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Galesburg, Illinois
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Thursday, August 2, 1973
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4 Golesb liter*Mail, Golesbur Thurs 'We Thought We Were Hatching Peace! it t r i *• r - 4 I t i I 4 * - * TV EDITORIAL Comment and Review Howlett Report Noteworthy Michael J. Howlett has been Illinois Secretary of State for only six months, but he has already compiled an impressive record. * Since assuming the responsibilities of that scandal-scarred political jungle once ruled by the late Paul Powell, Mr. Howlett has been able to cut the work force, reduce the budget, streamline administrative oper- at ions, add some new services and improve the quality of others. ^ Those achievements and others are itemized in a report the Secretary of State's office issued this week reviewing operations since Mr. Howlett took over the first week in January. Most reports of that nature, churned out by governmental agencies with great regularity, are normally overburdened with glittering generalities, expensive art work, w and bland statements not to be taken too seriously by the public. The Howlett report, however, is short, and sweet, to the point, and sprinkled with facts that speak for themselves. The report and its content are typical of Mr. Howlett, who for more than a decade ran the former office of Illinois auditor efficiently and effectively without a lot of razzle-dazzle and fanfare. The report says that Mr. Howlett has cut the work force from 4,246 to 3,969 in the past six months, despite increases in part* time workers during the summer; closed 45 drivers license stations at a savings of $750,000 a year; restricted usage of state vehicles; dropped 90 newspaper subscriptions and substituted a less expensive clip- r ping service; shut off the piped-in music; canceled some maintenance contracts; r saved $55,000 a year on new janitorial services in Chicago offices; saved $180,000 on new printing processes; discontinued publication of a directory of state officers, and restructured the entire office operation. During the six-month period, Mr. Howlett paid out $294,155 less for personnel than his predecessor did in the first six months of 1972, but at the same time issued 198,883 more titles and 388,013 more license plates. Many other changes were made in the Secretary of State operation including the elimination of a state greenhouse at a savings of $40,000 a year and new programs to minimize the political horseplay in the hiring and firing of employes and the operations of the drivers license examining stations throughout the state. Obviously, Mr. Howlett is not above r L criticism and some of his new methods may prove unsuccessful. But the new look in his office is a refreshing departure from the past and it leads us to believe that our track record on political endorsements is improving. The Guns of August Consumer groups are on the warpath in the wake of Phase IV food-price increases. Spearheading the attack is Fight Inflation Together, a group of women who led last April's national meat boycott. But now they Timely Quotes The simple fact is that for vast and increasing numbers of consumers with valid complaints there is nothing to be done- after two hours of haranguing the salesman, the supervisor, the department chief, the customer service girl and the store manager —other than to drive 15 miles back home, kick the dog, yell at his children and curse his wife. Lewis A. Engman, Federal Trade Com- ission chairman. From the same producers who brought you Watergate, a startling production in the series called "The Repression of America" has been released. —Allen Brown, Cincinnati attorney who lias defended booksellers on pornography charges, on the Supreme Court's latest ruling in the field. Learning to live together in peace is tjie most important issue for the Soviet Union and the United States, too important to be compromised by meddling-even idealistic meddling— in each other's affairs. -Sen. J. William Fulbright. Our defense is its defense and its security is essential to our own. -Deputy Secretary of State Kenneth Hush on A have a far broader target. August 7 has been designated "Don't Buy Anything Day." Anything in this instance means everything. Consumers across the country are being urged to refrain, for one day at least, from buying any food, gasoline, clothing or other items. Joan Sheets, leader of Fight Inflation Together, has suggested that housewives use the time they normally wouVi devote to shopping on Aug. 7 to compose letters to the White House and Congress demanding price relief. Supporters of the boycott include such powerful consumer groups as the million-member New York Consumers Assembly, Women United for Action, and the National Consumers Congress. The latter's chairwoman, Ellen Zawel, urged that shoppers tell Congress "to stop giving handouts to big business." She also assailed the White House for "obviously acting in a contradictory manner." Unfortunately, last April's boycott was followed by a price increase. And boycotts r are invariably accompanied by a hoarding spree, as evidenced by shoppers' reaction to recent reports of meat shortages and further