Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on July 10, 1975 · Page 6
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AN INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER Published daily except Sunday and six legal holidays by The Freeport Journal-Standard Publishing Company FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD THURSDAY, JULY 10, 1975 FREEPORT, ILLINOIS It Took A While But... The decision of the Stephenson County Board Tuesday regarding disposition of former County Farm land to various organizations took a long time to make. The matter has been on the table in various forms for more than two years. The action cannot be criticized as a snap judgment, as the public is inclined to do these days, often before knowing much about the subject. The decision makes a number of people very happy, including members of the Jane Addamsland Park Foundation who are interested in preserving public land before it is gobbled up by the private developers. We can better appreciate the park group's interest because it has been in the news constantly the past several months. The Indian Gardens promotion was an extensive one but it is only part of the story of land use in south Freeport because of the changing status of the old County Farm. Obviously, the intent of Gardens backers is that the area stay about as it is. In other words, they convinced the County Board that selling the area to the foundation was the best way to ? preserve it. Although the transfer of land fo the foundation got the most exposure, the other transactions are of interest. rSpime time back the board decided to honor the long-time request of the Stephenson County Association for the Handicapped and make land available for its expansion program. .^, The availability of new areas for industrial development has been increased by the consummation:pf an/understanding with the Freeport Industrial Development Corp,-Having the Micro Switch Plant No. 4 on another tract of land which was once part of the County Farm is an appropriate reminder that tfiat kind of uje of property can be achieved provided it meets zoning requirem(^||nd is accepted by area residents. Given the perennial squabbiesfiat come to public attention over rezoning matters here and elsewhere, we have no doubt that whatever is done with the land sold to the FDIC will be done wisely. •• : . A pbrtion,of the County Farm is'being used:bythe City of Freeport as a landfill. The public tends to forget the past easily, but it will be recalled that a welcome bit of city-county cooperation brought about that development and saved the residents'pf this,community considerable inconvenience and embarrassment. Granted, we are already having to think about where the next site will be, but having the South Walnut breathing space was.a godsend. All in all, the sale of the County Farm is a good thing for the city and the county. • ' •' •"•'•' Solzhenitsyn 's Warning Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, winnei*:bt a Nobel prize for literature, who wrote "The Gulag Archipelago," depicting the experiences of an independent thinker in a police state, has made a lifelong mission of warning the Western nations against the illusion of detente. Solzhenitsyn escaped with his life from Russia,, seemingly because the force of world opinion dissuaded the Soviet rulers from executing him as thousands of others in Russia have been put to death, most of them during the reign of Stalin, For-a similar reason, Khrushchev, who fell out of favor with his colleagues in the Kremlin, was only ostracized, not executed. : As one reads the all too convincing statement' written by Sol- zhenitsyn, translated by Leonard Mayhew, and published in The New York Times and perhaps other papers, he is impelled to ask whether Solzhenitsyn's thesis is correct. '' • The Russian exile states in a sort of manifesto that World War III has already been fought, a cold war rather than a shooting one, and theT it has ended in the defeat of the free world. The Fourth World War, he warns us, lies ahead, and unless we meet it with understanding, courage and determination, we shall lose that one too. : "Stop it, we must," he writes, "hot fall on our knees as it approaches." ; Tracing the-loss of World War III, a coljl war which began with Yalta in 1945, Solzhenitsyn points to the loss to the despots of the left of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mbldavia, Mongolia, then condemnation to death or concentration camp of millions of Soviet citizens, virtual capture of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and finally abandonment of Yugoslavia, Albania, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and East Germany, Within this year much of Southeast Asia has been added to the fist. Solzhenitsyn does not express bitterness toward the United States, which he regards as the world's best hope, but believes new and rational appreciation of the danger of waiting too long must spread. Trying to avoid World War III, he writes, the West permitted it to occur, and allowed it to devastate and enslave 20 countries, changing the face of the earth. Vacation Boom Managers of state and national parks report that the Fourth of July weekend set new records for the use of their facilities. People drove hundreds of miles in quest of camp sites and often arrived jto find that there were no vacancies. The use of, campsites in this area was mentioned in this space during June, and it has since proliferated here and elsewhere. Like the unexpected tourism in and around winter resorts during the first three months of the year, the summer vacationing by recession-defying families