The Progress-Index from Petersburg, Virginia on July 21, 1968 · Page 1
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The Pro§r««.|n<iex, Sundoy, July 21, 1968 Diseased Fowl Report Secret DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A secret 'department of agriculture report says investigators found diseased, unwholesome and unclear poultry . at. grocery stores iii 16 states, the Des Moines Register said Saturday. Slant Win Sold Crucial To Howe// NORFOLK (AP) — A Rixey victory In the July 9 Democratic primary would have been a "death knell" to gubernatorial candidate Henry E. Howell, a likely contender for the state's highest office declared here Saturday. _ William C. Battle, Charlottesville lawyer and former ambassador to Australia, used the phrase at a press conference at Lake Wright Motel. The press conference followed Battle's address to nearly 500 Jaycees at a state board meeting. Battle said Frederick T. Slant's winning margin over John F. Rixey in the 2nd District congressional primary reflects two things—"his appeal as a candidate to the Negro vote" and "even more, tremendous organization." Battle, who has not officially announced his intention to seek the governorship, said "I would not be a bit surprised if I 'do that some dale in the future." In his address before the Jaycees. Battle spoke favorably of Virginia's proposed bond issue. He said "it will not be a cure for all the ills of the state," but fit least a beginning. Alluding to the state's traditionally pay-as-you-go fiscal policy. Battle said it has "served well in the past, but it is now outmoded." The Jaycccs announced "overwhelming support" for the proposed S31-million bond issue. Dorden Powe of Charlottesville, the Virginia Jaycee president, said 85 per cent of the 131 Jaycee chapters in the state support it. Battle said the change from Virginian's current fiscal policy to one of borrowing ..is essential If the state is lo provide quality services, such as schools, hospitals and mental institutions. In a copyrighted story in its Sunday edition by Nick Kolz of its Washington staff, the newspaper said the survey .vas undertaken last January to determine the condition of poultry processed in plants exempt from federal inspection because they dp not sell products pcross state lines. Congress, which passed a Wholesome Meat Act last year stiffening state standards for inspection of livestock and meat processing in nonfederally inspected plants, now is considering a simit-ar Wholesom* Poultry Act. The House has passed the measure and it now is pending in the Senate. The Senate Agriculture committee has adopted amendments sought by poultry interests. Presidential assistant Betty Furtress and some congressmen have attacked some of the amendments as detrimental to consumer interests. Critics of the amendments include Sens. Walter Mondale, D- Minn., and Joseph Montoya, D- N.M., and Reps. Neal Smith, D- Iowa, and Thomas Floey, D- Wash. The Register said USDA officials have refused to make the January survey available to Congress or news media "out of fear that it would antagonize the National Association of State Department of Agriculture, the National Broiler Council and the National Independent Meat Packers Association." The survey shows, the newspaper said, -:hat USDA investigators examined 316 .fowl, all processed in nonfederally inspected plants, at'37 stores in 16 states and reported these findings: Negro History Class Approved For Petersburg mLLIAMSBURG (AP) — A request from the Cily of Petersburg to begin a one-semester course in Negro history in th« 1968-69 school year was approved Saturday by the Slate Board of Education. Since there is no textbook on the subject, (he city will form its own syllabus from materials now being published, according to a report by Miss Anne Dobie Peebles, chairman of the board's textbook and curriculum committee. Petersburg Delegates (Continued From Page One) gate is apportioned the First Ward, which meets at Blandforti School; three to the first precinct of the second ward, which meets at Boiling Junior High School.- and one to the second precinct of the second ward, meeting at D. M. Brown School. The third ward, at Peabody High School, would get one delegate under TafecU's plan. The fourth, at Beck Motor Co., would get one. The fifth, at Jackson Elementary School, would get one. The sixth, at the New A. P. Hill School, one. The seventh ward, the first precinct, at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church, -would get five delegates under Talbolt's plan. The second, at Walnut Hill Elementary School, would get five. The third, at First Christian Church, tax. The eighth ward, at the new School on Plcasanis Lane, get three. Were the delegates apportioned seconding to (hose who voted for Godwin in the last gubernatorial election, Mrs. Collier says, the three precirtrts of Walnut Hill's seventh ward would have only 8 of the 24 delegates, instead of 16. Assuming that each precinct *vou!d be entitied lo at least one representative, said Mrs. Co'Jier. the first precinct of the second ward would have two delegates Instead of the three it will have Under the Talbott committee's rulings. But the third ward would