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r* :f '\ • Alton Evening Telegraph Saturday, Sept. 9, 1972 • • tWhat We think about. . . **<*»' merger concept ... Consumer reporting Bi-statc's real weakness . St. Louis County Supervisor Lawrence K. R6os took up the cry again Thursday for a merger of the Bi-State Development Agency and the East-West Gateway Co-ordinating Council. His complaint should strike a sympathetic chord in many a mind on both sides of the Mississippi here. He said: "Regional organizations, originally designed to streamline local administration. have themselves become as fragmented and as confusing as those which they wore designed to correct." We agree. But we first wish to remind Supervisor Roos that the remedy a few years back might have been in recognizing the potential in the Bi-State Development Agency and seeing that it was realized, rather than informing the new Gateway group, for which Roos was partially responsible, to "fragment" and "confuse" Bi-State's purpose and functions. One of the reasons why Bi-Stato lost its sense of direction and became confused over its potential, was the facocl in obtaining legislation in both Missouri and Illinois giving it powers to meet, what could have been expected of it. Supervisor Roos. it must be said in due justice to him, was not a political power during the days of Bi-State's difficult formative period. But, as Roos pointed out, Bi-Slate is a creation of matching legislation in two states — Illinois and Missouri. II also was given interstate authority by matching legislation in Congress. On the other hand, the East-West Gateway group has no chartered mandate, at alJ. It was launched as a sort of holier skelter group of spokesmen for various governmental agencies and non-governmental groups, to try and focus various sentiments of public divisions into a more or loss advisory planning agency. But Gateway — its board strong in political clout — early gained sufficient recognition from the government to be designated a sort of clearing house for federal aid applications. Thus a group without official government authority has gained more real power in the area than has Bi-State, with all its formal legislative designation. Meanwhile, Bi-State has developed a bad public image over its efforts in an operation that might long ago have been defunct if it hadn't been taken over by this agency. Most of the public transit units that now are under Bi-State wore fast dissolving when the takeover occurred. Our own suggestion is that Gateway and others interested and with sufficient clout concentrate on methods of restoring Bi-Slate to the position and power it should have been maintaining in the area since its creation. A real drive to see that its state and federal charters were upgraded to moot modern needs might even have to be backed up by sincere efforts to see that the level of its board personnel was made to match. In the process a sincere study of Bi-State and its difficulties should be made. The problem, we believe, lias boon outright neglect of Bi-State by both legislatures and the public. Daily cautions — and otherwise It's an alarming situation, indeed! Illinois Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ralph H. Claassen of Peorla — an executive for Hiram Walker & Son — voiced a complaint at a membership promotion dinner here Wednesday night: When the Federal Trade Commission charged a certain anti-freeze's advertising was misleading, 160 newspapers carried the story. When the FTC backed down on its stand, only 80 were found carrying the story. We don't know what particular group of newspapers were included in Mr. Claassen's survey. It's certain that number didn't embrace all the newspapers in the country with access to Associated Press and United Press International services, which would have made both stories available to them. We do want to point out that if the FTC did charge falsity in advertising, the newspapers had a responsibility to warn their readers about it — and thus provide them with the resultant protection. Correctional stories based on FTC's later decisions would have been praiseworthy. But the advertiser, himself, could have remedied that in his own campaign of advertising and gained broader and more repetitive exposure than would have resulted from news coverage. At that, distiller Claassen's complaint does infer a suggestion worthy of consideration by the journalistic profession. His own industry doubtless has felt the hot breath of the FTC over its frequent advertising inferences of the glamour and prosperity a belt, or two of booze can bring to a citizen. With cooperation of the appropriate federal agencies dealing with daily consumption, the print media might develop a daily or weekly box score — regarding the ups and downs of different products and producers involved with such agencies as the FTC and the Federal Drug Administration. The "box score" could, we suggest, be .published in conjunction with the weather report. After all, the whims of these regulatory agencies at, times seem almost as variable as the weather, itself. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Publisher What YOU think . . . Games aim null? ''Oh, oh . . . quick, look innocent!' This world of violence has received a shock of universal proportions with the attack upon the Israeli quarters in Olympic Village. Munich, Germany, resulting eventually in the deaths of 11 of their athletes and coaches. This attack- by the Black September guerrilla Arab terrorists is to be condemned by all men of goodwill. It desecrates the very purpose of the games. Avery Brundage, the 84-year-old outgoing president of the International Olympic Committee, has been fighting against nationalism, professionalism, and polil'cal infighting over the past 20 years. This is the XX Olympiad of modern times. It was my pleasure to attend part of the 1932 games held in Los Angeles. Only once before has the U.S. been host to the summer Olympics — in 1991. In 1960 I was privileged to be in Rome the week before the games and was able to tour the areas of competition. The games four years hence are scheduled for Montreal, Canada. The first recorded Olympiad was held in Greece in 776 B.C. and consisted of a 200-yard foot race near the small city of Olympia. The Greeks used the four-year interval between games called "Olympiads" to keep their calendar. The games grew in great popularity and increased to include both religious and athletic festivals. Only Greeks and amateurs were permittee! to take part. and the winners received laurel, wild olive, palm wreaths. The games deteriorated under Roman emperors and were banned by Emperor Theodosius in 394 A.D. The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1S96 through the efforts of Baron Pieire de Coubertin, a French educator. Only nine countries participated then. The 1936 games were hold In Berlin and proved to be, under Hitler's government, a blot on Germany. The \ German government this ye-.r spent some $650 rmlli >n to atone for the Nazi Olympics. Unfortunately, the Dachau concentration camp >s only eight miles from Olympic Village. Here some 31.!i51 prisoners met horrible deaths during the Hitler reuinio. The museum there is filled wi:h such scenes of horror tha' a Chicago Tribune reporter and his wife left in fears. I hasten to congratulate Mark Spitz of the U.S. on his seven gold medals won in swimming events. However. I regret that 16-year-old Rick DeMont had his gold medal taken away because the medicine he had to lake for asthma contained a drug prohibited by the rules. This should have been determined before his winning the 400 mete r free style last Friday. I wish to offer condolence to Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Berger of Shaker Heights, Ohio for the death of their son David. The spirit of the 1972 Olympics is gone even though they are being continued until Monday. Unless greater goodwill and international understanding exist in 1976, f consider the original purpose of the games nullified and question their continuance. JOHN E. BYRNES Box 428 Brighton And no stamps Have you ever stood in line in a supermarket checkout lane, with a jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers, for a sale amounting to about 60 cents plus tax? The shopper ahead of you nas two pushcarts full, and his grocery bill is about 50 bucks. All you do is wait your turn. Last week a grocer really had an order in Gardnev, Mass. According to an AP dispatch the check-out man remarked. "If you think your grocery bill is high, you should have '.v-en with a group of a dozen people who stopper' at an all night market. Their bill was U.S. equipment aided opium runners By Jack Anderson He said "I've never seen anything like it. This group cleared him out of milk, hamburger, steak, rolls, and a lot of canned corn. The group took about 45 minutes to gather the food. When the clerk finished punching it up, the register slip tape was about 10 yards long. "The group, who said they were on the way to N'*'w Hampshire, piled the food im» HiS paper bags, filling 19 market baskets, and stuffed ii into several cars, drove off. The manage!' was paid in cash. The funny part about ihc whole program: The group forL">! lo ask for trading stamps. WILLIAM A. CK1VKL1.0 349 Blutl St. then the others say • •. George hits Even those Americans least likely to agree with George McGovern's new set of proposals for economic reform can respect his willingness to correct a clearly bad economic policy in midcampaign, and his courage in taking it to the lion's den of Wall Street for its baptism. President Nixon, after all, also changed an unworkable economic stance, thocgh in midterm rather than midcampaign, by instituting wage-price controls. Wall Street would appear at first blush to be the least likely forum for presenting a program designed to take $12.6 billion more in federal revenues from individuals and $9.4 billion more from corporations. That sector of the economic ladder which Wall Street symboli/es may be aghast at proposals to treat capital gains exactly the same as earned income — that is, fully taxable. Some will deplore the proposal to dissuade states and cities from issuing tax-exempt bonds, long a favorite haven of the rich. Its corporate clientele will resent the proposals to eliminate oil, gas, and other mineral depletion allowances; to tighten up on fast-depreciation write-offs; and to revise gradually the 7 per cent investment tax credit. Doubtless it was these very proposals that led Mr. McGovern to carry the fire straight to the tinderbox as he did. The arena was bound to give his ideas fullest airing, and the best opportunity for understanding, where they would hit most directly. The dramatic element also helped focus the country's attention on the substitute proposal for his most widely known (and widely deplored) primary campaign plan to give $1,000 to every man, woman, and child. What he has come up with is an alternative somewhat more costly but not widely different in its