Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 17, 1973 · Page 4
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Galesburg, Illinois
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Tuesday, July 17, 1973
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!~4 .GgJjBsburg. jteQjster*Majl, Galesburg, lit. Tues„ July 17, 1973 The Spirit of 76? m EDITORIAL Comment and Review Street Improvements Long Overdue Us The City of Galesburg is embarking on a massive street improvement program 50 years overdue and probably 50 years away from completion. During the first year of the program more than 50 city streets will be repaired, widened or resurfaced. The bulk of the funds for the project will come from the federal revenue sharing program, while the remainder will come from motor fuel tax Teceipts and the federal TOPICS program. • While the program is one of the largest ever undertaken by the city, it may appear miniscule to some because of this community's lackadaisical attitude toward street improvements during the past half- century. Prior to this year, there has been no concentrated effort to provide permanent surfaces on newly-constructed residential streets and no real heavily-financed upgrading program. Based on recommendations from City Manager Thomas Herring, however, the City Council wisely adopted an ordinance requiring permanent surfaced- strcets in all new subdivisions and inaugurated a program to upgrade those already constructed. Residents of subdivisions developed during the past 20 years stand to benefit the most from the program over the next few years. While the streets in front of their homes generally do not have thick traffic density, they will have a high priority in the construction program. Other residents of the community won't be so lucky. There are approximately 50 miles of oil-based streets in this city badly in need of permanent surfaces. The cost of such an undertaking is estimated at a very prohibitive $17 million. A few of those streets fall into the category of a major artery and because of the classification they stand an excellent chance of being improved during the next three or four years—the life expectancy of the federal, revenue sharing program. The remainder of the streets, however, will continue to drain city revenues for expensive maintenance procedures until the . council can come up with a workable permanent surface program. The city manager and the council should be commended for their commitment to street improvement in the community and we hope that the commitment has the durability to withstand the future drain on municipal revenues and demands for expanded services. We would urge the council, however, to prepare a long-range street program that includes those residential thoroughfares in the city not now earmarked for permanent surfaces. While those streets are not used as much as the arterial roadways, they do deserve a slice of the street improvement fund pie. Residents along some of those oil-base streets can initiate improvement programs themselves through a special assessment program under which the city and the citizen share the cost of the upgrading. Tivo Wars. Two Cease-Fires •4 <« H HI * ! The Vietnam cease-fire agreement will be six months old on July 27. By an apt coincidence, the same day marks the 20th anniversary of the cease-fire agreement that brought an end to the Korean War. The result in both cases was the same: a sense of relief on the part of American combatants and civilians, but no feeling of elation such as followed VE and VJ Days in 1945. Cease-fire is not the same as victory. It is more akin to a tie bay- game, which has been likened to kissing one's sister. The lessons of Korea were clear enough *at the time, but they had to be learned *»again, at far greater cost, in Vietnam. ST. R. Fehrenbach, who saw combat in ••Korea as an enlisted man and an officer, Shad this to say as far back as 1963 (in a "hook entitled This Kind of War): "The Communist powers, notably Russia, would ^remember the rapid escalation from a -small, almost civil-type conflict into a ^large-scale action involving most of the !$najor powers of the world. After Korea, overt, brutal, armed aggression, which had produced so violent — and unexpected — a counteraction from the West, would be avoided. Now the emphasis would be on infiltration, subversion, and insurgency to gain Communist ends in the fringe area; the trick was never again, as with the South Korean invasion, to give the West a c^ear moral issue." The Korean cease-fire did in fact bring an uneasy sort of peace to the northern Asian peninsula. But the only unquestioned accomplishment to date of the Vietnam cease-fire was termination of the involvement of American ground forces in the war. The air war continues in Cambodia, although Congress and President Nixon have agreed that it will end on Aug. 15. And peaceful conditions can hardly be said to exist in South Vietnam and Laos. Only when the bombs stop dropping and the guns stop firing will it be possible to determine whether the United States — or any of the other nations involved — has achieved "peace with honor." Army Volunteers Still Not Showing Up Uncle Sam is no longer sternly pointing at prospective Army recruits, commanding "I want you!" These days he is down oft his knees, proffering wads of money and photographs showing messhall go-go girls and air- conditioned barracks, pleading, "Pretty please, join up." It isn't working very well. There have been more and more reports lately that the Army and Navy have been fall* ing short of meeting their quota of recruits under the new all- volunteer military system. Despite a publicity barrage extolling the "new Army"—no KP, no reveille, higher pay and less-spartan living conditions— the armed forces' newly expanded recruiting departments still find most young men volunteering to stay civilians. Once again circumstances have made a prophet of Thomas Jefferson, who said that the. United States "can never have a regular army in America because there are not enough paupers to fill the ranks." The draft has not in fact been used since January though the draft machinery still exists if it is needed. And there is no rea­ son why a restitution of the draft would have to be an event on the order of the return of Frankenstein. For what the military's current recruiting problems show is what many of the all-volunteer force's critics have always contended: that revolutionary changes must be made in the armed forces before they can attract enough volunteers, particularly enough volunteers who are not in Jefferson's "pauper" category. The current starting pay for an Army private, for example, is $307 per month. This is a gigantic Increase but It still adds up to only $3,684 a year, which is not enough to keep most young men in haircuts these days, even at post exchange prices. The all-volunteer concept was to a large extent a selfish device engineered to keep College men—the sons of the most vocal and influential segment of the population-out of the service. Let any future Vietnams