Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on May 17, 1967 · Page 24
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$tt«ott ditiztn VICTOR RIESEL ESTABLISHED 1871 PablishM Ev*rjr Afteni«oii_ Except Sunday MEMBER OF Requiem For A Newspaper PUBLISHED BY THE CITIZEN PUBLISHING CO. Mall Address: Box 5027 Telephone: 822-5855 WEDNESDAY. MAY F7. 1967 PAGE 24 District 1's Ned Is Clear Two weeks from tomorrow, School District 1 property owners will be asked to approve an $8.98 million bond issue. Included in the bond issue are two elementary schools, a junior high school, a new high school and additions to existing schools at all grade levels. The elementary and junior high school bond issue will cost $3.33 million and the high school $5.65 million. The .bond Issue was announced a month ago. No formal opposition has developed nor is any expected to develop before the June 1 election. It remains to be seen whether the lack of opposition is a healthy sign. There was no organized resistance to Sunnyside and Sahuarita district bond issues this year. One passed, the other failed. The Sahuarita School District last January proposed a $2 million bond issue. This was reduced to $1.5 million when criticism was expressed. The pared-down proposal appeared to quiet the critics. But the quiet was shattered on election day when the bond issue was badly defeated. . , It is hoped that the District 1*proposal will not meet the same fate. And there is basis for this hope. ·r. District I voters have shown in the past a willingness to meet their reponsibilities of providing necessary educational facilities in an expanding community. This h^as been particularly true when the voters were confident that the school trustees had made a logical case for aj-easonable bond issue. : " Just such a case has been made this year. The Pima County Planning Department predicted that 175 new classrooms would be needed by 1969-70. To provide them a $12 million bond issue would have been needed. District 1 trustees took the county report and pared the recommendations more than 25 per cent to $8.98 million. This was done by planning extensive use of portable classrooms and by postponing some construction. It is significant that Sunnyside School District, faced with the problem of over crowded facilities, this month approved a $4.97 million bond issue by a 3 to 1 margin. In this instance, too, the need was clear and the ''-: district trustees had been economical in arriving at a bond proposal. -Sunnyside real property owners then acted wisely in giving overwhelming approval. And that's what we hope will happen in District 1 on June 1. A- Good Choice The appointment of Ken Cardella as state senator from District 7E should be well received by both the Republican Party and the community at large. Mr. Cardella, who will complete the term of the late Sen. Thomas Beaham, is young, articulate, enthusiastic and well oriented to the problems of Pima County. He has been a resident of Pima County, -- except for a tour with the Air Force and a stint as an American Airlines pilot -- since 1950, when he came to Tucson to enroll at the University of Arizona. Mr. Cardella gained many friends and admirers during the four years he played football (he ranked third nationally in ball carrying in 1953). Since entering the insurance'field in 1960, he has made rapid progress. The lure of politics is not new to Mr. Cardella. He was approached in 1966 to seek a state representative's seat. At that time he had to refuse because of business pressure. Mr. Cardella's background is such that he is in position to make significant contributions in many legislative matters, particularly those concerning the University of Arizona. The Board of Supervisors made a wise choice in passing over more familiar party names to select Mr. Cardella. DENNIS THE MENACE NEW YORK: - All dead newspapers get a fine funeral. They are buried in bathos by clan brothers of those who tortured and taunted them to death. There is escalation in Ipfty phrases but not as lofty as the costs which choked up circulation and turned the. big city's grand journalism .from Park Row to skid row. In this requiem for the late World Journal Tribune, the sordid fiscal fact is that, in the past 15 years, the gallant men who attempted to keep their papers amongst the living lost almost $50 million dollars. Calm leaders of the proletariat in s t e n t o r i a n speeches charge publishing families are part of the privileged class. But it is no privilege to lose so much money so swiftly. Amongst the academics "escalation" is the "in" word. Amongst a handful of publishers here it was the "out" word. , The three publishers who attempted to succor the merged newspaper lost well over $5 million in the past eight months. Yet they were faced by new wage-fringe-security demands which would have added some $10 million for the new