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4 Goltjbuffl Rtfllstef'Moil, Golesburg, III. Wed., May 2, 1973 Springtime on the River EDITORIAL Comment and Review President Nixon, Aides Turn Tide in Watergate Affair l This week may take on historical significance before it is over, and the nation will have learned much. • The 10-month-long deluge of scandal ttyat has followed the attempts to bug Democratic headquarters in the Watergate reached a climax Monday with the resignation of four top administration officials ajkd an impassioned address to the nation by the President who'd been had. » If President Nixon truly had no knowledge of the severity of the Watergate affair, then during his term of office the administrative branch of a very powerful government was dangerously close to control by an unelected few and close to complete isolation from the people it is supposed to serve. If the President's quasi-confession over television was an attempt to cover up his involvement in the whole sordid mess, then this nation was dangerously close to corruption beyond repair. ! In either case, however, the resignations by the presidential aides and the attorney general, and the admission by Mr. Nixon that his administration could be seriously crippled, is evidence that Watergate will not fade away until the controversy is completely resolved, unadulterated justice is served, and those who have misused governmental authority discarded. ' Mr. Nixon clearly conceded that the American public will settle for nothing less and that citizens still, demand impeccable honesty and uncompromising service from all public employes from the President of the United States on down. * What that concession means is that the President must personally assume the responsibility of restoring credibility to the administrative branch of government, regardless of what is required. In the immediate future, it will mean unimpeded federal investigations of Watergate and all those individuals remotely linked to the affair. It will also mean the indictment and prosecution of those who engineered the bugging attempt, those who channeled the funds to the conspirators, those who illegaUy avoided testimony or lied under oath, and those who engineered related affairs, such as the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office. It will also require Mr. Nixon to make a far more detailed disclosure of the facts than he did Monday night. We can oiuy be optimistic after the events of this week. After five Nixon years, there is hope that Mr. Nixon and future presidents will shield themselves less from the people they serve and, cease to place too much power in the hands of those who do not recognize the electorate as the true and final governor of the masses. There is also a ray of hope that the entire nation can soon get back to the business of solving domestic and foreign crises — concentrating its attention on tax reform, wages, prices and trade barriers rather than corruption in high places, political, espionage and innumerable judicial proceedings. There will be more indictments and many more trials before the Watergate affair is finally retired. It is clear that those indictments and trials will involve people in very high places and will take many months to adjudicate. However, the crisis may have passed. There is now an undeniable consensus that Watergate must be resolved with no holds barred. Mr. Nixon's address Monday night confirmed it. Mare's (Next) World, Too? Pollsters in Germany recently asked the searching question: "If you came back to earth for a second life would you rather be a man or a woman?" A surprising 26 per cent of the women queried said they would rather be a man tjie second time around, 13 per cent were indifferent and 61 per cent said they were glad to be girls. Only 8 per cent of the men said they would prefer to be of the fair sex if they had the choice, 4 per cent had no opinion one way or the other while an overwhelm* ing 88 per cent were glad to be men. THE MAILBOX . Letters to the Editor On Common Cause Editor, Register-Mail: , I was pleased to see the Register-Mail give front page coverage to Common Cause's effort to force the Finance Committee for the Re-Election of the President to disclose contributions and expenditures pom Jan. 1, 1971 through April 6, 1972. » Common Cause, headed by former HEW secretary, John Gardner, is a leading Citizens organization in the fight for governmental reform. Common Cause has been active in environmental issues, reform of the criminal and penal systems, ending Congress' seniority system, conflict of interest of our elected officials, as well as, pioneering party reform and campaign disclosure laws. For those who wonder what they can do as individuals to combat corruption and help make government more efficient and responsive, Common Cause can be an effective guide to action. For more information write: Common Cause, 2030 M St., NW, Washington, D. C. 20036. —Richard L, Partin, Galesburg. Chinese Champion Swims to Freedom Wu Shu-jen, a , water polo champion in Communist China, was one of those selected to make sure that Mao Tse-tung did not drown when he swam the Yangtze River in 1966. Mao made it safely, though not at the speed that was announced. Three years later, Wu took another long swim-eight hours in treacherous waters, from the mainland to Hong Kong. With him was the old farmer, who had helped him evade Communist police and guided him to the sea. Wu Shu-jen is one of the 60,000 mainland Chinese who successfully take the long swim to freedom. Many more drown or are intercepted by Red Chinese patrol boats. Every one of the escapees has put his life on the line, preferring death to what passes for existence under a Communist dictatorship. Wu made it, and today he is an engineer in Hong Kong. He is in the United