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Wednesday, November 13, 1968
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PAGE 24 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR- THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR Edgar Ansel Motvrer Says: Nixon s Major I ask: Make America Strong Where The Spirit Of The Lord It, There It Liberty II Corinthians 3:17 EUGENE C PULUAM, Publisher "Let the people know the facts and the country will be saved."-Abraham Lincoln To Discover New Worlds The universe of art is an infinity of worlds. It can illuminate life with new light and reveal it in new dimensions that give it new meanings. Entering this universe can be like entering the crucible of creation. The excitement, adventure and fun of this universe will open up for more than 400,000 persons a year, it is calculated, after completion of the new Indianapolis Museum of Art being built on the Oldfields estate at West 38th Street and Northwestern Avenue. Artists will be able to cross new frontiers of creativity in painting, sculpture and the other visual arts and in music, dance and drama as well. But the new art center will not be exclusive territory for artists. Everyone will be encouraged to participate in museum activities. The art center will be truly a community affair. You can help by giving to the fund drive under way to raise $6 million for the first phase of the new museum, which is expected to cost about $15 million in all. Pledges may be extended over a three-year period four tax years. All contributions are tax deductible within the limits prescribed by law. Pledges over a three-year (or shorter) period, securities, term trusts, estate considerations, deferred gifts and insurance policies are other ways of giving. Contributors wishing further details may get in touch with the Indianapolis Museum of Art Building Office Fund, Suit 304, 445 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis 46204, Telephone 636-5587. 'Nuts' The free world knows that the policies of the newspaper Izvestia, official government paper of the Soviet Union, are dictated by the Kremlin. That publication has suggested that the United States abandon the Mediterranean Sea and allow the Soviet Union to maintain a naval presence there "for preservation of peace." Izvestia noted that the Soviet Union borders on the Black Sea and its southern frontiers are close to the Mediterranean. Silly as this proposal might seem to the Western world there is good reason for it from the Soviet viewpoint. Control of the sea lanes of the Mediterranean by the Soviet Union would deeply affect the uneasy truce-between Israel and the Arab States. It would give the Soviet Union the ability to close the entrance to the Mediterranean at Gibraltar and in effect make this international body of water a "Soviet lake." This in turn could assure routes for the continuing supply of arms and material to Egypt, and the ability to block Israel's use of the sea or the supplying of Israel by the West. The Soviet Union's claim it could turn the Mediterranean into a "sea of peace" means, of course, Soviet-style "peace." It would leave largely undefended by sea such nations as Greece, Italy, Turkey and the others that border the Mediterranean. Helping to keep peace there now is the presence of the United States 6th Fleet. Its presence helps to deter the USSR from pursuing its dreams of domination of Europe, Africa and the Mideast. The arrogant suggestion of Izvestia deserves an answer which every American will remember as the answer an American general gave to a German demand for surrender in World War II. "Nuts." The Key To Paradise "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" is the key idea of Socialism, state religion of the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, the assorted satrapies of these two giants and the Fabians intent on establishing a Guaranteed Annual Income in the Affluent Society of the USA. It is an idea that moves men to much bully activity, just as the once-prevalent notion that lead could be turned into gold kept alchemists puttering in their laboratories for some generations. And like the lead-into-gold obsession, it never works out right. Yet it never ceases to fascinate. Why? Because it is a key to paradise. Or so it seems. Let us assume that Abel is a man of fantastic ability. He is a genius, versatile, a prodigious worker. He can design homes, shops, gardens and factories, build them, mine coal, make steel and work six 18-hour days a week, seven when he is so inclined. He can grow crops, toil in vineyards, paint paintings, compose symphonies, brew beer and make wine and whisky. Then let this demon worker and producer work and produce at his full capacity. His needs, incidentally, may be few three squares, a room, a bed to sleep in, the tools of his trades. Cain, on the other hand, is a man of many needs. He needs a couple of Cadillacs, a $150,000 house with indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, billiard room, larder well stocked with steaks, roasts, chops, pheasant, turkey, lobster and caviar, a wine cellar, bar and other niceties, sports cars, a yacht, a speedboat, horses, a wooded estate with game, a lake with fish, an airstrip, money to burn in the style of Ari Onassis and J. Paul Getty, and girls galore. Cain's list of needs is much longer, but that's a sample. His capacity for work is, we hasten to add, nil. In a decadent capitalist society Abel, because