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Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 2, 1973
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Not a Dry Eye in the House EDITORIAL Comment and Review The Fate of the RTA The Illinois General Assembly may call it quits until fall today after botching up one of the most controversial issues of the spring session. House and Senate Republicans failed in their attempts to finance a Regional Transit Authority for the six-county metropolitan area surrounding Chicago following a spat between House Speaker W. Robert Blair and Gov. Daniel Walker. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) was supposed to have been the means by which the Assembly eliminated the likelihood o! continual financial support for the Chicago Transit Authority. Differences between Mr. Blair and Gov. Walker, however, made the passage of RTA legislation impossible. The Assembly and the Governor had to settle for a weak alternative to the regional authority sponsored by Rep. William Redmond, D-Bensenville. The Redmond plan is so poorly drawn, it must have been embarrassing for the Governor to sign. Downstate Illinoisans have reason to be concerned about the passage of a sensible RTA proposal next fall, and should voice their concern to their legislators when they come home to mend fences during the summer months. Without a sound RTA, downstaters will find themselves doling out annual subsidies to the Chicago transit system. Each year the requests from the CTA are for larger and more frequent contributions from the state, and there are no signs that the machine-oriented system will become seljf- suKicient. If the fall session of the legislature resembles the one just concluded, more drawn-out arguments over funding of the RTA will tie up important pieces of legislation. The state cannot afford another bout between Mr. BJair and Gov. Walker. There was one redeeming aspect to the RTA controversy. The legislature became so wrapped up in the squabble, it passed over consideration of a state lottery, a proposal we consider sugar-coated cyanide. Pool It Good o\i American enterprise is being tested but has not yet been found wanting in the current energy crisis. Or to put it another way, in adversity there is always opportunity, public relations-wise. For example, the Highway Users Federation, which is not dedicated to the disuse of the nation's streets and highways, reports that according to a study it conducted, buses and cars carrying two or more persons provide the most economic means of commuting. When all economic costs were considered, including the capital costs for purchases of the vehicles, parking costs and all costs related to construction, maintenance and operation of highways and facilities for bus and rail transit, rail transit trips were found to be the most expensive of all means of commuting (except for an automobile carrying only a driver). Thus the best answer to the problem of traffic congestion, as well as the gasoline pinch, may be to "pool it." Another organization, the Recreational Vehicle Institute, has also put out a re­ lease. Disturbed at reports that many people are reluctant to plan summer vacations and weekend trips out of concern for the energy shortage, or are delaying purchase of recreational vehicles for the same reason, it claims that a family on vacation with a recreational vehicle uses less than one-fourth the amount of energy consumed at home. "A family of four living in an average- sized home normally uses around four times more electricity and natural gas than the same family on vacation," says the institute's president, Robert L. Stewart. And as far as gasoline is concerned, he points out that with 1973 pollution control equipment, there is little difference between a 1973 sedan and a medium motor home or a car towing an average-sized travel trailer. Where this leaves the person with a large-sized motor home or both a 1973 sedan AND a trailer is not quite clear. Maybe we had better think about pooling our vacations, too. Women's Performance Notre Dame's first group of undergraduate women has completed its first year at the formerly all-male university. Outnumbered 17-1, the 365 women registered a grade point average of 3.12 Timely Quotes The United Staes is being defeated all over the world but has not been taught the final lesson. We tell America in a loud voice that it needs a severe blow in the face from the Arabs. —Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Khad- afy, announcing the nationalization of an American oil company. for the first term, compared with an overall university average of 2.94. The coeds also gave Notre Dame an above-passing grade. In their responses to a survey, the women generally commented favorably about the predominantly male faculty, but the tendency of some teachers to single out ivomen for a "feminine viewpoint" during class discussion drew criticism as being "patronizing." There is nothing like a dame, but don't say it at Notre Dame or you'll get their fighting Irish up. While the naltion riveto its eyes on the Watergate scandal with Sits complex mosaic at mis* deeds In high place?, I'm going to digress and report on just plain government incompetence at lower levels. Why? Because even il (this and all governments were <as pure as the driven snow, the American people would be ill-served il .their public agencies generally operated with such clownish inefficiency as the ones discussed here: the U.S, Amy Corps Of {Engineers and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The problem involved is regional — the serious erosion, of beadies and bluffs along the southern and southeastern shores of if lood-level iLake Miehi- gian. But ifloads a/long the (Mississippi or in northeastern