Independent from Long Beach, California on April 4, 1963 · Page 23
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 23

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, April 4, 1963
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Pig* . CUlf.. Tan. A«rl «. !HJ EDITORIAL Simple Arithmetic Rails for Rapid Transit? A GROUP OF Southland citizens offer ;a plan which they describe as "the oaly way to go for high-speed, safe, low-cost, sanely-managed inter-corn-inanity transit throughout Southern Cafifornii." '"We've seen too many "definitive" p l a n s for rapid transit shaped and shelved in the past 15 years to accept any proposal as "the only way." * * if BUT ANY PLAN showing substantial preliminary thought deserves the courtesy of an official study. It might, a{ long last, prove to be just the one that will work and attract public support '. The group of planners, who call themselves the Citizens Committee for Better Transportation, propose developing and using railroad facilities. More than 600 miles of track are anil- able, in the metropolitan areas of Los Ahgeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Ventura counties. Existing rail facilities, the group argues, already serve many integral points and "would provide an excellent nucleus for, a more extensive system." As the committee opened its campaign, Assemblyman Tom C Carrell of San Fernando introduced a resolution-in the Legislature caning for a between-session study of how to develop Southland rapid transit. He, too, stressed the possibility of expanding commuter service on the rafl systems. At first blush, it would appear that this plan to use railway tracks fo'r rapid transit is a backward step, since the Metropolitan Transit Authority, created to do something about rapid transit, only recently abandoned rail- commuter service. However, in the background of temporary changes has aljrays been, presumably, the long- rahge plan to use some of the railway rights-of-way in a high-speed rail or monorail system. The trouble is that when MTA recently proposed a 58-mHe rapid transit system whose revenues would be supplemented by taxpayers, the Supervisors cf Los Angeles and Orange-'· Counties turned thumbs down, and nobody could be found to introduce the proposal in the state Legislature. So at this writing, despite years and years of research, no acceptable MTA plan is on the horizon. · Assemblyman Carrell makes no mention of MTA in his resolution, and the Citizens Committee criticizes the * most recent MTA plan as "another fantastic, pie-in-the-sky scheme." This snub and this slap are probably deserved by MTA--if not for its current plan, then at least on general principle. That agency has a melancholy record of inertia, indecision, and delay which no doubt works against any ideas it may submit While the MTA plan may be pie in the sky, the Citizens Committee's plan is far from being a full-blown reality. The interim study committee proposed by Assemblyman Carrell would not report until 1965, and there's no telling what the recommendation might be on this specific proposal Conceivably the report could be negative. For even though the railway tracks are available, · many of them are used for freight service, and few are built for high-speed traveL Could efficient passenger service be operated on lines used by freight? Would the rebuilding of the roadbeds prove too costly? ; * * * BY ALL MEANS, let's find out Meanwhile, the Citizens Committee has at least performed the distinct service of expressing the discontent many persons feel regarding the transportation crisis, so fecklessly met by the agency appointed to solve it STRICTLY PERSONAL AdLanguage Often Unreal By SYDNEY J. HARRIS DREW PEARSON Ted Kennedy Gets Lesson in Costs of Shipbuilding The Minority Will Rule OF 166,623 REGISTERED voters in a district population of about 420,000, a piddling 20,000 of them will vote tomorrow to elect three persons to the five-member board of the Long Beach Unified School District That board governs the scholastic destiny of more than £0,000 full-time, 20,000 part-time students, 4,720 em- ployes and controls a $42 million budget, heftier by $10 million than the Long Beach City budget A field of 10, including three incumbents is standing for office. No BILL SUMNER dramatic issues have been raised and the bid for votes has been largely confined to candidate forums and coffee hours. . ^ , But the trustee offices deserve better attention from the electorate than the typical 12J5 percent turnout Especially deserving, we believe, in view of .substantial 'service and the lack of compelling reasons for change, are the' three incumbents, Dr. Dwight C Sigworth, Jerald S. Jacobs and Ted Sullivan. It is a recommendation without prejudice to other worthy candidates. 