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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 27

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The People's OPEN FORUM Thinks We Owe Astronauts a Debt To th« Editor: I wonder if the average person realizes the debt he might owe to the crew of Apollo 11. With the legacy of the present generation a mess willed to the generation to follow, with air pollution, decaying cit- Rcaders are invited to submit letters for publication to The Open Forum Editor, Des Molnes Register, Des Moines, In. 51304. Complete names and addresses are required. The editor reserves the right to shorten letters. Letters will not be returned. ics, slums, the population explosion, war and all the rest, man may be forced off the planet earth in order to survive ... The conquest of the moon proves that if worse-comes to worst, mankind could probably live somewhere out in space. The debt we may owe these brave pioneers and the many scientists who developed the technology to make the flight possible could be the gift of life itself. May God bless them.—Charles M. Vogt, 1614'/a Harrison St., Davenport, la. 52803. Vietnam, Moon Shot Called 'Silly 9 To the Editor: We have just gone through the two silliest experiences in American history — Vietnam and the moon shot. The moon shot cost us $24 billion and the work of many, many technicians for years. The unsuccessful venture in Vietnam has cost 37,000 American soldiers and how many billion dollars? . . . If wa need to provide profit for the hungry weapon makers, how about channeling their efforts into worthwhile projects? How about another^ canal to the Pacific, a railroad to Alaska, better and more trade with South America and Africa? How about President Nixon appointing a committee to study and name the 12 most-needed projects in the U'.S. today? ... — John C. Rehmann, 2601 Dean aye., Des Moines 50317. Irked by Reactions To Apollo Success To tht Editor! Although I was excited about the men landing on the moon, I was saddened by the attitude shown by many people when they were interviewed on television. They viewed this landing as a victory, not for all men, but for the United States over Russia. It is this type of petty nationalism which has been causing war for 4,000 years ... — Jack Dennis* ton, 150« N, Seventh Ave., W., Newton, la. 50208. Likes Pictures of lowans in Vietnam To thi Idltori The Register should be commended for recognizing our servicemen in Vietnam through the article in the July 13 Sunday Register "lowans in Mekong's Mud" by Ernie Zaugg, special correspondent. . . . Tribute should be paid him for getting his story first hand. It's a morale boost to them and it means a lot to their families. ... How many of them, or us, know what they are fighting for? We have been told time and again that there is no chance for a military victory. So if we can't win (or won't win) then why don't we, as American citizens and voters, demand that all of our troops be pulled out of Vietnam immediately? Aren't we letting our boys down if we allow this piecemeal withdrawal to follow the political schedule that has been set up? Maybe4f everyone of us wrote a letter to President Nixon he would get the message, and the senseless slaughter of our-boys-urthis hopeless, political war would be stopped. ... — Mr. and Mrs. Hillard Peterson, Gravity, la. 50848. How to Handle Unsolicited Calls To thi Editor i What can a mere, individual citizen do to protect himself against the invasion of privacy by commercial firms which insist on phoning him at the least convenient hours? . . . A natural alternative to this insulting tactic of the callous business house is to attack the caller, which fails entirely for the reason that the caller is hired to do this. . . . Politely responding does little good, except to keep everyone's feelings unruffled. . . . My friends and I, when it is clear that the caller is making an unsolicited, hard-sell approach; pretend to be interested, and then lay down the phone and walk quietly away for 15 or 20 minutes, before hanging up the phone. If enough of- us adopt such a tactic, we may significantly protect each other from this impersonal invasion of a citizen's privacy. - Allan Shields, 1603 Tremont st., Cedar Falls, la. 50613. Rather See Hughes Promote Meat To the Editor: Regarding the July 20 Front Row column ["Senator Hughes' Family Is Turning Vegetarian"]: As the wife of a Clinton County beef- and pork-producing farmer, I have to tell you that goes against the grain. Wasn't it Gov. Harold Hughes who was so active in promoting new industry in Iowa? How about supporting Iowa's present largest industry! ... -Mri. Donald Hughei (no relation to Harold and we eat meat!), Bryant, la- 52727. TordWy-Jono*, Toronto Ttlotrom, Conido "I bought a nice little gift to cheer you up—a Dow-Jones original..." Cites Iowa Sentiment To Support University Probe To the Editor: ... In the same issue [July 20] which published two letters from instructors in Iowa's universities in which they bewailed the impending legislative irf- vestigation, there also appeared I an Iowa Poll] headlined "lowans Reject Student Demonstrations" . . . [One of the questions was] "What is your general reaction to college student demonstrations