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December 10, 1976 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Terrible idea White House sidesteps Agnew's pardon request During the recent Presidential campaign, Jimmy Carter made some noises about how he might fire FBI Director Clarence Kelley. The speculation that Carter would do just that quickened this week, after'Carter said the FBI post should change hands with the White House. No matter how limp Kelley's performance has been, no matter how unimpressive his credentials may be, Carter's is a terrible idea that should be put to the boot. The issue, in short, goes beyond Kelley to the very heart of what has been wrong with the FBI from the beginning. And that, in a word, is politics. During his long and seamy tenure in the office, J. Edgar Hoover, we learned too late, played politics to the hilt. It wasn't the partisan stripe we normally associate with candidacies and hoopla. Rather, it was ideological, and on those grounds Hoover stood ready to harass, intimidate, or crush anyone who didn't pass his version of muster. The Hoover years demonstrated with finality the danger of shaping a huge crime-fighting bureaucracy to one person's own ends, and it should have taught us something about throwing personality into the mix. Although Carter apparently is sensitive to the dangers of allowing one man a sinecure in the office, his thoughts about the matter indicate too little thought. If nothing else, this issue should show the Congress that the time has come to establish a statutory term and succession procedure for FBI leadership. Allowing the Bureau's top post to become a football for presidents is a mistake, and a huge one at that. Double trouble After a decade or more since it became the rage on the West Coast, topless dancing still has the legal minds scratching their glossy pates. At Olathe recently, the city commission fell to writing an ordinance outlawing "the activity," as the Olathe Daily News so delicately put it. And at Topeka last week, the county attorney's "activities" concerning "the activity" were ruled unconstitutional. Kansas City, Kans., lawmakers may be in for the same. In defense of the Sunflower state's fascination with this subject, we aren't alone. Earlier this week a young lady who emerged from a box topless almost brought Australia's ruling Conservatives to a state of collective apoplexy, enraging the Prime Minister and moving opposition Laborities to fulminations about sullying Parliament's dignity. Poor kid. She had the singular misfortune of being hired to perform at a Conservative Party anniversary bash. So much for friends. If the Australians want to lead their government to the brink of crisis over such things, so be it. In Kansas, however, it is puzzling to consider how much time we waste on such stuff. Bare-breasted dancing won't go away. We can. decry the social drift which brings the "activity" in its wake, but the attempt to stamp it out puts law enforcement people on a treadmill. They have other things to do. On responsibility A legislative committee hearing earlier this week at Topeka should be engraved in the memory of every Kansan. The hearing involved a claim against the state by Mr. and Mrs. Gary Janssen, a Parsons couple whose 5-year-old daughter, Sherri, was killed in an assault in early September. Charged with the crime is a former Parsons State Hospital patient, Johnny Lee Massey, a severely retarded Kansas City youth who was admitted at Parsons after an incident in which his niece was killed. Thus, when the second slaying occurred, there were questions about why Massey was away from the institution: Robert Harder, secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services, issued a report to pin down the questions, but the "why" still nags. Massey left the institution on at least five occasions before the girl was beaten. He had impressed a number of persons at Parson as being violent toward personnel and patients, a fact not reported to responsible staff members. Hearing all this, the committee voted unanimously to award the Janssens' claim, along with reimbursement for hospital fees not covered by insurance. The full Legislature, then the governor, will have to okay it. Before things at Parsons get back to normal, however, it is to be hoped the administration and staff ponder some things said during the hearing. Janssen's attorney: "These people, with their high degree of training, the salaries they receive, don't they have some responsibility to catch these things in advance." And, from Janssen: "Even if just a fence was put up, it would assure me that something did come of my little girl's death." By JACK ANDERSON andLESWHITTEN WASHINGTON - Former Vice President Spiro Agnew, convicted of income tax evasion in 1973, has sought a presidential pardon from the man who succeeded him, Gerald Ford. White House attorneys, perhaps recalling the uproar over their boss's