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- , Post-Times The Palm Beach Rex Newman State GOP Gains Cast Their Shadoivs Before A JOHN H. PERRY NEWSPAPER Joka H. Parry Jr. Pita. W W. Atltraurjr J'-. Traaa. CkiI 1. Keltey. Publiar.tr. Gtatral M.n.f.r R. H. Kirkpalnck. Eailor ('. K. Nninaurr. Kiac. Editor R. Mtrlt Ella, Cimlaliaa Diranar Publahtl Each Saturday aa Sunday al 17 Jl Soma U.m. Waal Pain Baaca. Fla. 13404 By Parry Publicatiana, lac. Mambtr al llw Ataotutad PrHa. SoallM aauait aat al Vital Pals Baaed. Flon4 Tka Araoriaud Praia aackiaiatly taMM la Iba uta lar raaubhcaliiNi al aU atwi Mambtr Audil Bm.au al Circulaliaa M N mfTH rUTM tHRHR UW I '. A HPS Al II r V J. V VAV .1 .A : .Y. 'K-'AaCS incumbent John Broxson, of Gulfbreeze. The pattern in any one-party state which drifts almost Imperceptibly towards a two-party state can be historically documented, not only in other states, but in Florida counties Part aaA Tlaa aaA aaaay I yiar 4 40 rxMIha ...124 70 Saaalba .. 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The governor will be working more for than with Republican legislature this session than he did the last. Gov. Kirk already has said he wants to run for re-election how that the new constitution has been approved, and he is much more amenable to Republican party suggestions than he was during the 17 session. In addition, Rep. E. C. Row-ell, D-Wildwood, a man who has certain alliances with Kirk, has lot his ambitions for another stint as speaker get in the way of party fidelity. In his efforts to attain the 1971 speakership he will be much more suceptible to coalitions with Republicans if it will work toward his political ends. So it seems that pemocrats were crowing a bit early about gains made in the Senate. In fact, the gain in the Senate, coupled with the loss in the House, might add up to a net loss. National Advartiainf Raprtatntalivn John H. Parry Aatociattfl Suitt 502. It Wmi 44th Slraat. Na York, N Y. 10036 SUNDAY MORNING, TALLAHASSEE (AFN) Two years ago Sen. Reubin Askew, D-Pensacola, escorted Miami Mayor Robert King High to the Escambia County courthouse for a private conference with Democratic office holders. High, now dead, was the Democratic nominee for the governorship of Florida. He was running against the first real threat to Democratic occupancy of the state's mansion in nearly a century. The man was Claude Kirk. There was a single reporter traveling with High then and he tagged along. Askew introduced High, then talked in terms which is usually called "cold turkey." ' He said he understood they had apprehensions about High's Coming from big, bad Dade County, and that they were concerned about the "liberal" label which High's opponents had tied around his neck. But, Askew pointed out to them, these office holders should have enough vision to see that the High-Kirk confrontation held the potential of serious political diffieujties for them. , Primary opposition within the party was one thing, but a general election challenge from a second party was something quite different, Askew said. These men sat stoically by and listened. It was evident Askew had made no impression. Election results in 1966 proved it. Now, a scant two years later, some of these same office holders might hark back to the words of Sen. Askew on that afternoon. Tom Tobiassen, an Ohio State University graduate, has been elected by Pensacola and Santa Rosa County voters as a Republican representative, one of the first Republican office holders here in this century. Ken Pfeiffer, a Pensacola Republican, came within a hair of defeating Democratic Drew Pearson oh, ia u,.-rij LAST THING I Vim IW PouiN in FRONT Of A V0TIM6 MACHINE." Dr. Max Rafferty History Of America Is A Coat Of Many Colors Rep. Powell Due Back, Deserves To Be Seated Florida Shows Way Florida's new constitution (maybe) does not take effect for two months yet, but already the first legal tests of its provisions are being briefed and the first "initiative" amendment has been proposed. A legislative leader also has laid plans to correct the new charter's greatest sin of omission failure to amend the judicial article. Shaping up as an early battle in the 1969 legislature is the issue of whether Gov. Claude Kirk can appoint a lieutenant governor. Right along with that question is the one on tax rnillage ceilings. Also, there is the general question of whether or not certain state statutes have been superseded by the new constitution. Even the effective date of the new constitution was a matter of judicial disagreement this weekend. Atty. Gen. Earl Faircloth is preparing to set up a task force of lawyers to handle an anticipated flood of requests for legal interpretations of the document. It is, as one assistant said, "a completely new field of law." It all sounds rather grim; but it isn't, really. It is a natural consequence of change. And, while it will entail considerable confusion for a while, it is in fact a healthy phenomenon. There is always fierce resistance to attempts to invade the sanctum sanctorum of status quo government. Many other states have failed to win approval of modernized constitutions, no-tihiv in recent years New York, Maryland, RhtJo Island and Kentucky. In general, they were defeated by the same "coalition of negatives that threatened to scrap Florida's effort. But Florida showed that it can be done. It approved a substitute for its 1885 charter by a larger margin than even its most optimistic supporters expected admittedly an imperfect substitute, but one that opens the door to a real modernization of state and county government. Such modernization is an indispensable step toward revitalizing the American federal system. For a long time many people have despaired of the states. The states actually