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Bennington, Vermont
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Friday, June 28, 1974
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'-J*»^^'ma5SIE^-;*3S3:,:»Z^«^ Dialogues: Alienation and frustration are,sexless By KAREN DOBKIN FORTNEY AT A WOMEN'S workshop In Montpeller last year, I heard the issue of women and crime' discussed for the first time. A .psychologist reported that the number of women committing crimes that have traditionally been in the male sphere has shown a startling Increase. The psychologist speculated that this is a positive trend for women -- a very qualified positive trend. What she was saying is that women are now beginning to act out in ways they never have before. Women's frustrations and angers have, for the most part, been turned inward, so that they have filled the wards of state hospitals; locked up and drugged as schizophrenics. LOOKING AT crime and increased criminal activity as positive movement could be considered radical or irrational. Regardless, the facts are that the percentage of women engaging in criminal activities other than shoplifting and prostitution has increased by as much as 300 per cent in some instances over the last decade. In an article in the New York Times by Nadine Brozan, the Uniform Crime Reports were quoted to show the following figures from 1960 to 1972: "female larceny arrests rose by 303.2 per cent, robbery by 277.2 per cent, fraud and embezzlement by 279.9 per cent, all far outdistancing male arrest increases." EVERYONE appears to be joining the conjecturing; psychologists, sociologists, feminists, lawyers, criminals, et al. In some form or another they subscribe to one of three general theories. The onus falls on the women's movement in but one of the reasons advanced: with the fightf or equality chivalry is withering. Police and Judges are not turning away when a women Is involved In a crime, Instead she U being arrested and sentenced. "You want equality, you'll get it." On the other hand, many law-enforcement officials demur when the death of chivalry is proposed as a reason why. Policemen deny the possibility that Increased arrests may be due to negative reactions to the women's liberation movement. And Judges opine that leniency is still shown women particularly if they have children or have no criminal records. There does appear to be an indirecteffect of the movement on the growing crime rate. The types of crimes being committed are related to the greater opportunities In business for women. And, Just as money has always tempted the businessman, it tempts the businesswoman. AS WOMEN MOVE into the society as whole members of it, as citizens at-large, they wtllengage in many of the functions that have been largely exclusive to the male realm. Such activities are bound to include the illegal, such as white collar crimes, or crimes of property, for instance, embezzlement, forgery and fraud. University of Illinois sociology and law professor Rita Simon states in a research paper "Women and Crime:" "Women are now more involved in crimes of property and less In crimes of violence. The kinds of vide nt crimes they c ommitted in the past were different from those of men. They killed their husbands, lovers, other women ard babies. Now that Is decreasing because tliey can divorce their husbands, leave their levels, abort teeir babies." WHAT SEEMS a disturbing element in all this, beyond the fact that criminal activity Is on the upswing, is that some observers are reacUiig to this news with surprise. Did these people expect women not to soU their detergent-soaked hands once they were allowed to take them out of the dishwater? Did they anticipate that women are actually Uwt long-worshqped mother figure that would never.topple from her pedestal despite corporeal temptation? Did they not consider that women, too, are seducedbymoney? That women are after all merely human, like the otlwr half of the population. PERHAPS THE reason for the surprise and dismay Is that * lot of us have been counting on women to set everything right. Indeed, our women legislators have records of the highest integrity (a lost virtue among men these days) and so our needs and desperation have U'l us to soir.swhat unrealistic hopes. No one sex, as no one person, can possibly pull us out of our mire. Deprivation, Inequity, bureaucratic corruption, injustice, poverty, hopelessness and anarchy compel many to engage in crime. Man or woman, adult or child, few arc spared the alienation and frustration epidemic today. ·Bennington Banner, Friday, June 28, 1974 -- 5 'Break up the Rockefeller fortune,' demands Liberty Union's Sanders Looking Back 10 YEARS AGO June 28,1934 After winning first prize for the Bennington County district in the Edmunds Memorial prize essay contest two weeks ago, Robert Matteson of South Street, Bennington High School student, has been no tified by the contest officials that his essay, "Stratton Stag Party" has received the first prize of $100 in the statewide contest. The information booth on South Street will be open on Monday for the first time since 1931 and will be under the superv ision of Miss Helen Nolan and Miss Virginia Wilson. 