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Monday, December 8, 1969
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IBS 4 CC R PART II 2t EDITORIALS ' MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1969 ART SEIDENBAUM Men Who Massacre Maybe it's only my sense of the macabre and makes no sense to other people, but there seem to be some gruesome parallels below the gore of last week's Jieadlines. - The slayings at My Lai were committed against, a whole crowd of people, indiscriminately. The Tate murders in Benedict Canyon were committed against a whole class of people, indiscriminately In Vietnam and in Los - Angeles, the vic tims were unknown to their killers as individuals or human beings. .- The killers at My Lai supposedly knew the villagers as gooks, a term that diminishes their humanity. The local killers seem to have known their victims as pigs, another short dirty word that takes life out of the people category. 1 If you can think of creatures as gooks or pigs then you no longer have to respond to them as fellow men. Bigotry has a language of its own, with a rich assortment of nouns that deny human dignity. The most popular explanation for what happened at My Lai is revenge. We are told that the killers were probably retaliating for atrocities committed against their buddies. W I m M AS I I, ? . jBbth 1-ih lr t Sides Claim Win Irvine Coritrol Figlit Heiress, 'foundation Head See Victory in U:S. Senate Action pi i A. 4 , "s. ' 1 i If' i V 1 0 i n m Question of Motive The suggested motive for the Tate murders was also revenge revenge against upper affluent people who denied Manson's musical genius. In both cases, the people massacred were tragic stand-ins for the real targets. Women and children stood-ih to be shot for Viet Cong. Mrs.' Polanski and her guests stood-in for a previous tenant of the Benedict Canyon house. Then there is the business of obedience. The My Lai firing squad consisted of military men who were following orders. They did, according to witnesses, what they were told, although what they did violated every value that their countrymen claim to embrace. The followers of Charles Manson talk about blindly obeying their magical leader. They say they were hypnotized or entranced by the man and would do whatever he commanded. . So we are asked to believe that all the henchmen had no minds, no wills of their own. A doom-monger could draw the parallels and build a theory of hopelessness concerning this culture and its young people. But at the same time there seem to be other parallels that give me some reason for being optimistic about the human spirit First, and most important, the revulsion against both massacres appears to be as profound as it is widespread. ' And the solution of both tragedies seems to be emerging from the testimony of people with inside knowledge of the events. "We have Ronald Ridenhour, the letter-writer, to thank for opening the dreadful sore at My Lai. One editor friend seriously' suggests that Mr. Ridenhour deserves a Nobel Prize because he took his country's conscience in his own hands. Now, however, My Lai eyewitnesses and participants are willing to talk and willing to explore the horrors of their own behavior. - '-We have diligent police work to thank for uncovering the Tate murders. Now, however, some of those participants are offering .testimony- Now the test of this society will be our willingness to see ourselves In society's enemies, our willingness to recognize those enemies as also human. A SUNDAY SERVICE Prayers ore said during the Sunday service cfa church for- homosexuals.) The 385-seat film theater on Melrose Ave. near Ness Blvd. was donated for. the Sunday' worship. .. . ; limes photos by Don Cormier ; Church for Homosexuals BY JOHN DART Times kelisieii Writer While music played in the background, parishioners took their seats and passed hymn books down the rows, a layman started the worship service by reading from the 37th Psalm. ". . . Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; fret not thyself in any wise to do eviL For evildoers shall be cut off . . . r "The meek shall inherit the earth . , ." The service that followed was not too different ' from many Protestant services ' But the psalm's prophecy that "the meek shall : Inherit the earth" undoubtedly has special .. meaning for this unusual congregation. The churchgoers that filled the 385-seat Encore Theater ona recent Sunday morning were nearly all males, most of them young. The church in Hollywood is believed to be the first one in the country to have a homosexual pastor, a predominantly homosexual congregation and to identify itself unabashedly as a church for homosexuals. , : " Formed a little more