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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS "How About Me?" Monday, July 22, 1974 Committee Report Whether or not the findings set forth in the Senate Watergate committee's final report constitute "a picture of a horse" in the sense meant by Chairman Sam J. Ervin Jr. is a matter for individual judgment. Such judgment (inevitably colored by many other developments, including evidence made public by the House Judiciary Committee) must be made without reliance on any conclusions drawn by the investigative body. This is so because, even though some of its language carries a strong tone of censure, the report draws no specific conclusions as to the guilt or innocence of President Nixon on his aides. In the chairman's homespun analogy, it offers , us a picture of a horse without writing under it, "This is a horse." There can be little doubt, though, as to the sort of horse Senator Ervin perceives in the results of the committee's investigation. He has long made it plain that he holds a very low opinion of the administration's patent abuse of power, which the report itself describes as "one of America's most tragic happenings." In a statement accompanying the report, he accuses White House and re-election campaign personnel of having "forgotten, if they ever knew, that the Constitution is designed to be law for rulers and people alike." Nor is there much reason to think that other committee members' views differ markedly from the chairman's. All, including the Republicans, signed the report, and no sharp dissent was registered in their accompanying statements. Since there has been so much prior disclosure, the report's findings take a back seat to its recommendations for pertinent legislative reform. These spring from the committee's sound view that "one of the most penetrating lessons of Watergate is that campaign practices must be effectively supervised and enforcement of the criminal laws vigorously pursued against all offenders — even those of high estate — if our free institutions are to survive." Opposing Views Advice Viewpoint Nine Lonely Men BvTomTiede H&( Olive in Nose Embarassing By Abigail Van Buren President Nixon, through his lawyer James D. St. Clair, has thrown before the Congress of the United States in formal, explicit terms a challenge that was merely implicit in his posture over the months leading up to that historic Monday morning in the august chamber of the Supreme Court. In his defense of the doctrine of executive privilege — specifically, the right of the President to withhold 64 White House tapes from the special. Watergate prosecutor — St. Clair stated his argument in these sweeping terms: Only Congress, he told the justices, through the impeachment process, has the power to breach the constitutional balance between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government. In all other cases, even in a criminal proceeding, the President has not only the right but the duty to refuse to disclose confidential information in his possession to either Congress or the courts if, in his judgment, such disclosure would jeopardize or encroach upon his executive functioning. In other words, in any matter before the Congress in which it is believed the President has relevant information — even if the President is not himself personally involved — the House of Representatives must first impeach the President before he can be required to produce that information. Ironically, this is precisely the opposite of the position of most Republican members of the House Judicary Committee. Dog Control The campaign in Britain to bring the dog population under reasonable control deserves some attention in the United States. We, too, are experiencing a pet population explosion. Indeed, estimates indicate that proportionate to the human population there are quite a few more dogs here than in Britain. The British dog-control effort, spearheaded by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, has by no means won universal support. When the august Sunday Times of London joined in with an article inflamingly entitled "Down With Dogs " dog lovers were predictably inflamed. Still, the idea of holding down the dog population makes sense, as it does in our country. We suggest an appropriate motto: More spaying and less baying. DEAR ABBY: My husband is a radiologist. He's a wonderful husband and an excellent provider, but he has some peculiar ideas. For example, when we go out for an evening, he orders a vodka martini with eight olives. If for some reason he doesn't get the eight olives, he cancels the order and asks me to leave with him, which is very embarrassing. This is not the worse of it. If he gets the olives, one by one he puts them in his nose and sniffs out the juice. He claims it clears his sinuses. I don't mind when he does this at home, but when he does it in public, I want to crawl into a hole. He doesn't have any allergies or sinus trouble, so I can't see the sense of this. Should he find a psychiatrist? , , RADIOLOGIST'S WIFE DEAR WIFE: Yes, but he should find Homemaking one who drinks martinis with a twist of lemon so they won't fight over the olives. DEAR ABBY: What does a mother do when her 20-year-old daughter insists on going with a fellow who has no ambition or drive? She is pretty and smart and could do so much better. He is such a nothing. It just tears me apart to see her heading toward a marriage with him. I have talked my heart out, but it does no good. They have gone steady since she was 17, and she won't even look at anybody else. How can I keep her from throwing her life away on this boy? HEARTBROKEN MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: If she won't look at anyone else, she is obviously in love with him'. Don't knock him, or try to tell her how much better she could do or she will feel compelled to defend him. And instead of talking her out of marrying him, she will talk herself into it. DEAR ABBY: I have a pet peeve. There are parking places marked "For landicapped only" near some stores ind office buildings as an accommodation for those who have difficulty