contract's duration. And their severance pay obligation, already totaling $10 million, would swiftly obligate them to another $1.5 million at least. There were other costs, true, but that did not dilute the deep red of profit and loss statements at the end of the fiscal period. And it was always so. Ever, more and ever more. The World Journal Tribune started still-born, struck before it could hit the streets. But it did start (though it did not publish for more than five months) when executives came regularly into an empty city room, a weird echo chamber, and went through the motions. And there were pickets outside. Yet the publishers persisted, though one of them had lost $3 million the previous year. A second had lost $3 million. The third, almost that much. Or a total of more than $10 million in one year. And when one of the 10 unions settled, another hit the bricks. So it went from April 24 to Sept. 12. It was the pressmen's union which held out. While most of them worked at other newspapers and in commercial . print shops, they always had a picket line. " T y p o s "also worked during the strike -since New York is the world's largest printing center. But we're not done with the killing statistics. During the two years previous to the death of three newspapers and their merger into the short-lived one, the three publishers lost an additional $15 million. It had not always been so. Not until the great 1962-63 strike of the city's press. Some of these papers had prospered. But the months of stoppage killed off circulation and advertising linage. And the black ran red. There was an early casualty -- the Daily Mirror, a paper with a million circulation and a bigger heart. It had been losing $2 million annually, perhaps far more. Then came the traditional round of negotiations. Labor costs went up another million. One would have to have a whimsey of iron to have enjoyed that kind of journalism -especially with the new rounds upcoming. And before that, the New York publishing world had lost some $20 million. In all it has come to $50 million. Whose fault is it? In this anatomy-of a craft, it must be said there were many'faulty parts. Some observers will cuss out the shy but tough man of woven steel, Bertram Powers -- the Mr. Big of the Typographical Union's local Big Six. He has demanded and won scores of millions of dollars for his followers in the composing room. He is the throwback to the nerveless bargaining of John L. Lewis, whom he idolizes. His strategy is to keep his people at work --· and it matters not in how many newspapers -- for the next 15 years. Since they average about 50 years of age, he will then have seen them through the ; inevitable automation at even higher pay scales. Others will cuss out the re- . maining craft unions -- a squabbling, competitive set of tribes. If the rank and · file does not get more and more and more for fewer .hours, they just dump their leaders. They do not ever believe the money will stop flowing in from publishers' coffers. And then a paper dies. So they merely set type or drive a truck or push a button or roll a mat or paste.up wrappers or pull a switch in some other plant. And the wreckers come as the reporters scurry from the mausoleum -- not often knowing 'what they'll do after the very fine funeral. Cooyrloht 1947 ROSCOE DRVMMOND Congress At Its Worst WASHINGTON -- Congress is worried about its reputation -and should be. But it ought to be worried about something else even more: its failure to transact the public business from the very first day it met last January. Congress is worried about the unethical action of some of its members and as yet has done nothing adequate to prevent its recurrence. But Congress ought to be even more worried about its failure to deal with urgent legislation which continues to languish unattended even 'though the present session is more than half through -- most of it wasted. Congress convened four and a half months ago and in this long period what has it done? It has acted on just two pieces of legislation. Both were almost totally non-controversial -- t h e Vietnam war supplemental appropriation' and the investment tax credit to stimulate the economy. The Senate ratified two treaties. And that's the sum of it to date -- a dangerously sterile ' period, valuable time dissipated, important bills backed up on each other, some of which will be lost not by decision but by indecision, others passed hurriedly and heedlessly, and the Senate tied in knots by its own archaic procedures. . For weeks on end the Senate has been theoretically considering the investment tax-credit bill which the House passed last March 16 by 386 to 2. Despite the fact that only one vote was cast in opposition, it took the Senate a month and a half to find a way to give its approval. The reason the bill was stymied so long and everything else glued to inaction with it is that