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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - April 21, 1966, Bennington, Vermont 4-Bennington Banner thursday april 21, 1966 letters the Bennington Banner published every Day except sundays and holidays by the Banner publishing corporation 425 main Street Bennington Vermont editorials Public Park a Community project the completion by the Allen organization of a preliminary plan for a Community Park is Only the beginning of the Long and expensive Job of planning and laying out a Public facility that Bennington has needed for a Long time and that will become even More important to Community life in the future. After they have had a Good look at the proposal and commented on it Ben Ning ionians should act quickly to enable the aliens to bring the planning work to an end so that actual development of the Park can begin without undue delay. The Beauty of the Allen organizations plan is that it proposes the construction of a Park on 70 acres of publicly owned land known As the town farm. The land is not Only beautifully situated with a Fine View of it. Anthony and the Battle Monument but it is convenient to almost every Section of town. If Bennington Village and North Bennington grow gradually together As expected and if residential Industrial and commercial development continues in the Flats area and along East Road the Park will be an Island of Green in what will soon be a thickly populated Urban area. The plan Calls for facilities for a variety of recreational activities ranging from baseball to Archery. It is important to note that these need not All be built at once. They can be developed separately and gradually Over a period of years. The Long Range aspect of the project is no excuse for delay however. Now that a proposal has actually been a editor s sates frankly that alleged picture of a ufos on the front Page of wednesdays Banner did no to look much like a flying Saucer. An Ohio police chief is supposed to have chased the thing for 85 Miles before snapping the photo so there must have been something there. Nevertheless it looked to us like a View of a virus through a Microscope. Gov. Hoff a still unannounced candidate for re election Wilu we suspect shake lots of hands in Bennington county this weekend. The governor will be in Bennington saturday for a democratic fund raising affair and will share the reviewing stand with other vips at the loyalty Day Parade in Manchester sunday. Comment me in Day in tanning farm journal since world War la we have lived through a period of Semi emergency in agriculture. Surpluses. A heavy exodus of families from farming. Subsidies and supports. A need to farm at less than full steam. We re not out of the Woods yet. In fact we re deeper in so far As subsidies go with Farmers depending less on markets and More on direct handouts from government than Ever. Farmers Are now getting direct payments from Washington that equal nearly a fourth of their net income from farming a hardly a healthy situation when the appropriations must be voted every made Bennington ans especially those involved in baseball Tennis swimming and skiing programs of one sort or another should As selectmen have urged comment upon it and suggest additions or improvements. Town fathers themselves have said they think the swimming Pool should be relocated and that a ski slope might be included. We might add that the space allotted for Tennis courts on the map printed in wednesday�?T8 Banner looked distressingly Small and the parking areas looked Large. The next Steps As we understand it Are to designate the land a Public Park and to authorize the Allen organization to draw up final plans. We urge selectmen to make this their first order of business in the coming months. The development of a Public Park in Bennington must also become a Community wide project. Every service club fraternal organization youth group and civic minded citizen can and should contribute ideas labor and Money. As a matter of fact every organization should adopt a part of the total project and take on the responsibility for financing it. A Tennis court a baseball Diamond the Archery Range or the theater All come within the Means of Many local organizations. Bennington is extraordinarily Lucky in that it has a piece of Public land ideally suited for a Park and a nationally known firm of recreational planners with its Home office Here and a deep interest in the town to do the planning. It is now up to the Community to take full advantage of these invaluable assets. The government Grant received by Bennington Village Public and parochial schools under the elementary secondary education act is the second to be announced recently in this area. The Money will be used for a remedial services program. A smaller Grant will be used to buy Library books. We re pleased that local schools Are taking full advantage of the funds available from Uncle Sam. Why is it that the japanese seem to be Able to do just about anything they not Only make cameras radios cars and innumerable other mechanical devices that we buy and use every Day. They can also run for Long distances and so Well that they completely dominated the Boston Marathon the other Day. Fischetti Auto Industry profits a it i humanitarian considerations Are important in planning new . 