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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH FR1DAX, JUWJi 28, UWB Ckmtittttittg Attention City Council didn't exactly foil over t»d play dead in behalf of the recommendation by Howard, Needles, Tammen, & Bergen. dcrf far the Ridge Street bridge site Wednesday night, But the Council's deliberations over the *bridge-noi«th»south»expressway problem had Its redeeming features. One organization, Downtown, Inc., came tip with a definite support for a routing of the expressway right, over its doorstep. No one else seems to have wanlted this route. The council .had voted ; favorably on this routing previously, but without knowledge then that thought might be given to a new bridge for Which the expressway would have to serve as an exit. Another matter to consider in respect to the entire project is that as far as we have reason to believe, the .engineering firm of Howard, Needles, Tammen, & Bergendorf, when it thought of the Ridge Street bridge ap- -proach, probably lacked knowledge that the ^United States Engineers was thinking of build- 'ing a new dam and locks two miles down- river. . .What MB think abQUt... Bridge Action , . . Homing Ordinance We don't think it entirely out of the realm of possibility that removal of the locks and dam from the immediale Alton riverfront might open the way for greater flexibility in location of the bridge. It might even make it possible to move the bridge up to a point where a nearly direct discharge onto the Market Street expressway exit would become possible without interfering greatly with river traffic or even landings. One difficulty with the Market Street route, however, would be that as far as we know, no one has yet mentioned the potential of more than four lanes there. And the fit does appear a bit tight even with four. At any rate, the mayor's bridge committee now is fitted out with three additional members, all engineers of sorts, and probably all dissenters to the Ridge Street expressway routing, if one may judge from the attitude of their nominator, Alderman Roy Qeltz on the subject. Geltz led opposition at the meeting to the Ridge route. Both the public and the mayor, however, should take courage from the fact that though the Ridge Street location was voted down by the council, at least the committee was kept alive. We hope the committee will continue to be alert and to give the problem sincere study. The Telegraph has urged for some time that relief of Broadway traffic represented by the expected early completion of the Levee Berm Beltline should also provide a certain amount of relief for our present Clark Bridge traffic discharge problem. The relief may be far-reaching enough to last until other problems attendant upon the proposed new bridge ai'e worked out and the state can be prevailed upon to assume its proper responsibility toward the structure. The main cause for concern could be the possibility that all this turmoil would cause the state to delay action further on the Levee Berm expressway. , Base for Enforcement Though a broader form would have been advisable, the City Council struck a blow in the right direction Wednesday night when it passed the open housing ordinance that had been in committee for some weeks. As Corporation Counselor John Hoefert pointed out, the ordinance's exemption of tain types of property probably is contrary to the United States Supreme Court's decision declaring Negroes have a right w feuy or rent property where they can afford it and want it. Judging by Hoefert's remarks, however, real estate dealers must be well aware of this fact and would be likely to observe the Su* preme Court's broader application until an amendment could be spelled out and acted .upon. Meanwhile, the city will soon have an ordinance on its books making provision for local action in violations of the open housing principle, The major part of the ordinance will be effective, and perhaps the Minority Housing Committee of the Citizens Urban Development Advisory Committee will want to recognize that even now the exemptions in the measure have no force or effect, Even though the ordinance does not match the recommendations we have long been making, we support the stands of Aldermen Bailey and Campbell in urging that it be placed on the books without further delay. The next level of needed action will be the Madison County Board of Supervisors, which could establish a subordinate group of hs con* siderable zoning and building regulation estab* lishment for enforcing open housing, It is urgent that this be done to protect the cities against possible exodus of misguided property owners, It would also be a prtrteetJon to property owners in unincorporated areas In that it would spell out definitely the principles of open housing and make available a local enforcing authority. Library Raises Apparently overlooked in earlier recommendations to the city library board when they should have been acted upon, raises to important personnel of the institution were included in an amendment to the municipal appropriation ordinance Wednesday night, Other personnel already had been granted increases. , The recommendations came In late from the librarian about a month ago — considerably after the board's budget had been adopted. Better late than never, of course, as long as the action came in time. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum Where Teachers Fail I have, as a recent graduate of Alton High, more than a perfunctory interest in the re•cent controversy over school rules. Last year, I felt, for the ' jtirst time, that a great deal of •-_>'; progress was being made toward bridging the communica- ? tions gap that existed between students and administration. A s feeling of confidence in the good ... faith of school officials (com' piletely justified) was apparent. , The same, I am afraid, can" libt be said about student-teach- 7 er relationships. In many cases teachers failed to keep pace * with a forward - looking school . board and superintendent in • their treatment of student prob- -... Jems. They all too often over : reacted when they feared their power was being infringed by students. : Such was the case with the proposed school rules. Instead 6f participatory democracy with student and teacher, : as well as administration participation, : they substituted a dictatorial committee set-up, with 40 teach^ ers and' only six student participants. Yet the school exists ' to teach democracy —•or so the teachers told us. " Fortunately;-the stringent and , repressive original code was severely modified by the board. Unfortunately, however, objectionable sections remain, particularly in the area of dress and suspension for failure. I have confidence that these can be ironed out. - A school exists for the benefit . of the students. Education is a right of an American citizen. So is freedom. An attempt to Jimit the freedom of students to,an education is a vile contradiction of the American concept of justice. Such an attempt was made by a reactionary oligarchy of teachers. With the help of a progressive and interested school board, and the full participation of students in decisions affecting their fives, this minor setback in the struggle for student's rights will be allayed. I hope that the sophomores and eighth graders who c o m e after me will: live . a a school in whose administration their voice is heard. I nan confident that with the administration we Ql-lK the case. We •faoeld all hope so. PAVJPWSEB (Harvard '72) 3759 Aberdeen Let Board Do It We elect a school board to run our school system. Some of our finest citizens have spent many years on this board. The teachers the board hires have jppecial education courses in college to help them educate our •Children. Why don't we citizens let the fchool board run the schools? teachers teach. If the teach- ers cannot conduct their classes properly because of distractions, then what's wrong with the rules? How would you like to teach our high school students with our young ladies wearing miniskirts up to their thighs? Or plunging necklines? Or our young men 'with' curly locks, sunglasses, beads, etc. It's bound to be distracting and a teaching or learning atmosphere lost. •"'•••.-. i ' If there are disciplinary problems, the teacher and school administration are accused of discrimination. Then follows., a fight between the school board, parents, and every organization in town that likes publicity and an opportunity to sound off. It appears that standards of dress, disciplinary action, etc. and good school rules are necessary for all to know. We parents should remember, too, that rules were established by the Ten Commandments. If the groups could just follow these rules, what a wonderful world we would live in! What's wrong with rules? HOWARD H. EICHEN , Godfrey Parents the ftey There has been a great deal of discussion lately about undisciplined children. In most cases, it would be better to talk of undisciplined parents, who, through neglect of their children an(" by displaying immature altitudes, .sent their chil- drei. in'.o the world as undisciplined and immature as they. There has also been a great cry abo'jt letting children participate in the actions of a democratic society. This is all well and good, but children must be taught the rules and responsibilities of such a society before they can learn to regulate such a society Democratic action works only when each individual accepts the fact that his freedom is limited by the rights and freedom of other members of society. These are not ideas with which children are bom. If parents will live a disciplined kind of life and teach that kind of hie to their children, and if these same parents will instill in their children the ideas needed to participate in and regulate a democratic society, then there wi!' no longer be any need to talk ibout undisciplined children, and our democratic form of government will continue to function JOSEPH C. BAGLEY, eOOlTimberlane, Rte 1, Godfrey Forum Writers, Note Wrlteri name* and »ddre«sei must be published with letter* to Uw Reader* Forum. Letters must be concise (preferably not over 1M word*.) All are cunject to condensation. Victor Riesel Abel Takes A Look At The Year 2,000 Washington Merry-Go-Round Drops Ball And Sen. Smith Picks It Up By DREW PEARSON And JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, the lady from Maine, has stepped in where Sen. Tom Dodd, D-Conn., dropped the ball in regard to the relation between juvenile delinquency and the movies which, in turn, end up on television. She has a bill, now before the Senate Commerce Committee, asking for a Senate committee to watch the movies and their effect on the millions of people who view televised crime in their homes. Meanwhile the radio-TV industry -has been watching with apprehension whom its long-time friend, President Johnson, will appoint to the upcoming vacancy on the Federal Communications Commission. This is an agency set up to regulate the nation's airways, which under the law belong to the American people, but which have become a means of making millions for the few who lease them — rent free. Instead of regulating the airways, the. FCC has become the most lethargic commission in Washington, It eats out of the hand of industry and takes its cue from network spokesman Sol Taishoff, publisher of Broadcasting Magazine. President Johnson so far has appoint^ two FCC commissioners, one of them, Nick Johnson, a live wire; the other, Jerry Wads worth, a charming misfit who goes to sleep in commission mattings. On one occasion, all