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4 - The Sldney Herald, Sidney, Mont., Wed., Aprll qllll I jl i  II I iiiii 11, 1973 " Opinions I IIII III III III I IIII IIIII II I I Blame Bad Drivers By WAYNE LUBENOW I[ you aren't aware of the big crackdown on "drunk" drivers, then you have been living in a cave or you don't have a "IV set or you can't afford a newspaper. Or maybe your hearing aid is turned down so you haven't beard the wail of the pare-living banshees. National television is filled with blood. letting commercials deploring "drunk" driving. North Dakota and Minnesota of- ficials l'mve fallen into the same trap. Get rid of the "drunk" driver, they say, and all will be well on the nation's highways. Baloney! You see, in our state and in Minnesota, "drunk" is .I0 per cent on the breath test. It useJ to be .15 which gave us rounders three beers before we went home for supper. Do you know what .i0 is? It's two beers, buster and that's it. I submit that a "drunk" driver with two beers under his belt is just as trustworthy on the highway as a guy without two beers. There is no way that I condone drunken driving. People on the highways who kill other people must be stopped. It is the state test for "drunk" that I object to. You see, anyone who is under the influence of anything and still driving is a dangerous driver if he is actually under the influence of alcohol, he should be pulled off the road. If he is under the influence of drugs he should be pulled off the road. And if he is under the influence of a fight with his wife or with his boss or if he is merely a bad driver, he should be palled off the road. That is the thrust of what I'm trying to tell you. It is not mere drinking drivers who cause accidents and kill people, it is bad drivers. I say that because I drive this state far and frequent and sometimes with two beers and a good supper in me. I drive defensively. I drive fast, but defensively. And I say that the greatest threat to life and limb is not the .I0 drinking drivers; no it is the farmer pulling his hayrack out of a side road right in front of you or the lane - changer or the guy without lights. But that is not what the mass media is plugging. No, state and federal officials are hauling out statistics that say: In 70 per cent of the highway fatalities, "drinking was in- volved." Get that, now. "Drinking was involved." There is no way they say that drinking was the cause of the accident, just that "drinking was involved." What that means is that a guy on the road who has two beers and then a good supper gets out on the highway and gets killed when a teetotaling farmer decides he can get his tractor out on the highway one second before the car comes. A blood test will show alcohol in the bloodstream. Drinking was "involved," all right, but it sure wasn't the cause. That is where state and national highway people slip Lmdly. That's where their statistics break down. And that is where they do a great disservice to drivers everywhere. Cops know it. I'm not telling them anything. They see enough drivers to know the score. They know that if they want to stop drivers who are breathing .I0, all they have to do is sit outside the country club -- or the local saloon or the local house party. llut as long as this big drive is on, why don't the commercials and the highway people tell the whole truth: That one-pack of menthol cigarettes will put your breath over .I0. They won't deny that. They can't. It was a darn goed cop who told me. And now, Saints preserve us, North Dakota highwaymen will be able to stop any car on any highway on a hunch. No, you won't have to be driving erratically. No, you won't have to be exceeding the speed limit. No, you won't have to be doing anything. Highway patrolmen will be able to pick and choose. They will be able to stop your car, pull you over to the side of the road and give you a roadside breath test. They won't even have to charge you with anything. They will be judge, Jury and execution. They will, I think, force many of us state drivers to the backronds, especially us menthol cigarette smokers. And when the head-count starts coming in about the lack of tourists, maybe the law - and. order people are the ones to see. In the meantime, the non.drinking bad drivers will continue to kill off more innocents than the .10 per centers. Williston Herald Clamp On Speculators By ROBERT E. MILLER Montana Press Association lmnd speculators will be under much more stringent tion in,he fu as  tT'Itlt ot lawns passedbytherecent state legislature. Counties are directed to regulate sub- (livisiocs, and if they fail to do so, then the state may step in and provide regulations, the new law says. A:subdivision is defined as any division of land into two or more parcels one of which is 10 acres or less. Tbe ten-acre definition Is a compromise between forces which wanted the act to apply to smaller maximum acreages and those who wanted it limited to 40 acres. Counties must require the surveying and platting of subdivisions, must establish subdivison regulations, must set minimum standards, and must require the developers to assess the environmental impact of their develnents. A supplemental act gives the state Heal Department jurisdiction over subdivisions of ten-acre tracts or less, making it the developer's responsibility instead of the buyer's to net sanitary requirements before any construction is allowed. Another measure gives cities power for extra - territorial zoning, and directs them to make studies of available housing when " A ur