Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 8, 1972 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Friday, September 8, 1972
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Alton Ivemng Telegraph Friday, September 8,1972 • , % What We think about. . « Municipal annexation . . . Scenic shutout Alton tied in knots Without fuss or bickering, the village of East Alton Tuesday night annexed another piece of business properly located in ftosetoood Heights. The property owners had petitioned for annexation. By comparison with its own expansion problems this could well prove embarrassing to Alton. In .the debate over Alton's problems, various and sundry assortments of reasons are cited. We still believe the central point of contention in our own problem, however, is that of tax base. As a city-township, Alton cannot expand except by depriving neighboring townships of tax base. The neighboring township's loss usually Is property of relatively high assessment. It Is worth fighting over. And township officials who realize their threatened loss see that a fight is staged. East Alton has no such problems. Neither has Wood River. Neither has Bethalto. All are municipal corporations — period. They What YOU think . . . Gtes success "float" within townships. Property within their boundaries is also towiiship property. They can expand as (hoy will into the townships where (hoy already are located. Their expansions could be expected to develop the township area by promoting property development. This taxable property situation can be expected to gain a slight mciasure of relief under the now .state constitution and associated statues which now deprive township governments of the 2 pel 1 cent property tax collection commissions they enjoyed in past years. But that's only a part of the property tax picture. Suppose, though, that Alton would abandon its city-township status. It could even gain support for this and future expansion moves by accepting a divisiori into townships of Godfrey, Wood River, and Foster. Some obstruction might still persist in special districts — such as those for fire protection. But the move could well dissolve enough opposition to radically improve township government possibility of the expansion program needed. We believe city authorities should undertake a thorough examination of the possibilities. Public beating itself? As was pointed out in a description of latest progress on the Wood River Levee Bcrm Highway Wednesday night, travelers over the road will have no view of the Mississippi River, flowing past the opposite site of the levee, as they ride. This failure to realize on the full scenic potential of t h e highway is regrettable, indeed. After all, the construction is a portion of the Mississippi River Scenic Highway. But the phenomenon of obscuring the river from tourists at this point results from a general philosophy of the Corps of Engineers — as understandable as it is regrettable. To begin with, the fill needed to raise our scenic highway to levee top level could be forbidding. But for years the Engineers have been jealous of the maintenance on their levees. Condition of the sod surfacing is a critical matter. A puncture through this surface could easily start a leak capable of expanding into a major break, based on their experience. But a highway atop the levee, they havo found, tempts motorists to take side trips down to the river's edge. In this respect, motorists are about as conscientious and as educable as they are about throwing trash along the highways. And tire wear can produce breaks in the sod. This problem has been a center of contention for years between the Corps and such departments as those in parks and conservation, which like to develop such beauty spots for the motorist. Once more it's just a case of the public beating itself. Declare war on weeds With late summer rains giving a boost to dormant weeds and grasses, the summer's growth which has crept up through many streets, sidewalks and alleys looks like a jungle, especially in some business and commercial areas. Many areas in streets are municipal responsibilities but countless others should be maintained by property owners. Much has been said and written about the general housekeeping climate of our area cities. Many get high marks on street maintenance. Local groups already have seen some action along Broadway where the state purchased right of 'way near Peavey Mill. State maintenance people used machete- like knives to level six-foot high weeds which flanked the street at Piasa, and cut others too. A combined effort of everyone, including business districts, cities and villages, as Well as state highway maintenance people, industry, and the homeowner is necessary to declare a war on weeds. The beauty of recent rains Is not only that they havo nourished the dry grasses, restored the trees and greenery, but also that the good soaking makes pulling the undesirable weeds that much easier. We urge everyone to join in a "war on weeds" even giving the school and church yards a boost, or attacking the neighboring vacant lot if everything's in order at home. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY . Back again, George?' Miracle in California Nearly two years ago I was asked by the City Council to serve on the Water and Sewei Board. After much thought I realized that there was a great need for someone to help the City Council to reverse the trend that the Water and Sewer Department Was in, so I accepted the challenge and opportunities. With the help of Carl Strube, Mrs. Helen Crawford, Charles Vanausdoll, Henry Goetten, and Edward Clark, the Water and Sewer Boaix! has brought the Water and Sewer Department up to the standards that it should be, as all. public utilities arc designed to serve the taxpaying citizens. As we leave the Water an.i Sewer Board it should La noted that all phases of both departments are in excellent condition and all money Li- vested is on a sound investment program. As chairman of the Water and Sewer Board, I would like to thank the City Council members who appointed me to the board and especially Commissioner Schultz an-'l Susnig for their hard work and dedication in helping us to establish a water a'ic sewer ordinance which the city never had before. I accept the decision of *.he present mayor and C;*y Council to eliminate the Water and Sewer Board with BO regrets or animosities. As chairman of the Water and Sewer Board, I now declare the Minute Book :r> be closed permanently on this 28th day of August, 1972. RUSSELL BAZE Chairman Water and Sewer Board of the the City of Jerseyville What horoscope? For the past year I have been following my horoscope. Today I was in a drug stjre and noted the 1973 horoscopes by Edward A. Wagner, editor- in-chief of the Horoscope Magazine were on display. It dated Pisces Feb. 20 to March 20. I checked my 1972 horoscope book by him and it was the same. Sidney Omarr dates Pisces from Feb. 19 to March 20. The purpose of astrology, so this handbook says, is to enable one to achieve intelligent self-guidance. Secondly, it aims to determine the direction one's life will take so that one can face problems before they arrive. I've been reading my horoscope under Pisces. Now I discover I should be reading Mr. Wagner's under Aquarius and Mr. Omarr's under Pisces. I read my horoscope and forget it. I don't live my life in accordance with it. But I would like for someone who is informed on this to tell if I'm Pisces or Aquarius. I'm considering starting to study it—since I have two. I could choose the one th?t is looking up for the day and who knows all kinds of good things could happen. CATHERINE LAM- DRETH 166 Jennings Wood River (EDITOR'S NOTE: Mas be someone forgot to check out on the time zones.) Crusading newspaperman needs help Help for family I am writing in reply to Mrs. Naylor's letter regarding a family in need of heip because of a muscular dystrophy case. There is excellent heip available to families living in M a c o u p i n county. The Department of Children and Family Sen-ices offers homemaker services at a very nominal fee — or without cost tf the family is unable to pay. The organization is primarily interested in the welfare of the child or children in the home. I know all of this becau e e I receive help twice weekly. This organization is composed of concerned, com- passionate people, and, very honestly, they have been ihe salvation of my family and myself. The only requirement (or such help is to be in need of it. Of course the family has to be willing to accept the help. Is it possible the family Mrs. Naylor refers to refused to let people help them? If this is not the case, I sincerely hope she will notify the Department of Children and Family Services in Carlinville and make it aware of the family's situation AUDREY GOODWIN R. R. 1, Box 206 Bunker Hill By Jack Anderson WASHINGTON — During the early morning hours of Aug. 23, an arsonist set ablaze the two-story offices of a Tennessee newspaper whose crusading editor, Dan Hicks Jr., had dared to print the truth about corrupt county politicians and law-breaking bootleggers. It wasn't the first violence against Hicks since he took over the weekly "Democrat" in the small rural town of Madisonville, Tenn., in 1967. He has been firebombed, shot at twice and assaulted by two hired hooligans. Equipment has been stolen out of his newspaper office. But the soft-spoken editor hasn't been intimidated. ''If I have to print this newspaper elsewhere and drop it on this town from an airplane, I'll do it," he told us. Ever since John Peter Zenger was thrown into a dungeon in 1735 for publishing a critical story about the What YOU think t The Telegraph welcoines prose expressions of its renders' own opinions of \V(tat YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must be published with their letters. (>n- tributions should be ooiu'ise, preferably not exceeding (50 words, and are subject to condensation. colonial governor of New York, editors like Dan Hicks have defied gunmen and government men alike to print the truth. In his small corner of East Tennessee's wild-boar country, Dan Hicks is fighting for freedom of the press. This isn't a right that belongs just to editors. Rather, it is the right of every American to pick up a pen and express his grievances. We believe Dan fight, therefore, is American's fight. So all help him raise the S20.000 it will cost to replace his ruined equipment. Contributions can be sent 10 him at P.O. Box 8, Madisonville, Tenn., 37354. Hicks' every let Uo Cuba's Fidel Castro lu;s been critical in private of Chile's Salvador Allende. Not only has Allende failed to impose Marxism upon Chile with the necessary force and to keep the people in fear of the government, complained Castro, but Allende is "physically spent." The leaders he has brought to power in Chile also "live too well" and "are not under sufficient tension," said Castro. The Cuban conquistador confided what he really thought of Allende while he was Allende's guest last winter. Castro actually made some of his remarks to Allende's face but spoke more sharply behind his back. II a r d - c o r e Communist leaders gathered for a secret session with Castro on Dec. 3 at the home of the Cuban ambassador in Santiago. An account of the meeting was obtained by the Central Intelligence Agency, whose secret report has now been made available to us. "Castro said the U.P. (Allende's Popular Unity government) does not have a solid front to face the opposition, which he claimed is growing rapidly." declares the CIA report. "Castro added that the