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Daily Times Herald EDITORIALS "Call You - And Nothing Up My Sleeve! Friday, July 26, 1974 Tax Data Club The chilling practice of using or threatening use of legally confidential personal income tax data as a weapon against individuals distasteful to those in power has again surfaced in the case of James R. Polk. The House Judiciary Committee impeachment inquiry has uncovered evidence that the White House obtained Internal Revenue Service information on this newsman's finances in early 1972 when he wrote about Herbert W. Kalmbach's secret fund-raising for the President. Folk's story, published in the Washington Star news, said that the presidential lawyer has "raised millions in undercover campaign funds in the last four years as the hidden money for President Nixon." The White House knew the story was coming, and considered an effort to halt its publication. It is not revealed that the Polk financial report and an accompanying memorandum from John W. Dean III, then still a key White House figure, were sent to top-level officials. Among other things Dean said in his memo: "Chuck Colson informs me that there is nothing we can do to turn the story off or determine the contents of the article without escalating the matter because of White House interest." Evidently for this reason, Polk was not told that officials had IRS material on his personal finances; he did not learn of the incident until told of it recently by a Judiciary Committee investigator. But suppose the White House had gone ahead on the course clearly implied in the Dean memorandum, seeking to "turn the story off" by pressuring a reporter with data which by law is confidential. Congress should study ways of assuring that such data will not be used as a club against individuals. Cuban Thaw The dubious wisdom of trying to exclude Cuba from the international mainstream 15 years after the Fidel Castro regime came to power is increasingly called into question. There is good reason for this, all the more so because of Washington's movement toward improved relations with other Communist powers. Events have begun to erode our government's Cuban policy of political and economic quarantine. The support of other Latin American governments is on the wane. This was pointed up recently when inclusion of Cuba in the Law of the Sea Conference at Caracas was voted by the Latin American Caucus. It also is of interest that President Luis Echeverria of Mexico has undertaken to persuade other governments to lift the Cuban economic embargo. Considerable significance, too, can be read into the fact that the U.S. State Department recently approved a political visit to Havana by an important Washington figure. Pat M. Holt, chief of staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had been trying for two years to get permission when it was finally granted a short time ago. He has since had long talks with Premier Castro and other leading officials in the regime. At this writing Holt has not commented publicly on his conversations in Havana. It is a fair guess, however, that resumption of U.S.-Cuban relations' in some degree was a subject of discussion. A thaw seems to be in the making. Viewpoint Match the Rhetoric By Tom Tiede Advice Gets Her in Shape to Walk Out By Abigail Van Huron DEAR ABBY: My daughter is 28, married and has two adorable children. She phoned to ask if she could come over to talk to me about something important. Well, she just left, and I am a wreck! She is having an affair with — of all people — her foot doctor! (He's married, and nearly twice her age.) My daughter is very pretty, but she's stupid. She has a husband who treats her like a queen. What she wants with this foot doctor, I'll never know. I wish she had never confided in me. What did she expect me to tell her? Now that she's told me, if she leaves her Homemaking husband, she can say: "My mother knew all about it." I told her to get another foot doctor and to quit seeing this man, but she cried and said: "But, Mother, I love him!" What a nut! She needs a head doctor, not a foot doctor. Now that she's involved me, what should I do? HER MOTHER DEAR MOTHER: You've done all you can. You've listened to your daughter, and given her some sound advice. The rest is up to her. (Nice man, this philandering foot (loose) Shows All Spots By Polly Cramer Oil Good Buy Oil still a good buy According to an article in Oil and Gas Journal, crude oil and natural gas are still good buys in today's marketplace. To prove it, a geologist in Texas roamed the aisles of local stores and comptuted'the per-gallon cost of a number of common items. For instance: 100-proof "Old Confidence" — $30 a gallon; baby lotion — $7.92; orange juice - $1.85; milk - $1.65; honey $1; laundry bleach — $.58; distilled water-$.49. . . By comparison, crude oil is officially price-controlled at 12 cents a gallon and natural gas (with its heating value converted to crude oil equivalent) is 3 cents a gallon. It sure is lucky that we don't have to heat the house with baby lotion or run the family jalopy on orange juice. POLLY'S PROBLEM DEAR POLLY — A toaster- broiler is the bane of my existence. It cannot be wiped clean like other appliances with the same smooth finish. My usual procedure with others is to wipe appliance with a sponge wrung out of hot detergent water, rinse with clear hot water, then rub dry and shine with a dry soft cloth. Not so with this appliance. It is left smeared and streaked and requires a real working over with steel wool, cleansing powder or both. There must be a way to clean it without such a time-consuming and messy procedure. No cleaning instructions came with it so I would welcome some suggestions. — I.C.G. DEAR POLLY — My Pet Peeve is with those mail order houses that send vouchers for money due customers. I just cleaned out my desk and found 10 or 11 vouchers that totaled over $5, mostly in amounts of 25 cents and up but some were for one cent. I wonder why a few coins cannot be put in an envelope? They would not take any more space and weight than all that advertising literature they enclose. — JO. DEAR POLLY — Mrs.A.W. wrote about being bothered by talkative busy bodies who come to visit and stay and stay. My solution to this always has been to welcome them and say, "Oh, I am so glad to see you so let us visit 10 minutes before I have to get to my cleaning." Or write letters, etc. A bit 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. 