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"T&K S it kit tame to bettb* fa^ei^r tee *b0utt» Ija&e a go&ernment Jmiiioui mfcspaper. or iw&jspap*rs faittjoiit a gofctrnraenl, 3 Bt|ouli» notV*itate « ntonterd fa prefer lire iaUer- —Thomas Jefferson The Indiana Gazette Thursday, June 13, 1985 — Page 2 Can Democrats hold together? By ROBERT J. WAGMAN -WASHINGTON (NEA) — One of the Democratic Party's major problems is the public's view that it has been taken over by special interests. So National Committee Chairman Paul Kirk is trying to cut these groups' influence while keeping dissatisfied Democrats within the party — and he's having a hard time. After he was elected chairman last February, Kirk rejected the automatic selection of the Black Caucus candidate for vice chairman — Richard Hatcher, mayor of Gary, Ind. Instead, he ruled that the full National Committee would vote for the post. It elected Illinois State Controller Roland Burris, who is also black. Many party officials are concerned that part of the problem may be the role of interest-group caucuses within the party, and Kirk agrees. There are seven officially recognized caucuses in the DNC, representing women, blacks, Hispanics, Asian-Pacific Americans, homosexuals, liberal-progressives and business-professionals. The women's, black and Hispanic caucuses are each guaranteed one representative on the executive committee. Kirk wants to eliminate those seats. However, it's going to be a tough fight, and he is moving slowly. Meanwhile, some major Democratic officeholders in the South and West—who complain that the national party hurts them at home—have formed an independent organization to promote local Democratic candidates. This group, the Democratic Leadership Council, is headed by Virginia Goy. Charles S. Robb and Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt. Kirk wants to bring these Democrats back into the fold and convince them that their views are important. He has formed an 87-member Democratic Policy Committee composed of party officeholders of all levels and regions. The group, chaired by former Gov. Scott M. Matheson of Utah, will hold regional hearings to get local Democrats' suggestions on issues and policy matters. In one year, the committee will submit a formal report to the DNC that outlines the issues and themes that will form the party's philosophical base for the 1986 and 1988 elections. In a recent speech to the National Press Club, Kirk was quite conciliatory, urging Democrats to exercise self-discipline and "fun with the national party and not against it." "I want no Democratic official from the South to have to run away from the national party to get elected," he said. "Their objectives are no different from ours." IT LOOKS AS IF Vice President George Bush will be getting an endorsement that he has coveted and worked very hard for — that of the conservative right. The Moral Majority's founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. says that Bush probably will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 1988 and is likely to defeat any Democrat. • "I see George Bush as the candidate in '88 and I see him winning the. election/' Falwell told a news conference at Liberty University, a Virginia college that he founded. Ever since the 1984 GOP convention in Dallas, Bush has worked tirelessly to build his standing with the conservative right, which always felt that he was too liberal. Since Falwell is this group's leading spokesman, his endorsement would be a major breakthrough for Bush. It also would severely damage the hopes of Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., who has been^ seen as the probable major conservative candidate for the 1988 GOP ? presidential nomination- . ' Irf the same press conference, Falwell said that the Moral Majority's major goal is to register 1 million voters a year through 1988 to help support conservative candidates. •/• I ; THE MILLION : DOLLAR political campaign is almost the norm today, although many observers decry the spread of megabuck politics. Big spending has even reached Laytonsville, Md., a small community in the suburbs of Washington, D-C., Recently, Mayor Charles T. White ran for a fourth term. The mayor is proud of his record on campaign spending: In his three previous victories, he didn't spend a single cent campaigning — and, in fact, he" never campaigned. He was determined to keep this record intact, and so he ran yet another zero-budget non-campaign. This tune, however, White's opponent was Larry Baker, who vowed to spare no expense. Baker pulled out all the stops and, by Election Day, had spent an unprecedented $14.63 on his campaign. • -. But Baker's big spending got him nowhere: Mayor White won a"fourth term by a more than 2-to-l margin, getting 72 votes to Baker's 33. Despite the loss, Baker may run against White again in the next election. He has already started fund raising. Newspaper Enterprise Assn. How to succeed at everything By JAMES BRADY • Has anyone stopped to think that the jocks may be taking over America? '.