Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 8, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 8, 1973
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Safesbuf! istef-Moil, Galesbur Ml Take That Gun, Mistei f/fr ' 1 'fit A t Yi.i i r .\f. No Land Shortage wvi *sV . We may be in danger of running out of - a lot of things, but land isn't one of them. There are more than 2 billion acres of land in the United States, most of it agricultural. Agriculture will continue to be the dominant use of ; the land, and it is expected to account for more than half of the total area in the year 2000. According to Land Use Digest, citing $3 a study by the Economic Research Service, the way the land is used has remained pretty much the same since 1950: Cropland takes about a fifth of the land, grassland and pasture and range about a fourth, forestland about an eighth and wasteland another eighth. Actually, we need less land for food and fiber because of greatly increased agricultural productivity. By the end of the century, some 222 million acres, or 10 per cent of the nation's r tie* .41 . • m .1 rfl .» ••- 1 •'•>•.-'J Mti* .3 * J • ... *a -.4 total acreage, is expected to be in nonagricultural use. While urban areas have doubled in population since 1950, they still occupy only 1.5 per cent of total land area. It's a big country. The news media is often accused of writing and talking about what we don't have instead of what we do have or what's bad about the world we live instead of what is good. The land is something we do have and it is good, but we would be shirking our responsibility and avoiding reality if we did not call attention to the need to preserve what we have so that when the turn of the I a century rolls around, writers can still write and broadcasters can still, talk about our unspoiled natural resources without the comment being a gloomy forecast of self- destruction. .J - to From Port Elizabeth, South Africa, comes a report that a ghost is haunting the New Law Courts Building in that city. According to the newspaper Die Oster- lig, the apparition is that of a uniformed policeman and one of the places it has been sighted in is a public restroom. Well, as they say in the ectoplasm biz, when you gotta ghost, you gotta ghost. The parking meter is here to stay—in case the silly thought ever crossed your mind that it wasn't. A study of the urban parking situation by the National League of Cities found that parking meters are profitable. Average revenue from a meter is $63 annually, far above collection and maintenance coats of $14. It is no wonder that budget-minded city officials, given the chance, will plant a parking meter anywhere they can find a hole in the ground. One day we will discover those coin consumers are reproducing. For newsmen seeking a respite from Watergate and other scandals, there's a chance to get away from it all. The management of Meramec Caverns and Onondaga Cave, in Stanton and Leasburg, Mo., is offering courtesy memberships in a real "underground" press club. It's a public relations stunt, of course, but the management may get a greater response than it anticipates. The well traveled joke in the nation's capital is that reporters are beginning to look elsewhere for a habitat. It seems they have run out of unimpeachable sources there. An expert who has, uh, looked deeply into the situation has some sobering news for those thousands—perhaps millions?—of people who are keeping bricks in their bathrooms in the mistaken notion that they ar« helping the cause of conservation. Heavy Thoughts Placing a brick into a toilet tank to save water is not on\y "ridiculous" but "is a pure case of environmental emotionalism," states Fred E. Schmuck, chairman of the board of the Association of Industry Manufacturers (Plumbing-Cooling- heating-Piping). He is also president of Fluidmaster, Inc., a company that makes some of the mechanism that shares the space with the bricks. Schmuck's blast is inspired by the news that the City Council of Concord, Calif., is considering purchasing and distributing 50,000 bricks. Last December, Cherry Hill, N.J., actually did purchase 34,000 bricks in the hope of saving 34 million gallons of water annually. Theoretically, a brick should save a volume of water equal to its displacement. But in the actual operation of a tank, explains Schmuck, the stopper reseats and stops the flushing action with two to three inches of water remaining. This water will keep a horizontally placed brick continuously submerged and will cover over 30 per cent of a vertically placed brick. In order to displace water which actually flushes, any object placed in the tank must be over the minimum drainage level. Thus a horizontal brick does no good at all and the savings from & vertical brick are very minimal. Much better than a brick, says Schmuck, is a tali, weighted plastic bottle standing in the tank. Better still is lowering the upper water level an inch or two by bending the f\oat ball downward or by installing an adjustable ballcock. Lowering the water level by two inches, which does not adversely affect flushing, results in over Jive times the water savings than from a standing brick — over 20 gallons a day for an a/erage family. Former Aides Law Unto Themselves WASHINGTON (NEA)— Hand in hand witli the relentless quest for new Information about Watergate runs the search for better understanding at key participants. It leads now to new stress on what may be an important common characteristic: rn extremely narrow and rigid outlook. We have presumably already gained whatever value is provided by insights labeling President Nixon's top men as arrogant, unversed in the human realities of politics, contemptuous