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PAGE FOUR ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1963 Out of the Dream World The much vaunted federal tax cut bill heads toward debate in the House now, with approval of the Ways and Means Committee voted last week. It now steps into the class of problems to be faced rather than just thoughts to be hashed over. The Ways and Means Committee has given it flesh and blood, a thing with which the House must now deal. It has taken it from the class of the purely theoretical. We may soon see the mere approach of such legislation exerting an effect on the nation's economy. President Kennedy has said the plan to cut $11 billion off our tax bill is aimed at stimulating trade by diverting tax money into purchases. He points to a tenuous rise in the economy now, but expresses "•tp'prehcnsion that it may be dampened by the end of the year if we don't do something to keep it on the move. Nowhere near all the $11 billion will be cut from the taxes this year. The reduction is spread over three. Matter of Mind ? The amount of income diverted into private trade, then, in any one year would seem almost negligible. President Kennedy and his economists are evi- . . What we think about . . Jax Cut.. .Police College...Kidtrappmg dently hoping the tax trend, including the failure to back up the tax reduction with relative savings in spending, will have a mild inflationary effect on the economy, and stimulate the turnover of commodities in that manner. The nation's Negroes, who are now striving for a higher percentage of employment, may well have a stake in the success of the administration's maneuver. In many cases the problem of the Negro in his quest for employment is not so much that he would be turned away as that jobs are slow in opening up for him. The slight expansion made possible would accommodate this situation. Real School for New Police A real "police college" for Illinois law enforcing officers, with several weeks' intensive training is proposed by the Central Illinois Mayors Association, which met at Jacksonville last week. We heartily agree. We believe the most enthusiastic for this course woud be the policemen, themselves. Brief workshops .and institutes given frequently, though praiseworthy cannot provide the professional type background which is the law enforcing officers due. The mayors, themselves, expressed belief this longer and more intensive type of preparation would be much superior to "on the job" training of new policemen. We probably don't need to point out that contents and program of such a course should be at least a partial product of existing police department leaders in the state, with university faculty personnel providing the other elements. Nor should we neglect to consider that police thus trained from the start properly will be expecting higher salaries at an earlier point in their careers. Such a school, however, would relieve pressure on local police departments as training centers for pivate and industrial security officers — a function they now perform in view of the number taken away from them into private employment. Picking on Youngsters We go back to an old easily understood theme of promotion in the cigarette industry. We'd figure at least 99 per cent of the boys we ever knew started smoking as boys because they subconsciously often times consciously, recognized it as a badge of the adulthood they couldn't wait to achieve. Now the cigarette folks have begun stressing their product as an "adult" symbol. And the offical magazine of the Congress of Parents and Teachers has attacked in particular a TV advertising campaign showing an athlete admiring a trophy, and lighting a cigarette with a group of teenagers admiring him. The PTA magazine terms this approach cynical. The industry only recently conceded to national protests against its concentration of advertising in college publications. ' Now it's whipping the same horse on the other flank. Uniform Pedestrian Rule There can be little argument against the American Automobile Association's proposal for uniform standards, nationwide, in the regulation of pedestrian traffic. The AAA has fought through the years for uniform regulation of motor traffic and perhaps is on the fringe of success. It has been aided in this fight by the fact that both federal and state governments spend considerable money on improvements along main streets of urban centers and therefore can establish within each community desired patterns of traffic regulation. The question arises, however: Why was not the pedestrian traffic subjected to the same development? And this phase may not be so easy of accomplishment. For federal and state money will be spent less and less on local street improvements where pedestrian and motor traffic must be integrated. The huge programs now under way with state and federal money call for limited access expresswayi. Not Necessarily Lockstep Some of these will be through the center of cities, like those in