Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 1, 1968 · Page 4
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 4

Alton, Illinois
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Monday, July 1, 1968
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH MONDAY, Jtiltf 1,11&3 § What we think about... Youth The fat would appear to be on the fife for fittsactkm involving St. Louis, but certain* IftttlltSt to BllftoiSSftS, W&« Purchase of Lambert Field by the BWState Development Agency was proposed last week to a repwt by an engineering firm to the East- West Gateway Coordinating Council. This council has it within its power to screen local projects for federal aid, among 'Its approval of such a recommendation would perhaps go a long,way toward making such a transaction possible. . 1 Bi-State's acquisition of Lambert Airport would be a foot in the door toward eventual development of control over all airports within its six-county area — a desirable objective as .the district continues growth. f But the recommendation contains the iBeeds of its own failure, unless several near- miracles can occur. ; To begin with, St. Louis Mayor Cervantes gives nd indication he is about to acquiesce on •die slightly over $12 million price placed on the airport by the eftgtoeerk Me has something more like between $150 million and $200 million in mind, he insists, and has Insisted for some time. This, of course, is subject to negotiation between the two governmental bodies, if the project gets that far. ...... But another seed of self-negation contain* ed in the report is a property tax for airport development. This would Involve new powers for Bi- State, to be obtained only from the legislatures of Missouri and Illinois. And both legislatures have had extreme difficulty in the past getting together on even minor changes in Bi» State legislation. Amendments giving the agency taxing power, in our mind, would be particularly difficult to pass. For Bi-State has maintained a certain amount of public support through its lack of taxing power. All its projects must be self-financed. Further, we have a feeling the general public in the area would rebel against giving Bi-State taxing powers, even on this limited basis. Apprehension would be higlj that, once granted in one cage, the authority could mote easily be spread to other categories. Engineers are no magicians, we admit. They just seem to be sometimes. Perhaps there is no other approach to the financing situation. Air fields traditionally have been built at least partially with properly tax money. This differentiates the air transportation quite sharply from such media as the railroads. Yet it does seem the airlines should some day be* come more nearly self-supporting — as should the barge lines. Kicking Up TMr Heels For those who have expressed deep concern over involvement of youth in our modern day lack of law respect phenomenon, we'di- rect attention to Saturday's paper. The oldtimers certainly had themselves a day of it. One 74-year-older pleaded guilty (and on page 1, yet!) to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to a year on a prison farm, besides five years parole later. The judge fac- Readers Forum Schools Must Have Rules The objection to adoption of •school rules by the Board of Education prompts me to write and state that as a taxpayer supporting the school system I am 100 per cent for the action. ' ; A school system must have rifles and regulations and they must be observed to the letter. Otherwise school for the express purpose of the education of youngsters no longer exists. I. saw nothing objectionable at all in the rules. I read some of the objections carried in the Telegraph and none of them made horse sense as far as I was concerned. There was objection in terms of'' a threat. Threats merely widen gaps in terms of relationship. We must an be reminded that the reason students attend our schools is first and' foremost to get an education, not to run the school system. If the student .fcas already gained* this much knowledge, he no longer needs ,to be in school. ; If, a student cannot attend "school and abide by the rules that benefit and are fair for the majority, then he should be kicked through the front door. We have a first rate school system and excellent teachers, but unless we all get in step and demand law;and order, we won't have it long. I am sure;if the proposed rules and regulations were put to a vote by the public, it would carry 50 to 1. H. C. Boyd .» Grestwood Drive Godfrey Ex-Sarge Speak* Up This Js a letter from an Ex- master Sergeant of the United States Army and of the Active Army Reserves for 25 years. Therflwpje of this great country # purs had better wake up. The; new gun law that Illinois has r gassed will only keep the honest;people from owning and buyljjguns. Everyone"says "People are killed k with guns." The army taught a service man to kill wiffc anything he could get his bands on: Knives, TiNtf., rocks, or even our hands if the need arose. I have to my possession eight discharge papers. The letter I am most proud of came from our past President, Harry S. Truman. It reads like fbis: "To you who answer the call of your' country and served in its arme'l'forces to bring about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks of a grateful nation. As one of the nation's finest, you undertook the most severe task one can be called jipon to perform. Because you demonstrated the fprtiUide, r<^Qurcefulness, and calm judgment necessary to carry oaf that task, we now look to you for leadership and example in further exalting our country in peace.'' Now having done my duty in active