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g 4 6ole$buro Rtoister'i^Qil. Goleabufa. III. Mpndoy, April 23, 1973 f "You Wouldn't Want the Chief end the Rest of Us to Get Wet, Would You?" lib.. *«• m *» «* Comment and Review Unnecessary At least 442,000 Americans are blind and an additional 35,000 will lose their eyesight by the end of 1973—half of them unnecessarily. Statistics compiled by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness indicate that half the nation's sightless could have prevented their blindness if proper medical care had been instituted by periodic examinations or when symptoms of trouble appeared. According to Virginia Boyce, the society's executive director, 50 per cent of all blindness is due to disease, accident, neglect or ignorance. Cataract is the leading cause. Its only known cure is surgery, but more than 95 per cent of operations are safe and successful. No. 2 is glaucoma, which at this moment threatens nearly 1,800,000 Americans 35 years of age or older but which for the most part can be controlled if discovered and treated in its early stages. The greatest danger with glaucoma is that most victims don't know they have it. They can very gradually lose their sight without pain or other symptoms. Currently, the standard examination for Blindness glaucoma uses a tonometer, a small instrument which th^ ophthalmologist, a physician specializing in the eyes, places briefly on each eyeball to measure pressure inside the eye. The eyes first need to be numbed with a drop or two of anesthetic. A major improvement on this technique is a noncontact tonometer invented by Dr, Bernard Grolman, a scientist with the American Optical Corp. of Framingham, Mass. This extremely delicate electronic instrument measures eye pressure by directing a quick, slight pulse of air and does not touch the eye. It is reportedly as accurate as the contact tonometer, works much faster, causes no discomfort to the patient and can be operated by a technician rather than a physician, thus making it easier and less expensive to give large groups of people glaucoma examinations. A number of state and local Societies for the Prevention of BUndness will conduct mass screenings in the coming year using the noncontact tonometer. Potentiar glaucoma victims will be advised to consult an ophthalmologist. Public Not Convinced tm 1H z t m r 4i ••I It is a gross exaggeration to charge, as some critics have charged, that the automobile industry has never done anything about pollution or safety unless it was forced to. But only a gross exaggeration. As far back as the 1950s, it was obvious that a serious pollution situation was building in California, especially in the Los Angeles area. Yet little research was devoted to cleaning up the internal combustion engine until the early 1960s, when California law made the first devices mandatory on new cars i^old in that state. Even then, not until the middle and late 1960s when the federal government stepped in was anything done about the cars sold in the other 49 states. It has been much the same kind of story with safety improvements. Thus the Industry has precious little public sympathy or understanding to draw upon in its current battle with the Environmental Protection Agency and with Congress to have the severe 1975 and 1976 emission standards postponed or modified. Far from sympathy, there is exaspera- A Lot of Speaking of inflation, in more ways thfn one, they recently raised an ancient covered bridge across the Housatonic River In Connecticut to protect it from rising water levels. Cost of the project was $556,000, which was probably not bad for the 4-month-Iong job of levering the bridge off its original foundations and inserting 2-foot-thick slabs at either end. tion if not anger among owners of 1972 and 1973 models who are experiencing lousy performance and lousy gas mileage because of the Rube Goldbergian attachments to reduce engine pollutants. Millions of cars are burning up hundreds of millions of extra gallons of gasoline at a time when the nation faces a worsening petroleum shortage. It does not speak well for vaunted American technology, especially when some foreign manufacturers claim to be able to meet the original 1976 standards without sacrifice of economy or performance and without expensive and dubious add-ons like catalytic converters. EPA Administrator William D. Ruckel- shaus had no choice but to grant the industry's request for an extra year to meet the scheduled 1975 requirements. It was either that or entertain the possibility that production lines would have to shut down in the middle of 1974, with an incalculable inipact on the economy. The automakers are unquestionably in a box, but the public remauis unconvinced that it is not, to a very large degree, a box of their own fashioning. Water . • • The interesting thing is that the bridge is believed to have cost a mere $900 when it was built back in 1802. Timely Quotes As far as I am concerned, this is the last devaluation. —Dr, Arthur F. Burns, chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. What^s Happening to Kleindienst? WASHINGTON (JTIJAH There are some ffiatters left hanging strangely In