Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 27, 1974 · Page 1
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A- * Time has no value beforetl is trs&d—nor after it has been wasted, •«• $ - ' - • *" iii.iiininii.*ii^tri» ill -timrnnnnn- •" £ ,M ,^—~....... A Our Daily Bread Sliced Thin by The Editor Alex. H. Washburn The ironic case ofWm.LCailey, army lieutenant That government hardly dispenses justice in the evenhanded manner that the lawbook describes is borne out by the ironic case of Army Lieutenant William L. Galley. Government has prosecuted this junior officer for years as being responsible for the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. It has done this to a man actually in the nation's armed forces- while at the same time talking about clemency for the draft dodgers who fled to foreign countries to avoid military service. The average American, I believe, would say the government's role should be the reverse of what it actually is. It should be tough on draft- dodgers and lenient with Lt. Galley. The lieutenant, being near the bottom of the Army's chain of command, was a young man under orders from higher-ups. As I recall the evidence at the court-martial which convicted Galley the lieutenant and his men were in a village from which snipers had been killing American GIs—and in the village fighting a lot of civilians were killed. It has seemed to this writer that all doubts have to be resolved in favor of the fighting man actually on the scene. We had a similar case at the highest level in the Korean . War. Gen. Douglas MacArthur j reported that Red China was ' bombing our troops from the I far side of the Yalu River, and ' he stood pat in his determination to send planes across the Yalu and destroy the,; Red Chinese airfields—until Presi-j dent Harry Truman removed him from command. Historians are now of the opinion that if Washington had listened to MacArthur's advice there would have been no war in Vietnam. There will always be this conflict between soldiers in the field and civilian masters in their safe offices in Washington. Fortunately, a federal judge has just upset the Washington apple-cart and ordered Lt. Galley freed from his army prison. Washington will appeal the judge's order—but I have a hunch the judicial system will eventually free him for good, VOL, 75—No. 296 ^12 Pages -, ' Hempsfedd . V f Courtfy- " Home of (he Bowie Knife "eajuttg .' Jfflfi ARKA ^SAS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 19?4 Av. net paid circulation 3 months ending March 31,1974—4,080 As filed with Audit Bureau of Clrcuiationst subjcctjg audit^ iOc ff*--~^*^--^*-^ Jason goes to the Three-year-old Jason White attended the Third District Livestock Show Thursday night—and had a good time, according to his dad, Ed White. Jason can go anywhere he wants to go, White added, but only if his doctor or nurse goes with him. He was accompanied to the Fair by his nurse, Vickie Bennett, whose been at his side for more than a year. Jason, who cannot eat like other youngsters because of a stomach ailment, underwent major surgery three times during the past year. In one operation, his entire stomach was removed. And, on top of that, he had a bleeding ulcer. . , "1 hope that'sihe end of the operations, but we're not sure yet," hlsjffather says. Jason must be fed in- travenomly^tijiough the hearfckHe takes very little food through the niduth. , Jason's still under treatment, but no longer hospitalized. He's at home with his parents at 1121 Garland St., Texarkana. His dad works at Hope Auto Co. Spunky little Jason prowled the fairgrounds for about two or three hours Thursday. He enjoyed a few kiddie rides, looked at the exhibits and the animals. His favorite was the petting zoo—where he found a real live deer. IN PHOTO AT LEFT, Wanda Ledbetter drapes a large furry "worm" around Jason's neck. Trooper Doug the Talking Bug (in background) was a great favorite of Jason's. John Jones brings campaign to Hope —Hope (Ark.) Star photo by Pod Rogers He and the Bug held a lengthy conversation. In photo at right, Mrs. Glen Wade and daughter Melinda show Jason a bronze Centennial coin. Wife of prominent doctor is murdered PBA trial date set LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A lawsuit challenging the validity of Act 236 of 1973, which created the state Public Building Authority and gave it the power to build a state office complex, and Act 597 of 1973, which appropriated $15 million for the projects, goes on trial Oct. 10. .Chancellor Darrell Hickman of Pulaski County said Thursday he had asked for briefs from lawyers in the case by Oct. 27 on the question of the revenue bond issue. Earlier this week, Hickman enjoined any excavation for the proposed office complex on the mall behind the state Capitol before the suit is tried. Blast probe cantered on ship engine ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) Naval experts were trying today to find out whether engine trouble caused the reported explosion and sinking of a Soviet guided-missile destroyer with all aboard. There have been reports ttie Soviets have had trouble with the engine system used by the destroyer, and that a similar Russian ship suffered minor damage from an explosion in the Baltic last year. John Harris Jones of Pine Bluff, the Republican candidate for the United States Senate, appeared in Hope Thursday during his campaign against Governor Dale Bumpers. The two men are vying for the position to be vacated by Senator J. William Fulbright, who was defeated by Bumpers in the Democratic primary earlier this year, Jones, a political unknown, says that the lack of name identification will hurt him but that he thinks people will support him because they did like Bumpers defeating Fulbright. Fulbright was an open supporter of Bumpers in the 1970 primaries and general election. "Bumpers' record shows him as a big spender and a McGovernite. This creates an opening for a conservative," Jones said. "We need to cut back on federal spending to fight inflation. The budget for this fiscal year for civil rights enforcement is 600 million dollars. Five years ago, the budget for the state of Arkansas was 575 million dollars," Jones said. "Our welfare programs are creating third and fourth generation welfare families, and this is not fair to all those involved, .We need welfare reform. We need to add work incentives." On government secrecy, Jones says: "Except for national security matters concerning the military, everything should come out in the open. If a network wanted to go in and record a Congressional meeting, they should be able to. It's not right when the House Ways and Means Committee (headed by Rep, Wilbur D. Mills, Den., Ark.) can formulate tax laws in executive session." "We need to get back to the things that affect all Americans," said Jones. Asked about President Ford's pardon of former president Richard Nixon, all Jones would say was: "The very timing of the pardon is very revealing of the character of President Ford. He does everything out in the open." 200 babies called back BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) University Hospital has recalled about 200 babies born there since Aug. 22 for tests. The recall came after a baby died of meningitis, a disease affecting the membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord. In the case of the child who died, it was caused by a streptococcus infection, doctors say. The recall order was issued immediately after the infant's death earlier this week"Whether or not it can be transmitted from baby to baby, we don't know yet," said Dr. Ronald Gutberlet, director of nurseries at the hospital. "We thought it was necessary to bring babies who were born about the same time for a culture of the throat and stool, and, in some cases, the umbilical cord." A physician at the National Center for Disease Control in Atlanta said it is unusual, but not unheard of, for babies to be recalled because of the possible spread of infection. He said the center gets three or four calls a month from hospitals reporting cases of meningitis in newborn babies. He said the recall procedure is the safest one«.to follow, but is "a lot of work - " SEARCY, Ark. (AP) — Fern Cowen Rodgers, wife of a prominent Searcy physician, was found murdered in her two-story white brick home Thursday morning, authorities said. Mrs; Rodgers, 67, was the wife of Dr. Porter Rodgers Sr. "The whole town's stunned," close friends said. Capt. Paul McDonald of the State Police said Mrs. Rodgers' body was found by her housekeeper in a downstairs hallway. A woman's cloth handbag was found by police in the flower garden behind the house. McDonald said he assumed the purse belonged to Mrs. Rodgers. Contents of the purse were scattered around the garden, McDonald said. He declined to speculate on whether Mrs. Rodgers might have been killed in a robbery attempt. McDonald said the motive for the slaying was not known. No suspect has been arrested, and "suicide has been ruled out," he said. McDonald, a ballistics expert, said no weapon was found. He said Mrs. Rodgers died of gunshot wounds, but said it would take ballistic tests and an autopsy by the medical examiner's office to determine the number of times she was shot and the caliber of the death weapon. McDonald said he could not comment on whether there were powder burns on the body or on Mrs. Rodgers' clothing. There was no forced entry to the house, an officer said, leading to speculation that Mrs. Rodgers' assailant was waiting outside the house for her to return home Wednesday night. Friends said she attended a bridge game. Afterwards, they said, one of the other women fell down some stairs and broke both of her wrists. Mrs. Rodgers