Independent from Long Beach, California on August 23, 1972 · Page 27
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 27

Long Beach, California
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Wednesday, August 23, 1972
Page 27
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By IMA. COLLINS SB. L.A.C. Sagr* Burton Chace one of the finest The tragic death of Burton Chace has deprived Los Angeles County of one of the finest men ever to hold public off ice It ended a career of 39 years of public service in Long Beach and the county. During all of these years I was privileged to be his friend I never heard of any incident that in any way clouded the integrity that was so great a part of his character. My first meeting with Burton was in 1933 -- before the Independent was started. He was successful in the operation of his Chace Lumber and Supply Company which he established on his arrival in Long Beach 10 years earlier. He was active in civic affairs and was elected to the local Board of Education that year. That was the start of 39 years of dedicated public service to his eornrnuiiity as its representative for the schools -- a city councilman and mayor of the city and for 19 years on the County Board of Supervisors. . Burton had decided he should retire from public office and made the announcement early this year. He looked forward to enjoying his leisure with his wonderful wife Polly. They were to do some traveling and spend more time at their desert home at'the Sand Piper. No man in public office ever retired with more appreciation from his constituents than Burton Chace, He was an example of what the people hope for from their public officials to as great an extent as any man I have ever 'known. HE WAS NOT ONLY a kindly man. He was a strong man when it came to making decisions. Soon after his appointment to the Board of Supervisors in 1954 he was faced with making a decision that called for courage. It was on the issue of building a large civic center complex in the downtown area of Los Angeles. It had tremendous backing from powerful Los Angeles interests -- but was to be paid for by countywide taxpayers. Burton stood alone among the five supervisors in opposing the program because it was growing into a more than $100 million project for a music center -- convention hall and other public buildings. The estimated costs had skyrocketed. Chace refused to go along with the plans unless the people had the right to vote on it. He was condemned by his opponents. But his opposition stopped the program. Those opponents later offered ·to raise large sums from private contributions if the county would provide the land. It resulted in the present magnificent Music Center now enjoyed by millions of people. It was one of many projects which have been successful and needed which he was a major factor in providing with approval of the people who had elected him to office over the years of his public career. The young people who are interested in a future career in public office would be greatly enriched by a study of the life of Burton Chace and his family. They would find inspiration and comfort in the record showing how integrity, kindness, and ability gave a man and his family the respect of everyone who really knew him. The tragedy occurred less than 4 months before he was to retire. Our hearts are sad over our loss and go out to his wife and children who are deprived of his loving companionship and to those who have known him as a friend over the many years. f., w«)., INDEPENDENT (AM) PRESS-TELEGRAM (PMh*3) "You young whippersnappers behave yourse/ves w/i/Ve you're iiere, now.'" MEDICINE AND YOU By BEN ZINSER Medical-Science Editor Cities need uniform pollution controls I was talking with the head of a large manufacturing company in a large city -- both of which, I promised, would remain anonymous -- who told me that his firm had spent upwards of $10 million in the last year or so to curb plant pollution. STRICTLY PERSONAL Sydney Harris "But our competitors haven't done the same," he remarked, "and so, in a way, we're being penalized for being good citizens, and they're Golden Gleams " HATREDS are the cinders of affection.--Walter Raleigh. WHAT SO GREAT misery as to be hated, and to know that we deserve to be hated?--Adam Smith. MEN HATE more steadily than they love. -- Samuel Johnson. WE NOT ONLY love ourselves in others, but hate ourselves in others too. -- G. C. Lichtenberg. IT IS AS NATURAL to hate as to love, to despise as to admire, to express our hatred or contempt as our love or admiration. -- William Hazlitt. WE MUST HATE -- hatred is the basis of Communism. Children must be taught to hate their parents if they are not Communists. -- Nikolai Lenin. HE DIED a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor. -- 1 Chronicles 29:2B. AGE IS LIKE LOVE: it cannot be hid.