Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 4, 1971 · Page 4
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A-4 ' Aftoh Evening Telegraph Monday, Jan. 4, 1971 Editorials Simon can lead With the task before them, members of the Illinois legislature will have to br-romr true Illinoisans, rathc-r than IVmorrats and Republicans, at thffir upcoming session. Perhaps one condition that has arisen will encourage the legislators to meet the emergency growing out of the new constitution's adoption. Increasingly, the control of the legislature is swinging into closer balance between the two parties. Latest: development in this direction is Republican Attorney General William Scott's ruling that Lt.-Gov. Paul Simon has the right to vote, as presiding officer of the sfatc senate, to break ties on the reorganization details of that chamber. Since the senate membership otherwise 1 Is equally divided between Democrats rind Republicans, Scott's decision means Simon carries the determining vote and swings a strong influence on selection of committees. The question had been over whether Simon had a tie-breaking vote over all matters before the senate. Scott put certain curbs on this. Readers forum What We think about... Tnwlirmoisan*... Looking to youth. Not only will the partisan vote in 1hr> senate bo equally divided — 2!( lo 2!) e.v. i>l for Simon's balloting power, but. the two houses are balanced. Once again the Republicans Control tlv house by the narrow margin of DO to S7. Though they had control over the previous house by 92 to 82 in the previous session, this was H I'M re situation. In fact, one of the campaign pressures brought by Gov. Kerner in the early fiO's was for Democratic control of the legislature during the years when redistricting was required to comply with changes in the 1WO eensus. The very suceess of the campaign fin- adoption of a new constitution was based on joint efforts of Democrat leader f'liifjigo Mayor Daly with Republican Gov. Ogilvie. It seems only logical that both parties, therefore, should achieve a high degree of harmony in their legislative efforts lov/aril compliance with the new constitution. In the face of this situation, Illinois voters can well be grateful a leader of Simon's stature has been dropped into such a key position. lias been the super too, will llir rlitnntr W" think reports from KnyUind ihat p"op|i- there are fed up with the permissive skin flicks the movie industry producing arc a reflection of saturation which Americans, • ievelop. Trends in the near and hard core pornographic displays usually originated in Kuropo where 1 morals and attitudes are less puritanical in many instances Hum in the United States. However, H disgusting spread of pornography of all kinds, films, hooks, and even live sJuff, has reached a xenith in recent months throughout this country. Movie maker's haven't missed a sordid theme of any possible combination of nudity, absurdity or unnatural relationship in the p;ist '.•ear. Also, they've seen their industry virtually crumble in the 1 process. On the positive side, we found the time spent viewing "Patton" a rewarding experience. George C. Scott has turned in an outstanding performance certain to be recogni/od with the highest recognition Mid praise. As for a couple of the weaker, modern films \vc viewed, we fully understand why movies are in trouble. We feel it is unfortunate in this permissive era that youngsters are slapped in the face with exposure to many aspects of the sexual Movies find their own experiences rriav rob many of them of the traditional more rewarding, natural experiences As in England, France, Denmark, young people here are bored with the skin flicks: "If you've seen one, you've seen them all." We predict these bright, young people will exert their freedom of choice, and, hopefully, urge their elders to restore this country's moral climate to a healthier balance. Our faith in the "now generation" remains strong. Perhaps the older set could bo inspired by the youthful age group. Bartylak's comeback .Joseph Bartylak's progress along a difficult path to regain his lost self respect is a. welcome sight to his many friends, and an inspiration to everyone. Personal and professional tragedy take a heavy toll in this complex society at many levels. Joe got wrapped up in an interlocking pattern of political pressures which defied understanding. We feel Judge Paul Verticchio's decision lo release Joe from probation was timely, ft could further boost his climb back to becoming » useful member of society. It, too, can inspire many men who are .seeking rehabilitation. Building scene brighter? The federally subsidized 235 program which enables people to own a home of their own in many instances where they would be unable to appears to be the key to a successful growth year in Godfrey Township. This occurred despite a generally bleak building year around the county. Tight money, and difficulty in financing have hurt homcbuilding across the country. The need for housing starts to provide homes for young couples is greater than ever. Hopefully, with lowering interest rates, the homebuilding industry may snap strongly back in the coming year. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Thin ice TFX dwarfs Powell cash cache The recent statement abuit the shortage of letters to the Forum has prompted mo to comment on an important news story in the Telegraph Dec. 19 telling of the report of the McClellan Committee on the TFX plane, more recently called the F-lll. The fantastic story of tbis greatest scandal in the history of federal spending is of vast Importance to the security and to the pocketbook of all Americans ... In releasing the report on the eight year inquiry, Sen. McClellan caled the TFX a "fiscal blunder of the greatest magnitude," and laid the blame directly on former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, former Deputy Secretary of the Defense Roswell Gilpatric, and former Navy Secretary Fred Korth. Gilpatric was judged "guilty of a flagrant conflict of interest" in awarding the contract to his law firm's client, General Dynamics of Ft. Worth, Tex., instead of to Boeing, the low bidder. The McClellan report which Is called the "TFX Contract Investigation" is available free from the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Senate Office Building, Washington, D. C, Until this report was issued, the only account of the TFX scandal readily available to the general public was my book "Safe Not Sony," published in 1967. The McClellan report completely coiToborat.es all the facts and charges I made three years ago. The record proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there was not a single sound technical reason for the McNamara Gilpatric decision to award the TFX contract to General Dynamics, instead of to Boeing, which every expert recommended. This largest single contract in the history of federal spending was thus given — not to the low bidder, but to the high bidder — not for the better plane, but for the poorer plane. The Navy TFX was completely canceled In 1908 because it could not meet specifications, was admitted by everyone lo be a total failure, and was inferior to McDonnell's Phantom. The Air Force version, the F-lll A, has suffered 15 crashes and has had every kind of technical deficiency. The last fatal crash — in December, 19f>f), which killed two highly experienced Air Force combat veterans, was caused by a wing breaking off in flight! Yet, because of the croked contract signed by McNamara a n d Gilpatric, General Dynamics is guaranteed a profit of about $312.7 million and "is insulated from any loss" no matter how great, are the deficiencies of its planes. The consequences of the TFX multl - billion dollar blunder are tragic to behold. The American taxpayers have had to foot the bill for the most costly single mistake Congress ever voted. Far more disastrous than the money lost, is the eight, year's of precious time lost — time which can never be regained. While McNamara and Gilpatric were spending billions on the TFX, and devoting enormous time and manpower to concealing its defects, the planes and weapons we need to stay ahead of the Soviet Union were not built. The result is that, we have been cheated out of the defense we havo paid for. No orrc defends the TFX contract any more because the proof of its fraud on the American taxpayers is so over-whelming. Unfortunately, none of the guilty men has been punished. President Lyndon Johnson promoted Robert. McNamara to the presidency of the World Bank where he is spending U.S. tax money in foreign countries with the same wastefulness that he spent our funds on the TFX, and where he cannot be fired by President Nixon. Gilpalrlc went back to his New York law firm and Korth to his Texas bank, whore both reaped a large financial profit from their part in the TFX contract, The Congressmen who voted the $,'112.7 million TFX profit to General Dynamics have been reelectcd lo office. Shocking as is this sordid scandal, it is more shocking that, apart from my two books "Strike from Space" (11)115) and "Safe not Sorry" (11)07), the TFX corruption was largely ignored by the communications media, especially television. Foreign! years it was suppressed and kept from being the issue it should have been in the HIM, l!)