Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 20, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 4

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, June 20, 1973
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Bi-State 1 The West Central Illinois Regional JCouncil of Public Officials, one of a growing number of regional governmental units spawned by the federal bureaucracy, has jsmbarked on negotiations aimed at forming jja bi-state planning conference, a IF II The Hives from Sltf counties organization ,with the Southeast 3towa Planning Commission, another ional governmental Unit. Both orga: ions believe that a bi-state agency could sal more effectively with problem {common to both Eastern Iowa and tQli nois. « unit ijidea ol what shape Jthere is consistent talk of a non-profit tcori !ger till givd the {new entity formal complexion. Central Council SSvas conceived by an energetic attorney ^affiliated with the Iowa group, to U.S. {Rep, Thomas Railsback, R-I1L, for his Jopiftion, Rep. Railsback told the council to SmoVe c&utiously. That mild splendid concept, but it takes more than •contemplation to make it work. { We now have three regional government units spurting up in Western Illinois. jThe first to be organized was the Western ^Illinois Crime Commission at the insistence •Jof the Illinois Law Enforcement Commission; the second was the West Central jcouftcil organized at the insistence of the ^Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the third, not yet off the ground, is a regional narcotics investigation unit being organized at the prodding of several law enforcement officials. None of them is the product of popular demand, yet all of them are, or will be, spending considerable tax dollars* All of them are the product of the domestic policies of the Johnson Administration, yet none of. them, is consistent with the new revenue-sharing, local-control philosophies <*t the Nixon Administration* -And now, we have another regional unit proposed. -It is extremely important at this time that the public officials who make lip the Regional Council give Serious consideration to the future of their organization and that of other regional Units in Western Illinois before they embark on this new venture. It is also extremely important that the r County boards of the six counties Involved in the Regional Council take stock of their commitment to these Units bfcfdfo further plans for a bt^tate corporation are made. We do not question the motivation of the West Central Council's membership. They have demonstrated ih the past that their only goal is the betterment of the counties, cities and Villages they Represent. However, it is becoming clear that this proliferation Of new governmental agencies in Western Illinois may have the makings for the greatest waste of time, energy and tax dollars that citizens of ihiS area have Seen in a long time. Already there are signs of poor planning, overlapping responsibilities, lack of communication, lack of local control, and cumbersome administrative structures Visible in our three regional units. The common description tor those conditions is bureaucracy, and that is what we are trying to avoid; Tiger By The Tail There {that doesn't breed another problem. The 4current gasoline shortage is no exception, T In one approach to this problem, Con- egress is reportedly considering requiring Jthe states to reduce speed limits on Inter- umption Lower Timely Quotes i less fuel consumption. T Seventeen years ago your country sent {up Sputnik and you should have seen how •much money they gave our schools. Won't i you please send up another Sputnik? { —Sidney JP. Marland, assistant secretary I for education 4a the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, to a group of vlsHlng Russian educators. ! A titans-Canadian line would take about 5 five more years to build than a trans-Alaska ? r iine. It would be under control of a foreign ^fovettuneflt And the potential for environ- 3 mental damage would be Just as great if , not greater. 1 **R*p. Gerald R. ford, R-Mlch., urging construction of an Alaskan pipeline "at the earliest possible date. 1 ' less fuel buying and in turn would mean fewer tax funds for highway maintenance and improvement, warns one state official. The plan to reduce Interstate speed limits as a fuel, conservation effort could hurt,highway departments all over the country which depend on the fuel tax, says Ohio's transportation director, J. Phillip Richey. A little more than 4 cents of every 7 cents of this tax in Ohio goes to his department. But there's "hope" for this problem. Also being considered is a hike in the federal gasoline tax. Possibly some of this extra revenue could go toward relief of state highway departments. BUt even this "solution" raises a problem. If, as intended, a higher gasoline tax discourages automobile use, less automobile use would again mean less tax collection. Any way you look at it, the motoring public is going to pay, in one way or another. in the WASHINGTON (NEA) The ftutlook tot governors may b6 changing. Perhaps too long now, they nave seemed bland, some* times dispirited, 111-equlpped to deal with problems beyond their own state borders. Their image has suffered further because, even when many Individuals stood out as impressive performers, collectively they seldom managed to exert much influence upon the course of