Independent from Long Beach, California on February 1, 1960 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 1, 1960
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Page B-4--INDEPENDENT Lw » ·"*· e » m " "«"·»· *»· «· »«· EDITORIAL 'G'Mawttin', Senator. 9 'G'Day, Congressman. 9 STRICTLY PERSONAL L.B. Participation in Air Age Is a High Stakes Game A LONG-STANDING controversy here is ended by the announcement that Air Force Reserve flying activities are to be removed from Long Beach Municipal Airport. The steady opposition of a section of the local public to continued Reserve flying here was not mentioned in the list of reasons given by military authorities for shifting the units to March Field. But it may well have had something to do with the decision which constitutes, for the time being at least, an economic setback for this community. It means the removal of a multi-million dollar industry. This page, which has not agreed with those who have agitated against the presence of this important defense activity, assumes that the removal decision is irrevocable and does not believe it advisable to rehash the old issues. * * * * RATHER THAN WASTE time on that, the community's leadership must now face up to the necessity of encouraging and working for development of other activities at the airport to replace the heavy Idsses incurred by the departure of the Air Force. In this air age there must be great potentials for developing extensive industrial and air transportation operations at an outstanding airport facility located in the heart of one of the nation's greatest population concentrations. The land area and improvements to be abandoned by the Air Force substantially enlarge the sites available for such a program. Let us quote from Chamber of Commerce Vice President Harry Krusz' challenging appraisal of Long Beach's attitudes and potentials: "An- transportation is a part of the American scheme of things. The city that is not alert in developing these facilities to the fullest extent is neglecting one of its most important facets for economic development and therefore it will never have a fully balanced program until this aspect of community life is included in the overall program. This fact must be faced. . . . It should be recognized that better air service at the airport in Long Beach would receive enthusiastic support from communities in the surrounding area, both in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT IS A PART OF OUR SERVICE RESPONSIBILITY IN PROMOTING THE TRADE OF THIS COMMUNITY." * * * * TlT IS AN unfortunate possibility that some of the same voices which were heard in complaint against the Air Force flying here will be raised against constructive efforts to replace that activity with economically beneficial development of another sort at the airport. The progressive and realistic elements of the community must gird themselves to overcome any such resistance. The stakes are too high to permit personal prejudices and unrealistic fears to stand in the way. When they balloted a few years ago to finance construction of the longer runway at the airport, an overwhelming majority of the community's voting population gave notice that they recognized that this is the air age and they wanted Long Beach to participate, in every reasonable way, in all that it promises in community benefits. A Ruthless Murder Solved SHERIFF PETE PITCHESS' force deserves warm commendation for solving the ruthless murder of a Long Beach high school boy and tracking down and capturing the two confessed slayers. Sheriff's officers' success in this case should help stem the tide of armed robberies that have become almost nightly occurrences in this area, especially in the suburban district where Leonard Moore was killed at a drive-in dairy. This case had the elements, at the start, that made it look as if it would RAY TUCKER prove to be another of the unsolved and unpunished armed hold-ups that have paid off for outlawry and encouraged crime. ' Intensive detective work brought the arrest of the slayers. More of the same sort of effective effort supplied the officers with information which helped bring about full confessions from the prime suspects. It is to be hoped that the courts, where their cases now go, will deal as effectively with them. Farm and Labor Blocs Lose Influence With Politicians WASHINGTON -- T h e abundance of new presidential faces in the Democrats' political gallery is not the only reason for the precon- vention confusion within the oppo- s i t i o n ' s ranks. A n o t h e r d i s t u r b i n g factor is that t h e o n c e p o w e r f u l Tucker bosses with disciplinary authority