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'A July 7, 1973 4Gale$burg Re "I Remand This Prisoner to Your Custody! It / - - r i •mi u Mi * ft I ** EDITORIAL Comment and Review Coming Down to Earth Most high-ranking Air Force officers in real life are not like the ones you see in + those Robert Taylor, Clark Gable and James h Stewart movies on the late show. Instead of jumping up every morning, kissing June AUyson. goodby and rushing over to personally lead bombing missions over targets positively sheathed in flak and bristling with enemy fighters, they.get in their cars and commute to work like anybody else. When they get there, they are much more likely to "fly a desk," as the saying would have it, than an airpjane/ So why, Rep. Les Aspin, D-Wis., and Rep. Otis Pike, D-N.Y., wanted to know, should some earthbound Air Force colonels and generals and Navy captains and admirals be receiving flight pay? Congress had decided last year that those officers serving in noncombat assignments should not receive flight pay and it passed a law that went into effect this June 1 to cut off funds for such payments. But then Aspin learned recently that the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Johji D. Ryan, signed an order that for all practical purses ignored the law for a list of 65 Air Force generals. (One of the 65, as fate would have it, was a Gen. John D. Ryan) Ryan said that those generals and 67 colonels were in jobs that might require them to fly, whether they actually flew or not, and that such officers as the commander of the Air Force Academy were in "combat assignments." t Aspin, charging that. Ryan's action represented a "clear violation of law and utter defiance of civilian authority," joined with Pike to lead a fight against a House bill that would have prolonged the lame duck flight payments until at least the end of this year. Somewhat surprisingly, they succeeded. A motion was passed telling the House members of a Senate-House conference committee to stand firm on the June 1 cutoff date. And Aspin and Pike are to be commended for their role in grounding the financial ambitions of men whose bodies now have their feet permanently on the ground. They did it in the face of a lobbying blitz from officers complaining they might not be able to keep up their house payments if they lost the flight pay supplement, which is $245 a month for a colonel, $16$& month for a general. And if it is upheld in the conference committee, their action Jttu\d mane certain that the $14.6 million a year savings foreseen in the original cutoff bill will stay F in the taxpayers' pockets. The highest pay a military officer can aspire to is $136,000 a year, which is not an unreasonable amount. But that does not include the numerous and lucrative fringe benefits received by high-ranking officers. And in any case, if military officers are not being paid as much as they deserve, the way to rectify the situation is not to pad their paychecks with extra pay that is of doubtful legality and is even more upset ethically. Pike said in a floor debate that perhaps those Pentagon Air Force generals most concerned about the problem v/ere just spinning in their armchairs so fast they thought they had taken off and really were entitled to flight pay. But in a country increasingly concerned about inflation and increasingly concerned about the behavior of the people it pays r with its tax money, the issue involved is not a trifling one. Congress should uphold the June 1 cutoff, inspired by if nothing else — the thought that surely Clark Gablp would never want flight pay he wasn't earning. Boxing Returns to Tube Boxing on television — it's an idea so 1 old that it seems brand-new. Today the ABC network began a weekly series of televised bouts, carried live from New York City's Felt Forum. Roone Arledge, the innovative president of ABC Sports, is confident of success. He asserts that boxing draws "significantly higher ratings than any of the other 100-plus sports" covered on the network's Wide World of Sports program. Why, then, have weekly boxing shows been absent from network television for the past nine years? The answer is overexposure. In 1948, NBC telecast fights on Mondays and Fridays, the o\d DuMont network on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and CBS on Wednesdays. Boxing maintained its hold on the viewing public until the 1960-61 television season, when the NBC Friday night fight was switched to Saturday night on ABC. The change in days proved disastrous, one critic later noted, because "Friday at 10 (p.m.) had become accepted as the man's hour in front of the TV set," while "Saturday belonged to the ladies." ABC returned boxing to its old Friday night time slot at the beginning of the 196465 television season, but to no avail,. Public interest in the sport had declined because of (1) the shortage of good boxers; (2) state and federal investigations into alleged links between boxing and the criminal underground; (3) revulsion over the deaths in the ring of Benny (Kid) Paret and Davey Moore. ABC and the Felt Forum are well aware that boxing suffers from a lack of superstars, but they are gambling that hard- fought bouts will attract a loyal audience regardless of who is in the ring. If they are right, the likes of Chu Chu Malave, Adolfo Viruet and Ed Gregory may in time become as weU known to the public as the names of Willie Pep, Rocky Graziano and Joe Louis were to an earlier generation. Shortly before the Watergate revelations cast doubt on whether he would serve out his constitutionally And electorally allotted "four more years," President Nixon suggested to Congress that it might favorably consider an amendment limiting future presidents to a single term of six years. There