REPORTER, Thursday, April 2, 1970
While the quality of legislation
passed by the recently completed 1970
General Assembly has been the subject
remark on the
gave birth to
the new laws.
One reason the
meets 60 days
well be that if they were in session any
longer the accumulated hot air would
lift the Capitol from its foundations.
poll conducted by the Frankfort
press corps Representative Harold
and Senator Charles B.
Upton were named best orators in their
respective houses. In addition Upton
was tagged the General Assembly's
most colorful character.
with a fiery and forceful dissertation on
behalf of a resolution he had
introduced. The resolution passed
without a dissenting vote and the
speaker won a standing ovation from his
fellow legislators. It was his first and last
speech of the session. Asked why, in
light of his success he didn't take the
floor more often the lawmaker replied,
"I couldn't do that well again in a
hundred years so I'm not even going to
DeMarcus, Republican minority
leader in the House, frequently used his
forensic skills to lash against proposals
designed by the heavy Democratic
majority to cast his party in shadow.
Frequently he was answered by
Representative Norbert Blume, House
who placed second in
speaker pro-terthe press poll.
On one occasion
responded to an attack by a colleague
by reminding the assembly that on a
previous occasion he had spoken on
behalf of one of his critic's bills when he
had laryngitis. "I won its passage by
bringing forth one of the finest speeches
to ever emerge from the lips of man,"
quoth DeMarcus. The critic sank in his
One House member who had spent
most of the session without once rising
to his feet to ask a question or argue a
bill one day surprised his colleagues
Not all the speechifying in the
legislature sets the rafters ringing,
however. In fact with all those words
flying around you would expect a few
to get turned around and they do.
One legislator responded to remarks
by a colleague said, "The gentleman was
talking about ignorance and I guess I
qualify ." Nobody argued with him .
Qualities of Youth, Not Youth,
Are Real Assets In Politics
subject of whether or not there
is rife on
will be a Democratic
guberna tional primary.
believe that Lieutenant Governor
Wendell Ford will jump into the
race for Governor despite the
apparent preparation of former
Governor Bert Combs to do so.
Ford, a former assistant to
Governor Combs, is expected to
portray his political patron as a
tired old man and himself as the
epitome of youthful vigor. Such a
would not be a fair representation
of the truth.
Ford himself is no spring
chicken, but even if he were his
youth of itself would have no
virtue. What is desireable about
associated with it. These are
energy, idealism, courage and a
desire to get to the bottom of
problems in a hurry.
By these standards we believe
former Governor Combs has a
hefty edge over his younger
Rising to speak after a motion that
limited debate on a particular motion, a
representative was informed by House
Speaker Julian Carroll that he only had
30 seconds to state his position. Said he
to the House, "Since I have half a
minute I want to explain my
philosophy." He finished with seconds
A legislator angry over an accusation
by a lobbyist rose on the floor of the
House to note that the allegation was "a
premeditated lie and it's not even
surely stands at
And the route it takes must affect us
Once so potent that it literally shook
state administrations, the KEA now
faces a fight for life in its present form.
The extent of its breach from a large
segment of the public is reflected in
portions of a statement by President
"We have been ignored and trampled
by both parties and yet at the same time
we have retained faithful friends in each
"We have been deserted and
betrayed by the leaders of the
Kentucky School Boards Association
and yet counted several board members
sympathetic to our cause.
"We have watched with regret the
Dr. Estes' idea is for teachers to do
some kicking themselves.
He wants "an independent political
arm of our profession which will
determine the political candidates
which a unified profession will support
for the next election."
He also warns of a lawsuit to knock
out the rollback law on property taxes
and the possible invoking of sanctions.
open better lines of communication
with the public and face some
It's true that teachers often have
been blamed for everything from
parents' failures to administrators'
But it's also true that Kentucky's
educational structure often has proved
highly unresponsive to the people, more
interested in form than substance, and
spawning empires instead of educators.
