Skip to main content
The largest online newspaper archive
A Publisher Extra® Newspaper

Springfield Leader and Press from Springfield, Missouri • 33

Location:
Springfield, Missouri
Issue Date:
Page:
33
Extracted Article Text (OCR)

Springfield's Finest Praised Ancestors built nation on 'progress9 Americans optimists, gamblers AMERICA and the future of man I WToa NOTK- Tah tt IW Iktr' af 3 ea ks Iraatai air a tar iM i ataaValr wUrr at lilt ritay rtenknawr I iliinin araftaaar aaa 41m-aw. Sarin Warn Iralrr tor Sca4lrt Is Amrrtraa I an art ihmK) Hrrrli kr Smin Ira tar HM raa arafn Iran a ta al tar Aaxrrirai rar rtrarr, By OSCAt HASDLIN xnaM rta aVatsK tt I aaw at I ai Stmt Mr, Eor centuries, in many parts of the world, people who themselves never beheld the forests, plains or cities of America felt that the human experience there had a relevance lo their own fate. Even before Columbus. Europeans envisioned somewhere in the distance a New World where they could correct the fallings of their familiar Old World, so that the strange continent when its outlines at last became clear seemed to be that land of their dreams. It remained so for generation after generation for thousands drawn by ambition to search for fortune or driven by faith to seek freedom.

Eor millions in want, it offered hope of daily bread. And as the 20th Century approaches its last quarter, the American experience can still have meaning in every part of the globe; for everywhere men and women still struggle either to preserve the liberty and plenty they have already-gained or else to reach wistfully toward those prizes In the beginning, America seemed the New World because it was open, making available to all an abundance of space and confining none within the bounds of inherited inMitutions. It pointed toward the future rather than toward the past Later, when the Gene's Poll Disputed ho does Congressman Tay lor think he is kidding we poor ignorant hillbillies? He tells us that he conducted a survey, on his own, and finds that a huge majority of the people here in the 7th District, are in high favor of Mr. Nixon and his conduct in office. If this is true, we wonder why the Gallup, Roper, and other nationwide pollsters show the exact opposite.

These polls, taken all over the country, show that Mr. Nixon is highly disfavored by 68 per rent of the Americans One poll reflects a dis-favorable percentage of 72 per cent. Who are we supposed to believe? Mr. Taylor Or the experienced pollsters? The only conclusion, that we can come up with regarding these different findings, is that Mr. Taylor only sent his questionnaires to his constituents or persons of his own political party.

If this is delusive, political propaganda, on the part of Mr. Taylor, it won't work; it might have 100 years ago, but not today. We Americans are much more informed now and do not fall for this sort of garbage. NAME WITHHELD Baseball Is First We noticed with interest how the October 7th Sunday sports section showed a new trend in the sports world. That trend is the increasing popularity of football.

Your sports page is evidence of this trend by the fact that football received the entire front page while the important playoffs in baseball got a second page review. We realize it's a matter of opinion as to what is more important to the reader, however something of national importance such as the playoffs should be given first pat-e attention. ROGER SI1VLFR DON SIMK1NS Don't Quit Looking I am writing in regard to my niece (Carol Blades) who was murdered Dec 15. 1969. Her skeleton was found in Stone County on Dec.

25, 1970, by a fanner who was about blind. She was in a cedar grove. Her rings were still there, and some of her clothes were still good. On Dec 15 it was requested that Greene County Sheriff Department and blood hounds he called in. and other law enforcement.

Instead it was told she would be back The 15 Chevrolet she was driving sat on Did highway three days with the motor ruined in it. There was a note left under the windshield wiper wanting to buy the car. Her clothes wi re left in the washing machines at the Nia laundry. Wasn't there helicopters in December 169 that could have hunted her body like the ones that are hunting cattle thieves'' I think there needs to be a change of venue from Christian ounty to another countv. Lesson No.

3 Readers may ablaia a kit learning materials sapple-mratiag Inlarmatita ia raurse articles by sending name, address and ill I Amrrica aad the Fiture Man. P. O. Dunne the past Uii years it has been my privilege to ride with several dozen member of the Police Department of Springfield, and to become acquainted with them as they performed their duties. As a member of the Community Chaplain Service since its beginning, (and until the past month, when I had to withdraw because of my health).

I have watched our police officers deal with many kinds of situations. The letter from Sandy Vanandt published in your paper on October reveals a disillusioned young person who has had a run-in with the police, and is reading accordingly. The li tter states, "Yet, in an afternoon rush hour I have seen an officer speeding more than 13 miles an hour daw a the road not going anywhere in particular." I would like to relate an incident that happened during a rush hour some weeks ago. The officer with uhom I was riding was driving west on Sunshine Street, lie got a call from the dispatcher to go at once (Code 2) to a place of business on Fast Trafficway. near Glen-stone.

