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Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 14

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, - » ^ Page 14 CSR Commentary The Public Forum A salute to three basketball champions from South Area Chicago sports fans have reason to be proud of the three area high school basketball teams that performed in the Class AA state tournament last week in Assembly hall in Champaign. The players, coaching staffs and fans supporting Phillips of the Public league and De La Salle and St. Laurence of the Catholic league conducted themselves as Class AA sportsmen and that, after all, is what high school athletic programs should be. Phillips entered the state tournament as a favorite to wear the crown relinquished by Morgan Park 1976's champions, but was derailed by St. Laurence of Burbank in its opening game. St. Laurence, in turn, was knocked out of the title chase in the semi-finals as its team was bidding for an unprecedented state championship in the same year in both basketball and football, a feat never before accomplished. De La Salle successfully passed its first tournament test in last- minute heroics, advancing to the semi-finals where its dreams were shattered. The title hopes of these three teams had to be high, and players and coaches as well as their fans had to be thinking they were on a trail that would bring them a championship, demonstrating again the supremacy of Chicago's South Side. Three out of eight teams in the state's Elite Eight ain't bad, as they say. The disappointment at losing and being eliminated from the championship games had to be felt. This disappointment might have found a release of sorts in a display of bad sportsmanship. It has happened before primarily because in a setting such as the state tournament hopes often dim reality and "tournament fever" is a pressure hard to live up to. Yet, De La Salle, St. Laurence and Phillips displayed true sportsmanship and though they reached the threshold, the zenith where they could taste victory either by ratings or by performance, they swallowed the bitter pill of defeat and remained good sports. St. Laurence and De La Salle advanced to the semi-finals, an indication that had the ball bounced right either might have been battling in the championship game. These players, as well as Phillips', realized they were performing against the best in the state. They were in a "select company, and they deserve to be remembered for being there. The fans who have followed St. Laurence, De La Salle and Phillips were quick to rally to their team and pat the players on the back, encouraging them and reflecting the pride they have in their teams. This is as it should be. We, too, pat the players on the back, and all the players who performed in the tournament, and believe they and their fans have demonstrated that "good -guys" do, at times, finish out of the picture, where the glory is. We can only wish these-players well in the years to come. They are champions, and they have proven themselves so. The Public Forum A song for all to learn - Ian Chapman's anecdote about theologian Karl Barth's learning bis most important truth from his childhood's Sunday school song, "Jesus Loves Me," reminded me of a crucial truth I learned similarly. As a youngster, in Sunday school, Vacation Bible school, church worship and evening services (I went to church often when I was young) for many years, I often sang another declarative chorus: "Jesus loves the little children/all the children of the world/red and yellow, black -··nd white/They're all precious in his sight/Je- sus loves the little children of the world." It is a song the truth of which I believe has always been a part of my Christian consciousness, one whose implications I hope I have absorbed into my character and personality. Most of all, it is a song I would have all children learn and live, fundamental truth of Christianity that it is. It would undoubtedly contribute to the realization of Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream, a dream rooted and nourished in God. RON REHFELDT A new slogan for Hannofi It is amazing that Supt. Hannon wants to close the Chicago schools three days early in June again this year. He closed the schools early last June to "balance the budget," and was penalized several tens of millions of dollars for doing so by the Economist Newspapers Rimer* of anneal Best Newspaper contests of Ibr Accredited Home Newspaper*, of Amenta. Inc for (l General Kxcellcn-c: (2) tdilonal and News fonlrnl, (3) Typography (4) BcM Illustration, and 5 Bert Local column Awarded first prize In Association of Nrw^pa per tljvsift«J *d»erus inc Manners In cUsv} fird adiertisinc cxmtrsi * National ] astocialkm rd*. an aumul ctnt ttmdixlrd tot ihf It f led In the *rr!f*rd 4vdtt Orttrtntltm Bruce Sagan, publisher Southlown Economist In IV V.irtbumti tfmimiM Im irornlne and »rtlw«i« itlrt trnoi « «M s Hurtrm »»(·,, CMr««n, III.. ·KM. Fltonr S*r*m state. This financial penalty is one of the major reasons he is having difficulty balancing the budget this year for the Chicago Board of Education. Why should school children lose three days of school because Hannon made an error? Figures on a fact sheet released by Hannon show that the money he claims be needs can be found by closing the central and district offices during the summer months. Supt. Hannon used the phrase "think children" in his communications. Perhaps he should amend the wording to state "Think children--last" MARY M. MEIKE Edward Education council Sees Crosstown as a 'ditch' Helen Mikols arguments in favor of the new Crosstown are flawed, to say the least, -when applied to the southernmost portion of the route. Our area is not "economically depressed" nor does it consist of "abandoned buildings, vacant lots/' Perhaps that's true of her area but I wouldn't presume to pass judgment since I'm sure she knows