Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 2, 1973 · Page 36
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 36

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, February 2, 1973
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PAGE 36 -- EDITORIAL PAGE Judge Jacobson does it again Here's another chapter in the continuing saga of "Judge Joe Jacobson's Adventures on the Bench." , You might remember that when last the Citizen editorially chronicled the Superior Court judge's adventures, he had made up another of Jacobson's Laws. : He had decided that a prior conviction for grand theft could not be considered in a defendant's indictment on a new ; charge". Not so, overruled Judge Herbert Krucker of the Arizona Court of Appeals last December. He called Jacobson's Law "arbitrary and unreasonable." . December just wasn't a good month for Judge Jacobson. In one week, five of his rulings were set aside by appeals judges. Unfortunately for the community, Judge Jacobson is starting January off on the same judicial left foot, although in this instance there can be no reversal. Last week, he placed on probation a man who ; had pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Charles Bradley Goucher, 26, was placed on probation for three years following a plea bargaining in which he agreed to plead guilty to three charges if seven other felony charges were dismissed. Judge Jacobson's decision to place such an offender on probation was criticized sharply by a Tucson police officer for very good reason. But he simply was told bluntly by the judge to spend his time reducing crime instead of criticizing Superior Court judges. The judge defended his action with this rationale: --Goucher is scheduled to spend three years in a federal prison on another conviction. --The probation can be revoked if Goucher breaks the law after release from federal prison. --Several letters, recommended leniency for Goucher. --Goucher, to use Judge Jacobson's character assessment of him, possesses "a potential for good." A potential for good? Let Goucher's record answer that. Goucher has been in trouble over the past six years on charges ranging from indecent assault to transportation of marijuana to armed robbery. . In 10 months in Tucson from Nov. 2, 1971, through July 28, 1972, Goucher was arrested and charged with 12 felonies. Firearms were involved in four indictments. On one of them he was sentenced to three years in prison by Federal District Judge William Frey of Tucson. And one of the felonies dismissed in the plea bargaining was armed robbery in which Goucher was charged with stealing $8,000 in what police called a "narcotics ripoff." Major Clarence Dupnik of the Tucson Police Department was entirely proper in publicly questioning Judge Jacobson's probation-instead-of-jail philosophy. How can police reduce the crime rate if judges continue to put convicted, habitual felons back on the street? Judge Jacobson, a politician who can find more voter support than he can find support for his judicial decisions, was elected two years ago to his first term on the Superior Court bench. He has two more years to go. At this point has enough been said? Or does Judge Joe Jacobson's Law need continued review? Public buildings Propositions 8 and 9 of the proposed $54 million capital improvements bond program would take government and library services to more of the people. A total of $4.9 million is being sought in the bond election Tuesday for three branch libraries and a library information center where technical, scientific information would be available for researchers and scholars. The three branch circulation libraries would be located on three Southwest and East Side locations. The cost would include furnishings and books as well as construction. Proposition 9 calls for an outlay of $2.8 million for four City Hall annexes to serve the North, East, South and West sides ($1.7 million) and a parking annex for City Hall ($1.1 million). The libraries and the City Hall annex program represent a commendable concern to make learning and government more accessible to more people. Another construction project, a central administration building addition to the city hall, is provided for in Proposition 10. Its cost is estimated at $2.7 million. The new administration building would not be constructed until after the last bonds are sold in 1979. Nonetheless, approval now would enable city planners and elected officials to plan intelligently for the future. Such long-term planning is desirable and realistic in all areas covered by the bond issue. Ottcsott William A. Small Jr., Publisher Paul A. McKalip, Editor Tony Tselentis, Associate Editor Dale Walton, Managing Editor George C. McLeod, Editorial Page Editor · · * FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1973 Tucson can't wait $54 million...to catch up By GEORGE C. McLEOD , ... Edlttriil Put Editor Opposition to Tucson's $54 million bond issue going before voters next Tuesday was bound to come. the amount of money alone is enough to cause some amount of opposition: And, the fact that the bulk of the funds, plus federal matching funds on some projects, would be spent "going east" also figured to draw negative reactions. Somehow, the thought that newly elected Pima County Supervisor Ron Asta would become the titular leader of the opposition never occurred to me. Yet as a result of Asta's Mom day night speech