Independent from Long Beach, California on March 30, 1962 · Page 20
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 20

Long Beach, California
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Friday, March 30, 1962
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' P« 3 « """· M " " "*' 7'/in Hulanvur EU1TOIHAI, Just Another Typical Day for Busy Busy Congressman Py HAItltV tdt-r'd r«:t I our WASHINGTON--It was a sparkling spring day. the government buildings looked fine and old in the sunlight. Caroline's pony was crazing on the White House lawn, and all was drowsy with the world. So I rode a taxi ti| to iiie capitol to check on Craig llosmcr. A constituent deserves to know whether his Congressman is taking care of public business or has succumbed to spring fever. 1 am pleased to report that Congressman llosmcr was hard at work. He was in the middle of what he described as a 'typical" day. I luing around and watched the typical day progress. It had started officially at 8 o'clock in the morning when Hosmcr met with Secretary of Defense Robert Mo Namara for breakfast, to discuss problems of national security. An hour later he went to his office to read the morning's mail. At 10 a.m. he was asked to go to the House recording studio to make a 1~- minutc tape with Congressman Jack Wcstland of Washington on atomic matters, (llosmcr is a high-ranking member of the Jiiint Commilttr nn Atomic Hi: K L ' I U K N L I ) to his o f l t i c a! HMO a.m. tn take a closer look at his mail. He dictated replies and pui wheels in motion to obtain any information requested. Meanwhile, the telephone rang steadily. And he talked congressional business with congressmen and other government officials. At noon he met for lunch with a spokesman for a giant research corporation which does work for the government (in the question of nuclear testing, and with Lewis Strauss, the former chairman of Ihe Atomic I'.nertjy Commission. (Strauss, by the way, lias written a book uf mcmojrs which will he published soon. The book is so "hot" that Strauss lias been requested to hold his publisher harmless under the libel law.) En route to this luncheon, Hosmcr stopped to answer present to a quorum call at the Hou«e chamber. Durin;; the luncheon he was summoned from his table at the Capitol Hill Club to cast a vote. It was now l:-1Ii p.m. At 'J:l. r p.m. he returned to his office and found a visiting page editor from the home i l i s t m l DOH1S KLKKSOiX slvcpinu on his office couch. The congressman generously submitted to an interview, after which lie hurried olf to the floor of the House to participate in legislative matters. * * * THAT TOOK the rest of the afternoon. At 5 o'clock, when he thought his day was over, Congressman Ilos- mer received a call from another congressman, inviting him to dinner. Purpose--To discuss and analyze pending legislation. The dinner meeting ended at Hi p.m. and Mr. Hosmcr closed up shop. The rest of the day was bis to use us he wished. Such was his "typical" day. 1 was afraid to ask what an abnormal day is like in Washington. * * * 1TF.M--Ladies, get out your scissors. I have smuggled out the recipe lor the famous bean soup served in the U. S. House of Representatives Restaurant. Here it is-'1 Hi. No. I white Michigan beans. Cover with cold water and soak overnight. Drain and re-cover with water. Add ;i smoked ham hock and simmer slowly for about -1 hours until beans are cooke-l t e n der. 'I hen add salt and pepper to suit taste. Just before serving, bruise beans with large spoon or ladle, enough to cloud. Serves about six persons. * * * ITEM--I saw and heard President Kennedy speak twice this week -once at an off-thc-record briefing conference, and once at an un-lhc-rccoril press conference. I noticed something which had not occurred to some other leportcis who work here and see the President quite frequently. The man looks tired, and his voice is edged with tiredness. When I mentioned this to two Washington reporters, they agreed on reflection that he did look tired, but they said he looks fresher than he has been looking in recent days. I don't mean to imply that the President appeared sick. On the contrary, he looked robust--but like a robust man who runs too hard and doesn't have all the time he needs to achieve the things he wants to do in .1 !.iv. Court Vole Riding Indicates Gain in Suburban Power ILLLSON Ins political W A S H I N G T O N -- Ihe struggle of urban \oteis against political dumm.tncc by rural areas Ins been joined by the S u p r e m e Court's decision in the Tennessee representation case. The voter m city and suburb lias been tuld by the justices that lie can go to Ictlcral court for relief from equity. No assuiances about what will happen next aie included. But the answers will soon start turning. A wealth (.1 suits is in prosject in nearly every state, and the federal judges will soon start delineating Ihe nrw sliaj* t h a t political life will take in tl.c urbanized America of the space age. It i« tV.e f u r r n i o N t pohti- (.il story (,f !' c rr.i. and it n iurr to I t a ('.illliangcr. for there is |r.,iv'.,i, .is well a* politic- i n ' . i - l v i - d ' I h e opinions lilrd l . il.c j..