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Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 4

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Page 4 CSR Commentary f Economist Newspapers, Wednesday, March !·, 1*77 The Public Forum Why must accident vehicles continue to clog intersections? The cars are in a long double line, standing bumper to bumper for blocks. The cause of the obvious tie-up is not known, but as the minutes wear on one can only as- "sume some major catastrophe has occurred somewhere up the line and so the cars wait, and wait. Traffic moves, but slowly and in inching forward making hardly any headway 17 at all, the minutes pile up until, finally, you arrive at the intersection controlled by a traffic light. Right smack in the center of file intersection are two cars, the fenders of both smashed. The drivers stand at curbside, waiting for police to arrive. Traffic is stalled and tied up solidly in three directions, and the fourth is not much better. Gawkers stop and look, take in the whole scene and finally drive on. This is generally known as a "gapers block." The reason for the traffic tie up is that the drivers involved in the accident refuse to move their cars to the side until police arrive. -Nine out of 10 drivers will argue that cars should not be moved if involved in an accident. They are wrong. There is no law which says the cars cannot be driven to the side, out of the way of traffic until police arrive. That is precisely what the drivers should do: Move their vehicles out of the way of other traffic so as not to tie up and cause traffic delays. Because of the vast number of accidents and the great number of drivers who refuse to move cars that have been involved in traffic crashes there appears to be a need for a campaign on the part of the secretary of state's office and police departments to inform the public on what they should do if involved in an accident. Insurance companies, as well, could join in the campaign. There is an urgent need to educate the public in this regard. The location of accidents is most often intersections where left-turns are permitted. Installation, at many major intersections, of left-turn lanes and signals has helped the flow of traffic, but still the accident toll continues to mount. These are accidents which, for the most part, are fender benders and seldom result in serious injury. Yet, when two smashed up cars are permitted to sit in an intersection oncoming traffic in two lanes must realign itself into one lane, and that results in the long, long lines that are further complicated by the "gapers block." The frequency with which accidents occur at a particular intersection should also pinpoint the need for left-turn signals. Common sense rather than statistics should be the criterion used on whether certain traffic controls are needed. The state relies on statistics which, of course,'are misleading. It is obvious that cooperation is needed between the secretary of state's office, the police departments and the transportation and highway departments of the state to improve conditions for motorists. Until a better campaign comes along, motorists involved in intersection accidents should be educated to move their cars from the intersection to toe side so others can utilize the roadways as intended. Traffic jams should not result when two cars have bumped fenders." ' Letter from Washington Unite on energy By SENATOR CHARLES H. PERCY Energy conservation has been called "slow-growth" economics by its critics; its supporters have hailed it as the only way to save our way of life. In fact, saving energy is the most compeDing challenge for Americans today. The natural gas shortage this winter and the Arab off embargo in 1173 brought the energy crisis to the forefront Individ- Economist Newspapers Wtaatnrf Or Amttt IK. f«r (1) Gotnl EvritoMt: (X) EOtaital tmt Mt»» c*Mnk (1) TjMgii*!. (O S** SettUealc AoirtM nm prte »y per OmtfM Mnxll*- tajt Miu«m to ri.n»- E«Urial mi* ta t»l OTM T Or TnVM Mtt OiutfOtf Ct*9- Brace Sagan, publisher Southlown Economist * Ot Hfttttfwt EnMtfM. Me. rt-m M04T punUm a* Witm.il*) tfter- VM M s*a s. Unto* m- CMn«t. flL, Suburbanite Economist tr kr aal consumers felt the impact directly. Between those two events, we ignored the eueigy problem at oar own periL Bat there is no avoiding the problem now. We are at the crossroads. In January of tins year, for OK first time, we imported SI per cent of tiw ofl burned in America. Americans have been greedy with the world's energy supply. West Germany is a good example of a country that has flourished and still conserves energy. Germans enjoy a standard of living comparable to oars, bat they ase energy M per cent ·ore effectively than we do. The natural gas shortage this winter has taken its