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, Sept. 15, 1972 • • %What We think about. . . Revenue sharing bill . . . Lenz Commission . . . Looks like a wait ffek Adla! Stevenson remains among 'unconvinced of the merits of revenue rig bills which hopeful Madison County ; officials feel may bail them out of the looming financial pinch. , Whfle Madison County board member Hayes Mallory is dogwatching the progress trf bills, the Senate must examine some two- dasen amendments "including one that would help finance the program.'' \ That key phase is what bothers Sen. Stevenson. He harks back to 1964 when the proposals began at a time when federal surpluses were likely. ,_.,-,, Stevenson feels revenue sharing, which Was rejected then, makes must less sense now at a time of "very large and mounting federal deficits." The program "will not reduce taxes; it more likely will increase taxes," he asserts. If revenue sharing, or federal aid to •education, are designed to lower local property taxes, will the federal income taxes then be increased to finance the rebates? That is one of the most crucial of many questions to be answered by an antsy Congress nervously watching the clock and calendar.' Most wish the session were over, What YOU think: so members can return to the campaign trail. Some observers predict revenue sharing will be passed. Others, including this writer, for) the issues are too complex and politically explosive to be accomplished in a hurry on the eve of the election. We look for some revenue sharing measures hut don't feel they'll make it this fall. Where does that leave the local governments and their financial crunches? And, the blossoming education and welfare problems of states also may have to await some later Congressional solutions. Composition of the house and senate after Nov. 4, too, may be drastically different. Searching for answers Mayor Lenx has lost little time in naming his selections to the nine-member task force authorized by a City Council resolution to outline plans for creation of a Community Relations Commission. As the mayor commented, not every resident of the community will view the selections as perfect. But we believe he selected personnel which can give the commission authoritative input from many phases of a division-ridden community. He observed the wise practice of faking a generous part, of the commission from the black community — four out of nine. We believe he was especially wise to take one of his selections from the high school student body, where there is much sensitivity to interracial problems and where they can be expected to surface early. Some may complain that the commission should be dominated by blacks. But most of the discussion we've been hearing lately indicates an acceptance among even the blacks that race is not entirely what the problem is all about. - Much of where it's at is in the economic and employment, category. And that involves education and training. We hope the new commission can undertake its work with a drive that will meet with quick success. University must enforce At least a law on the books makes possible legal action against college term paper and thesis "factories." Governor Richard B. Ogilvie signed a bill authorizing courts to enjoin such practices wherever they surfaced. Primarily it places the responsibility in the hands of state university and community college presidents. They can go to court and obtain injunctions, which will make violators subject to contempt citations and consequent penalties. The Telegraph first exposed the practice in this area. But thanks to Sen. Stanley Weaver, an Urbana Republican, who introduced the original bill in the upper chamber; and to Rep. Charles Clabaugh, another Republican, from Champaign, who sponsored it in the lower chamber and dug it out of committee for passage near the end of the legislature's session. Now it's up to university and community college presidents to see that their schools maintain a tight ship in this respect. This is particularly important in that the Telegraph found the local term paper "factory" was selling treatises to Southern Illinois University faculty members. So what's new? Vietnam observers will wonder what's new about the latest Hanoi peace offer. It did come at a time When the administration might seize upon it as a device for a quick settlement at Par-is if the McGovern peace-at-any-price campaign generates enough pressure. It was in form that might be sold as more acceptable. Hanoi said it was "Prepared to Accept a provisional government of national accord that shall be dominated by neither side." For the moment, U.S. sources at Saigon viewed the offer as indicating at Hanoi admission that neither side could win the war militarily. But previous offers have been made for a coalition government. And nation after nation has proven the facility with which tight Communist divisions of coalition governments can gain dominance — largely through control of the police ministry. Similarity of the latest two previous proposals in other respects is high, too. Hanoi wants the United States to withdraw all its troops from Vietnam (which we're near doing, anyway) and wants us to stop supporting President Nguyen Van Thieu (which an increasing number of Americans want us to do, anyway). PAUL S. and STEPHEN A. COUSLEY Folly of Postal Service 6 . . . And for you good voters, a copy oi my Labor Day 'ivork ethic 9 speech!' Inefficiency is the best way to