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; I I News Journal An Independent Newspaper HARRY R. HORVITZ, Publisher ROBERT J. BLAKE K. ROBERT MAY General Manager Editor D.K. WOODMAN TERRY MAPES Editor Emeritus Editorial Page Editor day, October 1, 1978 Mansfield, Ohio Page Six-B Sunday, October 1, 1978 We've enough holidays We really don't need any more holidays. A few weeks ago Grandparents' Day made its debut. The main purpose of Grandparents' Day appears to be to help greeting card manufacturers fill the long holiday void between Fathers' Day ' and Halloween. ( Not too many people send greeting cards for the Fourth of July and Labor Day.) - Not that grandparents don't deserve a little recognition. But so do uncles, aunts, cousins, mothers-in-law, blind people, deaf people, smart people, plumbers, forest rangers, baby sitters, farmers, bakers and editorial writers. We can't have a holiday for everyone. Besides, grandparents are also parents, so they can get in on Mothers' Day and Fathers' Day, too. But Grandparents' Day, or even Forest Ranger Day, is a much , better idea than Love Yourself Day. Today, by the way, is Love , Yourself Day. It was declared such by Forum, a glorified sex magazine. Forum has recently been promoting Love Yourself Day as a national holiday. Oct. I, the magazine says, should be "a day set aside for us to lavish love, admiration and attention on ourselves." For some people we could think of, it is a day just like any other. How should you celebrate Love Yourself Day? Forum offers some suggestions. "Shut off the demands of work, friends, lovers, , children, relatives." "Treat yourself to what you really want." "Create a self-portrait that will make you see yourself at your best." You probably could even send yourself a greeting card with hearts and flowers all over it. America needs this holiday like it needs more of the kind of attitude it celebrates selfishness. Our society, egged on by books like "Looking Out for No. I" and scads of self improvement courses, is gradually accepting selfishness as a virtue. Under the circumstances it is perhaps only natural that there be a holiday like Love Yourself Day. But it seems so counterproductive. , Wise people know that the way to get the most out of life is not by becoming obsessed with one's self, by being concerned only with satisfying one's own desires and needs. That is the road to loneliness and unhappiness. Sending a greeting card to Grandma beats making a list of your own best qualities. We spend enough ' time thinking about how great we are without devoting an entire day to it. No, we really don't need Love Yourself Day or Grandparents' Day or Equal Rights Day or any other new holiday. Instead of , more holidays we need better holidays. , Americans should try to get more out of the holidays we al, ready have. We need to shoot off more fireworks on Independence Day, make more resolutions on New Year' Day, listen to more speeches on Veterans' Day and send more flowers to people we - love on Valentine's Day. We need to observe old traditions and to establish new ones that will help us better appreciate the significance of each holiday. We need to be more patriotic on patriotic holidays and more religious on religious holidays. Too many holidays have lost whatever significance they had in the beginning. Memorial Day now means the beginning of summer, and Labor Day now means the end of summer. They both - mean three-day weekends. Most people have to stop and think a little before they can say how these holidays came about. ' The more holidays we get, the more we decrease the significance and the excitement of those we already have. So excuse us if we don't celebrate Love Yourself Day. But we can hardly wait for Halloween. Probe target By Anthony John Spilotro, the reputed Mafia lord of Las Vegas, is regarded as one of the coldest, cruelest mobsters in America. These are qualities that have gained him wide influence in the underworld. As evidence of Spilotro's prominence, he is the focus of two federal investigations. The Internal Revenue Service is trying to nail him on a tax rap and a federal strike force has made him the No. 1 target of an intensive probe of organized crime in Nevada. The strike force is attempting to prove a link between Spilotro and Allen Glick, the owner of the Argent Corporation, which operates the Stardust and Fremont casinos in Las Vegas. A secret FBI affidavit, filed in federal court, alleges that Glick is a front for Spilotro, who was dispatched to Las Vegas by the Chicago crime syndicate seven years ago. ' The diminutive Spilotro is known in the underworld as "Tony the Ant" because of his physical dimensions. He stands 5-feet-5 in his stocking feet and weighs in at 155 pounds. But what he lacks in size, he makes up in fearsomeness. He has ice-blue eyes, which can chill the blood of an adversary. 