the Senate's own merry- go-round procedures kept it endlessly tied up talking about something else and unable to come to grips with the measure it thought it had before it but couldn't get at. Credit -- or discredit -- this miasmic distraction to Senator Russell Long (D) of Louisiana who, although his $60 million tax-supported Presidential campaign fund measure was repealed in three different votes, continued to find ways to keep this thing before the Senate, in the hope he could rescue it for future resurrection. And all this time Mr. Long kept the Senate so tied up that it could not efficiently transact the public business. Apparently Majority Leader Mike Mansfield was neither decisive enough nor resourceful enough to prevent Long from keeping the Senate busy at what it didn't want to do and unable to do what needed to be done. Until the Senate organizes itself to transact the public business efficiently, this will occur over and over again. Nobody wants a hurry-up, rubber-stamp Congress. Whenever Congress really decides to transact the public business efficiently, it can organize itself to do so. But two bills in four and a half months is Congress at its worst. CooyrloM 19*7 ART BUCHWALD 'Hey, There! You With The. » · · · * WASHINGTON -- Pacific Airlines has been waging a very unusual advertising campaign pointing up the fears people have about flying: With such attention getters as "Hey, there! You with the sweat in your palms," security blankets for the passengers and painting their airplanes to look like railroad locomotives, Pacific hopes to attract passengers who don't like to fly. It's a very dangerous campaign that Pacific is waging, but if it succeeds other industries might decide to try the same approach. The advertising .agencies are watching the Pacific advertisements with interest and already have their own ads on the drawing boards. For example, the automobile people may get into adverse advertising with this kind of ad. "Hey, there! You with the beer can in your hand. Have you ever thought if you took your Rake X-321 out tonight you might ram it into a tree? "Sure you're afraid to drive with all those nuts' on the highways and you certainly have good reason. First of all, you're not even certain if your car is safe or not, and then you don't know if anyone else's car Is safe. Frankly, the way they're building the roads these days you'd probably be better off staying in the house. "But this shouldn't prevent you from buying a Rake X-321. For one thing it's fast -- too damn fast if you ask us -- and this can really scare you if you lose control. But power isn't the only thing you have to fear in a Rake X-321. It skids like mad around a turn and it's top-heavy to boot. Matter of fact, the only safety feature we have on the car is a St. Christopher medal. "So why not go out and see your Rake dealer today?" . Then there are the bathroom fixtures advertising people. "Hey, there! You with the shampoo in your eyes. Has it ever occurred to you that more people have accidents in bathrooms than anywhere else in the house? Sure it's kind of scary -- particularly when you lose the soap in the bottom of the tub or when you accidentally walk through the glass door of a shower. But what are you going to do? "Gurgle plumbing fixtures will not pretend to you that it's safe to take a bath We. feel the more facts you know about getting into a tub the less anxious you'll be. The odds of getting in and out of a bath without hurting yourself are about 4 to 1, which are not bad considering there is so little to hold onto when you're sitting down. Then there's always the chance of getting scalded if you turn the wrong tap. You say it will never happen? You should see some of the mail we get from our customers. ' "Gurgle doesn't have the answer to accidents in the bathroom. All we can do is provide the equipment to make the accidents possible. Write for our free booklet, 'The Bathroom Is Not Safe At Any Speed."' And then there are the drug people. "Hey, there! You with the pain in your tummy. I guess you've read that Litmus stomach powders are safe. Well don't let anybody kid you. If you take the wrong dose you could be sick for two days. Litmus has an active coating ingredient that works twice as fast as any other stomach powder, which could cause a lot of complications. The p o w d e r s come wrapped individually in plastic, and if you don't pull the flap according to instructions, you'll cut your finger. "Many people are afraid to take Litmus stomach powders. "And they're not dumb people either. "But we would rather you know in advance what you're getting into. Tests show bicarbonate is as good as Litmus and it onJy costs half the price." And finally there are the cigaret advertisers. "Hey, there! You with that terrible cough in your throat . . . " Copyriottt 1W7 Letters To The Editor RIDING AND HIKING TRAILS BADLY NEEDED