Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 5, 1968 · Page 22
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 22

Tucson, Arizona
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Tuesday, March 5, 1968
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Baita dtittwu JOHNJCHAMBERLAIN ESTABLISHED 1870 Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The AP is entitled exclusively lo ihe vie (or republication cF oil local newi printed In ihii newspaper ai well 01 all AP news diipalcries. MEMBER OF UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHED BY THE CITIZEN PUBLISHING CO. Mail: Box 5027, Tucson, 85703 Telephone: 622-5855 The Ways Of Rocky And Reagan TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1968 PAGE 22 Free State Jobs From Politics Jobs in five Arizona state agencies -- agencies that depend on assistance from federal funds -- are free from political pressures. Job classification and salary structure in these agencies are regulated by the state's merit system program. The agencies operate in the areas of health, welfare, employment security and civil defense. Employes in most other state agencies are at the mercy and whim of the controlling political party. There's no security; no basis for being hired or fired other than by party politics or office politics. All state employes would be covered by uniform employment practices if a strong personnel bill passed by the House on Feb. 1 becomes law. But an emasculated version passed by the Senate would not accomplish the same result. This week a legislative conference committee will attempt to hammer out a compromise acceptable to both .houses. The intent of the bill and the necessary procedures to make it effective will be severely damaged unless the Senate agrees to restore some of the teeth it removed before passage. . For instance, the bill sets up a merit system of hiring, firing and advancement through classification grades, yet the Senate ,has deleted any reference to merit, thus destroying the intent of the bill. The Senate also deleted references to probationary periods, emergency or temporary appointments, promotions, transfers or rejections of candidates who fail to comply with provisions of the bill, layoffs, discipline or appeals. The House wants a personnel director to be covered by the bill. The Senate removed the director from provisions of the bill. Dr. Leigh C. Douglass, chairman of the Arizona Merit-System Board and a consultant to many states on civil service legislation, has worked diligently with members of both parties to draft meaningful uniform employment practices. The joint legislative conference committee can and should agree this week to a strong bill that frees all state jobs from political pressures. Blue And Gray The City of Los Angeles has two kinds of policemen. First, there are the officers of the regular police force. They wear dark blue uniforms and carry guns. Second, there are the civilian traffic "cops." They wear blue-gray uniforms and carry no guns. Last November, the city began replacing the 85 police officers it had on full-time traffic duty with the Civilian traffic "cops." So far, 33 have been replaced. The city is saving money, and nearly everyone is happy. The savings derive from two facts: 1 -- The civilian traffic "cops" receive lower pay than regular policemen. 2 -- The civilians receive just two weeks of advance training, compared to the 20 weeks required to train regular policemen. The civilian traffic controllers are not sworn o f f i - cers and they have no authority to issue citations or make arrests. They can file complaints, however, just as any citizen can. Many regular policemen believe it improves their image to take them out of traffic-control activities. They point to the excellent relations between police officers and the law-abiding public in the days before automobiles became so common. The police also explain that most generally law-abiding citizens get cited once in a while for a traffic violation. Because such citizens tend to blame their trouble on the official who stops them, many regular policemen prefer to leave that task to someone else. A much more important reason for using civilian traffic controllers, however, is that they free regular policemen to walk beats and engage in other crime- control activities. Because Tucson's police force is way undermanned, this city might be well-advised to consider the civilian traffic control program which Los Angeles has found successful. DENNIS THE MENACE When Gov. Ronald Reagan points to the swelling buds of the early California spring and says he doesn't want to go !o Washington, D.C., as Vice President, you can believe him. But it isn't the prospect ol losing the California spring, it's the possible taunt of insincerity, if Reagan were to take second place on a Rockefeller-Reagan ticket, that bothers members of the Governor's staff. They have been burned a bit by the