Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California on July 16, 1961 · Page 18
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Independent Press-Telegram from Long Beach, California · Page 18

Long Beach, California
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Sunday, July 16, 1961
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-B-2--INDEPENDENT-PRESS-TELEGRAM ·long ItKh. C«HI., Stmdiy, July II, in I 'They Tell Me He's Taming Down' BOB HOUSER EDITORIAL i With Sandeman the Department Was Way of Life I IF ANY MAN EVER looked the part he played, Long v . Beach Fire Chief Frank S. Sandeman did. He was ; 'a tall, lean, rugged man who had nerve and liked action. But the great thing is that the fire department i ".was not a role with him but a way of life. He not only ·" looked like a real fireman, hut he was one, and the best. His death this week of a heart attack takes from the community a devoted public servant. There is more than rhetoric in the comment by City Manager John Mansell: "No man was ever more dedicated to his city, his department, or his men." * * * CHIEF SANDEMAN HAD A fierce pride in his profession and in his department. He was a determined, positive man who fought hard for the things he thought were right, and just as hard against the things he thought were wrong. When fireworks manufacturers recently sought city approval of so-called "safe and sane" fireworks, he appeared personally before the Council and fought the proposal. He didn't see anything either safe or sane about putting fuses, matches, and inflammable powder into the hands of children. The city rejected the fireworks proposal in an action which could well influence the legislature to tighten up the statewide laws. There's no way of knowing how many lives and how much property will be saved as the result of Sandeman's staunch fight. ' * * * HE THOUGHT CONSTANTLY about ways to improve his department and fire-fighting methods in general. However, he placed great emphasis on safety and prevention. You didn't have to fight the fire you prevented. The efficiency and effectiveness of his programs are reflected by the high rating the Long Beach Fire Department receives from the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and by the low fire insurance rates enjoyed in this city. ' * * * CHIEF SANDEMAN WAS a modern thinker. He recognized the air age and did what he could do to cope with its fire problem. What can be done, for example, to reduce the chances of fire when a plane with wheel trouble conies in for a crash landing? And if fire does start, how can immediate protection be . assured? The need for attention to such matters was dramatized this week by the burning of a jet plane following a crash-landing at Denver. He advocated wider use of a system of fire hydrants at surface level near runways for use in emergencies. And he made an interesting suggestion which opens a whole field of speculation. Why not create an emergency runway with a covering of watery foliage, such as ice plant, to reduce the heat produced by friction between the plane and the hard layer underneath? That may or may not be the answer. The important thing is that the Chief was thinking about it and striving, even in the last days of his own life, to save the lives of others. CAPITAL CAPERS East Berlin Revolt Seen as Possibility By WALTER T. RIDDER, ROBERT E. LEE and WILLIAM BROOM WASHINGTON--The Capital hears there's a real possibility of a people's revolt against the Soviet puppet government in East Berlin. This would add a frightening new dimension to the already critical situation in the divided city, and create a .tremendous new problem for the United States. There would be heavy pressure from some quarters for the U. S. to help the uprising if it occurred. Yet just such an action might provide a big enough spark to the Berlin tinderbox to set off a nuclear war. Officials hope they won't have to face the dilemma. The citizens of East Berlin are hungry, downtrodden and, as is well known, have been defecting in great numbers to West Berlin. Sen. Hubert Humphrey, D-Minn., who visited there last weekend, brought back word that thousands of workers in the eastern, Soviet sector, belong to free trade unions in the western sector. This makes for a two-way pipeline that provides information as to doings in East Berlin and intensifies the annoyance of workers there who are treated far less well than their counterparts in West Berlin. IT'S SAID that Jackie Kennedy is finally beginning to enjoy her job as First Lady. In the beginning she was, according to intimates, rather afraid that she couldn't contribute anything to her husband's execution of his job other than look pretty. The recent European tour on which she was the hit of the show did much to give her confidence that she too could pay a role. Now she's full of all kinds of ideas, not the least of which was using Mount Vernon as the setting for the Ayub Khan dinner. * * * THE VERY SOCIAL activities of the Kennedy administration have given the Capital's society reporters a new lease on life. The gal reporters love it and are constantly consulting with the wives of cabinet officers, White House staff members and other prominent Democrats. Th,e other day a society reporter telephoned Mrs. Dean