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Bennington Banner (Newspaper) - May 14, 1966, Bennington, Vermont 4-Bennin on Banner saturday May 14, 1966 the Bennington Banner published every Day except sundays and holidays by the Banner publishing corporation 425 main Street Bennington Vermont editorials Gen. By is. Free elections there Are Many reasons to Hope for an Early and honest election in South Viet Nam and not the least of them is the Hope that the ballot Box might be the Means of knocking Premier Nguyen Cao by out of Power. The More one sees of by in action the More one realizes How unwise president Johnson has been to embrace his regime with such Fervour. Even in his appointed role As puppet this egotistical Little Militarist is a chronic embarrassment. By s latest demonstration of ineptness was his statement at a press conference last week that even if elections Are held in september As scheduled he foresees no speedy change to a civilian government. A i expect to stay in Power for at least another year a he remarked. And then lest anyone get the idea that the term a free elections Means what it says he added that a if the people elect a neutralise or communist government we will in testimony before the Senate foreign relations committee monday Secretary of state Rusk tried his Best to play Down Kyd a apparent reluctance to yield the reins. The Premier said Rusk Wasny to reneging on the idea of september elections but was merely suggesting that the process of drafting a new Constitution and setting up a government to implement it will be complicated and time consuming. Perhaps Secretary rusks optimism is justified. But on the basis of Kyd sob editor s notes although we agree that another vote on unification should not be delayed too Long we re inclined to feel that september is plenty soon enough. A petition now being circulated by members of the league of women voters and other citizens asks selectmen to Call another vote within 60 Days. As the unification study committee has already pointed out however june is a Busy month for most people what with graduation ceremonies weddings and school District meetings and another unification vote probably draw As Many people to the polls As the last one. It is also probable that taxpayers will be asked to consider the construction of a new elementary school and an expansion of the water system this summer and these two projects will probably absorb most of their interest in civic improvements during the summer months. After school starts in Early autumn however there la be Little else to conflict with a special meeting on unification and Bennington ans comment it India actually a olt i showcase i f. Stones weekly far by it from us to disturb the romantic euphoria of prime minister Indira Gandhi a visit to Washington. But in All objectivity it should be noted that asians biggest a bulwark of democracy a has a very poor record indeed when compared to its and our. Rival communist China. China managed to emerge from terrible years of drought by its own efforts without either . Or russian Aid. Strict rationing prevented famine. Peking has been Able to run a Small foreign Aid program of its own to Vious disdain for democratic processes and his frequently stated delusions of indispensability it is hardly surprising that the advocates of civilian Rule in Saigon remain sceptical and restive. The most charitable thing that can be said about his remarks is that they were ill timed and ill advised. This episode could serve a useful purpose however if it helps emphasize that the question of How the election will be held is at least As important As the question of when. Whether or not it will be a free election will depend entirely upon who is allowed to vote How freely the issues can be discussed what parties Are permitted to participate what candidates Are Given Access to the government controlled broadcasting system a and of course How honestly the ballots Are counted. It is with this in mind that sen. Ribi coff of Connecticut suggested last week that the United nations be asked to assume an umpire�?T8 role in the election. It seems unlikely that the . Would have much enthusiasm for accepting such a hazardous assignment especially in View of the fact that the Johnson administration has rejected out of hand All of Secretary general u Thant s suggestions for attempting to bring the vietnamese War to an end but the idea is nonetheless Worth pursuing. Without some sort of third party supervision the chances for an honest election Are just about nil. Will be Able to concentrate on studying the proposal and we Hope on getting themselves to their polling places. Planning for a regional school system in Bennington county a North Shire continues to move ahead slowly but surely. This week trustees of Burr and Burton Seminary reiterated their willingness to make bus a part of any regional school system. There will be a number of Legal complications but there Are indications that these can be overcome. If so a major Roadblock to formation of a new Union District would be removed. Its amazing How much Money you can raise Selling used books. The local chapter of the american association of University women collected $300 last week at their Book Sale and a Check for that amount was presented by miss Caroline Darlington Paauw president to or. William Worthington chairman of a scholarship fund established in memory of four educators killed last fall in a plane crash. The Paauw did a Fine Job of fund raising for a very worthy cause. Fischetti ship ahoy Quot w Ashington calling