A-6 Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, Jan. 2, 1971. Tom Fearno, rduraloi% savs: ... learn from kids By JEAN CAMP Telegraph Staff Writer Teacher. speech coach. public relations director, musician, writer, Tom Fr-nrno has adder! a new d'tnension to his list of accomplishments as one of six full- and part- time members of the Kasi Alton-\Vond River High School counseling staff. Popular with staff members and students alike, Fearno who looks like a student himself, says "I think T learn more from the kids than they do for me" which, al leas!, is a refreshing slancc for a teacher. Fearno has been al his job five years. Among the tilings young people have fautihl him fire sonic of Un 1 ''tools of his trade." "1 believe failure to reach students is due to a lack of enthusiasm on the part of Hie teacher rather than the lack of school facilities, educational material, or even the lack of knowledge," he says. A tench^r doesn't tench farts and call il education, he adds. Hi' has to become involved, be alert and enthusiastic, engender a bi'i of excitement." Feanm !vHc\es turnabout, is fair play. In a language class ho teaches, he uses some of his own literary efforts tni' his students lo "tear apart". T li e y are somewhat, reluctant to criticize a teacher's work, but I remind them that. I butcher their material and they can do the same to mine so they have a ball cutting il up," he says. !•' e a r n o ' s dedication lo creative writing stems back to his childhood and the influence of his journalist mother. "I wrote school news and some stage shows while in Alton High School and a little note of encouragement from Bill Hriinner of Ihe Telegraph is one of my pri/ed possessions." he said. "He also stimulated my interest in writ me about nature with his articles in the Telegraph. That is still one of my favorite hobbies." Although he has "a stack of rejection slips" and only a few minor works published, Tom enthusiastically turns out poetry, articles on nature, has several novels in various stages of completion, and uses his writing skills in his public relations work for Ihe school with news releases for area papers, and preparing and delivering four short radio spots on school activities each week for area radio stations. His interest, in the airwaves came into focus when Fearno was technical director of the University Broadcasting services three years while attending Southern Illinois University, lie wrote and produced the program, "Montage" heard over WOKE Sunday afternoons and experienced Ihe feeling of being a performer in appearances with a musical group over KSD-TV. A m o n g his fondest, television memories however, is the week he introduced closed circuit TV in his classroom at. Ihe local high school to help speech students improve their poise a n d speech techniques. Fearno, who earned his bachelor's degree in education from SIU after n wide variety of courses such as music, radio, radio & TV, journalism, speech, and even played with the idea of going inlo show business playing drums with his college band, "Three Cats and a Kitten", is working on his Masters in psychology at, SIU. One of his pet. projects is the "Occupations" program which he helped develop and now teaches al Hie high school. " 'Occupations' is not a very ritzy title for the course but it is self-explanatory and prolly well covers the subject. "\Ve are losing too many of our "('" average and below students — no'i losing them to Ihe dropout, route, but we are not reaching (hern -- not doing enough to help equip Ihem for life, so we came up with this new program — how to get, a job, how to hold a job, where the jobs are and what they are." All Ihe possibilities in the fields of well-known professions as well as areas not so well known to the .students are covered. He cited such jobs as public servants, chefs, waitress, bus boys, funeral directors and assistants, osleopathy, dentistry and everything else on which material can be obtained. "These students may not be able to learn math or all the rules of grammar but they are very capable individuals and have no trouble communicating if you take the. lime to try lo understand Ihem," he says. A man of broad interests, Fearno successfully crams a 20-hour schedule into each day and when he is not busy with school duties, he pursues a diversity of hobbies, amateur photography, collecting and distributing educational materials, wood working, carpentry, playing drums on a job with an area band as a free - lance musician or wilh a student group just; for fun, or puttering around in his soundproof basement which is a maze of cables and electronic equipment. TOM F.KAHNO sets up tax court WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers' who think the government is overcharging them on their lax bill now have a way to contest the Internal Revenue Service's figures without spending a fortune in court, costs. It's called the U.S. Tax Court small claims division— and it. can only be used for claims less than $1,000 for any one year. The court, which went into operation Thursday, can consider claims involving income, gift or estate taxes. The division was set up by Congress under the Tax Reform Act of I!)