continues through July. Attempts to explain this explosion of prosperity for operators of camps and motels have not been wholly satisfactory. The receipt of $100 checks from the U.S. Treasury may have been an incentive, though the handouts would hardly satisfy an average family's needs for vacationing, what with gas prices rising. But the boom is undoubtedly on, full steam. The Michigan Auto Club issued a statement registering a mixture of delight and shock at the traffic. Picnickers and bathers were turned away from many day-use parks, and there was not a single picnic table available in the southeast region of the state without a wait. . '. . > At a place called Metro Beach nqar Mt. Clemens, north of Detroit, 35,000 people jammed into the park, setting an all-time record, and the Lake Huron Beach at Tawas was said to look ''like Coney Island." Everywhere the crowds were peaceful and docile while vacationers waited their turns. Gas was plentiful all over, though pleasure seekers were paying the highest prices in history for it. "Don't ask what this means," said a distracted hamburger stand employe, who had run out of supplies. "We're enjoying it while it lasts. Maybe it'll have to he paid for later." Though statistics are not complete, the accident rate appears to have been moderate, which might mean that drivers are observing slower speed rules. One of the worst casualties was the death of seven persons in an overturned Winnebago camper which accidentally hit a guardrail, tipped over and burst into name from the gas carried for fuel and the propane gas for cooking purposes In spite of such horrors of the road, the 'proportion of fatalities to number of vacationers may have been lighter than usual Ford's Disposable '...ALL THEY THAT TAKE THt 5WOW> 5HALL (WH WITH THE SWOWX* (Matthew XSSi; 52,) MAX LERNER A New Addition To Family Of Columnist BOLINAS, Calif. - When his father saw him, newly born, struggling for a breath, fighting pluckily for life itself, he named him Joshua. It was the natural name for one who had to fight his battle of Jericho from the first moment of life. ,;•-., ,,- . What it was that made him choke so pathetically Was^neVer wholly clear perhaps a hyaline membrane, as with Jacqueline Kennedy's, baby, Patrick, or perhaps swallowing too much amniotic fluid. Mike and Leslie held vigil for three days at the Marin County Hospital, while'the doctors and nurses devotedly labored over Joshua, with an oxygen "bird" over "him and a tube down his throat. There were ample prayers for him, too, to add to the skill of the team around him. Finally Edna and I, hovering over the phone a continent away, got word that the crisis days were, over, and that Joshua had won his Jericho. That was .a month ago. Now here I am, seeing him for the first time, grandfathering him to the hilt, holding tight the .precious bundle of earth, air, fire and water, and giving thanks for the twice-born. How shall I describe .him? He is sturdy, handsome, contented, assertive - all the adjectives that doltish kin lavish on a baby. He has a commanding, .crusty Iqok, - a cross between a Russian Cossack, a Roman emperor and a Chicago ward politician. Why shouldn't he look that way? He is the inheritor of two converging, illustrious and enduring lines, . He is my eighth grandchild, and I have welcomed each of them with fervor. But there is one thing special about Joshua.. He is my first grandchild in the male line. The first seven Letters TO THE EDITOR An Appreciative Citizen Editor Journal-Standard: Just a word of praise for the Park Board and Steve Riser on the 4th of July program. We spent a.very enjoyable afternoon at Krape Park. The art show was very well attended, and the exhibitors were pleased by the interest shown in their work. This is a source of satisfaction to an artist. Also, it was a pleasant surprise to see my.husband's exhibit in Saturday's paper. I think the evening program at the fairground was well worth the $2 per car admission, the fireworks were a great way to end a holiday. I hope it can be done again next year, and the weather cooperates as beautifully as it didithis 4th. MRS. CHARLES MCDERMOTT 1528 W.- Galena Ave. were presented to me by my daughters - Connie, Pam and Joany, and they bore the names of their fathers. Joshua is the firstborn of my oldest son, .Michael, and on him will fall the first burden of the continuance of the Lerher name. . * I look at Joshua and I ask him - and myself - whether this is male chauvinism on my part, or only a long, built-in residue of the patrilinear naming system. Joshua says nothing and looks wise. He has learned quickly that this is a good way of responding to most things in the world he has entered. , I hold him over my shoulder, and burp him, much as I did when I paced the floor with his father some 30 years ago. This is the continuity of the generations, the eternal recurrence which gives life its enduring quality despite all the ephemeral headline-happenings' I have been writing .about.-You hold the tiny creature in your arms, and you think about what he has become part of - a life web at once enduring and fragile - and you get a lump in your throat: His Own Choice I ask myself what Joshua's ruling passion will be. Will it be psychology, like one of his grandmothers, or world unity, like the. other? Will he be a writer, like his grandfathers on both sides? Will his passion be literature and the theatre, like his mother's, or nutrition, neurology and society, like his father's? He has so many, conditionings to choose from. But if he proves to be. like any of my own six children, he will make his own choice and stubbornly hold to it. Edna found an ancient wooden cradle for him, at Southampton, over a: century old. Steve built him another and more mobile one, of bamboo. After his nursing I watch him as he sleeps. Does he remember the trauma of his birth, .as Otto Rank claims? The Freudians tell us that he is now in the first of two oral stages, in which he still doesn't distinguish between himself and the objects he incorporates. He is in (Karl Abraham's words) "objectless and free of. ambivalence." If you can give any credence to.this stuff, lie will later move into the second oral stage and become a destructive cannibal. '• .,;.'