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Wifho 8 OffSolt Peg* 14, Thursday, Feb. 13, 1969 Redlonds, Calif, ly Legislofure must avoid liolidoy<aleiidar ehoos students in the Redlands school district had a holiday yesterday — Lincoln's Birthday. Next week — contrary to reason — they will be compelled to take another. It is not reasonable to dismiss school on February 21 because the flu epidemic forced the dosing of classes and t|je Redlands system is a day behind and must make it up. But last year the Legislature passed a quite unnecessary law providing that when such holidays as Washington's birthday fall on a SatimJay, schools must close on Friday. To make up for lost time the schools have cancelled "teachers institute" on March 12 and, instead, will hold classes. But for absurdity — the real thing — look at the school calendar for next falL New teachers go to work on Friday, August 29, but Monday, September 1, is a holiday. For students, school will open on Monday, September 8. The next day being Admission Day, will be a holiday. This start-stop, start-stop schedule is not the fault of the school trustees but of the California holiday calendar. It is woefully in need of an overhaul. In fact, California is faced with a holiday chaos of the first order if the Legislature does not take the problem seriously. This would be precipitated in 1971 by the Federal Monday-holiday bill which will become effective in that year. We will then have five. Federal holidays (Labor Day is already anchored to Monday) on these Mondays: —^Washington's Birthday Third in Febniary —^Memorial Day Last in May —^Labor Day First in September —Columbus Day Second in October —Veterans Day Fourth in October ,The chaos, of course, would arise from the difference between which holidays are recognized by the state and which are recognized by the nation; and from the difference between dates of observance. Example: in 1971, Washington's Birthday would be on February 15 federally and one week later, February 22, as a California holiday. The California Legislature should see that its appropriate committees undertake a methodical study of the impending holiday confusion. At a minimum, they should eliminate the conflicts between the existing, California calendar and the new Federal calendar. An adequate overhaul, however, would eliminate the superfluous holidays and adopt a rule of reason for the schools. We think they should reverse the notion that holidays are mere playdays, devoid of all significance and meaning. Are we to honor George Washington, for one — or to just goof off for the day? Also, the world's work still has to be done. Overly-frequent holidays should be avoided. The Spider When Apollo 9 is launched into earth orbit on February 28, two of the astronauts will spend some time aboard a peculiar spacecraft that looks like a big bug. Most laymen don't even know that this contraption exists. They are unaware of the "lunar module" because that Latin name turns them off when they hear it The "LM" never registers on their consciousness. In spite of the rules of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, however, the astronauts and the technicians training for the Apollo 9 mission have been substituting a picture name for "lunar module." They call it "The Spider." NASA may be forced to let them use the term because it has become so fixed in their vocabulary. If this should happen we might even have a precedent in Redlands for ridding ourselves of the horrible jargcfh which causes the halls in elementary schools to be called "multipurpose rooms." The Newsreel The Presdent may not be able to tell us what sh^ the union is in until some time next summer when it dries out The book may stiQ survive When there is a power failure you can read by candle- li^t Watching television the same way is more difficult The atmo^heiie is getting so polluted ibat if you long for a whiff of the air bade in your <dd home town you can have somebody there cut a slice of it and mail it to you. His critics are bdng patient with President Nixon. They don't expect miracles; for a few more days anyhow. Since the fellow forced a plane to fly to Cuba because he was tired of TV dinners, a particulaily bad meal in the second boose from the oanier is referred to as a real hijacker. Oil on water? The Savy has a mnettr. Sand, tlKjr eiH it. Cheapest stuff you can imagiae. That's Ktat Emmett LoitTy, chief of tlie Bedlaods water works, tdls us. "la 1915 m had ofl oa Uie «:ater at Peart Hartwr and it vras CO fire," iie exptained. "Ibe oil was sprea^ng dose to the submarines wtiere w *e were. "The navy knew how to ban- die iL They