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Alton, Illinois
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Friday, July 5, 1968
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ALTOti ISVlNtNG FRIDAY, JULY 5,1068 State Motes Agalnit Delay Apparently the Illinois Division of Highways fttog&teeg the urgent need of this area tor Jiddltkta&l roads to relieve not only our traffic Jams but also protect lives and bodies. NorqiStt «f. Johnson, assistant director of the Department of Public Works and Build* tap, told the Telegraph that Governor Samuel Shapiro Is making every effort to assemble information on the U.S. Bureau of Roads charge Madison County contractors and un* Ions are discriminating racially in their hiring practices. Hie finding by the Bureau brought about orders for suspension of federal spending on new' highway contracts in the Madlson-St. Clalr County area — just at a time when Madison was about to begin getting a bite of the (pake on which St. Clalr has been chewing for several years. The governor has called a meeting of area tabor leaders for July ID to assemble information to be incorporated into an appeal he in* tends to make from the suspension order. However, another phase remains to be solved. The federal bureau also is protesting what . . . What we think about. . . c***t*ttM it charges are exorbitant costs of building highways in this area — and cites this as an* other reason for holding up further assign* ment of fund activity. This problem has been evident for at least several yean, as has the problem of inter* rupted work on important projects. With at least two bridges carrying inter* state highways across the Mississippi now safely finished, despite these regrettable prac* tices, the Bureau has selected a time when we are about to get a few more needed roads started to crack down and cite the high cost reason. Ample evidence of causes for the high cost has come to federal notice over the years of construction on the two bridges. Little conclusive action was taken by the federal authorities through this period — possibly for fear of further crucial delays there. As a result of this failure, much-needed Madison County projects now must suffer. It's possible the Federal Bureau of Roads is following the Shell method of solving its construction labor problems in the area. We hope the Bureau can clear up both problems quickly and get down to long-delayed business over here. Guidance for Nixon A long-time Alton area citizen has gained new official national stature. Spencer T. Olin was named this week among a group of top financiers and industrialists who will be advising Republican Richard Nfcon in his Quest for the party's presidential nomination, his campaign for election if nominated, and in his performance of his duties if elected. Mr. Olin long has given important but un* recognized leadership to the at a national level through his chairmanship of the organization's fund raising. But the announcement this week perhaps constitutes the first recognition he has been given at the national level for his wisdom in economic and industrial matters. Long a conscientious leader in and contributor, toward local public causes, Mr. Olin recently took a wefydeserved formal retirement from these responsibilities and changed his residence to St. Louis. We are happy to see this official recognition of his sagacity in public matters come to the surface at a time when it may result in considerable national influence for him. Sill Communications Befit* Appointment of a chairman for a new faculty for mass communications at Southern Illinois University's Edwardsville campus brings to light a commendable movement by the school. The Telegraph and other newspapers in the area for some time have expressed both publicly and to S1U officials their desire for establishment of such a department, and have offered their assistance. If all branches of communications in the nation are to be raised to and maintained at the standards needed by citizens dependent on them for necessary information on the world they inhabit, our institutions of higher education must play an important part in preparing personnel for their operation. . College and university trained workers are needed in all phases of the communications callings; Newspapers, magazines, radio, television, advertising, and others. SIU has a far better than average opportunity to provide its students with genuine "laboratory" work in the form of on-the-job training in the many communications institutions of the Bi-State area. As members of press associations sup- . Olin Sehction . petting the communications education program, at least all the dally and some of ih« weekly newspapers In the area have to w dedicated to assisting S1U In its development of the curriculum. •Safety Valve' Falls Short It was Interesting to note a new phase of the failure of New York state's lottery program the other day. Already the startling shortcoming of its earlier revenue producing promises had been noted. Now 19 policemen — current and former have been indicted as participants In a conspiracy to break the anti-bookshop laws there. We frequently find proponents of inch things as legal lotteries propounding the theory that such legalization will enable people to give vent to their gambling Instincts In a legal form. Evidently the New York lottery was not a sufficient safety valve for these instincts. It certainly failed to discourage development of a bookie ring sufficiently affluent to involve at least 19 policemen. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum Some Relief at Last Allen-Goldsmith All on the Same Team I can have no disagreement with the statement that our schools exist solely' for the benefit of all students. But under present conditions we nave not been able to carry out this obligation. Alton'Senior High School has on its staff some of .the best qualified teaching personnel in the state of Illinois. Majny of these hold masters' degrees plus many years of teaching experience. Who is better qualified to make decisions? If we are tp .be effective as teachers, we must all get down to the business at band. We spend much of our energies worrying about trivial matters When we should be devoting our .time to solving the important problems facing our schools. There should be no friction between teachers and students. We 'are all on the same team: Unless we accept this premise, we cannot hope to upgrade our educational system. When I visit my-family doctor, I place aUf'jtnyjifaith in his skilled hands. Is if asking too much to do the same for our teachers? ROLLIN E. SANDS 2500 Virden St. Only so Much . . . Fro swe all thinking people appreciate Mr. Bagley's letters. They we*e necessary, as t h e y hit the nail on the head. I've heard most teachers are count- Ing the years until they can retire; thsy are only humans and can endure .only so much. What has happened to make foul, obscene language everywhere permissable? People using It were considered somewhat Unmoral years ago. Whenever I hear a person using filthy language. I hate that person, it's to unnecessary. Several months ago I was surprised when a formerly en* thusiastic teacher called me paying "t doubt if you'll be able to get enough teachers in t h e future at $10,000 a year unless things change. A person can endure only so much!" There are many serious, well- behaved students, I'm sure. But bow can they learn in a schizophrenic atmosphere? Wbajt on earth has happened to make parets so permissive and children so demanding? We should be intelligent enough to realize we cant have •verytWng anyone else wants or has. HEU5N W. JQESTING, Greenwood St. Forum Writers, Note and Student-Parent Stand Many people have misinterpreted the Alton High School student-parent group's protest of school rules on dress and conduct. The students realize for the most part the need for firm rules of conduct and find the conduct rules acceptable, except in two areas. The first area covers the proposal for expulsion of any student who receives three F's in one semester. This rule will only increase the unemployment problem. Under Illinois law all people through the age 16 must attend school, so the regulation would even break the law in this case. The second area covers the prohibition against sophomores driving to ^school. The only feasible reason for this rule would be to reduce crowding of the Pit. Even backed by this reason, the rule would be discrimination. A fairr solution would be a first-co r ae, first-served system of parking. The rule would infringe also on the privilege of a holder of an Illinois driver's license to drive anywhere within the law. Another objection is to a rule that would prevent students from driving off the campus for lunch. The main conflict rests in the proposed dress rules,. In these rules the school is trying to prohibit rather than regulate. All non-high sweatshirts are banned Why couldn't the school just say the sweatshirts must Be neat and clean? Actually, the school would be trying to do something it has no business doing — the teaching of how to dress. This is the duty of the student's parent. One of the largest decisions a student undertakes is how he dresses. Must a student wait until he leaves high school to make this decision? Among the more offensive rules is one banning sandals, mocassins, and pant-dresses for girls, and the regulation of hair, banning of sweatshirts, and mocass'hs for boys. Actually, the regulation for dress should be to aid the teaching process — for example keeping the hair out of the eyes so tbe student can see, or regulation of skirt length to reduce distraction of males, both students «.nd teachers. It should be remembered the students attend school not to learn to act like middle class bourgeois, but to learn to function in modern society. More attention to quality of teachers and curriculum and less to dress would improve the state of affairs. Further, the time and wording of the proposed rules connote punishment for the disturbances of the past school year to the students. I disagree with those who believe tint interested students and parents shouldn't be paying attention to school affairs. Taxpayers help pay for the schools and have the duty and right to express their opinions. To the students, school is like a community of which they have no cho'ce of being a citizen. When people say that students should not worry about school affairs because the school board and teachers know how things should be. it Is like saying we shouldn't concern ourselves about national government because the politicians know how things should be done. For the benefit of those who protest the interested parent- student blocking of the proposed rules for conduct and dress, we were concerned enough to attend the school board meeting In sufficient numbers to influence the board. We believe it's appropriate to stand up for what one thinks is right. FRANK R. VOZAK (Alton High School Class '70) 3065 A!by St. Washington Merry-Go-Round Public Responds to Anti-TV Violence Drive By DREW PEARSON And JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON — In response to our columns on TV violence, thousands of advertisers, broadcasters and viewers have written or phoned us that they wish to join in the campaign to eliminate bloodshed from the home screen. Here are the heartening developments: 1. An outpquring of mail has come from aroused parents who have resolved to turn off TV programs that feature violence, and to boycott the products of companies that sponsor TV violence. Some parents have told us that they also intend to stop buying toy guns and other weapons for their children. 