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The People's OPEN FORUM " - ™ >* . .' * Ptinon, KnKktrbockir Ntwi,' Albany, N.Y. "I'm not buying any new clothes until they decide just where the hemline is going to be," Says U.S. Looks Too Much to Past Opposing Points of View Oft Student Protest To lh« Editor: Richard Wilson's Look article (reprinted in the May 3 Sunday Register! raises an interesting point regarding the heritage of a nation. In it he speaks of "a majority point of view, an amalgam of prevailing opinion in an age of violent controversy rr. the assertion of conventional, patriotic, devout American values, unshaken and in fact reinforced by the racing currents of revolt, anarchism, nihilism and just plain kookiness in this troubled society." A people looks to its heritage in one of two ways. In its youth and vigor, thoughts of its traditions and past glories stimulate a nation to turn to the future with confidence that it can continue to grow in new ways as did its forebears. In its declining years a nation looks to its past with a sense of longing to return to ways tried, true, and.famil- iar. This nostalgic point of view character- ;/cs a people who have lost their courage, who are afraid to face the future unless they can make it into a replica of the past. This is an altitude which promotes nothing more than decay because you can stop growth only by death. There is no middle course; Thus it is that Mr. Nixon represents not "conventional, patriotic, devout American values," but fear, apprehension, and loss of faith, as he rushes headlong into the future with his eyes fixed on his rear view mirror. But what about the kooks whom .Wilson notes in his reference-to "this troubled society"? Is his knowledge of history so weak that he fails to realize that all the values he holds dear were first promulgated by kooks. Has he forgotten Socrates, Christ, St. Francis of Assisi? Not to mention Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and the rest of those kooks who plunged the most prosperous, comfortable colony in the world into a revolutionary war designed to remove it from "the tyranny of the establishment. This nation has become so fat and happy that if the Revolutionary War were fought over today, most, of the citizens of the United States would be on the side of the British. Since this is the case, let's admit it, but for God's sake, let us not call it patriotism. — Raymond A. Hock, 3818 River Oaks drive, Des ' Moines 50312. Urges Mothers: Write for Peace To Ihe Editor: - Mothers truly wanting- to work for peace can contribute their share by uniting to set aide the week following pother's Day as a time to write congressmen from several states asking them to 'do something positive toward peace. Asking congressmen for ideas on how to stop the war and also giving them our ideas could be like scientists working on a cure for a disease. Someone will come up with the answer soon ... When peace has been brought to the world, we can use the money to cure diseases, alleviate pain and suffering, build homes lor the poor, find cures for criminals and mentally ill patients,,feed the hungry, educate all children through college and work together for the welfare of oar people and nation . . . - Mrs. Donald Reineke, 4421 S.E. Fifth St., Des Moines. Salute to Mothers To Hit Editor: On Mother's Day, America owes a salute to those concerned mothers who have decided to have no more than two children. Because overpopulation is a veritable threat to our country, this is motherhood at its very best. — L. E. Marshall, Estherville, la. 513*!. Buy Stocks? How? To tb« Editor: In the Apr. 29 Register, Tricky Dick is quoted as saying, "If I had any money, I'd be buying stocks right now." Big deal. Hjs salary was doubled and he still can't buy. How does be think the age laborer could buy? To th« Editor! I don't see why everyone is shocked by the tragedy at. Kent State University. It was bound' to come in time ... These rioters were looking for trouble, and they got it. If~you wantrto play_ rough, don't be surprised if you get the same kind of treatment. c" fhe National Guard was not the loving, understanding, and forgiving head of the college, the sympathetic professor, the lenient police, or the gentle college security guard. I believe these men were-fighting for survival . , , There was no reason they should just stand there and be taunted, injured, and perhaps mobbed to death. Besides, how do you put down a riot, unless you use force? The riot leaders were responsible for the deaths of those four students through their Refusal to obey a ban on demonstrations, their stupidity in misjudging the Guard in its reaction