Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 11, 1972 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Monday, September 11, 1972
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»1, Evening Telegraph Monday, Sept. 11, 1972 llOFlcllS • • 9 What tVe think about... Urban-suburb reversal. .. Price relationship • • * All not well in suburbia Mayor Frank L. Rizzo of Philadelphia gave vent the other day to a project ion of the urban-suburban movement problem wlm-h W6 think many have validity as a prophecy: The movement's own developing problems bear within them the seeds of eventual Reversal. Folks will begin moving back lo the city. Rteo, a former policeman, rose to the position of police commissioner and from lluit Vaulted into the mayor's chair. Here's Rizzo's analysis: "Twenty years ago ... the poor from rural areas migrated to the cities. Then 'he people who were the Structure — who paid the taxes — left the cities. "The reasons were mainly crime, and school system, and housing. . . . They we re- replaced by a group that was poor and couldn't afford to pay their way. The cities' services doubled: Health, police, fire. There Will be no cities unless the trend stops. "But when they had this exodus to the Suburbs, those people moved to communities What YOU think: Spiro was If ever there was any doubt on what Spiro Agnew said about the news media, especially television, there is none now in my mind. I have never witnessed such biased reporting as was done at the Republican convention John Chancellor compared use of the Young Republicans with the "voice of the sewer" In Chicago many years ago. He supposedly finds it hard to accept the fact that tlvre are many thousands of youngsters who refuse to accept the platform of Ren. McGovern. But these young people do not have to furnish the news people with their kicks h/ acting like the unwashed creeps outside. The newspeople, in thfiir attitude toward the demonstrators, apparently have, by and large, the same philosophy as the demonstrators. At least the youngsters Inside were clean and wore shoes. Chancellor's devotion *o "objective reporting" is shockingly feeble. Daniel Schoor, the crybaby of NBC's stable, implied Secretary of State William Rogers' position on ths conclusion of the Vietnam war was motivated by the politics of President Nixon's reelection campaign The thai were sparsely populated: No police, no fire, sanitation. Now that the cities are moving out, the suburbs need police because crimes are increasing . . . They have growing sanitation and pollution problems." "So they ;ire going to have lo move back to the cities." Among the initial steps taken under Mayor Rizxo to reverse the process was replacement of a "do-gooder" in the school superintendency with a man of sharper discipline. Up to that time, lie said "Teachers couldn't do anything. Hoodlums took over." Bui, he says. "Kids want discipline. Now teachers have authority. If they send a kid home, they know he can't come hack with his parents and ovomile them." Bui schools aren't the only problem. One of the big problems in bringing about the reversal lies in convincing people thai, they can't get something for nothing; that running out on the urban community, while it harms the city, also catches up with them. They need to stay with Die situation and face up to their problems. The white man used to voice a disdainful analysis of (he Indian way of life. The Indian, he insisted, set up a campground, fouled it up, then moved on. In a bigger way — a much bigger way — the white man now must admit he is dbing the same thing. New formulas in order? In all ihe discussion over the retail market's following of recent decreases in livestock prices, one element has been noticeably absent: How closely have the Cost of Living Council and other government agencies maintaining statistics on prices been following the association between original produce prices, wholesale market quotations, and final retail prices? It would be interesting, in view of the current discussion of retail beef prices, for instance, to have someone with records showing how immediately responsive retail prices are to those of live cattle. Do retailers, for instance, immediately raise their prices on items when they see prices rise at the source, with mental reservations that when the source prices fall, they will reduce theirs proportionately? Or is it a consistent practice to wait for prices the retailers must pay for a commodity at wholesale to show up before the final public price is set? Currently Donald Rumsfeld, the Cost of Living Council Director, is warning retailers "There is no precedent for the current gap between wholesale beef levels and the prices being charged by much of the retail food industry." The problems posed currently might well lead to establishment of new formulas lor making retail prices more immediately responsive to prices received by producers. We're nol alone Sometimes folks around here get so provincial that they like to boast this area is the only one anywhere around suffering so much from provincialism. It's true, for instance, that Alton has its difficulties with needed annexation — much of it due to its city-township status. But it's untrue we are the only community experiencing clifficuly in this category. We're indebted to the Waukegan News- Sun