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Session With The Shrink The Art Buchwald Column Binding Our Wounds The Pablfc Interest Is The First Concern o{ This Newspaper 4 · Thursday, Fabruary 22, 1973 Expansion Query Washington General Hospital is pondering a move to expand and modernize its facilities. President Nixon has put the budget ax to Hill-Burton funding, but Congress hasn't agreed, yet, to let the President have his way on all his economic cutbacks. It remains to be seen what sort of "medical services" aid the President will recommend, and what sort of legislation Congress will be persuaded to adopt, during the next four years. Chances are some federal participation in the field will materialize. Meanwhile, though, local situations are overrun by time and increased demand. Decisions must be made. It is into these unclear waters that the present hospital Board is wading. Need for expansion is made evident by the rapid growth of the area. Need for modernization is evidenced by a steadily increasing staff of physicians, many with skills previously unavailable locally, and by the rapid advancement in many areas of medical science. It is quite apparent that hospitals, as much as any public institutions, must keep growing or suffer prompt and painful obsolescence. In order to help test public support for needed expenditures--the absence of Hill- Burton funds places a heavier load on local contributions--the Board recently asked a sampling of county residents a series of questions regarding the hospital. Does it do a good job? Is it well managed? Are employes friendly and cooperative? If fund-raising is needed, will you help? These are legitimate questions, it seems to us, although the ultimate decision rests with the Board and its own convictions. One question that is asked bothers us, though. No. 6 among 9 queries asks: "In influencing area growth .... such as attracting new industry .... do you think the excellence of hospitals . . . (1) influences growth; (2) influences growth, but not very much, or (3) has no influence. Such a question is so non-medical that we wonder why the hospital bothers asking it. Acquisition of industry has no direct connec- 'tion with medical services for area residents, except perhaps as new industry might help overload existing facilities. We agree that hospitals, even as c!o schools, police, sanitation departments, etc., need to project growth and anticipate it with timely expansion and modernization. We hope, though, the hospital doesn't think of itself somehow as "bait" for new industry. For that matter, a good hospital is also a factor in attracting retirees. Here again, the mere fact that it is important to the nonresident surely isn't one of the nine most important items a hospital should ponder in deciding on its own behalf whether to expand or up-date. Gutting The Goose Arkaiisas Gaxette Sports Editor Orville Henry takes a hard look in a column this week at a legislative proposition to extend Oaklawn's racing season. The proposed legislation has local connections. Rep. Charles Stewart of Fayetteville introduced the bill in the House, and Arkansas Thoroughbred Breeders' Association secretary Peter Harkins of Fayetteville is one of its most active proponents. In addition, a number of local residents are involved, either as owners or trainers of thoroughbreds. Point of the racing extension is to pad the Arkansas Thoroughbred Owners' kitty for development of the state's thoroughbred industry. But Sports Editor Henry isn't convinced the wick is worth the wax required. He holds no brief for the track in his argument, he says. "A case can be made for its enlightened policies, its opposition to night racing, fall racing, perfectas, exactas, trifec- tas, and all the other gimmicks used where racing is in trouble. A case can be made for the fact that it (the track) is bringing some fine stables to Arkansas, a sporting plus. A case can be made for its refusal to ask for anything but an appropriate spring season. 'Anyone profiting from gambling should be obliged to try for all that. "The people of Arkansas just should not be asked to endure 13 extra days of racing, with its evils threatening to outrun its pleasant aspects, in order to subsidize an industry already subsidized by tax laws, and which you couldn't make altogether profitable on its own in a million years." Arkansas IS fortunate, given its otherwise extensive catalog of provincial attitudes, to have Oaklawn's racing season as a part of the Hot Springs National Park attraction. Dog racing at West Memphis has never been nearly as smooth and circumspect an operation. It might be best, therefore, as Mr. Hen,- ry suggests, to let well enough alone. Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH In 1972 Arkansas ranked eighth among all the states in the value of farm commodities exported, furnishing $352 million in farm export commodities out of a. total of $10 billion. Soybeans, cotton and rice accounted for the bulk of our Arkansas export commodities. Arkansas has also been gaining in the rank among the states in total farm products produced, both those consumed in the United States and those exported. Farmers, get ready; the exports in 1973 are expected eo exceed that of 1972. Northwest Arkansas will share only a little in the export trade. Chickens, eggs, beef, milk, and truck crops (the main products of this s e c t i o n ) a r e consumed primarily in America. T H E November-December issue of "Arkansas Farm R e s e a r c h ' ' carried ths preliminary results of an ex- .periment of killing red oak trees (this includes black oak, Southern red' oak, and the worthless black jack) with an Arkansas strain of oak wilt fungus. The better white oak and post oak are not seriously affected by the disease. The fungus was placed in an axe cut near the base of the trees, and was very effective in killing this red oak without allowing any or much sprouting the following year. Of course, we are not opposed to the bulldozing of all timber and brush in clearing land. However, everyone realizes that a lot of leaf mold, top soil, and the roots and trees' (also good organic matter when decayed) are pushed into Ohc ravines. This loss is one reason why we have supported the spraying method of land clearing. Thus we look forward to the continuation of this experimental work as possibly developing a practical method of either improving the better timber on our land or of clearing poor timber for pasture. THE GRASS WILL soon begin to grow; therefore, the cattlemen should 'soon begin to t h i n k o f fertilizing their pastures and hay meadows. Nitrogen purchased in fertilizers should cost you about a fourth or less than if -it is purchased in protein feeds. What better bargain can you think of? What better plan do you have to insure that you will be bringing fine 500 or 600 pound calves or heavier ones to market next fall? Good nutritious grass could give your calves the above weight, while poor grass could give you scrawny 100 pound calves. The quality and quantity of the milk that the mother cow furnishes could make this difference in both the weight and the condition oE the calf and in the condition of the mother just before she faces the next winter. WHERE IS OUR INFLATION coming from? Answer -spending in excess of income. Government spending in excess of income; state spending in excess of. income; city spending in excess ' of income; county spending in excess of income; industrial spending (expansion) in excess pr income; individual spending in excess of income -- al! by borrowing -- bonds, mortgages, and notes. History speaks clearly on this matter. The Civil War, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, and the present one all stimulated spending by all the above sectors of our society. Spending, deficit spending by borrowing, was the theory sold to the Roosevelt administration by the British economist, John Maynard Keynes, and it worked. It has been just as right as a bison hull when he disputes the possession of a good piece of range grass with you or I. unarmed. It did work during the Depression, and we now need to use the principle in reverse -- less spending by borrowing by all. We don't need to send the economy backward -- just level it off. By H. B. Dean Nnrtiptwirt Arkanaaa Qltrnw R'kl \/ Z N. East Ave., Fayettevllle. Arkansas 72701 D I D IS V GTSS 21Z N. East Ave., Fayettevllle, Arkansas 72701 Phone 442-6i!42 Published every afternoon except Sunday, New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Founded June 14, 1860 Second Class Postage Paid at Fayetteville. 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 -the local news published herein. All rights of republication of special dispatches herein are also reserved. SUBSCRIPTION RATES Per Month (by carrier) $2.48 Mail rates in Washington, Benton, Madison counties Ark. and Adair County, Okla. 3 months $6.00 6 months ,. t .i. : $11.00 1 YEAR K..R. $20.00 City Box Section .· $24.00 Mail in counties other than above' 3 months J7.00 4 months $13.00 a YEAR '.... *24.00 AIX MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE The Washington Merry-Go-Round Gray Not Right Man To Head FBI By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- After every war you must have someone to bind the country's wounds. The man in the Nixon Administration in charge of binding wounds is Dr. Friedrich Feldkamp who has his offices and operating room in the basement of the White House. Dr. Feldkamp was gracious enough to see me between oprations. 'How are you doing, Doctor?" 