Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 9, 1974 · Page 1
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Hope, Arkansas
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Monday, September 9, 1974
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It's a switch; What some voters want is Representation without Taxation. Hempstead County- Home of the Bowie Knife Star VOL. 75—No. 280 Member of (he Associated Press Newspaper Enterprise Ass'n. Features HOPE, AHKANSAS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1974 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Circulations, subject to audit. PRICE !0c OUR DAILY BREAD Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn Suit to be filed this week to halt big state office complex at L. R. The Star learned from an authoritative source in Little Rock this week-end that a suit to halt plans to construct a giant state office complex in Little Rock will be filed this week. The project, originally advanced as a $15 million outlay, has ballooned to anywhere from $74 million to $90 million—to be financed by a bond issue on which the people are denied a vote. Both The Star and the Arkansas Democrat have attacked this political raid on the state treasury. The Star in its editorial of Sept. 3 guaranteed to help underwrite the lawsuit and, further, threatened to launch a petition to repeal by popular vote the extension of the sales tax to labor on repair bills—which was one of the added taxes a couple of years back that helped build up such a surplus in the state treasury that it is now an irresistible temptation to the politicians. The Arkansas Democrat in its Saturday edition Sept. 7 headlined a full-length reprint of The Star's Sept. 3 article— and published a detailed attack of its own on Sunday, Sept. 8. We are reprinting below both The Star's original editorial and the Sunday Democrat's, which gives more specific details. Arkansas Democrat of Sept. 8 The project that grew The Public Building Authority, which met again Friday, is going full-speed ahead with its plans to build a $74 million office complex on the dapital mall. Some contracts will be let this month, in fact. While the're has been some, the opposition to this project has not been as fierce as expected. But that's because the enormity of it hasn't sunk in yet. The interest on the bond issue will cost $100 million, and the architects'fees alone will be more than $4 ir'Uion. It is exactly the kind of government spending that is the most inflationary, plus it eats up capital that is badly needed in the private sector for expansion. Our dislike of the project increases for these reasons: The size of the project is inflated, based largely on what consultants learned when they talked to state agencies about their future needs. And did any bureaucrat ever say he wanted to decrease the size of his department? Amendment 20 to the state Constitution requires a vote on bond issues of this kind. Now this project wouldn't be the first end-run around this provision, but it could be the most con- spicious one. The reason for the project was that the legislature was tired of public agencies paying rent to private landlords. But it turns out that the method of financing this $74 million complex will be to charge the agencies rent for the 30 year life of the bonds. So if this is built, there will be more agencies paying more rent than there are now. And the money for the rent, of course, would have to be appropriated by the state legislature. The only brake put on the Public Building Authority was a review by the Legislative Council, which has given its approval, 18 to 9. In our opinion, it isn't proper for the council to function as a mini-legislature. A project of this size should be approved by a vote of the entire General Assembly. Of course, the legislators explain their shortsightedness back in 1973 by saying that when the proposal came before them, they thought they were approving a $15 million highrise office building on the back of the capital grounds. Nothing of this magnitude was even imagined. But this is no excuse for their granting such wide authority to the Public Building Authority and not realizing that by the time architects and consultants got into it, the project would develop, in the words of Rep. Tom Sparks, into a "dream ... a monument to somebody." Sparks said he didn't know to whom, but our guess is that it wiH be Governor Bumpers, the man who sponsored the proposal and ap- Hope Star of Sept. 3 Political raid financed by tax on labor A bulging balance in the state treasury, built up in part by a tax on labor, has convinced the political powers that it should be spent, and all at once—in a $75-million state office building complex in Pulaski county. A still worse feature of the proposal is that it calls for issuing $75 million in bonds. Yet the plan has the support of the Legislative Council, the state Building Authority—and ' Gov. Dale Bumpers. — Regardless of such powerful backing the