Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 5, 1971 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Tuesday, January 5, 1971
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A-4 Alton Evening Telegraph Tuesday, January 5, 1571' Editorials Governor should get farts It was certain to happen: District S Chief Highway Engineer Robert Kronst may have to order Rte. 140 and other highway construction jobs shut down because of lack of black employes on the jobs. Last week there were two disturbing developments which indicated all was not u-ell on the highway and building scene. The group called United Black Workers Assn. of East St. Louis threatened to f ';ill for a shutdown of all construction in tho East St. Louis area charging skilled blacks hud not been given jobs. The initial complaint stemmed ironi housing construction jobs. On another front, the Carpenters' union filed a federal court suit charging its collective bargaining agreement was being bypassed by trainees being placed under an agreement between employers (contractors) and another black organization, the Metro East Labor Council which presumably was producing qualified Negroes. Both the Metro East Labor Council and the Model City Agency in East St. Louis recently had requested a meeting with Gov. Ogilvie to urge compliance ot hiring on high- What We think about* . . Highway threat Legislative look \vay projorls. Now, Ki'onsf, too, has iriflii'atcf) r-on- trartors arr- not complying with tho cqiinl employment opportunity plan deviser] by Clov. Richard Ogilvio, black groups, mntniHf:! •« and unions. T'rp^umably, Irainod blanks who could join unions were to ho (ho answer to eel tint,' the two-year long fund froo/e lifter). According to the Wall Street .Journal, this area is not unique with its problems of integrating (lie building trades. 'I'he same is true in many areas. The bleak national picture included: "The St. l,ouis plan 1o plsc-p !j()0 blnrks on construction jobs by the end of 11)70 falters; so lar only SO have been hired. "In Chicago, contractors and unions amved to add -1,000 blacks to the work force, bill only (>!>"> are now working. The Labor Department approves Little Rock's plan to raise minority levels on building sites to 27. per cent bv 1!)75. Yet the city's two biggest construct ion unions •— electricians and plumbers — haven't signed the agreement. "Only .Hi of 102 large I. areas have bad voluntary plans approved by the Labor Department," the .Journal said, adding: "Progress has h^on slowed by contractors balking at the alleged 'quota system' and unions wary of (raining efforts outside their own apprenticeship program." II appears w^'rc back to the old cycle of contractors indicating they can't have an "affirmative action" hiring program unless they have qualified people, and the unions dragging feet in spite of some training programs. Failure of the training programs lo produce qualified blacks also is complicating efforts lo solve the crisis. The only solution will be to have (he Governor's office and all interested parties gel back to the conference table to examine the latest complications. We urge a speedy look at the elements involved. Steps must be taken to alleviate possible shutdowns and further delays which could hurl an already depressed area economy. Rciullcinan on griddle again State Rep. Gale Williams, a Republican, from Murphysboro, has asked for an investigation into the discovery of $800,000 in cash belonging to the estate of the late .Secretary of Slate Paul Powell. Adding to the confusion is announcement by Illinois Attorney General William G. Scott of an additional $700.000 discovery of cash in a "cache" in an Edwardsville bank, also by Rendleman. \ We believe the investigation could be beneficial in several ways, especially as it could effect an issue raised by another demand made by Williams: For 1he resignation of Dr. John Rendleman, chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. The demand for Rendleman's resignation at this juncture, we believe, is much premature. It could well turn out to be completely unjust and unjustified. In fact, we feel it will. Currently, however, Dr. Rendleman's long delay in reporting his discovery of the cash cache, in connection with his service as executor of the Powell estate, is bound to cause comment in certain quarters. Until the situation is cleared up, it could provide legislators such as Rep. Williams (doubtless committed to the continued rise in prestige of SIU at Carbondale) with ammunition to use against the further development of SIU at Edwardsville. It would be understandable that In earlier years, before Dr. Rendleman's previous service to SIU as a legal counsel and to a certain extent as a