negative reaction of conservatives to Reagan's recent choice of Casper Weinberger, a Republican liberal, to the post of State Finance Director. "If conservatives have trouble taking a Weinberger," says one of Reagan's men, "what would they do if the Governor were to be part of a Rockefeller deal?" You come into a much different political climate when you move south, from the Oregon State capital of Salem to Sacramento. In Oregon, where they really talk up the Rockefeller- Reagan idea, they point io the "action-oriented" similarities between Rockefeller's handling of New York State's problems and Reagan's activities in California. Both governors, they point out, are creative rather than negative, and they believe in tapping the best minds. Rockefeller brings in business men such as the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, Gustave Levy, and the Ford Motor Company's Arjay Miller to advise him on what to do about welfare; Reagan puts the bee on big corporations to lend him the services of 250 business executives to make a study of state operations. For all their pragmatic similarities, however, the fiscal approaches of the two governors are entirely different. Rocky doesn't mind big bond issues to pay for his projects; Reagan though he had to accept a billion in new taxes last year, which makes the California $5.7 billion budget bigger than New York's proposed $5.5 billion, tries to carve out departmental savings, not to hand them back to the taxpayers but to pay for increased government services. It's tough to do this when the cost of such things as Medi-Cal, the local federal-state Medicaid program, can balloon without warning, but Reagan still gives it the old Eureka College try. Students of the art of creation have stressed something called "bisociation," which means bringing two things together which no one has ever thought of relating to each other before. This is Reagan's forte. Before he came to Sacramento, the people of the Department of Public Works (which includes supervision of highway construction) hardly knew the people in the Department of Water Resources. But, since the two departments both have a common interest in moving earth, Reagan insisted that they synchronize their activities. The state is currently digging a new canal for irrigation purposes down the west side of the great California Central Valley. In the old days the Department of Water Resources would have dumped its excavated earth anywhere it could find a few useless holes. But the Reagan way is to put a single administrator over the canal digging project and a freeway construction project. The fill from the canal site goes directly to help in new highway construction, at a saving to the state of §5,500,- 000. One of the things that Reagan bubbles about in the buoyant fashion that never deserts him is the art of turning old red tape into solid government investment. California highways are financed by a gas tax, and the money collected must be spent. There is a temptation to be sloppy about the spending of money that comes in anyway. By using rigorous controls, the Reagan administration managed to save $110 million on highway construction department expenses, all of which has gone into shoving California road building projects ahead by a full year. So this is the C r e a t i v e Society, close up. It's just another case of more bang for the buck. The Rockefeller way, say the Reaganites, differs from the Reagan Creative Society way by using more taxpayer and bond purchaser bucks for more bang. If this assessment is fair, there is a salient difference between the pragmatist of Albany, New York, and the pragmatist of Sacramento, California, even though both a r e spending lots of money. Copyright 1K8 ROSCOE DRUMMOND Post-Mao Foreign Policy HONG KONG -- The regime which before long will succeed Mao Tse-tung will very likely try to repair Peking's tattered relations with the outside world. It would have strong reasons to do so. Red China has experienced little else but an unbroken series of diplomatic disasters during the past three years, and as the turmoil and violence of the cultural revolution have spewed over into foreign relations it has been still worse. The need to restore some order and respect and civility to Peking's diplomatic relations with the rest of the world -Communist and non-Communist alike -- is expected to be pretty high on the agenda of the more practical-minded ,, successors who will take power after Mao. And the two super-powers, which Mao has done most to alienate -- the Soviet Union and the United States -- will be responsive to even modest moves toward meaningful reconciliation. There are two factors which cause China-watchers here to believe that post-Mao China will move in this direction: the need to repair the setbacks of recent years and the disposition of the ART BUCHWALD U.S. and the U.S.S.R. to welcome such a trend. I am not suggesting that post- Mao