The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 24, 1969 · Page 4
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 4

Baytown, Texas
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Friday, January 24, 1969
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Friday, January 24. 1969 ^?&&:^:'SS!5^$$:y^*5^ :•:• 8 Editorials And Features Only Consolation: Try To Prevent Recurrence The only consolation in Hie wake of the natural and man-caused disasters which the social flesh is heir to is that out of them usually comes the wisdom to prevent, or attempt to prevent, their recurrence. On Dec. 15, 1967, the nation was shocked by the collapse of the Silver Bridge linking Ohio and West Virginia across the Ohio River, which claimed the lives of 46 men, women and children. At the time of the tragedy, only 17 states had bridge inspection programs that were considered adequate. Since then, 10 more states have revised their existing programs to bring them into line with standards developed by the Bureau of Public Roads and the American Association of Highways Officials, and the remaining states have begun such programs. A Task Force on Bridge Safety appointed by President Johnson after the Silver Bridge disaster found that of the 373,600 bridges on city and rural roads outside the jurisdiction of the Federal Highway Administration and state highway departments, more than 90 per cent were built before 1935. Of the 204,681 bridges on federal or state highway systems, about 64,000 are pre-1935 spans. A massive effort to inspect all of these bridges, with priority given to the older ones, is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 1, 1970. Another result of the Ohio River tragedy was that Congress in its last session ordered the Department of Transportation to establish national bridge inspection standards and schedules and to draw up qualifications for inspectors. Under the Federal-aid Highway Act of 1968, the states are required to maintain written reports covering the inspections and work done to correct deficiencies. These are important steps toward insuring the safety of the traveling public in this area, but they are only a beginning. The vast majority of the nation's older bridges on city and rural systems remain outside the purview of federal and state highway agencies. Tag Feared Robert H. Finch, new secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, has exposed what was for weeks a standard gripe voiced by some people against then President - elect Richard Nixon. This was his failure to appoint a single Negro to a high-level position. According to Finch, several Negroes turned down preferred cabinet posts out of fear of being branded "Uncle Toms" and losing their credentials as militants in good standing in the eyes of their constituents. To such an extent has the party of Lincoln lost the allegiance it once commanded from the overwhelming majority of black Americans — and to such an extent have far too many leaders among black Americans substituted expediency for integrity. The door is still open, says Finch, and he predicts that Negroes will be named to top posts during the next four years. He has to be right. Four years could be a fatally long time for a tenth of the population to nurse a case of sour grapes when the nation urgently needs right now the talents and services of the best of all its citizens, of whatever color or faction, if it is ever to solve the problems it faces. Letter To The Editor Editor, The Sun Dear Sir: There is much talk around concerning the abolishment of our electoral college and party convention systems of selecting and electing a President and vice president. I agree the 17lh amendment of 1913 allowing the electing of a senator by popular vote was in the best interest of the American voter. But in electing a President and vice president, I have heard no proposition that would improve on our system of indirect election by electors chosen by the people. A lot of historical experience and understanding was behind this brilliant thinking. We should take a little time and review France. During the making of a Constitution, this all happened about the same time we were doing the same. Read up on the philosophies of Jean BERRY'S WORLD © I Ml And for income — 'tourist trade' and 'sugar cane' are down, but 'hijacked airliners' is up!" Hartmaa CdHor and PubU**r BUI Rartmaa Oen«i»l Manager John Wadley Business Manager Beulah Ma* Jackson AMfcrtant To The Publisher Paul Putman Airtfr*—•* to The PuMlsber A»» & Pritebett OWe* EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT ___ _ Maaaclng Kdttor Johnelia Boynton Assistant Managing Editor AOVBRTODTG DEPARTMENT Retail Mana«*r Dwtght Moody Oorris L^uchUn National Manager Xntersd as second class natter at the Baytown, Texas, 77530 Post Office under the Act of Ooncres* of March S, 1«7». Published afternoons, Monday Ui rough Friday, and Sundays by Tbp Baytown Bun, Inc. At 1*01 Memorial Drive in Bajrtown, Tvxa*. P.O. Bon tO, Baytown 77420 Subscription Rates By Carrier $1J0 Month, |2MO Per Tear ~ "tepy Price We rates oa nquest Hepi«sented Nationally By Newspaper RsjirsasBtatUea, Inc. rn ASSOCIATED to UM K «r KM oUt*rw<«* «n*M*« IB IhW bmta. JUfhU «T i*»«b>ta_U«* «* Jacques Rousseau, Montesquieu, Voltaire