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Pettiest Politics Rep. Richard L. Ottinger, the Democratic candidate for United States senator, has a certain amount of urbane charm, a keen sense of politics and an awareness of issues upon which to capitalize during his campaign. He also has a whale of a lot of money, according to his critics who charge he "bought" his primary victory, and he has presented a:generous offer of financial help to his Democratic colleagues seeking election in November. This, latter would indicate Mr. Ottinger also is imbued with principles of altruism. But, however creditable his campaign or his performance as a candidate has been up to this time, there seems to be gathering in Mr. Ottinger's camp a smell that is stronger even than that drifting from Onondaga Lake on the murky shore of which he yesterday launched his petitions which seek for him the designation as a candidate of the "Conservation Party." This ploy, which we hope we have accurately judged as no more than an at- iention-getthig device, is spurious on the face of it. Of course, the congressman has developed a certain following of persons who share with him his interest and efforts in conservation and environmental protection. But when they enter the voting booth it is not going to be necessary for them to seek out a "Conservation Party" line -on the ballot designating Mr, Ottinger as the candidate. They certainly should be aware of his conservationism by then, what with the overwhelming promotion he has purchased on television. On the other hand, however, there is the obvious similarity of the "Conservation Party" label and the Conservative Party, a legitimate political organization which is fielding a competent candidate of its own in the senatorial campaign. The move to create especially for this election a "Conservation Party" is a deliberate attempt to mislead and deceive voters who, in their brief time in the voting booth, easily could misread "Conservation" for "Conservative" and vice versa. The whole thing is as phony as a three-dollar bill and does not become a candidate whose stature we previously regarded as above such pettiness. It's About Time Uncle Sam moves slowly but he is finally starting effectively to curb the 'flow of illicit drugs into- this country, : More importantly, Uncle is also zeroing in on major supply sources south of the border. Earlier this year, armed with an $8.7 million supplemental appropriation and 900 newly recruited and trained agents and inspectors, the U.S. Bureau of Customs tightened border inspection operations at major entry points throughout .the nation. The first month of intensified enforcement produced a haul of more than nine tons of marijuana, significant quantities of other illicit drugs and the arrest of 335 persons. This week the United States gave Mexico five helicopters and three scouting planes to be used to find and destroy accessible mountain areas in that country. Federal officials said the.gift will help reduce the flow of drugs into this country and "could put some big traffickers out of business.'* Let's have more militant steps like these to stem the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. ig House Blues ISP* The good old days of being "sent up the river" to Sing Sing are over. As the gangster movies of the 1930s and 1940s have lost their attraction except for late-night television audiences, so has that venerable institution on the Hudson lost its name. From now on it is no longer Sing Sing State Prison. It is Ossining Correctional Facility. And the warden or the "head screw", as the movie convicts used to call him, is now a superintendent. The changes were made July 8 under terms of a new state law. that reorganized the state's penal system to put more emphasis on rehabilitation of criminals. Of the state's 21'penal institutions for men, women and juveniles, the 10 that were called prisons or reformatories were redesignated as "correctional facilities." And all wardens were changed to "superintendents." So, the next time the boob tube shows THE POST-STANDARD 4 Fri., July 24,1970 The Standard 1829 The 'Poit.,.. ».1884 The Post-Standard 1899 Published Every Weekday Syracuse, N. Y. 13201 J* Leonard Gorman, Executive Editor Robert C. Atkinson, Managing tdtoor Loren Bailey, New* Editor Ollie Sheremeta, City Editor 'William R. Cole, Jr., Atsittant to Editor F. Wesley Geerer, Advertbina Director Harry . Felts, Circulation MEMB«R Or THE AttOClATXD PUBS Tbi Associated Prft«i is entitled excluilvd? to to UM for rfrpjbUcttion at Ui tb« toe.) newt prtntitf Hi thl» tttw**per, M wall M Ml A«wclw»d PriM newi James Cagney, Paul Muni or Edward G. Kobinson taking the rap for a stretch in the Big House, think of them going up there not to be imprisoned but to be corrected. . . . until the next midnight feature, that is, * Timid School Officials When will school officials start standing for something? An area school, which operates a summer session, requires parents and students to sign a slip which purports to prescribe certain attendance and other standards. , One item on the form proclaims that student dress will be "appropriate/' Appropriate to what? Appropriate to the personal whims of the kids that attend classes, that's what! It is a public