Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 7, 1971 · Page 4
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/iiU/u i_*%ctaii Editorials Watching the "Show me V" Missouri may Jag behind Illinois in thrir Joint efforts to relieve ?ome problem? on 'h* East Side. The proposed Metro-East aitpr>r f is an example. But certainly Illinois is far behind ihr "show me" state in one respect: Its attention to improve motor traffic- faciltiies be^ver-n Alton and St. Louis. This circumstance was brought to thr- fore with this week's announcement that 'he Highway Commission onie more was updating plans for the Lewis Bridge on U.S. R7 Illinois 140 over the Missouri River. Preliminary surveys of the Lewis span (part of the Lewis and Clark bridge-highway complex which ends here) have been iii'-lu.ifd in a five-year program of tHe state. The proposed replaff-ni"iit would match with its four lanes and divided superhighways which approach it on both sides of the Missouri river, and would complete a brief portion of the superhighway already within two miles of the span on the St. Louis side. "Our five-year plan includes establishing the right of way and taking surveys so our plans will be ready when finances become available," W. L. Trimm, Missouri district . . . What ICG thillk about... Bridge planning... Brosamcr appointment highway <~-r!ginper, tn]H the T < " i l f - r :i'a: h. " f;' re is a lot <">f work in r)n ;-md HifTf ;iv ?i lot Of if '^ ill try f).n rerit pi, '".-." Time frf th<- '•fn'-inie' i'lti. he < \\<\;\~i''< -'I, will <}r\<r>v\ nn ;'!tr-ii|v>r i;ij|>'trt;ir:! !;r -'m •; Availability of the financial support. M< .-uuvbiiV". Jifije h;ts b'l-n ;mnoi.i.< "d vfeently ;ibout Illinois' intenijons !ov. :>rrl mei.'ting its p.n i o! the problem. Some ol wh;it Illinnj.v jni' j n rl s in <••'. < -an do may we)| r< ^t up'iii Die ;ir'';< pn<sum-''>lv to be- mo-i brnffiied; (he Alton-Wood Rivr ar> p H. To d?iH'.' sever?)] altr-niiifs al ;m ;m>v.pr nnvr bogred rin-.vn ov<-r [iiiblie nppn-.il inn lo routing for an ;)-•'•(•-;> ronr] \r, the bridge -HI this side. IJlinoi'-' lm'lnv;iy division m;iy no: <-ome up \\-jtli a blinding flash of publicity ovf-i its plans, but we ovr here <-<n\\'\ v/at'-h how Missouri dr. signs its 1!'80 nuxlel Li wis Bridge. te job rha The enimnunity is forlunalr> to h;iv- a well qualified, experienced education administrator in Lov.-ell Hrosanier who has been named principal ol Marquelte Hi«h School. He replaced Sister Miriam Patncia P";.ne^ '.'.-ho has l "- llp named to the important post of PIr,\-j;icj-.,] r,f the Ursuline Central Pp,Vi"ee. K"< pint; M.-M-riiir ttr> Hich School open with '•ominunity ^ippnrt will continue to be a eh; !! c 'ii.'" as :t has in past years. Brosamer's e,\f.M rieii'-e prepare.-; him woj] for this mission. h'partinu Prineip;<|, Sister Miriam not-d. there is ;\ r^hanging awareness of CfithnHe 'diir-ation's role: "society realizes the jni- P ° r t a n r- e of private and paro<'nial education." Brosamei 1 , recently named to a planning r-nmnjitie.' in organi/.e a diocesan board of 'dur-atien. mil !)•• instrumental in shaping policy in com ing months at the Springfield DlO'-e.e le\..). A series of .-tories on Catholic churches and education, whose third installment approaches Saturday in the Church section of the TelcL-raph, reveals the diocese is dose mouthed about its finances, especially relating io schools, tuition and costs. As the legislature convenes, candidness will be more essential if an accurate look at proposals for aid to private education is to be made 1 . For the public's sake and understanding, we hope new information is released throueh the local, diocese and state levels. The future of parochial schools in area communities and the state may depend on statistics produced. Justice was overdelayecf We didn't think it would happen. Marge Christrnson and Jack Canady have been sentenced and delivered to prison to s°rve terms of 1-8 and 2-10 years respec- livelv. Appeals on convictions after trial by jury in circuit court took two years to process. Meanwhile, they remained free despite two convictions on burglary charges. If our court system ever needed a realis'ic overhaul, their cases illustrate the need. Meanwhile, other suspected felons. ' on- vieted felons, and flagrant law violators of all kinds flaunt the loopholes in our criminal justice system. Chief Justice Burger's call for modernization needs to be heeded. And Circuit Judge James O. Monroe's recently released study on the courts also .should be examined to convince the public to place pressure where it belongs. Springfield center study Dreams of a civic center with an auditorium