--Thomas Dekker. OLD AGE consoles itself by giving good precepts for being unable to give bad examples. - · La Rouchefoucauld. OLD AGE makes us wiser and more foolish. -- John Ray. BY MY RAMBLING digressions I perceive myself to be growing old. -Benjamin Franklin. MY ONLY FEAR is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me. --Thomas Jefferson. reaping the benefit for being bad ones." "Why doesn't the city crack down on these violators?" I asked. "Because," he explained, "many of those companies threaten either to shut down or to leave the city if the strict pollution laws are enforced. And since all large American cities are worried about big industry leaving and going out ot the small communities, the city is reluctant to crackdown." "Then what good are the antipollution laws?" I put to him. "They're good laws," he said, "and there's no real reason they can't be enforced. But I think we'll need state, or regional, or federal control, to make them uniform, and to see that everybody obeys them. "You see," he went on, "the city itself is in a terrible bind. It has two opposite desires -- to keep down pollution, and to keep industry from moving away. If industry moves away, the city suffers both in tax loss and in unemployment. And if pollution continues, the more affluent people will keep on moving out to the suburbs in greater numbers." "Do you think these companies would keep their threat to close down?" I inquired. "QUITE A FEW of them," he nodded. "We happen to be a locally- owned company, and we're well- managed, so we can make a profit even with the added anti-pollution costs. But many of the others are. branches of national conglomerates, they're poorly run on a small margin of profit, and the head office might just decide to pull up stakes and resettle in some small town where their tax contribution would make the officials happy' to have them, pollution and all." "What bothers me," I said, "is that we keep talking about the need for more voice for local government, and more decision-making at the grass roots, but problems like pollution apparently can't be coped with at the local level. Too many conflicting interests are involved." "Exactly," he said. "As things stand now, you'll never have effective anti-pollution laws, because the big cities, which need them most, are also the most expensive places to do business in." Overzealous use of talcum powder may cause significant lung disease, a new case report shows. Two Chicago doctors tell of the case of the 39-year-old newspaper truck driver who died of peritonitis secondary to an intestinal disorder. Autopsy findings showed that the victim had significant pulmonary involvement, and further analysis of the lungs showed signs of talc. Interviews with the patient's family disclosed that the man had used talcum powder in an extraordinary manner for 20 years. He had used talcum powder at least twice daily. And in the last four years of his life he had dusted himself liberally at least four times a day following frequent baths taken to relieve his recurrent abdominal pain. Nightly, he also dusted his bed sheets with large quantities of talcum powder. He did so to such an extent that his wife refused to sleep in the bed because of the dust and odor of the scented talcum. The report is in the Journal of the American Medical Association. A device that gives natural lungs a rest can maintain severely ill patients with respiratory distress for up to nine days. The instrument, which assists the heart and lungs, is known as the Bramson lung, named for its designer, Mogens L. Bramson, an engineer. Although the device warms blood and enriches it with oxygen, 50 to 60 per cent of the patient's blood can still be pumped by the natural heart. The patient thus retains his natural pulse. Dr. J. Donald Hill of Presbyterian Hospital of Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, says the Bramson lung buys time fpr damaged lungs to heal. Standard heart-lung machines may lead to blood damage when used for longer than six hours, ac- cording to a report in Medical World News, newsmagazine for physicians. A drug called fenfluramine may aid in the treatment of "speed freaks," believes a Cornell University researcher. Harvey J. Berger, a senior biology student at Cornell University, reports that the drug blocks the effects of amphetamines -- pep pills -under certain conditions. This blockading action, he believes, may make the drug an effective approach to treating chronic amphetamine abusers, also known as speed freaks. Fenfluramine is widely used in certain countries as an appetite suppressant. Plans are being made to test the drug's effects on a group of hardcore speed freaks at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Baltimore. Berger made his report to a meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Soliloquy bq Hitfo BY THE TIME FISCHER AND SPASSKY TO\SH THEIR TOURNEY.. ..."THE WHOLE WORLD WILL BE CONSIMED VJlTH.. ...CBESS PAINS! GEORGE ROBESON Next time, I'll take my doctor with me ALL I WANTED to do was make a Spider That Ate San Luis Obispo (a telephone call, and I was in the best forthcoming movie), and they nailed place on the North American Conti- me twice in each leg, once on my nent to do it. I was in Pea Soup waist and once in another place. I'm Andersen's, a tourist stop. The book sure it was that other place that of matches you find on your table caused all the swelling in lymph will tell you that Pea Soup Ander- glands I didn't know I had. sen's, in the town called Buellton I was able to walk on all fours, which would not exist at all if the which is the way I entered the fabu- restaurant wasn't there, is 294 miles lous and world