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Frederick, Maryland
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Where Con It End? t*tabli*h«dlM3 Published Every Evening Except Sunday by the GHAT SOUTHKN MINTING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY 200 bnrtotfick Stw«t. Fradkritfc, Maryland 21701 --«HHH AMM Cod* 310,642-1177 CloMifttd Advmtitiitg Office Op«i · A.M. T* 5 P.M. Weekday* Saturday 8 A.M. T« 7 P.M. Krone 662-1162 SUBSCRIPTION RATfS Singkcapy, 10cents, fty mail, payaW* inadvann: on* month, $1.75; throe month*, $4.50; »!x month*, $».50; one yew, $16.00; by motor route or cantor, 42 cent, week; $1.75 month, $21.00 yr. Member Audit Bureau of Circulation--Member Of The A*«»ctei«dPr*u The Auociated Pro** is entitled exclusively te the ute for publication of art the local printed news in this newspaper a* well as all AP news dispatches. Second Class Postage Paid At Frederick, Maryland PAGE A-4 THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST, TUESDAY JUNE 2, 1970 Houck's New Assignment One of the key figures in Maryland's state government in the years immediately lying ahead will be Frederick County's William M. Houck. A member of the county's legislative delegation for a generation, the Thurmont Democrat has ended speculation extending over several months by officially announcing his acceptance of a ranking position in the recently created Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning. Under the reorganization of the state departments enacted by the last .session of the General Assembly, this department becomes an integral part of the Governor's cabinet ranking immediately under the Secretary of State and Deputy Secretary. In announcing his acceptance to the $17,500 post of Chief of the Department of Budget and Fiscal Planning and occupying an office under the merit system and not subject to political patronage, Delegate Houck brings down the curtain on a particularly noteworthy political career. Moving to Thurmont 24 years ago when he was a trooper with the Maryland State Police, he got his baptism in politics by successfully running for the office of Town Commissioner. At the,expiration of a two-year term, he announced his candidacy for the House of Delegates and won election in his first-bid for state office. He has been a member of the Frederick County legislative delegation ever since and over the years has compiled an admirable record in public service. Three years ago he acquired by seniority the key position of chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and his service was so impressive that when the General Assembly elected its speaker, Marvin Mandel, to be governor to complete the unexpired term of Vice President Spiro Agnew, the Democrats in . the House of Delegates chose the Frederick County man as their majority leader: During me almost two years of Governor Mandel's service, Delegate Houck has doubled in brass, continuing to serve as chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee and at the same time piloting the Mandel legislative program through the lower chamber as majority leader. No small part of the success of the governor in pushing his legislative program through the General Assembly almost entact has been due to the skilled leadership of the Frederick County delegate. It comes as no surprise, therefore, that when the governor cast his eye over the state for personnel to head up the newly-created Department of Budget and Planning that selection of Delegate Houck for a key position was a natural. His broad experience with state fiscal affairs as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee plus his demonstrated ability to conciliate factions and push legislation through the General Assembly makes it evident that he will be a tower of strength to the next governor regardless of party. The Frederick County Democrat views his new position as a distinct challenge. He points out that one of the key objectives of the new department where he will occupy a key position will be to project five years into the future instead of the previous one realistic state financial policies. This will be both from the standpoint of revenue and expenditures. One of his first duties will be to assemble a staff of trained people who will institute a planning cycle, make, projections of the direction of the government insofar as policies and revenues are concerned, figure out how much money will be required to finance the various programs, and then figure out how to tap sufficient revenue to maintain a balanced budget. And he points out that as work progresses and plans are mapped that it will be part of his job to appear before legislative committees and sell the department's policies to members of both branches of the General Assembly. His Frederick County neighbors who will rejoice in "Bill" Houck's appointment and applaud the wisdom of Governor Mandel in making it will regret, however, to learn that in order- to be closer to his job, Delegate Houck and his family will move this summer to Anne Arundel County. "It'll be a big change from being in the Legislature," says the Thurmont Democrat modestly forgetting that he invariably topped the ticket, "but I'm glad I won't have to go through another election campaign this fall." Protesting On