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SIX THE NORTH ADAMS. MASSACHUSETTS. TRANSCRIPT MONDAY AFTERNOON, AUGUST 12, 1963 ttawctipt Founded 1843 PuUiihed By The Transcript Publishing Ait A iMuitachutetti Trail Iiuiltei: jim»> A. Httdmin, Jr., Rob»ri H«rdm«n, td*»ni Edifor, James A. Hardman, Jr. Business Manager, Robert Hardman Managing Editor, Philip A. L»« Editorial Clipping the Council's Wings Support is growing for a proposal lo clip the wings of the Massachusetts Executive Council by repealing most of the powers that it has been given over the years by the State Legislature. Since the Legislature still seems unwilling to do anything effective about curtailing the powers of this body, the matter is now to be taken to the people, through initiative petition. With the backing of the Massachusetts Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts League t>f Women Voters and now the Massachusetts Federation of Taxpayers Associations, the people of the state are to be given the opportunity to drastically curtail the mischief- making propensities of this outmoded and unnecessary cog in our state machinery. Actually, there is considerable sentiment for completely abolishing the Council through a constitutional amendment, but backers of the move to limit the Council's powers feel that it is preferable to shrink the Council's power — which has been all too frequently used in recent years — to balk the efforts of any governor to achieve better government in Massachusetts. Instead of murdering the Council, the government reformers would limit its functions, to those originally provided by the Constitution, and remove its ability to do harm by taking away most of the vast powers it has been granted over the years by the Legislature. Specifically the initiative petition — it is due to be circulated for the necessary 64,000 valid signatures early in September — would eliminate Council power over appointments, removals and salaries within the executive branch and within county government, except for a few quasi- judicial bodies. The petition also would repeal Council power to vote on state contracts, on the leasing of property by the state, on sales of state land, and on miscellaneous other administrative decisions within the executive department. "' Untouched by the petition would be the statutory powers of the Council involving the Legislature, the Judiciary, or a municipal agency — for example appointments by the governor to a local housing authority. The Governor's Council has been a center for political wheeling and dealing, it has a long history of thwarting the best efforts of governors to name good men to appointive positions, it has consistently played personal politics, and its contract-approval powers have obviously done nothing to prevent the corruption that has made the name of Massachusetts a by-word for venal and dishonest government. Why not, then, abolish it completely, as have the states of Vermont, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia? In the first place, the people are helpless to force complete abolition of the Council. Those who favor this drastic stop are barred by the' State Constitution from seeking it by means of an initiative petition. Under the Constitution, certain matters, including those relating to the judiciary, are not subject lo the initiative petition procedure. Since another constitutional provision gives the Council authority to approve the appointment of judges, the only course open to the people is to reduce those powers of the Council which it has gradually acquired through the years by legislation. v This, the proposed petition would do. The people of Massachusetts may he helpless to completely do away with the Council, but they do have it within their power to make it harmless — and perhaps even respectable again. At least,' tins petition — and it merits widesnread support _ would make it impossible for the Council to hamstring the efforts of the governor to carry out his responsibilities and duties as the head of the Executive branch of the state government. Only Yoslorday Dr. H.H. Gadsby Turned 81; Stamford Grange Dedicated Hall .10 Years Ago The police station was given a new flight of cement slcps to replace Ihe old brownstone ones under orders from Public Works Commissioner John Miller. + * * Berkshire County Council, American Legion, endorsed James Kerr of School St,, Adams, chairman of the Adams School Committee and past commander of Adams Post, American Legion, for commander of the County Council. He was opposed by John Krcynbuhl of Housatonic. * * * Fire threatened the home of George Rudd on Simontls Rd., Williamstown, but the Gale Hose ^o., although forced to fight the flames without a hydrant