that have occurred recently on some campuses throughout the United States?" Answer: "Approve their actions — 1 per cent." Again: "How db you feel about college students who participate in campus disturbances — should they be dropped from the university or should they be allowed to remain in school?" "Remain — 12 per.cent." . . . Not everything worth while and instructive comes from the books and college classrooms. Maybe the people [and] the legislators know something the university people don't know, like the results of the Iowa Poll. — R. N. Bickert, Algona, la. 50511. Sees Value in Different Ideas To the Editor: . . . Senator Joseph Coleman (Dem., Clare) said he did not want his children "going to a school where they are taught some far-out ideas which are not concurrent with my own way of life or with the thinking of people of Iowa." I must take issue with Senator Coleman on this point. The thing I value most about the years I spent at the University of Iowa was the opportunity I had to learn of "ideas" different from my own or those of my parents. One of the first acts of any dictatorship is to suppress teachings about ideas different from those accepted by the government. I believe that the political philosophies of the United States, can stand up under comparison. I fervently hope that when I have children old enough to attend a college or university they have the opportunity to learn of ideas different from our own in order that they might make the comparison. — Mrs. Ronald Babcock, Fairlane Trailer ct., Maquoketa, la. 52060. New Books Senator Miller Defended To th* Editor) The July 13 Open Forum has a letter from R. J. Leuck which criticizes Senator Jack Miller for being opposed to [reducing] the percentage depletion allowance for minerals. Mr. Leuck apparently would like to overlook the fact that . . . Vice-President Humphrey [and] Richard Nixon both stated their opposition to changing this provision of the law. There are very good reasons, you can be sure, and Senator Miller outlined these about a year ago ... not the least being that it would lead to increases in the price of home heating fuel and auto gas and oil for everyone, rich and poor alike. . . . - Harold T. Beckman, 301-309 Park bldg., Council Bluffs, la. 51501. 'Not Warranted' To the Editor: The July 13 Open Forum carried a letter from Henry Cutler of Waterloo alleging that Senator Jack Miller "has never hesitated to apply an arbitrary meat ax to programs of social legislation." Such an irresponsible statement is not warranted. Mr. Cutler's unqualified generalization should be judged by the reader for what it is, an expression of narrow political partisanship. — Julia S. Fossum, 2500 Walnut, Cedar Falls, la. Nocturnal Noise Deplored To tht Edltori Scre-e-e-ch!_And againjt whole street full of weary, working people are roused from sound sleep in the small hours of the morning. There's a new kind of irritant turned loose across our nation that is more disruptive to sound sleep than a 99-degree sleeping room . . . It's screeching tires and noisy Hollywood mufflers coupled 'with a series of mini-explosions in the motors of high school and college students' hightpowered automobiles. Suddenly our streets have become drag strips in the hours from 11 p.m. to 3 and 4 a.m. There seems to be a contest to see which car can lose the most rubber and send forth the most noise. It used to be a sure invitation for a policeman's siren and a pink summons if a man drove his car with a rusted or defective muffler. The charge was excessive noise and the driver was ordered to.make the necessary repairs. Now, we learn that these new, excessively noisy, glass-lined mufflers are perfectly legal and that manufacturers are hard-pressed to satisfy the demand for them . . . If this awful nighttime noise must continue, and perhaps get worse, ... all of us who work for a living will either have to seal our windows and buy air- conditioning or get ear plugs . . . — Velma Lamoreaux, Box 514, Marshalltown, la. 50158. Against ABM, for 'Solidarity' To tht Editor: I I ... oppose deployment of the antiballistic missile system. I believe that such an expense by the government would not be justified under any circumstances and that it would be criminal when its benefit is being questioned by so many military experts and scientists. Is the military-industrial complex insisting upon the deployment of the ABM system so that the program's main design is to take up the slack in the military budget if peace should come in Vietnam? In times when the great threat to our nation's future are the undernourished, p o o r 1 y-educated, embittered children who may grow up to destroy any hope for a peaceful world, we can ill afford to spend a single dollar on a system of defense which would only lessen -the destruction of our nation if it should be attacked by a "foreign aggressor" . . . Our only logical defense against a "foreign aggressor" is the open hand of international solidarity. — Mrs. Katherine Bertin, 3M5 E. Thirty-eighth st., Des Moines 50317. Affluence and Overpopulation To thi Editor: It was encouraging to note President Nixon's recent concern about the exploding world and U.S. populations. But no federal birth-control program should emphasize that it is only