The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 19, 1959 · Page 16
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The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 16

Racine, Wisconsin
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Sunday, July 19, 1959
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Racina^ Wisconsin. Sunday, July 19, 1959 Start Toward Boat Control "THE WORKERS ARE TRAITORS — THEY'RE ALL CAPITALISTS" Th9 chief virtue of the boating bill adopted by the State Legislature is that it recognizes the principle of state control over boat traffic on inland lakes. As Wisconsin lakes become more crowded, regulation of some type has become Inevitable. Too many accidents, too many near-accidents, and too many injuries and even deaths have occurred in recent years to permit this traffic to go unregulated. • * • But there has been a tendency, as i)oat traffic grew, for each community \vhi(;h became sufficiently alarmed about it to adopt Its own repiilation.*;, Ohviou.sly, this was not going to work; it made no more sense for each township containing a resort lake to adopt boating rules tiian it would for each town, village and city to adopt its own highway traffic rules. Effective, standardized regulation could only bo effected by state law. The rules adopted i)y the slntc arc a long step toward .standardization of boat traffic regulations, although the bill adopted tbi.s week has some weak .spot.'^. The provisions requiring the licensing of all boats by the stale (with a modest fee of $3 for three years), and the establishment of safety and operating rules, are all for the best. Even better was the strength the Legislature showed in fighting off most of the exemptions which would have made the boat control bill practically meaningless. (One exemption, for all boats under 10 feet, was actually adopted by the Assembly before an assemblyman discovered that it would have excluded practically all l)oals in the state! The Assembly hastily withdrew the exemption.) • * * The l)ill adopted in this session will not be the last word on state boat control. It is only a start. The present bill lacks strong enforcement provisions, mainly because there is no state manpower available, within a reasonable cost, to achieve strong and uniform enforcement. Neither does this bill face the basic problem of many of Wisconsin's lakes, the mixture of many types of conflicting water traffic. lJut a good beginning has been made, and the next few years may see a broader concept of regulated of our invaluable inland lakes, .so that there will be provision for all those who enjoy their use, in many ways, to do so with safety and enjoyment. Devious Way of 'Killing^ Primary If Gov. Gaylord Nelson and Sen. William Proxmire conspire to deny the voters of Wisconsin a Democratic primai-y next spring, they will lay themselves open to the charge of being devious. Their apparent plans may suit the uses of the politicians in their party; it remains to be seen whether they will please the voters. A few months ago, it appeared that Wisconsin Democj*ats, and those wlio vote in the Democratic primary, would be asked to choose up sides between presidential candidates in the primary next spring. Hubert Humphrey was almost certain to be a candidate here, and there were strong indications that John Kennedy would try for the Wisconsin delegation at the 1960 convention. Much less doubtful starters here.were Adlal Steven-son, Lyndon Johnson and Stuart Symington, who have their strength elsewhere, but the pro.spect of a Humphrey-Kennedy primary was a good one. • * • But suddenly the Democratic leaders decided that this would be "divisive" for Wisconsin Democrats, who have achieved at least a temporary majority status. Nelson made a public statement asking Proxmire to run as a "favorite son" candidate. The effect of this move would be to •erve notice on outside candidates to stay out of the Wisconsin primary, and wrap all the Democratic delegates in one, neat package that the stale parly leadership could handle at the convention. Granted that this would give the leadership considerable bargaining power at the lOGO convention. It would give the voters of the state less than an effective voice in the nomination. * • • The "favorite son" device is not a frank approach to the subject of the presidential primary. Many will agree that the Wisconsin system of electing delegates is a one, dcvi.sed a generation ago by the old LaFollette Progressives to suit their own It has many faults, and not the of them is its extreme complexity, which leaves it open to the charge that the voters of the stale don't understand it. But Gov. Nelson would have been much more frank to go to the Legislature and lay before it his criticisms of the primary system and his suggestions for changing it. lie might even be justified in asking, as did Gov. OrvlUe Freeman of Minnesota, that the presidential primary be abolished altogUier. There is no evidence that the Republicans, when they held a majority position, liked it any belter than the Democrats do now. 13ut the "favorite son" device takes an end run around the Legislature and the public. Wisconsin is left with a primary law on the books and the form of a primary election, without any real primary, and without any true choice for the voters. We are not accustomed to that kind of political dealing on the part of Wisconsin's governor. Measure of A Man Most men cannot hope to achieve fame In this world. In its stead they look for some kind of recognition. Even that is denied to some, including a good many who deserve it. The fabric of life about us Is held together partly by the unsung, unrewarded labors of such human beings as