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North Adams, Massachusetts
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SIX THE NORTH ADAMS. MASSACHUSETTS. TRANSCRIPT MONDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 5. 1963 transcript Found.d 1843 Publuhed ay Tk* Trantcript Publishing Attocietio* A Mtu$acluttetlt J'rutt TruiU*i: J«m«i A. H«r<im«n, Jr., Rob»rt H*rdm*R, Edward N, Gidtby Editor, J*m»i A. Hardman, Jr. Buitnaii Manager, Robert Hardman Managing Editor. Philip A. L*a Editorial Well Done It has been often and truly observed that no man ia indispensable — but it will not be easy to fill the shoes of Atty. Bernard Lenhoff on the McCann Regional School Committee. . Aside from the late Charles H. McCann himself, no individual was more responsible than Mr. Lenhoff for carrying the idea of a regional vocational high school through to completion. In fact, while the institution that now stands so proudly on Hodge's Crossroad in this city was the dream- child of Mr. McCann, the actual battle to enlist the support of the entire Northern Berkshire area, to raise the necessary funds and to build the school and put it into operation was generated throughout by Mr. Lenhoff. The brunt of convincing the public officials of the several towns involved that they should join with the city in this enterprise, and then of convincing the voters that they should support the project with substantial funds, was carried by Mr. Lenhoff, and since the school was opened he has served as chairman of the regional committee devotedly and effectively. Under his leadership, the committee's work has been conducted with dispatch, dignity and effectiveness. Deeply devoted always to the right of the public to know its own business, meetings of the McCann school committee have been conducted openly and all problems encountered in the difficult days of actually launching a large new vocational school to serve the entire Northern Berkshire area have been publicly discussed and resolved. While he will continue for the time, to serve the city of North Adams as city solicitor, it is to be hoped that his decision to retire from his school committee duties does not mean that he will limit his public service to that one position. Mr. Lenhoff is still a young man. He has demonstrated both on the McCann committee and earlier in the North Adams City Council his ability and devotion to the public good. It is to be hoped that his partial retirement from public service is only temporary. Meanwhile, for what he has done, Mr. Lenhoff merits the gratitude of Northern Berkshire— and particularly of its young people. Bias Showing The Kennedy administration's pro-union — and we mean pro-union and not pro-labor — bias is showing again. The President's Civil Rights Bill would guarantee to Negroes equal access to public accommodations such as hotels, motels, restaurants and stores — and would authorize the Attorney General to bring suit to protect this right. But, in hearings on the bill last week, Sen. Frank Lausche of Ohio gave the Administration a hard time when he forced Labor Secretary Wirtz to admit that there is nothing in the Administration's package which allows a worker, denied union membership because of color, to call upon the Attorney General to bring suit in^his behalf. In other words the Administration stands ready — and properly so — to use all the legal force it can persuade Congress to give it to prevent discrimination in public accommodations, even to the point of instituting legal action on behalf of individual Negroes who feel they have been discriminated against. But it shows no enthusiasm for. using similar powers to force anti-Negro labor unions into line, or bringing action against them if they, deny a Negro the most basic right of all, the right ^o make a living. The conclusion is that the little individual who runs a restaurant or a motel can expect real trouble, direct from the Attorney General's office, if he discriminates against a Negro. But the powerful and mighty labor unions will be able to continue to bar individuals on the basis of color without getting into trouble with Uncle Sam. This is not the first time that the Kennedy Administration "has demonstrated that it operates under a double standard where labor unions are concerned. Only Yesterday Area Master Barbers Organized; Drury Principal Got Doctorate 30 Years Ago Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wojcik, who had bought a house on Smith St., Adams, were given a housewarming by 43 friends. * * * Henry R. Ogert was renom- inated for commander of Williamstown Post, American Legion, for a second term, * * ^ Master barbers in this city and Williamstown organized a North Adams Chapter. Clayton Hebert wa* elected president. * f * to Years Ago C»pt. Edward J. Crews sub- milted a petition for retirement from the Fire Department to Mayor Cornelius E. O'Brien. + * * The Vermont panther was reported seen in Shrewsbury. * * * Peter A. Horbat of 4W Church St was named manager of th« local branch of Armour 4 Co. He succeeded Daniel J. Lucey of 90 Park St., who h«d severed connections with the company. 