Port Angeles Evening News from Port Angeles, Washington on April 21, 1968 · Page 3
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The POWER of FAITH By WOODI ISHMAEL The Editorial Page Letters to the editor "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep." Psalm 107, 23:2/1. Commodore Leroy J. Alexanderson, Master of the S.S. United States, the fastest luxury liner on the high seas, has for 40 years seen and known the "works of the Lord." Of those years, 38 were spent as an officer in the Merchant Marine and in the U.S. Navy, where he is a Rear Admiral in the Reserve. In his dedication to the sea he has also been dedicated to man's safety at sea. As in a foxhole there are no atheists, so he believes it is on the bridge of a ship. "When going into an unknown port or traveling in a dense fog one must have faith, and there is someone at my side." A loyal Catholic and family man, the Commodore says that the love and devotion of an understanding wife has much to do with the success of a man at sea, for such a wife makes sure that nothing deters him from his duty and his concern for his ship, his passengers and crew. Commodore Alexanderson knows, as do all great men of the sea, that there is a power greater than themselves that sees them through. It is the power of faith. __. AP Newsfeatures Today's meditation By LLOYD A. DOTY v ' 7 Minister First Methodist Church Today is the Sunday after "Easter. After that first Easter there was great excitement for something had happened that was to change all time and all peo- pie. Last Sunday throughout Christendom the churches were crowded with people to hear again the message that was pro. claimed by speech and music. The Good News that "He is Risen" Is proclaimed every first day of the week as followers of the Man of Galilee meet in their places of worship. This Is why we do assemble on Sun. day the first day of the week, the Resurrection Day. THAT FIRST EASTERTIDE there were great things happen. Ing that came to a climax 50 days later on the Day of Pente. cost. Men who had been fisher. men and workmen suddenly be. came dynamic leaders of a great movement that to this day have had their Influence on our lives. Men who had been filled with fear and doubt suddenly seemed to have courage and conviction. The world is suddenly aware of a group of people that follow a dead leader who was cruel. fled but is suddenly proclaimed as having risen from the dead and appeared to many over a period of days. Either this is the greatest REV. LLOYD A. DOTY fraud perpetrated by a group of uneducated men; or It Is the greatest fact in history. The three thousand at Pente. cost must have been convinced of the latter. STRANGELY ENOUGH, there are still millions living today who are convinced that this is still a fact, and that this one called Jesus the Christ Is still alive. The sad part Is that there are so many who have not ex. perlenced the difference that accepting this Man can make In their lives. Someone has said that there are three kinds of Christians: Rowboal Christians — have to be pushed wherever they go; Sailboat Christians — always go with the wind; and Steamboat Christ'ans — make up their minds where they ought to go, and go there regardless of wind or weather. Each man decides what kind of Christian he Is. Perhaps the--e Is still another kind — A Christian of Record. His or her name is on the record as a member, or been baptized In a church, or perhaps some other way. A MINISTER ASKED A non. church going man why he dtd not attend church. The man said that the first time he went to church they sprinkled water on him; the second time they threw rice at him. The minister said, "Yes, and the next time if you are not careful, they'll throw dirt on you." "Will you be In church to. day? Were you In church last Sunday — Easier? Today Is "The Lord's Day" because of Easter — are you recognizing It as such, or have you made it your day? The choice is yours! There Is not a church in town that is overcrowded (to. day at least). There Is not a church in town that would not welcome a sincere person to Its worship of God. There Is not a church in town that could not use some more regular at. tenders of its services andclas. ses. Of arts . . . and artists By JOHN POGANY Art Instructor PENINSULA COLLEGE Since differences of opinion do not necessarily lead to Internecine feuds, neither do disagreements on points of view lead to "Hatfield - and • Me- Coy" situations between colum. nlsts. More than once I have been unable to say a word because I suddenly found my foot in my mouth, and It Is quite possible that I am putting the other one in it now. However, with all due apologies to a very competent mu. gician, here goes. B may very well be a mat. ter of semantics but there seems to be a confusion between the image of the "painter 1 ' and the 1 "musician/ 1 Where I agree that the "painter