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What Nixon Has Done For Us Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, Nov. 3, 1968 A3 Dale Pullen Ho use Tactics Affront To Democratic Process Committee chairmanships are controlled by seniority. There is no restriction on how long a man can serve as a committee chairman. Nor any rules about checks on his The J People 1 Speak Input Sets Outcome Editor: A few years ago, the speaker at one of our meetings left this thought with us: "Stir in the pot everything you got! because what you stir In the pot comes out! " This could serve as a reminder to American voters. Protest votes .dominated by grievances and prejudices will come out of the ballot box and grow to national disaster. Votes based on wisdom, faith, and love of country will come out the best way and grow to national unity. The ideal of a true democracy is that a president and Congress who will treasure and guard our Constitution should receive the support of the majority of the voters. Our Constitution still stands as our last best hope. HAZEL VACCARELLI West Palm Beach Fly Flag! tdttor: So much is being reported about vandals who desecrate our flag that it should be an excellent time for everybody, whether Democrat or Republican, to fly their flag all day election dav. C. F.BOYD Lantana of the world." Many ex-servicemen felt that way one of them, for he told me so, was Dick Nixon. He ran for the House against a strong incumbent and WON by a large margin. 4. As my dynamic young congressman, he developed evidence and brought to the bar of justice a high official of our State Department who was then convicted by a judge and jury of the United States court of lying under oath to the House of Representatives about his connections with the Soviet agents. This pulled the rug out from under the growing communistic conspiracies in the State Department. It seems strange that we should have so soon forgotten what a true hero the young Californi-an was at that time, and I don't think we have. I remember being personally thrilled by his legal brilliance. 5. He also, when In Congress, supported civil rights selective service, universal military training, Increasing social security benefits and coverage, the tideland oil bill, income tax deductions, statehood for Alaska and Hawaii, the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act, wrote the Mundt-Nixon bill to trip up Communist agents, and helped draft the Taft-Hartley bill which, while it Is not perfect, is the best and only labor bill we ever got, Democrat or Republican. His term In the Senate was very short; he was drafted out of there to run for vice president by Gen. Eisenhower, but for a very Junior senator he did a very remarkable job. And he was the most active vice president we ever had. 6. As vice president, I hope most American citizens recall that actually Richard Nixon acted as president during the weeks and months of 1955 when President Elsenhower had a heart attack, in 1956 when he had an operation for ileitis, In 1957 when he had a stroke, In which the mind as well as the body of the great general was not competent to fulfill the duties of the presidency. Mr. Nixon served then in presiding over all cabinet meetings, served as head of the National Security Council and also of the President's Committee on Government Contracts and on Price Stabilization. The former president certainly remembered what his vice president did for him, for he said, "No man in history was ever better trained for the presidency." I like best to remember that the vice President did all this without ' imaging Ike's dignity or a..owing the people who elected him to become panicky. 7. I can never forget that In 1960, when a steel strike threatened the country the great labor leader, David McDonald, told me that the strike was settled in the upstairs at-home office of the vice president, and that he would always remember that it opened with a prayer. It was, he said, a triumph of brotherhood. 8. He traveled as vice president to 55 countries, met Khrushchev without fear, and was dangerous enough to the Communists in South America that they tried to have him assassinated In Caracas. We should all remember what a job he did for international peace on these trips. We HAD peace during that administration. 9. I remember that he won his seat in the House, in the Senate and later the vice presidency by millions of votes. Over and over. Then he lost a ,'ouple of ball games and came oaring back from those one' iun defeats like the Detroit figers to win the nomination again for the presidency as a rule, I remember, Americans are pleased and root for a come-from-behlnd, get-up-off-the-floor guy he, as Jack Dompsey said, has to be a champion. Nor let us forget that for the years he had been out of office he has become one of, If not the best, international lawyers, trusted around the world, and that he has taken his own time to travel in his own country constantly to find out and to work on our present problems. ADELA ROGERS ST. JOHNS Members, not anxious to have the committee wrangles made public, often are happy though they would not say so publicly that the press and public are barred. An effort was made in the 90th Congress to change the procedures and early In 1967 the Senate passed a congressional reorganization bill. It Included provisions to limit the power of arbitrary committee chairmen and open meetings