lobbyist, he should have made considerable contact with Secretary Powell. It is also understandable that in view of these relationships and friendships, Rendleman should have performed legal services for Powell and been invited to serve as the executor for his estate. The Internal Revenue Service, which has a definite stake in the cash discovery, is certain to press through its inquiry into the matter. The legislature probably will want to take a look at the circumstances from close up, too — as Rep. Williams suggested. The legislature has slakes in at least two places here: It has certain controls over the secretary of state's office and areas of its responsibilities, and it must exert top supervision over the state's univei'sity system, of which Dr. Rendleman is part. In particular, it should determine whether this educational system is subject to suspicion in the matter, or whether it is in the clear. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Readers 9 forum Stuffed eagle should be displayed at park 'Please jump—please! The page 1 article about Hie trapped American bald eagle bring to mind a few thoughts. First of all, what happens to the eagle after the autopsy is performed in Maryland? I think it should be shipped back to Alton, stuffed by a professional taxidermist, and placed in Pere Marquette Lodge or some other public place for everyone to see. Also, I wonder if the public knows the rarity of this great bird and that gradually it is becoming extinct, not only in this area but throughout, the country. I feel that more should be done to preserve this rare bird which is our National Emblem. HERBERT II. VARBLE 413 Ridge St. Prescription by law "If only we had known." This is a common cry in this polluted world where it seems that each day brings to light some new environmental disaster. Recently it was recognized that mercury pollution has caused Illness and death in some areas. The Food and Drug Administration points out that for many years, millions of pounds of mercury have been used in industry and agricultural processes. It remains in the soil and water and builds up in the food chain to be finally consumed by man. Fluoride is another serious environmental contaminant. Fluoride industrial pollution of air, vegetation, and water has resulted in payments of many millions of dollars for injury to livestock, trout hatcheries, crops and humans. This chemical is also present in many pesticides, fertilizers, Pharmaceuticals, etc. Our total fluoride exposure Is not receiving proper attention from health officials. Instead, they are compounding the problem by promoting fluoridation of public water supplies. In 1967, the Illinois legislature was pressured into passing a statewide compulsory fluoridation law. Artificial fluoridation was conceived as a great experiment to reduce tooth decay in children. It's much easier for everyone to drink a daily dose of fluoride than to keep children from ruining their teeth with candy, pop, and non-foods. However, as in some other instances, the "cure" is worse than the disease. With fluoride, we have the legislature prescribing It and the man at. the waterworks dispensing it, a unique practice in medical history. To complete * this abdication of responsibility, most doctors make no attempt to recognize the symptoms of chronic fluoride poisoning. MRS. RUSSELL J. HALE Executive Secretary Illinois Pure Water Com. 600 Washington Ave. 'Sleep* unlimited A St. Louis pediatrician has recently resigned from the American Medical Association because it "followed the line of many stale legislatures" in pronouncing that "it was permissable and ethical . . . to not only permit but to actually engage in abortion with no limits as to the length of pregnancy of the infant that is aborted." He goes on to say that this opens the way ". . . to expand the ethics of such a situation to include those whom society deems not useful." It is my earnest hope that all persons who have aborted children will understand what is implied plainly in the doctor's concluding words. It warns me that some day the aged who are not. blessed with a decent income, helpless children who have no parents, the blind, the crippled, the helpless insane, and all who are homeless may be put to sleep as if they were; unwanted animals. It is possible for a man to undergo surgery, virtually painless, to avoid all this pain of abortion. (!LA1)YS REYNOLDS Kane Fomin writers* note The T v I v> K r a I' prose oxpruNsioiiK of UN rcnll- or's u w n opinions. Writers' iliimi'N n ml mldiVNscs must lui published \vi(h their Idler*. Contributions should lie roil- else, preferably not exceeding 150 \\ords, and ure snbjeet to Victor Riesel Nixon confers with Teamsters' chief '• ' :f '-& : M'}'&JJ-jy~ '•• : :^'&^i^mm .