PAGE 4 FARMINQDALE OBSERVER December 5, 1968
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The story of the Observer's Hubert Humphrey
endorsement has become known on a national
basis; the story of the extra Farmingdale
Observer special election day edition with a
' warm- hearted editorial on HHH' has been picked
up in many national publications; but there is a
post script that not too many people know, so at
this time, I would like to reprint excerpts from
a Closeup on Hubert H. Humphrey, written by
Godfrey Sperling Jr., a Staff correspondent of
The Christian Science Monitor, which was
published on April 22, 1968. This editor's aunt
mailed her these clippings this week; I was
unaware of this background at the time I had
sought prayerful guidance in The First Church
of Christ Scientist, Massapequa on the endorsement
of the top spot on the ticket. As you know
help was also sought of a Christian Science
Practitioner on this matter, three weeks before
November 5, 1968. It was that Tuesday prior to
the October 31st issues of The Farmingdale
Observer and The Massapequa Observer that
this editor was led and pushed at— by a guy
upstairs at the beauty parlor to read the article,
" Some Thoughts on the Presidency" by Dwight
D. Eisenhower. After reading that article it
became crystal clear to this editor to endorse
HHH even though I am a registered Republican.
What have been some of the influences in your
I will let you in on a secret. Among them,
have been the influences of Christian Science. All
my childhood life I read from Christian Science
booklets. My uncle used to send them to us. I read
Mary Baker Eddy's writings. So did my parents.
I have said, and I believe, that the greatest
disease in the world is hate. Its partner is
bitterness and discrimination. This gnaws at you.
One minute's worry draws more energy than an
hour's labor. One hour of hate takes more from
you than a year of giving. I honestly believe the
more you give, the more you have.
When we closed our gates to trade in the
' 20' s and ' 30' s, instituted high tariffs, refused
the League of Nations, we separated ourselves
from ourselves. We lost money, power, prestige,
and almost lost ourselves. We closed our hearts
when we closed our trade.
The only time in this century we impoverished
ourselves it was because of our own seJIfchress.
We closed off more than international respo. : fc: lity
and trade. We closed our hearts and minds.
Then we closed our factories, our banks, ana . nen
our homes. We learned through that and have
never forgotten it. I was brought up on this. I know.
What are the qualities that a president should
Great need for tolerance is required in a presi-
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Close to 200 representatives
from 75 Nassau and Suffolk
schools, a record number,
participated in the annual High
School Guidance Counselors
all- day meeting and luncheon
sponsored by the State
University at Farmingdale
recently on the college
In welcoming the counselors,
Dr. Charles W. Laf-fin,
Jr., President of the
College, said, " You are
probably the most important
link in today's college pattern—
it is you who must
help students in their quest
for better college opportunities."
He added, " It is always
nice to know you, personally,
and you to know us, too."
Dr. Laffin described three
working forces " so important
for the future of higher education."
The first step, he
said, was for " greater student
involvement in a. actual
and realistic attitude of the
college." He referred to the
recently published " Student"
Bill of Rights," emphasing
that a student is a citizen of a
democracy and not a subject
of a sovereignty.
The second working force on
the campus was a physical
growth that moved along with
population growth in the area
of the college. Dr. Laffin
brought out that in a decade,
from 1955 to 1965, the full-time
student body at Farmingdale
doubled, from 1407
to close to 3,000; from 1966
to 1976, it will be almost
double again, to 5500.
The third working foi ce, continued
Dr. Laffin, was the
college's " Open Door" policy,
a forever widening horizon
in actual education opportunities
for the disadvantaged,
the underachievers and for
those above high school age
seeking further education.
" We have opened many
doors at the University here
at Farmingdale and will continue
to keep them open for
all those seeking educational
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