Independent from Long Beach, California on February 21, 1964 · Page 35
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 35

Long Beach, California
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Friday, February 21, 1964
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Dressed for Company EDITORIAL Welcome, Mr. President ; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA extends a · ; cordial welcome to Lyndon John- · son, who is making his first visit to '· this area since taking the oath as Presi- '. dent of the United States. '·'$ Even the 'weather has cooperated, i «ffering the sort of windstorms til · Teians know so well and even look upon with a certain pride. If it took a Texas-type wind to waft the President into these precincts, let's have such winds more often. The President meets here for a two-day conference with Adolfo Lopez !atws, President of Mexico, To President Ma tcos, likewise, we doff our sombrero. He will no doubt feel right "It home in an area whose culture is rooted so deeply in Spanish and Mexican tradition, whose history«is so closely linked with Mexico, and whose population contains so many Mexican names and faces. Mexico is, of course, this country's -jfosest neighbor to the South. It is a !testimony to the good feeling between ;ll«iico and the United States that ·Jheir most serious disagreement at the. Tjnoment centers on the saltiness of "water flowing from the Gila River into the Colorado River and thence through Mexican agricultural lands. · True, the two nations have disagreed in the past on the proper diplomatic attitude to assume toward Communist Cuba. Despite Mexican diplomatic recognition of Castro, however, there has never been serious reason to believe that Mexico sympathizes with the Castro regime. In the final analysis, Mexico is considered a firm ally in the defense of the hemisphere against encroachments from abroad. How to make this defense more effective is, of course, a question requiring thorough and frank discussion between the two governments. No one expects monumental decisions from a two-day conference, but this friendly meeting of the Presidents of Mexico and the United States is an important gesture of good vrffl, creating even stronger ties and better understanding. Such meetings within the hemisphere should occur more frequently. Had they occurred more often in the past, the relations of the United States with certain other Latin American countries might be much more satisfactory today. i American Puritanism · AMERICAN PURITANISM expresses .»-· itself in fads. * Right now the fad is to oppose -jmokir.g. Nobody seems to be worry- *{ng about booze or gambling, and what formerly was considered sexual mis- , conduct by everyone now gets rather -jolerant treatment in some national "fcagazines. The Seven Deadly Sins and j jour or five of the Ten Commandments lire considered by many to be obsolete. -V- But smoking! There ought to be a law! In the past, the puritans have declaimed against and tried to prohibit ·rifmost everything that seemed to give rpleasure. Under the ban from time to time have been liquor, gambling, card~ playing without wagers, dancing, short skirts, low-necked dresses, coffee, tea, -movies (especially on Sunday), many . books. Puritans as a class do not worry -Trrach about gluttony, but'they from -^ifne to time get suspicious of various 'foods. Fats, condiments, chewing gum, ,ven toothpaste have been seen as *V uses of various ills. Why do Americans art this way? There is in our national character two conflicting traits. We are lusty pleasure seekers who tend to go to excess. We have founded our civilization in large part on pleasure. Study advertisements: Their basic emphasis is on pleasure, luxury, comfort, elegance, "the good life." We are also historically a sternly religious people who know that these values are secondary. We believe that self-discipline, integrity, courage and freedom are worth all it costs to get and keep them. We want to sample all the fleshpots of this world and enjoy heaven too. So our consciences hurt. We salve the hurt from time to time by proclaiming against this or that sin. But the puritan conscience tends to ask the wrong questions. It asks, "What is bad for us?" It should ask, "What is good for us?" When a person can decide how he should live, rather than how he should not live, he is on the threshbold of the Good Life. ^Security, It's Wonderful! '·THE YOUNG American has always -'. been told that if he wants to get .ahead, he must work a little harder g»r)d faster than the neit fellow. X " If you've been giving that advice ·"to your son, don't let him see that news item about the National Labor Relations Board's ruling in a case involving a builder and a carpenters' union in the San Francisco area. Some of th« union men were work"WALTER T. RIDDER ing so energetically t h a t they put others in a bad light The slower workers complained. The union fined the fast workers for exceeding union work quotas. When