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U.S. Seeks to Head Off - Red Bank Register Archive

U.S. Seeks to Head Off - Red Bank Register Archive

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THE DAILYREGISTER \ v \ Established in 1878 — Published by The Red Bank Register, Incorporated \ M. HAROLD KELLY, Publisher - Arthur Z. Kamin, Editor ° Thomas J. Bly, Executive Editor William F. Sandford, Associate Editor Britain's Bitter Medicine Great Britain's sudden devaluation of the pound sterling was a distressing admission of weakness on the part of one of the best national partners the United States has in the world. And yet the move could — with allied help — be the kind of medicine needed to boost Britain's long sagging economic health. The last British devaluation in 1949 did help the economy. The devaluation of the pound from the equivalent of $2.80 to $2.40 was the Labor Government's reluctant response to a worsening trade gap ($300 million in October) in which Britain has not been earning enough abroad to pay all her imports. 5 As a small, populous island, Britain has.to import much of her food and raw materials and — to pay for these — she has to export a larger share of •. her output than most countries. British exports constitute about 16 per cent of gross national product, as compared to 4 per cent for the United States. Despite a domestic austerity program — effected through higher taxes and interest rates and a brief wage freeze — Prime Minister Harold Wilson's government was not able to discourage imports sufficiently to correct British balance-of-payments deficit. And British industrial productivity has not risen proportionately wage rates so as to make British products attractive in world markets. The aim of the devaluation is to make British products cheaper in foreign markets and foreign products more expensive in England, thus helping Britain to meet her debts abroad. The corrective, may work — if other financial powers do not devalue their currencies. Though there have been some devaluations by small nations, the leading money powers have said they will hold the line. Britons — already troubled by the highest unemployment level in years — are naturally unhappy with a governmental step that makes their money worth less. But their economic suffering should bring eventual compensation if the devaluation — along with^ planned extensions of new credit to Britain by the International Monetary Fund — arrests the* long-term down trend. > ,, Meanwhile, the U. S. — with an eye on Britain's difficulty in getting into the Common Market — should be considering whether a free trade association with Britain and other sterling countries might be the next logical step in a political alliance that has now sto,od the test of many years. Romney Makes It Official The Presidency of the United States does not fall, like a ripe plum, into the lap of a reluctant bystander. He who wishes to hold the nation's highest office must get out and work for the job. The closest thing to a genuine draft came in the case of Adlai Stevenson in 1952 — but he never won the White House. Still, there are perils to getting too far out in front too soon, as Governor George Romney may learn in his quest ~-for~the-Republican^-paFty'&-nomination.. — especially since the Republicans are out of power. A President can use the power of the office to win renomination within the two-year limitation. But "{He rhah who wishes to unseat him will find it most difficult to win the nomination. By becoming his party's first avowed candidate, Governor Romney becomes fair game for the GOP's other hopefuls, who are as numerous as they are bashful about entering the lists at this time. He becomes a man to head off in the state primaries, which are political popularity contests capable of influencing national opinion. Even so, there was no reason why Governor Romney shouldn't make official what has long been apparent. He wants to be President and he is willing to work for the nomination. If he works hard and effectively, he can win commitments while his potential opponents are still playing it cozy. Certainly he knows from the experience of Barry Goldwater and other GOP standard bearers that it is possible to sew things up while indecision kills the chances of rivals. In 1964, for example, Mr. Goldwater had many • •delegates"'committed"before Governor William Scranton of Pennsylvania made his belated move for the nomination. INSIDE WASHINGTON Perhaps the waiting game can pay off if the candidate doesn't wait too long. It is a problem of timing. But the candidate who thinks he can avoid all the risks and hard work of the primaries and still take the prize probably is deceiving himself. George Romney thinks the Presidency is worth the tremendous effort involved in its attainment Even those who are not prepared to support him must admire the candor and vigor with which he sets out on the long, hard trail. Strange, Expensive Talk By ROBERT S. ALLEN and PAUL SCOTT Teaching foreign languages to military personnel in the Washington area Is costing taxpayers $295,000 more this year than last —as a result of a mysterious change