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Thursday, August 24, 1972
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A4 Alton Evening Telegraph Thursday, August 24, 1072 .What We think about... library vote Redeveloping city Backlash against expansion? Because of limitations in the time element, Monday's library district extension referendum could hardly have been set at a less fortunate time. Even Godfrey Supervisor Dale Kennedy —- who should know since it was his personal campaign that appeared to crystallize the 5 to 1 "No!" vote out there — said the results didn't necessarily reflect a lack of desire for library service. His explanation that it was a "backlash against the attitude Alton has been taking toward Godfrey" perhaps was more eloquent than any brief interpretation one could make. However, more factors than that could well be involved. One was hinted in issues that, have arisen over busing before and since the Alton Unit District No. 11 board of education election. We think we understand, to some extent, Ihe interpretation Godfreyites give "Alton's attitude toward Godfrey." We've seen it elsewhere, and certainly we would resent a What YOU think: 'gobbling up" process by SI. Louis if it were statulorily possible. It is likely to take a lot of willing, frank discussion by leaders from both townships to reach a more thorough understanding of the problems involved. Meanwhile, projecting into the more immediate future, even Supervisor Kennedy's expressed view would not indicate he believed Godfrey residents would vote overwhelmingly for incorporation as a municipality. It is one thing to vote against addition of a new tax rate such as that involved by the library district's expansion. It is another to vote for establishment of a municipality that would involve an even larger addition to the current tax rate a proposal now being pressed in Godfrey. Through the years the Telegraph has been privileged to watch development of numerous community libraries of the type Supervisor Kennedy proposes to start, in Godfrey. It is not impossible, by any means. Perhaps the smaller communities in the area which have passed through this experience, could provide Godfrey leaders with the fruits of their experiences. Doubtless its relatively well-to- do class of residents will have tremendous contributions to make in the form of books and other gifts to Godfrey's new community library — probably much better than in any community of the area. It would present them all with the opportunity to share their own bookshelves. Libraries have been operated by volunteers before. At any rate Godfrey's certainly was benefited by the pattern which the Hayner Library established out there. Ordinance study needed The Alton City Plan Commission's study of zoning ordinance changes to encourage multi - family apartment developments in blighted residential areas while protecting solid neighborhoods of single-family homes couldn't be more timely. There is a shortage in the city of apartments in medium price ranges which could stimulate developers if the ordinance allowed such construction. Streets, sewers, utilities, and the complete range of city services are available on these properties. Proximity to schools, church, and marketing centers also exists. The recycling of land on which decaying single family homes continue to exist could be a better land use than present ordinances provide. Many suburban dwellers whose families are reared and gone, tired of fighting big yard maintenance costs, and other suburban problems, would be likely to occupy such apartments, as has been done in St. Louis' Mill Creek Valley area. Young should register With both Democratic and Republican Conventions virtually completed, young people in Madison County have had thorough exposure via the news and entertainment media to'how the parties function. They have viewed how young people act and react both inside and out. of convention halls. Young people can have a major voice in shaping the direction of not only their local government from the county level, but also state and national efforts, by registering to vote, and getting involved in the campaigns. While the Vietnam issue has been defused, there are many other critical issues which young people need to be participating in solving. The plight of the cities is one of the most important ones we see. The brain and musclepower of young voters who are concerned ai'e most likely to find solutions where existing governments and agencies have not. Registering to vote, studying the issues, and taking a trip to the ballot box on election day are positive ways these sometimes unhappy young people can help direct the government in a way more suitable to their aims. PAUL S. AND STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Urges tricenteiiial history BflttttTJ / I have lived in Illinois for 13 years now, and since I expect to live here for the rest of my life, I feel it is time for me to speak up on a subject which I feel will help not only every citizen of Illinois, ^fout any visitor, whether from a neighboring state or a foreign country. Most states have signs labelling their counties. The traveler reads, "You are entering Greene County," "leaving Wayne county." This not only gives the stranger a feeling that he is welcome, but it also tells him where the county line ends and what school his children will attend in case he decides to move to the area. At the same time it gives all of us a taste of history. Most of the counties in the Midwest were named for generals in the Revolutionary War or some important official in power at that time. With the 1776 celebration coming up soon, might we not be.a little more proud of our state if we could become better acquainted with its history? It would also greatly help non-natives like me to orient ourselves to our new home. MRS. ETHEL H. BLACKLEDGE. 