The Daily Times from Salisbury, Maryland on March 25, 1968 · 4
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Salisbury, Maryland
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Monday, March 25, 1968
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THE DAILY TIMES Published by The Salisbury Timet, Inc., at Timet Square S. Division and Upton Sts., Salisbury, Maryland 'Don't Tell Me Your Troubles!' Page Four Monday, Mar. 25, 196S They've Earned It Six candidates are running for three vacant teats on the City Council here Tuesday. Three are Democrats and three are Republicans. The campaign has been lack-lustre and almost devoid of public interest Three of the candidates are incumbents, and so in a sense, they run on their record. Two are Democrats and one is a Republican. Of the other three candidates who seek to sit at City Hall, one is a Democrat and two are Republicans. All six candidates are capable people. We think that it's fine that Salisbury has six men of this calibre to seek public office. For that reason, our inclination is to let the voters decide. It's a healthy situation. Any of the candidates can do a capable job. Three of them, of course, have already shown that they can. W. Paul Martin Jr., the presi dent, and his Democratic cohort Robert A. Powell, have been a part of the City Hall look for several years. There has been progress. Then there's the minority member, Harry 0. Fullbrook, a Republican of considerable skill and knowledge in the ways of local government. His presence on the board has ser-, ved a useful purpose in keeping active the two-party system. Sometimes one man can keep several others from being carried away. The three challengers for the seats are H. Raymond (Ray) Landon, C. Douglas Sergeant Jr. and Frank P. Maher, the latter the Democrat. They are good men. Nothing has been injected into the campaign, however, to challenge the argument that those in office have earned another term. For that reason, our vote would go to them Martin, Powell and Fullbrook. Turn Out Some Lights We have some advice for President John-ion. Turn out some lights, sir. ' We're not kidding. We assume you're not kidding, either, with your hard talk about austerity. Austerity ..." That's what the other fellow Is supposed to practice when the going gets rough. But the other fellow's austerity isn't enough to help the United States out of the hole it's in. Everybody must give up something, or faith in the long-term value of U.S. dollars will keep on crumbling. Austerity must start in the White House. We are kidding about turning out lights. But we're serious about believing the American people need to see austerity at the top before they can get into the. spirit of austerity at the bottom. We need to see President Johnson cracking the whip over log-rolling legislators until it will be political suicide for them to trade costly favors while blaming everything on him. President Johnson should quit talking about barrelling ahead with the welfare state as if nothing had happened. He should make no further mention of the wondrous things he wants to do to help his fellowmen until he has convinced money vultures abroad and at home that the dollar is a good bet. The president ultimately should go the whoe way and talk to us like a Dutch uncle about the welfare state sales pitch that has been the Democratic party's vote-getting gimmick for the last third of a century. He should explain that unrestrained welfarism, which eventually turns into a political stunt of salving every social hurt with poultices of other people's earnings can undermine the value of U.S. dollars. In one way and another, Mr. Johnson needs to re-establish the relationship he had with us in 1964 when "frugality" was one of his favorite words. We're not sure he really meant it, but it made a fine impression at the time and it carried him to a landslide victory at the polls. The American people will do what is necessary when they are convinced it is necessary. But it is tough to sell austerity to the rank and file while top leadership throws money around like drunken sailors on shore leave. Leadership must come from the White House at a time like this, or it cannot come from anywhere. Turn out some lights, Mr. President ... figurately speaking. Convince us you believe in "austerity," which is only a way of stabilizing the dollar and proving the welfare state can't do here what it has done in Britain. Repulsive Army Display What next? A U.S. Army display in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago permits a visitor to climb into a Huey helicopter and fire electronic machineguns Into a mockup of a Vietnamese village. A direct hit is recorded by a bright burst of light simulating a fire and explosion. A fun-and-games approach to the Vietnam tragedy is out of step with the current of anguish pulling at the heart of America. It is shocking even to hardened human sensibilities that such a display would be included