The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 5, 1976 · Page 233
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 233

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Sunday, December 5, 1976
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J r"'" " " " " ' W-'rnwi - - , .,,.,.lf M ira Response to a Northerner (Gloating Yankee) I am willine to let bvennps hp hvpnnps as far as the Sleve Witthell j n J V 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 Civil War is concerned, but I am not about to stand mute while some Yankee gloats over the outcome in the New York Times. Clark 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 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 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 The Palm Beach Post-Times Also Serving Okeechobee County News of MartinSt. Lucie B SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1976 SECTION Nuclear Professor: Reactor Dangerous o 0 1 'It at times is difficult or impossible to prevent failures in one safety system from increasing the probability of failures in a twin unit of a dual system." Karl Z. Morgan By LINDA HARBISON Post staff Writtr MIAMI Karl Z. Morgan, who retired from the Atomic Energy Commission several years ago, would rather live next door to a dynamite factory than a reactor of the type designed for Florida Power & Light Co.'s (FP&L) fourth nuclear power plant. In his testimony, Morgan cited undesirable features of the proposed Hutchinson Island site for St. Lucie Two, but also voiced his concerns about locating a pressurized water reactor in any populated area. He referred to recent statements by a former engineer with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) who charged the NRC with "covering up" the serious accident potential of the reactors. The type of accidents that could result from brittle fractures of the pressure vessel are "frightening," Morgan said. Alleged cover-ups by the NRC are "not news to me because from personal experience when I was employed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, I witnessed the suppression of such information," Morgan said. He said if the recent charges against the SUtf Photoi by Ron Undwy 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 Okeecho- bee 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. Election Scheduled For FP Tuesday mm mjnontn . wsfwmm?mVMa i O-'' f """ IijAi I ' ' f' l J J ' : fro1 v O r ) NRC are proved to be true, all reactors of this type should be shut down until over-pressurization problems are solved. According to Morgan, there have been 29 cases of overpressure in the country's 36 operating reactors. "It is reprehensible ... the public was not informed of the grave risks to which it has been subjected," he said. In suggesting the NRC has suppressed information, Morgan lent support to the testimony of another witness who appeared before the licensing board on the second day of hearings. Dr. Arthur R. Tamplin raised a question about whether the NRC was complying with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in providing public information on the licensing of nuclear power plants. The two scientists were the only witnesses who testified for the opposition during four days of hearings. Morgan, who currently is a professor of nuclear engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, said he felt Hutchinson Island was a poor location for FP&L's new plant because of the large population of nearby cities; the difficulties of safe evacuations proximity of farm and grazing lands and the absence of a rail line to transport fuel. "To add St. Lucie Two to the same site (as St. Lucie One) could be expected to double the (radiation) doses," he said. "It is improper and an indefensible management program that permits the doubling of the allowable doses to members of the public on Hutchinson Island just because a second plant is added at this power site," he said. Morgan said serious "common mode failures" are more likely to occur where two power plant units are operated by the same utility at a single site. "There is danger in relying on shared and duplicate safety systems which can fail in similar manner from a common cause of failure," he said. "It at times is difficult or impossible to prevent failures in one safety system from increasing the probability of failures in a twin unit of a dual system." Morgan said his doubts nuclear power is cheaper than fossil fuel power together with a certainty of an increasing scarcity of uranium "makes me question why FP&L persists in its plans to build additional nuclear power plants at this time. "It seems to me FP&L and the NRC are unfair and are not forthright with the public when plans are made for St. Lucie Two without making the assumption it will be operated on mixed oxided fuel," Morgan said. In the north side commission race, incumbent Jackie Caynon has two challengers who want to end his reign as the longest seated city commissioner. Caynon, 65, a contractor, is the first black to be elected to the City Commission and has been elected five times and has served 10 years on the commission. One of his challengers, 31-year-old Bob Bennett, another black, has run against him unsuccessfully before but is trying again. The third northside candidate is Charles Shortt, who also has run for office before but has never won. Shortt, 55, is a maintenance man and painter, who, like Bennett, has served on the city planning and zoning board. In the southside race there also is an incumbent seeking to retain his seat, but he's being challenged by a former City Commissioner