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tli : Ed,toraals. Peate o,n That o e day of the year has arrived when we put aside our napalm, poison gas, rockets, bombs, hand grenades, land mines, rifles, torpedoes, mortars and other manly toys and pray for peace. Praying for peace while you are investing half the federal budget for the implements of war is comparable to praying for clean lungs while you are smoking four packs of cigarettes a day. , But it s a nice gesture, and a one-day moratorium on a death and destruction is better than none at all. The problem, of course, is that none of us really believes that the time will come 'when the peoples of the earth shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more, but they shall sit every man under his, vine and under his fig tree and none shall make them afraid. Those are fine words, but we take our direction ,on war and peace from George Washington, who opined: To be prepared for is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. To be prepared for war means you must make people afraid, which leaves George at some disparity with Jesus. We have resolved this difference of opinion between two of our favorites by following George s advice for 364 days a ] year and giving Jesus a spectacular birthday party on the 365th, complete with toy guns and tanks and airplanes and size two military uniforms. Another unrealistic dreamer, Petrarch, had some words to say about peace: Five great enemies to peace inhabit with us: viz., avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace. Words, words, words. That Italian dingaling has listed the five attributes without which a man cannot become a leader of a great nation. Without pride, President Nixon would never have been able to tell us that the reason weare still killing Asians is because "we will not be humiliated. ' There s only one sensible way to sit under your vine - i__ that s with a sub-machine gun in your lap and a bag of grenades at your feet. And if you want to watch your color television set under your fig tree, be sure there is a .38 in the drawer of the coffee table. Peace. . byBDoj::uHx hool Here's the real [ The Journal's und v n" reporter the? Chinese .......... J' /nai iandfireworks thanhaS: smug iedthePentagon out a document Papers. that will create more " .... We sometimes wondered if we were throwing money down a rathole by paying this fellow ten dollars a week and Lodema Johnson Zelda Fee Hess Frank Anderson Anita Duggar all the rice he could eat, but the scoop he has provided makes Mary Kent Adella Dwyer Gary Nelson Frances Radtke the expense worthwhile. AI Ford Vivian Linn Paul Mortensan Dolores Drake Journal readers will be the first to see, printed below, the Jim Shrum Barbara Nelson Carmen Yarns Sana Brewer complete Chinese strategy for President Nixon s forthcoming Don Adolfson Lou Donnell Dora Hearing Mary Hill trip to Peking, plus an assessment of Henry Kissinger by a Ron Kunkle Fern Gay Mrs. Ray Kratcha Brian Clevenger Chinese starlet, Chow-Ann-Lay. Dick Moore Julie Gay Vivien Olson Steve Erickson We are sending the papers to the State Department Jan Danford Gay Johnson Tom LePique Jim Kneeland simultaneously with their publication. We 11 take our chances Lee Doyle Nancy Dayton Margaret LePique Jerry Johnsen in court if we have violated national security. Glenn Kinkade Henry Gay o W ' i::::1 t/t 15.111 , 4- J IfiEt o 4- ttla Y q-o It: Even a hasty perusal of this master plan reveals that the Chinese will be tough to deal with. You will notice the shape of the table to be used, an important matter in diplomatic affairs. Probing between the lines, however, there is evidence of some soft spots on the underbelly of the dragon. The signs are not all ominous. By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS Official action by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in sponsoring its own measure is certain to give new impetus to the income tax movement in this state. Though strictly a nonpartisan organization, the Jaycees have had prior - and successful - experience in the field of politics. Few remember, and many are unaware, that the Jaycoes are primarily responsible for daylight saving time. After fast time had been defeated six years earlier, the Jaycees undertook an initiative campaign in 1960 to establish the daylight saving time which has prevailed in this state ever since. The Jaycees' income tax proposal differs in many respects from the direction the Governor's Citizens Committee for a New Tax Policy appears to be taking. For one thing, the Jaycees' proposal is designed to result in a net revenue gain to the state of $286 million. The Citizens' Committee is leaning toward a plan which wouldn't increase the total amount of tax dollars that is raised now. Multiplicity No Problem Too many bills on the same subject have been enough to kill some types of legislation, but this doesn't seem to hold true on taxes. There were more than a dozen different tax reform programs in the 1969 Legislature when the Governor's tax reform program was passed as H JR 42. Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, December 23, 1971 In that case, many plans were offered in the search for one which would have the best chance. When the Governor's plan emerged, proponents of all other proposals rallied behind HJR 42. At the moment, the Citizens' Committee's plan would appear to have the edge, if for no other reason than the fact it will have the Governor's support. The 75-member committee is composed of representatives from all factions and all walks of life, and its proposal is more likely to represent a concensus. Holiday Handicap Some of the public meetings conducted by the Citizens' Committee have been poorly attended, but this doesn't necessarily prove lack of interest. It is extremely difficult to get people out to public meetings during the holiday season. They are too busy, and too occupi,.d with other things. The big problem will be getting the 1972 Legislature to place a tax issue on a ballot. As pointed out previously, it is virtually impossible to get legislators to vote any new taxes in an election year. But if the measure fails in 1972, it will be back in 1973. Also pointed out previously: it took two sessions of more than 100 days each to put HJR 42 on the ballot. Sugar In The Tank Sugar in the gas tank couldn't have caused more consternation than a mysterious effort to sweeten the state's tax on gasoline by another half cent. The bill was included in a packet sent out to members by the Democratic caucus in the House. Nobody seems to know "who dunnit." At first it was thought to be an executive request measure, but