(!ti, 1DIIH, and 1!)7I) elections. Vol., the McClellan Itcport. shows that, the 1963 hearings proved that, the original decision was a corrupt award to the high bidder for 1 an inferior plane which could never meet, its specifications; thai the "inevitability" of the failure of the Navy TFJ was clear by February, 19f>4, and that by May, 1!)li7 the evidence of the failure of the entire TFX project "was overwhelming and irrefutable." The money which was made on the TFX contract, by certain corrupt, Democrats was hundreds of limes the $800,000 found in Paul Powell's closet — but, the TFX scandal has not had a fraction of the news headlines. PHYLLIS SC1ILAFLY Fainnoiint Addition Forum writers, note The T o I o K r a p It welcomes proso nxprCHsions of Its reader's o w n opinions. Write™' iiRincH mid luldruNNUH must lie published with tholr letters. Contritiutioim tihould he concise, preferably not exceeding 150 words, mid are subject to coiitlciiHUtiou. Jack Anderson Saigon safer than Washington WASHINGTON — Despite recent outbreaks of violence and the presence of Viet Cong less than 20 miles away, the streets of Saigon today are safer lhan the streets of Washington. Indeed, the mosl violenl men loose in Saigon are the American deserters who have introduced Washington - style street crime to the city. They survive by black marketing, armed robbery and brutal mugging. Cocky young Vietnamese drop-outs and draft dodgers have also picked up American ways. They are known as the "honcla cowboys," named after the motorcycles they ride. In Saigon black markeling is rampant Prostitution is flagrant. Narcotics are to 1 e r a I e d . Saigon's pickpockets are world-famous. Yet the risk of violence is greater in the U.S. capital. After dark unescorted ladies hurry lo their apartments and bolt the double locks. Government secretaries, working overtime, are cautioned nol lo enter string," the florid-faced ex- Los Angeles deputy chief told my associate. Li's Whit ten. recently in Saigon. The $82 billion U.S. investment in the Vietnam War has also given Saigon better crime prevention. Saigon has 13,000 regular police, another 3,000 with military duties, all heavily subsidized by American taxpayers. Washington has a Ray Cr-omley U. Metropolitan Police Force of 5,ton. although other special polive also operate in tne U.S. capital. The Saigon police, trained by French "flies," a notorious bunch of head-knockers, wear guns slung from their hips like western sheriffs. "The strength of the police here," contended Walton, "is thai the criminal knows he isn't going to be babied." to some parents elevators alone. Victor Ri(>$(>l Recession will ease sometime this year W A S II 1 N G T 0 N — A columnist should have the strength .of his predictions as well as his convictions. But as a charter member of lire International Crystal Ball Ga/ers Union, I warn thai our constitution stales quite clearly that we are not. responsible for fulfillment, of any forecast. Protected by this inalienable right, and encouraged by coiinrination of some !)8 per cent of last year's prophecies — a definitely accurate projection of President Nixon's political and economic policies and warnings of rial ion-shaking illegal strikes by federal employes as well as the GM stoppage — here is what this columnist predicts for 11171: Professional peddlers of gloom and doom should bo de-licensed. The recession will ease. There will be a happy ending to 1971, Kinploytneiit will bold steady — in 'fact, increase a few tenths of a percentage point. There will be heavy public .spending on housing and slate and local projects. Wages will go up and up. There will be massive walkouts as industry resists right up to the final month. But profits will rise, albeit slowly, steadily right through the first six months, ease a bit towards December and move strongly into the next New Year. Despite the outcries there will be no wage-price freeze. However, President Nixon will wail until April or May, watch the const ruction industry strike wave, and then, if the unions don't cool it, he will with demands for single target legislation and touch presidential decrees. Anger will sweep the nation's police departments. Patrolmen will unioni/e. They will be chartered by the national AFL-CIO. By 1972 they'll be on their \vay to a membership of almost 10(1,1100 out of the 350,000 eligibles. Soon they'll be one of the nation's must influential labor units. M e a n \v Ir I I e the Black Panther Tarty will fall apart, especially in the Mast. II will concentrate in the \Vesl. II will not be welcomed on the campuses. Financing will be desperate. Where once it shot il out with police, its members will go after each other in a bloody civil