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Image 4 of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.), April 11, 1968

Part of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.)

4 JEFFERSON REPORTER, Thursday, April 11, 1SC3 EDITORIALS CO) Hypnosis, the strange practice of el. trancing people, is likely to become more and more a medical tool as times goes on. Recent start telling him how sleepy he is. Later he'll send him a bill that will wake him up again. develop- ment of a "I lypno-tro- n" will permit almost anyone to induce a hypnotic trance in a willing subject. practical uses of hypnosis in medicine are many. Subjects In a hypnotic trance will be able to remember when their symptoms started and how they reThe t'V The Hypnotron is an electronic device that transmits flickering current to electrodes attached to the subjects eyelids. This causes visual patterns within the brain. Combined with verbal suggestion, and a second current that keeps the brain awake the result is hypnosis. It seems that in the old days a hypnotist had to combine a touch of bluffing ability with a sense of timing and a great deal of showmanship to dispatch his subject to tranceland. While such a performance might have gone over well on the vaudeville 'stage, it was hardly what a patient expected when he visited his friendly neighborhood doctor. Doctors were reluctant to practice what so many thoughtwas useless mumbo-jumb- o, i and Another reason hypnosis has not gained wide acceptance as a medical aid is because a hypnotic subject, via the old way, had to have complete trust and faith in his physician. After the way the doctors behaved on Medicare, who can trust them? The Hypnotron has changed all that. Before long it will be as common in the office of the family physician as a stethoscope or a tongue depressor. Dentists, too, will add the device to their collection of torture tools. Instead of having a patient stare at a candle or follow a moving point of light, the Hypnotron operator will strap himdown on a table, clamp some wires to his eye lids acted. Hypnosis can be used as an anesthetic in minor surgery. It is already being used by some dentists to aid painless tooth extractions. Psychiatrists use hypnosis as a diagnostic aid, helping them get past a subjects poor memory or defense mechanisms. One thing the Hypnotron will not change is the necessity for a subject to be willing to be hypnotized. Itdoesn't matter how good a hypnotist Is, he just can't put a person into a trance if they don't want to go. That isn't the only area under which a subject maintains control. He can not be made to do anything he Is deeply opposed to. The gadget that gave rise to the development of the Hypnotron, developed by the Russians, causes a person to go to sleep by transmitting a weak, steady current to the eyelids. The Soviets claim that plain old normal sleep will cure many afflictions and say that they have already cured a number of ailments by putting sufferers to sleep. The difference between the method of ending suffering employed by modern Soviets and those employed during the time of Joseph Stalin is that today the Russians wake their patients up again. Some 300 "sleep stations" throughout the Soviet Union have, the Russians claim, helped more than half-million people afflicted with stuttering, high blood pressure and certain skin diseases. a- The Russian device sounds so simple In theory that its a wonder that someone doesn't start producing It for home use. Insomniacs could dispense with the hot baths and warm milk and just plug in their eyelids when they go to bed. Three minutes later they'd be sleeping sounder than a mattress commercial. Capitol Corner Society Must Cure The Disease That Killed Martin Luther King "One nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all . . , " Do you think Negro children believe it, as they see a minority leader slain who seeks nonviolent change; (as they watch the flame and smoke and rioting in countless American cities?) Or have they already learned to be cynical of the professed "American dream" as early as in high places like the Louisiana senator who dismissed King's murder with the words, "He brought it on humself," or Responsibility Shared We have been told many times And how about before that America was at the crossroads, and perhaps each time we were. Our complex society, with its many elements of both strength and weakness, has faced many crossroads in history. We're faced today with one of the biggest. BY CONGRESSMAN VV. O. COWGER Last week the United States House of Representatives passed a ratter unusual piece of legislation known as the House of Ethics Bill. II. R. 1099. Code This bill is unusual because it actually deals with the Mem be rs of Congress. The following are the five main items included in the bill: Financial Dis- closure - House W. O. COWGER Members, House officers and top paid assistants will submit to the Ethics Committee public reports listing interests over $5,000, or annual income of $1,000 or more, in companies with substantial government business or under federal regulation. Members of the public who want to inspect these reports, however, will have to give their names and the reason for their inquiry; members of the House will be promptly notified. Sealed portions of the reports giving tie exact amounts rather tlian Just the source of the income will be made public only by vote of the Ethics Committee, presumably only in connection with a Com-nutt- ee investigation of a member. Testimonial Dinners - Funds raised must be used for campaign expenses, unless advance notice is given that the money will be used for "other purposes," paign funds are to be kept separate from personal funds. Honorariums - Payments for speeches or articles must be limited to "the usual and customary fees." In other words, said Mr. Halleck, "Don't get paid a heck of a lot more money than you're worth." Gifts - Any gift "of substantial value" from anyone with a direct interest in legislation before Congress is forbidden. House members and employees are also forbidden from taking any compensation occasioned by "influence improperly ex- erted." Enforcement ,H - Investigations jTJirrcnsoM-j- may be Initiated by the Ethics Committee, which will become a permanent House panel, on its own motion or as the result of complaints forwarded to it by a member of the House. Sanctions, ranging from censure to expulsion or recommendations for prosecution, could be applied only with approval of the House. A similar bill was passed recently by the United States Senate. I have been very much in favor of an Ethics bill since arriving in Washington and have worked to have such a bill passed. Shortly after I arrived in Washington a year ago last January, I voluntarily filed my financial statement with the Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. 