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f (SdtesbMrg Register-Mail, Golesburg, III. Friday, Moy 4, 1973 'Let's Hope This Is a Sweet One, Henry!' EDITORIAL Comment and Review Farewell to a Friend The girl with the sparkling eyes and heart full of hope is dead. Debbie Klapp died at Passavant Pavilion Tuesday night after a 21-month battle with kidney disease, and the Galesburg Register-Mail feels the loss along with members of her family and residents of the area who had closely followed Debbie's battle for life. We became interested in Debbie nearly 18 months ago when friends of the family told us of her illness and the hardships faced by a family suddenly confronted with all the probjems that go with it. Debbie's story was told here, and the community responded by contributing nearly $30,000 through fund-raising efforts started by several groups. Through all Debbie's ordeal, she never lost her smile, her hope or the dreams of any 15-year-old. Her first reaction when a photographer wanted to take her picture nearly two years ago was concern because she was wearing a wig. She had lost her hair because of a reaction to medication, and pe any teen-ager, she was worried about her appearance. At Cottage Hospital Debbie was the darling of the staff because of her constant cheerfulness. She spent the long hours on the machine which functioned in place of her kidneys while she did her school work because she didn't want to fall behind. On Debbie's last visit to our newsroom just before she left for Chicago and a kidney transplant operation, she preened as she jokingly complained about how often she had to have her new shag haircut trimmed. She had just finished her first semester as a sophomore at Galesburg High School and was enjoying all the games and activities that she could fit into the regimen demanded by her illness. Her trip to the hospital the next day meant little more to her than a concern that she might fall behind in her geometry. She had her book with her that day, and she planned to take it along to the hospital. A newsroom is a busy place, and the people who inhabit it seldom have time to concern themselves with what is happening across the room. It was different the day Debbie paid her last visit here. Everyone gathered around for a briefing on her condition after she left, and everyone has kept up with each bulletin since. She made a lasting impression. While we are saddened by her death, we are grateful for the brief time she spent here. Debbie Klapp united the community in a common concern as a community is seldom united. She demonstrated courage and strength, and the ability to be grateful for what we have. She can serve as a model for us all. Fishing Industry Thrives It has been more than six years since the Catholic bishops of the United States relaxed the church's ban on eating meat on Fridays. Predictions about the imminent demise of the fishing industry have proved to have been somewhat exaggerated. Today, Americans are eating more fish than before the Friday rule was lifted (and they were also long before soaring meat prices entered the picture), so much so that the U.S. fishing fleet is unable to meet the demand. In fact, a record 64.1 per cent of the fish and shellfish consumed in the country last year was accounted for by imports. In 1967, the first full year following the ecclesiastical decision, annual consumption of edible fishery products did decline slightly to 10.6 pounds per person, down three-tenths of a pound from 1966. In 1968, however, consumption rose to 11 pounds per person and has stayed above that figure every year since then. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service of the Department of Commerce, it may reach 11.6 pounds per person in 1973, a full pound higher than when the abstinence rules were changed. Provided, of course, that the fish don't start making like the cow that jumped over the moon, pricewise. Want to Succeed? Get Married The married man still has the best chance of success in business and industry, despite a liberalization of personnel policies, says Industry Week—especially if he's over 30 and the job does not involve a lot of traveling. The magazine for managers reports that a study of 6,000 men aged 45 to 54, by Dr. John Tropman of the University of Michigan's School of Social Work, found that the married man's prospects for upward job mobility are three times greater than those of divorced, separated or widowed men. Not the least of the things the married man has going for him is the conscious or unconscious bias of some companies, who still consider a husband and wife a "package." A particular advantage of the married man over the single man is the former's ability to handle informal contacts like home entertaining. It's almost the opposite with women in business. While the Tropman study found that marriage in itself did not affect women's careers, unless they had small children, many companies see the single woman as more promotable than the married woman because there is no husband to be considered in moving the single woman to a new location. Adjustment Made in Census Bureau Count *T ..... .... t i J »nt Mwnnto ThaeA In* The small (and growing smaller) band of black activists will rejoice at the figures released by the Census Bureau revealing that in 1970 it missed approximately 5,300,000 persons. Of this total about 3,500,000 were white and 1,000,000 were black. It is possible that the black miscount would have been larger had not some