Nashua Telegraph (Newspaper) - April 18, 1969, Nashua, New Hampshire
Today's Chuckle Wealth is like a hot to hang on to than to let go of. i Nashua Celeqraph 1969 Tht Ttltgrapk't 100th At A Doily Ntwspoptr... C J Weather Cloudy, Mild Tonight Somewhat Cooler Saturday FULL REPORT ON PAGE TWO VOL. 101 NO. 42 Eitibllshed 11 Weekly October Incorporated I Diiljr llarch 1, 1M NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, FRIDAY, APRIL lg, 1969 Second Clan Postage Paid At N.ihui, N. H. 20 PAGES Price TEN CENTS Nixon Charges Koreans With Act Of Aggression Simulating a City Disaster Yesterday's simulated disaster exercise, featuring a plane crash, a fire and two automobile wrecks at the Berkshire Inn, involved the transportation of 50 "se- riousjy wounded" to city hospitals. Top: Firemen and rescue workers carry a plane crash victim from the roof of the Berkshire. Lower left: A victim of a car fire is aided by firemen and at lower right, an auto crash victim and another trapped inside get attention from a policeman. All were "rushed" to hospitals. (Tele- graphotos-Harrigan) Disaster Drill Highly Effective By MAXWELL COOK The physical aspects of Thursday's Civil Defense disaster drill have demon- strated vividly the worth of the "emergency prepared- ness" advocated in the day- long seminar at the Berk- shire Inn. 50 "Casualties" A simulated airplane crash into the inn, and wrecked ploying used cars donated by lo- cal dealers provided 50 casual- ties, simulated with make-up, by students from ML St. Mary and St. Louis de Gonzague schools and brothers from the St. An- thony Friary. So realistic were the synthetic disasters and the alarms of tht event that passersby and area residents rushed to the scene to assist and people in other parts of the city flooded the police and fire departments with calls. The "victims' injuries were noted on tags and they were rushed by ambulances to both Memorial and St. Joseph's hospi- tals where staffs handled them under disaster conditions. Funeral directors supplied ambulances for the drill. Police Chief Paul Tracy and Fire Chief Albert Tanguay co- operated with Civil Defense Di- rector George Papadopoulos in carrying out the program. E. Warren Clarke, University of New Hampshire's Civil Defense coordinator, led off the seminar in the Concord Room of the Inn. He was followed by Richard L. Wheland, of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, who School Officials Elaborate On Curriculum Survey Report In a statement today. School Superintendent Edmund M. Keefe elaborated oh the purpose of the curriculum survey report pre- pared by the educational consul- tant firm of Englehardt, Engle- hardt and Leggett. He also disclosed details of an education council whose tion is a provision of me recent- ly ratified contract with the Nashua Teachers Union. Also issuing a statement on the curriculum report was Thomas Stylianos, principal of the Spring Street Junior High School. Stylianos said he volunteered ms statement because he was "very concerned" the Nashua citizenry would be misled by the curriculum report into believing that the school system is wholly inadequate. He added: "It Is absurd and completely Inaccurate to describe teaching methodology and techniques as wholly traditional. "Actually, there is a good wholesome mix of traditional and modern. Naturally, I can only speak for my school but I have solid reason to believe the same is true of all Nashua schools. "The only true verdict tiiat can be given of a school system is when educational result! and learning are measured and this the survey did not do. "Criticism Well-Taken" "In many areas, criticism is well taken and more could be done in Nashua, but the same is true of any school .system. "There are many fine teachers OFFICIALS Page J told of his firm's planning for disasters. Victor P. McDavitt, a defense coordinator for the New England Telephone company, gave a brief- ing and demonstration of the North American Defense Com- mand After his talk, he made a direct telephone call to NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado which was amplified for the benefit of the 150 persons at- tending the event. The officer in charge answered questions asked from the floor. Warnings of invasion would distributed from this center to outlets providing all police and fire departments with an ear- ly warning, it was revealed. Following the disaster exercise, Col. Leslie A. Smith, of the New Hampshire Hospital Asso- ciation, .held a critique of the events, outlining the problem and