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Tuesday, July 15, 1969
LOCAL EDITORIAL COMMENT
The Sorriest Lot?
Just in case you're looking some
thing to make your day, here is a
doozy. Almost unnoticed in the rush
to get out of Raleigh the General
Assembly voted itself not only a
bonus which is destined to cost the
taxpayers around $145,000, but a
lucrative retirement income as well.
The tax-paid pension fund will give
a legislator with four or more terms of
service, 65 years old or older, a
pension of $100 or more for life. The
immediate hunk this will take from
the taxpayer's till is estimated at
$66,000. The long-range take is in
estimable-probably because nobody
has the stomach to figure it.
In a good year such a move on the
part of honorables -and this name
hardly fits-the pension plan would
have been a disgrace. In a year when
the lawmakers taxed everything but
our underwear, it is inexcusable.
As if to flaunt their powers in the
face of the public, the vote on the
pension plan was anonymous. That is,
there was no roll call. Everybody is
innocent. There is no record of the
vote. And it came in the waning days,
when strange things, indeed, do hap
It certainly is not what we believe
the people of the state would like
when the legislators give themselves a
larger pension, totally without their
own financial participation than is
given dedicated state workers who
spend their liyes in service to the
people. At the rate this law provides, a
qualified lawmaker will get a larger
haul than many teachers who have
contributed to their retirement and
who have served a life-time.
The legislators gave the Governor
all the taxes he wanted; they gave
themselves'^ bonus of retroactive al
lowances of over $800 a man (only
seven, at this writing have refused to
accept the money) and they took care
of themselves in their old age. The
question which must follow is ob
vious- what did they do for the
This may not be the sorriest lot
we've ever sent to Raleigh, but it'll do
fFe're All Going
Shortly after 9: 30 tomorrow morn
ing, man will begin his greatest adven
ture. Three astronauts will head for
man's first walk on the moon.
Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins will
make the journey, but a little of all of
us will go along on the ride.
The space program has cost the
United States taxpayer some over $24
billion. This averages out to about
$170 per taxpayer. ' 1
And so each of us will be sending
part of our money and part of our toil
into space tomorrow.
The pride of the country rides with
the lunar trio and so, too, does the
? best hopes of all.
If all goes well, Armstrong will
become the first man to set foot on
the moon early next Monday morning
and man will have realized a centuries
old dream to conquer space.
Then, if we can just figure out
what to do here on earth, man will,
indeed, have it made.
The Moon Trip Schedule
CAPE KENNEDY. Fla. - The high points of the Apollo
11 (lifht will come on Sunday, July 10. when th? lunar module
Undine vehicle is to touch down on the moon and on Monday.
July XI. when two astronauts walk on the lunar surface
Here are highlights of the mission schedule, as announced hy
the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. All times
are Eastern Daylight
Wednesday, July l<
* 32 a m ? Saturn 5 rocket blasts off from Cap* Kennedy to
put astronauts Neil A Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. nd
Michael Collins into orbit 115 miles above the earth at 1'.
miles an hour.
12:11 p.m.? Third atage of rocket fires to increase ?. -<J t
24.200 m p h. and Apollo II lips out of earth orbit towa ' the
moon. 230.000 miles away.
1:41 p.m.? Astronauts separate command ship, pivot around
and linkup nose to nose with lunar module, pulling it ?rt* of its
housing atop the rocket's third stage.
Thursday. July 17 and Friday. July II
. Apollo 11 coasts outward, making midcourse corrections as
needed to zero in on moon. Two color television tranamissions ?
i ' Saturday, July 11
1 26 p.m.? Apollo 11 alips behind the moon and astronauts fire
main engine to put the ship into a lunar orbit ranging from M to
1M miles high. After two orbits, lasting four hours, they again
fire the engine to adjust the orbital path to (2 by 71 miles. For
more than a day the astronauts will orbit, checking their
navigation and mapping the landing site.
7:22 p.m.? Aldrin crawls through tunnel into LM to check
systems for two hours.
ftunday. July 2*
> 32 a m ? Armstrong and Aldrin enter LM
1:47 p.m ? Armstrong and Aldrin separate LM and begin
descent to lunar surface Collins remains in lunar orbit in
command ship and will show television views of separation,
and the lunar surface.
4: It p.m.? LM lands in the moon's Sea of Tranquility near a
crater named Moltke. For 10 hours. Armstrong and Aldrin
check systems, rest, don back packs snd make other
preparation for walking on moon.
Meaday, July 11
1:12 a.m.? Armstrong open hatch and starts descent on ladder
attached to one of the landing legs. He pauses on second rung
to open a compartment containing a black and white tele
vision camera which will relay live to earth his first steps
on the surface. ,
' 1:11 a.m.? Armstrong steps on the moon.
1:41 a.m.? Aldrin joins Armstrong on the surface, snd during
stay of about two hours they plant the American flag, gather
?oil and rock samples, take photographs, deploy scientific
instruments and evaluate their ability to work in the moon's
one- sixth gravity. All tlvs is relayed to earth by the television
camera mounted 30 feet from the LM.
4:42 a.m.? Astronauts return to LM and (or nine hours they
rest, eat and prepare lor liftoff.
155 p.m.? LM ascent engine fired to lift the cabin section off
the moon, leaving the descent stage with its landing legs on the
moon. The take off ends lunar surface stay of nearly 22 hours.
For J1 j hours. Armstrong and Aldrin fly rendeivous mission to
catch up with Collins in the command ship.
5:32 p.m.? Command ship and LM dock, Armstrong and
Aldrin return through tunnel to rejoin Collins In the command
B:2S p m ? LM is jettisoned in lunar orbit.