system, saved the building. * + » 20 Years Ago Dr. II. II. Gadsby, principal emeritus of Drury High School, turned 81 and was fcled at a family giilhering al Ihe tome of his son and dnughVer-in-law, AUy. and Mrs. Edward N. Gadsby. * # + Mrs. Ruth (Mahoney) Peck resigned as school librarian in Adams to accept a position with Ihe War Department. * * * Miss Doris Mcrrinm, tlfiugmer of Mr. nnd Mrs. Peter Mcrriam •if ftlnckinluii and recorder and editor al Williams College, enlisted in the Women's Reserve of the O. S. Marine Corps. » * * 10 Years Ago Stamford Valley Grange dedicated a new hall and observed ils 46th anniversary, wilh former Gov. Harold J. Arthur, master of Ihe Slate Grange, as guest. Mrs. Doris Sanford was master of Stamford Grange. * * * Helen Monroe, 10, daughter of Mrs. Blanche Monroe of 273 State St., broke her right leg when a swing on which she was playing nt Noel Field broke and fell to tlie ground. ^ * * Richnrd Tworig, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Tworig of Mea- chnm St., Willinmslown, was off to Ann Arbor, Mich., lo compete a national Junior Chamber of Commerce golf tournament. Mod or n Etiquette By ROBERTA LEE Q. My son Is to be married at seven thirty in the evening. Wtlat should he and the other men In the wedding party wear —(alls or luxedos? A, Either Is correct. The im- porlont thing, of course, Is that all the men dress dike. Inside Report McCormack Under Pressure to Name Liberal to Group By ROWLAND EVANS •nd ROBERT NOVAK WASHINGTON — House liberal leaders, aided by powerful friends in organized labor, are applying increasing pressure on Speaker John McCormack over a question that might affect the congrft- slonal power balance for years to come. At stake is an impending vacancy on the House Rules Committee, a committee of immeasurable importance because it decides which bills reach the House floor and which bills don't. Thanks to two successful floor fights, Kennedy administration bills now command an eight to seven majority there. But Rep. Homer Thornberry, one of the eight Kennedy loyalists, will leave Congress soon to become a Federal judge. This causes trouble because the other Texas congressmen have not recommended another Thornberry to replace Thornberry on the Rules Committee. liather, their choice is Rep. John Young of Corpus Christ!, a conservative with only a middling record of support for the New Frontier. •f * * FOR WEEKS NOW, Young has been assuring anybody willing to listen that he would vote to send all Kennedy bills to the House licor. As a result, the word in the House cloakrooms is that Speaker McCormack has privately approved Young as acceptable. However, Young is far from acceptable to Ihe liberals. They want a true-blue liberal who not merely gives grudging support lo Kennedy bills, but will enthusiastically back liberal legislation long alter Mr. Kennedy leaves the White House. Moreover, they have at least a fighting chance to bring McCormack around to Iheir position. * * * IN THE FIRST place, McCormack is not yet formally on the record for Young. The Speaker, in private conversations with Ihe liberals and the White House, insists rypeatedly lhat he has made no com.vilments. Second, there is adequate time to build up pressure on the Speaker. Although the Senate has confirmed Thornberry, Ihe President will not sign his judgeship commission for sometime — per- • haps not until'Congress adjourns late this year. The Democratic Study Group, the House liberals' own organization, has an information sheet showing that Young batted only .473 on key issues favored by the party leadership until this year. But the most potent propaganda the liberals are now circulating on Capitol Hill may be a batch of reproductions of a photograph in the July 26 issue of Life magazine. * * * THE PHOTO SHOWS a grinning John Young posinjr on the steps of the Capitol will, a set of scales in his hands. The caption explains that the scales symbolize "a potential major upheaval in the power structure of the House" and that Young's appointment to the Rules Committee "would tip its delicate balance in favor of the conservatives—a serious blow to Kennedy's program." Apart from propagandizing-, the liberals ore trying to find the candidate with the widest support. Their personal favorite to replace Thornberry is Rep. Jtmes O'Hara, liberal from the Dcfoit suburbs. But Michigan's Democratic congressmen are solidly in the liberal camp anyway. What may be needed is a candidate who would attract support from the big city machine Democrats. Consequently, some liberal leaders believe Rep. William Murphy of Chicago might be strongest. Others are talking about Rep. William Moorhcad of Pills- burgh. The machine Democrals, the party element closest