Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 31, 1976 · Page 3
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Carroll, Iowa
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Wednesday, March 31, 1976
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Carroll Daily Times Herald Comment & Feature Page Inside Repert Wednesday, March 31,1976 Seeking a Leader Most military coups are undertaken with something of a vengeance against the dethroned regime. The Argentine revolt against President Isabel Peron was almost apologetic in its temerity. The reason is not difficult to understand: The three generals who are now the ruling junta really did not want the job. They simply saw no alternative. Had Mrs. Peron resigned, as she had been under pressure to do for many months, a new civilian regime might well have been fashioned. The military remembers only too well the difficulties both it and the nation experienced when the army ran Argentina from 1966 to 1973, It did not want the job again, but the nation's growing terrorism and sliding economy left few options. In its earlier stint at government, the army was only too eager to turn over the affairs of state to returning exile Juan Peron. Aged and no longer in good health, Peron was unable to forge the unity he had once enjoyed and for the last three years the nation has continued its drift into chaos and bankruptcy. With an annual inflation rate in excess of 200 per cent, a large foreign debt it cannot meet, growing 'strife between leftwing and rightwing Peronistas and a string of other serious problems, Argentina is floundering on the precipice of more serious disruptions. Isabel Peron had become almost totally ineffective. " If the military can restore sufficient stability, the national elections scheduled for this fall may yet be held. Argentina is at the same point it was three years ago in its search for a leader, but its problems have grown worse. Stifling Responsibility Can a nation remain free which imposes upon itself a continually expanding system of regulation? The time will come when regulators, unless stopped, will command greater authority over the citizens than any elected officeholder. That time may be close at hand, in the view of Edgar B. Speer, chairman of U.S. Steel, the nation's largest steel producer. In a Detroit address, Speer said the rise of regulatory agencies, commissions and bureaus has created a fourth branch of government with potentially more power than the executive, legislative and/or judicial. If the private sector of this nation is to survive, the industrialist said, "an answer must be found to this fourth branch of government that is imposing controls of one sort or another on every citizen and every element of the economy." Acknowledging that the public • needs protection from hazards over which it has little or no control, Speer added, "but what is happening in America is something that is foreign to the American way of life: A government presuming to know what is best for its people, at the expense of the people's freedom to make their own decisions.'' Most of the presidential candidates this year are calling for less regulation from Washington. But one feels that they are saying one thing and thinking another, in view of the past performances of most of the candidates. And when was the last time any of the thousands of regulations, rules and other freedom-stifling actions of the regulators was put to a popular vote? The danger of over-regulation is worth thinking about. ' Eyes of Black Cold It must seem incongruous to nations like Japan which have almost no fuel resources of their own that the United States, with one of the world's great coal reserves, is doing so little to tap it. Coal production in the U.S. has been increased in recent years, but nothing like its potential. Government estimates peg the coal reserves at more than 400 billion tons; or a supply large enough to fuel all the energy needs for more than three centuries. Quite a bonanza in an age of energy scarcities! .But a strong impetus to retrieve that coal has not been forthcoming. The obstacles are numerous, including some which are mainly economic. The most formidable ones, however, have to do with the environment. Environmentally clean mining operations, and reclamation of the land, and the burning of coal to produce energy are the ultimate goals. Those goals may have to be tempered with reality to produce a larger volume of a resource which can only rise in demand as time passes. Viewpoint Broke if They Don't By Ray Qromley WASHINGTON — (NEA) — There is no question that bribing foreign' officials to secure business favors is wrong. But consider the problem of the small firm which refuses to engage in this practice, so common in many countries I have lived or toured. What happens when the small company, as a result of its refusal, loses more of its investment than it can afford? According to excerpts from the testimony before a congressional committee of Dr. William R. Garden, an official of one such modest company, which has apparently lost its $3 million investment while being praised by the foreign host government for its development work. "By mid-April we felt that a new contract would soon be signed. But early on the morning of April 15,1 was telephoned by a (company) employe and asked to stop at his house. When I arrived, I found the employe quite frightened. I was told that he was instructed to get me to his house and wait for further instruction. A telephone call summoned us in separate cars to the square in Petionville, a Port-au-Prince suburb. Sitting there in my car^ I was joined by a... man... "Speaking English, he refused to tell me his name ... He purported to be a member of the government and promised no contract would be "forthcoming unless (my company) did the following: 1. fire our (local) attorney who was well-known ... for his refusal to make payoffs, and hire a Mr (who later turned out to be an employe of the Department of Justice). 