took the woman to a hospi- tal and summoned her son, Dr. Porter Rodgers Jr., they said. She left the hospital and went home just before midnight, the friends reported. McDonald said Mrs. Rodgers was seen at the hospital about 11:30 p.m., but indicated she was seen somewhere else later. He said he could not say where she was seen last. Dr. Rodgers said a widely known physician and horse breeder hired White County Security Thursday to guard the house 24 hours a day. The police barred all other persons from entering the home. Personnel from the State Police Criminal Investigation Division were dusting the home for fingerprints late Thursday afternoon. Many residents of Searcy expressed shock at Mrs. Rodgers' death. The Kiwanis Club called it "our tragedy" in the invocation at its meeting Thursday. Grandview plantation sale closed Vincent Foster of Foster Realty closed a sale today on Grandview Plantation, east of Columbus on the south fork of Ozan Creek. The sale was closed in the office of Albert Graves, local attorney in Graves and Graves Law Firm. The plantation is 4,670 acres, combination ranch and farm, and the price was $1,315,900. This was the largest sale of a ranch and farm ever made in the history of this county. Grantors were Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Beaumont of Little Rock and the grantee was G.C. l^edgyard of Dallas. FortPs anti-inflation policies criticized WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring there is no miracle cure for America's economic ills, President Ford convened a summit conference on inflation today and promptly heard leading Democrats criticize his anti-inflation policies as inadequate. "Credit curbs alone are not enough. Budget cuts alone are not enough," said Senate Democratic leader Mike Mansfield after Ford predicted in his opening remarks that "we as Americans can and will win" the battle against inflation. Ford hinted at tax cuts for the poor so no group is "called upon to carry an unfair share of the load." Both Mansfield and House Speaker Carl Albert agreed on this point, but they questioned other Ford administration economic policies. "The administration in effect has spoken of the old-time religion" in coping with economic problems, Albert said, declaring that this falls "short of what the nation needs." Mansfield said "in all candor I am not too optimistic about the result" of the summit con" ference, called by Ford in response to legislation sponsored by the Montana Democrat. Sitting at Ford's side, Mansfield outlined a nine-point program, that would include mandatory wage, price, rent and profit controls, a public works job program, and rationing of energy and other scarce materials. % t The Democrats' criticism of Republican policies brought a mild rebuke from Senate GOP leader Hugh Scott. "We are here in good faith, not to practice politics but to exhibit sensibility," said the Pennsylvania Republican. Sen. John Tower, R-Tex., said it was wrong to blame the administration for economic problems. "All of us are to blame," he said. "Congress as well as the executive, Democrats as well as Republicans, business as well as labor." After Ford and the congressional leaders spoke, the hundreds of conferees in a hotel ballroom heard reports from members from a panel on business and finance. Treasury Secretary William Simon said the panel members "were all realistic about the cure. They know it's going to be a tough process." Panel members indicated little interest in renewed wage and price controls, but did speak of the need for more jawboning and stronger enforcement power. Harvard economist Otto Ekstein was blunt about the future: "The economy will suffer a recession, which seems to be the price we have to pay to bring inflation under control." Noting the presence of observers from other nations. Ford also said inflation is an international problem and the United States will "consult with friends abroad as we move, to combat an international threat.!' The President confirmed what many observers had expected — that he made a significant start in preparing an anti-inflation program even in advance of the summit. "We are already narrowing some of the options to those which would appear most effective and command widest support," he said. Ford said the summit, like a dozen preliminary conferences this month, "is wide open." He continued: "All views and opinions are invited. This administration's commitment to visible and responsive government remains intact. I might not like everything I hear. But it is my sol- ^ emn duty as President of the "* United States to give fair consideration to all views and to carefully weigh the possible courses of action." Restating a caution against expectation of "quick or easy solutions," Ford said: "No miracle cure has emerged from the pre-conference meetings. Inflation is a problem