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Yuma Daily Sun, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1969, Yuma, Arizona Editor's Notebook Hunger in America h Not a Myth By JONES OS BORN It was a television documen- tary which first rubbed our noses in YUMA 107 24 Pages Per Copy lOc Yuma, Arizona, March 19, 1969 Phone 783-3333 ARIZONA Vol. No. 7 "Hunger in America" was, as I recall, a CBS network show, sometime last year. It stat- ed, with pic- tures to prove it, that mil- lions o A m c r i cans are starving. Americans in idle coal fields of Appalachia, tlie barrios of San Antonio, (he Indian res ervations of northern Arizona, the share- crop [arms ot the South. It was a shocker, and lots ot people ran for cover. Rut it is now being admitted that starvation is a real part ot the richest nation on earth. I don't mean "unbalanced diels" or an occasional case of malnutrition. A team of doctors who toured one area said: "The boys and Rirls we saw were hungry, weak, in pain, sick. .They are suffering from hunger and disease and directly or indirectly they are dying from them which is exactly what starvation means." Last month, another shocker. U.S. Senator Ernest F. Boil- ings, a former governor of South Carolina, appeared before a Senate committee. He said his state had had "a public pol- icy of covering up the problem of hunger" a policy which he had followed, when gover- nor. But now he admits to the truth: "There is hunger irf South Carolina." Well, there are seven million in families which earn less than a year. If there are three or four chil- dren (or morel in such a fami- ly, you know there isn't much to eat. Now I see where President Nixon's Urban Affairs Council has handed him a report calling for a. federal attack on hunger. The number of hungi-y and mal- nourished Americans may run to 10 million. SABOTAGE THREATS Security Tightened On War Supplies The remarkable part of it Is that the cruel disparity between rich and poor, the inexcusable failure to take care of our own fellow Americans, does not even embarrass most of us. Historically, the well-fed are contented. BECKY A contestant entered in the Miss Yuma County contest at the Yuma County Fair is Becky Kline, 17, Wellton. She's a senior at Antelope Union High School and will present a classical ballet. Spon- sored by the Yuma County Farm Bureau, she's the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. N. D. Kline. The fair opens next Wednesday. (Sun Staff WASHINGTON (API The nation's railroads, under threats of sabotage from anti-Vietnam war groups, have placed the tightest security precautions in history on shipments ol muni- tions and military supplies. The safeguards, drawn up .iointly by military and rail- road representatives, resulted from what 1'Bl Director J. Ed- gar Hoover termed marked increase" in acts of sabotage against government installa- tions. Government officials have in- dicated rail shipments of Viet- nam-bound material have been listed as prime targets by some antiwar groups who have threatened to use force to im- pede the war effort. A railway said the threals along with reported "isolated incidents" OL interfer- ence with Oeicnse shipments led to the elaborate antisubolagc sieps. The now mil security proce- dures include: (rains laden with munitions and supplies through isolaied areas anil gen- erally at night. routing so no pat- tern can he delected in defense shipments. In fact, ninny are routed u much longer dis- tance slum necessary in order to avoid detection. Triple sealing doors of cars containing explosives be- fore shipment. inspections of rail- way track anil Eaeilitk's Wilmington, N.C., and Oakland, embarkation points for Vietnam-bound sup- plies. Hoover snys "terrorist activi- ties" against government instal- lations primarily have involved attacks on Reserve Officers Training Corps and Selective Service facilities. Vat there have born the FRl says it has no exact fig- ures- of against utility towers serving plants. And a railway source reported that a cache ot small arms stolen recently from n boxcar at the Army's Aberdeen, Mrt., proving grounds. Government officials, cau- tious in discussing suspected because of tears of triggering an alarmist reaction from the public, say the out- break sliows only "a marked in- crease" and is not a wave of terrorist activities. Hoover traces the incidents to last June when the Students for a Democratic Society, a mili- tant leftist youth group, held its national convention at Michigan Stale University. Despite numerous cases in- only two indictments have been returned. Vietnam Aid Reduction Not Yet Feasible: Laird Press Club To Air Judicial Selection idea A pro-and-con discussion oi II le proposal to appoint rather than elect --all judges in higher Arizona courts will be heard at p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) at Yuma Press Club. Judge John A. McGuire of Yuma County Superior Court will speak in favor of the elec- tive method. Nicholas