Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on March 11, 1966 · Page 26
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 26

Tucson, Arizona
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Haifa ESTABLISHED 1871 Published Every Afternoon Except Sunday MEMBER OP THE ASSOCIATED PRESS JOHN CHAMBERLAIN Mnkniit Of Tlio RnJl Kl*nh/i.ntA *. t .m. "C*w« ** ~\^ msw ms %^ · Jfc- · w^x JB--^ w w w .*»*--· w ^-" m**- -- --' ***»· -- --· --' «^ «c*i *nmi*S *xclM»iv«ly t» ttt u* Mr r*tm»Hcktl*« Mi MwiMMr n w*tt tt «H *P MWI «l»Mtc»m. MEMBER OF UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHED BY THE CITIZEN PUBLISHING CO. Mai! Address; Box 5927 Telephone: 122-5855 FRIDAY, MARCH I I , 1966 PAGE 26 JjSo Why Cheer? if* It's dubious satisfaction, at best, to find solace in iSae fact that /Tucson's crime rate grew more slowly last year than the nation's. The statistics aren't that soothing. ;?- Some types of crime fell off a bit last year. Some Increased. :'£' The total of serious crimes in Tucson in 1965'was 3.5 ;per cent higher than the 1964 total. By comparison the national increase was 5 per cent, and the West's regional increase was 9 per cent. We. don't claim these statistics are meaningless. They make Tucson look pretty good compared to the West as a whole. £· But the fact remains that the crime rate did grow Clrom 1964 to 1965. And that's a negative factor despite 'line fact that the rate grew faster in some other places. ffi How about Phoenix? Serious crimes in that city ·Jwere actually 10 per cent fewer in 1965 than in the year ·|)efore. That's a positive improvement. You don't have ;$|o compare that figure to other cities to make it look i%ood. It's intrinsically good. 5f Law enforcement is a tough field and growing tough- |fer as population pressure increases and old moral val- Ipes. and standards erode. The problem has been com-' Impounded by court .decisions which sometimes seem to %o unnecessarily far in favoring defendants at the risk ·jof society. " ; '$1 We'll start cheering when the crime figures start ftbrinking absolutely, not comparatively. ^ ' · ' jjFarce And Flop | | Something must have been proved by the' recent selection in which the "poor" of Los Angeles were supposed to elect their own representatives to the board *Which will administer war on poverty funds. ** To qualify as a voter, a person had to earn less than |JJ4,000 a year. About 400,000' were eligible. -;J Because the government insists that the poor must *fiave "maximum feasible participation" in the planning !*|Lnd running of the poverty war, a major effort was filmed at making the election a real success. «$ Some $61,000 in federal funds was provided to fi- *-i|ance the election. '!* Of that, $5,000 was for block-by-block drives to whip *t|p voter interest and enthusiasm. '' H Approximately 600 volunteer workers tried to get out phevote. ; | | L-es-s ihan one per cent of the eligible voters did ^|irn out. The fiasco cost $22 per vote. | | A lot of theories were advanced to explain the poor Sturnput but none explained it any better than did the tcemari: of County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, a critic fSf the plan from the start, who simply called it "a farce =and a .flop.": *|- "It should not have occurred," he said, "and those Responsible should be criticized." ;;;* Certainly the money would have been spent better Inn tangible ways to alleviate poverty rather than efforts ;tb wheedle the poor to participate. JBack To School C* Tucson's rising traffic death toll has brought a com- '·mendable response from City Court magistrates. They ;plan to start sending ticket-prone motorists to driver ^education school. t : - It makes sense. Some of those drivers never learned 'l(ow to operate a car correctly in the first place. And tsome who did know have drifted into dangerous habits Jbecause they have developed improper attitudes toward Striving. A routine fine can't teach a man how to drive properly. And it takes more than a lecture to change a 1-man's basic attitudes. ^ But 14 hours of coaching by District 1 teachers, ^scheduled over a six-week period, might develop both ;the skills and the proper attitudes. ft City magistrates lack the power to force a traffic ..offender to attend school. But they might get remarka- ; bly good results by giving offenders a choice of going to school or paying a fine. · DENNIS THE MENACE The Republicans, for the most part, have adopted a position of watchful waiting while the Democrats have been cutting each other up over the question of the Vietnamese War. Insofar as the 1966 congressional elections are concerned, there may be short-term merit to this strategy. BUT THERE is one important Republican who never tires of saying that his party should be taking a far more positive role in this business of bringing, the Vietnamese War to a victorious conclusion. Talking to the administrative assistants to Republican congressmen in Washington the other day, Richard Nixon made it plain that he rejects the passivity that seems to have overcome many in his party. · Nixon told the "bull elephants," as the Congressional Republican administrative assistants