PAGE FOUR THE PHAROS-TRIBUNE and LOGANSPORT PRESS, LOGANSPORT, INDIANA SUNDAY, MAY 13,1962 Editorial.... BETTER SAFETY CHECK The current safety check of automobiles being conducted'in Loganspdrt by police authorities is far more effective than that conducted here last year. The check is thorough and is accomplishing the purpose for which it is intended, at least for the most part. Last year dozens and dozens of safety stickers were issued through filling stations who Handed out the stickers to customers with no inspection at all in many cases. This year tlie number of reports of car owners receiving safety stickers from filling stations who did not thoroughly check the car is considerably less. While some owners have stated they received stickers with no inspection, the proportion is small. We would suggest that next year no stickers fre issued through filling stations or garages, but that all checking be done on the streets in the safety lanes set up. It may result in more work and in fewer stickers being issued, but at least there would be no stickers put on cars with faulty lights, or other improper equipment. AN OBLIGATION TO THE CITIZENS The public airing of their individual proposals to 'the city by the three firms interested in obtaining the cable TV franchise for Logansport raises some pertinent questions which affect most all the citizens of Logansport. We, and Countless others, fail to understand the council's action in apparently making a commitment to one firm without fully exploring what could possibly be obtained from the others. In view of what has been brought out, we see no need at all for any rush to give a franchise until the very best deal available is gained for the citizens. Once the franchise is given, it will be the citizens who will pay the bill. The lower that bill is, therefore, the better off we will be for years to come. Questions of financial stability, comparative quality of equipment, etc., are becoming academic, since all three appear to be on a comparable basis. If one firm is willing to pay to the city considerably more than the other, if that same firm is willing to charge a hook-on fee considerably less than the other, if other benefits can also be gained, why shouldn't the citizens and the city have the advantages of these things? \ Cable TV can be good for Logansport. It can offer many benefits, and is a desirable thing. It will only be good for Logansport providing, the city obtains this service for the maximum revenue and at the lowest individual cost to its citizens. Regardless of technicalities, the city council has the responsibility to fulfill that obligation to the people. CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT The Logansport Civic Players' production of "Oklahoma!", staged here Thursday, Friday and Saturday, was a resounding success and one in which all residents can take pride. - Musical comedies are ardurous undertakings for even the most advanced thespians. To attempt such a production was a bold venture for the Players who, in their four years here, have limited their selections to straight drama. What theater-goers saw here this week was an organization and a city come culturally into their own. Abundant talent" arid interested audiences are now known quantities which can only continue to flower and flourish. CARNIVAL GEORGE E. SOKOLSKY WHAT IS NECESSITY? This is a paragraph of a letter from a New York lawyer: ".'. . I believe that Kennedy has deliberatly surrounded himself • with Socialists, that he aims to tamper with our economic life to the detriment of the people who are losing control of their own existence, and I think that you and others, whose writings influence the public opinion and frighten candidates, should protest against the trend ... We older ones owe this obligation to our children and grandchildren who will be the innocent victims of socialism after we are gone." WHY IS HE so frightened? He believes that we are on the verge of socialism. I have heard that outcry since I was a small child. It was heard here in New York when William Randolph Hearst ran for mayor In 1909. It was then claimed that Hearst was a Social-, ist who would destroy business when, as a matter of fact, he was a capitalist who was buildiing a big business. It was said of Theodore Roosevelt when he interfered in labor- management matters, particularly in the coal strikes. It was said of Gifford Pinchot when he' fought for conservation of our natural resources. It was said of Upton Sinclair when he fought against, the pollution of our food. It is always said about anyone who uncovers a scandal or offers a reform. BUT SOCIALISM is clearly definable: It is government ownership of the means of production and distribution and exchange. There are many kinds of Socialists. For instance, George Bernard Shaw was a Socialist because he believed that poverty was a sin. Beatrice and Sidney Webb, who were the heart and soul of British Fabian socialism, would, in this country, have been called reformers and their proposals were not as radical as those of the elder LaFollette. In this country, neither Eugene V. Debs nor Norman Thomas were Socialists of the Bolshevik stripe and among Communists they would l)e regarded as Utopians, as dreamers for a better world without the willingness to be revolutionary to achieve it. No President of the United States has been 'a Socialist. Andrew Jackson was, at worst, a