Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on April 25, 1973 · Page 16
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 16

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, April 25, 1973
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p 1^ ea(aibu ^ftaQiittr >MailGol<»burflJU> Wednesdoy. April 25. 1973 Keni State Wasn't Just an ItwidetU. H Was an Hisiorw Eveni Will We Ever Know By TOM TIEDE KENT, Ohio (NEA) As massacres go, the May 4, 1970, killings at Kent State Univ<>8lty were not statistically "sipiificant: Jittery national* guardsmen shot four studeltts dead in a few seconds of confusion. Nonetheless, on the third an- niveri^ary of the tragedy the event has for some attained inunortality. "It wasn't just an incident that happened," says one student here, "it was an historic event." INDEED. AT least six books have been written on the occurrence, one grand jury has rendered an opinion, the FBI has filed away volumes of investigations and a Presidential commission has issued a bro«l$ide. Yet for it all, history^ the making as it were, no final or acceptable verdict has been forthcoming. De^ite the millions of words, the scor^ of eyewitaiesses, the is blamed on natural popula- Craig Morgan photograiAic evidence, Americans have a more meai^gful grasp of the Boston Massacre than the Kent killings. Any schoolboy knows the Bostonians provoked the British street fire; nothing such is known of Kent. To be sure, many have tried to provoke the answers. For the fu-st two years after the killings, while the war in Vietnam continued, the agony over an outgrowth of that war (the Kent killings occurred during student demonstrations over the invasion of Cambodia) was energetic and vengeful. PARENTS OF THE dead students brought suits against the soldiers and the state, national committees busied officials with outrage. One petition drive enlisted 50,000 signatures (including 10,000 Kent students) who demanded that the President of the United States explain why he had not called for an end-all investigation of the matter. For it all, however, nothing happened. Everybody called everybody else names, but nothing, happened. And this spring, * 36 months after the deed, nothing apparently is igoing to happen. The war is over, memories have faded, energies have been drained. Craig Morgan, outspdcen student body president in the year after the killings, is, of all things, in the Army now. Only a few students remain on campus who actually witnessed, or say they witnessed, the scene. Even a tree which was planted to memorialize May 4 has died, perhaps from neglect. Already then, Ihe event has beomne history and not much more. "It's like something that happened years and yean ago," si^s an l^year- old co^. "everybody feels bad about it but what can we do about rt now?" THERE ARE some on campus who feel strongly that nothing should be done. Many a^nhiistrative and faculty members wonder worriedly about prolonging the unhappy hai^ning. Trustees have been known to believe that sagging cnroUnient (which officially tion fluctuation) is in part the fault of a lingering reluctance among parents to send their children here. Dr. Glenn Olds, who became university president the year after the event, says that one result of the continuing spotlight is that the school has gotten an undeserved reputation as the Berkeley of the Midwest: "We've had some difficult times financially because of it." Small wonder, then, the cause has shrunk here. Asks one administrator: "What good does it do to drag the thing out for every last bloody detail?" Asks another: "Suppose we did have a grand jury and suppase they found the National Guard guilty, what would we do then? Hang them?" Even many students believe the fight for a final accountability is unnecessary. ONE SENIOR who was at the May 4 incident frankly says he would be worthless as a witness for anybody: "My opinion has been prejudiced by everything I've read about the killings. And actually, except for the noise and the commotion, I don't even remember much else. Besides, I don't remember what happened May 3 or May 5 — any lawyer could dismiss me on credibility." Such apathy, however, has not consumed everyone. There remains at Kent and elsewhere a hard-core sentiment for what the adherents call "some kind of justice." Dr. Olds, for one, says he is "absolutely baffled" at the lack of concern from Washington. He talks about "innocent kids shot down on theur way to class" and suggests that a democracy is ill-serving if it can't address itself to "this kind of terrible thing." BEYOND THIS, Olds says he is personally disturbed at the failure of Richard Nbton to respond. Olds was a major campaigner for Nixon in 1968, later served the man in the United Nations. He says he has done "everything I can" to provoke his old pal. "Once I asked Billy Graham to talk to the President. I've made repeated phone calls and sent many letters to Presidential Assistant Len Garment. I have fett the Presklent should reply one way or another to our petitions." Olds stops short of criticizhig Nixon: "I know he's got a lot on his plate, but I just can't understand this." Others still active in the May 4 movement are not so reluctant to needle the President. Peter Davies, a New York insurance executive who has waged a one-man crusade for Kent State accountability, says flatty that nott^ng of the kind will be forthcomuig as long as Nixon is in office: "NIXON DECLARED himself right after the killings. Rather than wait for all the facts, he jumped the gun and committed himself to a rigid position. On May 6 he issued A statement