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

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Sunday, November 24, 1968
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Drew Pearson LOOK WHO BORROWED OUR SIGN New York Mayor Lindsay Victim Of City's Turmoil emor of New York State. Nelson Rockefeller, belonged to the same political party and both had their eyes on the White House. There developed almost a hatred between the two men. Eoth dedicated public servants, these two Republicans just did not like each Palm Beach Post-Times AJlUt H 'KKM NKttM'AI'KK M (Vrr if I'rw. U AlUfhury Jr.. Trraii. t c, .1 H hHlrv. ritU-hff. ( MjfiJKfr K M KifliMinik. .iii..r i V nkiwr Kwr H Mrrlr Kill, ir.tiUn.m Itifrit-.r I'lihlt-hrd K. h JmIhmIj and hunriav al jT'il s.mih llnir. Wf-I Cairn Hth. H. lUoi H iVrrv I'uhlu aiK'tit. Inr. Mi rtihrr Iht A.nnlni frra Sr.nd pii4tr Miri at ri Calm Heath. fr'lnU Ihr AtuHiaipd ('. i m lunwk fntilled to th u ttf fpj.iihln tnn of ail nrm Memlwr A.ulit liurrau '-1 t'm iilalun M KM HiriHA Hlt I HHHH t..-l 1 1 j., 4 Iiw 4 mm4 ' ?. H,..n,h . m..mhl ...ISW m""i' !; ',. l,nlh, . 7 Ml Imonlh. ... T HU ;::;k '. - i"k " I'k.I . I ..r I y.f . 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Even juveniles can buy these films and exchange them later for other films at a discount. The police have done little either to clean up prostitution or crack down on the lewd bookstores Of course, they have been hamstrung by the courts, which have thrown a number of these cases out. But other cities have managed to keep pornography out of bookstores despite the courts Meanwhile New York belies its famed trademark of "Fun City" partly because of the difficulty of transportation. Visitors complain that it takes 30 minutes to an hour to get a taxi. They have to walk or stay home. Democrats are looking around for a man to run against Lindsay next year One of the leading candidates among several who expected to challenge the mayor for reelection is young Rep. James Scheuer of the Bronx, who in two short terms in Washington has emerged as one of the outstanding leaders of the House of Representatives. Scheuer helped to write part of the recently passed legislation to prevent crime in the streets and has written a book to be published shortlv, "To Walk the Streets Safely.'" Rep. Wilbur Mills of Arkansas, the powerful House Ways and Means chairman, has told intimates that he has no intention of going along with Richard Nixon's tax-incentive schemes. The President-elect has indicated that he would like to see private industry promote social programs in poverty areas. In private conversations, however. Mills has called this "back-dour spending." The only difference, he has said, is that the mony comes out of tax receipts rather than appropriations. Either wav, the taxpayers pav for it. Russians Conservative; Revolutionaries In U.S. WASHINGTON - One casualty of the turmoil in America's biggest city is certain to be one of the bright young leaders of Republican liberalism. Mayor John Lindsay. The long, drawn out teachers' strike, the police and firemen's slowdown, the garbage collectors' strike have combined to make Mayor Lindsay as dead politically as the exiled president of Peru. He cannot possibly be elected again. In addition. New York has become the national capital for immorality. The famous New York Times Square is now nicknamed "Slime Square." Probably more prostitutes, more stag movies, more peep shows are rampant in and around Times Square than in any other city in the world. Even Paris has cleaned up in comparison to Manhattan. The tragedy is that Mayor Lindsay looked like a shining new light on the GOP political horizon. He had been picked by Republican leaders last summer to run as Vice President on the Nixon ticket before Sen. Strom Thurmond, (R-S.C), vetoed him. Many talked about him as a candidate for President in 1972 or 76. Lindsay had made a definite contribution to big city government. He had articulated the issues. He had a vast following, both Republican and Democratic, in New York City. He had won Negroes' support. Lindsay's problem, however, was that he had no administrative experience. He had been a good Congressman in Washington, but was not qualified to take charge of the vast business of running the third largest city in the world with a budget of over $5 billion and half a million employes. Instead of loading his administration down with skilled administrators, Lindsay appointed a ppering of glamor boys married to big name personages. There was James "Marcus, son-in-law of ex-Gov. John Lodge of Connecticut, who proceeded to take kickbacks in connection with city public works projects; together with William Haddad, who married the granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and who was no great asset to the city's Board of Education when it came to settling the teachers' strike. Furthermore, Lindsay, as a Republican, had two political strikes against him. The gov- Rex Newman of husbands and wives, parents and child, employer and employe, teacher and student, church and state, and government and individual in American life, could come here and wonder about the difference. The difference, as it ap- This time it is France's turn, and to view the predicament as richly deserved is a natural reaction. The nation which so conspicuously dragged its feet in international efforts to control the world's last great money crisis finds itself, one year later, with its own f inancial back to the wall, unable to halt the outflow of De Gaulle's vaunted gold reserves and dependent on outside aid in shoring up the sagging franc. This is no time for gloating by any of France's partners, however, one-sided as the partnership may often seem. The predicament and the peril are by no means limited