in Pentagon bidding requirements. Previously such teaching contracts were awarded strictly on a lowest bid basis. Last year contracts were granted to six bidders, all veterans in this field. One of them has been teaching languages for 28 years. ALLEN But a few months ago a new requirement was addedto the qualifications for a contract — "space available." This curious stipulation was made a determining factor in qualifying for one of these foreign language teaching contracts. Not only did the bidder have to submit a low price, but also prove he had adequate "space available." Also eliminated was a previous provision «etting aside 60 per cent of this business for small concerns. As a consequence of these backstage manipulations, five of the long-time bidders, all small operators, lost out and the entire business was awarded to one big firm — a publishing house that recently absorbed a chain of foreign language schools. The contract awarded this big combine totaled $1,645,000 as against $1,350,000 bid by the five small companies. Pentagon authorities have been mum about this strange transaction. But suspicious congressional investigators are wondering what it's all about and are looking into the matter. They suspect there may be something more to it than meets the eye. ft savors very strongty-of- possibf^pwf-'.«•..erential treatment" — to put. it mildly. ;(:f- • • •! :.";:,/* Lv: -^iiV/y ~-W't'\'">* v -• • ."-- j v.,':^v. *:"?/:» PREDICTIONS — Congress will adjourn by December 16. There is absolutely no prospect of its winding up by the end of this month. Some congressional leaders have a tentative closing date of Dec. S, but there is little likelihood of that . . . Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy will make her first political appearance since leaving the White House at a Democratic fund-raising dinner in New York City, Sunday evi.ning. Dec. 10, It's a $!>U(l-n-piale afr ;iir, sponsorcout The Possibility Of A President Becoming An Actor" THE REPORTER Clock vs. Calendar LOS ANGELES — The trip around the world is on its last legs. So are we. Diamond Head passed under the port wing at 10:03 a.m. and, 270 minutes later, the Pan- American jet was whining over the big hooked rug of Los Angeles. In the airport motel, the sun became a hot penny dropped In a slot between the blue Pacific and the pale sky. No one leaves Hawaii happily. There is a softscented, sentimental sweetness in the people. Oahu comes out of the sea like a mocha swirl. The waves are tall and stately, curling their lips at the sand. White BISHOP clouds come in slowly, tracing the mountain peaks-with their fingersi-— The polyglot people exude shy affection. They like you before they know you. The faces are Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian, Samoan, Portuguese and missionary. It is as though the Tower of Babel was built as high -as this island, and then the strangers found • that they could speak a common tongue. My particular friend is Chine Ho. He is a grandfather with a smiling oriental face. His parents died early, and he was brought up by an aunt who spoke good Cantonese but no English. He was a little boy when he worked as a Hawaiian bank messenger. Chinn brought a few Hawaiians together and formed a hui. The word is Chinese, and means a compact of people, a corporation. * '* • EACH ONE CHIPPED in a little money, and Chinn Ho did the thinking and Investing. He is president of Capital Investment Corporation; he owns the complex called the Hiked Pearl Harbor*-he-owns a valley called Makaha. It is a velvet shovel of grass stretching from mountain to mountain, with the spade opening at the sea. Here, peacocks spread their fans In the evening. Wild pigs root in the foundations of ancient Polynesian temples. Last Sunday, Mr. Ho staged a luau In our honor and a hunter shot a 200-pound pig. He was eviscerated and a 10-foot pole was run straight through him. He hung over gray embers of logs ell day. A man turned a handle slowly, and the drippings ran off his crispy hide and caught fire in the ashes. The potato salad was thick and rich. Ears of corn were roasted slowly, and butter staggered down the cheeks of the kernels like tears. On the lawn two stout Hawaiian women in muu muus- played ukuleles, and young girls, attired in long ti leaves, snapped a swift hula. Then Mrs. Marvy Kelly, pale of skin and lost in a loose gown, executed' a slow hula with her hands. The pig was removed from his pole and placed over a big washpan. He was much too large for it. The Hawaiian cook took him by the head and by the rump, and lifted upward. The center sagged into the pan and the two ends folded neatly into the pan. "That's how we know he's well done," the man said. Aloha was reserved for the last rays of twilight. When the feast was over, and 40 people sagged at the outdoor benches, the singers glanced seaward and saw that the 1 St[fi"'Kad' gone,'' "biit~trie"clouds looked "like " mashed potatoes tinged with beet juice. They played the song slowly, sadly, longingly and, far down the hill, the headlights of automobiles jarred the darkness. * . * - . . . . • • * • • • • I DROVE BACK to town with Dean Ho, one