Independent from Long Beach, California on March 10, 1966 · Page 28
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 28

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 10, 1966
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..'v *,il Independent Herman H. Riddcr, Pulliiktr Dirticl H. RicJdcr, Co-Putlltter Simittt C. Cameron, Central Mjutftr KiiolJ M. Hines, Asil. to Putliiktr L. A. Collins, 5r., pdilottiil Golumiirtt XCilliim \V. Broom, EJllor Milrs E. Siiws, Exeeulite Uil'ir ^talcolm Erlf)', dtiociiilt Editor Sttrlin^ 8cjnis, Aiatdfiag Editor Don Oht, Editorial Piitt EJ'nor LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA Pag« B-2 to Democratic fortunes. He, of course, will be the underdog. Anyone who runs against an incumbent is. If the mayor' succumbs to the ..temptation' to campaign. ( on persopalities and personal issues .the party could suffer.badly in the. fall as a result of the; primary wounds and Yorty would bear the blame. · + ' * · · * ; ' REPUBLICAN c o n t e s t a n t s George Christopher,^Ronald Reagan and, William Patrick face the same problems. Each to do his best service to his party must develop clean-cut stands. Personality exchanges here could be as damaging as in the Democratic primary. The extent to which the California public benefits from the whole process of elections will be determined by the types of campaigns the candidates wage. Hopefully the public will be given the opportunity to hear good debate, to have-the problems laid Issues* ,/ Gentlemen, Irhe Issues ?J! '· ... .WITH THE ENTRANCE of Los :··::;.«?* . . . - . . Angeles Mayor Samuel W, Yorty in the gubernatorial primary the Democratic Party now finds itself in much the same position as the Republicans. '.' '·'' And there are much the same .possibilities for good and-bad in- ·'rm;ent in both races. , ·"' ^'Constructive, weir'thought-dut idebate in a party primary can be ·'"of ^Service not only to the contestants in the race but to the ·.people of California. .·'*·'.' jiy'the, case of the Democrats, ?,yorty's entry could well serve to ^strengthen that party's future positions. A campaign based upon · issues and problems could force ·a 5t relhinklng and redefinition of bare, to have the issues clearly de- *',t?Mty stands. Then too, Gov. Ed- fined. Each party can gain much ;'rrAmd G. (Pat) Brown of necessity strength from this kind of cam- jmust sharpen his positions, must paign. The public then can be the ·*· rS£amine them in a hew light-- ultimate winner In terms of pro- ;ttilFof convincing and solidifying ...yiding in the fall election a clear .'"JHiiJJarty not only on issues but on mandate on the direction California. .party organization. · should take in the four years Yorty in a sense holds the key ahead.. A Serpent Lies Coiled in Utopia SUBURBIA is another word for Utopia. People move to the suburbs "to be with their own kind," to enjoy lawns and flowers, to have a bit of living room, to bring up their children in a proper environment. But something is going wrong in Utopia. Crime, reports the FBI, increased 8% in the suburbs as compared to 4% for cities and rural areas. Rape increased 12% and robbery 15%.. There are some superficial alibis for surburbia. Many of the criminals come from the central city. Comparative isolation and quick getaway by auto are factors. There is often a lack of police protection. Beyond these factors, however, is a psychological handicap {hat is built into a suburb. People go to suburbs to escape. A suburb is a segregated area isolated from the whole community. Income, social standing, race and even religion are often terms of the segregation. Even 'age may be a cause of segregation; elderly people live in one suburb, young people with children in another. * * ·*· AN EFFECT OF THIS is to make people indifferent to their neighbors in the community at large. They associate chiefly with people who live exactly as they do. Their social conscience is that of the subdivision. Those outside the ghetto --for ghetto it is; no matter how pleasant--are foreigners and therefore enemies. But others cannot be walled out. The criminals--they exist'in even the most respectable .districts-find fjifjr. victims a few block away.' It is not easy to escape from the human race. TOWN MEETING Why Crowd Aisle Before Train Halts? PURELY PERSONAL Prejudices: A few men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. What makes so many plane'and train passengers get up and stand:in line in a cramped aisle long before they can disembark? Children's first cynicism about'lan- guage begins when they learn that the parental phrase, "We'll see" actually INDEPENDENT, PRESS-mf Trouble Clouds Getting Darker as GOP Assembly Prepares to Meet AN .