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Thursday, July 3, 1969
LOCAL EDITORIAL COMMENT
No Official Scorer
Baseball, it is often said, is a game
of statistics. Avid fans would be lost
without the record book and great
effort goes into crediting the playejrs
with how many times they have a
chance to hit the ball and, often
regretably, how many time they miss
ed it. You can get a record book at
almost any news stand.
Keeping up with politicans isn't
quite that easy. There are records and
there are their reports of their record.
Sometimes, finding their batting aver
age is so difficult for the average fan,
it is better left alone. There is, of
course, no official scorer.
It's a shame. Checking the book on
some would be a very interesting
pasttime right now. It would undoubt
edly add a great deal to the under
standing--if not the enjoyment -of the
If it h*l fell our lot-heaven for
bid-to score recent events affecting
Franklin County, there would have
been many a trip back to the rule
book, which should include- although,
we're sure it doesn't -pre-election
promises and statements.
We'd score, for example, the
County Commissioners with a hit in
their actions with the new budget.
Not a homer, you understand, but a
healthy single. Only time will tell
whether or not the base runners can
get home with what the Board gave
them to run on. On the other hand, in
the matter of zoning to protect the
people's interest in certain invest
ments of the people's money, we'd be
compelled to strike the whole bunch
out and chalk up at least five errors.
We'd credit the Franklin delegation
in the General Assembly with a triple
in voting against the retroactive pay
raise for themselves. It'd be a homer,
if any of them refuse to take it, now
that it's been passed. We'd even add a
run or two batted in.
On the other hand, honesty would
demand that we strike out that bunch,
too, for the way they handled the.
annexation issue. They do have their
trouble with curve balls. No errors
here, though, because even though
they juggled the ball for quite a spell,
they did finally make the play.
The Louisburg Town Council could
be given a time at bat for hanging in
there against the high, hard ones in
the annexation doubleheader and a
run or two scored because of it, but a
true official scorer could not, in good
conscience, give them a hit. It wasn't
that kind of a play. They might,
however, raise their batting average
with the new budget, if they, ever
straighten out that electric bill short
Well, with those examples, it is not
difficult to understand why we'd pro
bably never make an official scorer.
We just don't understand the game.
But, all in all. Franklin has the
makings of a pretty good team. A
little weak here and there, but a few
trades and intelligent use of the draft
in the days ahead could make us a real
contender. And who knows, we might
win a pennant. After all, when you're
in the cellar, there's only one way to
Fresh Breath Of Air
For the past several years, the
Franklinton City School Board has
been threatened, harrassed, conferred
with and investigated by federal ag
ents of the Justice Department and
the Department of Health, Education
and Welfare. The Franklin County
Schools suffered the same until they
were taken to court.
It is, perhaps, too late for it to ease
much of Franklin's jwin but therais
an interesting little $M^of??ajbAq|ng
on right now in Washington:
Conflicting reports say that the
Nixon administration is about to re
lease a statement softening school
desegregation guidelines while on the
other hand, other reports are saying
the present Johnson style orders will
In the past few days, there have
been -reports of such a statement being
reylewed, revised, readied and with
drawn. The tugging seems to be going
on between HEW Secretary Robert
Finch and the conservatives closer to
the President. ' '
Finch lost a battle last week to the
American Medical Society and Sena
tor Everette Dirksen when he failed to
get his man named chief health officer
of the country. The Secretary has
been talking loud and big about keep
ing the guidelines as they are in recent
days but still the rumor persists that
the President will soften them.
Franklin, with the exception of a
few grades in the Franklinton system,
has already totally integrated its
schools. Any decision by the present
administration at this late date can
not undo the things which have sub
jected most of our children to a hectic
year. However, knowing what it's all
about. Franklin parents can hope that
parents in other areas may be spared
the turmoil of sudden and total mix
ing of the races.
The fact that the President might
differ from his HEW Secretary in this
matter is a hopeful sign. One would be
hard put to recognize a difference, if
indeed one exists, between the Nixon
HEW Secretary and the Johnson HEW
Secretary. And any school board can
readily tell you that the same old
Johnson crowd is running things un
der the so-called new administration.
Fifteen years after the Supreme
Court school desegregation ruling, the
daily newspapers vividly tell-if any
one is willing to look -that it is not
working. The country is in far worse
shape today-and so are the blacks and
whites- than it was when this monu
mental decision was rendered. Some
where, some blacks might be getting a
better education and someday it may
show. Up to now, however, it all looks
like a long bad dream.
The Nixon administration and no
other is going to turn back the clock.
