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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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Tuesday, December 7, 1976
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The Palm Beach Post Tom Wickei An Old Face and a New Face Daniel J. Mahoney, Jr. Publisher Thomas A. Kelly Editor ' Cecil B. Kelley, Jr. General Manager Samuel J. Pepper Managing Editor Clarke B. Ash, Associate Editor TUESDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 7, 1976 Preserving the Dodo NEW YORK - When John Kennedy was narrowly elected president in 1960, the first Catholic and one of the youngest men ever to serve in the office, virtually his first official act was the reappointment of J. Edgar Hoover as director of the FBI and Allen Dulles as director of the CIA. Kennedy's motives were clear. As in his later appointments of Republicans to the Treasury and Defense departments, he wanted to reassure the nation that he was not a radical or a novice, but a leader who would put sound responsible men as they were widely seen in 1960 in sensitive positions. Sixteen years later, another narrowly elected "outsider," as president-elect, obviously feels the same need to reassure the nation. Just as( important, the principle needs to be re-estab-' lished that the directorships of the FBI and the CIA are not political plums to be handed out every time a different party takes power in Washington. In the case of the CIA not only have there been three directors in the last four years, but the current director, George Bush, is a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. As ambassador to the United Nations and the American representative in Peking, however, Bush had useful experience for the CIA post and by all reports has performed capably in it. Bush has announced that he plans to leave the CIA on Jan. 20, which gives Carter ample freedom of action. Whether he would consider reappointing Bush is not known, but there are several reasons why he might. to Kelley, who brought some good qualities to the job, he has been tarnished by allegations of-minor personal improprieties, and even more so by the disclosure that some illicit bureau activities continued without his knowledge and despite his public assurances that an end had been put to such outrages. Nor has Kelley shown the kind of leadership' either to cast off the remaining influences on the bureau of J. Edgar Hoover's half-century at its head, or to mend its morale and reputation after the shattering disclosures of recent years. For Carter, however, the resulting need to replace .Kelley poses a problem. Richard Nixon made a political appointment that of I..' Patrick Gray to follow Hoover, and the unfortunate consequences should be warning enough' to the president-elect. One man reported to be under consideration who might meet such requirements is Patrick, Murphy, formerly the police commissioner of Washington, D.C., Detroit and New York City," now the head of the Police Foundation. Although Murphy served briefly in the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration at the end of the Johnson administration, he is fundamentally a police professional, without partisan identification, who has earned the respect of liberals and minority groups as well as that of other policemen. Whether his appointee is Murphy or someone with equal qualifications, Carter ought also to couple his nomination with legislation to establish a set term of office for the FBI direc tor. Five, seven or nine years it would not matter too much as long as the possibility of another Hooverian reign were foreclosed. ! It would re-establish the principle that the job does not necessarily change hands when the administration does. Another new director so soon would not necessarily be good for an agency shaken hard by recent disclosures of its abuses and ineptitudes. And a year or two from now, while Bush could leave with the principle of continuity intact, Carter would have had that much more time to consider the kind of man he should put into the CIA directorship, presumably to serve into the administration that would follow his. Should such a long-term appointee be an intelligence professional, a knowledgeable outsider, a trusted associate of the president? Or, if Carter's government reorganization plans should drastically change the shape and nature of the CIA, might some altogether different need be felt in a year or so? Extending Bush's tenure cor a while would provide time for these and other questions to be pursued, and his own expertise might be helpful in answering them. On the other hand, the need to reassure the nation requires Carter to replace Clarence Kelley as director of the FBI. With all due respect The Audubon Society probably could learn something from military leaders in the art of preserving endangered species that no longer are compatible with their environments. Latest in a long list of military dodo birds is the Bl bomber, hailed as the successor into the 1980s of the obsolete B52 as America's most powerful manned aerial strike force. The project - latest estimate, sure to go much higher, is $22.9 billion for 244 planes - moved a step nearer fruition last week when the Ford administration let $704.9 million in contracts for the first three production models and some items for another eight. The action, taken less than two months before the Carter inauguration, was rationalized on the basis that delay would have led to high start-up costs if Carter chooses to go ahead with the project. If that's true, it would be the first time we can remember the government being concerned about the cost of a weapons system. Rather the move seems to be designed to make it more expensive and thus more