Independent from Long Beach, California on April 3, 1962 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, April 3, 1962
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P«g. B-4-INDEPENDENT · ·«». CUI, TMI. AKtl I. IMI Sculptor and His Model EDITORIAL The Stubborn Question WHEN ALL THE EXPRESSIONS of hope nnd optimism with 'regard lo an agreement on nuclear tests arc stripped away, one stubborn question remains: Can we trust Russia? If we cannot, we arc kidding ourselves in discussing this question wilh her. For after a certain point, an agreement would have to depend entirely on good faith. This fact is stressed anew by a report that Japanese and Swedish monitors have failed to detect certain · underground nuclear explosions set off by the United States. If such is the case, it is entirely possible that Russia could set off nuclear explosions without detection by monitors outside that country. Therefore, it would be madness for this nation to agree to any test ban treaty lacking an elaborate and foolproof system of international inspection and controls. The point is so obvious that it should not even have to be stated: A nation with nothing to hide should have no objection to an effective system to" prevent cheating. Indeed, Russia has shown such bad faith in world affairs that even if she did finally agree to an extensive system of inspection and control, one would wonder about her motive in doing so. How do you do any serious negotiating with a nation THAT untrustworthy? NewL.B. Oil Prospect A MAJOR MOVE toward developing important new oil income for the city's capital improvement program was started last week by the City Council which acted to develop the Recreation Park oil field. The exact amount of income possible from the field is unknown, of course, but estimates have ranged up to $75 million. It should be noted that all money from this source goes into the city's bond redemption fund--the fund set up to pay for such things as parks, libraries and other public buildings. City Manager John R. Manscll is presenting a program of drilling which will require landscaping, fencing, mod- irn sound-deadening methods and gen- erally will be designed to operate with little disruption of the area. The actual drilling site--completed well heads would be underground--is out of sight near the center of the park where a compost heap is now located adjacent to the maintenance yard. The development of this field can be of great benefit to the city. Immediately it should help pay for some of the more than $500,000 yearly cost to the taxpayers for bond redemption. In the future it can provide money for new public improvements at little or no cost to taxpayers. Long Beach is indeed fortunate that it is blessed with such rich natural resources which can be converted into projects which will help those living here now and in the future. Nice Going, Long Beach CALIFORNIA AND SOME of the other more liberal states of the Union may deplore the narrow prejudices of the southern states, but occasionally there comes a reminder that all the ditty linen isn't in southern closets. A crippled lady came to Long Beach last weekend to visit relatives. Since she is confined to her wheelchair and requires constant nursing care, she brought her nurse along with her. The nurse is a Negro lady. The relatives were quite willing to provide room in their house for both visitors, hut the visitors thought it DOKIS FLEESON would be more comfortable to live in quarters of their own. It didn't appear that any difficulty would be involved. The area has numerous hotels and motels. Telephone calls were made to several of them, and a very strange fact began to emerge: There is a shortage here of hotel and motel rooms for people traveling with Negro nurses! Accommodations were sought at a long list of places. One hotel responded in the affirmative. It had a suite at $00 a day. The crippled lady ended up staying in a private residence, and the nurse slept on the divan. Nice going, Long LJcach. White's Court Appointment Was Personal Not Political WASHINGTON -- P r e s i dent Kennedy's c h o i c e of Byron R. While of Colorado, 44, for the Supreme Court is strictly personal. The President was simply not ready to re-make the court in bis political , image; he had I not expected f.- to be compelled so soon to initiate change there. !_'.;. The ailing ILEESON Judge Charles E. Whittakcr. whom While replaces, is only 01, third youngest of the nine-man court. Whit- takcr had not been there long enough to make a profound Impression and he was mostly moderate, a type which can bc useful on an appellate bench but docs not lead or lend itself readily to a category. The President was both taken by surprise and under no pressure to name a particular style of judge. 