25YEARSAGO June 28,1949 A bi annual report of town finances disclosed today that expenses for the first half of 1949 are almost doubled over a comparable period last year, due chiefly to river dredging necessitated by December floods. The 1949 poll tax for taxpayers living within the boundaries of Bennington Village will be (13.73 before discount. If it is paid before the Oct. 30 deadline, an automatic four per cent discount is allowed en the general rate for the town, village and school district. Mrs. Earl E. Burgess Jr. of SaSord Street had given up all hope of ever seeing her diamond engagement ring again. Two years ago she accidentally lost it down the drain of a lavatory. Suddenly, however, she finds herself with two diamonds instead of one, for fate led village employe Robert Murphy to the "lost diamond," while he was working in the vicinity of the Burgess home. While digging away, Murphy's eye was caught by a gleaming object in the dirt. It was the Burgess diamond. Meanwhile, Mrs. Burgess' husband had bought his wife a new one. 10 YEARS AGO June 28,1964 Progress on the new 300-acre Woodford State Park, due to open around July 1, U only slightly behind schedule. But the park, with 23 individual campsites, will be ready for Vermont vacationers this summer. Elwood Austin, construction' supervisor for the state Department of Forests and Parks,, said that., delays ESSEX JUNCTION - In separate press releases Issued this week by Bernard Sanders, Liberty Union candidate for the seat of retiring Sen. George D. Alken, .the Rockefeller family were assailed as being the "most powerful" and "dangerous multi-billionaires" inthecountry.andLoulsReder, general manager for the New England Telephone Co., was accused of "Illegal, immoral and grossly irresponsible action" for threatening to Ere 200 telephone workers in Vermont and cut the phone company's construction budget by $13 million. Reder's threat followed the Public Service Board's rejection of the company's request for a 16 per cent rate hike, pending the outcome of a ·permanent rate hike totalling 23 per cent. Sanders called the action by Reder's "an example of corporate blackmail against the people of Vermont by the largest and richest corporation in the world." The New England Telephone Co. in Vermont is owned, controlled and operated by ATT, and Sanders pointed out in his denoucement of the Rockefellers, "When the telephone company requests a huge rate increase In Vermont, we should understand that the Chase Manhattan Bank -- a Rockefeller bank--is one of the major stockholders of ATT and that the rate increases we pay go right Into their pockets." A 'Scoop' for China WASHINGTON. SEN. HENRY M. "Scoop" Jackson of the state of Washington is turning out to be the most vigorous Democratic candidate for the presidency these days, the challenger of Henry Kissinger, and the darling of the Pentagon, the have been .caused by difficult., weapons industry, the pro terrain, and that roadwork isr ae i lobby and the 1 " " especially has held up the m ' schedule. Bennington area banks have been notified of an Intensified program by the U.S. Treasury Department to double the nation's rate of coin production within a year, and raise it by 75 per cent in the next six months. It'll be more of an effort to park your car on Main, South andNorthstreetsinBennington Village from now on. The reason is that 210 new nonautomatlc parking meters have been installed along these streets. Otherwise on this date In 1916, the British arrest more than 2,700 Jews in an effort to put down terrorism In Palestine. In 1970, the last American troops are drawn back Into South Vietnam from Cambodia. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court rules that capital punishment as then administered was unconstitutional -- also sources of informat ion musit be reveal ed to state grand juries. SELF SERVICE DISCOUNT DEPORTMENT STORES m " ; m a n · Misses' I Print Solid BIKINI SWIMSUITS I Colors.... - Sim 39 to 31 I NOW *3 93 Reg. '6" ROUIE 67A. BENMNGTON, V E R M O N T BOOKS ON SUMMER FUN Joy of Fishing All About Bicycling Backpacking, Tenting Trailering Tackle Craft Tennis: Game of Motion 41 6 Main Street lobby, and the labor leaders afth'e ! AFL-CIO. This is a formidable political base -- sort of a military- industrial-labor complex of his own -- and it's no accident that he attacked Kissinger and the administration's strategic arms control policy on the eve of President Nixon's mission to Moscow, and then took off himself on a mission to Peking. "SCOOP" IS well worth watching. He has been around here for over 33 years -- 12 in the House and 21 in the Senate andat62,hehastheenergyofa bull, and looks no more than 60, and has strong views on most of the great Issues of the age. His main theme now is that "detente" is a trip, a tricky French word that the Russians are using to achieve the military domination they couldn't get with threats and bluster. He insists he is not against an accommodation with Moscow,' but he wants it on terms Kissinger doesn't think he can get. And here lies the dilemma. Jackson does not deny that Watergate has weakened the Nixon administration, but in spite of Watergate, he thinks the U.S.S.R. Is much weaker than the United States, needs the trade and advanced technology of the West more than we need what he regards as the dubious political advantages of "detente." In short, he believes Kissinger has misjudged the world political and strategic problem, and with his usual subtlety, he charges Kissinger with being too "soft" and Nixon with being too "eager" to make military and commercial concessions. THE BLOODY MUDDLE and perverse difficulties of foreign affairs don't bother "Scoop." He Is quite capable of debating them, and his sincerity is not at issue, but he leaves little room for the honorable perplexities of foreign affairs, or for the notion that great nations can change. In the slow philosophic approach of Kissinger, he sees nothing but the coming whirlwind of disaster. Accordingly, while he has lately been talking privately with the secretary ot suio about the issues of the Moscow summit confeicnr-i;, he has acted publicly to put barriers in the way of what he fears will be a phony compromise that will merely help the President over the Watergate barrier and place the nation in an awkward End even dangerous strategic position. --o-IN FACT, he has been so bold in challenging the Nixon- Kissinger mission that he summoned the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who share his fears, and charged the administration with making "pccret" deals with Moscow that would place the United States at a military disadvantage. Even the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, himself a constant critic of the administration's foreign policy, took the floor to defend the President. "If anyone is exploiting