Independent from Long Beach, California on March 11, 1966 · Page 35
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 35

Long Beach, California
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Independent Hctnun H. RiMer,Putliihtr ' ' · Diniet H. RMJcr. Co.Putliihtr Samuel C Cuneton. Gnetil Mxugtr Hiwld M. Hint*, ^OT. *» PMiska L. A. Osa-Sj, Sr, £* disasiS X/jl I iam WiBream, £//'/«· Milts E. Sfnct, Exiculiet EJilar Malcolm Epltjr, Anocialr fJiior Sterling Ikmis, Maiuiag fJllor Don Ohl, KJiiorlal Page EJilor Friday, March II, 1966 f«a« B-Z LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA Russia Ought to Study Ireland TWENTY-ONE YEARS AGO Russia clamped the iron rule of communism on East Germany. , This means that approximately half of the East Germans have no personal memory of any other kind of government. The Russians and their puppet rulers have been painstakingly thorough in their efforts at Indoctrination. If repetition of propaganda can make Com- -mum'sts, the nation should be enthusiastically communistic. -jThe facts are otherwise. Communism is super-imposed, not ac- ceptied by minds and hearts. Young people especially seem indifferent to the doctrine. Russia maintains 20 divisions in the country; if they went home, communism would s6on disappear. I East Germany, which was economically exploited by Russia for 10 years, is now the most danger- u6us Communist state. The prosperity does not match West Germany's, -but the East Germans boast that they did it all themselves without foreign aid. * * * BUT RICH OR POOR, they are not conquered. How long does it take to conquer a people? The Russians would do well to study the history of Ireland. The Norman English began their conquest in the i2th century. Over the centuries E n g l i s h government ranged from benign to very bad, but the conquest was never completed. Just last week in Dublin the rebels destroyed the monument to Admiral Lord Nelson to express their hatred of the English. And the Irish Republican Army,, outlawed in both Ireland and Britain, fights on for "liberation" of the northern counties. Ireland, linked to England by blood, culture, economy and language, was never conquered, and the English finally gave it up as a bad job. TOWN MEETING Raps. Reagan Critics EDITOR: . It had to happen, Mr. Ronald Reagan --a good'honest citizen who lives by the Constitution and believes in clean government, who opposes c r i m e , opposes communism, opposes the in- frlngment of honest tax paying citizens' rights by unruly ' y o u t h f u l renegades, by. educated morons and by trained mobs of peace marchers and civil rights marchers--has announced his candidacy for governor and is .quickly attacked by the commies, commie sympathizers, ( ' e ft wingers and those who do not believe in a free democratic society'. The same groups -will soon label Mr. Reagan as a fascist, damagogue and racist, etc., in order to smear this man of fine character arid reputation. "There are hundreds of .citizens--Democrats I may add, who are'fed up with the Brown type of government--who will support Mr.. Keagan. I've talked to many of these people. George Christopher is following the Kuchel "head lines" by his insinuations of Mr. Reagan as a Goldwater racist. If believing in the Constitution makes a man a racist, what does it make a man who believes in slowly destroying this same Constitution? I'm sure Mr. Reagan is well aware of the political limelight he is undertaking and he will no doubt make a big and surprising impression upon the voting public. ALEX PARTOCK 1061 Terrace Drive More Pay for Couiicilmen EDITOR: ' ' . v," i. '· As a resident, of Long: Beach for over 25 years with a great interest in the affairs of the city, it is my feeling that Long Beach city councilmen should have a monthly salary of $600. I very strongly urge passage of .the proposition on the ballot which will give them an increase in salary. MALVERN W. AUST 5660 Walnut Ave. . ^In Poor Taste' : EDITOR: I would like to record a protest Now Comes De Gaulle, Causing Us Problems in European Affairs, Too From Our National Bureau WASHINGTON--Due to their quite human and quite understandable preoccupation with affairs in Southeast Asia, administration officials h a v e been playing Europe with their left hands and have been hoping that nothing of much moment would happen there to distract them from more urgent tasks. Their hopes fell apart the other day and perpetrator of the dream-smashing was, as expected, Gen. Charles da Gaulle. The French . president announced flatly that France intended to pull