these. They are key threads which, if removed, would cause the whole fabric to be greatly weakened. In more limited setting, communities, families and a host of Individiuil personal relationships would tend to fall apart if these sturdy elements somehow were eliminated. • • * • Here's an example that came recently to attention: On a farm in gently rolling eastern coun- . try, a stocky man with the strength of horses lives as a roomer. A quick outward measure suggests he's a sort of handy man who does odd jobs, collects trash from neighboring farms, and scrapes by. The truth is a good deal different. He works in a factory six and sometimes seven days a week, and a boss who just took over Profiles of Newsmakers Dr. Ralph J. Bunche NEA SMTte*. Reading a Columnist's Mail with lex Reynolds Opposed to Mall at Memorial Hall Dear Tex: I believe it is time for good citizens to wake up. I see by the papers the City Plan Commission has come up with a proposed "mall" to be developed on the east end of 7th between Memorial Hall and the public library. This would do away with an 18-car parking area. It doesn't make much sense to me when the cry was only such a short time ago "get rid of Monument Square." Now they want to take away this extra parking to add a little green beauty. I am not opposed to a little green in the city, but why do away with the parking area? Who is going to pay for this other than our good taxpayers. Let's wake up. —PUZZLED earnings for the villagers. In recent years, the village became also a summer resort and two good hotels take care of the city people who enjoy the mountain solitude. Among connoisseurs of art the name Burgfelden is well known. Its church of St. Michael was erected in the 11th century and the walls in­ side are covered with paintings. Although the colors have faded during the centuries, the artistic mark is still noticeable. I thought it would be of some interest for you to hear a little about this village and its inhabitants who are so proud of their "cousin," the eminent U.S. Secretary of State. —MRS. PAULA AUGUSTADT told him he was vastly underpaid. He owns a house a few miles from the farm, but rents it out to add to his earnings. On the farm, owned by an old woman, stancls thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment, all bought by him. He owns a truck, and also paid for a cai; used at the farm. The old woman has had two serious operations. The "handy man" paid all the medical bills for the first one, and probably would have helped on the second but for his mortgage burdens. * * • For the old woman and her farm, he's been the staff of life for many, many years. From dawn to dark he hurries about, lifting, tugging, shoving, digging, always working as if each dollar he earned was the one which would just barely keep him' going. Take away this stout thread and a pattern of living would dissolve. The world will never hear of this man. He will have no fame. But as he cuts his backroad path doggedly and bravely through life, he truly makes of himself every bit as much a hero as any whose name is etched in the history books. ]|g^kiiig Backward HJnSARS AGO July 19, 1919 Maximum, 90; Minimum. 61. A Pennsylvania congressman diarged fbefoce the House Rulei Committee that U. S. Comptroller John Skelton Wil- jiM ^f had 'mm a brother-in. law iti n«|o |l<iting government purehale pf property in Washington valued at and that WUllami had received a eoRuniiiiooor^ the sale. ' M|M !]li |BiqKar<et Cdvgrove re signed as police department juvenile officer, giving as her reason that she was "entering other employment at a higher salary." The jPony Expreai began to gmj ^mall to the Weit Coest mm 30 YEARS AGO July 19, 1929 — Maximum, 83; Minimum, 53. Jan Rudzutak, acting head of the Russian government, told American. newspapermen in Moscow that Soviet Russia has no 'intention of declaring war on China over the Manchuria issue. Stockholders of the First National Bank and. the Manufacturers Bank & Trust Co. approved • nerger to form the First National Bank & Trust Co. Wallace Nelson, 18, of 2013 Carmel Ave., broke both arms while cranking an automobile 20 YEARS AGO July 19, 1939 — Maximum 77; Minimum, 62. U. S, Atty. Gen. Frank Murphy ordered a grand jury in vestigatlon of the WPA strike in Minnesota. A survey showed that truck crops harvested in Racine County reached consumers in 29 states and Canada. The Racine Welfare Department was issuing surplus commodities to scores of WPA workers to aid them for pay lost during the recent protest stirike. Roscoe Drummond Why Aren't Russians Proud of What Communism Is? WASHINGTON — What do you think the English-speaking guides at the Soviet exhibit in New York are saying to the American vis- • Dear Tex: A mall!! Flowers?!! Eighteen parking places to be sacrificed for flowers?!! This is a valuable parking place; there are parking meters bringing in revenue!! The taxpayers will dig down in their pockets to build this mall and then they will have to pay for maintenance! Racine residents are patronizing shopping centers because here is plenty of parking and not for beautiful flowers!! I called this mall plan to the attention of several of my riends. They expressed the opinion that it couldn't be possible that the city is going to sacrifice the revenue of 18 parking places! When I asked them to write and object, they remarked, "Oh, why should we; our opinion does not bear weight." But they are mistaken —Everyone's opinion counts! Flowers! A Mall! Surely they are joking! Don't sacrifice 18 parking places; give us 18 more convenient places in addition to the 50-car terrace behind the library!! —EXASPERATED RESIDENT P.S. Pardon the exclamation points, but I am deeply upset!! * • * Ancestral