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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 26

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
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Dark Torch FANNY SEILER-Affairs of State Unhappiness in the Ranks Outward appearances indicate the m o r a l e problem in the Department of Public Safety has ripped the agency asunder. The signs of the turmoil within the department come in the form of letters--from citizens now and then, and poems unsigned that degrade the superintendent and policemen called his buddies. Legislators hear of the problem and attribute the cause to Col. R. L. Bonar's favoritism. The policemen themselves talk about it privately, but never publicly since at least two have been fired. Poems recently circulated without any name sarcastically claimed: "Bonar gives promotions on ability, believe it, we're not clowning; But the only ability that counts with him is the ability for browning." Sources close to the department, and unhappy policemen themselves, say the men in the force who are happy are in the minority. Those who are disgruntled, are reported to be over 300. Some even shy away from promotion, so bad is the situation, that they fear their future in the force would be wrecked. THE BLAME for the situation, as analyzed by both pro- Bonar and anti-Bonar policemen, is placed on alleged po- 1 i t i c a 1 interference from :ETTE-MAIL Charleston, West Virginia, September 10, 1972 Page 2C** Vol. 15 No. 29 The Issue Won't Vanish Last autumn a group of 75 representatives from unions, industry, business, communications, the four branches of government, and the legal and academic professions met at Arden House in Harriman, N. V., as members of the JOth American Assembly, to ponder the problem of "Collective Bargaining In American Government." On the last day of deliberations, the Assembly adopted a report reflecting general agreement among participants, although not every member approved every recommendation. The majority of the Assemblv favored granting public employes a limited right to strike for these reasons: A complete ban on strikes endorses unequal treatment of public and private workers holding identical jobs. Such a ban automatically, and faultily, hypothesizes that every strike staged by government employes hurts public health and safety. It also fails to take into account the realities of public employment labor relations: a strike results in lost wages for strikers but no great discomfort for publicly paid employers whose salaries continue. Consequently, if Press, People Saved Day Several weeks ago reporters who regularly recount sessions of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives and State Senate sat through a day of i n s u l t and censure directed wholly at them. Legislator a f t e r legislator stood t i p to flail them verbally. Reporters were called' "bums" and "a collection of mediocrity" among o t h e r e q u a l l y u n i m a g i n a t i v e e p i t h e t s . S833 an Inch Alnl tlic Top "The road must go through" fanatics finally have on line a b.% mile project, scheduled to cost- clutch your pocketbooks. taxpayer?-- S53 million. That figure? out to slightly more t h a n SKi.coo per font of finished hishway. more than ?833 per inch. This monstrous undertaking. w h i c h has every road engineer and executives and hardhats of highway building rompiiim-h across the country u t t e r i n g l i t t l e moo-moo (stands lor money i murmurs of expectation. is an interchange in northern Virginia on I n t e r v a l e i)5 at the Pentagon. There will be 27 lanes. Some lanes will be stacked throe deep. And 17 bridges will be erected. All in loss than a mile of space. Here is an interstate extravaganza worthy of a Chonpv It .should prove difficult to top, but. rest assured, "the road mu.-t go through" zealots will do their best. Already, it is safe to say. they are hovering above drawing boards, designing projects--perhaps for your backyard--that will make Virginia's venture look like an antiquated covered bridge. What triggered the torrent of vituperation 'I It seems that a special c o m m i t tee earlier this year had recommended a 62 per cent salary- expense hike for legislators that would have raised their tax-paid a n n u a l incomes from SI5,600 to ·S25.200. Xot surprisingly, the press reported the proposal. Public reaction was instant. Also not surprisingly, the reaction was all negative--so hostile thai legislators, deciding discretion was the better part of greed, voted themselves o n l y a $2,500 expense allowance increase. Rut not being able to collect the m a x i m u m sum put legislators in a testy mood. Some suitable whipping boy had to be f o u n d upon whom they could vent t h e i r ire and frustration. The public was not a sound choice, because the public is many and votes. Xor would it have hern p r u d e n t to chastise the press for relating details of a l e g i t i m a t e news i t e m . That l e f t the press, and the bogus issue of inferior q u a l i f i c a - t i o n s and inexperienced cub reporters was promtly trotted o u t . The people stopped the u n c a l l e d for and inflationary wage boost. (Had j u s t the press opposed it, legislators wouldn't have hesitated a single rollcall to adopt the commission's suggestion in toto.) The people, however, do have the press to thank for bringing the m a t t e r to their attention, and it would be surprising if they believed