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1 South siae ommunirv THE NEWS INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA, SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 1972 103rd YEAR PAGE 19 Looks To Better Days POLITICAL ANALYSIS Ticket Splitter In For Key Role want it," he said. "Many people here are willing to accept a lower paying job that is close to home, rather than a job that pays more but is farther away." He said one of the biggest employment problems is with youngsters who drop out of school. Another problem the Outreach Office will have to overcome is a resistance on the part of many residents to accept help or seek it. Priscilla Sullivan, director of health, indicated that many will suffer rather than seek help because of pride, or because they are not aware of the services that are available. "Often I will go in a house because of a health problem," she said, "and find there are other problems." Mrs.

May said a newsletter, Concord Community News, has done a great deal to acquaint residents with the services that are available. There also is concern about the residential areas. Flora Spurlock, director of community organization, said, "I was born and raised here and have lived here all of my life, and during that time I don't think more than five new houses have been built." I I Morrill It 1 -p I a -H I i -5 i I Raymond I 1 By DAVID ROHN The Concord community was a stable area for middle to low-Income people on the near Southside for years. In many respects, it was a cily-within-a-city, with neighborhood stores and entertainment and a great deal of kinship among the residents. Then heavy industry began moving into the area, bounded by Merrill on the north, Madison Avenue on the east, Raymond on the south, and West Street on the west.

The northern section was zoned for industry and commercial development, and many people moved out or rented their homes. 1960s it was announced Robn In the early Interstate 70 would slice through the When 1 i i of neighborhood. houses started about 1965, the population of the area declined further. Suddenly the small businesses in the neighborhood found it impossible to operate. The last grocery within walking distance for residents, Walt's Supermarket, 1053 S.

West, closed last year. City officials proposed an urban renewal project for the area about four years ago, but residents, fearing a "bulldozing" operation, narrowly defeated the renewal proposal in a referendum. The defeat of the urban renewal project polarized the community and left some scars that only now are beginning to heal. The neighborhood was divided into a number of factions, such as the Southside Community Council, the Southwest Area Residents and the Southside Civil League. This factionalism made it difficult to get help from the city administration downtown, because city officials tend to have a hands-off-policy i neighborhoods where there is disunity.

Now that the interstate is being constructed, a physical wall is being built. The only access routes on 1-70 are at Meridian and West. There is no overpass on 1-70, and between 400 and 500 persons who live north of the interstate are isolated. To meet the needs of residents in the isolated area, the Concord Center has announced it will open an "Outreach Office" at 732 S. West.

A staff has been assembled to help people with their problems health, unemployment, family counseling, housingor simply to recreate the feeling of community that once existed, Co-Op Grocery With the co-operation of the United Southside Community Organization and Community Action Against Poverty of 3 The NEWS Map, Tom Johnson Map shows total Concord Center area. victory by a few thousand votes some talk about 20,000 to 25,000. They counted on the same thing in 1960, and Welsh beat them despite the Nixon edge, but they argue now that Welsh will be easier to beat than he was in 1960, because he has been governor and has a record to shoot at. But that was also true in 1968. Birch Bayh had a- six-year record to shoot at, Nixon carried the state by almost 40,000 votes more than he had in 1960, and Ruckelshaus, the Senate nominee, still lost.

Such projections are shaky ones, at best. The Republican nominee for governor in 1960 had liabilities he had to run on the record of the incumbent state administration, which had raised taxes and had had some other unpopular features. The 1972 nominee will have some liabilities, too, in the form of the state administration of Gov. Edgar D. Whit-comb, and it may be a greater drag than was the case in 1960.

Whitcomb is unpopular, with his party and with the people. Nixon Strength Weighed Republican planners assume, almost by vote, that Nixon will run even better in November than he did in 1968, or in 1960. But will he? In 1968, he could attack the Democrats they were in office. Now he must defend his own administration. In 1968, the i -p a candidacy of George Wallace cost the Democrats votes.

Wallace may not run on a third party ticket this November. In 1968, Nixon did not have to answer for Vietnam, inflation, unemployment, ITT and wage and price controls. This year he will. In 1968, those 18, 19 and 20 could not vote. Now they can.

In 1968, Nixon had not opened up relations with China and Russia. Now he has. It is a different atmosphere, and it may produce a far different result. The President is a vote getter of established ability in Indiana, but this is no guarantee he will be that for the third time in a row, and history and common sense suggest he may not be. Franklin Roosevelt ran away with Indiana in 1932 arid 1936, but lost the state in 1940.

