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Saturday, May 30, 1981
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legislators Black migrafion endangers minority Chicago, St Louis, Cleveland, Philadelphia and other cities. ' Some of the endangered legislators insist that their seats must be pro tected, citing the provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that requires the -states to prove to the Justice Depart-- ment or the federal courts that a proposed reapportionment plan "does not nave the purpose and will not have the effect of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race or color." But those claims are illogical. If members of a minority group have . abandoned an inner-city district for a better life elsewhere, there is no justification for perpetuating the tenure of a politician on the basis of a phantom constituency. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) By ROBERT WALTERS ' WASHINGTON (NEA) - Black and Hispanic representatives from congressional districts are in danger of losing their seats because thousands of their former constituents have migrated to the suburbs. ' The situtation is especially ironic because racial integration of the nation's housing market long has been a high-priority goal of virtually every responsible political leader who is a member of a minority group. Blacks and Hispanics able to flee from the blighted cores of many of the country's biggest cities, they have argued, oftwe can benefit from the superior vocational, educational and recreational opportunities in the booming suburbs.- But the departure of those minority-group voters from the cities has endangered the status of approximately a dozen House members and scores of , state legislators who no longer can rely upon a solii political base of ethnic support - . - celerating trend toward minority-group. The total population of the two corn-dispersal outside the cities. munities grew at a very modest rate T. .j.,,,., -mi - during the 1970s. But the number of J1.US1 ra I 2 Lfl HispaTiics soared from 8.300 to 21,600 in SE'rJLr !!5S5J 22? Sena and from 10,650 to 44,650 in northwest of Clucago, provides a stnk- r.1on(,aU H,ir:no tha from iroi represented by Rep. Robert Garcia, D-N.Y., a Hispanic. Exactly half of that district's population fled during the 1970s, and the 1980 census count of 233,800 stands in sharp contrast with the more than 700,000 - residents of a dozen fast-growing con- -gressional districts in the South and West - In second place is Michigan's 13th congressional district, encompassing Detroit's ailing center city. Rep resented by a black in the House in recent decades, its population declined 19 percent during the 1960s, another 37 percent during the 1970s and now stands at a mere 291,400. Similar situations exist in congressional districts represented by blacks in me Mamnle of the nattern now emere V.-'""""- ing. Its 1970 population of 11,700 almost tripled to 52,300 in 1980. In 1970, there were exactly 16 blacks living in Schaumburg but that number increased more than 40-fold by 1970, when the Census Bureau found 643 blacks in the community. Hispanics have made similar inroads in a pair of suburbs north of downtown Los Angeles Pasadena and Glendale, Calif. Both were archtypical middle-class overwhelmingly Anglo communities not many years ago. 1900. Where does that phenomenon leave the politicians who long have represented dense concentrations of minority-group voters inside the cities? The answer: Among the 10 congressional districts that suffered the largest losses of population during the past decade, eight are represented by Hispanics or blacks. At the top of that list is New York's 21st congressional district, which covers the infamous South Bronx and is With state legislatures now constructing new congressional and legislative districts for the coming decade, "it's hard to create a ghetto or barrio district when people are spreading themselves around," notes Michael Barone, a highly regarded political demographer who is editor of "The Almanac of American Politics." The 1980 census of population, whose results provide the basis for that reapportionment, documents the ac- Time to elect what's-his-name Berry's World Hoosier comment I kSf) bud v herron, ijSSI I editor : MtU- "Ever since you got that miniature stereo tape player, we never TALK any more. " Moral alarms Will cable 'dirty' your house? Congressman Phil Sharp Democratic representative from the 10th District stopped by the Daily Journal for a chat this week. When he runs for Congress again in 1982 and he says he will he will be running in the new 2nd District which includes all of Johnson County. If you'll recall, the new 2nd District was one of the tricks Republican legislators pulled on the Democrats this year when the state was reapportioned. The new district lines were drawn in a manner which left three incumbent Democrats in the same district Lee Hamilton of Columbus, 9th District Dave Evans of Bargersville, 6th District, and Sharp. Hamilton already has announced that he plans to move from his home in Columbus to new quarters a few miles south of that city, in order to remain in the 9th District. Evans announced Friday he will run in the new 10th District, which basically is Indianapolis. I assume that means