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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, April 27, 1973
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4 Qolcabufti ReQistgf*Mdil GQltsbuffl, Fri./April 27, 1973 Plan to Sign Up for the Jousts? r I t t r f • Smale President Produces Sound No-Fault Legislation During the next few weeks, the IIV- nois General Assembly will be discussing an assortment of no-fault insurance billSt The new pieces of legislation are design* ed to meet the objections of the Illinois Supreme Court, which struck down the no- fauit p],an authored by the Ogilvie administration and adopted by the Assembly in 1971. One of the best plans introduced thus far is Senate Bill 416 sponsored by William R. Harris, a Pontiac Republican and president of the Senate. Adoption of the Harris proposal should give Illinois one 6^ the best plans devised thus far and put the state miles ahead of others not yet under the no- fault umbrella. Basically, no-fault auto insurance provides for the payment of auto accident claims by the drivers' own insurance company. The theory behind the concept is to cut down or eliminate nearly 99 per cent of the court suits over minor bodily injuries resulting from wrecks. It is these suits which tie up the court system, increase the cost of auto insurance and make some claims difficult to coVect. No-fault insurance, in theory, is popular among legislators. There islittle debate over whether it should be adopted. However, the controversy develops over which form of no- fault insurance is workable. The Harris proposal, we believe, is a realistic compromise package that is restricr tive enough to prevent the yearly onslaught of bodily injury suits, yet liberal enough to allow injured parties legal recourse in cases of serious injury or death and permit consumers to aiccfuire additional coverage if they desire it. Sen. Harris' bill calls for a mandatory no-fault insurance package that provides about $10,000 in benefits from the drivers' insurance company, and restricts bodily injury suits unless the accident results in death, serious injury or disability for more than 60 days. A common misconception is that no-fault insurance covers vehicular damage as well as bodily injury. It does not. Damage to vehic^s would still be covered under the standard insurance policy. Opponents of the Harris legislation, comprised primarily of some trial attorneys and associations representing th<^m, lurgue that the threshold under which legal action may not be taken is too high. The attorneys, some of whom make a comfortablei living taking insurance companies to court, sug* gest that no-fault can be successful even if the restrictions on suits are relaxed. That statement sounds contradictory since the who^ no-fault concept is geared to eliminating disputes over who is at fatllt or who pays what, but the lawyers have a point that should not be overlooked. Advocates of a high threshold suggest that 99 per cent of the bodily injury suits now plaguing our court system are precipitated by over-eager attorneys and accident victims with dollar signs In their eyes and whiplash on their lips. That is part of the picture, but not all of it. A no-fault insurance plan without a threshold now in affect in Delaware indicates that some of the court suits prior to the plan may have been prompted by insurance companies who simply dragged their feet when it came time to pay off an injured motorist insured hy another company. After 13 months under the Delaware plan there has been a substantial reduction in claims and less than a dozen minor law suits filed. We do not believe, however, that this one example is justification for accepting the trial lawyers' argument and opposing the Harris bill. Sen. Harris' legislation is sound, equitable and contains the necessary safeguards against self-serving bodily Injury court procedures. The Harris package does not provide a guarantee that any savings realized by insurance companies under the new plan wiU be redirected into reductions in insurance premiums by the industry, and some legislators are insisting oh amendments that would require such reductions. We would hope that there still exists a competitive spirit among insurance companies that would make mandatory premium reductions unnecessary. If it becomes clear, after no-fault has been in effect, that the insurers would rather hoard additional profits instead of passing them on to the consumers, then such guarantees may be necessary. Other Side of an Issue The Battle of Wounded Knee is still being fought, but hapiMly the weapons and anununition now are pen and ink. This is the last major battle (or massacre, if you will) between Indians and U.S. troops that took place at Wounded Knee, S.D., on Dec. 29, 1890 — not the current confrontation between militants oi the American Indian Movement (AIM) and U.S. marshals. Millions of Americans, who never heard of either the place or the battle before AIM splashed it onto the front pages, have learned that Wounded Knee was a frontier My Lai in which brutal American troops shot down some 200 defenseless Indian men, women and children. Or so they have been told. It was not quite that way, objects military historian Brig. Gen. S. L. A. Mar^all, in a new book on the Indian Wars, "Crimsoned Prairie." The Indians, believing themselves immune to the white man's bullets, began the fight with a treacherous suiprise attack on unsuspecting troopers of the 7th Cavalry, to whom the Indians had surrendered. Marshall condemns the slaughter of Indians that followed the initial attack, but notes that 29 of the soldiers lay dead and 33 wounded — a loss "too commonly disregarded or treated as msignificant by Americans bent on making of Wounded Knee something that it definitely was not." "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is a lovely phrase he says, "tt is still a false and misleading sentiment, dignifying conspiracy and honoring treachery." In a review of Marshall's booJc, Dee Brown, author of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee," charges that Marshall "accepts without question" a version of the incident that malces the Army look good. Indian survivors had a different story. Yet the fact that more than 60 seasoned troopers were casualties suggests that the 7th Cavalry faced something more than helpless opponents. There were no Army casualties at My Lai. THE MAILBOX . . . Letters to the Editor Poor Participation Editor, Register-Mail: In the recent election in Galesburg, it was quite interesting to witness the number of eligible voters who cast ballots. Unfortunately, the figure was considerably under fifty per cent of those qualified to participate. Perhaps there is some consolation though — it could have been even less. It is also true that