'It's very difficult," he said. "I would have no trouble binding the wounds if it weren't for 'Them.' " "Who are 'They'?" "You know very well who 'They' are," Dr. Feldkamp said. "The ones who wanted us to bug out in Vietnam. The ones who refuse to give the President . credit for achieving a peace with honor. The ones who are demanding amnesty for the draft-dogers and deserters. How can I bind the wounds of the country when 'They' keep attacking us?" "You're a doctor," I said. "Surely you can figure out some way of binding the wounds of the country in spite of the differences of opinion." TAKES TWp "It takes two parties to heal wounds. Why should we bind the wounds if 'They' won't?" Dr. Feldkamp replied angrily. "Frankly, everyone in the White House is sick and tired of 'Them' saying, the President should bind the wounds of the country. If 'They' want to say they're sorry, and are willing to be punished for their mistakes, then we'll be happy to bind their wounds, "But we see no reason to waste bandages and Mercurc- chrome on those who are a l w a y s complaining about what's wrong with this country, and never standing up for the Flag." "I am very sympathetic with your position." I said, "but it seems to me the binding of wounds after a war has to come from the top. If you people By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Pat Gray, with his bullet head and . pugnacious jaw, has the look of an FBI director. It is now clear that he lacks the qualifications. His credentials were IBS.S than impressive when he was appointed acting director in May 1972. He had no experience whatsoever in law enforcement. As an attorney, he had specialized in taxes and trusts and paper shuffling. , He was selected, insiders knew, because of his complete devotion to Richard Nixon. Gray had joined Nixon's personal staff in I960 and had established himself as a loyal team member. By Nixon standards, there is no higher qualification than loyalty to the team. Gray's main mission was to make the FBI responsive to the President's will and, thereby, to assure that the FBI, like himself, became part of the team. In short, Gray was c h o s e n for his political reliability to fill a post that the Senate has decreed should be kept out of partisan politics. H e immediately started roaring around the country ostensibly to inspect FBI field offices. Almost everywhere he went, however, he took the occasion to , say something f a v o r a b l e about President Nixon. Gray's travels had the earmarks of a political campaign tour, yet he flew in Air Force planes at the taxpayers' expense. H e was . away from Washington so much that he became known around FBI headquarters as "Two-Day Gray." When he wasn't off somewhere promoting the reelection of the _ President, he was usually 'splashing in his swimming pool a t ' h i s summer home in Stonington, Conn. POLITICAL POLICE But most serious of all, Gray has used the FBI as a political police force. He denied to newsmen last May that the FBI kept dossiers on politicians, newsmen, movie stars, black leaders and other prominent Americans. "None of you guys . are going to believe this," he said, "...but there are no dossiers or secret files." We promptly furnished him with excerpts from the files of a number of notables, who had committed no crimes and are unlikely to commit any crimes. .Yqt the files showed they were under active FBI surveillance. To help Gray locate the hidden dossiers, we even provided the FBI file numbers. Six months later, FBI agents were caught actually checking on a Democratic congressional candidate in Ohio. This flushed out the fact that the FBI 'had been gathering information on both congressmen and candidates. An embarrassed Gray pleaded the the practice had "just come to my attention" and said that he had ordered it stopped. All that had been collected, he insisted, was "biographical data on major candidates for the House of Representatives and the Senate from newspapers, magazines, campaign literature a n d v a r i o u s reference publications." Once again, we published details from the files of several Billy Graham This Is My Answer If God is good as most people suppose, why does He permit a person to be a total paraplegic and become a burden to family, friends and the state? T.A.F. First, let's get the matter of cause and e f f e c t straight. The first chapter of Genesis uses the word "good" for God's appraisal of every creative act, but after He creates man, He says it was "very good". A paradise of well being was God's intention, but evil fractured the plan. It's safe to say that God is as much grieved over your paraplegic friend, and every other human tragedy, as you are. Some day, our faith and His grace will set it right again. Job, who had his own share of grief, said "Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly up- word." The inevitability of suffering, however, doesn't make it easier. In retrospect, for some, suffering and trouble may be a discipline that teaches worthwhile and rewarding lessons. For the one snagged in an irreversible tragedy, I know only the explanation of Paul. When his physical problem could not be removed, he