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^AOfi A4 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH THURSDAY, JUNE 2t, 1968 Not Ncccsiartty Oloi7 As we pointed out before, selection of Al* ton as the subject for an Illinois Chamber of Commerce-sponsored "model studies pro. gram* 1 of its law enforcement facilities and program is not necessarily a glorification process. Citizens of the community should not confuse it with awards programs adopted by some organizations. The Greater Alton Association of Com* merce at this Juncture would hardly be seeking such a distinction for the city. Its knowledge of our needs, If accepted at Its face value, would preclude such an effort. What the study constitutes, however, is an opportunity for the city to have a study made of its record in law enforcement and observance, the facilities of its enforcement organizations, specifically the police department, and other phases involved In law and order. The study Is to be made by men widely recognized in the field of law enforcement. The city thus can learn a lot about itself as seen through eyes of men who have had . . .IF/taf reason for broad observation and comparison In the law enforcement field. What comes out of it may well be a series of recommendations that would be far beyond the community's realization. fiut it can give up the option of a program to achieve gradually, if such is the case. One of four cities in the state chosen by the state Chamber for the survey, Alton thus will become a part of a yardstick by which other cities can be measured. Oftentimes theories about law enforcement break down when applied. The Chamber thus needs actual laboratories in which to note the effects of various theories as they are applied. Alton becomes such a laboratory, and we may well become a big help in the Chamber's state-wide program of better enforcement and observance. If posies need to be passed out, they might go to the Greater Alton Association of Commerce, which mustered the best and strongest delegation to the state conference on which the selection of cities was based, convincing the committee of Alton's interest. The performance is the best evidence we about. .. know of that the GAAC is stepping off in the right direction with its policy of demonstrating public interest in projects needed by the community, It bids fair to apply this principle in other directions as well — to get the communily off dead center. Record of Leadership It seems unjust that any observers should tend to lay the resignation of Alton High School Principal G. C. Davis to bitterness over racial unrest. Mr. Davis has continued on the job there despite periods of failing health, under stresses that must have taken all the strength and forbearance a man could muster, and all that even a younger man might have had. Principal Davis kept a firm hand on the high school helm through years of increasing difficulties — years when unrest among students at other high schools was stirring them to open revolt. Perhaps the biggest blow was that to his faith that the school could continue to main- tain an even keel of operation. Perhaps he did become his own sharpest critic in deeid* ing that attainment, ef fletifement age was the time for him to leave the post, The community and the district, however, will miss Mr. Davis, and the school board will need the best of good fortune in replacing him. Almost Irrelevant Quite unexpectedly to the public, it's happened. Congress has sent the President a bill that will coordinate four of our national holidays into single 1 weekends, But only one of them, Memorial Day, is generally observed In this part of the country. The rest are almost irrelevant except to schools and perhaps public offices. The others are Washington's Birthday, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Washington's Birthday, under the bill, would fall on the third Monday in February (it's now Feb. 22); Memorial Day (now May 30) on the last Monday in May; Veterans Day (now Nov. 11) on the Fourth Monday of Oeto* ber, and Columbus Day on the second Monday of October. Veterans Day would almost completely lose its significance as Armistice Day for World War I, Congress begged off oft the really big noli* days: Christmas, New Year's Day, todepen- dence Day, and Thanksgiving — perhaps because of the sentiment long attached to observing them on definite rather than weekend- related dates, Yet, these are the holidays whose lack of permanent status in relation to weekends cause the greatest dislocation to the agencies observing them and to millions of families in the country who would like to get that extra day attached to Sunday and perhaps Saturday. Educational Institutions do observe some of the days listed in the bill. Some may suspect that the present bill and its relatively limited type of holidays Is being used as a trial balloon to see how the country reacts — with a view to going on to the major holidays later. PAUL S, COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum Nation's Common Bond me n 9 Victor Riesel Our wonderful country has always been a land of diversity — diversity of land, of climate, of religion, of politics, of business, but most of all diversity of people. The different ethnic, national, and cultural backgrounds of the people of the United States have been molded together over the years to form what we call Americans. The United States can almost be considered a world in mina- ture. For this reason, the answers we arrive at to our problems are revelant to the rest of the world. The diversity of the American way of life is very good, but it can lead to some stresses. At no time in the history of our country has this been more apparent than in the last few