'Britain's Wilson: Familiar "·Voice and Serious Words WASHINGTON -- The trouble with watching too much television is that one will see an old British movie from time to time or run aero; s o n e of t h o s e c o m e d yf| groups, such a s t h e o n e c a l l e d -Bey o n d t h e Fringe." This invar i a b 1 y leads to some resUessn e s s or "even dis- SUMNER comfijrt when being addressed by a citizen of Great Britain while you wonder where you have heard", that particular voice. It* was distracting Monday.*, for example, while listening to the Rt Hon. Harold Wilson, O.B.E, MJV. w o n d e r i n g if his voice sounded like that of Alec Guiness, as the leader of the "Lavender Hfll Mob" or of that tall, long-haired chap in v the "Fringe" group who ' speaks from so far back in his throat. * The trouble it, Wflson. leader of the Labor Party and odds-on favorite to be Britain's next prime minister, it sharp-witted and «?rmriig_ too. And one gets the comfortable f e e l i n g while be is discussing something like a nuclear policy for Britain that he is some nice little Britisher appearing on the Jack Paar show. Nqt as a stand-up comedian, or course, bat as a savant, a wit, a coiner of apt aad delightful phrases. WOsoa, 47, is s h o r t . slightly plump, with a beam- ing pink face and bright hazel eyes that sometimes screw tip' to the ceiling as their owner coins a mot He has a fufl crop of graying 5 hair, whitish at the temples | and sides, and puffs on a massive pipe while considering a question. The fact is, of course, that Wilson is not just a whimsical chap sent here to entertain us. but a tough, shrewd politician who is here to see the President. Which might lead to the conclusion either that we should adopt a c o m m o n English language or that some of us should stop watching television and thus conjvre · cp character roles for every Britisher we bear. For there was nothing very lightweight about the proposals Wilson discussed before a National Press Club audience here. · · · · HE REPEATED, for example, his aim to "de-negotiate" the Nassau agreement reached by President Kennedy and Prime Minister MacmiHan, a peculiar agreement not fufrr understood by anyone and one evidently engineered to save British face over the SkybcJt cancellation. Wilson wants America to provide the nuclear deterrent while the rest of the NATO nations do better than they have been doing about p r o v i d i n g conventional forces of war. This it what we really want, too. although we have proposed under the Nassau agreement a nuclear NATO force controlled by some sort of com- mittee arrangement plus the sale, or something, of Polaris missiles and submarine plans to Britain. In not so many words, Wilson views this as idiotic, . as do many on t»« side, and concludes logically that it amounts to the proliferation of nuclear weapons the United States is so concerned about. la r e g a r d to NATO. Britain would remain a firm ally under a Wilson government, would remain firm on the subject of adequate protection on a nuclear test ban and would r e m a i n firm on the subject of West Berlin--its residents should chose the city's destiny, there should be free access and the western powers should remain on hand in some force for the forsee- able future. · 9 · · WILSON DOESNT seem to want to approach anything hat in band, including relations with the United States or membership in the Common Market If its scientists and thinkers were freed, for example, from concerns of developing an independent nuclear capability, well be watching Britain's dust ia Wilson's view, ia several lines of endeavor of a technical nature. Yes. hen natiooaEze steel, and put the government into the transportation and drug industries, which should make Wilson somewhat less than the charming rmn he is to our own drug industry, which carries a sizeable and profitable i n v e s t m e n t in Britain today. WASHINGTON -- Teddy Kennedy, the new 'senator from Massachusetts, flew up to Bethlehem, Pa, recently to try to wean some Bethlehem shipbuilding business away from Sparrows Point near Baltimore and from San Francisco and o t h e r shipyards around the country in favor of. the Bethle-i hem shipbuilding plant at Quincy, just . outside of Boston. . . K e n n e d y PEARSON few with C o n g r e s s m a n Junes Burke of the Quincy, Mass, district, in the Bethlehem Company plane, and came back to Washington by train. The two had a 4^-hour session with Arthur Homer, chairman of B e t h l e h e m Steel, Vice President Edward Martin, and Vice President Daniel Stromeyer, in charge of shipbuilding. The meeting actually became a seminar ia diagnosing Bethlehem's costs. . The President's brother and Congressman B u r k e called attention to the fact that during the past six years the Navy had let contracts for 34 ships on a bid basis, and that Bethkhem's shipyard at Quincy had bid on 17 but was not successful on any. They