3620 Gary Ave. Slaughter blind It seems Ted Kennedy has picked up Ramsey Clark's Hanoi garbage and is bleeding all over the place for the enemy. It doesn't matter that the media have for years carried stories of the slaughter of South Vietnamese civilians, officials, and people working in the pacification program. But that's all rght. This is the war where the Kennedy's Clarks, and McGoverns bled for the enemy—an enemy introduced to us by Ted's brother John. But like father, like son. Franklin Roosevelt pulled out Joe Kennedy as ambassador to England just before the outbreak of World War II 'because Joe thought we ought to mind our own business and leave Hitler alone. Now Ted's isolation theory Is natural — not right, but natural. Ted was smart enough to stay out of this election and not lower his sights and profile altogether with McGovern. He just leased out his brother-in-law. So far he has not made any promises to crawl, maybe, in 1976. By then most of labor, which had forgotten McGovern's voting record, will have wised up, and that Your hair is 6 strubbly' "A plump wife and a big barn never did any man harm. Them that works hard eats hearty and kissin' wears out but cookin' don't." I have spent lots of time to Pennsylvania's Lehigh and Lancaster counties among the Mennonites and Amish-men. The German word order and idioms of their speech are thought of as quaint, but in reality it is just "ferhoodled" English. Aunt Mamie "sits" bread, your hair is "strubbly," the paper wants showers and it is "slippy out." Grandpas is "grexin'" (complaining). H e won't "pick the eggs" or "make the loose," and I never saw such a "bluthkup" (bald head). The little "peeps" (chicks) are in the "blutz-wagon" (farm wagon). Johnny is "so ugly like" and "talks so quick I'm befuddled." 1 "feel poorly" and Sarah "had homesick and don't feel so pretty good." The jelly is "all" and the apple butler "won't reach. The pie is "all," too, but the cake is "yet" snd we'll make do with "dippy" (gravy) bread. Then we must "set ourselves down" and "schnitz" (pare and slice) apples. Now Papa says I waste too much time "talking nothing." He always says "a woman can throw out more with a spoon than a man can bring in with a shovel." H. A. STECKER, 80 E. Elm St. old adage about labor being in the Democrats' hip pocket will no longer be so. In the future it will be the man, backbone, intelligence, with hopefully no more Vietnams, but guts enough to stand by commitments and maintaining the credibility of agreements sanctioned by Congress. Ted Kennedy would be wise to remember this while he is stacking McGovern's garbage on his own deceased brother's doorstep. HAROLD F. KRUSE, 252 Penning Ave., Wood River Ifs killing "What do you think about abortion?" is a widely asked question now. As a Christian and a mother and a grandmother, I think that to kill unborn babies by abortion is the same as killing at any age and is a sin that will have to be answered for. God said in his Sixth Commandment that we should not kill, and if the death penalty is unconstitutional, why isn't abortion. No man or doctor should have the right to take a life, for God gives, and it is God who takes it. I pray that the people who are trying to get abortion legalized will stop and think about this. As I see it, if we pass a law legalizing abortion, we are taking a part in the killing. God forbid that such a law ever passes. There is enough killing in this world without passing a law giving the right for it. Christian people should pray about this and never wait for such a law. NAOMI DUNCAN, 55 N. Third St., Wood River UKKlYK NOVICE GOP's euphoria By Carl T. Rowan Nixon bids heavily for California MIAMI BEACH — President Nixon's sentimental postconvention journey to his native California is just the beginning of a massive effort to sweep the state in November. The President is still chafing over his humiliating defeat for governor in 1962 and the narrow margin by which he carried California in 1968. The GOP campaign organization is determined, therefore, to give him a California landslide in 1972. NLxon himself plans to make at least two more appearances in the state before What YOU think: The Telegraph \velcomoi prose expressions of its readers' own opinions of Wliut YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must be published wjth their letters. Contributions should bo concise, preferably not exceeding 150 words, and are subject to condensation. election day. Campaign visits have also been lined up tentatively for such GOP g 1 a ir <; u r boys a.- Vioe President \gnew, New York's Governor Ne'son Rockefeller, Senator Barry Goldwater and White House aide Don Rumsfeld. A recent ReputiV.c.-in precinct canvass showed that 30 to 40 per cent of the middle class white Democrats, who voted for Hubert Humphrey in 1968, will switch to Nixon this year. Still not satisfied, the GOP is going after votes in black and Jewisn nom:riiin".vs, which have been traditional Democratic: stiongholds. In black neighborhoods, for example, ;ise TOP is spending tens of thousands of dollars for canvasses, posters ard information centers. Black Democratic btisinussrnfcn, Richard Allen, has been recruited as Nixon's campaign chairman in the Watts- What others say ... How will Hanoi deal with murderers? There has been shocking news from South Vietnam hi recent days. Allied investigators have gathered evidence showing that the North Vietnamese have massacred Saigon government officials by the hundreds. Village leaders, their deputies, pacification workers, and others have been executed in cold blood by the Communists during their three-month occupation of Binh Dinh Province on Uie central coast of South Vietnam. Well, a loi of people said this sort of