The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 27, 1978 · Page 12
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Galveston, Texas
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Wednesday, September 27, 1978
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12-.Y iTlii- Pailn ^Mue Wednesday Morning, September 27, 1978 Jack Anderson Viewpoints Commentary, Editorials Berry's World •(«#/<• tV- \\ Part Of The Game Ry Mnrtha Anglo and Robert Walters BOOTHBAY HAIUJOH, Maine (NEA) - New England politicians, who had hoped that I^bor Day would put an end to summertime diversions, may have to wait a while longer before they can hope to capture voter attention this year. Kesort communities like this are rapidly emptying out as ••summer people" head back to the rat race, but politics remains a subject for future consideration to most New Rright riders. A mure urgent concern is the fate of the Boston Red Sox, who at this writing were clinging to a narrowing lead over the New Yt>rk Yankees in the American League East. "Nobody is going to pay much attention to the elections until they see how the Red Sox make out," conceded Sen. William Hathaway, D-Maine, who faces a stiff challenge from (JOP Hep. William Cohen in November. Hut if Maine politicians find it hard to compete with the Sox, they should try running in Massachusetts. Candidates there are practically living at Fenway Park these days, and when they're not physically at the stadium, they are buying up every available second of post- and pre-game television advertising time. Incumbents are fervently praying for a Red Sox pennant — and a World Scries victory as well, if possible. On the basis uf past experience, they're convinced a triumph by Die home team would heighten voter satisfaction with the political status quo — and they may be right. In 1975, Hoston Mayor Kevin White was locked in a tough re-election contest. But city voters, aglow over a Red Sox pennant victory, mellowed at the last minute and sent him back to city hall. John I Jndsay was in equally hot water back in 1969 when the New York Mets stunned nearly everyone by winning the World Series. Lindsay dropped everything, joined the team's victory celebration and walked off with news photos worth more than all the advertising in the world. He won re-election shortly thereafter. © 19781?, «*.!«£ "But son, life is NOT just a matter of going from one theme park to another. " Wise Guys Winning Mafia War 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. 0. Box 628, Galveslon, 77553. WASHINGTON - The federal law enforcement apparatus appears powerless to cope with organized crime, whose ominous growth has reached crisis proportions in America. If the Mafia were suddenly to incorporate, its assets and revenues would place it close to the top of the Fortu/ie 500. The mob has mushroomed into a $50 billion empire, with the money and muscle to challenge city and state governments. The syndicate bosses control the illegal drug flow into the United States. They direct the back-alley commerce in pornography, prostitution and gambling. They have also invested billions of dollars in such legitimate enterprises as real estate, hotels, restaurants, construction companies and liquor stores. Notorious Mafia figures also hold key positions in some labor unions, thus giving sticky mob fingers access to lucrative pension funds. All the crime syndicate's endeavors, of course, are attended by bribery, violence and murder. In all too many localities, the corruption of politicians and police has rendered law enforcement relatively ineffective against organized crime. It has fallen on the federal government, therefore, to bat- tle the underworld. It's an intense struggle, with the good guys pitted against the wise guys. Sadly, the wise guys are winning. Two years ago, the General Accounting Office charged that the "war on organized crime is faltering." The campaign, declared the study, "is not planned, organized or directed efficiently." But there is more behind this federal failure than common inefficiency. Under ex-President Richard Nixon, the Justice Department was more enthusiastic about enforcing the laws against street crimes than the rackets. This strange reluctance to pursue the criminal godfathers reached such a stage under ex-President Gerald Ford that several organized crime strike forces were disbanded. Now the Carter administration is bringing new vigor to the subterranean war against the crime syndicate. But the crackdown will never be successful, as we have pointed out in past crime reports, as long as the populace patronizes the rackets. For it is the American people who provide the substance that the Mafia needs to spin its spiderweb. Every payoff to a bookie, prostitute or pusher strengthens the mob and Retiring Maine Gov. James Longley, an independent who has always been something of an odd man out, scarcely endeared himself to his colleagues at the recently concluded national governors' conference in Boston. After hearing his fellow state executives repeatedly denounce the federal government's contributions to double-digit inflation, Longley rather acidly suggested the pot was calling the kettle black. Fifteen years ago, he noted, the annual dues for the National Governors' Association amounted to just f 100 per state. "My research shows me each state is now paying dues of about $20,000 per year," he said. Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania, clearly annoyed by IxMigley's jibe, retorted that the governors nowadays pay the bills for their annual conferences themselves instead of letting corporate lobbyists pick up the tab for all expenses. The increased state dues also pay for a year-round administrative staff and various standing committees. Jim Aylward Those Contrived Computer Capers *** *** Rep. Ted Risenhoover, D-Okla., who a few months ago claimed his inclusion on the 1978 "Dirty Dozen" hit list of the Environmental Action lobby was "the highest honor paid me since I've been in Congress," is probably wishing he'd kept his mouth shut. Risenhoover last month became the first of this year's "Dirty Dozen" to bite the dust, losing his primary election to 26-year-old Muskogee lawyer Michael Synar. The Environmental Action citizens' lobby has been publishing its hit list in every election year since 1970, seeking to oust members of Congress who vote "wrong" (by its lights) on key environmental issues. The "dean" of the Dirty Dozen is Rep. Samuel Devlne, R-Ohio, cited this year for the fourth straight time. Along with Reps. Garry Brown, R-Mich., and Ray Roberts, D- Texas, he looks like the most vulnerable of this year's targets. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Today we live in a computer world. Little machines and big machines abide in offices where humans used to be. Reams of faded gray computer print are spewing forth into bookkeeping, traffic, supply, and almost every other department. But a company has to keep a few humans on hand to baby the machines, to feed them and burp them and educate them with information. We've all heard of ways in which unscrupulous individuals can sabotage computer operations. Today almost every company has some kind of security system to help protect machines and their private information from computer thieves. Now In- fosystems magazine reports that one of the most overlooked threats to computer security comes from the people who run the systems, not from outsiders. Dishonest or bitter employees can often cause more harm than sabo- Looking Backward By SALLY REEDY 25 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1953-An undetermined amount of damage was caused Saturday night in a two- alarm fire at the Balinese Room. Ten fire trucks answered the call. The fire started in the kitchen when a Chinese cook held a "flaming sword" dinner over a charcoal fire. Fire damage was small but the water damage very extensive. The latest additions to the Galveston Club at St. Edwards University at Austin are John Stiglich, O'Neal Fassetta, Robert Dowdy, Lee Otis Zapp Jr., Robert M. Holmes, James Korenek Jr. and John William Burns. Mrs. Jack Hopkins has been named the Outstanding Volunteer of the Nation." Mrs. Hopkins will be accompanied to Washington by her mother, Mrs. Fred Barthelme. She will be presented the citation Tuesday by the President. FOUNDED IN 1842 TEXAS' OLDEST NEWSPAPER Dedicated to the Growth and Progress of Gatveston ana Geiveston Couity MANAGEMENT TEAM Editor end PubRsher Managua. Editor Business Manager . . . Retail Advertising Manager Classified Advertising Manager Circulation Manager Mail Room Foreman Production Manager LES DAUGHTRY BRAD MESSER WADE J. PARKER RONALD B, SCHULTZ DAVID LYONS BILLY TUMA ROBERT LEYVA DALE THOMPSON BILLCOCHRANE Composing Room foreman CECIL DILL Press Room Foreman Published every morning by Gaiveston Newspapers. Inc., 8522 Teichman Rd . P.O. Box 628, Galveston, Texas 77553. Second Class Postage Paid at Gatveston. Texas United Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or republtcauon of eK the focal 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 oprvons on local matters for publication on this page. Letters to the editor, also a r e always welcome. PHONE 744-3B11 50 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1928- Galveston's second community dollar day will be launched today with 70 merchants taking part. The Galveston Daily News is 75 cents a month. Mr. and Mrs. George SeaJy and children, Eugenia Taylor and George Jr., are in New York to greet Mrs. G. Sealy ancl daughters, Mrs. Norman B. Livermore and Mrs. C.D. Mallory on their return trip from Europe. Mrs. P.M. Burton and Misses Burton are there also. Mrs. C.W. Thompson will entertain Thursday Oct. 4 at her home in Cedar Lawn Circle honoring Mrs. Marcus Greer. M.S. Ujffy will leave Saturday on the Mallory line Algonquin for New York, surrounding Eastern cities and probably Eastern Canada for a three-month's vacation. Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Hergens will occupy his home during his absence. Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Brooks entertained at their home, 1215 Ave. C, last evening in honor of their daughter Effie. Prizes in games were won by Leta and Ruth Page and Henry Bashun. The Royal Neighbors of America will hold an oyster roast this evening at John's Oyster Resort. teurs. The magazine warns of cases in which employees who were fired then erased and mislabeled files to the tune of 110 million. They entered instructions into programs to erase data long after they were gone. Some of them programmed and altered credit ratings. They stole mailing lists and even programmed huge severance payments for themselves. Infosystems suggests careful screening of employees to begin with, periodic changes in locks, and a policy of instant termination if employees don't work out. ""Miss Edelson, you've been with us now two weeks in this break-in period. We think that you understand the work quite thoroughly ... and that's exactly why you're through!" JAWS FOR YOUR JAWS - I thought sharks were eating people, but evidently it's the other way around. According to the National Geographic Society, nutritionists may soon urge Americans to include shark meat in diets. Despite our fears of "Jaws," ihark meat is high in pro- .ein, low in calories and almost devoid of fat and cholesterol. Shark Sautee. It's OK. ARTSY AMERICANS A recent study from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that far more Americans are going to arts performances and exhibits than to sporting events. Using attendance figures from 20 major cities, the report shows that culture lovers out-attended sports lovers by more than 50 percent. Who says Americans ain't got no culture? study says that nonsmokers in a poorly ventilated bar could inhale in an hour as much of the chemical DMN as somebody who smokes a half-pack of cigarettes. The study was done in the bar cars of two New York City commuter trains. NEED A CALL THE DOCTOR? COUNTRY CLUB - The American Medical Association says it's tired of all those jokes about doctors out on the golf course. That joking is unfair, they say. Their poll shows that only 10.7 percent of U.S. doctors play golf. The rest are out jogging, playing tennis or swimming. Copyright. 1978. United Feature Syndicate. Inc. subsidizes lawlessness in this country. The General Accounting Office has concluded that "consumer demand for organized crime's goods and services provides billions of dollars of income each year." All federal lawmen can do is to throw an occasional running block in the path of a dangerous crime lord. They recently got a break which has turned a notorious Mafioso into the most important underworld witness since Joe Valachi. This inside informant is 6.1-year-old Aladena Frati- anno, known in crime circles simply as "Jimmy," whose life is now better protected than the president's. For every hit man in the murder business would like to collect on the contract that the crime chiefs have placed on Fratianno's life. As one source close to the case told our associate Marc Smolonsky, Fratianno's information could "bring them all down." Years ago, the Chicago Mafia dispatched Frati- anno to help protect its crime operations on the West Coast. The FBI believes Fratianno was the Mafia's chief West Coast executioner. He has performed 15 alleged killings that the FBI has heard about. He is most celebrated in the underworld for allegedly knocking off Frank "Bomp" Bompenstero, once a fearsome figure on the West Coast. Bomp was killed for violating the Mafia's most deadly taboo: he was slipping information to the FBI. He had tipped off the FBI about mob shakedowns of pornographic operators in Los Angeles. Allegedly applying the squeeze were some of the ugliest customers in the West Coast underworld — Michael Rizzi- tello, Louis Tom Dragna, Thomas Ricciardi, Jack LeCicero, Dominick Brooklier known on the streets as "Jack Regace" and, of course, Bomp and Fratianno. Bomp kept the FBI informed on the shakedowns. There was one porno operator, for example, who paid a $20,000 tribute to the mob for the privilege of staying in business. For betraying such confidences to the FBI, Bomp was efficiently rubbed out, it is alleged, under the direction of the ruthless Fratianno. Now it is Frati- anno who is talking to the FBI and watching over his shoulder for a Mafia hit man. Fratianno jumped sides after a Cleveland racketeer, Ray Ferrito, began singing to the FBI to save his own skin. One of the big names he mentioned was that of Fratianno. Meanwhile, the FBI learned about a murder contract on Fratianno for plotting against his syndicate superiors. The FBI used inside information to persuade Fratianno that his life wasn't worth a plugged nickel if he stayed on the streets. So Fratianno, under indictment on racketeering charges and facing execution by his underworld bosses, began squealing. He filled in details that his erstwhile victim, the late Bomp, had omitted about the porno shakedown. The FBI built a strong case against the IMS Angeles mobsters, even setting up its own undercover porno business to gather the proof. The investigation led to indictments against Frati- anno's ex-associates, an indictment that has been dismissed but, according to insiders, will be renewed. Footnote: We attempted, without success, to reach the figures named in this column for their comments. Either we could not locate them, or they failed to return our calls. Copyright. 