is at least one group still actively campaigning for repeal of the 22nd Amendment, which limits a president to two four-year terms (or one term if he served more than two years of the term of some other per­ ron who had been elected president) . It has been charged that the 22nd Amendment was passed by a Republican Congress in 1947 as a sort of postmortem revenge on Franklin D. Roosevelt, the only man to have been elected president more than twice. In the light of history since then, it may not be unreasonable .to suggest .that FDR's suc- ith Democratic and •:ui cecsors, Republican, as we\l as the nation itself, might have been better served had Cohgress seen fit to limit each president to just one tout of duty — eithef the four years to which he was elected in his own right or, if he succeeded from the vice presidency, to the remaining term of his predecessor. With 4he exception of John F. Kennedy, who did not live to run for re-election j every president since FDR scored hi* greatest successes in his first term, whether it was of shorter or longer length, only to see his second term blighted in one Way or another. First was Harry $ Truman, who between 1945 and 1948 pre* sided over the conclusion of World War II,' the rebuilding of Europe through the Marshall Plan and the thwarting of a Communist takeover in Greece. Then came the Berlin Blockade, Russia's explosion of an atom bomb, influence peddling scandals in Washington and allegations of high-level (treason, the dismal was in Korea and its accompanying inflation. The second .term of the immensely popular Dwiight D. Eisenhower was pretty much four blah years, and when he retired to make way for his successor, it was after a campaign in which the Democrats hammered on the theme that the country had fallen behind in everything from missiles to space exploration to education to racial progress to economic growth. Both Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon achieved historic accomplishments in their early presidential years, the one on the domestic front, the other in international affairs. The Woes that later befell botii are too fresh in memory to need recapitulation. The really interesting thing is that Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson and Nixon were ail either efcoted OP re-elected by impressive margins and. the greater their electoral victories, the more prtdpitious their subsequent fall from popularity and effectiveness. It is as if events conspire against a man after he, as we receives a "mandate" L the people and that crises he avoided or surmounted before suddenly accumulate beyond his ability to resolve them. It is also as if we very quickly weary of the man to whom we have given our mandate and impatiently speculate about a ssible successor while the incumbent's body is still flushed with life* * Since World War II at any rate, it seems to be a peculiar perversity of history that the more we like a president at the height of his career, the happier we are when he leaves office. No Justification for Aid to ners I have had it. Right up to here. At a crucial time in our history when education is peering under everv bush for more Comment every when ecological im- mcney, provement is making voracious demands upon the public purse and when our balance of ever- seas^trade figures has become a national horror story, we are presenting Sweden with 52 million American dollars. Sweden, yet! That country's miserable government delights in harboring our military deserters, coddling our draft dodgers and voting against us in the United Nations every time it gets half a chance. Its prime minister insults us publicly and gratuitously, while simultaneously encouraging street mobs to revile our ambassador. For the United States to donate one plugged nickel to an outfit like that makes about as much sense as for me to contribute to the Fund for the Extermination of Citizens of Irish Descent. WE NEED EVERY dime we can dig up to revitalize the dying school systems of our "inner cities," and so far the quest for the elusive bucks hasn't even gotten off the starting Hocks. Yet while we were sadly displaying the lining of our empty pockets to the nation's desperate educators, somehow Inst year we managed to shovel $20 million into the capacious burnooses of the Iraqi and the Saudi Arabians, both of whose oil- rich regimes need more money about the way Jane Fonda needs more gall. Where did I get these figures? From the Statistics and Report Division, Office of Financial Development in Washington, that's where. Its report for .the fiscal year 1971-72 recently became available, and my blood has been boiling ever since. There's more, incidentally. WHILE AMERICAN inflation was starting its continuing and dizzying climb to the top of the charts and while schoolteachers all across the land were having By Max Rafferty 4 to moonlight in order to make ends meet, Uncle Sap was presenting such staunch friends of ours as Libya, Morocco and Tunisia with the grand and glorious total of $110 million, presumably so they pould use more of their own money to threaten an Isreal we are committed to support. THE MAILBOX Halt Regulations Editor, Register-Mail: Once again I see .that governmental agencies aire acting ber yond their purpose of state improvement by attempting to make unnecessary and unpopu-/ la<r regulations on the people. The Illinois Pollution Control Board overruled the Environmental! Protection Agency's recommendation that race tracks be exempt from the noise portion off the pollution standards. The 55 decibel limit that ^ would be imposed would make it impossible for any race track to operate. It would deny pleasure and entertainment to millions of people who love this siport, for motor racing is our nation's