and former city Police Chief Vernon Christianson who retired in October. The incumbent is Grover Leslie, 47, who is just finishing up his first two-year term on the commission. Leslie is comptroller of Indian River Uniform Rental. The former commissioner is John Harris Jr., the owner of ABC Trailer Park. Harris, 52, served on the commission from 1954-56 but didn't run for re-election at that time. Christianson, 55, said when he retired as police chief he'd be glad to get off the hot seat, but he apparently misses the excitement. Tuesday's election could change the whole power structure of the commission if the incumbents are defeated. The polls will open at 8 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. By JOHN BARTLETT Pott Staff Writtr FORT PIERCE - City voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose two commissioners and a mayor to serve for the next two years. Probably the most familiar candidate is perennial campaigner Larry Litty, a 58-year-old real estate salesman whose "Litty for the city," bumper stickers have became a familiar sight during the five or six unsuccessful campaigns he's waged. Litty normally runs for the south side commission post, but this year, he said he'd make a serious attempt for the mayor's job because of the vacancy and because he's interested in doing something for the city. The big spender in the campaign has been Buell (Buster) Brown, a 65-year-old former Sears Roebuck store manager who's been spending money and buying ads since the day he qualified. Brown, who is the obvious favorite of the business community, has been involved in many community groups during his six years in the city, including presently serving as chairman of the Fort Pierce Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees. This year, two women are seeking the mayor seat, which is a first in city politics. One of them, Joan Schoepfer, 48, used to work for the city in the Building Department, and now helps her husband run his surveying business. The other woman, Shirley Bemenderfer, 40, is a beautician who also works as a real estate salesman. Her husband is purchasing agent for the city. Intracoastal Boaters Concerned About the Rules And boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway have an equally legitimate concern for needing to know specifically what is and isn't allowed under the town's ordinance. Under terms of the ordinance, a speed that's legal for one boat is illegal for another if the town's marine patrolman decides one wake might cause damage and another wouldn't. The officer testified in court last week he was so busy writing tickets for boats he had pulled into the Jupiter Island Club dock, that he didn't know if the boat wakes reached shore or caused damage after they got there. Apparently he need only see a wake he thinks "might cause damage" to the shoreline, docks, seawalls, boats or other property in the town. The officer's inability to recall the size of one wake was enough to cause town officials to drop the charge against a Jupiter Island resident. I' JUPITER ISLAND - It's that time of year when many yacht owners bring their boats south on the Intracoastal Waterway to take advantage of what the Florida tourism promoters advertise as sunny weather. The claim to sunny weather has been weakened in the past week, and the pleasure of some of those boat owners has been weakened also. For an unlucky 13 boat owners, their cruises on the Intracoastal Waterway near this exclusive resort town cost them as much as $102 bond after being ticketed for causing wakes which might damage the shoreline of Jupiter Island. Those who went to court to fight it received only what the judge termed a "minor fine" of $40 plus $2 court costs. The town has a legitimate concern for wishing to protect the waterfront property from erosion damage, and its 1974 .ordinance is an littempt to deal with that con'cern. t The defendant, Lowel! Clark of Pompano Beach, was accused of creating a 2-foot wake far out in the waterway, which would be reduced in size when it reached shore. Testimony was allowed about 2-foot wakes striking shore, something that apparently did not happen in this case. Posegay made a motion to dismiss the charges against his client, claiming the ordinance and enforcement is illegal and unconstitutional. The judge responded by finding his client guilty, even though the defense had not been given an opportunity to present witnesses. After objection, Clark was allowed to testify, and Tuggle reimposed the $42 fine previously announced. One thing future violators can be thankful for is that the municipal court and its procedures are being abolished next month under Article V of the Florida Constitution, Future cases will be tried in County Court. A boat following right behind got blamed for the 2-foot wake which "might cause damage" and was fined $42. Aside from the debate about the legality and constitutionality of the town's ordinance and enforcement activities, the court proceedings themselves left a lot to be desired. At one point during the trial, Town Judge Richard Tuggle recommended that a witness be called by the town's prosecuting attorney. "I think Mr. Dewburg would be pleased to be a witness," said Tuggle, a retired rear admiral. Defense attorney Raymond Posegay understandably objected to the judge suggesting prosecution witnesses. "You're absolutely right in your objection," the judge said. "But he has a boat in the marina and he's getting real excited right behind you." Dewburg was never called. Jim Reeder lim Reeder Stuart Bureau

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