Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 26, 1972 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, August 26, 1972
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A-4 Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, August 26,1972 • • •What We think about... 'Relations' Commission Amendment* deserve attention City Council action In creating a task force for planning a Community Relations Commission fell short of following recommendations from two of Its black members and from other black spokesmen. But passage of the ordinance creating the body did indicate strongly the need for speedily undertaking and effectively accomplishing the task forces and the Commission's tasks. The recommendations contained in three amendments pressed by Alderman Albert Charleston certainly provided substance and helpful lines for the commission's studies aimed at reducing racial tensions — and their causes — in the community. The commission would do well to give them serious consideration, along with a fourth amendment which Charleston withdrew, urging consultation with the Illinois Human Relations Commission. The first amendment — suggesting 23 groups to be considered in selecting the nine- member commission — should have provided assistance in the always difficult task of finding members for such a body. It certainly should provide a basis, even in unofficial form, with which the task force can work. Beyond that, however, the task force can approach its job with its hands What YOU think: untied by limitations of sources for personnel. Charleston's second amendment listing objectives of the task force also should be helpful as a guide. Certainly the task force could be expected to outline a program that would function in all of the areas Charleston listed. If it falls short, it will be open to criticism in both the council and by the public. The task force may well find, as It undertakes its task, that Alderman Charleston's third amendment was wise, too. It would provide for hiring clerical help, office space and equipment, and a telephone for the task force, Itself. However, the Task Force, itself, has 30 days within which to file its first report. Its own experience may result in a recommendation, through that report, on the subject of clerical help and office facilities. The Task Force, commendably, is given a 60 - day deadline within which to complete its studies and file its final report. The deadlines for both the initial and final reports should help insure against a fadeout that could leave the community without any pattern for progressive solutions of its tensions and other problems. At least, if the study Is too 'extensive to permit of a final report in 60 days, the deadline virtually guarantees that the study group would explain its reasons for asking the added time in a confrontation with the Teachers in JTA, too council. Most important, the resolution providing for the study group not only authorizes creation of the body, but also instructs the study group to draft recommendations on financing the Community Relations Commission's functions. In view of the apparent causes of failure for past Human Relations Commissions here — lack of professional staff — this financing clause is a crucial element. Seed of doubt One brief allusion by President Nixon to his running main during his Republican renomination acceptance speech Wednesday night may well contain the seed of the function to be played by the Eagleton incident in the fall campaign. The President, alluding to the Vice President, referred drily to his nomination, and to the extreme unlikelihood of any change "tomorrow." That the Republicans do not intend to pass up the switch to Sargent Shriver thereby became a virtual certainty. That they intend to "lay off" Sen. Eagleton (as they should both morally and tactically) and focus on Sen. McGovern, himself, appeared just as certain. Some already have voiced the assumption Every little bit helps the incident will be used to reflect on McGovern's credibility. In the end, McGovern may be made to look worse than he apparently feared Sen. Eagleton did. At fault — in this instance at any rate — was McGovern's wisdom in selecting a potential vice president on the basis of so little research into his background. The issue could be applied to additional developments as the campaign goes along. Each directional change McGovern makes in his stands can provide a reference to the incident. 'J' leader eases off Announcement of partial retirement of Dr. Howard R. Long, chairman of the Journalism School at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale was not totally unexpected. Dr. Long has been involved in the Telegraph area on repeated visits with the International Conference of Weekly Newspaper Editors which he founded. The group, whose primary goal is improvement of editorials and editorial pages in community newspapers, has made annual pilgrimages to the grave, monument and former press of abolotionist editor Rev. Elijah P. Lovejoy, assassinated here in 1837. Dr. Long has helped make the name Lovejoy internationally recognized through . 'Veep' strategy . . . the Lovejoy Award for Courage In Journalism made annually at the International Conference. Dr. Long is the father of the Journalism School at Southern Illinois, has spent 19 years raising it among the top ten in the nation. He will move, at 66, to a part-time assignment turning the reins over to someone else but still keeping a hand in the International Conference which meets annually at Pere Marquette Lodge. Through his persistence and promotional abilities, SIU's School of Journalism grew from a compact nucleus of staff members under which this writer studied in the period 1958-65 to a much larger faculty. Many rewarding relationships have developed through the Telegraph's connection with SIU Journalism School, its faculty and Dr. Long. Many staff members with journalism degrees have been hired, some remaining and others moving on to metropolitan papers and other opportunities. Those in the Telegraph area who have met Dr. Long, will join in paying tribute to a man who, in many ways, has helped guard against erosion of freedom of the press by continuing efforts to improve the quality of newspapers. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Th« Alton Area P.T.A. Council would appreciate very much the opportunity of an- swering the Alton Education Association's statements made in a recent Telegraph article. 'Big Money 9 rules Office-holders are elected and prosper through political contributions. Here and there a labor union is heard from, but for the most part the labor force is quietly occupied with bowling scores and TV watching. What little money labor contributes to politics is insignificant to the total spent. It is well to remember that there is no law to prevent setting up funds for off'co- holders, and campaign expenses have skyrocketed to a point that all candidates welcome financial support. Business groups are eager to offer money in return for the vote and support of office • holders so that their companies might gain th« track in the fierce business atmosphere of our times. One of our locally based corporations is presently on the hot seat because it maintains a political fund which allegedly is used to influence getting government contracts. H. L. Hunt, the oil millionaire, used his money to support Sen. Dirksen, Rep. Charles Halleck, and Gov. Shivers of Texas. This support enabled him to get over 100,000 acreas of offshore oil leases at $6 per acre when the price was $78 to others. Hunt uses his money also to sponsor the Facts Forum to broadcast his reactionary propaganda. This propaganda is similar to that spread by such extreme right organizations as the John Birch Society, the An»i> Communist Liaison, the llanion Forum, We The People, Christian Crusade, the Liberty Lobby, and the National Right To Work Committee. These organizations have high sounding names, but their motivation is narrow and dripping with self interest. The National Right To Work Committee has dedicated itself to the destruction of effective union activity by trying to restore the individual worker's right 10 stand alone against the giant corporations and world wide conglomerates that actually are actively controlling many nations all over the world. Reed Larson, executive vice president of the Right To Work Committee, rants against Labor being allowed to spend money in politics. He says it is a great sin for labor's Committee On Political Education (COPEl to be allowed to collect voluntary dollars from its members to spend in educating its members about their friends in Congress. Larson's own friends are actively setting up phoney financial fronts with high sounding names to finance their favorite candidates. Maurice Stans, Nixon's favorite money grubber, has a list of donors which he uses to raise great sums of money. He is so busy collecting at present that he can't find time to deny that $114,000 of this money was used to pav for installing listening devices in the office of the Democratic National Committee. Senator Pastore sponsored a bill to provide an option for taxpayers to contribute to the candidates of their choice. Sens. Taft, Bellman, and Fannin tried to amend this bill to kill labor political activity. Republicans generally opposed the bill because it would rescue the Democratic Party from a $9 million deficit and lessen President Nixon's chances for reelection. Big money rules the roost in Washington, D.C., and this is the way it will always be. The National Right to WOT-K Committee knows this fact of life very well and this is why it wants to weaken labor because labor is the only organized force that opposes the greedy schemes of the well heeled sponsors of Right To Work. HAROLD L. RICE, president, Alton-Wood River Area Federation of Labor, 2923 Forest Dr. In the conflicts between teachers, school boards, and school administrators, PTA, because of its non-partisan position, has declined to make a public statement. However, I feel that statements made by James Lippert and James Callahan of A.E.A. warrant, at least, a statement of clarification. In reply to Lippert, a PTA is as "altvt" as its members. While it is true that PTA is a vehicle of concerned parents into the school system, teachers also belong, and they, too, should accept the responsibilities that accompany membership in any organization. While I agree with Callahan that motivation is a prime factor in the success of any group, please be aware that PTA issues are very relevant. Proponents of PTA are very concerned over the apathy that exists in many areas. We would be the first to agree that more involvement is needed in many individual units. However, on national, state, and local levels, at the invitation of numerous government agencies, PTA has participated actively 01 such committees as mental health, smoking and health, Governor's Conference on Youth, etc. PTA representatives contributed to Dr. Bakalis' conference in East St. Louis and attended the OPSI can. ference in Chicago. Workshops and training sessions throughout the staif have embraced problems and issues concerning drusjs, venereal disease, smoking, and juvenile protection. Illinois PTA has lobbyists in Springfield and Washington working diligently for better laws concerning education. I would hope that all parties involved realize that mutual respect, understanding, and consideration among all concerned are essential fjr the parent-teacher program to be effective, and to maintain an improved educational climate for all children and youth—which, after