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Islip Bulletin. (Brentwood, N.Y.) 1962-current, October 21, 1971, Image 14

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Honoring Our Veterans n? ISLIP TOWN Es^ pS^r^n \ , y BULLETIN ^? EDITORIAL PAH Islip town will join the rest of the na tion in observing Veterans ' Day on Oct. 25. Thi s special day of remember- ance had its beginning as Armistice Day marking the end of World War 1 on Nov . 11 , more than half a century ago. It is now the day in which we honor all veterans of the Armed Forces. This year , of course , we should honor our veterans doubly because of thei r thankless task in fighting a dangerous and frustrating war in Vietnam. Unlike veterans of previous periods in our history, those returning from Vietnam will find no brass bands awa- iting them , but a nation preoccupied with dissension and confusion over - economic and social troubles. These troubles would assume far more reasonable proportions if the respect for our nation , which is implicit in Veterans ' Day, could enjoy a rebirth. A part of that respect can be redeemed by observing Veterans ' Day in the spirit in which it was conceived by patriotic Americans of over half a century ago. There was no question then of the greatness of our nati on , its purposes nor the quality of its citizens. We should realize tha t wha t was true then is true now. There is no grea ter nation than the Uni ted Sta tes. Th ose who have served in its mili ta ry forces are symbolic of everything in - which fre e men believe - the Christian ideals of personal liberty, the rule of law and the sanctity of the hom e and the indiv idual. There is no better time to pay homage to all of these safeguards of human dignity and freedom and to the members of the Armed Forces who have helped to preserve them than on Veterans ' Day. Old Mecmy - Goose Killer George Meany, labor ' s mean old spoilspor t , has been leading a chorus of screaming liberals in crying for a freeze on corp orate profits. In so doing, he is proving himself an utter ass. And this isn 't good for a 77-year- old man who ough t to be off somewhere enjoying the fruits of his labor. A freeze on corporate profits as advocated by Meany and assorted \liberal\ politicans and \ economists \ coul d put the economy into a stra i t- jacket that could lead to strangulation . It would not help by any stretch of imagination in solving our twin problem s of inflation and unemployment. The truth is that profi t margins (on a percentage of sales ) have been shrinking steadil y over the past five years and in 1970 reached a 20-yea r low. Meanwhile , employee com- pensation per man-hour has increased three-and-one-half times faster than out put per man-hour in the same five-year period. Whatever policy for price stabilization is devised for phase two of the Nixon economic policy, there must be ways to make adjustments for wage increases based solidly on productivity and for price increases which reflect increased costs. At the same time it would be downright silly to put on an \ excess profits \ tax to penalize productive investment at a time when more and more job s are needed. It is time for Mr Meany to realize that wha t he really has in min d is killing the goose—a goose that has been damn good to labor. He should also recognize that without teamwork there can be no progress . Parkway Police Again? Long Island State Parkway police are at it again but changing their tactics from 1968' s job action - a super- enforcem ent drive issuing tickets righ t and left as remembered well by many drivers. This time they are refusing to write summonses for traffic offenses unless another of their department' s present , and insisting on various other demands all desig ned to evert pressure for speedy merger with the county police of Suffolk and Nassau Counties. As in the past summer ' s refusal of lifeguards to work , the cop ' s pressure campaign is doomed to failure because they know they can 't force the issue , solution of which lie s with the two counties and the State . For this reason , among others , the so-called \job action \ is ridiculous , not .vorthy of any considera tion. Their list of 30-odd grievances , drawn up as a \declaration \ in bally hoo fashion to gain publicity was , and is , ludicrous. Theabsardi tj >f the effor t to dictate terms to the Park Commission as to how they will and will not work is reminiscent of the lifeguard' s tactics and would be laughable if the public were not again caught in the middle wondering when such affronts by public employees will cease. As in the lifeguard' s ill-conceived action , the parkway police are completely out of o rder. They are discrediting themselves and deserve public rebuke. In Shorter Vein Defensiv e drivers learn to \ give a little \ when faced with dangerous traffic situations. The Portland , Oregon , Traffic Safety Commission says the dangerous driver is the guy who demands and takes his right-of- way - regardless. After ihe NFL Game of the Week , Monday Night Football the World Series , we 'll have a family reunion . Report From WASHINGTON Rep. Otis Pike Last week in Washington was one of some confusion as to what the House would consider A proposed constitutional amend- ment relative to giving women equal rights with men was removed from the calendar and replaced with the bill to extend the poverty program At the last minute the bill to extend the poverty program was removed from the calendar and replaced with a bill to extend the Peace Corps The latter passed by a voice vole , but both of the former two are quite controversial , and there will be much sound and fu ry before either of them is passed Nothing since the Lockheed loan act has stirred up as much lobbying activity as the Con- stitutional amendment on equal rights for women The question of how we do , and should , treat our women has created some strange bedfellows The original amendment offered by Congresswoman Martha Grif- fiths said very flatly and simply that there should be no difference whatsoever between the treat- ment men get and the treatment women get under our laws Today there are more than 1000 Federal and State laws which either allow , or demand , dif ferent treatment The Judiciary Committee amended Mrs Griffiths ' amendmen t to say in essence that women should be treated equally except where the law says they should be treated differently, such as in not being dra fted, and in laws designed to protect women ' s health and safely Mrs Griffiths and many women ' s organizations are op posing the amendment , saying they don ' t want equality with a condition , they want equality with an exclamation point For the women with an ex clamation point have lined up not only most of the militant women ' s groups but also the National Education Association , some church groups and two major unions For the women with a condition are the AFL-C10 and the National Council of Catholic \Women The vo te on whether women should have simple equality or equality plus is expected to be close Every member of Congress who knows how to count is , obviously for the women , and I assure them that when 1 cast my vote on this very controversial issue I will be , too NO TEAMWORK , NO PROGRESS

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