couples with low incomes who are responsible for America's population explosion. Some of the worst offenders, when it comes to overpopulating, are couples who are not at all poor . . . At this late .date, America and the world are now realizing that overpopulation is givinfTmomentum to all the world's problems — air and water pollution, crime increase, world wide violence, famines, etc. President Nixon is to be commended for his concern. If he is courageous, and, with the co-operation of other Americans, can accomplish the halting of our population explosion, he probably will go down in history as one of America's great Presidents. — L. E. Marshall, EstherviHe, la. (1334. Too Soon the Time With Greene Comes To the Last Page Collected Essays, by Graham Greene; Viking, $7.95. RAHAM GREENE'S admirable new collection has a positively warming effect on the reader, an effect not unlike the 1 feeling a Midas bent over a counting table must have. . There are all kinds of treasures here — from perceptive probes into Henry James's "passionate distrust of hu-i man nature, his sense of evil" to commentaries that reveal insights into : Greene as writer, "sue- 1 cess" and, momentarily, I all-thumbs secret agent who has to crack his own safe. Assembled from a body of essays, book reviews and articles written over a 30-year period, "Collected Essays" - an aggressively humdrum title for such a many-faceted gem of a book — is filled with excursions into the lives and minds of the fabled and famous as well as the odd and the obscure. Titus Gates There is, for instance, a sense of reader's serendipity in stumbling onto Titus Gates and his bloody, infamous Popish Plot — the whole episode "the night side of an age we might otherwise have thought of in terms of.Dryden discussing the art of dramatic poesy. . . ." And there is Frederick Rolfe, now less than obscure because of Broadway's "Hadrian the Seventh." Greene's three pieces on Rolfe and his "Edwardian inferno" show a fascination with the "spoilt priest" and his "sincere, if sinister, devotion to the Church that had very wisely rejected him." Greene includes a whole series of critical writings on writers — Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, Mauriac, Bernanos, Chesterton, Rider Haggard, Beatrix Potter, Fielding, Sterne (there is something irresistible about Greene's reluctant, however "galling" he finds It, praise of Sterne over Fielding.) Along the way are clues to Greene the writer and Greene the Catholic: "Creative art," he says more than once, "seems to remain a function of the religious mind." And, in an appreciation of Conan Doyle and the decent chap he seemed to remain after success came, Greene observes: "It isn't easy for an author to remain a pleasant human being: Both success and failure are usually of a crippling kind. There are so many opportunities for histrionics, hysterics, waywardness, self-importance »» ' Inspired "Collected Essays" includes "The Lost Childhood," Greene's account of how the "future . . . really struck" when he read Marjorie Bowen's "The Viper of Milan." "It was Miss Bowen's apparent zest that made me want to write. One could not read her without believing that to write was to live and to enjoy, and before one had discovered one's mistake it was too late ..." There are other subjects besides the literary — close portraits of such singular characters as Fidel Castro, Ho Chi Minn, Kim Philby. Greene moves with aplomb and assurance (but without arrogance) from one subject to another over the years, ready with the perspicacious and subtle observation, lying in wait for the reader with a vivid phrase, writing with an agreeable formality in an age glutted with slang. For this one time, 463 pages is entirely too few. — Joan Bunke. Beneath Laughs A The Center of the Action, by Jerome 'Weidman; Random House, $6.95. JEROME WEIDMAN'S twenty-eighth <J book, "The Center of the Action," is almost as much fun as his first, which was "I Can Get It for You Wholesale," in 1937. And that is quite a lot of fun indeed, for if Weidman in between lost a little of his fresh sauciness (quite understandably), he seems to have regained most of it. Besides, his craftsmanship has become a matter of care and beauty, and his craftiness has never been sharper. It is an idle exercise to try to summarize a Weidman plot; this one wouldn't make sense, either. It's about Ted Leff (another of Weidman's on-the-make smart ones), boy genius of publishing; a business coup; an involved will, and a prat-fall. Nuts, screwballs, eccentrics and delightful women abound, and each page sputters with wisecracks. Still, Weidman carries beneath his cloak of laughter a bare, sharp dagger which he slides into a certain side of the book business — and its customers. — Ogden G. Dwight. JOSni BAHIIA AWIiOH MODIIN UPKIIP CACTUS TWi mugkt COUM a record cot lector torn* A SLIPPED DISC Best Sellers Fiction: The Love Machine, by Jacqueline Susann (Simon & Schuster); Portnoy's Complaint, by Philip Roth (Random House); The Godfather, by Mario Puzo (Putnam's); Ada, by Vladimir Nabo- kov (McGraw-Hill); The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton fKnopf). Nonfiction: Jenny, by Ralph G. Martin (Prentice-Hall); Ernest Hemingway, by Carlos Baker (Scribner's); The