Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 11, 1976 · Page 30
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 30

Tucson, Arizona
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Wednesday, February 11, 1976
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1976 ive Investigative Reports · Analyses - Opinions Of Others TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN · PAGE 31 A ^conservative radical's' new ideas How to get schools back to teaching J A M D A cnrtrn***, , .. - V_*X By WILLIAM RASPBERRY It took a little while to see where the Rev. Jesse Jackson was headed. "This might break a favorite habit of yours," he told a morning assembly at Washington's Dunbar High School just as he started his honors day talk one day this week, "but since the place has a roof on it, and since it's warm in here -- why don't you young men just take your hats off." There was some giggling, some applause (particularly from the teachers and parents who were there) and some embarrassment. But every last hat came off, and the director of Operation PUSH, the former lieutenant of Martin Luther King, the Chicago based "country preacher," was in control. The control was absolutely vital to his secondary mission in Washington, D.C. -- getting young black people to develop the self-respect and discipline he believes is necessary for their academic success. (His primary mission is the running of a revival at the 19th Street Baptist Church and helping to launch a Washington affiliate of People United to Save Humanity -PUSH.) This fiery phrasemaker, ostensible radical and revolutionary is revealing himself as a thorough-going conservative with an abiding -- and infectious -- faith in the old values. He also is showing that he understands the value of symbols, of which doffing hats is one. Mr. Jackson recently visited high schools around Washington, talking to students not about revolution but about their responsibilities as civilized human beings. In a between-sessions interview at his hotel room, he likened himself -- not quite so immodestly as it sounds -- to a Moses just arrived in Canaan. "You know, when the Israel- Jesse Jackson ites got close to Canaan and the physical struggle was over, they turned to worshipping the golden calf, fighting among themselves and generally lost the sense of what they were about. Moses Letters to the Editor Rescue work imperiled Editor, the Citizen: I am a former member of the sheriff's search and rescue organization. In 1958, three Boy Scouts died in a snowstorm on Mt. Wrightson in the Santa Rita Mountains. Prior to that time, there was no organized search and rescue organization and the search for the youths attracted vast numbers of instant volunteers who created chaos because they had little leadership, training or preplanning for the operation. Many members of the community who were outdoorsmen recognized a need for a search and rescue organization. Several friends and I banded together with many other people to fulfill that need and for many years we responded to the sheriff's call lor each and every mission regardless of day or night. I dropped out of search and rescue in 1965 because of the bitter, back-stabbing politics that was generated between groups that splintered off for one reason or another, each trying to become the predominant group. That same uncomfortable political atmosphere has persisted from that time to this. It is obvious in the light of past and recent history that the sheriff has no alternative but to reorganize the search and rescue organization to prevent the loss of dedicated volunteers and possibly the loss of a life due to the friction that is inherent in the present system. I believe that volunteers who are now in the several parts of the organizations should sign up with the sheriff's new organization if they are really interested in a lost or hurt person and not politics. EDWIN J. HIGGINS 5758 S. Morris Blvd. Keep away from drugs Editor, the Citizen: The Citizen's Jan. 26 editorial entitled, "A Trip To Mexico Now Too Chancy?" presents an unfortunately distorted and pessimistic view of the dangers of traveling in Mexico. For the past four years, I have directed a large summer school for Americans in Guadalajara. An average of 600 persons of varying ages and both sexes has lived and studied in our sister city for periods ranging from six to eight weeks. Although I have often assisted persons with problems related to "culture shock," I have yet to undergo my first experience of having to liberate a student or faculty member from a Mexican jail. Whether Americans are treated worse than Mexican prisoners in such places is difficult to prove. Certainly, Americans are much less likely to "know the ropes" than are Mexican prisoners, are more likely to have difficulty communicating with jailers and fellow inmates and may be more subject to exploitation by unscrupulous jailers and attorneys who assume they have money at their disposal. Undoubtedly, some innocent American tourists have been victimized by Mexican officials. However, their numbers are small indeed when compared with the number of persons who visit Mexico each year. A tourist boycott, which seems to be what the Citizen is suggesting, would harm far more people -- those many Mexicans who depend upon tourism for their only livelihood -- than it would help. What we all must do is keep up the pressure on the