Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS "He's Got Good Lines at This End!" Wednesday, June 19, 1974 Ban On Opium Those bent on employing sanctions to force Moscow to ease up on Jewish emigration cannot lightly dismiss President Nixon's warning that interference in Soviet domestic affairs might hinder moves toward detente. This is mentioned .by way of suggesting that there is room for differences on the question whether the U.S. government should attempt to influence other countries' internal affairs. If ever there was a case in which interference was justified, however, it is the present dispute over Turkish opium production. It cannot persuasively be argued that this is strictly Turkey's business; the international heroin traffic makes it the world's business, and in particular the business of the United States. Before Washington initiated a ban on opium production by Turkish farmers two years ago, some 80 per cent of the heroin brought into this country was made from Turkish opium. In the interim, the amount of heroin illicitly sold in the United States has been sharply reduced. Rep. Lester L. Wolff of New York told his House colleagues that the number of addicts has been cut in half. Whether or not the reduction has been quite that dramatic, there has been marked improvement. This was a factor in sponsorship of a resolution by more than half the members of the House urging the President to cut off all U. S. aid to Turkey should its new government lift the opium production ban. The Turkish government argues that it is not bound by the previous government's agreement with Washington. That may be, but the . present regime should be firmly told that in lifting the ban it would risk at very least a substantial cutback in U.S. aid. The reduction of Turkish opium supplies has been a blow to the international dope traffic. Pressure on Ankara to maintain the ban on opium production is amply warranted. FRENCH PUNOFF Health Diets, Thyroid Lack Bv Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D Advice Swinging Mother Worries Daughter By Abigail Van Buren Never Too Old Figure the odds on starting to paint at the age of 86 and getting good enough at it to warrant a public exhibition of your work. A million to one? Higher than that, we would guess. Mrs. -Sophie Burbott of Huntington, N.Y., did it. She worked as a domestic most of her life after coming to this country from Sweden when she was 14. She didn't try her hand at painting until seven years ago, when it was suggested to her as something to do. Now she is 93, and a college art professor who also is an artist has arranged for a showing of her paintings. Grandma Moses comes to mind at once. The art professor, Alfred Van Loen of C. W. Post College in Brookville, notes this but takes the assessment of Mrs. Burbott's work a step further: "There is something of the Grandma Moses quality of her work, but in some ways she is even better. She relives her youth in her work, but there is also a certain sophistication to what she does." Mrs. Burbott shows no taste for abstraction; she portrays mostly rural landscapes, drawing upon childhood memories of Sweden. Yet in a sense, what she paints is beside the point. It is intriguing that in so short a time she has aroused critical attention. But what is interesting above all, we think, is this demonstration that even at an advanced age creative energies may be tapped. To those who figure they are obliged to start yielding to oP rockin' chair at about age 70 or so, we say: Look what Sophie Burbott's doing at 93. Drinking Grows The latest in a series of Gallup surveys of the nation's drinking habits shows that use of alcohol is more widespread than at any time since 1939. Among persons 18 and older, 68 per cent indulge in alcohol to some extent. It does not inevitably follow that excessive drinking is more of a problem than ever before, but that is the likelihood. There is reason to believe that as more people drink the number who drink to excess rises correspondingly. Thus the poll figures appear to bolster the testimony of other evidence that excessive use of alcohol is becoming an even more serious national problem than in the past. Our society seems to be losing ground in combatting this social ailment. The price we pay for this is enormous — the price in auto deaths, in human misery, in loss of productivity. The situation clearly demands something DEAR ABBY: My 62-year-old mother who was recently widowed, has taken to running around with men. She joined some kind of "Senior Swingers Club." Her men friends have been seen by her neighbors and they have begun to talk. I just can't understand what's come over my mother. She picks up men at the grocery store, at bingo, and at other social events. She used to be a devoted