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The Palm Beach Post Published By Palm Beach Newspapers, Inc. James M. Cox, Jr., Chairman Robert W. Sherman, President Cecil B. Kelley, Sr., Publisher Gregory E. Favre. Editor 2 Robert J. Nangle, Associate Editor David Lawrence Jr., Managing Editor 1 THUItSDAY MORNING, MAY, 28, 1970 : Roosevelt Inquiry Palm Beach County school officials have sufficient reason to probe discipline problems at Roosevelt High ; School. Juvenile Court Judge Lewis Kapner, in calling for :"an investigation' of discipline problems, said, "The . public school system cannot survive in the atmosphere of fear and intimidation. . .Unless discipline is restored, education will become impossible. Teachers .will refuse to teach and the public will not support the ; public schools." These are the certain consequences. The situation Scarries special urgency because desegregation plans ; are in the works for the next school year that will require understanding and order as never before. Aside ' from the student racial mix, school faculties will be I predominantly white, and in some previously all-black schools. ; : The extent of the discipline breakdown at Roosevelt ; isn't known at this point. What is known, and it's a serious matter if verified through court action, is that -Mrs. Mary Ellen McKay, dean of girls at Roosevelt : Junior High School, has claimed a student struck her. ; Palm Beach County schools have enough problems 'without incurring damage to the educational process k through lack of student respect or teacher concern at Roosevelt or any other school in the county system. ! School officials, teachers, parents, students and other involved parties owe a cooperative effort to 1' isolate and contain any discipline problems at Roose-; velt. That Roosevelt student and faculty members ' already are addressing leaders themselves to the problem is a healthy sign. If investigators do the job expected and demanded, if follow-through is fair and .forceful, the best inter-" ests of Roosevelt will be served in particular and the '. entire school system in general. Big Cover Up Men find more mystery in what's hidden, according to President Richard Nixon who expounded on the merits of midis and minis in a magazine fashion article. Perhaps that helps explain his efforts to cover up the cost of the Vietnam war. He thinks the public is tantalized by the mystery. rmT r v. The long-awaited ban on persistent pesticides is law "I in Florida now. Gov. Claude Kirk signed the bill without comment. Florida's version of the ban has interesting aspects it ; bans all persistent pesticides without listing them by name and defines "persistent" as lasting more than a year. Whether the one-year figure is realistic remains to ' be measured against what new pesticides chemists are Table to formulate as substitutes for those no longer ' permitted. The now-banned "hard" pesticides like DDT last for 20 years or more. Deleting the names also leaves the state free to ; react to whatever new pesticides are marketed if they don't meet the one-year standard for decomposition. The big push now must be for tough enforcement of - the ban and careful scrutiny of "emergencies" under which DDT and other persistent pesticides could be T, called into use again. If a state of emergency is I declared every time Farmer Jones gets bugs in his ; beans, the ban will be a farce. There's No Excuse j In some cultures, the bullfight is an ancient and ; honorable ritual, a test of skill and courage, an enter- tainment. Other peoples have other rituals and enteral tainments: head shrinking, body carving, cock fights and so on. Until last week, bullfighting was illegal in Florida. Now the state has a law which permits "bloodless bullfights" and excludes from the state's anti-cruelty laws rodeos and trained animal acts. Intended primarily to permit exhibition bullfighting with a collapsible sword in the Ybor City restoration area of Tampa, the law was passed swiftly by both houses of the State Legislature. Gov. Claude Kirk ignored pleas for a veto. H A. At first glance, the bloodless bullfight also may seem harmless. Not so. Any situation which pits a man in a ring against a goaded animal is inherently cruel. Weakening animal cruelty laws could pave the way for heartless exploitation by entrepreneurs who prey on the simple minds of those who think a bucking strap is just a handle on a wild mustang and that bears dance simply bee ause they like Gypsy music. Rep. William Gillespie (D-New Smyrna Beach) called the bill a "step back to the dark ages." He also wondered about the system which permits some bills to be "railroaded" through the legislature. There appears validity in both complaints. C.L. Sulzberger West No (c)New York Times SERQUIGNY, France - The Mediterranean has traditionally been regarded as a vital seaway by the western world and, more recently, as NATO's critical right flank. Yet rarely, in peacetime, if such a euphemism is permitted, has the Mediterranean been more disrupted. Today it is a mere nostrum for neither West nor East. Large American and Soviet fleets and smaller allied flotillas play an edgy game of tag. Both ends of the famous sea are politically punctuated by dictatorships in Greece and Spain. Between them, to the north, is increasingly chaotic Italy. Eastward lies war, between