Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on May 8, 1973 · Page 12
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, May 8, 1973
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12 Golesburg Register-Moil, Golesburg, Tuesday, May 8, 1973 amy,, J» t /ourihouqhi$ Dear Penny, I have a wonderful suggestion for "Concerned Mother": Move to either Galesburg or Boshnell. Relieved Teacher Dear Teacher, I think your answer is most unfortunate. Whether you like the writer or his point of view, you should respect his opinion. If you have a good system, getting involved in the workings of the board as I suggested would only prove that point. If you are part of a system which has some shortcomings (and if you aren't, stay yhere you are!); interested voters and parents can provide the support and encouragement to make your system better. Perhaps it is attitudes such as yours that have turned off Concerned Mother. Think about it. Dear Penny, Can you use your power to get the TV guide In Friday's paper published correctly so we can be SURE the program will be shown as listed. I realize there can be changes, but I'm sure that isn't always true now. Another thing I would like to know—Why does that City of Galesburg have to furnish garages (the street) for people who make money renting out rooms or apartments? What will Broad Street be like this summer? R. Dear R., There can be many a slip twixt the time TV schedules are printed up and the time they are published. Things like cancellation, program pre-empting and schedule changes often happen faster than the agency releasing the schedule can keep up with. I do agree with you about on-street parking. It seems to me that every person who rents out an apartment should be compelled to provide at least one off-street parking space per unit. As you pointed out, upkeep and resurfacing of streets is a very expensive proposition for taxpayers, and it should be done for traffic—not parking. Dear Penny, I think the driver who was complaining about the radar should be more sensible. If you speed, you take the chance of getting a ticket because you are breaking the law. There is an easy solution. Don't speed. It can be done. I do have one gripe with policemen, however. This concerns the use of mini-bikes on the streets. People who buy mini-bikes buy them with the knowledge they cannot be licensed and cannot be driven on the streets. Yet policemen just warn them. They know for a fact they are breaking the law, so why just warn them? Sunday we had two mini-bikes running up and down the street for three or four hours. One of them was a person the police had already warned twice. It's bad enough to have to listen to the big kids on their big motorcycles without having to listen to the little ones on their little ones. One for Peace and Quiet Dear One, If one of the riders had been warned twice before, I agree that he should have had a ticket, and you should have called the police and said so. Thinking of you . . Penny Vietnam Adventure Sours for By JUSTIN BAVARSKIS PHILADELPHIA (UPI) Joseph LeBlanc chose the American Army instead of a Canadian jail. He came out 53 months later with an undesirable discharge, four desertions, three AWOLs and a tour in Vietnam. Second in a Series LeBlanc, 24, now wears black power and Vietnam Veterans Against the War buttons on his patched denim jacket. A slim 5- foot -8 with a bush of uncombed black hair and black-button eyes, he lives with six other anarchists in a stone house in Powelton Village, close to the University of Pennsylvania. Back in 1965 LeBlanc, who had dropped out of school in Canada and joined a gang that stole motorcycles, was caught and the judge gave him a two- year suspended sentence on the condition he would join the Army. He joined the American Army rather than the Canadian because its enlistment period was for three years compared with five for the Canadian, and because the American Army seemed more adventurous. He Dislikes Army Life He disliked Army life and when he tired of Ft. Dix, where he was stationed, asked to be transferred. "They sent me to Vietnam." Within a week of landing in Vietnam, LeBlanc said he learned "there was nothing romantic or adventurous about the war. It was really a bum experience. A couple of guys got killed. It was real, very real." For six months, LeBlanc said he stayed on opium or marijuana. Most GIs around him, he said, were taking drugs. Five weeks before his tour in Vietnam ended Jan. 13, 1969, "I stopped taking drugs completely. I haven't done it since." LeBlanc left Vietnam Jan. 13, 1969. When he got back to Montreal, he learned that the girl he had been engaged to was married. "I became extremely bitter about everything," he said. "By the time I'd been home a week I really had some trouble relating to old friends." He returned to Ft. Dix, in 1969 and