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

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I BURNT HIS BRIDGES Victor Riesel Communications Line Set Between Labor And Nixon with the immediate future at least with the next four years of Dick Nixon, or eight, perhaps. Fact is, Paul Hall, whose The Palm Beach Post A JOHN H. PERRY NEWSPAPER John H Ptrry Jr. Pre. AlUrbary Jr . Trtw Cecil B Kclley. Publieher. Ctntril Maitaeer K H Kirapatrick. Editor C. E Neubeuer, Eaec. Editor R Merle Elln. Circulation Director Publiened Each Day Eicept Saturday rtd Sunday at 2751 South Diiie. eet Palm Beech, Flo U4U2 By Perry PublicitiortB, Inc. Stcond claaa poetafe pud at eet Palm Reach, Florida Member o( the Awooated Preea The Aaaociated Preee iirlinnely entitled u the nee lor republication ol all new Member Audit Bureau ol Circulation St IIV initios ItTIW tKKIIH ?:r-..vVi ir.v.v.vs iinh . s,, P. '" .... to 1 vrar l?f 80 year . . . 110 10 1" Vi : .S J zil. 3 monthl is 0 3 montrie ... II 60 I an I 40 ' k I 20 XsIL rltTr.S Payable in advance Daily Only a, fu.' A " ,-., Poat or Timee lll ' viii !tS'.'0 H5 00 IKI.OO 11500 Ai-nntr.. Sil O" 123 00 16 00 00 .1 moi'S. . 112 ( HJ-'W So.OO sim.o inl'i By Mail 25 I'nst '.r Timn i 20 Sunday Poet-Timee . . $ 35 TH H'HllNt.S Centra! Office . J141il Want Ada 833-403.1 National Adverlmine Rrprearntahvea John H Perrv Awiiciatea Smie MU. !9 tteal 44ih Street. Sew York. N Y. 10036 Jack Anderson NEW YORK - In the houses of labor, there may not be such wall-to-wall carping over the Republican administration after all. Just tne other day. Wednesday, iNov. 13, at 11:47 a.m.. to be exact, one of the four or five union chiefs who make national labor policy said quite sanguinely: "That Dick Nixon is not such an ultimate b after all. We've painted him in the worst possible terms. But we'll cooperate for four years if he discloses the slightest interest. Our people don't fear him. We're substantial citizens. We're watching for the signal. We can live with him and his administration. We don't expect he'll try to cut us up." Thus, the top labor leaders keep their humor dry and their powder, too. Mr. Labor, George Meany, may scowl, but he's not set to wage war unless it's on Walter Reuther. The cigar-chomping union chieftain is philosophical. He lost the big bout. And before the final count was in, he began preparing for the next one in 72. At his invitation, labor's big clan will gather over at the marina "campus" at Piney Point, on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It's owned and operated by Paul Hall's Seafarers' International Union (AFL-CIO). There's where labor, some day soon, will open its first fully accredited college. The men of labor and their hyperthyroid Al Barkan, director of the AFL-CIO's Committee on Political Education, and COPE's national staff will meet and meditate at Piney Point for three days, beginning Dec. 2, to examine their political wounds, analyze their errors, mend their machine, and prepare to go around the clock to train for the next presidential campaign. It is as natural as Adam and Eve that COPE should meet in Paul Hall's retreat. The huskv seafarer is labor's link Dirksen to Ford. And if labor wants anything, it will have to go to Paul Hall to get the ball whipped the other way Dirksen to Ford to Nixon. There are just no other labor leaders who candialogue so amicably with any other influential Republican. The old pro-Republican labor power structure i meaning the building trades) got itself boxed in. They were mostly in the Eastern establishment. Here they are. in the word's full sense, buddies of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. So. logically, they gave their all for Hubert Humphrey. That's a fact of political life. Certainly they can talk to Sen. Jack Javits. But to whom can he talk effectively in the GOP hierarchy? . As for the rest of labor, they were for the stout-hearted Humphrey. And there they still are. I have a better chance to be Secretary of Labor than anv candidates now being pushed by the Rockefeller and Lindsay camps. it was only Paul Hall, though running highly geared pro-Humphrey political machines in California and Maryland (which he took from Gov. Agnew), who kept the lines open for a graceful retreat if defeat came last Nov. 5. It is Hall who has known Vice President-elect Agnew long and intimately. It is Hall to whom Gov. Rockefeller dispatched Spiro Agnew as an emissary seeking support last December. It is Hall who has featured such men as Dirksen and Ford at his now famous labor-maritime luncheon forums in the Mayflower. So it will be sailor Paul Hall who'll be the envoy to the White House. Those seafarers are a strong breed. It was Hall's late predecessor, Harry Lundeberg, to whom President Eisenhower first offered the Secretary of Labor post. Bur "old boxhead" turned it down. He'd have to wear a tie. Well, Paul Hall doesn't wear ties either. Wallace Builds 3rd Party For Another Try In '72 Friday Morning, November 22, 1968 It's Our Own Fault Comes now an authority