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

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Thursday, November 28, 1968
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By Golly, There IS a Lot to Be Thankful For John Chamberlain Thankfulness Gives Way To The Anti-Thanksgiving The Palm Beach Post A JOHN H. PERRY NEWSPAPER Jok. H Prrry Jr Prrr. W. W. Atlaibwy Jr.. Tim Ctril B. Krllrj. PubtaWt. Grorral Murtrr R H. Kirkpatrick. Editor C-1 Nrukawr, Eik. Editor R Mttk (Ilia. CimUwa Dirrhor Pviblahod Eoch Day Eieopt Saturday Ad Sunday tt 1711 Souk Dim. Wnl Fftm Brock, Flo. 3J40J By Parry PubUcotiotto. lac. Srcond clara aoatrir paid it Wort Pilm Brack. 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N Y. 10036 Thursday Morning, reported, the math teachers were still teaching calculus, the French professors were still holding classes in voulez vous, and you could study al- most any manifestation of human nature under the rubrics of psychology, sociology, economics, biology, history or in the more progressive schools how to behave on a date. If it's "involvement" that the student wants in his spare time, there are scores of institutions willing to put him to work in the slums or on the political circuit. There are no barriers to study or action anywhere. Yet, in this time of anti-thanksgiving, the main object of education seems, in non-square student circles, to be anything that avoids cracking a book. "Confrontation" is all. It could be called boorish-ness. Then there is the anti-thankfulness of dress. There is no joyful thanks to one's Creator in hair styles that suggest a sickly and ratty coconut palm. In the Eighteenth and early Nineteenth Centuries young blades wore their hair long (indeed, Lord Melbourne complained when his radical son tried to pioneer an early version of the crew cut I, but the idea was to look elegant, not disheveled. By adding powder to the wig, our ancestors looked modish. The fashion today is to look like a mendicant friar, but without any saving grace of holiness. The cult of filth began in Cuba, with Castro's barbudos. or bearded ones, setting the pace. This was all very well when the boys were living in the Sierra Maestra jungles, where the amenities weren't available. But why bring the lack of style into Havana, which could be a beautiful city? And why import the same lack of style into the United States, which has the money to support tailors, barbers, and laundromats? It may not be important (after all, you can learn French or math in blue jeans and with your hair uncombed i. but it is certainly anti-thankful. The young, according to certain teachers, are not great ones for discipline. This doesn't happen to be true for lots of young people: if it were, we would not be producing Brian Dowlings or 0. J. Simpsons in football, or Arthur Ashes in tennis. But there is no discipline involved in LSD trip-taking, or in scattering the papers from the office files of a dean. Discipline involves the idea of thankful use and improvement of one's faculties; it is an expression of joy in the possession of body and mind. Martha Graham, the first lady of the modern American dance, was asked the other day if she had any particular gripe. She thought a minute and said yes, she had one. It was a regret for the shortness of life. This, coming from a woman who is still dancing in her own productions at the age of 74, is an oblique way of giving tremendous thanks for the life that one has had. But the young, to listen to the hippie-yippie avant garde, are not complaining that life is short; they are complaining that the days of the Establishment are all too long. Blot 'em out with pot. Be anti-thankful. It's the new holiday spirit of anti-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Day is here again, but the mood is not generally one of thankfulness to the Creator. Indeed, the time is one of anti-thanksgiving. The mood everywhere is one of frustration. Griping is universal. Nobody wants more inflation, but everybody wants to beat the coming inflation by getting more now, which makes the inflation inevitable. Nobody likes the war in Viet- ' nam, but a lot of misguided people would have us get out of the war by capitulation, which would bring the next and probably much bigger war right to our doorstep. In New York City the boss of the teachers' union is unhappy because of what is happening in a single slum school district of Brooklyn so he pulls a universal city-wide strike that deprives unoffending children in the distant Bronx, Staten Island, and Morningside Heights of some ;i5 days of important education, there are gripes about crime, about the Russians, about the general cussedness of life when, to pick one example, you can't get a housekeeper without waiting a year for the immigration authorities to move. The mood of anti -thankfulness knows no age limits. But is it merely an illusion of age that I feel the young are more anti-thankful than anybody else? Granted that it is a monstrosity to draft anybody to fight an undeclared jungle war that leaves 199,500,000 stay-at-homes unaffected, why should the young be accorded a special indulgence for their anti-thankfulness about most other items? More young people are going to college than ever before in the history of the nation, which says something nice about parents and taxpayers who are willing to pay the bills for education. When last David Lawrence D rew rearson Ted Already Campaigning To Block Muskie In '72 on had once been a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee. "What I've collected are chiefly landscapes." McClel- Thanksgiving