Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 21, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, June 21, 1973
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i Galesbcifi ster Thurs.. June 21 Continual Council Spats and Frank Johnson day night engaged in what has become a semi-montihiy verbal exchange that has left the impression they don't agree* on anything. The constant sniping between the two council members apparently stems from more than a basic disagreement over the philosophies of running government ai\d has the air of being a personal spat. Last Monday night the subject matter was funding for the Galesburg Public Library and the location of entrance ways to businesses on West Main Street, but the comments, as they usually do, went further than that. Generally, the mayor finds himself in a minority during the exchanges because Aid. Johnson enjoys the moral and occasional vocal support of several other aldermen, the most loyal being First Ward Aid. Donald Johnson. These personalized cat and mouse games would normally be undeserving of public attention. However, too often the animosity among members of the council detracts from its credibility, prolongs coun­ cil meetings unnecessarily and limits the contributions all of the members make to the city's health and welfare. It is unfair for any member of the council, to attempt to discredit or play down the many contributions Mayor Cabeen has made to Galesburg in the past two decades or fail to recognize the contributions he can and does make now. His civic involvement and tireless efforts on behalf of the community are worthy of praise, not ridicule. On the other hand, the mayor has consistently failed to extend a cooperative hand to the other members of the council and on some occasions, provoked dissent when he could have encouraged unity. No member of the council is above constructive criticism, but none of them deserve criticism that is meant to be destructive. The alderman and the mayor are supposed to be setting policy for a large corporate structure rationally and objectively, with common goals and a common share of the responsibility. When they do not, they don't suffer half as much as the community. Russia Deals Can Backfire President Nixon is gambling a lot in his growing involvement with Soviet Russia's Leonid Brezhnev. The gamble itself is easily stated. The United States would give huge amounts of credit and technical aid to the U.S.S.R, and make major investments in, and massive mutualljy profitable trade deals with that country over the next decade. Will the prospects of major economic growth and prosperity lure Brezhnev and his associates to concentrate on peaceful domestic and international goals as opposed to direct or indirect aggression against Russia's neighbors or unstable nations in Asia, the Middle East and Africa? -There would be growing contact of influential Russians with the American scene, Wilji this lead to pressures for a better way of life among Russia's ruling elite and managerial classes, forcing Moscow to be forced to divert more and more of its resources away from military build- Soviet Union great new economic power. Will this enable the Soviet rulers to build such strength that they can more effectively bring military, economic and political pressure on their neighbors and on the free world generally? At this time, no one can answer these questions no expert in or out of the consumer •The American government. Different specialists .will give different answers. The theory on which Mr. Nixon is gambling is straightforward — but unproved. It makes sense from Western democratic logic, and we tend to believe that among intelligent men Western logic and Eastern logic run in parallel lines. But no one knows for certain. The Vietnam war years demonstrated just how far apart Western and Eastern logic can be. The potential rewards of the approach to Brezhnev are great. The gamble, if successful, coul|d mean the difference between peace and nuclear war. But the risks are equally alarming. A stronger rampaging Soviet Union could insure a global holocaust. Hurry to Cabaret They made the movie just in the nick of time. The German cabaret may be on the way out as a social institution. Between the World Wars, political cabarets satirized the Nazis — until the Nazis came into power. After World War 11, cabarets had a rebirth as they ridiculed both the poetical establishment and middle- class pretensions. Now, says one observer, "the traditionally left-of-center political cabarets have been placed in the embarrassing position of having to choose between attacking a government executing, by and large, politics which the cabarets have long advocated, or else failing to carry out one of the vital functions of a political cabaret namely, attacking the political establishment." Add to this the emergence of a society in which the double standard of the middle class has fallen victim to The Pill, in which those who violate moral standards are no longer ostracized, in which the major theaters deal with themes formerly regarded as taboo and in which there are no censors poking through novels. In such a society, there's little need for the "liberating laughter" of the cabaret. to Politics is what we make it. Corrupt. Honest, Slimy. Open and straightforward. A protector of special interests. A defender of the fights of us all. These are our choices. All of us know instances of corruption, favoritism and influence peddling in ouf own communities. Mostly we do nothing about them. We shrug our shoulders and say "That's politics." Or we say we can do nothing/These little corruptions lead up the scale into vast and monstrous wrongdoing nationally. Some years back, in one congressional district in my state both political parties tegulavly won votes by bribing poor, uneducated voters with a pint or a fifth of liquor (whichever it took) to win their votes. At party meetings this was defended with "The others do it so we must." But when one of the two parties concerned gathered the moral strength to put a stop to this practice in its own ranks, lo, and behold, it won the next congressional race, which it had not been able to accomplish in the previous 40 years. This is not to promise victory with morality. It is to illustrate that if enough workers determine to do away With illegal* ity, it can be eliminated in the party. This particular shift was accomplished by bringing in mftre of the citizenry who had never before been active in party work. They'd been too preoccupied with their own affairs. But when it became evident to the people of this congressional district that politics was their business and too important to be left in the hands of professional politicians, then changes occurred. This is not to say that drives against corruption will always win, or, that the road will be short and smooth. In another congressional election in the state in which I worked, the opposition won a narrow race because of an extraordinarily heavy absentee vote. Because this mail vote was greatly distorted in favor of the opposition in an election in which the vote was otherwise quite close, our suspicions were aroused. Thereupon, throughout the state those people whose names were used on absentee ballots in this election were canvassed personally