seemed to be disappearing into the great maw of the central government In Washington, largely because they have had to fumble within the framework of old and outdated concepts of government. Now, more than half of the states are attempting to do something about their 19th century constitutions. Florida emerges as one of the leaders in this movement. In spite of the tribulations inherent in adjusting to new basic law, we stand to profit from the change, even if only through the forced necessity of reassessing ail our entrenched governmental institutions. The cities, particularly, may encounter adjustment difficulties. But not all the blame for these difficulties can be laid to the new constitution. If it had been rejected by the voters, the cities' problems would have been only postponed. Criticisms aimed at the new constitution prior to the election were not all without validity by any means. Constructive criticism still is in order. But the most profitable attitude now is one of accommodation. Fads and gimmicks are the curse of my profession; for instance, the current teaching of "black history" in some of our more beleagured schools. It's a gimmick, and it's high time somebody came right out and said so. That's why I'm glad to dedicate today's column to one Ennis McDanlel, who recently did just that. McDanlel is something called an "lntergroup education specialist" In one of our larger California school districts, and unlike certain poly-syllablcally titled educators, he appears to know what he's talking about. To illustrate; ' "Many so-called 'black History' teachers are wholly unqualified to teach. They are hired because school districts are under pressure from militant groups to offer the course." And "This Is actually just another form of racism, just a switch of bias. It distorts the role and place of some of these minority people." And finally "I get leery of this type of thing. I want the truth told, but not just for the heck of It. I hope we have enough gumption to tell the whole story, Mexican, Negro and Oriental." To say nothing of Eskimo, Berber, Polynesian and Celtic, McDanlel, it seems to me, has deftly pointed up the key difficulties encountered in the teaching of black history. Or of brown, yellow, magenta and puce history, for that matter. One of these difficulties is, of course, the question: "Where does one stop?" If It's Imperative to stress the culture and the contributions of one racial minority in order to salve the national conscience Dale Pullen not far removed from Pensacola. First, it's for the other party's presidential nominee. Then it drifts down to a governor or a U.S. senator. Then it hits legislative candidates, and finally It comes to the local candidates them-selvesf It's interesting to speculate on what would have been the pattern in Escambia County if these county office holders had had the vision of Sen. Askew. Democrats were crowing over the victory they won over Republicans In the legislature; gains made in the Senate and the setback Republicans suffered in their efforts to gain control of the House. It would appear the shouting was a bit premature. What Democrats fail to give sufficient consideration to is the shift of the veto power from the Senate to the House of Representatives. Rep. Don Reed, R-Boca Raton, most able strategist the Republicans possess in the legislature, heads up the minority bloc in the house. Now that he has the veto sustaining power in his hands which he did not have during the last session it can be used even more effectively. Sens. C. W. (Bill) Young, St. Petersburg, Tom Slade, Jacksonville, and L. A. ( Skip Ba- Bowing out after Jan. 20 will be Geroge Christian, press secretary of President Johnson who has done more to stabilize press relations around the White House than anyone since Steve Early in FDR's day. No longer do you hear LBJ criticized regarding the "credibility gap." Silent are the accusations of "managed news." Christian calls the news as he sees It. He will be difficult for any president to replace. Bowing out of the diplomatic corps Is Enrique Tejera Paris, ambassador of Venezuela. Ambassadors have become almost a dime a dozen in Washington. There are 113 envoys representing that many countries, ranging from minute African republics to the majestic British Commonwealth, whose embassy Is the most Imposing In Washington and whose dinner invitations were once the most sought after. Not any more. Venezuelan embassy dinners are now the most glittering. The Venezuelan embassy once housed the envoys of dictators. Tejera Paris during that time served for seven years In exile, working for the United Nations. During his residence In Washington he has vastly Improved relations between Venezuela and the USA, has conducted himself with dignity and a sense of humor. Washlngtonlans walking along the Potomac on a Sun-day can sometimes see the Venezuelan ambassador In his boat mobile an automobile which can drive down to the water's edge and then navigate in the river. Enrique Tejera Paris Is going back to run for the Venezuelan Senate from the capital city of Caracas. He will be missed In Washington except by canoests. Bowing out of Boston if the Pope consents will be Richard Cardinal Cushlng, most distinguished liberal In the Catholic hierarchy. Now 73, recently recovered from a cancer operation and suffering from such severe asthma that he must sleep at night sitting up, Cushlng has I: ' afY Comptroller Fred 0. (Bud) Dickinson apparently has gone bi-partisan. He has hired another public relations man in the S7,(X)0 to $8,000 bracket to help George Allen, recently promoted to public information director for Dickinson. Allen was the assistant to Vernon Bradford who now is a deputy comptroller with responsibility over several