The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa on August 31, 1975 · Page 27
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lash \ After today's Target circular was printed, we made a special deal with Glidden that permits us to sell Spred Satin at 4.99 a gallon (instead of the 6.99 a gallon price quoted on page 5). In other words, you save $4 a gallon Instead of $2. Lucky you! Sprtd Satin is the super-thick, easy-spreading, great-coverir paint that gives your rooms a beautiful, durable finish. And you can choose from over 2900 colors that we custom mix at no extra charge. slips to fill out, no sales checks to mail in. Just stop at Target anytime this week through Saturday, Sept. 6. All Target stores open Labor Day till 10 p.m. HOURS; Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 10 FM De» Mpines North and South, Cedar Rapids, Fort Dodgt, Otiumwa, Omaha, Btrttndorf, Moline and Clinton, Mason City, Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 10 PM> Amts Monday through Friday, 10 AM to 10 PM, Saturday 9:30 AM to 10 PM. [IOWA LIVHM * nMMOfNESSUNDAYBECIStEitJ 5 s patchwork car Hawkayi hoonht By JACK GILLARD Toad Butt's Model T Ford Is more like a patchwork quilt than a car. Toad, who also answers to the name of Henry, has been assembling the 1919 Ford at his home at DeWItt from bits and pieces for the past seven years, starting with only a pair of front tires. : From this modest beginning, his collection grew. He acquired the frame and rear end from Leon McGarry; The front end was found someplace else. The wheels and radiator came from a place at Grand Mood, and the fenders and running boards came from Marion Dcn«hy of rural Blledon. The headlights were found at yet another place, while the gas tank came from McCaasland. Pat Crowley of rural Del* mar furnished the tool box, horn button, luggage carrier and tail light. Another old car buff In Davenport came up with the motor. Finally, the steering wheel came from an Oldsmobile. For some unknown reason, Toad's car reminds me of the story of the old man who owned Abraham Lincoln's ax. The old man used to bring the ax out to show to visitors, treating it with the reverence such an object deserved. . "Is that really Abe Lincoln's ax?" a skeptical visitor asked one day. "Sure Is," the old man replied hotly. "Course, I've changed the handle five times and the head three times, but It's old Abe's ax, all right.'! Toad's car doesn't resemble old Abe's ax — all the parts are originals — but somehow,-It reminds me of that story. If anything, the car should remind me of the motto of the Unltedtftates: "E Pluribus Unum." ("From many, one"). That seems to best suit his car of many parts. Bean bomb With yowling sirens, Davenport firemen raced to St Luke's Hospital the other day after receiving a call that a man had left a package at the Information desk — and it was ticking. "Here," the man had told the woman at the desk*, "why don't you take this package and put it in the wastepaper bas- KCC* . v •" ' . The man left, and it was then someone noticed the ticking sound. The hospital employes listened with growing nervousness. They decided to call the fire department. The package was gingerly placed outside the hospital, and firemen cautiously opened It Inside were four Mexican Jumping beans, mindlessly popping against the sides of a plastic container to produce the ticking sound. Strip tease Speaking of hospitals, women employes at Mercy-Rotpt. tal In Cotncil Staffs were in for a surprise of their own the other day when they entered their locker room. They were confronted by a large sign that read, "Do not enter. Stripper on floor." • But before they could listen for any cries of 'Take it off," someone remembered that "stripper" is what tat housekeeping department calls the stuff that removes old wax from floors. Chomping through the corn • " Iowa's corn farmers have to contend with all sorts of hazards - hail, drought, borers, root worms and any man* ber of other pests dedicated to chomping their way through a.f ield of corn. Just when it seems that one pest Is whipped, another pops up in its place, with tiny jaws and rapacious appetite. Herbert Taschner, who farms north of Lucerne, however, may be the only farmer in Iowa to lose part of his com crop- to beavers. Faced with a lack of trees, the beavers uprooted and hauled off about 40 square feet of corn stalks to build a dam on a creek on Taschner's farm. The beavers may discover, to their regret, that Taschner can be Just as resourceful. With beaver pelts bringing a pretty good price, Taschner says, he may just leave the dam there and trap the beavers this winter. It may be the first time an Iowa farmer will measure his corn crop in terms of beavers, instead of bushels, per acre. Bloomer's best friend They used to have a real problem with broken windows at Bloomer Junior High School in Council Bluffs. . Some 200 windows were broken during the 197&-.74' school ;year. Last year, the school held a program that featured "Shane," the Council Bluffs police department's dog. Bloomer Principal Jim Howard told the assembled students that one of the ways Shane-helped police officers was by tracking down law — and window — breakers. "We told them if they threw a rock through a window, Shane could smell the rock and follow them home," Howard said. Only five windows were broken at Bloomer last year. Read Jack GlOard's Hmvkeye hoorahs every Saturday and Sunday in your Des Molnes Register.. Figuring Medicare payments Consumer corner By LEONARD M. GROUPE It always has been a mystery to most people how Medicare determines what it will pay toward a doctor's bill. I'd like to explain why it's often much smaller than expected and why it may be even smaller. I've criticized Medicare when I thought it deserved it, but it has been working under some terrible handicaps. Some are of its own maktog because it is a bureaucracy. But mostly it has been handicapp«^%old-fashioned politics. , Office visit • Political pressure by some members of the medical profession saw to it that Congress wouldn't let Medicare institute direct cost controls. It couldn't set the amount doctors would be paid - so much for a routine office visit, so much for a hernia operation, etc. Doctors could charge what they wanted. Medicare was obligated to pay 80 per cent of whatever they charged as long as it wasn't higher than they charged non-Medicare patients ("customary charge") and was pretty much in line with what other doctors in the area charged ("prevailing charge"). The cost of Medicare, for whatever the reasons, was greater than anticipated. Add the effects of inflation and it's possible that unless some effective cost controls were put into effect, Medicare might turn out to be too expensive for even this country. Originally, each of the