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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 5

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What others gay ... Plenty of time The Louisville Transit Company's decision to suspend operations and turn over its franchise to the city two years from now comes as no surprise. Nor does it come as any tragic itows. Rather, it comes with something of a sense of relief, With a feeling that the shoe finally has dropped. The decision to give up on the part of the transit company means, obviously, that it is now up to governmental officials to make some decisions. We have run out of almost all our tmorrows as far as public transportation is concerned. In commenting on the transit company's announcement, Mayor Burke points out correctly that future mass transportation here should be viewed not Just as a city problem but as a metropolitan responsibility. It is now up to those who have that responsibility to decide, first, whether this community is to have such transportation (it seems to us there can be only one answer to that), who is going to own it and operate it, and where the subsidy (a subsidy of some kind appears to be inevitable) is to come from. A host of questions will have to be answered, not the least of them the yalue, if any, of the company and the status of the company'^ pension fund. The community now knows that it has at the most two years in which to find acceptable answers and to make decisions. — Louisville Times Pressure on Mafia was to be discussed. The federal and local metropolitan fly Victor police and strike forces spanning the Hudson are Riesel cracking down. Territories are constricting. Competition for jurisdiction and seeping Into legitimate business is tougher these days. The FBI and such men as Deputy Police Commissioner William McCarthy in charge of, Organized Crime Control have lists of scores of Mafia- infiltrated or controlled legitimate businesses, all ;he way from meat to music, from cars to rock records, in their files and have begun making them public. Commissioner McCarthy exposed the musical recording field during one of my broadcasts. And he and his Commissioner Pat Murphy believe that the five Mafia families in this crime capital don't restrict themselves to just one neighborhood or sector or borough — or state. They do hundreds of millions of dollars worth of business in this hub from which the commercial spokes reach out across the U.S. So rival factions have been killing their own to gvab control of the families — and killing others to hold on to territory. When the Colombo family sitdown was set at the Neopolitan Noodle, the "meet" was a tight, secret. Who could have tipped it? A double agent, of course. So the faction inside the Colombo ifamily which was put on the spot is looking for that double agent. When they find him, blood will flow. So will -.he guts of those who hired the bewigged, two-gun killer. ' So will those bosses, un- derbosses and troops who defied the Mafia's National Commission orders to lay off such bizarre restaurant killings. This is no joke. The out-of-town gunner who thought he was mowing down the Persico faction of the Colombo mob killed two out of four businessmen who, with their wives, had come in from the suburbs for a quiet evening. Now the New York Police Department is under orders to give the Mafia the old- fashioned harassment treatment. Hit them with everything from littering (even if no corpses) to spitting on the sidewalk. This could kill lots of the mob's legitimate business. Jn a month or so the federals and the police expect a lot of another kind of killing. This is real life. Like the movies. 'It's more fun than a barrel of fish!' Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, Sept 6,1973 NEW YORK — So maybe you have a Robin Hood's-e.ye view of the Mafia. Maybe you're a Godfather buff. You know, you know just where "they" eat. So the food must be far out. Or their night spots. Real romantic. Well, take the cure. Start with a house party sometime ago in Jersey. Very jumping. Band music, black bartender, food like you don't get unless you know marmi. But the black chap gets in'o the spirit of things and tne spirits too. He stirs a drink with his finger. He asks a lady guest to dance. He gets a case of lead poisoning. Dead. Shot by the host. So, like the old Warner Bors. Jimmy Cagney movies, they need to dump the body and they allegedly go out to Brooklyn for some professional adv'ce. From none other than one of the acting bosses of the Joe Colombo Mafia unit, Joe Yacovelli. Not only the body is in the way. The walls are pockmarked with bullet holes. The plaster is shook. What now? The Colombo deputy Godfather tells the visitor, who Is in the old Genovese crowd, it's simple. Burn the house. But the party's host says, naw, he'll redecorate. And sell it. So the slight case of murder is practically over. Except'for one minor detail. The federals are on the alert. Exit the killing incident. It's still in the courts. And the Colombo mob's acting boss is on the lam — a fugitive from the FBI which wants him on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution for murder and conspiracy in this case. But he still is a power in the family. Keeps in regular touch. But this isn't too good. The wires are tapped. The bugs are all over the place. Everybody is w'led for sound, he