nation's affairs. Assembled together, they appeared almost certain to give off group vibrations of weakness. h h At their early June meeting at Lake Tahoe, they did not suddenly come smashing through 1 as a great collective force. But they looked and sounded better than they had for a long time. Maybe it's all relative. Maybe this was an tmprfesston gained only by comparison with the mess in Washington. Yet many seasoned newsmen felt this and are undoubtedly writing about it. h The old stuff about the governors being less than the sum of their parts seemed inappropriate. Probably it was always J 1 1 • 5 *: ? basically unfair as a judgment, since the idea that they capable of exerting heavy combined Impact was largely* an illusion, bom 8? the impressive if little understood act of GQP governors in 1952 in sufipoW of Gen. Dwight Eisenhower's presidential candidacy. In 1973, anyway, the legend of unified influence smatiked'ef irrelevancy, their individual capacities, strength of utterance, and seriousness struck observers as more important. , • Very strong, statements about Watergate came from stfch ;governors as Daniel Evans of Washington, William Milliken of Michigan, Patrick Lucey of Wisconsin. John Gilligan of Ohio, Qpv. Nelson Rockefeller cut his uiual good figure as a bustling executive of competence and energy. Moreover, it began to dawn on some of the watchers that perhaps; it is time again for one of the governors to get a real crack at the presidency. The nongovernors who have been winning that job in recent times haven't done all that well in some critical areas of national difficulty. The tough problem tones today are in the domestic sphere — homegrown inflation, stubborn unemployment in the cores of the great cities, crime and blight and transportation chaos (underscored now by fuel shortages) in those same cities. This is the sphere where the governors live. They stand at the cutting edge of the big, nagging problems which have been resisting solution, or even mod­ est amelioration, by presidents who either by choice or force of circumstance, have for years been focusing heavily upon foreign policy matters. A feeling was evident at Tahoe that the long drawn out foreign jtolley era Is ever, that the sting of urgency has gone out of the foreign issues, that whfct we need now are men close to domestic matters. President Nixon is seen by men in both parties as not only beleaguered by the scandals of Watergate, but positively strapped by his known bent for the strategic abstractions of overseas diplomacy. To be sure, neither major party appears to be coming up with bold innovative ideas applicable to the disturbed domestic scene. But the governors this year at least give off an air of freshness and new confidence which suggests that, fairly, it ought to be their turn to try. Not since Franklin D. Roosevelt has one of their number occupied the big chair. The tired, uninspired veterans of the Washington pressure-cooker may be ripe for discard in favor of some hard-charging governor. •i t Indiscreet Action at Bureau of Mines i 4 WASHINGTON—Two top Bur reau of Mines officials have accepted (free iair travel from the coal companies they regulate or from contractors doing business with the government. Both 'the director, Dr. Eiburt Oshorn, and a deputy director, Donald Sohlick, appear bo have violated a regulation, which expressly forbids employes from accepting gifts end gratuities from companies under toheir jurisdiction. Here are 'the details: •On March 10, 1971, Osborn was asked to address a mine safety meeting in Indiana, Pa. When he declined because of poor airitae connections, an executive with Ahe Florence Mhv Htonley, ia platoe. Os- ihofift t£lew the cihanter ed aircraft .to the ftieetifag and if law the same company plane baick to W&sWngten the next day, —ON SEPTEMBER 18, 1971; Osborn missed J a commercial ing Company, Jannes offered to diar.t The n iriAssea a flight wihicfe WOUlid him from • Ohadest to Johnstolwn, Pa. dent of the giant Consolidation Coal Company, John Corcoran, offered a ride; in the fen's Osborn accq •Tteee weeks later, on Oe- fft rode in a er Angeles. While they ivere on the West Coast, they rode in a Food Machinery Corporation plane from Los Angeles to a mine sibe in Wyoming where the three Bureau of Mines officials, were headed. FM Corporation happens to hold a mul- tiMmilflion -d^lliair research c6h± tract with the Bureau of Mines. For this andisenetion 'j Sdhlick conduct henceforth must be "beyond reproach." Nevertheless, Schltek allegedly has been involved in vat least two other conflicts of interest, involving footbaM tickets -and coiiporate plane dldes, with organtoaitltoniS doing business with tfoe Bureau of fttes. Neither of these, however, were investigated. The reason, according to insiders, is 'that Schlick is considered a WJiite, House favorite. Footnote! Director Oaborn explained that when he accepted the free plane rides, there was no policy forbidding them. It "never occurred'* to him at the time, he told, us, (that he was dtohg wrong. "But I wouldn't do it tagain," he promised. We were -unaibile to ireaoh Schlock for- comment. WHO'S LYING: Rep. Roger ZLon* R-Ind.. is sputtering over our- report that he' pressured Washington lobbyists into dor nafeing prizes for the annual Coragressionail Goif Tournament* A "perverted. etfaggeratiion of the truth/' he called our starv. s \ his personal