than a year ago, the Metropolitan Community Church has grown to more than 255 members and a prominent role in the increasingly outspoken homosexual community in Los Angeles. The pastor is 29-year-old Troy mry, wno wa3 . , . - minister of fundamentalist churches in Florida ' L - ; , , , and '.Santa Ana before he faced up to what PASTOR Pastor Troy Perry of the Metro- -homosexuals sometimes call their "sexual orienta- po'itan Community Church, a year-old church tion." - ; , for homosexuals, preaches ot the Encore The- Flease Turn to Page 3, Col. 1 cter, where the Sunday -services ore held. 0 JL rtfi v il : ' i Mm W h X ti si mk0M r' ' 8 Flee Boat Threatened by Surf BY MILT BROUHARD Timet Staff Writer - HUNTINGTON BEACH Eight persons were rescued by lifeguards Sunday, when they had to leap from their 36-foot cabin cruiser .shortly before it was washed into the Municipal Pier by a 10-foot surf. Lifeguard Capt. Douglas D'Arnell said a' lifeguard public address on the pier had warned the boat to keep away -from the surfline just before the accident took place. "We were fishing with the motor turned off," Bob Hayes, 32, co-owner of the boat with Eddie Brofis, 34, said in lifeguard headquarters afterward. - . - He said that when' he attempted to start the engine in' response to the warning, the battery failed and ,the boat was shoved shoreward. ' "; City Gained Links, but Lost Pro Shop BY W. B. ROOD Timet Siaff Writer LOS ALAMITOS Chances of this city falling heir to - a ready-mada municipal golf course at some future date seemed good after recent county approval of a 47-acre annexation which included a large chunk of the Naval Air Station golf course. But a study last week by the air station's Public Works Department showed the clubhouse and pro shop are already about 50 feet inside, the city limiU of Cypress. The question of the city in which the buildings are located is academic as long as the air station remains in operation. But should the station ever be moved and the land sold, Los Alamitos could fall heir to a ready-made municipal golf course minus clubhouse. Los Alamitos Councilman Joseph Hyde, who sponsored the annexation at the west end of Orangewood Ave., charged that a protest by Cypress was an attempt to deprive Los Alamitos of the Navy course clubhouse and pro shop. riease Turn to Page 4, Col. 1 D'Arnell said he and two other guards entered the water at 6th St. at that time and made a 300-yard swim to the boat to get passengers off before the big waves pounded the boat aground. "We swam out," D'Arnell 'said,' "and had to talk them off the boat. The water's about 30 feet deep out there and Ihey were afraid. I didn't blame them, but it would have been ; more dangerous to have tried to ride the boat ashore." Just after the passengers left the boat waves drove it underneath the pier and it beached on the opposite side near Lifeguard Headquarters Two more lifeguards joined the rescue at that point and the 13" persons swam for the pier.It;wa3 , too dangerous . to, swim ashore, through the surf, D'Arnell .'explained. V-V'i This swim - through thes chilly 60- . degree water , added ' another 400 . yards to sthe rescue. The party crawled up a pier ladder to safety. AH were treated: for cold and immersion at Lifeguard ; Headquarters and later driven : home by friends and relatives. " The rescued persons were: Brofis, 7654 Ben St., North Hollywood; his brother Harry, 43, and Tony Brofis, 14, Harry's son. ;. . -- Others were Hayes, 5853 Loveland St., Bell Gardens; his father George, 75, of 414 E. Stempy St., Inglewood, and Haye's three daughters, Marga-. ret, .9, Rebecca, 6, and Lifa, 4. ": BY HOWARD SEELYE '. , ' Timet Staff Writer Both sides of an Irvine Co. power struggle claimed victory Sunday following Senate : approval , of a compromise relating to tax-exempt foundations. . . ; . The compromise which' was approved by a voice vote of the Senate Saturday, changed from two to eight years, the time the Irvine Foundation has to start divesting .'itself of its majority ; interest in the ; Irvine co.-: - ;v '. :. :.' :V": The new law governing founda- ' tions- is part of a tax reform bill passed by the House and now being acted oh piecemeal by the Senate. The bill's original provision on i foundations called for divestiture, of I holdings starting in two years and I ending in 10 years. , ; i Foundation Controls Company 1 The Irvine Foundation now owns more than 54 of the stock of the Irvine: Co.; and ; thus controls the company. . , . . ' ' ;'; Another, aspect of the bill ap- proved by the ' Senate . requires foundations to give to charity each - year a sum equal to 6 of the foundation's' assets.- That section is ' effective in three years.