Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, July 12, 1973 COLUMNIST'S NOTEBOOK By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Mar- riage, they say, is a game of give and take. Whether it is a game is questionable, but there is no doubt that there is a great deal of give and take in it. Another way of saying it is that in marriage, if it is to be successful, both parties have to learn to take it as well us to dish it out. For, no matter how perfect- ly teamed two married people are, there are always mo- ments of annoyance or vexa- tion when one feels he has to assert his superiority or take the other one down a bit. This is as inevitable as human na- ture. It is impossible for two peo- ple to admire each other's perfection endlessly. All our idols have clay feet. It is hu- manly necessary for us now and "1 en to deflate each other. But wives and husbands perform this matrimonial rit- ual in different ways and each has his own vocabulary for it. WIFELY PUTDOWNS Here, for example, are a few typical ways in which a wife may put her husband in his place: "You know, if you were only a few inches taller, not so many people would notice vour hair is getting so then on top." "You pants are getting shiny again. You must spend more time sitting in your swiv- el chair in the office than the other men do." "They say dandruff some- times is a sign of emotional insecurity. Doesn't our life to- geth V make you "In case your secretary for- gets to remind you, dear, next Wednesday is our wedding an- niversary.'' "I wouldn't say I have any regrets, Harry, but I was going with a medical student when I met you, and now and then I wonder what it would be like to be a doctor's wife. They say they live in the lap of luxury.'' "'Don't wait up for me if you come home early from your poker game tonight, dar- ling. I'm going out for the evening, too "Don't let it worry you too much. All man your age begin to fall apart a little.'' TOO MANY CHANGES And here are a few remarks husbands make to wives when it's their turn to dish it out: what color was your hair when we first got EXILES Concluded from Page 25 all we could to discourage it. Of course, I think the way things have worked out since, I can't say he's been too far wrong. Time and age and history- have all kind of brought our thinking a little closer to- gether." The strain of separation bad a terribel impact, however, on the parents of Kurt Siefert, a tleserter from Abingdon, Conn. "It caused my father to blow his brains out." said Siefert, who has been in Toronto for the ]ast two years, working as a se- curity guard and photographer. Siefert said both his parents had suffered nervous break- downs before they came up to see him, their only child, for three weeks last September. Two days after they returned to Connecticut, the youth's father shot himself to death. "What got to him was the fact that I couldn't go Siefert said. Some parents say that al- though they are willing to offer their exile sons financial help, they cannot support their deci- sion to resist and doubt they will ever be reconciled over the issue. married? I'm darned if 1 can remember." "Go ahead and take some yoga lessons. I couldn't care if you studied it made you feel any better." "How many mink have to die. do you suppose, to make some woman a fur 30, "No, I don't regret not mar- rying that red-haired girl I knew in college. You know what Casanova said, "All cats are grey in the dark.' "I guess the reason I don't talk to you more is that you don't say much to me that needs answering.'' "Why in heaven's name do you think I'd ever want to di- vorce you? Your cooking isn't all that anyway we usually eat out twice a week." Give and take, take and give. As long as nobody wins, nobody loses. Iceland base keyed to watch for submarines Going to Ottawa KAULA LUMPUR (Reuter) Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak will head an 11-man delegation to the Com- monwealth conference in Ot- tawa next month. It was an- nounced here Tuesday. By ROBERT EVANS XEFLAVIK, Iceland (Reu- ter) From this gale-swept volcanic peninsula on the southwest tip of Iceland, United States air patrols con- tinue to maintain round-the- clock surveillance on the movements of Soviet submar- ines in the strategic north At- lantic. Some men of the U.S. and Air Force man the Keflavik base, composing the Iceland defence force estab- lished under the 1951 agree- ment signed by the two gov- ernments at the height of the war between East and West. But tension be- tween the Western and Com- munist camps continues to is growing feeling among many strategists that bases like Keflavik have a de- clining role in the security system of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In the first years of its ex- istence, the base was a key link in a chain set up by NATO to contain what was seen in the West as the Com- munist threat. Planes based at Keflavik could monitor any movement out of the Soviet fleet's northern headquarters in Murmansk. IMPORTANCE DWINDLES In recent years, with the de- velopment o f sophisticated sonar detection devices, pa- trol aircraft from Keflavik have concentrated on plotting the movements of Soviet sub- marines as they moved out of Murmansk towards southern Europe, North America and the Caribbean. However, some Western de- fence, experts feel that even this is no longer such a vital task in an age when both East and West have clearly recog- nized that neither could hope to emerge victorious from any nuclear conflict. Inside Iceland itself, there has always been a section of opinion- on both the extreme left and the extreme right op- posing the existence of the base, and the present liberal- leftist coalition government has pledged to have the U.S. forces out by 197S.. Right-wing nationalists feel that the presence of a large number of Americans so close to the capital of Reykjavik only 30 miles away would have a corrosive effect on Ice- landic culture and national identity. The Icelandic left fought the base on the grounds that it would make the country of people a prime target in any war between East and West. Today the People's Affi- ance party, which is-largely Communist but has a strong nationalist tinge, uses both ar- guments. KEEP TO THEMSELVES U.S. officials have been con- scious of the negative feelings a large American presence could arouse in a small nation and U.S. military personnel are rarely seen in Reykjavik. They live largely on the base which has extensive recrea- tional facilities. The purpose of the base, ac- cording to the 1951 agreement, was "to preserve peace and security in the North Atlantic Treaiy regard to the fact that the people of Iceland cannot themselves ad- equately secure their own de- fences." Iceland has no armed forces, despite its strategic position half way between northern Europe and North America, and this led to its occupation by British and later U.S. forces during the Second World War to prevent the island's falling into Ger- man hands. Prime Minister Winston Churchill noted at the time: "Whoever possesses Iceland holds a pistol firmly pointed at England, America and Can- ada." The base developed from the operation by the U.S. in the im- mediate post-war years of the Keflavik International Airport, which serves and now is a stopover for transat- lantic passenger jets. FawceUc PERSONS WITH LESS THW NOW READ, WATCH TELEVISION OREVES CravE ACAR. A N.Y. 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