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Galesburg, Illinois
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Friday, August 3, 1973
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4 Galesburo RtQister-Moil, Golesburp, III. Friday, Aug. 3, 1973 Dolt-Yourself Home Improvement EDITORIAL Comment and Review For City-County Building •falsa .at. The Knox County Board's Jail and Sheriff's Office Committee is expected to formulate final recommendations for the full board Monday night on the construction of a joint city-county law enforcement center. The committee, along with various city officials, has been exploring the concept of a joint facility for nearly five years, but until now, the city and the county have not been able to move the project beyond the planning stage. Hopefully, the jail committee will make a favorable recommendation which will be accepted by the board when it meets next week. ' What is currently being proposed is a |2 million complex on the block bordered by Tompkins, Cedar, Simmons and Broad streets that will house the sheriff's office and jail and the city police and fire departments, as well as Civil Defense facilities! Under the proposed budget for the project, the city and county would pay aljl but $100,000 of the bill and that amount would come from federal Civil Defense funds. If the county adopts the plan, its share of the financing would probably require a public referendum and tax levy. The city has been tucking away substantial sums each year for the project and by next year should have saved about $400,000. The need for such a facility is clear. The Knox County Jail has been suffer­ ing from old age for a long time and it no longer complies with many state and federal standards concerning correctional structures. A recent state analysis of the building said it was unfit for human habitation. While few taxpayers relish the thought of providing new living quarters for convicted lawbreakers, the need for jails and penal institutions cannot be ignored, and the alternative even considered. And not only for the safety of the incarcerated, but for the safety of those law enforcement officers operating the jail, the facility must be at least adequate. No Hainan being, whether prisoner or policeman, deserves less. The cramped and crowded city police and fire departments are in the same relative condition. Both local governments could build separate facilities, but in the long run, such a move would cost Knox County taxpayers more, and by combining some of the services, those taxpayers stand to benefit from more effective law enforcement operation. If the city and the county continue to progress with plans for the joint facility as they have in recent months, the complex could be completed in two or three years, and on the basis of need, that won't be too soon. The New Machine A close associate of Gov. Daniel Walker announced this week that he is organizing • new financial arm of the Democratic Party. Angelos Geocaris said the fund-raising committee, which he will head, will collect contributions and distribute them to candidate* at the direction of Gov. Walker. The funds will also be used to pay off the Walker campaign debt of nearly $500,000. Unless new laws are adopted placing strict limitations on how much a candidate can spend in quest of public office, such an organization can be useful in a party that has never been known to be financially Heavy In case anyone has been foolish enough to consider the idea, the American Insurance Association has issued a warning J£ to homeowners not to store gasoline as a 2£ hedge against inflation and/or shortages. ft...... X "Hoarding this highly flammable mate- ^rial in garages or other dwelling areas ** presents a fire loss risk that greatly exceeds any possible benefits," the associa- 2* tjons explains with notable understatement. Actually, you'd be better off storing " dynamite, if you must tempt fate. Pound for pound, gasoline contains more energy than dynamite and is a lot touchier. sr.. — There's one consolation in these in: flatioflary times: Even the Joneses are hav- r.'taf troybte keeping up with themselves. / well off. The introduction of the new organization, however, suggests that the governor is continuing his attempts to build a viable political machine, outside those already established in Chicago and within the regular downstate party structure. That should not come as any great shock to political observers who were able to distinguish the serious flaws in Gov. Walker's "anti-machine, people power" campaign last year. But it may be disheartening to those who vigorously supported the governor's campaign promises and have not yet seen signs of reform. Thoughts Man's oldest insect enemy, the wily cockroach, is meeting his match. In 1966 a University of California entomologist discovered that the insects could be done in with boric acid- The acid could be used less expensively than anything else other than the heel of a shoe and it is virtually harmless to humans. Last year the substance was used on a mass scale against the pest, which, along with rats, is