'Ihc same will not, incidentally, bc true of some of the older judpcs; there is a considerable opinion here that t h e President already k n o w s what he thinks about them. * « · * IN THIS instance he has achieved principally t h c placing of politicians would call hit own man on the court. This does not at all mean that the new justice will take his views f r o m Kennedy or run to him w i t h the court news, hot off the judicial grapevine. But the two men arc close In many ways; they owe one another a considerable debt. There is ample precedent for a President to look to a member of the court for counsel, as President Truman did with Chief Justice Vinson. Besides, only the m o s t naive could believe that the court, under our system, has ever operated in a lofty vacuum, far from the madding crowd and the power elite here. J u s t i c e Frankfurter is justly famous for getting there firstcst with HARRIS DREW PEARSON Kefauver Got Little Help From JFK on Drug Bill PEARSON guess--is that, like the chief justice under whom he will serve, he Is pragmatic rather than intellectual. But unlike the amiable chief. White has ulcers which suggest some bondage to the counsel of perfection. Then there is that matter of commitment, so often raised in connection with readings of the President's character. Nobody seems to sense White's commitments to public policy, and while the mostcst access to ccr-" he has been demonstrably an tain sectors of what might apt pupil he docs not seem be called the establishment. Hie disciple type. Others of his colleagues have their own following. WASHINGTON -- Medicine means as much to the President of the United States these days as It docs to the average American. For instance, one of the family of steroids which Prcsi. dent Kennedy takes for his troublesome back Is pred- nlsonc, which is manufactured by McKesson-Robbins for $8.99 per thousand 5-milligram tablets, then sold to the druggist for $170 and to the consumer for $225. So when Sen. Estcs Kc- fauvcr went down to the White House to talk to advisers who were writing the President's consumer message to Congress, he should have struck a responsive note. Kcfauver, however, didn't get very far. The White House staff would not go for the most important part of the Kcfauver bill aimed at reducing the high price of drugs. This is the provision which requires drug patents to be leased to other drug manufacturers on a royalty basis after three years of exclusive use. The automobile industry shares new inventions with competitors, but not the drug Industry. Where pain and suffering arc involved, the drug Industry Is nowhere near as progressive as other industries, and the Tennessee s e n a t o r during 23 months of hearings showed how some of the most important new drugs had been sold to the public at shocking prices. The corner drug store was not to blame, rather the patents of the big drug companies. · * · · IN THE antibiotics field. REGARDING White as a judge, there is no judicial record or even a substantial record of his conduct .is a lawyer from which to draw a forecast of his opinions. His academic record Is notable and he Is a hard worker. Washington found it rather interesting that he should appear to be, both in the Kennedy campaign and in the Justice Department, a cautious and plodding type. 'I liis is not usual in men or women who have led their class consistently as such varied places as the Colorado public schools and Yale I..1W School. Rhodes .Scholars also tend to show considerable solf-ronfidrnrp in their judgments. * * * * NUIIIKR the depth of While's convictions nor of his intellect is altogether clear lo those who have worked with him. An informed guess -- and only a Sir icily Business INVESTMtNT I3ROKURS Kefauver showed that various antibiotics cost only 1.7 cents to make, but are sold to the druggist for 30 cents and to the public for 50 cents. He showed that a thousand 0.25 milligram rcscr- pine tablets, the generic name for a widely used sedative and tranquilizcr, cost McKesson and Robbins only C3 cents to make, but arc sold to druggists for $39.50 nnd to the consumer for $65.83. McKesson and Robbins' annual sales, Incidentally, run around $070,000,000. However, the White House staff felt that the heart of the Kcfauver bill--the patent-sharing provision -- was too controversial for President Kennedy. So lie ducked this in his consumer message to Congress. w · * * THE PRESIDENT s t i l l faces a showdown over drugs, however. For whether or not the Kcfauver drug bill passes will depend largely on the. White House. Thanks to clever footwork by the big drug companies, some of whom contributed thousands of dollars to election campaigns, the Kcfau- ver bill has been shunted to the Patents Committee headed by deliberate Sen. "Honest John" McClellan of Arkansas. It was voted there at the motion of astute Sen. Everett McKinley Dirkscn of Illinois, whose constituents include executives of the giant Olin Mathcson