years. The violence we have experienced lately is the reflection of the possible growing friction between the diverse elements of our country. This friction has shown its Hydra head so often lately that people all over the , world have called the American system unworkable. Is this really true? Is there anything which can bind us together as the nation which has. been so long respected all over the world? Yes there is! The Greater Alton Association of Commerce Committee on Respect for law and Order believes the answer to this problem is the American Flag and the freedom and principles it symbolizes. For this very reason, the Greater Alton Association of Commerce, in cooperation with the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, has declared July 4 to be known as "Rededication Week End." We are asking that during this week-end the citizens of the Greater Alton area rededicate themselves to the American spirit of the law and order. In order to symbolize this graphically, we ask that each citizen of the entire area fly the American flag not only on July 4, but all during this long Independence Day week-end — both as a reminder of our free- dojtn and of what we must do to preserve it. ROBERT W. ELLIOTT Chairman GAAC Respect for Law and Order Committee Society 9 s Base. Beverly Carlton should be complimented for her recent letter. In it, she has shown, a perception that many "adults" apparently do not have and has, In fact, hit a nerve which many do not like touched. No one who examines the facts can deny that something today is wrong, although authorities are at odds trying to explain Just what it is. We are presently experiencing a wave of violence of such magnitude that all are beginning to take notice. Many would-be reformers, however, are trying to solve matters by passing laws, correcting social systems, changing leaders, and with all sorts of attacks on an external element that they call society. All this is well and good, but I feel that they are missing the concept which is at the very heart of the teachings of Christ and the only concept which will effectively change anything either here or elsewhere. This concept is the fact that morality is always an individual thing. There is no such thing as an abstract "society", but only individuals who, when taken as a composite whole, form a society. The health or sickness of a society, therefore, is neither going to be determined by its economic system nor by its social institutions, but by the moral character of the individuals who comprise it. Since this is true, the only effective reform will come from building moral fiber in individuals. And this process must begin at home with each of us. Christ advised us to take the log from our own eye so we could see 1 the speck in our brother's. The Scriptures constantly tell individuals how they can improve their own lives and then use this as a basis for helping others. Only when we begin to do this can we attain the righteousness that we so desperately need. GARY D. COPE 810,Center St., East Alton Keep the Landmark* Here in America, the fine old homes are the historical monuments that ten the story of this country. The men that put their faith in this community and moved to Alton to build a town on t h e blufftops left behind them some of the most beautiful and varied architecture in the state. They built homes that will be here for centuries, if they are properly cared for. We have been left a priceless heritage by these men. Alton could become one of the Midwest's most famous and popular tourist attractions If our history and our architecture were properly researched, publicized, and promoted. When the bulldozers appear and begin to level our fine old homes, streets, and trees, and a wide swath is dramatically cut through the heart of the city, it will be too late for action. MARY ANN SCHUMACHER 620 Forest Ave. Forum Writers, Note Wrlterj names ^ must be publtr to the Reader- must be concl over 150 word) to condenintlo _ addresaei . with letters ,'orura. Letter! (preferably not All are nil! Reagan Tells About ~ • 6 Cre'ative Society' Washington Merry-Go-Round Pearson's Kin Mugged in Capital by Negroes By DREW PEARSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Drew Pearson's column today takes the form of a letter to his second grandson, George L. Arnold Jr. Dear Georgie, Last week your brother, Drew, was walking down to the Lincoln Memorial past Resurrection City when he was accosted and beaten. It was the day before the solidarity march and he was going down there, to volunteer to help the march. As he was passing Resurrection City a young Negro inside the fence shouted at him to come over there. Drew kept on walking. The Negro slipped out through a hole in the fence, came up from behind and cracked Drew over the neck and shoulder with a club. Then another Negro jumped out from nowhere and hit him with another club. A third threw a big rock which hit him in the back. They spewed out some filthy cuss" words. Your brother wore a solidarity button featuring white and black hands together. But that didn't make any difference to the young hoodlums. Fortunately Drew wasn't too badly hurt. And the next day he got up at 6:30 a.m. and went down to the Washington Monument to act as an usher for the march. He realized that the young Negroes who had jumped him did not represent the real segment of the p o o r people. They did represent a segment of hatred against whites which recently has become much intensified, and constitutes a real danger in this country. By this time the great ma- jority of the poor people who first came to Washington had already gone home and only the dregs remained. There have been rapes and robberies inside Resurrection City, with young