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The News from Frederick, Maryland · Page 4

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"There! Doesn't That Seem More Appropriate?" Established 1883 PuMith«d f very Evening Except Sunday by the GREAT SOUTHERN PRINTING AND MANUFACTURING COMPANY 300 Ea*t Patrick Street. Frederick, Maryland 21701 --Phone Area C«de 310,663-1177 Clastifitd AdvertUing Office Open 8 A.M. To S P.M. Weekdays Saturday 8 A.M. To 2 P.M. Phone 662-1162 . SUBSCRIPTION RATES Single copy, 10 cents. By mail, payable in advance: one month, $ 1.75; three months, $4.50; six months, $8.50; one year, $16.00; by motor route or carrier, 42 cents week; $1.75 month, $21.00 yr. Member Audit Bureau of Circulation--Member Of The Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for publication of a II the local printed news in this newspaper as well as all AP news dispatches. Second Class Postage Paid At Frederick, Maryland PAGE A-4 MONDAY, JUNE 8, 1970 FREDERICK, MARYLAND Compromise Or Sell-Out? In the wake of the recent widespread walkout of postal employes in protest at their concededly low rate of income most Americans became convinced that reform of the Post Office Department was rightfully given a high priority in Congress. Presently a so-called "compromise bill" negotiated by Postmaster General Blount and the unions representing his hundreds of thousands of employes has been making its tedious way through both branches on Capitol Hill. As the details of the so-called "compromise" leak out of the House Post Office Committee, however, there arises a question whether the measure is so much a "compromise" as a "sellout." In both branches, members of Congress have been generally shocked to find that in the finer print of the "compromise" the nation's 750,000 postal employes are not only to get a generous raise on top of that extended other federal workers within months but they are to be forced to join a union within 30 days or resign their jobs. The dismay of other than the ultra- liberals on Capitol Hill is certainly conceivable in that the platform of the 1968 Republican Party upon which the present administration was elected reaffirmed a prior GOP commitment to all federal employes to either join or refrain from affiliating with a union. While the so-called union shop by the terms of which all workers who are not members of the union are forced to join in 30 days after signing of a contract with an employer is authorized by the Taft-Hartley law in all but the so-called right-to-work states which have statutes prohibiting it, it has never been recognized by the federal government as applying to its employes and has been confined entirely to the field of private industry. Even the ultra-liberal President John F. Kennedy rejected a bid for its introduction by organized labor shortly after he became President and his Secretary of Labor, Arthur Goldberg, told the national convention of the AFL- CIO "I think you will agree with me that the union shop and the closed shop are both inappropriate to the federal government. And Labor Secretary Shultz opposed the idea as recently as last November. In the light of all of this, particularly the GOP platform commitment, there were many raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill when Postmaster General Blount's "compromise" was filed with the House Post Office Committee. What motivated his surrender of the rights of his 750,000 employes to either join or refuse to join at no peril to their jobs in either instance a labor union? Informed opinion on Capitol Hill is that he was forced to when he looked down the double barrels of a shotgun in the hands of President George Meany oftheAFL-CIO. In effect, Mr. Meany, who can be a very blunt negotiator indeed, told Mr. Blount that if he did not accept this condition that the AFL-CIO would not only v oppose his "compromise reorganization plan" but that unless his impatient clerks and carriers got their promised pay raises promptly that they would again take to the streets. Postmaster G e n e r a l B l o u n t promptly surrendered. It remains to be seen whether the House of Representatives and the Senate will be so quick to knuckle down to Mr. Meany. Particularly is this true when it is noted that the president of the AFL- CIO was refreshingly frank in t e s t i f y i n g i n f a v o r o f t h e "compromise" before the House Post Office Committee. "This is only the beginning," he said. "If we can win a union shop in the Post Office Department with its 750,000 employes, we will seek the same terms of collective bargaining for all civilian workers of the federal government." It has always been believed that the right of a citizen to work for his own U.S. government approached an absolute right and that it should not be conditioned upon an obligation to pay dues to any union. In the good old days that.are now apparently gone forever it was felt that if a man was otherwise qualified to carry the mail that it was none of the government's business whether he contributed to the finances of labor bosses by enforced dues. Consistency In Politics Consistency is a rare jewel in politics. It is ironic to note that while more than half of the members of the United States Senate are filling the columns of the