Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 6, 1968 · Page 25
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 25

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, March 6, 1968
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HOLMES ALEXANDER ESTABLISHED 1870 Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS the AP ti tnlillt d exeluiiv«ly1o Ihe use for republicotion of oil Jofol nf wj printed in thii newipoprr 01 well os all AP n e w s dispatches. MEMBER OF UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHED BY THE CITIZEN PUBLISHING CO. Mail: Box 5027, Tucson, 85703 Telephone: 622-5855 Losing Planes By Enemy Action WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1968 PAGE 26 The Travesty Of The Olympics The intent and purpose of the Olympic Games are · forgotten today, when nations and athletes of the world use the games as a weapon in their fight over political .and racial ideologies. Thirty-two African nations and at least seven other nations plan to boycott the 19th summer Olympic games in Mexico City unless an invitation to South Africa to participate in the games is withdrawn. Russia has issued a sharply worded warning that carries the implication that the Soviet Union and the Communist bloc countries might withdraw unless the - admission of South Africa, a nation which advocates separation of races, is reconsidered. And in the United States, track star Tommie Smith is leading a Negro movement to boycott the United .'. States' Olympic team as a protest against discrimination. Other Negro athletes, including Lew Alcin- : ,,dor, will not compete because they "don't have time." All of t,his, as well as other international ill feeling that results from Olympic maneuvering, w o u l d b e · shocking to Baron Pierre De Coubertin, founder of the 'modern games. ; Baron De Coubertin saw the revival of the ancient .'.. Greek Games, which hadn't been held for 1500 years, as sports competition in which "every nation should be in- vited to participate." ' Further, the games' purpose was to allow the great athletes of the world to compete in a "spirit of peace \and friendship for the honor of their country and for the glory of sports." South Africa, regardless of its political or racial attitudes, should be allowed to join the nations of world in athletic competition. And at home, Tommie Smith, Lew Alcindor and others should be proud to compete in the Olympics. Racial boycotts and politics make a travesty of the -Olympics and the purposes for which the games were revived. A Woman's Right Bills which would liberalize the conditions under .which a woman may undergo a legal, .therapeutic abor- : .,tion are going nowhere in the Arizona Legislature. Identical bills are languishing in various committees in the House and Senate and probably will not be brought to a vote in either chamber. The bills should be passed. But several factors have - led to their apparent death. Among them are: -- The lack of unified support from the Arizona Medical Association. -- The overwhelming opposition by the Roman Catholic Church. -- A feeling in the Senate that, the House should be jhe leader in abortion legislation this year. The Senate was the prime mover -- for as far as the bill went -.last year. The bills are patterned after laws that ,have been passed in recent years in Colorado, California and North Carolina. At least six other states are considering similar bills. There are legitimate reasons for aborting a birth -reasons that are covered in the bill. No woman should · be forced to bear a child if her physical or mental health is impaired. Nor should she be forced to bear a child conceived in an act of rape or incest. Nor should a mentally or physically incompetent be forced to bear a child. The bill clearly protects doctors and hospitals from being compelled to perform or to allow an abortion to be performed. And the measure makes it mandatory that cases of rape and incest resulting in an abortion be reported to law enforcement agencies. This is the second year that an abortion bill has been introduced. Traditionally, bills involving social changes take years to become laws. Arizona will approve a liberalized abortion law some day. Nationally, that's an accelerating trend. It's regrettable, however, that Arizona will not be in the forefront of this trend toward progressive and necessary legislation. DEA7S7S THE MENACE 9 ' \ KT «=J *I FOUND THE CASE AtfSRND IN THE ALLEY. AN'J TMESWPOW, t You would rightly be alarmed to read a headline "Tliree of oui H-bombers are missing by enemy action." This is exactly what happened -- the Soviet Union has finally succeeded in "talking down," not shooting down our Strategic Air Command's airborne alert out of the sky. The Soviet effort began two years ago when a SAC bomber Jost four H-boinbs off the coast of Spain, and the effort intensified in February when SAC lost