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Image 4 of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.), April 23, 1970

Part of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.)

REPORTER, Thursday, April 23, 1970 EDITORIALS (0) relationship between the Earth and Sun that poets, choir boys and baseball fans call Spring is increasingly in evidence. And, while crocuses break through That spacial along dirt surburban - - isn't even. Just in case Mrs. Camper becomes bored cooking with the traditional iron skillet, she can whip out her portable griddle to fry the bacon and eggs. If she gets the yen to make a like brown and culinary masterpiece her collapsible oven serve biscuits does a splendid job. - walkways and young can't risk cooking over a wood fire because heavens to Betsy! the heat men polish cars and ladies change their wardrobes, the most contradictory of contemporary Americans is in the basement dusting off his camping equipment. The suburban camping enthusiast is a strange bird. He feathers his winter nest with all known comforts. His home has two television sets, beautiful furniture, a thermostatically controlled furnace, electric can openers, electric knives, electric toothbrushes, electric hair curlers, electric lights and all the other job easers that are part of the modern scene. But, come warm weather, this pampered, protected, soothed and settled specimen becomes restless, dissatisfied. Even before the first tulip has blossomed into color the camping nut is yearning to "rough it" in some complete with scenic Shangri-L- a shower stalls and heated - out-hous- e. - and Depending on his preference the modern camper can his budget spend his wilderness nights in anything from, a simple tent to an elaborate mini-bu- s complete with sink, stove and accessories. In between are a variety of camping trailers, tents and shells that fit trucks. in the bed of pick-u- p Once the camper arrives at the camp site, he sets up his home away from home. If he doesn't have a camping vehicle that includes a refrigerator and stove, he no doubt has brought with him one of the several varieties of two and three burner portable gas stoves. He In order to keep their food fresh, our camping family has probably brought along their portable ice box that will store food for as long as four days -longer if the ice man cometh. If our camping family expects to sit on their folding chairs at their folding table playing checkers late into the night on their folding checker board, chances are they'll light the campsite with a gasoline powered lantern or two that can burn as brightly as a 200 watt bulb. Or possibly a portable flourescent light. (This column first appeared in the March 27, 1969, issue ofthe Jefferson Reporter. One outfit selling for under $70 enables a camper to buy one large cylinder of gas that will connect to a number of appliances with tubing. Other outfits have individual propane tanks or work on white gas that is pumped and pressurized. Heterogeneous Communities Make Good Citizenship Lobs Back in the days when open housing was the major issue on the scene, domestic white householders, many of them, bitterly opposed open housing laws because they feared an integrated neighborhood meant a drop in property values. This surging, deeply emotional fear persisted despite evidence from over the country that such was not the case. Now the city of Louisville, the state of Kentucky and the Congress of the United States have accorded open housing its legal due, and the sky has not fallen yet. The racial issue is muted, in a torrid perhaps debate now going on in Jeffersontown. But the same irrational fears seem to exist. The residents of Watterson Lea subdivision in Jeffersontown are up in arms because of the non-existe- projected construction of thirty new homes in the subdivision, which would be sold to lower income families under a special Federal Housing Administration government-subsid- y loan, Number 253. (Story, Page 1). The expressed fears of these suburbanites are that the kind of people who might move into these homes would fail to keep up the property and cause a general downgrading of the neighborhood. It's a debatable question. We've noted in suburbia that neat lawns are contagious. There's a subtle pressure to keep things tidy if everybody around you is doing as well. It also raises some questions about the values of our society, for certainly the insecurities which beset the Watterson Lea residents are not unique to them. So What's New? V One gadget, a "catalytic heater," will not ignite newspapers, canvas or gasoline but bums from 5,000 to 8,000 more than BTU's of radiant heat enough to warm a tent on a cold night. However, if Mr. and Mrs. Camper are still afraid of getting their tootsies cold, they can bring along a couple of pairs of electric socks guaranteed to keep feet warm in zero degree weather. Other equipment available for folks, who are tired of living the soft life includes portable sinks with running water, small gasoline powered electric generators for full power. N TO - Frankfort Watchline Young Man's Government, Believes Albert Christen - "Government shouldn't Frankfort be run by old men." These aren't the words of a young revolutionary, but of this Republican Grand Old administration's real GOP Personality Albert Christen, the commissioner of finance. he won't be 76 until Now 75 Christen didn't mean to be August here this long running the big and important finance agency. He agreed to help Governor Louie Nunn get things started for four months, became intrigued with the job and is still looking ahead. But his resignation is in the governor's hands for use at any time. d choice of a And Christen's fits into his view in case successor on youth in government. His deputy, State Budget Director Larry Forgy, Jr., is 45 years younger than Christen but has his complete confidence. It's