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MARTY VEGA Reporter
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THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1975
By Laurie Telfair
As We See It..
For more than a year or more, the city airport has been a source
of simmering controversy, erupting occasionally into flare-ups.
The city council, usually the last to know about a problem has,
month after month, rendered decisions in a step by step effort to
settle leases and sooth controversy.
At its best, the machinery for governing the airport is awkward.
The airport committee recommends and the city council makes
decisions. The day to day operation is vested in the airport
manager, who is now city manager John Gaddy, a non-flyer who
would not normally need to be aware of the daily needs of airport
In the past, the question has been talked of in terms of Thacker
and Rose. The city's interests seemed to get scant attention.
However, that has changed in the last few months. More people
are asking what the city is getting out of its municipal airport, and
the airport committee and city council are paying attention to the
It might be well to remember, that even at its busiest, the airport
serves only a small proportion of Hoke's residents.
And, while it is beneficial to the development of the airport to
have aviation businesses located there, a municipal airport cannot
be operated solely for the convenience of the fixed base operators.
The public must be served equally.
It is time to stop looking at the airport piecemeal, in terms of
leases and tiedowns and hangars, and look instead at the entire
operation. It is time for some decisions of policy on the operation
of the airport. And. most of all, it is time for some fair and
impartial enforcement of policy that would insure that all users of
the airport operate within the rules.
Every day. Gorell Kiger cleans up around the county trash
container located near his home on Business 401. because he
doesn't like to see other people's garbage piled up around the
container. Sanatarian M.R. Mills said the container is the neatest in
"If we had more community spirit like you. we could have some
fine cooperation with this system." Mills said.
. And so we could. Caring about our community a little more
could help solve a number of problems. For one thing, it would
make unnecessary clean up drives.
Thanks. Mr. Kiger.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
After 40 years of continuous
service the Laurinburg and Southern
railroad gave up the mail contract on
the service between Raeford. Wagram
and Laurinburg last Sunday and
service was started by Star route on
A report on boll weevil infestation
in eastern North Carolina by George
I). Jones, extension entomologist at
State C ollege, lor the week of June 5
? 10 shows that die infestation of
boll weevil is serious in all areas.
The summer recreation program
for the school age children of the
community which has hitherto been
sponsored by the Parent-Teachers
Association will begin as usual next
Tuesday at the high school
Among die record graduating class
of 1,222 which received their
diplomas from Governor W. Kerr
Scott at commencement exercises in
Raleigh Sunday afternoon were five
men from Hoke County. They were
Thomas Joseph llpchurch, Kenneth
Watson McNeill, Joseph Richard
McAnulty, Denver R. Huff, Jr. and
15 years ago
Thursday, June 16. 1960
At precisely 7:03 Monday evening,
the sound of a shrill whistle started
40 ? 50 scurrying forms toward the
water in lite just completed Hoke
Swimming Pool association's pool,
their splashes climaxing a long
struggle for funds necessary for the
Mrs. Devoe Austin, the former
Marguerite Stephens, died early
Wednesday morning in Moore
Memorial Hospital in Southern Pines.
Archie L. Phillips, section foreman
fo.r the Aberdeen and Rockfish
railroad, was injured when the
section car he was riding was
involved in an accident at the
railroad crossing on Dickson Street,
Thursday morning, June 9.
Dr. Marcus Smith has been elected
president of the Presbyterian Men's
Council, Synod of North Carolina,
for the year 1961.
Gangaren Kripalani, a graduate
student at N.C. State College and a
native of New Delhi, India, made a
tour of Hoke County farms on
Tuesday, June 7, checking soil
samples from various farms in the
'Up till now she's been pretty agile'
he Christian Science Monitor
I? by Marty Vega
Keep New York Going
Everyone knows the financial bind
the city of New York is in, and the
possibility of just closing down New
York and relocating all the refugees
across the country isn't all tit at
Since nobody I know is interested
in taking in surly cab drivers,
belligerent waiters, or sullen building
superintendents, we all should do our
part to keep it going, at least until
Congress appropriates foreign aid.
which would be appropriate.
Already die police and firemen
unions are distributing 'Fear City*
pamphlets, in an effort to dramatize
how bad things will be under the
austerity budget which cuts services
to a minimum.
Crime is getting out of hand up
there, there's no doubt about that.
Fligelman's jewlery store on
Eighth Avenue was held up. and the
Most of the economists, who
didn't know the recession was
coming, are now saying it's ending, at
least if not this quarter then the next
quarter or the next one after that,
somewhat like the football coach
who said he could have won if
there'd been five or maybe six
quarters in the game.
So now the problem, they say, is
inflation which, as one of them said,
"everybody knows is caused by too
much money chasing too few
goods." This of course leaves out one
other factor: the greed that causes
bigger and bigger mark ? ups. With us
and the Arabs for example, it's less
and less money chasing more and
more oil at higher and higher prices.