spread sand over the water and the oS sank to the bottom with it." H the oily waters off (be coast of Santa Baiiiara and Ventura counties haven't been sanded, Emmett wonders why. Called upon at the Uncoln dinner T^jesday to bring greetings from the city, Councilman Chrest«fl Knudsen made nemarics apropos to the occasion. Although Lincoln was on record as having a desire to visit Califoniia, Chrestm noted, he did not Uve to fulfiU that wish. If lincohi had come West, this is not a place that he would have visited. While he was President this was a sheep pasture. Not until 17 years after, his death was the first lot sold in Judson and Brown's new town, wiiich they were, to name "Bed- lands." In 1862, Chrcsten observed. Congress passed, and lincoln signed, the first Homestead Act. Settlers could claim a pared of lend if they proved they could make a living on it This had no application to the lands which are now within the city. Chresten said. He attributed this to prior existence of the Rancho San Bernardino under wiiicb the Lugo brothers re- c-eived the land grant from the Mexican government, and later sold out to the Mormons. (He might have added tliat parts of Redlands were land-grant par­ ens to the Southern Pacific railroad.) However, the Homestead Act W3S the legal basis for the de- \-dopment of Oak Glen as an apple growing district The Wilshire and Parish ranches, he said, occupy land that was originally claimed by bomesteading. "My own grandparents came West in a prairie schooner and homesteaded in Kern county," he conduded. "If it had not been for Lincota and the Homestead Act I would not be here tonight" At the request of the University of Redlands, the City Planning Commission took routine action Tuesday to vacate Stanford street a street that existed maps but not on the ground. If it had been developed it would cross the new stadium grounds on Brockton avenue. Where did Stanford street originate? You can infer the answer from Edith Parker Hinckley's "Banks of the Zanja": "Dr. J. D. B. Stillman. a unique and forceful diaracter, a man who was a writer, a world travdler, a physician and one who never lost his zest for adventure, bought (about 1878) 100 acres of bare land in the area where the University is now located. Dr. Stillman built bis house on the site of the administration building and he put a water wheel in the Zanja nliich lifted water to the house for domestic use. . . . "Dr. StiUman was wdl known as the author of two books besides which be wrote many newspaper articles, especially about his trip around the world. He made this trip as the personal physician ot Govenor and Mrs. L^and Stanford. . . . "His second book, written for his friend, Ctov. Stanford, is called 'The Horse in Motion' and is illustrated with photographs of (^vemor Stanford's race horses. . . . "Dr. Stillman's vineyard spread over the level land north of his house, covering the location of the dormitories and of (he athletic fieU (current site of Jcrimston coUege construction) of the University. Governor Stanford had hdped to finance Dr. Stillman and when, in 1887, Dr. Stillman gave up the property. Gov. Stanford's estate, rqiresented by Stanford Univer- sify. was part of the syndicate which held it" The Almanac Today is lliursday, Fd>. 13, the 44th day of 1969 with 321 to foUow. The moon is between its last quarter and new phase. The nommg stars an Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. Tbe evenog start are Venus and Satsm. In 1S35 (be Boston' Latin Sdmd. was founded. It is known as Ameiica's tddest pufaUcscfaoid. In 1914 (be American Society of Composers. Authors and PubUsfaen ma lormed. In l»t5 Bossian soidieis took Budapest afier 49 days ei ftj^^iiig in whicli stow tbui 50,000 German troops were kiiied aid 133.000 captured. m 1968 (be Uiuted States msbed 10,500 oondiat troops to Soolh Vietnam. A tfaoatbt for tbe day: Sbake^nr s»d. "Low soo^ is 0Md. tat iBson^ is bettv." Nixon sttks tfftetiva n«w programs Br BRUCK BIOSSAT Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 65, towest 34. Veteran Democratic Congressman Harry R. Sbeppard of this district will annoimce whether or not he will be a candidate for re-election by March 10th. Sheppard has served since 1936. Laurance H. Nowak, an engineer with Space Technology Laboratories at Norton AFB, received official status as a City Q)uncil candidate today by filing his nominating petition. By the end of the year Redlands Realtors will feel the pinch of at least 500 unsold homes, the president of one of Redlands most active home building firms states. TEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 65, lowest 47. Scho<ds may institute a "dual- principal" plan at six elementary schools as economy measure resulting from failure of tax hike election. Air Force launches massive au' search with 42 aircraft for the jet trainer missing over Norton since Tijesday with Col. Harry Moseley aboard. Market Basket decides to postpone the calling for bids for its new $400,000 market on Brookside avenue. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 52, lowest 44. Interior of Fox Redlands (heater being extensively remodeled so that new C^ema-Scope productions can be shown. Mrs. Wilson Cross named to head Red Cross Campaign in Mentone. Hw goal is S1400. February building shoots up to $165,000 in two weeks, twice as much as the entire month of January. Quick Quiz Q — When were long-playing records first demonstrated? A — On June 21, 1948. the Columbia Broadcasting System demonstrated its long-playing record, which revolutionized the recording industry. Q — What are the sapiential books of the Bible? A — The books of Proverbs, Ecdcsiastes, Wisdom and Ec- clesiasticus. The term is n o w «>bsolete. Berry's World WASHINGTON - In his handling of the matter of Robert Kennedy's grave, as well as in other important ways. Richard Nixon may be leading a revolution in American taste. A President sets the standard for a nation's taste, whether or not he wants to, and Mr. Nixon's actions in the past week have gone far toward setting a new and better standard. The matter of the Kennedy grave, once Mr. Nixra took the problem in hand, turned out to be quite simple. "All the President wanted to do," one of his aides explained later, "was the right thing." The wrong thing had been done first. The Defense Department had sent to President Johnson a budget containmg a line item appr<H>riating up to $432,000 for the public walkways and engineering of landscape change to accommodate at least 2 million visitors a year. (In fact nobody expects the cost to reach this sum, and the Kennedy family is putting up somewhat more for the grave itself.) Mr. Johnson deleted the item from the budget This made it necessary for someone to stand up in Congress and move to restore it A public debate seemed inevitable. Jlr. Nixon did not sound any trumpets. He did not issue a press release. There were no "informed sources." Quietly, on his visit to the Congress last week, he sought out Sen. Edward Kennedy and told him what he had m mind. Just as quietly, be put the item on the President's contingency fund, where it can be removed only by congressional revolt hnpos- sible to imagine. Thus, squalid argument about a subject most Americans would have the good taste to find em- barrassmg was avoided. Richard Nixon deserves the credit All this is a part of Mr. Nixon's apparent plan to be as unlike Lyndon Johnson as possible, and without casting any aspersions upon the former President He is doing it quietly, and is provmg successful. He demonstrated it again in his sidewalk tour of a riot-torn ghetto in Washington. Without any preannouncement. President ''Smtlkmlgtttf»h^mgthi*thtarti-BitelMtSfOl% Nixon sets new standards By FRANK MANKIEWICZ and TOM BRAOEN NL\on visited the Shaw redevelopment site here and was greeted by Negroes who. on their way to work, may have been astonished, but were certainly not displeased to sec the President of the United States strolling the sidewalks. If there had been advance trumpeting of the visit organized displeasure could surely have been aroused. Similarly, the President's decision to go to Europe had an ungaudy quality reminiscent of the comfortable past. Brussels, London, Paris. Rome — the very names are reassuring after an era of airport pictures of a President in shirt sleeves, generals standing by and allies hastily summoned. Even the President's words are totally lacking in drama and — barring some portkms of the m- augural — in controversial eloquence. "I do not buy the assumption," he told his last press conference, "that the ABM system . . . was simply for the purpose of defending ourselves against attack from Communist China." There is a sparseness about this remark worthy of Calvin CooUdge, and it is Coolidge-Iike, too, in its semisardonic deflation of phrasemaking intended to hide the facts. The whole ABM episode fits the new pattern. Faced with rising opposition, not only in the Senate but in those cities where the Army is even now selecting sites to place the missiles, Mr. Nixon could have foced down the critics. After all, the program was approved last year. He had his Gulf of Tonkm resolution if he wanted it Instead, before the debate had barely begun, he mstructed Defense Secretary Melvm Laird to