Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 28, 1970 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Monday, December 28, 1970
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If -•a? 1 - Alton fivefrtfig Telegraph Monday, Dec. JS, 1970 1-jClltOriRlS • • • What We think about. •. Pollution oudook...TmMportation8tudy... Deadlines get closer If the expected deadline of the end of 1973 Is set by the Illinois Pollution Control fioard for completing construction of secondary sewage treatment facilities, many area communities will be made even more strongly aware of the river pollution crisis. The goal would be to prevent most manmade pollutants of cities and industries from reaching the Mississippi River. Differing state and federal standards and deadlines have been a problem which Telegraph readers have been made aware of dating back to our revelations on St. Charles sewage in 1967. Most area communities are in the planning stages for upgrading treatment facilities, in efforts to get funding assistance from the $750 million anti-pollution bond issue and the federal funds to which It would open the door. Godfrey, Cottage Hills-Forest Homes, Rosewood Heights, and several area industries are In different stages of development with deadlines already fixed in mind. With adoption of earlier dates, increased responsibility for processing sewage is bound to bring increased costs of operation as well as construction costs. This realization expands existing knowledge that many existing plants are unable to satisfy requirements now, let alone upgraded specifications. Although the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has been slow to get moving, its Pollution Control Board appears to be getting a sound sense of direction in both sewage and air pollution recommendations. Citizens and municipal authorities throughout the state will be closely observing the Jan. 6 meeting when the board presumably will adopt these stiffened deadline requirements. •Their importance cannot be minimised of all prior warnings about beginning now to eliminate pollution are to be heeded. There is some encouragement In President Nixon's effort to use a 7i*3*ar-o!d law to compel industries to get a federal permit before dumping wastes into lakes, rivers, streams or coastal waters. Sadly, however, despite industry being rapped as a major pollution source, it is the cities suburbs and their residents who cause much more stream pollution. New solutions ahead? New York's recent taxi strike which left the streets relatively free of traffic congestion and noise as well as gasoline combustion pollution may well have given citizens of the big town ideas. It must have centered their attention more on mass transit than it had been before. We have read many favorable references to the conditions brought about by clearing the streets of their ever present and con- stantlyintruding cabs. Some other experiments — growing out" of forethought rather than circumstances— tfre expanding hi the east, too, and we in the midwest might take note in our efforts to solve both traffic and air pollution problems. The move to assign special lanes to buses, for instance, has been growing. Latest addition to the program was 2Vfc miles for commuter buses between Allendale, N. J. and the Lincoln Tunnel approach. Passengers, says The Times, were "amazed" when they found themselves "speeding past trucks and automobiles inching along as usual on the New Jersey approach to the Lincoln Tunnel." One commuter aboard a bus reported saving 10 to 15 minutes in his journey. We recall this program being discussed for downtown St. Louis traffic on- previous occasions. We believe it might be a subject for serious consideration in connection with the East West Gateway Coordinating Councils federally financed survey of mass transit problems and their solutions in the area. In a broad look at the Dcftote problem, where and at what times of the day would the special bus lane system appear feasible? It would enable rapid transit companies to make sure efficient use of any given amount of equipment during rush hours; would make possible improved service and likely would prove an additional factor they need to attract more use of the buses. Greater use of the buses would take mofe commuter cars out of circulation, with the resultant easing of parking, traffic, and air pollution problems. Changing concepts Debate over the supersonic transport has changed one national concept, at least. There was a time when Mark Twain insisted that "All good Americans, when they die, goto Paris." The promise of the future: "All Americans, when they don't mind dying, start for Paris." PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Readers forum Mat I have written before on public aid to private schools and have been misunderstood by some as being anti-religious. This is far from the case. I hope this will clarify my position. But first I must pose ". a few questions. Could the private schools still be private after we, the , public, start helping to pay the bills? If the public schools would contract for the educational ; services of the private ' schools, would the private i schools not be subject to state : supervision? V Is there really any difference in vouchers and cash? I believe there are many } people who would never send ( their children to public ', schools assuring that there : will always be some private : schools in existence. Even if all private schools close, the taxpayer should gain, because being the taxpayers' best friend, as they have advertised, I am sure they would donate the buildings and educational facilities to the public school system when they needed them no longer. .If we