have disappeared or fallen in stature, and none have arisen to take their place. This demonstration of political mortality, which has had a similar but less striking effect on the GOP, has occurred in less t h a n 10 years, or since 1952. Few of the figures which dominated the two national conventions eight years age will play a key role at Chicago or Los Angeles next July. * * * * TWO ONCE influential groups will have far less to say in selecting the candidates or in framing the platforms than they had in the past. They are the farm and labor lobbies, whose current loss of prestige on Capitol Kil! will be matched by their neglect at the two conventions. There will be no White House ultimatums of "Clear It with Sidney," w h i c h paved the way for Truman's nomination. T h e r e will be no rejection of such a friend of labor as the late Alben Barkley because the unions deemed him to be "to old." Neither party will dare to promise subsidies that will swell the SlO-billion surplus of farm goods. There will also be a geographical shift of power. Although one presidential nominee and a vice presidential selection may hail from the East, political and population shifts will enhance the influence of the South and the Far West. TWO OF THE erstwhile mighty who will be mere "backseat drivers," strange as it may seem, are Harry S. Truman of Missouri and Speaker Sam Rayburn of Texas. The former President's "give 'em hell" technique, violent attacks on Republican notables of past and present have fallen flat at recent Democratic rallies. Indeed, a serious objection to Sen. Stuart Symington, Truman's reported favorite, is that the Senator's nomination and election might bring back the "Missouri crowd" to Washington. Speaker Rayburn surrendered his historic hegemony when he became campaign manager for Senator Lyndon J o h n s o n , and also yielded his 12-year role as permanent c o n v e n t i o n chairman. When Sam talks in th« backroom huddles at Los Angeles, he will be speaking as an advocate rather than as an impartial Solomon. The New York delegation, which along with Truman, missed the bandwag- on at the last two conventions by sticking to Averell Harriman, has neither a boss nor a candidate. The Roosevelt - L e h m a n New Dealers are contesting for delegates against the ordained leadership of Tammany Boss Carmine G. de Sapio and State Chairman Michael H. Pendergast. * * * * THE STATE which once produced a James A. Farley and Franklin D. Roosevelt now has only a self- starting v i c e-presidential entry in Mayor Wagner. And, despite his personal honesty, his regime is so riddled with c h e a p and anti-consumer graft as to recall Tammany's most corrupt and Tweedish days. The Illinois d y n a s t y , which twice put over Adlai E. Stevenson, is a relic of the past. The aged National C o m m i t t e e m a n "Jake" Arvey, Stevenson's sponsor, has been supplanted as Democratic podesta by Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, who may land in the Kennedy camp. Without home support, Stevenson vanishes as a last-minute convention stalemated compromise choice. In reviewing the roster of Democratic V.I.P.'s for 1960, the most impressive fact is that the New York New Dealers and the Missouri "clubhouse clique" have been o u s t e d from power by a generation of politicians y o u n g e r and more representative of the second half of the twentieth century. DREW PEARSON No President Ever Given Power Over Interest Rate WASHINGTON -- After some digging in the Library of Congress, Sen. Mike Monroncy of Oklahoma has come up with a fact t h a t most news- m e n . h a v e ove r looked. H e h a s found that n o o t h e r President in history has been given w h a t I k e n o w d e- PEARSON mands--the power to raise interest rates on long-term government bonds. Monroney, an ex-newspaperman, chided his former colleagues of the press for failing to report this fact. "How can Eisenhower ask for powers which no other President has ever had," asked the Senator from Oklahoma, "and demand a complete surrender of congressional power? We do not find anything in the financial columns which indicates that such an action would breach all historic precedent." "The Senator from Oklahoma," observed Sen. Paul Douglas of Illinois, a former economics professor, "is a former journalist. Journalists are permitted to criticize journalists, but politicians are not permitted to criticize journalists. Politicians become irresponsible when they criticize journalists. So I am glad the senator who was a journalist is criticizing the journalists." DE GAULLE'S FAILING HEALTH -- What worries the State Department about the crisis in Algeria is the