Independent from Long Beach, California on February 20, 1964 · Page 24
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 24

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 20, 1964
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. t«t».. nm. . .INDIGESTION EDITORIAL; · The Court Steps In WHEN THE STATES or Congress fail - ' to find remedies for ills within their respective provinces, they leave the door open'for the US. Supreme Court to enter. More and more often the Supreme Court has been entering that door in The court's decision bolsters the various suits among the states to achieve equitable representation in the state legislatures. Leaders of the campaign to correct the imbalance in California's State Senate, where populous Los Angeles County has no greater recent years.:it did it in the case of voting power than the tiniest senato- school segregation. It did so this week ' -1 J: -*--' : - "1 "-- i~._.:~ -in a historic ruling on congressional apportionment, heretofore considered the province of the legislative branch. * * * THE HIGH COURT decreed that there must be equal representation, as, far as practicable, for equal numbers of people. A reading of the Constitution reveals nothing to disprove this interpretation, and a glance at the statistics on congressional districts shows that the principal of equal representation has been flagrantly violated. The Georgia districts involved in the case which brought the issue to the Supreme Court's attention provide a startling example. Georgia's 5th Congressional District had a population of 823,680 in the 1960 census compared with a population of 272,154 in Georgia's 9th District In Texas, the 6th Congressional District has 951,527 residents, while the neighboring 5th District has only 216,371. Here in California, congressional districts have disparities ranging as high as 287,000. These inequities run contrary to the theory of democratic representative government, and it was inevitable that the federal court would order corrective action in the absence of action by others. in. the,cow counties, are justifiably encouraged. The; Supreme Court ruling means that eventually the voting power of cities and populous suburbs will increase. How this will affect the respective major political parties is a subject of dispute between party leaders. At first glance, the net gain would seem to fan to the Republicans, who got 43 percent 6f the vote in the 1962 congressional elections but ended up with only 40 percent of the seats in the' House of Representatives. . . . * ' * * WHAT EFFECT THE ruling will have on partisan politics, how the Supreme Court's aims shall be achieved, and how rapidly the reapportionments must proceed are questions which the decision could not or did not attempt to answer. These points will be clarified in the coming months after the appropriate federal court in Georgia determines the actions to be taken by the state to conform with the Supreme Court ruling. Meanwhile, Americans have before them another example of the willingness of the federal judiciary to take sweeping action when other agencies and levels of government neglect their duties. · : ' DREW PEARSON Lopez-Mateos Visit Caps -· JL- ' ' ' . - · - . " . " ' . , ' - · *· Long Friendship With LBJ STRICTLY PERSONAL Reed History Is in Footnotes By SYDNEY 1. HARMS . Partly Personal Prejudices: People who ire superficial usually miss the deeper causes of the conditions they analyze; but people who are profound often commit the opposite error of ignoring''..the accidents and apri- tiousness of events.-and making a System out of-what is merely a ' fortuitous. combination of circumstances. .. : ' - · ? Nine-tenths of what the human race grandly calls "history" is, at bottom. Just " criminality 'on a large scale; the real history of mankind--which consists of the ideal that have slowly changed men's ' minds --is confined to footnotes in the .textbooks. · ' . ' - . ' One of life's most exquisite minor pleasures for parents is spending a country ,,.__,. weekend as a house-guest, hearing a young HARRIS chad crying in the morning, realizing it is not yours, smiling sweetly, and turning over to sleep again. Wives who bitterly blame their husbands for being "weak" never blame themselves for baring chosen weakness; *I was deceived," they may say--but, in matters of the heart, no one is deceived; we deceive ourselves. · A PSYCHOLOGICAL PARADOX: those who are most afraid to die are most afraid to live. It is easier to forgive someone who 1 injures us than someone who docs us no harm but regards us with polite contempt; we can grudgingly respect power, but we can only resect the cod assumption of superiority. Scientists who are impatient with aH non-facts should read and reflect carefully cpon the words of Whitehead. one of