Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on March 8, 1974 · 14
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A-14 Journal and Courier, Lafayette, Ind., Friday, Man Politics and Public Affairs .... : A ' VVr p I V hr f 1' 5 XOJLoJJ-OLJLaJL Journal and Courier IN OUR OPINION Profit in Service North Central Airlines, whose burgeoning business in cultivation of frequent serviqe to varied points in its upper midwest service area other airlines have reason to envy, is reporting growing profits from rendering this service. After reporting an outstanding year in 1973, with a $6.4. million net on a $127 million gross-despite fuel shortages and rising costs, and maintaining an almost undiminished service level-North Central approached completion of a first quarter of 1974 with expectations of new record profits. Business is up 7 to 9 against forecasts of only 3.5 growth. - This, despite the fact that the first quarter usually is a poor one for the airline and other, larger airlines are reporting shrinking business and growing losses. ' North Central president Bernard Sweet attributes his airline's success and prospects to the very circumstances in which other lines only see gloom: the pinch of the energy crisis. He said his airline already is seeing sharp increases in airline use for the 100-to 250-mile trips that were made by car. Reduced road speeds, the fuel pinch, and rising gasoline prices, he thinks, all are working for North Central. That is, of course, because North Central is working for the people who live in tfiese off-trunk-line cities and who need to make inter-city trips in their region as well as to be ferried to trunk points for major flights. North Central has been working counter to the trend we have been seeing of reduction or elimination of shorter inter-city flights, substitution of only trunk service, and sharp reduction of numbers of flights and destinations. But North Central's profits are going one way, and the profits of these other lines are going the other. That is a sharp recommendation for restoration of frequent flights, varied destinations, and intensive regional service. We need it. And, according to North Central's experience, the airlines need it. Our. community can only hope that North Central's experience of profit from lots of good regional service rubs off on others to local benefit. The times, the needs, and the opportunities demand it. ing the Faith The federal Highway Trust Fund's very name rings burglar alarms when people try to tap it for other purposes. The money from the federal gasoline tax is collected and held in trust for road programs. Yet needs are pressing people in government to advocate diverting some of the money to build and improve public transit systems. It seems to us that there are implied promises in collecting the. taxes and putting them in the trust fund that cannot be violated. Any dollars collected under the present understanding and held in the fund can't rightly be diverted without a serious breach of faith. We strongly support the underwriting of public transit, believing it to be increasingly necessary. But we see no reason why that support cannot be collected, banked and spent openly, under its own good name. If, on a certain date, Congress were to terminate the Highway Trust Fund and supporting tax, let it be exhausted, and replace it with charters for Highways AND Public Transit and a division and dedication of the taxes to match, both jobs could be done and the faith could be kept. Journal and Courier THE JOURNAL FOUNDED 1829 BERNARD P. LYONS Editor Member of the Gannett Newspaper Group THE COURIER FOUNDED 1831 Merged Jan. 2. 1 920 EDITORIAL BOARD GREGORY L. DELIYANNE, Publisher PAUL N. JANES GEORGE W. LAMB Associate Editor Editorial Page Editor xPlan' Is Longest Enemies List By LARRY SCHUMPERT Staff Political Writer If Watergate represents an attitude toward politics that says, "You're either with us or you're not worth kicking," then the Watergate approach has already shown up in Indiana politics. It runs throughout the "master plan" that's been blamed on Secretary of State Larry Conrad and his staff. Had the people who wrote the master plan ever come into real power, they would have drawn up an "enemies list" as long as the Frankfort phone directory. "Remember '72," they said of the Democratic leadership in St. Joseph County, "and cut their throats after we win in 76." "He is dangerous," they said of the mayor of South Bend, Jerry Miller, "because he doesn't realize his limitations." And of former governor Matthew Welsh, they concluded, "an old man with little transfer strength. Bury him, alongside Branigin." There is another Watergate aspect to the report, which deals mostly with Democrats and leaves few of them standing. It is the incriminating references ' to using Conrad's office for political scheming as much as for the conduct of state business. That part of the report has Democratic leaders more upset than the inside gossip. "We can and must keep at least half our staff active in the political work that must be done," it says, "and the rest running the office. The public could care less." "There are inherent dangers in using state - V Sch'imoert payroll funds for political employes,'' it says at another point. "We will take these risks,, as basically the public expects this." So much for their view of the