He turned on his flashing light, stepped on the gas, proceeded tu National Avenue and turned north, be drove much more than 13 miles per hour over the speed-limit on National, with red light flashing and cars taking lo the side of the street. When he approached St. iouis Street another call from the dispatcher said. "Return lo station." Now we had made a fast run through traffic at the call of duty. It was thought that a robbery was in progress at the site of the emergency But before he could get there other officers had solved the emergency, and he was ordered back to his station.

He said to me as he turned' -off his light. all "those'' people we passed on National Avenue will say. 'Look at that officer. Who docs he think he is'1' But I can't go back ami explain to them the situation that a used me to dash through thein. and then suddenly slow down and turn off my red light Before Sandy judges whether or mt an officer is "going anywhere in particular," it might be well for him to gi the facts In all the limes I have ridden with officers in their cars.

1 have never known one to siccd beyond the limit, unless he had received a call to go on a particular mission, where an emergency was in evidence. When such a call unties through, then they upccd; and 1 have taken some interesting rules under those conditions. My own conclusion after almost two van of ritfiriii with our officers during ttn-ir hours of duty is this: Springfield has a splendid corps of police officers, who are dedicated lo their work, and for the most are courteous, careful upholders ol the law. and who make an Symphony Moves Up The Springfield Symphony Orchestra das graduated: In this, our 4Jlh season, we have moved from a Community Or-clieslra in an rhan Orchestra. This means we are in the budget category of iO.ikk) up $1011 000' We are deeply grateful to the com- miinity for their support, and for the assistance of the Missouri State Council on The Arts, and the National Endowment lor the Arts, which has made this forward step possible.

Of course, the funds from the state and federal arts agencies would not be allocated unless local matching funds are available. The board of directors. Women's Division and members of the orchestra, wish to thank the community and surrounding an a. (or their contributions of money, purchase of tickets, assistance of the news media and other donated services Without this kind of local assistance, the Springfield Symphony Would cease to exist. MRS.

DORIS ABBOTT Business Manager lo Iom" wav I watched the morning sun erase The stars from out the sky. And waken all the earthly things. And cause the mist to dry Awaiting at the starting block Of life's daily marathon. My heart was filled with hopefulness "As I ran on and on My great ditiTininationw.is To finish in first place. I stopped to pick a violet And therehv lost the race.

.1 hKNT B5 IMITATION honest effort to get along with those whom they have to deal with. I am aware that all of them are individuals, and have their own ways of dealing with persons who have violated the laws. Perhaps Sandy is right in saying, "I was treated like a criminal." But before passing judgment on the officer, I would like to hear his side of the story. In answer to Sandy's last question, "Are we. the younger generation, given the chance to respect our law enforcement?" Let me say that every generation is given such a chance it depends upon each person hat he does with it.

PKRRY A. ROWLAND Close the Door Here Our Supreme Court has made a horrendous error. Now the consequences have finally touched home. Plans are being made to establish an abortion clinic in Springfield. Asa mother of three "planned, wanted and loved" children.

I can no longer withhold my objection lo these plans. It is incomprehensible to one how any woman could agree to the murder of her child at any time! Yet abortion is now-being called a "cure" does that mean pregnancy is to be considered a "disease?" Before these plans become reality, speak up! Let's be sure that barn door is forever closed in Springfield. MRS DL'ANNK PEARSON 1111 dl ODffffs Our Headers Write Keep Books, Travel Thanks to Mr C. W. Johnson, a (riend and I have just returned from a delightful four-day trip.

We followed his description of the routes to, and places to see in his articles on the travel pages in two October 1971 Sunday papers and enjoyed experiences we did not know were possible in our area. We are finding that most of our friends did not know either. The clippings we had saved went along and are now being lent until they are about to wear out. The trip included the Swiss-German community at Altus, and the T.ili-mena Scenic Drive from Mena, into Oklahoma, as well as the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. May 1 point out that we were on the trip on the first day that Mr.

Johnson's travel article did not appear. We missed the book corner too. These features are of much more service to your readers than 12 pages of furniture advertising If newsprint is so scarce. I hope to see a belter choice made, with the readers interests in mind MAIUORIE RYCKM AN Only on Little progress was made at a meeting of the governor, and senate leaders on reorganizing the executive branch. Is reorganization really an executive privilege? A supreme court justice told the Missouri Bar he's accepted an invitation to sieak to the state legislature.

Are lawmakers courting judges'' The office Republican says freedom of speech does not include the right to shout "Eire Nixon Inflation is still picking up a bin but refusing to stoop on a dune IM. It. HMBGR. PIZZA 5ALAI i -Br Helta), PMtiwavr for improvement and in society's capacity for progress. Diversity of origins was always characteristic of the population of the United States.

