Pagel-NAUGATVrKSKWS (Conn,) Thursday. Jnne2i,19J6 PROSPECTING FOR NO. 2 SPOTS :WftW*mttWS^^ '!,~fV Published £vm Kvcnmg i Kxcept Sundays and lloliduvsi tjy Ntuitjutiuk jtffuw QJnrp. NKWSKuildini!- IWWjtfrSlrrrl. NauRalurk.t'onn. Telephone 729 HW. 7232229 and 729222(1 All Department jnd CUss i'osugf l'aidauhrl'osll)incfinNau|!aliU'K'iiiiimiiiu(ui;::ii Dailv hv Mail in hi anil 2nd PosUil /^ru'> One Year Six Months 4S.80 23.M Three Months One Month 1200 4.00 MiTiilicr: t'nilcd I'ress Inter national: American Newspaper Publishers' Assn., N.K. Daily Newspaper Assn.: Conn. Daily Newspapers Assn Mpmhrr ol Audit bureau otCirculatirms. Words To Consider Thinking people throughout the nation are disturbed these days by the things they see all around them—happenings that portend the eventual decay and possible collapse of our society. They are not hard to find— climbing crime and delinquency rates, larger and larger segments of our society who are idle and, in one way or another, living off the government; mounting corruption and dishonesty in public office and pornography that has gone far beyond the permissive stage. Perhaps not too many of our readers are familiar with the name of Virginius Dabney, but in the American newspaper world he is almost universally respected, even by those who may not entirely agree with some of his philosophies and writings. A former editor of The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, Dabney has long been an acute and critical observer of what goes on around him. Most recently he addressed the 1976 graduating class of Virginia Commonwealth University, and he offered some comments which we think deserve far wider circulation th'an among those who attended the graduation ceremonies. In essence, he warned his hearers that the United States of America is passing through a highly dangerous period; a time in which wrangling and squabbling in Washington, coupled with an indifference and apathy on the part of the American people as a whole, are leaving us open to all sorts of political and economic dangers from powers far removed from our shores, as well as those within our boundaries. This country has the highest standard of living in the history of the world, yet we are being told that our private 'enterprise system is a miserable failure and that it should be revamped to give the federal government a larger role. If the Post Office Dept. and the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare are typical of governmental efficiency, we need look no further to see what will happen to our economic system under the tender ministrations of Washington. To quote Kabney: "We see other disturbing trends on the domestic front. In addition to the endless succession of unbalanced budgets in Washington and potentially ruinous inflation, (here is the veritable jungle of red tape and the multiplication of bureaucratic rules and regulations. "And witness the effort to organize policemen, firemen, college professors and school teachers into labor unions, and the serious talk of doing likewise for the Army, Navy and Air Force. "Soviet Russia must be laughing itself practically to death at the idea of labor bosses controlling our armed forces. Unions have a legitimate role in our society, and they have important accomplishments to their credit, but they are entering fields where they have no proper place." With his long view of history, Dabney understands that a country can be turned around, providing its people have the will and the vision. Referring to the collapse of other civilizations, Dabney concluded: "I cannot believe that the United States of America is destined for such a fate." But he rightly warned that we must "set our house in order before it is too late." We surely could not have said it better. Examining Our Almosi-President By Kevin Phillips */' WASHINGTON tKFS) - It is beginning to look as if Ihe United States has a president and an almost-president — Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. This isn't Ihe first lime. Back in mid- 1932, Franklin D. Roose- ^ veil was nearly certain jf f v lo be the Democratic jj_ nomineeand, because of *>>.