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X 4 jfe^^^ Golesbuffl. HI. Mon.. April 30. 1973 EDITORUL Comment and Review When ithe American Newspaper Pi*- lishers Association (ANPA) held its annual meeting in New York City last April, it was upstaged by the First A. J. Liebling Counter-Convention. Conceived by the editors of (MORE), a monthly New York review of journalism, the counter-convention featured panel discussions m such topics as democracy in the newsroom and the New Journalism. The fact that the panelists included such media superstars as Tom Wolfe, Gloda Steinem, Pauline Kael and Gay Talese «isured capacity audiences. And nofw comes Liebling II. Tlie second edition will be hdd in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, "Unlike last year, when the program ranged across virtually the entire landscape of American journalism," (MORE) says, "Liebling II will concentrate on two broad themes: 'Washington Journalism' and 'Power in the Newsroom.' " One complaint about Liebling I was that it was heavily oriented toward New York journailism. This year, Washington newsmen aippear to be disproportionately represented. The panelists listed on the counter-convention program include 12 from the Washington Post, 5 from the Washington Star-News, and one each from the Washingtonian and Washington Monthly magazines. The selection of the late A. J. Liebling as patron saint of the counter-convention makes sense. As Thomas Meehan observed last year in Saturday Review, "For nearly 20 years — from 1945 unfcU his death late in 1983 — writing in a department of the New Yoriter known as 'The Wayward Press,' LieWing was virtually the only American journalist who concerned himself with turning out critical pieces about the press." Liehling II . Liebling was fond of taking potshots at publishers. Here is what he had to say in 1960 about an ANPA convention: "If a national election is coming up, they (the publishers) say that the Republicans will win, and aiCter denouncing the current adminis- traition (of no matter which party) for withholding information from the press they go oSt to a series ol closed meetings and later dole out releases to reporters, who wait respectfully in the hall between the door and the men's room." He also was owicemed about the credibility of the press, as are many newsmen today. "I think that anybody who talks often with people about newspapers nowadays must be impressed by the growing distrust of the information they contain," Liebling said in 1947. "There is less a disposition to accept what they say than to try to estimate the probable truth on the basis of what they say, like auning a rifle that you know has a deviation to the right." If Liebling were alive today, he wwild find plenty of company in the once-lonely field of media criticism. The Columbia Journalism Review, which first appeared in 1962, and a nu.nber of local and regional reviews reguariy take newspapers, magazines and television to task. He would also discover that the field cl journalism faces more challenges today from more segments of society and that newspapers in particular are discovering that communication with their readers beyond the printed word is a necessity, if those readers are to fuUy understand the newspapers role and the newspapers are to regain lost credibility. As Liebling understood, the field of journalism needs constructive critics just as much as the citizenry needs journalism. The worst fate that can befall a newspaper, after all, is to be ignored. Heavy Thoughts Salesmen for ithe People's Republic of China will have to do some cramming on the American vernacular if they hope to sell a camera which they reportedly would like to export <to this country, advises the United States Trademark Assn. Present name of the camera: White without reasonable consideration for other road users." It seems that Mr. Garner was nabbed tearing up the Middle Bourne highway at a sizzling 10 m.p.h. Talk about permissiveness in American courts. In 1983, a 92-year-old speed demon will be back on the public roads. Don't say you weren't warned, England. A ^ouft in Haiisham, England, lifted the licerise Qt pxie Fr^ink Garner, 82, for 10 yem i» guilty to ^riving ^l^meiy Quotes fb^ 4if* fAiimm is merent from li^iMR «Ui fiilt^ In Vi^m, be- hSff tfHB 9re In dissgreement, lug the <a«ppan enemy to take CKf m SttlMlm and expand. --MiiMi mmmmi, Ma jour- In case you were wondering why so ma 'T young people are messing around witn drugs, according to one observer it's because civilization is confronting a "crisis oi consciousness — a breakdown of the general consensus about what is real and what is not." Says I>r. Jean Houston, director of the Foundation for Mind Research in New York, the young are exploring their own minds, voyaging ''inward to the green land inside to remyttiologize the reality that has become demyithodogized outside." Now there's a load of fertilizer for the "greening of America." 