Independent from Long Beach, California on April 2, 1962 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Monday, April 2, 1962
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P«g* 8-2--INDEPENDENT ttKk. CM*. MM. AJfil I 1*1 In The Waiting Room EDITORIAL Apathy-Old, Old Nominee for Czar of the Ballot Box "APATHY, that saddest of all political iv campaigners, threatens again this "June 5 primary to be the biggest vote Manipulator of all. ^ To prevent the traditional ballot box .-."fix" of this undesirable requires only 'a simple act of personal citizenship-registering to vote. And then voting. Registration, if not already done, must be done by April 12. That's the deadline to be eligible to vote June 5. With the close of candidate filing last Friday there appear to be enough interesting races and issues for everyone. Although the primary may be . passed off by some as merely a party affair in which parties make their nominations for the November sweepstakes event, the primary is really a vital preliminary in this two-part exercise in democracy. Although Craig Ilosmer is unopposed for the GOP nomination for reelection to Congress, Democrats have a two-man contest with W. Bud de- Cannis and Joseph .1. Johovich contending. . There are free rides for 44th Assem- ly District candidates: Incumbent Joe Kcnnick, Democrat; Bill Richardson. Republican, and William J. Scalf, Prohibitionist. But there's a hot one at hand in the new 39th A.D. (formerly Bill Grant's 70th). Republicans have a four-man contest w i t h George Deukmejian, James A. Hayes, Charles M. Garrison and Alvin G. Miller. Three Democrats are making the fight: William J. Pcakc, Bert B. Bond and Kenneth W. Applegate. * + .-¥· High drama contests arc also available in the statewide contests: Shell versus Nixon for the GOP gubernatorial, the Kuchel-Wright-Jarvis tussle for U.S. Senate, the Glenn Anderson- Bill McKesson set-to for the Demo lieutenant governor nomination, to name only a few. And then, · if names are not your interest, consider the millions of dollars at issue in bond issues on which you have the privilege, right and duty to make judgment. It'll be a good day June 5--if YOU vote. KREMLIN POPPET HARRIS Progress Can Be Charming DRE w PEARSON Oklahoma Congressman's Travel Bill Was $81 a Day THE DECISION of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to build the Saturn II space vehicle ^boosters in Seal Beach instead of Florida is another step ahead for one of the .most pleasant communities on the "South Coast. Less than a decade ago, Seal Bench was torn by civic strife. Rival factions . sought power, citizens who chose to ".speak out as free men were subjected .to economic retaliation and even (he "police force was utilized for partisan . advantage. Cause of the strife--gam- "hling. Seal Beach was an object lesson in the harm that legalized draw poker ; can do to a city. Fortunately, that is past. The decent clement prevailed and gambling was · banned. Since that decision. Seal Beach . has flourished. East of Pacific Coast · Highway, a new residential district of · fine homes has been developed. The J business frontage along Main St. has been renovated and expanded. The Naval Net and Ammunition Depot in the south end of the city--where the Saturn II will be built--is important not only for its own facilities, but also because of its proximity to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, Ships coming into drydock can unload ammo quickly and conveniently -- giving the Long Beach Shipyard a competitive edge over similar facilities on this const. Yet for all its progress, it is still possible to find in Seal Beach the warm charm and friendliness of a pre-World War II California beach community. The city has probably the best view of entire San Pedro bay of any community along that crescent. And the rolling surf, unfettered by a breakwater, brings the clean salt smell of the sea to dwellers along its beach frontage. We wish Seal Beach more progress such as is represented by the Saturn decision. But we hope it never entirely loses the friendly beach town atmosphere which is so large a part of its charm. PEARSON DORIS FLEESON Public Wives, First Ladies Need a Neiv Bill of Rights ~ WASHINGTON -- Public people lo bear arms. Simple: life is an accidental business The public wife has a right at be«t, and the public wife lo speak up and even talk is decidedly underprivileged back. i n i t . . . . » She is discussed by the ARTICLE THREE forbids public ad infinilumaniloflcn Ihe quartering nf soldiers in ad hut she is dc- our homes in lime of peace nird the right lo talk back. Man is, according lo Pascal, a trod, hut he is a thinking rrrd. The public man may rvrn think aloud; his wife must he content to be just a rrcd, but never a broken one, of course. Just let her try dodging (lie constituents because slie has a headache. The uncrowned queen of public wives is, of course, the wife of