editorials Garden City Telegram Wednesday, May 26, 1971 Poor Farm Country? Knowing from experience how provincial can be the denizens of the East Coast especially when it comes to mental pictures about Kansas, it was not surprising to see Western Kansas put down as poor farm country. And the description came from a highly-paid Washington Associated Press writer who should •have known better. Worse yet, the morning newspaper which fans the air in this area and is supposed to be an authority on Southwest Kansas, printed the canard, word-for-word as It came off the AP wire. It was as though God had written it and therefore could not be touched. The offending lead on the story detailing Manny Fierro's charges about the problems of Mexican-Americans said: "Washington (AP)—A community worker from the poor farming areas of Western Kansas accused Kansas State and local officials Friday of ignoring the plight of low income Mexican-American families despite repeated requests for help" Sounds like Tobacco Road all over again. The merits of Fierro's accusations are not the point here. His charges are subject to investigation and the truth should be known. One charge, that a Mexican-American child had to wait two weeks for medical treatment in Leoti, has already been repudiated. Now Pierre says his statement in Washington has been misconstrued. There are poor people in Western Kansas just as there are anywhere, including Washington D.C. and its abject ghetto dwellers living in sight of the Capitol. There are people with problems and communities in Western Kansas with problems. We are not sinless. But poor farming country? The AP writer should take a. trip to greening Western Kansas where fields and pastures are lush with vegetation; where 50-bushel wheat, 100- bushel milo and 115-bushel corn are harvested from irrigated fields; where cattle numbers are growing; where retail trade centers, such as Garden City, are adding new businesses; where unemployment is half the national average. Careless, sloppy word pictures of this area do nothing to help the image of Kansas which can't seem to live down the dust, bowl days. We admit our shortcomings, but poor farm country is not one of them. Bydh. WHEN THE President's War Relief Control Board was liquidated in 1946, Harry S Truman saw a need to provide "during the present critical period for coordinating relationships with voluntary relief agencies and to tie together the governmental and private programs in the field of foreign relief." * * * HE ASSIGNED Charles Taft of Cinicinnati, O., son of former President William H. Taft, to the task. Twenty-five years later Taft, a genial and unpretentious man, is still carrying out the assignment as head of the Advisory Committee on, Voluntary Foreign Aid which he designed and organized. This month on the 25tih anniversary of the committee, Taft received a letter of congratulations from the man who put him on the job. It was signed in a wavering old man's hand "Harry S Truman." * * * THE VOLUNTARY aid programs have grown far beyond tiie dreams of those who set them in motion and they have changed in context with a changing world. Taft, a man who resembles Will Rogers in appearance and speech, speaks of the voluntary agency people ... , "The face-to-face relationships of those devoted Americans in the field, with the peoples of foreign lands, does much to interpret the meaning of America and what we truly stand for. Their activities are not limited to material aid alone. They are carrying on services for special groups, children, sick, aged, the handicapped, as well as programs of self ->help and rehabilitation in the fields health, agriculture, education, community betterment and general welfare." The 83 agencies that work through the committee Taft created operate in 129 countries. Some have been in existence since World War I and some are only a few years old. Some are familiar names and others are small, sddom-heard- of groups. To name a few: American Dentists for Foreign Service, American Freedom from Hunger Foundation, American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees, American- Korean Foundation, American Mission to Greeks, American National Committee to Aid Homeless Armenians, American National Red Cross, American Relief for Poland, Andean Foundation, Assemblies of God Foreign Service Committee, Boys' Town of Italy, Catholic Relief Services, Christian Children's Fund, Church World Service, CARE (Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere), Foster Parents Plan, Heifer Project, Inc., Hiroshima Peace Center Associates, Lutheran World Relief, Meals for Millions, Mennonite Central Committee, Seventh-Day Adventist Welfare Service, World Neighbors, United Israel Appeal, and Volunteer Border Relief. ~ * ' * " * , AS .WE LOOKED over the list of agencies it occurred to us that many in this community participate in the volunteer efforts wMch, in the words of Charlie Taft, "show a respect for the individual and the development of human resource%" . l«- JIM BISHOP: REPORTER Find-A New Story Plot And You Might Be Rich "I must say, this is a most interesting new ; iron-curtain decor, Mr. Brezhnev" JACK ANDERSON REPORTS; Pentagon Pals Jailed for Being Drunk WASHINGTON -.A top