service, I became an in- v structor in the Army Reserves, and for several years I left my home only to go to camp and train young men to handle guns, than dismantle them only to rearrange them for preparatory action. To the best of my knowledge I have never had a report that any boy I had under my supervision had ever became a killer except when the call came from his country to defend his nation. I will make my statements concerning my own personal feelings as a gun owner. I am going to own and use a gun for my hunting as long as I live, and I will abide by all laws of the state of Illinois. But when I pay $5 to register my gun, $3.25 for hunting license to the state and $3 for a duck stamp, I think it should be enough. Now why all these question and answer deals just because I own a shotgun? <• : : I am aJso a firm believer that a man has the right to protect his home and family. The Communists want the people of the United States to disarm so they can easi-'y take over our country. Let's wake up, America, and smell the Beds' coffee. These Stars And 'Stripes have flown over our Capitol for a •great many years. Let's keep it this way. Pray to God that others will look to God as I have done and know we are and will always be God-fearing people. But we will still defend our rights to live on this earth the same as the enemy. ROBERT E, STIRITZ, Box 237, Godfrey Urges Revived . , What became of the annual softball game between the Alton Police Department and the . Alton Firemen? May I suggest that the local cops challenge the Alton firefighters to a game to be played at the Northside Playground? This playground is the largest in the city, with modern rest ' rooms and plenty of playground equipment for the children, a drinking fountain and new bleachers for the fans. Northside playground will seat over 500 and over 200 can bring folding chairs. The site is ideal for the occasion. This game would be a double benefit game. Half the proceeds to go towards the Alton Police Youth Camp and the other half towards the Mrs. Frank Peters family. I'm sure the Alton public would be glad to pay to watch the Alton police and firemen in tills kind of action. WII44AMA.CRIVELLO, 349 Bluff St. ed ft poser in what to do with him because of his advanced age and limited life expectancy, yet wanted to keep him wade? feoftttot for § While* : Another, 64 years did, was held by police for questioning in connection with burglary of a drug store in the rural area. Still another veteran, aged 66, was charged with the armed robbery of an Edwardsville restaurant, And if it should make the youth — who sometimes feel picked on — feel any better, there wasn't a single crime story on either page 1 or 2 Saturday involving anyone under 60. Doubtless the oldsters will maintain mod* ern youth, with its better educational opportunities, should have set them a better example. Mudge Gains Recognition Former State's Attorney Dick H. Mudge proved during his original campaign for the post, and during his tenure In office, that he * David Lawrence had tti§ cwifage te stand up tof high eeK^e* , He did most of this earlier against strong jwlitleai machinery to son County, ., ^ Friday he stepped up a rifflf, Me shouted his defiance at n^iess a litieal entity than Chteftfe Mayer f Daley at the Springfield meeting «« Democrats, •"'""''' ^ ;; Mudge demanded election of a 2o*delegate national convention slate pledged to Senator Eugene McCarthy. Me was ridiculed and shouted down en a voice vote. But at least he had made his voice heard at the convention. Eventually his courageous stand caused Daley to change his ruling and allow Mudge to submit his list of names. The boos from many of the 800 Democrats at the gathering as the voice vote eventually supported Daley indicated Mudge had stirred up considerable support — maybe leading to later recognition. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Peoples of The World Blind To Dangers Confronting Them '* What kind of a system is this-you mean my work in the primary was all j for naught!" Victor Riesel WASHINGTON - Twice in this century peoples have wishfully persuaded themselves that big wars were far distant and that they would somehow be prevented. But World War I and World War n came anyway, and their tragic consequences have never been erased. Friction and conflicts are again emerging in Central Europe, as well as in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The peoples of the world, b<-wever> are once more not fully aware of the dangers that confront them. It is apparent that the negotiations in Paris on the Vietnam war are not succeeding. Diplomacy requires much versatility, but this does not necessarily assure a successful result. Just seven years before World War n broke out, a keen observer of world affairs wrote a salient truth, as be said: "The successful issue of diplomatic negotiations and the peace and welfare of vast nations often hang upon the-finding of just the right formula, in words, vvhich will smooth down the ruffled feathers and bristling hair, and draw back into their sheaths the outflung claws, talons, beaks, fangs, of an the 'human' eagles, bears and lions concerned." There is an acute need today not merely for dedicated conciliators but for the mobilization of the moral forces of mankind. Never before have the heads of governments, large and small, possessed such an opportunity to appeal to humanity. President Johnson could, for example, urge the leaders of the principal religions of the world to meet in Paris and there unhe in a prayerful search for peace in Vietnam. This would make a profound impres-' sion everywhere. 