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Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - February 3, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire Nashua Editorials MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1969 Drugs and Early Prevention The two stories on the Telegraph front page last Friday on the drug problem appear to have been planned for double impact. Actually the inter- view with a Nashua girl who has been a drug addict and the announcement of a police-sponsored seminar on drug abuse developed independently. We would hope the experiences of the Nashua girl might prove more ef- fective in deterring other teen-agers from trying drugs than editorials or a like amount of sermons from police, clergy or school officials. This girl suffered the horrors, of drug addiction and the almost equal, horrors of withdrawal. She found her "highs" soon turned into the most unbelievably frightful depressions. We hope 'her story, was read by every Nashua teen-ager. The Nashua Police Department, stepping up its battle against what is coming to be a worldwide problem, has secured the services of four outstanding speakers and two films to be shown to parents ih'the Nashua area, Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p. m. at the Nashua Senior High School auditorium. The speakers include Jesse E. Trow, executive director of th.e New-Hampt shire Program on Drugs and Alcohol- ism; Judge Leonard Velishka, Dr. David, Connor, a Nashua physician, and' Brother Roger Bemier, a guidance counselor at Bishop Guertin High School. This program is aimed at educating Being of Sound Heart If you want to give your heart away your eyes or kidneys or other vital a lawyer. According to R. C. Page, senior vice president of the Wachovia Bank and Trust Company of Winston Salem, N. C., and a leading national authority on wills and trusts, legal authorization is as vital as the vital organ itself. Since transplants must be made immediately after death, any delay could make the organ no longer usable. The bank has distributed to North Carolina attorneys a suggested legal format for dealing with anatomical gifts. Unfortunately in some states at the present time, the law hasn't caught up with medical science and the wishes of of kin can override those of a de- ceased. But having your intentions down in black and white is certainly not a bad idea. Henry Taylor Nixon Mideast Plan Richard M. Nix- on will put back on the rails a vast basic plan to relieve the underlying, explosive pres- sures In the Middle East. He believes that unless something is done so compelling, valuable and dramatic that no Mideast nation can refuse to go along, both the wretched poverty and the political dyna- mite will remain, expand and ultimately ex- plode. The President views the vital Mideast fac- tors as three: hatred, refugees and water. He sees the three as interrelated as a set of Chinese'ivory balls, each inside the other, and thus this interrelation defines the only feasible approach for a plan. THE PLAN, then something of its history: The placing in the Middle East of three huge salt waterdistilling plants, nuclear-pow- ered; two on the Mediterranean coast and the third at the north end of the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea. They would produce a billion gallons'of sweet water a day. What irrigation has done so marvekmsly for California's Imperial Valley, the sweet water would do for thousands of square miles that have never before supported human life, other Ithari oh a'nomadic basis. The: by-product, electric power, carries, its own obvious rewards; and 'is carefully integrat- ed into the program. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY a million homeless Arab refugees, dating back tragically to the IMS Israel-Arab war. These new fertile stretching from the barren areas of to north Jordan and beyond, would be open for tlieir wretch- edness and utter despair changed to produc- tivity.'It would revolutionize the entire area from the Nile to the Euphrates, including the embittered Palestine region. The construction period itself would supply in immediate safety valve.' Tens of thousandi of these displaced and unskilled people would be required to build the plants, pipelines, irriga- tion system, reservoirs and power grid. Trie first plant would produce about 400 mil- lion gallons of sweet water a day. This alone woukl equal the total natural flow of the Jordan River, whereas for years using even a fraction flow has been bogged down THE THREE PLANTS would be built and operated by the International Atomic Energy Agency, long headquartered' in Vienna. The full range of enemies in the Israel-Arab war- all of members of the I.A.E.A. All are officially qualified to join in the formation plans within the I.A.E.A. Moreover, our coun- try already has allocated to the I.A.E.A. more than sufficient uranium fuel for the need of all three plants. The project would be self-sustaining, which is a critical factor so-far as our Congress and the American people are concerned. The Initial requirement would be for ap- proximately (200 million to begin constructing the first part of the three-plant system. For this there would be set up a chartered cor- poration like Comsat, which is involved with communications satellites. Half the stock would be bought by our government and half by private and government investors through the security markets of the world. The im- mense success in financing Comsat is tested approximation for this. BOTH THE WATER and could be sold at relatively low prices and still meet the requirements of good self-sustaining