The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 25, 1978 · Page 8
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Galveston, Texas
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Monday, September 25, 1978
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8-A ftmliiMiflii p.-uiu Knue Monday Morning. September 25,1978 Jack Anderson An Illinois Doctor And Justice Viewpoints Commentary, Editorials Marquis Child* Opposite Sides Of The Same Coin WASHINGTON - No more telling advertisement for the questionable value of President Carter's human rights policy could be imagined than what is happening in the Caribbean. Nicaragua and Cuba are opposite sides of the same coin. That coin Is dictatorship of the extreme right In Nicaragua and communism in Cuba. On both scores, U.S. policy has been, to put it mildly, defective. The Nicaraguan dictator, Anastasio Somoza, has used cruelly repressive methods to keep his country as a fiefdom that has meant rich rewards for him and his family. The United States supplied the weapons and the training of the Nicaraguan troops who are trying to put down a rebellion that has become a civil war. Somoza was seen as a bulwark against communism. But as Somoza turned the screws tighter and tighter with no legitimate outlet for dissent, rebellion was bound to follow, and it apparently has come with a Marxist coloring. While the parallel with Cuba is not exact, the course of events there had a resemblance to what is now happening in Nicaragua. As the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista became increasingly harsh and corrupt, heavily infiltrated by the U.S. Mafia, Fidel Castro organized a guerilla uprising. In the chaos following Batista's flight, Castro took over and enforced a rigid dictatorship. Far more skillful than Somoza, he has held the Cubans in line — as was demonstrated during the Bay of Pigs, when the CIA, in perhaps its major error, estimated that a small U.S. invasion would lead to an uprising against the dictator. Part of Castro's skill is in playing the Soviet Union for more than $3 billion a year, which includes a price for Cuban sugar far above that on the world market. Visiting Havana in May 1975 and talking at length with Castro, Sen. George McGovern, D.-S.D., returned to recommend that renewed relations with Cuba be explored. He argued that it was foolish to try to isolate a communist country 95 miles from our shores when we had trade relations with the two great communist powers, the Soviet Union and China. Thanks in no small part to McGovern's prompting, the Carter administration made a tentative opening. As a result, a 10-man U.S. mission went to Havana, where it is established in the Spanish Embassy. A similar mission from Cuba is situated here in the Czechoslovakian Embassy. This, of course, was before Castro's Cubans in Africa received such wide publicity. At least 40,000 are in Angola and Ethiopia. Castro has now put the seal of approval, on the operation by flying to Addis Ababa to reap the reward of a hero's welcome. Controversy has developed over the Cuban role in Angola. George Bender, an African specialist who has visited Angola three times, makes the case for their order-keeping when upheavals of various kinds threatened the government. Along with the military force are medics, construction specialists and others working to rehabilitate a devastated land. In an article in Foreign Policy, he quotes the New York Times as editorializing last May that the latest South African attack had "merely provided one more justification for the presence in Angola of Cuban troops." U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young took the same view of the Cubans in Angola. McGovern had introduced in the Senate a proposal to lift the embargo against Cuba as it applied to food and medicine. When the military action of the Cubans in support of a Marxist dictatorship in Ethiopia was widely known, any support for the proposal dwindled. A resolution calling for breaking Looking Backward By SALLY REEDY 25 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1953-Miramar Court, Seawall Boulevard and 33rd Street, will be demolished to make way for a modern tourist camp. Use of the city auditorium was granted as follows: Ted Ragen, Nat King Cole concert, Nov. 7; Grand Ole Opry, Oct. 25; Galveston Lions Ministrels, Nov. 16 and 17. Also at the city meeting, resignations of Betty Heffernan as a clerk in the water department and Martin C. Morgan, waterworks engineer, were accepted. Leopold L. Meyer, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. FOUNDED IN 1842 TEXAS' OLDEST NEWSPAPER Dedicated to the Growth and Progress of Galveston and Galveston County MANAGEMENT TEAM LES DAUGHTRY Editor end Publisher BRAD MESSER Managing Editor WADE J. PARKER Business Manager RONALDS. SCHULTZ Retail Advertising Manager DAVID LYONS Classified Advertising Manager BILLY TUMA Circulation Manager ROBERT LEYVA Matl Room Foreman DALE THOMPSON Production Manager BJLL COCHRANE Composing Room Foreman CECIL DILL Press Fbom Foreman Published every morning by Galveston Newspapers Inc 8522 Teichman Rd.. P.O Box 628, Galveston. Texas 77553 Second Class Postage Paid et Galveston. Texas United Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or republicaton of aD the IOCA! news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY CARRIER $4.25 per month BY MAIL $54 00 per year in U.S.. $108 00 outside U.S. Readers are encouraged to submit their statements or opinions on local matters for publication on this page. Letters to the editor, also are always welcome. PHONE 744-3611 Achille Meyer, Houston business and civic leader, has been elected to the Hall of Fame in distribution. Meyer, a former Galvestonian, was associated here with E.S. Levy and Company. B.K. Fleming of 2015 28th St. said someone entered his garage and took a bow and 12 arrows valued at $20. Officers J.B. Kline and N.D. McCown are investigating. The Galveston Detachment of the Marine Corps League is going to change its name to the Lt. Col. Max Clark Detachment in honor of the former Galveston Marine officer who lost his life in World War II. The Marine Corps will be 178 years old on Nov. 10. Mrs. Harvey F. McGinnis has been elected secretary- treasurer of the "Mr. and Mrs." group of the Zion Lutheran Church. Hosts for the social hour Wednesday night were Mr. and Mrs. Axel Anderson Jr. of La Marque. 50 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1928—Federal prohibition officers from Houston stopped operations of a complete liquor distillery yesterday when they raided a house in Dickinson, near the Galveston-Houston highway, and seized apparatus, about GO gallons of whiskey and some wine. Mrs. Robert W. Humphries and daughter, Miss Kalile Humphries, who are enjoying a visit in Europe, will depart from Havre Oct. 3 on the steamship Paris. Mr. Humphries will leave Galveston on the Algonquin to meet them in New York. Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Michelis and son, Edward, are visiting in New York, Chicago and Washington. Miss Eleanorah McGarvey will leave today for Mississippi where she will enter Hillman College. The following Galveston girls are listed as pledges at the University of Texas: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Nancye West Minor and Margaret Sea a r2ves Kappa Alpha Theta; Melba Johnson and Ruth Thornton. Alpha Phi, Marilla Masterson. Alpha Delta Pi, Alberta Stolz. Alpha Chi Omega, Elizabeth Beason. Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Voss returned Friday after a three-week visit in California, where they visited in Hollywood and Los Angeles. Miss Margaret McArdle who is spending her vacation in Beaumont, was the honor guest at a bridge party given by Mrs. L.A. Watson. t Write Us! Readers are encouraged to write the Galveston Daily News concerning any topic, preferably of a local nature. Letters should not exceed 300 words in length Opinions, letters which respond to an issue in an enlightening way, should not exceed 500 words and must be signed. Address letters to P.O. Box 628, Galveston, 77553. all ties with the Castro regime got more than 50 Senate votes. In April 1977 McGovern went back to Cuba with a South Dakota basketball team. This was to be the equivalent of the ping-pong diplomacy that broke the ice with the People's Republic of China. It hardly worked that way, even when a Cuban team played a return engagement in McGovern's home state. At least the senator maintains a record of unpredictability. Recently, to the surprise of practically everyone, he proposed a military action to stop the genocide in Cambodia. This was from one of the most vehement opponents of the Vietnam War in public life. So the bastion of communism, managed with such diabolical skill by Fidel Castro, continues to exist 95 miles from our shores. The best that can be said for the U.S. mission in Havana is that it may hearten Americans held prisoner in Cuban jails. The other day Castro announced he was willing to release 100 political prisoners who could go to the United States. These would all presumably be Cubans. It was a typical Castro gesture, capturing the headlines with little substance behind it. Copyright, 1»78. Unittd Feature Syndicate, Inc. WASHINGTON - Running afoul of federal investigators can be a harrowing experience under the best of circumstances. But when the victim of government harassment is rash enough to detail the abuses to a congressional committee, the bureaucratic bulldogs never let go. They'll worry a suspect like a favorite bone - even, apparently, to the point of burying him. Sound farfetched? More like a communist regime in Eastern Europe, or a tinhorn dictatorship in l-atin America? It's happening right now in Illinois to a 66-year-old physician, Dr. Milton Margoles. Financially ruined, his health broken, his license to practice temporarily revoked after a run-in with the Internal Revenue Service years ago, Margoles now faces a criminal trial that could literally kill him. The doctor's 'roubles began with a . lestionable $33,000 civil tax debit. By the time the Justice Department finished with him, he vounc up in jail and was more than $400,000 in debt from the expense of fighting his case through the courts. After sf rving his time, Margoles sp 'ealed to some congressmen for help. After yea -s of bitter wrangling - including harassment by tax officials and a federal judge