and Lafayette. Compare the constitution declared by the French National Assembly with the one drawn up by the Federal Convention of 1787 for the United States. You will gain a new faith in, and respect for the brilliant minds that created this almost sacred document. And not without the foresight did they write in Article 5 providing for amending the Constitution but not to abuse it, I am sure. Now as to abolishing the party conventions, well, it's almost like saying, "Where do we go from here." If we are to maintain a truly representative form of government ihere is little if any to improve on this system of selection. It starts at the grass roots of your neighborhood precinct and what could be more representative than this. Yes, you could abolish the electors and reduce a candidate's whistle stops at possibly a half dozen west of the Mississippi. Maybe cut campaign television lime in half. Abolish party conventions and open the gate to anyone with the ambition and financial backing lo make this race. I ask you, is this any way lo run a great nation like ours? Really there is nothing wrong wit)] our system you and 1 can't correct and with a very low price tag attached. How about rededicating ourselves lo better understanding as to what is going on around us and to a unity of purpose as a citizen oi ihis great country? Be alert and quick to challenge any who would degrade or abuse any part of our great nation of people. All that your have, and all that you are, is measured by the well being of your country so be one of these to help protect it — you may never have a second chance. Sincerely, Frank M. Yates QUICK QUIZ Q — How does the veto power of the president of the United States differ from that of the sovereign of Great Britain? A—The president has a limited veto power; the sovereign of Great Britain still holds the power of absolute veto. Q—Which is the tallest of all dogs? A—The Irish wolfhound, which stands about 32 inches high, and weighs from 105 lo 140 pounds. Q— Is U colder at the North Pole or South Pole? A—South Pole. Antarctica is the coldest and most desolate region on earth. x Mr. Chips* To Debut Nov. 27 By BOB THOMAS Associated Press Writer HOLLYWOOD (AP) — Next Thanksgiving, the nation's theater screens will be offering a $9-million, musical "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." The release will come exactly five years after the project was initialed by its producer, Arthur P. Jacobs. The story of how Jacobs finally managed to get the new "Chips" on film demonstrates the tenacity and patience that film makers need in today's ever-changing market. "It was Thanksgiving week of 1964 when 1 decided to do 'Chips' as a musical," said the ambitious young publicist- turned-producer. "I had just been toying with the idea for some time, and I found out that Andre Previn had been thinking about it, too. We worked up a lot of enthusiasm for the idea, and then I suddenly realized, 'We're certainly talking big when neither of us owns the property.' " Jacobs took his idea to MGM, which did own "Chips," having filmed the memorable 1939 version with Robert Donat and Greer Garson. The company's executives were enthused about Jacobs' idea and agreed to go along with him. The producer assigned British playwright Terence Rattigan ("Separate Tables") to write the script. "We made some changes in the story," said Jacobs. "The book and the first film ended in a contemporary time, and so does our version—it concludes in 1970. Hence we cover World War II instead of World War I. In the book and film, Mrs. Chips was a very brief figure. Chips met her on a holiday, married her, and she died in childbirth; there was no detail of her background. "In our script she is established as a musical comedy star of the London stage. This gives her dimension and also provides an excuse for musical numbers. Our picture is not a musical in the usual sense; the characters never sign to each other. Many of the songs are 'voice-over'— done with off-screen voices without the characters moving their lips." The casting of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" proved to be a three- year headache. The first Chips was Rex Harrison, but he had to withdraw because of a conflicting schedule for "Dr. Dolittle," also produced by Jacobs. Next, Richard Burton was to costar with Samantha Eggar, Gower Champion directing. But Burton's tax lawyers raised so many problems he was dropped. Jacobs then signed Peter O'Toole, who had sung on the London stage though never in films. The producer cast Petula Clark as Mrs. Chips after view- Ing her tests for "Finian's Rainbow." Try Sun Classified Feet of Clay Washington Merry- Go-Round- Nixon Invited Hubert To Deliver Inaugural By DREW PEARSON AND JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — Richard Nixon, minutes before he took the oath to become President, was in the White House paying a courtesy call on President Johnson before the two drove to the Capitol together. Vice President Humphrey, minutes before he was to leave office, stood nearby. "How about delivering my speech for me, Hubert?" asked Mr. Nixon. "How long is it?" asked the Vice President. "It's exactly 2,025 words and it takes about 20 minutes to deliver," replied Mr. Nixon. Vice