States, speaking to groups around the, country of his experience — a tour sponsored by the Committee for a Free China. He sat in my office — a small, sHm man with a quick smile and no bitterness in his eyes. But there was nothing of the "inscrutable Oriental" about him. His speech quickened and his expression darkened when he spoke about what the Communists had done to his father. Wu had once been a party member; he knew what he was talking about. WU'S FATHER had been a refugee in Hong Kong. For 40 years he had served as a customs officer in China, leaving when the Communists took over. But in 1954, he was persuaded to return by the Communists, who solemnly swore that he would be able to live out his days in peace in China. Two years later, all of his property was confiscated. During the Cultural Revolution, in 1966, the Communists gave Wu's father, a man of 84, the peace they had promised him. He was dragged before three "struggle rallies" where mobs of 300 to 400 people howled at him, accused him of being a remnant of the Kuomintang, the Nationalist Party of pre-Red China, and systematically beat him. He died soon after. But more than his father's brutal end turned Wn against the Communist regime. He had been sent to the famous Tsing Hua University in Peking where he became a mechanical engineer. This put him in a privileged class. But as a water polo star, he had other advantages. He was paid ten times what others doing his kind of work received, though he continued to qualify as an "amateur" in international competitions. DURING THE YEARS of the Comment By Ralph de Toledario Cultural Revolution, he witnesses the persecution of intellectuals, sentenced to hard labor for imaginary Ideological crimes. He saw the farmers, compelled to turn 70 per cent of their crop to the government, living in privation and on the borderline of starvation. In 1968, he watched the liquidation of the Red Guards. Wu's first attempt to escape got him no further from Canton than a neighboring city where he went to work as a tractor repairman, using a false name. When his identity was discovered! a local militia commander helped him get back to Canton and a high official covered up for him. The corruption of the system was instnMentai in tot success of his second attempt Scraping together all of his savings, about $100 (Sti U.S.)> he bought a pass that could get him to the border. The old farmer shelved him the way, cross country and along mountain trails, in exchange for Wu's help on the long swim. IN HONGKONG, Wu was able to elude police authorities for two years. Then, when the British stopped forcibly repatriating escapees, he turned himself in and was issued a residence permit. Like many mainland escapees he chose to remain in Hong Kong where there were family and friends. A free man, he resumed the practice of his profession. Listening to Wu Shu-jen tell his story, I thought of the glowing accounts by American correspondents and other "instant experts" of life in the mainjand paradise. I remembered what their counterparts in Soviet Russia had written of its freedom, prosperity, and tranquillity — at the height of the Stalin Terror, when millions were being slaughtered and the rest of the country lived in cold fear of the midnight knock at the door. It's the triumph of propaganda, lived and relived. National News-Research Syndicate American Central Development Blossoming Nearly ithree years ago, American Central Corp. of Lansing, Mich., came to town with a grand plan to cultivate a financial bonanza out of a serene piece of Knox County farmland then known as Round Bottom. Today, the Michigan land development firm—the largest in the nation—is beginning to reap its first monetary returns from the 4,000-acre residential and recreational complex subsequently christened Oak Run (For some reason, the name Round Bottom had no appeal). From the beginning, the American Central project was subjected to opposition and close scrutiny from several environmental groups, the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, the news media, and those who resided in Copley and Persifer townships, where Oak Run is located. And for good reason. Knox County was, in some respects, < unprepared for the $25Hmillion venture. Zoning laws and development plans just weren't geared for a project that size. The reputation of land developers in many other areas of the country left much to be desired, and Round Bottom was one of those quiet, naturally attractive places in rural America that many believed would be ruined forever if touched by the indelicate hand of free enterprise. THE PUBLIC outcries seem to have been stilled, the controversies resolved and Oak Run, well on its way to completion. So at this point, the successes and failures of the project developer are worth tak- Comment ing a look at. For nearly a year, the project engineers, American Central executives, attorneys and public relations men met and negotiated with the county planning commission over the design and construction of Oak Run. The two sides eventually hammered out a blueprint for development that was not considered ideal by either party, but satisfactory to both. Oak Run officials were disgruntled because Knox County restricted lot sizes, demanding high quality sewage and water treatment and adequate public facilities. The requirements, the officials knew, were more restrictive than those imposed in other parts of the country and they would cut deeply into the profit margin. The developers look at it differently today. THE GOVERNMENTAL controls did permit fewer lots, but Crossword Puzzle In Church Aiimr to Preview Pnnle m ACROSS DOWN 1 Church part 1 Ventilates 5 Entreat 2 Before (Latin) 9 Church bench 3 Storage room 12 Asian country for sacred 13 French hearth 14 Fuss 15 Speed contest 16 Decorated wine bottle 18 Indian weight' 19 Senior (ab.) 20 Saint , French composer 21 Arrow poisons in j,„ ni . fifel | 24 Present month 10 P,! 