Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on December 30, 1970 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, December 30, 1970
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A4 Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1970 • • . What We think about... Highway prospects Historical sites Breakthrough ahead ? IHinoisans, and specifically Telegraph residents, are seeing a flurry of activity 6tt resurfacing highways and construction of Bew ones planned which appears remarkable: A map carried today on Page B-5 illustrates what the several phase program df Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie's highway plan has completed or underway. In a letter accompanying the map, Director William F. Cellini of the Department Of Public Works and Buildings indicated "There were six times more road improvements underway during the last two construction seasons than in the previous eight year period." "Under the Immediate Action Program, Wore than 1,500 miles of old, narrow highways have been improved and contracts were awarded for another 1,500 miles of deteriorated roads." A logical outgrowth of this program is the savings in lives. Also on the "good news" side of the balance sheet is announcement of 1971 District 8 highway plans in the statewide program which could create a boom* in the 12-county area on vital projects. Frustrations of many people may be eliminated if the plans on drawing boards are able to become reality. After a starvation diet of three years, the area is heading for a booming period of highway construction. Local opportunity ripe An effort by the Illinois Department of Conservation to survey systematically, locate and identify all historically valuable sites and attempt to preserve them is welcome news in the Telegraph area. There are many sites, long neglected, which have state and nationwide interest historically. The Greater Alton Association of Commerce, Pride, Inc., Alton Area Historical Society, Madison County Historical Society, and Alton Landmarks, Inc. should jump at the opportunity to place materials in the state survey. They can provide invaluable local knowledge to the Historical Sites Advisory Council whose goal is to "provide an orderly guide for acquisition and development of sites which have significance because of association with prominent figures in national or state history, or have architectural or archaelogical value." Significantly, the state wouldn't pretend to be able to acquire and preserve all such sites but the survey would aid in placing priorities on them. It is suggested private financing by local groups and foundations would be helpful. And, in some cases, the state or local groups could qualify,for federal aid on key projects. Also, recognition of priorities could give perspective which may lead to improved maintenance of sites already beautified and renovated by the state such as the Lovejoy Monument. Some 18 months ago, $25,000 was spent to improve it but vandals have smashed lighting and it again has fallen in disrepair. A project long on the drawing board which should have state attention is improvement of the old penitentiary wall at Uncle Remus Park. Not only is it Illinois' first prison, but recognition of the role it played In the bloody Civil War when thousands died there should be remembered. There are many possibilities in this historically significant five-county Telegraph area. We urge interested groups to compare their own studies and inform the Division of Parks and Memorials of the Department of Conservation. Trees are hazardous One pollution problem the Telegraph area residents will not face collectively is that of the former mass burning of Christmas trees at several locations in parks 12 nights after Christmas. The long popular and traditional Epiphany observance went by the boards several years ago. Youthful incindiarists continually set off the trees early creating a hazard to themselves and other children. An Associated Press survey of the national problem of disposal of Christmas trees revealed a variety of approaches and a general concern that burning is not the best answer. We add our note of caution that the trees should be offered to the city, or cut up to make handling easier. If the nearly explosive, dry trees remain, they continue to be a temptation for youngsters. We urge speedy disposal once the trees are taken down. Their danger is tragically illustrated by the home fires which have taken lives across the nation. , Smith move correct Disclosure that nine timid county board members who voted one way in choosing a county supervisor of assessments would have reversed themselves under a secret ballot can hardly be short of startling to a good many readers. Presumably this will prompt from many a protest that Assistant State's Attorney Marshall Smith was wrong in advising the board it must submit to an open roll call on the question. What happened, however, should not be interpreted as an argument, in favor of sweeping the county board's business under the rug of secrecy. Smith, we believe, was correct in his contention for a recorded roll call. We hope he maintains this stand on future controversial questions and makes his point. What the disclosure really shows is not the need for secrecy in voting, but rather the need for a county board organization under which the chairman has less dictatorial powers. Especially is this so when one realizes that under present conditions this