Tuesday, July 22
12:57 a.m.? Behind the moon, astronauts fire engine to blast
out of lunar orbit and start the return trip to earth.
Wednesday, July 22
Apollo 11 continues the 2'i-day coast toward earth begun
Tuesday: astronauts make any necessary course corrections
and vacuum cabin to capture possible lunar germs. Two
television programs are scheduled during the journey.
Thursday. July 24
12:51 p.m ? Splashdown In the Pacific Ocean about 1,200 miles
wultiwest of Hawaii. Frogman drops from helicopter into raft,
opens Apollo hatch and tones In biologrtal garments which the
aatnmauts put on. Spacemen step Into the raft and spray
themselves with a disinfectant before being lifted by helicopter
to the deck of the carrier Hornet.
On carrier they transfer into an airtight trailer to start
quarantine. In the trailer are a doctor and a technician who will
atay with them. President Nixon is on the carrier but because of
the quarantine he does not greet the astronauts. He talks with
them through a phone plugged Into the aide of the trailer
FrMay. July 2* and Saturday, July t*
Carrier and escorting shipa ateam toward Hawaii with
astronauts remaining in quarantine.
Suaday, July 27
Hornet arrivea at Ford Island In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Trailer, with aatronauta Inside, ia transferred to a C141 aircraft
for flight to Manned Spacecraft Center. Houston. Astronauts
move through a plastic tunnel into airtight Lunar Receiving
Laboratory. Spacecraft and rock aamplea. in sealed botes, also
ara brought to the lab for extensive study.
Tuesday, ' August 12
If the aatronauts have developed no illnesses and the rocks
show no signs of lunar bacteria, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins
ara released from quarantine.
Barbee Stands Tall
Spring Hope (N. C.) Enterprise
The 1969 session of the General
Assembly goes into the record books
as having been the longest but not the
workingness, according to the number
of measures introduced and enacted
It also might be regarded as that
session dealing most kindly to mem
bers of its own body, in that legisla
tion which should have become lost in
the shuffle became fact in the declin
ing days of the session.
This is the law providing for retro
active pay raises of $5 for the lawmak
ers, which amounts to an additional
$845 for the 145-day session (includ
We're somewhat proud that our
local man, Allen Barbee, declared at
the outset his opposition to the pro
posed law, and who now has directed
the state disbursing officer not to send
him a check covering the pay raise.
It's "politics," some Say. Well, if
it's politics, it's a better show of it
than our Nash County commissioners
played this week on giving themselves
a pay raise.
These men, yes- fine, upstanding
men, hardly waited for the ink to dry
before putting into effect legislation
just granted by the General Assembly.
The chairman now gets $200 per
month as opposed to $125; and the
members' salaries have risen from
$ 1 00 to $ 1 50 per month, per man.
People have short memories.
Whether they regard Barbee's move as
good, bad, or "political," and what
they think of our commissioners' ac
tion is one thing today, another to
morrow. But we hope that if any, or
all, care to run again-for whatever
office, the people will deal more
graciously with Representative Barbee
than with the others. For, as he's said,
"when we ran we knew what our
salary would be," which goes for pur
county commissioners as well as our
Ottawa -? Defense Minister
Leo Cadieux states that Cana
da would reduce her armed
forces ftwn 98,000 to
80,000-85,000 men over the
next three years. The announ
cement was the latest step in
the Government's review of
its defense policies.
jNj OF IT..."
Going through my old tackle box the other day, I come up
on some interesting clippings I'd been saving. Over in
Canterbury, England a fellow by the name of Ken Shaw
advertised in a newspaper "Car or wife must go".
Now, we ain't got no argument with old Kenneth. Whatever
turns him on," I say. But it won't so smart advertising two
pieces of junk in the same ad. He should a run 'em one at the
Anyway, now comes the report that old Ken got some
response. He said he didn't think anybody was gonna take him
serious in the first place but they did.
His ad said: Car or wife must go. Car--1963 MGB, red, all
extras, $1,200. Wife, 1944, blonde, 5 feet, 36-24-36, $60,000.
He said this week that "no one has inquired about the car
but he's had three offers for the wife. One man wrote in to ask
what condition she was in and asked Ken if he thought she was
worth $60,000. (Hope nobody asks me that about the little
woman). Another man tried to get Ken to lower the price.
(Cheap skate) and the third said she was too old to charge that
Then there's this movement to get us to measure things like
they do in Europe. I ain't much for it since I just found out
there's only three feet in a yard.
But this here clipping says some right clever things about it
and although I ain't sure I understand what its talking about,
I'm more agin the change than I was before I read it.
It says that a miss is as good as 1.6093 kilometers. And I
wouldn't touch that one with a 3.049 meter pole. Cowboys
wear 37.853 liter hats and God's Little .4047 of a hectare. (I
didn't understand that one neither). Then it says things are all
wood and .9144 of a meter wide. (I know what they're talking
about there alright.
I ain't sure I know what they're talking about when they
said imagine how a Hollywood starlet would feel saying that
her vital statistics (whatever they are) were 92-61-92. The
clipping says she wouldn't like it but 1 ain't so sure. Anyway it
says she's against it and that you couldn't budge her a 2.54
centimeters. That, says the clipping, is a inch to us. Ain't that
A Key To Adult Life?
Melbourne, Austrailia -
Dr. Isla Stamp, Melbourne
psychologist, reports that the
kindergarten-age child who
keeps throwing tantrums and
beating up his playmates is
exhibiting the tendencies of a
future problem adult. The
doctor said tests showed one
young child in four suffered
from some kind of emotional
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