The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 9, 1966 · Page 4
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, April 9, 1966
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Democracy, 87; Indifference, 13 Amid the gloom, th«r« continue to be iilver threads for those who wish to find them. Like at Blytheville High School, for example. Campaigning for the various offices of student government was carried on this week. Placards exhorting young voters to elect this or that candidate were displayed; a voter re- gistration system was Implemented, the election was held and the vote* counted. Eighty-seven percent of the •«•> dent body cast a ballot. This, we think, is a rather n««t little triumph for democracy. These are the kids some people tell us are going to hell. Who's Messin' with Ground Rules? Tfte War in Vietnam has been such a sacred subject that we hesitate to question the nature of our goals there or the meansrinterests by which we pursue them. However, generally, the U.S. h» 8 been advised that: 1. The South,Vietnamese are a tier- eely freedom loving people; 2. That the South Vietnamese are bravely fighting and dying ift order to escape the Communist yoke; 8. That the South Vietnamese lova us at their deliverers from want and fear. .. Reflecting on the events in Saigon and Da Nang in recent days, would it bs too cheeky to ask if the above hypotheses still apply? Absurdity Here, Absurdity There The Republicans have been telling us there are advantages to a two-party system. Painful though it may be to admit, they're right. However, more accurately, it might be said there are advantages to vigorous political m- ouiry. In the past month, the state Republican Party has opened the books and records of the state government. Of course, you must fully appreciate the absurdities of the situation. Arkansas may be the only state in the nation where someone in state government can make the newspapers simply by. announcing that records, which are presumed always to have been public, • are going to be, in fact, public. Following the Supreme Court order directing the state's treasurer to open state records, the State Insurance Commissioner and the Public Service Commission gallantly announced that their records, too, are open. And now the public may get a look at the public's business. What wonderg next will be wrought in state government? The Republican party took on the job of getting the Supreme Court order. Many Democrats join us in thanking them. Show Beat D»f* Kleiner Speaking Up Hair's Being Cut High Look at It this way: Maybe it will bring B little peace in some households. Dad won t be shouting quite so often at Junior tn for-the- loye-of-Mike go get a haircut-not at $2.25. The 25-cent price increase comes after tour years at the $2 level, and who's to say the barbers shouldn't try to meet rising living costs as everyone else seems to be doing? It's tedious, stand-up work and they have their problems, too: Every price boost makes the tips thinner and sells a few more home barbering sets in tht stores. And the teen-age trend away from close-cropped crew cuts to Beatle style locks surely ha* hurt their trade. Perhaps the barbers have recouped slightly on the current vogue to razor-blade "hair styling" at ?5 a session. The $2.25 haircut is another dent in tne budget for big. families. But such, we fear, is the trend of the times.-Kansas City Star. No Bargain! Wayne Phillips, director of public information for the Democratic National Committee, stoutly maintains policy makes one "deadly earnest" about a proposal to charge the television networks for covering presidential nominating conventions. After all, it is argued, professional baseball and football command handsome fees from TV networks, and political conventions ought to be as good program material as, say, the New York Mets The suggestion that fundamental political process should be treated on no higher a standard than that applied to paid entertainment is preposterous. Why not "come all the way up" and require the Presidential nominee to plug the sponsoring beer company in his acceptance speech? . . .-Minneapolis Tribune. A FEW years ago it was a local news item when a mayor went to Washington. Now it's news when a mayor doesn't travel that way. —Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier. fin* Bluff Commercial , One good thing about the day when Freedom of Choice is finally discarded as a means of desegregating the schools, and that day is not very far away 1» that a larg* segment of both the state and federal bureaucracy will be deprived of an endless opportunity to explain, correlate exacerbate, amend, question and generally confuse. A§ an example of bureaucracy in action (or, rather, not in action) take last week's confrontation between 400 Arkansas school administrators and 3 federal bureaucrats. Like the Spar- tani standing off the Persans at Thermopylae (and facing comparable odds) the Feds did not so much 'efeat their adversaries as infuriate them. After explaining how school superintendents would have to sign their own names to a form letter written by the federal