second largest specta- We've been doing this sort of thing for 28 years. Maybe in the aftermath of World War II it made some kind of sense, but the sense ran out a long time ago. Maybe we didn't need our money at home so much then, but we darned well need it here h 1 now. If we have to pour out our hard-earned and increasingly beleaguered dollars overseas, let's at least have something like oil—to show for them; We simply can't afford this sort of philanthropic fatuity any longer. Oh, I know. The Santa Clauses we persist in electing to high office tell us that they are emptying our pockets to purchase (1) military support, (2) international stability and (3) goodwill generally. Hal A fat lot of military support we got in Vietnam, a fat lot of si we see everywhere we look and a fat lot of goodwill toward us exists anywhere in the world today.. IT'S FASHIONABLE to say: "Ah, but what if we didn't keep pumping the cash to all and sundry? The' Russians would take over." To which I can say: "If the Russians want to give Botswana, Ghana and Tanzania $132 million a year, let 'em. Give me the money we showered on these jungle enclaves last year and I'll teach an awful lot of American kids how to read." In 1971-72, we shelled out a whopping $25 million to Chile, I suppose to prevent that llama sanctuary from going Com­ munis);. SO RIGHT after getting their hands on our shekels, what did the Chileans do? They went Communist, and expropriated all the American-owned businesses there to boot. I suggest a popular plebiscite, to be conducted by Mr. Harris or Mr. Gallup, asking Americans whether .they want to keep up this perpetual transfusion to people who detest us. ' Does anyone want to bet me on the outcome? I'll be happy to give 100-to-l odds, and I'm not even a gambling man.* Copyright 1973, Los Angeles Times Letters to the Editor tor sport. In addition, racing contributes over 35 million dollars yearly to tihe economy of Illinois, plus millions in taxes and over 7,000 receive income from it... The PoBtrtton Control Board's decision will become law this week unless they receive enough opposing letters. Need I say more mace fens? Please get a letter in the mail soon. It may already be too latie. Write: Illinois Pollution Control Board, 309 W. Washington,. Chicago, Illinois, 60606. Or let your district representative know your feelings.— Lynn Squire, Gales* burg. Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 Golden 7 Peregrin© 13 Keep ; 14 Small space 15 Fountain nymph 16 Missive 17 Life-saving station (ab.) 18 Far off '(comb, form.) 20 Canals 21 Parts of auto steering mechanisms 25 Wanderer 28 Passerine bird 32 Overact 33 Depart 34 Ringworm 35 Principle 36 Frighten suddenly 39 Uncloses 40 Spices, as food 42 Poem 45 Recent 46 Ask for payment 49 Resounded 52 WooUy 55 Whole 56 Musical studies 57 Occupied an arboreal home 58 Singing voices DOWN 1 Soviet city 2 Regions (ab.) 3 Followers 4 Boat paddle* 5 52 (Roman) 6 Growing out 7 Uncultivated 8 Exist 9 Permit 10 Folding beds 11 Margarine 12 Roman ruler 19 Bitter vetch 21 Potatoes (dial.) 22 Fancy 23 Term in physics 24 Slumbers 25 Seines 26 Leave out 27 Guenon monkey 29 Narrow way Aniwer to Previous Funis W M PI W WWDB U i-3 II aocmeiasra I ami JOU 30 Kiln 46 Extinct 31 Soaks in flightless bird liquid 47 Consumer 37 Disembarked 48 Promontory 38 Compass point 50 Ignited 41 Young hooter 51 Before 42 Exposed 53 Goddess of 43 Low sand hill infatuation 44 Consume! 54 Convent food worker Park Improvement Editor, Register-Mail: We were at Lincoln Park for a picnic lunch 12:00 to 2:00 and found .the mud under swings, etc. I wandered if the city couldn't stare sand and put it under slides and toys for children who play. We have had so much nain I think it would be a good idea, There are few places to take children on a sunny afternoon in Galesburg it seems a fit tie enough effort. The sun is out let children use the little equipment the city offers.—Alice Reed, Galesburg, Racist Editor Editor, RegisternMaii: "Jolbs for Blacks" published 8 June 73 and "On Racism" piiblished 23 June 73 mere '..titles given by the editor of our Gaiesiburg Register-Mail tor the last two articles I wrote to the Mailbox. These titles wetre definitely unsuitable. The editor oohfirimied what I was saying albout some people thinking the word minority only takes in the black American race. It certainly was evident that «the editor is one of these indivi'duais. After I defined the word minority, the editor still put a caption on my article "Jobs for Blacks." What should one make of this? This has told me something about our editor, but it .would take me .too long to explain it to the pubSic. Now 'the article with tihe title "On Racism" was really out of it. By reading ithe title one would think that I thought I (Continued on Page 11) EDITOR'S NOTE: The Galesburg Register-Mail welcomes tempered, constructive expressions of opinion from its subscribers on current topics of interest, in the form of a letter to the editor. The Register- Mail, however, assumes no responsibility for opinions therein expressed. Because of space limitations, letters should not exceed 200 words in length. They will be subject to condensation. The Register- Mail would prefer letters typed and double-spaced. Letters must include the writer's signature and address. Defamatory material will be rejected. No letters can be returned. Qalesburo Register-Mail |21 |H • 1 23 124 [ST 26 127 j [w 130 131 1 L 1 • I M 34 36 37 136 1 o 1 1 1 7 Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 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, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchard, 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. 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