to one country. To start with, the crisis most immediately affects West Germany. Blessed with a blooming economy and an almost embarrassingly high trade surplus, the Germans have the strongest currency in sight and, as a consequence, are attracting most of the hot money. They don't want it. It means that as the pressure is on France to devalue the franc, it is on West Germany to raise the value of the deutschmark, cutting the competitive advantage of German exporters in world trade. French and German currency revaluations, painful as this would be to both countries, would not be the end of it. however. A mass revaluation of European currencies, far more extensive than followed last year's devaluation of the British pound, would certainly follow. And that would again leave the dollar exposed. The result could be the most disastrous world financial upheaval since the Depression. France's own mini-revolution of last spring and professional speculators are convenient targets for blame. The first crippled French production, accelerated inflation and shook confidence in the franc. For speculators, currencies are no longer standards of value based upon a nation's productive capacity but commodities, to be bought and sold for personal profit regardless of damage to the economies that support them. The real causes of the recurrent money crisis are much deeper, however. The free world's interlocked economies are in the jet age, but procedures for settling accounts among nations, reliance upon an increasingly inadequate supply of gold and the traditional reserve currencies, the dollar and pound, have nut advanced much beyond the horse-and-buggy era. Measures such as those taken to halt last year's currency stampede do no more than buy time. What is needed is a determined, far-reaching effort to bring free world finances up-to-date. It must be a fully co-operative effort. If nothing else, it can be hoped that the present crisis will convince France of that. ( (' ) N . V . Times Nr w Srrvirp MOSCOW - The late November days in Moscow, halfway between the autumn rains and the winter snows, are brisk and brittle. Down the straight wide streets this week, every branch and twig of every tree was white with frozen fog, and the capital has a rhythm and a unison quite different from the clattering diversity and disunity of New York or Washington. All the promises and war cries of the American presidential election somehow seem to have settled here. Moscow has its own "law and order." If justice is "incidental" to order, as J. Edgar Hoover is reported to have said the other day, he would be happy in Moscow. This is a policeman's paradise, and "crime in the streets" is manageable. And yet, to a temporary refugee from the vigorous arguments and open conflicts of American life, the Soviet Union suddenly seems conservative and almost victorious, while America, in contrast seems young and pugnacious and even revolutionary. In the Soviet Union, the old are lecturing the young and challenging them to live by the principles of the Soviet revolution, which even the old seem to be deserting. In America, the young are lecturing the old and urging them to live by the precepts of the American revolution, which they never mention. Americans who are troubled by the spectacular stupidities and accidents of our politics, by the uncertainties and ambiguities of our presidential candidates, by the irreverent and often irresponsible defiance of our young people, by the lack of authority and manners, by strikes and demonstrations in sum. bv the violent clashes Roy Wilkins 7970 Governor Candidates Busy Laying Groundwork 1 other. A Democratic mayor. Robert Wagner, got much better cooperation from Republican Governor Rockefeller. The second strike against Lindsay was that his city council is Democratic and he netded its cooperation. He has not received it. In addition, Lindsay has not had the ability to move in on festering problems before they could come to a head. He could have sat down in a back room with Albert Shanker. head of the Teacher's Union, as early as last May and prevented the teachers' strike from coming to a boil. A professional politician would have done so. Lindsay didn't. As a result, the teachers' strike evolved into a bitter feud between Negroes and the white teachers, many of them Jewish, which has caused deep-rooted bitterness between these two minority groups. This has almost destroyed such Negro moderates as Roy Wilkins. head of the NAACP: Whitney Young of the Urban League: and Bayard Rustin. Anti-Semitism has been developed to the point that the middle-class Jew may no longer be helping the Negro. And since Jews and Negroes make up a sizeable portion of New York's population, this is a tragic development. Lindsay has also let the police slowdown drift, despite the fact that the New York police were given the best settlement of any police force in the United States. Calvin Coo-lidge, when lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, moved in on the Boston police strike with such vigor that he became Vice President of the United States. Lindsay has done the opposite. Fioravante G. Perrotta. for These two appear now to be the front runners for the Democratic nomination and the right to run against the Republican nominee for a term beginning in 1971. There are some other probables, such as Attorney General Earl Kaircloth. who hasn't decided whether to try for the Senate again or go for governor. U.S. Sen. Spessard Holland's term expires in 1971. It's speculation in Democratic circles that Holland won't run again if he has substantial primary opposition. State Sen. Reubin Askew of Pensacola apparently hasn't made his mind up yet. although it is known he has found trouble in getting funds pledges. Miami Mayor Chuck Hall, a