The High Point Enterprise from High Point, North Carolina on February 14, 1971 · Page 5
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EDITORIAL PAGE High Poln* Enterprlie, Sunday, February 14, 1971 A Responsible Community Heeds Eye Black Panthers Liberty Or License Holl The Black Panther Party has from Its beginning ''stirred more interest and created more concern than its numbers and purpose would seem to warrant. Its actual membership, even nationally, has never been large, a fact the Black Panthers themselves do not try to hide. The Black Panther Party;has made itself the center of attention by its views, which generally cut against the grain of the civil rights movement in the country. The Panthers proclaim themselves as revolutionaries, wanting power for the black people. In race relations, they prefer, separation rather than integration. · The Panthers are best known, however, for a series of ^iolent clashes with the police in several of the country's larger cities. In Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and'Oak- land, police and Black Panthers have engaged in guh battles in which police officers, and Panthers have been killed. Black Panther leaders' have, claimed there is a nation-wide police conspiracy to commit genocide on the party. The police, however, see themselves confronted, with a small but fanatical group which is well-armed, and whose members do not hesitate to use their weapons. What happened in High Point last Wednseday. repeated the familiar pattern. A High Point officer was seriously wounded, and a young Panther was injured. Miraculously, no one was killed during the gun battle when police and deputy sheriffs carried out an eviction order, As close as the houses are in the I-Iulda Street neighborhood, someone,could h a v e been killed in the comparative safety of his home. The police said they knew the Panthers were armed and wanted a Shootout, Even so f 6 r e w a r n e d , however, the police were still caught in the Shootout. It would seem that a new tactic needs to be devised by the police to avoid such shootouts when carrying out the law against the Panthers. . · ' . · ' . The Black Panthers have gained a foothold in High Point. T h e y apparently p l a n to resume their breakfast feeding program for young, children. This is hardly ah altruistic service, however, for the Black Panthers feed the few children in an atmosphere of hate -and'violence and guns. Most responsible people do not approve of the Black Panther program and views, nor of the violence which they engender. A calm and determined community will remain . watchful of anyone and anything which threatens to disrupt the true progress in human relationships which High Point desires. Monday Holiday For about two, hundred years, George Washington's birthday was observed on Feb. 22, which happens to be the date of his birth. But a law passed by -Congfess in 1968, and just now taking effect-Vends that tradition. Washington's birthday will now officially be' celebrated on the third Monday in February, this year Feb. 15. The new.law also established three other Monday holidays -- Memorial Day, now 'the last'.Monday in May; Veterans' Day, now the , fourth Monday in, October; Columbus Day, never before a legal holiday, now the second Monday in October. Labor Day, which has always fallen on the first Monday in September, brings the total number of'guaranteed three,-day weekends to five. : As written, the 1968'legislation affected only employes of the federal and ' -District::/ 7bf y': Columbia · g 6 y- ernments, but tfibst of the "states have since 'passed similar laws. . As of January 1971, only the legislatures of Louisiana, ·Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia and' Wisconsin' 1 have not approved -the arrangement. Both industry and labor support the Monday holiday law, so most private employes also'will take the holidays off. According to the House committee that reported the bill, the holidays changed were .those which could be "observed on Monday without doing violence to either history or tradition." Some congressmen defended Sermon the already .faded historical significance of the holidays. Then Rep.' Basil L. Whitener, of Gastonia, said h e . opposed the new legislation because "Congress should not ignore the spiritual side of American life in favor of profit-making pursuits." And The Daughters of the American Revolution feared that patriotism may become a casualty,of.the plan; .religious groups worry that'.church attendance may suffer. In addition to the general popularity of three-day weekends, commercial considerations played a considerable part in establishing the new holiday schedule. A chief backer of the law, the Discover America travel organizations, anticipates a ; boost for the; travel industry. Stay-at-hornes will benefit .the do-it-yourself 'industry. More^ storesVwiir^tay' open'to-'cash in on;' 'the'- increased 10 sn'dppirig : time, as some'"already 'db u "!dn Washington's-'" birthday. -And this innovation' may . eventually prove to be the precursor of the four-day work week. ' ' Swiss Women Vote Long democratic, Switzerland has become the last European nation to ·grant woman-suffrage in national af- , fairs. Many women fought it, stating they were meant to be