war... Except for a blast or two, t h e SDS's Weathermen's Bureau is through. But watch for a new movement towards a coalition of labor and 111 i li I a n t but non-violent youth... Bernardino Dohrn's red flame will flicker out. She will be caught....There will be political kidnaping attempts to pick up hostages to exchange for Angela Davis. She will not play and will prefer martyrdom to exile in Algeria... Personal!) ies: Posit ively, Vice President Agnew will be called on more and more by President Nixon to expand his drives for administration policy. He will be front and center more than ever. lie will carry Dick Nixon's campaign for revenue sharing and n a t i o n a I health legislation... Talking about \\risl watches, how about one for George Meany which will strike on the hour and one for Dick Nixon which will be crystal clear'? Now, a year after the gruesome Yablonski murders, the prediction here is thai within six months we'll know who paid for the killings — and the bag man certainly won't be anyone from the United Mine Workers national office (which plans a national strike of the coal fields) . . . Ralph Nader will develop a ('onsumerisin Party and steal tbe thunder of the p r o I' e s s i o n a 1 urbanitc politicians Senator Jim Buckley will play it, quietly, long, cool and more liberal than expected... Victor Heuther will write a searing book... And watch for T e n n e s s e e ' s Republican Congressman William Anderson lo hurtle into the n a t i o ti a 1 spot light...Ted Kennedy will recoup his labor support and prepare to knock out front runner Edmund Muskie \\lio actually has little basic backing inside the p o w e r f n 1 labor COPE machine. the Visitors are advised to keep off the side streets at night This tale of two cilies, one al war, Ihe olher at war within itself, can be found in the crime statistics. Saigon's figures are bat>cd on crimes solved. The closes' comp a r i s o n won Id b e Washington's crimes "cleared." Saigon, with three times Washington's population, listed 70 murders in 1969. Washington in fiscal 19(i9 reported 193. Saigon reported 58 violent robberies, Washington 1,799. Rape, an uncommon crime in Asia, was limited to 47 cases in Saigon. Washington listed 113 rapes, another 149 thai were never solved. The U.S. capital also leads Saigon in non-violent crimes. There were 4,,'183 major thefts in Saigon, for example, as compared 1 with 5,499 in Washington. Properly crimes are rising in Saigon, h o w e v e r , as American- subsidized affluence brings more stealable goods into the city. Frank W. Walton, the U.S. public safely advisor in Vietnam, attributes Saigon's lower crime rate to tough police tactics and "Vietnamese passivity." "You can arrest a Vietnamese and tie his arms with a string, and he'l! just sit there, He won't break the WASHINGTON (NEA) All too often, we as parents don't realize we have a handicapped child until crucial years are lost, and our youngster builds up a sense of failure and a loss of self- respect from which he may find it exceedingly difficult to recover. A few examples will suffice: In a newspaper recently a mother wrote, "My son. . .is having awful troubles. He seems bright enough in most ways bul just not able to keep up in school. As he gels older, he falls farther and farther behind. He used to be a nice, cheerful boy, but now he seems always angry and misbehaves a lot. . ." Joey, a second grader, is always in motion, kicking over chairs and lamps at home. He chases around the dining room table on his toes, yells like a banshee, never runs out of energy, doesn't react when told to stop. Joey's teacher says he's smart bul she can't get through to him when he acts up in class. He's unmanageable. Ruth has perfect hearing "bul if I tell her something, she can't tell me what "f said." Ask Mike to pick up a pencil and draw a circle and he can't do it. The words don't add up to him. Jimmy's teacher said he was very bright. The doctors found his eyesight excellent. Yet he couldn't master math. He couldn't see geometric figures as others see them. He couldn't handle addition and subtraction. The diagnosis — minimal brain damage. The Department of Health, E d u c a ti on and Welfare's Bureau of Education for the Handicapped is right now In the throes of a campaign to get all parents, even those who believe their children arc "normal," to look at them very closely. Parents who have children with known handicaps, or with unexplained problems at school (a bright lad doing poor work; a "normal" child who is always behind in reading or arithmetic; a boy or girl who is always culling up in school or at home) are being urged to write lo Closer Look, Box 1492, Washington, D. C. 