*- tices zfford arr.pir r u d c n i c that they are s-ir.enbat emotional about it then tehes. · · * · JUSTICE Potter Stewart, for example, In a concurring opinion, c h i d e d "Brother Harlan," who dissented, and 'Brothers D o u g l a s a n d Clark," who also concurred. They bad strayed v far from the subject, lie said, a- to convey "a distressingly inaccurate impression « f whit the court decided." His own Idea Is that the (nurt derided rtilv it bad jurisdiction, that the case bcfoic it was subject to judicial consideration, and that the complainants bad .standing. The concensus spills over into much broader channels. Above a l l . it expects change--change in voting patterns and in the climate of jHilitical opinion. T h e y know that the political tides flow much more tumultuously in the newly liberated rily and suburban areas. Southern seniority in Congress, for example, reflects rural control of state election laws fully as much as it docs the custom of that area. Till: GREATEST pri/r. thev tlnnk, will be the su- hmlx:, which are in fact more greatly undcrrcprc- si;,tni than tlie actual city l i m i t s w i t h t h f i r (xnvcrful Humilities. U lias been te- s.ponsi!ly c^timjlrd t h a t in any jca!!y c.;;:;:.ib!c leap |iorti'inment. 11: r v.:hui)'s would get tl:r Ima's sh.iir uf the net ham--: I'l tins cmii'Pi'li"'!. f '* being recalled that Pri-Mdert Kennedy made gieat inroads i n t o .suburban M r e n ^ l l i thought to be firmly Republican He is president un- (!i:rstiombly because of his appeal in the big cities, which tend to be firmly Democratic; but the mostly jn::n^cr voters in f u b u r t n a . more indp|.onden! of p a r t y than their li!er«. a l - n proved i c ^ p n m i x p in l.i-. hid . M A N Y !tl.I'Lni.ICANS understand tins and base tried to combat it while the President lias deliberately sought tn bulwark hi«: r» as champion of the interests of such voters. How this tug-o'-war is going may be apjurent in the elections next fall. Democrats plan to step up their drive for organization in such areas now. Republicans have a blueprint on which they have been slow to act; it may be that the court has done them a la\or by its present nudging ot Mate legislatures winch lia\c neglected urban problems. TODAY'S QUOTES DKMW IM-:AKSO.\ Problems Await Jackie Ailer Successful Voyage PEARSON WASHINGTON -- Jackie Kennedy has been a great saleswoman fur the U.S.A. Her charm, her prate, her contagious youth have \vun as many friends f»r the United States in India and Pakistan .is Eisenhower did when lie Milled thuse countries-more than Khrushchev and Hulganin won for Russia. Traveling tlie ancient Khybcr Pa:s which Mongol hordes ha\c swept down since 400 I1C to conquer India, Jackie al conquered. Like a fairy princess she t r i p p e d thiough Rudyard Kipling land (if strong men and patient camels which everyone has read about but few ate privileged to visit- And now, as slie rcturm home, Jackie faces the inevitable letdown. She faces problems. She has to decide what to (hi about the gorgeous necklace of pearls, niliics, emeralds and diamonds given her by the president of Pakistan. Will she keep it, give it to the Smithsonian Institution, or what! r · · · MRS. FRANKLIN Roosevelt faced that problem when she was given a giant Brazilian aquamarine by President Vargas, and finally decided to give it to tlie Franklin R o o s e v e l t Library at Hyde Park. Mts. Eisenhower also faced tlie pmbtcm when gi\cn a heavy gold bracelet by King Saud of Saudi Arabia. Shu kept it. These arc mundane things to worry about after such a glamorous trip, but expensive gifts to the w i f e of the President are frowned on, and the critics are sine to point out that Jackie's necklace w-as really paid for by the millions in foreign aid we have poured into Pakistan. · · · * AM) I HER mundane problem Jackie faces is the Cherry IJlossum Festival. This is the fiftieth anniversary uf the famed gift of cherry trees from Japan, and the daughter of Japan's foreign minister will plant some new trees commemorating a new era of friendship. When cherry blossom chairman "Jiggs" Donohue w r o t e the White House two months ago asking the first lady to participate, however, he got a blunt turndown from social secretary T i i h Ilaldridge. Mrs. K e n n e d y , she said, would just be returning frum India and would not be available. Cherry blossoms may nut be as exciting as the elephants of Jaipur or the Taj Mahal by moonlight ur the sacred temples of Benares, but Mrs. William Howard Taft. wife of another President, planted the first tree and relations with Japan today are even more important. WAITING AT Ihe White