Tax Money? Have public employes the right to absent themselves from their jobs to engage in anti-war activities? This is a question which the courts will be called upon to decide as a result of Montgomery County School Superintendent Homer O. Elseroad's stepping down hard on six instructors at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda who deserted their classrooms to engage in protests. Whenjtheir principal refused to grant them leave at full pay to engage in anti- Vietnam War activities on May 7 and 8, the teachers failed to report for classes on both days. When Superintendent Elseroad ruled that the Montgomery County school system could not legally grant time off with pay for protest activities, Joseph J. Tarallo, assistant superintendent for administration, sent the six instructors letters notifying them that they would lose pay for the two days taken off without authority and administering a reprimand. He also informed the stubborn six that a repetition of such activities would constitute grounds for dismissal from the school system. Firing back a snappy reply, the six instructors told Mr. Tarallo that the action of the school administration was a "violation of our constitutional rights and also of their teaching contracts." They added that in taking time off after being denied such a privilege that they were "indulging in moral and not political activities." Latest word from the embattled antiwar front in Montgomery County is that the American Civil Liberties League has offered voluntary legal counsel to take the case to court and reverse the school administration. Hospitals Go To Patients Progressive Montgomery County is ; one of only five urban areas in the .nation where they're taking the hospital to the patients. An unusual 21-foot long van equipped to give victims of heart attacks on-the- spot care has been operating for the past two months from the centrally- located Holy Cross Hospital. Called a "Heartmobile," the sophisticated equipment has brought emergency aid to 140 heart victims in that period and has yet to lose its first case. For five days a week on a 16-hour a day schedule the Heartmobile responds to all calls that sound like heart attacks may be involved. It carries the latest sophisticated equipment, a trained nurse, a cardiovascular technician and a driver skilled in first aid directly to the victim. The most sophisticated piece of equipment on board is an electronic box that records the patient's heart rhythm, so that the Heartmobile crew can watch it at the same time that it is being transmitted by radio to a machine either at the hospital or a doctor's office. Heart attacks have been halved since hospitals opened special cardiac care units with their constant monitoring of patients and ready response to crisis. But 65 per cent of the nation's heart attacks occur away from hospitals and it is this segment of the population to which the Heartmobile is beamed. Dr. William J. Grace of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City, who ran the nation's first unit, estimates that heart attack deaths could be halved by a nationwide network of such mobile Heartmobiles. But the cost of purchase and maintenance has been a stumbling block to other than the wealthier urban areas such as Montgomery County. It will cost the Health Department in our neighboring county $145,000 this year to build, equip, and man this great lifesaver. For The B/rc/s T h e s a v e - t h e - e n v i r o n m e n t movement, it turns out, is really for the birds--or a bird. Highway builders in Florida are planning to shift an interstate route 300 feet to one side in order not to disturb a bald eagle residing atop a 500-foot pine tree at a point some 40 miles southeast of Tampa. The bit of genuine nature by the side of the road also will add to the attraction of the route for motorists, the road men believe. If it's to be a continuing attraction once the highway is open to the full flow of traffic, they may have to take additional measures, however. Such as a gas mask for the eagle. Timely Quotes We cannot have peace in the streets and on the campus until we have peace also in Southeast Asia. -- Richard Cardinal Cushing, Roman Catholic archbishop of Boston. yesterday Letters To The Editor ANOTHER VOTE FOR TITLE III 'To the Editor, Sir: The Frederick branch of the American Association of University Women would like to add its voice to those of many others in the community urging that the funds for a school sponsored cultural program be restored to the school budget. It is our belief that the benefits to be derived from such programs can not be attained, in the classroom. We urge the members of the Board of County Commissioners to reconsider the funding of this highly desireable facet of the educational experience of our children and youth. 