philosophical base from Mr. Nixon's family assistance plan. The Nixon plan, now before Congress in amended form, would provide a minimum annual income of $3,000 for a family of four (Mr. Nixon asked for $2,400). Mr. McGovern proposes a "national income insurance" program. It would increase social security benefits, create one million new public service jobs for persons now on welfare, am' put a guaranteed income floor of $4.000 in cash and food stamps under a family of four. The total cost would exceed the present $7 billion of federal welfare spending by $14 billion. The package, as put before the Wall Street security ainlvst.s, was clearly an effort to prove to the country's most economically aware audience that he is not the "radical" that his political opposition has tried to paint him. While he cud not mention his original $1,000 a person proposal, he put Wall Street forth an alternative that by its proximity to the Nixon program could not be easly attacked on ideological grounds. With his proposal to close out $22 billion in tax preferences for the affluent, he added a sweetener: not a cent of higher taxes on money earned in wages or salaries, for anybody, and a cutback of the maximum personal income rate from 70 per cent to 48 per cent. Mr. McGovern's new package is a sophisticated political and economic effort to get out of the bind which his earlier, poorly researched and poorly articulated primary campaign programs had put him in. It differs in detail, but not in general thrust from those earlier statements of policy. It is designed to disarm his foes, or at least to blunt their arrows, while making the broadest appeal to working-class Americans who depend on earned income rather than dividends and capital gains for their living. A large chunk of the savings in public spending would come from his proposal to cut $10 billion a year for the next three years out of the defense budget. Tlu's will doubtless prolong the debate over the question of nuclear capacity "overkill" and the incessant Pentagon demands for new weapons systems. That is not a bad thing. But the debate should also include the appalling instances of waste, duplication and cost estimate overruns revealed in congressional hearings last spring. We would hope that in the forthcoming weeks of campaign debate, independent agencies would begin to feed the programs of both Mr. McGovern and President Nixon into their computers and give the public as fair an estimate as possible of their impact on the economy Regardless of which candidate takes the oath of office next January, the basic questions of tax refonn and redistribution of the national wealth will remain. Mr. McGovern has, in effect, called for a change in national direction, and a change in values. It is a hard platform on which to try to win an election — an impossible one, unless he has seen something stirring in the majority mind quite different from what Mr. Nixon thinks he sees there. Senator McGovern has opened not only his arithmetic but himself to the toughest kind of scrutiny, not to mention hostile reaction. If his economic ad\ isers, and he has some very good ones, nine rightly figured their economics, it remains a question if they have -rightly assessed the American people's willingness to so reorient the country's social and economic structure. — Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has insisted for years that its unofficial CIA- run airline, Air America, has not been running opium in the mountain-bound Asian land of Laos. But now, from the files of the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies, we have evidence that U.S. ground and air equipment — if not U.S. personnel — has formed the backbone of the Laos opium trade. "Selected Royal Lao Army and Royal Lao Air Force units, utilizing air and ground equipment furnished by the U.S., provide the means for protecting, transporting and processing of narcotics," report? one intelligence summary on Laos. "As a broad spectrum of Lao society is involved in the narcotics business, including generals, princes, high-level bureaucrats and province governors," says the report. Another document, complete with a secret CIA map, -reports unequivocally: "Most of the refineries in Laos operate under the protection of the Royal Laotian Armed Forces .... Some reports suggest that a senior Royal Laotian Armed Forces officer may hold an ownership interest in a few of these facilities." To end narcotics running by the highest echelons of Laotian society, the documents propose drastic action. "An important target group will be the air force generals and other Royal Lao Ait- Force personnel who command and operate the transport aircraft Involved in shipping narcotics. "Officials high and low who are found to be involved in a substantial way will have What YOU think: The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of its rouil- ers' own opinions of \Vliut YOU think. Writers' names and addresses must be pnlt- lUheil with their letters. <'uu- tributions should be concise, preferably not exceeding lf.0 words, and are subject to condensation. to be removed from postiions of influence," urges the memo. It recommends curtailment of some aid to Laos. "This is aimed specifically at eliminating the use of all U.S.-owned aircraft operated by the Royal Laotian Air Force or U.S.