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delinquents could be re-educated) would speedily he met by the lowered silent SpeclolorH. cost of law enforcement and criminal punishment, plus the productive serv1 have juBt this moment put down ices of such "re-educated" individuals. Actually, in the final analysis, such the editorial |No RUPTURED EARspecial institutions would cost nothDRUMS AT RUSSIAN RACE TRACKS, March 12] in which you condemn ing. In fact, 1 feel that such a program cheering at the race track, and from would show a profit, not alone in what 1 could gather, cheering at all salvaged souls, but in dollaiB and cents as well. . . . FRANCIS H . BENT other sporting events, loo. . . . Where, sir, did you ever acquire North Hilifi. Pa. enough audacity to call the majority of the American sports enthusiasts morons? . . . A Break for Patients You seem to think that it is wrong to cheer for your favorite at the race track, so I should imagine you also Optimism was my first and lasting impression of your wonderfully hopeinspiring story PATIENTS ON PAROLE

[by Ruth and Edward Brecher, March 26|. Whether such a program is now practiced in Ohio or not, I certainly intend to do my part in such therapy when I have a home of my own, and will enlist as many others as possible.

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As a psychiatric social worker I found great merit in your publication of the article. . . . I was quite surprised, however, to think it obnoxious to cheer at a foot- see the term "parole," which is assoball game, a basketball p;ame, a hox- ciated with penal institutions in most ing match or at any other event where people's minds, still used with refertwo or more opponents are naatuhed. ence to former patients. During my I have attended a great many of the period of work as a psychiatric social various types of sporting events and worker in a state hospital, I found have observed that probably 98 per that this term, because of its implicacent, or higher, of the spectators tion, was often interpreted as quite "cheer on" their favorites with varied threatening hy patients and their degrees of enthusiasm. There are some fannilies. who undoubtedly are too boisterous The term " convalescent status," in their antics, but, fur the most part, the people are noL overly zealous, now commonly used by state hospitals in New Jersey to describe patients considering the high excitement inreleased, hut not yet discharged, seems volved. to be a far better and less ambiguoua Is it your suggestion that we all sit term, and is actually much more aclike "bumpa on a log," showing no ceptable to both patients and other display of emotion whatsoever? .. . members of the community. WILLIAM C . EVELSIZER

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GDH Amedeo Being the parent of a mentally retarded child, all I could think after reading THR MAKING OF A KILLER

|by John Bartlow Martin, March 26| was: "What a pity!" The "Killer" was an innocent victim of the general ignorance and lack of understanding of the needs of the retarded. During the last four years parents throughout the country have banded together to prevent such a tragedy. There are local groups, state associations, and the National Association for Retarded Children. With the right understanding and training at home and in the community, there is no need for a retarded person to become a criminal. MRS. WILLIAM LEHMANN

Pairfield, Conn.

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. . . We, the Public, seem to be very slow to graap the fact that the cost of special institutions Iwhere defective

1 do presume in attempting to supplement the splendid article by Ruth and Edw. Brecher. . . . However, I should like to quote Encyclopaedia Britannica on a little town in Belgium which since 1247 has been an oasis of kindness and mercy for the mentally afflicted and has seen many cures: GHEEL . . . remarkable on account of ita colony of insane persons. . . . The colony . . . is in farms and houses round the little place within a circumference of 30 m. and is said Lo have exisled since the 13th century. Thia area is divided into four sections, efich having a doctor and a superintendent attached to it. The Gheel sy-(em ia regarded as Ihe moat humane met hid of dealing witli the iD3ane.

The population of Gheel ia roughly 20,000, with a patient population of 3000 tl936cl. Here the finding of foster homes is not difficult, ae having patients in one's home is an indication of high standing in the community A vital part of the success of Gheel is the alliance of psychiatry and religion. The church, with its relics of the patron saint of those afflicted with mental and nervous diseases. Saint Dymphna. is the center of activities. . , . Dayton, O.

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SimNG DOWN |by Robert M, Yoder| in the Poat. MnrcK 19, is right down my alley. I have been trying for yeara to buy an upholstered chiiir that is comfortable. All the chairs are too detp fur my short legs—my height is about 5'7". And the backs are concave, whereas they should be convex to fit the natural curves of the spine. I solved the problem with my uphobtered platform rocker by opening the cover in front and sawing ofT two inches, and putting extra padding in the back. Most upholstered chairs are 22 to 23 inches deep, whereas I should have a chair about IS inches, . , , It took the women about 20 years to get plumbers to put kitchen sinks, and lavatories, high enough. 3o perhaps chair manufacturers will finedly leam, L, K. CHAMB Fairbury, Neb,

