Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 15, 1976 · Page 4
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Thursday, April 15, 1976
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Etkics Could Start With C Hair nian. Editorial-Opinion Page The Public interest Is The First Concent Of This Newspaper Alden H. Spencer, Publisher and General Mauager Floyd Carl Jr., .Managing Editor 4 · THURSDAY, APRIl IS, 1976 Problems Ahead The settlement that ended the brief nationwide Teamsters' strike was cause for both celebration and foreboding. With the trucks rolling again, the nation has been spared a long walkout that would have crippled industrial production and impeded recovery from the recession. But businessmen and administration officials are apprehensive lest the new Teamster contract be used s a model by other large unions whose contracts expire this year. Tlie most immediate concern is the rubber industry. On April 20, labor agreements expire at the industry's "Big Foiir" -- Firestone, B. F. Goodrich, Goodyear and Uni- royal. In all, about 67,000 workers are in. volved. And the union that represents them, ; the United Rubber Workers (URW), is determined to win a large pay increase as well as a cost-of-living escalator clause. The URW is still smarting over the con- i tract it negotiated in 1973. The wage-benefit provided for a. 20 per cent pay increase / spread over three years, but it did not in- ·*. elude automatic wage adjustments pegged to increase in the cost of living. As n result, :'. inflation has wiped out the rubber workers' '.: wage gains. Moreover, their hourly pay is ·· now almost ?1 less than that workers, .with whom they try to maintain wage . parity. Labor experts believe that the URW is '- shooting for a settlement at least as gener- · ous as the new Teamster pact. Under the "' agreement announced on April 3, the Team. sters are to get 30 per cent more in wages - and benefits over a three-year period. In addition, trucking-industry negotiators agreed to unlimited "adjustments in pay as prices rise during the life of the contract. URW President Peter Bommarito, who has had to shoulder the blame for the 1973 Art BuekwcLld contract, says that any_ strike (his year will. be against all of the Big Four instead of a single "target" company, as was customary. He also 1 predicts that a walkout would last at least a month and that unions in France, Italy and other foreign countries would strike U.S.-owned tire plants aboard; For-'their part, the rubber companies contend that they cannot afford a settlement as large as the one envisioned by Bommarito. The industry is just beginning to emerge from a slump that was caused in large part by the decline in sales of new automobiles. Firestone, the industry's traditional profit leader, saw its return on sales drop from 4.2 per cent in fiscal 1974 to 3.6 per cent in fiscal 1975. . "The biggest problem," Business Week asserted, "is that a hefty wage and benefit settlement this time around would hit the rubber makers where it hurts most: It would erode the productivity gains that promise to result from higher sales volume before they could flow through to the bottom line " Another problem is..that the companies are insisting that separate wage scales be established for workers in tire plants and workers who make other kinds of rubber products. Union officials retort that all workers pay the same prices and thus should receive equal wages. _ . · : Whatever the shape of the final: URW settlement, it is certain to affect bargaining in other manufacturing industries this year. The URW has always had close ties with electrical manufacturing, automobile and technical unions, all of which have contracts that expire in 1976. Consumers, then, can look for higher prices as manufacturers pass on the increased cost of rubber and track transportation. And that covers a lot of territory. ; Improper Or Not He Wanted It.All ' WASHINGTON.-- There is an elrl saying, "You can't take it with you," meaning that when you go., you have to leave your worldly goods behind. But now there is a rumor going around that Howard Hughes took it with him. f got the story from a very reliable source -- Clifall; ford Irving. '" "~~^ ' When Howard Hughes knew the end was coming, he called in his lawyers and said, "I don't' want to leave anything b°bind. I want to take everything I own with me." The lawyers were agog. "But you can't, Mr. Hughes. It's iUe- . gal." ;. ."; : · "Don't tell me it's _,, I'll get another team of law. yers. Work it out some way, I built up this fortune from scratch, and I'll be damned if anyone is going to get it after I'm gone," "Yes, s:r. You're talking ·about the Hughes Aircraft Co., ·the Las Vegas hotels, Hughes Air West and all your land Interests." - · "Everything, including my silver mines in'Nevada. 