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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS Friday, June 28, 1974 Register Early Rural areas of Iowa have seldom if ever been seriously concerned with irregularities at elections. Nor have fraudulent practices at the polling places of the state's few metropolitan centers ever been extensive enough to arouse great alarm. Iowa, for the most part, is a fine blend of rural-urban makeup, with no massive concentrations of population such as characterize most of the more populous states. But starting next year all Iowa citizens eligible to vote in any election must be registered. This is a new requirement regardless of place of residence. In Carroll county, for instance, it has never been necessary to complete a registration to be entitled to vote on election day. The change in the election laws, however, becomes effective January 1,1975. Voter registration is not a complicated procedure. Registrations are permanent for the most part and need not be repeated for every election. Once registered to vote in a certain precinct, that registration holds indefinitely. No one need register again unless: 1) you do not vote at least once in four years, or 2) you move or change your address, 'or 3) you change your name, or 4) you are convicted of a felony or found to be mentally ill. Registration to vote may be completed at any time at the office of the County Commissioner of Elections, who is the County Auditor. Opportunity to comply with the new registration law was presented at all polling places of the primary election, June 4th, and this will undoubtedly be repeated at the General Election in November. But an unusually light turnout for the primaries would indicate the great bulk of eligible voters must yet meet voter registration requirements if they would participate in this important democratic procedure after this year. Attracting the greatest possible number of voters to the polls on election day is an important goal. Iowa's voter registration law, heretofore applying only to cities of 10,000 or more population, cannot be expected to enhance citizen participation in elections which, indeed, has been none ; too noteworthy. But the law is on the "; books and must be accepted for good or bad. Ample opportunity is being presented for citizens to complete their registrations in advance of any 1975 elections; and it is suggested that the earlier it is done will be the more advantageous to all concerned, including an important contribution to the cause of good government. Big Safety Step Pan American World Airways has taken a safety step which other airlines would do well to emulate. Pan Am's entire fleet is to be equipped with a "ground proximity warning system" . which does what the name implies — warns the pilot, in time for corrective action, that the aircraft is getting too close to terrain. The system differs in one important respect from usual altitude-warning systems; it does not simply tell the crew how high the plane is, but warns that the plane is on a dangerous flight path. The warning is unmistakable. If the plane is too low on a landing approach, say, or speeding toward a mountain slope, the device emits the "Whoop! Whoop!" used on ambulances, gives a spoken "Pull up!" order and flashes the "Terrain" light. The heart of the system is a computer linked with the airplane's radio altimeter. The computer is programed to alert the pilot in time to climb out of harm's way. Had such equipment been functioning aboard the Pan Am plane which smashed into a mountain on Bali in late April, killing 107 persons, the crash might have been averted. Pan American is the first major United States airline to undertake equipping all its planes with the newly developed ground proximity warning system. Other airlines should follow its lead in adopting this or a similar safety device with the least possible delay. i Hirsute Splendor One of the banes of journalism is the unanswered question. This phenomenon was illustrated in stories on the International Father's Mustache Competition. It was won by Jay Nestle of Broomfield, Colo., who sports a pair of splendid waxed handlebars extending many inches on either side of his head. Enter the unanswered question: How does Nestle sleep without crumpling this adornment? So far as we are aware, reporters left millions of readers bereft of information on this point. The Columbia Journalism Review shall hear of this. Shaky Summit Viewpoint Road Combat Zone By Tom Tiede Advice Man Proposes to Replace Dog By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY. I have discussed my problem with my two closest friends. One thought I was kidding. The other thought I was crazy. I assure you, I am neither. I am a 38-year-old unmarried professional woman. I was married Homemaking (briefly) but had no children. I am bisexual (if that makes any difference). but I prefer men. I have a very full and rewarding life and don't want for friends. Abby, the one experience I desperately want in my life is to bear a Foam Mattress Slips Bv Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My husband is allergic to any type wool pants worn next to his skin. Is there a way I could treat them so they would be like cotton? I once heard that glycerine would do this but do not know how to apply it. — BERTHA. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is trying to carry on a conversation with someone wearing sun glasses. I think it is very rude for people to keep them on unless they have an eye problem. Sun glasses are a wonderful protection in harsh sunlight but after entering a building when they are no longer needed, it is very distracting to try to talk to someone whose eyes are hidden behind these dark glasses. The expression in one's eyes are what makes any conversation either interesting or not. —MARIE. DEAR POLLY — Do tell Helen who has trouble keeping her foam rubber mattress in place that I put a flannel sheet between mine and the springs. It has worked very well. —H.G.U. DEAR POLLY — I had the same trouble as Helen with my foam mattress. I put an old fitted sheet on the box spring, a cotton mattress cover on the mattress and then the bed pad and have no more trouble with it slipping. I do hope this works for her. — ANNA. DEAR POLLY — When I had the same problem as Helen has with a foam mattress slipping I bought a full bed-size package of a thin foam material and placed it under the mattress. We have not touched it since. I bought the regular full size even though the bed is queen size. This material was very inexpensive, was pre- cut and came in a sealed package. -CLARA. DEAR POLLY — Ever try to get baked-on bubble gum out of your dryer? Try rubbing a little petroleum jelly on the gum, turn the dryer on "Hot" for a few minutes. You should find it is quite easy to simply wipe the dryer clean with a soft cloth. — ALICE M. Barbs If all the nation's trucks were stacked in the Grand Canyon, driving would be much easier. So far, the bicentennial celebration has all the anticipation of a visit to the dentist. Why are all the no-parking signs on YOUR side of the street? child. To me, motherhood represents the ultimate in fulfillment. One day I may marry, but not until after I retire (at age 60). By then, my child-bearing days will be long gone. I can always get a husband, but I can't always have a baby. I would appreciate your opinion. WANTS MOTHERHOOD DEAR WANTS: The biological acts of bearing a child doesn't qualify a woman for motherhood. Raising a child does. After you realize your "ultimate fulfillment," what about, the.child? If you could be a competent' mother (arid maybe you can) there wquld be nothing wrong with fulfilling yourself, but as I see it. you'd be using an innocent child to satisfy a selfish ambition. DEAR ABBY: I am a 36-year-old school teacher, and I've just received a proposal of marriage. My first! Henry is 40 and has never married. We met last summer when he rented the apartment next to mine. He owns a small but thriving business, and is a man of good moral character. He is on the quiet side. Although Henry has not been aggressive (romantically) I am sure the chemistry is right, if you know what I mean. So what is the problem? It's the way Henry proposed to me. He said: "My dog died two weeks ago, and I haven't had a good night's sleep since because the dog always slept with me. I can't get used to sleeping alone so will you marry me?" Abby, he wasn't kidding either. What would you do? SINCERE DEAR SINCERE: A proposal is a proposal, and this one is just as good as if Henry got down on his knees and gave you a 30-minute pitch. So if you want to marry him, accept. But don't let Henry get another dog, or you could wind up three in a bed. WASHINGTON - (NEA) — A driver traveling 55 m.p.h. on the New Jersey Turnpike recently was forced into higher speeds by the sight of a tractor-trailer truck rushing into his rearview mirror. The driver gunned to 60, then 65 and 70 — but still the truck closed ground. Finally, unnerved, the motorist hit his brakes and the truck wrenched past with an Armageddon roar while its driver, clearly visible in his lofty warroom, grinned, drank soda pop and waved a contemptuous middle finger from his window. America's highways, never showplaces for reason or brotherhood, are today deteriorating even further toward total anarchy. The reduction of the legal speed limit to 55, while seldom observed by anyone, has created new and potentially tragic frictions between the highway's natural enemies: the cars and the trucks. Terrible games of tag and bully are taking place at speeds enough to slaughter the participants — and anybody else hapless enough to be in the way. The situation, says Ken Pierson of the Bureau of Motor Carrier Safety, here is nothing short vehicular "tyranny." He says the bureau, an arm of the Department of Transportation, is "receiving more and more complaints concerning the disposition of some truck and bus drivers to operate at excessive speed, to tailgate automobiles and other commercial vehicles, as if the highways were their private domain and automobiles were interlopers on a private preserve." Pierson is not the only one receiving motorist flak. A New Jersey Turnpike tolltaker says protests at his booth go on all day, every day: "I remember this one guy, he said he got so mad at a truck he tried to ram it. Can you imagine? The guy had a little Volks and he was trying to smash an 18-wheeler. But you can't blame him; what I see on this turnpike is almost like combat." As yet, casualty figures concerning the blacktop war are unavailable. At least one federal agency — the National Highway Safety Council — is supposed to be studying the safety impact of the 55 limit, but authorities there admit to inaction. Withal, there is no doubt as to the casualty potential. The American Automobile Daily Times Herald 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Dally Except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday an<< Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing. Company. JAMES W. WILSON, Publisher HOWARD B. WILSON, Editor W. L. 