Independent from Long Beach, California on April 4, 1962 · Page 10
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P«9t A.IO-INDEPENDENTj EDITORIAL ·,*». cw. »·«, Awn L mi Thai 'iF'on'i Get Awa Medic Unit Should Clarify Position on Navy Hospital THE ATTEMPT Ihis week by some 1 local doctors to stnll Senate approval of a 500-bcd Long Beach Naval . Hospital calls for an immediate restatement and clarification of its. position by the Long Beach Medical Society. This society, according to its president. Dr. Harold Ncibling, is on record favoring an adequate shore facility to care for the medical needs of the big Navy establishment here. · j.-^ut this position hardly checks with the action of the armed forces commit. tel of the society, which has marie a . proposal which would kill off any chance of badly needed naval hospital construction this year. That proposal is for another survey of the needs for thtf hospital. It has been made in a letter now in the hands of the Senate Armed Services Committee considering the hospital project. Another survey, of course, would mean a long delay. The doctors' action is timed to sabotage a project which the rest of the community has worked long and hard to advance. Only last week the hospital project ' received House approval and went tn the Senate committee which will have the final determination. * * * SEN. RICHARD RUSSI-I.L, chairman of the Senate committee, last year turned down the project but this year has indicated sympathy for it. The need for a 500-bed facility has been well-established and recognised for years. In fact, Naval authorities here contend strongly that a 750-bcd facility is needed to care for the needs of servicemen alone, nnt to speak of dependents. The Navy people and the community have worked long and hard for this facility so obviously needed by a permanent Navy establishment, third largest in the country. The city has offered a site; many civic and veterans organizations arc behind the project; friends in Congress havo worked for it, and the House Armed Services Committee has approved it. Only last week a site committee from that unit was here and recommended acceptance of the Long Beach site on Carson St. and full use of the acreage generously offered by the city. * * * IN VIEW OF ALL this, this week's action by some of the doctors is astonishing and disturbing, and certain to incur resentment. The question is reasonably asked: If the doctors think a civilian survey team should study the hospital issue, why didn't they propose this long ago? Why come in at this critical time with such a scheme? According to our information, t h e , local medical society has not acted officially on this committee proposal, which tends to cast a cloud on the society's whole attitude toward the Naval Hospital project. That is why an immediate review of its position and re-affirmation of policy is needed from the society. It owes that to the community and to the Navy. It could move now to undo any damage done and to'do all in its power to help bring final and favorable action on an adequate Naval Hospital for Long Beach at this session of Congress. We earnestly urge that this be done. Boxing Is Not a Sport nOXINfi IS THK ONLY sport in which one person is encouraged to hurt another. Other sports arc governed by rules which forbid the inflicting of injury and which provide adequate protective equipment. Hut in boxing, two men arc placed in a roped square with patches of leather on their fists and encouraged to try to beat one another senseless. In compliance with the rules and the spirit of the game. Krnilc Griffith and Benny (Kid) I'arct got into the ring at Madison Square Garden 10 days ago and began a tragic event. I'arct was knocked imronsrinus. Ho remained in a coma u n t i l Tuesday, when he died. As they say in ring parlance, the Kid never knew what hit him. We arc inclined to agree with Gov. Pat Brown who said last week that he would like In sec the sport of boxing abolished. It is a brutal and uncivilized sport, staged to satisfy a public thirst for blood. Indeed, it is not a sport at all. It is combat but slightly removed from the jungle. DORIS KLKKSON Radical Right Witt Fade hist o,s Radical Left Has WASHINGTfW- c.ins for Democratic Action loday arc politically dormant and numerically insignificant. M o s t politicians would lose sight of them altogether were it not for their best press agents, the Republicans of Conservative bent whom they .so greatly dc- plnir. Confronted with Ihr necessity nf fending off . the embrace ' of the radical \ right with the ^ 1'ast possible I I.EESON o f f e n s e t o conservative opinion, many Republican candidates find the