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GIVE LIGHT AND THE PEOPLE WILL FIND THEIR OWN WAY El Paso Herald -Post A SCRIPP5-HOWARD NEWSPAPER. ROBERT W. LEE, Eeifor Mills avenue and Kansas street rhone 5JM661 'Everything His Underrr Cccontrol' SECTION B, PAGE 2 Tuesday, November 2, I ?6S Close the Gates What better time to consider the need lor reform of our election laws than or. a day like this when millions of voters in states across the nation are going to the pells? The basic fault is that so far as federal elections are concerned from primaries or conventions through the general election there is no adequate -system for ascertaining what candidates spend, or what is spent in their behalf. This opens nlde the gates tha" could lead to fraud. One knowledgeable estimate Is that persons running for office in the last presidential year spent about 5200 million. The mayoralty campaign that ends with today's election in New York City apparently has cost each of the two principal contenders about 51.5 million, and certainly that's not the whole total spent in their behalf. Federal law says candidates for the U.S. Senate in next year's election can spend up to $25,000, and candidates for the House up to S50D0, unless state laws impose lower ceilings. The same law says each of the two national committees may raise and spend S3 million each, but so can any other committee that operates in two or more states. The New York mayoralty campaign is further proof that these ceilings are unrealistic. Moreover, they make virtually every person who runs for Congress an evader of the law. The ceilings should be raised, for the simple reason that running for office In these times requires a lot more money. Make the ceilings realistic and there will be less odor of fraud In election campaigns. But, equally important, make it an ironclad requirement that every penny raised and spent by a candidate or by anyone in his behalf be reported at places where the facts are easily available. Congress for years has toyed with the idea of election law reform. There was a Kennedy Commission report on such reform that apparently has been pigeonholed. Indeea, President Johnson, when in the Senate, fathered a good set. of "clear, election'' law proposals. But these, too. got nowhere. The time's going to come when some massive election fraud will shock Congress into action. But it wov-ld be a doggone sight better if the next session, without such a shock, should overhaul the federal election rules. Think As time marches on it is increasingly apparent that one thing is practically bound to lead to another. Ir. the words of the poet, you can't win 'em all. The Post Office recently began switching from railroad cars to highway trucks to transport mail, city to city. This is supposed to speed up service and out costs. But it also cuts revenue for passenger trains, many of which already were in the red "from airplane and auto competition. .Railroads are hurrying to cancel unprofitable runs just as the government is appropriating millions to strengthen passenger service. This is an era of credit cards. They are a great convenience to travelers who can avoid carrying a wad Of money and maybe having their pocket picked; they speed up bookkeeping, saving money for the stores and restaurants, But smart crooks have found ways to cheat with the cards., costing the same stores and restaurants many annual millions. There always will be, we suppose., schemers to develop "angles" on each new bit of progress. Peace Corps at Five Five years ago today John F. Kennedy called for creation of a "Peace Corps" in a campaign speech at San Francisco's Cdw Palace. The scoffers Immediately said it would never work. But it's now evident the Corps is an extremely creative force in American policy and an over-all success. More than 10,000 volunteers are in 46 countries. Two thousand more are in training. in many African nations, the Corps has become a vital part of the School systems. In LaLin America, its community development projects have raised living standards. In food-short India, where Hindus don't eat beer, U.S. volunteers have increased chicken and ess production a thousand-fold. Other developed nations have followed our lead and put their own corps in the field. we congratulate director R. Sargent Shriver and his staff, and the thousands of volunteers, young and old, who happily have accepted tl:r-ged living to do such useful Jobs. With the holidays ahead i'ov. can't blame a turkey or turning chicKen when the farmer brings out the ax. Editors Corner by ft. w. Lee "Trick or treat, smell my feet, "Give me something good to eat." That's what the small goblin at the door said, and It so charmed my bride that she gave him an extra piece of candy. It was that kind of Halloween up at our place Sunday night. WHAT WITH THE population explosion and all, it seems to me that more kids than ever before were out doorbell ringing. They started as soon as darkness fell, and they kept going until 9 p.m., which obviously must be the curfew hour in most H Paso homes. It was not all fhosts and goblins, by any means, Daniel Boone rang our doorbell. 