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El Paso Herald-Post (Newspaper) - April 5, 1976, El Paso, Texas EL PASO HERALDPOST Monday April 51976 ABIGAIL VAN BUREN Dear Abby 1976 byCtiicagcTribincKY News Synd Inc DEAR READERS As I have stated in a previous column I have signed The Living Will It is simply a document that a person signs stating that he does not want to have his life prolonged artificially after his physician decides that there is no reasonable hope for recovery I have given copies of this document to my physician lawyer clergyman and to members of my family On February 23rd I published the official Jewish view on the right to die with dignity submitted by Rabbi Bernard S Raskas On March 15th I published a statement from the Rev Norman Vincent Peale con cerning the Protestant view The following letter was received from the Most Rev Fulton J Sheen My dear Abby What a joy it was to hear from you having not had the pleasure of seeing you for such a long while In answer to your question What is the official Catholic view on the right to die with dignity It is not necessary to use ex traordinary artificial means to keep a person alive Wishing you every blessing and with the warmest of personal greetings I am Sincerely yours in our Lord FULTON J SHEEN DEAR ABBY I am 22 and con sidered very pretty I am going steady with a great guy who is 32 We really love each other and he wants to marry me The problem is he is very bald and my mother told me that bald men are always un faithful to their wives HEIDI DEAR HEIDI If you love him marry him Most bald men started fooling around when they HAD hair DEAR ABBY Last weekend I was a bridesmaid at the wedding of a close friend When it came time for the bride to throw her bouquet the photographer lined up all the bridesmaids for a picture of the memorable moment Well the bride threw her bouquet directly to her younger sister the maid of and dumb me reached in front of her and intercepted it Everyone was horrified especially the bride and her sister I suppose I should have known bolter but I honestly did it without thinking Abby if the bride wants a certain person to have the bouquet why bother tossing it Why not just hand it to her Ive been severely criticized for what I did but I honestly did it without thinking Was I wrong SORRY IN ALABAMA DEAR SORRY Forget it You acted on impulse DEAR ABBY I have a suggestion for the mother of that nut who is suing her for for his circumcision She should countersue for back womb rent CK IN ST CHARLES NORTON MOCKRIDGE NEW YORK A few months ago you may recall I gave you a batch of topsyturvy way that books were asked for in libraries A book requested for example was From Here to Maternity when the title wanted of course was From Here to Eternity Then there was Entombed With an Infant instead of In Tune With the Infinite and Warren Pease instead of War and Peace When I used them I said they were from a list that had been tacked to a school bulletin board Which was true I soon found however that theyd been taken from a book called Lighter Side of the Library by Janice Glover Janice a veteran librarian who lives in Hyannis also plays the harp but I guess its not necessary for us to go into that right now ITS ENOUGH to say that she kindly has sent me her book and its one of the most delightful pieces of reading Ive seen in a long time Heres a librarian with a great sense of humor AH too often says Janice patrons and librarians seem to be speaking different languages and the most common type of communications barrier is caused by mumbled words issuing from lazy lips it can create some uniquely amusing and em barrassing incidents in libraries There was the time for instance when a young man asked a question of the librarian and she took him to a shelf containing Western books In time he shuffled back to her a pained expression on his face and mumbled something again Once more she nudged him toward the Western books Finally in desperation he walked back to the librarians desk and for the first time raised his voice and spoke clearly Where are the REST ROOMS Another librarian says Janice got what sounded like a real bathroomy question but wasnt A schoolboy asked for a book called Passed Her Night in the Lavatory But all he wanted of course was Pasteur Knight of the Laboratory Mumble mumble mumble Thats what the librarian gets most of the time TAKE THE CASE of the librarian who went to a lot of trouble selec ting and reserving some books for rabbit breeding for a patron whod phoned But when the lady came in turned out she wanted information on rapid reading And then there was the man who walked up to the Reference Desk and said Do you have any books on our treaties The librarian asked What treaties did you have in mind sir I dont know and I dont care j said the patron Just our treaties i Well spluttered the librarian i I have to have SOME idea Just which treaties Look cried the man Ive never seen such a dense librarian i Gimme a pencil and Ill show you what I want And laboriously he scrawled out Arthritis DR LAWRENCE E LAMB DEAR DR LAMB Having smoked since I was 16 I am now 59 and having quite since reading your advice in the paper I am really rather deflated My doctor tells me that I have incurred no damage through smoking