Beatrice Daily Sun (Newspaper) - December 20, 1977, Beatrice, Nebraska
Beatrice Daily Sun, Beatrice Neb.. Tues., Dec. TO 1977
DON’T LOOK NOW. but the 1978 session of the Nebraska Legislature is only two weeks away.
I DON'T ENVY the law makers as they prepare to do legislative battle Even if they didn t introduce a single new bill (The Impossible Dream' they would have plenty to occupy their time and consideration That’s because there are 161 bills left over from the 1977 session, and some of them belong in the blockbuster category.
THE MOST IMPORTANT bills still hanging fire have to do with that most valuable of natural resources—water, particularly groundwater As you may recall, the Legislature backed away from passing groundwater legislation last year, in favor of additional study and more deliberate consideration Probably that was the correct thing to do. but it doesn't seem likely the state can afford to put off the difficult decisions on water another year or longer
HELD OVER ARE such bills as:
LB 217, which would require the state to prevent irrigation runoff LB-247, adopting the Nebraska Groundwater Protection Act LB-296, which authorizes the interbasin transfer of water LB 298. the Riparian Water Rights Act LB-299, which provides private ow nership of underground water, subject to state control in times of shortage LB-300, which provides conditional private ow nership of underground water LB-313, w hich establishes priorities for appropriation of water
DON’T YO I AGREE, that just on the subject of water alone, the legislators have an enormous challenge before them0 If nothing else is accomplished during the 1978 session, I hope the Legislature will accept the challenge and make the difficult decisions on water that affects us all in one way or another
- Kent Thomas
DK \R DR. GR VII WI: I used to work
ma hospital for alcoholics I know people say alcoholics can be cured, but I became very cynical about this Do you really think there is anv hope for alcoholics0— A N ll
DEAR A N M I read recently that alcoholism is currently the third greatest
health problem in the I'mted States This problem has reached epidemic proportions, and it would be easy to be
However. I am convinced that God can give hope to the alcoholic For one thing, the Bible says. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new' II Corinthians 5 17). The church in Corinth contained tormer drunkards see I Corinthians 6 10-11 > Also, I have seen many instances of Christ s power at work in the lives of
sn t keeping track of who s naughty e like having an enemies list?"
Out of the past
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irate display featuring a ne won first place for Bruno vast ridge, in the city wide Lighting Contest First prize f ond place went to Calvin Marlborough who won $20 1 third prize went to Archie Labelle Receiving honorable ere the homes of Val Fulton, iphenour and Lonnie Pat-
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was not eligible for con-the judges called •worthy the decoration of the city’s r pollution control plant e ma- team of judges also selected nia-rs of the lighting contest that Da\ ison sponsored for residents of -mn Village In this contest first
* and $:w went to bonnie Patterson, id place and $20 went to Paul Row'kl and $10 third place money to Lew n Griffeth
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faculty members put on the trnas program before closing for
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A quartet composed of Arlington Tyser. Terry King. Louis Burkei and John Harris sang familiar Christmas carols Lucille Reilly led the student body and visitors in a community song 30 Years \go A new record collection by Salvation Army kettles with over $800 in donations was reported by Captain Mary Fry Gage county was to have a new welfare director sometime the middle of January Mrs Beulah Schofield, Seward, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Vernon Biome Mrs Margaret Bush was to fill in the position until Mrs Schofield arrived in Beatrice Biome was to take over as the new veteran s officer in Gage County in Januarv
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A lifesize illuminated Santa Claus and his reindeer, scampering over the roof top of the W R Morton home at 24(M) E Elk street, was picked to be the winner in the Christmas lighting contest, spun sored by the Junior Chamber of Com rnerce
Mrs Mildred Luebben won second with a simple display of lights telling a Christmas story in her yard Ken Cooper's amusing cartoon display took third In it Donald Duck was emerging from the chimney while below. Mickey Mouse hung stockings in the fireplace
Beatrice Daily Sun 200 N. 7th St Beatrice, Nebraska 68310 Telephone 223 5233
Tuesday, Dec. 20,1977 75th Year No. 140
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people who were enslaved by alcohol
The battle is not an easy one But Christ can begin to transform a person into a new creature, and minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day He can give a person the strength to resist the hold alcohol has on him Often alcoholism is the result of some deeper problems, such as feelings of loneliness or inadequacy Christ, however, makes us His children and eases these deeper problems
Christians, of all people, should have love and compassion for those who are alcoholic They also should be very careful not to be stumbling blocks in front of alcoholics by tempting them to drink
If you are not a Christian, I urge you to yield your heart and life to Christ Then God can begin to use you in the lives of others
(C» 1977 by The Chicago Tribune-N Y News Syndicate, Inc
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TUESDAY " \nd he said to them. ‘Go and fell that fox. Behold. I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. Nevertheless I must goon my way today and tomorrow and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.”’—Luke 13:32, 33.
“Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow ’’—Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist.
When heart rate is slow
By L. LAMB. M I).
DEAR DR LAMB - Several weeks ago. I had a blackout and the doctor ordered me to the hospital Before I knew what had happened, I was rushed to the operating room for surgery My pulse had dropped to 37. and they had to put in a pacemaker Dr Lamb, I would like to know more about a pacemaker, what it does, and why I had to have one I was so short of breath and so tired for so long What are the symptoms to look tor ii something should go wrong with the pacemaker0 DEAR READER Normally, your heart has its ow n pacemaker, which acts like a spark plug It stimulates the heart to heat each time The stimulation is really an electrical event The natural spark plug has its own rate, and it can speed up or slow down within your normal range The electrical impulse passes down from the top of the heart and must cross the area between the top chambers of the heart and the lower pumping chambers. You can think of this area as a bridge.
A common cause for a very slow heart rate in an older individual is that disease damages the area where the bridge is located With no bridge, the electrical impulse cannot pass from the top to the bottom pumping chambers When the pumping chambers are not stimulated, they will beat very slowly on their own. The slow rate is not fast enough in many instances to maintain adequate circulation
When the circulation is poor, the brain is affected and may cause a person to lose consciousness The pacemaker provides a regular stimulation to the lower pumping chambers from a battery mechanism It can be set at the rate that the doctor wants the heart to beat to provide a steady heart rate There are different models, some with a variable rate All have the basic function of tieing able to run your heart at a satisfactory rate to maintain good circulation This in turn prevents tainting and it may improve circulation to the brain sufficiently to clear mental confusion if that is a complication of p<xir circulation Pacemakers need to be checked from time to time to be sure the batteries are still strong Procedure's available vary from clinic to clinic, but I would advise y ou to check w ith your doctor and have a clear understanding of what the*y have available lor you and when you should have your pacemaker checked If the pacemaker doesn't work properly your heart rate is likely to get too slow and may cause poor circulation That could cause mental confusion, fatigue or loss of consciousness Many people get along great w ith a pacemaker The recent models are much letter than older ones I would like to remind my readers that many healthy people have slow heart rates Roger Bannister had a resting heart rate in the 30s when fie was fully trained to break the four minute mile fiat it you are not an athlete, a very slow heart rate of 50 or below can mean problems To give you more information on heart rates in other situations. I am sending you The Health Letter number 9-8 Your Heart Rate What It Means Others who want this information can send 50 cents with a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope for it to me in care of this newspaper, IM) Box 326, San Antonio. TX 78292
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Child abuse ugly
Bv JACK ANDERSON and LES WHITTEN
WASHINGTON—For more than a year, we have been tracking down the sordid details of a story that should revolt the world It s an ugly story of sexual depravity among high government officials in Paraguay.
We were told that young girls, ages 8 to 14, were being abused for the sexual gratification of top military and civilian officials in Asuncion Our informants claimed the practice was at least condoned by Gen Alfredo Stroessner, the dictator who has held the Paraguayan people in his iron grip for 23 years.
This sounded to us like wild, anti-Stroessner propaganda But one of our sources traveled to Paraguay and brought back substantial but secondhand reports of the sexual abuses. Now we have obtained the sworn statement of an eyewitness whose credibility cannot be challenged The squalid story, unfortunately, is true In the past, Alfredo Stroessner has distinguished himself by tyrannizing his own people and by providing a haven for Adolf Hitler’s war criminals Among these refugees from world justice is Dr. Josef Mengele, perhaps the most celebrated Nazi war criminal still on the loose, described by the little Jewish girl Anne Frank as “the angel of ex termination" at Auschwitz concentration camp Both passports and protection arc provided by Stroessner Now the dictator has been linked to this nasty sex scandal Sources allege that he frequently visits a suburban home, in a neighborhood called “Barrio Sajonia,” where the children are sexually abused Yet the sad fact is that the United States over the years has been one of Stroessner's strongest supporters Just last September, he was President Carter's dinner guest at the White House He has received an annual average of $6 million in American aid over the past tour years And the flow of military assistance to Paraguay didn't stop until this year.
