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Goiesbura Register-Moil, Golesburg, IH. Tuesdoy, Moy ?, 1973 Another Tough Guy on the Block EDITORIAL Comment and Review Heroin and Crime » Rarer by far than a dav in June is genuinely good news. So here is a development to savor: Heroin addiction, and the cropeny crime it fosters, both appear to KA on the wane. * I Toe supporting evidence is tentative J?ut nonetheless encouraging. Last Septem- Der. for example, the Cabinet Committee .. on International Narcotics Control reported that worldwide seizures of heroin and morphine base had increased frcm 7.3 tons in 1970 to 21.6 tons in 1971, and that 1972 .seizures promised to be twice as large as "those of the previous year. The increasing scarcity of heroin has driven up its price, driven down its quality, and driven many addicts into rehabilitation programs. Tne result has been a striking decrease in addict-related crimes in a number of major American cities. According to FBI figures, reported crimes in 1972 dropped by 27 per cent in Washington, B.C., and by 18 per cent in New York City below 1971 levels. Sharp declines in the number of burglaries, larcenies, and auto thefts accounted for most of the overall decrease. Another way to gauge the level of heroin addiction in a given area is to establish the incidence of non-transfusion serum hepatitis, a disease transmitted almost solely by addicts' dirty needles New York's incidence rose steadily from 1966 to 1971, peaking at 1.320 reported cases that year. But only &40 cases were reported in 1972. Progress in the war on heroin and drug- related crime is attributable to a number of factors. In a survey of cities where reported crimes dropped ir 2?72, U.S. News k World Report found that police forces had been enlarged In ateos: ever.' case. More patrolmen were p-: on the beat, with forces concentrated ir. high-crime areas. Improved police equipment and expanded programs treatment of drug addicts also contributed to the decrease in crime. The U.S. drug underworld was dealt another blow on April 16, when New York City and federal officials announced the indictment of 86 reputed dealers, 65 of whom were arrested the same day. Those indicted were said to be capable of handling a total of 220 pounds of heroin a week. Dr. Robert L. DuPont Jr., who heads •Washington's Narcotics Treatment Administration, is encouraged by the growth of anti-heroin sentiment in the city. "Four years ago, few people in Washington knew 2bout heroin addiction," he told Medical World News. ''Most inner-city young people had no idea of the consequences of heroin use, and the pusher was seen as a fabulously successful businessman. Today, the addict is seen as a fool, a sick person, a parasite, or all three, and pushers are thought of as vermin. Heroin is now definitely 'out.' " Although some important battles have been won, nobody is prepared to forecast victory in the long war on heroin. As contributing editor Peter J. Ognibene noted in The New Republic, "Higher prices for raw opium could turn substantial amounts now retained for local consumption into international traffic. The governments of Burma, Thailand and Laos have no control over the so-called 'Golden Triangle' where most of the world's illicit opium is now grown. Similar situations now obtain in Afghanistan and Pakistan. . . ." In other words, traffic in heroin will continue, despite all risks, as long as the drug remains fabulously profitable. Current efforts are aimed at cutting off heroin supplies. If the famine lasts long enough, and if rehabilitation programs continue to be effective, demand should drop further. Only then will it be permissible to dream that the war might finally end. Roadside 'Booby Traps dents on the 54.yj0-rr_le L'teritate Highway System involve roadside "oooby traps"' — uny.elding signposts, steep embarjiment;, r.gid light poles and poorly designed guardrails. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that more than half tne fatal accidents on the Interstate system between 1968 and 1971 were single-vehicle, r^n-off- the-road crashes and estimates that fixed objects take a toll of more than 4,500 lives annually. In a related study bv the Pennsylvania Timely Quotes We in Congress distrust, as all Americans distrust, any President who would suggest that only he knows what is best for America. —Sea. Edmund S. Muskie, D-Me., charging President wits trying ut establish one-maii rule. Department, of Transportation during the first half of 1972. investigators attributed £57 deatns to foxed roadside objects struck by cars. By comparison, only 2W people died in crashes with other cars. •"The most deplorable aspect of the s.tuation is that roadside death traps have been put there by man," comments Thomas C. Morrill, vice president of State Farm Mutual, the nation's largest automobile insurer. •"They can be eliminated simply and economically. Tne technology to do it has been available. Tne General Accounting Office, the watchdog on spending for Congress, reports thai dollars spent to remove highway hazards have five times the lifesaving value of doiiars spent on new roads." But only if these hazards are reported to appropriate state and local officials. sa>s Morrill, and only if individuals and concerned organizations urge these officials to act. w:il we begin to see death traps t.