Tribune (Newspaper) - September 2, 1976, Tipton, Indiana PAGE 2 Tipton Tribune Thursday, September 2,1976 Our opinion Nation needs GOP The enthusiasm of the curtain scene at the national Republican convention suggests that President Ford and Sen. Bob Dole can overcome any antagonisms that developed within the party during the Ford- Reagan contest for the presidential nomination. However, the healing of those intra- party wounds may be the least of the problems facing the Republicans. By the polls, registration figures or any other yardstick, they represent the minority party in the two- party system of American polictics, and as an effective minority it is in danger of sinking out of sight. Even the Kansas City convention exhibited a narrowing in the party leadership in many states. This was a “conservative” convention, as any number of observers noted. The moderate to liberal Republicans whose voice has been prominent at party pow-^ wows over the years were a minority within a minority at Kansas City. This shrinking of the ideological territory occupied by the Grand Old Party is the most worrisome problem facing the Republicans, and in turn it should worry Americans whose political loyalties are deter-^mined more by conviction than adherence to a deep- rooted party preference. That problem was defined dramatically in the convention speech by John Connally, . oih ir what he .id and who he is. Mr ^onnally is a disillusion Democrat and a relative newcomer to Republican ranks. He made no reference to this on the platform, but his powerful indictment of the Democratic domination of our government for 40 of the last 44 years “ We are living under the reign of government gone a muck,” he declared. Worthy purposes and idealistic goals trumpeted on the floor of Democrat- controlled Congresses are obscuring the ‘‘ugly and disturbing reality” of one- party power. Instead of being an instrument responsive to the will of the people, government has become something “feared and distrusted.” The Republican revival which Mr. Connally sees as the only hope to redress the balance in government means much more than keeping Gerald Ford in the White House, where he has fought mainly with the veto-weai:x)n against the disciplined ranks of the Democratic majorities in Congress. Such a revival must reach into Congress itself, restoring a balance of party alignment that better reflects the conscience and aspirations of the American people as a whole. where it has brought us and where it could lead us— ex pressed a disillusionment that is widespread among the American people. The “anti- government” theme that Jimmy Carter sounded in the primaries is now fading from his campaign. It is becoming obvious that both the Democratic party and its standard- bearers remain wedded to programs and philosophies that have driven the John Connallys into the Republican Party. The issues for a^hardhitting 1976 campaign in eyery state have been handed to the Republicans by the Democrats, who have monopolized the legislative branch oí the government for a generation and are now bidding to extend that monopoly once more to the White House. Bringing those issues to Americans who are frustrated and frightened by their own government can produce a Republican revival in November that is strong and broad enough to end any worries about the future of the two-party system. Blow for deregulation With less “regulation” the purported goal of the remaining candidates in the increasingly heated presidential campaign, the Civil Aeronautics Board has provided — probably unwittingly — fuel for the deregulation drive. Called upon recently to decide whether or not to allow direct service to Europe from 15 additional cities and to designate the airlines to fly the routes, the CAB gave Pan American World Airways, already groggy from financial ailm.ents, a rabbit punch. Ignoring the' recommendations of its own examiner, the board refused to give Pan Am exclusive new transatlantic routes from Atlanta and Dallas- Fort Worth. The international airline must instead share service to Europe out of Dallas- Fort Worth with Delta Airlines. Pan Am was denied completely a part of the Atlanta-London service. For years. Pan Am and America's other “flag carrier,” TWA. have been the pathfinders in overseas air travel, often at crippling expense and usually under adverse political conditions. Yet, just two years ago, the CAB turned down a subsidy request from Pan Am and TWA, order ing them instead to reduce their capacity. Now, in its latest ruling, the CAB has opened the transatlantic competition to two more airlines — Delta and Northwest — compounding the financial ills of the “flag carritEjrs” that brought them to (he verge of bankruptcy. Spce neither Congress nor the'CAB seems willing to let