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1 "Well, Hello There" From The People The Public Inrttt . Is The Firit-Concern of This Newspaper 4 · SaUirday, February 17, 1973 ^Budget Priorities .*·; "Fpr the first time in American history, xHhe end of a .war has been followed not by a -"reduction but by a proposed increase in mili- · : :iary spending," declares Arkansas Sen. J. W. Fulbright in an analysis of President Nixon's ' 'budget' this weelt.' , : , '"··' As is-his custom, the junior senator from ; 'the state has a sharp eye out not only for .^programs -which are embellishments' on an already swollen Pentagon outlay, but for cut- · backs in nuts and-bolts programs that have to do with the economy of Arkansas. -'..; The White House, in defending Mr. Nixon's '·"full employment" and "unified" budget, in- ·'. sists that the military gets only a small piece : of the pie, and that the economical overload peonies from dead wood in the Great Society's vhuman resources programs. '·'· Sen. Fulbright has his doubts. 4.-.. The way he adds up federal expenditures, ;"the military and military-related expenses 'v "gobble up 65 cents of every tax dollar collected. The President sets that figure at 30 ^cents. Sen. Fulbright also finds that federal /'outlays for agriculture, natural resources, rural development, commerce, transportation and housing--things that vitally affect the welfare of Arkansas--rate only 14 per cent of total spending. There's considerable difference in accounting for costs here, as well as in rating ,' of priorities. It would be a considerable bless.. ing for taxpayers, as well as Congress, if .presidents were required to use uniform ac"counting procedures for estimating budgetary ' and state of the union matters. We have an idea Thomas Jefferson would approve after - studying the "unified-full-employment" budget for a while. As things now stand, there r,are no comparative figures readily available, :".year to year. The military point, therefore, ;.';can be manipulated to seem whatever size i-^s judged in its own best interest. Under such ·1 "circumstances it is small wonder that the ·r-8maller priorities often get lost in the shuffle. No-Fault .; "- The TIMES is in receipt of a lengthy let- /·ter from an honored local attorney on the -'topic of "no- fault" insurance. Specifically, the correspondent takes exception to the paper's editoriai position favoring the general ^principle of "no-fault." Let us say 'once again, that there is a studied, calculated difference between a newspaper's editorial page and its news columns. The editorial page is set aside for the expression of opinion and is unabashedly prejudiced for or against a variety of issues. The news columns of the paper, conversely, are as objective as possible, and carry with them an Obligation to set the record straight when an :-';error of fact is called to the editor's atten- · · · · · · · · The letter writer in question suggests this newspaper Is passing on "misin- lormation" to the public in regard to the "no- jfault" question: The reference, apparently, is to an editorial comment on expected "no- fault" savings. One of the possible benefits of "no-fault" is a higher return of premium investment to the insured, combined with a net reduction in overall operational expenditures. The theory is that by-passing legal ex- · 'penses in minor accidents will produce sav- -ings for the insurance agency. These, if they materialize, would be passed on to the policy ^holder. The local attorney says this can't be so. He may be right. There is legitimate expec- · Station of Havings, however, in some forma of ^'no-fault* as the Massachusetts experience in- 'idicates. This is reflected in the fact that "no;.fault" legislation just enacted in New York "''State anticipates just such a savings. (One ."-argument used against "no-fault" in New -York State, interestingly enough, ia that in .the absence of a mandatory rate decrease, in:' surance companies would stand to earn wind'. fall profits, due to lower operational costs.) -' ' This is in sharp contrast to the Arkansas : Bar Association proposal, which would make ; "no-fault" an ADDITIONAL coverage. No ' matter how inexpensive that policy might be, it would represent an increase. Our correspondent suggests that the term . "no-fault" is a misnomer, "and an emotional ' phrase that has been used extensively by the '. newspaper writers and other writers, most of . whom have very little knowledge about the : subject of reparations for injuries in regard · ;to liability, and other forms of liability." The writer also admits his firm receives substantial income in the course of a year from its abundance of knowledge about the subject of reparations for injuries in regard to automobile liability. Which raises a curious point, in our view at least. Why is it · that journalism, which has no stake at all in the debate, except as a watchdog in the public interest, is tarred as the biased party, whereas the bar association, which has a lucrative income to be concerned with, is the · : well-studied, wise, objective mediator? We agree with our friend . the attorney that the issue 3oes tend to become a little ; ; emotional at times, but in our experience it ; only gets that way when you talk to a lawyer. * NflrtlftBf at Arkamwa (Him** ' 212 N. East Are., FayettertUe, Arkansas 7275! - Phone 442-62U ·· Published every afternoon except Snndsy, New '-.Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. '. ·· ; : Founded Jane 14, 1880 _ · Second Class Postage Paid at Fayetttvllle, Arkansas '.. MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the '· use for republication of all news dispatches credited ' to it or not otherwise credited in this paper and also : " "tbe-local news published herein. ·' All rights of republication of special dispatches -.'·"herein are also reserved. _ / ;JT - : SUBSCRIPTION RATES ~ £ : 'i er Month ......... (by carrier) .............. $2.40 \im\\ rates in Washington, Benton, Madison counties - ^ - Ark. «nd Adair County, Okla. mbothi ............... '·· .......... ,.i .. ..... ..-IJ.W months ................ · ........ i-. ........... . $11.08 The Dollar And John Connally By CLAYTON KR1TCHEY . W A S H I N G T O N -- In, discussing prospective Republican presidential possibilities for 1976, Mr. Nixon recently said he felt that John Connally could "handle any job in the country -- or in the world." Maybe so, but it's comforting to know lhat Mr. Connally is not likely to serve again as secretary of tha treasury and principal protector of the dollar and U.S. foreign trade. The new devalualion of Ihs dollar just announced by the present secretary of t h e treasury, George Shultz. may not solve the international monetary problem, but it can't be much worse than the solution produced by his predecessor, Mr. Connally. The handsome, self-assured former governor ot Texas, it will be recalled, w a s Mr. Nixon's chosen instrument in the summer and fall of 1971 to rescue the dollar from wicked foreign attacks, and to save our foreign trade from the threat of an Impending deficit. In an August, 1971, television speech announcing his new economic policy, Mr. Nixon said he was "determined that the dollar must never again be a hostage in the hands of the international speculators." The identity of these bad characters has never been made clear, but according to the President they were "waging an all-out war on the American dollar." So Mr. Connally. then head of Treasury, was sent into the breach. His efforts culminated in the so-called Smithsonian agreement of December, 1971, designed to stabilize the dollar, produce a large foreign Irade surplus for the United States and cure our adverse balance of international payments. WORLD'S BEST In tlie considered opinion of Nixon it was "the most significant monetary agreement in the history of the world." Now, only 14 months later, the agreement is in shreds. The Bretton Woods monetary agreement of 1944, unilaterally Shattered by Nixon and Connally. by comparison lasted 27 years and, on the whole, worked remarkably well. It ushered in the greatest era of foreign trade . the world has ever known. The Smithsonian has proved to be a poor sanctuary for the dollar, which in the last two weeks has been under even heavier .attack than in 1971. The present crisis, however, did not spring out of the blue. It can be traced to the failure of Ihe Nixon-Connally scheme lo solve Ihe underlying problems of foreign trade and the balance- of-paymenls deficits. Up until 1971, the United States had never experienced a foreign trade deficit In this century. The Connally goal was to turn the 1971. deficit of 2 billion into an $8 billion surplus. Inslead, the latest reports show that the deficit soared to $6.4 billion last year, a jump of over 200 per cent. The final balance- of-payments figures are not yet available for 1972, but. the deficit for the third quarler along was $4.7 billion, so Ihe yearly lotal would probably be well over $10 billion. These are staggering miscalculations, but they don't seem to have impaired Mr. Connally's lofty standing. His confident facade impresses not only the President but the Washington press corps as well. Fellow columnists have called him the "ablest man in American public life." Others have written that his "enormous success in pulling off the monetary agreement has properly lionized him in Washington." How now? That Man Herblock The Washington Merry-Go-Round President Intends To 'Keep The Peace 7 To the Editor: The November issue of The Progressive carried a review by Edwin Knoll, Washington Editor of The Progressive, of Herb- lock's State of the Union. We now have the beginning of Four More Years a n d we are experiencing the effects of the Mandate. We can have even more appreciation of it. "Herblock's secret, I think." writes Knoll, "is that he manages to stay awake when he reads the papers, and to keep his intelligence alert to the outrages and absurdities to which most