If Welsh is the Democratic nominee for governor, he may find voters more willing, not less willing, to split their tickets for him. The probability is this will be the case, and perhaps heavily so. By EDWARD ZIEGNER Political Editor The electron ticket splitter probably will again be a very important voter in this year's November balloting. He may be vital, especially for the Democrats. He has been, in past elections, split ticket voters having given that party important victories when they lost most other offices on the ballot.

There is a widely held and probably rnrrpct assumntion that the Democratic Ziegner nominee for governor will be Matthew Welsh, the former governor. Welsh and the Democrats know all about the importance of ticket splitting. In 1960, Richard Nixon carried Indiana by. 222,762 votes. Welsh was elected governor by 23,177, a split of 245,939 ballots, In 1968 the Democrats learned again, to their pleasure, and the Republicans again, to their sorrow, about the willingness of the Indiana voter to split his ticket, and again Richard M.

Nixon was involved. This time the Democratic candidate involved was U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh, and the split, compared to 1960, was an even greater one. Nixon carried the state by an overwhelming 261,226 votes, while Bayh won re-election for a second term by 71,985, a split of 333,211, one-third of a million votes.

Now, let's look at this November. GOP Faces Hard Task Realistic Republicans know thai electing their nominee for governor probably but not certainly House Speaker Otis R. Bowen will be difficult, whoever carries the banner. In the intensive maneuvering that went on for months to try to get William D. Ruckelshaus, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to come back and run, a poll was taken in the state.

It matched various Republicans up against Welsh. The results were not happy for the GOP. Ruckelshaus himself said "It shows Welsh strong, but it doesn't show he's unbeatable." Another Republican said it showed "we have two chances slim and none." Indiana Republicans are counting very heavily on a huge Nixon margin to drag their nominee for governor to Greater Indianapolis, there also are plans for the creation of a small, nonprofit grocery. Concord's agency director, Mrs. Patricia Selmanoff, said Concord is the only United Fund agency in the area.

The Outreach Office will permit services to be brought to the families north of 1-70 who have been cut off from Concord's main agency at 17 W. Morris, she said. "The Outreach Office will be here as long as it is funded and as long as people reside here," Mrs. Selmanoff said. Mrs.

Ann May, director of housing for the Outreach Office and a resident of the area, said the city administration would do more to help the community if the polarization did not exist. "I think the city is willing to help. They just half listened until recently," she commented, "but they are beginning to pay more attention now." The Rev. Norman Bradshaw, director of employment, said, "About 12 years ago I asked about getting a Boys Club started in this area. Today, officials are asking me.

Businesses in the area indicate they want to co-operate and co-ordinate in some direction to help the neighborhood, but frequently they just don't know what to do." ported the park bond sale will be the chief topic of the minority caucus Monday afternoon and he is not sure what the outcome will be. "If we do oppose it," he said, "it will be more out of concern about the city's total bonded indebtedness and not this individual bond issue." The proceeds of the bond sale, according to Parks Director William Spencer, will be used to purchase more than 300 acres of additional property and improve park facilities, including the construction of three new golf courses and three swimming pools. Bids on construction projects in the bond issue are scheduled to be opened April 21 and May 1 and, if approved, the bonds will be sold June 7. Included in the land to be purchased is a total of 143 acres that represents all the remaining property to be acquired Council OK Seen On $8 Million Bonds Don't Quote Me Conservatives1 Switch Possible, Swen Says Insurance Up The limited access to the area caused by the interstate construction has raised fire insurance on homeowner policies, and the small plot sizes make it difficult to build a new house where an old one once stood. The staff at the Outreach Office agreed that an urban renewal project would be approved by the community if a referendum were conducted today, provided the project was not a "bulldozing" project.

Staff members also expressed concern that the area needs more recreational facilities for all ages of citizens. In the past, the older men would gather at a favorite spot to play checkers "sometimes in shifts" but the gathering place is gone, and an attempt to relocate the checkers games in Concord Center was not successful because the men did not find it "homey" enough. The area is seeking a "total community center," such as the one at Riverside Park, to meet all the recreational needs in the community and be within walking distance of the residents. According to staff workers, there is relatively little crime in the area, considering it is an inner-city section. Women staff workers said they had no fear of being on the streets day or night.