Congressional Record with violent abuse of P r e s i d e n t N i x o n ' s intervention in Cambodia to save the lives of more than 400,000 American GIs in South Vietnam that at the same time no fewer than 76 members of the upper branch of Congress have signed a round-robin appeal to him to sell 125 jet bombers to Israel to increase the tempo of the Middle East conflict between t h a t n a t i o n and its neighboring Arab states. So far there is no indication that gallant Israel in whose creation as a state we acted as a "mid-wife" is overmatched despite the aid of Soviet Russia to the millions of Arabs surrounding them. If anything, the Middle East war appears to be locked in a bloody stalemate consisting largely of punitive raids by the combatents. But it is obvious that if the United States contributes 125 killer jet planes to Israel's arsenal that such action could hardly go unnoticed by the Soviet Union which is already supplying the Arab states with planes and training pilots. Such an expansion in the Israeli air force would certainly precipitate retaliatory steps by Moscow. In short, if President Nixon should accede to the pleas of these 76 senators, a majority of whom are bitterly accusing him of increasing the tempo of the Vietnam war by invading Cambodia, the sale of these planes would in all probability heat up the Middle East war and increase the already dangerous tension in that area between the United States and the Soviet Union. And if and when the seeds for another world war sprout they are more apt to thrive in the fertile soil of the Biblical Armageddon than in the remote jungles of Southeast Asia. All of which raises the question of how so many senators can be so selective in their attitude toward the expansion of warfare in any quarter of the globe. Perhaps part of the answer may lie in the fact that while Israel is a small nation that it is the homeland of world Jewry and there are millions of Jews in America, all of whom vote for United States senators, whose passions are violently aroused by the Arab threat to its independence. Very few, if any, Southeast Asians cast ballots for members of the United States Senate. And in passing, where are the war protesters on this issue and why are they so strangely mute when it is proposed to pour gasoline onto the flaming \var in the Middle East? Now It's Westward Ho, Teachers Horace Greeley apparently has found an entire new generation of disciples. The great editor's advice of a century ago to "go West" is suddenly being taken by teachers who, according to a recent news item, are fleeing the educational and environmental crises of the cities for the wide-open spaces of Montana. The underpopulated mountain state, long on scenery but short on appeal for the sophisticated, only a few years ago TIMELY QUOTES Resistance of the temptation to shrink within a "fortress America" will be one of the major challenges you will encounter continuously as citizens. -- Navy Secretary John Chafoe, in a cor"tnencement speech. I had my finger on the trigger and fired when the others did. I just didn't think about it. I just closed rny eyes and shot --An Ohio N a t i o n a l Guardsman from Akron who was among those-who fired at students at Kent State University. had problems staffing its schools. But to their surprise, superintendents currently are besieged by applicants from out-of-state. The Great Falls school system, for example, reports some 1,500 applications for 125 vacancies. And for the privilege of seeing clean cities and clean-looking students, the out-of-staters are willing to take, according to one superintendent, "awful salary cuts" -- up to $3,000 a year. That in itself just might be enough of a shock to many a financially pressed metropolis to put new life into the environmental cleanup campaign. THOUGHTS, "Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you guardians, to feed the church of the Lord which he obtained with his own blood." -- Acls20:28. It is the churches to which we must look to develop the resources for the great moral offensive that is required to make human rights secure, and to win a lasting peace. -John Fnsior Dulles. yesterday 50 Years Ago JUNE 8, 1920 SHOWING AN annual yearly production of 7.294 pounds of milk and 243 pounds of butterfat, the tests of the Frederick County Cow Testing Association have been concluded for this time. Twelve herds averaging 14 cows each" were tested by the association. · TAGS FOR THOSE who must take out dog licenses have arrived and the County Treasurer is now ready to dispense licenses for the ensuing year. Last year the sale of the tags totaled $5,280. To this was added $123 interest and $10 refunding making a total for the year of $5,413. THE C. AND P. Telephone Company are after another increase in rates. Saturday the big corporation filed a petition with the Public Service Commission seeking an advance in the present schedule. The Frederick County's Farmers Commission has appointed a committee to protest the rates. THE INCREASE in the marriage license fee from $1 to $2 made no difference worth considering during the first week of the new rate schedule. The prospective bridegrooms have come across with the fee of $2 just as merrily as before. trM 20 Years Ago ^ JUNE 8, 1950 ,i 10 CITY POLITICAL