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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS "What Do You Mean You Feel Left Out? You Get to Take the Picture, Don't You?" Viewpoint Wednesday, June 26, 1974 Turning Inward Popular response to Wendell L. Willkie's championing of his "one world" theme in the early 1940s struck many as sounding the death knell for isolationism. The view that our country must look outward, playing a responsible and supportive role in world affairs, did burgeon over the next two decades. A survey of public opinion conducted by the Gallup organization for Potomac Associates indicates that this trend has been reversed in recent years. Since 1972 there has been a marked decline in attitudes which can be described as internationalism, and a corresponding rise in isolationist attitudes. We are told that "there has been a pronounced tendency to turn inward." This is ascribed in large part to two factors. One is a growing preoccupation with urgent domestic problems. Another is the widespread disenchantment, arising from the traumatic experience in Vietnam, with the concept of "U. S. predominance in power." On the question whether it remains important for the United States to be "the world's most powerful nation," those in the polled group who gave an opinion were almost evenly divided: 43 per cent said yes, 42 per cent no. Furthermore, the survey revealed a general feeling that U. S. power is declining in relation to other countries, and that "essential equivalence" with the Soviet Union in terms of military strength would be acceptable. In line with this, more than half thought military expenditures were too high. Use of U. S. military force to help Western Europe was approved by only 48 per cent. A chart of the findings shows a steady decline in internationalist attitudes over the past decade, while the percentage of "total isolationists" held almost constant until the past couple of years. Internationalism sank from 65 per cent of the population to 56 per cent in 1972, then sharply down to 41 per cent at present. During the same period, isolationism stayed at 8 or 9 per cent until 1972 but by 1974 had risen to 21 per cent. To the extent that the change reflects less interest in "policing the world," the trend is a happy one. However, there is much more than that to internationalism. The concept of interdependence and shared responsibility is even more important now than it was when Willkie was talking about "one world." Of late there has been rising awareness that in many ways — with regard to nuclear arms, the intertwined population and environmental problems, and so on — the nations of the world must make common cause to avert disaster. That jibes ill with the "pronounced tendency to turn inward" discerned in Americans by the Potomac Associates survey. Colson Testimony Sen. Harold Hughes says on the basis of his prayer group involvement with Charles W. Colson that Colson's guilty plea was motivated by a desire to "help in the cleansing process of the nation ..." Hughes and others in the prayer group picture the former presidential aide as being eager to tell everything he knows about the Watergate coverup, the White House "plumbers," and other matters in which congressional and judicial investigators are interested. Assuming that this is so, the questions are how much he knows and whether he will be called upon to tell what he knows. It is a safe bet that he will; his testimony undoubtedly was the objective in mind when the special prosecutor's office arranged for him to make a one-count plea. This leaves the question of knowledge. Previous testimony and the partial transcripts released by the White House suggest that Colson knows a great deal. He had a large number of conversations with the President, and in the transcripts there are many indications that others believed him to be well informed about things that had been said and done. The plea bargain between Colson and the special prosecutor's office may result in some additional pieces being fitted into the Watergate puzzle. Could it Happen? Advice CoedObjectstoMeninShower By Abigail Van Buren DEAR READERS: I received the following letter. (It was signed.): DEAR ABBY: We are two students at Scripps College in Claremont, Cal., who are distressed by the attitudes of the majority of the girls in our residence hall concerning male visitors. Not only are men allowed in the girls' rooms 24 hours a day, but they are also allowed to use our bathroom facilities! We find it particularly embarrassing to encounter men just outside the showers with only a towel wrapped around them. We also sometimes encounter couples showering together in the same stall. These rules were approved by the majority of the girls in our dormitory. but we feel that, as a minority, we have certain rights to our privacy, and that since this is a women's college, we shouldn't have to accommodate men in our living quarters. We would appreciate your advice on this subject and hope you will print this so that girls at other women's colleges who share the ideas of the majority will have a greater respect for the sentiments of the minority. DOUBTFUL Homemaking Suspecting that "Doubtful's" letter might have been a put-on, I wrote to the Dean of Students and asked for verification. I received the following reply: Dear Ms. Van Buren: I have received your letter and the enclosed letter from one of our students. Indeed, the situation which she has described is not a "put-on." Though ours is a residential college for women, the college community, at the express request of students, adopted a 24-hour visitation system three years ago. Part of the understanding inherent in this procedure, and one which the students must reaffirm each year, is that special consideration and accommodations be given to any student in any residence hall who finds herself, as "Doubtful" does, in the minority. She has only to talk to the president of the hall, the residence staff person, or to one of us in the Dean of Students office, and we will make every effort to provide her with a living situation compatible with her particular lifestyle. I think "Doubtful" should be Scummy Washers By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY—What causes new towels to shed lint even after being washed many times? The lint even sticks to one's skin. My towels were gifts at a wedding shower and bought by different people at different places. I cannot take them back to one store. I have seen silver fish in my apartment and wonder if they could be the cause.