•/ the deepening Great Depression, almost as good a bet to be elected in November. Then in 1952, despite the strong GOP nomination challenge of Senator Robert Tafl, there was an air « presidential inevitability about Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower. Bui this year, in Washington and elsewhere, r*<>pk are troubled by one all- important difference: Hardly anybody knows Jimm)' Carter except as a toothy 1976 campaign image-package. By way of contrast, FDR and Dwight Eisenhower, in their almosl-president stages, were well-known, longstanding members of the national power structure. Fop alar Figures Back in 1932, FDR was Ihe serving Governor of New York, then the biggest stale in Ihe Union. A former Democratic vice-presidenlial nominee (1920) and Assistant Secretary of Ihe Navy (1913-20), he was also a cousin of the late Republican President Theodore Roosevelt. Likewise, the pre-GOP convention Dwighl D. Eisenhower of 19S2 was Ihe former World War II Allied Supreme Commander in Europe, a man wilh ten years in the national spotlight, an immensely popular figure whom even many Democrats had wanted to nominate for president in 1948. Now we have Jimmy Carter of Plains, Georgia. Who is he, really? What is he? Is he Ihe opportunistic chameleon his detractors daim? This is a logical subject of summer 1S76 political discussion because very few American leaders and opinion-molders have a previous acquaintance wilh the man going deeper than his carefully constructed (and CONGRATULATIONS to three students of Ihe University of Bridgeport who have been named to the Dean's List for outstanding academic achievement during thespring semester: Barbara West of Beacon Falls, Harylin Clark and Unda Tornero, both of rVaugaluck.... B. DOSH! of the Uniroyal Chemical Division recently completed a week-long course at Lehigh University about Ihe advances in emulsion polymerization and latex technology.... THE VFW Udls Auniliary card purty is set for tomorrow night al the VFW Hall, Rubber Ave....Time Is 7:30 p.m CONGRATULATIONS loDr. Bruce and Mrs. Rogers, who are the parents of a baby boy....After three girls they're quite happy about Ihe event....Dr. and Mrs. Everett Rogers are the proud grandparents.... steadily shitting) January-June campaign image. Compared with Carter, even the enigmatic Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, both of whom ultimately revealed major psychological flaws while in office, were relatively well-analyzed because of their many prior years in Ihe national political spotlight. To find a strong outside nominee comparable lo Carter, we probably have to go back to William Jennings Bryan in 1896. Which brings me to what is an increasingly obvious failure in the U.S. presidential nomination process. Since 1964, our system has yielded two basic species of parly presidential nominees: 1) the ideological zealots — Barry Goldwa- ler t George McGovern and possibly Ronald Reagan; and2) the ambitious lone- wolf presidency-seekers — Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. If we go back lo 1960, John Kennedy might also partly fit in this latter category. Voter Participation Down Who else but the ego-driven and the ideologically-driven would want to spend two years, with countless cold winter dawns in out-of-the-way airports, plodding towards Ihe presidency through hundreds of dinners, primaries and conventions? Unfortunately, these are just Ihe sort of people who surround themselves wilh a "California Mafia," an "Arizona Mafia" or a "Georgia Mafia". And here's another fact that may or may not be related: During the time that the Republican and Democratic parties ha\« been selecting these unfortunate types of nominee, voter participation has steadilydeclined. So far, 1976 is shaping up as no exception. It's possible, of course, that outsider Jimmy Carter is just Ihe man to shake up and revitalize the system. But it's also taking an unprecedented gamble to choose a president who was barely known, both here and abroad, in January of this very Bicentennial Year. Under the circumstances, it seems lo me that voters and journalists alike hare an obligation to subject almosl-president Carter to the closest scrutiny. The Colonels' Torture By William F. Buckley, Jr. Iwrctein (hisspace last spring about the historical confusion that persists after grave charges are levelled and projected where there is, so to speak, no posthumous investigation setting the matter straight. I gave as an example the charges levelled about the use of torture in Greece under the Colonels. 1 said that "no truly authoritative examination has been conducted on the question of whet her there was in fact extensive, systematic torture." 