Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 9, 1976 · Page 15
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 15

Tucson, Arizona
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Monday, February 9, 1976
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EDITORIAL PAGE HEW ultimatum raises doubts An eleventh-hour ultimatum from the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare (HEW) has muddied the waters for Tucsomans looking for a clear, navigable course to school desegregation. In a surprise letter dispatched last week HEW told Tucson School District 1 administrators that they have only until early March to devise a racially balanced plan for reassignment of students by the beginning of the 1976-77 academic year. The federal government threatened "enforcement action" -- a threat to withhold money from federally funded projects throughout the district -- if the school officials failed to comply. U.S. District Court Judge William C. Frey scheduled to hear a long-delayed desegregation lawsuit against Tucson School District 1 next month questioned HEW's do-it-or-else directive. "I can't help but wonder about the government's motivation m getting involved right on the eve of settlement negotiations between the school district and the plaintiffs," he remarked. Both sides in the suit, the two groups of parents of minority students and the school district, have been making amicable progress of late. Judge Frey said he hoped HEW's ultimatum would not throw a monkey wrench into the promising negotiations. If the federal move causes such interference, the judge understandably would -- if he legally could -hold HEW in contempt. If, on the other hand, the ultimatum should prompt a quick, satisfactory out-of- court settlement, he and the community might be relieved. A spokesman for HEW insisted that a recent court decision in Washington, D.C., which ordered the civil rights office to gain compliance with federal regulations, was the reason behind the sudden demand. But school district administrators were more inclined to regard the 30-day ultimatum as a "pressure tactic" to force a resolution of the two-year-old legal hassle in Tucson. Even if that were true, the push might not be entirely a bad idea after all the foot-dragging that has gone on, and on, in the case. Ironically, and unfortunately, the club raised by HEW -- the possible withholding of federal funding -- would hurt the youngsters it is supposed to help. At present, about 275 district employes are involved in 21 projects from 10 federal funding sources that allocate $3.87 million for the primary benefit of minority students. HEW's motivation may be questionable, but its ultimatum could serve as a blessing in disguise, at least if it inspires a speedy settlement between the litigants. As for the development of an acceptable desegregation plan, that realistically cannot be achieved in a month's time. However, school officials should realize now that they must unmuddy the waters with dedicated dispatch -- or relinquish the delicate course-charting to federal navigators. Henry's complaint Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's public appeal for better understanding of his foreign policy initiatives, and particularly detente with the Soviet Union, presented the nation's chief foreign affairs architect in a rare attitude last week. The attitude clearly was one of frustration -frustration over recent national criticism of detente, and over the problems that have been growing with Congress during the past year. One certainly may sympathize with his complaint about Congress' meddling too much in affairs that more properly belong with the executive branch. Congress has indeed done too much meddling: The cutoff of arms to Turkey, restrictions imposed on United States-Soviet trade, the cutting off even of covert aid to the anti-Communist forces fighting in Angola, as examples. Yet, because Mr. Kissinger has taken the unusual step of chiding his and the administration's critics, one wonders if there still aren't some valid grounds for current American unease with the way things are going -- or not going -- for us overseas. For example, there is a growing belief, possibly justified, that we just may be getting the short end of the stick in connection with the strategic arms limitation talks with the Soviets. The SALT talks are stymied and there is speculation that our secretary of state could wind up negotiating away more than he should in order to resume movement. More specifically, there is some fear that our next "bargain" could be the killing of our cruise missiles while Moscow gets to keep its sophisticated Backfire bomber. Some of the points made by Mr. Kissinger in San Francisco are well taken. But neither the Congress nor the general public needs desist from a questioning, a constructive questioning, about where we're being led. 2Pueson Baity William A. Small Jr., Publisher Paul A. McKalip, Editor Tony Tselentis, Associate Editor \ J Dale Walton, Managing Editor Asa BushneU, Editorial Page Editor PAGE 16 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1976 In Bobby's office Where CIA assault began By VICTOR RIESEL Actually, the late Bobby Kennedy was the first powerful politico to attempt to thwart the CIA's inflexible anti-Soviet policy; then try to bypass it; and finally break its "cover." This paralleled his feud with J. Edgar Hoover's domestic intelligence operations. Bobby's anti-CIA campaign began back in 1962 when, during long periods of the late President Kennedy's illness, Robert, through Kenny O'Donnell and Larry O'Brien, controlled the White House. Much of this operation developed in collaboration with the Reuther brothers, Walter and Victor. The latter, last of the Reuthers, is still around and vigorous. Long ago, he developed strong* antipathy against inflexible anti- Sovietism and a deep personal hatred of labor chief George Meany, who personifies all opposition to any dealings with Moscow. At that time Victor Reulh- er was head of the United Auto Workers' international affairs department. According to sources privy to the inner operations of international intelligence, Bobby Kennedy arranged a secret conference in 1962. Purpose was to skim $1 million off some government fund. Then to dispatch