personally to McCormack, could prove the key factor in the Speaker's decision if they backed a Murphy or a Moorhead. * * * IN THE MEANTIME, the liberals and labor are trying to make clear lo McCormnck that they will not be good losers if the Speaker selects Young. They then would carry their fight into the House Democratic caucus (despite liltle hope of support from the White House). Though probably doomed lo failure, such a fight would be bloody enough. And no politician hates the spilling of intra-party blood any more than John McCormack. Thus, he conceivably could decide that ignoring Ihe liberals might turn out to be more troublesome than agreeing to their demands. North Adams Skies Monday, August IZ Sunset today 0:00 p. m. Sunrise tomorrow 5:58 a. m. Moonrise tomorrow 11:18 *. m, New Moon August 19, The planet, Saturn, is 82,1,600,000 miles from the fcarth tonight, the nearest it will be this year. Saturn now rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. And By the Way- Refolding the Map By MAYNARD LEAKEY What Is de Gaulle Saying? French Leader Wants U.S. Afom Secrefs PARIS — De Gaulle's recent press conference like its predecessors, has passed into history, but its meaning will be explored for weeks lo come. As a master of the impressive setting, de Gaulle has everything working for him. You are cheeked by the armed guards as you enter the Elysee Palace. You walk through a large courtyard, are checked again, and find yourself in the vast Salle des Fetes, with its ornate chandeliers and its decor of gold and crimson. The slight gilt chairs make you feel as if you had come to a musical recital. It is z hot afternoon, the TV lighting makes it hotter, and the few fans scarcely stir the stale air. The suspense has been building for a week, to hear how this man, who sees himself as both the leader of a new France and the spokesman of a new Europe, will respond to the great events in Moscow. The heavy curtains part, he steps on the dias, and he takes command. Whatever the 900 or 1,000 persons crowded into the room may think of his views, they know he is a man, with a By MAX LERNER mind and will and style of his own, a force to he reckoned with by every head of state, every political leader, every newspaper editor. * *• + ALAS, what he had to say at this particular conference was almost as stale and expected as tlie air in the room. Given his basic position, he could scarcely have said anything else: the Moscow test ban treaty has changed nothing and is not serious disarmament, since the stockpiles of weapons are still there in both camps; each camp can still overkill the other many times; the French will go on testing and making nuclear weapons because only thus can they be independent, although they will call a conference of nuclear powers and propose real control of delivery systems; in any event, they cannot be deflected from their national interest and greatness by test bans and non-aggression pacts concocted by the Anglo-Saxons and Ihe Communists who "risk engaging the fate of Europe" without the presence of the Europeans. The World Today Politics Due to Get More And More Disagreeable By JAMES AiMci«t«d Pi MI WASHINGTON (AP) — "If we must disagree," said Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, as if cheering up a debating society with a fairy tale, "let's disagree without being disagreeable." This was his message Sunday to California Democrats already fussing among themselves a year before President Kennedy runs [or re-election. Southern Democrats didn't get the message. Republicans won't, either. * * • The Southerners are so mad at Kennedy for his civil rights efforts that Mississippi gubernatorial candidates ran last week as anti-Kennedy men and Sunday Sen. Richard B. Russell of Georgia said: "I'm a Democrat but I have no intention of getting out and knocking myself out to support the Kennedy administration next year." Russell not only has voted against the President on a good part of his domestic legislative proposals but will lead the expected Southern filibuster against Kennedy's civil rights bill. * • * Kennedy was caught in a political revolving door on tliis one. He had to be pushed into offering the bill—by direct action of Negroes North and South — and while it will cost him heavily among white Southerners it would have cost him among Northern' Negroes if he hadn't. But the Southerners will have trouble deciding which way' to turn if New York's Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller is the Republicans' Jf(64 choice to oppose Kennedy. Rockefeller, whose state has a large Negro population, is plugging for civil rights legislation, too. He already is taking swipes at the one man who seems to have the edge on him »t