Independent from Long Beach, California on February 4, 1960 · Page 15
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 15

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, February 4, 1960
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Page B-4-INDEPENDENT Long Beach, Caiil.. Ihurs, F«t. , mi EDITORIAL I've Got A Feeling-- STRICTLY PERSONAL Signed Unit Agreements Important to Navy Shipyard ALTHOUGH THERE IS 'strong evidence that subsidence is being brought urnler control in (he Long. Beach Naval Shipyard area, the future of (lie shipyard remains in doubt. Secretary of Navy William B. Franke still has not committed himself on the status of the shipyard, and reports from Washington indicate that he will not do so u n t i l major private interests sign unitization agreements covering the Fault Blocks II and HI sections of the Wilmington Oil Field. * * ·;: :K ALTHOUGH REPRESSURING operations to control subsidence already are being carried on through cooperative agreements between major producers, it has long been recognised that unitization in these two producing areas of the field offers the best assurance for permanent results in the shipyard area. Time and time again the major oil interests in the Wilmington field have set deadlines for tmitizing the Fault Blocks II and III sections of the field. However, each time they have missed those deadlines. In a policy statement filed with Congress at the midpoint of 1958, these operators declared their i n t e n t to uniti/e the area by Jan. 1 of 1958. They have missed that target date by more t h a n a year. Likewise, they have failed to keep other promises they made to Rear Adm. Ralph K. James, chief of the Bureau of Ships, who visited here in December, and to Asst. Navy Secretary C. P. Milne, who was here in January. * * * ;. NAVY SECRETARY FRANKE was given v i r t u a l l y blanket authority by Congress to use $5,000,000 ^'complete subsidence remedial projects at the valuable Long Beach shipyard if he determines t h a t subsidence control work has good promise for success. At the present time the only apparent kink in the overall control program is the failure of the private oil operators to complete the unitization' agreements. It is becoming increasingly more evident that the Secretary of Navy will not commit the government on retention of the shipyard u n t i l these oil producers fulfill their promises by executing the agreements. * * * * ACTUALLY THE unit agreements in question were almost 100 per cent complete on Dec. 15, but the companies involved--Union Pacific Railroad, Mobil Oil Co. (formerly General Petroleum), Southern California Edison Co. and the Ford Motor Co.--have spent the time since then literally clotting "i's." crossing "t's" and quibbling over minor points in side agreements. Once again they have committed themselves to a deadline. The present agreements state' that they must be sigi\ed by March 1 to become effective; and if they miss that date, more useless delay will follow. ALTHOUGH OIL operators in this instance, the U n i o n Pacific, Southern California Edison, Mobil Oil and the Ford Motor Co. all are p u b l i c service- type f i r m s which should be aware of the importance of keeping schedules and meeting deadlines. They most certainly run their own businesses on schedule, and they likewise expect their customers to meet payment deadlines set by them. Inasmuch as it appears that their failure to execute unitization agreements is the only negative factor in the naval shipyard picture, we strongly urge these companies to brush aside the technicalities and, in the interest of good p u b l i c relations at least, sign the documents at the earliest possible moment. Helping The:n Find L.B. ALTHOUGH HIGHWAY authorities have turned a cold shoulder to the suggestion, we still hear frequent discussion of the need for an appropriate Long Beach designation in the signing at the major freeway intersections in downtown Los Angeles. There is nothing there that informs a motorist that the Long Beach Freeway and Long Beach may be reached by taking the Santa Ana Freeway. We know some people have been confused by this omission. RAY TUCKER Highway officials have said that it is impossible to put the names of all further-out points on the signs in that area. That is true, of course. But in this , instance, the designation would point to a major freeway intersection f u r - ther on, as well as to the county's, second largest city. The local Chamber of Commerce may want to make another try on this question. Every possible aid shduld be given the motorists who want to find Long Beach. Eisenhower Has Changed Policies of Sec. Dulles WASHINGTON -- In so many different ways that their full impact and importance are not generally appreciated President