new rights Bill strikes at barriers that keep negroes in City ghettos make the atomic bomb and to achieve considerable development. In the present Indian food crisis As in every one we can remember Back to that in world War ii a major Factor has been the inability of the indians to curb their own speculators and hoarders. Behind the facade of democracy in India there operates an Oriental capitalist class of merchants and usurers quite Content with the human misery and squalor from which it profits. Its a delusion to think this archaic badly organized and decayed society can provide a showcase for democracy in Asia. On the contrary it can Only discredit democracy in the eyes of a new generation impatient with old evils and permanent hunger. By Marquis Childs Washington. Although the great society programs have been Cut Back the pressure of unrest and continuing tension in the negro ghettos will scarcely allow a postponement until another and More convenient Day presents ways to cure ancient ills. Temporary remedies Are being looked to in the Hope they will at least Abate the trouble. The department of housing and Urban development is providing $2 million to make cheap bus service available to negroes in Watts. You la probably recall that Watts is the los Angeles Community where last August a negro uprising left 34 dead 1,032 wounded and property damage of $40 million. A More recent flare up was checked with Only two lives lost. Those who have worked with the problem of Watts both before and after the tragedy of last August believe a Basic cause was the feeling of isolation and alienation obsessing Many Watts residents and particularly the younger generation. They do not believe they Are part of the system therefore when a racial incident touches off violence they strike out against the system As they did in Watts. A of negroes in the area have Only a very Small share of ownership in Watts As this reporter noted in writing from los Angeles recently. One proposal after the uprising was that negro enterprises be furnished capital i a loan basis and Given guidance and encouragement in a business that they themselves would own. In this Way they would really become participants a partners a in the capitalist system. Letters that have come to me take Strong Issue with this concept. They reflect what seems to be a deep seated prejudice about the capacity of the negro to better his lot. This attitude finds private expression among City officials struggling with the problem of the negro ghettos. One letter writer out it this Way a you can take a negro family from any slum establish them in a Fine House equip them with All the necessities and put a reasonable operating capital in their Bank account. You can give them a going business or a Job in which they can continue to support themselves in this fashion provided they exert themselves. And in most cases they will have a slump Fiedt their quarters and degraded their situation within just a few other oppressed minorities the writer pointed out had come to America and had bettered themselves by hard work and saving. Why not the negro if this were no More than isolated bigotry it might be ignored. But there is some evidence that it is a widely held belief that lies behind the All Gatlon of other minorities that negroes Are being Given favored treatment. In what must seem in retrospect to have been the High tide of the civil rights thrust president Johnson hit hard on this very Point. It was in his Howard University commencement speech rated As one of his most notable utterances to Date. The president said that we cannot find a a Complete answer Quot in the experience of other minorities. The negro like those others will have to rely mostly on his own efforts. A but he just cannot do it alone Quot the president continued. A for they did not have the heritage of centuries to overcome and they did not have a cultural tradition which had been twisted and battered by endless years of hatred and hopelessness nor were they excluded these others because of race or color a feeling whose dark intensity is matched by no other prejudice in our society. A much of the negro Community is buried under a Blanket of history and Cru stance. It is not a lasting solution to lift just one Corner of the Blanket. We must stand on All sides and we must raise the entire cover of we Are to liberate our fellow having lived for several generations in Rural slums and before that confined to slave quarters the president was saying the negro has to be helped in learning to get along in Northern cities where 73 per cent of his race now Are. Now a new civil rights Bill is before the Congress. It contains a fair housing provision meant to end discrimination in the Sale and rental of houses and apartments nationwide. This far reaching provision strikes at the barriers that keep most negroes within the City ghettos while at the same time it affronts what May Well be the most fundamental prejudice of the White Community. The negro moves in the neighbourhood goes Down is the most frequently heard expression of this prejudice. Repeatedly it has been proved that where economic conditions Are equal and where ruthless real estate operators can be prevented from exploiting the situation this is not True. Nevertheless it is a Barrier to be breached. A of sen. Everett Mckinley Durksen minority Leader says the provision is unconstitutional and he will oppose it. That is powerful opposition but civil rights leaders Are confident that one More step will be taken in the struggle for Equality. Capitol jottings Rod and gun