Portsmouth Herald (Newspaper) - November 15, 1975, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portsmouth Hera'd (N H Sd' lo. 197b Editorial Opinion Legal fees are proper Perhaps certain members of our City Council are naive, but we doubt it. We doubt the motives of outgoing (thank God) Councilmen Evelyn Mar- coni and Richard Chaisson in their la test attempt to build a phoney issue against the city manager. They are upset (or so they say) all of a sudden because they have discovered that lawyers work for a fee, usually a high one. They pretend to be surprised that the special attorney hired by City Manager Calvin A. Canney to handle the city's interests in the marathon Hanchett hearing is going to be paid by city funds. Did they have some silly illusion that the manager was going to pay the lawyer out of his own pocket? We doubt even they really thought this, but now they are trying to make a last ditch grandstand play on what is the biggest non-issue of the day. The Council agreed, although some members opposed, to the hiring of a special attorney to handle the complex and lengthy city business in connection with the firing of Public Works Supt. Gordon Hanchett and his attempt to be re-hired. The city manager fired Hanchett be- cause he felt such dismissal was in the best interest of the city. He fired Han- chett because he believed Hanchett wasn't doing a good job for the city. Now whether Canney was right or wrong isn't the issue any longer. That was decided officially by vote of the Council, which upheld his action. But, even if the Council hadn't upheld Canney's decision, the decision was taken as part of Canney's official duties as administrative head of the city. It was city business. Since it was city business and the hearing on the matter was city busi- ness, the expense of the proceedings certainly have to be borne by the city. It doesn't make too much difference where the money for payment comes from, so long as it comes about through a legitimate and above board transfer of funds from one item to another in the administrative budget. It is a city expense, and it has to be paid for with city funds. Good word for N-Power Sometimes the extreme environ- mentalists who don't want a single leaf to drop just "snow" us with their ab- solutely positive knowledge about everything connected with energy. They are against it in practically any form. Again, we sympathize with their con- cerns, and don't want to see our world despoiled. But. on the other hand, there is no way we can see that our civilization can survive without energy aplenty. We particularly deplore the fervid, almost fanatic opposition of the leaf lovers to the nuclear plant in Seabrook. We're sure it has its dangers, but what doesn't? We were particularly impressed by Dixy Lee Ray, former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, when she made a few cogent remarks recently at UIMH. Ms. Ray is now out of governmental service, so she doesn't have to trim her comments to suit any particular govern- mental policy. For that very reason, and also because of her long study and background in nu- clear power matters, we believe she should be heard by some of the more raucous anti-nuclear power people. She said "less zeal and more under- standing, less emotion and more facts" are needed to solve the energy crisis. She asked for "considerably more com- mon sense" and more nuclear power. Ms. Ray, who was the first woman to head the AEC, said she had been skepti- cal of nuclear power when she was a marine biologist, but after having ac- cess to all the information there is on the matter, she changed her mind. She said, "I became convinced that nuclear power is safe. It isn't completely free from risks, but the risks are less than for any other form of energy." Nuclear power isn't the only, or final, answer to our energy problems, but it is an energy source that is available now. when we most need it, as oil sources dry up, and other energy possibilities such as soiar, tidal, wind, geothermal and hy- dro power have a way to go before they take their place in the mass-produced energy picture. A sensible young man Remember when Britain's Prince Charles visited Portsmouth for our 350th anniversary? A lot of us were impressed with the young man not because of his station in life, but because he came across as a pretty human and humorous young fel- low. We could even forgive him for being "royal" and understand the kind of pressures he must endure. So, we were amused the other day when an interviewer asked this most eligible young bachelor of 27 when he would be getting married. Prince Charlie promptly replied he intends to keep falling in love "with all sorts of girls" and is in no hurry to marry. Why should he be in a hurry? No one that age, whether he be of royal station or just plain folks, should be in too much of a rush. As he said, "I've fallen in love with all sorts of girls and I fully intend to go on doing so." Then, he made another statement that will probably get him in as much trouble for his honesty as did Betty Ford, when she talked frankly about her daughter and love matters. Said the Prince, "I think one has got to be aware of the fact that falling in love with someone is not necessarily the starting point to getting married." Making good sense, Prince Charles warns