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Ml tjtu tiitk * tier) that you sty, fat / to th faath your tifit to j«y it ... Velt THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC Gitt Net Friday, April 4, 1M9 Page 7 The People Speak Ike Remembered For Qualities Of Gentleness And Decency Editor, The Arizona Republic: qualities of gentleness and compassion emphasized by President Nixon in his eulogy of General Eisenhower were not characteristics acquired at West Point or on the battlefield. They were inherited and instinctive, nurtured and developed by his home environment. I had the rare privilege of attending school at Abilene, Kansas, for a brief period while Dwight Eisenhower was completing his elementary education. My experience may help to illustrate the unusual characteristics that eventually earned him the love and respect of all peoples of the world. I WAS 13 WHEN I left my farm home in Tennessee and journeyed to Abilene, where my father was attempting to establish a business. It was not a notable success, and I went to work selling Dedicated Men .Many words of praise of our beloved "Ike" have been written, and will be written, but none more to the point, and more sincere than The Republic's "A Tribute To Ike." Mrs. Wilbur M. Brucker has been our houseguest for 10 days, in the immediate past. She and her husband, as secretary of the army under "Ike," have many pleasant memories of the Eisen- howers. It gives me pleasure to feel these two dedicated men are continuing their work together, for the betterment of mankind. We have the example of the Master Christian, Christ Jesus, to believe this. Mr. Brucker passed on Oct. 28,1968. MRS. CLAUDE M. COCANOUGHER Tucson. Stands Alone Ralph Waldo Emerson made two especially acute observations. He said, "AH great men come out of the middle classes," and he could have said something about mid-America. He also said, "Nature never sends a great man into the planet without confiding the secret to another soul." Publisher Eugene Pulliam's ultimate tribute to America's beloved President Eisenhower stands alone among many. I preserve it, and Ike's picture, clipped from The Republic. ADAM SCHANTZ, Tucson Puzzle Night I thought you might be interested to know that we are using your "Little Peoples" crossword puzzles at Dysart Center in El Mirage on Thursday nights. We "keep" the little children while their parents are learning to read and write English by the Laubach method, headed by Mrs. Gertrude Flyte of Sun City. CHRISTIANA L.' RANSOM, Sun City peanuts and popcorn in an open-air movie, then called an airdrome. The first week I carried home $1.50, which went to buy cheese, crackers and bologna, our staple diet at that time. When I was sent to school I was wearing ill-fitting hand-me-downs from the Tennessee farm and my dress caused startled glances from other students. It was my first experience with public schooling and I was confused and bewildered by the strange routine. My schooling, up to this time, had been acquired at home, from my mother, a former school teacher, and an uncle. Picture such a youngster, a stranger entering classes in mid term; shy, bashful, frightened, confused, facing a room full of home-town boys and girls who understandably must have regarded him as some sort of freak. IT WAS A HARROWING experience. But then a young fellow some years older came over to the corner where I was cowering at recess and offered me a friendly welcome. He introduced me to some of his friends and asked if I could play baseball. I had to admit I knew nothing at all about the game, but the boy insisted that I join them and try out for the team. The tryout was a disaster. I couldn't hit, and I missed several easy catches in the outfield. This, however, did not deter my new found friend. He urged me to practice so I could become a regular member of the team. The kindly boy who took pity on a frightened youngster and went out of his way to ease the tension was Dwight Eisenhower. Another incident at Abilene indicates the future general's inherited talent for leadership and conciliation. Like other towns of that period we had our "village idiot," a friendly, good natured defective who was generally well liked, but whose temperament could quickly change from laughter to tears or violent rage. One afternoon, while a baseball game was in progress, a decision by the umpire brought loud boos from the spectators. The fans milled around for a time, loudly voicing their dissatisfaction, then the game was resumed. The unfortunate defective went into a violent rage during the commotion, but finally was calmed down and escorted home. A few minutes later he reappeared with a loaded pistol and threatened to shoot the umpire and players of the opposing team. DWIGHT EISENHOWER, a born leader, persuaded the boy to give up his weapon, and had him escorted home again. He also argued with fans against having the boy arrested, explaining that the unfortunate youngster was not responsible for his actions and arresting him would serve no useful prupose. During nearly 75 years, which covered experiences in every state of the union, and nearly every important city, as well as hundreds of unimportant towns and villages, no incident stands out more prominently than my brief contact with