learned a secret that has helped the faithful ever since. It was the promise of God "I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people." (II Corinthians 12). congressmen, including House Speaker Carl Albert and House R e p u b l i c a n Leader Gerald Ford, to prove that their d o s s i e rs also . contained eavesdrop information, surveillance reports and gossip from informants. WHIXTEN CASE We can now site a more personal abuse of police power. On January 31, eight FBI agents arrested my associate Les Whitten while he was reporting on the return of stolen Indian documents. The agents tore his notes out of his hands, snapped on the handcuffs and , threw him into the pokey. We made a painstaking investigation to find out how this violation of Whitten's constitutional rights could have been committed by agents sworn to uphold the . Constitution. We learned that the White House had passed down the word to the FBI to make a case against us, presumably as an example to other newsmen who might try to dig too deeply. ; . Loyal old Pat Gray sent his agents into action against Whitten,.although the FBI knew he was in no way involved in the theft or possession of the stolen documents. The FBI k n e w , indeed, that the documents were about to be returned to the government and that Whitten was on hand to write the story. We have d e t a i l e d , documentary proof that the FBI not only knew no crime was being committed at the time of the arrest but that the FBI deliberately withheld this information from the Justice Department. Its top prosecutors f o u n d themselves gleaning crucial bits of evidence, not from FBI reports, but from the newspapers. Nevertheless, the prosecutors allowed Pat Gray's boys to present the best case they cuuld to the grand jury. It is rare for a grand jury to refuse to let a case go to trial that the FBI wants prosecuted. But after listening to the 'FBI's case, the grand jury decided the FBI had no case and, therefore, refused to indict Whitten. The President now wants to make Gray, as a reward for his loyalty, the permanent FBI chief. In our view, this would turn the nation's most form i d a b 1 e law enforcement agency into a political police force. We hope the Senate will refuse to confirm him. (C) 1973, by UNITED Features "And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Matthew 10:1 The Bible states t]iat "God is no respecter of persons". What He did through the first Christians, He will do right down through the last one and the least one, who move out on His word and takes authority in His name. Theyll Do It Every Time · But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave; for He shall receive me. Selah." Psalm -19:15. Keep the resurrection in mind and remember that death is not the final word over the one who has his faith In Christ. "Oh death where is they sting? Oh grave where is thy victory?" MRS. CASABA BUYS HER TICKET FOR AN UPCOMING PUV WEEKS IN ADVANCE" SCHWXEY WAITS Tim · ALWOSTTHELASTMINCfTE So WHO'S srrriNe WHERE? SIVEAUOOKy refuse to bind the wounds, they will still be there.' "I would like to remind you." Dr. Feldkamp said, "that ;we didn't make those wounds.; 'If 'They' had kept theii mouths shut, the war would have been over four years .ago. 'They' opened the wounds so. by gosh, let them suffer for a',while." "If you're not wiUjng-to bind THOSE wounds, what wounds are you willing to bind?!'- . , "We'll bind any wqiinds in the country providing. 'Th?y* say .we were right in what we were doing; that there was-no other way of doing it and if \ve had to do it again, those · who disagreed with us would support us. That's What the President calls 'going the extra mile.' " HOW COME? The door opened and the nurse rushed in. "Doctor, we have a bad wound outside. It has to do with reparations for North Vietnam. The people want to know why we're sending blood to Vietnam when so many people are bleeding at home."' "I can't bind that one," the doctor said, "unless we raise taxes, and we're not about to do that." The nurse walked out and Dr. F e l d k a m p said to me, "Everyone expects miracles." "Doctor, there are some people who feel that rather than bind wounds, the White House is opening a lot of them to keep the country divided. Is there any truth to that?" The doctor slammed his fist on the table. 