7 year by a Congress Ever More Urban and consumer minded. But this should gradually ease off As the need for All of the food we can raise begins to develop. That Day is not yet Here. True we be already withdrawn some of our 60 million Idle acres and put them Back into production for Rice and Spring wheat and next year will probably reactivate More particularly for wheat. But this will have to be done a Little at a time not suddenly. Acts of god or Man particularly Man could set farming and everything else Back big War big drought big inflation big government to name a few. But if we can be spared those there slight visible at the end of the Tunnel. Farming is at last coming Over the top of the Hill. A new Day is in sight to the editor of the Banner a this writer who was trained Mit class of 17 in and practice engineering is Well aware of the great need for the pro posed four Lane Highway through Bennington county and of the Complex problems technological and economic involved in its location. I would like to Point out certain humanitarian considerations which also deserve the attention of those responsible for the decision As to the route that will Best serve the interests of the people of this area. In presenting my particular Case i am not asking for special personal consideration and like any Good citizen i am prepared to make a sacrifice for the common Good when that is necessary. But i wish to present my own Case because it is representative to a degree of the position of a considerable number of other citizens in this Vicinity and because the harm i and they would suffer from the construction of the Highway along the presently proposed route could apparently be obviated by the Choice of another route. In 1933, just about a generation ago i settled Here on Maple Hill in Shaftsbury one of the most Beautiful and peaceful places in Vermont with the avowed intention of making tills my Home for the rest of my life. There was then no electricity on Maple Hill and no modern conveniences in its farm houses. I was instrumental in bringing in electricity and with it All the conveniences of modern civilized life and this i think should absolve me of the charge that i am now standing in the Way of Progress which i have always stood for. I need hardly catalogue the work which a in these 33 years a has gone into making a delightful living place of the old Long neglected farmhouse i had bought. I raised two sons to Man Hood in it and have hoped to see my grandchildren raised in it. I have written several reputable books in it. The seedling spruces i planted around it Are now tall Trees it contains the collection of books and papers needful to a writer and above All it has been and is a Haven from the senseless and ugly hurly Burly that even town life has become and which most of my neighbors have settled Here to escape. Now we Are faced with the Prospect of living on the Edge of a superhighway with its Roar of traffic by Day. At night the Glare of headlights will be a added disruption of the peace and Beauty for which this area is famous. In my travels across the continent i have often been approached by strangers who seeing my License plate have Tola me they had once been in Vermont and envied people who could live in a place so Beautiful and peaceful and incidentally so civilized a a priceless combination which is becoming As rare in our country As the vanishing Bison. And the people who love and appreciate this Vermont and who want to live with it like my neighbors and myself Are not the people who will go tearing along the superhighway intent mainly on getting through to some other place. And to introduce an economic note while those mostly will not be paying taxes in Vermont we who love this place and have settled Here Are Good reliable taxpayers. Are our needs not As worthy of consideration As theirs killing the kit Ose to the editor of the Banner i note that one of the arguments against the Linde route for the new Highway is the fact that its added mile of length will Cost $1 million but that one payment will keep on the tax Rolls a number of properties which will go i paying taxes forever. Eliminating rat Abies smacks of killing the Goose that lays the Golden eggs. Gerald Raftery. Sunderland. Quotes nevertheless if there were no other possible route for the new Highway but through our property i am sure that As Good citizens we would All agree to whatever sacrifices were absolutely necessary. But it has been suggested that a possible route to the East of the one proposed the so called Linde route would run through Little tenanted and less valuable property and this it seems to me should be seriously considered. It May be that because of its higher Elevation it would require More expensive maintenance but a modest Oil collected at one or two Points could easily take care of that. It should also be borne in mind that the presently proposed route would probably reduce the taxable value of the properties invaded by it and would put a Stop to the influx of Good taxpaying settlers like myself and my neighbors in this area. Thus the loss in taxes caused by the proposed route might Well be greater than the increased maintenance Cost of a route further East. Finally i repeat that the intention of this Appeal is for the serious consideration not Only of economic and technological elements in the Choice of the route of the new Highway but of those humanitarian elements which i have indicated and which Are of inestimable value. A a something human is More to me than All the wealth of the Irving Fineman. Shaftsbury. Problems of bypass route to the editor of the Banner i would like to Point out certain distressing features of the proposed rerouting of . 7 in Bennington. I feel there is widespread disapprobation of the preliminary plans made Public by the Highway department. Having supported the Highway Bill in the recent special session of the general Assembly i feel it is my duty to do everything to guarantee that it is properly implemented and conforms to the intent of the legislature. Since the Highway department is holding a Public hearing next week primarily on the economic aspects of the proposed route i shall not touch on this Side of the problem grave though it May be. The rerouting of . 7through Bennington has been advertised by the Highway department As a solution to traffic problems both local and transient. Yet the combination of these two types of traffic on a single Road contradicts the explicit intent of the Highway Bill which clearly states that . 