memos on the golf gala. We will quote a lew (typical highlights so hl3 constituents can judge AV^IO is indulging in "perverted exaggeration/* Zion's first calit M.I I boodle, his files show, mas a memo lobbyists asking: "Would you please find some suitable prize (or prizes) that you wouldrlike to contribute and send same to me. No lobbyist, who, evGr expected to get a legislative favor out of Congress, could 'i^ribrt such a blatant appeal. .Back came the prizes by­ load. One staff member described rfihe scene ifor us in a written statement. iad more booty In his office than Klng-Parouk in his salad days," reported'the witness. "THere wasstliff ill closets, stashed. und&r * desks , and in the ^ngressihian's owii office. He ted idlfeks of mmk& golf .balls, alT outdoor grill, "Igs; well as two tele- sets.' • ER LOBBYISTS sent ffift ^ntoitun, offliciaUy (former Boy Scout leader, we have seen See 'Indiscreet (Continued on Page li) tober 7, 19?1, Osl Pittston MAILBOX Chaifleston Lexington, Ky., where he addressed the Kentucky Coail As. To the coal operators' surprise, Osborn lambasted them for their high fatality rate. -On May M, 1972, another Pittston helicopter ferried the Bureau of Min6S dtfeotior over Biiffato Creek, W. Va M the area that was devastated three months earlier when a Pittston Oil Weather Control Editor, RegisteMVEail: As a graduate student in • atmospheric science, I could not let the ReV. Ratter's letter of last June 9 pass without some and projects dam and coal waste poured down the valley, DONALD SCHLICK and three of his aides managed to obtain some har&Uhget tickets to the 1973 surperbowl game in Los igards to ius contention that "tall weather modification is being accomplished on a secret basis," pgfhaps it is so at other instltutsions, but it hardly seems to b6 the case here at Colorado State University. Be- beirig a student in the field, I am also employed as one -of several computer programmers who help analyze the nation's largest precipitation Crossword Puzzle Answtre to Previous Puuft AtROSS 1 —Hatbor, Maine 4 Community on thb Waal 8 South •American nation 12 Utiiifce 13 .HxdeoU8 monster 14 Eager Ifr Pot cover 16 Poisonous mushroom 18 Burrowing mamma I3 S Petulant Shade tree tt Female sheep (Pi) 24 Instance 26 Snare 27 Household Implement 30 Oleic acid salt 82 Thin wood strip 34 Kind of Window 89 Goober 36 Eagle (comb, form) 37 Greek love 80 Fling S Western state Favorite animal 42 Bring about 45 Repeat 49 Mediate 51 Footed vase 5? One who (suffix) 18-—the g iven seas razillanbey 65 Hardy heroine 56 Alpine hostelries 57 Distress signal DOWN 1 Raised in Holland 2 Continent 3 Arabia's Neftid (2 wdfl.) 4 Eskimo pole 5 — Stravin- cdved no dnstructions to keap anything secret and wonld be teppy to laniswer any questions. Just tile same I can nob deny the po&sibiity iha-b : is eager to utilifce (and for the sake of national security, keep secret any weather modification techniques of strategic importance that we may discover. The fact that thero <are few conclusive results in publication does mt imply secrecy, rather it means that no conclusions have been drawn yet. Scientists can not force answers to questions out of nature. As far m "What this wolf- pack hell crowd is doing to God's weather, 1 ' and catling cn the farmers to expose lis, we are attempting no more than the farmers do whe iilize God's soil. Only certain soiis will support obtain crops, and fertilizers enhance their growth. So also that only certain types of clouds will yield rain or can be seeded to modify their rainfall. Farmers here in Letters to the Editor • t dence irt the outcome of such operations. bo meteorological wairtfare is a thing of the distent fitted if lot all, tts I pray. If Mfc's a msnd6 to be led against wliM • Mian is doing lo thef air, let it be to strengthen the moment lo stop tha shameful poMion of the lait- mosphere. And yes, the department here is working on this problem iad. — Gregg W. Walters, dalesburg Pi for IPC Editor, Register-Mail I I tlhink the Galesbxirg Community owes the Ililnote Powifer and Iigiht Co. and their em­ ployes a great big Vote of thanks for the wonderful Job of restoring electric service after the storm damage. I wistrto say a big thank you to all. — A, F. Bfftdbiiry, Galesbufg insects Fihal passage 40 Employer s the Colorado ski, Russian pompoaer 6 Expunger 7 Conducted 26 Earth . . 8 Tops of heads 27 Cretan 44 Shoshone an " Freudian term monster (pi.) (music) 25 African plant 42 Chest tot sacred utensils <PV> 10 Poke around 10 Glow 23 Stinging plain 28 Burden 29 Pampers 31 Seesaw 33 Subsequen 38 Native of Cincinnati Indians 46 Chinese dynasty (var.) 47 Singing group 48 Son of Seth (Bib.) 50 Greek letter dry regions of Kansas and Nebraska are eager for the day that We can promote move rainfall 'and reduce hail damage. But mch efforts are restrained because we simply do not have sufficient eonfi- Ister-Mail welcomes tern constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topic* of interest, in the form oe a letter to the editor. The ftegtster- Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because OE space limitations, letters should not exceed 2P0 words in length. They will be subject tb Condensation. The Hegister- fla i t wpu me! ttoubli hide tht» grtature and ddress. beiamatory material and w 11 be rejected; No letters can toe returned. 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