public. Their view of a few important Democratic politicians is almost as cynical. Most surprising of all is the hostile attitude toward Sen. Birch Bayh, with whom Conrad once worked. Whoever wrote the master plan last summer thought a third term for Bayh was "in great jeopardy." He was likely, they said, to lose by at least 50,000 votes, although no one at the time knew who Bayh's opponent would be. Conrad, they added, "must be the .only Democrat survivor in 1974." Of more concern to them, however; was Sen. Vance Hartke, who doesn't come up for re-election until 1976. "Hartke is through," the report says, "but will never admit it. "He can't ever win again, but can do a lot of damage to our enemies." The master planners hadn't figured out how to dispose of Hartke by the time they reached the end of their report. They were concerned that Congressman Lee Hamilton would knock him off in the Democratic state convention,-leaving a party split that would be "catastrophic." In that event, they said, Hartke might run as an independent. Lee Hamilton, they feared, "would bring out the worst in Hartke." The report's inability to find a serious weakness in State Democratic Chairman Gordon St. Angelo, despite a valiant effort to do so, has led some Democrats to suggest half-jokingly that St. Angelo was the man behind the master plan. "St. Angelo has taken a group of very average politicians," it says of the state central committee, "and made them into an effective unit." And at another point it says, "He perhaps is the most intelligent politician in Indiana, but not smart enough to realize he could be our strongest opponent if he ran for governor himself. He has many friends who were once enemies of his. None of us want him in our group, because he would shortly be running it." No one, however, is treated more scornfully than the local Democrats who were given an entry in the report. Down to the precinct leaders, they are shown only contempt. "Larry must be continuously careful," the master plan says, "not to allow this low quality leadership to rub off on him." "Nasty tongue," it says of a Democrat in Carroll County. "Not ours, but don't know who owns him." "Perhaps the worst we have," it reports on one county chairman, "but must protect. He is the bottom of the barrel, but we have nothing else." And under Tippecanoe County it reads, "The Purdue liberals are worth only peanuts to us, and no use other than delegate and vocal support." In the section on financial sources there is this entry for an Elkhart fund-raiser: "He can hardly speak English, but knows where the banks are." In Benton County there is "nothing to be had." And a Boone County man with gambling connections "could be our entree to that huge source of funds." -- Conrad himself has been almost silent since the report was disclosed last November. On Thursday he said he was trying to "put something together" in the way of explanation, and that there are "some basic decisions to be made," including whether to run again this year. -.'! . "We are not responsible for it," he said of the master plan, "and we don't know who is." Will he eventually have something to say about the plan that has other Democrats trying to decide his political future? "You betcha." FOCUS ON DADS IN THE KITCHEN- Cake No Winner, But It Was Good! By BYRON PARVIS Staff Writer Trying to decorate a cake for a Cub Scout father and son cake baking contest while listening to a triple overtime game involving the home team can be quite a hassle. But that was the chaotic scene in our home recently. First of all, I'm not a baker. That fact was established early in the game when I attempted to mix the cake batter. The instructions on the box said to separate the whites of two eggs and add the whites to the. mix. That sounded simple enough. But my breaking two eggs into a bowl brought howls of laughter from my wife, who just stood by to make unkind comments. Undaunted, I started to pour the batter into the cake pans. My wife broke her hands-off 1 Parvis rule long enough to warn me that I should use a little shortening and flour on the pans. Said something about the cake sticking. . I tried it, and by golly it worked. The fun part of the whole project, of course, was to be the decorating. We decided to make an Indian totem pole with Cub Scout faces stacked up on it. The pole was easy. All we had to do was cut out pieces of cake and stack them without too much leaning. It worked. In fact that was one of the few things that did. Now, it was time for the icing, which we colored with flashier effects on the kitchen than on the cake. At this point, I had to sign a pledge to the audience to clean up the kitchen before being allowed to proceed. Along about this stage, the first overtime started. While my attention was occupied by that excitement, my son picked up the cake decorating thing (it must have a name) and tried to make the first face. Gloop! Back from having my ear pressed to the radio, I decided to try my hand at it. Again, gloop! By now, Purdue and Iowa were into the second overtime and I had succeeded in getting one face on the pole completed. I stood back and decided it was the best we could do. I took on the second face just as the basketball game was going into the third overtime and finished the last by the time the game was over. I was getting faster, if not better. We had passable faces