in a U.S. Army exhibit of weapons used in Vet-nam. Will the next' display borrow the carnival shooting gallery idea and replace the moving bear target with a Viet Cong that turns around and runs the other way when a direct his is recorded? Has the American sense of proportion about death and destruction gotten so far out of kelter that displays permitting civilians to get a feel of the almost real thing will be accepted by the public without a protest? We don't think so. We believe there are many Americans who share with us a sincere hope that the Army will fold its exhibit tent and steal quietly away. Anyone who wants to know what it feels like to shoot up a Vietnamese village can ask a returning American serviceman. They have the full story. " Airplane 'Drivers' On Spot Airplane "drivers" are being pushed into the same kind of hurly-burly that has been upsetting auto drivers in recent years. Aviation accidents, like highway accidents, are blamed on human error, which is well and good. But when human error, to turn, is blamed on failure to require periodic reexamination of drivers, that is not all well and good. It discriminates against drivers on physical grounds without taking into account the factor of judgment Highway accidents are not caused primarily by aging drivers whose eyesight and reflexes are below par but by perfect physical specimens who lack good judgment. Good judgment also is developed by airplane "drivers" as the years pass and they learn what not to do and what needs to be done in tight situation. They are reported to be upset over the notion of harassing them on a basis of their advancing age all, of course, in the name of safety. They should be upset What would make sense would be to separate commercial and private air tragedies. Com-' mercial pilots must undergo periodic physical examinations and tests of their proficiency. They are the professionals of the booming aviation industry, the ultra-skilled operators. Nonprofessionals should not be required to match them to skill There should be as much separation as possible in the use of airports in congested areas. Commercial aviation should not be expected to compete with noncommercial planes for air space In the vicinity of busy airports. It would make no sense for Sunday drivers to compete with professional racing drivers on auto speedways, and It will make no sense eventually for occasional pilots to be mixed into the melee of commercial aviation at major airports.. Thoughts So put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander. I Peter 2:1. Truth win rise above false-hood as oil above water. Miguel Cervantes, Spanish aove-list By DICK MOORE Editor of The Times Up in our neighboring state of Delaware, the State Senate's committee investigating welfare is looking to make some changes in the system. Says the chairman, Sen. George A. Rob-bins of Milford, the Welfare Department "has . about 500 pages of regulations and you could find something in there to get away with almost anything." In our own State of Maryland, it was reported that about 3,500 illegitimate children were added to the state's welfare rolls last year. The problems of illegitimacy, plus the ' problems of dependent children whose fathers have left them for one reason or another, are becoming massive, indeed. The attitude of the people who administer welfare is simply this: the children are there and they must be cared for. No humanitarian can quarrel with that What needs to be done is steps taken to arrest this trend. There are many women who have children simply to get the welfare allotment Some Idea of the enormity of the growing welfare problem can be seen in a recent Delaware story In which the mother of 13 children got about $500 monthly through welfare. She ran up a bill of $200 at a country grocery store. A welfare case worker had even signed an "IOU" to the effect that the welfare client would pay her bills at the store on certain dates of the month. " The welfare client was evicted from her government-owned housing for failing to pay the rent, and moved to another county out of reach of the storekeeper and the local welfare agency. The storekeeper's still trying to collect from the welfare department People Patter I Can you imagine packing all of the 66 uniforms and 66 band instruments in one hotel room? It happened in New York at the King Edward where the Laurel High School band went to dress before the St Patrick's Day parade. Virginia (Mike) Barton editor of the State Register at Laurel, describes the amusing incident in her report of the band's trip. Mike headlined the story "New York Greets Laurel Band." And, she couldn't help but give her readers a heart tug with her description of the proud march of "the crisp red and white uniforms . . . looking like a million dollars." ... A Delmar native, Joseph B. Rutmayer, has been awarded a Gold Medal Seal of Excellence by the 1967 Art Directors Club of Philadelphia. It is for his outstanding