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JB.OO 6 months ............. . .......... ............ . $10.50 1 YEAR ...................... ................ $20.00 6 Â· Thursdqy, April 17, 1969 Guns No Question John Paul Hammerschmidt of Harrison, Republican congressman from this district, has cnme to the conclusion that the 1968 Federal Gun Control Act is an infringement upon the individual's constitutional rights. Furthermore, he sees federal regulations on sale of ammunition working a hardship on small businessmen. He plans to offer legislation correcting both problems. Just by coincidence, about the same day the Arkansas congressman was deciding in favor of the gun people, the Christian Science Monitor, one of the most objectively moderate and distinguished periodicals in the country, was coming to a precisely opposite conclusion. Commenting editorially on the Federal Gun Control Act, the Monitor observed : "Last year Congress passed an almost totally inadequate gun law. While this measure to forbid the interstate mailorder rale of firearms and shot to individuals was better than nothing, it made hardly a dent in the great, terrible, insistent, overriding problem. This is to prevent instruments of death being in the hands of the criminal, the unstable, and the careless. "Congress always has a lot on its mind. But there are few things which should be further forward in that mind than a strong, rigid, no-fooling law to require the registration of evey single last firearm in the United States. "No one has yet advanced a single worthwhile argument against such registration. Indeed, Attorney General Homer Cummings said about 30 years ago: 'Show me a man who doesn't want his gun registered, and I will ^show you a man who shouldn't have a jrun.' No single individual or organization -and this applies particularly to the National Rifle Assocation -- who intends to use a firearm only as the law gives leave, can have a mature objection to registration. "Did you know that deadly assaults with firearms have been increasing in the United States at the rate of 19 per cent yearly? Did you know that each twelve-month, 6,500 persons are slaughtered through gunfire in the United States? "The American people themselves are not nearly as callous as the situation might indicate. Indeed, a 1968 public opinion poll showed the country favoring strict controls by 71 to 23 per cent. The persons who are callous are the National Rifle Association lobbyists and the members of Congress too cowardly to stand up and do the right thing by their motherland . . ." The editorial concludes with a plea for President Nixon and the Congress to adopt more comprehensive legislation. We wouldn't presume to guess what motivates Congressman Hammersehmidt in his present proposal to introduce legislation to repeal gun controls, but we suspect the moral truth of the matter is that tides of opinion and justification are running against him on this. Govt. Gimmick J. T. Meriwether, city manager at. Little Rock, came up with a novel approach to city government the other day, according to downstate news reports, the influence of citizen participation, required in federally financed aspects of the Model Cities Program, might spread to other phases of city operation. the manager announced. He warned that planning would be slow because of citizen participation, but conceded that planning was necessary for ultimate success of the program. Which reminds us t h a t the major criticism voiced by the states of a federal regulation on public hearings for proposed now highway locations was that it would slow things down too much. It's always a good idea, though, it strikes us, to go slow in government. The apparatus M f the Congress, the state legislatures, and city governing bodies is designed for debate :md review. Asking for citizen concurrence is one of the better ways, we think, of making our system of government viable and responsive. What Others Say SOME STILL TRUDGE It is good to Irani some boys nnd girls, after all. are not picket! up at almost the f a m i l y doorstep and transported to school by bus. Forget (ho notion Hint no students walk to school anymore! It is misinformation. It .should be pointed out Mint 420 students in West Virginia trudge to school by putting one foot in front of the other. For example, Robert Wolfe, lli, rises .it 6 a.m., pats a hurried breakfast and is off hiking four miles ilov.n the hills to the nearest hus stop. The other t\1 live so far off the beaten path that school buses can't conveniently make the daily trip to their homer,. Robert gets paid 20 cents a dny for the inconvenience. nut Grandpa is still the champ. According In him ie walked at least si.