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April 12, 1966

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

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Rare Show of Independence The shock from last week's Avkan- sas Highway Department disclosures continue to reverberate across the state. As a practical matter, Gov. Orval Falbus may be left out of this, we think; not out of any sudden wave of charity, mind you, but simply because it will not be Governor Faubus who must contend with the matter (like Pilate, his hands are cleansed), but some other governor and the present Highway Commission who must deal with the events which led to this crisis. Disregarding the purely political inferences at the top, then, it might be well to consider other aspects of the million dollars or so to top highway department job holders. No one seems to be particularly interested in looking into the matter of ••present Highway Department salaries. There is more than a slim possibility that raises are needed for key department executives. And this is part of the ..horror which accrues from the way ; the abortive pay raises were handled. In circumventing the Highway 'Commission and the people, those at the top in the AHD began to weave a tangled web. When the raises were -revealed, the' department became suspect. At the moment, it would ~be far easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye than to get salary increases, deserved or not, for people with the Highway Department. There was a refreshing aspect to all this however. For the first time in oh, so many years, members of the Arkansas Highway Commission invoked the Mack-Blackwell Amendment. This is the law which created the Commission, the law under which it operates. Since Governor Faubus, by virtue of his long tenure, has appointed all members of the current Commission and since he has taken such a close, personal interest in the operatibn of the Highway Department, talk of and by an independent Highway Commission had vanishd. The purpose of that constitutions! amendment, which appeared on a general election ballot fbl« lowing another AHD crisis, was to relieve the governor's office of direct responsibility for the Highway Department. Kramers of the law did ne-t foresee the day when a man might be elected to six terms. This event, when it occurred, negated the purposes of the amendment. However, the state again learned that it indeed does have an independent Arkansas Highway Commission when Commission Chairman Wayne Hampton of Stuttgart said he wasn't having any of the salary schedule worked out on overtime by certain members of the department. This was a rare and timely show of independence. Subsequently, the Commission met and fired Y. W. Welchel, an AHD administrative aide (and hopefully not merely a convenient scap- goat), in what presumably was a further show of independence. The situation in Little Rock in other words had found state government so highly centralized that there seemed to be no need to follow law and custom regarding something even as notable at $1 million a year in state money. This was the final subversion of the Mack-Blackwell Amendment. He who sits in the governor's chair in 1967 faces the task of restoring the intent of this amendment which was conceived for the purpose of dedicating the State Highway Department to the job of building the best highways in the most logical places. Show Beat by Dick Kleiner PARIS (NBA) In Paris, they call a movie set a "plateau," and everything else is correspondingly more well, Parisian. At the Boulogne studios, only a 20-minute ride fr" r > the OChamps Elysees, "The Night of the Generals" was beginning to ehoot. The company had had three weeks in Warsaw — the first western company to shoot there — and then switched to Paris. They wwe glad to be back. Warsaw was interesting but difficult to work in and hardly luxurious. Once they were doing a night shot in a Warsaw square. All arrangements had been made and all the lights in the apart- things done; they apparently can work and talk at the saint time. They also shake hand! every day when they report foi duty, and the starting hour on * Parisian set is like an American college reunion. "The Night Of The Generals" set is particularly social. With * big cast — headed by Peter OToole. Omar Sharid, Ton Courtenay and Joanna Pettet it is the mecca for all their friends who are passing through. The coffee pot and the win* carafe are always at the ready. They were shooting a scent with Sharif - they call him "Cairo Fred" on the set — as * Nazi detective discovering the body of a murdered girl in * seedy apartment. Litvak moved the props around himself — an- tJLetteri Uo Uhe Editor (letter! to the editor in welcomed. tney •» itibject to edltmt, however, ufi mult be lifned. Signatures will not be printed it tbe request of the writer. No letten will to returned) Dear Sir: As one of your regular readers I was somewhat dismayed to read the editorial in the Courier News on April 7 entitled "How to be a Killer for $10.95". It was typical I think of the dark cloud of fear and apprehension that has developed in recent years about our (I mean Society in general) right to own and use firearms on hunts, to freely carry to macthes, and gun shows. This "right" of which I am referring to is actually a freedom guaranteed by the Bill of Rights which has proven to be an important part of our American Heritage. This heritage is still the dream of many young boys who long for the day when they may own their own firearm. I believe this freedom is in danger due to possible proposed firearm legislation which indicates to be unjustified and not necessary in that we presently have Federal Gun Controls which in many cases are not being enforced. Any attempt to control the misuse of firearms in crime by legislation must take into consideration existing federal gun controls. Guns whether it be hand guns, rifles, or shotguns, do not commit crimes, but people do. In the U.S. today more crimes are prob- JACOBY ON