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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS "The Entrance Requirements Seem To Have Been Relaxed..." Viewpoint Tuesday, July 23, 1974 Budget Timetable For many years it has been the rare exception, rather than the rule, for Congress to complete work on appropriations bills before the new fiscal year begins. That has bred uncertainty and, sometimes, hasty last-minute action. The budget-making reform bill just signed into law holds promise of correcting this. Congress has been seriously handicapped in budget development, poorly equipped to deal with the massive and intricate problems involved. The number of experts available to committees charged with this responsibility has been grossly inadequate. The new budget-making law will get rid of this problem. Presidential impoundment of funds • appropriated by Congress has brought the executive and legislative branches into open conflict. Congress has found it deeply frustrating to see favored programs weakened or emasculated by the device of impoundment. Here, too, the new law provides necessary reform. The law, shifting the start of the fiscal year (beginning in 1976) from July 1 to 'October 1, calls for adherence to a budget-making timetable. Congress will be expected to pass a total spending target resolution by May 15; then there will be debate on priorities, passage of a more detailed resolution by mid-September and finally completion of the process in time for the new fiscal year. To facilitate this, a well staffed congressional budget office will be established to support budget committees in the Senate and House. The law also strengthens congressional discretion as to priorities by curbing impoundment. It provides that either house can veto spending delays, and requires congressional approval of impoundment intended to reduce spending. That will bring a welcome restoration of executive-legislative balance. Adding Injury * One of the greatest con games going ton in this country — the selling of •worthless real estate to people who let the vision of dollar signs cloud their better judgment — has taken a cute twist. Disproving the old saying that once burned is twice shy, the smooth-talking muggers in white shirts, some of whom sold the subdivided desert or swampland in the first place, have come up with the idea of resale' listing services. For a measly $100 or $200 (payable in advance), they will include your lot(s) in a list which they will publish and distribute to potential buyers. As they tell it in their high- pressure spiel, there are all kinds of investors eager to snap up real estate for maybe double what you paid for it. Many of them, they say, are foreigners who, because of the devaluation of the dollar, are lusting after U.S. land. But, of course, you must act now! For thousands of lot owners, feeling that throwing a little good money after a great deal of bad may be the only way they can ever recoup their "investments," the bait has been irresistible — never mind that no ethical real estate salesman expects a fee before he produces a sale. Apparently, not much can be done about it because the con men do not actually promise to sell the lots. They do just what they say they will do, and that is to list them for resale. Early Streakers Caught out of uniform Even George Washington had trouble with "streakers." An aide's book containing Washington's orders to the Continental Army in Massachusetts is the source of this footnote to history, dated Aug. 22,1775: "The General does not mean to discourage the practice of bathing while the weather is warm ... but he expressly forbids any person doing it at or near the bridge in Cambridge, where it has been observed and complained of that many men, lost to all sense of decency and common modesty, are running about naked upon the bridge while passengers and even ladies of the first fashion in the neighborhood are passing over it, as if they meant to glory in their shame." The directive was discovered by archivist Howard H. Wehmann of the National Archives in Washington in the course of researching material for the 1976 Bicentennial and reported in the National Observer. May it serve as the last comment on the streaking fad. Reward for Duty? Bv Tom Tiede Advice Londoners Are More Proper A. By Abigail Van Huron DEAR ABBY: I just read an article about rape. It said that last year there were 150 cases of rape every 24 hours in Los Angeles, and only 134 cases of rape for the whole year in London. How do you explain that? A.G.INL.A. DEAR A.G.: The English are a very proper people. In London, they ask. DEAR ABBY: I gave birth to a healthy baby girl ten months ago. My husband and I very much wanted this baby, but I have proven myself to be a very immature and rotten mother. You see, the baby is very homely. She has a large nose, and for some reason this has caused me to get terribly depressed. Every time I look at her I start cry ing. .,- : I don't want to take the baby out where people can see her because Homemuking someone is sure 10 see what a big nose she has and I will be embarrassed. This is ruining my whole life. I went to a psychiatrist for several months, but I quit going because he refused to believe that it was really the baby's nose that bothered me. He'kept suggesting that maybe it was the responsibility of motherhood. Abby, I swear it's her nose that bothers me'. I have a wonderful husband, and wonderful parents, and I feel that I have let them all down because I'm such a terrible mother. I wanted this baby so much, but she isn't giving me any happiness at all. I feel so guilty for being ashamed of her looks. Please, please help me. DEPRESSED DEAR DEPRESSED: See your family doctor, and take this letter with ' you. Then follow'his advice. If he asks Coin Rubs Off By Polly Cramer POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — I recently had an old coin framed in a silver band so it could be worn as a pendant. Pretty as it looks the silver from the coin turns light-colored fabrics dark where the coin hits. Is there anything I could use on the coin that would prevent this but not damaee its value? — MRS.H.R.S. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is to be driving behind someone making a right turn, either into a driveway or on to a street, and who almost stops completely before making the turn. It is no wonder there are so many rear-end accidents. So often the one in front is to blame. I purchased two blouses that were far from cheap and had to resew every one of the 12 buttons before wearing them. — MRS.V.D. DEAR POLLY — I am answering Carol who has a dull- looking marble top on a table. I have a dresser and commode with pink Italian marble tops that are over 200 years old. I clean them with a small amount of ammonia added to a pan of gentle detergent suds and then wipe tops dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. I really use mine and even set drinks right on the tops. The marble shines like glass after being so cleaned. — LILLIAN. DEAR GIRLS - Do remember various marbles have various finishes. Some authorities suggest using talcum powder to polish the surface. Washing is not always recommended. When it is done only a pure soap should be used. Much will depend on the previous treatment. Some feel,washing removes the patina acquired through years of use. When dusting never rub with a cloth but remove loose dirt with a soft brush so it is not ground in. There are marble polishing powders (and kits) to use. Follow directions closely. — POLLY. J . DEAR POLLY - Before laundering curtains with pin-type hooks mark the places where the pins go with a laundry marker and save a lot of time when you go to replace the pins. Such marks last through several washings. — L.C. you to go back to the psychiatrist, go! You need help, dear, and that is where it is. God bless. Please write again. I care. DEAR ABBY: I've been divorced for 12 years and have three children. For the last two years, I've been dating a man who is a year younger than I am. I've been 100 per cent true to him, and we even talked about marriage. Well, out of the blue he tells me that he is getting married next month! I couldn't believe it. Now all my friends tell me that they knew he had been seeing this other girl all along. Abby, I love him. He says he loves me, too, but he got so involved with this other girl he thinks the best solution would be to marry her and continue to see me whenever he could, i- ' I don't want a back alley relationship with a married man. I can't believe I've wasted two years of my life on someone who could do this to me. Please tell me what to do. FEELING HELPLESS DEAR HELPLESS: Face it. You've been used. Tell that poor-excuse-for-a-man that you never want to see him again'. You're lucky you didn't marry him. Who needs a husband who tries to line up an affair on the side even before he's married? WASHINGTON — (NEA) —'I neman in the blue bandana, picketing the White House last week, said at. first he was demanding "more money, more benefits, more everything' for Vietnam veterans. Then, aside, over a brew, he grinned: "I don't know why I'm here. I served two years in the Air Force and never got closer to 'Nam than California. I was a stateside mechanic the whole time. I think the real vets deserve something, bu£, man, I don't deserve a dime." An honest man. With a timely point. Lost in the current debate over fair benefits for Vietnam veterans is the question of whether some of the veterans should be receiving anything at all. No fair citizen objects to government's responsibility toward the "real" vets, those who served in the combat zone, but it is time to re-evaluate the increasing attitude that the Republic owes the same to those who merely wore uniforms during the hours of combat. Government benefits to veterans are a means, of equalizing "significant sacrifices" resulting from military service; I submit that half or more of the Vietnam era's seven million veterans, indeed, half or more of America's 29 million veterans, have not made "significant sacrifices" and therefore should not be treated preferentially. Heresy? Not at all. Franklin Roosevelt said years ago that "No person, because he wore a uniform, must thereafter be placed in a special class of beneficiaries over and above all other citizens." And Gen. Omar Bradley repeated it later, in the report of his commission on 1 veterans benefits: "Military service is an obligation of citizenship. It should not in itself be considered a basis for special privileges." These are the shepherding principles of GI benefits, yet they have been monstrously abused over the years. I As it stands today, pressured this way by crowd-pleasing congressmen and self-interest veterans groups, 29,165,000 U.S. veterans are eligible for special benefits above all other citizens. That's Barbs Whatever happened to all the fun-type reading on label and jars? Show us a man who smiles constantly and we'll show you a fellow whose store-bought fangs were made too long. One of the hardesh things to kill is time. Of course we believe in UFOs — you would, too, with a neighbor whose volatile wife has a good pitching arm. A hangover is what you get when you can't rustle the dough for a hangover. 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 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 BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA. Inc. "Essentially, we're confronted with making a molehill out of a mountain ..." 