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WMaGraii Oailjii^lSy^ds ofsHt Pog* 16, Saturday, M>. 15, 1969 Rcdlondi, Calif. Wory eborfiiig OT rooa OMCW By Don Oakley, NEA The cautious, exploratory, unflamboyant and unspectacular manner in which Richard Nixon has taken over the reins of the presidency augurs well for the future. Laddng the popularity and influence on Capitol ran with wiildi Lyndon Johnson began his first term. Nixon's first task is to convince a Congress controlled by the opposition party that he is not going to be a chief executive who pushes or pulls that reluctant body along certain le^ative roads he has map^ied out, but rather one who will work with them quietly and responsibly in surveying the landscape of national needs and laying out the paths that should be taken. In other words, Nixon is not going to be a "personality" preadent He does not have that old "charisma," and at this point in history it may be a good thing that he does not At least, it is a welcome change. President Johnson began in a burst of legislative glory, proposing and signing more far-readiing social legislation than had been seen since the heyday of the New Deal. The nation, mourning the slain John Kennedy, was in a mood to erect monuments to him by righting many old wrongs and attending to many neglected needs. President Nixon has as yet sent no major requests to Congress, but already there is good indication that his administration may be remembered as having dealt, in its own unspectacular way, with certain issues as fundamental as any embodied in the New Frontiers or Great Sodety. The nation is now in a different mood, and the time is ripe, or ripening, for a number of things. We may, at long last, see basic tax law reform. Whatever is done will be imperfect, displeasing as many as it pleases. But the driving philosophy behind it, one which the administration shares, is the realization of the need for justice and fairness for Americans at all income levels. Nixon is committed to the end of the draft and an all-volunteer army. Whether his plan is practical and whether he can get It through Congress is questionable, but at least the system as it is urill be up for an overdue re-examination. The same can be said of reform of the Electoral College and the Post Office. Nixon favors a modified electoral system which will more dosely reflect the popular vote; many in Congress want it abolished altogether. But here again it is not a matter of opposing philosophies but of different aproadies. As for the Post Office, the Preadent has already upset many in his own party by an- noundng that he intends to take away one of the traditional spoils of the victor by pladng the appointment of local postmasters on the basis of competitive examinations. You Mean We Won't Be Able to bnow Those Beautiful People?" If Gabe EpilciB ircK OB lOitf of RedUnds. he wcM iwe an edict to the Boyal EufiBwr: -BuOd • lake te my inbiKts. "About fire acres wffl do. "Big cooogh far bootiBg . . . big eooogh for a (deasant day in the sun. We sball htxt a fake in a vaik. "Ihe Kmstem a( Redbndt shall no kmger look wtUi envy upon the K?"ff^"* o{ Riverside, with Lake I^alnnoBt. and Un Evans, to boot" Alas. Gabe Is just a citizen and when he gals np on his soap box to expound. Uiey dont listen to him. At least, that's what he sa>-s. But we listened — and here's the scheme. FVom the Craflon district on the east the Zanja comes down through town. In this drainage channd the run-off waters collect from the orange groves, all during the Spring. Summer and Fan months. Even at this season there is usually quite a flow. How much is it? Bob Best, who like Gabe is a professional soil conservationist, conned four Boy Scouts into installing a meUl in the stream by the Crafton school, on Wabash avenue. He regretted this- somewhat wl>en they went off to Boy Scout camp in the mountains in August, leaving him to tend to the measuring. But in general, Robert Mott, Steve Foebner, Graham Smith and Tim Robb proved themselves to be engineering timber. The How varies a lot. Bob says, but for conversational purposes a hundred inches will do. "Now don't excito the Park Commission." Gabe says with proper caution. "I'm not proposing to submerge Jennie Oavis park, down on New York street "The city couW go a bit farther west and acquire a site. It would cost some money, of course, but I'll bet tbey could get a federal, matching grant from HUD. "Then Redlands wouH have a real water area. Ford park's' ponds arc nice for fishing, but »< have no place for boats." Gabe almost stepped down off his soap box. but we