of his fantastic productive capacity, would be rewarded, under our corrupt exploitive system, with earning power that would enable him to acquire the goods and services than Cain needed. Cain, who had such abundant needs but no capacity to produce, would wind up on Skid Row. Such is the "injustice" of a free society, a free economy, a free market. Such is life when men refuse the seeming key to paradise. Switch Can Train Hoy Two boys at Kokomo have admitted that they tampered with a railroad switch, causing derailment of a Penn Central passenger train and injury to four persons. The boys, both 10 years old, have been released to the custody of their parents. And that gives two fathers a chance to use another kind of switch the kind that flags a boy's caboose. Mowrer President-elect Richard Nixon faces the most important and difficult task confronting any of his predecessors since Abraham Lincoln. He has to save the United States from the acute danger into which eight years of appeasement by his predecessors have allowed it to drift. Hubert Humphrey, in a c o urteous congratulatory message to the winner, has emphasized the need for uniting the country. The polarization visible over the last few years must be stopped. All true, if possible. More important to me is redefining the policies upon which the President will try to unite the American people. In the foreign field, the new President's emphasis must be upon repudiating his predecessors' policy of pursuing peace by concessions to the Soviet Union (and in due time, to Red China). Dangerous steps were, among others, the test-ban treaty, the withdrawal of our middle-range missiles from Europe, the silent acceptance of nuclear parity or even inferiority ("better Red than dead"), the happily half-aborted nuclear non-proliferation treaty directed primarily against West Germany, encouragement of almost unrestricted trade with Communist states (brain child of George Ball) and finally, one refusal to do everything necessary to win in the shortest possible time with the smallest human losses in Vietnam! Each of these was a step not toward but away from real peace. Let me say for the 20th time with relentless and convinced adversaries like Kosygin, Mao and Castro, peace and freedom can be maintained only by the military supremacy and the political unity of Communism's intended victims. In a world ideologically divided like ours, no other policy is feasible. President-elect Nixon's greatest job, if he lives up to his campaign promises, will be vastly stepping up America's existing and future arsenal and, at the same time, revamping a moribund NATO and persuading its principal members to make a larger contribution of their own, on conditions of remaining part of a political partnership that seeks to formulate and follow an anti-aggression policy all over the world. Nixon has expressed his approval of a prompt international conference among the Western democracies for the purpose of outlining a plan of future Atlantic Union. This, over the last eight years, the New Frontier's State Department has steadily opposed, preferring to urge the Europeans to form their own union later, perhaps linked to America as one side of a dumbbell. The two are not necessarily contradictory, for while moving toward an Atlantic Union, the European Common Market states will have plenty of time to unite among themselves, if that is what they prefer. Meanwhile the essential is a common military and political policy towards our common enemies, next month, next year, as soon as possible. Lincoln's task was preserving the American Union. Nixon's will be creating as much Atlantic partnership as possible. This means forgetting the Democratic myth that one can at the same time cooperate with and successfully oppose the aggressive Soviet Empire. I can already hear the threats from Moscow and Peking and Havana, the acid remarks of the American academic peaceniks, the howls and squawks of the New Left. Nonetheless, I think the President should try to unite the country on this issue. If he fails he should go ahead over the opposition of the "Better Red than deaders" with those Americans who understand that time is growing short A final word: to prevent the Atlantic partnership from being labelled a new effort at white supremacy, every effort should be made to persuade Japan, already mortally threatened by Red China's nuclear missiles to join the partnership as fully as it deems proper. , Faced with such a job even the most energetic American President may throw up his hands in despair. To which I answer, what an opportunity! Slamerick We electoral college men note, A new course some folks would promote. But should they revamp us, When out on the campus They can't get all the students to vote? Right Oblique I s BAR 'Wee-O'Oiviv, Made No Agreement, Ugh-That They-Ooof, Couldn't Ouch-Do This- Mr -WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1968 ,., The Hoosier Farm Wife Say: Partridge, Pear Tree On Christmas Seals Mrs. R.F.D. AS THE DAY BEGINS By Corbin Patrick Where Does All That Time Go? The way the world is spinning, it will be only a matter of time, we suppose, until nobody works but father, who is too old to change his lifetime habits. In the new order of things every man will be not a king, perhaps, but a gentleman of leisure. There are many straws in the wind. A movement has been under way for years now to strike a new standard below the 40-hour mark for a week's employment. Business