Independent from Long Beach, California on March 10, 1966 · Page 29
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 29

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 10, 1966
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' · " ALTHOUGH THIS column has . given the results of public opinion .-polls among high school and col- " lege students concerning our economic system, they bear repeating .-THIs given recently by an industrial leader speaking to the San Diego Grocery Sales Club. He was Daniel Peterkin, head of the Morton Salt Co. His concern .was that business does a poor job iii selling : the free enterprise system to the public. The opinions given in the poll might well apply to many ; adults and unions that are loud in condemning our system. · -.- · *' * * ···- MR. PETERKIN told his.audience: . - , . ."Call it what you will--free ^enterprise, capitalisrh, or, simply, . business--this system is the greatest of all the man-made miracles. : It- has fed more people, clothed more people, educated more peo- ; -ple, given more happiness to more people than any other political and ·economic order in the history of . pian, and its potential scarcely has ·been tapped." ''·''.' But, what concerns Mr. Peter- ; . kin and other corporate leaders is that despite the remarkable rec- '-ord of free enterprise there is no ..,aggressive witnessing for its accomplishments. "Too much is tak- · err for granted and .the voices of "''support are seldom raised. Mean- 'while, the discordant sounds of an: tagonism and criticism t o w a r d -''business are heard without effective challenge." . - : ' - . * + * ; ; TO EMPHASIZE how badly the ''free enterprise s t o r y ' h a s fared 'among high school and college students, Mr. Peterkin cites the following conclusions gleaned from ^several public opinion polls: .'-,;.- Sixty-one per cent fee! that the -.profit motive is not necessary for ·survival of our system of "free en- '"terprise." Eighty-two per cent be, ! lieve "there is practically no com-' "petition in business today." Forty ..per cent can name no advantage -..p.f. capitalism o v e r communism. · · Sixty per cent think that the gov- -..eniment should take over much of -··the. nation's industries. Fifty-six '·per cent think it would be satis- ' factory to eliminate all economic ",,p('pblenis by taking from the weal, thy and giving to the poor. Thirtyfour per cent believe that consumers rlo not have-much influence on prices because producing companies get . any price they ask. Forty-four per cent think that price controls could be put in effect by government without affecting the average man's personal freedom. Fifty-five per ceiit believe in goy- .ernment ownership of some impor- . . t a i l t segments of industry. :·:- What can be done? Mr. Peterkin proposes six steps: (I) Accept · the challenge. (2) Police our own · companies. (3) Be alert to prob- :;lerns and misunderstandings. .(4) '. Defend against unwarranted encroachment on business practices. ^(5) Foster closer "cooperation be, ; t w e e n business and government. ' ·· (6) Campaign to educate the Amer- ·'' fcfrn public. · '·'_ -··· Meanwhile; in his opinion, free ' enterprise remains. "The Greatest ''Story Never Told." '. ' * * * IT MAY BE added that the -.. President and his executives have .' done much to harm the image of _ 'the free enterprise system. Their attacks on industry over price .raises--while giving in to unions . and other levels of government : '.that exceed his guidelines--places the emphasis'on condemnation of ''employers. The federal bureaucracy encroachment on local govern' nients through subsidies has given an image of. how an ail-powerful ._ centra! government is preferable · to local controls. It is no wonder the students, and many of their ; .· parents, are confused--as is shown ' N o George Rohcson ..Columns This Week ; ; ;CoIumnist George Robeson is (ak- ^ ing a vacation this week, but his col- iirnn will be resumed on his return. 1L.A.C. SAVS Greatest Story Never Told by the answers given in the polls , C.IH., INDEPENDENT-- P«g» B-3 Demos Call LBJ 'Wild' and 'Desperate' shown above. They'have-been given before, but they need to be considered today since we are even further on the road to socialism than we were when they were taken.--L.A.C. (LA.C.'t column, by L. A. Collinj Sr., lite orier columns, it an expreliion of personal opinion and doej not necessarily reflect the considered opinion ·* ihii newspaper.) ' WASHINGTON--Publicly President Johnson scored a resounding victory in the Senate debate on Viet Nnrii. But below the surface, scars are deep. Some of his most vigorous supporters of the Great Society program are bitter. This was made all too clear at a closed-door meeting of ''dove" senators who had previously signed the resolution proposed; by Sen. Vance Hartke, Ind., urging peace in Viet Nam. Criticism of the Democratic President by Democratic senators at this session was vitriolic in the extreme. LBJ was called P "desnemte man," a "wild animal" who was tak- ing the country into war with China. The .meeting of Senate "doves" -all Democrats--took place jusl one day before the Senate