to the public. But in 17 months the House could not get around to acting. Rules Committee Chairman William Colmer of Mississippi, who will never see 70 again but does not list his age in the Congressional Directory, declined to allow the bill to come up for action. The bill referred to Colmer's committee by the aged House Speaker John McCormack, of Massachusetts, although he could have moved It directly to the floor. It died there. Colmer held hearings part of one day In April 1967. The obvious killing tactic by the powerful old Democrats In control prompted a young Republican Donald Rumsfeld, of Illinois, to gather a bunch of young Turks mostly Republican In a last-minute effort to get the bill to the floor. Rumsfeld failed. This is not to say only a few House Republicans see the need. WASHINGTON - It has happened again. Americans are about to decide who the 435 people will be In the U.S. House of Representatives, but few of the candidates have said much of anything about a giant national need reform of the House itself. The rules and procedures of the House are often an affront to the democratic process. Legislation on tax bills can come from the Ways and Means Committee with a "closed rule," meaning no amendments can be offered on the floor. Which means perhaps 30 men (on Ways and Means and Rules Committee) can decide what kind of taxing legislation the nation gets. Members have a choice take It or leave It. Because of the power of committee chairman, legislation can lay around untouched in committee and therefore never move to the floor Medicare in Ways and Means, where Wilbur Mills squashed it for five years is an example. Civil rights laws in Rules Committee, where Howard Smith squashed them for yars, is another. Seniority is everything In the House. Sixty-five may be retirement age to insurance and other companies, but it is often power and prestige in the U.S. House. The outspoken and very competent Democrat Richard Boiling, of Missouri, has sacrificed his power In the House (he has a fair-haired boy of former Speaker Sam Ray-burn) to write: "Reform of the House and the removal of its ineffective leaders and of the chairmen hostile to their own party platform (Southern Democrats) have been too long delayed." Rumsfeld and Boiling are a bi-partisan minority, unfortunately. They call for reform publicly and often. Not so most of their fellows seeking House reelection. And definitely not so of the men and women challenging the incumbents apparently because they do not know enough about the procedures to criticize them. Besides, most of them Incumbents and challengers, Democrats and Republicans are caught in a tragic, ghastly effort to see who can make the loudest political mower noise about "lawn order." Meanwhile, as the far right and far left yowlers give the great majority of Americans in the political middle the shakes, the U.S. House of Representatives retain decisionmaking and control procedures that are not only an affront to the democratic process but hardly able even to reflect the extent of national problems, much less move effectively to solve them. Henry Ilazlitt Public Employe Strike Laivs Must Be Flexible Let's See, You Just About, Approximately, so Editor: Open letter to the citizens of the United States: The other day on television I heard a dim and disheveled young actor, hired by Richard Nixon's opponent, ask pitecus-ly, "What did Dick Nixon ever do for me?" What did Dick Nixon ever do for you?", and quoth the Raven nothing evermore. This is an Insult to the people of the United States who kept electing Dick Nixon to the House of Representatives, the Senate, and vice presidency and cast 34,108,157 votes for him as president of the United States, only 118,574 votes less than won the election for Jack Kennedy. Either the moaning actor on TV was wrong, OR Dick Nixon has been fooling most of the people for the 22 years he has been actively and publicly in the service of his country. I have been part of Dick Nixon's work since he first ran for Congress in our home State of California. Here I set down what I KNOW he has done for me, mine, my state, and my country, so that undecided voters may have before them some facts Instead of the myths, lies, and attacks. 1. As far as I am personally concerned, when he was nine years old, out In Whittier, he delivered groceries to my ranch with dispatch, speed and accuracy. 2. He went to war for me, though as a Quaker he could have had exemption and, again, though he wasn't dramatically wounded, he served three and one-half years In the Pacific Islands. 3. He took off his uniform and went into politics. As my brother wrote me from Rabaul just before he was killed with the Marines, "If we come back, we want to get into poll-tics and see If we can hold what we fought for, the peace Almost Mmho w Many Pounds!" firm; second, he's In a difficult conflict on interest position regarding televised violence. Cutler Is also attorney for CBS, and the Violence Commission Is about to launch belatedly an Investigation of "shoot-'em-up" programs on television and their relation to crime In the streets. Cutler has been wanting to wind up the work of the commission, has dragged his heels on the Investigation of televised crime. However, other members of the commission have Insisted on going ahead. So in the near future, Cutler Is expected to bow out. Judging by this column's mall, George Wallace will be the next