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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, HessePage 4 THE STARS AND STRIPES Sunday, September 6, 1970 Kids Playing on the Grass! In Germany, That's a Battle By FRANK CREPEAU FRANKFURT (AP) — Threemop-haired children are chal- lenging the sanctity Of Germangrass oy playing on it, and pa- rents have been hauled intocourt for supporting such brazen conduct. When they told their childrento go ahead and play on the grass in front of their Frankfurtapartment, Mr. and Mrs. Kon- rad Loew went against che-rished German tradition. It holds that grass exists only todelight the eye and only "keep off the grass" signs and way-ward dogs can mar its pristine state. It wasn't only that SabineLoew, 12, and her brothers, Jo- hannes, 9, and Martin, 6, werecaught green-footed on the grass, but their parents refusedto order the children off. Test CaseIn what is now called a test case, the owners of the housingproject with 1,100 apartments filed for an injunction to requirethe Loews to keep off the grass. If the Loews win, children allover West Germany will toe playing on grass. Mrs. Loew, her blue eyesflashing, said: "Something is very wrong in our society whenthey bring a lawsuit because kids were on the grass. Nowwe're going to fight and maybe people will have a little courageif they see somebody win a case." The case, due to be decidedlater this month, was filed by Neue Heimat, owned by theWest German Trade Union As- sociation, which has some300,000 apartments in projects throughout West Germany. Neue Heimat argued the grassis not a playground, does not be- long to renters and serves onlyan aesthetic function, to . . . "bring joy to the beholder." Italso contends that children play- ing on the grass between rowsof houses disturb other residents and that the six Loew childrenhave been troublemakers since the family moved in. Only thethree younger children are in- volved in the suit, Hostility ShownLoew, a 44-year-old economist and business consultant, arguesthat Neue Heimat has shown a certain hostility toward childrenall along and there is no reason why children shouldn't play onthe grass since the project's playground is poorly situatedand inadequate. Sitting in his roomy, comfor-table apartment filled with books, children, cats and twoguinea pigs, Loew insisted that children have always played ongrass in the project but are con- stantly shouted at by custodians,and some neighbors have filed complaints about noise. "But they brought the suitsimply because 1 won't forbid my children to play there," hesaid. He said the situation is symptomatic o* the way childrenare being denied their right to play in West Germany — theirright to normal, healthy devel- opment."Sure, children make noise," he said, "but when you considerthe noise we make with our cars, trains, planes and con-struction, it's really not so much."Mrs. Loew added: "It's the old idea that any adult is anauthority figure and is always in the right."It would have remained a small affair between landlord and tenant but a Frankfurtnewspaper printed the story and was immediately flooded withletters to the editor. A majority of the letter writ-ers sided with Loew, arguing that crowded, traffic-cloggedcities offer few playgrounds and that children are daily hounded,chased, shouted at and even slapped around by adults forplaying on grass or simply mak- ing too much noise.West German television broad- cast a documentary titled "NoPlace for Children," showing how partment builders providespace for automobiles but forget about playgrounds, and con-tending that West Germany is hostile to children.A magazine printed statistics to show West Germany has thepoorest record in Europe for providing playgrounds nearapartment!; and that Britain pro- vides 40 times more playgroundspace than West Germany. In the letters to the editors,the grass also had its defenders. One man attacked the "egoisticattitude" of the Loew family and said: "To allow children toplay on the grass on the grounds that there are not enough play-grounds is silly If I look the same position I should rob abank tomorrow because I'm short of money."Others protested that today's children have no respect forgrass, their elders or anything else.Loew hopes the court will order Neue Heimat to open upall its grass to children, but says that if he loses the case hewill appeal. "The wide public reaction hasshown this to be an important issue for many people," he said."We won't give up." ^ —Pompidou Plans To Visit Soviet Spaee Center MOSCOW (AP) — French President Georges Pompidouwill visit the Soviet Union's top-secret space center at Baiko- nur in Central Asia during his state visit next month, west-ern sources said Friday night Pompidou's predecessor, Charles de Gaulle, is the onlywestern leader who has seen the vast space complex on the Kazakhstan steppes. De Gaulle visited the cosmodrome in 1966While at Baikonur, Pompidou may witness the launching of a Soviet rocket carrying French-made laser reflectors for alanding on the moon. But there was no way of checking this possibility with Soviet officials.During his 1966 visit lo Baikonur, De Gaulle watched the launching oC the Soviet Co£mos-122 satellite. Presumably theRussian! would accord Pompidou a similar opportunity, and the laser launching would offer a good occasion for ikThe sources said Pompidou, who arrives in Moscow Oct. 6 $will go to Baikonur Oct 8. spend Ifee night, and then fly to Novosibirsk and visit the Siberian scientific city of Akedem- ^JFrom there he will fly to Tashkent, capital of the .CentralAsian republic of Uzbekistan, and Samarkand, capital of the 14th-century Mongol conqueror, Tamerlane. 1 1 Long. Struggle France Plans Campaign Against Tax Cheating By CLYDE H, FARNSWORTHPARIS (NYT)'...