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ster Galesbur Thurs., June 14 EDITORIAL Comment and Review Good News From Governor Gov. Daniel Walker provided Western Dlinoisans with some refreshing news this week. At a press conference Tuesday, he misunderstood program. Tha nor's freeway program, as outlined by him this r The governor said Tuesday, however, that the earlier statements concerning his plans were misinterpreted to mean that he was dropping the rest of the 1,900-mile freeway program. Not true, he told the press. The Department of Transportation will continue to design and pljan for the Illin will Ogilvie administration without funds and without a future. Several months ago, Mr. Walker made it clear that the state did not have the resources to build all of the supplemental freeways proposed in the Ogilvie program, and that his immediate program would be limited to less than $500 million. That doesn't go very far in road construction, The original Walker p^an left out entirely three major supplemental freeway programs and several more related programs in Western Illinois. They included a north-south freeway between the Quad- Cities and -the St. Louis area, and an east- west freeway between Galesburg and Burlington, Iowa, and a portion of a Chicago- bonding he said. While the governor's announcement brought a sigh of relief from those active in the highway program, there are still important ipplemental improved cess routes to the freeways. Because these routes were not included in Gov. Walker's highway budget, the plans and designing work for them were apparently put on tha back burner by the Illinois Department of Transportation, program wil|l take a number of years to complete, but just how many years remains up to the administration and how badly it wants to improve the transportation network in downstate Illinois. More importantly, however, is a decision by the governor himself—if he has not made it already—on the priority each segment in the freeway program will receive. A project's priority, which should be based on need and not pork-barrel politics, will determine how soon it will be completed. That is of particular interest to Western Illinoisans since some of its highway needs are reaching a critical point, but apparently not reaching the administration or the legislature. Urge Passage of Bill The Kidering a biU sponsored in that chamber by Rep, A, T. McMaster, R-Oneida, that would require the Illinois Pollution Control Board to consider the economic impact of its anti-pollution rulings before they are implemented, The bill is not designed to lessen the commitment of the state to cjean the environment, but merely to apply a little reason to the method employed in getting the job done. The sudden surge of public awareness to the nation's environmental problems during the laat decade produced an over-reaction from the government's lawmakers, the regulatory agencies assigned to enforce statutes and the various srouDs and or- Timely Quotes If Jesui wanted people to be equal, He would have had six men and six women apostles. '-State Sen. John K. McDonald of Montana, speaking against the Equal Rights lendment. ganizations prodding the lawmakers into action. As a result, some anti-poljution standards became far more than the government and the private sector of the economy could afford, and deadlines for enforcing those standards became more and more unrealistic. The McMaster legislation, already approved by the Senate, would not reverse the environmental movement, but merely make it have some relationship to the citizen's ability to pay. Some assume that the bill is directed at benefiting industry, but that could not be further from the truth. The legislation may provide the greatest aid to local governmental unite, such as the Galesburg Sanitary District, which have been saddled with tough sewage treatment standards, but lack the finances to meet them. Some of these local units are being left mlh no alternative but to ignore all mandates from the regulatory agencies end do nothing. McMaster's legislation may help alleviate those situations. MIA WASHINGTON (NEA) One continuing tragedy of the war is the unwillingness of Hanoi to cooperate in detetftiintag the fate of almost 1,300 Americans miss* ing in Vietnam and still unaccounted for. Another 1,100 have been officially declared dead — but their remains have not been recovered. Especially agonising are the cases of atonen seen on the ground alter crashing and those whose pictures as prisoners were published by Hanoi — yet who have not been released nor their deaths satisfactorily explained by the Communists. Though the cease-fire agreements solemnly provided for sincere cooperation by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese, US. teams have regularly been denied access to sites where American planes are known or believed to have crashed, and to reported graves of American servicemen. The exceptions, where North VI etnam has provided some cooperation, have been even more frustrating. An American team, for example, was allowed to visit North Vietnam on May 11 and May 