5o did a flapper from the Roaring Twenties. Likewise devils and a fairy princess. We ran relays to the doors my bride, my daughter and I. To me each small figure waiting with an open bag was Just another small figure, completely unidentifiable. Hot so to my bride and daughter. "Hello. Debbie," they would say. "Hi, Peggy. How are you Mike? You're late, Greg." And so on. Obviously tliey knew them all dozens of them. I had not realized my neighbors were quite so prolific. As already noted, the flow of children was in excess of recent years. We ran out of goodies around 8 pjn. and I had to drive down to the neighborhood store for more. "Never saw so many kids," I said. A few minutes later my bride answered the hell. "Trick or treat, smell my feci, "Give me something " "You ve been here before," said my bride, accusingly. "Oh, have IV said the small voice. "That explains a lot." I said. A relative quiet descended about 8:30 p.m., with only a few late-comers collecting their loot thereafter. They got bigger as the night wore on.. Virtually the last callers were three boys, well over the age of costuming. When we opened the door they burst into song. "We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, and a HAPPY I"2W YEAR!" they chorused. And fled, giRgling, into the night. IT WAS THOUGHTFUL of them, I guess, but really we're not quite ready for Christmas, let alone the new year. Despite all the dire threats that were voiced throughout our town Sunday night, I don't Slow of a single trici that was played. Unless, of course, you consider what happened Saturday night at the Sun Bowl. Texas Western treated Arizona State, and Arizona State tricked them anyhow. Horribly, American Revolution, 1965 And down in Miami we are extending democracy and fighting injustice by receiving new hordes of refugees from Castro's Communist dictatorship. In Miami, as elsewhere, we are engaged in a war on poverty. 3ut this sudden migration threatens the jobs of many Mlamiams: also threatens to incite new racial trouble at a time when the heat over desegregation has been dying down. The railroads will solve their problems in time, we think, whenever the government removes its nose from their business and allows them to compete for freight. Stricter security precautions will foil the credit card thieves or at least greatly limit their take. The rest of the country is morally bound to welcome some of the Cuban refugees, thus sharing the obligation of hospitality with Miami. But. even these adjustments will produce new, and often unexpected, problems. As they used to say in high school science, every action begets an equal and opposite reaction, what the country seems to need is more thinking ahead. Workless Society Ahead? Staines (Second Of a Series) By RICHARD STARNES Scrlws-Houord ilnll Wrlrsr WASHINGTON. In the American spectrum of virtues, hard work is always in there fighting with mother lave for first place, in Puritan New En gland, idlers wers a good bet to wind up in the stocks. Benjamin Franklin got rich by coining home- eb rating the benefits of being early to bed ar.d early to rise. A cen tury later Elbert Hubbard did the same thing, externa -.he benefits of honest toil until he became the leading prophet of rugged individual's. Messrs. Hubbard and Franklin would shudder at some of the thinking today. Men concerned with the sort of nation which will emerge from the social revolution now going on loresee a time when work in its ancient and honorable ser.se - will all but vanish. Farm and factory, fishing ground and rnineshaft all will be tended by machines requiring very little human supervision, j PEOPLE MAY NEVER become obsolete, but human hands as tools of production arc almcst certain to become quint anachronisms. Men whose thinking already has turned the corner into trie 21st Century are deeply concerned at how society can retain its equilibrium when its two great balance wheels work and the quest for security have lost their significance. It is true that we have not yet proceeded to the point of paying -jconle for not working (except in retirement or on such short-term basis as unemployment insurance). But few economists have not crossed slide rules with the problem, and their answers have ranged from reasonably conservative proposals for ever earlier retirement (rejected by many as undesirable because it unks individuals