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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 6

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Victor Riesel HURRY AND FILL IT, FOLKS Election In Steel Can Shake World Union Politics 7 K&W election day. Feb. 10. he'll have the open-handed friendship of Walter Reuther and the support of pipe-smoking ex-steel union president. Dave The Palm Beach Post A JOHN H. PERRY NEWSPAPER Ma H. Ptrtr Jr. Tm. . . Awtbw. tt.Tnm CkII 1. Kdtoy. hibUakar, Omni Muuiw R. H. Kirkpttmk. Etflter C. I Naubauat, Eik. Editw R Mtrli Ellis. Clmltbm Dlrahor Publiahvd Etch Day Eicairt Saturday aid Sunday it 17SI Swlk Oit, Wnt Palm Brack, f I.. M40J By Parry Ptiblkauona. Inc. Satwid claia poataia paid at Waal Palm B.ach. Florida Mtmbar of Iht A hoc La tad Praia Tht Aaaociaud Praaa a airluamly antitwd to Uw aat lor rapublicalion of all nrwa Mtmbar Audit Buraau ol Circulation m hm mrrio Ti.M:iiim; 't-lT ,M"" ' ISiSS !sr.::v.V:S .:fc:.Y:S Daily H.It v,ll am Th' "4r P, , l ,m.. 10 I ytar 120 80 I yr 1111.40 ! SS ::::S5 .tak I 40 I 1.20 WAIL urns Payable in advance limn Daily Only ..aa M 1 onriay sa) Poat or Timaa Daly 1 year ., ..$45 00 145 00 130.00 f 15 00 f, month. .. 123.00 123.00 16 00 W OO 3 manna ...112 00 112.00 MOO JSOO MM.HIlll't By Mail M Poat c,i Timaa 20 Sunday Poat-Timee . . I JS TH.miiiVr.S G.naral .... W3 401 1 Want Ada 133-4033 National Advertiaina. Repraaantativaa Juhn H. Pcrrv Asaocialaa Suitt 502. 19 DM 44th Street. New York. N Y. WOW Tuesday, November 19, 1968 INew Birth Wave Due PITTSBURGH - A bunch of the steel boys are raising Cain with "Abe" Abel, the silent man who leads the sprawling union headquartered in this Iron City. And hereby begins the story of a campaign which few have noted and fewer will watch, though the result may shake up this nation almost as much as the Nixon-Humphrey-Wallace jousting did. The presidency of the powerful and pivotal 1.2 million-member United Steelworkers of America is up for grabs now. in what will be the freest rank-and-file union balloting since the ancient Working-men's parties. Some observers say that this union suffers from democracy. Everybody votes directly lor the national otti-cers. Just about four years ago more than 625.000 ballots were cast. President I.W. Abel defeated silver-haired Dave McDonald, a Nixon stalwart, by a narrow margin. Now "Abe" must defend the title. He'll have to run like an Olympic racer carrying a bag full ol Civil War cannon balls. If he loses, then the balance of power inside labor may well shift to Walter Reuther; national politics will be shaken up: President Nixon will be badgered by a split labor movement, each side seeking power; and even international politics will be traumatized throughout the free world. If Abe Abel wins then Walter Reuther may well have shouted his last hurrah, loud enough for anyone to hear above the rumble of Detroit's assembly lines. Abe has a fine team. He's backed up by the lilting Irish eloquence of Vice President Joe Molony, and the quieter intellectualism of Secretary-Treasurer Walter Burke. But that line is being hit hard by the 51-year-old ex-college halfback and football coach, labor lawyer Emil E. Narick. As he plunges toward David Lawrence After a decade-long decline to a current lowest-in-history level of 17.4 (the number of live birth per 1,000 women of child-bearing age), there are, population analysts report, unmistakable signs that the U.S. birth rate is bottoming out. Not only that but 1968 is showing a significant increase in total births over last year to indicate the beginning of a new upward trend likely to continue for a number of years. Blame it on the war not Vietnam but World War Differences Of Opinion Plague U.S. Vietnamese ii. In the baby boom that began in 1946 and continued through 1957, 65 million Americans were born almost one-third of the nation's current population. The vanguard of this postwar crop of citizens has now reached the family-producing age and birth figures are beginning to show it. No cause for alarm, however. The American population may be swelling somewhat more noticeably, but it is not yet exactly exploding. The nation's resources, if intelligently managed and distributed, are more than adequate to provide for a much larger population than at present. But the world as a whole is not so fortunate. Even if U.S. births climb back to the level of 10 years ago 25 per 1,000 it will be modest in comparison to the galloping rates of many much less well-endowed countries. A recent session of population experts at Columbia University issued yet another warning of disaster in the very near future unless birth rates are braked. A predicted