leaders have been advised to expect further demands along this line. And a union leader was quoted recently as saying that we need a four-day week so the working man will have more time for culture, as if they went together like Tom and Terry. . If the question isn't embarrassing, we'd like to ask what on earth ever happened to all the "more time" for culture people are presumed to have enjoyed in the past 25 years. Culture, of course, is like a circus tent-it covers a lot of ground and variety of attractions. It can even be stretched far enough to include television. Patrick But using the word in the commonly accepted and limited sense, applying to life's finer things, we can't see that increased leisure time for cultural pursuits has made a great deal of difference. The public still isn't storming the doors of art museums, libraries and concert halls. It just does more of what it always did. We can't help it, of course, if people neglect these opportunities to enrich their lives. But, meanwhile, too many seem to have lost sight of the probability that work, too, has a therapeutic value. It's not only time-consuming; it's health-giving. Leisure we undoubtedly need, in adequate amounts. Yet a leading psychiatrist said the other day that work is just as essential as food. Imagine. "There's no evidence," he stated, "that hard work itself ever leads to a breakdown. In this connection, there may be serious dangers to the 35-hour or 30-hour week, unless people can use leisure time healthfully." How do they use their leisure time? It beats us. Work, in short, well may be the specific cure for many of the neuroses that afflict people today. We like what Phillips Brooks said about it. "Work," he said, "brings man into the good realm of facts." The 1968 Christmas seals have now reached farm mailboxes They have a happy, thoughtful look, suggestive of a Christmas carol. A sheet of 100 seals is made up of blocks of four yellow seals ,' interspersed . with blocks of four gray-yellow ones, somewhat in the arrangement of old-time four-patch quilts. The design shows a partridge, plump and in apparently perfect health, sitting in a curve of pear tree and contemplating an immense red-cheeked pear. In the corner below the ; pear is the association's identifying cross,.,, small and red and looking for all the world like the pole for a power line or telephone line on whicli a bird might percM in order to survey his personal domain. One feels . sure that, this near Thanksgiving and Christ-mas, the partridge has paused to give thanks ( before pecking Into the pear. At the top of the sheet the Association v expresses its hope: "Fight tuberculosis, em-; physema and air pollution . . . it's a matter of life and breath." The partridges on this ,,, farm are all in favor of this worthy aim,"?, and only wish the name of the artist hadn been included with the aim printed at the1 top of the sheet. ' '? "He's had too many top-notch jobs for a man so young," said the philosopher of Bent Poplar Corner, "I'd say fortune smiled into his face, but laughed behind his back." ; She has been married to this man 35.' years and it has apparently been a com- ." - pletely successful marriage. Yet she and her, husband have antipodal attitudes toward " traveling. She loves it, he avoids it. "I'd like to go anyplace" she declared enthusiastically, standing in front of a wall of canned pineapple. Her husband, who works in the city in which they live, doesn't ever want to go anyplace. He likes to come home at the end of a day's work and stay there. Their three children have grown and left home, but they have two poodles that keep him occupied when his wife is gone. "Aren't you ever going to get tired of going places?" he asked when she took a part-time job involving some traveling. .tj "No," she told him. She says she loves" her home and housekeeping and loves t5 cook. "You can tell that by looking at me," she added. She has nice slim feet and hands.!' She enjoys 'driving through Indiana's beautiful autumn scenery to little towns-where her job takes her. Last summer her husband "finally rebelled against going anyplace on a vaca-. tion," she said, "so I took his vacation." She went to Oregon to visit a married daughter recently who had moved there from ' Connecticut. She loved Oregon. She loved Connecticut. In fact she loves anyplace that,' requires traveling to get to. ' This seems like a noteworthy example of t successfully combining the right to disagree-with the right to go ahead and do what you' want to, plus letting someone else do the; same. If I'd had some kind of flower fd have j', pinned it on her for an award. Mrs. R.F.D. j INSIDE LABOR By Victor Riesel Professional Eggheads Aim At Nixon a I Riesel "We don't need more teachers. We already have more than we can negotiate with." New York Now that they lost it at the Waldorf, the professional intellectuals promise Richard Nixon a long black night. Their knives are out, hammered into raw edges on typewriters pounding before the long count comes in. And so he must do a saber dance to prevent cities from burning as those typewriters keep churning. He must stalk the razor's edge to prevent picket lines of dissidents and picket lines of labor forces, both suspicious of him, from whipping up critical unrest and industrial war as he takes office. He may have to race along that razor's edge as he also attempts to bring together the best of many worlds. He, for example, owes much to the new management