the great thinkers of our time, who warned that: -In the study of ideas, it is necessary to remember that insistence on hardheaded clarity issues from sentimental feeling, as it were a mist, cloaking the perplexities of fact. Insistence on clarity at all costs is based on sheer superstition as to the mode in which human intelligence functions." Too Easily Shocked SUPERVISORS Kenneth Hahn and Ernest Debs are very sensitive men, easily shocked and easily filled with fear--or so it would seem from their reactions this week to a proposal for annexation of portions of Carson and Dominguez to Long Beach. They find the proposal "atrocious" and "frightful," though its worst sin is that it conforms with the wishes of the majority of the property owners in the afca in question. ' : The fact that some persons may have in mind other possible disposition of the area is hardly sufficient reason for denying the owners the right to join the city of their choice. ! Supervisor Burton Chace states the case in terms to which his colleagues. BILL SUMNKR on reflection, could hardly take exception if they believe in the theory of self-determination. "It is my understanding that a majority of property owners in the area proposed for annexation are in favor of becoming a part of the city of Long Beach. This attitude is certainly within the province of their right to the full use and enjoyment of their property, and I see no reason to oppose their wishes sine* I can see no adverse effect upon the remaining unincorporated area." Anybody who considers this an atrocious and' frightful attitude has sensibilities much too delicate for the democratic process. WASHINGTON -- For almost 100 years any Texan was always s u s p e c t e d . sometimes hated, by Mex-- ico. Its people remembered --just as vivid as Texans remember the Alamo -- the war of 184S when a good slice of Mexico was chopped off by fire-eating, pistol- packing, land-hungry Texans. What Is This? Program to Move the Alps to U.S. W A S H I N G T O N -- Sen. Hubert Humphrey of M i n n e s o t a , the assistant Majority Leader, is disappointed in the showing our tide made in the Winter Olympics. With his customary vigor he is demanding b e t t e r ; t h i n g s . It would not be t o o surpris-1 ing--if noth- i ing is done-- ; to see hid out on a ski { slope sometime before t h e 1968 O l y m p i c s . lir.g at athletes and Jotting down notes about them on a clip board. He said that we Americans were sick and tired of running * poor eighth. "We Americans should be fed up with the soothing syrup that our teams 'are improving.' Th« answer i«: so are the western European, the Communist and the other teami. but a lot faster, apparently, than ourselves." la a letter to the President, hi has urged a crash program at overcoming such handicaps as * shortage of training facilities, the "family war" among the various athletic associations a n d "the grim problem of cnfair foreign competition m the form of state-subsidized athlete*, particularly by Communist-bloc countries." There it, of course, a strong f e e l i n g that he shouldn't take things so hard. We won a few medals, and things eke this tend to even out over the years. They wanted to break up the Yankees and finally the Dodgers did it. Joe Louis finally got old, as we all thought he would. Nothing lasts. But to build a total Olympic team that can compete on all levels with all comers we are going to have to dash a few concepts and, just incidentally, erect a few alps along the eastern seaboard and in the midwest. This last, it Ii presumed. could be done with Acceler- money, student grant program. But it does represent a difficulty for training an Olympic - type skier. The mountains of the East, for example, would be regarded as foothills in the West. One can hardly go gung-ho in a downhill run when it is only about 2000 f«l in length. Either that, or move aQ of our budding skiers -- age three and up -- to the Roc- kies or Sierras, to be raised by rough but kindly professionals whose names might be Tor g!e, WiUi, Sven, Stein, Ifans. and so on. And it is the population movement west that every Senator east of Denver fights so strenuously when the time comes to divide op federal contracts. Other than the winter events, and women's track and field, we seem to perform quite well, and when it comes to men's track and field we reed cot curl our lips over Russian professionalism. Oh. we are careful about it. but no 16-foot pole viulter ever went broke. As for women's track and field, one would think that if Sen. Humphrey could be persuaded to attend one of these events he would forget the whole thing. Let the Russians have it. There is something grotesque about the sight of a woman running a foot race, or high jumping, and one averts the gaze to avoid embarass- ment. FLVALLY, and