And maybe there are large numbers of
people who would not want it to. But,
any semblance of reason injected into
the school desegregation dictates, is
like a fresh breath-of air.
It may not save a drowning man,
but it sure does give hope to others.
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As we join together to celebrate this Fourth of July,
let us remember that, abpve all, this is a day to show
wour gratitude to our forefathers for their great fortitude
1and vision in establishing this great nation upon the
foundations of freedom, and their steadfastness in up
holding that freedom. ? (
Let us affirm our faith in the principles for which
they stood and pledge anew, dedicating ourselves un
swervingly to the ideal that liberty may ever endure.
Fountain Hits School Guidelines
By Congressman L. H. Fountain
Washington, D. C. - Those of us still
concerned about quality education and our
public school system are still waiting for
some definite sign of a new and, hopefully,
more favorable policy by the Nixon Admini
stration in connection with school desegre
Well, President Nixon and Secretary
Finch and Company have now been in office
almost. "Six months; and notwithstanding
news stories and messages I have received
from one source after another about planned
guideline changes, no significant changes
have been made in the Howe-Gardner-Cohen
"financially forced integration" approach.
V- - All we've been getting are a variety of
contradictory statements from Secretary
Finch and others in the Administration. In
fact, except for a. few new faces and top
level officials in HEW, the same "old crowd"
and substantially the same "visitatibn
teams" are still running things. Although
there are limits to what a minority of us in
Congress can do to force proper action by
the Executive, unless things do change and
change quickly with a more reasonable and
common sense approach, whatever plan may
be unfolded will become knowh as the
Nixon-Finch plan for "forced integration."
I have left no stone unturned in my own
efforts to give HEW a full picture of our
problems in the Second District and the
many factors which of necessity ought and
must be taken into account in any school
desegregation plan, whether court ordered or
ordered through the power of the Federal
Washington, D. C. - Are there any
veterans of the first crossing of the Rhine
River over the famed bridge at Remagen in
That's the question which Congressman
L. H. Fountain has beefi asked by one of his
fellow-members of the House of Representa
tives, Rep. Ken Hechler of West Virginia.
Congressman Hechler is the author of the
best-selling war book, "The Bridge at Re
magen", which has been made into a full
-length movie and will be released this
summer by United Artists.
"This was one of the most heroic epi
sodes In American military history", stated
Congressman Fountain. "It turned the tide
of the war in Europe and saved many
American lives. When the movie come* to
the area. I think we should honor those who
took part in the Remagen Bridge crossing. I
hope that any men who were involved in the
Rhine crossing at Remagen will write me c/o
House Office Building. Washington, D. C.
The motion picture based on Congress
man Hechler's book is a David L. Wolper
production starring Robert Vaughn, George
Segai, Ben Gazzara, Bradford Dillman and E.
G. Marshall. It was filmed in Czecholovakka
because the original Rhine River bridge at
Remagen collapsed just ten days after the
American 9th Armored Division made its
surprise crossing on March 7, 1945. Con
gressman Hechler, who Is technical adviaer
for the film, managed to get out of Czechos
lovakia just 12 hours before the Russian
Invasion last August, but the call and film
crew fled to the Austrian border. Hie film
was completed near Rome, Italy. "Apparent
ly, this la a film the Russians couldnt stop,"
Congressman Fountain commented.
It is true that HEW officials here in
Washington have been most patient and
considerate in listening to me. One such
meeting with local school officials lasted
three hours. Other high ranking officials
close to the President have also given me a
hearing. I appreciate such consideration, but
in the final analysis it's responsible and
reasonable action that we are seeking and
.still waiting for.
I read recently that Attorney General
Mitchell and Secretary Finch are planning to
work with the Federal Courts and that
revisions in guidelines will soon be out. Last
week when the surtax extension and invest
ment credit repeal legislation was being
considered in the House, and when votes
were needed, there were headline news
stories, and rumors flying throughout the
House, to the effect that either Secretary
Finch, or that Secretary Finch and Attorney
Geqeral Mitchell would jointly announce
new and more moderate guidelines. The
police statements or guidelines described to
me can be strict or moderate, depending
upon how they are interpreted and admini
Secretary Finch's first recommendation
for the position of Assistant to HEW for
Health and Scientific Affairs was turned
down by the President. His pride has been
wounded. In his own words, "In losing one
battle, your hand is strengthened for ano
ther." In fact, in the June 29 edition of
'The Washington Post" (Incidentally the day
before the scheduled vote on the surtax
extension). Secretary Finch is quoted as
having said, "There is not going to be any
give at all in the 1969-70 deadlines" for total
desegregation -? "not at the present time."