Eisen- l i o w e r has recently imp l e m e n t e d a n d dramatized his role a s w o r l d troubleshooter and peacemaker. He has not r e m a i n e d content with Tucker his rapprochement toward Russia or with his pilgrimage for "peace with justice" to Europe. Asia and Africa last December. Indeed, it was his seeming success on these essays which is largely responsible for the more positive policies he now pursues. He does not want to lose the momentum of that cursadc. In every international controversy o f r e c e n t ' months, whether it involved the ill-fated invasion of .Sue/, in I95fi or Fidel Castro's vicious tirades against the United Stales in our Caribbean doorstop, President Eisenhower has spoken and acted on behalf of moderation and re- s t r a i n t . IT IS d i t f i t u l i lo t h i n k ol t h e laic John 1-ostcr Dulles as ,i d i p l o m a t i c '·swashbuckler." But his R i m - N a s s e r and a n t i - C o m - im.niM pie.Kidires. as wrll as Ins f i u j i i e n t r e t e i e i i i r * to what he called "brinkmanship," created that impression of him abroad, among our Allies and e n e m i e s . He generally wrangled w i t h friendly statesmen at international conferences. A l t h o u g h P r e s i d e n t Eisenhower s t i l l regards Dulles as "one of our greatest Secretaries of Stale," he has altered the hitter's policies In almost every respect. The most important shift has been the exchange of visits w i t h Khrushchev and other K r e m l i n figures, which will he climaxed when Eisenhower visits Moscow next summer. EISENHOWER, for .instance has agreed that Red China must be included in any i n t e r n a t i o n a l ban on nuclear tests. He has conceded Russia's right to fire a rocket i n t o Pacific waters not far from American possessions. He denies Sir A n t h o n y Eden's statement t h a t he contemplated mili- t a r y and atomic interven- t i o n on behalf of the l-'rench in Indo-China. Eisenhower hah negotiated a long-term m i l i t a r y t r e a t y w i t h Japan, but he i n s i s i s i l i . i t ii is for defensive purposes only, and designed to s t a b i l i / c con- d i t i o n s in t l i e l-ar East. Army Seciclaiy Wilber M. B n i c k e r w a s q u i e t l y sji.j.'iKed for Ins s t a t e m e n t t h . i t I he U n i t e d Stales was ' · o m m i t t c n to the defense of Formoc.fs offshore islands, QiiCmoy and Malsu. Eisenhower has moved to improve our position in the strategic Middle East, where Dulles' anti-Nasser policies had threatened to toss the Arab states into Russia's arms. It was Dulles' withdrawal of an offer to finance the Aswan Dam which precipitated a series of crises in this area. Egyptian funds here and in Britain have been unblocked as a result of agreement on repayment of the Sue/, Canal's original owners. W i t h Administration approval, the World Bank has loaned $56,000,000 lo promote Egyptian · industry and agriculture. ALTHOUGH Russian engineers arc building the Aswan Dam, Nasser has disciplined Communists at home, and he has opposed t h e i r a t t e m p t to obtain control in Iraq. Although it has provoked considerable criticism, the Navy has bowed to Arabian sensitivity on the subject of Israel. With* Arab countries boycotting vessels t h a t touch at Israeli ports, the Navy withholds cargo contracts from ships which violate this prohibition. Meanwhile. U. S. diplomats in all the countries involved strive a l m o s t d a i l y , ns does the U n i t e d Nations, to promote a f i n a l and permanent l i v e - a m l - l e l - iivc agreement between t h e Arab League and Israel. Eisenhower believes t h a t his n e u t r a l a t t i t u d e will e v e n t u a l l y pay dmdonds. ·xtfi DREW PEARSON Radford Escapes Probe of Defense Industry Income WASHINGTON -- The Harris Committee of Congress will shortly bessin probing payola by disc jockeys on the TV and r a d i o n e t works. Meanwhile another congress i o n a I commi 11 e e has brushed off w h a t some people w o u l d call another type of payola to PEARSON one of the chief glamor admirals recently retired from the U. S. Navy. He is Adm. Arthur Radford, f o r m e r Chief of Naval Operations, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,, who advised that the USA get into war with Red China over French Indo-China, and who was among those whom Gen. Omar Bradley called -"Fancy Dan" admirals at an hu Litigation by the House Armed Services Committee during the Truman Administration. A recent House Armed Services s u b c o m m i t t e e probed "payola" in the form of lobbying fees and salaries to retired admirals and generals whose firms have big defense contracts, and asked each admiral and general to state the amount of money he received. The final report of this committee shows that Admiral Radford was the