question: What would happen to France if anything happened to De Gaulle? Not only does De Gaulle risk assassination if he carries out his plan to go to Algeria, but he is not in good health. He is suffering from cataracts and his eyesight is failing. His liver is giving him trouble and he has difficulty sleeping. Yet should De Gaulle he removed from the French political scene there is no strong man to take his place. Fascist rule by the French Army would be almost inevitable. hostile greeting of New York newsmen when Johnson arrived. "What's wrong about speaking to Catholics?" countered Johnson. And latter that evening he made such a strong plea for better understanding of people of all religious faiths, all races, and all sections of the country, that Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brooklyn put his arm arnund him and said: "It is men of this type we need to lead America." :;· * * * LIPSTICK 'DILEMMA -Today is the day when the deadline against 17 colors of lipstick--barring last- minute postponement -- is due to go into effect. This does not mean, however, that the ladies will suddenly have to face the men with bashful naked lips. They will still be able to use all the dark shades of red they want, for dark red doesn't contain any coal tars which have been found harmful to laboratory animals. It's the pinks, oranges, and light colors for blondes that have been tabbed harmful to laboratory animals. Therefore under the Delaney Amendment to the Food and Drug Act no chance can be taken with their use by women. Actually these 17 lighter colors will stay on store shelves until used up. Druggists are not required to remove them from sale. They are not considered that harmful. On April 6 the matter will come up for further review, because by that time the cosmetic companies will have had time to go to court and contest the order. Probably they won't get anywhere, but they are given the full right of appeal. They've been in use for 100 years, but now the cosmetic companies h a v e either got to find new ways of making pink and orange lipstick or the ladies will all have to have dark red lips. * * * * CAPITAL CHAFF -- Secretary of Agriculture Benson has grumbled to friends that his last choice for the D e m o c r a t i c presidential nomination would be--Senator Symington of Missouri. Benson is sore over Symington's investigation of the high cost of grain storage.... President Syng- man Rhee is virtually demanding that President Eisenhower visit Korea during his Far Eastern trip. If Eisenhower visits only Japan, a former enemy country, Rhee says, and passes up its friends, it will be proof it pays more to be an enemy of the United States than a friend. TOWN MEETING RELIGIOUS U N D E R STANDING--Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson, w h o s e grandfather Baines was the Baptist preacher for Sam Houston in the days when Texas first became a state, went up to Brooklyn the other day to pay tribute to a Catholic congressman -John J. Rooncy. "What arc you doing corning up here to speak to Catholics?" was the rather I The Fault With Fault-Finding EDITOR: Hats off to Lt. Lawrence Miller for his wonderful article in The Independent of Jan. 18. How I do wish that all of those fault-finders would read it. I, for one, cut it out and pasted it into the P a 8 e ? °f m y scrapbook for further reference when needed. It seems to be kind of a sickness with some people --that fault-finding. They would find faults in everything and everybody, except in themselves. And yet we all have faults of one kind or other. None is perfect, only we don't see our own faults. And even if we do see them we try to cover up by finding faults in someone else. I have quite a collection of those clippings about, a variety of ideas regardless if I do or do not agree with the writer. In my opinion it is education of a kind. MRS. EVI LEINO (77) 72?) Long Beach Blvd. Disrespect in Puhlic Letters EDITOR: At times one wonders if we deserve being blessed with the privilege of free speech. Especially when I note how disrespectfully some Town Meeting letter writers speak of men in the highest offices in our country. Men who can't live their own lives while serving the people in the greatest country on earth, always under pressure, and eyes of the critics, certainly deserve our respect, because we put them into office. The sad part of it is that over half of the eligible citizens failed to help, or hinder, them from- attaining office. There is not much comfort in the fact that those who believe themselves to he smart are the most stupid persons, lest I also be judged. BeiUdes if it were not for the fools, fewer people would succeed materially. ALFRED E. BRIGHTON 2001 Cedar Ave. 