Pennsylvania's legislative press corps to be as incompetent as their law- rr.akprs charge. all public employes are forbidden to strike, disrespect for trie law is encouraged and a feeling of lesser status for lower paid employes is fostered. Finally, and perhaps the crucial point, any law proscribing strikes doesn't, alas, provide guarantees that a strike won't erupt. The opinion that some public employes should be permitted to strike wasn't unanimous. A significant minority would have denied the strike weapon to any public employe, while a few Assembly delegates supported the view that public employes should have the same strike rights enjoyed by workers in private enterprise. Problems attendant upon collective bargaining in government weren't resolved by the 40th American Assembly. Still, the closing statements of the Assembly's report bear careful consideration from taxpayers and elected officials: "The history of labor-management relations in the private sector in America is loaded with pain and controversy as the price of progress and the recognition of union rights. "Public u n i o n s and collective bargaining are here to stay. "The price of progress need not be so dear in the public sector if all concerned recognize and respond to the urgent need for new attitudes, new legislation and new ways of working creatively together." West Virginia has neither recognized nor responded to the need for thoughtful action on how to h a n d l e public employe strikes. The law is vague, vapid, valueless- mired as it is in the illusion that because the state has declared p u b l i c employe strikes illegal, ergo, they won't occur. The stale, it is fair to charge, has no law at all on the subject. If it had, Charleston's mayor and its garbage and street workers might nol be floundering in the mess Ihcy are today. At the next legislative session the problem of collective bargaining w i t h i n government must be tackled. The issue isn't going to fade away. To the contrary, the lack of effective law assures that what is happening in Charleston is certain to he repeated again and again both here and elsewhere throughout West Virginia. Charleston when two West V i r g i n i a University coeds were murdered in 1971. The two were reported missing on Jan. 18, 1971, but the state policemen weren't assigned to the case until March 25, 1971. A pocketbook of one of the missing girls was found on March 1, 1971, but was given to the city police without being fingerprinted. The clues to the murders got lost or cold, but the policemen--a highly proud professional bunch--got the blame when the crimes weren't solved. And that suddenly pointed a finger indirectly to any policeman, or so they felt, based on private conversations. Policemen were appalled when Gov. Moore called a news conference to make public a letter the police had received which pointed to a location for the bodies curiosity seekers stomped the site and any evidence there might have been. Emotions ran so high that a trooper reportedly wept openly from frustration caused by interference by Norman Yost, gubernatorial assistant. But that is past history. Presently, policemen will admit--again privately--that the men in the force now don't feel like being ambitious in their work, and often aren't, and it's a dog eat dog situation between the two factions. SHORTS--Those saying that Jay Rockefeller's industrial development plan will bring 10,000 new jobs to West Virginia may be guessing on the short side. . .It won't be long until C. Donald Robertson's building will be standing alone in the Quarrier-Virginia Street block at the Capitol where demolition is under way for the cultural center. . . Familiar faces disappear from the corridors of the statehouse as the campaign moves to the road. . .Early in August, Gov. Moore promised Martinsburg "a new mental retardation center" which he said would be built there in conjunction with a new mental health facility. The Hagerstown, Md., Morning Herald could find no one in Charleston who knew anything about it. Later, Moore's representative in Martinsburg said the promise was a "slip of the tongue" and no such plans were in the mill for Martinsburg . . . Jay Rockefeller's strategists feel their man gained points at the West Virginia Education Assn. meeting. They acknowledge the Governor's traditional strong standing with teachers, but say Moore came on with nothing new while Rockefeller outlined a new program that surprised a lot of educators. A frequent comment was Rockefeller sure has done his homework. . .Sources say that the Democrats are nearing a position where they could unload some serious charges against a Republican candidate for statewide office. . . The entry of Tommy Susman, son of State Sen. Alan Susman, D -R a 1 e i g h, was among winners at the 4-H baby beef competition at the recent fair in Lewisburg. . Sen. Susman is taking bids on 400 head of cattle he wants to sell along with his farm to give him more time to devote to the Senate. . Preliminary figures indicate the receint Democratic fund-raising event, Jefferson-Jackson day dinner, was a success . . . Plans are now firming for the Sen. Edward Kennedy visit Oct. 7. It will run from dawn to far into the night . . .Charles Damron soon will leave the Education Department to press his campaign for Mason County prosecutor. . .A capital wag said he couldn't understand all the fuss if Treasurer John Kelly did invest state monies in Standard Oil: "Look what it did for Jay