Negroes coming outside to taunt police with, "We want a whit- ey." So what started as a well-intentioned move to impress Congress with the plight of the poor is ending in what Negro columnist George Schuyler calls "Insurrection City . . . misled by a passel of peripathetic, pulplttess persons who are veterans of planned pandemonium." And the danger is that the poor people hurt the ideals they set out to help. This week, for instance, the education bill was due to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives, after that the housing bill and the antipoverty bill. All affect the poor. And some conservative congressmen have been using the poor people's march as an excuse to boast that they weren't going to be bulldozed by Rev. Abernathy into voting for these vital programs. The poor people have already hurt those who have helped the most. They booed Vice Pres- PEARSON ANDERSON ident Humphrey, who over the years has initiated every civil rights bill in Congress. They picketed Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, who has done more to feed people than any one else in government. Unfortunately his hands are sometimes tied by restrictions passed by Congress. So tumultuous have been the cataclysms of the past weeks, that even those men who ordinarily would strike across our front pages in giant headlines have not been as detailedly reported as they might have been in calmer times. One of these newsmakers is Gov. Ronald Reagan, who for months played it cool. . Thus, in many parts of the land his views are not as fully known as his profile. So I asked Mm to discuss his views of government, labor, and the frequently triggered crises and problems of this nation in this campaign year. As an old friend whom I covered during his days as president of the glamorous, but hardworking union, the Screen Actors Guild, AFL-CIO, I invited him to write candidly, especially of the labor movement. He did. Here are his words, written especially for this column: By RONALD REAGAN Governor of California Sacramento: A year and a half ago the people of California voted to endorse a concept of government I call the Creative Society, a concept based on keeping government close to the people and involving citizens more directly in the problems of society and the affairs..of government. Since January of last year we have set out to make that concept work. We have set out to prove that the old concept of a highly centralized, highly paternalistic government, rejected by our forefathers in 1776 and David Lawrence Firm Action Prevented Recurrence of Rioting WASHINGTON.- Public Indignation has at last exerted an influence. The people have wondered how long the federal government was going to bow to intimidation as it permitted the "Poor People's Crjisade" to continue to encamp on national Parkland and to create disturbances in and around government buildings here. The authorities finally moved in to force the evacuation of "Resurrection City" despite the defiance and threats of the leaders. Even more significantly, the government of the District of Columbia — under a Negro mayor — took prompt and firm action to prevent the recurrence of the kind of rioting and looting that was triggered by the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.,.in April. The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Dr. King's successor, had last week predicted that attempts to evict the "poor people" would lead to outbreaks of violence in Negro ghettos arross the nation. This time, when crowds start,ed to gather and incidents began to occur, the governing officials were not hesitant, as they had been in April. Police were present in force, backed up by National Guardsmen. Tear gas was used almost immediately as they moved to clear the streets of small bands which had been stirred up to "protest" the day's happenings. Looting and arson were discouraged by prompt arrests, and, a cltywide curfew, was imposed. There had been criticism among Negroes as well as whites when the authorities were slow to act against the looters and arsonists who par- ticipated in the riots in April. There was concern about what would happen if and when action was taken against the "poor people" encamped in "Ressurection City" near the Lincoln Memorial, the federal government had issued a permit for this "demonstration," and was patient even when, it became apparent that the concessions made were merely being used as excuses for bigger and bigger demands. When the extension of the permit expired, the "March" leaders defiantly dared the government to enforce its notice that the land must be evacuated — and the people who live and work in Washington doubted that anyone in authority would implement the order, They bad their answer when district, and federal officials moved together with firmness, arrested those who refused to comply with the law, and made it clear that no disturbances or repetition of the April riots would be tolerated. While President Johnson himself did not take any direct part in ordering the evacuation, the W h i t e House said that he bad concurred in what was being done, and added that "This has been a government action which the President is well aware of." The Negroes in •the District of Columbia were as rielieved as were the whites over what happened. The great majority are law-abiding, and they, themselves are victims, too, of crime and disorder, In fact, they are likely to suffer 'most when riots are precipitated, .resurrected by the New Deal in 1933, cannot serve the people half as well as the people can serve themselves, if they are given a chance. From the beginning we have turned to the people, as we promised we would do, for their help. And they have responded magnificently. Men