housewives, not politicians. The proposal carried 2 to , 1, men's chivalry overcoming women's conservatism. Sound Investments "Provide yourselves with purses which wax not old." Luke \2, 33 ... "I never felt better nor had less," exclaimed a business man to me during the depression of the nineteen thirties. He had just lost his business and quite a fortune due to the crash of the stock market and the bankruptcies that overwhelmed the nation in those bitter days that so many remember. Instead of taking his own life when all was gone, as many did then, he was in his regular place at church the following Sunday, and sang just as joyfully as he had.done in days of affluence. He greeted his fellow worshippers with a smile instead of a frown and a long bitter tale. He became an inspiration to many who had lost a great deal less, and his noble example was worth a fortune itself to the despairing.'He had made-the proper investments all along his days of activity, but they were not In material possessions. He had hidden-his wealth in the providences of God in Whom there Is 'no variableness nor shadow of turning.' / How few did just that In those days of investments? One thing you and I might watch for our own good is the mortality rate among those things that are called the best sellers, the latest fashion, the newest models, the stock market quotations, the real estate prices, and all forms of material values. We have seen all these best buys advertised by their promoters go down the drain, even, in a month, a year, or five years. They rise fast and furiously creating man's excitement and bringing pandemonium in Wall Street,' and then they fall into a slump leaving the best brains bewildered. Such are the investments that men make from day to day as they reach for values in monetary and financial success. ' . Is there no permanence in our material satisfactions? Where can we find.a purse that is forever new and rewarding? Is there nothing of lasting Importance in this world of ours? Napoleon built an empire in Europe that bade fair to outlast the ages; with his unconquerable armies he created kings and overthrew kings; and sad to behold, every foot of. land that he won for France was lost in his own lifetime. He became a beggar at last, dying in prison. Hitler in our own time overcame nation after nation until it seemed to all that his Reich was destined to endure for a thousand years. That powerful rule perished amid the ashes of that devil possessed man's suicide. So have gone the wealth and powers of mortal men in every age. The High Point Enterprise K.Uhllshei! 1WH I'uhllnhcd Kvury Afternoon nml Sunday Morning AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER THE HIGII'I'OINT KNTEHPIU8E, INC. 210Chnrrh AVnnns ' High Point, N.C. 27261 I). A. HATVl.KY . . . . . . . . . . . vl'ruldent Mllfl. 0. II, LOCK WOOD .. . . . Vlcn-Preildenl 1»AVMA, IIAWI.F.Yjn, ..... Vlce-Prealdnnl HANOAIXH.TKIMYJH. . . , . . . . Tromnrer JOSI'.I'II I'. HAW1.KY . . . . . . , . ' , (ien.Mjtr, HOI/J'MePlllinSOM . . . . . . . . . . . KHHor JOtiHHOWN. . . . . . . . . . Kxemillvii Kdllnr CW.PATTKMSOM,JH.. . , Adv«rliii!iirllr»elnr V. V. 1WH,. JH.. ..... . . HunlMW.MnMHiw 1 HICIIAHDTKAOUK. . . . . Clrenl«llim M»«»|e«- MEMHEH OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS RATES BY MAIL (Payable In AdvuncO 1 Yr. fi Mo. 8 Mo. 1 Mo. 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Second-dun poiURo paid it llluli Point, N. 0, All carrier*, Healnri «ml rilmllmlitn «r« Imle. pendent coim»mor« inl Tho llluli Point Enter- nrlie, Inn, la not rjipnnillile fiif advancn nuWrlp. lion paymenli mailo lo ilium or their repretenta* live*, fcur home delivery ralrr coninct your looal carrier, , Wird'Ortifllh Company Nikllnnil Admitting Heprnentnilvai By CAPUS WAYNICK Tho ruling of the Supreme Court written by Justice Hugo Black rcfuHlng to interfere In 3 public school's order regulating student liair cuts Is a sensible gesture. The court declined to restrain the,school rule aa asked to do until the question of the constitutional right of a youngster to wear his hair as he 'pleases could be adjudicated, Justice Black wrote bluntly that no constitutional right in the true sense of the term is involved. At a time when the injunction is easily employed, I think, this is worthy of special welcome, From: time to time recently, the federal Constitution has been depended upon to uphold some wierd adventures into the realm of human freedom. It is a bit heartening to have the suggestion of this wise old judge -who, once, in his young manhood, was unwise enough to join the Ku Klux Klan -- that there is no constitutional barrier to reasonable regulation of hairdos of young Ameri' cans under public school discipline. Times change and men change in them, and the interpretation of the Constitution is often of late revised to move the instrument abreast of new morality -- or current concepts of what is moral. An instance was a recent court opinion that the death penalty is "cruel and unusual punishment," which the Constitution forbids. At the time the document was written and adopted, few, if any, subject to its restraints and protected by Us guarantees regarded a death penalty as anything more -- or worse -- than a normal exercise of self-protective