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Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - August 6, 1975, Chester, Pennsylvania Delaware County Editorials. WEDNESDAY.AUGUSTG. 1975 A Mafia-CIA bargain Almost five months ago, we presented an editorial with quite a few "allegedlys" in it five, to be exact. The reader should know that allegedly means someone has said it, but it has not been proven. It's our way of pointing out to you we are not positive it's true. That editorial was headlined, "A Mafia-CIA We're sorry to report those allegedlys seem to have been unnecessary. A former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent has testified to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence pretty much along the lines reported by us Marchl5. Robert A. Maheu would have no reason to lie because he was granted immunity from prosecution on matters covered in his testimony. Acting for the Central Intelligence Agency, Maheu recruited Mafia and Chicago rackets figure Sam Giancana to arrange an assassination attempt on Cuban Premier Fidel Castro. Giancana had lots of reasons to want to "eliminate" Castro. Castro had eliminated organized gambling in Cuba, and that cost Giancana money. The CIA also got involved with probing comedian Dan Rowan as a favor to Giancana because Rowan was paying too much at- tention to Phyllis McGuire, Giancana's girlfriend. Its cover was blown when an in- vestigator was caught in Rowan's Las Vegas hotel room. This escapade started in 1960, under President Eisen hower, and concluded in '61, under President Kennedy. Although it has been reported Robert Kennedy turned off the alleged Castro hit, some think Castro was involved in the assassination of John Kennedy, in retaliation. Incidentally, former FBI agent Maheu later had a public relations firm and Howard Hughes turned out to be his biggest client. Hughes wanted Meheu to use his CIA con- nections to get some of Hughes' firms into CIA covert operations. That way, he felt that other of his projects would be safe from in- vestigation by government agencies. Maheu said no, but we all know that one of. Hughes' many outfits ended up conducting the Glomar Explorer adventure, a CIA at- tempt to recover a sunken Soviet submarine 750 miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii. The Lord only knows what billionaire Hughes got out of that deal. We urge Congress to explore this entire issue to its depths. We went down feet to try to gain access to-some Russian secrets. Let's dig just as hard to bring this situation to as the first step in seeing to it nothing like this can happen again. ten am it The gong that shoot straight The Atomic Age Death-deal ing: a leap By SYDNEY J.HARRIS Thirty years ago this mor- ning, the first atomic bomb in the world was dropped on Hi oshima. It ended the war in Japan and opened a totally new era of mankind, known as the Atomic Age. All previous ages designated by historians Iron, Bronze, Silver, and so on marked a significant advance in man's mastery of the elements. They were upward stages, leading from the primitive camp-fire to the modern blast-furnace. The Atomic Age. now three decades old, has as yet provided us with little except the new capacity to destroy the entire globe and all its inhabitants. It is not another stage in our evolution as a species, but a quantum jump, e'abling us for the first time "to be as gods." But gods have the power to destroy as well as to create. Thus far, man's creative capacities have outstripped his lust for destruction; now, Delaware County Daily Times Published Daily by Central Stales Publishing, Inc. 18.26 E. 8th St., Chester, Pa. 19016 Telephone TR 6-1651 RONALD A. HEDLEY i Publisher J, ARTHUR E. MAYHEW Executive Editor Errtwed n tecond class mafier at the Chttltr Post Office under the Act of March, Subscription rates by mail: I W5.00; 6 Months, 1 .Month, W3i. however, we have the ultimate tool for commiting mass- suicide an irreversible act, if we undertake it. In every mythology and religion, man is warned against the assumption of too much power. We are not to be trusted, we are not rational enough, we are not loving enough, to serve even our own best ends. Of all species, we alone act contrary to our survival needs. The three decades since Hiroshima have witnessed the truth of this melancholy assessment. Hardly anywhere is nuclear power being used for productive purposes; almost everywhere it is being used to make bombs that are a thousand times more potent and lethal than the one we dropped on Hiroshima. In death-dealing, we have advanced a thousandfold; in life-giving, we have scarcelv budged an inch. This is the history to date of atomic fission. Meanwhile, country after country reaches, or nears, nuclear capability. "Ad- vancing" countries that should be spending their assets on food and medicine and education are instead diverting massive funds to the construction of nuclear warheads, which are not only a power threat but also a status symbol in the modern world of competing nationalisms. Our efforts to "limit" or restrict bomb-making have been weak, sporadic, and at least semi-hypocritical. While conferences squabble on for years over technicalities, he research into ever-deaaner weapons proceeds without est. It is a race with a precipice for a finishline. What is most frightening is the mathematical ertainty that as more and more nations acquire atomic xpertise, one of them will use the bomb, out of iscalculation, insanity, ac- cident, or fear. There may not e another 30 years left of the Atomic Age.. 