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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Thursday, June 6, 1974 Human Nature j One of the positive results of the 1 campus unrest of the 1960s was the \ establishment of student ombudsmen in \ many colleges and universities. Like his namesake in the. Swedish government where the idea originated, the ombudsman's job is to act as mediator between students (citizens) and the university administration (the bureaucracy), to hear complaints and try to get the appropriate official to do something about them. A recent report by the student ombudsman at the University of Chicago is probably typical. During his stint in the spring and summer quarters of 1973, ombudsman Joel Levin handled 65 complaints, ranging from lack of bicycle security on the campus to dwindling library services to the drabness and inadequacy of student housing to the sanitary napkin situation in women's rest rooms. Levins' comments on his experience are an interesting microcosm of life itself. i "There is often a correlation," he writes in his report, "between remoteness from direct student contact and a Willingness to accommodajte an individual magnanimous and accommodating. ! "Often these superiors are willing to bend or abandon general policy to accommodate individual students."j As an example, one student complained that the registrar's office wouldn't allow her to graduate .with honors because a secretary had inadvertently omitted her name from the honors list. An honorless diploma had thus been ordered for the student and she was given the choice of graduating without honors in June or graduating with honors in September. The ombudsman asked the registrar why a blank diploma couldn't be given in June and the actual one mailed late when it had been printed, permitting the student to graduate with the rest of her class without being penalized for a mistake she hadn't made. The registrar, showing no concern for the student, replied that this would inconvenience his office and would violate university regulations. It was not until the ombudsman took the matter to the president's office that the decision was changed. The same kind of thing must happen a thousand times a day in every bureaucracy that exists, be it a university or city hall or the federal government,where, as Levin writes, the ''fragmentation of the (bureaucracy) into separate little •empires fosters an attitude of indifference to all things unconnected-with the smooth running of each individual empire." In other words, when we complain about "the system," we're really complaining about human nature. It's a Long Way to a Score! Viewpoint For Freer Trade By Bruce Biossat Advice If Pregnant, Marry Now By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Bob, (not his real name) and I have been engaged since last Christmas. The problem is I am pretty sure I am pregnant, and my wedding is four months away. I probably shouldn't wear a white gown and veil, but I already bought mine, and if I can get into it I'm going to wear it. I haven't told anybody but Bob, but I may have to tell my mother because I feel lousy in the morning, and she wasn't born yesterday. If I'm pregnant, would it be okay to go ahead with the church wedding like I planned? We would tell people afterwards that the baby was premature. Rush your answer to me. SUE (NOT MY REAL NAME) DEAR SUE: First, see a doctor. If you're pregnant, make the wedding simple and soon. And don't count on fooling anybody who can count to nine. Homemaking DEAR ABBY: You are, once again, absolutely wrong. You recently advised a reader to fall for one of the oldest tricks in the book — to pay for more gas than she asked for simply because the attendant "made a mistake" and put an extra dollar's worth in her tank. True, occasionally an attendant does make a mistake, but he is in business, and if it's his mistake he should bear the loss. Would you pay the telephone company for a long distance call you didn't make but was billed to your number? By now you know I am a lawyer. I doubt if you will print this, but if you do, please correct my spelling. I am too busy trying to persuade my clients that the legal advice they got from their barber, mechanic, plumber, gar- Wasteful Tradition Cleaning Puzzle In many places of business there is reluctance to abandon the tradition that proper attire for male workers includes jacket and tie. Sticking with that tradition will play hob with the idea of keeping office temperatures higher than in past summers to save on electricity. Authorities in quite a few offices and other business establishments do not, in short, seem to have gotten the primary message about energy conservation. This message is that everyone should cooperate to the greatest possible extent. The general level of cooperation is not yet known, but it is clear that many households and many offices and stores are keeping their thermostats at a higher level than was customary in the past. This is not too much to ask, considering the present energy situation and prospects for the future. No one advocates keeping temperatures so high that office workers suffer real discomfort. On the other hand, lowering the thermostat to accommodate the old jacket-and-tie tradition seems out of line. River Run Emery Kolb was a mature young fellow of 30 or so when he made his first run down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon with his brother Ellsworth. He took a lot of pictures, and later his brother wrote a book about the river. That was in 1911. The other day Emery Kolb, now a lively 93 years of age, made another run down the Colorado. He didn't go the whole route this time; a helicopter picked him up at Crystal Creek to return him to his studio home. Still, while he was with the party it ran 11 rapids, including one of the two roughest on the river, and Kolb proclaimed it "a fine trip." There is doubtless no great significance in all this. We just think it noteworthy that there is a man of such vigor about, one who still takes an active interest in a great natural wonder which he already was savoring in the days of Teddy Roosevelt. By Folly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I hope someone can tell me how to clean a dried flower arrangement now covered with dust and cobwebs. I do not want the flowers to break and fall off. — SANDRA. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with all those dozens and dozens of aluminum foil pans — pie pans and roasters, baking pans, TV dinner trays, etc., that absolutely no one will accept for recycling as they do beer cans. I have been told they have no way of shredding this type of aluminum and every housewife knows such pans pile up. It seems they should be recycled or something done. — NORA. DEAR POLLY — M.M. wanted to know how to clean the arms on a velvet chair and the following has worked well for me. I use a steam iron and a brush with firm bristles such as an old toothbrush. Hold the steam iron several inches above the arm and move it slowly ABOVE the surface and gently scrub the velvet with the nap. Work slowly and carefully and do not allow the nap to become wet. The steam served to lift the nap while the brush lifts the dirt out. — MARY ANN. DEAR POLLY — Some velvets are now washable and will or should be marked. No matter how one does it always be careful not to soak the fabric or allow moisture to get to the filler under the cover. When really dirty and spotted a velvet chair should really be cleaned by a professional. —POLLY. DEAR POLLY — Do not throw away those plastic or foam trays that meat comes in from the store but wash and save them to use in the bottoms of garbage bags. They fit perfectly and keep the moisture from going through the bottom of the bag. - KENNETH. bageman, friend-who-had-a-similar problem and columnist is not really the law, not always entirely correct, and is very seldom complete and/or accurate. UPSET DEAR UPSET: C'mon. The principle involved in that "dollar's-worth- of-gas" letter must have eluded you. The customer said she'd go home to get another dollar and bring it back. She never returned. Then her child wrote to ask me what Mother should have done. I said: "Since she promised to return with the dollar, she should have!" You're right. I wouldn't pay for a long distance call billed to me that I didn't make simply because that call is not a commodity I would eventually use. (Not so with the gas already in my tank.) And if you write again, please include your name and address. I have more to say to you than I can fit into this column. DEAR ABBY: About the wife who wrote that her husband was having an affair with a young teacher. (She was a minister's daughter he had met in church.) The wife asked you if she should tell the girl's father, and you told her not to. Thanks for advising her not to tell Dad. I don't want her husband for keeps. I just want to borrow a little of what she doesn't want. (She says their marital relations are not enjoyable to her.) I'll be leaving town soon. Maybe this experience will jolt that wife enough so she will at least try to love her husband. He certainly needs it. It's positively stupid for any wife to leave her husband vulnerable to an affair when it's so easy to please a man. DORA DEAR DORA: Dumb, you're not! At the end of this month, leaders of "ministerial" status in the developed nations will meet in Paris with high hopes of adopting a policy declaration which could set them firmly against use of new trade barriers as a remedy for rampant economic difficulties. Represented at this conference will 'be the United States, Canada, Japan and the various nations of the European Economic Community. A high foreign economic source here tells me the idea of such a declaration, which would be a highly significant breakthrough, already has been largely accepted in principle. What would this mean? To start with, high-placed realists in the advanced nations see their lands all broadly engulfed in an inflationary tide whose high point can't yet be gauged. What they fear is that, as individual nations shuffle about at home trying to cope with the problem, some are going to face serious balance of payments deficits. They regard it as ruinous for the future of needed full and free trade for the affected countries to resort to strictly nationalistic import and export controls and devices in these parlous times. A declaration to this effect at Paris could not be dismissed, I am, told, as empty words. It would carry the full weight of the participating governments. But how, then, would deficit-traders meet their obvious dilemma? The overriding hope, considered quite realistic, is that they could offset payments deficits in any given period by extensive borrowing. Borrowing from whom? Inquiry discloses a strongly growing belief that a chief source of funds would be the heavy reserves presumably being accumulated in European and other banks by the oil-bearing Middle Eastern countries under the steeply hiked oil price structure now prevailing. Daily Times Herald 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W.WILSON, Publisher HOWARD B.WILSON, Editor W. L. REITZ, News Editor JAMES B.WILSON, Vice President, General Manager Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2,1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republicatlon of all the local news « printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates Bv carrier boy delivery per week $ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties, where carrier service is not available, per year $20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year * 23 - 00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year .$27.00 BERRY'S WORLD © .1974 by NEA. Inc. "/ just wish the (« *#!!% transcription of the (« *#//% fapes didn't have the word 'expletive' in it so (<> *#'.!