Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 23, 1972 · Page 4
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Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, August 23, 1972
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A-4 Alton Evening Telegraph YVounosdnx, August 2i'., l!i,2 • • • What We think about... Judicial ethics . . . Fosterburg growth . . . Pushing for Tlio first major overhaul of the code of ethics in 48 years by the American Bar Association aims at requiring federal and Slate judges to publicly report "moonlighting". The proposals also call for judges slaying out of any cases in which they have financial Interests. Although the Illinois Elhics law for public officials was a beginning, il found rough going whore the financial interests of the judiciary arc concerned. These bar association proposals may be n long time coming since adoption is up to the state legislatures, state supremo courts and the U.S. Judicial Conference. Spurred by the resignation of Justice Fortas. the code should give people "the utmost confidence hi the integrity of their judges/' according to head of the drafting committee, Roger .7. Traynor, former Chief Justice of California. Whether flic code's adoption in Illinois would be duplication of the Judicial Inquiry Hoard and i(s rolo would be subject to investigation. The code includes measures for disciplinary action "for unprofessional conduct", and limits areas from which judges can ban cameras and broadcasting to areas only adjacent lo court rooms and in courtrooms. Previously, tv cameras and photographs could be barred from a courthouse. The bar association has taken initiative to help the courls and the legal profession regulate themselves from within, which hasn't, been done successfully to dale. Such action can go a long way to restore confidence in the courts and the legal profession. What YOU think: Union rights to politic Development follows water Continuing efforts of the Fosterburg Water District to get assistance in its planning for improvements to its water system may be Hearing the "go" point. Approval of the Executive Advisory Committee of the East-West Gateway Coordinating Council of an application for 3330,000 in grant money to match a $10,000 local fund grant and $460,000 in revenue bonds may be tantamount to approval by the full board. An improved water system will put Fosterburg on the map for residential development. The quiet community may be finding a totally new role as the system is completed. Then, more serious problems are likely to follow such as the need for more sewers and the variety of services more people require. For example, in fast growing Belhalto, annexed areas require more sewers, and so the story goes. Surprise! Surprise! Planning for such future development is needed by all communities. Such planning through local engineering and planning firns, as well as the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is necessary to be eligible for some funds. Although there are strings attached to these monies in taxes returned to the area, the residents are receiving full benefit from them. Festival season 'best' Another Mississippi River Festival season is over. It ended Monday night as the first series began, with a heavy downpour. Fortunately, the thundershowers finished up by concert time. Even more fortunately, the closing concert drew an audience of 14,500 rock music fans, who might have numbered 20,000 for a 200,000 season total if the weather had been more favorable. The summer festival has not only offered area music followers an opportunity to hear widely varied talents and program material, but has become a high prestige item in the community's overall development. Hopes are being expressed by officials of MRF that the more then 33 per cent upturn in attendance compared with last year's will bring about increased recognition particularly from the state, which has granted assistance to it grudgingly while dealing the same assistance out openhandedly to similar well- established developments in the Chicago area. It must be recognized that the.Festival has gone through its best season this summer and is fast establishing itself as a solid institution in the area. It should be granted every additional encouragement by the public and by public bodies to continue in that direction. PAUL S. AND STEPHEN A. COUSLEY How Agnew views McGovern Recently, you can-led a featured article under the heading of "What others say", that wildly exaggerated the financial role of trade unions in politics, and appeared to question the right of unions to participate in politics. I wsh to correct this biased article. 