profit. The problem Is neither financial nor phy- sical; both are practical. The problem li po- litical. And this would be hopeless were thi plan lest bold and the rewards to the people of the entire Middle East less great. Former Atomic Energy Commission Chair- man Lewis L. Strauss first sent this plan to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a June 23, 1967, memorandum. General Eisen- hower forwarded it to President Lyndom B. .Johnson with an all-out endorsement. In it he stated that by proceeding in this way "the morass in which the powers are presently floundering might well be the beginning of a new life In the lands of wretched despair." BUT, BEYOND SOME lip service and a sketchy word to Congress, the plan was mere- ly handed for detailed study to White House Scientific Adviser Donald F. Hornif. President Nixon finds that what Is dead should not be dead and that merely talking "peace" in this pressure-cooker part of the world is like trying to remove the marks of tartly with i rubber ereier The Finally Takes a Stand the parent to the dangers of drugs and how to spot a user. It has the ring of a solid approach to the problem and we would hope for a huge outpouring of parents. The battle against drugs must- be both preventive and corrective, in nature. Prevention, to be trite, is always preferable to cure. And here is where one is tempted to mount the pulpit steps to but not to the children. We suspect that in countless cases the basis for teen- age experimentation with drugs is laid at much earlier age. Much is heard today of the so-called "generation gap" and other "in" phrases which simply mean that many parents have lost the ability to converse with their children. Such a loss does not occur overnight, it is an insidious thing. It is probably a byproduct of the Increased affluency of the nation that parents spend less time with their chil- dren and are increasingly less aware of their offspring's problems. All of this has been said before, and probably said better. But the fact remains that much of the heartache to teen-agers and parents alike could be prevented. It is the fashion, of course, to blame all teenage problems on the parents, and perhaps this is an oversim- plification. Putting the blame on society or some other intangible object may ease the parental conscience, but it does little to explain why one child chooses drags and another isn't even tempted. David Lawrence Strengthened by Prayer WASHINGTON-For more than two hours last Thursday morning, most of 'the persons who head up the government of the United States engaged in prayer. First there was a congressional prayer breakfast, at which mem- bers of both houses and their friends from- different parts of the country were present. Then came the annual presidential prayer breakfast, attended by the cabinet and mem- bers of Congress as well as the governor] of several states. President and Mrs. Nixon and Vice Presi- dent and Mrs. Agnew were guests at both gatherings. Altogether, nearly men and- women attended the two functions. It was the largest number to participate in an annual presidential prayer breakfast, which now have been held for 17 years. President Nixon, in his talk, said that, re- cently he had studied the inaugural addresses of all preceding presidents, and he pointed out that one theme was common to every one of them. Each president, he declared, "recognized the spiritual heritage of this na- tion and asked for the blessing of God on this country not only its affairs at home, but its affairs abroad." MR. NIXON SAID he also found one theme running through the majority of the letters he had been able to read among the thousands which have come to the White House from all over the country since inauguration day. He commented: "In these days in which religion is not supposed to.be fashionable, in. many quarters, in these days when skepticism, and, even agnosticism seems to be on the upturn, over half of all the letters that have 'come into our office have indicated that people of all faiths and of all nations in a very simple way are saying: 'We are praying for you, Mr. President. We are praying for this country. We are pray- ing for the leadership that this nation may be able to provide for this world.' "As I read those letters, I realize how great .was my responsibility and how great was your responsibility, those who share with me these days in government. I realize that people whom we will never, meet have this deep religious faith which has run through the destiny of this land from the beginning...' "I AM PROUD to itand here today in of-those who, by your being here, "indicate that you have not lost faith in this nation. You have not lost faith jn the religious background that has sustained us. "As a matter of fact, we are entering a period when, sustained by that faith, we will be able to meet the challenge which is a challenge which comes to very few people in the'history of man. It Is America's now. Whether we succeed or we fail will depend or determine whether peace and freedom sur- vive on this world. "We will meet the challenge... because we will'be sustained and inspired by the pray- ers of millions of people across this world." VICE PRESIDENT AGNEW read a pas- sage from the Bible. There were greetings from the Senate prayer breakfast group by Sen..John Stennis of Mississippi, and from the House prayer breakfast group by Rep. Graham Purcell of Texas, as well as prayers by Sen. Edmund Muskie of Maine and Sen. Mark Hatfield of Oregon. Dr. Billy Graham, the evangelist, delivered a special message in which he emphasized while there is a tendency to be pes- simistic