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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 9, 1975, Kokomo, Indiana EDITORIALS 4 KOKOMO Ind TRIBUNE Thursday October 9 1975 If New York collapses Suppose New York City's ces collapse and the city no longer is able to meet its payroll In other words suppose that its ment ceases to function with all that such a calamity would imply in the cessation of municipal ces Would there be a domino effect as the mayors of other big can cities have been Would the spectacle of New York defaulting on its obligations have a chilling impact on the tax base of other Would indeed the fact that the nation's largest city went broke mean that the nation it- self could wind up eventually in a similar Arguments are being made in vor of the federal government ing out New York Much of the de- bate centers on the psychological effect of allowing a large city to go down the financial drain It is of the arguments which persuaded Congress to prop up Lockheed Aircraft and the Penn Central Railroad There were warnings that if such big tions were permitted to fail the fect would be to worry the country by creating a fear that the ist system was cracking up and starting a panic We're not so sure that the of New York would have the dire domino impact that some fear it would For one thing it is widely known that New York is in trouble because its government has spent far more than it could take in through taxes and fees It is com- mon knowledge that New York's trouble is of its own making The Wall Street Journal put it well in commenting on the ness of Mayor McNicols of Denver McNichols Every big city in the country is like a tenant in a big building If you heard that a tenant's floor was going to collapse you can't think it isn't going to hurt you To which The Journal re- We'll agree that if your neighbor's floor is about to collapse you go to any lengths to shore it up But Mayor chols has the wrong metaphor As a tenant what do you do if you hear that your neighbor who on an income of a year has been throwing wild parties spending like there was no tomorrow and putting it all on credit cards suddenly finds himself Do you and your rush to the landlord and demand that the spendthrift be extended indefinite credit saying that you will pay the In the alternative what pens to you if your neighbor can't pay his bills ing Carte Blanche American Ex- press and with the In other words because one big city has failed to run itself sibly is that any excuse for an- other city to go the same rift There is a case we think for insisting that a mental unit stay within its income and that it resist pressures which can bring it to the edge of chaos New York City has not resisted these pressures It may be that some cities will indeed go through the travail that is affecting New York since they too have been trying to provide too much and have been paying cipal wages that they can't afford But is it too much to expect them to take the painful way out by ing their spending so that their credit will not be Why should a unit of government be any different than a family or a private business in managing its finances so as to remain The President and bureaucrats For all the talk about the im- presidency and the abuse of executive power the fact of the matter is that a president is to a startling degree at the mercy not only of Congress but of a horde of invisible bureaucrats who are tually immune to executive line So says university professor and columnist John P Roche who bases the statement on his as a speech writer and ad- visor B Johnson Harry Truman was right when he said the buck stops here That is it is the president's tion to settle policy From however says Roche you rapidly learn that the real problem is to get important decisions where they on the desk in the Oval Of- fice Stopping the buck at the top does not call for displays of age as much as it does for an cient espionage apparatus to antee that key decisions are not being made by invisible crats to make sure the buck does not stop someplace else The armor of this bureaucracy is civil service tenure provided by Congress to about 98 per cent of the administrative establishment and originally considered a great re- form designed to eliminate the spoils system Roche discovered that he was one of only about 700 members of the thousands in the Johnson administration whom the President could summarily fire The real battle in Washington he claims is not between the stration and Congress It is be- tween the president and a secret alliance of the legislature and the bureaucracy who share the com- objective of cutting the president down It is almost impossible to gerate the ingenuity displayed by the bureaucracy in stonewalling a presidential policy he says Take the example of the supply of deadly poisons retained by the CIA in defiance of a presidential order How could the president have found out about The CIA tor didn't tell him By getting one of the invisible men down about five layers to squeal on Actually says Roche most epi- sodes of this sort surface because of a personal grudge