Home of the Herter's Dear Tex: It was a pleasure for me to read the article in The Journal-Times headed, "U.S. Secretary, (of State) Traces Kin to 1686." I lived nearly 30 years In the county town of Burgfelden, Germany, where so many of the relatives of Christian Herter still live, and where so many of his ancestors lived for centuries. I came to Racine 42 years ago, and since then have vis ited that mountian hamlet many times. It does not take you long to go through the village, which is the highest situated area in that part of Germany. Farming Is hard work In Burgfelden, yet it is surprising to see how much oats, bar ley and even wheat are grow ing there. Every house has its fenced-in garden where the householder takes care of different kliids of berry bushes, vegetables and flowers. The houses are not big, but they look friendly with the flower pots on the window sills. Two small factories provide Drununond iters who ask them: "Where are your copies of Dr. Zhivago?" The answer is: "Dr. Zhivago is where those pictures are that you were supposed to send to Moscow!" Sounds fair, doesn't It? Almost clever, this tit-for-tat riposte which says in effect: "Yes, we Soviets repress artists the way you do!" There is only one thing wrong with this Soviet retort. It is untrue. The Soviet propagandists are seeking to divert attention from the suppression of Boris Pasternak's great novel by contending that the U.S. is not sending the paintings to our exhibit in Moscow which we first announced we would send. They are counting on their mis-statement to hold long enough so that their questioners won't press the point. The facts are that the paintings by American artists, which some Americans criti cize, have been sent to Moscow. They are going to be shown at the American exhibition there and, while President Eisenhower said there were some he wouldn't have selected, he was not going to act either as a critic or a censor of what would be exhibited as representative works of modern American art. Red Field Day The Communists, of course, are having a field day playing around with the American criticism of the selection of paintings to be shown in Moscow and particularly with the ques- Hons which Rep. Francis E, Walter has raised concerning the political background of some of the artists. One voice from Radio Moscow'had its fun this way: "Red was the dominating color in certain canvasses depicting the sunset. In Other cases artists were known to. have painted with brushes made of imported hair. Now, isn't that certain proof that these (Americaii) • artists had contacts beyond the iron curtain?" Well, that's harmless joshing among propagandists, but a serious question I- want to raise is this: Why do the Soviets Com­ munists feel they have to picture Communism as something different than it is? Don't they believe in It? Don't they look upon repression and censorship as good things that ought to be praised rather than covered up? Bear in mind that this studied quip by the guides at the Soviet exhibit Is being used over and over again. They all give exactly the same answer in the same words: "Dr. Zhivago is where those pictures are that you were supposed to send to Moscow." Even if the U.S. government had not chosen to send these particular paintings to Moscow—as it did—the gap between Communist society and a free society would be vast The gap would be just this Pasternak's "Dr. Zhivago." which is less critical of Soviet life than much that has been written of American life by Upton Sinclair, John Stein beck or Sinclair Lewis, cannot be bought, cannot be read, can not be pulbished in the Soviet Union. Official Only A basic ingredient of a free society is not whether a gov ernment chooses a particular work of art to praise or to exhibit; it is whether a gov ernment acts to prevent the artist to publish or to exhibi his work. There is only official art in the Soviet Union. There is no official art in America. The fact that the U.S. gov ernment, in its Moscow ex hibit, is showing pictures which arouse controversy is the best possible proof that creative- freedom in America Is alive and real. Nothing could show more clearly that no one in America tells the artist what or how he must paint, compose or write. But why shouldn't the Soviei guides at the Soivet exhib candidly say: "We are proud that 'Zhivago' is not published In Russia. We think every body is better off where noth ing is said, written, printed or composed which the government doesn't approve," They suggest that the only way to export Communism is to disguise it. ht, 1_. Id TrlbunH, Ino.) UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — iJf) —Ralph J. Bunche, center of a controversy involving the attitude 6f a New York tennis club tward Negroes, believes there is a lot less racial discrimination today than when he was a teen-ager. He calls this "an expression of the maturity of the society" in the United States. He cites the case of his son and namesake—that he was 15 before race discrimination touched him in the refusal of the tennis club, at one period, to consider him for meml)er- ship. The elder Bunche is a United Nations undersecretary for special political affairs and a right- hand man to Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for working out the Arab-Israeli armistice agreements for Palestine. He told an acquaintance the other day he himself had had plenty of experiences with race discrimination. I couldn't be 54-years a Negro and not have—unless I sat at home," he said. "I've had many. 