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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 8

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Palmeach POSt-TimeS JameS Refn Capital Dogmatism Declines Cecil B. Kelley, Jr. General Manager Daniel J. Mahoney, Jr. Publisher Thomas A. Kelly Editor Samuel J. Pepper Managing Editor Clarke B. Ash, Associate Editor 0h SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 1, 1977 Happier New Year WASHINGTON - At the beginning of the new year, maybe the most promising aspect of politics in Washington is the decline of dogmatism. It would be too much to say that everybody suddenly has acquired a chivalrous respect for the opinions of others, but almost everybody seems to be listening a little more and shouting less. Not so long ago, this town was full of people who knew, by God, that they were right about how to handle inflation, unemployment, welfare, Watergate, Vietnam and a lot of other things. But now, while equally gabby, they seem less cocky that they have all the answers to the complicated problems of the coming year. The Carter people are beginning to hedge their bets on some of the simplistic promises of the election campaign. The more they look at the facts and the closer they come to executive responsibility, the more they realize that they are at least partially trapped by the past and have less room to maneuver than they imagined even a few short weeks ago. Also, at least some of them are beginning to wonder if they haven't been talking too much in public before mastering their subjects. Most of the people chosen for the Cabinet and the White House staff have no recent records on which they can be judged; therefore they have to be judged by their words, and their words lately Jiave been both ambiguous and even Terrorism and repression still exist sll over the world, but there is less of tendency to let the forces of fanaticism get out of hand, and a growing realization that many problems cannot be solved by ideology or violent hostility to other nations. Accordingly, the Carter administration is coming to power early in the new year in a more mature if more complicated atmosphere than most of its predecessors snce the last world war. The nation is at peace for the first time in almost a generation. The emotional divisions of Vietnam and the fevers of election have passed. Relations between the races and the generations in the United States are better, if not good. And while Carter has an urgent and potentially explosive problem on his hands in Panama partly because of his own excessive promises in the campaign the chances are he will have time to organize his administration and formulate his policies without any great convulsion at home or abroad. He has the added advantage of a Congress of his own party and new leadership in both houses which is likely to give him more support than it gave President Ford. And despite his narrow victory, the nation is remarkably calm in the face of high prices and unemployment, and waiting patiently and even hopefully to see how he performs. New presidents never have enough time to do all that confronts them, but Carter will probably have more time than most. And, unlike the last three, he is not being shoved by as many dogmatic fanatics. complished without a significant rise in inflation. It is interesting that the prediction of each economist was based on the assumption that the Carter administration would act to stimulate the economy. And there was general agreement that the stimulation will be needed. The forecasts suggest that businesses are building their plans on the expectation that the Carter administration will deliver a tax cut, employment programs, investment-tax credits, or a combination of those three approaches. It seems incumbent on Presi What better news with which to greet the New Year than the report that the lines on all the major economic charts are headed in the right direction after a generally sluggish year? The turnaround was measured in the "index of leading economic indicators," the Commerce Department's new composite graph which rose by .6 per cent in October and a full percentage point in November. Small gains, but they came as a relief to economists, who had been worried about a three-month decline in the third quarter. The gains were doubly welcome in that they tended to support the optimistic predictions for the new year. Analysts con- healthy outbreak of self-doubt here, it seems to be affecting other governments elsewhere. The Callaghan government in Britain, for example, is not finding the answer to its problems in Fabian socialism. Even President Giscard in France and Chancellor Schmidt in West Germany, probably two of the most intelligent politicians in Europe, are finding that the economic and social demands of their people are outrunning their means, and that rising populations are requiring more jobs and services than they can provide or afford. Even Japan, which thought it had the answer to these probems, is wondering what happened to its economic "miracle." The Communist countries also are finding that they have seen the future and it doesn't work as well as they imagined. There are shortages in the Soviet Union on the land and in the factories, grumbling in Poland and East Germany, apparently political uprisings in post-Mao China. Nevertheless, they are coming to power at a -sulted- -by- Business- Week- mag, time when most of their supporters and op ponents in the Congress also are less sure that the liberal or conservative doctrines of the past will deal with issues of 1977, and if there is a dent-elect Carter and his economic team, therefore-Mohave their recommendations completed and coordinated with congressional leaders for early implementation. Any sign of in-decisiveness or foot-dragging could shake the returning confidence of the business community and send those indicators in the wrong direction. zine were