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Palm Beach Post-Times, Saturday, Nov. 2, 19687 V s DeYourtg Bob . UIST. Republican For ... State Senate Isle Of Center Pines Reported For Guerrillas Prayer For Today Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 PRAYER: Our Father, accept our thanks for the Bible, for the way of salvation through Christ, for the help and comfort we find in Thy Word. Speak to us by the Holy Spirit as we read it. For the sake of Christ, who taught us to pray, "Our Father who art in heaven . . . Amen." Victor Riesel Private War On Poverty Planned By Reuther Aides ELECT ROBERT G. CLARK FOR SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS REPUBLICAN NOV. 5 LEVER 26 A N. m. d. In the Cabana Fortress In Havana." The Associated Press dispatch of Oct. 20 reported that the young Communists on the "Isle of Youth" are being "steeped In guerrilla legend and hatred of Americans." It quoted a 13-year old fifth grader as saying: "Capitalism and Imperialism are the enemies of all the peoples of the world. We are brothers of the Vietnamese." The Issue is QUALIFICATION winds the ribbon from its spool and rewinds It on a cardboard the size of a No.10 envelope" and has It mailed from either Canada or Mexico. So are some of his letters with the razor blades et al. Wilkins now operates a school for massage therapy ion Clematis Street. Wilkins said the school now housing the youthful revolutionaries was formerly a prison for criminals, all of whom were released during the revolution by Castro. "Later he filled It with political prisoners," he added, then we established this training ground for saboteurs and guerillas, he transferred the political prisoners to the dungeons ELECT REP. Pol. Adv. TAX ASSESSOR r VOTE THE MAN C. E R R O L H C IS the ground. This column checked the Ford Foundation because it did seem to be entering labor's civil war via the war on poverty. Foundation President McGeorge Bundy was gentle but firm when I referred to printed reports of the big grant. "The story is wholly garbled and untrue," said Bundy, suggesting I also talk with Mitchell Svirldoff, an old CIO hand, now Ford Foundation Vice President for National Affairs. Then Svirldoff hammered the nails into the coffers. "The Ford Foundation has given nothing to the Alliance for Labor Action," said Svirldoff. "We have had no discussion with the ALA. We have no The QUALIFIED Candidate Democrat STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 80 - Palm Beach - Martin Counties Pd. Pol. Adv. by Camp. Treas. If You Plan to Vote for DETROIT - Here, In the bastion of two great working class empires, the euphoric word spread that soon the Teamsters and the United Auto Workers would be granted $5.2 million so they could rescue the poor. Furthermore, the money was to be granted by the Ford Foundation, now challengingly encased under glass a stone's throw from the United Nations. With the money, reportedly the first of other millions, Walter Reuther and his comrade in arms, Frank (Fltz) Fltzsim-mons, stand-in for the shut-in Jimmy Hoffa, were to train thousands of disadvantaged youth to help save the Inner cities. Thus the word was leaked. The Auto Workers and the Teamsters' new Alliance For Labor Action (ALA) will be the community training force If Humphrey is elected and the savior of the people if that Dick Nixon Is chosen. The message came through clear and loud in many union headquarters this Is the wave of the future the Alliance will be the front runner for the government or the fantastically wealthy Ford Foundation. This wave of the future was Reuther's and Fltzsimmons' not George Meany's. The only trouble with the report of the new gold flow was, as old William Saroyan would say, It had no foundation all the way down the line. It was a plant, pure but not very simple. It was intended to draw into the ALA other unions disturbed by central city crises and attracted by the promise of heavy financ-. lng. A funding of $5.2 million would Indeed have gotten Reuther's new labor federation off grammed the participation of the poor on a block-by-block basis in Watts and other Har-lemsof the nation. "We have had some discussion with Jack Conway on community development," added Svirldoff. "But nothing has been decided. And no such figure ever has been discussed. We have been talking with Jack about the future of the Citizens Crusade Against Poverty and our funding relations to it. What could happen? "Jack could be heading up a new organization based on the CCAP. Its role is changing." The Citizens Crusade Against Poverty was set up by Walter Reuther in 1964. He funded it with a million dollars from the auto union treasury. Later, the Ford Foundation gave it $375,000 as a starter for the training of poor young men and women, so they could In turn organize in the ghettos. Then Jack Conway, who, as one of the labor movement's lntellectuals-ln-residence, devised the technique of coalition bargaining (after he left the OEO), became the Citizens Crusade liaisonwith the Ford Foundation. Jack Conway also has been working with the Citizen Advocate Center, the Social Development Assn., the Watts Labor Action Committee and community organizations ranging from California to Mississippi. The methodically spread, but utterly erroneous reports of a Teamster-auto union windfall thus lead to clues to a headline-making story. Namely: the merging of nongovernmental community agencies for a private war on poverty, funded in part by the Ford Foundation, and directed by the Incommunicative Conway. It will be fascinating to watch when the action hits the streets. WALLACE, IlJMIIr OR Clayton Fritchcy nhx(0)n 0 P4 Indifference Of Voters Big Factor In Election By TODD WRIGHT Staff Writer Letters from Cuba received by a local