Rockefeller. . "If all of the individuals allegedly being investigated by a federal grand jury in Charleston were actually indicted, there would hardly be any major office holder in either political party not faced with a "trial". Joe Adler, former education director for the State Human rights Commission, and former c o m p l i a n c e director Frank Helvey Jr. are first- year law students at WVU. . .The Eastern Panhandle reportedly looks good for Rockefeller but weak for George McGovern. . .The Charleston garbage strike boiled over into the McGovern-Shriver efforts in West Virginia when Sargent Shriver recently visited Charleston. . . The Logan News, which supported Gov. Moore in 1968, is supporting Jay Rockefeller in 1972. . . Gov. Moore recently rushed food stamps to striking Charleston employes, then said last week he thought the strike was illegal. . .An observant Democrat looked for a Fayette County airport which Gov. Moore promised six months after he took office, but reports none was found 3 ! /2 years later . . . John Hey, Charleston lawyer and candidate for the House on the Democratic ticket, fell on a curb last week and injured his left arm. He was scurrying to a news conference at which Gov. Moore announced William Vieweg would be acting director of workmen's compensation. Vieweg is Hey's roommate. . . The Department of Public Safety insists that a party held at the academy was a going away party for retiring Maj. Price, who is held in high esteem in and out of the department. But everybody sang happy birthday to Col. Bonar and Col. Craft, whose birthdays were a day or so sooner than the party in August. It "was the first going away party of any size given to a departing major, and some remarked that all of Price's friends weren't invited. . . Kay Thomas, appointed by Gov. Moore to the Legislative Building C o m m i s s i o n , is Charleston Mayor Hutchinson's father-in-law. . .The billboard at Clarksburg which advertises for strip mine operators, now reads: "Can we West Virginians afford to sell the state to a New Yorker." Below the lettering, someone stuck a "Jay" bumper sticker. . . Maybe keeping the business tax division open longer hours will alleviate a problem which some taxpayers said amounted to a deaf year for some. Some taxpayers had retained an attorney--a former speaker of the House--to get someone to listen during the tenure of Charles Haden. The situation led to a criticism that the tax department under Haden was more political than a county chairman's office. . . Darrell McGraw, former aide to ex-Gov. Smith, is practicing law in Charleston and will be helping his brother, Warren McGraw, run for State Senate. . .One of the plane trips charged to the Tax Department by the Highways department was around the time of the NCAA playoffs in Morgantown., Gubernatorial Assistant William Loy and Tax Commissioner Charles Haden made the trip on the plane. . .The Wood County Young Democrats are getting geared up under the leadership of new president Clarice Hill. . . Maj. Howard Parks, chief law enforcement officer for Kanawha County Sheriff Pete Johnson, was turned down for membership by the FOP. . Of the 14 candidates for the House on the Republican ticket from Kanawha County, 11 are either incumbents or have previous service, and two are college graduates. . .The county Republicans were ready to go to print for 70,000 pieces of political brochures with all the candidates pictures when the party filled the treasurer's spot. It was stop the presses. . .Is Agriculture Commissioner Gus Douglass in trouble as some suggest, and is it with Democrats or Republicans?. . Fas-Check Food Mart, the store furnishing food for non- striking city employes is co- owned by Don Tate, former president of the Young Democrats and a friend of Mayor Hutchinson. MARY McGROKY Tortoise That Can Gallop © Washington Star News WASHlNGTON-Says Gene Pokorny, George McGovern's 25-year-old Illinois campaign manager, "I think we have seen our darkest days." Says J o s e p h Grandmaison, Mc- G o v e r n ' s 26-year-old New York c a m pa i g n manager, " N o t h i n g has really changed." The views of Pokorny, a Nebraska farm boy, and Grandmaison, an erstwhile junior executive out of Nashua, N.H., might not be significant except that--in addition to being in charge of two large and crucial states--they are two of the grassroots reasons why George McGovern is the Democratic nominee. Grandmaison put a permanent crimp in Ed Muskie's frontrunner status in New Hampshire last March and Pokorny gave McGovern his first victory, the Wisconsin primary in April. »· WHILE BOTH are in a somewhat subdued frame of mind owing to post-convention vicissitudes, they aver that the troops and the motivation which confounded the experts in the spring are still out there to push McGovern over the finish line in November. Pokorny says yes, he hears that McGovern "is just another politician after all," and that he.couldn't possibly run the country if he can't run his own campaign. But he tells the tired and depressed Mc- Governites that Democrats have always though in public that if the decision-making process on Vietnam had been as open as the McGovern campaign, "we wouldn't still be there." Both Pokorny and Grandmaison report that the Democratic organizations--in their assigned states are cooperating. "I wouldn't say it was enthusiastic support," says Pokorny, "but there is no proof that there is any conscious effort to hurt the ticket." "They're not t h r i l l e d , " Grandmaison reports about the New York regulars, "but whenever we ask for help, we get it." They are both organizing, around the clock, against the day when George McGovern can start talking about the real issues instead of who is in charge of his campaign. When the momentum begins, if it ever does, they will be ready, having repeated the careful bricklaying they did during the primaries. *IN ILLINOIS, 110 McGovern storefronts are in full operation. Their whole effort is aimed at selective registration. By foot and by telephone, they are targeting their potential Democratic voters and planning to take them to register as they expect to carry them to the polls on elecU'cii day. 