Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on October 27, 1962 · Page 2
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editorials Page 2 C'ily Tcl<»grnm Saturday, October 27, 1962 "Aren't We Supposed To Be Running Against Democrats?" Fading Responsibility ALONG WITH THE REPORTS of moral decay in today's society, there's also an apparent deterioration in individual responsibility. It has been noticed in Garden City, and in many other communities. And with adults failing to meet obligations, both financial and otherwise, our children won't grow up to be much better. Some organizations have declined to the point of existing in name only or not at all due to apathy of members and failure of many to assume leadership or responsibility. A social evening such a.s a card party or similar gathering, takes precedent, in the minds of many, to the "less-important" meeting's which involve community projects, church and school planning or matters of education and welfare. We all can be thankful to the minority who still are willing to accept responsibility and take on the burdens of leadership. Without them, our community would cease to progress. It's difficult to pin-point the reasons behind this apathy. The over-all result is a society more dependent on government handouts and lack of good leadership. A community conscience should be accepted by all citizens. If everyone would accept a responsible role this could be a much better place for all of us to live. FOR SEVERAL YEARS we have been reading the wit and wisdom of Mertie Berry Hampton in her "Yardlight Poles" column in the Kansas Electric Farmer. To start with we were intrigued by the sound of her name and address — "Mertie Berry Hampton of Downs." This week we turned to "Yardlight" in the October issue of the little magazine and were saddened to see Mrs. Hampton's column preceded by her obituary. She died on September 22, but she already had sent in her column for October. She was almost 76. d. h. FROM TIME to time we have quoted Mrs. Hampton and we do so now from her last writing : "It is time to fit the children out in new school shoes. I know it must be a financial strain ait the high prices, but just be thankful to pay the price. Think of the parents who have 'children who are paralyzed and not able to walk a step. Go home and look at Johnnie's old shoes with tips gone from summer's use as brakes on a little wagon or from jumping rope and little Jim's still wet from jumping into every, puddle of water he could find. Then give thanks for those worn out shoes in your house." * * + MRS. HAMPTON'S last item was a report that some of her neighbors had just their rocking chairs in the backs of their pickup trucks when attending drive-in theaters during the summer ... "so they could enjoy the evening breezes, which they could not do in the common auto !" * * * COMMENTING on the new lipstick shade, "Lightning," she wrote, "No doubt many of our ccJ lege boys will be struck by it." Garden City Telegram Published Daily Except Sunday and Fivo Holidays Yearly By The Telegram Publishing Company Telephone BR 6-3232 I 17 e ast Chestnut IHlY Brown " i Kmith Editor Adrcrtiiiinf Manager TKR.MS OP SUBSCRIPTION By carrier a month in Garden City, $],55. Payable to rnrrier ta advance By earner m other cities where service is available. 30c per week By niail to other adfln-.-i*'* in Finney, I,unc, Scott, Wichita, Greeley. Hainillnn Kearny, Grant, naskell aiui Gray counties, .$7.50 IHJT year; elsewhere $15.00 Local and aren college students, $5.00 for 9-month school year Second clana postage paid at Garden City, Ka^iHus. If TelbKiam motor carrier w^rvice in required to have publication-day tie- lit pry by mall in cities that have local-carrier de.rvleu, local carrier rates apply. Member of The Associated J'rcss The Associated Pres 3 is entitled exclusively to the use for reproduction •f all the local IXJWH printed in this newspaper us well as all AP news and dispatches. All rights oC publication of Bpnelnl diap«k:lies are also reserved Drew Pearson Reports Cuban Blockade to Touch Off Struggle inside Kremlin WASHINGTON — Perhaps the most important part of the White House briefing given to congressional leaders just before the President's momentous Cuban quarantine announcement had to do with Russian reaction. John A. McCone, head of Central Intelligence, gave senators and congressmen a diagnosis of what was probably going on inside the Kremlin. The chief point McOone made was that the missile build-up in Cuba was a sign that the Central Committee of the communist party was dominated by the Red army. McCone further predicted that as a result of the U.S. blockading OL Soviet arms to Cuba, a power struggle would take place inside the Kremlin n-:* unlike that which occurred during the Hungarian crisis in 1953 when the liberal Russian factions battled it out with a diehard faction as Vo whether Moscow should send troops into Hungary. One problem that then worried the Kremlin was whether the United States would intervene in "Hungary to ston Russian intervention. The diehard faction won; Red army troops were sent into Hungary. McCone told the senators and congressmen that probably a similar debate was going on inside the Kremlin today. My own observations, a result of interviewing President Tito of Yugoslavia last cummer and talking to Premier Khrushchev earlier, coincide with those of CIA Chief McCone. The western world is inclined to think of Khrushchev as the uncontrolled boss of the Kremlin, and for that matter of the communist world. He is not. He has three important groups influencing his policies against the United States and one important group for. Tbe tlireg anti-groups are: 1. The Rod Army — Khrushchev himself told me that the military leaders had been pressuring him during the Berlin crisis to resume nuclear testing as a result of new *lJ.S. tactical weapons. Approximately one. week later he did so. Khrushchev also told me that army leaders were proposing that the next class of men scheduled for demobilization be retained in the army and that he would probably follow this suggestion. Tito, who knows the Soviet Union second only to his own country, said, in reply to a question, that "of course the Red army has great influence with Khrushchev." Tito added that all military men do influence their country's policy — and he might have gone on to cite military turnovers in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and the French army troubles of President de Gaulle. 2. The Old Stalinists — Their I«adership-was wiped out with the demotion of ex-Foreign Minister Vyaeheslav Molotov one year ago, but it's reported they still have influence inside the Kremlin. How much influence is difficult,to estimate. But the creed of the Stalinists, as enunciated by Molotov, is that war 'with the capitalist world is inevitable. They differ drastically with Khrushchev regarding "coexistence." 3. The Red Chinese — While they are at odds with Khrushchev right now, the Cuban crisis could pull them back together. Regardless of this possibility, the Chinese influence i s important in the communist world, and their thesis is that war with the capitalist world is inevitable. Mao Tse Tung has even said that China is the only nation that can withstand an atomic war. It could come out of such a war with 300,000,000 people left, he said, whereas other nations would be wiped out. At one time Khrushchev, at the urging of President Eisen- hower after the Camp David meeting, went to Peking and tried to get the Red Chinese to calm down their differences with the United States over the Formosan Islands. He was given the brush-off. All three of these "anti" groups lean to war. The fourth, which is opposed to war, is the Russian people. This is not only my own firm conclusion, but also that of recent U.S. ambassadors to Mos< cow. The Russian people suffered terribly during the last war — some 20,000,000 casualties. Their concern for peace, and their desire to get along with thv United States is almost the first thing that comes up in any conversa- • tion. They are eager, even plaintive about it. On top of this, the Russian government by continually propagandizing for peace, has further sold the Russian people on peace. When top strategists advised with President Kennedy what should be done about the Cuban missile bases, they considered the above factors and tried to figure how they could give Khrushchev an "out" to save face. National prestige is important with any nation, especially one with an eastern orientation. The Russians have tried to give us a face-saver in such difficult situations as Laos where we withdrew. Knowing the manner in which Khrushchev and the Kremlin reacted to the U-2 incident, it was figured that he would react even more violently to the sinking of Russian ships. Tlie strategists and diplomats, however, were never able to figure "out a face-saver. —Whether buying 01 selling, use Telegram Want Adsl

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