News-Journal from Mansfield, Ohio on June 25, 1978 · 46
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News-Journal from Mansfield, Ohio · 46

Mansfield, Ohio
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Sunday, June 25, 1978
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News Journal An Independent Newspaper HARRY R. HORVITZ, Publisher ROBERTI BLAKE K. ROBERT MAY General Manager Acting Editor D K. WOODMAN TERRY MAPES Editor Emeritus Editorial I'age Editor Sunday, June 25, 1978 Mansfield, Ohio Page Two-I) Positive vibes There niay be s()rne meat to the idea that jobs, in fact, follow people, and that communities should concentrate more on providing a pleasant, enriching environment than trying to snare footloose industry. A lot goes into making a community a stimulating place to live cultural activities, sound educational institutions, recreational ipportunities, dependable city services, good political leadership - and Mansfield possesses many of these. In this time of uncertainty over whether the city can keep the industries and jobs it now has, there may be a tendency on the Firt ot many to pull back and to let slip some of those very iinvriitics which make the city attractive. It jobs do follow people and people are attracted to pleasant communities, a vicious circle could be created by believing that :Mansfield has to settle for second best. A positive attitude is the first requirement for turning the city around. After all, if many of us are planning to spend a good many years in this area, we have no more to lose by adopting a positive outlook than a negative one. We've all seen how differently individuals respond to adversity. Some bounce back with irrepressable energy and optimism and before long are on top once again. Others become sour and turn Inward. accepting a defeat IA, hich they themselves help make. Communities have personalities, too, and must make the same choice. Most everyone . is familiar with the many valuable resources :Mansfield has An objective should be to continue to nourish them and to reach out for others as well. Sound political leadership can go a long way toward improving the comnumity environment. Frankly, we find the present political leadership lacking. But here again, Mansfielders can decide either to throw up their hands in disgust or keep abreast of political happenings and seize opportunities as they present themselves. An upbeat community is one in which the people have a feeling that their town is a little better than the one down the road. It is one in which attention is fixed on a brighter future. Positive people create positive conditions, and when conditions are pleasant. more people want to join in, including the people who run the industries which provide the jobs. $4-million challenge One of the most valuable resources a community possesses is its library. and residents have just been handed a $4-million challenge to build a TWIN one. Libraries are great repositories of information which benefit not only those who wish to further inform themselves as individuals, but also businesses, professional organizations and civic groups looking for better ways to serve the community. It may indeed be impossible to catalogue all the ways a library serves a community. Who knows how many ideas have been spawned and solutions found for community betterment in books, periodica Is and other reading materials. Because the present facility. a 70-year-old Carnegie building. is not structurally equipped to handle the weight of all of the necessary materials, Library Consultants Inc.. in a recommendation to the board of trustees of the MallSlielditichland County Public Library, said the facility should he razed and a new building constructed in its place at 43 West Third St. A new library at that site no doubt would be a great boon to the downtown and make it much more attractive as a place to shop and do business. Rut more importantly. it could be a giant first step in making the downtown a place where people want to live. The downtown needs "live-ins- to prosper, and a library could well be the ingredient that stirs the interest. Four million dollars is a lot of bread, but Si) is the more than $1 million-plus the residents of the much smaller city of Shelby scraped together in a matter of vveks for a community center which will be dedicated next month. The people of Shelby are singing a happy tune these days and they're proud. So how about Mansfield? Saddest scandals Saddest scandals , NOP, "4,1 iNoo, Itv Ja k Anderson - i Perhaps the saddest scandals are perpetrat,! bv profiteers vim take advantage ot !he elderly. We have tried to lead posse therefore. to protect the helplss pe,p10 vho are conlmed in nursing and I pnwment homes. We have reported on nursing homes that cruelly abuse their patients: we have cited others that merely squeeze them The Four Freedoms empire, an assort Filen' of at least 16 companies that operate homes for the elderly, sometimes belongs In the latter category. We have reported in the past how federal inspectors tried to close the Four Freedoms nursing home in Nliaini ihmanding illegal deposits from Nledicare patients, as well as for other violations, But the home got various members it (ongress. including the powerful Sen. Warren Magnuson, i D-Wash), to stave of f any federal actions. Now we have uncovered new violations by two Four Freedoms retirement homes in Philadelphia. Both facilities receive subsidies from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two homes have also tried to jack up the rent for their low-income elderly resi dents by 30 percent over the last two years But they have broken a few IICD regulations in the process. For starters, every retirement home is supposed to have its books audited by an independent accountant who has no other relationship with the home . lint the auditor for the two Philadelphia homes, David Kestenbaum and Company, shares a New York office with Four Freedoms official Harry Stone. St one's name is on the door, and we have established that the of lice takes messages for him. Federal regulations also prohibit retirement home officials from hiring anyone connected with them. This is to prevent them from siphoning off profits indirectly from lion-profit homes. Yet the Four Freedoms bigwigs have, in effect, hired themselves to manage their two Philadelphia homes. Harry Stone. William Steinberg and Bernard Smith all are directors of the two retirement homes. They are also principals in the Four Freedoms Management Corp., which received a fat fee for running the homes last year. -'". , ' . ,,,,, .''' ' - , ."