Christian wife and mother, and my children adores their "Nana," but now she's disgracing our family. I spoke to her about this, and she said she figured she may not be around too many more years, and she wants to enjoy what's left of her life. Isn't this type of activity bad for a woman her age? I need some advice on how to handle this. DESPERATE IN FORT PIERCE, FLA. DEAR DESPERATE: A woman who has been a devoted Christian wife and mother doesn't become less of a Christian because she makes new friends and enjoys socializing. It could keep her young and healthy for many years. You are not "disgraced." A person can disgrace only himself. Mother is probably innocent of any wrongdoing, but some neighbors love to talk. DEAR ABBY: I work days, so about six months ago I hired a nice middle-aged woman I'll call "Emma" to come in and look after my children. The other day I noticed a long-distance call on my phone bill which neither my husband nor I had made, so I phoned Emma and asked her if she had made it. I stressed that I didn't mind if she had, I only wanted to know if there was a mistake on my bill (It was less than $4). Emma said she knew nothing about it, so I called the telephone company and they took it off my bill. No problem. Early the next morning, Emma's husband called to tell me that Emma was so upset over my "insulting accusation" that she couldn't work for me anymore! Fortunately, I was able to replace her with no trauma to my children and very little inconvenience to myself, but I want to know if I did the wrong thing in questioning Emma. CONCERNED DEAR CONCERNED: If you're telling it like it was. you had every right to ask her, and she should not have regarded your question as Van insulting accusatdon."'' '• ."> i DEAR DR. LAMB — I don't know whether I am fortunate or unfortunate to have read your column. I refer to your column about the 17-year-old girl who had been dieting and developed menstrual trouble, falling hair and personality problems. My 16-year-old daughter was experiencing the same symptoms and is also conscious of her weight. I took her to a physician, he had her tested and, lo and behold, found her to be suffering from hypothyroidism. Now, I don't know whether you are right and it was her diet or the doctor I took her to was right and she has a low-thyroid problem. I have received several phone calls from relatives who read your articles avidly, advising me that my daughter's problem is only one of poor eating habits. Tell me, doctor, and tell them. DEAR READER — Many of the ills people have can be caused by more than one thing. This is the problem when one sees only part of the picture. To illustrate, the flu can cause a fever, but so can tuberculosis, cancer, leukemia and a host of other problems. The fact that tuberculosis can cause a fever in no way proves that the flu can't cause a fever. This is a common problem people have in understanding illnesses. What happens in one person is not necessarily the same thing in another person. In my earlier column that you read, I responded to a girl who was on a semistarvation diet. I replied concerning the things such starvation diets can do to a person. It is important that young girls appreciate this so they won't do these things to their bodies in the interest of having a slimmer figure. Semistarvation is not healthy. When you have a very low thyroid function it can also affect the menstruation and cause falling hair and personality changes. So, both problems can induce similar symptoms. Now, here is the interesting point. When you go on a semistarvation diet the metabolism slows down markedly. By slowing down the body's function, the body conserves its limited energy. It is like turning down the thermostat because there is a shortage of fuel energy. This is nature's protective device to help man survive periods of starvation, a problem in primitive man but not much of a problem in modern society, except in those who willfully starve themselves in unhealthy ways. I don't know whether your daughter has a low metabolism because she has been starving herself or whether she has an.overweighrproblem because of low thyroid function. To properly assess the thyroid function she would need to be on a proper, balanced diet. In any case, even if she has low thyroid function she will need to eat a proper diet, not a semistarvation diet. If she does not have a low thyroid problem, then taking thyroid will not really help her control her weight. You'll find this out in time. Many people are fooled into thinking they need thyroid from the reaction they have when they stop the medicine. The body will adjust to taking thyroid and normal thyroid production will slow down. Then when we stop the thyroid medicine the gland will not produce enough thyroid hormone for awhile and symptoms of thyroid deficiency occur. These are doctor-made, and do not prove the thyroid was low to begin with. Barbs Why do you never drop any pencil other than a freshly sharpened one? People who remember when are getting more numerous. can you stand to know about the independent owl? He wouldn't give two hoots. 