Pentagon general and three high- ranking pals were dumped unceremoniously in jal the other day alter "being busted on public drunkenness charges out- tide a small-town Tennessee motel ait 5:30 in the morning. The authorities charged that the four warriors not only were in an advanced stage of inebriation but were stfll nipping when the police arrived. .,, Although the brass. baits, protested their innocence vigorously, the police hauled them down to the counity sheriff's office, booked them and put them, in *he pokey. ' ">'"''"' The indignoity of it! Herte were Maj. Gen. I. G. Brown> director of the Air National Guard, Brig. Gen. James Hart- iniger, a bigwig in the North American Air Defense command, plus a colonel and a captain, all locked up in the same cell. Afll four were charged with a violation of the Alcoa, Tenn., city ordinance forbidding pubic drunkeniiiess and drinking ; 'in public. They remained behind bars for about two hours unltal the sheriff came to work and decided to release them without bail. General Brown told us he had been in Alcoa. toe attend the 'graduation ceremony of an Air Force training school ait nearby Taylor-McGhee Air Base. He acknowledged that-two of his Mends were drinking beer when the police arrived but 'denied that any of them were drunk. He said they had just about finished breakfast afiter .several hours of sleep. The general said thalt" their sdbrieity had been recognized by:the deputy sheriff on duty at the jatbouiS'e arid'that the deputy had executed an affidavit declaring the general and Ibis companions were not drunk. General Brown further stated that -ttae charges were fraudu- lenit and that he expected to prove ithis in court. He added 'that the jail eel was large enough so that he and tiis friends were not uncomfortable. The. word has come down from the biglhest Pentagon levels to find the culprits who have been leaking us information on same of the military's most secret (and most embarrassing) adventures. Investigators have been busy grillling suspects .behind • the doors, of room 3E993 at the Pentagon. The gumshoes.are most concerned aibout a series of columns we wrote which they believe were bas&d on secret commuini- eaitions intended tor the "eyes only" of such bigwigs as President Nixon's fofleign policy sage, Kerary Kissinger, and the Jokit CMels' chairman, Adm. Thomas Moorer. The brass hats are particularly redlaced about our recent report that they have been intercepting South Vietnamese President Thieu's private com- miundcations, which -are decoded -by the National Security Agency and passed on by the Wihite House and other agencies. The. messages are identified by code name "Gout." The U.S. is ajble to pick them up .because South Vietnam uses Amerioanmade code machines, and U.S. intelligence experts are familiar with their construction and wiring. The military brass also are, upset over our discovery that Admiral Moorer received * "Flash" message after the abortive Son Tay prisoner rescue mission wihich said the Norfch- Vieitniamese prison compound had not been occupied for three months. The Pentagon would 'also Was to know how we learned that Air Force planes had been seeding the clouds over, the Ho Chi Minh trail network to maike the monsoon seasons even rainier. This novel means of .flooding the enemy supply line is known as operation "I<niter.m©diary- Compaltriot." Suspects (have also been questioned about our revelation that, long before the invasion of Laos, U.S. Special Forces and South Vietnamese Ranger teams had beien making fekuent forays into Laos in .an operation known by the code name, "Prairie Fire." Acutally, the Pentagon should not be surprised that some secrete are getting out. For some of the highest officials' have security. become extremely sloppy about Although he vigorously denied it, insiders say Paul Keaaraey, assistant to Joint Chiefs' Chairman Moorer, has sometimes phoned the Defense Inteilli- gence Agency communications center on unsecured phone lines and had top-secret information read to Mm. Men on duty in the -communications center have reminded Mm that he "was/using, an unsecured line. But he has dismissed their warnings,-say insiders, with sucti comments as, "We aren't worried about that." . Also, admirals amd:'generals receive telephone cals at home from the Defense intelligence Ageracy when an important secret message (has come in for them alter hours. Rather than go to the Pentagon, the lazy brass frequently havi& the sensitive messages read to them. Another possible source of leaks is the haphazard way in which copies of top-secret messages are finally taken away to be burned. They are put in large, candy-<s*riped bags which- may remain in a communica-i tions center lor weeks unitil they are filed. The most sensitive ones are kept in separate bags marked "eyes-only." Even thesis sometimes lie aibout in placets where an unauthorized employe might stop and help himself to a handful of miliibairy secrets. Bible Thought And 'laid their hands .on the apostles, and put them in tin common prison.