he will be moving to Marion County. (Maybe he and Hamilton can get a group rate on a moving van.) Sharp, who lives in Delaware County near Muncie, says he is committed to running for re-election to Congress from the new 2nd District. That district includes all of Johnson, Shelby, Decatur, Randolph and Wayne counties as well as parts of Bartholomew, Rush, Henry and Delaware counties. As Sharp points out, the new district looks something like a huge set of barbells, tilting from the southwest to northeast. (Johnson County is in the southwestern "weight" of the barbells.) He was here this week "getting acquainted." After all, it's no small task to get ready to represent an area bequeathed to you out of the blue. Elbridge Gerry was elected vice president of the United States in 1812 along with President James Madison. He was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia in 1787. He served two terms in the House of Representatives. In 1810 he was elected governor of Massachusetts. With all of those credentials, you would think Americans would time nia trip at the end of June, and a trip to Chicago sometime in July. With Congress out of session in August Reagan will spend most of that month in California. It was bound to happen. They are serving jelly bean ice cream on Air Force One. Also on board are so many jars of the president's favorite snack that there is no chance the presidential party will run dry. Reagan is putting an accent on age in his diplomatic choices. He named 77-year-old economist Arthur Burns as ambassador to West Germany and 73-year-old California businessman Theodore Cummings as ambassador to Austria. . i -fW Letters Judge Givan is quick to acknowledge that the Warren Court and federal judges in general have usurped legislative powers. They have done more than that; in Indiana and elsewhere they have even usurped the powers of the executive branch of government. . What he does not acknowledge is that some state courts also have been abusing their powers. There have been repeated instances in the state in which judges have mandated county councils to raise the salaries of their aides when there was no proof at all that their courts would be hurt if they were not raised. They have also ordered physical changes in their courts which were of debatable merit. County councils generally are responsive to the will of the people, much more so than the courts. While the councils may seem parsimonious at times, judges have no business mandating them unless they are actually crippling the work of the court. It is because some judges are unwilling to bend a -little and want to show their power that they have created ill will for the judicial branch of government throughout the state. When judges abuse their power on both the federal and state levels, - what other recourse does the public -have except to curb their power through constitutional amendment? What Judge Givan should be doing is warning all of Indiana's 176 judges that they will hurt themselves unless they stick to their job of interpreting laws instead of making and executing them. . Reprinted from Logansport Pharos-Tribune We did improve the museum and . kept it clean and in order. It was operated in a business-like . manner. Rachel Henry wants everything (except for a large weaving loom and a few books). Also our president, Winona Demaree, selected a few Polk items that she hopes can be displayed in the renovated Polk canning factory building. No items are to be disposed of. , No one is needed to save the items that were given to us with no strings at-tached, because they are not lost or discarded and will not be. Finally, these objects of the past were never in the public trust, and I made that clear in my article in your paper. About tags and who gave what, my late wife, Stella Mae, who was descend- ed from original landowners in Green- -wood, provided a great number of things. Additionally, she and I bought many items through the years, and my mother, my son, a sister, brother-in-law and cousin provided relics. Also, members of our board placed many, many things in the museum. We did not want tags or recognition. In fact, I cannot recall that any donor requested recognition. Items that were provided and collected are in good hands. As I said in my article, they will be of benefit to many future generations, c , I will always wonder why$ieyoung women, whose names do not appear in the museum guest books, wrote what they did. They offered no solution to our problems. What they did could not change anything, but they did cause mental anguish and restless nights. Having to give up the museum that so many people (especially my wife, Stella Mae) worked hard, dreamed, planned, gave and sacrificed to create and maintain is a sad experience. Having to cope with two unexpected and unfair critics, who had no right or reason to say anything, made it worse. It has not been fun. - i Thanks for the space. I Harold Toombs Greenwood Chief Justice Richard Givan of Indiana's' Supreme Court has expressed concern about the threat of a possible constitutional amendment curbing judicial mandate powers in Indiana. Judge Givan emphasized that both the state and federal constitutions provide for threbranches of government the executive, legislative and judicial, and he sees the