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THURSDAY. DECEMBER 4. 1975
Powerful (Union) People
WASHINGTON-Some gallant and virile words have been
said in San Francisco, that gem of a city. They were spoken by one
John Jacobs of an urban renewal association, and they should be
chiseled in stone:
"In talking to community people, 1 sense a real mood that
this city is ours, by God. and we're going to prove it."
Jacobs was talking about a settlement negotiated by Mayor
Joseph Alioto to end a strike by the city's police and firemen. He
spoke of a "sense of outrage and betrayal... running so deep that it
will bring to the fore a reform movement that will be a direct
confrontation between the citizens who live here and the public
1 don't know John Jacobs, but whatever his personal faults,
he is-by God -a man. There are, of course, others like him in New
York and other cities harassed by power-greedy labor union leaders,
but he stands as a symbol of what all of us should hope is a national
awakening that will release people eve-ywhere from the burden of
working for their unionized public servants instead of vice versa.
"This city is ours," said John Jacobs, and one wonders why
no one had put it quite that way before. "This city is ours." Its
simplicity is superb. Every city in the truest sense belongs to those
who constitute Jacobs' word, "ours." Every city is public property,
which means it may not be ruled by any one person or any one
syndicate. It may be governed and operated only with the consent
of the governed.
That's what the Constitution and various laws say. Yet in
San Francisco and New York and other cities, public employe
unions have imposed government by men instead of law. No one in
New York has yet been punished for its recent illegal garbagemen's
strike. Indeed, no one has been punished for the illegal nationwide
postal workers' strike several years ago.
Thus, it passes understanding that certain members of
Congress beholden to labor unions for campaign contributions
should be seriously considering legislation which would make the
entire country subject to rule by labor unions.
It is frightening. There are 11.6 million state, county and
municipal employes in the United States today. About four million
arc union members. Legislation before Congress would make public
employment dependent upon union membership. Government
employes, hired by the community or the federal government to
provide services for the people would either join a union or lose
Don't let the labor Mafia kid you. They keep hammering
out statements that the issue is merely: "Should federal, state and
local employes have the right to unionize?" Of course they should.
The Firs! Amendment guarantees each citizen the freedom of
association. It already gives federal, state and local employes "the
right to unionize." No one can quarrel with that right, however it
may have been abused in recent years.
So the issue is not that right. What the legislation actually
would do is grant to the bosses of public sector unions the "right"
to compel public employes to "accept representation" from unions
they do not support. If that "right" is granted to the labor union
syndicates, what happened in San Francisco and New York then
can happen everywhere in the country.
Any citizen, even a union member, who doesn't believe that
total unionization of the nation's public employes would be merely
a form of "protection" for those workers is out of his
cotton-picking mind. San Francisco and New York have discovered
that absolute power in the hands of the labor Mafia corrupts
Take your choice of quotes:
"This city is ours, by God," said John Jacobs.
"We're going to close this state down," said Gerald
Mcl ntce. boss of Pennsylvania's state and municipal employes.
Browsing in the files
of The News-Journal
25 years ago
Thursday, November 30, 1950
The Raeford Fire Department
"was turned out in the cold at about
11:00 o'clock last Sunday night
when a blaze and some smoke
developed at the county jail.
Mrs. Christiana Catherine Blue.
74. widow of the late W.M. Blue,
died suddenly at her home here at
six o'clock last Sunday night.
North Carolina's cotton crop this
year is a colossal failure and up to
November 14 the Tar Heel State
had ginned only 163.000 bales.
15 years ago
Thimdaj, December 1, 1960
Dr. Marcus R. Smith, Raeford
dentist and ruling elder of the
Raeford Presbyterian church, is to
be installed as President of the
Synod Men's Council of North
Carolina in a ceremony at the
Raeford Presbyterian Church Sun
day morning, December 4.
From the Rockfish News:
As far as I can find out Sam
Morris didn't even stop in to chat
with the Nail Keg group when he
came to get the news last week.