industrial combine nnd its subsidiary, Squibbs. Together they contributed $100,000 to the Republican campaign chest in 195G, the last year adequate campaign accounts were kept. Four Southern Democrats voted with them: Eastland (Miss.) who is suffering from the gout; Olin Johnston (S. C.) who usually votes with the consumer; Judge Ervin (N. C.) who lias been drifting away from the consumer of late; and Me- Clcllan. The President's consumer message to Congress came one day after the judiciary committee voted, and a few discreet phone calls from the While House unques- STRICTLY PERSONAL Cooperation Key \ in Space Flights ! By SYDNEY J. HARRIS IN OUR FLUSH of national pride--and Justifiable pride . --over Colonel Gkiiii'. orbital flight, we ought to keep In mind what I thought was the most significant passage In his talk to Congress. 'There were with mo then--and with mo now," Colonel Glenn said, "thousands of Americans and many hundreds of citizens of many countries around the world who contributed to the truly International undertaking voluntarily In a spirit of cooperation and understanding." To most of us, his flight was a dramatic and heroic achievement--as. Indeed, It was. But to him, and to most others in the space project, it was part of a vast International groping for knowledge--not for power, not for pride, not for thumbing our noses at the Russians--but for increasing our scientific and intellectual grasp of the universe. * * * NOR SHOULD WE FORGET--as Colonel Glenn and his colleagues never do for a moment--that the space project is the result of cooperation rather than competition and hostility. At the upper levels of science--as In all intellectual pursuits--there is a commonwealth of Interest. that goes beyond the national rivalries of here and now. It Is the human problem somehow to transmute this commonwealth of interest and activity from the scientific and intellectual realms down to the social, political, economic, personal and emotional realms. The Einsteins, tha Fermis, the Szilards, the scientists of a dozen different countries and disciplines have no difficulty in reaching a common bond in their work. All science is supra-national; it may be used for ugly and destructive purposes, but its motivation and goal are always the same --to understand and subdue the natural universe for mankind. For mankind. Not for the Americans or the Russians or the Germans. Not for the white or the brown or the yellow. Not for the tall, the blond, the rich, the smart, the aggressive, the healthy. * * * THE THREE DISTINCTIVE human activities are religion, art and science. And all three have this same thing in common--they are universal, no matter how much they may come to be distorted by parochial Interests. What- In regard to consumer pro- ever we share v.-ith-tho animal* (all our appetites) tcpa- tcction, however, the Presl- rates us; whatever Is distinctively human unites us. No dent pulled his punches. artist, no scientist, no true religious leader has ever been When running for Presl- anything but all-embracing. dent. JFK p r o m i s e d to jj,,, con q UC st of outer space, as Colonel Glenn told create an Office of the Conus is an international undertaking. But the conquest of sumer Counsel, empowered jnner S p acCj between man and man on the pround, is our to testify directly before biggcr pro blem. We cannot approach it, attack it or solve Congress on bills affecting it w jthout the same dedicated cooperation we have achieved in orbit. * * * (Correction: In Ihc column of February 14. I stated i/rat General Walker invoked Article 31 of the V. S. Army Code In order to avoid answering "awkward questions about the John Birch Society." General Walfecr admitted membership In the society; ho Invoked Article 31 In re- sponsc 10 n question about his handling of editorial content in an Army publication. I regret this error In the consumer. But in his consumer message to Congress he retreated. He watered this down to a "council," not a "counsel." which means an unwieldy commit* tee without much force or Influence with Congress. THE PRESIDENT also ,,,,,,,.,, ,-,,-. DB ,ci proposed that samples of fnd.