\ miles back and forth every lay, come sunshine, rain, sJcct or snow. And he didn't Ret paid a cent for It cither. All he got wni in education of a lort, -- Laurel (Miss,) Lender-Call Occupation Casts Pall On Czechs (Ed. Research Rpts.) PRAGUE -- "Every century has its Middle Ages." So reads a current poster in Prague. Indeed, the Czechs and Slovaks feel they are now headed into another dark age -- reminiscent if t h e worst days of the d i c t a t o r s h i p of Antonin Novotny. They arc dispirited-to the point of being resigned to the renewal of preventive censorship and the increment of internal security forces. But their hatred of the Russians mounts daily. The Czechs also are very afraid because they feel that Brezhev i Co. are (1) stupid, (2) afraid, (3) irrational. Czechs refuse to go to Russian movies, drink Soviet champagne, listen to Russian records, or even to enter the Moscow Restaurant in the center of Prague. Chalk graffiti a l o n g Wenceslas Square read "Long Live Ussuri!" (where the Red Chinese recently battled Russian troops). In fact, it only took a victory of the Czech hockey team over the Russians in Stockholm to set off nationwide riots. The Soviets, quickly accused Czech leaders of having failed to prevent these demonstrations and claimed that the government was "either unable or else unwilling to master t h e situation." Like Hitlerite governors of this conquered land. Soviet Defense Minister Andrei Grechko and Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Semyonov promptly arrived without invitation and warned that Russian troops would take care of the situation should another incident occur. SHRINKAGE PROBLEM From The People Concurrence On TV President Svoboda and Party Secretary Alexander Dubcek continue to talk about "normalization," hut this is clearly impossible under the present occupation. Even though Russian troops cannot be seen in Prague or the other major Czech and Slovah cities, their continued presence in the country remains a constant irritation. Russian maneuvers are in fact, undermining the integrity of the nation and its political leaders. One result is that youths openly argue in Prague that the regime has been compromised by its attempts at collaboration. Indeed there is the feeling both in Prague and the other m a j o r centers that the Dubcek government has lost control. In a somber television talk to the nation on April 3. Dubcek said that any further street provocations could lead to the return of the days of August. "We are not concealing' t h e existing danger," said Dubcek. "although there is no reason for panic." However, rumors keep buzzing in Prague. The man in the street has it that the Russian and Czech generals a r e conspiring to overthrow t h e legitimate ogvernment: t h a t Marshal Grechko has been pressuring both Dubcek a n d Svoboda to resign: that t h e Russians arc cutting off all food supplies and sending in further divisions. The Russians, on the other hand, are also caught in a vise. Either they pull out of Cecho Slovakia and write the country off as lost to the Communist world or else they must keep on reinforcing their military position in the country. For Moscow there seems to be no alternative but the installation of a repressive puppet regime. The current course of threat and intimidation of a weak government seems certain to backfire. Soviet forces entered Hungary to crush that revolution in 1956 and. despite annual rumors of their departure, two divi sions remain quartered there today. Other Russian divisions are spread throuahoul E a s t Germany and Poland. Thus military occupation nnd t h c threat of armed intervention have become the only ways Moscow now has of maintaining the nominal allegiance of the nations it liberated from Germany a generation ago. Billy Graham My Answer I still h a v e feelings of guilt although I have overcome my evil habits. What more can I do to obtain peace and happiness? C. L. Abstinence from evil practices is never the way to obtain peace of soul. The victory over a specific kind of evil m a y result in a great degree of personal satisfaction and self righteousness, hut it will not bring a spontaneous inward joy. Such a victory is at best only temporary, for you are still the same person with the s a m e inclinations to rvil. Until a new and controlling principle is brought to hear in your life you will continue to have the sense of guilt you always, had. Even a self righteous attitude is only pampering your pride. Until you arc born again by a personal faith in Jesus Christ, you will still he the same person with the same dispositions but w i t h many suppressed desires. If you will receive the Gospel for the healing of your soul you will find the sense of guilt destroyed and a spontaneous joy in Its place. Because by this means you are reconciled to God. Not until you arc nl peace with God do you find inward pence. You will find wonderful relief nnd relaxation In the freedom Christ gives! WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Auto Safety About To Have A Mishap By DREW PEARSON JACK ANDERSON (C), 