2. Deposit $500,000 in the National Bank •and 3. Give yet-to-be-named third parties one-half of the stock in ... (my company). " . . .Unless the demands were agreed to, the project would be shifted from department to department until (my company) would finally give up and leave Haiti... . , > " . . . I was only ... a couple of weeks before the contract discussions were shifted to another ministry and . . . shifted again to the Presidential Commission ... in June our Haitian attorney telephoned me to report that the Presidential Commission had been abolished .. . " Six months later, Garden was telephoned, told the contract would be signed if his company would agree on two points. The company did, in fact, agree. "However,, upon arrival in Haiti," Garden continued, "I was presented with an under-the-table demand of $50,000. When I refused, no further discussions took place ... "Thus a project that began with such great hopes . . . four years and approximately three million dollars earlier ended with a whimper and not a bang..." Nearly a million dollars had been paid for the leasehold development rights to 4,800 acres. Down the drain. The company was denied access to the equipment and were forced to leave it in the country. "For three years we have watched the elements destroy the work we did on the island and turn nearly half a million dollars of equipment and supplies into rusted wrecks... The Ford administration is now proposing a code of ethics to be agreed to by countries worldwide. Officials admit privately there is no evidence this will make more than a dent in the demand by politicians worldwide for bribes. It is usually impossible to prove demands for bribes, or discrimination against firms which refuse to offer bribes, especially in developing countries with tightly knit oligarchies. It is impossible to prove — that is, until a government is replaced by another anxious to discredit its predecessor. More effective would be agreement among major industrial nations to enforce regulations on bribery and. require strict auditing procedures by private accountants to back the regulations. Stalling Cuba's Castro By Roland Evans and Robert Novak WASHINGTON — Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro, strutting in his new role as a major Communist figure on the world stage, made a series of blood-curdling remarks in an unpublished talk in Conakry, Guinea, 10 days ago — when in fact his wings had just been clipped in Moscow. Attacking "aggression from imperialism" and praising "proletarian internationalism," Castro shouted a warning that a "multi-African army (would) settle accounts once and for all with apartheid" — the separation of white minorities and black majorities'in white-run South Africa and Rhodesia. Castro's shrill demand: that the "fascist South African government" pull out its troops from southern Angola or risk "total war." Behind the threats is the fact that Castro's sudden elevation to international notoriety in Angola has been at least temporarily offset by rising concerns in Latin America over his foreign interventions, and by worry in Mozambique about overt Castro help in the coming guerrilla war against Rhodesia. To that must be added new evidence that the Soviet government has told Castro to cool it. What Castro did not reveal to his h.ighly nationalistic and Moscow-oriented audience in his March . 15 speech was this significant fact: he had been informed in Moscow that British and Soviet negotiations with South Africa had already resulted in Johannesburg's agreement to withdraw completely from southern Angola. In short, he knew that his threats were empty at the time he made them. Now back in Cuba after his political journey to Moscow for the Communist party congress, to Eastern Europe, to Algiers and to Guinea, Castro appears to be under some sort of Soviet restrictions on his next move in black, southern Africa. Well-informed officials here believe that those restrictions include a ban on the use of white Cuban soldiers along the Advice Let Single Dad Be Swinger By Abigail Van Burcn DEAR ABBY: 1 am a 17-year-old boy with a problem. My father is 51. He and my mom are separated, so Dad moved into a singles apartment, and now he is a changed person. He let his hair grow long, he wears strange clothes and beads, and he doesn't even look like my dad any more. The majority of the people who live in his complex are in their 20s and 30s, and my father must think he fits right in with them, which he doesn't. People must think he is going through his second childhood. I want to tell him how stupid he looks, but I don't want to hurt him. How can I put it to him gently that he is making a fool of himself? EMBARRASSED DEAR fcivIBARRASSED: Underneath the long hair, beads and those "strange clothes" he's still your father. There is no way to tell him "gently" that you think he's making a fool of himself. He has the right to change his lifestyle to suit himself, and it's not your place to judge him. DEAR ABBY: Referring to your answer to STUMPED concerning his employe's bad breath and B.O.: Since he is a key employe, I would suggest that his employer take him aside, compliment him on his good work, then say, "I have noticed certain symptoms in you that could be a clue to a health problem. Your breath is unpleasant at times, and you have body odor. I want Legislative Repert Stronger Checks by Sen. Dick Clark Legislation has been introduced requiring imported meat and dairy products to meet the same inspection domestic products and to be clearly labelled as "imported." It is sound legislation, and urgently needed to provide added protection for both farmers and consumers and to end the unfair competition that exists now. At the present time, there are serious inequities in the enforcement of inspection standards on imported and /domestic products. Further, the inspection requirements for the two are not the same. Only a representative sample — about 10 per cent — of all imported dairy products are inspected by the Food and Drug Administration. Over the years, this