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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - March 8, 1966, Bennington, Vermont A in Linnington Banner tuesday March 8, 1966 the Bennington Banner published every Day except sundays and holidays by the Banner publishing corporation 425 main Street Bennington Vermont Mimm Sass Quot a i Tnp Mem a editorials at last prison Reform the passage of the prison Bill can surely be considered a major accomplishment of the Legislatures special session. Along with a $1.2 million appropriation which the Board of institutions can use to build a badly needed medium Security institution for Youthful offenders the Bill includes a policy statement committing the state to a shift of emphasis from confinement to rehabilitation of criminal violators. As the statement Points out most prisoners eventually return to society. The Job of the prisons therefore should be to prepare them for useful constructive lives after their sentences have been served. Traditional prisons have failed to Reform and rehabilitate. Instead they simply confine. The lawmakers approval of the new policy represents a bold departure fro editor s notes the mood of the town these Days seems to be entirely dependent on How the sabers do in the state basketball tournament. Needless to say everyone s been smiling lately and we understand that the Catholic High quintet plans to keep it that Way by defeating Rice in the weekend finals. On game nights every conversation Between two local citizens who had to stay Home begins with a have you heard the score a usually the score Isnit available at that moment but no one with any sporting blood can think of anything else. As soon As the basketball tournament is Over local sports fans will go Back to perusing their racing forms. As Bob Hagerman a pictures in mondays Banner show some folks Are already devoting much of their spare time to a diligent study of the past performances of this seasons crop of ponies at Green Mountain Park. The surest sign that Spring has come to southwestern Vermont is the plaintive Call of the race track announcer a there they the american legion s traditional Hootenanny sunday succeeded in raising a bucketful of Money for the March of dimes. The audience made up of music enthusiasts of All Ages had comment Avo a Aster at All to teenage drinking North Adams transcript new York never has offered really Mound reasons for retaining its minimum drinking age at 18. At least not any reasons that make As much sense As those advanced by its neighbors Massachusetts Vermont Connecticut and new Jersey which have been imploring the Empire state to match their policy and make 21 the minimum age. The reasons for the concern of its four neighbors Are Well known. It is no secret that minors in those four states have been infiltrating new York nightly for years to do that which they cannot do legally in their own communities. And in their return trips on narrow twisting roads they All too frequently have come to grief to put it mildly. But if new Yorkus reasons for keeping the minimum age at is have been frivolous a As when the argument has been advanced that the draft age and the drinking age a correctional system that has been found wanting. The guidelines for future development of the states penal institutions assure a More humane and constructive approach to the task of correction. The ease with which the prison Bill passed the legislature this session after a struggle lasting Many years makes the Senate a delay in acting on two other Bills concerned with the administration of Justice All the More distressing. One of these Bills would reorganize the states municipal court system into a system of District courts with full time judges. The other would establish standards for the selection of judges. Both deserve immediate consideration so it is indeed unfortunate that they May be bottled up in committee until the end of the session. Fine time according to what we be been told listening to the various bands and watching the antics of Princess Marta sue Crawford of Arlington. In the picture in mondays Banner Princess Crawford is smiling broadly to express her pleasure at the report that the Hootenanny raised $200. Its always a terrible ordeal for older people to go to a High school science fair because they Are always made acutely aware of their own ignorance. The teen agers on the other hand seem to have a Complete grasp of the Laws that govern the natural and physical world and the devices they display at their science fairs to demonstrate what makes the world go a round get More ingenious every year. The science fair season is upon us and As usual parents Are feeling very stupid. Some old timers still claim that Vermont has hard Winters. The Winter that has just ended was almost sub tropical compared to those of the past however and we understand that the Vermont development department is now considering a proposal to establish a Winter Beach resort on Lake Champlain. The mid West seems to get the worst of the cold weather these Days. Nothing similar to the a killer blizzard that swept across several Prairie states during the past few Days has Ever hit Vermont. Ought to go hand in hand a its latest proposal to solve the problem is downright ridiculous. Now the Empire state legislators want to reach a Compromise with Connecticut and new Jersey nothing has been said about Massachusetts and Vermont they propose that the three states split the difference so to speak and adopt a minimum age of i 9�. The fallacy was spotted instantly by Arthur