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Sunday, June 23, 1974
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would you mind throwing your poeketbook at him? 9 FANNY SEILER: Affairs of State Faculty Morale Low? While the Board of Regents has visions of expanding the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies at Morris Harvey College, if M. H. is accepted by the state, "intimidation and low morale" threaten to drive away faculty members. The situation was summed up this way by one faculty member: "If something isn't done, you won't have a first class graduate center." Complaints focus around Vice President Milton A. Grodsky, who came to the school the latter part of last year. A number of the teaching staff says tenure wasn't renewed as it normally had been by the first of May each year. They understood Grodsky to say notification didn't have to be given but Grodsky denies saying that. Grodsky said there must be confusion because nobody has gotten a letter of renewal for his contract since the budget wasn't passed by the legislature. Persons who are terrified of losing their jobs if they speak out, say faculty members are insulted in public assembly. Grodsky acknowledges there have been differences of opinion, although nothing major. "I have no intent to insult anyone," he adds. Grodsky says the faculty has done an outstanding job, and when more teachers are hired the pressure of the ;TTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia June 23,1974 Page 2£ Vol.18 No. 25 Let All Enjoy Rights Four years ago, a young man named Steven Koenig was named covaledic- torjan of his high school graduating class in Ishpeming, Mich. But he wasn't permitted to take part in the commencement exercises because, school authorities ruled, his hair was too long. I Koenig graduated early this month from Dartmouth College with high honors. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the scholastic honor society. He holds the bachelor degree with a combined major in biology and psychology. While still a Dartmouth student he began attending Cornell Medical School on a part-time basis. He plans to study at Cornell for a master's degree and a doctorate. His hair is about as long as it was in 1970. We hope the school authorities in Ishpeming have followed the scho- lastic career of the boy they humiliated in defiance of the American tradition to conduct ourselves as we please as long as we don't injure others. Ignorant assaults upon hair styles not favored by an older generation weren't confined to Michigan. Arguments over hair length raged in communities across the land. At about the time young Koenig was refused the right to march with his classmates, a gang of bully boys captured a McDowell County boy and clipped his hair. Somewhat later, a Fayette County high school athlete's football letter was withheld because he grew long hair before the presentation ceremonies. tt is embarrassing to look back on such lunacy, but all of us should be required to do for reasons of instruction. : And we should look about us today and see the long locks of community and Sen. Charles Percy, who happens to be by prescription only, which he be- spiritual leaders, who trailed safely wear a hearing aid, lias urged the gov- lieves would bring a halt to intolera- behind the trendsetters. bly high hearing aid prices and prof- As for us we were dismayed when Listen to Complaint eminent to supervise much more carefully the hearing aid industry. He argues that hearing aid sales should Isn't Everyone Under the Law? boys started wearing their hair at shoulder length and we still think it looks utterly absurd. But if our generation was taught to favor shorter hair on males it also was taught to recognize the basic rights of American peo- In a recent editorial the West Virginia Medical Journal supports President Nixon and recommends that we all forget about Watergate ". . .because it is in the best interest of all of us to nave it end." But is it really in the best interest of all of us to have Watergate end unresolved? .Does the journal believe that trusted public servants who have broken the law should be allowed to go unpunished? Why should trusted public servants be allowed to break the law with impunity when lesser citizens aren't? How are the principles of a society which posits equal justice for everybody served by dispensing one kind of justice to those who fill governmental positions and another, harsher, type of justice to the common folk? What kind of immoral nonsense is jUie journal peddling to its patrons? Since when in our society do the means justify the end? Since when in our society is the law . , ., ,,,. . . a PP lk$le only to some citizens^ j^ lL Th ^ sim ^' want to "»jf a Changes Are Fast its. The senator argues that few of the country's 15,000 hearing aid dealers and salesmen are medically qualified either to diagnose or to treat ear disorders. Hearing aid industry spokesmen P le including young people, have responded to the senator's