it covertly to Italy. There, it was to be used to "convince" Italian labor leaders to merge their three organizations into one front. Biggest of the three Italian national union centers was the Confederazione Generale Halia- na del Lavoro (CGIL). This was, and is, Soviet-dominated. It's affiliated with the Moscow- controlled World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), from whose Prague headquarters was physically heaved some years ago. The result of merging the CGIL with the other two confederations, of course, would have been to hand the smaller Christian Democrat, Social Democrat and Socialist labor syndicates over to the powerful Communist party allies. This would have put Italy's entire labor force under "the line." Giving this little heed, Bobby Kennedy developed his strategy for a united Italian labor front. But it didn't take long for Meany to learn of the secret session an united front policy, which he has been and still is battling. Over to the White House he went. It was the Bronx-Irish plumber eyeballing it with the Boston Brahman. President K e n n e d y soon reached for the phone. Later the two Kennedy brothers talked. Bobby was told to get out of international politics. But the assault on the CIA rolled on. Victor Reuther never let up. Neither did a little-known senator called Eugene McCarthy or the global J. William Fulbn'ght. Back in 1966, Fulbright wanted to take surveillance of the CIA from the Armed Services and Appropriations Committees. And he saw his big opening in 1966 when the CIA got a new director, ex-newsman R i c h a r d McGarrah Helms. Casually Fulbright said he heard that the CIA was in domestic affairs -perhaps interfering in union elections. That was in July (1966). Well, he might have heard this from Victor Reuther. Reuther had charged that the CIA was operating through Meany and the AFL-CIO's international affairs department. There was no evidence that either Meany or the national labor headquarters itself were fronting for any intelligence service when the AFL people helped fight off Soviet-subsidized labor operations in post-war Europe. However, the Victor Reuther charge has stuck. It was the first bullseye salvo. Soon, from Finland to Chile to Japan, any anti-Communist union linked in any way to American unions or sympathetic to the U.S. was charged by the Soviet-controlled opposition with being a CIA spy front. This hurt the anti-Communists. And it avalanched to the grim cover-cracking intelligence smashing which can be seen here on the boards daily. As for Bill Colby, goodby Mr. Chips. Copyrighl 1976 Bumpers has charm Better watch that fellow By PAUL GREENBERG In Pine Bluff, Ark., to speak at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, Dale Bumpers was his usual self -- which is pretty dam good. With Sen. Bumpers, charm conquers all, and it's hard not to like a fella with a way like his. He enters into a kind of gentle conspiracy with his audience. As when having revived his listeners with a few good stories after an aeon or two of other speakers, he confided: "Aren't you glad I came here to liven things up?" There was no doubt about that. Beyond the charm, there is also an informal courage, and a nice contempt for the politic. It allows him to talk to a chamber of commerce crowd about the u n h e a l t h y c o n c e n t r a t i o n of wealth in this country, the mediocrity of its leadership, the disgraceful tax structure, the self- regulation of industry, and to flick aside any other icons he may encounter on the way. The still new senator's aversion to pomp is a delight, and his impatience with the strictures and wastefulness of Congress refreshing. At one point, he suggested that Congress might do a better job if it would take less time at it. It was a l i f t to watch a politician with so few airs, either about himself or his function. Early on, the senator delivered a concise lecture on why the daily anti-busing amendments in Congress are such a- bore and a fraud, taking as his text one introduced by a northern senator that would have denied funds to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare to pay for busing. Which of course would have assured busing by court order, especially in the South. At the same time, the senator shrugged off some of his own votes for busophobic amendments. ("Oh, I voted for some of 'em.") Welcome as was his explanation for voting against this sort of nonsense, the real explanation due his constituents is why someone of his sensibilities would vote for such stuff. It's when the senator gets into the substance of his speeches that some of the airiness in his politics begins to come back, and a Mod sound intrudes. Of late he has begun to echo the more eschatological school of economics, which warns that the country needs to use more manpower and less fuel, and that the great days of economic growth are no longer possible. This is the newest version, so fashionable and so unexamined, of Malthusian Economics -which America and much of the rest of the industrialized world have been refuting by more and more ingenious devices ever since Thomas Malthus first invented it. Indeed, it has been those parts of the world un- cursed by development where the greatest material distress has been suffered in modern times -- and where life and freedom seem most vulnerable. Sen. Bumpers does have a genuine talent for sharing the better instincts of his listeners, and articulating them. He is familiar with the kaleidoscope of gray despairs and isolated hopes that seems the American mood in this election year. He understands that there is a great hunger for the old cohesiveness, and for new leadership. It is when he comes to the words and ideas that are the substance of leadership that the senator may offer only polish instead. On those occasions, he comes off -- as they say in Kentucky -- "as thin as spit on a slate rock." Dale Bumpers's problem may also be that of his party this year. There seems no lack of attractive Democratic politicians offering themselves as leaders, but a lack of the substance of leadership. There doesn't seem to have been such a collection of empty suits in contention for the Democratic presidential nomination since 1932, when the country also despaired of finding a leader. And yet found one, not