the bane of low-income families. Smart as they are (and you have to be smart to endure 300 million years), cockroaches never learn to avoid boric acid. The tests confirmed that homes treated with boric acid remained free of the insects. Across Sea, We Are Our Own WASHINGTON (NBA) - It's difficult to understand why the Nixon administration makes it so difficult for our friends abroad to come to our aid. We have announced publicly we want more consultation. But we are reluctant to consult. Friends in Japan and other nations write me they worry that the United Stated is in such serious difficulties, and feel that, having been aided so greatly by this nation in times past, they want to do something to assist Us now. Yet to a great extent, this administration, despite its imaginative breakthroughs with the Soviet Union and China, is isolating itself as completely from our friends abroad as President Nixon has isolated himself within the White House. The. temporary soybean export restriction was one example of an action which could have been carried out in a way to increase our ties with Japan —but served instead to create new misunderstanding. It was not what we did, but the way we did it. The soybean is politically very important in Japan, being a staple in the diet and an im­ portant meat substitute. So the expwt ban was a sensitive mat* ter. We first assured the Japanese we would honor our commitments. Then we slashed exports, reducing that promise to shambles. Now we've shifted again and it appears Japan will get what it requires. The Japanese have asked us why we operated in this embarrassing way. They said they understand our inflation problems, that if* we had come to them and pointed out our difficulties, the two countries could have talked out a solution which would have met U* S. requirements and Japan's needs. The Japanese had, in fact, built stocks and had room to maneuver. "But to us," as one Japanese put it, "the way in which something is done is often more important than what is done." And that is what Washington forgot. A friend who works daily with Latin American countries tells me we make the same mistake there. Say we have a legitimate disagreement with the government of one of the Latin lands. Instead of holding the long and exasperating informal talks which are often necessary in Comment By Ray Cromley such circumstances, we stand on oUr rights formally in a way that invites subtle retaliation. This is not to, suggest we should cave in, but that we show a greater willingness to talk as equals and attempt to show the Latin officials we understand their political and economic problems, their emotions and even their prejudices—without being self-righteous and legalistic. In the end, more often than not, we would get our way. Ift Latin Amertca. dellclte political maters fluently «m be handled in personal, unorti- ciat ways. 1 * We are at present having quite a strong disagreement with Panama. But it sd happens that there was in out embassy there an American who had built up a close personal relationship with the Panama . chief of state, a man who has for some time given the United States a very difficult time. Yet when this American pursued this relationship in perfectly proper but unofficial channels, his ambassador was infuriated. The unfortunate man, who could have done this country so much good, was thereupon transferred out of Panama. There was no suggestion that this American official had acted against, the interests of the United States—only that his actions showed disrespect for the person of the ambassador, who by virtue of, his post should have been the chief conduit in our relations with the president of Panama. This bureaucratic over-regard for form and protocol has become endemic in the United States Foreign Service. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) Facts Support Wails of Black Leaders So, Negro leaders of organizations seeking a better lot for. the black minority are not, after all the figures are in, pretenders and liars. They are not crying "Wolf!" with a loaf of bread under each arm. They are not painting a bleak picture of the plight of Negroes just to arouse the sympathy of whites and shake a few more dollars out of white pockets and out of the bank accounts of corporations and foundations. Whenever white Americans become weary, or exasperated or angry at the constant wails that arise wherever there are blacks (and the wails should never waver in their volume or intensity) they dig up some heavy thinker, preferably black, but most often white, who assures the white population tot things are really not so bad for black people. ONE IS REMINDED of the testimony of a white deputy sheriff in a case in a southern state in 1936. The deputy freely admitted that the black prisoners were tortured, but added, "not too much for a Negro, not as much as I would have done "if it had been left to me." However, the statistics in the Census Bureau shows that the gap between whites and blacks has widened, not narrowed, in the past five-year period. The median income for a black family of four was $6,864 as