The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 231
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 231

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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In Response to a (Gloating Yankee) Northerner f$Un CUtcbtH I am willing to let bygones be bygones as far as the Civil War is concerned, but I am not about to stand mute while some Yankee gloats over the outcome in the New York Times. Gark E. Whelton, the author of a novel called "CB Baby," a Civil War buff and a self-described "firm partisan of the North," has done just that on the Times' op-ed page. What's worse, he used my book as a departure point: "A publisher is coming out with a paperback called 'How To Speak Southern,' complete with photographs of the authors in Confederate uniforms," Whelton said. "Among the southernisms defined in this book are 'Etlanna: the city General Sherman burned during the War for Southern Independence' and 'Hale: Where General Sherman is going for what he did to Etlanna. General Sherman said 'War is hale,' and he made sure it was. "He sure did," Whelton gloated. "Grant sent Billy Sherman down to Atlanta to put a stop to secessionist would pass away before they would again appeal to it." Sherman got a chance to apply his theory after the fall of Chattanooga. His army of 50,000 men cut a swath 50 miles wide and 150 miles long from Atlanta to the sea, and woe betide the defenseless civilians who were unfortunate enough to be in his way. As revisionist historian David Chandler notes in his soon-to-be published work called "The Natural Superiority of Southern Politicians:" "The North, for example, conducted a war against the whole population of the South, combatant and non-combatant alike. Plantations, farmhouses, and industries were systematically destroyed. "Entire towns were burned and ransacked. Clothing of women and infants were stripped from their persons. All this done without a semblance of military or civil trial." This glorious feat of Northern arms was celebrated in a song called "Marching Through Georgia." It quickly reached the top of the Yankee hit parade, and part of it went like this: Turn to MITCHELL, B2 South" whom Sherman called "particularly fearsome . . . men who never did work and never will. War suits them, and the rascals are brave, fine riders, bold to rashness. "This is a larger class than most men suppose, and they are all the most dangerous set of men that this war has turned loose upon the world . . . "I would not coax them, or even meet them halfway, but make them so sick of war that generations nonsense once and for all. Sherman didn't make many southern friends as he did the job. . . " He sure didn't. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman was ahead of his time. He was the father of total war war not merely against the enemy army, but against the civilian population as well. And he was quite frank about it. In a letter to Abraham Lincoln in 1863, Sherman spoke of the need to destroy "the young bloods of the The Palm Beach News of the Also Serving South Lake Okeechobee Post-Times South Coast B SECTION SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1976 Six in Boynton Race Seek 3 Council Seats member or mayor for six years and claims her experience and attendance at council meetings as her main asset. Currently, she is incensed over the $40,000 contract given to the part-time city attorney and opposes bond issues not passed by referendum, except when a public hearing has allowed voter input. She opposes the widening of Seacrest Boulevard and favors slow, westward expansion. Retired electrical supply businessman Morton Levine, 51, demands a "complete overhaul" of the building department which he says has failed to protect residents and also blocked entry of new industry. Levine favors westward expansion, especially for industry, and believes bond issues can be passed by council vote alone if allowed by city charter. Levine has not taken a stand on the widening of Seacrest Boulevard and thinks the city attorney is being paid fairly according to today's legal fees. Retired businessman James O'Meara, 67, wants a revised building code and more industry brought to the city. He believes bond issues should be passed by public vote and favors westward expansion. O'Meara is skeptical over reduction of city utility rates, the widening of Seacrest Boulevard and the city attorney's salary. Mathematics instructor Raymond Sweet, 49, believes the city's image needs improving due to too much political battling in the past. He wants the city to gain more control over the city beach, and favors orderly growth with comprehensive planning. By RAFE KLINGER Pott Stiff Wrlttr BOYNTON BEACH - Six candidates will battle it out Tuesday for three city council seats, each with a two-year term. The top vote getter will become vice mayor for 1977 and mayor for 1978. Current Mayor Joe DeLong and Councilman Edward Harmening may not run again until next year's election due to a city charter regulation prohibiting serving more than four consecutive years. Councilman Emily Jackson will be the only incumbent. The candidates and issues are as follows: Insuranceman Richard Caldwell, 29, favors bringing more light industry to the city and developing a master plan for the controlled future westward expansion of the city. He believes city utility rates may be too high and should be reviewed. Caldwell opposes the county's proposal to widen Seacrest Boulevard although he approves of improving the street. Joe DeMarco, 57, a hardware and farm implement dealer, believes all large bond issues should be passed by referendum and opposes construction for a new civic center. DeMarco complains that past council members have meddled too much in the city administration and wants city employes left alone to do their job. He wants an investigation of city utility rates and of the city Building Department. He opposes current widening of Seacrest Boulevard. Mrs. Jackson has served as a council- StiH Photoi by Ran LlndMV POSE THAT REFRESHES Basketball teams comprised of retarded youths gave it their all yesterday in the Florida Special Olympics District 10 games at the Palm Beach Junior College gymnasium. District 10 includes Palm Beach, Indian River, Martin, Glades, Hendry, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties. All the participants were from Exceptional Child Education Centers or Habilitation Centers. A basketball meet to determine the state special Olympics champion will be held later. One player (above) pauses for a pose, making sure his hair is in order, while another (right) drives for a lay-up. Couple's Suicides Planned Starting Jan. 3 New Court System To Equate Justice n . ..... o it ' ' Jt- ' ' ' t ' 1 j ' '''''' w hw, v v ' ," " t . :.;' -rri 7?