explaining the remedial measures taken following the simulated mis- haps. The seminar, pronounced by all participants as extremely effec- tive, was jointly planned and sponsored by the New Hampshire Hospital Association, the N. H. Civil Defense Agency and the UNH Extension Service. BULLETIN! WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon said today the prospects for peace in Vietnam "have significant- ly improved" since he took office. The President also or- flered today continuance of reconnaissance plane flights near North Korea and declared "they will be protected." Protest Issued Prior to his a.m. EST news conference today, the President ordered a protest is- lued against the "calculated act of aggression" by North Korea In shooting down the unarmed EC121 reconnaissance plane ever the Sea of Japan last Tues- day. The protest, delivered at a 48- minute meeting at the Panmun- Jom truce site earlier today, was the first official U.S. reac- tion since the plane was downed and the 31 crewmen apparently lost. The relatively mild-worded itatement, which called on North Korea "to prevent similar incidents in the had left unanswered questions about what if any retaliation the Unit- ed States might make and how future reconnaissance flights would be protected. Until today's news confer- ence, broadcast live by radio and television, Nixon himself had not spoken publicly about the incident. The presidential silence and the calculated effort to remain calm after the loss of the plane was reflected to a degree in the Panmunjom protest, which con- tained fewer bristling words than in past incidents. When the USS Pueblo was captured 15 months ago, the Johnson administration called the seizure a "heinous crime" committed by "North Korean gangsters." Administration sources sug- gested the lower-keyed tone of the Panmunjom protest reflect- ed a difference between Nixon and Johnson administration ap- proaches rather than any U.S. North Korean deal to play down the episode. The timing of the U.S. protest at Panmunjom was pushed on the administration when North Korea called for a meeting of the military armistice commis- sion, the group which has met there since the end of the Ko- rean War periodically to talk about such items as truce viola- tions. Limited Speech To the Americans' surprise, the Pyongyang representative, Maj. Gen. Lee Choon-sun, limit- ed his opening speech to a sev- en-minute complaint about al- leged demilitarized zone viola- never mentioned the crisis-provoking plane incident. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. James B. Knapp then launched into the U.S. rebuttal of Pyong- yang's earlier claim that the slow-flying U.S. propeller plane intruded deep into Korean terri- tory. The American plane never flew even close to North Korean air space, Knapp declared. He noted plane debris was found 90 miles out to sea. "The shooting down (if this U.S. plane was not an act of he said. "It was a calculated act of aggression... "International law and cus- tom call you to account for the consequences of your violation of these principles "The proper course for you to take in this instance is to ac- knowledge the true facts of the case: "That you shot down our aircraft over international wa- ters at a point approximately 90 miles from your coast, and that this plane at no time entered your air space. Czechs Oust Dubcek Nixon Warns Russia By PETER GROSE York Tlmii Niwi lirvici WASHINGTON-The Nixon Ad- ministration has warned the So- viet Union that any violent re- pressions by Russian troops in Czechoslovakia would once again interrupt progress toward strate- gic arms, diplomatic sources said Delivered before the downfall of the Czechoslovak party leader, but anticipating that possibility, the warning was intended to de- fine the limits of United States tolerance in the face of mounting tensions between Prague and Moscow. Administration officials declined immediate comment on Dubcek's replacement by the more con- servative Gustav Husak. they noted that President Nixon will probably comment on the situa- tion at his news conference to- day. Privately, officials expressed sorrow but not surprise. other shoe has said one. The key to the U.S. reaction will be whether the political shift is carried off without violence and bloodshed, or without the participation of Soviet troops. Conceding the element of cyni- cism in this judgment, officials nevertheless argued that arms agreements with the Soviet Union ALEXANDER DUBCEK are an overriding goal of the Nixon foreign