Independent from Long Beach, California on February 26, 1964 · Page 22
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 22

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, February 26, 1964
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P«g« 1-1-- INDEPENDENT ll " t) ··«*· ua - *=*- '» "· *·· EDITORIAL Meri of the CDC ONE OF THE TRAITS of extremist* of either right or left Is their readiness to accept and support, without question or doubt, whatever policies their fanatical leaders may dictate. . The radical elements of the California Democratic Council, meeting in Long Beach last weekend, were completely in character as the CDC voted to support i resolution to strip this city of its tidelands rights and properties.- ' ' * * * ALTHOUGH THE LONG BEACH 'tidelands question was under legislative study, with no final report expected nntfl January of 1965, the CDC delegation, without hearing the facts or indulging in debate, managed to settle the issue in a matter of minutes. The bfll which the convention voted to support would take sweeping and outrageously unfair action against Long Beach for exercising its imagination and initiative and developing the natural resources it holds in trust The delegates could not possibly have understood the details and ramifications of the dispute or the merits of Long Beach's case. Trusting their policy-makers blindly and implicitly, they airily waved their collective hand and ordered, "Off with Long Beach's head!" Ironically, the CDC delegates were sitting at that very moment in the Long Beach Arena, a facility of statewide value, which exists for use by such conventions only because of the constructive spending of tidelands revenues under Long Beach's stewardship. Persons acquainted with the his- tory and character of the CDC were not surprised, of course, at the reckless, unreasoned, and arbitrary nature of its action. At one time or another, this organization has favored hamstringing national defense, abolishing loyalty oaths, eliminating the House un-American Activities Committee, admitting Red China to the United Nations, and doing dozens of other things which cannot be called liberal" but are best described as radical and ·silly. Little wonder that the President of the United States, visiting in the area at the time of the convention, refused to honor the CDC with his presence. Little wonder that Democratic moderates constantly and sharply criticize it. The CDC is not truly representative of the Democratic party, but uses the party's name as a mask. . * * * THE CDC LIKES TO think of itself as fearless and independent In taking ., the position it took in the Long Beach tidelands controversy, it merely jumped on the anti-Long Beach bandwagon which greedy politicians find so convenient to their ambitions. The courageous and independent course would have been to eschew dsmagoguery and maintain an objective attitude, receptive to all evidence, refusing to form an opinion until the basis for an opinion had been constructed. Instead, the CDC last weekend kept intact its reputation as a sounding board for radical and reckless voices as a Congress of Dubious Causes. International Snowball AIR POLLUTION, once considered a problem for municipalities to solve, may find its way eventually to the agenda of the United Nations. A hint of this possibility arises from the testimony of New York's Mayor Wagner before the air and water pollution subcommittee of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Public Works. At first, the Mayor complained that New York's air pollution problem results in part from the bad air that blows in from New Jersey. That, of course, makes air pollution an interstate question. Warming to his subject, however, Mayor Wagner theorized that those strong winds from the West bring dirty air to New York from even more distant places. He described New York as "the terminus of a 3,000-mile-long sewer of atmospheric filth starting as far away as California and growing like a dirty snowball all the way." DORIS FLEKSON If the Mayor gets away with that, then London and Paris will surely take their cue and complain about the dirty snowball that rolls through the air sewer from New York. And since the earth is round, it must be assumed that the snowball rolls right on around, Rome, Bombay, Moscow, Tokyo-^-and ends up where it started, in Los Angeles County. Thus, what Los Angeles County smog experts have been describing as "eye-stinging hydrocarbons" may, be a mixture of international fumes: essence of Italian spaghetti, odor of Indian hemp, spirits of Vodka, and perfume of sukiyaki--all stirred up together in a sort of global air pollution cocktail No municipality, state, or nation is equipped to handle a problem cf such proportions and so we predict an international approach will be sought With the solution to be sponsored with U. S. tax money, of course. Rocky Gaining in Calif. LOS ANGELES --The approach of spring finds Gov. N e l s o n Rockefeller gaining ground here in the Republican presidential primary and