price increases. While a meat industry spokesman has assured shoppers that "in the long run, the housewife will get more meat and at a cheaper cost," consumer groups evidently agree with John Maynard Keynes that "In the long run, we'll all be dead." WASHINGTON (NEA) A friend who *wfc§ in the money told tells ol OM private Euro* petti banker who vm Ubfe to mafttial $3 billion in doStari son* time tack. Mid used this kitty to drive the <Mt* down flhaifty ttrf make a tfcfr KM mfllm proAt ki little more than a week's time.. •i Think What AutaifM u§ thus far, ht says, is simply that tftg fifian* ctel leaden «t these eoHMfatt DQUeVe, 080pm OUT unCURieS f thai bt&tm ol our tnmwn*** IVKMNying VKJulKM mn SQCP nemfc atrengfh, it is in their Lets Dollar trifte compared what the major central banks of the worid, from Tokyo to London, could do if they chose, either through greed or fear. To a marked extent the United States is now dependent on the friendship and confidence of a fistful of lands around the wortd, each ol which has its own national interests to consider. My friend spends much of his time talking* with the international bankers, traders, industrialists and government and private economists in those nations which have traditionally been friendly or near-friendly. In the main they are nations which at one time or another have been rescued by American dollars, American troops, American technical assistance. interest to do nothing unnecessary to push Hie United States over the brink, But there is increasing con* cem stated that PreAdmt N*** on and Congress, despite a neat dead ol fanfare, are do* ftg so little to bring our tinan* cial house in order, in the vierw ol both European and Asian leaders, this is a time for the United States to do same painful belt tightening. Government deficits must be slashed ruthlessly. Spending must be cut or taxes raised to balance the budget. Steps- painfully costly stops — must be taken to boost productivity. And the President and Congress must come to some condusdon about the woridwMe economic objectives this nation in a form understandable in Tokyo, London, Paris, Rome, Teheran, Bangkok. Bub what do the leaders my friends talk about, see? They see a Congress feuding wtiith the President over spending. They see shifly -fiballyfag aft the White House and on Capitol Hill over tough measures required to make the United States more competitive abroad. They see decisions made one day and broken a short time later. That is, they see half-mea- sures, uncertainty, weak leadership. There's increasing wtorry oVer the bickering between the White House and Congress. The foreign leaders see Watesrgate as exacerbating that feud. 1% know that in the Anttrfcan system, domestic financial belt tightening and financial relationships with foreign countries depend on a very strong level ol presidential and congressional cooperation. There is, therefore, growing fear among our friends abroad that the United States government is not going to have the ability to straighten itself out economically. This fear, if it becomes sufficiently great, could be disastrous. For if their concern becomes great enough these allied nations ooukt deal the dollar much heavier blows than in the past. The resulting increased cost of raw materials and basic products on which we are now heavily dependent could push ihflatkwi in this country to unprecedented levels. Garry i Davis Liberating Entire Planet WASHINGTON - Garry Davis is being prosecuted by the French authorities for impersonating a government: Not a government official, not a policeman, but a government . . . a whole, complete, total government. Technically, the charges against him are swindling, possession of illegal goods and "complicity," a term that may mean something like conspiracy, that all-purpose charge that every government uses when it wants to hang one on you. What Garry Davis has done is to issue passports. These are not counterfeit passports. These are his own passports, issued by his own World Service Authority (4002 Basel, Switzerland) and if you send him $6, the traditional snapshot and the customary vital information such as the color of your eyes, you stand a reasonably good chance of getting back a blue, plastic-covered booklet of heavy, important-looking paper with an impressive number of stamps and seals which says, in five languages, "This document is valid for travel in. all countries unless otherwise restricted." GARRY DAVIS says ihat such countries as Kuwait, Laos, Yemen, Zambia and Upper Volta officially recognize the World Service passport. If indeed they do, it only shows the authorities in those places are realistic enough to recognize that the chief function of the modern state — espionage other than pillage and — is the issuance of perfectly worthless pieces of paper. According to political philosophy, the distinguishing characteristic of the state, as opposed to the corporation and the individual, is its monopoly on violence. Only the state, or so theory toadies us, may licitiy employ violence, primarily on its own citizens, and secondarily on the citizens of other states. Anyone who has tried to take an evening stroll in an American dty has chanced to observe an oil company or a ooal