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England Swinging Out of Tune Hutchinson News Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1971 Page 4 Editorial Police to the Rescue Five hundred people have been murdered in Detroit this year, which indicates the motor city will out-do its track record of 1970, when 550 persons were murdered. "We can stand no more," says Mayor Roman Gribbs. "I can stand no more." That sounds reasonable. What makes the mayor's statement worth special note is that he is calling for changes in the Michigan law to ban handguns — and has commissioned the city's police department to spearhead his drive. The Detroit police commissioner will serve as coordinator of a statewide campaign to provide strict gun controls. The mayor is asking help from police, their unions, and related organizations. Police are the most, obvious victims of our unl.rammeled distribution of guns. Others, as noted in the recent FBI (.-rime report, are wives, husbands, and strangers encountered in a tavern who are killed almost casually — because someone had a gun available in a moment of passion. Such deaths have a wide lead margin on our murder popularity sheet. But apparently it; takes an appalling total like that now being registered in Detroit for the message to sink in. Tomorrow's Schools The 1971 Legislature gave Kansas State University enough money to hire six additional teachers this school year. At least 60 were needed. These figures come from K - Stale President James McCain, a man not given to exaggeration. He sees the acute shortage of finances necesisary to keep universities alive and healthy as the end re? suit of a lessening faith in higher education. He blames the lass of faith on campus violence, which properly deserves top billing. But the loss of faith tegs more of an explanation than that. Many lawmakers, who got theirs in public institutions, long for a way to cop out on the future. They picture 1hem- sclvcs as the saviors of the here-and- now, if not the past, and they want to renege on what America gave them. Campus violence was a trigger in losing faith, but the public shouldn't lose sight of who is holding the gun to higher education's head. As McCain noted, "America should be proud that more youths attend college here than in any other country, but we should be ashamed that we charge our students more of the cost of their education than any other country." Faith is a two - way street. And when both students and the public lose it this nation's future will suffer. And how. Delivering the Goods Americans are being charged — on our tax bill — for delivering various kinds of death - dealing missives to remote Asian villages. The Air Force, in other words, is not a self supporting institution. The Postal Service on the other hand, is expected to be. Americans are not to be charged — on our tax bill — for delivering missives of enlightenment—letter, papers, magazines — to one another. The Postal Service goal is to make the delivery of the mail pay its own way — to raise rates until it does. Where is the logic in the distinction we make between what the taxpayers should subsidize and what they should not? Some will say the delivery of bombs in Indochina is essential to our national survival (although few actually believe that fairy tale anymore.) But isn't the delivery of mail, in another but equally important way, also essential to the survival of a democratic society? The founding fathers seemed to think so. Their intention was a mail service, the goal of which wus an informed electorate, not merely a black balance sheet. The current crisis of the malls is not merely one of sloppy performance; it is a question of intent. What is the postal purpose? That everyone should be able to send and receive mail? Or only those who can afford it? Looking Backward . . i '.•; • <• : - '.'/. • .• J : , •. : • • Ten Years Ago in 1961 • The hurricane Carta brought heavy rain to Kansas with major floods predicted. Twenty-five Years Ago in 1946 Federal officers struck in 14 places in Kansas, seizing a great amount of liquor on charges of transportation of liquor from wet state into a dry state. Three places were raided in Leavenworth, one in Sedgwick J county, four in Wichita, one in Reno county, one Pittsburg, one Russell. Sugar prices went up two cents a pound. Fifty Years Ago in 1921 Garden City boosters were promoting a building of a railroad between Garden City and Satanta, to hook up with the road being built to Satanta from Forgan, Okla. They planned to ask 0. P. Byers, Hutchinson railroad builder, to do the work. London Needs Challenge Equal to Scope of City By JAMES RESTON (C) 1971 New York Times News Service TX)NDON — If you read only the headlines these days, you get the impression from Fleet Street that the British people are mainly interested in the "Irish question" and the "European question," but as usual the British people are involved in a lot of other witty arguments about life at home. There is, for example, the question of selling old churches in villages where the population or the faith, or both, have declined. This tells us something