Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on May 20, 1959 · Page 2
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Wednesday, May 20, 1959
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THE GIRLS by Franklin Folger PAGE 6, SECTION 1 WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, W59 "I simply dread tomorrow — she ions good all day today." Morning -Mail A Little Deeper Editor, The State Journal—The depth story on the closing of the Auto-Lite plant in La Crosse which appeared Sunday's paper left me with a few unanswered questions. ONE. How does the average wage scale in the plant compare with the average industrial wage scale in the state as a whole, }n Madison, in the other Auto-Lite plants, and in other plants in La Crosse? TWO. La Crosse has complained to the PSC that the electric utility rates in the city are too high. How do the rates in La Crosse compare with rates in the other cities which have Auto-Lite plants? Ditto for "water and gas rates. THREE. Is transportation a factor? How does Auto-Lite move its raw materials' and finished products, by rail, highway, or water? Are these facilities adequate in La Crosse? How do they compare with facilities at the other Auto-Lite plants. FOUR. Is the plant obsolete? Is there room for expansion, parking, and storage? Is the 'plant in an old congested part of the city? Are there zoning or property tax difficulties? FIVE. How did -the plant start? Did it ever make other non-automobile products? How does a plant, and, for that matter, the whole company exist in a situation where there are only three or four potential customers for the products and tbey at any time can make the stuff themselves? Is the price of the Auto-Lite stock going up or down? Are the automobile companies stockholders? An anonymous man in a run-down tavern mentioned these questions to me, and I am going to hold prayer meetings until I get the answers.—Bruce Luetecher, 248 W. Gilman st. In the Curriculum Editor, The State Journal—I would like to answer the "vigorous protest" of the high school teacher against my letter favoring released time. Since we agree that there is need for religious education, we have only to discuss when these studies should take place. I feel it is possible to include in the four-year high school curricula a one- year course on the Old Testament and a one-year course on the New. Shouldn't these subjects' have preference over driver education, band, or hygiene which now are studied in many high schools? Religious education has a rightful place inside the school schedule, and not squeezed in at the end of a busy day. Nor should it have to compete unsuccessfully with jobs, or with ballet lessons, drama practice, spelling bees, and other school activities scheduled on Saturday. It is desirable that the Jewish-Christian teachings affect our social and political life. Then surely appropriate instruction deserves to be in the weekly schedule of the high school students who will be making the decisions of war and peace in the year 2000.—Mrs. William Brunsell, Evansville, Wis. Faith Restored Editor, Ehe Stale Journal—As a display manager for a company which is an exhibitor at various trade shows throughout the United States and Canada, Joe Foltman has traveled thousands of miles and has met a great number of people. But of all the people he has met he considers three residents of nearby Madison to be the friendliest and most considerate. Joe is display manager for Miller Fluid Power and Tru-Seal Divisions of Flick- Reedy Corp., Mclrose Park, 111., manufacturers of air and hydraulic power cylinders. On a recent business trip to Wisconsin, with his wife and three children, his car became stalled in the heavy snows outside of Madison. From 11 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 14, until 1 p.m. Sunday they were marooned, and for the last seven hours were without heat since their fuel supply had completely run out. Finally Ronald Slamm of Oregon, Wis., and Bruce Conklin of Rt. 1, Oregon, came along in their automobile and pushed the Foltmans out of the snowbank and onto the highway. The Raymond Showers of Rt. 1, Oregon, took them into their home, where they thawed out and Enjoyed a hot, wholesome meal. When he attempted to compensate them for their efforts, these friendly Wisconsin people would have no part of it. On behalf of the Foltman family I would like to thank these people through your newspaper for their generosity. Hearing of deeds like this is greatly conducive to restoring of the Foltman family, I would like to one's faith in his fellow man.—Flick-Reedy Wisconsin &State Journal Page of Opinion Hoffa's Breakfast Guests He's Tuesday morning, The Wisconsin State' Journal carried a Victor Riesel column -which told in detail of the chummy little breakfasts that James Hoffa and his Teamster union aides are throwing for House members in Washington. The message at these affairs is that the Kennedy-Ervin labor reform bill, passed by the Senate recently, puts too many restrictions on the. unions and must be defeated or softened up in the House. Wednesday, the news service wires carried a report on a speech that Hoffa made in Texas at a convention of the South Atlantic and Gulf. .Coast district of the Longshore men's union. He denounced any effort to break the monopoly pov/er of the unions. There have been reports for months that Hoffa is working on a close tie-up with Harry Bridges, Red-leaning boss of the Longshoremen, the effect of which could be a simultaneous tie-up of the nation's major ports and city streets. And last week, Life magazine began a three-part series on Hoffa which pointed to the virtual life- and-death ,hold this dictator of the Teamsters union could exercise over New York, the nation's largest