'Success' May Be Hollow in Center By SYDNEY J. HARRIS 1 was lunching with a friend in New York last month, and he spent most of the hour inveighing against his boss. The man, I gathered, was a kind of monster--devoid of sympathy, warmth, tact, and the most elementary understanding of human relations. I told my friend not to waste his emotional energy on such pathetic creatures. For these men are pathetic, no matter how much superficial "success" they may seem to ~ have attained. It is easy to wax angry and resentful against men whose narrow cunning and concentrated drive have brought them to positions of authority. But; in each case, when you examine their lives carefully, you find a hollowness in the center of their being. My friend is working under great pressure, yet he would not really want to HAPPIS change places with the man he hates. For HAKKIS my f riend has ever ything the other man lacks: a loving home life, a civilized sense of values, the ability to enjoy himself and transcend himself and find some meaning in the universe beyond his own personal ambitions. Young persons need to be told, over and over again, that there is absolutely no relationship between external and internal success. Too often, men climb to the top at the expense of'the most precious parts of their personality; and the moral and emotional equipment they have thrown away on the climb up is precisely what they lack when they begin the slide down. * « * * BUT THIS monster doesn't know what it is to be human," my friend protested. "He even thinks he's happy. And thinking you are is as good as being so." He is wrong about that. Consciously, a man may think he is happy. But his unconscious mind knows better. He cannot really ever be satisfied. He requires more and more stimulation, is unable to rest, cannot find any tranquility in human relationships, can never make genuine contact with another mind and spirit. Such a man is terribly isolated from reality--and this isolation makes itself felt in the long run. * * * * IT IS MUCH better to have awareness, to suffer, to share in the common frailties of mankind, than to insulate oneself in the airless fabric of ambition. In the end, nobody is as lonesome, as naked, as pitifully vulnerable to the maggots within his soul, as the conqueror who has attained his desires at the cost of decency. REMEMBER · 10 YEARS AGO LONG BEACH'S multimillion gallon water system was being expanded to serve a potential population of 500,000 to 600,000 persons by 1970, facts brought out when councilmen and other city officials were taken on a tour by the Board of Water Commissioners. 'Y-.t TODAY'S \ QUOTES I leas" ' : ..~TMit svsen!iK£ sm'ggSj By United Press Internallonal ALGIERS, Algeria-- Gen. Jean Crepin, Algiers district commander who has been given responsibility for quelling the settler rebellion: "One thoughtless act, one accident, one provocation c o u l d bring about t h e worst." 20 YEARS AGO AID OF the Associated Telephone Co. in efforts of the Long Beach office of the District Attorney and local police in stamping out bookmaking in Long Beach and adjacent areas was sought by Deputy District Attorney William Brayton when he served official written notice on officials of the company. 30 YEARS AGO ALL FEARS of a possible deluge of crude oil coming down San Gabriel river c h a n n e l were dispelled when County Flood Control Engineer E. C. Eaton announced he had ordered all owners of oil sumps west of Sanla Fe Springs at Anaheim-Telegraph Road to clean up their properties. WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ralph Yarbrough (D - Tex) warning that despite administration assurances, the Uniled States is far behind Russia in missile development: "We're woefully behind, we're frightfully behind." WASHINGTON -- Dr. T. Keith Glennan, head of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, revealing that the United States hopes to put a satellite in orbit around the moon: "Let's cross our fingers.' I think this one might work." INDEPENDENT Herman H. Ridder..._.._.. m ..Publisher Daniel H. Ridder ________ Co -Pub I is her H.irotd M. Hincs, Asst. to Publisher Samuel C. Caniersn»..Genl. Manager Larry Collins Jr ........... Bua. Manager L. A. Collins Sr., Editorial Columnist Malcolm Epley --------- Executive Editor Miles E. Sines ______ Managing Editor Harry Fulton, Editorial Page Editor National Advertising Representatives Ridder Johns, Inc. with offices at New York. ------ 681 Fifth Avenua Chicago TM_.-- ,_. ____ Wrigtey Bldg, Detroit ------ .......... ------ Penobscot Bldg. 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