Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 15, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & feature Page Monday, March 15,1976 The Panama Canal Even as they celebrate the 200th anniversary of their ancestors' successful struggle for national self-determination, some Americans seem unable or unwilling to understand that other people may have the same aspirations — the Panamanians, for example. Conservatives, especially have pumped up the long-simmering questions of a 1 new Panarna Canal treaty — which would lead first to Panama's sharing the operation of the canal and eventually its total control of it — into something posing a direct threat to the security, sovereignty and prestige of the United States. The draft of the treaty, which U.S. and Panamanian representatives have been working on for the past two years, "involves a surrender and giveaway of American land and of the $6 billion of improvements the American taxpayers have invested there," says FredSchlafy, president of the oddly named American Council for World Freedom. The U.S. Canal Zone, he says, "is as much a part of the United States as Alaska or the states carved out of the Louisiana Purchase." This extravagant claim is echoed by conservative spokesman M. Stanton Evans, writing in the publication, Human Events. "It makes no more sense to abrogate i our sovereign rights there (the Canal Zone) than to propose that we give the midwestern United States back to France, or return Alaska to the Soviet Union." By terms of the 1903 treaty with Panama, sovereign rights over the Canal Zone are vested in the United States "in perpetuity," Evans points out. This kind of superpatriotic, unyielding attitude is as dangerous as it is fallacious. It is ridiculous on the face of it to compare the Canal Zone to the acquisition of the Louisiana territory. That purchase did not involve a strip of land extending a mere five miles on either side of the Mississippi, and completely surrounded by an independent foreign nation. As for treaties designed to endure "in perpetuity," the American Indians could cite any number of instances where "perpetuity" lasted only as long as it was convenient for the expanding United States. But we are not dealing in Panama with a few thousand powerless Indians but with a sovereign nation we helped create. The United States can no more hope to maintain the status quo in the Canal Zoite indefinitely than Britain could have maintained its control over the Suez Canal — not without going to war against the entire Arab world. The threat of war, or certainly of sabotage and terrorism in the Canal Zone, is a very real one, warns chief U.S. negotiator Ellsworth Bunker. In 1964, rioting in Panama killed 21 Panamanians and three American soldiers. So far, the government of Gen. Omar Torrijos Herrera, who may be an unelected dictator but who unquestionably represents the feeling of Panamanians on this issue, has been able to keep a lid on further violence. But if violence breaks out again, he has said, "two courses would be open to me — to smash it or lead it, and I am not going to smash it." The conservatives are right when they say that the Panama Canal is vital to the United States. Besides its strategic military importance, one-sixth of our foreign trade tonnage'goes through it. The question boils down to this: Do we wish to continue using this essential waterway under the terms of a new treaty which would respect both the special interest of the United States and the legitimate claims of Panama? Or do we want to send an army of occupation into the Canal Zone and incur the undying hatred not only of the Panamanians but of all of Latin America — just so we can continue using "our" canal? In truth, nothing could be better calculated to damage the real interests and security of the United States than a don't-budge-an-inch posture towards Panama. Inside Report Farmer f s View Day of Recognition By Dean E. Freed "We're all a part of the farmer-business-consumer complex. A lot of people make agriculture work. It's an industry that supports many of us. We are proud the American farmer is the most efficient in the world. Now we must make sure the urban population and the consumer understand that philosophy." (The Drover's Journal; Thursday, March 4,1976). Similar thoughts such as this are appearing throughout the media during most of March because March 22 is American Agriculture Day — a day when farmers can improve their communication with consumers. It should not be a day of complaining but a day of increased understanding of the American life chain that either directly or indirectly involves us all. It takes more than food producers to accomplish the fruitful and efficient rewards with which this country, amongst its so-called troubles, has been so richly blessed. Every urban consumer should be aware of the fact that each farmer , feeds 53 people. This is