stacked the height of the pole. The next evening we took our pride and joy to the contest. Our cake didn't win, but when they were auctioned, my son felt too strongly attached to our cake to let anyone buy it. So we bought the cake. It was a little sad cutting it. It was, after all, our masterpiece. But, zip, and it was gone . . . and not bad, either. The Boilermakers were quick to avenge their triple overtime loss to Iowa, but I, for my part, decided just to roll with the punch. It's just as well, unless there's a pie contest, some day. That might just be more my style. Photos by Laser Latest Thing Out - ROBERT C KRIEBEL Metro Editor By BERNARD P. LYONS Editor of the Journal and Courier Back in 1935 the Associated Press launched its Wirephoto network, a revolutionary development of the day that permitted the transmission of pictures" by wire. Early thisvweek, the AP announced that it has awarded contracts for manufacturing its new, equally rev olutionary Laserphoto news picture system. In the mid-30s, long before television, the idea of moving a photograph over miles of wiresas Wirephoto did-was a radical one. And the perfection of the system, and its subsequent extension to all Darts of the globe, enabled news- ixxyci a iu (juuiiau pictures that were truly NEWS pictures, trans mitted in minutes from the scene of news happenings. After World War II, the equipment for. receiving such Wirephotos in newspaper photo departments (where they had to be developed and printed much as regular photos did) was streamlined by replacing the wet darkroom process with facsimile reproduction. Under the name Photofax, these, dry-paper Wire-photo receivers became standard in most newspapers over the ensuing quarter-century. In recent years, a higher quality photo receiver was introduced which delivered glossy prints automatically from the Wirephoto network,' but its wet chemical process required constant maintenance to avoid breakdowns. '- . The Associated Press meanwhile pressed its search for a. better method of trans-mitting-and receiving-better quality pictures Within the last year or so, an AP development team in cooperation with scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, per fected the Laserphoto. Essentially, the Laser-photo system uses the laser to scan a photograph at the transmitting end of a Wirephoto hookup, translating various shades of lightness and darkness in the picture into sound levels that are transmitted on the wire. At the receiving end, a reverse process takes place. But here, the laser projects the various white, gray and black values directly onto a special dry photographic print paper, yielding a high quality photoprint that needs no further processing. In the daily operation of the' Wirephoto net-, work, which links AP newspapers' with the AP's New York photo desk, with their regional and state AP bureaus (and with each other), the new Laserphoto system means that hundreds of Wirephotos will be delivered cut, stacked and ready for newspaper selection and use. AP's timetable calls for replacing all present Wirephoto equipment in member newspapers within the next two years-at a cost of $6.1 million for the equipment manufacture, plus substantial further costs in shipping, installation and technician training. Once all AP photo members are equipped with the new Laserphoto- machines, AP will be able to change the transmission method from sound levels to number values, again significantly enhancing photo quality. This means that a number value is assigned each tone from black through all the grays to white, transmitted by wire as a number, then reassembled at the receiving end to provide a copy with 100 per cent of the tones, therefore the quality, of the original photograph. All this electronic and laser wizardry is all very well and good, you might say, but what does that mean , to me? Simply that you, as the reader, will get better quality pictures in your paper. It means that advances in printing quality won't outrun the means of delivering better quality photos of events across the state, across the nation or across the world. Lyons OUT OF THE PAST Landgzebe in '64 Governor Race 10 YEARS AGO TODAY (In the Lafayette Journal and Courier) State Sen. Earl F. Landgrebe, R-Valpa-raiso, conceding that he faces' "an uphill fight," announced he is going after the Republican nomination for governor. 50 YEARS AGO TODAY (In the lofoyette Journal and Courier) West Lafayette high school's hard fighting, clever basketball team won its first sectional basketball tournament in Memorial gymnasium Saturday night by defeating Mbntmorenci, 21 to 14, thereby completing a series of upsets which dotted the tournament play almost from the start of the first game. Lineup of the West Side team included Smith, Jamison, Cooper, Wilson, Howard. 100 YEARS AGO TODAY (In the lafoyerte Daily Journal) The Temperance meeting at the Ninth Street Methodist Church last night: The object of the meeting was to form a temperance league. Rev. Dr. Godfrey was called on and said: "The gospel does not. reach the whisky sellers and drinkers because they do not come under the influence of preachiug; they are either in their saloons or sleeping off the effects of a debauch on Sunday, and the only way to reach them is to carry the gospel to them ii i " - i -- - - - - i - - -

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