Independent from Long Beach, California on January 24, 1975 · Page 30
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INDEPENDENT PRESS-TELEGRAM 604 Pine Avenue, 90844 ' Telephone 435-116! Herman H. Rdder -- 1 952- 1 969 Daniel H. Ridder -- Editor and Publisher · ' Somuel C. Cameron -- General Manager Miles E. Sines -- Executive Editor · Larry Allison -- Managing Editor Don Ohl -- Editor Editorial Page · Bert Resnik-- Assistant Managing Editor L.A. Collins Sr.-- Editorial Columnist ; Don Nutler, Advertising Director E. H. lowdermilk, Circulation Director Milton A. Lomas, Production Manager B-2 LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 1975 Editorials An opportunity to learn Long Beach State University has room for more students, and that can be good news for people who have intellectual room for more education. Technically, the university's registration period closes today, but late registration will be permitted for the next week or two -classes start Monday -- and registrants don't have to come equipped with high school and college transcripts and letters of recommendation from old alums. Long Beach State has a program called "provisional admission" under which it admits a student and figures out later if it should have. The odds are that if the student didn't claim credit for a fictional degree f r o m the Sorbonne or otherwise attempt any massive deception the provisional registration will swiftly become permanent. A press release f r o m the "director of university relations" promises programs that are "responsive to special needs" and that "serve those groups which need particular attention or who have become the 'new constituency' within higher education." "In the area of academic advisement," the press release assures us, "the university faculty and administration are studying a report submitted by the Task Force on Academic Advisement." The director of university relations teaches classes in English, and indeed the university faculty is of generally high caliber. The fact that the university has issued an invitation to prospective students is largely a reflection of c u r r e n t e c o n o m i c conditions. While the campus has more students than ever before, more students are seeking part-time work and more are saving money by taking a little longer to complete their educations. As a result, there is room in many clasrooms for more students. Both young people and older persons who wish to complete degrees or acquire knowledge should take advantage, if they can, of the invitation to enroll. Suppressed writers Reading literary journals can be a glum experience, as witness the current issue of the New York Review of Books. Over the years the Review has carried occasional letters pleading . the cause of one writer or another who was being shabbily dealt with by the Soviet Union. But the Review's Jan. 23 issue devotes most of a page, under the heading "Victims," to three letters a b o u t writers in trouble with government. One is a Leningrad author of children's books, V l a d i m i r Maramzin. Another is Gholam- Hossain Sa'edi, a playwright in Iran. The third is Yugoslav writer and teacher Mihajlo Mihajlov. Miramzin was charged originally . with the compilation of the "works of an anti-Sonet person," poet Joseph Brodsky. But the charges were changed to "writing anjd disseminating anti-Soviet lit- er^rure." Maramzin's satirical writings may have offended the Soviet leaders, but it seems just as likely that they were offended by his desire to emigrate to Israel. Gholam-Hossain, letter writers Noam Chomsky and Ali Fashbaf say, "has been in prison for the past five months, and no one knows what condition he is in or why he was arrested." Mihajlov wrote articles t h a t were published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the New Leader, and the author told his sister in a letter from prison that "I am incriminated with ten paragraphs from four of my articles." Mihajlov has not been permitted to teach in Yugoslavia since 1965, and he has been denied permission to accept a teaching post offered by Stanford University. If there are trials in any of these cases, they will probably be secret. The U.S. government should let the Soviet and Yugoslav governments and the shah of Iran know that America is concerned. Suppression of ideas must always be a matter of American concern. It should be a matter of international concern. Letters to the editor Hunting defended EDITOR: Ted Norman's letter (Jan. 14) makes me sick at heart. - ' He and many others just don't understand or don't want to understand how it is out there in the woods! If hunters only kill off bragging-size deer, they are only killing very old deer, whose natural life span is near an end anyhow. Only very old deer get that big, and they don't get there by being dumb. .'Ml their offspring have inherited some of these smarts. I wonder if Ted has ever asked one of those bragging hunters how many total hunting hours it took over many years to get the one. Lot's talk about feeding those deer in the woods. In 1937, hunters and fishermen went to Washington and asked to be taxed so the money could be used for conservation. Out of this visit came the Pitman- Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act. Under this bill, hunters gladly accepted an 11 per cent excise tax on firearms and ammunition. To date, this tax has brought in $2.3 billion. Another $63.5 million is spent annually on hunting licenses and duck stamps. In 1970, the n e a r l y 20 m i l l i o n sportsmen s p e n t $2,1-12,6-18,000 in their travels afield. The National Shooting,Sports Foundation, reporting on a recent survey by the U.S. Bureau of Sports Fisheries and Wildlife, points out that more than 3 million acres of state game lands,.purchased with hunters' dollars, get far more use from nonhunters than hunters. Hunting ranked f i f t h on the list of recreation uses. No endangered species are being hunted. H o w about those species that are hunted?. In 190S there were fewer than 500,000 deer in the United States. There are 15 million today. Elk: 50,000 in 1908, 250.000 now. California's'Tule elk:. 