There seems to be no very lively
session of the club since election
day. Maybe some are out helping
the Republicans recount the votes.
CMwmi i 0*>r ~,
bf Marty Vega
Plans Go Awry
The month of December has
rolled around again, as it usually
does once a vear, and with it comes
the BIG question, what are we
going to do for Christmas this year?
For four years we have gone
through this foolishness, a charade,
really, because in four years we
haven't really DONE anything for
Christmas. We didn't start out
beine so unAmerican about it all,
it's just that the first year I was on
unemployment, the next year he
was unemployed, (too proud to
draw unemployment, though too
proud to eat, too. ha. ha) and then
next year, well that fell during the
beginning of the period which 1 will
someday write a book about called
simply "The Army". Great De
fender of Freedom of Democracy
and Destroyer of Marriage", if you
get the idea.
"Well, do you think we ought to
get some Christmas stuff for the
"Well, what do we want to get?"
"Well, do you want to put a
wreath or something on the door?"
While it's unarguably true that
this country was founded 200 years
ago by the best brains it had, it
doesn't follow that the best brains
have continued to operate it.
I mean, you don t see anybody
going around saying: We hold these
truths to be self-evident, that even'
town selects its smartest man for
mayor, that every county selects its
smartest man for judge, that the
Governor is always the smartest
man the state's got. that Congress
is the nation's foremost brain bank
and things like that.
Therefore it's incumbent on the
country's citizens occasionally to
make suggestions to its leaders. For
example, although I wouldn't bail
out New York unless the Gallup
poll showed I should, take the
matter of that city's being on the
brink of bankruptcy. There's no
excuse for it, if we'd follow the
system used in England. According
to a television documentary I saw
the other night British cities aren't
in the shape New York is because
large portions of their expenses are
borne by the British government,
such as large parts of police costs,
welfare, libraries, firemen, etc.
So you see, British cities aren't in
the red, only the British govern
That's the way we should handle
it over here. There's no use having
cities all over the country operating
in the red; let's put all the deficits
in one basket, namely Washington,
which has had years of experience
in that line of work and thinks
nothing of it.
It's like my theory about the
railroads. There's no use having
five or six bankrupt railroads.
Merge them all into one and we can
then announce we've reduced rail
road bankruptcy by 500 per cent.
The theory can be used in all
directions. Too many college drop
outs? Transfer them to one central
college, let them drop out there,
and keep every other college's
record clean. Too much crime in
the streets? Abolish the streets.
Kids can't read? Turn on the
television set. Can't add and sub
tract? Teach them to stop losing
their pocket calculators.
This letter wound up in a
different direction from the one it
started with, but when 1 got up to
Congress and brains I figured I'd
better not go any further.
"Well, do you want to buy a tree
for the living room?"
"That'd be okay."
"About what size you think?"
"Oh. you know, not too big, but
not real small."
"1 think the ceiling is about ten
feet. What do you think?"
"That'd be okay".
"You think we should get a real
one. or one of those fake jobbies?"
On December 1975, in
Raleigh, hearings wilT be held by
the Small Business Subcommittee
ot the Senate in an efYort to learn if
North Carolina residents are having
any problems with the Small
These hearings will be held in the
Century Post Office on Fayetteville
Street and I hope that businessmen
from our state will come forward if
they feel that the policies and
activities of (he Small Business
Administration need revision or
This is one of a series of hearings
that this Subcommittee of ihe
Senate Banking and Urban Affairs
Committee is holding in various
parts of the country to gather
information. In November, a hear
ing was held in Utah.
As chairman of the Subcom
mittee. I will preside at the
hearings and will be joined by other
senators who are members. We
plan to hold both morning and
afternoon sessions and will hear
as many businessmen as possible.
These hearings are a very real
effort by members of the Senate
Subcommittee to get some real
input from the operators of
businesses that are regarded as
small. And I think this is
important because while it is the
large corporations which get the
publicity and the headlines, it is the
"small" business which is the real
backbone ot the economy in a state
such as North Carolina."
