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December 16, 1978 PAGE 4 HAYS DAILY NEWS The Hays Daily News Oil barons' robbery Only Carter knows exactly what's happening The story reads like something from a fable. In the far-off emirate of Qadar, in the city of Doha, a handful of the world's richest men met this week to shake the world. Their decision to increase the price of their countries' oil appears to have been made. The only haggling left is how much. Some say eight per cent. Others say 15. And as if they were doing us a favor, other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries say their crude oil prices should go up to 44 per cent — a level at which development of U.S. shale oil would be competitive. Some favor. The reason for all this, of course, is the perpetual motion of inflation. The billions and billions OPEC makes selling oil to the rest of the world don't go as far as they used to. Iraqi officials, for example, say the prices for goods and services they buy from industrialized nations justify a 25 per cent, increase. But the good the hike could do them is open to question. Worldwide, economists of all persuasions say an OPEC price hike will wind the inflationary springs all that much tighter. The effects on other countries promise to be gruesome. Great Britain and Italy, for just two examples, could be devastated by ever larger trade imbalances and even weaker currencies. Hardest hit will be India and Bangladesh, whose foreign debts, already at the breaking point, will swell. (OPEC declares pride in the help it offered the two countries — but its special loan fund is so small it might as well be chaff in the wind.) For the United States, whose oil imports range to a mere 40 per cent, it is hard to imagine what OPEC's prices (quadrupled since 1973) have done to the rest of the world. We have been stung by OPEC-induced inflation, but we simply have no notion of the suffering caused elsewhere. Our inattention to the crippling human effects, however, is as nothing compared to that of the OPEC members. What can be expected of them? They have become accustomed to high living at the world's expense. For the record, the surroundings in which they met this week were described as follows: pure onyx floors, chandeliers valued at $40,000 apiece, hotel rooms whose decorating tab alone was $125,000 per room and so on. The host, the Sheik Khalifa bin Hamad al Thani, has an annual oil income of $1.3 billion — enough, one hopes, to pay for the solid gold party favors and the chocolates flown in from France. USDA surgery The specter of a dismembered U.S. Department of Agriculture once again is haunting the capital. The break-up of the gigantic and unwieldy USDA into more manageable units has been Other editors recommended by reorganization experts since the Kennedy administration. Richard Nixon went so far as to propose it to Congress. That scheme lived only so long as it took for some widely varied interests to rally together and bury it. The coalition included cotton, peanut and tobacco growers of the South, and dairy, grain and livestock producers in the Midwest and West. Farm lobbyists were quick to raise the alarm. The prospect gets new life primarily because of Jimmy Carter's pledge to reorganize government. Every presidential candidate makes this promise, but there is always the fear that some stranger like Carter may really mean it. Farm lobbyists also are uneasy because the new administration has little political cause to pay much attention to farm protests, in light of the November election returns. This USDA revolution won't come. The farm vote may be negligible these day, but Carter needs the cooperation of congressmen from farm states. He won't get that by carving up their huge turkey. A new structure does make theoretical sense. We may get some shifts to make the USDA's many bureaucracies more manageable. For example, the food stamp program logically could be transferred to HEW. This move has been urged by both welfare administrators and by former Ag Secretary Earl Butz. The Forest Service could be better operated as an arm of the Interior department. Soil Conservation could go to another agency. Nixon's bold Scheme was to eliminate the USDA and split its operations among four new departments. That notion didn't make it past the front porch. To repeat, it's not to worry. Consider one obvious fact of politics: the chairman of the Senate agriculture committee is Herman Talmadge. Of Georgia. Anyone who believes Sen. Talmadge would tolerate dismemberment of his private pet hasn't been listening to his dreams of glory, when the White House gets a fellow Georgian. — The Hutchinson News WASHINGTON - There was an important — and instructive — clue to the character of the incoming Carter administration last week — one that indicates again how elusive the new President really is. While Carter was running through a marathon course of meetings at Blair House, his principal aides were making the rounds of the journalistic gatherings, voicing with remarkable freedom their own guesses about forthcoming Carter policy and organizational decisions. They were always careful to make it plain that they were speaking for themselves — and not for Jimmy Carter. But reporters hearing the views of Bert