only high-ranking officer asked to f i l e his income who failed to do so. This column, however, has undertaken to dig out I h p facts which the committee failed to get, and they show that the Admiral has been receiving about $75.000 a year, plus one Cadillac car, plus free office space, plus a discount on his apartment. .: ::. ... * NAVY "PAYOLA" -- In addition he has received free office space in die Navy Department, plus the services of Richard Nagle, a Navy clerk who handled Radford's social encasements, arranged his travel reservations, kept a diary of every dinner party, phone call, and even trips to see his dogs. During a small part of this time, while Gen. Nate Twining was ill, Radford was temporarily recalled as special adviser to the Secretary of Defense. During all this time, however, Radford was d r a w i n g approximately $75.000 from five big corporations. During the course of the Armed Services committee investigation. Chairman Edward Hehert of New Orleans asked: "What fees were you paid as director of that organization (Philco)?" "I am intending to list those for the committee," replied Radford. "But I would prefer not to testify in detail as to that." "You haven't answered my question," pursued Congressman Hebert. "I have it here but I' haven't mailed it," replied the Admiral. He never did mail it, though he admitted receiving $12,000 from Philco at the rate of $1,000 each for attending 12 monthly directors meetings. What he didn't testify to. however, was what stock options he received and how much group insurance. * H- * * PROFITABLE stock options--If the Hebert Committee will lotk at the records of the Securities and Exchange Commission it will find that Radford was given a truly wonderful w i n d f a l l -- options to buy 2,500 shares of Philco stock at 514.80. Since Philco stock is now selling for between $;i5. and .$31 this means that Radford can exercise his options and make a profit of about 350,000 almost overnight. James Skinner, president of Philco, when queried as to what Radford performed in return for his handsome remuneration, said that his services were chiefly advisory. "He advises us on international p r o b l e m s , " said Skinner. Radford did not tell the Hebert Committee h o w much he was paid by the Molybdenum Corporation of which he is also director, so this writer called the chairman of Molybdenum, Max Hirsch. "I can't reveal how much he receives," Hirsch replied. "1 am informed he gets $1.000 for attending each directors meeting, or $12,000 a year," I volunteered. Hirsch did not deny this. "What does he do for you to earn his salary?" 1 asked. "Oh, many things," replied Hirsch vaguely. "But he doesn't do anything in connection with Washington," he added hastily. "He takes trips with me. He does many things, but nothing in connection with Washington." SEC records show, however, that from Molybdenum the Admiral received another juicy option windfall. He was given the right to purchase 2,000 shares of stock at around $23. With Molybdenum now selling at around $52, this means an immediate profit of over $50,000. In addition Radford purchased 2,000 warrants to buy Molybdenum stock. · This covers only two of the five corporations from which the energetic retired Admiral d r a w s money, though he failed to report his income to Congress. TOWN MEETING Where's Einstein's Tomorrow EDITOR: If I start out today and arrive at another point yesterday, when is tomorrow? I see a vision of next year and reminisce about 1 a s t, on a day I call "today." R e l a t i v i t y is here, and we know Time is no more. Time, you old illusion, Einstein and jet planes have buried you--buried you without benefit of a headstone or a requiem Mass, and now we know you not only are not, you never were. We, who have lived in a man-made prison of Time, built on E e a r, bequeathed lo our children, a timeless world of change without end. Our fathers out of conceit, thought themselves u n i q u e i n t h i s Universe, bill we. have learned '-\ lesson of humility. We give our children infinite suns, w i t h planets peopled with life like ours. We give t h e m Space Un- limited, Eternity in E v o - lution, and the sure knowledge that there is no death, but a constant transformation. With creaking joints and greying hair, we survey' t h e scenes before us. In o n e generation, w e h a v e made the Big Jump from s e l f - l i m i t a t i o n to Infinity. Dear children of our seed and our hearts, make the great Outleap. Live free in Endless Space, with courage w i t h o u t conceit, with understanding. L i v e o u t twice o v e r the traditional three score years and ten on this planet and go on and on to other lives in varied climes. Go bravely, go boldly, keeping s o m e part of us in your hearts. Know t h a t we