Democrats wrestling with senatorial primary problems. If Rockefeller enters the San Francisco convention July 13 with p.; t w o a c e s , back to back --New York and California -- it will be difficult to deal him out short of an intense struggle. Here, as 1J " ; «5 e l s e w h e r e . FLEESO.V the suspicion exists that eastern internationalists are preparing to slip in Gov. Wiffiara Scranton of Prr.n- sytvaria after a Rockefeller- Goldwater deadlock. The same group has nominated the Republican candidate in m o d e r n times. Rockefeller forces suspect it of trying to undercut him with the Goldwater delegates fa New York, particularly opsUte. and this it conceivably could achieve. The group has rv standing here. In fact, California Republicans blame it for inducing Richard Nixon to make his Cl-fated try to governor in 1962, a campaign they would like to forget and Nixon as welL Part of Rockefeller's strength lies in * fust that fact The California transition to Scranton would be much less difficult, though there is considerable grumbling, even among moderates, that he is an unknown quantity in this vital state. Republicans took heart from Democratic difficulties over Sen. CUir Engle's apparent determination to seek re-election d e s p i t e brain surgery last August Behind the nomination itself exists a potentially troublesome struggle for power between party leaden. The past week end offered evidence that the Engle bid for a sympathy vote is faltering. The California Democratic Council gave State Controller Alan Cranston a comfortable endorsement for the- Fngle teat despite an emotional telephone call to the convention from the senator and a tough floor fight by Rrp. James Roosevelt CDC includes the hardworking rank and file, and it is notably liberal. The delegates wept with Engle. particularly when he stumbled over an antwer to «he question of when he STRICTLY PERSONAL ie CUtis: to JACK ANDERSON Rep. Thomas Helps Swing Deal for Bell Telephone *rinM N. · ·«*·· FrtfidMT · ···« M K.m _ *n«. to rutn l»nv«r C ClfMr l_ A. CMUX V _ Id *umf» KMT __ fncrtn ICtar MM I. Slim - nuuvtr CAM tMTV tmnlt V M V CO. *fAc*« ·· AROTfa. CMuva. (·rr*« IM X TIM pi**r*n*4 ·! ffm* could come to California. Roosevelt's attempted blitz won over many delegates thought friendly to CDCs founding president, Cranston, But in the end Cranston won 91 more votes than he needed for a majority. Roosevelt promptly promised privately to withdraw. But a notable -vote-getter. State A t t o r n e y General Stanley Kiosk, gave no such comforting assurances. Mosk i» the choice of Assembly Speaker Jess TJnruh. favorite spokesman for the Kennedy administration. « · · · IT IS NO secret that Gov. Edmund (Pat) Brown does not propose to yield that choice role in the Johnson administration, and he is heavily backed by all northern and various Southern California leaders. In the wings stands Mayor Samuel Yorty of Los Angeles, a maverick Democrat, who has murmured about a senatorial toga, too. Republicans are prevented from full enjoyment of the Senate scene because they lack a strong candidate with a new look of their own. President Johnson, who took pains to avoid the CDC battle to which he was physically so close, seems to be riling high here. But his high percentages in polls before be has an opponent win backfire when one is named and Republicans rally to him. Then it will teem that Johnson has fallen furtl^r than actually ii (h: rsre. (Editor's Note: Drew Pearson's column is written today by Jack Anderson.) WASHINGTON--Two confidential documents have - vices. turned up revealing how "1 thanked Teias's lanky, laconic Con- Thomas for gressmin A l b e r t Thomas used his in- f l u e n c e t o get the tele- p h o n e contract at the H o u s t o n Space Center f o r Southwestern Ben. A b o a r d had r e c o m- mended that PEARSON the contract go to General Telephone, w h i c h offered the best deaL But the board was overruled by Space Chief James Webb after Thomas phoned the space agency. A p h o n e c a l l f r o m Thomas, who handles space funds for the House Appropriations Committee, is an important event at the space agency. The can was taken by Webb's aide. R. P. Young. who summed up the conversation in an urgent confidential memo. " C o n g r e s s m a n Albert Thomas called me," wrote Young, "and said that he heard that there is a controversy developing between General Telephone and Bell Telephone in Texas as to who will provide service to the Houston Space Flight Center. "He said he would like to provide some free un- *He noted that the importance and urgency of our work made it mandatory that we are insured the best of facilities and ser- Congressman ; information and assured him I would pass it on to the proper persons in NASA." · Not long a f t e r w a r d , Southwestern Ben acknowledged its g r a t i t u d e to Thomas in a confidential memo to employees. The Southwestern B e l l Telephone C o m p a n y has been awarded the contract" reported the memo, "to pro- .vide communications for the NASA space