four more when a B-52 crashed in Greenland. For SAC these were embarrassing accidents, and for the Kremlin they were propaganda opportunities. The Russian government, joined by the pacifist and anti-American press, set up a howl for the grounding of our H-bomb planes, not more than three of which are customarily aloft. Two points are pertinent here: national sovereignty and national security. On the first, the American citizen will want to ask, "Who decides the foreign policy of the U.S.A?" Unfortunately, there has been much doubt for many y e a r s whether the President and Secretary of State are still our ultimate policy-makers. The ple- thora of 40-odd entangling alliances has taken a lot of initiative away from the White House and State Department. It is now acknowledged history that the British objection to broadening the Korean conflict caused President Truman to play for stalemate instead of victory. The largest entanglement of all, our membership in the UN, has thwarted actions that might have been taken on our own initiative. A nation's sovereignty is on the road to erosion when friendly outsiders call the tune, and for a hostile outsider to do so is nothing short of a sotto voce ultimatum. Whose bombers are these B-52s, anyhow? Shall we heed the Russian protests or our own will? Right or wrong, we cannot give up the command of our air-fleets without giving up much else. Beyond that, the American public needs to know how much reliance we place in the airborne alert. Is national security protected by keeping H-armed planes in flight? As recently as January 22, the Defense Department placed great reliance in the airborne alert, and regarded it as integral to the safety of the na- tion. That was the date of Defense Secretary McNamara's seventh and final annual report, to the Senate Armed Services Committee. In this 213-page statement, he reiterated in depth his thesis that the USA was defensible in nuclear war only by his so-named deterrence of Assured Destruction. We must maintain, he said, a mixed striking force of missiles and manned bombers which could utterly shatter the Soviet Union even after this country had received the first nuclear strike. Underground missiles and possibly underwater missiles in submarines might be destroyed, but planes in the air would remain invulnerable--the one sure deterrence. Also, an airborne plane is the one H-bomb carrier that can be recalled in flight in event of a false alarm. The Johnson administration has in hand some technological rationalizations as to why the airborne alert could be safely cancelled, and I expect to give them in a later column. But, in fact, our leaders are listening to the Russian leaders. And, in effect, we are close to performing another phase of disarmament in order to placate a mortal enemy. Copyright 196» ROSCOE DRUMMOND Impact Of Romney's Withdrawal The impact of George Romney's abrupt svithdrawal from ihe presidential race will be felt right down to the first ballot a.t the Republican National Convention. At crucial points the effects will be different than they now appear on the surface. ON ROCKEFELLER -- O n the surface it looks like a liability to the cause of a Rockefeller nomination to have Romney scratch his entry before a single primary has been held. The theory of some Rockefeller supporters was that the longer Romney stayed in the race the better it would be for Rocky on the ground that he wouldn't be giving the more conservative Republicans much time to organize against him. This strategy was always much too slick, much too cute. It is better for Rockefeller to have to face imminently the decision as to whether he is going to encourage and help to bring about his own nomination. Now that the man he wanted to nominate has withdrawn, there is no doubt in my mind that Gov. Rockefeller is benefit- ted by the very necessity of having to come out from behind his non-candidacy and define his stand on crucial issues in up-to-date terms. I don't mean that his non-candidacy has been a pose. He meant it and proved it by his backing Romney un- stinttngly. But the Rockefeller advocates can't nominate a non-candidate. The issues cry out for outspoken ART BUCHWALD men and a coy and non-outspoken Rockefeller would be un- itrue to himself and unworthy of the nomination. My guess is that in due course Rockefeller will openly permit his supporters to go after delegate support and that he will become a declared candidate. ON NIXON -- On the -urface it looks as though Richard Nixon is a beneficiary of the Romney withdrawal. Romney's action is certainly a recognition that he didn't have a breath of a chance of defeating Nixon in any of the primaries and that the outlook in New Hampshire was hopeless. But the reality is that Rommey's withdrawal hurts Nixon, Measure the difference between these two headlines on the day after the New Hampshire primary: Nixon Crushes