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-r'- -J Page ,4 The Reformer, Friday, July 7, 1972 v- iHiimiiiiiiiiiiHmiiiiiiiimiiiuiMiiiitiiiiiimiimiiiiiiJ0f0. A Job Well Done1 1 our nations history. Malvine Cole Stratton EDITORIALS Norman Runnion, Managing Editor Robert L. Dubuque, News Editor AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER, DEDICATED TO CONSERVATION AND PROGRESS IN PUBLIC AND HUMANE AFFAIRS AID TO REAPING THE WHIRLWIND Editor of The Reformer Perhaps it is the clouds seeded for rain over Indochina by U.S. military forces and scudding, with the earths turn, across eastern United States that have given us the wettest spring on record.

There is no doubt that the seeds of destruction we have sowed in that part of the world have caused us to reap the severest moral and social whirlwinds in HANDICAPPED Editor of The Reformer: We wish to thank you for the kind words which appeared in the Editorial of the July 3rd Reformer. Robert R. DeVoid Director First Chance 2 Oak St. Brattleboro Other Opinions Editor of The Reformer A vote of thanks, for the splendid coverage your paper gave the benefit the young and young of heart gave for the Putney Animal. Rescue, Inc.

I am sure they felt a golden glove of success when it was all over. Bruce Branson and all of the young people should be commended for a job so well done. We at Putney Animal Rescue cant thank them enough. They have proved there are others who care. Carroll Bingham President Putney Animal Rescue, Inc.

Putney DISCRIMINATION? Editor of The Reformer: As a summer visitor in the area, I have become very interested in the Brattleboro Little League system. In the past years I have seen every team represented on the Tournament Team. This year the Athletics seem to have been left out. I think this shows poor sportsmanship on the part of the coaches and something ought to be changed. Most people took it for granted that each team had to be represented on the Tournament Team.

It seems that a few coaches are in there for their own personal glory and not to teach "the boys good sportsmanship and baseball. Where has the good sportsmanship gone? Harley J. Lippman Newark, N.J. A Birthday Party Without a Cake? Julius Duscha, director, Washington Journalism Center, in An American Tragicomedy: Planning the Big Bash for 1976 in the Saturday Review (July 1) The upshot may be that no significant commemoration of the bicentennial will be held, and a lot of Americans will say, fine, there isnt anything to celebrate anyway. And what, in fact is there to celebrate in a nation tom by a divisive war that cannot seem to be brought to a conclusion; by racial antagonisms that show little sign of abating; by vast gulfs separating young and old, rich and poor, city and suburbrby gigantic public and private bureaucracies that appear to be unresponsive to human needs; and by a political system r.v'VAS "THE BATTLE IS TO DECIDE WHO 4ETS TO RIDE ME IN THE RACE: that virtually thrives on ambiguity and meaningless hyperbole and is at the mercy of the guns of mad assassins? The Two Deans Saville Davis, reviewing Grapes From Thorns by Dean Acheson in the Christian Science Monitor Of the two Deans of the Cold War years, Rusk was up tight and Acheson was up loose.

This was in their public lives; both men were chhrmers in private, Rusk more quietly so and Acheson with a role of calculated elegance to act out But once behind the office desk, Rusk became a dogged Ulysses S. Grant in his relations with the public while Acheson darted about like Stonewall Jackson, a secretary of state on horseback with a feather in his hat. Acheson seemed more fortunate. His was the early phase of the Cold War, when most everyone in positions of authority and established influence accepted its rationale. When he retired, the policy he helped President Truman to shape was vigorously carried on by John Foster Dulles also a man on horseback but with heavy armor this time and Acheson continued to advise.

He criticized, supported, carried his brilliant sallies into the Presidents office and reigned handsomely in the salons of Washington where his style Carried a good deal of clout. And yet which of the two secretaries was really the more dogmatic about the Cold War? Rusk would win the popular nomination by landslide. He seemed always to play the same tune. It was his business to make the agreed policy plausible, or try to. Events of the Past The Hellsberg Papers ITT Strikes Again With friends like the International Telephone Telegraph Corporation, a national administration hardly needs enemies.

Whatever help the GOP has received from the open-handed campaign contributions of that superconglomerates top executives has been more than canceled out by the continuing revelations of the machinations engaged in by ITT both at home and abroad. The latest embarrassment to the administration is the disclosure this week by the New York Times of a new batch of documents that escaped the famous ITT shredding machine. They reveal that ITT formally presented to the White House last fall an 18-point plan for a covert campaign of subversion and sabotage designed to bring down the Socialist regime of Salvadore Allende, the legitimately elected president of Chile. This isnt, of course, the first disclosure of international intrigue by ITT. Some months ago, hard on the heels of the Dita Beard imbroglio, syndicated columnist Jack Anderson discovered that the corporation had tried unsuccessfully to arrange tor a military coup by Chilean armed forces in an effort to block President Allendes inauguration and had made contact with assorted CIA agents to this end.