St. Louis and the one Illinois is proposing for Alton. But they will involve little pedestrian traffic regulations. _ We still have much state and federal highway traffic moving over established city streets, however, and there is yet time for the AAA, the United States Bureau of Roads, state highway divisions, and local governments to work out a uniform program. We wish the AAA success in its venture. In view of Alton's own efforts to put a pedestrian regulation program into operation, there may be a national yell of "lockstep" and an effort to tie it in with communism before much progress is made. Here, however, is where the combined experience of many observers can work out a program of education that will attain a maximum of tact and effectiveness. At that, it does seem a refreshing approach, in view of the number of years during which public officials apparently have regarded the pedestrian ai a diseppearing phenomenon. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor. Readers Forum Maneuver into U.N.? Is there a reasonable possibility that the Soviet Union and Red China could be promoting the idea of a split existing between themselves in the hope of achieving a long-acknowledged desire of theirs, the admission of Red China to the United Nations? Although I sincerely hope that this question is needless and foolish, I yet repeatedly find myself wondering along these lines as I continue to read the many, many articles on this subject. David Lawrence Tax Cut Report Of GOP Minority WASHINGTON — If any large corporation announced that it was going to borrow several billion dollars to give its customers a big reduction in prices, though the business itself had been running in the red for several years, most people would consider such a financial operation a certain forerunner of bankruptcy. But the United States government is about to borrow $11 billion to give the people a tax reduction at a time when the treasury is running deeply in the red and there's no prospect of deficits being removed for several years. A bill providing such a tax reduction over the next two years has just been reported to t h e House of Representatives by the Democratic majority of the Ways and Means Committee. The Republican minority on the committee, however, has issued a lengthy statement contending that prosperity cannot be bought by borrowed money. President Kennedy made arrangements to present over national television and radio facilities this week his argument for the passage of the tax bill. The minority, on the other hand, have no such opportunity to give their viewpoint to the same audiences. The House Ways and Means Committee minority report says: "As of June 30, 1963, the Kennedy Administration had already added $19.8 billion to the public debt, and now proposes a program of tax reduction coupled with increased expenditures which will add at least another $50 billion to the debt, and with no plans of reducing or paying off these additions to the debt at any time. Not only is this morally wrong, most of our states have laws making it a crime for an individual to incur bills which he does not intend to pay. It is a fraud. "By continuing to spend and borrow, and through tax reduction to avoid our responsibility to pay our bills, we will pass on to our children an unbearable burden of public debt. Repudiation may be the only course open to them. The ever-increasing public debt places in jeopardy the savings of the American people, their life insurance, and their expectations for pensions and old-age security. That is also why this tax-cut program is morally wrong." Quoted in the minority report is the testimony of Dr. Arthur F. Burns, former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, who declared that "the danger of inflation and the risk of devaluation of the dollar are being understated these days." He predicted that the public debt might increase by an additional $75 billion by fiscal 1972. Cited also is the view of Maurice Stans, former Director of the Budget, who has testified to his belief that there might be deficits aggregating $100 billion to $150 billion. The minority report says, moreover, that, regardless of whether $50 billion, $75 billion, $100 billion or $150 billion is the amount, it is "indisputable that the bill increases the need for additional deficit financing at the very time when the financing of existing deficits presents a major problem." The. minority report of the House Committee asserts that the tax burden is excessive and that steeply progressive rates should be reduced, but argues that "tax reduction should be accompanied by a reduction, and not an increase, iri the level of government expenditures." The report adds that "this was the Republican position in 1947, and again in 1D54." The entire argument of the administration is based upon the theory that business will be stimulated by increased consumer spending as a result of the tax cut, that this will mean higher tax receipts, and that, though the increased