The Pharos-Tribune Editorial Comment. O, BURY ME NOT ON THE LONE PRAIRIE! FKOM OTHER PAPERS Bright Side of the Picture However deplorable the killing and maiming of persons in 'traffic accidents in the United States? there is a bright side of the picture as well as the ugly one that is always in full view. The wailing and wringing of hands over the toll in lives, suffering and property often — perhaps too often—., blinds Americans to the fact that startling progress has been made in street and highway safety. It is hard to believe this in the light of the record which shows that on the average more than a thousand persons are killed annually in Indiana and around 38,000 in the nation. It is true nevertheless that great headway has been made in the field .of motor vehicle safety. As the Automotive Safety Foundation approaches completion of its 25th year it is appropriately calling attention to this record of progress. When the Foundation was 'established June 2, 1936, traffic accidents were claiming 15.1 lives for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel. By 1961 the death rate was knocked down to 5.2. Industrialist E. J. Thomas, a trustee of the organization, noted that if the rate had not been brought down, accidents today would be exacting a toll of more than 100,000 lives a year. The Foundation figures that the reduction over the past quarter century has saved 825,000 lives, prevented 30 million disabling injuries and cut the economic loss by a whopping $100. billion. In a recent address in South Bend, Col. John J. Barton, superintendent of Indiana State Police, similarly took note of the impressive progress Indiana, is making. In 1939, he pointed out, Indiana ery 100 million miles of travel. Last . year the rate was down to 4.9 despite . ihe steady -increase in the density of traffic. Neither Indiana nor the nation can afford complacency," obviously. The only sensible way to view the accomplishments of the past is to regard , them as proof that further gains are possible if people are willing to work hard enough for them. (South Bend Tribune) KEENER THAN DIAMOND. Light waves sharpened 'to produce a very • narrow, powerful beam.was used by General Electric scientists at Schenectady, N.Y., to cut diamonds, one of the toughest substances known. The impact created an explosive sound and produced a blue-white jet similar .to the flame of an intensely hot gas. Under proper control, this light beam should have many industrial uses and perhaps even serve a military purpose. In the Past One Year Ago F-106's were lo produce sonic boom at Bun- - ker Hill AF Base's open house .,. . Sound of Security demonstration. New bypass work project . . . Rail-bridge contract over Wabash railroad let. Flora Garden Club planning event for tyTay 23. Dr. Martin T. Barco of Winamac named president of Three Rivers Boy Scout Council in Logan-land. Ten Years Ago Rain didn_'t deter golf pros at Logansport :. . . State pro-am tourney underway at Dyke. man Park municipal links despite downpour. • " Sedalia man, Emil Bersbach, wins annual state chess tourney defeating DePauw professor in decisive game. Schedule school safety patrol picnic . . .Hundreds of safety patrol members from Logansport and Peru to participate. Twenty Years Ago The United Service Organization .campaign in Logansport and Cass county was to open. Secretary of Agriculture Claude R. Wickard was scheduled to head a food administration expected to be established by President F. D. Roosevelt. Assessors of Cass county reported 4,539 trucks and cars in Logansport. Fifty Years Ago • Taft and Roosevelt specials were keeping the Pennsy busy. Ed Overmeyer was" recuperating from 'a serious case of blood poisoning. Charles Shirley of Walton purchased a new ' touring car. WALTER WINCHELL Broadway and Elsewhere Several Solons have argued that Otto Prcmingcr's film "Advise and Consent" (which was planned luird by critics at the Cannes Festival) gives, an unflattering portrayal of the United States and will damage our "image" abroad. Prcminger denies i(, of course. From a trade paper: "Preminger is preparing to go to Russia as a guest of the Union of Soviet Fihn-MHkers and show 'Advise and Consent.' ". . .Hmmm. Every American has the con-, slitulional right lo gripe about' taxes. And he has the duly of pro- 'test Ihe waste of his money. It is no secret that billions of dollars expended for our foreign aid programs have been squandered. Several years ago the Hoover Commission