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VI '4 w J ^^^^^^^^^^^^ "Good Lord, That's MY Voice! I Ml i 1 *• f 4* Ik. . AT* B • _ H ,4 ' • " WL4 1 ' - F i * . aw « * We Americans, plagued by gasoline shortages, rising prices, and flabby waistlines, have looked to the bicycle for help in ever increasing numbers. People of all ages are pedaling to work, to the market or just pedaling, to get their exercise and cut down on the expense of owning one or two cars. The bike craze is here, and naturally with it must come more traffic accidents, more violations of traffic laws, as well as more complaints from motorists who find the slower, two-wheeled vehicles a nuisance, and pedestrians who find the bicycle a threat to the security of a sidewalk. To help cope with the new craze the city has proposed amendments to the existing bicycle ordinance, which wiU probably be adopted by the Galesburg City Council at a meeting this evening. The general content of the amendments has merit. Basically, they merely provide for the registration and licensing of all bicycles in the city, and they place more specific restrictions on where and how a bicycle can be ridden. The provisions of the new ordinance appear to be little more than what has been the law in many other Midwestern communities for years, and they are not designed to detract from bicycle riding as a means of transportation or recreation. There are some detracting provisions in the new ordinance which could be easily amended. Its authors have included a fine r and penalty section, for example, designed to give the bike riders every opportunity to obey the law before being penalized. However, the section appears to be overdone. It is too long, too cumbersome and unnecessary. The new provisions may prove to be inconvenient for the bike owners who must finance the registration process and be responsible for completing all the red tape. Also inconvenienced will be the owners of bicycle shops who must, for some unexplained reason, provide the city with reports on bicycle sales. That smacks of bureaucracy in.action. The city police of course will have, to enforce the new ordinance, and that will require more time and much more paper shuffjing. But for the most part, the new ordinance should make bike riding more safe and enjoyable for everyone. ** m m Ma. v. *-*•-»v [1(1, 9* Coins Well Fed If you are under the impression that beef is approaching the point where it will be worth its weight in gold — when you can find it 4* be advised that they are literally feeding the cows gold in Missouri. Real gold. On the Columbia campus of the University of Missouri. It has nothing to do with grain shortages or beef freezes, however. It's just ithat Dr. Fredric A. Martz, associate pro­ fessor of dairy husbandry at the university, has found that gold is the best substance to be used as a radioactive tracer to determine how a dairy cow's innards utilizes its feed. To make the unique fodder, the goW is mixed with discarded newspapers flavored with molasses — which itself suggests a subject for commentary we will discreetly refrain from pursuing. * *• J j m Gulf Stream Horsepower Men may one day harness the energy of the northward-flowing Gulf Stream to spin "underwater windmills." t The idea is suggested by three scientists Drs. Harris B. Stewart Jr. and John R. Ape} of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Dr. William S. if all the energy Woods Hole Oceanographi - stitution. am * They note that the HI the Gulf Stream times the flow < i-rt IJ0 the flow of all the fresh-water rivers of the world right past Miami's front door. Theoretically, the current could produce about 25 megawatts — the output of 25 of the largest power plants built by man could be harnessed. However, the scientists propose the extraction of only about 4 per cent of the total available energy — about 1,000 megawatts, equal to the output of a single large nuclear station. Taking out more energy might seriously alter the Gulf Stream's flow patterns and disrupt climatic conditions. The "windmills" that are envisioned would be large, slow turning turbines arrayed across part of the channel between Florida and Bimini at depths between about 100 and 400 feet. St I venerate the office of president, and I have the best wishes for the success of the incumbent because he's the only President Timely Quotes the A ignorance, ive director of rks Association. f this country has at this time. 3 -Sen, Sam Ervin Jr., D-N. C. as* "Ecology," unfortunately has become the "motherhood' 1 of today and perhaps it is time we discovered a pill to control it. .. The road back to "the good old days" of wM rivers, beaver and buffalo is paved Contrary to liberal expectations, the passage of a shield law (for reporters) would concede additional authority to those people whom the press chooses to identify as its enemies. -Lewis H. Lapba Harper's magazi anaging editor of WASHINGTON - The Navy bombed and burned more than 1,200 acres of the Ocala nation* al Forest in Florida aftd then, Cambodia-style, falsified the reports. Despite the disastrous fires, the Navy continued to explode live bombs in a preserve which the U. S. Forest Service describes as the biggest recrea* tion attraction of any national forest in the East. A CONFIDENTIAL General Accounting Office field Investigation, found that, during March 1972, the Navy dropped 421 live 500-pound bombs on its Pine- castle test range in the Ocala forest. On March 25, a,hail of 56 iribs ignited a fire that burn* ed 600 acres of the national forest. Two days later, 24 more bombs started another fire which spread from the testing grounds into the park, destroying 620 additional acres. The