1. The election laws specifically permit trade unions to engage in politics: To help register union members and members of their families; lo communicate with them on issues and candidates' records; to Lelp get them to the polls on election day. 2. The law specifically permits unions to contribute funds — voluntarily given by union members to their union political programs — to candidates for office. 3. The law specifically permits normal operating costs of union political education and action programs — salaries, printing, travel etc. — to be financed by treasury (dues) money. The total expenditures of unions in politics fall far, far short of the absurd figure of $72 million the article projects. (The f igure originated with the Republican vice chairman of California who tossed it out in a fund-raising letter to Republicans in his state early this year. He raised the bogey-man of labor political spending to help swell his own organization's political coffers.) In 1J16S, trade unions, in aggregate representing nearly 20 million members, contributed about $5 million to candidates for federal office. This included the labor- endorsed candidate for the presidency, and hundreds of candidates for the U.S. and U.S. Senate. Those contributors are on file, in compliance with the fiction laws, with the clerk of the U.S. Senate. They are not dues funds. Contributions to candidates come from funds voluntarily donated by union members. Added to this, from dues money, was perhaps another ?3 million for all operating costs of union political activity, making a total of about: ?8 million. The likelihood is B'dwy-Markct »/ Driving past State and William Street, two times a day. Once in the morning and once at night — I noticed a brand new water fountain. 1 understand it was donated by a private organization. They did a tremendous job. It's beautiful, especially at: night with the colors spraying on the water. This is the time of the year when tourists are driving through our'city. But after driving from state to state, seeing signs that read "Keep America Beautiful", I wonder what they think when they drive past Broadway and Market (once the heart, of downtown). That once-beautiful corner is now an eyesore. M a y b e someone could f! u [t 1 i c a t e that splendid fountain on Stale Street at Broadway and Market. This writer spent his boyhood days at Broadway Market. Now I'm ashamed to drive past it. Pride let's get on the ball. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO, 34!) Bluff St. that not much more than this will be spent by labor in politics in 1!)72. It would have been responsible for the writer to check before multiplying this by a factor of nine. The trade union movement- is entitled by law lo participate in politics. It complies fully with the laws that govern elections. II helps 4o register millions of citizens and urges them to vote. We believe this is constructive in « democracy and that it's good citizenship. We regret that your newspaper accepts blatant propaganda aimed at making our political participation seem .sinister, and then passes along that propaganda as fact. HAROLD RICE, President, Alton-Wood River Federation Of Labor 2923 Forest Dr. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Our "What others say" column almost, uniformly is composed of editorials from other newspapers to provide contrasts with our own.) j 7* Some Republicans are still uneasy Nixon vs. Clark If the Nixon administration accuses former Attorney General Ramsey Clark of selling out to the "enemy," it had better remember! President Nixon exchanged smiles and toasts with those Chinese Commie killers last spring while Chinese bullets, supplied to the North Vietnamese, ripped through American soldiers. V.'hat a big game world pu.ilics is! World leaders act like little b iys playing an ex apse rated Monopoly game. \Vill they ( ver LTOW up'.' The true enemy of the p<"'>|jk' Ls pompous, sc!f- ri:;.',u.-Gus government which treats thv ]•; -nli- as ;>;:v, PS to be m:!:i:;:u!:;;< (i. to el'\ak- th :r ov.n .s'.nv.jle r.' is. Let's face h: 11 Kamsev Hark is a trailer, so is President Nixon! How could the President stand to drink his Chinese \VIIH\ knowing at that instant an American boy was getting his brains blown out by (lie hosts' bullet•' 1 hope Mr. Nixon enjoyed slipping into those Chinese silk pajamas Mrs Nixon bought him. IVrhaps he could arrange to have those black plastic hags in which dead soldiers are wianpe-J changed to Chinese silk. I'm sure that would make their hist trip home more comfortable. ACE, '.'