resident report the training of young revolutionaries In sabotage and guerrilla warfare on the Isle of Pines, renamed the "Isle of Youth" by the Castro government. An Associated Press dispatch printed in The Palm Beach Post-Times on Sunday, Oct. 20 confirmed the reports received last July by Dr. Juan Amon-Wilkins of West Palm Beach. But on Aug. 1, the Department of State denied the island, 60 miles off the south coast of Cuba and 90 miles south of Havana, was being used for such purposes. In a letter to U. S. Rep. Paul G. Rogers, who had reported Wilklns' information to the department, William B. Macom-ber Jr., assistant secretary of state for congressional relations wrote: "For a number of years Cuba has been attempting to foment revolution in all of the Americas and, as part of that training, has brought hundreds of youths to Cuba from various countries of the hemisphere and given them political Indoctrination and guerrilla training. "It is not believed, however, that the Isle of Pines Is the site of such training." Macomber added that "about a year ago it closed the prison there and turned the facilities into a school and reportedly undertook a massive agriculture development program Involving thousands of young Cubans. The avowed purpose of the program is to develop the island and to develop a 'revolutionary youth.' " Wilklns, in an interview with The Palm Beach Post-Times, displayed a copy of the letter from his correspondent living on the island which he had forwarded to Rogers. Wilklns knows the island well as he operated a spa there with an orthopedic clinic for 24 years. In 1960 Castro siezed the property, totaling 1,000 acres, half of which Wilklns had developed Into orchards of citrus and other tropical fruit. On the day of the Bay of Pigs tragedy, April 17, 1961, Wilklns was arrested, but was released on the night of May 1. At the time of his arrest, his papers had been seized and subsequently "lost" and it was not until June 5 that he was able to get out of the country. Wilklns got his family out four years earlier. Though he had gone to Cuba from New York City he settled it in West Palm Beach. In addition to three daughters, the Wilkins have a son who Is now serving in Vietnam with the U. S. Air Force. In addition to his secret correspondent in Cuba, an aged American who has spent most of his life In a semiofficial capacity there, Wilkins visits Miami at least once a month to obtain Information from recent refugees from Castro rule. In his letter to Rogers, Wilkins also told the "dire and serious conditions which Americans and non-Communist Cubans are forced to endure. "The few remaining Americans (on the Isle of Pines) who have applied to the Swiss Consulate for repatriation," he reported, "must wait in the food rationing lines from 4 a.m. only to be told there is no food for them. "This also applies to the non-Communist Cubans, but if they have applied for permission to leave Cuba, they are forced to do slave labor. They are compelled to sweep the streets and clean up the garbage purposely scattered for their humiliation." Macomber's report to Rogers said the department was "aware of the Increasingly harsh living conditions for nearly all Inhabitants of Cuba, but that It had no official reports of special hardships borne by the residents of the Isle of Pines." He added that the "Indignities to which older residents and persons formerly of position In Cuba are currently being subjected, apparently result partly from the Cuban government's policy of forcing everyone to participate In the 'Revolution' and partly from economic necessity." Macomber assured Rogers that American citizens there were not being drafted to work. Just how difficult it is to obtain someof the minor necessities of life In Cuba Is perhaps best illustrated by a practice followed by Wllkens In his weekly letter to his correspondent in Castroland. In each letter he sends a single band-aid, five or six of the little Individual envelopes of Instant coffee and a razor blade or two. The grateful acknowledgement of these small gifts is so warm it is difficult to believe that so little can mean so much. To keep his friend in typewriter ribbon, Wilklns un- Elliott Promoted A 13-year veteran on the West Palm Beach Police force, Melvln J. Elliott, 44, has been promoted to sergeant, according to Chief William Barnes. He will be assigned to the detective bureau, Barnes said. Read This! gional Council believes this could affect the outcome In as many as five southern states. The Humphrey camp is also cheered by a new Commerce Department study. This shows that nationwide a larger percentage of whites vote than Negroes, but the reverse is now true outside of the South. In the densely populated twelve North-Central states, 80 percent of the non-whites vote, compared with 76 percent of the whites. Nationally, 71 percent of whites voted in 1964, as against 58 percent non-whites. The Democrats, with their emphasis on youth, are further encouraged by the Commerce Department's finding that the U.S. population is becoming younger faster than anybody dreamed. Over five million Americans of voting age died since 1964, but a record 12.5 million have become old enough to vote in the same period. There is another potential surprise In the female vote. Women of voting age have increased their advantage over men by five million. It is now 63 to 58 million. In the past this has been offset by a larger percentage of men going to the polls. This year, however, the Humphrey camp Is hoping that the marked hostility of mothers and wives to the Vietnam war will stimulate a heavier female vote on the more dovish Democratic side. intention of giving anything to the ALA. This is a highly Inaccurate story. There is no money for the Teamsters. There is