Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 2, 1972 · Page 4
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Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, September 2, 1972
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AStfitt Evening Telegraph Saturday, September 2, 1072 I , . , ,What We think about... Political tradeoffs . . . Project hangups Ogilvie, Lyons seek votes 'There are many tradeoffs in politics as efforts are made to appeal to key blocks of voters. Gtov. Richard Ogilvie, for example, in coming out against teacher strikes, in effort, Writes off the votes of teachers who favor the strike. However, his appeal with parents and other voters who oppose teacher strikes thus is enhanced. Bill Lhotka, our legislative correspondent. quickly points out there are many more parents than there are teachers. And, he adds, Gov. Ogilvie may be assuming he wouldn't get the teacher votes anyway. Another tradeoff is that of Democratic Attorney General Candidate Thomas G. Lyons who says if elected he'll seek legislation to include real estate transactions under the protection of the state's Consumer Fraud Act. Lyons feels this would be an effective way to halt "blockbusting" tactics through which unscrupulous real estate dealers promote panic selling in racially changing neighborhoods. What YOU think . . . He says it Works this way: After buying a home at an artificially high price from a white owner iji a "marginal neighborhood, the unethical rrial estate man then obtains an inflated valuation on the home from a friendly appraiser, so that the black buyer to whom the hjause is then sold will have the appraisal needed to obtain government guaranteed finanlcing for the purchase. That .sale, |n turn, often panics other whites in the neighborhood, leaving them willing to sell "low" to the real estate many who then sells "high" to other blacks seeking new housing opportunities. Certain to jncur the wrath of the real estate lobby, Lyons, however, makes a strong appeal to votoi's, or whiles who might be victims of a practice which he hopes can be slopped. These two instances are highly typical of Ilie many which surface as the days tick off toward Nov. 4. Water commission hits snags Two apparent drawbacks, both of major importance, which could seriously hinder efforts of promoters to develop a $7.3 million water supply reservoir have been revealed this week and apparently overlooked by key agencies. For some unknown reasons, the Madison- Macoupin County Intercity Water Commission apparently ignored the need for a thorough ecological study which might have revealed the potential danger from wastes above and below ground from abandoned coal mines. The East-West Gateway Coordinating Council is certain to call for re-evaluation of the environmental impact study of the proposed lake project. Illinois Rep. Ken Boyle, an advocate of bills in the legislature to reclaim land despoiled by mining operators, feels there is potential danger from runoff from refuse piles which could produce a highly acidic lake. The relationship of state and federal environmental agencies and need for clearance of the project from a pollution standpoint will require added study which is being completed in coming weeks. We have felt all along that the project has merit and communities it serves would benefit in many ways, including water supply and possible side effects from recreational usage. However, another important factor which has been downplayed is that of a local tax base to provide seed money for attracting slate and federal grants. The commission, headed by John Sharp, will have additional difficult hurdles to pass over in re-evaluating both of these questions which came to light this week. Support from the communities will be necessary, perhaps to overcome opposition which is bound to arise from landowners in the areas to be flooded. Cost-benefit studies also would reveal additional information which could be useful in helping to sell the project on its merits. However, we feel solving the pollution problems may be the most touchy issue. Metzger community minded One of the community's less-sung benefactors, Wilbur V. Metzger, is dead. Bill had never ceased to serve the public, no matter how humble might have been the capacity. Before ill health forced him to retire completely, he had last served as secretary for the Elks Club, which was proving in- creasingly difficult to hold together. One of his most easily recognizable — though little recognized — services was in connection with the Downtown Business Men's association, later to become Downtown Alton, Inc. Metzger served as its secretary many years. Actually, he acted as executive secretary, through a long series of presidents. During his time in that office, the DBMA provided the prime impetus behind formation of the Greater Alton Association of Commerce, despite lack of enthusiasm among those who couldn't shake the memory of a Chamber of Commerce that had failed in the previous decade. His indefatigable efforts kept parking facilities at Uncle Remus in operation for many years, previous to instigation of the eloser-in parking lots downtown. One of his advantages was a sharp and tenacious memory for details, particularly regarding history of local interest points that involved his public work. Few could match this facility in Bill Metzger. He put the knowledge to good use in his public works. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Hard work our greatest natural resource As we pause this weekend to enjoy Labor Day with family and friends, we can take great pride in our celebration of the dignity of the American worker. Our nation is the strongest and the wealthiest on earth. It is a country where a man knows that if he is enterprising and works hard, he has a chance to build a full and rewarding life. The high standards we seek in virtually every aspect of our lives —a strong national defense, quality education, decent housing — reflect this idea. The overwhelming majority of Americans live well because they work hard. They deserve the full share of the benefits of their labor, while offering a magnanimous hand to the less fortunate. Other systems have failed in no small part because they deny the personal rewards of the free enterprise system. No form of collective work and distribution of income can match a system that rewards individual initative and achievement. The free enterprise system has served us well. It will serve us well in the future. Let us remember this Labor Day that the hard work that has made America great is a national quality that will never become dated. It is our greatest natural resource. CHARLES H. PERCY, United States Senator from Illinois, Washington, D.C. Self-sliackHng Here are a few facts Mr. Rice might be able to authenticate if he wants to. 11 was a Democrat- controlled Congress that overrode President Truman's veto of the Taft-Hartley Act. Since the late 1940's organized labor has lived with the provisions of the act, never really calling the culprit party to task. The Landrum - Griffin amendments, touted by the Democrats as reform legislation, came with Democrats in control of the House. I vividly recall that repeal of Section 14-B of Taft- Hartley was filibustered to death with Democrats School has her son School opened this week. The enemy which sliced the watermelon sweetness of a lazy summer day down to the bitter rind has arrived. Utility poles and stop signs wear regulation uniforms embroidered in "Drive Carefully. School is open." Summer's battlefield is deserted. The playground war has moved to the classroom. Where children played, a ball hides in the weeds. A doll waits for her first autumn shower behind the leg of the picnic table. The scene is desolate and parched. Tricycles and bikes wait for their masters to return. So does the family pooch. Flowers droop in sympathic mourning. The children have gone. Legs bared to the sun have been covered in stiff new wrappers. Browned chests struggle to burst from their shirt casings. Tiny toe,-, bound by sensible oxfords, yearn to be free. So do then- owners. The first day of confinement was the gaping wound in ihe long line of regimentation, authority, and homeu ork facing the children. It is insufficient balm to tell them they are preparing for their future. How do you inspire a youngster with word drills when the only words he wants to hear are "Miz Brown, kin Charlie come out and play?" How can you involve a boy in the multiplication tables when the only table he is interested in is the family supper table? In the backyard falling leaves play "Taps" over a dying summer while the motor of the arriving yellow school bus blows "Reveille" out front. While a child worries over where he should put his lunch, his teacher wonders how to reach hi.- mind. A bus superintendent struggles to find seats for 130 students on a 72-passenger bus. A mother, happy with her new freedom, will soon wonder what to do with her day. World, drive carefully. School is open. You have my .son. Treat him with a gentle hand. If you tinker with his mind or body, remember you have to live w ith the man you make of him. TOM.MYE WALTER, 17 Frontenac 1'i., Godfrey prevailing ih both the White House and in Congress. I also recall that at the same time, while the rallying call of the Democrats was "war on poverty", they stood idly as labor was denied un'.on security, a most important tool in bringing union wages and conditions to the nation's poor workers. More recently, one of organized labor's foremost goals has been passage of a national health insurance program. But passage still languishes in the isolation ward of Democrat-headed Congressional committees. All of this, and more, is the record established while organized labor has been responsible in major part for keeping the Democrats as a majority party. Making jife better for all Americans is the highest legitimate goal of union labor. Unbending allegiance to one political party puts crippling restraints on union labor's ability to achieve that goal. I don't think it concerns labor what political party brings th0 economy under control. And is the agreement the President brought back from Russia on strategic arms limitations any less worth w h i 1 ci because Richard Nixon is a Republican? Was the nuclear lest ban any les-worthwhile because it was negotiated during the Kennedy administration? 'HAROLD F. KRUSE 252 Penning Ave. Wood River Coordinator Some discussion has arisen lately about designating i:ho housewife as "coordinator of domestic {fairs " Long before this our mothers and our grandmothers were coordinators of domestic affairs." I dislike, the title housewife with a piirple passion. Look it up in the dictionary. After all, we are the backbone of the nation, What better title doe? anyone hpve. Think it over. For those working on the next dictionary may be at a loi? for words, I never miss the opportunity to correct any woman 1 hear say she':) just a housewife. They aixfpt the new title with joy. Bui <\o they use it? At our alumni association dinner, v.ihen we we asked to rise and identify ourselves, I said I was retired and living off the interest of money I made while nursing and that I was coordinator of domestic affairs. It got me a standing ovation. Sunday, Aug. 27, while I was attending the kirchenfest at St. Paul's in Highland, the Illinois Heart Association was testing. I joined, and when asked my occupation, named