toO on us all, although HUsoi* faired better than some other states. Bat, we mast realise Chat the energy crisis is here to stay and mast be confronted. New energy sources such as solar power, dean-burning coal and fusion shook! stffl be developed, bat they cannot relieve oar energy problem for yean to come. The solution--today and in the long IBB Is conservation. We can tap a new energy source--"coasemtioa"--flat can redace oar dependence oa expensive for- eiga oil and awiaauag domestic sappnes. "Conservation energy" is the energy gained by replacement of wasteful habits sM technology win more efficient ones ta oar aafly Hves. The eqatateat of absat U anuloa barrels of oil a day can be "prod- wed" through "conservation energy" by Senator Habert Hamphrey tad I have batched a private, non-profit organization caOed tie Affiance to Save Energy (ASE) which wffl proawte "conservation energy" ss an attenate soarce. Former President Gerald Port and Vice President Walter Mandate wffl serve as Beaorary Ckairae*. Dr. James Sdaesn- ger wiD serve as the Honorary Advisory and Dr. Henry Kissinger wffl serve as the Chairman of He Advisory Board. The activities of ASE wffl be determined by a Board of Directors in consultation with n Advisory Board. The Board of Directors wfll etect an Executive Committee from their members to imptement policy. The Advisory Board wfll be made ap of hv dfrknals from an sectors of American fife. It wffl also include 10 regional chairmen, cointidng with the 10 federal regions, who win oversee the programs of fte 50 state chairmen. Energy conservation most become a way of We for aH Americans. It is a time for aU of as to Join together to work toward a common goal and as Senator Humphrey once said: "If there ever was one program around which we can have a waited affiance. His to save energy." ' No to 'gender, free' society It really is unfair that very vocal women liberationists work incessantly to convince a small number of state legislators to pass the equal rights amendment In order to inflict that destructive piece of legislation on the majority of men and women in the whole country who do not want it We not only do not want it, we don't need it. Nothing on this earth is perfect, never will be, but living in America is better than in most countries, and American women have it the best of anywhere. But because there are a few imperfections for some women doesn't mean we should "burn down the bam to get rid of the mice." Admittedly, there are difficulties about charge accounts, contracts, home buying, unequal pay, etc., but these can be solved with separate and specific legislation. The ERA would burn down the bam because it would .produce a "gender-free" society, and thereby wipe out certain privileges women now enjoy by virtue of their being women and their special position in the family, lion problems worse than the inequities some now complain about would appear because the federal government-not local or state governments--would be involved in enforcing mate-female matters; and would have to, according to the wording of the ERA, treat men and women the same. The "sexual equality" syndrome has already permeated our bureaucracy to the extent that it has condemned mother- daughter breakfasts, father-son dinners, all-boy choirs, single-sex colleges (if they get federal money), and Just last week a Valentine Father-Daughter dance for a girls' high school in Des Moines. What extremes are in store for us if sexual equality becomes mandated by the constitution? We would have no recourse to such nonsense." Thirty-eight states have to ratify it, by If7» if we are to be saddled with the ERA. When Congress released it to the states five years ago, 31 states ratified it in rap? id succession until the momentum suddenly 1 came to a screeching halt People began to look into the effects it would have on existing laws and they began to say no. As a result, in the last two yean 17 states voted no, two rescinded, and only one state voted yes. (Illinois rejected it for five straight years.) Last month, Indiana was the second state in this two-year period to pass it, while Nevada and Georgia rejected it recently. Nevertheless, the proponents are going to pour on the coals now and exert extreme pressure on key states with whatever means necessary, fair or foul. It would'save a lot of collective time, money, energy and emotion if the legislature would simply refuse to bring it up on the floor. This would leave more time for more pressing state matters, and more time for women to devote to their families and for omen to their different careers. It would certainly save trips to Springfield, phone calls, letters, brochures, and aim twisting. I appeal to legislators to get down to basics. Hen and women are equal before God and