Is... In these days of materialism, cynicism and discontent; days when men the world over cry Peace! Peace' but there is no peace; days when, despite the countless evidences of the Lord's bounty, gratitude seems to be a ', lost art where are we to find inspiration for a proper observanceot Thanksgiving Day '.' Perhaps in reflecting on what Thanksgiving really '. is. Some years ago. the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Loew put it ,' this way: 1 Thanksgiving is humility. To be thankful is to ! have the grace to recognize that there is much that no I man can do for himself. The grace of gratitude is the ; mark of true greatness. ! - Thanksgiving is sharing. Emily Dickinson's fa- ,' ther once saw a radiant sunset. So he rang the village ; fire bell and. when everyone came running, he pointed ; to the beauty they were all missing. Gratitude "rings ' the bell' for someone who shares beautv. i ; Thanksgiving is vocation. The finest stewardship ; is to give because we've been grateful. To know this is ; to have a sense of belonging. It is knowing that this is i the job you're called to do and you' re grateful. I I Thanksgiving is involvement. To be grateful is to ' say "Thank You" to someone, or to look beyond self to others. And always to know that "it is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord." Thanksgiving is a social I word. True gratitude breaks through selfish isolation into the dedication of what we have and what we are in t terms of others. Thanksgiving is a sense of joy. even in the difficult days. Listen to an ancient word for these ; modern times: "Live together in peace, help the weak and be patient with all men. Be sure that no one repays a bad turn by a bad turn; good should be your objective ! always, among yourselves and in the world at large. Be ; happy in your faith at all times. Never stop praying. Be ' thankful whatever the circumstances may be." It is not given to all of us to be so saintly. But we ! can all find a multitude of reasons to be thankful ; merely by walking through a supermarket. And with '. only a little more effort we can remember and be ; thankful for the heritage of freedom which had its ; beginnings in the spirit of that first Thanksgiving back ; in the discouraging year of 1621 . ; Only those who have completely lost their way can ; fail to be thankful. No one is without blessings: only. perhaps, the inability to recognize them. i i I Ay-" V '-li(aj,i. Administration Change Ousts Capable Employes WASHINGTON - It may surprise the wives of certain American ambassadors living abroad, but Richard Nixon has now gone in for art. Forty-eight hours after he was elected President, he asked that the National Collection of Fine Arts decorate his temporary offices in Washington with modern American paintings. President Johnson has allocated a suite of offices in the building known as FOB 7. a new red brick structure behind the Court of Claims, next to the old Decatur House and just around the corner from Lafayette Square. There President-elect Nixon found 10 landscapes ready and waiting for him alter he lunched with LBJ on Tuesday. Reason why American diplomatic wives will be surprised is that Nixon has made caustic comment regarding paintings in American embassies abroad. Traveling through Europe early this year, he approached one ambassador's wife with the comment: "Honey, where did you get that crap?" The ambassadress had collected American modernistic paintings at some trouble, and the local population had been strong in their praise of the embassy's art collection. Donald I. McClelland of the National Collection of Fine Arts was careful in gathering the paintings for Nixon's office not to be too controversial. Though he had not heard of Nixon's brusque comment about art in American embassies abroad, he had the idea that the 10 pictures for Nixon should be very American. Perhaps he remembered that Nix- Victor Riesel tration changes. The only people who ought to be brought in are those entrusted with the task of formulating policy. Sooner or later, public opinion will insist that the Civil Service System be enlarged so that the most competent persons available will be willing to make a lengthy career in government service. Administrative officers in government generally are conscientious and are ready to criticize privately and offer alternatives when a particular program which has been tried before and failed is offered again. Another confusing situation which needs to be clarified is the use of "advisers" on the staff of a President. Some of them properly perform duties of a liaison nature, as they digest the lengthy papers and documents that come from a department to the White House. If members of the President's staff were merely giving him a summary or con- 13 i 1 1 y Graham : Argument Compounded Collection of Fine Arts the next day. He has given tacit approval to the new collection of art for his temporary offices in ington. Some diplomats who have noted Nixon's reaction to art in American embassies abroad are worried. It looks as if Sen. Teddy Kennedy has already started running for President. As early as Wednesday morning. Nov. 6, when most politicians were trying to get some sleep, Teddy was on the long-distance telephone congratulating various key Congressmen on their reelection. Some of them had been up all night and had gone to bed. Teddy was not inconsiderate. He did not wake them up. If they were asleep, he sent telegrams. For the most part Sen. Kennedy picked out young Democratic liberals who carry weight in their own states, such as Jim