thing would happen, so it's not entirely surprising. No doubt there will be plenty of demonstrations by American peace groups condemning the inhuman slaughter of civilians by the North Vietnamese. No doubt, too, there will lie wild protests in the streets of Hanoi, as North Vietnamese youngsters let their leaders know how they feel about such war crimes. We wouldn't be surprised to see the North Vietnamese flag carried upside down and burned — along with draft cards — while the more dedicated may proudly carry the American flag in marches through the Communist capital. That sort of thing is all to the good. But the real job now is for Hanoi to find out who is responsible for these latest outrages against humanity. Somebody must have ordered the bloodletting. Was he an infantry captain or was it some higher- up? All sincere antimassacre people now wait for a good look at North Vietnamese justice. And while we wait for Hanoi to expose and punish the murderers of hundreds of innocent civilians, we might want to reflect upon the likely fate of the South Vietnamese people wh3n, in the name of peace and humanity, America finally abandons them. -EDWIN A. ROBERTS, JR. in the NATIONAL OBSERVER Crenshaw area of Los Angeles. Such black super.vars &s entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., and movie actor Jim Brown will also campaign for Nixon in California. The Republicans are also looking for Democratic defectors in California's Jewish community, the largest outside of New York. For the first time, the GOP has a busy headquarters operating on Los Angeles's Fairfax Avenue, a predominantly Jewish area. GOP field workers have also started a whispering campaign against George McGovern's western regional chief, Rick Stearns, who is being labeled anti-Israeli because of a five-year-old ad he signed as a student. The ad was construed to be pro- Arab, but Stearns has now fully endorsed McGovern's pro-Israeli policy. And Democratic aides call the whisper campaign against Steams a "blatant smear." Footnote: The private GOP canvasses show a slight, two to three per cent Republican loss along with the Democratic gain. These few Republican voters have slipped over to rightwing American Party candidate John Schmitz, a lame duck Republican congressman. Attorney General Richard Kleindienst was careful not to 1 accept favors from ITT during the Republican convention, but he took 17 guests on a cruise aboard a courtesy yacht. It was provided, absolutely free, of course, by Bertram Yacht, a division of the Whittaker Corporation. . By Jack Anderson . Convention arrangements deputy Dick Herman, parleying with Yippie leaders, agreed to try to stop young Republicans from calling the long hairs "creeps." At a Fontainebleau hotel meeting with his 175 staffers, Herman explained that the Yippies were sensitive and preferred to be called "nondelegates." The GOP podium, which jutted up and out over convention hall like the prow of the Queen Mary, was constructed under the chairmanship "of Bob Flanigan, the rancher-brother of White House fixer Pete Flanigan. . Hollywood producer Fred Rheinstein and TV consultant Bill Carruthers were called in to help design the monstrosity, which came equipped with an adjustable platform to make sure no speaker stood taller than President Nixon. The most delicate diplomacy at-the convention was weaving the Democrats for Nixon into the convention program. To avoid missing long-time Republicans, hours were spent achieving exactly the right balance between the Old Guard and the newcomers on the program. . . In 1964, John Birch Society spokesmen boasted that they had more than 100 members among the delegates and alternates who nominated Sen. Barry Goldwater for president. MIAMI BKACH-Tlw polls are showing President Nixon with such a huge lead over Sen. George McGovern that jubilant Republicans are making their convention a victory celebration. This political euphoria may be delightful, but it is also dangerous. The men running Mr. Nixon's reelection campaign fear that with triumph seemingly inevitable it will be difficult to get volunteers out to lick stamps, seal envelopes and do the other grubby tasks that are part of a campaign. But an even greater danger has surfaced. The topmost men in the Administration have taken a disdainful, anything-but-candid approach to the scandals and controversies that are around them. It is as if they are saying, "We've got power, we're going to keep power. So ~why be too bothered by these gnats buzzing about our heads?" On "Meet the Press," Mr. Nixon's campaign manager, Clark MacGregor, came up with a marvelously pious excuse for the refusal of certain leading Republicans to talk about their relationship to the break-in and bugging of Democratic party headquarters. He said a Federal judge had issued an order "that there be no talking that might prejudice the rights of defendants in the criminal case and might prejudice the prosecution ultimately by the government of those that the grand jury might indict." That sweet shield thus prevented MacGregor from answering questions about who in the Committee for the Re-Election of the President gave a $25,000 check to one of the men arrested in the Watergate burglary, or whether another $89,000 of the committee's money went to the burgling buggers. "Because of the grand jury's secret proceedings," MacGregor lamented, "I am not at liberty to question people and I am warned by the district attorney that if I endeavor to do so I may be prejudicing the government's case or may be adversely affecting the rights of the individuals. But can you believe that the same MacGregor, who claimed to be gagged by the court, even to the point where he couldn't question people on his staff, would say a few minutes later: "I have talked to John Mitchell, I have talked