have to absorb students from private schools Into the public system, it will be gradual. But if we adopt a policy of public aid to private schools, it will mean a lot of money right away. This means higher taxes. I am against public aid to private education and I am • not anti-religious. ' • ROBERT A. TUCKER 1 5902 Dogwood Lane Godfrey 1 Best in country An award was given in St. Louis to a fine young coach on the night of Dec. 11. This award was ' for the metropolitan area's outstanding high school football coaching job of the year. It went to Ed Yonkus, whose Alton High Redbirds bad a won-lost record of 10-0-0 —the first perfect one here since Ray Jackson's team of 1935. This fine coach is much deserving of this award. The discipline of his team is the outstanding factor in making this record. Admittedly 1969 was a poor season, but look at his previous years! I h a v e watched the m a n from the sidelines. He can be strict when things go wrong, or give a pat on the back when they go right. I could witness only one game this year — that against Beginning to leak out oncer Granite City. I thought when the Warriors came on the field they were so big they looked like polo ponies. But who won? Alton. Only a well-drilled team could beat those big opponents. I think Mr. Yonkus is one of the finest coaches this state has, and If I have a vote, I would cast it in favor of him as the high school coach of the country. Congratulations to him on his award and for a Job well done. • DONALD E. SCHELM 3867 Western Ave. Notable quote on the "If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed." Benjamin Franklin Forum writers, note The Telegraph welcome* prose expressions of Its reader's own opinions. Writers' names and addresses must be published with their letters. Contributions should be concise, preferably not exceeding 180 words, and are subject to condensation. ' Victor Riesel Burning mortgage for Senator Goodell Copyright 1 WO lot AnplM Timei Syndicate NEW'YORK- It was quite a dinner gathering at the old St. Regis last Thursday night. Lots of Republicans, two Democrats, one of the New Left and one of the neo-New, and a stray Leninist by name of Yakov Malik, Soviet ambassador to the UN. They had come to burn the mortgage: for Senator Charley Goodell — and to- bury him politically with faint praise. Mayor Lindsay took a few oratorical stabs at Nelson Rockefeller, invited "Charley" to come help him run the city and then walked out into the night. It had been that kind of day. For many long hours the boys in the political back rooms of the Democratic Party had sat a latch-watch. The word had come that John V. Lindsay was about to go down to the Board of Elections, change his enrollment from Republican to Democrat and rally the forces for the assault, of. 1972. • But it never happened. There just did not appear to be any place in the Democratic Party's frorit- runuing ranks for the besieged mayor of this cashless city, threatened by strikes of fire fighters, police wildcatters, garbage collec- Jack Anderson WASHINGTON-The Federal Trade Commission staff is expected to urge prosecution of a controversial merger case so loaded with GOP politics that the Justice Department has dodged it. At issue is the combining of two giant pharmaceutical firms, Parke-Davis and Warner-Lambert. The latter is represented by President Nixon's old law firm and, until recently, was headed by his "second father," Elmer Bobst. Justice's anti-trust chief, Richard McLaren, opposed the merger, but he was overruled by Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst. Attorney General John Mitchell, a former partner in the Nixon firm, took no part in the decision. Because of the stock gyrations the day before the Justice Department backed out of the case, the Securities and Exchange Commission is also reviewing the merger. Sources with excellent Wall Street pipelines have told us that a small, select financial group seemed to have ad- FTC expected to urge prosecution in merger case vance knowledge that Justice wouldn't seek an injunction against the merger. This apparent assurance permitted the insiders to clean up $135 million in quick profits, our sources allege. They claim a prominent Wall Street financier advised his special clients to buy up all the stock they could get in the two pharmaceutical firms. "It's a cinch," he is quoted as telling them. This sort of inside dealing is almost impossible for a newsman without subpoena power to prove. We spoke to the financier who gruffly denied any advance dealing, then hung up on us. Significantly, there was heavy trading in both Parke- Davis and Warner-Lambert stock at the time of the Justice Department's withdrawal from the case. Parke • Davis traded 448,100 shares, much of it in big blocks, in the first few hours. The stock zoomed up 10 per cent for the day's biggest volume. Warner • Lambert stock was also traded heavily. Much of the trading was in "arbitrages," the buying and selling of stocks in a merger situation that captializes on fractional price differences. The FTC staff, meanwhile, has been gathering information on "concentration levels" in the drug industry after the merger. . Their preliminary conclusion, say .insiders, is that too few companies compete in the selling of medical drugs and supplies. Result: all too often, financially squeezed patients are forced to pay higher prices. It will take courage for the staff to buck the merger, which has produced a $1 billion • a • year drug giant. They are fully aware that Warner-Lambert is represented by the former law partners of President Nixon and Attorney General Mitchell. They also know that Elmer Bobst, the grand old man of Warner-Lambert, solaced