Peter Principle, by Laurence Peter and Raymond Hull (Morrow); The Kingdom and the Power, by Gay Talese (World); Between Parent and Teenager, by Haim Ginott (Macmillan). Compelling Story By German Writer Last Stop Camp 7, by Hans Hellmtit Kirst; Coward-McCann, $5.95. HE 55-year-old East Prussian who wrote the four humorous, ironic books about Gunner Asch and the fascinating, compelling wartime mystery story, "The Night of the Generals" has added another wreath to his laurels with "Last Stop Camp 7." A gifted story teller, Hans Hollrnut Kirst has the ability to create subtle nuances of character and. to reveal things as they really are or were through dialogue and descriptive phrases. The story takes place in a World War II internment camp in Germany, run by Americans. It is July, 1945. Camp 7 has 4,000 German prisoners, some innocent or guilty only by association and silence, others less innocent and still dreaming of "Germania uber alles" and a few hard-core war criminals. Captain Keller is camp commandant. He is a second-generation American of German descent. Ted Harte, a German Jew who survived concentration camp treatment, is chief interrogator at the camp. (He is a naturalized American.) Keller wants war criminals punished, particularly an SS man named Hauser, at any cost. But Harte, despite his earlier experiences as a harassed Jew in Germany, thinks no one is guilty until guilt is proved by substantial evidence. In the 48 hours of the story's telling, the basic conflict between the two men reaches a climax and the moral weaknesses of both men and the Americans and Germans are revealed. The romantic interest is supplied by Sylvia Meiners, a German girl who runs the office for the two Americans. The story could be well based on facts or things that might'have happened. But you would never get any one to admit officially that an American camp commandant fell in love with an SS officer's wife and got caught unofficially. —Nick Lamberto MARK TWAIN Dot Meinet Sunday Register July IT, IN* Third Newt Section Books On Twain Go On and On Mark Twain at Large, by Arthur L. Scott; Regnery, $7.5*. S AMUEL L. CLEMENS died in 1910, but books about him go on and on. This most recent volume, by a professor of English at the University of Illinois, analyzes the great humorist's travel books and papers and. his feeling about the) various countries he vis- 'ited in his constant trav-| els. As a "self-appointedI Ambassador - at-Large,"l Mark Twain toured ev-l cry continent except, South America and got to know, and know well, the people of every major country except China, and he was never a backward or bashful man about voicing his opinions of any of them. From time to time his opinions changed. "Things I did not like at all yesterday," he once confessed, "I like very well today." At various times he venerated England, despised it as having been "a nation of brutes" and again fell in love with it, an affection that was returned by that country. Late in his life Oxford University gave him an honorary degree, and editors, statesmen, scientists and titled socialites vied for h i s companionship. France he consistently hated ("France has neither winter nor summer nor morals"), Germans endeared themselves to him by their warm-hearted friendliness, the rudeness of Swiss men annoyed him (he disliked the Swiss in general) although he loved the A 1 p s. He once summed up his feelings about Russia with (he question, "Who could choose between the twin civilizations of hell and Russia"? In Italy, though he had only contempt for the church and its leaders, he fell in love with Florence, where hii family spent many months and where his wife was to die. Often the busy tourist, writer and lecturer jotted down notebook observations far more critical than those which appeared in his books and other publications. Author Scott has made good use of these private notes and a wealth of other material. He also has included a couple of dozen photographs , and sketches which lend additional value to an interesting and highly readable book. —Carl Gartner. BOOKS FOR VACATION TRAVEL How to Rot there, where to stay, what to SRC—start your trip at lown's Biff Bookstore. 901 Locust St. Des Moines 50309 Ph. 288-7267 Over 10,000 Title* in Stock A NEW, IMPORTANT BOOK FOR YOU-- FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON • The first complete story of man's journey to the moon, written by Associated Press writer John Bar- hour who has covered space activities since 1957, can soon be yours. The Associated Press is now printing this 224-page book with more than 100 exciting color photographs. You can order your copy now for only $5. Delivery will begin in late August, but now is the time to reserve copies for yourself and your children. (Jumble appears OB P»ge IT of this section) I FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON j Des Moints Register ind tribune Use This Coupon To Order Your Copy Today- Only $5 Each i Box 5, Teaneck, N.J. 07666 I Enclosed is $ •... Send me .. j of Footprints on the Moon at $5 each. copies Name I Address l City State Zip (Makt ehtekt payablt to The'Atsociated Preai) (Rtaervt your copy now. Print or typt plainly and supply complete aadrett)

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