Independent from Long Beach, California on February 25, 1964 · Page 12
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 12

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, February 25, 1964
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f-J-JNDEr'ENOENT ivt ttKft. ttin. Tm.. r* a. I 'IF/io Needs Enemies With Fricmls Like T/iese?' ITORIAL : jiS/Md ll-Town A merica If Gone With the Wind . pISNEYLAND, that capital of Ameri- ; · · can dreams, wisely has the small : .Jcwn of long ago at its very center. jji · Older visitors feel a twinge of nos- . It is so like their best memories J;of their hometowns. The small towns - ihapcd the American character. £ * * * : I · EVERYTHING centered around the . lown square. People worked hard, but -. j££ tempo of life was slow. There was elways time for a chat or even a game. - Horseshoes clanged without ceasing in 2 Ihe alley back of the poolhalL Ladies - g o s s i p e d in the stores. Old men - whittled and talked endlessly of crops i and of their War. ~* : Children ran in swarms along the Jrce-Iined streets and went rambling {·cross the countryside. They were v carefree and fearless because they had :T security -- and they knew it. - V" U was a wor 'd °f Glorious Fourths ~"^and ice cream "sociables," a world in : .which life moved slowly and decently ·'·from birth through childhood to fam- - Jly. life and cherished old age to a fu- Cfieral with real mourners. (We tend to vtorget the dullness, the pettiness, the ' - j i m i t e d opportunities of our home- ; .That world has gone with the wind. \rThe small towns of America, be they .·'ivc'r so pleasant, are ghosts and dc.- {aijent relics of their past. They are 'plarcs which the young and the am- bitious leave as quickly as they can get away. America is now urban and. metropolitan. The last census showed that 125 million of the nation's 179 million lived in areas described as ·'urban.'* And still they come by the thousands every day, fleeing from the villages to the "big time." All the refugees have an emptiness in them. They establish suburbs--but no suburb every becomes a hometown. ·The guilty conscience is forever.with them. They learned a morality in the hometown--but most of the rules have been modified in the city. But what of the children--the young people who have no hometowns in their past? Like all children of immigrants, they have their problems. The youthful crime rate is appalling, the worst in the nation's history. Nevertheless, we should place our bets on youth. In the school year.!9G2-63 cn : rollment in s c h o o l s and colleges reached the all-time record of 43,700,000. The young people, it appears, are determined to learn how to live in the complex world of civilization. * * * THE PAST IS PAST--and in many respects, good riddance. No one can go home again. The task of people young and old is to do what they can to make a new hometown of the sprawling, rhaotic, lonely, exciting metropolis with its infinite possibilities. · ^Poverty Data Lacking ;* UNEMPLOYMENT and poverty are ;I · Iwords on every political tongue these ';diys. -'. ;They describe conditions which any -Jiiirnane American deplores, although 'ht,m3y not be too clear as to the ex- ,;ient of our poverty or how the war .- against it should be fought. "·; There is a wide gap in the public's ; ---and the government's--information. £· Dr. Carl II. Madden, Economic Re- r^iearch Director for the Chamber of .· J,"ommerce of the United States, notes ' t t h a t hardly more than $2 million per ; year is spent to collect all our unem- . · ployment statistics. \\ Research is inadequate, and the anti- l.poyerty campaign is to a large extent 'flying blind. s Dr. Madden feels these questions ytited to be answered before a practical, tcffective program can be shaped: ·-' "1. What is the relationship between .Tlhe presently unemployed and the pres- . If ntly poor? ; -. "2. Should people not actively look- k ing for work or making grossly un- realistic demands on the labor market be considered unemployed? "3. Is the unemployment figure an accurate measure of over-all economic activity? "4. How many job vacancies do we have? What is their nature and where are they located. What is their relation to unemployment? "5. How productive in their past careers have the presently unemployed been? - ·'6. How important is labor immobility in unemployment?" Good q u e s t i o n s . If for example many of those listed as "unemployed" are turning down jobs and waiting until the right one comes along, the picture of impoverished America becomes a little less gloomy. A man is not poverty-stricken as long as he can afford to pick and choose. If we're going to wage war against unemploj-ment and poverty, let's get our intelligence to working and find out more about the enemy. MA KELLY }'New Post Off ice Deputy ! Original and Imaginative ; WASHINGTON -- The le 1 cer.tly-designated Deputy -Postmaster G e n e r a l Fred TBelen has imagination and a "h^ely sense of humor. He 'patiently en' d u r e s t h e ·puns that he Iknowi m o r e *.t h a n t h e T A B C D ' i o f - t h e p o s t a l ,*7r*mce and 'that he has 'I VIVI and ZIP. - .