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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

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Mary McGrory The Palm Beach Post Sun Sets on South Lawn Cecil B. Kelley, Jr. General Manager Daniel J. Mahoney, Jr. Publisher Thomas A. Kelly Editor Samuel J. Pepper Managing Editor the Clarke B. Ash, Associate Editor THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 9, 1976 111 Wind in Glades WASHINGTON - Everything was exactly the way it should have been - and always is -on the south lawn of the White House, as Gerald Ford greeted Italy's premier, Giulio Andreotti. The sun shone, the banners snapped, the trumpets sounded, the band played, the honor guard saluted, the people applauded. But it was a somber occasion. For Gerald Ford, it was the last time the trumpets would, be raised in a fanfare for him. His guest was not in markedly better shape. If Ford has lost his job, Andreotti is hanging on to his by a thread. And Ford can't help him with his horrendous economic and political problems. Only Jimmy Carter can do that. And Carter adamantly refused to see him, because he is not president yet. The Andreotti visit was planned last July, and to cancel it would have been out of the question. An American appearance always brings a little lift back home. If he wanted to wait for Carter, Andreotti would have had to go to the end of the line of foreign visitors that already has formed, and he couldn't wait. He will do what he can with the international monetary institutions while he is here. Naturally, in their remarks, neither of the principals touched on their troubles. Gerald Ford made no mention of the melancholy fact that he won't be reviewing honor guards any more. Nor did Andreotti refer to his desperate situation as leader of a nation that seems to be coming apart at the seams, with strikes, communism and inflation steadily on the rise. Instead they spoke of the eternal friendship between Italy and America, and the band played But he must know that the power he held so-briefly is slipping away like sand in an hour-, glass. He knows that Andreotti really wanted a meeting with Jimmy Carter, and that strenuous efforts involving Italian-American congressmen J were made to that end. The best that could be done was a rendez- vous with Vice President-elect Walter Mondale, who was scheduled to come to Blair House v. advance of a congressional delegation so that; Andreotti can go home with at least one slender' claim of having made contact with the future. And if the President read The New York; Times, he could see that Andreotti is adjusting his views on the Italian Communist menace to the Carter position. Andreotti, in departing Italy, took a calm attitude toward the prospect of Communists in government. He spoke pleasantly of Italy's red leader, Enrico Berlinguer. He could hardly do otherwise, as Italy's new "austerity" program, depends in large measure on the cooperation of the unions, which are under Communist control. But he never would have said so if Kissinger .; were still in power. Kissinger was adamant on the subject of the inadmissibility of Communists. By contrast, Cyrus Vance says that "indi- vidual countries should deal with Communists as, they see fit." It was the most curious ritual at the White House. Both host and guest went through their paces as if everything depended on how they hit it off. But at any given moment, their minds were elsewhere, and probably in the, same place. Doubtless both of them were thinking about the man who wasn't there, and soon will be, Jimmy Carter. the aria-like Italian national anthem and "The Star-Spangled Banner," and it seemed that just another routine state visit was in progress. But it was unmistakably Monday morning on the faces of many of those present. The White House staffers looked anxiously at the President. They did not need his wistful reminder that his first foreign guest had also been an Italian, President Giovanni Leone. That was two years ago, before anybody knew who Jimmy Carter was. Henry Kissinger was there, looking dumpy and dispirited. He has only the composition of his memoirs to look forward to. He knew that Andreotti would rather sit down with Cyrus Vance than with him. Ford is not feeling blue, his staff assured the press. Before he received Andreotti, he breakfasted with Republican state chairmen. They found him "sober," according to one of them, but he said he was looking foward to an "exciting life" without trumpets. Dennis Koehler seems to be bending over backward to be fan-to the sugar cane growers in the dispute over air quality in the Glades. Koehler, a newly elected Palm Beach County commissioner, said that before he recommends stricter controls on the industry, he will try to resolve discrepancies between air-quality measurements taken by the county Health Department and those taken by the industry. The irony is that Koehler used to be the county's environmental control officer, and as such he fought a long but losing battle to put the sugar industry under local air-pollution standards instead of the state's, which are lower. In arguing successfully for exemption from local standards, the industry contended the county would retain sufficient control over air quality through its Health Department. Well, the Health Department now reports that air pollution in the Belle Glade area has reached an alarming level, but the industry disputes its figures. The industry maintains air-quality monitoring stations of its own, whose findings may well be at odds with the county's. It is probably reasonable - to resolve such factual differences, as Koehler suggests, before