Independent from Long Beach, California on January 22, 1975 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, January 22, 1975
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INDEPENDENT PRESS-TELEGRAM 604 Pine Avenue 90844 Telephone 435-1161 · Herman H. Ridder-- 1952-1969 ' I THOUGHT UON HWK WAS IN 5TYLE- M£ 4' Miles E. Smes -- Executive Editor Larry Allison -- Managing Editor Don Ohl -- Editor Editorial Page Bert Resnik--Assistant Managing Editor L.A. Collins Sr.--Editorial Columnist Don Nutter, Advertising Director E. H. Lowdermilk, Circulation Director Milton A. Lomos, Production Manager B-2 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 1975 Editorials Good ways to give The job of finding funds to create and operate non-profit public institutions is becoming more difficult in this age of inflation and recession. And yet there is a major need for services such as those provided by our private hospitals, health and welfare organizations, youth groups and other community institutions.. We all are aware of such general fund-raising efforts as those of AID and United Crusade. Money from these and from various activities of individual civic groups generally goes into operating expenses. But where does the capital come from to build a new YMCA, a Red Cross headquarters, a new hospital? Partly it comes from special capital fund drives. And now some is beginning to come from a relatively new method of fund-raising. This involves the various agencies' seeking long-term capital . funds through such tax-saving devices as insurance and wills. What brought this to mind was the recent decision to name the l i b r a r y in the new Memorial Hospital Medical Center the Parks Library in honor of Harold and Catherine Parks, long prominent Long Beach residents. Mr. and Mrs. Parks donated considerable funds to Memorial while they were alive and gave more than $1 million to the hospital's foundation in their wills. The funds have been used to build a library that has a capacity of more than 80,000 volumes. It also has such innovative features as a direct connection with the c o m p u t e r information retrieval system in the National Library of Medicine at Bethesda, Md. THIS SERVICE, available to all local hospitals, doctors and special students, quickly locates information on any given medical subject. The Parks Library also has a TEL-MED Health Library Service, which has more than 150 tapes on such subjects as arthritis, cancer, digestive diseases, heart ailments, and safety. (To hear one or more of the short, authoritative tapes dial 595-3911.) There are a number of ways of making rather sizable g i f t s . t o agencies w h i c h h a v e captured your interests. Insurance and wills are just two. Almost any attorney, and the agencies themselves, can give good advice in this matter. This kind of fund-raising program makes sure that you control where your money is going rather than having large estate taxes give it all to the government. And you have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a major contribution to your community. A leader of note After the Battle of Agi.ncourl in October I-115. we arc told, King Henry V joined with his soldiers in singing an improvised song of thanksgiving: OHTC Kynge went forthe to Normandy With grace and might of chyvalry. Ther God for hym wrought merveJusly, Wherefore Englonde may calle and cry: Deo gracias! It was not King Henry's only musical venture. The Welch-born sovereign was likened by contemporary poets to King David, and there exist manuscripts of a number of songs that some scholars attribute to him. We had always supposed Henry was the last of the warrior-musicians until we learned about J. William Middendorf II. Mr. Middendorf is the secretary of the Navy, and a former ambassador to The Netherlands. It was in The Netherlands that he studied music with the son of the ambassador from Thailand and wrote The Holland Symphony, which he dedicated to Queen Juliana. That was just a start. The Navy secretary is now working on his sixth symphony. "I get up early and write music," he told an interviewer. "About 6 a.m. You can really get a lot done. It's quite exhilarating. I even prefer it to golf." Those who are skeptical about having the United States Navy in the charge of a composer will be relieved to learn that Mr. Middendorf is the first Navy secretary to hold an academic degree in naval science. And he served as a Navy engineering and communications officer on a landing craft in 1945 and 1946. We trust he will never have to preside over battles. If he does, we hope the odds are better than those Henry faced at Agincpurt. But it is good to know that if all goes' well -- even if only on the playing fields at Annapolis -- the secretary can be expected to produce a companion piece to "Anchors A weigh." B HS R, 'S ^sr i=T "?"