made an extensive survey of government inefficiency and waste. It issued an exhaustive report demonstrating how taxpayers can save millions of 'dollars. Unfortunately not many of the Hoover Commission's suggestions have been adopted. . .Taxpayers are ready to pay till it hurls If it helps the functions and security of the nation. But no taxpayer wants to be a sucker. To get back to the Billie Sol. Eslcs scandal: The Democrats control Congress' investigation machinery. How they handle this case will be significant. If the investigation it not thorough and aggressive—the Democrats wi.l convict themselves. In the Court of Public Opinion—it isn't only Billie Sol Estes who is on trial- it is also The New Frontier & Co. Nothing is more shocking than the realibation that kenneclyism has wiped out approximately $7I) ! Billion in values of stocks in two 1 months. And nothing is more foolish than to sin-render to despair , or fear. This nation and its economy have survived numerous political blunders, Administrations come and go—the nation endures. People are mightier than politicians. . .But none of us can figures out why the very rich Kennedy •family won't let-others accumulate a few bucks. Eddie Fisher says the "author" of an article about Liz and himself was their Rome butler. (Ed- die: The editors obviously did not know Hie is wanted by Rome police; criminal record, etc. as you allege.) Eddie says he was offered a bundle to Tell All to the Satcve- post. No do'. . . The gold, wedding band has new competition. Divorcees now sport "divorce rings." (Diamonds set in a black jet band) . . . If 20th Century-Fox ever gets back its investment on "Cleopatra" it's a cinch it won't be in tin's century . . . Reviiied Version of a Famed Line: "When in Rome Liz docs what Liz do«s" . . . S. Davis, Jr. nixed bookings in Chicago where ex-owners of ihe Chez Parcc filed a $250,000 lawsuit . . . Vomic No. One I^-nny Bruce laid (lie Biggest -Bomb London ever had. Loud boos chased him off the stage . . . Rhonda Fleming's newest is a Texas oil- ionairc . . .. Police Commi Miuv phy: The scuminies plan a mass- meet in Our Town June 7th . . . Hear about the Liz Taylor Doll? You wind it up and it busts up your marriage. WWasliingtonews: ' The State Dept. is in a dither over, the sale of British Vicount airliners to Red China . . . Pope John has issued • orders to make 'The Church less Italian and more International... JFK has been told "we can win in Vietnam," but it will take^mora than five years and a. huge army. Kiss your husbands, sons and lovers goodby . . . When Bob Kennedy was in Thailand he was ,in-. ]T ; structed by his brother" to asslirp Sarit Thanarat (the Premier who is acaulally a Diclalor) that : ha would enjoy "complete U. S. protection" . . . JFK told his Cabinet he's made up his mind to act on matters of vital'interest to thejU, • S. whether our Allies go along^oy not , . . NASA's next shot at tha moon wifij.be early in June, soon after Carpenter-does his orbit .';.. . PoliticBs feel that'George Rom- . ney's ::religious faith (Mormon) will hurt him in Detroit. The Mbr- mon Church there (of which Ramney is Pres.) bars Negroes from the hierarchy . . . The .alleged, reason; JFK doesn't want' Jackie ." to make any.'more trips: Too,,; much mingling with the 'Upper' • Strata^ and socializing wilh the. Rulers; instead of getting her pix in the; papers with us. Common- Folks.' LAFF-A-D4Y World right!) resorted On the Lighter Side . . . By.'DICK WEST WASHINGTON (UPI) ---Anyone who is at all susceptible to nostalgia couldn't help but feel a twinge of sadness upon seeing Rep. L. Mendel Rivers with his new haircut. It is true that some of his colleagues have derived a certain amount of merriment from Rivers' tonsorial trim. But I regarded it as more of a cause' for melancholy than for jnirlh. I'm old-f'ashioried enougli to believe that/members N of Congress ought to look like .congressmen. . Very few of thc-m do any imore, and that may be what is wrong wilh the country today. The record, I 'think, • will bear me out that our troubles began multiplying about the time that ceased waring ice cream suits and started trimming their flowing manes, . Vestige of Old School Until about a week ago, Rivers was a vestige , of i the old school. The gentleman from Charleston wore his ihair in the tradition of- John C. Calhoun, another distin-, guished South Carolinian who wore his hair in the tradition of a Macedonian sheep dog. It was ,a comforting sight to us tradition lovers and sort of provided us with a link with the- past. . Why, then, did Rivers suddenly decide to have his locks shorn, particularly whan it revealed a bald spot .long hidden in the backwaters of his cascading tresses? This question has been-the subject of much, peculation in the past few days and even figured in a discussion on the floor of the House.