on automotive matters with a complaint about a matter on which we amateurs have grumbled for years. An entire generation of Americans has grown up with the belief that the bumper affixed to the front and rear of an automobile was merely a decorative device providing a place for parking and backup lights. Since World War II that's all the so-called bumper does. Older Americans f the over 30 squares) can recall when the car's bumper was just that. Oh. it didn't have the massive appearance, it didn't wrap around the corner, and it didn't provide a mounting for lights. Neither did it fold like a pretzel under a good hard kick. It did provide some protection for expensive parts when the car was involved in a minor accident. And the lights were mounted back of the bumper where they were not the first part of the vehicle to come in contact with object one might tap lightly while parking. But back to the expert; Edward Daniels, claims manager for the Inter-Insurance Exchange of the Automobile Club of Michigan, says a better auto bumper would save a billion dollars a year in accident damages. Daniels, speaking before a meeting of the American Society of Body Engineers, pointed out that modern bumpers, while they wrap around the corner and have a massive appearance, offer no protection from bumps at even five miles per hour. Instead they are so fragile that the least contact between vehicles results in heavy damage to the bumper itself and to the rest of the car as well. Many cars have parking and backup lights built into the bumper instead of set where they are protected by it. Daniels pointed out that on one car the rear bumper must be removed in order to replace the taillight bulb! His claim that better bumpers would save $1 billion per year is based on the average yearly cost of repairing accident damage between five and six billion dollars and the fact that 20 per cent of this damage would be eliminated if bumpers were built to protect instead of decorate. But let's don't be too hard on the manufacturers of these fragile vehicles that cost so much to repair. The motoring public buys them without a murmur. Continental styling rates ahead of safety, economy, and all else. People buy a particular motor car because they are taken with its appearance. Some of the most dependable and economical cars have disappeared from the market. Others have never enjoyed the popularity their mechanical excellence earned. The car manufacturers in business today are the ones that catered to the public, gave the customer what he wanted, power, more power, up to the minute styling, and hang such things as bumpers that looked like bumpers and were designed to do a protective job. The only way for motorists to reduce insurance premiums by saving that $1 billion per year in repair costs is for each one to refuse to purchase a car that is not designed with an eye toward curtailing damage in case of accident. I We do not recommend anyone holding his breath until public demand brings about this needed change in automotive design). David Lawrence New York School Strike A Disgraceful Happening national hall is across the canal in Brooklyn, can now accurately be described as labor's most influential leader. If contacts, not clothes, make the man. he's the man. Paul Hall (one just doesn't call him misten is the only union chief with links to the Republican hierarchy. That means Dick Nixon. Spiro Ag-new. Ev Dirksen. Gerald Ford and a host of Southerners. During the recent campaign, he backed Messrs. Dirksen and Ford, and such victors as R.S. Schweiker who defeated Senator Joseph Clark (Pa.). Seafarer Paul Hall's interests are the high seas. He's for anyone who's for a strong merchant fleet. This brought him close to Ev Dirksen, the Senate' minority leader, and to Gerald Ford, the House minority leader. This makes two of the Tinker to Evers to Chance combination which will govern this nation for four years. The third in this double-play combination is Richard Nixon. To become an effective executive, at least on the home front, the Republic an president will need muscle in the Congress. This means Sen Dirksen and Rep. Ford. Without them. Mr. Nixon will have to put the Hill on wheels to move Congress. So the play will be Nixon to kind of arbitration system that would enable the two sides to thresh out their differences while the schools continued to function. In the major industries of America, particularly in transportation, Congress has passed laws which allow the government to bar strikes during a cooling-off period of 60 to 90 days. There are various forms of discipline in labor-management relations which could be applied when the public schools in a large city are suddenly threatened with a strike that may deprive the school children of their educational opportunities. In this case, the governing board in a particular area, which is inhabited mostly by Negroes and Puerto Ricans. insisted on the right to hire and dismiss teachers, and it was feared bv the teachers Hilly Graham The only announcement Wallace has made