suggested he give us his No. 2 speech. We'll paraphrase that one. On the upper sh^es of Redlands. Gabe observes, the pads for homesites have trouble built ri^t into fliem — ttnless the proper steps are taken. In the Mariposa scfaod neighborhood, he insists, some of the slopes are so steep that erosion from storm run-off is almost guaranteed. Where a slope is bare and steep, he says, it is absolutely essential to plant a low ground cover that will bind the soQ. Otherwise the water will do simply horrid things to the soil which Gabe loves. He hurts inside, we su^t, wlien the rain eats the soil and carries it away. Son Francisco cliongiiig its foce, not its mood By NilL MORGAN National defense, particularly the question of an antiballistic missile system, is an- Q^g MllUtS Pllblt other area in which the Nixon administration is making not agonizing but sober reappraisals. And reappraisal of the ABM is part and parcel of reappraisal of the entire "military- industnal complex" wfaidi so many Americans fear and distrust Li fordgn rdations, too, the impresdon is one tS. cautious, continuing te-ev!diiation of old cono^ts. We are only in the second month of what promises to be a higjdy interesting, and significant, four yean. Keep your life free from love oi money, and be content with what }-ou have; for he has said, "I will never fail you nor forsake you."—Hebrews 13:5. To have what we want is riches but to be aUe to do without is power—George Macdonald, Britid novdist Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest. 61; Lo»«t. 33. BIrs. John P. Hoeplner re- tuns from ri \-e-manth visit to native Bavaria — her first in 38 years. Thomas Bradcn. Eugene Burdick to head list of professional writers to appear on UR Writers Week program. Gov. Brown announces decision made for surplus waters of Northern California to reach Redlands and other valley areas via the high line by 1972. TEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest, 64; towest. 43. Cari Sandburg, famed poet- author, visits Lincoln Shrine while in town to speak at the U.R. chapel tonigfat He is the houseguest of the F. S. Bromberger family. Redlands ramfall still only half of normal despite another .S8 inch storm. Skiers dismayed when latest storm turns to rain, even in the mountains. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest, 65; Lowest, 38. County officials reject proposal that Wabash avenue be extended far enough south to intersect Highway 99. Robert G. Stockham and G. R. Rees enter race for City Council seats. Na»T awards Gill Electric a contract for 3800 aircraft batteries, reports Sen. Thomas Ku- chcl. No solution in sight As the turmoil continues at San Francisco State the college is being destroyed as an educational institution. It may be possible to keep the campus physically open to students and teachers who wish to enter, but it is not possible to preserve conditions trader whidi learning can proceed satisfactorily- At this time there appears to be no solution to the complex controversy. It has become quite obvious that authority is so divided that no one can rule. President Hayakawa is making a valiant effort and is the most brilliant leader to appear under stress. But Ibyakawa — famed for his skill in commimication — is trying to reason with petite idio are infected with a virus. This virus is the notion that anytme who is dissatisfied wifli an institution has the ligjit — even the obiligatira — to insist tiiat his own views shall be forced IQKMI the whole insti- tutioL IiGlitant pntfessors, the radical vdiite students, and the violoit Uadcs, all stand rea ^y to puU the place down if tbor can not have ilieir way. AiiparenOy the folly fA anarchy has to be demonstrated before order can be restored. Even the radicals cant use the ooOege as a launching pad for revohition viien the college is paral^ed. The Newsred Wit&fashion trends being what they are, the woman witixMt a thing to wear is rig^t in stjie. • . "Zxn reform Is a subject that stirs those ««• havent toained by now that it doesnt mwn thesr wiD pay any less. Timely Quotes Computers don't think. Hiey just think tiiey think. -Or. KHWWHI Colby, pcych!