of us tend to become inured. His book is worth having if only because it p r e s e r v e s between hard covers such gems as Presidential Press Secretary Ron Zieglar's statement at the time of .the invasion of Laos: 'The President is aware of what is going on. That is not to say that there is anything going on.' In his running commentary, Herblock puts the bizarre incident into its bizarre context. He doesn't make us feel any better, but he helps us to understand. . Remember 20 years ago when A m e r i c a n s were aroused because Nixon had a secret expense fund of $18,000, contributed by wealthy Southern California businessmen? The nation was shocked, Nixon was almost forced off the ticket, until he went on the air with the soothing Checkers speech. In 1972 he began his campaign with a Ten Million Dollar secret fund contributed by wealthy doners. He refused to reveal their names, or even explain why. Who cares? There is an atmosphere .of resignation, apathy, emptiness. The people have been soothed with "Doublethink." -War is peace and peace is war. They have become desensitized. They have been told that their Leader is the wisest and most honored of men and most just. They shrug in resignation and the pollsters record that they believe Him. A government report, states City Box Section NO EXPERT Mr. Connally is not an authority on economics; neither is he a professional on international monetary affairs; yet he did not hesitate to lecture foreign finance ministers like schoolboys when he went to Europe to apply the "shock treatment" of the new economic policy. His tough and tactless tactics abroad were admired around the While House at the time, but what have they gained us? The United Slates is worse off alter the treatment than before, and now we have to bargain again with international leaders who have not forgotten Connally's studied brusqueness. This is nol to say that Mr. Connally can't be an able spokesman. The big oil in- leresls, for example, have never had a belter defender of their preferential tax advanlages. In commenting on the enormous oil depletion tax loophole, the former Treasury head said, joopholes? One man's loophole is another man's bread and butter." Rbry Evans, president ol the Texas AFL-CIO. says, "We often refer to Connally as Nixon's oil slick." , It must be . hoped that the dollar devaluation announced by Shultz this week will turn out more successfully t h a n Ihe Smithsonian .one, but there is an uneasy feeling that it is.just another hasty, unilateral stopgap. So far, however, it has not been called.devaluatlon with honor, or the greatest decision since the Creation. But hold on. (C) 1173, Lot Ang*le» Times By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Despite .warnings that the leopard-spot truce in South Vietnam is impossible to defend and that a military takeover by the C o m m u n i s t s is inevitablt. President Nixon is determined to preserve the fragile peace he has fashioned. He hopes to persuade Hanoi to adopt political means to achieve the goal of reunification. In return, he is . prepared to help the North V i e t n a m e s e rebuild their country. The President has told associates privately that he expects Vietnam to become reunited in a few years. Wilh this in mind, his objective is three-fold: (1) to keep the reunification process political and. therefore, peaceful; (2) to gain Hanoi's trust by offering generous relief and rehabi- lilalion; and (3) to encourage North Vietnam to remain independent of China, Russia and the United States alike. The President foresees a Yugoslavia-like North Vietnam that will become less hostile as it grows more independent. He is ready to make a huge investment in this theory by providing ample aid, so Hanoi won't have to be dependent upon China and Russia. It will be worth the cost, the President contends, if peace can be preserved in Indochina. For a renewal of the conflict and a military takeover by the Communists, he fears, would cause bitter recriminations and deep divisions among the American people. Footnote: The President was also pleased with Vice President Agnew's report on his consultations with Southeast Asian leaders. Agnew came home convinced there won't be any repetition of the Vietnam War in other Asian countries. NIXON'S PRIVATE VIEWS President Nixon has set friends straight about his views on politics and personalities. In private conversations, he has made these points: --He doesn't favor former Treasury Secretary John Connally over Vice President Spiro Agnew as his successor but has encouraged both men to seek the presidential nomination. The President indicated he would wait until the-verdict of the primaries before he will make his choice: T h o s e privy to his views s u s p e c t that the P r e s i d e n t will withhold his endorsement until the last minute in order to maintain political leverage. -- The President is pleased Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 'Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 