city and port. If Hoffa- and the dock workers should apply the squeeze together, the city could be paralyzed in a matter of hours. New York 'consumes some 15 million pounds of perishable fruits and vegetables a day. It takes more than five million pounds of meat and 800,000 quarts of milk. In winter, it uses two million gallons of fuel oil daily. All of it moves by truck. If all the Teamsters in the greater New York area were to stop work, there would be no garbage pickups, no payrolls delivered by armored trucks. Not even a hearse would move. Hoffa has been careful to deny any such drastic intentions, since .the storm of reaction last fall that greeted his proposal to organize New York policemen into a Hoffa- led union: But he continues his efforts toward "coordinated cooperation" pacts with dock workers, longshoremen, and warehousemen. He already has such a pact with maritime unions in New York, and on the West coast the Teamsters have a working agreement with longshoremen and warehousemen in Bridges' union. If he doesn't intend to use this power, why is Hoffa working so hard to line it up? It is a question soine of his congressional guests might ask at these friendly breakfasts. Salute to Young Citizens It's always refreshing to hear good things about our sometimes much - maligned younger citizens, and we ought to hear more of the good that certainly is theirs. But it's doubly refreshing to find an adult who will take time and trouble to make the good known. Such refreshment comes from J. J. Maloney, Oak Park, 111., who wit- Warren D. Leary Wisconsin has lost & first class citizen in the death of Warren D. Leary Br. at 77. Since 1923, he had been publisher and owner of the Rice Lake Chron- otype, one of the state's best weekly newspapers. But his service, and the admiration and respect it commanded, extended far beyond 'the circulation area of his newspaper. The- great Democratic landslide of 1932 brought him to the Wiscon- nessed members of Madison's East Side Youth Mayor's Council "take over" assistance at an automobile accident near Middleton Sunday. The youngsters were on the way to a picnic, but their own fun plans were forgotten when others needed help. They deserve praise, and Mr. Maloney deserves thanks for helping them get their due. sin Assembly, and he served in the 1933 legislative session with distinction; He was a man of brains, ability, and oalance. After service in World War I, he was a National Guard leader and commander of the First "battalion of the 12Bth Infantry, and as inspector general. He was part of the famed 32nd Division that went to Australia early in World War n an4 was retired after it ,as a colonel. The Players Change Sides Things are getting so muddled around Congress these days that it's pretty hard to tell the players even with a program. The vote in the House Monday, on an amendment to a $3.9 billion .appropriation for farm price supr ports, is a good illustration. The amendment is by a'Kansas Republican. It would impose a $50,-000 ceiling on the amount of price support loans a farmer could receive on any one crop in a year. It was defeated on a straight party- line vote, the Democrats voting against the restriction and Republicans backing it. In rec«nt years, Democrats had led the demand for just such restrictions. The past few years it has been a continuing criticism—and a va.lid one—of the Benson price support programs that large farmers, corporation farmers, and land owners who are in no real sense farmers have been getting support checks running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. There were two price support loans last year each above $1 million on 1957 crops; one went to a Mississippi cotton 'grower, the other to an Arkansas rice grower. There would be even more of these support checks running into six figures, except that many large operators can produce and market their crop so efficiently that they ignore planting restrictions and make a good profit selling their crops on the open market. That fact alone is enough to indicate that the large-scale farmer, in most cases, wants and needs no help from the government, and Grin and Bear It certainly is not entitled to any. To most taxpayer^, and to many farmers, the $50,000 ceiling proposed in the defeated amendment this week is higher than it would need to be. » » «. Nor are these big checks to corporations and non-resident land owners the only abuse of the support program. A classic example came to light before the House Agriculture committee this year in the case of an employe of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service in New Mexico who rented land from tiio state for 25 cents- an acre and put it in the conservation reserve at $7.70 • an acre under a fiver-year contract. Similar .cases were found in Colorado. Some bought land with the assurance that their conservation checks would pay lor the land outright in five years or less. President Eisenhower has recommended a $150 million cut in funds for soil conservation practice payments, as well as a lower ceiling on support loans to any one farmer. Unless the Congress is willing to face the facts and adopt reforms this year to end the most flagrant abuses, the whole program is living on borrowed time. Bombs or Ballet? Some people think it's pretty silly to expect a. lasting contribution to peace to come from "cultural exchanges" between the United States and Russia. But, if by swapping ballet dancers and trumpet players we can avoid swapping bombs, I'm .all for it.