New York: Civic Responsibility

New York's Mayor John Lindsay is beset by Republican conservatives in tent on denying him G.O.P. renomination this week, and by middle-class voters discontented over late garbage trucks, rising rents and the high crime rate. He has somehow managed to endure a campaign of catcalls and criticism. It was obviously the last straw when a radio chatter host named Barry Gray, awaiting Lindsay's overdue appearance on his nighttime show, began berating him in absentia for city ills ranging from street violence to pavement potholes.

En route to the station, Lindsay listened to...

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