This type of business is Ihe
principal employer in our state and
in many other states and in today's
economy, many of them simplv
aren't making it. The Small
Business Administration was
created to help small businesses,
and if there are wavs this help can
be improved, then the Subcom
mittee wants to get the facts.
If government regulations are too
stifling or if the need for additional
capital for further growth and
development is hurting North
Carolina s small businessmen, the
senators on the Subcommittee w ant
to hear the details from sworn
After ten months as chairman of
'he Subcommittee. 1 am convinced
of the importance of the survival of
the small businessman to the
national economv. The December
hearings hopefully will provide a
vehicle for finding ways to
strengthen the role of these busi
nesses in the state and nation.
The hearings are to be held in the
old Federal Courtroom on the
second floor of the Century Post
Office. Any person wishing to
testify that day can have his name
put on the list of witnesses by
getting in touch with Tom Adams
a member of my staff, at our
Raleigh office, P.O. Box 27)9,
Raleigh, 27602, telephone 919-755
CLIFF BLUE ...
People & Issues
UNORTHODOX ?? We note
(hat some people are attacking Dr.
Leo Jenkins, ECU Chancellor for
what is called "political games
manship" at a university.
Well, politics may have hut little
place at a university but Woodrow
Wilson made it to the White House
by becoming president of Princeton
University, then as governor of New
Jersey and ending up in the White
House for eight years.
After retiring from the Army
following World War II General
Eisenhower also made it to the
White House by serving as presi
dent of Princeton University.
Now, our own Terry Sanford.
president of Duke University is
campaigning hard for president
while still Duke president.
Oftentimes what attracts the
attention of the people is taking the
unorthodox course. The late Kerr
Scott once remarked to me that he
was "unorthodox " in politics
which served him well as he moved
up from Commissioner of Agricul
ture to Governor and later United
But. what is good for one person
may prove fruitless for another with
a different personality. Leo Jenkins
might well be called "unorthodox"
when it comes to operating a
university, which he has done in a
very successful way. despite critics
at his heel during the past several
COURTS -- The reason given by
the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals for granting a new trial to
William Williams of Atlanta.
Georgia for the abduction of Reg
Murphy, editor of the Atlanta
Constitution in 1974 could be a
pretty good example of the reason
so many people have such a low
opinion of our court system. Now ,
editor and publisher of the San
Francisco Examiner. Murphy was
held 49 hours and released un
harmed after the Atlanta Con
stitution owners paid S700.000
ransom, later recovered from
Williams' home. The court granted
the new trial "because of pretrial
publicity and prejucical errors by
the government." despite the fact
that Williams admitted abducting
Murphy, but maintained he was
insane at the time. This is iust
another good reason why Federal
judges should not be appointed for
life: at least they should have to be
confirmed again after a stated
period -? say eight years.
1948 & 1966 -- it just might be
that the 1966 presidential election
could be a repeat of the 1948
election when President Truman
who trailed in most of the polls was
elected President over Republican
Tom Dewey. Dixiecrat Strom
Thurmond and Progressive Henry
Sometimes the "underdog" gains
the sympathy and support of the
people. At least that is what many
people say happened in Truman's
case in 1948.
It is altogether possible that we
might have one or two extra parties
in the presidential field next year
competing with the Democrats and
George Wallace may head m
Third party. Former Governor
Connally has hinted that he might
also consider running on a "Third
party" ticket and again we read *
that Senator Charles McC. Math
ias. liberal Republican of Maryland
is talking about running for
president on a "Third party"
With a couple of "extra" of
"Third party tickets, it would work
to the advantage of Ford as the two
"extra" candidates did for Truman
OVER ANXIOUS -- Sometimes
it appears that House Speaker Jim
Green and Lieut. Governor Jim
Hunt are over-anxious to get the
General Assembly into session to
attend to budget matters which
could possibly run shy of sufficient
funds. One thought is that the
governor is responsible for
balancing the budget when the
General Assembly is away and that
as director of the budget he has
ample authority to deal with it. If
necessary the governor can cut
salaries across the board to keep
the finances in balance.