about the future, America has dealt with difficult thimes before. He said: "I think it is time that we. take our eyes off our shortcomings, and off our failures and off our selves, and put them on the Christ who said, 'you must be born again.' DR. GRAHAM CALLED for a new birth of spirit, a new birth of the heart, and a religious awakening throughout America. It was a thrilling occasion. Not only were portions of the event televised in this country, but it was broadcast overseas to the armed forces of the United States in Vietnam and elsewhere. This emphasis on prayer is char- acteristic of the feeling of dedication that pre- vails in government nowadays, as the chal- lenges of the era confront members of both parties with a responsibility of unprecedented proportions. The TELEGRAPH REMEMBERS TEN YEARS AGO February 2, The Board of Education at a special meet- ing to work out its 1959 budget also reviewed its position on the proposed new junior high at the Fairgrounds site and accepted the ac- tion of Judge Bolic A. Degasis to serve on a committee to initiate whatever steps are. nec- essary to acquire the land. Mayor Mario J. Vagge today proclaimed February as Heart Month in Nashua and urged the community's citizens to give their support and cooperation to the drive. The finance committee split 2-1 on a mo- tion to recommend denial of the Fire Commis- sioner's request to buy land for -on the Lund Road for a new fire THIRTY YEARS AGO-f- February i, Within a mr the lawmlll at the American Box and plant in the Edgevllle section of the city will be operated by the N. H. Timber Salvage Corp., a federal gov- ernment agency, to cut the logs felled in last fall's hurricane into boards. Misty rain falling since last evening coated highways and sidewalks in Nashua with a treacherous film of ice today and most of the city slid and skidded to work in the most hazardous traffic conditions of the year. FORTY YEARS AGO- Febniry J, Heir Henrich Hagenbach, head of the fa- mous animal firm in Germany, uiled yester- day for the United States. He will come di- rectly to this, city and will fo to the Benson Animal Farni headquarters in this country for his firm. He to neveral days in order that he "might fully inspect the Cook Those Were the Days THE ARLINGTON STREET SCHOOL looks just like it did the First day I started school there on a September day in 1913. There are probably changes but either they are not appar- ent from the street or my memory has dimmed with the passing of these 56 years. The teachers, with their done-up hair and skirts trailing the floor, stay in my mind and I recall that I made my first dramatic appear- ance in the first grade, playing the role of George about Feb. Jl, 1914. As few are still alive who recall that date, I'll cheerfully claim that my portrayal of the father of our country was a masterful acting job. The fact that I did not follow a stage career Is doubtless beside the point. When I was in the third grade, a change o( address put me in the Amhersl Street School. This edifice also looks the same but there is an outbuilding now flanking it, probably to handle the excess of present-day pupils over the num- ber attending in 1916. A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, the first I remember, took place while I was in the fourth of Wopdnw Wilson and Charles Evans Hughes. I recall a refrain we chanted during those days, "Hughes drives the engine, Wilson rings the bell; Hughes goes to the White House and Wilson can go You can see most of us were Republican- oriented, in that day and time.'I think the quasi-profanity in the final uttered in a hushed ,voice a watchful eye for nearby us more than any knowledge of what an election was about, v As you know, Wilson won a close one which went right down to the wire as did the elec- tions of Kennedy and Nixon much later. THE ARCH-VILLAIN of the months that followed was the Kaiser, or "Kaiser Bill" as disdainfully called him. By that time, I was in Mt. Pleasant School, a building which has been replaced since my days in its cloistered halls. I often wonder what our parents would have thought in those times if wild-eyed liberals had decreed that we and kids from other schools were to be bused out of our areas in order that a good sociological balance could be achieved. At any all the kids In town were together eventually in junior and senior" high ichools, as there was only one of each in those times. There the survivors of all schools came, even the parochial school students and commuters from good old Hudson. QUINCY STREET SCHOOL was where I started junior high, sharing the building with a few area kids who were in the early grades At that time the high school was on Temple Street. About mid-term, they completed the high school on Spring Street, the high schoolen moved in and we evacuated Quincy Street for. Temple Street where we finished the ninth grade. The high school on Spring Street, now a junior high, had been built <in the site of an earlier Spring Street school which had burned or fallen in or something. .According to my failing memory, the fiist Spring Street school had been built on the siie of an ancient cemetery, the graves of had been carefully removed to burying grounds elsewhere. IN EXCAVATING for the present school, which was larger than its predecessor, I recall that the remains of 19 additional graves were found which had been overlooked when the old cemetery was supposedly moved away. These were quietly taken to another resting place and officials kept their fingers crossed for some lime, hoping further cadavers would not come to light in presumably unmarked 