famous telephone from San Francisco, 185 miles from room at Pea Soup Andersen's the Salinas, 44 miles from Santa Barba- only public telephone booth between ra and 140 miles from Los Angeles. Paso Robles and Santa Barbara. As it happens on so many sets of matchbooks you find around the na- IF I WANTED an appointment tion, there is no listed mileage to with a doctor in Cleveland, I could Long Beach. That was okay, because have made the call. Davenport, I knew where Long Beach was, and Iowa, was a cinch, as was Biloxi, didn't want to call there anyway. I Miss. But in the fabulous and world wanted to call Santa Barbara, just famous telephone room at Buellton, 44 miles away, the only real city in there is no telephone book for Santa that part of the Calif ornia coastline. Barbara, or nearby Solvang, or I said that I was in the best place Buellton itself, for that matter, on this continent to make a call to It cost me 40 cents to call Santa anyplace, and that is so, because the Barbara and declare an emergency, telephone room at the pea-palace after hassling for five minutes with features all the telephone books for the information operator. For a all the cities you might have called dime and no hassle at all, I could sometime but didn't want to. have called my Aunt Nan in Brooklyn who would have told me to take IN THAT ROOM, you will find two aspirins, a slug of Irish whiskey telephone directories for all five bor- and call her in the morning if I was- oughs of New York City. You can n't better, which I would have been, call relatives, friends, or total strangers in Jackson, Miss., or Jack- BOY, SOME VACATION this has sonville, Fla., or Buffalo, N.Y., or ei- been. I recommend the village of ther one of two Kansas Cities, or Cambria Pines as a spot to relax in, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, New Or- but don't sit down anyplace. And I leans, Colorado Springs, and some of recommend Pea Soup Andersen's as the most out-of-the-way spots you a great place from which to place might imagine but your friends telephone calls, as long as they're wouldn't tell you about. not local. And I recommend the I wanted to call Santa Barbara, Long Beach area as a good place not but there wasn't any telephone book to go away from, in case you get for that city. I needed two things in side or die or anything important Santa Barbara: I needed a motel like that, room for the night and a good doctor · for the day, because I had been at- BEYOND THE STABLE STATE. tacked by insects in the primeval By Donald A. Schon, Random House, forests of Cambria Pines south of $7.95. San Simeon. Schon presents an intriguing I want to tell you about that, be- thesis: that the stable state belongs to cause my old friends won't listen to the past and that nostalgia for it is me when I start the story. They bootless. He argues that we must wander out the door toward the com- develop institutional structures and bination liquor- and-grocery store on an e thic of change. The author under- the corner and never come back. stands both philosophy and systems I had found a dandy fallen pine analysis, but the work suffers from tree in the forest, just sitting height,, the simplifications resulting from the and began whittling a stick I had f ac t that the book is addressed not to picked up along the trails that jig- the scholar but to the general reader, sawed through the woods. I was at- it j s certainly clear, however, and lacked by chiggers, or ticks, or The many wUl find it convincing.--L. Best of Press MOST PEOPLE don't have to be led into temptation -- they find their own way. -- Transcript, Boston. IF YOUR conscience won't stop you, pray for cold feet. -- Nonpareil, Council Bluffs. MAN IS like a lamp wick -- trimmed lots of tunes before he gets the right flame. -- Mainsheet, Bainbridge. A TOTALITARIAN state is one where everything is compulsory that is not forbidden. -- Pourquoi-Pas, Paris. CONCEIT is a queer disease. It makes everyone sick except the fellow who has it. -- Grit. RADICAL: A person who can outtalk you on any subject. -- Pilot, Brunswick, Ga. THERE IS NO satisfactory substitute for brains, but silence does pretty well -- Missile, Red Bank, N.J. New Buick Electros are priced lower* here this summer than last year. Because of the Federal excise tax repeal. Buick prices are tower' this summer than last, based on a comparison of manufacturer's suggested retail prices now and a year ago. This summer your Buick dealer is dealing like never before-on all Buick models. Electros, Rivieras, Centurions, LeSabres and Skylarks. He has a good stock of new cars for you to pick from, and he's offering high summer trade-in allowances. He's out to break sales records. So what*s In It for you? Simple. The best deal youVe ever had on a new Buick. Now, wouldn't you really rather have a Buick. "When the government eliminated the Federal Excise Tax on new cars, the prioo of eve*v r«w «72 Buic* and an/ option you might odd was reduced Price differences based on o comparison of Manufacturer;, suggested retaR prices for May 1.1971. and the present. These prices include dealer new vehicle preparation cnarge. State and local taxes, destination charges, options and accessories ore additional.

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