(ifl lo provide speedy trials and special methods for handling small claims. Francis .1. Cantrel, assistant clerk of Ihe Tax Courl, said he thinks almost all claims will be heard within six mouths al'UT they arc filed. The new Miss France Miriam Stocco, Miss Lan^m-doc, poses lor photographers in Paris Thursday nighl alter beiiij; selected "Miss Fium-.e, 1!)7I". The lieu Miss France, a makeup «pidalist, is 21-years old, 5 [eel, 10 inches tall and measures 37-&1-37. (AP Wirephoto by fable from Paris). WASHINGTON — With some justification, the Nixon administration lias been Inking en(i-of-thc-ye;ir bows for scaling clown the Vietnam war. Despite a venture inlo Cambodia Hint, has transformed the war inlo an all- Indochina conflict, there is no denying that Mr. Nixon has curbed the fighting and the involvement of U.S. troops in it. This has meant fewer American casualties and, perhaps most remarkable of all, a new mood of quiet resignation on the part of Americans who were violently preoccupied wilh I lie war a couple of years ago. Hut. Just so no one starts Hie new year with too rosy an outlook, 1 want to remind you that, that terrible war is far from over and will, in fact, he the source of many new American headaches in 1!)7I. I predict that: (1) While House talk about increased Communist. infiltration from North Vietnam into the. south, and of a probable offensive by the Communists when Ihe weather dries up, will turn out correct —• and not just another of the numerous cries of "wolf" that we have heard over the years. People who have watched this war closely for years still maintain thai face-saving requires that the Communists retaliate for the allied intervention in ('aml)odia and that they unmask as "foolish, w i s h f n ! thinking" recent American claims that the Communists have been so weakened that they cannot launch a major offensive. (%) Not only will Hanoi not negotiate meaningfully at Paris, but the Communists will endeavor to make Indochina just as big a political liability for Nixon in 1071! as Vietnam was lor Humphrey in l!l(iK. Saigon undermined Humphrey by stalling on going to the peace table Hanoi will try to undermine Nixon by denying him ttie opportunity t o campaign on the theme, "I got us out of Vietnam — completely." (3) New Year's Day of 11181 will find the U.S. military still involved in Indochina, with some Americans more deeply involved in combat than our 34 Until WtXttttto of &emm*r«* FORECAST l«*t*tod Pr*<i|»(l<k>i«>f» fat hulkftterf-u- C*rt«vi» U<r«l fo»*<«»* 6 killers guilty of manslaughter National picture Carl Rowan says: War is far from over in Indochina Snow flurries are forecast today for the Southwest. There will be cold weather over much of the northern part of the nation and warm temperatures in Iho Southeast. (AP Wirephoto Map) forces in South Korea are : where we have had Gls for more than 20 years. (4) Kven our reduced involvement, in Indochina will remain so costly, and new demands of the military so expensive, that there is no point in even dreaming about. a war's end "dividend" of funds which can be applied to the nation's social needs. There was n lime when Johnson administration officials conceded that 28 lo 30 billion dollars a year in defense expenditures could be attributed to Ihe Vietnam war. The current figure is about .fit) billion, causing .some people lo ask what happened to the 1H to 20 billion-dollar windfall. Budget officials now claim the peak cost for Vietnam was only $20 billion, so there should only be a $10 billion saving. Kxcopt there isn't any saving. It seems that "inflation," Pentagon pay raises, and increases in retirement funds ate up that $10 billion dividend before anyone could spend a dollar on schools, health care, job training, clean water, or any of the other unmet needs of this society. (5) The next budget will s h ow Pentagon spending edging U]) again by two or three billion dollars, virtually negating the work of those Congressmen who thought