describe the movement of mail by the United States Postal Service. There is nothing more irritating to one who looks forward to his favorite daily paper only to get it 24 or 48 hours late or even later. This year marks my fiftieth as a subscriber to the Chicago Tribune. Three times this week I have been disappointed on not receiving my daily paper on time. Monday's paper came on Wednesday. I am still looking for the Friday and Saturday editions sometime next week! I now pay $3 a year extra for being more than 150 miles from Chicago, but still in Illinois. This is because of the rate increase by the U. S. Postal Service. I had been a subscriber to the Dubuque Telegraph- Herald for many years. Delivery became so bad that I discontinued it much against my will. You would go for days without a paper and then three would arrive in one mail. The Sunday issue actually arrived the Friday after publication one week; the next week there was a one- day improvement as it arrived on Thursday! Having spent five years in Dubuque, Iowa, I have an interest in what is happening there, the college I attended, and items concerning former acquaintances. I likewise found it advisable to discontinue my subscription to the Illinois State Journal for the same reason. I recall one week that I received it but once on the day of publication. Numerous letters were written but to no avail. I understand the star routes take it to Effingham, then to East St. Louis, then to Alton, and finally to Brighton — if it is fortunate to make all the connections. Not many years ago there were 13 mails in and out of Brighton. Now it is down to one incoming and one outgoing mail. The head of the new Postal Service recently announced that nine-cent postage for first Class mail will not go into effect Jan. 1, 1973 as planned. Bat after negotiations in 1973 with the postal unions it may wefl be increased to nine or ten cents. Considerable increases on non-profit publications such as religious, fraternal, and patriotic journals have been made, and are in for a prohibitive increase in the future. First class mail service is also caught up in the juggernaut of bureaucratic- red tape. The setting up of the Postal Service Centers only compounds the delay of mail. When local post offices cancel their own mail and dispatch it to the proper designation, it is not caught up in the glut of a mail in these centers. A letter from my sister, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on a Wednesday, was not received by me in Brighton the following Monday. A good friend of my sister died in Alton so I sent an air mail letter on Sunday (there is a 4:15 pickup at Brighton then). The next day I wrote a more detailed letter and it left Brighton after 5 p.m. Monday by regular mail. Yet my sister informed me that the regular mailed letter arrived a day before the one sent by air mail. It was a serious mistake of Congress to set up this independent U.S. Postal Service. Before that was done, one could address complaints to his Congressman or Senators and they were sure to investigate. I recommend that letters be sent to the Congressmen requesting them to vote out this new system and restore a system that gives the public the service it pays for. After all, the postal service as begun by Benjamin Franklin was for the benefit of mankind, not necessarily a service that must pay its way. JOHN E. BYRNKS Box 482 Brighton They knoiv Mac I am a Nixon Democrat. We Democrats know who Sen. McGovern is. Men like Mayor Daley and Connally. He is brilliant, people of Cook county — maybe a half million voters — know. A great labor man, George Meany, knows, and sees more than the average person. should Other Democrats take heed. A group of socialistic "pie in the sky" thinkers hope to hoodwink l.he voting public. Frank Mankiewicz is just a remnant of "Bobby" and as a Democrat I despise any image of him. I am ready to challenge anybody who will defend "Bobby". As a good Democrat I admire a great Texan, John Connally. He is brilliant, thoughtful, putting his country ahead of his wishes. W. M. TUETH 412 W. Fourth St. Watch 'missing' I am writing this letter to agree with W. K. Siglar, An investigation of your county sheriff's office is needed. Last year my parents' home was burglarized in Madison county. The following day the thieves were arrested and all the possessions of my folks were found and identified — but taken over to Edwardsville. A fine watch which was presented to my dad as a gift (my husband purchased it while in Vietnam) was never returned. It "turned up missing" from the sheriff's safe. LILLIE JAMES 5718 White Feather San Antonio, Tex. Properly studied, polls are revealing Hussein target of Black September Notable quotes A lot of suicide deaths occur while a person is under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. A person who uses hallucinogenic^ m a y be signing his own death certificate. — Dr. Wayne Richard, clinical psychologist at the University of Florida, reporting that suicide is the second highest cause of death among young people. What think: The Telegraph welcomes prose expressions of its readers' oivn 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 Jack Anderson WASHINGTON- The Black September terrorists, who were behind the Olympic massacre, have marked Jordan's King Hussein as their No. 1 assassination target. They hope to kill him on one of his trips abroad. They take their name from September 1970, a black month on their