-irunated from our roads. Effectiveness of Trade Bill Questioned WASHINGTON <NEAi - The potentially restrictive features of President Nixon's trade bill which are aimed at appeasing worried labor leaders do not impress all trade specialists as a substantive threat to more liberal commerce. The bill would, among many things, give Mr. Nixon power to raise trade barriers as well as lower them, and would introduce the concept of domestic market disruption as a gauge on injury to U.S. jobs. While this troubles free trader's, some experts think there is less in the proposal than meets the eye. Tbey contend that the President's attitudes are not thought to be protectionist and that he would be little inclined to hike barriers. Tbey argue further that the bill really doesn't go much beyond present law in equipping him with authority to check imports. Tbey see the bill's advertised protectionist elements as valu­ able mostly in giving AFL-CIO President George Mean? '"something to hang bis hat on"' and yet Wodring the far more restrictive Burke-Hartke trade quota biD. These views emerged in a trade bill discosison under auspices of the research organization, the Brookings Institution. But tbey were not general. For instance, one Brookings man, Fred Bergsteo, believes the Nixon proposals would give a "sharp tilt" toward the prospects for tighter restrictions on imports. He thinks they strengthen presidential power in this regard. One thing becomes plainer as the trade debate sharpens: Even many free traders are tending to have some compassion for the labor leaders advancing protectionism today. Some unions which feel menaced by imports have lost up to 20 per cent: of their membership in recent years as their jobholders increasingly have Comment By Bruce Biossat been washed away by the competing in-flow of goods from Japan, Western Europe and other areas. Diminishing power for some of the old-time unions is an evident consequence. In Bergsten's judgment, the current frsde flown are "pushing people out of these unions into field* tough to organise." These fields, of course, are the service enterprises and government, the biggest "growth scclors" In the U.S. economy. People In such new jobs are heavy beneficiaries, furthermore, of cheap imports and thus unlikely to fight for barriers even when their areas are unionized. Surveys are said to show little public support for new restrictions on trade. But there doe3 appear to be real interest in safeguarding American workers from the consequences of trade-related job loss. In hard terms, this translates into "adjustment" features — money benefits for affected workers, and retraining programs. A case can be made that Mr. Nixon's bill makes it easier to qualify for adjustment pay. But there is agreement that benefit levels are lower than at present, and this is widely seen as a flaw in his proposals. Presidents May Be Presidents Again WASHINGTON - Watergate may be the best thing to happen to the American Presidency in this century. That's a very minority opinion as will be obvious enough in the coining months -of weeping, beard-pulling and lamentation about how the exposure of these crimes has damaged public confidence not only in the man. but public respect for the office. To protect the office, many who care nothing for Richard Nixon will want to spare him direct responsibility for what" he's been doing in the White House. Hence there will be much talk about disloyai advisers, and "the people around him," as though they'd gotten into the place without his consent. In fact, Nixon is more responsible because he has ran such a tight ship. As H. R. Haldeman said at a time when such a statement didn't constitute evidence. "AH the power in the White House is in one man. I don't think there are seconds or thirds or even fourths." If pinning the guilt on Nixon himself lessons the general reverence for the Presidency we ought to give that band of burglars a medal. A certain deference to high public office is permissible, even desirable, but our treatment of the Presidency is nothing short of political Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman Mariolatry — the practice of regarding the Virgin Mary as the equal of the Holy Trinity. THE TENDENCY of Americans to look upon the chief magistrate as an elected monarch was long ago noted, but in the last 40 years or so, he has graduated from being our suf­ fragan king to the status of emperor. We have people running around loose who think voting against an incumbent President is an unpatriotic act If there weren't a no-third-term amendment the electorate would have converted the Presidency into a lifetime job years ago. Harry C 197] br NU, Uc "// we want to reduce the number of peop/e thing in poverty, now about lowering the official poverty income-level standards?" Qalesburg Register-Mail I Office 14C Soutis Pnine Street Galesbu'g. Illinois. 