A.D.A. very useful. George Romney, who aspires to be the Republican governor of Michigan, now .says that he would reject .support eilher hy the John Birrh SIK tcly or A.D.A. This was similar in Richard M. Nivon's u p m i n e pamliil when hr hcg.in lo campaign for governor of California and was obliged to deal with the Hirch question. Nixon tentatively suggested that both parties had room for all shades of opinion, the Republican for the right winger and the Democratic for A.D.A. He has since decided that California RepubIican»Vannol survive the Birch brand. His efforts to read the society out of the Male organisation have rffn only partially successful. The a 11 c nl jt I c d cqua r lion of the Birchcrs and A.D.A. implies that Robert Welch, the candy manufacturer who founded the Birch Society and still runs it, and Mull A.D.A. ornaments as historian A r t h u r Schlrsingcr Jr. are appropriate opposite numbers. To say the least, Ihis is open to debate. A.D.A. was founded as the voice of the non-communist liberals. It was the moving force in the shotgun divorce of the fellow-travelers and the Democratic party during the MOs, and it went on to expound and defend liberal doctrine with great success. One of its main avenues was the n o w - d i s b a n d e d Democratic Advisory Council. Like most crusading or- ganisations, it has been reluctant to go away though its mission has been accomplished. * * * * PRESIDENT Kennedy reminded his List press conference lh.it revolutions are said to devour their rhildrrn. Republican spokesmen have called altention to Ihr extent to whii h the president has quietly devoured many of the most brilliant A.D.A. members w-ho long criticized him as not sufficiently committed to the liberal principles he professes. A nose count last fall showed 35 were functioning in the New Frontier, including cabinet members Arthur J, Goldberg. Abraham A. Rihicoff and Orville I.. Freeman. Not all are now A.D.A. members, and the general tendency i% to minimi/e the association. It is a striking example of the President's talent for absorption of factions into his regime. A.D.A. advisers are not sunk without trace, hut they have certainly- come along quietly and happily. Yet Republicans noticeably shy away from an effort to portray Kennedy as radical or a Birch counterpart. In lime the fading of the radical right in its present form is assured. Politicians already believe its voting strength greatly exaggerated. Wh.il is hurting the GOP is its ability to draw off campaign funds for its cru- fades. TODAY'S QUOTES BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Da-, mascus Radio, announcing the end of the army revolt in Aleppo, Syria: 'Those who had i n f i l t r a t ed into the army ranks fled. They had been trying to fish in troubled waters and to shed innocent blood." ALGIERS, Algeria -- Ah- dcrrahamane Fares, president of the new Moslem- Furopcan provisional executive body, telling Algerians lhar hii aim is to bring peace to the country: "I emphasi/e that the hand proferred lo our Euro pean compatriot* Is a sincere and loyal h.ind." A DKKW PEARSON Debate Rages--Should, U.S. Own Satellite Network? PEARSON WASHINGTON--Without any fanfare, one of the most important g i v e a w a y s of modern times is being debated in the Senate Antitrust Com- r mittce. It's the plan to give the giant American Telephone and Telegraph Co., plus some kindred communications corporatfons. control of all outcr-jp.icc television, telephone and radio. The opportunities of communicating with the rest of the world by bouncing radio and TV beams off a satellite in outer space are almost u n l i m i t e d . They are so amazing that the United States ran be showing TV programs in any p a r t cf Africa or Siberia, or telephoning to anyone in any country at no great cost. However, Chairman Newton Minow, who o n c e claimed television was a "wasteland," now proposes handing this v.isl inmmuni- r.itions opportunity largely to the biggest corporation in the U.S.A. with a lone record of antitrust Milts. The Kennedy administration goes along with Minow in part, though wanting to sell some stock in the communications satellite to t h e public. The two toughest trust- husters in the Senate, however -- Estcs Kefauvcr of Tennessee and Wayne Morse of Oregon -- vigorously disagree. And in hearings before the Antitrust Committee they raked sp.icc agency officials with some withering cross-examination. * · * · ·THIS HAS been p-iid for hy (he taxpayers, has it not?" asked the slow- speaking Senator from Tennessee. 