but if I have my giving up smoking at my age cannot undo it I hope you can encourage me in my endeavor to quit He stresses that I may become very nervous and that is not good Any comments DEAR READER If and I stress the word if you are quoting your doctor correctly he must be a cigarette smoker No other well informed doctor would give out such bad advice unless he has an emotional blind spot It is true that a certain amount of lung damage which has developed in smoking is not reversible It is totally completely 100 per cent wrong to say that you cannot benefit from stopping smoking just because you smoked for many years The marked increase in the risk of having a heart attack or stroke associated with cigarette smoking is decreased at once as soon as a person quits smoking To put it another way a person who has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day for years has three times the likelihood of dropping dead cr having a heart attack than tra nonsmoker If that person qjifs smoking within a week his risk factor of having a heart attack dropping dead is decreased to tie same level as the nonsmoker Considering the high incident of heart attacks and dropping cbad suddenly associated with vascuar disease this is a very signifiant improvement Your doctor eiher doesnt knowthis and is restricing his comments to the lungs and ten only to some cases or else you mist have misunderstood what he aid ONE OF the problems hat patients have in dealing vith physicians is that the advie a physician gives is sometitles related to his own persaal situation So it is that doctors Aho smoke cigarettes tend to be missive and not very succcssftl in getting their patients to stop this unhealthy habit Having said this I would life to point with some pride to the fact that no other occupation or profession has the excellent of stopping smoking that physic ins have Physicians as a group kuw how harmful smoking can be and as a group the vast majority hive had the willpower to stop ScHtion Three worry Nobody is going to force you It is now US policy to encourage use of metric system of measurement By ANN McFEATTERS ScrippsHoward Slaff Writer WASHINGTON The voice in the tflephone was saying with the soothing lialityj used to calm people who are distraught Dont worry Nobody is jsing to force you It was the voice of Louis E Barbrow e of the governments top experts on tje metric system Lately he has had a of experience with panic LAST DEC 23 President Ford signed te revolutionary Metric Conversion Iiw It makes it US policy to support metric system of measurement rieters liters and grams also called Systems Internationale But the law is not popular with the pjblic All surveys show the over vhelming majority of Americans know about meters liters and grams ad violently oppose switching from iibhes quarts and ounces The questions Barbrow keeps roaring are What will the new law man Will schoolchildren put their parents to shame by thinking metric Vill weather forecasts be given only in degrees Celsius Will meat be bought b the kilogram Will gasoline be sold the liter If so when PHE ANSWER to the first four qestions and many similarones is yes The answer to the last Its already tigun but there is no national target djte for full changeover The law directed the President to aipoint a 17member US Metric Sard to coordinate metrication There be members representing labor elucation private industry small and ag business state weights and Pleasures divisions consumers and Instruction So far none of those sktors has even been asked for ruminations BUT METRICATION experts such as Barbrow who is metric coordinator for the National Bureau of Standards are beginning to get a picture of what will happen Industry and education already are far along the road of conversion And within five years most Americans are likely to be familiar with metric terms although most still will not be able to use the system comfortably without converting back and forth all the time Canada expects to he fully metric in four years and already is finding that steering a course between the routes taken by Australia and Great Britain is the best way logo AUSTRALIA CHANGED abruptly which led to confusion and chaos Great Britain went so slowly that citizens refused to take the changeover seriously Hundreds of surveyors asking the population which steps to follow to reduce confusion got back the nearly uniform reply Dont switch Congress rejected a mandatory approach in favor of Canadas policy The most colossal boner so far was the Canadian governments attempt to be cute It printed posters showing a bikiniclad girl captioned Girls measuring 916191 are inevitable Womens groups forced the govern ment to take down the posters THERE WERE SOME fears that since metric sizes are generally a little larger than their equivalent in the customary sizes price could raised substantially to bilk the public For example a 500gram package is about 10 per cent larger than a pound Some consumers worried that the price of a 50cent onepound package could be raised to 60 cents instead of 55 cents So far there is no evidence that is hap pening Those who grumpily question the need for the conversion to metric find the real presure has come from in dustry which trades globally The United States