m relating tb land use Is the so-called greenbelt bill, which provides that land us for agriculture will be taxed at the rate for farmland, even though it may have greater potential value as a subdivision. However, there is a "rollback" feature which requires that anyone who develops farmland into something more valuable must pay the back taxes for four years at the new, higher valuation. Some land use measures will come up in the 1974 session. One is HB550, called the Shorelaad Protection Act. Another is HB424 which requires all counties to create countywide planning boards. However, this bill also provides that citizens could kill such planning boards by petition drives. Still another land use measure, $B449, called the Montana Act for Areas of State and Regional Concern, will come up in 1974. It would protect certain areas with special characteristics h-am extensive development. In Your Lifetime The theme of the American Cancer Society's April Crusade is worth repeating: "We want to wipe out cancer in your lifetime." Those nine words speak volumes. They tell of a trend in the medical attack on cancer which gives reason for hope. In the late Thirties, fewer than one in five cancer patients was being saved. The following decade it was one in four. And today mm of three hit by cancer is saved. With knowledge now available medical and scientific opinion holds that one of two cancer patients could be saved providing diagnosis and treatment come in time. The last 20 years have seen important advances in the treatment of cancer resulting from research, There have been hnprovett surgical techniques and radiation therapy. In some instances, drugs have been effective against certain types of cancer. Indeed, many scientists say that we have entered the era of significant development of drugs against cancer. But there can be little difference of opinion about what is needed for the final conquest of this ancient enemy of mankind. The scientific efforts have to be broadened all along the line. This means more major cancer centers, mere money for brainpower and manpower, more money for equipment, training and facilities. When an ACS volunteer comes to your home in April, remember the goal: "We want to wipe out cancer in your lifetime." ASSOCIATIONS ARE FOR PARTICIPANTS Trade and professional associations are voluntary membership organizations. People join, or not, as they wish. But many association members think their com-  ends when they pay thor dues.  sit hack aud wait for association benefits to flow  way. That is not good thk. An association is people wark together toward a cmmn goal. All advance tr. Each pulls his share, or someone ls to pull for him. Non-participants slow the march. Associations are for pm/clpants. News and Views IMPOUNDMENT OF FUNI By A PHONY ISSUE Sen. William Brock points out TLM that current criticism of ZENT President Nixon's in- poundment of funds would well be a phony issue. He says "Not many people realize that this administration is impounding only 3.5 per cent of the federal budget. The average Im- poundment of Presiden Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson was six per cent. We are in.pounding less money tl year than at any other time in the last 12 years, as a per- centage of the budget. Why the hue and cry? BUDGET CUTS WARRANT CAREFUL EXAMINATION "If, as the saying goes, the longest Journey starts with but a single step" the President has set in motion the mm for disengaging the Federal Government as an integral part of an increasing share f economic and social declaior made in our society. The budget cuts he suggests war- rant careful examination. If we deny the President these cuts, we should be ready to sujgest where alternate cuts can be made or face up to either a tax increase or a new retinal of inflation."-- fir. Carl Madden, chief economist, Chamber of Cmnmerce of the United States. Much of the television fare which is being directed into our homes, under the guise of entertainment, is nothing more than a ntinuation of the filth and obscenity which is so prevalent in many of the movies being shown in our theatres today. When one objects to the content of the more obscene programs, he is immediately labeled by the industry, as being in favor of censorship. The industry also immediately points out that it is not necessary for our children to be subject to this type of viewing, because we can always turn the dial. This is the most shallow defense, by a supposedly in- telligent group of people, that we have ever encountered Every mother and father knows that it is absolutely impossible to control their children's television watching every hour of the day. This would require one of the parents taking up a station before the TV set each" and every viewing minute of the (lay. We are sickened by the state of degeneration into which much of the TV programming has fallen. We personally have made our displeasure known to Mr. Dean Burch, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission at Washington, D. C., and have further expressed our concern to the various companies who are responsible for advertising on these par- ticular programs. If there are any other parents in this coverage area who feel the same about this particular subject, you might also take the time to make your displeasure known. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Elliott Sidney, Montana Rt. 2 Box 20 Culbertson, Mont. "X" RATED ON 'IV DEMANDS OUR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION CBS has announced they will begin showing x-rated movies on the late show if there is no protest. Then, if still no protest, they will be shown at all hours of the day and night. There is no doubt this will lead to a greater breakdown of our society, culture and family life. The impact to our lives will be most destructive. Show concern by writing to: Dr. Frank Stanton, President CBS Network, 51 West 5d Street, New York, New York. 10019. For your convenience you may sign, clip and send the form below instead of a letter. Thanks for caring! Dear Dr. Stanton: I am opposed to your showing "X" and "R" rated movies on television. As a concerned citizen and conuner, I ask that you drop any thought of this type of programming. Thank you. Name .,...,.,,......,..,,...,.... Address .................... ,.. .... ..,,...... .... .,. .... City ...................... State ......... Zip ....... The Editor: May I use this means of saying a big public thank you to two young couples who are Sidney residents. Wednesday evening, April 4, I had the embarassing ex- perience of running out of gas, about 18 miles this way from Glendive. Others passed me by. These young folks - I didn't get their names - not only stopped to see what my problem was, but took me to Glendive and back. Waited to be sure I got going and flatly rdused any com- pensation. Had they not hel me some of my passengers would have missed their connections with Greyhound at Glendive. Thanks kids, Frode Jeusen Driver - Neville Transit Co. Plentywond - Glendive "Why aren't yN egt Ir*tedg?" Dear Editor: I am enclosing a paper sent to a friend of ours by the General Electric Company. I am aous to bring this to'the attention of as many people as possible, and what better way than through the newspaper. Would you care to take part in this new battle against moral rot? Perhaps if enough of the people who care will respond, was appointed to the Montana Meanwhile back in city hall the police judge Highway Commission representing three financial non-elect is throwing a temper tantrum because districts. I can see that if we of reference to his actions in this column. are not given an opportunity to You may notice that there are no city fines in continue our program without the last two issues of the paper. That's RC the PJ's way of slapping our hands for naughty interruption the highway system in Montana could references to him. He is even talking of making possibly collapse, personal attack on the publisher in a letter to the In the 1930's Montana had an paper. all out program to "get out of Closing note: In a few weeks there will be a the mud" and while most roads new police judge in Sidney. were not hard surfaced we did gravel many of them. Then the Way Back When to add some asphalt surfacing, In the first few years as many * as 1100 miles were being sur- faced each year. Our primary February 12,1909 repair work on the system has a total of 5161 miles Card parties are as popular and Merchants Bank and in 1971 we constructed only -as (lances this winter, and the this week. He has 40 miles. In making a few goml time at the Krug party has buihling. projections I have estimated it resulted in another party at would take more than I00 years Cark Green's ranch Friday, July 24, 1941 Feb. 19. Tom Oakland was to bring Our present primary From the way Tommie is injured in a cave-in roads to modern standards and many of the roads are 40 years singing "Bedalia," there is afternoon while working  old now. This trend cannot liable to be a double wedding at road crew. Fellow continue, or we will be "back in Pa Kennedy's. extricate(l him and the mud." William Ball returned from the Sidney Hospital. In anticipation of possible cut an extended trip to the twin fered side in backs in highway funds the cities the latter part of last examination may Department of Highways is week where he has been taking injuries. laying plans for the orderly treatment for his eyes. Harold Ipp dismissal of their engineering operation for a November 2., 1933 the Sidney I)caconess crews. This possibility is most Among the hunters who "got q%urs(lay evening. He depressing because, once gone, they will be most difficult to their (leer" on Monday were ting along as well as replace. Tl Whittaker, Bob Doddall, expected at this time. Our transportation system in .I.H. llartholomew, and I,loyd Tewes. July 4,1935 Montana is unique in that we Fr. Curtin and Ben Bacjus, A $25,000 galvanized are almost totally dependent on our highways.Our cattle, grain of lmmbert, returned Friday which is nearing and produce as well as our evening from Chicago where adds greatls; to the minerals and petroleum they attended the National of the Holly Sugar Convention of Catholic Men as property. The products are truck transported representatives from this surrounds the plant and Y and most of our primary high- ways are completely parish. Gates open unto all roadsZ inadequate. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde hewis the railroad crossing.. If we are to maintain any have moved into the Johnson Mrs. McQuiston semblence of order in our high- farm south of Andes within the Mile, and Kenneth way program we must have past week. returned Monday from funds for construction. Since E.W. McKinstry has started where they have been the Highway Trust Fund in no way effects the general fund **e***************************, there is no logical reason these THE SIDNEY HERALD monies be withheld and in no A Comioo way can highway construction Russell Wells, Publisher be considered more in- Don Mrachek, Editor flationary than any other Virg Boehler, Production Supt. business. Dennis Benth, Advertising Manager I sincerely and earne Offical Newspaper of Richland County, Mont. PublisMO implore that you see every Wednesday at Sidney. Montana. Business Office: Montana is granted the North Central Ave. 59270 obligation authority to cover Subscription Rates the backlog of between 50 and $6.00 per yeer in Richland, Dawson, Roosevelt and McKenzie Counties 60 million dollars, presentl s.5o Elsewhere in Montana. $8,00 Outside State $9.