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4 Gotfibura Raoister-Moll, Golesburp, Friday, May 11,1973 ''Welcome to the Clubhand Please Wipe Your Feet! 11 EDITORIAL Comment and Review The Illinois House has recently passed and sent to the Senate a piece of legislation authorizing a statewide lottery that would make some lucky Illinoisans rich and provide millions of dollars for public education. The measure/sponsored by Rep. Zeke Giorgi, D-Rockford, in the House, cays for the sale of 50-cent lottery tickets with an expected return of between $100-$200 million, depending on whose talking. The proceeds would be divided three ways, 45 per cent going to the winners, 45 per cent going to the common school fund, and 10 per cent going to operation of the legalized gambling concept. At first glance, the lottery sounds inviting. It would pump bad]y needed funds into school systems eager to discard property taxes as a source of revenue; it would hopefully attract the amateur gamblers away from the numbers racket to a legal pasttime, and for a few it would mean rags to riches in a hurry. The lottery system, however, has enough detracting characteristics that we would suggest the Senate send Rep. Giorgi's legislation back to the House for further study in an obscure subcommittee. Whl\e there is a spark of hope that a legalized lottery would hurt organized crime, there is no evidence in the six other states where lotteries are legal that it has had any effect on crime whatsoever. And that ray of hope can easily be neutralized by a legitimate fear that a statewide lottery will be infiltrated by the criminal element and encourage the type of corruption in government common to the racetrack field. It is true that a lottery will produce needed revenues for public services. In New York alone, the statewide lottery has generated $160 million since 1967 for educational purposes. In 1971, the New Jersey No State Lottery lottery resulted in $66 million for its education fund. Legalized gambling, now in existence in Illinois in the form of sanctioned bingo and paramutuel betting, may only be an easy answer to a complex question, however. Government always needs money and probably always will. But it. should only spend what the governed are wilting to pay through equitable, productive taxation. A lottery is little more than the thousands of con games that entice gullftye wage earners into spending hard-earned cash in hopes of quick, big returns. Too. often, that type of shell shuffling leads to indebtedness and family disputes. Those who would scream alarmist at our objections to a state lottery should spend some time with a history book. Lotteries are not new. The settlement of Virginia was largely financed by lotteries in England. All 13 original colonies authorized them as a voluntary form of taxation. And back then, the proceeds were used for education. They helped establish Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth and other pillars of higher education, By 1830, lotteries were producing $60 million a year. But by that time, those inescapable weaknesses in the human nature had succumbed to the temptation of easy money. Swindles, embezzlement and corruption of public officials became so common that, by the end of the 19th Century, all states had either outlawed or discontinued their lotteries. Who is going to argue that the same would not happen in future years? Who is going to say that public officials today are so trustworthy and immune to corruption that a lottery would not have the potential of shattering government like the racetrack stock scandals, state contract manipulations or campaign slush funds? Not us. A Day For Motherhood is no longer a full-time occupation for an increasing number of women. This Mother's Day, Sunday, will find more women than ever before working outside, the home. While the number of children in the population has declined somewhat in recent years, the number of children with working mothers has increased significantly. Nearly one-third of all mothers with preschool children and one-half of the mothers with school-age , children are working. If recent trends continue, reports the National Planning Asso- j ciation (Projection Highlights, March 1973), 59 per cent of all mothers will be in the labor force by 1980. Separated, widowed and divorced women bringing up children on their own have always worked in large numbers. But the current increase in working mothers is not primarily the result of family breakups. Mother It is identified largely with changing attitudes toward woman's place in society, the trend toward smaller families, and the inflationary economy. The biggest problem facing working mothers is the lack of adequate and affordable day care facilities for their children. The predominance of the nuclear family generally precludes the sharing of childcare responsibilities with grandparents or other adult relatives. Present work schedules do not easily accommodate to family responsibilities. Illness, doctor visits, teacher conferences and similar obligations that may require a parent's presence are not routinely acceptable reasons for absence from work, with or without pay. Even