taking further action. Unless they are wildly inaccurate, however, the Health Department's findings of a seven-year decline in air quality over the sugarcane belt indicate that something will have to be done about open-field burning. The sugar industry has accomplished a great deal already by cleaning up its refining process at a cost of some $10 million for smokestack scrubbers. But, apparently, the improvement at the refineries is being offset by an increase in open-field burning. The type of cane grown in Florida does not lend itself well to mechanical harvesting, which might eliminate the need for burning. More research on that subject is indicated. Meanwhile, Mr. Koehler was right when he said two years ago that the industry ought to meet local air-quality standards. Locally is where the damage is being done. WHS, LT ME YoU W THERE 16 Mo NEEp ToZ coto&to. BEST foR YOU To A Message in Japan J TT Japan's voters on Monday registered a clear demand for clean government. The Liberal Democratic party should follow its leader's advice and heed that call. The Liberal Democrats, who have had comfortable legislative majorities for 21 years, find themselves still in power only by virtue of an alliance with independents. The reasons are not hard to find.. As does any political organization with too firm a hold on power, the Liberal Democrats have become soft, dissension-ridden and in many areas corrupt. In testimony before U.S. congressional investigators, it was revealed that Lockheed had paid $2 million in bribes to government officials to spur sales of its aircraft in Japan. Former Prime Minister Kakeiu Tanaka, two former cabinet ministers and a dozen other persons have been indicted in the case. There's certainly nothing ideological to be read into the returns. While the Liberal Democrats - who, despite their name, are conservatives - lost more than 50 seats, the Communists lost 22 and the Socialists gained only 11, many of those due more to reapportionment than anything else. One big gainer was the New Liberal Club, formed by five Liberal Democratic legislators who broke away in protest of corruption. All five won new terms and 12 others were elected under their banner. Numerically, the biggest improvement was made by the Clean Government party, which gained from 30 to 55 seats. The Democratic Socialists, meanwhile, went from 19 seats to 29. Both parties are considered middle-of-the-road. Prime Minister Takeo Miki whose survival is far from certain immediately called for a thorough restructuring of the party, a cleansing of political corruption and an end to the party's internal power struggle. Good ideas, but a little late. If the Liberal Democrats had done those things in the first place, they wouldn't have taken the licking they did Monday. Letters to the Editor- Steel Profits Vital to the Economy uses the lights, his stock would be worth less than a dime. But I thank Florida Power & Light Co. for the convenience it gave the people of Century Village so that they could pay the ,bills in the Atlantic Bank on Okeechobee Boulevard just across from the shopping center. Max Kirschenbaum West Palm Beach the stupid and incorrect book, "How to Speak Southern?" You should return any monies you have received from same and also an apology is in order. There is ignorant talk anywhere in the country but to try to capitalize on the uneducated is cruel. Mrs. J. W. Moffet Delray Beach It's Illegal Good Sirens APB Complaints We can understand why the Area Planning Board would be tempted to find a way to skirt the sunshine law to hear complaints by employes against Executive Director Frank Brutt, but it would be a mistake for at least three reasons: Within the past year there have been several serious accidents involving passenger cars with ambulances, police cars, sheriff's cars and Fire Department equipment. Many of these accidents were unavoidable due to the fact the drivers were unable to hear the sirens of the emergency vehicles. There is no one that dislikes the noise of these sirens more than I do. However, putting personal feelings aside, I realize the safety factors involved, both with the emergency crews and the private individuals. The horns on the West Palm Beach Fire Department trucks are superior to almost any I have encountered in the past, and it is my theory that there would be fewer accidents and more lives saved if laws were passed that all emergency equipment were to have horns or sirens of the magnitude of those of the West Palm Beach Fire Department. Charlotte Fain West Palm Beach FP&L Tell John J. Riordan that if the shoe fits, wear it. If it were not for the consumer that The Florida Legislature specifically intended for the sunshine law to apply in such cases, as evidenced by its refusal to exempt consideration of personnel matters from the open-meetings statute. The APB permitted enough of the employe complaints vague as they were - to be aired publicly that only a fully public follow-up can clear the air. The board needs to keep in mind that the taxpayers are the ultimate employers of Mr. Brutt and those subordinates who are doing the complaining. The public, therefore, has every right to know what's going on. One of our major problems in this country is incompetent and irresponsible journalism, because false or misleading notions thus conveyed usually wind up as an ill-advised law or regulation by the bureaucrats. Your editorial, "Big Steel's Arrogance," well illustrates the point. Steel is one of the major factors in our economy, employing a half million people and using the vested capital of millions of American investors to keep the operation going. Also, it provides a product