admission that the school officials lack the courage to establish any reasonable student dress standards of their own. Students quite properly interpret it as a guarantee they can wear what they want without fear of reprimand or punishment. The phrase is so vague it is unenforceable. Just one more example of timid school officials from the state education commissioner on down abdicating their responsibility to exercise adequate leaders hip and authority. By ,AN0 Goodell Is Cornered BINGHAMTON - Winding up his speech at the Rotary Club's Tuesday luncheon here this week, Republican Sen. Charles Goodeil voiced a brief, emotional self-defense for having strayed so far to the left, beyond the normal confines of the Republican Party. "I couldn't have lived with myself the last two years," Goodell said, "if I had done it any differently." In response, slightly more than half the au- 'dience of several hundred businessmen spontaneously rose to their feet and gave Goodell a rousing cheer. But the others stayed in their chairs, silent evidence of the towering political problems confronting Goodwell in his uphill battle to get elected to the Senate this fall. In short, Goodell, the moderate conservative during.his ten years as Congressman from Upstate New York, is regarded as a party apostate after his two. appointive years as a flaming anti-war liberal occupying the Senate seat of the late Robert F. Kennedy. His steady, dramatic move to the left has now climaxed in this campaign year just as his party leader, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, with' much of the regular Republican organization, is moving rather sharply the other way. HENCE, GOODEIX'S savagely difficult problem: how to regain his regular Republican base without antagonizing his new constituency on the left (including the Liberal Party which also gave him its nomination). His Republican base is shifting away at an alarming rate. Here in Broome County, for example, Goodell should win by an easy two-to- one, yet Republican strategists told us that as of today he would carry only a bare plurality. But compared to the vast Downstate bedroom suburbs, Broome County looks like a little piece of heaven. In Long Island's Suffolk County, for example, Goodell is persona non grata to the Republican organization led by County Chairman Edwin M. (Buz) Schwenk. He is not invited to party functions and if he showed up he might get tossed out. Schwenk is quietly backing James -L. Buckley, the Conservative party's candidate -- a registered Republican (and brother of the conservative theoretician William F. Buckley) who got 1.1 million votes in his 1968 Senate campaign. In Nassau County, the biggest vote-producer outside New York City, County Chairman Joseph M. Margiotta is officially neutral as between Goodell and Buckley. Margiotta tried to line up his county executive committee behind Goodell, the party's nominee, but was bluntly warned to abandon the idea or risk being Voted out as county chairman. THE STORY IN SOME other counties is similar. Franklin County, in the sparsely populated Upstate lake country, voted formally to endorse Buckley. In Dutchess County, a motion at the last Republican executive committee meeting to endorse Buckley was thrown out on a parliamentary point of order. The motion was then rephrased into up or down support for Goodell, and Goodell lost, 57 to 20. This might all be quite acceptable to hard- hitting articulate Charlie Goodell if the other side of the political coin -- the liberal New York establishment -- were ready to take up the slack left by Republican defectors. But here, too, there is bad news for Goodell. In the first place, the anti-war liberal credentials of his Democratic opponent, Rep. Richard Ottinger, are fully as credible (though not so dramatic) as GoodelTs own. But more important, Ottinger's pocketbook bulges with campaign dollars from the family's plywood fortune, and the lavish flow of Ottinger money which infuriated his Democratic opponents in the primary election is certain to be surpassed this fall. By contrast, Goodell has a mere $250,000 pledged by the Republican State Committee with little more in sight at least until September, THUS, WHILE OTTINGER buys television time and cuts TV tapes for the October homestretch, cash on the line, Goodell must wait until his money starts coming in and that may be a long wait. Party strategists who are backing Goodeil fondly hope that President Nixon will come to his rescue with a strong statement of support that would polish his Republican credentials, Goodell himself is noticeably toning down his criticism of the President. Special help from Washington, however, is perhaps the longest of all the long shots Goodell is trying to parlay in his bid for election, Why that is so, and its impact on Buckley's campaign, will be explored in another report, Pfffo t Goodell Didn't Reply on Welfare To the Editor of The Poil-Standard; I question one category, namely welfare reform, which Sen. Goodell in his letter to your paper on July 21 lists as one of the areas in which he supports the President, I wrote to Sen. Goodell on April 1, enclosing an article which appeared in our other local newspaper. I asked him if the article was correct in outlining his welfare reform