asked why · costs were so high. had bunt the missile frigate" has set aside $280,000,000. Bainbridge on a non-bid The Bethlehem .Steel offi- thereby acquiring the basis, know-how to reduce its costs. The Bethlehem executive told Senator Kennedy that the reasons for higher costs were labor, pensions, fringe benefits, cost cf delivering steel, and the fact that the Quincy yard spent money on such overhead as ship design. They explained that the Bethlehem yard at Sparrows-Point near Baltimore could roll steel right out of the nearby Bethlehem steel mill without the cost of shipping north to Boston. They also pointed out that Bethlehem is designing a new type of propulsion for destroyers which would cost one-half that of a nuclear ship and require one half the crew, but would be able to attain a speed of 40 knots an hour in four minutes. · » « · BETHLEHEM has developed this at Quincy, and it costs money to hire- the brains for this kind of creative work, the Bethlehem executives said. Other Bethlehem shipyards win profit from the overhead at Quincy. The Quincy yards are now building two submarines and have had contracts for the Bainbridge and Long Beach, the latter a nuclear-powered cruiser. Afl of the above were contracts allocated by the Navy, not awarded on a IN ONE case, the Ingalls S h i p y a r d at.Pascagoula. Miss, underbid Quincy by 36 per cent, while the New York Shipbuilding Company, C a m d e n . N.J-, underbid Quincy by 56 per cent on a frigate. This was despite the fact that the Quincy yard Senator Kennedy and Congressman Burke were concerned over the fact that in 1960 Quincy was employing 13,000 men, and this has dropped to 5300 men today. Senator Kennedy asked Bethlehem executives what chance Quincy has to get the new aircraft carrier for which the current budget Strictly Business rials were skeptical, largely because a low bridge cuts across the Quincy shipyard. which would require the earner to be built in two sections. The completed carrier would not be able to pass under the bridge. Bethlehem also operates a shipyard at San Francisco. and the two Massachusetts legislators suggested t h a t Bethlehem executives study the possibility of sending some of this west coast work to Quincy.' * · * · · LEWIS AND Clark College has initiated a unique type cf . people · to - people education--namely, sending about 150 of its freshman students to Japan, Peru, Mexico and other foreign countries to study. According to' President John R. Howard, it has worked wen. "Some people thought we were being rash and precipitous in sending young students abroad." President Howard told me. , "But we found that it gave them a much greater interest in education. ·One trouble with modern college students is that they lose interest and about 25 per cent drop out at the end of their first year. However, when they come, face to face with communism in Peru or poverty in Mexico or the bulging population problem ia: Japan, they get a' new idea of the world and what education is all about. . * · · - · "I HAVE reached the.con- clusion that young undergraduates, properly screened, make better ambassadors and are better received in other countries than mature adults. Perhaps it is because of their idealism, exuber ance, and initiatve." The Lewis and Clark students lira in the homes of foreign families while studying abroad, at a very modest charge. The whole trip costs them $250. And when the citizens of the local country find that these young Americans are not tourists, but come at their own expense to learn the language and study the culture and problems of that country, they have been overwhelmed with kindness. INDEPENDENT ' ' · · Purely Personal Prejudices: It is the most common of delusions to think that if we bid only one thing aaore-^- better health, more money,' another love life -- we .could then be happy; and the bitterest potion is preserved for those who attain this goal and then find that . . . there is ·' one thing more needed. · ' · . . The language of most advertising bears no relation to · human speech, and that is why it takes so much repetition and volume to get through to human ears; like the phrase on the jar of jelly I was eating from at breakfast today: "Fresh Fruit Good.? What person has ever said to himself, "Mmm-m-m, this jeDy is fresh fruit good!"