* vv o Pt 31. ID Letters to the editor "Just think, dear! Somewhere out there Rich Little is having a terrible time trying to impersonate you!" Develop resources EDITOR: . · Our country is losing millions of dollars per day -in our balance of payments due to oil imports. Those people do not buy our products so the money is all going out and none returned causing our present situation. A narrow-minded few have used the courts to stop us from using our own resources. They put us two years behind in Alaska. The oil companies have spent millions to make their wells as failsafe as possible and these same people block their efforts to gel al our .own oil and gas. They would be the firsl to scream if we slopped importing for awhile lo regain our economy. These people speak of other sources: thermal, shale and nuclear. Then they tie ' them up in costly and time-consuming- court battles. Let's wake up, as 95 per cenl of our 'imported oil is brought in on foreign flag- tankers. In case of a Middle Easl conflict or war we Would lay up all our cars and crcale a depression we could nol survive. ARTHUR E. BURKE Long Beach Freeze pay, prices EDITOR: I found Presidenl Ford's TV speech rather ludicrous when he staled in effect thai he would recommend that all federal employes' wage raises be held to 5 per cenl maximum. He made no mention of the olher 96.5 per cenl of Ihe nation's work force. Last year federal while collar workers received a 5.5 per cenl raise. Quite a saving, whal? I recommend thai a moratorium on all raises be declared for a two-year period so we may have a better chance to evaluate our position. Of course, this must be coupled with an absolule assurance lhal there shall be no price increases. A small percentage will complain thai they didn't get a fair shake, but if Ihe welfare and economy of all is improved, so will theirs. It is time to stop playing the ridiculous game of higher pay, higher prices -- higher prices, higher pay. I firmly believe that strikes and threats of strikes are strangling our whole system o£ free enterprise. WILL LAND Fountain Valley Don't shorten name EDITOR: As a s t u d e n t al California S t a t e University, Long Beach, I have noted a rather disturbing and consistent error in your paper. The abbreviation of the some- w h a t lengthy n a m e of my school is CSULB, and not your LBSU (Long Beach State University!. I draw attention to this matter and ask for your immediate consideration, for if I am incorrect in knowing the name of the university I attend, then I am not competent to return to classes for spring semester. JODY KATHRINE STEINFELD Long Beach Enough of killing EDITOR: Our eounlry is saber-rattling! Our country -- America the Beautiful! Why; It is unthinkable that we would use arms to force another country lo meel our bloated energy needs with Us natural resources. H is equally unacceptable that we would again use a wartime economy to solve our economic problems. Haven't we had enough of tailing and being killed? BETTESTE1NER Beach Improving the view EDITOR: Recently I watched a U.S. congressman on television -- I Ihink il was Thomas Rees -- explaining why we did nol need oil from Elk Hills, Ihe Sanla Barbara Channel or olher offshore locations. . · According to him, we do nol have the capacity to refine any more oil and won't in the near future. As I understand Ihe situation, Ihe problem is not our capacity to refine more crude oil into gasoline bul lo refine more domestic oil so lhal American dollars are nol pouring into Ihe coffers of Ihe foreign producers who are fasl cornering Ihe wealth of the world. We should have known Ihis. We constantly hear Ihe super-ecologisl saying thai oil drilling platforms are an,.. eyesore. Why nol commission a talented set-designer from Hollywood to design oil- drilling plalforms in the shape of a three- masled schooner? Thai would be beautiful. Nobody can say lhal the Long Beach oil islands are an eyesore. DICK WINTERMOTE Weslminsler Noisy exhausts EDITOR: A recent article in the I, P-T staled lhal a group of citizens were contemplal- ing Ihe conslru'clion of a 10-foot-high solid wall belween Iheir homes and the street lo 'give Ihem some relief from Iraffic noise. II is amazing thai Ihis is permitted lo continue, considering California Vehicle Code sections pertaining to Ihe altering or changing of any automotive exhaust system from lhal installed by the manufacturer and pertaining to compliance of noise levels. ' , ' 1 recently received a citation for driving 58 miles an hour in a 55-m.p.h. zone, which cosl me $15.50. I feel thai any minor violation of the code is jusl as important as the olher. In Long Beach, al this same rate of penally, il could mean an exlra revenue of $200,000 to $250,000 lo help offsel Ihe cosl of operating our police department V. L. ANDERSON Long Beach let's buy the stove A." WASHINGTON -- In the second act 6f · the great play, Hamlet is kicking things around w i t h Rosencrantz and Guilden- stern. The conversation turns to prisons, and Hamlet says Denmark th, worst of all prisons. Rosencranlz'says he'. doesn't think it's a prison. , ; . - , , "Why, then," says Hamlet, "tis none . to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking-makes it so." What the country needs right now, more than it needs any specific economic remedy, is a return to positive thinking. . James J. For Ihe past nine monlhs, all Ihe econo- misls, most of the politicians, and even a gaggle 'of gloomy businessmen have been telling us how bad thines are. . ' ..,,- ·,,·.