Independent from Long Beach, California on February 24, 1964 · Page 10
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 10

Long Beach, California
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Monday, February 24, 1964
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P«g. 6-2-1NDEPENDENT «··"· EDITORIAL Can Spring Be Far llchind? 'Intelligent Compromise ; REASON APPEARS TO be getting ; the upper hand in the argument over proposed residential encroach; meat upon the land areas bordering Los Alamitos Naval Air Station, "Owners of land near the big jet runway of the Air Station have been ; trying to build high rise apartments or duplexes on that land. The Naval Air Station and many citizens of the area have resisted such projects as hazardous and contrary to the best interests of the air station and national defense. But now a very promising compromise is being shaped by the interested parties. Under the proposed solution, the air station would obtain the privately- owned land in exchange for some air station land, located at a distance from the dangerous runways and therefore more suitable for residential development Then the air station would lease the newly-acquired land near the runways to the adjoining municipality for development as a regional park. Here is a plan whereby the private land owner is able to acquire and develop land of equal value, a vital air base's runways are kept free of hazardous construction, public safety is preserved, and the public receives land for recreational uses. Nobody suffers a severe loss; everybody is released from the existing stalemate. The solution is still in the formative stage and would have to be approved in Washington, but if it finally goes into effect, it could provide a useful pattern for meeting assaults upon the borders of other vital air defense facilities. At the very least, the proposal is proof that the contending forces in a conflict such as that in Los Alamitos need not merely sit and glare at one another indefinitely. A Great Cause Blurred THE GREAT CAUSES men serve and die for can often be blurred and weakened by the opportunity to make a dishonest buck. This sad truth is exemplified by the current conduct of Spain. In the late 1930s, Spain was torn by one of the bitterest civil wars of modem history. Gen. Francisco Franco led a rebellion against the left-wing republic. The great powers got into the act The Farists, Nazis and Communists sent "volunteers." Franco, a dedicated anti-Communist, fought through to become dictator of a devastated land. To this day, Spain is wracked by the suffering that was brought by war. ' If any man in the world fully comprehends the meaning of communism, his name should be Franco. And yet, and yet -- such is the weakness of human nature--Spain has been selling t r u c k s to Communist Cuba. Furthermore. Spain is making noises to the effect that it will continue to sell to Castro, no matter what the United States, Spain's benefactor and friend, may think about it The profit motive has its unpleasant aspects. HARRIS ..-._ DREW PEARSON Clay, Liston Backgrounds Show Interesting Contrast Diamond Jubilee Review A SUCCESSFUL community project of six months duration (sustaining interest for that length of time is alone quite an accomplishment) will come up for review today when the Long Beach Diamond Jubilee organization holds an awards reception. Some 600 persons have been invited to attend as participants in the celebration which officially closed on Dec 31, 1961 Awards for officials, directors and project directors will be given to 110. We think it is significant that so many people participated in the effort as workers and officials. It is significant, too, that the celebration was a "do it ourselves" effort When plans were under consideration early last year, the steering group pondered proposals for bringing in outside professional direction. It was decided, however, to m a k e the celebration strictly a home-produced and home- directed affair, and happily this plan worked ou^very welt The Jubilee encompassed a six- months array of community events, attended by thousands. It did much to promote knowledge of the city's history and to foster interest in its progress and welfare. Usually, such things are accomplished with some financial pain. Our Diamond Jubilee is a different story. It earned a surplus of slightly over $10,000, the amount to be equally divided between the four major Long Beach hospitals as provided in the charter of the non-profit corporation. All of "these things should make today's post-celebration a most pleasant affair. Congratulations are in order to all who helped put the stamp of success on