2. A group of advertising men, calling themselves Advertising Men for the De-Escalation of Violence on TV, has formed on Madison Avenue. Its members agree to urge to stop sponsoring violence on TV. 3. Levi Strauss and Co., makers of slacks, shirts and jackets, has dropped its sponsorship of violent programs. After we identified the company as sponsor of one of the worst shows on television, C. M. Robinson Jr., the advertising manager, wrote us: "We were tempted to strongly disavow any responsibility for programming which is really controlled by the networks ... As I said, this was our first reaction. We are now convinced .that you are right and that it is our responsibility to consider program content." 4. Network officials, producers and writers have been reappraising their programs. CBS has taken the lead in editing excessive violence out of future scripts. The other two networks also have rewritten and refilmed some violent episodes. 5. Sen. Tom Dodd, D-Conn., has revived his investigation into TV violence. Six years ago, he suppressed evidence that would have embarrassed his friends on the TV networks, particularly NBC. We happen to have copies of the documents he suppressed, which we promise to publish if he tries again to throttle the investigation. 6. Several newspapers have joined in the outcry against TV brutality and bloodshed. Editorials from coast to coast have called for a cleanup of the TV screen. The most effective way for the public to get better television, however, is to stop patronizing the sponsors of TV violence. At our request, the National Assn. for Better Broadcasting has listed the 10 TV shows their experts consider "most detrimental" for children. Their judgment is based upon 17 years of responsible TV monitoring. Their list of the 10 worst shows on TV includes (1) The Avengers, ABC; (2) Felony Squad, ABC; (3) Guns of Will Sonnett, ABC; (4) Cimarron Strip, CBS; (5) Man from U.N.C.L.E., syndicated; (6) Batman, ABC; (7) Wild, Wild West, CBS; (8) The Saint, NBC; PEABSON ANDERSON (9) Rat Patrol, ABC; and (10) Voyage to the Bottom of the sea, ABC. "All 10 of the programs are excessively violent and graphically illustrate terror, horror, brutality and sadism," Frank Orme, the NABB's executive vice president, reported to us. "All 10 are televised during time periods when the sets are readily accessible to almost all children." Orme also condemned what he called "The Saturday morning ghetto of animated horror." The worst of these cartoon shows, he said, are Super President, Superman, Birdman, Herculoid, Super Six, Mightor, Space Ghost and Samson and Goliath. LB J Doesn't Want HHH to Conform By ROBERT S. ALLEN And JOHN A. GOLDSMITH WASHINGTON — President Johnson thinks Vice President Humphrey should take an Independent stance in his presidential campaign and key his position on national issues to the nation's overriding interests. The President is known to feel, however, that Humphrey's positions on such major policy issues as the war in Vietnam have never been contrary to his own. These views of the President can be reliably reported as having emerged in recent White House discussions. Johnson is also described as confident that Humphrey will win easily in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination. The President has talked with some White House visitors about Humphrey's central problem — the matter of establishing a campaign identity separate from the Administration's record. He is unde-ctood to feel that the Vice President's problem can be safely endured. With mock concern, Johnson is known to have told one recent visitor that Humphrey is in terrible shape, a pitiful wreck, who is only going to win his party's presidential nomination with 1,500 or 1,600 convention vot»s. To visitors who inquire about it, Johnson has been saying that he has not advised Humphrey, or been asked to do so, on how to deal with the much discussed identity problem. In his- conversations with friends Johnson has placed one important restriction on campaign pronouncements by Humphrey and other candidates. He has stressed that the President, and only the President, can speak for the United States in international affairs. In recent talks, Johnson has also made it dear that he can make no crystal ball predictions about his own role in the presidential campaign. He has startled some visitors by saying he is not sure whether he will even at*end the Democratic National Convention. In that connection, however, the President is known to feel that he must defend himself and his administration's record if they become central campaign controversies. He hopes the controversy over the war in Vietnam will not play a dominant role in the campaigning. Johnson is now described as completely convinced that his withdrawal from the campaign was a wif.e decision. He has em- phasizel that point in private talks, naylng that his Vietnam Allen Goldsmith peace initiatives would simply not