- Rep. Robert L. F. Sikes,, D-Fla., felt compelled to inform the other members that tlie apparent stranger in their midst was "not a tourist passing through the Capi-. lol." •' : ./ : ' ' Rather, H he .said,,-it was "L. ,Mendel Rivers v/ith a haircut, the .first one.-jn 22..years." Samsoni and tlelilah Rumored f 'It has, been runrored that • .there may be something of ,a Samson and D «1 i 1 a lr situation here," Sikes. added.- I doubt there is any truth to.. . the rumor. .Nor, I. suspect, was . Rivers being:entirely candid when he dismisfeed his, switch to a/mod- ' ified crewcut. as; merely a season. al measujj-e to ,!improve 'cranial ventilatiotC ' . . He -must/havo had a ..drastic reason for such! a drastic action. Three .possibilities spring to mind: (a) He;.is' planning to run; oft and join j|he Peace Corps; (2) He has been': hired'.by a movie producer to .play the role of 9 Ger,-' man spy;: (3) He wanted, to. avoid being mistaken;; for Sen, Margaret' Chase :i Smithy > • ,.' Reviews Of TV Shows By RICK- Dll BROW HOLLYWOOD (UPI) — Compared with ABC-TV's "Ozzie and: Harriet," Mickey ! Mouse • is a 1 method actori It is a fair comparison. Botlt are comic, strips: '• It is ' as if a cartoonist .sketched; the same, single expression on Ozzie, Harriet,; Ricky and David; Nelson years ago and ran out. ! Every Thursday ; night there is: Hie same monotone dialogue, about the most absurd .trivialities! '— and, worst of ' all, prepared, .with a total lack of imagination.; Thursday night, Ozzie'and Harriet decided' to fix up an. apart" merit for David , and his. ne^| bride. Then they decided it mighfi offend 'them. It didn't. It was thci greatest crisis I've ever seen onj •the series. • There is a world outside, and a; few things are happening. But you would never know it fro rri "Ozzie and Harriet." The perimej ter, of iheir world seems to bci Beverly Hills or thereabouts, and nothing penetrate?, it'. I like Harriet. She has the basic instinct of a Miary Livingston, if not ,a Gracie Allen. But she i;t stifled in the bland, turgid atmosphere of a t?uper-suburbia. The boys used to be funny when they were sxjueaky • voiced children.' In fact, they carried the: show. Those days; are gone forever. The .fact \is; the program should have been off long.ago, .ex-.. cept for the following of old fans who prefer habit to talent. The most usefulthittg about "O.zie and Harriet" is .that it oc- . cupies some of, Ricky's time so he cannot cut even: more records." It is a little sad to' remember what cut-ups Ricky and David were as boys and now to watch them act like "Mr. Clean" versions of Elvis Presley. In shout, "Ozzie and Harriet'" is old and tired. : Its characters vegetage 1 rather ' than live. Ozzio comes across like a middle-aged Boy Scout. And the dialogue is equally stimulating. Takes this exchange Thursday! night, for example: : Ricky: "What's new?" David: "Whatdya. mean, what's new?" Kicky: "You Know. What':; new?" At another point, Ricky drew ti roar of laughter (canned of course) when he told Ozzie: "I rescued all your ties. If you want them, they're on my tie rack." There was more similarly' pulsating humor. It was enough to make you want to hear a monologue by David Susskind. Friday Evening, May 18, 1M2 The Channel Swim: ABC-TV's Vincent (Ben Casey) Edwards signed a recording contract ... Soupy Sales hosts'NBC-TV's ".Tonight" show'the week of June 1 ... Mary Aslor guests-on NBC. TV's "Dr. Kildare" next Thursday ... Gwen Verdon appears on •CBS-TV's Garry Moore Show on June 5. NBC-TV's "Hazel" will be replaced for eight weeks starting July 26 by "The Lively Ones," a half - hour musical series . of contemporary jazz, comedy, dancing and singing hosted by Vic Damone . . . Alexander Scourby, Olive Deering and'Kevin McCarthy star June 6 in a CBS-TV "Circle Theatre" drama about excessive drinking. - The : Julie Andrews - Carol Burnett CBS-TV speria-rjune, 11 lampoons ; visiting Russian 'singing- dancing groups, Swiss family folk warblers and the hearty entertainers of the American West ..'