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High Point Enterprise (Newspaper) - July 22, 1972, High Point, North Carolina The High Point Enterprise an Independent newspaper Randall b. Terry president co publisher d. A. Rawley co publisher David t. Rutledge Gen. Mgr. Mrs. C. H. Lockwood vice pres. Joseph p. Rawley . David a. Rawley jr., vice pres. Joe Brown editor Page 4-a saturday july 22, 1972 from the Winston Salem journal task for the triad tucked away in the southwestern Corner of Guilford county As it is High Point is clearly going to have to come to some sort of working agreement on growth with its neighbors in Forsyth Davidson and Randolph counties. Cooperation on expansion and urbanization in the triad area should be the Happy result of what is at the moment Only a problem for the furniture City. High Point City planners have apparently dropped a proposal for extending their zoning jurisdiction into Forsyth county but a part of Davidson county has in fact been zoned by the High Point City Council. The Davidson folks in the zoned area Are not Happy about the move and Are considering taking the Issue to court. The Davidson county commissioners have offered to zone the area the Way High Point wants it zoned but Are prepared to join in a court Battle too. This problem is going to become More common in the triad area As the major cities expand toward county and other City lines. Already in Many places the zoning jurisdictions of towns cities and counties Are almost overlapping and it is Safe to say that the different governments Are bound to from the Birmingham news disagree on the proper uses of disputed territory. It should thus be obvious by now that the various planning and zoning authorities must Start thinking in regional terms. Units of government Are jealous of their territory and their Powers but it will hardly Benefit the citizens of any City or county if chaos in development results where zoning jurisdictions collide for example housing zoned by High Point Highway business created by Forsyth and a Guilford trailer Park zone All in the same spot separated Only by imaginary lines on three zoning maps. The triad governments in fact Are talking about trying to avoid growing together into a huge sprawling ungainly megalopolis. They have discussed the idea of separating themselves from each other with permanent Green belts of Low density development it is a Fine ideas but apparently a Long Way from reality if the High Point expansion plans Are any indication. The machinery for fruitful cooperation on orderly City growth is firmly established in the triad Council of governments. But the regional spirit can do Little Good until Council members carry it Back to their own City Halls and county Board rooms. Post ques in the june 5 Issue of Industry week editor in chief Walter j. Campbell Calls attention to the fact that the . Postal service is starting retail stores called you can go to your Friendly Post office in Memphis Columbus Ohio. Detroit or Chicago Campbell says and buy a birthday gift for your Mother in Law and. Of course mail it right there. What seems to intrigue the financially pressed postal service is the profit potential. With outlets netting As much As 45 per cent on Gross sales markup possibilities Are from the Indianapolis Star terrific. Assuming someone will want one a four color blowup of a stamp for example will Cost 13 cents and sell for $1.50. Campbell Points out that the Post ques have Many advantages Over privately owned stores such As not paying rent not paying taxes and not buying any licenses and permits. We join Campbell in saying that personally wed be Content if the postal service would just concentrate on delivering the mails. Welfare and strikes anyone concerned about the increasing costs of welfare and the effect of these costs on their own pocketbooks would do Well to read a revealing new Book a welfare and it is published by the Industrial research unit Wharton school. University of Pennsylvania As the sixth in a series on labor relations and Public policy. The authors Are or. Armand j. Thiebolt or. Of the College of business administration University of Maryland and Ronald m. Cowin of the Industrial research Council. The Book makes the important Point that some labor unions Are using tax supported Public funds to maintain strikes without paying out a cent of their own funds to support striking members. In the 151-Day strike beginning last August of the 5.132 members of the United electrical radio and machine workers of America. Local 107, against the Westinghouse electric corporation. Steam division at Lester pa., $2.5 million in Public funds in the form of various welfare benefits was paid to strikers. The Book says the Union contributed a Load of Coal to the truly destitute and a free meal at the Union Hall for those on picket duty but nothing in strike benefits As such. The Book alleges that the practice of using welfare benefits for strikers has become so prevalent that some unions now regard welfare As a powerful new weapon for use in the collective bargaining system. In the 71-Day strike of