almost unanimous in their predictions that the slumping 1976 economy would improve and that 1977 would see a decline in unemployment and a rise in the investment markets. " What's more, the analysts said the improvement would be ac One Man's Grounds The difference this time is that Schweiser says he doesn't intend to give in. He says he has left his grounds in the natural state, with the exception of some tree planting, so that it will blend in with the surroundings in the largely undeveloped portion of the city in which he lives. Besides, he says, his ground cover isn't grass. Remember the folks who run the City of Port St. Lucie? The folks who agreed to let General Development Corp. dictate the design of City Hall? Well, they're at it again. This time they're telling Rob Schweiser he must cut his "natural" scrub landscaping to six inches. Actually, it isn't just Schweiser. The city has a law limiting grass to six inches in height, and residents quite frequently are warned to cut their lawns before the city does, with the bill going to the homeowner. We hope he prevails. Due to its size, Port St. Lucie some day will dominate St. Lucie County, and city officials should have better things to do with their time than measure grass. Star for Puerto Rico 4 Letters to the Editor- What About Qualifications in HUD Job? President Ford's plan to put a Puerto Rican star in the American flag came as a surprise ending to the nation's bicentennial. Statehood for Puerto Rico probably is the ideal solution to that island's historically hazy status; whether the time is ripe for the ideal solution remains to be seen. There is no solid reason for objection from among the 50 existing states, whose citizens long have been accustomed to the idea that Puerto Ricans are bona fide Americans, however uncertain the status of their homeland. The more important reaction will be that of the Puerto Ricans themselves. Except for a tiny minority (about 6 per cent) who want to become independent, the islanders feel strongly aligned to the United States. But less than a third, according to the latest survey, favor statehood. The majority thinks it would be wiser, for economic reasons, to retain commonwealth status, which offers certain tax advantages. The opinions expressed in that survey could change dramatically of course, as a result of the warm sentiments expressed by President Ford. It is interesting that the President flatly disagreed with the recommendation of a presidential study, begun under former President Nixon, which concluded that the commonwealth arrangement, with certain refinements, was preferable to statehood. Congress, which must take the initial step under the Ford proposal, will consider the ramifications for the whole country, but it should be influenced most heavily by the desires of the Puerto Rican people. ample. It turns out that the suspicions that the program could be dangerous, that it s a political ploy to win votes, and a ripoff of the taxpayer, were well founded. The CIA and FBI revelations, the wide spread taking of bribes by memtiers of Ion gress, the ripoffs of mistresses and foreign j'in kets, the whitewashing of the House 1 '.hies Committee, and the Korean paying off I S congressmen and American businessmen with money sent to South Korea by U.S. charity and relief organizations all have left their scats on the memory of the Anierican people. There are even reports that Simon an ! Kissinger encouraged the oil countries to g -t a big increase last year in oil prices in order to hin t competitors in the world market. Some Alaskan pipeline people hint that most of the oil is head ed for Japan, who is willing to pay a higher price than the United States. In short Americans are growing to believe that everything you hear from Washington should be taken with several grains of salt Let's hope the new broom sweeps a lot denier than the old one. Whitney ( ashing l'a!m Beach Questionable? You Bet grateful to work for $3.50 an hour, and provide service equal to or better than bus travelers are receiving now. Or are we to succumb to every whim of the selfish union to the point that they someday demand, and get so much that our fares increase twofold? C.W. Morgan West Palm Beach Responsibility 1 read with great interest the articles orv abortion and contraception in the Nov. 28 Poster Section. It seems to me we are trying to solve the epidemic of teenage pregnancy in the wrong way. Why not start with some of the causes? Isn't it time for the parents to demand the curbing of suggestive and immoral movies, magazines, the growing permissive T.V. programs and pornography in general, all of which lead our children to believe early and promiscuous sex is "the in thing" to do. It is time not only to have good sex education for our children but to teach them responsibility for their acts. Abortion should not be offered as another means of birth control. Abortion is not like taking a pill for a cold. It can be a devastating experience with severe damage not only to the body but to the emotional life of the young. Helen M. Gormley West Palm Beach New Broom Mr. Carter's main job as president will be to restore faith in the word of the government. Not many Americans have believed what their government or elected officials tell them since Watergate. The widespread disbelief and suspicion of the swine flu program is the latest ex I am certainly not qualified to comment on your editorial "Last Appointees Are Questionable" but I do note with some concern that no reference to the new secretary of housing and urban development is made therein. Your editorial commented that this job, referring to the secretary of HEW, "should be filled by a professional and kept above party politics." When you consider the qualifications of Patricia Roberts Harris as secretary of HUD it would seem to me that the same reference would apply. Let's hope she turns out to be a great secretary of housing & urban