Lewis chairman of a teenage alcoholic study commission in Connecticut. Although he was heartened to know that a a that a the first time we be had anybody in new York acknowledge the problem a he perceived that it really was no solution at All. A of we were to reduce our age a he said a a we a have a problem with our other Border states a Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Wed attract their teenagers just As new York is attracting ours there is Only one reason Why new York is so obstinate on the matter of the 18-year minimum. And that reason is Money. R a a the g re at leap backward Washington calling Viet hearings the aftermath by Marquis Hills Washington. Events have put an end to the so called great debate on Viet Nam and of the rest is not silence from the opponents of administration policy it May Best be described As watchful waiting. From the beginning there was no doubt about the outcome. The Power of the presidency is so great that once he had committed 200,000 men on the ground in Viet Nam no reversal nor for that matter even modification of policy was conceivable. The hearings before the Senate foreign relations committee made the country More aware of the risks involved in the threat of a greatly enlarged land Whf in Southeast Asia. Educational on How we got into Viet Nam the debate contributed Little to Means for getting out other than the Gavin enclave plan which the president scorns As slow surrender. But whatever the immediate practical result which was minuscule the consequences assessed in this relatively quiet aftermath can be reckoned As formidable. The belief among the presidents closest military advisers was that the debate would prolong the War at least a year with the communists seizing on every word spoken in opposition to Viet Nam involvement As proving the United states will not stay the course. The Validity of this forecast is less important than the fact that men highly placed gave it full credence and presumably based their planning for the War on it. The Mournful attitude at the top was that while the swelling controversy had to be aired it could Only be harmful. When a High administration official spoke feelingly to the president about his troubles with a congressional critic on another score Johnson is reported to have interrupted to say a a done to talk to me. In be got Fulbright sen. J. William chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee. But he a doing what he has to do. That a the Way it is under our a of on the political front at Home the result of the seven weeks of argument promises to be More far reaching and More lasting. The division was within the democratic party As one faction assailed another. The 15 democratic senators who signed a letter asking Johnson to consider continuing the pause in the bombing of North Viet Nam will not soon forget the Curt Brushoff they got in reply. As the farthest out in opposition to administration policy sen. Wayne Morse d-ore., made reckless statements about the president and his Aims in Viet Nam. Playing their game of restrained silence the republicans Are now opening up on this Gap in the ranks of the party in Power. That will be their big gun come the fall Campaign the president and his party Are so divided they cannot be entrusted with the conduct of the War. We have supported the president the republicans Are saying As his own party turns against him. Those in opposition resigned for the time being to watchful waiting believe that Public opinion is swinging in their direction. They Point to recent polls noting that the president is a devout poll watcher. A Louis Harris poll showed that support for the presidents handling of the Viet Nam War dropped 14 Points in six weeks. In polling terms this is a dramatic slump. Concerned by this shift so the opposition Hopes the president letters lawmakers Ponder Power schools a it fib Yon Lam alb look 70 muons if i comb Only of surf m hons a front to the editor of the Banner the members of the House came Back to work wednesday morning after attending their town meetings. The House thus has had three Days of work and adjourned Friday afternoon. Reconsideration of h7, the Bill to prevent discrimination in housing was Defeated 69-64, with three fourths majority needed. Another attempt to revive the Bill the following Day was no More successful. It will come again next year. We then accepted a Well considered program for study of reorganizing school districts throughout the state. The final report and recommendations will be made by feb. I 1967. Mrs. Christine Ladeau of Plainfield reported the Bill in her usual persuasive fashion and this potentially explosive problem was quietly and graciously settled by a unanimous voice vote mrs. Ladeau is one of our most effective members. Approved also was a Resolution honouring Helen Hartness Flanders for her accomplishment As author and collector of songs and ballads of Vermont. Daughter of a former governor and wife of our former . Senator her name will stand first on the Roll of distinction in the arts now to be established and maintained in our statehouse. The Vermont Council on the arts will nominate from time to time to the legislature candidates for inclusion on this Roll. Vermonters by birth or adoption who have distinguished themselves in literature music painting architecture or in other Fields will be eligible. Then we moved into rougher water. S2, the controversial Bill on electric Power from Quebec kept us Busy the rest of wednesday. In order to sidetrack the Bill it was moved to refer it to the legislative