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1<V 'M totm Evening Telegraph Friday, September 1, 1972 "''A »Wfiat We think about... Press critic bandwagon... Beet price drop... Joiners may re-evaluate Members of the public who have jumped OH the bandwagon of Spiro Agnew and othrr press critics may be wanting to re-evaluate their thoughts if fears of top media representatives become reality. Norman E. Isaacs, former editor of (he Ixrnlsville Courier - Journal, now editor-in- residence at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, and a past president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, says "there may be worso to come" from the Supreme Court in cases affecting the news media. Isaacs commented in the current issue of Columbia Journalism Review: "If Mr. Nixon is re-elected, his options are obvious. Given a six or seven justice majority, a Nixon court can apply a strait- Jacket that can inhibit, if not immobilize, news (Doverage for a generation, if not longer." On June 29, in a 5 to 4 decision, the court held that Earl CaldweU, of the New York Times, Paul Branzburg of the Louisville Courier Journal, and Paul Pappas of WTEV- TV in New Bedford, Mass., had no legal right to refuse to provide grand juries with con- What YOU think . . . fidcnlial source data. Isaacs and former CBS news president Fred Friendly, also a professor at Columbia> feel the press and the legal profession should link for discussions aimed at better 110 dorstniiding of the press role in A denmcrary. A ront inning dialogue is suggested as the u ay to approach the problems. A! the local level, the Telegraph, because of its outgoing coverage of s o m e types of governmental and community problems has felt the sling of practices which could hi! 1 expanded if additional court, decisions give support to the courts, the state's attorney's offire, and other governmental bodies. With the Supreme Court, decision that journalists possess no constitutional immunity from appearing before grand Juries, the local law enforcement bodies may rely on the press to do their investigative work to the extent that press sources may dry up, and checks on government by inside and outside critics may vanish. Supply and demand complex From Chicago, still a more or less mythical center for the meat, industry, comes the projection that a big drop is due in beef prices. Even the president of the National Association of Food Chains — which should be able to turn in a. reliable verdict in the matter — noted live cattle and wholesale meat prices already dropped considerably and averred that, some major food stores were dropping theirs slightly from that all-time July high, And John A. Copcland, chairman of the National Live Stock and Meat Board, said the decline in wholesale beef prices forecast a. possibility the housewife will be paying less for this commodity well into the winter months. One note of caution was sounded by Copeland not unexpected if one is knowledgeable about food price cycles and conditions behind them: If prices for live cattle get too low (presumably if not accompanied by a falling off of other costs facing the producer) they reach levels "too low to encourage the continued growth in beef production needed for the future." In turn, this could generate a new scarcity that would send prices rocketing to new high levels. At least it's temporarily good news to the housewife — this announcement that retail prices will follow the on-the-hoof prices downward. Clarence G. Adamy, the National Association of Food Chains president, cautioned in Washington against hopes that all cuts of meat would follow the same price descent pattern. So the housewife, for instance, who expects to graduate from lower priced cuts to those higher priced — maybe hamburger to porterhouse — because the price drop placed it in her budget range may be disappointed. Our guess would be the shifting demand to higher cuts, while supporting the price there to some extent, would relieve pressure on the cheaper and force them down much faster. All of which would be highly favorable to the wise housewife who keeps her smarts. Anti-litter cans pay way For the benefit of the anti-litter-mindcd, we published, Wednesday night, a guest editorial from the New York Times praising results of a competition for design of a street- corner trash containerj Description of the! new design impresses us as somewhat costly to manufacture. And the fact that it is beirig custom-built for New York may make it costlier. But the city thinks it can get that all back from advertisements, which, it turns out, the containers are nigged enough to permit of posting on them. Locally, the containers using advertising, are of metal design. In fact, New York expects to finish up in the black on the project because of this extra revenue. The winning design is a hexagonal concrete container weighing 470 pounds — hardly something a mischief bent Saturday drunk would attempt to haul away or crush. We would, however, urge that if Alton decided on a similar course, the containers be placed closely adjacent to utility poles and other protective objects. Keep these things in clusters. No use multiplying the numbers of destructive challenge to the Saturday night drivers' vengeance. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Ecology already taught 'At least you'H smell sweeter!' We are concerned about a recent article indicating that Pride, Inc. wants to get ecology into the primary textbooks. It Is, of course, encouraging that the group is concerned about environmental education. However, it is unfortunate that they are not aware that ecology is being taught in the schools. Our project, "Operation Survival Through Environmental Education", under a Title III, ESEA Grant, is in its third year of operation. Area schools have been provided with classroom learning units on Land (K-12), Air (K-6), and Water (K-6). The center offers teachers additional resource materials, and workshop training on environmental instruction and field trip methods. The staff has aided area teachers in conducting field trips for their classes in the past two years. During this time more than 27,000 students have been involved in environmental education and field trips. It is unfortunate that communication is apparently BO lacking. The staff will be happy to work with Pride in a cooperative effort. It is our • incere hope that environmental education be>- comes a community endeavor. RA Y E. MILLER, Director Title HI, ESEA Environmental Education Project Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton Risky autos This letter is in answer to Mr. Mailing's of Aug. 25. More dangerous than tractor- trailers are the underpowered automobiles. If people plan highway trips, why don't they buy cars with enough power to keep up the pace and some extra oomph for passing trucks? The truck travelling at 55 m.p.h. becomes a real danger when .tailgated by an "economy" car with no passing power, an old junker spewing poisonous exhaust, and some character pulling a travel trailer with a six- cylinder automatic while running the air conditionng. The truck driver may eventually pull over, but how often has a slow car pulled over and let you around? Why should we blame the trucking industry exclusively for a situation which depends just as heavily on poor roads, Relaxation or reminder? 1 read with interest and amusement the small article given front page billing in Tuesday night's paper, entitled: "Dogs Get $14 million." My first reaction was pure enjoyment of the rather hilarious bit of news; much more relaxing than the accounts of crime, cruelty, and death, more common in the daily news. Second thoughts lead me to feel a bit of consternation over the state of human nature which r-ngaged in a bit of legal whimsy and ended giving little help to the canine population as well as ignoring many vital human needs which plague our society. I couldn't help but think of the needs of the mentally handicapped in our area I know the dreams and wishes of parents wno plead lor a "Trainable Center" ami improved education for their retarded children I know the Struggles they have endured wiUi their own feelings and the prejudices of the com- munity. 1 share with them the joy over small gains through the efforts of Mrs. Kurgeleis and her staff in the school system, Specialized Services, Inc., and the Madison County Association for Retarded Children with its pre-school and adjustment centers in Alton and Edwardsville. I couldn't help but do a bit of mental gymnastics and wHh that 1 anild skim off a mere 1> /XT cent of that figure for these children who are so often forgotten or hidden from public embarrassed relatives. 