The President's rejection of the Knowles
appointment has also prompted opposition
from liberal forces in both political parties,
and talk about new school integration guide
lines has also prompted counter pressures
from groups obviously more concerned with
total "forced integration" of schools than a
climate for quality education.
Consequently, until such revisions as the
one to be made are announced, or at least
until some full statement is made by Secre
tary Finch, we have no way of knowing
what to expect; but on the basis of what I
am told by others in high places, I am still
hoptful for a moderation approach. If it
does not come soon, even if it comes, I'm
fearful it will come too late. In fact, it's
already too late for many of our school
Let me add, however, that regardless of
any action the Nixon Administration may
take on school integration guidelines, some
of the Federal Courts, Including North Caro
lina ones, have gone completely beserk on
the subject, demanding complete and total
Integration now, or beginning with the 69-70
school year. Federal Courts have both the
power and the right to be reasonable. They
should have the necessary wisdom and un
derstanding. but they havent shown It.
The Nixon Administration, through HEW
and the office of the Attorney General, can
properly Influence the Federal Courts in this
area. If they dont, and If the courts them
selves dont toon see the light, there will not
be much that either the courts, the Congress,
or the President can do to bring educational
order out of chaos.
"Youngin". I said. "I been around a long time. I been a
heap of places and I seen a heap of things. I ain't got a whole
lot of education -book learning, that is-but I learned a heap of
"I learned a lot from people. Mostly 1 learned from
watching people and remembering. Watching people ain't no
good unless you remember what you seen.
"I remember when the Fourth of July was a big day. J
remember when folks would
gather from miles around to
picnic and visit and talk.
Folks did a heap of talking.
How you been, they'd ask.
And how old are the young
ins. now and always they'd
say -whether they meant it or
not-you're looking good.
That's 'cause folks themselves
was good. If you're good,
youll look good. Don't for
get that. ever.
"I remember there used to
be parades. Everybody would
try to get into the march.
Them that didn't would run
along behind. Then there was
bands. Always there was
bands. They didn't play so
good, but they was loud and
folks didn't care. It won't the
music so much as the songs
' They played patriotic
songs. The songs told about men who h?d lived for their
( country. Some told about men who had died for their
i country, too. The songs always said something about America
I and you could hum along-if you could carry a tune -and every
3 now and then you'd think a cold wind had blowed. Your skin
[ would sorta shiver on some of the high notes.
"Then there was speeches. I never cared too much for
them, though. But, then remembering, there was a whole lot
to be said even for the speeches. Nearbout everybody make a
speech. If you had a title, you could set on the platform. If
you set on the platform you was introduced. And if you was
introduced, you made a speech.
"Most times the speaker was a politican of some sort. He
blowed a lot and now and then he'd have to stop and wipe
sweat, but by the time they finished most folks was charged
up with patriotism. And that won't too hard to do 'cause most
folks was patriots to begin with.
"I remember they talked about freedom and liberty a
whole lot. Younginlike, I didnt understand all they was
saying but I could tell when they was telling the good stuff.
The old women would cry. The men would have to blow their
noses -whether or not they had a cold. And the youngins, we
just got quiet. Even the giggling-girts stopped giggling.
"Some of them would quote some dead American that had
said something that had stuck over ^he years. Like Give Me
Liberty or Give Me Death or maybe something like sacrificing
and honor. Some of the words sounded right good.
"They waved the flag a lot back then, too, I remember. The
neighbors didn't say nothing if you hung the flag in your front
yard like they do now. Showing the flag won't no big thing
back then. Just about everybody done it. Folks was proud to
do it, I remember.
"Slackers won't thought much of in them days like they are
now. A man that wouldn't go fight for his country won't
nothing. It wouldn't do him no good to stay home. Wont no
girl anywhere thatll have anything to do with him. Grown
folks would whisper when he walked by. Even the dogs barked
at him. Some of them even bit him- even though I suspect
-they didn't know he was a slacker.
"Things shore have changed, Youngin", I said. "Things ain't
like they used to be. The Fourth of July is just another day
now and 1 reckon your generation is gonna be loser for it.
Shucks, stores don't even close no more for the Fourth; folks
don't visit and don't many even bother to picnic. There ain't
no fireworks no more and even the politican done stopped
making speeches. Guess that's because it's so hot in July.
"But whatever the reason things have changed, I'm made
sorry that they have. But, I reckon I ain't as bad off as some. I
can still remember. Some folks ain't even got that."
'Give Or Ye Shall Receive'