the Governor was as surprised as anybody else. Now everybody denies having had anything to do with it. But the fact that the measure has made its appearance is pretty solid proof people haven't heard the last of it. There is considerable support in some quarters for another gasoline tax boost to continue the urban arterial program. It probably won't pass in the coming session, but its presence could serve as a harassment to supporters of Gov. Dan Evans' proposal to extend the sales tax to gasoline sales. Credit Has Edge Of three proposed constitutional amendments Governor Evans plans to submit to the 1972 Legislature, one authorizing the state to loan its credit to private corporations and groups appears to have the best chance. It received the necessary two-thirds majority in the Senate after three tries last session, and came within four votes of having enough in the House. It since has been modified to facilitate passage. The problems faced by an income tax have been well documented. The other proposal would establish annual sessions of the Legislature. An annual session amendment has been in every regular session of the Legislature for the past 40 years, but the Governor's proposal passed the House by an overwhelming majority last time; 81 to 18. It's problem has been in the Senate, where it went into the Committee on Constitutions and never came out. The committee chairman, Sen. John T. McCutcheon, a long-time foe of annual sessions, has died since the 1971 session. Bruce Wilsort is vice chairman, but his advance to the chairmanship isn't automatic. Committee chairmanships are determined by seniority, and Wilson is still in his first term. A change in chairmanships might improve the chances of annual sessions, but other senators, including R. R. Grieve, the majority leader, are equally opposed. As this committee also handles redistricting legislation, the new committee chairman is pretty certain to be somebody satisfactory to Grieve, who is the Democrats' chief architect in this field. New Measures Coming While many of the Governor's executive request measures are "warmed over" from the last session, there also will be some new bills. One, called an "environmental rights act," would authorize private citizens or local government units to go to court to halt actions they considered threatening to the environment. i4 Editor, The Journal: be, if a careful cost Rumor has it that the kept of all convicts fi sociologists and psychologists in they enter prison till they the "Department of Social Health released, food, clothing, rn0 and Services" which used to be care etc. when released called the barbaric and degrading should pay the state bad name of "Department of much permonth, eitherinC= Institutions, ' for lack of work, like cleaning up litters constructive results of their time, highways, building parks, is now suggesting that convicts in Think it over taxpayers, its our prisons should be paid while we got a break. they are confined against the Oh, yes, I am curious a cruel society. This dear why our news media faile~ tax-payers, means while in school mention the facts about or any other type of labor while furlough farce at WCC like in prison, the convict the other day we~ This means I as a taxpayer furlough and forgot to could get robbed of say $500.00 back. Perhaps the space is t worth of tools and cash. Then the held for more sensational re~ poor guy that robbed me gets sent like the cruel treatment to prison. And then I shouid dig handed out by the big bad up more to pay him while he's guards. there? Like hell I should. From what I hear the g~ To me a more realistic are so narrow minded theYl method of holding down the mad get upset about all the dope t] rush to get sent to prison, would getting in. The Flapdo~ dmer: EarlG= When is o ondmork not o Iondt ork? By STEVE ERICKSON Prophetic lyrics in a pop song last year warned the "They're gonna pave Paradise and put in a parking lot." Although banks represent Paradise only to bankerS,, song s doomsday doggerel still applies to a downtown d,( now playing in Portland at the corner of SW 5th AvenUe Stark Street. That commercial cubbyhole has been occupied in style since 191 6 by Doric columns of the First National p it; of Oregon. It s a beautiful building; considered "an exemplary of Greek neo-classical style ' by architects alarmed at a toward knocking down such monuments in the n progress. , du This old bank doesn t resemble anything built here the past 10, 20 or even 30 years - it s got class, where could you find Doric columns, a temple facade and Col0 Yule marble, all in one building and all of it paid for? Nowadays if they use marble at all, thin venee draped from steel superstructures. Pretty, in a cold cit way, but decoration, not support. More like plastic marble. But that's economics - plastic lookalikes hoJ keyto tomorrow. '. The Portland Historical Landmarks Commission tO March, 1970 to add the old bank building to its historical landmarks. That would have spared it from rat wrecking ball. But the building emerged a landmark only in the l whimsical and unofficial sense, because bank already up to their pockets in a new 40-story bank bml were trying to sell the old place when the Land Commission appeared on the scene. The bankers convinced city councilmen a land designation would impede attempts to unload the building. ,, ,, Of course, For Sale status is as relevant to hisl 1 mfl a a r m home to t eratlOl sg "'c" nee ,as s" g s he Pepsi Gen " , the bankers logic nevertheless scored a bullseye witl fathers, who in effect ruled that since the stately sift was For Sale, it was neither historical nor a landmark. Enter wrecking ball. Enter 20-car parking lot. historical landmark, class, Paradise. Banking and building leave little time for the inapt the non-remunerative or the sentimental. Instead, inn dream of demolition and exult in talk of "future pedestrian malls and other downtown improvements." By "improvements' they mean replacing with blacktop parking lots, complete with yellow striping and toll booths. By "pedestrian malls" they mean areas for walking" lure shoppers, consumers and other money downtown, and never mind what it looks like when there. By "future skyways" bankers could mean anything. They could mean skyscrapers reaching clear paying and receiving Paradise all their own; or they mean a sublime someday when today's 40-story becomes the World's Tallest Parking Garage. Whatever they mean, most "future skyways" ignore the past. But when you see dignity elegance overlooked, you wonder whethe forward-thinking developers have their heads in the of today. 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