1 was wrong, and I apologize to those I misled. Here is Ihe officialrecord. On August 11, 1975, thirty-one former officers and men of the Greek military police were prosecuted for torture. Testimony was taken over a period of thirty-two days, after which the court convicted sixteen persons, and gave out sentences from five months to twenty-eight years. A month later, a second trial was initiated resulting in the conviction of twenth-three persons, who received sentences up to seven years. in Decem tier, a Uiird trial resulted in the conviction of six officers. On the question of whether Ihe torture was done systematically (it makes a great deal of difference if one cares to know whether torture was in fact sanctioned by the Colonels themselves), a New York attorney reasons as follows: "The evidence suggests that, in all, there were hundreds of victims of... torture, practiced all over Greece over a seven-year period, and at a series of places, Boyati Military Detention Barracks, Asphaleia, the city police security divisions, so geographically and administratively dispersed that the inference of authorization at the highest levels seems inescapable. "Besides," the attorney adds, "the whole off ici al trai ring progr am of military police recruits al the notorious KESA Training Center was shown to have been specifically designed to train expert torturers. 11 Having said as much, it is nevertheless worth salvaging a point or two. Certainly the evidence exists that the Colonels were engaging in torture. It is embarrassing that this would be so to conscientious inquirers who, in 1968, having done their best to investigate the situation, concluded that the torture charges levelled against the government of Colonel Papadopoulos were for the most part politically inspired. For instance, an investigative unit of the RedCross.Again,(orinstance,afewsuch experienced journalists as Constantino Fitigibbon of Great Britain. True, the brunt of the evidence at the trials in Greece was against practices after Ihe deposition of Papadopoulos by foannides, who emerges not only as the political fool he is universally accepted as being, but as someone entirely at home with sadistic subordinates. Papadopoulos swore publicly in the fall of 1968 that the torture charges were false. Either he was lying, or else he was himself deceived: Either way, the reports of Amnesty International and of the Congress of Europe were, on the whole, justified; sad to say. Even so, one should pause for a moment before commiting oneself to accept charges of torture wherever levelled. Concerning the Greek experience: 1) There were, in fact, a total of 30 acquittals (over against 76 convictions). Now, although it is no truer that because someone is convicted he is in fact guilty, than that because someone was acquitted he is in fact innocent, let us accept Ihe Greek figures and agree that justice was done. 2) If we do so, it absolutely establishes that torture was widely practiced under the Colonels. But it also suggests that torture alleged to hare been committee was not committed. Either that, or that individuals who were charged,with having committed torture, in tact did not do so.-. And this means that we must continue to remind ourselves that to allege torture continues to be a routine political maneuver. 3) Amnesty Interna Uonal alleges toe use of torture in a dismayingly large number of countries in the world, and the awful truth of the matter is that different cultural standards tend to establish permissible limits to torture. That which would result in the collapse of a British government would not be noticed, for instance, in Uganda. It is entirely possible that as much torture, quantitatively measured, as was committed under Papadopoulos was committed under some of his predecessor governments. 4) The safest rule of thumb is: Where there is no free press, assume the worst. Not necessarily because Ihe worst U true — but because that is the ethically cautiousconclusiontoreach.A refinement of that position is: Place the burden of doubt on the government where there U no free press. 