company separating the earth from its wealth knows this is nonsense. The modern state's monopoly on violence is limited to acts of catatonic international proportions. But the state does have a monopoly on pompous, fettering, © 1973 by NEA, Sue, "Doing 40 miles an hour in a 25-mlle-an-hour zona — going through a red tight — Where's the tire ?" galesburg Register-Mail 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, Pittsburgh, Boston, Charlotte 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 $5 24 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 retaU trading zone in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and by motor route In retail trading zone: 1 Year $22.00 3 Months $600 6 Months $12.00 1 Month $2.50 By mail outside Illinois, Iowa and Missouri: 1 Year $26 00 3 Months $7 .50 6 Months $14.50 1 Month $3-W MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION ' 4 # intimidating documentation. To privately issue worthless documents, unenforceable in any court, invalid everywhere, is to get in one good lick for anarchy. A bomb under the Eiffel Tower would be less threatening to the Fifth Republic than mimicking the paperwork which occupies the French bureaucracy and every other. In spite of having his supply of passports confiscated by the Surete National acting under an order of perquisition, Davis perseveres. He is expanding his line of useless documentation, and is branching out into birth certificates and ID cards. His international ship registry has already signed up Peter Fonda's yacht, and the Paris correspondent for Tass has made application for a Garry Davis-World Service Authority press card. AT HIS BIRTH at Bar Harbor, Maine, 52 years ago, the infant son of a society dance band leader showed no deviant tendencies. Indeed, as a young men he performed the ul Ml of obedience to the state by going to war and serving as a bomber pilot in Europe. But on May 25, 1948, in an hour of intemperate idealism, he formally renounced his American citizenship to become a statelsss person, announcing as he did tha<*, "I no longer find it compatible with my inner eonvic- t'ons to be a party to the inevitable annihilation of our civilization, by remaining solely loyal to one sovereign nation state." Twenty-five years later he explains his renunciation by saying, 4 ( I got fed up with the whole system. I was a prophet of Watergate." The whole system replied in kind. The American government took him seriously and yanked his passport, thus docming this man without a country, who's glad of it, to numberless contretemps with border guards the world over. Garry, who says he makes a modest living importing English pipe cleaners for French smokers, has suffered incarceration for his lack of official documentation in such diverse places as Brixton prison, England; Frascati, Italy, and Hanover, West Germany, where the authorities sefmed to have jugged him either for illegal entry or not having a high-sounding title. The officials liberated him, he tells us. alter designating him a "World Government Coordinator," a piece of nomenclature he ha* used ever since. On September 24, 1953, Garry made his only mistake. On the steps of the city hall in Ellsworth, Maine (stateless though he is, Garry manages to go almost anywhere in the worid), he declared a World Government, ?nd thereby removed himself from the honor roll of pure anarchism. Still, he, has shown us the way. We could all, each of us, issue our own passports and tound our own governments. A' planet with two billion sovereign entities should be sufficiently liberating. Copyright, 1973, The Washington Post-King Features Syndicate The Almanac i By United Press International Today is Thursday, August 2, the 214th day of 1973 with 151 to follow. The moon is approaching its first quarter. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus and Jupiter. On this day in history: In 1858, the first street letter xes for mail collection were installed in Boston and New York. In 1934, Adolf Hitler proclaimed himself as Germany's absolute dictator upon the death of President Paul Von Hindenburg. ii Crossword Puzzle ACROSS 1 South American estuary 6 Uruguayan city 11 Drool 12 Clarifies 14 Father, lor one 15 Deep gorge 16 Organ of sight 17 Frozen water 19 Varnish ingredient 20 Masculine nickname 21 Kind of race 23 Baseball great 24 Urged onward 26 Mothers (Sp.) 28 Sprite 30 Epoch 31 Be sick 32 Arid 33 Genus of shrubs 36 Siouan Indian 40 Oriental coin 41 Cattle bedding 44 Cathedral church 45 Automotive group (ab.) 46 Is able 47 Barrier in • river m New York city 51 Body segment of a diplopod (zool.) 54 Worker 55 Limicoline bird 56 Seizes 57 Indian social class DOWN 1 Actor 2 City on the Rio Grande 3 Hail! 4 Twice five 5 Bandleader Shaw 6 Shrieked 7 Winglike part 8 Bulgarian coin 9 Clothing maker 10 Embellished 11 a vacation in Rio 13 Denominations 18 Symbol for chlorine 21 Depends Answer to Previous Pualt 22 Eurasian herb 25 Calf meat 27 24-hour periods 29 Certain parts of railroads 33 Property item 34 Enthusiast 35 Blood deficiency 37 Habituate 38 Type of chin beard 39 Ant 42 Sun god 43 "Down Under" soldier 49 Breed 50 Scottish sheepfold 52 Eggs 53 Numbers (ab.) 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