..kkt 'S . S"'t S' ' ." 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Certified Media Hera. came to the moment of truth in the Koreagate investigation and caved in. Now that Korean agent Tongsun Park has testified that 14 present house members 13 Dernocrats and one Republi(an) were recipients of his bribes, the most important witness has bectone Kim Irong Jo the former ambassador to the 'ruled States. No mgressman who look envelopes of cash tram Ambassador Kim can claim he did not know he was taking paynumt fra lin a foreign power. breaking the law set down in Article II of the Constitution. Parks's bribery was soft-yore often traceable checks and lavish entertainment, passibly within the la WS which were then much looser but Kim's bribery was hardcare. cash handed directly to the congressmen who knew they were breaking the law. House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, who admits to taking St1,500 in parties anti gifts train Tongsun Park, is ext raordinanly sensitive to any mention of his Korean largesse. When cartoonist Garry Trudeau, creator of the Doonesbury comic strip, urged readers last week to write the Speaker about his St1,500, the usually genial Tip O'Neill leaned on the Universal Press Syndicate to suppress the strip. Despite the Speaker's frawn, Daonesbury s criticism ran in 500 tiVINSF 'pers. Last month. the Speaker was given a remarkably gentle "interrogation" in se(ret, with only one House member prt,sent. by Jaworski staff members wearing kid gloves. Tip is happy he hand-picked Jaworski . symbol of rectitude, who now wants to wrap up the Korcagate investigation and go borne to write another best seller profits to the tax-exempt Leon Jaworski Foundation). But for appearances sake, the Tip and Leon show has to make a pass at getting the testimony of the ambassador who handed the congressmen the money. Tip has to huff and puff as if he is pressuring the Korean government, and Leon has to make it Seetil he is demanding useful testimony. Accordingly, when prodded hard by the press and by Rep. Bruce Caputo t RN.Y. ). the speaker permitted a resolution to pass on Nlay 31 that the House "will be prepared to deny or reduce assistance- to the Republic of Korea unless that nation cooperated in the investigation by producing Ambassador Kim's testimony. Sounded tough: got great editorial applause. But the House resolution.- carefully limited itself to the corrupted "food-forpeace" aid, or $56 million; not a word about the $277 million in direct military aid, not including the cost of our troops there. And the Koreans know that the speaker and the group of takers would be grateful if they remain obdurate; the potential loss of the $56 million in economic aid is insurance that our annual billion-dollar military commitment will Continue. Meanwhile. Jaworski has joined in the " ' . . - 007 1 , 1 , ft I, r Good Heavens, I thought the storm was over By charade being orchestrated by the speaker. Ile strikes the pose so much admired by pressychophants 1 ok): the lerce demander of testimony. But he has taken a dive. In a letter to 0Neill dated June 19, thundering his protest at no cooperation from the South Korean government, Jaworski writes: "I uttered to negotiate, with flexibility an understanding of the diplomatic concerns of South Korea, the manner in which information would be conveyed by former Ambassador Kim IF the committee could be assured in advance that the information would be forthright and not evasive. "We even offered," added Leon to Tip and here comes the beauty party to permit our written questions to be considered, answered and returned without personal confrontation by anyone representing the Committee." Ile is willing to settle for a nice letter, unsworn, recalling a couple of payments to congressmen no longer alive or in office, with a cover note from the Korean president praising Ambassador Kim for being amazingly forthright. No oath; no follow-up questioning no getting of evidence that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the congressional lawbreakers. r., .-11W1 , g .'" .,. ;Ivor 0,, ' ' ' . ",, 1., ,' $' . 1 ' - , ,7q. , t,:,,',4A,L,-;;-. caftt. ."1, J.4.A , ...r, , , .--- ,, -, 4,. go- -,,,x,,,tir ,,, , ki, , ,-, 1,,f,t; ,.,,A'4,-, , ' t ,..:,,,, ,,. th. 4$4 IP ' N.,w -.. 15 . , 'f: 1....dilLV 1 t , -111,1!"4,110111. '.. ' . ' olvi,,,r :. ,,,441,,,,,,,, , v , 4 v ... . '.. N -:''' ' , -.., . ., . , , ' ' 6,., 4 ,, , ,,, ,, , , -' ,, , , . -- ---- ill 4.,...,ikke91; ' ' -4 . A II, . tlit 1 I , hr.$76,....,q i ' 4r141-74 . 4- .4 . -' A- !'",'.!, , 4109.A4'1-.1k ' Ito tile, 4.Pie . ', '.- - - , $ ItATa 152b!. I FC:f4; . - . ''' iSith. At ' ,e1910 iw, . va, . As fll tti ,' ..'s, -tr 4 A e-Nr, ..,!:- IRt,.- i .,h i ,--- - 4 AL ,'11 y s,40,---- , ,tc-ilisi.., . 1 iITliv: .,-Ite.. 4..,. ;,,,m ---r., et I ti.;',11i4,1,---.,,, 1' 1-141 t.- -L-...:Ii, ft , --:., '... oiliski f---- ,' .0 sc.,., -rTi 2, . 11. 