50 per cent of all the adult males in the land, and, families considered, almost half of America's entire population. Many of the GI's never did anything in the service except serve time, Certainly many of them did not serve vith the patriotic zeal which characterizes the reasoning behind Veterans Administration benefits. Yet all, given the circumstance, are eligible for at least free pension, free hospitalization and, when it finally comes to it if necessary, free burial. By itself, this is not damning. No representative government should let its citizens get sick, old or dead without help. But as it is, the veteran form of welfare is clearly discriminatory in that it rewards a specific requirement. A man who is 4-F is therefore never entitled to such. A citizen who chooses honest work rather than two years of spit-shining must earn his own burial money. The social lesson is clear: all Americans are equal, but some are more equal than others. Those who are more equal, moreover, are not many but expensive. The VA budget of $13.6 billion is already the third largest in the bureaucracy and can do nothing but skyrocket. Economists have predicted that if present methods of benefits administration continue, the Vietnam veterans alone will cost $350 to $400 billion over the course of their lives. If the money were spent repairing wounds, or educating the combat veteran yanked out of school, it would all be necessary and obligatory; yet if current rends continue, almost half the future outlay will go for "non-service connected" (nosacrifice) benefits. But money is not the big issue. Since any reduction of the veterans' benefit ranks would merely put the needy into some welfare department other than VA, government costs would probably not diminish much. Thus the proposal to weed out the veterans eligibility list rests principally on a foundation of constitutional common sense. Military service, ao obeying the law, is an obligation of citizenship — and we don't reward people for not shooting their wives, do we? Health DEAR DR. LAMB — I am now able to recognize that I have a serious obsession about gaining weight for probably a multitude of reasons. I read your column about the side effects and disadvantages in not eating properly (loss of muscles, sex drive and ability, and personality changes). I am experiencing these effects now to a serious degree. I have, been eating improperly for seven years and look back and see the unpleasant changes that have taken place. I'm 23, married, five feet tall and weight 87 pounds. Could you tell me where I could find a diet that is more importantly centered around good, balanced nutrition rather than the diets with pork, lamb (which I can't eat due to a nervous stomach), milk shakes and egg nogs to just put on weight? I know I would inevitably put on some weight by beginning to eat. I want to get on a balanced eating plan that will help me to discipline myself and supply me with the vitamins my body must badly need at this point. I have gotten myself into a serious state of poor health and am very eager to put my every effort into a good healthy eating plan. I sincerely hope your answer will be something more than "just eat." DEAR READER — You need to learn something about nutrition. For a start, write to me in care of this newspaper, P. 0. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019 and ask for the booklet on Balanced Diet. Send 50 cents to cover costs. A proper diet includes all the necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals, plus sufficient complete proteins. That usually means a quart of milk (fortified skim milk or its equivalent is great). Adequate amounts of meat, poultry and fish for complete protein (a quart of milk plus seven ounces, weighed raw, of any of these items each day will meet your protein requirement). Then you need vegetables, fruit and cereal. Study the booklet to see which ones give you the' needed vitamins. Then a balanced diet must have enough calories. If you don't eat enough calories the protein in your diet will be used for energy and not to develop a good healthy body by forming muscles, replacing blood cells, enzymes, hormones and other vital substances and structures for good health. A calorie-deficient diet can lead to a protein deficiency. That is why starved people lose their muscles. Next you will need to start an exercise program to regain your muscle mass. You see, when you starve you lose muscle tissue and your muscles may stay small even when you go back to eating a normal diet, unless you are active enough to work your muscles and to stimulate them to grow. A muscle grows because you put it under load as in lifting a weight. It grows strong enough to lift the weight easily. Then if you increase the weight it grows some more. The bigger the muscle the more weight it can lift and the more you lift the bigger the muscle. A number of calisthenic-type of exercises are wonderful for this purpose, including push ups, knee bends, raising up on your toes, and, if you like, a reasonable weight- training program. When you regain your muscular strength you will have more energy. Your posture will be better and you will have less trouble preventing obesity or developing fat deposits later. Let me know how you make out with your program. Can Be Good By Joanne Koch I once asked Gloria Steinem if she believed homosexuality was caused by disturbed family relationships. "No," she replied, hardly moving a facial muscle, "It's strictly a matter of choice, strictly a matter of choice." Now, two years later, I still'have difficulty accepting this pronouncement. Unlike the choice of apples over bananas, city-living over suburban dwelling, long hemlines over short, the choice of homosexuality in a heterosexual society is fraught with emotional peril. As a feminist leader seeking to extend the boundaries of female rights, Ms. Steinem can disregard the psychological reality of choosing lesbianism. As a parent seeking to raise reasonably happy children, I can't maintain such neutrality. But neither can I accept Lew's opinion that lesbians should invariably be denied custody of their children. Lew's judgment would prevent society from responding to individuals by judging all lesbian mothers unfit to continue as parents. Many women now find themselves divorced, engaged in an unhappy marital union, separated from their husbands, lonely, or just plain dissatisfied with their sexual typecasting. Some of these women are experimenting with lesbian relationships — a veritable fad in some sectors known as "bi-sexual chic." A few of these women whose lives and values are in transition may wind up with a life-long preference for female sexual partners. Many of them will return to male partners, as many males who experimented with homosexuality (in their youth, in the Army) returned to heterosexuality.