Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on June 27, 1974 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, June 27, 1974
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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Thursday, June 27, T974 Political Waste It is arguably a serious flaw in our political system that we waste the talents of able officeholders whose terms have run out or who have been defeated for re-election. This applies to a wide range of public servants, but most notably to those in national elective office. Presidents following their White House sojourn are conspicuous examples of this. Few have been sought after on any regular basis as elder statesmen whose abilities and experience might serve the country well. Herbert Hoover is the one exception to the rule in modern times; over the past several decades he has been the only former president who continued to perform systematic, diligent, valuable service in the public interest. Among members of Congress retired by the electorate one also finds instances of men and women of outstanding capacity and experience relegated to the political scrap heap. Many remain in Washington, but generally in private capacities. Comparatively few have any chance to continue in public service, though they may have much to contribute. Arkansas voters' rejection of Sen. J. William Fulbright in favor of Gov. Dale Bumpers offers a new case in point. One of the Senate's ablest members thus finds himself cut adrift, if not at the height of his powers then at a time when he might yet serve the country well in the area of foreign affairs. James Reston wrote the other day. "In the jungle of modern politics, it would be normal to say Fulbright is finished," but should it be that way? He is 69 and in good health. Not only in his knowledge of foreign policy, but in his generative grasp of the concept of international cooperation, he has few peers. There are avenues open to him, of course. After leaving the Senate he could write and lecture; as a former Rhodes scholar and university president, he could doubtless join a distinguished faculty somewhere if he chose. The question remains whether such a man should not have the opportunity to continue serving the public — in a Department of State post, perhaps, or as a special ambassador. Almost everyone would answer that question in the affirmative, and broaden the answer to encompass other outstanding public servants in a similar position. Gun Control Those who shudder at the thought of gun control, no matter how swiftly the gun murder statistics rise, are fond of three arguments in support of their position. They invoke the Constitution, conjure up the Gestapo bugaboo, and belabor the obvious. First, the Constitution — more specifically, the Second Amendment. It does indeed stipulate, as gun enthusiasts never tire of reiterating, that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." This is often cited with a smug, I-told-you-so air as proof positive that the Fouding Fathers intended every citizen to go armed without hindrance whenever and wherever he chose. What the gun people conveniently forget is that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is predicated upon "a well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state." This is the touchstone, and in our day the function of that "well regulated militia" has long since been wholly taken over by a vast defense establishment devoted to guaranteeing the security of our free state. The bugaboo of police and-or military domination is summoned from the vasty deep to plead the case for letting everyone have whatever guns they please. A recent letter to the editor of a West Coast newspaper espoused this theme, maintaining that if guns are limited to police and government "then a police state will surely develop and we will have to bow to police and government demands." The beauty of this argument is that it cannot be tested. Meanwhile, it is used to play upon vaguely delineated fears. The champions of this view ignore the fact that our security lies in laws, not guns. At last we come to the abovementioned business of belaboring the obvious. The obvious, in this connection, is the point that it is not the gun but the wielder of the gun that causes trouble. The answer to this simple-minded aphorism is that if gun purchases and ownership were under reasonable control the number of gun-wielders would be greatly reduced. They Giveth and They Taketh Away Barbs Health 'Phantom Limbs' By Lawrence E. Lamri, M.D Advice Importance of Married Sex By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I've been dating a fellow (I'll call him David) for about three months. He's been giving me a big rush. David is one of the nicest fellows I've ever met. He is a successful professional man. good-looking, just the right age for me, treats me like a queen, and everyone who has met him thinks he'd be ideal for me. The problem: David doesn't kiss very well. To be perfectly honest, it's more serious than that. When he kisses me, nothing (but absolutely nothing!) happens. Abby, I'm 25 and experienced (but I'm no tramp), and I am not all that difficult to turn on. Don't tell me to teach him. If he can't even turn me on, I'm not about to give him kissing lessons. What should I go? I hate to give him up because he is by far the most eligible man I've ever dated, except for this one fault. How important do you think sex is in marriage? LIBRA DEAR LIBRA: How important I think it is doesn't matter. It's how important YOU think it is that counts. No one can (or should) make that decision for you. List your priorities in order of their importance and you'll have the answer. DEAR ABBY: I am 38. My wife is 36. We've