they had begun a meaningful fat-trimming exercise in 11)7(1. This will spark a cili/.eiis' revolt by people who are tired of seeing funds for education, hospitals, poverty programs, and doctors' training vetoed while Ihe •funds flow freely for supersonic airliners and monster missiles. ((i) The upshot is that war in Asia will once again become a political issue. So will Ihe question of national pno, 'ilies, with Democratic Presidential aspirants in the Senate hammering Mr. Nixon relentlessly on this matter. Hut both issues will be overshadowed by pocketbook issues -- by voters growing more and more restless and irritated by an economy that doesn't right itself in 11)71. (7) So this new year will be mostly a stage-setter for one of the meanest Presidential election struggles in our history. Divisiveiiess gives democracy fits but it befits democracy By JOHN P. ROC HE As one year ends and another begins, it might be worthwhile to look back at one of the dominant themes of 1970 — that the. President, and vice president, and other officials of the United States govern m e n t have an obligation to slop "dividing the people." You may recall that at the time of Cambodia and Kent State a signifiaent g r o u p of college and university presidents actually told Mr. Nixon that the war had to stop — the young people didn't like it! The Scranton Commission av o i d e d this absurd proposition, but. did include a section arguing that Presidential leadership was nedeecl to heal the wounds in our national psyche. It was reason a b 1 y phrased, but triggered off a lot of criticism from those who — I suspect —- had not read the text. It, was not so much in indictment as an exhortation, in the great tradition of government, textbooks, to use the Presidency (in Theodore Roosevelt's phrase) as a "bpiiv pulpit." Mr. Nixon, in turn, has written a polite note to (former) Governor Scranfon thanking him for his labors and somewhat curtly indicating that, the President, can never make e v e ry b od y happy. Presumably that closes the file. Hut actually a great deal more needs to be said. Our society although it has a singular unity at bedrock level, has many basic problems that have lo be confronted. I have one set of answers to these problems, other Americans have other answers, and we often differ vehemently. Our task is to fight il out within the democrat i i c framework and this implies — indeed, it. demands — "divisiveness." The other day an old press clipping turned up from a Cincinnati paper, dated Dee. 2, 11)1)8. The headline said "U.S. Must Integrate, Savs Hoche." and it quoted me as saying "The problem of desegregation must be met head on. We have had ten years of compromises and moderation and it's been futie . . . Ihe desegregation issue is Ihe litmus paper test of American democracy." Now as a historian 1 must admit that desegregation was a far more "divisive" issue than the war in Vietnam. In effect, three centuries of folkways and legal institutions were being challenged, the whole way of life of millions of Americans was up lor Chief -wrecks new s change, yet we of the liberal and civil rights movements demanded (ho legal destruction of this huge edi'ficc. Could anything have been more "divisive"? Once John Kennedy became President, we began to work him over on the subject. In March, 13G3. as National Chariman of Americans for Democratic Action, I led a delegation to urge the President to get moving. He gave us two beautiful 20- minute lectures: Ihe firsl, on P r e s i d e n I and Congress, outlining his problems with Southern Democratic barons on the HHl; Ihe second, on federalism, exploring the limits of national power, and indicating his pessimism. The gist of the whole meeting was simple: Pr esident Kennedy asked the ADA not to be "divisive." We thanked him politely and went right back lo our fight for a slrong civil rights bill. If at. that poinit 25 -leading Southern college and university presidents had appeared lo say lhal desegregation must not be ended — it would upset their campuses — we would have hooted Ihem out of town. But, for some reason, when this idiotic logic surfaced in May, 1970, it was taken quite seriously. Democracy and divisencss go hand in hand. Wilhin the obvious limits of decency and the criminal code, it is the duty of those who think differently to put their cause to the people. Of course,, every political leader will call for "consensus" — meaning agreement wilh him — but that's part of the game. As we say at poker, "Ihe winners talk cheerfully, and the losers say, grimly 'deal the cards!' " So, Mr. President: "Deal the cards!" ca OAKLAND, 111. (AP) ..... The first day of the New Year was also the first day the Oakaiid police drove their new 1971 squad car. It was also (he last. Police Chief Jerry Hudson was chasing a speeder early Friday on a rural road southeast of Oakland when, he said, the brakes failed and lie rammed into a tree. Hudson escaped with minor injuries. The car, driven only !)