pardon of Richard Nixon, politely but firmly referred Agnew's lawyer to the Justice Department. Agnew's bid for a pardon came shortly after October 10, when his sentence of three years probation expired. An Agnew attorney called White House counsel Philip Buchen's office. The conversation "was very low key, very professional," a White House official confided. The brief discussion, we have learned, centered on the "receptivity" of the White House to a formal filing for a pardon by Agnew. "THE REPLY WAS that there have been procedures established by Justice," the White House official told us. "the request was no more than any' good lawyer would do for his client." Agnew resigned in disgrace on Oct. 10,1973 when he pleaded no contest to a single count of tax evasion. The plea, equivalent to a conviction, helped Agnew avoid a messy public trial. At the time, the Justice Department filed a detailed statement which showed that Agnew began accepting payoffs in 1967 when he was governor of Maryland. The payments continued right up to January, 1973, when a federal grand jury began investigating Agnew. Footnote: We can find no evidence that Agnew took his plea for a pardon to the Justice Department. His lawyer, Judah Best, declined comment. CAUTIONING CARTER — In finding a labor secretary, Jimmy Carter is caught between the two groups who punched through his election, the blacks and Big Labor. The Congressional Black Caucus, in a strongly worded private letter to Carter, urged him not to appoint former Ford administration Labor Secretary John Dunlop as his own'top man at Labor. But Big Labor cherishes Dunlop for resigning after President Ford welshed on a promise to support a pro-labor bill. Labor leaders, therefore, are strongly backing Dunlop for the job. The caucus asserted that Dunlop "demonstrated insensitivity" to minority groups by making "no effort" to upgrade the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance. TO SELECT DUNLOP for the Labor Department job, charged the black legislators, would "be a signal that the new administration is not to begin afresh with a new direction." Meanwhile, in a recent court deposition, Mary Lepper, the former director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare's higher education division, has also blasted Dunlop. She swore that Dunlop, as a Dean at Harvard in 1970-73 "opposed ... setting goals and time tables" for attracting more women and minority employees to the Ivy League school. Dunlop, now back at Harvard, twice refused to discuss his record with us. "I'm a private citizen ... not a candidate for office," he said. "Write any damn thing you please." Footnote: In fairness to Dunlop, he generally received high marks as Secretary of Labor. MINERS' FEUD — We recently reported that Arnold Miller, the reform-minded president of the United Mine Workers, suffers from a tarnished image inside the UMW. Miller has also been feuding with the union's highly-respected secretary- treasurer, Harry Patrick. Their rift has led to the possibility of a return to power by followers of former UMW boss Tony Boyle, who was convicted of the murder of a UMW leader, "Jock" Yablonski. In a private letter to Miller, Washington attorney Joe Rauh, who led the fight to oust Boyle from power, pleaded with Miller to meet with Patrick and make peace. "All the enemies of union democracy are hoping you and Harry will fight to the end ... Please ... say you'll meet us." Despite Rauh's plea, however, Miller pulled out'of a meeting at the last moment. Footnote: Miller could not be reached for comment. WASHINGTON WHIRL — Big banking interests are lobbying to block Rep. Henry Reuss, D.-Wls., from continuing as chairman of the powerful House Banking committee. The proconsumer Reuss has led the fight for banking reform. This, naturally, has not gone down well with the bankers. Reuss, incidentally, comes from a banking family. But between 1970 and 1973, he gave his entire bank stock, worth $150,000 to various charities. — Marty American Indians want former Oklahoma Sen. Fred Harris for Secretary of the Interior, which oversees Indian affairs. They are organizing a "draft" for Harris, who has led the fight for Indian rights and whose wife LaDonna is a Comanche. A formal petition is being sent to President-elect Jimmy Carter promoting Harris for the post. — For a few days in August, it looked as if the Martin Luther King murder case would be even further complicated. An urgent, internal Justice' Department memo went out to section chiefs stating "Classified Files ... pertaining to (King) are missing ...", But it turned out the "purloined papers" had only been misplaced in Justice's Criminal Division. Hays Americana Jack-leg lawyers Why would a state pass a mandatory death sentence and then hesitate to carry it out?. Because what I call jackleg lawyers who are looking for publicity and start screaming that it is not right to invoke the death penalty. ArtWehner 