The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 24, 1981 · Page 4
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, November 24, 1981
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The Salina Journal — Tuesday, November 24.1961 Opinion The Salina Journal Raping rural folks Over the objections of rural representatives, the U.S. House has approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would deregulate the intercity bus industry. The rural representatives certainly had reason to object. With the rapid decomposition of railroad service to little country towns, their residents and those in surrounding areas have had to depend more and more upon the buses for deliveries of small farm equipment, hardware and other packages. And many elderly persons, too old to drive cars anymore, who constitute a bigger and bigger portion of the population in small towns and on farms, depend upon buses for transportation to larger cities. If the deregulation bill passes, the bus companies, as did the rail- roads, will start curtailing or killing unprofitable service in the rural areas. In fighting the bill, Rep. Abraham Kazen, D-Tex., summed up the impending situation well when he recalled a line from an old song, asking, "How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm?" and said, "This (bill) is the way you're going to keep them there. They'll have no way to get out. "The airlines don't stop; the railroads don't stop, and now the buses won't stop." Incidentally, the bill also would give the bus firms greater rate- setting freedom — allowing them to raise fares by 10 percent without approval of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The rural folks are about to be raped again. Must hang together Much has been written and said about Budget Director David Stockman's amazing criticism of Reaganomics — programs which Stockman, himself, had a large hand in drafting. But surprisingly little attention has been paid to Stockman's hatred of farm assistance programs. The magazine article which engulfed him in controversy provides new insight into how his dislike translated into this year's farm bill strategy. It can be summed up in a phrase: Divide and conquer. His strategy, Stockman said in the article, was to "come up with a farm bill that's unacceptable to the farm guys, so that the whole thing begins to splinter." Stockman believed that farm lobbies could be defeated if issues were kept separate, each commod- ity program were attacked and urban support was undermined by cutting food and nutrition programs — such as food stamps. He succeeded in part. The farm coalition came apart at times during farm bill considerations and price-support levels in the bill are regarded as much too low by most farm groups. The lesson is plain: Farm groups must stick together and they must ensure that urban congressmen will continue to cooperate in return for continuance of food and nutrition programs for their poor constituents. The farm bloc no longer has a lot of heft. It must have some support from the big city congressmen. In short, we must all hang together or be hung separately by Stockman or somebody else of his ilk. Democracy works It could have been a donnybrook Sunday — what with six candidates vying for the votes of only 22 precinct men and women in the race for selection as interim state representative from Salina's 71st District. But there was no apparent bitterness. The person who was thought to be the leading candidate gracefully withdrew and Bob Ott was selected on the first ballot. We think Ott will be an able representative. He's intelligent, articulate and a hard-worker. And we hail the other candidates for being willing to serve and for helping, with their enthusiasm, to make the democratic system work as it should — a free choice among a number of potential choices. Letter to the Editor When time ends What time is it? Ever since the beginning of time this question was asked, and will be asked as the song goes "When time shall be no more". Seven-hundred years before Christ was born, the Prophet Isaiah predicted that the time will come when children will be their oppressors and women will rule over them. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if the E.R.A. equal rights amendment would sue God for creating them a weaker CITIZEN SMITH vessel than man. They are grinding their teeth and are shaking their fists in God's face for telling them to obey their husbands. Another sign of the time is the divorce rate in our nation — one every 45 seconds. It not only stalks the streets it stalks the churches and the highest offices of our State and Nation. Another sign of the time is the craving for sports. If you follow the sports report and sports news it almost drives you up the wall. "As it was in the days of Noah so it will be at the end of time" and when "Time" ends Eternity begins and that will be A Leaving Time. — BILL DILL, Phillipsburg. By Dave Gerard Reagan must pursue the goal President Reagan was right. That was a historic speech of his, offering to keep additional American nuclear missiles out of Western Europe if the Soviets will pull theirs out of Eastern Europe. It sounds, at least, like an almost complete reversal of the hard-line Reagan, anti-Soviet stance which has insisted that we'll not even talk arms reduction with the Soviets until we've achieved what we consider a satisfactory margin of superiority. Reagan was turned around by the peace marchers — especially in Europe, but also in this country where church leaders in particular have become vocal enough to begin to worry the administration. It was, indeed, the boldest move any U. S. President has made to offer the Russians a deal — a proposal for a nuclear-free Europe. It is too bad then that the White House had to make it so obviously, and admit so openly that it was, a stunt — a great, glittering public relations gesture. Russia had to refuse It was known ahead of time Russia