28 in 1S85, 305.000 now -- all their particular habitat will support. Pronghorn antelope: 17.000 in 1908 and 350,000 today. Wild turkey: less than 100,000 in 1952, now over one million. All these increases are in s p i t e of urbanization, freeways, aqueducts, oil pipelines and great losses of natural habitat. For a Jew, the sentence is death By JAMES F. CLARITY ] New York Times News Service MOSCOW--Sofia Leviyev, a heavyset woman of -59, sat in her family's well- furnished apartment here Tuesday and said that her husband, Mikhail, has been sentenced to death not because he may be guilty of economic crimes against the Soviet Union, but because he is a Jew. Mrs. Leviyev said it was not important whether the conviction of her husband was based on facts. Leviyev, the 58-year- old; f o r m e r m a n a g e r of a p o p u l a r government-owned shop in Moscow, was convicted last month of bribe-taking and illegal dealings in gold, and was sentenced to die. ·HIS WIFE said in an interview mat the~- last possible appeal, to the Soviet Supreme Court, was filed Jan. 13 and that it would normally take a month for the court to decide whether to reopen the case. The appeal, she said, asserts that serious legal errors were made in her husband's trial, which ended Dec. 13. Mrs. Leviyev said that early in 1972 her'husband, a diabetic, retired because Senator Soaper ·A GOOD economic rule to remember is that if the price of anything goes up. thi price of everything will soon follow. CLASS REUNIONS remind (he Old Orod that the only people who remember him are the ones he couldn't stand. of his health and that the shop was closed by the state. In March the family applied for permission to emigrate to Israel. In June, 1972, she said, they were told they would be allowed to leave, but a few days later her husband was arrested. She said that her husband was convicted for capital crimes, while he should have been tried only for crimes that do not carry a possible death penalty. Other men accused as her husband's accomplices, she said, were convicted of virtually the same crimes, but were given prison terms. In the case of one accused accomplice, a non-Jew, Mrs. Leviyev, said, the state prosecutor has asked the court only for a maximum 15-year prison term, when he could have asked for the death penalty. The lenient treatment, she said, was given to persons in the case who are ethnic Tadzhiks and Russians. Why? "Because they are Tadzhiks and we arc Jews," she said. "Because he (one of the accomplices) is a Russian and we are Jews." MRS. LEVIYEV, who broke into sobs several times during the interview, said she could not remember whether her husband admitted guilt of any illegal activity at his trial. She insisted that this was irrelevant, and said she was afraid she would never sec her husband again. She said that since her husband's arrest and detainment in 1972, she has had three operations for cancer. She said she had sent a telegram to Leonid I. Brezhnev, the Communist party leader, describing her condition and asking for mercy for her husband. In front of her on the living room table was a stack of legal documents, awards her husband was given by the state, and sympathetic letters from abroad sent by people who have read about his conviction. Her two small grandchildren, whom she said her husband has never seen, played noisily in another room. Mrs. Leviyev said her husband had served five years of a prison term in the early 1950's after being convicted of an anti^Soviet crime, based, she said, on the fact that "he kissed the hem of Golda Meir's dress when she was ambassador here." At the time, under Stalin, this was considered treason, she added. Leviyev was officially rehabilitated, she said, and eventually became manager of the "Tadjikistan" shop, which specialized in silks and other goods from the Tadzhik Republic in Central Asia. - IN THE LAST three of his 13 years as manager of the shop, he arranged to have goods rechanneled from Moscow' to Du- shanbe, the Tadzhik republic "capital. For this he was charged with receiving bribes, she said, when the charge should have boon, at most, illegal speculation. He was also convicted of being an intermediary in the illegal sale of gold. She said he claimed he made no profit on these transactions. In both situations, she said, her husband admitted "the facts" but insisted that he had done nothing that would constitute a serious crime against the state. What has the antihunting element done to conserve and expand our wildlife?. An example. The deer herd, .on the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.in New Jersey has been the subject of controversy between preservationists and conservationists for some time. A couple of years ago, state and federal biologists recommended removal of some 150 deer by a controlled hunt to keep the growing white tail herd in balance with refuge habitat. Preservationists led by antihunting groups protested and got a court injunction preventing the hunt. The process was repeated the following year. The antihunters had their way; now nature is having hers. The uncontrolled herd has overbrowsed the refuge. Red cedars are stripped as high as dee.r can reach and brush palatable to deer is now stubble. Deer are dying from starvation. So much for nature's way. It will be years befor the cedar and browse recover. Meanwhile, nature will take care of the rest of the deer.. Wildlife is a .renewable resource, as long as trained biologists and game specialists ran the conservation programs of this country,, not TV critics, TV personalities, movie stars and people who never hunted. ' · . · . DONALD L. WESTERHOFF . · . Long Beach Friends, old and new EDITOR: As the I, P-T reported, at 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day, our entire house, yard and cars were flooded with hot crude oil from a broken underground pipe. We -my husand and I and our two dogs -were carried out by firemen, and were , given refuge for the rest of the night by our friends, Bernie and Alene Forrester. Help was given and offered by many other friends and neighbors, for which we are truly thankful. We also would like to thank Tom from BeWn's for their courtesy, and Simon Lbr- renzans and gang from Crosby and Overton cleaners for their kindness. We are still staying at International Towers because our house is still not livable, and we have no idea when it will be. The staff here have been so kind and helpful. Aren't friends wonderful! We thank God every day to have come put of this alive. "SPARKY" and MARJORIE LONG Long Beach Child abuse EDITOR: I am horrified by these stories of abused babies and abused children. 