the President, she has hit Ihe jackpot all right hut has found it to be only · a bigger I goldfish · bowl than . she has '·· known before. . This nation . has had all ' kinds of first · different from one another, i but one thing all have in common: Ihe great American public has assumed the · rich! lo tear them to bits. Surely a hill of rights for public wives is in order. The original Dill of Rights , arose out of the kct-n apprehension of the founding fathers thai somtthing very specific needed lo be Mid in the Constitution about human rights in the infant republic. It lends itself well to the situation of Ihe public wife. Article One protects religious belief, free speech, free assemblage and the right of petition. Suggested Article One: Tht public wife has the right to be hm* If. Article Two allows the M.KIISON ladies, very and only under prescribed rules in limes of war. Could could this he translated into rules that the public wife is entitled lo reasonable limitations on Ihe public hospitality and the political travel she is obliged lo assume? Article Four secures the people against unreasonable search and seizure. Kasy: There shall be harsh penalties levied against snoopers into the private life of the public wife. Comes now the famous Fifth which insures against double jeopardy, sclf-incri- mination and being deprived of life, liberty and projierty without due process of law. Should not the public, wife enjoy safeguards of her good repute? Articles Six and Seven tpdl out such rights in trim- in, il and common law, including jury trial and confrontation of w i t n e s s e s . Criticism of the public wife should be confined lo the light of day. Article Might forbids excessive bail, fines and ciud and unusual p u n i s h m e n t . The public wife should he e x c u s e d from trying to please all of the people, all of \he lime. Article Nine ?.ay.s that enumeration of certain rights shall nol he construed to deny or disparage other rights. This opens the door to personal tastes. Let Ihe public wife wear pink If she likes II, and s l e e v e l e s s fthraths If the has the figure for it, and try not lo be spiteful if she has and you haven't. A r t i c l e T e n protects stales' rights. Little can be done here for the wives of the President and Vice President. They must depend on a certain amount of federal- izalinn of the American taste. * · · « THE F O R E G O INT, was written for a ladies luncheon of the United States Chamber of Commerce in I960, about the time that Mrs. Eisenhower, weary of being u gulf widow, borrowed her husband's plane to take her to the strictly feminine diversion of Elizabeth A r d e n ' s A r i z o n n Chance. It seems indicated then and now. WASHINGTON -- Victor Wickcrsham of Oklahoma, the real estate congressman, likes to impress colleagues with the idea that he is still a country boy, despite 18 years of exposure to the big city life of Washington. Wickersham, now 56, boasts in his Congressional Directory biography that he was born on a "farm" in Arkansas, was "reared on a cotton, wheat, and dairy farm" in Oklahoma, and worked for a time on a "wheat and poultry farm" in Kansas. He also makes a point of engaging in such rustic relaxation as throwing watermelon parties in his back yard. However, the Oklahoma congressman doesn't believe in "country living" when it comes to junketing around the world at the taxpayers' expense. He travels first class all the way. slopping at Ihe best hotels and dining high on the hog at the finest restaurants. An expense account filed recenlly wilh the clerk of the House shows that Wick- crsham splurged an average of $81 a day for lodging, meals, and miscellaneous items--all charged up to the taxpayers. He was louring Europe last fall on a NATO inspection junket for the House Armed Services Committee. · * * * THE TOTAL bill for his day-to-day living expenses for 26 days came to $2,101.51. This did not include transportation expenses for approximately four days of travel on commercial airliners, which added lo to an- n t h e r $1.703.67 -- also Si rid / v Rus'ui ess J Ifr "\Vhy dnn'l you tend them · lap* recording «n they ran get Ihe tounrt effect* loo!" c h a r g e d to the tax- p a y e r s . In olher words, aside from travel costs. Wickersham spent at the rate of $45.20 a day for hotel lodging. $22 a day for meals, and $14 a day for miscellaneous expenses. H i s itinerary included France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, Italy. Spain and Ihe United Kingdom. "I have nothing to hide," Wickerham declared when questioned by this column. 