governmental power. NEAR THE end of the 19th Century and for a decade or so into the 20th Century, hu- man society was afflicted by oulcroppings of anarchism. During that period, anarchists departed from their historic policy of nonviolence perpetrated a few notable murders in their attack on government -- the establishment, These cultisls who believed in absolute freedom without governmental control whatsoever decided in union or perhaps merely .separately to try to rid society of all forms of government. The murders removed an empress of Austria, a president of France, and a president of the LJnjted, States, /; . Anarchism survives,:'of.course, but it has retreated to inactive status.. Government, which our prixed American, tenets; :hold should be of, for, and by', the people,,; has fallen philosophically mainly infy three grooves -- those of the monarchist, now raggedly fragmentary; the constitutional, of which our own is a great example, and the totalitarian, such as the Russian. In the light of communist policy^ the pretense of a "dictatorship o£ the proletariat" becomes a patent absurdity. But defection of republicanism in the modern world, wherein a Soviet dictator can predict ; American children will be living in maturity under communism is a strange manifestation of man's proneness to wield chains to his own limbs in the name of liberation. This brief essay is getting far a-field from a word of approval for a Supreme-Court action, but. I am impelled to reflect more than ordinarily on a citizen's solemn respon- .sibility for freedom under : law in a society where efforts are somewhat general ^to destroy the very forces of law and order that are set up to defend the individual in the- possession and enjoyment of certain "inalienable rights." . ·' · '· ' " Harsh A WASHINGTON -- At this time of angoniz- |ng self-appraisal, the press might reexamine its harsh criticism of some.of our friends in the under-developed countries. We tend io judge by American standards but forget ' that in many nations, the American alternative doesn't exist. In the U. S., the alternative to Richard Nixon is a Democrat. In the underdeveloped countries, the alternative is usually an even more repressive, government. r This proved to be the case in China, when the American press clamored for the scalp of Chiang Kai-shek and saw him replaced by Mao Tse-tung. In South Vietnam, whose government we have denounced, the alternative to Saigon is Hanoi -- perhaps the most corrupt, repressive government on earth. , In South Korea, the American press has chided President Chung Hee Park, often ignoring his achievements and failing to p o i n t ' o u t that the alternative is, the oppressive .rule of North Korea's Kim II Sung. Premier Kim is such a raving fanatic that even the Russians regard him as a extremist, President Park has brought unprecedented prosperity to the South Korean people. The nation's economic growth rate is second only, to Japan's. The South Korean Army !s one of the finest in all Asia. And Park, by every democratic Indication/Is clearly the people's choice. KOREAN WAR THREAT - Life in North Korea, by contrast, is unbearably bleak -the result of an economy dominaled by the . military and Kim II Sung's obsession with the Idea of unifying Korea by force, "The North Korean Communists have · been desperately preparing for another all- : out war," President Park told mo in Seoul last summer. "The cheapest,, safest, nnd · most effective way to stop them Is by preparing. · "Wo arc trying lo roach the economic goal of self-reliance," he added, "When wo achieve it, wo will bo In n far belter position , lo stop the war." . , , A tough, unflinching former gencrnl, Park · .!'· fools tbo rnoa', criticabporlod for his country la 1070 to 1(I7B, ^specially 1071 and 1072. Ho .,' believes- North Korea doesn't have the rc- . sources lo contlniia Us hostility beyond 1975 Merry Go Round by Jack Anderson but will be compelled to accept a peaceful settlement. Most recently, the American press has grown increasingly critical of Ferdinand Marcos, the charismalic President of the Philippines. Marcos has been an ardent ally, even to the extent of sending troops to Vietnam. He is a brilliant politician and national hero. In the early stages of World War II, he was an intelligence .officer of great renown, earning the Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross, which Gen. D o u g l a s MacArthur personally pinned on his chest. Marcos was captured on Bataan and survived the infamous Death March. He was tortured but later escaped to join the guerrilla underground. He emerged wilh five wounds and 27 medals -- the most decorated Filipino soldier of World War II. He went on, lo serve in the Philippine Congress before winning the presidential election of 19G5. Now he is faced with striking workers and rioting students. Standing ready lo fill the void, should the Marcos government topple, are the Communist-led link guerrillas. ' · T U N A WAR -- The American taxpayers are,subsidizing both skies in the tuna war with Ecuador. The Ecuadorian government has;Soized 12 American tuna boats that have penetrated within the 200-mlIo limit that Ecuaripr.claims as its territorial boundary. Washington, which recognizes only a three-mile limit, has