Nixon during his dark years and arranged his senior partnership in the prestigious New York law firm. Military Humor — The military brass aren't amused by Beetle Bailey, a -comic strip that pokes fun at military stupidity. They see nothing funny, in particular, about "Lieutenant Flap," a foolish young officer in the strip. Humorlessly, the military censors eliminated, the strip every time Flap appeared. This was too much for Sgt. John C. Mutchler, who charged censorship in a letter to Sen. Bill Proxmir'e, D-Wis. Proxmire twitted the Pentagon, and now the brass hats have capitulated. In a letter to Proxmire, information chief John Broger promised ponderously: "We have discussed this subject with the CINCPAC (Pacific Commander in Chief) staff and the Editor-in-Chief of Pacific Stars and Stripes. The initial decision has been reviewed, and the entire Beetle Bajley series including those sections with 'Lieutenant Flap' will b used." The Food and Drug Administration had no intention of identifying dangerous toys by their brand names until Senate Commerce Chairman Warren Magnuson, D-Wash., demanded the brand ,list. His aides called Deputy Commissioner James Grant who said, at first, that it would be impossible to draw up the list before Christmas. But Magnuson thought dangerous Christmas toys should be identified before the children started playing with them. Rep. Charles H. Wilson, D- Calif., chairman of the House Census Subcommittee, , is investigating reports that the Nixon administration is pressuring the Census Bureau to rush out its state totals. The hope is that some outgoing , Republican legislatures can pass redistricting bills before they are replaced by Democratic legislatures. Wilson will also look into our disclosure that the Census Bureau failed to. .complete a computer processing of the 1 1970 count, but had to derive its totals partially from ,a "hand count." tors, and soon enough transit cops (who now have about 180 men to patrol some 500 subway stations, 240 miles of tracks, 600 rolling trains and many hundreds of miles of bus runs between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 p.m. — with daytime crime zooming upwards of 71 per cent above the 1965 level). To stand off these forces John Lindsay is demanding the power to invoke compulsory arbitration. So as far as the labor movement is concerned he has committeed hara-kiri with one sweep of his pen. So he'll have no labor support, -and without it 1 doubt any man can be nominated at a national Democratic convention. Besides which he did fare badly with his gubernatorial candidate Arthur Goldberg — who, if ihe had delivered one more ..speech, would have helped Nelson Rockefeller carry Canada.. Mr. Rockefeller defeated Mr. Goldberg by 730,(HW votes. Elsewhere the Democratic Party did well'— without Mr. Lindsay. Their candidates won Without the support of Mr. Lindsay as their "Mr. Urban Spokesman." So there now are more front-runners for the Democratic presidential nomination than there are long hairs in a commune. Certainly neither Hubert Humphrey, the rugged lowan, 48-year-old Harold Hughes, .George McGoxern, Birch Bayh, :and, Of course, Ted Kennedy are not about to hand their party over to the charismatic challenger from New York. And lest we forget, let no one ignore Lyndon Baines Johnson. LBJ is in there all the way — ask. any knowledgeable Texan. Come 1972, he'll be a power if he's in good health. So the thinking has changed over at the historic City Hall here. There is always the Grand Old Party. And the more Mayor Lindsay and his tiny, trusted braintrust, mainly Deputy Mayor Dick Aurelio, formerly Jack Javits' aide, reexamine the Nov. 3 election, the greater does the old party look. The grander it looks the more tempting it is. While the Democratic Party has an inventory of urban spokesmen, the Republican Party has not. Therefore, to some of those around John V. Lindsay the logic regenerates itself — shift tactics, hit the GOP, go for broke in its primaries. In other words — challenge Richard M. Nixon. Primaries are tricky games. Some .of Mayor Lindsay's people believe they cart take President Nixon in . any New England primary, in Wisconsin, in Washington, Oregon and perhaps even in California, though that's a long shot. John Lindsay could exploit unemployment which will pile up layer on layer as military and space appropriations • phase out, as they did this past year by almost $2 billion. John Lindsay could pound away on the friction ,of the cities, on the promise to deliver to disgruntled Republican governors and mayors who fear that a recession will cost them votes unless they have a man who can reach into central city for them. . There should be no shortchanging of John Lindsay's chair ism a, campaign techniques and ability to shift , directions without stopping. So watch the sidewalks of New York. They are the stage for the big play of 1972. RayCromley Cambodia to do its own fighting 'WASHINGTON (N E-A) Take it is'gospel when President Nixon says he isn't going to use U.S. ground troops in the Cambodian war. This is only partly due to American public opinion, though that certainly is a factor. The plain and simple fact is that the United States has at 1 ast learned that native people fight better when they're running their own wars and must depend on their own men (with U.S. air, sea and dollar support). This is a lesson Mao Tse- tung has taught for a long time — to anyone who would listen. He refused to put Chinese troops In Vietnam (though he did put in labor units and some advisers). Through Lin Piao, he publicly warned Ho Chi Minh that putting a heavy load of North Vietnamese troops in the south might lose him the war. And this may turn out