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Image 4 of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.), April 2, 1970

Part of Jefferson reporter (Buechel, Ky.)

REPORTER, Thursday, April 2, 1970 1 D While the quality of legislation passed by the recently completed 1970 General Assembly has been the subject of considerable criticism, few have stepped forward to remark on the quantity of oratory that gave birth to the new laws. One reason the legislature only meets 60 days every try." two could well be that if they were in session any years 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. DcMarcus Upton were named best orators in their respective houses. In addition Upton was tagged the General Assembly's most colorful character. In 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 a 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. n, DeMarcus 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 seat. 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 . EDITORIALS Qualities of Youth, Not Youth, Are Real Assets In Politics Speculation within the Democratic Party the subject of whether or not there is rife on will be a Democratic guberna tional primary. Experienced Capitol watchers 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 characterization, we believe, 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 youth are some characteristics of the generally 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 colleague. The Combs Tied Up 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 to spare. a VV .' "' 2 v ' vv v. v. V v. i s. 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 - The Kentucky surely stands at EducationAssociation the crossroads. And the route it takes must affect us all. 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 Kenneth Estes: "We have been ignored and trampled by both parties and yet at the same time we have retained faithful friends in each party. "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 The in stand it." 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. The organization 3U,U00-memb- '" Calendar open better lines of communication with the public and face some distasteful facts. It's true that teachers often have been blamed for everything from parents' failures to administrators' stubborness. 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." On other fronts, there's return to normal: budgets for state Those poverty-typ- e universities have produced a $2,500 raise for at least one president to $37,500 a year. - The Highway Department is spending $ 1 ,350,000 for advise on how to save money. And the jostling inside the administration to get in line for the governor's race is stepping up. Sanrtng Southaattam Suburban Louiavllta and Jaffarto) County Published Each Thursday Reporter Publishing Co., Inc. By The Jefferson LEWIS CONN, Publisher PETER CONN, Editor 18309, Louisville, Kentucky 40218 Office: 1 1 1 Bonnie Lane Phone MEMBER: KENTUCKY PRESS ASSOCIATION NA TIONA L NEWSPAPER ASSOCIA TION SUBURBAN PRESS FOUND A TION, Inc. - .NEWSPAPERS, 459-333- INC. Second Class Postage Paid at Louisville, Ky. Subscription Rates: $fi Per Year 2 Yr. $9- -3 Yrs. $12 Outside Jefferson County $6 - FRIDAY, APRIL 3 Rotary meeting, Community Center, 6: 30 p.m. Jeffersontown Jeffersontown Fair Council of Federated Garden Clubs, Flower Show School, Shelbyville Road Mall. April 6, 7 and 8. Board, Community Center, 8:30p.m. Optimist, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 University of Louisville Dames Club meeting, U of L Library lecture lounge, 7:30. 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 to public. Bridgehaven Associates, 9th Annual Card Party, Highland Womans Club, 2000 Lancashire Avenue, 10 a.m. registration Hikes Grade School. MONDAY, APRIL 6 Jeffersontown Governor support his the 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 and would higher education also have offended a handful of politically powerful college - officials. The list of incidents where Ford ducked his responsibilities or evaded issues for political expediency goes on and on and on. 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. Governor Ford 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. Pre-scho- ol 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 Recreation Department chief, Bradley, a commendable comment on his own foresight. He dubbed Vettiner "an architect for Carl 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 it was pointed out by board member Charles Otto-th- at despite the passage of many months the charges of "fiscal irresponsibility" have not been proven. News Focus r Airing The Revolution a Former Governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler is talking of running again to save Kentucky from four years of misrule. J JmmvH- - P. O. Box e gains it must bind up plenty of wounds, re "Teachers have been kicked around Kentucky politics as long as they can long-rang- Despite Vettiner Is Right Man For 'Building Future' may well pull off even such a difficult triple play. 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. Lieutenant Lieutenant 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. . . the difference between 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 conviction. 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 greatest down. untrue." KEA Route Affects All Frankfort made. He was effective. Perhaps here is where legislature as weak as possible in order to keep their expenses Frankforf WafcMine 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 Washington the issues of the art of 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 campuses. - pt Warnings Circulated 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 of danger may be at hand. 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. extra-ordina- 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 in communications. 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. Hastening Process 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 political forum. 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 themselves. A constitutional 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. r i v LJ CHARLES BARTLETT 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 force counter-revolutiona- because jt ry tends, with its pronouncements and uncertain attitudes, 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. Agnew-Mitche- ll 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 . IWII O I H. o 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.

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