'That's typical of what defeatist, antibombing bug-outers would say: And unless th,ey publicly apologize for this slander, we're not going to heal any more wounds around here." "That's a strange altitude for a medical doctor to take," I said. ' · "Who said I'm a medical dnctor?" Feldkamp replied. "I'm an electrical engineer on loan From the Committee for th Re-Election of the President." : ' (C) 1973, Los Angeles Times From The People Just One More Letter To the Editor: I had thought that I had finished with writing letters to the editor, but apparently there is at least one more due. Prompted by the courageous fight seemingly being made by Mrs. Carlson, in the interest of the people of Fayetteville, by rooting out some of the p r e v i o u s l y hidden a n d questionable practices that have been in use in the past. My point in writing this letter is to suggest that those 'citizens of Fayetteville who really are concerned where their ever increasing taxes are going should give this .woman all the support possible. It is no easy t a s k t o f i g h t t h e establish(ed)menl without some visible sign of support from the people who pay the taxes, regardless how much' courage one has or how high the qualifications, both being amply demonstrated by this capable woman. From The People As to a place for the city manager to wine and.dine the Highway Department officials and others from Little Hock, why not an auditorium in conjunction with the city of Springdale. The Highway Department should he wined and dined in a manner commensurate with the percentage of highway improvements and expenditures this expanding area receives in comparison with the Little Rock area, which would mean they can have their steak and wine in Pulaski County and a hamburger and a beer here. We can expect Springdale to follow through on their efforts to build an auditorium. Fayetteville citizens would support "the s a m e effort if properlv presented. It is a project which would return benefits to the people who would be paying for 'it. Gus Ostmeyer Fayetteville Must Not Lose It To The Editor: I would like to express my ideas as concerns the article of 2-15-73 ("Fate of Programs D e p e n d s Upon Legislative Action"). This article reflects two common ideas which are widely accepted and as such seem to limit t h e ' t h i n k i n g , of a great number of people. One belief, which .we see expressed several times in each newspaper or magazine dealing with .public, service type activities, is thai people on the local level are powerless to provide desired services for themselves and must rely upon the federal government or some far removed and easily blamed agency for all services. The second idea is that vocational or career education is a frill in our school system ; that is nice to have and even better to talk about but is not really very worthwhile, (the important function of the school is to prepare students for college training and not for the real world of working for a living). We are proud-of ths · fact thai a very high percentage of Fayetteville High School graduates enter college. We do not discuss the much lower p e r c e n t a g e which actually completes college level training. We do not discuss the very high percentage who graduate from Fayetteville High School with no salable skill what-so-ever. I believe that Fayetteville High School West Campus provides a service that, we cannot afford to lose. I believe that there are many people in this area who believe as 1, that we should take action now, on a local level, to correct the situation. If you are concerned about the future of career education in our school system, let your feelings be known. Write the school superinlendent and the school board. Write a letter to the editor of this newspaper. Do not allow the loss as predicted by the superintendent of our schools to come about because you failed to take action, "A Concerned Citizen" Fayetleville How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO ' A libel suit filed last spring against the editor and publisher of the University's 1963 "Razorback" yearbook was settled without a jury trial in Washington Circuit Court. Alpha' Chi Omega sorority, which colonized in 1961 at the University, announced plans today to build a new chapter house. 15 YEARS AGO A forest fire which kept five men busy for 10 hours burned over approximately 150 acres of wood and grass land three miles southwest of Greenland yesterday. The National Park Service has reported it has sufficient funds to start operation of the 25 YEARS AGO. Fire -of unknown origin destroyed a barn, two horses, a hog,; and · ton of hay early this morning .on the west edge of FayettevtUe. More than 200 bind students representing SO.high schools will C h a l l e n g e s a n d counter- challenges are ringing in Springdale where Jim Cypert, a Democrat pledged to walk SO miles for the Community Fund. Meanwhile Springdale Republicans have offered a walker and a 74-year-old Springdalian says he'll show the youngsters how to hike. Pea Ridge Military Park when .title for the land Is transferred to the Park Service from the state. ' , Dr. Eleanor Barnes, head of the home economics department at the University, will attend a national food conference at Washington D.C., Feb. 24, be on the University of .Arkansas campus this week for »· state-wide bank clinic. , A Grape and Strawberry clinic Is scheduled tomorrow afternoon at the 'Concord Theatre in Springdale.

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