president of the United Staes. Mall favoring Wallace and critical of this column has been coming In at , the ratio of 9 to 1 undoubtedly resulting from a recent column reporting on Wallace's mental disability. Some voters apparently want Wallace regardless of his mental stability- Bible Verse Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 8 Psalms 130:1- Strikes of public employes ought to be prohibited. Scores of laws, slate and federal, already prohibit such strikes. Yet the recent threats and strikes in New York City by teachers, firemen and policemen show how completely Ineffective some of these laws can be. In New York the explanation is the spinelessness of Mayor John Lindsay combined with a badly conceived law. New York state swung from a law with mandatory penalties so drastic that nobody dared to enforce it, to a law so soft and toothless that nobody knows how to enf orce it. The old Condon Waldin Act made dismissal of striking public employes compulsory. It provided that even if rehired they should get no pay increase for three years. When New York City's transit workers struck on Jan. 1, 1966, neither the mayor nor the Transit Authority nor the courts had the courage to enforce the law. A disastrous strike paralyzed the city's transportation for 12 days. After the strikers were handsomely rewarded for their defiance of the law by an unprecedented wage increase, the New York Stale Legislature passed a bill retroactively exempting the striking transit workers from the penalties of the Condon-Wadlin Act. Then the legislature replaced the Condon-Wadlin Act, as of Sept. 1, 1967, by the Taylor Act, drawn up by reputed labor relations "experts." In open defiance of the new law Dr. Max Ha f forty Wi JwX tiff pfk win H We restrict our presidents to two terms. But committee chairman can go on as long as the voters return them to Washington. It Is a system that often smashes vigor and ideas in young House members and either prompts them to leave or, If they stay, prompts them to cynically allow their dreams and convictions to warp and melt. Perhaps the greatest Insult to democratic government Is the closing of committee doors to the public. The House Appropriations Committee, for instance, never opened Its doors during the 1968 session. It Is done not just arbitrarily by committee chairmen. the New York City teachers' union struck almost immediately. They rejected a two-year $125 million salary increase recommended by the mayor's mediation panel, stayed out 14 days and were then further rewarded by a $10 to $31 million increase over the panel's original package. Early this year New York City's garbagemen struck, also in defiance of the new law. After a great deal of complicated buck-passing between the mayor, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller arbitrators, the garbagemen were rewarded for their strike by getting practically everything they struck for. So now all city unions treat the Taylor Law with open contempt. Let us try to see what a satisfactory law, not only for New York but for every state, should provide. It should, of course, prohibit strikes of public employes, as most laws actually do, but It should provide effective penalties. It should certainly prohibit mass picketing, if not all picketing, by public employes. Recognizing the principle of freedom of association, it should not prohibit the formation of unions. But neither should It put a mayor, as the Taylor Act absurdly does, under any legal obligation to recognize or bargain with any year It's psychedellcs." And next year perhaps It will be Molotov cocktails, or homosexuality, or maybe Murder, Incorporated. The possibilities, In fact, are facl-nating and well-nigh limitless. Children do swing through quite a bewllderlngly kaleidoscopic spectrum of Interests, don't they? My, my. It would certainly be Interesting to see Mr. Harke's classroom if he keeps it faithful to the good old outside world, which more and more these days resembles a cross between a hippie pad and a shooting gallery. The news story concluded with a glowing report on how much Harke's students "like his unorthodox methods." Quoth one breathless graduate: "When we complained about the dull classroom, he told us to go ahead and do what we liked. In his class we even made our own lesson plans." I don't doubt for one moment that Mr. Harke's class Is very, very popular with the kids. So Is a discotheque. So is a penny arcade. So Is a three-ring circus. What I do doubt, and slightly more than somewhat, Is that the youngsters are becoming educated in his class, or indeed In any other so-called "class" where the pupils write their own lesson plans, horse around with colored lights and spend their time on niggling trivia when all the while the whole vast ocean of human learning lies around them for the dipping Into. A school Is not Intended and D rew rearson Are Probnblv ties on the West Coast Indicate that he has sided with the BPP in Its ideological dispute with SNCC. Carmichael's estrangement from SNCC has been evident for several months, and It Is interesting that his actual I ire . , . - break with SNCC occurred at the same time that the SNCC-BPP alliance foundered. "This split probably occurred because of rivalry for Influence In the black community, but there is some Indication that SNCC leaders were worried over the extreme mili-tance of the BPP." A subsequent Intelligence report cited the