-••-. The other day Forbes magazine published a fascinating featurerwhich concluded that'if you played varsity ball in college, your chances'of becoming the chief executive officer of a major U.S. corporation were much better than if you belonged to the debating society or the French Club. Now in the mail this morning comes an invitation from New York Post .publisher Rupert Murdoch to attend a forum on federal tax reform at a New York hotel June 14. The two speakers are Senator Bill Bradley and Congressman Jack Kemp. Bradley, of course, was an Ail-American at Princeton and played on two Knick championship teams in the NBA. Kemp was a great college football player who.had-a-long and successful career as an NFL quarterback. That the two of them know something about taxes and are distin-. guished members of Congress is almost beside the point. I am beginning to think that athletics got them where they are today, which is to be prominently mentioned whenever anyone starts to conjure up possible national candidates in the 1988 presidential campaign. I can see it now: "Dollar Bill" Bradley shooting hoops at the Iowa caucuses and Jack Kemp lofting-spiral passes in the snow of the New Hampshire primaries. And it doesn't stop there. Mr. Reagan was a college ballplayer and later a sportscaster. Jerry Ford was an All-American football player (remember Lyndon Johnson's snide remark that Ford played too many games without a helmet?). Supreme Court Justice Byron ("Whizzer') White was a great tailback. All the.Kennedys played ball at Harvard. Eisenhower was a footballer at West Point until he wrecked his knee. George Bush played first base at Yale. I don't think Doug Flutie's old enough to run for office yet, but there are plenty of other promising ahtletes out there. Tom Selleck is a sensational volleyball player. You think Selleck couldn't get out the vote? Burt Reynolds played varsity football and he hasn't done badly as an actor. Would people vote for Burt? Between the women and the redneck moonshiners, Burt could probably be in Congress today if he chose. Successful businessmen used to go to the Harvard Business School to prepare themselves for keys to the executive washroom. Aspiring politicians got their law degrees. Without a law degree you couldn't be elected alderman. That's all changed. What you need now to succeed in America is a jump shot. Or 3.5 speed in the hundred. Or even a merely tangential relationship to sport. You think Peter Ueberroth is going to be satisfied being baseball commissioner? I give Uebie five years and he'll be running for something. Even Howard Cosell, briefly, caught the bug. In his autobiography he allowed as how he was thinking about running for the United States Senate from New York. The sporting connection doesn't work for everyone, of course. A mob chased pitcher Ed Whitson out of the Yankee Stadium parking lot the other day. And I cannot quite see John McEnroe being elected mayor. Politicians kiss babies, not threaten them with racquets. King Features Syndicate, Inc. Moment of truth for U.S.- India WASHINGTON —Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's visit gives the Reagan administration a unique opportunity to improve relations between the world's two largest democracies. But the president's men must discard some long-cherished misconceptions about India if a solid relationship is to be achieved. First and foremost, President Reagan must realize that Gandhi offers the hand of friendship as an equal, not as a client. Like his grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, and his mother, Indira Gandhi, he is a dedicated nationalist for whom India's interests are always paramount. Gandhi is determined not to play second fiddle to either the United States or the Soviet Union. For all the political differences between the two countries, Indians and Americans are remarkably alike: irreverent, self-critical, harboring a healthy distrust of big government. And Gandhi's economic reforms and tax cuts have drawn unabashed admiration from members of the Reagan administration. The United States is India's biggest single trading partner. Nearly half a million Americans trace their ancestry to India, and thousands of Indians are studying in American colleges. Educational and cultural exchanges are at an all-time high, epitomized by the Festival of India now being celebrated in 100 U.S. cities. The only serious point of difference is in geopolitics: U.S. global strategy often collides head-on with India's regional ambitions. With 740 million people; the world's. third largest standing army and 10th largest industrial output, self-sufficient in food and boasting a successful ' space program and a rapidly growing high-technology sector, India wants to be South Asia's superpower. In pursuit of this goal, India has proclaimed its own version of the Monroe Doctrine: Neither the Soviet Union nor the United States should "colonize" the region with military bases and arms supplies that threaten the existing strategic balance in the subcontinent. Unfortunately, ever since the 1950s, Washington has provided sophisticated weapons to a succession of Pakistani dictators, whose ar- tration don't expect Gandhi to break precipitously with the Soviet Union, any more than he expects the United States suddenly to ditch Pakistan. But diplomats in both countries agree that the "Pakistan problem" must be solved before any real improvement in U.S.-Indian relations can occur. Administration sources suggest that the initiative is India's — that Gandhi should seek a regional alli- Washington By JACK ANDERSON DALE VAN ATTA JOSEPH SPEAR f Merry-Go-Round mies have turned their American- made arms against India in three wars. The Nixon administration's "tilt" toward Pakistan in the 1970 crisis over Bangladesh brought U.S.