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Pag* 16, Monday, Feb. 24, 1969 Uovft the issues fo politieal officials Lowering the voting age from 21 to 19 years in California is recommended by the State Constitutidn Commisaon. The 27-9 vote was taken February 14- K the measure runs the gantlet of the Legislature and appears on the November 1970 ballot, it should be a separate Pn^xtsitlon from the main Proportion on revising portions of the State constitution, the members decided. Again, the Commission exhibits confusion over its nature and function. California has never been able to convene a full-fledged Constitutional Convention with delegates elected by the people and authorized to diange the substance as well as the form of the Constitution. As a compromise the Legislature has supported the plan of delegating to a commission of appointed members authority to propose revision of the Constitution, Artide by Artide. The recommendations to go the Le^slature where alterations are made and then Jo the voters for acceptance or rejection. One such Proposition has been accepted. A second measure was rejected by the voters last November. The public is told repeatedly that the Commission is needed because California has such a long and cumbersome Constittition that much beneflt is to be had from eliminating obsolete prowsions and simplifying others. That is a commendable objective; the job is worth doing. But the Commission is constantiy tempted to go beyond this assignment and to change the substance of the Constitution. Thafs what they attempted the last time and the Fads opposed the package because no public justification was given for the changes. The merit in the proposals was supposed to be self-evident and they were presented on a take-it-or-Ieave basis. Now we come to the voting age. This certainly is no mere question of form in our Constitution. It is a political issue and is so recognized by candidates for elective office. On the national scraie, for example, IUdi< ard Hixon identified it as an issue during his campaign for Preadent and said: "I am for the 18-year-old vote." Being a political issue — a question of substance — it should be Mt to the Govern nor and the Legislature, our elected Executive and lawmakers, to place it before the people. Our first true spocecroffr •y FRANK MOMI OQSIBOQS doods hcmi over Bedlandt nd a tew drop* of rain were bUiof. "We ocght to have (rest sld- iag today." Lany nadnrril said as be tastened my board slats to the side of bis car. ("Here's a real optimist.'' I said to myself) Driving tbroogh tbe town, across tbe Wash and staitins up City Creek «« jmned a ^rade of cars. Not more than one in 10 was carrying sUs. Tbe Friday school holiday, for Wadi- ingtott's birthday, had freed many b'ds, and their parents were taidng (hem on a snow holiday — many to Big Bear because of the accommodatioas available there. Hie snowline was low but Larry said: "We won't have to put oo chains today." ("Want to bet a budc on that?" I said to myself.) Presently we came to a turnout. A pickup displaying a pick­ et-aze agn: "Chains installed," was parked there. Several cars were stopped and tbe installer was doing business. By the time we approached Running firings tbt mountains were well blanketed. I felt sure we would have to put on chams but to my surprise the blacktop didn't have a snowflake on it Tbe plows bad done their job and the tires of hundreds of cars had finished it. We did reach Snow Valley, chainless. Turning into the big packing lot, Lany said: "We'll park on the upper level." ("Bet we won't." I thought As we had passed along the state highway, every space in the upper lot had seemed to be filled.) A parking attendant iM Larry there was no use in entering the upper lot "It's completely full." he insisted. "Do you mind if I try?" Larry replied. With a shrug the attendant said "OK". We drove about 100 feet found a vacant spot and turned in. As we unloaded our gear I looked in the car to see if Larry was carrying with him the book which seemed to be his lodestar: "Tbe Power of Positive Iliinking" by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. I didn't find it but suspect it was there. Standing in Ime for (he double<hair lift we k>oked toward the bowl and the upper slopes were hidden in clouds. "I think the sun is just about to break out" said Lany. the optimist "It will be beautiful." While ridmg up in the chair we began to penetrate tbe, log. Uncertain if Dr. Peale was go- mg to see us through the day, I asked Larry if he could recall tbe names of the sun gods. He surely could —two of them. Ra and Apollo. I preferred Apollo sod ICBpt lUCDtlOIBIl^ hlffl {poiQ time to time since propitiathig FoundotionSi boyond normal responsibility •y WILLIAM S. WHITI Although Apollo 9 will not venture far from the surface of planet Earth, the flight will largely detennine if we are ready to land on. o^lu^"^ S^'S the Moon. The answers will be given during cessary. the five days following the laimch from C:ape Kennedy, scheduled for 8 a.m. PST Friday. Up until this time our astronauts have not tested a true spacecraft. Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules have all been shot out through the eeuHi's atmosphere and returned through it to splashdown. Now the time has come to fly our first etatt which is incapable of reentering the at- mo^here. It is designed only to operate near the Moon, on the Moon and in Earth-orbit nusaons for reseanA and development The tedinical name for it is "Lunar Module'* but fbe mdaiame — derived from its aiipearanoe — is "Spicier.'' Compared to the familiar Command and Service Modules, which ciintted the Moon, this is a flimsy, feeble-looldng contraption. On the eventual trip to the Moon, it must take tivo astronauts from the "mother ship", whidi remains in lunar orbit, down to the lunax" surface and then back up to rendezvous witti ti»e "mother ship" In the fUght of ApoDo 9, tiie "spider" win ride aloft just above the rocket and just below the astronauts in their cabin and its Service Module. The shell endosing it will open in ^>ace. Then the Lunar Module must be "towed" out, freed, and with two men abaard, flown in a series of tests. H the "spider" performs in space as it has while earthbound, then we're almost ready for the final step to the Moon. The Newsreel Tlie trend toward nudity on'tbe stage has its bright side. At least there's less work for. the wardrobe department Tiny has found a wonderful new diet vMA foriiids her to eat aU sorts of things she never eats anyway. firtemal Revenue refonas would strike at tlie heart of tlie Ainerican way, when any little boy ooidd grow up vntii the dream of attaining his own tax shelto:. Air poDidioa is making die eardi colder, a dimate expiort says. Just our ludc By tbe time we retire tiiere wnn't be any simdiiiie to loaf in. CntgRssmengobac^ to wmlc after getting tlieirliiiriay raise. There may stiU be some dieap poiitkiann among tbem. but not as cheap as Aey ined to be. "Let's go down through (he woods — cross country," Larry said as we started to ski. The virgin snow was unmarked by .tracks. The whiteness snuggled around the rough bark of the pine trees and capped the piles of rocks. As we glided out of the woods, Larry said: "Now the sun is going to diine." And for a minute, it did. There it was, bright as a new silver dollar, and rfiiniiig through a hole in the clouds. Bdow us, on tbe floor of Snow VaDey, the SUB bathed Sie wintencape in odor^ ghnng light But iat only a moment We skied on down in flie fog, and caught the lift back up the hill again and again. Each time we heM positive thoughts and even made up a few sim chants. But something was wrong, probably our failure to carry a paperback copy of Dr. Peak's helpful book in a parka pocket About 4 o'clock we packed up our skis and started homeward. I toW Lany it would be nice to stop at Heidi's Bakery in Running Springs but added: "It will be impossible to find a parking place there." When we arrived Larry saw the bakery sign and said: "Here it is" and turned right into an open parking spot We ate a couple of doughnuts going down the CSty Oeek grade and I thou^t to myself . "For a good skiing companion ytw can't beat a Postive Think- The Almanac Today is Hcmday. Feb. 24, the SSth day of 19G9 with 310 to follow. The moon is between its first quarter and fall phase. The morning stars ' are Mercury. Hars and Juiriter. Tbe evening stan are Venus and Saturn. On this day B histoiy: In 1920 a criNip «( Germans MSamiad the Natiooal Socialist Parly, a figre-nuiner of the Nazi Party to be led by Aditf Hitler. In ue a Henri Landcu. known «s "Bfaiebeaid," was enculed at Versailles, France for nuuderinc U «< his 13 "1!M UPHSRB IN THE ATTIC !'» Redlands Yesterdays FIVE YEARS ACO Temperatures — Highest 69, louest 37 The county's political arena began to seethe with activity today with the filing period now open for congress, assembly, supervisor and various judgeships. Redlands police officers William J. Sanders, Robert Nance and Ridiard J. Rienstra complete special (raining courses, police chief Stanley R. Bowen announces. University of Redlands l>as- ketball team squeaked past Chapman College by a bare four points 6&62 in a non-conference game. TEN YEARS kOO Temperatures — Highest 69, lowest 37. Mrs. Lee Harris appointed as the only woman on ttie expanded City TrafDc commission. Merchants (o cooperate with schools to start an on-the- job traimng program for high scho(d students. Sdiools plan additional economics (0 keep costs at support level of present (ax. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO Temperatures — Highest 85, lowest 43. Site on South avenue for a new elementary school approved by Planning commission. Joe Honus and his family return to Redlands after more than two years in Alaska where he was a hi^way inspector. Rf<lland« Red Cross chapter to open campaign Monday for $25,135 under (he leaderih^ of James W. Simiods. One Minute Mpit "And hi the last days it sfaaU be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and j-our young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams." — Acts 2:17. Keep true to the dreams of thy youth. — Johann Schiller, German poet Berry's World Blacks want actfon from NiXon not words WASHINGTON - Even the black community is unimpressed so far by the performance of the Ni.\on administration on the racial front Skepticism just short of bitterness is creeping into moderate leaders' comment as they watch for hopeful signs from the White House. For one thing, many do not really believe the President could not find a qualified Negro to take a cabmet post if that were his genuine intent The black moderates' view is that he did not try hard enough. And they do not accept the argument that suitable prospects would have to say "no" to Richare Nixon to avMd bemg labeled "Uncle Toms" by the militants in the black constituency. Says one leader: "I don't know anyone who wants to get something done who is bothered by the 'Uncle Tom' call any mate." The moderates argue further that, with an exception or two (like James Farmer in HEW), those Negroes who have been chosen by the admmistration at tbe second echelon are not representative of the best available talent. Moreover, the ugly word "condescension" is being used to describe the attitude some Nixon recruiters are alleged to have shown in approaching some black job prospects. Worse, the convictian is set- tuig in that the President and some of Us aides have i>eai misusing this city's Mayor Walter Washington, whom he quickly rei^inted when he took office. Among the notions clrculatmg in (he black community are these: that Nixon has trotted the mayor out as a kind of window-dressing, that the latter was virtually ordered — not asked — to meet the President when he recently visited a Washmgton area gutted ui last April's ghetto riots, that. the mayor was not properly advised of the White House plan to com- A thought foe (he day: Frmeh wcHbec Piem CocBoBe nid. "He «to aDoim Uinadf to be to be." By BRUCE BIOSSAT bat D.C. crime before public word it was coming, and, ol course, not consulted at the formative stage. Black moderates appear to believe (hat the situation today is ominously bad for Nixon — but not irretrievable. They thnik he can still make some headway if only he will enlarge and deepen his contacts with (dack Americans and their leaders. These are deemed woefully insufficient at the moment It is recognized that some Nixon men made contact before be vras elected, and that a certain amount of this has continued since. Always the most active, evidently, was Leonard Garment member of NUon's New York law firm who is bemg stationed here to be available to the President Yet agam, tbe black moderates insist that (his whole business of building a base with Negro leaders simply has not been pursued hard enough. Roy wa- kins, conservative NAACP leader, who recently talked to Nixon at the White House, has told friends that up until then he had had no contact with anyone in the administration. The problem has another dimension. Through the critical weeks of his election campaign, tbe President visited no ghetto and ma<te no real overture to the millions of troubled black Americana. Some moderates have told Ons reporter tint even if they should somehow be asked to link themselves with the Nixon administration, (heir nsefulness would be severely limited by the fact that tbe Preadent made no strong campaign appeals to the black rank and file. No comfort for tiiem can be found, either, in the fact that urban affairs, \riiose deepest problems mainly involve the blacks, are basically in the charge of Daniel P. Moynihan. a man not m hi^ favor with them smce his studies of Negro family breakdown. Even as he chose not to bid for the black constituency, Nixon the campaigner was always privately confident he could make inroads once