The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 13, 1975 · Page 50
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 50

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, April 13, 1975
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Sunday. April 13. 1975. THE HERALD, Provo, Utah-Page 51 mm m o Don't Undersell Voluntary Conservation By Don Oakley Last winter's gasoline shortage was "all or mostly phony" — a contrivance of the oil companies rather than the Arabs — according to families surveyed in the Detroit area last spring by the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. Yet — paradoxically — the same people who doubted the authenticity of the energy crisis, and thus might have been expected to ignore it, actually undertook conservation measures. For example, more than four out of five said they turned out lights or lowered thermostats; two out of three reported using their cars less for pleasure. Nearly half reduced the use of electrical appliances, and about one in four cancelled a planned trip or vacation. Overall, the families interviewed took an average of four actions to save energy, with to per cent taking five or more. Only two per cent said they made no efforts, reports Donald I. Warren, senior research scientist at the institute, a joint project of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. Because of these findings, Warren disagrees with the federal government's assertion that voluntary conservation hasn't worked. It is just the opposite, and all the more amazing in view of the high degree of alienation and distrust people felt toward the government during this period. He proposes that the government allocate funds that may be transmitted as rate adjustments or rebates to individuals or communities that significantly lower their energy consumption. Incentives such as these, which were practiced during World War II, could certainly be reinstated, he says. "In any case," he urges, "we must do all we can to encourage a nationwide program of voluntary conservation. And we must devise a way of linking conservation with tangible benefits instead of punishment." . . ! cteir- DiilribuUd by 1.A. TImti Syndicate Dr. Lawrence lamb Aspirin and Bleeding By Lawrence E. Lamb, M.D. DEAR DR. LAMB - Some one recently told me that everytime a person takes an aspirin his stomach bleeds. I have read that aspirin can cause internal bleeding in a person with ulcers, but this is the first time that I have heard that it causes bleeding in a healthy person. Would you please give me your opinion? DEAR READER - Aspirin is a remarkably effective medicine and considering its wide usage it is remarkable that it causes no more problems than it does. If aspirin is allowed to settle against the body tissues for a long time it will produce a tissue burn. I don't advise this, Off the Beat Gun Curb Danger In Ammo Proposal ByRONBARKER One of the most effective examples of pressure group politics in recent history would have to be the case of the Committee for Handgun Control and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Chicago-based pressure group, through court action, has practically forced the Consumer Product Safety Commission into banning handgun ammunition as a "hazardous" consumer item. The objective of the ban on ammunition, of course, is to eliminate all handguns from the American scene, regardless of what type they are or how they are used, the ban would affect the rancher as quickly as the gangster. Neither, at least in theory, would be able to buy ammunition for their handguns. For those who have .22 caliber rifles, they might consider what effect this ban would have on them. Since the same ammunition which is used in .22 caliber handguns is also used in rifles of the same caliber, it is reasonable to assume the rifles would become useless, except as relics of a by-gone era. High-priced target pistols, handguns used for hunting big game, and other specialty guns would become museum pieces, since they would not be able to be fired. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is concerned about the proposed ban because it is only a simple extension from handgun ammunition to rifle ammunition. That would eliminate hunting, which would have severe consequences for Utah economically as well as in a recreational sense. Lee Robertson, an officer with the Division of Wildlife Resources, recently warned that without hunters, Utah's big game would soon over-populate in relation to the amount of winter range available for them. This would result in massive starvation and over-grazing, wiping out wildlife in a most cruel manner and maybe even causing ecological problems throughout the state. Utah is a state dependent upon tourism, and one of the peak periods is during the deer hunt. All jokes aside, Utahns (at least the businessmen) are pretty happy to see those California hunters, and their counterparts from other states. The amount of money they leave in the state is significant. Aside from these possible consequences of a bureaucratic decision on the part of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, one has to ask in what ways is ammunition for handguns — or any weapon — "hazardous" in and of itself. True, it is explosive under the proper conditions. So is gasoline. It can kill. So can an automobile, or cigarettes. It is a product often misused by the public, but so is alcohol, often with similar result. The commission hasn't expressed a willingness to ban those items. Why ammunition? The answer is that well-organized pressure groups like the Committee for Handgun Control are able to exert an abnormally large influence on what affects each and every one of us—whether or not we happen to like it. Many pressure groups claim that their civil liberties have been denied, or that they are in danger of being denied. However, it often turns out that the "rights" they want enforced for their members put another group at a disadvantage. It would be wisdom if our legal and legislative leaders would recognize the very real dangers inherent in such sweeping measures as that which has been proposed, and very possibly will be enacted. Optimistic View CHEYENNE (UPJ) - West- em tourism and convention officials are projecting a 10 to 20 per cent increase in business despite the economy's sad shape. An official of the Western American Convention and Travel Institute says 70 per cent of the institute's members predicted summer business would- be better than last year. Only 23 per cent said they expected to do a poor business this summer. Officials also said 60 per cent of companies responding to an institute survey of 13 western states said they expected an increase in the number of conventions this year. but for the doubter a simple