of adversaries they deemed too weak to stand out against them. There is more to be said. r In discussing these aides with a highly perceptive politician, the oft-heard matter of their evident arrogance inevitably came up. He responded; "It's more than arrogance. They're marked by a rigid narrowness. It led them to believe that, once they had decided what was right in a given situation (like re-electing the President), they could do anything they wanted in support of that, and it would not be wrong." The politician went on to say that men with this cast of mind really live in a separate world, ono which in many ways is of their owft making. Having just heard this, I found it almost chilling to stumble onto words written years ago by the late Mark Sullivan, journalist-historian, after an interview in 1935 with Harry Daugherty, President Warren Harding's attorney general, a man twice indicted but never convicted for bribe-taking and other serious crimes while in office. The evidence seeming to entangle Daugherty in some of the many scandals of the Harding era (but not the famous Teapot Dome affair) was tantalizlngly strong, even though Daugherty escaped conviction, once through a hung jury. Yet he maintained his total innocence of wrongdoing until he died during World War II. After that 1935 interview, Sullivan wrote; "I felt that he lived by a code of his own; if his code did not happen to be identical with the world's conventions, so much the worse for the world's conventions." Now, at this writing President Nixon's top assistants have not been indicted, though there is strong prospect some will be as evidence more potent than hearsay piles up to suggest they may at least have obstructed justice in seeking to cover up Watergate and related spying and sabotage against the Democrats. Still, their public asser­ tions that they will be fully vindicated reflect incredibly cool detachment. For, the pattern forming before our eyes is one in which men serving Mr. Nixon seemed ready to do anything irt his name. In narrow allegiance to their vision of brightness," they appear to have been willing to compromise the integrity of such highly sensitive agencies AS the State Department, the CIA and the FBI, to attempt broadly to subvert the presidential election process, to violate many laws with cavalier disdain, to impugn the reputations of decent men, to act as the sole possessors and interpreters of the public trust. To do all this consciously and deliberately did indeed demand more than mere arrogance. It required them to view the White House as a shrouded, impregnable island whose commander, the President, somehow was so miraculously empowered as to make it truly the center of the world. fWpwsnanp.r Enlernrise Assn.) Ray of Hope in Bleak Education Picture One of the problems that faces big city parents of both races is the failure of school children to read. A popular book is "Why Johnny Can't Read?" Several years ago some medical schools, finding that their first year students (mostly white) could not muster enough English to express themselves in themes necessary to their medical studies, required them to attend courses in elementary English. Now, out of New York City's schools, it has been found that two, one in Brooklyn and one in Queens, both nearly all-black, have more than 50 per cent of their pupils reading above the national norm. New York and many other cities across the country have had dismal pupil reading -scores. At one time the suburban schools, nearly all- white, had such good reading scores that even the most rabid pro-blacks were in despair. THEY JUST did not believe that color could be at fault, yet the Negro children didn't seem to be able to cut the mustard. The story was the same for the Far West, the Middle West, and the East and many places in the South. Black kids, not fully aware of the dreadful effect their failures were having on race relations, simply would not cooperate. They occupied themselves with the race problems instead of using the schools to get an education. Brooklyn's P.S. 91 is in the Crown Heights section where poverty abounds. Not only are the people poor, but inspiration and motivation from the home environment are sadly lacking. The school building itself is old and crowded. But the handicaps of an aged building, ghetto children (80 per cent black and 9 per cent Puerto Rican), family background and ghetto community life did not discourage Principal Martin Shor and his teachers. THEY PITCHED in and began teaching the children to read in the kindergarten. Principal Shor has a tight organization and requires reports on reading from every teacher. Teaching personnel is shifted to THE MAILBOX make smaller classes so that almost individual attention can be given to pupils. Disruptive children are confined to one class. The teachers have m&de the difference. The other school with a predominantly black enrollment that exceeds the national norm in reading is in the Cambria Heights district of Queens. P.S. 176 differs from P.S. 91 in that most of the families are in the middle socio-economic range. The home background is cited by P.S. 176 teachers as a major factor in the high level of reading achievement. Hundreds of Negro parents turn out for functions and meetings at P.S. 176. "The pu- pilc come with incentive and motivation," said one teacher. Success is expected, no matter what method is used. Apparently there is little or none of the sentiment among teachers that black kids cannot be taught. Principal Saul Grant insists on high expectations. DESPITE THE success of these two schools, the general altitude of scientists and educators is pessimistic. They see successes here and there, but no massive movement