Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on July 2, 1968 · Page 4
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Tuesday, July 2, 1968
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH t fF/i€lf We think about. * . Mreiwrto • • • Remimter Successful Adventure It flatted M an experiment a few years back. There should have been little doubt about It, Any time you could get a fireworks dis* play going around Alton you had a traffic' Jamming crowd. , But with all the investment involved, you could grant the Downtown Alton folks a few , trepidations the first time they tried their riverfront display. i Now the exhibition has grown into an accepted institution here. \ While it possibly doesn't quite compete with one sponsored downstream by a St. Louis store, it certainly provides a spectacle that Alton area residents can be proud of as a presentation of their own community. The display involved overcoming a few major obstacles, but these were bypassed. And thus the entire Alton-Wood River community is enabled to take advantage of its location on a beautiful lake of the Mississippi River, with bluff overlook that makes possible a better than usual view. The Downtowners are to be commended on their vision and perseverance. Renders Forum But Aren't tffe AM? Owens-Illinois Glass Co. and the Keep America Beautiful movement of which it is the local representative are to be complimented for courageously and imaginatively relating the human tendency toward un-neatness. Headers probably have noted the bri«f scenes of hogs wallowing against outdoor picnic scenes on TV lately. It's part of the campaign to help humans see themselves not necessarily as others see them, but as they should be seen when and if they indulge in the usual outdoor enthusiasts' penchant for littering the landscape. Of course this outdoor littering trend is not the only phase of man's carelessness about disposal of refuse. It happens to be a phase that has gained much publicity in our modern-day efforts to save outdoor recreational facilities. Governments at all levels are coming to grips with it of late — right down to the problems of public refuse disposal and auto graveyards. It also relates, perhaps, to the subjects being treated in our series on neighborhood blight and housing deterioration. Sort of like the old saying that an Indian messes up his camp site -^ then moves to a new one. Civilized white men are doing the same •«*• perhaps not intentionally but because slowly accumulating circumstances virtually force him to do so. Society, itself, must seek out the answer. We see it in the very city neighborhood recession and movement to the suburbs which is a part of growing blight in the urban districts. We hope the Owens-Illinois series will symbolize a broader view of these downgrading physical influences in society. It should prompt us all to seek out the "hawg" in ourselves and to see if, as a society, we can't do something to convert the trend. Safe Transport for Bombs 1 Perhaps few people knew Albert P. Belan-. ger at the time of his death, Monday. Yet he had an important part to play in this country's successful air war against Germany in the 40's. An invention of his, while he was employed by Alton Box Board Co., was a "bomb ring" credited with enabling this country to transport safely the thousands of bombs we dropped in our war against Germany; It enabled this country to substitute sticdessfully a pfiper product for an item that would have tfiwrd mil* lions of tons of steel otherwise, -the steel was diverted to more needed purposes. The bomb ring was a much talked of item during World War II days — especially around Alton. It perhaps was the focal point, for instance, of a scrap paper collection campaign that enabled Alton Box Board to turn a losing fight against the paper shortage into eventual victory industrially and to do its part militarily" •> The bomb ring may also have been an important point in the Alton firm's growth during the war. Pelanger later sought to interest organizations in handicraft programs, in which he was deeply interested. He shared himself widely; was continuously frustrated that he could not somehow make himself of wider service to the public. New Profilerations The nuclear nonproliteration treaty — which pledges nuclear powers not to share their weapons or their knowledge with others '— seems to be proliferating In other dteee* tions, though it's run into one hitch. The hitch is Red Chffla* Only Moftdiy Moscow sources were inciting that Peking now has developed its first intercontinental ballistics missile, It already has tested nu» clear weapons. Thus the monopoly on nuclear weapons by which Britain, Russia, ftftd the' U.S. could virtually exert control for tile time: being may have been broken, •'••''{ On the constructive side, however, as? additional nations sign the nonproitterttten^ treaty, President Johnson announced this" country and Russia had agreed to start talks' on limiting both offensive and defensive nu- v clear missiles systems. : Of course it can hardly be conceived that these talks will proceed without an occasional sideglance at Red China. And these side* glances, too, could serve to obstruct the talks. Soviet Premier Kosygin has announced, he would like to go further into the "strategic",, weapons limitations category. Meanwhile, as expected, Red China has' informed the United Nations it won't even,, take a kibitzing seat at a proposed U.N.-sponsored nuclear weapons talk in Geneva. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Holiday Traffic Jain Victor Riesel -Destruction City 9 Brings Shame Maybe I do not have any reason to be so disgusted with the gun law controversy as I don't own one now, and never have. But anyone should know that whoever is determined to commit murder will find a way — gun or no gun. If this country loses its right to bear arms, then how can decent people protect themselves from hate - filled destructive force in our land today. Take a look at the socalled poor people's march and "Resurrection City." "It should have been called "Destruction City." I would wager none of those people are any poorer than my family. But I would die before I would bring this sort of disgraceful shame upon the country I love and have, a, birthright to. ' C^vS.. It is more than^ ^privilege to be an American. *flj is a profound duty of all its people to love the country, fight for it, and cherish it. I eould;buy a.lpt of groceries with tlie money it "'would take to make a trip to Washington, D.C. I wonder if people realize how silly giving up their funs is. It can't help those who have already died by guns, and if they are law-abiding citizens, they know their guns won't be used for that purpose. So what's to be gained. Will the next move be to confiscate all guns? Don't say it can't happen. Think back. It has happened in other countries and when trouble came, the citizens had nothing to defend their land with when enemy elements overran them. If we are determined to do away with destructive weapons, here's a good list to start with: Cars knives, axes, hatchets, ropes, belts, (people have hanged themselves with them), and airplaines (one crash can kill a bunch). I even know of one man who committed a murder with a brickbat. And then people have been beaten to death with clubs, too. Boys and arrows could be added to the list, which is endless. Anyone intent on murder has a thousand ways to choose from Gang elements without a doubt have enough stolen weapons to start a war. It will just be another prohibition, only this time with guns instead of liquor. MBS. FRANCES COPELAND 605 West Dr. Cottage Hills Diamond 'Tee 9 Party The \l»on Park and Recreation Commission is doing an excellent job this summer with the small fry. The kids are real- ly having a good time, especially the Little Leaguers. Direc f or Jack Philbrick has added something new for the 8 to 9-year old ballplayers. The batter hits off a tee, belthigh. The baseball tee acts ihe same as a golf tee to a golfer. Later on in the season the kids will face a p'teher. In the meantime they are learning to tee off at abaseba'T. Also *he Park and Recreation Department has a free movie at each park. Three young ladies in uniform supervise ths whole movie program. In past years kids were bored a few weeks after school closed, but with the present park program they have plenty to do to keep busy. Riverview Park this year has never looked better. The view- of the river at sunset is just beautifH 1 . On band concert night; the Alton band came up with a marching clown with over a hundrecj small children following the Veto wn around the park while the band played a popular marrh number. Congratulations to the directors of the park programs. They are keeping the kids off the street and out of trouble. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO, 349 Bluff St. New Kind of Slavery Slavery disappeared from western civilization just a little over. 100 years ago. Yet it is amazing how quickly history repeats itself. In Washington, D.C. a self- named group of "Poor People" indicated willingness to make themselves slaves to the federal government in exchange for a guaranteed income and other benefits. About 500 years ago, the European ancestors of the poor white people in Washington were fighting the slavery of the nobles so they could be free to live and work as they wanted; and just five generations ago Americans fought a war to free the ancestors of the Negro poor so they could work and live as they wanted. When the ancestors of the whites and Negroes were really slaves, they had to work for the master as payment for their keep and care. Today their descendants seem to want to reap the beneficial rewards of being slaves to the government without giving of their time or efforts in return. Perhaps those who prefer the slave status, no matter who the master is, seek to live without responsibility. But a man who is a slave to a noble, a master, or the government can never find the dignity of the free man who is willing to work and sac- crifice for his freedom and to provide his own keep. America is a rich country'and can provide a good living for all those who want to work and earn it with dignity. But when the "self-named" poor choose federal slavery in return for keep and care and accept no responsibility, then history has repeated itself by the choice, of those who prefer the degradation of slavery to the dignity of freedom and hard work. JOSEPH C. BAGLEY 6001 Timber Lane. Rte. 2 Godfrey Todays Prayer Almighty God,, Who continual-! ly" calls us m'lmany v^yf<~to Your- service, give us the£aSilRyJ to recognize tijat caD '|n"|ne- needs and hopes of our fellow men, that a new breakthrough •of .Your love into the world may come by our actions, as it did in those of Jesus Christ. Amen. — Raymond E. Balcomb, Portland, Ore., minister, First Methodist Church. Forum Writers, Note Writers names mod addresses must be published with letters to the Readers Forum. Letters must be concise (preferably not over 1M words.) All are subject to condensation. Romney Looks at Labor Front Struggle Washington Merry-Go-Round LBJ's Determination Brought Nuclear Break By DREW PEARSON And JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — The details of the historic breakthrough with Soviet Russia on disarmament will not be told until the