Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 5, 1973 · Page 19
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 19

Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, July 5, 1973
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ThuradQy, July 5, 1973 Qqldtburg Rionttr'Mail, Gatesburg, ill, in America Even a Nice Place To Visit SttfTOrVS NOTE: Depart • UllVtnKy if Utah summer fcbool lealth ctifi recently mcved till tke streets in an attempt (A leafl fint bind the complexities «f feeing Boar in America. Ttirtolfefte panici- p«ti, metodlag itodents, Utah legislator* and ordinary citizens, were allowed 20 cents a day for M hoars of "ghetto living.*' Ton TWtfe was thereto record the following observations. By TOM TIEDE SALT LAKE CITY (NEA) There was a touch of social voyeurism about the entire affair. Health professor - project director Marshall KreU- ter said at the outset that ha was distressed that his" experiment might be construed as "playing zoo." Ha did not want either watoheei df watchers to get the idea "us people up here are eyeballing those people dowfl there." But eyeballing, indeed* was the name of the game. And it was a game. Participants were assigned some fairly realistic experiences — (alcoholic wards, skid row flop houses, the Salt Lake County jail) — but except for the smells and visual impressions, few participants became absorbed enough to forget the realities of it all: Here they were, secure, mostly middle class people Who might sympathize with the less fortunate but never really com* prehend their wretchedness. SOME OF THE participants actually, were downright dumb or even callous concerning the conditions of poverty; One 18-year-old lass walking into a rescue mission dormitory, seeking roWs of three-tiered blinks Waiting for the evening's derelicts, gulped and said with feeling: "Oh, this is very nice." Another participant, on witnessing a drunken Indian with a massive goiter, cracked: "What's that on his neck? How ugly." Vet for the drawbacks, and despite the collegiate-chic aura of the study (students described the project as, ugh, a "ghetto live-lft"), the four- day, four-night Workshop was Valuable ill that it was precisely voyeuristic* Dozens of haves took a peek at thousands of have-nots. The occasion afforded a rare glimpse at the desperation Of the lowest forms of American fidor- th6 transients, the derelicts,, the nonresidents, the marginal workers, the ne'er^do-Wells. "We don't gat the common poor," orie skid row poverty worker explained td the workshop. "Most of the people here are nonresidents and do not qualify for welfare. If you live in town and have hard times you generality kfloW Where to go for help. But what if you dott't live in a tflWfi, don't live anywhere? What if you're a migrant or a passer through? A lot Of these people can't even find the public urinals." GEORGE LEWIS Was a fair example of the poverty worker's point. Married, three children, ha recently left Tatar* kana ("There wasn't any work there") heading north. "1 didn't have no money, only a couple of gasoline credit cards. So about the time we got to Wyoming my family was getting hungry as hell/ Lewis stopped at a salvation Army in Green Bay and was told to move on. By the time he got to Caspar, his exhausted children were crying. "1 went into another Salvation Army and they said they didn't have fundi to feed travelers. I said, tied man, then just feed my kids; my wife and t will etay in the ear, just feed my kids. But they wouldn't." The Lewis family traveled on to Salt Lake City hungry"Many times we felt like stopping on the aide of the road and killing a eow and eating the damn thing raw* Fortunately, Lewi* got a break in Salt Lake. His family was taken in by the town's sleazy side Rescue Mission. He found a Job, Talked a realtor out of a home, with a delayed first month's rent. And is now apparently on the way to better living. BUT THE LEWIS story could jtlSt aS easily have got' ten worse Instead of better. Said Lauren Simms of the Salt Lake Rescue Mission: "Ge&rge ha* a trade, he's a mechanic* so We had some- tiling to work with. A lot of othert corning through don't have aftytiftg at all going fon them Thus, latfdrig skills and often ambition, America's transients' too Often get on a skid rOW Cycle — and many of them," said Bimms, "can't get off." Looking for Wotk, or greener grass, or whatever, hundreds of thousands of Americans wander from town to A ^uu ' |u Mite. Wl ^feAi^i mt*m~*mAA+imm+i*A town in an aumosc vectored course of fatuity. They arrive, say in Salt Lam City, only to Immediately search out the slums; Why the alums? "Hell, ! caul go downtown," laid 29 -yttM*! Jairo