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The political pot, as they say in all the leading journals of opinion, is beginning to boil. Senator Henry Jackson, who has represented the State of Washington this year by travelling 160,000 miles campaigning as a non-candidate for president, gathered his beautiful family around him Friday and surprised everyone with the announcement that he will, after all, seek the presidency. Everett's - and the Pentagon's - favorite son, who doesn't drink, was asked by a reporter why he saves the small bottles of liffuor given free by the airlines. He reportedly has collected more than 100 vials of mini-hooch during his travels. He answered: "Norwegian frugality. And that's the way I would run the country." A voter must presume from his statement that we are about to see a "new" Jackson, similar to the "new" Nixon of 1968, since the good senator has always voted with the big spenders in Congress and is the champion of the military cost-overrun boondogglers. President Nixon has also been busy. Since this son of a California grocer has joined the effete far eastern establishment and doesn't have Nikita Kruschev to kick around anymore, he has now joined battle with George Meany, the top four-letter man of the AFL-CIO. f .j.o "1 understand when they take up the offering we're supposed to put Massachusetts in the plate." Ignoring the pleas of his advisors, who wanted him to confront Meany in a kitchen, the president invaded a union convention and came away with his tale of obedience to executive edict between his legs. Meany, in a rare moment of self-denial, refrained from pounding the convention to order with his shoe. Senator Hubert Humphrey, the original Man from Glad, is off his feed, grumpy, and reduced to taking potshots at the president through the written word. He sent Meany a telegram which said: "Richard Nixon came to this convention not to seek cooperation but rather with a set script to provoke confrontation." So, what else is new, Hubert? Senator Edmund Muskie, the back seat passenger who almost put Hubert in the driver's seat, is having more trouble with his 80-year-Did mother than he is with the Republicans and the 356 other Democratic presidential candidates. "People around here often tell me that 1 should be proud that my son is being considered a possibility for president," Edmund's mommy told a reporter. "You know, 1 don't see anything wrong with the president we have." Closer to home, things are quieter. Governor Dan Evans is being coy about whether or not he will seek a third term. Martin Durkan is perfecting his Everyman's Candidate image and a speech that begins "Give me your tired, your poor, your rich, your liberal, your conservative..." Slade Gorton is recovering from injuries inflicted by the handbags and umbrellas of little old ladies who demanded the fight to life, liberty and the pursuit of bingo prizes. Wes Uhlman has rented a basement apartment in the Pike Place Market, where he will live while visiting Seattle from his home in Japan. And, believe it or not, sports fans, State Senator Sam Guess, the sexiest thing in Eastern Washington since the bustle, has been goaded by reporters who should know better into seriously considering running for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a post that would give him the opportunity to get sex out of the classroom and back into automobiles where it belongs. We received a letter from a Seattle Post-lntelligencer staff member this week which refers to last week's Journal editorial on the P-l's Secret Witness program as' "sophist trap." lie's probably right. But, then, every writer is entitled to produce a little sophist crap now and then. The world of journalism is richer for it; without it, daily newspapers would be reduced to weekly publication. We recall one newspaper which made the specious claim it could improve society by bribing citizens to perform their civic duty anonymously. Sophist crap, anyone? "1 stopped to get myself winterized. I'm protected to zero minus sixty degrees." By DWIGHT WM. JENSEN Writing in January, 1948, in the introduction to his book The American Political Tradition, Richard Hofstadter made some comments on nostalgia that seem very pertinent today: "Americans have recently found it more comfortable to see where they have been than to think of where they are going... Historical novels, fictionalized biographies, collections of pictures and cartoons, books on American regions and rivers, have poured forth to satisfy a revenous appetite for Americana. This quest for the American past is carried on in a spirit of sentimental appreciation rather than of critical analysis. An awareness of history is always a part of any culturally alert national life; but I believe that what underlies this overpowering nostalgia ... is a keen feeling of insecurity... "When competition and enterprise were rising, men thought of the future; when they were flourishing, of the present. Now-- in