the most resourceful mother finds it difficult to achieve a balance between commitment to her job and the needs of her children. Negro Americans have about the tame reactions to the Watergate affair, wUfi a few inv ptjrtant racial overtones, m Aoat of their felkw cHiaern, Some see it as a vindication of their opinion of the President and of hit administration. Others think Watergate has been exaggerated, compered to their other troubles. Others think the whole thing Is political. But the thoughtful ones, and especially those quick to make e racial thing out of every happening, are one in the bitterly gleeful realization that an administration which pointed the "law and order" finger at their race has been revealed, from near to the' top down, as a lawbreaker. AS MIGHT HAVE been expected, the crime of breaking and entering aroused only token attention. Electronic surveillance was viewed as an operation to be frowned upon, but not •to the point of indignation. Only the perceptive ones who saw the danger to every citizen became indignant. It was the cavalier attitude of the White House that fanned the nation into a flame of first, curiosity and second; outrage. The immense White House machinery brushed off . towmm hauteur, thii certainty that the king's household cen do no wrong, that stirred black people. So often they hid seen the powerMha^be ride roughshod over their humanity. Hadn't they heard e noise from the UN RepuMcta Nettonel Convention about "crime In the streets"? Did they not beer, near the end of the election campaign of 1972, their President declare in a radio speech: "We will not be satisfied until all our city streets are safe"? They are suffering from the crime label, AU the while, the administration was seeking to clamp the holier-than-thou lid en Water. gate. The nagger, the, purse- snatcher, and the other petty criminals mmto be the targets, while WeJergefto criminal!- ty and huge atueh funds were to remain hidden in the shadows. FOR THE REAL evil in the Watergate affair is in the examples set for the rest of the nation by the men who plotted the Watergate and related capers. The example is that crime Comment By Roy Wilkins on the high level is to be condoned. Crime on a low level, however, without the protection of powerful men, la to be punished pittnptty. In mulmum fashion, and with records that witt extend through a lifetime. Why do we have the school busing Issue plaguing the tend? Is It not mostly because of the open opposition of the White House (despite recent opinions of the courts)? Does the White House have a reason for not explaining to the American pe> ergate that only the busing of „ si children can supply ap» p^cunately equal education ' "Where communities have withheld the neosssary funds to Improve the neighborhood schools? Every law en'orcement agency is influenced by federal p:l- cy. If that policy says by plain implication that the rights of Negro suspects are to be ignored, then local police will use excessive force against blacks. These can be those suspected Of crime and those not remotely connected with criminal activity. THE REAL CRIME of Water- gats is in the arrogance of covering up, with power and with almost limitless funds, criminal activity on a high level, while branding and pursuing and punishing vindictively criminal activity on what is deemed to be a lower level. The poison of this theory has spread from the citadels of the mighty into every cranny of the nation. The American people Will be fortunate if they extricate themselves from the shabby corruption that attaches to the mere intoning of the "law and order" cry. .(Released by The Register and Tribune Syndicate, 1973) WASHINGTON - Representative Burt Takott. R-Calif., the dapper sportsman from Salinas, is fond of lecturing his fellow congressmen on the rules of dress and decorum he thinks should be observed on the House floor. Yet he didn't mind violating the rules of decorum to wangle prizes and trophies for the First Annual Congressional Golf Tournament last September. As chairman of the outdoor frolic, he helped put the squeeze on Washington's lobbyists for a cornucopia of valuable gifts. Talcott wasn't deterred \at first by warnings that we might find out about the flood of sports equipment, TV sets, windbreakers, gift certificates and shiny merchandise that the lobbyists were donating. Representative John Hunt, R-N.J., even warned in a personal memo to:Talcott that playing the tournament in Washington might be "too risky. Remember Anderson;" WE APOLOGIZE for taking so long to dig out the details. We have now learned, however,. that gifts poured in for the congressional golfers from the industries they are supposed to oversee — Abbott Labs, American Can, Celanese. Fairchild Industries, General Tire^Goodrich, Goodyear, Gulf Oil, Humble Oil, Japan Air Lines, Lockheed, Magnavox. Marriott Hotels, Northrop, Northwest Orient, Olin, Ralston Purina, Raytheon, Squibb and Uniroyal. Generous gifts were also do- ists' Generosity Just Too Much Comment By Jack J Anderson <i , nated by trade organizations ^ representing the textile makers, chicken raisers, cattlemen and broadcasters. Even American- it Standard in New