three times as many as 20 years ago when there were twice as many farm workers. During the past decade/agricultural , production has climbed 20 per cent; but in the meantime, the farm population has decreased to a mere 5 per cent. More importantly, this large increase has been accomplished with 6 per cent fewer acres. In addition, Agriculture Day should be a day when consumers are informed the food they eat is the best buy in the world. According to figures compiled by the "Drover's Journal," an interesting analysis of present food prices can be seen when a comparison is made between wage increases for the past 25 years and price rises of food items. If food would have increased in price as rapidly as wages have since 1950, round steak would cost over $3 per pound. It would take 70 cents for a quart of milk, while a dozen eggs would be more than $2. In 1973, Americans spent 15.5 per cent of their income for food while Asians of the Far East spent an average of 83 per cent of their earnings for food. As March 22 approaches, I hope each and every one of you will take time to learn something new about agriculture ' as its role in the American economy. In return, please share this bit of knowledge with your friend, neighbor or business associate on Agriculture Day. This day of recognition is not meant to merely be a day for patting the farmer on the back and saying, a job well done. Instead, it is a day in which the entire country should stop for a moment and realize the enormous magnitude and the efficiency of agriculture production. In doing so, everyone will be one step closer to a more mutual understanding of the complex food chain that begins with farm creditors and ends up at everyone's dinner table. "Quote/Unquote" : "I must admit to being wrong perhaps about 20 per cent of the time over a long period, which totals to an awful lot of losses. However, it was the 80 per cent that mattered. The goal was to be bit like Ty Cobb rather than Babe Ruth," — Roy'Neuberger, founding president of the Guardian Mutual Fund on the 25th anniversary of the stock investment company. "It is important that somebody stand up and speak strongly on behalf of the United States. Whatever our imperfections, our record for liberty arid humanity puts us strongly in the forefront of nations anywhere in the world." -< —Former Gov. William Scranton of Pennsylvania on being nominated U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. Scoop's Chameleons By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — A few days before the Massachusetts Democratic presidential primary, Rep..Morris Udall ran an advertisement in a Boston Jewish weekly that startled even ardent Zionists with its lavish praise of Jewis occupation of the West Bank of the Jordan as a positive good rather than a necessary evil. The day after the Massachusetts primary, an emissary of another presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter, contacted a national Jewish leader to proclaim his candidate's pro-Israel credentials. Contrary to reports circulating through the Jewish com'muniiy, the emissary indicated, Carter would never freeze military aid to Israel as leverage to force Israeli withdrawal from conquered Arab territories — a maneuver boldly attempted by President Ford. Udall was belatedly embellishing a record that has been routinely pro-Israel. As for Carter, he was trying to remodel a position that only last spring seemed truly evenhanded on the Mideast. Both were competing for Jewish voters courted long, fervently and effectively by Sen. Henry M. Jackson, whose victory in' Massachusetts suddenly made him a credible candidate. Jackson's one-sided support of Israel to the total exclusion of Arab interests might prove vulnerable among non-Jewish Democrats, but such is the influence of the pro-Israel lobby that no opponent risks an even-handed, much less a pro-Arab, stigma. Rather, Jackson's two most serious primary opponents seem determined to wear an identical suit of clothes cut from Jackson's pro-Israel cloth. But whereas the suit fits Jackson comfortably after so many years, Carter and Udall look ill at ease, even downright sloppy. Any doubt that this is politics pure and simple is resolved by a confidential Udall campaign memorandum written last September. Three-quarters of a million Jewish votes, the memo said, are "certainly enough to be decisive in a close election, and even more influential considering that these votes tend to be cast as a bloc and are "In my business to be successful you have to start at the bottom — and stay there." ' —"Caveman" Lester B. Dill, owner of Meramec Caverns, Mo. "No one can export revolution or impose 'revolution by means of war. But no one can also prevent a nation from having a revolution." —Cuban Premier Fidel Castro, addressing the 25th Congress of the Communist Party In Moscow. "I don't think the average American has any respect /for Mr. Nixon anymore (no one) really believes that what he's doing is in anybody's interests but Mr. Nixon's." —Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Arizona, on the former president's visit to China. Advice 6 Love' Has Poor Track Record By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: Please don't think I'm crazy, but I am a 55-year-old divorced grandfather who has fallen in love for the first time in my life. I thought I was "in love" many times before, but/those experiences were nothing compared to this. You will think 1 am crazy for sure when I tell you that the little lady who has me walking on air has been married and divorced four times.! It's not my style to live with a woman. Abby. I want to marry her. My friends think I have lost my mind to consider marrying a woman with such a poor track record, but 1 cannot describe the happiness I feel when I'm with her. 1 know in my heart that the feeling is mutual. It's not our fault that we didn't meet 35 years ago. Do you think I'm crazy, and what is your advice? WALKING ON AIR DEAR WALKING: No. I don't think you're "crazy." I congratulate you on your compassion. I believe you sincerely love this little lady, and if the feeling is mutual. I say. go ahead and marry her. Sometimes it's the last key in the bunch that opens the door. DEAR ABBY: My husband insists that he doesn't know where he belonged in this situation, and he asked me to ask you. At his father's funeral, he walked Legislative Report Slow Session by Sen. William Winkelman Get Togethers. Let's get together in Gilmore City and Lake City, Saturday, March 20 to discuss any concerns or su'ggestibns you may have. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Gilmore City from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and in Lake City from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — on main street of both towns. Hawkettes. We are proud of our Lake View-Auburn girls' basketball team as they bring much honor and recognition to our district in their fine playing to retain the state championship. CHEERS! Summary. As the Legislature completes the ninth week of this session, legislators in both Houses continue to talk about what a "slow-moving, do-nothing" session we are facing. Our of 45 issues that were listed as important bills during the 1975 session of the 66th General Assembly, only one issue — the Conscience Clause dealing with abortion has been passed by both Houses. It is interesting to note that this particular bill was not even listed as a priority by the Democrats or the Governor, but personally, I feel that this legislation is of great importance. Anti-Trust Bill. An anti-trust bill, House File 584, was the only piece of major legislation to pass the Senate this week. The bill rephrases the antiquated Iowa statute so that it reflects modern business practices.-The bill also covers services as well as commodities; allows the state to initiate civil actions to prevent or stop violations of the law; ' and authorizes the Attorney General to investigate and prosecute violators. After two days of debate, a Senate committee amendment was adopted, and the anti-trust bill passed 37-11. Conference Committee. A stalemate continues in the House-Senate conference committee which was put together to resolve ,the property tax dilemma. As the committee works against a March 15 budget certification deadline, it certainly appears that the Democratic controlled legislature may not reach an effective solution. It seems to me that this is an especially poor time 'for'the House to be wBrk'ing only four days a Week — in the face of the impending property tax crisis. Federal Strings. Approximately 85 per cent of the federal funds which come into Iowa have strings attached to them and require conforming state legislation. A good example is the motorcycle helmet law to keep from losing millions of dollars in federal highway money. I resent that we are becoming servants of the government rather than the government a servant of the people. Therefore, I have introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 105 this week proposing to the Congress of the United States that procedures be instituted to amend the U.S. Constitution to prohibit the conditioning of federal funds upon conforming state legislation. DAILY TIMES HERALD 508 North Court Street Carroll, Iowa Daily Except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays other than Washington's Birthday and Veteran's Day, by the Herald Publishing Company. JAMES W.WILSON, Publisher W. L. REITZ, News Editor JAMES B.WILSON, Vice President, General Manager Entered as second-class matter at the post-office at Carroll, Iowa, under the act of March 2,1897. Member of the Associated Press The Associated Press is entitled exclusively to the use for republication of all the local news printed in this newspaper as well as all AP dispatches. Official