comparable in certain talents to each other, but let's not pretend there are no differences. The recent effort to blur the lines is disturbing. We're doing all right with what we have, CLOUP NINE? The Lighter SfJe THE WINTER WISH SNOWFLAKES ARE FALLING. . .They're covering the ground, and cling to tne branches and all that's around... It's a beautiful snowfall sent down from above, and brings admiration if there's no snow to shove. . JBat if we must rush oat with shovel in hand, the beanty of tins day we cannot comprehend. . .We only see chores that are heavy and deep, and we wish heavy wind woaU aO tins from as HELEN PRODOEHL GOOD CHEER A SENSE OF HUMOR is a safety valve, when trials unwilled, arise. . Jt holds back the dark cloads of worry and fear that coaU cause life's ship to capstoe.. .A Uttie dash of caecrfaaMs^a Bttte bit of love.. -Afittte touch of kindness, and hope in God above. . .WD1 often ease the tension. . -Btabh fears we're gaBty oC HILDDR SOLBERG LENT Thnagh these hears of sad hamflity. This time of solemn introspection, By repentance we reach Calvary, And know the glory of the Resurrection. MART BILL PROTECTED SEAGULLS BECAUSE THEY SERVED THE pioneers in early years from need by lidding crtpi of cricket hordes.. .A law affords a deed by which protection is m must by way «f jart reward. . -No loyal Utahan wffl deny seagaus high regard. REMELDA GIBSON PETS A pet is sack a predoes thhig. It tracts as and it cares. It SCCBU it aaaentanfts our moods, By acts H love declares. Its loss leaves bat a memory, Wafle aB its bants we sadly see. LELAC. WHITE A CUNT OF GREEN QUICK, I BELIEVE, AS A ghat of green is the smite of eyes. The gladdened scene reveals a twinkle in the talk, Hke taking Uaghter on « short walk. That bit of War aey, I flank woaU teach the richness well within oar reach. He's soBd! He's real! The cop on your street, with an Irish heart, knows bow to treat the pinched-in AMntis cf tragic HMR kindness miilllpUed over again! Spiffing over good nature, his excess of drink gives money a measure aaboarded. That In* finds a loser out- matched by the battles he's won,, who brings into life golden song of the sun. JAN BREVET THE HOME COOK OF a generation or two past must have been creative in the culinary arts, and also well versed in them. Refines, judging from those contained in a book of them for breakfast, hsBch and dinner menus for every day in the year, wen not as detailed as contemporary ones, and left much to the cook's discretion. Ingitdteats were not printed in a separate mst, bat were incorporated in the method of preparation. Evidently the recipes were intended ?or large families. A recipe for baked liver begins, "Get a calf s Hver." Another, for corned teg of mutton, and have it nicely corned by your batcher. This wffl reoair about ten days or two weeks." In which case, menu planning would certainly be done well in advance. Woald a batcher so accommodating be foand in any market today, where most neat comes pre-packaged? In many stores, OK batcher is invisible, and must be 3niirtanintd from his domain by a buc- xer. Measarenents for flour varied from caps to pints and quarts. "A piece of batter the sice of an egg" was repaired for some dishes. Cake redpu included no even teuipeiatiuu or timing Many recipes woaw pose probJeBis for ate AKiaefa coat Those, for enuapte, which can for "one half box gelatin." How large was the box a time days? Breakfasts were ample i to see any tiuMU through an active morning, and incladed sack items as chops, chartreuse of fish, baked ham, beef - « » ^^-.^L^^-- ----.---^^ ^^a^» f aMa. V^^t cane. UBKMOB neaas were lainy ogat. Dinner was hearty. A recipe for cream chocolate padding cafls for measurement* ay the salt spoonful This would be another panler tut the atodern cook who might wish to try the dessert Chkfcen was popular in those days, too. A reripe for Southern cMckea ftrects, "Steam the cMckea when akdy dressed (whole) for one hoar, ifyoaag; aaffl tender, if oWer." The cook of that day was required to jadge the age of a chicken. "Col an old cttcken into quarters," directs another recipe, for chicken cream soap. Today's chicken does most of its aging in the freezer counter. AD in an, with today's detailed recipes and precise measaremeats, the cool saoaU encoBBter few fsOares. H.M.L. so leave the constitution alone and all|w the rest of us to peaceably pursue otir lives according to our Individual dreams. MILDRED L. PARA Sf. Patrick's land ^ V still unfree I The feast of Ireland's national apostle St. Patrick on March 17 is celebrated in many countries including our own. Irish and non-Irish alike pay tribute to the-man who championed the cause of Christianity and led the Irish race away from pkgan- ism and into the light of faith. Irishy sionaries were later to help br