for an application of the needle to our little bubble of self-doubt. Waukegan currently has become embroiled in a battle with Lake county over a shopping center area recently annexed to the cily by the council. The area involves thousands of sales tax and motor fuel tax dollars for the city— and annexation would deprive the county of this income source. So the county board soon will be confronted with a recommendation by taxation and election committee to challenge the annexation. Sometimes it's comforting — occasionally reassuring — to realize in times of trouble that we're not alone in facing the same type of problem. For what it's worth, here's the reassurance. PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Call to the faithful Nixon, Meaiiy close although cool Secretary charged Schoor with cynicism and ended the interview. A cynic is an individual why as critical of everyone in rhe world except himself, wr-.o believes that, all people arc motivated in all their actions entirely by selfishness, and who has a contemptuous disbelief in human goodness and sincerity. A misanthrope is a cytvc who has developed tins altitude to the point of deepset hatred. The presumptive Schoor'; interview of Rogers and the outburst of Chancellor are discouraging and disgusting examples of the frightening deceit in the television news facade of objectivity. If electonic media choose to editorialize, such broadcasts should be clearly identifiable as opinion. 11. is a nauseous betrayal of public trust to inject insulting opinion of the Chancellor and Schoor typo into a pretended factual account of the GOP convention proceedings. They make a mockery of the First Amendment that they try to use as a protective umbrella against those w)!i> see through the maMcimis intent of their non-objectivity. HAROLD F. KRUSE, 252 Penning Ave., Wood River Nixon thinks he can't afford clean campaign By Carl T. Rowan WASHINGTON — My No. 1 correspondent is a nutty insurance man in Majyland who posts me a message at least once a week. He is communicating mostly with my waste basket, but I glance at his letter? often enough to notice that the content has not changed: it is reminder after remimk-r of every crime committed, every wrong done, by a black person anywhere. This fellow has had a field day recently because of the terrible, dismaying stories that have come out of Africa: In Nigeria, crowds flock around for the sport of seeinc firing squads mow down thieves and robbers. That is a throwback to the parties that once were ihe Shame of the United Stales. In the Central African Republic, the president lends his soldiers to the jail for a mad rampage of clubbing alleged thieves, some of them beaten to death. In Uganda, the leader who took over in a coup blinks his eye at the murder of two A m eric a n newsmen and creates an atmosphere in which Americans are warneu not to travel overland. That same leaner. President icii Am in, has decreed the expulsion from Uganda of about 55,000 of the 60,000 Asians living there. His extmlsicn orders have been depl-jred as racist by the International Commission of Jurists. From Guinea come ••ppnrts of the arrest and-or execution of several prominent citizen.-, including a former ambassador to the United States. on charges of "espr.naL'o" which seem trumped up to l h e point of bei:ig preposterous. These bruta! assaults <>n h u m a n di-eei;cv. tii-.- • trampling-' of basic liberties, are enough to make j weep — even without the incentive of characters like my i n s u r a n c e man- correspondent gloatim; over every incident that .suggests "black people aren't ready for freedom." This observer understands fully the frustrations faced by African leaders. Thev t;>ok over poor countries thai are getting poorer in comparison with the rich nations. They see their resources explot'.'d by the industrial giants. They see their people suckoi'.-d info doing dirty work for ex- colonial masters. Faced with the trials a .id burdens these leaders face, it is easy to become e.irnued when one African >i..-als t'r. in another, when one black man sells out another. It s t -:,.sy to unleash firing squads, soldiers with clubs other trappings of state. It can all be c 1 h e name of freedom.' 1 I', is simple en mi General Amin to lh;u the way to deprive A- S'H pel 1 cent CO!!! Uganda's economy is and the a po'ice (lone .11 "bluck most of them out of ihe country — especially when they offend by holding British citixenship rather than vow the loyalty of citizenship lo Uganda. But no humanitarian, r.o civil libertarian, of any raca can remain silent in the i'aiv of these brutalities. of Uganda's brand of racial chauvinism. This reporter has seen the misery and sadness o f ruthless, dictatorial re'jimes in many lands. The evidence is overwhelming ilia! freedom never grows ou' (if tyranny. Black people in South Africa. Rhodesia, the Port u g u o s o colonies rem;.:n subjugated because the white residents who might t'ouv change go along with their r a cist governments ().