he was president That conviction was voiced as a hope in his second press conference. Yet today (he most generous- minded moderates, «iiile admiring his candor m admitting his present low estate, are looking not for words but action. They feel (bey have teen an too Uttle. WASHINGTON — Because some of tile great tax-exempt foundations have been too arrogant too biased and too political for too long, a profound movement to cut them down to size pohtically and make them more accountable for the use of their multi-bilUaas is now under way in Congress. This is the central meaomg of a current investigatioo by the most powerful committee on Capitol Hin, the House Ways and Means Committee, mto what has itself become tbe most powerfiil. the least regulated and the least challengeable non- elected force in American life. No one denies that the foundations generally accomplish much tiiat is in the public interest — in nonpoUtical areas — and no one se(^ thdr extinction. Tbe root of the trouble here is that they have demanded and acquired a kind of privileged sanctuary from aU effective criticism or question, while themselves dishing it out as they see fit The trouble, m short is that in tiie process of doing some undeniable good, some of them have done much that is very bad, indeed, to the tradition free and twtvsided political and ideological contention in this country. For it has long been a plain fact of life that once any proposal or any critique of anything has issued from "a foundation" — an organizaton bearing no political respMJsibility or accountability whatever and operating far over the heads of the mere peasants in (>)ngress or White House — it is accepted by many as just short of the voice of God himself. The very anonymity of this system, the very vastness of its riches, the very rriteration of its uniquely pure motives, the very circumstance that those families and corporations that create foundations have only nominal control of what they may later do under hired management — all these thmgs have created this extraordinary climate. At best it can be a climate of genuinely disinterested service. But at worst it can be a clunate of Big Brothers, if this When a man's off his throne time of Big Brothers in Brooks Brothers suiU and wearing — and, yes, earning — personal reputations t« ummpeacbabia rectitude so far as intentions go. For the bottom reality here is that this is the biggest of big money, and when the biggest of big money is tied to the most passkmate of reformist motives, there can be the biggest of big trouble for the proper political processes of this nation. That reformist motives come fi-om both conservatives and liberals is true — fi'om the so- called Texas millionaires as well as from the Eastern Establishment liberal outfits like the Ford Foundation, as directed by McGeorge Bundy, a White House aide to boUi Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and a man of the highest personal character But it is also true that it is the Eastern Establishment outfits that really run tha show. To paraphrase an old say- ug, the rich and the even richer have an equal ri^t to sleep m the public parits; but nearly all the park benches are ui fact reserved here for the even richer. Here, actually, is a force that breaks no law whatever and yet in a deeper sense reallj- operates outside the law as it a(v plies to other immense aggolom- erations (rf wealth and power and wholly outside the in-built limitations which competition, if nothing else, imposes upon all others who seek to influence th« public mind. WTicn Bundy's Ford Foundation gives grants totallmg $131,000 to not one but rather eight of the displaced assisUnts of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, it is difficult in the extreme not to see this, however, decent in ordinary charity, as a partisan political act — and an ideological poUtical one, at that The incident of course, is peanuts as measured against what the Ford Foundation has to give if it chooses. But in another sense it is not peanuts at all; it may even dim out to have been the cumulative factor that will impd Congress to act at least in this business. By NORTON MOCKRIDGI • WilfMl ^he. rdmNIXON limrnktmOamr 9uick 9u» Q — What does a. yellow flag mdicate when flymg on board ship? A — The yellow flag is the quarantuw flag of all nations. Q — What is the meaung of the name Philip? A — This Greek name means "lover of horses." Q - Where is the oldest (3uistian church m the worU? A — The oldest is Qal'at es Salihige m eastern Syria, dating fiom A .D. 232. Q - Who was the last U.S. preskiait to be inaugurated on March 