•:^^xm^m WASHINGTON — Two Teamsters leaders were under maximum security at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. One was in the White House Oval Room chatting amiably with the President of the U.S. The other was in Lewisburg penitentiary cleaning and repairing mattresses for his fellow inmates and cleaning and pressing uniforms for guards of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. In the prison shop was No. 33298, Jimmy Hoffa, almost 58 years old and still in good shape, still working out, still planning to make good his pledge that snowy March 7, 1067, when he said, "I'll return to the union," stepped into the marshal's car, spat in the direction of a cluster of newsmen and was driven off to the maximum security block at Lewisburg. And he, is still General President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. But he'll never return to the union. Meanwhile back at the While House, the portly 62- \Joli11 P. Roche Another hook on Vietnam—a good one The bookshelves are packed with analyses of the war in Vietnam. It is a subject that seems to stimulate instant expertise among clergymen, linguists physicists a n d female novelists. For one like myself — who knows far more about Vietnam than he evi'r wanted lo know — the appearance of still another massive loine tends lo create a mod of depression. (!od, what is there left, to say? However, an exception to this rule must be made for Chester L. Cooper's fine synthetic study of America in Vietnam: "The Lost Crusade" (Dodd, Mead). Cooper, who h a s been involved in Southeast Asia since World War II, and who worked closely with Ambassador Averell llarrlman during the, Johnson Administration, has put together the best narrative of our progressive intervention in Indochina. Probably Iho book's most valuable aspect is the perspective Cooper has provided — he has managed to stand back and quite objectively critici/e the strengths and weaknesses of our policies. His central thesis, from which the book's title is derived, is that, our intervention in Indochina began 'as part of the great anti- Communist crusade of President I) w i g h t Eisenhower «nd Secretary of Slate John Foster. Dulles — that Vietnam became the location of "the mighty confrontation . . . between the hosts of Freedom and Democracy and the h o r d e s of Asian Communism." This verbal commitment was transformed under Kennedy and Johnson inlo actual war, which in turn h a s led to profound disillusionment among I he American people — disillusion not just with Vietnam, but. with crusades in general. That is, in concrete political terms, to a revival of isolationism, which disturbs Cooper as much as it does me. Where Cooper and I part company is precisely on tho question of the "crusade." On the same factual basis that he employs to argue continuity of the crusading mentality, 1 would argue that in fact the messianic /.eal of Dulles was replaced by quite a different mood under Johnson, Rusk, and Me- Namara. Indeed, while there was a lot of random patriotic rhetoric corning out of high government, sources Johnson refused to make Vietnam into a "crusade against Communism." He announced as early as the spring of 1D05 that the United States was not trying to roll back Communist power in Vietnam, that is, t h at we respected the territorial integrity of the North Vietnamese regime. By adopting this limited war posture the President automatically deprived himself of a great source; of public support — moralistic anti-Communism. Instead of telling tho troops they were fighting for a noble ideal, for F r e e d o m against Communism, lie informed them they were engaged in a "no- win scenario", that, is, we would settle for a standoff, a stalemate. One does not lead a crusade with this uncertain trumpet. 1 was a strong supporter of this limited war position and have learned the hard way that it is almost impossible to m o 1) i I i / e public opinion around it. (It might be manageable with a volunteer army, but that runs head-on into my support for national service.) My oilier complaint, about "The Lost Crusade" is thai Cooper always took seriously the notion that Hanoi was prepared to negotiate on some real basis of give and take. This is natural enough — he was one of Harriman's busiest and ablest peace-seekers — but. (as has been suggested here before) I was convinced Hanoi was using negotiations as a weapons system. The North Vietnamese had some real experts in political warfare who played us like salmon and had a quite devastating impact on world opinion and on domestic support for the war. Interestingly, Cooper does not cite an interview (Washington Post, 12-5-G8) in which Wilfred Burchott — a top