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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Monday, August 27, 1962
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EDITORIALS Political Feud Continues The feud between Governor Jimmie Davis and a small but eloquent percentage of the state legislature shows no signs of abating. In fact, it seems to prmv more intense. The feud has been long in building, and was fanned by a recent address by the governor, in which he categorized scvcraf reform measures defeated in the recent session of the legislature as being unwise and "sinister." A number of legislators who had backed many of the bills prepared a rebuttal, which was duly delivered by Rep. Joe Cooper of Mansfield. In a comment thereafter. Davis scoffed at most of Cooper's speech. Particularly Davis said that Cooper's charges of an increase in unclassified employes in state offices was not supported by evidence. Cooper said his figures had been taken from U. S. census reports. "To my knowledge," Davis said in a statement, "the Census bureau has issued no such report." Later, however, the governor said that the Census bureau classifies as state employes people working in parish offices, such as staffs for sheriffs, district attorneys, clerks of court and others. Not to be outdone. Cooper then nuoted Census bureau figures for October i, 1960 as showing a total of 42,832 state employes, after deducting levee board, and all local and quasi-state agency employes. Of these, 3l\249 were civil service employes, leaving a total of 10.583 non- classified state employes. By October 1. 1961, Cooper said, the figures had jumped to 47,463 state employes, of which 33.628 were on civil service. That left 13,385 unclassified em- ployes, or a gain of 3,252 jobs. This represented an increase in one rear of 30.7 per cent, according to Cooper's figures. The feud is apt to continue between the governor and the legislators, be- cause the governor has no choice but to continue to attempt to justify his own course, however difficult that will be. His enemies, on the other hand, will have no valid reason to relax their attacks, because the simple fact of the matter is that Governor Davis is painfully vulnerable to almost all of the charges launched against him by Cooper and his colleagues in the legislature. That Governor Davis, or any governor, has been able to survive the consequences of such a lamentably inept administration so far is due to the fact that the state legislature has lost its traditional control of financial matters. It has been a commonplace in American government that the legislature controls the purse strings. It is true in the federal government, and it is true in the vast majority of the state governments. It is no longer true in Louisiana, because the legislature has bargained away its responsibility. The legislature has voted taxes, and has voted to dedicate the funds collected through those taxes. Thus it has lost control of an important segment of state revenue. The legislature has voted to authorize the issuance of state bonds, and lias turned the administration of such bond funds to a commission appointed by and dominated by the governor. Individual legislators have bargained away their individual votes in return for appointments — for themselves, or for relatives, or for political cronies — on state boards and commissions. Until the legislature is able to recapture its traditional power to control the purse strings of the state, governors will continue to be able to use their power of appointment and distribution of largess to control individual legislators, and through them, the entire legislative body. ISSUES OF THE DAY The Public Speaks The Other Wall PEARSON SAYS Senatorial Flag Salesman Autos Challenge Gondolas (Editor's Notf: T1i« Lak« Charles American Press Invites httCTMttog and sober comment on Issues of the day. Utters should not he longer than two j doable-spaced tsvewrltten pa*- j M. They must he signed and j glren street address and city.) , Contribution \ To City Lauded All of us enjoy living in a city ; that is growing as rapidly as Lake ; Charles. We enjoy watching our | citizens aggressively build a big-; ger and more prosperous city. ! But on our way forward, it : might be wise to glance over our shoulder and remember I h o s e people who have contributed so i wholeheartedly, nnd without personal gain, to the things that make a city more than just a cluster of individual. 1 !. Two such families, who have given the pleasure of their property and heritage to the citizens of. Lake Charles" without fanfare or i individual gain, are the Barbe and Clooncy families. The Shell Beach area, which is the personal property of the ; Barbe family, has been offered to j the public for over fifty years for picnicking, swimming, boating • or just lazing away an afternoon. I In years gone by there was a '• pleasure pier there with the top : floor used for dancing and the lower portion for a swimming platform. It, was offered to everyone, with no admission asked. If there was a name band, fifty cents might be asked to help defray Ihe cost, hut normally summertime dancing to two bands in the cool lake breeze and swimming were offered with no charge considered. FBI's down to escort him to a safe place. Cannot understand why the Reverse Riders