'Internal peace is directly related to economic cohditions.As they grow worse, a feeling is created that military force is the only way to acquire benefits for the individual. What could be offered, therefore, which would promise a brighter future than a united Vietnam rehabilitated on a strong economic foun-' dation? The whole world would stand ready to furnish the material means of providing a better Me for the 16,000,000 South Vietnamese and the 19,000,000 North Vietnamese. Spiritual leaders of Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, dedicate* to the .concept of brotherhood as-revealed in the teachings of all religions, could open up the way to a worldwide Average Negro Job Seeker StiD Faces Barriers There qre scores in all fields who-cuss out Clifford L. Alexander Jr. regularly. They say .he Just doesn't understand, and that solving the "Negro' problem" simply by saying go o u t and hir? more black workers is far, too simplified a solution. Mr. Alexander, a former White 4 House aide, is chairman of the commission empowered to provide equal employment opportunities across the land. His critics say that workers of any race color or creed must at least be qualified, must make themselves available and must be willing to Work in the available jobs. Mr. Alexander says it's industry's problem and labor's too. | asked him to "lay it on the line." Why does he believe as be does? Here is his reply: , By CLIFFORD L. ALEXANDER Jr. Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission WASHINGTON - There has been much talk recently and some actjpn on the continuing employment crisis facing America's minority work force, A few major corporations have launched experimental training programs for the "hardcore unemployed"; the number of companies actively recruit- Ing top Negro graduates has multiplied several fold; community opinion against the blatant discriminator has hardened. These are encouraging symbols of progress — but they are no more than symbols. / The average Negro job 'seeker still faces entry barriers and promotional problems unknown to the white applicant; employment opportunities for the Puerto Rican or Mexican-American are tightly circumscribed simply by virtue of his accent or family origin. And ' American industry squanders over $30 billion annually in unrealized Gross National Product through the sys-' tematic rejection of minority potential. Four years ago, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act banned job discrimination; since then, a Forum Writers, Note Writers names M4 addreswt must be published with letter* to the Readers Forum- Letteri must be concise (preferably not over ISO words.) All are subject (o condensation. , growin? body of executive orders and judicial rulings have reinforced this legislation. To a significant number of Amecican businessmen, however, discriminatory employment practices remain standard operating procedure, rationalized by the claim of social necessity or company tradition. The "White Only" sign h a s been removed from the window, but it has been replaced by other forms of exclusion. The minority applicant is free to apply — but may have to secure a recommendation from a member of the currently all-white work force unknown to him. He may be subjected to qualifying exams heavily weighted toward white, middleclass experience; his hiring may be contingent on membership in a union that has steadily resisted integration Whether his application is discreetly filed away or rejected outright, the effect on the minority applicant is identical — and conclusive. Racism has been packaged and prevented in slogans worthy of industry's best marketing efforts — but the products re- main unchanged. The bigot in . grey, flannel is as wrongheaded, and as destructive, as his redneck precursor. And the effect is the same — exclusion or failure to promote the minority worker. Discriminatory action is frequently wrapped in the cloak of social necessity. We've all heard the excuse, "I'd love to hire a Negro — or a Puerto Rican — but the rest of the workers might object." •Employer obligations under Title VTT of the 1964 Civil Rights <\ct are. just as stringent and just as clear-cut. If a man applies for a job,, is qualified for that job, and is rejected because of his skin tone, or accent, or background, the law has been broken and the employer is culpable. There is an undeniable possibility that minority employes may not be warmly welcomed into the company bowling league or be the hit of the office Christmas party. But unless a man was hired as spcial director, his business ability snouM stand independent of his supposed social accepta- bility. Neither skin color nor place of origin determine a worker's productivity — and neither should be factors In the employment decision. The EEOC, and the federal law, do not seek extraordinary consideration for the minority candidate, but they do demand the elimination of extraordinary barriers The average white applicant is not required to guarantee his social prowess; he is simply expected to dempnstate his capability and, effectiveness on the job. Companies should demand no less from their minority applicants' they should be restrained by conscience, as they are by law, from demanding more, i >• ;The visibly heightened interest industry now shows in the bright young Negro college graduate has created the illusion tha' minority job opportunity is wide open,'Regardless of overall personnel policies, employers are seeking, out the exceptionally qualified minority candidate — the one with, the Harvard B. A- or the man.who is first in his class at Howard. demand for a fair and honorable peace. Bhagavan Das, the