an age of concentration, bigness, and corporate monopoly - when competition and opportunity have gone into decline, men look wistfully back toward a golden age." Hofstadter's words could be applied to many aspects of modern America, but two things came to mind when I read the passage the other night: a recent letter from a college girl, and the motion picture fad that is symbolized by "Love Story." The letter was the second in two springs from students who said they had given up on the United States and were considering moving to Canada, where they thought life had not yet reached the degree of repression and hardness and brutality they see around them in this country. I remembered the Canadian pavillion inthe 1958 World's By VICKI OPPENHEIMER The government shift in policy regarding phosphates comes as no surprise to those who have watched the shift in priorities at the highest level of government. When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created just about a year ago, hopes ran high because at last there was an agency with power to stop polluters and enforce clean air and water laws. William Ruckelshaus, the administrator, and the EPA soon ran into road blocks. Business interests found it "too expensive" to clean up the pollution they caused. Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans, confronted with a sluggish and unresponsive economy, came into direct conflict with the aims of EPA. Stans urged more and more priming of the industrial pump and a waiting procedure for the environment. He spelled this out m a speech last July which he called "Wait A Minute." The President's recent economic recovery statement offered tax incentives to business for expansion - but no tax rebates or incentives were offered for pollution control or the investigation of a new technology to abate pollution problems. Environmentalists were braced for the next blow, but that it came in the area of "no hold on phosphates" is an amazing tribute to the astute lobbying of the detergent industry. The story about phosphates has not changed. Eutrophication of lakes, streams and estuaries is real. Eutrophication stems from enrichment by nutrients (phosphates). it sets m motion a chain of reactions: algae grow to excess and form carpets of green slime. When the algae die they drop to the bottom and putrefy. The process of putrefacation consumes oxygen, and the oxygen dissolved in the water is depleted. Fish die, bacterial processes create foul odors and the lake dies. In 1969 the University of Toronto did a study on detergents and their effect on the environment. They also listed the phosphate content of maior detergents. They found out some of the newer products had more than 40 per cent phosphates. Canada reacted by making phosphate pollution of water a criminal offense. They banned all phosphate detergents as of December 31, 1972. And President Nixon, in a speech delivered early in 1970, made phosphate removal a top priority pollution project. The detergent companies must have known that this was coming. They had a foretaste of public indignation in the 1950s when rivers and streams began to carry a head of foam. This visible sign of pollution angered citizens and there was public outcry against detergents which continued to make suds after they entered sewage systems and waterways. However, it took nine years for the industry to switch to biodegradeable products which broke down and stopped sudsing our rivers, lakes and ponds. The industry was aware of the effect of phosphates on our water long before you and I knew what was creating the ugly slime. The industry also was aware of another problem. Dr. Ernest E. Angino, a University of Kansas civil e~gineer found that "Contamination of mineral phosphate has been suggested as the probable cause of high arsenic concentrations - 10 to 70 ppm - in phosphate pre-soaks and detergents. Phosphate posed additional danger of arsenic a bsorption from laundered clothes and chronic arsenosis form pollution of drinking water." As far as we know, the government has taken no action on this additional health hazard. The major detergent manufacturers did not really begin scrambling for an alternative to phosphates until the facts were out. Actually they continued to manufacture new products with over-increasing quantities of phosphate. But when the news finally hit the press, the three big manufacturers. Proctor & (;amble, Lever Bros., and Colgate-Palmolive committed ! h c resolves to NTA (nitrilotriacctate) as the replacement for phosphates. I'reliminary studies of NTA show that as a chelating agent, that is a pincer-like grabbing Fair at Brussels, and how much I had enjoyed it because it depicted Canada as being much like my youth. At each of those letters 1 have wondered how much of the yen for Canada might possibly be based on roughly that same view of Canada as a place more like the past, a place protected from the rigors and chances and uncertainties of modern