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April 7, 1977

Southend Reporter from Chicago, Illinois · Page 4

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CSU 1 ;«-tiiitnii\l y. Ai»riHi. MITT Commentary The Public Forum We agree, parents should dominate school council Chicago Region Parent-Teacher association delegates acted wisely, as have any number of Southwest Side organizations, in telling the board of eduction an advisory panel on desegregation planning as proposed s unsatisfactory. The association wants Dr. Edward A. Welling Jr., project manager of the school board's desegregation project, to restructure the board of education's proposed panel so 60 per cent of its members would be parents of school children and all of its members be residents of the city. That appears to be sound thinking, and the demand should be heard by Welling and the board. The advisory panel is the brainchild of Welling to develop a citywide school desegregation proposal to meet federal and state guidelines and qualify the schools for continued federal and state funding. The PTA complains, and justly so, that under the Welling plan only 10 of the 40-member council members would be parents. It wants more, and is deserving of more representation. Parents are more qualified now than ever before to sit in on matters that pertain to their children 1 , and they should be heard out. Hospital experiment proves popularity of 'non-smoking areas' Environmentalists who favor adoption of a city ordinance banning smoking in public places were encouraged this week with an announcement by Louis A. Weiss hospital that an experiment prohibiting smoking on its eighth floor "appears to be an unqualified success." The smoking ban is winning support across the country, and, perhaps, the day will come when the air we breathe will be pure. If not pure, at least refreshingly clean. it is to be conceded that smoking bans may put some hardships on operators of public places, but can these hardships be measured against the dangers to health that smokers create for the nonsmoker? Anyone who has ever sat at a lunchroom counter surrounded by men and women who light up a cigarette, cigar or pipe can tell you their whole meal is spoiled by the second-hand "taste" of irritating smoke from burning tobacco that pleases the smoker, but merely plain burns the nonsmoker. Economist Newspapers ·! .«««] Bftt r«f*Frr «*tni at ttmtfird Hnnr f««p«fir tt Awtftu. lor (11 Cnrral Ewrflwrx (It EdtutUt i %rvi mint. lt I flrd ftiir »j -- Wtnth- 4ir*tM*i mtl-n In NilMttl Mrtnu' twrbtton, *t rttjrtt to jam! mr Hit (hrrtttfcn *f Hw InmM it* Bruce Sagan, publisher SoutWown Economist *»*» ·"-, «»«*·· Suburbanite Economist The Weiss hospital experiment has extended over the past six weeks. It prohibits smoking anywhere on the eighth floor of the hospital. The experiment is to go on for another five and a half months. "Our eighth floor has become the most popular in the hospital," a spokeman said. "It's always full. People are eager to get on that floor. We have two employes on that floor who smoke, hut they don't mind taking their cigarettes to another floor." The call to ban smoking in public places has grown stronger in recent months, and in response some states have adopted measures outlawing smoking in public places, or providing that restaurants, lounges, etc. create nonsmoking areas. That, too, is encouraging for the people who travel. Bingo is one of the more popular indoor pastimes for any given number of people. Operators of these games have, on their own, instituted, in some cases, nonsmoker rooms or have installed machinery that clears the air ol smoke. This has made sitting through the two-hour game a little more tolerable (even for the losers) for those who don't smoke, but have to choke down the drifting, irritating smoke of those who do. There have been squawks galore from those inconsiderate people who believe they have the "right" to not only stink up every place they go, but blow smoke into the faces of others, many who don't smoke at all. A smoking ban spelling out where a person can smoke, if, indeed, he must, and where nonsmokers can enjoy their fare whether it be at a bingo game, a restaurant, etc. will do much to improve public health. Time was, if you will recall, when stores permitted smoking. Fire ordinances outlawed that and haven't created any undue hardships on the folks who like to smoke cigarettes, ciagars or pipes. Nonetheless, the non-smoker who has just as many rights as the smoker is at the mercy and inconvenience of the smoker when he visits a public place these days. He shouldn't be. There are some folks who can control their smoking habits, some who can't and these are the ones whc will argue long but not too clearly or convincingly that they should be granted their "rights." Ordinances creating not only non-smoking areas in public places, but providing stiff fines for violators should be adopted and enforced to the hilt 'Mass transit' inadequate alternative Walter Holan (3/23/77) made excellent points regarding the condition of local street*, and the nefarious bead lax However, 1 cannot agree Dial upgrading Cicero ive. will solve our tiaffic problems I have always opposed (he head tax and agree it has produced negative results There are, however, industrial center* in (be Crosslown corridor not affected by (he head tax (Bedford Park, Central Stickney's Clearing and Cicero's Hawthorne and Grant Works) When businesses left these sites and relocated near suburban expressways, they cited poor transportation as their prime reason Further, the Ford City post office Is planning to move and take 1,086 jobs jo Forest Park. They cite Cicero ave, traffic