Rusk, wife of the Secretary of State, and asked the maid if she might (peak with "one of Mrs. Rusk's social secretaries." As Rusk tells the story, the maid called Mrs. Rusk, who wiped her hands on her apron and went to the phone. COSTS' Reader Task Force Assigned Three-Week Interim Study DAVID LAWRENCE Russ Smile at Controversy They Helped Make Over CIA YOU MAY HAVE three weeks to turn in your papers as members of my special task force to provide some answers on a few political questions which I must desert during vacation. Write your idea of the three top Democrats who might challenge Republican Craig Hosmer in the 1962 election for the Long Beach-Lakewood-Signal Hill congressional district, newly-numbered from the 18th to the 32nd. Name three Democrats to challenge Republican Bill Grant in the State Assembly race for the new 39lh Assembly District (being changed from the 70th). Name three Republicans who might oppose Democrat Joe Kennick in the 44th Assembly District, which will keep its number. * ' * * · NOW THAT Mrs. Ora Knudson, Democratic challenger to Grant in the 1960 Assembly race, has been appointed Lakewood postmaster, please write your speculations about what, if anything, will happen about the Long Beach postmastership, now the property of George J. McMillin, appointee of Craig Hosmer. A hint: The Democratic County Central Committee members for our congressional district have recommended Councilman Virgil Spongberg for the job. * * * PLEASE BE AS objective as possible in giving your interpretations of two recent polls in the state. The first poll showed that former Vice President Richard M. Nixon would beat Gov. Pat Brown 53 to 37 per cent if the governor vote were held now. Former Gov. Goodwin Knight would beat Brown 44-37. Former Sen. Bill Knowland would win over Brown 41-40. The second poll, following the first by only a few weeks, shows Californians think themselves to be better off financially today than they were a year ago 40 per cent to 19 per cent, with 41 per cent saying "no change." This 40 per cent vote lias risen from a 30 per cent figure in March 1961, a 19 per cent figure in June 1958. Asked what they expected business conditions to be in 1962, 65 per cent said "better," 9 per cent said "worse," 16 rier cent said "same" and 10 per cent had no opinion. This optimism rose 6 percentage points from March 1961. Finally, a two-part question, one part each for liberals and conservatives. You may address your answer to either side, regardless of your own failh. Part I--Gabriel Green, president of ( Amalgamated Flying Saucer Clubs .-of Amerca, 1960 presidential candidate, will run for the U. S. Senate in the 1962 Democratic primary advocating: restoration of true free enterprise under a unique credit card economy that permits total distribution of the nation's production capacity, discontinuation of nuclear bomb tests, repeal of Landrum-Griffin and Taft-Hartley, full and equal rights for all citizens, congressional investigation of Pentagon secrecy on flying saucers, more senior citizen benefits including medical aid. Question: Wha-a-at? Part II--The Independent American, out of a Louisiana post office box, appeals for restoration of the two-party system in a deadly blast against both Democrats and Republicans. Question: Does this add up to two, one or nothing? Under the title,'America Needs a Conservative Party, Louisiana asks such self- test questions for liberal vs. conservative determination as: "Are you in favor of Big Federal Spending which is creating more inflation and which will soon cause taxes to be increased?" Question: People are no damn good. Yes ; No . WASHINGTON--The Soviet Union is looking forward to its biggest victory in the "cold war"--the possible disruption and disintegration of the Central Intelligence A g e n c y here, which has for m a n y years been a thorn in the side of i n ternation- al c o m m u n ism. The Soviet a p p a r a t u s h a s worked i n m a n y countries to LAWRE--CE try to break down the in- tation to get rid of the agency, or at least to change its functions substantially so that it would be far less effective than it now is, was carried on in various ways. Finally, President Kennedy took action to get at the root of the controversy. He asked Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor--who, as a former Chief of Staff of the Army, knows the impact of intelligence work on military operations --to make a wide-ranging investigation into U. S. intelligence activities. A permanent presidential board, created in 1956 to check on the CIA and other agencies engaged in foreign intelligence, was reactivated. Dr. James R. Killian, Jr., of Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- an able citizen, with an objective point of view on controversial matters, who served from 1956 to 1958 as the first head of the board in the telligence system of its adversaries, but, until recently, nowhere did it encounter such stern resistance to its intrigue as in the United States. Today, however, Soviet agents look with satisfaction at the controversy they have helped to stir up in this country over the activities of the CIA. Long before _ c r » A D C D C A V C the Cuban ''Invasion" epi- SENATOR SOAPER SAYS: sode focused attention on the CIA as a formidable