says he took no part in demonstrations there on Oct. 12 because he was to be discharged and wanted no trouble, but he was charged next day with leading the demonstration on base and disobeying an order. He deserted and spent two months in Montreal. Gets Fake Papers Through an antiwar group, he got a fake set of identification papers and returned to Ft. Dix to turn himself in. When he appeared there with a haircut, shiny shoes and a pressed uniform he says all records of the other charges against him had been lost, and he was charged only with being AWOL. LeBlanc's formal discharge was due April 30, 1970. His wedding to Lisa Schiller, an antiwar activist he met during the latest desertion, was set for the next day. But, on April 29, LeBlanc agreed to put up unauthorized antiwar posters on base and when he started four cars surrounded him. He says he was told that he would be charged with putting up unauthorized material and carrying a concealed deadly weapon because a fingernail knife was found in his pocket. The next day, LeBlanc says, he told his guard he had to go to the latrines and the guard said to go ahead. "I went ahead right out the door and kept going." On May 1, he and Ms. Schiller were -married by a justice of the peace in her mother's garden, they fled to Canada. They Decide to Retnrn They decided within a month , to return .to the United States. She went back first and sent LeBlanc a fake passport, draft / card and driver's license. For two months, friends in Philadelphia put them up until they moved into their own apartment. Eventually, says LeBlanc, he realized "I wanted to do full-time antiwar work ... so I decided to turn myself in." He showed up at Ft. George Meade, Md., 10 months after he deserted. He says once again there was no record of any deadly weapon or putting up unauthorized material charges against him. "For the good of the service," he got an undesirable' discharge April 1,1971. Then the LeBIancs, who had been having increasing domestic trouble, separated. LeBlanc took up GI organizing and learned something about carpentry, automobile mechanics and classical music. He works now for $30 per week at the Resistance Print Shop. "I have a basic moral code now that says I can't hurt people. That means also I can't hurt them by being apathetic toward their problems." At Work Joseph LeBlance, a Canadian who chose the American Army rather than a Canadian jail, found the "adventure" had gone sour in Vietnam. He came out of the Army after 53 months with an undesirable discharge, four desertions and three AWOLS. UNIFAX ...But Is Learning Experience for Southern Student By MICHAEL E. MYERS HOUSTON, Tex. (UPI) Robert Norman didn't think much about Vietnam until he got drafted and sent there. Then he decided he would do his best. Norman, now 29, was a graduate in business from the University of Southwestern Louisiana when he received his greetings" from the U.S. Army in 1967. "Actually, it was the best time of my life to be drafted," Norman says, relaxing and chain-smoking in a Houston law office where he is now an attorney. "I was in a state of flux anyway. I was out of school and waiting to be accepted to a law scHool." He admits that "I was almost totally unconcerned with the war in Vietnam until I found myself in the Army. I would skip over the newspaper articles about the war." Was Very Serious But when he got drafted and went into basic training "I was very serious about it. I wasn't a kid (he was 23). I learned how to do everything they wanted me to do. My attitude was to do the best I could. I figured it might help me to stay alive. "I like to think it did." Norman, a stocky, quick-to- smile man, was shipped to Vietnam in May 1968. But only 10 days after his arrival he was shipped home on emergency leave when his wife, the high- school sweetheart he married in 1966, had twin boys. Two weeks later he was back in South Vietnam and was assigned to the perimeter defense of Chu Lai. Within a week he was running a night patrol platoon and estimated he made 300 to 400 night ambush patrols before he came home. 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B.rrien St Ph. 342-6151 'Leaden Skies 'Lowering Over Chile SANTIAGO (UPI) - The leaden Southern Hemisphere autumn sky hangs like a shroud over this troubled city. In the streets, lines of silent, sullen people form to buy cigarettes, shoes, food and even toothpaste. Overcrowded buses lurch past mounds of rotting garbage. Yellow tiles on downtown sidewalks are ripped and unrepaired. Packs of limping dogs prowl unmolested. After 30 months of President Salvador Allende's leftist government, only one thing seems certain. It is that Chile will never be the same. The country is virtually bankrupt, with Latin America's biggest foreign debt. Inflation soared a record 163.4 per cent last year and continues its