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32 Prez heads for hills to plan counterattack JAJIES WIEGIIAKT "It won't hurt to remind some of them that In addition to being high-ranking federal bureaucrats, they are also appointees of a President who is head of the Democratic party," one source said. "They need to be prodded into doing a better job in selling the administration's programs and in laying out some of the accomplishments. There has been too much emphasis on our failures and too little on our successes." Carter believes that with much of his program nearing final action by Congress, including such key measures as his energy package and the Panama Canal treaties, a concerted drive to accentuate the positive now will help ease the public impression of stalemate and drift and give his standing in the public opinion polls a much needed boost. This would set the stage for his active participation in the fall nomic counselor to the President in the battle against inflation and as chief political trouble-shooter give him equal status with Jordan and Mondale the administration's inner circle. In addition to getting the cabinet to operate in closer coordination, both with each other and with the White House staff, the President reportedly plans to outline for the first time his Cabinet officers and their top assistant secretaries plans for the fall campaign.

In addition to getting the cabinet to operate in closer coordination, both with each other and with the White House staff, the President reportedly plans to outline for the first time his plans for the fall campaign. Cabinet officers and their top assistant secretaries will be directed to work closely with the. new national Democratic chairman, John White, who will also attend. (Continued from page 2) end's sessions will be a departure from the past In significant ways. For one thing, the cabinet officials were informed in their invitations from Carter that there will be "one-on-one" discussions with the President in addition to group meetings.

Also, none has been informed of any specific agenda or has been asked to bring any specific prepared materials lor presentation or discussion. Further, the While House specified that spouses were not invited, making it clear that it was strictly business, not social. But despite efforts by the While House to downplay the unusual gathering as something of an unstructured affair, more in the nature of a bull session than a policy or decisionmaking conference, other sources said that intensive plans for the meeting had been worked out by Hamilton Jordan. Carter's top political adviser, and Richard Moe, Vice President Mondale's chief aide. A chief aim of the meeting, one source said, Is to "shape up" the cabinet and senior White House staff, to get them to pull together and focus on fall congressional and statehouse races.

Thus far, each cabinet officer has operated independently, reporting to the President, instead of coordinating his or her activities or working under the direction of Jordan or jiiiy oilier White House official. While this has avoided the "palace guard" problem, under which som" previous Presidents have been sealed off from their cabinets by top White House aides, it has also led to confusion, misdirection, conflicting policies and goals, and a good deal of iniighting that has surfaced to embarrass the White House. Aside from Carter, key figures at the session are expected to be Jordan, who is reshuffling the While House staff to make jt more effective and give the President greater control over the rest of the execute blanch, and Strauss, whose other roles as eco The Bronx? Most folks don't know the north, east and west of it ii i jam tion to the good way of life we have here, so we are planning a big parade and festival in conjunction with the Wakefield Merchants Association on June 17," Mrs. Freeman said. "We're integrated here, and we get along well.

The logo of our Williamsbridge Federation is three hands joined together one white, one brown and one black." Up in lovely Woodlawn, another Bronx community leader, Karl Strieker, 36, who grew up in the South Bronx, was saying that Pinkie Freeman is right. Strieker, who is active in all kinds of civic work, knows the Bronx inside out. "Anybody who knocks the Bronx is ignorant, he says. "The Bronx has awful problems, but we also have neighborhoods that could serve as models for the whole country on how people should live together. So there.

The next time you hear somebody boo the Bronx, give him a loud Bronx cheer. neighborhood. At the heart of it. at E. 222d St.

and Barnes St. Luke's Episcopal Church is being rebuilt and enlarged. Two blocks away, on 224th a new church. Trinity Baptist, is going up. "Williamsbridge is a vital community and there are many others in the Bronx like it," says Pinkie Freeman, president of the Williamsbridge Federation, a big civic group.

Mrs. Freeman, 45. a city worker, is an Arkansas native. Her husband, Henry, a truck driver, is originally from South Carolina. They have two children.

They bought a two-family house in Williamsbridge 15 years ago. They never regreted it. "The people of Williamsbridge want to call atten- Jimmy's catching rplIKRK IS SOMETHING ahout the Bronx that bi'injrs out the pessimist in us all. Yon have this vavue sense that the entire place is a slum. Ask the average person in Queens, or the average person in California, what they think of the Bronx, and you will get a turned up nose for an 'Miswer.

hur'iig the World Series last year, the TV cameras tooi: time out to show a flaming building a few blocks Horn Yankee Stadium. Howard Cosell. never one to forgo an opportunity to pontificate on the apocalyptic social cataclysms that wreak havoc on contemporary urban America, made much of the Wae. 'Ihe Bronx is burning," Howard announced. The way he said it.

you knew it was a story. Not that Howard was wrong. He was dead right. There is no denying the devastation of the South Bronx. But the Bronx is a big place.