Paper of County and City Subscription Rates By carrier delivery per week $ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year $20.00 Outside of Carroll and Adjoining Counties in Zones 1 and 2 per year J23.00 All Other Mail in the United States, per year $27.00 Berry's World ©1976l)vN[A.l "I KNOW they're just being political, but they still say you can't land at Kennedy or Dulles!" with his mother instead of with me. His mother was well able to walk by herself, but my husband was at her side, "supporting" her. I was pushed in the background, along with lesser relatives such as cousins and nieces and nephews. I am not putting his mother down, but I just want my husband to know where you thought his place was at a time like that. DAILY READER DEAR READER: I think your husband "belonged" at his mother's side. But 1 see no reason why you couldn't have been alongside your husband, too. DEAR ABBY: I have been married to a doctor for three years. We are both 29. We live in a nice neighborhood, and our neighbors are wonderful people, except for one thing: Whenever someone in their household becomes ill. they call Dave, my husband. We were awakaned at 4:30 a.m. by a neighbor whose daughter had difficulty breathing. She had a cold, and nose drops would have done the trick. Abby. this isn't an occasional happening, this goes on all the time. No matter how trivial the illness, they call Dave. He works 18 to 20 hours a day and needs his rest. These neighbors have , their,qvjn physicians, but they cali Dave because he's handy. They never invite us to any of their parties. We hear from them only then somebody's sick. When they call. I can't say he isn't home because they would see both our cars. We've considered moving, but the same thing would probably happpen wherever we went. How can we get these people off our backs without destroying our friendship? DOCTOR'S WIFE DEAR WIFE: Whaf'friendship"? Tell them to call their own doctors and to please call Dr. Dave only in an emergency. clustered in big electoral-vote states." The key to these votes? Israel. "Unlike the 1972 election, the major focus of the American Jewish community will be Israel" — instead of black-white racial tensions. All issues, the memo went on, "will be subordinate to Israel and the world Jewish community." Hence, "we can and should counter" Jackson's head start with "Mo's trip" to Israel (but not to Arab states) last August. The Udall campaign memo cautioned, however: "We must remove any thoughts of trying to be stronger on Israel than . . . other candidates. The Jewish community is too politically sophisticated." That warning against outdoing Jackson on Israel was ignored in Udall's primary eve advertisement in the Jewish Advocate of Boston. Whereas Israel's long-standing champions generally feel the less said the better about the conquered lands, Udall's ad inaccurately proclaimed: "In my visits to the West, Bank, I saw that Israel's humane administration of the occupied territories and the enormous success of the Open Bridges policy have created a situation where time seems to be working on the side of Israel." The ad praised the "tranquility, security and prosperity" of Arabs under Israeli rule. But if Udall has magnified previously routine pro-Israeli position, Carter has moved farther. It was only last June at the Trilateral Conference in Kyoto, Japan, that Carter denounced a letter to President Ford from 76 U.S. Senators demanding an end to his "reassessment" freeze on military aid to Israel. Four Americans attending the conference confirmed to us that Carter said he would not have signed the letter. Word of Carter's criticism slowly circulate through the American Jewish community and wound up in anti-Carter pamphlets distributed around Boston before the Massachusetts primary. So, with Carter running poorly among Massachusetts Jewish voters March 2 and facing Jackson's stranglehold on Florida Jewish voters March 9. his emissary placed that March 3 call to the Jewish leader. The emissary declared that what Carter really meant in Japan was that there would be no need for a senatorial letter if he were President. Translation: Carter never would exercise leverage against Israel by freezing aid. When asked by'us fo'r tiorrirnent. Carter relayed this explanation:.he had told the Kyoto conference that "with strong executive leadership, we would not have needed for the Congress to get involved." That formulation, in Carter's delphic style, indeed sounds like a pledge never to freeze Israeli aid. Thus, leading Democratic presidential contenders can debate detente, busing, tax reform, defense, energy, even abortion — but not Israel and the Mideast. On this issue, Carter and Udall are so frightened of the Israeli lobby that they have become Scoop Jackson's chameleons, enhancing the real article and demeaning themselves. 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