which we must deal with patiently and iper- sistently.... It will require sacrifice and common effort. It will require discipline, but we will win." Ford said the summit was "in the tradition of the American town hall" and represented a joint executive-legislative initiative because of the response to a bipartisan congressional recommendation. "It demonstrates that Americans can still come together ef- . fectively to confront an immediate danger threatening every citizen," Ford said. Saturday is special dayforJayRowe A party and homecoming will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the 100th birthday of James W. Rowe Sr., resident of Branch Manor. Lt. Gov. Bob Riley and Secretary of State Kelly Bryant have proclaimed September 28 as Jay Rowe Day in Hempstead County. Mr. Rowe was born Sept. 29,1874 in Chalybeat Springs, Ark. (Columbia County). All seven of his children are expected to.be preset for the celebration which'-will be held at Red River Yo-Tech School. They inclflde J.W. Rowe Jr. of Hope; Thelma McMahen of Springhill, La.; Clarice Pride and Marzee Kindred of Redlands, Calif.; Maxine Duren of Los Altos, Calif.; C.N. Rowe of River Grove, 111.; and Mildred Reynolds of Ray City, Ga. The birthday celebration is open to friends and relatives. Hundreds attend 1st night of Fair rodeo Were you one of the hundreds who attended the first performance of the annual three- day rodeo at the Third District Livestock Show and Rodeo Thursday night? If not, you missed one of the most exciting events ever held in this arena. There are still two nights left to come to the rodeo. Times in all last night's events were exceptional. The team roping champion tied record time he had set earlier. Entries in the bull dogging tonight and Saturday must beat time of 3.8 seconds set last night. In addition to the world champion cowboys entered in the events, there are several local and area cowboys in the events who help to create an atmosphere of participation for local citizens. Big solar research program considered Both Albert and Mansfield questioned whether Ford's proposed cuts in the federal budget would have much impact on inflation. "At best," Mansfield said, "the federal budget is only a fraction of the answer." The President puffed on his pipe as he listened to the Democratic congressional leaders blend criticism of his policies with suggestions for change. In his opening remarks, Ford indicated he was moving toward tax cuts for the poor, who he said had been hit hardest by inflation. "This administration will seek to ensure that burdens are distributed equally," he said. Miss your paper? City Subscribers: If you fail to receive your Star please phone 777-3431 between 6 and 6:30 p.m.—Saturday before or by 5 p.m. and a carrier will deliver your paper. DETROIT (AP) - Federal Energy Administrator John C. Sawhill said today that "the United States is considering a $1 billion research program on solar energy over the next five years." Sawhill told delegates to the World Energy Conference the United States hopes "to have several solar technologies with wide commercial application by 1985." "It appears possible that by the year 2000, sojar energy systems might be capable of supplying 5 to 10 per cent of total U.S. electricity requirements," he said. Addressing a round table on the final day of the conference, Sawhill said solar energy has captured mankind's imagination "from the time Archimedes set a Roman fleet afire using the sun's reflected power." He noted the Senate last week passed a $100 million budget for solar research this year, authorizing "a major drive for practical solar technologies—primarily to generate electricity." But he also warned there is only a limited potential for major energy impacts from alternate energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, between now and 1985. For the short term, he said, much of the research and development will continue to be concerned with safer and more efficient coal mining technology, radioactive waste management and nuclear plant safety. Another official at the energy conference, who heads a utility- funded research group, said Thursday there are technical solutions to the problem of handling highly radioactive wastes from nuclear power plants but social and philosophical questions about the method remain. Chauncey Starr said the technique involves concentrating the liquid wastes, turning them into an insoluble glass and placing them in controlled storage. "But that doesn't remove the concern because the radioactivity — while it begins to die off with time — has certain elements in it which will last for hundreds of thousands of years," he told a news conference. "This becomes a sociological problem — whether you are willing to leave this as a problem LO future generations," he said.

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