that way down the line in the Finance Department, which handles the spending of three billion dollars a year. Christen acknowledges there are slip-up- s and doesn't hesitate to disagree with some major spending but says plans of the administration his aides know he'll back them on any honest decision. And that includes a number of holdovers from past Democratic regimes, retained in Christen's effort "to institutionalize the Finance Department," a goal of some Democrats too. - - - hand-picke- - - - - An incidental, unsought J JWn i Cvnr Publbhod Each Thursday By Tha Jaffaraon Raportar PuMWilngCo..lnc. LEWIS CONN, PuUWmt PETER CONN, Editor P.O.Box 18309, Loubvllle. Kentucky 40218 Off Ice: 1 1 1 Bonnie Lane Phone - Strange circumstances pitted Finance Commissioner Christen against State Treasurer Thelma Stovall as primary spokesmen for opposing views on buying the sleek jet. Governor Nunn hadn't left town when the announcement was made -but let Christen and press secretary Larry Van Hoose make it. But Mrs. Stovall was away on state business when the down payment was d through the office. She feels there was some plotting on that maneuver since she had planned to challenge the purchase. 459-333- 3 But she puts absolutely no blame on Christen, who's been a big reason her relations with the Republican administration have been better than with some in the past headed by her fellow Democrats. Both can be tough when they feel state money is being wasted. But they could hardly be more unlike in one way. Christen says, "I wouldn't run for dogotcher in Podunk." Mrs. Stovall, unbeaten in a political career spanning 20 years, is off and perhaps even for running for 1971 governor, but more likely to return to the office of secretary of state. She'll have Subecrlotion Ratet : Yn. $9- -3 Yrt. $12 OutnIHe Jefferion County $8 $5 Per Yeer- -2 a poll taken professionally after the governor's race shakes down a bit, then make a decision. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22 Kentucky Federation of Republican Women's Third District meeting and luncheon will be held in Ballroom A at Stouffer's Inn on Broadway at 1 1 :30 a.m. SATURDAY, APRIL 25 "The Emperor's New Clothes" will be presented at Louisville Children's Theatre at 10:30 ajn. and 2 p.m. Tickets are $1. Fern Creek Elementary PTA is sponsoring a picture taking at the school from 10 a.m. until noon. others find with Kentucky politics can't stay up in the clouds long. squabble broke, Even as the the Finance Department was wrestling problem of the with the use of state cars for private business -or pleasure. Commissioner Christen is ready for another run at curbing the practice. But he'll admit that it'll be a curb, not a cure. ever-prese- nt a similar temperament right in the same town if more affluent. Right now, the Watterson Lea protestors will not take kindly to an admonishment to "play it, cool." But by the time the dust settles, they just may conclude that a more heterogeneous community will offer their kids a pretty good laboratory in - It is likely that the low income families will come to Watterson Lea. There seems to be no legal reason why they cannot. Some might be hard working folks "on American citizenship. For State Park Site, It's 'Now Or Never' grasping and greedy reach of sprawling suburbia. It's located right between the boundaries of Jefferson and Bullitt Counties, in fact, Floyds Fork Creek meanders between the two in a way reminiscent of the Rio Grande between North America and Mexico. The area emits its own aura of "manana," too, in that it seems to convey the feeling that it will always be there, peaceful and still and a natural haven in the state's most hectic and heavily populated county. Lots of people are being taken in by that false "manana" feeling, a fact that was reinforced two weeks ago. The purchasing by a commercial organization of 30 acres of the 1 80 acre sjte, tbaf has parku. been proposed Sot should have sounded like an alarm clock. It should have served to wake up all the people who've been talking about how ideal a state park site Floyds Fork would be and how much Jefferson County needs a state park, but haven't taken the first step toward putting the words into action. There's been no dearth, certainly, if warnings about the urgent need of a state park within driving range of this county's residents nor of Floyds Fork's scenic potential. Talk has flowed generously about somebody, someday, doing something about meeting that need before it's too late and all the available land in the county has been grabbed up for other purposes. Especially vociferous were those days last autumn, when interest really waxed enthusiastically from everybody's mouth and 0 promises were as vivid as Floyds Fork trees during that season. While everybody's been groggily talking about a state park and Floyds Fork, some 30 acres of the land was grabbed right from under their feet for a private recreational vehicle campsite, and the talkers have fallen fiat on their face and empty words. The involved in the businessmen campsite venture should be commended on their vision to recognize the site for what it is and what its value will be to future generations of this crowded Floyds Fork's beautifully wooded, quiet hills and valleys nestle in the southermost part of Jefferson County. It's a sleepy sort of country down there and till now it's been a forgotten section of the county, out of the pre-electi- SUNDAY, APRIL 26 Libby Starks Ballet Company will present a program at Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. f y county. But ? while nature trails and wildlife are certainly better than none, it does seem a shame that state, county, and parks officials and even the uninvolved citizens who should be most concerned allowed a commercial enterprise to get there first. What's far worse is that other are commercial organizations .,: :J i .'