situation 'n Chile is rapidly approaching a critical stage. . . "Among the factors listed by Castro, which could precipitate the crisis and a confrontation with the opposition, was a breakdown in public order. This, he said could come about at any time because the opposition, especially the middle class, has lost its fear of the government. "Castro opined thai a government must havo fr-ar if it is to control the country." the CIA report continues. "Another factor listtd by Castro was the possible deterioration of Allende's health. Castro sa ; .d he is w o r r i e d about Allende because the latter is physically spent." "Castro also observed that U.P. leaders live too well and arc not under sufficient tension to take the offensive. Intertwined into the overall situation is that the U.P. has a 'minority complex' which affects its judgment. "In relation to the Chilean armed forces, Castro said that Allende is chasing an illusion by thinking that he can count on the Chilean military to defend his government during a critical period. He said Allende is completely mistaken in this regard." "He classified the Chilean armed forces as anti- Communist, and said that the military has not yet acted against the U.P. because Allende has stayed within the constitution." "Castro added that he had told the President all of this, but that Allende did not respond. "Castro then complained that he thought the U.P. was not really happy with the results of his visit, despite the fact that he did everything the U.P. leaders wanted. He said he believes he helped the U.P. by his presence, but he added that many U.P. leaders are of the opinion he stayed too long and talked too much. "Castro said he felt that his 2 December farewell gathering had been a disaster, because all of his efforts in Chile had been dire ted toward getting the masses behind the U.P. However, there was no mass turnout for the farewell, and some people even left '!:o gathering before he had finished speaking." By Roy Cromley WASHINGTON (NBA) Something of a miracle has taken place in the city of Pacifica, Calif., these past two years. Juvenile delinquency dropped 15 per cent in 1970 and 23 per cent more in 1971. A t the same time, delinquency was steadily increasing nationwide — in many localities at a rate of 5 to 10 per cent every 12 months, year after year. The outlook was not always bright in Pacifica, population 37,000, located near San Francisco. In 1969, juvenile arrests rose 35 per cent in these statistics compiled by the California Youth Authority. Now it might be argued that the 1970 and 1971 declines were merely a return TO normal from the major bulge in 1969, when arrests jumped from 821 to 1,130. But this theory doesn't explain away the 1971 figure, down to 742 arrests, almost 10 per cent below 1968. This miracle apparently came about not through any great new discovery about young people or exotic new techniques. It seemingly resulted from the application of some rather well-known and not overly costly methods. The old practice, apparently followed in many cities, was to warn an arrested youngster and send him home, or forward him to court. Neither alternative produced satisfactory results. What Pacifica did then was sort out about a fifth to a fourth of these youngsters, when arrested, and transfer them out of the police-court- probation system, Each of these selected youngsters, picked because they showed promise and because their delinquencies were not serious, was then turned over to cooperating groups. Teachers kept a lookout in the schools for youths possibly headed for delinquency. These youngsters were then referred through their parents, not to the police, but to the assisting groups. Aid was confidential and free. The boy or girl and parents, brothers and sisters would then sit down and discuss their problems with an adviser. The boy would be sounded out for his interests, then invited into groups or projects that fit his goals. A tutoring group was set. up manned by college you'iho to help those youngsters having study difficulty. An attempt was made to get these young people involved in commuivty problems and youth activities. They treated birds after an' oil spill. They took part in community fairs, rock concerts, dances and discussions. Youths failed "street- walkers" were hired to go out on the streets, in parks, shopping centers, the beach and other places where young people gather "to attempt to help angry youth verbalize their feelings and find alternate means of expression ..." such as the group activities mentioned. If the system outlined above were adopted nationwide it is estimated 2(10.000 fewer young people would end up in court each year. The saving in twisted lives could be incalculable. What others think Warring on world The Arab guerrillas who brought death and terror into the Olympic Games declared war on the entire civilized world, and the world must now find ways of dealing with that challenge. The commando raid into the Olympic Village was an act despicable almost beyond belief, and the slaughter of Israeli athletes taken hostage is a stain that cannot be erased. No one could have anticipated such a foray into such a place — into the quadrennial festival of sport that is perhaps the closest thing we have to a global commitment to peaceful competition. The handling of the affair by the West German government will of course be subject to scrutiny and debate. But the demands made by the guerrillas were impossible to meet and a command decision had to be made. Whether bad judgment or bad luck turned the rescue attempt into a catastrophe remains to be .seen. What is certain at this point is that a band of fanatics ready to sell their own lives has shown how easy it is to strike anywhere at any time, carrying into any peaceful gathering the poison