•<. reason they go along ;„> meekly is that their jovem- menus keep a steady flow of fear-inspiring propagar<i-i go:ng of the very sort '•-,<_> insurance man sends m-. "Give the blacks a politral voice in South Africa H.V! we'll wind up with a meis Central is the leaders m u c h like they had in Nigeria, or like they have in Uganda,'' is the cry. "Why criticize white rule of Africans? We treat them nicer than a black government does in the African Republic," claim. How tragic that African should provide so grist for those propaganda mills. Not that anyone should expect Utopian behavior from Africans. They are, after all, just like other people, endowed with the same human weaknesses that produced My Lai and Northern Ireland's grim conflict. But this reporter sees too many unnecessary trappings of tyranny in Africa today. They burden the movement for black liberation everywhere. African leaders should, in the name of simple humanity, and in the interest of black progress worldwide, put an end to the police style madnesses. WASHINGTON - To insiders it is all elementary. To the jaunty George Meany, Richard Nixon is the, Bobby Fischer of international politics, a chess master pitting Peking against Moscow and vice versa successfully. To George Meany, George McGovern is an "apologist for the Communist world" and therefore the Democrat's Presidential campaign must be crushed like a bitter-end cigar stub. To Meany, who for 50 years has been needled by left-wing intellectualism, it is all very impersonal. The .unbelievably well-preserved atavistic labor chief, who must be secretly swigging at. fountain of youth stuff personally bottled, does not know George McGovern. Meany has met the Dakotan exactly twice and has spoken with him a total of perhaps 40 or 50 minutes during their political lives. But insiders know that Meany has a deeply rooted passion on international Communism. He's determined to outlive it. For over 50 years international Communist agents have smashed at the American labor movement, infiltrated it, tried to splinter it, stolen its funds by the millions, sabotaged its operations — and positively have attempted to use part What YOU think: The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of its readers' own opinions of What 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. By Victor Riesel of it to at first aid the Nazis during the Moscow-Berlin pact years of World War II, and later as a labor force to speed production for a brutally besieged Russia. So to Meany, on labor, political and religious grounds, it's Meany against Moscow. This is one of the most vital and significant facts of life in the '72 campaign. For make no mistake, believe not a word of the political obits you read on Meany in the public prints. He runs a powerful political machine — which he has characterized as the beU in the land. And he is determined, bit by bit, week by week, public speech by speech, broadcast by broadcast, to grind down McGovern. In turn, Sen. McGovern, though determined not to confront Meany, also is determined not to be grin- dable. As a political lubricant, the Dakotan is using another influential labor leader — the United Auto Workers (UAW) president, Leonard Woodcock, an intellectual in his own right. Thus it will be seen that the jousting juggernauts of this campaign were driven by Meany and Woodcock. It could be a fight to the finish before and after the election. Their leadership styles are different. Woodcock is for an opening to the left. To him, the Communist world is a fact of life, just some shading over from the Socialist movements of his friends in the Socialist and labor leadership of Britain, Scandinavia, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. That's a powerful coalition which Meany views philosophically as a sort of ubiquitous evil which should be tolerated as are the New York Mets which replaced his beloved Giants. To him Socialists are bad medicine, but not quite the poison of Communism. The AFL-CIO president suspicions Woodcock, for example, when the UAW chief goes to Moscow at the invitation of the Soviets' engineering union. To Meany that's 'like endorsing a venereal disease. That's how he feels. Woodcock couldn't care less On the morning-of July 23, the auto union leader, along with his vice president Pat Greathouse and the union's Ford division director Ken Bannon and some regional UAW directors, sat with Alexander Shelepin, 54-year- old boss of the All-Union Central Council of (Soviet) Trade Unions in Moscow. The auto union delegation talked wilh Shelepin and his people about international amity, world trade and the exchange of fraternal labor de-legates. Then the auto union leaders invited Shelepin's International Affairs Dept. chief, Boris Ivanov, to visit the U.S. They also asked their hosts in the engincer'i'g union to come over. But Ihe law and policy of the U.S. prevents such an exchange of Communist labor officials. Ivanov, who once tried, can now come only as a tourist, not a union official. Meany and the AFL-CIO have fought the exchange of labor delegations with Communist lands successfully. But as Pat Greathouse put it, "We felt that it was improper to have all other groups, management and businessmen doing business but lo have the labor people barred. We did not try to convince them or let them convince us of the benefits of our systems. But an exchange of information is necessary if the corporations with whom we deal are going to do business with the Soviets." But to Meany, Shelepin is the former chief of the Soviet secret police; the man who flew to Cairo and unleashed a furious anti-Israel speech; the man who sits in awesome power