—Acts 5:18. Not many modern. Christians have h&en put in the "buLUpen 1 ^ dbr dgWeousnesis sake. We get there for speeding, for drunkenness and 'son. Let's love Him moire. : There are no' new plots. AH have been used and abused. The sobs of the young wife who feil in love with her husband's best friend can be found in the Old Testament. The grim, bard- working rancher in the Western movie who has one good son and one gun slinger is' a retanactmenit of Cain and Ablel. Sadly, there are but a few good Western plots: the fight for water rights; the poor sod busters versus the rich rancher; the bad man who takes over the town and pins a star on the wrong sheriflf; cattle rustling; the sweet but cowardly boy who finally faces up to the fastest gun in the West; the sneaky Indians waiting behind the rocks at the arroyo. In novels there is the guy who spends 600 pages trying to find his identity; there is the girl who says no to the right guy; the girl who says yes to the wrong guy; the girl who says yes to everybody. Then too, there is the husband who sneaks out of the corral ^at / night (working); the one who fights the office siren but finally succumbs; the good wife who buffis her fingernails and thinks there must be more to marriage than this. Gangsters come in all sizes; there is the good boy who buys a cannon in a hocksihop be- caaise his poor old mother is starving Ohe gets 20 to life for a crime toe didn't commit); the ex-soldier who has learned how to kail but not how to live; the tough guy .who clutches a frail ('that's >a girl) and says, "Let's live a little and take the bamk in Wet Moccasin, Oklahoma." Them there is the vendetta beltween brothers, and the Mafia lieutenant who kills 20 people amd cries when his mother kisses his forehead on his birthday. In mysteries, everybody gets killed one by one, except one. It'is (1) the butler, who is in reality Lord Echequer; (2) the mad scienfet Who grows orchids which eat baibies; (3) dear old Aunt Isabel, who spends her time tatting, in. a rocking chair and burying relatives in the ceSar; (4) .the sweet boy .from the next farm who munches apples, does errands cheerfully, says: "Yup" and is a murderous fiend because ihe once saw his old man taking a shower. Some stories...aire pointless unless they contain peril. .This is true of sea stories;, planes . . whidh wfhisk over file ocean with each passenger have a . separate problem, all of which are going to sieesi trivial when that niumiber four engine catches fire; automobile racing in which the kid who has never won «he "Indie 500" has developed dodble vision because of a brain tumor; the little girl playing in itbe celar with her Top Show Stars ToWestburyFair WESTBURY, N.Y. (AP) — Spring and summer shows at the Westbury 'Music Fair are in their 17th season. Top stars of the show world listed for spring appearances and who "were sold out months in advance include the Allan King Show, with Lena Home and a sixrday appearance for Engelbert' Humperdinck. . Performers with their 'own shows in July and August include Lana Turner, v .Shecky Greene, .Mickey Rooney, Tony Bennett, Sergio Franchi with Pat Cooper, Robert Goulet, Carol Channing and Jane Morgan. Miss Morgan wiU be featured in "Hello Dolly" Aiug. 30-Sept. 12. . doll as the insane janitor comes down to stoke the fur- nance, amd so forth. All are plagiarized and re- pl&giarized. Sometimes, helpM reaiders siemd story plots to me and I view them wfttih suspicion. Once in awhile, I use one, Instantaneously, dozens of letters come from readers who saw it in the Reader's Digest 12 years ago, or an True Story 20 years ago. Jim Bishop Speaking of magazines, one once used a story called The Revealing Kiss. They were sued bind. They used the name of a well-known man, made him a. heel who got a high-school girl pregnant. The author made so many mistakes that the editors suspected that he' must have sobered up. The girl had a real-life,, counterpart with the same name; she had a realife older sister, Agatha, who drank. A man who got a high-school girl pregnant in real life also sued. Total: $400,000. A West Coast writer penned a story aiboult two men in a hospital room. One is in bed at & window; one is bade against a wail. The one alt the window tolls his roommate what is going on in the world outside. The trees aire green, a park fa across the street, a uniformed maid whei&ls a baby carriage; a cop talks to the nurse every day. Romance develops. The patient at the window requires heart pHls. Doctors beg tihe man against the wall to give Mm one white pH if he is in pain at night. The pain hditi the man ait 4 a.m. The one against tihe wail lies in bed. He • wants that window bed. In tbt monninig, bis pal 4a dead. The one who hasn't got the window is wheeled over. H* ' looks out for the first tint*. All he sees is 'another hospital wall, His dead friend had made up the story of trees, park, cop and maid. I was an editor at Collier's when we bought it as a Short- Short story. We paid $500. Ten. days later,, I received a letter from the West Coast writer woibh a -dipping ..enclosed. It wa« old and yellowed. Same story. I wrote back and asked how much he wanted to be paid for the theft of his little gem. "I cain't honestly give you..