'Last summer, the wife and I did more European cities in a week than you did.' Our readers write Drive to CCMC for a real thrill To The Times: 1 would like to see your paper do a series of articles on the roads of Delaware County other than federal or state highways. Perhaps I should not exclude the state roads or federal. If anyone has visited Crozer- Chester Medical Center, they probably right to the x-ray department to check their spine for fractures. This has to be one of the worst sections of roads in, the county. Guess Sen. Clarence Bell, who lives right around the corner, never goes that way. Don't take your kids to any amusement parks this sum- mer. If a ride to Crozer-Chester Medical Center isn't enough of a thrill, swing on down toward Marcus Hook on Route 452. WITH FIVE trucking firms now established on Route 452 within a few miles of each other, we can look forward to some great adventures. If the ripples or potholes don't get you. one of the trucks will. The best ride in this county full of amusement roads is the one over Meetinghouse Road on a rajny day. 'With a little imagination you .will think you're on that long ride at the amusement park where you go down a shoot full -of water in a boat that flattens out at the bottom and sprays water over everyone. The fact that there is a creek at the bottom where the water could be drained off in a hurry doesn't seem to occur to anyone in any highway department. No minor all-stars To The Times: As a parent of a Chester Youth League ballplayer, I have had the opportunity to be involved and to see just how underhanded the organization is influenced and run by one man, the president, Lee Allvord. I wish all the parents would run the organization to benefit all the boys. I also feel as though the president of the organization should not be allowed to be a manager. If he holds the office of president, his interest should be for the entire organization (juniors, minors, and not just for the team he manages. I THINK it was totally unfair of Allvord not to let the Minor Division boys have an all-star team when they played ball all season the same as the Junior and Major division teams did. The reason he gave for not letting them have an all star team was they would have to go to other fields to play. The Minors and their parents supported Chester Youth League the same as the Juniors and Majors and I think it only fair that they be treated the same. All he is interested in is what will benefit him, not what is best for the boys. Without these boys, all of them, there would not be a Chester Youth League. Parents, please open your eyes and get him out of office. DARLENE BOLLES Chester WHILE IS AM WRITING to you about our roads in Delaware County, maybe you can find a magician that will reveal the secret of how you can take a narrow, two-lane road, insert a third lane at some intersections for turns, and still call it safe highway .con- struction. I could go on about the many unsafe conditions that exist on our roads here in the county, but I don't have the time or knowledge to find put why the money that should be fixing the roads just does not seem to be available. Another question you could answer for me Js the absence of sidewalks and curbing. The state says a child may be made to walk something like one and one-fourth miles without being bused. Any local politician will tell you it makes people angry when they force their con- stituents to put in curbs and sidewalks. So if a road doesn't have curbs and sidewalks where school children must walk, then you get them on a nice expensive school bus. NO ONE CAN ARGUE that when a road is unsafe to walk along its side, you get a bus to -pick up the kids. The bus was probably going past their house anyway. It will be interesting to see if your paper carries any articles on our roads. It could keep one of your reporters busy for quite a while tracking down some answers. EDWARD HEISNER Aston 'Yoo-hoo, Willy! Two men Jrom the federal government are here to see you. Something about canning lids.' He loved to spar To The Times: V I note with regret in the Daily Times the obituary of Fred Addis. Fred was a lifelong resident of Chester. He was an excellent musician as well I know.. For 10 years, more or 1 played music with the Haverfordians. Fred, Tommy Scully, an ex- cellent drummer, and I rode together to and from 'engagements in the Philadelphia and Delaware County area. Fred Addis was an excellent grammarian and word-study devotee. After several high school courses and college level classes, I found myself learning more grammar usege and word application in our trips to and from orchestra jobs. He loved to spar conversationally, which stemmed from his 25 years of teaching experience in the Chester District; FRED WAS ALSO an avid sports fan. He loved football and b aseball. During our in- termissions, he liked to go over the particular games and discuss individual plays and players. He astounded us in the band with great recall of sports action currently or in the past. Yes, Fred was a great pianist and organist. However, I do remember he disliked or- chestra rehearsals. It Used valuable time, Fred thought, which should otherwise utilized. But as far as actual orchestra dates, tie loved them and performed. flawlessly. j: Unfortunately, I was unable j' to attend funeral because of an acute; back; condition. my" thoughts were with him and his J good wife, Sarafc Yes, Chester has lost an: esteemed man, musician; teacher and a person with a terrific sense of humor. As Fred said so many times about people he missed who had expired, "I'll never forget Mm." I'm sure this applies to Fred's' many -.friends' memories. A toast to Fred. RALPH MELUNEY Seaford, Del. 150 children guided To The Times: One of many mothers would like to extend her appreciation to Elarnor and David White, the founder and director