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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 4

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, November 3, 1968
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h Post-Times The Paim Beac Post-Times Choices In Tuesday Vote A JOHN H PERKY NEWSPAPER John H Perry Jr Pm. WW. A Her bury Jr.. Treaa. Cecil B. Keiley. Publiaher. General Manager H. H. Kirkpatnrk. Editor ('. K Neuhaiwr. Eire Mitiw K. Merit Elln. Circulation Director Published Each Saturday and Sunday at 2751 South O.ik. Watt Palm Beach. Fta. .13402 By Perry PubLcationi, Inc. Member ol the Ataociited Preta. Second-claw pottage paid at Wert Palm Beach. Florida The Aieociated Pratt it etclutivrly entitled to the tit lor republication of all newt Member Audit Bureau of Circulation H NmrNl RUrM ftHltft ead aada. The business of government, sometimes contemptuously referred to as "politics," is not an easy or simple one, either for those who govern or for the consenting governed. Particularly in a presidential election year, when most of the campaign emphasis is on the candidates for that awesome national job,: the electorate finds it difficult to gain sufficient knowledge of the qualifications of other candidates for lesser offices to enable them to vote intelligently. Even those who would prefer not to do so often find themselves relying on a party label for their Timt A Sanaa, I ytar 131 20 ; 6month ...115 60 ; 3 monthi ta'aP ' I ctk 160 which of them are best fitted for the offices they seek. Such judgments, of course, are not absolute; they are opinions reflecting the weight we place on claims of the candidates themselves and the credence we place in what their opponents say about them, the impact of personalities, and projections of prior experience into future action. But they are based on what we consider pertinent factors, and without regard to party affiliation. It is with complete sincerity and equal humility, therefore, that we make these recommendations in the 33 contested races in Tuesday's general election: 149 40 . 124 to .112 as That, unfortunately, is not government by consent but government by default. Much as the political partisans would like to believe or have others believe not all virtue resides in either party, nor in either party's candidates. If it did, we could dispense with elections entirely; all we would have to do would be to install the nominees of the "Good" Party. During the campaign, it has been the aim of The'Post-Times to provide in its news columns both sides of the major political races as objectively as possible. In the meantime, Post-Times editors have made an earnest effort, through interviews and study of candidates' records, to determine I ytar . . -6 monthi 3 monthi I ttk . . 5 SiiNla' IhjK .110 40 .15 20 . . 12.60 ...I .20 I ytar . . . 6 months 3 months 1 wttk . . . ') Ua j Poat orTimn 1 10 Sunday Potl Timta 25 "al A aaday I year S.1I.0 monthi .115 60 3 monthi $7 HO 1 k I 60 Hail, (I.I. Pmi at Tints I year 120 80 6 monthfl . ..110.40 3 month $5.20 I tek I 40 Pe.aMt la tdtaart Tim. A Siailat 14500 123 00 11200 -IV. I K i iipy 1, Mail Daily Ualy Pan or Times MO 00 11600 WOO PM A adsy I yen 145 00 6 months ... .$3 00 3 monthi $12.00 11500 18 00 15.00 Poil or Times I 20 Sunday Post Times .3 i rH0N,S Wan. Ad. .33 4033 Central Ollirt 8.11 4011 National Advertising Repretentative John H. Perry Associates Suit 502. 19 Weat 44th Street. New York. N Y. 10036 For United States Senator Edward J. Gurney (R) His strong conservative record as a member of the House of Representatives marks him as the man most likely to reflect the Florida political philosophy in the upper chamber. For President of the United States Richard M. Nixon (R) The man best qualified to guide this nation through a perilous period, to restore peace abroad and at home; to halt trends toward runaway inflation and anarchy. I IIIIU tajl m hiaSaV A m For Representative in Congress Paul G. Rogers (D) A true representative of the people of his district, Rogers' congressional seniority makes him a most valuable public servant. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1968 I A All Vote 6YES' On New State Constitution : -1 For State Supreme Court, Group 2 James C. Adkins (D) Gainesville circuit judge has edge over opponent both in experience and bar association For State Supreme Court, Group 3 Vassar B. Carlton (D) Titusville circuit judge highly rated by Palm Beach, Dade, and Duval bar association members. For State Supreme Court, Group 1 Joe Boyd (D) A South Floridian known well and favorably throughout the state, has knowledge and temperament to serve with distinction. A great many amateur and a few professional critics have been picking flaws in the proposed new Florida constitution since it was approved at a special session of the legislature last July. But about all they have accomplished is to prove that the modernized charter is not perfect. For Florida Public Service Commission Ray C. Osborne (R) An outstanding state representative, St. Petersburg attorney has definite ideas for upgrading PSC effectiveness. For State Attorney Zell Davis Jr. (R) and Tom Johnson (D) incumbent, both highly qualified. Davis has served as assistant to Johnson. For Public Defender - Walter N.Colbath Jr. (R), Incumbent, and John S. Witt(D) , assistant county solicitor, appear equally well qualified. Z) cli 1 1 For State Senator, 34th District Elmer 0. Friday Jr. (D) Former judge and long-time state legislator, he has demonstrated ability as a senator and has earned re-election. For State Senator, District 35 Jerry Thomas (D) An active and vocal conservationist, he has been an outstanding legislator since 1960. In line for Senate For State Representative, 77th District Lake Lytal (D) A long time county commissioner, he would bring Intimate knowledge of county and state affairs to the legislature. For State Representative, 79th District Raymond J. Moudry (R) Former state legislator; slight advantage on basis of experience. Both candidates For State Representative, 81st District Charles E. Miner Jr. (D) Attorney, former teacher, experience as congressional aide, former municipal judge. Good background for job. For State Representative, 80th District John Jordan (R) A businessman who would approach legislative problems with a business-like viewpoint. For County Judge, Group 1 Paul T. Douglas (D) Eight years of superior service in this post make him stand-out choice for re-election. For County Judge, Group 2 James R. Stewart Jr. (R) Serving by appointment since 1965, he was overwhelmingly favored over opponent in bar association poll. For Criminal Court Judge Russell H. Mcintosh (D) The county's senior criminal court Judge, his record and experience recommend his re-election. Mai -ACS The important thing to remember at the polls next Tuesday is that the revised constitution is much superior to the one now in effect. The flaws it contains can be readily remedied. And if we must wait for a "perfect" new constitution, we will never get out of our horse-and-buggydays rut. Florida's present constitution was adopted in 1885, when much of the state was unsettled and great stretches unpopulated. Where stands of pine and palmetto existed then there now are modern, well-populated towns and cities. The document is now a patchwork of amendments, contradictions and anachronisms. It has been amended 135 times, has grown in bulk to 40,000 words, many of them applicable only to one particular county. ' s Parts of it are in conflict with the United States Constitution. Parts of it have been nullified by the federal courts, leaving gaps in the state's basic law that have not been filled by substitute provisions. Parts of it have simply died of old age. A few examples: The present Florida constitution says "White and colored children shall not be taught in the same school, but impartial provision shall be made for both." The U.S. Supreme Court back in 1954 ruled that in conflict with the U.S. Constitution. The 1885-model constitution, as amended, sets the size of the Florida legislature at no more than 32 senators and 68 representatives; yet, under federal court orders, the state is now operating with 48 Senate seats and 119 House members. The federal courts also have taken over the jobs of fair apportionment and regular reapportionment, which the present constitution failed to accomplish over a long period of years. The present constitution contains a tax exemption provision for motion picture studios which expired in 1948; a gasoline tax distribution formula based on economic facts of the year 1931 and now grossly discriminating against urban areas; provisions for an executive department which bears only superficial resemblance to the cabinet system which actually runs the department; and a host of other outmoded items. The proposed new constitution, among other improvements, would: Provide for annual sessions of the legislature, reducing the need for costly and disruptive