the voting statistics are only a little better on the state and national scenes. People in the United States, young and old alike, seem to be indifferent about par- ticipatiim in their government, no matter wh3t the level. While there are a small minority that could be defined as political activM», time who actually work in a cam- paipi, tbe majority either do not know what is going on, or at best, they only vote. It may tale a little time to find out who is runniiM; for what office and who may be the tmt qualified to bold that position, but when ym consUier the time spent on certain other activities — bowling, cards, fol­ lowing your favorite athletic teams, etc., it seems rather absurd that a person cannot budget a few minutes into their schedule to include knowledge about the people running the government for them. It should be noted that the Chicago Cubs do not raise your taxes, send your children to war, or a hundred other things; no, it is the man or woman that is holding an elective office that decides these things for, or possibly against your best interests. When you do not vote or vote out of ignorance, you are cheating yourself and future generations. Democracy can work for you, but you have to want it to work. The people In elective office should be responsible for doing the job they are elected to do; however, it does not end there. There is responsibility on the person in office, but there is also responsibility on the people that allowed him to win that prize, The Voter. Take an interest in your government — it is the only one that you have, don't lose it. — Steven M. Eiker, Galesburg. fNflEJL 'Gemstone' Inspires Magruder to Testify WASHINGTON - The story can now be told how one word, "Gemstone," slowly tightened the Watergate noose around the neck of Jeb Stuart Magruder until he decided to confess. Magruder has confirmed Watergate wiretapper JameS McCord's written statement, quoted to us on April 2, that the Watergate bugguig was planned in the Justice Depart. ment office of then-Attorney, v General John Mitchell in February 1972. Present were Mitchell, Magruder and White House counsel John Dean. They wer^ briefed on the bugguig plan by Watergate ruigleader G. Gordon Liddy who used huge, professionally prepared charts to illustrate how he would tap the telephones of Democratic party officials. MAGRUDER HAS also confirmed our reports of December 26, January 11 and January 15 that the Watergate defendants were offered money to plead guilty and keep their mouths shut. The attempt to buy their silence, Magruder has now said, was ordered by Mitchell and Dean. Throughout McCord's revelations, Magruder stuck to his sworn testimony at the Water- gat^ trial that he had no knowledge of the bugging. It was Liddy's secretary, Sally Harmony, who finally shook his story. Siie held back during her first appearance before the grand jury. But she went back this month and told all she knew. "Would you explain to the grand jury," she was asked, "why it was that on your prior appearances, you were less than candid with them?" "Well," she confessed, "I find it difficult to explain why I did what I did, or how it came about. I was absolutely petrified of all of you to begin with, -but I had no one to talk to, and I felt my loyalty was with Mr Liddy and the committee at that time, and I just - did it." In secret session, she told how she had typed up the telephone conversations of Democratic party official Spenqpr Oliver on secret stationery marked with the code word "Gemstone." "DO YOU REMEMBER," asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Silbert, "whether or not there was ever any reference by any of the participants to conversatioris with anyone?" '^*r, "Yes," she answered; "There was One conversation dealing with the name of Terry Sanford (former Democratic governor of North Carolina)." Asked about the substance of the tapped telephone conversations, she recalled: "There was one conversation at one time, something that had to do with Mr. Oliver's taking a trip either to North Carolina or South Carolma — I have forgotten which.", Mrs. Harmony also testified that "I hjiveon occasions typed a couple of memos that have dome from (Sen. George) Mc, Govern's headquarters." "And what kind of memo," asked Silbert, "would you have typed that came from the headquarters of Senator McGovern?" "At one tune," she said, "(Liddy) dictated a memo to mc giving information that the workers in the McGovern campaign were very unhappy that their funds were low, they were not going to be paid, or their pay would be cut drastical- y . . . ." "Now, did you ever have anything to do with anything else from McGovern headquarters besides the memo relating to staff?" "Just the list of names," she replied. "I did get the list of names of persons working in McGovern headquarters, on one occasion." SHE REPORTED that wire­ tapper McCord had dropped off reports for Liddy and tliat she once took an empty brown manila envelope to the campaign treasurer and brought it Comment By Jack Anderson back filled for Watergate conspirator Howard Hunt. Liddy instructed her, she said, to "give it to Hugh Sloan (the campaign treasurer). He will give it back to you. Call Ho\yard Hunt and ask him to pick it up." "Did you do that?" asked Silbert. "I did that " "And where did you give it to Mr. Sloan?" "I took it to Hugh's office, which was right in the same area." "And," asked Silbert, "was it different in any way when you got it back?" "Yes," she testified. "It had something in it and it was sealed." "Do you know what was in it?" "I do not." "Was it the same size as money would have been?" "Yesi" she said; "I would assume it was the same size as money would have been." Thereafter; she handed th« em vclope to Hunt; ' ' But it was the code word, "Gemstone," that upset Magruder's iapplecart. His assistant, Robert Reisner, testified that he had been instructed by Magruder to remove all sensitive material from his office after the Watergate burglary- bugging team was arrested. One c1 the files that was removed, stated Reisner, was a blue folder marked "Gemstone."' This was evidence that Magruder had received the Wate^ gate bugging reports from Liddy; The handsome, cavalier Magruder, facing perjury charges for denying any advance knowledge of the bugging, decided to turn state's evidence. (Copywright, 1973, by United Features Syndicate, Inc.) Crossword Puzzle Woter ACROSS 65 Kind of light l&iuUbrook "SSSih (galesburg K^gfsfer-Mall OUiQt 140 SouU> Prairie Strtal Galesburg, UlinoU, 6M01 TBLEPHUNS NUMBER He«l«ter-Maa Exchang* 343-71«l Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post omc* at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act o{ Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. 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