Dwight Eisenhower, a gentle, kind, considerate, decent man. JOHN KELLY Abortion Law Liberalization Said Inhumane And Barbaric Editor, The Arizona Republic: It is not my habit to write public letters; however, I have become increasingly concerned about the misinformation and lack of information surrounding the issue of liberalization of the present abortion laws. Seldom have so many well-meaning people been so poorly informed about the real issues. Superficially, the cause may appear to be scientific, humane and "civilized." In .truth, the movement to liberalize abortion laws is unscientific, inhumane and barbaric. IN THE FIRST PLACE, most pro* ponents of liberalization adopt the premise that the unborn child ii not a human individual. Even • high school biology student knowi tlwt immediately after conception the zygote, or fertilized ovum, is • new individual. Though only one cell, it contains all the genetic "keys" which will determine the characteristics of the later adult. If wt accept the scientific premise that this is, in truth, a new, distinct, innocent individual with a life of its own, it certainly is not humane to destroy it, whatever the reason. Civilized societies have almost always placed a very high value on human life. Only barbarians consider lift cheap or easily expendable. Of the many reasons put forward for changing the present restrictions, there are three which have powerful emotional appeal: incest, rape and the emotional health of the mother. Admittedly, these are tragic circumstances, but do even these give us the right to destroy a precious, individual, human life? SUPPOSE, immediately after birth, it is discovered that the "grandfather" of the baby is really the father? Do we perform a mercy killing of the baby in the crib? Or is it somehow different when we don't see the child until after it is destroyed? The incidence of conception following rape is comparatively rare, and under many circumstances can be almost totally prevented by simple medical means if reported soon after the act. The sponsors of the revised law are concerned about the emotional health of a woman with an unwanted pregnancy. What about the emotional health of a mother who has willingly taken the life of her unborn baby? ANOTHER ARGUMENT for "therapeutic" abortion is the prevention of the birth of infants with congenital defects. Only two of every 10 children born to mothers who have had rubella (German measles) will have congenital defects. Are we to kill eight healthy infants to prevent the birth of two with a defect? (Incidentally, a vaccine has recently been developed which will protect mothers and their babies from this disease.) It is a strange paradox to see the same people who have pleaded so eloquently to save the lives of convicted criminals now pleading for a law which will legalize the killing of innocent, unborn individuals for the sake of convenience or expediency. C.TRUMAN DAVIS M.D., Mesa Bombing Reduction By U.S. Done For Political Reasons By JAMES RESTON New York Times Service 1,200 Potential Drug Addicts In Single Harlem High School By JOSEPH ALSOP NEW YORK — Locomotor ataxia used to be called the "blind staggers," in the days before penicillin made it a very rare affliction. And until quite late in the story of medical science it was thought to be an independent disease — whereupon it was shown to be a common by-product of tertiary syphilis. This is an unpleasant note to have to strike in a family newspaper, but it is the best way to understand the horrors —the true horrors of the urban abyss— that I came to New York to investigate. The horrors have been shoved under the rug, or onto the rearmost back pages; and that was the reason for the journey. Consider the Harlem-fed high school discovered on West 18th St., where above 40 per cent of the students are already using heroin or experimenting with heroin. This school is not an isolated case. It is merely an advanced case; and every other American big city has some high school traveling down the same road. Or consider the six other New York high schools that were also discovered, all so hag-ridden by racial tension and racial violence that massive police detachments are needed to keep them open. * * * CONSIDER, TOO, the dozen additional high schools here that are directly threatened with the same state of siege. These, again, are not isolated cases. Racial violence in the schools is now epidemic in America, from coast to coast. These hideous diseases of the school system are so serious that they can imaginably cause the actual breakdown of public education in New York, yet they are precisely like locomotor ataxia. In other words, they are really by-products of the still more terrible ghetto disease. The ghetto disease has been so long neglected, or at best inadequately treated, that it has now entered the dreaded tertiary phase. That is the real meaning of the appearance of such formerly inconceivable phenomena as the quite new disease of the schools. It is time, therefore, for some harsh fact-facing. And the first fact to face is that neither Mayor John Lindsay nor any other big-city mayor can possibly attempt a real cure of the ghetto disease. New York and all the other big cities are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. They