the matter came before it, the NLRB ruled that a labor union can indeed fine its members for working too f a s t . . . Security, it's wonderful! -- if you don't happen to be ambitious. ; Lack of Money for Travel | Handicaps U.S. Diplomats DREW PEARSON LBJ 5 Mexican Chief Sure to Discuss Cuba Situation I, f I w»Mi*ta IOTH JAVASHINGTON--One often ··2 wonders w h e t h e r the '-American government Isn't ft times penny-wise and ~ round-foolish. On my recent -Jrip abroad I discovered that *4j\ many areas our diplomats »Jre not getting around the ^country in which they are ·Assigned simply because no *JraveI funds i are available, RIDDER It is a truism all over t h e w o r l d that the capital city does -.not represent t h e thinking and ambitions cf a country. -To know a country, the say- Ir.g goes, ene has to get out cf the capital and trivet to iorae ct the provincial towns and hamlets. Yet this is pre- -'eJitfy what our diplomats are not doing and too often fl-.e reason is that not enough money has been appropriated for the purpose of letting them jet around a httle. Thousands opon thousands of dollars lie around in many of the foreign countries in so-caned local currencies or counterpart t o n d f. They could be osed for travel and for the education of our ob- ttrvers ia those countries. but under present congressional rules they are unavailable. The net result is that our ambassadors and other embassy officials are fastened down to the capitals and are unable to make trips into the field. In large countries such a policy is simply idiocy. The State Department cannot get accurate and discerning reports from people who are imprisoned in their own embassies or in a capital city. Yet our budgetary practices are such that far too many of our diplomats have no chance to know the country In which they are Irving. We were rectntry in ene of the major cities of a foreign country. We were reliably told that not one official from the American embassy had visited that city within the past IS months. When we checked th« *tory, we found it was true and the reason was that not enough money had been appropriated to allow embassy officials to travel very extensively. The same restrictions on travel funds art {a effect here Ia Washington. W« know of one division of the State Department where at least six mea dealing with the problems of specific countries have never been to the country with which they are dealing. While Congress has, quite rightly, been extremely lavish in voting travel funds for its members, it shows a curious penuriousness when it comes to voting the same amounts for people whose business it is to travel The failure to give e n o u g h money to let our representatives aboard see what's going on in the countries to which they are assigned is in many ways forcing our foreign policy to fly blind. On numerous occasions, Congress has loudly asked why the United States government was caught by surprise by this or that development or why we don't know what's going on la other countries. One of the- reasons is that our diplomats are not able to travel, are penned into their capital city bailiwicks and lose contact with what's going on save in diplomatic circles. Travel alone won't of rourse do the trick, but at least our representatives in foreign countries ought to be allowed to see something of the nation to which they are accredited. It would do cs goal within that country and would certainly improve the rtporting back to Washington. WASHINGTON--The most important result which could come out of the Johnson-Lopez Mateos talks is a new tack in our relations with Fidel Castro. The subject is almost certain to be' discussed. The President of Mexico is in the unique position where he is a good friend of the United S t a t e s and has reasonably friendly r e l a t i o n s with Cuba. He personally has no kve for the g r a n dstand- ing C u b a n leader, but PEARSON his country, is sympathetic to the Cuban uprising because Mexico went through somewhat the same social revolution itself in 1910 when it seized American property, just as Castro has done, and had even bloodier relations with the United States. During the period following the Mexican revolution. Pancho Vffla raided across the border, robbing, pillaging, killing IS Americans at Columbus. Nil The great cattle ranches cf Americans were seized. The armies of Madero, Obrtgon, Carranza, and Huerta fought back and forth, with American citizens, property, and goodwill caught in between. For some twenty years, relations between the United States and Mexico could hardly have been worse. Lopez Mateos knows this, therefore understands the bitterness between C u b a and the United States better than any other Pan-American leader. There have been discreet queries by Mexico ia the past suggesting the possibility of using its good offices to straighten out relations between its two neighbors. But the State Department has been cooL * · · # HOWEVER, certain new factors have developed inside Cuba which eventually will change the picture. Here are some of them: 1. Castro has stated publicly that he wants to improve relations with the United States. He stated this even in a speech in Moscow last May. 2. President Dorticos of Cuba, who doesn't always like Castro, has confided to foreign diplomats that Cuba must resume relations with the United S t a t e s . The U.S.A. is too close, and its trade is too important, he said. He made the further statement that Cuba would be willing to pay for American property seized. 