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, - . , - · Editorial-Opinion Pog« Tie Publfc Interest is The first Concern Of This Newspaper Alden H. Spencer, Publisher and General Manager Floyd Carl Jr., Managing Editor 4 · TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 1976 Growtk Problem. Chief Navy Weakness Is The Top Brass * . · , ' ' , . ' . , 'i _ _ . _ _ T _ _ tl, The Washington Merry-Go-Round ssss These are the times that try the souls of the Gerber baby-food folks. Gerb'er is the sponsor of National Baby Week, which begins on Saturday, April 24, and is' intended to direct attention to the "importance of volume buying habits of new moth; ers meeting growing family needs." Large families and "volume buying habits" are out of favor in an age of scarcity and over; population. A few years ago, Gerber.took cognizance of the declining birth rate. The nation's largest baby food producer scuttled . its long-used advertising slogan--"Babies are bur business ... our only business" -and diversified into a number of adult-food products. . ' If current demographic trends are any indication, the company may have acted a bit precipitously. Census Bureau figures show that while the birth rate has continued ' t o decline, the rate of decline since 1974 has been considerably slower. Many population experts are predicting a sizable rise by the late 1970s and early 1980s. The more optimistic of these experts 'concede that the . United States might be able to stagger along with higher birth rates for a number of,_ -years. But much of the rest of the world . will not be so fortunate, they assert. IState Of Affairs A typical warning came from the World- watch Institute'of Washington, D.C. In a recent study, the institute forecast that if .current growth rales continue, the present world population of four billion would triple in just over 50 years. But "current population growth'rates cannot continue for much longer. Birth rates will come down, death rales will go u p , - o r more likely both will occur. Increasing nutritional stress, environmentally-induced illnesses and social*disintegration can all contribute to rising death rates and falling birth rates." Not a very pleasant prospect. Yet except for the population experts and a few concerned lay persons, the consequences of more and more people scrambling after fewer and fewer resources seem not to have touched the average person. Having children is still primarily an individual and not a social question, and U appears that many individuals agree with Michael Novak: Writing in the current issue of Harper's magazine, Novak contends: "Apart from millions of decisions by couples of realistic, love to bring .forth children they will nourish, teach : and launch against the void, the human race has no future--no wisdom, no advance, no community, no grace." Foggy Bottom Make Believe By JACK A N D E R S O N " wiUi tcs \Vl.lUcu WASHINGTON --' A secret Eludy warns tlml the Pacific Heel is in siicli poor shape that it cannot "carry out its mission." The ships arc n iti dow n f inuiormamicri and undcrghmied. They arc in desperate need of repair and modernization. It's a story, that the Pentagon, poohbahs have Iriccl to sweep under r the secrecy label, not lo protect national security b:tt to protect themselves from embarrassing questions. The public might waul to know, tor example, why the ad mi ml s let the fleet ctelerior- · ate but maintained their own comforts. They have no shortage of servants, no malfunctioning limousines, no broken down armchairs. Only combat equipment seems lo be neglected. The m i l i t a r y brass spend plenty, .mind you. 'on armaments.' But too much money is SQU ande rect "on pel wen |on s which turn out to be impractical or obsolete. Cost overruns a n d corporate bailouts h a v e become commonplace. And then the brass hats who handle military contracts often wind up working For the contractors. THE NATION cannot be de- fended . with fancy f u r n i t u r e , plush rugs and' sleek automobiles In past columns, therefore, we have published classified information about the deterioration o f , t h e fleet. T h i s has stirred a hullabaloo in the backrooms of Washington. The House Armed Services Committee ordered an inves- By CLAYTON FRLTCHEY , WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Stale Henry Kissinger's warning that the U n i t e d States .would not tolerate the participation of Communist Parties in , 'East European governments, especially I t a l v and France, is .not being taken very seriously by our