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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 58

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
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Editorials Ex-Victims Flock to Klan Almost half the members of the Ku Klux Klan in Louisiana are Catholics, according to statements made by Klan leaders, not always reliable. Apparently, however, there is enough Catholic membership in the Klan to interest John E. Fitzgerald, an active Catholic layman, teacher of journalism in New Jersey, and prolific writer in the Catholic press. In The New York Times of July 22, Fitzgerald examines the phenomenon of Catholic membership in the Klan. reaches the obvious conclusion that Catholics are lured into an organization that once victimized Catholics by vague and fuzzy promises to rid the country of muggings, robberies, and rapes, and suggests that the church has failed to clarify the distinctions between church philosophy and Klan philosophy. Because Fitzgerald chose to concentrate his study upon Catholic women in the Klan. it was easv to make comparisons with circumstances in West Virginia, particularly in the Charleston area, where women have joined the Klan and assumed the ridiculous titles of "kleagle" and "nighthawk" and so on. Catholic Church law prohibits membership in secret societies, but the law apparently hasn't inhibited many Louisianians. In the West Virginia case, a United Mine Workers prohibition against Klan membership seems Just What Is 'National Security'? That all-purpose excuse for governmental excesses against individuals was trotted out by FBI Director Clarence Kelley when he defended as proper the burglaries committed in the past by the FBI. The crimes were undertaken in the interest of "national security," said Kelley, and therefore weren't crimes at all. And although he said the practice has been ended, Kelley declined to rule out the possibility of further break-ins in cases of "grave concern.." He would, however, he said, consult the attorney general for guidance. The attorney general, Edward Levi, mav be assumed to have authorized the latest word from the Department of Justice that a warrantless search, including surreptitious entry, is legal under "proper circumstances when related to foreign espionage or intelligence." In other words, the Department of Justice, like Kelley, is keeping its options open. "Proper circumstances" is almost as good as "national security," and can be taken to mean the same thing when applied to a case of FBI burglary. The CIA and the FBI have excused almost every onslaught against individual freedom by asserting the "national security" that Richard M. Nix- on also used to delay his fall from power. "National security," of course, was whatever Nixon chose to call it, and "proper circumstances" doubtless will be determined by the Department of Justice when it thinks a bag job will produce evidence it wants. The nation must be kept secure, and "national security" is a term that shouldn't be allowed to fall into disrepute because of the carelessness with which the CIA, the FBI, and Richard Nixon have used it. What this country needs is a definition of "national security" that would end, once and for all, its use as a weapon against personal freedom. to have been observed by UMW members but circumvented by the wives of UMW members. Hence the prominent identification of women with the Klan in this area. Both the Louisiana and West Virginia cases serve to illustrate a monstrous irony, however. In both cases, the Klan is finding recruits among its own victims. Catholics and labor unions could always be found on traditional Klan "enemies lists." Because of the international nature of the Catholic Church structure, Catholics were despised by the Klan as un-American and believed to have a higher loyalty than that given the United States. The labor unions were perceived as the advance guard of communism, and many a Southern labor movement has been aborted by night riders, much to the satisfaction of company management. If Fitzgerald is right in his assumption that the Catholic Church has failed in its communication to the laity concerning the Klan, it similarly may be true that the United Mine Workers has failed to explain the true nature of the Klan to its membership. Mother Jones, who was both a Catholic and a militant supporter of labor unions, would be astonished if she were alive today and could see the wives of union miners in the robes of the Klan. Ode to Congressmen The day after the Congress voted itself a healthy pay boost, we found the following on our desk from a disgruntled taxpayer: Mollohau, Staffers. And Stack Inflation, recession, and oil create murk congressional toil. But if hat Congress can't curt- it does not endure. It escapes from the maze by increasing its wage -And guess who's in front of the pack: Ouroicn Mollohan. Staggers, and Slack. n hen ue can't pay our bills and miss those congressional frills. There's some consolation that all in the nation Don't suffer our financial lack. Among those u'ho remain in the black: Ouroicn Mollohan. Staggers, and Slack. Three names, to remember in the cold of December, Are the gentlemen tcho say they deserve more in pay. Although our problems they cannot crack. Perhaps tee should gire them the sack: Ourotcn Motlohan. Staggers, and Slack. Corruption Survives It's small