the commissioners had left the hear ng room when Commissioner Ken Cox thoughtfully walked back to wake up h i s peacet'ul'v - sleeping colleague. Otherwise Wadsworth would have continued snoozing in an otherwise empty room. President Johnson is a close pal of Dr. Frank Stanton. head of CBS, while NBC's Gen. David Sarnoff has been a frequent White House guest. It will be interesting to see whether the President goes against his o 1 d friends nn Madison Avenue by appointing a really forthright FCC commissioner. If the FCC should acquire courage, it could go far to discourage crime and violence on the homp screen by a very simple expedient — limiting prof- its. Crime and violence are featured only because they win high audience ratings and attract big-paying sponsors. We h-ive a letter from former Sen. Clarence ,'Dill of Washington, author of the Federal Communications Act of 1934 which created the FCC. Dill is specific on this point. "The commission has the power to limit the profits of radio and television stations," writes th« senator who wrote the law giving the FCC its power. "The FCC has limited the profits of the telephone compa- PEARSON ANDERSON ny to 7 per cent. And the supreme court quite recently de- cided'that the FCC has control of the telephone cable business by which programs are distributed. It is in the public interest to stop thi<- profiteering of the airwaves under the authority of FCC Kenses." "Abe" Abel, leader of the militant United Steelworkers of America, is known inside labor as the quiet man. He is quiet. But as will be seen in the coming weeks, he and his union do not suffer from that silence. As can be noted in his current negotiations with the massive steel industry, he projects. Looking ahead is his forte. So I asked this leader of one million unionists what the union of the year 2,000 will be like. What will it demand? Here is his reply — guaranteed not to permit American industrialists much sleep. And here is why, in his own words: By I. W. (ABE) ABEL President of the United Steelworkers of America and the AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Department , PITTSBURGH — It is a plea r sure for me to comply with the request of the usual writer of this column and 'do a .guest column on the subject that he suggested: A trade union view of the .year 2000. Mr. Riesel's suggested topic and my compliance rate at least some kind of an award for confidence that man will arrive safely in the 21st century and that he will have managed peace and justice in the meantime. Our condition when we arrive in the next century and the state of our spiritual emotional and- physical luggage will depend upon how well we travel the intervening years. Allen-Scott Report TJ. S. Still Plans to Beat Russians to Moon By PAUL SCOT!' WASHINGTON - Despite those massive budget cuts in funds fov the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, American space scientists are going ahead with a five-step plan to beat the Russians to the moon next year. Step one in their plan will be the first manned Apollo flight tentatively set for September 20 — or approximately six weeks before the crucial 1968 presidential ^lection. Tagged "Apollo 7;" the flight will test the refurbished command section of the Apollo moonship. This new spacecraft will be flown in earth orbit for the first time by a crew of three astronauts — Don Eisele, the command pilot, Walter Schirra, and Walter Cunningham. The trio are to spend at least 10 days in orbit getting the feel of the cabin and checking out Apollo's control and communi- cation systems. The new fireproof cabin, which North American Aviation has been working on for the past 15 months, has nonflammable materials installed, the new quick opening hatch, cabin emergency oxygen, and a portable fire extinguisher. The safety devices are designed to '.avert, another' tragic fire like the one that took the lives of three astronauts in February 1967. , If all goes well Step 2 will follow in November, according to the time schedule given the House Space Committee by Dr. George Mueller, associate director of the U.S. manned space flight program.. This 'Tucial test will involve the launching of the complete moon spacecraft, including the smaller "bug-like" vehicle designed for landing on the moon and taking off. Although the "space taxi," as it is called, will be carried into space during Step 2, it will not be tested under its own power until later flights. During the November flight, a second space crew, consisting of Astronauts James McDivitt, David Scott, and Russell Sen- weickart, will again limit; their flight to the earth orb'it, Their 10-day journey is designed to gather further information on the operation of the Apollo moonship. The full dress • rehearsal for the 500.000-mile trip to the moon and back will come in Step 3 which is scheduled for early in 1969 if all goes as planned. . . ' A third crew of astronauts — Frank Borman, Michael Collins, and Will'ams Anders — will take a second complete Apollo vehicle out to distances Qf 4,000 miles from earth. • The crew will then swing their spacecraft back toward earth to Allen Scott study the tricky; maneuvers necessary . for. a safe return home on a lunar flight path. If no serious problems develop in that flight, preparations for Step. 4 *•<- the, first manned- flight into moon orbit will get under way. Date for that historic flight is now tentatively set for June 19d{f — or just a year from now: Under present plans, there will be no attempt to land on the moon during this flight. Instead, the three-man crew will go into orbit around the moon and inspect its surface from an altitude of 80 miles — or possibly even lower, We cannot expect to arrivfc at some promised land merely by our ability to survive soiled skies, polluted ( waters and