Never could the myth of common ancestry bind these people together. National sentiment sprang from another source not from a view of the past but from an expectation about the future, from the belief of its people that out of many they were becoming one. There were numerous flaws in the effort lo put that belief into practice: episodes of tragic prejudice and discrimination, outbursts of violence by-group against group, as some Americans challenged the premise of diversity and hid beneath the Klanish sheets of racism. Still the national achievement was impressive, how impressive perhaps can be understood better in the 1970s than earlier. Eor a decade hich, in many parts of the world, sees religious, tribal and national loyalties plunge into bitter conflict people who have lived side by side for centuries, the American experience has special relevance.

Here the hopes for a common future, however slowly and imperfectly, persuaded those divided by race, by religion and by ethnic origin that they ail had more to lose by battling than by accepting one another. Opportunity was the great persuader. There were important exceptions slaves, Indians held in reservations and other victims of prejudice. Nevertheless, the underlying thrust of American society has always been toward a widening of opportunity to enable all men and women to make what they could of themselves. All aspirations toward aristocracy', all efforts at inclusion ami exclusion were pitiful failures; status in the United States depended not on rank or parentage but upon achievement.

That did not mean that everyone had an equal chance to attain riches, but an increasing percentage found their work rewarded by improvement in their social position. The consciousness that careers of every sort were open to all gave meaning to the restless strivings of people in motion. A future of expanding horizons made room for all. At a time when competitive tensions tempt some to reach for privileged quotas, it is important to recall the extent to which equality of opportunity gave Americans a stake in the liberties of their country. From time to time, the delicate bal ance tipped either toward a self-cenfer-ed individualism disregardful of the welfare of others, or toward a zealous evangelism determined to make saints of all whether they wished it or not.

But in the past, at least, the willingness to bet on progress restored the balance between individuality and connectedness, between the claims of one and the rights of all, before too much damage was done. The disposition to look ahead also imparted a balance to the American understanding of freedom. Self-reliance was a virtue and each person could seek his own goal. But the frontier, do less than the industrial environment, taught also the necessity for cooperation The individual, alone in the wilderness or the city, was weak and vulnerable scarcely free. The government that protected him increased his power and therefore, up to a point, increased his freedom.

Much in the political history of the United States was an experiment to discover where that point lay. The state had to act, but only by the consent of those it governed and only in the interest of their general welfare; and large areas of life religion, for instance were outside its competence. Constitutional agreements and the tracts of political theorists supplied the words to describe the arrangements that preserved the balance. But experience supplied the practical understanding that usually enabled Americans to make those arrangements. There were dismal failures, as well as heartening successes.

But a world still prone to violence and irrationality, a world which veers from the verge of anarchy to total dictatorship, can profit from reminders of the relevance of that American experience. Next Sunday: Dr. John R. Piatt. Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan.

Cuurses by Newspaper mas funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and developed by UCSD Extension. and the Future of Man. for the fall State Zip of progress, and inclined toward pessimism about the nature of man. Experience taught Americans a different lesson. Few enjoyed lives of ease and comfort.

Not the early immigrants who crossed the rough and uncharted Atlantic before coming ashore in a hostile wilderness. Nor their successors, jammed in the steerages of vessels that brought them to lives of incessant labor in factory or construction gang. Not the farmers who might see months of toil put to nought by a turn in the weather or a fluctuation in a distant market Not the businessmen, the promoters, the salesmen, endlessly striving for the success few would gain. No, ease was rarely among the New World's promises. Nevertheless, Americans were optimists, often without illusions about the Kids in any specific instance, 'but certain that each year would be an improvement upon its predecessor.

Their whole history was evidence: a tiny handful had grown in numbers to subdue a continent; from small beginnings they had become great in power and wealth. Many families repeated on an individual scale the national pattern of rise from humble origins. To lack faith The kit includes a baak tests packet, record and was foolish in a orld which nppnr- lumty almundcd Caution, comfortable habits, tradition were impediments from past which stood in the way of future and the the Over and over Americans learned the necessity for taking risks, for surrendering what might be tolerable on the chance of gaining what might be better. They were plungers and speculators by temperament not only the frontiersmen or those who built extensive enterprises, but also the tinkering inventors who puzzled over better ways of doing a job and the long line of reformers tiling to upset the existing social order out of the certainly that improvement was possible. They were calculating observers, not content to accept nature as given, ready-to reshape it to their own purposes.

Where a forest stood, they saw clearings, fields of grain, and the timber to build ships and homes; rivers were for bridging and great distances for crossing What had developed out of the past reached the present in order lo be transformed for the future. It followed that Americans were no great respecters of age. Youth was ever the cherished season for adventurous thoughts, for imaginative settings-fnrth. Though the old-timers might resent being edged out. they could not deny the right of their juniors to push forward as they themselves had once done.

