Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 23, 1973 · Page 13
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 13

Galesburg, Illinois
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Monday, July 23, 1973
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Doing Business in Open May Allay Bug Distrust Cklgsbura Reaister-Mqj!, Qolesburg, iy AWI0tOi;8AfISUK .that all of Wtost of their WAAttfWymN (tJM) - Oft the fUgfli Pwsident Niton announced tfti d«p*rtvire of his attorney' iircfii KM three top aides M a result oi the Watetgitt affair, three men sat in a bar near Sandusky, Ohio, and talked about it. WaiMa |ten Window "Just like our damn county commissioners," said one. the others nodded and the conversation went on to other matters. A few days later, a taxi driver in Washington, D. C, glanced into, his rear view mirror and observed "Well, the money-takers are out today." His passenger turned to look through the rear window. A police car was, behind the taxi. Some Panic Reaction Sen. Lowell Weicker, It- Conn., says one of the things that outrages him about Watergate is that those involved apparently thought they would be. in no great trouble even if they were caught because the public believes "everybody does it." Do Americans really believe politician* ate orooM? Some polMeians obviously think they do, and the potential of Watergate for reinforcing such an attitude, even to the point of triggering a reaction against all elected official*, has them scared. The result has been some panic reaction. Rep. Tennyson Guyer, R^ohio, recently told a group of GOP public relations aides with wonder in his voice that there were more than 500,000 elected officials in this country and only a tiny handful had been even accused of dishohesty. Others have made much of the fact that the principals in Watergate have been appointed rather than elected officials. In general, they applauded the appointment of Melvirt Laird to the White House domestic affairs job because of his long service as an elected official. Much of this is nonsense. Talking about elected officials having a higher sense of responsibility and a larger helping of honesty flies in the face of the fact that over the past few years, criminal charges have been made against several members of Congress itself, not to speak of many state elected officer!. OIL - GAS - COAL Truck Powtr Vacuum ^ 342-4443,>•* Politicians Worried There are some things politician* could do if they wanted to allay whatever suspicions they suddenly have discovered within the public consciousness. First, they could conduct public business in the open. Congress and some of the state legislatures are just now getting around to a realization that their traditional methods of debating and deciding public issues in closed meetings causes some people to think they are afraid to do it in public. In the case of our year around, motor-mouth Congress, the usual explanation , that committee meetings open to the public slows down the conduct of business Or encourages demogoguery strikes many citizens as exceedingly hollow Second, politicians who are worried about their reputations could eliminate some of the speculation about their activities by making full public disclosure of their finances. This is a movement picking up some steam at the federal and state levels, but it still is far from being the general practice. And when public officials object to financial disclosure, proposals on the ground that they' constitute a demeanirig presumption of dishonesty, they probably are doing as much to fortify such beliefs as the fellows with the blue rubber gloves did last summer in the Watergate. Visit Larchlanrl LARCHLAND— Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Ray, Jacksonville, visited Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Ray on July "12. - . 1960 NORTH HENDERSON 342-9104 mm Before you renew your insurance policy see a pro If your needs have changed, your insurance policy may need more than a touch-up. It may need an overhaul. Why not get in touch with a pro? An independent insurance agent. That's us. There is no substitute for professional know-how when you need insurance for your home, car or business. As independent agents—as pros r —we can help you avoid costly mistakes. You see, we represent several outstanding companies. So we can hip you choose the policy that's best for you. Contact us soon. We may renew more than your policy. We may renew your whole outlook on what insurance can do for you. Russell O. Berstow CHANDLER-HINCHMAN INS. AGENCY Robert Dredge GRAHAM-DREDGE AGENCY Lucille West LUCILLE R. WEST AGENCY Robert E. Miller ROBERT E. MILLER INS. AGENCY Frank Gustine LAWRENCE D. JOHNSON INS. AGENCY Charles R. Huff HUFF INS. AGENCY Merwyn F. Hill SANBORN INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. Edward Kennedy L. A. LINMAN INS. AGENCY t % , ; Leland M. Smith LELAND M. SMITH INS. AGENCY John H. (Jack) Fischer McGREW & McGREW AGENCY, INC.

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