condemning the election, two Democratic Party districts, 11 and 13, have voted to oppose the bond issue. Asta calls the bond issue misdirected, premature and wasteful. He says that if the bond proposals pass;-- 10 separate propositions, incidentally -- Tucson will be contributing to the urban sprawl on the East Side. Instead, Asta believes, encouragement should be given to make conditions more palatable for Tucson's West and South sides to continue to.grow. The bulk of Asta's criticism is directed toward Proposition 1 asking voters to approve the sale of $8 million in bonds to improve Tucson's streets over the next 10 years. Federal and other funds would add almost $30 million more to the street program. Asta would like the city to wait another year before holding a bond election. He says at least, that much time is needed to give the mayor and council more time to study alternatives to "road widening projects." · Understandably, Asta would like any body to take more time to. study matters. He's looking for long-range solutions -- a generation or more down the road -- just as any good planner should do. And few would deny that Asta is one of the more' qualified professional planners around. But county-oriented Asta seems to be overlooking'several major points in his opposition to the city bond issue. Asta forgets Tucson is playing a game of catchup. The ?54 million bond issue, with the possible exception of a second City Hall .tower some 10 years away, was designed to take care of problems already on hand or problems anticipated in the near future. The bond issue isn't going to encourage urban sprawl to the East Side. The bond issue is going to supply needs for people already living out as far east as Harrison Road, as far south as Valencia Road and as far north as Prince Road. These people need to have existing streets improved right now. They need sewer systems improved right now. They have need for a library branch right now. They need lights and parks right now. . · They can't wait for a Butterfield Route to be built in 15 years. They can't wait for -and hopefully will never get -expressways north and south two decades from now. And they can't wait for a sophisticated mass transportation system. Granted, Asta's criticism included a pitch for bantam expressways, a project in which he has great faith and which the City of San Diego is studying r i g h t now, . ' · . ' . . : But the fact that Tucson wants to embark on a street improvement program to take care of today's needs-now in no way prohibits bantam expressways from being built to take care of new needs as they develop. Asta. must know that the street projects listed for the bond issue aren't the only street projects the city will be undertaking in the next 10 years. At least four major projects, including the long-awaited widening of South Wilmot Road between 22nd i Street and Golf Links Road, will be done with nqnbond funds. And one final reply to Asta's criticism: · Some 7 per cent of Tucson's residents reside west of Inter-, state 10 between Ajo Way on the South, Grant Road on ttie north. Almost 10 per cent of the bond money, if every proposition passes, will be spent in that area. In short, the money will be spent where the people are today and on problems that exist today. The city can't afford to wait another year for another study of Tucson's problems a generation away. That kind of study can be made after Tuesday's bond issue election is endorsed by voters. Study Vietnam Find out what went wrong By ROSCOE DRUMMOND Are we going to learn some lessons from, the Vietnamese war? Surely this is the first .and essential question to raise in the wake of the Vietnamese peace. If so, when are we going to begin and how are we going to go about it? The answer to when is now, at once, without more delay. There has been delay because already one of the principal participants, former President Lyndon Johnson, whose knowledge and second thoughts would be invaluable, is no longer with us. We shouldn't fritter away much more time before we start to collect some of the wisdom of history, either privately or through government or both, before it is too late. We must get in hand the raw material of history while it is still fresh in the minds of those who helped make it. One will not learn much to guide us in the future by assuming either that it was a mistake to defend South Vietnam or that it was desirable to do so. Surely the first step toward getting some right answers is to ask the right questions and then dig out the facts of every facet of Vietnam decision-making before attempting to draw the lessons, i Some of the questions to which we need satisfactory answers are these: What persuaded President Kennedy and President Johnson ·to turn a policy of American military aid to South Vietnam into a policy of military participation? At the time when President Kennedy expanded our military participation -- modestly but significantly -- was the decision made to go all the way if necessary; and if not, why not? Was the struggle for South Vietnam substantially a civil war or was the civil war sub- stantially the instrument of Hanoi? Did the highest officials of the U.S government, military and civilian, ever set down for themselves at any time from 1963 to 1969 what they expected it would cost our nation in lives, money and all other resources to fight the Vietnamese war? And if they did, how accurate