BRIDGE NORTH AAQ75 18 4KJ97 + KQ109 WEST (I>) EAST ASS A3 VKQJ8762 VA1043 • 10 5 42 *Q863 + Void #J543 SOUTH *KJ10642 North-South vulnerable West North East South 3V DWe. 4* 6* Pass Pass Pass Opening lead— ¥ 2. Preference Cued on First Lead The suit preference signal can even be used on the opening lead. West's first impulse is to go (o seven hearts and accept a seven or nine - hundred - point penalty against a possible vulnerable slam. Then he sees a chance to beat the slam if his partner can win the first trick with the ace of hearts and will return a club. How can be ask for a club return? The suit preference signal. West leads the deuce of hearts. East wins with the ace and asks himself, "Why did my partner lead the deuce of hearts? It couldn't be fourth best." Then he realizes that the lead was to ask for the return Of the lower tide suit. East (•ad* tack a club. West rutfs nd another slam bar bit the Suppose West happens to be void of diamonds instead of clubs. How can he lead so as to get a diamond return? It is not as easy. His highest lieart is the king and if he leads the king his partner will think that he has merely made normal lead of king from king - queen. ably committed with weapons other than firearms than firearms themselves. Why blame crime on guns? Guns are deter, rents against crime just as weapons are deterrent against war breaking out again. What many misinformed people fail to see and omit to mention is that legitimate gun owners and users are also a part of the law and order system of our community, state, and nation, and are as deeply interested in the public welfare as anti-gun advocates. Take away this part of our law and order system and criminals may be given what they really want. Firearms users, shooters, and sportsmen do not have a negative attitude toward firearms restrictions of any kind without any regard to public welfare' and safety and therefore would recommend to our legislators an alternate bill which would establish firearms education, civilian marksmanship training and competitive shooting ranges for public use. I believe this in itself will do more to deter crime in our state and community than passing laws and restricting law abiding citizens from owning and using firearms freely. Sincerely, James P. Sullivan Burdette, Arkansas In expert circles he could lead the queen. East would win with the ace and do a little thinking after noting that South followed with the five spot. He would wonder where t\.: king was and eventually come to the conclusion that his partner would have it. No one, even an expert, is likely to open three hearts with a six - card suit to the queen jack. Then East would recognize that a suit preference signal for diamonds had been given him. tlOSSAT AND CROMLEY IN WASHINGTON You Hate Writing Out Forms? Well, Here's a Complaint Slip... Director Anatole Litvak sent a Polish official up to ask the woman in the apartment to turn off her light. She refused. Litvak went up to talk to her and asked her why she wouldn't cooperate. "I know," she said, "that you are making a picture for a western company. I know the picture will make money. I know the money will be taxed — and the taxes will go to fight the war in Viet Nam. I am against the war In Viet Nam, and that , is why I will not turn out my lights." The Warsaw police pulled the master switch in the building. Two minutes later, the woman appeared in the window — carrying two blazing candles. The company had where else. By BRUCE BIOSSAT While the Americanization of Europe is reported going on apace, the signs multiply thit this country is, in significant ways, being Europeanized. Europeans are taking up increasingly withthe motor car, the electronic household gadget, commercial - style television, U. S. theater and music, American slang expressions are finding their way intact into French, German and other continental languages. But if there are those who resent this American economic and cultural invasion of Europe, they may be able to enjoy a curious kind of revenge. Continental European lands are engulfed in a proliferation of paper. The European's day is filled with the filling out of forms. In Austria last autumn, this reporter had to fill out an 11-inch-long pink sheet just to reserve a theater ticket a few days in advance. These countries are in the grip of a rigid, encompassing bureaucracy which is both governmental and corporate. They have free choice at the polls, but no free choice to refuse compliance with the endless demands of an overformalized system. The United States, of course, is neither consciously copying Europe's rigid ways nor being forced to accept them as unwelcome imports. But it is a fact, observable daily in countless places, but we are slowly succumbing to the paper avalanche and the bureaucratic chaos that seems inescapably to accompany it. The sign-up forms for Medicare are merely the latest ta- undation. In the name of simplicity, tax forms and the regulations they reflect seem to get « IfM ty NIA. he. "Sir, I u$fKt OM of th»m of Mng m 'MuitM tfjT in vain with his little ice pick. Buy a house, seek adequate business and residential parking for your car, get a telephone, deal with an insurance company, try to change the delivery of your newspaper, and you will find that government has plenty of company. Just in the past few months, this reporter has listened to endless accounts of corporate inefficiency, suggesting at times comfortable. The movie companies in Paris work a different schedule from anywhere else in the world. Everyone reports to work around noon, after having had a light lunch, and they work straight through, without a break, until around 7:30. They like these hours. They claim they get as much work done, yet have time for a more normal life. Parisian crews laugh and chat and argue but seem to worse and" worse. ' that not even the simplest trans- In this federal capital, there : action or performance of ser . , . . • :»*.' ..: UM Un/MirfVil fitt /Oaanta is a noticeable current of quiet muttering