Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on January 30, 1973 · Page 4
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 4

Estherville, Iowa
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Tuesday, January 30, 1973
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Around the Rotunda Criticize Highway Funds BY HARRISON WEBER IOWA DAILY PRESS ASSN. DES MOINES - (IDPA) — Governor Robert Ray's budget is being criticized in some quarters because it doesn't place enough emphasis on highway construction. One critic is Rep. Richard Wclden, R- lowa Falls, who says if the governor continues to reduce the highway program it will be necessary for the legislature to increase the gasoline tax. What is drawing Welden's wrath is the fact Ray's budget is predicated on placing certain moneys into the state general fund that used to go into the road use tax fund. About S14-to-Sl. r > million a year is involved. In order to balance the state budget, the 1971 legislature followed Governor Ray's suggestion by placing a portion of the sales tax collections (two-thirds of 10 per cent") into the general fund. At the time, recalled Welden, the highway commission had a sizable cash surplus. "But it costs more to build a highway now and the highway commission doesn't have the surplus it used to have; consequently, this (governor's budget recommendation') could result in a reduction to the commission's construction program," Welden charged. The former contractor is also worried about the possible ramifications of a Department of Transportation if such an agency is created by the Legislature. "1 don't see where he (Ray) has touched on this in his budget message," Rep. Welden commented. The veteran lawmaker notes that positive action by this legislative body will be required in order to continue putting the sales tax in question into the state's gansral fund. Welden, for one, obviously is opposed to doing that. How much support Welden will have remains to be seen. Report from the Iowa House 3y State Representative Terry E. Branstad Eighth District (R) An open hearing of the House Agriculture Committee will be held in the near future on the railroad car shortage for transporting grain; I requested this hearing. We have come a long way in making people aware of this problem, but I am convinced that we are only going to get action if we keep the pressure on and increase pub! c awareness of this crisis. Unless a substantial increase in the number of railroad grain cars is made available to our elevators in the near future, our area and the state will suffer a potentially disasterous economic impact. The time and place for the open hearing has not been set on the writing of this newsletter. An effort will be made to see that all railroads which serve Iowa have a representative present and it is also the sentiment of the Agriculture Committee that a spokesman for the Credit Commodity Corporation and the United State Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. be present to answer questions on the shipping orders of sealed corn. The House and Senate passed a resolution expressing our sorrow at the death of former President Lyndon B. Johnson. On Thursday we had a joint Beaaion of the House and Senate and Governor Ray delivered the eulogy. The Governor delivered his third address to the legislature, his budget message. Governor Ray emphasized the three priorities: 1) property tax relief, )2 relief to the elderly, and 3) greater aid to education. The Governor's budget message gave us his recommendations as to how to implement these priorities by appropriations and legislative enactment. The realization of these three main goals will affect nearly every Iowan. Many people are interested in when educational television will be available to our area. I discussed this matter with John Montgomery, the director of Iowa Educational T.V. and Radio Network. Construction of the tower and other necessary facilities to serve our area is planned for 1974 and completion for the fall of 1975. The reason for the delay in arrival of educational T.V. in our area is due to the fact that it is dependent on matching federal funds and the federal funds are granted on the basis of total population served. During the week you can get in touch with me at the House of Representatives, State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. U you would like to talk to me during. the session, I can be reached by calling * 515-281-3221. AILY NEWS An independent newspaper published "Monday through Friday," except principal holidays, excluding February 22 and Veterans Day. Second class postage paid at Estherville, Iowa. Published by the Estherville Daily News, Division of Mid-America Publishing Corp., 10 N. 7th St., Estherville, Iowa 51334. Subscription rates: City of Estherville, Armstrong, Ringsted, Terril and Graettinger, delivered by carrier, 60 cents per week; $7.80 for 3 months, $15.60 for 6 months, $29.70 year. By mail in Emmet and bordering counties: $15.60 year, Zones 1-8, $19.50 year. Fred E. Williams, Publisher; Charles Ostheimer, Managing Editor; Richard Myers, Advertising Director; Gladys Streiff, Business Manager; DonaldStoffel, Production Manager. Member of Associated Press, Iowa Daily Press Association, Iowa Press Association. Photos submitted to this newspaper will not be returned by mail. However, they may be picked up at the Daily News Office. "Stop That! You'll Be the Death of the Economy!" ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, TUES., JAN. 30, 1973 Page 4 By Hal Boyle Memory's Haunted House NEW YORK AP house. Memory is a haunted But is is a friendly house. Yesterday's voices echo in the rooms, cheerfully retelling the good news of yesterday. Yesterday's people walk up its stairs, exchanging hellos and talking of things that happened long ago, and warmingtheir hands by the glow of vanished fires on the dusty old hearth. Some think of it as a strange and eerie place, this haunted housed of memory, and perhaps it is wise not to dwell therein too long or visit too often. But few who go in there and stay a while emerge without feeling more refreshed and somewhat less lonely than before. And all who live must spend part of their lives in that house. There is probably quite a bit of traffic in your own house of memory if you can look back and remember when: Most people were kind of glad to have dandelions in their lawn. They made the spring seem more cheerful. There was always one tight-wad old uncle in the family, and when you and poor folks sometimes dropped by his house on a Sunday afternoon to cheer him up when he was feeling low, he'd pour a single small round of drinks for all then put the bottle back in the closet for good. Only an act of God