Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on April 14, 1973 · Page 4
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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation N. GREELEV (Colo.) TRIBUNE Sat., April 14,1973 P«ge4 Pause and Ponder Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that send me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but is passed from death unto life. -- John 5:24 , ' . Pablo Picasso In an editorial commenting on the death of Pablo Picasso one of the big metropolitan daily newspapers observed, "All there is to be said about Picasso was said in his lifetime." In a general sense this may be true; this 20th century genius has been more exhaustively discussed and appraised while he was alive than any other artist who comes to mind. If one wants to be literal about it, though, the statement quoted above is far from the truth. Picasso kept a vast array of his work in various media at his home in Southern France overlooking the Mediterranean. Much of it doubtless will be purchased by museums and private collectors, and in due time will be seen by critics and art historians. Until then, no final summation of his protean output since before the turn of the century will be possible. Meanwhile it can be said, as has long been evident, that besides being an artist of the very first rank Pablo Picasso was a generative and creative force whose work had an incomparable influence on the development of modern art. In very important ways, art was changed and reinvigorated by What he did and said. Both the quality and quantity of his production in painting, sculpture, engravings, ceramics and other media were factors in this impact. He was already an accomplished artist in his early teens, and he was still working vigorously on the very day of his death at 91. He was endlessly inventive, evolved new ways of seeing, and has left the world a legacy of inexhaustible riches. A deadline deferred These days many a beleaguered citizen must be muttering (in paraphase of the poet): Oh, to be in New England, now that income tax time is here! For wonder of wonders, fate has decreed that residents of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine get an extra day of grace for filing their annual income tax returns. The same goes for New York. It has all come about because of something delightful called Patriot's Day, which is a state holiday in Massachusetts. This effects residents of the other states mentioned, too, because the regional Internal Revenue Service office at An- doyer, Mass., will be closed for the holiday. This prompted authorities to give people in the area until midnight April 17 to get in their returns. Other Americans need not feel over-abused. They, too, get some respite: since April 15 falls on a Sunday, Monday the 16th is the deadline. None of which, it is true, is a bit of help in easing the pain of that final moment. Back porch death trap It seems almost incredible that after all these years of warnings, little children should still be dying in old refrigerators, but it does happen. It happened again the other day in a West Coast community: a three-year-old and her dog were found dead in one of these death traps on the back porch of the little girl's home. One might ask why a tot of that age was left unattended long enough for this to happen, but as is often the case it seems that her mother thought she was with a relative. That is not the point at issue, however. The question is: Why should a refrigerator be abandoned without removing the lock or jamming it so that it could not inadvertently latch? This is the essence of the matter. A family may be reluctant to simply discard an old refrigerator, which may still be useable as storage space or have some resale value. But there is no reason why the "sting" -- that is, the lock which may so inexorably trap a child who crawls inside out of curiosity -- should not be removed. This can be done in various ways. If it were done without fail, this sort of tragedy would be done away with. Wherever there is no law on the books to enforce this sensible precaution, such law should be enacted. Old homesteads mark end of free land era By ALLAN MAY Copley News Service NEAH BAY, Wash. -- Two miles down the trail from Lake Ozette toward Cape Alava ·-- the westernmost point in the original 48 states--hikers come to a meadowed clearing in the ancient coastal forest. Near the edge of the clearing, in a stand of shrubbery, the remains of an old shack lean shakily, its partially collapsed roof twisting awkwardly to the ground. That shack is a symbol of an American era, the free land era that formed the character of the nation, created its independent-minded people ^and shaped its institutions. The shack was part of the Lars Ahlstrom homestead. That homestead and the neighboring Roose homestead were the westernmost homesteads in the original 48 states. From a geographical standpoint, they were the end of the free land era that began in Massachusetts in 1620. The two farms were the end of the 3,000 miles of wilderness and frontier that challenged Americans for 300 years. The people who pushed the frontier across the continent were those who ventured alone into the wild land, Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Published ·very week day evening by the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. Office, 714 Ith St., Grttley, Coto., Hill. Phone 351-nn. MILDRED MANSKN Publisher LEO G. KOENIG Business M«r. JAKRESTRICKJR Clrc.Mftr. ROBERT W1DLIIND Editor A. L. PETERSEN Adv. Mgr. JAMESW.POPPE Supl. MmM-class e*slt »M il Cmky, Cel». Svbscrlptlen raft: M per month. Member of Ihe Associated Press, Cop. toy News Service, Colorado Press Assn., InloiX Dally Prut ASM., Audit lureau of Cltci.UH.OI. Iliwl t» Hit TrltwH-llemMkin Pi*. NtMlK C«. kv Oreelov !