House also is the difficult, disagreeable q u e s t i o n of peace, and the benign grandmothers \vho are willing to be arrested on the White House lawn for the sake of peace. Peace is a persistent problem. The grandmothers keep coming back. They arc professors' wives and scientists' wives, and one of the group, Ruth Shcidt of New York, not a grandmothchr, looks almost as young nnd beautiful as Jackie. With 50 per tent of the White House mail against the President on the resumption of nuclear tests, these quiet, persistent ladies present a problem that could well be handled by Jackie-if she would only take over some of these mundane problems. So life is going to be a bit different from the elephants uf Jaipur, the burning ghats uf the Ganges, and tlie polished brass of Rawil- pindi. The crocuses, the spring pansics, and the ducks on the south fountain of the White House -- are beautiful--but an uld story. · « · » AND HAVING enjoyed a storybook trip through a s t o r y b o o k land, maybe Jackie might share her youth and beauty and exciting experiences with some of those who can't travel to far places. Not tuu far from the White House is a home where youngsters are starving for lack of love and beauty. They arc the city's children with no place to go. the children most people don't want, who live on a street way out past nowhere --r(!a of them in antiquated buildings supposed to house only 320. They are cared for by the hard-pressed District of Columbia. They ;\re hungry, not for food, but for love and human companionship--so hungry that they reach out and touch the hem of your garment as you pass. What Happened to Plain Black? By SYDNEY J. HARRIS Old Henry Ford used to say. with his customary grim humor, that he'd make his cars In any color as Ions as it was black. That was a long time ago. as I realized when I visited Chicago's Auto Show recently. Chrysler xvas displaying a natty convertible In "Pink Gold." A Dodge was decorated In "Coral Rust." A Plymouth was enveloped in "Copper Mist." And so on down the line. My quarrel isn't with the'desire fur gay or even gaudy automobiles, but with the bewildering and Idiosyncratic systems of naming colors. To the plain mind of a man, there are only half a dozen or so colors, all distinctly labeled, with no nonsense or compromise about them. Dut the insidious world of fashion has crept into our everyday life, and we HARRIS aie no longer presented with a choice of red, blue, green or yellow. Everything we buy today has a special shade, as esoteric as a "new new" shade of lipstick. -A- * * HOW IS A mere man to know cobalt from cinnamon, or puce from dusty rose? And these arc relatively simple hues--some of the made-up names, like 'Twilight Jasmine," exist wholly in the designer's perfervid imagination. For instance, practically nothing is just "yellow" any more. That would be too obvious, and apparently an added tariff can be charged to an item that's chicly labeled "mus tard." "canary," "ochre" or "cadmim." If they limited these arch appellations to feminine products, there could be no objection, since a woman likes to feel she is getting a shade made up especially to suit her pigmentation. But, as I say, the man's domain has been treacherously invaded by this spcctroscopic nightmare. * * * THE FORD MOTOR CO.--with old Henry rocking in his grave--sent me a fat and handsome booklet recently, listing the various new models, together with the body colors and fabric colors. Together they make up about .'1.000 different combinations--and hardly any of them were colors I had heard of before. It's as though the pou! try breeders suddenly began calling Rhode Island Reds "Providence Persimmons" or "Newport Magentas." Men's fashions have thus far resisted this trend. It is widely recognized that women make the final choice in cars, based on color and fabric, but men still buy their own clothes in the main. And no man in his right mind wants to be forced to choose a pair of pajamas from a selection that Includes Sea Mist, Azure Dawn, Mcditer ranean. Cornflower, and Speckled Starlight. What ever happened to true blue, anyway? Town Meeting Kvrr Incrca-in^ Income Tax I'mnlcii EDITOR: As the time for paying our income tax is here it should bring serious thoughts to the taxpayers with its ever increasing annual burden. This writer well remembers the beginning of this nefarious tax--a small per cent, and that upon persons with a high income only. This is 1 invariably t h e technique used in all forms uf taxation. a token amount at first to get the public conditioned for the shock to come. Suppose someone made the remark (prophetically) that we would sec 50 to 75 per cent uf an income taken fur federal taxes, be would have been branded as a nit-wit. nut 'I ben if that w e r e enough this state (and others) come in for another cut on the same income, but the sugar coating of this is that it isn't quite as high a rate as the