revenue will not be enough to balance the budget, it will help to decrease, if not eliminate, deficits some time in future years. In reply to this, many economists are saying that the important factor in consumer spending will be the resistance to price increases which they believe will become inevitable. So the debate over whether a tax cut of $11 billion should be made, without a corresponding decrease in public spending, is one that is only now just beginning. «D 1963, N.V. Herald-Tribune, Inc.) Past history clearly indicates that neither the Soviet Union nor Red China is above deceiving its own people, or any other people for that matter, to achieve its purpose. It does seem strange that two countries that have made it a firm practice to keep their internal problems within their own boundaries have allowed, and even promoted the international knowledge of the reasons behind, and problems of, this issue. It should be remembered that the basic reasoning behind the original admission of the Soviet Union to the United Nations was not its great desire for peace, but the fact that it was in a position to so completely disrupt the peace that was desired. The Soviet Union was one of the main problems to world peace that the United Nations was created to help solve. If Red China now becomes the great problem child in world peace, then the same arguments could, and very well might, be used to gain for Red China the admission to the United Nations that it so greatly requires if it is to achieve its goals. Perhaps it's really in the best interest of world peace that Red China be admitted to the U. N., perhaps it is not. This is a decision that the leaders we have in this country today must make. I personally feel that this leadership is very capable. Yet I also feel that it is still the responsibility of every American citizen to make clear to our leaders that this question must be asked, and answered, before we commit ourselves to any course of action. I've made several statements in rpgard to the Soviet Union's past history. I realize that if we are to achieve something in the future, which we have not achieved in the past, then we cannot live in that past. Yet, as an American, I hope that the future history of the world will clearly show that the United States could not be outsmarted nor outfought. Perhaps our past history is not without blemishes either. DAVID P. RAIN 3420 Robin St. Today's Prayer Our Father, forgive us for the disharmonies that arises in our own minds and spirits when we look upon other men with bitterness or deal with them in anger or needless suspicion. We pray for the nations of the world. May their leaders experience the love of God. Then may they plan and lead in accordance with the principles of love that all the kingdoms of the world may become a part of Thy kingdom; in Jesus' name. Amen. —M. Ray McKay, Wake Forest, N. C., professor of preaching, Southeastern Baptist Seminary. (© 1063 by the Division of Christian Education, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A.) _____ _ ___ „ _____ a _____ smuch. as ye have done it unto the least of these mTKrethren/ye have Drew Pearson Stennis Junket 'SUFFEC. LITTLE Victor Riesel Labor Shortage in Kabul WASHINGTON, D. C. - At a reception here the other day, King Mohammed Zahir of Afghanistan sat alongside President George Meany of the AFL-CIO. His Highness does not speak English. Meany, who loves to describe himself as a plumber, does not speak Farsi, so he could not really get around to learning from His Excellency how things are in Kabul. But later a member of the Royal entourage confided to another visitor that things have been much better for the U.S. in Kabul. Much of this improvement in the far off Asiatic city, where the Russians are quite cocky, is due to 35 Americans who work as volunteer printers, mechanics, plumbers and teachers in an effort to help the Afghans improve their country. And more such volunteers are needed. I checked on how many more, and came up with some news which may startle those who deal with unemployment in the U.S. There are 7,000 jobs available across the world. In a year the total will jump to 13,000. Of these jobs, some 800 are in the category of construction workers. Another 400 openings call for mechanics. I have heard much outcry for work in these fields. Yet here are 1,200 openings available immediately. No one works for nothing. There is pay; there is travel; there is two years worth of clothing allowances; there is a month's paid vacation; and there is a chance to do something for the people of many lands — including we the people of the U.S. who are in dire need of friends across the world. These are not jungle jobs. These are for volunteers for urban and rural community development projects. There are openings for plumbers, bricklayers, masons — the whole gamut of building trades. Bricklayers and carpenters, for example, are specifically needed in Peru. Honduras, Colombia, Malaya and Pakistan need general construction skills. Any