and theater for Springfield, Illinois, may become reality if a bond issue set Jan. 14 is approved by voters. The proposed center would serve as a stagine area for symphony concerts, athletic events, conventions, and other revenue producing affairs which presumably Would retire revenue bonds issued. Power to levy taxes of up to five cents per S100 valuation; and sell bonds for up to 1.5 per cent of evaluation is held by the S p r i n g f i c 1 d Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium Authority. Cost to a taxpayer now paying $300 per year in taxes would be an additional $1 per year, promoters say. In previous years, promoters here suggested examination of need for a convention center to produce business in Alton. Success or failure in Springfield of the venture may give downtowners here inspiration for future action. Meanwhile, Uatheway Hall will continue to have an expanded role housing some types of these events. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Readers' forum Christmas cast in bleak* tragic vein Annual checkup Christmas Is not having enough string to hang up the Christmas cards you receive Christmas is giving a turkey to a needy family only to find out they don't have a roaster in which to cook It, or fuel for the fire to put under the roaster. Christinas is a rotten spot in your orange and you don't see it soon enough to swap it for your brother's. . . Christmas is the landlord not allowing you to nail up a siring for your Christmas cards. Christmas is a pair of warm sensible pair of long underwear in your stocking when you wanted a rocket set. Christmas is your younger brother getting the train you asked for. Christmas is a dirty bone. Christmas is a short in the last string of lights. Christmas is the long distance call you never received from the children out East. Christmas is not having any nuts to put in the divinity, which isn't so bad, considering there is not a grain of sugar for it either. Christmas is finding rat pills on the spice cake. Christmas is the welfare check being late. Christmas is a wreath atop the railroad signal lights you didn't see and now there are seven less reasons ior not having a tree. Christmas is the store clerk trying to figure out what to do with the gifts you put on layaway the day before you mistook the signal lights for the decorations. Christmas is an old friend opening your door to shout "Christmas Gift." Christmas is ... MRS. WILLIAM WALTKIl 17 Frontenac PI, Godfrey Bar It, no 'bit<? Recently many homes in Alton have been ransacked while homeowners were absent. It seems thieves are seeking color TV sets, guns, Jewels, and Kennedy halves. Your invitation to prowlers to break in and take what they want is the fad that newspapers, and m:iil are allowed to accumulate. Some persons install dawn- to-dusk lights that turn on automatically. Prowlers like to work in the dark, and lights may keep persons from breaking in. In New York a man offers for sale sound tape which produces through your la|x> player the menacing snarls and barks of a 100-pound attack-trained German Shepherd. Hooked to a timer the tape can act. as a burglar deterrent in your absence. Now who is going to break into your home with the sounds of a barking dog menacing? This tape-player could keep an intruder from putting the bite on you. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO 34!) Bluff St. Forurn writers, note, 'flic 1' t> I c- K T n p li uclcoini'H l>r<)si! expressions of its renti- er's » \v H opinions. Writers' names and addresses must ho |inl)lislic<l with their letters. Contributions should he concise, itreferahly riot exeeediiiK 150 words, mid are to coiitletiNatlon. Jack Anderson Nixon probed McCormack's activities WASHINGTON — During craggy old John McCormack's last days as Speaker, President Nixon honored the old man to his face but tried behind his back to pin criminal charges on him. T h c President, hailing McConnack's half century of public service, presented him with a plaque at a White House luncheon. Not long afterward, the President invited McCormack to the White House for a private breakfast and promised to continue to consult him after his retirement. Yet all the while, the Nixon administration was digging quietly into McCormack's activities in search of skulduggery. Friends of his were hauled before a federal grand jury in New York City for secret questioning about, their relationship with the retiring Speaker. They were notified ominously that the grand jury w a s investigating "the Speaker's office." Then they were asked whether they had ever given McCormack any money or gifts. Three of the old man's close friends