about life in England. If the villagers and the church authorities cannot maintain the churches, and the government won't, you can always sell them, but on what terms? How will they be used and who will maintain the graves? This is not a national issue, but in some places and for some people it is a fundamental issue of principle. Then, of course, even if you decide what to do with the village church, there are the related issues of morals and ards in the nation. These are even more on the public mind in Britain today than Reston the church. The church can go, but what to put in its place? London has never seemed more beautiful in the last generation than it does today. It is an architectural museum. It retains the old huddle of low unpainted buildings and narrow streets and unexpected institutions and invitations, but in the central city its lovely houses and many of its distinguished imperial and commercial buildings have been scrubbed and painted to prefection. Still, there is an obvious conflict here— and this is the fascination of contemporary Britain — between its past, its present, and its future. The question of how to resolve the love-hate problem of Ireland, which is the tragic question of the past, and the question of Britain joining Europe, which is the love - hate problem of the present and future, are the most prominent symbols of Britain's dilemmas, but in human terms the most interesting thing is the struggle within the British people themselves about where they are and where they are going. This more personal philosophical question is in the papers every day. The letters columns in the Daily Telegraph, for example, have been debating the nation's "standards of decency." The Earl of Longford has been conducting a cam- Merry-Go-Round Never Thought She'd See Anderson Write Poetry Anderson By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Special legislation will be introduced to restore those roadside rhymes, once identified with Burma Shave, along the nation's highways. Instead of extolling shaving cream, however, the new signs would present poetic anti-pollution appeals. We inadvertently revived the Burma Shave culture by publishing some ecology verses that we composed during a drive through the Utah- Nevada desert. We whim-' sically mourned the loss of the soapy jingles that used to break the monotony of a long drive and suggested it might be a good idea to scatter antipollution poetry along the highways where the Burma Shave signs once stood. Sen. Jennings Randolph, D - W. Va., and Rep. John Blatnik, D-Minn., the powerful chairmen of the Sentte and House Public Works Committees, respectively, are now prcnaring a bill that would permit small, tasteful anti - oollution signs to be placed along federal highways. Transportation Secretary John Volpe told us he would support the measure. Meanwhile, our verses have inspired better poets to write anti - pollution rhymes, which they have contributed to the cause. David Rockefeller, the conscientious chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, dashed off this one: 'Twas the night before Earth Day And all through the glade, not a creature was stirring— They all had been sprayed. Serge H. Benson sent us some dlever verses from Atlantic City. Among them: "Home sweet home" Are patriotic adages; But when you travel, Keep in mind Your home is where Tha garbage is. A smoke - free sky Clear lake nearby Fresh air and poinciana; There is a spot Somewhere, but not In Gary, Indiana Jeff Sparks of New York City's American Museum-Haydcn Planetarium sent us an illustrated volume of his "Nursery Rhymes for the limes." Here are some of the best: Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow; If she could keep it white as snow, It must have been some time ago. Georgia, Peorgie, pudding and pie, Kiss the girls and made them cry; The tears, my dears, inquiry showed; Were caused by car fumes on the road. Oh where, oh where, has my little dog gone? Oh where, oh where, can he be? In his depravement, he sullied the pavement, He should have been curbed, don't you see? But it took Jeanne Viner of Washington, D. C, to put us in our place. She wrote. I never thought I'd ever see Jack Anderson spout poetry. Although the rhymes were rather frightful The piece was really quite delightful — A welcome and refreshing change From news of bigwigs acting strange And other startling exposes Of higher-ups with low-down ways. Footnote: If other rhymesters would like to try their hand at anti-pollution poetry, we welcome their contributions. Jeff Sparks has offered to illustrate them for Christmas and Earth Day Cards, as a benefit for our College of Ecology. Seal Slaughter Special to The News WASHINGTON — Six distinguished veterinarians, who were sent to Alaska to investigate the slaughter of seals, have concluded that the fur seal harvesting operations are entirely humane. A preliminary report, not released to the public, describes in clinical detail how each seal is rendered unconscious by a quick blow to the head and killed immediately by bleeding. The entire process, including the skinning of the dead animal, takes .about 60 