electrician wanting to see a new corner of the world can find a job in Honduras and in those Peruvian projects, from which I've cr>me only recently. Gabon in Africa needs plumbers. Anybody who can build anything can find work in Malaya, Cyprus, Ecuador and India. Gabon, for example, wants Americans who can build three room school houses. In addition to the constant need for construction hands, other countries need mechanics — even the do - U yourself, self - educated chaps, so ! long as they can tear apart a motor and put it together so it can run again. It makes no sense for mechanics — and hundreds 'of machinists —to go jobless here lor any reason while work, pay, world travel and the hospitality of grateful peoples await them elsewhere. In India, which faces a tough Chinese enemy in the East, there is a need for skilled mechanics to assist in the maintenance and repair of mobile health vehicles. I write no travelogue here, I report bluntly that there are opportunities for all men of all ages above 18 to earn a living abroad for two years and return with such skills and experiences that jobs will not be difficult to find in the U.S. thereafter. (O 1963, The Hall Syndicate, Inc.) Tops Powell's WASHINGTON — A lot of people in Mississippi were delighted when I reported on the spectacular junket of Harlem's Congressman Adam Clayton Powell. Some of the same people in Mississippi will not be delighted when I report on the junketing of their sedate and solemn Senator John Stennis. Accurate reporting, however, compels me to report that Stennis has an overall junketing record which rivals Powell's. And in view of the unusual steps he has taken to champion the views of certain Air Force generals against the test ban treaty, I think the public is cr.titlrd to know how much Stennis is indebted to the Air Force. Probably the biggest debt Stennis owes the Air Force was when it sent two airplanes all the way across the Atlantic in 1955 to bring him and Sen. John McClellan, D-Ark., home from Spain at an estimated cost of $20,000. This was more influence than even 'Ajiam Clayton Powell could exert "and when the matter leaked to the press, both senators demanded an apology from the Defense Department for embarrassing them. Other details of this trip were not unlike the Powell trip which I exposed last summer. The senator from Mississippi took Mrs. Stennis along and there were two other senators on the trip, one of them now dead. The expense vouchers for this junket showed that the Stennis - McClellan party spent a whopping total of $37,810.11 for hotels, night clubs, excursions, souvenirs, etc. They claimed only $1,093 of this was personal, the remaining $36,717.11 was paid by the taxpayers as "official." The money came from the same category as that used by Adam Clayton Powell, counterpart funds. In the case of the senators, even Kleenex was charged up to the taxpayers. Reported John G. Bacon, an attache of the American Embassy in Rome: "I paid all expenses up to date, Including rental of vehicles, whiskey, Kleenex, etc." A voucher from London listed Navy wine, Embassy wine, Dorchester Hotel reception, H. J. Adams (a theatrical agency) for theatre tickets, and Daimler hire of cars. At the bottom this note was added: "Items for which no receipts obtainable included 60 boxes of Kleenex, two cartons cigarettes, Wedgewood China, etc." For one day in Edinburgh, where the United States has no bases, expenses were $928.20. The cheapest side trip was made to Dublin for $536.93. In Rome, Sen. Stennis drew $361.89 in counter-part funds for out of pocket expenses for which he did not have to account. In London he drew $187.08. After the senatorial party got to Spain, near the end of the trip, they wanted to come home in a hurry to give their blessing to a big American Telephone & Telegraph contract with the Air Force. So two special planes were sent all the way across the Atlantic to bring only three senators home. The influence of Stennis and McClellan with the Air Force was so great that when Maj. Gen. Robert Moore, the escort officer travelling with them in Europe, requested the planes, they were immediately flown empty across the Atlantic. Gen. Moore incidentally is a man who illustrates "why certain senators vote so slavishly for the military. He was attached to the Senate Appropriations Committee to make sure that .Air Force appropriations were not cut, and he enjoyed such a chummy relationship with the senators that they inserted .a/provision in the appropriations bill jumping Moore in rank from colonel to major general! Note — the publicity over this two - plane junket was so bad that Sen. Stennis offered to reimburse the government for bringing Mrs. Stennis home on a government plane. (|Q 1963, Bell Syndicate, Inc.) ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Published Daily by Alton Telegraph printing Company P. B. Cousley, Publisher Paul S. Cousley, Editor Henry H. McAdams, Business Manager . Member of: The Associated Press <s^H§fc> The Audit Bureau of Circulation Second Class Postage Paid at Alton, 111. Subscription price 40 cents weekly by carrier; $12 a year by mall In Illinois and Missouri; $18 in all other states. Mail subscriptions not accepted in towns where carrier delivery Is available. Local advertising rates and National advertising repre- contract information on ap- sentative: The Branham plication at Telegraph busi- Company, New York, Chica- ness office, 111 East Broad- go, Detroit, and St. Louis, way, Alton, Illinois. What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago SKJ'TEMUEK 18, 1088 E. Hermann Schippers of The Hague, Holland told Rotarians that "Germany does not want the whole of Czechoslovakia, only the Sudeten area", in his outline of Germany since World War I. "The German people, Deeding to build up their self-respect, had put many men In uniform because Germans considered the uniform as in emblem of respect. Nazism rose out of the crisis of the destructive influence of communism," he said. The Rev. Spencer Baker of Coffeen was elected moderator of Alton Presbytery; the Rev. J. E. Heller, Tfroy, permanent clerk; and the Rev. H. C. Griffin of fait St. Louis, temporary clerk. Mabel Curtis of Kumpsville was named Apple for Calhoun County. WilUurd V. Kelsey, younger son of Mrs. Ruth B. Kelsey of Brighton, passed his bar examination in Chicago. The former Brighton High School pupil, who attended Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, was graduated from the University of Illinois college of law. Requiem high mass was sung by persons she had trained in her 57 years, as organist at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Carlinville, for Mrs. Henrietta Myer, 94. For two years Mrs. Myer had made weekly trips from the Loretta Home, Alton, to play at the church, before entering the hospital where her death occurred. A new automobile agency opened in the Terminal building at Front and Alby streets. Charles F. Hutchinson, formerly district manager for Pontiac Motor Co., was named manager and Jim Corby named service manager. The pecan crop would be shorter than that of the previous year, because of the wood clearing in the Alton dum basin, western Jersey and Calhoun Counties, observers predicted. One of five prisoners who broke jail at Edwardsville 4 returned to give himself up after a 15-mile flight. Blankets had been knotted to form a rope, down which the prisoners escaped after crawling through sawed window bars. Inquiries into wage scales and labor conditions by the Federal government indicated it was considering another navigational facility at Chain of Rocks between Alton and East St. Louis. 50 Years Ago SEPTEMBER 18, 11)13 Plans for medical inspection in the Alton public schools were outlined at a conference attended by Supt. R. A. Haight, Dr. F. C. Joesting, representative of Alton Medical Society, and Manager W. H. Joesting of the • Board of Trade. Proposed was to start the project in a email way with physicians checking for any indications 1 of contagious disease, and for defects of eye, ear, nose, and throat. Doctors were offering their services without charge. A committee .composed of Dr. E. A. Cook, Haight, and Joesting was named to work out a detailed plan for carrying out the program. Standard-Til tori Milling Co. had arranged for sale of 150,000 bushels wheat in its fire-damaged elevator on W. Broadway for $76,000 or about 50 cents on the dollar. The purchaser, American Flour & Feed Co. of St. Louis planned to ship the wheat to Nashville, Tenn. Officials of the Standard mill were studying a proposal to replace the damaged elevator with a fire-proof grain tank. E. L. Gillham, farm owner at Wanda, reported high success from spreading his alfalfa fields with crusher dust from the Alton limestone quarries. He, had, cut three crops, expected a fourth, and already had determined the treatment with limestone to offset any acidity in the soil was profitable. He was having crusher dust hauled from Alton by horse and wagon. Electric lights installed in Shurtleff College's Carnegie library during the summer were to be used for the time when a get-aqquainted social for students was held. YMCA and YWCA groups were sponsoring the event. Stone work lor the parish house addition to St. Paul's Episcopal Church was completed under supervision of Joshua Dixon. John S. Culp, member of the State Board ol Agriculture, returned from Springfield where he inspected the new hog pavilion for which he had been campaigning for years while superintendent of the State Fftjr swine exhibits. The state fair was soon to open. Competitive plans offered by architects for the new Madison County courthouse were to be reviewed by the county committee on awards Sept. 25. .Auction seJe °* 'arming equipment on the A. F. Rodgers and Ackerman farms, now included in Alton State Hospital site drew a crowd of 300 despite rain that continued most of the day. Many at the hidden stood under umbrellas to submit tht?lr offers. t

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