Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 3, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 4

Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 3, 1973
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xuu*> -M:« riiSJe. i folesbura Reajster^^ , Tues., July 3, 1973 "I Come to Praise Caesar, Not to Bury Him!" * t * EDITORIAL Comment and Review No Tax Freeze The freeze on personal property tax levels in Illinois proposed two years ago fey former Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie has suffered another setback in the Illinois General Assembly. Diluted by amendments, the tax freeze plan was scrapped by the Illinois House during the weekend and won't be given another hearing until the legislature returns to Springfield in the fall- As originally proposed, the plan calls for a freeze on local property tax rates and assessed valuations for a period of two yearg. The proposal was designed to ease the state into an eventual abolition of the'property tax required by the new constitution. Preventing the adoption of the freeze is the estimated f200 million in additional revenues that the property tax is expected tp generate over the next two years, Opponents of the measure argue that many units of lpcal government cannot maintain their present level of service if that additional revenue is taken away from them, The cost of government is increasing at a rapid rate and so is the public demand for more and better services. Hit the hardest by the freeze would be the Units of government which do not have a pipeline to one Of the federal or state revenue sharing programs. The anti-freeze faction has a valid point, The state cannot justify a reduction in tax revenues to the tune of $20fl million. Reform for A survivop of the last minute crunch In the Illinois House V»st week was a genate bill that places the administration of the Cook County Department of Public Aid under the control of the Illinois Department of Public Aid where it belongs., Currently about 70 per cent of the $1.5 billon the state doles out in welfare costs is channeled into Cook County, There are approximately 7,700 persons employed by the state public aid system 2fi d of that number, more than 4,000 hold down jobs in Cook County. The program is that the Cook County agency, under the Illinois Public Aid Cqde, is completely independent of the state de^ partmenj, The state has absolutely no con^ What the state can do, however, is work toward sensible tax reform instead of impossible tax relief. It was the intention of the Constitutional Convention that the property tax be abolished, but that It be replaced with a more equitable system of taxation, That is tax reform. It is easy to understand, howetver, why the General Assembly cannot make a firm commitment to real tax reform. During the campaign season, many of the Assembly's members led their constituents to peVeve that tax relief could be translated into tax reduction, Most of the candidates preached the evils of property taxation, but quieted down long before they reached the part about replacing lost revenues. Only a few candidates admitted to the voters that elimination of the tax or a freeze would probably mean a minimal increase in the income tax. In some cases, the voters appreciated that kind of honesty, in other cases, they didn't, Now all members of the Assembly are faced with either providing sensible tax reform or doing nothing. Thus far they have chosen the latter, but that stance is only good for a few more years. The Constitution requires that the property tax be abolished by 1980," To meet that mandate, the legislature must begin the transition years before the deadline. Cook County trol over the administration of the Cook County office other than what it can wield by political maneuvering. The Illinois Senate adopted legislation placing the Cook County agency under the auspices of the state department, and the Senate bill has been adopted by the House over the objections of legislators from the Chicagp area who attempted to torpedo the legislation. The Cook County public aid office is a big part of the Chicago political machine's patronage and would likely be run less expensively under the state's direction. We believe the Assembly deserves a pat on the back, Gov, Daniel Walker should be more than happy to sign the measure, wig A decade ago the Post Office department introduced the Zone Improvement Plan, popularly known as Zip Code. Unlike so many other ventures of the nation's postal system, this one seemed to work. In 1972 the U,S. Postal Service (successor to the Po§t Office Department) reported that the fh/fr-digit Zip Code appeared on more than 82 per cent of the approximately 50 billion pieces of first-class mail handled in this, country. Under the Zip Code system, the United States is divided into 552 mail-delivery areas, each represented by a three-digit number, The final two digits in the five- Zipping the Mail number code indicate the postal office or installation closest to the point of deUvery. Zip-Coded first-class letters are now sorted on a computerized machine called the Zip Mail