1 don't begrudge those dogs- one T-bi>ne .steak. Bui 1 respect much more higlily than the memory of Mrs. Kmhey ihe dedication of people working through the school >yslems and agencies for the h:iii>1ifap;)ed and the lo\e -•? many who want to w.den the hori.'on> o? those w h o -1- capai)i);;ifts are !]lll:UHl. Moiv jxiwer- to them 1 LKt.AND LOCHHAAS, IGUu sight by impatient drivers, and poorly- suited cars? The driver more concerned with passing the truck ahead of him than with the lives of his passengers is a fool. If only pick-up size trucks were allowed the use of two- lane roads, we who own them would be in even greater demand by the rest of you who would need us to deliver your necessities of life from the nearest four-lane highway. GEORGIA E. VOILS 538 N. Broadway, Freeport, 111. Who 9 s to pay? Mr. Blackledge's recent letter described some grandiose ideas about putting labels at every county line. If these signs go on all roads for all counties, who is going lo pay? We taxpayers have more than we can handle now. All we need is one more road sign that nobody pays any attention to, anyway. MRS. JOAN BERRY, 526 Fairway, Meadowbrook Safer jail That prisoner who sawed the bars in the Alton jail had an idea. His accomplice tossed him a ball of string and tied a hack saw to it. The prisoner pulled it in like a catfish, sawed his way out, jumped 25 feet to the ground, then walked away. This has happened before. Another prisoner made the jump from his cell, but he limped away. If this keeps up, I suggest the Police department build a jail cell atop the Pevely grain elevators. It would take a lot of string to reach the top of the flour mill, and even if the guy escaped from his cell, he'd better know a friend that owns a helicopter. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO H49 Bluff St. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Or a hospital?) II 7m/ \Ol think: The T t< I c x r a ji h H t'li'omrs prose I'xprosiiins of it* n-ail- nV own opinions of VVluit YOl' think. Writers' n.unf.s utul atliln-sM's must he published with their letters. ('on- tribiitions should be concise, preferably not exceeding 150 words, und are subject to condensation. People make America great Hanoi communicates well WASHINGTON — My own personal experience is that when Asian Communist leaders want to signal something there is no doubt in anyone's mind about what they want to signal. In months spent negotiating with some of the top men in Communist China as a U.S. army officer in World War II, I came across this bluntness time and again. Officers in another branch of our military operation reported identical experiences in dealing with the late Ho Chi Minh. 1 found the principle true in talks with leading Japanese Communists. Other friends have spent considerable time in negotiations with Communists m Laos and Thailand and with llo'.-i North Vietnamese associates. Their conclusions are the same. When a Communist negotiator wants you to know what he is driving at. he makes certain you get it. AH this makes it difficult to understand what Sargent Shnver and Averell Hairiman mean when they say the Nixon admuu'stration ignored a Hanoi peare signal in 1968 By Ray Crornley and 1969. The Communists may or may not use official channels. They may go over the heads of or around the men they're negotiating with. They may attempt messages through unorthodox channels. But with all this, they are very clear when they want to be. They may speak in allegories. But if you don't understand what they mean, they say it again and again and again in different ways until you can't help but know what they're saying. If you still don't see their point, they will, in disgust, tell you directly in language no horse trader could fail to understand. This is not to say Communist officials are not obtuse much of the time. If they want to stall, if they're playing for time, or if they want to soften you up in order to get you to give in, they will go on in endless rambling or find ways to insult you time and again, or make you look ridiculous. In late 1968 Hanoi moved sizable numbers of troops back into Laos and Cambodia. The judgement was their armies needed regrouping, rest and refitting after heavy losses during their offensives that year. The North Vietnamese had been moving men in and out for years, depending on the campaign and on the season of the year 1 . Analytical men would look, nevertheless, to see if this large troop movement was indeed a signal. Officials at State and Defense Department officials in Thailand, Laos, South Vietnam and in Paris and Washington looked into this question hopefully. This reporter, covering the operation at the time, was told of the studies going on. The conclusion by the men tiiis writer interviewed, some oi whom were friends of Harriman, was that this shifting of North Vietnamese was not a peace signal. WASHINGTON — Don't ever let anyone convince you that, what makes America great is her military might, her computer technology, her vast wealth. PEOPLE — and their heart, their foibles, their idiosyncrasies — are what the good side of the society is all about. I got up at 5 a.m. recently and wrote