with salaries in six figures, men in the early part of. promising business and professional careers have left their jobs and professions to join our administration at greatly reduced salaries because they have seen a chance to help make government once again the servant of the people, not their master. Last year, nearly 300 top executives and businessmen took time off from then* usual occupations for periods of up to six months to conduct, at no expense to the state, a study aimed at improving and streamlining the operation of California government ..... They c?me up with nearly 1500 recommendations. At this writ- .ing, we have already implemented 379 of these recommendations, at an annual savings to the state of $105 million. And government is operating better as a result. Somewhere in our land there are people with solutions to almost al! of our problems and many of those are already being applied on a limited scale. In California, we are looking for people with vision and with solutions that work. One such man is H. L. "Chad" McClellan, a retired industrialist and a former president of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. After the devastating 1965 Watts riots, Mr. McClellan got together with a group of Los Angeles businessmen and presented a plan to put the Watto unemployed to work. McClellan pointed out that industry is crying out for skilled and semiskilled workers and that Watts was a great untapped pool. ' s Prayer Thank You, God, for Your good gifts of air, water, and soil. Forgive us, Lord, for our selfish greed and thoughtless use of these gifts — or use that threatens our human existence. Kindle in Your children, our Father, a renewal of responsible stewardship, which will provide a cleansing of the air, water, and soil, that Your creation may truly bless Your children; in Jesus name. Amen. -Kenneth A. Kuntz, Indianapolis, Ind., executive chairman, division of Church Life and Work, United Christian Mission- pry Society, What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago JUNK VI, IMS The Armed Forces recommended to Congress a minimum increase of 10 per cent In the dependency allowances to children of military personnel in the lower ranks. A wife with one child would receive an Increase from $62 to «8 a month, with each additional child to receive $11 instead of $10. A childless wife would receive the regular $90 per month. OPA officials requested housewives and other pujchaeei-fi oMood to spread their buying as evenly 10 pQssJbfc to avoid the last minute rush which interfered with the How of rationed commodities tnwugb tbe wtoiJ atores. Col. and Mrs. M- A, Reasoner would be hosts to their usual Independence Day celebration on the morning following the holiday, at their Prospect Street home. Judge William P. Boynton had been selected from among the neighbors to make the principal talk,.following the flag raising ceremony. Bo Smith, Western Cartridge pitcher, pitched a no-bit, no-run pme against West Alton. One unearned run crossed the plate, dimming the brightness of the no-bitter, but Smith burnished the game with a triple out of two times at bat. Still flooded fields on Missouri Point, glinting silvery in dear air, was not a practical substitute for the golden ripening grains of a full wheat harvest at this time of year. Farmers were still unable to get into the sodden fields for replacement planting. H. Dale Walraven, with e master's degree in industrial arts and vocational education, had resign- ed his position at Alton High School to accept a position as drafting instructor at the Maywood, II)., high school. Louis Krepel began bis 35th year as a baseball and softball umpire as be began his 10th season umpiring in the Owens-Illinois Plant League. He bad served in the Three*! and Western Association League, and once called a game pitched by Babe Ruth. , 50 Years Ago JUNK W, tm Alexander Kereniky informed friends in London that there were definite indications order would be speedily restored ia flu&sia with the aid of toe AUte and America, and that Russia would rejoin the Allies once the yoke of Bolsheyism was thrown off. Meanwhile in the Russian fighting Stockholm dispatches said Irkutsk, one of the chief Siberian cities, bad been taken by the Czechoslovaks. Conferences were proceeding between Japan, Chjna, and the Siberian government looking to overthrow of the BolshevJW In Siberia. The City Council was astonished at a report from the fire chief that 50 fireplugs in widely scattered parts of the community wejre out of order. The council instructed that the water company be ordered to repair them at once. The council passed • resolution instructing the chief of police to arrest all slackers - under a work, fjght, or go to Jail program. Under the ruling men could not be classed as workers WW^SHr p -wl(^p., ;TCT^KWH^v',T?_^'Wjf., •^PfPy IR^pJp.fN}^^ KHPP ^p^MMM (/ Mrs. Ed Fribble of East Alton, helping relatives in the harvest fields near Bowling Green, Mo., Buffered a broken arm In a fall from a load of hay. Local wheat processors were informed that even in view of a bumper crop of the grain ready for the harvest, no changes in rationing of flour could be expected until Herbert Hoover, national food administrator, could confer with Allied food ministers. , The Adams Express Go. was preparing to move into joint offices with the American, National, and Wells Fargo express companies on Front Street to effect a joint operation. Post Office inspector fieuter was to Wood River conferring with Postmaster fipengler on new post office quarters. The old quarters long had been out- gro.wn aM were overcrowded, but rental of proposed new locations were regarded u too nigh,

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