saying 'When dissent turns to violence it invites tragedy.' Well, we now know that there were no violent students that day. But Nixon has been unable to reverse himself. And now he's waited for so long that he won't reverse himself. For him, Kent State is a thing of the past." For Davies, a British immigrant now an American citizen, Kent State's massacre is very much of the present — and future. He has written a book on the matter, due s^on, which he says will show (as did a reported FBI report of 1970) that claims of the National Guard that their lives were endangered by students "was fabricated subsequent to the events," and also (as did the 1971 Presidential (Tom- mission on National Unrest) that the ."indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted and inexcusable." Davies says his book wil not call for National Guardsmen to be hanged. He says' he doesn't care if guilty parties are penalized or not. He insists he's interested only in what Nixon is interested: law and order. If the nation can convene investigation after^ investigation of antiwar types, religious children such as the Berrigan brothers, and the now faded Hippy-Yippy "con­ spiracy" Davies says, it can surely ask a few questions about the establishment murder of college students. SO THIS SPRING, as the buds break, aiMI the grass gix>ws, and the Kent State campus turns to thoughts of «1iatever, Davies, Olds, and a few others ask a^aia for justice in the name of four dead kids. "It's top late for a Grand Jury," says Davies. "What we need now is a congressional investigatton. I want the public to know what really hssppcned at Kent. I want them to know that if it happens again the next time it could be their sons and daughters kUled.'' If the nation is honest and open at Kent, he adds, it can Jearn from its errors and perhaps prevent their reoccuf'- rence. If not. May 4 will not only continue to be history, but the worst kind of history — that which is shameful and hidden." Dr. Glenn Olds Energy Study Will Be Written for Laymen By WILLIAM CLAYTON WASHINGTON (UPI) — One thing that makes the Energy study" is that it has less of an axe to gruid and more of an interest in the pure policy aspects, one of its economists says. "The world is not exactly waiting for another energy , Energy World study" is that it has less of an axe to gruid and more of an interest in the pure policy aspects, one of its economists says. "The world is not exactly waiting for another energy Policy Project something other than "just another energy study" is that it has less of an axe to gruid and more of an interest in the pure policy aspects, one of its economists says. "The world is not exactly waiting for another energy Orlentai . Since 1919 James Demanes and S ^*5 *<formerly of Kellogg & Drake) have been in the business of selling - ai *f *servicing Oriental Rugs. ^^KK^^tK^ repair service also available. We W/KKm demones interiors 'The energy polkies we have had the last 20 or 30 or 40 years are not working now study," economist William lulo to those considering a zero rate said. "But we are specifically of mcrease of consumption, focusing on policy. And we are when the project is all over, probably as much concerned what comes of it? with the demand side of the| ..yygji^ 3 bjg report, for energy equation as the supply. This (demand) is really the neglected area." "The project is paid for by the Ford Foundation, to the tune of $3.5 million, and hopes to get a report completed by the end of this year. The money pays for a Washington staff and to send'^gL^'"/ out research and study grants ^ ' to a whole sheaf of universities and other groups. lulo said the guiding thought of the work is, "The energy policies we have had the last 20 or 30 or 40 years are not working now." The project staff has hit on a "scenario" approach, in which one thing," lulo said. "But we are going to try to make it different—try to write not for the technician, but the interested layman. ,We probably Will have a 100-page version for the newspapers, and a half-hour film for media or group Another output we hope to have is an energy library. Each major outside study will come up with a report and those that can stand by themselves will ibecome part of the library." Meanwhile, he said, workers in the project will feel free to I appear before congressional it Will outline the policy I committees and public groups possibilities for each of several to discuss the energy situation, differing pictures of what; lulo said the project stdff can years. The scenarios ! claim impartiality "because our advisory board comes from everybody from Mobil Oil to the Sierra Club." lulo said people may wonder what the Ford-funded project can do that is not being done by government agencies or some other foundation already. "We found much of the information was inadequate," lulo said. The list of project grants showed the variety from ,1206,750 for a study of lifestyles I and their comparative uses of energy, to $228,000 to the Brookings Institution for a look at foreign policy aspects of U.S. energy policy. All of that is rather long- range, he said. What about the American and his use of energy this summer? "It may just take some belt- tightening on an mdividual basis to get us through," lulo said. "All that energy is just not available." Bunkum Felix Walker, a congressman of the 1820s, became known as "old oil-jug" because of profuse speeches made—as he said—for Buncombe County in his North Carolina district. The words "bunkum" and "debunking" derive from his loquacity. O .r. 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