Department of State to make greater efforts toward assuring that American citizens who are charged with crimes in Mexico and elsewhere receive humane treatment. I shall continue to advise Americans contemplating travel to Mexico to go and enjoy themselves, provided they do not plan to buy, sell or take illegal drugs or to associate with persons who do. JAMES E. OFFICER 62] N. Sawtelle Ave. . Pleased with IRS Editor, the Cituen: I would like to speak in defense of a much- maligned branch of the federal government -the Internal Revenue Service. I am particularly obtuse about mathematics and following directions as in the standard 1040 fo*rm. For the last three years, I have enjoyed the right to have my tax figured at the local IRS office. Recently, after a sales transaction that changed my tax for 1975, it had to be reworked. Articles have been printed about taxpayer harassment by this agency and that nemesis of the taxpayer, the auditor. In my case, I was treated with great courtesy and efficiency, and the auditor was a charming young woman who is a walking computer. I have not had experience with other offices, but the Tucson staff of the IRS is made up of courteous, capable, hardworking people. EMMA B. KUHNS 8835 N. Hickory Drive Who needs spies? Editor, the Citizen: There is no denying that the FBI and CIA needed a thorough investigation to clean up and correct faults and covert acts that went beyond reason. There also is no denying that curbs and better supervision are required on their future conduct. But why should some politicians go to such extremes to expose these acts? Are they just trying to make political hay out of this unfortunate affair? It is said that Russia has many spies in the United States. The only thing I am curious about is why such spies are needed when politicians are willing to publicize so much. If these politicians were half as enthusiastic in cleaning up some of the tragic weaknesses and shortcomings of the House and Senate as they are in making public the faults of others, we would have a much better legislative body. ALBERT E. LEWIS 101 W. River Road TmforMo' Editor, the Citizen: I would like to point out that Ronald Reagan was divorced, the Rockefellers both were divorced, Mrs. Ford was divorced, and I could name a few more. However, we did have a president (Richard Nixon) who had only one wife and it is reasonably certain that he did not have affairs, but what he did to this country we will not be able to live down for years. Inflation, taxation, unemployment and crime all flourished during his leadership. What we should look for in a president is a man who is not of retirement age, who has proven to be a man of integrity and who will try to lead this nation to a better life than we are enjoying today. After listening to all the contenders, I believe that Mo Udall is the most logical. If the delegates do not make an error, the American people will remember the mistake they made in giving Richard Nixon a landslide and will send Mo Udall to the White House. SALLY CANTERA 1915 E. 9th St. Bicentennial rip-off Editor, the Citizen: 1 am writing in protest of the biggest rip-off of the bicentennial so far this year. Our school, Amphitheater Junior High, went to the Freedom Train and found it was a great big money-making machine. We arrived at 10:45 a.m. and finally got on the train at approximately 2:15 p.m. The train was interesting but was not worth the wait we had. Also, the prices on things were outrageous. For example, at the souvenir stand they were asking $2.50 for a half-dollar size copper coin that said "American Freedom Train" on it. At the concession stand, they charged 60 cents for a hot dog and 35 cents for a small drink. ROBERT SCOTT 5520 N. Bonita Place All letters bearing writer's (rue name and address will be considered for publication. The editors reserve the right to edit letters l« the Interest of clarity and brevity. Mailing address: Box 267S7, Tucson 8572C had to risk his popularity by going to the mountain top, not for a bigger budget but for Ten Commandments of ethics by which civilized people live. It was a prophetic thing he did. "Well, that's where we are now in the straggle. You can talk black and be popular, you can argue for a bigger budget and more concessions and be politic, or you can be prophetic and say what needs to be said." And what needs to be said he summarizes in the formula he repeats at every opportunity: "Nobody will save us from us -but us." He won't call them commandments, but ' Mr. Jackson has been espousing ten points which he believes will lead to the restoration of discipline and academic excellence in the public schools, in Washington and in urban centers across the land. I won't list them here, but their essence is self-respect and self-control. He expressed shock, for instance, at the presence of uniformed police officers in some of the schools and told the student athletes (his emphasis is always on the boys) that they should assume it as their job to become "peace brothers" for the maintenance of discipline in their schools. He repeats many of his points during his revival sessions because he believes that churchgoing parents may be important as "the institutional group capable of sustaining something past the moment." One of his notions is that, for at least a year, report cards should not be sent home with the students but that parents should be required to