Independent from Long Beach, California on March 14, 1966 · Page 11
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7 L. A. C. SAYS Kind of Objectivity Needed in Schools Scandal Simmers in Senator Bodd's Handling of Huge Campaign Fund INDEPENDENT--Pag* B-3 Such, CJlil, Mm., MircX U, \Ht MANY OF OUR readers were shocked at the result of polls taken among high school and college students. They could not understand how American young people could feel that the profit system was not necessary for survival of our free enterprise system, and that there is "practically no competition in business I o d a y," and that "it would be satisfactory to eliminate all economic problems by taking from the wealthy and giving to the poor." * * * THE READERS ask why there is not a greater emphasis placed on the difference between socialism and the free enterprise system. 1 was reminded of this by a Reader's Digest reprint from the San Diego Union headed "An Object Lesson." It \yas as follows: .^Recently I heard of a schoolteacher who, after explaining socialism and communism to her class, was astonished to find that her pupils were attracted to this idea. So she said to them, 'For one week, you who make, the good grades will share with those who do not make good grades.' At the end of the week, the top students were not doing as well as usual. They objected: 'We don't like to haye what we earn taken from us and; given to those who are not making such good grades.' " M e a n w h i l e , those whose grades had been low were even lower the last few days. They admitted: 'We don't even try any more, since we know you will give us enough to make ail the grades even.' "It suggests that ours is the better economy because it doesn't destroy initiative and individualism/' ain, 71 cents in Italy, 45 cents in Poland. In Sweden, where socialism is viewed as a great success, the pay is $1.51. J The cost of living is lower in these countries, but so is the standard of living. Nowhere on earth has history e v e r shown greater benefits than is provided for the U. S. people. We need to impress that fact on every student in every school in this country where individual incentive is the driving force for achievement.--L.A.C. (t.A.C.'s column, by L. A. Collins Sr., lile oher columns, is an expression of personal opinion and does no) necessarily reflect ihe considered opinion of this newspaper.) Fast Life By HARRY KARNS GOP NATIONAL Chairman R a y Bliss believes the political climate now favors the Republicans. But, say, isn't that an umbrella he's got tucked under his arm? * * * LYNDON ASSIGNS Hubert to think up ways of keeping young people busy and out of trouble. W h i c h sounds like an assignment to keep Hubert busy and out of trouble. * * * PEOPLE AROUND the office are looking smug. The fellow who is always telling others how to plan their affairs showed up last week in a new Studebaker. * * * A YUMA FAMILY has 20 barbers in it. And, we would assume, not one rock and roll singer. * * * MARCH IS that time of year in the Plains states when the church steeples and water towers begin to stick up out of the snow. * * *DON'T CONCLUDE that Selective Service was thoughtless in drafting the father of seven children. Perhaps a sympathetic board member ran his finger down the draft list, paused, and said: "Now here's a fellow needs a little vacation." WASHINGTON --The deeper this column digs into the dealings of Sen. Thomas J. Dodd, D-Conn., the stronger is the smell of scandal. This column has made a painstaking search, for example, into the financial records of his 1964 campaign. The senator from Connecticut must have raised at least $500,000, yet aides swear he couldn't have spent more than $130,000 on the campaign. Money contributed to help pay his election expenses have been traced to his personal bank accounts. This column has evidence, for example, that Dodd used campaign money to pay off private debts, finance home improvements, and take care of other personal expenses. His official report to the state of Connecticut, dated Dec. 3, 1964, claimed contributions of $167,497.67 and expenditures of $174,159.44. The collections were at least triple the amount reported, and the expenditures were padded. * * * THE LARGEST EXPENDITURE he reported was $110,000, which was supposed to have been paid to the Randall Advertising Agency for radio, television and newspaper advertising. Yet the actual budget submitted by Randall was only $101,306.31. Though a few extras were added during the campaign, these were wiped out by economies. Indeed, the agency refunded $1,000 in its final accounting to Dodd. The senator also reported two payments to University Press of Cambridge, Mass., totaling $10,200, for campaign printing. A c o m p a n y spokesman recalled that University Press had done absolutely no printing for Dodd in 1964. In fact, the company wrote off as a bad debt a printing bill left over from the senator's 1956 campaign. Dodd charged the entire $5,500 that he ran up on his American Airline credit card in 1964 as a campaign expense. A breakdown reveals this included personal travel for himself and his family, including a Florida vacation trip. One of the most puzzling entries was $1,105.22'' that was supposed to have been paid to Western Union for campaign telegrams. T h e actual Western Union bill was one-tenth that amount, or $105.69. Do.dd also lists as campaign expense $697.50 paid to photographer Vincent Shields, who doesn't recall taking any campaign pictures. He was actually hired to photograph the Dodds' 30th wedding anniversary party. A small $187.58 payment to Jersey Airways was also charged to the campaign. This was what it cost the senator to fly from the Democratic DREW PEARSON Convention in Atlantic City to Westerly, R.I., the nearest airport to liis North Stonington, Conn., home. Because he had appeared on a pre- convention telecast for the Metro- media television stations, however, Metromedia reimbursed him for the flight. Metromedia check No. 13583 for $187.58, dated Oct. 10, 1964, was deposited in Dodd's personal account. The senator even claimed a $57 expenditure for an electric heater for campaign headquarters. However, the $57 heater was installed, not at campaign headquarters, but in his North Stonington home. The petty padding also included $579 to Schneider's for campaign "luncheons" and $221.75 to the Congressional Country Club for "political meetings." Schneider's is actually a liquor store where Doild bought booze, and the bills from the Country Club show that the entire $221.75 was spent by Dodd's family for swimming and snacks. It is at least an interesting coinci- dence that Dodd was able