Lance, the director-designate of the Office of Management and Budget, on the shape of a possible tax cut could be excused for treating them seriously. And when Greg Schneiders, Carter's young administrative assistant, talked about the possible shape of the White House staff, it was certain to be noticed — and reported. BUT THE HARD TRUTH is that the disclaimers Lance and Schneiders and the others put on their remarks were probably more than window dressing. The reason that they apparently feel so •y DAVID BRODER free to speak for themselves is that they really don't know what Carter is going to do. This "open administration" which the new President promised is up against one prssibly insuperable problem. The only person in it who really counts is a man who plays his cards very close to his vest, That is confirmed — along with so much else — by his uninhibited aides. Schneiders, who probably spends as many hours a day. with Carter as anyone, was asked why the names of prospective Cabinet members seemed to be so much more closely held than in past transitions. "The reason," he said, "is that most of the decision-making is, going on in one house down in Plains and in the mind of one person in that house. "He (Carter) is reaching out very broadly for advice," Schneiders said. "He's placing literally hundreds of phone calls. This maltes him the center of the entire process. There's only one person who has all the pieces of the puzzle — and that's Jimmy Carter. That's just the way he operates." ASKED IF THERE were anyone with whom Carter shared the actual decision-making, Schneiders said, "Maybe Rosalynn (Mrs. Carter)." Then he added the names of Charles Kirbo, the Atlanta lawyer, campaign manager Hamilton Jordan and press secretary Jody Powell. But those three men have each told reporters that they were often caught by surprise by decisions Carter made during his years as governor — or statements he uttered during the campaign. The President-elect obviously feels no more need to consult them systematically than they feel inhibited about voicing their own views without clearing with him. There is, of course, a chance.that Carter and his principal associates will turn into a closely coordinated, buttoned-down bunch once they are installed in office. But one shouldn't bet on it. Lance endured Carter's public repudiation of the budget chief's! statement that a tax cut in early 19771 was "almost a certainty," and thenl came back two days later to My exactly! the same thing. Asked if the experience I of a public disagreement with his chief I would make him more inhibited in the) future, Lance said, emphatically, no. "IP I CAN'T CONTINUE to express I myself freely, I can't play my role in his administration," Lance said. "If I have to hedge every time I'm asked ' something, what use am I to him?" I From Franklin Roosevelt's time forward, the general rule among presidential assistants has been that they should cultivate a "passion for anonymity." The greater their Influence inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the more inhibited they tended to be in voicing their personal views to those on the outside. But the Carter circle seems not to have heard of this axiom, or, at least, not be inclined to heed it. With them, there may be a reverse pattern — a group of uninhibited advisers surrounding a rather tight-lipped Chief Executive. There's nothing wrong with that, but you had best remember one thing: Carter will still have the last word. Federal court helpful to oil> gas interests By JACK ANDERSON and LES WHITTEN WASHINGTON —A federal appellate court has been conniving with the oil and gas interests. The oilmen slipped through the back door of the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans last month to gain an advantage over their customers. This could wind up costing the consumers billions of dollars in higher gas prices. An outraged Sen. John Durkin (D.N.H.) learned about the multibillion-dollar caper and called upon • 1 Chief Justice Warren Burger to investigate. The chief judge of the accused court, Judge John Brown, has taken himself off the case and out of the controversy because he owns some $30,000 worth of oil and gas stocks. But he told us he has laid the scandal before a three-judge panel, headed by Judge Charles Clark, who refused to talk to us. We have been able to piece the story together, nevertheless, from affidavits and interviews. DURING THE FIRST week in November, the Federal Power Com- .mission prepared an order granting billions in rate increases to the natural gas companies, which are controlled largely by the oil giants. Both the oil companies and the consumer groups awaited the order granting billions in rate increases to the natural gas companies, which are controlled largely by the oil giants. Both the oil companies, and the consumer groups awaited the order anxiously, with notices of appeal — the consumers to block the increase, the oilmen to boost the rates even higher. The moment the order was issued, the consumer lawyers were ready to rush into Washington appellate court to file their appeal. This court has usually given the consumers a fair shake. The oil representatives, on the other hand, prepared to file their papers in the New Orleans court, which has been friendly