were invited to the White House luncheon, then subpoenaed before the secret grand jury within a few days. They were Rubin Epstein, president of Boston's City Bank and Trust; George Feldman, former Ambassador to Malta and Luxembourg; and Peter Cloherty, eons u 11 a n t for a Boston engineering firm. Epstein was ^called before the grand jury three times. The same questions were' repeated at each appearance. He testified that he had never given McCormack anything except, perhaps, a box of cigars at Christmas time. The records of the bank's dealings with McCormack were also subpoenaed, revealing only that the Speaker kept a modest savings account at City Bank and Trust. Feldman was asked, also in vain, whether he had paid McCormack f oV recommending him as an Ambassador. The same line of questioning was started on Cloherty whose firm, McGuire Associates, was ordered to produce all papers relating to federal contracts. "We would Victor Riesel Labor, industrial power will be handed to new generation WASHINGTON — Just about five years ago teeming northeastern cities wcnl dark All the lights went out. Klevators frozen in shafts '1(1 and HI) stories up. Trains slammed to a stop. Weird hums whined into silence in power stations. And slowly v i r t u a 11 y everything was paralyxcd, though babies were born and people died in blackness pierced only by candlelight. Something had gone wrong in a little black box. It blew its mind and stopped the power in electric grids criss- c r o s s i n g hundreds of thousands of square miles. 11 was an accident. But it's world pondering (hose early days of 1!)71 . Such blackness was man made this past December in England and Italy. Those blackouts were not accidents. They sprang from decisions made by labor leaders. They were not all Communists. They were not bent on .sabotage. They are men ol' industrial and political power. They know the meaning of this power, the fantastic force of intertwining industrial and political strength. They came by their sense of stratagems the hard way — for they were not always men of vast legions and ample treasuries. Today men of labor in this free world of ours lead vast masses of men and women — some 1H million in the U.S.; some !) million in Britain; some K million in Germany (where "the movement's" bank has $,'i.K billion in assets) ; and millions more in France, Italy — even strong forces in Guyana and Singapore and South Vietnam. They fought their way up — for they arc the first generation. They are agile. They seem ageless. Hut in the next few years — by 10HO — slowly they will step aside. There will be "newcomers." Men even we insiders may not yet recogni/c. This second generation, this new command, this phalanx of younger men, who will they be, what will be their concept of Die use of power? Always 1 am amazed at the failure of American observers lo understand, even to delve into, this phenomenon. Always I am aghast at the inability, or the stupidity — strong word that it is — of the thinking man to realize that the labor leader of yesterday is the prime minister of today, or the man w h o makes the prime minister and presidents, or who controls the force which controls the party in power or the opposition awaiting its turn to take power. Is it not so In the United Kingdom, or with Olof Palme in Sweden. Willy I'.raiult in Germany or Lee Kuan Yew in little Singapore? Or here in big America'.' Thus in democratic lands, labor and the government — with the see-saw exception of an Ed Heath, a Dick Nixon or an "Ike" Eisenhower — labor and government become one. And it does appear that the exceptions will become rarer and rarer and rarer. Ponder well, then who will control such a force? We deal today with a cultured intellectually dimensional Vic Feather, leader of the British Trades Union Congress and an agile peripatetic George Meany who at the drop of a phrase will tell you he is nonpartisan. Certainly, he rewards his friends and punishes his enemies — and that makes for the strongest lobbying and voting bloc on the Hill. Bui who, as the decade ends, will inherit this instant labor power? And how will they use it'.' And who will direct the new restless industrial strength? It is a strength of the "now" generation. It is no longer the plumber, the electrician the cabinet maker — the auto worker and the steel puddler. Now the public servants want in. Federal employes have struck. Remember the postal stoppage and the chaos. Remember the air traffic controllers. Watch the police, the fire fighters. Note that New York's influential teamster John DeLury, head of the sanitation workers, brought to the negotiating table huge photos of 150,000 