Box 16, Folder 5, Document 54

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‘William: L. MeLean, President and Publisher, 1895-1931

ROBERT McLEAN, Chairman of the Board

WILLIAM B, DICKINSON, Managing Editor = DONALD MecLEAN, Editor, Editorial Page
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DONALD W. THORNBURGH, Vice President — ALBERT SPENDLOV, E, Vice President-Business Manager
RAYMOND D, McGEE, Secretary and Treasurer — WILLIAM L, McLEAN, LI, Assistant Treasurer
JOSEPH G ELLIOTT, Assistant Business Manager — RICHARD W. CARPENTER, Advertising Director
LOUIS TRUPIN, Circulation Director — JAMES P, GRANT, Production Manager
BARRY URDANG, Promotion Manager — REGINALD E. BEAUCHAMP, Assistant tothe President

President and Publisher

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15, 1966

Planning to Plan

‘The $26,000 federal grant made avail-
able to help the Delaware Valley Region-
al Planning Commission “define” its job
is a necessary first step. But it hardly ‘“‘re-
futes” all of the recent criticism of the
Commission by the Governors’ Interstate
Advisory Committee, as Commission Sec-
retary Lawrence G. Williams hastily in-
sisted it did,

Even when matched on a one-third
basis by state and local governments rep-
resented on the commission, the federal
grant will pay only for a very modest pro-
fessional and clerical staff—big enough,
pethaps, to draft some preliminary out-
lines of the Commission’s enormous tasks
but certainly not equipped to begin any
real nuts-and-bolts work.

More or less theoretical notions of
what the Commission should undertake
will be no substitute for a beginning on

concrete regional planning of land use
and resource development. If such plan-
ning is to have the necessary backing, if
it is to have an impact on the actual oper-
ations of government in the Delaware
Valley area, the fuller involvement of the
governors and other ranking officials of
the region, as proposed by the Advisory
Committee, will indeed be necessary.

Planning Commissions, local and
regional, have a long history of ivory tow-
er labors that too often result in plans
that have little orno chance of implemen-
tation because the responsible officials of
government are not involved. All the
good intentions and professional com-
petence in the world cannot make a po-
litically sterile or impotent organization
an effective force. The Commission will
truly come to life when this is recog-

‘ Some Lessons From the ‘Pros’

Professional politicians can learn sev-
eral things from the results of Tuesday’s
primary election balloting.

One, made obvious in the returns
from New Jersey’s Democratic Party pri-
mary, is that the war in Viet Nam is in-
deed an issue in congressional voting—
whenever anyone sets out to make it an

A slate of Democratic Party “peace
candidates” was defeated down the line
by party regulars who supported Presi-
dent Johnson’s conduct of the war-as
well as his continuing efforts to bring
about a negotiated peace. The Viet Nam
dissidents, who sought a U. S. Senate as
well as several U. S. House nominations,
fared badly—very badly—in the voting.

The lesson here, and one supported by
previous primary contests, is that while
the American voter may not be a Viet
Nam “hawk,” neither is he attracted by
pleas for the ee yitharawal of
U. S. troops, by demands mame

New Battle

Atlanta, Ga., is a part of the old South
well worth the consideration of northern-
ers. It has close to a half-million popula-
tion. It is the hub of transportation in that
quadrant of the country, as it was more
than a century ago. It is also a town which
seems really to believe that the Civil War
was a long while ago, and that what has
gone with the wind never blows back.

Atlanta, therefore, integrated its
schools with much less strain than else-
where in the Old Confederacy. This year
there was violence as school resumed,
because there are impassioned but sense-
less people in every city, and of every
race. Atlanta’s mayor, risking his neck
quite literally, went through the streets of
a Negro district reminding his fellow-At-
lantans of their duty to uphold the law.
An out-of-state Negro whom some would
describe as a demagogue was arrested

‘Kickoff might be a bad word for such:
things as the United Fund, since the last
thing that happens is that anybody gets
kicked. Everybody gets helped; contribu-

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Twice Blessed

ate halt to all bombings or a cease-fire by
South Viet Nam and its allies.

The other lesson, and this one is to
be learned from the results in Minnesota,
is the danger of “over packaging” a po-
litical product with bright-young-man

Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-La-
bor Party leaders decided more than a
year ago that Governor Karl F. Rolvaag,
53, should be placed on the political scrap
heap. Rolvaag, these leaders reasoned,
lacked political “toomph’’ and had to be
replaced by someone younger, more at-
tractive. Thus, the Democratic-Farmer-
Labor endorsement went to Lt. Gov. A
M. (Sandy) Keith, 37, who is in the Rob
ert F. Kennedy image—including hair

The party leaders figured everythir
—except voter reaction. A tremendou
sympathy vote was generated for Rol-
vaag and carried him to renomination. It
left the party leaders alone with their

of Atlanta

for- violation of a local law. But so was a YU
white man accused of wanton shooting of ,;
an Atlanta Negro. tHe
Both arrests make sense; the point be-
ing to uphold the law without partiality.
This Atlanta seems to be attempting to
do, much better than some of its back-
ward sister towns such as Grenada, Miss.,
where naked white power seems to have
the support of policemen who ought to be
ashamed to wear a badge; where the crip-
pling of children for the “sin” of being
black appears to be the accepted code.
Atlanta is the place to look, for At-
lanta is one of the most successful cities
in the South. Its culture and industry, and
its unusually articulate press have made
it a. leader. What Atlanta does in civil
rights will be copied, though perhaps
grudgingly. On the record so far, the vi-
gorous city in the red hills deserves the
mantle of leadership,

figure was $7.85 per person, while the
Philadelphia average was $4.90.

Since then we have done better. But
what Mr. Seltzer had to say goes a long ¢

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