Whether right or not, Governor
Louie Nunn surely spoke for a big
segment of the public when he said:
"If they'll stop talking about salaries
and start talking about education, the
salaries will come along."
return to normal:
budgets for state
Those poverty-typ- e
universities have produced a $2,500
raise for at least one president
$37,500 a year.
spending $ 1 ,350,000 for advise on how
to save money.
administration to get in line for the
governor's race is stepping up.
Sanrtng Southaattam Suburban
Louiavllta and Jaffarto) County
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Mall. April 6, 7 and 8.
Community Center, 8:30p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8
University of Louisville Dames Club
meeting, U of L Library lecture lounge,
Community Center, 6:30 p.m.
Fern Creek Optimist, Community
Center, 6:30 p.m.
Jeffersontown City Council meets at
City Hall, Watterson Trail, 7:30. Open
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MONDAY, APRIL 6
amendment got nowhere in the
1 970 General Assembly.
On the subject of higher
education, Ford kept locked in
the Senate rules committee a bill
that would have required
coordination and intelligent
planning of Kentucky's system of
also have offended a handful of
politically powerful college
The list of incidents where
Ford ducked his responsibilities
or evaded issues for political
expediency goes on and on and
Veteran Capitol newsmen like
WAVE'S Tom Duncan repeatedly
have credited the House with
being a more responsive and
responsible body than the Senate.
The reason is clear. Speaker Julian
Carroll provided concerned and
meaningful leadership while Ford
provided little if any.
may have the edge over Combs by
a few paltry years, but when it
comes to brains, courage and
experience the man from the
mountains is way out in front.
Charlie Vettiner's return to the
Metropolitan Parks and Recreation
Department as land use
consultant last Friday was good
news and good fortune for the
people of this area, particularly
the next generation. Vettiner
built a good park system for the
present residents of this city and
county and, happily, now he'll get
a chance to do the same for the
next generation- -a generation that
will be twice as crowded as this
one and twice as desperate for an
adequate parks system.
The role of consultant is
exactly the type role he's often in
the past talked about wanting
"someday." After 23 years of the
strains and pressure that go into
heading one of the county's
largest departments, he dreamed
of "letting somebody else do the
decision making and letting me
enjoy the fruits of the labor." He
can do that now, while continuing
to guide the department in the
crucially urgent matter of
obtaining adequate park space to
meet the needs of the county's
predicted doubled population by
1 990. There will be other areas,
too, unnamed as yet, where the
past experience; of ,.tone ,ofj
America's top parks men will,
come Iri handy."'
Vettiner was proposed for the
position of land use consultant by :
the new Metropolitan Parks and
Bradley, a commendable
comment on his own foresight. He
dubbed Vettiner "an architect for
the future," explaining that he
didn't believe any asset should be
overlooked and that Vettiner's
experience should be utilized.
Vettiner's new post is at least
partial compensation for the
shoddy treatment he received at
the hands of the previous city and
county administration. It is
interesting to note-a- nd
pointed out by board member
Charles Otto-th- at
passage of many months the
charges of "fiscal irresponsibility"
have not been proven.
Airing The Revolution
Former Governor A. B. "Happy"
Chandler is talking of running again to
save Kentucky from four years of
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gains it must bind up plenty of wounds,
"Teachers have been kicked around
Kentucky politics as long as they can
Vettiner Is Right Man
For 'Building Future'
may well pull off even such a difficult
But to reach significant
himself with Kentucky's 120
politically potent sheriffs he gave
enthusiastic support to an
amendment that would have
allowed them to seek reelection.
declined to provide any leadership
on the Sunday Closing issue,
another controversial topic.
In an effort to ingratiate
Some members of the House
preferred the simple, direct oratorical
style typical of Representative John
Hardin of Christian County. Hardin
almost single handedly defeated a bill
that would have weakened Kentucky's
laws against conflict of interest and he
did it by offering an amendment to the
bill. Asked by the speaker to explain the
amendment, Hardin replied, "It's very
simple, Mr. Speaker. All it does is gut
the bill." The amendment carried and
the bill was subsequently killed.
widening rift between higher education
and public education, and classroom
teachers and school adminstratorss. . .