insurance companies running , Medicare for the government computed the actual range of fees doctors in its area frequently and most widely charged for various treatments. These were the "prevailing charges" .Medicare would honor and pay to the extent of 80 per cent. Outdated figures That seemed fair enough, except the figures used were always out of date. They were to be brought up to date on July 1 of each year based on the actual fees charged in that 'area during the previous calendar year. The figures started out stale by about a year and were, on the average, about two years old by the time of the next update. Beginning in 1971, a "prevailing charge limit" was es- tablished to control soaring costs. Medicare drew a line under the top 25 per cent of the customary charges, aad few would be allowed only to the extent that they did not exceed the lowest 75 per cent of fees charged the previous year by all doctors in that area for the same treatment or service. Then a new law that took effect July 1, 1975, really I on strict control* 'Medicare now will pit toward a doctor's bill only what it would have paid during the year beginning July 1, 1972, (which was based on fees charged in 1971) plus an Increase determined to be Justified by a certain "economic index fto tor." That factor is supposed to allow for inflation and takes into account changes in the general earnings level of workers and the increased expenses of running a doctor's office. Pay the difference In effect, it's almost a freeze on what Medicare win pay .toward doctors' bills. This means that what Medicare now will pay toward your doctor bills will be based on what he charged in 1971 plus the amount determined by the economic index. You pay the difference. , That makes it of the utmost importance to insist that you receive every penny of benefit the law allows. In too many cases it won't happen until a complaint is lodged about the way a claim was settled. If you don't agree with the way your claim was paid, the best way to have it looked •into for possible error is to go to your local Social Security district office for help. Correction An article by Leonard M. Groupe in Consumer Corner in The Des Moines Sunday Register Aug. 17 stated that a savings account in a bank could be garnished but a savings account in a savings and loan could not. The unofficial opinion of the Iowa attorney general's office is that nothing in Iowa law would distinguish between the two accounts. Therefore an account in a savings and loan could be garnished as well as an account in a bank. The Register regrets the error. (c) W5 ChiciM Dally N«wi EPA study on bicycles as practical transportation alternative i By MICHAEL F. CONLAN (C) 1»7I NwrtMUM NfWI f«nrlC«-' WASHINGTON, D.C. - Bi cycles, once thought of solely as children's toys or recreational vehicles, now are recognized as a practical transportation alternative. Part of the belated recognition has been forced by sheer numbers. In each of the past three years, for the first time tince World War I, bicycles have outsold automobiles in America. Of the estimated 75 million bicycles in use today, 43 million have been sold since 1972. Marktf skiff The market, too, is shifting. In 1869, when 7.1 million bicycles were sold, only 12 per cent were lightweight — three, five and 10-speed models — most often bought by persons age 14 and up. Of Jast year's 14.1 million sales, 74 per cent were lightweights. The number of bicycles purchased this year may be only half of 1973's record-setting 15.3 million, according to recent estimates. But government planners and manufacturers believe several factors. are pushing the bicycle into a' role in the total transportation picture, similar to the one it has played in Europe and Asia for many years. Urban work frips Noting that 40 per cent of all urban work trips are of four miles or less, an easy distance to travel by bike, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sees a number of advantages to greater reliance on bicycles. In a recent study, EPA estimates the total number of miles driven annually by motor vehicles could be reduced by two to three per cent by increased bike use. The decrease in auto mileage would conserve fuel, cut pollution, reduce noise and lessen congestion, adds EPA. "Much of the general public does not fully appreciate _the advantage the bicycle of- 'fers," the EP£tiudy says. "The health and recreational benefits are substantial — cycling being often referred to as 'perfect exercise.' The bicycle offers mobility and, literally, door-to-door service at speeds comparable to auto travel in urban areas. At the same time, the bicycle is relatively inexpensive." In the view of Phillip J. Burke, a spokesman for the Bicycle Manufacturers Association, higher prices for gasoline and automobiles are causing some people to take a new look at bicycles. He says a number of commuters are thinking of the bicycle at least as a way to get from a suburban home to a mass transit station, High aeeidint rafts Some have found they can commute by bike all the way. There are, of course, deterrents to the use of bicycles: high accident rates, bicycle theft, exposure to both automotive air pollution and inclement weather and a lack of support facilities, such as special trails, secure parking areas and places to take showers at work. Last year 1,200 bicyclists died in accidents — a rate that has been increasing about 15 per cent a year recently. In addition, more than 100,000 were injured. A study conducted by the Department of Transportation found a great deal of confusion nationwide over the legal status of bicycles and their riders with' regard to traffic laws. It recommended development of clear regulations dealing with the rights and obligations of both bike riders and motorists. The study also urged all levels, of government to establish and maintain bicycle safety programs, particularly ifor adults. Spioial lams The EPA study decided one of the best ways to protect bicyclists is to keep them separated from automobile traffic in special lanes or trails known as bikeways. Theft - an estimated half- million bicycles were stolen last year - can be combated by more effective locking devices, by secure parking areas and by making the resale of stolen bicycles more difficult, EPA suggests. Fret music rtcital at Lorai Colltgi Tht DUBUQUE, u The Loras Department of Music has announced that Scott Pedersen, tenor, will appear in recital Sept. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium. Pedersen formerly sang with the Metropolitan Opera Studio in New York City and currently is with the Texas Opera Theater, a subsidiary of the Houston Grand Opera Association. Admission to the recital is open to the publki without charge. ^

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