18 to see sites of graves in which Americans were allegedly buried. But Hanoi curiously did not permit the American team to recover or identify the remains. (Does this suggest the North Vietnamese government was afraid of what a study of the bodies would show — in torture or other mistreatment?) Most, and possibly all, the Vietnam missing are dead. But we have all heard stories of men mysteriously discovered years after a war, as with the .Japanese soldier found on an island more than two decades after World War II. Any father, mother, wife or child of a missing serviceman desperately wants certainty. A family with a husband or son missing in Laos must be in particularly great agony. From North Vietnam, 312 Air Force officers and men were returned and 322 still unaccounted for, roughly a 50-50 ratio. But only six Air Force men have been re- urned from Laos, With 308 yet to be accounted for, a ratio of one to 51. The hairy jungle areas of Laos, in great measure uninhabited, can explain away part Comment By Don Oakley f of this difference. A flier with a broken back, for example, might well starve to death on the spot because no one would find him on time. Likewise, the thick jungle foliage would cover his body after death, and his plane as well. But the difference between one returned for fevery 51 still unaccounted for in Laos as compared with one returned for every 1.03 still unaccounted for in North Vietnam is too great to be explained by a difference in geography. There is suspicion here that some men may be still held captive. But it must be emphasized this is mere suspicion} there Js no evidence. The men working on -the missing and accounted for problem in the Pentagon expect that many of the missing servicemen in Laos, North Vietnam and In Oommunlstoccupled South Vietnam will never be found — or their deaths even be explained with certainty. The search for the missing will take years at best. Non- cooperation by Hanoi could lengthen the task interminably. The longer the search takes, the less chance there will be of finding what happened to many of the men. Rapidly growing jungles wipe out almost all traces. The memories of farmers or tribesmen living near a crash grow dim or confused, Local mountain people move away. The metal remains of the airplanes are carted away and transformed into building materials or other uses and .their pj<ace or origin obseeured. For many wives, children and parents the vigil will never end. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) 1 V talker Administration Is Still Stumbling Gov. Daniel Walker, the former corporate executive who walked across Illinois straight into the governor's mansion, is having a hard time getting his new administration off the ground. Since Mr, Walker was inaugurated last January, he has slipped and stumbled over everything from the appointment of department heads to the financing of a mass transportation program. On some occasions, his administration has appeared in a state of chaos, lacking leadership and initiative. While some political observers sympathize with the chief executive because he is new at politics and new at running a $7 billion governmental operation, the fact remains that the administration must change course soon or face a very bleak future. Walker's troubles began early and instead of subsiding, they have multiplied. Immediately after he took office, the governor ran into problems with the Capital Development Board, the bipartisan governmental organ responsible for the disbursement of millions of dollars in state construction money. r The legislature rejected most of the lame duck appointees to the board made by Gov. Ogilvie so that Walker could name his own people. Walker, however, dragged his feet on the appointments, as he did those of the Illinois Pollution Control Board, and valuable time and money were wasted as construction costs skyrocketed. Later, the new governor's deputy, Victor De Grazja, fired the development board chairman, Robert G. Gibson, for taking a stand against the administration oic the CTA aid program. More problems surfaced with Walker's* appointment of Anthony Angelos, director of the Department of Insurance. Angelos withdrew his nomination under fire and he is now linked to the dismissal of two chairmen of the state liquor commission. That fiasco has prompted a legislative investigation. Next came the appointment of a convicted bank robber to the pardon and parole board and a highly controversial Minnesotan, David Fogel, as head of the Department of Corrections. Fogel was rejected by the Illinois Senate. Four of five rejected are now on the governor's staff in some capacity, and so are a couple of the governor's relatives by marriage. There have been persistent complaints that the governor is difficult to reach; that it is hard to find someone in the administration (who knows what is going on, and -that decisions are made by an inner circle of aides and staffers who don't consult the various departments those decisions affect. He also has been criticized for continuing a campaign practice of accepting practicably all invitations to