lab, located in the dear Creek area. There were two telephone companies in competition for the right to serve this important installation. "Residents of the Houston area owe a debt of gratitude to C o n g r e s s m a n Albert T h o m a s and Bob Casey (Thomas's H o u s t o n colleague) for their efforts in getting the space lab located here. Mr. Thomas and Mr. Casey were also extremely helpful to our company -providing necessary information and other assistance -- during the negotiations for the space lab communications contract." NOTE: Perhaps it should be added that these documents implicating Thomas were not leaked to this column by the White House. THE MYSTERY has now been cleared op how over 100 Republican 'congress- GOP orators served up on the stump: Abraham L i n c o l n had 'ar who delayed pushing into Richmond until Lincoln sent him a note: "My Dear Mcdellan: If you don't want to use the Army. 1 should like to borrow it for a while." McClellin. in turn, liked to-tell Lincoln how to run the g o v e r n m e n t Asked what he was going to do about the general, Lincoln mused: "It reminds me of the man whose horse stuck his own hoof through the stirrup. The man said to the horse, "If you are going to get on, I will get off."" Then there was the time that Lincoln, as a volunteer Captain d u r i n g the 1832 Black Hawk Indian War. was marching 20 men across a field. He approached a gate but couldn't think of the proper military command to maneuver the men into single file. The resourceful L i n c o l n finally shouted: "This company is dismissed for two minutes when it will fan in again on the other side of the gate." · * * · ANOTHER time, a woodsman took a bead on Lincoln with his rifle and cracked dryly: "Friend, the folks in my settlement told me if ever I saw a man Dglier than · I was, I should shoot him. I've found him at last" "Shoot away," retorted Lincoln. "If I am really uglier than you are, I don't want to live any longer." Their Old Ideas By SYDNEY J. HARRIS '.' A friend cf mine, who is the head of a good-sized industrial concern, mentioned my recent colomn on the "strong" and the "weak" executives. "The word you used that stuck ia my mind," he said, *is the word "flexible. 1 , To me. that's the real mark of executive capacity." · "Why do you single out that characteristic?" I asked. "Because the main problem we have with executives and managers and administrators." he explained, "usually boils down to one thing: their complete rigidity. They simpiy don't know how to bend." \ - ·" "Maybe they c o n s i d e r their stiffness a sign cf strength." I ventured. "I don't know what they consider it" he shrugged, "but it certainly retards any real development in our plant These days, unless a company has imagination and versatility and flexibility, it can't hope to compete in a changing market And the emotional make-up of most managerial people is dead-set against any innovation in thinking or procedure." "Why do you suppose these men of yours are so rigid?" I asked him. "It's partly fear of being wrong." he answered. "If you do something the way it's always been done, nobody can blame you if it doesn't work. That kind of rigidity is a self-protective device--it's not really for the sake of the company, but for face-saving purposes." * * * "ITS HARD FOR A great many people to give up entrenched trays of thinking and feeling and acting." I suggested. "And it's interesting to see what often happens to them when two incompatible beliefs confront one another squarely--they simply 'solve' the problem by ignoring one of them entirely, and clinging desperately to their own irrational idea cf what "reality" is." "Could you explain that a little better?" he asked. "m ten you one of Larry Adler's favorite stories to explain it." I said. "It's about a man who walks into a doctor's office and says. "Doctor. I'm dead.* The doctor says. "How do you know?* and the man answers, "I just feel dead, that's alL Fra sure of it But just to prove to myself Fm not a cut I've come here for clinical confirmation. Will you examine me?* "The doctor nodded, "AH ri.sht First of all, let's see if we can agree on something. YouTJ agree that a dead person doesn't bleed? The mm shook his head, *Of course, any schoolchild knows a dead perscn doesn't bleed." "Very well," said the doctor, "FI1 just make a little incision in your hand--if you bleed, you're alive; if you don't you're dead. Satsify you?" "Go right ahead,* the man raid, offering his hacd. "The doctor made an incision. It began bleeding. bleed!