precursor of the populists. Theodore Roosevelt, in retrospect, must be regarded as one who rescued American capitalism from its own excesses. The Marxists say that capitalism contains the seeds for its own destruction. We have been fortunate in this country that whenever those seeds grew into gallstones, some way appeared to do some major surgery without killing the patient. , THE SHERMAN Anti-Trust Jaw is an example of just such an operation and it is often forgotten that it was the conservative William Howard Taft who did the most to enforce this law. These days, one hears much in complaint of the Supreme Court, but. were it not for the early decisions of Chief Justice JoRn Marshall, it is very doubtful if this nation could have survived at all, because he defined the relations between the powerful states and the weak federal government. If President Washington had his Alexander Hamilton, other Presidents sought advice from those whom they trusted. There is considerable criticism these days of President Kennedy's advisors and associates'. That was true in the time of President Hoover and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. WHEN ROOSEVELT organized his brain-trust he was accused of surrounding himself with.Social- ists. Myself, I would call him a scholarly conservative. Adolf Berle is a liberal who has been effective in the fight against communism. Felix Frankfurter, who was regarded as the worst of them all.has, for years, led the conservatives among Supreme Court justices. I recently heard Her.ry Wallace deliver an address which no one could possibly, call Socialistic. 'Men may differ on how to save the world but labels do not guide us to the truth. Also, anyone who, THE SUNDAY PHAKOS-TEIBUNE stnit LOGANSPORT PRESS Published each Sunday by th» Pharos-Tribune and. Press, 617 E), Broadway, Logan/sport, Indiana. 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Some earn 55,000 for 5 minutes work. (Work?) . . . Irony: The big new hot show on NBC is a doable-feature of old films . . . Mr. Presley gets 50 percent of the profits from his movies . . . Showgals now put perfume on the hem of their gowns. Supposed to be sexy or somctlu'ng . . . The more you hear the "No Strings" score the more you want to hear it. Magical music, lyrical lyrics . . . The amazing thing about the Liz Taylor story: It makes beauty seem like a handicap, money appear unimportant, fame resemble tragedy and love seem downright ridiculous .... Isn't it a shame that so much Talent has so Little Class? en's "The Counterfeit Traitor" movie is something you rarely encounter nowadays: A darn good melo . . . The best advert for color-tv: The program devoted to Picasso's wonderful rainbows. DREW ON THE LIGHTER PEARSON SIDE . . . By DICK WEST WASHINGTON (UPI) - Eadi government agency has its own lingo, but none is more picturesque than that spoken in the bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife. Ths other day I picked up a statement made by a bureau official before a congressional committee. To my complete bafflement, it was filled with references to "goose-days" and "duck- days." It* took awhile, but I finally found out what those terms mean. I am now convinced that the bureau has made an important contribution to English lexicography. Counts Ducks What is a "duck-day?" Well, a bureau agent goes out and stands by a pond and counts the num- .ber of times that ducks land on it in a single day. Then he takes -the total and projects it for an entire year, and that determines how many "duck- days" the pond will have. It seems to me that the bureau has hit upon a method of arithmetical expression that could be used to good advantage by the public at large. For instance, I recently took down the storm doors at my house and replaced them with screen doors. The question then arose as to whether I should equip them with antislamming devices. Figures "Bang-Days" I answered this easily enough by counting the number of times that my children went in and out during a given day. A simple calculation then provided me with even for a short period, has the responsibility. of high office, soon enough discovers the difference between campaign talk and practical operations, The difference between the outs and the ins is that the outs may say what they please because they never need to do anything about what they say; when a man is actually in office, what he says becomes an act. For instance, had Nixon been elected instead of Kennedy, he could not have reduced the cost of experimenting-with missiles and rookets and space-ships which take such a bite out of our budget. WASHINGTON-Some hair-raising events have taken place in Miami recently involving three "Minute Men" who have now been charged with training in the Everglades swamps with rifles and hand grenades 'and one of them with a plot to blow up synagogues and assassinate the state's attorney. The events illustrate one of the ways you don't combat Communism; for one of the seven poifits to combat Communism is respect for the dignity of man. The plot also illustrates why the Anfuso Bill requiring the registration of revolvers is important. The secret plot first began tc unfold on February 18 when the home of Don Shoemaker, editor of the Miami Herald, was bombed. The police suspected a cell of right-wing extremists who had been feeding on "Communist Study Group" right-wing propaganda. One of the suspects worked