opponent of C o m m u n i s t espiohage, the effort has been under way to convince high officials of the American government that the CIA should be split apart or weakened in its operations. The Soviets do not, of course, work directly. They operate through intermediaries--two and three times removed. Often those who are taken in by the crusades and campaigns of the Communists are totally unaware of it and would be the first to denounce Communist in- Eisenhower administration was reappointed chairman. Summoned to dig into the subject, too, was the President's b r o t h e r , Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who is as anti-Communist as anybody in public life. * * * * WHAT DOES all the studying add up to? Certain changes need to be made to co-ordinate the relations of the CIA with other departments. The question of how secret operations of a quasi- military character shall be conducted is a ticklish one, but by no means unsolvable. The important i s s u e is whether, w h e n all the changes are put into effect, the morale of the CIA will be adversely affected or whether the institution will continue in the same spirit as before its relentless search for information about what the Communists are doing. Public Forum Three of Seven Anti-Teenager EDITOR: I feel you do the youth of our country a grave disservice when you pick UPI and AP news items from all over the country that play up crime among the teen-agers. Page A-3 of July 11 had large black headlines "TEENAGERS A M B U S H , KILL W E A L T H Y INSURANCE MAN" "T E E N-A G E R S THROW BLINDING ACID IN EYES OF AIRMAN" and "4 TEEN-AGERS BOOKED IN FATAL SHOOTING OF GIRL." Only the latter took place in the Los Angeles area, one happened in Texas and one in Mass. Only sev- en articles appeared on this page and these were three of them! Those who work with youth know that we can be proud of our younger generation. But I think it unfair that you should prejudice those who are not in contact with young people by constantly playing up the crimes of a very few mentally disturbed youths. Let's have less tabloid type news in our local paper. MRS. PAUL GRANDLE 3857 Elm Ave. Nikita's Tongue Unclassified By BILL VAUGHAN NIKITA K H R U S H C H E V says that his tongue is his secret weapon. If so, it is the worst kept secret of the cold war. * * * * THE MAN at the next desk describes himself politically as a wild-eyed moderate. trigue. * * » * IT WAS NATURAL that the Cuban affair should afford a chance for an open attack on the CIA. The agi- DREW PEARSON THE TELEVISION industry acts to shorten the time devoted to violence and crime by lengthening the time devoted to commercials. * * * « IT IS NICE of medical science to want to extend our life span, but frankly we'd just as soon not be around when our posterity gets the tax bill for what we've been spending. * * * * THIS IS the happy time of year when we can forget about all the things we were going to accomplish this summer because obviously \ve aren't. THE FAMILY with a swimming pool is as popular as a country with an oil pool. * * * * THE International Committee of Demographic Studies says that blondes are disappearing. The o f f i c e playboy reports that he saw one disappear the other night, just after he had handed his last dollar to the waiter. * * * * THERE IS prestige these days in having the kind of sunburn that blisters and peels, which proves it was obtained on a costly beach instead of from an inexpensive bottle. * « « * ON HIS Peace Corps application, Junior Tippy says he feels he could serve best in areas where the natives speak either English or hot rod. TV Moguls Out for FCCs Minow INDEPENDENT - jPres8«Eelegram Herman H. Danrel H, Rtocer __ HtnU M. Hints -- Sunual C. Camar«n Larry ColFInt Jr. -- MIks EcltY . sinxs . L. A. Cotimi fr. Evtrett Heskblg- Him Kami Publllher Co-Publisher , AsililaM to Publisher Gtneral Manager Boslnen Manager Executive E^ror Managing Editor i Editorial Columnlit _ u __ Sunday Editor Editor Editorial Pasi C«mJc Advtilliwiinl R«preitntattv»: MatrtpclllK Sunday Nlwiptport, IK. Mtmbw Asdit BuriU «4 CltCultJIOM Nation il Rw«intitlY«: RKJder Johni, inc. WASHINGTON -- It's supposed to be a trade secret, but word has been passed out from some of the top moguls of the broadcasting industry to "Get Minow." This refers to the new c h a i r man of the Federal Comm unications C o m m i s- sion, Newton Minow, w h o had the tem e r i t y t o blast crime, s e x , blood- and - thunder television. Certain telecasters have been in a slow boil ever since, and have started a quiet but intensive investigation of Minow's background. If they can come up with something in the way of a smear, they'll use it as hard as they know how. Only t r o u b l e is that Minow has led a very circumspect and apparently PEARSON righteous life. His chief public career was as law clerk to the late Chief Justice of the United States Fred Vinson, a rugged individualist and battler for human rights. After that, Minow joined the law firm of Adlai Stevenson in Chicago where he kept his nose to the grindstone. Minow is happily married, with a young family, and likes to spend his evenings at home. The broadcasters' hunt for skullduggery may be disappointing. Meanwhile, the Federal Communications Commission is continuing to