And sometimes I get the feeling some
outfits in this country are using the
Economists though arc in such bad
repute I've decided to come to their
rescue, and am establishing the J.A.
School of Guraranteed Accuracy in
It will be divided into three parts.
Viewing the current situation for
example. Part A will say things are
getting better; Part B will say things
arc getting worse; Part C will sav
they're going to stay about the same
Whichever way things go, you can
look back six months from now. pick
out one prediction and ignore the
other two. and say, you know, he
was right about that.
I don't know what economists get
paid, but 111 take half what they're
getting and consider my salary
Changing the subject, 1 see that
our friend New York, the city with
lots of brains but not enough sense
to manage its money, has re-financed
with a big loan and is now able 10
pay its bills for the next few months
at least, for which the mayor has
heaved a sigh of relief.
It reminds me of the man who had
a note coming due at the bank and
couldn't meei it. After spending
three sleepless nights before the due
date worrying about it he went in
and confessed to the banker he
simply couldn't pay off. The banker
let him sweat a while and then agreed
to renew the note.
The man signed quickly, came out
of the bank, wiped his brow, and
said, "Man, am 1 glad to get that debt
owner telephoned police. A radio car
"You won't believe it," cried
Fligelman to the first cop. "I was
robbed by an elephant."
"By a what?" asked the
"An elephant! A big truck pulled
up in front of die store, an elephant
got out, he gave the window a knock
with his trunk, the glass broke, he
took all the jewelry and left."
"An elephant from India has short
cars," said die officer, "and an
African elephant has long ears. Which
"How do I know." screamed the
man, "he had a slocking over his
As startling as this is. there's
more to this grim picture that the
public is seldom aware of.
In a New York night court, duce
girls charged widi soliciting, and
Mervui Schermsleburger, arrested for
peddling neckties without a license,
were brought before the judge.
'This is all a mistake, your
honor," said the first girl. "I was
walking down Amsterdam Avenue
and this guy..."
"Just a minute, young lady." said
the judge, "You've been here a do/en
times. One hundred dollars fine.
"I'm just a secretary, and I wasn't
doing anything."' said the second girl.
"I recognize you, too," the judge
said. "Two hundred dollars or ten
days in jail. Next case!"
"Judge, I'm a prostitute. I'm not
proud of it, but it's the only way I
can support my kids. I'm guilty."
"Young woman. I like your
honesty, and because of it. I'm going
to give you a break. Case dismissed.
Sergeant, give this girl fifty dollars
out of the policeniens' fund."
Now comes Mcrvin. "Your
honor." he pleaded. "I'm not going
to lie to you. I'm a prostitute."
Facts You Should Know
The moon rat is the largest
mscctivorc mammal in the world.
The moon rat, also known as
Raffles gymnure, is usually found in
Burma. Thailand. Malaysia. Sumatra,
Mature specimens of this
inscctivore have a head and body
length of 10.43-17.52 inches, and a
tail 7.87-8.26 inches. The moon rat
may weigh up to 3.08 lbs.
Anteaters feed on termites and
other soft-bcllied insects, but they
are NOT insectivores, but belong to
the order Edentata.
Watch out for both.
CUFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
ASSEMBLY HEARINGS. . .For
the first time within our recollection
the North Carolina General Assembly
has held a real public hearing on the
recommendations of a governor's
appointees. This is good and was as it
should be. However, hearings on the
governor's appointees necessitating
General Assembly approval have not
been customary in the past and no
doubt the reason for the hearings this
year was because the appointees were
named by a Republican governor to
be passed upon by a legislature
Two years from now, or whenever
the Democrats regain control of the
governor's office, hearings should be
continued on appointees of the
governor which are subject to
confirmation by the General
Assembly just as they were held last
week when James W.C. Daniel was
turned down and Barbara Ann
Simpson and J. Ward Purrington III
were approved. What's good for tire
goose should be good for the gander.
CAMPAIGN TIME. . .Speaking.of
shortening the political campaigns
and thereby lessening die necessary
expenditures, we doubt drat moving
die primary date for state and
county offices from May to August
will save a day of campaigning or as
much as a dollar in the way of
If the General Assembly moves the
presidential primary day up to March
and delays the primary for State and
County offices to August more time
and more nton cy than ever may well
be spent in campaigning.
Under present law as heretofore
observed, campaigns for governor
and other state offices did not get
underway 011 a day-to-day basis until
sometime after the first of the year
which gave a maximum of four
months in which to campaign before
the first primary.
If the State primary is set in
August, chances are that die state
campaigns will get started soon after
die presidential primary which will
likely be in March, giving more than
four mondis before the first primary
in August. Changing primary dates
will have little if anything to do with
time and money spent in political
Candidates for President are
already active lining up support in
New Hampshire and elsewhere. In
North Carolina prospective
gubernatorial candidates have been
on the move for several months.