1969, By Bell-McClure Syn. DREW P E A R S O N AND J A C K ANDERSON SAY: AUTO SAFETY BEGINS TO LOOK LIKE LOSING BATTLE: F E D E R A L HIGHWAY BOSS TOO INTERESTED IN PLEASING LOBBYISTS; NEW LEGISLATION N E E D E D TO REGULATE RETIRING GOVERNMENT LAWYERS WASHINGTON - Much of the progress made t o w a r d auto safety may go down the drain thanks to industry-minded bureaucracy inside the Federal Highway Administration, now headed by Francis C. Turner. Turner is a well meaning bureaucrat of long standing, a close friend of John Voplc, the new Secretary of Transportation, and the darling of the highway lobby. He wants more and more highways. Auto safety ranks lower than highways on his priority list. Under Turner, some of the key advocates of highway safety have become disillusioned and are leaving. Reasons for their disillusionment: 1. Turner has stopped the car crash testing program. Volkswagens had been through the tests; Opels. Renaults, Fiats and other cars were ready to be crash-tested last week to see if they conformed to safety standards. Suddenly T u r n e r stopped the tests. 2. Reversed the policy of banning secret meetings w i t h industry groups. Turner has given the green light to a new series of highly secret meetings. He believes in the closed door when it comes to auto safety. 3. Seems resigned to a traffic toll that kills 150 people daily and injures 10,000 daily. Turner has shown no enthusiasm for tackling this mounting death toll nor is he dismayed by the low budget granted for highway safety. Today the government is spending a mere $35 million in three years for safety standards, safety research and safety enforcement. In one year, the federal government spends $34 million to protect migratory birds. Meanwhile, Turner approved ii $500.000 contract to place cameras above the National Press Building in order to wait for a crash to occur so that the origins of crashes could be photographed. T h i s is more money than has been spent on the entire experimental car project, in fact more than has been spent on brake or plant inspection. GOVERNMENT LAWYERS Clark Clifford's return to his old law firm and the prospect that Attorney General J o h n Mitchell will return to the Nixon law firm suggests that a new rule--or law--is necessary to regulate government lawyers. It is now the law that lawyers who have held jobs in Internal Revenue, the Justice Department and certain other agencies are prohibited from handling cases on which they worked while in government until two years after leaving government. The law should be extended to prohibit government officials from r e t u r n i n g to their law firms after leaving government. For instance, what is to prevent various Wall Street firms from switching their practice to the Nixon-Mitchell firm now, knowing that this would indirectly benefit two very important partners, the President and the A t t o r n e y General, after they leave government to return to their law firms? Or a defense contractor could have retained the Clifford firm when he was Secretary of Defense, with the idea that Clifford would benefit after he left government and rejoined his firm. Actually, the three men mentioned above would lean over backwards if anything like this developed while they were in government. But lesser officilas might not. Furthermore such a rule would strengthen the current position of Attorney General Mitchell in regard to such clients as El Paso Natural Gas, which has paid the Nixon law firm $771,000 between 1961-67. Public knowledge that Mitchell could not return to his old law firm would put him in a stronger position regarding El Paso, even though the recent dismissal of the antitrust suit involving El Paso was made by Solicitor General Erwin Griswold. Clark Clifford, who did a superb job as Secretary of Defense and made it clear that he. not the generals, was running the Pentagon, has now returned to his old law firm. It handled such important clients as Du Pont, the Pennsylvania R a i 1- road, Phillips Petroleum, plus other defense contractors. When Clifford first moved into the Pentagon, he went through the customary ritual of cutting all ties with his firm. His former associates-- John Sharon, Carson Glass, Samuel Mcll- wain and Tom Finney, Jr., -formed a new firm without their star. They lost a few clients, of course, who had been attracted by Clifford's personal magnetism and skill at influencing people in high places. After relinquishing the Pentagon to Secretary Melyin Laird, Clifford returned to his former firm and. with a leoning toss of his handsome iron gray mane, announced that he was back. This caused some p r i v a t e grumping and hasty realignments. John Sharon barged off to practice law on his own. But the other partners elected to accept the old arrangements, giving Clifford once again the lion's share of the spoils. To replace Sharon, Clifford invited Assistant