flamboyant politician in the Gov. Claude Kirk cut of cloth, is toying with the idea. Matthews and Adams, however, are proceeding on the assumption one has to beat the other for the final round. Matthews apparently has the edge in the money field. He has shown some of his supporters a private list which has substantial fiscal interest on it. $ t hi NA, An 'Ace In The Hole' It is interesting here that communist officials, who used to believe that capitalist economic ideas would certainly fail, are now more afraid of western economic theory than of western policy theory. Western lSurope is being unified, not by the political philosophers, or the western statesmen, but by the American scientists and businessmen with their computers and their capital. This is what is worrying officials in Moscow. Officials here can deal with Dean Rusk but not with IBM they are not worried about Nelson Rockefeller as a politician, but about David Rockefeller as a banker at the Chase Manhattan Bank. The old revolution of politics and military power does not concern them they are very good at both but the new revolution of economics and capital and commercial technology not only worries them but makes them seem almost old fashioned. The Soviet Union, or so it seems to a visitor, is doing very well in preparing for the big military war which it dare not fight and could not win. But it is doing very badly with the new war of ideas and people and economics. It is betting on authority and on ideological monkey-shines, on "right-thinkers" and disordered enthusiasts, and it may be right. Certainly it is getting more "law and order" than the U.S., but it is getting these things by evading or surpassing its major problems. The difference is that America is taking the chance on freedom, and has deep troubles as a result, but it is moving and changing much faster than the Soviet Union, and in this sense the modern revolution is taking place, not in the Soviet Union, but in the U.S. When access to promotion and rewards for achievement is blocked, ambition is killed. A record as a steady unskilled worker is useless when every chance to get out of the rut is cutoff. The Stanleys need and deserve the chance to get ahead. Meanwhile the black youth that seems lost, that appears to be below the communication level, that seems to have no conception of today's world beyond a conviction that white people are in a conspiracy against him. should be dealt with in infinite patience and understanding. The Job Corps, which raises hackles on some well-bred necks, is a move in the right direction. If it has been only 50 per cent effective, a restoration of 50,000 young people out of every 100,000 makes it worthwhile. A Job Corps program, even by any other name, would be a lifeline to those who do not have the imagination and the work thesis of Stanley Irons. As for Stanley, if he does nothing but put a crimp in certain country club conversations, in family dinner table discussions, in school corridor exchanges, in precinct station house flap, in Chamber of Commerce inner sanctum talk and in the emotional remarks of the put-upon taxpayer, he will have pushed us a long stride toward a just resolution of our racial difficulties. TALLAHASSEE (AFNl -There's a couple of bullfrogs squatting on a lily pad cautiously eyeing a fat. juicy fly which lazily and tantalizingly circles their heads. Both have been carefully mustering courage and plotting their strategy for some time as to just how they can spear that fly for their very own. There are a number of lesser bullfrogs and their lady friends who are anxious to help these two claim the prize, but by no means have all of these lesserites joined one team or the other. "After all, we've really been running for governor since 1959," a confidant of Secretary of State Tom Adams said in a pronouncement which realty is no surprise to anyone. A confidant of Senate President Jack Matthews, Jacksonville, son of a former Florida Supreme Court Justice, notes that the knowledgeable attorney quietly has been making the rounds of the governing support for at least two years. Matthews ran in a crowded six man field in 1964 and was defeated in the first primary, trailed only by then Rep. Fred Karl, of Doytona Beach. r. . I ' .. . pears to a visitor in Moscow, is that the Americans are facing and really grappling with the most fundamental problems of human life, and the Russians are either evading or suppressing them. Both countries have comparable problems and there is clearly no agreement about which of them is right. The Russians, whatever they say. are terrified by freedom, and the Americans are skeptical of authority. And, somehow, both have to reconcile their systems and avoid a major war. which would destroy theniboth. What is interesting and even reassuring here is that Soviet officials seem to understand this point as well as officials in Washington. They think we are mad to trust the people, and tolerate all the strikes and demonstrations in America, just as we think they are crazy and even wicked to suppress dissent in the Soviet Union. But. like Washington, Moscow has grasped the main point: that major war is death to everybody and they seem to be agreeing with Washington on that central idea. t 12 - . back for the uniforms." the Monsanto man, active in Boys Club affairs, said, "it really broke me up." And no wonder. Stanley Irons is the kind of Negro boy he never expected to meet. Stanley is what is called a natural leader. When he blows his whistle in a scrimmage session and explains about a missed block, the youngsters listen. Each one tries to learn, not to be the coach. A lot of the nation's racial headaches stem from the fact that white people do not know that there are many, many Stanleys in the black population. White