*- trtot and cempulM' seltnlisl and direcfer of Stanford Uni- versity't Artificial InMligMic* Proiect. One could no more think of getting rid of secret services than getting rid of prostitution. -^•Im \j» Cant. auMw af spy novels. Berry's World Quick Quiz Q — What bird feeds on nectar from flowers as do many insects? A — The hummmgbird. Q — Why are living beings sot pictured hi Islamic art? A — The Koran forbids the represcBiation of human and animal figures, so orthodox Islamic art rarely picbires living beings. Q — In railroad parlance, what are "gandy dancers"? A — Section men who work on tlie roadbed. Q — What is the motto of the Boy Scout organization? A — "Be Prepared." lofcop or ttt imir MmrCmm, WASHINGTON — Some of President Nixon's campaign promises are proving a little hard to fiUfill — it appears there win be no "housedean- ing" at the State Department— but that is cold comfort to the poverty warriors at the Office of Economic Opportunity. OEO — the war on pwi-erty— like foreign aid lacks much of a constituency, and the shape of its impending demise is becoming clear. It is, of course, a holding company in many ways, indudmg Head Start, Job Corps, Neighbofhood Youth Programs, VISTA and Community Action. Admimstration spokesmen — the Cabinet and the White House — are now saying that OEO win not be eliminated, "although some of its functions may be transferred to other agencies." This is as if the Justice Department trust busters were to say tliat General Motors win not be broken up, even though the Chevrolet, Buick, (Mdsnx^e, Pootiac end OadQ- lac di^^oDS were being transferred to other companies. The war on poverty began nith an eariy task force and high purpose just five years ago this vreek. It has drifted onto bureaucratic shoals. Old-line cgcncies, jealous and apprehensive when Sargent Shriver was freewheeling at the White House with a new program — it seemed — every wedc are moving in like marine scavengers for Oie salvage. Operation Head Start, a high- visibility program aimed at the preschool child of povei^, has been snccessftd. It will be moved off to the Department of Health, Education and Wdfare where it win be lodged, doubtless, in the Office of Education and perhaps parceled out from there to state and local control. \Vhen it is remembered that one of the demonstrated needs for Head Start was the made- quacy of the nation's educational estaUishment, the prospect is not an exciting one. The Job Corps, which nms centers and camps to teach a trade to poor urban youths and which President Nixon once promised to abolish if elected, wiU not be abolished. Admimstration men now concede that he was hasty about the corps, which has a steady, if spot^, record of achievement, is run for the most part by solid organizational bureauciots and returns a tidy profit to die private business firms which operate the camps, tt wiH go, instead, to the Labor Depaitmcnt, whose reooid in taufcmtt training over the past yean has not been one to inspire respect ' and confidence. Whatever spirit of elan remains win surdy disappear. Theiw is taUc that VISTA (Volunteers m Service to America), a domestic vcnioa of the Peace Corps, may find itatf locked into a new youtti or vol- ucteer agency, wfaidi wiB in- dude Peace Oiqis, Teacher Corps and otiier voiuteer efforts. It is the Cbmmoni^ A e t i o B Program, controvenial from (he start, which wiH suffer — the word nay wdl be ^it — the greatest diange. this program, wfaiefa ^ends the most OEO dollars of all, exists in thousands of dties, counties and nei^ibor- boods acme the natiaa, for the most part mdepwident of local decM anlbocity, and fcr the most part inclnding tto dieririiBd OEO 8M1 O( "maxi- O.E.O. to be dismantled By FRANK MANKIEWICZ and TOM BRADEN mum feasiUe partidpation of the poor." This has led to some spectacular successes and, to be sure, some spectacular failures. But although it has created, as White House urban affoirs adviser Danid P. Moynihan has said, ''maximum feasible misunderstanding," it has also created programs concaved and managed in their own interest by the urban poor, who have been given a stake in sodety for ttie first time. Community Action wffl now be moved into the Modd Cities program, an ambitious undertaking coordinated m each dty by the elected local offidals. The poMT win thus be reminded of what they knew an along — you can't beat City Hall. (Oopyri^t, 1969, Los Angeles 'Hmes) Tlie Almanac Today is Saturday, Feb. 15. the 46th day of 1969 with 319 to follow. The moon is approaching its new phase. The morning stars are Mercury. Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Venus and Saturn. On this day in history: In 1862 the Monitor, first ironclad vessd in the U.S. Navy, was ready for sea duty in the Civil War after cnly 126 days in constructioa. In 1898 the battleship Maine was blown up in Havana Harbor, kiUing 260 crew members and leading to a declaration of war against Spain. In 1933 President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt almost was assassinated in Miami, but bullets fired by Giuseppe Zangara mortaUy wounded Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. In 1965 singer Nat King Cole died of cancer at the age of 4S. A thought for the day: Criminologist Cesare Lombroso said, "The appearance of a smgle great genius is more than equivalent to the birth of a hundred mediocrities." Curious Facts Copper-nickel quarters cost the federal government about one-cent each, but their face value is, of course, still S cents. The Worid Almanac says. The 24-ceBt difference between metallic and monetary value, called seigniorage, is retained by the government The Coinage Act of 1965, which also took aU silver out of dimes and reduced silver in half-dollars from SO.per cent to 40 per cent, has meant ^.iUions of dollars in pr ..i for the government. CopyrichteiMt, Xewipiftr Katerpriie Ann. SAN FRANCISCO — It was more than half a century after the earthquake and fire of 1906 before San Franciscans dared to erect any structure higher Oan 20 stories. Bat the end of the 1960s has broo^t a downtown skyscraper boom ti»t is changing the face of the dty. There is the 52-5tary Bank of America worid headquarters and a host of others oidy lightly less imposing, uiduding the 34- story home of the Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the nation's largest gas and dectric utility. Ground has been bnAen for David Rockefdier's Embarcadero Center, known to some as Rodcddler Ccrter West It is the most ambitious buildmg cca- struction projed m Cdifomia lustary and its impact on Sao Francisco, when completed sometime during the 1970$. win be greater than was that of Rockefdler Center on Maitbat- tan in the 1930s. Ihree tremendous office towers — soaring as hi^ as 600 feet — are to be built in a phalanx on a landscaped podium that encases a 2,00ft<ar garage extending for four blocks through the heart of the city. The completed center will include a dty-built plaza, theaters, and an 800-room hold, all embenished by a series of de- vated plazas and esplanades serving as displays for fountains and sculpture. Along the Golden Gateway, a SlOO million complex of 22- to 23- story apartment buildings, and a host of new hotels that wiU add 5,000 more rooms to downtown San Francisco, this new construction win provide the city — within a single decade —major buildings costing more than the total value of structures lost in the earthquake and fire of 1906: in excess of half a billion dollars. San Francisco looks like a city. It is densely settled and compacted within an area no more than seven miles across. It is a saisnous city, caressing with its smells of sea and waterfront its soft and dianging light its sounds of cable car and ocean liner, and ahrays its views: the big sweeping vistas fipom atop its hills or bridges, and Sie cozy little scapes that dazzle and surprise at stred comers. There is no otter dty where a gentle physical environment intrudes so constantly in flie life of its people. It is so benign a setting that even triteness takes on an amiability; long rows of squat bay-windowed houses are not tiresome because they are tiered up steep hillsides, and some Victorian mansion gains charm because recent owners, instead of trymg to mask its imgainliness, have lovingly accentuated its baroque lines with dark gray ctterior point and olive drab banister trim. The highidomed San Francisco city haU is among the most stately public buildings in America, and its sumptuous opera house is a worthy descendant of Gold Rush opulence. Civic furor erupts when there is a threat of tinkering with some such civic landmaii^ At a cost of more than $7 miOioa in public and private funds, about 11 times its original cost a crumbling 1915 exhibition ball known as the Palace of Fine Arts was restored in 1967; only then <fid San Franciscans settle down to seeking a use Ibr the ban. Yd m the view of the Oah'- fomia photographer Ansel Adam-s. its restoration was "one of the siUiest and most adolescent gestures imaginable," an act of reneratioa for a structure that had not been admired even by its designer, the architect Bernard Maybeck. The youngness of the scene in San Francisco can be measured by the red towers and trusses that bridge the Golden Gate. Thb great gap in the Cali^ fomia coast ami the sanctuary of shdtered w^ter behind it awed eariy explorers. The gap was bridged only in 1937; ontil completion of the Bay Bridge to the city had been accesable overland only from the south. With the Ferry Building at the foot of Marfcd St., and along the wharves below Telegraph Hill, the 40-mile-long San Francisco pemnsula comes to an end. Here is the hub of the dty, but