1973. There are 317 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1801, the U.S. House of Representatives broke an electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr and elected Jefferson president. On this date: In 1621, Miles Standish was made military captain of the Pilgrim colony at Plymouth, Mass. In 1871, Baltimore became the first American city to be illuminated by gas lights, In 1876, sardines are believed to have been canned for the first time -- at Eastport, Me. In 1934, King Albert of Belgium was killed in an accident while mountain climbing. In 1944, in the Pacific war, American 'forces made an amphibious landing on the Japanese-held island of Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands. Ten years ago: -Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona made a Senate speech in which he called for a blockade of all shipments of any kind to Cuba. Five years ago: The Communists opened a new offensive in South Vietnam, shelling parts of Saigon. One year ago: Billionaire Howard Hughes moved from Nassau in the Bahamas to Managua, Nicaragua. Today's birthdays: Mrs. Clifton Daniels -- the former Margaret Truman -- is 49. Singer Marian Anderson is 71. Texas billionaire H. L. Hunt is 84. Thought for today: Let not thy left hand know what the right hand doeth -- the Bible. with Bill Rogers' performance as secretary of state and won't replace him with Connally or anyone else as long as Rogers wants the job. Rogers has acted as a buffer between Congress and the White House, leaving Ihe President and Henry Kissinger free to formulate foreign policy with a minumum of congressional interference. This is precisely, smiled the President, what he asked Rogers lo do. Our sources came away with the impression, however, that Rogers could have the next Supreme Court appointment if he would like. -- Contrary to press speculation, the President never b e c a m e disenchanted with Henry Kissinger during the agonizing last days of the peace Kissinger handled the negotiations superbly and never made a move without authorization, said the President. UNDER THE DOME The cornerstone of Congress, the committee system, is in need of overhaul. No problem is too large or too small to be shunted to some committee. There's even a committee on the beauty shop, a committee on parking, a committee on restaurants and, of course, a committee on committees.. Four freshmen congressmen took an experimental, four-week cram course at Harvard last December to prepare themselves for Congress. They were Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. D- Calif.; Bill Cohen, R-Me.; Barbara Jordan. D-Tex.. and Alan Steelman, R-Tex.. The eager Mrs. Bu r k e, on .her way to her f i r s t roll call, lost her way in the Capitol's basement and had to ask a TV crew how to get to the House floor . . . The boyish- looking Cohen, since his arrival on Capitol Hill, has been mistaken as an elevator operator and a House pageboy.. South Dakota's Sen. Jim Abourezk frequently goes to public gatherings wearing a badge identifying him as Otto Schmink. Explaines Abourezk: "I believe people-will talk more frankly with Otto Schmink, average citizen, than with Jim Abourezk, U. S. s e n a t o r " Missouri's Rep. Jerry L i t t o n , nervous after firing a new case worker, changed all the locks on his office doors and ordered Capitol guards to watch his by UNITED , that the Saigon government will require continued U.S. material and technical training to maintain the $5 billion In weapons supplied by the United States, A *5 billion build-up, with agreement for replacement, to maintain the Thieu government in power. It is " p e a c e with honor." The military budget will not be reduced -- it will be increased by several billion. Administrations* a n d big . c o r p o r a t i q n,s have acted, nationally, without social responsibility. Internationally, the impact has been most tragic; domestically, we are more and more reaping the consequences. But the ! President, in his inaugural address and in hi* subsequent actions, puts responsibility on the individual. "Ask not what your government can do for you. ask what you can do for yourself." Our people, he says, are like children -give them (he responsibility for themselves/without government aid, and they will become self- reliant. · ... . Mr. Nixon went'into solitude and invaded Cambodia and carpet-bombed H a n o i . He emerges from i solitude with a veto in either hand. He has contempt for Congress. He says it is "absolutely clear" that h« has the constitutional authority to impound. If this is so, we have been living under a different form of government than we have always believed our forefathers gave to us. Here is what Assistant Attorney General William Rehnquist, now associate justice of the Supreme Court, wrote in 1969: With respect to ths suggestion that the President has a constitutional power to de'cline to spend appropriated funds, we must conclude that the existence of such