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tch New life style? The thousands of young people who slopped through four days of the Satsop Riverfair and Tin Cup Race apparently think they were experiencing something new under the sun. Sorry, kids. The itch that took you to Satsop is a human trait that has been around since man first acquired inhibitions. From time to time he has a strong desire to shed them, and he has found that the only way to do it without ending up in the happy academy or the pokey is to do it in a crowd. Immodesty loves company. The more the better. We recall an Elks convention in California which was surprisingly similar to your rock festival. A large majority of the Elks in that populous state converged on a city of 20,000 and, in effect, took it over. The police gave up trying to control the crowd in the streets and barricaded three blocks of the main stem. A brass band spent one entire night hammering on every door in an 1 I-story hotel to assure that no tired salesman or clandestine couple went unserenaded. Shopkeepers retired to the rear of their establishments as drum and bugle corps and marching units went through maneuvers between the aisles of hard goods and soft good. Tile ladies of the evening domestic and imported - never had it so good, nor had the small con artists who infest such gatherings. An inebriated celebrant performed a perfect swan dive from the second floor of a hotel into a fish pond containing one foot of water. He survived, to the amazement of the doctors who set his bones and the local physics teacher, one Galileo Galilei. So, you can see, there is nothing new about gathering in crowds to discard your inhibitions without penalty. The conventioners clothe their weekend of immoderation in talk of good works and public service. You hide behind the labels "music festival" and "new life style." Although it's true you are probably less hypocritical about it than preceding generations, all you have really done is replace band music, booze, hotel rooms and fornication with rock music, pot. mud and fornication. If you are sincere in your talk about replacing the life style of your parents with something superior, you've got to do better than rock festivals. The human race has already been that route. took a few years, but we have finally come to a meeting of the minds with the nice folks who bring you Bankamericard. This week's mail brought the news that our credit line has been increased; a result, we assumed before reading farther, of rampant inflation. Not so. The notice continued: "You have earned this increased amount by handling your account in a responsible manner." We have always believed we handle our Bankamericards in a responsible manner, but were not aware, until this z surance, that those who sent the plastic goodies agreed. When the cards arrive in the mail, we take them carefully out of the envelope, inspect them to make sure our name is spelled correctly, take a pair of scissors and cut them into four equal pieces and drop them in the wastebasket. We're gratified to learn that Bankamericard's financial wizards approve of this extremely simple method of maintaining spotless credit. O o ...., ..% ,., ).o.." .. The judicial system, which has been on trial for a number of reasons recently is on trial again in Chicago. This time it is facing a new challenge: To prove that it can be used against the Establishment when necessary, even against the most firmly established of them all, Mayor Richard J. Daley. A favorite of Daley, Cook County's state attorney Edward V. Hanrahan, has been indicted by a special county grand jury that charged him and eight Chicago plainclothes officers, along with five others, with conspiracy to obstruct justice. The indictments are the latest development in the legal fencing match that has been going on since Dec. 4, 1969, when 14 officers, members of the Chicago Police Department assigned to work under Hanrahan, raided a headquarters of the Black Panther party in Chicago. Two Panthers - Illinois chairman Fred Hampton and organizer Mark Clark - were killed. Three of the seven other Panthers in the apartment at the time were wounded, as were two of the officers. The police, who had a warrant to search for illegal weapons, said the Panthers had fired at them. The Panthers contended the whole thing was a police "execution." Hanrahan, though he said he hadn't known about the raid until afterward, secured indictments against the surviving Panthers who were in the apartment on attempted murder charges but decided not to prosecute, according to published reports, because the evidence was "faulty." Then a federal grand jury, convened in spring, 1970, after controversy about the raid had passed the boiling point, found that the Panthers could have fired no more than one or two shots during the entire raid while the raiders fired nearly 100. No charges were brought against anyone but the grand jury reporl strongly criticized the handling of the raid itself and the follow-up investigation. "They were showing pictures of the rock festival. I guess somebody threw a rock" By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS The figures are much bigger, but otherwise the story of state finances over the past two years reads very much like that of the average Washington citizen. The state's general fund receipts showed an increase of more than 25 per cent over the previous biennium. But general fund expenditures increased 36.39 per cent. A breakdown by State Treasurer Robert S. O'Brien the picture is even tess The major portion of ttie increase in general fund receipts was the result of a 60.29 per cent increase in federal grants-in-aid. Department of Revenue receipts, representing eight different tax sources, increased only 14.42 per cent, and Liquor Control Board receipts, including the liquor sales tax and liquor profits, were up just 13.57 per cent. Ever Upward With one exception, revenue from all state tax sources reflected increases during the 1969-71 biennium, as compared with 1967-69. The largest gain was in state business tax receipts, though this tax hasn't been increased in any category for many years. Levied against gross income, it showed an increase of 20.21 per cent. The