could make him pour UU/MU By Don Oakley Good Word Put in for Medication a second round — and God never acted. Maurice Chevalier, fresh from Paris with his bow tie, easy smile and jaunty .straw hat, brightened the American theatrical scene. He made us think and feel that all Frenchmen were that way—full- spirited, happy and affable. A juvenile delinquent was a kid who picked a second scab off a skinned knee after his mother had told him not to pick it off the first time. Whatever you ran out of in your house, you knew you could always run next door and borrow a cup of it from a neighbor lady. The exception was gin. The musical instruments of choice among boys were the saxophone and the drums, whoever heard of anybody wanting to play the guitar? The banjo? Si. The guitar. Never. There was one thing that would always draw a crowd anywhere in America — a dog fight. And you could usually see one at least every other week while simply going about your business. Pleasurers were more innocent. Every member of the family was home most nights, and all had fun simply making fudge in, the kitchen or toasting marshmallows in the fireplace. Those were the days — remember? One of those truths we take for granted these days is that we live in a drug-oriented, overmedicated society. Deluged with drug advertising on television, watching their parents pop aspirins and tranquilizers, it's only natural that kids — who are apparently incapable of independent, rational thought — stick needles in their veins. Or so it is explained by many experts. But while an undetermined number of people use medications excessively, "at the same time, another undetermined but certainly greater number of people who should be on medications ignore them because they don't get medical attention, can't afford it, refuse it, fail to get prescriptions filled, endure pain needlessly in accordance with the Puritan ethic, or are being educated to equate drug use with personal failings." So writes C. Joseph Stetler in a letter to Science, submitting the novel conclusion that "on balance, then, we are probably an undermedicated society." ' He adds that critics give''little atteritloWto the present gains drug therapy affords society in lives saved, illnesses aborted or relieved, hospital stays shortened or prevented entirely, time saved on the job, etc.—all of incalculable human and economic benefit. Stetler writes as a representative of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, a fact which in some eyes will cast suspicion on anything he might say about drugs. It is always useful, however, to question accepted wisdom, if only to keep the wise men in touch with reality. A Word on Boys Will Be Boys This thing about "sexism" in the schools works two ways. It may be true that teacher expectations, peer-group pressure and textbooks extolling male achievements force little girls into "inferior" feminine roles they would not otherwise have chosen. But the dice aren't entirely loaded in favor of boys. Grade school teachers reprimand boys more frequently than girls, charges child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. "One can imagine how a boy feels about himself, the school and the teacher," he writes in Ladies' Home Jour­ nal, "when he observes that boys are reprimanded nine times as frequently as girls. "If he is at all observant, he must come to the conclusion that while the school highly approves of behavior that comes naturally to girls, it rejects what comes equally naturally to boys. Thus, many boys are made academic failures by the very institution which should teach academics to them." Lib types can object, of course, that sweetness, obedience and decorum are no more natural to girls than boisterousness is natural to boys. According to them, such behavioral differences are learned and artificial. Perhaps they will admit, though, that at times it can be pretty tough practicing to be a male chauvinist. A Cold Car Seat Is a Peril A cold auto seat, the kind you encounter when you get into a parked car on a frigid winter morning, is more than unpleasant. It can cause all kinds of trouble, from backaches to rheumatism to kidney problems. So says the 1973 edition of Baer's Agricultural Almanac, quoting Swedish experts, who ought to know something about frigid winters. Not only does a cold car seat cause aches and pains; it also lessens the driver's skill at the wheel, the Swedes declare, bringing on a loss df ability to make judgments, a decline in the sense of feeling and a drop in precision of muscular activity. One Swedish auto manufacturer provides electric heating for the seat through a wiring system activitated when the ignition key is turned on. This phenomenon sounds like something new for the venerable almanac, published by John Baer's Sons of Lancaster, Pa., and "a useful guide and entertaining companion for farmer, suburbanite and city-dweller" for the past 148 years. Then again, those open-air buggy seats must have been a mite shocking to our ancestors on frosty mornings back in the last century. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Today in History SGT. STRIPES... FOREVER by Bill Howrilla THE BORN LOSER Today is Tuesday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 1973. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1933, Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. On this date: In 1649, King Charles I of England was beheaded. Ten years ago: It was disclosed in Washington that the United States was preparing to offer proposals to partition Kashmir if negotiations between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory failed to yield concrete results. Five years ago: U.S. forces in Saigon crushed a seven-hour enemy attack against the American embassy. One year ago: In Northern Ireland, British troops killed 13 civilians during rioting in Londonberry. Today's birthdays: Actress Vanessa Redgrave is 36. Actor John Ireland is 58. Thought for today: Shallow men believe in luck—Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer, 1803-1882. by Art Sanson* CARNIVAL ?<MiD RxiND N04C by Dick Tumtr open up i rr&Me, SIDE GLANCES J-30 by Gill Fox "Er ... did I understand you to aay 'parte unknown'? 1 ' * NU. TAt I* U.I, M. OH. WINTHROP by Dkk CavalU I'LL. Be THE- IMBMaTlAL, MED1ATOR INTHI© ARGUMENT.. MOU OUST TAKE IT BASV, HONEV. ST J g> Ml tT MA, l«, T,M. •««. U.t, M, OX. AND WE'LL LET THIS \CHOT TELL Hie UNBELIEVABLE ©IDE OF THE STORV. u c IF HE'S AN IMPARTIAL MEDIATOR, I'M HARRY VON ZELL. THE BADGE GUYS by Bowan & Schwars WERE BEING GIVEN ONE OF THE NEWER PmOLCARZ 10 USE. "Your oup runnoth ovtr ... right, ravorond?" IT ONLV HAS 123,000 MILES ON IT. © IWH, MIA, IK, I I

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