Communist journalist who has often been Hanoi's international press officer — confessed that the w h o I e "Marigold" peace was based on a misunderstanding, that is, it was a phony. year-old Teamsters General Vice President Frank E. (Fitz) Fitzsimmons, now leader of the free world's largest union, had his finest moment. This former bus driver and tracker met on equal terms with Richard Nixon. They talked of many things while Fitz's administrative aide nodded approvingly; Assistant Secretary of Labor Bill Usery 'praised the huge brotherhood for diligence in financial reporting; and special presidential adviser Charles "Chuck" Colson sat content with having brought together the heads of two empires. Only once did Convict No. 33208 come up in the genial, almost fraternal, hour-long conversation. "Jimmy's" name was mentioned by the President, — not by Frank Fitzsimmons. The Teamsters' acting chief had dropped in seeking fraternity not clemency this time. It would have been gauche — and everybody knows "Fitz" has grown with the office. Prisoner Hoffa came into the dialogue after Mr. Fitzsimmons, more in sorrow than in anguish, told the President that the government bureaucrats give the teamsters a hard time. Every time an agency deals with the brotherhood, said he, it deals with suspicions and thrice the care and probing given any other union. To this the President responded swiftly. The Teamsters will not be discriminated against. He knows what it means to be stigmatized. He did not want to get into the merits of the Hoffa matter, he asserted. He did not. want to discuss the tactics or whether Hoffa had been justly or unjustly convicted. That is old history, right or wrong, added the President, He said in blunt, almost, tough words, that his administration would not discriminate against the Teamsters nor would he permit them to be plagued by history. Three times he repeated, that, three times is his fashion when he feels strongly and wants to make a point, crystal-clear and hard-nosed. He said that he knew what the Teamsters were up against and that hjs administration would judge the Teamsters on events today — not those of history. The Hoffa matter will not haunt you fellows, said he, and there will be no double standards in the Teamsters' relations with the government. Fitz glowed amidst the holly, like just after a hole-in- one. Only this was better than golf. There was in-talk: Fitz told of his dislike for Cesar Chavez and of his admiration for AFL-CIO chief George Meany. He spoke of the Teamsters' problems. And the President said the Teamsters were really hard hats at heart and he thanked them for their patriotic support. Jack Anderson U. S. Navy uses old Kremlin trick WASHINGTON - It's an ugly Kremlin custom to hustle people who embarrass the regime off to mental wards. Our own Navy apparently used the same remedy upon a lieutenant whom the brass suspected of trying to duck duty in Vietnam. The sylvan Bethesda Naval Hospital, whose doctors are the pick of the Navy, diagnosed the lieutenant as suffering from imaginary ills and put him in mental ward for six weeks when, in fact, he had a hernia and a developing duodenal ulcer. The ordeal of Richard Schaeffer, a junior-grade lieutenant, began when the Navy tried to ship him to Vietnam for work in a Marine combat hospital. The young officer, a clinical psychologist, complained of agonizing chest pains. Tie collapsed before his Vietnam orders went into effect. Through the intervention of Sen. Hugh Scott, R-Pa., Schaeffer was admitted to the hospital, which has ministered to the ills of Presidents, admirals and other notables. A Navy psychiatrist quickly diagnosed Schaeffer as a "sociopath," a condition often identified with criminal tendencies, and consigned him to a restrictive psychiatric- ward. Not only was his mail opened and read, but a Navy corpsman was also put at his side to take notes every time Schaeffer spoke with visitors, including his fiancee. For six weeks, Schaeffer insisted he was not crazy and his pains were real. Finally, t h e brass decided to discharge him as "unsuitable" because of what they called his "passive- aggressive disorder." Schaeffer was fed up with the Navy, but he knew such a discharge would blacken his career forever as a psychologist. He demanded a full hearing and hired civilian lawyer Jack May, a flesty defender of military underdogs. May swiftly found that the Navy brass was determined to discredit Schaeffer by fair means or foul. He won an admission from the Navy Medical Center's chief legal officer that the personnel bureau then weighing Schaeffer's case, had asked only for the derogatory material in Schaeffer's file. "BUPERS," as it is called in bureaucratese, specifically rejected