over incredible governmental inefftciences at the most elemental level. A secretary in on agency consumed a full eight-hour day typing out a three-page list of names and vice can be brought off cleanly — without confusion. The words that assault our ears daily tell us we are approaching the ease of fingertip control in nearly every field of endeavor. But when the finger addresses. For all the marvel touches the button and nothing of the computer as a check on accuracy, income tax returns still are being misfiled at a great rate. The layering of agencies and sub - agencies and bureaus amounts in many instances to a beautiful system of built-in roadblocks. Delays, strayed memos, interoffice jealousies are but a few of the consequencies. Reports of these things are legion. It should not be imagined that government has some sort of monopoly. Corporate America today is hardly less the bureaucratic iceberg, against which, all too often, the citizen chips happens, then the shiny panel comes down — to reveal the tangle of mislaid repair orders, misleading assurances of quick action, conflicting assertions of what needs to be done and how much it will cost. The favored remedy today is to enact another law giving the citizen the right to fill out a complaint form. There is only one trouble: That tosses the burden back to the government bureaucrat, the pioneer who taught his corporate brother everything he knows about delays, imprecise answers and scribbling on paper. the Doctor Says Q — I have coronary insufficiency with attacks of angina pectoris. I take nitroglycerin and paratrate for the pain. Would it be better to switch to digitalis and stop the paratrate? A — Nitroglycerin and pen- taerythritol tetranitrate (Per- itrate) are both given to dilate the coronary arteries. Digitalis is given to strengthen the heart beat, chiefly in persons with a severely leaking heart valve. You should follow your doctor's instructions because digitalis is of no value in the treatment of coronary heart disease. Q —I have an abnormality of the left ventricle. Is this some kind of heart disease? What would cause it? Can it be cured by surgery or relieved by drugs? A -The heart has four chambers (two auricles and two ventricles). The left ventricle is by far the largest and has the wall. From this chamber blood is pumped to every part of your body except your lungs. Defects may be present from birth or may be the result of an infection such as rheumatic fever. With modern surgical methods most of these defects can now be Written tot Newsptptt Enterprise Association By Wayne G. Brandstadt, M. D. corrected. Drugs may be used to improve heart function but will not cure the condition. Q — How serious is endocar- ditis? How is it caused? A — Endocarditis is caused by a bacterial invasion of the inner lining of the heart. This may be caused by various germs but most commonly by Streptococci. Before the advent of antibiotics it was always fatal. Even with antibiotics only about 70 per cent o! the victims can be saved. Q — What is hypertensive cardiovascular disease? Is it very serious? What is the best treatment for it? A — This is heart disease secondary to a very high blood pressure. Such a blood pressure puts a severe burden on the heart. It is a gradual process but it will lead to death if not promptly and skillfully treated. The treatment consists primarily in controlling the blood pressure. Q — I have emphysema, Last November I had the removal of tbe carotid body sometimes recommended for this condition. I am still shortwinded. I've heard (bit vanillie diethylanida will give prompt relief. What do you think? A —This drug, known as ethamivan, must be given by injection into the vein. The rate of injection must be very slow to prevent such side effects as coughing, sneezing, muscular twitching and generalized itching. The greatest disadvantage, however, is that the beneficial effect wears off in a short time. In spite of the advances made in the treatment of this troublesome disease there is still no real cure. The kremlin was the central fortress in medieval Russian cities. It was usually situated on the high bank of a river or in the angle formed by the confluence of two rivers. Inside were located the cathedral, palaces for the bishop and prince, government* office buildings and stores for ammunition and provisions in can of siege. Several important cities such as Moscow, Smolensk and Novo* gorod wen built around old Kremlins. 6 InqriletMe* Iritwulii to move some- ,°. y I fluffed up the drapes the way except one. he wantrf them An extra, playing the corpse, had blood daubed on her hands and legs. She was a pretty redhead in a blue quilted bathrobe. Everybody was wondering if she had anything on underneath and waited impatiently for her to take her place in the shot. She had, as it turned out, ample clothing underneath and the French crew discussed that unfortunate development at great length. When the time came to shoot the scene, it was hard to find the camera. Everybody else had who came down to watch. There cameras, too — the crew, the visitors, the studio office help must have been a dozen movie cameras taking the scene. The movie may never get fin- where else. ished but , h are al , havjng a But in Paris things are more[ nicg time nAmfnrfahU Tha mftvi'p rnmna- • Blytheville (ArU.i Courier Newa Pages Tuesday, April 12, 1966 75 Years Ago —In Bfytheviffo Pvt. Thomas Sylvester and his guest, Pvt. Vernon Wilson, of Birmingham, Ala. were the weekend guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Sylvester. Both are stationed at Camp Chaffee, Ark. Dr. and Mrs. Milton Webb are in Little Rock attending the Arkansas Optometric Convention. Headlines: President Fires General MacArthur. Mrs. J. A. Wroten of Pine Bluff is the houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. McWaters and family. THE BLYTHEVULB COURIER NEWS ?HE COUBIEB NEWS CO. B. W. HitlNES, PUBLISHER HARRY A. HALVES Assistant Publisher-Editor PAUL D. 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