Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 11, 1973 · Page 12
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 12

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 11, 1973
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<J* "V :J2 ^jesburgReQ'sM 'Mail, Golesburg, 111.Wednesday,,., July-1, h J9? 3 Administration Considering t By LUANDA L. FRANKS » United Pre* International Nixon adrrdnistfation is <Sbnsidering a two-year postponement of federal clean air Standards as part of a campaign to ease the energy firisis. Oil, industry executives ttrongly denied changes filed in Borida lawsuit that they S nspired to create the fuel m ortage. Sin other efforts to counter the jtyueeze, the government has begun a nationwide monitor on fuel prices, ranging from oil refineries to local gas stations, to insure compliance with the current price fueeae. The Cost of Living Council said Tuesday the survey, begun last week in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and St. Paul, would be "significantly expanded." Some good news en the situation came from the American Automobile Association. 1 In its sixth weekly fuel report Tuesday, the AAA said gasoline had become slightly easier to get and gas station dealers were more optimistic about the fuel situation than in past weeks. The survey showed that 46 per cent of the polled stations were operating normal hours and letting motorists" buy as much gas as they need compared with 43 per cent last week. William E. Simdri, Deputy Treasury Secretary and head of the administration's Oil Policy Commititee said he had been consulting for the past month with the Environmental Protec* tion Agency to see where standards 1 set in the Clean Air Act of 1970 could be relaxed to provide relief from the fuel shortage. He told the House Commerce Committee that the problem lay in the act's provisions forcing manufacturing plants to switch from burning high sulphur coal oil and wquirintt automobiles to install antipollution devices, which reduced gas-burning efficiency. irnon, woo recommenoea tne standards be postponed for two yeats« warned that the nation would be emerging from a .summertime gas shortage only to face a shortage 6f home heating oil this winter. Oil industry leaders came out Tuesday with stwng denials of charges in a suit filed by fTotfcfe Attorney General Rob- !ert Simin against 15 top oil companies, claiming they manipulated a gas shortage to drtve pftoes and prof its up. Allegations Denied Executives km Gulf Oil Corp., Exxon USA* the nation's biggest oil company, and Mobil Oil Co. said the charges were unfounded, denied allegations of illegal activity, and termed the gas crisis "very real" Rawleigh Warner Jr., chair* man of Mobil and of the American Petroleum Institute said the charges Were "nonsense" and came "for most part from elected officials who, in groping fdr the causes of the (shortage, find it convenient to blame the oil industry." Charges that the corporate oil giants have engaged in unfair business tactics have come from several quarters, and a New York Republican congress­ man revealed he will ask for a federal investigation today into allegations against the Sun Oil Co. Rep. Benjamin Oilman said three independent Sunoco dealers in the state have com* plained that the oil company is forcing them out of business through increased rents, the (imposition of lower gas quotas and demands for the posting of ||5,000 security bondi. Group Approach Practiced at Galesburg Youth Home By ANDREA FERRETTI (Staff Writer) •Z When Nick sees his girlfriend he is never alone. He "is accompanied by two other *t>oys his age. .£ To Nick, having two boys Constantly with him is a drag, *jr.uch worse than the days 4ihen dates were chaperoned &y one older person. ** Whenever one of the boys "from the home where he lives decides to go downtown, or just take a short walk, he too "is accompanied by two others. It is part of a new culture in'Galesburg — Positive Pure Culture, Inc. The boys, 14-17 •years old, travel in groups to keep one another out of ^rouble, to reinforce good be- "havior. 7, ''It's all about people caring about one another" says Lar- ;;ry; Solomon, administrator for $he group home at 1046 Grand TAye. "What's cool around ;toere is people who help other "people." THE SIX boys at" the home ifoave one thing in common — ^hey all have problems. But the teen-agers are in the home 'because they want their problems solved. ^They chose to live there. ^Case workers from the Illinois ^Department of Children and family Services interviewed them for the home. One boy had been in a foster home, two were under psychiatric care and three were in detention homes. Most have been there about four weeks and one already has run away. But alter police caught him and placed him in the Mary Davis Home, which has more restrictions,, he chose to return to the group home. In those few weeks another problem has occurred. The beys tried to have Solomon arrested one weekend. The idea came to them when one ot' the three staff members at the home told the boys everyone there had problems and should have similar privileges. The boys apparently took it to mean Solomon should not be an authoritarian. THE POLICE said Solomon ran the place and if they wanted to stay there they should do what he said, Solomon commented. But the boys still seem to resent his authority. "He's all right as long as he stays out of the way," said one youth. "The staff's okay. But there are too many staff members and they think they run the place," the youth added. There are three staff members. The boys also say they don't like the restrictions. Each must clean his room and do laundry. "The house is too big to keep clean," said Rich, who was cleaning the living room. "And if you don't clean your room right you don't go downtown or something." Positive Pure Culture residents — group approach, for seven years. This year, week in which the boys talk Asked how he liked living there otherwise Rich said, "It's new. Have to get used to it.' ' The group home itself is not new to Galesburg. The Department of Children and Family Services operated one however, a new style of home is evolving. Solomon said that in the , past staff members were mere custodians but now they actually offer treatment. TREATMENT includes attending meetings five nights a over problems dealing with the home, themselves, end others. Eventually, each meeting will be devoted to one boy who will be told by the others what negative behavior he has exhibited that week. Negative behavior may be reinforced by the union of the six boys ki the beginning, Solomon speculated. But eventually he hopes they will learn that negative behavior keeps them in trouble. "And through the experience of helping one another they will see they are of value," Solomon said. Each boy at present is trying to find a job. "We don't want them just sitting around here," the administrator re- mflrked. WHEN THEY are ready to leave the home, in about four to five months, they either will be prepared for independent living, will be placed in foster homes or may go on to another home. But ~ each one will be released at a different time and replaced by another so the culture that is built does net disappear, Solomon explained. The idea of Positive Pure Culture began with the Marine Corps in World War II when soldiers traveled in two's and three's to keep each other alive. It later was used in New Jersey with juvenile delinquents. The idea then spread to Kentucky and Washington, D. C. At the time of Martin Luther King's death some boys in the program kept the people in their Washington neighborhood in order during riots. In Minnesota the idea was tried in a large correctional institution. In 1969 the name of the program became Positive Pure Culture, Inc. and later spread to Michigan, Missouri, Illinois and now it is being looked at in Omaha, Neb., for use in the public high schools there. THE PROGRAM also has been implemented in Rock Island high schools. Solomon says it has been highly successful there. Two staff members at the home in Galesburg are products of the program in Rock Island in which teenagers helped keep others out of trouble. One staff member here said he refused a football scholarship to a large Illinois university to take the job. Now he plans also to attend Knox Coltege. Solomon has had three years' experience in correctional institutions and said his reason for trying the group home concept is "Christian commitment". "I don't really believe locking up bays helps. They can be helped by dealing with their problems, by looking at themselves." At The New Savings Rotes Available At "HOME." if New Passbook Rate Automatically Effective if These new higher yielding certificates are available immediately for new deposits and if you presently hold a Home Savings Certificate Account, contact our office and we shall be happy to help you determine when it would be best for you to transfer to obtain the new higher rates. TELEPHONE 342-4145 EXT. 26 or 54 AND LOAN ASSOCIATION 50 E. MAIN ST. 200 E. MAIN ST. GALESBURG, ILL. ALEDO, ILL. PHONE 342-4145 PHONE 582-5173

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