congestion as their prime reason Regarding local streeLs 1 totally agree they are in deplorable condition and many of us would like to know where the billion dollars the state collects annually for road repairs has been used for the past four years With the scaled-down version of the Crosstown there would be 450 million available from the de-designated north leg Crosstown supporters have urged Governor Thompson to scrap the Franklin Loop subway (a 5-mile tunnel costing an exorbitant 153 million per mile) and use the money for separate bus lanes n the Stevenson and a Central ave. overpass POWN THE HOME STRETCH** The Lighter Side EASTER JOY HALLELUJAH! HE IS RISEN' Christ, proclaimed as King. The long and lonely watch now rejoicing to us brings, for by His death no greater gift could ever true be given. Now we are His rightful heirs io the promised hope of heaven. Sing out in praises, laud His name on this Easter Sunday morn 1 Thank the Father,! wondrously through Christ's death we are re-born. Let this miracle of love restore, renew each sotd. So acceptance of this gift each and every one shall know. Then lift up your heart In happiness; each one, in his own way, singing praises to the Lord for this Easter Sunday Day! HELEN RADDATZ EASTER HUNT CURVES THAT LOOSEN UP, that round out clouds or peel back shards with overlays of silk. . -So Easter flowers, open-mouthed, out loud give snouts of cot- or. . .Baffle surface milk, whose creamy curds, carnation.cut of flowers, like party favors work their elfin powers to keen their secret crowned with leaves. . .That spell is Easter hung for eggs, and 1 won't tell JAN BREVET EASTER MESSAGE Easter! Joy and hope, A glorious truth fulfilled. Each little bud that blossoms, Each tulip and daffodil Is proof of God's great handiwork And spirit of good will. Easter! Christ arose! Tis Springtime's jubilant thrill. HILDUB SOLBERG IN THE FOREST I WALKED INTO THE forest, and I knew that God was there. . .1 needed no cathedral to remind roe of His care. . .This was His sanctuary, where peace and quiet reigned... And as I walked through forest, tranquiiily I gained. . .1 beard God's choir singing a song so loud and clear.. ,Twas just a songbird chorus, but it sounded so sincere. - .1 guess the birds aD felt that our God was rery near.. .And in the forest temple tbeir song of praise He'd bear. HELEN PRODOEHL IN THE FATHER'S CARE STRENGTHENED BY THE wffl to live. willingly we fare through life's golden interlude in (he Father's care. . - As the sanctioned days unfold, we are loathe to tarry in the vale of discontent. .Faith is ours to cany.. .Hope and prayer are *Iso part of the dictates of lire tiean. LYDIAO. JACKSON EASTER The church bells ring, The choirs sing A song of renewed life. Tne flowers and fern And birds return. We're through with Winter's strife. LELA C. WHITE THERE IS CLAMOR FOB rights. whether they would augment the total welfare of afl or disrupt long established customs and laws. Tne Declaration of Independence sel down three ba^ic rights,". .AH men are created equal, they are en dowcd by Ibrir Creator with certain unal tenable ngnia, ^rnong these are lite, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." While all men are created equal, circumstances do not always provide equal opportunity to realize potential, to live in liberty, and pursue happiness The latter tight is an elusive wiliV-the-wisp, for it assumes so many alluring forms, and turns so readily to ache and ash. It is the pursuit which captivates'so many today, and rushes 'them headlong through the days and years. The statement of unalienable rights does not always make theib fact, although legislation attempts to 1 guarantee so. Eventually it sifts down to tb personal world of self, that small universe which is a realm its own. There each man is equal before' his Creator and Redeemer. Words spoken to man by that Presence are not empty. They have power. They are life. They are like seed which has the miracle of growth locked in it They are not words of promise which raise false hopes. They are promise already fulfilled, if taken in faith. Easter, too, has words about life, liberty and happiness. Addressed not only to the sorrow of disciples at parting from their Master, but to all with a heavy burden, "And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you." The abundant life? "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." At the empty tomb, the words echo again, "I am the Resurrection and ebe Life: he that believ- elh in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." That is the Easter blessing of life, liberty and happiness. H.M.L. Desegregation unit 'packed' The brazen absurdity of the committee to desegregate Chicago schools is exceeded only by the audacity of the committee coordinator. Dr. Welling, when be says to Chicagoans, "This is your plan."' There are 27 school districts in Chicago, each with a representative prepared to bring "input" to the committee, but there are only fhe members permitted on the committee to represent all 27 school districts. There are tens of dozens of community organizations in Chicago prepared to bring "Input" to the committee, vet there are only (ire members permitted on the committee to represent "community interests." There is no desire to impugn servants ol God. but why are there two clergymen on Ibe committee which is bring formed to plan for public schools? A functioning idiot can deduce the committee is being "packed" by * 75 per cent memberslnp'ihat does not represent the taxpayers and students of Chicago. Quality education does not rise from die ashes of imposed busing or a poor attempt at a g^and plan for the masses. Every member of an ethnic or