movement which championed and financed him. He owes nothing to the labor movement, whose leader, in the passion of politics, dubbed him "the certified enemy of the labor movement." Dick Nixon knows, of course, that George Meany is the toughest of adversaries. The President-elect now knows that at 1:30 p.m. on "the day after," Meany telephoned Hubert Humphrey and said it was a great fight and that labor was proud to have waged it. AND NIXON KNOWS THAT THE congratulatory telegram dispatched by the AFL-CIO president was perfunctory, and was followed by Meany's warning that labor will watch to see whether the new President keeps the promise he made during the endless campaign oratory. There could be flash fire civil war on the industrial front. In '69, labor leaders could legally strike and ground airlines, paralyze railroads, cripple waterfronts on two coasts, stall transit in many a megalopolis, and strike the nation's fuel supplies just to mention a few upcoming contract crises. Those who have talked personally with Dick Nixon and the handful of men who can be spot-checked as labor advisers, know the President-elect wants no war with labor. In the campaign's final weeks, the Arthur Goldberg of the Nixon camp, Washington attorney Stuart Rothman, sent copies of the candidate's labor speech, with personal notes, to presidents of 128 national unions. The point made was that Dick Nixon had no horns and that they could do business with him. THIS WON'T BE EASY. There is a management movement. Its intellectuality will match Bob Nathan's and Leon Keyserling's and Galbraith of the longest sword. The businessmen are led by a steering committee of II Paul Bunyanesque executive-suite powerhouses. Some of them are quite friendly, even social, with such labor giants as George Meany, Walter Reuther and I. W. Abel. As this column was the first to report away back in February, the steering committee speaks for 35 major national trade associations, representing four million firms, as well as hundreds of unaffiliated corporations. They want President Nixon to neutralize labor's influence in government. They want his support for the revamping of the National Relations Board into a new system of labor courts. Management wants new laws to zero in on national emergency strikes. They want a tougher hand to sweep back the new municipal and state strikes which have made garbage a national issue. THEY WANT THE SAME relationship with the White House which labor has had at the flick of a dial for eight turbulent years. For all this, George Meany probably has some unprintable language. Where then does the new President turn? Peace in Southeast Asia may well be followed with war on the home front. Old labor relations policies are as outmoded as a zeppelin. There's a new youthful rank and file. Well, perhaps there really is no latter-day rank and file. The 25-year-olds recognize no rank and fit into no one's file. They know what they want. Mr. Nixon will have to deal with that new worker be the wage earner white or black. Yet Nixon will be the first of the Presidents who really has not dialogued with the men of labor who really matter. He has promised them a Secretary of Labor "like Jim Mitchell." He was the big, grinning, amiable Irishman appointed by President Eisenhower and whom labor called the best Secretary of Labor they ever got. Where can the President-elect find such a man to bring all forces together at the consensus table? It's easy to harpoon the Chief Executive. Everybody plays these political darts. But if he doesn't succeed, if there is home front civil war, the inner cities will stagnate again, the black revolution will roll, the economy will be cutlassed by strikes. The least the professional Intellectual can do is to give the man an even break. If they don't believe, in their avant-garde hearts, that he deserves it, the nation certainly does. i ' - r Fieblg Jim Fiebig Says: But Who Will Pay Bird-Watcher's Fee? The New York Times recently reported that Norman Livermore, resources secretary, of California, has announced a bill will soon : be drafted to charge bird-watchers a "user's fee" at state wildlife areas. And surely, at this moment, the p e o p 1 e who staff the Federal agency for creative taxes (the surtax was their last effort) are slapping one another's knuckles for not having thought of something similar. As well they should. For years, Americans have been slinking about the country staring not only at birds but at all of our natural resources without once paying the government for the privilege. All that would change under a national watchers' tax. Grand Canyon-watchers, for example, could be charged $1 for the first three minutes and 25 cents for each additional minute. Rates would be slightly lower on Sundays, holidays and after dark. Naturally, citizens who merely drive by the Grand Canyon, if they keep their eyes on the road, would be charged nothing. If folks don't stop visiting the canyon, and they won't if rates remain reasonable, the watchers' tax can be extended to cover" Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes, the giant-redwoods, Pike's Peak, Norman Livermore and everything else designed and built by ' Uncle Sam for our enjoyment r Vacation costs will rise, of course. But with diligent saving, each year you will bes able to afford the taxes on that scenic trip : you've always dreamed about: nonstop around the block. On The Rise . 1 i

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