are called, that the time had come for Americans to cease apologizing for the war. Those who were present at the meeting, which did not include members of the press, say that he made a terrific impression on the bull elephants, many of whom are in a position to influence their bosses in the Congress. WHAT NIXON DID for the bull elephant group was to turn the talk of Vietnamese War "risks" a hundred and eighty degrees around. Everybody has been listening to the fears that one bit of war escalation may lead to another; that casualties mav become unacceptable to the voters; that a confrontation with the Russians in Haiphong harbor is full of danger; that the Red Chinese may actively enter the war; that digging the Viet Cong out of the jungles is a hopelessly frustrating job, etcetera, etcetera. But what, so Nixon asked, are the risks of failing to fight the war to the successful end of denying the Communists any reward for their aggression? (A refusal to reward aggression would, in Nixon's opinion, be victory enough for our side). LETTING THE VIET CONG off the hook, said Nixon, entails the risk that thousands of South Vietnamese anti-Communists will eventually die in a purge. It entails risk that Laos will be completely communized; that Thailand will be infiltrated and its government, now firmly allied with the United States, will be toppled; that the pressure on Malaysia and the HOLMES ALEXANDER Philippines will become intolerable; that Indonesia will move back into the Communist orbit But these risks, which form the substance of the "falling domino" theory, were subordinate in Nixon's mind to the biggest risk of all, the risk that the U.S. would lose all its credibility as a professed protector of the free world if it should make itself the sponsor of a bad "coalition" peace in Southeast Asia. Not only would the South Koreans, the Japanese, the Taiwan Chinese, the Filipinos, the Thais and other Asian peoples cease to trust our word. Skepticism of the U.S. purposes would spread rapidly throughout Australia, Africa, Latin America, and the NATO nations of Europe. ACCEPTANCE OF A COALITION government in South Viet Nam would, in Nixon's opinion, be a distinct "reward for aggression." Thus it would amount to a defeat for U.S. arms. All of the risks involved in such a defeat would slowly become operative. And the final risk, that the U.S. would be forced to fight.other wars--in Thailand, in the Philippines, even in Latin America or Europe--would begin to loom down the road. In opposing what he calls the "Lippmann-Fulbright" thesis Nixon can hardly be called opportunistic. He was talking about U.S. responsibilities in Southeast Asia at the time when the French were under siege at their "enclave" in Dien Bien Phu. His voice, in Republican counsels, is the voice of continuity. WHAT IS IMPORTANT to the Republican future is that Nixon seems to be the only party leader who does more than "leave the war up to LBJ." Romney, Scranton, Rockefeller,' Hatfield, even Everett Dirksen and Gerald Ford, haye been doing a minimum of proselyting for victory in South Viet Nam. What the effect of his outspokenness will be or* Nixon's political future is something worth watching. He remains the leading contender in the polls for the 1968 Republican presidential nomination. He is importuned every .day for speeches; his aides say he has more than 2,000 speech requests on file. He is about to. blossom forth as a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, and he plans to accept 50 of those speech requests in 50 districts that promise to be critical in the 1966 congressional elections. Copyright IMS Some Antidotes To Ignorance There isn't much excuse to be ignorant these days. Somebody is always writing a book about things we ought to know. ' I HAVE BEEN saving up to show how Barbara Tuchman's beautifully-orchestrated history- (1890-1914), "The Proud Tower," tells us why we are fighting in Viet Nam, and how William Rivers' "The Opinion Makers" explains why we have "managed news," and how "The Radical Papers," edited by. Irving Howe, shows how it will take a covnv ten-evolution if we're ever to get out of the Great Society alive and free. Miss Tuchman doesn't come right out-and say so (I am hot sure she even believes so), but it emerges from her rich tapestry of European aristocracy that we in the USA could have kept our Garden of Eden if we hadn't gotten to nibbling on the alien fruit of envy. EUROPEANS HAD OVERSEAS empires, therefore there were politicians in the USA who thought that we should turn imperialistic. Looking back, one can hardly conjure up a more un-American idea than the one preached by Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan--and accepted by Theodore Roosevelt and the -elder Henry Cabot Lodge--that this country should go in for "sea power." Mahan wasn't talking about coastal defense units, but about armadas to challenge those of Europe. Soon we were engaged in the Caribbean and the South Pacific (where we are still stuck with wars), and it was this international social-climbing that got us into both World Wars and, today, into the United Nations. PROFESSOR RIVERS HAS PUT the