Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 9, 1971 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, January 9, 1971
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Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, January 9, 1971 . What We think about. . . Income disclosure ... Judge Streeper ^^ 9 Legislation is a must Gov. Richard B. Ogilvie and LI. Gov. Paul Simon both encourage lull disclosure of income by public officials. Simon long has advocated the practice and annually has published a report of his income Gov. Ogilvie's suggestion Wednesday thai legislators consider legislation requiring full disclosure definitely is a slep in this direction. Now, Gov. Ogilvie plans to make public his income tax figures for the years 1968, 69 and 1970 after his return has been filed this year. We have expressed ourselves vociferously in past years on the need for disclosure of public officials, especially in the judiciary. The scandal in disclosure of practices of Paul Powell, late secretary of state, has severely shaken the public faith in public officialdom. If this faith is to be restored, legislation must be adopted to provide for detailed disclosure of income and assets. The campaign spending areas also should Readers 9 forum Powell puzzle shocking Each day seems to add to the mystery surrounding the late Secretary of Slate Paul Powell. Suspicions were aroused when, after his death occurred in Rochester, Minn. the announcement was held up for 15 hours. In the meantime staffers began removing some files from his office until the Illinois Bureau o f Investigation posted guards. Now the shocking revelation is made of the discovery of over $700,000 hidden in a locked closet in Mr. Powell's room at the St. Nicholas Hotel, stuffed in a shoebox and other containers, and another $50,000 in the Secretary of State's office. Although Paul Powell died in October and the cache was found the day of funeral rites held in Springfield, his executor Dr. John S. Rendie m a n , chancellor of Southern .Illinois University at Edwardsville, did. not make the matter public until Dec. 29. This added further to the mystery. ; Now the shocking discovery of more treasury bills, certificates of deposit, and cash in Edwardsville makes the financial dealings of Mr. Powell all the more bizarre. Public suspicion naturally arises and as State Auditor Michael Hewlett remarked, "The only thing I wish is that he was still here so he could explain the whole thing." A close ''associate who refused to be identified stated that he could think of only two reasons for hiding the cash. It could have been a bribe, represent an effort to keep from being taxed by the Internal Revenue Department. Powell's holdings included, stocks in race tracks and banks. Paul Simon has tried to have a law passed requiring the annual publication of the Incomes and sources thereof by public officials. He is to be commended for his candor. There is now all the more reason for such a law being passed. Of course, its enforcement might prove difficult, but it surely would give the public some assurance. It irks me when the United States Senate spends much time scrutinizing the sources of income and holdings of Judges appointed by the President while, many Senators, themselves, are deeply Involved in business ventures and. banking interests which can easily influence their votes on many bills coming before them. The Powell case will be be re-examined PS the legislature conlinucs upgrading its ethical guidelines. There was discussion in the last session but little came of the discussion. We urge thr- Governor to present such legislation and for legislators 1o act on it in good conscience to restore public faith in our si ate government. The legislative pay hike certainly did not calm the already troubled waters. Assist for the court Reports of Associate Circuit Judge T. II. Streeper's retirement plans several days ago must have raiser! regrets in a good many areas of Madison county. The former Alton City Court judge, who became an associate circuit judge under the amended judicial article of the constitution, has worked hard and given good service to the dislrict. His new status as associate judge enabled him to broaden his field of judicial activity and frequently placed him on Ihc bench at Edwardsvilie. There his concise conduct of causes aroused much favorable comment arnonp iiirw who otherwise have expressed frequent misgivings at the growing laxity and delay in the courts. His announcement. Thursday, then, that he still was both available and eligible for service on the bench was welcome news. Formally, his retirement was necessitated under a laudable Illinois Supreme Court order that banned judges from serving on bank boards of directors. This, we believe, is as it should be, since banks must, of necessity, have considerable litigation in the courts. Judpe Streeper had reached the age, 71, when it was time he gained some relief from the exacting duties of the bench in Madison county. But, it turned out, he could, under the Supreme Court's orders, continue to serve on assignment of the state judicial administrator. Meanwhile, Judge Streeper has worked out a plan which we believe will be much to the advantage of Ihe circuit. He has assured the administrator he is willing to hr ar as many cases as are assigned to him virtually offering his services on a full-time basis. Recognizing that he is receiving a pension since retiring, Judge Streeper is offering to forego any per diem available to him on these assignments. The circuit here, already needing more bench power even with its full permitted complement of judges, would have been sorely pressed, indeed, by the loss of Judge Streeper's services. But with the judge still available