4N 1115 SEEN THE dREATEcT CENTURY EVER." - sv1 - 0 The Christian Science Monitor dive William Safire Sound strange for the fearless prosecutor who blasted through the "separation of powers- argument to obtain the White house tapes? Alas, the Houston Democrat who scorned "executive privilege" now gives great weight to diplomatic privilege, and in so doing saves a score of venal Democrats their skins. The kind of unsworn summary he would never accept from an aide to the President of the United States, he happily would accept from an aide to the president of South Korea. Minority leader John Rhodes on Wednesday wrote to Jaworski: "I was surprised and shocked to learn in this letter that you had retreated from your oft-stated position that any testimony from Ambassador Kim must be made under oath. You have abandoned any hope of receiving meaningful testimony." The Koreagate coverup goes on: Tip and Leon are going through the motions of investigation, and the public is bored and bamboozled. Meanwhile, more than 20 felons a score of what President Carter would call "big-shot crooks" if they were not mostly Democrats sit comfortably in the Congress of the United States. - k , I Political problem. Glenn in postal dilemma By Richard G. Thomas Slaws Journal Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Even U.S. senators get stuck with Jobs they don't like. John H. Glenn's burden is to chair the Senate subcommittee that looks after the increasingly unpopular and unmanageable U.S. Postal Service. With the Ohio Democrat's re-election campaign a mere two years away, it is hardly a choice assignment. There is no rational connection between Glenn and the public relations nightmare that is the postal service. But if voters somehow start associating him with the 15 cent stamp and the tWo-bit quality of much mail service he's got a political problem come 1980. Glenn's assignment to the chairmanship was a matter of haying to take the bitter with the sweet. At the outset of the present Congress, he let it be known he wanted to lead a subcommittee concerned with the global spread of nuclear materials. Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.), chairman of the Governmental Affairs. Committee, told Glenn he could have nuclear proliferation if he would take the postal service along with it. At that time, in early 1977, the post office was a discarded stepchild in search of a home in the Senate committee system. The Post Office and Civil Service Committee, a ,Itanding committee that once had stature, had Just been abolished. And Senate.loaders were looking about for a subcommittee to handle the remnants of its legislative duties. - Glenn accepted the Nage, thus becoming chairman of the Subtommittee on Energy, Nuclear Proliferation and Federal Services. As it turned out, thp energy component has been insignificant, for most of the Senate action in energy is taking place in the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Likewise, Federal Services a euphemism for U.S. Postal Service has required litti of Glenn's time. Nuclear proliferation' has dominated the subcommittee's agenda over the past two years and Glenn's attention. But now postal service legislation is moving to the fore. Glenn this week opens hearings on a bill that is the first major reform of the pdst office since 1970. That was the ear Congress formed the quasi-public U.S. Postal Service in an effort to take politics out of the post office and cut the agency's staggering deficits by means of more efficient management. The bill, already passed by the House, is the congressional response to widespread public dissatisfaction with the decline of the U.S. Postal Service. At a press conference last week, Glenn said a major thrust of his bill is to reassert limited congressional control over the post office, particularly in the area of the agency accounting for how it spends its $920-million annual taxpayers' subsidy. The bill he introduced also would freeze the first-class stamp at 15 cents for the next four years and give the President authority to pick the chairman of the Postal Serviçe board of governors. And it concedes That the 1970 goal of making the agency Self-sufficient by 1984 is mythical. Significantly, the Glenn bill does not go nearly as far as the House-passed legislation when it comes to shaking up the postal service. The House would do away with the board of governors that supposedly is running the post office along the lines of a private corporation, and would enable the President to appoint a postmaster general rin the agency in the manner of a benevolent dictatorship. Glenn calls the House bill excessive. "I don't think we want to completely re-politicize the post officet" he says in a reference to the pre-1970 years when the agency was the most political of the cabinet departments. m uAsfitnegr ohnis tphreetsastec otnhfaetr me nacde-4 Ch ilmennchwa iars- man of the postal service subcommittee. "I didn't ask for this job, but I'm going to do the best job I possibly can do with what I've got to work with," he said. He acknowledged to a lluestioner that he wants the pending legislation disposed of as far in advance of 1980 as possible a politically sound wish, considering the fate of the two senators who preceeded him as the Senate's man-incharge of postal affairs. Democrat Gale McGee of Wyoming, the last chairman of the Post Office and Civil Service Committee before it was abolished, was defeated at the polls in 1976 by Republican Malcolm Wallop. A couple of Wallop's television commercials linked McGee with the decline of mail service, and the postal connection was regarded as a, secondary issue in the campaign. Democrat Mike Monroney of Oldahoma, chairman of the post office committee before McGee, was defeated in 1968 by Republican Henry Bellmon. One of Bellmon's most effective issues was to criticize Monroney for paying too much attention to the federal establishment in Washington and not enough to Oklahoma. i P. i o ...... ....... AS Ms IAA. Alk. As AS.. .

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