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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, June 11, 1973
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Controlling People Main PatkProblem (Continued From Page 23) chunk of cement stakes out a camp spot for four bucks a night. And where the foraging bears know they'll get their best goodies. THEN, OF COURSE, there arc the vacationers and conventioneers who flock to more orthodox tourist facilities such as Yosemlte Lodge and the staid old Ahwahnec Hotel, which insists on the ridicu- ilous rite in the wilderness of coat and tie for dinner. Since the automobile is the basic mode of transport (though bicycles are proliferating), the traffic problem is serious. A couple of years ago, a shuttle bus system was instituted to cart people to the scenic wonders of Yo- ©emlte, encouraging them to leave their cars rooted after arrival. In fact, the master plan for the future calls for elimination of the automobile. Another problem is making people aware of the awesomeness of Yosemlte. People get so stoned (physically) on ifoa place they're tempted to challenge its .allures. So they've climbed barriers and skidded to their deaths over waterfalls, or clambered up precipices they can't handle. "We do more search and rescue," says Good, "than in all other national parks conv bined. We have more people killed or injured ilihan anywhere I know. We can't control them and' often they're not cliimbersr-they'rc scramblers." STILL, YOSEM1TE remains a tremendous recreational and gawking magnet. Three-quarters of the visitors are home- state Californians. But they also get them from as far off as Japan. Henry Berrey of the Yo­ semlte Natural History Association, who first came to the valley in 1946 and raised four bays there, says, "We need' better access. You don't give people a fair shake when they drive in and the first thing they see is a bunch of old buildings in the village. • ."But it'Stfitiil a great placer" Galesburg Register-Moil, Galesbufg, 111. Mondeiy, June 11, 1973 25 Suicide 'Depressingly Familiar' Among T3y TOM TIEDE NEW YORK (NEA)-It was a neighbor who first called the police. She said she had not seen the old man in the next apartment for a week. "He's in a wheelchair and I can usually hear him moving around, but it's been quiet for days." WHEN OFFICERS broke through the locked door they found the body of a 75-year- old man slumped in a heap on the linoleum -loo;*. A shut- in with no friends or relatives, he had killed himself with an overdose of pills, then lay undetected, until he was finally missed. The story' is depressingly familiar in America. Alone, depressed, often sick and urv wanted, the nation's elderly (especially men) are taking their own lives with alarming regularity. Statistics in The World Almanac indicate that the suicide rate in 1967 for men 65 and over is 38.1 for every 100,000, seven points higher than men in the 45-60 category and nearly twice the total of men in the 19-44 age Elderly ^merles grouping. What's more, the statistics increase as do the years beyond 65. Dr. Norman Farberow, director of the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention League, says the 65 and above rate in California is as high as 60 per 100,000 and grows to 65 for people 75 and older. It stands to reason, adds Farberow: the older one gets, the more the chance for deep depression and the wish to get life over with quickly. AND GENERALLY, the elderly suicides do get it over with quickly. No dramatics for them, no games (such as making phone calls) which indicate the threat is in reality a cry for help; old people tend to kill themselves with neither ritual nor delay. Dr. Robert Kastcnbaum of the American Association of Sui- cidology says that many older people "make their decision and then act." An overdose, a spoon of poison, a bullet in the head. The seriousness of their intent is thus part of the problem—it makes helping them that much more difficult. Helping them, indeed, is a baffling enigma for those concerned. Farberow says that old people with problems are somewhat like young people with problems, in that "you have to help them solve their problems," but this is easier said than done with the elderly. A young man's problem may be marital or economic (two common crises heard by suicide prevention people) and may be corrected with the application of common remedies. As for the aged, however, says