near the peak of their abilities) to far-out proposals for Government subsidies co keep individuals off the labor market indefinitely. W. H. Ferry, in a document published by the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, sent editorialists to their typewriters by proposing a Govern- U-Rjara lnual ir.c. tat everyone, whether productive work was available for them or not. Under his scheme people would 'earn" Government chocks, perhaps or their entire working lives, by doing social work, or by merely staying in school. Wilbur J. Cohen, Health., Education and Welfares Assistant Secretary ior Legislation, who is perhaps mere resportiible Tor the nation' Social Security and Medicare programs than any other individual, is somewhat more -Ho one can really predict where we are going," he said recently. "We are in the beginning of a wave. Five years ago no one could have predicted we'd be this far today." COHEN'S ASSESSMENTS of the revolution (he calls it "evolution") would have been rejected as dangerously radical in the early days of the New Deal. Today they are almoit classically conservative, and deal in terms ol snorter work weeks, longer vacations ar.d earlier retirement. His most visionary notion today is the speculation that :s years hence it may be commonplace for industrial workers to be given a sabbatical year with pay, for travel, rest, or education and to remove them Irom the labor force. The problem faced in trying to (ind values to replace toil and insecurity is that no society on earth has ever been affluent enough even to dream of a day when privation and drudgery would disappear. No one quite knows what will happen if (and some authorities insist it is a big "if) genuine, lower-case, eradle-to-grave social security ever becomes i reality. The same thing is true of Medicare. Government health insurance for the aged has outraged many doctors, terrified hospital administrators and appalled statisticians. Eut now-that it is law. it is difficult to pin down any real bedrock estimates of what it will do. To its many detractors "socialised iriEdicine" is an apparatus that will, dilute and eventually destroy the relatively high level of medicine in the United SLtes. They point to the experience in Britain, where three decades have proved insufficient time to iron out the bugs in a health scheme marked by doctor disenntent since its inception. Congress Acts for Conservation By EDWARD J- MEEMAN Scrlpps.HOTwrd conservation Editor WASHINGTON. The 88th Congress earned the name "Conservation Confess" and the BSih, if it continues when it in January the kind cf work dons in its first year, will inherit that good name. This e 11 ii set resumes Meeman asked by the National Park Service, chief of wh.ch arc the As. sateague Island National S c a - shore, and the Delaware Water Gap and Whiskcytown Recreation areas, the latter in Califor- The Water Quality Act provides well - designed machinery for Federal and state action '.o clean 'jp the streams and lakes of America. The clean air and solid waste disposal act authorises research :d find ways to dispose of solid waste such as metallic junk, It gives the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare authority to require alL cars to have exhaust control beginning in 1968. A big achievement is the Water Resources Planning Act. It establishes a Water Resources Council of members of the Cabinet with Inferior Secretary Stewart Udall as chairman, Construction agencies like the Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation will have to respect fish and wildlife and natural recreation values before dams can win approval of this council. Joint federal and state river basin1 planning commissions are authorized to plan the conservation and use of the waters of the hasin as unit, rather than piecemeal. Supporters of Medicare counter by pointing to Sweden, which has possibly the highest level of public health in the world, arid the world's most highly developed system of government-supported medicine. Neither case is particularly analogous to the United States. In spite of its problems, most observers ar.ree England's health scheme has worked reasonably well. And in spite of the Swedes' success, their system is not without some serious (laws. But neither country has had to meet the same problems that will confront the United States. Neither has any significant racial minority, neither has our formidable problem of sheer size- WHATEVER PITFAIXS and roadblocks may be encountered, it seems plain that, for the Unit-ed States, Medicare is only i beginning. Federal spending for medicai research is expected to triple in the nest decade, pns-sibly reaching W billion by 1975. Ten years hence public and private spending for health and