comfort for the people of West Virginia, but their taxes aren't the only taxes to have been misused after an unholy marriage of corruptible state officials and corrupting bankers. In Missouri, a 36-month investigation lifted the lid off a steamy mess all too familiar to the good people of this state: public money deposited in demand accounts, no interest, in favored banks. From 1969 to 1972 seven banks enjoyed interest free some $36 million of the people's money. Commenting editorially on the misalliance in Missouri, The Nation well could have had West Virginia in mind: " . . . The bankers were deeply involved in politics; the politicans were deeply involved with bankers. It is this mutually supportive system that should be placed on trial; the indicted bank officials and politicians emerge as puppets -- the system's victims of the moment. The muckrakers of Lincoln Steffens' day tore into 'the system' because their investigations had convinced them it was the prime social target. Steffens. of course, would find the Missouri scandals boring and repetitious. The ritual of purification will be played out precisely because it has become a ritual, but the system will survive the trials - it always has." Will the system in West Virginia, as The Nation forecasts for Missouri, survive those indictments already handed down, the indictments almost certain to come, and subsequent trials? The record, alas, says it will, since it survived the impeachment by the West Virginia Legislature of a crooked state treasurer a century ago. WHATEVER YOU'VE DISCOVERED, IT HAPPENED EARUER Fanny Seller: Affairs of State Discontent Festering 'Wonder what we'll find out next year that they're not doing any more" Jenkin Lloyd Jones Curtain Brings Darkness The discontent in the House among young members, and those who have strongly opposed Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, has reached the festering stage. The appointments to interim study committees by McManus helped touch it off. One delegate sat down and analyzed the appointments. He found that, out of a total of 113 slots on interim studies, the speaker filled 74 per cent or 84 seats with Democrats. But 10 of them have 40 of the slots. There are 42 Democrats who aren't on any of the committees in the House, including nine of the 13 members of the Kanawha County delegation. A few legislators had asked for appoint. ment to only one committee, and when they didn't'get it, the bad feeling got worse. ·' The legislator who analyzed the appointments didn't get any interim assignments , and was ready at one point to blast the system. But he didn't want to get to the point, as some have, of becoming ineffective in the system, thereby being- useless to his constituents. Some of the current feelings crept out briefly on the floor of the House last week when Del. James McNeely, D-Mercer, referred to the interim'conimittees in an offhand manner while telling a story about an elderly man in his district who felt there was too much politicking in the Democratic party. The appointments i and lack of appointments can be looked upon as a way the leadership found to punish members who didn't support it on enough key issues. But come January, if the trend continues, there's going to be a sizeable number opposing certain leadership proposals. West Virginia" cards at the legislature . . . Christopher Canfield, son of Del. and Mrs. Jack Canfield, recently underwent successful arm surgery at the Children's Hospital in Cincinnati . . . Former Del. Jody Smirl, R-Cabell. and her husband. Dan, have found a home in Huntington where they will be moving back from Martinsburg on Aug. 15 after several months in the Eastern Panhandle city . . . The report is that the reason the State Senate got out before midnight for once last Wednesday was because the bell 'which is rung when the Senate reconvenes had been disconnected in the minority office and none of the Republicans knew it when the Senate Democrats met and recessed until Thursday. The'Republicans were all in the minority leader's office.. . There are sortie' important doctors in Charleston who don't think the public will be best served with the trend at the Charleston Area Medical Center. Looking down the road, they say the West Virginia University Medical Center at Morgantown will become nothing more than an undergraduate center for future physicians while CAMC will become a teaching hospital, a referral hospital in a clinic setting, and the public will be left without adequate general hospitals. It apparently was this long-range development that was at least ernatorial candidate Herb John Rogeis, was successful in getting the Young Democrats to pass a resolution calling for total financial disclosure by political candidates, a limit on personal spending in a campaign and reduction in over-all spending on behalf of a candidate. The resolution is being sent to President Brotherton, Speaker McManus and Senate Clerk J.C. Dillon, who is also state Democratic chairman... State Sen. Pat Hamilton, D- Fayette, was in Spain last week during the special session . . . Del. Jae Spears, D- Randolph, was hospitalized for a spell dur^ ing the interim between the regular an'd special session. . . . , Senators were kidding the Senate chaplain last week that his prayers weren't doing them any good. The Rev. Walter J. Mycoff, rector of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, is