If It Ain't One Things have been happening with such rapidity on the state political scene that any citizen might be f6r- given his bewilderment. However, some factors of state government are coming into focus due to the chain-reaction disclosures from the capital and perhaps it would be well to attempt to place these in some sort of perspective' which would be meaningful to voters. Prior to the political action, there was the revelation of the $20,000-plus gift to the Little Rock Horse Show, an item quite small, by state spending standards, but of significance. This was followed by the Highway Department pay raise stories. Hard on the heels of this information came other disclosures about Highway Department practices which some regard as at least questionable. Then, Kenneth Sulcer, the Osceola gubernatorial candidate, brought to the attention of the voters a. little-known legislative act which provides for a quite nice pension fund for members of certain state commissions. These revelations came from newspaper reporters, the State Republican aparatus and a gubernatorial candidate and there is nbthing terribly exciting about this because such is one of their proper functions. We would suggest however that the fact that all of these are non-governmental agencies is indicative Of the torpor of and/or limitations on the Arkansas Legislature. If anything is to be gained by these recent disclosures it is that a more active investigative arm of the Legislature is needed. Machinery for bringing various state departments under careful study already exists in the form of the Legislative Council and the Legislative Joint Audit Committee. Both agencies have full-time professional staffs to assist them. It could well be that these staffs should be expanded if these two agencies are to undertake more detailed purview of state government. There is still another bit of significance in these turns of events. The Arkansas Highway Commission with each new crisis assumes the sort of independence the voters hopsd they were giving it when the Mack-Bleckwell Amendment was approved more than a decade ago. ^Jo *Jhe Editor (Lfrttoi to th» totter an wtlxmud nuy u* tublect 14 (dltlar, komnr, and mutt to tlfud. Dear Sir: This weekend in Little Rock the Blytheville Jaycees wiH initiate action In an attempt to stop the approval of a charter recently obtained by another group in this city. We will accept the final decision but we must do everything possible to influence that decision. Last month when the Jaycees held their annual election, each candidate stated that no matter who was elected president he would have their full support. Knowing how It feels to be defeated for office, 1 know how some felt after losing but I never dreamed they would take the resulting action. I feel that two or three losers started this entire affair. No one has been able to convince me that twenty-odd members decided at one time to quit without some selling. They place the blames of their loss on outside influences. This may or may not be. I have always listened to the advice of older Jaycees and different citizens of this community before finally deciding what action I may take concerning Jaycee activities. The members of this group say they are true Jaycees and are interested in the development of Blytheville, yet they resigned their chairmanships and memberships of different committees concerned with community development. The Diamond Jubilee was a project which was just about to get started and one which very much affected this community but these gentlemen dropped out and dropped it. The Blytheville Chamber of Commerce board of directors took a stand for having just one Jaycee organization in Blytheville and that stand was criticized by your paper. I feel the Chamber Board has as much right to state their position on our issue as they would on a bond issue. Wnutnrn will not be printed at the request of the writer. NO letters wlU be returned) Your editorial stated there was enough work for two Jaycee chapters. This may be so but I feel as you probably would if another newspaper came to Blytheville. You might say Blytheville is large enough to support two newspapers but would you wish it success? The other organization had representatives at,a meeting with state Jaycee President. Deloss Walker and members of the Blytheville Jaycees. They admitted that had their man been elected president, the walkout would not have occurred. I am sorry that the walkout occurred and am determined to forget it. There are some, I am sure, who might like to return to the Blytheville Jaycees some day. I welcome them. One has returned already. New members are joining each week. The Blytheville Jaycees intend to continue to work for the betterment of Blytheville. Sincerely yours, Jerry "Bo" Hollingsworth President Blytheville Jaycees Speaking Up meditations— And Elijah came near to all the people, and said, "How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. —I Kings 18:21. Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts. —Bernard M. Baruch, adviser to U.S. presidents. JACOBY ON BRIDGE NORTH (D) 14 *5 VAQ164S OA64 *KQ53 WEST EAST AJ8 4KQ10974 1*963 «/K85 4J98S 4103 *J1072 #98 SOUTH AA632 VJ7 +A64 NorthrSouth vnlnenfcle West North East Soutlt IV. 14 3N.T. Pus Pass Pass. Opening lead— 4 J South was one of those self- taught geniuses who consider that they can win every duplicate game if only they can gel to play all no-trump contracts. Hence, his jump to fiiree no- trump over East's spade overcall. North wanted to get out of , no-trump but passed unhappily because he knew by bitter experience that any bid he made . would onlly elicit a further no- trump call from his partner. West opened the jack of • spades. East covered with the • queen and continued spades af- '~ ter South ducked. South won the • third spade lead, meanwhile discarding a heart and diamond from dummy. Then he cashed • three clubs and noted that East dropped the five of hearts. He • tried diamonds next and discarded dummy's lait club on the third diamond East ihed • (he eight of hearts. Blythivflh (Ark.) Courier Ntwj :' Pig* Four ; Saturday, May 14, Ittf South had planned to throw East in with a spade at this point but his count of the hand showed that East was sitting with three spades and one heart. Could East have blanked the king of hearts? Of course, he could, decided genius 'South. He led a heart, went up wi.h dummy's ace and ran off the rest of the tricks to make five no- trump. "Pretty good," chortled South. "I wonder," replied North, "If you had bid the hand like a bridge player I would have played in hearts and made a small slam with no trouble at all. I would win the spade opening and lose the trump finesse. Then I would ruff the second spade and make the rest of the tricks by running off tiie rest of my trumps and squeezing West out of his stopper in either clubs or diamonds." Sure enough. When the game was over it turned' out that South's brilliant five no-trump was a bottom score. At every other table North had played four or six hearts and made 12 tricks. Pine Bluff Commercial Everett McKinley Dirksen's strategy for changing the Constitution of the United States is as undisguisable as his graveled voice. The wording of his proposal is dangerously vague on t h e subject of allowing state - prescribed prayer in public schools, but the senator's strategy is clear: Anyone who opposes Ms proposed amendment is going to be accused of coming out against prayer. Watch and see if that isn't exactly what Senator Dirksen will do when the going gets rough — as it surely will, because a lot of people in this country are on their guard by now against any move to water down the separation of church and state guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Even if the senator succeeds in getting this amendment through Congress and then past the requisite state legislatures, it will be difficult overturning the Supreme Court's ruling against religious services in the public schools as long as the word "voluntary" remains i n the text of his proposed amendment. What, after all, is voluntary about a state department of education's telling children what to pray? Or a principal or teacher telling them when to pray it? respecting an establishment of | could hurt his chances, religious services in p u b 1 i c i And if voters are seeking a schools is to indicate a hostility toward relgion or toward prayer. Nothing, of course, could be more wrong. The history of man is inseparable from the history of religion. And perhaps it is not too much to say that since the beginning of that history many people have devoutly believed that "More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of." It was doubtless largely due to men who believed this that there grew up a sentiment that caused men to leave the cross-currents of officially established state religions and religious persecution in Europe and come to this country filled with hope that they could find a place in which they could pray when they pleased to the God of their faith in the language they chose. And there were men of this same faith in the power of prayer who led the fight for adoption of our Constitution and also for our Bill of Rights with the very guarantees of religious freedom that forbid the sort of governmental activity which New York has attempted here. These men knew that the First Amendment, which tried to put an end to governmental control of religion and of prayer, was not written to destroy either. They knew rather that it was Written to quiet well - justified fears which nearly all of them Not even the Supreme Court I felt arising out of an aware- gttting so CRITICAL about evarytWng, 0 Mil/for KALfH.NADlfO" you'r* is going to believe that, by some spiritual coincidence, every student in every class at dear old Jenkins High was moved to recite the same prayer voluntarily at 8:45 every morning. An American citizen can pray anywhere he pleases right now (as long as he doesn't compel other American citizens to pray with him). So why an amendment authorizing voluntary school prayers? Unless, of course, what you mean by voluntary is compulsory. Which would not be an unusually elastic definition for Senator Dirksen: The last constitutional amendment he tried to get past Congress was an attempt to save the Union from state legislatures based on people: it was billed as a i'ight for government of the people. They don't call Everett McKinley Dirksen the Wizard of Ooze for nothing. By a strategic omission, those opposed to enforced prayer in the public schools will be accused of opposing prayer, period. The Supreme Court's decision will not be quoted, or rather it will not be quoted correctly, by those intent on posing as the defenders of