against getting married too young, saying 30 seems a good age. He said, "By this time you have seen a great deal of life, met a large number of girls, been able to see what types of girls there are, fallen in loveevery now and then, and you know what it's all about." All in all, we'd say Prince Charles is a normal, sensible young man, despite all the royal flap he has had to endure. Ann Landers Boys Should Pitch In and Help Dear Ann Landers: You've often viid that if a man and woman both work (hey should share the housework. I couldn't agree more Bdh my mother and father work and guess who does ALL tlielioijhowork' Me' I children should help around the house because they live there, too. Ejut isn't il rotten io put it all on a daughter when there are tvvo able-bodied boys in the family'' My brothers don't lift a finger. You'd think they wtTf royalty. I dust-mop, vaccurn, make beds, cook, do dishes, etc. This means I have I" come straight home from school, do house- work and start supper. Please .say something, Ann FAIR IS FAIR Dear Fair: I HAVE said somrlhing. but I'll say it again. Housework and.cooking don't carp who does or fe- male.. Your parents are bring not only to you but lo your brothers. They will be handicapped later in life if thry don't know how to EWSPAPERl cook and do housework. I suggest a total reassessment of the situation and a division of ways. I hope your parents will this column and cail a Tribal Meeting tonight. Dear Ami Landers: Harry and I are in our mid 60s. We both Ksi our males a few years ago. Wn enjoy each other's company and want a life together. Harry suggested that we live together without marriage. He he can't afford the financial responsibilities of ,1 vvife To be perfectly frank, the moral aspects of the arrange- ment wouldn't bother me, but I'm afraid to make (his be- cause he could walk away whenever he fell like it and I'd feel used if he ever did it. When I told Harry how I felt, he said he'd he perfectly willing to marry me but I'd have to agree to the old-fashioned mar- riage agreement where the wife h.'inds over everything lo her husband What do yni think about his proposition0 THKFKNCK Dear Fence: Not much. For openers I've never heard of that "old-fashioned marriage agreement" Harry is trying to sell you. Moreover, there are a lew missing links in the chain First: What do you have to "hand Second. Would Harry be willing to hand over whatever HE has0 When get (he answers to these questions let me know. Looking Back In The Herald 100 Years J5, Rye is probably the banner town on potatoes. Jedediah Rand has raised this past sea- son, bushels on four acres of land 75 Years The old sailors are prophesy- ing a hard winter 50 Years Scottish Rite Masons meet. Large gathering here for degree work and banquet Yean. 15, IftSO Herald staff writer Richard J. Connolly wins radio 'Big Story' award. Staff Notebook A Presidental visit "O.K., guys! Our first job is to scrub up the ol' image." Guest Editorial By SHERMAN PRIDHAM City Librarian The Portsmouth Public Library complex will be ready in the Spring of 1976. It will be a blend of the old and the new, combining an historic atmo- sphere with a modern facility striving to identify and meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of the city. The facility will provide: An area for books and read- ers almost twice as large as the previous Library complex. A community meeting room for 125 persons, with adjacent kitchenette and facilities for ca- ble television broadcasting. A colorful Children's room with storybook nooks, story-tell- ing area and mezzanine. A modern technical pro- cessing area for preparation and distribution of library ma- terials to library patrons. An outdoor reading area for adults and for children's sum- mer story hours A creative display area for community exhibits. A music area with records for library listening and cir- culation. Ramps and an elevator for easy access by the handi- capped. Restored rooms in the Bene- dict Building to house Ports- mouth and Shoals collections, and genealogy and town history collections. Your library is a facility for everyone in the community. You can get books, records, magazines and newspapers there. If you have a question, the chances are good that your library will be able to help you. We can find addresses, dia- grams on how to build things, instruction on gardening, and many other things that you may never have considered asking for at your library. We provide film programs, story hours, and even craft programs. We have these services now. With the new facility we will be able to broaden and improve our services. Your library can be whatever you will demand and support. Support The support for the library SHERMAN C. PRIDIIAill and the building program has come from all segments of the community. The funding for construction has been a creative and money-saving effort on the part of many people. City Plan- ner Bob fhoresen and City Manager Calvin Canney have worked very hard to get every penny of outside funding possible. Money that might have gone elsewhere will be coming to Portsmouth to help keep down the cost to Ports- mouth's taxpayers. Approxi- mately from LSCA II funds was acquired; from National Parks for restoration of the older buildings will be received; and because the library' is a support- ing