this effort. WASHINGTON --Regardless of the strength, speed, and stamina of the two giant Negroes who battle it out Tuesday for the heavyweight championship of the world. Charles "Sonny" Liston and s i u s Clay present an interesting contrast. The f i r s t is the son of an Arkansas cotton picker who sired 25 children. He cannot r e ad PEARSON or write »TM^. after the family moved to St Louis. went the way of so many products of the city streets --to a reformatory and jail. The second is the son of a respected Louisville Negro family, reasonably wen educated by ft strict. God-fearing mother, and named for his thrice-great grandfather. a slave, who in turn was named for Lincoln's minister to Russia, Casshis Marcellus Clay- Liston is a man of few JOHN S. KNIGHT Nixon 9 s Foreign Policy Charges Are Much Too Broad, Ineffective DICK Nixon made a talk on foreign policy before the Committee cf 100 in Miami Beach the other night and this is what he said: 1. America has had the wont series of foreign policy failures u n d e r President Johnson that we have experience in any p e r i o d since World War II. 2. If "action'* it not taken now, V i e t N a m c o u l d Sf d o w n t h e KNIGHT drain; Brazil may be taken over by totalitarian elements, and the European Alliance could deteriorate beyond repair. 3. The Johnson foreign policy is inconsistent, uncertain and weak. Mr. Nixon, an unannounced but probably th« leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, thociht the President should go on television and answer three major questions. 1. What is he going to do about Viet Kara? 2. What is he going to do about Castro? 3. What Is he going to do to restore t,e Atlantic Alliance? These are the questions, Nixon said, which Americans are asking everywhere. Nixon's statements were too sweeping and general in nature to serve as ft telling indictment of the Johnson administration. While it is undeniably true that our foreign policies are not going well at the moment, these failures have been cumulative in character and can, in varying degree, be charged to previous administrations i n c l u d i n g Eisenhower'!. It is all very well to talk of the reed for "action" in South Viet Nam. But this is an old problem which baf- flfd both Ike and Kennedy. In an unusual ipeech. Senate majority leader Mike Mansfield "expressed doubt that South Viet Nam'i new ruler. Maj. On. Nguyen Khannh, win prepare his country for a civilian government responsive to the needs and wishes of the Vietnamese people. "The litest coup la Saigon," uid the Senator, "cannot conceivably justify the issuance of a new blank check on oar aid funds and the lives of American servicemen.'* Sen. Mansfield"! remarks Indicate ft spreading uneasi- r.ess that the war m South Viet Nan cannot be won without an all-out commitment from the United States and fu3-scale military involvement Our former Vice-President also wants to know what President Johnson is going to do about Castro. This is s good question. But I have heard the same question asked cf Mr. Nixon in the past and his general reply wai that "we should do everything possible to rid Cuba of its Communist dictator." But what specifically? Before the Committe* of 100. Dick Nixon took ft bold Hand. He recommmended diplomatic pressures, a full economic blockade and. if necessary, a final step. "You can use your imagination about that," Nixon added. Presently, diplomatic pressure! are not proving effective. A blockade would mean using force against Russian, allied and neutral shipping. Nixon*! "final step" suggests invasion and the risk of total war. Other than Barry Goldwater, no other mentioned · Republican candidate has gone that far. We had our chance tt the Bay of Pig!, and muffed it Today, the answers are not to simple. Dick Nixon wai on better ground when he WH critical cf the Johnson administration for not doing enough to strengthen the European alliance. De Gaulle is completely out of hand and Sir Alec Douglas-Home takes a lighthearted view of our objections to Britain's trading with Fidel Castro. Sir Alec says that contented Communists a r e easier to deal with than hungry ones. This is pure rot, and Sir Alec know* it. But, with the British, trade comes first and they close ranks with the Americans only when the common peril is at hand. Still, we roust not permit the Western Alliance to become inoperative or disintegrate. The French, British and Italians are prosperous now and. as Nixon said, we are pleased with their economic vitality. This factor, however, must not lead them, or us. to believe that the Communist program fcr world domination has in any way been changed. INDEPENDENT . C. *rc»in»- M«k»ft* fvfrr ·IKK I. fcm · ·a. U*m nting i words, looks morose »s if nursing a grudge against the world, diy bubbles with verbiage. "I'm gonna drive down Walnut Street in a Caddy on Derby Day." day said last year. "Pretty girlsll be there. I'm cooL man. I'm wanting to know t h e m worse than they want to know me--only they don't know it But next Derby Day III be the heavyweight boxing champion of the world!" Said taciturn Sonny Liston during a drive around Washington last yean "I wouldn't want to live in the White House--too far to carry your garbage to the street" . . . Again, passing the Senate: That's the Seagram Building. Everyone who goes in there takes the Fifth." . · · · * CASSIUS CLAY has had the paternal backing of eleven Louisville men. ranging from Worth Bingham of the Louisville Courier-Journal, to William Faversham. Jr, son of the famed actor. to W. L. Lyons, distiller of Jack Daniel and Old Forrester bourbon. Sonny Liston originally had the backing of underworld leaders. As a result he was investigated by the late Sen. Estes Kefauver and warned to dean himself up. Three years ago. Ray Cole, investigator for the Kefauver committee, told Liston: "You see that brief case over there? It'i all Sonny Liston and it's all bad." But last month, the same Ray Cole told me he had probed Listen'! current connections and found them clean. And on April II last year, after I had taken Sonny to call on Senator Kefauver, the late Senator wrote me: "I wa! glad to see Sonny Liston. I think he has improved a great deaL I saw the other day that he'd gone out to the penitentiary where he had served in the early 50*! and sat down with some of the inmate! and had a talk with them. I thought that was very good." -C3- COMIXG from different backgrounds, with different educations a n d different backers, it is understandable that Clay and Liston should have different interests. But it ii unusual that ere should take cp the cult cf the Black Muslims, the other the Big Brothen and the problems of juvenile delinquency. "I was born a Muslim, Ftn told." Clay recently informed Dave Brady of the Washington Post * My race is descerded from the people of Egypt . . . Africa . . . whose religion has always made them Muslims. The Masons . . . The Shriners imitate the dress of the Muslims. The Muslims don't believe in drinking, smok- inj. taking dope, commit- tins crimes. They teach you to be clean. "Chubby Checker! and women," day continued. The Muslims don't believe in intermarriage cf the races. The white people don't like it either. There's some terrible things going on in this country. A lot of them are happening to the Nejnx .. . You don't know what the Negro in America i! think in g about, and that's why a lot of you are scared. Liston mixes, and I get criticised for associating with my own kind. And that's aH right with me." Asked whether President Lincoln and President Kennedy were wrong in trying to bring the two races together, day replied: They were b o t h shot weren't they?" CLAY'S secretary is named "X." Clay has attended Black Muslim meetings in New York, is reported planning to give part of his proceeds from the fisjit t o m o r r o w to the Muslims. " Uston is giving half of his TV take from the Washington area to Big Brothers. Last year, attcndins the Big Brothers dinner. Sonny sat near the man who a few month! later was to become President of the U n i t e d States. listened as Lyndon Johnson told of hi! early life. "Fn never forget shining shoes, herding goats, hitting the rnad," said the then vice president in his advice to youngsters. "Yet I rate the second highest office of public trust in the greatest country in the world." He advised boy! to study in school, set their goals high, follow the G o l d e n Rule. Earlier. Liston had visited the Senate, received from the vice president a gold wristwatch inscribed. To Sonny Liston from LBJ," which remains today the most cherished cf his possessions. LVTERVIEWED before 800 diners. Liston told in a halting manner of the problemi cf playground*, truancy, and delinquency. The bad kids are told to stay off the playgrounds," he said, "and they're the one! who need them most "I first got into trouble by findin' thing! before they wa! lost." he confessed. Listen was late for the dinner. He had gone cut ta visit Washington'! neglected Junior Village, and itayed there three boon instead of STRICTLY PERSONAL '. ' * · r '* ' % * TFrong Theories Refute Selves ' »·*..» By SYDNEY J. HARRIS Every wrong theory « its own refutation; this if the strength of troth, and the weakness of error. When we say that ."truth will prevail." it is more than sentimental statement or a pious hope. It is a """ --·-- fact. Consider the basic assumption of Marxism. It is that man is primarily a materialistic creature, dominated by economic impulses--and these impulses are ultimately the decisive ones in shaping human history. But Karl Marx himself is a refutation of this theory. When he composed the ··Communist Manifesto," he was not act- in; on materialistic or economic motives. but on moral and philosophical ones. .' He was not a proletarian, nor underprivileged. He came from a comfortable bourqeois family, had » good education, and was not driven to his revolutionary doctrine by need or desperation. · . . . * * * AND THE MINORITY OF MEN who made the Ras. stan Revolution possible were not dispossessed workers, but intellectuals, students, defectors from middle-class environments. They were not acting from econonic motives, but from the same moral and philosophical drives that animated Marx. This is why Marxism has'become, in a way. a modem "religion." If is were true that men acted only, or mainly, for material considerations, there would be no self-sacrifice, no heroism, no placing of principles above comfort and safety. Marx himself, as his father once suggested in a letter, would have been content "to make capital rather than to write about it" The Marxian theory tries to explain a great deal about human society, and some of its early critiques were valid and necessary; but the one thing it left out, the one thing it could not explain, was the reason that men like Marx and Engels placed themselves in jeopardy and disgrace for an idea! that would not benefit them and which they would never live to see. * * * THIS IS THE DECISIVE FACTOR in history, and rot the bare economic motive. And it is this omission.that makes Marxism so tragically wrong and one-sided:, by «*»** «^n to an economic animal, it denigrates the ^^ ^ of ^^ lctiTity th_.t ^a, i t $ own ongin and motive-power. Ideologically, it contains the seeds oi its own destruction. The real battle is not between communism and capitalism, as we mistakenly think; it is between materialism and the human spirit Our materialism is more successful than Russia's--but if, in the process,.we diminish the human spirit, we will be betraying the American dream just as much as Marx unwittingly betrayed his own Messianic hopes. · · TOWN MEETING Asks Development of Other Parks EDITOR; The people living in the E! Dorado Park area should be extremely happy with what has been done for their people. Q Dorado has received more than the park's fair share of the bonds voted for park development. Now they are demanding more. Well what about poor old Heartwell Park? Plans for future development are very vague and Ai-m in the meantime more young people with small children are moving in. The children either play in the streets or have to be taken by car to a park in Lakewood. We feel like orphans in this area. But we soon get over that when we get our Ux bin from the city. Recreation is part of our tax bin. When are we going to get something for children to play on? Long Beach seems to think the elderly should have recreation. The children should too. BERN1CEKEPPLER 37J5 Albury Ave. Disagrees With Phone Strike Stories EDITOR: This past Sunday and Monday, your paper pub- lished a two-part article on the telephone strike, by Mr. Charles Sutton. As a'itrik- ing telephone employe, and as the wife of a striking em- ploye, I can only be indignant, and wonder aloud just how long this flagrant discrimination must continue. At the beginning of this strike, you published ft few stories which could be construed as "straight reporting." One must wonder at the change in your paper's handling of this dispute. It occurs to many that pressure must have been brought to bear, and presumably that other writer has been Mn- ished to the Society page. Mr. Button's story was obviously designed with otie purpose in mind: to frighten the striking C.W.A." members into ft back-to-work stampede, thereby bringing this strike to the conclusion most advantageous to General Telephone. Time will show, I am sure. that Mr. Sutton has failed in his mission; after whs*, it is hoped, he win be af lowed to return to school complete his course in7ii- MRS. LEONA L. 4621 Operetta Drive Huntington Beach Strictly Business one. "An this marble and gold trimmin'f at the Supreme Court, the capitol, and those other places." he said, "and r-o money for these kids at Junior Village. II don't nuke sense." Those are the v a r y i n g views on race, religion, »nd social status of the two men who will be fighting for the world"! heavyweight chasa pionship tomorrow. "My marital itatai? Misenbler

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