come to school to pick them up and to discuss their children's educational progress. "If the parents don't show up we ought to send a citizen's equivalent of the truant officer to go looking for them." This civil rights radical is conservative enough 10 believe that one source of the discipline problem in the schools is that the schools are too informal. As a remedy, he would institute regular fall and winter convocations at every high school (shirts and ties for students, full academic regalia for teachers). Principals could lake advantage of the convocations and their state-of-the-school messages to extract pledges that "If I take your children's hats or dice or cards, or if I take their radios and sell them and put the money in the senior class treasury, [ won't have to fight you in court." He would have the mayor and City Council proclaim weekdays between 7 and 9 p.m. as a "citywide study hour" as a means of helping parents to tear their children away from their TV sets. "And somewhere around 10:30 ought to be bedtime," he declares. "If Johnny can't leam because he is hungry, that's the fault of poverty. But if Johnny can't pay attention because he's sleepy, that's the fault of parents." He would enlist fathers for regular school patrol duty and demand that radio disc jockeys "assume another level of responsibility since they program more of our children's minds than their parents and teachers." And he would have everybody abandon the rhetoric that leads black youths to see themselves as society's victims rather than as human beings with the capability of controlling their own destinies. "What urban education needs is not more money but more parents willing to give their children care, motivation and chastisement -- the will to leam," he declared. "Do that, and these other things will become less of an issue -- things like budgets, or such nonsense as black children can't leam from white teachers." Copyright 1976 Arizona Album Eighty-three years ago in the Old Pueblo TUCSON, AR'XONA TERIUTORY, FEB. 11, IH9S Signs of progress C. F. Hoff today received another subscriber to the telephone exchange, making 50 in all, the full capacity of the present switchboard. A larger board will probably be added before long to accommodate the increasing business. » « » The boys who are putting in the wires and fixtures for the proposed electric lights report that already they have wired about 90 places and that by the end of the week the number will be over 150. Fourteen large volumes of records of births, deaths, marriages and city assessments which, with other books and papers constitute Assessor Hayes' official library, and all the books, papers and thousands of valuable records in Mr. Judd's department of the City Hall are supposed to be secure from the filching hands of mayhap interested individuals as well as from the fiery tongues of possibly future flames in an old redwood wardrobe in one comer, and an antique glass-front bookcase in another of the city building. Compiled by Yndia Smailey Moore, Citizen historical editor From the Arizona Citizen Evans and Novak " Illinois: Ford's Waterloo? Grass roots support for Ronald Reagan within the dwindling but ever more conservative Illinois Republican party threatens to make a Waterloo out of a state still regarded by President Ford's national strategists as total insurance against early reverses. The Illinois primary March 16 has always been counted on in the Ford campaign for an overwhelming victory in a major industrialized state to negate possible earlier losses in less significant New Hampshire and Florida. But if Mr. Ford loses those primaries, at best he could hope for a narrow win in Illinois and at worst a shattering defeat -- a Waterloo -which would conceivably bring an incredibly early end to the incumbent President's campaign for the nomination. Although Mr. Ford still leads in private Illinois polls, far greater Reagan intensity at the grass roots makes it unwise for the President to depend on this state to salvage his campaign. This contrasts sharply with assurances given Republicans nationwide by Howard H. Callaway, the Ford campaign chairman. Scarcely three months ago, Callaway was privately predicting 90 per cent of the vote in the preferential primary (called the "beauty contest" here because it does not affect delegates) plus 100 out of 101 delegates (the only Regan delegate being his state chairman, Rep. Philip Crane). This nonsense has been counteracted by sober, confidential reports to the White House that Reagan could win a third of the delegates elected by district on March 16. But, seemingly bemused by presidential invincibility, even these Ford partisans assume a runaway in the beauty contest. Former Gov. Richard Ogilvie, Mr. Ford's state campaign chairman, publicly predicts 2-to-I victory. Such continuing unrealistic forecasts are based on a gross overestimate of what the President gained in enlisting almost the entire Republican hierarchy, headed by Ogilvie and Sen. Charles H. Percy. "You have to start by understanding this fact of life," one prominent pro-Ford Republican confided to us. "There is simply no party organization in Illinois today." Thus, Ford endorsements by county chair- Ann Landers men have limited significance, particularly in downstate Illinois where Reagan is strongest. Intense Reagan support among Republican activists has caused some party leaders to