special and extra sessions. Guarantee periodic reapportionment of the legislature in a fair and equitable manner. Put all matters dealing with the same subject in a single article, making the charter simpler and less subject to confusion and misinterpretation. Provide for a lieutenant governor and permit the governor to succeed himself. Permit counties to pass ordinances, much as cities do now, instead of requiring legislative action on every county need. Modernize the educational system, permitting consolidation of school districts by vote of , people affected. Establish state policy to protect natural resources. Give people power to propose constitutional amendments without going through legislature. In general, the proposed new constitution would give the people of Florida a stronger voice in their city and county governments as well as in their state government. And perhaps that is one potent reason for the various pockets of opposition that have appeared in recent weeks. There is always opposition to change; it is partly a matter of inertia, and partly a matter of protecting vested interests associated with the status quo. Any public office holder at any government level who sees any possible threat to his public job is automatically an opponent of any proposed change in the basic law. But what is good for individual office holders is not necessarily good for Florida. The sudden emergence of a horde of "constitutional experts" who find various fearful reasons for rejecting the new charter flies in'the face of reason. A panel of real experts worked for more than a year on this document, and it was then molded into shape at a special session of the legislature before being presented to the people for their judgment. That judgment is to be made by you at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In our judgment, a vote "FOR" the new constitution is in the best interests of the state and its citizens. For Judge, Small Claims-Magistrate court, Group 3 Robert V. Parker (D) and How-;ard II. Harrison (R), assistant solicitor, both well regarded. Bar association poll favors Parker by small For Judge, Juvenile Court & Domestic Relations John E. Born (D) Highly regarded attorney and former municipal judge, heavily favored over opponent in bar association poll. For Judge, Small Claims Magistrate Court, Group 1 F. A. "Banzai" Currie (D) County's first Small Claims Court judge, has grown with the Job. Has earned re-election. f wj , I F 1 For Tax Assessor Edgar W. Maxwell (D) In eight years in this office has won recognition for efficiency, thoroughness; doing an honest and workmanlike job for county. For Sheriff William R. Heldt-man (R) Has compiled enviable record and won nationwide recognition on job. Deserves reelection even though opponent highly qualified. For Clerk of Circuit Court John B. Dunkle (D) Has managed this office responsibly and economically since combining it with criminal clerk's office. Deserves re-election on record. LSt, For County Commissioner, - -4 frt 1 Robert F. Culpepper For Supervisor of Elections Horace Beasley (D) Has applied his experience as a businessman to this office in a manner that merits re-election. For Tax Collector C. E. McGehee (R) As assistant to Tax Collector Stetson Sproul for eight years, McGehee is outstanding choice for this post. L ;M Wli u) iNauve raim ueacn coun-tlan and mayor of Jupiter, impresses with integrity and fresh viewpoints. For Countv Cnmmissinnpr. Dis- trirt .1 Rnhprt C. .Tnhnenn (H For County Commissioner, District 5 E. W. "Bud" Weaver (D) Re-election urged on basis of effectiveness as commissioner and as representative of Glades area. 'Z For Board of Public Instruction, District 3 Bernard Kim-mel, M.D. (D) Has broad knowledge of school system, intense Interest In improving It, and constructive ideas for doing so. In close decision, favored slightly over Democratic opponent by virtue of experience as mayor of Lake Worth. n J la H For Port Commissioner, Group 2 Billy B. Burns (D) His years of dedicated service to port and the community it serves entitle him to re-election. For Port Commissioner, Group 1 Lee K. Spencer (D) A successful businessman whose interests relate to port activity; would work to enhance port's value to economy of community. For Board of Public Instruction, District 5 Ann B. McKay (R) Teaching experience gives her inside knowledge of school needs; has good grasp of school board requirements.

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