curbing of judicial mandate powers as a threat to the continued existence of the judiciary. Two points need to be made in answer to Judge Givan. One is that in event such a constitutional amendment does pass, some judges have brought it on themselves by abuse of their power over a period of years. The other is that there is a great deal of difference between curbing judicial abuse of power and the abolishment of the judiciary . Judge Givan evidently doesn't have much faith in the wisdom of the people who elected him if he thinks they are going to bring about the demise of the judiciary. DAILY JOURNAL Published doily except Sunday and 6 major holiday! at 2575 N. Morion St.; Franklin, Indiana ' -46131 : Phont 736 710) ; Scott Alxandr, Gnral Manager Howard (Bud) Horron. Editor Robert J. Boktr Circulation Manager Edward E. Clin , .Production Manager Charles Sullivan '. Advertising Manager Keith O. Wilson Administrative Manager Single copy 25 cents By Carrier - $4.30 per month By Motor Route Delivery $5.00 per month "Second Class Postoge Paid at Franklin. Indiana " DAILY JOURNAL (USPS 565-520) Volume 18 No. 257 - : ? Reply to reply To the editor: These are my last words regarding the Greenwood museum that I founded ' and of which I was the curator. I dislike having to defend against the claims, charges and accusations made - by Jo Ellen Villines and Catherine Schlicher in letters that were printed in the Daily Journal. They are the only people in Greenwood who have been critical of the decision by our board of directors to transfer our museum items to the Johnson County museum. Not one donor has complained or asked to have an item returned since the first letter -was printed Majr 11. But t have had numerous people say that they approve of our action. In my opinion, their second letter was - bom ridiculous and libelous. To me, it was defamation of. character, and I could prove in a court of law that the charges, claims and accusations were unfounded, unrealistic and unjustified. They have put us in the unpleasant position of possibly having Daily Journal readers think that we are irresponsible, incompetent, confused and careless people who mismanaged the museum, who used bad judgment, who i chose to rest on our laurels and who violated the public trust They also said that I made erroneous remarks. The many well-known citizens who served on our board were involved in various local affairs as leaders and doers who unselfishly devoted time and money in service to the community for years. All of us had good reputations, - and I am hopeful that no one's reputation has been damaged by two people out of about 20,000. Now it is true that: I did not make erroneous remarks. Their ancestors did not donate anything (an uncle and two cousins gave one item each and their parents gave four dollars). Ours was not a closed society. The museum was never in disrepair. We wanted to expand but had no space. - remember Gerry for his patriotic pursuits. Well, those who recall his name at all, seem to place him as the name on the first half of the word "Gerrymander." That's because Gerry was our nation's first expert at reapportionment After his Democratic-Republican Party pulled out his gubernatorial victory in 1810, Gerry had a great idea. He would redraw the voting districts in such a way as to maximize the strength of his party and minimize the strength of the opposing Federalists. People who looked at the new political map decided the districts looked like a huge salamander. They simply added Gerry's name and called it a "Gerrymander." Ever since, whenever politicians take advantage of each other by redrawing voting districts in odd shapes, their art has been called "Gerrymandering." With Gov. Robert Orr in office during the great "barbell" redistricting of 1981, 1 wonder whether the practice will henceforth be known as "OrrbeIling?,Y ; What's more.... , There are other tragic side-effects to the recent redistricting besides the em-' barrassment of being in a congressional district that looks like a set of barbells and the discomfort of having -an incumbent congressman you've never heard of thrust upon you. For one thing, it means the county will see no more of those wonderful David EvansDavid Crane shootouts at election time. Crane, the three-time . challenger from Martinsville, is now in the 7th District and will have to take on incumbent Republican Rep. John T. ' Myers of Covington if he wants to go to Washington. Before Evans decided to forsake this district for Indianapolis, I had visions that Crane might move across the Johnson County line to Samaria or somewhere and make one more go of it. (Think of the political advantage he ' would have running as the "Good Samaritan.") Speaking of side-effects..... Redistricting also can make politi- clans have memory lapses. In the old days, David Evans used to . always be easy for Daily Journal reporters to reach. Could just be that he's busy with his plans to serve a new district, but he hasn't been returning calls lately. He was at Valle Vista Country Club in , Greenwood Friday evening. I called twice and left my number, but he never called back. Journal political writer Paul Fedorchak had the same problem. He also told people in Indianapolis Friday that he has "come to know Indianapolis and its people in the 