out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This announcement has precipitated a lot of diplomatic'activity and it may well be that a hasty meeting of the NATO ministers will be called to see what next to do. The United States and other NATO countries have for some time known, of course, that De Gaulle was unhappy with the structure of NATO. They have been trying to persuade him to sit down with them and talk over proposed revisions of the NATO charter. The general has, however, given them the back of Jhis hand. In his recent statement on the matter, De Gaulle flatly said that no useful talks on the reform of NATO could be .effectively undertaken and therefore France would have no part of any discussions on the matter. * * * DE GAULLE'S PUBLIC mtransi- geance on talks and the firm way in which he expressed his opinions were something of a disappointment to other NATO diplonirts, who had hoped that in the end De Gaulle would be reasonable and would .sit down for a discussion of the points which are irritating him. They may have to sit down rather hurriedly themselves without De Gaulle and decide precisely what they should do now. The French president is determined to regain what he calls "French sovereignty" on French soil. The mere presence of foreign troops in Franca WALTER RIDDER is a constant abrasive to the general's touchy nerves and he intends to get rid of them as soon as-possible. This would mean the closing .of several American military bases . and the shuffling of a considerable number of Americans oiit of France to other places in Europe. De Gaulle also wants his own soldiers back to where he says they belong, that is back in;the French army. He looks with horror upon the NATO'headquarters outside of Paris where French officers are under the commands of officers- from other countries. He doesn't like having French troops stationed in other countries under the mixed commands of NATO and he intends to jerk them out of that organization as soon as he possibly can. That way, as De Gaulle sees it, France will regain her.own army, get rid of unwanted foreign military personnel, and be her own master on.the continent of Europe. What American officials find particularly difficult about dealing with Da Gaulle on this matter is that while he wants to dismantle the military structure of NATO, he does not want to give up on the Atlantic Alliance. He believes the Alliance, through NATO, is now dominated by what he often sneeringly refers to as "the Anglo- Saxons," but he is willing to talk about how that defect might be remedied. "The trouble with De Gaulle," said one harassed American diplomat who has dealings with him, "is that he doesn't want Americans on the continent of Europe--except of course in times of emergency." In effect, De Gaulle doesn't want American help except if France can't help herself -and thus he wants to keep .the door slightly open in case the worst should happen and France would find herself once again needing American help -military or other. * * * WHAT DE GAULLE WANTS will take some adroit juggling on his part for he seems to be wanting the best of all possible worlds without paying anything for it. The Allies are on the whole perfectly willing to make some adjustments in the NATO charter and even concede the correctness of some of De Gaulle's objections. They do feel strongly h o w e v e r that such changes should be made by consultation and mutual discussion rather than by unilateral action. They fear that if De Gaulle setg- the precedent of each nation acting on its own, 1 the whole of NATO will ultimately blow up. Their problem in ths next few weeks will be to determine how they will handle their "Enfant Terrible." How to Stop Tax Boosts EDITOR: Isn't there any way to stop these madmen who are increasing taxes? I think there is. Eliminate these "madmen" from public office. We all know that our federal government is the biggest business hi these United States. Is it not then . logical that the best business brains should be selected to run it? Why do we not Insist that a man or woman running for elective office meet a certain minimum standard of r e q u i r e m e n t s including a.sound k n o w l e d g e of constitutional law,, economics and finance? When we as citizens and taxpayers, demand less politics and more statesmanship, with all that the term implies, we shall begin to see a reduction in pur n a t i o n a l debt, fewer bureaus and bureaucrats, less and fewer taxes, more economic freedom from bureaucratic strangulation and a strengthening of our . n a t i o n a l economy. . This is not intende'd to be a blanket condemnation of all those in public office nor is any inference made as to the sincerity and patriotism of any of them. :. DAVID :p, BROWN 2034 Appleton St. ' Catholic layman it seems to'have" a double-meaning. . ' .