.:> me! t'.AKY WALL Mil Wil'iams Wood liiver By Carl T. Roivan MIAMI BEACH — How sweet it would seem '•• In 1 to be free and Republic- > in .1972. The opposition Democrats are engaged in a measure of fratricide unusual even for them. The George MeGovern- Sargent Shriver campaign slays derailed by public furors over Ramsey Clark's mission to North Vietnam and Pierre Salinger's dabblings in personal diplomacy in Paris. The Commerce Department boasts of a robust economy thai was soaring during the last quarter while inflation stayed in a "comfortable range." The- South which was once solid for the Democrats is shaping up as solid Nixon territory, with the suburbs only slightly ardent in think: The T e 1 «! K r u |> Ij uelronii'S prose expressions of its renders' own opinions nl \\ "lint VOU think. Writers' numes niul ;ulilir-v$ must !>(• [iuli- lishctl with their letters. ( nu- trilmtinus should lie fiinrise, prelenilily not exeeediiii; l"i(» uorils, and arc Mihject to condensation. their support of the incumbent. Yet, with all this and more going their way, a lot of Republicans are loath to get involved in premature victory celebrations. A surprising number of Republicans express a br o o d i n g uneasiness — especially over two matters: that break-in and bugging of Democratic party h e a d q u n r t e r s in the Watergate Apartments and the Vietnam war. K e y Republicans say privately that the Watergate caper not only was dumb, but that the Administration's handling of it has been . "idioti: 1 ." There is an uneasy fear the Administration will fiddle and stall, with disingenuous "explanations," and let some deeply embarrassing revelations pop out on the eve of the elections. Republicans arc as perplexed as everyone else by the so-called explanations of how a $25,000 check intended for the Nixon reelection campaign wound up in the Mi?uii bank account of one of the men arrested in that. Watergate break-in. Maurice Slan.s, Nixon's top fuml-r;>is"r, has maintained a haughty silence about how the check got from him to the "oiir^lary suspect. Stilus is supposed to have told in- vestigat >rs that he gave the cluvk to (',. Gordon LuLly, former finance counsel for the Committee for the Reelection of the President, and that Liddy had it changed to cash before depositing it in the Nixon campaign fund. But why would anyone change a cashier's check to cash before depositing it? And what did the burglary suspect, Bernard L. Barker, do lo get the check into his account? Liddy was fired after refusing to answer FBI questions about the matter. Now Clark MacGregor, Mr. Nixon's campaign manager, has come up with another inscrutable "explanation" of what "might" have gone on. MacGregor says Liddy was using campaign money, without authority, to check up on radicals who might disrupt the GOP national convention. But even Republicans ask: Is this an implication that the t h e n - c h a i r m a n of the Democratic National Committee, Larry O'Brien, was ihought to be in cahoots with the radicals? Would Liddy lose his job by refusing to talk to the FBI about radicals w hen the FBI, too, is out after the radicals who might represent a threat to the President? Surely Liddy had more to be quiet about than Jerry Rubin. Republican uneasiness is intensified by the almost incredible request that a Democratic lawsuit against the Republicans growing out of the bugging incident be postponed until after the election. Republican lawyers claimed that airing the case before Nov. 7 would do "incalculable" damage to GOP campaign efforts, which would seem to be a blatant admission that devastatingly embarrassing evidence is lying around. MacGregor now says, weeks later, that GOP lawyers asked for the postponement "without consulting us, and that was an error on their part." Concerned Republicans know that there has been a host of errors all around, and that the costliest ones may be yet to come where this bugging affair is concerned. Meanwhile, some GOP leaders arr> dislrubed by the way Vietnam lingers as an issue. They want to talk about busing, abortion, welfare and other issues they believe to be embarrassing to McGovern, but the headlines remain dominated by the war. Some delegates have come to think of Presidential aide Henry Kissinger as a miracle wo-ker who will wrap up a peace deal by late October, pushing Mr. Nixon to a cascade of grateful votes. But others see Ihe frequent Kissinger trips to Paris, the journey to Saigon, as a semi- desperate effort by the President to get the war off his back before November. It wasn't necessary to ask Vice President Agnew to reply to a specific question, or to speak his mind or to challenge the opposition. Redundancy is not my speciality. Nor is it his, as his. friends and sharpest critics know. Spiro Agnew decided that Sen. McGovern is the issue. Here's his challenge, written exclusively for this column. By SPIRO T. AGNEW Vice President