calendar, when King Hussein's forces crushed the Palestinian guerillas and drove them out of Jordan. They have sworn revenge. The Central Intelligence Agency, indeed, has linked the Black September terrorists to al Fatah, the main Palestinian guerrilla organization. They reportedly belong to a secret assassination arm of Fatah's intelligence service. Whether Fatah's leader, Yasser Arafat, controls the Black September group is disputed. He has disavowed any responsibility for the terrorists. But the CIA has received "reliable" information that Black Sep- tember is merely a cover for Fatah's assassination arm. The CIA got wind of the assassination plot against King Hussein from inside Fatah's intelligence service, which goes by the name Jihaz al Rasd. Warns a secret CIA report: "Fakhri al Amari, who is chief of the special services section of Rasd, which is responsible for assassinations, kidnapings, sabotage and other acts of terrorism, was still working on his plan to 'get' King Hussein of Jordan the next time the latter travels outside Jordan. . . . "Part of the plan involves one al Husayni, who is a captain and a pilot for Royal Jordanian Airlines, w'ho many times has piloted the king's plane when the king has traveled abroad. '•Jlusayni's role is to provide Rasd with intelligence on the exact flight data when the king next flies, including Amman take-off time and any planned stops enroute. This information is needed for a possible backup emergency attempt, if Rasd discovers that the primary plan has been leaked. Husayni is also to provide the king's estimated time of arrival at the destination and is to tell Rasd in advance whether Husayni will be flying on that particular or not." out-of-country trip Because the king was expected to visit Paris, the plot on his life became known, at first, as the "Paris plan." The trip, however, never took place and the terrorists are still waiting for their opportunity. Terrorists dressed as Muslim or Christian priests also are reported to be stalking other Jordanian leaders. Declares the CIA: "Fatah's assassination plans are aimed solely at Jordanian ministers, army officers and members of the Royal Hashemite family. It is planned to execute these individuals wherever they may be found abroad in Arab countries, Europe or America. "For this purpose, Fatah has accumulated a number of forged passports which will be used in appropriate countries, i.e., Syrian passports in Egypt, Egyptian or Kuwaiti passports in the Sudan and Gulf passports in Saudi Arabia. "The plans include the adoption of Muslim or Christian priestly disguise to use when appropriate or necessary." Some 200 trained terrorists, all Fatah members, are reported to belong to the Black September organization. They assassinated Jordan's Premier Wasfi Tal in Cairo last November and, subsequently, made an unsuccessful attempt on the life of Jordan's ambassador to London, Zayed Rifal. Black September terrorists also have claimed responsibility for sabotaging a West German plant that manufactured parts for the Israeli Air Force, blowing up the oil complex at Trieste, Italy, and murdering five Jordanians who allegedly had been spying on Palestinians in Europe. The Black September group has also attempted to hijack several Jordanian airliners, once successfully. Last May, four Black September members — two men and two girls — hijacked a Sabena airliner to Tel Aviv. But Israeli security men killed the men and captured the girls. Jordanian authorities have linked Egyptian intelligence with the Black September movement. Five days before the assassination of Wasfi Tal, a top Jordanian security official told the CIA, classified Black September doccments "were delivered to Egyptian intelligence officer in Amman Muhammad Abd al Salam for safekeeping." By John Roche Senator George McGovern \s understandably a bit disconcerted by the polls, which uniformly show him miles behind President Nixon. As a consequence, he had had his top staff out busily playing on the theme that the pollsters just can't be trusted. First of all, they remind us of the Truman upset and how wrong all the polls were. It's a good try, but since 1948 — and largely as a consequence of the polling debacle — the pollsters have engaged in immense refinement of their techniques. And second, Harry S. Truman had the inestimable advantage over Senator McGovern of being the incumbent President: he had the Republicans busy returning his shots, while McGovern is spending most of his energy on defensive maneuvers. H o w ever, McGovern's rainmakers have introduced a supplementary argument. After all, they argue, look at where McGovern stood back in January and where he is now. There is only one thing wrong with this engaging theory. McGovern is running against Richard Nixon head to head; he is not out contesting primaries with a wide cast of competitors. I am not much good at mathematics, but I can do simple addition. So I got out the issue of Congressional Quarterly which had all the primary votes catalogued, a pencil and a pad, and went to work. In the 17 states which sponsored a beauty contest, that is, where there was an opportunity for Presidential choice on the ballot, a total of 14,383,709 voters participated. (They were not all necessarily Democrats; several states allow crossover voting.) In three of these states, by his own decision, McGovern did not appear on the ballot (Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia). Of the fourteen