been married for 15 years and have two children, ages 13 and 10. Ten months ago, my wife got a telephone call at about 7:30 p.m. She talked for a few minutes, and after she hung up she said a girl friend of hers was in town and she was going to drive over to see her for a while I don't know why, but I didn't believe her, so I left the kids and followed her. I found the "girl friend" was a man I knew. When they recognized my car, they went in different directions. After my wife returned home, we had a few words, but there was no big scene. Since that night our marital relations have been very unsatisfactory. Either she doesn't feel well, she's too tired, too sleepy, or it's, "Please, don't bother me." If she lets me touch her. she doesn't participate. Please answer before I do something foolish. FED UP IN OREGON DEAR FED: Either you didn't have enough words, or they weren't the right ones. Level with each other. If she's emotionally involved with another man, you're both better off dealing with it. If it's only a bad case of the "guilties," that should be dealt with. An infected wound doesn't just heal up and disappear. It erupts sooner or later. And the sooner the better. DEAR ABBY: You will probably think I am some kind of nut for writing about this problem, but I trust your judgment, and know you have ways of finding out such things, so here goes: Following a car accident and complications, my mother had her leg amputated about five years ago. Since then, she insists that the leg she had amputated pains her constantly. Abby, I keep telling her it is all in her head because there is nothing there to hurt. She insists the pain is real. I am at a loss to understand how this can be so. Can it? FOOLISH QUESTION DEAR QUESTION: (No question is foolish if it is sincere.) The "pain" about which your mother complains is called "phantom pain." and it is very real indeed. Obviously, it only seems to be in the amputated limb because the nerve endings at the point of amputation have "set up" those sensations. Your mother should tell her doctor. He may be able to correct the situation. DEAR DR. LAMB-Possibly you can help with my problem of "phantom toes." These attacks occur from three weeks to three months apart, and last from 8 to 24 hours. My missing toes feel as though someone has given them an electric shock. These shocks last from a split second up to a full second or two, and my stump often jerks upward convulsively. This is very distressing, although not really painful. My left leg was amputated in 1924 in the middle of the thigh. I have been most active on an artificial leg. I'm 68, five-feet-ten and have weighed 136 to 139 pounds for many years. In general I'm in excellent health. The various doctors I have consulted suggest aspirin for my phantom toes as an alternative to an operation. They say an operation on the stump is rather uncertain of success. I'm hoping you may have some helpful recommendation for me. DEAR READER—The problem of the "phantom limb" is really a medical mystery. In most cases the amputee has the sensation immediately after surgery, but it can occur years later. He may have the sensation of still having the complete limb that has been cut off. This can lead to difficulties. If he still has the sensation of the original leg and gets out of bed quickly, stepping on the phantom leg, he will fall. If it is the arm that has been amputated he may reach out with the phantom hand and nothing happens. As time goes on the phantom leg may shrink into the stump and disappear. In other instances the leg may disappear, but the foot may remain, floating in the air so to speak. The same thing can happen to the hand in relation to the arm. In your case I take it that you feel the presence of your toes, but not the missing leg. Obviously the sensation is transmitted some way through the nerves. There seem to be sensitive spots (trigger areas) that, when pressed, make the limb or the sensations appear. There are a variety of sensations reported, including tingling (the most common) arid sensations of hot and cold. No one has been successful in defining the anatomy of the pain. It is not from irritated cut nerve ends. Surgery has been tried, even by snipping off the roots of nerves at the spinal cord, without success. Because of the lack of correlation of the pain with anatomy, some have thought the problem was related to psychological factors. While emotional upsets can trigger an episode, it just isn't that simple. You can inject the nerve areas and provide relief. One proof of the anatomic basis versus just "nerves" is that if you do not inject the right nerve areas or trigger points, there will be no relief. In general for patients with severe problems, efforts should be made toward treatment with injections of demonstrated trigger areas that set off the reaction of nerves fn that area. 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 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 ;. .$23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $27.00 Sherwin-Williams Timely Quotes — Francis A. J. lanni, anthropologist at Columbia University: "It has always been the ethnic group at the bottom of the ladder which uses crime as the way to societal acceptance. First it was the Irish, then the Jews. Now it is the Italians but their control is dwindling. Next it will be the blacks and Hispanics." —Speaking on organized crime and how control is passing from Italian Americans to other minorities. LATEX HOUSE PAINT Great coverage! A-100 is our best hiding, longest lasting flat latex house paint. More hiding pigments, more acrylic latex, more mildew lighting tormula than our other flat latex house paints. 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