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Association says that games between cars and trucks are as onesided as lynchings; it reports that while tractor-trailer trucks comprise only 3.7 per cent of the road miles driven in the nation, they account for 6.6 per cent of the fatal accidents. So big are the rigs (the legal weight limit in interstate highways is now 73,280 pounds) that their "frequency of involvement in fatal accidents is 86.5 per cent greater than the car." This is not to say, of course, that trucks are inherent road menaces. The American Trucking Association argues correctly that truckers overall are comparatively safe drivers and that combination trucks in general account for only 2.3 per cent of all highway accidents. Nonetheless, there is growing unease even in the trucking industry that more and more drivers are becoming arrogant, careless and unlawful. Sen. Harold Hughes (D-Iowa), himself an extrucker, estimates that 90 per cent of big rig drivers use pep pills; the DOT reports an increase in headphone stereo set use by younger drivers, "a safety hazard of incredible proportions"; and such is the temptation to overload trucks that the Pennsylvania Highway Patrol remembers nabbing one dolt driving with 200,000 pounds. Given'the more aggressive and insensitive driver, then, road tyranny is an unsurprising result. ("We got to make time," says one owner-operator, "I can't feed my kids on 55 mph.") The question is how to stop it? Local police around the nation insist that increased enforcement is not the answer. New Jersey Turnpike cops gave 1,000 more truck summonses in this January-May over last, but "that didn't hardly faze them." Even now the Teamsters Union is attempting to force companies to pay for such driver indiscretions. So there may be no answer here save an unforeseen enlightenment of the violating truck drivers. And until and if such religion occurs, safety officials warn motorists to cool it. Trucker tyranny can't be remedied by motorist revenge. Stay in your lane, at your speed, and let the big apes do the maneuvering. What the truck- car situations do not need are TWO damn fools. Health Stop Smoking Bv Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D DEAR DR. LAMB—I am a 15- year-old chain smoker, and I've been smoking cigarettes since I was in the eighth grade. (I am now in the 10th). At first I did it to be "cool." But now I just can't stop! No matter how I try! I went to Florida with my parents in the summer. We drove down. On the way there, I had no urge for a cigarette for one week. Then I met these other girls. They had cigarettes, and I got the nicotine fits. So, naturally I took advantage of it and had a few "butts." I usually never buy cigarettes, because I'm low on cash. I'm what you might call a "grubber." Why can't I stop? I want to so much it's pitiful. Please, Dr. Lamb, you're the only doctor I've consulted about this. So, I hope you'll be able to help me! I want to be a healthy human being again! They say on television to stay away from the people who smoke and places where you usually smoke. I don't see how that will help. All I think it would do is to lose your friends and cause you to stay home when you've got the chance to go out. I feel like a dope addict. Please help me. DEAR READER—I wish I could help you, but the person who has to help you is YOU! The first requirement to quitting smoking is to really want to do so. That means wanting to quit bad enough to forego some of life's pleasures for a while. It looks like you could quit if you can go a week without having any problem. That is a good sign you are not that badly hooked—YET! There is still time for you to do something about it. Since it is summer you could easily avoid social situations that caused you to be exposed to other people who smoke. You don't have to go to school, and you can discipline yourself to stay away from social contacts for a couple of weeks. Yes, you will still have the urge, but it will not be so overwhelming after two weeks, and you can learn some self-control. Perhaps your parents will take you on a trip to make it easier for you. If you are alone, learn to do something constructive with your hands so you can be occupied. You might learn a new hobby like needlepoint. There are a number of devices on the market that will help ease the pain of quitting. These include tablets that help kill the desire for nicotine in cigarettes. Then there are devices that cut down on the amount of nicotine you get in cigarette gradually, these are filter-like devices. You could probably quit "cold turkey" if you'really wanted to do so though, since you have already demonstrated that you don't miss it for a week when you are not in a social setting that includes smoking. Remember that after that first initial period of stopping smoking you can't ever smoke again, not even one cigarette. The mistake many people make is to be off a week or even longer and then think they can smoke just one cigarette, or in your case, just one scrounged butt. In no time they are back on the habit. It's really up to you. If you think you need some additional help you might see your family doctor, but I'm pretty sure you could quit on your own if you really make up your mind to do it. You are a good example to other young people of just what the cigarette habit can lead to. Need a Pyramid? Egyptian pyramids score high when it comes to marvellous feats of the ancients. It is appropriate, therefore, to ask what it would take to duplicate such a feat — to build a pyramid in our own time (quite aside, of course, from the question: Why build one?) A big Chicago area contractor, Richard S. Pepper, has given thought to the matter. Pepper has no doubt that it could be done, and much faster than the first time around. Some 4,600 years ago it * took an estimated 100,000 workers about 30 years to erect the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Pepper figures that today, with plenty of modern construction machinery, 405 men could do it in six years. Cost, though, is another matter. Presumably the Egyptians employed slave labor at a comparatively small outlay in gold. Today, Pepper estimates, the job would cost around 1.12 billion dollars exclusive of land acquisition. Interesting. But all in all, we'd just as soon settle for letting the Great Pyramid of Cheops dominate the scene. There are so many other ways to spend 1.12 billion dollars.