3. The Russians are getting weary of paving the foreign aid bill to Cuba -just as the American taxpayers are weary of foreign aid. There have been broad hints to the United States by Russian leaders that they hope Cuba and the United States can patch up their differences. Upcoming VS. elections make it difficult for any American president, no matter what his politics, to accept any compromise settlement with Cuba. Nevertheless, with our close allies the British and the French coming to Fidel Castro's economic rescue, it looks as if he is going to be around for some time, and the good offices of a friendly President of Mexico might be helpfuL HOUSE parliamentarian Lew Deschler, a longtime friend of LBJ, points out a new Johnson economy. For years, Johnson always signed his name with a large scrawl, but he has reduced the size of his sig- nature by about half since entering the White House. "Obviously," says Deschler, "he is trying to save ink." STRICTLY PERSONAL ' : There Are Only V Problem Parents By SYDNEY J. HARRIS One of tht corniest, but truest, of social-work sayings a generation ago was: "There are no illegitimats children--there are eoly illegitimate parents." In the intervening time, much of the stigma has been . removed from illegitimacy, which is an to the good. Now It may be time to propose another saying along the same lines: There ar« no problem 1 children -- there are only problem parents." This is a much more bitter piH for us to swallow. The very phrase "problem child" seems to place the roots of the disturbance within the child himself; but we know by now that (except for a small minority of extreme cases) the disturbance originates in the relationship between parents and child. HARRIS The world is full of problem parents. Some of-the more concerned and intelligent ones, whose problems have rubbed off on the children, are seeking help for these children. But few are seeking help for themselves, or even thint they need it. if if if IT IS ESPECIALLY HARD when onry one out cf three or four children is disturbed. "It can't be us." say the parents. "Look at the other children--they're perfectly normal and happy." But all children have different levels of sensitivity. and different ways of coping with parental problems. Some show symptoms early, and some late. Some attack. and some withdraw. Some appear to be "perfectly normal* unto late adolescence, and then the troubles break through on a massive and unexpected scale. Then there is the question of *b!ame.' ? Once parents have been brought to the realization that their own neurotic difficulties have been transmitted to the child. they tend to blame themselves or each other. But "blaming" Is a moral category, not a psychological one. and belongs ia the chapel rather than in the clinic. WHY "BLAME" A PARENT for what he has done to a child, when that parent is acting under the Influence of unconscious forces that reflect his own childhood? Why not blame the parent's parent? And the parent's parent's parent? And all the way back to Adam and Eve for rearing a son who killed his brother. The only way to break this chain of recrimination is to admit that we are not wholly free in what we. do or do not do. and that responsibility to our chfwrea begins by purging ourselves of our own infantile reactions. In a deep sense, there are no "good" parents or ?tad" parents. There are only those who are tuned in and those who are tuned out--cot merely to their children, but to themselves as welt Strictly Business *! can't approve your expense account, Arjyle, but we'd like (o boy tht fiction right! to ItT AS PRESIDENT Johnson meets Mexico's President Lopez Mateos, border trouble between the two countries has been all but wiped out. Immigration Commissioner Ray Farrell, who heads the border patrol, has reported to the President that our southern border is now as peaceful as our northern border. · "Courtesy and cooperation" along both borders, he reported, have been high. As an example, the Immigration Service helped arrange for a group of Mexican orphans and musicians to visit California's Disneyland last year. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald C. Grimm, who accompanied the children, wrote a warm thank-you letter to the Immigration Service, reporting that the Mexican children were "thrilled." "Above all," wrote the Grimms, "they will cherish the memory cf how Americans opened up their hearts and homes to those of another nation. It was evident at the time of departure, by the embraces and tears, that both countries benefited by this visit. ""Four of the group win have their musical education guaranteed. One blind fellow is to be taken to our best eye specialist, since there is a possibility that his sight can be restored in one eye." At Brownsville. Tex, immigration officials recently permitted busloads of Mexican musicians; to cross the border and shop in Brownsville without red tape and individual inspection. T h e grateful orchestra leader. Marques Salvador, also wrote a letter expressing his "sincere appreciation for the facilities and attention that we received during our brief stay. "AH the members of the orchestra," he wrote, "remember you gratefully, and are sending you their most cordial greetings." · · · · THE J O I N T Chiefs cf Staff are alarmed over the quiet infiltration by Communist organizers into Thailand from neighboring Laos. Thai leaders seem remarkably indifferent to this communist threat which is gradually taking over the villages in the northern hinterlands. The Red organizers wander from village to village, handing out free medicine with an accompanying dose of Communist propaganda. They have also promised the villagers money in return for help In taking over vil- TOWN MEETING You're Right EDITOR: In The Independent for Tuesday, February II, there appeared a front-page article dealing with the rioting of Greek students in Athens protesting the VS.-British Cyprus plan. Th story, though dealing with Greeks in Athens exclusively, was headed "Cyprus Y o u t h s Riot." This is but the latest example of "sloppy" journalism in your two publications. This "sloppiness" is most probably a result of carelessness. Carelessness, however, should not be tolerated in any newspaper office. D. H. TRENDELL 5466 E. Ocean Explains Position on Housing Art EDITOR: Why have the majority of Realtors in the Torrance- Lomita area supported the petition designed to ultimately outlaw forced-housing legislation? ' The answer is simply that they believe that a vita! issue affecting property rights should be a decision of the majority. The initiative provides for law-making by the majority. The concept of majority rule is too well established in this country to be cause for a r g u m e n t . The issue of forced housing can be argued, and H should be. After the initiative qualifies for the ballot, the people caa debate and then express their opinions at the polls. This right distinguishes this country from many others. Some may say that the . State Legislature does repre- Agrees With Article Attacking JFK -;, DEAR SIR: '-[ Aside from the fine'·edi- torials by Mr. L. A, Coffins. from time to time, your pa per" has definitely identified itself as a "radical left- wing" sympathizer and advocate. There are many people la this country, aside from members of the John Birch Society, who agree with the statements as set forth by Prof. Revito P. Oliver, of the University of Illinois, and I am sure that he could, if necessary, present documentation to substantiate every statement that" he made. ' +* The "radical left-wing- does not hesitate to speak in any manner it sees fit cf Richard Nixon or Barry Goldwater but when one of their "own" (JFK) is criti- cised, it is a "horse of a different color." I'l There is some contention that we "must not speak in of the dead." Since history speaks only of the dead and does not hesitate to ten the truth about the evil act! of Judas. MadiaveHo. Chart g- his Khan. Napoleon- and Benedict Arnold, etc.'.why should not the true story cf Jack Kennedy be told. 'While the American public deplores the tragedy of the assassination, it is finding very nauseating the continued effort! of the news and communications media, to make a "saint" and a "martyr" exit of one of the most ruthless politicians ever to occupy a place in our government. C- MR. 4MRS.C.V-D. MORRISON 900 Santiago Ave. U.S. Hcallh ^s'tr m m^ner l and e ^: TTian Olymplin manner r- ^JJJJQJJ. I wonder if those practicing voodooisra under th« A.MA, who have been telling us we are the healthiest people on earth, have been counting the gold medali our muscle mea did not bring home from'the winter Olympics. DON ANDERSON 729 Washington PL l«e the bulent atmosphere in which the Rumford Act was en- »cted; and, the overwhelming acceptance of the petition by the people of the state gh es very strong indication! that the act is very unpopular with the voters. Majority opinion can only be determined at the polls. It is* right that the dictates of the majority, and only the majority, should becom* commands to the individual. Let us speak, and let aH people express their opinions at the polls -- it is the most precious right yet to be enjoyed by free individuals m a free country. DELMAR WRIGHT, President Torrance-Lomita Board -of Realtors K «. «j»«r M. N«m _ ··tata t.~* tnafn |«» Mom I. Von Mjiunr i*n . Mmmmn in «M Trt. m «f TK l »«"»»«·« ·» «·»

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