'MRS. BERNIE ZERKEL President American Association of -University Women ,Rt. 5, Frederick, Md. READERSUPPORTS TEACHERS'STAND To The Editor, Sir: I will never condone a strike of any kind against the public interest nor any strike that is unlawful, but I support the teachers of Frederick County in 'their genuine concern for our children's education. Their requests for the revisions to the proposed school budget are for the most part unselfish, and if one or two "study days" are necessary to get the point across, I think their action is acceptable. A protracted work stoppage of course is unjustified and would do their cause more harm than good anyway. I have three children in Woodsboro Elementary which already has more pupils than it was designed to hold and the prospect is for even more crowding in ensuing years. Children ARE the future. I believe it is short-sighted to deprive them of the opportunities to which they are entitled and to r deprive Frederick County of the potential talents of these future adults. I am willing to pay higher taxes if that is what is necessary to insure a better education for my children. I ask the County Commissioners to look ahead a the school budget. We cannot make a better investment than in the education qf f u t u r e generations. VINCENT IMIRIE Route 1 few years and then reconsider Frederick, Md. 21701 BERRY'S WORLD "What soy we cool Spiro for awhile and unleash Trie/a?" tout MM of to 50 Years Ago JUNE2,1«0 HOWARD WALTZ, THE 19 month ok* son of H. E. Waltz of Araby, was fished out of the creek last Saturday and was saved : from drowning by his ability to swim at his young age. The physician who examined the boy said his lungs were filled with : water but the boy is otherwise safe and sound. THE NINETEENTH ANNUAL Brunswick - High School Commencement will take place this evening. The closing event of the commencement week will be the alumini banquet Thursday evening.Yesterday was "Patrons Day" and following an exhibit of the year's work, an athletic meet was held. CITIZENS OF JEFFERSON are hoping that the Board of Education, in addition to making repairs to the public school of that place, will advance the standard of the school from the seventh to the ninth grade. The school building is large enough to acconrunodate the two extra grades. THE MARYLAND STATE School for the Deaf played the best game of the season against Shepherd College at Sheplderdstown last Saturday and lost by a score of 3-5. 20 Years Ago JUNE2,19W THE LAST IN SERVICE DAY before the Soap Box Derby was held Saturday for local boys and their cars. The entrants had their homemade machines reviewed and problems solved by the mechanics at 106 East Patrick Street, home of the derby this year. THE OPENING DAY OF THE city pool, Memorial Day, is the beginning of the annual countdown by county school children for the last day of classes. These last weeks will be taken up with exams and reports but the students will find relief from school in the poo! waters. THE WALKERSVILLE COMMUNITY Association sponsored a teen sock hop Saturday that was largely attended by the high school youth. This will be the last school oriented activity until September. For the summer, the association plans family outings and dances. A TWO CAR COLLISION ON Rt. 40 took the life of a Baltimore man Sunday night but the local couple in the second automobile escaped all but minor injury. The accident occurred at 11:30 p.m. when the local couple returning home after a dance, crossed the median and struck the other car. By The Way. BY GEORGE DORSE Y It is unfortunate that Governor Mandel has seen fit to use future political considerations as a basis for his veto of the proposed abortion bill. His veto now insures that the controversial bill will NOT be brought before the citizens for a referendum vote on the siame November Ballot as Mandel's name, should he decide to run, " iri "all certainty, he will. In his five-page statement vetoing the bill, Mandel proclaimed the bill did not provide adequate safeguards againist abuse since it left the entire question of abortion solely up to the woman and her physician. It was interesting that Mandel refused to personally discuss his veto with newsmen and instead had his press secre-tary distribute the written stateiment -- while he retired to his iirmer office, where a hired cameifa crew filmed a campaign documentary film showing Mandel at work. Whether the bill would have been approved by the voters in a November referendum vote is now .a moat question. The vote itself', however, would have been interesting since a poll by Mandel's office showed ' public sentiment to be running 50.9 per cent in favor and 41.9 per cent opposed with the rest undecided. It sshould be said, however, that Mandel's administration recently moved to counter one of the prime objections to the existing abortion law which makes termination of a baby a relatively simple matter for a wealthy woman but prohibitively expensive for the poor since a ··modeller's mental health" (one of the present grounds for a legal abortion) is determined by a costly psychiatric consultation. Tta.rough the Maryland Department of Health, Mandel's administration has developed new procedures under the existing law to furnish psychiatric consultations for needy women seeking abortions. The purpose of this additional governmental service is so that the poor may also take advantage of a "legal loophole" in the existing law. Research info Habits, Background « The Criminal: Why Is He One? By RAY CROMLEY, NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA) Spurred by statistics which for some time have shown a persistent increase in crime nationwide, this reporter has made attempts to learn of studies showing what kind of men, women and youth