the United automobile workers against general motors in 1970, an estimated $30 million was spent in Public welfare benefits to strikers nearly $16 million of it by Michigan alone. With the food stamp program and other forms of Public Aid combined with Union strike benefits some workers lived As Well As or even better than when working full time the Book charges. The books authors propose As one possible solution that Congress simply declare strikers ineligible for tax supported benefits. In any Case it is certain that action must be taken at both the state and Federal Levels to halt abuses that take food out of the Mouths of those who continue to taxes so that someone else who is on strike of his own volition can be supported. From the Christian science Monitor and High time too president Nixon has decreed that from now on Only volunteers will be sent to Vietnam no More conscripts. This decision Long overdue brings american military policy Back into line with the Wisdom of the Ages. From time immemorial the great superpowers of history have serviced their Remote commitments with Volunteer professional soldiery never with conscripts. As far from the Charlotte observer Back As the roman Empire the lesson had been Learned that it is disastrous to Send conscripts Halfway around the world for fighting in a Frontier War. Americans have an unfortunate tendency to not read history. The penalty is to repeat its mistakes. One May Hope that the lesson of Vietnam is firmly embedded in american Folk memory. Or. Nixon clearly understands it. A . King As americans plan for their 200th anniversary Celebration in 1976, one might think. A cwt to would be our King now if George Washington had accepted that Job a we confess we did no task that question first Esquire Magazine did. It claims it has found the Man who would now be reigning if go had become George i of the United states. He is Felix Craig of Hinton. W. A and what does a King do when not kinging0 he runs a Campground for the presbyterian Church. Esquire says Craig would be our seventh King if we had gone that route. And since George Washington had no children Craig is the most direct heir of George s younger brother Samuel. So while All the Kingmaker play around in Miami Beach we now know they Are just pretenders. The real thing is Felix of Hinton. Maybe we should put him in charge of the Bicentennial. There is enough confusion Over that Celebration to warrant a Kings intervention. Then too or. Nixon has paved the Way for Royalty in America what with his penchant for trumpets pomp and flourish. Remember the new uniforms for the White House guards but Felix Craig appears to be a sensible or i. According to Esquire he has no desire to Rule. Hanoi exclusive Washington in their first comment on the u. S. Presidential Campaign the North vietnamese have informed us they expect president Nixon to win re election but they would prefer to Deal with George Mcgovern. From their Paris embassy. North vietnamese spokesmen have sent us an exclusive message that they feel sure Mcgovern would pull u. S. Troops out of Vietnam As he has promised. They also believe he would keep his word not to give More military backing to the Saigon regime. They therefore not Only would negotiate the pow Issue with Mcgovern but they would move fast suggested one North vietnamese Diplomat to return american prisoners. But the North vietnamese conceded in the end they probably will have to negotiate with a re elected Richard Nixon. They afford therefore to place All their bets on Mcgovern they said. Hanoi a views on the election were delivered to us by an emissary who met with the North vietnamese three times for a total of four and one half hours. For diplomatic reasons we agreed to withhold the names of the participants. All the discussions were held in French so we can Only paraphrase what the North vietnamese said. Their suspicion of Nixon seemed almost paranoid their Trust in Mcgovern wary. Nixon paranoia they recited Nixon a record Back to his 1953-61 term As vice president when he made Saber rattling speeches about Indochina. Nevertheless they were ready to negotiate with Nixon in 1971, they said for the total withdrawal of u. S. Forces and the rimmed ate return of u. S. Prisoners. But the rigged re election of president Thieu on october i and the escalated bombing of North Vietnam a few Days later they said exacerbated their old suspicions of Nixon. Now they feared Nixon would listen to Thieu a appeals for renewed u. S. Intervention in the Vietnam War. As evidence they cited the buildup of . Forces in neighbouring Thailand and the increase in air naval units around Vietnam. The communist diplomats said they trusted Mcgovern if he should be elected not to re intervene in the War. But one Diplomat suggested they would make rapid arrangements with Mcgovern to return american prisoners so he would have no excuse to re intervene. The North vietnamese said they would make an accounting of u. S. Missing insofar As possible at the same time a pow settlement is reached. The 60 to too americans held by the communist forces in Laos the North