Corman, Don Edwards and Richard Hanna. all of California; John Culver of Iowa; Lee Hamilton of Indiana. Brock Adams of Washington. William Hathaway of Maine, Jonathan Bingham and Richard Ottinger of New York. To John Brademas of South Bend, Ind.. an older Congressman, Teddy sent this wire: "Wish to be one of the first to congratulate you on what I know will be a great victory today. You have waged a splendid campaign, and I was proud to have been able to play a small part in your effort. I look forward to serving with you in the 91st Congress." Other messages were similar. The text of these notes, which sparked a confrontation yet to ricochet across this land, never has been printed. "Dear Sir," it said "The Governing Board of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Demonstration School District has voted to end your employment in the schools of this District. This action was taken on the recommendation of the Personnel Committee. This termination of employment is to take effect immediately. "In the event you wish to question this action, the Governing Board will receive you on Kndav, May 10. 1968, at 6:00 p.m. at the Intermediate School 55 . . . "You will report Friday morning to Personnel. 110 Livingston Street ... for reassignment. Sincerely, Rev. C. Herbert Oliver. Chairman . . . Governing Board and Rhody A. McCov. Unit Administrator." The board was sufficiently gracious to send a carbon copy to the citywide Board of Education's Superintendent of Schools. . Thus, without notice, without confrontation by his accusers, without any previous discussion, without any compassion beyond that reflected in the peremptory note, Nauman was fired from the school in which he had been teaching for almost nine years and where the youngsters liked him. New York Teachers Seek Alliance With Teamsters land explained, "painted by American artists from ail walks of life. "There is one by a Negro, one by a Russian-American, and one by a Japanese-American. "There is a typical American scene. 'The Road to Santa Fe' by John Marin," McClelland went on. "There is also one by Jacques Hnizdovsky, a Russian-American artist, called 'Winter Landscape.' The Negro painter is William H. Johnson, and we have his 'Marrakesh' in the collection for the President-elect. "The Japanese-American painter is Ansei Uchima. and I have his woodcut called 'Winter Vista' for the President-elect's office." The only thing McClelland has selected which might approach what Nixon called the "crap" in American embassies is a semi-realist drawing by Thomas George. "They are good solid American painters," reassured McClelland. Nixon's request for pictures arrived on Friday, Nov. 8, and was filled bv the National in history old Lenin used to conjure up. It had triphammer impact on the national presidential campaign. It tied Mayor John V. Lind- say to his city hall and 1 he Residence.' It prevented him from campaigning (or Richard Nixon. This could have cost the President-elect hundreds of thousands of votes and perhaps New York State itself. The passion which now whips about this city like its traditional garbage, has obscured the beginning the morning of May 9, 1968. That a.m.. Fred Nauman went to his school mailbox and found a letter from the Ocean Hill-Brownsville Demonstration School District Governing Board. Like Nauman, a soft-spoken science teacher who is chairman of the United Federation of Teachers unit in the ghetto district. 18 other educators found similar cise explanation of what's going on. there would be no problem. But to interpose "advisers" between cabinet officers and the President is risky business when they try to make policy, and this has been responsible for many a blunder that chief executives have made. The cabinet secretaries themselves in some administrations have felt uneasy when an "adviser" w ho sat at the elbow of a President was free to make comments which were not based on the intimate knowledge of a subject which someone high up in a department could better have furnished. But the troubles of a President in getting the right advice are not nearly so difficult to overcome as the lapse in government efficiency when 2.000 jobs involving various kinds of responsibility are declared vacant, and the progress of departmental business is to a certain extent frustrated by the temporary vacuum created. This is the penalty the American people are paying for a transition from one administration to the other. The Civil Service System could be strengthened to permit the recognition of experience and ability and to authorize the use of the same powers of removal which private business has been successlul in delegating to competent supervisors and managers. profess to be Christ's disciples are such poor "samples". I know of a man who was asked if he was a Christian and he replied: "In spots." I fear that too few of us are not Christians in every area of our lives. This should challenge all of Christ's followers to live wholly consecrated to Him. We are the Bibles the world is reading. We are the creeds the world is needing. We are the sermons the world is heeding. The Bible says: "He thatsaith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked." I John 2: 6. Bible Verse No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth. -Ill John 1:4 WASHINGTON - What's going on nowadays in Washington is not easy to describe and. indeed, in many respects is not visible. For since there are 2,000 jobs which the new administration is expected to fill, this means that 2,000 individuals with varying terms of experience in governmental affairs must make preparations