may paint In soil. tude and bis 'performance' Is not Judged until he is finished and completely satisfied with hi* work'' this does not quite fit the situation. The confusion lies In th* words "painter" and "musician." to the first place, the rausl. clan Is a performing artist whose artistry lies 'n the inter. pretatioo of a musical compo. «ittoa already in existence. AJ such, he must rely on his JOHN POGANY own technical competence to display his artistry In a "one. shot time period." In this respect, it Is true that he stands or falls at the moment of his performance. But he is still a "performing ar. tist." So Is the actor. Certainly his stature and competence are judged by his moment on the stage. But he, too, only adds his personal creative sense to a work already written whose words he mouths. How well he interprets the author's script determines his prominence as an actor. This holds true, also, for the mu. sic Ian who plays the notes In. delibly Impressed In his mind. But, as Shakespeare puts 11, "Here's the rub." The painter Is not a performer; he is a "creative artist.'' He may work tn solitude and control the time as to the moment of completion, but so does the creative musician known as a "composer." In fact, there is rarely a more solitary and isolated fig. ure In the arts than the com. poser. This 's due to the neces. slty for both composer and au. thor to totally Immerse them, selves In the extremely abstract demands of their respective fields. But whether the "creative ar. tist" writes, composes or paints, his "performance" never ever sees the light of day until he Js as completely satisfied with his work as Is possible at that particular per. iod of his development. As I said in the beginning, this Is all a matter really of semantics, but there is, with all due respect to the performer, a great gap between that which is and that which has as yet not been created fur the pur. pose of performance. iorr Anoeies tuenmqjyeuis l =cae> Sunday, April 21, 1968-Page 2 Captain Clallam • AN OBSERVATION — The big decision hovering over log exports for months has been made. Even so, arguments over that decision are going to ring In our ears for months. Both sides can make good arguments for their case, but that is now beside the point. It seems the best thing to do at this point Is for everyone to stop debating and start figuring some way to keep the economy rolling. • TO DERBY DAYS QUEEN DONNA Brittaln — Congratulations and the best of everything dur'ng your coming reign. • AN OBSERVATION — Poor attendance at two recent public presentations points up the fact this town is over.o'-ganlzed. A few years ago, it wasn't hard to count 275 or« ganlzat'ons In the c'ty or Its immediate area. There have been numerous ones created since that time. It's to the point where one can be on the go almost constantly if he gets In. volved in very many organizations. If groups want their presentations to draw these busy people, It means some real thought and planning has to be made In advance. • TO BRUCE JOHANSEN — A tip of the hat to you for winning that journalism schol- arshlp at the university. Good luck in your future there. • AN OBSERVATION — Here in Port An. geles, our latest battles have been over school levies. Now it appears Port Townsend, our sister city down the pike, is getting into an issue that seems to stir up more emotion than any of them — fluorldation of the water supply. Over the years this one issue has stirred up more bitter campaigns and brought out some of the wildest statements, both pro and con, in cities across the nation than any. thing else. With Port Angeles going to the polls again on the levy April 30, the two cities should have an interesting time watching the campaigns develop. • TO CLIFF PETERSEN — Enjoy your re. tirement, Cliff. It would seem after 38 years, you've certainly earned the right. Good luck In your travels. • TO ALL THE FISHERMEN — Good luckj Random notes on music BY JAMES VAN HORN Conductor, Port Angeles Symphony One of the large problems In serving as the musical director of a community orchestra Is the planning of programs. Several times since the Inception of this column, the subject of program planning has been discussed, but since It Is one of the most fascinating of all the problems facing the conductor of an or. chestra such as the one here, It Is worthy of further cons Id- eratlon. FIRST OF ALL, THERE IS the matter of what the public wants. After 10 seasons of music making here, one Is struck by the fact that almost any good piece, played well, Is accept, able by at least part of the audience. Abraham Llncolnhad some remarks about fooling people, and the same remark can be-applied here. Not every piece will be equally well accepted by all of the audience all of the time. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, there was circulated among the audience a program question, nalre. The purpose of this was to ascertain what type of music the audience really wanted. It was Interesting to note that many of the pieces listed were those which could not be per. formed by this orchestra. The major ballets of Stravinsky were among them, formlshma. However, these works cannot be well done with most community orchestras. There were other pieces as well which were requested. They were within that category of work which might be best characterlz. J AMES VAN HORN ed as being within the "fifty most popular classics". R Is patently obvious why the Ninth Symphony of Beethoven cannot be done locally. However, the Eighth Symphony, not so familiar but a great work Just the same, will be on the final program of the season next month. BY THE SAME TOKEN, ONE of the big criticisms of the orchestra here over many sea. sons is that when a familiar work Is played, there are comments that It "didn't sound like the recording". Of course, no performance, live, of any work ever sounds like the recording because live performance is never the same as the work done In a record- Ing studio where every little flaw can be erased and rerecord- ed. We therefore have to consider playing compositions by com- posers whose names are known, but the specific pieces are not. Hopefully, thfs will answer the problems surrounding the pieces played on the programs. HOWEVER, A FAR MORE IM. portant item than what pieces are played Is how are they played. In an orchestra whose members have a wide diversity of musical background and experience, the quality of playing will also have a wide range. Therefore, no community orchestra will sound like the Philadelphia orchestra. The more familiar the music played, the more critical the audience will be of the performance, and rightly so. However, If the orchestra can do as good a Job as possible with a piece worthy of performance and that has a reasonable chance of a credit-/ able performance, then this Is what ought to be expected. THERE ARE SEVERAL other criteria which are consider, ed when planning the programs which the Port Angeles Symphony plays. First of these has been discussed above — that Is the probability of a creditable performance by a community orchestra. The second Is that the work must have some musical- artistic falue. Not everyone wHl agree that all of these pieces will have this element in equal amount. The third criterion Is that the performer, In this case the con. ductor, must have a sense of personal Involvement with the pieces played. Next week, we will consld- er the last two of these criteria In more detail. Today in religion Church merger faces drink issue By GEORGE W. CORNELL AP Religion Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Methodists, getting set for the country's biggest church merger yet, are worrying over whether the new united denomination should stick to a long-time rule against drinking alcoholic beverages. A change from required abstinence to a voluntary approach to It Is being recommended to the constituting convention of the United Methodist Church, star/ting today in Dallas, Tex. The present policy is "inconsistent and inaccurate" and is "producing hypocrisy and a loss of Integrity in the corporate life of the Church and in the lives of many ministers and laymen," says the church's board of social concerns. But controversy surrounds the proposed change to a more open position, encouraging abstU nence, but not demanding it. The revision also would allow ministers to smoke. They now must promise to refrain from It, although laymen may use tobacco—a situation often called a "double standard" in the Church's discipline. These matters of personal practice were among numerous issues before the meeting, which will unite the 10.3.mll- lion-member Methodist Church with the 747 l OOO.member Evan. geUcal United Brethren Church into one body of 11 million. Urging adherence to the firm rule against liquor, Methodist Bishop Everett W. Palmer, of Seattle, Wash., says "alcohol* ism is a trap" and that to accept even moderate drinking is a "bait for the trap." "Moderation is the first step toward Immoderation," he writes in the denominational weekly, Christian Advocate. "Every heavy and Immoderate drinker was once a moderate drinker. Every alcoholic was once a heavy drinker who Imagined he could 'take it or leave it.' " On the other hand, some Church leaders argue that the rigid stand against drinking has become unrealistic, and that It cripples the Church in ministering to persons most in need of help. Methodism's "one-track abstinence p-licy" is blocking effective pastoral care to those with alcoholic problems, says the Today i'n history By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Sunday, April 21, the 112th day of 1968. There are 254 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date In 753 B.C.tradi- tloii has it