— The govern- ment has begun what promisesto be a long and tough struggle to get Frenchmen to stop cheat-ing on their income taxes. With proposals submitted tothe finance committee of the National Assembly, FinanceMinister Valery Giscard d'Estaing is hoping to simplifythe structure and reduce the rates in an effort to inducepeople to pay all their takes. Tax fraud, he said, must be"eliminated as a social phe- nomenon, kept to the proportionsof an isolated, abnormal, repres- sed phenomenon disapproved ofby public opinion." The program for fiscal re-form, which is subject still to considerable adjustment beforeit is put into effect, steers clear TODAY'I ORLD * * * * * Miss Great Britain Quits WIG AN, England (AP) — Miss Great Britain, 23-year-old Kath-leen Winstanley has packed up her crown in a wooden box and retired from the beauty business. "I am through with the beauty game," she announced. 'Tm beatIt's more than any girl can take." The former restaurant worker was elected Britain's most beauti-ful girl Aug. 27. She has been Miss United Kingdom and a runner up in the Miss World contest, and has been winner of beautycontests tor the past three years. But she said the schedule of receptions and public appearancesthat went with the latest $4,800 title were too much. She collapsed in Belfast Thursday during a tour. Miss Winstanley said she had been getting up at 6:30 in themornings and getting to bed at 2:30 a.m. • Bonn Offers Deal to Halt Pot BONN (AP) -- West Germany has offered 10,000 tons of fertili-zer for Turkish marijuana growers who stop planting the drag. The offer was made by Development Aid Minister Erhard Epplerto visiting Turkish Agriculture Minister Ilhami Ertem, Ertcm told Eppler the Turkish government has succeeded inreducing to 19,900 hectares from 40,9M the area on which mari- juana is grown. Eppler said tike fertilizer should be used to givemarijuana growers an incentive to grow other plants. • Great Scott! It's Too Much! ADELAIDE, Australia (UPI) — Lady Dorothy Scott has beenembarrassed almost to tears since the advent of a massive tele- vision and billboard advertising campaign ballyhooing Lady Scotttoilet paper. She said she had decided to close her four hairdressing salonsand move to Britain, "I don't want to leave; this is my home," said Lady Scott, "butit would be too embarrassing to stay. Wherever I go, people make mention of it. I always run into smart people who have a dig atme." The TV commercial for the toilet paper, manufactured by Bowa-ter-Scott, shows a children's choir singing a jingle. The "product itself has flowers on it."The other night I went out and did not even realize I was wearing a floral dress until somebody said, "I see you even wearflowers on your clothes." "This sort of thing is never forgotten.1* of stiffer penalties for tax eva-sion. It is unheard of for a tax evader to be jailed. Late pay-ments are subject lo a 10 per cent fine. The fines are pooledas the bonuses of tax inspectors. Public exposure is the onlyweapon contemplated. Individual tax payments would be posted,along with the name of the tax- payer, in local town halls, aproposal that has been made be- fore in France but has alwaysbeen defeated. Reduction of the difference oftreatment between the salaried and the self-employed is one ofthe objectives of the reform. Those on a salary have littleopportunity to cheat. Although taxes are not withheld inFrance, employers are required to inform the tax authorities ofthe pay of individual employes. There are no such controlsover the self-employed -— profes- sional men, such as doctors andlawyers, and the small shop- keepers, already upset by thegrowth of supermarkets in France. Any attempts to extendfiscal controls over the latter group are bound to meet withvocal, if not violent, opposition. Militant shopkeeper groups were thought to be behind aseries of attacks against local tax bureaus earlier this year.Pierre Poujade, president of the Union for Defense of Com-merce and Artisanry, has al- ready served notice that, if Gi*.card d'Estaing "resuscitates th< fiscal Gestapo," he will reconvmend the boycotting of all con- trols.Behind the new drive of ?h< government is the fact that Ic^than 20 per cent of the revenue of the state comes from indivi-dual and corporate income tax. compared with 50 per cent ormore in most other Indus!riJ countries. Landslide Kills 6 in Philippines MANILA (UP!) — A landslidecaused by rain crushed a family of six to death Friday andbrought to 49 the death toll from five days of heavy rain in thePhilippines. Another 7.7 Inches of rain ft1!!in the Manila area in the 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. Friday,bringing to 32 inches the to',.;! since Monday. Britain Grants Asylum To Russian Ballerina LONDON (NYT) — NataliaMakarova, a leading Russian ballerina with the LeningradKirov Ballet now visiting Lon- don, was granted asylum by Bri-tain Friday night. An unconformed report saidthe 30-year-old dancer had slip- ped away from the 100-mcmbertroupe earlier Friday on the pre- text of doing some last-minuteshopping before the Kirov's six- week London visit ended Satur-day. Miss Makarova had been sche-duled to appear Friday night in one of the troupe's farewell per-formances at the Royal Festival Hall. Her part was danced byone of the Kirov's younger soloists, Natalia Bolshakdva.The British Home Office said in a brief statement that MissMakarova had applied to remain in Britain and that her requesthad been granted. A Foreign Office spokes nuinsaid the Soviets had formally asked to talk to Miss Makarcn a. "You may take it that the re- quest has been passed alon^ toMiss Makarova/' the spokesman said.According to another report from a source close to Bnti>hauthorities, Miss Makarova at- tended rehearsals Friday mum-ing before going off on her "shopping" trip.Instead, the source said, Un- called British police headquar-ters at Scotland Yard and, in halting English, explained thatshe wanted to stay in Britain. It appears that she was thenimmediately taken to the Home Office, friends of hers were non-fled and they accompanied her to an unidentified place in t:;ocountryside near London, ac- cording to the source. I A ?> ;