Israel and the Arabs. Relatively non-viable national revolutions dominate the southern shore. Only France and Turkey, among littoral states, are neither unstable, undictatorial, nor committed to armed conflict. American diplomatic influence on the southern coast is limited by our support of Israel and it is embarrassed on the northern coast by association with non-Communist Europe's best-known vestigial dictatorships, those of Franco and the Greek colonels. Secretary of State Rogers has a chance to urge easement of the former when he visits Madrid today and to suggest the start of liberalization before Franco yields power. In Greece the situation is more complex. As with Spain, United States interest focuses primarily on access to air and naval bases to offset the growing Soviet Mediterranean fleet and the grow Letters to the Editor Disabled Heroes Shamefully Treated The May 22 edition of Life magazine concerning care (if you can call it that) of our Vietnam disabled must have caused millions of loyal Americans to shudder and feel ashamed to be a part of a system that treats its heroes like this. How can the President ask the youth of America to come forth to uphold our ideals when they see what they shall expect in the future after giving their all? The correction of this and other injustices in the nation might go a long way in healing the division of our young people. After seeing this article, it is no wonder that so many young men head for Canada and Sweden, as I would have done in 1951 when drafted if I thought this would be the reward I would get from a grateful government if this happened to me. Please, Mr. President, do not just appoint a committee to investigate this matter. Do something immediately to give these poor wonderful boys the care that is due them, for no matter how hard we try, the best is not enough. Mr. President, the majority of Americans are behind you in what you are trying to do in bringing the war to a just and honorable conclusion. But, how much longer can they believe in you when you allow things like this to exist? ROBERT R. BRAD-SHAW Riviera Beach Seems Unfair I keep reading in the newspaper that education is always short of money. What I cannot understand is, why the state legislature does not do something about Homestead Exemption? Originally, as you know, it was meant to help the elderly. Why not rescind Homestead Exemption for any families who have children in the schools supported by tax monies? It seems unfair that a family should have three or more children in school and only pay $100 a year taxes. Certainly that does not nearly cover the cost of educating even one child. FRANK HIERWARTER Shocked I have usually enjoyed reading The Post, but a recent article by Harriet Van Home was more than I can take. I was shocked to read her I III TMII lim.nriTTT Longer Controls Mediterranean Sea vicious attack on our President, vice president, Gov. Reagan, and our attorney general. No wonder we are having so much violence on our campuses and so much disrespect for law and order. When a nationally syndicated columnist writes such a caustic, unjust criticism of government officials elected Save Park Ignore Kids' Needs The gathering place of troubled young people in the People's Park opposite The Hut drive-in is a miniature of such groups found throughout our country. Drive south to Cocoanut Grove in Miami north to the beach in Daytona and you find the "street people" with the identity badges of today's youth subculture, including long hair, bare feet, bells, boots and body shirts (although many prefer sandals or bare feet.) Heavy music and artificial highs are sought after. Such gatherings in West Palm Beach and other Florida locals are minute in comparison to Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, the Haight in San Francisco, the Village in New York and other major cities. Establishment administrators are pressured to close parks and enforce vagrancy laws. Drug pushers need to be arrested and prosecuted. True, the "street people" can be placed in jails on a number of charges, or forced into underground styles of life by chasing them off public property. At least one will not have to look at troubled young people with different life styles; and if you don't have to see people who are troubled, you don't have to worry about them. Simple: Don't drive through the ghettos or slum areas; ignore the fact that thousands of families in Palm Beach County earn less than $5,000 a year, and close your minds to the cries of thousands of young people who want answers about political favoritism, racism, responsible freedom and the obliteration of the individual in a computerized change-a-second world. A discerning Sunday school teacher looked at a photograph of a long-haired, filthy dressed, bored teenager. His thought was: "Here is someone's son." That's true. Each young person in the People's Park opposite The Hut is someone's son or daughter. Close the park so we don't ttfJTt Ah ORKMM. PUNTING BY RKHMU) cnuiuv ina hmmhi nnjun, Aiiunuuve lis THE ARTIST. MPKTS THE SUN RISKS OKRAIVSH. &mH YAUEY AS SPRITES PLOT FLUTES AND WNCE N1D5T DEVf KISSED COHEN BUTTERCUPS. ing network of Soviet military facilities thrusting toward Libya and Algeria. Spanish opposition to Franco and Greek opposition to the colonels is extensive but disorganized. This