4? A ~- Fianklm Delano Boose- velt, who took (he ath of office on Sainnfaar. Hardi 4. US3. NEW YORK — Went to a dinner party the other night and all went well until after dinner. Then, as the 12 of us drifted into the spacious living room and settled on the sofas and in comfortable chairs, tension seemed to mount. I felt it right away and, apparently, so did some of the other guests. Conversation became strained, in one corner it ceased entirely. There was much fidgeting and clearing of throats. We had our coffee and hquers but the fun and gaiety that had marked the party before and during the dmner were gone. The host, an amiable nan Tve known for years, paced back and forth through the living room, Cham - smoking, fussing with cups and saucers and liquor glasses, and rather absently try- mg to mate eonversatkm. Most of his eStatis were monosyllabic and the party became so dull that almost everybody left as quickly as possible. I stayed on because I bad two hours before catchmg a plane. When all the guests were gone, the hostess burst mto tears. She wailed and wailed and reproached her hud)and: "Fred, how could you do it? How COULD you do it? What difference did it make? Why didn't you ignore it?" I couldn't understand what she was talking about and I guess my face showed it "It was his chair." said the hostess. "His damn, damn chair! Marjory So-and-So was sitting in his chair." I looked at Fred and he nodded grimly. 'Tm sorry." he mumbled, "but that's my chaff right there, my favorite chair, the one I sit m every night And Marjory plunked in it ri^ after dmner and siie never left it I tried to give her the idea, but she's got a head like concrete and she never would get up. It made me very nervous, and I got mad." '3ut, Fred," sobbed the hostess, "you're such a fool. What difference can it make if somebody sits in your chair?" "Wen," said Fred, "generally I wouldn 't mind it so much, but this damn fool woman not only kept oie oat of my own chair, but she didn 't even really sit in it! She just penned on the edge aU night!" At first I fiMwght that Fred was bemg unduly mitty, but then I remembered that my father had his favorite chair and he became quite gnunpy if anybody sat in it It was a Morris chair (I don 't Ihnik you find fliat type around any mora today) which had an adjustable hack and a gadget underneath which could be puDed out and made into a foot rest Dad loved that diair and he spent 90 per cent of his sit- tuig time in it over a period of about 40 years. We kids learned early that it was madness after diimer to try to plop into Dad's Morris chair. And so did our guests. Dad never paced nervously as did my friend Fred. He just walked over, glared at the incumbent and said in a steely voke: "George, I'm sure you'd be MUCH more comfortable in that chair over there." George always got the hmt and moved. rve talked to friendi about this fasdnafing iojove-witb -a- chair phobia and I find it's not at all rare. Mrs. Jeremiah Woolworlh of St Lonis teUs me that her aunt who owned a large house at Newport had a meter that she completely adored and would permit NO ONE to sit in it or even touch it If anybody was, indeed, foolish enough to sit down in ths chair. Auntie would swing her cane and crack the sitter across the shms! Marion Marsden of Grosse Point Mich., recalls fiiat her father bad a leathermpbolstered chair that he apparently loved more than his wife. Whenever he got out of it he always fined it with books, magazines and newspapers so that nobody else would by to sit there, and at night he covered it with a shawl saying: "Mght air 's bad for leather." In time, when the leather cracked and began to dismtegrate, he wouldn't let it lie reuphobtered. "Ste's just get- tin' comfortable," he 'd say. "Dm't want to spoH her." Many businessmen take their office chaii^ from job to job, and so do politicians and judges. A lawyer I know iM. me that when he switdied from one firm to another, the partners wouldn't let him tate along his chair. For we^ in the new office, he said, he was so uneasy he couMn 't worlc Finally, he made an im- passtoned plea to his former partners. They let him boy his old chair and from then w be was aide to WOHE with a cahn and easy mind. And, as a matter of feet, when I was a rewrite onn at the Wwld-Ttiegram I lemember raismg qnite a hit of hdl anund the office whenever I came in and found somdiody had taken my chair to his de^ I ahrays maintained that I eonldat.typa as fast or as accurately, or as easily, without the diair I laved Could it be that chairs ar« like Linus's Uantet?

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