noted Hindu scholar, in his book entitled "The Essential Unity of All Religions," made this significant comment nearly four decades ago: "It is common knowledge that Ash tic thought is eminently coloured by religion; as modern European thought is by science. All the great living religions are of Asiatic origin; also almost all the historical great dead religions. The personal, domestic and social life of the Hindu is largely governed by the rules of what he regards as his religion. So is that of the Muslim. So of the Jew. So of the Confucian. So was, and to a considerable extent still is, that of the Christian belonging to the Roman Catholic form of Christ- tianity. Such also is the case with the followers of the other forms and reforms of the Vedic religion, known as the Zoroas- tiran, the Buddhist, .the Jama, the Sikh, though^perhaps the element of ritual Is less |romi- nent, and that of ethics more, and the latter of these, to accordance with the very principle of reform." ' The truth is the individual religions oi the world are not utilizing effectively today ; tbelr great power to inspire M honorable means of achieving and maintaining peace to the world. The "Golden Bute" and the basic laws of a wen-ordered society had their origins hi scriptures written some 10,000 years ago— indeed, more than 80 centuries before the birth of Christ The intervening centuries have contributed a most remarkable influx of religious thought and aspirations |n many countries far distant from each other. If only the religious leadens of the various nations of the earth would petition their governments to enter negotiations for world peace and solemnly proclaim obedience to the universal mandate — "Thou Shalt Not KID." — there truly would be less and less fear that the frictions and quarrels of today would evolve into another world war. Todays Prayer Lord God, in the hot summer of racial hatred and passion, grant to America the refreshing dew of Thy grace that all-citizens may acknowledge Thee as Father and one another as brothers. Let Thy balm cool our heated angers, that we may live'to peace with justice. Grant our urgent petition for the sake of Him Who died on a cross of hostility — even Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. — J. R. Brokboff, Atlanta, Ga.. professor of homi- letlcs, Emory University. What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago JULY I, IMS Another Alton area war hero, s.Sgt. Charles Q( oear Bethalto, was borne oa furlough, af- ,partlcjpating la ft combat missions to the South War Zone. Unscathed from hi* experiences gunner to two major battles and (hjn « wore of lesser engagements, be bad decorations: Ttw Distinguished Sea, and the Aus- W «W l^pted for OfcU 1WW HiroW M. King, Francis E. Jacobson, and John J. Dick, Navy assignments included Robert. A. Burkard, Louis Bonafede, Ivan Enos, W. E. Yates, Marion Keyser, Charles E. Krueger, Ray Dooley James U. Brown, Thomas Ingrain, Wilbur Hamilton, Paul Johnson, George W. Warner Robert St. Peters, Joseph Waide, Thomas Mitchell, Cyrus Ridenbower, Robert Metz, Richard Q. Gerber Eugene A. Lane, Robert Sawders, Bernard Shea, Calvin Ennis, Paul Stevenso^ Puwy A. BiasjoU George Oavles, Chester wpod, Ralph Miller, Charles ArbucKle and James J, Lewis. Asto toe Army; wiUiam Martin, II, D. Tucker, stovali; L^ucas Moore, Rlchajrd Rodems, Earl Lampert EJmer Rey, Joim Burns, Frank Leclaire, L«ater McElreth Clarence Q. Woof/, WWiam Drake RflhjBt MltfMI. Boy Staples, Jono JoJw Benoit, John McGraw, Lucas Pfeiffenberger, James Baker, George Alston, Jack Fields Donald Breyfogle, Sam Marmino, Lawrence Huffman, Oreo Jobnes, Charles Tate, Allen Davis, E. B. Greenwood, Maurice Cornish, Ralph Smith, Bennie Moore, James Mor- Zimmerman, Henry Jpnes, D, B. Johnson, McCledus rijs, James Vaughn, Robert Everett, Marshall Crump' ton, John L. Gist, PMlmore Cross. 50 Years Ago JULY 1,1118 Spanish government verification of reports that the American consulate at Tabriz bad been attacked stimulated Washington conjecture over declaring war on Turtey. c^ u» ffwtern friwt American Negro %' troops stood by their posts amid heavy artillery fire and repulsed a German attack near Verdun. In Moscow Grand Duke Michael, brother of the late Cm Nicholas, announced that with dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, it was his duty to restore order. . • M Tbe national draft board's "work,) or was being enforced slowly new. Tbe Board said H would take care of casts in which men were employed to non-essential occupations' ft* It reached them. Workers in pool balls, sa^oojw, aad soft drink parlors vim due for first caU, bowever, said Chairman J. D, MeAdams. Appeal was made to the lllinolfi PubJJc UUlltlw cwnmisfilon to settle a difference between Wuejlner Construction Co. and tbe Alton Brick Co, over payment for bricks ordered for tbe subway project but rejected. • Wf od River's volunteer ftwsnen completed plans for their Independence Day parade and picnic at Fox Grove to connection with ttje jyinols Centennial celebration. Proceeds were to go to the Red Cross. Roy Earles, with the U,S, Englneera Corps in wrote hpme of Just.^vmg seen American ' guns ejioot down two German p4an§s. Women volunteer fire flghters directed by Mrs, G, F, Roenlcke extinguished a roof blaze around the chimney of a fiodemeyer avenue home. Ladders were put up against tbe bouse, the women paused buckets in typical fire brigade fashion, end some even raked away the burning shingles with yard .tools- too J. Strulf became the ^. Altonlan to bt In world War I, He suffered a flesh wourt M l ' ' J * -it^ (i»7 'i

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