racial minority is insulted every time the committee mrfer Dr. Welling in*nfls a "minority" child can only tarn by sitting next to a "majority" child in vchool Children learn with tbrir brains not with! EDWARDS EDUCATION "',,1NCIL rtSPAPFRl over the Clearing Industrial district ; » This could leave about 380 million, J which we suggest be used to improve local streets thruout Greater Chicago. Using the', 3W million for street repairs to benefit; hundreds of' thousands seems far more· logical than construction of a 5-mile re-! dundant subway. · Most people fighting the Crosstown are! sincere, but their alternates such as; "mass transit is the only answer" or "up-1 t grade Cicero ave." are inadequate to re-' solve the corridor's complex problems o f j traffic congestion and a declining econo-. my * * If Bilandic's plan is unacceptable then' let them offer an alternative with rough cost estimates that will accomplish the' following and be approved for 94 per cent federal funding. 1.' 'Alleviate car and truck traffic on- Cicero, Harlem and PulasM. ', 2, Provide a viable mass transit system in the Crosstown corridor. 3. Eliminate the traffic tie-ups at the * railroad crossings on Knox, at Archer, 55th, 59th, 63rd and 67th. 4 Relieve Chicago's only north-south expressway, the Dan Byan (also one of the most congested in the entire United States). S. Resolve the horrendous race track traffic jams on Cicero ave. between 26th st. and the Stevenson. Walker had four years to come up with an alternate and failed Maybe someone out there has a feasible alternate but so far I haven't heard it. HELEN MIKOLS Wo confidence in Pucinski I would like to comment on a letter by John Ignazak (March 30, 1977) endorsing Mr. Pucinski for mayor. One reason for the endorsement is Mr. Ignazak's belief that the Sou hwest Side communities have been "shortebanged"~by the city If tfils is true, it would appear to me that Mr Pucinski was an active participant in the "shortchanging." The policies which have affected at! neighborhoods have come from tire" City council dominated by the Regular Democratic Organization of Mayor Daley. Mr Pucinski "was always a loyal member of this organization and staunch back( er of the late mayor. Mr. Pucinski even went out to the neighborhoods and campaigned and debated on the mayor's behalf during the last election. The so-called "shortchanging" policies must have been established during Mr. Pucinsfd's romance with the party regulars. It is amusing that in the three short months following the mayor's death Mr. Pucinski is suddenly dissatisfied with the Regular Democratic Organization and its policies which he heartily supported until last December Mr Pucinski has criticized Acting Mayor Bilandk for his refusal to debate However, how can the public have confidence in any policy Mr Pucinski would support In such a debate when he clearly demonstrated how rapidly he will change his support to suit his own interests. Chicagoans should look for other reasons to elect a mayor other than Mr. Pu- ctnshi's sympathetic appeal that he was "wronged" by the organization he was so much a part of. Major cities across the nation are facing tile same problems as Chicago To solve these problems there is a need for a unified effort of city officials, the business community and the citizenry. Mr. Poem- ski's campaign seems aimed at different goals, division of the administration of the city into special interest factions. If successful, JMr, Pucinski will happily have defeated the organization but will sit hopelessly as the city dies around him Acting Mayor Bilandic in the past three months has coordinated a good working relationship with UK City council, Chicago's business community, and federal agencies. Realistically, this working relationship will best serve the Southwest Side as well as all of Chicago. Mr. Bilindic has served well in the interim position and deserves to be elected April 19,1977. STEPHEN P. SLAMAR Anti-Bilandic So acting Mayor Bilandic never beard of the Crosstown expressway. Well, let me tell you that be never beard of the Burnham plan either. Nowhere in the plan of Mr. BumJiam does he mention any type of expressway. Now be wants to forget about the north . leg and continue with the south leg, but he ' still doesn't realize that the main controversy is the south and east leg and not the north leg The residence (sic) of the Far Southwest Side have spent thousands of dollars and endless amount of hours and energy in opposing this concrete ditch through our community, but Mayor Bilandic jnst turns a deaf ear to the people be expects to put him into office come election lime. Mayor Bilandic is harping about 10,900 jobs, but be doesn't explain whether these jobs will be filled by our focal unemployed people only, wfoo desperately need work ;n Chicago; nor does he say that the bidding win be done hv """ local contractors and no outsiders need apply. The black organizations have endorsed Michael iTandtc as their mayorial (sic) candidate. He has neve" answered the questions by the Mack residence (sic) who win bavc to relocate, Wbere will be move them? Not to the Pnh"""he because the Supreme court says "no low income homes will be built In the lily white suburbs. 1 " Again we say, take that billion plus dollars and start repairing streets tB*l we live alwng so w* wont fce breaking axles and coltinc our tires as we are forced to on "ve" the jpanl pot holes that are in practical!} evcrV street ;" Chicago. It will al«X) put Ihonsairfs of war unempkived wim.c lo work FELLOW CROAT10N nc) MRS. MARION DE PEDER Acting Chairwoman Common Counsel tf Participating Or^ani- iu Units \WSPAPFR1

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