INVESTIGATING -- In general
the FBI and the CIA arc investi
gating agencies, but now the tables
seem to have been turned w ith both
the FBI and the CIA under
investigation by the Congress. Yes.
Ihc worm sometimes turns, and
larlwel Spot light
'Heritage Room' Set
The black presence in American
- a part of our history too-long lost,
ignored or repressed -- will be
spotlighted early next year when
the nation's largest black ? owned
insurance firm opens a "Heritage
Room" in downtown Durham.
The firm is North Carolina
Mutual Life Insurance Co.,
founded in Durham in 1898.
Honoring a commitment made 10
years ago. NCM will dedicate a
portion of the top floor of its 12 -
story home office building as
a' shrine to the black presence."
Appropriately, in these bicen
tennial times, the room will feature
an exhibit on "The Black Presence
in the American Revolution." This
series of 237 silk - screened panels,
on permanent loan from the
Smithsonian Institute's National
Portrait Gallery will depict black
colonists' lives and social situation.
because so many ot the artifacts
that usually are displayed in
historical exhibits have been lost in
the case of black history, such an
exhibit is difficult to create.
But the Smithsonian -- lacking,
in some cases, real pictures or
belongings of the people involved --
has compiled "portraits" of histori
cally important blacks by using
their writings, their speeches and
The Heritage Room's 2,000
square feet of space will also house
temporary historical exhibits about
famous blacks and an extensive
business library- focusing on North
Carolina Mutual (NCM) itself.
"We propose to have one of the
most complete black history
libraries in the country." said
Murray J. Marvin, NCM vice
president and director of the
Heritage Room. "In addition,
business students will have access
to video tape recorders for a
detailed review of our departmental
Other permanent features of the
Heritage Rom will be a "Wall of
Fame." bearing likenesses of
famous blacks in American history,
and an NCM Heritage Wall,
focusing on the company's history.
The architectural design for the
project was submitted by Isham
Baker and Ron Battle, black
architects associated with a Wash
ington, D.C., based firm.
NCM made a promise to con
struct such a "shrine to the black
presence" when the home office
building was first dedicated in
l%6. But the commitment was not
See TARHIl-l. SPOTLIGHT, page 15*
Letter To The Editor
To: The Editor:
I recently heard someone say he
didn't like Terry Sanford because he
imposed the food tax. He finally
admitted, though, that Sanford was
the best Governor in his lifetime.
This tax was essential to the
quality education program that
brought improved educational
opportunities for our children.
Among other things, the community
college and technical institute system
is a result of that program.
Has anyone in your family
attended a community college or
technical institute0 If so, aren't you
glad the legislature passed that tax?
Why would a man intelligent and
popular enough to be elected
Governor do such an unpopular
thing0 He knew it would fciake him
unpopular. But he also knew it had
to be done.
The explanation is guts. This is a
man with real courage. He did
something that hurt him but helped
He knew it would help the
economy and bring jobs to North
Carolina and u did. lie said when wc
did not need it, il could be repealed.
Governors Moore. Scot!, and
liolshouser could have sought repeal,
but didn't. Governor liolshouser first
wanted it repealed after he left
office, but then changed his mind.
So. to be fair, this is the
liolshouser ? Scott ? Moore ? Sanford
tax. Or even fairer, it is the people's
tax. for the people have received the
benefits in so many ways.
We saw real courage in 1961.
There isn't much of that around
anymore. Politicians protect their
own hides. They're concerned with
their popularity rather than people.
We need leaders of courage and
vision who will put the good of
people ahead of their own
popularity. Think of that the next
time you want to blame Terry
Sanford for something, and be
thankful wc had him when we
We still need him ? the whole
Dunn, North Carolina