usual period of State Department w&iting — about ten years. When ft is finally told, however, it will reveal that the progress toward better understanding between the world's two great nuclear powers was due almost entirely to the dogged determination of one man — Lyndon Johnson. Almost bare - handed he achieved the significant assent from the Soviet Union which may hasten the day when the two countries will no longer face a onstling array of opposing im«r continental missiles. Johnson has never been noted as a diplomat or international expert in the past. However, he became convinced that the peace of the world depended on better understanding between the worid's two strongest powers, an1 he applied the same kind of Texas selling that he used as Senate Majority Leader when he wanted to pass a difficult bill. He kept up a constant bnrrage of persoanl letters, personal talks, messages through ambassador to Mo- cow, all aimed at this objective. History will .show that t h e President's push toward better understanding actually began about two years ago when he had a long talk with Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Gromyko WP«; in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting and camp to Washington, at the President's invitation, for a long confidenial discussion. They spent 'almost two hours together canvassing every important aspect of Russian- American relations, including Vietnam One point raised by Gromyko was that the United States had built so many warehouses iir bases and other installation*, in South Vietnam that noLody believed we would ever pull out It was after this conversation that the president made hi« Manila declaration that we would pull out six months after a peace was signed. Russian sources reported that Gromyko seemed to be impressed by Johnson's directness and his blunt desire for better understanding. The second main chapter in the President's drive to woo Soviet Russia took place with Premier Alf.xei Kosygin at the famous Giassboro Conference one year ago. Kosygin appeared friendly when talking to Johnson; but went back to New York to repeat the party line about American imperialism. It was obvious that h i s hands were tied by the Kremlin. After the president announced his h'g decision on March 31 both not to run again and to hold truce talks, relations with Mo«cow improved. And the President's drive for better understanding also increased. Though some newsmen have talked about t h e slowing up of a lame-duck President, ir-ruaily the White House tempo regarding international affairs has increased. Not having to worry about PEARSON ANDERSON domestic politics, Johnson has concentrated most of his energy on foreign affairs. It wou'd have been easy for any chjpt executive to be distracted by the war in Vietnam and ne«)ecl the broader, more important objective of world peace. Johnson, however, kept hammering away on this main goa, despite discouraging initial cracks from the Kremlin. To th's 'end he delivered three speeches this spring. He spoke :V Giassboro on the anniversary 01 his conference with Kosygin, went up to the United Nations '<> commemorate the signing of ihe non-proliferation pact, finally made a statement when thK USA-USSR consular Treaty was signed. With PHCH of these he took a certain amount of political risk, both at home and abroad. George Romney may have stepped away from the prpsi- dential race but not from its issues. Certainly one of these issues is labor's growing influence and its relations with American industry. Certainly now. unhampered by the pressures of campaigning and free of the squeeze of interminable travel and public statements. George Romney can stand off andf take a close look at the struggles on the labor front. His vantage point, the Executive Mansion in Lansing, capital of one of the most industrialized states in this country, is particularly strategic. I asked him to do an in-depth analysis of the labor scene. Here it is, written specially for this column: By GEORGE ROMNEY Governor of Michigan LANSING — Because this is a national election year, we, the people, have reason to expect something more than "business as usual" from our governmental and political establishments. ' Hopefully, at this extremely critical juncture in our nation's history, the year 1968 and its many months of campaigning will bring forth overdue commitments to action in a multitude of problem areas. We have far too many major national concerns for which answers are not being provided either by those in positions of public responsibility or those who are seeking such positions. Our nation's economy is a primary example. In nearly every aspect of economic decision making, we are drifting aimlessly in increasingly troubled waters while those responsible for the ship of state offer only token answers. One of the many economic areas drastically needing revision and modernization is that of ihe labor - management dispute which results in a strike or shutdown of emergency proportions. Our existing labor laws encourage industry - wide and nationwide monopolies in collective bargaining. They foster economic power groups that fight with one another merely to reap greater economic benefits for themselves. Too often the result is a national emergency shutdown that invites government Intervention and decision making. The inherent strength of o u r nation's economic approach has been competition in the market place designed to share progress with consumers and p u t them in control. But monopoly at the negotiating table strips, away the consumer's, control, denies him participation in economic p r °g ress . a nd saddles' him in the end result with infla : . tion