By Repjames Grover
With Memorial Day having been
crossed off the calendar, I'd like
to call to your attention me
formation of a new group, me
" Pride in America" Committee,
whose honorary chairman is Gen.
Eisenhower. The name of diis
committee exactly describes its
function, which is to foster pride
in our nation and to organize
When protesting groups fly
the VietCong flag during meir
marches, when the American Flag
is torn from its standard and
burned in the streets of America,
we need a nationwide organization
of this sort.
The group isn't trying to sell
you anything. As a first step
in its program, it is asking you
to display the American Flag
on Flag Day, June 14. You can
display the flag outside your home
or place of business, you can
attach a small flag to the antenna
of your car, or even wear
a small flag ornament in your
lapel or on a dress.
I've seen enough demonstrations
in Washington to know that
the country is in trouble. But
I didn't really know how sick
we were until an incident at my
office last week. The law offices
which I share widi several other
attorneys were entered during
the night by several youngsters.
Drawers were rifled, desks inspected.
But the only real damage
which they did was to slash the
American Flag in my office.
I can understand motivations
for theft but I will never understand
what possible pleasure or
mrill young Americans could
have gotten out of destroying
an American flag. Somewhere
meir parents went wrong and
we're not going to straighten
out these youngsters until we can
reach their parents.
Flag Day, June 14, might be
a good time to start. Won't you
Pequan Selected For Astronaut
Philip W. Chapman of 70 Ocean
Ave., Massapequa has been selected
to present a paper about
the use of hand- held computers
by astronauts at the summer
meeting of the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics
in Pasadena, California. He will
discuss the use of the tiny computer
as an aid to rendezvous
guidance for spacecraft.
Chapman is supervisor of Systems
Studies at the Arma Division
of AMBAC Industries In-
Begin Work On Canal Dredging
Town Councilman Philip B.
Healey announced that dredging
over various canals in Massapequa
One vacuum and one bucket
dredger have begun work in the
Seaford canal and will proceed
eastward. Henley said that during
the past 20 years the canal bottoms
have been building up and
have become a navigational hazard.
The project is scheduled for
completion by July 10.
Farmingdale School Athletic Director Donald Snyder looks over
five trophies which were presented to the school during the Annual
Sports Banquet held on Tuesday evening. Left to right: North
Shore Division I league wrestling championship trophy; a second
wrestling trophy, . symbolic of the North Shore title for all four
divisions; the North Shore Division I golf title; co- championship
league soccer trophy and a golf plaque for second best in
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engineers developed the computer
that is the subject of the
paper. Called Micro D, it weighs
less than six pounds and serves
as the brain of the inertial navigation
system now on commercial
Chapman has been associated
with Arma for 13 years. The
company makes sophisticated
control and support equipment
for military and commercial
Farmingdale OBSERVER Thursday, June 6, 1968
When the 1968 State Legislative
Session adjourned, it was
in its own unique, but usual ( for
the Legislature) style.
Somewhere around midnight a
bill, a " concurrent resolution,"
suddenly appeared. Reporters
didnt know about it. Neither did
most of the members of the Legislature.
Suddenly the clerk of the Senate
was reading the short - form
title, the print number and the
presiding officer was droning
his familiar command that comes
just before a vote is taken. " Read
the last section," he said.
The bill raises, beginning Jan.
1, 1971, the salary of the governor
to $ 85,000 and the salary
of the lieutenant governor to
The vote was taken. « * The bill
is passed," said the officer,
and the clerk went on the next
Meanwhile, in the Assembly,
some of the actors forgot their
lines. When the vote was called,
a sea of hands went up against
it and the bill was hastily withdrawn
before any vote could be
The actors reread their lines,
and at about 2 ajn., the bill
came up again and was passed.
Newspaper reporters knew so
little about the bill that for two
days they wrote stories saying
the bill had passed both houses
and was on its way to the governor
for his signature or veto.
That is bad enough for reporters;
what is worse is that
the bill, because it is a " concurrent
resolution," doesn't require
the signature of the governor,
die Assembly elevator
operator or anyone else. It became
law when the Assembly
Legislators this year constantly
worried about their image.