York provided two gaily decorated toilet seats for some deserving congress$ man. ! Talcott left it largely to his prize chairman, Rep. Roger Zion, R-Ind., to collect the boodle. The amiable Zion mailed out a letter to some 200 lobbyists, soliciting prizes in language they couldn't refuse. "You have a great opportunity to promote your product (or industry) to your elected representatives," wrote Zion on official House stationery. He told the lobbyists that he hoped each of the 80 or 90 congressional duffers would "come home with a prize or two... . © 1W1 by NEA, ' The board decided that we had been a friendly bank long enough, so we hove gene oocit to being our old ulvea!" (Jalesbqrgf Ife^erMail 40 Smith PpalrU c* . Office 140 South Prairie Street Galeiburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBKR Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Pott Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. Daily 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, assistant to the editor; James U Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co., Inc., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los An geles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Mm neapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Char lotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION ' SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galesburg 80c a-Week By RFD mail in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months 85115 6 Months $ 9.00 1 Month |2oo No mail subscriptions accepted In towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading ton* outside City of Galesburg SOc a Week By mall outside retail trading zone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading zone: 1 Year $22 00 3 Months $5 00 6 Months $12 00 1 Month 82.60 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $26 00 3 Months 87.30 6 Months $14.90 1 Month |3.0U Would you please find some suitable prize (or prizes)... and send same to me at the above address/' , ZIQN'S OFFICE filled up with so many fancy prizes that Talcott began to get uneasy. Quietly, .he called potential donors to urge them not to give any more and apologized to more scrupulous congressmen about the Zion letter. Still, the gifts gushed in. Representative William Dickinson, R-Ala., wrung 11 windbreakers from the Russell Company. Senator Paul Fannin, R-Ariz., "notified Talcott he had come up with a set of woods from Ping Manufacturing. Representative Wiley Mayne, R-Iowa, reported he could wangle five golf bags from Wilson Sporting Goods if Talcott wanted^ them, although Mayne advised; cautiously that "I personally don't think (it) would be a good idea" to let Wilson handle all sports prizes as Wilson had offered. The hole-in-one chairman, Rep. John Rousselot, R-Calif., after failing to get Ford to "volunteer" a one-year free lease on a Pinto, approached the National Auto Dealers Association. He was referred to a car rental firm where he got the promise of a free three-month lease. But none of the congressmen got a hole-in-one. REPRESENTATIVE Harold Collier, R-III., arranged the tournament at famed Burning Tree, a private golf course. But he became so aghast over the solicitation of gifts that he can- \ celled it. The tournament wound up instead on the golf course at nearby Andrews Air Force Base, jrince the brass hats, like the lobbyists, were in no position to refuse. .After chewing up the fairways at Andrews, the congressmen made one last assault on the lobbyists' pocketbooks. They were invited to attend a gala cocktail party at the expense of the U.S. Independent Telephone Association. Footnote: Talcott is again heading up the annual Congressional Golf Tournament, but he assured us there'll be no more "general solicitation." Said the rueful Talcott: "We've all learned something." MILLION-DOLLAR BRIBE? .Representative Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., claims ITT's million- dollar offer to help finance a CIA sabotage operation against Chile's President Salvadore Allende was a bribe. In a letter to departing Attorney General Richard Kleindienst, Rangel, an attorney, wrote: "In my opinion, this offer of money to the CIA was a violation of the federal bribery g|atute. It is difficult for me to see how an offer of one million dollars to the government could be construed in any other way than as an inducement meant to influence a certain policy decision. I am quite puzzled by the lack of action on the part of federal prosecutors." WATERGATE FRIENDSHIP: At least one long-standing friendship has withstood the test of Watergate. Spencer Oliver, the Democratic official whose phone was tapped by the Watergate bugging crew, remains on close personal terms with President Nixon's speech writer, Pat Buchanan. The two grew up together in Washington. Although; they wound up at opposite political poles, they still meet at night and argue their political differences over drinks. Incidentally, Buchanan has told Oliver he's convinced the President had no prior knowledge of the tap on Oliver's phone. (Copyright; 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) 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