leading to an anonymous tip to a congressman or journalist Watergate he while it was an absurd criminal extreme was part of a process that goes back to World War II in which presidents have been driven to improvise techniques for control of the administration Ironically in his effort to create the power the textbooks say he had Richard Nixon set in motion a train of events leading to predominance unmatched in history Gnomes of Moscow The Russians are giving the gnomes of Zurich a run for their money or more accurately the money of people who are in the market for a secret numbered bank account for which Swiss banks have long been famous According to Barren's financial weekly Eagerness to lay hands on Western currencies is pushing the Soviet Union to unashamedly capitalistic activities A Russian bank in Zurich for ex- ample has put out colored folders advertising the charms of a secret numbered account with its parent institution in Moscow the Soviet Foreign Trade Bank Such counts can be opened in Zurich and keep in freely transferable foreign currencies in Moscow All the attractions of a Swiss bank account which the United States and other foreign ments are trying to diminish are promised by the Russians plus something the Swiss cannot free insured delivery of diamonds gold coins and bullion bought through their bank Victor Riesel Some low profile politics SAN FRANCISCO As always at a massive national convention the news in this political season was made off the auditorium floor where thousands of national AFL-CIO leaders met earlier this week The news came from this city's bor mayor Joe Alioto who began talking of a Ted Humphrey national Democratic ticket in 76 Alioto rarely fails to reflect labor sentiment and for a few days it appeared that for the first time he was switching his political re- ligion But then came Henry Scoop son to the convention podium itself He got his audition He didn't get the part He got kissed off by labor's chief of chiefs George Meany like an un- known relative showing up for the reading of the last will and ment Rarely if ever have I heard Meany introduce a convention speaker as coldly as he did Jackson It was a swift here is Henry Jackson junior Senator from Washington And when this presidential frontrunner ished a sycophantic speech cally applauded with brief smattering of polite Jackson was told tersely by Meany thanks and good luck Meany's voice was as icy as an Alaskan pipeline leak and Meany obviously was tolling ho sand delegates this Senator is on his own his very own And the Tod Kennedy talk persisted For example the leader of an organi- of one million unionists scoffed at talk of Kennedy's resistance to a draft at reports that Kennedy had repeatedly told some delegates here ho just won't run under any And from one of Tod Kennedy's mates a man who is close to the en- tire family I learned during a long distance telephone conversation thai Kennedy's presidential aro very much alive And thai Tod thinks Hubert is one nf Hie most fied men in the Senate or any branch of government Thus out of all this springs one Scoop Jackson can count on very little national labor support ing ho primary races in Now York next April where the now is building a ful new political machine for the tional Democratic convention gate selection fight Sure there was a posh cocktail party thrown for Scoop Jackson last Sunday night here by a handful of labor ers But that was paid for by the mari- time unions because Scoop is a good maritime Senator The key to labor's political action next year is George Meany and not because he is the boss To fully understand this labor movement one should realize thai Meany is a consensus man limes a consensus maker among his powerful colleagues but always a consensus taker his peers his and ity he couldn't be by mation decade after decade if he didn't truly speak for his Executive Council The men on the high command aren't palsies They are powerful in own right regardless of age If they so decided they could name the day Ihc United Slates would stand still on land sea and air They take Meany's leadership because he ers what they want in and out of the White House most of the lime There's been lalk that the AFL-CIO convention was dull because it re- Meany's age Well he's not dull or aged During one convention break he did a soft-shoe routine while the organ played Sidewalks of New York Some of us chuckled the other midnight when he returned from some gathering and the hold elevator doors slid shoe in his face He struck them wilh his cane and they parted to admit him Someone said he could do thai lo the San Francisco Bay waters or the next Democratic national convention But lie's more than Moses lie kepi ho 11th biennial CIO convention low key because he doesn't want the nation to believe that labor controls ho Democratic party nor names its presidential slate So the huge convention hall was just the AFL-CIO bol No banners demanding a week nor any calling for a minimum wage Very few floor speeches Very liltle to make the national headlines Meany made the rounds all to private gatherings only lie speak as