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i" * i • I ft r 4 f + u* '* w «• J* M **» <;* <•* *A /hi 1* J* Mil .'13 - - * •a M 4* r • 'J h i . •/» ci/ *« 4 f ,1 f 1 en r * ft '.> t .11 -si -Id The Quest EDITORIAL Comment and Review Oppose Teacher Contract Bill The Tl\inois Senate has been handed a House-approved bill that would regulate negotiations between teachers and their local school boards. The bill is being promoted, by Dr. Michael Bakalis, Illinois superintendent of public instruction. If adopted it would create a new government agency and set down general F guidelines under which school boards and teachers can hammer out a contract settlement with minimum amount of trouble and less chance-of a strike, The State Educational Employment Act woulfd create an educational employment board with full-time members and a Bureau of Mediation under it, also staffed. The act would set statewide standards detailing who can serve on negotiating teams representing both sides in contract talks, authorize the state to investigate unfair labor practices and order them stopped, provide lists of professional fact finders and mediators and finance studies of school district needs and ability to pay, and establish conditions under which teachers may go on strike. A total of 29 other states have adopted similar plans. The disadvantages of the legislation are relatively easy to spot To begin with, it creates a. new government agency that would not only be expensive to the taxpayer, but increase the possibility of further drain on local control over the administration of education. Opponents of the bill also argue that it is teaeher-orionted and that the administration of the p\an would leave school boards at a disadvantage. The State of Michigan is one of the 29 with a collective bargaining statute, and school administrators there have encountered some problems with the legislation, which, according to one administrator, has taken negotiations out of the hands of local teachers and professional employes and into the hands of statewide negotiators. The result, he said, is strained relations within the school districts and generalized standards for negotiations which fail to recognize individual financial and social problems in each district. The Illinois legislation, supported by Mr. Bakalis, raises a number of potential problems concerning the broad definitions for representation on the bargaining teams, the role of the teacher as a professional in the labor market, and the right of the citizenry to retain control over the educational processes at the local level. While the Bakalis bill does not appear to be the idea} solution to providing uniform standards for collective bargaining, there is a need for such standards, and as one administrator in Galesburg said, it is only a matter of time before they become law. But those standards must recognize that the first priority of a school district is education and that, educators, as Rep. Robert G. Day, R-Peoria, has suggested in opposing the bill, are unique employes in that their jobs cannot be analyzed on an hourly basis and their relationships with the school board, the students and the citizens cannot be considered that of the typical employer-employe. Inside Government There are more and more signs at the state and local levels qf government that Timely Quotes If the President meant to include people who are crippled, paralyzed or blind when he admonished,the American people to ask not what the government can do for them but rather what they can do for themselves, then the President is not only heartless, but has shown himself to be budgetary blind. Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif., on P dent Nixon's veto of the Rehabilitation Act of 1972, The most important notion to be discredited publicly is that grafitti vandalism and defacement of property can be cloaked with the justification or excuse that it is an acceptable form of pop art. —Steven L. Isenberg, reporting that graffiti costs New York City $10 million a year. Opera will find its way once it's rid of the black tie syndrome. «-LeoA Barziu, director National Ori -hes- Jr«l Association. the bureaucratic octopus in Washington has relatives in Illinois. The Knox County Nursing Home recently raised its monthly rates for patient care. It was a rather long and involved process, since the new rates could not bo inaugurated without the consent of the Illinois Department of Revenue, another government agency. The blessing of the Department of Revenue was granted a short time ago. The Illinois Department of Revenue, however, apparently doesn't carry much weight with another state agency, the Illinois Department of Public Aid. That agency said this week that for the time being at least, it won't pay the new rates at the Xijrsing Home for patients receiving public aid. That is bureaucracy, and it supports the conclusion that there are so many people running the government they have as much difficulty communicating with themselves as they do with the'public. Oil Reserves Attractive to WASHINGTON (NEA) The development of stronger economic relations with Peking may enable the United States eventually to escape from a risky overdependence on oil from the Middle East, where Moscow's military might and influence have been growing these past few years. Almost equally Important to the United States politically and