development because it has been a long time since anyone who knows the housing industry has filled that post. And her qualifications, which were detailed in the Dec. 22 Palm Beach Post, don't exactly qualify her any more than I would be qualified to be attorney general. The fact that she holds 30 honorary college degrees, is a former ambassador to Luxembourg, former dean of Howard University Law School and now a prominent Washington attorney and civil-rights champion doesn't indicate any professionalism in the housing industry. In fact, it suggests to me she is more qualified to be the attorney general. The current secretary of HUD and one before her and the one before that did not come from the industry that provides housing for America which is not to say that they aren't fine people but it does say they filled an important Cabinet post in an area in which their expertise leaves something to be desired. So lacking qualifications, let's hope that Patricia Roberts Harris fools us all and turns out to be an outstanding secretary of HUD. And time will tell whether or not, as you said, with regard to the secretary of HEW. Lewis W. Lawder West Palm Beach A state audit has disclosed that the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services kept a "religious coordinator" on the payroll of the mental health division for nine months in 1974-75 while the employe completed his final year of law school at Florida State University. The employe was on leave of absence while in law school and left the department's employ nine months after graduation. Dining Club not to pay him $9,710 in the process. HRS Deputy Secretary David Beecher replied that the department got some benefit from the employe's education. "We agree, however," he added, "that the benefit to the state in this particular case was questionable." It sounds more than questionable. It sounds like an illegal expenditure of state funds for services not rendered. The state should sue for the return of the money, and the HRS official responsible for paying it should be called on the carpet. Auditor General Ernest Ellison reported it was justifiable to grant the employe a leave but In regards to the article about the Din ng Club of the Palm Beaches which appeared in the Post Dec. 3, I would like to offer my per sonal observation. My wife and I have been members since last May and we have visited every one of the 13 restaurants, some even twice. It seems to me that the restatra'eu-s who are complaining the loudest about the club membership are the owners of the restaurants with very poor service andor the poorer food. Poor service andor poor food do not deserve tipping. The customer does not automata ally owe the waiter a tip. He must earn the tip. Bradley House, which has the best set vice and the best food, really superb, will continue to receive my patronage even alter my two free meals because of its excellent service and ve:y delicious food. In Brief . . . Incredible Joe Harrison Riviera Beach white line between two fast-moving lanes of traffic on Okeechobee Boulevard at about 10 o'clock the other night without a taillight to warn motorists of its presence. We hope the driver survived. Safety officials think that mopeds, which the legislature exempted from licensing, insurance and most safety provisions of the motor vehicle code, need to be better regulated. So do we. Lucky One of the most commonly heard complaints during this fall's campaign for Palm Beach County sheriff concerned supposed inadequacy of road patrol. It may not solve the problem, but it certainly should help if Sheriff-elect Richard Wille instructs his deputies to stop patrolling 1-95, which is part of the Florida Highway Patrol's job. One of the more frustrating traffic experiences in the Palm Beaches is sitting on Belvedere Road, alongside one of the left-turn lanes onto 1-95, while the left-turn arrow is on. Even though there's no conflicting traffic, the lights for the through lanes remain red until after the arrow goes off. I would like to nominate in my opinion the two men I consider the luckiest men in 1976. They are Representatives Sikes and Hays, (.'an you imagine what would have happened to them if they were unfortunate enough to be Republicans? Brian (dwell Palm Beach Gardens I find it too incredible to hear that the area bus drivers on strike won't return to work until they receive $5.30 an hour, even though the company compromised and offered $5. Those poor guys. When most of us work for under $3 an hour to make a meager existence. True, many employers would pay sub-minimum wages if they could get away with it, but do bus drivers have college degrees demanding such salaries? It's sadder when you realise that so many peopie who can't afford a car, and-or pay high parking prices, must depend on adequate bus service, and many have acute problems getting to work so that they can make minimum wage. A sad state of affairs, no? Can someone tell me what these drivers do to earn that much? Do they even say "hello" to a customer who pays every day so that he (the driver) earns his "pittance"? I say that if the bus company had any bravery, it should let all the strikers go, and rehire people who'd be l976 6yNC t Those gasoline dealers on Florida's Turnpike who are griping over lost business because of competition from 1-95 will get little sympathy from motorists for whom they refused to wash windshields or perform other small services when they had things all to themselves. The competition is long overdue. Letters must bear the full name and address of writer, be no longer than 200 words and be written legibly. All letters are subject to condensation. A letter will not be considered for publication if the writer has had a letter published within the previous 30 days. 'Hallelujah! This year I can slip and fall and the media doesn't make a big deal of it!' A moped was stalled on the

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