-SVDNEY J. HARRIS) "publications useful to the consumer" be placed in "at least 100 selected post offices." ThU i« peanuts. There are almost 35,000 post offices in the United States, plus more than 9.000 «.,,,,,,,,,·;,,,, f o r statlons and branches. augpcsuon jor ·Two-thirds of all spend- Medical Litre ing In the economy is by consumers," the President said in his message to Con- press. "But they are the only important group in the economy who are not effectively organized, whose views arc often not heard." Yet consumer publications arc to ho in only 100 pmt offices out of 35,000. Imra Meeting EDITOR: This much talked of "Care C O N G R E S S M A N E.Y. Berry of South Dakota, who attended the recent right- wing Hargis meeting here, wants it made clear he is not a member of the John Birch Society -- Congressmen are receiving ominous cards in the mail from disgruntled Army reservists who were called back to active duty against their will. Nothing appears on the card but the date November C, 19G2, and the signature "an activated reservist" -- both printed In mourning black. November C, of course, is election day No one watches Prcsi linxfttOo* Everyone who has been to Paris is familiar with the word bistrot. the well-loved corner establishment for a snack or a convivial glass of /B/STQT wine, tint, to the Parisian, Is the equivalent of the English "pub." This typically Parisian word, however, is really of Russian origin, and from the time the Cos- came thundering into , ,, . , Paris in pursuit of Napoleon dent Kennedys press con- ,,,, Wa V crloffli Enterprising Parisian restaurant keepers learned the Russian word for ' -- b i s t r o (BEECE- nd directed the Russians to their restaurants as a place where they could cat ferenccs on television with a more critical eye than docs the President himself. Ho studies them carefully for flaws that he may be able to correct... Madison Avenue pitchmen arc now the elevated sandals they have worn for centuries, and take to wearing leather quickly. Finally, this Russian word for "quick" became the French word bistrot. Napoleon's armies left an "I want a bold stock --one that will stand up lo Congrcsj!" drug bill through the Senate. · * » » JFK HASNT been gcttins along with Tammany Hall in New York for some time. He helped squeeze Tammany b o s s Carmine DC Sapio out of the wigwam. He served notice on Mike Pendergast that he would have to resign. But \vhcn it came to getting his tax bill passed by Congress, last week. Kennedy didn't hesitate to phone Congressman Charley Buckley, a New York T a m m a n y leader. Buckley, in turn, was able to switch 15 defecting New York Democrats back in line In favor of the tax bill. For tho Aged" under Social Security is far out of line. Such a project Is quite essential but it wants to be remembered that Social Security was established in 1937 and as of today some $20 billion has already been deducted from the employer and employe -- not one cent of it being g o v e r n m e n t ' money. Now then, study if you will, the inauguration of Civil Service retirement in in 1920. On that date there were some 7,520 employes in the s e r v i c e that had served 30 years and were 65 years of age, the requirement for clegibility of retirement There was no fund established to pay those people but they were started on a pension of $720 a year --the government promising to donate e q u a l amounts to the employe's deductions and as of today that fund has some $1114 billion surplus--all bills paid. ' Now instead of misleading the people that "Care For tho Aged" is, or should be financed from the $20 billion of S o c i a l Security money -- not one. cent of which is government money, I say establish a separate bureau and conduct it as was tho establishment of Civil Service retirement Care for tho Aged under the unreasonable and excessive costs of medical prices is essential and should become law. With tho addi- son Advertising Agency is running the c a m p a i g n , which has already increased the sale of leather goods in Japan by 19 per cent. OT HKHUM H. KUdir- DxiM H. »"J H*tU M. H« tnwrt C. CJmtrwi. Urrr CiUkn It L. A. C«M«i V . U PutlnMf Cfnl. Mjnattr ·«. MMjmr rtii. c«i»«!«mi nt»ti»t MM1 t. SMft N«fl AtfwMto* RnrttMUtlvfl MiMM* J*IMt IM. flrlt* »fT*M tt Nf» Y«»__-- Ml ri(!» AMflM Cbcm ___ WrUkT *IM. tWrMI_ __ fmMtll IMi. M*M*«*«*f1 _ m F*4li«T Tflwtf l» A»t«« - Ml t. IMTXM *··. IM rrwiciu*. _____ 111 tantr si. WMMnttM r«wl trrr* ---- ....... . -__ u *»·· ··»*··» COTMt fMn · I T M INNMndtnt *· fn*«tMM4 at turn tfTicn. Invading French troops used to mobilize Russian civilians for singing in exchange for special rations. However, If a civilian would not sing he was excluded from their offer nnd, In throwing him out they usually said: Ah! II nc dianlcra pas! ("Ah! He won't sing!") Thus, the whole expression was picked up by the Russians and Incorporated into the language to indicate a "no-good-nick." (Docs some word in any language puzzle you? Put your question lo "LanguoRcx in the News" in care of this newspaper.) aid from state and government it can bc accomplished --using the same procedure as was established u n d e r Civil S e r v i c e retirement. From the date of its Inauguration the citizen can make his choice--accept his additional deduction nnd receive his benefits or refuse and bo exempt from such. In due time said fund will have boon established as has Civil Service retirement -and with a surplus -- but don't lay hand on a single cent of So r i a l Security money. --FRANK A. WINSLOW 342 n. I Oth St

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