Council for study until dec. 31, 1966. This set off a free for All debate with More than 40 participants. First they Defeated an attempt to change the five Man directors Board appointed by the governor into an 11-Man Board representing the general Public the electrical coops and the municipal and commercial electrical groups. This was beaten 62-82. Then we came Back to the question shall we propose to the Senate to Amend the Bill by referring it for study to the legislative Council a weary and talked out House so voted 77-67. Now it goes to a committee of conference. It was our hardest Battle so far and Many found it difficult to judge it confidently on its merits. Thursday morning was devoted to a final tussle Over the one cent increase in the gasoline tax House Bill 61. Some new arguments and Many old ones were raised but at la a Roll Call vote of 107 to 37 approved the increase. You May expect to hear All these arguments paraded again in next Falls election Campaign. The compelling reason for the increase is the Cost of the new Highway program especially . 4 and 7. That afternoon a whole Fleet of Bills swept by. Rep. Lefevre steered his parimutuel Canoe skilfully through rapid water 97 to 43. Rep. Daisy Myers did a Workmanlike Job for Huo on control of hypnotic and stimulant drugs. H121, the unification Bill for Bennington was called up by rep. Joe Caracciola passed All stages and was sent on in Triumph to the Senate amended in Section 301 by amputating a comma cats but otherwise intact. It was commended As a splendid piece of legislation. Friday morning we spent an hour on a Resolution on the two year agricultural course at Randolph and the final amending of a Bill to permit state prisoners to work under supervision off the prison grounds. H79, introduced by All six of our Bennington delegation and piloted ably through by James Wallace is of particular and vital importance to All of us. It extends children a benefits under the teachers retirement system to cover cases of fatal accidents. One other Bill of local interest is h83 for a study of the 17 county jails in Vermont. Some of them Are pretty inadequate. George Vansantvoord representative from Bennington Montpelier. Mountain chatter social business by Carlo Wolter Searsburg. No matter How Small the March town meeting is always a special affair in our town. It Isnit Only a Day when folks get together to discuss and act on town government. Neighbors too far apart and usually too Busy have occasions to Chat and inquire about each others health. In Short the All important March meeting is grass roots democracy inaction. Searsburg had one of its smallest meetings Ever with Only 19 out of 39 Legal voters present. We heard that several people were too ill with colds to come. Although the meeting is chiefly concerned with the welfare of our town there a always a minute Here and there for neighbourliness. Thus we overheard our oldest citizen Harry j. Rice 86, agree with oldster John Clement that during their lifetime March meeting Days were either snowy sleety or sub Zero. But never Rainy. In their memory this year was the first time that it rained. Another first for Searsburg was the election of a woman Lister. Doris Rice our former town representative was chosen for the office. Doris was pleased and feels that being a women be a hindrance to serving As competently As a Man. During one of the social moments we heard that John Clement had observed his 82nd will slow the escalation of the War. All the evidence indicates however that a steady Progress in the military commitment planned Long in Advance is going Forward on schedule. As the debate went on 10,000 More american troops were moving into Viet Nam and preparations were being completed for the additional 20,000 just announced by Secretary of defense Robert s. Mcnamara. A of sen. Fulbright feels he can carry on the educational process with his hearings on red China. But without the fire of controversy and the red Eye of television focused on them the hearings will get far less attention than the sessions that saw Gen. James Gavin Secretary of state Dean Rusk George Kennan Gen. Maxwell Taylor and other friends and critics of official policy sparring with committee members. Fulbright has no regrets for his course and opinion sampling in his Home state of Arkansas shows support for him of Only because he has stood up to the president. Caught in the Middle of the Viet Nam barrage was sen. Mike Mansfield majority Leader respected by his colleagues on every Side As one of the most sincere and dedicated men in Public life. Mansfield a report to the president following a round the world trip on the danger of an open end land War in Asia was a Central Point in the debate. For the future Mansfield intends to press at every Point for re opening the Geneva conference of 1954 As the Only Hope of peace. The president and his vice president Hubert h. Humphrey Are taking their Case to the country with Strong emotional overtones. Opinion polls serve a purpose. But next nov. 8, when millions of americans walk into the privacy of the polling Booth will be decision Day. John Clement birthday that monday. So during lunch hour we All Sang a Happy birthday John a a and gave him an improvised birthday cake a a a pie with a burning Candle and a card signed by All his neighbors. Small talk filled the minutes while votes were being cast. It was during one of these moments that Walt Johnson another 82-year-old, proudly displayed his prize Possession a smooth worn Jack knife its two shiny Blades narrowed from Wear. Walt thinks