China will abandon its doctrine of "wars of national liberation," nor entirely eschew the opportunities to promote local subversion. Peking is not suddenly going to become the Little Lord Fauntleroy of international communism. Certainly not. But what the China-watchers do foresee is: That the successor-regime will be dominated by political leaders more pragmatic and less obsessed with ideology than Mao. That post-Mao foreign policy will continue to use the militant slogans of the past but will be more cautious and prudent in action. That its very possession of a considerable arsenal of nuclear weapons is likely to cause China to take a more relaxed attitude toward the outside world. That at least on the longer- range view Chinese foreign policy is likely to be less provocative and more wary. The consensus of the China specialists here is that the post- Mao regime will not rush into the arms of Moscow and that, indeed, Peking may find it easier to establish a somewhat more relaxed relationship with the U.S than with the Soviets. Peking has a long way to go just to recover from the setbacks during the fever of the cultural revolution. During this period it has quarreled bitterly · with 32 countries 00 all continents -- from America and Russia to Cuba and Kenya. No high level Chinese officials traveled abroad during 1967 and in the General Assembly vote last fall on Chinese representation in the UN Peking lost ground for the second consecutive year. Peking's breach with Russia was so great that it did not deign to send a representative to Moscow to mark the 50th anniversary of the Soviet revolution. Trade between China and the Soviet Union has plummeted from $2 billion in 1959 to $300 million in 1966, and it's still dropping. There is no reason to assume that either for the U.S. or the U.S.S.R. or for its neighbors post-Mao China is going to be easy to live with. We will all need to be wary and alert. But the fever-index is likely to go down and the danger of Communist expansion-by-force will be far less as the U.S. shows that it is staying the course in Vietnam. Copyrlsht 1968 Insurance Is Good For You '7JMJ5 WW I UKE : W ASK RD* A Montgomery Ward Co. came under attack a few weeks ago for an insurance plan it had instituted for its charge account customers. The insurance automatically covers charge account bills up to $3,000 in case, of the death of the person holding the account. The premiums are charged to the customer unless he specifically writes to the company and says he doesn't want it. What annoyed many customers was that they were paying premiums on a life insurance policy they didn't ask for or know they had. The only one who wasn't too bothered by the Montgomery Ward insurance ploy was my friend Spritzer, who loves to match wits with some of the largest corporations of this nation. As soon As Spritzer heard that he was being charged for a life insurance policy he had neither applied for nor wanted, he wrote the powers at Montgomery Ward a letter; Dear Sirs, 1 understand you have taken nut a life insurance policy just in case something happens to me before I make all the payments on my new washing ma- chine. This is good thinking, as you never know when I'm going to pop off and you're going to be stuck with the bill. I think you're wise to worry about me particularly, since with all the aggravation my kids are giving me, I could have a heart attack any day. But the thought occurred to me, when I heard about your insurance policy, that I had no protection in case something happened to Montgomery Ward Co. I'm not wishing you any worse luck than you're wishing me, but through the years I notice that Montgomery Ward has had some very big ups and downs and I've started to get a little nervous about what would happen to my washing machine, if, God forbid, Montgomery Ward should have a heart attack, I'm sure it couldn't because I know that at the moment you're in excellent health, but as business people you must understand I have to prepare for the worst, If something happened to you, I couldn't very well go to Sears Roebuck and say, "Hey, would you come out and fix my washing machine?" any more than you could say to my loved ones, I "Sorry about Spritzer passing away, but he still owes us money on his appliance." So I have decided to do the only honorable thing and take out an insurance policy to protect me from Montgomery Ward going out of business. You, of course, will have to pay the premium on it, as I'm taking the big risk by owning one of your appliances. But in order to save you the time and trouble of paying on the policy I will deduct the premium from my payments on the washing machine. Unless I hear from you lo the contrary, this insurance policy goes into effect immediately, As long as Montgomery Ward remains in good health, you have nothing to worry about. But if something comes up, and believe, me, I'm not predicting trouble, you can rest easy in the knowledge