Hernende*, "the cop/ll haul me in for sure, f abvt got no good cloth*. I tak like a bum. i don 't even got a ra* ROT i WMP) nenrnoei M Chicano, a handicap he believes "is Mke dimbing a ladder with one leg. The only ones in tftfa* towns that'll ac- ,. .tfjl IMA iW ft ikmmimX M Oepi nW BT8 IMCi Even skid row does not always accept freely. Help and compantensHip In the slums are often attached to strings, in ogden, Utah, lor example, the rescue mission Is pointed ly mors interested in men's souls than men 's tfttnatfa The crusty tnsakm director, Rev. Forresl Sttnson, wiving his hand over his wino flock* said! "VUif MEN DO not need jobs. They do not need money< They need God! If A man comes to me for help, he must accept God as hie savior, That's what I'm interested to — getting them on the Road To Victory." The road, then, is even tough in the slums. ("I hate to bury a wino," said Rev. Stinson, "what can you say over a bum?") But skid row is still the only place for many poor to go. There, at least, the grubby and beaten - down transient can hope for trorfc Work, that is, of a peSukaf sort. One Salt Lake Mission worker. Bill Byers, belteves the sWfl rows of America run modern! day "slave markets." Weil meaning poverty agencies Of church-affiliated groups scour the cities daily for job opetp ings and then pass them along to the needy. ''But the jobs usually pay about $1.50 or $1.65 an hour, SO ai guy still Can't see day light. They work a couple days, 10-12 hours, and they've earned maybe $15 *16. Half of that goes for two nights' SIRLOIN STEAK ipnuifiA O.M. BOILED HAM JERRYS O.M. BOILED HAM CENTIR CUT PORK CHOPS 99c " whim i v Open Till Midnight EVERY DAY JULY 5 — 1 Dubuque WIENERS -r 59c FRESH LINK SAUSAGE Lb. Round Steak 139- LEAN BEEF STEW Lb. Ground Beef 89c * IDEAL Pork ' Beans 40 RE JOYCE IT Pea's 303 Cant $400 Welchade Drink 46 oz. PLANTER'S Cocktail Peanuts 13 ez. { Can OPEN PIT Bar-B-Q Sauce WHITE CLOUD Assorted Tissue Pack HEFTY TRASH CAN LINERS 10 Count' REYNOLDS H. D. FOIL BANANAS lb Calif. Red ONIONS Cauliflower Head ORANGES 10c Large 72 Size Reg. 12 Count TEMPTATION Dog Food each BLUE BONNET * / Oleo, Quarters J Lb / I NESTLES Choc. Morsels SOFT PLY Toilet Tissue Pack ORE IDA Hash Browns IVi Lb. Bag KRAFT PURE Orange Juice Vi gal, JENO'S PIZZA Geld Medal FLOUR 59< 5 -lb«. #MC 78470 With Coupon JERRY'S July 5-8 NESTLES Instant Tea 69* With Coupon JERRY'S July 5-8 2 ' ( ! CHASE t SANIORN COFFEE I t 1" With Coupon JERRY'S July 5-8 WYLIRS Ice Tea Mix With Coupon JERRY'S July 5-8 lodging. A few bucks mora for food. And considering where most of these peopto stay, they may get rolled for the rest. So they're right back where they started." AFTER A FEW years of this cycle, many wanderer* succumb to the Inevitable i booze. "It works," sighed addic* tion specialist Jeffrey Simpson, "if they drink enough they soon forget how miser* able they are." Utah Has at least 29,000 al* cohottea ai present, the nation mora than Bavin million, only a amail percentage of the winOi wind U& on the street* but tiM tAiiimklt of those who don't do not detract from the #atl* 0 »*t A|j (^^M *.A.^ m •MO 01 M0BO WW 00. •ait Lake 'i McAtthur Park is uuwueu wiui nuns n MW sumfner. They eome to lay In the shade, to relieve themselves in the ofntvsM toilets, to be near their kind. "I'm a goddamn drunk," said the Indian with the goiter to one workahop student, "anything ete* you want to know?" The student nodded: Mow is it to love a life eternally in- tosicated, to never have a home, to never change your underwear, to seldom rest the bottle long enough for even a shower? Pressed, the Indian indicated he was in no mood fcf an teQUjaitkin. "What do you drink?" asked* the student. "Anything." "Like what?" "1 Mke hair tome beat." End of questions and of an- swefs. EVENTUALLY, of course, society comes to grips with the dereltats, the transients, (he skid row wanderers. Mostly, society puts them in jail. Saturday night in Salt Lake City's skim is comeuppance time for the have-nots. Officers round the bums up, for such things as vagrancy, wobbling down the street, or overdue bills, then tots them in a clink not unlike many U, 0, dinks — nicely designed and manicured on the outaide, fating the public, but ene> See 'Poverty'(Continued on page 21) At LINDSTROM'S 1973 Modal COLOR TV The New Models Are Coming! Special Savings On Great RCA Color TV More Than 20 Models To Choose From — At All Clearance Prices. Don't Miss This Opportunity To SAVE Like Never Before at LINDSTROM'S. RCA Consolette Value diagonal mm RCA's qualiry-built Accu- Color® chassis features solid stat* components in many areas. 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