dispute over race riots and suggested that SNCC leaders, themselves militant radicals, consider the Black Panthers to be "dangerous extremists." Lloyd Cutler, astute Washington attorney for the motor Industry and various drug manufacturers, is about to bow out as executive director of the National Commission on Violence. Reasons: First, Cutler Is legitimately busy with his law Managers serve portions of our Interest, and how much we should reserve. Although the economics of nature may be a new phrase to many of us, It exists, and Is based on sound scientific research. For these reasons, the least we should demand and expect from an elected official is that he or she be open-minded enough to attempt to understand natural economics, and begin to consider this system and refrain from making all decisions based on the economics of man. One of the main differences between the economics of man and the economics of nature Is nature's systems do not fluctuate or go Into up anc Hown spirals. There are no quick kill or short-term gains in nature's systems. Our political employes must be aware that natural economic systems decide the future of our stale and country, even more than the more easily understood economics of man. Tuesday, the last thought when we close those gates, should be, "I am hiring a manager for my natural resources and empowering him with full authority to decide how to use them for his period of office." C. RICHARD TILLIS West Palm Beach Citizenry did not ban arsonists, murderers, robbers, dope-pushers and users, kidnappers, rapists and perjurers. The bill was side-tracked and still rests In the Rules Committee, but will surely be passed and become law In the next session of Congress UNLESS the citizens are properly aroused and In righteous anger declare their ultimatum at the polls on Nov. 5. Don't fall to vote. BERTHA SCHEFFLER Palm Beach HHH Loves Animals Editor: I would like to call attention to the many animal lovers In our community that Vice President Hubert Humphrey has been a staunch supporter In humane protection for animals, unmatched by any. He Is also a friend of the human underdog by his private voting records In Congress. ALBERT DUFFY Lake Worth The Editor Speaks Letters (or publication In these columns must be signed by writer, and Include street address. Names ma; be withheld on request, but preference will be given to I e 1 1 e r i using author's names. Letters should not exceed 250 words In length, and The Post-Times reserves the right to reject any letter or shorten it to meet space requirements. Only original letters, written exclusively to The Post, or Times will be considered. Poetry cannot be used. We're Hiring Editor: Next Tuesday we go to polling places and make decisions on many political offices. It would be well If we all paused for a moment and faced one Incontrovertible fact: When we elect a man to a political office we are in every case transferring to him or her our rights to manage our county, state, or country's resources. These are the people to whom we grant full authority to make decisions concerning our soli, water, air, wildlife, and all other natural resources. We all know that our elected officials should be conversant with the economics of man. They decide concerning Investments, Interest, taxes, capital, reserves, and so on. We should also consider that these same individuals should be conversant with the eco: nomlcs of nature: fully aware that the dollar Is a symbol of our natural resources of labor used to extract It. They should see native Florida as capital, and be able to recognize that good natural economics forbids an unending liquidation of capital assets. They will make decisions as to when we should live on the Interest of our natural capital, when we should liquidate assets, when we should re Complacent Editor: No matter how earnestly one tries and the heart-breaking effort one expends trying to awaken our citizenry to the many deplorable and even shocking conditions that exist in the present administration (which the vice president would surely continue), they complacently, Ignore the world influencing issues, as well as domestic, that are so critically at stake In this election year, especially as to the future of our children. Take one factor alone, Sargent Shrlver's high-sounding "Office of Economic Opportunity & Labor," an office packed with radicals and crack-pots, operating under the dignified guise of their honored collegiate robes. Do the citizens realize that recently the new, hard-core leftist radicals In Texas appropriated $600,000, not for the education of the poor, but to promote the "black rebellion," using the Establishment that paid their salaries to destroy that very Establishment? How naive! and what unbelievable reasoning of the Office of Economic Opportunity, to take convicted murderers, arsonists, dope-pushers and users, gangsters, and rapists off the streets, put them on the pay-roll with fat salaries, and believe this will convert them Into loyal and honest citizens! Instead, It has given power to the criminals to continue their evil ways; and opened, wide our country to the famous Cosa Nostra. Actually, the criminals get social recognition and access to a treasure chest of billions of your hard earned dollars, of welfare and pension mqnles. In 18 the House Labor Committee revised the law and Pension Act, banning convicted Communists and criminals from holding executive