the llr by President Nixon 's sttteifient on the Wttergate clise Md Us context of espionage and sabotage directed against the Democrats. The observer Is quickly struck by the fact that Mr. Nixon, in reveiwing the issue, did so more with an assistant attorney general, than with Attorney General Richard Kleindienst. In questions of magnitude and Watergale certainly fits that description It Is customary for presidents to rely for counsel and assistance on the federal law enforcement officer of h:ghest status, and that means the attorney general himself. By disclosing specifically that he had not done so in this critical instance, Mr. Nixon has in effect delivered a public rebuke to Kleindienst. Only days ago Klemdienst stunned many U.S. lawmakers and some constitutional specialists by offering the Senate what they felt was an extravagant overstatement of the President's power to resist congressional inquiry into almost any part of the executive branch he deems to be privileged terrl* tory. The President himself seems not to have anireciated this lavish support, ftumors still float here that Kleindienst is not long tor this administration, t was advised by careful sources last fall that he would ultimately leave, though not white the heat was on him, as it then was, for his somewhat cloudy relationship toward the FBrs inquiry into Watergate. A second thing to note im> mediately is that Mr. Nixon's move to exptore the whole Watergate and sabotage affair, and his announcement that it produced major developments, constKutes a vote of no confi* donee in the prior White House inquiry headed by the President's m-house legal counsel, John Dean. Mr. Nixon appears quite content to let tiie public conclude the only thing it can conclude, which is that if Dean had per* formed his assigned duty thoroughly it should not have been necessary for the President to superimpose his own investigation, nor should he have been able to turn up fMlfiii not previous!^ OAMNIiMl. White he left th« dlitliKl Im-, presskMk that h« hid M^rMl dlatuiiDini evtdM^ tHldi might well lead to IndletAenti M pe6- pie associated with him, ha named no one. This has a gu^ face air ol fairness, a lehse of "let jusUce take its course" through proper Judicial chan* nels, but in fact it tends to spread the blanket of luspieion Comment By Bruce Biossat tH«idlyie(«ihli L , many InVkiillid Sm^ can paiir that the miMMi 111 lift hit HlmMMld tiwi UMUy before the llihate, ind hat Mid he will iiiapind anyMn fin- after indicted f6r wrMUdaim in these matten. Yet some of the offenaei may not be indictable but alm^ un* ethicali Moraever. a itroiti lei> son from Preildent Wamn Harding's icaiidal<plaguad re* B lme Is not being graaped. larding suffered heavily in hli- tory from not publicly, 8peeifi^ ally disassociating himself ill advance of official inquiry from men linked to him whom he positively knew, or accurately surmised, were guilty of wrongdoing. Finally, Mr. NIxon'a lmpo^ tant statement Is punliAg In Ita belated timing. It leavei both the experta and the general pulh lie wondering why it took a man with a reputation for political astuteness ao long to perceive the dangers of Watergate for the failure of his party and fbr hit own ultimate atatus at the bar of history. The Fuel Crisis Is Our Own Fault WASHINGTON (NEA)-Over the long run there is no valid reason for a fuel-enragy crisis. Over the short run, the only excuse is lack of foresight. For the potential available sources of fuel and energy are great beyond invagination. As Iwig as this reporter can remember, it has been clear to scientists that the United States would run into energy shortages unless decisive long range action was taken. We have known for decades that control oi our oil supplies eventually would fall into the hands of Middle East nations, which could prove disastrous to the U.S. political, economic and national security interests. For more than 20 years scientific and industry conferences have detailed these predictions with technical precision. Inevitably these scientists had practical solutions: For liie long range — the development of solar energy which could provide great amounts of power for literally millions of years. For the intermediate term — nuclear fusion power, using basically cheap "raw materials," available in such plentiful abundance that their exhaustion is not even predicted. For the nearer term — breeder nuclear reactors which provide new fuel as a by-product, thereby stretching our resources of atomic fuel for a very long time to come. For "today," these scientists had been predicting a widespread use of niarglmd coal, oil snale and other resources by Comment efficient methods to be developed in this nation's laboratories and a much wider use of "cm- ventlonal" atomic power plants. Yet these same conferences reported time and again that heavy restrictions had been placed on research budgets in crucial areas where breakthroughs seemed possible. Today, solutions to all the aibove fUNilblems are proceeding — but slowly. There seem to be no insurmountable technical difficulties. But research takes effort, men and materials and that means money. Crash programs require "multiples" of money, as witness the race to the moon. If we could, as a nation, afford to spend upwards of $20 billion over the span of a few years on space missions, why have we not been able to bring The Almanac By United Press International Today is Monday, April 23, the 113th day of 1973 with 252 to follow. The moon is approachitfg its last quarter. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Venus and Saturn. Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564. On this day in history: In 189R, the U.S. government asked for 125,000 volunteers to fight against Spain in Cuba. In 1917, almost every performer stepped forward at a mass rally in New York City when asked to volunteer to . entertain the troops overseas in World War I. In 1941, thousands attending an "America First" rally In New York City heard Charles Lindbergh say: "...it is obvious that England is losing the war." The noted aviator opposed American entry into tlie conflict. In 1965, more than 200 U.S. planes struck North Vietnam in one of the biggest raids of the war. A thought for the day: Roman poet Horace said, "The brief span of life forbids us to cherish a long hope." into being a craah program of energy researah? Why is it that we spend for energy a fraction of .what we ^nd on space when energy growth is vital to the nation's existence? If the United States and private Industry would spend on energy research and related basic atudies proportionately as much as the nation's chemteal and drug industries do In (heir product areas, the United States could bring into being a fuel- power reseaich crash program considerably greater than the Apollo moon project. It probably would be just as effective. THE MAILBOX Equal Opportunity Editor, Register-Mail: I made the Galesburg Main Street scene last week on one of my rare occasions of having time to browse. I was indeed appalled by the lack of mUiori- ties working in our downtown area. It is extremely degrading to be able to count the number of mhiorities working downtown on one's hands. The last year or so I was under the impression that Galesburg was progressing — the word progress also means hiring of minorities for jobs in our stores. I for one know that a couple of stores would be badly hurt money wise if It weren't for minority trade. It is too bad that minorities can't realize that money is the key and not buy where there are no minorities working. I remember the year 1957 on' one of my visits to New York City, minorities just were not buying where minorities weren 't hired. Come on Galesburg and wake up, you are located in the heart of the United States of America, not the backwoods. Personally, it doesn 't take qualifications to stand around,^' ' and talks to one 's friends or acquaintances while customers wait, this has happened to me on several occasions.— La Dora L. Thierry, Galesburg. Ct '068 \iord Piizzle How Much? Amw*r ta Prtvitui Nul« ACROSS 1 Fewer 5 Greeter 10 Fur UVenetivi traveler 14 Shaded walks 16 Made sleeping noise 15 Siirl noise 19 Vestiges as Bipeds a4Guido'snoU a? Lover,—-of Gaul as Hawaiian garlands aiKU 35 Legendary seacriature aa Greek outcry 39 Carried Along inacurrtui 4a)Saunet 43 Head cover 46 More costly 4lNealr£ast garments 80 bi sufficient quantity 84 Rebuilds SSBewUdered 80Inexccsstv« quantl^ (2wds.) eODispatehed 61 Bard eSNotiklSf DOWN iRacecoune circuits a Short Jacket aSongfbren* 4 Tennis otr basebaU 51,049 (Roman) 6 shoestring 7£dgtt SAllthetlmt 10 Title of courtesy llBiblieat country 12 Degree of value SOIitdetScot.) 15 Japanese cola 32 Yellow bugle I7i^h plant 20 Cretan seaport 33 Negative 21 Forrner nam« prefix of Tokyo 22 Perch 24 Shade tree 25 Civil War general 26VentilSt« 28 That lady 34 Obtain 36BiUarge STAhger 40 Novel, vivid 41^umbsr 43 Vehicle 44 lincourage 45 a ..^^ Texas 47 Prepare meat 49 Halt Sllifhptoyir 52 Abrupt StSlMUldtf 87With «ue (comb, form) r- r i 13 IS iNiwsrArn iNnvRisi AISN.) Qalesbqrg l^sfer^il ® 1973 by NtA, Inc 'I'm looking for UBERATION. hrFULFILLMeNT! And what do I get?-^'Tak9 a l^tttr, Ms. Smith'." OUice 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illlnoli, tliOl TELEPHONg NUMaea Register-Mall Exchange 343-7111 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Dally except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans t)ay. Ethel Custer Pritchard. publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrlton, managing editor; Michael Johnson, as- aisiant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward tirUfltb Co.. Inc.. New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU Of CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of OSlesburg SOc a Week ^ By RED maU in our retail trading zone: 1 Year 116.00 3 MOdths |S.SI 6 Months $ d.OO 1 Month ^.OU No mall subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery servlee. By Carrier in retail trading zone ouuide City of Galesburg SOC a Week By mall outside retail trading sone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route In retail trading zone: 1 Year $2200 3 Months U.UO 6 Months $12.00 1 Month fSJO By mail outside lUlnoU. Iowa and Mlwourl: 1 Year $26 00 3 Months |7.U 6 Months $14.50 1 Month 93.U9

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