-leased aircraft, including U.S. support items, in the transport of narcotics." In recent months, America's spokesmen claim a new Laotian anti-heroin law is having some effect. But, in fact, only lowly opium hustlers are arrested; the generals and princes go untouched. The Federal Reserve Board is supposed to supervise banks, not do their dirty work. But recently the Fed aided the banks in an attempt to take over an entire industry. The victim of this power play was supposed to be the armored car and courier industry, a collection of small companies all over the country. The banks would like to swallow up the industry and the Fed had been deliberating whether to grant permission. Unwilling to play Jonah to the banks' whale, the armored car and courier companies are fighting back. As part of their counterattack, one courier firm hired Dun & Bradstreet to survey how good a job the courier companies do. Where they go . . . 1971 TAX RATE Alton Township This Table Based on the Equalized Valuation. Madison Tax General ' Tuberculosis Clinic Highway Special Bridge Retirement . .. . Vet. Assistance Civil Defense Museum Audit Maps and Plats Hwy. Fed. Aid Mat. Fund Detention Home " Home Bonds & Int. Mental Health Election Expense . \ Supervisor of Assessments Prop.Rec.Sys. &Val. Stand. .10 .0367 .0075 .0281 .0528 .0084 0055 002 .0016 .0227 .0279 .0141 .0026 .0292 .0096 .0097 .0196 1970 Rate } .438 .35 Town Tax 199 Corporation Tax Alton 1.218 General 2f>;! Str. & Br 0773 Str. Light o.'lH Pol. Pens 0742 Fire. Pena 1453 Audit 006 Retirement OG97 Liab. Ins o:!l!4 Pub. Parka Oi>5 Pig. & Rec 085 Garbage 095 Mun. Band 0126 Library i;;76 Bonds & Interest 0811 Civil Defense 0079 1.21S Civic Memorial Airport 067 L. & C. Jr. College .273 Dist. School No. 11 3,047 NOTICE TO TAX PAYERS For your information: The tax rates shown above are the amounts to be levied against each $100 00 equalized valuation in the township. To compute your tax bill, multiply the valuation on your tax statement by the rate for the taxing bodies in which your property lies. Approximately 90% of the taxes you pay remains in your township. .19 1.238 .063 .23 2.909 What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago .SEFI EMBER 9, 1947 A record budget of $981,877 for the fiscal year Of 1947-48 was adopted by the Madison County Board <» Supervisors, without any discussion. It was $120.408 Of indigents at the Madison County Home was raided Snore than the past year. Township funds for care from $1 to (1.50 per day. SteeMjetaatefl British troops completed forcible disembarkation Of Jewish refugees to Germany tur- Diae fire twees on tie shouting and singing refugees {$ $9 Exodus. At least l-3rd of the refugees rebelled, fttb ft reported V£t@raB Zionist leader urging as |f WJUS 4r*iP* «w»y, to "fight to tie death." IDT. IMward MlMvill of Alton, World War 11 veteran was named by County Board of Supervisors as medical director of the .Madison County Social Hygiene Clinic at Alton, succeeding Dr. 1{. A. Baker. An infant at Alton Memorial Hospital was rushed to Children's Hospital. St. Louis when it \vas discovered that the KH factor in its blood sys'em was missing. Capt. John Hesse of No. 1 fire staiici: supplied oxygen from the portable iiihalator, because hospital personnel was untrained in its use. When the Kll factor was absent all new blood had to be injected. A contract for paving the Moro-Bethalto road was awarded to Madison Count) Construction Co. ol Edwardsville on the firm's luw bid of $iyu,330.44 for improvement work. Furmer County Judge Wilbur A. Trares >l Ed- wardsville was named as a special assistant State's attorney of Madison County to succeed John F. Beck, Edwardsville, who resigned to return full time to private law practice. John Hernandez, 40, of Shelly sweet, native of Mexico, was granted his citizenship papers. He had been a resident of the United States since 1925. He had nine minor children and a wife. 50 years ago SEPTEMBER 9, 1922 The United States' aloofness in the world's affairs, which he sarcastically termed "splendid isolation," was attacked in a speech at Des Moines. fa. by former Illinois Republican Gov. Frank 0. Lowden. He warned that "there isn't any isolation anywhere on the face of the globe for any nation whatsoever." On the economic front, he cautioned that America might regain its isolation, but only by curtailing production in both farms and factories. In Washington, condition of President Harding's wife, suffering with hydronephrosis, a blockage between kidneys and bladder, was such as to warrant a summons to Dr. Charles Mayo of the clinic at Rochester, Minn. As Allied and American consuls prepared to confer with Turkish spokesman on terms for Kemalist takeover Smyrna, Greek newspapers reported widespread plots to dethrone King Constantine and establish a republic. A local committee interested in completion of the Alton-Godfrey road secured promises from Illinois Division of Highway officials 15 carloads of cement would be assigned to the Godfrey project and five to the Wood River Edwardsville road if the cars, themselves could be secured. The committee Immediately set about seeking the cars, made scarce by the rail strike. Ten Madison county men were "tied up" for the weekend as prospective jurors for the trial of four individuals — three men and a woman — charged with the murder of Deputy Sheriff Patrick J. Nalty of Granite City. Four of the 10 already were actually selected for the jury, four had been questioned, and two remained to be questioned, They had been recruited by deputies from the sheriff's office after the original supply of prospective Jurors was exhausted by challenges.

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