of The United States WASHINGTON - One of the most popular political catch phrases of this Presidential season is "the new populism." The new populism, we are told by supporters of Sen. McGovern, springs from a deep sense of discontent among what they condescendingly call "the common people" who are in revolt against "the establishment." It is just a bit difficult, however, to pin McGovernites down to specific definitions of their terms. What, for instance, do they mean by "the establishment"? They can't mean the powerful Democratic Senatorial establishment, of which their candidate is a charter member. They can't mean the academic establishment, for that's where they find most of their constituents. The radical chic establishment is similarly out. That's where so much of the money comes from. And the villain certainly can't be the national media, who constitute perhaps the single most powerful establishment in the nation. It must be then, through the process of elimination, that the term establishment, as used by the McGovernites, really means the Republican party. Given that definition, the next task is to attempt to discover precisely what it is that the Republican party has done to make "common people" — and doesn't the adjective "common" here make your anti-elitist hackles rise?—discontented. Are they discontented with the way in which the President is handling the war? No. We all know that the country stands squarely behind the President's plan to end the war. He said in 1908 that he would bring American troops home, and he is doing so in a manner that not only protects the lives of our men but also preserves South Vietnam's right to national self determination. Are the people discontented with the Nixon administration's approach to crime? No. Richard Nixon has cut the national rate of increase in crime by nearly two By Victor Riesel thirds, something two Democratic administrations in • a row were unable to achieve. It can't be the economy. Despite the massive dislocations in the defense industry caused by the rapid winding down of the war, Richard Nixon has instituted economic policies which have, cut substantially into the rale of inflation and have spurred a business recovery that last year alone added 2.8 million new jobs to the national economy. Jobs are increasing twice as fast as the population is increasing. Since last August, real spendable income has increased at an annual rate of 4 per cent, compared to no increase in the late 1960s, when inflation was outdistancing pay increases. No, these new populists don't quite understand. They are correct in sensing a wave of popular discontent — a discontent that is directed at a specific "establishment." But that establishment is the Democratic party, a party which allegedly acts for yet increasingly excludes from its councils productive, working Americans, those Americans the Democratic elitists like to call the "common people." Today the Democratic party, has become the home of esoteric minorities, as anyone who watched the McGovern convention realizes. There is little room among these splinter special interest groups for the very "common" men and women whom they claim to speak for but whose voices in reality can no longer bo heard above the ctamor of these so-called new populists. The Democratic party was once considered the party of the w o r k i n g m a n , the producer. But no longer. Those delegates at Miami who billed themselves as new populists in reality represented what the Washington Post said "can only be described as an American elite." '•Of. these Democratic delegates, for instance," said the Post article, "39 per cent hold post-graduate degrees. Less than 4 per cent of all American citizens have done post-graduate work. And 31 per cent of the delegates have family incomes of more than $25,000 a year as opposed to only 5 per cent of the nation at large." These, then, are the "new populists" — highly educated and relatively affluent, a striking number of them white-collar types In a party which once represented the best interests of the blue- collar worker. But this year only 26 per cent of Sen. McGovern's delegates had labor connections. For the first time in the political memories of most of u s, workingmen were prevented from playing a significant role in the national convention of the Democratic party. What others say... Peking's sly try In the 10 months since the People's Republic of China was admitted to the United Nations, its representatives there have caused less of a public stir than many observers had expected. But it is now becoming apparent that Peking's delegation is working unobtrusively within the UN to divert that organization into curious channels. The