1Las Vegas is an open city, which Means all the Mafia families have hidden interests in its gambling industry including the Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and New York mobs But of all the mobsters in town, the major domo is Tony the Ant. : He allegedly controls the Chicago syndicate's undercover assets in Nevada. Federal investigators claim he also oversees Nevada's drug, loanshark, prostitution and other syndicate sidelines. Spilotro is the model of discretion in his business affairs. He shuns telephones that are listed in his name. He is short on paperwork. Most of the time, he can be found innocently playing gin rummy at a local country club. Jack Anderson t But the classier hoods seem to gravitate around him. The dialogue is usually terse, furtive, in low voices. They even appear to discern hidden meanings from the way Spilotro nods his head or shifts his cold eyes. Spilotro's advancement in organized crime, as he clawed his way to the top, is recorded on police blotters. The first entry is dated Jan. 11, 1955. He was arrested for stealing a shirt from a men's store in River Forest, Ill. For this first recorded offense, he paid a $10 fine. For the next five years, Spilotro was picked up by police several times on subpicion of burglary. Then curiously, he turned up as an officer of the court. He was appointed an Illinois criminal court bondsman in February, 1960, at the same time that he was wLispered to be a syndicate loan collector. There is even a report from Belgium that he may have had a brief career as an international jewel thief. He was once firmly invited to leave Antwerp after "showing undue interest in a certain jewelry store there." But federal investigative records allege that murder was to become Spilotro's specialty. As a button man for the late Chicago Mafia boss Felix "Milwaukee Phil" Alderisio, Tony the Ant learned the violent arts. His name surfaced once as a suspect in a shooting and six times in murder cases over the years. Only once did he stand trial for murder. He was acquitted after a strange trial that ended in an FBI investigation of the trial judge. But this is another story that deserves a full telling in a future column. Footnote: Most Mafia figures remain grimly silent when we call for comment. But Spilotros attorney, Oscar Goodman, had a lot to say in behalf of his client. He complained that the federal tax investigation of Spilotro was "a ruse" to obtain criminal, not tax information. Public workers need There is a domestic cold war heating up between the public who pays to receive services and the public worker who is paid to deliver services. On the public taxpayers side of the cold war is California's Proposition 13 and similar tax proposals in other states spawned by Proposition 13. At the federal level is the Kemp-Ross bill to reduce taxes by 33 percent across the board over three years and the Republican attempt to make reduced taxes the national campaign tssue in 1978. On the other side of the battle line is the public worker. Teachers, fire fighters, police, sanitation, clerical and many other public workers are demanding higher wages, better working conditions and increased fringe benefits and striking as never before to get them. The public worker in this society has always been considered a third-class citizen, and treated as such relative to workers' rights, wages and other worker concerns. Second class was reserved for the private worker and first class for the private owner, especially if big. 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As.r..410P - ,, , , ill'nVoil II f '''117116. 1.111LttAiii4. 141 , '' Aiduiprzt-- '' ,,,,ok ,. , s,,,,ss, ,,,,, . , - ..flt. b. ,"k ,,,,, ,,,, ',' )r ', ' k ' " rew'em we Ave aie KIPS THIS Time FoARD to 0KAYSAAALLA cLASSES We should In case you don't keep up with these things, the latest Pentagon toy being developed by the U.S. Air Force is the MX, which is a method of moving Minuteman missiles through miles of underground tunnels so that the Soviets won't know where they are. Were talking about $30 or $40 billion if the Air Force gets to build the system, which the general in charge describes as being like the "shell game where you have one pea and three walnuts." Nobody wants to fool the Soviets more than I do when it comes to pinpointing our missiles. But the cost of the project seems so great that I think we should seek out alternate ways of accomplishing the same thing. At the moment the contracts for developing the "MX shell game" have been awarded to the Boeing and the Martin Marietta companies. I believe the Air Force made a mistake in turning over the problem to them. The company which should have gotten it is Amtrak, which runs most of the passenger railroads in the United States. The beauty of turning it over to the Amtrak people is that they already have the equipment and the know-how to fool anyone when it comes to figuring out where one of their trains is at any given time. Let us say you put a missile on an Amtrak train in one of the underground Glenn will WASHINGTON When Sen. John Glenn is awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor by President Carter, in ceremonies scheduled for today at Florida's Kennedy Space Center, the astronaut-cum-politician will put an especially tight grip on the diamond-studded gold medallion. Prominent in his mind will be the sad thought that all of his other medals and mementoes from both his space and military careers were stolen early last year from his Potomac, Md. home, never to be seen again. Glenn's personal effects were being kept in dresser drawers which he had not locked. Glenn was asked the other day where he plans to stash the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. "I'll put it in a safe," he said. "Where? I'm not saying." The Kennedy Space Center ceremonies will help to mark the 20th anniversary of the post-Sputnik founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This is the first awarding of the new national medal; recipients along with Glenn are former astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Frank Borman, Charles Conrad Jr. and Alan B. Shepard Jr. Carter will make a posthumous award of the medal to Virgil I. Grissom. Glenn disclosed that when he became the first American to orbit the earth. in Witness the railroads relative to passenger service vs. freight service. When jobs cannot be provided in the private sector, then we ask the public sector to provide jobs. Witness the liumphrey-Hawkins bill now before Congress. In each case the public task and the public worker is a second choice, an afterthought, a grudging concession' born out of economic necessity its unprolitability. While public workers are viewed, treated and planned for only as a necessary backup work force, the public expects first-class service, superior dedication, lower wages and fewer worker protections and rights than granted the private worker. These conflicting and even contradictory interests between the public and the public worker are contributing to the warming domestic cold war. , , The number of strikes and the increased militancy on the part of public workers lead one to believe that this problem is not just a few dissidents and radicals, but a structural problem in our political economy that is increasingly affecting a whole class of workers. Public workers, as all workers, ought to have the right to organize and bargain collectively. They ought to have the right to use methods (including the strike) that private workers use to achieve their ends. Public and private workers ought to assume their moral re N ,,, 4.0k, , , hide our tunnels. Then the Air Force puts out a schedule at which site the train will be, on what day, at what time. They would make sure that the Soviets got a copy of the schedule as part of the SALT agreement, Obviously the train would never be where the schedule said it would be, and the Soviets would go nuts trying to figure out where the missile train was. It would accomplish the same goal as the MX program at half the cost. If the Soviets protested that we were not living up to the SALT agreement, the Pentagon could invite them to send over their top generals and have them ride on an Amtrak train to prove the Air Force has no control over how the United States runs its railroads. the small society r7i26)t4AL, INwtOD. i6 AT ,ALL-Tima ,IMMONI R 6nd-, , limmimumd IWflr..nht St., Sc.te frc LI. 1 06 7 le: oFt.NAL. itgk put this medal in a safe 1962, NASA officials discussed with him the possibility of awarding him the Congressional Medal of Honor, which since World War I has been conferred only for heroism in combat. "I don't know if anything would have come out of the discussions," he recalled last week, "but I said I didn't think it would be appropriate for a space "I didn't think it would be appropriate for a space accomplishment to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor." accomplishment to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. As a Marine pilot, I saw so many people going down in battle, and the other things we went through, that it didn't seem right to award the medal to an astronaut." The Akron Beacon Journal reported last week that Edward Failor, manager of Donald (Buz) Lukens' campaign to unseat Democrat Thomas E. Ferguson as Ohio auditor, worked on the 1972 Committee to Re-elect the President in regular contact with Watergate felon Charles Colson. There is no proof that Failor is continuing to practice the style of politics he moral leverage By MO tHeY ?Etfeti RN wELL o'er TOE Mote PAY or eL3E .1 1 A missiles on Amtrak V J By Once the Soviet command realizes that it could never depend on knowing where a missile train is going to be, it would be deterred from launching a first strike on our Minuteman sites. The advantage of the plan is that the money Amtrak received for this defense contract could be spent on new equipment and rails for its civilian passenger service above ground and we would no longer have to subsidize this mode of transportation. When I made this