7 shall be constructed to a arterial thus on the proposed route heavy peaks of local traffic will interfere with the smooth flow of through traffic while likewise heavy through traffic will disrupt the local traffic. The latter will be subjected to the further inconvenience of seeking out an interchange that May be out of the Way for Many users. Since the proposed route is ii mixed Access and passes through the Village of Bennington there Are Only two alternatives. Either the new route will be an elevate Washington calling de freeway or else it will Divide the Village into East and West sectors like the Berlin Wall. The first would be an expensive abomination the other would cause great inconvenience to the local East West traffic. Many private residences and businesses would be destroyed whichever alternative is taken. A further Point to consider is the effect on our Scenic Beauty. A Large Highway through the Middle of the Village will detract from such Beauty As we now possess. On the other hand a marvelous Opportunity to enhance the Scenic views from the Highway will be lost. Last but far from least the proposed Highway will expunge the Only Public swimming area and the Only Public Golf course in the town. This at a time when we Are struggling to provide More rather than less recreational facilities for our p uple my own opinion is that the Cost of replacing these two facilities will run upwards of a Quarter of a million dollars. Would it not be better to spend this sum on additional facilities assuming that we had it to spend i fear that the Highway department has taken too narrow a View in their planning. No doubt they Are experts on highways but there Are other factors that must be considered. I Hope that in the future plans will be drawn with a Broad perspective and that other towns do not have to face the same Type of problems facing us in Bennington. Rep. David j. Allen. Dorell farm. Bennington. Professor at Large ugliness in Washington by George Washington. Even Athens in the Golden age of Pericles doubtless had its shabby spots. And of Homer nodded i suppose Callicrate with All his Talent and slave labor did not always raise a thing of Beauty. So we should not ask too much of our capital extant for less than two centuries. In spite of the Kennedy and the Johnsons Washington remains an architectural Hodge podge. There Are signs of improvement surely the archives and National gallery Are improvements Over the original smithsonian institution. A of last year president Johnson warned the american Institute of architects a if Man brutalized the environment he wounds his own spirit if he raises buildings that Are trivial or offensive he admits the poverty of his imagination of he creates Joyless cities he imprisons Well there exists a stones throw from the Capitol something far from trivial the most expensive office building in the history of the world the Rayburn House office building the Nadir of the presidents complaint. Because it took seven years to perpetuate this Blunder one can to blame the Johnsons. That it Cost More than $100 million might be excused of one could Point with Pride. But As Ada Louise Huxtable the new York times architectural critic commented the building is a a National disaster. The worst building for the most Money in the history of construction in Short its the damnedest building i have Ever beheld a too Large imminently Clumsy and Dull. There Are 7 million pounds of Marble of miscalculated proportions. Compared to its Boorish offensiveness hitlers Kunst Haus in Munich is a thing of Beauty and a Joy fore or. This thing looks More like something the communists would put up to impress the serfs of East Berlin. Even the statue of speaker Rayburn in the Rotunda is a fright. Like the two earlier House office buildings honouring Joe Cannon and Nick Longworth this is supposed to do homage to the popular or. Sam yet he was of nothing else a modest and unpretentious fellow the Texas version of Joe Martin. Such ostentation would offend a musical comedy Queen. On the numberless ledges Are worlds fair Corn Coplas surmounted by Walt Disney figures. The Interior is a Gaudy morgue with red Blue Gold and Green hearing rooms. For All its reputed Utility this colossus is so poorly planned that Only 15 per cent of its space is Given Over to hearing rooms and members offices the purpose for which the Money was spent. As far As i could see much of the remaining 85 per cent was taken up by corridors two gymnasiums and assorted privies. As a final outrage congressmen a suites do not have doors opening into their aides offices. They Are obliged to go through the waiting room to reach each other. Where the poor taxpayer May ask was Washington a Fine arts commission when this was done i thought they were supposed to protect us from the Gau Cheries of Congress. Well they take a Back seat to j. George Stewart who is not even an architect but a landscape Gardener and former congressman from Delaware. After he was appointed architect of the Capitol by president Eisenhower the aia made him an honorary member. A squat round cd pie with marvelled White locks he sat on the supervisory committee on Extension of the Capitol with such aesthetic giants As rep. John Mccormick the late Leader of House republicans Charles Halleck and the inevitable Dirksen. They had Power to establish the Cost of a project and to set the scope of the work to be accomplished. Their Power was not reviewable except by the general accounting office. So this is or. Stewarts third goof the other two being the restoration of the East and West fronts of the Capitol. A of i have no pretentious As a critic of architecture. Yet any one who in his life has bought a chair or chosen Wall paper would know this building is an outrage. I even think Well of Washington a new Forrestal building which Many deem ugly. But nothing one could Ever envisage even in a Nightmare could touch the Rayburn building. One feels guilty in mentioning the name of the architects in a family newspaper but they were and perhaps still Are the Philadelphia firm of Harbeson Hough Livingston amp Larson selected by j. George. Viet Nam involvement lbs s inheritance Saf amp a Ftp or ? Viny instead of continuing the Drain from Rural America to the Urban areas we should make the conveniences of the cities provided for with Public funds also available to the smaller cities