people have been so exposed to the black sharpies that they have forgotten that all Negro boys are not like that. There are plenty of Stanleys all across the land who are willing to work. The nation forgets that it helped to make some of the other kind, although a small percentage, like the same percentage in anv race, is composed of plain "no-gooders. Negro Boy Sets Example; Restores Faith In Race Add another "charmed circle" for athletes to aim at in addition to the .300 batting average, the less-than-four-minute mile or what have you : The $100,000 salary. It's reported that more than 50 athletes will have earned that much or more in salaries or prize money in 1968. There have always been a few superstars who commanded super incomes. Babe Ruth's 1928 contract for $80,000 with the New York Yankees would be worth some $200,000 in 1968 dollars. But the average athlete in the old days earned far, far less. Things have changed. The median salary in professional basketball today is $25,000. In pro football it's $22,000, with the minimum in the National Football League set at $15,000. In baseball, the median is $17,000. With prospects like this, what can a parent tell a kid who wants to go out and play ball instead of practicing the piano? Well, tell him about Denny McLain, one of this year's baseball heroes. McLain. who is dickering with the Detroit Tigers for a raise from $35,000 to $100,000, is an accomplished organist who reportedly can earn as much pulling the stops during the off-season as he does pitching the horsehide the rest of the year. It always helps to have something to fall back on. Adams, on the other hand, even though he has an ellec-tive organization built up over the years as secretary of Stale, will have money problems. But he appears to have the edge in the number of persons ready to put shoulder to the wheel and start pushing. Neither is making anv overt effort, all is taking place in the convert area. For instance Adams' "mafia" is waiting to see what the legislature does. Apparently. Adams' office will try and remain aloof Irom much lobbying in the legislature this time. Matthews finds that his position as senate president in many ways is a dilemma. If new taxes are needed. Matthews will have to assume his share of responsibility for them. If taxes are not raised, in view of the projected deficit for the next biennium if revenues and services continue at their present clip, something must go begging He could find this a detriment politically. Since Adams and Matthews in the past have worked in conjunction with each other for certain legislation, it is inevitable that some overlapping of support would be found. Already many individuals in the state are finding it necessary to take a side, Adams' camp or Matthews' camp Right now it's a stalking game between the two. Sen. L. A. iSkipi Bafalis. R-North Palm Beach, in the past couple of weeks has added to his list of skills. Not only is he a solid backer of Gov. Kirk, a statesman in the Senate, but he also is an author. At least that's what a handout distributed in his behalf revealed. It seems Bafalis, an insurance executive, authored a booklet concerning drug abuse, especially aimed at the young. But only last week he added big game hunting to his list of skills. He went to South America to haunt jaguars. In this day of tension in racial matters and also in activities without a racial angle, Stanley Irons, 15, of St. Louis, Mo., is a breath of fresh air. Stanley is the coach of a football team of 13-year-olds in the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project. The way he has gone about his business revives one's faith in the human race. At a time when occupying armies, diplomatic coups, clergy upheavals, campus revolts, campaigns for obscenity freedom and assorted black militants test that faith sorely. Stanley tends his relatively tiny bit of turf. The item that set Stanley apart was his going out and getting a job when he needed money to buv uniforms for his team. Getting a job in some circles is old hat, but Stanley was old-fashioned. He did not stop there. He went into a bit of financing by pledging his earnings to backers who would put up the money, right now, for uniforms. He knew that his weekly wages would not buy the uniforms and other needs fast enough. When he started peddling his paycheck as security for a loan, Stanley ran into an employe of the Monsanto Chemical Company and St. Louis University workers who helped him round up the needed equipment and secured a source to pick up the tab. "When he offered to pay us Fiscal Insanity While presidential aides burn barrels of midnight oil trying to find funds to help the poor it may be interesting to see what might have been done for the underprivileged had we not been such wild spenders over the past 35 years. Annual interest of $15.3 billion on the present debt has been broken down for us by Illinois Congressman Richard Roudebush who says that amount (just the interest we pay on the national debt) would pay a salary of $100 per week to each of the nation's 2.8 unemployed persons. It would build a $25,000 house for each of 600,000 families. It would buy $40 worth of groceries each week for 7.3 million families. It would buy two $75 suits for nearly even' man in the country. Instead it goes to pay the interest on money borrowed and spent in the past. Meanwhile our government goes merrily on borrowing more, setting the nation up for a $30 billion annual interest bill in the not so distant future. And this is called prosperity. This is called good management. This is called economic planning. This is fiscal insanity ! "Maybe we courf work out something like the farmers nove the government pay us NOT to write our memoirs!"

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