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For lengthy telephone callers I do about the same and add, "We should not be tying up our lines so long as someone may be trying to call one of us but do call again. I love you. Goodbye." And I hang up gently. Mrs.H.F. who is bothered by tobacco smoke odor in motel rooms can carry a small can of room deodorant as we do and then use it when bothered by such odors. I have even sprinkled scented talcum on my hand and blown it about a room to freshen it somewhat. Perhaps the day will come when certain rooms are reserved for nonsmokers. — MRS.E.W. doctor. He gets his patient's feet in shape — the better to walk out on her husband.) DEAR ABBY: Every time my husband is near a pencil and a piece of paper, he scribbles his name all over it. I cannot keep a scratch pad near the phone without his ruining it in this manner. I have had several different opinions as to why he does this. I will believe yours. Can you tell me why a man writes his name on every piece of paper he sees? Thank you. T FROM TEXAS DEAR "T": Most people, when there is a pencil and a scratch pad handy, will doodle. It's normal. The fact that your husband writes his name all over the pad consistently could mean: (a) he has an identity problem, or (b) he has NO identity problem. It's not serious, so quit collecting opinions about a harmless little habit, and lay in an ample supply of scratch pads. Or use the backs of old envelopes and for butcher paper. DEAR ABBY: I am 13 years old and I am still a virgin. My problem: Every time a guy tries to get something off me and I turn him down he starts spreading dirty rumors about me saying I gave in. I live in a small town where people like to run their mouths. How come boys never talk about the girls they get something off, but they make up lies about the girls who won't give in? How can a nice girl save her reputation from trash like that? A NICE GIRL IN ATLANTA DEAR NICE: Stay "nice" and don't worry about what anybody says. The kind of people who matter don't listen to trash. And the other kind don't matter. WASHINGTON - (NBA) - Time and again during these indolent hours of summer, members of Congress rise in their wisdom to address themselves to a single question: "Mr. Speaker, I suggest the lack of a quorum." How dignified. How diplomatic. What the honorable gentlemen are really saying is: "Where the hell is everybody?" It is a gravely important question. The population at high levels of government appears as of late to be infected with "Kissingeritis." The President is managing to be absent from his post about 40 per cent of the time. The Vice President has traveled 100,000 miles in seven months making 400 notably unnotable public appearances. In Congress, there are far more tourists in the gallery than members of the floor. William Simon is on a 16-day, seven nation tour. Naturally, everyone has an excuse. Harrumph, kaff-kaff. There is a law in the U.S. Code (Title 2, Sec. 38) which provides for salary deductions when members of Congress are absent unless the reason assigned is illness. But the statute hasn't been enforced in 100 years, says Senate Secretary Francis Valeo, because: "We feel members are on duty 24 hours a day wherever they are." The President, too, we are told, is knocking his brains out for the good of America be he at Camp David or San Clemente. "Would you have him stay in the White House every day?" asks a bored aide incredulously. "Where would we be with China if we did?" And so, too, it is with the capital's third or fourth best known gadabout, Gerald Ford. His people rationalize that his travels are "unifying the country", and "making government more visible." And the man himself reasons that he should not "stay on the banks of the Potomac and listen only to the strident voices" of Washington. Sorry. Nobody is fooled. Certainly public officials must move around to function fully, but if it is at the expense of their primary responsibilities, as it BERRY'S WORLD © 1974 by NEA. "/ saved a copy of the Nixon transcripts!" may be now, then the excuses are phony as the language "suggesting" a lack of a quorum. What the nation needs now is not visible government so much as working government. Poor leadership does not regain public confidence by absenteeism, instead it just passes from lethargy to the comatose state. The situation seems especially unfortunate in the case of the itinerant Vice President. He, not the choice of the American people," was presented to them not as a unifier but a doer. He was selected, it was promised, because his 25 years in Congress qualified him as the man to join that body to the Administration in the course of progressive legislation. Great goals were ahead; Gerry Ford was just the fellow to see at least some would be met. Great goals? Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield said the other day that while inflation is paralyzing millions of citizens, "Neither Congress nor the Administration is doing a damn thing." Strip mining legislation flounders at the expense of land and energy future. Nuclear proliferation accelerates, to the threat of all humanity. Even when legislation does move, it seems, it's often unwise: the Senate Commerce Committee has recently passed, without dissent, a bill to transfer wildlife control on public lands to state authority, a good thing for hunters but doom for the animals. Meanwhile the Vice President, the doer, is off about the nation — 33 states so far — putting people to sleep with speeches of better times. Even worse, many of the speeches are for Republicans only (75 by count, raising about $1 million for partisan politics). Far better it would be if he stayed in Washington to help calm the "strident voices" which if he listened to carefully, he might identify as those of the people he was foisted upon. Cut the jet engines. Say no to the invitations. Sit down to work, sir, or step aside for someone else; that seems to be in vogue these days. Health Will Diet Harm? Dr. Lawrence E. Lamb, M. D. DEAR DR. LAMB — Can dieting during pregnancy be harmful to the unborn baby? My friend is one month pregnant and weighs 110 pounds. She says she will allow herself to gain no more than 10 pounds during the pregnancy. What does determine the weight of the baby? Is there any way a woman can control the weight of the baby so she will have a smaller baby? DEAR READER — The only person who should diet during a pregnancy is a woman with a medical problem, like toxemia of pregnancy, I think it is very unwise for a pregnant woman to diet except upon the advice of her doctor. That new baby needs protein to develop. If he doesn't get it there is a possibility of faulty development, or as some scientists have suggested, the baby's brain may not be developed to its full capacity. In plain language, the baby won't be as smart as it should be. The latest recommendations from the Food and Nutrition Council of the National Academy of Sciences recommends an addition of 30 grams of protein a day at a bare minimum. For more information on dietary requirements write to me in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio. City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019, and ask for the booklet on Balanced Diet. Send 50 cents to cover costs. The placenta and fluid around the baby will amount to about two-and-a-half pounds. The uterus will also increase in weight as it must develop to provide support for the baby and delivery of the baby. It usually increases over two pounds in weight. The breasts normally gain about two pounds. That accounts for at least six-and-a-half pounds without considering the weight of the baby .'The body normally accumulates some extra fluid during pregnancy, and the mother's volume of blood is increased to support the pregnancy. It follows that in a normal pregnancy with a baby of about seven pounds, the mother will gain a minimum of 15 to 20 pounds just to support the pregnancy. Now if she is fat to begin with she can use some of her body fat, but oddly enough it is the skinny woman who wants to avoid gaining weight during pregnancy. So she harms her own body and harms her baby by failing to follow the good advice of her doctor. The baby's weight will indeed depend upon the mother's health during the pregnancy, and that definitely includes what she eats. It will also depend upon how long the pregnancy lasts. One indication of whether a baby is premature or not is its birth weight. Premature babies often have serious health problems at birth. The mother's diet must contain adequate amounts of minerals. The baby has to develop a complete skeleton and that means it needs calcium. The mother can lose calcium from her own skeleton if she doesn't pay attention to this. The American diet is often deficient in calcium, so it is a very important consideration. The baby will also need lots of iron. The mother will need more iron to support her increased amount of blood and to make up for the blood loss during delivery. So, I can't emphasize too strongly the importance of a good diet during pregnancy. Religion New Answers By David Poling Certain classic questions have always weighed heavily on the hearts of religious folk. They were asked during the times of Jesus and pondered when Luther did the lecturing to arrive right on schedule in 1974. How can we know the guidance of God in our lives? Or, is it possible to do the will of God, much less to know it? Thousands of believers give this long, serious, and at times, anxious consideration. It is solid assistance to have the contemporary style and convictions of noted author and church woman, Elisabeth Elliot, offering some fresh insights to heavy questions. Christians know of Elisabeth Elliot and her missionary husband who suffered martyrdom at the hands of Auca Indians in Ecuador. "Through Gates of Splendor," her first of seven books, became one of the best- sellers in our time. Countless readers have been inspired, helped, and directed by this one who describes herself as living "a normal suburban life in a town near Boston, writing, housekeeping, doing some speaking now and then." And a lot of thinking and praying. "The guidance of God," she asks, "is it reasonable to expect such a thing in this day and age? Has he ever made any promises that I can get hold of? Is there anything that applies to my needs this Tuesday? Are the promises relevant? 'Might not the advice of a trained guidance expert be more likely to help me?" In her new book, "A Slow and Certain Light," the writer deals with the ancient questions of seeking God's help in a world filled with difficulty, joy, unwarranted tragedy and unexpected happiness.