have been believed If he had not. removed himself as a candidate. He has told visitors flatly that there would have been no talks with the North Vietnamese in Paris if the Communists had believed that he would be vulnerable to the political pressures of a presidential campaign. Long - time associates who have talked to the President about hi? dramatic withdrawal announcement picture him as relaxed and serene — a man who seems to have no regrets about his decision. With respect to the Paris meetings on North Vietnam, Johnson is pictured as somewhat hopeful. He has warned visl.ors, however, that he does NOT want to be overly optimistic about the chances for major#»eps toward peace. For the present, the President is known to believe that the United States has gained in world opinion as a result of the Communist strategy which couples diplomatic talk with intensified fighting. He has reminded callers that the Communists are attacking Saigon, and the Americans are not attacking Hanoi, as the talks in Paris ororeed. In such discussions he h a s been known to tick off the names of influential newspapers in foreign capitals which have taken a pro-American view of tfce Paris negotiations. Today's Prayer 0 Lord God, in Whose presence men need never be strangers, accept the homage and the joys we would share and also the unpleasant or unspeakable admissions we find we must make before Thee. Forgive our easy forgetting of joys, blessings, health, and right, and our ready remembering of sorrows, misfortunes, illnesses, and wrong. Forgive us more our haughty pride, in which we assume that we are righteous while others are not. Bless us with humility, the key that unlocks the door to true understanding of Thee; in Jesus' name. Amen. ' —Walter Smith, Jr., Indiana- polls, ind,, senior minister, University Heights E.U.B. Church. What They Did Then—News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago JULVI, 1*41 Business in pubjic school cafeterias showed a t«,00Q Increase over the previous year of $13,000, and fH,p90 over the year before. TWO items were listed a* the reason; mm WJployo* mothers, ana service town Roosevelt curtate to otyer schools «* well as flilranage at the cafeteria from flttw school*. , Dr, Kewft JJttlf was totalled as president of tto Alton, ^ianj)Ctob to mowed Earl yokpgle. W ,18 years ago were similar to _. mark* in was, Tbe beels were _ cbunltf, the tow *«uaw or only slightly i, but feigner tow the coles up to the top of mm tow** am aw mini-skirts, were approximately the same, but dresses had a definite belted waistline. The average woman was slimmer, and more widely addicted to the wear* ing of bats. Alton would observe a two-day weekend holiday ending with Monday's observance of Independence Pay, as tbe quietest in years. With the Fourth fall* ing on Sunday tbe normal celebration at Bock Spring Park would have been held then. Veterans organizations were hesitant to have the event on the Sabbath. Burglars who broke into the offices of tbe Alton Rationing Board obtained only a small number of 'T' and «C" gasoliae books instead of tbe new "A" books they apparently were seeking, and which were safely stored in the bank, it was believed the burglars wcreled themselves in tbe building at closing toe and after personnel left, forced their way into the ration office, where they jimmied a lock off the supply closet hoping to get the new books. An enemy attack against American bombers which attacked Sicily airfields, was beaten back through the efforts of escorting Negro P-40 Warhawk pilots, one of whom shot down a Focke-Wulf 100 to score tbe first victory for bis squadron, tbe first Negro air unit to see action in tbe North Africa theater. 50 Years Ago JULY 5,1118 President Wilson's Independence Pay speech and "pledge of allegiance to the foreign born" given at Washington's tomb was being circulated la every corner oi the earth, as this country launched an aU< out propaganda campaign to end the war. The Board of Education concluded a long search and lengthy deliberations by employing W. C. Reavis of St. Louis superintendent of schools at a salary of 14,509 for his first year, (4,750 for the second, and 15,000 for his third, it granted B. A, Height, retiring superintendent, retained on an isaifltant's baits, what be said was bis first vacation in il yean. Though the Fourth of July waj comparatively quiet as far as fireworks was concerned, Fred Denny ot Bast Alton stood to lose his left band w result of the explosion of a gas pipe loaded with powder., Two motorcycles meeting gn Milton Bridge aide- swiped, causing serious Injuries to their three riders. The Wood ^ver Commercial Club's name, was to be changed to the East Alton-Wood River Comraer- at a meeting of citizens from both communities. A SB-year franchise for laying of a third pipeline to serve the Standard Oil refinery was granted the Illinois Pipeline Co, by the Wood River,City Council The council adopted a tax levy of 115,000 and a $19 license i for billiard and ppolhaUs. Wood River's school census showed a below II- years population of 1,288 in District 104, of whom 7M were between the ages o! fl. end 21. More than 125,000 tons b{ freight carried by ra> road out of Alton could be handled by river barge, said a report by the Board of Trade in reply to i government query, -;; / Because its typesetting machine operators \vere . being catted to tbe colors, the CwimvUle Enquirer was forced to drop ita dally pubUcaUgu, it was to continue as a weeWy, 0

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