said to have replied: "My prayers are to God. If you want me to do any good, give me the floor for 15 minutes" . . . The elevator in the Governor's reception room that goes to the Senate suite has been stuck at the Senate's floor since the day before the special session. Wags said Gov. Moore wanted to keep President Brotherton out of his office . . . Since there's been criticism of free football tickets to legislators, WVU sent out seats for a poor section and legislators say they can partly the rationale for St. Francis going afford to buy better ones . . . Del. Dan ahead with its $13 million expansion pro- Tonkovich, D-Marshall, was recognized g ram nationallv recently for his work to (C) Los Angele* Times BERLIN--The rubberneck bus around East Berlin no longer takes you boldly to a vantage point overlooking the Wall, while the guide explains that it was necessary to build it to keep out capitalist spies and saboteurs. The East German authorities have apparently concluded that this hard- sell was. indeed, a little mind-boggling, so the Wall is now ignored. But the bus still does the impressive buildings along the Unter den Linden and the Karl Marx Allee. and then you go to the Russian war memorial and through the parks of culture and rest and hence. ' again by the Karl Marx Allee and the Unter den Linden to Checkpoint Charlie. Through all this the polite young guide gives a running commentary on the peo-' pie's paradise. HE EXPLAINS that the standard of living lagged so long because the East was left the "poorest part of Germany." This would hw astonished the proud princes of Mecklenburg. Brandenburg and Thuringia who thought that their lands were as rich as any. Nor did it mention that while Marshall Plan billions were rebuilding West Germany the Russian comrades were systematically looting the East. 1 But the young man did speak the truth when he pointed out that the standard of living under the narrow banner with the broad red stripe is. indeed, rising. There . are. of course, no strikes, for the union is also the employer. There are more automobiles on the streets. The shops not only have goods in the windows but on the shelves as well. There is even a tourist hotel now. Still this lovely picture becomes confused w$en Checkpoint Charlie appeys again. For not only do the Volkspolizei come aboard once more to check wallets and passports but this time mirrors on wheels are passed beneath the bus. Oddly, too, there are no sightseeing buses originating in East Berlin so that the happy workers can gaze upon their exploited brethren beyond the Wall. Nevertheless, it would be a grave mistake for us of the free West to take too much comfort in these contradictions. For too many of us do not understand what might be described as the "ratchet system." However slowly and painfully, a bucket may be rasied from a well by- means of the ratchet. THE RATCHET means that whenever the pull is eased on the rope the pawl catches the cog and holds the bucket until it is raised once again. All governments eventually get into trouble. The Communist technique is to demand the greatest freedom for its proponents while communism is not in control. In the name of civil liberties its revolutionaries must be handled gently, its party-lining professors protected by tenure, its subversives left to preach pacifism or rebellion to the armed forces. But then if free government should topple and Communists gain control all civil liberties vanish. The opposition is ruthlessly suppressed, its voice stilled by edict, its champions jailed or worse. Thus the ratchet. The pawl holds what is gained. "Revisionism" is rendered impossible. The Communist mind sweeps away any- thought that this is a double standard. Communism is truth. Movement toward truth is good. Movement in the opposite direction would be retrogression and yn- thinkable to progressive minds. In East Berlin. I picked up an English language pamphlet, published by the German Democratic Republic, entitled, "We Want Peace. But How?" It demanded the "final recognition" of the territorial changes brought about by the "Democratic victory" in World War II. Read that the formal incorporation into Russia of its conquests of the Baltic States, its dismemberment of Poland, and its control of the whole of Central Europe. It called for the "dismantling" of the military forces of both NATO and the adherents of the Warsaw Pact. Tit for tat. Fair is fair. Or is it? The Communists would trade unreliable satellite armies for total military nakedness in the West, leaving the Soviet forces the only striking fist in Europe. »· FINALLY, the pamphlet quoted the six- year-old manifesto of the Communist and Workers parties meeting in Moscow as follows: "Peaceful coexistence makes it necessary to repeat the principle of sovereignty, equality, territorial integrity of each . state, large and small, not to interfere in (Please turn to Page 4E) Sunday Gazette-Mail Charlexton, Went Virginia Page 2E August3,1975 SHORTS-Del. Albert Sommerville, D- Webster, reportedly attended a meeting in Washington, D.C., of U.S. Sen. Henry Jackson supporters who wanted to know if they could count on Sommerville for Jackson's presidential campaign. Sommerville is said to have replied that he wouldn't be committed if there was any chance of U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia running for the Democratic nomination, too. He