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Friday, August 2, 1974
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Tlie Time . ^^H','.; '-'•-•;.^^» 'i^^^j^^^ 'iwfif ~'^itttfji^k.''-''~*£iU^[''' '3&frvi*:~ '-kj^a:^^t ^i^^'Bi^'^'^W^'^^"^ Editorials Analysis Columns Letters Dover-New Philadelphia, O. Founded July 12,1903 Harry R. Horviti, Publisher Harry Yoekey, Editor William F. LaMee, General Manager James E. Davit, Managing Editor Page A-4 Friday, August 2,1974 Let 5 not waste waste The Panel on Materials Policy of the Senate's Committee oh Public Works is drafting what Committee Chairman Jennings Randolph calls "a comprehensive solid waste management and resource recovery measure." This is an undertaking of the greatest significance in a country which annually wastes millions of tons of materials which could be used again. A movement to do something constructive about this situation has gained considerable momentum in Congress. Several pertinent bills have been introduced in the Senate, and the Panel on Materials Policy has conducted hearings on them. The important thing is that whatever action is taken embody a well conceived approach to the related problems of waste disposal and optimum use of resources. Sen. Randolph elaborated on this in a recent address to the United States Chamber of Commerce. "Our nation and its people," he said, "produce 4.5 billion tons of solid waste a year. We must give major attention to ways of converting this waste into useful materials." He also told his audience: "It appears that our consumption of virgin resources can be significantly curbed by a true commitment to effective reclamation and recycling. Rather than squandering resources by dumping them, we must recycle them again and again." This goes to the heart of the matter. The challenge that confronts us is to make a virtue of necessity — to manage the big problem of solid waste disposal in such a way that it yields materials for future use. A start has been made with the Solid Waste Disposal Act of 1965 and the Resource Recovery Act of 1970, but as Randolph reminds us "no major federal program has been initiated." Far-sighted new legislation establishing national policy and providing for a comprehensive program of action should now be enacted. Jack Anderson Nixon's foundation not too charitable Till* MII.HU'M'.K Jdl UN 11 'Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat! Take that,Red Baron!' WASHINGTON — The Richard Nixon Foundation, which holds a lax exemption as a "charity," has made only one charitable grant in its four-year existence: $7500 to buy a painting of Richard Nixon. The foundation has also bestowed $21,000 upon the President's brother, Ed, to scout sites for a proposed Nixon library, thereby showing more charity to Ed Nixon than it has to the poor. The foundation was established shortly after President Nixon took office in 1969. Its original board read like a Who's Who of business and government bigwigs. Since those hopeful days, the Nixon Foundation has suffered much the same fate as its illustrious namesake. Several of its founders, including former Nixon aides H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell and Herbert Kalmbach, have been indicted or convicted in the Watergate case. The lone grant was made to the Smilh- *% •. Dems fear being made to look bad Stamp sale; Right idea Any time the U. S. Postal Service devises a way to whittle down the postal deficit without worsening the mail service, that calls for yea-saying. In this spirit we applaud the move to issue more commemorative stamps and persuade people to buy them — not for use on letters, but for their stamp collections. The possibilities for commemoratives are endless. If care is taken to maintain high standards of design, the series ought to be of great interest to collectors. And the 16 million dollars a year the postal folks hope to raise will look nice on the credit side of the ledger. By CARL P. LEUBSDORF Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The effort to overhaul the Senate's impeachment rules stems in part from a Democratic fear that Chief Justice Warren E. Burger would wield a pro-Nixon gavel if there is an impeachment trial of President Nixon. According to these fears, Senate Democrats might look bad if they constantly had to appeal rulings by Burger upholding the President's lawyers, Senate sources said. Other sources recalled reports of close relations between Burger and the White House. In public, there is a reluctance by senators to say anything but the nicest things about Burger, named by Nixon five years ago to succeed Chief Justice Earl Warren. "The same issue would have been raised if Mr. Warren had been chief justice," said Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield, who included several limitations on Burger in his broad proposal to overhaul Senate impeachment rules. "It is a matter of senatorial prerogative," the Montana Democrat said Thursday. "This is a matter for duly elected senators, to have the responsibility and not to delegate it." Asked for an explanation of Mansfield's effort, one source recalled that several months ago Mansfield made public a letter to Burger asking that the Supreme Court be kept in session through the summer. The letter drew a prompt rejection from the chief justice. In addition to taking away the chief justice's authority to break ties on procedural questions, a power exercised twice by Chief Justice Salmon Chase in the 1868 trial of President Andrew Johnson, Mansfield proposed to lay down standards on crucial areas that could arise at an impeachment trial. These include the