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t m I -4- • 1 You Haven't Played This Same Before? • i EDITORIAL omment r and eview i i 1 » ' _ Don't Postpone Hearing The 12th scheduled ] fl&iois Commerce Com gigged closing of two of the four Burlington Northern Railroad crossings in Oneida has n<Jt vet been cancelled. many small communities country. The need in Oneida because the Burlington run That is encouraging because % last 11 hearings scheduled since the; iQBierway in February 1972 have beei ; lfljred by either the railroad or the Ci . (Sneida. So far, the score is 5 to 5. Both 1 ti^s have asked for the postponement o I hearings an equal number of times. * F hearing never completed. It would be to the benefit of all parties igyolved, but especially the citizens of Onei- d4. if the hearing scheduled for next week ft** community, close to the downtown, area, near heavily-used grain elevators and most importantly, near ROVA junior and senior j" r high schools. The railroad wilj not agree to upgrade the crossings until there is an agreement on which and how many crossings the line can close to traffic. And that issue cannot be resolved until the ICC hearings are held. Discussions between the railroad and the city over the closing of crossings actually began more than two years ago. Since time could be completed the s of either the railroad or the city. The rail crossings in the community warning signal and "T tragic mishaps remains high. Two years seems to be more than enough time for both sides to prepare their cases and get on with the proceedings. Women's Rights Milestone TThe pioneer feminists who launched the women, denounced "perverted application of women women down understood of [today. Though they look stodgy in the sflff portraits that have come down to us, tlflfc planners of the first Woman's Rights Convention held at Seneca Falls, N.Y., on 4 July 19, 1848, were in fact real firebrands d h bent on nothing less than a massive social revolution. unremitting The Efeabeth became movement, was a much more revolutionary document than a simple bid for the right to Vqje. Paraphrasing the Declaration of Independence, it held "these truths to be selfevident: that all men and women are creat- b^-equal." It itemized woman's multiple grjjgvances against men. It said "The his­ toid of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man coward woman, having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over ieR" The women at Seneca Falls demanded a the face of denunciation and ridicule. It was, 1 in all, an angry document. Yet it took 72 years just to win the franchise. And after w another 53 years, the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution is yet to be ratified, although it is on its way. Thirty states have approved it; the amendment needs eight more ratifications by March 22, 1979. On other counts, too, women have a long way to go to fulfill the promise of Seneca Falls. Of the 535 members of Congress, only 16 are women. None is a senator, and two are recent widows elected to their husbands' places. In only six states do women make up 10 per cent or more of the membership of the legislatures. In the state where they make the best showing — New Hampshire only 25 per cent are women. There are no women in President Nixon's cabinet. Only seven per cent of the nation's doctors and three per cent of its lawyers are female. ingje standard Even the women's libbers will admit still a man's world. it's 44 Timely The Soviet Union has no intention to ence itself off from the rest of the world. ^Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromy CM. The essential problem the Watergate iffair dramatizes is not inadequate laws but breaking pf laws and the conspiratorial hinking behind the lawbreaking. -Fair Campaign Practices Committee, answering President Nixon's implication ttmt Watergate resulted from inadequate laws. uotes Our profit situation is very, very bad. In fact, right now there is no profit. John Richardson, Sugarcreek Packing Co. president, Consumer confidence in the program or in the government's commitment to resolve the problem of inflation is at a very low ebb and may be engendering an undesirable level of cynicism in the body politic. —Kay Ryan, Cost of Living Council counsel. new mood of cautious but real hope is broad throughout the continent. 411 N. Secretary General Kurt Wald- beim In Europe. We're in a situation where the more we produce, the more we lose. George Allen, Ranger, Ga., chicken farmer. V atergate Soap opera fans and un* quenchable Nixon Republicans aren't the only ones who are not completely enchanted with the Senate Wtfergato hearings. A relatively disinterested observer, columnist Bernard Levin of the Times of London, wrote recently (hat the inquiry "is just About most ficand&V ous violation of every standard of justtoe to take place in a free eoctety alnoe the Southern gentry abandoned lynching as their favourite outdoor sport" Overstated though it may be, Levin's observation comes at an appropriate time. For as he points out, tinges of McCar- thyiat inquisition have crept into the hearings and they threaten at times to become a more than acceptable substitute for reruns of the old Perry Mason series. Inevitably, the Select Committee chairman, Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C. and its vice chairman, Sen. Howard Baker, R- Texm., have been thrust into starring roles, without any no-' ticeable kicking and screaming on their pants. Ervin gives the impression of wallowing in the spotlight, playing the kindly but stern grand- Legislature "I have mixed emotions as to father with a folksy anecdote fof all occasions (and some Anecdotes that do not fit any decision but tn toe Jtad Ml ure). Baker, cool and suave, viSioftt of 1979 nominations no doutt dancing inhis head, id the piotufM of faiffi£96| Ttoomai Jefferson tmwigged, tiktag so many questions about morality that one begin* to took for a halo koidng around his head. Tte situation Is hl|h drama, of eotftee, And ripe' ftir this sort of thing. A playwright's touch is needed tin the hearings minor witheeses coming first to lay down a structure that the Kig Boys will have to cope with later. The question Is, after all. extent of Involvement of President Nixon in a stupid, unmitigated scAndal. Do we need, as Levin comments,, Ervin and Baker going through saccharine post-testimony ceremonies of congratulations to cooperative witnesses? Can we take seriously the self- righteousness of committee members who solemnly compliment men like Hugh Sloan, Herbert Porter, Jeb Magruder (whose middle name, VStuart," is always mentioned, everybody involved «fe so many self -interests ^running around ike headless chick- ms that nothing anybody says the hearings can really be taken for granted. But