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"Right - It's Their Own Fault For Building Their Dikes So Close To The Water" , · The Public' Intwwt It Tht, Pint Concern of Mis * Where Money Came 'Fronri Important Political Issue , Augutt 8, 1972 Setting Priorities '· So many things need doing in the cities of the county, and in the county itself, that the time may be ripe for contemplating setting some priorities. ' The needs are evident -- airport, ex i pansion of hospitals, county courthouse, pollution control improvements, street program, and additional personnel in fire and police departments, among others -- arid obviously they all can't be met at the same ,time. , The schools, as well, will be growing with 'the area, and doubtless problems which will arise, in their future should be considered along with the others. Proper study and ^thought about ways to find solution's for each in its turn could be very important to the future. · - . - " · " Starting to work on one problem, only to have another offered up for solution in the middle of a campaign, could mean failure ;tp solve anything. 1 How such a priority-setting should ; be started or handled does not come to mind out of the blue, but there are plenty of intelligent leaders who, if they put their minds to the question, can come up with answers. Such an activity might be very worth while. City Of Quality There have been suggestions that Fay- .etteville adopt a slogan which points out a goal -- such as "The City of Quality." · The idea has merit.' The community has always been considered a cultural center, and a great deal that has been accomplished has been along this line. v ; ; · , - : - - ; . - ·. ·'.-·. i,,. With the additions of industry, the -.thought that, ''culture"; was taking .a back ·seat to'business gained some credence, and there, were indications that growth was sup- 'plantirig progress to sonic extent. '·'" It doesn't have to be. Industry can help ..to develop a ..quality community, if that goal is set and adhered to in all fields; This ^community has been fortunate in the indu$- -try it has attracted, and there is no reason to think the future need, be any different. , If Fayetteville is to work towards a goal, ·perhaps "quality" is the first thing to think fabout, and a slogan "The City of Quality" should serve well. ·. ^·; Those who have broached the proposal :1JJ£ve the best interests of the community at JJieart -- and their suggestions deserve at- jention and some thought. t The Best . According to, press "reports, the city ad- r of Fort Smith has proposed an to increase' franchise taxes on e major utility firms and prevent the from passing the raises on to ^customers. ^ \" 5 '^ The..city attorney there is quoted its p say ". fng the city has the power to levy the fran- ; chise tax- and take action to prevent the ·i utilities from passing on the charge. Well, it's a neat trick if it comes out all T right, but that is not the way it has been told up here. ' And even if there is sufficient authority ' and no tax increase is passed on, there must be little doubt the companies would be before the state regulating body on the dou- , ble to ask for. rate increases which would · match the extra burden placed on them by the tax boost. · "' Franchise taxes in Fayetteville brought . in some few-hundreds above $161,000 in 1971. The utilities acted as collection agencies for the city. A community imposes this kind of tax because it can do so without approval of voters. · With or without passing the charge on to utility customers an increased franchise tax ought to be considered as a last resort -- not as a choice. Recipe Candidate Wins'W For Effort By ART BUCHWALD. WASHINGTON ·-:· It seems that last week Sen, George McGovern offered everyone the 'vice presidency. ; 1;,became aware- of this .last Thursday when the taxi driver who takes me to work was late. "I'm sorry. I was delayed. I just took George McGovern to his Senate office and he asked me to run w i t h . him on the Democratic ticket." "Hedid!".- . · "Yeah. But,. he ·. \\'as. preiiy honest about it. He said he.had asked Sens, Kennedy", : ftlblcotf and Humphrey;' G6v,.L'u;ey of Wisconsin, Mayor Lindsay of New York, State Sen. Kalpwitz i'oX'i .IJew. Mexico, . A l d e r m a n Hummer; of Primrosei'-Vt.. City Councilman Tligley of Sam Hill, Idaho, Justice of the Peace Dumbottom of Long Fence. Montana, and 16 riotray publics in Detroit. They all turned him down." "What did you say when he asked you?" 1 inquired. NO "SECONDS" "I told McGovern that ordinarily I would have been flattered, but I had heard through the grapevine that he had already offered the spot lo his dry cleaner on MacArthur Blvd. I said I thought I should have been asked first." "How did you know that for sure?" "Because the checkout man at the AP near McGovern's ' home told me he had been