Navy claimed in its en­ vironmental report that "pet* mission was grahted by the appropriate officials as the fire tential index was not at a level sufficiently high to halt operations/ 1 This is disputed by the GAO, which found the fire potential index wasn't developed until after the March fires. AGAIN, the Navy's May 1S73 environmental impact statement claimed that, "after the fires, the use of live ordnance was discontinued." On the contrary, the GAO Will charge that 655 live 500-pound bombs and 242 250-pound bombs were dropped on the test range between April 1972 and May 1973. In Jacksonville, Fla.» Navy Capt. E. W. Ingley confirmed to us that live ordnance "cer* tainly" was used but insisted that it amounted to no more than "two or three per cent Of the total practice ordnance/' Me also stressed that the Navy takes "elaborate safety precau* tions" when Oslng live ord* nance. "Naval aviation is hi' tional security," he added. As late* as last month, how* ever, Hep. Bill Gunter, D-Fla., protested that bornt) drops On July 18 had "needlessly fright- cned 250 youngsters at one children's carhp in the forest." The freshman from Florida called for the GAO probe after he had a personal experience with the falling bombs. While he was delivering a speech in the Eustis Civic Center near the forest, the building began to shake from the shock waves of the exploding bombs. (Copyright, 1973, by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.) V Watergate Hearings p Point. Public WASHINGTON (NEA) - Like any television show that has been on too long, the Senate Watergate hearings are winding down in self-defeating flaws. As a consequence they have lost some of the public aittraot- ed to the glittering pilot program. Millions of "Uncle Sam" T- shirte emblazoned with the profile of Sen. Sam Ervin, D-N.C, the chairman of the Senate Select Committee, may yet wind up on remainder shelves. Why should this be? The issues the committee was commissioned to investigate are no less important than they were at the outset of the hearings. The committee had worked its way through a small army of lesser characters to the principal figures in the drama. Interest by the public should have been waxing, hot waning in the cosing days. One who has watched the hearings from the outset with unabated interest may perhaps be permitted to make some observations on the phenomenon of waning public interest and the deterioration, as he sees it/ of the Senate committee's inquisitorial process. In the beginning, the seven senators confronted a series of "bright young men gone wrong." In gentle, almost fatherly fashion, they led them through confessions of error, misjudgment and. failure of conscience. They probed in kindly fashion for the motives which could lead such Comment s Boyd Lewis ((Editor's Note: Boyd Lewis is the retired editor of News- taper Enterprise Association. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years.) erosion of manners and abuse of witnesses began to take its toll? One possibility is that it coincided with realization that President Nixon had tapes of all the conversations so glibly reported by the witness, John Dean, and that the President had no intention of turning over those tapes to be picked apart by senators and their staffs for evidence that he should be impeached. Frustration changes the character of its victims. Thus almost imperceptibly at first but with growing clarity, the TV image of kindly old "Uncle Sam," with his homely quotations from the Bible, evolved into witness-baiting and flagrant playing with rolling eye 'and gesture to the Vlive audience" in the hearing chamber. In turn, the audience Was ever ready to reward his imitation of & stage Southerner wi!h laughter and applause. McCarthyism, even when produced with vaudeville overtones of affected accent and simplicity of soul, is McCarthy ism. Bluster, browbeating and gallery playing can be counter-productive. Senator Ervin has not been alone in this. Republican Sen. Lowell Weicker from Connecticut, whose self-righteousness stands put like a bad taste necktie, has lowered the standards of acceptability on these characteristics several notches. The result in some cases of which I can vouch is quite the reverse of that intended by the most rabid inquisitors. Reasonable people have found themselves reversing the roles in the prepared program and casting, not witnesses but their questioners, as prime This phenomenon became most apparant to this viewer and others near him when John Mitchell, a man whose previous public image had repelled approval, was given the senatorial version of the back-of-the-sta- tioinhouse rubber hose treatment, especially by Weicker. John Ehrlichman's cool pre- ci sion and exquisite patience under fire seemed to bait the 9 committee into excesses of rhetorical questioning, flamboyant exaggeration and outright demo- goguery. Ehrldchman, whatever his Shortcomings as a warm human being, canrte off far the better of the exchanges. It was said at the outset of the Senate hearings that no matter what sordidness they might dredge up, they proved (he intrinsic strength of the American system. The Watergate hearings in this observer's opinion—which is founded on coverage of other inquisitions from Sacco - Vanzetti through McCarthy-have floundered through vaudeville and McCarthy-like tactics into a full scale legislative-executive confrontation. Granting that there was all too evident abuse of the White House powers by some of those whom President Nixon chose to serve him, the destruction of the presidency as if it were no more than a hill of red ants seems too radical ia suggestion to contemplate. Yet 1 l^gteptive hearing