for the number of "bang-days" that each door would have during the spring and summer. I next counted Ihe number of times that my wife, who is.rather jumpy, dropped a plate or a cup when she heard a sudden noise. By comparing the "bang-days" with her "smash-days," I quickly concluded that it would, pay to buy some door silencers. With summer coming on, it also would 'be interesting to ascertain the "sneer-days" of my front lawn. That would show how many times the neighbors turn up their noses at my failure to keep the grass cut. And how about the "oops-days" of a telephone? The number of times you answer it and someone says "oops, wrong number." A television set has "blab-days" (number of times the commercials are interrupted by programs) and parking places have '"circle-days (number of times you drive around the,block look ing for one). In fact, there are very few 'facets of "every day life that can't be discussed in "duck-days" language. If everyone adopted, this mode of speaking, it might reduce my own "query-days" (number of times I have to ask what a bureaucrat is talking about). HUBERT ••Imagine! Orbiting the earth three times in five hours! Why, a man could make the trip white bis wife wsadrewingr 1M 114 National Aav«rtUIn« RtprMMitatlTM • V* • 'j I © King Fca'turea Syndicate, Inc., 1962. World rights reserved. S">2"There are no jobs open right now, but we'll keep your fibo&put record on file." the Miami water department as a mcler reader. Therefore, a rookie policeman, Stephan Plumacher, born in Germany, who had served with the U.S. Army in Germany, was planted inside the water department to make contact with the plotters. He reported back that the right- wing extremists were plotting to kill State's Attorney Richard Ger- slein and Jack Gordon, a member of the school board who has been under righl-wing 'attack because he championed the right of schoolteachers lo leach the. problems and functions of the United Nations. One plan was lo blow up (he bridge leading to Gordon's home so his car would be wrecked while.en route home at night. Cool State's Attorney During all the time the plotters were scheming against State's Attorney Gerslein. he was aware of that fact but refused lo have any arrests made. He was anxious to collect full and complete evidence. At one point, he was informed that a plot to bomb his home had been chnnged to assassination. Donald Branch, now under arrest, was quoted as saying, "I'd rather pick him off with a rifle wilh high-powered sights when he walks out of his office." Despite this, Gerslein went about his work every day. Six weeks ago, the police came to urge that arrests be made. Somebody was likely lo get hurt, they warned. "Since I'm chief target," Gerstein replied, "I'm willing to remain a sitting duck. If I were just the stale's attorney and other people were in danger, I couldn't make the same decision," Broomstick For Dynamite Meanwhile, the plotters were putting Plumacher, the rookie cop, through a rigorous initiation to make sure he was not a spy. A few days ago (hey gave him five sticks of dynamite, told him to blow up a „synagogue. This presented a ticklish problem. If Plumacher didn't go through wilh the initiation, he would lose their confiflence. If he did go through with it, he would cause a tragedy. So the Miami police helped him wrap five broomsticks in brown paper to resemble dynamite. He lit the fuse; the police discovered the "dynamite," gave the papers the story that the fuse had burned to within two feel of Ihe explosives. Last week, Ihe police finally closed in. They arresled, in addition to Branch, Michael Babey, also a meter reader for the Miami water department, and George Victor, an unemployed electrician. All are members of Florida States Rights, Inc. Branch is reputed to be '& member of the American Nazi parly. In his house was found a quantity of American Nazi literature. George Lincoln Rockwell, commander of the American Nazis in Washington, denied this, but was quick to come to Branch's rescue. 'I don't tolerate nuts and criminals in our party," he said. I talked lo Slate's Attorney Ger- slein over the'phone in Miami. During the war, he flew B-17 bombing raids over Germany, was not upset now over the fact that for about two months ho had lived in constant danger of death. "This was a case," he said, "of people wanting to save America from Communism by using the tactics of Communism." Gov. Leroy Collins, when gov- . ernor of Florida,, once lold me: "When uneducated people hear well-educated people, especially those in uniform, preaching hate, In addition to Dickie, Liz's villa includes five dogs and two Siamese cats . . . Showman David Merrick once won a playwright- ing .contest. Runner-up was Tennessee Williams . . . Sinatra's family is a partner in everything he does. Splits his hefty income with the initial Mrs, Sinatra and their children . . . "Cape Fear" is the most frightening flicker since "Psycho." The eerie background music is the heebie-jeebi- est . . . Peter Sellers doesn't make a move without consulting a spiritualist. . . The film version of "The Music Man" retains the original oom-pah-pah zing. My favorite is the sofl-as-a-kiss ballad "Till There Was You" ... Add memorable show biz moments: The standing ovation for Richard Rodgers at the Tony Awards affair. No man deserved it more. Wanna get rich? For a leap off a 90-foot cliff Hollywood sluntmen earn $1,000 . . . Next season's tv programs will be dominated by comedy shows. We hope some of them are funnee ... A Coast historian breathlessly reports: "Ava Gardner has a simple home in Spain." It also includes a simple luxury. A huge swimming pool... Ingrid Bergman wears no jewelry except a wedding ring. Of course the most priceless gem is a beautiful woman . . . Since 1900 only about 125 Broadway shows hava had 500 or more performances. Slot machines offer superior odds . . . "Here's Hollywood" is on9 of the better tv interview shows. Makes stars seem human. Debbie Reynolds griped: "I know many a Hollywood couple now divorced whose marriage started slipping from the moment of the first gossip item," Newspapers don't wreck marriages—they merely report that the wreck has happened . . . Tennessee Williams once broke off relations with his analyst because the headshrinker had the audacity to criticize his plays . . . How do you become a star? Diahann Carroll studied sociology at New York University . . . Playwright William Inge is hiding a scandal. He was once a drama critic . . . Olivia de Havilland's "Every Frenchman Has One" tome is replete with wink- sly wordage, especially OOlivia's comments about bazOOms. The report that Hollywood stars spend thousands of % on scrapbooks reminds us of Ethel Barrymore's philosophy. She never had a scrapbook. Tlie great star argued rather logically: "I remember only what I want to remember. Why clutter up the house with a lot of dead history?" . . . Doris Day's fan mag photos show every pretty freckle. More eyetractivc than the familiar glama-sbols . .. Never in teevee history have sponsors, networks and agencies been so cautious about closing deals. Everybody has the jitters . . . You Never Know Who's Out Front: Vcra Miles' big break was a bit in a tv drama. Alf Hitchcock happened to be watching. Eugene O'Neill's durability was never more evident. He is the subject for several books, his plays are being produced all over the world and his "Long Day's Journey Into Night" will soon be on the screen. As someone once orchid'd: "You can lose a man like that by your own death, but not by his" . . . Man-pats-dog news: Critic Brooks Atkinson was honored by actors with a special Tony award. Which proves that anything is possible . . . The movie industry is far from its final gasp, folks. About '50 million people pay to witness a film every week. Sophia Lorcn doesn't believe in false modesty. She describes herself as a beautiful woman . . . The unique title collection can add Shirley Jones' upcoming film "The ' Courtship of Eddie's Father" . . . One of the more delightful records is Disney's "A Child's Primer of Music." A treat for tots . . . The Age of Candor: Three stars recently confessed to interviewers that they're ex-alcoholics . . . Talk about space-wasting. The N.Y. Times devote'd several thousand words to reporting that Russia is anti-Twist. (This means war!) . . . William Hold- they think it gives them a hunting license lo carry out that hate." Judge Skclly Wright's Son The most unpopular man in New Orleans, next lo Archbishop Rummel, has been U.S. Judge J. Skelly Wright who has refused lo deviate from the Supreme Court decision ordering Ihe desegregation of the public schools. Judge Wright, despite this antagonism, has kept his sense of humor. Now moved to Washington and promoted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge Wright was much more worried that this antagonism might affect his 14-year-old son. But Jim seems lo have laken the storm in his stride. One night, while he was at home alone in New Orleans, the telephone rang and an anonymous voice asked: "Is that nig- ger-loving Communism home?" "No," replied Jim, "(he nigger- loving Communist isn't here. Is there a message?" Kim Novak, who is beautiful and famous, is described in a mag as pessimistic and melancholy. Cheer up Kim—life is only as good as you think it is ... Dog psychiatrists do a big biz in Folly- wood. Some also soothe cats that have problems. Only in America . . . Our ears just encountered the "Ella and Louis" album. Miss Fitzgerald and Mr. Armstrong demonstrate (hat modern music can be musical . . . Hammy- wood's latest faddle . daddle: Bright red tires for convertibles. . . . Liz Taylor can learn from Helen Hayes' words: "I was brought up in the tradition of service. The audience pays its money and you are expected lo give your best performance—on and off the stage." Natalie Wood toils hard. In nineteen years she has made 35 flickers. Natalie is 23 . . . Barbara and Artliur Gelb's "O'Neill" biog reflects exhaustive research. They interviewed over 400 people before writing the book . . . The U. S. has more lelesets than the rest of the world combined. This is progress? . . . The "Dock Brief film is heaven for actors. A two-actor cast^-but they play 11 different roles ... . The things Mae West writes in Climax mag! A nawdy, nawdy goil . . . Mid- lowners are raving about Helen Dunn's new spot at 44 W. 5Gth St. Many of her delicious recipes aro published in books . . . Julie Andrews' orbs are gray-blue—just like your favorite columnist's lamps . . . The resurgence of tv bingocasts seems to indicate there's nothing more entertaining than money. LAFF-A-DAY <P) Klnf Features Svndlcnle. Inc., 1962. World rllihtn "How would you like to get me out of your hair for eight weeks this summer?"
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