· -IN THE DEAD OF winter, willt.the,,' snow piled 20 feel high in Nebraska,,.;!^ may seem a feeble efforl lo turn .lo lei's rnaxim. Yel a restoration of cqnfi-,',. dence -- simple confidence -- would d,o i more to reverse economic Irends tharj President Ford's pep pills are likely.^to'.; accomplish.- . ··,'.'.--'i"i.' The President's program isn't bad.Mls 1 ' faull is thai il makes no particular sense. In terms of its dollar impacl on George 1 and Martha Spelvin, Ihe middle Ameri-i' cans of Wesfbrook Pegler's invention, the", presidenl is proposing .to cut $100 off their income tax, and simultaneously 10 soak'', them $95 more for gasoline, electric"' power, transportation costs, and fuel ! 0ilv Big deal. · . : · · ·'.'·''''·' (Some parts of the president's p'Vp^ gram, to be sure, do indeed make sensfe, ; notably the business incentives, Ihe m;6ra-'' lorium on new automobile devices, SVliJ',' Ihe b a n . on new federal spending pH-'' grams. Indirectly and eventually, tKfesfe* · measures should benefil George and Jfstt-.' lha and everyone else.) . . 0 ^, IN THE NAME of fighting recession,''; ^Ford's proposal for a $16 billion lax cut)' will produce a large increase in the fedef-' al dcficil; and if the expanded federal borrowing is floated by a kind of fiscal helium, the expanded money supply will, conlribule to renewed inflation. Thd|- Democrals, never lo be puldoiie in Ihes'e"^ gassy innovations,, are likely to see 'Mr! i Ford's sixteen billion and raise him 'by 1 ' ten. . . ' , ' , ' Perhaps the Presidenl's multiple vita-' min pill Will help. Even if il is no mora,. than a mere placebo, psychologically lbp n prescription may lend lo lifl us oul.of ; .|hC^ blahs. If George and Martha persuaded to think in affirmative ternVs,'' they might revive the idea of remodeling the kitchen or replacing the car. '.''/'' Is there any reason to "think pos- live"? Look: unemployment is in truth woefully high, but compared to depression times, the figures are not alarming. More than 85 million persons are employed. Personal income is running at a rate of, more than a trillion dollars, 9 per cent above a year ago. Interest rates are easing, money is moving back to the savings, and loan associations; home building is bound to pick up. OUR ECONOMY wouldn't be in such a mess if it weren't for a combination of. circumstances that hit us all at once -- a. couple of lean crop years, the Russiann. wheat blunder, most seriously, the Mid- east crisis that triggered the oil embargo. U is a precarious balance that sepa-' rates the sluggish and the active economies. Yes, our economy is sadly out of' balance now. But that balance can be tipped in the right direction when the day- comes t h a t George says to Martha, "okay, honey, let's buy the stove." That heartening day can't come too soon. ; .Auto part prices soar W A S H I N G T O N -- The big auto makers are trying to make up some of .their sales losses by jacking up the prices of replacement parts because auto owners are repairing their old ears rather than buying new models. We have had access to a private industry study, which predicts the repair boom Jack .Anderson Les will bring in an extra $8 billion by 1980. The motorists' repair bills, according to the study, will soar from $35 billion to $43 billion. ... . W1I010 IU began about four months ago. The shops ait; now raking in the money at u rule 12 per cent higher than in past years. The auto manufacturers are trying to squeeze more profit out of the repair business, therefore, by raising prices on captive parts, such as fenders, doors and grills. Where there is market competition -for such Items as spark plugs, light bulbs and batteries -- the prices are holding belter. The dealers also charge independent shops more for captive parts than the dealers pay themselves. An intricate rebate system has been designed to benefil the dealers al the expense of their customers; Sonic insurance companies are also ripping off their policyholders by sending them to inferior garages, known in" lire industry as "enforcer shops," for accident repairs. These do a shoddy job but keep down the cosl to the insurance companies. For example, some shops replace modern "super shock absorber" glass, now standard equipmenl in most new cars, with cheaper, old-style glass, which is far less safe. ' Tests by the Sociely of Automotive Engineers show the modem glass crumbles into rice-sized bits instead of breaking into jagged missiles. -·''· i · " BuMhe cheaper glass saves the irtsuV- ance companies money al the expenst! ot WATCH ON WASTE: The armed'iic'fy- ices spend $22 million on cockrtticIV control. To save n fesy dollars, lha'Army had just abolished its two-man cockr'o'acn research program for combatiiig co'iik 1 ' roaches, which carry .JO dlffcfcrtl'bacte'iTa and inhabit everything (ronV'h'oli'copter^to field kitchens. · The two-man loam was just making progress with new chemical and ultraviolet ray lechniquies for controlling cockroaches when the cutback occurred.

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