Margoles was granted a full pardon by former President Nixon. The pardon helped Mar- Eoles to resume a modest practice in a new community in Illinois. But in 1974, he testified before a House subcommittee about the abuses heaped on him and his family by Internal Revenue and Justice Department officials. Margoles, meanwhile, had become suspicious about the behavior of some of his patients. Aware that his whistle-blowing would not endear him to the feds who had harassed him, the doctor and his son. Perry, repeatedly asked the authorities whether any medically related complaints or allegations had been lodged against him. Despite these precautions, Margoles was not told that he was once again under investigation. Margoles has now been indicted for allegedly prescribing controlled diet drugs to undercover narcotics investigators. The indictment came after 17 months of surveillance and investigation. The legal case is serious enough; what makes it almost deadly serious is that the doctor is afflicted with a number of serious heart ailments. The physical, mental and emotional .strains of a criminal trial could be fatal to Margoles. As the government's own medical expert warned, "Placing Dr. Milton Margoles on criminal trial might result in sudden death." The expert opinion, however, has failed to persuade Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Poulin. If Margoles is "sufficiently well to continue practicing medicine" he should be able to stand trial, she told our associate Jack Mitchell. The doctor doos indeed practice medicine - for a few hours a day, to support his family and chip away at the mountain of debt remaining from his first brush with the federal government. His only alternative to standing trial would be to surrender his medical license, his sole means of .. livelihood. Incredible as it may serm, prosecutors are so determined to bring Margoles to trial that they are willing to have heart specialists and emergency equipment brought right into the courtroom to attend to the defendant if he should be stricken. Turning a federal courtroom into a makeshift cardiac unit is not too much trouble for federal prosecutors in their single-minded pursuit of the unfortunate Dr. Margoles. Footnote: In the same Northern Illinois judicial district, a former Teamster official was recently. Jet off on perjury charges when he pleaded that a heart condition made it dangerous for him to stand trial. Mercy does fal| in Hlinois after all, ft se€ftns, hut only in select places'. Obsolete Bonus: In the years after World War II, the Japanese economy was in shambles, the yen almost worthless. Although U.S. military bases desperately needed local workers, the Japanese considered it demeaning to work for the victorious Americans. The United States, therefore, offered a 10 percent bonus to Japanese citizens who would work for the government. Today, of course, the yen is soaring and the dollar is plummeting on the foreign exchange markets. Yet the 10 percent bonus, like most Washington programs, has remained long after the original need ended. The Japanese bonus contracts are costing the taxpayers more than $26 million a year. The General Accounting Office recently blasted the Pentagon for paying too much money to foreign nationals across the globe. The auditors said the Japanese bonus should be abolished immediately. But Pentagon officials say they're bound by the longstanding contract with Japan. Old Dogs, New Tricks: John D. Ehrlicbman, onetime Nixon special counsel, convict and novelist, has taken to the airwaves in a new career as a radio broadcaster. The former head of the White House plumbers has signed a contract to do daily commentaries for the Mutual Broadcasting System. Although the White House tapes revealed that Ehrlichman is adept at turning a phrase, he recently showed up at Mutual's Washington headquarters for speech lessons from the experts. Late Delivery: Even congressmen, it seems, have to put up with slow mail service. Rep. Clarence Brown, R-Ohio, sent a letter to the clerk of the House on May 11 to update his financial disclosure statement. The clerk received the note on June 8. Brown's congressional office, we should point out, is right across the street from the clerk. Copyright. K'"* Ifnitfd Krnturo Synrliralc. Inr John D. Lofton Jr. Productivity Center Is Killed WASHINGTON - Next week, on Sept. 29, the plug will officially be pulled on the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life because the center was insufficiently productive. Productivity - the efficiency with which we use labor, capital and other resources to produce goods and services - is very important. Productivity improvement must be a top-priority item on the nation's agenda because it is vital to three critical areas of our economy: First, it is the means by which the American worker gets more for less, improving his or her standard of living. Second, it is useful in lessening inflationary pressures by offsetting the effects of rising wage rates on unit labor costs, thereby reducing upward pressures on prices. And third, it is important in maintaining the long-run competitive position of the United States in the international economy. So in 1975, to