asked before the dry clearner." "Why didn't the AP checkout man accept the. vice presidency?" · "He's fooling: around With a customer, the wife of someone high in government,. and he's afraid it would come out." "It probably would," I agreed. "Do you know of anyone else the senator has talked'to?" . ' . "I know he' asked . t h e manager of the Esso gasoline station on Massachusetts Ave. But the manager said he didn't want to give up his job because he was expecting a promotion to a much larger station on the Baltimore-Washington Expressway." "It must be discouraging for the candidate to have so many people turn him down. He didn't ask his gardener, did he?".. "No, he wants to keep his gardener, ". the taxi driver said, "but he did ask his dentist." "You mean the dentist turned It down, too?" "The problem there, as 1 understand it, is the dentist has three speeding tickets on t h e books, and when the staff heard about it they crossed him off the list." WOMEN CONSIDERED "Did he ask any women that you know-of?" ·"His wife's-hairdresser. But her husband wouldn't let her accept. McGovern seriously considered one of the women who lives on his street," but she turned out to be a Republican." "Well, you can't say he hasn't tried," I said. "I heard the other night he offered it to one of his Secret Servicemen." .. "Which one?" "Any one who wanted it. But they've been around vice presidents a lot, and they know the job isn't much." We arrived at the office and I paid him. Then I went upstairs. My secretary was waiting breathlessly. "George McGovern wants you to call him. It's urgent." I placed the'call. McGovern asked, "How would you like to be my vice president?" "Let me say yes before you change your mind." "Good. I'll give you Frank MankieWicr." : Frank got on the phone. "Art, are there any skeletons in your closet?" 'You've got to be kidding!" I said. "Where (Jo.you want me to start?" National Democratic Party Chairman Larry F. . O'Brien has filed suit for $1 million against well- · heeled Republicans as a result of the bungled breik- ^ in -at Democratic headquarters in which the GOP security chief was arrested. If it works, O'Brien has hit upon a recipe that will help Democrats ease their financial headaches. -- Florence (S.C.) Morning News In The Washington Merry~Go-Round U.S. Rejects Laser Beam Weapon Weather Maybe no one does anything qtout the weather, but the sort we've been seeing recently indicates someone has been tinkering with it. -- Beaumont (Tex.) Enterprise 212 N, East Ave.,;FayeUevllle, Arkansas 73101 · i . . ; '-·-' ; Phone «2-62« . Published every afternoon except Sunday ! Founded June M, 1880 ; Second-Class Postjge Paid at Fayetteville.' Arkansas ' '« MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ;,The Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the ' use for republicalion of all news dispatches credited to ; it or not otherwise credited In this paper and also : the local news published herein. '· All rights of rcpublication of special dispatches ' htrein are also reserved. / " i.. ' SUBSCRIPTION RATES Per Month by carrier) $2.40 Mail rates in Washington, Benton, Madison coiintl»s ,. n ' Ark. and Adair County, Okla, -3 months ··.-.·:·, 56.00 ,6 months ai · · · · $11.00 1 YEAR V..R. $20.00 City Box Section .,..-. $24.00 Mail in counties other than above: '3 monlho $7.00 months $13.08 ,l YEAR · $24.00 AIA MAIL' SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE TENNIS BOOM. Sophy Burn- fi^m, "Tennis: A Whole N e w Ball Game," Saturday Review, July 29, 1972, pp. 44-47. "Tennis has become democratized, pro- fessionalized, c h e a p , year- round, all-weather, all-hours-and, to all appearances, the -nation's fastest-growing sport. The game has not exactly suppianted bowling yet. but there are estimated to be as many as 11.5 million tennis players in the United States right now--nearly double the number who took to the courts ten years ago. This species of genteel athleticism has become a growth industry--already doing 400,million dollars' worth 'of business a year.... Tennis courts meantime are becoming ·more and more plentiful, at the rale of 54 new courts a day." "As the game has spread, the character of the game--and of the players who play it--has changed, reflecting an underlying shift...ln the sociology of tennis. It used lo Ixt that tennis was the sport of fhe rich and only the'rich.;; According to a recent Nellson survey, the income of the average tennis player has dropped from $15,000 a few years ago to $10.000. Tennis' time has c o m e , and, as Ihe game has boomed,, it seems to have achieved a kind of rare, ultimate democracy-remaining a rich man's thing for the rich, while becoming * popular one for the people." .By JACK ANDERSON ' WASHINGTON -- The men who introduced the insidious white phosphorus and needle bombs to Vietnam have balked · at using a destructive laser ray which they had researched for use against -Vietcong military leaders. This Strangest of weapons _was dreamed up In the early '60s as a means of exploding the eyes of enemy soldiers and their officers from distances of more than a mile. By blinding instead of killing, the weapons would cause endless grief not only . to ..the ,. victim, but to the authorities- who would have to take care of the blinded soldiers. T h e research for this horrendous-device was-done for Aerospace- TMedical Research Laboratory. - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. It was presented at secret sessions of a Pentagon-sponsored forum in San Diego. We have copies, of'some of the classified research. "Giant pulse lasers" were used to bring rabbit and monkey eyes to the oiling point, causing bleeding and an actual explosion in the eye - .GOODBYB EYES As the report to the secret forum put it in technical terms: ."Retinal exposures to unat- tenuated Q-switch laser beams resulted .in vaporization of. . .tissue with the production of relatively massive blast and hemorrhagic effects in addition to extensive retinal burns. . . "This is important in cons i d e r i n g the anti-personnel w e a p o n applications of the lasers. . .· It would not matter upon which portion of the retina the image was formed because the resulting micro-explosion of the tissue would lead to blindness." .: . The study goes on to say that counter-measures against the blindness ray would be "difficult" for an enemy to perfect because the lasers' pierce most protective filters. FUNDING ESSENTIAL Putting the research into practice would ,be complex, but military scientists have told us it could be easily accomplished with adequate funding. The weapons could be reduced to backpack size and aimed at enemy officers byuse" of high- power telescopic lenses. ;The beam would cover a circle with a diameter of several feet. B i l l y Graham Answer My What do you think of the popularity r of Jesus Christ Superstar? I have heard .that, you . 'have made some comment about it, and would appreciate it if you would repeat it in this column. M. W. R. I have never seen . t h e . - p r o - duction, but I.have read the script and I am convinced that the authors, two English young men, who I'm told left the 'church because they could not .accept the Deity .of Christ, have done a "gigantic disservice by offering this play to the public. It borders upon blasphemy and sacrilege. I have objected to the fact that they left out the .resurrection, arid 1 if''there is no resurrection there is no Christianity. I have stated that the opera (if indeed it should be called an opera) asks questions millions of young people are asking such as "Jesus Christ are you who they say you are?" If the production causes religious discussion and causes young people to search their Bibles for the truth, to that extent it may i be beneficial. I have never endoresed this production nor do I urge young people to -see: it." '··There have always; been two view of Jesus Christ. The one is that He was a mere man with perhaps unusual gifts, and with a messianic complex. The other is that He is indeed the Son of God, the Savior of the world. In Superstar it does n o t teach that Christ was Deity, but it presents Him as a man who at least was attracted to a prostitute, who was motivated by the desire to be a super-leader, and who died as a publicity stunt. I am not surprised that many people should find such a portrayal attractive, but "believing" Christians are not deceived by such a concept. - Any eye in that area would he destroyed if it was exposed to the ray for even a split instant -- far less than a microsecond -- the scientists said. Asked tor comment, a D e f e n s e Department expert said the material remained classified. WHAT'S MY LINE? Lost among the innumerable, anonymous men whom George Wallace calls "briefcase-totin" b u r e a u c r a t s ' 1 a r e some government employes whose jobs would stump a "What's My Line" panel. O n e lonely government worker spends his days looking for bookworms. Real ones. Charley Brown, 24, wearing a mustache, sunglasses and a black knit cap, hunts down worms in the rare ' book collection at the Library of Congress. The worms can do great damage, and the rare books are extremely valuable, So Brown takes his job seriously. "When I find a worm," he says with determination, "I report it." J a m e s Reed, another government employ who never picks up a briefcase, still has his hands full. His job is to haul hundreds of [lags up and down the flagpoles on the roof of the Capitol. .FLAGS AS GIFTS Reed's patient work permits congressmen and senators to send their constituents flags that have actually -- albeit momentarily '-- flown over the Capitol. Reed apparently does his uncommon job uncommonly well. "When