against a median income of $11,549 for a white family of the same size. Even though a median income is only half above and half below and thus is not an average, the whole story is told in this $4,685 difference. This is about $90 a week and could account for better rent Comment By Roy Wilkins or mortgage payments, health care, recreation,' savings for college and for other family expenses. A disparity of this size disposes effectively of the argument made earlier this year that "most blacks are now in the middle class." The census figures show that 52 per cent of black families earn under $7,000 a year, This is not blue collar, much less middle class. The figures show that 33 per cent of the total black population was below the poverty level of $4,275 for a family of four, whereas only 9 per cent of the white pap­ ulation was below (bat level. NEGROES, in these crucial categories and in others, remain far behind whites in the general picture. The figures indicate, just as the black leaders decJared, that the unemployment rate between the races is more than twice as great for blacks and that the black teenage rate of unemployment is 33.5 per cent. Census officials admit that these percentages Crossword Puzzle Faulkner's Works Answer H 'rwfeui tonlai ITT ACROSS l'The Palms" 5 ''The Sound and the 9 "Requiem for a " 12 Maturing agent 13 Thought (Fr.) 14 Peer Gynt'i mother 15 Finished 16 List of names 17 Ex-soldier (coll.) 18 Chinese civet 20 Church dignitary 22 Symbolic uncle 23 Pedal digit 24 Male swan 27 Abner's father 24 Domestic 61 Word of assent 62 Playthings 63 Examination DOWN 1 Mass of cotton 2 Stravinsky 3 Soviet river 4 Attire 5 Arson fighters 6 Celerylike plant 7 Kent again 8 Color 9 Church area 10 Employer 11 Openwork fabric 25 Of mouth 26 Bad temper 28 San , Italy 30 Deposited 31 Bacchanalian outcry 32 Mentally healthy 34 Sour 38 Stops 19 Desert feature 39 Christmas 21 Transactions song (Bib.) 29 Part of the United Kingdom 33 Daughter of Minos (myth.) 35 Volcanic outflow 36 Soft mineral 37 "The " 40 Slumber 42Gold (Sp) 43 English river 44 Gridiron sound 46 Electrical unit 4S"A " (1954) 50 Ignore 53 Light touch 54 Building additions 56 Encircled 58 Exist ; 59 Lath 60 Danube, tributary animals 41 Most lacking in color 45 Word of greeting 47 " in August" 48 Transportation charge 49 Philippine sweetsop 51 Terriblo 52 Greek go4 53 "Soldier'* , n 55 "As I—. Dying" 57 Explosive 1 3 r" 8" r- 1 1 D 10 tr 12 IS 14 15 16 17 18 It W~ u 45"' 26 So" IT ar 33 •35 36 37" 40 42 U 43 44 46 W 49 SO Si 53 54 56 IT 58 59 60 61 62 63 3 (NIWSWU CNTIWUH ASM.) are inaccurate. In some sections of the nation the black unemployment rate is much greater than 10 per cent. Thus, no siren song is issuing from unnamed black leaders. They are not painting a dark picture just to get contributions. The black-white picture is dark, with no pun intended. Census officials themselves declare that Negroes made "substantial social and economic gains, notably in education, but in some other areas no improvements were noted." The ominous, "no improvements were noted," the $4,685 gap between white and blade family income, the one-third of the total black population below the poverty lever and the one- quarter of blacks getting some form of' public assistance all constitute a challenge to every citizen and to our governments, city, state, and federal.* This is no time for complacency or for hair-splitting over whether there has been progress or not. The gaps are so great' in our affluent society that the little successes, here and there, and the snail's pace forward are indices of the failures of our social structure, rather than of its achievements, r The Almanac By United Press International Today is Friday, August 3, the 215th day of 1973 with 150 to follow.' The moon is approaching its first quarter. The morning stars are Mercury, Mars and Saturn. The evening stars are Venus and Jupiter. Those born on this date are under the sign of heo. Famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle was born Aug. 3, 1900. On this day in history: In 1492, Christopher Colum­ bus set sail from Spain for the New World&wijh; a*convoy of. three small ships—the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta —and fewer than 100 men. In 1914, Germany declared war on France. The following day Britain declared war on Germany. In 1958, the American nuclear submarine "Nautilus" completed the fir$t undersea crossing of the North Pole. In 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified a Soviet - American arms limitation treaty. © 1971 ky NIA, Inc. "I QU9SS ANY Of I'm REALLY over the hill. I've never heard the records on that album of Golden Oh dies they're ottering!" <3a1esbur# Raster-Mall Office 140 South Prairie Street Galesburg, Illinois, 61401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7HI Entered a* Second Class Matter at the Post Office at Qalesburg, Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays • and Holidays other, than Washington's Birthday, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. 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