Pennsylvania also are regional. And the way national agencies respond to these (matters is of real consequence ito us all. I chose the Michigan problem because 1 i'now it firsthand, as a property owner and beach user in the area (for nearly 30 years. I also have a friend, R. Lee Wood of Lakeside, whose Engineers, SBA Excoriated tofotat home property next door ito what was formerly mine is directly threatened. The point or mis report, However, is no* to make a cam for anyone, but to gauge government. . Its perforniance is measurable in this instance through its response to Wood's application for a Small Business disaster loan to repair his erosion* ravaged bluff and protect his home ifrom (further damage. The thing really is painfully simple. SBA's "disaster office" in Detroit rejected Wood's application on Ithe basis that his menaced home was not in a "ifloodHprone area." , In a letter to Wood dated May 7, SBA said: "We cannot and will not make loans ... to take care of damage caused by accelerated or continued erosion problems which our loss verifiers have determined your problem to have been from ... A home Bitting on an eighty (80) foot bluff certainly cannot be considered to be in a flood prone area." Prior correspondence makes clear that SBA's decision rests upon the professional judgment Comment \ By Bruce Biossat of ithe Army Corps of Engineers. Key elements an the quoted paragraphs are the words "continued erosion'* and "eighty (80) foot bluff." If ithey represent the considered findings of Ithe corps as they affect southeastern Michigan in the area I know, then the engineers in question should get into some other business. They aire totally wrong. And with their gross error, the whole SBA argument for the area crtfepnt pathetically. The Muff at Wood's and my former snorcBano nsvw. Ms been higher than 8 to » te*L There are places nearby «hem it is less than 20 feet. On thts June 22,1 stood at a Muff edge no higher than that, barely » mile north of Wood's land. Except for 192*30, 1 BOW Lakeside in all siimtners 1019 through.1972. In 53 years, bluff heights changed little. As for erosion, it has never been "continuous.'' Mad it been, Wood's house and others still standing would be gone. Early lf>5<te high water cut deep, brought down sea wails, beach steins, itirees, some houses, great clump® of olay bluff. Yet from the late 1950s until about 1968-69, receding waiters opened a beach to widths 125 feet or more. Gradually, new high waiter reduced it. But when I saw iit foist Dec. 8, it was still 30 feet wide. In three weeks, it was gone. Wonder what experts were looking ait all those years?' Exchange Project May Be Trojan Horse WASHINGTON - In the name of better understanding between government and industry, the; Nixon administration has been quietly planting business executives in key government positions where they can help their companies. Any big corporation, which wants to keep on the good, side of government, would like to have an inside man working in government policy councils. President Nixon provided this opportunity for several corporations by setting into motion the President's Commission on Personnel Interchange in 1969. The purpose, of course, was presented in noble terms. There would be an exchange of executives between government and industry to teach businessmen the bureaucratic ropes and, thereby, to promote understanding. THE COMMISSION has been used by the big corporations, however, as a Trojan Horse to irifittrate the government. At least 50 top business executives will be placed this summer in government jobs where they may be able to influence decisions affecting their companies. Phillips Petroleum, for example, has already planted Robert Bowen inside the Treasury Department office which deals with oil and energy problems. Arother oil executive, Tenneco's Ed Bridges, is working on East- West trade at the Commerce Department. The oil companies, of course, have a multi-million- dollar stake in East-West trade. Here are other examples from the commission's internal filies: —The Bank of America tried to place Joe Mason, "a bright young attorney," on the potent Securities and Exchange Commission. Wrote the bank's assistant vice president, T. M. Quigg: "A year's tour with the (SEC) would be extremely beneficial to Mr. Mason." The SEC has been approached, we're told, about taking Mason. —From Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, Coke's Director Comment By Jack Anderson of Taxes, Paul Dillingham, wrote the commission: "We 1 would very much like to participate in the Interchange Program provided the nominee from our company can be placed in the U.S. Treasury . . ." The commission and Coke, however, quarrelled over the conditions of the placement, and the application was withdrawn. —The prestigious accounting firm, Peat, Marwick, Mitchell and Co., also had specific ideas where it wanted to place a ycung executive named David Cole. "We prefer," wrote the firm's James Smith, "that Mr. Cole be placed in either of the following positions: (a) As an assistant to the Commissioner of Internal Revenue . . . (b) As a member of the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the THE MAILBOX Prai§e for Youth Editor, Register-Mail: Just a few words about our last big storm. Everyone who was out working knows what a mess we had. I'd like to say thanks to a couple of teen-age boys no one seems to know about. Treasury for Tax Policy. Mr. Frederic W. Hickman." The firm, however, may. have to settle for a placement at the SEC. —In a reverse exchange, the Pacific-Sierra Research Corp. hired on loan from Wright-Patterson. Air Force Base a specialist who was immediately put in charge of a research project that the company wants the military to fund. The company president, Frank