Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 10, 1976 · Page 4
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Greeley, Colorado
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Wednesday, March 10, 1976
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Tribune Editorial Page Opinion - Analysis - Interpretation Wed.. March 10,1976 Pige4 9:25 Pause and Ponder For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? --Luke Regulations pad air fares Air travelers are now getting some breaks from the high fares that prevailed a year ago. Then domestic fares were up more than 20 per cent and trans-Atlantic fares up more than 35 per cent over the previous 12 months. Today most airlines have adopted discount rates offering 30 per cent off to travelers planning their trips two weeks in advance and slaying seven to 30 days. Furthermore, for the first time in 20 years, fares often vary by a dollar or so among carriers flying the same domestic routes. But it appears that the airlines could do even better in reducing their fares. The obstacle to more competition and lower rates is not created by the airlines themselves -- but the government. One who supports this view is President Ford. He feels that the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has been discouraging competition among airlines and thus encouraging fare increases. In a message sent to Congress Oct. 9, the President said: "The rigidly controlled regulatory structure now serves to stifle competition, increases cost to travelers, makes the industry less efficient than it could be and denies large segments of the American public access to lower- cost transportation. Sharing his view is the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, of which Sen. Edward Kennedy, D.- Mass., is chairman. The subcommittee issued a report calling on the CAB to relax rate procedures and liberalize air-charter rules. Sen. Kennedy has said that "...procedural reform is not enough to do the job. Rather, the CAB's problems arise in large part from a misguided effort to regulate prices in an industry where price competition might otherwise flourish. A fundamental redirection of the regulatory effort required." Administration officials who drafted the legislation to curb the CAB's regulatory powers with the idea of increasing competition say such action would lead to a 15-20 per cent reduction in fares over a five-year period, and a concomitant 20 per cent increase in passenger traffic. The government has no business curtailing business of the air lines industry. It is one of the nation's leading industries and should be allowed to make its full contribution to the economy. Moreover, the airlines are now the major means of fast, long-distance travel. This means fares should be at a level where large segments of the American public do have access to air transportation. Allowing government regulation to make Americans pay more for air fare than actually necessary is ridiculous. Editorial Samplings By United Press International San Francisco Chronkle 'Portugal to the Polls' was the'title of an editorial that appeared here about a year ago, and today we're in a position to repeat it. For the Portuguese, alarmingly wobbly though they have been in finding their way lo democratic government after their overthrow of the old right-wing dictatorship, are indeed to teve a new election on April 25, the second anniversary of that overthrow. It will be their second free election in half a century--the first was last April 25--and It is to result in the choice of a legislature, to be followed in June by an election for President. This hopeful prospect for an orderly advance toward parlimentary democracy came about last week with the agreement of the armed forces to surrender power when the legislature has been elected. The military will then, according to the agreement, return to a sideline rote of guarantor of democratic institutions. Hays ( K a n . ) Daily News President Ford joined the Presidential club the other day when he said federal impacted aid to schools is a fraud on taxpayers. So it is. Every president since Eisenhower, when the idea was born, said the same thing. The theory was that many school districts which house federal installations -- military posts, bureau headquarters, or what-have-you -- face ' an .unfair burden. They need help, they say, If they are to educate all those children of Uncle Sam. That seemed reasonable at the time. Over the year, however, impacted aid has swollen the coffers of rich school district which don't need the money, enriched partly because Uncle Sam was spending so much cash in their precincts. There also is serious question whether districts which already benefit from so much federal money are entitled to more. Congressmen are more, reluctant to lose'this federal gravy than they are to lose pos toff ices. So, the boondoggle persists, in many cases in scandalous fashion ( Two cures are possible: One. Uncle Sam could secure an ironclad guarantee from the local Chamber of Commerce that is scrambling .for a federal project that iu community won't be seeking a school handout once the base, office, or what-have-you is established. The other is to do a tough job of screening those demands for impacted aid, and weeding out, or pruning, those which are simply ridiculous. Anyone who thinks either proposition will get by porkbarrel-minded Congressmen, doesn't know many Congressmen. Wheeling (W. Va.) News- Register The growing burden of social welfare apparently is growing too heavy in England, even for the Labor Party now in power there. Britain's extensive socialist programs have beeh fundamental