'Things Change' •'But things change. Whereas I have had many, my daughters, who are older than my son, have had some. My son has had none. "This tennis thing is the first thing of this kind he's encountered. "Well, it's a sign of the changing times .,, even in New York City, when I was my son's age, there would have been in cidents. Things have changed. I think it's an expression of the maturity of the society." He gave these reasons for the change: The Negro's efforts "to eradicate these practices," led by such organizations as the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People and the Urban League; support rom "white citizens who are air minded." Progress was (greatly accelerated," he said, "during the war." Bunche has been a director of the NACCP for years. He fights discrimination. I oppose it whenever I encounter it," he declared, "and speak against it in principle." He acknowledges there are things he might have said and done that he has not said and done because his position as an international official "imposes certain discretionary restrictions" and "you really don't have a private capacity." On the other hand," he noted, "the position of the UN and its charter on these questions is very helpful." The charter says the UN is to encourage "respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion." Bunche, light brown of complexion and fine featured, obviously has white blood. But never to his knowledge has he been taken for a white man. "I don't recall," he once told a friend, "when anyone's taken my complexion for a sunburn.' He observed that he never traced his ancestry far back because "I have no interest in genealogy—I'm much more interested in the present and the future." It has been written that he is the grandson of a slave but he says: "I never had any slave an cestry. I wouldn't be ashamed of it at all if I did have. But didn't." (CogyH^ht,_l«6». Kew York WHISKY REBELLION The Whisky Rebellion in Pennsylvania in 1794 was the first direct challenge to the au thority of the United States government. President Wash ington called out the militia and dispersed the insurgents in short order. DR. RALPH J. BUNCHE Things have changed His father 's father was an Ohio farmer, his mother 's father a teacher who studied at Shurtleff College, Decatur, 111., and later taught in Negro schools in the Indian territory and Waco, Texas. Bunche's own father, Fred Bunche, was a barber from Columbus, Ohio, and his mother, Olive Agnes Johnson, a Topeka, Kan. girl. Ralph Bunche was bom in Detroit. His mother developed inflammatory rheumatism, and the family moved to Albuquerque, N.M., for her health. She died when Ralph was 14. College Athlete He went out for basketball, baseball and football in high school, and won an athletic scholarship at the University of California at Los Angeles. At ULCA,.he was on three basketball teams that won Southern California conference championships. He chose political science as his major interest. Hfere he does special jobs for Hammarskjold. Lately while flammarskjold and his executive assistant, Andrew W. Corder, have been in Geneva, Bunche has been "keeping the store" at headquarters, as he calls the duty. He works six days a week, sometimes Sunday. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his wife and their elder daughter Joan, a Vassar graduate who works at Look Magazine. President Quit Ralph Bunche Jr. is spending the summer in Choate School, Walllngford, Conn. He likes baseball and basketball. He took tennis lessons last spring from George Agutter, instructor at the West Side Tennis Club, near the Bunche home. Agutter advised him to get a junior membership so he could play at the club this summer. Later the elder Bunche reported he had asked the club president, Wilfred Burglund, about this and had been told the club barred Negroes or Jews. This created a furor. Demands were made that the Davis Cup challenge and National Tennis Championship matches be moved from the club stadium. Then, last Tuesday, governors of the West Side Club accepted Burglund 's resignation and announced the club's policy is to "consider and accept members without regard to racs^ creed and color." Bunche says his son does not need to join any New York club now because he is playing tennis at Choate. But he will be back in the fall to go to Trinity School in Manhattan. W. W. Bauer, M.D. Vibrators and Hair-Growers: Value Is Zero Q: What Is the value of massage and vibrators for local reducing and reshaping of the body? M. N. C, Ohio. A: In a word—zero! Q: My hair Is beginning to ithin out at tiie temples and around the crown of my head; my father's did the same; so did my grandfather's, according Dr. Bauer to some old pictures. What am I going to do about It? W. C. B., Vermont. A: If you do anything successful, you'll be the first. What you describe is the well-known type of hereditary baldness for which you might as well develop a liking, because you are stuck with it. Sorry. Q:> What Is low resistance? Can Ht be buUt up? WiU vita mins help. In children? T. W. I„ Pennsylvania. A: "Low resistance" is an indefinite term; presumably you mean to colds and other infections. Resistance is a function of the body cells, reflected in chemical substances in the blood known as antibodies. It is not necessarily parallel with good nutrition, and it has no direct relation' ship to vitamins. Of course, vitamins as well as other nutrients are necessary to good health, but robust health and physical strength do not necessarily assure good resistance to infections. In general, good living habits such as sleep, exercise, diet, recreation and sensible dressing help to avoid colds and other infectious diseases. The most important thing is to keep away from people who have these diseases. MONDAY: Ask the Doctors (Copyrlgbi, OolumblK Featurii, Xne,) \

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