Trout smelt and wardens by Roy Marsden ordinarily unsigned letters to the editor Are consigned to the wastebasket without a second thought but this week one came along that should be commented upon at least in part especially since it appeared unsigned in another newspaper. The contents related to stocking of our streams by wardens specifically in the Manchester area where a new Warden is working. Accusation was made that the Young Warden dumped Trout from a Highway Bridge into the Stream below and said Little or nothing when this was called to his attention by a nearby Fisherman who Felt the Warden was doing his Job incorrectly. A of in the first place of Trout will survive being stocked in Remote Ponds by use of an air plane and this method is highly successful then they will certainly thrive after a fall of a few feet from a Bridge to the water below. If the Warden had Little or no comment More then he was probably up to his neck in work and did no to have the time to explain the method to the Fisherman a satisfaction. Our Warden Force is still inadequate to properly cover the state As it should be covered and the workload that is a wardens lot would scare off Many who would aspire to the Job. A of fishing last weekend and during this week has been possible Only for the real dyed in the Wool fishermen. Snow storms rain Hail and wind have made some of the Days uncomfortable along the streams but those who have braved the elements have reported a fair amount of Success. If Trout Are hungry the elements will not deter their search for food and those who Are on the Bank offering Choice morsels at the right time Are the ones who a bring Home the when you realize that some of our Western states have no closed season on Trout fishing and fishermen pursue this Hobby even during january february and March then being Able to take Trout in Vermont during weather such As we have experienced recently is not so amazing. A of to further substantiate my writings last week of the incident that involved a Grey Squir Rel i had a phone Call from mrs. Robert Sherman of Valentine place telling me that this same Squirrel entered her House when the door was open and proceeded to make himself right at Home. He clambered about on mrs. Sherman and for a time it looked As of the animal had adopted the family and had no intentions of leaving. Mrs. Sherman told me that it took quite a bit of persuasion to get the Grey out of the House. As far As i know he Hasni to returned there nor have i seen him in our neighbourhood. Every Spring a concentrated Rush is made to Lake Bomoseen when the word is out that smelt Are a running a this is a nocturnal adventure of Only a few Days duration and dyed in the Wool smelters will drop everything and head for the Lake at a minutes notice. This year the smelt evidently Haven to cooperated very Well. A few fishermen went to the Lake to have a look but were unable to report any action. Several times the smelt were checked but not found in around the shores where they could lie dipped out by the net full. Finally last week a Rumor travelled local sporting circles that at last things were happening. That Day Early in the evening a goodly number of men took off for Bomoseen fully expecting to return in the predawn hours of the next morning with a Good catch. Such was not their Luck. As it developed a local a joker Quot started the Rumor moving and like hungry fish rising to a bait the smelters believed it and swallowed the Story Hook line and sinker. Apparently this year the smelt Arentt behaving according to pattern and some believe that they spawned out in the Lake beyond the reach of nets. Things like this sure help to push up the Price of fish a few items to Ponder this week Are the records of 10,-000 inmates of a certain county jail showed that less than 2 per cent had owned fishing or Hunting licenses. Firearms fatal Lyles ranked last in the eight major causes of accidental deaths in 1964. Deer were at one time hunted with music. European sportsmen would hire violinists to lure the animals within shooting Range. The Public private Power struggle by William Blachly Montpelier. In Washington and Montpelier private electric company executives were Busy last week beating off attempts to bring Public Power to new England. Albert a. Cree of Rutland chairman of the Central Vermont Public service corp., president of Vermont Power company Velco and chairman of the electric coordinating Council of new England told a Senate committee in the nations capital a because this proposed Dickey Lincoln school project will Cost too much and produce too Little not Only will it not bring lower Cost Power to new England but of built would either result in higher electric rates or a substantial loss of Money to United states letter to the editor a Kwh it to amp Oft use m Uhm Short chs is work Ucik m Eccl Vuu hmm to up the Slack locate in Windsor to the editor at the Banner the Windsor area Jaycees Are still fighting to have the new Youthful offenders facility located in Windsor. We have written letters to the Board of institutions asking them to set a meeting at which Windsor can cite its Good Points for this new facility. The Jaycees Are asking the institutions Board to publicly justify its decision. Windsor has More to offer than any town in the state and yet the institutions Board is neglecting us. A letter has been sent to the governor informing him of our position and asking his help. It does no to seem right when a town like Windsor has so much to offer and is willing to do their part and More to Benefit the people of