airlines offer the sort of convenient, economical and comfortable service the public will buy in the open market, President Ford should uáA his authority to reject the CAB ruling. Both the public and the airlines would benefit from such simple justice. A closer look by JOHN PINKERM AN A big front page headline in one of the nation’s largest newspapers said, “Drop in Student Skills Unequaled in History.” Narrowing this alarming news on a downward spiral in reading, writing and mathematics achievement, ánother report carried the headline: “Study Reveals Steady Decline in Writing, Handwriting Skills. ’ ’ Some of the specifics of information put Xogether by the Sanford Corp., Bellwood, 111., are shocking, even though Sanford’i identification as a major producer of writing instruments may give it a special interest in the problem. Here are some of the developments: — A U.S. Health, Education and Welfare Department study shows reading skills of students have been eroding steadily since 1965. About 60per cent of all 13- year- olds cannot follow directions in a simple cookbook. — A pamphlet issued by American publisliers to help college freshmen get the most from their textbooks had to be revised down to ninth- grade level because the freshmen couldn’t understand it. — Uniform writing exercises given to 86.000 children aged 9, 13 and 17 in 2,500 schools throughout the nation and to 8.000 young adults found only five in the 94.000 ] lad a really good command of the English language. “American teenagers are losing their ability to communicate through written English,” the National Assessment of Educational Progress said in summing up the results of its study. James Gray, University of California, Berkeley, is as alarmed as the Sanford Corp., and says that the loss of the ability to write includes loss of the ability to be educated. “Writing,” he said, “is central to the educative process.” Sanford Corp. blames the 20- ye^.r advance of electronics as setting back traditional communications. f TWO MEN ON A SPOT! Pdul Harvey In our nation’s public school classrooms, teacher- student ratios are improved; there’s less overcrowding. Teachers are better educated and better paid than ever before. New buildings place modern facilities within reach of every American child. Expenditures per student have doubled. Our nation now has better schools, better educators and poorer education. What’s the matter? You’ve seen the college board scores. Dismal. it recognizes its own share of responsibility for what’s happening. Too many teachers have let themselves become lazy. You’ve seen the results of an assortment of achievement tests confirming that a greater than ever before percentage of today’s high school graduates cannot read, write or perform fundamental mathematics. A recent Hudson Institute Study revealed many teachers no longer require as much homeowrk because it is too much work for them to correct and-or grade it. Discussion sessions are much easier than prepared lessons. This appears to be a special weakness of younger teachers, whá are less experienced and less motivated than their predecessors. The defense-of some educators is to attack the te^titlg'lgyátéttií, insisting that most talents and qualities are not measurable by “testing.” That’s a cop- out, of course. If the educational establishment elects to hide its eyes from the accumulating evidence, it may be because Some teachers will respond that if they try to uphold strict standards — or even ordinary discipline — they get no support from timid school administrators. Nor are some of the classroom — centered come^ programs on television any help in maintaining decorum. When the goof- offs in Kotter’s classroom are lionized, that tends to set the standard for real- life classroom conduct. Frank Armbruster, who headed the The Worry Clinic BY GEORGE W. CRANE Heed Dr. Pollard’s views re heredity and cancer. Even if we are genetically susceptible, some outside element must trigger our cancer. Could it be lack of the ocean’s 44 trace chemicals? CASE H- 682: Dr. Tom is a medical colleague who is especially interested in cancer research. “Dr. Crane,’’ he began, “you probably read about the cancer experimental work at Notre Dame. “Dr. Morris Pollard, Professor of Microbiology, worked with various strains of germ- free rats. “But although a cancer- susceptible strain of rats were free from cancer, they could develop intestinal tumors just by consuming the cancer causing agent. “So he figures that the environment is a very important factor in producing colon cancer. * “He concludes that colon cancer is thus very possibly due to elements i diet. “Dr. Crane, for 20 years you’ interested in Dr. Andrew C. (Ivy’s famous work with anti- cancer hormones from horse blood, so how does Dr. Pollard’s