-. This could have a rbearing on the i schedule ; of : divestiture for the I Irvine Foundation because the foun- p dation how gives to charity less than 1 1 of its net value each,year. ' I. If the foundation is required, io p give 6-, some persons close tothe ti Irvine picture believe it. could lead II ' to' a break-up of foundation, control-. 1 . over the company in less than eight years. ;-; :. : -. , i - ' , ' Heiress Sees 'Victory-7 ;' -' ! I 'Joan Irvine Smith, 'heiress to a 1 large portion of the" Irvine fortune, 1 sees the'Senate action as a victory in 1 her : 12-year crusade to break, the I foundation's control over the Irvine t-W :'. "i ' ' . 1 In an interview from her home in-, Middleburg, Va., Mrs. Smith said, by telephone:," We're definitely on our way, we re m very good snape. She conceded the; fight won't be finished until a 'Seriate-House con-, f erence'approves the bill and President Nixon signs it into law. j. On the : other . hand N. " Loyally McLaren, chairman of the board of both the Irvine Foundation and the . Irvine Co., , said !in a, telephone interview from his home in San Francisco that the' Senate action' "puts us in a better position than the Byrd amendment,"; . Forced Divestiture ' .' 1 - - -McLaren was . referring to' ;an amendment offered and passed ' by . the Senate Finance Committee in ' October by Sen. Hkrry.Byrd Jr. (D-Va.) that required foundations owning over, 10 of the land in-, any: urban- county to start ridding themselves pf; their holdings .within two years.-.; . : , .v ,'' ... There are no such foundations other than the Irvine Foundation in the United States. . .. 1 The compromise came about when three senators, two Republicans and Byrd, conferred Saturday over the best way to approach the foundation divestiture matter."'- ' . .' Y- ' Senators George'-' Murphy " ,(K-Calif.) and Paul Fannin (R-Ariz.) , had sought to eliminate the Byrd amendment fromlthe bill, according to Lyndall Young,; attorney for-Mrs. . Smith, . . . . . . 1 Please Turn to Page ' 4,' Col. 2 1 'r If ,;mmmM Joan Irvine Smith Housewives Meet Growing Need for trie Psvchial . Aides i i m i BY HARRY NELSON- Timet fVledical Writer : ' " ' An increasing number of 'health agencies are becoming willing and even eager to'train housewives how to do tasks .which ; only highly trained professionals, once did,--according to. a San Fernando Valley psychologist. . , - ',.. The reason, is that the increased demand for services by. patients is so great that professionals find it hard "to take t care of the need, ; said Dr. Stephen J. ; Howard,' assistant director of 'the , San Fernando ' Valley .' Child: Guidance' Clinic: r. : - x x -r . Four years ago the clinic began a training program, aimed at shortening the waiting time before children with 'behavior problems ' could - be seen for treatment- J ";: The training program coincided with a new "drop-in", facility opened by the clinic to take care of crisis situations which; could-' riot ( wait being seen. ' F. ';Y. , 'Immediately Swamped y - - "We were immediately swamped Dr.: Howard said in ah interview.' ; So they' began '", training; women 'who. had been working. at the clinic trying to help people who phoned in. . Alt of them were .volunteer workers 35 : to ,50 years ;of age and ; with children either in school or grown. At first the training consisted only of having the 10 volunteers watch while . the- professionals ' screened drop-in patients to . judge what ,. 'should be. done.'. ,, ;: : ; . ; : , , V . Gradually, as they.A picked up experience the 'women were tallowed to do some of the interviewing with the professional present in the room, and still later, -without the presence of the professional. Today, after four-'years! the'easa aide training . program has -been modified to meet different needs. Recently a new program was begun to train women who will w6rk,with the parents - of children . patients under professional supervision., ., San Fernando Valley State. Coueg offers four units of credit , for ith training.' . ; ; : - - The' clinic has also begun training aides ; for 1 the - community, at large, not just for use in their pwn facility. A training period consists of three one-half-day sessions a week for one year., Dr.; Howard said interest in hiring : ' Please Turn to Page 4. Cot. 4 I ! r iKy 1 i'V ; I , J Bf $111 J , w y . j , 1 nu : l I "A- n X 1 ? i MANY, MANY HANDS But residents of Seol Beach find it still isn't light work os they prepare sand barrier, before the oceanf ront homes near 12th St. Heavy surf and high tidjs flooded the area Sun-day and more of the same was expected along the coast this morning. ;'". ; , ' ' Times photo tj Hal Schull

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