could not do th« same thing that the north has been doing for years. Three years is a long time to stay down south before he began to notice things. This stuff has been ringing In our ears for years and letters like Sgt. Ceclle's. the radioes and some of the newspapers mixed with a few politicians is just what is keeping the ball a rolling. We like the south and we ara paying high taxes to keep the Air Ports and Army and Navy bases operating. H seems to (us) that any one (who) is a part of either one and is getting good pay ha should not only be satisfied but restrain from ridiculing the community in which he lives. G. W. EDMONDSON fits Warren St. DeRidder, La. Proverbial Hand Declared Bitten After reading your editorial concerning the inefficiency and indifference of the Lake Charles car dealers and salesmen, it appears you delight in biting the hand that feeds you. It doesn't take a smart man to realize that automobile advertising is a largo portion of your business. Would it be wise for the dealers to spend all the money they do with your paper if they thought that their sales representatives were n't alert, aggressive and competent? Furthermore, most car salesmen work on a straight commission, this means that if they don't \ win the respect and confidence of the customer to the point where Some lime ago. this newspaper launched a program to sell American flags to any individual or organization desiring one. We felt it would be a small patriotic gesture, and that it would be appreciated by all. We suppose it was appreciated by most people, but we were the recipient of a little querulous criticism. Why, some people asked, were we going into the flag business? Why didn't we let private enterprise take care of such things? Why were we trying to put other people out of business? We admit we were a bit shaken by such criticism. We always felt that the American Press was private enterprise, too. We are not supported by any tax money from any source. We sell our services, and we pay taxes. We were not trying to put anyone out of business by selling flags. But suppose someone else WERE in the business of selling flags! Did that mean that no one else must sell flags? i If a man is operating a grocery store, does that mean that no one else should start a grocery store? We are rather relieved, therefore, by reading in a newsletter distributed by Senator John Tower, of Texas, that American flags may be purchased from the Keeper of the U. S. Senate Stationery. If it is within the bounds of propriety for the U. S. government to sell flags, and if it is within the bounds of propriety for such a spokesman for conservatism and free enterprise as Senator Tower to advertise the business, then we should also be safe in the matter of selling flags. THE WORLD TODAY Tax Bill Nears Passage By Congressional Quarterly WASHINGTON <CQ' — As the Kennedy Administration labors to prepare major tax reform proposals for 1963, Congress is moving nearer enactment of less sweeping changes in 1962. ] But the tax reforms of ]962, if enacted, will be considerably less th.m President Kennedy requested in 1961 when he proposed them-: ]l the same 'ale is in store forj rwa reforms, it should give pause i to many a White House and, Treasury Department reformer. Nevertheless, the Revenue Act of 1962, as the tax changes are oifiCially known, will increase the tax bite on many individuals and bisinesscs. But it also will give a tax break to others, particularly Ir'sincsics which modernize their i plant or invest in new equipment. In iaci, on balance, the reforms will cost the Government more money than il will collect. A major step toward enactment of the bill was taken August 16 when the Senate Finance Committee finally produced its version of the reforms. The Committee's version differs substantially from the bill which the House passed last March. On the whole, the reforms in the Committee's bill are more lenient than those in the House bill But even the Committee was not particularly happy with its product. Ten of the 17 senators on the Committee participated in four minority reports criticizing vari- 'ous sections of the bill. One section — an investment tax credit — even provoked the chairman, Harry Flood Byrd (D- Va.) to file his first minority report in 28 years on the Finance Committee. The divergence of views indicates a battle can be expected when the measure comes to the Senate floor within the next week. But the bill is expected to pass. As it came from Committee, the bill included what the Administration considers its key provision — the investment tax credit for business w h i c h produced Byrd's dissent. A business would be permitted to claim a tax credit of up to seven per cent of the price of newly purchased business equip ment. The credit would be applied , against the business' tax liability and thus reduce it. Another key provision in the i House bill was eliminated by the i Committee. It would require withholding of 20 per cent of dividends and 20 per cent of most {orms of interest at their source. The Kennedy Administration contends the withholding, like that on wages and salaries, is necessary to insure that everyone pays the income taxes required by 'w. Much dividend and interest income is never reported on tax returns, Treasury officials claim. Elimination of this provision was a