experiment of tucking an aspirin .between the teeth and the cheek tissues will produce a tissue chemical burn. In an acid stomach the crystals of aspirin can deposit against the lining and cause a small tissue burn. Because the stomach is rich with small blood vessels a small bleeding point can occur. To avoid this problem one should take aspirin with or after food or milk. Diluting the aspirin and neutralizing the acid in the stomach helps solve this problem. Some complain that this delays the action of the aspirin, and it does, but it also prolongs its effects. Aside from this drawback, aspirin, in large amounts, also retards the clotting mechanism and this can be a significant factor in causing bleeding, not just from the stomach. This can complicate the use of anti- clotting medicines commonly used after heart attacks, strokes and other clotting problems. DEAR DR. LAMB - In your column about bee stings you said that bees won't sting someone who wears white. My husband was wearing white and no shaving lotion, but still got stung. He has been taking shots for his allergy to them, but he was getting a reaction so they have stopped them for a month. What could happen if he gets stung again, since he is so allergic? DEAR READER - I am always interested in what people think I wrote. I did not say that bees wouldn't sting you if you wear white. What my column really said, and I read it again, is that bees and wasps are attracted to bright floral, prints and black clothes and not attracted to light colors such as white, khaki or green colors. In short, if you wear the right colors you are LESS likely to attract bees than you would be wearing the other colors mentioned. Your husband is less likely to have a problem with a bee sting for a while after he has had the desensitizing treatment. He may need more treatment later, and he should be checked by his doctor for this problem each year and check on the advisability of more shots to keep him desensitized to bee stings. There are some new purified substances that may be helpful with less side effects. You should have one of the emergency kits on hand that I mentioned in my first column. If you will follow the measures I suggested originally, the desensitizing shots, keeping shrubs and nests down, and taking care to wear light-colored clothing and avoid perfumes or shaving lotion, you will have done most of the things you can do to avoid the stingers. Send your questions to Dr. Lamb, in care of this newspaper, P.O. Box 1551, Radio City Station, New York, N.Y. 10019. For a copy of Dr. Lamb's booklet on ulcers, send 50 cents and a long sel- addressed stamped envelope to the same address and ask for the "Ulcers" booklet. Reprinted from THE HERALD Provo, Utah Thursday April 3, 1975 Tax and Interest factors could spur home buying! By RON BARKER Herald Basinets Editor If you've been waiting for the best time to buy a hew home, this could be it, according to lending institutions and contractors. Two circumstances have combined to the advantage of many prospective home buyers: interest rates are about as low now as they are likely to be this year, and a provision of the recently sig tax rebate bill provides up to $2.000 in tax credits for people buying newly constructed homes. Unlike last fall, there is now plenty of mortgage money available, according to Reford Sevan, manager of the Provo branch of Prudential Federal Savings and Loan. "Interest rates haven't dropped much lower in the past several weeks, so they may be as low as they are likely^to go this year," said Mr. Bevan. "We hope they will stay that way through the summer." However, that can't be'guaranteed, he cautioned. Under provisions of the tax rebate bill, anyone buying a newly constructed, previously unoccupied home between March 13 and December 31 can receive a tax credit equal to five per cent of the total cost. There is a $2,000 limit, but in many cases the five per cent credit could take care of the down payment under some favorable financing plans. The purpose of the bill was to help stimulate the housing industry, second largest in the nation, by helping people buy up the accumulated inventory of new homes that haven't sold yet. There are about 432,000 unsold new units iii the country today. In Utah County, there may be somewhere between 300 and 400 new homes which will qualify for the tax credit. According to economic estimates by Prudential Federal Savings and Loan economists, Utah County needs 1,900 new homes built during 1975. This figure will likely be met, but only about 20 per cent would qualify for the tax credit. It is likelylfiat most of those which could qualify will sell early. Contractors feel the tax credit plan will be a real incentive to buyers of new homes. "We've had a lot o~f people sitting on the sidelines waiting for some positive news to help them make up their minds," commented Eldon Richardson, president of Associated Industrial Developers. "There will never be another time like right now," he said, referring to the interest rate situation and the tax credit plan allowed new home buyers. Only homes under construction by March 25 will qualify, but how the Internal Revenue Service will interpret "under construction" is still undecided. It could be that the existence of an actual plan, plus commitment of funds for the home, will qualify. However, a ruling from the IRS will be necessary before it can be known for sure what constitutes "under construction." Here's how the tax credit might work for a family buying a home. If a buyer were to arrange for 95 per cent financing on a $40,000 tome, leaving a five per cent down payment, the total amount of the down payment (2,000) would be allowed as a tax credit to offset 1975 tax liability. No more than five per cent of the purchase price of the home may be allowed on tax credits, regardless of how the home is financed. Let Uncle Sam help you with your down payment. Now you can own a beautiful new Vale Manor Home Once n ietwn Opportunity Big, Big Lots— Plenty Of Room For A Garden All Vale Manor homes feature large lots with ample space for recreation and entertainment. Convenient patios for outdoor dining'and barbecues. Yards Fenced and Landscaped All Vale Manor lots are fully landscaped for your immediate enjoyment-move right in with nothing more to do. Your privacy is assured by naturally colored high wood fences that surround each back yard. No Two Homes Alike At Vale Manor, your new home won't look like your neighbors'. Each home is distinctively styled, and there are 13 separate floor plans for your selection. 2-5 Bedrooms from *H ,500 ^^^^ ^^ M^w M. ^SB^^^B ^^B^^^ iHr w wJBr^WPBf wP^BBMBf 200 NORTH 200 WEST OREM MODELS OPEN DAILY 10 A.M.-7P.M. 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