altogether lack the enormous additional resources needed to stop the deterioroation of the urban environment, to lighten the crushing burden on the urban schools or to do any of the other things that so urgently need doing. • • • THUS, THE SECOND (act to face is the unavoidable responsibility of President Nixon and the federal government. If you want proof, you need only look at the drug problem, which is one of the ghetto disease's most important components. Remember that single high school on West 18th St. It has at least 1,200 boys and girls already on the road to hard core heroin addiction, and therefore on the road to habitual crime. The big drug traffic, mainly carried on by the Mafia, is an interstate and international traffic. The local traffic, by the rich "dealers" and petty "pushers," is also on such an enormous scale today that few urban police forces can even begin to control it. This local traffic is in truth increasing everywhere and also spreading outward from the center - cities into the fatly complacent white suburbs. In sum, this is a national problem, not a local problem. It plainly requires a federally directed, federally financed mobilization to break the Mafia and to suppress the drug traffic for good and all. A presidentially sponsored constitutional amendment may even be required; for too many draconic, presently extraconstitutional measures are obviously needed for thorough suppression of the Mafia and the drug traffic. Yet if this traffic is not suppressed, urban crime will automatically and continuously increase until the cities of this highly urbanized society finally become downright uninhabitable for the law - abiding. * * * THIS IS, OF COURSE, only one rather special illustration. In the same manner, the federal government alone can pay for the other social and educational investments that are also needed, on a huge scale, to cure the ghetto disease. Yet if President Nixon does not soon initiate the needed actions to cure the ghetto disease, the whole fabric of American society will inevitably be radically deformed. That is what lies ahead today — and not far ahead, either NEW YORK - When the Nixon administration announces in the middle of the enemy offensive in Vietnam that it is cutting back on its B-52 bombings, which have been fundamental to General Abrams strategy, it is clear that something Important is going on —though it is not clear precisely what. The official explanation is that the ad- minsf.ration wants to cut defense costs, and since every B-52 raid costs about $50,000, there is something to the argument — but not much. If the Pentagon really had economy in mind, which would be an original idea in the Defense Department, it could obviously save a great deal more by cutting down on foreign bases or new weapons systems or even on PX's. Also, the small reduction in the B-52 bombing raids on the enemy is not a very important military decision, for it merely means cutting down the raid from 1,800 to 1,600 a month, which is still fantastically more than the number of B-52 raids a year ago. * * * THE SIGNIFICANCE of the cut-b'ack is not military but political. Governments don't usually announce military decisions for military reasons. What the Nixon administration is doing by this B-52 announcement is to send a political message both to the enemy officials in Hanoi and the allied officials in Saigon. Governments have to act in mysterious ways, so that they can switch if they get the wrong response. But there is reason for saying that the Nexon administration was saying to Hanoi: "We are serious about cutting down the violence, and negotiating a cease fire, despite your offensive." And it was saying to Saigon: "The new. administration in Washington has put a limit on how much we will sacrifice and how long we will stay in Vietnam, and you must get ready to reach an accommodation with the enemy and stand your own thereafter without counting on the United States." Obviously, Nixon cannot say this publicly. He is caught in the old dilemmas of international diplomacy and national politics. He can only imply his intentions and reserve his right to change if the enemy misreads or rejects his signals. But unless all the normal sources of dependable Information are unreliable, which has happened before, the President has made a fundamental decision and is trying by vague announcements to make that decision clear to the allied and enemy officials. * * * THE MAJOR QUESTION about President Nixon after he got to the White House was whether he would cut through all the ambiguities that troubled President Johnson for so long and decide about Vietnam, as President De Gaulle did about Algeria, to get out, one way or the other. De Gaulle made the decision that the sacrifices involved in staying and fighting to the end in Algeria were greater than the prize of holding it, so he decided to get out, and then fuzzed up his decision. It is hard to be sure about fundamental decisions of this kind, but there is reason for believing that Nixon has made the same decision, and is now trying as best he can to negotiate it without getting into too much trouble with Hanoi, Saigon or Capitol Hill. In fact, to make his point to the officials in Hanoi and Saigon, he may very well withdraw not only 50,000 American