You mean they're all security LETTERS FROM TRIBUNE READERS Jaycee books are worth supporting We are presently employed by the Kokomo Jaycees to contact the public via phone and to offer for sale their sixth annual merchandise coupon book Some months ago Kokomo was flooded with coupon books known as Fighters It was not a cally sponsored project the books were oversold and some of the chants are unable to fully honor those coupons This has caused the Jaycee books to lose their popularity Sales have Jostled her pet peeve he does to any of the cention departmental tions But not for a moment did he cease exuding signals He set the labor slogan for 1976 Stop the party On Monday morning just before Jackson spoke all delegates found a copy of the AFL-CIO news a tabloid on their tables It's lead headline was Ford's Nixon Script Poses Threat of Disaster Meany That was the de- finitive position Question then if Meany is Mr Consensus as well as Mr Labor whom will the powerful national Com- on Political Education COPE back for President next The answer is the Democrat Meany believes will win He doesn't believe Jackson can get off the ground He is fond of Hubert after all he virtually ran 1908 campaign singlehandedly And Meany thinks Hubert can win But there are younger faces who could win more easily One of them is Ted Kennedy Word is that Meany would go all out for the youngest Kennedy brother if the Democratic national convention were tied up between Jackson and bert Humphrey This was the talk in the corridors of the convention No one wanted to be quoted Virtually had nice words for Hubert But the crowd was and is for Ted Kennedy They believe lie certainly can win That's what they want And in Meany's vintage years that's what he wants most To Mrs K C seeking a chance to Did you ever jostle my pet peeve regarding Kokomo in your at- tempts to get employment Honey are you What you don't know is if these employers can't give you a good excuse they'll make one up if they just plain don't want What you apparently don't know too there is obviously a caste system here that would put India's to shame As in one recent example if you read the article regarding the hiring of CETA employees who have mates gainfully employed did you notice that one was the wife of a prominent I was turned down for a job at the same facility for being overly Well knowing the real reason I could have pursued gal action or enforcing a tal law but I also knew this would be a waste as I probably could have been slapped with suffering from some sort of syndrome Another person with whom I am acquainted a very conscientious attractive and qualified person was also turned away In another instance I was ned down by an attorney for lacking legal experience yet he hired a girl that appeared so young that she couldn't have had much experience at all let alone time to learn all required of an experienced legal secretary I might add however that one law firm waived this requirement I have had far more respect for this man had he merely stated that he preferred someone younger I could cite examples after examples where experience and qualifications were not a deterrent factor wherein I could prove that either age or lack of social status was the deterrent I was driven to having to apply for public welfare after having ex- hausted many attempts to seek ful employment During the tion I cried as I couldn't believe that anyone with the qualifications and ex- that I possessed would ever have to resort to public assistance The lady that was handling my case at the Welfare office comforted me and she said she knew I abhorred the idea Put them to work I would like to voice my approval of putting people on welfare to work There has been talk of using these people to clean roadsides or similar work Why would we not make them work and let the many people on fare take advantage of us Welfare is a prime factor in our un- employment rate also People are ting payed not to work With the omy the way it is we are watching turn into a completely society Are we going to let our democratic values be replaced by I contend that we let the people on welfare make it on their own or at least put them to work JIM ANDERSON Thanks To the Chief and all who worked so long so hard so gently and so efficiently to save ers Tavern and other buildings in the immediate area to the fire that de- Pie Shop we say Thank You and we want everyone to know that we are very appreciative of a job well Dort Harry Hazel Mick And All Employees Of Millers Tavern but that that is their purpose By the Grace of God a job opened up with the federal government and I did not have to receive the assistance after all I subsequently letter to Senator Bayh stating that all people who receive public welfare assistance are not He responded to my letter within exactly one week after writing and his not realizing I had managed to gain employment he went to great lengths to get to the root of the problem But never be misled that despite laws experience lack of experience senatorial intervention the state of the economy or whatever you can't buck the All I say is if