70 Years Ago THURSDAY, APRIL 10,1958 President William Neblett of the Cko-lo- na Community Council announced plans for a "Buy a Block" campaign to raise money for the construction of an Okolona Center building. Jerry Cox and the Cavaliers were billed as the top teenage band in Reporterland. Veterans of 75 performances and one record, the group featured students at Southern High School. Along with Cox were Jim Stodghill, Frank Wilkes, Murray Harral and Tom Hart. Sherri Johnson of Okolona was named "Miss Bullitt County, 1958." She is the daughter of R, B, Johnson, Preston Highway, It was announced that Sherrie would appear in a dance recital and variety show at Okolona Elementary the following week. Mary Anne Wood, reporter from Southern High School, conducted a survey that revealed that boys don't like sack dresses. cans once more riot, loot and an unattainable goal. While po- mission will take Miss Furness 's suggestion that consumer education be included in schools. By including courses in wise .buying , we would , in a few years , . liave a drastic decrease in the1 number of young adults who make serious mistakes in their m4 )Hvo Cow' Published Each Thursday By the Jefferson Reporter Publishing Co., Inc. LEWIS CONN, Publisher PETER CONN, Editor Drawer F, Louisville, Kentucky 40218 Office: 1 1 1 Bonnie Lane Phone MEMBER: KENTUCK Y PRESS ASSOCIA TION - Affairs Commission in Kentucky and the appearance here of Betty Furness, the Presi-de- nt js Special Assistant on ConT j surner Afiars, mark what may be a new era for Kentucky con- sumers. which cannot be proven fraudulent, packaging which hides the quality of meats, and warranties so garbled they are meaningless are just a few of the problems which plague every consumer. There are even more problems for poor consumers, and certainly not the least of these is the department store that takes advantage of the customer by adding outrageous charges to credit purchases. Another such problem is the loan company which exploits poorly educated people by being dishonest about the amount of interest charged. Because of these problems and all the others , it is encouraging that both the federal and state governments are doing something to protect the consumer and we hope Kentucky's new Consumer Affairs Com low-inco- me 459-333- NA TION A L NEWSPAPER ASSOCIA TION SUBURBAN PRESS FOUNDA TION, Inc. GREATER KFNTUCKY PUBLISHERS. Inc. Second Class Postage Paid at Louisville, Subscription Rates: S4 Per Yr.- -2 Yrs. $7- -3 !y. Yn $10 . ' k h-'l- t lice and troops move in, as they must, to restore order, hopelessness and hate continue to fester. Consumer Affairs Agency Should Benefit Kentucky Viet Nam, we'd win. Mi ip . --- w, MAr"----1 rasrw mJ te iff : M : 1 Vi' 4ZT" first major purchases. We would also have a group who would make wise buying a life- time habit. Miss Furness also wants adult education programs in how to buy, and she wants to be careful that the teacher's prejudices are not taught. We hope Kentucky will begin to do something in this area, and it seems the adult education classes offered in area high schools at night are a logical place to start. Perhaps consumer education could also be a responsibility of television. The Consumes Association of Kentucky brought Miss Furness to Louisville and it was this group's initiative which brought on the creation of Kentucky's Consumer Affairs Commission. Officials and members of that organization are to be commended for their efforts. .:"'. 'v. ., . . Calendar Thursday, April 11 Jefferson County Lay Society of Kentucky Diabetes Association, 7:30 p.m., Norton Infirmary Auditorium. Friday, April 12 Okolona Homemakers, home of Mrs. Dunlap. Sunday, April 14 Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m., Durrett High School, sponsored by Southeast Louisville Ministerial Fellowship. Schedules of other services appear elsewhere in the Reporter. W. T. Monday, AprH 15 Skating party. Fern Creek Fun Center. 4-- Saturday, AprH 13 Dance, senior high students, at Shryock School, 2700 Browns Lane, sponsored by Hikes Point Recreation Committee. Music by the Decades, Johnny Randolph as emcee. All senior high students invited. Easter egg hunt, Shryock School, 10 a.m., sponsored by St. Regis Park. Miss Okolona Pageant, Southern High School, 7:30 p.m. Club, Jeffer-sontow- m i The SIapperless Party BY CHARLES BARTLETT To assess the political Influence which Lyndon Johnson will retain and to anticipate how he will use it in the months ahead, it is Important to examine closely what he has done to date. The reasonableness of his withdrawal, In personal terms, Is unchallenged. His last two years in the White House have The dimensions of Mr. Johnson's public service and the adversities which he en- countered and the uncertainty of his health yield him every right to follow the example of Harry Truman, who declared his intention to withdraw at almost the same date In 19S2. But his residual political leverage will be diminished by the exposed and somewhat betrayed feeling of those who looked to him to contain the Democratic party's peace movement. He appears at first blush to