be fought by the poor, its supporters were saying, in effect if not in intent. The poor, to their credit, are apparently not buying the idea. Comment By Ralph Novak One alternative, of course, is to raise pay again—double or triple it-^and make more civilizing changes in life and work styles in the armed forces. But it is doubtful if Congress and the majority of the people would be willing to spend the money that kind of program would require. And even if they did, the country would still face another danger inherent in the all-volunteer concept: The creation of a huge permanent force of career military men. As former Army colonel George Walton says in big re* cent book, "The Tarnished Shield: A Report on Todiy's Army." "That military forces numbering two-and*a-haif million should become isolated from American life, become an enclave within our society, is not only undesirable but dangerous." An alternative might be to explore changing the armed forces into paramilitary organizations whose members would be trained to fight but would also be trained for other, more constructive functions, perhaps in conservation and urban development. This would help to remove the stigma of a professional soldier as a "paid killer," it would give military men a more positive goal than the essentially negative and morbid one of "defending their country" and even if it cost more in the short run it might turn out to be profitable for the nation, even in financial terms. It could even make a return of the draft a bearable, if not welcome, phenomenon. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Orwell's 1984 Just Around The Corner WASHINGTON—It has been whispered around this scandal- soaked city for months as one of those things that you're morally certain of but can't prove. The rumors suggested that many of those millions of dollars CREEP had stuck in its dozens of safes and strong boxes had been extorted from businessmen across the country. Now comes American Airlines fessing up and saying it made illegal contributions under pressure from Herbert Kalmbach, who, it charged, acted as a White House juiceman. Following immediately on the American Airlines announcement was one by Eastern saying it too had been solicited, but had refused to pay up. Next comes word from Watergate Prosecutor Cox' office that they have reason to believe literally hundreds of businessmen have been leaned on by White House shakedown artists. A new type is born, the gangster with a White House pass and a top security clearance riding around in a government limousine. Naturally, President Nixon didn't know anything about this ' Comment By Nicholas Von Hoffman either, even though the list of business victims was uncovered in his confidential secretary's desk drawer. And just as naturally this list, exactly like the enemies list, isn't what it seems, but is actually a harmless guide as to whom to invite to White House social functions, and Al Capone was the founder of the American Red Cross. UP THERE in the sky with the Big Boss, the Saints of the Syndicate must be waiting for ^tUlii ^W -was** © 1973 by NEA, Inc .^^^^^^V^ "This is the story of Pinocchio. His trouble was, his nose grew longer every time he made statements that were 'inoperative'." galesburg Register-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mall 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 Vork, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco. Atlanta. Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SUBSCRIPTION RATES By Carrier in City of Galesburg 50c a Week By RFD mail in our retail trading zone: 1 Year $16 .00 3 Months IS 25 6 Months i 9 .00 1 Month $2Uu 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 mall outside retail trading zone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route in retail trading zone: 1 Year $22 .00 3 Months $6 O0 6 Months $1200 1 Month $2.50 By mall outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $2600 3 Months $7.50 6 Months $14.50 1 Month |3.<* Nixon to die so they can ask him, "Howdja do it?" We on earth might speculate on how close we have come to having our government overthrown by its President. That happened fast year when Ferdinand E. Marcos, president of the Philippines, overthrew his. The apologia for the act is one that Ron Ziegler could use should it ever enter His Leader- sip's head to rule by martial law, too. A few weeks ago, Marcos bought a 32-page, four-color supplement in the New York Times to explain his "government reorganization" to would- be investors and other Americans with a sentimental interest in Philippine liberty. Entitled "Philippine Prospects: After 26 years of democratic stalemate, dynamic leadership directs the Republic toward the New Society," the document is classic Zieglerian prose. IF YOU SUBSTITUTE His Leadership's name—we dare not write the sacred sylloblesv-fqr Mr. Marcos', can't you hear the Ziggy Ron himself explaining that it was constitutionally appropriate to declare the Constitution inappropriate with these words: "Rather than follow the traditional practice of apportioning patronage among the factions allied to him in the form of a Cabinet and sub-Cabinet appointments, Mr. Nixon gathered into his official family a group of young non-politioai personalities—men who, while they command no votes or powerful patrons, have made names for themselves in business, industry, finance and the learned professions." And can't you imagine justifying the act in the identical words Marcos uses to dump on bis Congress: "The balance of power among factions prevented national leadership from innovating of making hard decisions about major problems; policy was merely the lowest common denominator , of what the majority of factions would tolerate to the detriment of such controversial! legislation as . . . progressive taxation . . . Mr. Nixon armed himself with the last constitutional defense available to him. He invoked martial' law." AND THEN there is this what- are-you-m akin g-such-a-fuss- about passage: "... Martial law. has been characterized by a strict adherence to constituitionadity. Many outsiders have remarked on the absence of tanks from the streets of Washington . . . the 150 -odd political detainees—politicians, intellectuals, journalists —found themselves in the hands not of totalitarian automatons but of fellow human beings. Visiting privileges are liberal 1 , 'and leave is easily arranged to attend a daughter's wedding, to visit a parent in the hospital and other sentimental occasions." See, we let Senator Sam go home to North Carolina for Christmas, and if these imaginings strike you as shrill or hysterically far-fetched, tick off on your fingers what we know they did or attempted to do: thuggery, muggery, burglary, perjury, extortion, etc., etc. To this, impeachment might be a constitutionally appropriate response, but failing that we could all -write Julie and beg of her to say, "Cool man, I can dig it," the next time Dad looks across the dinner table and asks if he should quit. 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