-Indian relations to an all-time low. It was U.S. military aid to Fakir stan that led India to seek the friendship of the Soviet Union. The flow of U.S. weapons to Pakistan has increased since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. But most of the* sophisticated fighter planes, missiles and anti-tank guns are deployed against India, not the Soviet threat, intelligence sources told our associate Indy Badhwar. Realists in the Reagan adminis- ance with Pakistan to thwart Soviet expansion in the subcontinent. But other analysts think the United States should make the first move by refusing to give Pakistan any more weapons that are obviously intended for use against India. There are some pro-India voices in the administration, arguing that in the long run India will be a better and more dependable ally than the shaky military dictatorship in Pakistan. They warn that Pakistan's President Mohammed Zia ul-Haq could go the way of the shah of Iran. Gandhi is willing to live with the U.S.-Pakistan security arrangement under which arms supplies will continue through 1986. But he wants to know what direction U.S. policy wiB take after that. He also wants tp know how tough a stance the United States is prepared to take against the production of a Pakistani nuclear bomb. The future of U.S.-Indiah relations hinges on the answer tp these questions. HALL OF HEROES; In September 1944, seven paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division and four members of the Royal Air Force were forced down behind the German lines near the town of Den Dungen, the Netherlands. Luckily they were found by members of the Dutch underground, who hid them from the Nazis for 42 days until Allied troops arrived. Every year the townspeople of Den Durigen celebrate the anniversary of their liberation. This year the surviving U.S. and British veterans will hold a reunion with their rescuers of 1944, and dedicate a memorial plaque in the center of the town. Queen Juliana will present a medal to the leader of Den Dungen's wartime resistance fighters, Peter Christiaan van Breevort. MINI-EDITORIAL: In more than three decades in this business: we've seen governments at all levels devise some pretty bizarre schemes for spending the public's money. But the New York City school board's decision to operate a high school exclusively for homosexuals strikes us as preposterous. We believe that everyone has the right — within the l aw — to march to his or her own drummer. But surely'it's not the taxpayers' obligation to provide the timpanist. WATCH ON WASTE: It will cost the Job Corps $15,200 to train each of the 40.500 people who will be taught job skills this year. Why not send them all to Harvard instead? United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Labor Department after Donovan NEW YORK - Occasionally, former secretary of labor Ray Donovan crosses the river from his New Jersey, home and sits in on Bronx Supreme Court hearings, after which Judge John Collins will decide whether FBI secret tapes can be introduced by the prosecution during the still-dateless trial of the former Cabinet member and his co-defendants. Donovan isn't a party to the hearings. His name or voice aren't on the wire tapes. Judge Collins isn't expected to rule for weeks. Should the jurists reject their use by the district attorney, the trial of the Schiavone Construction Co. and some of its executives, along with Donovan, on 137 counts, mostly involving accusations of filing false business papers, mayn't be out of the trenches by Christmas. Meanwhile, in the world that once was Donovan's, his successor. Secretary William (Bill) Brock, is running a teeming department dispensing hundreds of millions of dollars through employment aid units, of which few of us have heard. Brock is a man of perpetual motion - and emotion at tunes -and should be nicknamed "Mr. Reaching Out." On Tuesday (June 11), he chaired a unique gathering of black citizenry in the U.S. Labor Department's Great Hall in Washington. He had been working with the United Negro College Fund, which in turn contacted black colleges and black business executives. They were invited to the department Tuesday morning. Some 80 black businessmen and hundreds of black students, many of whom live in the "district," came^Thus he had broughnogither "the job-seeking;~ students and the black company recruiters. He mingled with the crowd. And, on July 15, Brock will practically open the Communications Workers of America convention, at which the old order will change. New Yorker Morton Bahr will replace incumbent Glenn Watts as the CWA's third president in its history. That will be in San Francisco - to which he will fly after activities at the International Labor Organization's (ILO) annual plenary sessions in Geneva, Switzerland, and many points in between. His aides have the department functioning - for example, arranging for the distribution of $825 million to fund 770,000 summer jobs for disadvantaged youths. This is authorized by Title II-B of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA). About $100 million of it will be distributed by the Labor Department "among service delivery areas to maintain previous funding levels as much as possible." This would affect the fight for "YEOW" - the controversial Youth Employment Opportunity Wage act - which Ronald Reagan and the la- bor secretary are convinced will produce a additional 400,060 teenage jobs. Here's where : "Ambassador" Brock collides with his labor friends who object to YEOW's $2.50 an hour for youngsters ranging from 16 to 19 year$ of age between May and September -instead of the national minimum of $3.35 an hour .'