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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 8, 1967, Darmstadt, HessePage 4 the stars and stripes Friday december 8, 1967 president is still the schoolmaster Cabinet meetings Are like a classroom by Frank Cormie Washington a presi Dent Johnson s Cabinet meeting seem a bit like classroom discussions with All the students invited to chime in and with the president interjecting some times wry sometimes quizzical at least was the impression shared by three reporter who were admitted to wednes Day s Cabinet session. The three were permitted to take notes and report what they saw an heard but they were escorted from the room when director Richard Helms of the Central intelligence Agency began presenting a National Security re was very much the schoolmaster he used to be sit Ting in a High backed swivel chair at the Center of the big coffin shaped Cabinet table. The students were Cabinet Mem Bers and their aides ranged around the table and perhaps dozen other government officials in straight backed chair around the Walls. Guest lecturers in addition to Helms included David e. Lilienthal just Back from Viet Nam and civil service director John , standing before a set of charts briefed the assemble officials on the administration s Progress in trying to make i easier for the Public to Deal with the Federal Macy said one goal is to reduce the time it takes for government agencies to answer their mail Johnson interrupted to say i be been shocked at some of the delay Here in the White the president said that whence was a senator he made it a Rule to answer letters from constituents within 24 hours. He noted that those around the table weren t running for Public office. If they were he said they might Speed their letter answering with the Hope of gain ing votes. Then he directed All of the to report Back at the next meet ing on just How Long it take their departments to respond to two categories of mail fro Congress and from the Public. Macy reported that som agencies in an Effort to provide better service Are remaining open on saturdays and one eve Ning a week and Johnson immediately wanted to know what this was rescheduled the hours so the Cost will not be High Mac replied. Arthur j. Goldberg ambassador to the United nations suggested Johnson might consider appointing a Federal omunds Man to look into Public com plaints. Johnson said the White House gets about 10,000 complaints week and that while Many Are forwarded to the agencies involved he Felt that the really big ones get upstairs mean ing they receive direct White House by this negative presidential reaction echoed by Macy Goldberg restated his was a go round about providing better phone service for those who Telephone govern ment agencies. Johnson suggested each Cabi net officer make a Survey to de Termine the usage of phone line sin his department. I think you la find he said that the men who need phones the least have the president recalled a White House Survey which showed that one of his assist ants who received an average Ozone Call a Day had 13 phone lines while an office that received about 190 Calls daily had Only two lines. Heart transplantation epidemic is feared new York up som leaders of the surgical profession Are seriously concerned that two human heart transplantation in three Days May cause an epidemic of similar attempts by inexperienced is talk of doing some thing to curb such an outbreak before it can occur. A senior surgeon who has held High office in the Ameri can College of surgeons is among those expressing con Cern. For ethical reasons he has asked not to be identified fur ther. He said he is in touch with other High placed surgeons across the country. Neither he nor his colleague expressed any reservations about the first two transplants one sunday in South Africa the other wednesday in new had Only tinted Admira Tion for the South african surgeons headed by or. Chris bar Nard and for or. Adrian Kantrowitz of Maimonides medical Center Brooklyn. Both have Long had worldwide reputations and both work in fully staffed and equipped hospitals. What concerns the former official of the american College of surgeons is a possible Epi Demic of this heroically experimental surgery by inadequately trained surgeons in inadequately equipped hospitals prompted by the publicity at tending the first two transplants. He recalled that such an epidemic occurred some year Sago when kidney transplantation was new and in the headlines. A number of Young surgeons in obscure hospitals attempted Simi Lar transplants and the results were unsatisfactory. The ill prepared were curbed then by warnings of the difficulties and perils from leaders i experimental kidney transplant surgery at surgical meetings Andin technical journals. Leaders of surgery Are also disturbed presently by implications that surgeons across the country and around the world Are lined up like runners at a starting line to race one another in snatching hearts from cadavers and planting them i living chests the senior sur Geon said he was sure this in t fact is the surgical techniques for transplanting a heartland the biochemical techniques for sustaining it in its new Bod have been worked out in detail in a number of medical Center sover the past few years he said. Enemy bombed Black smoke rises Over a rubber Plantation beyond the Budop special forces Camp after air Force planes and army helicopters bombed communist positions ring ing the outpost near the cambodian Border about 80 Miles North of Saigon. The picture was t a k e n by a photographer Horst Faas shortly before he was wounded infiltration believed increasing . Reported bombing routes into Thailand by Bob Hortona military writer Eglin air Force base Fla. A . Planes Are now bombing communist infiltration routes into Thailand from Laos military sources re port. These same sources say the communists have sought to counter the raids by positioning antiaircraft guns and surface to air missiles inthe extreme northeastern Cor Ner of american planes have been shot Down Over Thailand although there has been no offi Cial statement on the disclosures made wednesday by officers Here appear to indicate a worsening insurgency situation for the thais confronted More and More with communist penetration of their Borders. The problem has require some american actions similar to Early . Efforts in South Vietnam officers said. He declined to be specific but said the actions involve . Air commandos in Thailand. The . Embassy in Thailand categorically denied the bomb ing Story. An embassy spokes Man also denied the report that some american planes have been shot Down Over Thailand and said the embassy knew Noth ing of any communist anti aircraft guns or missiles in the country. Eglin fab is a major air Force tactical command facility where air commandos air Force counterparts of the army s Green berets retrained. Earlier last year the Penta gon acknowledged .-flown helicopters were being used to ferry thai troops into the North East Section for counterinsurgency operations. But the Pentagon said the that . Pilots were under strict orders to avoid involve ment in combat and would be replaced As soon As enough thai Hopper pilots had been trained. The United states has under taken a major buildup in thai land the last few years with to Tal american strength now exceeding 35,000 men including some 1,000 air commandos. The commandos help train thais i counterinsurgency operations. Earlier this year both the .and thai governments acknowledged for the first time that Many american air attacks on enemy Supply lines and positions in South Vietnam were originating from Thailand bases. Nothing was said about bomb ing inside Thailand. Since then b52 bombers have been moved from Guam to Thailand to Cut flying time to targets in South Vietnam As Well As air Force is reserving the b52s for the bigger operations i Vietnam and is sending world War a Vintage b26snow designated a26s on the thai bombing Here say . Pilots not thais Are piloting the bombing flights along the North Eastern border1 of the country. They indicated the raids have been under Way some time us ing a26s supplied to Thailand last year. The a26 Force once stood at 40planes. Now there Are about two dozen left in Thailand this offi cer said. Information available her credits communists inside or along the thai Border with defensive weapons ranging from 37mm to 100mm antiaircraft guns to soviet made surface to air Sams Are said to be mounted on Mobile launchers. European edition col. James w. Campbell Usa -. Editor in chief it. Col. F. 8. Michael jr., Usan. Deputy editor in chief Elmer d. Frank production manager Henry 8. Epstein . Circulation manager an unofficial newspaper of and for tha . Armed forces published by tha commander in chief . European command and printed Dally at Darmstadt Germany. Military address the stars and stripes Apo 09175. International mall the stars and stripes pos Faeh 1034, 61-Darmttadt, Germany. Tell Gale Shell c prefix 0616s 2071 m Darmstadt air strip prefix �376 741. Telex 0419-332. New York office 641 Washington 8t, new York 10014, Tel area code 212 620-5771. Second class postage paid at new York . 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