for unlimited assignments, the district will be little hurt by his "retirement." And Ihc "assignment" approach to determining what cases he shall here will make it simple to avoid the embarrassment of having a bank related case in which he would have to disqualify himself, fall into his lap. Meeting recreation needs Dr. Gordon Moore, Mayor Paul Lenz and other citizens have spent the past two days seeking answers from key federal and state authorities on financial assistance available to develop parks or acquire park lands, and up grade receational facilities. An up-to-date review of programs available was given by Mrs. Diane Soble of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Chicago Office; and Illinois Director of Conservation Henry Barkhausen. Complete ground tours of the area, treetop plane inspections, and slide presentations were utilized to. acquaint these visiting officials with the area's pressing recreational needs. With the Alton Master Plan for park completed, and a complex, Interlocking sequence of events proceeding, it is especially timely to get ideas crystallized early of What can be accomplished this year. We commend Dr. Moore, the spark plug, for initiating efforts which may result in action, and completed projects in 1971. With a bond issue vote facing Alton residents for park and recreational facilities, we must have full knowledge to coordinate local, stale and federal plans and funds. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY "Great news! As oi May First we will be known as 'Emergency Combat Troops 5 / 55 under investigation for some lime. The Internal Revenue Service is checking for tax liability. J. Waldo Ackerman has been appointed by Attorney General William Scott, as deputy attorney general for clownstale operations. He successfully prosecuted the fraud case against former state Auditor Orvillc Hodge in the 1950s. The state is concerned in what is owed in state income and inheritance taxes. Also there is the question of whether funds are involved. It is to be hoped that, his mysterious revelation concerning a respected public official can be cleared up to the satisfaction of a shocked public. JOHN E. BYRNES Box 428 Brighton Personal chucks Last November a. letter in the Forum criticized the practice of some Illinois politicians electioneering at the taxpayers expense, and cited the custom of the late Secretary of State, Paul Powell, in using printed envelopes addressed to him personally instead of to his office, as is' the method in most other slates. Many people, when paying for their auto license plates or drivers' licenses, made out checks payable to him personally. There seems to be no legal reason why he should not have cashed them himself. Checks for government or state services, or to commercial companies, should be made out payable to the office or company and not to . a person. ROBERT E. MULLING, 2711 Godfrey Road, Godfrey 13 years early The army is investigating civilians; the FBI is checking Ihc library books we read; and now the local police chiefs arc attempting to dictate the kinds of books we will have in our schools and on our library shelves. Has 1084 arrived i:$ years early? HAROLD IIECKER, 223 W. Central, Bet hallo Forum writers, note Tlio 'I' « I « K r u p h welcome prone expressions of UK niutt- «»r's o w n opinions. Writers' Hitmen and utldrmHiM must li« iml.liNlircl with tholr letters. Contributions xhould In' <•<"'- «;ls<), prefcruhly not uxciwilliiK 150 wortlb, and uro subject to conkliiiituilioii. Jack Anderson Glimpse at Hughes' private life Victor Rlesel f U.S. takes quite a hooking on pro-Russ ILO WASHINGTON — The last straw was Pavel Astapenko. He is a disciplined Communist. Parly member, a Soviet citi/en and recently was appointed Assistant Dircclor- General of the International Labor Organization (ILO) — which has a palace, a large elite staff, and comfortable headquarters on the lovely lake Leman in Geneva, Switzerland. When Tovarich Astapenko was appointed no American governmental, business or labor official was consulted or advised. So tempers flared here, faces got as red as Mr. Astaponko's politics and Ihe U.S. refused to pay its (lues. Immediately the Soviets, who have not yet paid their United Nations multi-million dollar 10-year-old Congo assessment, became quite indignant. So did some American Congressmen. They asked U.S. Comptroller General Staats to direct a General Accounting Office (GAO) audit of I'affiilre Astapenko and the ILO American dues money to boot. And it develops that the U.S. took quite a booting, according to Hie GAO report dated Dec. 22, 1!)70. About $72.5 million worth of booting, to be exact, in just the past five years. Of this amount tlio U.S. still has to 1 pay some $7.5 million in dues. For this money — which could have buill housing projects in several central cities, or cleaned up the polluted home front, or helped out the poor — the GAO says the Slate Department did little. "The results," says Iho report, "...has been almost u n i m p e d e d expansion of Soviet bloc influence in the organization." This is an extremely serious and significant, report. And warning, too. In effect, tens of millions of dollars have li o u r e d from the U.S. Treasury into a pro-Soviet secretariat and into many projects which have aided nations in direct alliance with North Vietnam, Cuba, North Korea and Maoist China. First let's look at the secretariat — Ihe ILO central stuff. Since 1051! the percentage of Americans has been virtually stable with few increases of U.S. cili/ens to Ihe staff. But in the period from '5(5 to '(i!) Ihe Soviets have increased the Communist bloc's share of em- ployes by 351) per cent. This was accomplished in many ways — not the least of which was the secretariat's