to the oil and gas industry. Both sides knew it would be a race. For the court where the papers were first filed would hear the case. A secret observer turned up in New Orleans, meanwhile, to keep an eye on the oil industry's legal maneuvers. He was William Braun, a counsel for the House I Commerce Committee, who suspected there might be some hanky-panky. THE FPC WAS expected to hand down its multi-billion-dollar ruling at noon on November 5. Braun was waiting in New Orleans' big federal courthouse. "At twelve noon," he swore in an affidavit, "I kept a careful watch on the activity of the clerk's office personnel...and did not observe any person filing any documents." There was no sign of the oil representatives at the court counter where all the filings are supposed to be submitted in the public cases. The astonished Braun could hardly believe the oil barons had slipped up, with billions at stake. He checked with deputy operations clerk Barry Stiebing. Stiebing "informed me," reported Braun, "that 16 petitions for review...had been filed by Conoco, Tenneco, and Superior." Braun stared at Steibing in disbelief. "I asked when the filings had been made," continued the House attorney. "And Mr. Stiebing informed me...at or about twelve noon." Unless the papers had been filed by invisible men, the oilmen had to be dealing in the backrooms of the federal BAN I .. HI TIP.'... HELLO, W?. TlP f.. HBIA MR. O'NEIIi^! 1 court. Braun investigated, and we confirmed what happened. ACTUALLY, THE OIL representatives had shown up a day earlier on the possibility that the FPC might have issued its ruling on November 4. They slipped into Stiebing's office and used his telephone to find out whether the ruling was ready. The obliging clerk had "stood by," according to Braun's affidavit, in case the oilmen needed him. The following day, the faithful Stiebing again closeted himself with the oilmen in his private office. He "commenced standing by," at 11:40 a.m. He even kept his telephone line open to the oil lawyers in Washington as noon approached. "At twelve noon," declared Braun, "Mr. Stiebing was told to file the first petition*." This was followed by another at one second after twelve, another at 20 seconds after twelve, still another at 45 seconds after twelve, right on until 12:04. It turned out that 15 of the 16 oil petitions were incomplete. But Stiebing magnanimously offered to allow them "to be completed this afternoon." MEANWHILE, A second House lawyer, Patrick McLain, watched the "race to the courthouse," at the Washington end. The consumer lawyers received no special treatment. They were obliged to use a public telephone and to file at the public counter. They got one break which almost gave them a tie with the oil lawyers. The Washington court clock was calibrated by minutes, not seconds, so the consumer men were given the benefit of the doubt on filings up to 30 seconds past each minute. Sen. Durkin's private letter to the chief justice spelled out the charges against the Fifth Circuit Court. "It is clear," wrote the senator, "the natural gas producers were permitted extended use of non-public facilities in the Fifth Circuit clerk's office. They were provided the undivided attentions and services" of the clerk's office. "I am sure you agree that such back-room filings are, at best, inappropriate and, at worst, give the appearance of impropriety ... I urge the Supreme Court to conduct a full investigation." Footnote: Stiebing told us he would "welcome an investigation into my personal integrity in this matter." Your Health By Dr. George Thosteson DEAR DOCTOR: Can a persons become allergic to marijuana? — R.H. Apparently so. An interesting study by a group of researchers at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago indicates that pot smokers just might become sensitive to • the substance. The reactions seem to be similar to those from certain medicines. A team of four doctors found antibodies to marijuana in the blood of 34 users. The same antibodies were found in only 1 of 34 non-users. However, the doctors stressed that the study remains inconclusive, and more research is required before a definite answer can be given. DEAR DOCTOR: Will you please print something about vertigo ? My husband has this condition and has had it for a few years. The doctor has him on Athemol, but it doesn't seem to be helping him as it did when he first started taking it. Is there anything else that can be done besides taking medicine? — Mrs. S. True vertigo, as opposed to occasional lightheadedness, is usually caused by disturbance in -the body's balance mechanisms in the ears (as in Meniere's disease) or in the eyes. Your husband's doctor apparently detects a blood circulation problem as a contributing cause. The medicine you mention is used to treat circulatory disorders. If he experiences dizziness when arising from a reclining position, that may be the problem. Getting at the root cause of dizziness can be a painstaking process. Your husband should report the apparent ineffectiveness of the medicine he is taking, since others are available that might help him more. "Positional vertigo" can occur when the head is placed in one certain position or another. The trick is to learn just what these positions are and avoid them. There