doubling of the world population, to six or seven billion, would defeat current efforts, as successful as they have been in some areas, to bring the food-population ratio into balance. One country where the problem is particularly acute, India, is trying a novel approah in spreading the family planning message. Multicolored signs bearing such slogans as "Two or Three Children Are Enough" are being affixed to locomotives in hopes of getting the word across to millions who ride trains and visit railway stations daily. It is just as well that the American predicament does not require a comparable effort relying on a dominant transportation system. A slogan-emblazoned 707 just wouldn't have the same effect. Clayton Fritchey Nixon May Reach Accord With Communist Russia If Emil Narick loses, then there is no labor alliance. At the moment, the Teamsters' national magazine barely mentions the new crusade. And the oil workers, the chemical workers, the rubber workers, et al.. give the Alliance little more than a friendly pat on the back-just enough of a pat to avoid hurting anyone's feelings. Will Abel win? Hes the incumbent. But that's a handicap these days. In his industry he must run like a rresident seeking re-election d ring a national epression. Ms rank and file was so red-, ot for a strike earlier this y ?ar that most big companies stocked up. A good deal of the steel inventory came in from Japan and and Western Europe. So. when the contract was signed, everybody had enough steel to build that stairway to the moon without astronauts. Workers were laid off. But that did not stop a record deluge of imports. Now, there are 60.000 fewer job than in June. And the average work week has been forced down from 39.2 hours to 33.4 hours. Scores of thou-. sands are jobless. Hundreds of thousands work a short week. Thev are restless and resentful.' Furthermore. Abe Abel put the big union on the line for Hubert Humphrey. There are " Wallaceites aplenty in the union. And a considerable Nix-' on bloc because of Dave McDonald. So Abe could lose, though he did win the best pact ever for his people an average of 51 cents an hour increase over the contract period. Restlessness stalks the land. If Abel is defeated, other national labor leaders may get a dose of the domino theory. Opposition movements, well subsidized, will flare like overheated magnesium fast and glaring across the land. Abe's broad shoulders carry a back-breaking burden tor his fellow union chiefs. tration, however, a more experienced Eisenhower was also seeking accommodation and detente. He sponsored the famous visit of Khrushchev to the U.S. in 1959. and it was the greatest disappointment of the President's life that the U-2 fiasco prevented his reciprocal goodwill trip to Russia in the last months of his term of office. In the light of these similar experiences, it is only natural to wonder what might have happened if Eisenhower. Kennedy and Johnson had remained in office, or if they had not waited so long before altering their diplomacy. It is too late now to know the answer. All that can be said is that times have changed. It will be easier in every respect for the new President to begin where the others left off in trying to reach an acceptable and workable detente with Russia, and let us hope with China, too. Fortunately, the pending nuclear non-proliferation treaty presents an immediate opportunity to get off on the right foot. And Man Same love. In animals, sex is a. matter of stimulus and response. In man. (in its ideal state) it is an expression of love. So delicate is the sex life of man, that when he violates his ideals and sinks to the level of the animal, he develops terrific guilt feelings. It is inconceivable that an animal ever feels guilty about its sex conduct. The Bible teaches the beauty of sex ideals. They are to be carried out only in the context of holy matrimony, and are to be as enduring as life itself. It was never said of any animal: "What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." Bible Verse Be word, only. ye doers of the and not hearers James 1:22 The South Vietnam government, through its embassy here, has stated flatly that it never agreed to a four-sided peace conference. Indications are that the president of South Vietnam is anxious to satisfy public opinion in his own country, and it has become a matter of pride with the South Vietnamese people. They don't want their representatives to sit down with envoys of the Viet Cong the Communist faction spread throughout South Vietnam but supported by and operating under the authority of the Hanoi government. Spokesmen for the American government have naturally expressed regret that South