foremost, however, is the fact that we seem to take too seriously young. barber Terry McDermott preserved the fragile balance of world opinion we treasure so by winning his gold medil in speed tkjting. But judging by his training schedule -which didn't seem to amount to so roach -- it is doubtful if he took this great burden Fifty years ago, perhaps even 20 years ago. no one would h a v e believed that a President o f M e x i c o w o u l d s i t d o w n o n A m e r i c a n soil to confer w i t h a Texas - born President of the U n i t e d PEARSON States. The fact that that is happening this week is due in part to more common sense by both nations; in part to the two men who are meeting in Los Angeles; in part to the people of San Antonio who elected a Spanish- American, Henry Gonzalez, to Congress; and to the people cf El Paso who elected a Spanish-American, Ray- Telles, a their mayor. President Adolfo Lopez- Mateos is a moderate who has continued the land ard economic reforms of the Mexican revolution -- at first bitterly opposed by the United States. Lopez-Mateos. has realized that American tourist trade and American investments mean the difference between prosperity and poverty; so, without sacrificing anything in the way of Mexican pride and sovereignty, he has definitely gone out of his way to work at friendship. He was the first Mexican President ia history to cross into Texas to v^sit the LBJ ranch when Lyndon was Vice President. And Previously he had conferred with Johnson at Acapulco when Lyndon was Senate majority leader. understand the reason. But here is what the Mexican said: "When a Mexican boy, drafted into the American Army, was killed in Korea, his body was brought back to T h r e e R i v e r s , Texas. where he had lived. But the one funeral parlor in that little town would not give hirn a burial because he was a Mexican. -Whereupon the Senator from Texas who is with us today t e l e p h o n e d from Washington: 'I can't make the funeral parlor bury this boy, but I can bring his body to Arlington Cemetery in Washington and bury hirn alongside Presidents.' "And that." said the Mexican speaker, "is what the Senator from Texas did." ITS A long time before the November elections, but the question of whether California sends a Republican Senator to Washington will probably be decided this week. The issue is one which tugs on the heart strings. It involves the question of whether ailing Democratic Sen. Claire Engle. a fine public servant but hopelessly ill. should be nominated again. S e n . E n g l e h a s n o w limped back to his Senate desk and is going through the motions of representing the state of California on the Senate floor. It is necessary, however, to have Chuck Bosley, his administrative assistant, at his side an the time, and even then some cf dair's votes have not been like that of his old former vigorous self. : S e n a t e colleagues have been sym pathetic, but also shocked at the attempt to prop up a man obviously too sick to carry on. . Just what is wrong with the Senator has remained a mystery to the public. There has been a deal of speculation. His Dines s. it can now be definitely reported, is glio- ma, a disease described as malignant though not cancerous. It responds to radiation treatment, but is always recurrent and there is no permanent cure. · · * · REASON why the die will be cast this" week regarding a Democratic or Republican Senator for California is because the potent California Democratic dubs are holding their annual convention this week and will be called upon to endorse 'a candidate. Some of its leaders want to endorse Engle out of sympathy. Others agree that Eng!e win cot be able to campaign and that his nomination is sure to throw the election to the Republicans. The three Republican candidates now in the field are: Donald Johnson, reactionary e x - c o n g r e s s m a n : actor George Murphy, who emceed the Dr. Schwarz Chris- sade rallies; and Leland Kaiser, right-wing businessman. · AH three were Goldwater- ites until they got into the race for the Senate, when they . trimmed their right- wing sails--a bit. This will be one of the disagreeable, but unavoidable, p o l i t i c a l problems awaiting LBJ in California. Attention John Gleason. veterans a d m i n i s t r a t o n Since it may be difficult for you to keep tabs on all your regional : offces. you'd be interested to know that Robert P. Toland, manager of your office in Honolulu, is ONE OF THE MOST MALEVOLENT and vulgar cf traits is to encourage the confidences of those in whom we have little interest, and for whose problems we have no ^^ions; it b reprehensible to ask to look at a wound we }uTe Mither tfcg ibn ijy noj. the willingness to bandage. Murder mysteries are so perennially popular because they enable us to satisfy