people of Arkansas should rise in wrath and halt this monstrous steal to build up the economy of the state's capital city. State Senator Morris Henry has suggested .that the best way to block this enrichment of Pulaski county is to file a taxpayer's suit, and he reports that several of the legislators are working on such a suit. They have this editor's and his newspaper's endorsement, and a guarantee that we will participate in underwriting the legal cost. The infuriating aspect of this prodigal project is that it wouldn't have been conceivable without the additional taxes a recent legislative session voted because the tax-eaters raised a great clamor over what they said was an impending money crisis in state government. So taxes were raised, and, specifically, the sales tax was extended to labor. You pay 3 per cent sales tax when you buy a pair of shoes. But now you alsp pay sales tax on every shoe-repair bill. That is a tax on labor. You pay sales tax when you buy a new automobile. But now you also pay sales tax on every car-repair bill. That is a tax on labor. Not only should a taxpayer's suit be filed to stop the $75- million state office complex project—but also a petition should be circulated for a popular vote to repeal the new or higher taxes recently enacted by the legislature. A couple of years ago they said the state didn't have enough money. But now it has so much on hand that the political powers see no remedy but to wipe out the cash balance with a bonded debt to enrich Pulaski county. Pardon places Ford in crisis atmosphere PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — President Ford today encountered the first signs of public protest over his unconditional pardon of Richard M. Nixon, a surprise move that pushed his young administraton into the backwash of Watergate, "The honeymoon is over," one sign proclaimed in red letters as Ford arrived at a downtown hotel for a speech to an urban transportation conference. His pardon for Nixon on Sunday ruptured his rapport with Congress and sparked the protest resignation of a top aide. More than a dozen signs protesting the Nixon pardon were sprinkled through a crowd of more than 500 persons who waited on the sidewalk for Ford's arrival. Several of the signs de- manded amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters and Nixon top aides. "There is law, no justice. Pardon all criminals," said one sign. "No pardon, Nixon trial first," said another, and one said: "Okay Jerry, now pardon war resisters." Newsmen a few feet from Ford heard no booing or catcalls as the President shook hands with those along the rope barriers. The crowd applauded as he passed. Presidential advisers in Washington were assessing the probable political damage from Ford's disclosure of a "free, full and absolute" pardon for Nixon for any criminal conduct during his presidency. The pardon was followed within minutes by a Nixon statement of remorse at "my mistakes over Watergate." And, in the enusing hours, there were these major disclosures and developments: —Jerakl F. terHorst, a close Ford friend and adviser, quit as While House press secretary, saying "mercy, like justice, must ... be even-handed and "I couldn't in good conscience support the President's decision ... even though I knew he took that action in good conscience." —Many Democrats and some Republicans in Congress voiced dismay at the pardon, contending it set a double standard of justice. But other Republicans, including Vice President- designate Nelson A. Rockefeld ler, hailed it as an act of compassion and courage. —lawyers for former Nixon aides and associates began reshaping their strategy for the Watergate cover-up trial, and at least one defendant, H.R. Haldeman, planned new efforts to delay the trial now set to be•gin Sept. 30. —Ford aides mads public an agreement they had reached with Nixon to preserve his White House files for at least three years for possible court use. But the agreement allows the former president to destroy any White House tape recordings after September 1979. Although Ford's announcement caught the capital and the country by surprise, sources said it had been preceded by 10 days of legal deliberations and negotiations with Nixon and special Watergate prosecutor Ijeon Jaworski. It also represented a reversal of Ford's previous public state- ments. During his vice presidential confirmation hearings, Ford said, "I do not think the public would stand for" such a pardon. And at a news conference Aug. 28 he said it would be "unwise and untimely" for him to commit himself until any legal process has been undertaken" against Nixon. White House counsel Philip Buchen said Nixon faced likely indictment prior to the pardon. He said it was granted without strings attached, but acknowl- (Continued on Page Two) Gazette calls Ford's action ^outrageous' Stolen property recovered by local officers LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Gazette said today in an editorial headlined "The Sunday Morning