no money for the Auto Workers. That's it." Did Svirldoff have any thoughts on any possible source for such reports? He did not. But he did say that the Ford Foundation had been talking over the years with Jack Conway, once executive assistant to Walter Reuther. It was Conway who, as assistant to former OEO Director Sargent Sh river, developed the controversial national an-tipoverty program's community action guidelines. It was Conway who pro hands, tor if the electorate decides to vote for the party rather than the man, any Democrat would stand to gain. There are just a lot more Democrats than Republicans. For the last few months Americans have spent most of their time studying the candidates, although in trying to foresee what will happen next Tuesday it might be more profitable to study the American electorate, which has been undergoing some remarkable If little noticed changes since the 1H64 election. It appears, for Instance, that the Negro vote may have even greater Impact than expected. Nearly one million newly-registered Negro voters in the South will be voting next week for the first time In a Presidential election. In 11 southern states Negro registration has increased phenomenally since m, rising from 2,1M,UU0 to 3,124,0(10. The Southern Re of a jet engine. One wonders how Rep. Erlenbom flies back home to Illinois. The answer: By jet, naturally. And I don't think he would be too pleased If both the Washington and Chicago airports were located 75 miles from the nearest cities. Constantino Brumidi, an Immigrant whose paintings abound In tn? Capitol here, signed his works this way: "C. Brumidi, artist, citizen of the United States." At Meramec Caverns, Mo., a poll of 8,000 visitors gave Nixon 44 percent of the vote and Wallace 40 percent of the vote. Humphrey was really In the hole with only 16 WASHINGTON - In the spring of this year there were two common political assumptions: first, that any Democrat, with the exception of Lyndon Johnson or Hubert Humphrey, could win against Richard Nixon; second, that Nelson Rockefeller, or almost any Republican except Nixon, could defeat any Democrat. If the long campaign now coming to a close has proved anything, it is the validity of these assumptions. Nixon is still ahead in the polls, but there wouldn't be any doubt about the outcome If the nominee were Rockefeller. It also appears that the fading Nixon would have been overtaken before this if Robert Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, or Eugene McCarthy were carrying the Democratic colors. Even as It is, the Vice-President, after one of the most unfortunate campaigns In Democratic history, appears to be closing fast on Nixon. The campaign has confirmed the view of many Republican leaders that Nixon has very little natural appeal. It Is simply his good fortune that Humphrey's appeal Is also negative this year. It is hard to remember an election in which there was so much Indifference on both sides. In the final analysis this may play into Humphrey's Don Maclean There is a choice this year. Wallace, Humphrey or Nixon .. . all three have something to offer. The main thing to do is VOTE. There is a choice among the Presidential candidates just as there is a choice in qualifications right here in Palm Beach County. However, there is a big difference between voting for a President and voting for a judge or a tax collector or a county commissioner of a state attorney ... a port commissioner. On the county level we must vote for the man who is best qualified for the job he seeks. For President let's face it we rely on the national press, radio and TV news writers to give us the straight facts. Our information comes secondhand whereas here in Palm Beach County many of us know the candidates personally. For sure, we are in a position to vote intelligently for the best qualified candidate. Party labels should be secon- On the other hand, it is extremely vital to us to vote a "party line" on the Presidential level. They play "politics" pretty hard in our capital city. Party "labels" are very, very important on a national political basis. But . . . here in our home county . . . when we need service in the courtriouse we need the best qualified man to serve us. On Election Day vote for the man ... not his party. Some Like Noise Of Jets; They May Be Prejudiced WASHINGTON - Everybody seems to be knocking Jet airplane noises and nobody seems to want an airport anywhere near a city, yet more and more people are riding Jets all the time. Take Rep. John N. Erlenbom (R-Ill.) who tossed out this comment In a recent newsletter: "To my knowledge, nobody loves the sound of a Jet airplane." I should like to Increase his knowledge: LOTS of people like the sound of a Jet engine. I, for one, find the sound a comfort when I'm flying in a Jet airplane. I've never been in one in which the engine went off, but I Imagine the feeling would be ghastly. And, of course, anyone who makes his living flying jets or servicing them likes the sound This is progress? In 1940, according to the Commerce Department, the average wage-earner worked three hours, 26 minutes to buy a pair of shoes. Today, despite Increased wages, he works an hour longer to buy a pair of shoes. No comment Is necessary for this news Item culled from the'Lelcester Mercury, a British newspaper: "M. Joseph Petit, head of an artificial insemination farm center in Aix-les-Balns, France, has had his car wrecked by an angry bull." One Congressman remarks that he doesn't know whether the 90th Congress has now passed into history or merely into "merciful oblivion." t THIS ADVERTISEMENT PAID FOR BY THE DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, BETTY ALLEN, PRESIDENT, ROBERT SCOTT, TREASURER.

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