Vermont that a few men on the Board of institutions Are determined to locate elsewhere. Perhaps the Board of institutions has Good reason of so then they will meet with us and state their viewpoint. The Windsor area Jaycees ask the taxpayers to help us in urging the Board of institutions to locate the Youthful offenders facility in Windsor. Eugene e. Pacetti. Windsor area Jaycees. Windsor. In Montpelier Glen Mckibben of Burlington president of the Green Mountain Power corp., attacked Point by Point gov. Hoff a proposal to import Canadian Power. Despite the fact that new England has the highest Power prices in american Mckibben told the legislative Council subcommittee investigating the Hoff Power proposal a the Type of industries that Are coming to Vermont and the ones that we would like to have Here Are not deterred from coming up by the states electric the statement is something of a self fulfilling prophecy Power rates Are High he says hence the companies which do come Are not deterred. It is impossible to guess How Many companies did not come because Power rates were too High. Nowhere in America has private Power been More successful in protecting itself than in new England. Ninety eight per cent of the regions Power is privately supplied. The lowest Power areas in the United states Are in the Pacific Northwest and in the Southern Mountain states. In both areas Public Power and private Power compete briskly. Advocates of Public Power for new England such As gov. Hoff say that some Public Power would act As a a yardstick Quot against which to measure the Cost Consumers Are charged by private Utility companies. These advocates have a Strong suspicion that Power rates Are High in new England because the private companies have made Little Effort to improve their facilities. They say that it is the a yardstick Quot which frightens private utilities most. Some experts in the Power Field feel that the private Cor panties Are not even working Foi their own Best interests. They say that new England utilities Are Content to allow Low consumption and High prices rather than develop a Low Price big volume business. A of either the introduction of Power from the proposed dams i the St. John River in Northern Maine at Dickey and Lincoln school a a wholly Federal project a or the entry of Canadian Power into and through Vermont from Churchill Falls in Labrador would be a first major break in the protective Armour of the private Utility companies. For their part exponents of Public Power Greet with open arms plans by the private Utility companies to greatly increase their Power potential. They say that the potential for utilization of electricity in new England is almost unlimited. They say the Region can use Canadian Power Dickey Lincoln school Power atomic Power and any other Power that becomes available. At present there is no Competition among electric companies at All. They serve franchised areas one company to each area. The Only non private Power is that of municipalities and a few co Ops established with Rea Loans. As with other commodities it is Only through Competition that prices Ever come Down. Tee on Power has said publicly that he believes Cree and other private Power executives wish to control Canadian Power or have none of it. They in turn have often said publicly that they would like to bring in Canadian Power themselves. They do not question the feasibility of such Power. On the other hand they have not made Good on their threat to form an importing company of their own and financial experts have testified that the private Power companies could not afford to tie up the capital a Canadian venture would demand. Meanwhile Back at the state House Tho legislative councils Power subcommittee hears week after week the stale charges and counter charges of proponents and opponents of Canadian Power. The subcommittee members Are a Little More edgy these Days and a Little More willing to put aside politeness and ask pointed questions. But they seem to be no nearer the truth than they were in March. Hoff who is chairman of the new England governors commit it is doubtful that the study subcommittee will be Able to hire a counsel who will satisfy both sides of the controversy. And yet without a counsel the committee is in the hands of competing factions. No possible Compromise is open so Long As the Cree forces see a possible Victory. A tiny Victory came their Way thursday when Haff was notified by the canadians that they now find it impossible to offer As much Power As they originally said they could. In fact they will Cut the amount in half. This was what the Hoff forces have been predicting All along of Vermont does not act swiftly the Power will be diverted elsewhere. It is interesting to note that in Quebec All electric companies were nationalized recently by the province. After years of High rates poor service and an inflexible Power Trust Public sentiment reached the breaking Point. The result was that a provincial Premier ran for office on the platform of Public acquisition of the Power companies and won. Several benefits came to the province. First of All they got lower a Cost Power. Second All the Power companies income tax that used to go to the National government at Ottawa now comes to the provincial Treasury at Montreal. Third the province got an electric Utility which was responsive to the government and people of the province and not to investors who lived mostly in the United states. Somewhere Here there May be a lesson for new England Power companies

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