- . t The funeral of Ray Fullington and his wife Hilda Monday will not be unusual. But the way they took their own lives and the reasons behind it are. Tuesday, Ray, 72, and Hilda, 68, left the mobile home they shared with their daughter Sandra and checked into the Sheraton Inn in West Palm Beach and paid cash for the room. They were found Thursday, together on a bed, dead. A maid and a housekeeper found them, their hands clasped, and plastic bags over their heads and rubber bands around their throats. They suffocated. Beside them was a letter containing burial arrangements and signed by both. "They left a suicide note saying they'd lived a full life," a family friend said, "and didn't want to be a burden. The note said they'd made all the funeral arrangements, and they had. They had been planning it for some time and finally carried it out." Richard Kelley of Dorsey Funeral Home remembers helping the Full-ingtons with their funeral arrangements almost a year ago. "It's a common practice for older folks to come in and make what we call pre-arrangement plans," he said. "They made the pre-arrangement plans, saying they didn't want to put the responsibility on their daughter. "They gave no indication they were going to do this," Kelley said. "I think the decision came sometime after they made the arrangements. "It (the double suicide) was something kind of commendable. They were thinking of their daughter." They didn't want to possibly get sick and have to be in the hospital and run up a lot of medical bills. They didn't want to be a burden." The deaths were "quite a shock" to their daughter, according to Kelley. Sandra, a gym teacher at Lake Worth High School, didn't want to comment. All she would say was that they were "very quiet people and they wished to go that way." Both people apparently were in good health and had no pressing problems. Besides their daughter, the Full-ingtons are survived by another daughter, Joan Flemington of New York, and son Robert S. Fullington of Gainesville. The funeral service Monday is private. seat in Lake Worth hearing misdemeanor, traffic and ordinance violation cases from not only Lake Worth but also Atlantis, Green-acres City, Lantana, Manalapan, Palm Springs and South Palm Beach. Similar branches have been established at city halls in West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and Boca Raton. Additionally, larger courthouse annexes in Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens and Belle Glade will hear nonjury cases, ordinance violations, misdemeanors and traffic fines from various municipalities and the unincorporated areas within their geographical area. All jury trials will continue at the main courthouse in West Palm Beach. All case findings civil and criminal will be received and recorded at the main courthouse, although they can be delivered initially to the annexes and transported via courier to West Palm Beach for formal filing, as is the current practice. In addition to the county court division, each annex will have divisions of the clerk's, state attorney's and public defender's offices. The cases involving most citizens traffic and misdemeanors will be handled through the annexes and branches. For example, a person ticketed for speeding in Lake Park could pay the fine at the North County Annex in Palm Beach Gardens. However, should he wish to argue the ticket in court, the case would be set at the Riviera Beach branch. Should the ticket be issued in an unincorporated area, the case would be filed in the appropriate annex determined by the following boundaries: For the South County Annex the boundaries are the county line north to Hypoluxo Road, the North Annex will get anything north of the West Palm Beach city limits. The Glades will receive everything west of 20-Mile Bend; all cases north of Hypoluxo Road, south of the northern West Palm Beach city limits and east of the bend will be filed at the main courthouse. Turrvto COURTS, B2 By TOM SMITH Pott Stiff Wrlttr On Jan. 3, Judge Michael Shalloway will hold court in Lake Worth's municipal courtroom just as he's done the past four years. Outwardly, citizens coming before the bench will see the same judge and expect the same judicial processs, but the similarity exists in appearance only. No longer will Shalloway be the town's one-day-a-week judge. Nor will there be a Lake Worth Municipal Court. Beneath the omnipresent black robe, Shalloway will be a county court judge, and the courtroom will serve one day a week as a branch of the Palm Beach County Court. Shalloway represents the final step in the streamlining of Florida's judicial system the elimination of municipal courts the result of a constitutional overhaul to provide uniform justice. Detractors fear the loss of municipal courts and inclusion of cases formerly heard by those courts into the county court system will create "supermarket justice" in and out of court in 30 seconds or less. Supporters say, not so. They suggest the quirks and idiosynchracies of small-town courts and judges, sometimes acting on whim and functioning as a town's primary moneymaker, will finally give way to courts administered fairly and efficiently. Just how equitable and efficient the new system will be won't be known for months. However, court officials are optimistic. County residents may not be able to go just around the corner for their day in court, at city hall but officials hope a system of "circuit riders" can alleviate some of the hardship. Shalloway, for example, will be based at the County Courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach, where he will hear civil cases in small claims court. However, each Monday at 9:30 a.m., he will be back at his old ",. ' i-- ':t, ; I F . ,..' t v . ft III

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