-Since 1961. '^fce' has served - a s A s s i s t a n t *G{neraI in harje of the . -Bureau of Operations which ' 'directs Ihe daily operations -t,l 33,000 post offices and ·^590,000 employees. In that ^capacity, he originated th« ·Accelerated Business Coflec- ','\tnn and Delivery, which »;nile! four-hour t e r v i c e ·'Tprasible in downtown area*. / · I f e also originated the Verti- · T«'»I lmpro\rd Mail service, '.·with s p e c i a l tetriniq-J" .which will speed lervke in .-fash rise buildings: and If* J/rVic Improvement Program. . ' t .Before making * final de- .rlkion on the new appoint- ^ent. P r e s i d e n t Johnson - Isoainoced Mr. Eelen to the ^Vtitt House for a half-hour ,i,{ p r i v a t e conversation. .·Dynamic President Johnson Twit captivated by Be ten's jr.rijinal Ideas. He telephoned 'Postmaster General Grurtoo- - » V i «nd said. "John, I've At i ^rklfd to accept your recmn- I foundation and »pp»inl Frrd / F-ekn as Deputy." Although Mr. Eelen was not in the Post Office Department before the Kennedy · Johnson a dministra lion, he has been a career man in government. After his graduation from George Washington University Law School in I!M2, he served as counsel and chief counsel to ihe House Post Office and Civil Service Committee. His appointment to be Deputy Postmaster General has de- lijthted other career men in fovernment. In his new capacity, Mr. Rekn will be Chairman of the Committee for Improving Postal Service and for carrying out the economy program Instituted by President Johnson. "Few Americans reatoe the impact of the postal service on the free enterprise system." Mr. Eelen told this reporter. He a d d e d that businessmen (banks, insurance crunpsnies, airline com- r«n:es. and Ihe M.e( are ii-inj: the maj!« in in ever ir.trrjsinj volume. fji route lo New Orlean* a few days ago. Eelen was ·old by » businessman that the AECD service that day had enabled the executhe to send a multi-minion dollar check to the back in time to earn an additional $2,400 in interest. More than one b i l l i o n firit-clasi letteri are handled annually by AECD. The new Deputy Postmaster Genera] Slid that Ihr rwtal rrnphiyes payroll is S|f»//)0,nriO a day. The 5TO,- 000 employes are almost 100% organized in unions-mostly affiliated with AIL- CIO. ·Don't forget." said Fred BeJen, "that postal employes handle 35 billion pieces jf first-class mail each year." He believes his most important accomplishment in the past three yejrs has been in establishing a customer- relations program (dedicated it better service for rw- trons). This program has resulted in establishing a mail users council which developed pre-sorting of rrail, and other original techniques. Is former years. SO per tent of the maj reached the post office after 5 pjn. By using pre-sorting mail and other new developments, fic.ry 49 per cent of the mail comes in after S p.m. · » · · THE NtW Deputy Postmaster General listened pa- liftitly tr this reporter's (ompljint lhat there is a 24- bour period durin; the w-eek- end in which no mail is col- l e c t e d from neighborhood boxes. This causes serious inconvenience to p e r s o n s with home offices. He agreed that there should be some arterial boxes at specified localities in every city where mail would be collected periodically even on Sundays. He ajreed that there shouM r* sorre special boxes for reflecting airmail--1\en tn Sundays. BUFFALO -- The political soundings of this observer lead to the conclusion that Gov. N e l s o n Rockefeller is rapidly forging ahead of Sen. B a r r y Goldwater in New Hamps h i r e a n d that he will win that key primary. R e p o r t s from o t h e r i m p o r t a n t s t a t e s , in- PEARSOV eluding California and Oregon; also indicate t h a t Rockefeller is on the upgrade, Goldwater on the down. However, there is one state where the Governor of New York will not have unanimous d e l e g a t i o n to the San Francisco convention--namely. New York. In his home state Rockefeller faces rebellion ar,d bitter opposition from inside his own party in both Syracuse and Buffalo. Delegates from these areas will vote against him summer. Syracuse is a conservative GOP area where the majority of Republicans just don't like Nelson. Buffalo is a mixed-up political pocket where Republicans are battling against each ether as vrhemently as Democrats are feudir.g over civil rights in the U. S. Senate. Here, Bob Grimm, the GOP County Chairman, has turned against Rockefeller's friend. Sen. Walter Mahoney. while Mahoney isn't een speaking to his own brother-in- law, Johnny Sullivan, whom he put on the Senate staff in Albany only to ease him out when the liquor scandals began to embarrass the Rockefeller regime. Suliivan has now teamed up wiih another Mahoney critic. Mayor Chester Kawol STRICTLY PERSONAL £ Simplicity 'Is IYo| Virtue in Itself $ ' , . ' · - . . . ' - . * · ' " By SYDNEY I. HARRIS People »re peculiar about tht use of words. A reader in Canada his objected because I recently used ihe «verd -mentation" in a column, and he was unable to find it i.t his'abridged dictionary. ' " V Mentation" means "total mental activity." or 'the whole process involved in thinking. It states in one word what would otherwise take three or four, ^"* it is concise, specific, and objective. There are two reasons for using long. difficult or obscure words. One reason is ' that they offer a kind of shorthand; they say in brief what it would take a whole sentence to say in any other way. We should learn more of these words, and use them more often. The second reason is exactly the opposite. A Jong or obscure word is used to ,,.