405 E17 HWMOON Congressional Directory (Where to write) Sen. James Pearson 5313 Senate Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 Sen. Robert Dole 2327 Senate Off ice Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 Hep. Keith Sebelius 1211 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 Humble plea for more pleasure in the surprise By JOHN McCORMALLY For Harris Newspapers In the campaign, Jimmy Carter attacked both what he called "gover : nment by crony," and government by a Washington clique, implying that he would do things differently. Well, he certainly did — just by getting himself elected. He was not a crony of any of the established political figures; and he was not part of the Washington establishment. But, in his first two major appointments, he seemed to be doing exactly what he had denounced: He named his Georgia crony, Banker Bert Lance, to the budget office; and for Secretary of State, he picked a certified member of the eastern establishment from which a whole generation of top diplomats has come — Cyrus Vance. DESPITE THIS SEEMING contradiction to the campaign rhetoric, there's little serious criticism of the appointments. Nor can there be, for both men are highly qualified. And they do represent a distinct change. Lance may be a millionaire banker, but he's certainly not from the Wall Street or Ivy League financial schools which have managed or mismanaged the budget the past several administrations. He appears to be a tough, self-made outsider with absolute loyalty to Carter. Vance is a Kennedy-Johnson era diplomat with a good reputation as an honest and shrewd negotiator. His support of the Vietnam war leaves a question mark which only his performance in his new job can remove. BUT HE, TOO, IS A dramatic change, about as opposite from the flamboyant, do-it-all-yourself Kissinger as you could get. We will be back, for better or worse, to the President running foreign policy, with the Secretary of State as his instrument instead of vice-versa. Well — if we have.many more Vances and Lances, however impressive their credentials, we will be disappointed in Carter's promise really to shake up the government. But the guessing is that surprises are coming — that these fairly predictable first appointments will be balanced by some genuinely new faces — women and blacks and real political outsiders. IT WAS PROBABLY NECESSARY for Carter to stick to a fairly well known quantity in picking a Secretary of State. I had to be someone who reassured not merely the skeptical political forces in this country, but especially those abroad — friend and foe alike. It is also understandable that he'd pick a close and trusted friend like Lance for the key budget job — if he really intends to try to get a new handle on federal spending. The important thing is not who these people are, but how Carter uses them. So far, the President-elect has sounded conservative, especially so to wishful-thinking liberals. But it doesn't surprise anyone who paid close attention to his campaign pronouncements. He comes closer than any modern politician I know to fitting a proscription laid down by an old Kansas friend of mine. ALF LANDON, WHEN HE ran against Roosevelt in 1936, was scored as a hopeless reactionary. But Landon insisted he was a liberal. The difference between him and Roosevelt, he said, was that he believed "you don't have to be a wastrel to be a liberal." I thought of that the first time I heard Carter claim he was a "liberal where people are concerned and a conservative where money is concerned." I think we're seeing that pattern unfolding in this transition stage. Lance and Vance are both in their ways conservatives. They'll mind the store, reassure the business and international estaDlisnments, while Carter is trying some daringly liberal experiments in the areas of human needs. MAYBE HE CAN'T BRING off such a balancing act and the failure will disappoint people on all sides and beat him in 1980, but from what we've seen so far, its going to be as interesting to watch as it is hard to understand. Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson DEAR DOCTOR: Are flat feet inherited? If not, how do we get them? Also, I have an argument going. I say more girls have flat feet than do boys. What do you say ? — J.F. I'd say you are right. The chief factor — footwear. One extensive study among children shows that girls begin with less of a problem than do boys, but that they quickly earn a lead in flat feet. The study revealed that at five years of age only 1.6 per cent of the girls have flat feet. By age 15 the percentage shoots up to 54 per cent. About 5 per cent of five-year-old boys are found to have the problem; by age IS the per- centage rises only to about 14 per cent. It's thought that girls shoot ahead in the flat-foot derby after age nine, because before that age there is little difference in basic footwear between boys and girls. DEAR DOCTOR: Two years