have four delegates instead of the one allowed by the Talbott committee. The fifth ward would harve two delegates instead of on*>. The sixth ward would be entitled to four delegates, instead of one. The eighth would get two insead of three. Tn the severth \rard. (he first T^ccinct -A'Guld be entitled to (•:.. delegates instead of five; (he second, four delegates instead a five; and the third, two delegates instead of six. Mrs. Collier was the 1 chairman of a gnxip which organized in 1365 and served as the city democratic committee. However, «i opinion of the Virginia attorney general end a decision from the Fourth District Democratic Com- invalidated the Collier "The apportionment of delegates to the State Democratic Convention as devised by the present Petersburg Democratic Committee (the status of which is illegal) is completely contrary toHhe resolution adopted by the Democratic State Central Committee pijo<viding for the electica of one delegate for each 200 voles cast for Gov. Mills Godwin in his election Nov. 2, 1965. "The present committee has set the number of delegates for each \varrd according to the number from that area voting in the last general election in 1966 (Progress-Index edition July 11 1958.) "This, as well as the commit* tee's direction to its delegates to abide by the unit rule and attend the convention on an uninstructed basis, is another example of uninformed and irresponsible action by the present Petersburg Democratic Committee's leadership. "This sort of gerrymandering and 'machine polities' is responsible for so much of the political unrest in the nation today and individual citizens must voice their indignation at Rich flagrant abuse of our democratic process. "I intend to inquire of the governor if this loss of delegate representation to the State Democratic Convention is his reward to the Petersburg Democrats for their loyalty in helping elect him governor. "Paradoxicaliy, the local democratic committee is upheld in its abusive and umbrageous actions by (he Fourth District Democratic leadership." Sfofe Education Unit Raps 'Deterioration Of Responsible Citizenship' Education Board 2nd NL No Picup v9—2 takes WILLIAMSBURG <AP> -The Stale Board of Education, expressing concern over increased lawlessness and civil disorder, approved Saturday the development ol public school studies to meet "the crisis of deleriora-iion of responsible citizenship." Board President Lewis F. Powell Jr. of Richmond presented the plan calling for two committees to develop "a blueprint of materials and techniques for an intensive unit of citizenship education which emphasizes that all freedom and social progress depend upon maintaining the rule of law, now so gravely endangered by crime, disorders, extremism and disobedience." In his proposal Powell pointed out that "there is abroad in this country an escalating unrest which has led already to unprecedented crime, discord and civil disobedience. If unchecked, this unrest will lead to revolution and the end of all freedom." He added that school textbooks now deal broadly with the full sweep of American history and government. The books "were not designed to deal analytically and in detail with all major contemporary problems." "The crisis we now face, expressed in simplest terms," Powell continued, "is the deleriora- .ion of responsible citizenship. Our teaching materials were not prepared with this in mind. "Like other institutions of so- Rev. Harris Raps Godwin School Stand HOPEWELL (AP)— The president of the Virginia unit of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference said Saturday Gov. Mills E. Godwin Jr.'s stand in the Nesv Kent County school case is "the direct opposite of his cry for law and order." The Rev. Curtis Harris of •Hopewell said Godwin's position seems to be that "we can buy enough anti-riot materials to keep order, despite the existence of injustice in the 'siale." "This," said Harris, "is not the way of law and order or the way of peace." The governor said at his news conference Thursday that he was authorizing Hie state attorney general's office to assist New Kent County in its effort to delay until 1969 a court order to complete integration of its school system. Godwin said New Kent and other rural counties would obey the courts. But he said he thought it would be a physical impossibility to complete desegregation by this September. Harris, however, called Godwin's stand "a decision to help break the law," and said Godwin has now become "the. leading contributor to disorder in our state." "It is absurd to :say the least," Harris said, "for the governor ... to spend .. .thousands for riot control .under the guise of law and order, while at the same time offering tax dollars to circumvent or break the law." Reagan (Continued From Page One) ;ial posture is unchanged—"When my name is placed in nomination as California's favorite son, I will then become a candidate." As to the assertion of Florida Gov. Claude Kirk that Reagan .vould announce his active candi- iacy this weekends, Reagan said: ".My friend, Gov. Kirk, some-times *ets carried away with himself." Reagan said he could not say [or certain, but that he had ''heard" the California delegation