vietnamese said could be returned As part of a general u. S. Agreement to withdraw from Indochina. They said the americans held in Cambodia could also be returned As part of a general Indochina settlement. A cambodian communist who was present during the discussions said the american prisoners in Cambodia Are suspected Cia agents and special forces not combat troops captured during the u. S. Incursion of May 1970. Bombing of dikes the North vietnamese were particularly emotional Over the alleged american bombing of the dikes which they pleaded could Lead to two million deaths from drowning and starvation. We have seen secret Pentagon documents which substantiate the u. S. Claim that the red River dikes and dams Are off limits to our bombers. The documents indicate however that some flood control installations have been hit accidentally because of the close proximity of military targets. The North vietnamese explained to our emissary that they had bolstered the hillsides above the dams and dikes with Trees grass and underbrush. The torrential Rains merry go round by Jack Anderson last year eroded these natural barriers. Thus u. S. Bombs exploding near the dikes Jar the weakened bulwarks and cause severe leaks. Some roads also run directly on top of dikes and u. S. Attacks on the military traffic have blown holes in the dikes they said. A combination of air raids defoliation and artificial rain making they feared could turn their flood control system into a huge mudslide. Footnote intelligence reports suggest that Moscow and peking unlike Hanoi would prefer to Deal with Richard Nixon than George Mcgovern. The reason apparently is that they feel More comfortable with the known Nixon than the unknown Mcgovern. Letters police investigation called unsatisfactory to the editor i want to thank you for the tenacity demonstrated in your editorial of july 18 entitled a still at a standoff wherein you renew your request for an Independent outside investigation of the High Point police department. I particularly want to thank you for pointing out the obvious incredulity of the chief of police a testimony As to exact quotations from detailed but unrecorded conversations occurring More than a month prior to his testimony. As someone has suggested earlier Bob Marks i think we have our own my Lai within the High Point police department. In the Case of my Lai. We now know How ranking military officers in an intr departmental investigation covered up known w wrongdoings in order to make the military look Good. Only As result of diligent news reporting was the mess Ever brought to Light. Here in High Point the police chief has resisted an outside investigation and has gotten away with it to Date Only with the Aid and abet Tance of a compliant mayor and City Council. Presumably they too would like to avoid any embarrassment that might evolve from such an investigation. They Are apparently even willing to ignore facts disclosed in civil service Appeal hearings which clearly indicate the commission of several crimes by police officers including felonies All apparently unrelated to the focus of the recent intr departmental investigation. Most such cases the evidence disclosed have been totally ignored. No prosecution was instituted in any such Case. As disclosed in one of the hearings even the chief of police himself has yet to explain How a Check payable to the department As a contribution for the Purchase of basketball uniforms came to be endorsed by him and cashed at a private garage Why Are the police chief mayor and City Council unwilling to have the police department investigated by an outside investigative Agency sincerely William c. Andrews 302 Friddle Street Ood Flern can by Holt Mcpherson Enterprise editor emeritus americans cities Are going bankrupt but not from a Lack of Money. And it is going to take More than Money to save our cities from total deterioration. Too Many cities have ample funds but they Are being used ineffectively. Or incorrectly. Or just Plain wastefully. The real tragedy of the City according to or. Norton Long in his highly interesting and pertinent Book a the uncalled City a has been its utter loss of purpose and self direction. He builds a Case with devastating documentation. It is a Brilliant Book that knocks Down a lot of the barriers to the understanding of the Urban Community. Professor Long who currently is director of the Center of Community and metropolitan studies at the University of Missouri in St. Louis believes that the Way to reverse this trend a and to attract productive businesses and people Back into the City a is for the City to make itself Over into a human cooperative that works for the social and economic improvement of its members. One need look no farther than our own City to recognize the american City is disintegrating in a dismal self perpetuating Cycle of increasingly unproductive and costly municipal services deteriorating housing and social overhead capital and an increasing exodus of productive businesses and people. It is bringing More and More american cities to the verge of bankruptcy a financial political and