was counted out by the Jackson people because Byrd apparently thinks he has a chance for the presidential nomination... Mrs. Chauncey Browning, wife of the attorney general, was hospitalized for six days at Charleston Memorial Hospital recently after she was stung by a bee ... ' Highways Commissioner William S. Ritchie Jr. had to fly from Myrtle Beach. S.C.. where he was vacationing, to Charleston to testify before legislative finance committees for funds for his department . .. Acting Labor Commissioner Joseph Mills had to 'cut short a business trip to Canada after the special session was called last w e e k . . . Del. Charles Damron, D-Putnam, and his wife are parents of a baby boy ... Campaign material for se- creatary of state reportedly is now being prepared by a Charleston firm for A. James Manchin . . . Del. E.M. "Pete" Johnson. D-Kanawha. had just gotten out « of the hospital when the special session started. But he was on hand anyway . . . Del. Joseph Albright. D-Wood, had just arrived in Sarasota, Fla., for vacation and learned that he had to be in Charleston for the special session after seven nights on the beach... Senate President William T. Brotherton Jr.. D-Kanawha. met with Gov. Moore last week after he got a call from the Governor . . . Arlene Hanson, a 15-year veteran with the Teachers Retirement Board, entered Charleston Memorial Hospital last week for surgery, her third operation within a year . . . Former Del. William Hawkins, Workmen's Compensation Commissioner Rick Becker got back last week from National Guard training . . . Gubernatorial aide Tom Craig has been installed in ex- aide Bill Loy's old office . . . The legislature has spent 89 days in special sessions since 1969.. . Democrats are catching it on the chin for ex-Treasurer John Kelly's confessed crimes from Republicans who forgot to look at the political party affiliation of some of the bankers whose names have been mentioned as paying the bribes. They're Republicans . . . Frank Jolliffe, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted John Kelly, is a Democrat and didn't win any Brownie points in his party from some powerful party members for exposing another scandal... If House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, runs for treasurer or auditor, supporters say Del. Albert Sommerville, D-Webster, will have enough votes to become speaker . . . Sharon Rogers, wife of Democratic gub- nationally recently for his work to improve the legislative process, but this year he was removed from the interim committee which is studying the process in West Virginia . . . In Harrison County) Del. Don Kopp, Sen. Walter Neeley and Court President Daniel McCarthy are working for Jay Rockefeller . . . Sen. Alan Susman, D-Raleigh, reportedly was offered a top job in the Jim Sprouse gubernatorial campaign if Sprouse goes . . . The legislative committee studying the state parks system must be having a ball visiting different parks on weekends... The Public Service Commission gets a computer printout of all long-distance calls to see who is calling on business and who isn't... The father of Shelly Moore, wife of the Governor, was a guest on the floor of the House for the opening of the special session. It was his first visit to the Capitol . . . Speaker McManus was to make an appearance this weekend at an annual celebration in Follansbee. Letter to the Editor to' Law Given Long Ago Editor: On July 20, the Sunday Gazette-Mail ran a story on the subject of public school morality. It seems that two college professors. Dr. John Davis and Dr. Robert T. Hall, are going to make a study on "how to" teach morality. The good doctors, I'm certain, are well meaning, but their grant of 139.650 is wasted money. The world was given a "how to" law long ago ... However the professors, if they were to adopt the 10 Commandments, might find these laws would not meet with the approval of modern American thinking. God instructed that we pay homage to Him, our creator: public education disavows this by permitting no prayer; God said love thy neighbor but students never hear these words: God told us to keep holy- TtClI ,, . - · VI i i » V . « «^^«. . . . . . w - - - -- -. __ ^ R-Marion. visited the legislature last H.sday. In America keeping rf.s day holy week He's' now mavor of Fairmont . . . means go play play, play: God said honor Del. J. Kemp Mclaughlin, D-Kanawha. thy father and mother yet the public was passing out "John Hutchinsotifor schools ridicule parents who try to prevent the teaching of materials which are not only immortal but also uncultural but the biggie the professors would find in jeopardy is thou shalt not kill. In this land of the free and the brave, not only is killing rampant, but it is sanctioned by the United States Supreme Court. Everyday in our nation innocent babies are being murdered in a wholesale slaughter . . . Under the guise of good health, we commit abortions that number in the millions . . . One could go on with each commandment but the fifth commandment is so brutally abused that any further study is useless. How can our nation go on with this slaughter and expect to survive? How can we teach values to our young when adult values are so misplaced that murder is essentially the law of the land? The answer--we cannot. Mrs. Patricia M. Green. 504 Woodciiff Rd. City v $ V tV:

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