may have partly co-opted the administration surveillance team's services in return for not merely the publicized $100,000 to Rebozo, but another $50,000 and the promise.of more (two Hughes-group checks, signed but with amounts left blank, were found in administration hands). Far out? Possibly. But convicted Watergate participant James McCord. a Nixon reelection committee security agent, was allegedly involved in a failing effort to retrieve handwritten Hugnes notes left by Maheu with Las Vegas editor Hank Greenspun. Takes Slow Boat By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I would like to know if any reader has a recipe for treating material so it will be flame resistant. Thank you. — MRS. K.F. DEAR POLLY — I would like to air a Pet Peeve with mail order companies who take so long in filling orders. Sometimes it takes weeks and weeks to get anything that has been ordered. It seems to me they do not appreciate my business or they would be more prompt in sending my order. This makes me hesitant to order even when I see things in the catalogue I really would like to have. —ESTHER. DEAR POLLY — June wanted to know how to use driftwood other than for making arrangements and candle holders. I have seen larger pieces sanded, stained or varnished and used as bases for lamps. A friend uses it to outline her flower beds. I have used driftwood to make a wall rack for necklaces andor earrings. I had a V-shaped piece with one end shorter than the other. I put cup hooks in it and hung the necklaces on the longer arm, next to the wall, and matching earrings on the shorter arm. This adds color and charm to my bedroom decor. Another longer, rather snaky-looking piece was used just for necklaces. I used two picture hooks on the wall to hold mine and it took a bit of weight balancing to hang it correctly. -MABEL. DEAR POLLY — and June — On the West Coast they use smaller pieces of driftwood, highly polished, as napkin rings. —HESTER. DEAR POLLY — While we were busy on the farm the tractor ran out of gas and we had more fuel to add but no funnel. Since we did have a paper bag we used it as a great emergency funnel. No extra time was lost in going back to get one. — DELORES. DEAR POLLY — Not too long ago I read about a mother who was complaining about gift giving for so many children's parties. When my child had a birthday party we had a wrapped gift for each invited guest. All were alike so there was no dissatisfaction nor hurt feelings but a mutual feeling of joy when the little guests arrived and saw they were also on the receiving end. This taught my child that the joy of giving is equal to the joy of receiving. — VI. DEAR POLLY — Beautiful coasters can be made by applying decals on the inside of plastic coffee can lids. They are roomy and do not stick to the bottom of the glasses. — VIRGINIA. BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "Good afternoon! I'm your Avon man!
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