organizations and members of the Negro American communities helped in the census, not only by actual aid in the tabulation, but by distributing information on the importance of the census. Funds for an educational campaign were small, indeed, in relation to the size of the task. The greatest error, said officials, occurred in the counting of black children under 10 years of age. Officials are mystified by this miscount because there is no readily apparent reason for it. There is a reason for families not wanting to report young men of draft age or to shy away from welfare statistics that might reveal a man on the premises. However, there is no solid reason why children should not be counted because among other things the Aid to Dependent Children allocations Comment Roy Wilkins depend on such totals. Bureau heads believe there must have been something in the wording of the questionnaire that made the difficulty. Black activists who preached that the census should be ignored on the grounds of racial unity (which they never explained satisfactorily) helped create a 1,800,000 error. They were joined, of course, by both white and black citizens who want nothing to do with government. They won't talk to callers, won't sign anything and won't let the government "in their business." Nothing can be done with such mavericks, but the black activists shout always that they are for "black" and against all "racism," which they define as anything, which for any tenuous reason, is judged to be anti-black. IF THEY ARE sincere and really want to build black political and economic power, they ought not withhold information from the census takers. It is upon such totals that hundreds of government decisions and subsequent allocation of funds are made. One of these has to do with apportionments based on election districts. Another is concerned with the funds allocated to various aid to education efforts. Funds available for the education of black children are based on census figures. Under the Nixon administration, revenue-sharing amounts are allocated to the states on the basis of the census figures. The individuals, organizations and groups among Negro Americans know that these revenue-sharing funds are to go (supposedly) to the various community actions and anti - poverty programs which have been cut off in di­ rect federal grants. These include in part, housing subsidies, farm allotments, unemployment and welfare. Thus, those who would not aid the census are "cutting off the race's nose in order to spite its face." There is one other factor of a longtime nature which will not yield quickly to corrective action. Bureau officials report that some census takers were "reluctant" to work in urban neighborhoods at night. In the light of the personal attack hazards, no one can blame them for this caution, but anti-crime work in all its phases ought to have high priority in the black community. MILLIONS OF NEGROES flecked to the urban centers in the 20 years before 1970. They were displaced from the land they had known for generations. The stream of this migration is still strong, although it is not in' its peak volume. This black population must adopt new life styles — urban life styles — and one of these is how to use the census for racial advancement. There is fresh evidence that today Negroes need to be smart instead of loud. (Released by The Register and Tribune Syndicate, 1973) Wisconsin Army Recruiters Enlist Misfits WASHINGTON - Army recruiters, under pressure to meet enlistment quotas, have signed up men who had been "permanently rejected" for the draft. They include recruits with organic heart disease, psychiatric disorders, epilepsy and even a couple with missing trigger fingers. These military misfits were discovered in Wisconsin, the only state where an investigation has been conducted. Spokes^ men at the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Hampton, Va., told us they had no reason to believe the recruiting procedures turned up in Wisconsin were practiced elsewhere. But they admitted that enlistment standards are the same in all 50 states. Robert Levine, the Wisconsin Selective Service director, recently ordered a statewide survey of the men enlisted in his state since December 1,1972. He found that 75 of those accepted for enlistment had flunked either physical or mental tests for the draft. WITH THE HELP of publisher John Lavine, whose newspapers in Chippewa Falls, Portage and Baraboo, Wis., carry our column, we have broken loose the results of the Selective Service survey. Two men had been rejected THE MAILBOX Lab's Achievements Editor, Register-Mail: I believe that the recent layoff and program cuts that have taken place at the Thudichum Psychiatric Research Laboratory, {Jalesburg State Research Hospital is an injustice to those people who require treatment from our facilities, to those people who derive benefits from our work and to the taxpayers of the State of Illinois. We have been informed by Dr. Leroy Levitt, Director of the Department of Mental Health, that we have served a useful purpose in the past, which essentially means that we can no longer serve a useful purpose in the future. I would like to point out briefly some of the highlights of our research program at our internationally known laboratory with over 700 publications to our credit: 1) Our studies on the causes of schizophrenia has shown that many people afflicted with this disease metabolize or contain higher amounts of psychotomimetic compounds in their blood and urine than people not afflicted by this disease. Further studies are necessary to determine why these compounds are there and how they can be controlled. 