harsh blow to the Administration, which had counted on it to raise additional Governm e n t; revenues and help offset t h o s e j that will be lost from the invest- • ment credit. While investment credit and withholding provoked the most; controversy, the bill includes vari-, ous other provisions which mayi hike the tax payment of various citizens. One provision tightens up Ihei allowable lax deductions on ex-j pense accounts. It imposes new i rules on what is deductible for en-' terlainment and traveling expens- 1 es and business gifts. It also re-1 quires documented proof of such expenses. The Senate Committee bill also increases the taxation on income earned by so-called tax haven corporations. These usually are sub- sidaries of U. S. corporations set up in other nations, usually to sell goods, with the primary intention of avoiding U. S. taxes. With varying differences, the two versions of the bills also provide for increased taxation on income gains from the sale of depreciable personal property, on the earnings of savings and loan associations and mutual savings banks and on the under-writing income of mutual fire and casualty insurance companies. The bills also limit to $35,000 the amount of annual income and American living abroad for more than 3 years can exclude from U.S. taxation, 4 MOM., AUGUST 27, 1962, Uke Chorles American Press They also increased taxation of other forms of overseas personal learnings including inherited real estate, disbursements to beneficiaries by foreign trusts, and income from the gain made on the sale of stock in a foreign invest' ment company. | However, both bills open up a • new tax loophole by permitting (tax deductions for lobbying ex- i penses directly relating to con- i tacts with a legislator or a Jegis- I lative body on a subject directly affecting a taxpayer's business. (Copyright ia<j2, Congressional Quarterly, Inc.) Lake Charles American Press SIXTY-SIXTH YEAR Published Vrtelc Doy and Sunday Morning PRESS Auc.iukJ 1-tivJ >» e ...... eJ exclusively to the use for republlcatlon ot all the i news printed in tftli ntwtpoper o well as all AP newt dlipatchei. - TELEPHONES A'. a «n Ottite — 6H60 S* ........... ................................. Phone HE >-27|l -SUBSCRIPTION RATES- 8* Corner Per Wtek ...... 45c B» Corrl«f Per Yeot .. W3.40 Kf Moll in Allen Peouregard, Calco»ieu Cameron and JtHmon Ojvii parlthev Do ly and Sunday Per Yeor $17.0P; Dally Only. Per t"ear J1000. Vndav Only Per Y*or »7 60 All othtr mall otr year J23 40 Entered al Lake Chotlo* Poll Offlt.e as Second Clou Mail Matter Under Act of CongreiJ March 2, 1(79 By DREW PEARSON (Copyright. 19H2, by the Bell Syndicate) i VENICE, ITALY — THIS HIS- '. toric city, famous for its canals,! its ancient palaces, and ils gon- j dolas, has been undergoing the; same sort of argument over mod- j ernization as Washington, D.C., j and various olher cities of Ihe; USA. The argument is over the '• old versus the new, over auto traf- i fie and throughways versus his- ; toric homes and monuments. i One Venetian group, headed by! Count Adriano Foscari, and with j the backing of various go-getting: real estate operators, organized; "Venezia Viva" — "Living Ven-; ice" — and propose building a bunch of bridges between the mainland and Venice. They want' to bring auto traffic into the city, l hitherto traversed almost exclusively by boats. Naturally, this created a storm, i Leader of the storm is Countess ! Anna Maria Cicogna Volpe, the ' counterpart of Elizabeth Rowe of ; Washinglon who, as head of Pres-; ident Kennedy's planning commis- '. sion, wants to save historic build- ! ings rather than have thcm ] knocked out by throughways. Mrs. Rowe has won the battle to keep Dolly Madison's home on Lafayette Square and other his-j toric homes opposite the White! House, but has not yet won h°rj battle to block the huge Italian- designed motel-shopping - center- apartment house which a company financed by the Vatican : wants to build on the Potomac; river where it would dwarf thej nearby Lincoln Memorial. * * * WHILE VATICAN ARCHITEC- ture may be coming to the colonial Potomac, in Italy the battle for ancient architecture is being won by "Our Italy," the group under Countess Volpe. "A battery of bridges connecting Venice with the mainland would only mean automobile traffic," Countess Volpe told me, I "and auto traffic will mean a demand to fill up our canals and i build throughways. i "All the traffic studies made in America and Europe show that more and wider streets simply lead to more automobiles and then a further demand for more and wider streets." Countess Volpe has studied American traffic problems, knows of the attempt of Mayor Wagner of New York to keep passenger traffic oul of downtown Manhattan; and of the careful coordination of suburban railroads by Mayor Richardson Dilworlh of Philadelphia to keep automobiles out of downtown Philadelphia. And the Countess is not going to let the canals of Venice gel filled up to create highways for autos. So far, she has won her battle. f * *i ; THE BATTLE OF THE GON, dola and Ihe gondolier vs. the mn- torboat still goes on, however. It's the old battle of manpower vs. mechanical power, and in Venice, [ as all over the world, manpower is losing out. There used to be thousands of gondolas in Venice. Now there are I only 400. The gondolier, with