activity will ,V« reach its crest today as ; ;i- Democrats and Republicans . launch their final drives for the , i v votes to be cast in Tuesday's «»« quadrennial election. Accen- 7 tuated by a few hours of rest over ·· -i the Sabbath, party members will ,,-,, gather their forces for the final. _i. v thrust today. CITY POLICE WERE called to the Chestnut Farms--Chevy Chase Dairy on South Wisner Street this morning when pickets were subject to a barrage of eggs tossed at them by unidentified persons in the onlooking crowd. As a result of the local dairy strike, 400 local shippers have had to find other markets for their products. DOUBS BOUNCED out of the Tri- County League cellar by hanging ·-^ a 16-2 defeat on Lovettsville at '"Doubs, Saturday afternoon. '''\ ROCKVILLE DEFEATED the ~ Frederick hustlers 13-5 in the , only game reported played in the ^ Montgomery County circuit Saturday but even that decision - ^ was clouded as the local team ;~ protested the game after the fourth inning on the^basis that the ^ ·" home club was providing . baseballs not officially approved ^ by the circuit. *Srf f\ H ·) ,-r.f »n Letters To The Ed/for WANTS WHOLE STORY ON SCHOOL SYSTEM To the Editor. Sir: I think it is time that the people of Frederick be told the whole story of the Frederick County School System. What has been told to date leaves much to be desired. We read in the newspapers that the County Commissioners have cut the School Budget over two million dollars. Following this, we fead that unless these cuts are restored we will have a second- rate school system. What do we have now? A third or fourth rate system? Of course, those on the School Board and t h e i r henchmen, the whole staff at headquarters on Church Street, say it is first rate. What else would they say? It is to their glory to claim that it is. , I have been, a citizen of Frederick for many years and have always been interested in the welfare of my city and county. There are some questions I would like to ask, and I believe the answer to them would be of interest to every citizen of Frederick County. What is the percentage of increase in the school population since Mr. Eugene Pruitt retired as superintendent and the present school year? In comparison, w h a t is the percentage of increase in the staff at the offices on East Church Street? I have been told that the increase there goes from 14 to 84 while the school population has merely doubled. Isn't it logical to save money by reducing the n u m b e r of executives who must be furnished cars and secretaries? Why do I read in the papers that the average size of a class is 21 when any number of children from first grade through high school have told me that many of their classes have 30 or 40 in them? In arriving at the published class size apparently the total number of pupils is divided by the number of teachers, principals, librarians, guidance counselors, and others, and then divided by seven, the number of periods in the school day. Surely no teacher should be expected to teach seven periods. In addition to teaching, the teacher must prepare lessons, grade papers, and have some time for personal conferences with students. Apparently there is a wide variation in class size throughout the county. Is a child in a class of 50 getting the same educational advantage as a child in a class of 10? Wouldn't better management produce better balance in class size? When cuts have to be made in the budget, why does the Administration say it will mean some of the sports will have to be cut out entirely? Isn't this called to the attention of the public because cutting the sports program wull cause more of a furor? How much is spent per pupil for textbooks each year in each department of the high schools? I understand there is a shortage of textbooks in many of our schools, b u t t h a t i n t h e p a s t appropriations for textbooks have been the first to receive the axe. Why be disturbed about cutting out the Cultural Program? How many parents of school children today were exposed to what is now called cultural programs? How much time and money is consumed in transporting pupils to attend the cultural programs? What percentage of the pupils in our schools never get to one cultural program in the year 0 Isn'* it time that the school children of Frederick stop being used a s g u i n e a pigs i n experimenting with every new idea that comes along? Can't we dispense with some of the experimentation and just accept some of the good and tested methods of sound teaching? We might also stop experimenting in school construction and thereby save millions of dollars. I am an old citizen, but I have not lost interest because of my age. I believe there is still something good in the old methods of education. I don't think that the quality of the education our children receive depends on the buildings in which they are taught. The quality is 'determined by the preparation, dedication, and application of happy teachers. SAMUEL II. ROSENSTOCK 303 West Second Street Frederick, Maryland 21701 IT'S \ BIG WORLD, COMMISSIONERS! T ( o Tin- Editor, Sir: It has come to my attention that the Frederick County (Commissioners plan to qut 2.2 million dollars from the "county school budget. I wonder il the citizens ol Frederick County