be relinquishing the party to his critics. The lofty purpose of reconciling the nation with which he adorned his decision has not completely obscured Its personal inconsistency. By his fighting political stance, he persuaded almost everyone that he would see the battle through. A host of politicians, officials, and friends took positions for which they may now be penalized because he asked for their help. Mr. Truman decided he would not run again as soon as he was Inaugurated and he misled no one. The dignity of the Johnson decision Is undercut by the fact that he is walking suddenly and surprisingly away from a situation which looked extremely difficult. Yet those who were ready to stand with him in battle do not have the comfort of believing that the situation was im- possible. There were some like Robert McNamara who sensed all along that Mr. Johnson would step aside if he could do It with honor and presumably with a clear prospect of if he did run. But almost being no one suspected that Mr, Johnson would walk away from shambles. ted Unlike Mr. Truman, who made preparations to fill the vacuum before he created it, Mr. Johnson has groomed no leader to take his place. The curious process which has ground down the personalities of his administration has left no one of commanding suture to argue the case for his policies. Hubert Humphrey is widely loved, but the President has neglected to build him up for the succession. Robert Kennedy's success atforcingthe President out of contention gives him far more momentum than any of the contenders whom Mr. Truman rejected in 1952 in order to award the nomination to Adlal Stevenson. Kennedy enjoys an acceptability to the party's mainstream which did not exist for Estes Kefauver, Averall Harriman, or Robert Kerr. Moreover the President's reluctance to meet Kennedy in head-o- n competition does not inspire the party regulars to believe that he will play a strong hand in organizing the party against Kennedy. His speech indicated in fact that he wants to go out as an elder statesman, beyond the vicissitudes of factional struggles. If the President does determine to pick his successor, he will find it difficult to regather the reins of party leadership because he has not held them tightly, as Mr, Truman did. All the loyalties, con- - n Wednesday, AprH 17 Springdale Homemakers, home of Mrs. Ed Wottier, 1814 Overlook Terrace. Routt Homemakers, home of Mrs. Donald Smith, Routt Road. Card party, sponsored by St Anne Altar Sodality, at St Stephen Martyr Church, Hess Lane and Pindell Avenue, 8 p.m. St Bernard School PTA, 7:30 p.m. News Focus been a searing ordeal which the campaign promised to cap. He faced the fight of his life to win four more years In a job which he has, it now appears, never enjoyed. r nWi burn, seeing King's death as one more sign that equality is the gunman pulled the Con- A Sure Sign of Spring the violence begot by violence is upon us. Black Ameri- trigger. Behind him were men Deceptive sales practices will be some There is at least the glimmer of a hope that we can begin to extricate ourselves from Viet Nam. We had better do so. If we have to choose, as well we might, between wars, the war for justice in the United Sfates is more important. And if we employ half the resources at home that we've expended in They will succeed only in cutting Now The creation of a Consumer House Ethics Legislation Covers Five Main Points There ent King's murder. gressmen who will use the spreading Negro violence as their excuse to resist change. freedom and dignity, but who have never spoken out for public accomodations, open housing, aid to the cities or other "gut" issues? Aren't they in part responsible for the atmosphere in this country that adds the name of Martin Luther King to a tragic list of Americans murdered while working for justice on their home soil? Sick Society whom the millions are "tolerant" or even in favor of Negro aspirations for who There is a sickness in our society, corrosive and destructive. It is eating away at our vitals and could, in time, destroy us. Martin Luther Kingwas killed less by a lone gunman than by the atmosphere of prejudice that pervades all levels of society, One assassin may have fired the shot, but behind him were all who willed King dead, for non-viol- re-weav- ing the Kentucky congressman who described the murder as "distasteful," but "certainly no reason to pass human rights legislation." the first grade? the ground from under moderate Negro leaders and thereby deepening racial antagonisms on both sides. The time left for peaceful change White America faces a crucial test. Are we prepared, while there is still yet time, for the massive task of the whole fabric of our social order to defeat poverty and destroy the breeding ground of racial bigotry? Are we prepared to recognize our prejudices for what they are and submerge them in favor of legislation that will truly make our nation "indivisible?" Will Congress provide the leadership? CHARLES BARTLETT tacts, and courtesies which bind the to their leader have been diffused rank-and-f- by Mr. Johnson's detachment. ile The President's influence may also be undercut by the Democrats' drift away from his position on Viet Nam. The temp-tad- on will be Increasingly strong to nominate a peace candidate on peace platform and leave it to Richard Nixon to uphold the cause of containing communism in Viet Nam. If the mood moves In this direction, the President might pull away from his party s it pulled away from him. He has made no secret of his great admiration for Governor Nelson Rockefeller and if the Republicans should nominate him as their best hope against Kennedy, Mr. Johnson would face a temptation to repudiate the insurgents who had snatched the party from his hands. The Democrats are left with an intricate situation involving complex men and animosities. They promise that the road to the Chicago convention may still be a lively one.

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