*TOWN MEETING Loud Talk With Big Club Urged EDITOR: This writer takes a very dim view of the suggestions that we return to our old policy of speaking softly while carrying a big stick. Look at all the trouble it got us into. I say let's talk loud and tough and wave a shillelagh. The miM-manered pry with the big stick is just out looking for trouble. rebuild our society into one in which a man is a person, with personal A ties toward God. himself, and his fellow man. EDWARD J. JAMISON 1544 Stanley Ave. How to Become 'Good Gtfzen' EDITOR: All good Americans should do their best to become good citizens. Here are some steps to take to avoid becoming a terrible right- CHAUTCCEY F. GARISON winger, or an evil super-pa- S389 Dale Buena Park solicited and unbiased advice on this matter. He men. fanning a c r o s s the . Th* 11 there was Lincoln's recommended that we go to country to deliver Lincoln classic reply to the question Ben for the service and re- week speeches, happened to cf how he enjoyed the presi- tell the same jokes. The anecdotes were dug cut of the Lincoln Library by the Republican National Committee and delivered to the congressmen in a confidential "speech kit"* Here are the best of the canned anecdotes, which the ported that his recommendation was based upon the fact that he frequently gets reports or complaints in letters to him from Texas constituents t h a t General Telephone just didn't provide support and service to its customers. Strictly Business 1-7* j, n-e have ihi results cf yoor aptitude testsT dency. He was under blistering fire at the time from editorial ' pages across the country. "You have heard the story," said Lincoln, "of the man who was tarred and feathered and ridden out of town on a raiL A man in the crowd asked him how he Jiked it. and he replied, "If it wasn't for the honor of the thing. Pd much rather walk.- QUOTES t» Vnffrf rrM WnttMul CHICAGO--Larence Landry, spokesman for an anti- segregation boycott of Chicago schools, on the success cf the demonstration: "For the first time in the history of Chicago, people were given an opportcnity to choose between slavery and freedom." WASHINGTON' -- Rep. Wilbur D. MiHf, D-Ark, warning that the tax-cut bill should not be expected to perform miracles: "This bin win not eliminate an poverty and erase unemployment It win, however, contribute to making possible a substantial increase in total activity." Would Fighl Reds With Good Works EDITOR: The modern "conservative" excoriates the modern "liberal" as being hand-in- glove with Communism. The modern liberal" charges the modern "conservative" with aiding and abetting the advance of communism by their conservative "opposition to true social progress." Denouncing communism in public speeches before co-operative audiences is not an efficient way to fight communism. The daily practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy is a more efficient way to fight conurrunisin- In the first centuries of Christianity the poor were fed at a persona! sacrifice, the caked were clothed at a personal sacrifice, the homeless were sheltered at a personal sacrifice. And because the poor were fed, clothed and sheltered at a personal sacrifice, the pagans used to say about the Christians, "See how they love one anothert" · · · * IN OUR OWN day the poor are no longer fed, clothed and sheltered at a personal sacrifice, but at the expense of · the taxpayers. Arid because the poor are no longer fed, clothed and sheltered at a personal sacrifice, the pagans of our day say about the Christians, "See how' they pass the buckr Christianity has nothing to do with modern communism or with modern capitalism, for Christianity has a capitalism of its own and a commanisra of its own. When Christians recognize this fact and return to. and practice, the Christian doctrine of the common good, we can then break cut of this vicious circle H Tvh'ch v e fird cvTilvt- r.~f. triot. Close your mind to the advances of communism and socialism. Listen hopefully to the panacaeas cf our leaders and their philosophy of tax, spend. lend and give-away. Don't read or Jis- ten to anyone who promotes patriotism. When we fall into o n e Communist trip after another--don't question cur leadership. ] When your children corns home from school with reports that teachers are condemning America and our free enterprise system, ignore them. Teachers know what's best Don't read ^iy reports of the House Un- American Activities Cfjn- rnittee. take the word of someone else--it should b« abolished. Make it a prjc- tice never to offend or question any one on politics pr foreign policy. · · · · · ; WHEN another country goes down the drain and millions become slaves, don't be concerned; you ars still free. When our unarmed planes are shot down, cur brave fliers murdered, don't protest or demand immediate punishment and indemnification for those responsible. ; When our embassies are burned and our flags torn cp, it's a changing world. When our great leaders elect to feed our enemy, it's to oar national interest When a psychopath wretch l i k e Castro turns oor water off. we cast not tarn it on. Hani our water and fire the poor Cobaa workers. Always go along with t,9 crowd. Don't be a non-conformist patriot like Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale, or Abe Lincoln. . ! If you continue to carry cut these steps, you wfll become a perfect vegetable^ like a robot, without a soul --and win be the dtligbt of Khrushchev when he steps ashore. F. WELCH

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