1 want it all." ONE OF THE lawyers said, "I'll check it ouE| Mr. Hughes. I don't think IRS can do anything about it if you lake it with you since they can't get their hands on it. But. as I see it, the problem is really one of transportation. That's an awful lot of stuff to take with you. You might have a much better chance if you sell every'. thing and take the cash." "I don't want cash. f want all my properties. Cash may not do me any good where I'm going." Another lawyer said. "But you could have a customs problem at the other end. They might make you pay 50 per cent ' on everything you bring in." "Get to the customs people some way so I don't have Ihe problem." "We don't know who the customs people are, Mr. Hughes. We've.- never' dealt with them before." "Well, find somebody who has! That's what you're 'paid for." ' j: "Yes, sir, we'll get to who- ver is in charge: There's one ^malter. though. I don't think there will be any ubjeclion to taking the satellite} and helicopter companies with you or even the oil drills. But there could be some question about the seven gambling casinos you o\vn. I'm not certain of this, but gambling may be illegal -where you're going." - · ' ' " T H E N 1 FIND somebody Ho imake. it legal. I have a lot ih- ~ vested in those casinos and a sentimental a t t a c h m e n t lo them." "But, sir, if you take the gambling casinos with you, you'll decimate Las . -Vegas, You'll leave a vast , desert , behind where they once stood. 1 ' "That's not --. my problem. When I bought" them I didn't promise anyone I'd-keep them there forever." -. "All.right, if you say so. What about the Glomar Explorer, Ihe ship the CIA used to, try to raise the Russian submarine?" "I don't want it. It caused me too much trouble. Besides, I didn't pay for it -- the CIA dill. But f want all the films I made in Hollywood." Bible Verse "That I may cause those that love me to inherit substance; and I will fill their treasures." Proverbs 8:21 If we seek wisdom and understanding from God, with a commitment lo give Him honor and love Him, there is no end to what He will do for us. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His - righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. A lawyer wrote it all down' on a ^yellow legal pad. Then he said, "I have one question, sir. Hovy do you expect to lake : all-, ; your worldly goods with you?"' ·; .-"J iwant everything' crated and ready. 'When the time : corftes f want a truck to 1 , drive up to the back door and load (he stuff on it. It's to be. done al midnight, out of sight of any prying eyes or nosy newspapermen. If one word of Ihis leaks out, you're all Tired." "Yes, sir. We'll make sure it's done in utmost secrecy." "And J want the three of you lo come with me in case T'have trouble at the.other end."- "Mr. Hughe?, you have'to be kiddin"." y "I've never been -more serious in my life." "The-three of us are tied up in court for the next few years but we'll find three junior part ners that: I'm sure will be . hapny to go." '-'All r'ight. But if they make one mistake, your, law firm uill lose the entire Hughes account." (C) I97G, f.os Angeles Times HOW TIME FLIES They'll Do It Every Time' LuSHWELL BUYS CKILY THE BEST UTl"»r( 0.0 LOCH NESS$12.49 A RFTM- H GIMME TWO IT'S SOME UP" PRICE HO OBJECT- IM NOT PAYIN IT.' THEY CAN TURN IT OFF.' I'M FORMIN 1 A PROTEST MARCH! I'M 7W-*. MtlSHAll. AVUL0/H. 10 YEARS AGO A r m y Engineers have changed fheir minds and withdrawn a recommendation that the Buffalo River be damned al Gilbert. Construction of three-miles of " track for the Ozark Mountain Railroad, n tourist attraction, near Eureka Springs will begin May 1. A Paris dress designer has come- within a whisker of resigning himself right out of a job presenting a line of clear, plastic, dresses. so YEARS AGO Gov. and Mrs. Term J. Terral drove through' FayctEeville . Thursday enroule to the Northwest Arkansas App]/i Blossom Festival al Rogers. nentcnville's ! Eloal look first prize and Fayellcville's third in the Apple Blossom Festival, Miss Lillian fvie of-FayettcviDf: ' was : : crowned in impressive : cor"onalion ceremonies. FaycEtcville merchants, will he askctl lo conlriful/j lo Ihe nurse's home fund at City Hospital 'during National HospHal Week. . · · - . . . 