Translator, a device which is supposed to cut down processing time. When Zip Code was introduced, a public relations campaign promised faster delivery to persons who wrote the five appropriate numbers, in proper sequence, on outgoing mail. The public was skeptical at first, but eventually fell in line. A nationwide survey conducted by the Associated Press in May 1972 indicated, however, that Zip Code use did not ensure speedier delivery. Tokyo Frets Over Nixon's Export Aim WASHINGTON (NBA) - In the view of our vital trading partners, the Japanese, President Nixon has done it again. His proposals for export controls on some U.S. farm products have for them the cruel uncertainty of the "Nixon shocks" of 1971. What most troubles them is the limit he may impose on the export of soybean products and animal feed grains. Japan is a heavy importer of these things, which play an important role in the country's widening, more balanced daily diet. Japanese officials here insist that, as in the case of.the 1971 imposition of a trade surcharge and other measures affecting them, the President this time gave them no early notice of what was coming. Worse still, as they read his words, they see no clear terminal date for whatever export controls he may lay on. He did use the term "short" in discussing them, but failed to define it specifically. His reassurances about increasing our food exports "over the long run" did not appease Tokyo. The time has gone by when the Japanese leadership will sit patiently around simply hoping for the best. Tine men in Tokyo •already are thinking hard about alternative sources. They will soon be planning to shift toward these, unless they are given clearer guidelines from the President about the probable duration of export controls. Their reliance on U.S. soybeans is the centerpiece of then* concern. In Japan, these are used mainly for soy sauce and bean cake, both staples in today's richer diet. When officials speak of alternative sources of supply, they do not appear to be making idle threat. Japan is not at all prepared to cut back its mounting food consumption. Attention therefore is already focusing on the huge soybean potential of fast-developing Brazil. Scan the agricultural figures of a decade or more ago and you find no mention Of soybeans in connection with Brazil. Even Comment By Bruce Biossat the most recent annual production figures place it a distant third behind the United States and China. But production is booming, and the outlook for major growth is genuinely promising. Brazilian officials told me that In the first few months of 1973, Brazil's soybean exports for (We first time exceeded its foreign shipments of coffee, long Ms most celebrated product. , Brazilian authorities say the biggest soybean development ii taking place in the southerly, populous state of Sao Paulo, where — on a rolling plateau 3,000 feet above sea level — weather and soil conditions favor growth. But soybean farming is spreading to other areas in this Latin land nearly as large as the United States. The image of Brazil as a vast, tangled jungle is distorted. Even in northern jurigle zones there are broad savannas (parklike stretches of grassland sparsely dotted with trees) which can be developed agriculturally. In the faimed Amazon Valley, more than one , sizable nucleus of soybean farming is being promoted. So the somewhat disgruntled Japanese do indeed have somewhere to turn if Mr. Nixon clamps a lid on soybean and other food experts and gives no quick clues as to when it will ba lifted. The days of our special superiority in farming may be numbered. One Lone Man Touches Nixon Nerve WASHINGTON - Zlegler will, cook up something. He's not going to admit that President Trustworthy was watching John Dean. Ziggy'll say that his boss was watching re-runs of last year's Redskins football games. Tliey pulled that once before when the hundreds of thousands came into Washington marching for peace. Eiggy put it put that Ms boss never peeked out the window, that he spent the afternoon looking at the game, THE WAR WENT on as it does yet, and the marchers went away wondering what good it does. They had no way of know* ing that inside that closed White House they were driving President Peaceful to war. The first report of what did indeed go on during those long days of demonstrations has had to wait for Pcan to take the witness chair in front of Senator Sam and testify, "I was made aware of the President's strong feelings about even the smallest of demonstrations during the late winter of 1971 when the President happened to look out the window of the residence of the White House and saw a lone man with a large 10 -fopt sign stretched out in front of Lafayette Park, Mr. Higby called me to his office to tell me of the President's- displeasure with the sign in the park and told me that Mr. Haldennan (Higby's boss) said the sign had to come down." Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman ONE "LONE MAN," The next time you see somebody carry* ing a sign by himself, don't sniff at his ineffectuality. Whoever that guy was, he got somewhere with his sign because, Dean says, ''When J came out of Mr, Higby's office I ran into Mr. Dwighi Ohapin (Nixon's appointments secretary and one of the first to creep away from his White House job), who said that he was going to get spine 'thugs' to remove that man from Lafayette Park. He said it would take him a few hours, but they could do the job," Some time before the Senate hearings are over, it would help to get Ohapin up there under oath land ask him about this 'Hold oil «p//s and mes$(?gej lor tfte next hw -^l Wflfl* to 'get my hw4 toget/ier'/" Qalesburg Ifegisfer-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE! NUMBER Register-Mall Exchange 3<3-7l |l Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesliurg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daijy except Sundays and Holidays other than Wa >hifi8- ton's Birthday, Cp )umbug Pay "and Veterans Day. . -!—m—rr-rr Ethel Custer Pritchard, publisher, Charles Morrow, editor and genera) manager; Robert Harrison, iiiansg* ing editor; Michael Johnson, as-: sistant to the editor; James O'Coni nor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith, Co., Inc., N«W Vor|c. Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Fiancisco, Atlanta, Min- neappJis. Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Qalesburg SQu a WeeW "By RFD mail in our retail trading zona: 1 Year $)6.qo 3 Months IS 25 $ MPQthg t 8-QQ I Month jg.qq No mail subscriptions accepted In " * i« established towns when? pevvspaper boy seli iv«ry sirvwn, By Carrier In retail trading raw outside City of Galesburg SQo a Week By mail outside retail trading jor»e In Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading zone: 1 Year J22 ,QO 3 Months 181)0 $ Months mm I Munth W .5Q By mail outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $26.00 3 Months $7.50 6 Months H4.50 1 Munth fi.W goon squad, but let's save our siliciok iand indignation for a later time, and get some satisfaction out of 1 Mr. Dean's narrative. He told us that the demonstrators were like an impetigo itch on Nixon's skin. Even on the trip to the Football Hail of Fame, they got to him:- •, When the President arrived at this motel where be was spending the night in Akron ,.. across the street were chant-! tag, Viet Comg-iflag waving demonstrators. The President, after seeing the demonstrators, told the Secret Service Agent, beside him, in some rather blunt synonyms, to get the demonstrators out of there, The word wfs passed but the demonstrators wouldn't he moved r- much to the diftress of the advance men who were responsible for the presidential trip . . . any means «- legal or illegal — were authorized by Mr. Haldeman to deal with demonstrators wh«r the President was traveling or appearing someplace." AND WHEN he was home, he was alone brooding about them: "... a climate of excessive concern over the political impact of demonstrators ... an insatiable appetite for political intelligence ... culminated with the creation of a covert intelligence operation ... the strong feelings that the President and his staff had toward anti-war demonstrators ... permeated much of the White House ... the White House was continually seeking intelligence information about demonstration leaders and their supporters that would either discredit them personally or indicate that the demonstration was in fact sponsored by some foreign enemy." So, he was paying attention after all. He was paying attention and getting angrier and demanding the full force of the law be used against them, and when there was no remedy in law, because they'd done mrthing unlawful, he went outside the law and caused crimes to be committed, and the crimes were committed, and then they were covered up, and more crimes were committed, and then everything was exposed and it may end with that scurvy mob, those bums, the crud people trapping him into destroying foimseli. Before each demonstratkMi the people who weren't going used to ask, "What good does another march do?" Now you know. You can't know which march exactly, or which dem-, onptfation fixed him with the. obsession that there had to be a hook-up between McGovern and the soragglies. BUT DEAN SAYS, ". . . the information regarding demonstrators — or rather lack of information shewing' connections; tetweeh 'the; demonstration leaders and foreign government ojr major political figures was often reported to a disbelieving and complaining White House staff." If there was no information, they'd beat up enough people, throw enough into jai|,- break into enough homes, and offices and get the goods on the demonstrators when there were no goods to get. They got themselves instead, and the marchers and the protesters got 'em too. They marched qut Haldeman and Ehrlichjnan and Mitchell and Kliendienst and Starw and Dean and all thji lesser*, and they've marched. h|m back behind closed doors into secret places, marched him into confusion. But Ziggy Ron, you practice what you're going tp say, and when you have \\ down, as yqu always do, corns out from back of the blue curtains of your press rooms, and tell us he was playr ing golf. 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