The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1968 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 2, 1968
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T»dv«»» Bljrthevffle (Ark.) Courier New« — Tuesday, April 8,1KB More to Worry About Than Picking Candidates (First of a Series.) By ,L. F. PALMER JR. NBA Special Correspondent CHICAGO — (NBA) —For Chicago, today's thunder is tomorrow's storm. Ominous warnings are rumbling through this city as Americans wonder what will happen in Chicago before and during the Democratic national convention in August. According to rumors, power lines to the International Amphitheater, site of the convention, will be bombed. Threats have been made by black power advocates that the city will be blacked out during the convention and that hotels will be dynamited. Police, who are not taking these warnings lightly, are even running down an underground mind-bending drug LSD will be dumped into Lake Michigan's water intake "to send the whole city on a trip." The increasing threat ol massive violence hangs menacingly over the city. What happens will have a pro- If this process (choosing a politico I party' candidate for presi' dent) is disrupted or permitted only by the weight of armed force,, the very breath of democracy will have been choked. found effect upon the future of this country. At stake is one of the most American of traditions — the peculiar ritual of choosing a political party's candidate for president. If this process Is disrupted or permitted only by the weight of armed force, the very breath ol democracy will have been choked- ' This' reporter spent weeks testing the t r o u b 1 e d waters. Blunt talks were held with antiwar protesters, bitter black militants, street gang leaders. Their views and their threats were matched against intelli- g e n c e gained by government and police agents. Traffic Threatens Cities By JACK MILLER ; Associated Press Writer ,; WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials are saying privately they believe the nation's largest cities soon will have to place harsh restrictions on when and where people can drive. Some officials suggest that entire sections of central cities will have to be placed off limits to motor vehicles. The reason: traffic congestion is threatening to choke the remaining life out of the already sick cities. Secretary of Transportation Alan S. Boyd put it this way in an interview: "There isn't enough money in the United States (to build a street and highway system) to allow everybody to go everywhere they want to at any time of the day" in and around the big urban areas. Secretary Robert C. Weaver of the Departmenl, of Housing and Urban Development—HUD —points out, however, that to question the freedom of every American to drive anywhere he wants "is politically dangerous, since each car owner—and they are legion—has already decided the answer." But many officials questioned in a series of interviews said they believe the issue will have to be faced. And soon. For despite new efforts by government and industry, they say, the gloomy prognosis is thfs: urban traffic congestion will get even worse for at least the next several years. The government, which helped bring the country to its present heavy reliance on automobiles through the federal aid highway program, now is trying to reverse the trend. It has been pouring money into existing j suggested a number of changes the cities might make to relieve regulate that parking rates be set to go up rather than down for each additional hour. Boyd stresses that his department has no intention of dictating solutions. For the next few years, he says, "We'll be trying to find out what.kind of a system of transportation people want." But much of the hope for relieving urban congestion has come to rest with alternatives to the motorcar. Of those that are known, the most discussed is rail rapid transit: subway, elevated or ground-level. Department of Transportation officials maintain that rail transit has been oversold, Row- ever. They point out that only about 15 of the nation's largest cities have the population density to make such a fixed-route system feasible. And six already have it in some form. They are New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland and Newark, N.J. But officials of HUD, which administers a new program of aid for urban mass transit, argue that more and better rail systems will go far to alleviate congestion where it is worst—in the largest cities. Charles M, Haar, HUD's assistant secretary for metropolitan development, contends that "rail systems have been undersold, if anything. The 14 or 15 cities we're talking about make up something like 30 per cent of the population of the country." Whatever the solutions, federal officials believe development of new and better means of transportation is critical to revival of the decaying cities. And they are deeply aware that they are ir. a race with the continuing flood of .people to urban Most promising of the nere- and-now idea is making better use of the ordinary bus. Researchers are trying to find ways of making the bus quieter, smoother, more attractive and more comfortable. The biggest problem, officials say, is getting people to leave their cars for a bus. In the one controlled new bus experiment to date, commuters j _ ; in Peoria, 111., took well to the' ere( j people an hour in one lane, compared to 3,000 people in cars in the same lane. To develop new systems and revitalize old ones, HUD has spent a third of a billion dollars in the last three years. So far, the federal effort has failed to halt the decline in urban transit passengers,, from 19 billion in 1945 to less than 7 billion in 1966, even though the ur^ ban population has been soaring. The conclusion is Inescapable. The fuse has been lit. Whether it will be snuffed out before the Democrats nominate their standard bearer can not be answered/ B u t these conclusions can be drawn at this writing: Up to a million persons are expected to descend upon Chicago to demonstrate in one. way or another against the foreign and domestic policies of the Johnson administration. Efforts will be made before the August convention to "heat up" the city to the point that delegates will be at least apprehensive about.coming to Chicago. The aim is to keep them away. Chicago's black ghettos are at an explosive point and street gang members, who helped keep the peace last summer, have passed the word that they won't be "bought, off" this summer. A riot could doom the convention. Antiwar protesters are hard at work organizing a national Quick Quiz Q—What has become of the transit systems to improve and| famous H °P e Diamond? modernize them. And it has begun cranking up a research program to find new ways of moving people and goods around urban areas. The aim is to develop and revive public transportation— mainly