Romney in First Primary. T h a t would have been the headline if Romney had stayed in. But now it will read: Nixon Gets Big Vote. Nixon has said quite frankly t v ~ * his greatest need is to overcome the image of being a loser and that the only way he can free himself from this image is to become a winner in the primaries against all comers. But Nixon can't become a big winner with no major, declared candidate to de feat. That's why he needed Romney in the primaries. Winning against somebody would almost certainly help Nixon in the polls against President Johnson. Winning against nobody won't help much, if at all. That's why Romney's withdrawal is a handicap to Nixon. ON ROMNEY -- Romney has made the most with a wise and well-timed decision. He could see that his candidacy was moving backwards, not forward. His weakness as a presi- d e n t i a 1 candidate stemmed mostly from his own deficiencies. New Hampshire Republicans just did not see him as an adequate future president. His withdrawal showed him at his best --gracious, forthright, courageous. He has preserved his maximum influence on the choice of the Republican nominee, and all the evidence indicates that he hopes the GOP governors will rally behind Nelson Rockefeller and that he intends to wort, to that end. ON THE GOVERNORS Most of the 26 Republican governors are moderate, pragmatic political leaders who want to nominate a candidate most likely to defeat LBJ. The great majority feel that man is Rockefeller. They can be expected to mount a concerted campaign for Rockefeller in the next few weeks. Nixon is continuing to earn his position as an intellectually worthy and leading candidate for the GOP nomination. But if the polls show he is more likely to lose to Johnson, than to win, many Republicans are going to have second thoughts and they will be focused on Rockefeller. Copyright 1561 Going l/p, Please President Lyndon Johnson had one of his better days last Thursday. He was stuck in an elevator in the Pentagon for 12 minutes and finally had to crawl up and out with retiring Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. Ordinarily, this could have been a very embarrassing situation for the Commander-in-Chief, but, fortunately, a contingency plan had been worked out for just such an occasion. As soon as it was announced that the President had been stuck in the elevator, a White House background press briefing was called. Walt Rostow. the President's aide, told reporters that the President had been planning for some time to get stuck in a Pentagon elevator, and it came as no surprise to anyone in the government that if had happened at t h i s time. "The fact that the President was only stuck for 12 minuies is proof that the faulty elevator failed to accomplish its mission. We consider this the death rattle for ail the elevators in the Pentagon." At the very moment that Roslow \vas holding his backgroun- der. Dean Rusk was being questioned about the elevator at a press conference at the State Department. He said: "Instead of you reporters writing about one bad elevator that went wrong, why don't you write about all the other elevators that were working at that time? Why don't you print something good about American elevators for a change, rather than always pointing'out what's wrong with them?" A reporter said the fact that the President's elevator wasn't working was news; the fact that the other elevators were working wasn't news. Flushed, Rusk turned to the reporter and said. "Whose side are you on?" Gen. Earle Wheeler, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that more troops would have to be provided for the elevators and he said the military leaders advocated the calling up of all elevator reserves. Meanwhile back at the Senate, Senators Fulbright and Morse chastised the administration for escalating the elevator when it got stuck. Fulbright said the President should have sent the elevator down instead of up. Morse, on the other hand, said the elevator shouldn't have been there in the first place. V i c e P r e s i d e n t Hubert Humphrey, who was speaking in Chicago again, told the Optimists'Club: "Nobody wants to get out of a stuck elevator more than the President. But at the same time Mr. Johnson lias made a commitment to the Free World which he i r ' , ..Is to honor; and if this means getting stuck in a Pentagon elevator, he will do it, because he believes it is the right thing to do. During the 12 minutes that the President was stuck in the elevator, Lou Harris took a poll with the following results: Sixty-seven per cent said they thought the President was doing a good job running the Pentagon elevators, 20 per cent thought someone else could do a better job and 13 per cent said they had ''no opinion." When asked if the President should get out of thr elevator, 35 per cent said he should get out, 34 per cent said he should stay in and 31 