gov- Clarification by this time had degenerated into squabble. Somewhere along the line, the questioner began answering and the answerer began questining. Looking back over the dialogue, like examining the record of a chess game, it is clear that A made his fatal move when he seized Q's gambit and asked: "On what basis do you come to your conclusion?" From then on the dialogue was bound to end p with enlightening remarks it And You're Another, tc. IT IS THE conclusions of the iw — and not those of school iiperintendents - that educa- ors who are entrusted with beying the law need to hear. Th« Romans used to begin their decrees of proscription with the formula: For dimish- Ing the Majesty of the Republic ..That phrase sums up bureau- rats who feel it is their job to ngage in futile arguments with nyone inclined to bait the fed- JACOBY ON BRIDGE NORTH 4QJ64 ¥K8.42 4>A85 .EAR (D) • 3 VA10975 4JJ7632 «>KQ109 + 10965 *S74 SOUTH 4K10972 • 4 + KQJS Eart-Wert vulnerable W«ft North But Swrth 1» 1* Pan 44 Fas* PM« Optnlnl and is careful to ruff with the five spot, not the three. Then he eads back the three of diamonds. South hops up with dummy's ace and leads a spade. Sast takes his ace and this time West drops the three spot. He has completed a trump echo so that if East has been Just to Increase the general difficulty the average bridge player has with defensive signals we come to the trump echo. When you echo (play high - low Instead of normal low - high) In a side suit you are either showing strength or an even number of cards in the suit. The trump echo on the other hand Is used to show an odd number -» cards. The reason for this is thatH you only hold two trumps you may not want to spare the higher one to show two but when you have three trumps you can almost always afford the middle one of three. Ben Is a good example of the trump echo at work. East wins flit bent opening with Wsjice and return* fte ten of betrts (suit preference signal) as dis- mwdiB yesterday's article. West ruffi tto lecon* heart watching the spots u all good players should he knows that his partner holds another trump. East leads a third heart and West ruffs for the setting trick. Just for the record, South could have made the hand if he had run off four ciub tricks and discarded the last two hearts from dummy but of course he wouldn't know that East was sitting with exactly three clubs and the lone ace of spades. •I tbnfc h only Mt to warn you fM 1*1 wants rnment, the bureaucrats de- jned to answer other questions. o quote John Hope II, regional director of the Office of Educa- on, "I don't think we would want to tell you how to run your chools." Aaagh. The educators, ke the Persians before them ould only groan at the audacity of the outnumbered Feds. The Greek have a word for his kind of audacity: Hubris The Hebrews call it Hutzpah 'erhaps bureaucracy's attitude s a combination of 'joth.) EACH TIME the Feds come down to clear up the Freedom of Choice policy, they leave I residue of resentment and con usior, in their wake. That is lecause some schoolmen com o these confrontations expect ng — and relishing — a de bate with the. Fe 's. Unfortunately, this last time the Feds fulfilled that expecta ;ibn. Here, for example, as bes we recall, is a piece of dialogue from what was supposd to to a meeting to clarify the work ings of the Freedom of Choice clan: Question: Why are 15-year -olds allowed freedom of choice in school assignments? Answer: W- think a 15-year -old's choice is worth something. Q: We who live with them - the Negroes - 7 days a week, 365 days a year, do not believe that a majority of Negro pupils want to go to integrated schools* A; On what b.-.sL do you come to your conclusion? Q: By what they tell us and by their actions. A: According to studies made on the subject, there is a tendency among minorities to answer questions of the dominant group in termr a what they think the dominant group wants to hear.... Q: I would disagree with that... A: Yeu prebebly would. ral government. The Federal Offic of Education is supposed o explain the law, not apologize or it. To assume that the law of the United States requires apologetics is to dimmish the dignity of the law. ONE OF THE MORE disquiet- ng things about bureaucracy is ts tendency to stretch out any task allotted to it. If the Edsel lad been a government bureau, he old joke goes, it would still ie around. This is a phenomenon observed in private enterprise, too. To cite one of Park- nson's laws: Work expands to •ill the time allotted to it So it is natural for bureaucrats in charge of the Freedom of Choice Plan to return to Washington, conclude that Freedom of Choice requires a good deal more debate and - or explanation, and end up requesting another WO.OM a year, a staff of 23 and a goodlooking secretary to help them Implement it. THE WORKINGS of a mushrooming bureaucracy are already evident in the Freedom of Choice Plan. The federal explainers used to just say whal the law was and abstain from offering their own opinion of it Now they have enough time to begin debating the law itself One comforting thing about thi coming end of Freedom