lack of unity makes it easier for the dictatorships to warn against the alternative of communism, which is endorsed by only small but relatively effective minority in each country. Although Spain was once famous for having fostered history's sole sizable anarchist party, the word "anarchist," like almost every other political definition, was first invented in Greece and all Greek opposition movements, left, right and center, are tinged with anarchic divisions. The colonels are fully aware of this and play the game of divide and rule with skill. It is silly to blame Washington for sponsoring the colonel's coup in the first place although this is the persistent claim of Communist and fellow traveling propagandists. The famous CIA did know about another proposed coup being discussed among Greece's senior generals. Nevertheless, it surely didn't sponsor that one either because it wasn't even attempted. As for the colonels most of them were unheard of in Washington before they scrambled to power. It is slanderous when Andreas Papandreou, a former American citizen and university professor who was first arrested and then released by the colonels, labels the April 21 coup d'etat "The American version of the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact." Papandreou calls for cooperation among resistance movements and organization of commando units to oust the colonels by armed action. Although he is allied to Antonis Brillakis, emigre by the American people, it can only add fuel to the fire. We are fortunate to have leaders who have the courage and determination to bring under control these radical elements in our society before it is too late. MRS. SARA H. MURPHY St. Clair Shores, Mich. have to look at the signs of their trouble the wine bottles and empty stares of drug-bombed minds. Scatter them again, but remember,wherever they go, they will still be young people searching and hoping to find something or someone real.. .who doesn't just want to get rid of them. Remember they are your sons and daughters, many of them. The park can be closed but please don't believe the problem will be solved. Please don't misunderstand. This country continues to be the greatest of all civilizations in opportunity for all. Democratic freedom is the only way of life that represents the individuality and integrity of a collective mankind. We have problems at home and abroad, but we still have the greatest story to tell. Tell it to a young person this week. Go down to The Hut and rap a while. Listen as much as you talk. Find out about their moms and dads. Ask them what they hope to be five years from now. And be ready to explain what you are, what your job means, what your family means and please offer more than empty cliches. See past hair and clothes and outward appearance into the eyes of someone's son or daughter. You may meet your own there. REV. J. FENTON MOORHEAD West Palm Beach taw wtoTlIwi foufi (Jv teealNf 4fcecdTries sTate iVe korj W I 21 k UJ3S tfikwJ MM0U5 NIXON leader of one Greek Communist faction, his proposal has been coolly received. A sizable portion of the Greek middle class and farming communities accept the colonels' rule for the imposed tranquility it provides rather the way many Italians liked the "trains running on time" under Mussolini. Moreover, the colonels have retired most potentially hostile officers. Mikis fheodorakis, a renowned Communist composer, was also jailed, then released by the colonels. A French opposition politician claims credit for his freedom although French government leaders say they had arranged it in principle as part of an Athens-Paris deal. Theodorakis now promotes a "national resistance council" to include all elements. However, the Communists themselves are so split that the movement has so far fallen flat. Theodorakis opposes Papandreou's call for violent action and believes "we have many other means to overthrow the colonels." He complains of Moscow's support for the "most dogmatic and least progressive elements" in the Greek Communist party. Meanwhile the Soviet Union and its allies maintain cordial relations with the colonels. The Kremlin's only contribution to resistance is to blame the United States in its own propaganda for supporting the Athens regime. Thus, apart from France (less than fully allied to NATO), Turkey (where anti-Americanism grows) and Israel (which complains of inadequate American support), the whole Mediterranean is in varying degrees of turmoil, revolution or counterrevolution. Washington has shown there is little we can do about it. 