Secretary of Defense Warnke to join the firm, which for the past few weeks has been known as Clifford, Warnke, Glass, Mcllwain and Finney. Already, the lost clients have started to return. Clifford is scrupulously ehti- cal. but would be in a stronger position if the law had barred return to his old firm. William Ritt Says You're Telling Me! Chicago has invited K i n g Constantine of Greece a n d C r o w n Prince Harold of Norway, both expert sailors, to compete in a boat race off the windy city next August. That should prove to be a right royal show! Hippopotami seldom live to the age of 40, say zoologists. The critters may have that middle age spread--but not for long! An old Arizona gold mine, which produced $80 million worth of the stuff until it was closed down, will be turned into a tourist attraction. Sounds like it m i g h t have rich possibilities. Ratio's ThcyTl Do It Every Time Â« OKRA swra HOJAE LAST MOMOW TO LET THE TV REPAIRMEN M, AMD PLANNED TO DO THE SAME NEXT WEEK" TODAY'S THE DAY AND NOW IT'S 3:30 RM:-- SO OKRA CALLS THEM" WE'RE WAITINS FOR FRQWVOKDHAMA" IT SHOULDBEIH YOU WHAT? YDO'LL HAVE Â£ BACKAWEEK TO*-THURSDAY 60M? THURSDAY- WTLU CALLM5U UAOY"" WE'LL LET VOU KNOW'-. WE'LL CALL YOU To the Editor: Many thank* (or clear, aharp presentation of what is .misunderstood about TV today. Especially thanks for offering Soy beans are vulnerable to some 30 plant diseases--nature item. Maybe that should be spelt "sorry" bean! an at least stntible solution U the industry problem. And to that of tb* offended viewers. Edna Baker Fayetteville From The People Journalists, Take Note To the Editor: The conference of Journalism that took -place at the University of Arkansas could well have directed come attention to the hot national controversy of the medical hazard of drugging the tap water of 72 million trusting citizens in the United States with a very toxic poison. The "name of the game" ii FLUORIDATION. The Royal Canadian College of Physicians and surgeons has received a medical science re- Â·earch report from Ottowa General Hospital, where a group of patients whose lives depend on artificial kidneys has developed bone disease recalcitrant to treatment. The kidneys (hemq- dialysis machines) use artificially fluoridated water. The shocking story is detailed in the recent article in Saturday Review (March 1, 1969). This was also reprinted in the March 16, Des Moines (Iowa), Register, but aparently not in any mass-media in Arkansas. The over 60 communities in Arkansas, now involving some 790.000 trusting waterworks customers, probally would never have been duped into this medical experiment of dosing the tap water with sodium fluoride, if every city councilman and waterworks manager had read the text of the 4th Annual Conference of State Dental Directors with the Public Health Service in June 1951. One very interesting quote is: "Now in regard to toxicity -I notice that Dr. Bain used the term "adding sodium fluoride". We never do that. That is rat poison." It is v e r y doubtful the State Director of Health ever told the city councilman of the Congressional Hearings in 1954 (H.R. 2341) that fully exposed the medical hazard views of scores of medical experts on fluoride poison effects, and that in 1958 Congressman Usher L. Burdick introduced H.R. 10046 to prohibit dosing fluorides into all Federal areas over which the United States government has constitutional jurisdiction, including the District of Columbia and Territories of the United States. It is very amazing and pro- From The People bally a disservice to the trusting public served by the mass- media in Arkansas, that the normally alert and very nosy and critical press has seemingly been blind to all the published medical hazard information that has been printed in other states, such as the recent editorial in the Sunday Star of Washington D.C. that carried an editorial review of (by James J. Kilpatrick) of the Lear article in Saturday Review. It should be very puzzling to the Arkansas press that not a single medical man or dentist in Arkansas has reported any allergy effects or "fluoriosis" (mottled teeth) in Arkansas press in the past 18 years since the fluoride dosing was started in Arkansas, tho there have been many published opinions and medical reports by physicians in other states that have towns dosing the tap w a t e r with artifical fluorides. Your congressmen and your state assembly members and the Arkansas press well know sources of this information. It might whet the curiosity of Arkaan- sas newspapermen to know that Elmer Greaves, of Jackson. Miss., an attorney and editor of Southern Review, is not hot on the scent to expose "Nationwide Poison Water Hoax". There is also Judge R. C. Tarter, 28th Judiciary District of Kentucky, that issued an opinion supporting an injunction to prevent the fluoridation of the public water system of the Kentucky Water Company (Jan 