all ihis brawn, his picturesque straw ihat, his while-and-blue striped i shirt, and his slim beautiful gon- idola, can't compete wilh Ihe mo! lorboal for speed. When you want 'to go up the Grand canal two miles to ihe Italian radio slalinn, you can get there in ten minutes by water taxi, forty-five minutes I An Italian cult called "Paparaz- j by gondola. That's the answer. Last spring the g o n d o 1 i e r s zi" is the reason. Paparazzi is the determination i j-iiioi aL/i nit; uiu tiuiiui/iicio f .. ,. .. , staged a sit-down strike. They sat ° f ltall , an newspapers to have pho- right down on the waters of the! ^aphers and reporters on deck Grand canal. In fact, they lined j to rc . corc ^ almost every time a up their gondolas in a solid pha-' Prominent figure urns around | lanx across it, blocking all traf. In Wash *g t0 "- ,"* photograph-1 fie as a protest against motor- crs are respectful and newsmen boats reasonably cooperative. Furthermore, they are held at bay by tough secret service rules and an ,, ~ m The protest unwritten law that any camera enforced the speed limit of eight artist who takes uncomplimenta- i _:i i ....... t. • 11. j-i _ _i . - - .. ... kilometers per hour in Ihe Grand canal, thus penalizing the motorboats somewhat, also reducing the closer to the Kennedy family than! a guarding motorboat permits, j ry pictures of the presidential family gets no future breaks around the White House. At Cape r Cod, the rules are even tougher, threatens to swamp the gondolas. One development which horrified the city fathers, incidentally, was the fact that two gondoliers, The freedom of the high seas yielding to modern progress, had i doesn't exist in those waters, cut holes in their gondolas and at-1 But not in Italy. Mrs. Kennedy tached oulboard motors! i is fair game for all Italian report-! * * ers and cameramen. Hence, the, IF .JACKIE .K EN NED Yj detailed report of how she went' hoped to have a private holiday j out yachting with auto-king Gian- j in Italy, her hope is unfulfilled ni Agnelli near Capri and didn't' as far as privacy is concerned, i get home until 4 a.m. Testimonials' By Dr. Theodore R. Van Dellen (Copyright 1962: By The Chicago Tribune > Phony testimonials are deceptive and represent a gross disregard for honesty. A year ago Mickey Mantle promised the Federal Trade commission he no longer would endorse a brand of milk he did nol drink. We hope olher champions will do likewise and help in a small way lo reduce Ihe moral decay so prevalent in this country. There is no harm in testimonials provided they are true, free of misleading implications, and reflect the current opinion of the author. Medical testimonials are uli- lized frequently to prove the value of patent medicines and other nostrums. They are worthless because the writer's problems (and, all too often, the .source) are not investigated and credit is given where credit is not due. In addition, only Ihe favorable testimonials are advertised. Nothing is said about customers who ask for their money back or who died. As a matter of fact, the failures rarely write so the manufacturer gets a lopsided account of his product. Mrs. Lccilagg suffered periodically from nervous fatigue. A friend told her about Super-T, a "marvelous tonic." Jt worked like a charm and she was so elated rer. The company was highly pleased wilh Ihe testimonial and included it in their next advertising brochure. Shortly thereafter, Super-T began to lose its magic power and Mrs. Ledlagg complained of be- ''• ing as tired and listless as before. This is an old story to physicians ; because the only cure for fatigue i is to find and eliminate the cause. | Tonics offer only temporary re- I lief and are not the solution to ] the problem. ; Meanwhile, the manufacturer i continues lo employ Ihis and olh- er testimonials telling the same ' story. The unfavorable letters, if ;an>, are thrown in the waslebas- kel. The more unscrupulous deal- er oflen makes up his own lesli- monials. Ethical pharmaceutical companies conduct control studies of new products. They prepare two sets of capsules, identical in appearance. One set contains the new drug and the other, an inert substance such as starch or sugar. Each has a code number that is known only lo a disinterested party. The final results are determined after a sizable number of people have been given some of each. Dr. Van Dellen will answer questions on medical topics if stamped, self-addressed envelope accompanies requesl. Tomorrow: Heart slabs. PHLEBITIS A. Y. writes; Is milk leg the same as a blood clot in the leg? Reply A blood clot in the main vein of Ihe leg is followed by swelling that some laymen call milk leg, especially when the thrombosis occurs after childbirth. In the strict sense, milk leg involves the lymph passageways. Swelling stems from an infection and obstruction of the flow of lymph. RICH BLOOD A. B. writes: My husband, 29, went to a doctor for a check-up. He said everything was fine except that my husband's blood is too rich. What did he mean? Reply I assume the physician meant loo many blood cells and loo much hemoglobin (polycythemia). Additional tcsls may be necessary to determine whether treatment is needed. UPPER, ONLY 11. D. writes: Does an upper gastrointestinal series of X-rays include the lower abdomen? Reply No — the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Today's Health Hint- Learn what poison ivy looks like and avoid it. Address Inquiries lo: Dr. Theodore R. Van Dellen, Tribune Syndicate, Tribune Tower, Chicago, 111. In the afternoon, the Barbe brothers would lake anyone swimming or boating, or splash along the shore with the smaller children, because that was the way the Barbe family gave of themselves. And they still do! The Clooncy family, the people who sold the old Walnut Grove to the city at a more than reasonable price for the docks, is another family which has never received the public thanks they deserve. They gave up this properly , to allow Lake Charles its rca'l growth beginning. Have they ever received the public commendation the act deserves? For generations past and those to come these two families mcr-, it the praise of each of us. In our '. headlong rush forward in Lake ' Charles, I feel it is necessary and proper lo take a minute out and let them know we appreciate all they've done for us. MRS. JOHN GU1DRY, 1009 Clement St. Lake Charles, La. DeRidder Man Voices Dissent In two issues of the American Press there was a letter written by T. Sgt. Robert E. Cecile in the first one and just plain Robert Cecile in the second one. In his first letter seems as if he wanted to ridicule the south and Lake Charles. However, in his second letler about all he did was lo commend himself for writing the first one. Too bad that the Sgt. had his feelings so badly hurt by being transferred to the south. We think- all he has to do is to whisper in Robt. Kennedy's ears that the Sun, Insects, Humidity, arc discriminating against him and Bob probably will send a regiment of they make a sale, they don't take home a paycheck. It is quite apparent that you think all car salesmen are morons from the way you quoted one using the double negative. True, (here are some salesmen that haven't had the opportunity to oh- lain a college education, but there are many who have respect and dignity in this community. Regardless of educalion, we are proud of our profession and we do render a necessary service in Ihe community. Sometime I wonder if you can say the same'. 1 Yours truly, BILL GOLLADAY Used Car Manager Radford Buick, Inc. Lake Charles, La. Burglary Victim Praises Police May I express my appreciation 1 and admiration of your city police for the prompt, courteous and efficient HKiJi.'ior iluit they shemcd in apprehending the man who looted my apartment, recovering everything but the wrist watch, and they expect to get that. They had to start from scratch— praclically no clues ~ were patient and very understanding. ] They responded in less than 15 minutes when 1 reported the rob- ,bery, and when I had a clue to ; report, it only seemed seconds be' fore they arrived. j You folks in Lake Charles are I very fortunate and should ba | proud of the efficiency shown by your city police department. : P.S. I am in your city two or : three times a year and have 1 stayed at the same address for several years. JACK KING 825 Bilbo SI. Lake Charles, La. SIDEWALK SAGE Mailbag Jottings r W.KU. aiierrsr s columnist might never know if he.indicate her method probably got ino teeth except put in by dentists. This includes two-thirds of those over 75 years of age. ; Here's a little-known historical fact: President Abe Lincoln paid $750 for a substitute, John Sum- ;rnerficld Staples of Stroudsburg, j Pa., to take his place in the Army during the Civil War. (Many draft- free or disabled patriots made this gesture to emphasize their sup[ port of the Union cause. > There when needed: A lifeguard I looks like he's got. an easy job. 'But he makes an average of three 'rescues during the swim season. I Tip to cafeteria patrons: Dr. Carllon Fredericks, nutritionist, : advises you to eat early. He says i the prolonged heal of steam tables can rob foods of from 60 lo 80 per cent of their vitamins. Nicotine news: Production of chewing tobacco has fallen off sharply, but snuff is as much in demand as it was 10 years ago. Old time wonder remedies: To icure chapped lips, according to i early American backwoods lore, i you kissed the third rail of a five- irail fence. I Our quotable notables: "The av- lerage child is brought up to be ;happy—that's it, successful, happy |—and on lime."—Marilyn Monroe. j it was hard work for grandma i The price of tension: About 49,:000 Americans are away from ! their jobs each day because o£ ulcers. ; Pet lore: Among dogs, just as I with mosquitoes, the female is j deadlier than the male. A survey ; showed that lady dogs bite people ; 5() per cent more oflen than do ; male dogs. Worth remembering: "Crimo ( has the strongest union in Ihe i world. But its members pay no dues, attend few meetings, carry 'no cards—and are automatically .retired if they are caught work- Sometimes originality doesn't i pay. A girl showed up for a bathing suit contest at the Westhamp- ;ton Bath and Tennis Club in a i frogman's suit. She didn't win. i The sweet smell from money: Americans now spend $200 million annually on anti-perspirantf >nd deodorants. Prosperity note: A private investigator estimates that 250,000 U.S. husbands are leading a double life. Wisecrack of the week: "H's the smooth character who usually gives a girl a rough lime."—Oscar Homolka.

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