INDEPENDENT - Â·* Herman H. RMer, Ptbliiber D.,aiel }I. KMer, Co-TMitbtt Saxitfl C. Camcroit, General Manager Ecutjrd ]. Rittdfr ]r., Busiacis Manager V'Jtrr H. Point. Aa'tHMl to the tublisher Villas V. doom, Editor Milti f. Siaei, Executive Editor Miicolix fplt}, Aisotiat Uitor Sitrliif Semis. Minafing Editor Do* Oil, Editorial Pjfe Editor L. A. Coll'tm, Sr., Editorial Columnist 604 Fat Arcauc. 90S0I Ttlepbou -US-HC/ B-2 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1969 '/ have a bone to pick with you.,. answers All aren't in on ABM system NINETEEN California state legislators are listed as coauthors of a resolution opposing the Sentinel antiballistic missile system, a subject which critics may consider absolutely none of their business. Ultimately the decision whether to go ahead with the nuclear defense network will be made by the Nixon Administration and the Congress, presumably on advice from the military and scientific establishments. What right have stale legislators and other uninformed civilians to try to sway policy on the defense of the United States? THE ANSWER is that we all may speak an opinion, even from ignorance. In this instance we are entitled to bring up an unpleasant reminder: It was the best technical advisers available in the government who encouraged John F. Kennedy to permit the Bay of Pigs invasion, which turned out to be a minor disaster, and solidified Lyndon B. Johnson's decision to escalate the Vietnam war to the point of major disaster. Further, many Americans feel a strong revulsion against any proximity to these "light" ABM bases. There is no better mirror of popular opinion, right or wrong, than the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which has protested the con- struction of a base at the old Chelli Air Force Depot in Bell. The most uninformed civilian has two big stakes in this game of international nuclear intimidation -- his money and his life. No one knows how much the proposed Sentinel system will cost. The down payment is put at $5.5 billion. Eventual costs may come to 10 or 20 or 50 times that sum, depending on how Communist China improves its missile system, how the Russians respond, whether other' nations acquire ICBM systems, and other imponderables. Whatever the price tag, we can pay it if need be. It is not so certain we can pay the incalculable costs of increasing tensions among nations embarked on an uncontrolled, nationalistic, no-holds-barred nuclear arms race. EVEN SO, the legislators and the other objectors may be mistaken. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird and House Speaker John W. McCormack, who presumably have sources of information not open to the ordinary person, seem favorably inclined toward the ABM project. The point is that the people, individually and through their local official spokesmen, are thoroughly justified in speaking their minds. In this undertaking there are fewer certitudes than usual in the affairs of men. The chain of future circumstances is unreadable. It is the duty of every concerned citizen to insist that our government, before taking off on this long path of danger, listen to the intuitive voices of the millions along with the advice of the appointed experts in prophetic vision. Sen. Williams not sort who should quit MUCH TO the relief of evildoers and free-spenders, Sen. John J. Williams, R-Del., has announced that he will retire at the end of his term next year because of old age. He is 65. If there has been any diminution in the senator's zest for squeezing the federal dollar, we hadn't noticed it. As recently as January of this year he braved the wrath of fellow legislators by demanding that they (and he) reject a $12,500 pay increase. Of course he lost, but not without a struggle. IT WAS his prodding that forced the Bobby Baker case into the open when highly influential officials wanted to suppress it. He once exposed Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo as a taker of bribes from American companies --an offense magnified by the fact that the bribe givers could identify these favors as a business expense and thereby escape taxes. He revealed that the government was lending $35 million to build chicken houses while spending $12 million to buy surplus eggs. He denounced Rep. Adam Clayton Powell long before the House got around to it. And these are just samples. A man like that shouldn't even think of retiring as long as he is able to breathe and see and speak. He is needed as an antidote to the more sour excesses and occasional corruption of big government. YET SEN. WILLIAMS, in his own original style, advocates a constitutional amendment requiring all senators to retire at age 65. We prefer to believe that the framers of the Constitution, who were mostly young men, knew what they were doing when they omitted a maximum age limit. As we have noted on other occasions, the population is getting younger all the time. That trend, if nothing else, should keep over-ripe elective officials thinned out to reasonable numbers. TOWN MEETING Crime problem EDITOR: I am writing in regard to your recent editorial "Crime and Overskill" wherein the author criticized proposed aids to law enforcement. In one paragraph the author deplores violent crime, campus guerrila disruption, arson, etc., and in the next questions whether the situation is bad enough to take firm action. It is very easy to criticize innovations and cry "police state," it is much more difficult to offer constructive solutions -- something your writer failed completely to do. RAYMOND SHERRARD Long Beach (EDITOR'S NOTE: The editorial did not question firm action, or