Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on August 16, 1970 · Page 51
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 51

Phoenix, Arizona
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Sunday, August 16, 1970
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All EDITIONS 80-A The Arizona Republic Phoenix, Sm., Atg. W, 1970 Still vigor in Middle America, where they do things for themselves By TED SELL Los Angeles Times Service You wind down out of the mountains and there it is, in its incredible immensity. The big jets made it all but Invisible, but it still lies there, Middle America, with its gigantic resources for producing food, under a shimmering summer sky unsoiled except near the cities. We have, in the days of four-hour California-to-New York trips, become a coastal people, where once we were a plains society questing for new land to break to the plow and to our will. After years of living on one coast or the other, one must take a meandering, nearly aimless, trip through Middle America to realize how much has changed and is changing and how far the two coasts are from the people who populate the thousands of bewilderingly varied miles that separate them. It is in almost every sense a different country, united in its isolation from the power wielded by the coasts and the cities, divided by regionalism and the implacable fact of weather—where the rains come and where they do not, where the winters are cold, where the open plains give free access to the wind, or where a spur of hills provides a mound of shelter. The concerns of the American heartland are not the concerns of Washington or Los Angeles. They are basic. The car radio gives tornado warnings in Kansas and tells of where a summer storm stirred the dry fields and made them smell fresh again. Only after that does it go on to tell about the latest shenanigans in Congress. In Richmond, Ind., an alien drives down the humid Sun«ay streets at night and realizes something is odd—there are people strolling after dark; open doors in lighted houses invite in not burglars but idle night breezes. Would the triple-locked doors in Washington be so ajar or would the Los Angeles housewife leave her automobile full of fresh-bought groceries so temptingly unlocked as does the woman in Hays, Kan.? Hays is an island in the sea of plains, and the summer storms roam the countryside like ocean squalls. Storm clouds gather over grain elevators sitting white against the dark clouds 15 miles away. White bolts plunge to the hot, dry ground miles away on three sides of the motel balcony. , In Washington, the worker ants and the drone bees from government offices would crawl water-logged to their nests, cursing the inconven- . ience. In Hays, people stand on their porches and their balconies, pointing to saplings bowing before the wind. , As rain, the production is not much but the staging is spectacular, and it is the best show that night in Hays, the ubiquitous Johnny Carson not. withstanding. Can Lutherans use an idea? There are seven cars parked outside the hotel tier one morning. Three have American flags on their radio antennas. A fourth has an "America—Love It or Leave It" bumper sticker. The other three are cars with faraway license plates. A fat and motherly waitress advises that there is no rhu- barb pie. The last of the rhubarb came in five weeks ago. The tasteless, grainy thing* that come in frozen boxes art not for this cafe. There are seasons for tilings that come out of the ground and the rhubarb season has gone. It will be back next year. In Evanston, Wyo., a service station a 11 e n d a n t, not more than 19 yedrs old, lifts the hood of the ear to check the oil. He says iflttnediately, "They forgot to put a bolt in the block." Indeed, a bolt is missing. It's intended aperture gapes. The new car had been in tot warranty service four times. The factory-tfained median-. What idea? Likt insuring your mortgage — «nd «t th« Mint tlmt helping to provide for rotlwmtnt ineonw. ^^* w ^VW^^vWHwiv forLuthMiiw David V. Rintlt, PIC Your AAL idea Man in the Phoenix Area Ron*l(J K. Diwfc*/ 943-0)14 Jerry S. Carn»l, FIC, J7«-»»l Robert f. Swsiuon, FIC, MM5M Cc.iiKiK.-n i.em.efn fci fcutfxn Von ics In the city had not seen what the youth saw at a glance—or if they had, so what? Two other attendants, the eldest about 24, gather around, ransack neat tool -racks and find the proper bolt. All three are short* haired, quietly .competent. There is no charge. The sad fact is that so many of the little towns of Middle America are dying. On nearby farms, the hired men's houses sit empty, rubber tires hanging from ropes on trees out front, rotting. Classless windows stare accusingly at new corrugated machine sheds, shining under the bright sun. 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