examine the problem of declining U.S. productivity, the Congress authorized a three-year appropriation of |16.2 million to establish the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life. The center's first board chairman was Vice President Nelson Rocke 1 - feller, who was accompanied on the board by 23 other august Americans, i~.O..,J:_~ T nr »»..i .. ui«_iuuuig I.TT. nuei, tne head of U.S. Steel; John Dunlop, a Harvard Business School professor; Elliott Richardson, secretary of commerce; Bess Myerson, consumer advocate; William Simon, secretary of the treasury; a couple of governors; an honorary bank chairman, and several other government and business leaders. Something called "administrative proceedings" delayed the selection of the center's board, and the full board was not confirmed until almost a year after the center was set up. The board members met only once before their terms expired in January 1977. President Carter named no new board members or a new chairman. The center's seven principal objectives were typically grandiose: - To develop and recommend more effective approaches for improving productivity in the private sector; - To stimulate and sup- port industry efforts to conduct programs for in- dustrywide productivity improvement; - To improve the review, coordination and integration of productivity enhancement efforts of ofher federal agencies; - To encourage labor- management cooperation to enhance productivity and the quality of working life; - To document and recommend policies to satisfy the nation's capital investment needs; - To identify and recommend changes in government regulations which will improve productivity, and - To develop a better understanding of the concept of productivity and encourage better tech-. niques for measuring productivity change. How did all this work out? Well, according to a General Accounting Office (GAO) autopsy of the center's cause of death, its accomplishments have been "modest" given the magnitude of its goals set by Congress. Modest? A better term might be "a flop." The GAO says: "In our discussions with federal agency officials we found that the activities of the center had little effect in encouraging them to increase their efforts to measure productivity or to use productivity measurement data as a management tool." In the area of the nation's capital investment needs, the GAO say? the Center did "very little" and "made no recommendations for specific action." Concerning government red tape which hampers productivity growth, the GAO observes: "The center made no recommendations for revising specific laws or regulations adversely affecting productivity." This is particularly puzzling since the GAO notes that the federal government plays a "significant role" that has a "pervasive impact" on the nation's productivity, both directly through ongoing programs administered by individual agencies, and indirectly through taxes, subsidies, regulations, fiscal policies, etc. Example- From 1956 to 1966, direct productive business investment grew at an average annual rate of 3.8 percent. But from 1966 to 1976, as a result of a variety of federal laws and regulations forcing a shift in expenditures to pollution control, safety and health, productive business investment has grown at a rate of less than 1 percent. When this shift in investment is converted to dollars it equals about $14 billion a year. Finally, the GAO says the center was "not very effective" in collecting and disseminating information on productivity enhancement. As regards its own internal workings, the center's planning mechanisms were "inadequate," its criteria for selecting areas of study with certain programs "did not identify those with the greatest probability for success," and its program and project evaluation was "absent." So the National Center for Productivity and Quality of Working Life is dead. Case of death: its own lack of productivity. Kinda says it all about the ability of the federal government to do anything right, doesn't it? Copyright, 1978, United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Barbs B> PHIL PASTOHKT Always try to find out what lies on the other side when you ask someone to open a door for you. When you were 20, they told you you had no experience for the job; after 40, the line is that you're overex- perienced. I'm embarrassed-for-ypuaepartment: the TV newsperson who sticks a microphone before an accident victim's face, and asks, 'And how do you feel after the train wreck?" There's a difference between making a remark with no flavor and uttering one that's tasteless. Take it from one suffers — the upcoming hay fever season is nothing to sneeze at. The hours accummulated for you by timesaving appliances are often spent rook- ing for the guarantees when the gadgets go bust. Television popularity polls never reveal how "many watchers of a show found it to be not worth their time to tune in. Add to ways to protect the ecology: stop watering the ballpark mustard. iNKWSI'APKIi KNTKKI'KISK ASSN. I Berry's World © 1978byN£A,ln "I just learned something. There are certain applicants you don't ask 'How's your typina and shorthand'!"

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