By Repjames Grover
Insofar as the Vietnamese situation
goes, all attention appears
to be focused on Paris. Headlines
are made by the way the
peace negotiations are progressing
and hopes rise and fall, depending
on whether the negotiations
are blowing hot or cold.
The administration has succeeded
in achieving one end
through these negotiations. It has
stilled much of the criticism
which it has faced over its handling
of Vietnam. The bombing lull
continues. And if there are any
protests over this continuing decision
to, allow the North Vietnamese
to move their men and
supplies without interference,
our men at the front are too far
away for their voices to be heard
in Washington. And their parents
are not an effectively organized
protest force. So there is no pressure
for the resumption of bombing.
And I have yet to hear of any
protest march aimed at the terror
tactics being used in South
Vietnam or over the shelling of
Saigon. Apparently, the shedding
of civilian and military blood is
only bothersome to certain
American cosciences when their
government is committing the
violence. It's unfashionable to
mourn the death of Saigon babies
because Uncle Ho might be embarrassed.
Uncle Sam's patience is almost
limitless. Probably nothing of
a practical nature can be done
at this time to recover the USS
Pueblo and her crew from North
Korean hands, but who hears
any mention of the ill- fated vessel
in Washington these days?
It's been more than four months
since the seizure and we are no
closer to recovering our men
than we were the day after this
Peace would indeed by wonderful
but we won't win any sort
of peace if we suffer a military
defeat. And that, unthinkable as
it may appear, is just what we're
headed for under the present
Town To Co- Sponsor
Battle Of The Bands
The Oyster Bay Town Department
of Recreation in co- sponsorship
with the Long Island
Lighting Company will hold its
third annual Battle of the Bands
contest starting Monday, June 24.
Board Majority Leader Ralph
J. Marino said applications must
be returned to the Department of
Recreation no later than Saturday
June 22. Contestants must be
13- 19 years of age, reside in the
Town of Oyster Bay and the
combos will be limited to six
persons, he added.
All amplifiers, organs, drums
and a complete public address
Systeni Will **> cupplied hy tho
town. Contestants should bring
o n l y i n s t r u m e n t s otherthan
drums and organs.
The Long Island Lighting Company
will supply plaques and
clock- radios to the winners and
all eight semi- finalists will play
teenage dances at the four community
parks this summer.
The grand champion will r e ceive
a recording session from
Imperial Sound Recording Studios
" Battle of the Bands" winners
in local village, school or organization
competitions who desire
to compete in the Nassau County
Finals must first compete in the
Town of Oyster Bay contest,
Sectional contests will be held
at the Syosset- Woodbury Park on
June 24; Plainview- Old Bethpage
Park on June 25; Marjorie R.
Post Massapequa Park on June
26; and Bethpage Park June 27.
All sectional contests start at
7 p. m. Rain date is June 28.
Two finalists will be selected
from each park and participate
in the finals, July 1 at 7 p. m.
at Bethpage Community Park.
The rain date is July 2.
The three top bands in Oyster
Bay Town will be entered in the
Nassau County finals to compete
against groups from Hempstead
and North Hempstead Towns at
Salisbury Park in August.
Those desiring further information
should contact Mrs. Lois
Manning at 921- 5944. All sectional
and final contests are open
to the public free.
Two Meat Bills
Two bills recommended by
Governor Rockefeller to the
Legislature have been signed into
law by him wim a statement that
they " will afford the consumers
of this State important additional
assurances that the meat they
buy is wholesome."
One bill, he said, will help
to prevent meat and meat products
from dead, dying, diseased,
disabled or condemned animals
from reaching consumers' dinner
The new statute requires all
disposal and rendering plants
dealing in so- called " dead and
downers," as well as related
transportation services, to be
licensed by the Commissioner of
Agriculture and Markets and subjects
them to appropriate labelling
and inspection requirements.
It also makes a class E felony
of the addition of meat or meat
products from these animals to
food intended for human con-sumption,
or the transportation,
sale or offer of sale of such
meat or meat products for human
The second bill, the Governor
said, will strengthen and give
statewide application to the State
meat inspection program. New
York City and other communities
having local meat inspection programs
presently are exempt from
The Governor said this legislation
would, through a uniform,
statewide program of meat inspection,
" permit overall economies
and greater consumer protection"
and would also enable
the State's present inspection
program to qualify for federal
aid under the recently enacted
Federal Wholesome Meat Law."
Find Stolen Car
A stolen 1963 Pontiac convertible
belonging to Mrs. Edward
Dowdell of 448 N. Syracuse Avenue,
North Massapequa, was
found parked by police at 52
Oakwood Ave., Soudi Farming-dale.
Free chiropractic consultation,
examination and treatment
is given to children between the
ages of five and 12 by Dr. Louis
Caselli of North Massapequa, as
part of the " Childrens Health
Service." The examination is a-vailable
every Saturday from 10
to 1 by appointment only. Those
interested may call 293- 8440.
Albany Open Line
by Alex Rankin
People living in places such as
Dansville, Cortland, Penn Yan
or Walden may look upon, from
time to time, the affairs of New
York City as none of their particular
And who is to say they are
wrong, with their quiet main
streets, village board meetings
and church socials to compare
with the asphalt jungle, the shoving
crowds, the deadly duels
in the city hall of the biggest
city in the world?