Udall, formerly a judge of Maricopa County Superior Court and now practicing law in Phoenix, will speak for the proposed new sys- tem. Resolutions have been intro- duced in both houses of the Arizona legislature on this matter. They propose, a change in the Arizona constitution :Which would make judges ap- pointive by the governor from a list submitted by a special Appointments to the bench would be made in all Arizona courts of record Su- perior, Appeals and Supreme. The discussion is open to all Press Club members, both ac- five and associate in Press Club WASHtNGTON (AP) Secre- tary of Defense Melvin R. Laird told Congress today, "I see no indication that we presently have a program adequate to bring about a significant reduc- tion :in the U.S. military contri- bution in South Vietnam.1' Just hack from a personal in- spection, the new Pentagon chief criticized U.S. leaders in Vietnam for being oriented more toward military opera- tions "than on assisting the South Vietnamese to acquire the means to defend themselves." Laird's somber-toned pre- pared report to a closed session of the Senate Armed Services Committee also amounted to a rap at the policies of his Demo- cratic predecessor, Clark M. Clifford. U.S. Troops Begin Heavy Counter-Offensive Modernization Laird asked for another million to speed modernization of South Vietnam's armed forces so it can as- sume, a larger share of the com- quarters at The Charcoal charged Percy Foreman House, Ray To Seek New Hearing MEMPHIS, Term. (AP) James Earl Kay has written Judge Preston Battle.from the State Penitentiary that he in- tends in the near future to seek a new hearing over his guilty plea in the murder of Dr. Mar- tin Luther King Jr. Earlier today, the Memphis Press-Scimitar said it had learned Ray would seek to have his guilty plea set aside and go to trial. The newspaper quoted sources which it said were close to the case as saying that Ray had written Criminal Court Judge W. Preston Battle Jr. from the state penitentiary in Nashville asking a new hearing. The newspaper said the letter advised Battle that he had dis- bat operations from American forces. Laird was vague on when U.S. military withdrawal might be- gin but implied that slowness in getting South Vietnam's troops into an advanced phase of im- provement may complicate an American pullout. There are more than U.S. service- men in Vietnam. "Frankly, while it may he dif- ficult to carry out U.S. force re- ductions until South Vietnamese forces are capable of replacing the forcns that we reduce or Laird said, "we must greatly increase our effort to improve RVNAF capabilities and to work toward a situation in which U.S. forces can in fact be withdrawn in substantial numbers." The Pentagon chief offered a gloomy over-all appraisal, say- ing "the basic problem remains that of achieving permanent South Vietnamese governmental control over the country." Although U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker gave "persua- sive documentation of steady political growth" by the Saigon government, Laird said, "this PAIGON (AP) The Viet Cong's spring offensive ripped into South Vietnam's northern sector today ap big enemy rock- ets, slammed, into a Da Nang shantytown and ground troops made heavy attacks on U.S. and South Vietnamese forces guard- ing tha nation's second largest city. The U.S. Command "'b re- ported that the massive counter- troops northwest of Saigon had killed )23 North Vietnamese soldiers Tuesday in ts first day of operations. One American was killed and 23 voundeU, the command said, in- dicating most o! the attacks on :he enemy were by planes and artillery- Yuma Wife Sues Husband as Negligent Driver A wife has filed a civil dam- age suit in Superior Court here against her husband. Plaintiff in the case is Norma Dougherty, who is represented by Attorney Harlan Heilman. Defendant is William Dough- erty, 1200 East 26th Place, Yuma. The case arises out of a motor vehicle accident before they were married. The acci- dent occurred near McLean Tex., Jan. 22nd, 1968. Mrs. Dougherty alleges tha negligently iffensive by more than rage on a U.S. Marine night AP IflO'-I'ound Rockets Correspondent John Wheeler reported from Da Nang that 13 Vietnamese civilians were killed and 21 wore wound- ed when ten 100-pound rockets exploded in ihe slum neighbor- hood around a Navy pier before dawn. It was the highest civilian toll in the four times Da Nang has becm shelled since the ene- my's spring offensive started Feb. 23. A South Korean civilian work- ing for the U.S. Navy also was killed, and three U.S. Marines were wounded. Twenty miles south of D; Nang, 400 North Vietnamese troops laid down a mortar har- camp, then stormed the camp flamethrowers, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. 