Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 28, 1973 · Page 40
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 40

Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, June 28, 1973
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Thursday. June 28, 1973 'izTlTTV'"' for your thou Dear Penny, I have had articles appear in the Mailbox about our President, Mr. Nixon. I truly believe in him. i have been receiving Anonymous letters telling me how wrong I am. Oh sure, I don't mind being criticized ».. that's to be expected. But the person who is writing these anonymous letters can't even put down oft paper what he feels and sign his name to it. That's exactly what's been done to our President, and I don't like underhanded business. If you can't say what you think and have backbone enough to admit it, there is something wrong. There's a silver lining to every cloud, though. The anonymous writer always sends along a copy of my article. I will send it to a good, understanding, sensible Republican. I vote for the man. not the party, and I hope this anonymous writer will come out of the dark and see the light You Know Who Dear Who, The only place for an anonymous letter is the wastebasket • without a second glance. Dear Penny, I am planning to be married in the fall, and I want very much to get along with my new in-laws. My fiance's mother is a very sweet person and tries to help with everything she can. Sometimes, though, it is a little hard to explain to my own mother because his mother wants to take over so many details of the wedding* Last week when we were talking about the wedding, she asked me if I would wear her wedding dress. She said she had saved it, but since she only had two sons, she will never have a daughter to give it to. She insisted that I try it on, and it did fit. Whe!l, when I told my mother, she hit the ceiling. She said mothers of daughters want the fun of helping pick a dress, too. Frankly, I don't like the dress and had hoped to have one that I would always remember. What do I do? Hurt a very nice person that I really want to get along with, or hurt my own mother and wear a dress I really don't like? Mixed Up Dear Mixed Up, Weddings are very special days in the life of young women, and it should be the kind of day that you can look back on with pride and pleasure. Tell your future mother-in-law that you are touched by her >ffer, but since this is such a special day for you, you want to pick a dress that will be just as special. Since her dress obviously means so much to her, she will surely understand. Dear Penny, My husband throws a fit every time I buy something. If I go downtown and charge something, he hits the ceiling when he gets the bill, questions me for hours on why I needed it and usually tells me I'll have to take it back before he ends up paying the bill. If I buy even something small out of my household money and run short, he screams at me. Isn't it unreasonable for a man to expect you never to spend a dime? Incidentally, we are not THAT poor, either. Broke Wife Dear Broke, Work out a budget of what you spend and what you feel you need each week.* Talk it over with your husband and arrive at some figure that you can both agree on and what that will cover. If the figure will not cover such things as clothes, gifts and cosmetics, discuss with your husband how he expects you to make these purchases. At the same time you are telling him your problems, encourage him to tell you his expenses and what his problems are with making the budget work. Wives need to know all the financial picture if they are to be working members of the marriage partnership. Thinking Penny By DON OAKLEY KANSAS CITY (NEA) Nothing may be finer than to be in "Carolina, especially in the foaming ... Oklahoma, where the wind comes whistling 'cross the plain, may be an experience ... the heart may yearn for its old Kentucky home . . . Georgia may be on the mind . • . one's dying request may bo for carriage back to old Virginny ... but on balance, all things considered (and they have been), when it's a matter of QOL, it's California, here we come — followed by Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming. THOSE SIX STATES alone of the 50 can claim to have an excellent ovqr-all QOL "Quality of Life" - at least as measured in a study just released by the Midwest Research Institute of Kansas City, Mo. At a time of great teenno- logical advancement a n d growth in material wealth and emphasis on GNP, the Gross National Product (the monetary value of the nation's production of goods and services), the question of the quality of life in these United States as distinguished from its quantity is becoming of increasing concern. The purpose of the MRI study — a refined and updated version of an earlier one by the institute — is to develop a systematic methodology for assessing social, economic, poli fcical and environmental indicators to reflect the overall "health" of the nation and its citizens 9 well-being. TO THE EXTENT that the indicators used by the researchers are a valid measure of the quality of life, the results provide a comparative picture of conditions in each state at one point of time 1970. Nine indicators were used to provide the framework for the QOL assessment: —Individual Status •Individual Equality •Living Conditions •Agriculture •Technology Economic Status —Education —Health and Welfare —State and Local Governments More than 100 individual factors were combined to develop the composite QOL measures for each of the above categories. For example, under Health and Welfare, the number of physicians per 100,000 population was one of 11 factors. The per­ centage of occupied housing unite with plumbing facilities was one of nine factors under Living Conditions. Raw scores were converted to index form and, after statistical weighting, each state and the District of Columbia was given one of three ratings excellent, average or substandard. CAUTIONS THE AUTHOR of the. report, economist Dr. Beri-Gfoieh Liu, who was-as* sisted by , Robert Gusfcafson and Bruce Macy, undue importance shouldn't be attributed to slight variations in state score or rank. Mindful that comparisons can be odious, he points out that a very Firtall difference in a state's score foir any given QOL indicator or the omission oi even one variable could result in a significant shift in the ranking, of that state. For certain of the QOL categories, the variation among the states was found to be relatively large. This was particularly trite in the areas of technological development, agriculture and'economic status. Mates with very low levels at per capita income also tended tb rank tow in all measures ot the quality of life. How valid are the findings? The researchers compared the results with an earlier MRI study conducted in 1967, and also with two similar studies published by Lifestyle magazine in 1972 and as far back as 193L WHILE THERE IS less State by state, the "Quality of Life"ranking is determined by nine basic indicators. But for other important the differences categories, among states were sometimes unexpectedly small. For ex- . ample, there appears to be lit- QUALITY OF LIFE-is not Indiana, Maryland and Michi- necessarily a.function of jn-' gan. In 1 contrast such states as' Colorado; Idaho, Minnesota, North • Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington ail had relatively higher ranking in QOL than their respective income rankings. However, it was found that tie , difference, among, the states in the areas of health and welfare and individual status.- There is much'closer similarity among states in the social and environmental indicators than in the economic and technological. come and material wealth' beyond a certain minimum. level, as yet undefined, say ' the researchers. For instance, high income- low QOL cases were found in Delaware, Florida, Illinois, agreement in the four studies as to which are the 10 host states, they are, to a surprising degree, unanimous in pointing out those which rank the lowest. The states with low QOL ratings have held that position for more than tour decades, primarily because of depressed economic conditions in (those states. In summary, say • the researchers,; "it may be concluded that . some * minimal economic well-being is a necessary condition for achieving minimum acceptable QOL. Beyond- that,, an extremely lii£h income level does uot necessarily represent an excellent QOL , , • In other words, QOL has its own ingredients, and material wealth bears little -ascertainable relationship to it," • BB see Your Ler FI rST Your Ford Dealer can make this one of your happiest, most comfortable vacations. With immediate delivery on any Ford he has in stock. Big ones, little ones and in-between ones. Immediate delivery on the LTD, the quiet-tiding car to see America in. LTD gives you fine car luxury, with many features as standard equipment LLIN0IS FORD TEAM Or perhaps sporty Torino fits your family to a T. Torino combines big car room and riding comfort with small-car handling, roadability and economy. There are lots of good reasons to see your Ford Dealer before you start your vacation. Because your Ford Team will give you immediate delivery on a great car with great prices. And enough left for a great vacation, too. £DA£ KELLOGG & TOMPKINS STREET, GALESBURG, ILL. }

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