2) Our research has been the basis for the determination of the action of many of the tranquilizing drugs in use today. Further research is necessary to fully explore the effect of these drugs on the central nervous system as well as the effect they may have on the general metabolism of the human body. 3) Our studies on the developing brain has been a thorough investigation into the biochemical action of the brain functioning under normal conditions, drugs and undernutrition during the entire life span from concept to senility. These studies are quite necessary to our schizophrenia program. 4) We have a close association with Knox College in which honor students from the academic society are given practical experience in the field of research. These honor students ate given actual research projects related to our research programs to work on under our guidance. This system has stimulated many students to further their education to obtain Ph.D.s and M.D.s and has benefited us by furthering our research efforts. This is just a brief description of some of the programs taking place in the lab. I would like to urge every person in the State of Illinois as taxpayers concerned with the care of our mentally ill and the eventual resolvement of the basis and causes of mental diseases to protest these recent developments before we come to a complete stop in mental health research and therefore become ineffectual in the treatment and the controlling of mental disease. This can be done by writing to our state legislators and the executives of the State of Illinois. — Jimmie M. Davis, M.S. Research' Scientist, Galeiburg State Research Hospital. EDITOR'S NOTE: Tho Qalesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive expressions of opinion from lta subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 200 words In length. They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the Writer's signature and address. Defamatory material will be rejected. No letters can be turned. re- (Jalesburg fegfster-Mafl Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 41401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Dally except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington 's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher: Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor: Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co., Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galesburg 80c a Week By RFD mall in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months 6525 6 Months $ 9.00 l Month floo No mall subscriptions accepted In towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading zone outoide City of Galesburg 50c a Week By mail outside retail trading zone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route In retail trading zone: 1 Year $22.00 3 Months WOO 6 Months $12.00 1 Month $2-50 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $26 00 3 Months 87.50 6 Months $14.50 1 Month I3.U0 Comment By Jack Anderson for the draft because they had missing trigger fingers; two suffered organic heart disease; two had serious psychiatric problems; two, were afflicted with epilepsy; two had "deranged elbows"; one was missing a left thumb; Still another had three pins in his left hip. All of these deficiencies, according to military spokesmen, are sufficient to disqualify a man from military service. The Wisconsin survey also found that 17 men accepted by recruiters had previously failed the military's basic intelligence tests. In a letter to Sen. William Proxmire, D-Wis., Selective Service Director Levine offered a possible explanation: "The recruiters operate what is called 'dumb-dumb' school for volunteers who flunk the intelligence test. This consists of a full-day cram course covering previously given intelligence tests. Predictably, most men pass on re-examination." One of Levine's inspectors told us such "refresher" courses are routinely conducted in rented YMCA rooms in Milwaukee. Many "current enlist­ ments," he wrote, "are failing to meet minimum standards of quality for the armed forces." At the Pentagon, a spokesman said that "dumb-dumb" courses were once an accepted practice but have recently been outlawed. Many of the men disqualified in tests for the Wisconsin draft, he suggested, had "corrective" deficiencies. But the Levine investigation, he said, has turned up what may be "fraudulent" recruiting practices. "There will be a very careful investigation of each of these cases," he promised. Footnote: Just a few weeks ago, Defense Secretary; Elliot' Richardson, currentlylin 'charge of the Watergate investigation and President Nixon's nominee for attorney general, informed Congress that the draft could now be totally eliminated because of the all-volunteer effort. "The;?, factor whleh may have contributed most to... volunteer increases," he said, "is the improved recruiting program. . . ." WASHINGTON WHIRL NIXON'S GESTURE: President Nixon, showing his compassionate side while embroiled in the Watergate scandal, quietly sent Alabama's Gov. George Wallace the film "Sunrise at Campobello." Named for the island on which Franklin D. Roosevelt was born, the film documents his successful fight against crippling polio and his subsequent rise to the presidency. Now You Know .. 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