it is only a pinprick in the confluence of water and land that makes up the community known as the San Frandsco Bay Area. The bay. 450 square miles in size, extends 42 miles north and south and unites a populous area the size of New Jersey. The city of San Francisco has only about 730,000 residents, but the Bay Area populatton is in excess of four milMon. Unlike many of the nation's metropolitan centers, the area has several major centers and subcenters — induding those of Oakland and Berkeley on the eastern shore of the liay, and San Jose at the foot of the peninsula. North of the Gdden Gate the towns of Marin County make up a relatively sparsely settled upper rim of the metropolis. Now there is heavy industry and manufacturing in the East Bay and in the Palo Alto • San Jose area, but the dty of San Fran­ dsco itsdf accounts for 70 per cent of the total enqdoyment of the region in finance, insurance and real estate, and 50 per cent of the jobs in services, transportation, communication and utilities. More than one-fourth of the jobs within San Francisco are held by commuters from outside the dty. To a very real extent, the city of San Francisco is the state on which the drama of the region unfolds. The reputation of t h e city for urbam'ty Ues in the hands of a rdab'vdy few residents and commuters; the rest are supernumeraries. The true San Fk'anciscan roUs bis eyes when he speaks of the "mysterious East Bay," and recalls that Gertrude Stem sahl of Oakland that "there is no there there." He insists that Los Angeles begins down the peninsula, somewhere south of Stanford and probably in the vicmity of San Jose, where the sprawl of new subdivision on flat valley floors gives the land a dreary anonymity. Current books The Bitter Woods by John S. D. Eisenhower (Putnam's, $10): This is much more than the latest barrage m the war of words between partisans of Gen. Dwigbt D. Eisenhower and Britain's Field Marshal Viscount M(Hitgomery. It may also be the best book yet written on the climax battle of the war against Nazi Germany — the December-January, 1944-45, Battle of the Bulge. The former president's son, a soldier turned historian, managed to collect the views of the surviving leaders and the iKtttle that was Adolf HiUer's last gamble to save his Third Reich. Possibly because of his name, the younger Eisenhower has fdched such extraordinary rare and vivid accounts as those of Monty's chief of staff; the German general Hasso von Man- teuffd, and Jochen Pdper, ithe SS officer whose panzers pressed the bulge to its farthest point It also was Pdper's men who committed tiie battle's major atrodty, the execution of captured GIs on a snowy field near the Bdglan town of Malmedy. The Allied forces bad broken out of Normandy, ha France, and gone to the German frontier. Eisenhower writes it dearly, amazingb^ so, with none of die alphabetical, numerical list- mgs Oat cloud many a military history. The book is spiced by the accounts of those moments that higUi^t a battle — a young Maj. Gen. Maxwdl Taylor rattling tiirough a no-man's land to his paratroopers m Bastogne, a lieutenant's charge into a machinegun nest aged German Fidd Marshal Gerd von Rund- stedt carrying out Der Fuehrer's orders but not' to the maniacal letter. Hitler had mustered 30 divisions and bulled them forward, aiming to repeat the tactics that on the same terrain beat the British and the French in 1940. This time he faced GI's. It was the U.S. sddier so despised by HiUer that beat back the Germans. The Americans WCTO outnumbered. Cloudy skies blacked out the U.S. au: support. Not only at Bastogne but at other pdnts, GIs were surrounded but fought back. When the battle was over, s« was Hitler's war. A big book and a fine one. Richard H. CrowaM (UP!) The Whale ediltd by Leonard Harrison Matthews, F.B.S. (Simon $20): A big book about the largest mammal ranging from mythology and faiktore to descriptions ot the different types of wbak, their life, whale products and whalmg industries past, present and future. The book is illuminated with some truly beautiful photographs, andent paintings and a few old engravings. Plulip F. Purrington, curator of the whaling museum at New Bedford, Mass., caUs the book ". . . the most complete and most definitive general review of a fasdnatmg creature — the whale." Paul Rabbins (UPl) Now YMKHW By United Prtst Inton The use of artiUery pieces in warfare dates bade to biblical days. The Old Testament taiOts of "Engines, invented Iqr cunning men, to b« on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal." ^

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