policy. Last Aug. 21, when military forces of the Soviet Union and other nations of the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to stop the liberalization program of the Dub- cek leadership, the Johnson ad- ministration held up the announce- ment scheduled to Have been made the day of me invasion of the opening of the long-awaited talks about limiting strategic mis- siles. When a more stable situation developed In Czechoslovakia through the winter, President Nix- on resumed the preparatory work toward these talks. But Secretary of State William P. Rogers spe- cifically told the Soviet Ambassa- dor, Anatoly F. Dobrynin, that any new outbreak of violence in Czechoslovakia would create an atmosphere in which the U. S. could not proceed. Prague Troops Poised PRAGUE (AP) Hundreds of Czechoslovak soldiers moved into Prague today to counter any demonstrations that might develop protesting the replace- ment of Alexander Dubcek at Communist party chief. After a crisis meeting of tha party's 190-member Central Committee, the government ra- dio and television stations Thursday night announced Dub- cek's replacement by Gustav Husak, the dour pro-Moscow head of the Slovak party. Strong police forces were on the alert, and a dozen polict vans were parked near the So- viet Embassy during the night. But there were no demonstra- tions, Prague airport reopened to normal traffic today after ing to commercial planes Thurs- day night. Airport employe! said Russian officers had ap- peared at the control tower. Students and young were reported planning meet- Ings to determine how they would react to the leadership change. Although Dubcek, 47, lost much of his wildly enthu- siastic following as he wai forced to make concession after concession in the wake of the Soviet Invasion last August, Hu- sak is generally disliked and mistrusted by freedom-minded trade unionists and students. N. H. Democrats Challenge Peterson By ADOLPHE V. BERNOTAS DURHAM, N. H. (AP) New Hampshire's top Demo- crats in the legislature given qualified support for a graduated income tax, accused Republican Gov. Walter Peter- son of shirk-ing responsibility and challenged him to a de- bate. Challenge Issued House Minority Leader Ro- bert Raiche of Manchester and Senate Minority Leader Harry Spanos of Newport issued the challenge Thursday night short- ly after they charged on WBNH-TV, the state's educa- tional network, that Peterson has failed to provide leadership in solving the state's problems. In Concord today, Peterson said: "My first reaction is to tell them to go out and get a reputation." He said he would have nothing more to say until he sees the program that is scheduled to be re-run Sun- day. It was a challenge to an un- precedented live television de- bate between a Republican gov- ernor and his opposition party's legislative leaders. The debate, if Peterson accepts, would be on the issue of broad-based taxa- tion and his budget program. There was no immediate re- sponse from the governor on whether he'd accept the unpre- cedented challenge to a live tel- evision debate on the issue of broad-based taxation and his budget program. They accused Peterson of shirking his responsibility as a leader during this legislative session. Peterson is a former speaker of the House of Repre- sentatives. Spanos said that the gradu- ated income tax is "the ulti- mate solution" to New Hamp- shire's financial problems and is "the only fair tax." Raiche was asked several times for his position on taxes Survey Discusses High Failure Rate in Elementary Schools PIZZA by Charles Famous thru out New England 147 W. PEARL ST. Finest in Pizzas Grinders (all varieties) Regular 90c PLAIN PIZZA TUESDAY 7C- ONLY T.l.pliom 889-4542 Open II AM to 2 AM Man. fhru Sat. Sundays 3 PM to EDITOR'S NOTE: The sec- ond phase of the Englehardt re- port evaluating the curriculum In the Nashua school system dis- cusses the high failure rate among the elementary school students. In today's article, rec- ommendations aimed at correct- Ing the high failure rate are outlined. By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER The number of children failed during the elemen- tary years in Nashua is ex- tremely high in most schools. This is one of the most BILLS ARE A PAIN LET A. B. 0. TOO GET OUT OF DEBT BY CONSOLIDATING TOUR BILLS PAST DUE OB NOT. lot) CAN AVOID LEGAL AC- TIONS DtJNS LETTERS AND THREATENING PHONE CALLS. NOT A LOAN NO SECURITY NO CO-SIGHEBS IT TOTJ OWE PAY A 13.000 2S WEEKLY 135 Wf.ES.LJ CALL 08 WHITE TODAY Tor of Hind Tomorrow 