federal levy, Wa should be supremely elated. Our state income tax now is higher than the federal tax was for two decades after its inception. But people go along paying these doubls taxation burdens, n e v e r thinking what the politicians will keep on doing to this tax load. All they say, we must have more money, never less expenditures on a state or national level. The solution, in my opinion with but few exception?, is that a long tenure of office for any elected official seldom works for the best interest of the voter. WM. P. BOLANU 307G Daisy Avc. t, OMI f. '··*·' · 'J Jt.b.'t *i»M«D«" dr U-Ird Frr.l lr.!irni crjl WASHINGTON -- President Kennedy, about the possibility of r e a c h i n g agreement with the Soviets on nuclear test ban treaty: ". . . \Vc ieem to be at a ical impasse. Nevertheless, I war.t to repeat with cm- l'!:.u.s c;.r desire fur an cf- f v i t i \ c tic.ity ar.J our read- i:n'i to conclude such a t r e a t y at tlie earliest |K'S- .·ililc time. .SPARTA. Wis. -- Astronaut Donald (I)eke) Slayton, explaining to Sparta Mayor Ralph Osbourne why he thnught his heart palpitation ailment caused him to tie scrubbed from the next sp.icr (light: "I frel t h p s i t u a t i t i n dr- \rlojK-(l t h r o u g h ignor.iiKc ii( the problem and r e s u l t i n g panic and can therefore lcvt l ic*'il\rl through rJui.i- lifin cf rc«poniib'c personnel" Slriclly llusincss Questions from readers:-"How do you say 'French poodle' in French?" · · * * Hans Walt WHAT A THRILL they Chicago, III. would get from the story- The French call it a ca- book adventures of Jackie niche (kah-NEESH), but as Kennedy. How their faces it was developed in France. would light up if Jackie they do not think it neces- would ride that bay gelding sary to label it "French." given her by the President Our word "poodle" comes of Pakistan out to see them. How their eyes would sparkle over the brocaded silk, $000 worth, that Jackie collected in the silk factories of India. How much they would appreciate a chance even to sec the first lady's youth and vigor and charm. And how many extra drrsscs or meals could be bought if Jackie should auc- from the German word I'll- tinn off that diamond, ruby dclhund which refers to this and emerald necklace given breed's original use in hunt- her by the president of Paki- ing in marshy areas. In other btan--a necklace bound to words, a "puddle-hound." bring political headaches. "When you gave ways of The quarter of a million dollars that necklace would sell for could even pay for a new building for the dilapidated Junior Village in the nation's capital. Yes, a lot of problems await Jackie back home in Washington. rJL, INDEPENDENT Hvmn H. *mr. OMXI H. **·«. HArtltf M. He* I C. (M" "We'll probably mtct again -- in addition In the 1 do Ihe firing!" saying "I love you," you didn't give it in Latin. I realize that Latin is a dead language, but I am anxious to learn." Dan Savino Elmira, N.Y. Aino re. And, incidentally, the word for "kiss" is oscu- lum. The word for "beloved" is cara for the feminine and earns for the masculine. "Do the French say Encore! at the opera and theater when they want a repeat cf a song?" For Worth, Tex. Si Ccnnet No. The French (and European) custom is to say bir. (hetce), Latin for "twice." Encore, although i: means "again" in French, Is used for asking for more food, etc.. as In another serving. ·Sees Duiigcr in Kcynes Uoelrincs EDITOR: You might call this an open letter to the people. Wa all know that Communism is an international conspiracy bent on our destruction. We also know that before a communist state is formed, first Individual nations and then the world, must becoma a one world socialist state. Is this happening in the United States? Let us examine the facts. A group of Harvard graduates formed a committtec to investigate the question. This group known as the Vcritas Foundation found Hut at Harvard and at other educational institutions the ideology of John Maynard Keynes. a British Fabian socialist, is being taught. Although these instructors arc not communists the Kcyncsian theory ii based on Marxist-Lcnism. If we look closely, we see that President Kennedy and the majority of his administration are graduates of Harvard and the foremost exponents of the Keynes doctrine. They advocate socialized medicine, federal aid to education, a state controlled urban renewal program and various other welfare programs giving all powers to a highly centralized government. All these programs cost money. In fact, liberals are advocates of huge spending. All this leads to deficit spending, which Is exactly the theory of Keynes. The parallel between liberalism, socialism, Keyneism and communism is how this one word socialist state is t;» be achieved. Read the works and biography of John May- rurd Keynes and then ipeik your mind on this subject. C!L PATRICK 1100 i:. Ocean Blvd.

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