refusal to pay the expense of selected American applicants for the trip to Switzerland for personal interviews. Yet they could really not be hired here. But Soviet bloc nationals and other Europeans as well as Asians had their expenses paid—and in India, applicants are hired on the spot although Americans were told that the ILO Washington, D.C., office was just not sufficiently experienced to hire anyone. Most of the ILO's funds have been supplied by the U.S. We have been paying not o;ily 25 per cent of the I r i p a r I i I c (government- business-labor) organization's annual budget, but other monies indirectly through the United Nations. The U.N., with which the ILO is affiliated, throws money into Ihc lill — but 40 per cent of these payments c o m e from the U.S. Treasury. Mind you know, the purpose of American participation in the ILO is to promote in the organization, "economic and social development of less developed countries and free democratic institutions, as an alternative to totalitarian systems." Just how this is to be done by helping the Soviet bloc which, incidentally, pays only 12 per ccnl of the annual budget, is something the Comptroller General couldn't quite see. Take Poland, for example, where thousands of workers were hit by tank guns and mauled by the secret police. Three hundred persons were killed in the recent abortive revolt touched off by the Gdansk dock workers' and shipbuilders' fight for bread. Economic and social help has flown from the ILO to the old Gomulka government. Economists and automation specialists were supplied to Warsaw by the ILO even during the worst of Gomulka's anti-Semitic years. Why? Such help in rationalizing Communist industry and economics and computer science has gone to the rest of. the Soviet bloc. This technical assistance has been invaluable. Even Cuba has been aided. Yet during all the years since the Soviets rejoined "in 1953, American dollars have carried most of the cost. And American delegates have been hit by most of the abuse. Then, last year, the new Director-General n am e d Pavel Astapenko one of his top deputies. This will simply guarantee the acceleration of Soviet bloc infiltration. Since this ILO is no plaything, no mere caretaker of palaces, Tovarich Aslapenko's point was a serious one. WASHINGTON — A glimpse into the private life o f phantom billionaire Howard Hughes, revealing his distress over the break-up of his marriage to actress Jean Peters, can now bo shown. Some of the . confidential documents impounded by Ihe Nevada court in the Hughes case have been slipped to us. In response to a message from his Nevada straw boss Robert Maheu, Hughes scribbled an angry note blaming the "irrevocable loss of my wife" upon another aide, Frank "Bill" Gay. Maheu had imported to Hughes.- that Gay's wife, Mary, was shaken up over the circumstances of her daughter's marriage. Maheu urged the eccentric billionaire therefore, to send a generous wedding present. Retorted Hughes in a handwritten note: "I certainly cannot get very sympathetic about Mary Gay being 'shookup' when Bill's total indifference and laxity to my pleas for help in my domestic area, voiced urgently to him week by week throughout the past 7 to 8 years, have resulted in a complete, I am afraid, irrevocable loss of my wife. "1 am sorry, but I blame Bill completely for this unnecessary debacle." Jean Peters obtained a divorce from Hughes last year after 13 yeafs of marriage. By remaining his wife, she could have claimed a large share of his $4 billion fortune. Those who know the actress say she wanted to live her own life and was happy to settle for a $150,000 home and $50,000 a year alimony for life. "I don't usually discuss this subject," Hughes's note added, "but the whole episode you describe to me seems very insignificant indeed compared to the instances when I feel he (Gay) let me down — utterly, totally, completely." In another handwritten note to Maheu, Hughes elaborated on his disenchantment with Gay. This is significant, since Gay is one of the leaders of the faction that ousted Maheu. Wrote Hughes: "I thought that when we came here, and I told you not to invite Bill up here and not to permit him to be privy our activities, you had realized that I no longer trusted him. "So, Bob,',you suit yourself about going to his daughter's wedding. I do not prefer it. I am not going to ask you not to, but I surely aril not very happy about it. "As to giving his family money, Bob, this again is up to you. It certainly does not have my encouragement. My bill of complaints against Bill's conduct goes back a long way and cuts very deep." The Hughes memos, still held secret by the Nevada court, almost certainly will be released in the course of the legal battle for control of the Hughes empire. The chic national sorority, Chi Omega, preaches ''Christian Ideals" but disciplines chapters that uphold the Christian ideal of sisterhood for Negroes. Chi Omega's most celebrated alumna, by the way, is Martha Mitchell, whose husband, Atlorney General John Mitchell, is supposed to enforce integration. The 100,000-member sorority is dominated by its iron- willed, 88-year-old head, Mary Love Collins, who not only has put.chapters on probation for practising Christianity but has obstreperously branded her detractors as "communists." Cromley Nixon zeroes in on bureaucrats WASHINGTON - As best this reporter can determine from sources with access to the President and from other men who work closely with the White House staff, President Nixon has decided it is hopeless within the near future to gain direct control over the major departments and agencies of the government. Yet Nixon is determined to gain that control. He therefore has been shifting, gradually but: firmly, more of the staff