The details of the sexual depravity are almost too sickening to publish But it's a story that should not be hushed up The details are provided by Ada Rodriguez, w ho comes from a Paraguayan family of wealth and influence Her late grandfather was chief justice of the Paraguayan supreme court Her uncle is now the Paraguayan ambassador in London Her father is an important official in an international organization in Washington Sources at the State Department confirmed that Ada Rodriguez is a person of consequence and credibility. Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs, put us together w ith her She answered our questions and gave us a sworn affidavit Ada's involvement in the child abuse scandal began in November 1975 She and her husband, a naval officer, were having lunch at the house of his superior officer when they were summoned “by neighbors to a house next door," she told our associate Joe Spear To her horror, she “saw the unconscious bodies of three little girls, two of them age 8, the other age 9. lying naked on a pile of sand in the rear of the home." she stud. her voice breaking
They were bleeding from the genital area, she said, and had “marks on their bodies evidencing sexual abuse."
Ada summoned the police who were told by an elderly caretaker that "he was working there under the protection" of a high army officer whom he identified as a Colonel Perrier
"Upon hearing this, the police hastily departed, taking no action," Ada reported “Later, we were told by neigh bors that at one point the old man had 14 little girls between the ages of 8 and 9 under his care.”
The outraged Ada, a mother of three children herself, began investigating She learned that Col Perrier maintained a home in a fashionable neighborhood called "Barrio Sajonia,” where young peasant girls, purchased from their impoverished parents, a*0 made available to the top Paraguayan brass Gen Stroessner frequently visits the home, Ada swore
For a month, Ada implored her influential friends to denounce “this horror." She was warned repeatedly "to remain silent and not become invoh'ed." In absolute desperation, she turned to a man named Miguel Soler, who publishes an underground Communist newspaper called Adelante She is opposed to his politics, hut he promised to publish the story.
He was unable to keep his promise In December of 1975, Soler was arrested, and Ada’s story was found among his
documents. Shortly after midnight on Jan 9, 1976, three men broke down the door of her home and dragged her off to the offices of the Paraguayan secret police.
The notorious chief of the secret police, Pastor Coronel, accused her of being involved in a plot to kill Stroessner. When she denied it. Coronel personally began beating her while she was held by another man Then she was thrown, semi-conscious, into a room where she was beaten continuously for three days.
Once she was dipped headfirst into "a large tub" filled with sewage. Later, she heard a man screaming and was informed by a guard it was her husband and son being tortured “I decided I could take it no more,’’ she said "I found a piece of a can and started cutting my wrist and arm ”
A sneering guard dragged her into the bathroom and stuck her wounded wrist intoa "gutter full of excrement She lost consciousness and woke up in a hospital.
It took the political connections of her influential family to gain her release on Feb 13, 1977 She has been in the United States ever since, slowly recovering from her ordeal.
Footnote: Our repeated calls to the Paraguayan embassy for comment have not been returned Ada’s father, who asked to remain anonymous, also refused to talk to us
United Feature Syndicate. Inc
Letters to the editor
We would like to thank the Gage County Extension Office and Beatrice Police Department for presenting to us the law enforcement program Special thanks to Lieutenant Fitzgerald for his time and effort by coming to school every Monday for six weeks.
This program taught us things we were not aware of concerning the law en forcement During the six weeks we learned about M I P., felony and larceny’, the process of fingerprinting, and juvenile cases A lot of boys and girls were not aware that there was not a curfew in Beatrice The last day of this program we took a tour of the Gage County Detention Center We were very impressed w ith the way it was set up and run!
Also a tug thanks to Officer Wolf who spent two hours with us Tuesday night show ing us what they accomplish being policemen
We hope this program continues, we enjoyed it and learned a lot!!!
Jennifer Pieces, Lisa Huston 9th grade Junior High students
I don't need my two front teeth You see I’m only 3 What I really want is someone to help me to learn to walk and use my hands because you see those toys you gave me last year I couldn't play with
I love you, Tommy
(I’m writing this for my son, Santa You see. I won't know how to help my child because funds for "Project Find" will come to an end Please make others aware of what can be done, through Project Find They’ve been good to us these last three years Have a Merry Christmas and may our New Year bring new funds God bless you Tommy's mother )
What is Project Find0 It serves children with delayed development between the ages of birth and five years Children who are slow to sit, talk and walk, or who are mentally retarded or cerebral palsied are a few examples of the children helped We believe every child has the right to develop to the very hest of his ability Let us help these special little people NOW ' For further information, contact KSU No 5 <223-5277)
Project Find is now serving ap proximately 30 children within the speech and language classroom, multi-handicapped classroom, and in home programs
The staff of Project Find is excited about the new classroom developed for the physically and multi handicapped children The greatest support in this classroom comes from the parents Mothers are staying in the classroom during the sessions, which allows for carryover of activities in the home
We wish all a very Merry Christmas and much joy in the New Year
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