it better than I do. Despite all the high-flown language, the fact remains there is a congestion situation on Cicero ave. which should be solved--but the new plan is a case of "overkill." Gcero ave. can be improved without an expressway that will take hundreds of homes Helen seems to be terribly concerned about business in Chicago If she is sincere about it, she should launch a campaign U eliminate the nefarious head tax of 53 per employe per month which has probably driven more jobs out of Chicago than any traffic congestion has Our local streets in all parts of the south side are in terrible condition from local traffic which will stay local regardless of any expressway. Let's seriously consider Governor Thompson's offer to upgrade" Cicero ave. and many other local streets, bridges and overpasses, and forget the "ditch" once and for all. WALTER HOLAN $553 S. Beverly How schools could save money Dr. Hannon and his staff, the board of education, 'and the teacher's union are looking for ways to save money and balance the ibudget. Here" is one attempt to offer help with this problem. It would be worthwhile to explore several potential areas for cutting expenses of the board of education. Admittedly such moves would be bold and involve temporary inconvenience, but in the future the advantages will make it worth considering. First, let us place the responsibility for human problems where they belong. For example, there is no reason why the schools should have to pay the school nurses. No one will say that they aren't needed but the tab belongs to the Chicago board of health. The title, teacher nurse, is a misnomer for their primary concern is the pathology of the child This is not a function the board of education can afford to support. Secondly, the psychodynamics of abnormal behavior have social, familial, genetic, economic, ethnic and community ramifications. The schools; budget should not have to suffer the consequences and burden of providing the services of psychologist, psychiatrist, social workers, etc. The department of mental health and the children and family services must assume their responsibility. Third and fourth areas are minor, but nevertheless are in the realm of physical maladies and should be handled entirely by appropriate municipal agencies--these are vision and hearing testing. Furthermore, any space provided by the schools for these services should be prorated and paid for, by ,the responsible agency. WHM j WAUT!' 'HERE'? WHAT T. the Lighter Side LEDGER WHEN WE BALANCE OUR books for the close of the year, must we charge off some friendships we've lost? Will our labor account carry unselfish work, accomplishments, not counting the cost? Will the Golden Rule be set up in accounts, and the page full of entries made there? Will our traveling expense cover trips to the sick, thoughtfulness taking care of our fare? Will our charities show all gold but no deeds, or part of ourselves freely given? Shall we put on our books an account for revenge, or forgiveness instead banked in heaven? Let us put in reserve an abundance of prayers, good will, courtesies and accord, not as income tax, but as gifts of love in the treasury of our Lord. LELA C. WHITE A WAY OF LIFE "" CLEARANCE SALES ARE CLEARED., .It's just as I had feared. . .The January spree -was just too much for me. . - And promised tax rebate will come a bit too late. . -Three months or so are barren. . .I'll notice what they're wearin', when Eastertime's parade reminds my bills to fade, and I in one quick glance will turn to Ree Fy Nance. JAN BREVET UNMINDFUL MARCH March winds Like to tantalize Early blooming hyacinths And courageous ' Crocuses. CRAIG CHRISTENSEN SUNDAY AT MY NURSING HOME SUNDAYS I GET ALL dressed up, with no place to go. But I expect to see people I love and know. Immediately after my lunch, I'm lifted into a wheelchair, and rolled up to long windows to see if anyone's there. But the parking lot stays empty. In vain I search and peer. Visiting hours soon to be over, in my eyes there glistens a tear. Off WE Mil *sy *'i t 'i^S The shadows grow longer and narrower from flower to bush to tree. I sit, hands holding my chin, but no one comes to see me. I think of when I was younger. Was I guilty, too, of this neglect? Did I promise to visit the sick? When Sunday came, did I defect? I'd like to talk to anyone, or someone I know, too. Twould make me very happy. Could that someone be YOU?? WILLIAM A. CLIFFORD AT FIRST A FLOWER LARGE, FER1PGREEN ORANGE trees enjoy tropically warm showers within the state of Florida...Whose name means "Feast of Flowers"...Every sturdy -branching bough shares golden global fruit...That came from chalk-white blossoms as a pleasant substitute. REMELDA GIBSON MARCH March bids farewell to Winter's reign, And hearlds Springtime's caress; With dreams of blossoms and verdure bright, Of nature's eloquent dress! HILDUR SOLBERG ENERGY CONSERVATIONISTS ARE predicting changes in the American lifestyle. When the changes will occur, and whether they will be voluntary or by government decree is not yet clear. One change predicted is a form-fitting bathrub to save energy used to heat water. The tub would be designed to the approximate contour of the body. That isn't going to leave much elbow room for scrubbing action. . .and no lying back in the tub to luxuriate and relax. Instead of relieving tensions, the future bath may merely add to them. In some ways, the smaller bathtub seems a step backward. The old wash tub, used once for bathing, didn't waste water, either. A radio commercial for condominiums is currently stressing a "Roman soaking tub" among amenities. Prospective buyers should be cautioned. Laundry methods wffl change, too. Hot water for washing clothes would be forbidden. "The new cold water detergents are already better," says one conservationist Paper clothes might be in vogue by *bat day, and laundry will be a past chore. Another