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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, June 29, 1973
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4 Galesburg Register-Moil, Galesburg, 111.,,,., Fri., June 29, J 973 a m -, i w, » w *f *? ** *» la n % •ft? *5 *£ 5'jJ 1 1 I This Stuff Can Wait. I'm Going Home EDITORIAL Comment and Review Rush-Hour Traffic Jam as ! .i»« Mi a m «S U> «h M» '4 I* w The Illinois General Assembly is grinding toward Saturday's adjournment deadline with a pile of work still; undone and a number of major issues yet to be resolved. The logjam of legislation is nothing new for the Assembly. Traditionally, the state's 59 senators and 177 representatives save the best until last, work feverishly during the waning hours of the session, and then adjourn for the summer with a mountain of bills to return to in the fall. This year, new organizational rules in both chambers and limitations on the introduction of legislation eased problems during the first half of the session. However, lengthy debates and political party squabbles have undone most of that. The Assembly has only passed appropriations bills totaling about $2 billion. That is Jess than one-third the money needed to operate the state under Gov. Daniel Walker's $7 billion budget. The appropriations still tied up involve such vital areas as transportation, elementary and secondary education, and public aid, among others. The Assembly has also failed to resolve a number of important issues including no-fault insurance, tax reform, election reform, land reclamation, capital punishment, mass transit, abortion, aid to private and public education, as well as severa} procedural matters. One of the big snags this year has been the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The RTA would encompass six counties in the northeast corner of the state and take the burden off Illinois taxpayers in down- stale Illinois who in the past have been subsidizing mass transit in the Chicago metropolitan area. When Chicago Democrats came to the legislature earlier this year for more funding for the Chicago Transit Authority, the GOP agreed on the condition that a regional authority would be organized and funded in the 6-county area. The Democrats approved of the GOP plan then, but have since raised havoc with its implementation, which requires legislative action. Both political parties have been squabbling over the issue and the Democrats have been laboring under an intra-party split involving the Cook County and downstate contingents. Rep. A. T. McMaster, R-Oneida, painted a bleak picture of the legislature earlier this week. "We're in trouble if we don't get these appropriations passed," he said. "The departments can't operate and the operation of the state will eventually come to a screeching halt." Rep. McMaster and his colleagues are well into the traditional race to deadline, remaining in session until the 1 or 2 a.m. and returning to work at 8 a.m. the next day. But it will be impossible for the legislature to complete its work by Sunday. There aren't enough hours in the day. There is no easy solution to the legislators' problem. Voters, however, wiU have the opportunity next year to take a close look at one solution many legislators find extremely distasteful. Appearing on the 1974 ballot will be a constitutional amendment calling for a reduction in the size of the General Assembly. There are many pros and cons to the issue, but it is tempting. There are undoubtedly several lawmakers that the state would be better off without. R. I. P. SACB It is ironic, to say the least, that Richard M. Nixon should preside over the liquidation of a federal agency he helped to create while serving as a member of Congress. But when the Subversive Activities Control Board (SACB) closes up shop on Saturday, it will do so as a casualty of President Nixon's fiscal 1974 budget. The SACB will have lew mourners. Crippled by aourt-imposed restrictions on its authority, the board has held lew public hearings in the past decade. Nevertheless, its five presidentially appointed members each earn $36,000 a year. The Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950, passed over President Truman's veto, was the brainchild of Hep. Richard M. Nixon, R-Calif., and Sen. Karl E. Mundt, R-S.D. The following year, SACB set out to expose Communists and their organizations through hearings. It concluded that the Communist Party U.S.A. was a Communist-action group under foreign domination and ordered it to register as such with the Justice Department. But the party appealed the order, and in 1965 the Supreme Court ruled in the party's favor. Other court rulings vacating registration orders followed. No other agency wiy assume SACB's functions after June 30. But the board believes it has accomplished something. Communist Party U.S.A. membership dropped from 25,000 in 1951 to 9,000 in 1961. Report on Minorities in Television Shocking Even a. casual look at the causes of racial unrest in America will discover that the job is the thing. A race has to believe that its members, if Ihey qualify as well as any other