nation in his debt, I think, with the first and last parts of his book, where he debunks the notion flat attempted news control by the federal government is a modern phenomenon. The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was, of course, held in secret session. The presiding officer, George Washington, masterminded a blackout that totally excluded both press and public. Presidents Jefferson and Jackson, both champions of liberalism, subsidized Washington newspapers by putting their editors on the public payroll or handing them patronage in printing contracts. The personal interviews and news breaks which modern presidents" give to influential publishers and columnists seem innocent enough compared with the way Lincoln tried to butter up Horace Greeley, owner of the New York Tribune, who was a Civil War "dove." NEWS-GATHERING TODAY in small paft is a surreptitious scavenging for facts and ideas that are allowed to fall like crumbs from the tables of the mighty.. In its better part it is an obstacle race where the reporter often has to overcome hurdles and false clues, not to mention booby traps and ambushes. These difficulties are what put news-gatherers on their mettle, and what separate the men from the boys. Professor. Rivers has some excellent inside stories on the methods by which Lippmann and Reston, Pearson and the weekly news magazine editors, collect and utilize their knowledge. It makes purgative reading for a -large segment of the population which believes that many writers here are "kept men" and that the government largely succeeds in preventing the people from learning the "truth." Neither assumption is valid. IRVING HOWE HAS PUT together in "The Radical Papers" a batch of 20 ultra-leftist essays, favoring numerous hare-brained plans to "Make America Over." The single idea that emerges is socialism or something that Michael Harrington, one of the contributors, calls a "third New Deal." the first and second having taken place under Roosevelt-Truman and the present one under Kennedy-Johnson. Harrington finds that political coalition in the saddle, or at least with one foot in the stirrup, comprises "the poor, the unions, the best of the religious movements, the liberals, the radicals." This means to me that we need a counter-revolution in 1968 or 1972 to keep sume place in the scheme of things for the productive rich, business management, those religious movements that look to God instead of Caesar, the traditionalists and the middle- readers. BUT AS LONG AS scholarly and honest books like these get written, there isn't much excuse for not knowing what goes on--whether we approve of it or not. Copyright 1964 SYDNEY HARRIS Takes A Bit Of Drudgery, Too I L .KE 10 tL M O' TOBS. I THiMK l' BSTWKN Last month, at the age of 75, Mischa Elman gave a violin recital at Carnegie Hall in New York. A few days later, at the age of 77, Artur Rubinstein gave a piano recital at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. The critics agreed that both these men were still in firm command of their artistry. I KNOW ONE REASON for this. Some years ago, I used to spend a month each summer in Hollywood, living in a detached bungalow at the Garden of Allah hotel. The bungalow next to me was occupied by Mischa Elman and his wife. Each morning at 8, I would be awakened by someone playing scales on the violin. This practicing would go on for two hours. In the afternoon, when I usually returned to the hotel for a swim and a nap, I would again hear the practicing. It was Elman, then 65 years old, who had made his debut in 1908, and was still running scales twice a day. When Queen Victoria exclaimed to Paderewski, after a concert, "Ah, you are a genius!" he replied, "Perhaps, Your Majesty--but before I was a genius, I was a drudge." Sarasate said much the same thing when a famous critic called him a genius. "A genius!" he sighed. "For 27 years I've practiced 14 hours a day, and now they call me a genius!" IT IS OBVIOUS, OF COURSE, that no amount of practice or hard work will turn a mediocrity into a man of talent; but what is less obvious is that even the most flaming natural talent will curdle and wither -unless it is continually watered and nourished with practice. And one cannot hope to succeed in any of the arts unless one is willing to put up with the drudgery, day after day. What the public sees is the flashing virtuosity on the stage, and it imagines that this is the" main job of the performer. But the main job is done in private -- by the time the conductor approaches the podium, or the dancer swirls across the stage, it is too late for success or failure. If the preparation has been inadequate, the performance cannot be good. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE to improve one's grasp of the fundamentals--and whoever considers himself a "finished artist" is finished in more ways than he knows. Copyright 19M WINNER TODAY'S CITIZEN Tucson Helped Rebuild Arthritic's Fallen World By DAN PAVILLARD Citizen Staff Writer As a high school athlete in Tallahassee, Fla., Virgil Han-' cuck wanted to be a midshipman at the Naval Academy at Annapolis. ·:· : And he made it. Not only did he make it, he was coxswain of Navy's rowing crew from 1936 to 1940. Shortly after his graduation, Hancock was stricken with spinal arthritis while aboard the USS Augusta, then flagship for the Atlantic Fleet stationed at Newport, R.I. That ended Hancock's military career and his 10-month-a- year rowing, and resulted in his retirement from the service in 1942. Hancock's world fell apart for a time. He managed an Army post exchange at Camp Gordon Johnson in Florida ("an-invasion training post in the boondocks, believe me.") He tried a change of cl'mate (to El Paso, ·Tex.) for nine months, tried a number of treatments by New York doctors and tried to reestablish roots hi Florida at Ft. Lauderdale for two-and-a-half years. Then Hancock moved to Tucson in 1947. "I'm not at all sure I'd have to stay here because of my health," Hancock says. "It's just that after you've lived here awhile, you want to stay for any number of reasons other than the beautiful weather." Here are some of Hancock's other reasons: He is executive director of the Southern Arizona Heart Association; his wife, Mildred, is medical coordinator of the University of Arizona Rehabilitation Center; and his two sons, Lyle, 11, and Skip, 12, are involved with their schooling. Arthritis has failed to sideline the former Navy crewman. For a time, Hancock was working for both the heart association and the Arthritic and Rheumatism Foundation. "I started working half-time for each organization," Hancock recalls, "but each was growing so large that I had to relinquish my work with one or the other." Hancock has been full-time YORK AT LARGE --Citizen Photo Virgil Hancock director of the SAHA since 1956. And he is proud of the association's programs. "We started the first cardiac clinic in Tucson at St. Mary's Hospital. Later, the diapostic clinic was moved to St. Elizabeth of Hungary Outpatient Clinic, 104 W. Speedway. "We were instrumental in starting the Tucson Home Stroke Cardiac Program last fall, and the response to it has been very good." ' The home stroke cardiac program provides the full-time services of a nurse coordinator and a physiotherapist, and the part- time services of a physician and an occupational therapist to heart attack victims living at home. "We also raise money for heart research, conduct an ex- tensive educational campaign and get involved with nurses' seminars on heart-related diseases." Still, Hancock finds time for reading (history, principally), amateur photography (movie and still), camping and fishing. "I bought that durn camping trailer," Hancock says "because that's the best way to get close to the good fishing." The White Mountains and Rocky Point are favorite spots. "You know, I've never really understood Mexican fish. I don't know if what I catch are s'ea trout or sea bass. But I do know that, whatever they are, they surely are -good eating." The 49-year-old Hancock nearly always is on the move. If he's not at work at the office, he may be found sitting as a member of thi St. Joseph's Hospital Lay Advisory Board, entertaining friends at the Skyline Country Club or puttering around his home at 340 Ridge Drive. Backward Beards "The moon it desolate-no peoplt--no vottri--wonder if PrMttmt Johnson will lose Jttireitt" New York Herald Tribune Editorial Soviet archaeologists claim.to have discovered a : bronze razor that is 2,800 years old. So man has been shaving at least since the time when, in Kipling's phrase, 'Omer smote 'is bloom- in' lyre -- although one would not guess it from the busts of the bard that the later classic age imaginatively created. But it is a solemn thought that while men not long out of the Stone Age painfully but dutifully scraped their chins with bronze blades, our own time, with its well-honed slivers of fine steel, produces beatniks and barbudos. That is evolution in reverse, as many students of Fidel Castro's career have already concluded. H +?ram,-i9 J*f« J · Arizona Citizen Eighty-Six Years Ago !n the Old Pueblo TUCSON, ARIZONA TERRITORY, MARCH 11, 1880 To All Republicans At a meeting of citizens, held in the City of Tucson on the 28th day of January, 1880, it was deemed advisable to call a general meeting for the purpose of organizing the Republican party hi this county, and Thursday, the llth day of March, has been designated as the date for such meeting. In accordance therewith you are hereby invited and requested to be present on that occasion, and are requested to notify your Republican friends of this call for a meeting, and request them to attend also. It is particularly desired that every section of the county should be represented in this meeting, and if possible, that each precinct send delegates, the purpose being to organize the party in this county if such be the judgment of the majority of the Republicans present or represented, and the election of a County Central Committee. All Republicans "are earnestly requested to co-operate in this movement. By order of the Executive Committee. JOHN P. CLUM, Secretary Tucson, A. T., February 24,1880. Compiled by Yndia Smalley Moore, Citizen historical editor

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