that there will be enough money left over from your estate to take care of my washing machine. Please understand there is nothing personal in this and I wish Montgomery Ward a long and happy life, but let's face it, al] our destinies are still dependent on that "great retailer in the sky." Sincerely yours, SPRITZER Copyright IHI 1 Letters To The Editor ACTIVITY MUST REPLACE TALK To the Editor: Tucson is an interesting and c u r i o u s paradox. Although much effort and expense goes into the quasi-task of "bringing industry into Tucson," industrial employment has actually decreased in the past two years. During the past several years, 1 have performed studies and assisted firms in locating plants throughout various parts of the country. I am presently in the midst of such a study for an Eastern firm interested in the Southwest. The information these firms request is quite different than the normal statistic- al data available from many f e d e r a l , state and local agencies. Tucson will not achieve its industrial potential unless activity replaces talk. And this means appropriate activity concerned with defining the advantages of locating here in Tucson rather than selecting a few industry types which might logically locate here. In other words, any industry type considering a major move will consider Tucson if the advantages of Tucson outweigh the advantages expressed by other industry-seeking areas of the country. And the advantage expressed by Tucson must H nromi JT4* 1 · Arizona Citizen Sixty-Six Years Ago in the Old Pueblo TUCSON, ARIZONA TERRITORY, MARCH 6.1902"" Some Side Lights Judge Charles Meyer, Justice of the Peace for this county, owns a gold pen that has probably sent more men to jail than any other pen that was manufactured. Judge Meyer came into possession of this pen in 1874. It is an unusually large one and is as good today as when the judge purchased it 28 years ago. In that time the Judge has worn out four penholders, but the gold pen has never gone back on him. The Judge was first made Justice of the Peace here in 1867, and since that time has served 11 terms as Justice of the Peace, and 9 times as City Recorder. In all those years the Judge has used this pen to seal the fate of the many culprits that have been brought before him. If the pen could disclose its history it might tell an interesting story. The Curio Craze The Indian curio craze has spread all over the United States, and in several cities factories flourish where these articles are made, and sold to curio shops as "the real Indian article." The whole United States has been sold "Old New England Syrup" made by a large concern whose factory and entire output is made in Southern Louisiana. The latest counterfeit is the Navajo blanket, which is being manufactured and turned out in immense quantities in Germany and imported into this country, and forwarded in car load lots where they are sold to the ever-eager-to-buy tourist. As yet Arizona has not received any of this counterfeit product, possibly owing to the fact that this is the home of the tribe that makes the originals and the fear of detection is too great to risk. Compiled by Yndia Smalley Moore, Citizen historical editor MORSE CODE be in terms of "Organization, People, Property, and Profit." Some of the current studies under consideration which are intended to isolate particular industry types which may fit-in- well in Tucson, and then provide them with some statistical facts about, Tucson, are benign efforts. Perhaps purposely so in order to free responsible parties from blame if the effort is a complete or partial failure. Someone, someday, will have lo put his head on the chopping block and do what is objectively required rather than parade through responsibility dressed in the uniform of benign accomplishments. And all this cost the citizens of Tucson time, wasted effort, and misspent dollars. But no matter, Tucson can afford to err because tourism has carried it thus far. And' fortunately, many tourists continue to return. But tourism is a fickle industry. Tucson must either awaken from prolonged unconsciousness or perish from the inertia of inactivity. E. J. BURKE 2420 N. Bryant THE SAD LACK OF STREET LIGHTS To the Editor: Being a winter visitor from Minnesota, I should not have a complaint in this nice- city of sunshine and hospitality. However, there is just one thing mat bothers me, 'and I imagine it does others also. It is the sad lack of street lights. There is so much crime and assault, one takes his life in his hands to go out on some streets at night in very fine neighborhoods. One has to use a flash light to see his car. As well traveled as Glenn Street is, it is very dark on streets between main thoroughfares. Being a retired supervisor for the city of Minneapolis street department, this sad lack of lights within a city amazes me. BYRON E. DOLPHIN SR. 2818 N. Cherry

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