per cent said they didn't think it would make any difference. During the wait, the President turned to Secretary McNamara and said: "Well, Bob, what thft h-- happened now?" And Secretary McNamara is said to have replied in a halting voice full of emotion: "Mr. President, I cannot find words to express what lies in my heart today. I think I had better respond on another occasion." Copyright 1J4I WAITING Letters To The Editor WE MUST NOT SEVER OUR GOLDEN TIES To the Editor: I wish to respond to a letter which appeared in the Citizen of Feb. 19 Joyce Finch RN (of Scottsdale) directed her remarks to Dr. Dermont Melick, concerning his beliefs on the current trend in nursing education. The letter exemplifies an unfortunate posture displayed by some nurses who flatly tell doctors "hands off nursing." Today nurses strive for higher status. One can understand how zeal, applied to surmount former supressing factors, can tend to result in over-action. Yet, in h a c k i n g away at former shackles we must not inadvertently sever our golden ties. While nursing exists for the care of patients, it remains dependent upon doctor-nurse interrelationship. Nurses who seek absolute self-regulation, devoid of the doctors' view of nursing, grasp pseudo-emancipation. Harmonious performance of the doctor - nurse team is achieved because of mutual respect, professional behavior, and a high standard of ethics and must retain these elements. A nurse who chafes under this system is no friend of nursing. Nursing, like every element in our society today, is at its crossroads. Everything about nursing is being restructured. The doctor is in a unique position to evaluate the results of new nursing methods. Certainly his vantage point (if not his very position) should be honored when he reflects upon trends in the mode of education for a nurse. . . . Nurses are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Melick so willingly devoting his constructive energies on behalf of nursing in Arizona. To women in nursing who may not applaud such · *rcrm-t» f+* \ · Arizona Citizen Sixty-Two Years Ago in the Old Pueblo TUCSON, ARIZONA TERRITORY, MARCH 7, 1906 City News In Paragraphs With Harry A. Drachman, George F. Kitt and Robert Vail as guests, Sol. J. Ryttenburg yesterday in a Buick automobile climbed the steep and rocky road that leads to the Carnegie Laboratory. The climb was made to demonstrate the merits of the car. Mr. Ryttenburg had made the assertion that his machine would go anywhere that a horse and buggy could. The hill leading to the Carnegie Laboratory was mentioned. The machine made the climb without a balk or buck. Mr. Ryttenburg stated that the hill was the roughest he had ever attempted to climb with either a machine or a burro. Three sprinkling wagons and four garbage carts will be added to the city's line of vehicles. The contract for the wagons was awarded to the F. Ronstadt Company. The water wagons will cost ?450 each, and the cost of the garbage carts will be ?200 each. This will allow of additional street sprinkling and a much larger area will be covered by the city garbage carts. The width of Congress street from Church street to the western city limits has been established at 80 feet. The sidewalks are 12 feet oh each side. Compiled by Yndia Smalley Moore, Citizen historical editor praise, I would urge: Let us not learn too late that we have emancipated ourselves into oblivion. BETTE CLEMONS R.N. Phoenix FIVE-MAN BOARD OF SUPERVISORS To the Editor: I read with interest your Feb. 26 editorial about a five-man board of supervisors, and I wondered why you so belatedly endorse an increase of our board of supervisors from three to five, with its undoubted increased cost to the taxpayers of Pima County. You have gone along with, \l not openly supported, this presently Republican-controlled state legislature as an economy measure in its cuts to our university. You have suddenly ba- come concerned over lack of representation of the board from the community of Ajo, a Democratic stronghold if there was o n e . . . . Why don't you come clean and say the Republican Party wants control of the Pima County Board of Supervisors and let the taxpayers go to pot? . . . . MAURICE B. GODDARD 3328 S. 9th Ave. PEOPLE URGED TO WRITE SENATORS To the Editor: I have before me your very excellent editorial of Jan. 30, "A Better Way To Save Gold," -which I cut out and saved. There are many valid objections to the dangerous bill to lower our 25 per cent gold backing of our paper money. . . There are so many hazards in this suicidal measure that I urge people to write their senators. The news reported that it passed the House, so our last chance is the Senate. MRS. PEGGY CHURCH 123 Sherwood Village Dr. 'DON'T ASK QUESTIONS, SLEEPING BEAUTY--YOU'RE LUCKY A HANDSOME PRINCE KISSED YOU AWAKE IN THE FIRST PLACE! 1

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