To the Editor: Since 1961, an interested group of horsemen, including a judge, doctors and many of our prominent businessmen, have spent hours struggling to get organized trails. The results have not been pleasing. The Coronado Forest Service has done a magnificent job, but for t h o s e without trailers and horses in their back yards, where can they safely ride? The horse certainly does add a substantial income to 'this county. The horse requires feed, medicine, shoes, plus many accessories. The owner requires equipment to ride his horse, plus his many changes of western clothes. The Horsemen's Association of Pima County has put out a survey as to the amount of money spent that is directly related to horses. It is unbelievable. Hollis Whalin, president of the Horsemen's Association of Pima County, and I had a meeting with Gilbert Ray, director of Parks and Recreation, on April 25 of this year. We were interested as to the progress of riding and hiking trails. Mr. Ray informed us his budget for 1967 and 1968 had gone in to the aboard of Supervisors, and money for trails had not been included. Also work on a . trail in the Tucson Mountains had ceased because of the lack of funds. This is a serious matter, for if the horse owners and those that depend on the horse for their income do not make a plea for trails, it will be useless to keep a horse. They will be encircled with concrete ribbons and it would be impossible to leave their yards horseback. Would those that want to see this community retain their horse activity and this income from the horse -- write to our B o a r d of Supervisors? A request should be made for the j| «y7tw7%0 ^| · J · Arizona tiuzen Eighty-Two Years Ago in the Old Pueblo TUCSON, ARIZONA TERRITORY, MAY 16, 1885 Good Wagon Road To Sabino Mr. C. A. Elliott came in yesterday from Sabino Canon, and has completed a good wagon road over which pic-nic parties can drive their teams on a trot clear to the canon. The water, which is abundant and makes rippling music as it rushes through the rocky canon, is of a splendid quality, and at some future day it will be utilized not only for city purposes in Tucson, but for motive power and irrigating purposes. Water can be brought from this canon in large volume, with over 400 feet pressure. Twelve miles of piping will bring it to the city limits and 13 miles will take it to Main street. A reservoir one mile east of the depot will give about 100 feet fall at Main street. The water question for this city seems to be easy of solution, even if the city should grow beyond the capacity of the present source of supply, which seems now to be fully adequate to fill the wants of the people. Electricity's Dazzling Rays The dazzling rays of the electric light now make darkness light before the pedestrian, and crooked paths straight. The Park theatre and the street leading to it will be lighted with electricity on the nights of the 26th and 27th, the occasion of the appearance of the original Nashville Students, the celebrated colored concert company. They are favorites in Tucson and will draw big houses. Compiled by Yndia Smalley Moore, Citizen historical editor. Board of Supervisors to appropriate a sum to the Parks and Recreation budget, for 1967 and 1968, for riding and hiking trails. MRS. JOHN BRANT Trails Chairman Horsemen's Association of Pima County RELIEF NEEDED FOR TAXPAYERS To the Editor: From Human Events of April 29, 1967: "From none other than Rep. Wilbur D. Mills (D-Ark), chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, comes word that LBJ is a profligate 'spender. Speaking to an American Enterprise Institute symposium on fiscal policy last week, Mills said: "'Two-thirds of the $8.3 billion increase in f e d e r a l spending from calendar 1963 through 1966. . .is accounted for by non- defense .-pending. More over, as projected in the January, 1967, budget message, over half of the proposed $37 b i l l i o n increase in outlays . from fiscal 1966 through fiscal 1968 is to be in nondefense programs.! ' ' M i l l s said government spending has become i.o r-2el- erated now that it is almost out of control." Wouldn't it be nice if we saw some real efforts to cut down on spending and wouldn't it be nice for all levels of government to become really sincere about efforts to curtail spending? It would be such a relief to us poor frustrated taxpayers. ELAINE M. HINES 241 Montecito Dr. WHY IS IT NECESSARY? To the Editor: Why is it necessary for the U. S. Navy to "practice" war maneuvers in the Sea of Japan, just off the Russian coast between Olga and Vladivostok? Would Americans allow a Russian war fleet to practice in the Gulf of Mexico close to the American coast between Tampa and New Orleans? WM. S. CHICHESTER 7002 Edgewood PL ·WE KNOW ALL RUSSIANS ARE EQUAL, IVAN--BUT A WOMAN DRIVER ON A DESTROYER. . .?'

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