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. 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DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with small children and babies fussing in church and especially during the sermon. Most churches have a room prepared for their care. I wonder why the parents do not use this. The crying rpom in our church is often practically empty yet parents sit in the back of church not 10 feet from it with screaming youngsters. It seems young parents or even proud grandparents would realize what a disturbance they are making or do they go to church just to show off the children? — A.F.K. DEAR POLLY — Mrs. B.B. might try soaking the backs of pressed-on letters on a sweat shirt with lacquer thinner and then peel the letters off with her fingernails or a table knife. There is also a chemical spray one can buy to spray on such letters and then peel them off.-WARD. DEAR READERS — Some glues will come loose if soaked in vinegar. That might be applied first to the back and perhaps loosen the letters enough so they could be peeled off .—POLLY. DEAR POLLY — Those who defrost are all of my great-grandson, 2, who lives far away in Italy. My sister's calendar has butterfly decorations and round spaces for the months. She is cutting out the circles and pasting her pictures to the back so they show through the round holes. These are really masterpieces when made up. -E.M.A. DEAR POLLY — I am answering Mrs. F.J.S. who complained about shopping carts being so unsanitary because of mothers carrying babies in the part that is intended for groceries. She is apparently a Mrs. but surely not a mother for a mother would know that a baby is usually the most sterilized member of the family. The "Baby's slobbering over the cart with cookies and candy" and contaminating Mrs. F.J.S.'s lettuce, celery, etc., can hardly be more offending than an adult pinching and handling fruits and vegetables with unwashed hands while a cigarette dangles from a coughing mouth. Also, Mrs. F.J.S. did not include dogs and other pets that are supposedly forbidden in stores but often tolerated. I have an idea she is more in sympathy with those who leave a shopping cart littered with hair, dirty facial tissues, coffee cups, etc., than those carrying Baby. —MRS. H.H. DEAR GIRLS - After Mrs. F.J.S.'s letter was published w/e heard from one company. Its business is picking up such grocery carts at many stores Summer Weight Double Knits Not too late to sew these for your easy-living summer rib-knits and woven dots on cool white 60" wide machine wash & dry. Pastel colors with white dots or prints and checks — for tops, dresses or cool pant suits ^^ 45" wide ^ wash-n-wear w Reg. $1.99 Were $3.99 Yd. their refrigerators should unscrew the periodically to sterilize them. Store light globe enough to put out the light so the icy water will not burn out the hot bulb as it drips and splashes. — MRS. fl f O DEAR POLLY — If you have one of those fancy felt kitchen calendars do not throw it away when it is out of date. Mine has huge sun flowers covered with yellow sequins and red sequins across the squares for the months. I removed the latter and selected 12 favorite owners are not unaware of the problem. — POLLY. DEAR POLLY — After washing my hair I rinse it with cold water. This closes the oil glands and I do not have to wash it so often. — DENA. DEAR GIRLS — This Pointer was printed in this column some years ago but is well worth repeating. I have used it constantly since then and now would Men's Wear Double Knits 60" wide - small bolts of sharp-looking fabrics for blazers, pants, or suits. These are hard to get sew now for fall. Airy Poplin Beautiful colors 45" wide 65% poly-35% cotton Perma-press for blouses, curtains, baby clothes Bargain Tables Zippers, beads, buckles monograms, tassels, thread lingerie patterns, trims /2 price and _ •••"• Vogue Patterns FREE! Buy 1 at regular price get one bevond present efforts to deal with this 1973 at the top of the calendar. The problem pictures I chose are very special. They snapshots made in 1973.1 pasted one on not feel my nail . was c i ean \( rinsed with each of the squares and then leftJthe warm wa ter. The effect is so WESTGATE MALL Many current styles to choose from Sale prices good thru Tues. June 25 STORE HOURS: 9 to 5 Mon. to Sat. 9 to 9 Friday stimulating. I use it even in winter when the water is icy cold. — POLLY.
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