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'Alton Evening Telegraph Friday, August 25, 1072 .What We think about... Traffic pollution Public aid hangups Mosl complicated problem While antlpollulion methods occupy a major portion of the nation's attention, we have one aspect of it we'd like to point out and develop discussion on: Urban traffic. One of the biggest contributions to air pollution by automobiles has to be cars waiting for traffic signals or pai-king lot exits with their mot ore idling. A close study of the problem and a consequently enlightened approach to sollution might well relieve the air of much of its combustion emission burden. At some spots longer periods of change In the traffic signals, with an accompanying shutoff of ignitions by drivere, could prevent a heavy percentage of pollution by combustion motors. This study should be accompanied by What YOU think: another — on ' the subject of intersection "stops". Again, replacement of these in some cases with traffic signals might become far more important than as a time-saving, traffic- expediting device. Parking lot. design, with special attention to circulation of traffic, and traffic exit, expedition, could also save much air pollution resulting from idling of motors and slow creeping through traffic channels in search of an empty stall or a way out. More frequent starting and stopping of motors would place an additional premium on easier-starting motors. That would involve more consistent and effective conditioning of motors in both old and new designs. It might bo a trend counter to the current problem being discovered in our newer models with the latest in motor anti-pollution devices, which reduce motor efficiency. Even if it were necessary, however, to revert to easier-starting, more consistently operating motors, the emissions reduced from less idling and less creeping might compensate for absence of the current extremely crude anti-pollution devices. These devices, even when effective, present a problem in themselves. They are blamed for reducing gasoline mileage, thereby increasing gas consumption per mile. It could be presumed that by consuming more gasoline, they might be also increasing the amount of pollutants dumped Into the air, anyway. A thorough examination of this problem might easily indicate it was less polluting to extend the deadlines for auto manufacturers to achieve truly effective motor improvements while other approaches were undertaken. Ripplemeyer ingenuity unrecognized How long does It take the Illinois Department of Public Aid to consider the recommendation of one who should know what he's recommending? The answer in this case is five years. That Jong ago, says Armin Ripplemeyer, regional director of the Public Aid Department with offices at Belleville, he urged the state office to undertake a more staggered program of distributing both aid checks and food stamps. In so doing it would only be following a practice long ago adopted by many businesses with their billing and check writing. At least with the private businesses, the shift was aimed at greater efficiency through spreading the work over a number of days. Under this procedure it could be handled in stride by many fewer personnel on a continuous basis. In Public Aid's case the staggering might promote office efficiency at headquarters to begin with. But further, as Ripplemeyer points out, it would make possible new practices toward improved service and even money savings for already-pinched assistance beneficiaries. A staggered distribution of food stamps might even have obviated the need for moving the Alton office to East Alton for the sake of more space. We hope Mr. Ripplemeyer escapes with his head on his shoulders after his disclosure, for publication, that the state assistance officials not only had his suggestion in their hands for five years, but that the procedure already was being followed In Cook county. The department apparently could stand to have more men of his imagination and ingenuity higher up on the staff. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY For tighter truck control Easy riders. .. On the move again Buried on the back page of a St. Louis newspaper a short: item tells us that Gov. Ogllvie signed a bill that will legalize triple bottom trucks effective Oct. I, and will also extend the maximum length of trucks from 42 to 45 feet. This is a good example of the stranglehold big business, especially the trucking industry, has on our state government. This law, rammed through the state legislature without publicity or fanfare, benefits no one except the truckers. Double bottom trucks were dangerous enough, and the thought of 45 feet long triple bottoms zigzagging along is terrifying. Almost daily we read of families wiped out in head-on collisions, the item usually noting that one driver was trying to pass a truck. If our legislators had the welfare and safety of the people in mind, they would quickly enact a law prohibiting trucks larger than a pick-up from using two-lane highways. The blast and suction from those rubber tired freight cars passing light passenger cars going in the opposite direction is almost enough to knock them off the road. ROBERT E. MELLING 2711 Godfrey Rd. Godfrey Hoards disappear When I read the article "Gulp accuses Ringering of power play for mayor" in Wood River by L. Allen Klope, I couldn't help but think of our town of Jerseyville. Our mayor throws his power around quite often. I could be wrong, but it seems be uses it on some of our commissioners too. He said we were wrong in having a water board, that it was illegal. We have had our present mayor for 14 years. I wonder why he didn't do something about the water board sooner. I can remember when our water board operated without any