1271 Elm SI Manchester 669-5161 Room 108 92 Main St. Nashua 88.3-1737 ANCHOR BUDGET CONSULTANTS Homt or Office Appointment! Arrinfed critical evaluations made of the elementary school sys- tem in the 154-page curric- ulum survey report pre- pared by the educational consultant firm of Engel- hardt, Engelhardt and Leg- gett. One-Third Repeated In three schools about one- third of the children have re- peated a grade at least once and two schools have retained about one-fourth of their pupils at least once. Remaining schools, the report continues, have retained at least from 10 to 21 per cent of their pupils once in grades one through six. Many children have been retained more than once and some more than twice, the report adds. Speaking on this point to the joint school building committee Wednesday, Dr. James Boyd of the firm said his survey teams were amazed to find such a high failure rate here. His recommendation was that the school system re examine Its standards for the slower learner. Current standards are not too high for the bright student, he said, nor are they a problem for the average pupil. Problems Cited But the standards are a prob- lem to the slow learners, Boyd said, and repeated failure on their part leads to a high drop- out rate. In discussing the problem with industrial leaders here, he said, they observed that dropouts have become so imbued with the feeling of failure that they become failures at holding jobs too. "Large numbers of children failing in a public school sys- tem program, designed to edu- cate all, not just an elite, would suggest that the school is failing to teach rather than that the children are falling to the EEtL report states. "The cost of failing a child is not only a financial problem but a tremendous social and academic problem... "The question to ask at this point is what are the goals and purposes of the schools. With such a high rate of failure a SPRING HOUSE PAINT SALE NOW IN PROGRESS AT Nashua Wallpaper Co. IN W. Pearl St. 882-MM Open Thun. Frl. 'Til Get out of the rut. Get FREE CHECKING at Nashua Trust. Groovy. MEMBbK FDIC review of the graded system, the standards for promotion, and the policy for failure Is a necessity. Graded school sys- tems everywhere are experienc- ing such necessity for review of program and establishment of realistic and attainable goals." Development of a nongraded primary, which will allow chil- dren to progress at more nor- mal and natural levels accord- Ing to their development and capabilities, the report states, would add greatly to the suc- cess of children in later years In the school program. Cooperative Planning The report further recom- mends that there should be co- operative planning programs by the elementary school teachers. There should also be struc- tures designed, It adds, to allow teachers to work in groups so that larger numbers of children can viewed by more teachers and so that children can bs more accurately placed in the academic situation according to their needs. The graded structure, such as Nashua's, rather neatly com- partmentalizes teaching and learning into segments, the re- port observes. It states: "Teachers tend to teach grades rather than children, and textbooks designate for a par- ticular grade a minimum amount of learning to be ac- complished. "Movement in such circum- stances is relatively easy to de- termine because promotion de- pends upon assimilating a mini- mum amount of facts which be- come translatable in terms of achievement. "Repeated failure, unfor- tunately tends to develop a pat- SCHOOL Page! 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It would be a flat 5 per cent income tax rather than a graduated levy because tht state constitution forbids gradu- ated taxes. The bill would repeal taxes on machinery, neat stock, rabbits, fur-bearing animals, stud horses and jackasses. The sponsor is Rep. Donald Galbraith, R-Charlestown. It has been estimated the bill would yield about J50 million a year. The report notes that in Hit PETERSON I Unity Marine Dies in Viet UNITY, N. H. (AP) Marint Lance Cpl. Robert Finan, 19, of Unity, is the 179th New Hamp- shire serviceman to die in Viet- nam and the eighth this month. The Defense Department Thursday notified his family, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Seymour, of his death in combat. Finan was with the 1st Com- bined Action Group of tht Ird Marine Amphibious Forct. He Is the first serviceman from his community to dit IB Vietnam. Finan was in Vietnam year. He enlisted In NovcmbW of 1167.