until December was the last major country not committed to the metric system Only Brunei Burma Liberia and Yemen still cling to the traditional system US manufacturers have been fin ding they have been losing billions of dollars by not being able to sell trading partners products such as machinery and replacement parts that do not have metric measurements And by 1979 all goods exported to the nine Common Market countries must have metric markings almost exclusively Relabeling for Europe has become too expensive THE METRIC SYSTEM is easy to figure out because it is based on the decimal system Thus 10 centimeters equal one decimeter and 10 decimeters equal one meter A meter is about three inches longer than a yard Reducing inventories is another incentive for American firms to go metric For example regulations approved by the Treasury Department will require wine bottles to switch to standard metricsized bottles by 1979 The bottlers like that because it reduces the number of different sizes of wine bottles from 16 to seven Most Americans are more familiar with metric than they think since common products such as drugs and film long have conformed to the system And lately there have been these developments 50 STATES now have metric programs in the schools and at least 32 others plan in the future to teach the metric system exclusively The goal is to teach children to think automatically in metric so they wont be tempted to constantly convert back and forth as most adults do states already have begun erecting highway signs in cluding metric measurements Distance signs tell drivers Cleveland is 62 miles a way or 100 kilometers of all canned goods now have both metric and traditional labeling CITY OF Kalamazoo Mich became the first to switch its water supply and pumping operation to metric terms including metric water meters bottles of SevenUp come in liter size a little larger than a quart Levi Strauss Sears Roebuck Co and JC Penney Co are among those selling metricsized clothing reports are beginning to sneak in temperatures in degrees Celsius A reading of 21 degrees Celsius for example equals 70 Fahrenheit Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius 232 degrees Fahrenheit and freezes at 0 degrees Celsius 32 degrees Fahrenheit MOTORS Corp scaled the Chevette almost entirely to metric measurements the first USmade car to do that Many auto mechanics already are trained to work with metric dimensions and tools and the entire auto industry is expected to be metric in six years Some speedometers show speeds in both miles and kilometers The National Bureau of Standards says most people only need to know that a meter measures length and is only slightly longer than a yard a liter measures volume and is a little more than a quart a gram measures weight and is about as heavy as a paper clip Tell people were going to follow the rule of reason says Barbrow If a milk company thinks it will be ad vantageous to sell milk by the liter they will And theyll explain it to their customers If they dont want to sell milk by the liter they wont looking for state title It was back to work at 8 am today for the new Miss El Paso Naomi Medrano following her selection Saturday at the Hilton Inn She is employed in the US District Clerks Dffice j Naming the new Miss El Paso was the dramatic climax to an evening of entertainment as the 12 hopefuls paraded in various costumes and Barbara McNair captivated the audience with her singing MISS MEDRANO was fourth runner up in the Miss Texas Pageant last year representing the LULACs I am glad to represent all of El Paso this said Its all been so exciting I spent Saturday night at the Hilton with the rest of the finalists and we didnt get any sleep at all I drove home yesterday morning in my new car a Miss Texas prize for a year and everyone was waiting for me friends and relatives I saw friends I hadnt seen for months I slept for a little while then it started all over again when I got up Im looking forward to the Miss Texas contest in August If she wins that she will go to the Miss USA contest and that winner enters the Miss Universe competition RUNNERSUP IN the GuyRex Associates production and their sponsoring organizations are Debi Abbott Miss CoronadoUniversity Valley Banks first Lourdes Gonzales Miss Hilton Inn second Janice Schramm Miss Associated Property Management Co third and Barbara Gardiner Miss Helen of Troy fourth Medrano was also named by mass media representatives as Miss San Francisco strike goes on SAN FRANCISCO UPI Striking city workers halted school buses today disrupting transportation for thousands of students Only 16 of the scheduled 100 buses left their yards this morning when pickets appeared at the gates in an escalation of the 6dayold walkout of 1900 craft union workers A SPOKESMAN for the San Fran cisco school district said the schools would remain open but that we are only going to have limited bus service and very few children will be picked up at the usual spots Normally about 16000 children are bused to school School officials were urging parents to get their children to school by car pools The school bus drivers are employed by a charter company under contract with the school district But like the drivers of the city operated transit system most