to the Labor party. However, the English national debt has gone from $8 billion lo $25 billion in just five years and there is a need lo draw the line somewhere. Just as municipal officials in New York City discovered to Iheir chagrin, there is an end to how big welfare programs can become. Too many, in England, to paraphrase, are living too well off too few. Today In History Econom/c perspective By Orvel L. Trainer In a series of articles to follow we will look at the set-up and operations of the Weld County Department of Social Services. This county department is one of the most interesting, and most maligned, agencies that serve the people of our county. It is interesting in that at this level of local governmental operations we can view, on the one hand, the degree of support the more affluent majority of the population is willing and able to provide for the less fortunate among as, and on the other hand, the efficiency, or lack of efficiency, with which this economic support is dispensed. The department is a subject of criticism, because, it is charged, it does notgive enough, or to reverse the field, it gives too much. Important among any Social Services department activities are those that have to do with food and any assistance necessary for its acquisition and preparation. In the years since the food stamp program began, the Weld County procedure has been streamlined. Most of the confusion and waiting has been replaced by better understanding of the program by department workers and clients alike. Where the department used to employ two workers for the food stamp program, it now employs 14. To assist in guaranteeing better communications between the department and its clients, much of the work force in the food stamp program now speaks Spanish. The Initial contact between persons in need of assistance and the department is much smoother, and develops fewer lingering hostilities, when a possible language barrier is anticipated and set aside. Aid to Dependent Children is perhaps one of the most important areas of concern for any Social Services department. Here again the need for a cross- cultural approach is great with at least 54 per cent of the recipients of children aid in Weld County made up of Spanish speaking families. As the Migrant Steam breaks up and the once highly mobile families that make up this stream permanently settle out into the county and communities, the reliance on Social Services assistance has been an important mainstay for many families in making the economic transition to a more stable life style. From the mid to late 1960s there was a boom in the Weld County case load for aid to dependent children. This increase in case load seems to have peaked in 1973. As a percent of population this group is probably decreasing, owing in part to a falling off in the size of households in the county. An area of assistance that is becoming more important in the Weld County Social Services budget is Aid to Needy Disabled'. Here the cost is increasing and the case load is rising. As this program becomes better known, its impact on the budget will increase. Other programs are growing in importance. As the population in Greeley and Weld County experiences more and . more compacting in the months and years ahead, the importance and changing nature of the Social Services Department will be fell. In a lengthy article in the Denver Sunday press. Morgan Smith, chairman of the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado General Assembly, detailed in rather graphic terms the constraints, or limitations, that face (he people of tie slate in their growing list of services demanded of the slate and of the state's limited financial resources to meet these demands. Many of the increased demands fall within the area of Social Services. Somewhere down the line, says the writer, decisions have to be made as to what services can be added, which can be discontinued. Some programs obviously will be expanded while others will of necessity be cut back. This is of course where efficiency of Operations is important. As Morgan Smith implies in his article, resources do have limits. The offices of the Weld County Social Services Department are housed currently in the Walton Building on North 11th Avenue. Upon 'visiting this new building one is reminded of the old quarters on llth Avenue, up near the old campus of the university. In the present quarters the convenience to clients has been improved, but probably at increased dollar costs to the government over the costs of the old building. It is hoped that in the new facilities the local Social Services Department will be able to provide the kind and quality of services we expect and provide them more efficiently than was possible before. In articles to follow we will look at the various segments of our Department of Social Services and see what makes Ihe department tick. The year of the moderate B y M A X L E R N E R NEW YORK CITY - Do the primaries show that the American voter is going conservative? No, but they do show that the experience of the past four years, since the traumatic McGovern-Nixon encounter, has made the voter wary of political labels and resentful of ex- tremisms and has turned him toward the center. It would take (he most massive and egregious self-deception (believe me, there are still carloads of it aruuud in Uiu press) to conclude from the first three state primaries that the American voter is enthusiastic cither for a McGovern type of liberalism or a Reagan or Goldwater type of conservative. His only enthusiasm is for nonenlhusiaslis. ff anything, this is the Year of the Moderate. + + + It has been