program which would not compel recipients to accept available work, "a condition of the Nixon plan he rejected as impractical and offensive." I suggested lack of work incentives might be "impractical, offensive" and insulting to the working taxpayers. Since his form letter reply of June 16 only thanked me for my recent communication, hoped I would continue to express my views, included me on his Newsletter mailing list and enclosed two of his speeches on environment dat- ed Dec. 11 and Jan. 22, I can only conclude the article was correct. Major differences between the President's and the Senator's proposals, not only in the area of work incentives, but also in the dollar amount of guaranteed payment, indicates "support" only in the basic agreement that reform is needed. The content of the reform tells the story! MRS. HARVEY W. HOWELL Pottery Road Warners »*»r **·······*· t ··*······· »*«*··*···«*·····*······ i* ·* i !»·· t t * C ··«·( p*»**r*t***** *···**·····*·····*· · ·*·· » * · · · · * · · · · » · · · * · Ip | ···········!··»··· ···········*······»··*···*·* »»··»*· ·*··**·*·»··· ······*· Defamation To the Editor of The Past-Standard: As the account executive of the newly retained advertising- public relations f i r m for Black Hand Enterprises, Inc., I categorically resent the implications of your Mob Power Editorial of July 22. This is defamation of the most churlish variety, and hundreds in the Syracuse community are offended by your base treatment of this well organized and international conglomerate. Maybe you won't think it's so funny when you start your car some morning. f MRS. CAROL LUZZO KELLER Syracuse Valley 'Values' To the Editor of The Post-Standard : I am a Valley resident who is concerned about some of the implications of the Rand Tract controversy. It seems to me that some of the Valley people are losing sight of some "human values" in their concern for "property values.'* I am concerned about the future of the Valley; I love the old turnpike we live on, and I love our old house. We have spent hundreds of dollars in our first year of occupancy repairing and restoring the external wood work. We will continue to do so, regardless of what happens here, but I would hope for a more friendly, open attitude towards our fellow human beings. For this reason, if no other, I hope the proposed apartments can be built. If people want to get worried about traffic and sewage problems, there's plenty to worry about in the proposed shopping center at Brighton and Seneca, and the expansion of the Nob Hill Apartments. MRS, ANN K,U. TUSSING 205 E. Seneca Turnpike Syracuse the truth. There was commotion in the room, and I heard some of my fellow classmates say "I'll check this or that one." Not many people were honest about what they wrote. The outcome was supposedly 20 per cent that have tried any type of drugs. I know that the Board of Education has proven before this that the percentage of drugs in the schools was higher. From seeing the manner in which these were answered I don't think that these are accurate facts. What amazed me most was that there was no question on the part of the news media as to the validity of the published results. In my opinion with or without questionnaires there is a serious drug problem in this community. CINDY JACHLES, 1610 Euclid Ave. Syracuse. Disposal Feared To the Editor of The Posi-Slandard : These poor people who depend upon dogs for companionship will have to dispose of their pets due to the proposed canine control law advocated by Democratic council men. Syracuse has never had councilmen who made it their business to make life miserable for dogs, until Mr. O'Nail and Mr. McCarthy started this. I hope all dog owners will «··*·····*··«·······«··»*·····*······»······ *»**»***·· remember this when it comes time to vote for councilmen again, as I will and so will my husband and our children, 7 of whom are of voting age, and all my friends who own dogs. Put the Council back in the hands of Republicans 100 per cent and rid it of Democrats who never proposed anything constructive as far as we can see. MR. and MRS. JACOB DUNGEE Syracuse Public Focus To the Editor of The Post-Standard: Please accept my personal thanks and the thanks of our Board of Directors for the constant attention to problems relating to town planning in the Town of Onondaga this past year. We recognize that the news media is the way that public business gets done in the public focus. Without your medium, much would escape the attention of many residents of the Town of Onondaga, and we realize how sincerely you attempted throughout the past year to present disputes and programs emanating in the Onondaga Hill area from a fair viewpoint. PHILIP G. KELLEY, Past President Hill Homeowners Association ^ BROTHER JUNIPER fl Drug Problem To the Editor nf The Post I am writing in reference to the recent results of the drug survey conducted in the Syracuse Public High schools about two months ago. This past year I attended Nottingham High School, I recall having to answer a questionnaire on whether or not T had ever taken drugs, It was explicitly stated that no one, would know who had written each individual one. It seemed to me that the results would be · . ;* · FieM Sotmro** lot* "He's gol as much right to live