? ' , . . ' . Those who insist that we mast act like the Russians ia order to "beatTM the Russians (whatever that can mean . these days) ought to ponder the remarks of George Orwell: "1 always disagree , when people end by saying that we can only combat HARRIS Communism, Fascism or whatnot if we develop an equal fanaticism-- for it appears to me that one defeats the fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself, but on the contrary by using one's intelligence." : * * * (AS ILLUSTRATION, it must be added. Orwell ' pointed out that "A man can kin a tiger because he is not a tiger, and uses his brain to invent the rifle, which no tiger could ever do,") ~ ' Unless the encroachments of age are "blurring my judgment, it seems that the quality of airlines stewardesses has been graduaHy deteriorating since 1 first became a regular patron more than 20 years ago; at that time, they were sharp, competent and personable; nowadays the smiles are as bright and the legs as trim, but that's an. - More confusion is caused by the word "flesh" in the '' Bible than by almost any other; when we are warned against "temptations. of the flesh" we take it to mean physical temptations, but this is not at aH what St Paul had in mind, as any theologian win tell you. · - . * · · ' · * ' *" . r LIKEWISE, most people would be astonished to leara the author of the merry couplet "Who loves not women, ' wine and song -- Remains a fool his whole life long.". None other than the" "strict" Martin Lather. . · · - · » - · . Lovers' quarrels are a way of testing their love, not · repudiating it; they are a means of renewing love frdn the doubts, the apprehensions and the fears that are attendant · ' upon passion; and unless the quarrels are too frequent or too fierce, they possess a self-healing quality. : ' Town Meeting * Notes Dramatic Modern Paradox EDITOR: Ever stop to think of the paradoxical drama being enacted before our very eyes these days? " -_ We have the United States of America, founded on the belief in morality and extolling spiritual principles throughout its nearly two centuries of history. In the opposite corner, Communist Russia, completely amoral, atheistic, and with afl its eggs ia the one basket of crass materialism. So what happens? In order to win the great battle "for men's minds," spiritual America pours billions of her citizens' dollars down the materialistic rat hole called "foreign aid" -- while the materialistic So- .LANGUAGES in the NEWS ly CTlrftt I. l«rCtl Vice President Johnson recently received favorable press reaction* in L a t i n America because he gave a friendly hug -- abrazo (ah- BRAH-thoh), in Spanish, to the Dominican Republic's ·It says yon didn't say 'pretty pteaser ·CD- President Bosch. The abrazo is a well established Latin custom indulged by everyone, even by heads of state when visiting each other. Spanish letters, between friends, are often signed with con en fuerte abrazo ("with a strong hag~), or con en cordial apreton de manos ("with a cordial handshake, or handclasp"). American diplomats, following the custom of the -abrazo, may reflect that, although it is more effusive than the Anglo-Saxcn handshake, it is less effusive than the French accolade (a kiss on both cheeks), given ceremoniously on the occasion of awarding decorations, military or otherwise. The most effusive of aH are the, Russians, who are liable to greet each other with a resounding kiss, in Russian, potselai. viet Union makes its'appeal (phoney though it may be) to the loftier desires of mankind for "a better world." . - la the area of spiritual appeal, we could ·via the victory hands down. Instead, we submit to blackmaJLand try to upend the immutable truth that friendship ijrnot a negotiable commodity^ · · · · PERHAPS we should make it dear to the needy nations that the Pilgrims were needy too. And that material blessings come as a by-product of spirtual strength--not as the result of aa outstretched hand accompanied .-by a threat to join the Reds if aid is not forthcoming. la other words^ 'they should be told to go to blazes. We need never fear any combination of fictions whose strength is the weakness of a materialistic philosophy. WILUAM D. GRAFF 1619 Atlantic Dr. ' Compton ; £ Disagrees With'T Review of Play EDITOR: =vjc ; I don't know whea I've been so angry as when I picked up the Saturday evening paper and read the review on "Most Happy Fel- Jow~l I saw it opening night and thought it was a credit to Long Beach, and things like this «iH put Long Beach on the map. But for any person to single one person out of the whole group and run him down, when he it only aa amateur, I thought was poor taste. Besides, the dances were not the same, and I thought they-were good and very wen doae. AL HINDMAN I704S S. Lakewood Blvd. BeHfiower GOP May Earn :,",2 War Parly Label «- EDITOR: ,~m Only a few years ago the Republicans won the Presidency by carrying t h e "peace party" label. Today, the vocal leadership of the party seems to prefer bel- ligerince to diplomacy. * . - The inane can f or aa b- vasica of Crfra at a'time: when no military threat from that tiny island exists,.is sheer demagoguery. The Grand OH Psrty maVyen earn the war pany libel by the cext election. Most people prefer coexistence to BO exjtence after. alL " MRS. E. DAWSOX 2235 Mira Mar Ave.

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