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Cincinnati Herald (Newspaper) - September 28, 1974, Cincinnati, OhioWRITERS SUPPORT DOCTOR PEMBAUR In a telephone coversation with Dr. Bertold Pembaur, 430 Rockdale Ave., Avondale who, last week, was the subject of a front page article outlining complaints about his alleged practice of refusing to give written prescription and calling them into drugstores of his choice, the Herald was told that “Ychj are being used.” Dr. Pembaur, obviously concerned and angry, pointed out that the statements published were “lies” and represented a “conspiracy” to force him to send business to the Sav-X Drug Store at Rockdale and Burnet Avenue. When assured that this newspaper was only interested in presenting the complaints of several of his patients and hoping that these complaints could be resolved, Dr. Pembaur began pointing out the many humanitarian actions he had taken in behalf of his patients, ignoring the fact that he had enjoyed a huge financial reward for his efforts. While he did not quite say that the Sav-X Drug Store was not competent to fill prescriptions, there was a strong implication in this direction until he was advised that Howard Champion, owner of th«r store, was a registered pharmacist and had passed the necessary requisites to obtain his license. Dr. Pembaur criticized the newspaper for not writing about the cultural and housinjg problems of Avondale and was invited to read our back issues which clearly indicate that we treat a variety of community problems in our newspaper. He denied showing favoritism to two drug stores on Burnet and Reading Road and would not concede that he had not called Sav-X only nine prescriptions this year as stated by Champion. Later this week a deluge of letters began flowing into our offices defending Í Dr. Pembaur ^d castigating what the 'readers believed to be an allegation of racial prejudice, rather than an allegation of possible favoritism in assignment of prescriptions. The fact is that Dr. Pembaur does accept black clients, but he. after all, is in the heart of a Black community, Avondale. At the same time the evidence indicates that his patients believe he favors two drug stores owned by whites, ignores another owned by a white and another owned by a black. There is a conflict about the number of prescriptions sent to Sav-X from statements of both Dr. Pembaur and Champion. Hiding behind a cloak of anonymity, a writer who signed “a reader” wrote “Your articles on drug discrimination are far out. I work at General Hospital where real discrimination takes place. Why don’t you find out why they fill their prescriptions instead of giving the business to the black drug stores.” A second writer signing initials of H R.C. wrote, “I had an opportunity to read your article about discrimination. As a salesman who has Served doctors in the Avondale area for ye^rs I want to tell you some of the facts you may not know. “Dr. Pembaur does not discriminate against anyone. He serves his patients well and gives good medical care. He is one of the few doctors who still makes house calls, particularly to his older patients. “He has done more for the black community of Cincinnati than any other doctor. “You are doing him a great injustice and Cincinnati a great disservice* by your articles. What about all the doctors who refused to accept and to care for welfare patients black or white? What about the doctors who own drug stores? What about General Hospital and the Avondale Clinic on Melish where the patients have no choice of pharmacy? “The drug store you write about is a third class establishment with poor service in every respect. No pick-up or deliver. No parking. The neighborhood on Rockdale and Burnet is covered by undesirables hanging around, dope addicts, purse snatchers and the people who walk in this area par^ularly women (Continued on page 13) S63 UNCOU AVENUE • CIHCNMATI. OH» 4S20Í HIMID VOL. 18 NO. 13 CINCINNATI, OHIO SATURDAY^ SEPTEMBER 28, 1974 PRICE 15e PHONE 221-5440 NNPA Prexy Charges Elitism SAN FRANCISCO (NNPA) — Three oldline civil rights organizations and the Congressional Black Caucus were accused of elitism last week by Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett, president of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and editor-publisher of the San Francisco Sun Reporter. The charge grew out of their call for a conference in Washington to consider black economic problems without including the National Welfare Rights Organization, black churchmen, the National Business League, the National Black Labor Caucus, and the Black Press. The oldline organizations are: The NAACP, the Urban League, and the National Council of Negro Women. In a mailgram to their heads and to the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman - Roy Wilkins, Vernon Jordan, Miss Dorothy Height, and Representative Charles Rangel - Goodlett demanded Certificate Winners Dick Gregory To Speak At UC Dick Gregory, comedian and human rights activist, will speak at the University of Cincinnati’s Wilson Auditorium Friday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. This is one of several events planned for UC’s Fall Orientation. His appearance is co-sponsored , by the University’s Orientation ‘ Board, Student Development Office and Black Student Organizations. Gregory has been active in the civil rights movements of Blacks and Indians as well as anti-war demonstrations. Still on his liquid diet in support of equal rights for everyone, Gregory started the diet in April, 1971, in protest of the fighting in Vietnam. He has recorded many albums and is the author of eight books, including his autobiography “Nigger.” Gregory visits over 200 colleges each school year. His l|C performance is free and open to the public. Speaker For Meet In Mayor Berry’s office the Ohio Youth