. aj ' 3 landi, before usomehody jiusher) sense to open his eyes and save the little bit of wilderness left for a park. Everybody, evidently, is going to continue dozing while the rare trees and flowers are plowed under to make room for concrete and buildings and while the few places where only the sound of a waterfall, like Fairmount Falls on Floyds Fork, now break the silence become streets screaming with traffic horns. v li v2 3 jo 3 v; :3 When the land and the opportunity are gone and authorities say it won't be more than five vears till that harnens r we'll probably wake up one morning and miss the flowers and go looking for them in our state park that should be here. It won't be found. Not unless somebody breaks out of the "manana" mood and builds it, or at least reserves the spot for it, today. 1 "3 "3 3 - 3 t is 3 5 3 t 3 News Focus K Economic Dilemma BY CHARLES BARTLETT raising prices even when their sales are President Nixon has Washington not, from all the available evidence, softened his determination to beat down inflation, but the postal settlement has heightened the danger that he will lose his look of determination. One reflection of this danger is the existence of an unreported split within the cabinet where the businessmen are challenging the professors on the issue of whether Mr. Nixon should more emphatically assert the national interest against the rising trend of wage and price decisions. off. They would rather, he says, establish a higher price level so they will be covered when the turn in the economy comes. - Blount Encourages Action The most forceful case for a more activist role is being made by Postmaster-GenerWinton Blount. A highly successful contractor and president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the time he was nominated to the cabinet, Blount maintains it will take too long, perhaps seven years, to bring balance to the economy with sole reliance on the present strategy of lowering profits and increasing unemployment. Blount warns that businessmen are going to respond to rising costs by al jet-pla- MEMBER: KENTUCKY PRFSS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION SUBURBAN PRESS FOUNDATION, Inc. NEWSPAPERS, INC. ' Second Cleat Pottage Paid at Loubvllle, Ky . Calendar r hand-pushe- - itltltlUM--f- mm4 accomplishment of Christen's is that he's become perhaps the most respected member of the administration, unquestioned on honesty, ability and dedication. That's one obvious reason he was chosen to announce the purchase of a jet plane. When he said he thinks it's a good plan, everyone knew he meant it, whether agreeing or not. J u the way up." Others might be more indolent. Whatever their temperament we'd guess they'll We've been taught in school that this is an egalitarian society -that the individual has worth -that material wealth is no standard by which to judge a man. But the gap grows between textbook democracy and the harsh pecking order of the world around us. wandering Yes, sir, nothing like living dose to nature to Temember what a meaningful life is all about. A National Interest Should Be Considered Blount does not advocate the "single-shottingtechniques of " President Kennedy and Johnson but he does argue that more vigorous attempts ought to be made to impress companies and unions that their price increases and wage settlements must respect some outer limits in deference to the national interest. Blount draws cautious support from fellow recruits from business, Secretaries George Romney, Maurice Stans, and John Volpe. But President Nixon has clung so far to the advice of his chief economist, Paul McCracken and his Secretary of Labor, George Shultz. The two former professors argue from their studies of the past decade that presidential attempts to influence the course of wages and prices have had negligible impact, even in the Kennedy years when the economy hung in a graceful balance. They argue further that jawboning and other forms of government intercession have not managed to produce stability in any industrial nation. 3 I f "3 1 ,1 1 t Piecemeal Intercession It is interesting however to note that the Nixon administration is being drawn into piecemeal intercession. The Secretary of Agriculture, Clifford Hardin, has for example called in representatives of the food industry to urge that price lines be held. But this is an unpromising approach because it gives business no reason to expect the government will attempt to soften pay demands. If it was unfair, as Shultz and McCracken maintain, for the Democratic presidents to pick on "pace-settinindustries, it seems equally unfair for the government to lean on management without making its influence felt generally. Time Is Ripe For Stronger Role The new anxiety to have the White House undertake a stronger role against inflation, which has surprisingly spread to a large number of Senate Republicans, is stimulated in part by a sense that the time may be ripe. The inflationary thrust has softened, the mood on both sides is more malleable, 3 CHARLES BARTLETT and the President could have a surprising impact. Moreover the argument that these appeals have failed in the past does not wrap up the case against making them. The pursuit of stability is an evolutionary process and progress will only come through imaginative innovations like those now being tried in Canada under the bold direction of Prime Minister Trudeau. Need For Candor "1970 is not likely to be an easy year for Canadians," Trudeau has said, and his candor is what people must have from their leaders if they are going to be educated to resist inflation. Mr. Nixon has declined so far to use symbolic leadership in his economic policies. But at a time when he is battling a monster with two heads, he would seem to need all the help he can get, particularly from an enlightened public. a -r n l ii . l it

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