as we have--and anyway, it's his pasture." Political Front Upstate Republicans Rebel Against Goodell THE REPUBLICANS 1 MOST EFFECTIVE secret weapon in the forthcoming election would be to prevail upon U.S. Sen. Charles E. Goodell to accept nomination to a judicial office. This is apparently the only way Goodeli could legally get off the GOP ticket in the November election. It isn't likely to happen, however. With Election Day four months away Goodell, the Republican incumbent who has Liberal party endorsement, is in worse shape -- at least Upstate -- than any statewide GOP candidate in recent memory, except, of Bliven. course, the party sacrificial lambs who have run against Democratic State Comptroller Arthur Levitt the last three times around. Goodell has consistently claimed that private polls show him well off with the voters, although he has declined to reveal any specific percentages. Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller continues to publicly support Goodell and predict he will win. But these optimistic statements and predictions fly in- the face of what is now developing, not unexpectedly, into open Republican rebellion against Goodell in Upstate New York. : . · 'Joseph of Many Coats' THE FRANKLIN COUNTY Republican organization kicked it off by endorsing James L. Buckley, the Conservative party candidate for U.S. Senator. This week, St. Lawrence County Assemblyman Edward J. Keenan of Ogdensburg, a Republican incumbent who seeks re-election this fall, announced his endorsement of Buckley. Keenan said, "We have had very little results from Mr. Goodeli in regard to the North Country's economic plight." Keenan said that Goodell, who used to have a conservative legislative record now is "like Joseph of many coats as he holds the record for liberalism in way that makes no sense other than trying to seek what is popular only in New York City." Goodell, Keenan said has * 'forgotten the suburbs and other areas of Upstate New York." "This is inconsistent with and not in the best inter- T est of the Republican party as a whole," Keenan ass erted. Another Setback GOODELL GOT ANOTHER setback when the Madison County Republican Committee refused to endorse him. The committee voted to back Gov. Rockefeller and other statewide GOP. candidates but would not go for Goodell. It didn't go so far as to endorse BucMey, however. "It was heartily voiced by a great majority of the committee that Mr. Goodeli had not and does not support Republican principles, including the President t)f the United States. Subsequently a resolution was proposed and passed withdrawing active support for Mr. Goodell at this time," a committee statement said. A committee member said the action followed a two-hour discussion. Most of the 102 committee members were present, he said, and only two voted against the anti-Goodell resolution. In doing so, however, the source said, they emphasized they voted against the resolution in principle but added that they would not vote for Goodell. * Leaning to Buckley A SIZEABLE NUMBER of state legislators in this area refuse, at this time, to publicly endorse Goodell. Several of them are toying with the idea of endorsing Buckley later. A number of Republican county committees have avoided taking any action on endorsement of candidates to avoid controversy which conceivably could result in decision either not to endorse Goodell or produce a Buckley endorsement which would be embarrassing to the party. Meanwhile, Buckley established some kind of a precedent Wednesday when he was the invited guest at a Franklin County Women's Republican Club picnic in Malone where he was introduced by County GOP Chairman Hayward Plumadore in the presence of a number of Republican candidates running for election in that area this fall. He received a warm reception. * Goldberg's Priority "IT LOOKS LIKE I HAD a tough time keeping, job," Arthur Goldberg declared after hearing Maxwell School Dean Alan K. (Scotty) Campbell introduced him here this week. Campbell rattled off a long list of important public posts previously held by Goldberg. Goldberg, who is the Democrat-Liberal candidate for governor in the fall election, added, c Tm in the job market once again." Launching into his speech Goldberg said it would be a non-partisan discourse on needed state priorities, but jestingly added he couldn't resist the temptation to say, "I personally believe the first priority for state government in 1970 is to elect me governor,'* Urges Convict Aid GOLDBERG COVERED a lot of subjects during his appearance here this week. He even advocated/a pay hike for prison inmates, whom, he said, now make only three cents an hour for prison labor. He also wants them to have visitation rights with their families. i Goldberg teed off on hospitals and doctors when he responded to one question from the audience. He called for stronger public regulation of hospitals, maintaining that they are "run by doctors and for their convenience and not for efficient use." A great deal of hospital care is unnecessary, he declared. He called hospitals a "product of the physician system," and maintained that there has not been sufficient utilization of outpatient care or para professional personnel.

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