'We are way ahead of Humphrey at the same psriod in 19(58," says Pokorny. He consults often with the most formidable Democratic regular in the country. Mayor Richard J. Daisy of Chicago, who couldn't even get a seat at the convention in Miami. Pokorny finds him "a terribly" reasonable politician, very p r a g m a t i c a n d realistic." What the mayor thinks of working with an operative who does not look old enough to vole has not been recorded. But they are working together on plans for the joint visit to Chicago by McGovern and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Tuesday. The McGovern - K e n n e d y team will be together in New York on T h u r s d a y , and Grandmaison is smoothing things out with the Democratic organization there. GRANDMAISON POINTS out that in Suffolk County, which gave Nixon the biggest plurality in the country in 1968, e i g h t self-supporting storefronts have sprung up. Last week, they hired buses and transported 2,000 factory workers, most of them black, to the one office in the county where they could register. Pokorny and Grandmaison pray that McGovern can smoke Richard Nixon out of the White House early enough to help the cause by provoking the President into making some excessive charges and claims. To them, it's January all over again, w h e n the pollsters, the press and the regulars were telling them McGovern couldn't do it. To most of the country, it seems that McGovern is a lamed horse just waiting to be disposed of on election day. But to his young lieutenants who spent much of the spring spelling his name, he is still the tortoise who can gallop. RALPH NADER-In the Public Interest Energy Crisis Report Is Out WASHINGTON-If there is anything worse than an administration that hides its wrong-doings, It is one that also suppresses its right thoughts. The Nixon White House is doing just that, first by sitting on a report entitled "Energy Conservation", by its Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) and then, after a trade journal obtained a copy through a leak, severely restricting the public's access to it. It is not difficult to understand why the White House is sensitive about the contents of this study. Dated July 1972, this 230-page factual analysis shows how the consumer and homeowner can save billions of dollars a year through a proposed national policy to require more efficient use of petroleum and other energy fuols. Such a policy of course, would discomfort powerful vested interests like the petroleum, automobile, trucking and other industries. And in an election year, the way the Nixon men interpret it, political pragmatism means not making big corporations angry over any prospects of reduced sales by reducing waste. +· THE CONTEXT of the report is the so-called energy crisis which the fuels industry- defines as skyrocketing demand confronting inadequate supplies. The more national hysteria which these companies can generate with distorted and incomplete facts, the more they are likely to prevail in raising their prices and obtaining government tax and other subsidies in developing and bringing fuel supplies to market. These companies also hope to grab greater control over government-owned petro- f leum reserves through favorable leases, weaker environmental controls, and most immediately, new offshore drilling, especially off the Atlantic coast. A consumer-oriented view, put forth in this restricted OEP study, is to apply known or knowable ways by which consumers can save money, be exposed to less pollution and still obtain the electricity and fuel they want. This is the most modest approch--one that reduces energy demand without reducing even non-essential service. Jn showing how U. S. energy demand by 1980 can be reduced by as much as the equivalent of 7.3 million barrels of oil a day (at an estimated annual value of $10.7 billion), the OEP report declares: »· "THK MOST significant realizable measures to effect conservation are: a) improved insulation in homes: b) development of more efficient air conditioners; c) shift of intercity freight from highway to rail, intercity passengers from air to ground travel and urban passengers from automobiles to mass transit and freight consolidation in urban freight movement; and, d) introduction of more efficient i n d u s t r i a l processes a n d equipment." The OEP study group poured much detail into their findings and relied considerably on materials produced by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory-National S c i e n c e Foundation Environmental Program. The assumptions of the study did not rest on inconveniencing travelers, shippers or the consumer but on showing how modern mass transit systems, more efficient (Please Turn to Page 5C) *

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