troops from that country this year, but 100,000. This is not reported casually. Neither Hanoi nor Saigon should misread the signals coming out of Washington and Paris. They are an offer to settle the war on compromise terms which will allow Hanoi and Saigon and the National Liberation Front to reach an accommodation, under international control, without the presence of either American or North Vietnamese troops. * * * THE OFFER is not precise, Nixon cannot make it so without offering to surrender, but unless our information is wildly inaccurate, he has decided to withdraw American power from that peninsula, which is what Hanoi has wanted all along. The question now is whether Hanoi and the National Liberation Front will really understand what has happened since the new Amtrican administration took over the White House, or whether it will misread the opportunity, which it has done many times in the past. Soliloquy By Huso THE CAUSE \S ?... .i.THE THING- ...IS SETTING- PEOPLE INVOLVED* Ike Never Lost Faith In His Country By RICHARD WILSON WASHINGTON - With the death of Churchill the British buried an age, but it is not that way with Eisenhower. The solemn ceremonies of General Eisenhower's funeral and burial resurrected an age for half the people alive in this country who have no active memory of a time when a unified America enjoyed its intimations of greatness. For the other half, who do remember, recreation of the mood of the Eisenhower era gave reason to hope, or at least to pray, that the time could come again when the deep divisions of American life could be bridged by unfractured leadership. President Nixon has consciously sought to restore the measured pace of the Eisenhower era and recreate the bond of trust and confidence between the presidency and the American people which was the chief characteristic of President Eisenhower's time. The protracted ceremonies of Eisenhower's funeral and burial, the review of his life, times and manner on radio, TV and in the press has more than a reverential purpose or effect. This reverence and review served to remind the old and teach the young that there is a better way to run the country than by reckless controversy and overheated response. CHURCHILL'S DEATH was a time of sadness for the passing of a brave, beloved man and of days of glory that would never return, of a nation and empire which in the very process of achieving its finest hour exhausted itself like the last abundant flowering of a dying tree. Eisenhower's death touched the heart less than the mind. There was less of grief and, nostalgia, for it was feared that he must die soon, than reawakened hope for what the country could yet become with the restoration of discredited virtues of decency, restraint and mutual respect. President Nixon has made such a restoration the guiding theme of his administration. The words of his inaugural address are made more pointed by the rewakening attending Eisenhower's death. "In these difficult years," Nixon said, "America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver; from angry rhetoric that fans discontent into hatreds; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading. "We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another — until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices. * * » IN A DIFFERENT WAY, President Nixon repeated this theme in his eulogy of General Eisenhower. He did not emphasize the Eisenhower leadership in the historic events which imposed upon the United States its awesome power and responsibilities. Nixon spoke of Eisenhower as a good and gentle and kind man whose moral force made him the world's most admired and respected leader. Nixon pointedly said that the last time he saw General Eisenhower he was puzzled by the hatreds he had seen in our times. "And he said," Nixon continued, "the thing the world needs most today is understanding and an ability to see the other person's point of view and not to hate him because he disagrees." These are the copy-book maxims which the pretentiously disillusioned deride in Eisenhower but which so many others applaud as common sense doctrines of mutual survival and coexistence. It will, of course, be impossible, even if desirable, to recapture the atmosphere of the Eisenhower era. But it should be possible to look upon some of the tragic and divisive events of our time with the Eisenhouwer logic and common sense. If we did so we would realize that John F. Kennedy was not assassinated because of deep hatred running in the nation but because an eccentric radical acting alone wanted to kill him. Robert F. Kennedy was not murdered in an anti-liberal plot but because a rabid Arab acting alone wanted to kill him. Nor, so far as there is any evidence, was Martin Luther King murdered in a segregationist plot. * » » THE EISENHOWER LOGIC and common sense would tell us not to make these horrid events the wretched hallmarks of a divided society which has replaced the unity and contentment of his era. Eisenhower knew that was not so, and his last written words were that he had not lost faith in this country because extremism would suffocat* itself. So, in dying as well as in living, General Eisenhower has served his country , well.

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