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A4 Alton Evening Telegraph Tuesday, August 29,1973 • • .What We think about... Better homes . . . Student attitudes . . . Hopr for area residents The progress report by Better Homes for Alton, a group dedicated to just that, indicated that with hard work, lots of volunteer expertise, and cooperation from many sources, sub-par housing can be successfully rehabilitated and families, too, can uplift themselves. The group's modest beginning included restoration of a duplex and a single family home. In addition to its Housing Rehabilitation Program, Better Homes also had a detailed Family Management Program patterned after successful program in St. Louis. BHA is studying three more programs, yet unfunded, including: 1. Pre-omployment Training Project — to prepare disadvantaged and unemployed people with knowledge, skills and work habits needed for entry level jobs in the building maintenance and related industrial trades. Tills would provide low-cost labor for housing rehabilitation. 2. Down Payment Loan Fund — Establishment of a revolving fund to assist needy families in purchasing their own homes. Many do not have the $200 required for a downpayment, the report indicated, and could use the loan and repay the amount. 3. Rehabilitation Assistance Loan Fund — Provide assistance on a non-interest loan up to two years for families who own homes but need to repair them to make them habitable. Better Homes has shown its concepts can work but the group now is in need of additional funds, and help from many specialized segments of the community. The initial projects and experiences gained from them can serve as pilots for future programs. The businesslike manner In which the group has accomplished its work in the private sector is a contrast to the boondoggles the government has perpetrated in the public sector of providing housing. Based on occupancy surveys, the 1970 Census, and other reliable survey data, as well as personal observation, there are many homes in the Telegraph area which could benefit from programs like these developed by Better Homes for Alton. We hope service clubs, community minded citizens, and people just wanting to help others improve their lot will give the BHA a boost in future efforts. Controversy shapes them How will our current increasing wave on educational labor-management difficulties reflect on attitudes of the future generation toward that type of controversy in general? Alton District 11 youngsters (and parents) were fortunate. The Alton Education Association voted over the weekend against a threatened opening-day strike. But teachers at Edwardsville were out with picket signs Monday. Controversy over working conditions between teachers and their boards of education is not new here. At least 50 years ago the Alton board of education got a taste of It in a mild sort of way. Teachers of the public schools did send a delegation before the board then, and did succeed in getting old, taken-for-granted salary schedules off dead center. The modern method of presenting a solid front to school boards on scale which can close down an entire community's schools is something else again, however. Youngsters in families of men and women whose unions represent them in negotiations with employers may sporadically be subjected directly to the fallout of enforced idleness and the lacking paycheck. The cases are scattered community-wide however. Under school teachers' strikes, students are subjected almost en masse to whatever pressures are generated by controversy. Perhaps much of the ruboff from teachers' strikes will be determined by the students' attitudes toward school. If they don't relish the classroom, they may be thankful for an interruption. Those who like school and value their educational privileges could well develop an attitude of abhorrence. Thus attitudes toward the relations between organized labor (or professional) people and management may well be determined at an earlier age. Those who never grew up under parents affected by the business and industrial type strikes and learned to look upon both strikers and management, by turns, as bogeymen, now will find, for instance, that the teacher carrying a picket sign and closing down schools one day will be facing them in the classroom the next. It should be an educational experience. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY What YOU think: Teachers are dedicated 'Now if we can just script the election as well as we scripted the convention . . .' As a senior of Alton Senior High School I feel we students have a right to know what's what with the teachers and board of education. I have gone nearly all the way through school in 'he Alton public schools and I wish to state of all the teachers I've had and know, 99 to 99-100 per cent are dedicated. Furthermore I know somo very fine board members who are dedicated and seeking out the truths. The teachers are willing to talk, so what's with the board? As for the student body, I speak for what I believe I have a right to say: . "We, the students are 'bored of education' in this light!" Someone ought to wake up to the facts and the time is now. (Confidentially t o the Board: My dedicated teachers and we students really will be happy to start school today). SARAH LEE CLOSE 900 E. 4th St. 