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PAOB A4 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH TUESDAY, JULY 9, 1968 Editorials . ..What we think about... T*c»ii*y **hm*u* ,-. . Rofl A Place f o* Bi'State That trt«cotmty sanitary district proposal of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare may constitute a delaying action in the proposed formation of a Madison County refuse disposal program. But It at least represents a constructive suggestion that could lead up to another. Our own, in this case, is consideration of the fHlinois-Missouri Bi-State Development Agency as the operational source for such a tri«county system. While the counties proposed are not listed, they would include three of those on the Illinois side in which the two-state legislative pact gives Bi-State authority to operate. Originally it was established to perform functions required of government but not possible under existing forms provided by legislation. One problem with Bi-State operation would be its limitation to revenue bond financing of any project it undertakes. It has, however, proven itself highly flex- ible in coordinating operations of governments covering smaller areas with its own authority. We believe a survey of the possibilities here might be well worth while. Under such a plan Alton's operation of Its new refuse dump could be coordinated with other facilities of the program. Individual counties or even townships, even if new leg* islation were necessary, might provide certain needs of the operation, such as real estate, and be reimbursed through leases. Bi-State could retire its revenue bonds with service charges to the local governmental agencies wanting to use the system. Wood River Could Do It Wood River's success in carrying its grievances against railroads to the Illinois Commerce Commission is worthy of note. The Oil City persuaded the Commission to order relief from three railroads because of their rough track crossings near the end of Ferguson Avenue. In these columns the other night we cited two other spots in the area which we believe call for attention in this respect. The East Alton village administration could win the plaudits of thousands by working out a program for relieving the frequent blockades on the Alton-Edwardsville road over ttye same set of tracks. ^ And Alton might well seek better safety protection for the GM&O crossing at Alby Street. Recently the GM&O levelled up the 20th Street crossing which had deteriorated into deplorable condition. Dr. deL. Reid Dr. deLafayette Reid, who died Sunday, had contributed his services in a wide field of community affairs during his earlier years. Though a professional man, he nevertheless joined the business men of the Upper Alton area in trying to strengthen that trade area. There were other general community activities. But perhaps closest to his heart was music. A tenor, Dr. Reid was much in demand for not only church choirs, but for male quartet*. And in the early 30's he made significant contributions to a then important musical organization in the community, the Cimerata Chorus, directed by the late Miss Katharine V. Dickinson. These activities absorbed large blocks of time from the dentist's professional services, yet he was generous in his contribution of that time and effort to them. Reds Seek Sympathy The Communist Party nominated ever the week end a Negro woman for president and an under-age draft dodger for vice president. It avoided naming its own president, Gus Hall for the presidency, but settled on Charlene Mitchell, a Harlem resident. The vice presidential nominee, Michael Zagarell of Brooklyn, is only 24 — short of the 35-year minimum set by the Constitution for the vice presidency. He is facing charges of anti-draft demonstrating now, and has- been the party's national youth secretary. Both candidates should help the party arouse plenty of "underdog" sympathy among quarters where it's "in" to go for the "outs". Presidential Taxi It will be interesting in the future to assess the results of President Johnson's latest Cen. tral American tour. Prime purpose of the trip was a summit conference with five presidents of the little neck between North and South America. Avowedly he sought to bring them closer together into an economic alliance that could coordinate the resources and production of the five small countries. But we believe the real genius of the trip was his act of flying four of the five presidents back to their own countries in the plane he took "home" to Texas. The action showed a rare feeling of fellowship among the five national executives and should have been a fine example of mutual faith to other Latin American nations. PAUL S. COUSLEY, Editor Readers Forum 'It'll take a financial transplant to save him. 9 Victor Riesel How to Save Demos From 'Saviors' Mobs of college students will bear the banner of "Purity" through 'he streets of Chicago soon, boring through the city like clean-cut American drills working toward the sensitive nerve embedded in what they regard as All-American Rot, the Democratic Party in convention. Since it is in me to tire rather rapidly of purity, I now find myself entirely in sympathy with there stogie-gnawing old- time realists, the Party regulars, and so I have been racking my ingenuity, trying to discover devjous means by which they may either escape or profit from what amounts to an impending plague. Mayor Daley could do something about the situation if he would be willing to exercise his prerogatives as commander-in- chief of the forces of Chicago. For instance, he could have fresh oil spread on the streets surrounding Convention Hall. This would cause those who wish to approach the building to have to do so in single file along the sidewalks and anyone with any imagination will readily see that walking