did those estimates prove to be? Did we fight the war the best possible way? In some of the foregoing questions there are implications concerning the soundness and competence of the decision-making process at high levels. It has to be that way. We must get the facts which may deepen or disprove honest doubts. What is needed now is a clearheaded, fresh, independent look at what we may have done right and what we may have done wrong in Vietnam from beginning to end. The sooner, the better. CoDvrlaht 1973 Billions wasted Manpower programs failed By VICTOR RIESEL Many an oratorical ambitious politician these days specializes in a domestic brand of dollar diplomacy. He cries out against defense spending or quivers with rage over moon shots. '·-\ But hardly ever does he denounce the fantastic looting of billions of dollars from what are called in the trade -- federal social programs. It has gotten to the point where the annual stealing of $40 million in Medicaid frauds in one state or the welfare looting of $59.1 million a year in another state not only are ignored, but those who expose the thievery are denounced as enemies of the people. Well, late last year Congresswoman Martha Griffiths, who heads a subcommittee probing the "whole welfare mess," released a report for her top group, Congress's Joint Economic Committee. In effect, the report, not the final one on welfare, said that much of the $6,8 billion dollars poured into manpower training programs by the government in a decade may have been uselessly spent. Admittedly this kind of money may be petty cash to some. But I was impressed. So I dug. Finally, in the catacombs of the government, far from the maddening throng which ebbs and flows with each administration, I found the specialists who know exactly what the small print says in all the laws. One such specialist said he was "bewildered" by the huge cost, the labyrinthian bureaucracies, the intricacies, the fabulous expenditures of monies, and the tragic failure of most of the manpower training projects. Some of this is being probed quietly by the little-known subcommittee of the Joint Economic Committee known as the Subcommittee on Fiscal Policy-Welfare Study. The House Ways and Means Committee handed it a . considerable sum to get the facts, just the facts'. No one person, or group, seems to know what programs are succeeding, what's being stolen and whether or not most of it is the biggest boondoggle since Croesus stashed gold. How many of the six million persons who have passed through the so-called training program are still working? No one knows. What are they earning because of their new "skills"? Nobody knows. Fact is that few really know what these manpower training programs are -- except that they're expensive. There is one series of reports, issued by the General Accounting Office (GAO) which in gentle jargon appears to 'say that mighty few of them actually operate. Which means there's something wrong with the money input and outflow. And that the wrong people are being trained. And there is need for closer supervision, i . And, it seems to me, no one bothers to tell the centers' executives what's happening above and below them. In a sense virtually all the manpower-training programs suffer from the same bureaucratic disease. There is "JOBS" -- Job Opportunities in the Business Sector Program. There is WIN -- Work Incentive Pro- · gram -- and the Neighborhood Youth Corps and the Job Corps. There is a. string of evangelistic, drumbeating, heavily- staffed, heavily-financed operations with electrifying acronyms for names. Trouble is they're not really working right according to the GAO, Joint Economic Committee members and any cop on the beat. So time has come for Congress and the citizenry in these grim national budget days to forget being diplomatic about dollars spent, wasted, looted, or ' lost in the "great crusade." Let's tell it like it is: billions are being wasted and the disadvantaged get no advantages, life isn't softer for the hard ,core, and most of the benefits go to the professional crusaders, politicians and skill peddlers who have turned the training into a big business/ Copvrlaht 1973 Mark My. Words Watch your blood pressure By JIM FIEBIG The Health, Education and Welfare Department has launched an ambitious program to locate the estimated 11 million Americans who have high blood pressure, "and don't know it." They know it. The fact is, they don't want to be located by the government. Especially not by the government. I learned this startling fact yesterday when I received a muffled, anonymous phone call from an alleged high blood pressure victim. "This is 220 over 150," he said. "I'm one of the people the government is looking for." "Maybe they only want to help," I offered. "Why not turn yourself in?" "Because it's 'my' blood pressure!" he shouted. "Sir?" "I said it's 'my r blood pressure. The government already knows my marital status, my yearly earnings, how much I spend on medical bills, what kind of rifle I own, how many bathrooms I have and who knows what else." "I'm beginning to understand." "Right. The one thing they don't know is my blood pressure. They don't know -- and it's driving those guys in Washington nuts." "It's going to be tough," I said. "You'll be running the rest of your life." "I know. I have to go now -- I think I'm being watched." Coovrtsnt W7J

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