encouraged the tuna boats to fish in these,disputed waters. The Ecuadorians have used patrol boats , on lo.nso.from the United States to seize the American tuna boals. After the boats are bntilcd IhtVport at U. S. expense, the U. Si then pays Ecuador usually a $15,000 fine lo ball them out. oo M° rn THERE IS A LADY There is a lady sweet and kind,' Was never face so pleased my mind; I did but see her passing by, And yet I love her till I die. Her gesture, motion, and her smiles, Her wit, her voice my heart beguiles, Beguiles my. heart, I know not why, And yet I love her till I die, Cupid is winged and doth rangn Her country so my love doth change: But change the earth, or change the sky, Yet will I love her till I die. , i -ANONYMOUS This is Valentine's Day named for that favorite Saint so warm, willing and wonderful. For centuries February 14th has been known as a day set aside for lovers. Just what part St. Valentine played in the day of romance is'not known, for there are seven Saints with the same name listed in the Acta Sanctorum (Acts of the. Saints) from Italy, France, Belgium, Spain and Africa. It is thought that this custom faithfully observed each year by young and old originated from the'ancient Roman festival called the Lupercalia, which took place on February 15, and was something like a carnival. In olden times the customs of St.'Valentine's Day were taken much, more seriously than they are today. It was believed that the first person a young single boy or girl of the opposite sex met on this day would be their "Valentine" for the year and sometimes for life. Geoffrey Chaucer referred to it as the time when birds choose mates, a popular belief in its day. In the year 1797 a book was published entitled "Cabinet of Love," or "Cupid's Repository of Choice Valentines." This was for the sole purpose of helping young people of that day find words to send to their lovers. Sometimes they would have parties and place the names of all the girls in a box to'be drawn by all the boys present, and when each boy discovered the girl he had drawn she would become the Valentine for the year. An example of. the early valentines is found in the writing of a young damsel in 1754. She wrote: "I lay abed 'and shut my eyes all the morning . Till he comes to my house, For I would not have seen another man Before him for the world." Probably one of the most familiar verses remembered by the older folks of our present day,is a little verse that has been written on slates, or tree stumps, or scribbled in a childish hand on a crumbled piece of paper and blushingly slipped across the aisle in the "little red schoolhouse." "As long as the vine Grows 'round the stump, You are my darling ; Sugar lump." Every generation has had its poets who have given to the world a valentine verse that will be used and loved for as long as the world stands. John Greenleaf Whitter said of "Maud Miller": A form more fair, A grace more sweet Ne'er hath been my fate to meet. , Annabel Lee could have been the valentine of Edgar Allen Poe for.'he said: ^ "The rnoon never beams, without bringing me dreams, ................ .,of.,the beautiful Annabel Lee," James Whitcomb.Riley writes about "An Old Sweetheart", that is a very beautiful poem with a surprise ending -- a valentine any woman, would be happy to receive: ·. ^ , A face of lily beauty, with form of airy'grace, : Float out of my tobacco as the Genie from,the vase; And I. thrill beneath the glances of a pair of Azure eyes; As glowing as the: summer and as tender as the skies. I can still" see the pink sunbonnet and the little checkered dress She wore when I first kissed her and she answered the caress With the written declaration that, "as surely as the vine Grew 'round the stump," she loved me-That old Sweetheart of mine. We do not know who Percy Shelly had in mind when he wrote "Love's Philosophy," but its lovely words would 'grace any valentine, and cause any lovers heart to skip a beat. The fountains mingle with the river, · ; And the'rivers,with the.ocean; · "'' The winds of the heaven mix forever, With a sweet emotion; , Nothing in the world is single; All things by a law devine In one another's being mingle:-Why not I with thine? And there seems no better time or place to acknowledge the following from the Anglican Digest which a friend says he's inspired to share with this family of readers because it made him think of Good Afternoon: LORD, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everbody's affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends at the end. Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains; they are increasing, and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others' pains, but help me to endure them with patience. I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility, and a lessened cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken. Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a saint-some of them are so hard to live with; a sour old person is'.'jbne of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the '\abihty to see good things in unexpected places and ta|e'rits in unexpected people, and give me, 0 Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.

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