know what classes will be dropped il this planned cut goes into effect. At Walkersvjlle High School, where I am a senior, many academic classes will not be scheduled this coming fall. These are Trigonometry and Solid Geometry, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, and both French III and IV. This means that Walkersville students in the academic course in their senior year will have to take Advanced Biology or no science course at all, assuming they have already had Chemistry and Biology. It also means that no academic mathematics course will be offered in the senior year. Four years ot a language are required by many colleges, yet Walkersville will not be able to meet this requirement. I respectfully ask the county commissioners: "Is this a college preparatory course?" II it is, Walkersville students will be ill-prepared lor college work, much less college acceptance. We have very little choice of courses as it is now since we are a small school. Yet with the cut in the school budget there will be no choice at all! Mr. Commissioners, in my opinion jou are making a serious mistake that will lower the academic standard ol all our county schools. There is a big world outside of Frederick County, believe it or not. We cannot go on pretending that there isn't. Things are happening and people are making them happen. No Frederick County resident will be involved in them it the ravage ol our school system continues. \\.\F.TTK 34 Fulton Avenue Walkersville. Md. 21793 OX WHEN' A MAN CAN. SHOULD RETIRE To (he Editor. Sir: In his column of May 29, Joe Eisenhauer made the flat, unqualified statement that no man has a right to retire in his sixties. Having myself retired in my sixtieth year, I cannot let such a sweeping generalization pass unchallenged. A person's decision to retire is a very personal decision, based on a combination of factors unique to his situation. For example, one person may decide to retire in his sixties because he senses that he is beginning to slow down. He finds that he cannot maintain the pace he set when he was in his forties. Better to get out while he is still highly regarded, before the bosses discover he is slowing down. Besides his retirement will make room for one of the younger fellows who is ready for advancement. Why shouldn't he feel free to retire? Far from having no right to retire, he really has an obligation to retire; he owes it to himself, to his employer, and to his fellow workers. There are many o t h e r c o m p a r a b l e r e t i r e m e n t situations. One person may retire early so he can give more time to a different activity, such as running the local blood bank program. Another person may retire early because his health has failed; but the next person may decide to retire early while his health is still good so he can travel or pursue some other interest requiring good health. Then ther£ is optional retirement in a reduction in force. I know of one person who chose to retire in her sixties in order to save the job of a fellow employee in a reduction in force. Is Mr. Eisenhauer telling such people that they do not have a right to retire? Remember, he said NO man has a right to retire .in his sixties'. "On the other hand, many people who retire in their sixties do not do so voluntarily but are forced by their employers to retire at sixty-five regardless of their fitness or productivity or desire to continue working. This is what is wrong about retirement in one's sixties; and Mr. Eisenhauer would have been on firmer sociological ground if he had asserted the proposition that no man should be forced arbitrarily to retire in his sixties. Retirement should be imposed only if the worker has become unfit, if his productivity has declined substantially, or if there is no work for him to do. Those who are fit, who still retain their zest for work, who carry their share of the work load, and who continue to work efficiently should be permitted to work for as long as they wish, regardless of age. NORMAN S. CRAMER RFD 5, Ridge Road Frederick, Md. 21701 RUMORS FLYING ON 'FATAL JUMP' To ihe Editor, Sir: We understand your favorite columnist is going to take the latal jump with a glamorous TV star. The laithlul readers ol your paper think all of Frederick should know about this exciting bit ol news. Your columnist has never missed getting in his-bit of gossip concerning Old Frederick. Here's hoping we are one jump ahead ol him this time. TERCIA TULL MAUDE MOSBY Rt.2 Frederick, Md. 21701 (Editor's Note: According to our lavorite columnist, the glamourous TV star and he are very good iriends. 01 course . . . there is always tomorrow.) FEELS TEACHERS' ACTION RIDICULOUS To The Editor. Sir: I wish to comment upon the following quotations from your somewhat i n a c c u r a t e and slanted editorial of 27 May, entitled "Body Blow to the Schools." 