Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 24, 1972 · Page 21
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Alton, Illinois
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Thursday, August 24, 1972
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B4 Alton Evening 1 'elesrnph Thursday, AURIIS! 24, 1972 AFL-CIO may abandon neutrality status By II. JOSEF 1IKBKRT SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) The AFL-CIO executive council, which has voted to r e 111 a i n neutral in the presidential race, soon may open the way for state federations to endorse a presidential candidate, according to the president of the Illinois AFI.-CIO. Stanley Johnson, the Illinois federation's president, said W e d n e s d a y that it is "possible" that the council will alter its neutrality stand during meetings scheduled in Chicago next Monday and Tuesday. "I doubt that the national AKL-OO will change its stand of neutrality, but there may b e some lessening of restrictions of local and state boards," Johnson said in an interview Wednesday after addressing the Association of Illinois Klecl.ric Cooperatives. H o w c v e r , an AFL-CIO spokesman in Washington discounted the topic would even come up during the meetings next week, although he conceded that there will be "a wide and open agenda" and that any of the vice presidents could bring the issue up for debate. The exec.itive council voted 27-3 July 19 to remain neutral in the presidential race after AFL-CIO President George Meany strongly denounced George McGovern, the Democratic nominee for president. Johnson said at least 10— "and possibly more"—members of the 35-member executive council have since endorsed McGovern and that Meany is under considerable pressure to, at least, let the state federation endorse whomever they want. Under the federation rules, such as the United Steelworkers, may go contrary to the neutrality policy, but subordinate AFL-CIO bodies, such as state federations, may not. The Illinois AFL-CIO, which has 1.1 million members in 4,500 locals, several weeks ago endorsed the entire Democratic state ticket, but remained neutral on the presidential race because of the national union's stand. At that meeting Johnson blocked an effort by McGovern supporters to voice opposition to the union's national policy and prevented an attempt to demand that the council reconsider its July 19 vote. The state president said, however, that if the executive council should clear the way for state federations to make an endorsement, he thinks the Illinois body will back McGovern. "I would guess thai most of the membership, especially in the more active sections of the state would prefer McGovern," Johnson said. - He categorized the choice as one "between the lesser of two evils." Although a longtime opponent of President Nixon, Meany has been, incensed with McGovcrii because he and many other labor leaders felt they did not have enough say at the Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach last month. The state AFL-CIO is scheduled to meet Sept. 25 In Chicago and Johnson said If national restrictions are lifted the delegates will then choose whether te make an endorsement. Man arrested A South Roxana man was charged with intoxication and disorderly conduct Wednesday after he reportedly beat his wife at their home. Arrested was Hugh Stuart, 46, of 204 Illinois, police said. Toivn meeting Pro-Nixon blacks propound their views in a debate Wednesday with antiwar ywidis in Miami Beach's Flamingo Park as ltcpul>Ue«ui.s prepared to wind up their national convention a tew blocks away. (AP Wirephoto) Scout Council told i of troop's success at substitute camp "The excellent programing and patrol cooking really brought my troop together," Troop 58 Scoutmaster Ken Howes told executive board members of the Piasa Bird council Boy Scouts Tuesday night when he reported on his experience at. Camp Sunncn near Potosi, Mo., this past summer. Howes also praised the staff, made up mairlly of college age young men, and the flexibility they had in working with the Scouts. His remarks, as well as those of Scout Duane Burton, were made to the Council executive board, which had to keep its own Camp Barren Levis in Godfrey closeld this summer because of pollution of its lake. ' The board had made arrangements with the C a h o k i a Mound Council, based in Granite City, to use its Camp Sunnen this summer, and attendance was up over 100, according t<) Jack Baierlein, camping chjrirman of the Piasa Bird council. Baierlein said more than 400 boys attended the Missouri camp this summer. Howes teld the board that all meals were prepared by the Scouts, and none was served in the camp's lodge, which differs from the operation from Camp Warren Levis where most nieuls are prepared by cooks and served tothebo>s. "My scouts were brought closer together, learned more about cooking and enjoyed it," Howes said. The meals started out simple, and! by the end of the week the Scouts were preparing eMcellelnt meals. Police book Godfrey man after crash A 42-year-old Godfrey man was charged with intoxication and crossing a ctinteiiine following a collision with another car in the 301)0 block o f Broadway Wednesday afternoon. Charged was Donald Lee Gilworth of IHe. 2, <|>n Godfrey. A police report shqws that Gilworth was traveling east and a car driven t;iy Miss Patricia C. Nisinger, 20, of 2503 Alfaretia St., Alton, was traveling west when Gilworth's car crossed over the c-enterline and the two vehicles collided. In another accident Tuesday cars driven by Oloreija Mane Bangert, 23, of 2727 residence St., Alton, and Terry Lee Miles, 22, of East Delmar Road, Godfrey, collided at Mills and Wilkinson St|rcets. The Bangert c;|,r was headed north on MJills and Miles, who had been, driving west on Wilkinson was attempting to turn left onto Mills when the t\p cars collided. Miles was ticketed by police for failure to yield njght - of- way at a yield sign. He said the staff were in the program areas at all times, so that Scouts could work at their own pace. "They accomplished more that way than being assigned certain times when they could be in an area, and we came home with more adv a n c e m e nt s than ever," Howes said. The staff was in tune with the times, Howes said: there were yogi sessions, rap session and prayer sessions. Scout Burton, not only impressed with the program, said the camp sites were located throughout the beautiful Missouri hills and on a large lake. • He said the aquatics program was "super," in that there was swimming, canoing and sailing, as well as water safety sessions. Following the presentation of the two from Troop 58 at Holiday shores, Dich Schade of Godfrey told of the expedition of 41 Scouts and five leaders to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Schade servel as scoutmaster of a contingent -from the council, and the 41 were split into four crews at the ranch, each going a separate direction at the ranch that covers 215 square miles. Scout David Dreith of Troop 57 told of his crew leaving the base camp, which is at a 6,000-^oot elevation and going on a 56-mile trail that led them to Mt. Baldy, 12,400 feet above sea level. "It's impressive to know you have been some place like that, because you know that whatever is done has to be done by you alone," Scout Dreith said. Hesides the trail, there was fellowship with other crews from throughout the United States and foreign countries, and participation in cons e r v a t i o n and ecology projects, as well as digging at an archeological site, where an ancient Indian civilization has been uncovered on the ranch. "I want to go back. It's just a feeling inside me," Scout Dreith said. Examinations for miners Sept. 11 C A H L I N V I L L E — Examinations for coal miners m the Springfield area will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 11 at the mine rescue station. OiluT area examinations will be held at the following time and place: Carlimille, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5. courthouse: Virden, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6, city hall: and Girard. 9 a. m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7. city hall. Applicants must produce as eudence a letter from a coal mining company or local union secretary stating that the candidate has had tlw minimum requirement in c<v.l mining experience us specified by the Illinois Coal Mining Act. 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