1 am interested in introducing a bill in t h e California Assembly to read that babies and children received at a hospital for child abuse shall automatically be put up for adoption. All those of like mind contact Assemblyman Mike C-ullcn. Concentrate your power in one man. MRS. R. W. HORN Torrance Compromise needed EDITOR: Reports from Washington on congressional reaction to Mr. Ford's State of the Union address are slowly forming a basis for (he belief that little or no effective legislation will be produced during the remainder of Mr. Ford's term. This is very disturbing. The United States is at a very critical point in its history and we need a.govern- ment composed of leaders who are willing to cooperate and compromise for the well- being of the American people. GARY KARTCHNER Lakcwood million IRS payoff 1 " ~4'"···· ^ --». BA ^m ^****f± fm WASHINGTON -- Detailed investiga- : tive reports, intended for the ey.es only of . internal revenue officials, contain allega- · : tions of a massive $1 million payoff to fix- · ·,,· a tax case. . : ··" The case involves a $10 million tax assessment and criminal fraud charges, which were brought in the late 1960s 'i against the New Latin Casino of Cherry-.. · Hill,N.J. ···'·· ·-'··- This palatial theater-restaurant, capa-".. ble'of seating 2,000 people and feeding Jack Anderson with Les Wbltten them steaks cooked to order, featured the' " biggest names in show business, It has^ ._ been called "the showplace of the world." ·· A TOP MAFIA figure, according to'-'-'! allegations made to a Justice Department- strike force, held a hidden interest in the' ^ place. He was identified as Angelo Bruno, who is listed in a Senate crime report as : "the godfather of the rriafia family in . Philadelphia. ' . ' ; · _ ' · ' We. Have had access to the investiga-'" live files in this case. We. have carefully examined the voluminous evidence. The criminal charges are backed up by detail-"']; ed documentation, including the sworn ·'·', statements of dozens of witnesses. Inter- "' nal revenue agents have described the" * evidence as "a watertight case.". Yet while the Internal Revenue Ser.v-'!' ice was squeezing the last mite out of H widows and h a r a s s i n g ex-President- Nixon's enemies; it settled the $10 million', " case for $2.7 million and dropped the-'; criminal charges altogether. . ^ . NO ONE WE HAVE interviewed could explain why. The most disturbing allega-,". tion was that the case had been fixed.· ^ There were whispers of bribes totaling:.-^, more than $1 million. Yet attempts to J investigate the bribery charges, according to three agents close to the case, were,,, thwarted at high levels of the IRS. I. We have found at least four confiden-".,°, tial IRS memos, which tell of payoffs in " the case. Even before the settlement, as. r ., early as July 26, 1966, a confidential in- 'I- formant charged that the owners of the' f .',\ New Latin Casino "had taken care of t h e . ^ ' boss of IRS investigators and the Internal ',',.. Revenue Service lawyers in Philadelphia ,.* w h o pass o n cases. - . . . . . - ' The most recent memo, dated Jan. 28,..., 1972, quotes a confidential informant who "."'. was identified to us as a Justice Depart-.'.' ment probation officer close to one of the' casino owners. . . . ' . In a report to the IRS, the officer said ; he had learned from the owner "that the . · criminal tax fraud.case against the New ., Latin Casino was fixed and...that over a ' million dollars were spent to accomplish '.·' the purpose.", .. NAMES WERE GIVEN of high offi-."': cials, including a federal judge, who were allegedly involved in the fix. Yet attached, to the report is a routing .slip, with this , handwritten note: "This has been subject to intensive investigation 'by this office. Memo does · not indicate any new evidence other than · · ' statement by informant. Therefore, no further investigation will be made at this '· time." . . · . . Former FBI a n d , I R S agent John Devonshire has sworn to us that a high '. IRS official told him in the spring of 1972 ' that the New Latin Casino case had been "fixed." Devonshire said William J. Hulihan, the internal revenue internal security chief, told him the case had been fixed "in either the chief counsel's office of IRS or the Justice Department, and we can't · touch it." Hulihan told us he doesn't "recall any · such conversation." He was "not that familiar with the case," he said. But , Devonshire has offered to take a lie detec- . tor test to prove the conversation occur- . red. . . ' . . . . . Investigators outside the IRS have also attempted to pry into the case. ; In 1970, a Justice Department strike force '. · attorney in Philadelphia, David Abraham- ' son, attempted to obtain the IRS files on the investigation, but was turned down. We have been investigating the case ,since last October and we have managed ·, to see the suppressed files. Our inquiries .·· have now caused the IRS to reopen the "· investigation. !', r 'Can / borrow a cup of oil?'

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