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PAGE 4 THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 21, 1969 Qui Vive?. by The Sentry Subsidized Schools It is interesting to note that the public schools once financed and con- trolled locally are now almost completely dominated by the federal government. All during the period that the government was acquiring its overlordship of the schools, its proponents were loudly proclaiming that it was merely a federal subsidy with no strings attached. The schools would still be supervised and directed locally. It seems that this was a sugar coating on the educational monopoly, which has since become quite obvious by the action of the Commissioner of Education, Francis Keppel in the now famous Chicago incident. He announced the withholding federal funds from the Chicago schools for the alleged failure of the school officials to prevent de facto segregation. But his attempt was thwarted by the powerful political influence of Mayor Daly. Few other communities will have such a power and so federal funds will be withheld from them on the slightest provocation. There is the grave threat that other cities will be compelled to bus pupils even against the wishes of their parents or lose the federal subsidy. Busing pupils for any reason is an example of injustice to many modern children. This was apparent in the closing of the district schools and the establishment of consolidated schools. The children have to leave home early and arrive home late spending many hours each day on buses, deprived of recreation time and of the individual attention they could receive in smaller classes. Another point overlooked by those who seek federal funds is that the federal government has no money of its own. All the money that it controls comes from the pockets of the people. What is worse is that a substantial part of this money disappears in the overhead of the vast and mysterious Washington bureaucracies. A great many Americans are not aware of what has happened in this nation as it has developed into a welfare state. Most people in this country still think they enjoy the privileges of freedom once acquired and preserved by our ancestors. They do not realize what has happened in the last twenty years. In 1945, a mere twenty years ago -- federal, state and local government spending on welfare activities amounted to $6-billion -- in the fiscal year ending in June 1964 it was $47-billion. The current bill is much higher. The worst part of this welfare expenditure is that it will go to people of all classes "irrespective of need." This latter term is important as it is clearly exemplified in the new "Medicare Service." The poor, the well-to-do and the rich are all entitled to the benefits, provided they are on "Social Security." This age will go down in history as the one that tried to make every- body happy and satisfied. We have succeeded only in levying the yoke of high taxation and rigid regulation in return for a promise of physical ease. By the way, a crowning federal monstrosity is the law that pre- vents a help wanted ad from mentioning the 'sex of' the person wanted. Baseball's Future At the present time the Big League baseball teams are working out at their respective training spots and exhibition games are being played dally. The fans are eagerly reading the reports that are being published in the newspapers and magazines about the conditioning of the veteran players and the possibility of some of them being replaced by some of the crop of rookies. Rookies are always at the camps during spring training and with the perennial hope that beats high in the breasts of youths in every field of activity, namely, to succeed those who are growing old in the service. Baseball is a great game and its history is a matter of absorbing interest to many, but at the present time the most important phase of baseball is its fight for survival. The demise of so many Minor League Associations in recent years is an indication that baseball is in a critical condition and that most of its friends are doing nothing about it. The owners of teams in the Big Leagues have done very little to prevent the discontinuation of baseball in the Minor Leagues. The large amounts of money which they have been spending in giving bonuses to young prospects would be invested much more profitably if it were used to subsidize baseball in the Minor Leagues. This would also be a much more practical manner of developing the potential of the young players. Baseball has been shamefully neglected in recent years in most of the high schools and colleges. This has been due in large measure to the greed of these who are promoting football in the schools, because football with its background of marching bands and circus stunts has a better crowd appeal than baseball. Instead of playing baseball in its season high school and college boys are urged to practice football if Spring practice is permitted; if not, they are encouraged to participate in track, not so much for the promotion of track as a sport, but to give the boys a chance to prepare for football competition without openly violating the rules that forbid Spring practice in many sections. It has been noted that many parents are