and increasing government' control. Our nation's leadership has^ not face'* up to this growing national p r oblem. Along with failure to lake timely tax a n d spending action, this failure has distorted our economy. The poor are made poorer. Public employes strike as their compensation falls further behind tne highly organized. Fann income declines in relationship to the cost of farming and living. Exports decline, Imports increase and the balance of payments deficit continues. Confidence in the dollar declines arid threatens the economic future of the nation and the world In 1965 the administration promised to recommend legislation to deal with national emergency strikes stemming from the abuses of this mono-, poly co'iective bargaining power. But nothing was done. Then, after the disastrous. New Yoik transit strike, the" promise was repeated, but again no action resulted. v Then came crisis after crisis in monopoly collective bargain; ing — a'rlines, steel, rubber; railroad*, trucking, copper. And still the^c was no program. The ur.ual reaction has been to let a national emergency labor dispute get worse and worse, and then step in to dictate a settlement which Is too often one- sided and inflationary. That's, bad enough, because each time .such an approach, is taken, the American economy loses some of its freedom, and the inflationary spiral wings even higher. In the rail strike, the approach went beyond While House intervention and arm twsitlng, The Wh''e House had to use Congress as a collective bargaining Ctol on a day-to-day basis, finally securing a settlement only by special act of our m- lion's highest legislative body authorising compulsory arbitration. Todav inother deficiency in the field of emergency shutdown hit? come to the fore — the ina v ,i! ty to deal with strikes which may not produce a national emergency but do create a state or local emergency, An Immediate example is thf strike which has shut down operation ot Detroit's two major newspapers for over six months. What They Did Then—News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago JULY 2, II4J Mrs. Lucy Luken of Alby Street received word that her son, Robert, 20, bad been fatally wounded by a shell explosion while on active duty with the U,$. Ngvy and died June W. The last letter from tbf Navywan dated in April, came through the San Ffiucifico po^oJftc*, indicating that he bad been in In Uw Pacific war zone. Pic. Sari TiasJey, injured by three Japanese ma- gVfl Wets JMl Dec. 37, on Guadalcanal, ar Ityti bans tow tbe U.S. Army Hospital at Battle " " ~ • W<HW4* were in the Wp, on his left eJbow t Ju*t bajow his left shoulder. Jr., and bis brother, Marion, bad i gone to separate universities to participate in active duty under the Navy V42 officer procurement training program. Both would study engineering, Shelby at the University of Illinois, and Marion at Indiana State Teachers College at Terre Haute. Pictures of service men and their bases were: Pvt. William Crews at Camp Callan, CaW., James at Camp Bowie, Texas; Pvt. Edward Oglesby, at San Diego; Pfc. Paul Whetzel, Slieppard Field, Texas; Navyman Jerome Foval, Grafton, home from the Pacific; Pvt. Donald Cranmer, Brooks Field, Texas; Pvt. Henry Fessler, Fort Monmoutb, N.J.; Pvt. Jack Logan, overseas; Pvt, Robert CaldweU, Camp Adah*, Ore.; Seaman Harry C. Faber, convoy duty; James A. Downs, Naval Air Corps, Chicago; Robert M Dunn, Big Springs, Texas; Pvt. Charles Udd, Kane, Camp Campbell, Ky.; carl May, camp Farragut, Idaho; Mary Lou PennlfoJd, SPARS, Palm Beach, Fla.; Cadet Gussie Tieman, Thunder-bird Field, Glendale, Ariz.; Melvin Stahlhut, Wood River, commissioned at Columbus Field, Miss.; Pvt. Lester Springman, Camp Siebert, Ala.; Darrell George, Fort Sill, Okla.; Cadet Donald McConnell, San Antonio, Texas; Pvt. Harold A. Weigler, Camp White, Ore.; Cpl. William T. Sloan, in England, 50 Years Ago JULY 2, 1018 American troops advanced half-a-mile on a two- mile front at Chateau Thierry, taking 490 prisoners and inflicting heavy tosses. They took the village of Vaux and Hill 192, and penetrated Glerenbaut Woods. Their attack on Hill 204, which dominated Chateau Thierry, followed 12 hours of shelling. In Washington, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker was pressing for House passage of a bill giving the government •complete supervision over all communications systems. Alton Chapter of the American Red Cross was considering a proposed ban on all benefit entertain- mentfi. Many organizations had sppjflared such events, it acknowledged, and it bad boon considerably aided by both these and direct contributions. Tbe chapter wanted to avoid, however, the overexposure of repeated appeals for money. Citizens noting the trend to establish special villages such as NameokJ to allow Sunday saJoon opening were considering a move for action to make that day inviolable throughout the county. " Mailing of catalogues from Shurtleff College almost blocked up service at the Upper Alton post office. ' ' •, T Limited summer closing of the Quatoga Theater in Upper Alton was .announced by the management,. Performances would be given only on Saturday and Sunday night tjirough July and August. High' winds over the weekend .had held up river excursions out of Alton, The East st, Lguli abao r doned ife morning trip completely, and the St. Pauj remained in Alton Harbor for an hour and half trying to make a landing. t "' Nine young "desperadoes", 13 to 17 years of who said they came from St. Louis, were rounded by Alton police as they debased from the ferry with tobacco and landy reported'taken from a freight car in West Alton. . .

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