to exist in a congested, turbulent and scarred society. The shaping of tomorrow's policies depends on bravely confronting today's problems and issues. We will travel the route together — black and white, young and old, rich and poor —, with understanding, patience and determination or there is a danger we may not make the trip at all. ; On that great day when we discover that we have resolved — as a nation of many races and nationalities — to make our society work for all, then we will know that we will be able to meet whatever the years after 2000 may hold for us. The one dominating force, for good or bad — once we have put aside the nuclear bomb from the horizon and the problem of city ghettos — is our rapid transformation to a society Of automation, computers, and cybernetics. Some say there is no need to fear the computer age because technological advances in th'e past have worked out for thte comnjon good. But listen to the "cautionary words of Dr. Norbert Wiener, an outstanding pioneer of automation: "The hour is very late and the choice $f good and evil knocks at the door." '\ Can anyone guarantee that there won't be great upheavals in our future economy as trie machine begins to take over;? No one ever thought we would see what we have seen in the cities of America in recent summers. So, there is no guarantee as to what we will see in our industrial society, So far, unfortunately, the economic and political processes of this nation have been dominated by an emphasis and concern for private enterprise and the compiling of profits. Today 9 *. Prayeri God of land, and se,a, to behold the .shimmering reflection of a snow-capped..'pejik in a mountain lake qr the,.-frothing ocean beaten by,a,j$le is to become 3 ware of Thy silent power a.nd terrifying .force. So we pray that we ..may put away .fierce violence and swell calmly in the reflection of fl}e mountain of Thy presence! 'May all the citizens of this land stand firm to keep freedom's cause alive; in Christ's name. Amen. •^Richard L: James, Miami, Fla., University Christian Church. What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear .. . - . ^V*r ' JJi . IF ^f 25 Years Ago JUNE 28, IMS Settlement of grievances over- women workers' -pay rates, which had caused e work stoppage at Western Cartridge Co. brass mill and oast shop was jouounced. Undjr the setUejjwat the Machinist's won accept^ 8 proposal to. reduce from five to itbree the number of women working on the job. |; A chance remark between a waitress and a pa- Itron in a Canton, Ohio restaurant resulted in the re- uf a brother and a sister who were separated before In California, The relatives involved ^Mf! WMJ of FerpswJ Avenue, Wo#ci aJi4 Warcea Ba'niom of Canton, whose remark brought abput the reunion. Pvt. George Brunner of Summit Street, had been assigned to the Medical Replacement Training Center «t Camp Robtoson, Ark. Pvt. A. Y. Armstead had been promoted to corporal at the quartermaster replacement traini% center at Fort Warren, Wyo. Chaplain Edgar, stationed at Camp Peary, Wil- Uamsburg, Va., formerly pastor of the Taft, Texas, Presbytej'lan Church, would occupy the pulpit of the First Presbyterian Church in Alton. He w « s a native of Alton, and .relative pf p. B. Cowsiey's family. Francis Bwwy, former president of the Chemical Workers' Unioo a t $a«t Alton and three others, CUt- iord Eaton, Boger Mjnton, and Joseph Wilkinson,, wire named defendants In a suit for $30,000 filed in Circuit Court by JuauJU Rucknwn, who alleged she was drag$ed from a car and beaten during a at the Western Cartridge Co. plant in 1942. The Public Heads Administration turned down the Madison County application for bituminous material to blacktop the 1.49 njUe stretch of highway west of Godfrey, known as "aviation field road". The contract dad been awarded to a St. Louis Co,, on a lone bid, contingent on approval of the ulgbway department, , SO Year§ Ago JUNE 11,1118 London dJspatehes conjectured Uiat Germany was preparing another heavy drive aimed at the northern end of the Allied line between Ardeunea *ttd Baelms, then pushing southward oj »7g>injJi front ewbraeing reports that 2,000 Hungarian troops in the Interior had revolted, while Amsterdam dispatches said the Austrian government admitted work had stopped in Budapest factories. Stockholm dispatches said Moscow papers published stories that Moscow was captured from the Bolshevik! by Gens, Korniloff and Kalendlne. Cpl. Joe Mohr, home for a few days from Camp Sherman, II)., reported pews that Alton was highly successful ip so many war-connected drives such as the Third Liberty L<jan and the Bed Cross fund campaigns, bad raised morale of Alton men in training, Alton Daily Times Editor 6, e, Campbell was reported to bave obtained the support of House Speaker Champ Clark for appointment to the postmaster- ship here, but Postmaster Joseph Lamport tu*id he wii not worried. Alton staked another claim to being the most patriotic city in the country. At 4:20 p.m. a.picture of a group of people, including Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm, was hung in the Hippodrome lobby to promote coming of Ambassador James Gerrard's "My Four Years in Germany". By 4:30 the face of the Kaiser bad been cut out of the picture. Manager (Mayor) w. M. Sauvage said the picture, bad been displayed in most of the big cities of the country and bad not been bothered before. It would cost hifl) f25 to replace the picture, he said, "but I can't help admiring the patriotism of the lad wbo did the work," , Recession of the river stage at Paducah, Ky had left exposed three s,terQwbee]frj sunk in the packet boat disaster the tjrevioue winter, Eagle Packet Co. officials e^es^d belief^ey wei'e the AJtaa, Grey Eagle, and Spread fi«gie.

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