accusation with the usual industrial slosh. They say Sen. Percy's comments are politically motivated and were delivered to further his 1976 presidential ambitions. So they were. So what? The important point is not Percy's presidential aspirations, which have about as much chance of being realized as President Nixon has of being named Mr. Republican of the Yar, but whether his charges have substance. And it would be our opinion that the senator's charges assuredly do have substance because of the hearing aid industry's personal attack on him. We're not running for president of these United States, and we would like to add our voice to Sen. Percy's. It is high time for the government to put an end to hearing aid chiseling and to limit sales to prescription only. Hearing aids aren't playthings and should be prescribed to patients after the patient has been seen by a doctor. Doctors know whether a patient's hearing loss can or cannot be helped with a hearing aid. Hearing aid salesmen aren't interested in that minor workload will be reduced, and there will be a more relaxed atmosphere. » NOBODY really complained about the workload. But they did complain about Grodsky making frequent trips to the Washington-Baltimore area on weekends at state expense and then going to his home in New Jersey. They gave him credit for some good changes, but found the present situation unbearable. Three faculty members have left and three others plan to leave, one sourse said. They are looking elsewhere because they can't take the nervous exhaustion of sweating out the problems to see if there's improvement. Grodsky says he made six or seven trips to Washington to negotiate for an accreditation survey that will be made and to recruit at the Eastern Psychological Assn. meeting in Philadelphia April 18. He's moving his family to Charleston this summer, Grodsky added. Grodsky said it has been a long, difficult year, with hard decisions having to be made. But he said the graduate center is a new school, trying to do something that hasn't been attempted before. President Roy McTarnagh- an, who was on vacation in New York state last week, said there have been difficulties because the school doesn't have a budget, but none of the faculty had used a grievance procedure that permits a person to go directly to the Board of Regents. He said he hoped faculty members would use the procedure. SHORTS - The House of Delegates donated a little more than $400 and the Senate contributed about $300 to a delegate whose home was destroyed by fire recently . . . House Speaker Lewis McManus, D-Raleigh, is in trouble with the ladies in the House. Word got'around that he told a student from West Virginia Wesleyan that a woman wouldn't be named chairman of a major committee in the foreseeable future. He called all the lady delegates into his office for a chat, but that didn't make them feel any better. .. At a Democratic caucus last Thursday, the Democratic dissidents who threw their colleagues off finance last year, got a little insight into how Del. Billy Burke, D-Gilmer, was carrying out orders a year ago. Del. Gino Columbo, D-Harrison, is said to have labeled it unfair for the speaker to take the position that the finance committee shouldn't work on the budget until it got new revenue estimates from Gov. Moore, and then to switch signals without notice by telling the committee to get to work in an address on the floor. Our sources say Burke rose and in an emotional tone, said: "How do you think I felt when you did what you did to me last year"?'... Harry Wallace, former United Fuel president told a friend that Morris Harvey and Wesleyan ought to merge with Jay Rockefeller being president of both. Wallace, who is now retired, was heavyweight boxing champion his freshman year at Dartmouth . . . Look for the upcoming article by Robert Sherrill in the New York Times Magazine on the fifth anniversary and unanswered questions of Cnappa- quiddicjc.SherriU occasionally writes f orThe Gazette and The Sunday Gazette-Mail. He's the Washington correspondent for the Nation and is author of a number of sterling exposes legislation... Jim HUMS is back to work in the House Journal room after surgery ... AnnabeUe Ross, an employe of the House Finance Committee, is recovering from surgery... Sen. William Gates, D-Hampshire, is said to be seriously interested in running for attorney genera l . . . Former Democratic state chairman Bill Watson is now a member at-large of the State Democratic Committee, a position he. was supposed to have been offered when his successor was named, and Kam Lewis is second vice chairman. Both were strong Rockefeller men in 1972 ... Shirley Hooker has succeeded Gloria Counts as Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass* secretary. Mrs. Counts resigned ... The industry is hoping the Governor's energy, economy and environmental bill will go away quietly ... National Georgraphic is sending a team to the Mountain State for a year to do a piece on West Virginia . . . Is the