$0 in Foreign Countries- Servicemen An;,where $5.00 being withheld. s cents for Single Copies Sincerely, SK$posteg@ paid at Slaney, Montana 59270 Jay Lalonde  cc: M)I Senator Mike Mansfield Senator bee Metealf R Representative John Melcher  :  -  II1 ASSOCIATION Representative Dick Schoup %ooeooooooo.ooooooooeooe.eooooo, Writer's Gallery By Beth Cumming Farewell To Democracy? Bidding farewell to a Democratic government may not be so obsolete as the average American may think. Just recently the Philippine government, formerly Democratic, was converted to a dictatorship. Their" leader had found democracy troublesome and the stakes too high to carry out this type of government effectively, so as a result, he appointed himself President, Premier and Parliament of the Philippines. The people of the Philippines were trained in United States government methods. We also sent military and economic aid that left American influence. Consequently, the Philippines had basically the same government as the United States. The constitutions were Very #imilar as were government appointments and offices. But, carried with this in fluence there arose American problems and discontents ith the govemnent. There were many complicated causes that led to this exchange of government. Radical groups similar to those present in the ,United States, began to express their views in numerous ways. The crime rate rose to a sharp peak, and homicides became a household word. Finally, all this turmoil reached a boiling paint, and their leader decided to end it once and for all by creating a dictatorship. In the last decade huge and growing organizations have developed in opposition to our government operatlom. Many believe all people involved in crime should be put in jail permanently. There are in. definite numbers who believe in capital punishment, and Just as many who are violently opposed to it. Some believe there should be a revon of the United States constitution. Still others believe in acute segregation between the different .races combating the ones who are w feverishly to integrate them. Relatlvely  numerous people do not believe in wars, while others believe wars bestow power and honor to a country. Some day this confusion of principles may also come to a boiling point. Then what will happen? Will the United State, llke the Philippines, lose their democrac7 to a dictatorship? Just stop and review all the rights and privileges citizens share now that would be extinguished. People are accustomed to speaking with freedem, voting their own opinions, enjoying a high standard of livin and choosing me own religion, it would take some time to painfully adjust to this new government, furthermore, I do not think this is what the American people want. Therefore, ctttzem of this country should respeet the privileges that our government offers and unite Under the words of the late President Jdmson who mid, "We must reason together." ! SidneYwoH erald Mailbag : W.t.ringttole ar Editor: convince the c0m- EDITOR'S NOTE: "the Record Vote; We wonder if any other munications media that the following letter was sent to the readers in your coverage area American people are against President by Jay I,alonde in an. Bond Fails are as concerned about the AlL types of polltttion, effort to get highway funds for present state of TV Sincerely, Montana released. programming, as we are. Mrs. AI Zoanni President Richard M. Nixon By Russ Wells White House Washington, D.C. A new record number of voters turned out in Dear President Nixon: District 5 for the annual school election Satur- I am writing to ask that you day. An unofficial total of 999 voters turned out d reconsider your action which is the 2,948 registered. Even with the record turnout the number was withholding highway con- struction funds from the State not sufficient to pass the building bond of Montana. which failed among those voting 558 to 435. Many My parents homesteaded persons complained about the long, long here in eastern Montana, and the single voting location. Some couldn't they subsidized their farming and didn't vote. operation by building some of Several had to return many times before they the first trails in this part of the could get in to vote. One school board country. From these early even had to wait 45 minutes as he battled times the family construction on his third trip to the polls. business evolved. The company Janet Aase appeared at the Monday was in business for 50 years so mcting of the school board to see if there our experience covered con- any possibility of holding the vote again due struction of some of the early the Iottleneck at the voting booth. She was in- day trails to completion of formed that nothing could be done about many of the Interstate sections, election. The Imard said there had never been a Ten years ago we sold our construction business, and before and that voting hours could possibly be since then I have been engaged extended at the next election. They said they had in other endeavor. Last year I no idea that many people would turn out to vote.