watch crime and sex on television, and the inside word is that TV stations using the "Untouchables" will have their licenses given careful scrutiny when they come up for renewal. * * * * THE NATIONAL Association for Better Radio and Television has described the "Untouchables" as "not fit for the television screen." In a report on a typically brutal, episode, the association c o m m e n t s : "This demonstrates the victory of crime over law for 59 minutes less commercials. As always in this series, there' was much crime, including five violent and horrible murders, one bombing, one stabbing in the back. The gangsters were well dressed, shown in important meetings, had a sense of power, outwitted authorities until last minute when a mistake was made. They made huge amounts of money." * * * * "THE UNTOUCHABLES" focuses on every horrible grimace in its scenes of violence and brutality. Here are a few typical scenes: 1.--Gangsters free a kid- naped man after the ransom is paid, then gleefully machine-gun him in the back as he is running and rolling down a hill. 2.--A wife watches with enjoyment as her husband is brutally beaten, ending in a close-up of his bleeding head. Later he comes out of his stupor, goes to her hotel room and guns her down. 3.--A p r e t t y girl is slapped viciously by a gangster. Later 15 carefree girls are mowed down by machine-gun fire, their terror and agony shown close- up for the audience to relish. 4.--A man who squealed to the law has his tongue cut out. His anguish is horrible to behold. v 5.--A gangster b e a r s down with a heavy boot on the throat of a man lying down. The sponsors which have brought these scenes to the nation's h o m e s include Chesterfield Cigarettes, Sil- vikrin Shampoo, Dial Soap, A n a c i n, Easy-on Spray Starch, and Brylcream Hair Cream. Says Hosmer Poll Replies Inconsistent Congressman H os m e r seems to have thrown caution to the winds when he sent the results of his questionnaire to the Secretary of State and the U. S. negotiator at Geneva. I trust these two gentlemen will analyze the responses with a greater degree of intelligence than did Mr. Hosmer. Many of these questions involve matters of such importance that they cannot and should not be decided by the usually uninformed "man in the street" checking off yes and no answers on a questionnaire. Further, it is indeed naive to call any group of 8,000 "typical of the nation" in a population of 180,000,000. More noteworthy is the fact that only one-third of the constituents took the time to make any response. The best of questionnaires are hazardous. Most are used for very limited purposes. Seldom do experts attempt too draw a conclusion and then only after repeated use and modification. Mr. Hosmer's constituents are, to say the least, rather inconsistent. More than two- thirds "believe winning is going to take higher taxes and foregoing many desirable domestic programs to keep communism from taking over the world and want to get on with the job." Now this same group-- 74% want no withholding tax placed on corporate dividends or savings account interest; they are 2 to 1 against sending a man to the moon for $9 billion; they are 4 to 1 against boosting foreign aid by $535 million; they are 3 to 2 against a $250 million foreign aid contingeny fund; they are 58% against federal aid to teachers. Accord- to Mr. Hosmer these are "the people willing to work, sacrifice and fight if necessary to preserve the United States." It seems quite evident these people are more concerned with the price tag than they are with preserving the peace or winning the cold war. JAMES E. McNALLY 5820 Rose Ave. 'You Can Do Something to Help' EDITOR: Recently a good neighbor took me to the First Presbyterian Church and the minister explained v e r y clearly what communism really is and how terrible to live and perhaps die under its dictatorship. As I sat there someons seemed to say, "You can do something to help." Tell people. Our ministers pray for God's help against this evil but prayers without works availeth nothing, and if everyone who reads the Public Forum would ask his minister or the leader in his church, be it Protestant, Catholic or Jewish, to preach on communism, we shall see a change. EVELYN McLEAN 718 W. 4th St. By CteAtt f. BtrtVti e-.d Rebrrl Slturf wvDinii Among the surprises that awaited the Moiseyev dance group from Moscow during their latest excursion into the capitalistic world was a curious incident that took place in New York City. Members of the Russian troupe were overheard to express their astonishment at the large letters--CMCP --written in many shop windows along Fifth AVe- nue. '. The initials are especially puzzling to Russian eyes, inasmuch as the letters-- CCCP--seen everywhere in the Soviet Union stand in the Russian alphabet' for SSSR (Soyez Sovietkih .Sot- sialisticheskih Respublik -"The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics"). This is because the Russian "C" is our "S" and our "P"-is; the Russian "H". The "M,".is the same in both languages anc one of the dancers offeree the suggestion that maybe the "M" had been substi tuted in honor of "Moi seyev." But what did the cryptii initials really mean? Simply "Chase Manhattan Cr/edi Plan."

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