coordinator of domestic affairs. The man stared with admiration when I told him what it meant, and typed it on my record. All the volunteers share equally in his admiration for the title, so you see tho consensus is that we shoald send this to the dictionary editors for consideration. MRS. A. EARL HAUCK 1229 Alton St. Sheriff inquiry More than a year ago the Telegraph carried an article saying the FBI would investigate the county sheriff's office. What ever happened to the investigation? Or the report? T h e investigation was prompted by accusations that deputies were involved in a number of illegal activities. Why has the Telegraph neglected to keep its readers informed? Sheriff John Maeras said he would personally conduct a probe to learn if the allegations were true. The sheriff also said he had no personal knowledge of any wrongdoings by deputies. This is conceivable. At least he stripped one of his men of a special deputy's commission after his arrest in East Alton. What is the criteria, if any for a deputy? Sufficient time has elapsed for reports on both the sheriff's and the FBI's Investigation. People of Madison county have the right to know about the disposition of these investigations. W. K. SIGLAR, 309 Broadway, East Alton (EDITOR'S NOTE: Good memory! Old investigations, it seems, never die. They have a habit of fading away. This one hasn't — quite — and we're checking on it.) 'Yes, Mr. President/ I did •* • » . that I was considering say jokingly a movie career.' 'Yes/ 1 know you always wanted to . . . * "fes, I'm sure I can get you 'Ok, I'll let you know — a supporting role. . . ' don't call me . . . ' ' . . . . I'll call you.' Real significance was in voting 'against' By John Roche Stewart Alsop, one of the wisest and most perceptive practitioners of the art-form! once observed that writing a column was like climbing a ladder with an infinite number of rungs. Just about the time the typewriter cools off from one outburst, you warm it up for another. Tiiis time I am going to cheat a bit. When I began writing a column I got my wife to promise to shoot me, the way they do old horses, if I started writing the same column over and over again. However today, with a full consciousness of the fact, I want to recapitulate some material I ran shortly after the 1968 Presidential election. The reason for this revival is the persistent myth that the 1968 contest was "close." Thus when a recent Daniel Yankelovich Survey, conducted for Time magazine, indicated that President Nixon was ahead of Senator McGovern by 56 to 28 in the 16 largest states, there were sudden gasps of horror. In Texas, for example, Nixon led McGovern by 62 to 23. The figures are hardly reassuring to the Democrats, but what is uniformly overlooked is that in 1968 Hubert Humphrey won only five states and the District of Columbia by an absolute majority. (They were, in Richard Scammon's formulation, "the 2 minority states: Hawaii and the District; the 2 home states: Minnesota and Maine; and the 2 Catholic states: Massachusetts and Rhode Island.") Humphrey did not even get a majority in New York, though he lost it by a whisker. What others say ... we move, kicking and screaming Slowly It is discouraging that Shell Oil Company has at least temporarily abandoned its unleaded "Shell of the Future" gasoline. Shell mounted a laudable and expensive advertising campaign to sell the brand, but the average car owner didn't buy. Primarily, he didn't buy because a leaded gasoline with the same octane rating is less costly. In addition, the environmentalists were not sufficiently convincing with their arguments that lead pollution from auto exhaust is a real problem. What is curious about the Shell action is that the federal Environmental Protection Agency still is planning to require all major oil companies to introduce lead-free brands within the next two years. For Shell to step back now, and lose some of the cumulative impact of its fine advertising campaign, seems strange. But the company claims to be losing money on Shell of the Future, so maybe it made sense on the balance sheet. The best plan to encourage use of lead-free gas was proposed by President Nixion, subsequently blocked by Congress in 1970 and later dropped by the administration. It would have taxed gasoline in such a way as to raise the price of leaded brands by two or three cents a gallon, to eliminate their competitive advantage over the lead-frees. The early establishment of a stable market for unleaded gasoline would have encouraged the oil companies to begin the costly job of converting their refinery operations. The change to unleaded gasolines — which will be speeded by the introduction of lead-sensitive catalytic filters, to achieve the auto emission standards demanded by 1975 — will add $2 billion to the oil companies' refinery investment between now and 1980. The whole unleaded gasoline experience indicates how public reluctance to accept a little inconvenience, or a little extra cost, and lawmaker' reluctance to force the issue, help slow down environmental cleanup. It is discouraging that our society has to move so slowly, kicking and screaming, toward its own salvation. —Louisville Courier-Journal The difference in 1968 was, of course, George Wallace, who pulled 13.5 per cent of the vote. If Wallace had not been on the ticket in Texas, for example, the probable outcome would have been Nixon, 59 per cent; Humphrey, 41 per cent. It is true that some commentators, by a logical process that can only be described as bizarre, have tried to explain that the Wallace voters of 1968 were "populists" who are now ripe for conversion by McGovern. In other words, the average Wallace voter, down deep inside, is just longing for a