This is an election year. There
was a lot of talk about an orderly
finish to the session, no
last - minute jam of bills that
no one had ever heard of to give
reporters a chance to imply in
stories that no one knew what
they were doing.
Many of these legislators, reflecting
on what they had done-at
least those who were awake
at that hour - felt that the bill
was harmless since it didnt
raise Gov. Rockefeller's salary-
Ms term ends Dec. 31, 1970.
Cynics may reply that the only
thing preventing them from doing
it was the state Constitution,
which forbids the raising
of a governor's salary during
his term of office.
It is argued that the governor's
salary needed raising. This
is because the salaries of his
deputies, his cabinet, must be
raised in the near future in
order to attrack good men to
these jobs. Unless the salaries
are high enough to attract the
best minds, the jobs will go to
political hacks, medicine men.
State Education Com n issioner
James E. Allen Jr. already makes
more than the governor.
Allen makes $ 55,000 a year -
$ 5,000 more than the governor.
The Legislature hiked Allen's
salary this year from $ 40,000 to
$ 45,000. In addition he gets a
$ 10,000 flat, no questions asked
expense account, which counts as
salary for tax purposes.
Other commissioners and deputies
can be expected to get similar
raises in future years.
Many legislators will be making
this argument as they campaign
for re- election this fall.
It probably is a good argument,
but it misses a point -
that people never got a chance to
judge for themselves whether or
not it is in fact a good argument
to raise the governor's
salary and to write or call their
legislators to tell them about
In a representative democracy.
Senator Jacob K Javits
What happens to the Vietnam
veteran— a man who feels he
has acquitted himself in combat
with honor and effectiveness—
when he returns to a home in
a city slum or an area of high
unemployment? This was me
question uppermost in me minds
of Federal officials and representatives
of New YorkState veterans
organizations when they
met at my invitation in New York
City's Harlem section earlier
The answer was that all too
many of these men, who have
gained new self- assurance and
belief in their own abilities, are
unable to find proper housing
or adequate jobs or job training.
It is estimated that approximately
7000 veterans are now
returning to New York State each
mofith. The Veterans' Employ-me.
it Service of the U. S. Department
of Labor in New York,
as of March 31st, had an active
file of over 32,000 men it is
assisting. In the monm of March
alone, the Veterans' Employment
Service in our State received
over 8,000 new applications for
assistance in locating jobs. Nonetheless,
too many veterans are
unemployed. In Fiscal Year
1967, 161,878 veterans filed for
throughout the nation and drew
such compensation for an average
period of 9.3 weeks. There
is no way to measure whether
those veterans who do find work,
find employment commensurate
as opposed to dictatorship, legislators
are not supposed to make
laws an< L then later ask people
to approve what they have done.
This is why the galleries in
both houses are open to the public
and why reporters are allowed
onto the floor to hear debates and
record the votes.
with the skills and experience
they have acquired while in the
armed services or whether they
have found employment with a
future. The impression exists
that those veterans who return
to ghetto areas are still experiencing
great difficulty in locating
jobs -- particularly jobs
that afford real security and
opportunity. For such men, the
present program of GI benefits
is not enough.
At the New York meeting, I
outlined several legislative programs
I had introduced to give
Vietnam veterans living in economically
depressed areas an even
break in assuring meir future.
One such bill would require the
U. S. Employment Service to compile
a list of available jobs in all
parts of the country to assist the
veteran in paying traveling expenses
to take advantage of a
job for which he is qualified if
no such opportunity exists at
The veterans representatives
were urged to galvanize meir
local posts throughout me state
in pressing for such legislation.
But even more importantly, to my
way of thinking, I asked them
to urge every post in our state
to set up their own committees
to search out jobs and training
opportunities for returning
veterans whether they are members
of the post or not, and to
match the job with the man.
We must guarantee to all of
our returning veterans— no matter
what meir economic status
or race — at least the chance
to live in an open society, receptive
to their talents, skills
and commitments. These men have
met meir duty to us; it is now
time for us to meet our duty
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