— MRS. P. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with adults who push their way ahead of children in line at a store or drive-in. I have two small children who often go to the store for me and find this most .upsetting.—LOUISE. DEAR POLLY — Make it easier for your child to shine his own shoes by wrapping the polishing cloth around a blackboard eraser. Fasten it on securely with a rubber band or shoe string to keep the cloth in place. — TERRI. ilv Times Herald Quotable Quotes John Gardner, Common Cause chairman: "The voters have spoken in California. Politicians in the states and in Congress had better listen. Voters all over the country will speak in November." 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. JAMESW. 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 republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By 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 W3.00 All Other Mail in the United States, pet year $27.00 BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA, Inc. Bv Tom Tiede encouraged to use the channels available to her within her own college! Sincerely, Stephanie Adams, Dean of Students DEAR DOUBTFUL: Well, there you are. The Dean of Students has suggested alternatives available to you and others who find the prevailing lifestyle within your dormitory repugnant to you. Even though you are in the minority. I share your feelings of outrage, and believe that since yours is a women's residential college, those girls who have opened their bathing and toilet facilities to their male guests should suffer the inconvenience of applying for a living situation compatible with THEIR lifestyle. DEAR ABBY: My 88-year-old mother died of cancer last week. During her illness, which lasted for about eight months, she occupied our guest bedroom. I want to make sure the room is entirely disinfected. Would having the carpet, curtains and mattress dry cleaned make it safe for others to sleep in that room? I have already scrubbed the walls and furniture with disinfectant. A friend of mine said I should burn up everything that was in that room and repaint just to be on the safe side. Please advise me. WORRIED DEAR WORRIED: Your friend is mistaken. Cancer is not a contagious or infectious disease. Since there is no known germ or virus which causes cancer there are no "germs" to get rid of. Give the room a thorough routine cleaning and forget about it. WASHINGTON — (NEA) — While others in this city engage in the premature wonder of who the next president may be, lawyer Bernard Fensterwald, Jr. busies himself with the creepy question of who the next president may not be. Fensterwald is one of these people who believe that there are strange and conspiratorial things about in the Republic, things that not even the high and the mighty can control. His argument, simply, is that the last four presidential elections were decided by bullets not ballots. Lyndon Johnson won in 1964 because John Kennedy was shot down in 1963; Richard Nixon won in 1968 because only Hubert Humphrey was available to the Democrats after Robert Kennedy's murder; and Nixon, who might have lost to a pair of opponents in 1972, again won handily when George Wallace's votes were interrupted by another exploding revolver. Could it happen again? And who might the victim be? Fensterwald speculates privately, but not for the public record. He says only that the possibility should be of concern to America. He also says, tantalizingly or boorishly, depending on one's viewpoint, that "the federal government knows the truth, but isn't saying." Bedecked in a bowtie, and smiling mysteriously from behind a pair of studious spectacles, Bernard Fensterwald has for his doubts lately been branded a nut. Once anything but a controversy, Fensterwald was a Senate investigator for 10 years before changing to a profitable private law practice. But now, deeply embedded in the thought that America is keeping something horrible from its children, and founder of a group called The Committee to Investigate Assassinations, the attorney is thought of as weird. "I like him," says one old Senate chum, "but I'm afraid he's gone off the deep end." The stand-off suspicion is quite natural. America has in recent times been too much subjected to the half-wit notions of quarter-wit entities. And where the "assassination conspiracy" theory is concerned, the subjection has seldom had wit at all. Currently, as example, a member of George Wallace's staff is adancing the idea that Communists have unleashed "Manchurian Candidates" into American politics. The thinking is that people like Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan and Arthur Bremer may have been "programmed to kill our great people."Fensterwald, however, is not apparently cut from that cloth. His committee on assassinations is a roster of respected names and his printable views are reasonable. His feeling that the government deceives the public, for instance, is, post-Watergate, almost the establishment philosophy. Furthermore, he does not see any assassination plot, as such, by either foreign or domestic powers; rather, he cautions us