difficult, for Carter to stop the program. The president-elect has promised a thorough review of the Bl. We hope he means it. With the possible exception of nuclear powered surface ships, we can think of nothing less useful in relation to its cost than manned bombers. Bombing historically has been of military value only inasmuch as it disrupts an enemy's manufacturing capacity. It certainly does not break the morale of the people being bombed -quite the opposite, as demonstrated both in the Battle of Britain and in Vietnam and it never has been effective in interdicting supply lines on a continuing basis. This nation faces the possibility of two sorts of war, all-out global conflict or a so-called "brush fire." In the former, it is very unlikely that many, if any, manned bombers will get through today's sophisticated defenses. In the latter, we would be facing the sort of nonin-dustrialized nation against which aerial bombardment is less than useless. And if that weren't enough, we already have fighter planes that carry more payload than did World War II bombers. Assuming that we need still more aerial firepower than we already have with missiles and fighters - and that's a very questionable assumption we could get a lot more for the dollar in further missile research than in building sitting ducks for anti-aircraft systems. We hope Carter after his review will tell his administration to pull the plug and let the manned bomber die an unla-mented death. But we're not ready to bet on it; a lot of powerful people stand to lose a lot of money. Still Alive in Infamy tcr:: -ru zzir msrrK. u'cnBJl vw harness It has become an article of faith for Americans in their middle years that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing on that fateful Sunday morning 35 years ago when they learned that the Japanese had bombed Pearl the Japanese, called Dec. 7 "a date which will live in infamy," and so it has. At the very least, the attack on Pearl Harbor hastened what probably was the inevitable decision of the United States to join the western Allies against the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan in World War II. 'Ah 'Preciate Whut Yawl Secret Service Boys Are Tryin' To Do, But We Got a Sayin' Down South That You Can Take a Boy Out of the Country . . .' Letters to the Editor- East Prussians Persecuted by Reds The news was so stunning, so incredible, that the precise details of its transmission became engraved on the memory of everyone old enough to comprehend its importance. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in asking Congress for a declaration of war against They think they have to do this to prevent sex discrimination in our schools. I do not notice j Now, a generation later, Japan, West Germany and Italy are old friends of ours. And as the bitterness against those countries recedes into history, today's date stands as a reminder that vigilance remains the price of survival. A Lesson Not Learned any discrimination. The girls get to use the basketball courts and the baseball diamonds. Now the schools do not even get the choice of what they want to do. The government forces these stupid programs on the schools. As regular citizens, we can't even stop it or vote-on it. (Not me of course.) I think the schools should refuse this ruling or any other ruling they do not agree with, even if they do lose their federal money. I don't think the government should be blackmailing the schools. The federal government should not be handing out money to the schools. We would be better off if they just lowered taxes. In conclusion, coed physical education is really a bummer. And so is the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Ken MeAnli-i North Palm lieai h the reviews expecting to gain some added insight into the music and the performance of it. (Incidentally, we appreciate the $3 student ticket rate.) There were a number of us from FAU and we did not expect to be read a sermon from the mount on the performer's outfits, the bad manners of the audience, late arrivals, candy eaters, and another belaboring of the bad acoustics of the auditorium. Peevish moralizing, particularly on the part of Mr. Jenkins, threw no light on the musical experience. His statement that the music of Beethoven requires a great deal of understanding was unfortunately discredited by his likening the trio in E Flat to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. He would have to think a great deal harder than his present capacity indicates to come up with a more disparate comparison. The trio was written in Beethoven's "middle period;" the Ninth Symphony was one of his last works. In those intervening years, the complexity and difficulty of Beethoven's compositions multiplied. The trio requires three performers; the ninth requires four vocal soloists, a chorus, and full orchestra. Mara L. Johnson Boca Raton It would be nice to think the Florida Supreme Court reversal of a Palm Beach County gag order would convince everyone that muzzling the press is not the way to assure fair trial. But it probably won't. The root issue is as simple as the First Amendment: Judges have no business telling the press what to print or not to print. The courts have other means at their discretion such as sequestration of jurors - to assure that inadmissible evidence is kept from them. And in any case, it has yet to be established that a juror has to be ignorant of anything other than testimony in order to be fair. Flexible After the decision was announced, Circuit Judge Emery Newell, who imposed the order a year ago to block publication of inadmissible statements by defendants in a murder trial, said he hadn't changed his mind and would do the same thing again if it weren't for the Supreme Court order. Why