abandon the Ford ship and head for the uncommitted lifeboats. County chairman James Christopher of Peoria first endorsed the President but switched to uncommitted when shown a poll of his precinct commitleemen backing Reagan. While 10 of 11 Republican congressmen (all save Crane) support Mr. Ford, four are not running as Ford-pledged delegates -some because they fear rank-and-file reprisals. Ogilvie, widely considered the greatest governor of Illinois in the post war era, is still resented by grass roots Republican activists as a big tax, big government turncoat; his presence may hurt the President as much as it helps him. Sen. Percy is probably the most popular politician in Illinois today, but he remains a liberal anathema to Bourbon Republicans. Reagan forces, consequently, rejoiced when the President listed Percy among his vice presidential prospects. Moreover, the Ford campaign clearly dissipated its huge head start. Ford forces have just got around to appointing township coordinators in Chicago suburbs, a step taken weeks ago by State Rep. Don Totten, an organizational wizard running the Reagan campaign. One delegate candidate running uncommitted, contacted recently by Percy, told him this was the first call he had received in behalf of the President after literally hundreds from Reaganites. One additional and highly emotional ingredient must be mixed in: militant anti-abortion forces in Illinois are all out for Reagan and are being integrated into his organization. Consequently, the President's supporters rely on an Illinois pre-primary appearance on the President's limited campaign schedule. Bui what he needs more than visibility here is a threshold victory in New Hampshire or Florida. Otherwise, one of the President's biggest names in the state told us, "We'll have to start thinking about an alternative to Reagan." Copyright 1976 Dear Ann Landers: I'm a 16- year-old male whose mother is ruining my nervous system. Today ! had a very rough day in school, got home -- beat -about 5:00 p.m., and decided to lake a little nap. Mom came home (from shopping) at 5:30. She woke me up and started to yell, "How come you haven't started supper yet?" I told her my day was tougher than hers -- and that's when everything hit the fan. Why is H mothers don't realize that school is not just play? My homework assignments take at least three hours every night. (I'm an honor-roll student and work hard.) I keep my room neat and help Mom get supper. I empty the trash and do errands and odd jobs around the house. Her favorite line is, "School can't be that hard. When I was your age .. ." Then I get the broken record. ' Being an honor student is no easy job Please be on my side. I need it. -- BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS Dear B.S.T. [ am on your side. School is much more difficult today than it was 25 years ago. It's highly competitive and there's a great deal more to leam. A 16-year-old honor-roll student who spends three hours every night on homework, keeps his room clean, empties the trash, does errands and helps his mom get supper sounds pretty darned good to me. 1 think your mom should stop hassling you and get off your back. 0 Dear Ann Landers: Twelve years ago I married Herman because I loved him. It so happens he was in the fur business but that's not why I married him. In the last seven years I've had 12 beautiful fur coats. So what am I complaining about? Well, every time a woman admires my coal, he sells it right off my back. Last night we went to a civic affair and had to sit outside in the reviewing stand for two hours. I almost froze to death in my old cloth coat. Herman sold my mink the night before. How can I get him to stop this nutty practice? -- SHIVERING IN ILLINOIS Dear Shiv: Be proud you are Herman's best "model." But tell him that fiom now on you refuse to give up your fur coat until he provides you with another one. In the meantime, think mink, but keep some thermal underwear handy. 0 fioar Ann Landers: I'm afraid "Outside Looking In" is right. College does something to relationships between kids and their parents. It's not that the kids get swell-headed and feel superior. Environment and peer pressure win out over early training. Our daughter graduated in three years. Lucky she was a bright student. One more year on that campus and she'd have been ruined. We had some long talks. When she told me what most of her friends were into I was white- knuckied. She confessed that she just couldn't bring herself to go along with the crowd because of what she'd been taught at home. She hated me for a while, and admitted it. We were more fortunate than some of our friends. Their kids were awfully sweet before they went to college -- and now they are terribly G.F.L. up. -- Dear G.F.L: Environment and peer pressure can be a tremendous influence, but early training has kept many a child steady. Yours for example. Thanks for sharing. Parents, what should you do if your teenager is having sexual relations? Ann Landers' new booklet, "High School Sex And How To Deal With It -- A Guide For Teens And Their Parents," gives no-nonsense advice on how to handle this delicate situation. For each booklet, send 50 cents in coin plus a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to Ann Landers, Tucson Daily Citizen, P.O. Box 26767, Tucson, Ariz. 85726. V Copyright 1976

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