wild upward spiral. Government officials talk openly of nation­ wide food rationing in the winter months ahead. Allende claims his problems are caused by "Fascist" elements at home and abroad, who are plotting to overthrow his regime to regain their lost economic privileges. So far this year, the government has denounced at least three alleged efforts by rightist extremists to bring the nation close to civil war. None has actually materialized. Still, street fights with fists, rocks, wooden clubs, bicycle chains and bamboo poles flare regularly between rival political forces. In the latest such clash Friday one man died during a brawl on one of the principal downtown streets; three others were seriously injured. The next day the government declared martial law through­ out the province of Santiago— an area with a population of more than 2.6 million. For a foreign resident who is trying to make some sense out of what is going on, the saddest feature of the wrenching social changes in progress are the hatreds they have engendered. Political lines have been drawn, separating social classes, friends and even members of the same family. In parades through the downtown area, Allende's supporters shout curses at their former employers and pledge to defend government-nationalized factories "to the ultimate consequences." There is no escape from the angry debate over Allende's plans to lead the nation through a bloodless revolution to complete socialism by the time his term ends in 1976. All but one of Santiago's 23 radio stations are either owned, affiliated or directly influenced by the coalition government or its opposition. They broadcast a steady diet of music and partisan propaganda. The state television network competes for the lion's share of the viewing audience with a Roman Catholic university station whose directors are outspoken foes of the government. The nation's third major channel was seized earlier this year by members of the militant Revolutionary Left Movement (MIR). The government has made no move to evict them. The MIR's bearded, hirsute newscasters delight in attacking the "bourgeois tactics" of the government and the "reactionary goals" of the opposition with nonpartisan gusto. say it's not a good practice. I counted them from the day I got there until the day I got back." Didn't Change Viewpoint What happened in Vietnam didn't really change his political viewpoint, he says. "It does not make any difference if you call your country a democracy or a Communistic country or who controls it or anything else —nothing is going to affect those people who lived in the villages out there. They eat, sleep, work-and don't depend on the government for anything. "I think I benefited from the time I spent in the Army and from being exposed to the whole situation in Vietnam. I learned a lot about getting along with men, witlr people in general. I think I learned a little something about leadership while there, for whatever use that may be." Once out, he says, the Army and Vietnam "faded right back out, just like it was before I went in. I find that is the way it is with most people unless they have family over there." Norman came out of the Army a sergeant. With the $243 a month benefits he got he went on to law school and graduated from the South Texas College of Law in Houston. He's thankful for the veteran's benefits that put him through school but feels "I earned it while I was there (Vietnam)." NEXT: Those still missing. CONTACT LENSES For Complete Information on Contact Lenses Phone 343-7410 Dispensed on Prescription of DR. E. W. BEATH, O.D. DAILY 8:00 - 5:00 • MONDAY ft FRIDAY 8:00-8:00 60 S. Kellogg Galesburg, III. Jffisser UNION OPTICAL CO. Dor* play peelc-a-boo with the pot roast • and some other interesting tips on cooking with less fuel • • • Using your range more carefully can mean significant savings on your fuel bills. Avoid the temptation to keep opening the oven door. You lose up to 20% of the heat every time you do. With small pans, cook on the smaller burners. Using a large burner unnecessarily wastes energy* Pans with flat bottoms that fit the burner surface are more efficient than those with curved bottoms. Pre-heating the oven and baking only one dish or heating a few rolls is wasteful. With a little planning you can cook an entire meal in the oven. • • Long keep-warm periods cheat you of flavor as well as money. Whether you use fresh or frozen vegetables, the flavor and nutritional value is better when they're cooked to directions. Reduce heat as soon as practical. When water is boiling, medium heat will keep it boiling. Use pans with tight-fitting lids to conserve heat Providing energy is our business. Using energy wisely is everybody's business. IT'S OUR BUSINESS TO SERVE YOU BETTER ILLINOIS POWER

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