20013, listing the child's age, his school and whatever it is that is causing worry at school. At Ihe Washinglon end of Ihe line, a computer will print out the addresses of the nearest places to go for advice and will list those local schools 01- centers which might provide special education or training. The Closer Look computers have been answering 1,000 letters a week. What Closer Look will do, of course, is open the door for some parents and their children. But many more will be frustrated. In loo many cases the worried parents will f i n d their communities' special schools or classes (or teacher) overcrowded (or over-worked), or far loo expensive. In many localities there will be no facilities for their child's particular handicap. (Special teachers and special facilities are needed, even when — as is often advised—Ihe children are put in regular school classes for most of their work.) What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago JANUARY 4, 1911. Construction of a super-market building "more magnificent than any market in Ihe area" including St. Louis was started on the historic old Hippodrome site at Broadway and Piasa, southwest corner. Being constructed by Gust Maggos, heal of the Country Club Distributing Co. and Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. Of Alton, the building would be leased on a 10-year contract fa Kroger Grocery & Baking Co. The interior walls W9Uld.be tile-lined and the floor of terraza, and blocks^of granite would face the outside. The lilt bad previously., held a. sawmill, two drug stores, • newspaper (The Sentinel-Democrat) in the back; H.S, Express office and the YMCA in portions of the building, with the Y gymnasium on Hie senim! floor. In Ihe gym the "new" game ol basketball was played with bottoms in the baskets, and v.iih a stepladder nearby to retrieve the ball. Alfred lluber, 111, recently returned Irom Hie Pacific Army service rushed into a funeral home in Streator lo interrupt an inquest into his "death". A badly disfigured body had been identified as that of lluber by his father-, but was later identified as that of Walter Springman, 28, of Alton. Springmaii had been killed when a laxi cab overturned on a highway near Joliet, and the body was moved lo Streator. Fred Walks Sr. was reported in serious condition at his home near Jerseyville as a result of injuries received when he was attacked by four sows in a feed lot al his farm. The first baby of the New Year was a son to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Sitzc of Feldwisch Ave., born al 12:IM a.m. Jan. 1 in St. Joseph's Hospital, and named Hoberl Norman, weighing (i pounds and lf» ounces Alderman Jesse W. Kurd of Wood Hiver announced his candidacy tor nomination for representative in tilt? Illinois General Assembly. 50 years ago JANUARY 4, 1921 United States Senator Heed charged in a Senate hearing that ?•!() million of the $!!>() million appropriated for European war relief bad been diverted lo keeping the Polish army iu the field against Bolshevik invader's. At Louisville, Ky. tobacco farmers, disappointed over prices bid for their crops, had withdrawn their offerings and organized to burn them. In Chicago the American Farm Bureau federation created a committee to Investigate livestock marketing conditions and recommend a plan for improvement. The War Department was announcing plans to develop a great military center ii. each of the nine army corps areas, and eventually x sell out property appending to the old army posts. Building contractors were discussing a proposal to construction labor unions that they agree to allow their pay scales to fluctuate downward (as well as upward) with the cost of living. A contractor told the Telegraph thai while the unions resisted tiiis, they had offered to forego a demand for increases irr scale during the year. A post-game free throw which gave Bridgeport a 20-20 tie at the end of regular playing time let the visitors win a 22-21 overtime victory from Hoosevelt High's basketball team. It was the season's first loss for Alton. Wanda school district directors were discussing possibility of proceeding with construction of a new- school house which also could be used as a community center. It was to include an assembly hall with a stage. Building under an earlier procedure had been halted by court action against letting a contract for $900 in excses of the $16,000 authorized in a-bond issue referendum. The school board had secured agreement with the contractor to cancel oul any claims he might have had in connection with the contract, and now were discussing the new approach. \

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