medical care is calculated to reach the neighborhood of $85 billion annually. In 1932 it was around 532 billion, Eut more than simply a Quantitative change is in prospect. The bulk of spending for health will be done by government, and most of what's left will be done by private insurance plans, group health associations, labor union welfare plans, etc. The individual who pays his own medical bills seems to be on the road to extinction. More than economics is involved in the coming revolution in medicine. Equally far-reaching changes arc taking place in the actual practice of medicine. Group practice, team treatment what worried doctors call the "institutionalization" of medical treatment is an unavoidable consequence of the dramatic advances which have been mace and will be made in medical Few who recently watched the President sign a $340 million cancer-heart disease-stroke research bi!l doubted that these ancient scourges would one day be conquered. But there is no such widespread confidence in the nation's ability to make the boons of modern medicine available to all who need it. NEXT: Revolution comei to education. 1,11 ii in liiiiiimm i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinuii Thinking (Out Loud F.nin,, HnmHtmih-iiiimmii iimim imm wiii'iimnr; Questions Purpose of Parade EDITOR: I always thouuht that the purpose of a newspaper was to report the news to tine public as accurately as possible. Either I am wrong. t of your articles in the Friday Herald-Post leaves much to be desired. "T. W. Students Parade, Back U.S. Policy" is very eyecatching headline. The real purpose of tiw panes was not. to demonstrate for Viet Nam; they were demonstrating for two Texas Cwmitational Amendments which are coming up for our Other news media never even mentioned the Viet Nam issue. This arouses my suspicions. The real news is reported in the last . three paragraphs of the article. Please make your future stories a little more accurate. BiL1 Lucfcer, !7lu AicVcna street. We quote, verbatim. From a press release issued by the eol- "StudenU of Texas Western College in El Paso, angered by the anti-Viet Nam demonstrations on other ca.npuses, plan n massive demonstration of their own m Friday, Trey wiU paradt through downtown El Paso atreets during the nwi hour emrcy-ing placards affirming their confidence in U.S. policy and urgituj voters to show their approval by voting in the Nov. 2 tt election ..." . The news release from the college went on to quote Fred Craft, Student Association president as saying the demonstration grew from a spontaneous desire to do something positive lor tha government. - .1 Other news media apparently did nut get the release, but Mr. Craft advises us that oar story wa correct. Editor. Right to Protest Curtailment Hit EDITOR: We, the undersisned, would like to express our deep concern over recent action taken by the municipal government The action of the City Council in their session of Oct 2$ in rejecting the right of citi2ens to protest American policy in Viet Nam is to he deplored. Irrespective of the undersigned's opimdhs as to the merits of American policy, or as to the wisdom trHhe planned protest, we feel strongly that the basic constrtuUMial right 1o assemble has been curtailed. ' Tne personal feelings of tie city-coundlmen on this policy question should have played no role in their decision. That it has, and that legal grounds for refusal were not cited by the council,- is a reflection on ail of us as citizens; of this community. We strongly urge the council immediately io reverse iti- decision. Individual and group rights must at all times be preserved in our RepuolicBajtler PoDc, James Carbine, Barbara Blair, Joyce P. Thompson, Sotan W. Smith, Norma Fulks, Mackcy" L. Rogers, Margaret G. Saieido, Lilia M. Avifa, Edward1 E. Weir, Bernice Le Monse. Ind N. Sdvueer, Mrs. Jacqueline WfUinihim, Frank Scott Viola Handcrson, William M. Calhoun, MlIvIb' P. Straus, John A. Hovel, Edward A. Leonard, Roland I. Perusse. Mervio. Grannstaff, William H. Rther, Paul Scarbrough, Lloyd G. Cooper, J. F, Day, Michael H. Hue, Richard C. Trexler, Carl- T. Jackson, Wayne E. Fuller, Kenneth B, Shover, W. H. runmdns. Clark S- Knowlion, Robert R. Doiicr. John H. Haddoi, C R-Waits, Cadwell L. Ray, Philip Duriei, John M. Richards, Lee Van 'Zant, Carlo B. Ciannoni, Allen R. Sehow, Halward B. Johnson, Richard S. Russell. 