sales tax, the chief revenue source, brought in $852.55 million, up 15.08 per cent. The only revenue source to show a decrease was the tax on mechanical devices, which tumbled 78.4 per cent during the two-year period. This was caused chiefly by the outlawing of pinball machines, which had been the principal source of income for this tax. But despite the whopping drop percentagewise, the actual loss was insignificant in relation to a $2.2 billion general fund budget. The tax had contributed ~only.,$2.8(a,mil, lion to the general fund in 1967-69. Total income lrom this source dropped to $730,000 for 1969-71. Evans Sets Record Testimony before the King County grand jury that Liquor Control Board chairmen other than Jack Hood had been called upon to deliver liquor samples to the Governor's mansion for special occasions pointed up the fact that Gov. Dan Evans has had more Liquor Board Chairmen than any other Governor in State history. There have been only seven chairmen since enactment of the Steele Liquor Control Act in 1934. Governor Evans has had four. Besides Hood there have been Garland Sponburgh, who was a holdover from the Albert D. Rosellini administration; Robert Hagist, and the late Albert C, Thompson Jr. Rosellini had two, Sponburgh and Don Abel. The late Evro Becket served as Last December, the special county grand jury was convened at the urging of Chicago civic groups, notably the Chicago Bar Association. Even after the grand jury had finished its investigation, however, chief Criminal Court Judge Joseph A. Power, a Daley man, suppressed the indictments, contending that special prosecutor Barnabas Sears had improperly influenced the grand jury. An order by the IUinois Supreme Court finally released the indictments. Hanrahan insisted he was guilty of no crime, Daley hedged, sidestepped, backed off, didn't commit himself. But the case's political ramifications for the Daley machine are trivial in comparison to the impact its outcome will have on blacks' faith in the judicial system. Trials of Black Panthers all around the country, mostly on conspiracy charges of one kind or another, have almost without exception resulted in acquittals but this has only proved that the courts can be independent of the Establishment and not that they always are. Too many blacks have had too many disillusioning experiences with injustice in the American way of justice to be so easily convinced that all is well. The Chicago trial will test the system in another way, giving it a chance to add an important bit of support to its pretensions of being truly impartial. Hanrahan and his codefendants will start out with a bundle of advantages most black defendants don't have - money, knowledge, influence and the support of a large segment of the population. That makes it doubly important that the prosecution of the case be thorough. If the defendants are innocent, that should be established. If they are guilty, they should be punished. from the Bremerton Sun Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, September 9, 1971 Editor, The Journal: After reading the "Bleeding heart" letters in your and other newspapers, about the poor college (student) who looked like a hippie "but wasn't" -- turned back from an illegal festival... Please give equal or at least, partial space to the people living in the Satsop-Brady area. At this writing they are not even permitted to use the county road between Brady and Satsop. Those living in the close area of the festival passes to like common the honest and loggers It's TV coverage c the killing of Quentin - the famil their throats escape chairman through all three of the Arthur B. Langlie administrations, and the late Admiral Luther M. Gregory served through both the Clarence D. Martin and Mon C. Wallgren administrations. There isn't any special significance in the record. Liquor Board members serve overlapping terms, and Sponburgh continued as chairman under Evans until Evans got his first chance to appoint a board member. But the state Senate refused, to~ confi~"m Hagist, his first appointee, and Thompson, who succeeded Hagist as chairman, died in office. New Job For Computers The Secretary of State's office is working on a proposal for computerized registration, to facilitate the work of county auditors on election day. The purpose is to eliminate confusion which occurs in many rural voting precincts with overlapping taxing districts. Making precinct boundaries conform with those of counties and incorporated cities and towns doesn't pose any problem. But it is impossible to make boundaries of the various junior taxing districts conform. There are 21 separate kinds of taxing districts in this state, in addition to cities and counties. Part of a voting precinct can be in as many as three fire districts. One portion may be in a sewer district, another in a cemetery, hospital or library district, etc. Each has its own separate ballot for special levies, which poses a problem for precinct election officials who must determine which ballots to give each voter. Computerized registration centralized in county auditors' offices would permit a system whereby instantaneous answers would be available at each polling place. Mobile Homes Eyed The Department of Labor and Industries is taking a new look at mobile homes. New standards for emergency exits in sleeping rooms of mobile homes will be considered at a public hearing here on September 30. Also up for an airing will be an amendment to rules regulating installation of gas clothes dryers in mobile homes. Another proposed revision calls for changes m regulations governing use of detachable waste disposal units on camping trailers, No Sign~ee relating to candidates was one urging Sen. Henry M. Jackson to seek the Democratic nomination for President. The fact that numerous potential candidates besides Jackson already are campaigning puts this resolution in a different category than an endorsement for state office Editor, The Journal: I cannot, for the life of me, understand all this mess about integration, desegregation and what have you! 1 was raised in Wenatchee and went to school all my school life with Jews, Greeks, Swedes, Germans, Negroes etc. and was never aware of any difference in any of