Commission presented three (3) “Certificates of Appreciation” in recognition of many years of devoted and faithful service to the youth of Ohio to: Citizen’s Committee on Youth, Hamilton County Black Caucus and William Cargile III, President of Minority Contractors. The awards, which are the FIRST to be given in Cincinnati, were presented by Micheál 0. Ranney, Acting Chief of Prevention on behalf of Dr. Robert E. Cecile, Deputy Director of Community Services - Columbus, Ohio and William Ford II, Regional Administrator Southjvestern Ohio. In photo, left to right, are: Ranney, Acting Chief of Prevention, Ohio Youth Commission; sute Senator WillUm F. Bowen; Vice-Mayor, William Chenault; Ron Priore, Vice President, M^fopqJiiUn Affairs and William Cargile II of Cargile Contractors and president of the Minority Contractors a^ WiíÚam Ford If, Regional Administrator, Ohio Youth Commission. Photo by Creative Photographers Luken Wants Report On FBI Inquiry U.S. Congressman Thomas A. Luken, in a strongly worded letter to Attorney General William Saxbe, called on the Justice Department Chief to complete ’ the Cincinnati FHA investigation and publish the findings. “I have been demanding action since July 5, 1974 . During this time the deteriorating buildings cause the neighborhoods to suffer, Uxpayers continue to lose and my office receives evasive answers from HUD. While the Federal Housing Administration Assistant SecreUry tells me in a letter that “no federal funds have been lost because of defaulted projects,” their own General Insurance Fund office in Washington announces a loss Congressman Luken, right, points to problem building situated in Avondale. At left is his assisUnt Ms. Cheryl Grant. Creative Photography of over $200,000 in payment of one mortgage default on the B&J Apartment project in Mt. (Continued (Xi page 3) Berry Defends Gilligan Answers Chester Cruze Elder Edwards El(jer Harol(d Edwartds from Redwootd City, Calif., will be in the Cincinnati area to attend the 82nd Annual Convention of THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD (C.W.F.F.) October 8-13, 1974 at the Netherland Hilton Hotel. He has been engaged by Bishop W. E. Crumes to preach in one week's revival at THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD, 434 Forest *Ave. in Avondale September 3ÍX- October 6, 1574. Elder Edwards is a well trained dynamic speaker with great spiritual insight. Please attend each night at 7:30 p.m. expecting a spiritual blessing. ' ’ Mayor Theodore Berry, co-chairman of the local Ohioans for Gilligan Committee, responded today to charges leveled by SUte Represen-Utive Chester Cruze in paid advertisements against the administration of Governor John J. Gilligan. The allegations are as follows: 1) In the September 18 edition of The Press, it was charged that the Ohio income Ux “did not provide sub-sUntial sUte financial support of educatiwi.” 2) In the same edition of The Press, it was also charged “(jiat no real property tax relief had come.” 3) On an outdoor billboard it was asked “Why are 29 percent of Ohio’s Aid To Dependent children recipients overpaid or ineligible?” Mayor Berry pointed out in re^yénse^ to theJirst charge that from 1966 through 1971,24 CMiio school districts were closed^ for lack of funds, throwing 122,(K)0 chUdren ait of classes. Since 1971, no Ohio X-, school has closed for lack of funds. State financial support for schools in Hamilton County increased from $28,567,111 in fiscal year 1971 to $46,049,609 in fiscal 1974. This is an increase of 61 percent or $98.00 per pupil. “It is clear that addifiimal state revenues were responsible for keeping the schools open,” Berry concluded. To the second charge Berry pointed out that the 10 percent pr(^rty tax rollback and the Homestead Exemption have saved Hamilton County residents $15,791,000 in 1974 alone. The Mayor added that “with the increase in state services and aid to education we of Hamilton County now get back $3,272,000 more in increased services than we pay out in Ohio income tax.” In answer to the third question. Mayor Berry ex-piainel that the D^rtment of Health, Education and Welfare made auditing IMTocedures available to the states in 1964. However, Governor Gilligan’s predecessor did not take advantage of these procedures and failed to perform an audit. In 1971 Governor Gilligan requested funds from the Ohio General Assembly to hire and train special ADC auditors. However, this request was rejected. Funds were finally approved for auditors in 1973. At this time Ohio was shown to have a 41 percent rate of error in ADC payments as compared to a national average of 40 percent. Acting on ^ basis of this audit, Ohio cut its rate of error to 29 percent. This cut was' confirmed in a report cohdluded in June, 1974. Mayor Berry referred to an HEW report issued August 19, 1974 which stated that Ohio’s system of ADC auditing was ‘a model of quality control.’ The report rated Ohio’s program satisfactory on all nine criteria for evaluation. The Mayor stated that “I can only conclude that Ohio’s rate of error is lower' than the national average,duetto the auditing procedures instituted by Governor Gilligan.” Hold Meet A large contingent of black elected officials from across the state of Ohio will be honored at the luncheon sponsored by the Ohio Black Political Assembly at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 28 in the Continental Room of the Netherland Hilton Hotel. Stanley S. Scott, special assistant to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford will be the keynote speakers. Judge Sara J. Harper and Judge Lillian W. Burke of Cleveland Municipal Court, two outstanding black women serving on the judicial bench will be among the honored guest. In 1970, Judge Harper was appointed to the Cleveland Municipal Court by the former governor James A. Rhodes. She was