'There were no wine, women or song on this trip. I worked hard every day with other members of the com- millee, attending about 00 meetings in various countries for Ihe purpose of checking on how the money we appropriate for NATO is being spent." He did not explain, however, how he happened lo spend considerably more than other members of the committee. * · · · "THE TAXPAYERS got $1.000 worth of value out of every dollar I spenl," he said. "1 might add that I spent $700 of my own money on this trip." W i c k e r s h a m said he couldn't recall exactly, but that he had traveled about four to six days in France and about eight days in Germany. The records show that he spent $.106 for hotel lodging in France and $.101 in Germany, or an average of not less than $43 a day for hotel rooms. He also averaged about $17 a day for meals and $11.50 a day for miscellaneous expenses in the two countries. In Switzerland, where Wickersham reported he had spent "two or three days." the average went up a litlle. There his hotel lodging came to $52.70 a day, his meals averaged $18.25 a day, plus $16.70 a day for miscellaneous. Asked about Ihe whopping lodging bills (you can rent a room in the swankier New- York hotels for less than $20 a day), Wickcrsham said they included "a lot of official phone calls, local and long-distance." which were added lo the room renl. He also maintained that he had picked up the dinner checks for several state department guests, accounting in part for the $22 daily average for meals he rang up in Ihe eight countries he visited. · · * · "ONCE I had three or four servicemen from my district as guests at a meal," he added. "What about Ihe miscellaneous expenses of $11 to $16 a day?" Wickcrsham w-as asked. " was that for?" "Tips, taxi fares, stamps, phone calls and so on." he replied. "Bui you said that the Inmrte calls were added to Ihe hotel lodging hills," he was reminded. "I charged the phone calls to both lodging and miscellaneous." he said. "I worked hard everywhere I went on this trip and I hope you bring this out. instead of criticizing me," said the onetime country- boy from Oklahoma. STRICTLY PERSONAL Psychology Hurt by Popularity By SYDNEY J. HARRIS FREUD ONCE REMARKED TARTLY. "I am not a Freudian." just as Marx is said to have told a friend. "I am not a Marxist." and Einstein rejected his own theory of relativity as applied to morals and social behavior. All great and powerful theories--whether right or wrong--are distorted and vulgarized by their followers; ^ by the time they reach the public, these J3 theories have usually been mangled out of ^* recognition. As a particularly apt example of the sort of thing that made Freud wince, consider the hideously popular word "frustration" today. It is commonly believed that frustration Is a "bad thing." and that the goal of psychiatric treatment Is to "get rid of frustrations." To most people, this sounds as if Freud were advocating the loosening of all repressions and the free acting out of sexual desires. Actually, as a highly moral man.-this was the last thought m Freud's mind. '" ·k if · -k ' · IN TRUTH. THE NEUROTIC is not able-to handle his frustrations in a productive and rational way;. All of us have frustrations: they are an essential part' of life. How we cope with them is the measure of our maturity. And the person who refuses to accept and tolerate certain frustrations needs help as much as the person who is weighed down by them. Another common misuse of psychiatric-terms is "repression." Many persons (even quite educated ones) believe that Freud advocated "getting rid of".repressions --and this, to them, means that he advocated loose morals or uninhibited display of our instinctual drives. He meant nothing of the sort. He irieanTsimply that certain childhood memories are buried deeply in the unconscious, where they tend to shape and control our adult behavior, so that our feelings do not correspond to the present reality. * * * "GETTING RID OF" these repressions'means bringing them up to the conscious level and seeing them for what they are--archaic remnants of childhood wounds and wishes. When we are able to do this, we are no longer slaves to our unconscious past. It has nothing at all to do with acting "unreprcssed" or engaging in promiscuous behavior. Even the word "sex" as used by Freud has become narrowed and distorted in popular usage; and even some psychiatrists, such as Reich, took the term in too strict and literal a sense. What Freud meant by "sexuality" was far more, far deeper, far broader, than the sexual act in itself. Popular psychology, like popular religion or popular science, creates more mischief than good; for nothing seems to hurt an idea more than success. HOUSE Republican leaders are so bitter over President Kennedy's medical care for the aged program that they S cna |e Kcvaillllill have ordered GOP members Town Meeting I..A. Bullying on of the education and labor committee to boycott hearings on legislation dealing with other help for aged people. An education and labor subcommittee headed by Rep. Cleveland Bailey of West Virginia, was all set to open hearings in Miami recently on a bill that would establish a commission to coordinate all aids for the aged now divided between the Labor department, the HEW department