1978 United Kraluro .Syndicate, Inc. Henry J. Taylor There Is Still A Way To Escape AUBANGE, France - I write this from a vast compound near Marseilles. Aubange is now the headquarters of the famous French Foreign Legion, founded nearly a century and half ago by King Louis Philippe. Anonymous remains the word. No questions are asked. You enlist in "The Legion of the Damned" under an alias. You can disappear. The Legion rejects all inquiries unless a Legionnaire's alias is given. The dossiers are classified and only opened to notify surviving relatives and send home - at government expense — the body. The enlistment term is five years, but, for countless reasons, many reenlist. After three years a Legionnaire can resume his own name. But few go off to serve jail sentences, usually for minor offenses. All must be bachelors. You find here 30 different nationalities, mostly French, German, Spanish, Turks, Greeks, Italians, Yugoslavs, Eastern Europeans, British and a few Americans. Often the incoming Legionnaires are troublemakers and misfits. But French Army Col. Raoul Forcein, a stern 25-year veteran right out of "Beau Geste," drills them to fight. Colonel Forcein is famous in the French Army as the man who cleaned up the guerrilla-held Casbah in Algiers during the revolt against French rule. France and North African countries call those countries washed by the Mediterranean the "Nebreb." And Colonel Forcein told me that France had been in Algeria longer than in Nice. The date was 1831, in the days of King Louis Philippe. The whole Sahara Desert covers three million square miles; the Great Gobi Desert only 500,000 a sixth the size. The Algerian Sahara alone is larger than India. The Immense area is a region of billowy, shifting sand across which the blazing sun strikes like liquid tin. I have been there many times and in daytime the temperature reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit; at night the cold is positively Siberian. On the South, Morocco adjoins Algeria. Until the agreement was signed in Madrid, the Spanish Sa- hara always belonged to Spain, but no longer. It covers 102,000 square miles. This was the domain of the crack colorful 6,000- man Spanish Foreign Legion, with its immensely picturesque Camel Corp. The Spanish Foreign Legion was based exclusively in the Spanish Sahara. But, unlike the French Foreign Legion, there were few foreigners in it. Membership was a personal honor in Spain where honor and all tests of bravery entrance the passionate Spanish soul. As for the French Foreign Legion, Colonel Forcein tells me that the daily training is "intense" - you have to see it to believe it. In fact, he took me to see it. The Legionnaires look like King Kong. Each carries two heavy cartridge belts, thick boots, a submachine gun held in his arms, concealed knives for hand- to-hand fighting in case his machine gun jams. Yet every day they are required to jog on maneuvers with this heavy equipment for four hours. And Colonel Forcein tells me they can fight a full three days without food or water. The Legion has units in Corsica, Djibouti, the Indian Ocean island of Mayotte, Devil's Island and the Pacific nuclear-test site at the Mururoa Atoll. The Legion reached its peak size in Indochina. It deployed 25,000 men. But it is now down to 8,000. The elite group is a unit of paratroopers, the 2nd R.E.P., designated for swift foreign action. It consists of 600 men and belongs to France's llth Division. All are paratroopers; true commando marksmen that include other specialized squads. These were set up by the late President Charles de Gaulle for rapid intervention in Africa. I find that the Legionnaires here tend to be smaller and less grizzled than previous generations I have been with, but teamwork and motivation offset this. I also find that officers and enlisted men agree that the Legion's ability to meet tough assignments is due to the iron discipline and the unquestioning obedience to orders. These are the Legion's forte. Copyright, !978 United Fpalurc Syndicate. Inc. THINGS NO ONE EVER TELLS YOU ... but I will: - If your baby grew as last as a whale, the babe would be 65 feet tall by his second birthday. That's tall. - Your horse will never have a cavity. Even if he doesn't brush after every trot. - One of the favorite pastimes in Japan is training mice to dance to music. Arthur and Kathryn Mouse. - The number of horses in the United States has doubled since 1960. (But not one cavity.) - Thirty-three million dollars was spent last year just to advertise toilet tissue. White tissue is more popular in the East, with colors and designs leading out West. NON-SMOKERS SMOKE, TOO - A new

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