8 ."*^ vessels 4 Mariner's direction 5 Spanish priest 6 Route (ab.) 7 Circle pact 8 Affirmative votes 9 Eucharistic plate (ab.) 25 0fus(Ger.) 27 Chalices 30 Permit 31 Burrowing rodent* 33 Masculine nickname aePlaytninc 37 Kind oi asajn <P L > , 38 Took food SSWUdoxol Celebes 40 United States Supreme Court (ab.) 42 Horse feed 45 Thanks (Fr.) 47 Edible plant 49 French article SOChemisfs workshop (coll.) S3 Choir loft (Italian) 56 Number 57 Abstract (»b.) 58 Endure 59 Skin affection 60 Compass point 61 Feminine suffix 62 Time gout by places 11 Least desirable 26 New (prefix) scandium 28 Honey 42 Occasions 29 Give (ab.) confidence 43 Nomads 32 Mountain 44 Taut (comb, form) 46 Puff up 33 Early Chris- 48 Shoe bottom tian church the lots available are bigger, better, greener and much more salable. They are going like hotcakes simply because for the price, they can't be matched at any other comparable development. By April, prior to the heavy sales season and while Oak Run was still in shambles from the winter snows and rain, the American Central sales teams were pushing more than $300,000 in property a week, and the lots range in cost from $5,000-$18,000. One of the big attractions is Spoon Lake, a sprawling 4Mt- mile-long man-made lake filled to the brim six months ahead of schedule and held in check by an earthen dam at the south edge of the project. During those negotiating sessions with the county there was considerable concern that the lake's proximity to stripmined land would mean serious water pollution. So far, that has not proved to be the case. The water in Spoon Lake, according to recent tests taken by a City of Galesburg chemist, is purer than Galesburg's drinking water. Ironically, American Central has filed suit against the county, charging that its possible location of a landfill near Oak Run will pollute Spoon Lake. The county has told the developer not to worry. WHILE THE LAKE is as pure as a new fallen snow now, it may not be in years to come. As boat traffic on it increases unchecked over the years, the lake can't help but. be damaged. For openers some form of restrictive covenance regarding boat engine sizes is needed. If the Oak Run project has a vulnerable spot, it is its sales operation. American Central currently has a couple of dozen smooth dressing, fast-talking salesmen on the premises taking prospective customers lured in from Chicago, Peoria, the Quad Cities, Galesburg and a host of other areas on very persuasive tours of the project. The salesmen's jeeps are hooked up to a 2-way radio and public address system which blares out the activities of the entire sales crew, suggesting to the prospective buyer that if he doesn't sign on the dotted line immediately there will be nothing left to own. The sales manager points out that while the public address system does encourage sales, it is also a necessity. Without it, lots would be sold two or three times by different salesmen. With it, each salesman can keep abreast of which lots are available and which are not. THE SALES manager is having a more difficult time coot ing off a few of his personnel with more ambition and drive than common sense. They frequently conjure up all kinds of gimmicks to get people on the Oak Run property, assuming that once there, a sale can be made. Some of the salesmen, however, have become overzealous and have been known to offer prospective customers anything from $10 to Knox College if they will just agree to inspect the project. Many unsuspecting souls have been attracted to the project most recently by a free coupon for 10 frames of bowling. The salesmen neglect to mention, however, that the coupons are not redeemable. For the most part, Oak Run appears to be a successful undertaking. When complete, the 580-acre lake will be surrounded by 5,000 forested residential lots, park areas, public facilities, a golf course, public and private beaches and swimming areas, blacktopped roads, a sewage treatment plant, and a clubhouse. The new community development is and will continue to pump millions of dollars into the Galesburg area economy. And an area of Knox County which possibly could have been preserved in its beautiful natural state, but probably would have been desecrated by a strip- mining shovel, will survive in propitious compromise. Not all land development projects turn out that way. If there is credit due, much goes to the Knox County Regional Planning Commission, and the zoning administrator, Robert Masterson; American Central's capable project engineer, Gary Seehawer, and the firm's unique, Pulitzer-prize winning, ex-journalist public relations director, Robert Pfeifie, venerably referred to as the fearless flack. 17 River nymph 34 And so forth 19 Discourse (ab.) 22 Neon (chem.) 35 Seine 23 Salutation 39 Helper (ab.) 25 Ultimate (at.) 41 Symbol {or 51 Feminine name (pi) 52 Vegetable 54 Rodent 55 Devote* 56 BTMHTTO (Jalesbyrg Register -Mail 1 t r i r r r r !*" IT 12 IS H" !& 14 r 18 2i u 1ST 27 M 30 • » if 38 •4 Hi? 38 Mil J W 43 (4 48 pr • 47 80* ST S3 J 87 88 J 10 ti 1! t (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) Office MO South Prairie Street Gelesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Msll Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Dally except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor: Michael Johnson, ai­ dant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Wsrd Griffith Co.. Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galesburg 50c a Week By RFD mail in our retail trading .zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months 15 25 6 Months 8 9"0 1 Month $2.00 No mall subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. 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