In the 20lh Century, as in the ISth, this society loosened all personal ties. Family obligations were not to fence the next generation in, nor was loyalty to the particular place of one's birth. The old Kentucky home was a subject for nostalgia, hut not a reason for staying put. The advance upon the frontier was a succession of abandonments, for the pull of the golden West emptied many a hearthside in the old East. The urban frontier had the same effect; you could not keep them down on the farm once they glimpsed the lures of town.

Americans became a restless people, ever in motion, determined to let no sentimental considerations hinder the pursuit of opportunity. The world of the 19711s, which increasingly values stability and tradition, and shuns change, might well reflect upon what would be lost with the extinction of that optimistic willingness to bet on the future once characteristic of the Americans. The ability of a heterogeneous population to live together in tolerable harmony, the ideal of equal opportunity, and the commitment to freedom in significant ways all hinged upon the confidence in man's capacity I wish to enroll in semester of 1973. Name: Street. History 100.

America City Bav V. Wayne. N.J. (7471. readings, study guide, self "future game." 1 i.ited states became an independent republic and when its spaces filled up, it developed institutions which left open the possibilities for change, which indeed stressed the values of transience and improvement and rewarded people willing to move into the unknown.

Such values are more than ever important in a world torn by doubts about the future, no longer certain about the inevitability About tli Author Dr. Oscar llandlin. whose lecture is on "The American Experience and Its Relevance to Today's World." has devoted much of his career lo the social history of the United States. Dr. llandlin is Carl II.

Pfmvhcimcr University professor and director of the Charles H. Warren Center for Studies in merican History at Harvard University. His first book. "Boston Immigrants." examined a neglected part of Amenta's past and won (or him the Dunning Prize from the American His torical Association in 1941. A similar subject was treated on a wider scale in "The Uprooted and won Dr.

Oscar Haadlia (or Dr. llandlin the Pulitzer Prize in 1951. In "Commonwealth." (1947) a study written in collaboration with his wife, Mary he examined important aspects of the relationship between government and the economy in the United Stales. In recent years Dr. llandlin has turned to an examination of problems connected with the development of free institutions in America.

"The Dimensions of Liberty" (1961) and "Popular Sources of Political Authority" (19S6), both written in collaboration with Mrs. llandlin, treat significant dimensions of this subject, while "The Americans" ISfi.l) is general interpretive history. In the field of education history. Dr. llandlin has written "John Dewey's Challenge to American Education" and "Facing Life: Youth and the Family in American History," among others.

KY DAVIS Puzzle Too Small Please consider vour many crossword puzzle' enthusiasts and give us back our large puzzles in the Sunday paper. It is one of tin features 1 look forward to each week as well as evenings, but 1 got a headache from eye strain as I struggled with it last Sunday. I'm sure many others feel as I do about this. NAME WITHHELD EDITOR'S NOTE: The newsprint shortage has forced us to reproduce the crossword puzzle in smaller size than previously. It will be restored to three-column width as soon as possible Sunday 'Tis the season lo be confused, with all sorts of sports getting into the Oct The new cars are lower in silhouette and higher in price, To get in them, you have to lien.

HANK BILLINGS Volunteer Ventures AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY The American Cancer Society is an organization of volunteers, professional and lay, united in a determination to conquer cancer. As its 1973-74 year begins, volunteers are urgently needed in all phases of its program. An orientation session for Information Service volunteers will be held in the near future. This consists of a 10-hour training program composed of three sessions. After completion of training, volunteers are assigned a specific time to work in the unit information office.

Volunteers are needed lo help expand the service program. These services include providing local transportation for cancer patients, helping with loan items, delivering dressings and, other services as needed. Crusade volunteers are always in demand, especially during the month of April the education fund raising month. The education programs of the American Cancer Society are a vital part of its life-sav ing effort. Volunteers are needed tu plan programs, show films, make talks, set up displays, contact groups and carry out other aspects of the educational program.

CONTACT: American Cancer Society. Phone tifi6-W9l. Information provided by the Community Service League. Post Office Box 441)6, Glenstone Station, Springfield. SYNTHETIC PEAS IMAGINARY SIMULATED COJ PSEUDO MOCK COOKIE' Mail as soon as possible, but not later than November I.

1973. to: Office of Admissions, Southwest Missouri Slate University, Springfield, Missouri 15802. well. II they're writ as imitatki 14, I'm lug aay them with imitatiaa mey.".

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 300+ newspapers from the 1700's - 2000's
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra® Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the Springfield Leader and Press
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

About Springfield Leader and Press Archive

Pages Available:
820,554
Years Available:
1870-1987