100 YEARS AGO Parlies indented to the lale firm of Calrlwcli and Cllhe will ' please call and f^Etle or Ihefr accounts will he placed in the hands of an Attorney, The veterans ot the Mexican War are rerjuestad In m/:ct in Fayetleville to select ant! send a representation to I h e Centennial. By'JACK ANDERSON ' · " · ' · · with I.cs Whllfcn 1 WASHINGTON -- The'Hoiise',' Elhics · Committee, which was, created eight years ago Id in-· vestigale unethical Cotifitess-' men. jias been icusctl (rotn ils Loruor lo hound not a Congressman but a ncu's'num. As Its first gr/jHl invesitea-' lion, the committee has hired a stiuad of ex-FBI agents to find out who leaked Hie House CIA report to'newscaster l)..m Schorr. Now that the committee has heen raised from the [lead and hits acquired (he means to i n v e s t i g a t e somebody, w e recently offered to provide the names of some honafirie Congress-men whose ethics need investigation. If the -comniiLtc^ is determined f ( q invcstignle leaks, for example we suggest it begin with House Klines-' Chnirman John Flynt, D Ga.,-himself. With his sle/?k,:silver hair and stern, patrician face, he is the , picture of a · proper Coiigress- man. Bul behind Ihe imposing , dignity, he is a sly, old veteran* · at leaking stories thai -will .. benefit himself- . . " ' : " We have established, for example, that he leaked cctfeee example, that he leaked coiifi-' denlial -military information to reporters on Jan. "10, 1973. lo The: Washington'; Me rfyrGo-Round gel publicity Tor himself -atid '·' his views. / . - , '- ; · ; ' , · . . The Army provided Flynl, as i pawiu- on tlis military appro- pi'i.itictis Tsubcommillee, with a . lifllit ly-guardcd reorganization plan 24 hours before it was supposed: In be released. Tins contained, n e w s ' t h a t a ma.ior hcadqunrlers .would be located at Forl McPhcrson, Ga. . The Congressman ,\vas' eaRcr to be idctitifi£d i 'wilh the news. So lie called L\yo reporters [nlo his inner olficc, closed the doors and passed oiii.the confidential reorganization details. The subsequent, ..slory prom i n e n I l:y'-'-feaLured FlynL's views ^ ATI Army spokesman, without naming FlyiiE.-.tald us the prc- ·niature release ' was "improper." ON ANOTHER occasion, the General Accounting Office conducted a confidential study of the SpcwrcU Bluff dam for Sen. . H e r m a n Talmadge, D-Gar He .circulated the study as a coiir: 'lesy, ,lo some of his colleagues. · /.For^tlicni to release the infer- til at Eon without his consent would be considered a serious ethical violation. The governor of Georgia at · the time. Jimmy Carter, dis erectly., cited some of the , consuls' at. a press conference. He ; was careful, however, hot to revise Ihe text. f- Reporters, catching the scent of a good story, sought the,lull l/jxi; but' TalmaiLgc would not release It. Yet Flynl. again in 'the secrecy.of his office, handed over ' a Xeioxed copy o f , the coil fid/ml ia I ·, document,' to ' a · reporter;:;The subsequent:story, of -^course, f e a t u r e d - Flyht's views. · *,' Tins Leak occurred, ;in .case the committee" is interested, on Oct. 2. 1E73. , U:.mightalso be considered a violation of ethics f o r ' a Congressman to boost a,company that -is' paying ,hiin a : big rental fee; But in 1972; the Ford Motor · Company paid him'$12.500 lo rent an empty field where they could store. up to. 30,000 new cars. ~ T h c cars temporarily were barred from ".the market unljl they could be re-iested to · anU-polntion sllamlards. .-· Some " monhs later; Flynl ' denounced the standards on the "House flpfr,-cal1inB:lhem "ridiculous' in the extreme," ; He t r i e d , ' unsuccessfuly Mo -gel! Congress to relax the standards: When Flynt came up for reelection irii -1974,. company HELLO--fp LIKE TO PHONE w A . TO THE CANUTES, PLEASE State Of Affairs Serious Debates Instead Of Politics Are Needed By CLAYTON FR1TCHEY . WASHINGTON -- In" the running dispute between Ronald Reagan arid President Ford over.foreign policy, it is hard to say who will be the winner, but it is easy to see who the loser is: (he country. No good has ever come of making, for- . eign policy .a political football. It's an old American no-.'^n that politics should stop at the water's edge, which is ordinarily taken lo mean partisan politics. It's something new to see a Republican White House contender campaign agains' Ihc . foreign policy oof an incumbent President who is a member oT Ihe same party. It's happened before on the " Democratic side,.notably in 19f8 when' former -Sen. Eugene McCarthy ran against the leader of his parly, " Lyndon Johnson, (hen the'While HoLjse , incumbent, McCarthy, however, had a burning, legitimate issue : (Vietnam) lo lake lo the people. Reagan's issues are mostly trumped up. '. · · . FOREIGN POLICY i s not sacrosanct. It needs to be examined, challenged and-, debater! . ;jiist as fully and continuously 'as domestic, bul responsibly, with due regard for the best , interest of (he country. That, - unforlunately, is not Ihc level · · of .the present dialogue being ' carried on by the former governor of California in his pursuit of the GOP presidential nomination. At the moment Reagan is riding hardest his charge- UiFil the President has sold out Ihe Warsaw Pact nations, meaning the.Eastern and Central European countries that have long been satellites of the Soviet Union, The Hcagan indictment is Ihat Ihc F'ord Adminis'ii'lion has embraced a "new doctrine 11 which, in elfect, recognizes (his area as a Russian sphere of influence anrf .acquiesces in Soviet domination o[ it, All the hulTahaloo is based on remarks made four months ago in London by Helmut Sonncn- feldt, Slate Department coiin- . st?lor, in a private session with American European diplomats. ' W i t h o u t going-into detHrls, the official transcript of the meeting indicates that he was merely trying to tell his colleagues h o w ' t o make the'best of a posUvar situation over which the United Slalcs has litlle real control. REGARDLESS OF what he said or dictn'l . say, however, there was no new doctrine enunciated. The plain fact is .Ihat tlic United States has . accepted the status quo in Kast- ern-Ccntral Europe for almost 30 years, and not because it wanted lo hut because the Warsaw Pact region cannot be liberated by America except at the cost of an all-out nuclear · war. The last lime this situation figured prominently in U.S. presidential politics was in Ific 1952 contest belwen A r i l a i Slevorson nncl Dwight D. Eisenhower. The general's foreign , poticy adviser, John Foster Dulles, who later became Ike's secretary of state, pleased large American ethnic groups, with old lies lo Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia a n d other nalions of that region, with loose,talk o f , a European "rollback," but this conjured u p ' such terrifying clangers t h a t Ihe Dirlles line was soon muted. IT HAS PLAYED a diminish ing role in subsequent elections, with candiclales saying for the record, as Mr. Ford did the other day, that "our policy in no sense..,accepts Soviet domination of Eastern Europe." The United Slates, Mr, Ford added, "strongly supports the aspirations for freedom, for national · independence, of peoples everywhere, including the peoples of - FJaslcrn.Europe." : That has been the stanrlardi political rhetoric for years. It - comforts our clhnic* groups, even .though they now t a k e it with a grain of sail, and it doesn'l commit the government to any positive action. Nothing could be 'worse than encouraging the satellite nations tn revolt in the mistaken hope t h a t the United States' would come lo their rescue.--- , · After Dulles' bellicose roll- b a c k - talk in 1352, Ihe Easl Germans did rebel (he following year.' with tragic consequences. When Russia smashed the Hun* gariah revolt: in 195G and; the Czechoslovak ian up ri sing in 1%8, : the United Slates cautiously looked Jlie othfir way. AFTER THESE experiences, (he. : Warsaw Pact countries -don't need lo listen to Sonnen- fcldt-to know what U.S. doctrine is in -1 heir p a r t n O f .the .wor]rl, or what it is going to r be in the foreseeable future. It is -- anil will be -- has been for many years, simply because we .have no praclical' alternative. " " " · " ' . For the first time in history a group of subject stales have a higher standard of living mid 'a more open society than the ',ma5tcr-.slate --, -Soviet .Russia. If they play their'cards right, · \ a n d j avoid provoking Moscow : mlp yiolcn},_ reaction, (here is good reason' to believe" that" i Ihoir. situation/will 'continue lo ·improve. Ami the United Slates, - i f I understand SonnenFeldl, will do all it prudently can lo.haslen - Ihc'process. - · It m a y . n o t be heroic-policy, hut U'hat : does.Reagan sugfiesl? ' He .accuses" Sonrienfelrll of 'believing "the captive nations slioiild give up any claim of national sovereignty and simply become a parl of the Soviet Union. He .(Sonnenfelclt) - says their desire to break,out of the Soviet's slraightjackcl threatens ·iis with World War III, In other words, slaves should accept (Heir fate.'