ChristianitY to the world earning i country the title "Isle of Saints and I ·M »» ' "· auS* "· wr St Patrick was unceasing in his patching and tireless'in his pilgrimages throughout Ireland. But Ms time was far from being a triumphal progress, indeed he was bitterly opposed by those who worshipped pagan rituals. His total dedication to the cause finally won him the respeV of Irish chieftains and the fact that heitffl remains vividly in the folk memory after all these centuries of turmoil, persecution and oppression gives some Indicatpj of the enormous stature of the man and-his saintliness. £? Unfortunately, as the world gets ready to celebrate his feast day this year it is sad to recall that his land is still unfree. The place where St Patrick lies is still occupied by a foreign army whose ^very presence is creating divisivness am'ong Irishmen and women. No amount of'cele- bration, nor even masses nor peace ·walks nor violence can succeed until the cancer of partition is recognized, arrested and removed. Britain created the partition of Ireland for reasons best known to herself and until her army of occupation is, removed and re-unification achieved Irjjhnd will never be at peace. · - " y The rising concern in our White House and in government over the abuse ofchu- man rights in eastern Europe is a. bight new chapter in our country's long andflSs- tingtttsbed record of concern for human rights. However, we must speak out about the oppression of human rights wneiSver such rights are being abused whethertt be by Russia or England. n PATHENNfSY National Vice Chairman American-Irish Immigration Commjttee Rebuts 'Comments^ on Ireland' ~ As a concerned American citizen $rish born) please allow me a rebuttal to A letter in your paper "Comments on Ireland" by "American by Choice." I feel that the true situation in the north of Irjejand should -be properly explained. Not for the benefit of the majority of Irish, 7 whe.rrec- ognize "Comments on Ireland" for tne'in- ane rantings that it is, but for the American people be they of Irish or any other ethnic extraction. For MO years the Irish people have resisted the English presence and maintained their rightful claim to be a free nation. In 1»18, in a British held democratic election over 90 per cent of the Irish-people voted for an Ireland free and Independent of England. England dented' this just aspiration and after a prolonged gner- ffla war she ceded 26 counties (Free state) and set up a sectarian-loyalist regime (Stormont) in the six northern counties of Ireland. In the ensuing SO years every minority generation experienced internment without trial, curfews, free use of the notorious special powers act and jwlitical gerrymandering. Religious, political, economic and social discrimination were and are still widespread. For example,: prior to the present "troubles" minority areas had the highest unemployment rate in all of Western Europe. Ail major industry existed hi loyalist areas and so employed loyal- tots. The seeds of today's violence were sown 50 years ago, when England denied the Irish people their just right to be a free nation. AB concerned Irish people seek peace for Ireland, bat not peace at any price. A lasting peace with justice and the basis for Protestant, Cathohc and dissenter to live together as Irishmen can only be achieved when the British remove their j^fc^_ T«-!·!· ^J ·* pRMaaCC Uvul IR9UUHU Abo, the Irish have always tamed to America to escape the repression in Ireland which always existed under British BBS-rate. As for the jnnch publicized activities of the LRJL, little is seen in the Anericai. press of British Army murder *squads (A), torture, beatings. CatboBc assassinations, mass harassment of minority areas and mass screening operations. BrUaias recant coavktioa at Stnsburg's lateraatioaal Court of Haman Rights for tortare saoald speak ttooatiUly eaoagh of what Britain are dotag in Northern Ireland. I hope that this pots some people in the tne perspective as regards the Irish SPAPLRI GERALD 3. BRADY Irish favorite Regar*j*g Chicago's St Patrick's day parade on March 17 and the various cde- brsnoas wakiwfllbe held throughout the dty and the suuula. The date seems appropriate to revive an old time favorite Irish song titled "Twas only an Irish- Bail's Dream." Back in the IMs many Irish immigrants cteared throngh Effis Island New York and became residents singing that song. The wording was as follows: The Shamrocks were growing on Broadway. Every girl was a first coueen. The town of New York was the Coanty of Cork. All the buildings were painted green. The Hudson looked just like the Shannon. How good and real did ft seem. I cvaM bear mother singing. The church belts ringing. Twas only m Irishman's Dream." 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