applicants, will have a fair shake at employment opportunities. Moreover, if a race is to amount to anything at all, the breadwinner must have access to a paycheck. This is the way to feed a family, pay rent to the landlord or make payments on a mortgage, buy health care, send the children to school, buy clothes and furniture, hold the family head up, and look after a dozen other items that require money. THAT IS WHY the report on employment bias in the television industry is so shocking. White males have "the world on a string," as Cab Calloway used to sing. There is nothing to cheer about for women, white or otherwise. Three out of every four women who are employed fulUime are in office and clerical jobs. Seventy-four stations not only turn their backs on the hiring of minorities, but employ white males only. In the top four categories, management is 77 per cent white; minority profession­ als are not to be found at 50 per cent of the stations; nonwhite technicians are not in the picture at 55 per cent of the stations, and they are . missing among the sales personnel at 81 per cent of the places surveyed. The picture is not hopeless. It is just bad and as slow as molasses in January. Not that some officials in the industry are not trying. Not that some stations and networks do not have beautiful policy statements. Little fault can be found with their phrases on the employment of blacks, Spanish- sumamed, Indians, and Orientals. They have the further advantage of being highly literate and sophisticated people who know, more than most, what is going on in today's world. THEY HAVE made some small advances. Where once the industry was really lily-white, there are now some salt and pepper areas. Some of these have not advanced beyond a flyspeck here and there and some tare still stubbornly all-white and all-male. This writer can remember when not one black man was a technician. None was behind a microphone reporting .the news Comment By Roy Wilkins in understandable English. There were no black doctors, policemen and others in casts of actors. Or course, there were none in the industry's lucrative commercials. But with these breakthroughs there has been little follow-up. Network executives may have had other priorities. Negroes themselves may have been content to merely enjoy television, not crusade for employment in the-medium. Many stations see no particular duty to report community events fairly. Oft- limes stations have had a fight for their licenses before they would pay any attention to the needs and thoughts and events in the black communities. SUFFICIENT .IOBS are not being provided. The minority workers in TV undoubtedly have la'es to tell about how their stations are either ducking the issue altogether or hiding behind barest tokenism. Don't forget the "pure white" managerial jobs in television. Little or no upward mobility for minorities. Dcn't forget the 74 atl-whiite- malc TV stations. No entry level jobs at all or in only certain categories for females. In 1968, the President's Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, reviewing the racial crisis in the hot summer of 1967, icported: "Pervasive discrimination and segregation in employment, education and housing have resulted in the continuing exclusion of great numbers of Negroes from the benefits of economic progress." The job is the thing. Can one be a responsible, upstanding citizen when those who seek jobs are barred because of color, race and sex? Little H Continues Work in White House WASHINGTON—White House insiders can hardly believe that Larry Higby has managed to ride out the Watergate storm, avoid the public spotlight and keep his job as a presidential deputy. Under the Byzantine regime of former staff chief H. R. Haldeman, the brusque, bookish Higby, still In his 20s, occupied the catbird's seat. He was Haldeman's Haldeman. Few got past Haldeman in to see the President; few got past Higby in to see Haldeman. They were known around the White House as "Big H" and "little h." Taking his cue from Haldeman, "little h" was curt, arrogant, insensitive. Senators have complained to us that their calls to the President would be routed through Higby who handled them abruptly and, on at least one occasion, he kept a prominent senator on hold. - HIGBY WAS totally involved in almost everything Haldeman did. Haldeman even stopped by in bis White House limousine to p<.'ck up Higby in the mornings and to drop him off at his home in the evenings. Our White House sources insist Higby couldn't possibly have been unaware of Haldeman's Watergate involvement. Specifically, they claim that Hakleman's political aide, Gordon Strachan, who allegedly submitted the Watergate reports to Haldeman, went through Higby almost without exception. However, Higby has told the Senate Watergate investigators quite a different stcry. He has sworn that he was not privy to the Watergate information, that Strachan dealt directly with Haldeman on this subject. Both Haldeman and Strachan have left the White House under a cloud, but Higby remains on the payroll in good standing. Comment By Jack Anderson Indeed, he received a pay raise last