these children except for the color of the Negroes and this was nothing more than color. It didn't matter to anyone. We were all just kids going to school. We were all friends and, of course, sometimes mortal enemies for a little while, but each child was accepted for himself. No one paid any attention to race or color. When 1 grew up and went out into the working world I still accepted people for themselves and 1 still do. 1 worked in the nlail room in an import-export firm in New York City when I was 19 years old. There were both blacks and whites working there and we all got along fine. In fact one of the questions asked me by the personnel director was whether or not ! objected to working with black people. Rather a stupid question 1 thought! They were people, why should 1 object! My very best friend there was a black girl my age. We went to lunch together and went shopping together and had a great time. 1 am very grateful to my parents for able to and not just because whatever will say, feelings "ed. compulsory schools is a bussing those who to black or should not children are school this out with a and this is bad. When are that people what race only all all their lives colors and p.ar to force theft hatred on great world t Little ch about color or' only as parents kept tea differences. fornr thexr prejudice and Accepta~ for all nearly as prej udice, ttow terriblY, By NORMAN COUSINS The United States became involved in the Vietnam War because of a fallacy. The fallacy was our belief that the government of Ho Chi Minh in North Vietnam was in danger of becoming an instrument of Chinese Communist policy, if, indeed, it was not such an instrument already. Out of this fallacy was born the U. S. decision to eradicate or contain Chinese influence in Vietnam in particular and indochina in general. The same fallacy that brought the United States into the war is now apparent in the American effort to end it. It is evident from talk in Washington that one of the purposes of President Nixon's projected trip to Peking is to get the Chinese leaders to pressure Hanoi into breaking the deadlock at the Paris negotiations. If such in fact is the administration's hope, the attempt is likely to be no more successful than the effort to' win the war by bombing North Vietnam into submission. What Washington has yet to learn is that Hanoi not only does not seek instructions from Peking but actually resists and resents any pressure from that direction. Historically, the people of Vietnam - and, more generally, the people of lndochina have been apprehensive about cultural, political, and territorial expansion by China. It is significant that Hanoi has depended far more upon the U.S.S.R. than upon China for military assistance. A member of the Japanese Diet, Mr. Kanichi Nishimura, recently met with Xuan Thuy, chief of the North Vietnam delegation at the Paris negotiations. Mr. Nishimura has reported his impression that North Vietnam is deeply apprehensive about any Chinese-American conversations that bear on the future of North or South Vietnam. The United States would be making a serious mistake, Mr. Nishimura said, if it believed that Hanoi would be responsive to pressure or even advice from the Chinese leaders. The ideological coloration of the government in Hanoi has not erased all other distinctions or differences with larger Communist nations, any more than a common ideology has prevented Yugoslavia or Albania or Rumania from having serious differences with the Soviet Union. Mr. Nishimura's observations take on added force in view of.his previous experience in Hanoi. Early in 1966, Mr. Nishimura had extensive private conversations with Ho Chi Minh. The thrust of those conversations was directly opposite to the view expressed by Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who had declared there was no indication Hanoi A resolution endorsing Sen. wanted to negotiate with the United States to end Martin Durkan for Governor was the war. Mr. Nishimura was told by Ho Chi Minh presented to the convention of that North Vietnam was prepared to start talks with the Washington State La --- . bur the United States and that its central policy was to councd, AFL-CIO, but it didn't bring about effective restoration of the Geneva come before the convention. Argreements of 1954, which called for the right of There isn't any significance, however, in the fact that the resolution was shelved. It isn't customary for the council to endorse candidates in non-election years. Nvlnerus resolutions were adopted concerning political issueS, but the only resolution self-determination of the peoples of lndochina and for the end of all foreign intervention. Despite Mr. Nishimura's report, which had been conveyed to the U.S. government, the White House repeated there had never been the slightest hint or indication from Hanoi of a willingness to come to a peace table. The recently published Pentagon papers provide the key to this contradiction by revealing that, whatever its publicly stated position, the United States had no negotiations. The present position of war is bound to suffer made in the Pentagon papa people will wonder is an accurate reflection of In any event, it is difficult prisoners-of-war question " difficult as the governmenl be. The United States has sa date for the withdrawal o Vietnam unless it has concerning release of all Vietnam has declared it prisoners until the Americar The argument is an smacks of the debate over that delayed for many Paris negotiations. Are we s the stated positions of matters of towering reasonable resolution United States is withdrawal date to prisoners, then we withdrawal of armed phased and proportionate In the absence of such a wonders whether the substance to it than the several years ago about a pronouncements abOO self-determination - light of the Pentagon public consumption only. Not long ago, University in St. Lores, item that said I had on behalf of President of his sincerity in seeking whether The student asked a deceit, in view of that Washington had pursuing talks at the feeling was less that our own little value to its Ultimately, whether in the security of the sheer force than on its community. Any understand this basic people at a severe (