Coed? Muzzling the press is the easy way out - easy, but I was deeply shocked to read on the editorial page about the Russians who liberated the East from the Nazi suppressors. Mr. Godlin stated that all of us should be happy that the East was liberated by the Red Army. It is either the lack of knowledge toward the situation in East Europe, or the facts have been deliberately twisted. The reason I can make this statement is because half of my family was eliminated by the Poles and the Russian commanders, whose names are known to us. I was lucky I could escape; many were not that fortunate. The situation between the Jewish and Prussian people might differ, but the cause and the outcome were the same. Thirty years has passed since the commencement o( persecution and mass eviction of the East Prussian people by the Communists. Thirty years or three hundred years will not erase the scars of the inhuman treatment our people suffered at the hands of these transgressors. Being a resident of East Prussia during the beginning of this tyranny I personally witnessed the unbelievable brutal killing of our people men, women and children alike! The killings were done in a way that would make the Jewish concentration camps look like a church-operated convent. It is too bad that one focuses on the tyranny of the unhuman treatment on the Jewish community only and forgets that 31 years after the war these transgressors, Poland and Russia, continue to operate basically in the same manner. We do not expect from the World any sympathy or emotional break down, but we expect some common sense in this matter. Manfred G. Kaireit West Palm Beach 4Tashi' Your review of the "Tashi" concert was disastrous. As a graduate student in the Department of English at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), might I suggest that both reviewers enroll in our basic 411 course in English composition, where they would learn to make a principal statement, followed by a logical and pertinent development, and close with a recapitulation of the main theme. In this case, discuss the music and its performance in some logical sequence, possibly with relevant facts concerning the music not Mr. Jenkins' totally unrelated stories about the then-young Ashkenazy's refusal to record, not to play, the Beethoven piano concerti, and about Mr. Kertesz' understandable reluctance to mount another production of the Beethoven Ninth Symphony when he had just finished one. Many of us heard the performers, and read One Good and One Bad Coed physical education has been forced upon the students in public schools by the government. My dad has told me that it is being done by the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. I do not know why we have to have coed classes. It will not do any good. It might even harm us. Boys and girls do not have the same athletic ability in many sports. Why is the government forcing this on us? Expansion of the state Public Service Commission from three to five members is no panacea for the problem of too-high utility rates, but it may be of some help. at the polls two years hence probably would be a better way of accomplishing this. Nonetheless a five-member board would provide more opportunity for differing opinions and would be of some help for that reason alone. The presidential and national elections aie over for another four years. For some reasons or another my mind reverted back to a few days before the 1972 elections when I and one of my more conservative friends were engaged in a political discussion. At that time he informed me that he thought U.S. Sen. George McGovein would receive only the electoral votes from South Dakota, Washington and Massachusetts. (Sen. McGovern didn't even win in his home state of South Dakota that year.) Recalling what had happened to Alf Landoti in 1936 and Barry Goldwater in 1964, I respond ed that this could be very possible. But, I also added that the political party which nominated McGovern for president is the longest lived political organization in the world, beginning during the times of George Clinton, Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. And, the leasun that it has lasted longer than any other party in this or any other country is that it has re currently welcomed and absorbed the emerging energies of American life. I would like to end my letter thinking that what I felt in 1972 about the Democratic party might also apply in 1976. Chuck Elliott Pahokee The plan to have the five members run from districts, however, would do no good at all and probably would be harmful. District elections, on the other hand, present a clear danger. What incentive is there for a commissioner who represents only 20 per cent of the people to challenge a rate request that does not affect his district? Anyone who thinks the utilities would be loathe to exploit this weakness is naive indeed. While not naming names, state Sen. Don C. Childers (D-West Palm Beach) made it clear he wanted to expand the board so that Commissioners Bill Bevis and William Mayo, who have consistently shown that their primary interest is utility-company profits, will no longer constitute a majority. Letters must bear the full name and address of writer, be no longer than 200 words and be written legibly. All letters are subject to condensation. A letter will not be considered for publication If the writer has had a letter published within the previous 30 days. A five-member Public Service Commission is all right, but its members should be elected if indeed they should be elected at all, rather than appointed 'Tell Gov. Carter we may run into more red tape with the Washington bureaucracy than we figured)' The defeat of Bevis and Mayo

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