buses and trains—as a greater alternative to travel by car. Boyd, whose agency is the first ever to be given over-all responsibility for the transpor- A—One of the most famous of jewels, notoriously noted for the bad luck that followed. its various owners, the Hope was presented by a New York jeweler to the Smithsonian Institute, where it is on display. Q—Who founded the International Red Cross? | A—Jean Henri Dunant of Switzerland. The Red Cross flag, adopted in honor of Switzer- jland, is the Swiss flag with idea. But they had to be lured aboard the buses with such su- perservice as front-door pickup, hot coffee served by attractive hostesses, monthly passes ($6 to $10), home billing, guaranteed seating, paid taxicab service in i case of a bus Breakdown. Boyd, who says there is a "slow as molasses approach to new forms of (urban) transportation," has been urging cities to set aside one lane on freeways for exclusive use of Buses. Explaining the idea, yet to be tried by any city, Boyd says: "Suppose you could buy the morning paper and get a cup of coffee'on a bus that passed directly to a reserved lane on a freeway and nonstop to the city? Would you leave the car at home?" "We don't know the answer," he confesses. Though it sounds simple, the plan becomes complex because of the need to sell commuters in And HUD officials say it's going to take a lot more money —most of it local but more federal, too—to reverse the trend. While HUD-supported research has produced no single, spectacular solution, officials say a number of projects show promise. These include: gasoline-and eleetric-pow- minicar, developed by General Motors and the University of Pennsylvania, half the length of the average car. It Would seat three, and have a top speed of 60 miles per hour, cut down needed parking space by three to four times and give off only one-tenth the air pollution. —Dual-mode automobiles. The small, battery-powered vehicles would travel both on regular streets and on rail guide- ways to and from downtown. Equipped with steel flange wheels in addition to rubber tires, the cars would draw electric power from the guideways and travel in trains as close as one foot and at speeds around 40 m.p.h. The concept could be demonstrated in a few years. —Westinghouse's Skybus project near Pittsburgh. The computer-controlled, minitrain-like affair with rubber wheels runs on an elevated concrete guide- way. Federal officials say the system may prove useful for advance on the idea. Unless I medium-density cities which quite a few buses are using the. cannot support costly rail trans- reserved lane from the start, tation needs of the country, has' the colors counter-changed. HELP PUT ON THE ARKANSAS BALLOT, CALL: Joiner KE 7-4458, KE 7-4409 Etowah 531-2181 Osceola LO 3-2582, LO 3-6649, LO 3-2593 Caraway 482-3776 Keiser 526-2267, 526-2135 Manila 561-4692 Pol, Ad. Paid for by Mr. Hugh Lynn Adams SEED BEANS REGISTERED DAVIS CERTIFIED DAVIS REGISTERED HILL REGISTERED LEE BLYTHEVILLE SEED CO. PHONE PO1-6856 or PO 3-8137 people jammed in cars bumper to bumper in the other lanes simply won't stand for it. But the potential for traffic relief is tremendous. Buses it systems. For the throbbing center of the problem—downtown—federal officials have their eyes on such systems as conveyor belts, minitrains and minibuses, mon- traveling at 35 to 40 miles per orails, overhead sidewalks and hour could carry 25,000-30,000 j even moving sidewalks. -,™5T-*Tn WINNING WAYS of Debrah Ann Faubion have made her the wlnningest Junior Miss in the 11 years of the pageant. The 18-y e a r - o 1 d from Norman, Okia., won a $10,000 scholarship thai goes with the 1968 Junior Miss title, a free trip to Europe, two $1,000 scholarships from preliminary competitions and a $1,000 first prize in the hair-styling contest. She also placed third in a party-planning contest. WEDNESDAY SPECIAL FISH SANDWICH BEST BARGAIN IN BIYTHEVULE (NO LIMIT) Thii Paper For Nnt Wtdnttdoy'i Special) CONVENTION IN CRISIS coalition of more than 200 peace groups to spearhead the convention demonstrations. Coalition leaders, it was learned, are studying four possible approaches for August '68. One would be aimed at all out disruption of the convention but it has few adherents. Another plan is an electoral- alternative which would call for. the coalition to set up a counter- convention to create a peace ticket. Some planners believe peace groups should stay' out of Chicago in August. They charge President Johnson a n d the Democratic party would "welcome a bloodbath" in Chicago. Their reasoning is that law and order will be the major domestic issue in the presidential campaign and that if Democratic Mayor Richard J.'Daley uses force:to put down protesters at a Democratic convention, it will prove that the Democrats will not stand for. crime and disorder in the streets. The approach which, insiders say, has the best possibility of acceptance would; feature "disciplined, co - ordinated'demon- strations." Decentralized demonstrations would be held across the city'during the convention under this nlan. On the first day of the 'convention, protests would focus on the crisis of the cities and . dozens of demonstrations would be held at welfare offices, schools, urban renewal offices and similar locations. The convention's second day would be marked by scattered protests against the war. They would be held at induction centers, draft boards, and at the federal building. Some 50,000 persons would participate in these actions but on the day the candidate is nominated, a massive "funeral" march on the amphitheater would be held. Some half-million persons would join the pirn- cession to be climaxed by t h e< "burial of the Democratic; party." "We will be trying to conduct peaceful protests at all times," a top planner told this reporter.; "But, of course, we' will not have complete control over the; throngs." . He, admitted the possibility of .violence if _counterdemonstrat-; ers "start something". But this; is not his biggest worry. ,; "What really concerns us is that'there maybe paid provocateurs infiltrating o u r, group, hired to start trouble,"? he said. • '. If this happens, it will be; nothing new.. During cbncertecl civil rights marches in Chicago^ two summers ago, march leaoV ers had to pull a loud - mouthed agitator out of line. - He turned out to be a police-man. .;. (NEXT: How big a threat; are Dick Gregory, the hippies;; and-the yippies-) < For Little Bovs At Martins Visit Martin's large and complete Boys Department for your son's Easter outfit. You'll find a complete selection of sport coats, slacks, suits and all the accessories from size 2 to 20 in regulars, slims and huskies. Choose from famous name brand clothes at reasonable prices. Now open every Thursday night for your shopping convenience. . MARTIN'S THE STORE FOR MEN & BOYS

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