But the proposal which ITT subsequently presented to the Nixon administration (in the form of a Dear Pete letter to Peter G. Peterson, Mr. Nixons assistant for international economic affairs) went considerably farther. It called for nothing less than the creation of a special White House task force to direct an all-out program of diplomatic and economic sabotage against Chile and to make secret contact with the Chilean Army and Navy with promises of materjgl and financial American assistance for a coup detat. The modest aim, as described by ITT Vice President William R.

Merriam, was to make sure that Allende does not get through the crucial nex months. ft Fortunately cooler heads prevailed. The Nixon administration, while it would no doubt have liked to oblige its friends in the board room, evidently saw the folly of getting itself enmeshed in a scheme so heavily laden with political dynamite. While it subsequently embarked on some anti-Allende measures of its own, it wisely, passed up the invitation to join in a program of undercover subversion. Indeed the end result of ITTs machinations in this instance will probably prove beneficialto Mr.

Allende, who can now be expected to use the Times revelations as a means of rallying domestic support for his campaign against Yankee imperialism. But the fact that the ITT scheme died aborning doesnt diminish the arrogance of such an unabashed exercise of corporate muscle. Only last week, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, for reasons inadequately explained, voted to shelve a projected study of giant corporations involvement in U. S. foreign policy.

This latest disclosure makes it clear that the study should be put back on the agenda. By Art Buchivald was released on June 27. Men on the job had noticed an object in a tree for two or three days and finally he climbed the tree for it The balloons, which are occasionally found in this area, carry instruments to record and broadcast meteorological conditions. 10 Years Ago Brattleboro awakened this morning to another unseasonably chilly morning, a low of 36 degrees, two degrees colder than yesterday mornings 38-degree' minimum. The official reading was reported by the local weather observer.

Continued cold air was seen for tonight, but the mercury was not expected to slip below the mid-40s. 50 Years Ago The Brattleboro Main street has a long way to go before it becomes a serious rival of New Yorks great white way, but in the last week two large electric signs have been added to the illumination on that street. One of the signs is said to be the first mechanical flashing sign ever installed in Brattleboro as it is run by a motor while others are controlled by jl thermostat 25 Years Ago While working on a lumber job on Hobby Hill, a Newfane man retrieved a weather balloon from a tree on Saturday. He planned to carry out yie instructions with it tfrtTit to the U.S. Weather lureau at Albany, N.Y., where it WASHINGTON I have just received the top-secret Hellsberg papers which contain the secret history of the American Revolution.

The pepers were found 20 miles outside of London in the wine cellar of the country home of. a legendary historical figure named Sir Daniel HelBberg. Sir Daniel worked for the Lord Rand Corp. during the reign of George HI but became disenchanted with the way the British were conducting the war with the Colonies and resigned. He apparently took a copy of the Whitehall Papers with him and turned over the contents to The Times of London.

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0 FRQML MINISTRY OF DEFENSE toTOrd North, 1777: Our mathematicians have just concluded on the basis of their calculations, as well as enemy documents, that the Rebels cannot hold on much longer. They took heavy losses at Saratoga and army morale is at a low ebb. Desertions are running high and there is prostitution in their cities. By sending more troops we should be out of America by 1778. 0 From Gen.

Cornwallis to Lord Nqrth, 1780: MY METHODS have been completely successful, and I can report that the entire 13 Colonies have been pacified. In 12 months we can turn all the fighting over to the Loyalists and start withdrawing our forces. Although the French have been supplying the Rebels with equipment, the revolutionaries are still a ragtag army without discipline or initiative. They are no match for our highly trained Redcoats and our sophisticated British equipment. For the first time I have confidence we can do the Job.

0 IF THE REBELS refuse to make a peace treaty, then we have no choice but to bombard their cities and blockade their harbors until they agree to our terms. You must not go down in history as the first English king ever to have lost a war. From Lord North to George III, Dec. 12, 1781: Just received word that Gen. Cornwallis was caught with his breeches down at Yorktown.

Apparently Washington surprised him, and Cornwallis had no choice but to surrender his entire army on Oct. 19, 1781. This may put a crimp in our pacification plans. Suggest we send a delegation to Paris to discuss peace. It must, of course, be an honorable peace.