that is absolutely essential to the overall operation of our economy. Now, the only way steel can keep these people employed, pay the investor for the use of his capital, and provide our society with their indispensable product is to be able to operate at least at a break even point. Simply stated, they have to charge enough for their product to cover their costs of labor, capital, materials. It is vital to our economy, also, that steel stay in business; and in order to do this steel must operate at a profit now and save its money for its future survival in replacing worn-out plants, discovering new and improved processes, and more particularly for meeting the challenges of growth. Without growth, steel would soon be unable to supply our society's requirement for their product. Furthermore, steel is no different than the other integral parts of our economy, all of which must be left free to operate in accordance with these fundamental mandates. Your editorial space might better have been utilized had you called the public's attention to this price rise with the observation that such rises in all areas of our economy are inevitable until and unless the public demands of its profligate and wasteful government that it stop taxing and spending us into oblivion, and that government return to its traditional role of rule by law, leaving the people to work out their problems themselves instead of using government fiat, as they managed to do very successfully for over 200 years before emergence of the wet-nursing bureaucrat. Zell G. McGee Tequesta Cruel Book I am a Southerner, Georgia born and educated. I have lived in Pittsburgh for the past 35 years, until we recently moved to Florida. I object to the implication that anyone from the South cannot speak correctly and also doesn't know how to cook or plan meals for ambassadors. In fact it is not true, and is to say the least disrespectful to our president to be. How about using your influence to promote harmony and the true facts instead of false mockery and untruths? I might expect this from a scandal sheet, but not from a paper with your reputation. How about cutting out the ads and sales for Some of the talk bandied about at Monday's APB meeting involved allegations of criminal conduct supposedly made in affidavit form to the State Attorney's Office. As the maker of the affidavit refused to disclose its contents, the APB should stay away from these matters until the prosecutors can make a preliminary determination of their seriousness and validity. I read with interest your article appearing in the Oct. 10 edition of the Palm Beach Post-Times relating to a question asked by one of your readers, to wit: I am a real-estate salesman with lots of friends. They often give me leads on who wants to sell property and 1 usually get the listing. Would it be all right if 1 give these friends a monetary reward or is that illegal? Your answer in my opinion is not consistent with current Florida Real-Estate License Law in that it is a violation of Florida Real Estate License Law for a broker or sales person to pay to an unregistered individual a share of a commission for the referral of real-estate business Florida license law states any remuneration, including a commission or otherwise, would be unlawful unless said party was a registrant. I note that your question came from a individual apparently residing in California, and your answer may be appropriate by California law - this I do not know. But under Florida law your answer is inappropriate. I would appreciate your advising your readers - inasmuch as your statement appears in a Florida newspaper - that the answer you gave is not appropriate under Elorida Law. Howard Hadley General Counsel Elorida Real Estate Commission Editor's Note: Robert Bruss is a syndicated columnist writing for Real Estate Eeature Services, 2652 Baker Street, San Francisco, Calif., 94123. A copy of this letter has been forwarded to him. Incentive Under "Letters to the Editor'' entitled "Changes Needed" the writer says our society raised us to believe in free enterprise and rugged individualism and concludes that the pillars of our society rip us off. I would like to remind him that this rugged individualism that we were raised to believe in is what has developed our country into the greatest nation. Am sure, Mr. Editor, that you and your coworkers have this ruggedness. The more that people are given for nothing the harder it hits their incentive. Let us not knock that incentive-ness down. Gladys Armstrong Tequesta . i Tobacco and Air the House each of the last two sessions, only to be stalled in the Senate. The measure would confine smoking in government buildings to well-ventilated areas and provide separate areas for nonsmok-ers where possible. It also would restrict smoking in medical facilities. If a person feels he must poison his own lungs with tobacco, there's not much that society can do about it. However, society can and must demand that he not poison the lungs of others. The issue of smoking bans is one of those which emotions too often dominate. To hear some smokers tell it, any restriction on where or when they can light up is tantamount to repeal of the Bill of Rights. It isn't. To the contrary, the core issue is very simple: Those who do not smoke should not be forced to breathe air polluted by those who do. That's why the state should enact the bill to be introduced in the House for the third time next year by Rep. Don Hazelton of West Palm Beach. It has passed ST' II 'I'm sorry, sir, we can't break up the sets. If you want the Cher doll, you have to take Sonny too.'

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