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall Excnange 343-7:»l Enured «r Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Gaie&Uifg, Illinois, under Ac: ot Cor grew of March 3. 18T4. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other thin Washington's Birthday. Columbus Day and Veteran* Day. Ethel Cutter Pntchard. publisher: Charles Morrow, editor ana general i.-.ager Robert Harrison. manag- ir.g eir.Qi: Mu-hae. Jonnson. a»- s.r .art TO :r.e cz.ic:; O'Cor:- r.'-:. iisista;-.*. rr .anagicg esitor. :Ca :;or .a; A =-.e;:u :r .g Ke presentses: Waro <JrMAn Co.. Inc. New s Cr..tagc Z >euc;t. LM At- g*.i'. aar. Francisco. Atlanta, M :r.- r .tri;.L.j P.tuc -.'gh. Boston. Cha;I '-'.'.e MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OW CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carner in City of GaJe»burg 50c a Wee* By RED rr.aiJ in our retail trading rone: 1 Year f16.00 3 Mootas liii 6 Months | i 00 1 Month |2.(w No mail subscripuons accepted in towns where there u established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading tone outside City of Galesburg 5Ce a Weeic By mail outside retail trading zone ir. Illinois. Iowa and Missouri and by rr route in retail trading rone: 2 Year yn 00 3 UontAs 16 nil 6 Mo.-.ths $12 00 l Mucin tajC 5.. rr.a:. outsice l^'.nois. Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year (2*40 3 Months fTM i Months $14.5b 1 Month tSi* Truman would have just left the White House. President-worship is so pervasively accepted that the pictures of the reigning monarch's puss on ten million walls no more registers on us than Mao's probably does on the Chinese. It doesn't occur to us that it's a bit of an imposition on a free people to have time pre-empted on all three networks when the Sun King opens his royal yap to address his subjects. As much as some of us malicious spirits might like to blame Nixon for the evolution to such grotesque preeminence, history forbids it. He isn't the first President to endow the job with its sacerdotal functions. You can look backward and find Abraham Lincoln acting as both President and high priest of the American secular religion. If the sermon we call the Second Inaugural is a work of art, it is still Lincoln acting as Presidential Pope just as much as Nixon's vulgar prayer breakfasts. Our awe of Presidents doesn't limit itself to living incumbents. We even protect the dead ones. Men who couldn't stand his guts when he was alive are made uncomfortable by the disclosures of Franklin Roosevelt's adulteries. Americans demand that neither their parents nor their Presidents have sex lives. We approach our Presidents with our heads bowed, which makes it impossible to look at them. If, instead of assuming a position of blind, servile piety, we had been looking at Nixon we would long ago have known a lot more about how he and his companions were manning the yardarms of the ship of state. We, with our the-President- can-do-no-wrong conviction, had decided to ignore the string of scandals, any one of which should have resulted in the indictments of very high Nixon appointees. Even now Nixon is being permitted to investigate himself and thus limit what Is allowed to come out. Only a few men in Congress like Henry Reuss of Wisconsin are screaming about the impropriety of Nixon 's Assistant Attorney General, Henry Peterson, carrying on this inquiry in which some of the ughest questions have hardly been raised. IT APPEARS that at least a million dollars in unaudited cash was stashed in various safes for the purpose of paying people to commit unethical and-or criminal acts. We now know that after some of the crooks were apprehended, indicted and convicted they remained on Nixon 's payroll. A special prosecutor, say a Republican lawyer of unquestioned integrity like Chicago's Albert Jenner, might find out who put up these huge sums of money. Did these men know they were paying for crime or was this money extorted from businessmen? For months now here in Washington the rumor has been circulating that a number of business contributors were blackjacked into kicking in under the threat that the new environmental laws or the Phase II price control regulations would be used against them. The pressure to open up the cans of worms on the Nixon grocery shelves can't come from a citizenry that thinks the White House is a cathedral. It must come from people with a touch of cynicism, for they are the sort who do ask questions. Remember, after what John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson got away with, even a President less rapacious than Nixon would have tried for more. Any gink in that job knows that if we're on our knees in the voting booth with our hands clasped and our eyes closed, we ain 't watching. 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