5) Even then, listen for the strains of ideological harmony. We live in an age in which the majority of the people of the world believe that Ihe salient persecutims of Ihe day were symbolized by the United States' Miss Angela Davis and Francisco Franco against the five terrorists. THAT NEW "STOP" sign at Park and Hillside Aves. is one of the best traffic-control ideas the area has seen for a long lime....And we otten wonder about the sign standing halfway between Field SI. and Park Avt., on Hillside Ave., which (aces north andreads: "No Parking From Corner To Here." Hey. Sgt. Jerry Sirica—which corner to where? HOP BROOK LAKE is a popular spot these warm, humid days....The guy with a station wagon load of kids and picnic paraphernalia doesn't have much of a chance on weekends, if he doesn't play the early bird bit- that is, if he wants a picnic table!.... MOTORISTS en route to their labors along Route 63 near Hop Brook Lake were astounded the other day at Ihe sight ot a mother Mallard duck and a string of little ones nonchalantly crossing Route U. headed for Ihe lake....Motorists juststopped and waited until the family reached the safety of the park, well oft the highway.... CONGRATULATIONS to Ronnie and'Claudette Zapatka, who celebrated Iheir 14th wedding anniversary yesterday....may life forever be filled with happiness for this couple.... A ORE AT CATCH of 66 B lu es and Wea kf ish w ere cau ghl Sunda y by Peter Baukas, Ron Kezelevich, Earl Douty, Ron Peterett, Bob Barke r. a nd Vic Bartels.. ..Vic had the big hit, reeling in four Blues a I one tlmf....01e buddy Bob Binnelte was unable to go. hut his fishermen pals did not forget him....his home was one of the first stops back inlown for a drop olf o I a couple of fish ....All the boy s hope Bob enjoyed hfe fish dinner.... CONGRATULATIONS to Bill and Lil Rosenblatt, who celebrated their 2jlh wedding anniversary....Gee and it only seems yesterday when Bill brought Lil to the borough as his bride.... No Deals Controversy By P1ETER VAN BENNEKOM million wilh the approval of the BOGOTA,.Colombia (UPI) — Colombian mililary. The payment of two $1 million Cooper, he said, had even ransoms to free two abducted been permitted to leave the girls has embroiled (he Colom- country quietly without submit- bian government in a new ting to the ordeal of press and controversy over its tough "no- police interviews, negotiations" policy toward Gen. Jose Joaquin Matallana, kidnapers. then the chief of the secret The outcome of the current police and now chief of staff of controversy could affect Eric Ihe armed forces, angrily Leupin, honorary Dutch consul denied the charge of tavoritism in Cali, who has been captive towards foreigners, for 17 monlhs, a world record. The charge, however, may Last April, Ihe government of make it more difficult lo make President Alfonso Lopez Mich- a deal for the kidnaped Dutch elsen announced it would consul, who is being held in an "never again" negotiate wilh inhospitable Andes Mountain kidnapers because giving in region by Communist guerrillas only led lo more abductions and of the Revolutionary Armed more crime. Forces of Colombia, known as Lopez had been stung by Ihe FARC by its Spanish initials, daring kidnaping of anti- In view of the government's Communist labor leader Jose public posture, sources close lo R. Mercado, who was assas- the army said, it will be sinated when Ihe government exceedingly difficult for the refused to change Ihe country's mililary lo cooperate with or labor laws and reinstate thou- close an eye to new negolia- sands of tired workers. tions to free Ihe consul. The new policy was first Though the government's implemenled lasl April when lough policy has won some the mililary arrested Ihe Dutch praise, it has been attacked by consul's wife and an inter- those who say it is impossible mediary, confiscated $60,000 to ask a wife lo sacrifice her By MAKING YEE of Commerce, Better Business he said, "the bigger return you ransom money and foiled an husband or a father to abandon LOS ANGELES (UPI) — Bureau, the International Fran- can hope for. If you've got a attempt to free Leupin. his daughter. Owning your o\vn business can chise Association. Talk to Ihe small investment in a business, - - • - • - - be as simple as a $1,000 Small Business Administration, you can't expect lo make a lot investment, but if your choice Get bank references, and don't of money." is unwise, you could end up a sign anything without having Figures are not available as big loser. your lawyer check it out. („ how many franchises and That's the word from Hop You have to do some serious distributorships are sold each Camila back. The girl, who had lh 'V-t: h j English, a man who started his soul searching, too. Being your year because companies are been in captivity for more lhan , .. own corporation and is in Ihe own boss is not all profit. "Not not required by law lo reveal a year, later surfaced in New I? w ' . . l nem v«»v ,,n^ n r m ,-<:t o ^;«,... ,.:™,, m - ' nc moon is between its last Because of this, English said, it is hard to gauge how many of these ventures are successful. A true franchise requires less Business Today But last week, Dario Sar- mienlo, a -wealthy liquor