'Racial unresf? Oh, no! Federal funds to discipline a few of Alton's foul-mouthed, roaming unruly kids? Why federal funds? Who and where are the parents and guardians of these children? No child asked to be born. But after they arrive, their lives demand proper care. Society asks and then demands that parents or any responsible guardians be just that responsible. Why label a few malcontents' shortcomings "radal unrest"? Or why call the lack of morality juvenile delinquency? Who among us can deny that this nation has bent over backward in giving a variety of assistance to anyone who asks or needs it? Let's see people and social issues as they are. You can give some people anything and everything humanly possible and they would still be the same. BARBARA JAMES. 785 Oakwood Silent consent The lions (B-52's and Fat Albert) roar, but the sheep (the Christian community) no longer bleat. They silently acquiesce to the total destruction of a land and its people. We have an angry, frustrated commander-in-chicf who simply will not, understand why they will not accept his (most generous) terms. His humane rhetoric is to be commended, but as he said, "Judge not by what we say, but by what we do." That we should do. Most of the time the voters get the quality of government they deserve. This goes for city, county, state, or nation. MILES F. ROBERTS 510 Vine St. What YOU think: The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of Its mad- era' own opinions of What YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must be published with their letters. Contributions should be eoneise, preferably not exceeding 150 words, and are subject to condensation. Shriver role isn't exactly tailgunner By John Roche is Meany has some bones to pick with McGovern Reasons behind editing I am writing in comment on Mrs. Joe Benton's letter of Aug. 21 which accused the Telegraph of using "sensationalism" rather than "reporting news worthy of public reading." While I, too, have been put out many times by various pictures and articles whicn appear in the Telegraph, I realize, news has to be reported to us objectively — and all objectivity would be lost if a newspaper printed only the good news. Nobody can be pleased by all he sees. It is my feeling that articles in every newspaper are gauged by the ultimate effect they have on readers. If one person becomes nwe cautious while driving, after viewing pictures of an automobile wreck scene, then our newspaper has indeed reached a goal. If one drus addict decides to go for help after reading that six others have beon busted, then our newspaper triumphs again. Should one child he made more wary of ^uns or of dangerous toys, because of articles his parents have seen and explained to him, then our newspaper is doing its job. Thousands of people are touched each day by the strong arm of tragedy, whether it is their own personal grief or the sorrow of another. Granted, the truth of a situation is often ugly, but how much uglier life would be if we didn't learn from the hardships of those around us? As for Mrs. Benton's comment about a story "in which the statements were absolutely untrue," perhaps if she has such "reliable informal, on", she should also consider having her own newspa[>er. The task of being an edittv cannot, I am sure, be an easy one. JEANNE McCALEB 688 Penning Wood River (EDITOR'S NOTK: Thanks to Reader McCaleb She reminded readers of things the newspaper, itself, wouldn't have been able u; point out with accepted objectivity.) WASHINGTON - There's one specialist here who can whip up an instant lifetime chronicle of George McGovern, including a detailed inventory of all the skeletons in the Candidate's personal closet — and that's labor's generalissimo, George Meany. But there's little doubt in labor's highest circles that the curmudgeon is ready to leave what he believes to be the candidate's personal skeletons to continue to gather dust while he (Meany) rattles the political bones in public. Meany may or may not have something, The AFL-CIO president — still all powerful — always plays things close to his ample and beloved vests. However, at this moment one thing is certain. He plans to make this election campaign a personal issue between himself and the Dakotan. He intends to issue an "expanded White Paper" against McGovern in late September or early October. It all depends on how soon McGovorn's strategists make him the target. If they don't — he'll unleash the White Paper anyway — attacking the Democratic candidate on all fronts from McGovern's position on Israel to isolation, from amnesty and abortion to street action. Those who have seen Meany's notes say he plans to be tough — but impersonal. That is, "as impersonal as they will be with him." This report on the Meany- McGovern feud is not merely By Victor Riwl the chronicling of a presidential campaign no matter how rough it ge f s, and, as they say in the movement, brother it will get rough. Meany is at the throttle of a swift express train in history and he intends to switch tracks with full Amtrak speed. He's putting all his power and reputation and career — even at 78 still viable — on the line. If there is a President George McGovern, there will not be a President George Meany for very long. If the labor establishment doesn't smash McGovern, the Democrat, once in the White House, no doubt will have to wipe out the labor establishment's power. If McGovern would not, the young men and women would. Thus Meany, at 78, would have to reassess his role at the AFL-CIO's 1973 convention. He would not, doughty though