of their hale. No gathering of the world's people can be considered safe while Arab guerrillas still roam at large. This is by no means the first time the terrorist atrocities have spilled over Mideast borders. The particular group charged with responsibility for the Olympic outrage — the Black September Movement — has been involved in airline skyjackings and the assassination of Premier Wasfi Tell of Jordan. Other groups have seized airliners, held hostages from scores of countries and murdered civilians, as in the massacre at the Tel Aviv airport in May. The guerrillas, for the most part Palestinians dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the creation of a Palestinian state, may have believed that sending a raiding force into the Olympic Games to seize the Israeli team was a dramatic- way of focusing world attention on the justice of their cause How wrong they were. The focus is on a band of outlaws that poses a threat not only to Israel and its citizens wherever they may be, but to anyone of any nationality who may stray into the unpredictable path of the guerrillas. To cope with such an international threat requires International co-operation. But the primary responsibility rests with the Arab states that have allowed, and to a degree en couraged, the growth of the Palestinian guerrilla bands Egypt and Syria are particularly culpable in this regard Lebanon has allowed them to set up camps near the Israeli border. Jordan fought a mini-war to keep them under control bu* stopped short of full suppression of their violence The politics of the Middle East and the state-encouraged hostility toward Israel are such that the heads of slate fear for their own jobs - and their lives - if they crack down too hard on the guerrillas. The Olympic raid ought to change all that. One of the women athletes expressed it well when questioned about the political implications of the whole affair. "This isn't politics It's murder," she said So it is, and every society that hopes to be called civilized must treat it as such. "VUMWI —CHICAGO DAILY NEWS What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago SEPTEMBER 8, 1947 Citizens Coach Co., about to lose its lease on § coach terminal and transfer lot at the corner of fourth and Bell streets, was seeking new facilities Searby. If such a site were selected it would require removal of some parking meters probably on West Fourth street, permission for which would have to ( be handled through the City Council. Alderman gchaeter suggested that before the council order 50 AW parking beads, consideration be given to 15 or 20 two-hour meters in both downtown *od Silft HM to be operated on a dime time period. It W4f Jft ttftt discussion that the bus company's mentioned. ^^Mwpwwp^p^w Dismissal of students on hot days was unfeasible, Supt. Ewing said, because paroclpial schools continued in session, 2.500 children wouhp be unable to ride buses which were on fixed morning and afternoon schedules, it would require messages to 400-500 parents of smaller children who were driven to school, and hundreds of children, particularly the younger ones, would be roaming around the sim-i.-.. Another factor was that state accreditation was based on a fixed curriculum and schedule. Mather-Morrison Inc., operating Mather's Bcr.k store at 207 Piasa street, had been granted its charter of incorporation by the Secretajfy of the State. Corporation members were Donald Jj. Morrison, manager, Mi>. Morrison, and W.H. Thorp as, established with 500 shares of preferred stock w|i!h par value of $100 and 500 shares of common stod^ of same value. Also incorporated by the state was the Peters Candies Inc., 204 W. Third St. with Kenneth Peters, Russel Shaw, and Mildred Harris as incorporators, to buy, manufacture, sell and deal in candy and candy products; and Howard-Wells Appliance Mart Inc. at 111-113 W. Fourth St. handling household appliances with incorporators F. L. and Mrs. Howard and Milo A. Wells. 50 years ago SEPTEMBER 8, 1922 Daniel Willard. president of the Baltimore & Ohio, met a limited number of rail executives in Chicago, presumably to confer on possibility of reaching individual settlements with the striking shopmen's unions. Federal administration officials at Washington who had kept in touch wtih the situation expressed the opinion this was the object of the conferences. In Des Moines, la., a minister and former army chaplain, Sheriff Winifred E. Robb, was assigned as executioner (by hanging) of a condemned murderer. When it became apparent he, as sheriff must preside over an execution, he resigned his pu'p't to avoid embarrassment to his church. In international news, rumors circulated in Greece that King Constantine was preparing to abdicate as his armies retreated to within 2 miles of Smyrna before advancing Turkish forces. Because of the high temperatures, several Alton schools, both public and parochial, were dismissed. Supt. W. R. Curtis of the public schools issued instructions for dismissal whenever the temperature reached 92 degrees. Fire destroyed the plant of the Madison County Dairy Co. at Moro. Loss was estimated at $3,000. The firm assigned its milk to the Walnut Grove dairy in Alton. Enforcement of regulations against glaring headlights was urged by the Alton Automobile Association's board of governors, which voted to request assignment of additional state inspectors neit for a clampdown. Bailiffs were dispatched from circuit court to seek out men who definitely wanted to serve on the jury in the trial of four persons charged with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Patrick Nalty at Granite City. The list of jurors already available had been completely exhausted by challenges of both defense and prosecuting counsel.

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