legitimately that "murder has in the past been a policy of the U.S. government" — thus, to simply look on government as haloed is at best unintellectual. Fensterwald's wish is to reopen investigations into each of the last decade's four major assassinations. Since he represents one of the convicted assassins, James Earl Ray, his motives could be questioned if it weren't for the fact he joined the client long after he joined the small clamor for full disclosure. He does not deny that each of the convicted (except his own client) is guilty; his motive is to prove they did not act alone. Says he: "I think what's at the bottom of it may dwarf Watergate. If people are shocked by Watergate, what we may prove is one thousand times worse." Fensterwald won't say just what it is he's trying to prove. But he wouldn't be surprised if the CIA was heavily involved in "the real story." He recounts the Washington gossip that Watergate plumber E. Howard Hunt was once a CIA man in Mexico City at the same time Lee Harvey Oswald was there visiting, and that Hunt later wrote a book calling John F. Kennedy a "traitor" at the Bay of Pigs. Fensterwald also suggests that President Nixon profited handsomely from two assassination attempts, adding: "Do you know where Nixon was the day President Kennedy was shot? He was in Dallas, Texas." It may be, as Henry Kissinger continues to insist, a sign of the poisonous national atmosphere that questions of governmental implications in murder as well as Watergate are given credence. Presumably, there is nothing to Fensterwald's theory but coincidence. Nonetheless, poisonous atmospheres do not dissipate without a fresh breeze; the time thus has come to investigate fully our assassination doubts. Health No Insulin in Foods By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB—I wonder if you could give me some information on diabetes. I am a diabetic and am trying to find foods that contain insulin, such as artichokes and sweet-breads. Could you help me or tell me where to write for the information? DEAR READER—I don't know where you got the idea, but you might as well forget about it. Insulin is a complex protein. That means it is formed by hooking together over 50 amino acids. All proteins are formed by hooking together various combinations of amino acids, just as words are formed by hooking together letters in the alphabet. The rub is that your digestive system is designed to break down proteins into the original building blocks of amino acids. Just as the protein in milk, beef, fish, eggs and other foods is broken down, so are any protein medicines you swallow. The acid pepsin juice in the stomach starts the process. The rest is accomplished in the small intestine as a result of enzymes from the pancreas and intestinal wall. What gets through the intestinal wall into the body then is just the building blocks and these are all the same whether they come from meat, milk, wheat or other sources. This is just like breaking down a lot of words. The letter "a" is the same "a" whether it comes from one word or another word. So, insulin has to be given by injection. This way the protein avoids being broken down by digestion into its common building blocks. The insulin can then be active in the body. Digested insulin is just a collection of disconnected amino acids and has no effect on diabetes or the blood sugar. DEAR DR. LAMB—I sent for a book advertised in the Farmer's Almanac titled "Stale Food Vs. Fresh Food" and was really shocked at some of the things they said were bad for your arteries, like flour and cereals and ham and bacon and you should drink raw milk. Is there any truth in a diet like that, and wouldn't you get some other disease drinking raw milk? Would like your opinion on this diet as I do have trouble with arthritis and my husband has trouble with his arteries. I just wondered by eating all fresh food and raw milk whether it really would improve your arteries. DEAR READER—In a word "GHASTLY." Raw milk went out with the dark ages. Happily we do have pasteurized milk and in most places it is required. As a result our children are not exposed to many diseases that are milk borne. Widespread areas of the Midwest once had cattle with brucellosis, a disease they then transmitted to humans who drank the raw, infected milk. That is only one disease that milk can carry. Milk is good food, even for growing germs. You don't need to tell me anything else about that diet. If it is as far off the truth as the bit about raw milk indicates, it is probably a public health menace. Throw it away and save yourself the doctor bills it could cause you. Riotous Fans The "boys will be boys" excuse often made for unruly baseball fans does not quite account for the sort of thing that has occurred of late. The picture of spectators carried away by good spirits is one thing; the spectacle of hundreds invading the field with weapons and yelling for blood is rather different. The recent outbreak at a Cleveland Indians-Texas Ranger game in Cleveland illustrates this difference. When the score was tied in the bottom of the ninth, hometown zealots rushed onto the field and touched off a melee. The hassle eventually found umpires and the players of both teams — outnumbered "500 to one," the battered chief umpire later said — matched against the fans. It was 10-cent beer night at the ballpark. Some observers, including Texas Manager Billy Martin, think this had much to do with the ugly temper of the crowd. Whatever its cause, that ugly temper made for a dangerous situation. The chief umpire, Nestor Chylak, may not have been exaggerating much when he said "we could have gotten killed out there very easily." Next time, someone might be killed. Law enforcement agencies and the ball clubs had better get together and work out more effective ways to keep the fans from getting out of hand.