ruler of the board can maneuver himself into position by behind the scenes pressures and threats. Currently the chairmanship county board does not even represent a county«wlde &t» pression of perferencei The chairman Is selected by members of the board, them* selves, and conceivably can be representing one of the smallest slices of the county's vote. The current chairman, Supervisor Harold Landolt of little Alhambra township, is proof. But he could also be a near loser assistant supervisor from a larger township, Even at state level the constitution requires that at least one legislative chamber be presided over by a leader, the lieutenant governor who qualified for the post by a statewide vote. Only the House selects its own chairman, or speaker. But counties under the township form of government are doomed currently to delegate leadership of the county board, the county board of review, and the county liquor commission to any supervisor or assistant supervisor the Board of Supervisors may choose as its presiding officer. And often enough such a presiding officer makes no secret of his manipulations of patronage to keep board members in line with his will — or the will of powers who may be dictating to him at the moment. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Readers forum Rocky road again? 'Big-deal! Who's worth voting for? 9 "The signs begin to appear. They are as delicate and fragile as flakes of snow, but they also accumulate and there are enough of them now to permit political observers a ski - jump speculation." The above paragraph appeared on Dec. 21 in the New York Times. The title of the article, "Rockefeller for President?" The author: John A. Hamilton, a member of the editorial board of the Times. Well, here we go again! JOHNBOLAND Ouatoga Bluff -Godfrey Cheers for help First as a person and second as a block captain and staff member of Mat Talbot Lodge I wish a cheerful holiday season to the many Altonians answering the needs of a few of our many Oakwood Estates families. A special holiday cheer for the businesses and organizations thus concerned, and a very_special prayer for the churches and their congregations and the order of sisters at St. Anthony's Hospital. As a member of Mat Talbot Lodge, I want to point out that we place the needs of . the less fortunate first, and without funds, we have to rely totally on Christian generosity. To the open protesters, I feel, myself, that if a person publicly does a certain act and chooses to live and act a certain way, that person must be what he shows he is. As a concerned parent and as a tenant of Oakwood Estates I wish to offer holiday cheer to the helpful teens and pre - teens who were so generous in giving of their time for tasks. They were great. BARBARA JAMES 758 Oakwood Estates Delayed teaming During the holidays, I've become a shut - in, and "hooked" on the boob - tube. In some cases the commercials were more en- tertajning than the programs. That Japanese character with the terrible cough, for instance, goes around smashing and breaking everything in sight. His wife had better put him in the hospital. If this guy doesn't quit coughing soon, he may become a one - man Pearl Harbor. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO 349 Bluff St. •Wright 1WO la Anglos Dan Syndicate Victor Riesel You ain't seen nothing yet on labor trouble front (Legend has it that the first lady of old Broadway, the late Ethel Barrymore, once said during a star-studded theatre benefit performance: "You ain't seen nothing yet." She could well have been talking of 1970 Judging from the following analysis of the signs of the times by Victor Riesel In another year-end forecast —this one of turbulence to Forum writers, note The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of its reader's own opinions. Writers' names and addresses must be published with their letters. Contributions should be con- else, preferably not exceeding 150 words, and are subject to condensation. come in 1971.) WASHINGTON Somewhere in the film archives is a flying saucer movie titled "The Day the Earth Stood Still." This is outer-space stuff. Interstellar visitor lands the saucer on the mall, makes with a gimmick, as old-fashioned hippies would say, and cuts 'the nation's electric power switches. The country , is paralyzed. The President negotiates. It could, in truth, happen in many parts of the land in 1971 — without benefit of fictional flying saucers. Millions of rank-and-file unionists are gung ho for strike. Thousands of labor leaders are hooked on the kind of internecine politics into which the public cannot peer but which catalyze strikes as rank-and-fflers, pressure leaders, and challengers shout "throw the sell-outers out." Look anywhere. Take the coal fields. There, contracts expire in '71. United Mine Workers leader Tony Boyle, under siege by a score of federal and internal forces, is daily denounced as guilty before proven innocent, Does anyone knowledgeable believe he's not going to strike and strike hard if he doesn't win a wage and benefit package which would suffer no inferiority complex in the neighborhood of Fort Knox? He's asking for a $50 day for starters. If his 100,000 coaldiggers shut down the pits for a while the power will go down in a thousand communities for lack of generator fuel. . And don't overlook the expiration of New York City's Consolidated Edison Company contract with the Utility Workers. These members are young, militant