% often!" Even as Arab oil nations were using their resources as a political weapon in the aftermath of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the message quickly got through that the Arabs did not want to bring the Western-style economies (including Japan's) into chaos. So. not unreasonably, it is believed in the developed lands that the capital-heavy Middle East not only will do more trading with the advanced nations (to lift their own living standards), but may prove quite sympathetic to the "borrowing" notion which is tightly bound up with the idea of staying away from new trade restrictions. I gained no indication that the men who soon will meet in Paris have any real assurances on this score from the oil nations. But the prospective conferees are not dreamers. In any event, it is news enough at this stage that the big industrial powers see only destructive futility in a new building of barriers — and are preparing to commit themselves openly and forcefully against such a course. Plainly, this resolve, even if it works as they devoutly hope and avoids serious aggravation of an already troubled world industrial economy, will not settle the nagging issue of inflation. When the best economic minds in the advanced lands meet, they still separate in puzzlement. All they muster is hope. Occasionally they hear an optimistic voice, but they are really not ready for notes of good cheer. One economic specialist whose judgment I value thinks there will be a chance of reaching a price plateau. He sees the auadruoline (and more) of oil as basically a "one-shot" thing. Once it is translated, as it must inevitably be, into higher prices for energy-dependent manufactured goods, he believes some leveling can occur. He thinks, too, that shortages in other raw materials may be short-range and that present alarms are ill-founded. Health 'Gas' Problems Bv Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB — Energy crisis or no. there seems to be no "gas" shortage among us older folks'. We go on having "gas" trouble for lack of a reliable way to prevent or get quick relief. Your views on the subject would be welcome. I, myself, have suffered from what has been diagnosed as spastic colon. A blank, low- roughage diet and antispasmodic medications have been the main control with less than satisfactory results. There is a side effect that I have not been able to impress my doctor sufficiently with. The gas attacks occur usually at night, the pressure increases and it has a marked effect on the heart. The pulse rate, normally around 64. becomes highly erratic and speeds up to 90 to 120 while at the same time a completely debilitating weakness overtakes me. Urination, ordinarily once a night or none, becomes very urgent and a total of two quarts may be voided during the next few hours. The walk to the bathroom becomes a herculean task and leaves me weak and faint. What can we oldsters do to prevent gas attacks, and what can be done for reasonably prompt relief? DEAR READER — This is a common complaint and it can cause a severe discomfort, as you know. I suspect your heart irregularities are indeed caused by the gas. You are describing an impending faint. These can be induced by pain from any source. In this instance your pain is caused by distention and spasm in your colon. Anyone who has excessive gas problems should have a good medical examination. The examination may pinpoint the basic underlying medical problem as it has in your case with your problem of spastic colon. The anti-spasmodics you are taking are important in severe cases. Not all doctors would agree with your diet, however. In more recent years the tendency has been to give people with spastic colon problems a diet containing lots of roughage. The colon is a muscular tube. It has to have enough bulk to contract against to have normal, rhythmic contractions without cramps or spasms., Specifically, the diet should include cereal fiber. You get this from real whole wheat bread and whole grain cereals. Use plenty of leafy, vegetables and salads. To help control the gas problem one should eliminate coffee in all its forms, including all the decaffeinated products. The flavor oils alone are irritating to the colon. Tea and colas should also be eliminated. Eliminate alcohol, at least until the gas and colon problems are completely under control. Many people who have gaseous problems and difficulties, often labeled as spastic colon, really cannot tolerate the lactose milk sugar in milk and milk products. The test here would be to eliminate all milk and milk products from your diet for some time. That includes cheese and buttermilk. Of course, you are probably already eliminating your seasoning, but it's important to eliminate all the spicy seasonings including garlic, from the diet to avoid gas. Most people will learn that there are certain foods that are particularly gas- formers for them. This often includes onions, cabbage and beans. Such an individual should avoid all sweet, starchy foods that are made with ; white flour. That includes elimination of pie, cake, sweet rolls, puddings and similar products. For more information about spastic colon write to me, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019 and ask for the booklet on spastic colon. Send 50 cents to cover costs. If a spastic colon is the problem, then a good bowel program, which should mean having a fairly substantial breakfast with lots of fluids and a regular bowel habit each morning, [should be initiated. Laxatives obviously 'should be avoided. Often on such a program the spastic colon problem will disappear and this, in turn, will alleviate the gas problem. Aging is Reality By Joanne Koch To be honest, I never thought about aging until a few months ago. I was feeling depressed and resentful about the fact that my father was growing old. A mild stroke had left him well enough to want to continue his medical practice — but too weak to withstand that strain. At 72 he had a right to retire. But in his own mind, work and productivity were synonymous with living and breathing. One didn't have a right to live unless one worked. His aging, taking place as it did rather suddenly, made me realize how insensitive and uninformed I was about the problems of growing old in this country. I had no occasion or opportunity to talk to older folks — there was virtually no one over 65 in our suburban neighborhood. Old folks depicted on TV were usually lovable like Grandpa Walton or distinguished like Marcus Welby. What would Dr. Welby do if he had to retire, if he no longer had the answers for his patients but became a patient himself? Mom and I weren't used to having Dad around. He had always been on the go — to the hospital, to the office, to cut the lawn or weed the garden or paint the porch.