10 Years Ago Three area youths received degrees from Bryant College of Business Administration at Providence, R.I. They were Joseph Pizzi of North Adams, Fred H. Eaton, Williamstown, end Joseph G. St. Onge of Adams. * * * Walter G. Patterson, principal of Dniry High School, got his doctorate in education degree from the Colorado State College. The Transcript welcome* letters from its readers. Its columns are always open to the free expression of opinions on any matters of public interest or concern. It Is suggested that short letters are the most effective, and communications, particularly lengthy ones, are subject to condensation. Statement* which are considered libelou* cannot be printed. All lettera should be aign*d for publication. Inside Report Tuscaloosa, Ala., Realists Show How to Integrate By ROWLAND EVANS and ROBERT NOVAK TUSCALO06A, • ALA.-Not SO long ago, officials of the University of Alabama, which registered two Negro students last June, got wind of a plot to burn a cross on the lovely university campu* here. President Frank Rose (a native of neighboring Mississippi) summoned his dozen or so "campus cops." He did not call the U. S. Marshals or the small contingent of National Guard troops who remain here inconspicuously. He sent for the regular staff of native Tuscaloosans who work for Ihe university as campus police. In the words of one official, Dr. Rose instructed his police force in such a way as to leave no shadow of doubt: "Every one of you who cannot follow out my instructions to the letter may drop his badge on my desk and resign. My instructions are that, if any attempt is made to burn a cross on this campus, I want the man who lights the first match found dead at the foot of the cross," NO BADGE was dropped on President Rose's desk and no cross was burned. But the incident is central to an understanding of the silent revolution that, in stark contrast to the events at Oxford, Miss., has brought about successful integration of this old university. Tuscaloosa is Exhibit A in the growing list of Southern communities that have refused to knuckle under to noisy white demagogues. The men and women, who made it Exhibit A are neither proud nor complacent, neither "nigger- lovers" nor KKK-haters, neither bleeding Hearts nor scheming politicians. They are realists, convinced that the main current of Southern life is running against the Barnetts and Wallaces. "People will think reasonably about this difficult problem," one of these men said, "if someone will ]'ust give them an excuse to do so." * # » THE EXCUSE to''think emotionally (as opposed to reasonably) is, of course, an instant byproduct of the rabble-rousing defiance of the federal government and federal court orders that has come from some of the top elected officials of the Deep South, including Gov. Ross Barnett of Mississippi and Gov. George Wallace of Alabama. The "excuse to think reasonably" is not automatic at all, and certainly it is not easy. If the local newspaper, for example, is in the hands of extremists, the emotionalists start the game with a very high card. The realists cannot reach public opinion. Here in Tuscaloosa the newspaper is published and edited by realists, both, of whom signed the extraordinary demand last May that Wallace keep hands off during the June 10 registration of the two Negro students. * * * THE EMOTIONALISTS have another high card in the person of state officials, like Director Al Lingo of the Alabama pcpnrl- ment of Public Safety, who can sabotage the realists every step of the way. In June, for instance, the elaborate plans of the university officials covered every possibility- special passes for the press, for Negroes who work on campus, etc. But what happend when Lingo arrived? He proposed a boycott of all the Negro workers perhaps to promote retaliation by the Negroes in town and to escalate the affair into another Ole Miss. He tried to bar the press. Only a direct appeal to Wallace overruled Lingo. * * * THE UNIVERSITY campus has been without a single major disturbance since registration. In the town, threats of economic boycotts against the business leaders who petitioned Wallace to keep hands off have done little if any damage, So impressed is the Negro population with the resolve of the Tuscaloosa realists that Negro organizers sent in by national organizations have been ignored. There is no