() miles, was completely demolished. Hudson's brother, Carlos, who was with him al the time, was admitted to a Charleston hospital, lie was listed in fair condition. Area wen I her Alton and vicinity — Variable cloudiness today wilh high in upper 40s. Tonight mostly cloudy with chance of rain possibly mixed with snow at times. Low tonight in mid 30s. Sunday light rain or snow flumes and colder with high around 40. •STATE TEMPERATURES Rockford, clear 3fi 22 T Moline, clear 42 24 Quincy, cloudy . 43 28 T Vandalia, cloudy 46 31 T Pcoria, cloudy 37 27 Springfield, cloudy 42 28 Chgo. Gr Pk cloudy 40 30 Chgo. Mid. cloudy 40 27 .04 MIDWEST Dubuque, clear 35 17 Madison, clear 35 19 .09 South Bend, cloudy 36 28 .01 Paducah, cloudy 50 33 Burlington, cloudy 45 27 July auto victim dies in Jersey A 22-year-old Jerseyville man died Wednesday of injuries received last July when he was shuck by a car on U.S. 67 between the Lewis & Clark bridges in St. Charles County, Mo. Ronald Lee Killy, who was bora in Godfrey and attended Alton Senior High School, died at 2 a.m. today in St. Lukes Hospital, St. Louis. He was injured five months ago when he was struck in the southbound lane of U.S. 07 near GambilPs Furniture Mart. KDWARDSVTLLF -- Six- Teamster Union members charged with murder in the May 5 sniper shooting of a convoy truck driver near Marine pleaded guilty Wednesday lo a charge of involuntary manslaughter. All six, members of a St. Louis union which had been embroiled in a strife-filled strike last spring, asked for probation which will be decided upon at a hearing set for Jan. 28. Pleading guilty to the reduced charge were Jerry Lambert, 31, of Caseyville; Will arc! Coombs, 48, of Collinsville; Roy Miller, 28, Jackie Lee Wofford, 29, and Frank Tolberl, 58, all of rural Granite City; and Frank Thompson, 44, of Mitchell. A second charge — attempted murder — against all but Tolbcrt was dismissed by Ihe stale's attorney's office. Tolbert had not been booked on the charge. All six were charged in indictments with murder after truck driver Gary Kistler, 30, of Pickerton, Ohio, died at a St. Louis hospital nearly two months after the sniping incident on Interstate 70 east of Marine. Kistler was driving in a convoy of 10 Consolidated Freighlways trucks when bullets rained down from a bridge overpass. Two other drivers were injured but were released after treatment. Kistler struggled for his life for more than eight weeks before succumbing lo slomach wounds and pneumonia at Firmin DesLoge Hospital, St. Louis. The arrest of the six defendants climaxed swift police work by the Madison County sheriff's deputies led b y Investigator Demos Nicholas. In court Wednesday before Associate Circuit; Judge Michael Kinney, Chief Prosecuting Attorney Robert T r o n e recommended the reduced sentence after conferring with defense attorneys, Public Defender Tom Gibbons, Granite City Attorney John Critchoff, and East St. Louis area attorneys Ed Maag, John Hoban and Martin Imber. Judge Kinney ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the hearing in which the state's attorney's office will oppose probation for Lambert and Coombs. The four others were believed sitling in s car parked away from Ihe scene on the morning of the sniping incident. Trone said that evidence In the case was insufficient to prove that Ihe defendants set out to commit murder. There was evidence to suggest that the bullet which led to Kistler's death ricocheted from the track cab. Four trucks were hit by rifle fire as the convoy moved westward. The trucking company formed the convoy as protection against feared violence at a time when St. Louis Teamster Local 100 was on strike. Waves of violence marked the strike which ended a few days after the sniping incident. The charge of involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of 1-10 years. Man killed in tavern ' PEORIA, 111. (AP) — Dennis Griswold, 31, of Marquette Heights died Friday of gunshot wound received Thursday in a Creve Coeur tavern. James Roberson, 41, of Creve Coeur was arrested Thursday following the shooting and charged with aggravated battery. He was released on bond. 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