President Humphrey pretended to study the matter. "I think it'll take longer than that,"^ he said. "Mr. President," he finally concluded, "it was my intention to deliver that speech, but you got in the way." THE PUBLIC didn't realize it, but two men who stood beside Richard Nixon when he took the oath as President must have said inwardly: "There but for the grace of God might stand I." One was Chief Justice Earl Warren, who administered the oath. The other was Vice DOCTOR'S MAILBAO Best Not to Neglect Hoarseness Symptoms By WAYNE G. BRANDSTADT, M.D. Q—I am 54 and in good health. For about nine months I've been hoarse, especially when I'm upset. A specialist says my ears, nose and throat are O.K. What besides cancer could cause this hoarseness? What treatment is there for it? A—Hoarseness is a symptom that should never be neglected, especially if it persists for more than three weeks. If a specialist has assured you that no serious disease is present, the cause may be excessive talking, drinking or smoking. The vocal cords tire easily in persons who are anemic or generally run down. Excessive dryness of the indoor air and smog are possible causes and in some persons chronic emotional tension may be the source of the trouble. The cause must be found before any effective treatment can be prescribed. Q—My son has chronic laryngitis. What treatment is recommended? A—Here again the treatment would depend on the cause. In addition to the causes listed for hoarseness, chronic laryngitis may be due to tuberculosis, benign tumors, kidney disease and allergy. Q—What is me not by bowed-out vocal cords? Would that condition cause hoarseness? What are singer's nodes? A—Bowing-out suggests a diffuse swelling of the vocal cords due to Inflammation. It would surely cause hoarseness and discomfort associated with talking. Singer's nodes are small nodes or polyps that sometimes form on the vocal cords of persons who misuse their voice in shouting or untutored singing over a long period. They can be removed easily by a throat specialist. This should be done as soon as they are discovered to prevent their becoming cancerous. Q— Two months ago a doctor said my throat irritation was caused by gargling with a strong mouthwash. I no longer use a mouthwash but my throat is still raw. What do you advise? A— Because throat irritation is so often caused by alkaline mouthwashes and alkaline saliva, I would suggest that you drink warm lemonade three or four times a day. Sucking hard candy or candy made with glycerin two or three times a day may also help. Q— Please explain "neoplasm of the patrotid gland, metastatic." A— The parotid is the sail- vary gland that swells up in mumps. A neoplasm is a tumor and since metastatic means that it originated in some other organ, we must assume that it Is malignant. fnturprim Ann.) ttnj your comments to Wayne G. M.D.. i* tun •/ tkit paptr. WkU» Dr. troflWitsWl cannot sMiwer Wi'- vMn«/ fetters, fce wilt siuwef fetters of t«*«ra/ (nftrMt in Mure co/urnm. President Hubert Humphrey, whom Nixon defeated. No one ever would have suspected from the firm voice of the Chief Justice as he gave the oath that the man who repeated it after him had once done his best to euchre Warren out of the presidency. The two leading contenders in 1952 were Sen. Robert A. Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, running neck and neck and both arriving at Chicago with about the same number of delegates. Warren, then a very popular governor of California, had run for Vice President on the Dewey ticket in 1948. He had served his party faithfully, and was in an excellent position to be a compromise candidate in case of a continuing deadlock between Taft and Eisenhower. This was the strategy when the Warren special train left California. Delegates were all sworn to support the governor until he released them, and almost all were confident of victory. However, there was one young Senator who flew out to meet the train in Denver, and who, riding the balance of the way tc Chicago, began to spread discord. He was Richard Nixon. He also had sworn to support Warren until released, but despite that fact he began to talk up the idea of supporting Eisenhower. Warren, he whispered, could not be nominated. Nixon's man, Murray Chotiner, and Eisenhower - bannered buses meet the Warren train when it arrived in Chicago. Warren supporters ripped off. the banners, but it was obvious that forces from within were working against the governor.