Vietnam has not joined in the peace talks. But it is becoming more and more apparent that the Saigon government is disappointed with the position taken by the United States in recent days. Some dramatic assurance needs to be given that Washington and Saigon are standing together as allies and that the people of the South will not in any way be betrayed by agreements reached at the peace conference. It is not easy for Americans sometimes to understand the sensitivity of foreign peoples. It looks as if some of the statements recently made in LETTERS to the McDonald, fresh with the euphoria of Richard Nixon's campaign caravans. It's an odd combination. But to each his own for their own reasons. Walter Philip Reuther hates Iorwith Wilbur Abel because the latter was called up to replace the Detroit redhead when Reuther wheeled the auto union out of the AFL-CIO. Abel now speaks for the old CIO (industrial) unions inside labor. Abel now has entry into the White House. Abel shuttles to international conferences in Geneva and Brussels to talk for American labor and sits in Reuther's chair. And Abel headed the National Labor Committee for Humphrey-Mu-skie which almost took the country for the vice president. And so we find the challenger. Emil Narick. vice president of a small steel local, reflecting Reuther's distaste. Narick said the other day, that if elected he would "review" the steel workers afflia-tion with the giant AFL-CIO and certainly join the auto union-teamster Alliance for Labor Action. If this happens, Reuther will lead a might force 1.9 million teamsters: 1.6 million auto makers; and 1.2 million steel workers. Throw in a few independent unions and "Walter" could speak for five million unionists if his clan wins. wish has been a summit meeting with Kosygin. This kind of diplomatic about-face has not been confined to Democratic Presi- dents. The most notable switch of all occurred during Eisenhower's Administration. The general and Richard Nixon began by making "Communism and Korea" their principal election slogan. In his first State-of-the-Union speech, Eisenhower talked about "unleashing" Chiang Kai-shek against the Chinese Communists, and he followed this up with the U-2 aerial missions over Russia, and denunciation of nuclear test ban proposals. At the end of his Adminis Billy Graham Animals Are Not I am confused by all you preachers who keep overdoing this thing about "sin of lust". Isn't it a fact, we are created animals in this respect. It seems to me to be a perfectly natural instinct. - R. T. W. No, we weren't all created animals in this respect! Man was 'created in the image of God', and woman was created in a unique way from Adam's side. Just so, they are as different from the animals as day from night. Animals mate from mechanical instinct man from t i. t .7 Million In College America criticizing Saigon's attitude in refusing to attend the peace negotiations with the Viet Cong as an equal have produced a feeling of dismay and protest in South Vietnam. Meanwhile, the negotiations themselves are dragging on without any useful talks. Officials here may have thought South Vietnam would be compelled to join in the Paris conferences because of a fear that American military assistance might be withdrawn. But while the aid of the United States is deeply appreciated in South Vietnam, the people there resent anything which could possibly lead to a takeover of thei r country by North Vietnam through an ambiguous set of declarations called a "peace agreement." In such a contingency, the American government would have accomplished little by its military operations in Vietnam, and thousands of Americans would have sacrificed their lives for a cause which was proclaimed as a great ideal namely, self-determination but which might turn out to be a lost cause. The chances are that, after a few days more of bickering in Paris and through diplomatic channels, the United States will be proclaiming again in unequivocal terms its pledge to assure the independence of South Vietnam and the right of its people to determine their own form of government. Erring Policy Uncorrected Editor: "C'est finis la guerre." On Nov. 11, 1918 two million doughboys learned that much French instanter. Woodrow Wilson put his country Into mortal and unnecessary war, the most terrible epitaph that can be pronounced upon a human. He had Just won re-election because "He kept us out of war." Big bankers in our East were a tiny but effective support. If a referendum had been held no doughboys would have gone to France and Pershing's "La-Fayette, we are here" would have been unsaid. Now the fighting was over and we had triumphantly fought to "end all wars" no mean