are too many other possible causes of dizziness to even touch on in the space allowed. For example, arthritic bone changes in the neck area may affect circulation to the brain. Has this been investigated? I have written a booklet on "Dizzy Spells" which discusses mast of them. If you'd like a copy, send 25 cents and a stamped, self- addressed envelope to me in care of this newspaper. DEAR DOCTOR: Does high blood pressure indicate high cholesterol? — D.O. Not necessarily. However, hardening of the arteries is found in about a half of all hypertensive patients, according to one study. Cholesterol deposits on arterial walls is a principal cause of artery narrowing and hardening. Also, overweight is one of the main culprits in high blood pressure, and most folks who are overweight have high cholesterol levels. It's also important to understand that cholesterol is but one of the risk factors increasing chances of having a heart attack. The others are smoking, high blood pressure itself, obesity and heredity. • Having one increases the chances of having a heart attack. Having two triples it, and having three or all four increases the odds ominously. DEAR DOCTOR: How late in life can epilepsy appear? — C.R. Epilepsy is a brain function disorder that results in unconsciousness or convulsive seizures. In most cases no apparent cause can be pinpointed. The conditions usually appear between age 3 and 15. Before that they are usually caused by birth injuries or a disease affecting the brain. After age 25 the cause is usually a brain injury or a tumor, which can occur at any age. Late onset is usually due to an organic cause such as tumor, or to drug reaction. Although cholesterol has been implicated in heart attacks and other circulatory troubles, it is also vital to human life. For this .reason Dr. Thosteson has entitled his booklet, "Control Your Cholesterol Sensibly." For a copy write to him in care of this newspaper, enclosing a long-self-addressed, stamped envelope and 25 cents. Dr. Thosteson welcomes Word Of God Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, Is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:8. Humility comes easily to men who are truly great. The Apostle Paul, to whom the Church looks as her greatest expositor of Biblical truth, states that he was hardly worthy to be a church member! reader mail but regrets that, due to the tremendous volume received daily, he is unable to answer individual letters. Readers' questions are incorporated in his column whenever possible. The Hays Daily News Published By The News Publishing Co. 507 Main Street, Hays, Ks. 67601 Published Five Days A Week And Sundays Except Memorial & Labor Day Second Class Postage Paid at Hays, Kansas 67601 Rate of Subscription: (includes Kansas Sales Tax, where applicable). » By Carrier: Convenient monthly rates: Hays and, Suburbs 12.75 per month Trade Zone Carriers... $2.75 per month By Mail: (Where carrier service is not available). In Kansas (21-63 per year Out of State (26.00 per year All mall subscriptions must be paid in advance In accordance with Postal Regulations. Carriers also collect for a month in advance. John Lee Editor and Publisher Glen Windholz Managing Editor Gilbert N. Kuhn Business Manager • Donald Haas Advertising Manager Gene Rohr Mechanical Supt. Thomas J. Drees Circulation Mgr. TV STATION KAYS Chann*! 7 — Program Log Thursday, December 16 6:30 Jennii.gs Christmas Concert 7:00 The Waltons 8:00 Hawaii Five-0 ' 9:00 Barnaby Jones 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: TBA Sign Off News, Weather, Sports Friday, December 17 7:00 CBS Morning News 8:00 Captain Kangaroo 9:00 The Price is Right 10:00 Joyce Livingston Show 10:30 Love of Life 10:55 CBS Midday News 11:00 The Young and Restless 11:30 Search Cor Tomorrow 12:00 Midday 12:30 As the World Turns 1:30 Guiding Light 2:00 All In the Family 2:30 Match Game 3:00 Tattletales 3:30 Gambit 4:00 Christmas Concerts ' Norland High School 4:30 Mike Douglas 5:30 CBS Evening News With Cronkite 6:00 Evening News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Andy Williams Show 7:00 T'was the Night Before Christmas 8:00 CBS Friday Night Movie: "Pocket Money" 10:00 Final Report News, Weather, Sports 10:30 CBS Late Movie: TBA Sign Off News, Weather Sports TV STATION KCKt Chann*) 2 — Program IOQ Thursday, December 16 6:30 Adam 12 "Foothill Division" 7:00 Van Dyke & Co. 8:00 Best Sellers "Once An Eagle" Ch. IV 9:00 "Oral Roberts A Christmas Dream" 10:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 12:00 Tpmorrow 1:00 KSN Late News • Friday, December 17 6:42 Sign On 6:45 Kansas Today 7:00 Today Show 7:25 TakeKerr 7:30 Today Show 8:25 KSN News & Weather 8:30 Today Show 9:00 Sanford & Son 9:30 Hollywood Squares 10:00 Wheel of Fortune 10:30 Stumpers 11:00 50 Grand Slam 12:00 KSN Noon News 12:15 Elmer Children Show 12:30 Days of Our Lives 1:30 The Doctors 2:00 Another World 3:00 Sumerset 3:30 Flinslones 4:00-5:00p.rn SPECIAL TREAT "Ultle Women" 5:30 NBC Nightly News 6:00 KSN News, Weather, Sports 6:30 Adam 12 "West Valley Division" 7:00 Sanford & Son 7:30 Chico & the Man 8:00 Rockford Files 9:00 Serplco 10:00 KSN News, Weather Sports 10:30 Tonight Show 10:00 Midnight Special 1:30 KSN Late News

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