under pressure, and their thinking no one would dare hurt a college student, as these rioters consider themselves to be in a very special, privileged class, who do not have to obey the law, like the rest of us have to ... The college was also negligent in not allowing more protection forthejionvio- lent students . . . The reaUosers, of course, are the students who want to" study, but can't, now that the school is closed. The college has certainly failed in its duty to them. Of course, Dr. Willard Boyd, that sweet, understanding soul, allowed University of Iowa students to snarl up downfown traffic, and to drink beer and set off fireworks, as a tribute to the dead .". . ~ If classes had been attended as usual, that would have been a real compliment to them. And if every student not attending classes would have been penalized, that would have, been a real compliment to the university. For the mature know that life goes on, despite death, heartache, rebellion, and bitterness. — Annette Lingelbach, 305 Baltimore, Waterloo, la. 50701. To the Editor: ... I think President Nixon summed it up right when he said he was proud of our boys and lashed out at the "bums blowing up the campuses." I'm the mother of three and two are boys, one just back from overseas two years. I've always thought it a terrible thing the way some of the youth carry on today concerning these wars. There isn't a boy over there who wants to be there but they must go over there so the demonstrators can have the freedom to blow up campuses and go to coHege. It isn't fair and I don't believe-they deserve a bit of. publicity for doing Such things *' • '• ' \ ;. . - •-• 1 [I] only wi§h these young people who have nothing more to-do would put their \energy to a better use for the nation, not work .against—tfc—-Mrs. Mary Kiger, 741 S. Ransom, Ottumwa, la. 52501. To Ihe Editor: I can't feel as the President and Vice- President do that the young v people in America are a bunch of burns and snobs. I think they are a real x fjne bunch of young people who are cohv cerned about the future of our great nation ... It seems it is getting to the place where you have to question about everything Mr. Nixon says any more. I don't believe in these young people burning a field house, but I wonder if this is any different from Mr. Nixon ordering our young men to move into Cambodia and to burn the homes of those poor people and to destroy their crops.. — Herbert Cochran, 513 Ninth ave., Coralville, la. To Ihe Editor: With our ever-widening and seemingly endless military involvement in Southeast Asia, I am in complete sympathy (but not necessarily in accord) with our young people who have spent their adolescence with the specter of war as the central fact in their lives. When their peace marches have been ignored, it is small wonder that such tragedies as occurred at Kent State University erupt from their frustration. With this in mind, I would like to share with you a quotation: "We may either smother the divine fire of youth or we may feed it. We may either stand stupidly staring.as it sinks into a murky fire of crime and flares into the intermittent blaze of folly or we may tend it into a lambent flame with power to make clean and bright our dingy city streets." These are the words of Jane Addams and were written in 1909. Still relevant, aren't they? — Mrs. R. 'E. Christiansen, 917 Seventeenth St., West Des'Moines, la. 50265. . . TD the Editor: • ... When the government has to shoot down college students, it is time for something to happen . . . What do we have but a dictator in the United States when a President can take over war in a foreign country without asking Congress? — Francis M. Johnson, Jewell, la. 50130. Medical Technologist Welcomes Scrutiny of Lab Test Charges To tht Editor: • As a member of the American Society of Medical Technologists, I read the article in the Apr. 26 Sunday Register, "Probe Firing of Hospital Technologist," with interest-and pleasure ... An untenable position such as the one created fp/medical technologists, by their principal employers, the clinical pathologists, is finally coming under the scrutipy of those who can possibly help to correct the inequity. . . . Each individual who uses the services of a physician or who must undergo hospitalization should read very carefully the charges made by Miss Roma Brown [president of the American Society of Medical Technologists] con- .cerning the performance of unnecessary laboratory tests to increase profits of pathologists. However, it should be added in fairness to the pathologists that the physician in his office who performs laboratory tests falls essentially into the same category. It should be