a sentimental little column about our 22 years of marriage and the faithful toaster that has weathered the matrimonial storms. Nothing meriting a Pulitzer prize could have brought more touching, or humorous, letters and telephone calls. There is the widow who claims I have put new agony into her life. She finally can remember every dog she and her late husband owned, but she lies awake nights trying to remember all the cars. And there's the very conservative fellow who confesses he has been wrong about me all along. "A guy who shows that much heart can't be all bad," he writes, "so now I say you're omy 90 per cent SOB." Then a gent named Hal Gould got me in trouble by writing, (to my house, the nut) that I've been a fool to make my wife cook for 22 years. He notes that she's a Pisces and says it's written in the stars that "Pisces don't like to mess around with food." It's also written on a lot of bathroom walls what I'd like to say about a bachelor ,who would send that kind of disruptive propaganda to a married man's home. But Gould is forgiven. His letter was full of the warm sentimentality that character i z e d so many communications — messages that mirrored the love and affection people bestow on physical objects wlnc'i become mementoes of happy days. It was rnei-ely the chance to read about such things that moved Mrs. Helen Steinbrecher of Harvard, 111. to characterize the story of the toaster as "a breath of clean, fresh air in a world wh'ch is being polluted in nuny ways, earth-wise and news- wise." Mrs. Steinbrecher has 44 years worth of marriauv mementoes. We rarely note how much of our lives are absorbed by inanimate objects. Mrs. C. N. Hollister of Takoma Park, Md., was moved to loving thoughts of the little but- terknife which has survived along with her marriage By Carl T. Roman because she has carried it in her purse to the many countries and 14 states in which they have lived. "It ditched in the Pacific with us when bur round-the world plane lost an eng'ne and caught fire," she wrote me. "It made an emergency landing with us when our plane out of Cairo caught fire. It rode out a monsoon over Singapore. And It rode out World War II with me when we both were in the Air Force. Oh, it is quite a knife." Mrs. Lancelot Balderson of Alexandria, Va., recalls that the day she and her husband got their little toaster for Christmas they ale a whjle loaf of bread trying it Otit. That, she informs me with a delicate air of pride, was 37 years ago. She is only one of dozens to practice a bit of one- upmanship on me where longevity of both toaster arid marriage is concerned. What others say.. . Spiro has hard job Implicit .in Vice President Agnew's much-heralded emergence as a "new Spiro" is a certain twinge of penitence. Indeed, Agnew has lately declared that he sometimes found his role as utility low-roader uncomfortable in these past four years. Perhaps so, though he always seemed to us to be extracting enjoyment from his verbal coinages and lambastings of the "effete snobs," his slashing attacks on intellectual and liberal types, his short shrift for any and all dissenters. At any rate he played his role well — so well that he has changed his image from the original "Spiro who?" cipher to a personality with the clearcut familiarity of a household word. But suddenly things have changed. Agnew has begun looking ahead to the year 1976, when President Nixon cannot succeed himself, and the question has arisen in his mind — why not me? There is a certain logic to it: Agnew has been Mr. Nixon's faithful right hand, the President has said so many times. He has had four years of exposure and stands to have four more. He is a well-established conservative in a party widely regarded as the bastion of conservatism. But something is amiss. And what is amiss involves that conservatism bit. While Agnew has been loyally preserving the administration's credentials with the right wing of the party, Mr. Nixon has been polishing up his credential,? with the center and even the moderate left. He has invoked economic controls that once would have been condemned as socialistic. He has propounded a scheme to ensure every family a floor of $2,400 a year. He has stood up to those exemplars of economic royalism, the auto makers. He has traipsed to the citadels of world communism, Peking and Moscow, and hobnobbed productively with the bosses. And much more. And by these means he vastly increased his political appeal to the vast ideological center where most of the votes arc. But none of this has done much for Spiro Agnew. Indeed, the nearer Mr. Nixon moved toward the center the more