allies," ; "Although Dr. Kissinger omin- 'ously says that the United States would not be "indifferent to such .developments," the Europeans think this is. mostly bombast. So far, the London Economist notes, the secretary · "has fallen bach on a program of pinpricks, ranging from using the CIA to provide money for Italy's hon-Communists to the refusal of American visas 1 for senior Italian Communists." NEVERTHELESS, Dr. Kissinger keeps on saying thal^ participation of Communists in th e Ita li an governm ent would be "unacceptable." That kind of ultimatum inspires skeptical questions. What, - f o r instance, would the United Slates do if t h e . I t a l i a n people., possibly in the 1977 election or sooner, voted the Communists into power or partial power? Would we, as in Chile, secretly conspire with right-wing militarists to overthrow by force a democratically elected government? Considering the present altitude in America toward covert CIA operations, such a possibility seems remote, .:;; · · Dr. Kissinger could call on NATO to expel Italy, but ell present signs indicate that our European allies, even under severe U.S. pressure, would not support expulsion. Rightly or wrongly, they simply don't share Kissinger's fears that the A t l a n t i c Alliance would necessarily be wrecked if ' Communists won a share of power in one or more N T ATO countries via the ballot box. THE ADMINISTRATION'S' most open threat has .been ils talks about withdrawing American support of NATO. "It is inconceivable." Dr. , Kissinger has satd, "that the United ' States could maintain g r o u n d : forcc-s in Europe if there is a major Communist participation in Western governments...." Pulling hack our troops from Europe would please a lot of Americans, and probably a majority of U.S. senators, who have been t r y i n g for years to get the administration to t3o just that. Moreover, a U.S. pullback would not trouble some of the most prominent leaders of N T ATO countries, who have 4ong believed that Europe will never develop a unified defense of Us own as long as the " U n i t e d ' States is willing to shoulder the burden for them. On a recent trip abroad I f o u n d many sophisticated, Europeans \sbo a"ie wondering whether NATO, useful as.it uas when founded more than .two decades ago, is not. becoming sn-ichronistie. It was never intended to b« forever,'but as a bridge to Kurope organizing a defense community of its own. IN . A N Y CASE, : t h e Europeans see the Cnrnmunist^ threat to NATO as theoretical.- if not distant, in contrast'to the more real and im.nodiate develop* ir.ents that ir^ presently raising Bible Verse "Let all those that seek ihee rejoice and he glad i n - t h e e : let such as "love thy salvation say continually. The Lord be magnified." Psalms 40:16' Let's get our priorities straight. Make hig of God! Han was never meant to be exalted and God^ignored. "God will not share His glory with another." "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he \vill guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." John 16:13.14 Careful that we don't hang up on the Holy Spirit. He has a very important message from Heaven for us along with m a n y gifts. "Judge not, and ye shall not he judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37 Before we can be cleansed of our own [aulls. we.must have everything in the clear with nur neighbour, "if ye forgive not, neilhcr will .your Heavenly Father forgive you." doubts about the strength and reliability of the great alliance. If the Communists win a place in the French government, it is possible that they m i g h t not ·nthusiastir.- ally support NATO, h u t could they be less pnthus'asti" lhan De Gaulle? It' was the late president of France, whose party is still in power, who dealt NATO its most severe blow when he abruptly withdrew his country f r o m the military alliance. In the minds. of many experts, it is rjueslion- abte whether Europe is logis- t i c a 1 I y defensible without France. And what about the so-called southern flank of NATO, supposedly anchored to Greece and Turkey? Greece, in reprisal for U.S. policy in Cyprus, has partially withdrawn ils forces from NATO. Turkey, in t u r n , ejected the United States from 25 military bases on its territory, and recently has opened a new dialogue with Moscow. DR. K I S S I N G E R , not without reason, is skeptical about democratic professions of the West European Communist Parties and their new show of independence of Sm'iel Russia. His reasoning.is that once a subject of Moscow, always a