events and then attending or copping out as they come up. His staff pulled that on the Macomb Chamber of Commerce recently and attempted to do the same to Rep. Sam McGrew, D-Geneseo, who had invited the governor to festivities there this Sunday. At last word, the governor will be in Geneseo. The governor also has come under fire for his failure to provide the Illinois General Assembly with a legislative program. His responsibilities fall into the legislative realm since he has rather broad veto powers, but the governor has given the lawmakers very little indication of what type of legislation blends with his programs. Another weakness rests in Walker's failure to make good on campaign promises. He traveled the length and breadth of Illinois for two years telling the voters how he was going to cut spending, improve roads, and restore honesty #nd integrity to government. He promised to cut $600 milr lion in fat from the budget but thus far he found Illinois government trimmer than he expected. He said, for example, that $50 million could be lopped off the executive payroll. His Qalesburg Itegfster-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galeshurtf 50c a Week Entered us Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Gaiwburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 187$. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Prttchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co., Inc., New York, Chicago. Detroit, Los An- gejes, San Francisco, Atlanta. Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte By RKD mall in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16 (JO 3 Months $5 i!5 fi Months $ 0.00 1 Month SJ4.UU No mail subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading sone outride City of Galesburg SUc a Week By mail outside retail trading zone In Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading xona: 1 Year $22.00 :i Months §0< JO G Months $1200 1 Month $2.50 I By mail outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: Year f20O0 3 Months 17 50 Months $14 60 1 Month MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION cuts in that category won't exceed $20 million at best. During the campaign he joked about the roads, and promised Western IMinaisans they'd see action if they voted for hkn. Last month, he proposed a $495 million supplemental freeway program that completely ignores *thiis area of the state. The governor does deserve a hearty pat on the back for his annroOTce/ment Tuesday 'that he has authorized the Department of Transportation to continue design of proposed freeways not in his immediate construe- tiora program. The announcement, however, made no mention of Western Illinois highway needs. Aside from his raftisal to work with the legislature, Walker has crumbed up another campaign pfedge to work with has lieutenant governor, Neil Hainttgan, the Mayor Daley- backpd running-mate of Paul Simon who defeated the governor's choice for 'the lieutenant governor post, Neil J3ckert of Carbonid'ale. Hartigan has been excluded from involvement in the operation of state government and has protested, but to no avail. Democrat Simon served as lieutenant governor under a Republican and may have been closer to the action than Hartigan. Piresddiential Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler would call Hartigan's job "inoperative," Back in 1971, Gov. Walker candidate Wasted the legislature and the incumbent governor for dragging their feet on ethics legislation. "The emasculation of the ethics bitf is in the process right now in Springfield where it's politics as usual," he barked. In 1972, the candidate said officeholders and candidates should make detailed economic disclosures toduding campaign costs and contributors. Walker has yet to make any such disclosures comcarning his campaign and his contaibutors and apparently has no intention of doing so. Since the election his campaign financing has come under . question several times. The governor, has, however, demanded economic disclosures from non^elected state officers-under (threat of fine or loss of job. The new governor has been successful and effective in one -area — public relations. The tall, handsome, charismatic Chicagoan who dharged his predecessor with public relations gimmickry while in office, is going Richard Ogilvie one better.' '--w- When Gov. Walker finds himself in a ticklish situation, he climbs aboard his state plane and tours Illinois, taking his message to the people. It is an expensive but effective means of keeping his image among the voters relatively untarnished. At airport news conferences and at his monthly credibility sessions, Walker's persuasive speech, suave mannerisms, independent and forceful personality blossom like sunflowers. . His aerial trips suffered a setback this week when a Senate committee sliced $12,000 off the governor's flying budget. He may h/ave to make do with the $60,000 alfooation under which the previous administration operated. It is true that Waiker has been in office only sax months of a 4-year stretch. 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