-ALMOST distilled essence of trouble hangs over the forthcoming state convention of the California Republican Assembly, the state's oldest volunteer political organization. The essence is compounded of re-, duced membership. Birch S o c i e t y participation and an almost complete loss of touch with e l e c t e d GOP officials. · · · . CRA claimed a membership of 40,000 in the early 1960s. It claims about 12,000 now. · ·' , Dick Darling, Riverside realtor and apparent front-running candidate to becoma state president at .the April = 1-3 convention in San Jose, says mem-,., bership was never 40,000.. Greatest membership, he says, was a year ago ' at between 20,000 and 22,000, and he estimates it at between 12,000 and 14,000 now. ' . ' · ' . : . Cyril Stevenson Jr., .the current president, a Berkeley realtor, said recently that five of 16 members on CRA's executive committee are members of the John Birch .Society. * * ' * - . A PET PROJECT of .Stevenson, a . scorecard rating the performance of state legislators according to .CRA standards, gives its top rating.lo State Sen. John G. Schmitz, R-Tustin, the legislature's only acknowledged member, of the Birch Society. Compared .with Schmitz' 97%, Assembly GOP leader Robert Monagan, of Tracy, rated only 25%; Senate GOP leader John McCarthy, of San Rafael, scored ' 2 9 % . . . · · - ' · . . State chairman of the o f f i c i a l Republican State Central Committee, Dr. Gaylord B. Parkinson, of El Cajon, recently took note of Birchers in, another GOP volunteer group, the California Y o u n g Republicans (CYR). Three of the top four state officers are Society members. He said this is .the first concrete evidence of a possible Birch Society takeover of a segment of the Republican Party. Election of the Birchers BOB HOUSER in GYR, he said, seemed to be "more :thari a coincidence." .-.But'neither CYR nor'CRA leadership views Birch. prominence in the ranks with concern. On the contrary, they praise the Birch officers as good Americans whose" Society member- ·ship te-incidental to their volunteer GOP roles. . . ' . - · : · · .-*x * - . * . - . IN SPITE of CRA President Steven-' son's acknowledgement of B i r c h executive committee membership and possibly 100 others in C R A ' ranks, candidate Darling says he "knows of none in CRA" and "couldn't care less." Darling recognizes no extremists in the Republican Party, he told a recent Anaheim news conference, adding, "The extremists are in Washington and heading the Democrat administration in Sacramento. The Democrats leading this nation down the road to 'socialism are the extremists." He .refuses to discuss immediate past history of CRA in controversial terms, specifically the seizure of control by ultraconservatives since 1963. His refusal, .ha says, is because his two main planks toward his own election .are party harmony and party victory this year. However, a corollary plank with Darling is better communications with elected Republicans. Therefore, he doesn't go along with President Stew- v enson's report card on legislators. This could be an issue In the electioneering at San Jose next month. Darling told newsmen his accent on GOP victory this year includes an appeal to "hundreds of thousands of right-thinking Democrats who are fed up with Brown taxes, Brown pornography, Brown deficits, Brown big spending, Brown welfare state and Brown crime in the past seven sordid years." He said the administration of Gov. Edmund G. Brown has been "soft on crime, killers and pornography." SYDNEY HARRIS means "Let's wait until I can .find some plausible reason for denying what you want." ·"· The chief cause of illness is not any specific set of germs or viruses, but life itself; just as the chief cause, of divorce is marriage. : ' People who customarily do things to "save time" customarily have .no idea what they are saving time,for, except to continue doing things to save more time. : - . Our current annoyance at the long hair affected by young men is both trivial and parochial; what matters is the amount of substance insid.e"the head, not outside. When we say of anti-war demonstrators, "They wouldn't be allowed to do that in China or Russia," we'are expressing precisely the point.they are making--for if we banned their freedom to demonstrate, how then would we differ basically from China and Russia? . There is a difference between the "contradiction" that comes from confusion, and that which comes -from profundity; the former is the result of not seeing clearly enough, while, the latter is the result oif.seeing all .too clearly the paradoxes sometimes!.inherent in the very nature of.things':' One of the knottiest psychological problems in police work is that.'if 1 a policeman isn't a suspicious person, he can't