·*· trifMcilUiitoillte.SN. depending on their own strength and ability to survive and build a new civilization. To cope with their harsh environment they developed an independent character, a self-reliance that distrusted government and outside influences. On that foundation, the frontiersmen built a democratic government in which the people govern the governors and the best government is held to be the least government. Ahlstrom moved onto his place in 1902. Roose about the same time. They arrived by sea, landing at Cape Alava where an ancient Indian village still was inhabited. An Indian trail led to the tribe's fishing village at Lake Ozette where the modern road ends. The trail led past a marshy clearing formed by an ancient lake bed. Ahlstrom built his place in the clearing. Roose settled nearby. The two pioneers built cabins, barns, sheds, fences. Roose set up a one-man lumber mill. Both had cattle and other stock. They traded largely with a town that grew at Lake Ozette. Ahlstrom walked at least twice a week to the town for mail and supplies. He worked long to improve the old trail. Much of it still is covered with puncheon he put down. It is not clear when Roose abandoned his home, but Ahlstrom left his in 1958, 56 years after he arrived. A foot infection forced him to go to the nearest hospital, 50 miles away at Port Angeles. The foot healed but Ahlstrom never returned to his clearing in the forest. He died in 1960 at 88 years of age. Gradually time, nature and vandals have encroached on Ahlstrom's place. The buildings, constructed solidly with loving care, have deteriorated. All are heavily affected, some probably beyond repair. Roose's homestead, hidden from the heavily traveled trail, is less affected, but it, too, is beginning to show wear. The dirt floor of one shed shows the marks of a fire, apparently built by a camper. Fortunately the blaze did not spread to the wooden walls, Both homesteads are within the boundaries of the Olympic National Park. David Huntzinger, administrative as- sistant at the park, reports his department is gathering information in preparation for nominating one or both of the homesteads for the National Historic Register. "If they are on the register, we can get funds to protect and display the places, make sure they are not harmed, and that they are displayed so that people know how important they are," he says. Until that happens, the homesteads will remain unguarded, exposed to the elements and vandals, despite the fact they are irreplaceable symbols of the free land era that made America what it is. Last U.S. road miles disputed By L. EDGAR PRINA Copley News Service WASHINGTON -- The interstate highway system added 1,405 miles to its "open for traffic" category in 1972 and now work has been completed or is under way on 98 per cent of the 42,500-mile network. According to Secretary of Transportation Charles S. Brinegar, only 791 miles, or 2 per cent, have not yet advanced to the point where public hearings on location have been held. But these last miles may be among the hardest to travel. Federal highway bf- ficals say that 230 of the 971 miles are "in. serious dispute" and that some stretches - those in and around cities and others under attack from environmentalists -may be removed. Late in 1968, Congress added 1,500 miles to the interstate system and much of it is still in so-called "preliminary" status. Florida has 153 miles of this between Tampa and Miami and apparently is having difficulty finding a line across the state which the ecologists will support. Wisconsin has 110 miles between Milwaukee and Green Bay yet to be approved. In addition to the 34,393 miles (about 81 per cent of the system) already completed,, consturction is under way on another 3,293 miles. Commenting on the 1972 record, Brinegar said: "It reflects the Steady progress being made in constructing this, the safest and best engineered highway network in the world." Just under $50 billion has been put to work on the federal-aid interstate program since it was accelerated in 1956. Work completed since July 1, 1956, has cost $37 billion and, as of last Dec. 31. work estimated to cost $13 billion was under way or authorized. As currently designated, the system consists of 34,385 miles of rural and 8,115 miles of urban highways. Highway authorities said 27,826 miles (80.9 per cent) of the rural mileage and 6,567 miles (also 80.9 per cent) of the urban mileage were open to traffic. The original completion date for the entire interstate system was 1972, but the Nixon administration has-stretched it out to 1980. Budget authorization requests had been running close to $4 billion a year, but for fiscal 1974, President Nixon is asking for about $3.25 billion -- considerably less money and in an in 1 flationary situation to boot. The continuing program of federal aid for the improvement of federal-aid primary and secondary highway systems and their urban extensions, and the new urban system, for which $1.425 billion was apportioned for fiscal 1973, has a record of 273,226 miles of construction contracts completed or underway. Of this, 260,752 miles were completed from 1956 through last Dec. 31. The highway trust fund, which is the source of federal moneys for the federal- aid interstate and other highway programs, received $1.447 billion of tax revenue income during the three months ended Dec. 31,1972, and 73 per cent of it from taxes on motor fuel. Texas leads all states in mileage of interstate highways open to traffic