Well, John Lindsay for one-though
he probably wasn't thinking
Lindsay has come out with a
$ 6 billion city budget.
Gov. Rockefeller, by com-parision,
could only reach for
$ 5.5 billion - and that was for the
whole state, including the biggest
city in the world.
Buried in Lindsay's budget is
the reason the quiet people of
Cortland, Penn Yan, Dansville
and Walden have a stake in Lindsay's
A total of $ 1.3 billion, a little
better than a sixth of Lindsay's
request, comes from state - not
city - taxpayers.
Lindsay called it an " austerity.,
Yes, you are right, Rockefeller
said HIS budget was an
Some argue that most of this
$ 1.3 billion in state aid to New
York City comes from New York
That argument supposes that
State Tax Commissioner Joseph
Murphy has two big bins in his
Albany office, and when the tax
returns come in, clerks put tax
money from New York City into
one bin, and money from the rest
of the state into the other.
There are no bins.
There is one great big bin."
Everyone, the people in New
York City, Penn Yan, Dansville,
Cortland and Walden, puts his
money in it.
And therefore, one might
reasonably assume that the less
Lindsay spends the less everyone
in the state might have to put in
New York City's budget is the
second largest in the nation.
The only one bigger is the one for
the whole United States - the
$ 186.1 billion federal budget.
Another point worth noting:
Rockefeller's budget - which
the Legislature cut by a mere
$ 100 million - includes capital
construction bond funds which
are not directly tied to taxes.
Lindsay's $ 6 billion budget,
to be realistically compared to
the state budget, would be around
$ 7 billion - because around $ 900
million in capital construction
projects were not included in it.
Lindsay revealed that part some
It should somehow be apparent
from all of these figures that
everyone has a stake in New York
Riots, slums and documented
evidence of bad schools are there,
but they affect everyone.
Welfare in New York City will
cost $ 1.3 billion, because, said
Lindsay about one of every eight
persons in that city is on welfare,
ft is pocketbook, paycheck
evidence that something is wrong
with the present welfare system.
Therefore, the people of Cortland,
Penn Yan, Dansville and
Walden have a stake in the responsibility
for it, and for doing
something about it.
Age Discrimination Act Goes
Into Effect This Week
Employers and employees in
New York were reminded this
week that the new Age Discrimination
in Employment Act of
1967 will go into effect on
Frank B. Mercurio, Regional
Director of the Department of
Labor's Wage- Hour and Public
Contracts Divisions, pointed out
that the Act protects individuals
40- 65 years old from age discrimination
by promoting the employment
of the older worker
based on ability rather than age,
prohibiting arbitrary age discrimination
in employment, and
helping employers and employees
find ways to meet problems a-rising
from the impact of age on
The Act specifically states
that any employer who fails to
hire or promote a worker because
of his age, or who fires
a worker for the same reason,
is in violation of the law.
Any employment agency failing
to refer workers because of
their age, or any union organizations
refusing membership or
job referral on the basis of age,
are also in violation.
It is also unlawful under certain
conditions to advertise a
job vacancy or employment preference
based on age.
Say G. I. Lapse
Because Of Grace Period
G. I. insurance policies for
many veterans lapse each year
because of the veterans' habit of
" riding" the thirty- one day grace
period, according to Frank V.
Votto, State Director of Veterans'
Too many veterans, the director
said, forget to mail in their
premiums before the final deadline
and eventually allow their
policies to lapse, usually at a time
when their dependents need the
protection the most.
Votto urged veterans to rid
themselves of the habit of riding
the grace period and bring their
premium payments up to date
to avoid losing financial protection
for their families.
The director also reminded
veterans to be sure to include
their current mailing address and
insurance. This, he noted, will
insure prompt and proper attention
to their inquiries.
Veterans and their dependents
desiring information and counseling
on G. I. insurance and other
veterans' benefits are invited to
visit the local office of the New
York State Division of Veterans'
Affairs ( or) Veterans' Service
Agency located at 320 Old Country
Road, Garden City.
liea Teck Installed PTA President
Looking over some of the old equipment used as the turn of the century at the annual field day
of the Fire Chiefs Council of Nassau County held on Sunday at the fireman's training center in Bethpage
are Bill Babcock and Don Gaghan of the North Massapequa Fire Department with two year
old Don Gaghan. PokreSb Hhoto
The Plainedge PTA 1968- G9off
i c e i s were installed by Dr.
Leonard Adler in the High School
Cafeteria. New officers include:
Bea Teck, P r e s i d e n t ; Shirley
Roth, First Vice- President; Rose
Wanlass; Second Vice- President;
Esther Mason, Recording Secr
e t a r y ; Bea Feinstein, Corresponding
secretary and ^ thel
D e l e g a t e s to Council are:
Norman Diamond, Ida Kelban,
and Shirley Koth.
Jules Teck, a former president
was presented with an
Honorary Life Membership pin
by Bea Teck, President of the
Parent Teachers Association.
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