two needs at the same time: to discharge our aggressive tendencies by vicariously murdering someone, and to assuage our conscience by seeing the murderer captured and punished. Mysteries are the classic literary example of having our cake and eating it. too. TOWN MEETING Article on JFK 'Ridiculous' EDITOR: ' I never liked the late John F. Kennedy politically, I voted against him when he was elected, and I would have voted against him in the next election. I am a Democrat, and I am not anti-Catholic. I just didn't think he was good for the beloved by the veterans The French Embassy has informed me that President De Gaulle will not visit Castro during his Caribbean trip, despite the worry of the American Embassy in Paris. his decisions were distasteful to me. But, notwithstanding the fact of the above mentioned. I can not see, for the life of me, how a newspaper service can give the barest semblance of truth to the blabbering* of a crackpot by recognizing such a ridiculous story to the extent of offering it for public consumption. I refer, of course, to the- story originating in the publication "American Opinion," theorizing on Mr. Kennedy's assassination. All avenues of reason within the expanse of a healthy intelligence shut the gates on such a despicable intrusion. C. SIMS 1623 E. 16th St. Civil Rights Rill Tolallarian Strictly Business PRESIDENT Johnson, in turned, is revered in Mexico as perhaps few other American presidents. Mexicans remember how he toured San Antonio in an old pickup truck campaigning for Hen- Into competition. It is prob- ~ Gonzalez/and conceived able, m fact. Uut his main the baiatil idea of bringing feeling was the sheer pleas- tire of winning a big one. That's the way these Games were meant to be. INDEPENDENT Pepe Cantinflas, p o p u l a r star of ·Around the World in Eighty Days," to San Antonio to help Gonzalez. But most of aQ. Mexicans remember an event which occurred during the Korean War when the people of Three Riven, Texas, refused to bury a Mexican-American boy killed in battle. · The brother of the governor cf Taxco told the story when Johnson went to that city in 1958. Tears streamed down his face as he spoke. and Johnson, who doesn't speak Spanish wen, couldn't The value of this chart is thai nobody la the company understands ItT EDITOR: Never in the history cf nations governed by elected officials has the head of any state demanded the naked, untrammeled p o w e r embodied in the Civil Rights- Act of 1963. except when such state was opon the verge of becoming a dictatorship. If it is enacted the states will be little more than local governmental agencies existing as ippendages of the central government and largely subject to its control. The legislation assumes a t o t a l l y powerful national government with unending authority to intervene ic all private affairs of men and to control and adjust property relationship* in accordance with the judgment of government personneL Surely this is not the kind of legislation we want in a free country. In fact, it would no longer be free. If enacted it w2] be the first major legal step In establishing a brutal totalitarian police state over the American people. Is this the sort of government under which we would want our children cr grandchildren to live? IDAH K. JENSEN 1541 laterlachen Road Leisure World--259 J Seal Beach Small Wonder Politicians Envy EDITOR: This is being written to express my appreciation of the city of Long Beach as my home port. I have been here eight years but lived most of my life at New Bedford, Mass. It is my wish to alert the residents here, the taxpayers that show such apathy, to the wonderful seaport that is theirs. Take" the r.ew Sea Lane Tour on Pier A and learn why Long Beach'needs to be praised and what the LBOD has done. Get a cup of coffee at the Penthouse Cafeteria in the Administration Building and step out on to the Sightseeing deck and say a prayer of thanks for what you see. Snail wonder that some politicians envy what is here, but other cities could also do as wen if they but had the initiative. And GOT. Brown says that Long Beach may lose an of its oil income. May God forbid. It has given u j so much that is for the good cf alL Fight for whit is right. Long Beachers. MRS. C C WILLETT 2345 Daisy Ave. Playgrounds Prevent Crime EDITOR: I Jost heard over XTRA radio your frne editorial regarding the lade of crime in Milwaukee ts c o m p a r e d with other cities. It is my belief that the main reason for this is Milwaukee's fine, supervised playgrounds. Even in the water, the parks and play- g r o n n d s have activities- Whea I was moch younger, there were s e v e n playgrounds within walking distance of my home. MRS. D. L MARLETT 457 So. Alexandria Ave. ' Los Aageks 5

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