I get going," he says, "I'll he running them up and down every three minutes." Perhaps most unusual is the a s s i g n m e n t recently given David Dinius of the Agricultural Department. He was trying to determine whether newspapers could be recycled as low grade forage for animals. For several months, he fed the Washington Post to a group of cows. Unfortunately, the cattle didn't like the Post any more than Vice President Agnew does. ByCLAYIONKIUTCHKY WASHINGTON -- Nobody should know bettor them R i a h ft r d Nixon what n dangerous time bomb a. secret political fund cun bo Iti R pro-' sldcnllnl election. It was tho revelation of such a fund (lint almost ended Mr. Nixon's career back In 1052, when he was running for vtco president on the Eisenhower ticket. In the light of that serious experience, It Is hard to understand why the president now, 26 years later, would hand tho Democrats a high-voltage issue by involving himself In another secret campaign fund. The old fund : was. ; merely .$18,000. The new one is $10 million. Mr. Nixon would do well to reread his own account of what happened in 1952 when the press disclosed In the.: midst of the campaign that, as a senator, he had been financed by ·· a select group 1 of affluent patrons. Mr. Nixon first tried to brush it off, arguing': that it was of no Importance and' that lie had done nothing wrong. That was' not, however, the reaction of the public and Gen Dwlght Eisenhower. In the end, Mr. Nlxo'n saved himself by going on television to give a detailed account of the fund. He also ended up revealing the identity of all those who h a d contributed to it. INCREASED PRESSURE The president is beginning to find himself under similar pressure to make public the names of the big donors who have contributed $10 million (possibly more) to the "fat cat" fund raised by Maurice Stans, the former secretary of commerce, for the re-election of Mr. Nixon. As in 1952, the pressure for full disclosure will inexorably increase. ·The Democrats, of course, will never cease agitating the issue, for their candidate, Sen. George McGovern, has already made public all the money he has received, including contributions he got before April 7, when the strict new federal law requiring the reporting of campaign funds went into effect. In order to circumvent that law, Stans put on a drive to get the big GOP money collected before April 7, and he succeeded to the tune of at least $10 million. As McGpvejn and others have asked, did it come from grateful sources like ITT, Lockheed, the tavorcd oil interests or where? Mr. Nixon and Stans refuse to say. OPF,NNESS EXPECTED John Gardner, chairman of noii-piirUsun Common Cfliiso, r i o l q s thai the president "defends Ilia refusal to glvo · Information o n . I h o .pro-April 7 money by emphasizing that tho letter ot llic, law (toes ..not require, him, 1 lo do .tfo.'j Tljoro are,' Mr. Gardner,, toy$,''·" MI great ninny questions we want lo ask candidates that candidates aro not required by law to answer, It ttioy answered only those questions tho law required, the political dlalo«uo would dry up." " , Referring to the Constitution's Fifth Amendment, Mr. Gardner observes: "Wo protect citizens accused of crimes by permitting them not to answer certain kinds of questions.' And via assume all private citizens arb entitled to consider vas,f ; area* ot their l i v e s ' a n d : view* to he -- in the strictest terms r- no . one else's business." . ; But, he adds, "we expect something else of those who sock to represent us as elected officials. We expect openness, We expect candor." In short, we don't expect a President, in effect, to "lake the Fifth" when he Is asked where the money comes from. WHAT'S TO FEAR? As an a p o s t l e ot law-and- order, Mr. Nixon has repeatedly denounced others for hiding behind legal sanctuaries. Technically, he is within the law in ducking questions about.-(ha $10. million, but what kind qf an example is that for a president li set? What is Mr. ; Nlxon afraid of? The Committee for the Re- Election of the President is already under suspicion of Irregularities. .Prodded by Congress, the General Accounting Office is investigating charges that the committee has violated the law in the handling of Nixon campaign contributions. S i n c e t h e celebrated "bugging" of the Democratic N at i o n a 1. Committee head- q u a r t e r s i n Washington developed l i n k s both to tha White House and the Nixon reelection committee, there hava been a series of puzzling resignations by Nixon campaign officials. 