ol Choice plans will be the end of the need to explain them. THE PINK BLUFF Schoo Board struck.a blow agains bureaucracy when it decide* this week to extend free Choice to all grades in the system rather than adopt the only allowable alternative - a complex admin istrattve procedure that would allow transfers to my grade on request. Superintendent John A Trice described the alternative as "onerous" 'd the boan chose the simpler method. Administrattve procedure ought to get even simpler once Freedom of Choice Is ellmmtted as a transitional device and students simply attend the school in their own neighborhood. The time to plan for a transition to area schools is now, if not sooner. SOMETHING ELSE that will end — none too soon — with the Freedom of Choice plan will be the annual bargaining session between federal enforcers and local educators. "Her? much desegregation will you allow?" ask the Feds. "How little will you accept?" the schoolmen respond. And they're off into the land of guidelines that don't guide and regulations that don't regulate. Other problems may take the place of bureaucracy but at least they will be more tangible. The illusion of local control in an area where the government of the United States has set down the law — an illusion in which so much misunderstanding is rooted — will also be shattered with the end of Freedom of Choice. That will be anther advantage. If there is one hing more onerous than direct ederal control, it is indirect fed- ral bureaucracy. LONDON-(NBA) -Every year, an event called the Royal Film Performance is the most gala night for the British film industry. At the premier of an Important motion picture to a London theater, the Queen attends and so does every big cinema itar in town. This year, the event was the premiere of "Bom Free." And all the biggest stars, were there to shake the Queen's hand Rex Harrison, Peter O'Toble, Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Ursula Andress, dozena more. The next day, all eight of London's newspapers carried pictures of the event. And all eight used the same picture — Queen Elizabeth shaking hands with • girl named Raquel Welch. A few months before, there was a big, star - spangled premiere for "The Flight of the Phoenix." Again, dozen of stars were there. The photographers shot them all. The next day, seven of the eight newspapers carried a picture of Raquel Welch arriving at the theater. The eighth had a picture of James Stewart — shaking hands with Raquel Welch. Raquel Welch can't quite understand how it happened, this spontaneous combustion of publicity. There is no logical explanation for it. True, she is a very pretty girl with a magnificent figure. Jut there are other pretty girls with magnificent figues. And yet it is Raqu« Welch's picture you see on dozens of magazine covers all over Europe. Over Ute past six months, more shots of her hive appear- The problem of censorship hi America has been kicked around for quite some time. For a while it seemed as if the Puritan- with the blue pencil and scissors had finally been overcome by the courts which have :leared such books as "Ulysses" Joyce and "Lady Lover" by D. H. and the T5 Years Ago —In •lythtvifft Mrs. W. H. Wylie and daughter, Dora Bernice, left this morning for Washington, D. C., to attend the national convention of the Daughters 6f th« American Colonists. Mr. and Mrs. Gus Ebert returned last night from a six weeks visit in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Dallas. Mrs. J. C. Droke has been announced as Blytheville's Woman of the Year in the contest sponsored by the B«ta Sigma Phi chapters here. "It's not always in the high places that you will find her, but in some smaller vital office, one that makes the organization go," a friend said of Mrs. Droke today. An official from the regional office of the Civil Aeronautics Administration Office, E. S. Travis, is scheduled to make an inspection of the Municipal Airport here next week, Mayor Doyle Henderson was notified | today. ed on European magaslnet man of anybody else. What makes this most surprising is that Raquel Welch has hardly been seen on the screen yet She has made two big movies - "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C.," but neither of them has been released. "It all started," says Raquel, a California girl, "when I first came to England to shoot 'One Million Years B.C.' Suddenly, without me doing a thing to start it, my picture began running in the papers and on maga- tines. I got request after request o pose for covers, for layouts, o do interviews." She was recently voted the number one star in West Germany _ even though all the West Germans have seen is her stills. And all this «lf - generating publicity has helped. She says she now gets three offers a day tor pictures. Furthermore, her existing contract with 20th Century-Fox was renegotiated, with a raise in salary. She has signed to play the lead in "The Big'gr' Bundle In the World," with Warren Beatty, Vittorio De Sica and Edward G. Robinson. Carlo Ponti, Sophia Loren's producer - husband, wants her for a picture, and will arrange the shooting schedule so she can do part of it before "The Biggest Bundle," part after. Raquel has rented a home in London now, because it seems obvious to her that her future is irighter in Europe than in Hoi- ywood. "But I'm not an ejrpstriate," she says. "It is the American movies which are the expatriates." Blythevllle (Art.) Courier News Page 4 Saturday, April 8, 19M THfc BLVTHEVltUl COURIER NEWS rat COURIER NEWS co, B W. HAINES, PUBLISHER HARRY A. HAINEB Assistant Publisher-Editor PAU1, 0. HUMAN Advertising Maaaeef Sole National AUvertliini R«pKleat&ttT« Wllltce Hilmer Co. New York, "Mcno. Dltiolt. M!