the towns and Rural communities. Probably the biggest Handicap to Rural development today lies in the fact that thousands of communities with incalculable potential for growth can make no Progress because they have no dependable water Supply. Without water a Community with Good land Good Industrial Sites Good Public facilities and Good neighbors May stay practically dormant or even moribund. A sen. George d. Aiken. Being Frank is a sign that we Are not worried. Being ostentatiously Frank by contrast is a sign that we Are. A or. Alex Comfort British poet and novelist. By Marquis Childs Washington. Whether at Long last it is possible to examine realistically the deepening american involvement in Viet Nam is being considered at the highest level. Factional quarrels among the vietnamese so inflammatory As to threaten prosecution of the War Are compelling a hard look. What seems extraordinary to critics on the outside is that the Johnson administration has never looked objectively at the whole picture. On that fateful nov. 22 nearly three years ago Lyndon Johnson when he became president inherited among grave and pressing problems a commitment to South Viet Nam. He also inherited the apparatus of advice and Power confirming and enlarging that commitment. For More than six months the president was so absorbed in problems that seemed More pressing that he could not give full attention to Viet Nam. When he could devote himself to it he found the Kennedy advisers he had taken Over virtually unanimous in saying that expansion of the number of american a a advisers and a great increase in military Aid was the Only solution. A sequence of events beginning shortly after president John f. Kennedy a inauguration foreshadowed this View. In March 1961, Kennedy took a critical decision with much military and diplomatic opposition to neutralize Laos. Opposition on the �?�1 told you so line continued. Then a month later he sanctioned the Bay of pigs operation. This was a tragic fiasco. One consequence was that both on the Domestic political Side and the diplomatic military front it gave greater support to those who were saying that the president must show strength. He could not afford any More compromises. Therefore Only a continuing hard line in Viet Nam was acceptable. Two factors tended to reinforce this View. The Brilliant professors whom Kennedy had brought into the White House were fascinated by the Complex of Power building up around Viet Nam. Men like my George Bundy and Walt Rostow Vaolo my without the Keystone in whole works would a la. Often seemed to be trying to out general the generals. As a result Kennedy and later president Johnson found that the political perspective putting Viet Nam in the context of Asia and americans role in the world As against the military Power picture was underplayed. The second Factor was the Over optimistic and even naive official reporting on the course of the conflict. This was True particularly when Frederick e. Nolting or. Was ambassador and Gen Paul d. Harkins the military commander. The reports on the strategic hamlets a fenced enclosures into which South vietnamese were herded a gave a glowing picture of Progress with Happy peasants welcoming this Protection. The program was a disastrous failure. An Opportunity arose to replace noting. Secretary of state Dean Rusk according to Kennedy s biographers held firm for Henry Cabot Lodge As a replacement. For Rusk from the beginning Viet Nam represented an emotional involvement and this has deepened with the years. He had been strongly influenced by his service in the state department As assistant Secretary for far Eastern affairs beginning in 1950. Rusk too took a consistently optimistic View stating three years ago in a speech in new York that he saw a a steady movement toward a constitutional system resting upon popular consent a the strategic hamlets were producing a excellent results a a morale in the Countryside has begun to this was when Ngo Dinh diem was tightening its dictatorial hold and the buddhists were burning themselves alive in protest. A a of having won two primaries new Hampshire and Oregon in the Spring of 1964, Lodge left his Post in Saigon to come Back for the Republican National convention where he was powerless to do anything to Stop the nomination of Barry Coldwater. Little More than a year later Johnson asked him to return to Saigon As ambassador. Both in his response to the overthrow of diam and to Premier Nguyen Cao Kyd a troubles some observers Here put part of the blame for the political upheaval on lodges misjudgments. Even a Brief glimpse of the sequence of events leading to the present disarray seems to show that president Johnson has never himself made an entirely Independent judgment on Viet Nam. In the speech of his old Friend and Senate colleague Richard Russell of Georgia he has been Given an Opportunity to do just this. Noting the anti american tone of the recent demonstrations Russell suggested the need for an a agonizing reappraisal of policy with the possibility of withdrawal of american military and economic Ald. The crucial decision to escalate the War was made in Early june 1965, when there were 54,000 americans in Viet Nam. From mid june to the end of last year the increase was to 181,392. The current buildup is at the average rate of 5,000 a week. That movement May be irresistible come what May in Viet Nam. But influential voices Are saying Stop look and listen. Ii mor wrong pills a Man suffering from a pinched nerve in his Arm went to the doctor. As a part of the treatment the physician prescribed some pills. The Man had the prescription filled went Home and began taking the tablets. A couple of Days later his wife noticed that the doctors name on the bottle was not his doctor but an obstetrician. Checking the Man discovered that what he had been taking for his pinched nerve was birth control pills. A they did no to do Meany harm a he told his wife a but i keep wondering about that lady who got my pinched nerve Burlington free press

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