single file takes something important away from the spirit of a crowd in motion People walking single file are preoccupied in keeping the per- , son behind them from stepping on their heels. It is a disconcerting preoccupation. Also, not having zealots on either side of one ten^ to make one feel sort of ashamed of himself, an atti-' tude which is betrayed in the shortened gait and under-tuck of the rear of a single-filing zealot. It is a sort of chain-gang •complex which we all have. Another possibility would be for the mayor to have a moat dug around the Hall, to be flooded as a fire-prevention measure. It coulj 'be* filled with crocodiles flown up for the occasion, since it it; well-known that crocodiles have fire-preventing propensities. Who ever heard of a crocodile burning down? The oldtimers would think not a scat of having to sacrifice one or two Partyliners to the croe idiles in order to divert the beasts long enough to let other members get across the moat, but it is unthinkable that the Crusaders for Purity would be able to make such a concession to necessity. It is also conceivable that the Chicago Convention could be dressed up as a phony front fop the real convention which would be sneaked off into Okeefee- nokee Swamp, but it is difficult to hide anything nowadays. Goatherds in Greece would know w'thin a half hour where the real convention would be slated to take place, and then, too, the Seminoles might be reactivated by the rare opportunity of discovering so many Great White Fathers conveniently at Innd for attack. This is not my best idea but represents the possibilities inherent in a search for dodges. The real convention could hide out under the stadium where the A-Bomb was born, but the students would love that. It would be playing into their hands, propaganda-wise. What is needed is something more in line- with strangers bearing beads, mirrors, and wearing large white-toothed grins. Something like this: First, the Regulars should go out to meet the advancing Purists and parlay with them to the end that the students should hold an on-the-spot election to c h o o s e their ten BEST crusaders, who would be seated on official committees of the Party. Ten runners should likewise be chosen to convey to the young people outside how their ten committee members are doing insiie the Hall. This latter could just as well be left out, but to put it in looks so trustful and trusting. Trust is the ticket. It is not essential, either, but it would be most useful to put the most excitable member of the ten elect on the Plat- iorm Committee. During the considerable delay which would ensue while the on- the-spot election raged in the streets, the Party Regulars would make a quick deal with the Republican hopefuls and the offer to Senator McCarthy a brand new job in the government ->• a job with complete autonomy dealing with the Vietnamese situation with no-strings freedom to stop the war after the November election no matter who gets into the White House. This business should be announced as soon as McCarthy is braced and again immediately when he says, "No." The last scheme seems to me to rank among the great naturals of the world since the perpetrators cannot be losers no matter what the outcome, while those on whom they would work it could not possibly win anything ex'-ept experience. It is the sort of arrangement I like to think uo. CASS LEIGHTY, Brighton Clouding Up Smoking Persons who have been smoking cigarettes for a long time surely by this time must be confused by conflicting stories printed by ttv? AMA and the tobacco industry. Now the psychiatrists are get* ting int.-) the act. The tobacco industry is under attack again from the U.S. Public Healh Service, which says recent findings indicate heavy cigarette smoking can, on the average, shorten life more than eight years. The PHS findings dovetailed with naw recommendations by the Federal Trade Commission urging laws to ban all cigar- ette advertising on television and rad'o. Now in San Francisco, the psychiatrists come along and tell us that once people have the cigarette habit, they may well do better to keep on smoking. Dr. Sneldon Cohen, who has investiga r ed smoking withdrawal problems over 11 years, says, "ailing patients ordered to give up smoking frequently developed serious emotional disorders. All too often it brings about the unmasking of depression and what have you". A mail order firm in Los Angeles is selling a new invention that helps smokers to cut down, or breaK the smoking habit. A cigarette case that has a Swiss precision engineered time lock that automatically pre-sets cigarette al'owance from one hour to two hours. After elapsed time, the case can be opened. This .timejock case set at every two" hours would permit a '•person-; to" spjoke about 12 cigarettes -during his wake-hours. Sometme has to be wrong for more women now smoke than men yet the women live longer. WILLIAM A. CRIVELLO 349 Bluff St. Forum Writers, Note Writers names and addresses must be published with letters to the Headers Forum, Letter* must be concise (preferably not over ISO words.) All are subject to condensation. King Features- Syndicate, Inc., 1968. Cosa Nostra Target Of U. S. Law Forces Washington Merry-Go-Round One Little Thing That Thwarted Gun Control By DREW PEARSON & JACK ANDERSON WASWNGTON — Passage of laws for the American people sometimes turns on very little things, The other day the passage of a gun control bill turned on the fact that three Senators were not willing to spend a few extra minutes in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The gun control bill l°st The Judiciary Committee was considering the Tydings gun control bill, which has the backing of men such as Sen. Mike Mansifled of Montana but the bitter opposition of the National Rifle Association. It provides that