thinks. So he agrees to slip into New York City where the two big families — his and the Genovese outfit — are rent with lethal civil war. Bodies all over the street. The "sltdown" is set for the night of Friday, Aug. 11. Good time. Evening. East 79th Street is quiet. Everybody is in the country. There's a new spot called the Neopolitan Noodle. Who'll know? Must take a chance. > Anyway, the "boss" Joe Colombo, shot in the head over a year ago, is amazingly no longer s vegetable. Joe, who used to picket the FBI, is "resting" on the family estate near Washingtonvflle, N.Y. There are nurses round the clock. Re is paralyzel in both arms and legs. He is fed intravenously. But he recognizes old friends and retainers. He hears what they say. He can nod to them. No vegetable. Anyway, he's too comatn;e td actually run the family. But he's too conscious to be counted out. That's not tradition. That's not wise. So the Acting boss drives to a parking lot near tne Neopolitan Noodle. Four of the family are inilde They were at the bar. They went to a table. They hoard •hooting. They turned the table into a barricade. They ran out and they signaled h'm to split. He did. So the "meet" never was held. And matters — some say romantically such a big item as narcotics, like in the movies —' were not decided. But a lot more North Vietnamese morale high Discount offers can be good deal By Peter *$ (| ' Weaver m Consumer (JU Writer Q — I recently received a brochure from a company which promises discounts on a wide range of catalogue products. They charge a $10 membership fee. Is this a good deal? — R.E.P., Forest City, N.C. A — It depends, If you live some distance from a fairly large shopping area it might be convenient to do your "shopping at home" through a mail-order discount catalogue. Th e s e "buyers' clubs" claim "big discounts," but the National Council of Better Business Bureaus doubt it. Aside from the membership fees, the clubs still make a profit on each item sold. Occasionally, they have "loss leaders" where you get a truly low price but on other items you pay the same or more than you would at local discount stores. Another problem can arise when you receive the wrong item or a product that has been damaged. Some mail- order clubs are slow or unresponsive to customer complaints. You have no local dealer to collar to make an eyeball-to-eyeball complaint. about BHT and BHA (preservatives). Most breakfast cereals seem to contain these additives and I'm concerned becaue my •children eat a lot of breakfast foods. How can we avoid these chemicals? — Mrs. R.O., Bayside, N.Y. A — BHA and BHT have not been officially proved dangerous, but some food chemists 'feel the chemicals have not been adequately tested. It is, indeed, hard to buy breakfast foods without these preservatives. But bran and raisin bran cereals usually don't contain BHT and BHA. Neither do the health food cereals such as Familia and granola. Some cereals say BHT is added to the packaging' to preserve freshness, but the experts say this is just about the same as adding it directly to the cereal. Children shouldn't eat the same thing every morning. Nutritionists say you can avoid the overdose of any one •food chemical by offering a variety of foods in the morning. They suggest an egg, fresh fruit, toast and plenty of fortified skim milk. Q — In your article on food additives, you gave a warning Q — I've been worried-for some time about the tenderizing of slaughter animals and the dipping of raw meats in tenderizer before marketing. What about this? — B.C.R., Washington, D.C. A — Fresh meat is sometimes tenderized by injecting the animal before slaughter or by dipping the freshly cut meat in a liquid tenderizer. Most of this meat is sold to Institutions for use in dishes that can take tougher cuts, such as stew. If, however, you find this kind of tenderized meat for sale in-a store, it has to be labeled with the tenderizer that was used. Some people may be allergic to certain meat en- derizers but, in general, they are regarded as "safe" by food experts. Q — Your column on mobile homes was most interesting. I have some additional questions. Will I save by purchasing directly from the manufacturer? What is the 'best brand for the money? Are all- electric mobile homes safer than those that use gas? — Mrs. D.G., Mt. Holly. N.C. A — You may save money by purchasing directly from a manufacturer but, unless the manufacturer is close by, you may have trouble getting service. There are some 3,000 "brands" of mobile homes. You have to shop around your area. Have a qualified •building inspector look over any home before you buy it. The inspector can tell if all- electric or gas is "safe." WASHINGTON- Tie breakdown in enemy morale, which led to the Korean truce, isn't happening in Vietnam. On the contrary, the North Vietnamese troops are so strongly motivated that there's little chance of a militay collapse. This is the conclusion of four confidential studies made for the Defense Department by the RAND Corporation in 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1970. The latest battlefield reports indicate that Communist morale is still high as ever. In the words of the 1970 study, the "principal conclusion" must be that the Communist side, "as a group, as man for man, se«ms unlikely to yield, let alone' disintegrate, under the type of pressure the United States can apply