turned h& k ''i^' subject to few of the' nfcirmai courtroom restraints could—if abuses continue and are corn- result in that awful sordid chapter in American history^ (Newspaper Ente^ise Assti.) pounded end to a \ - handsome models of young public servants to compromise their consciences, in handling questionable political projects and fat bags of dubious political money. One after another, the early witnesses were sent forth from their ordeals with smiling thanks from the senators for contributing their selfrmmolation to the purported search for better ways to govern the country. Sometime during the long, hot days under the glare of the television lights and the never- blinking scrutiny of the camera, changes began to take place, both in members of the committee and in the public reaction to the hearings. Who shall say just when the THE MAILBOX Supports Stand Editor, Register-Mail: In this day of jaundiced politicians, it is surprising, as well, as somewhate unique, to see one who has principles. While one example does not necessarily make a principled politician, it may well give an indication of his caliber. The example to which I make refer- James H. Letters to the Editor an matter the Nelson, the Knox a County ence is member of Board. Nelson was the recipient of two free tickets to the county fair, according to an article in the Register-Mail. As an elected official, he refused the tickets because the political body of which he is a member has dealings with the fair association. Obviously, the monetary Crossword Puzzle Aftivtr to PrtWout ftnlt ACROSS 1 Long trip 5 Go by jet 8 Not at home 12 Not working 13 Falsehood 14 Great Lake 15 Rein (Fr.) 16 Building addition 17 Bonheur, painter 18 Citrus fruit 20 Hang around 22 Small child 23 Harem room 24 Beginning 27 Woven with diagonal ribs DOWN 1 Beginner (var.) 2 European river 3 Arm bone 4 Come in again 5 Armada 6 Feminine * nickname 7 Changed color 28 Shakespear with age ean king 8 Antenna 29 Wicked 9 Snout (obs.) 30 Lairs WI3U1MI liU iffl I yjllliU 1 worth of the tickets was not very great but there is a distinct principle invovled—should an elected official receive unwarranted gift, no how large or how small amount. I think Mr. Nelson, to his credit, answered this very important question, no! Many persons with whom I discussed this matter felt it to be laughable. The real amusement is their attitude. Everybody feels that politics should be a more honorable profession, but let a politician with any integrity make the attempt to cleanse the body politics and he' is contemplated with contempt. It is, indeed, a sad commentary on our political system, from the lowest to the highest offices in the land. Mr, Nelson I do not laugh at you; I laud your position. A majority of the county board may disagree with you, but sometimes the majority is not always correct.—Steven M. Eiker, Galesburg, have brightned anyone's day. That's the best article I've enjoyed reading in ages and I felt someone should let you and them know. Keep up the wonderful work and I'll keep reading—Mrs. Robert Cunningham, Roseville 10 Ea?y (Fr.) 1112 months 19 Obtained 21 Norse god 24 Forming an ode 27 Mirror tinfoil 31 Entrance 32 Taken (poet) 25 Girl's name 33 She moved 26 Fly aloft from Eden 34 Masculine name 35 Pry 36 Ache 37 Company of travelers 3d Casts 40 Bulgarian, coin 41 Indian cymbal 42 Cherrylike color 45 Assert positively 49 Boy's name/ 50 Chest bone 52 Heavy mud 53 Without (Lata) 54 Sun 55 Asian sea 56 Ivan, for instance 57 Mariner's direction 58 Bird bills 32 Thwart 35 Class of vertebrates 36 Sleeping car 38 One who places in a row 39 Boy's nickname 41 Furniture for dining 42 Price 43 Goddess of discord 44 Girl's name 46 Ireland 47 Grasp suddenly 48 Elongated fishes 51 Electrified particle Good Fair Story Editor, Register-Mail: Your paper made my day. After reading the Aug. 1 issue article entitled "Slow Day it the Fair" written by Kenneth Johnson and Bill Campbell, I had to write and congratulate your two fine reporters on a most humorous article. It was such a pleasure to read and also very amusing. It would Meat Production Editor, Register-Mail: Why not subsidize our meat producers. If I heard correctly, farm subsidies are to be fazed out in approximately five years. Only a small number of our country's farms are now diversified. Were this not so, a transfer of subsidy funds, from land or crop to the livestock enterprise could be made. Then again, why not open up a new subsidy program, for the sole purpose of producing more and less costly meat. This program should have a set termination date. Our farmers take pride in raising the best for less, but they must make a just profit. According to a magazine article on Russia — small private plots of less than one acre, produce one-fourth of all farm output. See the 1973 April is* sue of Reader's Digest, page 146. We might wind up buying imported meat, like we are now buying cars and what have you. Robert E. Taylor, Galesburg. Qalesburg Register-Mail Office 140 South Prairie Street Galespurg, UJjnois, 91401 TELEPHONE NUMBER Register-Mail Exchange 343-7211 Entered as Second CU» Mttter at the Post Office at Gale«bur*. Illinois, under Act of Congress of March 3, 1879. Daily except Sundays and Holidays other than Washing­ ton'f Birthday, Coimnbua Day and Veterans Day. Ethel Custer Frltchard, publisher; Charles Morrow, editor and general manager; Robert Harrison, managing editor; Michael Johnaon, assistant to the editor; James O'Connor, assistant managing editor. National Advertising Representatives: Ward Griffith Co., Inc., New York, Chicago. Detroit, i-os Angeles. San Francisco, Atlanta. 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