in door-to-door visits by members of our party who lived in their neighborhoods. In some areas we found that fewer than one-sixth — in some areas less than one-ninth — of those in whose names absentee votes had been cast said they had voted in this election. When these certified statements in which the election was held, the judge, who had been appointed by the opposition party which was in power in the state at the time, ruled against action. Bo this opposition candidate kept his victory. But not fof long. The people of that district were so aroused they threw the man cut in a later election. As noted in the opening of this column, the plain and simple fact is that all of us must remember that in a democracy we and we alone are responsible for the kind of governmeht we get. We, as citizens, must do more than vote. We imust take an active part, all of us, young and old, conservative and liberal, Republican, Democratic and Independent in the choosing and electing of candidates and in watching what out elected and appointed officials do after election, to get good government. In the newspaper business we quickly learn that secrets cannot be kept if there are enough alert persistent people attempting to find them out — and willing to air what they learn. Corruption cannot be hidden. It lasts only because we put blinders on our eyes and do nothing until a juicy scandal erupts. But the eradication of corruption is a day-to-day job. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) FDA Under Fire for Vitamin Declarations WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration, an outfit with as poor a record <as any regulatory . agency around, has at length succeeded in scoring one triumph; It has brought (about a marriage between Rep. Bella Abzug, the lady who we/ars her broad-brim hats puflfid far down over her left eye, and Craig Hosmer, the right-wing Republican who once suggested that we could scare •the North Vietnamese into surrendering if the Air Force would only drop, not taic nukes, but voodoo dolls, on our enemy. Congresswxman Abzug bas joined with about 150 others of the House in sponsoring a bili authored by Hosmer which would prevent the FDA from jig into force a series of regulations making vitamins and food supplements less convenient and more land more expensive to buy. Ten years ago, •maybe even five years ago, the FDA could do this and the only _ . „. on would come from daft old ladies in badminton shoes who hang out in heaWh-food stores and are addicted to car- * « and goat's milk, No more. Thousands of grandmothers have been joined by tens of thousands of grandchildren in their conviction that good nutrition good believe they can't get at the shopping-center supermarket. That is why a number of congressmen report they're being hit by so mudh protesting mail. Some eay they haven't received as much mail on any subject except the Vietnamese War. IT'S NOT ONLY the proposed rules .that upset those who have come to suspect the quality of their food, but also such sweeping statements by rthe FDA as . • loss of nutrients from the ordinary effects of cooking, processing, transportation and storage has wt significantly impaired the nutritional quality of food in the United States Vitamin or mineral deficiei © 1973 by HE A, Inc "(Sigh) , • . Everybody's writing a book on Watergate, these days!' 4 ister-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, tSUOl TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier In City of Galesburg 50c a Week Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at GaJesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Prltchard, publisher; Chsrle* Morrow, editor and genera} 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 By RED mall in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months S5 25 6 Months $ 9.00 1 Month $2.01) No mall subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. Carrier in retail trading zone outside City of Galesburg 60c 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 $6 00 0 Months $12.00 1 Month $2.50 1 6 By mail outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: Year $26.00 3 Months $7.30 Months $14.50 1 MonLh $3.Wl are unrelated to the great majority of symptoms like tiredness, nervousness and rundown condition ... it is inaccurate to sate that the quality of soil in the United States causes abnormally low concentrations of vitamins and minerals in the food supply produced in this country . . . There is no nutritional difference between a vitamin provided by a synthetic source and the same vitamin provided by a natural source Forgetting that none of tihe above propositions have* been proved or disproved and therefore can't be regarded as fact but as opinion, there are countless Americans of all ages, political persuasions and professional competence who will dispute them witlh a fury bom of a desire to live long and healthy lives. When these same people recall the dgnonamce of the physicians who fail at ministering to ttam, tiiey react with something like rage when the FDA declares, "Lay persons are incapable of determining by themselves whether they have, o<r are likely to develop, vitamin or mineral deficiencies." A GENERATION ago people were cowed by such assertions of sacerdotal prerogative by the alliance of government power and medicine, but now too many doctors have killed too many patients with too many dangerous drugs for well-informed people to accept such claims. Our mortality rates iare too high and our level of health care too low and people know it. The FDA has mounted a campaign that suggests anyone who opposes it, the medical cartels and the drag companies, are kooks, faddists and secret sympathizers with the John Birch Society. People once thought much the same of Louis Pas­ teur, for it has been the peculiar tradition of medicine in the last two or three hundred years to prefer exorcism and excommunication of mew hypotheses to flhe scientific testing of them. The non-MD's and even some of itihe physicians of this era will not be intimidated by old dogmas and old dogmatists even if they are enforced by the power of -the state. People w*nt more and better than tihe FDA can give them and they wiH give even the modt outlandish-seeming ideas an attentive hearing. Thus the small hut soon-to- grow interest in .such wild things as the work of Dr. Eugene Jonas, the director of the Astra Research- Center -for Planned Parenthood a t Niifara, Czecihoslovakia: Dr. Jonas, who at one point had to visit neighboring Hungary to get ;a. certificate of sanity, has apparently been able to achieve 95 per omt success in a test of 8,000 women who wanted male babies. He did this — and hold on bo your hats with mte$o$G3lL calculations. •mation, please do-not inquire here but consult, 1 ' Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain," by S. Ostnander and L. Schroeder, Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J. 1970.) Other, even more disturbing successes in contraception, fertility and sex choice are claimed for Dr. Jonas and his unusual methods. Whether or not his work has merit, it deserves a hearing, as do the people supporting the Hosmer bill. If they get one, we may all learn something, even the FDA. Now You Know •.. 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