creation and photography of an executives button promoting "Newsweek" ' as being open-minded about news of the world . . . Toastmaster Alvin Benjamin at the recent downtowners dinner told one on himself. He said he spotted a beautiful little . girl in his store one day. He said she was so pretty a child that he was moved to exclaim, "Why, Hello Sweetheart" The little girl who was under school age, replied, "No thanks, I'm just looking." . That was a quick trip to the West Coast last week for Norma Wright and Nannette Shirley of the Truitt Travel Agency. They jetted to San Francisco for two days there, followed by another day in the Los Angeles area where they were feted by the board of directors of Disneyland. The trip was part of United Airlines' program for travel agent people . . . Mrs. Kathryn Savage Johnson, ' in-service coordinator and instructor at the Eastern Shore State Hospital, Cambridge, had an article "You Hold The Key" published in a recent issue of "Bedside Nurse", official organ of the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses ... School employes from superintendents right on down are not protected by law suits and can be sued, F. Ntel Postethwait, superintendent, has warned the Caesar Rodney School Board. He said the information came from the attorney general's office in response to a question on sovereign immunity. The board is looking into insurance for such eventualities. ... Bill Engel, a Snow Hill High School junior, is a winner in Time Magazine's current affairs contests . . . The Berlin area has plenty of Girl Scout cookies. Seems that the initial order of 70 boxes turned out to be 70 cartons which is 840 boxes ... Joe N. Valliant Jr., former editor df the Laurel State Register and Federalsburg Times and staffer for the County Record at Centre ville, married Doris Rath Smith in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 24. They'll live in Houston. "That rock and roll singer with the electric guitar has a right to sing loud. There's a short circuit in his instrument" Information About THE DAILY & SUNDAY TIMES Turn LMO. The Dalle Times U published mty sjssaa csJwrSaVDd TheSunti.y Time. is pushed Cir. s.mdiT t m Upton Street. Salisbury. Mrr- UaryUnd SUl. . ... MEMBER of Th Aeaoctatad PrM. foe,"r awsiualvaly to the ase ft pubuV SttoH lu toJlocil printed tnla newap. peTes well aa all AP new dispatch. NATIONAL ADVERTISING ''".r" son Culieo. loo, IH Tnlrd " Haw Sort City. M.S. WOll. MEMBER Amartcaa Wwapapar Publishers ocianon. Southern Newspaper AawcUnoa and dit Bureau ol emulation. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Br aarrtar par week M centi- by mall on the Oelmarva Peninsula 0.u per year; elsewhere in United State. SiS.OO per yw. 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He will rely instead on the development of public opinion between now and Aug. S, when the Republican National Convention meets. He will make a series of speeches on "national and International Issues." Gov. Rocklefeller was asked at his news conference if he now was saying that he does not "want to be President of the United States." He answered: "No, I did not say that I think any citizen would like to (be President) If he feels he can be of service." Mr. Rockefeller concedes that Richard Nixon is ahead "at this time." The New York governor says, therefore, he will not divide the party by seeking delegates in the various primaries still to be held. He openly asserts, however, that, if the convention itself calls him "to serve it and the nation," he stands ready to accepfthe nomination. The governor promises to do everything In his power to maintain harmony within -the party and to coordinate its efforts. He declares that he will spend most of his time on "the issues and the platform positions of the Republican party, speaking on those and working with the party on those." MR. ROCKEFELLER expresses the hope that the Republican platform will "reflect the realities of the world in which we live" and give "constructive alternatives to the present administration." This is broad enough to cover almost everything. But it indicates ' an intention to vote his own convictions and assumes that, if the country agrees with his views, the Republican party may decide to "draft" him as the man who could, best carry out the policies proposed in the platform. Mr. Rockefeller will make a number of speeches in the next four months. He will not have to travel any great distance in order to reveal his views. In fact, he could make all his addresses in his own state, and they would be read by the people of the country, particularly if he presents per- , suasively a dissent from the Johnson administration. Mr. Nixon may or may not agree with some of the points made by Mr. Rockefeller, but certainly the constructive debate between these two leading Republicans will be in sharp contrast to that which has been going on among the adversaries inside the Democratic party.