a broad power is supported by neither reason nor precedent. In compassionate words, in his second inaugural. President Lincoln said: "Fondly do we hope., that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away." It is more unfortunate, we feel, that Mr. Nixon's "peace with honor" does not encompass it. Ella Pote« Winslow From The People The Lettuce Boycott To the F.dtor: We have recently become aware of the meaning of st_ "lettuce boycott." People who pick lettuce in this country are grossly underpaid. These people are not able to make a living wage because big corporations (which own land and control the handling of lettuce) are fighting the lettuce farmers' attempt to form a union. We do nol want anyone to surfer poverty from the injustice of corpqrate-moneyed- efforts over individual rights. As concerned citizens we have resolved not to eat lettuce until proper negotiations for ths lettuce farmer have been made. A major supermarket operating in this area owns "lettuce land" and helps control the "lettuce little man" in a dehumanizing way. We will not shop there. If the lettuce at other markets displays the Aztec black eagle of the free grower, we will joyfully eat lettuce and take our shopping to them. Will you also show coricern for fellow Americans and join in the lettuce boycott? Mr. and Mrs. 'Ray Leonard Fayetteville Billy Graham This Is My Answer I am a Christian but not a very strong one. I want desperately to improve, but I have one sin I cannot seem to break. I overcome it for a day or two, but I fail again. I have prayed about it, but I still do it Why? What should I do7 M.N. There are two words which are important in any problem of sin: the one is "forgive", and that is God's part. The other is "forsake," and that is your part. I don't know what your problem is. It may be serious, or it may be of little consequence, but the fact remains that it is defeating you. Let'Us say for example, that it is "smoking". First, you must become convinced that you should not smoke -- either for health reasons, or for your Christain lestimony -- or for other reasons, perhaps. Being convinced, however, thai you "should not" smoke, is certainly not enough to break the habit. M . a n y people know they shouldn't smoke. I've heard them say when they light up, "I know I should not smoke thes* things, but I just can't seem to give them up." Now, come to the heart of the problem. After you have become convinced that you should quit, then you must bring the will into play and want to quit. Nothing is quite as strong as human desire. Desire drove the explorers across unknown oceans. It Rave Mark Spitz the superhuman power to win five gold medals in the recent Olympics. 1 tell you, based on Luke 18:27, there is no bad habit that we have to endure, if our will and the power of God link up to defeat it. I think it is very significant that often when Christ met someone in need, He would ask' them: "What do you want ms to do for you?" You know your answer already. Features They'll Do It Every Time ® SHE SHOULD* MARRIED A HANCVMAN 1NPSPSNPEWTLY WEALTHV.' MRS.NOOP6ELY COULDN'T ENXV HER BRIDOEGWSIFSHE THOUGHT HER HOB3Y WA« RELAXING.' USTOFTHINOSXXJ OUOOOMTILI6ET HOME FROM BRIDGE.' PUT IT IN YOUR POCKET SO IT WONT BLOW AWAY' ALLRK3KT, C*AR,YiS y DEAR- OONNAGOCVBS ANO BORROW A WRENCH RWWv HIM, BUTNOTWrtlLi PUTMSTOVWSRK TOO"- SUY WITH THE WEU. ORGANIZiPFRAU" tUTTIPTO ROMWMJMUy ATLANTA, 6A. How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO M e m b e r s of Methodist Churches are joining other Arkansas Methodists in the Aldergate Witnessing Mission beginning today. . Slightly more than 21,000 residents received the Type II Sabin Oral Polls Vaccine given yesterday in Fayetteville a n d 15 YEARS AGO The Razorbacks lost to Texas Tech, 69-48, last night, leaving the Southwest Conference in snarl, with seven of eight teams still in contention. A Fayetteville police officer arrested a 22-year-old man last night for giving beer to a 17- 25 YEARS AGO ' Articles of incorporation of the Fayetteville Broadcasting Co. have been filed, with local incorporators to manage station KGRH. Washington County sheriff Bruce Crider.today went to Ft. Smith to question three men and two women arrested thers the area. Winthrop Rockefeller, GOP halional commilteeman and Tom Harper, Arkansas Democratic state chairman, will debate the value of a two party system In a session -Tuesday sponsored by the Fayetlevill* Junior Chamber of Commerce, year-old -- and then discovered that the 22-year-6ld was really 16 and carrying a forged ID. Prof. Virgil Fielder of the department of agriculture'staff at the University of Arkansas d i e d today, after . being hospitalized several weeks. in connection with a wave of robberies in Washington County. Jack Roberts, owner of AAA Plumbing and Sheet Metal, Co, on Scott St., apparently scared away men attempting . to burglarize the-.-shop, whin h« entered it about 8:30 last night.

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