is that he will return to his law practice. This has prospered in the past without his direct participa- tion. His Montgonery. Ala., law firm Wallace and Wallace is run by his brother. Gerald "Sag" Wallace. The practice consists chiefly of clients who seek favors from the state. The Wallace brothers had little money before George became governor. While George was scaling the political peaks. Sag soared to the financial heights, though he denies he's traded on his brother's name. Alabama businessmen have complained that George Wallace has bled them dry of campaign funds. Some state contractors said they could no longer afford to do business with the state if he wrings anymore money out of them to finance his constant politicking. Wallace has also collected thousands of dollars from right-wing extremists who have thoroughly infiltrated his movement. At least one extremist, Roy Harris, who publishes the right-wing Augusta, Ga. Courier, is a member of his inner circle. In many states, the Wallace campaign was organized by the John Birch Society, which dispensed extremist Birehite literature out of Wallace-for-President headquarters. Bard Logan, a militant Bircher and chairman of the Wallace campaign in Texas, purged Wallace workers who weren't in sympathy with the John Birch Society. At the local level. Birchers are now maneuvering for control of the American Independent party machinery that Wallace is attempting to install permanently in the 50 states. Both George Wallace and the John Birch Society, apparently, are using one another for their own purposes. "I am not going to denounce the John Birch Society," Wallace has said. "I know a few of its members in Alabama. ,1 C and they are some of our finest citizens." It is a measure of Wallace's political flexibility that he started out in politics as a moderate. He attended the famous 1948 Democratic convention as an alternate delegate. When Hubert Humphrey delivered his ringing civil rights speech that caused Strom Thurmond to lead a massive Southern walkout. Wallace, believe it or not. stayed behind. He refused to join Thur-mond's third-party movement in 1948 and remained a loyal Democrat. Now he has discovered he can make more political hay as a demagogue than a Democrat and is leading the third-party movement he had spurned 20 years ago. More on the future of George Wallace and his third party will follow in a future column. The South is waiting to see what kind of judges Richard .ixon will appoint. In the past. Republican Presidents usually have appointed better Southern judges than Democratic Presidents because they didn't have to get their judges OK'd in advance by Southern Senators. President Eisenhower, for instance, appointed some of the best judges the South has seen in a long time, including Elbert Tuttle in Atlanta. John Minor Wisdom in New Orleans. John R. Brown in Houston and Frank Johnson in Montgomery, Ala. On the other hand. President Kennedy appointed the Ole Miss roommate of Sen. Jim Eastland, iD-Miss.), Judge Harold Cox, who once referred to Negroes as a "bunch of Niggers" and compared them to chimpanzees. Last week, however. Judge Cox handed down a directed verdict in a civil rights case which led to a $1,022,150 verdict against the Ku Klux Klan. President Johnson appointed former Gov. James Coleman to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and. although the appointment caused some criticism, Coleman has turned out to be a fair and forthright judge. President Nixon, however, will face the problem of Sen. Strom Thurmond. iR-S.C.i. and a commitment to clear all federal judges in the South with him. Thurmond sits on the key Judiciary Committee which passes on judges, and is the arch foe of desegregation in the Senate. It will be interesting to see what happens. BIRMINGHAM. Ala - The big question politicians are asking is whether George Wallace can keep his third party alive. Will the United States desert its unique two-party system? Teddy Roosevelt. Bob La Follette, Strom Thurmond and Henry Wallace have launched third parties in this century. All fizzled. Will George Wallace be an exception? The shellacking he took at the polls, his friends say. hasn't diminished his determination to reach the White House. He bounced back from defeat when he first ran for governor of Alabama, and they expect him to pursue the presidency with the same doggedness. Alter John Patterson defeated him for the governorship in 1958. Wallace campaigned up and down the state lor the next four years. He shook hands at every country crossroads, spoke in every grubby hall.hustled votes down every country lane. He also learned the catchwords and cliches that arouse the rabble. In his 1958 campaign he had posed as the champion of the unwashed, but he had been a racial moderate. He discovered, however, that Alabama voters were more fired up over desegregation than over economics. Never again, he told friends, would he let anyone "out-seg" him. So for the next four years, friends predict. George Corley Wallace will apply nationally