standards for admission of evidence and for senators to determine whether the impeachment charges had been proved. By so doing, supporters of the changes hope to spell things out so that Burger's latitude in making rulings would be circumscribed. However, a bipartisan majority in the Senate Rules Committee apparently believes, after studying the matter this week, that for the most part the present rules should apply. Sen. Robert C. Byrd. D-W.V., Mansfield's deputy and the Senate's chief rules expert, said he isn't that concerned about the chief justice. He noted that, on any procedural ruling, the Senate can override the chief justice. "I think we're all going to be reasonable men, including the chief justice," Byrd said. In deciding Thursday to work from the current rules, the Rules panel made no decision on possible changes. It appears to be closely divided on the question of whether Burger should vote. It is also divided on the issue of whether it should set standards for admitting evidence, though that too is a matter the Senate can decide each time a question is raised. It decided to defer any proposed changes in rules until after it hears proposals from individual senators next Monday and Tuesday. Reader Viewpoints: William Raspberry Nurses have big responsibility To the Editor: My wife is one of the striking Registered Nurses at Union Hospital. She is not on strike because of either salary or benefits. She is on strike out of respect for the leaders of her organization who are being frustrated in their attempt to obtain negotiations in fact, as well as in name. The reason for this frustration, I believe, is exemplified by statements carried in The Times-Reporter in a letter by Dr. R. B. Giles. He seems unable to comprehend why the Registered Nurses might believe that they are entitled to benefits not given to all employes. I doubt that Dr. Giles would find it hard to understand if these benefits were granted to resident doctors on a hospital staff. I WOULD BE the last person to object to the nine per cent raise granted all em- ployes at Union Hospital since it is a well known fact that hospital employes are grossly underpaid. However, it is also a fact that since Union Hospital has no resident doctors, the burden of responsibility falls on the nurses. They are given the responsibilities of their profession and should be granted the rights and privileges of it, also. When my wife's shift ends at 11:30 p.m. she does not simply walk out the door. More often than not it is betweem midnight and 1 a.m. before she has com- pleted all the paper work, etc. required. Only on rare occasions does she request overtime, but does it to insure that the work she has done is worthy of the professional that she is. It has been with deep regret that I have watched the situation at Union Hospital degenerate into an adversary pro- ceding. There is little doubt that a settlement will not be obtained until all those involved are able to sit down, with mutual respect, and resolve their differences. With this in mind I would like to recommend restraint to all concerned, and call upon both sides to consider the following recommendations: THAT BOTH SIDES refrain from fur. ther public comment until a settlement is reached. That both sides meet separately and re-evaluate their positions and look for areas of compromise. That when negotiations reopen, both sides remember that they are dealing with professionals who deserve to be treated as such. That consideration be given to the formation of a fact finding committee, composed of local people and chaired by the federal mediator, which could make recommendations for a possible settlement. Donald Keller RD 2, Dundee Understaffing real strike issue To the Editor: I think it's high time someone stands up for the nurses on strike at Union Hospital. So many people are downgrading the nurses for wanting more money and better vacation benefits, but can't anyone understand that the big issue is the understaffed conditions which have always existed in the hospital? I don't claim to be an authority on the matter, but I do know that there lias been only one Registered Nurse in the hospital emergency room at one time. Anyone who has ever had to utilize the emergency room will surely testily with me that there is a long, dangerous and uncomfortable wait there, partly due to the fact that there is only one Registered Nurse and no doctor. I recently had to go to Massillon City Hospital's emergency room for medical attention. There were three Registered Nurses plus aides, orderlies and a clerk- typist on duty. the small society Furthermore, I believe that some citizens are showing their ignorance by their remarks about Ms. Bonnie Graves. Ms. Graves has never spoken only for herself. She speaks for a delegation of nurses called the Ohio Nurses Assn. If she is so ignorant, why would 90 educated nurses elect her as their chairman? Also, these nurses have never stated that they would not settle for the nine per cent pay raise offered to them or for a little less vacation benefits. They only refuse to continue working in an understaffed hospital which has hundreds of lives in its care daily. Who can blame them for this? It people think the nurses are paid so well, they should investigate the salaries of the administrators and others in the hospital. Pam Weisgarber 1013 Locust av. Fairmont, W. Va. by Brickmon Samaritans saluted To the Editor: ~L As a visitor to your area I would like to share an experience which I had last Saturday night. About 11:30 p.m. I was proceeding towards New Philadelphia on Iron av. in Dover near Boat st. and was crowded off