. Richard Basehart narrates NBC-TV's" special on "D-Day" June 3. QUEEN REPORTED ILL LONDON (UPI)-A sore throat and tempeaature forced Queen Elizabeth to cancel two public engagements today, Buckingham Palace announced. ENTERS ' HOSPITAL'' RENO, ; Nev. (UPI)-Enlertain- er Danny Kaye, who had complained of "feeling bad" for several days, was ordered hospitalized Thursday night by his. physician. ' . ! . • ,'.-•'•• Dr. Clifton Wright of Lake Tahoe ordered Kayi; to St. Mary's Hospital in Reno., There was no immediate explanation for the action. My own' theory, however, is that'Rivers fell under the influence of a' television commercial. He found that the only way he could manage his hair the old way was by plastering it wilh "greasy kid stuff." "Congratulations! ' Congratulations! Congratulations!" I PHAROS-TRIBUNE 'Dntlf (exetipt Saturday* nod Holidays) 40o per week dnlly 'nml Knn.lnj liy ci»rI*T, (20,80• per' 7«tv in the city of lji>KHHJ<vort -OOa ner weelc by ;i carrier ontslde of IiOKnnnport. By mail on rnrju route* In 1 CB»»,, Carroll,' White, Pnlnxkl, Fnltoh nnd IMInml conntlM, IU.OO peir year) 'ontalde trndlnje nron and within Indiana. $14.00 per ycnr: ontilde Imdlimn, *1S.OO per year. Ml mall unbierlptloiu vHynbl* In ndTnnnei No mall rubicrlptionn «<>ld nhere carrier iKrvlce !• maintained. .' i; • • • , ; . '• • .•••>. • , rimroa ! cntakltoned _^«SPfe^_ _ JBEEHU.^ Reporter eatnbllahefl •'1844 . <n$jsSl(>ngpl> &ffl!|GHpK:3 i *88» Journal eetatiltahed I ^ e ™**^ Trlbnjie CKtnblUhed 1B4» • 1M 114 19VT Pnblllhed daily except Saturday and holiday* by I'haro«-Trllmzin Co.. Inc. 1,17 Esst Broadway, LoRaniport, Indiana. Entered M second HnBM maltter »1; t&* post office ot Xjojrnnnporti Ind., -n:nder the act of March S, 1879. ••.... ^ ' ' HJDMBBdl AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS AND i '' . M CPUTED PRBS* KATEHNATIOMAL .-I'.; ' Nation ml AdTtrtUlac B*pnMMBt««VMR DREW PEARSON Merry-Go-Round , WASHINGTON.-J ihn F. Kennedy faces one of ihe most agonizing decisions of his short but •iiectic Presidential career. The question is whether to rescue the tiny Kingdom of Laos by risking war wilh Red China. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, after long and careful study, have told the President that thu only real way to save Laos is by bombing the Red Chinese 'mainland. What • Kennedy faces, therefore, is an alternative similar to that which Truman faced in Korea—namely, to bomb the Chinese north of the Yalu River and thereby risk World Wan, . The agonizing alternatives were pli'ced before the President following "the last meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. At this meeting they discussed three alternatives: ' :. Send Thai, and South Vietnamese troops into. Laos to bolster the badly'demoralized Royal Laotian Army. This, while possible, -would only run the risk of bringing a far greater number of Chinese troops into the beleaguered country. The Chinese have the manpower and, the Joint Chiefs believed, would be gkd of an excuse to use it. 2. Pull out altogether and admit an American defeat. 3. Bomb the supply centers of Ihe pro-Communist Pathet Lao. These are located just across the border in Red China. This last alternative was put forward by Adm. Harry Fell in talks wilh Secretary of Defense lilcNamara.during the latter's visit to Southeast Asia. Felt was (fareful to say he was not recommending it, only advising of the possibility. The Joint Chiefs also suggested this alternative to President Kennedy. They made it clear this was ;l political decision, incurring the risks 1 of World War, which he and he alone would have to' make. During last Monday morning's meeting of Ihe Joint Chiefs, sev- firal other cold and sober facts were discussed. Fact One was thai as of this moment Laos is gone, the Palhet Lao defeat of the Royalist Field Forces is complete except for the mopping up. The Royalist Field Army has been routed and nothing stands between the Pathet Lao ;ind the capital except a small security force. Only U. S. Intervention can prevent the Pathet Lao from taking over (he capital and the entire country if they wish. Fact Two was that American military advisers had urged the Highl-WJng Royalists not to concentrate their troops around Nam Tha in the north, We had repeat<K! the .warnings over and over. '['hey were ignored. And exactly what we feared happened; the Pallid Lao overwhelmed Right- Wing forces at Nam Tha, even though they had only 2,200 men against around 5,000 Right-Wing Loyalists. Fact Three—U. S. troops would be