of the Little Mighty Crusaders Drill Team and Cadets. They have taken time to try, by the help of God, to instill in the hearts of our children love and understanding. With un- tiring devotion, they have spent many long hours of work in sewing uniforms and fixing drums and other equipment so that our children can march for Christ. This is the first time in Chester that I know of that someone has shown such un- wavering dedication to so many youth in such a cause as this. I am sure many mothers here in Chester and vicinity ap- preciate, as I do, the effort and concern Mr. and Mrs. White have shown our children. Yet we find there are some who cannot take time to start anything themselves but who can always find the time to criticize the work of others. THIS DRILL TEAM is a dream God has given Mr. and Mrs. White to help guide our children in the way He would have them go. Even though they have four small children (and one on the way) of their own, these two have taken time out of their busy day to instruct .and direct nearly 150 children. Many .sleepless and restless nights have been "spent plan- ning, sewing and repairing equipment that these children might have something m'aningful to do and places to go. Children will be children, but they have proven and will continue to' prove they can bring honor and recognition to their community if just given the opportunity and en- couragement. MRS. CASSIE THOMAS Chester Pool flag beautiful To The Times: I would like to defend the people that proudly displayed the flag at their pool. The gentleman that found it offensive and knocked the Daily Times should have realized it was not the official flag but a Bicentennial flag with a circle and a big "76" in it. Surely a WWI vet knows the difference. To steal a phrase from a great writer, "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder." It cer- tainly applies here; we liked it. MR. AND MRS. L.G. M EYE R S Chester He's expendable Two strikes against Rocky VICE PRESIDENT ROCKEFELLER ByANDREWTULLY WASHINGTON Cruelty to vice presidents is a way of presidential life. Some of us can remember the period before the 195G campaign when Eisenhower seemed to be wondering whether to let Nixon again run with him. A reporter asked Ike at a press conference if he'd care to add up Nixon's ac- complishments as vice president. Ike replied that "If you give me a week or so I may be able to come up with a list." Of course that was Ike, who could do no wrong. Such was the electorate's affection for arid admiration of the trium- phant general that there would have been only a token revolt if Ike had replaced Nixon with Jack the Ripper. Besides, Ike's aides kept reminding us sometime experts of the media that it had always been a President's prerogative to anoint his running mate. Or, as the Washington Post's distinguished Eddie Folliard used to say: "Ike will go with Nixon If it. is to Ike's political advantage. There is no other yardstick." SO NO real reason for anyone other than Nelson Rockefeller's office staff to get all hot and bothered about President Ford's seemingly ambivalent attitude toward his vice president. In praising Rockefeller but permitting his campaign chief, Howard (Bo) Callaway, to tell reporters that Rockefeller is the "No. 1 problem" in Ford's quest for the Republican nomination, Ford is keeping his options open. A vice president, after all, is expendable. He knows that when he takes the job. Like a Cabinet officer, he serves at the president's pleasure, not the electorate's: The curious thing is that so many irate Rockefeller fans give the Im- pression that Ford's cat-and- mouse game is unprecedented. Ho, ho, ho, and your father's moustache. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave Henry Wallace the old Chinese water torture bit before replacing him with Harry Truman In 1M4. That was good for the country, but in fact Roosevelt ditched Wallace because Wallace had become a nuisance, not because FDR was pondering his own mortality. THERE WAS a fairish chance that Lyndon Johnson would be into pasture had John Kennedy lived to run again in 1964. Bobby Kennedy was Tunning an anti-Johnson campaign that would have turned machiavelli green with envy, and he had a substantial number of helpers, including most of the liberal Northern Democrats and a clutch of prestigious White House aides, including Ted Sorenseh, JackV Kennedy's Richelieu. At one point, indeed, some White House staffers, were whispering to reporters not for attribution, of that Johnson was all done and the vice presidential baton would be passed to Hubert Humphrey. Jack Kennedy was examining another opinion replacing Johnson with a Southern governor named John Connally when he wai axmdnated in Connally had fewer )rt IN TURN, Johnson dangled the vice presidency before a dozen Democratic politicians before finally picking Hum- phrey in 1964. Humphrey didn't know he was the choice until the Democratic Convention con- vened in Atlantic City. Nixon was tempted to dump Spiro Agnew in 1972 but decided there would be no profit in "rocking the boat. The second guess-is that Nixon could have beaten George McGovern with Francisco Franco. All these men were believed to be potential liabilities, and that's why their'bosses kept them at arm's length. In the hard, realistic world of big-time campaigning, Rockefeller has two strikes against him. He's 67 years old and he is detested by the GOP's right wing, which has never forgiven him lor: i. Being too liverai. 2. sitting out the 1964 campaign when Sen. Barry Goldwater was the Republican candidate. Gerald ford would be a lousy politician if he wen not examining time two facts of
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