all, should be the main goal of parents, teachers, and administration. MRS. CHARLES CURRINS, President, Alton Area PTA Council, 1016 Marie Ave. GOP bugging-backer traced Sammy Davis isn't all MIAMI BEACH - The whole nation saw Sammy Davis, Jr., like a hungry orphan, clutching President Nixon to his bosom at the Republican convention here. But the nation did not see representatives of the National Council of Afro- American Republicans, Inc., outside the headquarters hotel passing out a press release a s j e r t i n g that "black Republicans fared badly at this convention." Nor did they hear the plaintive appeal of two young black delegates who ran from a parking lot to say to me: "Say something nice about some of us black Republicans. We're trying to get our party to straighten up. All of us here don't have $14 million government deals like Floyd McKissick." You watch the sycophantic fawning of Sammy Davis, you note the cold reception black delegates gave Julie Eisenhower, you read the By Carl T. Rowan reasoned bitching of the Afro- American Republicans, and you cannot escape the reality that there is sadness and a bit of tragedy in the relationship of black Americans to the party which rules the land and seems likely to do so for another four years. It is embarrassingly obvious that the black delegates here are far from representative of the black community, and that as Curtis T. Perkins, the na t i o n a 1 coordinator of NCAAP, said, they have exercised no meaningful influence whatever. The hard reality is that the Republicans have made no inroads in those segments of the black population that represent and articulate the hopes and fears of the vast majority of the 23 million Negroes. With rare exceptions, there is no black here who could articulate for President Nixon the dying dreams and rising rage that infects black communities from one end of this land to another — even if Mr. Nixon were inclined to listen. The kind of vocal support Mr. Nixon is getting from blacks would be embarrassing to Republicans If they truly viewed blacks with respect, rather than the arrogant condescension so manifest here. Dr. Thomas W. Matthews, whose "black capitalism" gimmick is called NEGRO (National Economic Growth and Reconstruction Organization), put a minstrel- type group of a score or so of blacks in the middle of Collins Avenue to scream for votes for Nixon. The white delegates stood grinning as if delighted to see so many "good niggers." WASHINGTON-The mysterious $25,000 that apparently helped finance th e bugging incident at the Democratic national headquarters has now been traced to Hubert Humphrey's biggest financial backer, soybean oil tycoon Dwayne Andreas. Andreas delivered the cash, according to secret sworn testimony, to President Nixon's chief fund raiser in the Midwest, Kenneth Dahlberg. Both men are Minneapolis millionaires. The testimony was taken from Dahlberg in Miami by State's Attorney Richard Gerstein, who is investigating alleged violations of Florida laws in the bizarre case. Under oath, Dahlberg also admitted that he didn't pick up the cash from Andreas until April 9, two days after the new campaign reporting law went into effect. The law requires a public accounting of political contributions, but the $25,000 was never reported. Dahlberg testified that he flew into Miami on April 8th and met Andreas in his penthouse at the fashionable Seaview Hotel. The hotel's safety deposit box, however, was closed for the night. The next day, Andreas withdrew $25,000 in cash from the safety deposit box and gave it to Dahlberg, according to the sworn testimony. Dahlberg converted the money on April 10th into a cashier's check drawn on the First Bank and Trust Company of Boca Raton, Fla. STANS GOT IT He handed the check to Maurice Stans, the top fund raiser for the Nixon campaign, on April llth at a Republican meeting at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The $25,000 check later turned up in the bank account of Bernard Barker, a former CIA undercover man, who recruited a Mission Impossible team allegedly to bug the Democratic premises. What YOU think: The Telegraph welcome* prose expressions of its readers' own opinions of What YOU think. Writers' names and addressee must be published with their letters. Contributions should be concUe, preferably not exceeding 150 words, and are aubjitct to condensation. By Jack Anderson Some of them had been involved in the Bay of Pigs fiasco with Barker, who is known to the CIA by the code name "Macho." In the early morning hours of June 17, five men, including Barker, were arrested at gun point inside the Democratic office complex at the Watergate Towers. They were wearing rubber surgical gloves and carrying electronic eavesdropping devices. They were also caught with $5,300 in crisp new $100 bills, a couple of address books listing a White house contact and a walkie - talkie tuned to a special GOP security frequency. Dahlberg's sworn testimony, identifying Andreas as the source of the $25,000, differs from his statement to federal auditors who are investigating whether the new campaign finance law has been violated. He told them, according to an investigator, that he had collected the $25,000 from various sources before the campaign reporting law went into effect. But under oath, in Miami, he admitted the money had been turned over to him by Andreas two days after the deadline. What others say... War on car prices "We are determined," says the Republican platform, "to return to an unfettered economy at the earliest possible moment." But it's quite clear that moment won't come until after the election, and for proof one need look no farther than the current flap over the price list for the new - model cars. The auto - makers, getting ready for the 1973 model sales, got a taste of