million-plus votes cast, McGovern received about four million, that is, roughly 29 per cent. Now if you recall the fervor of his campaign, you can assume that probably more than 90 per cent of his constituency in the Democratic Party participated. To be generous, let us assign him a core constituency of six million, since he had a number of workers in non- primary states. This dedicated cadre made mincemeat out of the alleged "system," because the so- called professional politicians scattered all over the map. If they had settled, say, on Senator Muskie early on, and the media hadn't decided that the Maine Senator had "lost" New Hampshire, it could have been a different ball game entirely. (Lyndon Johnson and Edmund Muskie certainly have one strong common bond: they both lost the New Hampshii-e primary to the media!) If. . . if . . . if. . . one of the most useless words in the political lexicon If, as the Queen said. . . well, never mind what the Queen said. To return to the central point, McGovern is no longer playing against a wide-open field. Nor can Billy Singer — the Chicago alderman who led the, anti-Daley slate at Miami Beach — turn up in November with a different set of members for the Electoral College from Illinois. The name of the game in November is majority rule, even if left-handed Lithuanian women are underrepresented in the Electoral College. McGovern's victory in the race for the Democratic nomination, in short, offers no significant lessons for the general election. Undoubtedly the polls right now are unduly pessimistic about McGovern's support. Each party has a solid, automatic base of about 40 per cent: loyalists who would vote for Genghis Khan if he happend to head the ticket. It's that 20 per cent in between that counts and here a recent Yankelovlch Survey makes ominous reading. It indicated that 75 per cent of the electorate considered themselves to be either "Conservative" or "Moderate," while only 25 per cent considered McGovern to fall into either of these categories. What they did then — news from the Telegraphs of yesteryear 25 years ago SEPTEMBER 12, 1947 Storm winds caused a break In power lines near and Market streets, stopping the Telegraph , dosing the theaters, left businesses without , 3B4 delayed delivery of the newspaper about jJWtfS- Carrier boys were advised to go home fl&iTB after the power was restored- At the office four members of the office were bu*y answering inquiries about the delivery. trouble spots were reported when auxiliary went out because of break in lines by and damage city engineer under seven mayors of Alton died at the Mather Nursing Home. He had served as county surveyor, was in charge oi Standard Oil Co. and various government construction jobs. In an effort to have an agreeable settlement between the city and Carter Bros, over a tease of the old No. 3 hose house, spokesmen for both sides were heard and the matter referred to the council committee. The city, wishing to have the hose house vacated for its own equipment storage, left Carter Bros, without a "home." Carter's in mm, said th-.-y had an option for lease for five years on space in a new building being erected at From and Henry streets, which could provide the city with better quarters. Carter would assign his option on the aew building to the city, and increase its rental on the East End city property from $35 to $60 per month, it he could remain in present location. The council also heard a report that plans for a proposed widening of Front street by adding a new parking lane atop the south ten-ace from Market to Henry was underway. Capt. Alvan Parker of the Salvation had been transferred to East St. Louis, after two years service at the Alton citadel. 50 years ago SEPTEMBER 12, 1922 First confirmation of reports as basis for rail strike settlement was being sought ID the shop crafts general policy committee, meeting in Chicago, came from B. M. Jewell, head of the American Federation of Labor's railway employment department. Jewell, however, urged against even outside conjecture on the nature of the plans. Meanwhile, Federal District Judge James H. Wilkerson deferred hearing on a rail strikers motion for modification of the temporary strike injunction obtained by the Department of Justice. He extended the injunction for another 10 days. At Springfield the constitutional convention reopened the draft of the document completed three months before and amended it to increase Chicago area representation on the state supreme court to three judges from one, enlarging the total court to nine. The aldermanic finance group also discussed complaints from Danforth and Logan streeters that heavy trucks hauling supplies for road paving in the new Bowman subdivision toward the bluffs were wrecking the pavements. Some aldermen expressed favor for light hauling limitations. Many Upper Alton families reported finding it profitable to offer rental rooms to instructors and students in Western Military Academy and Shurtleff College. The finding gave rise to a suggestion that - most new houses being built should provide such extra rooms. Cole Cottage, Shurtleff's girls' dormitory, was overcrowded as fall registration advanced, and the school's officials were preparing to open bids on an addition. All accomodations at Western were filled, and school officials reported a number of unexpected arrivals on registration day. Efforts were being made to take care of them, since some came from long distances.