formal bi-racial committee, but there is a lot of quiet negotiation behind the scenes. In all the South, there arc many "Exhibit A's" which differ from Tuscaloosa only in degree. Atlanta, Dallas, and Salisbury, Ku., for example. The realists down here believe the main current of Southern life Is running their way and against the Barnetts and Wallaces. At least they deeply hope so. North Adams Skies Monday, Augiut 5 Sunset today 8,09 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow 5.48 a.m. Moonrise tonight 8.40 p.m. Last Quarter Aug. 12 The planet, Saturn, seen near the Moon tonight, has now reached lu greatoal brilliance for thli year. V 'We Off-Limits Boys Have To Stick Together 1 Letters to the Transcript Would Strengthen Civil Service Editor of The Transcript: Recently a committee from CAPS (Citizens for the Advancement of (he Public Service) called upon His Excellency Gov. Peabody to make strong appeals with respect to the nominations he must soon make to fill the two vacancies on the Civil Service Commission. The group stressed the fact that tile major part o( the Commonwealth's budget is expended for personal services. Sixty-six per cent ($202,266,000 of $394,246,- {KXM of the monies appropriated by the General Court other than for Debt and State Aid for Ihe fiscal year 19B3 was for direct personal services. Also there are over 40,000 state and 60,000 city or town employes under civil service, representing a weekly payroll of over $8,000,000. Proper administration of these em- ployes under the civil service "Merit System" and the correction of the many serious weaknesses in personnel administration require that the Civil Service Commissioners be persons of recognized ability in the field of public or private personnel administration—not just persons intimately identified wilh either major political party, merely to meet the legal "non-partisan" requirement for commission membership. The Governor was reminded that many of the existing defects in public personnel administration can be corrected without need for additional legislation by sound administrative action by the Civil Service Commissioners—if properly qualified persons are itominated by the Governor and approved by the Executive Council to serve as Commissioners. GEORGE F. PIEPER, Public Relations Director, CAPS, Boston. Crossword Puzzle Back Foreign Aid Editor of The Transcript; During the warmest of summer months it is nol always easy to remember that important legislation is being enacted for us in Washington and that our representatives do want to hear how we feel about it. The League of Women Voters wishes, therefore, to remind your readers that now is the time to write Congressman Silvio 0. Conte and Senators Saltonslall and Kennedy regarding foreign aid. The Foreign Assistance Act of 1963 will soon be before the House and Senate for their votes. The League supports the enactment of this legislation. Behind this support are mnny years of study, the development of aid yardsticks, and continual work for improvements in this vast and complicated field. \Ve have urged that programs be long' range, ef- fectly coordinated, well-staffed, and efficiently administered. Ade- qunte financing, we feel, must be the responsibility of both the developed and the developing country. The current program and that proposed do fill these criteria. Ralph McGill, Pulitzer prize-winning editor and publisher of the Atlantic Constitution says, "The U.S. Foreign Aid Program, as it is being revised and reorganized, is one of our better stories." And, it is interesting to note that the foreign aid share of the U. S. Federal Budget has been declining—from 11.5 per cent in 1949 to 4.1 per cent in 1963. We believe that it is in the interest of the U. S. and the free world to encourage and assist countries that are struggling to develop viable economies and to maintain their independence. We hope that many of your readers will agree and will write a tetter or card to their representatives urging support of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1963. • MARY E. SCHIMMEL, Pres. League of Women Voters, Williamstown, ACROSS 1. Pears 6. Nol stable 12. Prevent 13.1'uma 14. Office machine 15. Reparation 16. Spread lo dry 18. Peiionallly 19. Hindered 23. Morjels 26.Palmlc»f J7.Ciuit«ccm 29.Guldo'j lecond note 50, Early Amer. Indian 51. Filament 32. Bora 33. Dirk 35. Handled 37. Crude 39. Ixjng' haired wild 40, Wild asi 43. Ringlet 47. Dish-like 48 0 . r R«Tdence» SOLUTION Of SATURDAY'S PUZZLE 49. Cubic melcri 50. Harden DOWN 1. Unfoilu- nale 2. Kgg! S. Colerle 4. Chalk 5. Dilate 6. Fiddler crab genus 7. Alaskan cily It 4» ff n I) 45 6, Tleria dd 9. Unaware 10. Afraid: Scot, 11. Married woman's title 17. Rid of Todenu 19. Foreman 20. Ardor 