seconds. Recommend the veterinarians: "The current method of euthanasia cannot be criticized from the standpoints of humaneness and efficiency; however, search for a method comparable in these respects and more aesthetically acceptable should be continued." Seals are carefully selected for harvesting to preserve the herd. The seal population off the Alaskan coast has increased from about 200,000 in 1911 to an estimated 1,300,00 today. A Dream of Glory paign agairtst pornography. That wonderful, amusing, talented journalist, Malcolm Muggeridge, has been arguing on the television that Britain is slack, sex-ridden, and purposeless. Needs New Challenge What obviously troubles the letter writers in the papers is not so much the "Irish question" — they have heard all that before — or the cheap political arguments of Harold Wilson, the labor leader, against Prime Minister Edward Heath. They are not even very excited about Heath. But in Heath's argument for taking Britain into Europe, for making a new start in a new role for Britain to balance the power of the United States and the Soviet Union, there is clearly substantial and growing support, mainly because there is hope in all this of a new purpose. Comfortable and elegant as London is today, it admits at least in private that it needs a new challenge equal to the scope and imagination of this great city. Maybe it is wrong to say that Britain "needs" such a challenge, but rather that, somehow, Britain without a larger role in the world than it now has seems out of tune and out of scale, not only with this historic capital, but out of order with its own character. Two of the big issues there these days are whether the British Broadcasting Corporation should show the American children's program "Sesame Street", and whether Shakespeare intended Desdemona to appear nude on the stage in "Othello." It is being argued here in Fltet Street that Sesame Street, according to the B.B.C., is too "authoritarian" in its message to children, and that allowing Desdemona to appear with clothes on, whenj she is on the five -yard line, is too puritanical and even ridiculous. More Important Issues But while all this witty contention goes on in the press, and Britain puts churches up for sale and pretends that the British, of all people, discovered sex, one senses that the ordinary British citizen would be dealing with more important issues, something nearer to the atmosphere and nobility of London as a whole. In the end one senses a kind of regret here in London, a sense that the British people are not quite living up to what they could or ought to do, and in the end this may be decisive in carrying Britain into Europe and into new and larger questions than those that now dominate the Fleet Street press. Western Front" Go-Cart Driver Was Not Creating Disturbance I would hope that great personal satisfaction has come to the person who recently called and complained to our local police department about the running of a go-cart on a little used, dead end street in Countryside West. It is true that the vehicle cannot be licensed and neither can the driver. But in the persuit of some pleasure, with a birthday gift, the young man was creating no disturbance nor was he destroying property. It is ironical that those young people who are not smoking pot, burning draft cards, breaking windows, or littering are subjected to those who look down their noses at everything relative to being young. I wonder if these same persons are as outspoken and helpful with the PTA, the little league, YMCA, and the USO? There are several of these go-carts within the city. The young owners have been somewhat pushed aside by the influx of so called mini-bikes. It seems to me there must be some area close to the city that can be set aside for the not so glamorous go-cart. I would also comment on the dispatch and courtesy shown by the officer who answered the call. Hutchinson's finest in the highest tradition are making every effort to give us the protection and security guaranteed by the Constitution. — D. E. LUTES, 2405 North Jackson. If Ordinance Is Passed Will Be Broken Hearts If the City of Hutchinson can't or won't enforce existing animal control ordinances, what possible good will a new one do? If this ordinance is passed, I imagine there will be some pretty heart broken kids in Hutchinson! — MRS. DARRELL JAEHDE, 415 West 24th. Western Front Letters Tho Western Front welcomes letters from readers. Your name and address must be given on the letter. We reserve the right to shorten letters. No poetry, please. No letter can be printed unless the editor knows who wrote It. Social Prejudice In School System Parents of this community can feel certain that our own school system will soon see some changes. Everyone is talking about the problem of racial prejudice, but most parents hesitate to discuss the social prejudice present in our community as well. As working class parents in a businessman's district we have found a set of prejudice social attitudes to rival racial discrimination. This is my list: Working people are poorly educated — therefore intellectually and socially