a strange set of primaries thus far--which means they have been primaries-as-usual. After the Massachusetts results, with Sen. Henry Jackson's dramatic victory, there are three Democrats definitely in the lead. One is a blunt-spoken Swede from the Northwest, wlw knuws more about every issue than anyone except Hubert Humphrey, but hasn't had a real primary success until Massachusetts. A second is a genial, soft-spoken, self described "peanut farmer" from Georgia, who plays all the stops about being anti- Washington and an "outsider" and has used the anti-Wallace line for all it is worth. The third is a half-shot-away man, a sectional Populist of the right who has gone "national," who is waging a courageous, strong-willed campaign, but whose historical turning point didn't turn in 1972 and is most unlikely to turn in I97G. These are the Centrist and righl-of- cenler surviving Democrats. There is an unlikely fourth, a Southwestern veteran of the Kennedy crusade, a likable liberal who sees more ecological dangers with his one eye than the rest of them do with both, the only liberal survivor who hasn't been washed away by torrents of an- tilibcral spring. Finally, looming over all four, like a brooding urnuipresence in Hie sky, a Minnesotan whose vitality belies his age, whose credibility has outlasted his blunders, who wisely refuses to enter any primaries because he doesn't need their recognition factor and could only be harmed by Iheir waywardness. Henry Jackson, George Wallace, Jimmy Carter, Morris Udall, Hubert Humphrey: these are the five surviving Democrats. The others have dropped or will inevitably drop out. Those who thought Ted Kennedy might be a candidate, and others who saw Jerry Brown of Cafifornia emerging, counted on the existence of a vacuum, but it is in Ihe nature of the Democrats to abhor a vacuum. Of the five, the case of George Wallace is the most poignant. No matter how creditably he does in later primaries he won't get on the ticket, because his image has been irremediably established as a demagogue. Both Carter and Udall are, if anything, vice-presidential material -Carter Ihe more likely. They simply are not of presidential stature. + + + Which leaves Humphrey and Jackson. Complaining of the "debasement of the currency" in the traditional liberal- conservative descriptions, Jackson calls himself part of the "progressive center." The term could apply as well lo his old comrade-at-armsand political opponent. Hubert Humphrey. I happen lo regard "progressive" as a cosmetic term, but "centrist" is still useful as a correlate of "moderate." A world frame might be helpful in placing them bolh. In Germany, Jackson would be closer in his policies lo Helmut Schmidt, and Humphrey to Willy Brandt; iu England bull, v-uuld be close lu Denis Hcaley rather than to Harold Wilson; in France they would both be closer lo Giscard d'Estaing than to Francois Milterand. Jackson has the more dangerous fate ahead because he must take Ihe hurdles of the primaries, while Humphrey may yet manage lo avoid (hem. George Meany and the AFL-CIO, who are delighting in the primaries results, will have lo choose between them, but will probably favor either of them against anyone else. The key concept in all the primaries thus far is that of resentment. The voters are voting Iheir discontents, not their idealisms. They are working out their frustrations in thoir vote against the policies which they feel have gone too far in the liberal direction, hut they are unwilling lo accept a Reagan (and Gerald Ford is benefiting from the Year of the Moderate in this sense). They are looking for someone who -- in their view -- cares about what happens to them. They may even be looking for someone they can trust, who can revive some hope in them, both for Iheir personal lives and for America. Copy right 1976, Los Angeles Times By The Associated Press Today is Wednesday, March 10, the 70th day of 197C. There are 2% days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1876, the first clear telephone call was made when Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant from another room in Bell's house in Boston, saying: "Come here, Watson. I want you." On this date: In 1785, Thomas Jefferson was named the U.S. Minister to France, Greeley Daily Tribune And The Greeley Republican Published tiny week d.j evening Mond*r through Fndiy and Saturday merning by IV nbune Republican Publishing Co. OHiee, 7H athSI . Grrflr-y Coto . BM1I Phor \ I M . l J H K U HA.VilO. I . K ( K , K ' l K M ' i .1-\KKFSTIUCK .IK K n U K l i T V U N I . r v i . \ I. P K ' I K H S K V TF. Second c I'uMlSlllT I'm M«r KH-lr,' Artv Mgr .Supt. Cml.,. Colo Subtcripltenrale: 1MB per month. Member of the Associated Press, United Press International, Us Angeles Times Syndicate features, Colorado Press Assn., Inland Daily Press Assn., Audit Bureau of Circulations. Issued to the Tribune-Republican Publishing Co. by Greeley Typo- . .4. ... graphical Union No. 586. succeeding Benjamin Franklin. In 1848, the U.S. Senate ratified a treaty ending the Mexican War. In 1864, Ulysses Grant was made Commander in Chief of Union forces in the Civil War. In 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Lend Lease act, providing for transfer of military equipment to the Allies in World War II. In 1945, U.S. B-29 bombers began their first incendiary raids on Japan, setting fire to a vast area of Tokyo. . In 1969, in Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleaded guilty to the assassination of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King. Ten years ago: Crown Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands married a