elected to a six-year tenn in 1971. Judge Harper is a very active woman not only in the political arena of Cleveland but a great contributor to the (Continued on page 13) Rangel Scores Alan Greenspan Congressman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) today charged that yesterday’s remarks made by the Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors, Alan Greenspan, that stock brokers were suffering more than the nation’s poor, elderly-and the sick were “absolutely obscene and insane.” Rangel, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus stated, “how can the man who is supposed to advise the President on crucial economic matters during this devastating period of unemployment, which is double the national average in the Black community, and spiraling inflation make a statement that stock brokers are suffering the most. 1 am aware that the impact of inflation is totally pervasive, but it is absolutely obscene and insane to place s(ock brokers at the bottom oí the economic ladder.” “In the best of times the poor, elderly and the sick suffer from depression conditions. This economic crisis places these people on the brink of total and absolute ruin with very limited ability to rebound. “It is quite apparent,” Rangel continued, “that Mr. Greenspan has no more understanding of the economic plight of the poor, the elderly and the sick than his predecessors in the previous administration whose abject disdain for domestic social needs was notorious.” Rangel’s Congressional District id New York Qty is suffering from compounding economic problems that have people literally desperate to find ways to eat regularly and maintain the bare essentials of life. Rangel went on to say, “I am so infuriated by such ignorance and insensitivity by Mr. Greenspan that I think it would be in the best interests of The nation that Mr. Greenspan immediately resign as Chairman of the President’s Council of Elconomic Advisors.” the inclusion of the omitted organizations in the call. His mailgram reads: “The organized Black Press is in incensed at the continued elitism of the four organizations convening the Washington emergency conference on black economic problems. For over 18 months, NNPA and recently publisher Louis Martin have urged a number of national organizations, including these four, to jointly plan and call such an emergency conference. “No national black economic conference can achieve maximum results without the full participation of such organizations as: National Black Labor Caucus, National Welfare Rights Organization, the National Business League, the Black Churchmen and the Black Press in the early planning as well as the issuing of the conference call. “The black masses are increasingly suspicious of the middle class chauvinism of the Urban League, the NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus. If this conference is not to be a replay of previous orgies of conversation, the black worker, (Continued on page 12) Ally. Gen. Wm. Brown Brown To Be Bowen Speaker Ohio Attorney General William J. Brown, the youngest man ever elected to the office of Attorney General in Ohio, will be the keynote speaker at a banquet to be held in honor of State Senator William F. Bowen on Saturday, September 28,1974, in the Hall of Mirrors at the Netherland Hilton Hotel. Attorney General Brown humbly accepted a last minute request to speak when unavoidable schedule complications forced the Honorable Percy Sutton of Manhattan, New York, to withdraw as principle orator in what would have been his first speaking engagement in the Queen City. In 1970, at the young age of 29, Attorney (General Brown defeated his Republican opponent by a whooping 300,000 votes, Sim^ taking office, he has vastly expanded both the st ipe of activities and the quality of legal work originating from the Attorney General Office. He has turned an inactive, unwieldy governmental agency into* a streamlined advocate for the people of Ohio. The public is invited to help honor a man who has given his life in the service for all mankind. Additional information may be obtained by calling 961-5415. Stevie Wonder Set For Cincy CINCINNATI, OH - Stevie Wonder will appear in concert at Cincinnati Gardens on Friday, November 1 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets to the performance will go on sale October 6 and will be sold on a reserved seat basis, it has been announced by Artists Consultants, producers of the event. Stevie Wonder, at the zenith of his career scarcely needs superlatives - one merely has to glance at the 1974 Grammy presentations for a barometer of his success. Nominated in seven categories, he was awarded five Grammys and time after time the glittering audience of his peers rose to their feet in tumultuous and emotional ovations to Stevie Wonder’á genius. His 1974 Grammys are: Album of the Year (“Innervisions”); Best Pop Vocal Performance -Male (“Superstition”); Best R & B Song (“Superstition” Stevie Wonder, writer); Best Engineered Recording (non-classical) (“Innervisions”). Since the Grammys, Stevie Wonder - T)as released “Fulfillingness’ First Finale”, composed during the last year. ^ The Album prompted one df the industries Wonder -t largest advance sales and rocketed to the number one chart position in a m«*e three weeks. A further phase in the brilliant career of an ever growing talent, “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” has already been certified “platinum”. Tickets to the Stevie Wwider concert are priced at $7.50, $6.50, and $5.50, all seats reserved, and will be available through the Gardens Box'Office, 2250 Seymour, and Ticketron Outlets in all ShBUto Stores, Sears (Cov. k Northgate), and Community Ticket Office, 29 W. Fourth St. In Dayton, they will be available at all Sears Stores.

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