order of rules or keeping of minutes. The mayor says abolishing the water board will save the city $3,500. Fine. But why didn't the mayor think of this when he wanted the aldermanic form of city government? I have sat in council meetings almost regularly since 1953 as an interested citizen. I wonder what departments the mayor will dissolve next? Police commissioners? Fire department? Zoning board? Appeals board? J.I.D.C.? Can lie? More people should como out. to our city council meetings. Didn't they support any of these councilmen? Don't they care? Seeing is believing. Readers should know me. I'm the one who was fired from the water board by our mayor's power. But it will soon be election time again. We'll see then. In the meantime this is food for thought. HELEN L. CRAWFORD 710 Stryker Ave. Jerseyville Comment snide? Your comment on Mr. Boland's letter in Tuesday evening's paper was a bit snide. What do you mean, "He's been a pharmacist"? Would you like someone to say "The Telegraph used to be a newspaper"? Just what was it you were intending to imply to readers? To make the record straight, Mr. Boland Is a pharmacist and this is the wording that should have been used in your editor's comment. Why must you snatch every opportunity to make a dig at someone whose views arc different from yours? Moreover, as usual, Mr. Boland is much more accurately informed on the subject than the writer of the article on which he commented. Newspaper people should have more open minds so they can listen and learn. Perhaps then the public would not be so confused by biased information and half-truths. MRS. JOAN M. TOCKSTE1N 911 Langdon St.. EDITOR'S NOTE: No snideness was intended; just the explanation — as writer Tockstein points out — that Mr. Boland was (and is) qualified to comment on pharmaceutical subject matter. We slipped into the past tense to indicate he was engaged full time at the Foundation. What YOU think: The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of its readers' own opinions of What YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must bo published with their letters. Contributions should be ooneise, preferably not exceeding: 150 words, nnd are subject to condensation. GOP's transparent show MIAMI BEACH—Considering the amount and class of Madison Avenue hokum the Republicans are displaying here, they could probably sell suntan lotion on the Sahara. From those "casually scribbled" signs on the Fontainebleau Hotel entrance ("You're a dish, Trish") to the slick movies glorifying the President, to Julie Eisenhower's little speech to black delegates (I'll say more on that later), this is so transparent an exercise in political huckstering that grizzled old newsmen groan in boredom and GOP leaders can't help laughing. But even Republican haters here admit that so far it has been very effective salesmanship. The Nixon team started with the idea that victory lies in praising yourself, however generously and repetitively, and attacking the enemy, however unfairly or demagogically. This requires secrecy, a bit of dissembling, iron control by the White House and all the other "old politics" trappings which the American people supposedly abhor. But the evidence so far is that people eat it up. They like a movie portraying Pat Nixon as a nice, sweet housewife who stays in the background until her husband asks her to step forward. The Some of copious GOP funds are disappearing She'd trade places I want to comment on William Stillwell's letter about food stamps. First, fortd stamps cannot be used to buy beer or Wfaiikc-v Second, in reference to parking on the shopping center lots: What about ihe people who cannot walk'.' For instance, I, myself, am an amputee. My right leg is off above the knee, and the other leg is messed up. Trying to stand up is my biggest problem. I wear an artificial limb and walk with a cane, but 1 can't stand more than 10 minutes at a time. Walking more than a block Is impossible, and 1 cannot cross a street alone, either. So the parking lot at the shopping center is out. 1 worked in factories and restaurants all my life. As for going back to work, as R o d n e y M. Hellemeyer recommends, I'd give anything to do just that. If anybody attending factory blast furnaces or working under the boiling sun on construction jobs wants to trade places with me, I'll be glad to make the swap. Third: The food stamps are nut given to me. 1 pay plenty for them. Ms RUTH E. MORRIS 411 Southard PI. South Roxana By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON—Republican contributors are being more generous than ever this election year, but unfortunately for the GOP, not all of their donations end up in the party's war chest. GOP fund raisers are increasingly concerned about a free-lance Washington operation which they think is luring thousands in political funds away from the Republicans. The outfit is called "The National Republican Statesman.''It is an irregularly published tabloid newspaper filled with party propaganda gleaned mostly from press release and other public information. We have found one case where a 72-year-old California woman in poor health was persuaded by one of the publication's fund solicitors to donate more than $15,000 in the past nine months. The solicitor, however, only forwarded $7,000 to the publication's Washington office. Without his colleagues' knowledge, Jie put the other $8,100 in a bank account of his own in California. The "National Republican Statesman" generates most of its money by telephone solicitation. Potential contributors are urged to donate so that the publication can be distributed free to as many people as possible. They are told that distribution of the tabloid will help persuade Democrats and independents to vote Republican. Unless they are