achievement. We had made "the world safe for democracy" at the cost of 50,000 battlefield dead and 30,000 from other causes. When Illegitimate Utopian dreams are smashed the human conscience responsible pays. While on the road to drum up votes for the League of Nations, a guarantee of continuous international involve ment. Wilson had suffered a nervous breakdown and became a hollow man of no possible action but to die In remorse. George Washington, first In war, first In peace, first In the hearts of his countrymen besides midwlfing the birth of this unique nation had left an Invaluable legacy In his Farewell Address to which all and sundry had clung: never to get embroiled In Europe's endless wars. Wilson had done Just that. He had left 130 successful years to engage In supposedly a sole engagement with a return to the proven national policy. This fact was clearly shown by rejection of the role of an Allied Nation and we fought as an Associated Power. The Treaty of Versailles was signed by the Allied and Associated Powers. Wilson himself a'ttested to his erring policy with his Associated Power. Yours Truly, ELMER LUEHR WASHINGTON - The differences of opinion that have unfortunately arisen between the South Vietnam government and the United States government have precipitated a dangerous situation. The problem is not merely who shall sit at the negotiating table in Paris. The real issue is whether, if the United States eventually agrees to withdraw its forces, South Vietnam, as an independent government which now has in the field more than 1.000,000 troops, will be able by itself to ward off the attempted conquest initiated by the Communist regime in Hanoi. For a long time the argument was centered on the idea of a bombing halt. The assumption was that this alone would bring about meaningful negotiations. But the evidence now is that, while the bombing of North Vietnam has been stopped, the Communists have not abated their attacks on South Vietnam. Violations of the agreement previously reached are openly condemned by American officials. The North Vietnamese, however, apparently feel that the friction which has arisen between the Saigon government and the United States indicates that the latter is about ready to forsake its ally. The truth is the American government has been trying to get negotiations going. It has hoped that technicalities about how the different factions should be seated at the negotiating table would not be allowed to prevent productive talks that could lead to peace. But there are signs now that the North Vietnamese are taking advantage of the debate being waged between the President of South Vietnam and the American government, and are rejoicing over the nature of the dispute while at the same time biding their time and making no effort to stop the fighting or to begin peace talks of a substantive nature. Peace Dept. Great Need EDITOR: A heartfelt thanks to the writer of 'Wars We Do Not Need' (Nov. 9). This was most gratifying to all who do not profit from war. Now If only someone can convince the Pentagon that we can have prosperity without war. An article by Bertrand Russell states that the assessed valuation of our military Industry Is three times that of A. T. & T., Metropolitan Life Ins., Co., General Motors, Standard Oil and U.S. Steel, combined! (This confirms Mr. Elsenhower's warning In 1960, as he left office.) The billions that war cost (72 per cent of all our tax dollars) go through the hands of the Pentagon, and those who conscript our boys, hand out the fat military contracts. In these Industries most of the executives are military officers In uniform. The effort to establish a Dept. of Peace In the President's cabinet should be encouraged by every means at our command. Discussing these matters among ourselves will accomplish exactly nothing. All who are concerned for the youth of America and the world, should never let a week pass without writing at least one Washington official. They tell us our opinions are wanted. Snow them under with your 'votes for peace.' Mildred Gearhart West Palm Beach After two years of modest increases, freshmen enrollments in America's colleges and universities may show a sharp rise this year as much as eight or 10 per cent, or 1.8 million new students, bringing the total number of students registered for credit to more than seven million. This is the estimate of the University of Cincinnati, based on an early survey preliminary to its 49th annual report on college enrollment. The freshman surge, however, Is not due to the post-World War II baby boom, which has already reached the groves of academe. The 18-year-olds in the country number only slightly more than last