further noted that n6t only may a'patient be subjected to unnecessary tests, but in many'instances unwittingly has tests performed by noh: ...technically- tr-ained personnel There are- those who do not find it economically desirable to pay the salary of a registered medical technologist. However, rather than lose the income afforded by these tests, unqualified people are scantily trained to run tests for which the patient is charged the same as if performed by an experienced technologist. (Unfortunately, pathologists follow this same practice in hospital labs.) There are those physicians who do not perform lab tests, in their offices, but prefer to send patients to commercial labs run by pathologists where, hopefully, registered technologists will perform the tests. The test results are then stamped with the name of the pathologist - director, who in all probability has seen neither the patient nor the sample to be examined! . . . Registered medical technologists have, since inception, been in the position of fearing to speak out because of the absolute control held over them by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. As patients, most people fear to speak up and find out if they are getting their money's worth. Perhaps it is time for both registered medical technologists and a medically 'oriented society to speak up and out and try to improve their status. — Mrs. Charles Anolik, 7109 Sunset ter.', Des Moines 50311. 'Solution' to Dorm Problem To tht Editor: In your article on the 900 University of Iowa dormitory vacancies [Apr. 26], you state the options that are "open" to . solve the problem. But you fail to mention the only option that would in reality solve it, that is, making the dormitories more attractive for student living. Being near to the campus, the dormitories would undoubtedly be more popular if the students did not have to live under the oppressive conditions which are prevalent in them. Administrators who are more interested in running a "tight ship" than in the welfare of the students, poor food services, exhorbitant prices, as you pointed out, and unbelievable invasions of the student's privacy, drive him away from the dormitories. Those driven away are willing to risk expulsion from the university; travel long distances to classes,-and pay dearly for some peace of mind and the chancejo live their own lives without the university providing inferior and unwanted meals, and domit nating their-social lives. Finally, administrative assistant Robert McMurray's statement: " ... a university's first responsibility is obviously to its bondholders," is typical of the university's position. It seems to us that the university's first responsibility is to the student, but maybe we are wrong. — Hillcrest Dormitory Association Officer?, Gus Villageliu, president, University of Iowa, Iowa City, la. 52240. Support Independence Teacher To the Editor: As a fellow social studies teacher I can not help but be appalled at the facts in the article "Teacher in Viet Protests 'Disciplined' " [Sunday Registei\May 3]. It seems that if Carl Kruempel and the Independence School Board would cease to think about their popularity and become more concerned about our Constitution and American ideals of the right of peaceful dissent they would become much better citizens and administrators. Fortunately there seems to be a relatively simple solution to the unjustifiable position taken against Dan Yokas. The Independence School Board should . , . From whiere I sit, Nixon is a one- terra President ... — Russell B. Wagner, Rt. 1, Geneva, la. 50633. XC: store Mr. Yokas's original contract pay increase and then enroll in Mr. Yokas's American history course to receive background in our American heritage which the board has presumably never experienced. — William Grim, jr., 509 E. Cronkhite St., Kooxville, la. To the Editor: I must speak out in support of Independence teacher Dan Yokas. It is very refreshing to read of someone who has the courage to resist the pressure to think and act only in a way that is in "harmony with the school district and community." The action of the school board is not only deplorable but unfortunately, I fear, is also representative of the repressive mood that exists in many areas. I think it New Books Oft Mdin<s Sunday ft§A! May I6rl070 Third 11.T It Took 28 Years For Truth to Out Fiasco, by .lohn Deane Potter; Stein and Day. $6.95. F INALLY, some 2& years after the event, the true untold story" of how_ two German battleships and a heavy cruiser slipped past the astounded British is revealed. Author Potter's highly dramatic account leaves few of those at fault un- " touched. The German ships — Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen — supposedly were bottled up in .the harbor at Brest, France. The British had plans to keep them there with daily reconaissance and bombing missions. Hitler ordered the Germans to leave x^Brest and escape back to the homeland- by-way of the English Channel. Such an undertaking was considered foolhardy^ After all, the famed Spanish Armada had failed to breach the English Channel. But ingenious plans were " made. The daring, foray started on a moonless night in February, 1942. The next day the German, armada was steaming impudently through the narrow Straits of Dover in broad x daylight. A Blow \ The successful escape struck a biow1o x British pride and prestige. Many little^ and big mistakes multiplied into a disaster for the British. Churchill asked, "Why?-" The people were angry and humiliated. British planning and execution were at fault throughout, though sqme officials had figured the Germans' would risk a channel passage. Surveillance broke down at just the right time. Secret plans for countering a channel -dash were' locked in a, safe with the key in the possession of an officer on leave. The Germans had jammed the British radar periodically, but not too much, and the British thought such jamming was due to atmospheric interference. When it really counted, the jamming was used full-bore. Almost too late, the Germans were spotted by Spitfire pilots. One of the first to see the German ships was afraid to report the sighting by radio because of an order against such transmissions. Six Swordfish planes, each carrying three men, waited and waited for a large escort of fighter planes to arrive. Finally, the fabric-covered slow craft attacked the German ships with torpedoes. All were shot down. "Whitewash" An official investigation, called the "Whitehall Whitewash" by the author, was nothing but a "collector's piece of officialese and double talk," kept secret for years because it might aid and comfort the enemy. Nearly 700 British planes, fighters and bombers, were flung into the battle —too late and in unco-ordinated, unsuccessful attacks. Some planes bombed British "destroyers. Thirteen British airmen were killed. Twenty-seven sailors were killed aboard the destroyer Worcester when she took on a German battleship singlehanded. Security for plans to counter such a bold stroke was so tight that pilots took off with no^idea what they were looking for. The author concludes that Churchill could not reveal the unpalatable truth to the public because some of his service chiefs had proved to be highly incompetent. Later Churchill rationalized the episode as being "highly advantageous to us" since it kept the battleships bottled up in German ports where ; they were no longer a threat to Atlantic shipping as they had been at Brest. Witht so many mistakes and so much confusion, the average person might wonder today how the Allies ever won the war.- —Nick Lamberto. Best Sellers" Fiction: Love Story, by-Erich Segal* (Harper & Row); The French Lieutenant's Woman, by John Fowles (Little, Brown); Deliverance, by James Dickey (Hough-' ton Mifflin); Travels With My Aunt, by Graham Greene (Viking); The Godfather, by Mario Puzo (Putnam's). Nonfictioh: \ Up the Organization, by Robert Townsend (Knopf); Everything You Have Always Wanted to Knftw About Sex, by David Reuben (McKay); Mary Queen of Scots, by Antonia Fraser (Delacorte); The New English Bible (Oxford University); Love and Will, by Rollo May (Norton). Grass Indicts Nearly Everyone Local Anaesthetic, by Guenter Grass; Harcourt, Brace &" World, $fi.95. /^1ERMAN novelist Grass' other talents vJ always show through in his novels — that he is a playwright is obvious in '"'•'JLocal Anaesthetic." It reads like a Witty Work, Dull Title The Road, by Henry Beetle Hough; Harcourt, Brace and World, $5.95. A NYONE who can write as witty and penetrating and entertaining a short novel of life in a Boston neighborhood bedroom town, Dinton Center; who can introduce in three-dimensional presence such characters as the viper- tongued Katie and her not-too-yielding husband Gid, tough old Henry Spinney who brought to the livingroom or to the Massachusetts governor's office the same vehemence a,nd the same lusty expressions he hadjised when a pilot on the old Fall River line, Professor Hamilton, the imperturbable, who is first seen leaping without his trousers from the window of one of Katie's neighbors; any writer who can juggle the innocent beauties and the not-so-innocent activities of the suburbs with the corrupt finagling of real estate and highway building swindlers at the stale's capitol could surely pick a better title for his book. The book