the tactics that made him a power in Alabama. He will crisscross the country, repeating the slogans that inflame the crowds, in behalf of his third-party movement. He will attempt to establish the American Independent party as a permanent force in all 50 states. He will encourage third-party candidates to run for state and local offices. Some insiders believe he will run lor governor or Senator in Alabama himself in l!)70 to gain a better platform lor his nt'xt presidential campaign Letters s A Service? Kditor: Inflation is like creeping Termites. They keep eating away. For the year 1969 we are heading for the biggest inflation of all times, unless we hold the line on wages. The demanding increases in wages if continued, will price ourselves out of the Foreign markets plus, curtail the buying in our own markets. The Automobile Industry will be the first one to suffer inflation impact. The Steel and Metal Industry will be second to suffer. The third will be the Building and Supply Industries. The Rest will follow: This spells real unemployemnt. To-Day our dollar is only buying 40 per cent In Merchandise. If Inflation continues What will It buy in the next ten years? Beware for real trouble, unless we can hold the line for 1969 on wages and prices. In my opinion the only solution Is to: Repeal all tax exempt Bonds, and subsidies, curtail all governmental departments unnessary, stop duplication, and cut out all rackets by Inforcing our laws. ' Why should the small tax payers carry the load for the exempt tax payers? This Is unfair and unjust. Our Government should sell all co-ops to private enterprise. The tide should be Incoming, Instead of outgoing. WHY NOT? Charles Schaefer West Palm Beach, Fla New County Impractical that this would transform the school system of the whole city. When such fundamental issues arise, the controversy is not just an ordinary strike but one which concerns the residents of the community, the members of labor unions, and city and state governments. Experienced mediators were brought into the situation, but their efforts failed. Now that the damage has been done, the question arises whether the state legislature will enact stronger legislation to prevent such a breakdown from happening again. Where was the federal government, it may be asked, during all the racial friction among the teachers in the public schools of New York City? In the past, when anything involving "discrimination'' arose in other parts of the country, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare did not hesitate to threaten to withhold public funds unless its "guidelines" were followed. But, possibly for political or other reasons not disclosed, the department this time kept its hands off completely, and the battle went on without federal intervention of anv kind. we do not join the church to be in contact with some religion, but to have fellowship with those who love Christ, and to participate in the mission of the church. To have such fellowship, you need to find Christ as Saviour and Lord first. The Bible says that "The Lord added unto them (the Church I daily those that were being saved " If you should join the church without a personal faith, you might do damage to both the church and yourself. Take Christ as your Saviour, and then you will be spiritually ready. Bible Verse And he said, "He who , has ears to hear, let him hear." 8 Mark 4:9 WASHINGTON - When more than one million public-school students are denied classroom instruction for 39 days, and the government of the biggest city in the country is unable to handle the strike which caused it, the event may well be regarded as one of the most disgraceful happenings in history. Now, in order to make up lost time, students are going to be deprived of their normal holidays. Under the schedule announced, the students must go to school on Nov. 29. Dee. 26, 27, 30 and 31, Feb. 12, and for four days during the usual Easter week recess. They will also be compelled to attend classes for an extra 45 minutes each school day for the 14 weeks between Nov. 25 and March 7. So the children are the ones who will pay the penalty for the failure of the city government and the teachers to resolve their dispute without a closing down of the public schools of the city. Some schools, of course, were able to stay open, and there were efforts made by helpful citizens to improvise classes in various parts of the city. Much blame will be placed upon the union, but there is every evidence that, if the seriousness of the problem had been recognized earlier, a compromise might have been reached which would have made unnecessary the closing of the schools. There are, of course, racial problems involved. The city had proposed a "decentralization" plan which would have left to local control the selection of teachers. The labor union objected to this because, it is claimed, white teachers were being discriminated against, particularly those who were members of the union. These questions are, of course, difficult to deal with satisfactorily, and there