*TU». MtmiAM Second-Hail postage plU at Blythetllle, Aik. Member of th« Allocated Prni SUBSCRIPTION RATES Bj carrier In the city of Blrtm- Tille or any suburban town wrier* carrier lertfe* Is maintained 350 pec week. $1.50 per month. B; mall within a radlul of M mlltfc MM per year. fS.OO for <U months, S3.00 'or thin months, by mail, outside 50 mile radiun I1B.M per year payable In advance. Mall subscriptions are not accepted In towns and cltlet where Vh* Courier News carrier service li maintained. Mall subscription! *l* payable In advance. NOTE: The Courrtr !»ewi assume* no responsibility (or photograph! manuscripts, .engravings or mat* lett wltb it for possible publication. Little Rock University Forum iy James Chatterly's Lawrence. These rulings similar ones have given American public free access to many great works of literature, works essential to the serious student's knowledge of contemporary thought and writing. Thus, literate judges have set a trend toward increased freedom of the press which has proved enlighting to both students and writers in America. But Mr. W. i. Davis of Newport has taken it upon himself to reverse this trend. He calls himself the founder - director of the Clean Literature Crusade In two letters to the Editor of the Gazette, he has set forth the cry for censorship npt just of pornography, but of historical, social, and religious thought as well. A casual reading of these tet- ters proves to be at least amusing. Mr. Davis' alliterative powers stretch the imagination when he questions the Gazette's Editor: Do you propose that we proceed down the path of promiscuity, promising posterity in pleasing platitudes, protection to practice perversion?" His language is just as color- ful when he describes the "por- in "Mein Kampf", are bad and nographers who fling their filth " ^ " "'- •-• and vend their vice." But even a sensitive college freshman could ell that any writer who could misuse literary convention in such a manner is not a fit judge of literature. But Mr. Davis noionlyattacks pornography — to which, in :act, he devotes very little attention — he includes the Na- ional Council of Churches, the New Morality, Mein Kampf, the Communist Party, and "the depraved minds of the literary liberals of the 'New Left'." This seems to be pretty wide ground for a clean literature crusade but it shows the basic flaw of any such movement. That is, once it has gained censorship power in one area it proceeds to spread into all others. Thus, censorship of pornography today; could lead to censorship of history and economics texts tomorrow. The problem involved is where to draw the line between the power o fthe censor and the rights of the author and the public. Mr. Davis obviously makes ro such distinction in his criticism which seems to be an attempt to impose bis own prejudices on readers. For example, he refers to "Mein Kampf" as a "bad, dirty book" which "will have a baneful effect upon society." There is no mention made of the fact that such • book might be necessary to the student of history in understanding how Hitler rose to .power. .' It reasonably follows that if Hitter's principles, as set forth of those principles, is also bad and dirty. But on this point, as well as the others, Davis merely stops with a surface judgment. But the Clean Literature Crusade becomes more confused in Davis' observation on college students: Likewise in our schools' and colleges, boys and girls have drunk the drippings from depraved minds until today demonstrations desecrate the "land of the free and the home of the brave." If he considers a college education to be nothing more than drippings of depraved minds, there doesn't seem to be much hoep for educated people if the Crusade is enacted through government policy. Yet if education is removed, there will be nothing left but indoctrination. It is this policy of indoctrination that placed Valeriy Tarsis in an insane asylum in th eSoviet Union for expressing critical views in a novel. Did that mean that Tarsis had a dripping, depraved mind, or was he a victim of governmental prejudice? Mr. Davis states his hope to 'defend decency against its devastators" by being allowed to share "equal time and space." But how is this equal time and space to be achieved unless In a society which is free of such one - sided censorship as Davis proposes? A. broad program of censorship denies the existence of such things as equal time and space. IUI IBflllJUIIIlHIHUn WIWI WnBilHllFillWHIHH'mHlnn)" IH WWII 9

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