that Rome was founded by Romulus. On this date: ID 1832, the Black Hawk Indian War began. In 1836, a force of Texans led by Gen. Sam Houston defeated a Mexican force on the San Jacinto River near Galveston, Tex. In 1910, the American writer Mark Train (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) died. In 1926, Queen Elizabeth II of Britain was born. Rev. Dr. Howard J. Cllnebell Jr., of the Church's Claremont, Calif.. School of Theology. Noting that recent studies indicate 61 per cent of adult Methodists occasionally drink, he says the present policy "leads to widespread sham .. . and nonenforcement" and undermines "authenticity and the growth of a healing community." Under the present Methodist discipline, ministers and lay officials of congregations must pledge to abstain from alcohol, and general members may be tried and expelled for buying, selling or "persisting in the use of intoxicating liquor," Such cases, however, have become virtually unheard of. The proposed change would encourage abstinence as a "sound and wise witness" to God's concern for mankind in a "society where drinking is so uncritically accepted and practiced" and where it does so much harm. But the new standard also would openly accept those who do drink, saying: 'Persons who practice abstinence should avoid attitudes of selt-rignteous* ness which break fellowship with those who do not abstain. Persons who drink should learn to recognize and avoid danger* ous patterns of drinking as well as unchristian attitudes toward persons who abstain." The proposed shift from a pro* hibitive to a flexible stance is in line with that taken by some other Protestant bodies in re* cent years, as well as by nation* al interdenominational organl* zations working to reduce alco* holism. Thank you Editor, Evening News: The Provisional League of Women Voters of Clallam County would like to express ftppre* elation to the Port Angeles and Sequim business communities for their generous support during our annual fund«ralslng drive and to your newspaper for Its continuing cooperation in coverage of league activities. The many contributions re*, ceived will make it possible for our league to offer various voter services and share non* partisan Information on national, state and local issues with residents of Clallam County. As a public relations sidelight to our finance drive, our membership increased to 80 members, a 130 per cent gain over last year, and we earned the distinction of having more men as associate members than any other league in the state. We hope our efforts to help create an informed and interested electorate will merit the continuing support of the people of the county. Mrs. John Kays, Provisional League of Women Voters of Clallam County, Mrs. Arthur Wendel, Finance Chairman Fairgrounds Editor, Evening News: Oops! Your fairground Is showing! Being a fairly new resident of this area, It was rather shocking to see the condition of the fairground In an All-American City. It must have cost the people of the county a lot of money to build all the buildings, grandstand and race track. It Is probably quite valuable land and Is still costing. Frankly speaking, I can't understand how the people of this community will stand by and allow the whole fairground to become something to be ashamed of because of lack of simple upkeep such as paint and general repair. I understand there are two events taking place Sunday the 21st at the fairground, both a horse and a dog show. I mention this to point out It Is still being used. I am sure that In a community with so many clvlc«mlnded citizens a solution can be found to this problem. It must be cheaper to maintain than to rebuild. Jerl Hunt Route 2, Box 663 Port Angeles One day SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The flags at the Oregon Capitol will fly at half staff one day each month for Oregon servicemen killed In Vietnam. "Lowering our flags In front of the Capitol one day a month is a small thing to do, but it may serve to remind Orego. nlans of the great sacrifices our boys are making in Southeast Asia,'' said Secretary of State Clay Meyers. This is The Evening News OPINION PAGE. On this page can be found editorials expressing the newspaper's point of view. Also appearing here are letters to the editor expressing the writer's opinions and columnists and commentators explaining their viewpoints. The Evening News does not necessarily agree with everything published on this page but offers it as a responsibility of a free press for a free society. The Port Angeles Evening News is published Sunday through Friday. Founded in 1886 as "The Model Commonwealth" in Seattle, it was acquired by the Puget Sound Cooperative Colony and • moved to Port Angeles in 1887. Publication as a daily began in 1916. Charles N. Webster, president, Esther B. 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