importer, paid SI million somewhere oulside Ihe country lo get his 21-year-daughler The Almanac By t'nilrd 1'rcss International Today i business of pulling together everyone is suited to be his own slrovs for companies who want boss," English said, "but the to sell others franchises, opportunity is there. If you distributorships or dealerships, don't look into it you'll never Head of the NewT»rt Beach, know." York under mysterious circum- quar[er ^ nw ^ David Naranjo, owner of - 17|C morning several paper stores, paid a similar sum, also abroad, for Calif., firm bearing his name, Relatively few companies specialized knowledge and ex- the return of his 10-year-old English warns you can gel offer franchises, he said, while perience than starting a busi- daughter Francia. burned if you jump into any many offer distributorships. ness entirely on your own. Most , Both falhers had defied direct small business venture without Franchises, he explained, companies offer training pro- government requests not lo adequate preparation and prop- often are sold by big companies grams and continuing help with negotiate, er knowledge. that rely on name recognition purchasing, marketing, book- The government hit back While he provides a market- to draw customers — such as a keeping and other administra- over the weekend. President place for the companies lo MacDonald or Midas Muffler or live detail, as well as site Lopez praised a local indus- . display Iheir wares, English Merle Norman. The drawback location and building where trialist, who had been assas- l*^™ the rirsl mayor of Xi says be does not act as a here is Ihe initial franchise fee necessary. sinaled by Communist watchdog or check to see if required - its size depends on • if you're going into a guerrillas because he refused to they are legitimate. the type of operation — and dislribulorship or any other let his family pay ransom, He urges, "Check out the monthly "royalties" to be paid business you should have some calling him a "martyr", company. Find out where its for the duration of the general business knowledge Lopez, 62, attacked Sarmiento plus any necessary specialized 'or lack of "patriotism" in knowledge. agreeing lo ransom demands. "Common sense," English Sarmienlo didn't lake Ihe stressed,"is the most important accusation of being "antipatri- ;^ ler " zones °' »"""• S 5"'"S thing to have. And that's what otic" lightly. From New York, ™**& • for lhe k " Berlm a lot of people who jump into he charged the Lopez govern- rt '™' to su PP° rl something often forget. It's not rnent with a double standard, in fast food re- a case of being smart or bright cracking down hard on Colom- costume jewelry _ just doing a little thinking." bian nationals but allowing franchises or distributorships franchise, are and find out whether they Distributorships do not re- are successful. Money is too quire an initial fee. The hard to come by." investment comes in buying He echoes the experts who and paying for the product or recommend you talk with service for sale, people in the business you're English said franchise invest- considering, find out how they merits — feel about lhe company, what slaurants, The morning stars Mercury and Jupiler. The evening stars are Venus. Mars and Salurn. Those born on this dale are under the sign of Cancer. American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher was born June 24. 1813 On this day in history: In 1665. Thomas Vi'illell ,c the York City. In 1940. more lhan a half- billion dollars was transported from England to Canada in the face of a possible Nazi invasion of Brilain (which never materialized). In 1548. Russia blockaded Ihe western zones of Berlin. : they like and don't like about stores, hardware stores, card the business, what its problems shops and ice cream parlors, The oldest Methodist church are, what previous experience for instance — can run from as in American is the John Street it has had. Check a company's little as $1,000 lo $40,000 and up. Methodist Church, founded in Irack record with Ihe Chamber "The bigger Ihe investment," nea in New York City. foreigners to negotiate freely. Sarmienlo charged that Donald Cooper, the vice president of Sears Roebuck, was ransomed lasl November for $1.1 Airlift" to support the two million people in the divided German city. In 1975. an Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 en route from New Orleans lo New York Cily crashed at Kennedy International Airport, killing 114 persons.
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