There was a unanimous feeling at the Outreach Office that the neighborhood is worth saving, because, as Mrs. May put it, "It is a friendly neighborhood." 8 A new greenhouse and sunken garden at Garfield Park. 9 Storage building for Riverside, Brookside and Garfield parks and Riverside golf course. In other business Monday, the council's expected to, consider a controversial resolution calling for councilmen to name two members to a nominating committee that will select a task force to study the problems of equal rights for women and the possible creation of a Commission on the Status of Women. Another controversial measure scheduled to be introduced at the council session would authorize a 50 per cent increase in the sewer service charge now being levied against nonprofit organizations, including schools and churches.

Cecil Field Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. The Navy's chief of chaplains, Rear Adm. F. E. GARRETT, held a 90-minute conference with Jensen who is on leave until May 2.

"We talked mainly of immediate plans. When I return from leave I will report to Jacksonville Naval Hospital for surgery on my nose," said Jensen. HENRY FORD II, board chairman of Ford Motor was paid $689,000 in salary and bonuses last year. That's $189,000 more than he received the year before, according to a company proxy statement to Ford shareholders. Sen.

HUGH SCOTT, and Sen. MIKE MANSFIELD, will stress President Nixon's firm commitment of the United States to the doctrine that seeks to avoid further confrontation in Asia. The two will leave for China April 16. It will not be Scott's first visit. He was there in 1947 shortly before the Communists took control of the government.

He was a member of the House at the time and an avid student of Chinese history. Former President JUAN 1). PERON has been cleared of all criminal charges in Argentina and is free to return there without facing arrest. Orvill Raine is working on one of the most crucial projects in the area, establishment of a grocery. "We have been to the State Board of Health about the health rules, we have a place set up and we know how much the pent will be," he said.

"Wood (High School) students are going to help us. They will not get paid, but they will get credit." He said the nonprofit grocery will be located at 944 S. Meridian, site of the former Vogel's Market. According to workers at the Outreach Office, many of the elderly citizens who cannot walk or get transportation to groceries are subsisting on canned soup that one area drugstore sells. Commenting on the employment situation, the Rev.

Mr. Bradshaw said: "We have a number of migrant, type people who don't have job experience, and we are attempting to associate them with the type of job that will give them a work record," he said. Can't Get Around The Rev. Mr. Bradshaw underscored the effect the lack of transportation in the area has on the employment situation.

"If a job pays $1.80 an hour, but is in Nora, the people don't in the Eagle Creek Park area. Also to be acquired through the bond sale is the Krannert YMCA, 605 S. High School Road. Construction projects in the bond issue inciude: 1 Two golf courses in the Eagle Creek area. 2 A golf course at County Line and Sherman.

3 Swimming pools at 34th and Haw-ger Park. 4 A swimming pool and ice rink at Stop 11 and Lavern Road. 5 Ice rink and bathhouse at Ellenber-thorne and 44th and Indianola. 3 Expansion of decks at Northeastway and Gustafson swimming pools. 7 New rehearsal and dressing rooms at the Hilton U.

Brown Theater. Lynn Armstrong His future assignment still being mulled over by Navy brass, Cmdr. ANDRL'W F. JENSEN has gone on leave. Jensen, first chaplain ever to face a general court-martial, was acquitted of charges of misconduct by adultery with two Navy officers' wives.

The women testified they had at least 21 love trysts with the senior chaplain at People In The News 'Round Fortune Wheel Goes By HUGH RUTLEDGE An $8.9 million bond issue for a major parks improvement and land acquisition program is expected to be approved by the City-County Council Monday. The regular 6:30 p.m. council session will be the first held in the newly remodeled council chamber on the second floor of the City-County Building. Since December, the council has been meeting in the auditorium of the American United Life Insurance building at Fall Creek and Meridian. A telephone survey by The News of council members today indicates a majority of the 29-member body will vote in favor of the bond sale requested by the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Councilman Gordon Gilmer, chairman of the council parks committee, said today, "I am sure the council will pass the bond ordinance." He explained his committee voted earlier this week to submit the proposal to the full council "without recommendation" only because some wanted more time to study the matter and determine what effect it would have on next year's tax rate. Mayor Richard G. Lugar made an appeal for public support of the bond sale Thursday after he learned the committee had not recommended passage of the bond approval ordinance. In a letter sent to all councilmen, Lugar asked for their support "in this signal achievement in bringing together a co-ordinated and comprehensive park and conservation program for Indianapolis and Marion County." He said the bond proposal includes many projects submitted by neighborhood groups over the last several years and "represents one of the high points of park and recreation achievement in the history of the city." Rozelle Boyd, minority leader of the Republican-controlled council, today re Evening Prayer Precious Savior, You were willing to sacrifice Your life that men might not perish eternally! Restore peace to this world by moving men to come to You on bended knees confessing their sins. Forgive our transgressions and continue to bless Your church.