do his job well; and if he is a suspicious person, his attitude alienates many ordinary citizens and, thus also makes it harder for him to do. his job well. ' '(' * * * '". A JOURNALISTIC barbarism ..that i r r i t a t e s ma is using the word "critical" to mean "in critical condition," as in the headline, "Driver Critical After Accident," or in:.the sentence, "The patient was critical, at County Hospital"--for the word "critical" implies a state of mind, not of body. ·-" The most truly lonesome people'are those who have not been able to make themselves necessary to somebody*. Revolution results from a collision between that immovable object;.,an institution unwilling to change,-and that irresistible force, an Idea that must change everything in its path-at the conclusion of which, the institution is in ruins and the idea lurns'inlo an immovable object. ' · · ' ' Kudos td Those Who Goofed ' . : .,*. * *. ' : o*' *'.'.* * * * Many Rocket Age 'Failures' Really Were 'Heroes' Who's Who? Discussion of LSD EDITOR: Recent articles in your newspapers have tended to sensationalize and distort the significance and meaning of the use of LSD by individuals in the community. Understanding and clarification are needed. LSD should be limited to controlled research and it is unfortunate that some individuals are obtaining LSD through illicit sources. At one time LSD was promoted as having therapeutic value. Experience shows it to have potentially dangerous and uncontrollable reactions. Its therapeutic value is fraught with uncertainty and potential complications. Its illicit use seems to have an attraction for young creative adults or those seeking to escape reality. Regardless of what motivations young people may have in using LSD it is important that all therapeutic avenues be kept open for them. If the use of this drug is placed in the same repressive category as narcotics it will create the potential for a greater problem. LSD, technically referred to as a psychedelic substance, is not physiologically addicting or habituating in the manner that narcotics are. There are marked differences in immediate and long range changes as a result of LSD usage. The vast majority of indiscriminate users quit after two or three frightening, distraught experiences. Reality is far more pleasant than the experience which LSD can provide users with temporarily. , The effects of LSD can be rapidly reversed through proven medications. It is true, however, that rarely the process cannot be reversed rapidly and the individual may face prolonged disturbance requiring hospitalization and treatment. However, in such instances it is suspected that those individuals were in a very disturbed emotional state. It is most important to keep all avenues of medical care open for these individuals. They and their families should realize that they can obtain prompt medical care and treatment from all areas of Ihc medical community, including mental health clinics. Placing the problems of psychedelic substances such as LSD into the realm of police action will only drive young people into undercover activity, criminality and will further alienate them from society. The Long Beach Psychiatric Society will cooperate with city or county officials in exploring avenues of handling these problems. The psychiatrists of the community if interested will be cooperative in setting up a committee of psychiatrists to work with community agencies to explain and educate about the problems so that the community can take intelligent action, BERNARD TE1TEL, M,D. 2865 Atlantic Ave. Newspaper Enterprise Association ONE OF the games on.the Washington cocktail circuit is figuring out who all the other guests are at a party. A newcomer can run into problems, as former Postmaster General Edward Day found out when he was told at his first reception that a distinguished-looking foreigner was the governor of Puerto Rico. ' "At a reception a week later," Day recalls, "the 'governor' explained that he was, in fact, the ambassador from Peru and therefore could not enlighten me on the subject of Puerto Rico politics." Questions, Answers Q. From what kind of wood are briar pipes made? A. Briar pipes are made from (he root of the tree heath (Erica arborea) of the heather family which grows in southern Europe around the Mediterranean. Q -- What was the best-selling book of fiction in 1965? A--"The Spy Who Came in From the Cold," by John Le Carre. Q--What boofe fs often considered the greatest biography of modern times? A--Carl Sandburg's, biography of Abraham Lincoln. Q--When did President Harry S Truman label his administration the "Fair Deal"? A--On Jan. 5, 1949, in the course of delivering his message on the stale of the union to Congress, From -the Washington Star NEXT WEDNESDAY, March Ifi, is the 40th anniversary .of Dr. Robert Goddard's historic liquid-fueled rocket launching.. It will be commemorated in many ways and places, notably at an expensive banquet in a big Wash- · ington hotel, wjth the vice president of the United States in' attendance. ·Honors.will be conferred, the principal one going to -the government- industry "team" that, executed the most spectacular astronautical under- burn, Mass., on March 16, 1926. The Chinese records place it around 1500 A.D. That is close enough. The annual Wan-Hu dinner (proposed here for the first time) could be held on the Fourth of July, a good day for fireworks, at a Chinese restaurant specializing in banquet catering. The Wan-Hu festivities will be more modest than next week's Goddard dinner. For $25 a plate seems a trifle steep for a banquet honoring a bunch taking-of 1965 -- a series of five · of losers. (Necessary financial support manned flights in Project Gemini. from interested aerospace companies Unquestionably this credit is well merited and is given on a significant occasion. But as always at celebratory functions, certain deeds will be overlooked, forgotten, unsung--even implicitly denied. With full recognition for the ones who did their jobs brilliantly (and who have cashed in bountifully in money, kudos or both), what about those who will be neglected next week: The ones who goofed? * * * FUMBLING as well as finesse has a place in the chronicles of space. One way to commemorate the bobbles of the year would be at another dinner. Let it be in memory of Wan-Hu, first man to fly an unsuccessful rocket' mission. Centuries ago, the official Chinese annals record, Wan-Hu built a "rocket ship" consisting of kites and a saddle suspended beneath them, with 47 gunpowder rockets for propulsion. At a signal, 47 coolies lit the rockets. A "catastrophic failure" (to use a space- age term) ensued; Wan-Hu was never seen again. This historic launching -- which probably would be classified as a "partial success" today--is not pinpointed as to time and place quite so precisely as the unmanned launching by Goddard on a farm near An- WILLIAM HINES is unlikely to materialize.) A $2.75 dinner, selected from Groups "A" and "B" according to (he classic formula on Chinese menu-cards, would be about right. Cocktails preceding the banquet will be on a B.Y.O.L. basis. Commemorating events of 1965, the First Annual Wan-Hu Dinner offers a rich opportunity for recognition of deserving scientists, technologists and politicians. By bizarre coincidence, the receipient of the first Wan-Hu award also is next week's winner: The government-industry term responsible for Gemini. When the Wan-Hu award is conferred on more than one winner, individual plaques go to each, with ah approriate inscription describing the deed being recognized. The inscriptions will be in the Szechuan dialect, so the plaques can be displayed publicly without embarrassment. Among the recipients of the First Wan-Hu Memorial Award are: The mechanic who left a thimble- sized dust cap in an engine of the Gemini ; 6 booster at the time o f - i t s final assembly; and the inspector who approved his work. The manufacturer of a target!vehicle that blew up at the edge of space on Oct. 25, causing cancellation of the Gemini-6 launching (which would have failed anyway because' of the dust cap). The designer of an "easy-closing" spacecraft hatch on Gemini-4 which took iy t pairs of hands to shut after Astronaut Ed White's walk in space. The aerodynamicist who erroneously calculated the lift-over-drag coefficient of the Gemini-3 spacecraft/caiis- ing it to land far from its atoning point in March. * * * THE MANUFACTURER who built a computer so complicated that when it went sour on Gemini-4 in June, nobody could subsequently figure out what had gone wrong; and the manufacturer's advertising agency, which placed full-page ads in newspapers, boasting of a breakthrough that'did not happen. --·. The computer technician at Houston who neglected to update a . program for processing Gemini-5 data in August, with the result that the spacecraft hit the water far off target.' The maker of tape recording equipment that failed identically on-two spacecraft and, by one of these,failures, destroyed forever any chanca to analyze the cause of a 10-mile cross-range error in the landing of Gemini-6. . . . Finally, the administrator o f . the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, under whose supervision Project Gemini overran cost and time estimates by a generous 100%. Ha will b« invited to accept the award on behalf of all, and to respond with brief and appropriate remarks. "

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