the road by a speeding driver. Since the road had recently been resurfaced there were no lane markings to guide an unfamiliar driver with the result that I struck an obstruction and was unable to proceed further with my car. At about the same time a car pulled up behind me and five young men got out to offer their help, which consisted of helping get the car off the main road and on to Boat st. where it remained under police protection for the night. I was then transported to my destination in New Philadelphia where I was staying overnight with some friends. I preferred some money in return for the friendly help at a time when it was badly needed but this was refused with the comment that "We only wanted to help." This was a heart-warming experience and it certainly confirmed my conviction that there are many fine young people around who are a real credit to our society. If any of us lost confidence in our young people perhaps this incident will help restore that confidence. I must not close without expressing my thanks for the courteous treatment received at the hands of the Dover police. David R. Forrest 8413 Dogwood In. Cleveland Citizen responsibility To the Editor: We live in a historical community founded on faith, trust, truth and interest in one's community. Those interested in how their community operates should seriously consider attending next Monday night's roundtable meeting of New Philadelphia council at 7:30. It is my understanding that priorities dealing with major expenditures and several olher subjects, including the reservoir and Hart's annexation, will be discussed. This is a real opportunity for citizens to learn how decisions are made concerning their tax dollars. We elect the men who must decide where the money goes and I feel it is each individual's responsibility to learn how those decisions affect us, our children and perhaps our grandchildren Mrs. Dale Slough 117 Tell st. SE New Philadelphia Impact of bus vote remains to be seen WASHINGTON — Busing across school district lines for purposes of racial integration is all but dead following the Supreme Court's ruling July 25 in a Detroit case. It remains to be seen whether the.5-to- 4 ruling is, as Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall termed it, "a giant step backward" in the struggle against public school segregation. But whatever anguish that characterization conveys — and it is the anguish that has been featured in news reports — there is a good deal more than anguish in Justice Marshall's carefully reasoned dissent. He and the court majority agreed that the Detroit schools are unconstitutionally segregated. The reasons have to do not just with residential patterns but with conscious official actions: the drawing of school zone lines that serve to increase school segregation; the sactioning of optional attendance zones that permit white students to escape black-majority schools; decisions to build new schools of such size and in such locations as to make them essentially one-race schools. Nor is there much hope in a Detroit- only solution. Detroit is becoming increasingly a black city, and its school population is two-thirds black, as more and more white residents move to the surrounding suburbs. A substantial number of white students will remain in the system for so long as they can attend predominantly white schools. But a thorough-going integration of the entire Detroit school population, assuring a black majority in every school, would have the effect of accelerating the white flight, leaving the city with a black school system, as happened in Washington,!).(.!. THESE FACTS were mostly undisputed. But the court majority ruled, nevertheless, that, absent of a showing that the White suburbs helped to cause Detroit's school segregation, they could not be forced to be a part of the solution. It seems very reasonable. But Justice Marshall came a different way. Public education, he said, is a state function, and local school district boundaries are mere conveniences. To the degree that school officials helped to foster segregation in Detroit, the stale was party to thai unconstitulionality, and it is incumbent on the state provide a remedy. He leaves no doubt of the state's culpability. Not only is the stale ultimately responsible for acts of the local school board since, under Michigan law, "a school district is an agency ol the state government," but Ihe slate legislature has on occasion intervened to disrupt lo- cal desegregation plans. Nor, he pointed out, is it unusual for school systems in the state to overlap political jurisdictions. "To take the 85 local school districts in the Detroit metropolitan area as examples," he wrote, "17 districts lie in two counties, two in three counties. One district serves five municipalities; other suburban municipalities are fragmented into as many as six school districts. Nor is there any apparent state policy with regard to the size of school districts, as they now range from 2000 to 285,000 students'." As Marshall sees it, interdistrict busing is not a device for punishing whites for leaving the city. It is the only way the state can undo the segregation it has fostered. "The state's duty should be no different here than in cases where it is shown that certain of a state's voting districts are malapportioned in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Over- represented electoral districts are required to participate in reapportionment although their only 'participation' in the violation was to do nothing about it. "Similarly, electoral districts which themselves meet representation standards must frequently