America. "Love Story" is setting box office records by being sugar-sweet with sentimentality, and Hollywood is hurrying to copy it as an many ways as possible, in order to rake in the cash that sentiment seems to release. It has been observed correctly, I think that this mad embrace of the super-sentimental (especially since the movie and its characterizations are structurally weak and, when analyzed, unbelievable), bespeaks a dangerous trend. Sentiment and nostaliga, carried to a conclusion, reveres the past and despises the future, thus leading to radical tendencies among those who indulge too deeply in such things. Now that I've read this bit by Iqofstadter, 1 begin to see why my father, whose youth and early manhood were a rough go, is much less sentimental than l, whose youth and early manhood were pretty much a cinch. It's a rough time we're going through, but 1 think the best way to survive it is going to have to be to follow his example: head on into the future with more enthusiasm than apprehension. And when we begin to wax a little too nostalgic, recall that poem he once clipped from the Denver Post and handed me to read - the poem that ended: "And of course we all remember those blizzards in December When we stayed snowed in for good old days and days.' ..... Because the good old days Weren't ' really all that sweet. from the I ntermountain Observer action, it can collect around free metal ions and be destructive in washing machines, plumbing systems, sewage pipes and septic tanks. More importantly, studies now show that NTA may have a tetragenic effect, changing chromosomes in the newborn. Fed to laboratory mice it caused mammary cancer. Despite these findings the big three soap-makers invested heavily in NTA. New "wonder products" like Axion, coldwater liquid All, Gain, Drive, Amaze and others contain this suspect ingredient. While the major companies were selling the old and new phosphate products, a new group of soap-makers took advantage and came in with products advertised as "no phosphate." The public eager to do something in the environmental crisis jumped on these products with great enthusiasm. The big producers lost 16.8 per cent of the multi-billion dollar market to unknown' soap-makers whose business grew 500 per cent in one year. Can we get along wiihout detergents? Can soap and washing soda give us the "whiter, brighter wash" that Madison Avenue has insisted is the greatest need of every household? Quoting from The Sciences, December, 1970, "Soap is an excellent, relatively nontoxic cleanser that needs no antideposition agents, but in four out of five homes in the U.S. and Canada with hard water, large amounts are required to form foam, which precipitates calcium and magnesium ions as a gummy curd. Because the curd can form a dulling film on clothes and clog automatic washing machines, detergents overtook soap in sales in 1953. These problems are overcome by using soap and sal soda, Church & Dwight claims. Sal soda contains sodium carbonate, a good water softener that precipitates hardness ions into a fine grain which settles harmlessly on the bottom of the washing machine." In soft-water areas or in homes where the household is paying for a water-softener, dctergents are unnecessary and wasteful. The price is higher on thc package and much more expensive in terms of its effect on the environment. The Food and Drug Administration has released a list of 39 detergents analyzed and assessed for potential health hazards. It was printed in the New York Times of Friday, Sept. 17. The rating system is as follows: 1. Caution, harmful if swallowed. 2. Caution, harmful if swallowed, eye irritant. 2A. Caution, Eye Irritant. 3. Warning, injurious to eyes, harmful if swallowed. 4. Warning, injurious to skin and eyes, harmful if swallowed. 5. Danger, may cause burns to skin and eyes, harmful if swallowed. The list includes phosphate and no-phosphate products, although it does not give the amount of phosphate found in these products. The only product which has a 1 rating is no-phosphate M-W Lo Suds. Compare this with Fab, a much advertised phosphate product rated 4. And we know that Cheer, another phosphate product, in fact it is one of the detergents which contains more than 40 per cent phosphate, is rated 2, but so is Arm & Hammer, a good no-phosphate product. Tide XK, high in phosphates, has no rating, just an asterisk which says, "eye and skin irritant." Burst, the new miracle product, much advertised, has a 2A rating. None of the products is completely free of health hazard but then it is hard to imagine a cleanser that would be innocuous if swallowed. Cleaning fluids, kerosene, even aspirin can be lethal. Why, then, does the government statement suggest that it is safer to use the phosphate products (without any checks or provisos) rather than the no-phosphate detergents which have no greater health hazard? Frankly, that is an irksome question. Who knows what pressures were brought to bear? Fortunately there are public officials who have protested this unwarranted pronouncement. As for the public, they know that is to their interest to guard their environment. Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, November 25, 1971 Letter box: Editor, The Journal: 1 usually do not write letters to the editor, in fact, 1 usually do not write letters at all, however, I am so ecstatic over a recent "giant step forward" in the field of corrections, that I feel compelled to share my joy with as wide an audience possible. The basis of my new-found happiness is the recent realization by correctional officials in Washington State that to subject residents (formerly known by such archaic and demeaning terms as convicts and inmates) to the viewing of black and white television is cruel and unusual punishment, damaging to the psyche, and likely to lead to a lifelong propensity toward heinous crime. Having realized the error of their ways, the correctional administration has embarked upon an enlightened prison reform by medieval, black and devices with na~ soul-soothing, television. This is without the prodding strikes or even threats Resident Government This accom particularly noteworthy of the fact the state is financial peril and needed reformS, corrections and other social service are for lack of funds. I think we should all few minutes to sit down our thanks and our governor and their continued efforts about meaningful reform and keep 1 in the field. J. Editor, The Journal: Since the subscribers to your publication look towards you for items involving news and public interest matters, I feel that it is not overly demanding to request that you provide us the service of announcing any public meetings which may be held by our elected officials. (In come cases this is well covered in the classified sections) May I suggest that you address correspondence to the County Board of Commissioners, County Planning Council, P.U.D., Port Districts, Fire Districts, Cemetery Districts, School Districts, and any other type of elected or official bodies, and request that each notify you of any special meetings which may be called by the governing group and which involve action upon any motion, proposal, resolution, order, or ordinance? This type of notification demand is authorized and encouraged by Chapter 250, Laws of Washington, 1971 1st ex. sess., under an act cited as the "Open Public Meetings Act of 1971". Upon notification of such meetings 1 would then request that the information be published in your newspaper as service. Thank yoU consideration you matter. charles J' Editor's Note: The already notified commission and County that it wishes every special meeting. publish each arrives. Believe it or n 34 such public sparsely-populated countY" Editor, The Journal: Kindness is a kingly is love in action, it working clothes. A will be kind command "Be ye a command of Because of unkin~ hearts are made sad, are broken. So at season and every daY let us kindle kindnesS'lrel~e~ Editor, The Journal: "invested" because it Please convey our "Thank many dollars of You" to the voters of Fire Protection is always a District 5 for approving the investment. Yes it Special Levy. premiums for the Let me say, and I am sure the returning much Fire Commissioners of the thereby than District agree, that the money will ltowever, more be spent carefully to accomplish valuable property as much as possible, which when once It is worth saying also that the be replaced taxpayers money for these improvements, will be money Richard b In a time when the newspapers are under printing too much bad news, it's informative to experiences of others. Today's example is Imperial Japan, whi wartime press on a very short leash. Here is a Tokyo morning daily of Aug. 8, 1945 : 40 P-51s RAID KEIHIN AREA Led by one B-29, 40 P-51 fighters from W raided the southwestern area of the Keihin at 10:20 a.m. yesterday. The enemy planes and bombed military installations and then Sagami Bay at 11:30 a.m. In this raid, some unidentified type took part for the first time. Hiroshima was attacked by a small number at 8:20 a.m. Monday. The enemy dropped incendiaries. Damage is now being investigated. The story, which appeared two days after bomb obliterated Hiroshima, was the earliest the Japanese people received. Thanks to their nation's leaders, who plans for continuing the war, the citizens were news of Hiroshima. Letting them know the have been in the national interest. We hope to be spared from similar leadershiP' from the Ba .a Founded 1886 by Grant C. Angle Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa. 98584 Published at Shelton, Mason County, weekly, except two issues during week of Thar Entered as Second-Class Matter at the Post Office, Member of National Editorial Associatlo Member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $5.00 per year in in advance -- Outside Mason County EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ................ ""