Ten Years From Now By Pete Horton HERE ARE EXCERPTS from some of the Whitehall Papers: Report to Lord North, prime minister, from Gen. Thomas Gage, 1774: 4 I am happy to inform you that all goes well here in Boston and despite discontent amongst the natives over taxes, I cannot foresee any difficulty in putting down a revolt. Kindly send me some advisers to train the Loyalists to defend themselves against the Rebels, who are preaching insurrection in the cities and villages, P.S. Have blockaded tjjie port of Boston which will mike the Rebels sue for peace. REPORT TO- GEORGE III from Lord North, July 30, 1775: Gage sends good news from the Colonies.

His troops have won critical Battle of Bunker Hill and the Rebels are in disarray. Gage believes things are going so well that you can safely announce that our boys will be home by Christmas. Almanac By United Press International Those bom on this date are under the sign of Cancer. Austrian composer Gustav Mahler was bom July 7, 1860. On this day in history: In 1846 U.S.

Navy Commodore J. D. Sloat proclaimed the annexation of California by the United States. Today is Friday, July 7, the 189th day of 1972, with 177 to follow. The moon is approaching its new phase.

The morning stars are Venus and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Quotes MIDDLEBURY Did you see the predictions for the future in the Ladies Home Journal article Ten Years From Now? Rainfall will be controlled The power of ocean tides will be harnessed to serve us. fexploration of the sea bottom and of interplanetary space will make possible the absolute prediction of weather conditions. 0 IF WE DO ACHIEVE these goals ten years from now, however, well be 40 years late.

For it was in January of 1931 that Norman Bel Geddes, the famous industrial designer, predicted the above would be facts of life by 1941. Some of the other goals Geddes said we would have 30 years ago still seem 30 years away. He said by 1941 There will be no epidemics or incurable diseases. The working week will consist of four six-hour days. There will be double-deck streets, divided into lanes for slow stop-off traffic and lanes for express traffic.

A FEW OF GEDDES predictions have come true although World War II caused a delay in the 1941 deadline. He predicted: Events of national interest will be available to you by television simultaneously with their occurrence. The home will become so mechanized that handwork will be reduced to a minimum. A network of airlines will encircle the globe. BUT WHILE GEDDES predicted air travel correctly, in another Ladies Home Journal article in 1931, Brigadier General Billy Mitchell missed the boat.

Mitchell called the new helium-filled airships safer and surer than anything on the gound or water ahd said there would be a great Beet of them for intercontinental travel. One thing Geddes predicted came true but not for the reason he suggested. He said: The present-day railroad sleeping car will have disappeared. All space will be divided into individual compartments of various sizes. GEDDES ALSO WARNED: We are on the threshold of what in a few years will undoubtedly be the universal architecture.

He explained folks wanted to shuck off the old type houses which are as outmoded as the ducking stool and the covered wagon. Under the label The House of Tomorrow is illustrated a flat-roofed cement building with rounded corners; encircled by strips of windows. Todays futurist, Allen Toffler, predicts in his book Future Shock the same thing; that old fashioned, colonial- and European-inspired architecture will disappear in the race to go modem. Some of the things Geddes predicted still seem unobtainable. He said: Medical and surgical treatment will reduce crime to a fraction of its present day proportions.

A Commercial League of Nations will regulate international commerce. So, there will be no slumps, no booms. WHAT WILL IT BE like ten years from now? Without indulging in the embarrassing optimism of the early 1930s, here are some predictions for 1982: The work week will still consist of at least 40 hours. There will be no double-deck streets and the Interstate System will still be incomplete. New Englanders will still cherish their old styles of architecture.

Folks will be worrying about all the messing around with the oceans and planets; Railroad sleeping cars will have come back. The predictions of writers and politicians will still be forced upon an innocent public. -Z, You need hard-nosed prosecution of the people who pay the money. The key to the situation is that the guys who are giving this money are powerful people in this community. If they faced the possibility of going to jail, theyd use their political muscle to see that things got cleaned up.

Whitman Knapp, on corruption in the New York City construction industry. WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP REKUAVIK, ICELAND Those who complain about the way the ball bounces are usually the ones who dropped it. i Burlington Free Press A Young idealists who profess utter emancipation from tie past pour out torrents of words about the values they wish to live by, and lo, they turn out to be, for the most part, updated versions of very old values. True, the values have been ignored, traduced, lied about, manipulated, and falsified. But that only says that they need rescuing.

John W. Gardner in The Recovery oTConfidence (Norton, 'MR. FISCHER SEIMS TO BE READY NOW SHALL WE COMMENCE, MR..

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