—Davenport Times. By Lichty "It's n pint to wrnr us dmvn ifiilh. thrsc long bargaining sessions! Management. . is ire// nivare that labor isn't accustomrd to hours!" U "' « * IA WHENCE White House Bid Vital to Khrushchev By DAVID LAWRENCE GENEVA—Why does Nikita Khrushchev want so desperately to attend a summit conference? , Why is he so eager to go to the United States and be an official guest at the White House? The answer usually given is that Khrushchev desires personal acclaim and seeks rec-' ognition of his prestige as the chief of the Communist world. But there is far more to it than the gratification of a personal whim. It has a meaning deeply imbedded in Soviet p o 1 i c y—to discourage the people in the satellite countries from thinking they ever can get moral support from the Western countries and to bring about what is generally called "acceptance of the status quo." This would mean acceptance of Soviet domination and the results of its aggressions as irrevocable. If President Eisenhower, figuratively, speaking, takes unto his official bosom the Communist leader, it puta—according to •the Soviet theory—the stamp of approval on the Communist regime in Moscow as a legitimate form, of tyranny. It says, in effect, also that the West recognizes virtually on terms of equality the philosophy of Communism itself as a proper means of suppressing individual rights in the world. * * * All this is doubtless preliminary, -too, to the expectation of a' close fraternization with the officials of the next administration in Washington. The Soviets are informed, of course, through their reading of American newspapers, that the next elections will bring the Democratic party into control of Congress and the White House. Already the Soviets have derived considerable encouragement MI this point from the partisan statements of Sen. William Fulbright, (D-Ark.>, chairman of the all-im portant Committee on Foreign Relations. Also, on the radio waves of Europe Sunday .night, .a news dispatch was widely broadcast that Fulbright had said that President Eisenhower should invite Khrushchev to the United States. This comment was made-despite the fact that Mr; Eisenhower .himself last week brushed off-an inquiry about an invitation •to Khrushchev on the ground -that nothing official about the matter had been brought to his attention. And it is most regrettable that the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, when, interviewed by a Soviet magazine editor, encouraged the Moscow government to beijeve that there will be "serious" changes in American policy toward the Soviet Union if and when the Democratic party gets control of the White House. If American idealism is to be sacrificed so readily by those who want the President to fraternize with the unscrupulous leader of the Kremlin, it will cause a grave diminution of the prestige which the United States hitherto has enjoyed in Europe under Democratic as well as Republican presidents. —I'm Ahead' I Three No Match for One Reds Play on Allies' Private Jealousies By MARQUIS CfflLDS GENEVA—The incredibly difficult process of holding the Western alliance together for negotiations with a monolithic power such as Russia is more and more .apparent here. A great deal has been written about the differences among the three, with special emphasis on the suspicion of the British for their apparent eagerness to meet the Russians more than halfway. So far as, the conference is concerned, those differences are likely to be composed, with even the "French finally dragged kicking and screaming to the summit. But it is as a symptom of far deeper sub-, n- , , , merged .conflicts tJiat the needling within the alliance at -Geneva has a profound and disturbing significance. With full prosperity and World War II a receding memory, national rivalries have •come to the surface. The competition for markets, for friends, for power and influence is increasingly evident and with it go suspicion and distrust. The Germans and the French are suspicious of British motives in sending Sir David Eccles to Moscow with a trade mission .at this particular moment. Likewise British suspicions were aroused last summer when the Krupp interests signed a big deal with the Russians. The competition in Asia and Africa is sharper, and in Europe the six nations in the European Community look with jealous resentment on the efforts of Britain to form Dangers in Abstention Giving Up Drink's Easier Than Explaining By ART BUCHWALD PARIS—Giving up the drinking of alcoholic beverages is not so easy as one might think. Thus say Garson Kanin, writer-director, arid ,his wife, Ruth Gordon, writer-actress. The Kanins have just celebrated their fourth year without a drink and at a stone-sober luncheon they told us what they've been through. "George Jean Nathan," Kanin told us, "once said: 'I drink to make my friends more interesting.' I stopped drinking because all my friends were disappearing. In 1954, J made ^^^^ ^^^^ four trips up to the BUCHWALD funeral P arlor to bid farewell to contemporaries. "As I sat there while the organ played, I started to reflect on what brought me and my friend hi the box to these .unhappy circumstances. In each case I decided drinking played an important part and finally I reasoned the best thing to do was give it up. * * * "It isn't difficult to give up drinking," Kanin said. "It's just hard to explain it to your friends. At first when you say you've given .up drinking your friends laugh at what they think is your-little joke and then say: 'That's fine, now what will you have?' "If you persist in your refusal they will become nervous and you can see the mistrust 'building up. Vou've Jet down the team. Overnight you're in the enemy camp, you're cither sick or a religious fanatic. Your narrow-minded friends hate you; your understanding friends start speculating on what is the real reason you've given it up. If you don't die in six months fronj a horrible disease, then they hate you, too." "You can take the coward's