only in style and charm, but of substance. Though Franklin Roosevelt gave little enough indication of depth in that campaign. Perhaps the hesitation to chart a clear path is a good sign in a leader. Copyright 1976 I HI.FELLA8...1U I YOUR, NEW CAPTAIN V --- GEORGE BUSU. is, WE NEVER AGREE ON Letters to the Editor Why boys vs. girls? Editor, the Citizen: I read the Citizen's Dec. 31 editorial, "Sex Equality vs. Quality Education," and I am quite angered over its narrow-sighted conclusions. If sexual equality endangers quality education, then the Citizen's concept of "quality" education is a segregated environment in which the boys are the privileged group. If, for example, only one team is fielded, why must it automatically be the boys' team? Are the girls undeserving? Is the Citizen stating that girls do not have the same right to participate in sports programs as boys? The editorial questioned opening Tucson's schools' Bachelor Survival course to girls. Does the Citizen believe that girls have nothing to leam about survival? Why not just a survival course? How could that possibly endanger quality education? I could continue pointing out the fallacy of the editorial's other examples, but that would be needlessly repetitive. The important question is, when will Tucson's schools stop insisting upon viewing students as boys vs. girls? When students become just students, then quality education will result. DAVID R. MOSLEY 6018 E. Calle Silvosa Don't force Peacock out Editor, the Citizen: Every time I read another article or letter concerning Dr. Erie E. Peacock Jr., I get more angry. Persecution and injustice, whether to please a few or multitudes, is still persecution and injustice. From what I can ascertain, the only "crime" Dr. Peacock has committed is in trying to change a set pattern, and most probably for the better. If you consider the number of malpractice suits and the many patient complaints about inadequate care and unfeeling doctors, it's imperative that changes be made somewhere -and in the learning pattern of a doctor would seem to be the most advantageous place . . . . Perhaps the public would be a lot richer to have Dr. Peacock available to it in private practice. But he should not be forced out of his teaching position just to convenience others. Or doesn't he still retain our constitutional freedoms? LINDA SNYDER 1657 N. Palo Verde Blvd. Both schools damaged Editor, the Citizen: Currently, Tucson's two institutions of higher learning are entangled in avoidable controversies which are resulting in considerable amounts of unfavorable publicity. These involve disputes between the administrative heads of the educational organizations and personnel whom the administrators are attempting to remove from their positions. It should be understood that when they are under pressure, the primary instinct of most administrators is that of self-preservation. Being in a position of power, the administrative head enjoys a distinct advantage which enables him to apply pressure upon his immediate subordinates, who are motivated to carry out his desires. These may include the discrediting or elimination of troublesome personnel. In this manner, the chief administrator is able to maintain a pretense of Olympian aloofness and of nonparti- cioation while the usual subordinate, for real or hnped-for personal gain (or from fear of the consequences of noncompliance) will accede to the stratagem. It appears that the above situation is well represented in the current conflict between the administration at the University of Arizona and Dr. Erie E. Peacock Jr. Another, although less widely publicized example is apparently provided in the controversy surrounding alleged discrimination and retaliatory measures which have been taken by the administration at Pima Community College. These involve actions which were taken against several female employes who have entered grievance complaints against the school and whose petitions have been upheld in hearings before an impartial arbiter. At the present time, Pima College is appealing the rulings. In neither situation has the president of his institution faced the problem creditably, and in both cases the images of the schools have been damaged. Administrative ineptness must lead inevitably to a loss in public support for and confidence in the institution. ROBERT F. CLARKE 5846 E. South Wilshire Drive Turn system around Editor, the Citizen: Why is crime in the United States on the increase today? To me, the answer is obvious The law protects the criminal rather than punishing him. Capital punishment was ruled out because it offended the "bleeding hearts" of America It was considered cruel and unusual punishment to put a man to death if he killed one or 20, or if he had killed an old man or a small child. Obviously many of these "bleeding hearts" haven't lost loved ones or had themselves maimed for life by some pathological misfit who knows the worst he could get is life imprisonment, usually with parole. ; These criminals are also provided with securi- -ty they don't have to work for and that is paid for by you and me. The law must turn back to the proper protection of the victim and the proper punishment of the criminal. SAMMY B. CONWELL Rt. 19, Box 261 Postal clerks help Editor, the Citizen: editor, "Rude Postal Re: Letter to the Clerks," Citizen, Jan. 21. There are occasions when one cannot help but respond to an unjust or biased criticism of someone, something, our government or, especially in this case, the personnel of our Postal Service. I have had a post office box at the downtown station for over 15 years and I have never come in contact with any employe who was not friendly, accommodating or helpful during the entire time. This is, I think, something more than remarkable, considering the public - ah, yes, the ever- loving public -- some of whom always demand their mail on time and their pension or Social Security checks immediately, many of which are sent genera) delivery. THOMAS E. FITZGERALD P.O. Box 762 All letters bearing writer's true name and address will be considered for publication. The editors reserve the right to edit letters In the Interest of clarity and brevity. Mailing address: Box 2S7S7, Tucson 8572S

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