militarily, China's oil resources, i£ they prove as greatly as expected, could provide major alternate sources of supply for Japan and U.S. allies in Europe. This listing of Peking as a future alternate source for petroleum assumes Mao Tse-tung's government will put oil profits above ideology and that the Cl'ina-Sovict cold war will continue unabated. Analysts hero say the odds are good on both these counts. Preliminary studies indicate there are major petroleum resources in the seas off the coast of China. In meetings with bus* inessmen recently, U.S. government officials have reported Peking has now given priority to the development of national oil resources — including exploration, drilling, refining and the manufacture of petrochemicals. Likewise, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, South Vietnam and Indochina are looking for ways to exploit their own offshore petro* leum resources, also believed to be quite large. Talks between Peking and the other governments mentioned above with Washington and with private American businessmen indicate that these lands will be interested in considerable U.S. technical assistance and — to some extent — participation by U.S. companies. Though the Chinese headed by Mao are said to be fearful of the participation by American concerns and by any outside agency or government as a re- suit of their shattering experience with the Russians some time back, this reporter knows from his own experience that Mao himself, and Chou En-lai were at one time greatly Interested in private American in­ vestment. Mao's men will find gome way to ratlonallza coop* efatlon with U.S. industry. Though Chinese oil, 11 it comes, is something tot year* In the future, politically and piy- chologically that stliMtafled petroleum can have a real Importance today in restraining some of the hotter heads In the Middle East. Already, some Middle East leaders have suggested strongly that their oil will be used politically In the future, as the need arises. They have referred pointedly to the United Sl&tes and to West European countries as the nations which must be kept in lino. Some of the enormous income from Middle East oil is being used by some states to fund the activities of terrorist groups in the Mediterranean region. Unverified reports suggest that some undergrounds in Asia are also being assisted with these oil revenues. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Federal Agency Taking Taxpayers hp* 1 1 imber WASHINGTON Our national forests, with 92 million acres of timberfand, provide a refuge for a variety of wild creatures and a recreation area for the populace. Americans by the tens of millions roam the feder- aJ woods each year. They may - be interested in a revealing, two-inch stack of documents, intended for official eyes only. These show that the Nixon administration is selling 11.8 billion off a board staggering feet of the taxpayers' timber. Yet at the same time, the administration is reducing the money and manpower needed to prevent the cut-off from becoming a fire hazard. In the cautious language of bureaucrats, the memos warn that the untreated slash could tarn into tinder and create dangers of massive forest fires. THE FOREST Service is trying, Watergate style, to suf>- press the incriminating memos. An "Early Warning Alert" has been circulated, cautioning that the memos are "privileged in- &>rmation M and must be withheld firom the public. All federal employes are sternly forbidden from releasing "this information unless or until released to the public by the department. " The Natural Resources Defense Council, for instance, is pressing for action. Nevertheless, we will publish the highlights and make the full texts available to any group interested in saving our forests. The timber toll of 11.8 billion board feet was approved by the Cost of Living Council under political pressure from the lumber industry and economic pressure from the construction boom. The suppressed memos promise even * 'higher output goals in 1974 and 1975." Yet the memos tell how the Forest Service, which is supposed to manage our national forests, is caught in a budget Its funds squeeze, its tunas are being siashed by $105 million, its full- time work force reduced - from 20,400 to 18,810. Forest Service chief John McGuire described the problem in a confidential wire to his regional directors. The - timber cutting "is 18 per cent higher" than in 1972, he reported. "Additional funding and manpower will be required. . .'to achieve the 18 per cent increase." He solicited their views. FROM VAST region nine, which stretches from the North Atlantic states to Iowa, came a blunt response from Fire Control Chief Edward Hieiman. "With our projected increase in timber activities," he wrote, "comes an increase in fire exposure due to the harvesting activity itself, post-sale slash treatment, and subsequent public use of areas containing untreated slash. Obviously, an increase in fire protection is in order if we are to avoid immediate and long-term future reductions in our timber supply." This was echoed by Regional Forester Max Peterson in Atlanta's region eight, which covers ail the southern states. Fund reductions "may be serious. . .," he warned. "We don't know at this point how much of our goal this will place in jeopardy." In other areas, the foresters predicted they would have to fall back on the wasteful practice of "clearcutting" to meet tlie 11.8 billion board feet goal. BOLSTERED BY these replies, McGuire and his men began drafting some memos of their own. 