moral. In the face of such overwhelming problems the question arises As to whether the City can survive in these times As a form of local self government. Increasingly county state and National governments Are encroaching into the void that s being allowed to be created in cities today. Professor Long believes the process of disintegration can be arrested through political actions of the local Community indeed that it cannot be halted without such action. He does not accept the argument self Servin Gly articulated by some mayors that cities themselves Are powerless to affect significantly their Fate. Professor Long demonstrates eloquently that whether it is a question of gearing schools to the needs of the local Economy or legislating housing standards that would encourage new building what City government does a or does not do a matters. A the uncalled City a says professor Long in his excellent analysis of municipal problems and How they can be overcome. A is open to All with none compelled to stay and it must earn a loyalty it cannot require. Ideally its citizens will be citizens of Choice rather than compulsion its Walls will be shared purposes its activities make possible. That is Why the City of the future is a humane cooperative directed to the improvement of the economic and social conditions of its members. Its Appeal will be to those who need it need it because they Are poor and must Pool their scant resources of Money and labor to produce what they cannot Purchase because the productive a it Ossi Billies of Active citizenship Are nowhere else possible and because the Rich diversity of the City offers far More potential for creativity than the homogenized conditions of the like circumstanced and like minded. The strength of the City is in it diversity its varied Appeal capabilities and activities its decline has been accompanied by the homogenization into the City of old Industry old people the poor the disc imitated against and their keepers. A the tragedy of the City has been its loss of purpose and self direction. Above All. Its rulers despite frequent Good will and Strong attachments Lack a permanent and reasoned commitment to its future. Often while running the City they no longer share much of its life they neither their families and children to its streets and schools nor use its possibilities As other than a place of business wittingly and unwittingly Many City rulers exploit the City and its remaining inhabitants with Public investments that Are privately profitable but socially costly and wasteful. Fewer and fewer businesses remain to contribute to the City a economic base or otherwise see their future bound up with that of the City. The City s service bureaucracies become More and More so much dead weight contributing Little to the viability of the City a Economy and weighing Ever More heavily on its limited fiscal resources. Policemen firemen teachers welfare workers come to see themselves As keepers a class apart from the inhabitants. A the City then is run neither by nor for its inhabitants. Worst of All Many of the City a inhabitants Are regarded As and Are liabilities to themselves and the City. But the leaders of the City and its bureaucracy instead of seriously attempting to change their liabilities into assets make an excuse out of the condition and a business of managing human liabilities the City a Only resource is treated As no resource at a yet if the people of the City Ere broke end stay broke the City will surely go broke too. In thet Cese the Only Meens of staying afloat is for those who run the City s bureaucracies to persuade the outside society to them to run the City As an and an reservation and poor farm. This is the Drift of events. Since the great society and the poverty programs Many efforts in a seemingly opposite direction have it is Felt been made and the pages of the press abound with stories of training programs sponsored by the Federal government and efforts of organizations such As the National Alliance of businessmen to employ the City s hard Core. Mostly the training has been conducted to employ the trainers rather than those they almost All cases the weakness of such programs is that except for the parasitic rackets they do not Stem from any perception of sustained opportunities for profitable employment of those to be trained. But if the City is not to become a dependent poor farm and police reservation its people at least most of them must be employable and not As Charity Strong stuff that but highly perceptive. Now take another breath and read this a the English refer to local government As a sewerage without tears a an expression that indicates that for them As for us the problem of waste disposal has not always been tearless. But the reference is clearly to a workaday though necessary affair whose satisfactory functioning requires More than routine competence and honesty. This same Conception of local government is enshrined in the Oft repeated slogan of american municipal Reform that there is no democratic or Republican Way to pave a

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