with 2,559.93 while California is second, with 1,977.90 miles. Pennsylvania ranks third at 1,410.43, Ohio fourth with 1,382.19 and Illinois fifth with 1,368.28. Letters to the Tribune LWV supports flexible transportation approach To The Tribune: Last year only 32 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives kept cities who wished to do so from using a part of the Highway Trust Fund for mass transit. In mid-April the house again will consider appropriate uses of highway revenues in light of today's pollution and energy problems. Representative Anderson of California will offer an amendment from the floor which will allow up to $800 million from the $6 billion fund to be used for public mass transit on an optional bases. State and local officials thereby would be able to implement slate and local decisions rather than being frozen into freeway funding. The Senate version of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1973 has already passed and contains Ihe optional mass transit funding. If you favor this more flexible approach to transportation, please write your views to The Honorable James Johnson, 514 Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C. 2051S. The Colorado League of Women Voters seeks support for the Anderson amendment and hopes many of our congressional district will pass on similar views. Mrs. John W. Harrison, president, Grccley League of Women Voters Private -, "v ' · , \T' educational leadership I By DR. JOHN TIBBETT UNC Dept. Curriculum · and Instruction Somebody needs to inspire greatness,in our schools. It may be that private education will be able to take the needed new role of leadership in the educational domain. There is a time to emerge with' a challenge which will add a dimension gf personal will to the school scene. Facts, knowledge, the changing pragmatist, and the realist must get together with a value system which the housewife ati.d her children can use to sustain confidence in educational democracy. Considering the involvement in those other than the local community in school affairs, it may be time to ask if private education can possibly give education back to the people in the homes. Church- related schools have given great service to the nation's children. Various models of private secondary schools have been able to identify public educational trends through independent research and leadership. The private college and university is able, to design models fpr higher education to follow. Is it possible that the need for personalized student care is becoming an academic question in public institutions dealing with educational tasks? Concern for student identity awareness is a local educational need if basic skills and performance success is to be expected of students. It could be that the throttle used by public education to move the federal aid, slate accountability, and legislation along the super highway of the 20th century is in need of acceleration to support private alternative educational ideas. Private involvement might mean greater involvement by those citizens who are concerned for the future .of public economy, government, statesmanship and educational performance. The check and balance, vote, and negotiation concepts may receive a new review through private educational leadership. Private thinking may be the concept which will raise public education towards a new goal. Ideas motivated by family need to provide for the future of the young can add considerable strength .(o public education. The government of the people is public. But, the private thinking about the needs of family, community and nation may nurture some great public ideas. Why not make education family centered and private? Let local . discussions lead input into national and international status groups. Private and public educational goal? may be as separate as church and state. But, the value system of the slate must become humane to bring harmony through private learning. Public education is great. The question is can private education discover some alternatives for educational success al the local level? Today in history 2 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Today is Sat., April . 14, the 104th day of 1973. There are 261 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington. He died the next morning. On this date: In 1775, Philadelphia Quakers under Benjamin Franklin organized the first society for the abolition of slavery. In 1890, delegates (o Ihe Washington Conference of American Slates created what was to become Ihe Pan American Union. In 1912, the ocean liner Titanic struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic shoftty before midnight. The ship sank .254 hours later, with a loss of more than 1,500 lives. -'!· In 1931, King Alfonso of Spain went into exile, and the Spanish Republic was proclaimed. · .'; In 1945, in the Pacific war, U.S. B29 bombers pounded Tokyo and hit the Imperial Palace. ' '£ rfl In 1971, President Richard M. Nixah eased a U.S. embargo on trade with Communist China. ^ Ten years ago: Prince Souvaniia Phoumo of los said a cease-fire hSd been arranged between neutralist afld proCommunist forces in northeastern Laos. ;.j »* Five years ago: U.S. Marines clashiid in a nine-hour battle with North Vietnamese forces near Hue in South Vietnam. '. $ · j One year ago: Terrorists set offufl chain of explosions'across Northefli Ireland, killing several persons. '·'£ I 4 Today's birthdays: Actor jQfJn Glelgud Is 69 years old. Actress Julie Christie is 32. Aclor Rod StcleorOi 48. :- Thought for Today: The ballot; k stronger lh*n tho bullet, ' J '·i

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