departments. The new man is George Robertson, who worked in the Weekl W'achee Springs public information office. He also was a volunteer worker for Congressman Ed Gurney in Gurney's bid for the U.S. Senate. been one of the most loved clergymen In the USA. He was shocked last month, therefore, when abuse began to pour In from his fellow Catholics because he had refused to reject Jackie Kennedy because of her marriage to Aristotle On-assls. "There is hate out there," says the Cardinal, waving his hand toward empty spaces. Previously there had been hate from Protestants toward Catholics, hate from right-wing Catholics toward Protestant liberals, especially in Joe McCarthy's day. But this was the first time the Cardinal had experienced Catholic hate against a Catholic. It shocked him. He wants to go to Peru to work among Indians where there is no hate. Bowing out of Congress Is Mrs. Frances Bolton, aged 83, the only American woman ever to be admitted to King iSaud's harem as a visitor. Mrs. Bolton has done many ahlngs for the American people, Including a battle she financed with her own money to block real-estate development on tin? banks of the Potomac .opposite George Washington's .stately home, Mount Vernon. But Mrs. Bolton, like so many of her fellow Republicans, did not see the problems of the city. In vote after vote she tried to block public housing, aid to education, medicare, other measures aimed at heading off the Negro revolution. Last week she was defeated by a vigorous Democrat of Czech descent, Charles Vanlk.whodld. Leaving this earthly scene last month were Nathan Len-vln of the Justice Department, a dedicated bureaucrat whom Attorney General Katzenbach once described as one of half a dozen men who really make the wheels of justice turn; and the former Secretary of the Army, Wllber Brucker, who had the courage under Eisenhower to battle Joe McCarthy's attempt to bulldoze the Army. Brucker had devoted most of his life to public service, having once been governor of Michigan. When he retired he spent his time raising millions of dollars for the Knights Templar Scholarship Fund which has financed the education of thousands. Bible Verse There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and ;' drink, and find enjoyment in his toil. This 1 also, I saw, is from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes2:21 1 cultivating and the Song of Hiawatha? And because our ancestors chivvied the unfortunate Chinese from San Francisco to the Sierras, must we consequently institute compulsory classes in Oriental history going back beyond the Chou dynasty? As a practical educator, I'd like to inquire mildly just where in blazes we're going to find the time for such formidable additions to the curriculum of our already overburdened schools. We would have to keep the kids In high school at least until they were old enough to vote. Then there Is the whole question of where to get qualified teachers. It's hard enough to find teachers of good old American history, heaven knows. How to unearth enough authorities on Bantu culture and Amharlc literature to man the nation's million classrooms Is a mtnd-boggler and then some, I think we teachers would be well advised to keep black history or any other kind of color history as Important facets of the great diamond which is the story of America. All our mlonritles should be discussed and dealt with. All their contributions to the world's melting pot should be mentioned. But to confuse the facet with the diamond itself is to do a grave disservice not Just to education but to plain common sense. At least I gather that Ennls McDanlel feels this way. And It's going to be pretty difficult for Stokely or Rap to brand him a bigoted Southern redneck. He was born fairly far south, all right. But his neck Isn't red, you see. It's black, Nixon's aloofness to newsmen during his campaign adds to the general concern that he will follow Johnson In playing "hard to get" with newsmen. Johnson, of course, began his term with maximum efforts at personalized diplomacy with newsmen but when he found It did not dull the critical edges of reporters' copy he became bitter and gradually shut the press out altogether. Nixon, however, may find television more to his liking than did Johnson because he seems more telegenic, although that Is not saying much because Johnson as he admits Is very untelegenlc. This could mean more of the give-and-take televised ques-tlon-and-answer sessions popularized by John Kennedy. But television newsmen express doubts, that this will happen, noting that Nixon, during his campaign, only subjected himself to televised give-and-take with rather tame pro-Nlx-on questioners. Both the print journalists and the sight-sound Journalists here, then, are hoping for Improvement for the selfish reasons that It will make their Jobs asler. and to build up the minority group's morale, then we are presented with a king-size problem in logistics. Surely the American Indian has a claim to attention which puts all others in the shade. Negroes were indeed enslaved and treated abominably years ago, but the original Americans were encroached upon, dispossessed, Infected with alien diseases, corrupted with firewater and darned near exterminated. Our citizens of Oriental extraction have a powerful claim on our history books, too. Chinese coolies were chain-ganged and brought to California a century ago by the shipload, only to leave their bones under almost every crosstie of the great transcontinental railroads as they fought their long way eastward across the continent. And a surprisingly large number of them were lynched by the rampaging California vigilantes of those vigorous days before they had been off the boat long enough to find out why they were being strung