lived dangerously for ourselves and for you. Know t h a t we live on and on in you and will l i v e on in eternity. We bequeath you our courage and our love. Greetings and Au Revoir! Carol Fowle Hickman 2214 E. 4th St. HARRIS We Watch Danger to See Disaster By SYDNEY J. HARRIS Purely Personal Prejudices: A man may object to the kind of flattery you give him, but he does not object to the fact that you think him worth flattering. We deride the Russians for crediting their own citizens with the inventions of other lands--yet most Americans are convinced that Edison discovered electricity, that Robert Fulton invented the steamboat, and that Abner Doubleday founded baseball. Whenever a man says to me, in an easy drawl, "I'm just a simple country boy," I know that he has been outfoxing city slickers for years. ' If we wonder why the Chinese masses are so cool toward "the American way," consider Pearl Buck's little-heeded comment of 30 years ago: ''We send missionaries to China so the Chinese can get to heaven, but we 'won't let them into our country." The folly of the Puritan is that by declaring pleasure to be a sin, he turns sin into a pleasure. Nol until we frankly accept the fact that we walch a high-wire walker in order to see him fall can we achieve the self : hone.Tty that will permit us to acknowledge and finally master our hostile emotions. * * * THE PARADOX of f e m i n i n i t y was nicely put by Don Herold, when he said: "Women give us solace, but if it were not for women we should rarely need solace." Why can't modern technology devise "musical instruments that don't have to be tuned between movements? Nothing breaks the continuity of a mood more than listening to the strings tuning up discordantly every 10 minutes during a quartet. The most disillusioning moral truth we must confront as we grow older is that choosing the "lesser evil" generally turns out to be no lesser than choosing the greater. * * * THE REAL aristocrats of the past had a sense of noblesse oblige toward their social, inferiors, which implied generous behavior toward those less fortunate; and the' reason today's intellectual is disliked is that he displays no noblesse oblige toward his mental inferiors, and is coldly ungenerous to the workings of the average mind. Ordinary people can accept superiority only if it is combined with warmth of feeling. A yawn is the only way the soul can shout to be freed from the tedium of the body. Speaking of "freed," how many times have we all used the phrase, "scot-free," without the faintest idea of what it means? [ TODAY'S! ^QUOTES Bv Unlttd Presj inltrnallonal NEW YORK - Edward h. Lebohner, who has opposed the proposed marriage of his blond daughter to a Negro college basketball star on the grounds that such a match had no chance to succeed: "Young people have been t a u g h t t h a t t h i s i s o n e v world, and the idea has caught on. Marty of Dorothy's young friends simply can't u n d e r s t a n d our opposition to her marriage." TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -James B. Orr, attorney for Robert Tomarchin who is accused of taking back- w i t h o u t a u t h o r i z a t i o n (he chimpanzee that he had turned over to the St. Louis zoo: "If more parents were as attentive to their children as Tomarchin is to this chimpanzee, there would be less juvenile delinquency." INDEPENDENT 10 YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF the "tremendous growth" of the Long Beach area, Western Air Lines established a district sales area here and increased, its schedules at Long Beach Municipal Airport to six flights daily; Ken Fraser was promoted to district manager with offices in the Wilton Hotel. '11 * * 20 VEARS AGO MOST REV. Robert Emmet I Lucey, D.D., bishop of Amarillo, Texas, returned to St. Anthony's parish from where he went to become head of ,'he Texas diocese, and was guest of Rt. Rev. Msgr. Bernard J. Dolan, V.F.. present pastor; Bishop Luccy spoke at two of Sunday's masses. 30 YEARS AGO t^'cSin^T' 0 ""^ EF REVERSING the thumbs Ma ^°°° l '^4' r .'.L Ed Execu l t, CV e luE 'd" 1l *J down policy followed for Ha l r e ry h Fu*t'on 1 " Ediiifi»" a pa"e i d i t o r s e v e r a l years the City nf^ 0 "1 ^! 1 ,;:?' 1 "fioReprMsniatiwI Council voted at executive 1TM"°'*--*TM'"""'^ session to grant a 'permit oeKR"..--::::^iS lift" for a card room in the ^"ZTM*,*. ***? 7% Ocean Center Bldg., following a highly spirited debate; a second application was referred to the City Manager. Washington News Bureau --- 80S Albee BuTiding Current tiles of The Independent are maintained at these offices. Strictly Business "So you've been East, Wcsl, North and South--how about Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest?"

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