such as is reauircd for a corner-turning. They say the low reading levels of black and Hispanic children are inevitable and they call the program insoluble. A very few see the Negro child as inherently inferior. However, some principals and teachers like those at P.S. 91 and P.S. 176 refuse to throw up their hands and quit trying to teach black children. In the face of the reports of so-called experts at Harvard, Maryland and Stockholm, they remain unwilling to accept defeat. For as long as there is a single successful ghetto school, as at P.S. 91, there is hope for a definite reversal. Letters to the Editor Jobs for Blacks Editor, Register-Mail: A few weeks ago in a letter to the Editor I expressed my views on the lack of minorities working for businesses on Main Street. After hearing several comments (of course not in my favor) I began wondering what it is about the truth that turns an individual off, therefore, I again strolled down Main Street thinking that maybe my vision had failed. My second trip revealed even fewer minorities, thus making me happy to realize my vision was still 20/20. Even if businesses were hiring on a percentage basis, t/hey are not coming close to our so- called 2 per cent minority population. Galesburg businesses don't seem to be hiring minorities percentagewise or otherwise. Crossword Puzzle One of the comments I heard led me to believe that people in this area 'think the word minority only takes in the Black American race, therefore we must clarify the word minority. Webster's Dictionary states -as follows: — Quote — Minority — a part of a population differing from others in some characteristics and often subjected to differential treatment. Unquote. I advise everyone to think about this statement — you just might be a minority, as a matter of fact we all could be considered minorities. The saying "Truth is stranger than fiction" could be why the truth is so hard for some to -accept. Personally, I enjoy shopping where I see a well trained and courteous integrated personnel; it tells me that the manager is either on the ball or in there trying. — La Dora L. Thierry, Galesburg Shopping Trip Answer! to Previous Puzzle ACROSS a shop 6 Shopping 9 Purchase 12 Broader 13 Medical group (ab.) 14 Chemical suffix 15 Mountain crest 10 Napoleonic marshal 17 Secretive group (ab.) 18 Ciose 19 Round number 20 Small points 21 High card 23 French critic (1828-1893) 25 Buying 29 Woman's name 30 Consume food 31 Enemy 34 Thither (dial.) 35 Transgression 37 Petrarch's beloved 39 Profitable item (2 wds.) 41 Boulevard in Madrid 43 Constellation 44 Kill 45 Race course circuit 47 Repair 51 Fodder 52 Viscous substance 53 Cash, for example 54 Siouan Indian 55 Summer (Fr.) 56 Idolize 57 Coop 58 Masculine nickname 59 Mexican coins DOWN 1 Lake bird 2 Fatigue 3 Greek theaters 4 Take back 5 Before 6 Poison 7 Mental 26 One (It.) deficiency 27 Japanese coin 8 Light-hearted 28 Forwarded 9 English 31 Replete philosopher (suffix) 10 Bring together 32 Native HHEI (ZIH&i E3@ffl G=!£H=J iill^ra ama ana m^w i=JMii fcir=i[-i £1111X1 ll[»l(=J Oiil^ II Affirmative words 19 Beverage 20 Excavate 22 Ran after 24 Stag horn 25 Give a price for mineral 33 Auricle 36 Set apart 38 In style 39 Chestnut horse 40 Plant juice 41 Charge 42 Synthetic material 44 Make purchases 46 Greek god of war 48 Biblical patriarch 49 Roman emperor 50 Colors 52 Far (comb, form) 53 Driver's guide 1 Expose Secrels Editor, Register-Mail: Bill Anderson in his editorial column of June 2 of the Chicago Tribune wrote about those who are " Doing something about Ui3 weather." Now all weather modification is being accomplished on a secret basis: by many state universities under the study of Meteorology; and by many private and corporate concerns for many profitable by our secret fense reasons; and government under its military program of de- and war-making tials. All of these operate in secret and their files tare held under secret lock and key. Yet what -they do affects the total public and world civilization. Therefore, I make the following public motion; That the Farm Bureau, the Grange, and the National Farmer's Organization obtain search warrants F from a judge and *as a togetherness, community and public service hire a "public mission" to spy-out, to bug-out, to force their way by sheriff powers, if need be, into obtaining these privately held secret public operations and expose publicly what this wolf-pack hell crowd is doing te> God's weaither. My files contain, that as far back as 1967 (6 years ago), cur scientists from their secret operations already knew what can be done with weather controlled by mortal man-. They then predicted that in 10 years (1977) one third (%) of the earth 1 s population would be wiped out by floods in one area, draughts in another area and famines; and this aiccomplasihed by secret * 1 weather control'' and by one e n e m y nation against another enemy nation (and we do have enemies) seeding their clouds hundreds of miles away. This was reported by Hermon L. Hoeh, reporting from the 5th Congress of World Meteorological Organization in General Assembly Room, Palace of Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. — po ten- Toulon Rev, Frank Rottier, F ^1 4 12 11 6 12 11 6 18 8 16 Qalesbw Ifcgfefer-Mail 49 60 59 Of/ice 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress ot March .11 1870. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washln'g- ton'« Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterana Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general inaiiager; Hubert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James o'Con- nor, assistant managing editor. 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