'That is correct, sir." answered Dr. E.G. Welsh, executive secretary of the space council. Senator Kefauvcr "I have heard up to $25 billion considering all s p a c e programs." Dr. Welsh: 'That is. extended into the future, th.it particular figure, but it has been large." Senator Kefauvcr "Anyway, it has cost the general t a x p a y e r s a tremendous amount, and. with the opportunity of buying shares of stock at $1.000 or $100. this will give them a chance to get some of their money back. · * · · "BUT. YOU KNOW, as a practical person." continued Kefauvcr. "that the number of people who are going to buy shares will he a small, small percentage of the tax_payers who have contributed to this research and development costing tens of billions of dollars, do you not Dr. Welsh?" Welsh: "Oh, yes. There will be a difference in distribution of the benefits. I am quite certain of that." Kefauvcr then developed the fact that if this communications satellite pays off as expected, it might be immensely profitable to the U. S. government and could help reduce the national debt. "Let us say that in 10 years this satellite makes $20,000,000.000." suggested Kefauvcr. "That would be money belonging to the government which would reduce the national debt and thereby help all the taxpayers, would it not, sir?" "It might very well be," replied Welsh. * · · * "YOU MIGHT NOT have to raise taxes so much," pur- Slriclly Busin ess sued the Senator from Tennessee, "and in that way benefit all the taxpayers rather than those who merely had the wisdom to buy shares in the corporation." Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas also had some ideas along this line. "If this space communicating is given away to a private carrier," he said, "it will he the first government- created, private monopoly created hy the United Slates government in United States history. "It is my belief that all American taxpayers w'ho have contributed so much already should receive the benefits of their investment automatically and directly." · * * · SENATOR MORSE of Oregon was even more emphatic. He practically served an ultimatum on President Kennedy that he would talk the space giveaway to death if Kennedy persisted in favoring the hig communications companies. llefore He testified, however, there was some interesting b y p l a y 'bftuecn Morse and Republican Sen. Alexander Wiley of Wiscon-sin who, in the past, has opposed government giveaways hut in recent months has seemed vague and indifferent. Kefauvcr, in welcoming Morse as a witness, noted Wiley's vagueness and said: "I am sure Senator Wiley, who is here, joins in welcoming you." "What about Senator Wiley?" asked Wiley, pricking up his ears. · · * * "I SAY I AM sure that you join in expressing a hearty welcome to our colleague from Oregon," Kefauver repeated. "I always do that," responded Wiley, "even when he is wrong I like to see him." Senator Morse then gave this ultimatum to Kennedy: "I say to the President from this witness stand: ·You will make a great mistake if you try to rush this through Congress at this session because you, too, Mr. President, have an obligation to make perfectly clear to the people of this country all of the implications and potential consequences of Ihis legislation'." INDEPENDENT NinnM H. RUfer DMMI H. ***~ HV9I4 M. H«rt -- . Allt. ft PltMMT . 1 M. CM»nml like you to meet the president of the Vineyard Wire Company!" . twrr Ccittot Jr. L A. CHm It Mittrtn I»fr_ Mltot C. SNKt ____ MM*** CfctW N*tL AfvfrtnM* RMrciercrrc **ttr jMm IK. wit* ttlxn l Nfw Y « k _ . , _ Ml FrfT* AtffMv* CM*. ..... ! -- WTMKT IMt. o«rM . ----- PmHtit im u«MMlit ___ Ml f «Mr Tnrar Ltt An««l«« - MS S. S«mn« At*. SM rr»xnn ___ ---- III Mmr ». WnHMftM ntwl t*r*«».. - . . _ ____ M» U»M J ».*»«« f STRICTLY PERSONAL , What Measures Your Success? By SYDNEY J. HARRIS ( I had a luncheon date with a friend of mine who is a doctor. AJ I approached the table. h« was sitting there looking glum and dejected. "What's the matter?" I asked. "This," he said, pointing to a magazine advertisement in front of him. It was an ad for Imperial cars, headed: 'To America's 5.344 Leading Doctors." The ad said: "In the next few days you will receive a letter or a phone call offering you the personal use of a new 19G2 Irnperial." I looked up at my friend. "So what?" "That ad came out a month ago," he said, "and I still haven't received a letter or a phone call from Imperial. I'm a medical failure." HARRIS "How many doctors arc there in trte country?" I asked. "Oh. about 260.000." he said. "So the ad is apparently aimed at the top 2 per cent. But how did they arrive at the exact figure of 5.314?" * * * "DONT WORRY," I said comfortingly. "You may he No. 5.315. It's no disgrace to miss by only one. I don't think the AMA or your .specialty board will look down on you