have been charges of racism and of threats and intimidation as well as some outbreaks of violence. But it does seem incredible that the city government or the state government was not able to prevent the loss of so many days of school for the pupils. Even with the settlement of the strike, there are fears that many of the teachers may remain hostile and be unable to co-operate with each other as they should. Some of the teachers and parents are said to be more militant in their views now than they were before the strike. Certainly the episode would indicate the necessity for legislation which would provide mediation machinery or some Whip For Our Own Back Accept Christ, Then Join Church Proponents of severing western Palm Beach County from eastern Palm Beach County are swimming against the tide. Creation of a new county by splitting existing Palm Beach County is contrary to the undercurrent in the rapid urbanization of the state and its legislative representation, which is flowing in the opposite direction toward consolidation of county governments. Proponents of the idea, from a strictly legal standpoint, find the new constitution, like the old, offers a simple method of accomplishing the split. Merely get the legislature to pass legislation creating the new county. No referendum is needed. But from a practical standpoint the proposal rests in the hands of nine men three state senators and six state representatives who make up the Palm Beach County delegation. These are the men who must champion the plan in the legislature and must be persuasive enough to overcome the trend toward consolidation among the states 67-counties. The mechanics of creating a new county, a device used with abandon in order to keep rural control of the legislature by the old rural bloc, up until 1967. is a monumental undertaking. A new set of county officials must be chosen, a new school system created, formulas for distributing state funds changed and a new set of ordinances and resolutions passed in order for the new county to function. And no doubt the Palm Beach County political establishment remembers the serious depletion of county funds in the early part of the decade when the rural bloc in the legislature divided Lake Okeechobee, formerly part of Palm Beach County, into five segments each a part of one of the five counties bordering the lake. Presumably any attempt to make the area west of 20-Mile Bend into a new county, or a part of rural Hendry County would run into stiff opposition from east county officials. the U.N. lo interfere in our domestic affairs. Is not the essence of soverignty the consent of the governed? It follows that any Government action that the people accept without protest acquires de facto legality. Thus, our continued acceptance of these repugnant threats and sanctions can and will be interpreted as acceptance of the sovereign right of the U.N. to impose sanctions on the U.S.A. as on Rhodesia. (2) What right has our ernment to wage undeclared war and starvation on peaceful Rhodesia? The role of being one of "a gang" tormenting a small country for the crime of not belonging to the gang Is extremely distasteful. Politicians have come and politicians have gone many have been swept Into the dustbin of political obliv'on and the "wind of change" blows hard in Britain as well as Africa and here. Our new Administration better not become dominated too by primitive and irresponsible elements in the U.N. carrying out policies diametrically opposed to Its purpose and charter. G.Gellermann. Lake Worth Editor: If we consent to U.S. participation in sanctions against Rhodesia, we not only consent to the self assumed power of the U.N. contrary to the provisions of Its charter to interfere in Rhodesia's internal affairs, but we also accept the U.N.'s power to interfere in the internal affairs of the U.S.A. This, we must consider a very real and a very unacceptable risk In view of the present membership of the U.N. The absolute dependence of the U.S. on Imported strategic raw materials shows our extreme vulnerability to sanctions. This vulnerability adds a grim warning to our folly In imposing starvation called sanctions on Rhodesia In that we ourselves are preparing a whip for our own backs.' We cannot help but ask why the U.N. with Its charter to preserve peace, is waging undeclared war on tiny Rhodesia by the Imposition of sanctions. We must request responsible answers to the questions: (1) Who gave the U.S. Government the right to thus compromise our Integrity and honor, to jeopardise our safety and by accepting the questioned authority of aliens In My parents believe that I am too young to join a church, but I feel I should have this contact with religion. I am going on 18. and feel it is high time to do something about this. What do vou think? -B.K. I do not believe that you are approaching this problem correctly. Your problem is not so much the age of joining the church, but rather are you spiritually fit for it. You see. 1

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