Harry Warren of New York's National Save A Life League: THEY CALL IN here, 70-7580 years old. Maybe they're 80 years old. Maybe they have terminal cancer. Maybe Abuse of 'Love Drug' Is Becoming 'Silent Epidemic' CHICAGO (UPI) - A New; York physician says abuse of methaqualone — the so-called "love drug" —has reached a "silent epidemic" among students and other young persons across the nation. Dr. Emil F. Pascarelli of Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, reported Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association that use of the drug has increased markedly. "Sales of an estimated $3.4 million in 1970 have now reputedly doubled," Pascarelli said. "In one eastern university, as many as 5,000 pills are said to be sold illicitly in a single day." 'Love Drug' Pascarelli said methaqualone abusers are caught up in its love drug" mystique and in seeking a dissociative "high" become oblivious to its dangers. He said experience in Europe and elsewhere indicates that the drug has a marked potential for producing dependence and causes a severe withdrawal syndrome. "In light of past experience, we can expect an imminent increase in intravenous use, overdose and suicide attempts with this drug," he wrote. 'Equivalent' Four staff members of the Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic in San Francisco, reporting in the same issue of the AMA Journal, said they concluded "that methaqualone abuse and addiction is qualita­ tively equivalent to that of the short-acting barbiturates." | The group also questioned promotional claims of the sedative, and said tfhey did not "find it superior to other sedative-hypnotics already flooding the market." Pascarelli reported, "The abuse of methaqualone as a 'downer' or 'soper' has increased to the proportions of a silent epidemic." Ice Whale The Arctic tusked whale, the narwhal, swims in broken ice fields usually above 65 degrees North latitude. The whales have been sighted only four times as far south as Britain. and once off The Ne therlands. their relatives are gone and their friends dead. What ;an you say to people like this to make them feel any better?" There seems to be little anyone can say. In fact, it is not absolutely certain that society wants to say anything. Many geriatric specialists agree that society gives older people precious little reason to live, and in fact feels it would be better if they were out of the way. ' 'People," wrote Ogdert Nash, "expect old men to die; they look at them with eyes that wonder when." This is not to say society wants the old folks to cut their throats, but there is substantial evidence that public apathy and prejudice for the old often force exactly that. SAYS L. A.'s Farberow: "I think it is true that we make it very hard for the elderly to live happily. As a nation we have tended to eulogize and overpraise the young, and ignore the old. We force people to retire at certain ages, thus force them to resign, in many cases, at the peak of the functioning powers. We force them to accept a less contributory existence and many of them just can't do it." There are a lot of reasons for suicide among the aged, Farberow adds, but the most important is this loss of engagement, of self-esteem. "What we do to the old, in other words, is to take away their reason for living." That reason, too often, is not only "self-esteem" but "youth." America, the land where over 30 is considered the beginning of a terminal disease, is a civilization where people say they would rather die than grow old. Actually, in a study by Robert Kastert- baum (concerning student air titudes toward old age), 25 per cent of the respondents said they wanted to die before they expected to die. "I suppose," says Kastenbaum, "they didn't want to become enfeebled or whatever." THE FEAR OF enfeeblement is quite natural, H. L. Mencken said that "No show is so good it should run forever." Besides, growing old is undeniably, as things have traditionally stood, a bother. Every generation sees its ok! people shuffled off to the nursing homes, boarding rooms, welfare hotels or other warehouses. Every generation sees its old hobbling down boulevards (for lack of transportation), sitting on park benches (in the absence of meaningful activity), and struggling with debt (because for the great majority on fixed income there is no alter* native). The sight of all this is deeply disturbing to youngsters; no wonder they