It has a north, too. It lso has an east and west. A book of columns could be written about the positive side of this borough. With the Bronx getting so much attention just now as the $1 billion plan to rebuild the South Bronx is unveiled and the world champion Yankees opened their home season, a look at the bright side is in oiiler. JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON In a dramatic turnabout, President Carter is now petting serious about alcohol fuels, which could help solve the energy crisis, stabilize farm prices and reduce the outpouring of dollars to the oil potentates.

Previously, Carter had virtually ignored the proven potential of alcohol fuels. His 155page energy message devoted only a single sentence to alcohol fuels, giving them the official brush-off. Deputy Energy Secretary John O'Leary dismissed the concept of alcohol fuels as "myth," even though they had been used to power jet fighters in World War II and to run automobiles as far back as the 1930s. the gasohol bug the scenes to block the development of alcohol fuels in the United States. The oil companies, of course, want to keep the nation hooked on oil until their wells have been drained.

Putting profits ahead of the national welfare, the oilmen are whispering into congressional ears that alcohol fuels would create technological and economic problems. A Chevron lobbyist made so many inaccurate statements that a Senate aide drafted a point-by-point response and mailed it to the company. Mobil Oil issued a detailed rebuttal to a report, favorable to alcohol fuels, from the Senate Republican Policy Committee. Mobil not only blasted the report but offered its own patented process for converting alcohol into gasoline. This process would be so costly that it would become no immediate threat to Mobil's petroleum refineries.

From California to Nebraska, oil lobbyists are actively trying to thwart programs to develop alcohol fuels at the local level. We wrote a series of articles, meanwhile, suggesting that alcohol fuels might be the most readily available solution for the energy crisis. Our stories stirred up strong support frorr concerned Americans. A blizzard of mail hit our office, including copies of letters to the White House and Congress. The response from the public is beginning to have its effect.

Here's what's happening: Twenty senators wrote a joint letter to both Energy Secretary James Schlesinger and Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, urging them to undertake an "immediate and comprehensive effort to tap the potential of our nation's renewable resources." Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) caught the ear of President Carter at the White House. Church explained that under a bill he was sponsoring, grain alcohol fuel blends could be available at service station pumps by 1981. According to Church, the President was "very interested" in the proposal, but skeptical about the marketplace economics. Everybody knows that Riverdale Is perhaps the ritziest residential community in any city in America.

Throgs is likewise elegant in many parts. For water sports and restaurants. City Island is superb. The Bronx Zoo is a must visit, especially if vou have kids. Van Cortlandt Park.

Pelham Bay Park and Bronx Park, which includes the breathtaking New York Botanical Garden, are three lovely places. To get a picture of a big part of the Bronx, to see how many of its 1.4 million citizens live, visit a neighborhood like Schuylerville, just above Throgs Neck. Go along peaceful Kdison St. Block after block of neat homes. Not a dirty sidewalk in sight.

Young mothers push strollers. Housewives gab. Old guys stand around swapping lies and going over the hitters. Kids run home from school. The Bronx is loaded with kids.

How can it be a bad place? These scenes repeat themselves all over the Bronx. Go up White Plains Road and get off now and then to wander into neighborhoods like Van Nest and Morris Park and Pelham Parkway and Baychester und Williamsbridge and and Woodlawn. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers more people than inhabit many big cities live in these neighborhoods. They get along well together. Williamsbridge is a largely black, middle-class But government experts slipped around to see us behind the backs of their superiors.

They told us that alcohol could provide 72-cents-a-gallon gasoline for American motorists. This would be no more than premium gasoline is expected to cost by the time the alcohol plants are constructed. The money would also be spent in the United States, thus stimulating prosperity at home instead of enriching the oil sheiks. A blend of alcohol and gasoline, called gaso-hol, could compete directly with the conventional product. The new gasohol would also require no engine modifications.

This high octane product could be produced from alcohol derived from timber wastes, corn stalks, coal, garbage, even sewage. Farm-belt senators would like the priority placed on extracting alcohol fuels from surplus farm products. The strongest opposition has come from the oil industry, whose lobbyists are maneuvering behind.

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