you don't have to work get down on your hands and knees in ness jf you do have to work look to God for Must be said I don't like to write letters like this but it seems a few things should be said about our neighborhood I have lived owned and paid taxes on property here for 20 years I have constantly improved same kept the yard mowed and hedges clipped every week I always sweep the street along the curb after every mowing many limes as much as three houses one either side of me Many times I have also swept it as many as three times a week and picked up any trash on both sides of the street whether in front of my house or not any bor will attest to that I'm sure The trouble is that passing ers and youngsters do not have any re- spect for one's property or rights You can't ask them please do not throw things in street or on sidewalk you have to tell them Then they get mad and do it for spite seemingly Everyone says they are afraid to say anything because they might come back and really do something Maybe I should be afraid but I'm not after I have worked hard keeping my place looking nice I'm not sitting by and watching it torn up and cluttered I was called away recently on count of illness My neighbor said a lot of half-eaten dirty and infested ples were in front of her house and mine she was kind enough to pick them up I rent the back of property next door to me with an apple Iree I looked out and about six or seven boys some young men had apples thrown ail over the neighborhood my yard next door yard and Red Cross parking lot I was going lo call the police but I saw three boys I knew I let them un- the next time I would I'm sure there is a no litter no passing and defacing property law that can be enforced So parents you guys anyone guilty I have given my last warning so if I find anything damaged I do know who some of you arc and I'm sure the ice can find the rest from you as yet I have said nothing to any parent I want to be friendly and will be if you fellows and girls will be ladies and gentlemen I just want to live in peace and We have a fine large beautiful school yard we and your parents spent thousands of dollar for right here to play any ball games and have fun with your friends Why not use it You are welcome you know I'm not mean but 1 do Rot terribly mad when I find things cluttered ped from previous years Some dents are cautious and others nant It has caused irreparable harm to an established annual project a source of income which Jaycees need for sponsoring their community en- deavors and as Howard County Junior Miss Pageant Halloween Parade Haunted House with the Easter Egg Hunt and others We have been working with the hope that tomorrow will be a better sales If you would support your Kokomo Jaycees buy a book and take advantage of the value for Call for delivery or follow the Jaycee signs to the Social Room at the Fontenelle between and p.m Mrs Applause for Castner A round of applause for the article appearing in the paper of October 1 stating Police Chief views on the weakness in our criminal tice system How many times pave we read where case after case have been dismissed of lack of evidence As Mr Castner said in some cases the evidence wasn't even given a chance to testify The job of a police officer must be very frustrating and discouraging when he wants to take the criminal off the streets and knows full well the courts will throw them right back into society maybe a little probation and in less than a year you'll read their name in the paper again for a crime very similar This is extremely hard for many people to understand I feel our system needs a good cleaning up How can Mr American Citizen Bite the bullet I would like to voice my opinion about the current pay raises voted in for congress by congress With the an- budget millions in the red and the fact that representatives receive con- fringe benefits postal rates stationery etc this raise ble It seems that maybe Congress should bite the bullet for a while and practice what they try to preach about spending Lets make these tures an issue in the next election Kevin Abney WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING we are successful really in working out a new SALT trealy it would be of the greatest im- portance not only for you and for us but for all to come for dozens and ens of years leader Leonid Brezhnev discussing the potential of a new SALT treaty with visiting American astronauts The Kokomo Tribune 300 N Union SI Indiana 46901 published daily except Saturday Sunday Memorial Day and Labor Day and Sunday published in mornings Second-class paid at KoKomo Indiana Member of Associated Press Pr is exclusively entitled lo the us lor publication of all news dispatcher credited lo il or nr otherwise credited in paper and local new published herein Delivery by Si 00 per week By mail in Indian per year payable in mail outside Indiana per year payable m advance 00 No m subscriptions accepted in lowns where earner delive service is maintained The KoKomo Tribune Founded The Kokomo Dispatch founded in and funded
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