chance to back a "radical." This is tine in one sense and one sense only: they are longing for a chance to back a "radical" who will repudiate the "liberal Establishment" which, in their view, has let tho flag lie dishonored, let criminals run loose, and left the North Vietnamese dikes intact. (Ramsey Clark may have put ideas in people's heads: after listening over the radio to Clark denounce alleged dike- busing in North Vietnam, a Boston taxie driver turned to me and said, "That doesn't What lOl/ think i The Telegraph welnomi'i prose expressions of its miU- crs' own opinions of \Vliut YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must be published with their letters. Contributions should be concise, preferably not exceeding 150 words, and are subject to condensation. sound like a bad Idea at all — it would really fix those commies—"!' What threw a number of analysts of the Wallace factor off was the big pull he had i n, say, the Michigan Democratic primary. Obviously a number of traditional democrats, who will doubtless end up voting for McGovern in November, hit the Wallace lever. But the primaries provide a marvel o u s opportunity for political blackmail, a chance to vent your aggressions without paying any penalties. Wallace's hard-core support in Michigan in l!)CS was only 10 per cent — but that bloc of 332,000 voters clearly voted against Humphrey. If Nixon had picked them up, he would have carried the state. The 19fi8 election, then, was "close" only in the sense that Nixon edged out Humphrey by 43.4 per cent to 42.7. Ideologically it was a conservative landslide which, fortunately for the Democrats, had minimal spillover to the rest of the ticket. This time it's a head- on confrontation where the Republicans have the advantage of an incumbent President leading a united parly. And just keep in mind, whenever discussions of 1968 lake place, that the significant statistic is not that Humphrey only last by half a million votes, but that 57 per cent of the electorate voted against him. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago SEPT. 2, 1947 Sketch plans and elevations of the proposed Wood River Township Hospital were approved by the Board Of trustee* and the architects, Jamieson & Spearl Of St. Louis. 01 the 100-bed capacity, 17 of which would fee basioettet, the four story buff brick building WOUld captain on its first floor office, emergency P, laboratories, X-ray rooms, kitchen and service toe second pediatrics and medical, third the fourth floor operating room with feds. The board, composed of W.I. Jolley, B,\f. Kfrby aad i-C. Jones, was beicg Hfe ttf iJtaMMflg by § doetor'f advisory board: WoU, Wood ftjjfgr. and Dr. L.D. Archeif of East Alton. Citing a grim financial condition and a recent expenditure of (£13,000 for election of a Supreme Court judge to fill a vacancy, State's Attorney C. W. Burton, speaking for jhe County Board budget committee asked Gov. Gi|een to refrain from calling a special election for a Bounty judge by permitting Judge A.W. Daly to continue to act as probate judge, for the county until sjuch time as a regular election was held, in April of 1948. Judge Simpson had been ad- vanct-d from his post as county judge to a higher judidatory Three new cases of polio had been admitted to the isolation section of St. Anthony's Hospital. They were Catherine Accola, 5, Maurice Turner, Wood River, and Carol V. Rogers, an Alton barber. Scientists irom John Hopkins University said that space ships capable of pouncing upon any would-be aggressor were "theoretically possible", but that the country had a long research road to travel before it could rely upon such celestial bandwagons. Fifty-two traffic arrests were made during August in which a total of 237 persons were arrested. In August of 1946 police arrested 273 for various offenses. 50 years ago SEPTEMBER 2, 1922 As the American Federation of Labor's executive council prepared to meet Sept. 9, President Samuel Gompers said it would consider denunciations from member organizations against the federal court order restraining maintenance of way crafts in their strike against the railroads. Some of the denunciations urged the AF of L to sponsor a general strike. The court order prohibited even distribution of printed propaganda in the shopmen's strike. Meanwhile, southern Illinois coal mines reported the transportation pinch was crippling them in resuming full operation following the long United Mineworkers strike. At San Antonio, Tex. Lt. James E. Doolittle took off from Kelly Field for Jacksonville, Fla., where he intended to start a second one-stop transcontinental flight. Announcement of purchase of the East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Co., of which the Alton Gas & Electric Co. was a subsidiary, by the North American Co. was awaited here. Stock in the Alton, Granite, & St. Louis Traction Co., serving Alton with electric transportation, also was controlled by Suburban, but the utility was under receivership. A "Save the Boy Scouts" campaign; aimed at collecting unpaid pledges received in a Rotary Club campaign and obtaining enough more to meet a current $1,500 deficit was planned during a meeting at the Elks Club. During the conference the Optimist Club was represented as favoring formation of a community chest to conduct a single drive but no action was taken. Constable H.A. Hoffman was preparing to conduct a sale disposing of equipment left by the Volunteer Rescue Army, an organization which sprang up here several weeks previous. Three men rented a Belle street building and launched the move, which they said was like the Salvation Army. They left shortly afterward, owing $40 rent.

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