each state shall be given time to work out its own gun registration system before the federal government steps in. President. Johnson favors a stronger bill requiring federal registration from the start. Sponsoring the former bill along .with Tydings were Sens. George Smathers, D-Fla., and High Scott, R-Pa, Also strongly backing the bill was Sen. Teddy Kennedy, D-Mass., brother of the two men who were victims of the assassin's bullet. The Senate Judiciary Committee is strongly stacked with Southern Fundamentalists and Republican vocalists for the gun lobby. They range from Big Jim Eastland of Mississippi to John McCJel'nn of Arkansas and Sam Ervin of North Carolina, among the Southern Fundamentalists, to Roman Hruska of Nebraska, the rootin', tootin' spokesman of the National Rifle Association who has been doing his best to delay any legislation, He figures that the longer the delay, the more the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in Los Angeles. will be forgotten. In between there are Quentin Burdick of North Dakota, the quiet bpokesman for prairie pheasant game hunters, and Ed Long of Missouri, who has a hard time making up his mind on gun control. When gun control was debated in the Judiciary Committee the other day, all these anti-control men wer* present. But three backers of the bill were not. Sen. Tydings argued eloquently. He also used the telephone. Frantically he called two cosponsors of the bill, Smathers of Florida and Scott of Pennsylvania. They said they would come for the vote. But somehow or other they never arrived. Tydings also called Ted Kennedy, a member of the committee, who was passionately, tragically interested in gun control. T3dciy wanted to be told a few minutes before the Judiciary Committee vote so he could get there at the last minute. But he never arrived. The >mn control bill, which it was hoped would discourage more assassinations such as Sen. Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, was stymied in committee by a 7 to 5 vote. If the three' senators who favored the legvslation had taken the trouble to be present, the vote would have been the other way around. Another vote is due in the judiciary Committee this week. It will be interesting to see whether the three senators this time are present. Telephone Hate Tactics This column may have been too optimistic when we reported on July 4 that the old era of Joe McCarthyism was no more. Almost before that column was published, a telephone barrage, similar to that operated by Richard Nixon's campaign manag?rs when he first defeat- PEARSON ANDERSON ed Rep. Jerry Voorhees for Congress, was buzzing over the telephone lines in Washington. The Nixon technique, used both against Voorhees and later Helen Gahagah Douglas, was to charge them with being pro- Communist. The same technique, coupled with anti-Semitism, was used this time against Abe Fort as, to block hia confirmation to the Supreme Court. Those who dialed 528-4357 listened to a message from tr.e National Socialist White People's Party pouring out a str.eam of anti-Semitic hate against Fortas. "In this nation of 150 million white Aryans," said the telephone message, "it seems that Mr. Johnson couldn't find a sin* gle qualified person to fill that import'iflt, post. Instead he dug up this despicable Jew with a Red record that smells to high heaven, and what a record it is." Some years ago, the late Bob Kennedy produced a small, slight, gravel • voiced hoodlum, put him on the witness stand and let him "sing." And sing, • indeed, rtid Joe Valachi. For the first time, even the experts learned how little they had known of the underworld. Joe Valachi threw a new phrase into the American criminal jargon — La Cosa Nostra. For the first time we learned of its fiery and primordial rites and channels of command. But what has been done to fight the complex of mobs which has been called the "second government"? Can such a muscled, heavily armed empire reportedly worth $150 billion — repeat — >150 bil'ion — really be fought? Is it being fought? How can it survive despite the assault by what should be the most powerful law enforcement agency in the free world? The other day I put these same queries to U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark. Here is his reply, written exclusively for this column: By RAMSEY CLARK Attorney General of the United States WASHINGTON - Federally coordina r ed law enforcement is engagel in the most intensive and successful attack on organized erne ever undertaken on a multidty basis. New manpower, resources and techniques will further strengthen the attack in coming months. The federal response to organized crime, sporadic at best until the 1960s, today is comprehensive and effective. Its top priority in the Department of Justice is reflected by assignment of more attorneys than ever before to the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, headed by veteran crime-fighter Henry Petersen. Indictments in cases handled by the section have increased steadily — from 17 in i960, to 262 in 1963, to a record 688 last year. Of 183 known members of La Cosa Nv/stra indicted or convicted during the past dozen years, 55 wen indicted or convicted last year Included were some of the highest ranking members of this major crime syndicate ever brought to justice. J. Hoover has said that 1987 "marked one of the most effective all-out drives against organized crime in the history of law enforcement." The drive includes a new and effective technique, the Strike Force concept, strike Forces, teams of attorneys and investigators from key federal agencies, have been dispatched to three centers of organized crime. Additional Strike Forces are beinu formed. The Department of Justice is conducting meetings in m a j o r cities across the country to improve coordination among not