the need for it. What it did was raise the question as to whether three particular actions would lead to police state conditions. We have long advocated more police -- betler trained, better paid, and better equipped-- as well as improvements in the courts so that swift and sure justice can be attained.) Nixon manager EDITOR: I note that your article on Murray Chotiner, repeats a recurring but erroneous statement to the effect that Chotiner managed Nixon's congressional campaigns. Choitner did not enter the picture u n t i l the senatorial campaign. Both of Nixon's congressional campaigns were managed by my father-in-law, Harrison H. McCall. Long Beach MARIE J. McCALL Nixon pushed?, by Thurmondl on imports I WASHINGTON -- The hot breath of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the South Carolina Dixiecrat, is bothering President Nixon even on his trip to Europe. The senator, who made Nixon's nomination possible at Miami by coralling southern delegates, now Bad diplomacy trips Europe New York Times News Service NEW YORK -- One of the misfortunes of President Nixon's visit to Europe is that the French and British, by violating the diplomatic principles they gave to the world, have got in the way of the reappraisal and reconciliation of allied policy that all the allies wanted. "A diplomatist," wrote Francois de CaJlieres in 1716 in what remains probably the best diplomatic manual ever written, "should remember that open dealing is the basis of confidence; he should share freely with others everything except what it is his duty to conceal." This was the first violated principle. President De Gaulle knew on Feb. 4 that President Nixon was coming to Europe (though Nixon did not announce it until Feb. 6), and the French president did not let Nixon know how he was proposing to transform the Common Market and the North Atlantic Treaty, which Nixon was going to Europe to discuss. MEANWHILE, the British, who have been the greatest advocates of thinking quietly instead of feeling wildly, felt that they saw in Gen. De Gaulle's proposal a trap to embarrass them with Nixon and their common market associates, and violated the secrecy of his communication -- though the British usually are the most eloquent defenders of the inviolability of diplomatic intercourse. There were, of course, reasons for doing so on both sides. For pure snootiness, General De Gaulle's opposition to his Common Market allies, to the British, and to America's role in NATO would be hard to match, but even so, it is a policy and he has a right to it. AT THE SAME time, the British and the non-French Common Market members had the right to try to circumvent the French veto by trying to reach common policies on common political problems through the Â·"'""'"I""" imimimmiimiinmim iiiiiiimiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiini Western European Union, a separate organization. And it apparently was the progress of this effort that led President De Gaulle to suggest in secret that maybe the British would JAMES RESTON like to talk about a wholly new economic and military organization of Europe, including Britain but not the United States. Where the British violated their own normal procedures was in not going back to the French president and explaining that they could not in good faith keep his proposals secret from the other allies, whose interests were obviously affected by Gen. De Gaulle's suggestions. Instead, they told the allies first and informed the Paris government about it later. THE EFFECT of this has been to surround Nixon's visit with an atmosphere of mistrust and recrimina- tion, which amounts not only to bad diplomacy but bad manners, which, ironically, are the two sins Paris and London have charged against Washington for almost 200 years. What is even more ironic is that President De Gaulle's diplomatic tactics have got in the way of his strategy and philosophy. If he had practiced a little private "open dealing" with the new Nixon Administration and let them know in advance that he wanted to talk about a new economic and military organization of Europe, including Britain, he might have been suprised at the willingness in Washington to explore this or anything else he had in mind. They are searching for something new and different. Even after the flap between London and Paris, but before they had calculated the depth of the feeling in Europe about Gen. De Gaulle's private proposals to the British, some of the most influential men around President Nixon were saying that almost any new organization of Europe with Britain in might be better than the present organization of Europe (if that is the right word) with Britain out. DREW PEARSON wants his friend to urge textile import restrictions on the countries he visits. The new President has done his best to placate the stubborn South Carolinian to whom he owes much. HE HAS placed more of Thurmond's friends in key positions inside the Nixon administration than that of any other senator. The roll call of Thurmond appointees is impressive: Harry Dent, Thurmond's former administrative assistant, has been given a job as a special assistant right inside the White House where he can serve as a private watchdog for the South Carolina senator. J. Phil Campbell, intimate friend of Thurmond's, has been made under secretary of Agriculture, despite the fact that as commissioner of agriculture in Georgia he led the fight against the new meat inspection bill which he will now have to enforce. Fred Buzhardt, former assistant to Senator Thurmond, has been appointed general counsel of the Defense Department, where he can rule on