on the Soviet Communist party's Politburo. And Meany notes that Woodcock has been named by McGovern as chairman of the Democratic party's reform commission; that Pat Greathouse is the dynamo inside the Labor for McGovern Committee; that former Auto Workers officials practically are the only skilled hands at the Democratic National Committee. To Meany, it's all one ball of wax and he's going to keep pitching until McGovern strikes out — Meany hopes. What others say Cools reform Daniel Walker galloped into the den of Democrat politics in Southern Illinois last week and came out with a slightly bent lance. It happened in Carbondale where the Democrat nominee for governor went to address some of the faithful. Mr. Walker was all set to deliver himself of one of his trademarked ringing denunciations of "race track politics" and to condemn Gov. Richard Ogilvie for not having condemned Republican legislators who profited from race track flock deals. Indeed, some of Mr. Walker's more diligent aides even put out some advance material for the media to help maximize publicity for Mr. Walker's continued reformist zeal. But guess who came to dinner? None other than Clyde Choate of Anr.a, Democrat leader in the Illinois House, perhaps the most influential Democrat in Southern Illinois and a politician who has admitted rather openly to some trading in race track stocks himself." Out went Mr. Walker's prepared remarks. Instead of burying Mr. Choate, Mr. Walker decided he had best praise him. And he did. Race track stock and all, Clyde Choate was described as a great fighter for all the people of Illinois by Mr. Walker, Does anyone know where a reformer who goes by the name of Dan might buy a good can of armor polish? -LINDSAY SCHAUB NEWSPAPERS '© 1972 by NEA, Inc.' "How about THIS—another Mark Spitz!" What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago SEPTEMBER 11, 1947 fast-growing Northside section of the c;ty frabbed the spotlight at City Council meeting when police protection, annexation, traffic safety and improvement of city buildings entered imo the igjscussian. A full-time regular policemen for ihe JNorthside, and an additional stop sign at state and were asked. fhi tfdeswiping of an automobile and a uu k ## !4&$ Of tae left arnj of Richard Stocker of Biver, and fracture of the left arm of Kent East St. jbouls. Slocter and his companions. lllMi Geae Blaines were riding r firwn St. Louis armory where they had pur.icipated in ihe;r weekly L'.S. .\a\al Audiey X Sullivan, assistant to the president oi Momicollc College was named chairman of the Community Crest drive which v.ould begin in October wilh a go;.i of 197,355. Cotia.v Hills residents were taking preliminary steps to form a volunteer l:re department. Leslie Marrs served as chairman oi the oO-men meeting. A perhaps iinal attempt was indicated in irymg to mer^e ihe powerful unions of the Al-'L and the CIO. both saw the nu-r»er as productive, but AFL wa.i trying for immediate action. Alton School Board superintendent explained that ai .jfsti jjcr unit, germicidal lights could be installed in dasa'ooms and suggested that such lights be installed ou a trial basis. They were alleged to reduce pupil absenteeism because of illness, primarily the common cold. Miss Phyllis Butler was installed as president of the Alton Chapter. National Secretary's Association. Alton recorded 179 buths'for August, as compared to 209 in July, but the grand total was 342 more than the same period of 1946. 50 years ago SEPTEMBER 11, 1922 Impeachment of Attorney General Harry M. Dougherty v>as sought in Congress by Rep. Keller, Nebraska Independent Republican, over Dougherty's successful petition to Chicago federal district court for an injuncuon against railroad strikers. In Chicago Destrict Judge Wilkerson denied the motion of the rail strike leaders for dismissal of the temporary writ. In the House Rep. Keller got only as far as "I impeach Harry M. Dougherty" before the reacCoi; created such an uproar that nothing further could be heard. Meanwhile, Hep. Hock of Kansas was introducing a bill to abolish the Railway Labor Board and substitute a "disinterested tribunal" for settlement of rail disputes. Western allied nations were quarreling over blame for the expulsion of Greek forces from Asia Minor by the armies of Mustapha Kemal Pasha. France and Italy both were being accused of having encouraged the Kemalists and supplying them with arms. Under direction of the new physical education director, John Harkless, the YMCA was offering free classes in swimming as a school opening feature. A Brighton youth sleeping in a straw storage shed at Alton Brick Co. on his way home from the city almost lost his life when lightning ignited the buOding and its contents. Hot tar dripping from the roof awakened him. Alton High School's cafeteria reopened after a week of school under direction of a new manager, Miss Sarah Dewing, instructor in domestic science! Miss Rhea Curdie, who started the cafeteria some >ears before, had resigned. Aided by a new tackling dummy, Alton High School's football squad of 50 candidates was working hard under Coach John MacWherter. On the schedule were Carlmville, Cleveland of St. Louis, Jacksonville, Collmsville, Webster Groves, Carrollton, Roodhouse, and Granite City.

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