__._ conceal the true meaning of something, to HARRIS disguise fuzzy thinking or special pleading, or to d-spjay intellectual superiority. We should avoid all such words liVe the plague, t . * ' * . * · · J BUT THE AVERAGE PERSON cannot and will not *- tinjuisfl between the two, and reseats any use of a strange word for whatever purpose. He thinks the writer is puttee on airs, or engaging in double-talk. He demands "srpi- plicity" in whatever he reads. · _ *" But simplicity is not * virtue in itself; it is onrjf a means to an end. One of the most dangerous thing! we can do is to provide simple answers to complex questions, I{ it is sometimes the flaw of the expert to complicate the easy. it is usually the flaw of the layman to over-simplify |he complex. · * Social scientists are especially fond of using lo?g. cumbersome and hyphenated phrases to describe quite common observations and conclusions. This is because they are trying to imitate the exact sciences (which cannot be done) and because they are unsure of themselves, and embarrassed lo exhibit their platitudes in naked language.. On the other hand, an auto mechanic uses "special'' words because they save time: "compression ratio%i* simply a verbal shorthand to express a fairly complicated physical process. There is no easier or shorter way to iay it, and the listener has no right to demand one. . · * * * ': IT IS FOOLISH TO SAY "commence" when we should * · · * say "start." or to say "nugatory"* when we could say CANAD1A.V-US. relations -worthless"; whoever does this is merely pretentious. But may be sour in some areas, S0 me words have no ordinary synonyms; some .words are All of this infighting adds but the peace bridge author- so highly charged and compressed with meaning that they up to trouble for the leading , t y p supervised jointly by Ca- resemble a tool designed for three or four operations. Ob- nadiass and Americans, x-iousty. it is better to use such a word than a tool that is stands out as example of in- clumsy and limited in its operation. What we reed is more temational h a r m o n y . Cy mentation on the whole subject of words. · * DREW t'EAUSON Rockefeller Forging Ahead as Goldivater Falls Behind of Buffalo, an elegant gentleman who speaks precise English with a Polish accent. beat any Republican candidate. Republican candidate for President in his home state. NOTE--Another Republican in the OOP N a t i o n a l Comraittefman, Bill Miller, who probably cannot be re-elected to Congress again -- even if he wants to run. Sprawling, industrial Niagara Falls, usually Republican, has turned Democratic--the real reason why Miller is retiring from Congress. YOU DON'T hear too much about the Rockefeller divorce in New York State. It's an old story. And like many old stories, people have got used to it. The new- Mrs. "Happy" Rockefeller has also won some friends. Underneath the surface, however, there is still a lot of feminine opposition to Rockefeller's divorce and remarriage. When you throw out the idea that Rockefeller might take as his running-mate the first lady candidate in history. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, however, you get an entirely different reaction. Women who have frowned r.n Rockefeller immediately begin to perk up and look pleasant. My hunch is that if Rockefeller teams up with the lady from Maine, he would win a lot cf the female vote v.hich otherwise would be against him. NOTE--President Johnson remains strong in this normally Republican section of New York. The general impression is that he is doing a good job. COP attacks on his stereo pifl of seven years a;o have been regarded as flea bites, and if the vote were tiken today he would King, editor of the Buffalo Courier Express and chairman of the authority, says there has never been a tie vole, and Canadians and Americans have equal representation on the board. The bridge, over the Niagara Fiver, was dedicated by the Prince of Wales in 1926 You don't hear the name Averell H a r r i m a n much around the Niagara River, but the long-range planning of the ex-Covemor of New York, now Under Secretary of State, is to be seen in the amazingly efficient harnessing of Niagara power and the industrial growth of the area . . . You do see the name of Bob Moses, veteran park and planning dynamo of New York State. His name is tin one of the thruways. And he deserves credit for transforming the Niagara waterfront from a honkey- tonk industrial stum into a beautiful parkway . . . If Mrs. Burrows Matthews. widow of the late great editor of the Courier Express, can ever be persuaded to write her memoirs, they will be a disillusioning best seller. As the first American WAC in Algeria, later in the European Theatre, she watched certain generals play golf and brid'e through World War II. Her heroes are Gens. Omir Bradley and "Beetle" Smith, not Eisenhower. She roomed with Ike's secretary, Kay Summersby. TOWN Strictly Business ' / "* SUPP1.Y -Vy f e\m » / i f i^llflr '£§ · ··, \ I ·- ·· , J f ~RM\ tn ynvr desk, Arjyl«--It's «ory fiv» minutes lo fiver WRITIXG under a Buffalo dateline prompts me t- confess that I have now achieved a boyVwd ambition. 