to the GOP convention might ask Alabama to yield on the first :onvenlion ballot so his name :ould be placed first in nomination. The California governor said he found it difficult to disagree with some of the things Wallace ias been saying with reference lo a need for a return to law. and order in the United States. But, he added, an examination his own record as governor and the record of Wallace as governor of Alabama wouid show ±e difference in their philosophies. He said Wallace was an advocate of deficit spending and that he (Reagan) believed in gov- rrnmental economy. Reagan apparently was no first- ballot strength in the Virginia delegation to the Republican convention. But one party functionary who asked not to be identified said he thought seven or ?ight delegates viewed Reagan "kindly" after the first few ballots. Concerning the drive to recall aim as governor of California, Reagan said he regarded the re?all petition as "an election-year gimmick." He said the Californians gathering names for petitions for his recall were "going to make a big splash before the national convention"—and then, when the xuni of names on the petitions were made, it would be discovered there were far from enough io get the recall on the ballot. :iety, the schools did not foresee this crisis—in terms of appropriate materials for teachers and pupils or of a planned pro;ram for intensive classroom in- itruction," Powell noted. To meet the crisis, the plan adopted by the board proposes he stats superintendent of pubic instruction create a select professional committee vvhicfc would "assemble data, prepare materials and recommend an over-all program for added in- itructional emphasis in this area." The plans called for a biracial, Droadly representative commit- ,ee, "including highly qualified persons within the Department Large Attendance Expected Today PETERSBURG - A large attendance is expected "at a meeting at 5 p.m. today in First Baptist Church, Harrison Street, in connection with the recent disappearance of two children, from Petersburg. •Suggestions for protection of children, youth and adults will be made at this meeting which is open to the entire, community. Sponsors of the meeting urge parents and children particularly to attend. Entire stock of summer clothing reduced for clearance. Buy now and save money on ... • Suits • Sportcoats • Shirts • Bermudas • Pants • Swim Wear risers It of Education and from local school divisions." In addition, the plan suggests an advisory committee of citizens not directly associated with public education who would add "the experience of community judgment and evaluation." The committee will be asked to "produce a teacher's manual or guide which will aid and assist social studies teachers in the supplementation of existing text materials." Under the proposal, the manual could be used in preparation for classroom work and as an aid to in-service teacher training. Also suggested was "signi- ficant involvement of both community resources and pupils themselves." "For example," Powell noted, "senior law enforcement officials, judges and community leaders of both races might have roles in the instruction program. Pupils might participate iti field trips and forum discussions with such officials and leaders." The plan also noted that "so far as law can correct discriminatory injustice, it is fair to say that recent years have witnessed unprecedented progress." But, the report continued: "The grievances and frustrations, both real and imagined, nevertheless remain. There is also the deeply divisive issue of an unwanted war which, in the view of many, we have neither the will to win nor the skill to liquidate." The report also called attention of a "pervasive permissiveness by parents,. the churches, the schools, the courts and other public authorities. "Ancient standards of morality, decency and even good iaste have crumbled. Concepts of duty arid responsibility have been subordinated. The result is a toleration —a curiously excessive toleration — of marginal and even unlawful conduct never before witnessed in America." The report pointed out that "many honorable citizens, especially our young people, are confused. They do not know where to draw the line between legitimate protest or dissent and lawless conduct." In other action, the board: —Approved a proposal to qualify Virginia for applicstion to receive some $400,000 under Title V (part B2; of the Higher Education Act of 1985. The funds are earmarked "to assist local school districts which are experiencing critical teacher shortages." \^J Sycamore at Franklin group. Both the Collier and the Talbott committees reorganized in December 1967 end maintained their contentions that they represented the Democratic organi zation in Petersburg. Tne appeals committee of the State Central Committee ruled in Slay tfce Talbott committee ii the. legal one for Petersburg . Mrs. Cooler called the appeals committee meeting "a kangaroo court" ' ?,frs. Collier is considered a tfoeral by Petersburg standards, wMe "flalbott is considered a representative of (lie esfetfisb- toent. Her tctira statement, released Saturday, wajw .. 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