'graves. Before school and at recess, the basement of the school was crowded and noisy with exu- berant youth. But, during classes and after school, I never visited the lonely lower reaches of the building without thinking I was walking through the very space that some sleeping fore- father was thought to have been forever laid. WHEN I GRADUATED, safely out of the upper quarter of the class, a lucky thing hap- 'pened. The speaker for the occasion who doubtless had a 45-minute speech on the "Threshhold of Life" to show up and our program was curtailed appreciably. Diplomas were handed out, probably by Wal- ter'Nesmith or James Fassett, and all 149 of us departed shrieking with joy into the June sunshine. We later found out that the speaker sacked out comfortably in the Laton House having thought that his talk was .to- be given at I p.m. instead of 9 a.m. ,The poor chap Is probably dead and gone after these 44 years but maybe my life would have been more inspired if I had drunk in his words of wisdom on June 19, 1925. Drew Pearson Pan Am Pulled the Strings WASHINGTON With some of the slick- est lobbying in the history of back-stage po: litics, Pan American Airways not .only per- suaded President Nixon to cancel the new air routes across.the Pacific but conveyed the im- pression that he was overruling a political de- cision by his predecessor. the opposite was true. Ex-Presi- dent Johnson scrupulously refused to play politics in awarding the trans-Pacific routes, whereas Nixon's decision was dictated !en- tirely by politics. Here is the amazing story, carefully docu- mented; of the profits and politics behind the trans-Pacific case: For more than a decade, the Civil Aero- nautics Board has sought to provide more competition and better service for air travel- ers in the Pacific. This has been bitterly- re- sisted' by Pan. AM, which doesn't want to share its lucrative Pacific business with more competitors, A trans-Pacific air route, it's es- timated, is worth million a year. THE CAB EVENTUALLY submitted its trans-Pacific recommendations 'to former President Eisenhower who, on the eve of his retirement, rejected them outright and in- structed the CAB to review the entire matter. This decision has already given Pan Am eight more years of limited competition, worth mil- lions to the stockholders. After exhaustive hearings, the CAB came back to the White House With new recommen- dations this time on'the eve of President Johnson's retirement. Pan. Am's President Najeeb Halaby, LBJ's former Federal Avia- tion Administrator, immediately began camp- ing in the While House basement. Day after" day, he slipped Into the White House through the basement door to lobby with presidential aides. He urged them to, hand 'down a decision keeping rival airlines out of the Pacific or, alternatively, to buck the decision to the Nixon Administration. HALABY ALSO MADE repeated calls on top officials of .the Stale, Defense and Trans- portation departments to enlist their support. Two of the most influential lawyers in Wash- ington, Tommy "The Cork" Corcoran and James Rowe, were also retained by Pan Ant to pull strings inside the Johnson Administra- tion. When LBJ decided against Pan Am, the airline began spreading stories that he had Jimmied the CAB recommendations for po- litical purposes. This was pure hogwash. Johnson, for example, was closer to Ameri- can Airlines than to any other carrier. His close friend and Secretary of Commerce, C. R. Smith, was the former president of Amer- ican Airlines. Another intimate friend and for- mer aide, Warren Woodward, is a vice presi- dent. Two other members of Johnson's inner circle, Horace Busby ad Jake Jacobsen, art also on American's payroll. Ytt LBJ evtrruled a CAB recommendation that American Airlines fly to Japan via Hawaii. He acted upon the unanimous, political advice of Secretary of State Dean Rusk, Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford and Secretary of Transportation Alan Boyd that the recommended route would upset delicate relations with Japan. For Japan Air Lines, al-; ready In shaky financial condition, couldn't stand the competition. ANOTHER AIRLINE with connections In- side the Johnson Administration was Eastern, which also wanted a trans-Paciric route. East- ern's Washington representative, Craig had raised campaign funds for Hubert Hum- phrey and worked hard to elect him president. In gratitude, Humphrey personally, inter- vened at the White House to seek a.route fof Eastern. But President Johnson refused to be-- swayed. He completely ignored personal and; political pressures in making his final decision; Rather than defer the decision to his suc- cessor, he also thought he was doing Nixon a j by deciding the trans-Pacific, case'and', diverting the fire from the new president. However, Johnson underestimated the po--. litical power of Pan Am, whose top brass had contributed heavily to the Nixon campaign. Even before Nixon was settled in the White House Pan Am brought pressure on him to reverse Johnson's decision. FROM ANOTHER QUARTER, New York's Gov. Nelson Rockefeller also' urged Nixon to overrule Johnson. It is worth mentioning that Rockefeller's brother Laurance is the largest single stockholder in Eastern Airlines. Thus Nixon, as his first major presidential decision, submitted to political pressure and threw out the CAB-recommended trans-Paci- fic routes a disturbing omen of things to come. NASHUA TELEGRAPH Published evenings except Sunday by Telegraph Publishing Co., Established 1132 M Main Street, Nashua, N. H. Tel. 882-2741 SUBSCRIPTION RATES HOME DELIVERY. 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