for this omission. You still have a chance with Cadillac, Or maybe the Lincoln Continental people will get in touch." He didn't seem reassured. "I am a leading doctor." he protested, tears springing involuntarily to his eyes. "Last year, I grossed nearly $100,000. I own three apartment buildings, a diversified stock portfolio, two cars, a boat, and am a subscriber to the Wall Street Journal, Business Week. Dun Bradstrcct Reports and Fortune. What more do they want?" * * * "I DONT KNOW," I said soothingly. "We have lo find out on what basis those 5.311 lucky doctors were chosen for a free trial in the Imperial. Maybe it's not the gross amount you make, but the number of patients you see annually that really counts with them." "I'm a dermatologist." he said. "Sixty patients a diy --300 a week, not counting clinic and hospital cases. I have seven cubicles in my office, each of them filled all the time. You can't be busier than that." * * * "NO, YOU CANT," I agreed. "Well, perhaps, you got on Imperials blacklist somehow. They can't sell a car to every doctor; you know. It wouldn't do to have people pointing out an unsuccessful physician who rides around in an Imperial. The public image of the car would collapse." "I realize that," he said ruefully. "It may be something in my past--but I can't think what. I've always paid my AMA dues on time, have regularly written to my congressman opposing all welfare measures, and kick in heavily to my hospital's building fund." "Well, strike back," I advised. "Buy a Volkswagen. That'll show 'em." Town Meeting S l i i H i l i l n ' l Worry A l i o u l Armnl .Molts EDITOR: . In answer to Sol Rahino- vich's letter p r o t e s t i n g armed mobs may I state that he need have no fc.ir on that score. He won't get shot. That the pen is mightier than the sword is a fact that hasn't escaped patriotic Americans who are fighting communism, nor the communists,unfortunately. I American travelers in Italy often remark on the use of the word piano, in other contexts than those related to junior's music lesson. In Italy it mean? "soft," "slow," "slowly" and "floor." The Italian word from which we get piano is niano/orfr. from piano c /nrfc--"softly and strong." or "softly and loud," indicating the range of a piano's volume. Also, when elevator operators ask Che pinno? (What floor?") remember that the. first floor, prinio pwmi. is our second floor, as the I t a l i - ans start counting floor', n/jcr the ground floor, pinn- Irrreno. A final and very useful expression to remember in Italian, using this familiar word piano, is:--C/il va piano, va sono c va lonfano. (Kee vah p'YAH-noh, vah SAH-noh ee vah lohn-TAH- noh.)--"He who goes slowly, goes safely and goes far." (Orx?t .some word in nny language punle you? Put yoiir qi/c.sfion lo "Lnngi/ogrs in Ihr iVwt" In core o/ tlii.t believe the United Stairs must withdraw from the United Nations if our nation is to survive as a republic and our Con«titution is to be preserved. As the Constitution stales, "All treaties made under the authority of the United Slates shall he the supreme law of the land." Therefore as long as we retain membership in the United Nations we are committed to the resolutions, agreements and treaties adopted by it even though such actions would otherwise he tncon- si it u l i o n a I. To he sure Article 2 of the U.N. charter tates that the UX-is not- aulhori.-cd to intervene in the domestic affairs of any state nor is that state required to submit such settlement to the U.N., hut Article 2 may as well never have been written so completely has it been ignored. I have thus far seen very little evidence that the U.N. has taken action toward the kind of freedom our Constitution sought to provide for us and I for one do not want the kind of liberation communism plans for us. Mr. Rabinovich assumes Mr. Khrushchev will he amenable and make concessions. Certainly! He'll concede to sharing our space program and why not, we've gathered a great deal more data than he. He will probably also make disarmament concessions that we will he able to accept, sign the treaty with a nourish and then at such time as he feels our defenses have been successfully lulled to sleep hy his peaceful lullahye, he'll proceed as usual to find an excuse lo withdraw his concessions. No. Mr. Rabinovich, Ihis is not a government merely for the people to he ruled hy those who think they know what's good for it. It is a government of the people, by the people and for the people, one nation under God, and may God grant us the wisdom to keep it that way. MRS. DOROTHY Hi EHRENSilERGr.r Hnl.1 UiMchfr Avenue, Norwalk, Calif.

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