suggestion to an Air Force general, he had one major objection to it. "The trouble is that if we gave by Brickman Atsi - AL-SO 0076o r3,A,,c-.mAno i e'('')1? By Richard G. Thomas News Journal Washington Bureau learned in the company of confessed dirty trickster Colson. But its a fair guess that Pallor has not been a sanitizing influence on what both candidates have turned into a below-the-belt, issueless campaign for,an extremely important state of lice. Pallor, it should not be forgotten, ran another nefarious sideshow while on the Nixon campaign payroll. He was in charge of writing and distributing phony press releases which the committee supplied to Republican House and Senate candidates throughout the country. His purpose was to advance GOP hopefuls at the expense off Sen. George McGovern, the faltering Democratic presidential candidate. That. of course, was a sound strategy, in view of McGovern's contagious unpopularity. But Pallor apparently thought the GOP candidates lacked the moxie to implement it on their own. So he tried to help out with his mass-produced, fill-in-the-blanks press releases. The packet Pallor sent to Republican hopefuls contained a selection of three bogus releases. Failor's instructions were: One was to be used if you opponent disavows McGovern. Another was to be used if your opponent supports McGovern. The third was for use by the , Jesse L. Jackson sponsibilities as well as their moral and legal rights-- unlike the fire fighters did recently in Anderson, Indiana, by allowing an entire downtown block to burn because they were On strike. To put out the fire would have testified to their moral commitment to protect the public safety and would not have diminished, indeed would have enhanced, their position at the bargaining table. If they had put out the fire, public attention could not have been diverted from their legitimate economic concerns to their moral irresponsibility. If workers, public or private, are to achieve legitimate rights and economic gains, they must never lose their moral authority in the process of the struggle. In a social and economic struggle the burden of proof is always on the one seeking new rights and new economic gains. The lesson all justice-seeking people must learn and practice is that only if you maintain the rightness (the moral leverage) of your case can you build the kind of mass public support you need to win. ..,,,...) I , , 's ,,,.,.,,, s, 5 y,,S14(.., 4.,,,......",-....? r, :,. ril:::1770(ClcP ; 6 tt,,-;.). z ,1 lefc16- o-,- ,,,,tt.:ttm:,-.;.:,,,,T;t,,...--.,,,,,..,,. . , .. , , , . . . , Co Art Buchwald the contract to Amtrak, not only would the Soviets be fooled, but we ourselves would have no idea where the missiles were." "I thought of that," 1 said. "What you could do is set up a hotline between Amtrak and Air Force missile headquarters. It could be attached to a loudspeaker and an Amtrak announcer would man it 24 hours a day. He could say, 'Missile launcher 104 scheduled to arrive in Cheyenne, Wyo. at 11 a.m. will now be arriving on track 9 at 4 p.m. this afternoon.' Or 'Due to a derailment outside of Philadelphia "The Minuteman Limited" scheduled to leave tonight for Amarillo, Texas, has been canceled until further notice.' Or 'Amtrak is sorry to announce that its "Nuclear Comet" which was to stop in Baton Rouge has now been diverted to Denver because of inclement weather.' Amtrak would keep you up to date on every change in its schedule." "It might work," the general said. "It certainly fits our one pea and three walnut strategy. The only thing that bothers me is that we've told Congress the MX system will cost $30 billion. If we now go back and say we only need $15 billion for it, the Air Force lose all its creci', bility on the Hill." GOP congressional candidate if your opponent has neither repudiated nor endorsed Senator McGovern. Here, verbatim, is how Failor's disavow press release began: DATELINE, Date - (Your name and title) charged today that Sen. McGovern's proposed slashes in the national defense budget would 'promote international instability and increase the chances that the world could become embroiled in a nuclear war.' (Your name and title) invited (your opponents name and title) to join him in condemning the McGovern defense policies which (your last name and title) said 'would cost 1.8 million American workers their jobs andd would leave America only two alternatives, surrender or nuclear war. Fair, a 50-year-old onetime county judge in Iowa, has had no rebuttal to the substance of the Beacon Journal story, except to charge the reporter with a couple of factual errors. In 1972, he also had not substantive response when asked by a reporter about his handiwork. -My speciality is not putting out information to the public," he said six years ago. "I'm not a public relations expert." Today, Buz Lukens might agree with that. farlk wr N - 1:4-$ fe.-1 r - 4irintei if yrs.. pw, . 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