up. How now, ye advocates of color history? Because the Indian was badly treated, are we then to require the next generation to take courses in Sioux buffalo stalking, Mandan corn seeking first-rate Job opportunity and as seems likely In many cases a liberal or moderate political environment. Thus, conservative politics may become Increasingly solidified in Florida In the next few years. Ironically, however, It also likely will mean one "liberal Great Society program" may be forced on Florida's conservative state legislature a full-scale medicaid plan. For selfish reasons, Washington's press corps is not elated over the election of Richard Nixon. The attitude seems to be that Nixon will represent no Improvement over Lyndon Johnson In the conduct of press relations. And Johnson, as Is widely known, has had press relations that have made him very unpopular with working newsmen. The press types hope they will be fooled. And many note that "nothing could be worse" than the Johnson press relations which often were regarded as "stiff" at best, and "manipulated" or "devious" at worst. n WASHINGTON - Men come and go In government, some good, some Indifferent, some scandalous In their behavior. Here Is a partial roll call of men who will be coming or going some with the benefit of headlines, some keeping In the background all making the wheels of government go round. Coming back to Washington and very much In the headlines will be Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, the ebullient, unpredictable Negro congressman, reelected once again by the Negro voters of Harlem despite the fact that the House of Representatives twice expelled him for unethical conduct. This column had a lot to do with exposing the facts which led to Powell's expulsion. However, we believe he should not be expelled again. In the first place the voters of any other district have a right to elect their representative in Congress as long as they know the score. The voters of Charleston, S.C., know that Rep. Mendel Rivers has been an alcoholic, and that he has taken about as many junkets abroad at the taxpayers' expense as Powell. But they reelect him anyway and Congress seats him on the theory that a district has a right to elect the representative of its choice. Harlem should have the same privilege. Powell, incidentally, put across some landmark legislation during his days as chairman of the House Labor and Education Committee Including federal did to education and more social legislation than any other member of Congress save retiring Sen. Lister Hill of Alabama. Bowing out of office without fanfare Is Leonard Marks, director of the U.S. Information Agency, who has given that sometimes controversial office more stability and achievement than any executive since It was founded by Sen. Bill Benton 20 years ago. Under previous executives, the USIA was a center of controversy. Marks not only took It out of the headlines but convinced Congress the agency needed more money even at a time when Congress was drastically cutting other budgets. ' For the first time In history, Marks succeeded In getting Congress to pass a law giving USIA personnel the same status as career officers of the State Department. Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania, a Republican, delivered a tribute to Marks, especially his work In giving the USIA personnel career status. "This action is in Itself," he said, "a tribute to Leonard Marks." Gurney Win Solidifies Florida's Conservatism Selective Voting Palm Beach County voters sprang a few surprises in last Tuesday's election; some pleasant, some unpleasant depending on the point of view. One pleasant surprise, from where we sit, was the conclusive evidence of selective voting. "Straight party ticket" voting seemed to be the exception rather than the rule. A candidate's qualifications seemed to be given more weight than the party label he happened to be wearing. We now actually have, it seems, a two-party system in Palm Beach County. In contrast to 1966, when "Republican nomination was tantamount to election," voters this year took a look at the man; and the final result was an almost even split between Democratic and Republican candidates in contested races. A lesser Republican "tide" was still flowing, apparently as evidenced by a sweep of state House of Representatives contests. But Incumbents also fared well, whether they were Democrats or Republicans. While such selective voting does not necessarily guarantee that the best candidates win in every case, it does offer a greater likelihood of getting good government than the "straight ticket" voting so beloved by political manipulators. Those who succumb to that gimmick have accepted regimentation, whether they care to admit it or not. WASHINGTON The election results in Florida may indicate a healthy competition Is now full-bloom in the state between Republicans and Democrats with the win of Republican Edward J. Gurney who will succeed Democrat George Smathers In the U.S. Senate. Gurney now challenges Gov. Claude Kirk as boss of the state GOP organization. But the Gurney election seems to cement an Imbalance as well. The liberal and Negro in Florida have almost no avenues to statewide political power. Voters now have a choice generally of old-line Democrat conservatives or new-line Republican conservatives. Which, of course, is no choice at all. There Is another Inbalance Indicated by the election In Florida. The state Is gaining In senior citizen retirees on low Income much faster than on young citizens who add to the work force and tax base. The seniors, seeking warm weather retirement, are moving to Florida from the cold Midwest. Florida's appeal is not strong to younger people

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