February. FOOTNOTE: Long after Haldeman's departure, he continued to visit Higby almost daily at the White House. Higby refused to talk to us. Through a press spokesman, however, he denied any involvement in the Watergate affair. He explained that he continued to see Haldeman to help tie up loose ends. REST HOUSES: While most Americans vacation at overpriced and overcrowded resorts packed next to their neighbors like coins in a pocket, a few well-connected bureaucrats are able to loll in the nation's most picturesque spots — with the taxpayers picking up most of the tab. From the lofty vistas of the Grand Tetons to delightfully deserted stretches of beach in the Virgin Islands, bigwigs from Congress, the White House and the government departments can enjoy the national parks in style. The National Park Service, always ready to appease the powerful, operates 10 "rest Crossword Puzzle Homemaking Answers to Previous Puzzle ACBOSS 1 Stitch 4 Offspring 9 Cooking utensil 12 Siouan Indian 13 Stop (Fr.) 14 Exist 15 The (German) 16 What a homemaker cleans up (2 wds.) 17 Maiden name 18 One who inquires 20 Mix, as dough 22 Boy's nickname 24 Kind of boat (ab.) 25 Blemish 28 Self-esteem 30 Assist 34 That one (Latin) 35 Fall month (ab.) 36 Also 37 Split pulse 38 Japanese sash 3'd Tmed implement 40 And others (Latin) 42 Can metal 43 Arrow poison 44 Native metal 46 Kind of stove 48 Theater platform 51 Used to prepare meals 55 Art (Latin) 56 Florida city 60 Duct (unat.) 61 Allow 62 (J reek epic poem 63 .Superlative 64 Afternoon party 65 Rich cake 66 Educational group (ab.) DOWN 1 Sodium bicarbonate 2 Summers (Fr.) 3 Toil 4, Household task 5 Smoked pork 6 Island (Fr.) 7 Lieutenants (ab.) 8 Study furniture (pi.) l_ u c E A R E & £> E= N T 1 u A T D I R E= T R S • A R O T A T m B AT B 21 High degree 45 Send paymen 23 Indicate 47 Stage whispei 24 Affectionate 48 Seasoning 25 Lateral part 49 Large plant 26 City diagram 50 Fictional dog 27 Spanish jar 52 Baking 20 Asian desert chamber 31 English school 53 Flower 32 Learning container 33 Prod 51 This (Sp.) 9 Window glass 30 Clenched 57 Labor group 10 Space hand (ab.) 11 Want 41 Heavy piece 58 Atmosphere 10 Grafted (her.) of wood 50 Small rug 3 1 2 3 12 15 \i rr 22 W 26 27 _ 34 W I J 40 13 nr 9 10 u * lT houses" where VIPs can cavort without having to worry about the high cost of living. The big guns of the Nixon ad-. ministration have shown a special affinity for Camp Hoover in the Shenandoah National Park not far from Washington. Among those who have relaxed at this sylvan retreat are Attorney General Elliot Richardson, acting FBI Director William Ruckelshaus, Deputy Budget Director Fred Malck and, on a slow weekend, Ronald Walker, who heads the park service. OTHERS HAVE ventured as far as St. Johns or St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to soak up the sun during the winter months. Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, White House .telecommunications czar Clay Whitehead and Guy Simpler, an assistant to Interior Secretary Rogers Morton, are among the winter tourists who enjoyed the surf and sand during the expen­ sive season for only $10 a day. This modest fee included the services of a government paid caretaker. Another visitor to the islands, Rep. Dave Martin, R-Neb., was irritated when other VIPs on the waiting list cut short his stay after only two weeks at the waterfront haven. At Brinkerhoff Lodge in the Grand Tetons, the bill goes up to $45 a day for the park service's most luxurious villa. But those who have stayed there find it a bargain. The price includes maid service as well as a park ranger at the bureaucrat's beck and call. None of these quarters, of course, are available to the millions of ordinary Americans who visit the parks. Footnote: The park service would like to close down these fancy villas if the pampered bigwigs would permit it. The Almanac By United Press International Today is Friday, June 29, the 180th day of 1973 with 185 to follow. The moon is approaching its new phase. The morning stars are Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The evening stars are Mercury and Venus. Those born on this date arc under the sign of Cancer. William Mayo, founder of the famed medical center bearing his name, was born June 29, 1861. On this day in history: In 1852, American statesman Henry Clay died in Washington. In 1946, the British arrested more than 2,700 Jews in an attempt to put down terrorism in Palestine. © 1973 by NEA, <, on the brighter side—this Watergate mess is swell material, for a sequel to your 'crises' bookl" galesburg Register-Mail Office MO South Pralrlo Street Galesburg, Illinois. (illOl TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg. Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1B70. Dally except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City o£ Galesburg 50u a Week Hy HEI> mall In our retail trading zone: 1 Year $1(1.00 3 Months $3.23 0 Months $ 0.00 1 Month $2.00 Ethel Custer Prltchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnson, assistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. 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