prayer. For the record, here is an excerpt from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court in its first school prayer decision, the New York case. The basis of the American belief in the separation of church and state has seldom been stated with such pre'sion: It has been argued that to apply the Constitution in such a way as to prohibit state laws ness that governments of the past had shackled men's tongues to make them to speak and to pray only to the God that government wanted them to pray to. It is neither sacrilgeous nor antireligious to say that each separate government in this "clean sweep" as has been voiced by some political mine readers, Frank Holt will not win. Mr. Holt, who has been closely associated wifii the Faubus administration, also reportedly has the blessing of Lyndon Johnson. In this area, at least, LBJ's favor is not always an asset. If voters are looking for a dark - horse candidate they might turn either to Raymond Rebsamen, the wealthy Little Rock businessman, or Sam Boyce, Newport's vigorous young (37) attorney. Sam Boyce has made it clear how he stands vs. the administration: Mr. Rebsamen's views are less well known One cannot count out Dr. Dale Alford. He makes friends and influences voters easily. The Clarion expects the campaign will be decided upon how the candidates react to the issues such as upon better roads without political involvement, improved economical growth, a revised tax structure, expanded educational opportunities. With eight Democratic candidates and two Republicans, this is the year of choice. There is almost a candidate to appeal to every segment. Paragould Daily Presi There's a feeling in some quarters that the present field of candidates for governor ol Arkansas on the Democratic ticket will shrink somewhat as the campaign progresses. It takes big money to run a guvernatorial campaign — at least a quarter of a million dollars is mentioned, and sometimes more. And, it's difficult to see how so many candidates can find so much. ,•••••••*•••••••••••••••••••••••••**•******•£ Sbow Beat by Dick Kleiner w country should stay out of the I offices - campaign headquar- business of writing or sanction- j ters ' ., st ^ ff s ; , transportation ing official prayers and leave that purely religious function to the people themselves and to those the people choose to look to for religious guidance. This exposition of the relig. ious background of the First Amendment is often reduced to the simple, repeated, and thoroughly wrong conclusion that the court has ruled against prayer or against religion. The court has ruled that state - established religion is unconstitutional. This ruling is in keeping with the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..." That is (I) why Senator Dirksen wants to change the Constitution, and (2) why he ought to be stopped. Dumas Clarion At this juncture, it is difficult to pick a favorite in the governor's race. Brooks Hays has ttie statesmanship for the job, but his age (87) may prove some handicap. His ties to the administration and his label as a liberal around the state, advertising help, and maybe some "entertainment" are important adjuncts to the office-seeker. Those candidates who believe that it isn't going to be expen sive to campaign this summer are sure to have some second thoughts before July 1 rolls around: —Withdrawals could come when some candidates run out of campaign funds and discover that there are just not enough financial backers in the state willing to put up money on a "losing horse." —The inevitable polls, whom some will be able to afford, should scare at least one or two off the "track." —And, don't forget what can happen — and frequently does — in smoked - filled rooms. These are three of the reasons to question whether all those now in the race will last it out. And, in the end there could be no more than four among whom to choose. Arkansans, I believe, have a real choice this year - weigh- ng carefully those that have offered their services — even If thre aren't eight in the running at the finish. MIAMI, Pla. (NBA) For director Elliot Silverstein "Mister Innocent," which he is •hooting here, Is his second feature film. His first was the hugely successful "Cat Ballou." And this places* him in an awkward situation. "I know," he aays, "mat certain people are waiting for me to fall flat on my face." These are the people who are sure "Cat Ballou" was a freak, a mistake. And Silverstein says that, among them, are many people he considered were good friends. But, once "Cat Ballou" came out and was a smash, they didn't call him any more. "But," he says, with a smile, "people who used to iiate me — they called." Silverstein admits that all this bothered him, and the specter of the second picture bothered him, too. He worried about the obvious difficulty of following a smash picture — it would be almost impossible to top "Cat Ballou's" impact. "And then I realized," he says "that this was easier than if my first picture had been a failure. So now I'm reasonably relaxed." Silverstein Is a young - looking, good - looking man who smiles a lot and seems to get along beautifully with everyone. He never raises his voice, yet they all — youngsters like Faye Dunaway and veterans like Anthony Quinn — seem to respect him. He started out to be an actor, but, he says, "I realized I wasn't tall enough to compete