We ask il in Your name. Amen. The Rev. H. L.

Kruevkcbcrg Emniaus Lutheran Church said Courtney, "but your theory, of course, is predicated on a conservative crossover vote for Wallace." "Of agreed Abner. "There's another angle to that situation. Burton and Mrs. Gubbins are both in head-on races, Burton against the Rev. Bill Hudnut and Mrs.

Gubbins against George Rubin. That makes it tougher for them than for Bob Jones, for instance. Jones, a conservative Republican, is seekin' renom-ination for state representative, but he's in a four-man race with three to be nominated, which I think would make crossovers less worrisome for him." "Burton, Mrs. Gubbins and Jones are not slated by the Republican organization and I'm assumin' the party organization will get out its vote, which seems to me to be a pretty good assumption." "Don't the election laws of Indiana prohibit crossover voting in a asked Courtney. "Sorta but not very strong," replied Abner.

"First, a person with a Republican votin' record who asks for a Democratic ballot has to be challenged on the basis of party affiliation. In many precincts there jest aren't any challenges. Then if a person is challenged, he can sign an affidavit saying he plans to vote in the November election for a majority of the candidates of the party whose primary ballot he takes. Since the votin' in the election is secret, how's anyone goin' to tell what candidates got the vote of a person who signed an affidavit?" "We're going to have to wait until the primary vote is tallied to see if Wallace gets many crossovers," said Courtney. "You're probably right, but I talked to a Democratic pro yesterday who said he was worried and he'd be ashamed if Wallace carried Marion County," said Abner.

arkin Time By BILL WILDHACK "You can bet that Marion County candidates in both parties are taking a hard look at returns from the Wisconsin presidential primary, particularly the crossover vote for George a 1 1 a said Abner Swen, the independent candidate for the School Board. "In other words, they are wondering if the same thing can happen here," observed John Courtney of Hamilton, Smith, Wilson, Haynes, Brown Associates Wildhack public rela- tions. "That they are," replied Abner. "I've been thinkin' it through and I jest gotta think it must worry Dan Burton and Joan Gubbins." "Why is that?" asked Courtney. "My reasonin' is kinda complicated but if you jest listen I'll try to explain it," said Abner.

"President Nixon's name is the only one on the Republican presidential primary ballot. The Democratic presidential primary ballot will have the names of Hubert Humphrey, Ed Muskie and Wallaoe. A lot of conservatives are mad at Nixon because of his flirtin' with China, his big national budget deficit spending, the wage and price controls, his welfare family assistance plan and some question about how strong his stand is against busin' among other things. May Hurt Conservatives "These conservatives are goin' to be mighty templed to cross over and vote for Wallace by askin' for a Democratic ballot. Wallace, as a Southern governor, has pretty good credentials as a conservative.

Now, Burton, run-nin' for the Republican nomination for 11th District congressman, and Mrs. Gubbins, runnin' for the Republican nomination for state senator from the 30th District, are makin' their big pitch about bcin' conservatives. If there are many crossovers by Republican conservatives to Wallace, 1 don't see how it could do anything but hurt them." "That sounds reasonable to mo," By JIM SMITH The music was by HENRY MAN-CM. The weather was lousy. A petite, blue-eyed blonde from Revere, a suburb of Boston, laughed and then she cried.

The wheel of had picked Miss LYNN ARMSTRONG as the 1972 National Cherry Blossom Queen in the nation's capital. There was a full house at the Kennedy Center concert hall despite a severe hail and snowstorm. The multicolored "Wheel of the States" was spun by Labor Secretary JAMES HODGSON. Slowly it passed by Alabama, represented by Miss PEGGY SUE WALLACE, whose father, Gov. GEORGE WALLACE, was in the audience.

When it slopped on Massachusetts, Lynn burst out laughing and then cried tears of joy. Assistant Commerce Secretary C. LANGHORN WASHBURN, commenting on the bad weather that came as a surprise after a summer-like day, said, "There's a inch of cherry blossoms all over Washington streets this evening." The festival, marking the blooming of Japanese cherry trees in the. capital, started 60 years ago. Tht world and God and I hay built My body, and we will agree.

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