* figure right now," he wrote back. "First I have to remember where I stole it from." What you have just read, by the way, constitutes a new plot . . . YOUR SENATOR'S VIEWS Study Possible Tax Sources By SEN. DON CHRISTY The tax study committee met to prepare an agenda for tax study, a-nd to 'try to determine the 'best contribution that we could make. We decided that sftice we were not charged with drafting bills that, we would gaither information as to the various sources of tax revenue. The various alternative taxes would be studied trying to develop the amount of revenue they would raise, the impact of the tax on the economy of Kansas, and the consequences of certain exemptions. This is the first time since I have 'been in the Senate that we have attempted to do a true research procedure ladmed at gathering the information so that the legislature can more elf emotively , tailor the revenue measures to the needs of the state. We plan a two-day meeting, each month at least through September...The next meeting is to be June 14 and 15. We plan to review the orders sent out by the property valuation depart- ,, ment as to land revaluation, and as to requiring selected merchants to report to the county their inventories and their income. Frankly, I do not feel that •adequate understanding was demonstrated in either case. ' For example, we go to great "• lengtihs to keep the income confidential at the state and fed-" era! level, then open the way for serious possibilities of disclosure at the local level. This review should give the research department time to prepare the research necessary to consider some of the tax revenue sources during 1ihe July meeting. •' CROSSWORD By Eugene Sbeffer HORIZONTAL l.Medieval lyric - . , pofem 5. Conifer 8. Transaction; 12. Diving'. ' : The capital of the Congo is Kinshasa. . . BUSINESS MIRROR IS.Mi-.Gehrlg- 14. Leather flask 15. Retired 16. Canadian prov. 17. Tableland 18. Woe 20. Abode of the.blessed dead'' . 22. Uncle i (dial;) 23. Routing word 24. Vessel's bow 27. Softened In.temper 32. Blockhead 33. Period 3i.~ Corrldi cheer 35. Protected 38. Emerald Isle 39, Personality 40.Hither>fl 58. A coin ».EnglWx .;, companion lift 42. Eateries VERTICAL 10. Church . 45. Cars need 1. Exclama- ' .part them lion 11. Slender 49. Excess of 2. The timber 19.My»tio chances wolf e]aeu1»* 50. Fourth. 3. South tioo caliph African 21.Mlss Anton 52. Ceramic 4 -- - 2i. School of square Jackson oedi ; 53. Encounter S. Blossomed 25.8eottUh 54. Malay 6. Electrified explorer gibbon particle 28. Sinner 55. Privy to 7. Book of the 28. Before 56. Sense. Old Testa- 29. One of the organs ment Johnson* . 57. Spread 8. Landed SO. Hebrew -'grass estate , y priest ' - ^~ - —• St Lair •.,.,',• Answer to yesterday's puzzle. se/BxcntM ..... STiAndaot -''"' S8.Relatedo» mother* i.-•id* • %?:; 4iiConjun«- , > Avence time •! Mlntlott: W HlMtM. 43. Notion 44. Seasoning 46.Cattt» (dial) 47. Biblical name 48. Dispatched SliNew Quineaport Mix of Mim Out Old By JOHN CUNNIFF AP. Business Analyst NEW YOKK (A,P) _. The curious mix of 'the' present economy—* booming. Gross Na- tioraal Product .and high unemployment, |^;j; v ^*amp],e^ bringing a,, lot <i£ odd notion and favorite theories to the' surface. .The recession, some say, was intensified by consumers who were r'eluc/tonlt to 'continue buy- iftg 'goods they felt weren't needed. They were saturated with .possessions and simply couldn't find use for any more. .•JI'NpnBehse, ,'rsays'' a man who should know. Prof. George Katona of the Survey Research Ceniter ' at ' the "• Univjersity of Michigan claims that consumer desires are seldom satisfied for long. Aspirations always rise; the demand for goods is in- Ac » recent fSorum, Kfitona explained llhat shortJterm atti- tudeis and expectations did indeed deteriorate.; on 1969 and 1970, and-that consumer buying therefore was less than, .what sellers ha^ hoped for. * He explained it this way: A ^nsumei;' buying;' to satisfy neeldls has. little Choice; he must buy. Ooinisumers todlay hardly buy merely to fill nieedis. In- 'stead, they buy to satisfy wants amd aspirations. These are posit- poniaible. And that'is just what the consumer did when his view of the economy deteriorated;: he postponed. Over the long term, however, Katonia has few fears, "dynamic forms of adaptation continue to prevail among American consumers," he said. . "Americans • still feel that what is good enough today is not •, good enough They accept chanr progress, and up their levels of aspiration" a each higher goal is achieved.'''v. • - >,, You might--find people ''buyi f 'Si '' ^ ing down" to smaler, .less'ex-* '•• ', i pensive oars, for example. .But '''" ' Another /explanation for ' the>"'' mixed up economy is offered « by those who often fear that' America is sliding 'on a tobog- •-: gan to disaster. "American , workers aren't like they used to' vV be,", they complain. > V >,:';.\ ;>^ :Maybe so. Preceding the re- •"'"" cesision, the productivity of '•• Amerjc.an industry did drop off, but now it has regained a healthy figure. .A partial ex-". > planation is that the least pro-••' ,-M- ductive workers have been lay- • ed off. . • But that's only part of Uhe story. Those who remain at work maK.be trymg harder. „ Ycsterdivy's Cryptoqulp: RETICBUT MfSI AMASSED RICH! HOARD. . t <© 1971,, King Features Syndicate, Inc.) \ i ""• 1 — >l ". Cryptoquip $)uet c • — "
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