Watergate to the detriment of our foreign policy," Fulbright said, "it is not the Russians but some of our own military leaders and cenain members of the Senate... With a flawless sense of timing, the enemies of detente have chosen the moment of the President's departure for Moscow to fire a few broadsides at his policy." He went on to accuse Jackson of precisely this intent. The senator from Washington merely characterized this as nonsense and went off to Peking, and It is probably no accident that the Chinese will welcome him there around the President's Moscow visit, and thus gave him a platform from Peking to continue his campaign. ALL THIS IS seen by the political watchers here as part of Jackson's presidential campaign. All candidates tend these days to launch their By JAMES RESTON N.Y.TimesNewg Service presidential ambitions in foreign lands -- Teddy Kennedy, like Nixon in 1959, from Moscow, Jackson from China. Bi't Jackson is more complicated than that. AFTER ALL, the President's most successful experiment, and the thing that is holding him up without .any other visible means of support. Is precisely that he has worked valiantly to get away from the Cold War and move, as he says: from an "era of confrontation to an era of accommodation." Still, Jackson is a blunt man, with powerful forces behind him, and if the President's efforts at dependable arms control and a genuine peace in the Middle East do not produce results, public opinion could move toward Jackson. "There's This Candle Place" Green mo nt Center West Road, Bennington, Vt. 802-442-3397 "There U probably no group more powerful, and more dangerous, than the Rockefeller family," Sanders declared, "among the handful of multi- billionaires who control much of the nation's economy." He also said the economy was under the Rockefeller's exclusive control, "to a large degree." The senatorial candidate, who is chairperson of the Liberty Union Party, vowed to make attacks on the Rockefeller wealth a major part of his campaign stategy, and insisted, "the incredible wealth and power of this family must be broken up" if a major depression is to be avoided. He suggested that the Rockefeller resources "beused to benefit all of the people and not just the very few." The economy of the United States and much of the world, he said, is controlled by fewer people than at any other time in modern history, and "while the real wages of working people actually decline because of . inflation, coporate profits soar and the billionaires get richer and ever more powerful." "While working people in Vermont and America," he charged, "are paying 60 cents for a gallon of gas, and tens of thousands of Vermonters are working for $2 or $2.50 an hour, a tiny handful of multi- billionaires determine whether governments around the world will be preserved or will topple, or whether the people of this nation will experience so-called "energy crises," and so-called "food crises." Sanders said the Rockefellers, through their control of Chase Manhattan Bank, First National City Bank, Chemical Bank, First National Bank of Chicago, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York Life Insurance Co., Standard Oil of California, Standard Oil of Indiana and Marathon Oil -- "to name afew" --have a personal fortune estimated at close to $10 billion in assets. He also said the Rockefellers own "mansions throughout the world." "It is absolutely absurd that this one family should have that much power over tens of millions of people," Sanders argued, and warned that the major depression he anticipates will occur on a worldwide as well as national basis unless the Rockefeller power and wealth are broken up. "Trie billions of dollars they \ coni'i. (," he urged, "must be used n create a decent stan-" dard oi living for all people, ratter than unheard of wealth for a few." "It is absolutely in-ej.'.^asib'.o for politicians to tell us that there is "not enough money available" to substantially raise our economic commitment tc the elderly, to lower utility rates, or to lower our taxes, when one family like the Rovk.-?,Ul3rs have control of over {255 billion," he said. AfT, one of Sanders many targets, owns more than 85 per cent of New England Telephone Co., and made more than $3 j million in profile last year, . more than any other corporation in America. The company, in which .03 per cent of the stockholders own 24 per cent of the stoch, enjoyed a record-teasing 13 per cent increase In profits last year, ' which came on top of a 12 per cent increase in profits the previous year. "What the telephone company is doing now should be obvious to every Vermont rate payer," Sanders explained, "They are using their incredible wealth and power to blackmail the people of this state and to force the Public Service Board to grant them a huje rate in- ' crease. What they are saying is this," he continued, '"If you don't giVe us what we want we are going to lay off workers and disrupt the economy of the state.'" "This must not be . allowed to happen," he , declared. "The Public Service . Board has got to represent the people of this state for a change and stand up to ATT" Sanders promised to continue his attacks on Reder, and '. particularly the Rockefellers and their wealth, which he has vowed to make "one of the : major themes" of his cam- , paign, "on behalf of many senior citizens who are barely able to survive economically, and the hard-working families . who are being driven into serious financial difficulties by sky-rocketing utility rales." Ask Us Ask Jim Horrigan about making life e a s i e r . All the things you need are t h a t much easier to have wiih h e l p from the Catamount National Bank. The Cat's personal approach to you means y o u ' l l get the most courteous service e v e r . Main Office: North Bennington Offices: Bennington/Bennington Plaza Putnam Square, Brattleboro, Manchester Center, North Bennington, Pownal, We Dover · Serving Southern Vermont Since 1864- Member FD/C ,

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