getting around. Although I am handicapped, I can still drive, but more often than not, those "reserved" parking places are taken by people who are not handicapped, but are too lazy to park elsewhere. I have seen them jump in and out of their cars while I hobble along on my crutches trying to hold some packages in my arms. If you think it's easy — try it sometime! ANGRY WASHINGTON — (NBA) — While the people of the United States wait for the decision in the case of their government vs. their president, the eight participating Supreme Court justices go about what Arthur Goldberg calls "the lonely business of judging." in progress, the old men operate in Washington's one remaining isolation ward. They do not have the luxury of polls to gauge the republic's attitude. There are no leaks to relieve the pressures of their responsibilities. There is, as Goldberg says, communion "with the great spirits of the masters of the law who preceded," but otherwise: "Each man must decide the matter entirely by himself." Goldberg should know. He is a graduate of the supreme legal monastery (1962-65), one of four living former justices. Now in private Washington practice, he remembers his first day on the big bench as "the time when my telephone stopped ringing. Nobody calls a Supreme Court justice. They are men apart. The public view of them is that they are wizards of Oz, to be respected but never approached lest the Great Decision-Making Process be interrupted. The public view is, of course, excessive. But there is, according to Goldberg, much that is monkish about the men who can integrate schools, outlaw pornography and judge presidents. "You do not shop for opinions," says Goldberg of members; the wives, sons and bowling partners of the justices are never consulted about, matters before the court. "When I was there, I didn't I talk to anybody outside the court. I didn't even tell my law clerk how I'd vote." Instead, members consult each other in a variety of ways. One-to-one contact is naturally frequent, with exchanges of ideas, opinions and sometimes arguments. "They don't roar at one another," says a court official, "what they do is use words of great weight with which to thump each other over Child Stains Dress By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — My small granddaughter drooled black licorice jelly beans on my white permanent-press pique dress. I hope the resulting black stain. — MRS. H.W.M. MRS. H.W.M. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve concerns those shoppers in large supermarkets who pick up articles in the refrigerated area, decide they do not want them and then set them down on any shelf in nonrefrigerated space. I personally have seen this and noticed clerks and managers make no effort to put them back in the right place. I wonder if such articles may even stay where they were left by shoppers for days. —JOE. DEAR POLLY — I am writing in regard to Mrs. J. M. D.'s problem with cleaning her crushed marble statues. A friend of mine cleans hers by using a soft toothbrush dipped in soap suds. She wipes it dry with a cloth. I have not tried this but do know they will crumble if they get wet. We sprayed ours with clear lacquer so I can easily clean them by using a damp cloth. Our statues are kept in a book case with glass doors and they stay quite clean. — BARBARA, DEAR POLLY — I have discovered that a new steel scouring pad is great for scaling fish. The scales do not fly all over as they do when cleaning fish with a knife but stay in the bottom of the sink. —MRS. A.S. DEAR POLLY — When I rip a seam or take a garment apart I use masking tape to remove those pesky little threads that remain. Go down both sides of the material. In no time they are all together on the tape. I also use such tape to clean up bits of thread from the floor of my sewing area, to pick up shattered glass, to remove lint from sweaters, get lint out of pockets before laundering, to clean litter out of the bottom of a purse and even pick up beads from a broken strand. It is also useful for cleaning up spilled ashes. Time is saved and small but annoying problems solved. — MRS. L. J. DEAR ANGRY: I don't blame you for being angry. Next time, speak up. You'll feel better, and it might penetrate. DEAR ABBY: I wrote to you because I thought I had V.D. I never thought you'd answer my letter, but you did. After I got your letter, I took your advice and went to a clinic and got a blood test. I could hardly wait until I got the results. Well, I called up the clinic and they told me the results were negative! Abby, I don't think I have ever been happier in my life. I hope other people who suspect they have V.D. don't wait as long as I did to take a test. I am a married man, which made matters worse. [ promised DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Saturdays, 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?, 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 "3.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $27,00 BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA, Inc. "Stop yellin' and hollerin' when I'm trying' to serve. This isn't world team tennis!" •the skull." Albeit, the tale is told of one early justice who got so angry at a fellow that heavy words were not enough — so he knocked over the adversary's water glass. Each Friday the members gather in conference to vote. But the debating does not necessarily stop there. If the ruling is unanimous, each member must still agree on a final draft of the written opinion — no easy thing, says Goldberg, who remembers once writing an opinion 10 times before the court would accept it. At times members have changed their votes after reading the opinion; at times a single phrase has broken the unanimous decision. If the verdict is divided, or if separate opinions are wished (each justice wrote his own opinion in the Pentagon Papers case), the writers often try last-minute appeals for their side. The opinions circulate freely among the members, often with some soft-shoe politicking: "If I change this part, will you then write this? Only last month you wrote the opposite." Despite the inside