tons of garbage which spread stench rodents and malaise across New York during the nine-day strike in February 1968. Mayor Lindsay's negotiator got the non-too- subtle hint. All federal employes now say that if municipal em- ployes can strike — why not they? And the American Civil Liberties Union is getting into the fight. And what of the chaos which will spring from some future strike of key government employes such as threatened in Sweden — that old "middle way" ? What would happen if some successor to President John Griner of the American Federation of Government Employes "pulled the shop" 10 years from today? Already Mr. Griner and his union demand the right t o strike — now punishable by a year's imprisonment. What would happen to the airports, the federal services, the military and naval depots? Exactly what has happened elsewhere — partial paralysis, of course. And what of the series of threatened rail strikes? What will happen if the lines are tied up, coal cars are locked in somewhere behind trains, stalled where the crews left them, and powerhouses shut down for lack of fuel — the fuel which makes the energy which moves the generators which keeps the land alive? No law can force men to work. Old King Coal, John L. Lewis, said you can't mine coal with bayonets. Well, you can't force men into a powerhouse or a locomotive, or into the cab of a truck. But there ought to be a law. A simple law. Not only to protect the public, but to protect the movement itself from some day being exploited by a power drunk. need a freight car," grumbled Cloherty. For what it's worth, I spent three months in 1969 investigating McCormack. One of my reporters, posing as a student intern, stayed for two weeks in McCormack's office keeping an eye on his aide, Martin Sweig. We dug up enough evidence to write that Sweig, using McCormack's name and sometimes imitating his voice, fixed federal cases for a five percenter named Nathan Voloshen. McCormack got advance word of the column and suspended Sweig the day before its release date. Sweig has now been convicted of perjury in connection with the fixes. D ur ing the long investigation, I checked every possible lead to determine whether the Speaker was implicated. I found that McCormack, a product of South Boston's "Last Hurrah" politics, would happily fix anything from a traffic ticket to a government contract for his friends. But this is the way the political game is played in Boston. I turned up absolutely no evidence that the old man had ever pocketed a penny for his political favors. From competent sources, I learned that his personal fortune is little more than $100,000. For a man who has spent 33 years in politics, this is persuasive evidence of his honesty. Like most Congressmen, McCormack practiced law out of the back door of his congressional office until he was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee in 1930. Then he decided too many of his clients had an interest in the money matters before the committee. To avoid a conflict, he quietly closed his law office and began to live on his government salary. He always kept his personal and congressional accounts strictly separate. He carefully segregated his mail and telephone calls, for example, paying for al! personal postage and calls himself. He routinely turned down campaign contributions, since he had almost no campaign expenses Occasionally, he would take donations for political friends. But he kept a scrupulous record of how the money was distributed. Careless as "Old Jawn" may have been about some associates, I concluded from my investigation that he was al heart, an old-fashioned puritan governed by a strong Catholic conscience. Despite a national doclor shortage, Ihe armed forces apparenlly are laking more doctors lhan are needed. Many physicians have complained to us that their medical skills 'were largely wasted in the service. Some spent most of their time dispensing aspirin and giving shots, which any enlisted medic could have done. One said he was assigned to a Coast Guard cutter in the Far East As ships' doctor for a crew of only 150, he had so little to do that the skipper utilized him to inspect gallies for sanitation. We tried to find out at the Pentagon whether the armed forces .are conscripting doctors who are more urgently • needed in civilian practice. "We don't know," frankly acknowledged health manpower specalist Vernon McKenzie. "Nobody in the Pentagon knows for sure.' 1 Meanwhile, the General Accounting Office is quietly investigating the Defense Department's health manpower program. The sumptuous congressional office of defeated Rep. Adam Clayton Powell, one of