this moment, Sen. Barry Goldwater, R- Ariz. * » • Goldwater, Idol of the conservn- live «nd (ar right Republic a n», was recently admonlslted by Rockefeller, who can hardly be disturbed by the thought, that if he doesn't watch out he'll become •a captive of the radical right. MARLOW i> N»w» Anilvri The New Yorker accused the Arizonan of writing off the Negro vole before the 19G4 campaign begins. Goldwater, who has made some strong statements on running the government without explaining all of them, retorted that he wasn't writing off anybody's vote and accused Rockefeller of encouraging political cannibalism. He said Rockefeller was trying lo get Republicans to eat Republicans and complained the governor was using the "guilt by association" technique in identifying him with the "radical right." * * * And at Ihis very momenl some of the Republican leaders in Congress have been cautious not only about the civil rights bill but about the limited nuclear test-ban treaty Kennedy recently got from Khrushchev. While they hemmed and hawed, a Negro leader—Roy Wilkins, ex- ecuive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People—tried to build a fire under them with a litlle warning, "I am inclined to agree that the Republicans want Ihe Negro lo be free, but free somewhere over yonder. "If Ihey are worrying about gelling Negro support, instead of carrying on a negative campaign on the civil rights bill they should adopt a positive policy and out- Kennedy the Kennedys." * * * White white Southerners would be confused if they^iad to choose between Kennedy and Rockefeller Northern Negroes will be confused if Kennedy should now go less than all-out for his civil rights bill and they have to choose in 1964 between him and a highly conservative Republican. Yet, if Kennedy loses Southern white votes over civil' rights, his nuclear lest ban treaty will get him voles elsewhere, which U something the Republicans in Congress can hardly be unaware of in deciding Iww to vote on the treaty. Tilings ought to be getting more disagreeable right along now. He says nothing new in this speech from the throne, but he says it wilh an elegance lhat makes every writer in the room despair of himself, and (despite his false premises) with a persuasiveness and force that make every politician in the room envious. The face is commanding, the gestures are expressive, the way of handling (lie questioners is ar- bilrary and imperious. Only his voice tires toward the end of the SO minutes—longer than an American forum talk, almost twice a ciassrcom lecture. But the sharpness of phrase does not tire, for de Gaulle has prepared it and memorized it in his seclusion at Colombey, and the stabs at America, Russ'ia, the Common Market, Jean Monnct, all retain their sling. This is a cynic speaking, but one who will not give up his dream and his vision despite all the nuclear powers and principalities of the earth. . t » WHAT IS DE GAULLE really saying? Behind and beyond the rhetoric, the decor, the regalia, Ihe rolling periods, the contemptuous show of logic, there are some persistent facts of life in the world that de Gaulle and the French ajre living in. Even he cannot be unaware of them. There is the fact that his nuclear force today is still a piddling affair in the face of. the Russian and American force, and that even by 1970, when his experts hope to have a fleet of nuclear submarines, they will still have only a very limiled deterrent , power—only the power to start a war, but in no sense to finish it. There is the fact that only a joint and total European nuclear force, working with the Americans (whether in the NATO frame or some other), will count on tiie scale of world nuclear politics. There is the (act that de Gaulle has found no way of putting such a European force together so long as he keeps talking of a "Europe des patries" and so long as he scorns lo work with America. Since de Gaulle must know these elementary facts (how can he fail to?), I must conclude that his chase has in view an- olher beast than the one he professes openly to pursue. His real aim is not to build a separate French force, with only the French resources of science and technology lo count on, but to prod America into giving the French its nuclear expertness. That is the heart of the present battle between France and America. And the sadness of it, for de Gaulle, is that by his own logic of cynical national selfishness it is hard to see why America should give him what he wants. The other logic, o{ a common cause, a common nuclear establishment and a common frame of defense that cuts across nations, is one Hint de Gaulle, cannot bring himself to accept, * * + THE WAY TO HANDLE de Gnulle is not lo quarrel or fight with him, but