was scheduled to .vole on. the 'resolution of Sen. Wayne Morse, Ore., to rescind the Bay of Tonkin Resolution which,' in the fall of 19G4, gave Johnson an overwhelming endorsement for what ' C 196* tf K£A, IM. . .. f» destroy the peculiar properties or opposite disposition of--see, we CM go olony with Futbright's plan!" DREW PEARSON was then a much smaller and less ·dangerous Viet Nam war. Though news and TV reporters got wind of the closed-door meeting and interviewed Sen. William Fulbright, Ark., at ite termination, Fulbright was very restrained/in what he said. He gave no hint of the emotional, vitriolic debate which had taken place inside. First order of business was to try to persuade Sen. Morse not to proceed with his resolution. Other senators argued that the overwhelming majority of the Senate would line up against him and this would be considered a significant defeat for advocates 'of peace. Morse replied that he had made commitments and could not withdraw his resolution. * * * . IT WAS THEN PROPOSED that another, milder resolution be introduced, putting the Senate on record against escalating the war. Such a resolution, it was argued, would get more voles than the more drastic Morse resolution. Sen. 'Fulbright was against this strategy, argued that such a resolu- . tion would get only 15 or- 16 votes and thus would by considered a great Johnson victory. : Sen. Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota argued the other way. He maintained that it was better, to get 15 votes than .to make no test at all. ·Fifteen or 16 votes, he said, would be a big increase from the two votes expected for the Morse resolution and would be a warning to the President. McCarthy got quite worked up over the danger of war. * * *. WE'VE COT A WILD MAN in the While House, he said, and we're going to have to treat him as such. Sen. Albert Gore of Tennessee was also critically emotional. He described ·the President us a "desperate man who, was likely to get us into war with China, and we have got to prevent it. We all like the President, but we've got to stop him!" Sen. Fulbrighl, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, differed w i t h McCarthy, .claimed il was hotter to avoid a showdown which the public could point to as a defeat for the "doves 1 ' and a victory for Johnson. , The meeting finally adjourned with no plans for a resolution. But the opposition expressed by t h e s e Democratic senators against their. Democratic leader in the White House ran deep, and obviously wjll continue. No Republicans attended the;,doVe meeting, though several were ift^com- plete sympathy. One o[ these, Sen. George Alk'en of Vermont, expressed his ' private view to Democratic senators that the President was headed for nuclear-war willi China. MEDICINE AND YOU By BEN Z1NSER Medical Science Editor SPINAL FUSION offers little if any advantage over simple surgery for ruptured lumbar disc, a retrospective study indicates. Simple surgery for the condition is defined as excision of protruding fibrocartilage. Ruptured, or "slipped," disc can cause severe low back pain and sciatica. The finding is based on a review · of the postoperative course of .'!SO patients with disc rupture in the lower lumbar region. The operations were performed at Massachusetts General Hospital, Bos-, ton. Simple removal of the protruded disc was done in 163 patients. In the other 217, a combined removal-and fusion operation was performed. Summing up, Dr. James C, White told the Congress of Neurological Surgeons that patients who had the supplemental fusion procedure "fared little if any better'' than those, with simple excision. Capacity to resume work after : surgery was the same after cedure...A total of 1Q% were able to resume former activities. · ' Complications tended to bejirrore serious following the combined operation. * * * ·'·" LIQUID SILICONES, extolled''In newspaper stories as a marvelous way of ironing out facial wrinkles and building up the female breast, arc slill classed as experimental substance's, .warns Dr. Joseph F. Sadusk Jr. of-the Food and Drug Administration.. ..·-; Neither the safety nor the efficacy of silicone injections has been established, he says in a'report in tha'AMA Journal. ' " . . - · .n'»v.. 1 . "Clinical application-should''!)* carried on only by qualified lnve*tlga- tors under the auspices of an inyesti- gational new-drug exemption filjd with the Food and Drug Administration," he says. M'?. Gloria Camacho is moving her savings to Pioneer Savings. She'll have the down payment on a new home 9 months sooner. Near the beach. Sunshine, Fresh air. Just the place to raise son, Chris. So the Camachos are moving their savings to Pioneer and adding $75 each month. They'll earn 4.97$ on their savings when Pioneer's current annual rate of 4.85? is compounded daily and maintained for a year. Make your dreams come true sooner..Jove your savings to IOAN ASSOCIATION (Assets over $255,000,000) LONG BEACH OFFICE: 232 LONG BEACH BOULEVARD D BEAD OFFICE: 3245 WMire BonleTard,L.A.«BRANCHES:BBrbanl(.LoniBsath.LosAnge]es.SantaMomci.HuntingtonPark

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