strippers committee going to support Herb Pauley against Sen. Si Galperin, D-Kanawha, as some reports indicate?... A consultant reportedly has completed a study of the Teacher's Retirement Fund to determine how solvent-it is, but the board has to meet to approve its release. Board Chairman Gov. Moore hasn't called a meeting yet ... State police Capt. S. P. Vandevender had five more years before be reached his mandatory retirement age, but he- quit in disgust, according to reliable sources. One school of thought is that Capt. C. W. Andrick will fill Vandevender's place in Shinnston, and Lt. Jack Gribben will move into Andrick's place in South Charleston ... JEMUN L. JONES Floating Flags The largest meeting on international law ever held got under way a few days ago in Caracas, and if it doesn't come up with some major areas of agreement we're in for trouble, sure as shooting -- and "shooting" is the word. The conference has been called to find out where a nation's sovereignty ends -three miles offshore? 12 miles? 200 miles? What has happened is that suddenly man's technology has outrun international law, and the scramble for fisheries, offshore drilling and sea- bottom mining is on us before we have come to any consensus as to who owns what. ». THE ENTIRE bottom of the North Sea has been divided up among the abutting nations, and the lease map looks like that of east Texas. So important are these as yet sketchily explored oil resources that the British think they have 12 billion barrels in sight -- two billion more than are estimated for Alaska's North Slope. It is not an exaggeration to say that whether the average Briton stays 'with breakfast kippers or goes back to oatmeal is dependent on national exploitation of what, only, yes-; terday, was regarded as the "high seas." The United States holds that true national sovereignty extends only three miles out from headland-to-headland, with a 12-mile limit for fishing. In the year 1800 three miles was the maximum range of a naval gun. But this headland-to-headland business needs a lot of defining. If we considered Key West one and the south tip of Padre Island another we could gobble up most of the Gulf of Mexico. ward would be able to claim these riches on their own terms. Many with no oil might find other bonanzas as deep mining by gigantic vacuum cleaners becomes practical. IN the meantime, a number of South American countries have declared 200-mile limits. You'd think that Chile and Peru wouldn't much care since the Andes dip straight down to the deep sea bottom and there is practically no shallow offshore water. But the Humboldt current provides some of the richest fishing in the world, and this has given rise to the "tuna wars" between Chilean and Peruvian gunboats, on one hand, and mostly American tuna boats on the other. The Russians and the Japanese stand with the Americans in favoring narrow bands of sovereignty. We're having plenty of trouble with both as their fishing fleets keep fudging across the 12-mile line off New England and Alaska. You'd think Uncle Sam would do pretty well with a 200-mile limit. Between the Canadians and ourselves we'd nail down the best fisheries in the western Atlantic. According to the Economist of London there is supposed to be from 20 to 40 billion barrels of oil in the Gulf of Mexico and maybe another 10 to 20 billion off our East Coast, most of which lies within 200 miles of the American shore. But only the advanced countries have the capability of exploring for oil at great depths, and if the 200-mile limit be-, came standard every underdeveloped nation with oil to sea- THUS it is in the interest of the advanced nations to'keep as much high seas as possible. If every sea-bordering nation could extend its limits 200 miles, about 30 per cent of the world's oceans would become national property. The first hurdle to be met at Caracas is how to apportion votes. It would seem ridiculous to give Niger and Nepal, with no seacoast, the same vote as Canada, for example. The United States is plugging for a two-thirds vote, in any case, but it can be easily swamped. Moreover, the conference can be churned by disputes between underdeveloped countries that face the sea and those that don't. The first would undoubtedly favor wide territorial limits, while the landlocked states are hoping to turn into a law a vague U.N. Assembly resolution of 1970 that declared that the international sea bed "is the conv mon heritage of all mankind." There are plenty of reasons why the Caracas conference should be a bust, as all previous conferences on the subject have proved to be. But . now we have a sense of urgency. We have, in short, discovered a new world beneath the ocean, and claiming it is not a simple matter of rowing in for the caravel and planting a flag. RALPH NADER Jolting Needed Events are shaped with such speed these days it is difficult to keep abreast. It wasn't until last week, for instance, that we learned that the Rev. and Mrs. George S. Birch, parents of John Birch, had joined the American party on Jan. 12 at a meeting of the party's Georgia state committee. Somehow we didn't fancy the Birches as McGovemites, and we had a feeling they would reject the wild liberalism of the Republican party. The announcement of the step taken by Mr. and Mrs. Birch was published on Page 5 of the May-June ed- itipn of the American party's official publication, The American Eagle On Page 1 the Eagle ran a story about Henry Kissiner being an agent of the Soviet Union. NATURAL resources Director Ira La timer voted on behalf of Gov. Moore against the pending federal strip mine legislation at a meeting of the interstate mining compact commission at Pipestem last month. Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana joined West Virginia while Pennsylvania and Maryland voted the opposite way. The commission telegrammed its action to the chairman of the House Rules Committee in Washington. In West Virginia, Latimer's vote raised eyebrows since a tough federal law is -seen as an advantage to deep mining in the East.. . Politicians say "functionaries" are scurrying around the state to put it together for Supreme Court Justice James Sprouse to run for governor in 1976 while Jay Rockefeller is sitting tight at Wesleyan. There's a group in the Democratic party that doesn't think it's quite fair for him to drop out of sight while the big battles are being fought, and then to reappear in mid-1975. Senate President William Brotherton's name keeps popping up as an alternative to Sprouse and Rockefeller, if Brotberton softens his opposition to some labor-oriented WASHINGTON - Are foundations reluctant to support studies of corporate behavior or the concentration of wealth in the economy? Figures recently available from The Foundation Center underscore a resounding "yes" to this question. For the period 1972 and 1973, the center reports that out of 18,700 grants, only 34 grants came under the heading of "economic studies." None of these grant descriptions mentioned the word "corporation"; rather they dealt largely with prosaic studies of aggregate .economic data. Apart from one.grant dealing with imbalances in the distribution of wealth, no grants related to such basic subjects as insurance, banking, infla- tiqn, urban transportation, product safety, food supply, or studies of any industry or corporation: ONE REASON for foundations" neglecting corporate studies is that many of these philanthropic institutions are part and parcel of the corporate world. The huge Duke Endowment is enmeshed with Duke Power Co. The endowment is not about to fund studies of utilities such as Duke Power's nuclear plant program or its battle with the Un- ited Mine Workers. Nor are the giant Pew and Mellon foundations about to finance inquiries into the oil or banking industries. It is not likely that the 36 duPont foundations in Delaware will back investigations into that state's dominant corporation. The Nemours Foundation', adu- legacy in Florida, is worth one billion dollars which gives it vast interests in Florida land and banks. A grant application to study "Who Owns Florida?" would not receive a sympathetic hearing. Indeed, many of the bigger foundations have little or no professional staff that could even entertain any such applications. With assets of $3 billion and a grants level of about $2.2 billion yearly, the foundations could launch a fraction of their resources very productively into corporate studies. porate obstacles to innovations, the due-process rights of individuals within corporate institutions regarding policy disagreements, pension practices and corporate control of governmental institutions. The trustees or directors of many large foundations are interlocked with banks, industries and other segments of the "business class" who, in the words of WaWemar Nielsen's study, "The Big Foundations," "control the major foundations." To the extent that public activity illuminates the abuses of corporations and underlines the erosions on society, the foundations may begin to respond but no earlier. This "follow the eruption" syndrome occurred after the civil rights, environmental and women's rights upheavals. It is such external jolting which has provided the metabolism to shake the foundations out of their lassitude or defense of the status quo interests. Given the serious necessity for examining the corporate impact on this country and abroad, and given the many bright people willing to work in this field, the opportunity for foundations to exercise their independent jidg- corporate (Ration, trade se- nient shfild be avoided fi$ orets as covcrup devices, cor- longer. - FOR EXAMPLE, support could be given to serious inquiries into the causes and remedies for the present corporate crime wave including studies of kickbacks and bribes to government officials, and violations of pollution, consumer, property tax, campaign finance and other laws. Additional topics in great need of analysis involve

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