year, says Dr. Garland G. Parker, U of C provost for admissions and a national authority on collegiate statistics. Thus It is clear, he says, that "in spite of a wave of dissent and the strident voice of protest on many campuses," ever larger nubmers of young people are seeking higher education. We may, in fact, be witnessing the greatest revolution in mass-education since the free public school system was conceived in the 19th WASHINGTON - During most of the postwar years, our new Presidents have spent their first year in office trying to show the Communists how tough they are, and their last year trying to arrange a detente with them. Lyndon Johnson has been no exception, but his successor may be the first to break this cycle. For once, international communism did not figure prominently or bitterly in the Presidential campaign, and so the winner is relatively free of the usual hardline commitments which have constrained the other postwar Presidents. On the whole, Hubert Humphrey took the softer line during the campaign, but Nixon, even with all his talk about bigger armaments, was comparatively non-belligerent. In his acceptance speech he said to the leaders of the Communist world, "after an era of confrontation, the time has come for an era of negotiations." He strayed from that conciliatory line before the campaign was over, but not irretrievably. In any event, it is a radically different situation than prevailed in the election of I960 when John F. Kennedy outdid Nixon himself on anti-communism. That campaign was conducted with both candidates privately aware that an invasion of Cuba was already being secretly planned. Later, Kennedy was to say that the Bay of Pigs was the worst mistake of his Administration, but the "tough" frame of mind in which he came to power, made it difficult for him at first to deal flexibly and effectively with the Communists, whether it was Cuba, Berlin, Vienna, or Vietnam. In his last year in office (1963), the Kennedy diplomacy swung sharply away from confrontation and toward coexistence. Kennedy died believing that the nuclear test ban treaty with Russia was his greatest achievement, and perhaps it was. Unfortunately, 1964 was a curious repetition of 1960. Barry Goldwater wanted to escalate the Vietnam war, regardless of what Russia or China might do. Lyndon Johnson was publicly more discreet, but secretly was already going over plans to step up the war as soon as he was elected. A few weeks after he was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 1965, he ordered the bombing of Hanoi while Aleksei Kosygin, the Premier of Russia, was visiting that city. Yet in his last year in the White House, Johnson like his predecessors has been earnestly seeking a detente with Russia. His dearest Please Pass The Steak EDITORS Reds Stir Disorders Editor: I see where Mr. Nixon Is going to halt, or at least slow down, the growth of big government. Crack down some on riots and civil disorder. Now, mind you, he's not going all out on these Issues just a few. More power to him! Lord knows, this country needs help, even If only Just a little. The curious thing, however, Is that when Mr. Wallace, B.N. (before Nixon) took a strong stand on riots, civil disorders, etc., the pressure of big govern. nent, he was unjustly branded a racist, demagogue, etc., by the press at every point. Yes, the pen Is a mighty weapon. Just remember this Mr. Wallace's fire was directed at Communists, and why not? They are at the root of and responsible for our riots, disorders, and heaven knows what. MRS. W. H. EICHELBER-GER Riviera Beach Some time ago, suspicion was cast on the back yard barbecue as a possible source of cancer. The charge had remarkably little impact on the al fresco cooking habits of Americans. Nevertheless, it's a pleasure to learn that charcoal-broiled meat has been given a clean bill of health, even though it does contain a carcinogen (cancer-causing agent) called benzpyrene. But only about one microgram of benzpyrene gets on your average charcoal-broiled steak, and at that rate, says Health News, a person would have to eat nearly 30 million of them to be in danger. Lest we allow ourselves to be lulled into a false sense of security, however, from another source comes the warning that unless man stops polluting his environment (with, among other things, smoke from back yard barbecues, presumably), he cannot survive on earth for more than five more generations. That encouraging word comes from Dr. David M. Gates, director of the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis who got it straight from a computer's mouth. Win a few, lose a few. i

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