and suffer no , lack of adrenalin. There are black activists among them. There's an intra-local union election coming just about contract time early this summer, . If New York's power is slashed, the financial markets Ray Cromley Chou En-lai is man to watch in Red China WASHINGTON (NEA) -In Red China, watch Chou En- lai. ' His fortunes could determine U.S. • Peking relations. They could determine whether Communist China gets into the United Nations, and when. They could have a major effect on how actively and how cleverly his country engages in underground operations in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and southern Asia. There is no doubt. Mao Tse- tung and Lin Piao will continue to get-the headlines. At the: forthcoming Fourth National People's Congress, Mao and Lin will be reaf- firmed as No". 1 and No. 2. But the' man to watch is Chou — No. 3. Friends in Hong Kong who spend much of their time analyzing what goes on in Red China have been busy the last few weeks noting who was present and who absent at certain important gatherings of high officials in that secretive , country. And listing where those present were placed — who moved up and down. By combining these studies with a knowledge of which men belong to what camp and which are loyal to this leader and that, the experts are able to calculate (correctly or will be hit, indeed, the financial heart of the world will need a pacemaker. Remember that the 1966 New York transit strike cost the entire nation several billion dollars in only 12 days. Of course, to move on, everybody's talking about the coming crisis in "steel" where the contract expires Aug. 1, for some 400,000 men in the basic mills. I'm told by two of the United Steelworkers of America's topmost officers that a "strike is inevitable," and that they have a $50 million war chest. But few commentators note that the steel union has 18 divisions. WASHINGTON — Federal Trade Commissioner Mary Gardiner Jones, whosa speeches flame • with consumerism, has secretly and unaccountably blocked a major anti-monopoly suit that would save millions for consumers. The difference between Miss Jones's public and private stances shows up in an amazing set of memos prepared for the eyes only of her fellow commissioners. At issue is the controversial merger of United Fruit Co., the "Chiquita Banana" people, and AMK, the fourth largest meat packer. This multi - million - dollar marriage of fruit and meat has been handled, significantly, by the former law office of President Nixon and Attorney General John Mitchell. On May 6, the FTC moved to break up the merger. The FTC staff produced an artillery barrage of evidence to show that the merger would badly injure the consumer. But the property Mary Gardiner Jones intervened behind the scenes to block proceedings against the merger. In a Nov. 6 memo incorrectly) which top leaders and which groups are gaining in power and which are slipping. . • The recent analyses show that Chou En-lai's men are moving up. Now Chou has been allied with Mao and Lin Piab for more than 40 years. And is equally responsible for Red China's policies. But Chou has built up a following among influential • non - Communist officials in an array of Western countries — the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Canada. These men are convinced (this reporter has' talked to numbers of them) that Chou is a "decent fellow" with whom you can deal, "not dogmatic like the others." Chou is a Mandarin, well • educated, at home In up- perclass circles. There is no crudeness about him. Even in the caves in Yenan, where this reporter knew him, he had most refined living quarters — and a courtly manner. , Guest editorial Jack Anderson FTC commissioner has two stances sent only to the commissioners, for example, she raised belated questions about the "merit" of the case. "1 basically disagree," she said, "with some of the staff's hard • hitting recommendations.' 1 With Miss Jones against key sections of the complaint, the prosecution began to bog down. But the director of the competition bureau, Alan Ward, suddenly hit back with his own secret memo on Dec. 1. Ward advised the Commissioners strongly that "we have a respectable case. 1 do not favor its abandonment.!' In five carefully - reasoned pages, he told how a merger of the two grocery giants can strike particularly hard at the budgets of school cafeterias and housewives. Not only would prices rise but new firms would have a tough time entering the field to compete, he contended. This isn't the first time Miss Jones has talked a better consumer's- game than she plays. For almost two years, she delayed action against AAMCO Automatic Transmissions while notables like Leo Durocher were hired to ballyhoo the repair shops. Dispersing housing , The Dayton (0.) plan for dispersing federally subsidized low- and middle-income housing throughout the five countie? that compose that metropolitan area merits a careful examination by public officials here. As evidenced mosv strikingly by the fierce campaign against middle-income housing in suburban Black Jack, metropolitan St. Louis is not without a problem in this regard, and it ought to be the job of the area's public officials to co-operate in tackling it. Although the Dayton plan is tailored to the specific needs of that industrial area, the regional approach on which it is based might well prove to be useful here. Originated by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (whose