German diplomat, CIsus von Amsberg. Five years ago: South Vietnam claimed that a military drive into southern Laos to cut Communist supply lines had left 7.000 enemy troops dead. One year ago: Carla Anderson Hills became the third woman lo serve in the U.S. Cabinet when she was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Today's birthday: Queen Elizabeth's fourth child, Prince Edward, is 12. . Thought for today: A voter without i ballot Is like a soldier without a bullet - President Dwlght Elsenhower, 1890-1969. Bicentennial footnote: Two hundred years ago today, in besieged Boston, British General William Howe ordered that all wcolen and linen goods be shipped out by sea to prevent the material from falling into the hands of American rebels. Letters to the Tribune Religious heritage program criticized To The Tribune: The Weld County Ministerial Alliance staged a show Feb. 29 billed as a Centennial celebration honoring religious tradition in the county. Klip radio commentary Paul Harvey was the featured performer for the show, though what was used to 1 convince local churchmen, or what they used to convince themselves of his expertise in either religion or heritage seems never to have surfaced, cither in his pre- publicized publicity or in the show itself. What the audience got was a typical Harvey uninspired radio script, liberally sprinkled with ample pauses designed to give attenders time to applaud his wilicisms, none of which gave evidence of either wit or religion. There was the usual bumper sticker quote, without which a Harvey show would be incomplete. To this writer there seemed as little place for a bumper sticker quote on a program billed u dealing with "Religious Heritage," although the program was devoid of any reference to either religion or heritage. Harvey did manage lo inject his usual invective against welfare fraud. He, tike so many wealthy Americans, seems to enjoy blasting (he poor among us who chisel a few pennies in food stamps or who pilfer other bits from public welfare, but willingly ignores the massive cMt over-runs on arms, the multi-millions in welfare lavished on such giants as Lockheed, Pcnn Central, Richard Nixon, Big Oil and Grain. This is not to condone welfare fraud. It is simply to suggest that condemnation should not be limited to the poor "peanut hustlers." I would add that at least to me Feb. 29th's so-called religious show was a sorry reflection on our forefathers, our beliefs, our intelligence and our human values. Everett Shupe 184712th Avc. Tips on engaging security company To The Tribune: In visiting with clients, friends and neighbors, I'm continually asked why Greeley and the surrounding communities are suddenly being solicited by "new" private contract security companies. At this time I don't have an answer. However, in order to assist you in choosing the best qualified firm to fill your iteedt, I suggest that you ask Ihe following extremely Important questions: 1. Is your company and its employes licensed? (A city ordinance requires this.) Ask the employe to show his Security Patrol I.D. card issued by the city. Call (he City of Greeley Finance Department for verification. 2. Ask for at least three law enforcement references in your area. 3. Ask for the names of local "subscriber" references. 4. Ask for a copy of their insurance coverage. (Liability, general comprehensive.) 5. Ask to periodically visually inspect Iheir "log" which should indicate dates and times of checks. (Logs are required by a city ordinance.) G. Ask the owners, or managers, for references from law enforcement agencies as to their qualifications. If provided to you in letter form, follow it up with a phone call. 7. What kind of training do their men receive? 8. What related "professional associations" do they belong to? 9. How are their men identifiable from police-sheriff officers? 10. How are their vehicles and men dispatched? 11. Sign an agreemenl with them which shnuld indicate the number of times that your facility is checked per day, number of days per week, number of months, etc. Specify their exact duties. Some other areas o[ concern: Are services and rates for these services realistic? After being in Ihis business for quite some lime, I have discovered that it is almost impossible lo provide more than five (5) patrol checks per evening for every client or several clients. If you've been offered more than five checks per night, then you need lo reconsider the firm you're going lo do business with. As a local businessman I am concerned with the "ethical" and "practical" methods utilized in "security patrol" service. Bill Bailey Chief of Security, N.C.D.A. Inc. Greeley Student feels U.H. teams are slighted To The Tribune: What is it with the local Tribune that University High is treated second rate? Ever since we have lived here, University High has gotten the second page even when we would advance to stale. Most of the time when we do get our name in the headline, U.H. is mentioned second or last. It couldn't be because of winning seasons, because University High's record has been better than any other team in town over all in Ihe last 10 years. Some people say its because Ihe paper is delivered to a lot of Welco towns. What a poor reason! There are people in l.ovcland that probably take Ihe Tribune but do their learns get equal coverage? Does U.H. get equal covcragein the Ault, Kalon, or Estcs Park papers? It's bad enough when we get Ihe shaft from Ihe olher schools - but from our homelnwn paper? Our school is in Greelcy, too. so how abnul a (air shake? Chris Lukctich University High Student

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