2, 1968), and stated that this program will "be known as the greatest hoax in medical history." Staff writers in Arkansas should find hot mental Itimulus in the hot "Biography of a Bandwagon" article on page 56 of the March I, Saturday Review. The very fact thai meet politicians and educator* suddenly go into deep mental freete on this hot scandal of "Internal medication via tap w a t e r " should really fir* np the nosy reporter syndrome, especially in Arkansas. Robert a Borne Wen Fa* Not Too Good A Deal To the Editor: I am glad for the residents of Baldwin, Elkins. Farmington and Greenland who are able to enjoy good Fayetteville c i t y water. The only thing I am not happy about are the residents of Old City Lake Road (Morningside Drive), in the City of Fayetteville (only about two miles from the city square), who have to haul their drinking water, in order to have good drinking water, because of mineral deposits in well water in t h a t area. I resent having to pay the same taxes as other residents of the city, and receive no benefits at all from the city. No water, no sewer, no garbage pick-up. Nothing but m o r e taxes. I don't mind paying for BENNETT CERF what I get. M I toM aont like to pay (or what rm Dot getting. If the water and Sewer department can have money to help finance an industrial park, and to put water and sewer lines in it, to entice new Mastry and people to Fayetteville. why can't it service the people who are already here and paying city taxes? Maybe they need to put their money where it belongs. May I say thanks to the city street department, which, after having the condition of o n r road brought to their attention, have tried to keep it at least in a passable condition. Al Ledbetter (A resident of Old City Lake Road) Fayetleville Try And Stop Me It is said that one morning when President Cal Coolidge was out taking his constituional, a tourist from Paris pointed to the White House and inquired, "Pardon, monsieur, but who lives there?" Cal favored the tourist with his warmest Vermont smile and answered, "Nobody. They come and they go! " He gave me Â» startled look, agreed, 'It sure is. Bud'--then, very gently, moved three seats away." D. Klopfer. famous cultivator of rare and exotic flowers (like) dandelions, daisies, and buttercups) is also noted for his fits of temper while galloping around golf links. Klopfer breaks his clubs when frustrated. His record for 18 holes is six clubs (plus an umbrella and three highball glasses). On one round, he was 200 yards from the seventeenth pin and asked his caddy. "What club should I use here?" The c a d d y told him, " E i t h e r a number nine iron or a p u t t e r . " "What?" roared the easily riled Mr. K. "Two hundred yards from the green and you suggest a number nine iron or a putter? Have you lost your marbles?" "You have no choice," reported the caddy with a malicious grin. "Those are the only t w o clubs you have left." Young Rabbi Shmool finally summoned courage to complain to the richest member of his congrcgaation, "I hesitate to bring this up, but why do you always fall asleep while I'm preaching?" "Look," was the consoling reply. "Would I sleep if I didn't trust you?" Rounded up by Louis A. Safian: the carefree chef who put all his eggs in one biscuit . . , a shy young suitor who thought he was a tiny pebble on the beach, so his sweetheart urged him to be a little boulder . . . The Arab husband, very late in returning home, who assured his wife he had been sitting up with a sheik friend and the embarrassed chess player who was caught with his pawns down. That beguiling young movie star Bobby Morse now winning fresh laurels in TV's "That's Live," recalls dropping in at the Astor Theatre to see himself on the screen for the first time. "I was terribly nervous, and chewing popcorn like mad," says Hobby. "Then suddenly, there I was!'THAT'S ME,' 1 cried, poking the truck driver who waa sitting next to me. SIGNS OF THE TIME: In a well-patronized bookshop where too many dead beats have taken to reading the sal. acious paperbacks -- without spending a cent: "BUY NOW -READ LATER!" In a swingin' saloon: "The proprietor of this establishment is an old-time police reporter. He has to report to the police once a month! Barry Goldwatcr won the hearts of many who once opposed him when he attended a dinner in Washington that was given for brand new congressmen just before Inauguration Day. "I am happy," beamed Senator Goldwatcr, "to be a member of one of the few freshman classes in the nation which is neither demonstrating nor protesting. After what happened in 19Â«4, I feel like the only Kamikaze pilot who ever made a round trip!" "Just yesterday," concluded the handsome Arizonlan with a rather rueful grin, "a lady came up to me on the street, looked me over carefully, and said, Â·Say, weren't you Barry Goldwater?' "
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