is better than its name — much better. — Reece Stuart. tion Association "give comfort and aid" to Mr. Yokas. — Merle Brenneman, 613 E. Burlington, Iowa City, la. 52240. FRENZY NAUGHT EGOISM JAIUD TAROIT ABRUPT Thi* it certainly th« perfect tqtwe ofth* c«iuwj. r TIN THOUSAND MARQUIS d»-MORES shooting GUENTER GRASS pla>\script — better,still, a script x for a modern film, crarrimed with visual effects arid-.jmagina- tive techniques fbr, s pouring out a multitude x of ideas, many of them contradictory. In "The Tin Drum," Grass' inventive device was a dwarf drumming out his personal history amid war. In this latest novel, Grass puts a German-history professor in Grass" version of the "hot seat," a dentist's chair. Grass & Co. administer a pain-killer, then let the professor bounce his war guilt, his personal history and his coun- • try's past and present ailments, off a television screen in the dentist's office. While the dentist proselytizes for his world panacea, something he calls "Sickcare," and while an old Nazi general refights his lost battles,. Professor Starusch, the patient, worries about some of his Maoist students, including a chap who wants to burn his dachshund to protest the Vietnam war. It is that kind of multi-level tragi-comedy. Grass delights in flights of fiction within 'flights of fiction - baring off after one drama after another, playing one role after another, attacking and ridiculing guilts, examining modern commitment (or lack thereof) and political awareness (and the lack of that).^ Grass indicts nearly everyone, projects world solutions by nearly everyone for the cluttered, messy world we inhabit. His style, all agile mind and kinetic energy, fascinates while it exhausts. •—Joan Bunke This Bold Frsnehffidn -, A Legend in Bad Lands The Mafqnfe de Mores, Emperor or the Bad Lands? by Donald Dresden; University of Oklahoma Press, $5.95. HE BRAVEST, most dashing and reckless, most shot-aL_niah jft; the Dakota Territory of the early 1880s was not a Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok or Billy the Kid .type. He, was a suave, wealthy, a f i s focf atic_ 1879\ graduate of St. Cyr, the distinguished "West Point of France." He spoke French, English, ItaliafTahd German. He rode as if he had been born on a horse. And he was a master with broadsword, epee or pistol. This brilliant, fearless, unlikely frontiersman was Antoine Amedee-Marie-Vincent Manca de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores et de Montemaggiore. With his bride.' the former Medora von Hoffman, daughter of a wealthy New York banker, the marquis went west to make a fortune in the cattle business — and for the adventure this career might afford. He founded the town of Medora, N.D., named for his bride, established vast business enterprises, incurred the enmity of lawless elements who resented him, and was finally ruined in business by established eastern packers. Along^ the way he had to stand trial three .separate times for one alleged murder and he managed to survive numerous gunfighls. He was finally, at 38. the victim of a political assassination in Africa after returning to" France and becoming deeply involved in polities' there and surviving a number of duels. \At one stage in his. later career he was involved also in French Indochina, surveying a~railroad route from north- cast of Hanoi to the Gulf of Tonkin. This project was, sabotaged by his political enemies. ' x Donald Dresden's biography of the swashbuckling Frenchman v is a vivid and exciting volume, illustrated with two dozen old photographs and maps. — Carl Gartner. BOOKS FOR GRADUATION A Rood dictionary, a world atlas— nr just a linok to enjoy — all make thoughtful and attractive Rifts. Call, write or visit the store. Free pift wrapping. 901 Locust Des Moines 50309 Ph. 288-7267 The Hook Corner of Iowa (Jumble appears oa Page 2T of this section) Last year, James Risser went to Washington as our "new man on Capitol Hill." Today, as you road his reports in The Register, you might think he had been there for many years. Risser's educational background, which includes degrees In both law and journalism, coupled with his experience on The D«s Moines Register staff as a general assignment reporter and a legislative and statehouse reporter, have made him a young correspondent with a veteran approach. His association with fellow-Washington Bureau members Richard Wilson and Nick Kotz, both Pulitzer Prize winners, has undoubtedly provided an additional source of axparlence that few young newsmen have. Enjoy his Informative articles in Tht-fie* Moines Register with daily home delivery. IT'SiMMSITOWAD

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