- The purpose of the Rockefeller effort is to win public opinion not only inside the Republican party but among voters generally. This kind of tactics means that, if by chance he is drafted at the Republican convention, he will have attracted substantial support also in the independent group which will have a decisive voice on election day. THE ROCKEFELLER strategy gives every evidence of having been carefully thought out It received before hand the unanimous approval of his advisers. Richard Nixon obviously had the lead among the state delegations and could not be displaced merely by a victory obtained by the New York governor here and there in the primaries. It became necessary, therefore, to address the whole country Republicans and Democrats " and independents. Under the American system of government, the processes of public opinion are considered to be vital in shaping national and international policies. Unfortunately, the convention system is not necessarily responsive . to public opinion. Delegations are often controlled by party bosses. Presidential - preference primaries are held in only 11 states. So. Gov. Rockefeller is trying the other course now an appeal directly to the American people in the belief that, if they agree with his ideas, Republican delegations will be urged to "draft Rockefeller." Veteran politicans are skeptical about the success of such a course. They believe that v the delegate system will still dominate and that the party platform will be written by a few influential Republicans in Congress and some of the governors. If this happens and the New York governor's views are well received, he may have in mind the possibility that, if President Johnson is re-elected this time, there will be a real opening for Net son Rockefeller in 1972. Curb Car Theft Temptation By DON OAKLEY - If the automobile industry racked up even a 10 per cent increase in sales in one year, company executives would blow their minds. Yet in one "industry" in which the automobile figures prominently, 1967 registered a 20 per cent increase over 1966, and a more than 100 per cent increase over 1960. The industry is car theft The National Automobile Theft Bureau has just reported that 651,700 cars were stolen in 1967. That's better than one every minute of every hour of every day. They represented an estimated value in excess of $650 million more than the value of all other larcenies combined. Although the recovery rate of stolen cars has been more than 90 per cent, there is little comfort in that statistic. Many cars tre found . seriously damaged; others are stripped of components and accessories, often right down to the sheet metal , . .ACTUAL DOLLAR cost cf automobile thefts is placed at over $100 million, which is ultimately borne by everyone, either in direct losses, higher insurance premiums or in creased taxes to pay for police, court and prison expenses. But the highest cost to society, in the opinion of law enforcement and penal authorities, is the fact that some SO per cent of the persons arrested for auto theft are under the age of 18. Whether for a thrill, a joy ride or stripping for financial gain, the first theft by a juvenile is often the prelude to a career of crime. An unknown number of youths eventually graduate into the class of hardened adult criminals who account for the other 50 per cent of car thefts and who steal cars either for profit or for use in connection with other crimes. There is little the public can do about professional car thieves, who have Ingenious meth ods of transporting and , disguising cars, switching serial and motor numbers and counterfeiting ownership papers. But it can do much to deter the youthful beginner. Cleveland, Ohio, which experienced a 58 per cent jump in auto thefts last year, is launching a campaign to educate its car owning citizens. ' "AN ALARMING number of stolen cars were left with keys in the ignition," says C. A. Lewis, campaign chairman. "Careless and lazy drivers who fail to properly lock their automobiles are inviting young people to break the law. The ease with which cars are stolen is amazing." After an initial period of public education, Cleveland police will begin the strict enforcement of an ordinance prohibiting the leaving of keys in a street - parked car. The ordinance provides for removal of the keys by a police officer and the penalty of a fine against the owner. While a locked car and the absence of keys will not stop the determined professional criminal, FBI figures show that auto thefts are much fewer in communities where similar ordinances are enforced. Random Shots A statistic stating that 100,000 doctors quit smoking during the year has been questioned. Does it, for example, include those who have died? Radio astronomers are recording signals from outer space. They may not come from beings as highly civilized as ourselves, since they don't seem to be interrupted by commercials. J, J, A

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