specifically asked, the solicitors do not acknowledge that the publication is not affiliated with the GOP. Irving Page, one of the fund-raisers for the newspaper, explained the reason why: "You just can't chase people away before you talk to them .... You can't say it. After all we're in business." Page insisted, however, that his phone callers do tell potential contributors that the ''National Republican Statesman" is "independent." Page was asked about the $15,000 which Judith Crawford of Pasadena, Calif., has given by check to either "The National Republican Statesman" or simply "The Republican Statesman" since last December. He said a check of the records showed that his organization had only received $7,000 from Miss Crawford. He had no knowledge of any other donations by her. My associate Brit Hume subsequently determined that Miss Crawford had written three checks totaling $7,000 to "The National Republican Statesman." They were forwarded to Washington and deposited in the publication's bank account. The remaining $8,100, however, was given in three checks made out to simply "The Republican Statesman." It was deposited in a Los Angeles bank, endorsed by a man named Jack Henderson. Irving Page identified Henderson as a Los Angeles real estate man who spent part of his time helping "The National Republican Statesman" raise money. Henderson was the solicitor w h o approached Miss Crawford for her donations, Page said. Henderson, however, could not be reached to explain why he had deposited the $8,100 in a Los Angeles bank without the knowledge of his associates in Washington. A check of the Los Angeles phone book revealed no publication with the name "Republican Statesman, although that is the name to which the checks totaling $8,100 were written. Miss Crawford's bank, the Security Pacific National Bank, has asked the United Republican Finance Committee in. Los Angeles to investigate. The bank wants to know if the $15,100 "actually reached the official arm or department of the Republican party for which it was intended." Flood Benefits — The flooding brought on by Hurricane Agnes that ravaged sections of Pennsylvainia cost many area residents their jobs and may eventually cost Housing Secretary George Romney his job. Romney's Director of Public Affairs, Jim Judge, is doing better, however. His son Jeffrey, 21, has landed a temporary job with HUD in Harrisburg as a courier. His younger son Jonathan, meanwhile, has found a job with the government's Federal Regional Council. Judge insists he didn't get his boys their jobs. All he did was call Harrisburg to find out if any jobs were available. Kee Job — Rep. James Kee, D-W. Va., who was defeated in the primary last spring, has .been making the most of his final months in office. He promptly raised the salary of his daughter, Kirsten Cook, who has worked on his staff for some time. Kee says she earned the raise by working hard. The trouble is that she immediately took off on a five-week vacation. By Carl T. Rowan voters seem to buy that emphasis on the Nixons as a close, photogenic family — just the kind of solid citizens you want in control of the country. The Democrat banned those phony spontaneous demonstrations, but the GOP got its Young Republicans here in droves, to practice in advance their cheering, but also to stand in serene, conformist contrast to the noisy, unkempt young people protesting in the streets. The Republicans have created a little make-believe world, a political Shangri La, here that must be mighty appealing to Americans who are tired of wars abroad, street violence at ihome, gene rational . conf lict everywhere. Four more years of Nixon means four years of tranquility — that is the message of this convention, dominated by people who apparently believe that Americans want peace of mind more than anything else. If they are right, then millions of voters probably will dismiss the reality that this is snake-oil tranquility. They will accept the chance that anyone who can paper over controversy the way the Nixon forces have done here can surely provide a bit of serenity for the nation, whereas there is little chance of tranquility coming from Democrats who let blood, squabbled endlessly and washed a lot of dirty lingene in full view of the electorate. Some Democrats are waiting for "the Old Nixon" Notable quotes Self-criticism By LOREN GHIGLIONE Director Massachusetts Dally Newspaper Survey — "If members of 'the public ever are to be in a position to establish their own standards for the press's performance, they first need to know more about the press — its strengths, its challenges, its shortcomings. ''This places great responsibility o n press criticism. It must provide detailed information about the press.. "Whatever the cause, there traditionally has been an absence in newspapers of critical comment about the press. This absence probably has done more to hurt newspapers than help them. In the absence of knowledgeable, intelligent self-criticism by newspapers, the shrill, self-serving attacks by politicians and others have had the public consciousness to themselves. "Intelligent, informed press criticism serves an important educational role. It places the failings of the press in perspective, discouraging attacks on newspapers for all humanity's sins and encouraging a realistic vision of papers' potential." Jazz is not a What, it's a How. If it was a What, you could teach 'em a What, but you can't teach 'em a How. —Don Burrows, Australia's "dean of jazz." to come out swinging wildly and give them a fat campaign target, but the evidence here is that Nixon is going to lie back in lofty disdain and let Madison Avenue and his underlings carry the day. No TV debates with McGovern, no sweeping attacks on Democrats that might drive the defectors back