swallow his own involvement and withdraw the program "for executive review." It is too early to say that Mr. Nixon can restore this country to the quiet reason that distinguishes its reach from its grasp. Whether he is leading a revolution in taste or merely outrunning it in the direction it has spontaneously chosen is not important What is important is that in neariy everything he has done so far he has demonstrated a muted public maimer — and a more civil one than any we have known in years. (Copyright, 1969, Los Angeles Kmes) Timely Quotes We are all car owners and highway users, but we don't want them destroying our firont laniis and the character of our communities. This is urban suicide, and it is being forced on us by the use of our own tax money. —Gtarga E. KassabaHm, pf«sl- dtnt of NM AiMflcM Inttihito of ArdiHscts, callini upon tha Nixon adminitlration to tnact raferms in urban highway plaimtng. In a very real sense the cries for "student power" and for "black power" Uend together as a ciy f(w "youth power". . . . Ultimately, if w« hot listen, the cries of "student power," "blade power" and "yodtb power" meld into a chorus for "human powwr." -Dr. K. RaaM BarihaHian, prss- Urn* af LafayaHa Callaffa, Easlan, Fa. The penal law if tbe chassis of the car and the orhnmal procedure law is tbe engine that makes it mn. You don't want a 1930 motor in a 1960 automobile. —Rtehand C. Oamsr, Ima* sf a WASHINGTON — Some uiilu- ential men arouod President Nixon believe tiut he has taken office at a crucial moment m American history and may stand or fall on his developing attempt to build wholly new approaches to effective governing. The ei^t Eisenhower years have led many people mdud- mg a considerable covey of historians and social scientists, to expect from any Repubhean administration a slowing down, a caretaker atmoqidiere, a tendency simply toward consdidation and cleanup or prt^grams loosely drawn and swiftly adopted by Democratic predecessors. Conceivably, Richard JUxaa could try to copy that pattern if he chose, ance be did not promise the "motion" proposed by the late John F. Kennedy and is held to very few specific commitments. But the early evidence bom inside the White House suggests that the new PresWent does not see himself as mere conservator and consolidator. With the encouragement of his more imaginative aides, be is thinking of his task is new and quite different terms. The key word in those very special premises today is "effective." It is the consid^ed view of the Present's gui^g inner circle that the American people are not merely briefly thred of the flurry of noise and movement which accompany big Democratic programs but are almost totally disillusioned as to their usefulness. Indeed, many Democratic figures themselves are vulually at this p<Nnt, and it may not be too rash a forecast to suggest that the day of great sweeping federal programs — at least as formerly conceived — is nearly over. Especially in the fields of housuig, schools and jobs, the growmg view of government is that o( the Great Over-Promiser which talks big and delivers lit^ Ue or nothing in the end. Writers like Peter F. Drucker are coming along now to nnder- scnre this notion of government as a social mechanism that really does not work very well. The danger percdved, inade the White House today as well as outside, is not just the old thing about government being too big and therefore more reliance on the private sector being necessary. No one m the top Nixon entourage really imagines that the federal government is going to be reduced m aze. Its bigness in a big and growing country is accepted as inescapable The task is to make the bigness work, and, critically, to persuade the American people that federal actions — and the lesser actions of state and local governments — really end up getting things done which affect people who have inroblems they need to have solved. Right now the pail is mounting steadily. As one Nixon aida looks at the matter: "If government cannot soon begin to show that it can deliver on its promises, or that its motion has real consequences for the people, then democracy will seem to have a hollow center and will find itself in the most serious difficulties." Republicans may be predisposed to look to the private sector for help, and it is certainly plain enough that the Nixon ad- mmistration would like to rely heavily on its cooperative assistance m solving the great urban dilemmas linked to jobs, schools and housing. But it would be misleading to imagine that the Nixon men are not also very much on the prowl or a whole host of new inventions which can make government itself