important it seemed for Agnew to say and do those things best calculated to reassure the right wing. This was great for Mr Nixon, great for the 1972 ticket. But it hasn't been great for an Agnew eager to run for President in 1976. Aware of this, Agnew is doing what he can to amend his image. He concedes that his once-favorite word, "radiclib," was a mistake. He says, "I am not a conservative ideolog in any respect." He has spoken kindly of Sen. Percy. He is even being friendly with the media,. And we assume that his stance in the current campaign, and in the next four years, will be a lot more moderate than heretofore. Because if he is to pun for President in 1976 he must do exactly what Mr. Nixoij is doing now - plumb the reservoir of moderate votes. But it won't be easy. Spiro Agnew has done his job well His image is graven. It will be hard to unetch. —Chicago Daily News What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago SEPTEMBKK 1, 1947 General manager ol the Alton ManuLniuurs Association, Thomas W. Butler, addressed UK- Laboi Pay celebrants at Lincoln-Douglas Square. He IB terpreted the appearance of himself, as a represt-n tative Of management, as a demonstration that labor Md management were cooperative. California with 23 traffic deaths over the Labor Pty holiday led the country in that field Texas, wa> with tt, New York and Illinois tied wr,h !•> for a national total of 448 violent act-idem* 0H£ ttoe tbraHiay period. UfcOfie violent deaths were two from the lotto Frederick**, 41, of Batchtown, vale jiL:hway patrolman, was electrocuted when, hi- Mtirk-d :.,) :!)<• assistance of an Alton nioiorvu-lisi James .1 Well*. wm> had beeu fatally injured; in t-arly morning «<; Labor Day. Wells had hit a jxnwer pole two miles \u-sl oi Grafton causing the power Liu-s 10 fall i'hailes K. Woolsey. riding nearby wa-- the fust 10 n-ach him, escaping the low-banging wires <-.s he rushui to the crash seene. Wells was ihe M>n of the Ht-v. and Mr>, Norval Wells. Anii»rii! !• u-uenekson's sur\ i\ ors were a son ; Ch-vh-? 'fi iinj a daughter, Delon-s. 14. No serious traffic accidents were reportec| m Vi'nn out \\il!:am lu-n«j stunler with tU- i.>p>y Multilists who were >ia\in^ a nduig program at -MaiqueUi- Park, sufleiwl scxvre burns when hi- U'/jjde upat-i iujd 1'aught lire. There were two drownings in the area: Audrey, IS. and Gene, 10. duldren of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Xaiiru of Brussels were the victims when they stepped uiiodeep water near their home. The .Mississippi river port at Wood River, with its 19415 year 1.5.^.151)0 tons of freight, ranked as one of ihe leading ports on the river, closely rivaling that of St. Louis, and considerably larger than that of St. Paul. Minn., or Vicksburg, Miss. 50 years ago • o SI:PH:MBI:K 1.1922 To bar interference with operation of the nauon s railroads, the government obtained a temporary injunction ;ii Chicago district tederal court against six shopcraft unioas, currently oo strike. Granted by District Judge James H. W'ilkerson at request of Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty, the order was to remain in force until Sept. 11, pending hearing of an application for a permanent order. In Washington, International Association of Machinists President W. W. Johnson termed filing of the suit by Daugherty a "blunder" and leaders of the unions involved said they would make no attempts to abate their strike efforts. The board of education retained W. P. Boynton as counsel to resist the Alton Water Co.'s newly- invoked service charges. The board held that the company's 1906 city charier provided for free service to the schools. Supt. W. R. Curtis informed the school board that one patron of the Federal School district, recently embraced i" the new community consolidated district, threatened to see tha|. the old school was opened for the new term regardless of any action the board took. Pupils of the school had been re-assigned tc the newly-completed Clara Barton building. Another warning received by the board was thai a claim was being n|iade on the Wheatley Schoo: grounds, nearly a blocjc in area. The claim was tha> the ground must revert to earlier ownership undei t grant which designated it for school purposes only The district was closing the school, which it regarded as no longer in conditioiji for use. East Alton-Wood Rfver Community High School's board was announcing plans to extend ihe school year from 36 to 38 weejcs in conformity with practices followed at Alton, Edjkvardsville, and Granite City. Classes, scheduled to ptart Sept. 3, would therefore extend through June 15.