counterpart here would be the East-West Gateway Co-ordinating Council), the Dayton plan assigns a quota of subsidized housing to each of the 53 planning units in that region, which includes the core city of Dayton and 29 municipalities. The quotas are arrived at under an arithmetical formula that takes into account the amounts of existing low- and middle-income housing within a given planning unit, population density and other factors pertinent to achieving a fair dispersal of this kind of housing throughout the region. The plan is .based! on voluntary co-operation by the individual municipal and county governments in behalf of a regional objective that ought to benefit them all, and it still must pass the acid test of implementation. Six of the smaller cities abstained from voting on the proposal when it was before the regional body last fall, and it is conceivable that others may want to renege once builders begin projects in their communities. But adoption of the plan came only after a thorough educational campaign in which support of the core city's business establishment was enlisted. Many of the hidden fears that grip suburbanites in places like Black Jack were brought into the open and set against facts that have tended to alleviate them. All of which suggests to us that perhaps the Gateway Council might be able to perform a similar service for metropolitan St. Louis. It can be argued with some forpe, we think, that if the people of Black Jack knew precisely how many low- and middle-income housing units they should accept in the regional interest, they might well be less choleric in their opposition to the concept. The fact that they do not know is a reflection of the leadership vacuum that has developed in St. Louis County on this issue, And it may be a measure of the need for a regiqnal approach, as in the Dayton area. • —St. Louis Post-Dispatch JF/iaf £/iey c?ic/ J/ien— -news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago DECEMBER 30, President Kerry S. Truman disclosed there should be cautious steps in releasing atomic energy secrets, counteracting the more generous Impression which came out of the Moscow Big Three meeting. He said there should always be assurance that there would be no misuse of a small secret before divulging a more important one. Only Britain and Canada would share the know- tow of the atomic bomb before it would be released by the trio. A mother's concern for her son's coughing probably saved his life from fire. Mrs, Ola M. Bacus, hearing her son, Dean, 4 # coughing opened the door to his room to give him a dose of medicine and found the mattress on which he was lying afire. A smoldering cigarette which he had been smoking earlier had ipited the bedding, after it apparently fell from an ash tray. Mrs. Bacus dragged her son from the smoke-filled room. Sgt. Curtis M. Randolph, 23, reported missing in action for more than a year, was declared officially killed in action. He was the central fire control man on a B-29, directing the fire of all the plane's guns. The U.S. district court ordered briefs be field by Jan. 10 against Western Cartridge Co. on a petition questioning whether war veterans had to be reinstated jn their old jobs, even if it required transfer, demotion or discharge of non-veterans with more seniority. The letter's attorney said the selective service act protected "job rights" of returning veterans for one year after their discharge, but did not give them what he termed "super-seniority." ' Fog began to replace icy conditions of streets as the major traffic hazard to 1 Alton. The mercury rising began to melt the ice, but created heavy fog so that motorists were continuing to drive cautiously. 50 years ago DECEMBER 30,1920 Senator Knox was prepared to present to Congress, with President-elect Harding's approval, a peace resolution saying the United States would go the aid of the rest of the world if civilization was again threatened as it was in 1914. Knox said Harding had assured him, however, he had no intention of using the Versailles League of Nations as a basis for his proposed association of nations. California Secretary of State Jordan refused articles of incorporation to a Japanese land development firm until the Supreme Court returned its decision on a Japanese naturalization case then before it. Circuit Judge Crowe decided that Alton's treasurer would be able to collect taxes in the township — and Alton would be the only township in the county maintaining collections on. this basis under new state law placing the responsibility in the hands of the county collector. Gilbert H. lane was given the county Republican executive committee's endorsement for appointment as postmaster to succeed Joseph L. Lampert. Lane had been chairman of the county Republican com* mittee. Under the Democratic administration, however, Lamport's term still had three years to run. Dr. A. Don Stocker, dentist, vacated his offices in the Commercial Building and moved to new quarters In the newly completed Grand Theater building. Marriage License Clerk Emil Joesting reported Leap Year had been marked in his office by issuance of a record number of 450 licenses -- with one more day still ahead. Grafton Hard Road Association members bad called a meeting to discuss repairs on the all-weather rojd already Jn operation. Leaders said it was possible additional all-weather roads would be discussed.

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