21. Rip 22. Mllkfctn 24. Forest growth 25. Criln 28. Inhale .34. Anxtoui S6, Clly In Ohio 38. Existed 40. Coddtti ot iheharvot 41. Acrobat of India 42. Short- napped 44. Ostrldillkt bltd 45. Oriental weight 46. Compata point Two Party System In Cities Urged Editor of The Transcript: Under the proper conditions, the attempt to strengthen the state's preprimary convention system would be an important step toward achieving party responsibility. However, proper conditions do not presently exist in the political parties in Massachusetts. Because.the parlies in Massachusetts are made up of weak and ineffectual local committees, any attempt to strengthen (he party at the top—like the attempt to strenghen the pre- primary convention—would lead to bossism and dictating of party candidates and policies by one or two persons. To strengthen the party at the top while leaving the grass, roots in the present feeble stale would compound the abuses and the corruption that now exist. Only a return to partisan politics in local elections will gjve the local party structures which go to make up the state committees the chnnce for decision and responsibility they need if party reform is to have any meaning at all. It is ironic that those very people who support non-partisan local elections are the ones who are calling for strong and responsible parlies. They seem unaware lhat non-partisan local government and strong party structures cannot exist at the same time. When the referendum to hold statewide elections every four years is voted on in 1%4, and all statewide constitutional officers will have a four-year term instead of the preesnt two- year, the foundations of the parties will he further weakened unless the people return lo the two-party system on every level of government,- And then, when our parties are strengthened at the grass roots, will the time come to give the preprimary convention the strong voice it should have in the selection of candidates. • PETER G. ARLOS, Chairman Pittsfield Democralic City Committee Modern Etiquette By ROBERTA LEE Q. I am a widow about lo marry again. We're going to have a church wedding, and I am going to wear a pale gray silk suit and pink flowered hat, and a corsage of sweetheart roses, What should my bridegroom wear? A. A dark blue or gray business suit, white shirt, and con-- servative tie. Q. What would be Ihe proper fee that a bridegroom should give to the clergyman? A. There is no stipulated amount. It really all depends upon the bridegroom's finances . . . and wishes. Q. When you're in a phone conversadon with a friend and the doorbell rings, do you make your friend wait at the other end while you argue with the laundryman or handle other such household matters? A. Much belter to excuse yourself, hang up, and then call back later to resume your conversation. Q. How long should the bridnl veil be that flows down the back from a cap or coronet? A. For a formally gowned bride, II should be long enough to Intermingle gracefully with the train. For the semi-formal, It should reach only to the waist or the fingertips. The World Today World May Be Safer With A-Bombs Than Without Them By JAMES MARLOW AwclitW *!••• N*w> An.lyrt WASHINGTON (AP)—The United SUtes dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima 18 years ago Tuesday. Shortly afterward, Hitler 'a foreign minister, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, expressed a strange confidence in mankind. "No one would be so stupid as to start a war now," he said. His foresight had never been very good. At the time he mad* the prophecy he was in jail in Germany, soon to be tried and hanged for war crimes. * * * The bomb which hit the Japanese city had more pow*"" than 20,000 tons of TNT. Now the United States has a stockpile equivalent lo 35 billion tons of TNT. The Soviets have one equal to at least 20 billion tons. Arthur T. Hadley, author of "The Nation's Safety and Arms Control," said recently 35 billion tons of TNT explosive power "would fill a string of freight cars stretching from the earth lo the moon and back 15 times." The United States and the Soviet Union, It has been estimated, ought to be able to eliminate about. 90 per cent of each other in. an all-out war Last week President Kennedy talked of "100 objects flying through the air at • thousands of miles an hour." 4 * * This makes the Hiroshima bomb look a little skimpy although it destroyed about 80 per cent of the city, killed about 78,000 people outright, and had a blast effect equivalent to that of all the high explosives which could be carried in a fleet of 2,000 B29s. Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, suggested last year that bombs might not be the only cause of mortality in a nuclear attack on this country. He thought a "great many Americans would be killed by other Americans who did not want their shelters over-filled." But, since he's a leader in the "ban- the-bomb" protests, some people may regard him as odd. * • * After 18 years, the United Slates, Britain and the Soviet Union haven't come any closer to banning the bomb than a limited agreement, being signed today, to ban nuclear tests in the atmosphere and outer space and under the sea. This leaves them free to teit underground and go on making bombs. Kennedy said this country will continue testing underground. And any signer of the agreement can get out of it on three months' notice. The agreement ran into trouble as soon as it was announced. France and Red China, determined to make their own nuclear weapons, even if it lakes years, won't join the agreement which China calls a "filthy fraud." When they get their supply built up, perhaps in 10 years, it still will be no match for those of the United Stales and the Soviet Union. * * « French President Charles de Gaulle said last week France wouldn't stop trying to build nuclear weapons unless the Soviet Union and this country agree to destroy their nuclear weapons and prohibit thir use. If the nuclear powers are ever willing to destroy their weapons— not likely in this generation—it may take another generation of arguing about the details of checking to prevent cheating. If they did agree on this, war might come sooner than it they didn't, and for one of (he most weird reasons in the whole weird history of the atomic bomb. * * * All the nuclear powers, present and future, know what a nuclear war could da lo each of them. Therefore, so long as they have nuclear weapons, they may be reluctant to start a war, nol because they're bright enough to settle disputes peacefully, but because they're afraid to take a chance. If all the nuclear powers got rid of their nuclear weapons, then they'd all be back with the conventional — although improved — weapons of pre-atomic days. However, in pre-atomic days there were two world wars. No nation then had to worry it might be annihilated in a few minutes. Even if it lost, most of its people would still be alive. So without nuclear weapons war is less risky and more enticing. v * * If you can accept this grisly reasoning, then for a long time the world may be safer with nuclear bombs than without them. But to think like this is to think like Von Ribbentrop. Who wants to think like him, even if he was right? Hal Boyle Some 2 to 4 Million Insects Reported Still Unclassified NEW YORK (AP) — Things a columnist might never know if he didn't open his mail: Babies are thoughtful little critters. Fewer are born during the cocktail hour than »t any other time of the day or night. Three out of four American adults have trouble with dandruff. But 97 out of 100 suffer dental decay. * * + Compliment:-The greatest praise an oldtime cowboy could give a fellow saddle tramp was to say to him: "He is someone you can ride the river with." It takes an office secretary 15 more calories an hour to work a manual typewriter Ihan an electric one. Bragging takes energy. An Australian veterinarian insists that hens would lay more eggs if they could be made lo stop clucking. What is your favorite color? Experts say they rank in popularity in this order: blue, red, green, orange, violet and yellow (but if this is true, why do so many men going to work look like pieces of dressed-up charcoal?) * * * Legal milestones you may have missed: A Colorado court ruled that a telephone booth is a building. In Birre, Vt., an old law required everyone to take a batli on Saturday—whether he needed it or not. Our quotable notables: "The man who is always worring about whether or not his soul would be damned generally has a soul that isn't worUi a damn."—Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Swat him on sight: of 825,000 known insecls—some 2 lo 4 million kinds are still unclassified— the common housefly is regarded as probably the most danger- out to man. « * * Funny geography: There's an Odear, Me,, an Ash, Kan., and a Houdy, Miss. Health note: In the United Stales only one out of 10,000 who get measles die of it. In Africa, one out of two die. Unique village; The community of Gildersleeve, Alaska, is built on 17 log rafts, which are lowed from place lo place when logging is to be done. Unemployment is slriclly a human problem at present. The number of jobs for performing animals has increased 600 per cent since 1950. It was William Hazlitt wlw observed, "If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago." "I've heard if a kid q«ts lost in thit park the police f»»d him ie» er»»m conet till hii parents show up,"

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