he san unofficial record Holder for carrying the same knife for the longest time. He a had it 60 years. A sure i be lost it a few times a he chuckled a but i was always Lucky to find it not Many summer folks come up during the Winter but when they do they re usually amazed at the piles of Snow in front of their Cabins. Or. And mrs. William Russell of Albany n.y., had to borrow snowshoes and Snow shovels from Charles Dix on sunday so they could Clear a path to get into their South Road Cabin. They also shovelled nearly two feet of Snow from the roof. Afterwards they built a fire in the fire me and rested a while then Wei for a visit with the Dies before going Home. Gladys Dix said they were exhausted. Charles and i went to Eagleville n.y., last sunday to attend a Surprise birthday party for Walter Krach arranged by his wife Alice. In the afternoon Alice and i and Bootsey the dog took a Cross country stroll on their land. The Snow was so thin in spots that the grass peeked through. What a difference Between their Home and ours. At a a Skylark we still used snowshoes. Five More people were invited for supper. Barney and Elsie Walther of West Rupert and de and Ellen Ruggenberg of Sandgate came together and brought a Young Friend Sandy with them. The evening developed into a True birthday Celebration ending so late that Charles and i stayed overnight and came Home monday morning. We Hile at the traches we also watched the exciting world figure skating championships held in Davos Switzerland. All through the to program i matched wits with the judges trying to pick the winners in the various classes hoping desperately for an american Victory. But i did no to dare to believe that in just five years any of our Young skaters would be Strong enough to fill the void left by the United states figure skating team that perished in a tragic plane crash in Brussels feb. 15, 1961, while on its Way to the world championships. Many relatives friends and professional instructors were with the 18-member team. I Well remember Maribel Vinson and Edi Scholdan with whom i had worked in skating shows and to whom i owe much of my skating knowledge. Maribel was escorting her Champion son and daughter. Thus when my thoughts returned from the sad past i was overjoyed to hear that Petite Brown haired 17-year-old Peggie Fleming of Colorado Springs had captured the women a world figure skating title for America. But Peggie does no to just deserve Praise for winning the world championship. Sin of serves even More credit for am Eving the perfection to make her winning possible because like few skaters she had to Cope with difficult circumstances. Few contestants in training would stand up under the pressure and Strain connected with a series of family moves from City to City due to her fathers profession of itinerant newspaper Pressman. He Snow with the Colorado Springs press. This resulted in training interruptions for Peggie in changing instructors and skating rinks. But judging by the outcome she conquered it All. Serious skaters spend from eight to to hours on the ice daily and As i read in the paper Peggy has done just that in spite of interruptions. Her determination to win was stronger than All inconveniences and discomfort combined. Was it Worth it i believe that i can answer that in Peggiee a name with a big we should All be very proud of her. County jail Reform to the editor at the Barnier a How Long Are the citizens of Vermont going to tolerate the states outmoded county jail situation what outrage has to be committed before they will demand modern treatment oriented facilities these Are questions asked by a group of concerned persons in Chittenden county that has met regularly for Over a year in an Effort to find a Way to bring about changes in the frequently publicized Chittenden county jail. This jail committee feels that citizen support of h83, which has passed the House and is now before the Senate is the first action step toward improvement in the jail system. H83 Calls for a study of the jails by nationally recognized professional consultants in penology such As the Osborne association inc. The National Council on crime and e3linquency the . Bureau of prisons or the american correctional association. With the passage of h83, the legislative Council will be authorized to supervise a study of the county jail system and report its recommendations to the 1967 legislature. Some of the questions to be answered by this study Are How Many county jails Are needed How should they be operated who should administer them the state or the counties at pres ent it is both. Should they provide for work and recreation programs and attempts at rehabilitation the committee feels strongly that the duality of administration of the county jails requires Resolution. Careful planning for programs for work recreation and therapy for prisoners is needed. It is apparent that there should be adequate supervision with provision for segregation. It seems that Vermont is now on the threshold of taking action Long overdue. Mrs. . Nuquist. space tale Barker had been boasting of the accomplishments of his 19-year-old son while his companion listened quietly. A say Peters a he said suddenly a How about your boy does no the have any special talents a a Well a replied i was grimly a the should a quote an authority on interplanetary travel. In school he took up a International teamster silent master a a done to you and your wife Ever have a difference of opinion a a sure we do. But i done to Tell grit

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