of Chlim's six children, and I wondered how people can be so gracious to strangers in one part of the world, and so suspicious and vicious in another. Eddie Sherman, a witty columnist and friend, talked about the Ho family and he said: "A long time ago there was a guy named Horowitz who came here to the islands and he worked hard but he couldn't get anywhere. So he said to himself: 'What's a guy with a big chin named Horowitz doing in Hawaii?' He cut the name from Horowitz to Ho, went to a plastic surgeon and got an oriental puss, took a deep bow and said: 'Just call me I told Eddie that I had been to Honolulu three times, and always dreaded to leave it. Time runs out when matters are going well. The clock and the calendar are never friends. . So we said our farewells in the morning and flew to Los Angeles. Tomorrow, we fly east toward home and that will complete 24,000 miles of travel. It is full of paradise and hell, affluence and empty bellies, health and disease. Once, just once, I dragged ray feet and wanted to stay. Two thousand four hundred miles away, the girls and Big John are waiting. The first thing they will say — after the kisses — is "Tell us all about it," I won't know where to begin. YOUR MONEY'S WORTH A CONSERVATIVE VTEV GOP Candidates By JAMES J. KILPATRICK • The Republicans now have two candidates officially seeking the presidential nomination, the late Harold Stassen and the new George Romney. Taking one thing with another, Harold looks pretty good. The onetime boy governor of Minnesota is 60 now. Itscarcely seems possible. He has been running for President since 1944, eternally earnest, quadrennially hopeful. His buoyance never flags. One is reminded of William Pitt's wise observationthat youth is the season of credulity. Still young, Stassen still believes. And who knows? The long-awaited lightning yet may strike. • And in truth, the Republican lightning is almost as likely to hit Hopeful Harold as it is to land on Lonesome George. Spending three days in Romneyland is like spend- KILFATKICK ing three days in the principal's office. The Governor of Michigan has every virtue ever known to man. What he needs, one regrets to say, are a few healthy vices. A devout Mormon, the governor drinks no booze. He drinks no coffee, tea or Coca-Cola. He never has smoked a filthy weed. Ten per cent of his earnings go regularly .-to,his church. He adores his wife of 36 years, and she adores him. They were childhood sweethearts. Together, the Romneys have four handsome children and eleven handsome grandchildren. Eleven and two-thirds, as a matter of fact. Romney Is the best-looking candidate on the scene, Ronald Reagan not excluded. His hair is statesman silver, his blue eyes bear the look of eagles. He is just short of six feet tall and weighs maybe 185 pounds. All muscle. At 6 o'clock this ' past Friday morning, the day before he announced, the skies over Bloomfield Hills were leaking an icy rain. The temperature stood at 31 degrees. And where was Mr. R? He was out on the neighboring golf course, booted and pea-jacketed, running a couple of miles for his health. * * * THE GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN is a liberal conservative and a conservative liberal. He Is a penny-pinching ipender. He stands four-square for motherhood, brotherhood and equal rights for all. He is dead against crime In the streets. He is a self-made man. As president of American Motors, he was th« marvel of the business world. He has rescued Michigan both from bankruptcy and from Soapy Williams. Last year he spread his political coat-tails; Bob Griffin and five Republican congressmen came riding in. Well, sir, it is a little much. With all his formidable assets, Romney remains a rookie in the major leagues. He trots on the field, and he looks like DiMaggio, full of poise and grace. Then a fly; ball comes his way, and oops! Top of hli bead. Well, next time. On last Sunday's "Face the Nation," ha got his feet tangled in Dean Acheson, Korea, 1954, and 1964; Martin Agronsky's questions on Vietnam went through him for three bases. Then they asked him why he had withheld hii tupport from Barry Goldwater three years ago. • * * "I DID NOT WITHHOLD MY SUPPORT," said the Govemor. It was a flat assertion; and it flew in tha teeth of Romney's own letter to Goldwater in December of 1964. But there it was. The reply leaves Romney caught in another of the semantic traps or his own making. What did he mean by "brainwashed"? What does he mean by "support"? Clumsy as he is, Romney ought not to be under-estimated. He has a competent staff around him. He is at his best In the ,d«ar^to;doorr.,iolksy..campaigniiig • that - is" perfectly "suited "Ko~"" New Hampshire. He Is learning to control his trigger temper., He is a crackerjack salesman. His self-confidence is perfectly mountainous. He may be 60 yeas old, but he manifests the wholesome vitality of a teeny-bopper. He is a Pepsi generation Ike, a greying Galahad whose strength is as the strength of ten^ because his heart is pure. Saturday afternoon, after the Romney announcement, Dick Nixon paid the Governor's candidacy a respectful compliment "Formidable," said