fear it. But rather than solve what they see, rather than demand and create better times for their seniors, each new generation: merely accepts, then ignores or fears the inevitable end. UNFORTUNATELY, so it continues, the end for some is worse than for others. Dr. Robert Butler, consultant to the White House Conference on Aging, tells of an elderly hospital patient who would stand for hours criticizing his reflection in a mirror, then later deny totally that the image was his. Like so many in America, conditioned to think young, he could not admit the alternative. As W. Somerset Maugham once wrote: "What makes old age hard to bear is not the fading of one's faculties, but the burden of one's memories." Therefore, for many, in today's careless world, suicide is the only solution. According to statistics, a man of 75 can expect to live eight more years; but for some, like the fellow in the first paragraph, the time is just too terrible to take. THIS PORTION TO B£ RETURNCO TO DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY OFFICE OF REVENUE SHARING 1900 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. N.W. WASHINGTON. D.C, 20226 THE GOVERNMENT OF PLANS TO EXPEND ITS REVENUE SHARING 'ALLOCATION FOR THE ENTITLEMENT PF.Binn BEGINNING (K) |—I EXECUTIVE PROPOSAL Checkthbfclock -if'thisplan is based on I executive proposal ___________________ (L) 'DEBT How will the availability of revenue sharing-funds affect the borrowing requirements of your jurisdiction? JAN. 1973 AVOID DEBT INCREASE LESSEN DEBT INCREASE Pel NO EFFECT TOO SOON TO PREDICT EFFECT (M) TAXES In which of the following manners is It expected that the availability of Revenua Sharing Funds will affect the t»x levels of your jurisdiction? Check as many as apply. • WILL REDUCE AMOUNT OF RATE 1NCREASEOFA MAJOR TAX. fX") NO EFFECT ON TAX LEVELS | | TOO SOON TO PREDICT EFFECT • iVrtlL ENABLE REDUCING iRATEOFA MAJOR TAX WILL PREVENT INCREASE IN RATE OF A MAJORTAX • WILL PREVENT ENACTING ANEW MAJOR TAX OPERATING/MAINTENANCE EXPENDITURES PRIORITY EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES LA) 1 PUBLIC SAFETY ENVIRON MENTAL PROTECTION 3 wauc TBANSPOWATtONl 4 rWSALTH RECREATION 6 LIBRARIES SOOAL SERVICES FORAGED & POOR FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION 9 TOTAL PLANNSO 0 ?EflA7ING/MAIN- , TcNANCS iXftH • PLANNED EXPENDITURES (B) ptncmr PUNKfO »on MAINTENANCE OF LISTING JtHVICES |qj % % % % % PLANNED FOR NEWOB EXPANOEO SERVICES (0) % % % % rhave advised a local newspaper and the news media of the contents of this report. Furthermore I have records documenting the contents of this report tmd they are open for public and news media scrutiny. RALPH ANDERSON fSlftNATUm -f cmf IXECUIIV*" OFFICER Ralph Anderson - Supervisor NAM! >j II TH — PHASE PRINT Mon., June 11 OATf rulUSHlb GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL HAMS CH.EV/SPAPEA 1, 1973 AND ENDING JUNE 30, IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER BASED UPON AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 3,071 ACCOUNT NO. 14 3 048 007 Henderson Township Knox County, III. CAPITAL EXPENDITURES EXPENDITURE CATEGORIES E 10 MULTIPURPOSE <AND GENEWALGOVT. 11 EOOCATWN 12 HEALTH 13. TRANSPORTATION! 14. SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IS MOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 18 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 17 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION 18 PUBLIC SAFETY 19 RECREATION CULTURE 20 OTHERS tSptcUy) 21 OTHERS (Sptcily) 22 OTHERS (SptcW PLANNED EXPENDITURES F PERCENT PLANNED FOR: EftUFMBtr « C0NSTRUCTI0NJ % % $3,071 Gravel for HuuU improvement 23 OTHERS ISpttifyl 24 OTHERS ISpteHyl 25 TOTAL PIANNIO lj| CAPITAL EXPtNDI- $3,017 % % % % % % % % % % 100°< 70. % % UNO ACQUISITION I % % % % %l DEBT RfTIREMWT J , % % % % % % % % % % 7^ .1 \i I -< I< !•< mi Mi "< m li mi Mi i GOOD/YEAR j^m ********* i 4FOR THE4 ti il ^^>N SENSATIONAL TIRE BARGAINS /A ^ r A FOR PICKUPS-PANELS-VANS Z CAMPERS OTHER SIZES LOW PRICE TOO sue PLY RATING TYPE PRICE 6.70-15 6 Ply Tubele&s *23.3S* 7.00-14 6 Ply Tubeless *22.70« 6.70-15 6 Ply Tubetypa $21.40* 7.00-15 6 Ply Tubetype $27.15* 7.50-16 6 Ply Tubetype $30.60' 'Plus Fed tire depen Ex, Tax from $2.40 to $3.35 per ding on size and old tire trade-in. l ifSS^jf Rib "Hi-Miler" WIDE TREAD Size 8.00-16.5 $ 6-ply tubeless plus $3.41 Fed, EX. 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