favorable material from the file. A civilian psychiatrist, Dr. Hyman Shapiro, testified, meanwhile, that Schaeffer had no personality disorders. It was a "terrible thing," the psychiatrist added, for the Navy to try to make him out to be a mental case. The Navy board fair- mindedly refused to heed the Navy doctor's demand for an "unsuitable" discharge and said Schaeffer was fit lor service. But this encouragement didn't cure Schaeffer's chest pains. Disgusted with his care in the Navy's best hospital, he went to a civilian physician who discovered the agony was all too real. Schaeffer had a chest hernia which Bethesda incredibly had missed. The Navy, unwilling to believe it. could have made such a monumental goof, sent Schaeffer to the Philadelphia Naval Hospital for a new diagnosis. The Philadelphia doctors found the hernia. But sensing a law suit, the Navy tried once again to put Schaeffer in a mental ward. This time, Assistant Navy Secretary James Kittle intervened to end the farce. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago JANUARY 5, 194« A special commencement program was being planned by the high school sen-ice education com tnittee for 35 Alton High School students whose induction into military service had interrupted their high school education. Macy Pruitl, in charge of the scholastic service-rating program, used a handbook published by the American Council of Education •t Washington, D.C. as a guide to determine credits for graduation. If the military had not qualified the youth for graduation, the veteran was urged to return to the classroom and complete the few hours most of them needed. Only about half of the students •eeded further training. Jolm H. Harris, veteran ot 4',!> years naval service had been named as head of the Alton city campaign for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis fund raising. Iv I.. Kimmcl had been named to head the Wood Kiver drive; Shirley Seymour, for Western Cartridge workers; and Town Clerk .1. W. Kelly, overall chairman. Harris, who served for ill) months overseas, was .secretary for the Tri-Slale Coal Co. The National Printing Co. at 1ft Kast Broadway was sold by Herman L. Wilken to Harry A. Watkins, of Alby Street, formerly with Millers Mutual Kirc Insurance Association of Illinois for 13 years. The paper had been founded by Kdward L. Beach, ,'an. 5, 1918, with its first office on the second floor over Sauvage's Cigar Store. Dr. John Harrison \Vedii>, who would be placed on the inactive military status in the Army Jan. lf>, had been promoted from tho rank of major to that of lieutenant colonel. He had served overseas almost three years in North Africa, Italy and France, .•did was assistant chief of medical service in the '21st Genera! Hospital at Mirecourl, France. The physician was occupying temporary offices with Dr. Kred Wade Jones, and was affiliated with the teaching staff at Washington U. School of Medicine. 50 years ago JANUARY 5, 1921 A new move was launched in Congress to officially end hostilities with Germany as Sen. King of I'tali introduced a resolution calling for a treaty eliminating provisions for the League of Nations. In Paris, Allied premiers decided to meet in mid- January for discussion of German disarmament and payment of reparations. In Washington Rep. Volk of New York introduced a resolution before Congress calling for investigation of prohibition enforcement, which lie charged was a public scandal, and generally condemned in the press. In Springfield the Illinois House of Representatives elected Rep. Gotthard .Dalberg speaker, 96 to 54, with a solid Republican vote. Seventy seven of 90 families in the Gillham School district favored a change of name for the new school. Miss Helen Mack, principal, told a board of education's committee delegated to decide on the problem. Miss Mack suggested a choice might be made from Benjamin Franklin, Frances E. Willard, Clara Barton, and Thomas Jefferson. A committee from Franklin Masonic Lodge of Upper Alton, appearing in behalf of keeping the Gillham name, said the late S. B. Gillham, a member of the lodge, had been an untiring worker as a member of the school board. While the student body was outside during the lunch hour, a small interior fire broke out at Lincoln School, presumably from a flue defect'. The fire department extinguished it before the lunch hour was over. Employes of the Intel-national Shoe Co. were guests at a series of social and instructional meetings at the YMCA. The Rev. Shumard, First Methodist pastor, spoke at the initial session. Plans were being made for a second one at which physical directors of both YM and YW were to direct a program of games.

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