Congress's most talented raiders of the public till, has been taken over by a Congressman famous for his penny-pinching. He is Rep. Bradford Morse, R-Mass., sometimes called "Mr. Clean." The only sign Powell left behind of his ex- travaganl ways was a strange one. There on the walls were the holes where the Harlem Globetrotter had hung his prize game fish and other symbols of his junkets at government expense. Agriculture Department figures, labeled "confidential," show an alarming concentration of the meat market in the hands of a few packers. Based on sheep slaughterings, the top two packers had 35.5 per cent of the market in 1968. This jumped to 39.4 per cent in 1969. The top four packers controlled 21.5 per cent of the beef market in 1968, 23 per cent in 1969. As for pork, the top four controlled 30.1 per cent of the market in 1968, 33.5 per cent in 1969. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago JANUARY 7, 1948 Residents of Humbert Hoad neighborhood just north of Alby Street intersection had requested that the bridge committee of Madison County remove the old wooden high-arched bridge structure that spanned the Alton Railroads tracks on Alby Street extension. It was almost impossible for two cars to pass on the bridge because of the peculiar approaches neither Of which were well aligned with the roadway, and slats on both slopes. A greater hazard feature was the twist hi the roadway which made it impossible for drivers mounting the bridge on either side to tee an approaching vehicle. Two incidents marked the graduating class commencement of Alton High School, to take place on .Ian. IS. Among those receiving diplomas would be Mrs. Gwendolyn Ilinricks, :.'!, who was a widow of Kenneth Ilinncks, killed in action on Luzon on April 30, I9ir>. They had been hi.u.h school swivtlh'isrts who left .school to marry and .set up their luime. lie entered service less than a year alter I hen- marriage and Mrs. Ilinrick's returned to complete the schooling. The other was the eagerness \silli which Bud Wesley Taylor pursued his studies so he could graduate in three years and enter the Air Corps. However the IB-year-old was too young to be accepted and said he would wait another year until his birthday then reapply for entrance, since his "whole dream had been to become an air cadet." Christinas vacation helped to decrease the number of respiratory diseases, thus bringing attendance In schools back to what was considered by the school nurse as normal for this lime of year. Also the weather was mode-rating, with continued mild and windy conditions accompanied by occasional rain. Sgt. George li. Foltz, on furlough from Camp Cook, Calif, had purchased the confectionery of Mr. and Mrs. ,1. A. Diiiglc-dein at Shipman, and would lake over operation on his discharge from service. 50 years ago JANUARY 7, 1921 President-elect Harding announced his "hearty" endorsement for the U.S. Senate resolution directing the secretary of War to hall enlistments until the army was reduced to 175,000 men. The resolution also endorsed a 150,000 level for manpower to be reached the following year. The measure received the full endorsement of the Senate Military Committee. In Brownsville, Tex. a Japanese evicted from California was met at the railroad station by a committee from the American Legion, the Chamber of Commerce, the retail merchants, and a farmers' organization who warned he'd have to leave within 48 hours. In Washington the Senate Committee on Cuban Relations proposed to visit the island and study conditions there which already were being considered by President Wilson and the Stale Department. France informally notified the United States it was planning to invade the Ruhr Valley immediately because the German government had failed to disarm that district. . Frank Sons, assistant superintendent, was killed instantly and another worker was injured in an explosion at the Equitable Powder Co.'s corning mill. Sons was struck on the head by a flying timber, a company statement said. City workers discovered a break in the Sixth Street sewer at Piasa Street which had released .sewage to bubble up to the surface for days. YMCA officials announced scores and details of the Roosevelt High School basketball game at Jacksonville were to be posted in the association's lobby during the contest's progress. The newly-organized Alton .Boy Scout council announced that since appointment of C. C. Stewart as executive, the total membership had reached 292. A drunk whose wife said he had purchased eight half-pint bottles of lemon extract was kept In jail overnight by police.

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