influencing, Goldberg says deadline changes of votes are as rare as bawdy jokes in the court. As for outside influencing, he says it doesn't exist, at least it didn't for him. "I made a practice of avoiding newspaper editorials on a case before court. I felt that as a judge my concept of the Constitution should be wider than that of any newsman or editor." But if the court is difficult to influence, the public it serves is likewise. As we wait now for the Nixon judgment, it would be well to remember that Brown vs. Board of Education did not immediately integrate the schools, that dozens of pornography decisions have gone unheeded, and that, in fact, once when the court reversed the sentence of a convicted murderer he was executed anyway. Thus the judgment on Richard Nixon, no matter the lonely wisdom involved, may as in past decisions raise more questions than answers. Health Strange 'Attack' Dr. Lawrence E. Lamb, M. D. DEAR DR. LAMB — I am 26 but have had a problem for six years. I have very frequent chest pains, tingling feeling in my hands, nose, mouth and face with breathing attacks where I can't get my breath. I have difficulty in swallowing, like I have a lump in my throat. What makes me breathe extra breaths? Before an attack I feel funny all over, very light-headed, and get pale-looking and my eyes feel funny. I have been to a couple of doctors for this, and they tell me it's my nerves. I have also been in the hospital for this and have had every test in the book. My doctor says I have chest neuritis and my blood pressure gets low, but nobody seems to help me. I have a wife and two great boys to take care of. This is making me miss a lot of work. Please write me. I need an answer. DEAR READER — Your symptoms into a spot like that again. God bless you, Abby. LUCKY IN N.J. DEAR LUCKY: V.D. is still one of our most serious health problems. I hope this reminder will serve to jar others into acting. Those who can't afford a private physician can get FREE and confidential examinations and treatment through their county health departments. This includes minors. helped by not understanding what causes ones aches and pains. There is a reason why you have these problems, and you can do something about it. First, let me reassure you that this problem is not going to damage your health. It is not an indication of a serious illness. Even so, when you have these attacks they can be disabling. You have hyperventilation, or simply called overbreathing. When you breathe too often and too deeply, you blow off too much carbon dioxide. This upsets the body chemistry. The disturbed chemistry causes that tingling feeling you describe so well in your hands and around your nose and mouth. Attacks like this can often cause fainting. The arteries inside the muscles dilate and other changes take place. Blood literally pools in the bottom part of the body. That pale skin is part of the impending faint appearance. The lightheaded feeling is from lack of blood flow to the brain and the chemical changes. It, too, is part of the impending faint. Difficulty in swallowing with a lump in your throat is also part of the picture of anxiety. I hasten to add that anyone who has a problem swallowing must see a doctor at once, because it can also be caused by serious medical problems. But, with your symptoms and examination, you needn't worry about that. I can't do anything about the underlying reason for your anxiety. If you can obtain some help from a psychiatrist, it might be helpful in unmaking what is working on ybur psyche to cause you to be so anxious. It might help, though, to understand your symptoms. Now, I .would suggest that when you start to have one of these attacks immediately, consciously breathe slowly and shallowly. DO NOT HOLD YOUR BREATH. You can try breathing into a brown paper bag, if you want, for a few minutes. By preventing overbreathing you will stop the symptoms. Try to relax,.and you will feel better. And, if you are not in good physical condition, improving your fitness sometimes helps in many ways. Finally, if you use coffee or other stimulants stop them entirely. That includes tea and colas. Also, I think you should stop smoking, if that is one of your habits. Let me know how you do with this program. Cookie-Jar Vote By Lew Koch One of the most surprising suggestions to come out of the children's rights movement is the suggestion that children be given not only the right to vote, but also the right to hold high political office. In the light of Watergate, however these suggestions may have great merit. In fact, I am not opposed to children holding high political office — especially mine. Three Koch children bringing in the kind of salaries our public officials receive would certainly improve the family budget. Lisa, our 9-year-old, would make a terrific secretary of the Treasury. Hers would be an anti-inflationary budget combined with a policy of uncontrolled deficit spending. She would no doubt be as effective at restraining inflation as the last three Treasury secretaries. Rachel, I think, would be perfect as secretary of Defense. She's not afraid of anything. Upon assuming office, she would immediately initiate an arms treaty which would turn all the army bases into playgrounds, naval bases into swimming pools and air force bases into bookmobiles. Being a total extrovert, she would not be unduly concerned about secrecy. She might create a military gap but with absolutely nothing deleted, she'd have no credibility gap. Joshua, I chauvinistically believe, would be a fine president of the United States. At 4 years of age, he is too young to be corrupt, too old to have accidents. In their new political positions, our children would face temptation, and like their adult predecessor, yield occasionally. Lisa might well fail to return the beautiful diamond, ruby, emerald and pearl necklace loaned to her by the Grand Vizier of Baghdad. Rachel might change her defense plans if the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered her unlimited ice cream cones. And with Joshua in the Oval Office, candy manufacturers and bicycle tycoons would have easy access to the White House.