work more effectively. Conversations with many o( the insiders reveal no glib, cocky nonsense about bow easy it wUl all be now that the efficient Republicans are back in tha saddle. Impressions are quite the reverse: They feel they have to break important new ground in government; they seem humble before the task, they expect to be judged quickly and harshly by millions of troubled Americans if they fail to deliver. An incurable sufferer 'fesses up By NORTON MOCKRIDGE changas in Naw Yark's cada ar criminal NEW YORK — Advertismg man Jack Shuttleworth always gets his morning coffee at the American Stock Exchange Restaurant in downtown Manhattan and over the years he's become friendly with one of the bus boys. But this one isn't a boy. He's about 65. white-haired, rather distinguished-looking and well- spoken. Hardly the type for any menial work, let alone that of a bus boy. Jack and the man have had many conversations, and during the course of one a few weeks ago Jack casually asked if he bad had a family. "Yes," he said, "I have one son. A brilliant boy. He was the brightest m his high school, he graduated from coUege with top honors, and went to medic^ school where he distinguished himself. He became a psychiatrist and he made $40,000 a year before he was called uto the Navy. He has to do two years in the Navy. He has one more to go." "Wdl," said Jack, "I sincerely hope that when he gets out of the Navy he'll want to do a little something to help you." "Oh, no," said the man, with a faint smile. "He's offered it many times, but it would do me no good. You see, I'm a horse player." A gentleman I know was m a great rush to grab a cab and catch a plane when his wife reminded him that he'd planned to send a check as a bhrtfaday present to their daughter at Bad- cliffe. Tbe man, slapping papers, notebooks and contracts into his brief case, took a swift Mk at his watch, wlnpped out his checkbook, sat down and hastily scribUed the cheek. He gave it to hu wife, asked her to stick it in an envelope and maU it. Then he ran for a cab. When be retuned from the hip a week later, the check waa on his desk along, with a note from his daughter at school Tbe note read: "Dear Daddy. How tboogUfnl and kind c( yon to send me the nice dMdc But dont yon think yon dmild naa some other signature?" Tbe diedc was signed: "Love. Daddy." Dunno wbettier the "Ice Ca- pades" is gomg to play in or near your town, but if it does, don't miss it It's the best show ever — and I guess I've seen 'em all — and it offers brflliant dazzling skating; funny Freddie Trenkler at his best, and tbe most wonderfiil skating chimpanzee. Sponky Jr., that's ever been seen on ice. Then there's a remarkable bicyde act on the ice which winds up with Tony Roman sitting on and peddling a bike that isn't mudi bigger than a roller skate — and he's carrying his wife and son on his shoulders! Friends of mine, just back from a month's stay in Paris, tell me that crime in the streets has risen about as much as it has in most American cities, but there's a new twist. About a third of the street stickups and muggmgs are being committed by dames. Almost all the femmes work the same way. Two or three of them accost a man as though they were solidting, and then one grips him around the neck from the rear and the other two, using a knife, slash hia belt and rip off his pants. The females say Uiis so unhinges the man that he makes no attempt to chase them and they can calmly walk off with his pants and his do-igh. Now that Hamilton Fish Jr. has been elected to Congress, newspaper headline writers are having fun. Just as the headline writers did with his granddaddy. One headline recently read: "Fish Heads for Congress." Another read: "Political Opponents Want to Fry Fish." And one 'way-out piece speculating on his role m Congress was headed: "Fish: Foul or Good Red Herring?" A TV serviceman I know is something like Robin Hood — he soaks the rich and gives the poor a break. He's really laid it in on one of his customers, a millionaire with six sets in his huge New YoriE apartment, but the tycoon never has complained. Not until tile otiier day. Then he returned tbe TV man's monthly bill with the comment: "Uiis came with S cents due!" (Copyright 1969, by United Feafaire SyncBcate, Inc.) One Minute Pulpit "I can do nothing oB my own authority; as I bear, I judge; and my judgment is ju^ because I seek not my own will but tile will of him who sect me." — John 5:30. One cod judgment is worth a tiiousand hasty councils. The tiling to do is to supply Ugbt and not heat — Woodrow Wilson, 2801 president

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