•.-, :.. r ;;•.,, v: f --\ : ^ ; .;; . • I await that-time, when I can'; offer myself as one object that won' ; £mind being' cannibalized. Joshua was lucky to have been born here at Bolinas, a half-old, half-new town oh the "Pifcjflc, which is a genuine community. It is full of sturdy young men, beautiful young women wh.o come on bicycles to admire '• him, children, dogs. Joshua will be enveloped with love' and friendship. He will have .neeid of it, as we all will, (n what is bound to be an Ice Age ahead. , ';.'• , Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON - One day last week President Ford flew into Cincinnati through a dense fog to dedicate the National Environmental Research Center. Although-a pollution alert was in' effect, Ford delivered a speech that, thickened the air with additional noxious materials. It is time for ; :ja "detente with na~lure;," the President said. But : it was soon apparent that he was offering nature the kind ojf 'disarmament agree- rnent that Leonid Bfezhnev would neVer buy. -\ •'•• . ; ' ..•;••.; '"If accomplishing every worthy .environmental ;• objective would slow down our effdrt to Regain energy independence and a stronger economy;. then I. hi list weigh all factors involved," he Said. There is no evidence that protecting the nation's,air, land, and water retards the-'economy. On the contrary, a sound economy can only be based on an understanding of nature's resources and limits.'But once a politician starts to "%eigtt' dirty air against additional jobs or to explain how industrial "prpg- resVat. the costx)f only a few thousand ; extra;<&se$ of emphysema would boost the,gross'national product, there is no doubt that he is otf the side of the polluters:.. ,' s ',•''.'•;' .';' . ' .• ' ,._.,. . • Ford - in. the double-jointed prose that is supposed to suggest fairness said, "I cherish the outdoors but...I pursue the goal of clean air and pure water but..." : The President, who on most days of the week is able to regard the miseries of the unemployed with remarkable fortitude, bordering oh indifference, remembers them only when the claims of the environment are urged urion him. ' . ^ . "Unemployment is as real and,as sickening a blight as any pollutant that threatens this.nation," he cried out to -the chemical-laden skies over Cincinnati. . Throughout his eleven months in office. Ford has shown that he regards the environment as a throwaway, "no deposit - no return" issue. Item. The Ford administration allows overcutting of the national forests. Despite the many dedicated career people in the forest service, the timber industry, in effect, dictates excessive logging quotas to the forest service and gets away with "clear cutting" and other reckless practices. Item. When the forest service, in accordance with the Wilderness Act, had under consideration the upgrading of the legal protection afforded to the primitive Idaho-Salmon river area, the largest and most spectacular wilderness in the lower,48 states, the service wanted to add contiguous areas. Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz overruled the foresters and instead deleted 300,000 acres Tfom the primitive area ' to open it up for logging by Boise-Cascade. . Item. President Ford is leaning toward revision of a Nixon executive order which would permit a return to the poisoning Depredators, a hideous practice devastating to eagles and numerous other species. Item. Because emission control would increase! the cost of cars, President Ford has urged postponing clean air standards for automobiles until 1981. Item. Ford has twice vetoed a moderate bill to regulate strip mining, a needlessly savage form of mineral exploitation. Item. He chose the egregious Stanley K. Hathaway as secretary of the interior. His record as governor of Wyoming was so bad that conservationists greeted his nomination with a chorus ; of groans. The dreary 'list could go on to in. elude all the surrenders to the oil in- i dustry on every oil-related issue, to the commercial developers on the land use bill, to the cattlemen on control of the southwestern wildlife refuge, and'to. economic interests in planning the future of Alaska. 'Throughout these months, President Ford has avoided environmentalists who might challenge these disastrous policies. He found time to meet with industrialists, cattlemen, and .lumber- .men not to mention assorted golfets 'and football players. : But he steadfastly refused to meet' .with the heads qf the nation's leading conservation organizations even WILLIAM SHANNON though environmental issues are .