Thomas, specified that he wanted to hire William J. Parker under the exchange program. A cursory review by the Air Force found the loan of Parker to Pacific- Sierra would create "no problem involving a conflict of interest." Yet only two weeks later, Parker reported to the commission: "I will be the program director for a major research effort currently under negotiation with DD (Defense Department)." THE COMMISSION'S chief matchmaker, whose job it is to wed big business with big government, is Jay Leanse, himself an ex-businessman. Less than a year on the job, the soft-spoken Leanse finds his staff in revolt, his budget $70,000 in the hole and his chief White House sponsor, John Ehrlichman, in political disgrace. Insiders also charge that Leanse has mishandled a most unusual "education" fund. This fund, totalling over $60,000, comes not from Congress but from the corporations and fed- era! agencies participating in the program. For every participant in the program, the sponsor is billed $1,000 to cover "educational" expenses. These expenses last year included everything, from a $463 wineiand-cheese party to a $6,500 bill for brochures which the government refused to print as too gaudy. LEANSE HAS promised to explain to us how his chief assistant, Michelle Vale Sender, was . able to earn a full week's salary last April while honeymooning in South America. Mrs. Sender's time card shows her either in the office or traveling on business. Leanse, admitting there may have been some oversight, olaims Mrs. Sender is "very loyal." She must be if her records are accurate. On the d?y Mrs. Sender got married, her time card shows she worked eight hours. Mrs. Sender herself was unavailable for comment. Leanse explained she is on leave, traveling in Europe. Footnote: Leanse told my associate, Mike Kieman, that he's trying to carry out the exchange program's lofty purposes. Although he acknowk edged that three times more executives are going into government that there are bureaucrats on ban to business. Leanse said he is seeking "a better balance." In the case of Robert Eowen, Treasury officials assured us he "will not take part in policy decisions nor will he have access to individual company data." (Copyright, 1973, By United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) Letters to the Editor Crossword Puzzle Australia Amwtn to PraWm Pimle ACROSS 1 Capital of New South Wales 1 West Australian city 12 Bullfighter 13 Idolize .'14 Vigor 1 15 Rigorous ,17 Ohio town 1 18 Distress signal '20 Lithuanian DOWN ILieu 2 In that place 3 Dismal 4 Saul's uncle (Bib.) 5 Units of energy 6 Certain toys 7 Dance step 8 Paradise 9 Rambles river (Russian 10 Rapid tone 1 name) ' 21 Skin (comb, , form) , 23 East Indian timber tree ,25 Vended ' 26 Old English gold piece 1 28 Ship-shaped 1 clock ', 30 Lords (ab.) , 31 Australian , marsupials > 34Asaresultof 1 which 1 56 Tasman 1 37 Hindu title ' 38 Exploit , 41 Crowd closely , 43 Writing fluid i 45 Imposture 47 Place of exertion 49 Greek goddess of dawn 51 Literary collection 52 Legislative body 54 Visigoth king 56 Machine part 57 Woolly 58 Stalks 59 Catkins reiteration 11 Messengers 16 Terminations 35 Poor man 32 Saint Philip 33 Individuals 34 Users of hats, for example 19 Ruddy, ardent 22 Manufacture 24 Jump 27 Porsena 29 Amphibian (coll.) 36 Watering places 39 City in Pennsylvania 55 Chemical 40 Celtic heir suffix presumptive 42 Growing out 44 Australian j "bear" 1 46 Medieval war clubs 48 Source of energy SO Bridge term 53 Bitter vetch They went on their Own and hauled barricades ail night. They kept track of where~ithey were placed and how many. They saved many citizens from running over hot wires. These boys came around where ever they saw a REACT car, put out markers and asked where could they help next. This job started about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and the last I talked to them was aibout 4 a.m. Sunday at Broad and Mary Streets. They were cold and wet and dirty and very tired but stall going. The name on the truck was D. Sbarr, Dahinda, 111. I feel these boys did a fantastic job and want to say thank you. Come again, we need more like you. — Mrs. D. L. Halman, Galesburg area REACT. About AMC Editor, Register-Mail: I am the mother of a five- year-old girl who has a rare birth defect called Arthrogrypo­ sis Multiplex Congenita, (A.M.C.). In an attempt to find out more about A.M.C., I corresponded with and finally met Mrs. Viola Ham'by, an adult who has A.M.C. When we ifound how much information and help we had to share with one another we decided to form a national orgianizaition. The Arthrogryposis Association was incorporated here in Nevada on July 6, 1973. We now have almost 50 members from coast to coast. The best medical estimates are however, that 25,000 people in the U.S. have A.'M.C. We would very much like to contact as many of these people and their "families for our membership as possible. We have three main purposes. First we would like to make information about A.M.C. available to ithe public and to doctors, since it is a relatively (Continued on Page 11) Qalesburg Regisfer-Mail 1 2 3 A T 5~ h i r" r- w 12 13 14 15 u 17 • n 11 21 71 • 25 26 » ^1 30 — 31 M 38 36 ML 40' 41 46 47 4TH49 5, 52 53 54 67 58' 58 2 Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 343-7181 (NEWSPAW INTW1U5J ASSN.) Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Frltchard. 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 Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galeiburg 50c a Week By RFD mall in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months $5.25 6 Months $ 9.00 1 Month $2.00 No mall subscriptions accepted In towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. 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