eager to have their boys take part in the Little League baseball activity. They often make their presence at these games felt in a way that is not helpful to the game itself. The question is why do they not continue their interest in their sons when they arrive at high school age. It is true and Frank Lane, a former general manager of several professional clubs, stresses the fact that organized baseball needs to put its house in order. He says that many changes can and should be made to wl the spectators back. The delays in the game which are now routine must be eliminated. The fans want action. The home run is no longer as thrilling as it once was. Hung Up I COHr00c00PT, o" ] cEL,s00*','I A First Step Tonsure's Significance Explained by Sem inarians The recent conferral of Ton- sure on Joe Correnti of Gravette, Ark., as he took his first formal step in Dallas, Texas, on the long road to the Holy Priesthood, prompted fellow Arkansas sem- inarians at Holy Trinity Seminary there to submit a brief explanation of this first of the minor orders. "Not really an order, as such," the statement said, "tonsure receives a worthy candidate into the ranks of the clerics by the cutting of the hair and investment with the surplice, and it prepares him for reception of the orders of porter, lector, exorcist, acolyte, sub-deacon, deacon and, finally, priest." "The ancient Romans and Greeks believed that shaving the head was a sign of slavery, and it was in adaptation to this idea that fifth century monks and nuns shaved their heads. They made themselves, as it were, slaves of God. Nowadays a little hair is usually cut from the front, the back, over each ear, and from the top of the head. The meaning is still present; through tonsure one re- nounces the world and dedicates himself to the service of God. This idea is further carried out by the investiture with the sur- plice by which he "puts on a new man". "The hair which Bishop Gorman cut from Joe's head will growback quickly; the excitement felt at the moment when, bowing before the bishop, he received tonsure will pass away; but Joe's commitment to God will remain. "Today the need for priests is greater than it has ever been. We need priests who are unafraid to further our Lord's cause here on earth. Joe is no longer a layman; he has taken an impor- tant step toward his ultimate goal and will need God's help more and more as he progresses to- ward the priesthood. So let us pray for him and others who have given themselves to God that they may carry on successfully their vocations and bring others to Christ." Joe Correnti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Correnti, received Tonsure March 1 with three of his classmates at Holy Trinity Semi- nary. It was conferred on him by Bishop Thomas K. Gorman of Dal- las-Fort Worth duringceremonies in the seminary chapel. Introducing Arkansas Seminarians Ken Seiter Ken Seller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis H. Seiter of 502 North 47th Street, Fort Smith, is a freshman at Holy TrInity Seminary of the University of Dallas, Texas. He is majoring in humanities and aspires to ordination to the priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock. Ken was born in Fort Smith June 8, 1950. He attended St. Boniface School, Fort Smith, and Subiaco Academy. During his high school days he was an active athlete at Subiaco, participating in boxing, foot- ball and numerous other sports. He was editor of the school paper, The Periscope. Ken is a guitarist and plays with a Holy Trinity group that provides music for Mass. During summer vacations, he works as a truck driver salesman for the Coca Cola Company of Fort Smith. At Holy Trinity, he is assistant master of outdoor works. He has four brothers, Louis, Jr., Anthony, TO m and Jamie. From the ! Ma?aging Eddor'8 Desk._:. I T od ay's m a 1 contents in American society are trying to ho- mogenize the nation's peo-. ple... . . by weakening the strong, tearing down big men, the rich, pulling down payer, spending inciting class hatreds, money, destroying men's and independence, and ' many what they could do for themselves. But... "You cannot strengthen weak by weakening the "You cannot help small tearing down big men. "You cannot help the by destroying the rich. "You cannot lift the wage er by pulling down the wage er. "You cannot keep out le by spending more income "You cannot further the erhood of man by inciting hatreds. "You cannot establish on borrowed money. "You cannot build and by taking man's "You cannot help men [ ently by doing for them could and should do for selves." So said Abraham Lincoln.: Do You 50 YEARS THIS WEEK The Guardian Little Rock-- Mrs. J. J. Keller of were made jubilant when legram was delivered home announcing the of their son, Gregoz Keller in Rome, Italy. expected before the seminary later in the the announcement was as lng as Joyful. Father Keller is the man of the Cathedral raised to the dignity of 9S YEARS THIS WEF. TIhe GnaNlian Subiaco dents were given an glimpse Into the working U. S. Navy in the war when they heard an by Lt. Comdr. J. J. commanding officer at lege of the Ozarks, recently. Th brought to Subiaco by Jerome Pohle, pastor deemer Church, introduced the speaker. Keep Cu READ The GuardiCS