in the pursuit ot current objectives. "The thought of compromise in the current- struggle, even in return for concessions, seems alien to these men," continues Hie study. "They see the war entirely as one of defense of their country against, the invading American who, in turn, are seen merely as ;.:ie successors to the French. . »l Back in 1951, RAND did a similar study of Communist morale in the Korean War. The results were so startling that the RAND researcher, Herbert Goldhamer, rushed a secret memo to the com-, manding general. "The CCF (Chinese Communist Force) has increasingly lost its capacity to control its troops," Goldhamer reported urgently. "It is a matter of greatest importance to realize that . . . the loss of its military- political grip over its troops ... reached a point in June that for the Communist command cannot bo estimated to be less than critical." Goldhamer's assessment turned out to be right and the Communists quickly UPHOLSTERY SUPPLIES ALTON SEAT COVER & UPHOLSTERY Broadway at Henry 462-4561 million art theft MONTREAL (AP) - The three men who stole $2 million worth of art treasures from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts got in through a section of the skylight that had been under repair, a museum spokesman said. "The alarm was only partially functioning," said Bill Bantey, the museum's public relations director, after the robbery early Monday. "If they had gone through a different section of the skylight, the alarm would have gone off." The alarm did go off when the robbers opened a door to take out the first part of their booty. They fled, leaving he- bind 18 other paintings they bad stacked. "They left behind far more important works of art than they took," said Bantey. The 18 paintings stolen included a Rembrandt landscape valued at f 1 million and works by Courbet, Daumier, Delacroix and Gainesbarough. Meet Miss Redbird Saturday 9 'til noon Saturday, September 9, is the last big day of our grand opening celebration. And to make sure it's really grand, we've invited Miss Redbird—the prettiest representative of the baseball Cardinals. She'll have smiles and souvenirs for everyone. So come on over. Don't forget it's the last day to get one of our special sports gifts, too. Official baseballs autographed by the Cards. Official hockey sticks. Official Cardinal football helmets. You get your pick when you open a checking or savings account for $50 or more—or add $50 to your present account. (Just one gift per family, please.) The bank that doesn't seem like a bank. METROPOLITAN By Jack Anderson thereafter agreed to a truce. But none of the signs, which led him to detect a collapse of enemy morale in North Korea, are now evident In North Vietnam. RAND Is a brain factory which does strategic studies for the Pentagon. The 1070 study, written by Konrad Kellen, is based on 22 In-depth Interviews with North Viet- n a m e s e prisoners and corroborated by many other Interviews over the years. "If what these 22 men have said," advised Kellen, ". . . corresponds to what large numbers of soldiers, or perhaps even the majority of Vietnam's 30 million people similarly feel, then the chances of rooting out Che Communist) revolution by military force or political devices is dim indeed, and emerges as an undertaking questionable in more wa>s than one. "The findings would, if accurate, indicate also how narrow the area of cim- promise in negotiations can be, at best. In an indirect way, however, the findings also indicate a way for an ending differet from the one we have been pursuing. "The intense anger against us, the full responsibility the respondents attribute to us for the war in its present form, are invisible contrast to t h e virtual absence of violent words by the respondents against their enemy compatriots. Does this indicate a high reconciliation potential?" Kellen was struck by the unshakable morale of Lie Communist troops. "To anyone experienced in interviewing soldiers in war," he wrote, "the results are ... extraordinary. Enemy morale appears high indeed, particularly in view of tho enormous disproportion in power and resources of the two contenders..." He found "particularly remarkable the degree to which the men do not simply 'mouth' what they have' bptn told, but seem to have fully absorbed and assimilated it, rendering It in their own terms, illustrating it with their own examples and experiences. "Thus, what may have begun as indoctrination has become sincere conviction, opinion and emotion, find may, therefore, be regarded as virtually impossible to dislodge. "The men polled here — all except one — are unlikely !o change their views or to los« their readiness to make t*:a necessary sacrifices commensurate with those views. They can perhaps be kilkul, but they probably cannot foe dissuaded either by words or by hardships." The study adds this ominous note: "The enemy soldier who, lacking all the important modern engines of war, cannot be broken in his morale and motivation, seems anomalous, because probably few enemy armies could have carried on the war under II rMdaire •',-•>>:>(•• • *ii ™ •* _ 7 4 • ap Washer is worth the difference! Look into capacity. You can wash an 18 pound load or a single frothy washable without extra gadgets or attachments to install or store. Save time and effort...and storage space. 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