--.; We as grownups may not be .affected by this but the younger generation has trouble enough without getting a poor impression of faith; and taking our Lord's name and using it in such a manner is, I believe, in poor taste. = ' WALTER LOUIS SILKS 1445 Chestnut Ave. Wars and Prosperity . EDITOR: ' During World War I, I read a boo % k called "War, What For" by George Kirkpalrick. He stated if "profits" were taken out, all wars would ba abolished. I note if peace is even suggested, the stock market immediately falls.. · What's wrong with our economy when we must depend upon hot aud cold wars for our prosperity? HELEN PRICE 222 Belmont Ave. Integration Won't End the Problem SOMEONE was telling me recently about a British professor at the University of Chicago, who was walking home one night when he was accosted by a group of belligerent Negro youths. "What's going on here?" he exclaimed. "This is no way to treat a visitor to your country!" "Where you from?" they wanted t6 SYDNEY HARRIS Man Without a Country A RUNAWAY SOLDIER sentenced to life in prison on conviction of selling nuclear secrets to the Russians sneered at American justice when he was freed hy court order because his confession was involuntary. It is possible to feel a kind of l o a t h i n g pity for 29-year-old George Gessner, because his life sentence will never be over. Freedom will be a heavier burden than prison. Where will he go in America? Who will give him work? What man will call him friend? His fate is like that of the old story of the man without a country. The legendary traitor cursed the United States and wished he _could never see it again. The court ..-granted his wish. He was im- |cprisoned on warships and never Ifpermilted to see American ports. t?.\ Should Gessner choose to live in ^another country, his fate will fol- j^Ibw him. After ail, other nations £have their patriots, too. It is one £thing to use a willing tool, another iftp respect him. L.B. Prof Knew It Was a Hit * * * * * * * * * Music oi New Record Played in L.B. Back in 1960 Fix Up--Tear Up EDITOR: It's easy to sit back and call somebody a "slumlord" but what do you really know about it? If you believe in fixing up property for someone who is going to tear it up then why don't you buy some of the property in Watts? You could have it for nothing more than your personal signature and good credit in many cashes. People who once lived there are being driven out. They had nice homes but they must move out where someone won't want to "get the whitey" as they drive home from working. They come to the suburbs looking but they can't sell or trade their properties so they are forced to rent them. Slowly then the renters destroy their good homes. Only the government can afford to spend all the money it takes to keep the homes repaired out there. Even then have you ever looked at some of the public housing to see how it is defaced? .HANK STRICKLAND 11977 Arkansas St. Artesia By GEORGE ERES THE NAME Peter Schickele won't mean much to you unless you are one of the cognoscenti of musical delights. Prof. Schickele, formerly of the Juilliard School of Music staff, is the creator of an album called "P.D.Q. Bach" which last month was put out REPORTER'S ^NOTEBOOK by Vanguard Records and has hit the national sales charts. P.D.Q. Bach is the brain child of Schickele who calls him the "oddest of J.S. Bach's 20-odd children." It is musical horseplay--a classical Spike Jones approach to the literature. The record has been out about two and one-half months and is just below the top 100--"pretty good for a classical record," according to distributors. Schickele is a name you should get familiar with, because, in a sense, It is a refutation of the view that the east coast is 50 years behind Europe and 50 years ahead of the west coast-and that Long Beach Is 50 years behind the rest of the west coast. Ideas just don't travel like pollen. Somebody has to carry them. The knowledge of Schickele was carried here by Dr. Bertram McGarrity, professor of music at California State College, Long Beach. Back in November, I960, Dr. McGarrity conducted a chamber orchestra in "An Evening of Musical ,Hu-. mor" for the benefit of the David N. Vazquez Memorial Scholarship Fund, at CSLB. The program included: Sonata for Violin and Piano '.. .P.D.Q. Bach Quodlibet for Chamber