1. "It was noteworthy at the public hearing at Thomas Johnson High School that only two voices were raised in defense of the meat axe budgetary cuts of the Board of Commissioners." Lack of speakers in support of the budget cuts cannot be construed as indicating lack of c i t i z e n s u p p o r t f o r t h e Commissioners' action. Without doubt, the atmosphere was highly charged by the rhetoric of those who spoke against the cuts, to the degree that those wishing to express themselves on the other side might have been extremely reluctant to do so. The brave souls who did so deserve credit for having the courage to speak against overwhelming odds (and even boos and catcalls from some members of the audience). This is not democracy in action. I t w a s e v i d e n t t h a t considerable work had been done by the opponents of the budget cuts, since the vast majority of those at the TJ meeting were either principals, teachers, or other Board of Education employers, as well as the more active PTA members and p o l i t i c a l l y i n d o c t r i n a t e d students. This was hardly a representative group of citizens likely to discuss both sides of the issue in an objective manner. I was disappointed, since I had hoped for dialogue -- not diatribe. Speaker after speaker accused the Commissioners of playing politics, which is in essence i n f o r m i n g p r o f e s s i o n a l politicians that they are suspected of pursuing their art. As a voter, it is not the professional politicians who worry me. They are identified as such and, if they do not please the majority, can be ousted at the next election. On the other hand, the nonprofessional politicians, who disguise themselves with titles and degrees, frighten me. They cannot be easily identified, and while they collect the taxpayer's money to educate his children, spend considerable time and energy on political endeavors. The editorial made certain that Mr. Dailey's remark to the Commissioners, "we will try to give you more thanks at a later date," did not go unnoticed. It failed to state, however, that at one point in the meeting a student went to the microphone and, with loud applause from the audience, p r o c l a i m e d t h a t t h e C o m m i s s i o n e r s w o u l d undoubtedly receive no votes from those in attendance. 2. "Both parties to the compact affixed their names in good faith, the negotiators for the FCTA on behalf of the teachers, and the Board of Education on behalf of the taxpayers and parents of Frederick County whom it represents." The Board of Education does not "represent" the Frederick County taxpayers -- although it presumably serves their best interests. If and when we are allowed to elect the School Board or have a say in the selection a n d / o r r e t e n t i o n of the Superintendent of Schools, then you may begin to talk about "representation." 3. "The axe poised over the head of Frederick County's public schools should alert both its parents and taxpayers like a fire alarm on a windy night." The v. ri:_T io corrivl in saying BERRY'S WORLD that parents and taxpayers should be alarmed; however, his »^ axe is slightly misplaced. There ,- iU are more important things at . - r stake than dollars and cents. In the long run, the cut or .-·, restoration of the disputed funds .,_" may prove to be of little - significance in comparison with the tactics used by the educational system to gain its ."t end. lul In a community beset with ^ inflation and rising population, it v ) i is only realistic to assume that , over the years our tax rate will '', inch upward. Every citizen, however, has a right to expect -H indeed, the duty to demand, that his tax dollars be efficiently and . ~ expertly managed for the ._, achievement of designated ", purposes. There are not many , individuals or organizations who do not at sometime feel the pinch ., of need versus dollars available. The good manager is not one " who spends all the funds ^ available and then complains -, that he needs more money to properly do his job; he is the , , individual who, when faced with ~ a monetary squeeze, rises to the '." occasion, identifies those items '" which may be deleted from his budget without sacrificing "'f quality of performance (and there are always such items), ' a n d announces t h a t h i s organization will continue to endeavor to fulfill its goals in a first-class manner. This county badly needs a broader tax base, but even more i t n e e d s s o u n d f i s c a l ' ; management within the school system and restoration of faith ' within the general populace that those who lead us are headed in the right direction. We cannot expect that every decision made by the county ·" officials will be to the liking of the taxpayers or always meet with '' the approval of employes of the Board of Education. It is high '" time for the teachers to stop " playing the part of political "" buffoons because they are not " granted all requests and go about their real business (which is ·'' teaching, and not intimidation of ··- the County Commissioners.) '" Long after the people have ",, forgotten whether or not their taxes were raised this ' year, they will recall the teachers' unprofessional and '!. ridiculous actions. If the true 1, educators of this county allow the FCTA and its cohorts to sell their ;1 professional image for political pottage, they will be the ultimate .'. losers in a sorry game. EDNA M. SNYDER (Mrs. Charles L. Snyder) 809 Clrarfield Road Frederick. Maryland 21701 "Are there any other reasons why you would like to hare a summer job with us other than 'Want to work from within the Establishment to tear it down'?" -.-.-,, N E WSPAPERfl R C

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