to their party, but lots of pounding of Ramsey Clark, Pierre Salinger, men they regard as the new villains of the McGovern camp. And lots of talk about what a dangerous man McGovern is where the budget, or welfare, or national security, or busing, or abortion, or amnesty for draft dodgers is concerned. McGovern dropped Sen. Tom Eagleton from his ticket with the explanation that as long .as Eagleton was the subject he could not get the country to deal with the issues. It must be apparent to the South Dakota Senator now that he is the subject, and that Republican talk about him is what distracts the public from "the Issues." Of course, if you swallow the whole selling job at this convention, you conclude that there really are no issues. The economy? Why, the way they tell it here, business is booming, inflation is under control and Nixon deserves to be named doctor of the year of curing the nation's economic illnesses. Tax reform? The word is out here that the Nixon administration already has carried out tax reforms that benefit millions of poor and middle-class Americans. And watch out for "cynical" of tax reforms by McGovern people, because all they will do is soak the middle - class and well-to-do. What war issue? Why, the President has worked a near miracle in bringing over half a million GIs home, ending the U. S. combat role—all without running up the white flag of surrender which McGovern keeps raising. It all adds up to a shrewd job of reselling the President, and even it you are the sort who is turned off by hokum, you have to admire the skill with which Mr. Nixon's operatives are doing it. This is in sorry contrast to the disorganization, the loose mouths, the jockeying for power, the back-stabbing that have characterized the McGovern campaign so far. You might prefer the political philosophy of the McGovem clan, but you have to reach over their propensity for booboos. This show the Republicans are putting on here is sanctimoniously boring. In language that Mr. Nixon might use, the Republicans are punning on second down trying to nurse a four- touchdown lead. talk the What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago AlGl ST 25, mi One person was killed and lour injured when their vehicle plunged through the guard rail on the humpbacked bridge over the Alton Railroad "cut-off" and dropped 30 feet to the Alton railroad tracks. Dead was Joseph S. Sage/, Hardin. pinioned more than an hour in the wrecked overturned automobile. Injured were- Robert Godar, and M llaney Kn j l. Hardj/i, Alice Slauuu and Thdma Whittico, Jer- •eyvilk. Madison County sheriff, Dallas T. Harrell, and two others, deputy Hugh Petitt and Police Chief Frank Starkey of Wood Kivtr, using themselves as "bait" tuccc-sslul ijj apprehending two youths who had been involved in several recent holdups at Woodland Hill Cemetery. Oren L. Brown of Kingston, Mass, had been appointed to the music faculty of Shurlleff College. St. Matthew's Church (formerly St. Matthias) was dedicated by Bishop Griffin of Springfield, and conducted the installation ceremony for the pastor, the Rev. William Croke. In reviewing the background of the parish, Bishop Griffin said: "We turn back history 93 years as we name this parish St. Motthew's. The first parish, in I'pper Alton, was called .St. Matthias . . . . " A 60-year dream of L. J. Micheslon of New Auburn, Wise, was not the ideal situation he had believed n would be. The 76-year-old was tied up in Aituu lor repairs to his motorboat and to get some lest alier twu v,evks ol' hot sun and glaring waters. v He even admitted that he would be willing to sell his boat, abort his trip to New Orleans, and stay put in Alton. One of the aversions he expressed was that despite his adolescent dream of ntiaking such a trip on the Mississippi, he "wouldn't eat a fish out of that river if you paid me to. The fish in there are soft and dirty, while the ones we take from the Wisconsin lakes are firm and clean." 50 years ago AUGUST 25, 1822 Mediation of the national railroad Shopmen's strike by heads of five principal brotherhoods broke down at New York. The leaders had b^en meeting with representatives of management, who the night before voted solidly against any compromise involving action of seniority rights to strikers. In Congress Sen. Edge, New Jersey Republican, withdrew his proposed amendment to the Borah coal commission bill when it became apparent the change would hold up action. In Berlin the German Federation of Trade Unions was predicting economic collapse and chaos for the country as the mark's value continued to fall. At Roodhouse two explosions at the C. & A. roundhouse shook a wide neighborhood. The blasts were attributed to presence in the Illinois Hotel of non-union railroad shopworkers. United States deputy marshalls were called ui to patrol the area. Three Alton area residents were overcome by the heat on a day officially declared by the St. Louis station of the U.S. Weather Bureau as the year's hot- test. The temperature reached 99 at 3 p.m. Twenty-six honor Boy Scouts who made the trip in the council's truck to Irondale, Mo. as a reward for their merit reported major problems along the trail. The Ford truck had to undergo daily relining of its brakes because of the hills traversed, and toward the end of the trip, even the reverse gear clutch had worn out. The travelers reported having to walk up 20 miles of hillside too steep for the truck to pull with full load. The board of education was planning a special meeting to discuss possibility of challenging the Alton Water Co.'s and Illinois Commerce Commission's action in discontinuing free water service to the schools. School authorities pointed to a provision to the water utility's franchise requiring free service to schools and public buildings.