of them refused to cross the craft workers picket lines The striking unions had threatened to escalate their strike in the wake of fruitless weekend negotiations But both sides agreed to further talks later today A WORSENING of the citys already criticaltransportation situation was avoided when a midnight strike by San Franciscos 500 Yellow Cab drivers failed to take place Photogenic Miss Schramm won the swimsuit competition and Ella Mc Daniel Miss Nita Jan Shoppe won the congeniality award Miss Medrano plans to be a lawyer She is the only daughter the family of Mr and Mrs Jesus Medrano who also have five sons Miss Medrano represented Panchos Mexican Buffets in the contest A total of 55 girls took part in the preliminaries and from that number the 12 finalists were chosen THE PAGEANT featured a Bin centennial theme and opened with slides of baby pictures of the con testants and the theme song of Baby Face Valeri Camargo Olivas a former Miss Texas and Robbie Farley sang the theme accompanied by Jimmy Olivas and his orchestra The contestants paraded in 1900 swimsuit attire and finally in formal gowns of red white and blue all original designs by GuyRex Miss McNair sang Alley Cat Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head I Believe in Music Sing a Song You are the Sunshine of my Life and When the World was Young Hector Serrano was the emcee Dancers in costumes portrayed eras in American history the queens of Spain and England and flappers of the 1930s A tearful victory Miss Texas Candace Gray left places the Miss El Paso crown on the head of Miss Naomi Medrano the new Miss El Paso as the climax of the Miss El Paso Pageant Saturday night in the Hilton Inn Photo by Jerry By Unileri Press IntcrnMional Thousands of truckers have hit the road again ending the first nationwide Teamsters strike and easing the economic impact of the threeday walkout It would seem the majority of the drivers arc back on the road a Trucking Employers Inc spokesman said yesterday But there are pockets that are still out MORE THAN HALF of the 400000 Teamsters settled Friday for a ten tative threeyear contract calling for a 30 per cent pay increase and unlimited cost of living raises TEI the largest employers group held out until Saturday before reaching tentative accord with the final 175000 Team sters During the strike US automakers announced plans to lay off nearly 20000 workers because of parts shortages on assembly lines Even with the settlement industry spokesmen said the strike could have a ripple effect for at least another week General Motors said yesterday it was unsure when some 5600 workers laid off at the truck and coach plant in Pontiac Mich could report to work again OTHER PLANNED plant closings were canceled with the settlement The Dubuque Packing Co of Dubuque Iowa called off plans to lay off 2000 workers this morning In eastern Iowa 550 upholsterers who had refused to cross Teamsters picket lines at Flexsteel Industries Inc agreed to return to work Some overtheroad truckers began returning to work on Saturday and most were on the job yesterday pen ding a nationwidb ratification vote on the agreements Teamsters official Vern Milton said Local drivers would report to work today he added DISSIDENT Teamsters said they would launch a drive to reject the contract Kenneth Paff head of Teamsters for a Decent Contract said in Cleveland his members would do everything possible to get the agreement rejected However a spokesman for Team sters Joint Council 41 representing locals with 150000 Ohio members predicted rankandfile members would back Teamsters President Frank Fitzsimmons and ratify the agreement Two repreentatives from each Teamstrs local more than 750 in all were scheduled to meet in Arlington Heights 111 Wednesday to formally approve the actions of the Teamsters negotiators A mail ratification vote which is expected to last about two weeks then will be take Ford spokesman give vote of confidence to Kissinger WASHINGTON UPI President Fords chief spokesman today gave Secretary of State Henry A Kissinger a renewed vote of confidence after Rogers CB Morton Fords top campaign official suggested that Kissinger may be serving his final year at the State Department Morton touched off a stir in San Jose Calif Saturday when he told a group of Republicans that Kissinger will probably be replaced at the State Department of Ford wins election in November PRESS SECRETARY Ron Nessen today rejefted any suggestion that Kissinger is being eased out of the administration Nessen said that Morton will be in formed of Fords statement made Saturday in Green Bay Wis that Kissinger can stay in office as long as I am President Kissinger has been criticized by Fords challenger for the GOP nomination Ronald Reagan and by several of the Democratic presidential hopefuls MESSEN REFERRED reporters to Fords statement Saturday and said that every member of the ad ministration should know his the Presidents views and take the same line Morton told the GOP meeting in California that it would be bad politics to remove Kissinger now But he added if Ford wins the presidential election Kissinger would most likely not be Secretary of State when the new administration takes office in January
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