'Philip Garrison, 3obert E. RiegeL, E. W. Gourd, Dorothy Stroud", Thorntca Per-ficld, Edward RJchcson, Richard Widmayer, Ken Danz, U. ht Stiller, Eleanor Hill, Robert L. Tappan, Mrs. C. E. Spyropoulos, Rieiard D. Snieae, John O. West Tony J. Stafford, Lillian Colliogwjod, Robert Burlingmme, C, Raymond LaFontaine, Robert M. Eich, NtJle Fraacis. (The signatories arc instructors of administrative itaff membera .at Texas Western Coliese.) Should Let Protestors Be Heard EDITOR! Of course .we aril make mistakes during -Our lifetime, but the refusal by the City Council of the repest of former T.WtC, students to demonstrate in ihe plaza was inexcusable, Regardless of your or my opinion, the Constitution oVItbe United States gives the individual the right to protest or state Iris I quote here a remark made by Oscar Wiide marry years ago when he said, regarding a moral situation in France, "50 million Frenchmen can't be wrong." We should not forget that the stru'dent of today will guide the ship of stale arid country. Also I wonfler how many millions of adults approve of the pitty-pat wars in North Viet N'r-m -Jfherc the foe can attack our equipment and troops-aiiy time they choose. Many conscientious objectors are cowards.''.' 1 personally back up the United States occupation of Viet Nairi, but we should be more emphatic Arthur H. Valitenaar, )7J! Fort boulevard, ' Tip Rivers and Harbors Act provides for the Dickey-Lincoln School Dam above the confluence of the St. John's and Alla-gash Rivers in Maine. This means that the Allaiash will not te dammed and this great wild river of the East will bo saved for canoeists. City folks will get more tene-fit from farm subsidies. Farmers will be paid to take land out of production to use it for open space, conservation and reerea- Thc Housing Act provides funds for cities to acquire a built-up area, clear it. end turn it back into open space. Grants are provided for landscaping and beauti-fication, tn signing the Highway Beauti. fication Act, President Johnson said it "is not all we wanted or all the people deserve. But we have to crawl Before we can wain. He added: "I assure vou we arc goinu to walk." FIFTY YEARS AGO From mi HnU F Nov. 1 1)IS Reports in Juarei of an un-cotrirmed riture claim that Villa is to get supplies of ammunition From Japan on the west coast. Ernest K. Ayton, a British subject who was being held by Mexican troops at San Juan de Heredia, Duranso, has been released. A hanting party Composed of T. M, Wingo, Eliis Wingo, and C. H. LeavcU left over the Southwestern Sunday morning for Mescal ero, N.M., for a week of hunting in the Sacramento Mountains. "The EI ?aso Horse Show Assn. is showing some very convincing signs that the horse show to be held at Washington Park Nov. 25, 26, and 27 will be nothing short of a huge success," declared J, A, Krakauer today. TW.VTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Talfic Captain Snider today said the reserved parking Bone for Constable Cook on the West side of Sie Court House will be reduced to take aire of four cars, two for the constable and 2 for the justice of the pence. Charges that thn Phelps Dodgs Refining Corp. promised (o reward employes who would supply information on CIO ur.lon activities and that the company formed a labor union to combat CIO activities, will he heard at a National Labor Relations Board hearing ir. the Federal Courthouse today. Mrs. Mary L. Downer of 2131 San Jose street dropped a purse containing JSO and some change in Plaza Park yesterday. The purse contained important personal papers. Frank Childress, 75, of Clo-vis, N.M., told police he didn't mind that thieves had-taken his hat and coat and wallet and 11,50, but when they took his false teeth that was too much. TEN YEARS AGO Mac Murchison of El Paso was trying again today to speed up a final decision by the Veterans Administration on suspension of his Mortgage Investment Co. from participating in the G.I. loan guarantee program. A cool front moving into Texas will drop temperatures tonight 10 degrees under last night's M, the Weather Bureau announced. Judge W.-r.. E. Ward has set Dec. 1 as a tentative date for a hearing on the city'a suit to compel a reduction of Upper valley telephone rates. Alderman Tom Burnham was approached today at City Hall by a couple seeking a city marriage permit; they made him their best man. The Fence By DR. B. U. L. CONNER Twenty-tour tbouiaiid fans. sat stunned Saturday the Tempe Arizona state icoibaJl team returned to ye gridiron after halftime and beat the Texas . Western Miners. Ruefully Coach D o b b s ruminated that they, meaning us, let the thing get away on they or us, and we got beat. But to all such circumstances there is always a bright side, and out of this defeat; will come an outstanding and thrilling development. Now fron! out of the nowhere there will appear on ye gridiron again with proper publicity, fan fare, rhe one and only, invincible; fancy-stepping lovely girl Gold' PAHISH USSOK . i I or.ittr Gold Dtotn." aew Eidnaw. oo. mMtin-vthnM, Elrt-w-vomlfh tifly C-Vl.! Arizona night, ; i

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