the presidential jawbone when they asked the Price Commission for increases averaging roughly $80 to $90 per car. They were asked first to trim their requests, and then told flatly they wouldn't be allowed to boost prices until "well into October, at the earliest." That could mean early November, which coincides neatly with the election but comes well after the introduction of the new models and could lead • to embarrassing uncertainty as to just how much the new family buggy is going to cost. The administration's tough stand against the biggest business of all doubtless makes good political sense. And if it helps to dampen the persistent "inflation psychology" there's a dollop of economic sense to it as well. But that's only one sdde of the story. The other side is that by government regulation more safety devices and antipollution gadgets are being added to automobiles each year. There's merit to the complaint by Lynn Townsend, president of Chrysler Corp., that when the government forces extra costs on the manufacturers, it should allow recovery of those costs in the selling price. It happens, though, that the automakers are vulnerable for another reason. No industry has gained more from the administration's New Economic Policy. Repeal of the excise tax and devaluation of the dollar boomed sales and cut into the competing imports, so that the profit comeback of the auto industry led the recovery parade. With Big Labor chafine under wage controls, anything that smacks of soaring profit is going to be suspect, even when it is more a matter of getting back on the track than of forging ahead. Until hearings are held, the auto price picture looks to be a standoff, and despite the inconvenience nobody is eoine to be badly hurt. But the blatant intrusion of politics into an economic decision of this kind is troubling all the same In the long run, price increases to cover the increased requirements are inevitable, but if their manipulation to fit a political timetable works this time, similar juggling will come easier the next time. And the "return to an unfettered economy" could be subject to indefinite delay. —Chicago Daily News What they did then—news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear hfirfv ViAtu/Min hie chrml/lat* n*«/4 i.rnio*. u; , r«.:_i .-_ ^^ ^* 25 years ago 25 Years ago AUGUST 26, 1M7 The collision of two trucks a half-mile south of (he canal bridge on Rte. Ill, about midnight, cost the lives of three men, while the fourth one, Leonard t. Simpson of Pleasant Plains, was unhurt. Dead were Bay L. Frank New Berlin, and Junior Drinkwater of Beardstown, with the third unidentified. Frank and Drinkwater were the drivers of the two vehicles. An unidentified man was found in a parked car Ofl a private road, east of Chessen Lane, dead from gunshots. A shotgun barrel was against the back if the front seat, and a gun case lying in the front •eat. The *fol had entered the left side o; the man's r body between his shoulder and waist; his facial expression seemed to show shock. Some complaint had been expressed against the new stop sign mounted against the northbound State street traffic at Elm street. Alton's Homer Clark Jr.'s win of the doubles championship trapshooting at Vandalia, 0., and second place win in »he doubles by E. J. Roth, brought reflected glory to their home city. It took three heats before Clark broke a tie score with his opponent and defending champion, Mercer Tennille, of Shreveport, La. Dr. E.R. Quinn of East Alton was named president of the staff at Alton Memorial Hospital, succeeding Dr. C.W. Emons He had practiced for 14 years before military service for three years, which as a lieutenant-colonel, hy was the regimental surgeon of the 356th Engineers, stationed in France. Other officers named were Dr. Charles D. Ehlert, vice-president and Dr. D.D. Monroe, secretary- treasurer. Main Street Methodist Church won the YMCA Church League softball championship title with a record of 10 wins to one loss. Twelve teams had participated. 50 years ago AUGUST 2«, 1922 William Z. Foster, secretary and chief executive, declared at the Chicago national convention of the Trades Union Educational League that his organization sought amalgamation of all labor unions. He said membership currently was composed of syndicalists, Communists, anarchists, and other radicals. In Washington the Senate's Interstate Commerce Committee blocked consideration of the anti-profitee bill extending Commerce Commission powers over coal distribution. At New York leaders of five railroad operating brotherhoods headed home after collapse of their efforts to mediate the shop- men's strike. The union leaders said they would do all they could to prevent extension of the strike through their unions Chicago & Alton passenger trains on the Jacksonville line were- canceled bore because of the dynamite blast in the Roodhouse yards connected with the Shopmen's strike. Colored students who formerly attended Wheatley School were transferred to Delmar School, lately added in formation of the Alton Consolidated Community High School District, Sup:, w. R. Curtis announced. Former Delmar students were to attend McKinley. The annual Madison County Farm Bureau picnic attracted an all-day crowd to Rock Spring Park. A baseball team representing Pin Oak defeated Foster township 13-3 while William Maach of Ft. Russell won the horsehoe championship for the second time, followed immediately by his son, Herbert. The Moro band played several selections. One Alton druggist, inquiring about a stepped up sale of canned heat, determined that much of it was used as a source of alcohol for drinking. Selling his Upper Alton store to Hosea Roloff, Joseph Goldfarb announced he was returning to the Vaudeville stage.

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