limited sampling has turned up a significant percentage of contaminated products — clearly indicating the need for the inspection of all dairy imports, using the same standards that are used for domestic dairy products. In the case of imported meat, inspections are made now by the Department of Agriculture, but the extent and the quality of these inspections need to be upgraded to the level of inspections made of domestically-produced meat. The legislation now before Congress makes these improvements in inspections, besides requiring the labelling of imports. It's important that we bring about some equity in our inspection system, and end the practice of requiring American producers to adhere to stricter standards than foreign producers. This is an especially important consideration at this time. because American beef and dairy farmers are operating in a depressed market. The high standards this country has set .for. .food qualitjy^.are not unreasonable. They are essential for preserving good health, and there is simply no excuse for not bringing imports under the same standards. The legislation has already been the subject of hearings before the Senate Agriculture Committee, and I submitted testimony in support of its passage. A similar bill has also been referred to the House Agriculture Committee. 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 deli very per week $ .60 BY MAIL Carroll County and All Adjoining Counties where carrier service is not available, per year 120.00 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 "Look! Look! There's another car that doesn't have a CB radio antenna!" you to see our physician as we are concerned about the health of our better employes. Naturally, we will pay for the examination." If he is truly a "key" employe, the money will be well spent, and a doctor is in a much better position to tell him about personal hygiene than his boss is. There also could be something wrong with him — teeth, low-grade infection or something else. Many companies require annual physicals for employes at company expense. The boss should tell the M.D. about the problem in advance so he can take this into consideration before the examination. AMATEUR PSYCHOLOGIST DEAR AMATEUR: You do all right for an amateur — or even a professional. Your approach was better than mine. DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law does something that my husband and 1 find irritating. We have eaten at her home many times, and she never says the blessing before the meal unless there is an outsider there she wants to impress. Then she makes a big show of it, and everyone must bow their heads and join in. She does the same thing when dining out in public. And she does it in a way that attracts attention of the other diners at nearby tables. ,. I have nothing .against praying. My husband and I both say our prayers every night before retiring. However, we believe that a prayer is something private between a person and his Lord. My husband and I feel that we should let his sister know how we feel about her hypocritical praying, but we don't know how to say it. Any suggestions? HATESHYPOCRITES DEAR HATES: Why say anything? Your sister-in-law knows that you know she says grace only on special occasions. She may fool the outsiders, but she isn't fooling the Lord. And that's what counts. soon-to-explode borders of Mozambique and Rhodesia. That means any Castro help to newly independent Mozambique (long a Portuguese colony) will be severely limited — for the immediate future. As we have reported, a few Cubans are now in Mozambique, most probably flown there from Angola without overflight permission of pro-Western Zambia. But bulk movement of Castro's 12,000 to 15,000 Cuban mercenaries to fight in the future war of black Rhodesian independence appears to have been ruled out for now — by Moscow. Castro's face needed saving. That explains the trenchant speech in Conakry warning of drastic military action against South Africa — predictably followed a few days later by South Africa's announcement that all its troops would be withdrawn from southern Angola. Another mark of Castro's lack of freedom of political action was his failure to underwrite the newly proclaimed Sahara Democratic Arab Republic during his visit to Algiers, even though Algeria itself strongly supports it. The reason: Moscow does not want any new feud with any Arab state. Morocco and most other Arab countries will never recognize the existence of the Democratic Republic, on territory claimed by Morocco and Mauritania. Back home in the Americas, Castro has been attacked by this country in some of the strongest anti-Cuban language since President Kennedy resolved the Cuban missile crisis almost 14 years ago. But the attack on Castro's foreign wars from Washington is now being partially echoed by unmistakable anti-Castro criticism elsewhere, including Panama where Castro has expended a lot of political effort recently. In a sharp, brief criticism on Castro's export of Cuban soldiers to southern Africa, the newspaper Panama America, which often speaks for the government, said Castro's attempt to justify his action parallels "interventionist arguments used by other powers in the past, including the United States." Indeed, reimposition of economic sanctions against Cuba by the Organization of American States is by no means impossible. That would be a severe loss for the bearded revolutionary who has ambitions for remaking southern Africa which in Angola went well beyond pretension. But with his wings temporarily clipped by Moscow, Castro's hand may not show itself in any large way in Mozambique until the liberation war against Rhodesia gets going in earnest — probably not until late summer. , Consequently, the most serious foreign policy question in Washington — whether Congress would allow the Ford administration to carry out its sensible threats against Castro's continued African maraudings — is not close to being answered. 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