theory sound to you? ’ ’ CANCER THEORIES Dr. Ivy’s scientific research deals with the production of a possible hormone antidote that holds cancer in check. But it doesn’t deal with possible causes of cancer. ^ His “Carcalon” hormone may be roughly compared to insulin, where insulin also holds the blood sugar level in check, but doesn’t deal with the original cause of diabetes. So Dr. Pollard’s findings seem very plausible. For we know that cigarette smoking certainly predisposes markedly to lung cancer. So other environmental pollutants, as in our food, may likewise do the same for cancer of the colon. Incidentally, Dr. Pollard shows that colon tumor is the greatest cancer hazard of the combined sexes. Please keep in mind too, that environment elements may consist not only of the things we ingest, as in food or ink. t they may also refer to things we not ingest, as the vital 44 soil trace chemicals that are in our blood stream, but nowadays are often in very reduced amounts. For some breakdown occurs in the human body before cancer can develop! Why, for example, do most of us “This advance of the electronic communications media,” its report states, “is also threatening to be the 20th drives able to Century’s Tower of Babel t people apart by making them communicate with each other^ The evidence is everywh port those who decry the deteri Johnny’s ability to read and UC Berkeley where students canfie from the top one- eight of high school graduates, nearly half of 1974 freshmen had to take remedial courses called “bonehead English” because they could not write well enough to undertake college work. More than one- third of would- be journalists seeking to enter the University of Wisconsin’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications found their spelling, grammar, word usage and punctuation to be so bad they could not meet minimum standards for admission. Even as Johnny goes downhill in the art of communicating on paper, colleges seem to care less and less. Seventy- two per cent of colleges now require at least one course in English compared to 90 per cent 10 years ago. That may be because college teachers don’t do much better than their students. A teacher at high school level now can go through high school, college and advanced degrees without taking a single course in English composition. The danger of this desertion of the written word is put in sharp focus by two of the nation’s top educators. Dr. Carlos Baker, Princeton’s English department chairman, says, “Learning to write is learning to think.” And, “You Hudson Study, says, “When it takes Ip minutes to quiet a classroom, that much less time is available for teaching.” Armbruster, seeking to place the blame for academic erosion, indicts tea'^m teaching, buying, automatic promotion. He lambasts ethnic studies, including So- called “Black English.” And he says we have tended to institute as “relevant courses” some of the least relevant nonsense — at the neglect of legitimate, established standards, institutions and authority. He claims that while the educational establishment continues to adventure, there is overwhelming public support for teaching basic reading skills and respect for authority and stricter school discipline and for paying teachers on the basis of performance —^ rather than tenure. The Los Angeles Board of Education is going to try, with the class of 1979, to turn back. As of next year, no high school diploma for anybody who can’t read — at least well enough to understand labels, traffic signs, want ads and the TV Guide. Even Kotter will appreciate that. remain resistant to cancer when we are young, but 1 out of every 4 of us get cancer after we become Senior Citizens! Dr. Ivy says we have a natural anticancer hormone that is adequate in quantity while we are youthful. But that hormone becomes reduced in our old age. Why? Is it due to the lack,of chemical raw materials, as the odean’s 44 water-soluble trace chemicms, which are now so leached from ourr soil that our endocrine glands and other secretory tissue cells no longer have enough raw materials to manufacture a full supply of our own anti- cancer hormone? If that is the case, maybe if we drink a little ocean water daily, we can offer our body a smorgasbord of all those vital trace chemicals. So, if you are near the oceans or Great Salt Lake, bottle some of the water. Send for my booklet “The Ocean’s 44 Trace Chemicals,” enclosing a long stamped, return envelope, plus 25 cents. (Always write to Dr. Crane, Hopkins Bldg., Mellott, Indiana 47958, enclosing a long stamped, addressed envelope and 25 cents to cover typing and printing costs when you send for one of his booklets.) just don’t know anything unless you can write it,” says semanticist turned piditician S. I. Hayakawa. Hayakawa’s