- Nixon continued to work against him — in return for the promise that he, Nixon, would be Eisenhower's vice presidential running mate. Eventually he succeeded. Eisenhower and Nixon were nominated and elected. Warren went back to California, defeated. CHIEF JUSTICE Warren has a long memory. But in the tradition of American good sportsmanship, he gave no inkling of his thoughts as he administered the oath to President Nixon. Nor did Hubert Humphrey, as he stood beside Nixon, give any inkling of his disappointment. Hubert's close friends say that he was crushed and heartbroken over his defeat. If President Johnson had come out for him earlier; if the political polls had not made it so difficult for him to raise money; if the Democratic convention had not been held in Chicago — probably he could have won. All these ifs came back to haunt him during the sleepless hours after election. They must have haunted him as he stood at the Capitol watching Richard Nixon become the 37th President of the U.S. THE AIR FORCE is maintaining an embarrassed silence about the whole matter, but it has been unable to retrieve the costly navigational, communications and safety equipment that has been installed at the LBJ ranch at Vhe taxpayers' expense. Several weeks ago, the Air Force delicately sounded out the While House about returning the special equipment that Lyndon Johnson used during his presidency. The word came hack that LBJ had no intention of returning the government equipment on his ranch. The discussions were strictly verbal between Air Force officials and White House aides. The latter contended that the LBJ landing strip would continue to be used for "official" flights after Johnson left the White House. The alibi for keeping the communications equipment was that President Nixon might want to get in touch quickly with his predecessor on occasion. The taxpayers' gear will enable Nixon to reach LBJ almost instantaneously whether he is down on the south pasture or speeding over the Texas hills in his white Lincoln Continental. THE GOVERNORS of the 50 states said they got much better ireatment from the Republicans during the inaugural parade than previously from the Democrats. They rode down Pennsylvania Avenue together near the forefront of the parade rather than straggling along, some of them toward the end... J. Willard Marriott, the GOP inaugural boss, took pains to see that each governor had an aide from his home stale. Bridge Tips By Oswald & James Jacoby NORTH V98742 • J93 + K764 WEST (D) 4953 V QJ3 • Q 10 7 6 EAST West Pass Pass V A 10 6 5 4 K 8 5 4 2 *A9 SOUTH 4 AK 10 8642 VK * A 410852 Both vulnerable North East South Pass 14 44 Pass Pass Opening lead— 4 6 What would you bid with the South hand after East opens the bidding with a diamond? We are pretty sure most South players in the continent-wide Charity Game decided to gamble with a four- spade call. We approve heartily of this bid. South can't tell what is going to show up in dummy but most of the time there will be enough help so that there will be a good play for the game. South is mighty disappointed when he sees the dummy and will wish that he had restrained his impulses. Then if he plays the hand in workmanlike fashion the gods of chance will come to his aid and he will make his contract. It doesn't require great genius. South takes his ace of diamonds and starts trumps and drops the queen and jack so that there are no-trump losers. He runs off a couple more trumps just to see if anyone will discard a club but no one is going to oblige. Then he has to lead a club. He plays his deuce and covers West's three spot with dummy's six or seven. East is in with the nine and probably leads a diamond. Not that it matters as long as he doesn't underload his heart ace. South ruffs and plays a second club. West plays the jack or queen and it is up to South to make the winning play. With no adverse bidding South would figure to go wrong but South has heard East open the bidding. East's play of the king of diamonds at trick one sort of marked West with the queen. East almost surely needs the ace of clubs for his opening bid. Therefore the correct play is a. second low club from dummy and it is well rewarded. East has to play his ace! Q—The bidding has been: West North East South Pass Pass Pzss Pass Pass Pass You 1 • 3 • 4 V 4N.T. 5 N.T. 6N.T. Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass 2 N.T. 3 N.T. 4* 5V 6V i South, hold: VKJ7 »A104 4.KQ104 What do you do now? A—Pass. Your partner has guaranteed all Ihc aces but he is obviously afraid of a diamond loser. If your queen of spades were (he diamond queen you .should hid the grand slam. But it is not. You pass. TODAY'S QUESTION Instead of bidding four hearts over three no-trump, your partner bids four no-trump. What fio you do now? Answer Tomorrow Enrich Your Vocabulary NEA Fo.tur« Beauty iwtr to Prtviout Punl« ACROSS 1 Charming woman 6 Fastidiously charming 13 Bay window 14 Hamlet's friend 15 Strips of leather 16 Kind of insect 17 Tactical Air Command (ab.) 19 Indian weight 20 Easy gait 23 Malt brew 26 Notorious marquis, De 29 Finished 30 Set in motion 32 Is able 33 Ventilate 34 Disunite 35 Explosive (ab.) 36 Moines, Iowa 37 Sphere of action 38 Frozen water 39 Nigerian tribesman 40 Modern painter 41 Former name of Kalinin 42 Finished 44 Together (prefix) 45 Pronoun 46 Stir 48 Sticky substance 50 Country 54 Attractiveness 58 Holy Land pilgrims 59 Gaseovs element 60 Locks of hair 61 Put forth effort DOWN 1 Man's nickname 2 Before 3 Diminutive of Lillian 4 Missive 5 Feminine name 6 Words of inquiry 12 Pedal digit 18 Photographic devices 20 Richly filled 21 City in Spam .. 22 Comely 7 Hanging down 24 Attractive 8 Goddess of discord 9 Fence 10 Having personal charm 11 Nothing 25 End of day 27 Terpsichore 28 Penetrates 31 Epoch 34 Melancholy 41 Part of body 43 Cheeses from Holland 47 Certain individuals 49 Monster 50 Suited 51 Malayan gibbon 52 Choler 53 Beast of burden 55 Fruit drink 56 Heart (anal.) 57 Adjective ending

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