Massacre" that the unconditional pardoning of Richard M. Nixon was "a startling and even outrageous exercise of the presidential power." The Gazette said if there was any consistency in justice, "it would seem that (President) Ford must grant pardon, before and after the fact to the whole Watergate crowd" and blanket pardon to all Vietnam draft evaders and deserters. The newspaper noted that Ford granted Nixon pardon before any prosecution and trial. "Whatever Mr. Ford's motives and whatever the depth of his compassion for his old friend and benefactor," the Gazette said, "the action that Ford took Sunday was the kind of rash, even foolhardy, move that the American people had come to associate with Richard Nixon himself." The Gazette said a pardon^, after trial and conviction would"' have been one thing, but that that the pardon as issued by Ford raised the gravest questions. " "What Gerald Ford has proclaimed, in effect, is that a president really is above and beyond the lawn" the newspaper said. "Alas, we fear the gravest consequences in Ford's announcement and stroke of the pen, an action which might become known as Ford's own 'Sunday morning massacre' of the system of justice." The Gazette questioned how a jury could be persuaded to convict H.R. "Bob Haldeman and others still scheduled for trial in connection with the Watergate scandal "when the man who presided over the whole affair is already pardoned scot- free. "Possibly the rawest irony is in the case of John Dean, the Nixon presidential assistant who is now serving a term in prison after he provided the first direct link to the President himself," the Gazette said. "It was Dean who revealed the truth about Nixon to the American people, but Nixon himself may now relax in the ease of total immunity, with the lush pension and perquisites a former president is given by law...." "The harvest of cynicism, in the aftermath of Ford's Sunday morning announcement may be more devastating than any of us now foresee," the Gazette said. "Why, Ford himself, in the very act of pardoning, tacitly or innocently impugned the system when he indicated that he\didn't think Nixon could get , a fair trial!" The newspaper said Ford had begun to govern effectively and the consensus was good for the country as Ford's administration. But, the Gazette concluded, "If these dark anticipations are well founded, then the consensus is already shattered and Ford's prospects for an effective presidency have been badly compromised." Carmen quits after 2 deaths, crop damage LT. TRAVIS WARD of the Arkansas State Police, Patrolman James Purtle and Sheriff Henry Sinyard look over confiscated materials recovered about 10 miles south of Hope. Sinyard said the materials were eight chainsaws, about 10 pounds of marijuana and about five gallons of moonshine liquor. Ward —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Roger Head said that Clarence Haley, 32, of Rt. 1, Hope was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of stolen property and possession of untaxed liquor. He is being held on $10,000 bond. Deputy Sheriff David Sulzer assisted Ward, Purtle and Sinyard in the arrest. Washington reaction mixed WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats and some Republicans have protested President Ford's decision to pardon former President Richard M. Nixon, saying it will be seen as evidence of a double standard of justice. Others, in and out of government, praised the pardon described by GOP leaders as a presidential act of compassion, humanity and courage. The divided response to the pardon that Ford granted Sunday signaled a rekindling of the debate about Watergate justice. While Senate leaders were divided in their opinions, many others in and out of govern- pointed the building authority. Admitting that he's surprised by the size of what his authority came up with, Bumpers is still sticking by it. He has rejected several requests by legislators for him to tell the authority to delay starting work until the General Assembly meets four months from now. Bumpers says he thinks the project is "good business." We don't think so. We think it's a classical public works project at a time when the economy doesn't need one. Maybe in the long run it's better for the state to build its buildings rather than to rent, but not now, when cons true lion costs and interest rates are the highest in history. Bumpers, who, of course, is now the Democratic nominee to the Senate, may think he can escape criticism by going to Washington. But if the public becomes convinced this project is a boondoggle (and it wouldn't tafee much), it could make him into a one-term senator. ment said Sunday they disapproved of the decision. Senate Republican leader Hugh Scott cof Pennsylvania said "it was a courageous decision that may very well be controversial." He said Ford acted "with great humanity." But Assistant Democratic Leader Robert Cm Byrd, DW. Va., said Ford's action sets a double standard: one standard' for the former president of the United States and another for everybody else." Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the Democratic leader, said Ford told him of his plans prior to the announcement. "It would be easy for me to criticize the President's judgment," Mansfield said. "I will not do so." Sen. Barry Goldwater, R- Ariz., praised the decision, saying it "was not an easy one but ;n my opinion it was the only decent and prudent course to follow." Vice President-designate Nelson A. Rockefeller said the pardon was "an act of compassion and courage" that, while controversial, "will speed the healing of our nation." Leon Jaworski, the current special Watergate prosecutor, said: "This is a matter that was decided upon by the President on his authority under the Constitution. It was something I didn't participate in." James D. Kellers, president of the American liar Association, said he was concerned about whether Nixon could have received a fair trial, if indicted, because the publicity surrounding his resignation may have prejudiced a jury. "Then a;,am, I strongly believe he should be treated like anyone else, that he's certainly not above the law," Kellers said in Oklahoma City. The Rev. Billy Graham, a long-lime friend of Nixon's, said Ford, acting "with decisiveness, courage and compassion ... has saved the country from the emotional division and agony that would have further weakened America at home and abroad." Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and ti:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. NEW ORLEANS (AP) Hurricane Carmen has sputtered out and dispersed over Louisiana and Texas after leaving two dead and ravaging the Ixmisiana sugar cane crop. But the storm did far less damage than officials had feared. Authorities said about 14,000 refugees remained in evacuation centers early today. But thousands of others returned home as the storm disintegrated after missing the state's major population centers. Carmen, packing winds gusting up to 180 miles per hour, had been heading straight north for New Orleans. But it stalled for five anxious hours early Sunday, then veered westward through marshland and hit I^afayette about dawn. It was downgraded to a tropical storm soon afterward. A lineman for Central Louisiana Electric Co. was found on Sunday hanging in downed power lines. The other victim died in a storm-related traffic accident. Local businesses burglarized A series of burglaries occurred over the weekend it: Hope, according to police records. Two businesses were burglarized once, another was burglarized twice, and an attempted burglar) was discovered at another business. Records show that the Arkansas Machine Specialty Company, 218 North Walnut, was burglarized Friday night. The offices weie ransacked and 12 blank rhfcka were stolen. Andy's Cash Store was broken into Friday night and an undetermined amount of change was taken from a vending machine. Records shows that several cartons of cigarettes were taken in the burglary. LJixon Texaco located at Walnut and Division Streets waa the location of an attempted burglary. A police spokesman said that glass had been broken out of a door, but gain the burglars failed to entry. Fleet Tire Company, 1502 West Third was burglarized twice over the weekend. On Friday night, the building was entered and the offices ransacked. Nothing was missing. Sometime between Saturday morning and early Monday morning, burglars entered the building again and took a cash register and approximately $20 to $30 in silver. Much of the state's sugar cane crop lay in Carmen's path. Gov. Edwin W. Edwards, who toured the state by airplane Sunday, estimated that 75 per cent of the crop was destroyed at a cost of $100 million. Gilbert Durbin, vice president and general manager of the American Sugar Cane League, gave the same $100 million estimate, but said it represented only 20 per cent of the total crop. The disparity was not explained. The governor added: "The damage to the sugar cane appears to be the only significant damage resulting from the hurricane." Red Cross officials estimated they had housed 60,000 refugees at the height of the storm early Sunday. Edwards said he would not request President Ford to declare the state a disaster area immediately. He said a study would be made to find the best kind of aid to ask for farmers who suffered losses. After raking the coastal towns of Abbeville and Franklin with winds of 135 m.pmh., Carmen came ashore near Avery Island. Several store fronts were sucked out and huge oak trees were blown across roads in Franklin, where winds near the eye were clocked at 80 to 100 m.p.h. But rows of antebellum mansions remained standing. Carmen pushed inland toward [.afayetle, where parish civil defense officials said more than 25,000 people had been evacuated — most of them as the hurricane stalled offshore and drifted westward. Officials reported property damage but no serious i ni uriet

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