casualty of the energy conservation program will be the supermarkets, according to experts. They will be replaced by computerized food warehouses. Consumers would telephone orders to a clerk and deliveries would be made door- to-door by a regularly scheduled truck, eliminating the need to drive to a supermarket This wffl be hardly palatable to the discriminating shopper who wishes to compare value and quality before making any purchase. If food prices continue their climb, a crime of the future may be hijacking of such delivery trucks. All in all, what the energy consorvaHomsts are proposing is to torn the dock back to a former lifestyle. A hard task. It might be better to Jet the clock work until it runs down, and then take it from there. H. M. L. The problem of driver education is the responsibility of the schools. would classify the operation of a car essential to an education at the elementa- _ ry or secondary level? (Except perhaps* an insurance company or automobile ma 8 "";1 nufacturers.) 'There are sufficient meaniE^"-" - of public transportation to attend any cify2-»~' school. The monies for this area could be n «* * properly used to provide education in th*^' classroom. '"^-' The last two items to be mentioned are· perhaps even more sensitive to changet.;^ First of these are the trade union posj,- 9 y~, tions. Since they are members of a tradjjj^T union, they should be employed by private^; ., industry and it in turn would offer the,^,, services on a competitive basis, consg-^, quently freeing the board of the responsi,-,,^ - bility of paying a small army of cr men for twelve months a year. The last but not least to mention is curriculum department. While there is sponsibility to determine broad and al areas of instruction there is no jus cation for the board of education to be the printing and consulting business. Th'e number of volumes of guides for every subject taught and every teacher that teaches them, particularly in the elementary level, is unbelievable. This isn't even a major year for issue and the budget is $180,000. The major publishers of textbooks hire highly competent staffs and use the services of experts in all the major content areas and offer complete consultant services. There is no justification for the board of education to create its own contingent of writers and consultants which duplicate services already available at no cost to the schools. These suggestions by no means exhaust the possibilities for cutting expenditures. Now is the time to make changes that would really put the schools and personnel back in the job of teaching children and rid us of the painful and morale destroying annual battle to finance the schools with a balanced budget. ANONYMITY PREFERRED Chicago Nuclear power averted disaster In the middle of the coldest winter on record the United States produced more power than any nation in history--43.927 billion kilowatt-hours for the week ending Jan. 8. The following week a new record-45.459 billion. Then next week 45.639 billion. Under the weight of the cold, the power net began to sag. Appeals went out to cut demand. 9000-MW of capacity stood helpless as coal piles froze and' coal and oij was immobilized on ice-bound barges. Unlike November 1965, a blackout now woulfl mean loss of life. ' , Nuclear power, however, was available to keep even Ralph Nader's house warm. Our Commonwealth Edison increased its nuclear output from 40 to 48 per cent. All of New England's "unsafe, uneconomical unreliable, and unnecessary" nuclear plants were on line throughout, providing 30 per cent of the region's power. Indiai Point came through, as did the nucleaj plants of Niagara Mohawk and Rochester G and E. * ^ We are daily warned of a nuclear disa? ter. Now what about the disaster it pr vented? - \ DANIEL JOHN SOBrESKJfc 5525 S. MonitoJ- 'Disintegration,' not 'integration' On March 4 we attended the Chicago board of education's integration commit tee progress report meeting. As a group of mothers living on the far Southwest Sida, we have a special'interest -- our children* We were uninvited observers at the unveiling of Dr. Welling's New Chicago plaij What happened to Old Chicago? This kind of plan has been tried in other cities with slight variations -- a combination of fail ures, i.e., Hauser, Havighurst, Leu anil Candoli, Redmond, now Welling and Bad- Don. ~ · We saw a map which graphically toifa the facial composition of a city with a rapidly declining white population. Wellings colorful pyramid illustrating the,city plai- ning process and structure of the advisory committee -- this was a promotional gU3|- mick to involve the naive in a preconceived plan to integrate the public schoofe under the guise of equalizing educational opportunities and eliminating racial isolation. Proposals such as this we know froih the illustrations are psychologically devastating and accelerate white flight. If trip is what the intent is, they are succeeding.' It is about time Dr. Hannon, the school board and our legal department challenge HEW, the state office of education's arbitrary rules and regulations, which a$» contrary to our rights to de facto segregation under the constitution. This point needs to be adjudicated in a court of ia*. By participating on this advisory committee one is declaring a commitment to intig- gration. This is a plan to disintegrate the remaining white communities. This is integration by design which is illegal. MRS. MARION CEPEDEH MRS. MARY CVACK MRS. MARGE SULLTVAtf MRS. DOLORES KANTOR MRS. LORRAINE BLOCS MRS. ANN RAFFERTY MRS. MARY BRUTON MRS. MARILYN L. MORAS MRS. BEVERLY PERSOS MRS. FHANCINE M. FATTMA PJS. After viewing Dr. Welling's plan, 1 publicly withdraw my application for the City-Wide Advisory committee. 1 am not willing to give up iny responsibility as « parent ^ MRS. MARGE SULLIVA 3246 W. «6th pi JNFWSPAPFR1 JNFWSPAPFRl

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