Combs and Ford can be seen. As
Lieutenant Governor Ford has
had a lackluster term. As the chief
Democrat under a Republican
governor, Ford could have used
his post as a forum for important
issues. Instead he weaved, bobbed
and vaccilated to the extent that
his public positions were marked
more by expediency than by
In an effort to avoid offending
campaign contributors Ford
declined to take a position on an
amendment which would have
allowed the legislature to meet
annually. This amendment was
opposed by several lobbying
groups who want to keep the
KEA Route Affects All
made. He was effective.
Perhaps here is where
legislature as weak as possible in
order to keep their expenses
BY TOM DUNCAN
administration in Frankfort was
marked by considerable progress
in a number of areas including
roads, education, mental health
and human rights. And Combs
was not a timid executive. He was
not afraid to make decisions and
stick by them once they were
BY CHARLES BARTLETT
Having mastered the
the issues of the
liberals, the Nixon administration finds
an increasing need to contemplate the
steps which may be required to co-othe revolution of the radicals.
The bombings mark the disposition
of extremists of the New Left to move
into the confrontation phase of the
revolution. The moment of truth
appears to be coming with a speed
which few had foreseen. Even the mood
of less activist radicals has acquired a
momentum that surprises those who
have been watching it develop on the
Warnings are being circulated for
those who have missed the signs by
Daniel P. Moynihan, the White House
aide who keeps a rounded look in his
square hole. He warns of the onset of
nihilist violence keyed to demands for
instant change and suggests that a time
danger may be at
Moynihan maintains there has been
an "alarming collapse" of analysis of
the developing phenomenon. What is
urgently needed, he says, is a more
strenuous intellectual effort to discover
where we are and what may happen.
His point is affirmed by contact with
the campus radicals.The mood is
moving toward the explosive point
without any real airing or crystalization
of the ideas and resentments which
spark it. The bottled nature of the
ferment makes it more volatile. The
establishment which is targetted has not
gained clear notions of where it has
erred. The greatest breakdown to date is
Men differ on how this can be
rectified. An obvious safety valve would
be the formation of a New Left party, a
political instrument of change which
would force the advocates of change to
specify their case against society. If it
has been dehumanized and if the values
have gone badly astray, this would be a
practical and potentially effective
weapon of reform.
But the extremists are pressing to
hasten the radicalizing process beyond
the point at which traditional political
action would be practical. Some
campus observers say this point may
already have been reached. The leaders
do not want a political party because
they see it as a trap in which
revolutionary ardor may fizzle. They
are not disposed to test the rationality
or appeal of their objectives in the
So the best hope of exposing the
fervor for change to the constructive
light of reason and examination may lie
in its nesting place, in the universities
convention will be the ultimate vehicle
for basic peaceful changes in the system
but the stage must be set by an
exhaustive scrutiny of the grievances
and their possible remedies.
Hard To Ignore
The extremists will resist this
intellectual forum but if some leading
universities establish quickly new
centers for an examination of the
system without deference to academic
disciplines, reasonable radicals will find
them hard to ignore. Such centers could
be an important step in the crucial
process of isolating the nihilists.
The Nixon administration is less and
less of a
to drive the
concerned into the hands of the
nihilists. Efforts to convey the New
Federalism'! revolutionary potential to
make government more responsive to
the people have begun but they have
not so far caught on.
The point is that leaders involved
with the practical needs of their
communities are not talking revolution.
The black ones particularly are
dismayed by the stance of the Nixon
administration and they see a danger of
deepening polarization. But they are
aCCOmnlishino rhanoA and at Innn at
they can register some tangible
successes, they can feel some assurance
that they are out in front of the mood
of their people.
The overall task is to Involve the
alienated on the campuses in dialogues
directed at change and to appease the
alienated in the ghettoes with solid
tenders of change. The game at this
stsge must be to narrow the malignancy
as much as possible.