'One for the White House, itself, says tentatively that "additional funds are needed. . if fall-off timber. . .is to be prevented." The memo warns "the 1975 goals cannot be sustained." Some foresters tried to take their complaints up to Capitol Hill. This brought some sharp "specific guidance" from the White House to the Agriculture Department, which has jurisdiction over -the Forest Service. In a private April 2 memo, Assistant Agriculture Secretary Robert Long wrote.to the Forest Service chief: "The President expects (you) actively to support the budget. . . .This support should be given in testimony before congressional committees, in informal contracts with members of Congress and their staffs, and in speeches and meetings with outside groups." Nevertheless, McGuire told us honestly: "I cannot legally say to the loggers, here is the National Forest, help yourself." A final decision on the 11.8 billion board feet, meanwhile, awaits White House action. FOOTNOTE: The timber barons contributed not only to President Nixon's campaign but to sever ail congressional campaigns. Democrats and Republicans alike received generous donations. Among them were past and present Congressmen Don Clausen, R-Calif.; John Dellenback, R-Ore.; John Mc- THE MAILBOX Letters to the Editor Milan, D-S. C . ; Xnou oisen, No Report Card Editor, Register-Mail: I. was in a very cheerful frame o£ mind, when I walked up to the office to get my daughter's report card. But I was rudely awakened by that sharp spoken lady behind the desk, that has sent many children away from her desk in tears the past year! "Your daughter cannot have her report card" until her book rental for the year has been paid!" I asked her how much it was and she told was $10.50. this me , I honestly thought bill had been paid, but I knew it would do no good to stand there and argue with her. She had the nerve to tell me that she still had my daughter's report card from last year, because I didn't pay for her books last year. I was literally shocked. I asked to see it. She got out a whole stack of report cards, and started thumbing through them, but couldn't seem to find my daughter's . . . , I asked to speak to the principal, and I waited in line long enough to see very many disappointed kids, who were wanting their report cards, and was told that they couldn't have ihem until their book rental fee was paid! When I finally got to talk to the principal, I fold him that I couldn't pay for the books until the 28th, and where should I send the money. He told me to send it to the Supt. of the schools, and that my daughter's report card would be mailed to me after it was paid . • . I called the Superintendent of the schools and talked to a lady in his office .... The Superintendent had his office girl call me and tell me that he had just talked to the principal at my daughter's school, and that my daughter would get her So if you're a parent of a child that didn't get his or her report card, wake up and get out there and fight for your child's education.—Sharolyn J. Hatch, Galesburg. get her report the mail the next day. her what card in I asked EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Begister-Mall welcomes tempered; constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail, however, assumes no respon* sibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 200 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material will be rejected. Mo letters can pa returned. D-Mont; Sam Steiger, R-Ariz.,and Al Ullman, D-Ore. To make it easier to slip money to congressmen , the i ndustry once formed a "99 Club" for making $99 donations, just under the legal $100 limit for identifying donors by name. For special friends like House GOP leader Gerry Ford, the industry once provided him with a company jet. The National Forest Products Association and throe other associated lobbies also laid out a lavish boo&e and buffet reception for Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz shortly before his confirmation. (Copyright, 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) they planned to do about the other children that didn't get theirs? She told me that their main concern was my daughter. Well she is my concern too, her and all of these kids that work hard all year, trying to learn and having to put up with all of this pressure from their teachers and the principal. Why should they have to be punished and embarrassed just because some ignorant person has to tag stupid rules and regula- tioas on them? This Is no way to collect money for these books, anyway .... Crossword Puzzle Qalesburg Register-Mail Office 140 South Prairie -Street Gaieibur?, Illinois, 6M01 TELEPHONE NUM8BB Kcgtster-Mall Exchange 343-7101 By SUBSCRIPTION RATES Carrier in Cjty of Gaieibqrg 50u * Weok Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Officii at Gaieabur*. Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sunday* and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbua Pay and Veterans Day. By libD mull in our retail trading zone: 1 Year Sjeou 3 Month! 6 Month* f 0.00 1 Month hw No mail subscription* acctpttd in towns where there Is established newspaper boy delivery gervlct. 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