work on policy decisions away from the departments and agencies to the White House staff. All presidents, in theory, make their own decisions. But, as is well-known, many proposals come to the president so defined and so staffed that in practice he is a prisoner of the staff work. He has very limited alternatives. Often he can say yes, or no, and little more. Under the new setup, the White House staff is very tightly in on the formulation of proposals at a very early stage of the game. A friend in one major agency reports that he recently submitted not one but five alternate proposals for aclion simultaneously. They went to the White House. He expects to be working in detail (in some cases, sentence by sentence) with the White House staff on altering and adjusting these proposals for some time before they reach the President. He believes that none of his proposals will be accepted. He expects, instead, that the President's immediate staff will draw together parts pf two or three of his alternatives and forge them into a new proposal. The amount of staff work • he expects the White House men to put in on these proposals is very great indeed. The important thing here is that in the past, traditionally, most of the staff work would have been done in the agency — not at the White House. So far as can be determined, Nixon personally likes to work in this way, with final proposals or alternatives being hammered out by a tight staff of men he trusts. But in considerable measure, it seems, the President is intensifying this shift in staff work from the departments to the While House because he no longer has confidence that he will get what he wants out of the departments and agencies. To get what he wants would require a thorough housecleaning. And housecleaning in the government; bureaucracy is a long and very difficult task, especially if you don't do il when you firsl come into office. All presidents feel that loo often it is this bureaucracy that runs the government regardless of what the president wishes or orders. These bureaucrats control the facts. They control the flow of paper on which decisions and actions depend. They know how to slow action indefinitely on what they don't want and how to speed through what they do want. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago ^ JANUARY », 194« pf five persons hurt in motorvehicle accidents over the weekend remained hospitalized. They were former North Alton resident, Lester Schroeder, East St. Louis; Colby I. Vannoy, East Alton and driver of a taxi, William E. Gordon of Alton. State's Attorney Burton, in a letter to Gov. Dwight green, accompanied by a petition of 250 signatures, •sked that a pardon for Clyde Wagner, convicted «Jayer of an Alton patrolman on July 22, 1937, be Unallowed. Wagner stating that he had been too young |0 know what he was doing at time of the crime, jjaj>raitt|cl sketches of a rocket ship to illustrate his ability as a draftsman, and asserted that he had numerous patents or inventions to liis credit. Superintendent of Schools Farmer L. Kwing had accepted tlie chairmanship of Hie Victory Clothing Collection in Alton. The collodion would be handled in the same manner as salvaged paper collections had been, Ewing said. J. J. Beeby, who had served on the Allon Board of Education for 27 years, was honored on his retirement. Acting on a proposal by Mayor Wadlow the city finance committee would seek to have the City Council request an allocation of funds for buildings from the Federal Public Housing Agency to be used solely for relief of the housing scarcity in the city for war veterans and their families. The last fire alarm of the year had occurred just an hour before the new year arrived. In the new year lour alarms had been sounded with the last one to date at the Blue Front Inn at 702 Belle St. Moro post office would not be closed or merged, residents learned, as an announcement was made ihat applications to fill the vacancy of the post master would be accepted. 50 years ago JANUARY 9, 1921 The House Committee on Marine Affairs and Fisheries completed hearings on requests by American newspapers and inlormalion media for greater use of naval radio facilities for exchange of international news. Advocates pointed out the powerful equipment had fallen into more or less disuse since pressure of Ihe war was relieved. The media spokesmen also pointed out the war had generated more American interest in foreign affairs. Illinois new Governor Len Small pledged, in his inaugural address, an adherence to campaign promises that he would seek replacement of the current public utilities commission with home rule lor cities in the regulation of these services. He renewed his support for a pre-campaign Republican state convention platform committee minority report subscribing to "certain baste principles affecting the liberties and rights of our people and the. lives and well-being of every man, woman, and child in our commonwealth." Three bands, and both cavalry and foot troops from the National Guard as well as from the university ROTC participated hi the inauguration parade. Already bolstered with 25 recruits, Company C of the Illinois National Guard Fourth Infantry was seeking 25 more to complete formation of a unit here. A conference was called at the Mineral Springs Hotel by friends and supporters of both Charles Huskinson and H. H. Unterbrink to determine wwcn of the two should become a mayoral candidate. Stephen Crawford, previously a regular candidate, also was invited to the parley, and talk circulated that Joseph G. Grossheim was another possible entry. Roosevelt High's basketball team stemmed a late rally by Jerseyville for a 23 to 21 victory on the Jersey floor.

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