off-base housing and defense contracts that discriminate against Negroes. Johnny McKeiver Walters of South Carolina has been made, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department's tax division. Richard Kleindienst, new deputy attorney general, while not a Thurmond appointee, is an Arizona, right-winger who has received Strom's hearty approval. Kleindienst's job will be to pick all federal judges, and Thurmond hasn't fdr : : gotten that in his June 1, 1968 meeting with Nixon in the Riviera Hotel in Atlanta, Ga., the then candidate promised that if elected president, he would give Thurmond the. right to pass on all new federal judges for the south and all new justices to the Supreme Court. Richard V. Allen, new member of the National Security Council, is also a friend of Sen. Thurmond, though not a South Carolina appointee. Allen is the shining light of the right wing Young Americans for Freedom, of which Thurmond is father-confessor. "KINGMAKER" Thurmond now wants the new president to place import restrictions on textile imports in order to help Dixie's giant textile mills. Nixon takes over GOP, trunk to tail From Our National Bureau WASHINGTON -- Developments during the past several weeks firmly dispelled any lingering doubts that Richard M. Nixon has taken over the GOP from trunk to tail. The most obvious confirmation was the resignation of Ray Bliss as chairman of the National Committee. Although Bliss' departure was expected, it came six months earlier than observers had predicted. Even though the new chairman will be someone eminatly acceptable to Nixon, real control of the committee probably will be in the hands of an old friend of the president, Murray Chotiner. But less noticeable were changes affecting two Republican groups at opposite sides of the philosophical spectrum: the liberal Ripon Society and the conservative Free Society Assn. The Ripon Society was taken over by a new group headed by C. W. (Quincy) Rogers, a lawyer from Nixon's Wall St. firm. The Free Society Assn. just quietly disbanded, but its key people were found jobs in the administration under that big Republican umbrella. THE NATIONAL Labor Relations Board last week upheld an examiner's findings in a case involving bagel bakers of New York and two ba- gel workers' unions. The board indicated that it could find no holes in the examiner's conclusions. SEN. ALBERT GORE, D-Tenn., has been pondering offers to develop a deposit of zinc under his land near Carthage, Tenn. Exploitation of iniiNiitiHiNimimiiiiHi iiiMiiiiiNiMiiiiNitmiiitmimimiiimiiimiiitniHiNm SIDEWALK SENATE EVELYN EDWARDS, Torrance, housewife and treasurer of a roof-insulating company: Start at home with the children, by doing things together and developing a good understanding. Juvenile delinquency -a first step toward crime -- has to Â·* be controlled in the home. EDWARD R. WALES, Van Nuys, insurance claims investigator and adjuster: I'm a great believer in attacking the cause of crime -- poverty, obvious poverty, and possibly lack of education in certain minority groups. I'm not against punishment, but punishment alone is not adequate. The citizen can help by backing attacks on crime at the social level. CARLENE CALIFANO, Lakcwood, housewife; By using common sense in daily life -- like leaving a light on at home, like securing a proper person to watch your house or to baby-sit with your children. Like locking your house doors and windows, and locking your car and taking the keys. "What can a citizen do to help prevent crime?" (Asked at San Pedro.) ROBERT B. VAN BRUNT, Palos Verdes, student at Harbor College: The citizen is going to have to get out and pull for better pay scales for policemen. Their pay scale is very low for what they do. More money would get more and better men into police work and improve their training. BERT HARRINGTON, San Pedro, boatyard owner: Back the officer up when he pulls a lawbreaker in. Back him up by electing better men to the bench, who won't slap the offender's hands and let him go. In other words, don't spare !he rod and spoil the child! MIKE POSNER, Torrance, graduate student (social work) at USC: The citizen can help lo prevent crime by getting active in community projects, by being more observant of conditions affecting the lives of other people, by being a better neighbor. He should read the new best-seller book "The Crime of Punishment" by Dr. Carl Menninger, who has done a lot of work on crime. CAPITAL CHATTER the deposit likely would cut deeply into the rolling acres of pastureland and a large pond used for swimming. With Gore, the choice is zinc or swim. IT DIDNT TAKE the wags at the Pentagon long to come up with nicknames for the Defense Department's two top bosses, Defense Secretary Melvin Laird and Deputy Secretary David Packard. They've dubbed the stubby 5-foot, 10-inch Laird and the lanky 6-fopt, 6-inch Packard "Mult and Jeff." ONE OF THE first news releases put out by the new transportation secretary, former Massachusetts Gov. John Volpe, concerned a $200,000 grant to study a system of moving sidewalks--in downtown Boston. THE LABOR DEPT. has come up with an "official definition of what constitutes a disadvantaged individual." One is "disadvantaged" if he's poor and does not have suitable employment and if he's either a school dropout, a minority group member, under 22, over 45 or handicapped. Labor also defined "poor" by category. Thus, if you're a non-farm family of four and you earn $3,300 or less, you're poor. Labor said the definitions are needed lo know who qualifies for federal manpower programs.
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