facility adjacent to the Ur- ban Renewal Project, will be eliminated from the local share of the Renewal Project. No bond issue was needed to fund this S700.000 project The Portsmouth Council voted to go forward with the project and showed its com- mitment to good library service by its support. They, after all, are the people directly an- swerable to the voters of Ports- mouth. The Trustees of the Ports- mouth Public Library are to be highly commended not only for their support of the project, but for taking upon themselves the task ot raising ?60.000 to furnish and equip the new library. If the above sounds like a testimonial to just about every- one in the City of Portsmouth, that is because so many people are responsible for the im- minent success of your library's building program. People such as the young girl who gave for the fund drive; businesses and organizations who have given support and money; the media who have given us free advertising: the Trustees of the Prescott Fund who have given us free rent; the library staff who suffered through noise, lack of heat; and the confusion of construction: the construction workers who have been cooperative throughout; and especially the library users, who have put up with all man- ner of inconvenience with wonderful good grace and understanding, all these people and many that are not men- tioned here are making it possible for us to have a new and a renovated library. Portsmouth is a community of people with diverse back- grounds and interests. Your library is a place where you can come to pursue your own educa- tional, informational, and rec- reational needs. Please, come. Public Forum Today's Gripe We have been patiently wait- ing for our promised crosswalk on the comer of State and Chapel Street for about three months. The children are back in school and a crosswalk is badly needed for them, and others going to the Community Center each day. State Street is a royal speed way. E.S. City Manager Calvin A. Can- ney said the Public Works De- partment was requested to paint the lines but unfortunately other projects intervened with carrying out the work. He promised that if the weather is cooperative the crosswalk will be painted in by the middle of next week. The Portsmouth Herald Continuing THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE nor 21 I88n MI Amoftca Lsiabttbf- d Oct 1, Ait Cjif 4Jo loOO C.itl 772 WiOO loll MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OP CIRCULATIONS ,md S ll 111 M wuod Avenue. JjSOl Second C'OW poiiago paid a! Pwiwvxjtn. N H JOc c.f any situation without em- barrassment to him. One of the worst things that in befall a president, we have learned, is to meet with a small, special group, such as the New England Society of Newspaper Editors, and have him greeted by a complete dearth of questions. Well, that won't happen while Ford's present staff is func- tioning. Bill Elwell, director of (he famed Portsmouth Clipper Band, is a man who can ap- preciate Ihe of or- chestration thai precedes a presidential visit. Our first intimation that all would not be the usual drill came in conversation with a former colleague. Bob Norling, who has gone on to greater things than listening to us. On any bookstand in town the unwary can buy books on the sinking of USS Thresher. TO our mind no one was ever better qualified to do a definitive piece on'Thresher that Bob Norhng but he didn't choose to do so. The other writers are un- doubtedly geniuses, but they never knew, and never will, what Norling knew. Anyway, and maybe Norling will DO a book on it, the President decided lo talk with New england's newspaper editors. Did you know that when the President visits a hotel, a private generator is flown in and brought to the building to make sure, in the event of an electrical failure, he won't be stuck in an elevator? The President's visit to Springfield became a matter of public mformnation some weeks ago. And from that day, until the moment, he left, Bob Norling lived another sort of life. White House calls, changing this and that sort of detail, became everyday fare. From the White House came the fiat that the president would meel semi-prjvately with the New England editors. That brought a storm from those who didn't have entree to the circles of NESNE. Norling, a tough- minded guy, stood pat, and, despite the silly wailing of some in pencil journalism, said, "We Public Service To the Editor: Thank God for the November 9 special edition of tv's "Meet the on which President Ford dodged hard questions like O.J. Simpson eluding lineback- ers. The program was an invalu- able public service. Nobody who watched it can possibly believe that man capable of governing this country. 1 hope everybody saw and heard through him. BRUCE ALLEN Box 362 Kittery. Maine 03904 are the press The puWic isn't being shut out." The Connecticut River, as it flows past Springfield went almost to flood crest from thp tears of quasi-journahsts but Norling was adamant. But lew will ever know the ail to which Norling was put as a security-conscious White House grilled him endlessly on Ihe political persuasions of the NES.N'E's membership. Naturally, as the hours narrowed toward the arrival of Ihe President. NESNE acquired now members by the moment. That. was anticipated. had be known to old veterans1 in NESNE.