to be the truth. Like Ho Chi Minh and Mao, the United States had to learn this Iess6n the hard way. In three wars in Southeast Asia. Take Laos. When U.S. aid was heavy and Americans had a major hand in running the show, they complained vigorously that Lao troops would run at the rumor of North Vietnamese forces around the next bend. This was all too frequently true. But when the American forces left, the Lao did not collapse. Slowly, erratically and sometimes frustratingly, they began to claw their way upward as a fighting force. Not all units. But some. They are no longer pushovers. Take Vietnam, where the • United States,, began by "•' Americanizing the war, only to find the Vietnamese (often by necessity) began to leave the fighting to us. But we began to learn that where the South Vietnamese had to fight they could.. And at Tet 1968 we (and they) learned that they would, when the chips were down. As American troops leave, we're learning that the South Vietnamese are becoming a fighting force. In part, this is due to a steady upgrading of equipment, officers and training. But a chunk of the new spirit comes from the realization that this is going to be their war. And lastly Cambodia. The Cambodians were on their own (as ground forces) from the beginning, except for U.S. and South Vietnamese diversionary attacks on Viet Cong-North Vietnamese bases and some other excursions by the South Vietnamese forces. The Cambodians had no experience in war these many years. The small army was expanded with raw, inexperienced recruits at an incredible rate. These virtually untrained men were thrown green into battle. And they have done incredibly well against the hardened veterans the North Vietnamese and VC have thrown against them. They're still on their feet long after military analysts have counted them down and out. The thing 'the United States has learned in this war Is that men will fight for their homes when it's them facing the invader. They may not fight. expertly. But when the crunch comes they will fight bravely. What they did then—news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear _ John Ij. Rartftn fftnnpp air fni»r»fl Hmitannn* ««j n_i T% .1- _ »_» '.._...._ ' ' 25 years ago DECEMBER 28, 1945 Two architects of the Chicago firm of Perkins, Wheeler & Will launched a survey of the Alton school System in anticipation of a 30-year building program costing $2,000,000 to be financed over a five-year •period. Paying on the basis of between $600 and $1,000 •|®r month on a per diem basis, the firm was expected to be involved in the survey until June. Prior to issuing license to James F. McHale tils new five-cab Black & White taxi fleet comm 8 W-4 vote, the City Council allowed two Ctk operators to voice their opposition to the John L. Barton, former air force lieutenant and holder of a DFC, operating the Blue cabs with his father, and E. D. Cox of the United Cab Co. both urged that if more cabs were needed that the companies already operating be given the opportunity to supply them, since they had struggled through wartime difficulties to keep their companies in business. Unfortunately, the council had already acted to grant some additional cab licenses, and some aldermen said they felt that obligation had to be met even though there was opposition. In the same tone, Dale R. Bruce, manager of the United States Employment Service office said there should be wide industrial expansion, since there was already a decline in the number of persons seeking jobs through the USES. Col. Douglas Johnson, AAF, visiting here with his parents had come from Florida after his return to the United States, from Calcutta. Col. Johnson had received the blue and gold honorary wings of the Chinese Air Forces "in recognition of outstanding services and valuable cooperation" to that peoples during the height of the war in China, Burma, and India. 50 years ago 28, 1920 In Hurley, Wis. 70 persons were arrested in a federal prohibition raid which seized two bobsleds loaded with liquor. With 500 Russian radicals waiting under guard at New York and elsewhere, the Department of Labor ordered resumption of proceedings to deport them. A flurry of hope subsided in Washington when the State Department announced Rep. Kahn apparently had received a false impression in a conference with Rowland S. Morris, U.S. ambassador to Japan. Kahn had come away saying he bad the impression Japan was withdrawing its protests to anti-alien land laws of California. x Circuit Judge Crowe took under advisement for two days his decision on arguments conducted before Mm over whether county or township authorities were to collect property taxes. Representing the county treasurer on behalf of his collection powers was Attorney D. Q. Williamson. State's Attorney J. p. streuber, Thomas Williamson, and J. J. Brenhoit spoke for the townships. Shurtleff College President G. M. Potter announced Hugh Lowery, recreation director for the Packard Motor Co. at Franklin, Ind., would replace Walter (Punk) Woods, who had resigned as athletic coach to concentrate on private employment. Lowery was expected here at the end of the holidays. Zero weather arrived - and with it a coasting problem. Chief of police Fitzgerald conferred with Mayor Sauvage on the matter of banning use of certain hazardous hills. The first to be shut off were those crossing Broadway, where coasters might be mangled under streetcar wheels. Coasting fc, opposite directions on the Alby Street dip also w«s banned after « woman was seriously injured in a head«on collision of two sleds. Finally the order, shut off all streets which cross either a railroad or a streetcar line. ^

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