the offenders are. The objective was to determine if those convicted for crime had any particular characteristics which would help to explain why they ended up in prison. This might, in turn, suggest steps to prevent young men and women from becoming criminals. Thus far, the information found has been scanty and inconclusive. But this reporter has come across one research paper covering convicted youth in a major Midwestern state. The paper leads to some interesting speculations. Since what follows is compiled from a sampling for but one state and only for youth offenders, the material presented below should be taken as suggestive of some of the factors which may enter into the making of criminals-rather than as hard evidence. It is hoped that more such studies be made by the universities, states and the federal government. The samples for these youth indicate: Less than a third came from homes in which the parents were divorced or separated. Almost 60 per cent were living with their natural parents. Another 20 per cent were living with a remarried mother or father. Less than 13 per cent were living with a mother or father only. Less than 10 per cent were living with relatives, foster parents or "other." The average inmate had four brothers and sisters. · Between two-thirds and three-fourths v/ere below average in intelligence. A fourth had IQs (intelligencequo- tients) under "75." (In the tests used, scores between 90 and 110 are considered in the normal range.) Though the average inmate had completed eight years of school, yet by the Stanford Grade Placement Score he was at the fourth- and fifth-grade level. His father's job was one which carried little prestige. The average age at commitment wais 16. On the average, each youth inmate admitted that he first stole something at age 11 or 12. He had his first run-in with police at 13. Two-thirds of the boys had been committed for breaking and entering, stealing or auto theft. Most thought they should be receiving more trade and work training while imprisoned. More than half said they did not get a chance to learn the trad»3 they were really interested in. Two-thirds said they wouldn't want a friend who got into trouble to be sent to where they wer-e serving. But 84 per cent thought the religious program where they served had helped them. This data would seem to suggest that federal and state governments should put more time and effort into working with youngsters of less-than-nonnal intelligence, with special emphasis on educational and vocational-occupational training, especially for those who have run-ins with the law by the time they're 13. This data suggests that possibly there has been an overemphasis on the broken home as a major cause of crime and delinquency. The evidence suggests, too, that more churches might follow the example of many this writer knows about which have set up special programs, classes and assistance for retarded children. It should be repeated that not too much should be read into one set of statistics. What is needed are more examples of carefully researched data. This is still another example of a government agency prying into the private lives of citizens, in their personal affairs, which the Attorney General of Maryland has said may be declared unconstitutional by the courts as an invasion of privacy. The national movement for more liberalized abortion laws began in Maryland in 1968. (Mandel, as speaker oi the House, voted against the 1968 law.) Since then, New York, Alaska and Hawaii have approved more liberal abortions laws than the existing Maryland statute. Now it appears the courts must take the lead. On the same day Mandel vetoed the abortion bill, he signed a bill making the Pledge of Allegiance compulsory in Maryland schools -- then called lor an immediate court test of the bill's constitutionality, saying "I ·don't think you can dictate or legislate patriotism . . . the only way to settle the matter once and for all is to have an immediate, court test." Unfortunately, Mandel did not feel the voters of Maryland should have an opportunity to decide the tate of the proposed liberal abortion bill. B A R B S By PHIL PASTORET The best thing to take the new television season with is a grain of salt. * * * Of course your friends look younger than you do --they haven't had to put up with themselves like you have had to, have they? * * * Considering the turnover in many a plant, it's quite apparent that a good many people work for a leaving. * * * ° What some members of the office Java club need most is a coffee brake. An "in"cision is what is known as a popular operation. * * * Gals cool it quickly when husbands agree to the liberation movement by turning over carpentry, bricklaying and heavy machinery repair to them. If the shoe fits, our secretary won't wear it. * * * If you'll recall carefully, the most interesting person at the party last night was the fellow who listened to YOU all evening. It may be true that barking dogs never bite, but our neighbor's pooch isn't very keen on old sayings. * * * The fellow who originated the adage about a place for everything never lived in an efficiency apartment. (Newspaper Enterprise Assn.) (Ntwtpaptr tntttprlvt Ann.) i iNEWSPAPERl iNEWSPAPERl

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