. This imbroglio will sure heat up the summer. But there are other, more compatible programs. One is the DUA - Disaster Unemployment Assistance - operation. Victims whose jobs and even plants have been wiped out by tornadoes, Hoods and other catastrophies will be helped financially for as long as a year. And at a handsome weekly rate. There are $15 million to help retrain copper and steel workers whose mines.or mills have been shut in "24 states. There are more-than $222 million for retraining of all displaced workers who were laid off when their plants and factories shut. And there are many^ since manufacturing is slipping while service industries sprout. Older folks haven't been forgotten — especially those eager to earn their daily bread. For them, there are $326 million with which to create Wass takes exception to Larson news report Dear Editor, In the immediate past much'has been written in your paper regarding Senator Stapleton relating to confirmation of a turnpike commissioner by editorials, letters to the editor, and others. It is not my intent by this letter to get into that controversy, but only to say that I, as a public servant, also have had editorials and letters to the editor written about me a State Representative. As public servants, we expect to find ourselves making decisions that cause opinions and criticism to be made publicly. The purpose of this letter is to take issue with the statements in your news story "Larson cites Stapleton on Wilburn vote" regarding the 422 Bypass. Mr. Editor, Mr. Larson's remarks as presented in your news story are not acceptable and I must respond. Mr. Larson, the Secretary of Transportation for Pennsylvania, certainly has personal knowledge of the fact that the completion of the 422 Bypass was one of the top priorities of both Senator Stapleton and myself. Mr. Larson met with the Indiana County Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee in Indiana and was advised by all of us the importance of this project to our district-- Senator Stapleton and I met with the Indiana Jaycees and asked them to activate a public awareness program regarding the hazardous and unsafe situation. The Jaycees complied with billboard advertising, letters, and meetings which cost many dollars for which the Senator and I are appreciative. Senator Stapleton and others presented testimony at a meeting in the Indiana County Courthouse with our Congressmen in an effort to get federal dollars. Senator Stapleton and I met with the Secretary of Transportation prior to the Commission's Hearing in Greensburg. We could not attend the hearing because of our commitment to the House and Senate Sessions on that date. Both Senator Stapleton and I met with Mr. Larson following the Commission's Hearing in Greensburg to discuss again our deep concern regarding the 422 Bypass. We were encouraged by the meeting inasmuch as Mr. Larson congratulated us for the awareness program instituted by the Jaycees, he told us all of the testimony at the Greensburg Hearing was presented in a factual and professional manner and he really believed the Commission would look with a degree of approval toward up-dating certain phases of the 422 Bypass. Mr. Editor, I have the greatest respect for our Secretary of Transportation, Mr. Larson, but the statements you refer to as made by Mr. Larson in the "Larson Cites Stapleton on Wilburn vote" story, regarding Senator Stapleton's interest and hard -work on behalf of the 422 Bypass, are completely, off the mark. I want to assure you and your readers that both Senator Stapleton and I have given this project much time and effort and that should receive a degree of appreciation from those we serve! In appreciation, Paul Wass Indiana, Pa. Representative 62nd Legislative District By VICTOR RIESEL 63,000 part-time community service jobs for low-income-workers in this category. This is the SCSEP - Senior Community Service Employment Program. Brock states that "about half of the people getting jobs will provide services which meet the needs of the elderly, such as health, nutrition, recreation, home care and transportation." Bill Brock is aware the federal government is loaded with programs - so on Monday (June 10) he conferred with the heads of two Cabinet departments whose projects intermingle with his.-He invited Secretary of Health and Human Services Margaret Heckler and William J. Bennett, secretary of education, to a working lunch so the three could see how their costly efforts to train and educate workers succeed. The money, even in strong dollars, is minute compared with the $50 billion or $60 billion spent by CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) of previous administrations. But the Job Training Partnership Act's several billion dollars go directly in block grants to state governors, and so on down the line. The money is being carefully monitored - especially by the Labor Department's Inspector General J. Brian Hyland. Governors have been advised to hit the button immediately to regional JTPA administrators should any dollars turn tainted. It's a busy, department with open hands and doors. It's a world Ray Donovan misses - though the labor people don't miss him. The political line has changed. We'll see if the labor people have. '. News America Syndicate (USPS 262-040) Published by THE INDIANA PRINTING & PUBLISHING COMPANY P.O. Box 10 Indiana, Pa. 157O» Phone 412-465-5555 Established in 1890 IUCY R. DONNELLY .. President/Co-Publishe SALLY R. NAYION ,vi« Presiden JOAN RAY REECE Secretary/Treasure JOE DONNELLY Editor/Co-Publishe MICHAEL J. DONNEUY....Adv./Mkt. Directo WILLIAM B. HASTINGS Managing Editor FRANK B. 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