positions, but they still could be employed as custodians, clerks and Janitors. But they union of public employes. Still less should it oblige a city government, as the Taylor Law also does, to check off union dues. A mayor may decide to negotiate with a union as a matter of good relations, but should never have to do so as a legal obligation. To be respected and obeyed, a no-strike law should offer public officials and the courts a wide range of discretionary enforcement penalties. They should have the following options or combinations of options to choose from: Specified fines levied on union treasuries, or personally or union leaders, or on individual strikers; jail terms for defiant strike leaders; loss of vacation privileges, pension rights or seniority for strikers, and, finally, outright dismissal of strikers. Perhaps It would be even better for the law to provide that any striking employe would automatically be considered as having quit his Job and would have to apply individually for reinstatement. In any case, a mayor should have an unequivocal right to replace strikers by offering immediate temporary or even permanent Jobs to qualified applicants. No anti-strike law can supply spines for spineless public officials, but It can be drawn to give flexible yet adequate enforcement powers to officials and courts with the backbone to use them. was never created to reflect like a dime-store mirror all the Jlmcrackery and tadry fustian of our present-day society. It's Intended rather to be a beacon, generating its own laserlike beam than the mess we see around us every day. We don't need schools to show us what's going on. We need schools to show us what ought to be going on. The purpose of education is not to sensationalize, not to entertain children, not to dazzle them with colored lights, not to deafen them with organ-lstlc sounds, nor yet to titillate them with discreet pornography. The purpose of education is to make pupils learned. Period. Now, if anyone can tell me how teacher Harke's bravura boiler factory full of Roman candles, rock music and child-molestation films is going to make anyone a learned scholar, I'll come back through for another look. Falling that, however, I'll have to join Mr. Harke Is his only action which I completely understand and with which I sympathize entirely. As the news story commented so cogently, "When the bell rang, Mr. Harke got up and left without saying a word." To take a tranquilizer, no doubt. Alter all, competing with three tape recorders and two motion picture projectors going full blast would have been a tall order for Horace Mann himself. Or even for the tuned-in and turned-on Mr. Harke, for that matter. Disagreement Develops A mong Black Militants 'Progressive ' Education Hits Psychedelic Peak Every so often, one of my more turgid readers takes me to task for beating the dead horse of "progressive" education. The current party line on this, incidentally, is that (a) progressive education was always far more sinned against than sinning poor thing, and (b) it's been completely extinct for years anyhow so forget it. For the devotees of party line subsection (b) to mull over, I append the following recent statement by one of teacher Victor Harke's pupils in Hollywood, Fla., as reported by the faithful press: "The first day cf school was wild. Mr. Harke didn't say a tiling. The lights went out and pictures started floating all over the room. On one wall was a movie about child molestation. On the same wall, superimposed on half of the first movie, was a travelog on Switzerland. "On another wall, slides flashed pictures of famous paintings. Three tape recorders were going at once: one a Bible reading, another with music and another with weird electronic sounds. To top If off, when the bell rang, Mr. Harke got up and left without saying a word." Queried by a presumably ear-plugged reporter with equally presumable dark glasses, Mr. Harke defended his own private version of Bedlam as follows: "I try to make my classroom a part df the outside world, to get Ideas of what the kids are Interested In. This WASHINGTON - A significant split has developed between black militants over whether to continue stirring up race riots. This is the real reason, according to Intelligence reports, for the breakup of the underground alliance between the extremist Black Panther party and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In their back-room strategy sessions, SNCC leaders have contended that riots no longer are worthwhile because the "white establishment" is now prepared for them. New tactics should be developed, they argue, to keep the authorities off balance. The Black Panthers, however, want to continue ghetto rebellions, which they believe will lead to anarchy and revolution. The schism between SNCC and BPP became final last August. States one classified intelligence report: "One 22 August, SNCC officially severed Its relationship with Stokely Carmichael, who achieved his initial notoriety as SNCC national chairman In 1966. "Other reports concerning SNCC Indicate termination of the alliance between that organization and the BPP. H. Rap Brown and James For-man, currently the two most significant SNCC personalities, allegedly sent the BPP their written resignations from the positions which they held In the joint BPP SNCC helrarchy. "Carmichael's recent activi

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