would refuse the offer. It was boasted ahead of time that the offer was being made chiefly to make Russia look bad. It is very difficult to get anybody to sit down and make a deal with you, when you declare ahead of time that your purpose is to get the best of them. The Reagan ploy, blatantly acknowledged, was to steer those anti-nuke protestors, who are marching in most of the European capitals away from attacking us and sic them onto the Soviets. That's a worthwhile goal — and a fate the heavy-handed Russians more than deserve. But when that is so obviously the chief purpose, it is unlikely we can get the other side to cooperate. The Russians don't think it is much of a deal because as they see it, they're being asked to dismantle 1,000 nuclear warheads in Eastern Europe in turn for our agreement not to put 500 warheads in Western Europe. This would leave untouched the nuclear arsenal we already have in and around Europe — the polaris and poseidon submarine missiles and the nuclear armed fighter- bombers on airfields all across Europe — and all aimed at the Soviet Union. It is going to take more than public relations ploys to break the cycle of distrust and fear which spirals the nuclear competition ever upward toward the ultimate disaster. Some actual withdrawal of American By John McCormally Harris News Correspondent weapons from Europe will probably be necessary to nudge the Soviets into any kind of retreat, and to put them on the spot with the peace forces. Can we withdraw? One thing which has never been adequately studied is the question of how far we might go with some limited acts of unilateral disarmament without actually risking national suicide. I suspect it is considerably farther than any one in the government will admit. Meanwhile, Reagan has made a significant move. He has laid down a goal for his own government as well as others to strive toward — the goal of a nuclear-free Europe. His speech brought back into focus in Washington an early quip that Reagan could be to disarmament what Nixon was to recognition of China — history- making by the most unlikely candidate. Whether that occurs, and whether Reagan's gesture attains the credibility it so far lacks, depends on how quickly, how persistently and how concretely Reagan sets his men to pursuing the goal. The Hobbs Act needs thorough revision WASHINGTON — "Dear Brothers and Sisters," began the letter from Lloyd McBride, "I need your help to stop a cold-blooded attack on the rights of working families and a direct attack on our union." Mr. McBride, president of the United Steelworkers of America, AFL-CIO, was talking about a bill now pending in the Senate to amend the Hobbs Act of 1945. The act deals with acts of violence or extortion committed in interstate commerce. In what is known as the Enmons case of 1973, the Supreme Court held that the act did not apply to acts of violence or extortion committed in the course of legitimate collective bargaining. The court's 1973 opinion is important to an understanding of the amendments now pending in Congress. The Enmons case involved some serious acts of violence committed by members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers during a strike 10 years ago against the Gulf States Utilities Co. Speaking through Justice Stewart, five members of the court agreed that, while the acts doubtless were in violation of state law, they By James J. Kilpatrick Syndicated Columnist were not in violation of federal law. The Hobbs Act, said Stewart, simply "does not proscribe the use of force to achieve legitimate collective bargaining demands." It seemed a bizarre decision to the court's four dissenting members. They protested that shooting and sabotage in the course of a strike "literally fit the definition of extortion." In their view, to blow up a substation as a device for obtaining higher wages is indeed a crime under the Hobbs Act. Now, to return to Mr. McBride's recent letter to his union members. The pending bill, he said, would "take away rights that have been specifically protected by the Supreme Court." The bill would deny "fair treatment for union members who express their views on a picket line." The sponsors "want to make it easy to put union members like you and me in federal prison when we exercise our rights by walking a picket line." If enacted, the bill would turn back labor's gains by 50 years. The bill would restore an era when men, women and children were beaten — even killed — for standing up for the right to Join a union. The bill is one-sided: It would provide heavy penalties for union members, but modest penalties for bosses or strikebreakers. The McBride letter runs on to four pages of such balderdash. The pending bill, S. 613, says that "whoever" inflicts or threatens to inflict "death or serious bodily injury" on any person in the course of interstate commerce may be prosecuted in federal courts. For willful damage to property amounting to $2,500 or more, fines up to $100,000 or prison terms up to 10 years could be imposed. Punishments would increase in proportion to the damage done. Death as a result of bodily injury could mean life imprisonment. Plainly, the amended bill would apply only to serious violence on either aide of a picket line. It would not apply to minor altercations, fistfights or to property damage below $2,500. Such offenses would continue to be matters for the state courts. The idea is to make serious violence in a labor dispute a federal offense. Even Mr. McBride does not contend that the rights of working families embrace a right to dynamite a substation. Why then is the AFL-CIO so opposed to the pending bill? I can tell you why. This past August in Illinois, union coal miners destroyed three miles of fence and burned equipment valued at $70,000. Last March in Missouri, union electricians abducted the wife of a non-union electrician, beat her and dumped her in an alley. Both crimes involved the use of force and intimidation "to achieve legitimate collective bargaining demands," and under the Hobbs Act as it stands today, neither crime could be pursued in a federal court. That's what the controversy U all about. I am all for states' rights, but abduction by union goons as part of a labor dispute strikes me as a matter for the FBI. This is how the law should have worked all along. We turn our back on Amerasian children 'He must've heard that on TV! He said the Indians wouldn't come to the Pilgrims' Thanksgiving unless they served light beer!" WASHINGTON - No words exist to justify the shameful treatment this country metes out to Amerasian children, those abandoned offspring of American (mostly GI) fathers and Oriental mothers. But Reagan's bureaucrats, following in the footsteps of Carter's, continue to search. They came up with their alibis at a hearing on a bill offered by Rep. Stewart McKinney, D-Conn., who wishes to give preferential treatment to "certain children of U.S. Armed Forces personnel." They had gone to some trouble. On one hand, they pointed out, as Reaga- nites are wont to do when examining human programs, the danger of "abuse and fraud" in the notion. "You mean," jeered Rep. Barney Frank, D-Masa., "that you're afraid some half-Australian kiij will sneak in?" They also offered a technological exit — a miraculous new blood test at the Communicable Disease Center, which is so fancy it can pinpoint the home state of the father. Although variously called "a breakthrough" and "still in the laboratory stage," it was meant to be light at the end of the tunnel for the outcast children, who in Vietnam are called "the dust of life." "And what do you propose to do in the meantime?" asked Frank, a freshman and graduate of the Massachusetts state legislature, where drawing blood from bloodless bureaucrats is an entirely acceptable practice. A terrible plight One State Department representative, Assistant Secretary Diego Asencio (hero of a hostage crisis in Colombia), Syndicated Columnist had the grace to be embarrassed as he preferred his rationalization "that it would tend to increase our illegal alien population." He admitted that the children lead wretched lives, scorned, abused and often stoned for their freckles, their blue eyes and their telltale height. The United States flatly refuses to recognize their existence. If they wish to come to their father's land, they must apply under sixth preference (skilled and unskilled workers in short supply). Since they are cut off from schools, housing and public assistance of any kind, their chances of qualifying are virtually non-existent. But State's other man, Cornelius D. Scully, tried valiantly to "win one for the Gipper" and protect our shores from a wave of "fradulent" children. He pressed on the members the marvels of the blood teat. "Will it establish if the father was a serviceman?" asked Frank, who was reproved for his vehemence by Chairman Romano Mazzoli, D-Ky., of the subcommittee. But Frank was unrepentant. He kept asking the increasingly uneasy bureau- crate If they had an alternative. They mumbled. He asked them how much the miraculous blood test costs. They r didn't know. He asked them if they knew how the blood-teit program would survive the budget knife polMd at the throat of the Communicable Disease Center. They bad not a clue. Nobody knows for sure how many of these abandoned children have been left behind as souvenin of American foreign policy. In Vietnam, where they are officially designated "bad elements," there may be aa many as 25,000. In all — Korea, Thailand and Laos are also included in McKinney'a bill - there may be 80,000. Mined the victim* The bureaucrat*, thankful to be free of Frank's fangs, took off, thereby missing the testimony of the victim* and heroes of their non-policy; John Slade of the Pearl Buck Foundation; Father Alfred Keane, director of St. Vincent's Home for Ameraaiani in Seoul; and two Amerasiani, who tearfully pleaded for "thoae we left behind." John F. (Cho Jae Juyn), a Moot tall, slender boy with Oriental feature!, "thinks" he ia 15. He waa snaking and sighing as he read through the autobiography he had prepared himaelf. He does not know hia father's name. Hia mother ia Korean. She abandoned him. He had a picture of himaelf with hia parents, but he tore it up — "It make me cry too much." He went to an orphanage, "where Americana come to pick up children, but never me." He ran away. For yeara, he scratched a living on the street* of Seoul, kicked, cuffed and beaten, sleeping by night in movie theaters. Father Keane, a person of seemingly unquenchable good will, pleaded for "our forgotten children" — whoae numbers are increasing, since cora- mandera of our troops currently in Korea "mostly worry about the VD rate." And the good father told the story that shames us most as a nation. He told how the French, who never give themselves humanitarian airs, who in fact pride themselves on their pinched practicality aa a nation, treated the children their soldiers fathered in Indochina. When they left in 1954, they took 25,000 children with them. The government paid for the schooling of thoae who stayed behind. When they turned 21, they had the option of French citizenship. Frank said the last word: "France waan't worried at all that some half- French, half-English child might alip in. We were in Aaia for our own pur- poaea. Therefore, it ia our obligation to bring our kida home." Where to wrffe Sen. Robert Dole 4213 Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 * * * Rep. Pat Roberts 1428 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 •* * * Sen. Nancy Kassebaum 304 Russell Senate Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Meditations I am Alpha and Omega, the begin- nlngaDdUMftQd,UMflntandthelaat - Revelation J2:13 The happy person is the one who puts God first, allowing Him to dominate all of life — from beginning to end. I

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