to play It cool and correct while presenting to him situations to which he must respond. This has happened lo him three times now in a major way: Once when the Germans decided that Adenauer would be replaced by Erhnrt! (and the German- French alliance dwindled), once when the Common Market decided to resume talks with England, and now & third lime when a test ban agreement was reached at Moscow, thus Isolating de Gaulle, fl Is an ironic thing to see history happening thus to a man who has insisted lhat Ihe great leader must happen lo history. THE MODERN road map tells you just about everything needful to be known about any extended trip. Its contents chart preferred courses, alternate routes, indicate distances between points, the nature o[ the highways, arid those where construction is in progress. Most of them contain information about tourist accommodations, sights to be seen, and historical spots along the way. But no road map yet has been encountered that will tell the more clumsy-fingered among us how it can be refolded lo its original shape once it has been spread c,V for examination. * * * NATURALLY, there'are people who can refold a road map wilh no trouble whatever. For Uiem, it is just a matter of a few quick passes wilh Ihe hands, and (here is lhat useful tourist guide restored lo its original compact, neat condition. Those blessed with that gift, however, owe no thanks to the booklet itself. Replete with all other bits of information, the road map is utterly and completely silent on that point. So the traveler who has satisfied himself that he is on the correct route to thither or yon— or has confirmed his suspicion that he has wandered off the track somehow — and then seeks to refold the map as it was in the first place usually will find (unless he is among the aforesaid gifted) lhat all Ihe right creases are in the wrong place, or vice versa. Sometimes there even are sections left over and hanging off the edges, so to speak. * + * NOW THIS is not truly important. Aside from neatness, it really doesn't matter whether the road map is refolded correctly or not. It doesn't have any bearing on the information contained therein. But there is something about the task that acts as a challege. Inability lo restore the road map '[o its pristine state leaves a feeling that is a distant relative of that experienced when an expected sneeze fails to materialize. There is a sensation o( something wrong, of the day being ever so slightly out of joint. Hence, the man cannot rest until the problem has been mastered. He v,'ants to se« all the folds once again in their proper order, with the outer cover on the outside, instead of hidden somewhere in the middle, between Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. * * * NOT THE LEAST of the difficulties is the facl that each new attempt creates new creases and wrinkles, until the original folding lines are all but obliterated. If he is like some of us, his repeated failures to find the correct way out of the maze bring his temper slowly but surely to a boil. He folds and refolds with mounting impatience lhat raises hob with the printed geography and comes close to relocating cities and towns and stales and lakes and mountains. Indeed, some lost tempers have been known lo fall just short of moving Boston lo Lake Champlain and have the roclcbound coasts of Maine transplanted to the ridges of Ihe White Mountains. As mentioned above, it Is of no vital importance. There is always someone at hand with the aforementioned gift of heing able to restore order in a jiffy. Nevertheless, it is odd that the road map, containing so many other directions, is so lacking in lhat one. Letters to the Transcript A Matter of Morals Editor of The Transcript: The lime is rapidly approaching in which all intelligent men can no longer lightly look on a candidate's qualities for public office. \ Candidates readily stale the political platform on which they stand but often decline comment on their personal lives. Why? Simply because they do not have the ntiui-ssary • morals to support a worthy platform; an unsteady foundation falls under the weight of interrogation. Can we honestly give our recommendation to a man unless he rings true on all phases of his life, be it public or personal? Once one becomes a public servant, he is just that; his private life can only contain the privacy which he himself has worked for and earned. Tlie ridiculous and immature goings on of some of our highest public officials is becoming quite common. However, this does not excuse the disgusting and com- plelely selfish element of their actions. A honeymoon in Venezuela can be a romantic and memorable thing — provided it is staged properly and its actors know their