the former vice president. He had better believe it, top. On the face of it, Romney hasn't a prayer of getting the nomination! That's the way the railbirds are betting now. But if he ever gets his foot out of his mouth, Romney of Michigan, for all his virtues, could give Mr. Nixon a whale of a race. . . . . . . FROM OUR READERS The Register welcomes letter* from Its readers, provided they contain signature, address and telephone number, letters ihould be limited toJMwOTds.Thex should -be rypewrftten.ers" are *fDb]ecl to condensation and editing. Endorssmerits of political candidates or commercial products are not acceptable. Register to Vote Today Woods End Road Rumson, N. J. To the Editor- I am very concerned about tha urgent need tor a new school in Rumson.' There will be a referendum on this important issue on Jan. 3. The deadline for registering is today and I urge anyone who has not registered since moving to his current address to do so at our borough hall on.E. River Road before 5 p.m. The registration procedure takes less than one minute and It assures each eligible citizen of bis right to vote on this current vital issue and in all future elections. Thank you very much. Yours very truly, ' II -m * Y\ • • Mrs. Herbert M. Zydney rars - rDerc M. ^.yoney Employment tor Prisoners EVENTS OF YEARS AGO By SYLVIA PORTER of convicted criminals return to their crimi- 50 Years Ago At New York City's Montefiore Hospital, a couple of years ago, a 31-year-old Negro heroin addict underwent cosmetic surgery to disguise ugly needle scars On his forearms — following his release from a New York City prison. He then went through an intensive, job training-psychotherapy program. He now lectures high schoolers on drug addiction, has returned neither to Jail nor to narcotics since his image-improving operation. In Minnesota, a prison parolee who had spent 10 PORiiiK of his 25 years behind bars went through an experimen- tal education-training-counseling program. He now has completed two and a half years of college, has held the same job for more than 20 months, acquired a good credit rating in his community and is headed toward a successful teaching career. In California, 40 delinquent boys from a correctional institution are being trained as psychiatric technician aides, for paid jobs in ,a. hos&ia)Jor. Aandicapped children. * • * ' ' * THESE ARE JUST random examples of new, experimental programs taking place throughout the U.S. to rehabilitate criminals. The programs involve special job training in fields ranging from business machine operation to health service. The training is frequently coupled with basic education, psychiatric, job counseling and job placement help once trainees are released from prison. The discouraging fact Is that more than one-third of prisoners released from U.S. penitentiaries this month will have committed some new offense by Easter. Well over half nal careers after their release. For many, the career lasts a lifetime, at a tax cost to us running into tens of thousands of dollars per individual. Today, the typical prison parolee enters the community not only with the stigma of his crime, but also with severe emotional problems, educational deficiencies and with scant prospects of getting a decent job. The typical parolee also has a backlog of old debts and serious marital difficulties. '" Until now, prison jobs have involved mainly menial maintenance work, farm work of Jittle use off a prison farm, or skills unusable In the outside world. * * • FINALLY, THOUGH, this dismal picture Is changing. A model for that is emerging Is the statewide program in South Carolina. Here, criminals are being helped by educational, vocational and medical specialists. Local schools and industries are cooperating In training and in providing jobs. Halfway houses, in which prisoners spend their final month before release, are offering seminars on sportsmanship and table manners, and job counseling to bridge the gap into the community. As a result, South .Carolina has. In just '•'tftfte" yearsystashed its prison return rale to less than one-fourth of the national rate. A single case history dramatizes what the savings can be: John, an Illiterate young man with an I. Q. of 5D, was imprisoned for shooting his stepmother when he was 15. After a l'/2-year course of training, counseling, and dental work, John got a $50 a week job on a chicken farm. He has not committed any offenso since his release several years ago. The total cast of his rehabilitation was $1,027 — a tiny fraction of what it would have cost to keep him behind bars for a decade or more. The Liberty Loan meeting Monday night drew an audience which comfortably filled the Lyric Theater in Red Bank. Edmund Wilson was scheduled to be one of the speakers, but be was called to Detroit to see his son, Edmund Wilson Jr., who expected to leave in a day pr two for France. Young Edmund is in the hospital military service. "If we're going to get younq people interested in politics, that's the kind of campaign poster* we needl" FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 19C7 "* / • *

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