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no pull-up tab on tbe "lid" and are practically a firat-rate nuisance if you don't devour all the contents at first "sitting," Did he ever try to put a "lid " on the cottage-cheese container so tbat it could be kept until the next day? To me, a simple-minded, nonmechanical-type female, it's very difficult, as the doggoned thing slides down into the cheese! MRS. JOSEPH T , WICKMAN

Washington, lnd, I bave been laying for this man [Gianninoto] for years! What is the matter with a cereal firm that spends thousands on fancy-looking packages—and yet continues to put out a package that, every time it ie put on the table, throws the housewife into tbe dithers? Just try operiing and pouring out some corn flakes and then close the package. After tbe second or third using, even by tbe moat careful adult, what happens? The "inner seal" is stuck to the carton and tears, the brittle wax paper tears, the cereal gets between carton and "inner seal" and then, tbe next timeyou try to pour into a bowl, it scatters onto tbe table and even the floor. . . . L. D. BAILET Enterprise, Ore.

Sitting-Down article . , , is interesting; made me remember that years ago someone started me to wondering what chairs would look like if our knees flexed in the opposite direction to the way tbey do. Maybe you can figure that out, J, HARRIS Mr, Jobnnynoto, I got news for you. So we buy your pretty package. Either Nevada. Mo. because, 1, we know the product and like it, or, 2, we have heard about it, or, 3, juat now noticed it (thanks to IO,OOO Knighta you I and have decided to try it. We buy it and take it home. In the case of soap flakea and deIn the Letters to the Editors column in the March 19th issue of The Post tergents, you admit that we keep the there appeared a letter from Geza box around awhile, and you are conGrosschmid, . . , cerned—you are overwrought—about In the opening remarks of his letter he states, "Your readers would probably be interested to know tbat the Knights of Malta, wbo ruled tbat island for 268 years and who have now some 500 members in tbe United States" — tbia is not correct. Tbe Order of Knights of Malta have in tbe state of Pennsylvania almost 8000 memhers and weU over 10,000 in the United States CLARENCE E . ORTH,

every family has men who'd like Ha.nes It's just plain horse sense, fellows—when it comes to boys' and men's underwear, you can't beat Hanes. It's long-wearing, it Fits just right, it launders beautifully and—the "mane" point—you save money on every piece of Hanes underwear you select. Why? Because Hanes buys its own cotton, spins its own yarn, knits its own cloth—thereby eliminating many outside costs that you normally pay for, Hanes underwear is made from highly absorbent, long-staple cotton. And . , • long-wearmg Nylon reinforces stress points • the Givvies shorts are cut on the bias to g-i-v-e • briefs have heat-resistant elastic waistband You can't say "neigh" at these prices: T-sbirts, only $1 (boys', 75c). Giwies shorts, $1, Fig Leaf briefs, 89c to 95c (boys', 65c), If your dealer doesn't have Hanes, he can get it for you. See him (oday.

RemBmber, to get more than you bargained for, be sure the name's . . , P, H. Hants Knilting Co,, Winston.Salem I , ti. C.

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Grand Commander A. & I.O. Knights of Malta our aesthetic reaction to a spotted Reading, Pa. package. Get this, Johnny: I don't care an invisible prune if the darned box comes with the Virginia-muddy footprints of a coon hound on it. What kaKlnil Problems 1 want to do with a hox of detergent is to get it open. Open to exactly the Congratulations on Frank Gian- right-size hole so that I can measure ninoto's and Arthur W, Baum's lively my own idea of the proper amount to article |Aprii 2\ I GET INTU EVERY- wash a few or twenty dishes. Not one ONE'S HOUSE. third of the package at one full sweep, Apparently, many of us do. For the _Not a mist of powder tbat drifts tolovely housewife on Page 33 is kneel- ward the floor. I know this is heresy, ing before a fine collection ot packages, Johnny, but I don't want to rush out representing a total packaging pro- and buy another package tomorrow, gram by Raymond Loewy Associates because I used this one already. I t for the National Biscuit Company. does not endear me to your clients. Thanks to tbe SatEvePoat for using Naturally, I have to use soap. . . . So Loewy designs at work in a Miami you don't have to do anything about supermarket to prove many of Mr. it. But you could, if you're civicGianninoto's well-articulated pack- minded. Frankly, every box of deteraging principles, RAYMOND LOEWY gent I buy looks red to me. By tbe way, I hope you aren't the New York, N.Y. fellow who sticks those accordionIn regards to your article about pleated recipes one fourth of the way Frank Gianninoto , . . why hasn't he into a sack of flour. Oh, no, you or someone done something about the couldn't be. You have children, who impossible Bo-called lids on cottage- might bear tbeir gentle mother excheese containers? Three fourths of claiming over her discovery. . . . SHIRLEY SAMPSON the containers for cottage cheese have Roanoke, Va.



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