he is, it seems to insiders, want to spend the next four years battling the White House after he had made the presidential election a personal issue. So the dialectics have it that he must therefore throw in with Richard Nixon. True, they jog together politically and Meany pulls his shots on the golf course enough not to beat the President of the U.S. too badly. There's a very fundamental point here if it is understood that what Meany wants above all else is to preserve the labor movement as he knows it. Not a movement of the middle class, not a movement of ideological marijuana, not one shifting towards the Social Democracy of his foreign friends whom he needles so much — but a movement of highly paid skilled craftsmen who are middletown America. Meany has decided this cannot develop under the new politics, the new McGover- nism. He and most of the truly powerful union chiefs around him have decided that — at this moment anyway they can only survive as a force if Richard Nixon is President. They are under assault by the black communities, the campus-bred intellectual youth who see them as the top crust of the establishment, by what they call the "lettuce legions," for example. They snor ed during the Democratic convention over the orgiastic uproar when Ted Kennedy (with an aside on what a great line he got off) drew thunderous ovations when he said "fellow let'uce boycotters." The delegates, who gave the AFL-CIO bloc even shorter shrift than was given the Democratic establishment, little knew that it was Meany, and some 2.5 million labor dollars, wh'ch had made possible not only Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union but the famed boycott itself. By mid-October there every likelihood that we will have three candidates for President- Richard Nixon, George McGovern, and R. Sargent Shriver. Those who know him and have watched his operations over the years are in fuU agreement that Sarge did not sign on as tail- gunner for a McGovem kamikaze run. He has ambitions of his own and is quite capable of making it clear to the electorate that he feels McGovern's flight plan is preposterous. Already, in the effort to link up the ticket with the old party magnates, Shriver has been frankly critical of his .pilot's line on the war. By election day, Shriver may be running on an entirely different platform than his nominal chief. What has to be understood as background for this exercise is that Shriver is not a Kennedy hostage in the McGovern camp, When the newly anointed Vice Presidential candidate told the Democratic mini- convention that he wondered what his brother-in-law was thinking, the odds are he had a pretty good fix on Ted's sentiments. Sources close to the Kennedy family (who are a great What others say... Time for stern cleanup of racing The racing industry closes ranks over potential scandals like a sea anemone closing itself over small, hapless fish. That is why Mrs. Helen Tweedy deserves special praise for her insistence on a full investigation of the apparent drugging of her horse, Riva Ridge. Incredibly, no investigation was ordered by officials at Monmouth Park, where the incident occurred, although they have the right to order special tests when a prohibitive favorite runs out of the money. That is precisely what Riva Ridge did in the Monmouth Invitational. Since the track was unwilling to police the sport, Mrs. Tweedy ordered her own tests, and made her own request for an FBI investigation. Those familiar with racing should have spotted the suspicious turn of events immediately. A quick check of the record and ownership of the Monmouth Invitational winner, Frcetex, should have caused at least a dim stirring in the minds of the stewards. But one of them said that one reason mostly when the odds are long, as they were for this race. An example of the kind of information that might be developed was provided by Courier-Journal Staff Writer Billy Reed, who learned from Louisville's Dr. Hassl Shina that he was warned not to run his colt, Hassi's image, against Freetex in the Ohio Derby. Perhaps behind closed doors, Dr. Shina will tell who It was that warned him, what might have caused his horse to break a leg while leading and appearing to be an easy winner, and why he says, "I learned my lesson ... I'm staying away from those big leagues." For the good of racing, we hope Dr. Shina will tell his story to the authorities. If more owners and others with a stake in the reputation of this sport would follow Mrs. Tweedy's example, instead of muffling their suspicions and helping to perpetuate the comforting myth that all is well, the "big leagues" wouldn't be something to mistrust or fear. Of course, when the racing commissions themselves act deal more talkative now with the genial Ted as head of the clan than they used to be when Jack, Bobby, or, perish the thought, Joseph P. Sr. sat at the head of the table) indicate that Senator Kennedy tried to talk McGovern out of naming Sarge, tried to talk Sarge out of accepting, but at every point ran head-on into Eunice. Running head-on into Eunice Kennedy Shriver is not an easy experience. She conbines the brains of her brother John with the karate instincts of her brother Robert. She is enormously ambitious for her husband, and is suspected of holding the firm conviction that her brothers planned to keep Shriver low man on the totem pole. In 1964, when President Johnson (who had unerringly spotted the weak link in the