lost in any limited! warfare intervention by the United States. The Joint Chiefs were especially emphatic on this point. They warned against frittering away our strength on halfway measures. There is one U. S. Army combat team of about 1,000 men already in .Thailand, plus 1,800 Marines. But they would be a , drop in Ihe bucket if it came to a military showdown. And Ihe Joint' Chiefs .fear any use of American troops would bring a mass of Red Chinese swarming down from the north. The United Slates, Ihey warned, cannot fight (his kind of war without striking the source of supply -—namely, Red China;, which means Ihe risk of World War. Phoumi Irks JFK President' Kennedy has made ,,no secret, in talks with Stale De' partment and defense leaders, that he is burned up with Gen. ]?houmi Nosavan, the Right-Wing Deputy Premier who is real boss (if Ihe Royalist government. The General has repeatedly ignored American attempts to form a coalition government.between the Right Wing, the neutralists, and Ihe Falhet LEO. Phoumi has argued that Ihis woul(| only lead to a gradual Communist lake-over. Kennedy advisers, on the oilier hand, point out Ihat Right-Wing refuss! to cooperate has led to far wni'se than a gradual Communist takeover. It is leading to a complete pro-Communist take-over by force. If a coalition had been formed, the UN Supervisory Commission would have had some control; but wilh the military rout of the Royalists; (he Supervisory Commission has no influence. Kennedy was so down on Gen, Phou:Tii Nosuvan that last February he cut off Ihe $3,000,000-8- month payroll to his Loyalist Army. The General has been scurrying around other parts of Southeast Asia looking for aid and was not iiround to lead his troops when : they were put to rout last week. Only hopes on the otherwise bleak Laotian horizon arc: first, Ihe Hussians; Sec;md, Neutralist .Leader Souvanna Phouma. Thci State Department has appealed to Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin in vigorous language to call off (he Communists' violation of lh-5 Ceasefire Agreement, and the "Russians havo seemed anxious ':o prevent war. Averell Har- rimun, former Ambassador to Moscsw, now Assistant Secretary of Stale for the Far East, has re- portei that the Russians hnvo been consistently cooperative in regard to Laos. Public Forum Tlie Pharos-Tribune invites vie'vs of its readers. Each letter should not exceed 300 words and must be signed by the writer with adc!r<x;s. A request (o use initials, and not the full name, will not be honored. Address letters to: Public Forum. Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, Ind. I \i>ish to clear up any misunderstanding ,as to what I said or whal I did not say, .in the City Council meeting May 7th, pert-lining i.o the community TV cable system. The press quoted me as saying our Association known as Radio-Television Service Engineers Association, polled our customers, which consist of alxmt 80 percent of the TV viewers in Logansport, asking (hem if they are i'ur or againsl. the TV cable, and if they would, or would not hook up to it-if it came to Lo- gang-port, a:nd I was quoted to have said less than 12 percent would be in favor of it. But when speaking .inslead of saying 12 percent I intended to say 2 percent whic'i was the correct percentage we polled who would not hook up to (he TV cable if it camo to Logansport. But the percentage would be less than tiiis if the citizens o[ Logansport could compare the quality of Ihe TV picture in Ottawa; Illinois (.lerrold's model TV Cable) with the reception we can get with a good antenna in Logansport on channel 6 and 13. I went ly several business eslab- lishments and to private citizens in Ottawa, Illinois 'and did not see i)ne picture that would compare in quality wilh the reception ive now can receive on channel 6; and W in Logansport. Bui I-was not like-our City Council, viewing only Ihe TV scls Jen'old wished (hem to, but I looked at sec in every part o£ the city. One of our City,.Councilmen said they did not pick out the places to see in Ottawa, Illinois but only looked at the places Jerrold wanted (hem to See, maybe that is \yliy they never found inferior picture quality. •William Boiler 815 Fifteenth St. President, Radio-Television Service Engineers Association. HUBERT : © Kins Features Syndicate, Inc., 19611. World rights reserved. ^ "There, there, George—all newlyweds ruin, a few dinners at first.
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