way out," Miss Gordon said, "and say, when someone offers you a drink, 'Not right now' or 'I'm on a diet' or hold your stomach as if to indicate you've got an ulcer. "But sometimes it boomerangs. Once I said I had an ulcer and the hostess forced sauerkraut juice on me. Another time the host had a powder which he said permitted him to drink with his ulcer. If you open up, your stomach to somebody, they'll open up theirs to you." "Once you've stopped drinking you're subject to dictums," Kanin said. "The one I've heard time and time again is quoted from the Yale School of Alcohob'c Studies and is 'Drhik if you want to—don't drink if you have to.' Now this is a real trap because it means if you turn down a drink it's obvious you're an alcoholic." * * * The Kanins estimated they had four close friends after they gave up drinking who considered them eccentrics but were willing to put up with them. "But then," Kanin said sadly, "we gave up smoking, and now we've lost all of them." a larger free trade area. Ugly rumors have been spread here, including the report that the British are ready to make a Middle East deal with the Soviets. While these rumors have been officially denied, they are a poison which works its slow and- subtle way. * , * * This happens to coincide with the passing from the scene of John Foster Dulles, and there are those now naively saying that if only the new secretary of state, Christian Herter, would speak up firmly, these differences could be resolved and the West era powers brought into line again as Dulles held them in step. But something far more than firm words is vital if these same half-submerged forces of nationalism are not to work with in-, creasing violence and virulence to the end or the rapid deterioration of the alliance. More than any of the trivia of the day- to-day currents of the conference, t h i .g should be for the West the meaning of what is going on in the Geneva gold- fisli bowl. * • * In Washington a few weeks ago, the North Atlantic Treaty alliance celebrated its 10th anniversary with pomp and cuv cumstance. While there were hints .of what might' be done in the years ahead, such as a common approach to raising living standards in the underdeveloped countries, nothing new came out of that meeting. With Gen. De Gaulle insisting that there can be no real integration even of the military forces of NATO—it must be an alliance of fully sovereign powers with France a little more sovereign than the others—it can be argued that the present trend is away from the kind of real cooperation that could knit the Western powers together for really meaningful cooperation. This is a situation readymade for th« Soviets to exploit. And there is some evidence here that they are beginning to understand how to take advantage of it. Parking The parking problem seems to center in the fact that all the best parking lots are occupied by buildings. — Washington Journal. Wisconsin AState Journal An Independent Newspaper Member of Lee i<7gTj^i Newspaper Croup Edited iy The Wisconsin State foumal Co. Published by Madison Newspapers, Inc. Don Anderson Publisher Roy L. Matson Editor L. H. Fitzpatriek Managing Editor H. E. McClelland State Editor Helen Matheson . . Asst. Managing Editor Sanford Coltx Editor. Editorial Page Great Art Pays, Too Unlike the Hit Tune, Its Earnings Go On By SYDNEY J. HARRIS When we speak of the "commercial" theater and of the •'artistic" theater, we generally imply that the former makes a great deal of money, while the latter languishes into bankruptcy. This is taking a short view. The paradox of the so-called "commercial" theater—or the commercial novel or music or what-have-you—is that ultimately it doesn't even do as well on c o m m e r c ial terms as the artistic work. The reason is simple. A commercial play has only one life. It flares into popularity for a few weeks or months; then it dies without hope of resurrection. One day everybody is humming the same popular song. It cannot be repeated too often; a million records are sold; but a few weeks later, the public will not tolerate it on any terms. If it is a purely commercial' tune, it cannot be revived. Now this does .not happen to genuine works of art. As Shaw pointed out, "the masterpiece begins by fighting for its life against unpopularity, by which I do not mean mere indifference, but positive hatred and furious renunciation of it as an instrument *f torture." HARRIS Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, for instance, did not have anything like the success of the intermezzo in "Cavalleria Rusticana"; some eminent musicians of the tune described it as an outrage by a maniac. But in the long run Beethoven makes Mascagni look like an organ-grinder, even as a money-maker. * * * The Shakespearean plays have earned more for their producers over 300 years than all the popular Broadway hits rolled into one. Homer's "Iliad" sells only a few thousand copies a year, while "Gone With the Wind" sold millions — but no longer, and never again. Even popular works of some merit run a comparatively brief course. When the Sherlock Holmes stories were first adapted to the stage, the public clamored to see the production. A few years ago, however, when Basil Rathbone attempted a stage revival, it was a major disaster, losing a great deal more money in a few weeks than the original iplay had made in a year. The demand for a "best-seller" seeuss to stop overnight. It is not, by its very nature, a long-term investment. But works' which are not constructed with popular success in mind have the power of coming to life again and again, in succeeding generations. Even by a banker's calculations, the commercial is less successful than the artistic.

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