prime example so far is the disappearance of Taiwan from the UN Statistical Yearbook. Bowing to Chinese pressure, the UN has agreed to eliminate any mention of the Republic of China, its population or its trade — even though Taiwan's population of 14 million is larger than that of two-thirds of the UN member countries, and its burgeoning trade is almost on a par with the whole of mainland China. Peking's contenlion lhat Taiwan is an integral part of China is well known, but that contenlion hardly squares wilh Ihe facts. The Chinese government on Taiwan has teen a going concern for a quarter-century and contributed much to the UN itself until it was callously pushed out last year To pretend that it simply doesn't exist is a travesty, and for Ihe UN to lend itself to this sort of nonsense demeans the entire organization. Communist governments are good at rewriting history and in that process have relegated many a former hero into Ihe slalus of a nonperson. But to create a noncountry with the connivance of UN officialdom, is an act of unparalleled arrogance. Neither the United States nor any other self respecting member of the UN should Jet this go by without protest. -CHICAGO DAILY NEWS 2c What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear T. W. Ma>. Ji-i'SlS, at !"10 '(.; SuJh-r fL'.JJi'iJ.d'iij Only one Ij.'j vt-ti-ian.-;' iiuu.-ts which was ivjt- esnniiittil </i. •.-.•'.. (.'hie;. L ; 'J fjj'in v. . unit i-slijjiale. years ago AIJI.IST 23, l!i!7 Madron Couuiy fa'.'m dama'-c u> the < <>rn o o advi ••'')'. in iue -.'!. and .- \\uilld hitim» 75 tare.. N, one more than his opponent, Ken Houck til" MaryUm.l, in the Vandalia, 0. trapshoot. L. C. L\ie.-,. 11. oi JersevvilV. suffered a lung puiieiinv on a pace u! ton ivie when lie trippul and !ell on a >i,:-.A,.;lk. R"!vri Sit,sari ot While Hall ivum'tv. only -III sei'oiHj'. lo i o'up!. !e lii> vuujtlcliiMipii!-': :;t llu- fir;,; ai:)Hu:l lire;:,,' i •u'K.'.y Spoils IVisa! t-. ^i a r.ew n ;<.>:",I. in.ia,- :,! Ihf aiinu;.! s;ve <po: s us':\a' on the campu.-i oi Ihe Unuer.siiv oi ll! ; noi.-, ui 1'j-ili. Among O;;KT ineiii :dual spori; cw-n's VI'IIIKT.I wcro Charles Mark, Car:u!>h,n, dn...-:.i'rs: Fivd Kiitaeh- U:.,V.(^ !.;. v.!i. ;.i i,)J:,.»n. huriL-'iilK. 1 pitci .:...'. ,. :.! , i: V.'- !,e.' (' .:'. i" ,ii. v ; v; !/. '1! • ! :: •:.'..';-. am'.'Uncid iha' three Ai:i,!v. ,n "••'.• • ..i • i . . -,:;. :n :Je t::.- S:nie' »r. .;;:..;. , ;1 •• •• .'• L.:V.I '."!' I'.i-j Ueuk* Violini lv !'..!easeii. the second time Ihe promise had been made. Less than two hours afuv Frank Stegbauer was ndmiUed to St. Joseph's Ho-pital for injuries in an o.l barge accident at Hartford, his uncle from Memphis arrived to attend him. After a night here, the uncle- Hew his nephew to Memphis in his private piece, accompanied by a nurse. Miss Wilma Barnes of ill.' l.,isp;ial .tali'. Frank suffered a shoulder injury. 50 ears ago AUGUST n, li>22 l';:i'i!aad executives meeting in New York to d;>f us., proposals made by the Shopmen's union for a s.iiike se.tli'inem, reached no decision but wore ivporivd ID haso discussed counter proposals. Among the violent developments in the strike was a large bomb explosion at the Venice roundhouse of the Chicago & Alton. In Illinois the coal strike came an active finish when mines throughout the state resumed operation after 144 days of idleness. Area industry was preparing to switch back to coal as its fuel, but kept a wary eye oh the prices. Illinois Glass officials, in particular, pointed out thai oil had been cheaper lhan coal at the prices charged during Ihe strike for the latter. Standard Oil was digging into its reserves of coal after operating largely on fuel oil, and was expecting shipments soon from its Carlinville mines. Dredging operations in Wood River c r e e k could resume too with a view to improving the refinery's water supply. The Alton Brick Co. announced thai with resumption of mine operations throughout Illinois, it was planning to close down its own coal mine, located under a layer of shale used in making bricks. The coal vein, about 30 inches thick, would be held in reserve for future emergencies. Opposition to the Garden and Westcolt avenue paving project in Middlelown grew in seriousness with Ihe filing of challenge in City Court to sufficiency of notice on Ihe board of local improvements hearing. The notice had been given only six days before the hearing, objectors charge. Statutory requirement was 10. A long drouth which, among other Ihings, had caused the pi-ice of butler to rise considerably, was broken by heavy rains extending over two nights.. The dry period was described as the longest in many years.

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