inferior. The attitude is patronizing. Working people do not know how and cannot afford to provide proper care and environment for their children. The attitude is suspicion—and surprise that Johnny actually owns a book. Working people could enjoy equal material benefits if they were diligent, sober, and judicious. The attitude is disgust; obviously you do not possess these qualities. Substitute black people where I have said working people. Is racial prejudice really so different from social prejudice? I don't see how buying buses will solve any of our problems, but chances are we'll be forced to try it. - MRS. WILLIAM R. TATRO, 29O0 North Plum. Russians Make Us Look Like Goons Says Reader How free is a nation that allows herself to be pushed into the position where she feels that she has to compete with or outdo another nation? This question is prone to arise, as one observes the competitive, international relationship existing between our country and Russia. It is rather obvious that since Russia built a satellite, we are encouraged in our fright to build a better satellite to match her fast expanding might. When Russia donates aid or pelf to win some nation for herself, we too must donate pelf or aid to make the international grade. Everything the Russians do now seems to threaten me and you, and threatening us she forces us to arm and squander, rush and fuss; and forcing us, it seems to me, we truly are no longer free. We are but slaves in deep despair competing with the Russian bear. And though our leaders rant and rave, about our freedom we must save. Then too are slaves doomed to compete with every Russian feat. Since the Russians have the power, to make us squander, arm and cower, we look like slavish, frightened goons dancing to some Russian's tunes. VERNON STUCKY, Hesston. Buchwald Ideal Opponent for Nixon By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON - Recent stories out of Saigon indicate that the United States offered huge sums of money — through Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker — to Vice President Ky and Gen. "Big" Minh if they would run against President Thleu in the October elections. The United States, which has a big stake in "free" elections, was worried that if no one ran against Thieu some people might suspect the elections were rigged. I am constantly searching for new creams of glory and thanks to the press dispatches from Saigon here is my latest one: Buchwald "Fair Enough. They Send Us Bombs- Wc Send Them Junkies." It is midnight In the summer of 1972 and suddenly there is a knock on the door of my house in Washington. Putting on a bathrobe I stumble to the door. "Who is it?" I ask. "Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker," comes ths voice from outside. I unlatch the door. "Ambassador, what the devil are you doing here at this hour?" "I didn 't want anyone to see me. I have to talk to you on some urgent business." Bunker comes in with a satchel in his hand, the size of a medicine bag. "I don't have much time," he says, "so I'll get to the point. As you know, the Democrats could not agree on a candidate to run for President at their convention in Miami last month." "I am well aware of it," I say. "It ended in a dead heat and everyone went home mad. They decided not to run anyone. It was all in my column." "Yes, well, nevertheless, President Nixon is very upset about not having any opposition during an election year." "I also wrote that. I said if he had no one to run against but himself, it could turn into one of the dirtiest campaigns in political history." "Well, be that as it may, the President is very concerned that if he has no opponent this fall, many people around the world will think the election was rigged." "That's certainly the impression the Democrats would like to give," I say. "Therefore," says Bunker, "I have been asked by Mr. Nixon himself to urge you to run against him for the Presidency of the United States." "But why me?" I protest. -'Because, Sir, the President feels you would be the ideal opponent. You have the qualities of Jefferson, Lincoln and Elsen­ hower. You put principle before power, the country's good before personal gain. It's all in your FBI folder." "Heck," I say blushing. "Is nothing sacred?" John Q. Citizen Bunker picks up the medicine bag and opens it. "The President has authorized me to give you $25 million in nontaxable unaccountable funds if you will run against him in the fall." I stare at the money and whistle!. "That's a lot of money, just for running for President." "We will direct your campaign for you, provide yon with speecawriters, buy television time for you, pot up bill- bo aids and lend you Lawrence Welk to warm up the crowds." "All right," I say, putting the money back in the bag. "But the day affber the election I want to go back td being just plain John Q. Citizen." "Have no fear," says Bunker, putting on his homburg and walking toward the door. As he gets into his limousine a thought suddenly occurs to me and I yell, "Hey, suppose I win?" But Bunker drives off. Apparently he doesn't hear me.

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