DISCIPLINE . .We hear talk
about the various needs of our public
schools. To our way of thinking
discipline is the greatest need in most
of our public schools today-high
schools as well as Middle Schools.
School people tell us that
discipline is lacking in the homes
which adds to lite difficulty of
having discipline in the schools. We
grant the valitity of the statement,
but still tiiis does not lessen by any
degree the need for discipline in our
schools. On the other hand, lack of
home discipline adds to the need for
school discipline. We have teachers
employed to assist in the teaching of
certain classes. If some of these
special teaching positions could be*
filled with teachers stepped in
disciplinary talent we suspect it
would be a good deal, for the
thinking of many is that discipline is
fundamental to orderly teaching!
BLAUTY PAG P. ANT. . In these
modern days of loud music it seems
that some of our organists too often
drown out the voices of the singers.
At the North Carolina Jaycee
Pageant sonic 11) days ago in die
finals on Saturday night the organist
at times almost drowned out the
short but pertinent talks by the
finalists which teeming thousands all
over North Carolina were straining to
CIA ASSASSINATIONS?. . .It is
heartening to learn that Senator
Church. Idaho Democrat, who heads
the Senate Investigation Committee
of the CIA. says that evidence docs
not point to any of our Presidents
having been in on arty assassination
For a nation such as the United
States to condone or participate in
any such unlawful maneuvcrings
would be shocking to sa> the least.
The assassination of the head of
another government could stait a war
about as quick as anything we can
A watchful eye for subservient
activities is certainly in order, but
unlawful assassinations,should never
be a part of C|A activities.
bv Senator Robert Nlorita
Breaking a long tradition, the
Senate voted last week to permit
television cameras to record the
deliberations on the single issue of
the contested Senate election in New
The dispute is over whether Louis
Wytttan, a Republican, or John
Durkin. was the winner in an
extremely close race last November.
After the matter could not be
satisfactorily settled in New
Hampshire, it was brought to the
Senate, which has tltc final
responsibility in the matter. The
Constitution explicitly says that
"each House (of Congress) shall be
the judge of the elections, returns
and qualifications of its own
The matter has been in the Senate
Rules Committee for several weeks,
where the painstakingly slow work of
examining disputed ballots, one by
one, dragged on. Then the Rules
Committee submitted its findings to
die full Senate for a final verdict.
Perhaps this New Hampshire
election contest was an ideal issue
upon which to break with tradition
and allow die public to see the
Senate debate on TV screens.
I say this because, rather
surprisingly, this disputed election
seem to have aroused some emotions
as lai away from New Hampshire as
Our offices in Washington and
Raleigh have received many letters
on this subject, and some have been
rather heated, whether pro-Wyman
or pro-Durkin. Hut most ol Utose
who have written have missed the
After New Hampshire could not
resolve the problem and sent it to the
Senate, it ceased to be a contest to
be settled on grounds of personality
or politics. As far as I was concerned,
it became a matter to be settled
solely on a legal and Constitutional
basis. It was ol no matter that a
Republican opposed a Democrat ; the
question was strictly which man was
legally elected by the voters of his
State and was entitled to set in the
I believe that this is the only basis
for judgment that could be used in
this case. For such a matter goes far
beyond political or personal
I cannot believe that when the
framers of the Constitution placed
the responsibility on Congress to be
the final judge of who shall be
eligible to sit as a member, it meant
for the matter to be settled on
R alpiah Rpnnrf
David R. Parnell
Here are brief descriptions of some
bills ratified by the I <>75 General
Assembly in the closing days of the
Beginning this fall, law
enforcement officers and jailers will
be required to examine
semiconscious and unconscious
prisoners to determine if the
condition might be caused by
.diabetes or other disabling illnesses.
"Whenever a law enforcement
officer arrests a person who is
unconscious, semiconcious, or
otherwise apparently suffering from
some disabling condition, and who is
unable to provide information on the
causes of the condition," the law
reads, "the officer should make a
reasonable effort to determine if the
person arrested is wearing a bracelet
or necklace containing the Medic
Alert Foundation's emergency alert
symbol to indicate that the person
suffers from diabetes, epilepsy, a
cardiac condition, or any other form
of illness which would cause a loss of
The law provides that if such a
symbol is found, "the officer must
make a reasonable cffoH to have
appropriate medical care provided."
The law also provides mat "willful
false representation of the existence"
of a disabling condition is
punishable. It additionally provides
that the person provided medical
care "is liable for the reasonable
costs of that care."
The law becomes effective
October I, 1975.
Persons between the ages of 40
and 65 must receive equal
employment opportunity from state
agencies and local political
subdivisions, under a bill ratified by
the General Assembly.
Our statutes now specifically say a
person seeking a job may not be
discriminated against because of his
Counties are now authorized to
offer rewards for information leading
to the arrest and conviction of
persons damaging or stealing county
See RALblGII RHPORT, page 13