Kennedy fortress) hinted that Sargent Shriver might make a good Vice President, the late Robert Kennedy convened tho equivalent of a court-martial and put that notion down. Johnson continued to cultivate Shriver — for whose ability he had a high regard, particularly Snriver's spec- t ac u1 a r talent for salesmanship on Capitol Hill— and actually gave him his first serious job. Without downgrading the Peace Corps, it is fair to say that its efforts and accomplishments were marginal to the centra! purposes of American government. Johnson moved Shriver over to run the war on poverty, a cause near and dear to the President's heart. Shriver's relationships with the Johnson Administration must be reserved for separate treatment For now, the important thing to recall Is that the Shrivers refused to jump the L.B.J. ship when Bobby Kennedy declared for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1968. Sarge went off to Paris; it would seem that after President Johnson took the veil and Senator Robert Kennedy was murdered, he decided to let the dust settle. At least, he is believed to have politely turned down a feeler from Hubert Humphrey that he run for Vice President. Against this background of frustrated ambition '(he had also hoped to run at one time Derby scandal teach racing officials nothing? the day on which the watching public, finally fed up 'with'the The investigation now under way should involve not only industry's reluctance or inability to police itself, writes its the events surrounding the Monmouth Invitational, but also own regulations. And they will be tough.—Louisville Courier- extend to the whole career of Freetex, which seems to win Journal Sargent Shriver could not conceivably treat his nomination for Vice President in 1972 as another trip to Disneyland. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago Al'Gl'ST 29, 1947 The Shell Oil Co. had completed acquisition of 180 acres of land to its refinery grounds at Roxana, from John M. Pfeiffenberger, as trustee, at $625 an acre. The new lands would bt used as a "lank'' farm, giving greater crude oil storage capacity and enabling the refinery to replace obsolete tankage without loss. The re-cent announcement of construction ol a $2;;,000,000 pipeline from the southern fields of Illinois and shipment of crude oil by railroad stepped up the program. Acquisition of the acreage put Shc-JJ Reijnery in the top few of the world Following argument oi Sdiaek-r O'Neill. Alton tttornty, in behalf ol eight plaintiffs, a temporary injunction issued in Circuit Court enjoined Jersey County school superintendent, Charles Daniels, from proceeding with plans for annexation election set for Aug. 30. It was cited that much of the territory in question was not adjacent to the school district. Jei-seyville would have 814 parking meters installed on a trial basis, with the privilege of renewing at termination of the trial period. Alter inspection of park facilities in Decatur a group of Altonians began discussion on a plan for developing recreational and park facilities through a district-wide cooperative basis. The Decatur plan had set the park, recreation and school districts as separate entities but with the same goals, and projects. Kiftfen-ye.-ir-old Don Heiu-r of near Dorse}, was to Alton Memorial Ho>pital for Ireatanent of chest and ankle injuries. While riding on a hay rack with a group of youths from Dorsey Lutheran Church, the lad lost his balance and fell from the passenger side of the driver's seat. The wheels of two wagons passed over him. Heat and humidity combined to make it a "hot" night for police who booked 19 persons on arrests in a nine hour period. 50 years ago AUGUST 29,1922 President Harding was backing down from his original support of two programs triggered by the national coal strike and the national railroad shop- men's strike. Chairman Winslow of the House Interstate Commerce Committee announced that the President had abandoned his proposal for a federal coal agency with capital to buy, sell, and distribute coal — now that the miners' strike was ended. Chicago and Alton trainmen agreed to make possible resumption of a full schedule through Roodhouse, though they decided to curtail switching through the yards at night because of recent explosions in the area. Expressed suspicions by residents of Spruce street that bricks being used in a paving improvement there were "seconds" were disproved by a federal government test, a spokesman for the Alton Brick Co. announced. Ten bricks were selected at random from piles awaiting use in the paving. They were placed in a "rattler" with chunks of steel, and the "rattler" was turned at a prescribed speed for four hours. The bricks came out showing only uniform wear. The estimated five per cent of Alton's residences lacking mail receptacles were required to install them under orders received at the post office from the first assistant postmaster general. E. J. Verlie, representing objectors of the "Mexico" paving improvement, notified Mayor S GB. Cawford he was filing an appeal from the City Court's decision upholding the assessment roll for the project. John Denother, whose farm was located north of Upper Alton, said he'd found no egg8 ln ^ henB nests for four Sundays. He declaimed any Sabbath observance virtue for the bens, however, pointing out that his family was away from the house 8 t church, during the morning, and someone might have been stealing the eggs.