wiSi the six-footers — so I decided to be a director so I could 75 Years Ago -In B/ytheviH* Mrs. Harry Began, who has been a patient at the Memphis Methodist Hospital is now at her home on Clear Lake Road. An early morning fire caused about $5,000 damage to Cecil Lowe's Grocery on Highway 61 when a store room burst into flames. v Blytheville drivers today were asked to avoid using Walnut Street between Sixth and Division Streets "as much as possible" due to contractors complaint that traffic is interfering with the street widening program. Mrs. Robert lipscomb entertained with a "come as a song title" party last night at her home on Marr for members of the Alpha Alpha chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi. tell tht six-footers what to do." Like "Cat Ballou," "Mister Innocent" is a different kind of movie, in some ways experimental. "Maybe," Silverstein sayi, "I should have done something safe for my second movie - a safe script and big box office stars to play it. But it wouldn't have been as much fun." For George Maharis, "Mister Innocent" represents his swan song in the mid-2Qs age-bracket. "I can't play kids any more," he says. "And I'm not going to. From now on, I'll play mature men. In my next picture, 'Cov- enenant with Death,' I play a man of 29 or 30. That will feel better." Maharis was singing in South America when they sent for him to rush to Miami and play this part. His trip north was a nightmare of wrong airports, missed planes, horrible rainstorms and long delays. When he got off the plane in Miami, the authorities handed him a j*llow card which read, roughly, "If you have chills, nuasea, diarrhea er fever in the next two weeks, see your doctor — you have been exposed to cholera and yellow fever." That night, he had chills, nausea and diarrhea. "I thought I'd bad it," he said. "But the next morning I was fine." Maharis has learned recently that he has a bad reputation and he isn't quite sure why. "I was here a few days," he said, "and one of the guys in the crew said, 'You're not so bad — we heard you were going to be an SOB.' I don't know how I got that reputation, but I have it. And, really, I'm a nice guy." 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Roger Armbrusr In the Little Rock University Forum To anyone who has visited the gentleman's restroom in the student union lately, they should have noticed an amazing renaissance in "potroom poetry." What should be of interest (and of particular delight to may be of particular interest to the political philosopher or sociologist who may wish to study man's concept of life during his lower moments; perhaps of even more interest to a psychologist who can decide, ac— — - _ psyciiuiogisi wno can ueciae, teachers who have for so long cordin to th ,„ f stnved-that's Elizabethan pro- staten f ents on thHe gtafl> wheth . er one is inspired simply thro- nounciation because the intelle- gencia of the Forum office or "striven" and therefore said to heck with it — strived to instill in their students the ability for intelligent presentation of points Of view) is the current motivation toward political and philosophical motifs. Good examples of the "Dirty Revolution," almost all written in free verse, are such lovelies i as "I Love War, 1 Hate It, But The Enemy Love It"; "War Is Pun") a picture of a bomb and ugh a contemplative sitting or didn't know whether to put if he a]so stfips in a[)(J relfiases "cir-itr'aan" AI* "e r t* i u a n" anri , , • , , his vehemence and pent-up emotions on a public private wall simply for emotion's sake. But such writings should be of interest to the student body of LRU because it shows a deeper insight into politics, and may therefore enliven hopes of greater interest in the new constitution, which is the main reason the carnageous, courageous quip: DROP IT! Also interspersed among the hraseal forest are what the Massachusetts - bred senator of written in the first place. You see, a constitution is a very cut and dry affair; there is no color, no emotion or subjectivity; it is which interests no one but the mature. To the mature it may not be New York might describe • as j dul1 . but a11 to** w >1' vote are the growing philosophies of "a new political potty." Such apathetic apologies are: "Property Is Robbery, War Is The Health Of The State" (sounds like the business office and the IFC); not mature, and therefore will not read the new constitution, thereby ignorrantly voting yea or nay and spending the rest of their academic careers complaining about what they might Long Live Death, Long Live I have otherwise changed. Ignorance (sounds like a fra- toast); and "Anarchy (no comment). ternity Now!' Passionate political advertis- ng is presented In such forms as "Goldwater ... (had to censor that one, gang); "Vote Jim Johnson" (and that one belongs n the John, son); and last but not least that lovely, lachrymose lyric which leave you limp BILL BAILEY FOR GOVERNOR! Such • panorama of print So to stay the common, trite statement of "It's YOUR university, and it's YOUR student body, and it's YOUR constitution, so take an Interest in it!", let us end by saying: "Don't be a potroom poet"; take out your vehemence by marking up a ballot and allowing a legal constitution to exist for LRU. Like that restroom, LRU's government could use an amazing renaissance.
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