lines. It would have been interesting, but very sad, to hear a similar-seeming play's production explained to four children who were in the first row o[ an attentive audience. Excuses are many — reasons are rare. Appointed offices, more so than elected, arc often overlooked by the public and therefore since the decision resls on a few even greater emphasis must be given to a correct decision. And when it is a life tenure appointment, even greater deliberation and caution .should be exercised. The cake-taking episode must lie given to one of our highly esteemed judicial members who recenlly opened his front door to criticism. Is this the type of person who is capable of handling the greatest decisions for an en- lire nation? One who takes his own respectability and that of those involved with him so lightly? Let us hope that these socially- acceplable wrong-doings are not being accepted or condoned by the world at large. People ridicule grown men who indulge in touch football or dunk- ings in swimming pools. No one says much about a queen at horse races. The former may suggest broken bones or wet clothes — both of which can be remedied easily. The latter suggest broken hearts and homes — and who can mend these? ROSEMARIE CURRAN Stamford, Vt. Fair Housing Low Editor of the Transcript: I think your editorial of Aug. 8 makes a good and valid point when it cautions against violations of the law by civil rights demonstrators who are seeking lo coerce third parties into taking corrective action, rnthor than by those who disobey a law that directly applies to them and which Ihey feel in all conscience Is *> unjust thnt thev cnnnnt obey il. I think your moral position would l>o much more solid if you had done »n effeclive job in this community of inform'ng Ihe peo- ple what the laws of this Commonwealth are in this mailer of civil rights, and encouraged them to see that they are enforced. Specifically, I wonder if your coverage of the new law against discrimination in housing has been adequate. Last month you published en excellent article, for which I commend you, on Ihe difficulties which local Negroes have hat! with discrimination. The article reported that local Negros have litlle trouble except in housing, where the difficulties have been gri:at. Nowhere did your article mention that since the first of July of this year a new law makes illegal almost all of the practices of which local Negroes complain, and that if the new law is enforced most of the housing difficulties of local Negroes will disappear. I don't read every story In the Transcript, but to the best of my knowledge you have had only a few short reports in your paper on the new law. Perhaps you can publish an editorial telling people of the good antidiscrimination laws we have in the commonwealth, and urging people to comply with them, and io see that they are complied with. I feel this would be a real service to civil rights in our area, WILLIAM G, RHOADS, Williamstown Elm Disease Control Edilor of The Transcript: Referring lo recent letters and comments in the Transcript with regard to the Norlli Adams Dutch Elm Disease situation, I feel (hat the following comments are in order. When Mr. Robert FT. Harp was city manager of North Adams, I think the elms probably received more care than they have since he resigned. ! believe that it is incorrect to say thai Berkshire County is going to lose all of its elms. Pills- field, particularly, lias been about the sorest spot in the county through lack of the necessary expenditure to take care of the beautiful street shade trees there. In addition, while Dalton has done a fine control job, it is so close io Ihe outskirts of Pittsfield that there is likely to be a great deal of additional contagion there. StocknridRc has also done an extremely good control job. After all, it cosls no more to take care of the elms than it will eventually lo renew them. Experience in Williamstown and elsewhere in Berkshire Comity seems to me to show conclusively that the disease can be controlled by proper tree renewal and treatment but it is, of course, a fairly expensive job, Jinn many of our cities and towns are not willing to spend the necessary amount of tax money nnd would ratlier let the Irces K°- Tms w>«M seem to be extremely short-sighted. I have l>een told that Berming- lon has recently been hard hit by the disease, and 1 learned recently that it hns struck Elk- worth, Me., which has beautiful shade Ireos along its streets. As most people know, the American elm is the slate tree of Massachusetts and should be preserved at nil cosls. ROBERT M. DERBY, Chairman, Berkshire County Dutch Kim IVsoiisc- Control Committee, Willinnislowti.

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