1'oint-Blank The Marines fired their artil- leiy point-blank into the charg- ing enemy troops' and reporter killing 72 of !hem, but the figh also took the lives nf 12 Ameri cans and 30 were wounded. Wheeler rejiorted that two of Vietnamese broke Marine lines and the iN'ortl! through ran into n mess hall carrying flame throwers. They killed two Marines but were cut down lie- fore they could light their flamethrowers. Military spokesmen said the enemy also made several other coordinated but unsuccessful ground attacks south ot Da Nang about 2 a.m. In one of them, South Vietnamese ers and infantrymen threw back j an afsaull on Dion Bnn, a key district capita! 15 miles south of Da Nang. P.P. PURLOINED: Skirts Going Up, And Out the Door Houston, Tex., as.his lawyer. Ray pleaded guilty to first-de- gree murder before Battle March 10 and was sentenced to 99-years in prison. He began serving his sentence in Nash- ville the following day. In Nashville, Warden Lake Russell said he was unable to confirm whether Ray had sent a letter to Battle from his maxi- mum security cell. THE WEATHER Weather report sw Highest yesterday. Lowest this morning Temperature at 11 a-m. todaj Relative humidity at II a.m. Average high Hits data Average low this date FORECAST to Thursday Mostly clear through Thursday s1lp.hlly roolii- this aftornoon and tonight. Xorth vinds 10 to 15 mph this altcrnoon. High this afternoon 82. Low tonhM 50. High Thursday 83. Sunset Sunrise progress is difficult to translate into nationwide security." In an apparent prod to the she suffered injury, and South Vietnamese, the defense incurred medical bills. She al leges also that the court action 'not discordant of and to which he said will be necessary her marital relationship." She to bring government adminis- tration and political structures into the country's villages and SPRING ARRIVES the arrival of spring due tomorrow, Jane Higgins of Branford, Conn., limbers up her gardCTi hose to give the lawn a taste of things to come. Temperatures rose to the mid 60s in Connecticut yesterday. (AP catch up witji her (or her boy friend) first. No less than 38 mint-dresses, valued at SGOQ, and eight wom- en's suits wcrr stolen in a burg- laiy at the Pink Petticoat. 281 Street, last night. to the door amounted to S35. Police suspect two hippy-fyp? who were in the store recently, loitering around and admiring the mini-dresses. Thoy sc-3riccl disinterested in other clothing in the store. They didn't l.vy any. The male and female companions ap- peared to be about 20 years of age Police found several plastic hangars broken and thrown around the store. Evpn their method of entering the store during the night was a bit unique. Police said they used a pipe wrench to t w i s t off the door knob. That failed .0 allow them entry, so some burly character smashes the door open using his feet, detec jves said. Peru Navy Reportedly Seizes Two U.S. Boats STUDENTS DONATE AWC student Annette Lindsay (teft) donating blood this morning to the Southwest Blood Bank, gets a preliminary check from Nurse Grace Amish of Phoenix. The unit will be at the Eagles 22o 1st Avenue, until 7 p.m. tonight and from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. on Thursday. (Sun Staff Welcome, Winter Visitors! At Desert Holiday Mofcll' Park: Mr. and Mrs. C'.P. -Scovell McMinnville, Ore. Mr. and Mrs. N. Kirkpat trick, Paradise, Calif. LIMA. Peru (API The- Po- iivian navy seized one possi- ly tuna boats ishiny today 23 miles off the ex- northern coast of Peru, inofficial sources reported. In Washington, Rep. Thomas M. Polly, R-Wash., said two una clippers had been seized, jut there was r.o immediate confirmation here of the num- nr. Pelly identified them as the Cape Anne and the San Juan, he same tuna boat which was Padres, Giants Play for Ladies "It's really for the Ed Zatiel, Caballero ladies Bay Chairman said morning. "Ihe men are wel- come, but we have advance word from both the Padres and the Giants that they will play for the he contin- ued. "Bring your friend or neighbor as two ladies will bo admitted for the price of ono general admission he concluded. Thursday's game kicks off at p.m. with the San Francisco Giants appearing in the first of a two-game series. up F'jb. VI by the Peruvian ornoc'.o He Los Heroes. Initial reselling Lima rom northern Peru through In- dependent channels said only the Sj'.n Juan had been cap- tured. These reports said the captured boat was being taken to the northern port of Talara. Peruvian N'avy Ministry in Limn said it had no irforma- of any kind on the incident except the news dispatch from Washington. II said it was at- tempting to check wMh naval minorities in the north. Announcement of Ihe row en- counter on what is regarded by the United States as internation- al waters cast a snell of gloom over the U.S Embassy. Peru claims a territorial wa- ter limit of 20C miles and charg- es the U.S. boats are fishing in Peruvian waters. Pclly said in Washington the owners of the San Juan and the Cape Anne lived in San Diego, Calif. Inside The Sun Comics 9-B Crossword ...................._...... 4 Editorial i Markets j Jlovlts............................. 8-B Sports MS, 3-B, 3-B Women s