13 years that I have lived, worked and ' represented our city and I am at home .nerej You know. I'd swear the voune man has lived hi a house outside Bargersville all this time. Shows what I fcnnw, , , , , ;,:....: And finally..... A friend of mine suggests that with all the shuffling of personnel it might be wise to just not elect a congressman in 1982 and sort of give the area a chance to get back on its feet. I cannot personally recommend such a course. If such a trend were to catch on, we could soon have no politicians in office at all. Then, who would be around to draw the salamanders and .barbells all over the countryside. It just wouldn't be American. Quotes . "The media has to do some soul searching ... Reagan's views were not well-publicized." - Gloria Steinem, editor of Ms. magazine, saying if Americans had known more about Ronald Reagan, he would not have been elected present television by paul harvey r Local standards may keep "adult" movie theaters and bookstores off the street and yet cable TV is allowing local people to circumvent local standards by inviting counterpart entertainment into their homes. And in Utah, where they passed a state law barring "Jndecent" material from home television channels, a fed-eral judge is preventing enforcement of . that statute. t . In Mesquite, Texas, religious leaders demanded dirty movies be put to a vote and the dirty movies won, three-to-two. Cable companies cite the ready availability of sexually explicit video cassettes and protest that restrictions on cable would be unfairly discriminatory. Legislating morality always has been an exercise in futility. Indeed, it can be argued that ideals are meant to be unattainable; that ideals serve best as a kind of moral alarm clock which goes off at the right time, whether we heed it or not. The president has a heavy travel schedule in the coming months with two foreign trips planned. He will go to Ot-tawa for a three-day economic summit in mid-July. Most of the meetings will be held at Chateau Montebello outside of the Canadian capital where the heads of the Western industrialized states can hold their talks in a more relaxed at- There is a lot of curiosity on 'whether the chemistry will be right between Reagan and France's new president 'Socialist Francoise Mitterand. In October, Reagan will travel to Cancun, Mexico, to attend a 20-nation meeting to discuss the problems of underdeveloped countries. The president also will stop by Denver en route home from a Califor My schedule requires that I retire before television's sex, violence and swear words come on. Perhaps that's just as well. Highly impressionable as I am, a steady diet of such could not be constructive. And cable TV means more of the same for better or worse. . The other day I broadcast an obituary for a virile lion named Caesar.. This mighty lion of the Winston, Oregon, Wildlife Safari had died at the age of 23 having left a potent legacy. I mentioned Caesar s reputation for mating 150 times a week; for fathering more than 110 cubs. . Then gratuitously I added, "Caesar will also be remembered for his smile." The number of people who were offended by that remark surprised me. , The innuendo seemed so innocent by "contemporary standards. That, my critics, including my wife, explained, is precisely the point. .When traditional values are no longer held sacrosanct by anyone, then all of us become what Dr. Karl Menninger calls "smoking lamps where the smoke obscures the light." He says clergymen must remain alert to this erosion of absolutes. Perhaps we all must. So now how are we goingto respond to the intrusion of cable TV into our homes with their already demonstrated proclivity for pornography? Cable TV has introduced X-rated movies to the Bible Belt Already there are a half-dozen cable services that deal exclusively with hard-core material. Cable operators in sections of the country where you would least expect an appetite for pornography report that the so-called "adult services" are attracting more customers than any other kind. V Glancing back From the ffles of the Daily Journal 15 yean ago today: Sharon Lee Cloe has been selected recipient of the Greenwood High School Alumni Association Scholarship. Pamela Pruitt was installed Worthy . Advisor of Trafalgar Assembly of International Order of Rainbow for Girls. From the files of the Daily Journal five years ago today: Franklin Community High School marching band participated in the 500 . Festival Parade. . Jennifer Streightoff of Franklin has been named to the honor roll at the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma. By HELEN THOMAS UPI White House Reporter WASHINGTON (UPI) - Backstairs at the White House: With an invitation on the way, President and Mrs. Reagan will soon have to decide if they can accept the invitation to the wedding of Britain's Prince Charles and Lady Diane on July 29. The Reagans recently entertained the prince of Wales with a dinner party dur-' ing his private visit to the United States. Aides say there is a possibility that Mrs. Reagan may accept the invitation, but are doubtful the presidennt will find the time to accompany her to London. When the first lady 's aides are asked whether she will go, they say, "I hope Roy al wedding

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