Orchestra Peter Schickele Beauty and the Beasts Bertram McGarrity Sinfonia Concertante . .Ford Foundation "Ford Foundation" as composer is a piece of automated humor. The Sin- fonia is another Schickele opus. At the time of the State concert he was working with Los Angeles schools under the Ford Foundation grant for composers to work with music departments of school systems. In this latter work Prof. Robert Tyndall of CSLB played the bagpipes; John Thomas, left handed sewer flute; Sam Chianis, cymbalum; Ronald Brown, music stand; Marlowe Karl, ocarina. The program here was.a first.for Schickele's work before a non-"in" group and the question was whether they would get it. They did--about five years before the joke was publicly sprung in New York. The national confirmation of the musical judgment of McGarrity is satisfying. It must however make one wonder if he doesn't have more of the same around an'd why no one is making use of it more fully. A.C.L.U. and A.D.L. EDITOR:In a recent letter in this column, know. "I'm from England," he his full Oxonian accent. "Only been in -America a few weeks." "Oh," they said, waving him on. "We didn't know that. We thought you were white." .;. This true tale is worth remembering the next time we are confronted with what seems to be evidence-of "anti.-white" sentiment among Negroes. It is not the whiteness pet IB they object to, but the "American whiteness"--which is a national, anil not a, racial, resentment. In much the same way, a lot of what seems at first to be "anti-Negro" sentiment is not anti-Negro as such; rather, it is a combination of fear, anger and guilt at the Negro's poverty, his lack of education, his cultural attitudes and habits which 'set him apart from the white community. Such people resent the Negro for .being "different" from the'rest of us, . but at the same time resist all efforts to place him in the mainstrearrv;of American society. ' ·-./' * * * ·£.- TO THE AMERICAN NEGRO,', an Englishman, a Frenchman, an Italian, a South American is not "white''Mh the same sense that his fellow-citizens are white. "White" is simply a^semantic label to identify and def(jie those who, he feels, have -let hifn down and held him down. It is i Lloyd Clark stated that the American mari i y ^ socia , and econonl ic antago f i i n l T iTirtT-lmc nnirin artrl iha n f , _ ,, ; . . - - ° Civil Liberties Union and the Anti Defamation League ought to be investigated. Yes, they should be investigated . . . not as implied by that writer, but by citizens who. are concerned about translating their democratic ideals into a way of life for all Americans. The A.C.L.U. is widely known for its vigilance in protecting the rights of all individuals from judicial or other governmental encroachment, and its spokesmen are well known and respected in California courts. not a racial -one. Nor can the problem ever be solve'd on a racial basis, and this is wjy mere integration is bound to fail. Pulping poor Negro children- in the same schools as poor white children, and-housing poor Negro families next to poor white families--while satisTy- ing the demands of social justicfe t i- will only aggravate the tension -and conflict, if nothing more is done.*. * * /* ^; THE REAL TASK, as I see " The A.D.L. has been lauded by J. threefold: to provide massive job^efp- j-- u ._j v.. T..,IJ-_.- T-_. portunities for the under-privileged, white and Negro alike; to upgrade; (fie level of schooling everywhere,'and flot merely to equalize the mediocrity; tury of fighting discrimination, you a nd to help reconstitute the Negro Edgar Hoover and by Presidents Tru man, Eisenhower and Kennedy. In addressing the A.D.L. recently, President Johnson said: "In your half-cen have never tired, you have never faltered, you have never lost faith in your cause, and your cause has given faith to your nation . . . Wherever'your DR. BERTRAM McGARRTTY family with the father at the head and the mother at home with the children.. Tearing down physical slums means absolutely nothing, unless the psycfip- torches burn, tolerance, decency and logical and spiritual slums' are also charity have bean illuuminated. Bigots eradicated. i? and bias hide whenever you come into It is the most enormous internal view. But you are more than anti- problem our nation has'ever fad. prejudice. You are pro-justice and We must pay' the price for a cennjry yourare pro-freedom." o f neglect, and that pries will ha^e MYRON BLUMBERG to be a high one, not merely in monjy, 110 Pme Ave. but in national mood as well. '*'

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