Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on September 13, 1972 · Page 5
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 5

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, September 13, 1972
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What others sail ... Support for death ~^ A poU , ta J^ en last month *»«* that Callfornlans favor retention of the death penalty by a margin of 3 to 1. The showing of 66 to 24 per cent was ihe biggest ntargin in favor of the death penally in the 16 years that the independent California Poll has been in operation. The showing is especially significant because Californians will vote in November on a popular initiative constitutional amendment restoring the death penalty, which the state -Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional last February. The United States Supreme Court later ruled that the death penalty as now exercised is also in violation of the federal Constitution. The trend in California is in sharp conflict with the contention of those who oppose the death penalty that it has lost public support. It is not hard to find much in California's experience to explain this trend. There has been the Angela Davis trial, of course, and there is the unsavory Memory of the Hanson killings. But people in other states, including Illinois, can point to local crimes which have been just as shocking as California's and are considerably fresher in their memories. The whole world is in a state of revulsion over the Munich killings; and still more recently there has been the murder of eight people in the Virgin Islands. And so it is reasonable to assume that if Californians are having sharp second thoughts about eliminating the death penalty, so are people in a great many other places Since the judicial rulings that the death penalty is "cruel and unusual" depend on the currently accepted interpretation of these terms, the constitutional case a against th edeath penally may be in the process of disintegrating. If the California poll is confirmed by the voting in November, it will be up to the Supreme Court to reconsider its position — or at least spell out more clearly under what conditions ihe death penalty is legal. The wave of atrocities since the death penalty has gone out of fashion hardly supports the contention that it is useless as a deterrent. -CHICAGO TRIBUNE Alton Evening Telegraph Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1972 A-5 Meany will skip top of both tickets By Victot Riesel WASHINGTON — Those two golfers, Richard Nixon and George Meany, sat in the sun talking privately not too long ago — and the labor leader averred to the President he would not vote for him. Meany said he couldn't abide George McGovern but that he (Meany) was not going to vote for the top of either ticket. The President chuckled over the curmudgeon's candor, reckoning the AFL- CIO's neutrality was the best endorsement he could get. Then as pros, with virtually the greatest seniority in official Washington, they talked of many national problems — as they have regularly, often not quite so overtly, during the past fe-w years. During one of these off-the- record conversations a startling dramatic concept developed — the decision to take the first short steps towards a strikeless society. The first hint of this came in Mr, Nixon's Labor Day speech — a move which went virtually unreported though, if successful, it could end senseless labor-management wars, make American products competitive and thus save millions of American jobs from being wiped out in a flood of cheap goods from abroad, whether these be Japanese passenger airplanes or fantastically sophisticated German machinery. What should have been pulled up front in stories on the President's speech, instead of buried, was his announcement of the creation of the National Commission for Industrial Peace. The sharp lines and what the professionals call "the infra-structure" have not been drawn for this commission. Pieces were being placed in line, however, as early as 2 o'clock on Sept. 5, the first working day after the long weekend. Some of the President's top advisers sat around and began reckoning whether it was possible to develop a voluntary system which would end the need for strikes — such as the strike against General Motors which virtually bankrupted the United Auto Workers in 1970-71, costing it $160 million and more and forcing it to hock its national headquarters Solidarity House with the Teamsters, and derailed America's prosperity train. Meany is on record with a distaste for major strikes. He doesn't believe they're really necessary any longer. Some of labor's most powerful men, such as I. W. Abel, leader of the steel workers, hounded by an overeager rank and file, appear to agree with Meany. But in private. These two men, and others in the movement, have been working with the American Arbitration Assn., shepherded by Don Straus, its former president, quietly discussing the possibilities of turning the big strike into a natural history museum piece like the dinosaur. Meany has been active in all this right up to the minute, working, conferring, nudging like a broad-beamed tug nosing a huge liner into berth. With them have been their counterparts such as U.S. Steel's vice chairman Heath Larry. No one wants to talk aloud about, the vision of a strikeless society. The rank and file might get restless over what they believe is their heaviest clobbering weapon — the walkout. However, it will all be up front soon when two veteran mediators, Dave Cole, adviser to presidents, and former International Labor Organization director general Dave Morse come through with their feasibility report. Against this panorama the President has directed the creation of a commission to develop concerted action, improvement of labor- management collective bargaining. And not only in steel, auto and transportation (Teamsters), but in the public sector — meaning federal, state, county and municipal workers. How do you get agreement on the voluntary use of binding arbitration? That's what Meany's for. That's what Mr. Nixon wants to know. That's what the public had better clamor for. Trouble with the public is it always gets uptight when picket lines close down an industry, or food supplies, of an airline, or the docks — and prices go up while sap* plies go down. Well, there is a tough year ahead. In 1973 at least 700 major union pacts expire. And they cover 4 million workers. Thousands of smaller contracts expire — involving millions more. UPHOLSTERY SUPPLIES ALTON SEAT COVER & UPHOLSTERY Broadway at Henry 462-4561 Big Buy-Out . . . of DRUGS-SUNDRIES At BELOW Wholesale Prices! * * * Central Hardware 3000 BELTLINE OPEN 9:30 AM—IOPM OUUU DEL I LIRE SUN: 11 AM—7PM MOVING SALE of G.E. Appliances at ROGERS APPLIANCE INC. Floor Sample Savings 16Cu.Ft. 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