to throw a gala wedding party for his daughter, Martha, on Oct. 12, 196-1. This come at a time that he was having difficulty raising $5,000 to meet a personal note. Though desperately short of personal funds, Dodd suddenly came up with the money for an extravagant wedding--complete with a pheasant- and-champagne breakfast, a f u l l orchestra, and a wide-open bar at the fashionable Hartford Club. * * * THERE ARE OTHER discrepancies in Dodd's financial records which should interest the Senate Ethics Committee. This column has offered to turn over the evidence to the committee, but the committee, so far, has seemed more interested in finding out how t h i s column obtained the damning documents. There was no such interest, incidentally, when Dodd's own investigators secured documents from State Department files. The Ethics Committee was established as an outgrowth of the Bobby Baker scandal, to protect the Senate's good name. Its chairman is John Stennis, D-Miss., mid the other members arc Mike Monroney, Okla., Eugene McCarthy, Minn., Democrats; with Wallace Bennett, Utah, John Sherman Cooper, Ky., and J a m e s Pearson, Kans., Republicans. This time the man under criticism is no mere Senate aide who can be investigated without implicating senators, but a member of the inner circle. Under these p a i n f u l circumstances, it will be interesting to see how the Senate Ethics Commilteo handles the Dodd investigation. MEDICINE AND YOU By BEN ZINSER M^icil tcKnct EtfUtr ALTHOUGH PROOF still is lacking, some physicians fear that the drug echothiophate iodide, used in the treatment of glaucoma, may cause cataracts. Dr. Andrew de Roetth Jr. of Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, says in a report in the AMA Journal: "During the past year many of my colleagues have noticed the development of cataracts in their glaucoma patients treated with echothiophate iodide." The drug is administered as drops. He says a preliminary investigation disclosed occurrence of lens opacities in 19 glaucoma patients after use of the drops. Meanwhile, another researcher, Dr. A. Holmberg, reporting to the Scandinavian Ophthalmologlcal Society, says cataracts will develop in half o( all eyes treated with echothiophate iodide, compared to only 10% of eyes treated with pilocarpine. Dr. de Roelth says findings so far, although suggestive, do not conclusively prove that the drug is capable of causing cataracts to form. , Nevertheless he says: "I would be somewhat reluctant to employ echothiophate iodide In most cases of early glaucoma where other (drugs) such as pilocarpine are likely to be effective." ,lT WOULD INDEED be an objective lesson if applied to every class in a school. There would be many objections from parents who would fear their children might be given an inferority complex if they were in the lower - grade groups. But it might be such an example would inspire many of them to try harder to be in the upper-grade groups. IWith the many welfare programs extended to provide easier a c c e s s to unemployment payments, greater freedoms to demonstrate against our economic system and to expect guaranteed jobs and'incomes, we need to impress on our youngsters the fact that the greatest benefits to be achieved will come from a willingness to accept responsibility for their own endeavors to better fit themselves for the free enterprise incentive system. * * * ·IT MIGHT ALSO be valuable to inform the students as concerns what the United States worker 6 a . r n s compared with countries where socialism is a major factor. A Time magazine report lists the average family pay in this country as $2.64 an hour--compared with 60 cents in the USSR, $1.20 in Brit- GEORGE ROBESON Pay-Phones in the Affluent Society I MUST TAKE A WEEK OFF, I said to myself a dozen days ago. I must needs go out into the world and commune with nature and find the again Ihe deeper, permanent values of life. 1 must, while I'm at it, whoop it up. And so I took a week's vacation. I caught the flu on the first day and spent the next few days in bed in a state of delerium, brought on by fever and the realization that I-had gotten sick on my own time. The last time I took a week off was", as I recall, last September. My car's engine blew up the first day, leaving me wheelless and penniless. I remember saying at the time that it's a good vacation that's worse than work. I am glad to be back at the office, out of harm's way. I prefer to think of my time off as work and my job as a vacation. As a matter of fact, the boss has made s e v e r a l ominous allusions to that recently. The only happy thought through it all was the knowledge that I need not be in any big hurry to pay my ·V» emirNE*. IK. "I wonrfer w/irt makes Senator Fulbrigfif J phone bill this month. General Telephone doesn't need the money that', badly. * * * I KNOW IT ISNT. hurting for operating cash because its collection people apparently are in no rush to collect the loot from pay-phones. Just before I left work to die, I tried to make phone calls on two dime- snappers so stuffed with change that they wouldn't function at all. And in that same week, the owner of a local cocktail lounge called the telephone company to ask for a collection man to empty the coin box because his phone wouldn't work, General sent a repairman. "You're right," said the repairman. "It's too full. I'll have to report it, and the company will send a man with a key." The company didn't, so the innkeeper called the telephone company from a pay phone down the street the next day. The company sent a repairman. "You're right," said the repairman. "It's too full. I'll report it, and they'll send the collection guy." After four days and five repairmen, all of whom agreed the coin box was too full, General Telephone sent a bag-man with the key to the box. And just in time, too, because the bar- owner was about to contract with a burglar to pop the coin-box and get the thing working again. AFTER THE NEWSMAN'S anatomy lecture a couple weeks ago in which 1 viewed with alarm the number of people who are being injured in the fracas, hurt in the ruckus and rammed in the intersection, several medically- minded readers pointed out that I had missed a portion of the anatomy in which bullets often lodge: the "yet." The readers claim to have seen a story a couple of years ago in which a woman was. shot by her husband. She languished in the hospital for awhile and the bullet, according to the story, "is in her yet." Earl Green and Howard Armstrong and a host of others swear they saw the story. Come on, now, guys, I don't think anybody really wrote it that way. 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