to Maurice Slans and I h a v e talked to Mr. Charles Colson at the White House and I can state categorically that none of these three gentlemen had any knowledge whatever of an absolutely idiotic, thoroughly bizarre exercise referred to by Mr. Rowan as the bugging break-in." Since a lot of lines run from the suspects to Presidential aide Colson, and since he is a defendant in the suit filed by the Democrats, how remarkable that MacGregor went even beyond prejudicing the case; court order be damned, lie just plain declared Colson innocent. Only when your party has a big lead can you risk offending the public's intelligence with this sort of evasion and flimflammery. Then there is the matter of the Republicans' refusal to say who gave $10 million to the Nixon campaign fund just before the new reporting law went into effect. MacGregor had a heart- touching story to justify GOP secrecy. He said he and his wife "where awakened by a telephone call at 12:30 this morning by a lawyer for one o f the very generous Democrats who contributed to the President — in the first week of April — and that lawyer woke me up and said, 'I beg you not to disclose on "Meet the Press" on Sunday the identity of my client who has contributed.' " It was supposed to be the highest form of morality to honor the wishes of that generous Democrat. It did not occur to Mr. MacGrcgu- that a man who is so ea;;er not to have his generosity revealed he had his lawyer make a wee hours call to the President's campaign manager is just the kind of donor the public is worried about. His own actions suggest that he has something to hide. Then there is the strangely orchestral-ad campaign to give the nation the impression thai peace in Vietnam is about to break out. Secretary of State William Rogers .says flatly to the Knight newspapers: "1 think that either we will have a negotiated settlement before the election, which I think is a possibility, or we will have one very soon after President Nixon's reelection." But hours later Herbert G. Klein, Mr. Nixons director of communications., character- ises Roger's remarks as "more a hope than a pinned- dowa date." What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago AUGUST 24, 1937 Grading work on Civic Memorial Airport construction was officially set to begin Aug. 27, with grading, seeding fertilizing, sodding, installation of sewers and laying concrete for parking planes, to require about 12U work days. Contractors normally figured 20 work days per month, thus making the proposed work to last for six months. Heat, causing spontaneous combustion in Jersey County, caused damage to two barns. A milkman discovered burning bits of hay lalimg from the loft and sprinkled salt to contain the blaze until fin-men arrived. The fire burned 14 feet through the center of the hay and through Die floor of the bam TU 4 second blaze near Fidelity, also from combustion, completely destroyed a large barn and its contents. Scarcity of water hampered efforts to extinguish Ihe fires. Because of intense heat and high humidity, a number of Alton persons were going to parks to sleep. The number wa- smaller than in 1936, a record hot summer, or 19-13, when munitions manufacturing was ai its height. Few sleepers had been seen bv day. whereas in shift workers sleeping in the shady spots of parks were a common sight. Because of thefts and other disturbances in Riverside Park, no one was permitted to sleep there. The hot weather caused a scarcity oi insects, making outdoor sleeping nioif comfortable. Mrs. Rebecca Ann Williams, 87, who traveled in a covered wagon f r om KnoxvjJle, Tenu. to Piasa f'haulauqua. in ]8t>5 died. Jltr father \va.s a harness maker. The third person effected by poliomyelitis during the summer season, was put in isolation at St. Anthony's Infirmary. She was Judy Ann Langham of Roxana. Alton Chapter, Illinois Association of American War Dads, protested a reported $4,400 increase in the cost of veteran's emergency housing here. 50 years ago AUGUST 24, 1922 United Mine Workers leaders in Pennsylvania were ordering their 45,000 members in the central fields back to work following the strike settlement. In Illinois miner's state president, Frank Karringtoji called his convention back into session. The meeting had been interrupted during the strike and he was authorized to recall it when that was settled. Locally, Charles Huskin&oii, a coal dealer, reported he was being quoted $5 a ton at the mine for the fuel he couldn't get, anyway, amid the rush of demand following strike settlement. Though other local industries were slow to resume coal burning because of the high pi-ice, the power company was returning to coal at its generating plant on the riverfront. Rivervew Park visitors and nearby residents, however, lost their relish for the change when the plant began emitting heavy smoke clouds from its tall stack. Discovery of sawed bars in their cells frustrated a county jail delivery of two men held in the killing of Sheriff Candidate Patrick J. Nalty and a $17,000 Granite City robbery. Search of the prisoners' cells uncovered 18 more saw blades. Pay for some weeks back for a policeman about whose liquor raiding tactics aldermen complained was finally allowed hy an 8 to 6 vote of the City Council. Charges were that the policeman had indiscriminately clubbed the bartender. "In the name of the Law" a motion picture at the Grand was described as an answer to the many years of lampooning and joshing aimed al policemen. Parents of junior high graduates were being sent letters by the public school administration urging them to see that their children were sent on to high school. Supt. W. ?.. Curtis said the Alton school district was well below some other cities of equal size in this respect.

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