that attitude should bs applied equally to everyone. Nixon and Ms ass©* a3 if to damn him indelibly as a rebel) and John Dean for their honesty? How are we to interpret Er> vih's badgering of Maurice Stans, who may well have been involved in the Watergate business but could hardly be held responsible for every ethical shortcoming of the American political system? The nature of the case demands a skeptical attitude to eiaftes lit, being tried In absentia in these hearings, without the benefit of the legal protec- tually offered. . bearings should not have been held. It appears that they may succeed in revealing the depths of truth that might otherwise have remained suspicion. And whatever that truth is, it must be found and studied and understood. So the imperative importance of maintaining a scrupulous fairness in the hearings should be stressed to the committee members and staff. It is imperative because It is the right and fair thing. It is imperative because the committee's findings must not be clouded by suspicions of partisanship or hedged by hints that the facts became lost in the show I * business trapping; i 1 the success of the 78th General Assembly. Some good concepts and ideas were overlooked, but we did get most of the ordinary business of the state completed." Those words of Rep Samuel McGrow, the Henry Cotanty Democrat who just completed his first tour of duty in the Illinois House of Representatives. He and his colleagues in the General Assembly returned to their prospective districts last week alter a grueling Januarynto-July bout in Springfield. McGrew's assessment of the legislative session is probably the simplest Jret most conclusive and accurate to be volunteered by any of the session's participants thus far. It is not hard to understand the mixed emotions. The Legislature (took final action on more pertinent pieces of legislation. B e tter 9 But Not By Far irst few months than it has operated more streamlined and functioned tiousfly procedures more expedi- especialy during the r in a long time. That would leave one to believe the ses- _r h sion was a resounding success. Unfortunately, however, too many past sessions have been resounding failures, and those who draw that comptaraon and come up with a gold star for 4 * © 1973 hf NIA, Inc. "His solution to tho Watergate problem Is so ob vious — shoot all suspects, and put all investiga tors into insane asylums." Qalesburg Kegister-Mail Office 140 South Frairi* Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7181 SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Gale*burg 50c a Week Entered as Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Galesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March S, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday, Columbui Pay and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Pritchatd, 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, t,os Angeles. Sim Francisco, Atlanta. Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Char- iotce MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION By RFD mail in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16.00 3 Months $5 25 6 Months $ 9.00 1 Month $2 .00 No mail subscriptions accepted in towns where there is established newspaper boy delivery service. By Carrier in retail trading zone outside City of Galesburg 50c a Week By mail outside retail trading zone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading zone: 1 Year $22.00 3 Months $6 00 6 Months $12.00 1 Month |2.50 By mail outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $26 00 3 Month* $7,50 ti Months $14.50 I Month |3.0U General Assembly ave grown too accustom Illinois politics. The most dominant tragedy of the spring meeting was the Assembly's faiure to establish a line of communication with the administration of Gov. Daniel Walker. While much of the blame may rest with the administration, the PnesMent of the Senate and the Speaker of the House were by no means without fault. The result was Wasted time, a lack of action on a number ttf important measures, personal vendettas that cost the state some potentiality good public servants, and the inability for either side to compromise* The Assembly also failed to keep its promise ito organize a regional mass transit district tor Jthe northeastern metropolitan area around Cook County. That will undoubtedly result in more forced handouts to the Chicago Transit Authority by dowhstate t^qpayers. / The Assembly failed to come up with a viable ittax reform package, promised to moist Illinois voters by fast-talking House and Senate candidates last year. islators did adopt a Vicent reduction in the sales tax which will mean a whopping $14 per year per person. Real tax reform aimed at the elimination, reduction or stagnation of the property tax, went down the drain. The Assembly finally passed legislation creating a state board of elections, but failed to take conakrsdve action on legislation dealing with disclosures of campaign contributions and contributors, limitations on campaign spending, or a more realistic primary date. The Legislature finally adopted legislation creiabing a, state board of education, and it did, out of necessity, acquire more independence from the executive branch of government. The lawmakers alio acted on some major issues they were unalb cope with during previous sessions. They included abortion, gun control, highways, judicial elections, the amendatory veto, the minimum wage, retirement funds, no^fauilt insurance, busing, lowering ithe drinking age, and scenic rivers legislation which was kfillled. The Illinois Senate, as Sen. Clifford Latherow, R-Carthage, points out, has room to boast about the new operating procedures adopted (this year. Committee sessions were m)ore effective, the senators had more time to study pieces of legislation and the body finished on .p toe. . . j The House on the other hand, did not fare so we! with its new procedures. Area legislators A. T. MefMaster, Oneida; Clarence E. Neff, Stronghurst; Robert G. Day, Peoria, and McGrew, were in agreement that the new rullesMIimiting the number of bills introduced and limiting committee and floor consideration of bills — worked fine during the early days of the session, but collapsed toward the end. That may have been the handiwork of House Speaker W. Robert te legislators, Mayor Daley and Gov. Walker will go back into session in October, providing the governor doesn't call a special session to deal with mass transit. The fail meeting, however, won't be much of an improvement if the political climate does not change drastically. That is unlikely to happen since the administration and the Legislature will be gearing up for the 1974 primary deletions. 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