be redrawn as part of a remedy for other over-and under-inclusive districts." NEEDLESS TO SAY, the court majority found the analogy — and the entire thrust of Marshall's argument — less than compelling. And the result is that interdistrict busing is dead. Whites who wish to flee from some cities that are too black for their taste apparently will be able toilo so now without penalty. But it the decision was a surprise, the re.suIt wasn't. It has been clear for some time now that busing for purposes of racial integration was in its terminal stages; the only question was whether the courts or the (.'undress would minister the coup cle grace. It is too bad. really, that Ihe NAACP and others put such exclusive reliance on busing as a means for increasing educational opportunities for black children I was pleading for a less rigid posture, and foreseeing the probable outcome, a year and a half ago when I wrote: "As the breadth of white opposition to busing is taken into account, blacks can begin In trade busing for other things they consider more important: a fair share of the money and resources, for example, or maybe even some special considerations, based on special needs 'Hut it you K" lo the mat on busing and lose, it's too late to start bargaining for sonlan Institution so It could buy a Norman Rockwell painting of Richard Nixon The painting has been hanging proudly since 1972 in the National Portrait Gallery. Commented painter Rockwell: "Nixon Is no f unto paint." Footnote: For a time, the foundation was under audit by the Internal Revenue Service. Its accountant, Arthur Blcch, assures us that it has been "completely cleared" by the IRS. Bird cbaser S. Dillon Rlpley, the distinguished proprietor of the Smithsonian museums and galleries, has been chasing rare birds around the world at the taxpayers' •expense. At the same time, he also runs a private bird research business on the side. He assured us, however, that his business is devoted to preserving rare species, at a financial loss to himself. Nevertheless, when he is in hot pursuit of a rare gull or goshawk, he travels in style and charges it to the Smithsonian. He might be found scanning the skies for wildfowl from a yacht in the blue Aegean or a safari in the high Himalayas. We reported in 1970 that Ripley had sailed the seas around Greece in a $480- a-day yacht, sampling lobsters and fine drink, while he inspected ancient ruins and chased a rare seagull, all at Smithsonian expense. Now we have learned that he roamed the world for 28 weeks in 1973, with the Smithsonian picking up at least $15,000 in travel bills. And the final cost still hasn't been toted up. Unpublished documents turned up by Sens. Alan Bible, (D-Nev.) and Ted Stevens, (R-Alaska) show that Ripley's most extravagant expedition was "to observe the migration of birds through the Himalayas." For this ornithological adventure, Ripley was accompanied by his wife and two daughters. They brought along more than 25 pieces of luggage containing tents, supplies and fancy clothes suitable for audiences with any oriental potentates they might encounter during the 12-week safari. Ripley paid his daughters' travel fares out of his own pocket. But the taxpayers shelled out $2244 in transportation and $464 in per diem for his wife. Explained the Smithsonian: She assisted her husband "in the preparation and taxidermy of ornithological materials." In a sense that Ripley didn't anticipate, the safari turned out to be for the birds. He came down with dysentery in Bhutan and had to be helicoptered and jetted to India. The Indian government, which furnished the emergency military jet, has now asked politely who is going to pay for it. Footnote: In three long talks with us, Ripley ably defended his long absences from the Smithsonian. His critics concede that his innovative management has transformed Washington's famous mall and its museums into an exciting center for art, music and festivals. Prejudice-pain Contrary to the angry accusations from the White House, the House Judiciary Committee was not prejudiced against President Nixon. At the outset of the impeachment inquiry, all 17 Republicans were united behind the President. At least three southern Democrats — Alabama's Walter Flowers, Arkansas' Ray Thornton and South Carolina's James Mann — were also in the President's corner. They represented solidly conservative districts which had voted overwhelmingly for the President in 1972. This gave the President a solid 20-to-18 edge when the impeachment inquiry began. Even among the 18 anti-Nixon Democrats were some who felt impeachment was too drastic. Then Chairman Peter Rodino, D-N.J., closed the doors on the inquiry and let his staff present the evidence. The committee members were able to ask questions without the glare of publicity. Having published the first developments that leaked from the closed sessions, we are in a position to know what happened. We can report it was the evidence alone that finally persuaded the 10 Nixon loyalists to vote against their President. The 10 were subjected to extreme political pressure to stay in line. Local party leaders bombarded Illinois' Robert McC'lory and Tom Railsback with anti- impeachment demands. One county organization refused to raise money for Railsback's re-election unless he voted against impeachment. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., (R-N.Y.) was assailed by his own father, who signed up with Rabbi Baruch Korfl's anti-impeachment crusade. But in the end, the majority of Judiciary members voted their 'conscience. DUN AGIN'S PEOPLE

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