ago I had a sugar tolerance test and found out I had diabetes. My count was 214. I was not put on medication, but on a diabetic diet. I recently had another test (two hours) and the count was 135. My doctor said I was doing fine, but he did not say whether I am still supposed to diet or if I should come back for another check. Have I gotten rid of my diabetes? I am 27, weigh 170 pounds, and am 5 feet, 4 inches. I have two children who weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and 9 pounds, 6 ounces at birth. Could that have triggered the diabetes? — M.W. You should check back with the nurse. You cannot "get rid" of diabetes, and I'm sure your doctor will want to see you again. You probably lost some weight on your diet, but your present blood sugar count of 135 two hours after drinking your glucose is still above normal. I would say you are still a mild diabetic requiring special attention as to diet. At 170 pounds for your 5 feet, 4 inches, you are too heavy and further weight loss is in order as well as periodic checks of your blood sugar level. Glucose (blood sugar) is a notorious fat maker in the body, so weight becomes a continuing problem for the diabetic, who has it in excess. High birthweight babies are common among diabetic mothers, but the large babies do not cause the diabetes. They are a consequence of the diabetes. I advise you not to depend entirely on the home-use urine sugar tests at your stage. Your doctor told you you were doing fine, but that is a relative term at this point. He undoubtedly meant fine as compared to your earlier condition. You have what appears to be a sensible control program started. Continue it. Diabetes is controlled, not cured. For more on this, perhaps you should read my booklet "Diabetes — The Sneaky Disease." You can get a copy Word Of God The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by un-i derstanding hath he established the heavens. Proverbs 3:19. God does not depend on blind faith nor unseeing eyes to do his work. Trained minds and understanding hearts are his handiwork. if your send 35 cents and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to me in care of this newspaper. The Hays Daily News Published By The News Publishing Co. 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Weather, Sporls 10:45 CBS Late Movie: TEA Sign OH News. Weather. Sports Saturday, December 1 1 7:00 Sylvester & Tweety 7:30 Clue Club 8:00 Bugs Bunny Road Runner 9:00 Tarzan, Lord of The Jungle 9:30 Sbazam-Isis Hour 10:30 Ark II 1\:00 Fat Albert & The Cosby Kids 11:30 NFL Football • Minnesota vs. Miami 2:30 Nashville Music 3:00 Pop Goes the Country 3:30 Overseas Mission 4.00 Wide World of Sporls 5:30 CBS Evening News 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Lawrence Welk 7:30 Bob Newharl 8:00 All In The Family 8:30 Alice 9:00 Carol Burnett Show 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Late Show: "The Southern Star" Sign Off News Weather Sports Sunday, December 12 8:30 Mr. Gospel Guitar . 9:00 Day of Discovery 9:30 Jerry Falwell Show 10:30 Face The Nation 11:00 Insight 11:30 Youth For Christ 12:00 NFL Football Doubleheader St. Louis vs. NY Giants Washington vs. Dallas 6:00 Sixty Minutes 7:00 Sonny & Cher Show 8:00 Kojak 9:00 Delvecchio 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 LateShow: "R.P.M." Sign Off News, . Weather. Sports TV STATION KCKT Chonn«l 2 — Program log Friday, Dec. 1 0 6:30 Adam 12 "Keeping Tabs" 7:00 Sanford & Son 7:30 Chico & the Man 8:00 Rockford Files 9:00 Serpico 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sporls 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Midnight Special 1:30 KSN Late News Saturday, December 1 1 6:55 Sign On 7:00 Woody Woodpecker Show 7:30 Pink Panther Show 9:00 Speed Buggy 9:30 The Monster Squad 10:00 Space Ghost — Frankenstein Jr. 10:30 Big John, Little John 11:00 Land of the Lost 11:30 Muggsy 12:00 Around the Town • 12:30 Come Alive 1:00 Opinion 1:30 Wrestling 2:30 Grandstand 3:00 NFL Football "Pittsburgh - Houston" 5:30 KSN News, Weather, Sports 6:00 Hollywood Squares 6:30 Dolly 7:00 All Disney Sat. Nighl al the Movies "LI. Hobin Crusoe USN" 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Mary Harlman, Mary Hartman 11:30 NBC Saturday Nighl 1 :00 KSN Late News Sunday, December 12 6:58 Sign On 7:00 Amazing Grace Bible Class 7:30 Defenders 8:00 James Robeson Presents 8:30 Revival Fires 9:00 Herald of Truth 9:30 Oral Roberts Presents 8:30 Revival Fires 9:00 Oral Roberts Presents 10:00 Rex Humbard 11 :00 First Bible Baptist Church Hr. 12:00 NFL Football "Teams TAB" 3:00 Meet the Press 3:30 The FBI 4:30 NFL Game of the Week 5:00 Garner Ted Armstrong 5:30 News Centers-Access 6:00 The Tiny Tree 6:30 The Big Event "Peter Pan" 8:30 The Big Event "Money Changers PI III 10:00 KSN News, Weather. Sports 10:30 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman 12:00 KSN Late News

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