-' next to world peace - the most impor: tarit problems facing mankind. Finally, the conservation; leaders were told that if they wanted to charter a "plane and fly to Cincinnati, they could have a half-hour or so with the President after his speech. Since most of them have offices in Washington, it Was a bizarre and energy-wasting way to arrange a meeting but they complied, aware that they might only be straight men in another presidential /public relations exercise. Laurance Rockefeller, a conservationist and a brother of the Vice President, opened the meeting, by telling Ford that he was "overwhelmed with gratitude" for the opportunity to meet with him. Rockefeller may believe that in dealing with the powerful, flattery goes a long way. Most conservationists are likely to think Ford's whole pattern of conduct deeply .offensive. Unless he changes course, they may well conclude that when it .comes to thrqw- aways, politicians like bottles are disposable. New York Times Service Journalist With A Future (Of Sorts) (Chicago Tribune) Judging from Mrs. Gandhi's behavior in'India, she is all for a free press as long as it says what she wants it to say. If she's looking for a well-trained reporter to put to work in India, we think we've fbund just'the man. He is presently employed by the newspaper El Moudjahid in : Algiers, and he was allowed to interview Kim II Sung, the president of North ,Korea, during the latter's visit to Algeria on May 29. Here, according to th€! official North Korean transcript, is his first question: "This year the Working people of Korea are going to celebrate the, 30th anniversary of the founding of the glorious Workers' Party of Korea un- der'the outstanding, wise leadership of Your Excellency, the respected and beloved, great Leader, who is leading the Korean revolution to great victory and arousing the admiration of the world. Your Excellency, Mr. President, please explain the goals the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will attain on the occasion of this historic day, to us Algerian people who entertain a deep friendly feeling toward the Korean people." With a question like that, who needs an answer? And where could Mrs. Gandhi (or any other would-be dictator) find a reporter more perceptive, conscientious, and honest in serving an enslaved press? THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Are you trying to ben,^over enough to TOUCH your toes or just to see them?" • ' This Is What The News Could Be Mil . .,_.'•" • - .'.•'• I '-','- p • . '. l • -•"*" ^^^^ The main test of news is whether or not it is out of the ordinary. Unfortunately most of the stories being printed these days are no longer surprising to anyone, jn the dog days of summer, people wonder why the papers spend so much time on multinational company corruption, CIA wrongdoing, government wiretapping and congressional foot-dragging, since none of these events is news any more. . These are the stories'that wouk) be news if they ever happened. WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger said today that the Soviets were dismantling missiles and there was no longer any reason for the United States to build new weapons systems. "The Pentagon has enough money for everything it needs and we are asking Congress to withhold any supplemental funds as it would only be a waste of money." LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Northrop Aviation announced a new contract with Saudi Arabia for the delivery of 100 F-5 fighter planes. Company offi- cials said the Saudi ^Arabian military chose Northrop because it was the only company who did not try to bribe them with under-the-table "commissions." A Saudi Arabian minister said, "Accepting bribes is against the Koran, and no self-respecting Arab minister would ask f,or a gratuity in exchange for a ' military hardware contract." HOUSTON, Tex. - The American Petroleum Institute turned down an of- ART BUCHWALD fer by the U.S; government to (^regulate petroleum and gas. A spokesman said, "Most of our members are'mak- ing tremendous profits as it Is, and it would be unfair :to the American people to take advantage of the energy crisis at this time. We believe the economic health of the country comes first and, while we appreciate the government's concern that oil prices are too low, we'd rather see that there is enough fuel for everybody at prices the average person can afford." MOBILE, AJa, - Gov. George Wallace told a group of foreign newspapermen that in his opinion the United States did the right thing when they fought the Germans and Japanese in World War II. "We had no choice," the governor said, "and I would hate to think what the world would be like today ,if Hitler and Tojo had won. Of course, we couldn't have done it alone. Thank God, the Russians were on our side," WASHINGTON - Sen. Teddy Kennedy said tqday that he is a candidate for President in 1976. "All this talk about me not running is pure foolishness. The Democratic Party has a lot of good men, but I can't see myself supporting any of them. I'm the best man for the job, and I wish the press would stop saying I'm not interested in the presidency as it's hurting my fundraising campaign " ' NEW YORK CITY - Mayor Abe Beame called a press conference today to announce that New York City has a surplus of $2 billion. "I intend to use the money to beef up the police force and fire 'department as well as add extra days for garbage collection. I also intend to pay off the city's debt I want New York to become the model for the rest of the country. Thanks to understanding municipal unions, this citv has a balanced budget " CAMBODIA - Cambodian naval units seized an American freighter in international waters last night When informed of this at four in the morning, President Ford said, "So what? We. have plenty of other ships and don't Don>t me up WASHINGTON - n , nry K .,, ir told a press conference today mat most of the mistakes made in foreign policy over the past six years were his fault. After detailing where he had gone wrong, he said, "I guess r m not a very good secretary of state after all " Los Angeles TUnes

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