'T h e president's Justice Department is supposed to be investigating all of these mysterious doings, but the Demo; crats can hardly be blamed for demanding that Mr. Nixon appoint a special prosecutor and remove Justice from the case. In any case, the public -is entitled to know who put up the. $10 million. From The People The Water Matter They'll Do It Every Time ® Bur HO//ARE THE COHTENIS WHEN THE PACKAGE IS RMAUY PRIED-- V/RESTUD AND TORN OPEN? THE SPECIALLY WRAPPED PACKAGE WITH AU.THE*FRA.6ILE" WARNINGS ON ft ARRIVES W PERFECT SHAPE- ·· (STOAT THE V/ATERCOjOR Btrr IT WAS SO WEtU WRAPPED I RUINED IT GOOD Oil W.EBO To the Editor: As one of the families living in the area adjacent to Fayetteville, I feel people should be informed about some facts and our feelings toward · recent discussion in the paper ^concerning furnishing water to this area. Residents of this avea have whole-heartedly supported the development of a rural water district for the purpose . of s u p p l y i n g residential a n d agricultural water. We have demonstrated this by making deposits to support the development of the district. Only after this has been done does the city now jump into the act and begin talking about supplying water -- preferably through annexation, which the majority of the people oppose. Some few people having small parcels of land they wish to develop into city lots for personal gain may be favorable to annexation. The amount of such lands would be very, small compared to the total area where people are concerned with living in the fashion of their " c h o i c e . Furthermore, one area annexed into the city eight years ago recently asked to be de-annexed because of failure of the city to provide water. The people In this area live on small farms and have invested in their own water systems and provide their own sanitation facilities and do not depend in any way on the government or other agencies to solve their problems. There is no evidence that the activities of the people in the area pose any threat of pollution; on the contrary, the general conditions of this area are more satisfactory than those found In the city. The people desire water lo insure adequate drinking water, supplements for existing sup- From Our Files plies for poultry and livestock- production, and possibly for. irrigation of high value procluca such as strawberries, blueberries, vegetable crops, fruit trees,.etc., which wijl improve their livelihood. This could be an economic asset to the community as a whole. The city, if it proceeds with annexation, will be Interfering with the chosen life style of the ' people concerned and will by its own admission change thft . n a l u . r e of the area. Such encroachment gobbles up highly productive.land to be covered with .concrete, gas stations, neon lights -- in other words', commercialization which is the beginning of degradation and pollution. The area being considered by the city consisting of some 200 families is only a small part of the total area envisioned by the water district. If this support is taken away it may mean that the remainder of Ihe people in the district will not gel water at all. Therefore, why doesn't Ihe city annex the entire rural water district and agree trt furnish it with water rather than a select few? Your "tomorrow" will be solved. I ask you to please open your hearts and your . minds and reach out to serve the needs of the county rather than using bribery and discrimination on the rural people. . . . Mayor Joe Fred Starr, members of the Board of Directors of Fayetleville and residents of Fayetteville, I invito each and every one o f ' y o u . to visit us on Old W i r e Road North. Let us show you our way of life, the most beautiful approach to Fayetteville that is left and one the city of Fayette r villo should take pride in leaving as it is, and help keen It that way. Mrs. J. L. Lancaster, Jr, How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Dr. John White, vice president for agriculture at the University, received the Service Uecognition Award, the highest honor given by the State Council of Homo Demonstration Clubs, at a recent three-day meeting at Harding College, Searcy. 15 YEARS AGO A 52-year-old Fayetteville man wns killed Instantly about 11:30 last night when he wns struck by a north-bound Frisco freight train ns he sat on the trucks at the South I f t l l Street crossing. Final plans for the State 25 YEARS AGO Recent hot, dry weather, has greatly increased the tire nnunn! in KnycUcvlllc mid vicinity, Klre Chief Henry George ssid todny. Glen McDonald, f u r m hoy Dr. Paul M. Young, vice president for academic a f f a i r s at the University, is attending a meeting of faculty members and administrators from universities of 16 Southern stales nt Nashville, Tcnn. Board meeting were mndo by Jayceltcs, wives of Junior Chamber of Commerce members, when they met Tuesday evening nl llic A i k a n s u S Western Cins Company's Ilos» pltnllly Room. from Tucker, was eleclcil president of tho Arkansas 4-U Club yesterday ,il the closing KCJi.Mnn of the minimi slnlc - l i t camp here,

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