1 Big Weakness in American Aid Progra WASHINGTON (NEA) ~ A new study on the effectiveness of U.S. military aid to the Philippines demonstrates one major weakness of American assistance programs throughout the world. We fund major projects, in* voiving billions of dollars world* Wide in Iiulldings, docks, iM- terials and equipment. Then we do not insure that the countries receiving thid assistance receive the technical training to maintain and operate it properly. Worse yet, we do not insist that the local government p|ro- vide the organization, the fund and the materials necessary to maintain what we've given at such cost in proper working order. As a result, in country after country at one time or another millions of dollars worth of tractors have rusted away for lack of repairs. Millions in equipment has deteriorated be­ cause the warehouses in the receiving countries have been improperly maintained. I>oeks and Wharves buitt at great expense to the U.S. tax{>ayer have become"^ unusable from neglect. Food and other commodities have spoiled from impri ^r storage. Millions in weapons have been lost because they've been used to the point of no repair without periodic checks, or have been abused in use by military units with insufficieift technical knowledge. For all this there is no excuse. This reporter, in a tour of military duty some years back, discovered to his horror the great losses this country was suffering through such neglect in one Asian land, and thereupon proposed that every country receiving American military aid sign a binding agreement to provide for adequate maintenance and repair. This proposal was accepted and Young Boys Need Di Don't get me wrong. Some of my best friends are child psychologists. But £)r. Bruno Bettelheim is something else. In a recent Ladies' Home Journal effusion, the good shrink scolded school teachers for reprimanding boys more frequently than giris; "One can imagine hew a boy feels about himself, the school and the teacher when he observes that boys are reprimanded nine times more frequently than giris. If he is at all observant, he must come to the conclusion that while the school highly approves of behavior that comes naturally to girls, it rejects what comes naturally to boys." This statement, I submit, is sheer, unaduKerated jackassery of purest ray serene. MOST BOYS up to about the age of 12 are true limbs of Satan, as Mark Twain called them. They need to be reprimanded not nine times oftener than do their sisters, but ninety and nine. What "comes naturally" to boys, as any child psychologist should know, is preposterdusly pyrotechnic behavior made up in equal parts of horn-bbwing, whistle-tooting, sand-lot football, fist fights, generalized bull-roaring and individualized buffoonery. None of these "natural" outcroppings of boyish psychology. Dr. Sr., can be tolerated even for a moment in the classroom, at least not in mine, and if this means that my male pupils are going to feel "rejected," that's tough. You see, my job as a teacher is to establish an optimum learning situation as early in the semester as possible, like the first day of school, and then to try to maintain it until the last day of school. BY AN OPTIMUM learning situation, I mean a classroom where the kids concentrate their energies on thinking instead cf on hell-raising, and where they keep their lips zippered so that Comment they can hear what I'm paid to get across to them. Whatever it takes to achieve this mmimal retreat from bedlam you'd better believe I'm going to do, not only because my salary depends on it but al90 because my professional responsibility positively requu-es it. Of course boys heed more dis- ciplinarj| attention than girls, 'always nave and always will. When I was 10 years old, t needed to be struck regularly, like a gong. My sister, on the other hand, needed no laying on of hands at all. This is why I was mildly gratified at a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision which in effect upheld the right of Dallas teachers "to strike students with paddles or tennis shoes." These rugged days, most teachers strike their pupils only in self- defense. To deprive them of their inalienable right to protect themselves would obviously constitute cruel and unusual punishment of the instructors by the students, not the other way round. PARENTHETICALLY, I might say that my eyebrows went up a little at that "tennis shoes" bit. I really don't know why the "Big D" pedagogs are Crossword Puzzle Old Mexico Anrnr la Praviaui Punit ACEOSS 1 Mexican chMT 4 Mexican dollar SOnetima Mexican presidant UChargad atom 13 Greenland Mttlement 14 Girl's name 15 £k>licitor Supreme Court (ab.) 16 Vivacity 18 Moral 20 Flowering plant 21 Adjective •uflix . 22 Harem rooms 24 Indian weight 28 Preceding (ab.) 27 King (IV.) 30 Citrus iruit 32 Large scissors 34 Certain tree* 35 Doghouse 36 Goddess (Ital.) 37 Japanese outcasts 39 Skin problem 40Stelk 41 German interjection 42 Aver 4511iosewho iiae paste 49 Mexican gentleman 51 Fish eggs 52 Mimicker 53 Sacred object 54 Poem 55 Radicals (slang) 56 Laughter (comb, form) 57But(Utin) DOWN 1 French stream 2 Misplaced 3 Mexican staple food 4 Tranquillity SlUlian volcano 6 Seaman 7 Unit of reluctance 8 Appointments 9 Of the ilium (comb, form) lOKingof Judah (Bib.) 11 Clownish 17 Mexican Indian 19 Fatuous 23 Study tables 24 Amphibian 25 Escutcheon border 26 Plague (Fr.) 27 Mexican landowners 28 Biblical name 29 SmaU island 31 Humper- dinck's "Hansel and 33 Make into kw 38 Electrical unit 40Headlinen 41 Token (Sp.) 42 Cicatrix 42 Kind of recorder 44 Resting 46 Seed covering 47 Was borne 48 Plant ovule 50 Ear r P r IT rr IJ IS • li P' • iiliiiM uiijyi n • • ii 44 W [•it 1 i; L r (NEWSFAPU ENTESriUf (IMH.) Comment By Bruce^ Biossat written into the regulations. that was years ago. Now it seems that spot checks in a number of countries shoW that these regulations are not being followed. The result is that a considerable amount of our aid moh^jr is being need* lessly wasted: Our allies are not achieving the necessary or , expected military and eeonomic gains. Underdeveloped countries are not making the progrOM neeesaary 16 bring tUeIr pt»> pies out of miserable poverty. It is impossible to tstlmatft ust how much this waste costs n dollars, in human fflitery^ tod n weakened national 'dcfenes among those we believe we are helping. In some eiies known to tMa reporter the e(* fects of millions of dollars worth ol aid have been cOm* pletely nullified in josf one small land. over the years, this/waste conservatively must amount to biillons of dollars. Here is an area where there must be more congressional in* vestigation and more self study by the Pentagon and the Nixon administration. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) , line in wieMing sneakers histead of shillelaghs. Offhand, I couM suggest several hundrsd more appropriate devices, beginning with willov) switches and ending with madminton rackets. But maybe there are some extenuating localisms deep in the heart of Tekas that I don't know about. It's not just in Lone Star country that sparing the rod is being urged upon beleaguerd school man (yes, and school woman too, Gloria). A new book titled "The Last Resort" is cutting quite a swath in merrie England, for instance. It quotes selectively from the corporal punishment regulations of different English school tlistricts, some of them showing "a regard for detail which would quicken the pulse rate of any sadistic pornographer." Nuiety per cent of English schoolteachers, incidentally, support the right to apply corporal punishment, though not, I trust, sadistically nor pornographically. They are guided in their walloping and larruping by one cane manufacturer's brochure, which tells how, where and when to lay on, Macduff, and which praises adults who have been caned in youth as possessing "quality and quiet self-assurance." The truth, as usual, lies somewhere between complete permissiveness and downright brutality. My own belief as an ex- boy of long standing is that as long as boys are boys, an occa­ sional belt across the gluteus maximum will continue to be a must. Copyright 1873, Los Angeles Times The Almanac Today is Mcmday, April 30, the 120th day of 1973 with 245 to follow. The moon is approaching its new phase. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Jupiter. The evening stars are Venus and Saturn. Those bom on this date are under the sign of Taurus. Queen. Juliana of the Netherlands was born April 30,1909. s On this day in history: In 1803, the United States more than doubled its land area with the Louisiana Purchase, obtaining all French territory west of the Mississippi River for 115 million. In 1963, New Hampshire became the first state to legalize a state-run lottery since 1894 when a similar one ended in Louisiana.. In 1970, President ' Nixon announced that U.S. combat troops had been ordered into Cambodia to eliminate Communist sanctuaries. A thought for the day: American author Edward Newton said, "From contiemplation one may become wise, but knowledge comes only from study." THE MAILBOX Supports Bill Editor, Register-Mail: Under consideration in the Illinois Legislature and scheduled for committee hearing on May 9, 1973, is Senate Bill 515 which can decide if the sick and injured citizens of Illinois will have the benefit of adequate medical emergency care when they call an ambulance or if it will remain possible for one untrained individual to pick them. up at an accident scene or at home during a heart attack, and transport them to a hospital in a station wagon without being trained or able to provide emergency medical support or care en route. We need a vehicle of adequate size and trained personnel that are capable of maintaining and providing life-giving care to the sick and injured. Hospitals and medical personnel upgrade and improve their capabilities daily. Should an ambulance service and Emergency Medical care be permitted to remain at the level it was 20 years ago? If we have gone this far to upgrade our medical facilities and treatment I see now advantage if you arrive at the facility dead, due to inadequate transportation from the home or scene of the accident. If you as, recipients of this type of service wish to do something about it, write your lawmakers or senators or legislatures, in Springfield, III., voicing your opinion and urging passage of Bill 515 and address your letters or cards to the Honorable Jack Walker, Capitol Post Office, Springfield, 111., or Charley Chew or Clarence. Neff, —Maurice Farrell, Galeiburg. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-MaU welcomes tempered. constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in th« form of a lefter to Uie editor, the Register- Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein pressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 800 words in length. They wiU be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material wUl be rejected. No letters can be returned. Office 140 Soum Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, tUOl TELEPHUNK NUMBER Reglster-MsU Exchange 343 -7111 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress ot March 3,1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbua Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor: Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. 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