1 have a Buffalo of my own. I did not go out and Usv this remnant of the great American plains in the badlands of South Dakota where I ha\e seen many Buffalo roam, but rather acquired her by the unexciting, conventional method of purchase from the Cleveland Zoo. I have found, however. I hat lady buffaloes can be temperamental and unpredictable. As Miss Cleveland nearrd the matin' age of two years --which, in case you didn't Vnow, is Ihe riiht a;e to breed a heifer buffalo--I had arranged a romantic rendezvous with a five-year-old buffalo bun of the Washington Zoo. Miss Cleveland however sns impatient. The other day she Jumped the fence into my neighboc'i farm to consort with his Black Angus bull. I am afraid her offspring will be as mixed up as Republican politics in ihe rity which was named for th* stately animal ff the NV^th American range. Koch Answrr« Drew l'car*on EDITOR: A short time ago an advertisement was placed in many metropolitan papers by the John Birch Society. This advertisement pointed out that Lee Oswald, the murderer of President Kennedy, was a self-admitted Communist, and that Communists always act under orders from hijher officials. 1 was one of the five men who signed this advertisement and as such was singled out for a smear job by the ultra-liberal columnist. Drew Pearson. Mr. Pearson in his column attacked me with half- truths and innuendoes. The truth of the matter is this: in 1929, "30 and "31, a firm of consulting engineers of which I was part owner, called The Wnkler-Koch Engineering Company, built fifteen oil cracking plants in the Soviet Union during the first Five Year Plan. I personally went to Russia during the fan of 1930 and spent several months there, making test runs on the first one of these plants to be completed. At that time the Ford Motor Company. International H a r v e s t e r , and many of the largest firms in the United States had contracts for the erection of plants in the Soviet Union. have served the Conununisf.s better." 1 also stated thai-I did not know how far the labor unions in the United States had been infiltrated by Communists, but some.of Ihem apparently very far indeed judging by the hatred and venom that was spewed out of many labor papers. 1 also stated that some "of the Protestant churches in the United States had been, infiltrated; that ministers do not become Communist*, but that Communists become ministers ' FRED C. KOCH 321 W. Douglas ' Wichita. Kansas · . Plan In Discard ' - ISracfros Doomril EDITOR: -| Like a lot of other beautiful governmental theories, tie one to discard the Bracero program and TecnmTM farm laborers from 'other states to harvest California's great agricultural crops, is doomed to failure. ,. What's w r o n g with the Bracero program? California has a sufficient supply cf unemployed people on relief and drawing unemployment compensation to more than fill the farm jobs, but they won't do it. Those on relief can make more money by remaining in that category, and to those drawing unemployment compensatioa benefits it technically would h« "suitable einploy- I WAS NAIVE enough to think in that far away day that I could help the Russian people by what 1 was doing. What I saw in Russia convinced me of the utterly evil nature of communism. The Russian people were enduring unspeakable agony, in torture, hunger, misery and terror, as they were bent to the wins of their croc! masters in the Kremlin. What I saw there convinced me that communism was the most evil force the world has even seen and 1 must in everything in ray power to fijht it. which I have done since that time. "Since these contracts were finished in 1931 no further '-» business contacts have been IM3EPENDEM 1 had with the Soviet Union, .-· · In my little booklet, "A Business Man Looks at Coraamiusri.'* cf which over two and a half million have been printed and circulated in one fonn or an- not ment." An ir.fhix of farm wwk- rrs from other states weald bring only the worst.^and the chaotic results w o u l d make the "Grapes of Wrath" look. like lid stuff. ; It seems that our relief load in California is large enough now. Why invite thousands more indigcnts to "come to dinner", and'ere- ate another economic problem for this" great state that already has more headaches than it can solve? \ I. PAUL GLEAMW Z2S Venetia Dr. " ·"WM Hi R4«V sea ftis*__ s*i« e. cxnm* c«iA' k^^S^r--'-^ MM I- fc»« ~ »»*. *ftxr%fein tt*r*u«t*ft*n MWW FCTWM* wiKir cc .*"» ·!*"» f ·"»». r other, I said: "If many t**,.TriZ pfi» the opinions of the Warren .£££$*, - T »» «"_*»~*^ *· Court had been written in the Kremlin they couM not

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