warning notwithstanding, obsession with electronic gadgets indicates a grim future faces those who believe written communication is vital to education.Tipton Tribuno 110 W. .MMtiKmiSt. Tipton. liidiHiia Ph«Hie07.Vilir> P.Mlri’Ml at thf l’i»st «ifflcr at Tipton. Indiana. f«ir It .inspoi'tution thniuKh the mails as sei'ond class niatleriiader the Act Cimtfress, .March 3, I77m. Piihiisheddaily except Swnda.vs and holidavs. >hiil siihscrlptions at I:l2 for one vear or 1.1.1 for tno \ ears. |)eli\ ered b\ newspaper ht»y. S:| p«*r nronth. $:Ui. |0 per V ear in sid\ ance. \o mail service offered «here carrier delivery inaintaiiM'd.News digestCOMMIES TO SUE INDIANAPOLIS (AP)— The Indiana Communist party, denied a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot, says it will sue the state. Michael Bayer of Gary, president of the party, said the suit will challenge constitutionality of Indiana election laws. The State Election Board ruled Wednesday the Communist party did not submit enough qualified signatures to win a place on the ballot. The board issued the same ruling to supporters of former Sen. Eugene J. McCarthy, D-Minn., running for president as an independent. McCarthy backers collected only 1,544 names of certified voters. The law requires 8,406. The Communist party filed 4,483 names which were approved by the board.NEW AUDITS INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Indiana’s administration of the Medicaid and Medicare welfare programs is being audited by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Asher Tenner, HEW regional audit director, said Wednesday that auditors are first examining Medicaid and Medicare regulation of nursing homes by the State Welfare Department and Blue Cross-Blue Shield. A federal grand jury in South Bend is investigating alleged fraud in the two welfare medical programs. Tenner said the audit is routine. It “does not mean we have evidence to think anybody in Indiana is guilty of fraud,” he added. He said similar audits in Iowa, Maine, Nebraska and Wisconsin showed the federal government was overcharged thousands of dollars for Medicaid and Medicare treatment.13 ARRESTED CONVERSE. Ind. (AP)—Thirteen migrants face charges of trespassing following arrests as they picketed outside Morgan Packing Co. here. The 13, including Baldemar Velasquez, leader of a state organizing committee, were charged Wednesday as they tried to spread their strike to a second tomato processing plant- The group is from the Morgan pfanl at Warren, closed Monday when about 200 migrant workers struck at the height of the tomato harvest. Sheriff John A. Rufie of Miami County said the workers were arrested after they repeatedly ignored warnings by deputies and tried to prevent employes and truckloads of tomatoes from passing through plant gates.CHIEF BOOKKEEPER INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Indiana’s new chief bookkeeper and budget maker is an African-born, Tulane and Michigan State-educated agricultural economist. John Huie, 38, took over Wednesday as stale budget director, succeeding Edison L. Thuma, who resigned. Coming to Indianapolis from Purdue University, where he was associate professor, Huie brings seven years of slate problem- solving experience. He was born in Southern Rhodesia of Methodist missionary parents. Huie was graduated from high school in Tennessee. He did his undergraduate work at Auburn and earned a doctorate in agricultural economics from MSU. After that, he joined the Purdue Extension Service, concentrating on community development.NO M ALICIOUS INTENT FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The coroner has ruled there was “no malicious intent” in *he accidental shooting death of Alexander Bonner, 6, Fort Wayne. The youngster died Wednesday of a wound suffered Tuesday. Police said they believe a pistol was fired accidentally by Alexander’s 7-year-old brother.REJECTBAN BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Student presidents of all 10 dormitories on the Indiana University campus here say they oppose a university ban on showing X-rated motion pictures in the dorms as fundraising projects. The ban denies students the right to decide for themselves what they should view, the presidents said. A controversy erupted last year when one residence center showed “Deep Throat,” drawing 5,000 students to six showings.JURYSEATED BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A jury of nine women and three men was seated Wednesday in Monroe Circuit Court for the first-degree murder trial of Gary A. McDaniel, « 24, Gary, charged with killing a Bloomington police detective. Officials said Capt. Donald E. Owens was killed in August 1975 as he and McDaniel fought for the policeman’s pistol on stairs outside city court.