-' Thai, of course, is a gross (lislorlion ol Sonnen- fcldt's remarks, but what is Reagan 'going lo do for Ihe "slaves"? Is he going lo - f r e e them, and, if so, how? It's time he explains. (C) 1,05 Angeles Time* chairman Henry Ford II and h|s brother, Benson Ford ponied up $200 apiece for .the Congress-' man's campaign, · · "3 It is a l s o ' ' considered · art unethicalpraclice for Congress? men to lake fr/ic flights in cor- porale planes. We have learned (hat Flynl, - nevertholss, call* upon IJ6cch Aircrafl^and Attann ta Gas : Light to -provicte him with air" taxi service; ; ,; ;,, BEECH DOES millions in defense business', · .which ;.,js f u n d e d by Flynt's . sub : , committee., The .company .was happv.' therefore, to Ely him, in: a sleek Bcechcralt turbojet', to'- SI Simon's island off the coast' of? Georgia for golfing and i to, (he fabled Masters course , in". Augusta, Ga. ; ' ' '- . r Once Flynt needed to return lo Washington 'to chah\ - ah Ethics Committee meeting^pna of the subjccls. discussed^was unethical corporate .courting of Congressmen, Yet' believe it or^ not, Flynl, wangled a free rid? to (ho meeting in a corporal p l a n , belonging to Atlanta-Gas Light. ;· . X, . His corporate friends don't have jets wilh enough rarigi to" fly (o Africa, where his/daughter and her luisbaiitl -,ara stationed. So F l y n t ' b i l l e d - I h 4 taxpayers instead for a' .junket' to Africa. There are those who might say this, loo,, is-'unethical " ' . _ On other occasions, Flynt-hai turned up at Ihe secluded Wy« Island Md lodge of another defense contractor, Rockwell International, to shoot geese; The members of the House Ethics CommiHee would dp lycll lo remember that ah v -informed public can bring about a change in the ethical standards-of Congress by mandating " k change in its membership. .Fooptnote: Flynl talked to;.us fully about his activities. He'di.d not "leak" the Army -information, he '·· said, but merely confirmed what the '; reporters had already learned Our sources insist this is not irue Aft«r Carter leaked information from th* GAO report, Flynt told us I just thought I'd let it all Hang out.'- He confirmed his rides on corporate aircraft'hut said he saw no conflict Nor did he see any thing ,\\rong with his Ford Motor ' Company relationship, He got less rental he said llian Ford had planned to pay.;for other land ^. t (C) United Fealure Syndicate. Alien. Lives On. In War's S/iadow By HOLGER JENSEN SUFttSID* Calif CAP) -His neighbors call h i m -a "friendly old man Hi» snemies call him the Butcher of the Balkans, 'personally; rei sponsible for the deaths of; 800,* 000 Serbs and Jews in wartime Yugoslavia, Andrija Arlukovic Jiasf'not found peace in .retirement''"at this small beach communnV jn Southern California. - Hounded bv U.S. congressmen,, federal agents, Jewish -militants.'vand Communist extradition /. attempts, he can only hope for.ln- ologica! amnesty: death. Now, 77, the former'interior minister of N T Hzi-controlled -'Int dependent Croatia is under 1 siege again from a host· gpverji- menl embarrassed by his illegal alien status and unsure of h,is World War II aUivilics t Utukovic is number one m the bit list of Hie Jewish .Defense League and a champion to the Catholic Church. Wanted, as a war criminal' by T.lo s Communist regime, he is revered as a nationalist hero · by Croatian emigres .ami endorsed by right-wing 'American interests. " ' '' · ' ' To friend and foe'alike. Artu- kovic passes the same message: "I just want to 'he left alone. My declining years art my own." , - - . · ··- He refuses all interviews, hai no family spokesman and communicates ; with.the ciulsida ' world through B few close friends affiliated-with the Croatian Information Service,, art emigre newsletter printed :"i^ Arcadia, Calif. ' . _ . . : They steadfastly maintain his innocence, charging thai the *1- legatigns of mass murder are a Yugoslavian Communist plot : to "liquidate" Arlukovic bccausi - he symbolizes "Croatian .i-indftl penrlcnce. . . . . ' ; . "He is a fine niah,.deeply religious, very well · educated," says Peter Hudielovic, president of the CIS who has almost daily contact \yilh 'Arlukovic, "All Ihesc . stories about _hlm are cheap junk." , ' ' ' ·· A neighbor woman who sees him infrequently on his solitary walks says it is "terrible thai he should he persecuted this way. He's just a nice,old muh who loves kids. He always has something cheerful to say.V ·;·' But the JIH. considers him one of" the Eichrnanns of -World, War II, and · the Yugoslavian government has accused him of exterminating children in war- lime con centTM lion camps by ordering caustic s o d a - ' t o .b'a added In their food. ; ·· - ·' The.objecl o f ^ i r this hatred and " a d u l a t i o n , is - a 'recluse, rarely venturing beyond .tha wall of B-62 Surfsirie Colony except for his walks and occasional visits lo nrtirliy .Huntington Beach to play cards with friends. , . * ·'· They say Arlukdvic 1 is slill iri good health, ·· " . · ·· '· The couple has ; no visible means of support, giving ris^lo charges'that Artukovic isjiving off plundered jewelry and gold dentures from his concentration" camp victims. A likelier n.t' planalion is his millionaire brother, John, a building con; tractor in Sherman Oaks. -/."

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