and other federal agencies. Kimcver. the Miami hearings had to be called off because GOP Congressman Peter Garland of Maine refused to attend, causing the absence of a subcommittee quorum. · · · · TWO OTHER Republican members of the same subcommittee. Peter Frclinghuy- sen of New Jersey and Albert Quie, also are threatening to boycott hearings on the bill planned for Wheeling. W. Va., South Bend. Ind. Detroit, New Brunswick. NJ.. and three California cities--Sacramento, Berkeley and San Diego. Nonetheless, Democratic congressmen say the hearings will be held, with or without Republicans present, and despite the undercover sniping of two-C a d 111 a c Charlie Halleck and John Byrnes, the two GOP leaders who have given orders to sabotage them. TODAY'S QUOTES Prm UlinuIMM WASHINGTON --Carl J. Gilbert, board chairman of the Gillette Co.: "American industry and American labor and American capital can and arc competitive with European industry and there is no reason why, if we devote our talents to the things we can do well in this country, we can't win in any competitive race around the world." .MILTO.V, F?- -- Navy Ensign Paul Hill, who was spared by a tornado which killed 15 persons: "I looked out my window and couldn't believe it. As far as I could see in front of me no buildings were standing." EDITOR: I sat looking o v e r the yard, and my mind wandered back to a scene of long ago. In essence, probably most of you have seen similar ones. I saw a young bully approach a small boy, who was eating a candy bar. The bully tried to persuade the boy to share the candy, but, n a t u r a l l y , the boy wanted to keep what belonged to him. When the bully realized his persuave po'.vcrs were not enough, he threatened bodily harm. The boy's continued refusal to divide brought a mauling by the bully, but, by then, most of the candy was eaten, so Ihe bully got very little. He looked a r o u n d for more worlds to conquer, and saw another boy with half a dozen candy bars in one hand, and eating one from his other hand. Bully's eyes watered, and he suffered hunger pains, but -- alas -Ihe boy with the coveted supply of candy was too big to tackle, so Mr. Bully ' could only turn his back and walk away. Why recount such a trivial sight? I'm reminded of Los Angeles County trying their very best to u p s e t the formula for allocating seats in the State Senate! If they succeed in doing it, will they try to bully California's way into the Uniled States Senate with more seats in that august body? Hardly, that boy is too big for bullying tactics! Have the people of this County forgotten that the Assembly is the place in the State Capitol where population governs the number of Representatives, w h i l e the Senate should be composed of one scat for each County? If a more equitable representation in the Senate is desired, why not give each County a Senator, instead of grouping smaller Counties in a District and giving the District a Senator? Greed shows its ugly head when they see a small boy with a candy bar, but (he more powerful one w i t h more candy is ignored when common sense says its too big to Uekle! J. L, MURPHEY .1516 Katen Ave. Praises Harris Koussrlol, llirrh EDITOR: After reading the ultra left column by the ultra left Drew Pearson about Rev. Hargis, ultra' leader of the ultra right, I.must say I'm glad we lUle men Icfl in our country as Rev. Hargis and John Roussclot. I think Rev. Hnrgls has a good man when he has Rousselot making arrangements for him. My only regret is I can't attend. I think we should hive more committees like'lfie John Birch Society. And more men like U u u s s e l u l - w h o arer.'t ashamed to admit that they belong. As for Rev. Hargis traveling in 3 streamlined, air conditioned bus wilh two b e d r o o m s , at least he doesn't do it il the taxpayers expense like some pco- pie who ride around tKc~ world on jets and hive their pictures taken with the enemies of our country like Nehru and Sukarno. If believing. }n the word of God and knowing that we can't peacefully co-exist w i t h godless communism anymore than God can coexist with Satan, and believing that we shouldn't give our hard earned tax money into foreign aid to tlic enemy, (raining communist pilots in our wonderful country, and wanting the U. N. which outvolcs the U. S. and is' undermining our country, and setting us up for one world rule; and if thinking it is sheer madness to disarm so it will be easier for Ihe communists lo murder us, makes me a right wing fanatic, then nil I can say is I'm glad to be a right-winger,^ a n d furthermore if our country gets more people to wake up and realize wh.ifis happening to our great country, Ihen I in- lend lo leach my children lo Irust in Christ,as Iheir only hope, lo love their country and to be a righlwingcr. TONY SULLIVAN 196,1 Plymoulh. vrvnl liMJI'jl Umri C. ctmriiC L*rrv ·*·« Jr.__ 1_ A. 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