only fe'.pral but also state and local agencies. A cons'? nt flow of criminal in- telligen :e is supplied to local law enforcerr.f-nt by federal agencies. In 1987, more than 750 raids were conducted and 3,700 arrests mi tie as a result of intelligence disseminated by t h e FBI. To further intensify the federal drive, 'he Department of Justice is seeking Congressional authority to enlarge the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section staff from about 100 to more than 160. The proposed increase would include 20 attorneys for Strike Force duty. Although law enforcement is primarily a local responsibility, a federal response to organized crime is clearly needed because of its Interstate aspects and its proven ctility to neutralize local law enforcement. Many find it difficult to believe th«re is organized crime, but its existence is confirmed by history, experience and reason. It surfaced in the U n i t e d States in the last decades of the 19th century and matured during the prohibition era. In a society where nearly every form of human activity is organized would it be realistic to belitve criminal activity xvould not be? Crime has proven far too profitable in our society to expect an absence of organize'on in its execution. The activities of organized crime are wide ranging. Gambling is its greatest source of income and loan sharking ranks second. Extortion, blackmail and shakedowns are frequent practices. Importntlon'and wholesaling of narcotics engage many groups. Increa ;ed sophistication and affluence have led organized crime int" many legitimate businesses, labor activities and government services and contracts, licensing anil zoning. Today's Prayer Father of all mankind, we acknowledge our failure to recognize as brothers all of Thy children. In the midst of national and world conflicts, which pile, the rubble of antagonism into higher and higher walls of separation, we pray for strength to tear down the barriers and for wisdom to initiate communication that will allow us to discover anew our oneness in Thee; in Christ's name. Amen. - John W. Bachman, Waverly, Iowa, president, Wartburg College. What They Did Then — News From The Telegraphs of Yesteryear 25 Years Ago JULY 9, IMS The Godfrey Town Board and local board of health would seek advice of State Department of Health on handling the problem of the dumping pf garbage and refuse within the township. The board bad before it a petition calling on the Godfrey officials to prohibit dumping of garbage and refuse by the City of Alton through its garbage collection upon properly in Godfrey Township, The petition, bearing 70 signatures, set up that the dumping com- plalltfd <# constituted a nuisance tod created un- HPitjry frMMtlttons lo the community which would I* dangerous to public haalth; that oo provision for MA destroying refuse bad been provided, and as a result the dump was a breeding ground for germs of various diseases, carried by flies and other insects. In the wake of the combining of the wheat crops in the area, it was evident that farmers would sell their wheat instead of putting it into storage as collateral for government loans, because the market price was above the loan value. Paul B. Cousley and George A. McKinney, business men, would celebrate golden anniversaries of their careers. Cousley would observe the Wtb anniversary of his entrance into fulltime employment at the Telegraph, and McKinney would mark the anniversary a week later of bis beginning: JB tbj insurance business, at Miller's Mutual, under Us father, fir, A. B, McKinuey, executive tecrttaiy of the company, Cousley, editor, began under feu? father John A. Cousley, president and editor of the Telegraph, then located on the second floor of the Sessel building. The combined unbroken period of the Cousleys covered 85 years, and that of McKinneys 82 years. During the Insurance man's tenure assets rose from $65,000 to $4,200,000; and in the newspaper, circulation during the 50 years rose from 800 to 21,488. 50 Years Ago JULY t, 1118 An Italian offensive in Albania was reported making great program with the help of British monitors, who shelled positions from the sea. More than 1,800 prisoners already bad been 1 taken. Striking between Montdidier and the Oise on the western front, French troops moved forward a mile on a 2% mile front near Compiegne, repulsed a German counterattack, and took 450 prisoners, In Moscow martial law was declared following assassination of the German ambassador, Count Mirchach. Several suspects seized said the shooting was staged to provide a condition that would give Germany an excuse to nullify the Brest-Litovsk treaty. Alderman Harry Herb* cited a government warning about many tons of wasted garbage as a reason for his reintroduction of an ordinance to establish a municipal refuse collection system, A similar ordinance be bad presented before failed. Prohibition against Sunday sale of all foodstuffs except ice cream and confectionary was. being con* eidered here at advice of the state food tlon. E, Buchanan, 55, was lulled almost Instantly 'when two trays of .23 calibre primers he was handling exploded at Western Cartridge Co, East Alton-Wood River Community High School district elected its first board of five directors, From a field of six candidates those chosen were Fred Crandall, Hei Helens, Robrt Parks, D, B. Maxey, an Harry H. Clark. Undertaking an experimental planting of spring wheat at the government's urging Dr. George Zeller, superintendent of Alton State Hospital, reported an expected yield of eight bushels to the apre. John W. Schoeffler, president of the school board, received word from nil ion, Henry, that he had been selected for mambeiihip in tha violin section of tto N«vy Bywpaony Orchestra at Norfolk, Va.

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