'But If I Have to Complete the Semester via a Correspondence Course, Does That Mean I'll Have to Demonstrate at Home?' Jack Anderson Home Hazards Kill Three, Injure 3, 000 Each Hour WASHINGTON - A three-inch-thick report, assailing the manufacturers of dangerous household products, will be issued next month by the National Commission on Product Safety. Declaring that household hazards kill three and injure 3,000 Americans every hour, ' the report will warn purchasers to beware of power lawn mowers, color TV sets, glass bottles, motorcycle and football helmets, floor furnaces, sliding glass doors, hot water vaporizers, household chemicals, high-rise bicycles and a host of children's toys and other products. Yet even before this prodigious report was off the presses, the Surgeon General's Steering Committee on Emergency Health and Injury Care pushed through a more moderate study on the same subject to soften the blow against the manufacturers. Both reports are held under lock and key awaiting a release date. Unauthorized copies, however, have been smuggled to this column. Yet some of the same items, that cheer the Surgeon General's committee, have been singled out for special condemnation by the National Commission. Here are highlights from the Commission's forthcoming report: David Lawrence Campus Unrest Linked to Drugs WASHINGTON - Much of what is behind the campus uprisings throughout the country is still a mystery. Who actually fomented the disturbances? Who caused the vandalism the destruction of property? Were many of the rioters under the influence of drugs? Inquiries among those who have been conducting investigations on the campuses of different institutions indicate that, while militants have organized major "demonstrations," participants in the disorders particularly some who damaged property have included individuals who were under the influence of drugs. 1970 by NEA, Inc. "Every year, about 150,000 victims of broken windows, doors or glass walls discover that what they can't see can hurt them. "The fragile, brittle panels of ordinary glass shatter even under a light blow from a child. The crystal knives and daggers slice through the hand or wrist, cut vital organs and cause permanent disfigurement, paralysis, or death. Victims may bleed to death within 20 minutes. "The cause of (many deaths and brain-damage cases) was something the victims couldn't see, hear, or smell: carbon monoxide, CO. And the source of CO in each instance was an innocent-looking unvented gas heater. "There were 638,500 unvented heaters sold in 1969. A manufacturer estimated 15 million such heaters are used in five million households. Militants from other localities have been visiting campuses in many parts of the country, and authorities say that they have had a great influence in whipping up sentiment in favor of violence. Many students are innocent victims or dupes of the hardcore "activists." Law-enforcement officers are convinced that outside troublemakers have played an important part in stimulating riots and that habitual users of marijuana, for instance, tend to go along when the excitement of a demonstration begins. The presence of snipers has been suspected on some campuses, and this has caused much concern to the National Guard and the police. The belief prevails that some of the organizations which want to make trouble on the college campuses have deliberately started many of the riots by acts of violence that have required police to be summoned. The American Institute of Public Opinion, publishers of the Gallup Poll, recently made a survey in behalf of Newsweek magazine, and asked this question: "Who do you think was primarily responsible for the deaths of four students at Kent State University?" Eleven per cent placed responsibility on the National Guard, 31 per cent expressed no opinion, and 58 per cent put the blame on demonstrating students. Certainly if there had been no disorders on the campus, there would have been no necessity to call in the National 'Guard. So the sequence of events made it possible for the tragedy to happen. But ever since the Kent State affair, the several memorial assemblies that have been held by students and others have centered responsibility on the national guardsmen. The net result of it all is to make governors cautious about sending state police or National Guard detachments to quell campus disturbances. This means that the disorders will continue, with damage to property and serious injury to individuals. College presidents are worried, but seem to be in a quan? dary about how to maintain or der on the campuses. Maybe students themselves will discover that they can better advance their cause if they publir cize their protests by writing to their senators and representatives and to the President of the United States or by making their views known in the press. In the long run this can accomplish more than "demonstrations," with reliance on disorders and tragic events to call attention to their point of view. "The decision to install unvented gas heaters often is made by landlords who pay for the heater but not for the injur ries. "Household chemicals pose a major hazard to young children because they are so curious. Every liquid or chewable substance is something for them to sample. The chemical burns children suffer from strong detergents are particularly painful. "On the opening day of the grass grooming season, the ro: tary power mower begins its work of trimming lawns, fin,1, gers and toes. About 70 per cent of the injuries from powr er mowers are lacerations", amputations, and fractures that result from the cutting and crushing action of the fast-whirling blade. ii "la addition, there are high" velocity ejections of wire, glass, stones and debris that can puncture vital body parts . . . One quarter of the 216 models we examined did not com-, ply with the industry's own consensus safety standards.""- The commission found that state and local governments, with few exceptions'offercon-! sumers little or no protection, from hazardous household products."

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