to leave as soon as their successors areappointed. One wonders sometimes why anybody who is pursuing a successful career in his business or profession would want to interrupt his years of service and experience in a good job just to spend a few years in experimentalism and chance-taking in government. Political ambition often plays a part and, when one serves in some more or less important capacity in Washington, this helps to build prestige back home. Many a former officer in a department or agency is today continuing to live in Washington as the representative of a corporation which does a big business with the government. There's nothing ethically wrong about this. In fact, government officials like to carry on their large transactions with private industry in conferences with experienced persons who know what the red tape is all about. But the net effect of the change over every four or eight years is to reduce the efficiency of the federal government. Some of the individuals who may have been brought here through the channels of politics happen to be good enough to stay on, and the public interest would be served thereby. But the president-elect and his political entourage are cognizant of pressures for the jobs from influential persons or their friends who helped to carry a state or to obtain funds from campaign contributors. So it isn't easy for a president-elect to tell himself that he is going to give America the most efficient goverrrren-tal administration it has ever had when he knows he is obliged to take various persons into his "2.000 club" many of whom really don't belong there. What is the answer to this perplexing problem? There is no good reason why purely administrative officials who are doing an efficient job should be replaced when an adminis- Scn. Soaper Says In these troubled times. Is It quite wise for the fraternity and sorority houses to feature violence In their homecoming decorations? At Sault Sle. Marie the enormous Poe Lock is opened to shipping, and we hope It doesn't start a round of Poe Lock jokes. Being A Christian Is Full Time Job It didn't become immediately apparent, but the invention of the automobile self-starter in 1911 paved the way for endless bitter argument. By allowing women to drive (few could start a car with the old hand crank), the self-starter opened the classic war over which sex is the safer driver. Of course, no one is ever going to settle the argument to the satisfaction of all concerned which , means everybody. But one of the latest surveys shows: Women drivers obey the laws better than men with one exception women are more stubborn about yielding the right-of-way. (No editorial comment on that one we're devout cowards ). The survey showed that of all accidents involving women drivers, 28 per cent were due to failure to yield right-of-way. Of men involved in similar mishaps only 19.5 per cent were caused by failure to yield. But from there on the girls had all the best of the argument. -Of men causing accidents, 23 per cent had. been drinking; only 9.6 per cent of the women. A third of the men were driving too fast; a fourth of the women. Of 101 drivers involved in an accident while passing on a ci'rve only 15 were women. The survey was conducted by the California Highway Patrol and covered 1967 accidents resulting in death or injuries. Actually this survey, like countless others before and after it, settles nothing. Neither the men nor the women will accept such portions as show them in a bad light and both will have alibis covering the areas where their own sex failed to measure up Makes one wonder why anyone bothers to make studies on controversial subjects. Only thing that could have prevented this argument would have been Mr. Kettering tossing his invention in the trash can back in 1911. NEW YORK - Out in the suburbs, where the pollution ends and the new exodus begins, teacher, librarian and recreation aides cast one swift look at the great 1968 teachers triple strike in New York City and joined the Teamsters union. This may well be a sign of realignments to come. These school employes out in Long Island's bucolic Plainview-Old Bethpage, Central School District 4. are not the first of the nation's educational employes to knock on the truckers' local doors. In several cities, months ahead of the young people from the island, older school supervisors' organizations have been seeking to ally themselves with more muscular and experienced bargainers. Perhaps it was only the leg-endry and not the heraldry, of the Teamsters Brotherhood the educators seek. Whatever the motivation, the younger people have joined the fraternity of Local 237. the Teamsters city employes union. To understand the tensions, it is best, in this requiem for an educational system, to cut through to the first moment of the nation's biggest, longest traumatic school strike in history. Not only did 50.000 New York City educators stand in solid ranks, but the stoppage is one of those express trains My husband drinks heavily and gambles, but he claims he is a Christian. I don't see how he can reconcile his actions and still believe he is a Christian. A distinction must be made between a professing Christian and a true Christian. A true Christian life is self-evident. Even the smallest child can usually identify a vital, dedicated person who is "all out" for Christ. One reason that more people are not sold on Christianity is because those who ' Oh, THAT Day! What kind of a day was it on TV? Well, it was a day like any other day . A sort of Doris Day.

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