subject. No one, of course, can say . with certainty how these Western Communist Parlies will act once they acquire governmental power. But China, Yugoslavia a n d R o m a n i a '(all former satellites of Russia) have not hesilated to pursue their own i n t e r e s t s , independent o f Moscow. If blood is thicker than water, nationalism is even thicker than communism. (C) Los Angeles Times They'll Do It Every Time SYMPATHY FOR THE r*t SACK FRCWv C' LEAVE-·· WELL-GOO? TO SEE VOO, LUSWW£LL*"WHAT ligation of Hie fleet, But Ihe admirals insisted that the committee musl not declassify the embarrassing facts that they llad classified. The Ifi-page survey, therefore, is stamped . "Secret" on every page. We will omit Ihe , technical details, which might he legitimate secrets. Bui Hie public is entitled' lo know how the admirals have ncglcclcd Ihe ships under their command. · "Clcnr U,S. naval superiority cannot le established." the document warns, because of the fleet's "poor condition. Only the carriers and submarines "can still deler." But u n f o r t u n a t e l y , "the majority-ol the ships a r e neither carriers nor submarines." · Declares the study tersely: "Navy weapons systems which will be deployed in Hie near- term are not ctiual lo the Soviet naval threat." The investigators found "nearly every ship in the surface fleet was undermanned" and had such "poor offensive capabilities" that - "their ability to defend the carriers or keep our sea lanes open is unacceptable to marginal M best."' ' IN VEILED language. Ihe report suggests that the Army and Air Force m a y have to be cut back in order lo make more money available to Ihe Navy "in the light of' the serious decline of our naval superiority." . The report praises Ihe Navy men who are trying lo k e e p the fleet in fighting shape but chides the armchair admirals at the Pentagon. "The premise that 'the chief of naval opera- lion wanls il, so it must be good' is no longer valid. Ihe report comments. FOLLOW UPS -- Readers are constantly asking us about Ihfl outcome! of stories we have broken. So from lime lo lime, we will report new developments: --Last year, we published a. detailed expose of how Ambassador Turner B. Shcllon had mishandled U.S. affairs in Nicaragua. We called him Ihe worst ambassador in the foreign service. . Shortly afterward. Shellon w.as called home, and Ihe Slate Department thought it had heard Ihe last ot him. Bul he began lobbying intensely for a new post in Ihe Bahamas. Under pressure from Sheton's friends on .Capitol Hill. Prcsidenl Tord asked the Bahamian government to accept him. Outraged foreign service officers protested, and the Bahamians turned him down. But Shelloii is still hanging out in Washington, maneuvering for another diplomatic appoint' ment. ,, . --·We recently reported that Comptroller of the Currency James Smilh had granted interest-free loans io his subordi- nalcs from official funds. We have now learned that most o f . I h e money hasn't been paid back. The latest available figures show lhal 12 Smith aides still owe S167.935.10. Those with the largest out- HOW TIME FLIES 10 YEARS AGO People who die young from h/?arl diseases were bottle-fed babies, says a leariing British pathologist. Sen. J. William Fulbright, chairman ol the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, denounced Monday U.S. policy in Viet Nam. About 325 firefighters brought under control early today seven fires in Lhn Ouachitn National Forest which bur nee) about 2,000 acres of timherlanrf. 50 YEARS AGO The first a n n u a l junior-senior banquet, was held at the Presbyterian Church Sunday night. The gist of the world's news each day in the Democrat. A new brand of sheik -- the intellectual lover -- is supplant' Ing the Latin or physical type on the screen, in the opinion of Marion F a i r f a x , foremost woman m o t i o n - p i c t u r e producer. 100 YEARS AGO Dcpuly Sheriff Davis left. Saturday on the Pine B l u f f , with eight happy delegates for tfy: penitentiary, "Uncie Zeb" will lake tfrmcl care not to let any of t h e m escape. Notice: ff (his does not meet the eye of Mrs. M a r t h a .1. Murray, living near I.ittlo Springs in Washington County, will some of her (Mentis please yind her address lo Jacob Mitchell of Potosi, Mo, THETMflLLAW MATTER WAS CTRICRY'ROflnte* Vaughan At Large standing loans are L«o HoU«jir · berg S36.MO; Harry Hess.; $30 ODD; Lou Frank, $25,350;;Kim Arenas. $23,336: and J«h»i l Rogers. $22,300. These officials regulate , lh»; national banks, which hiv«. never been known to give interVi- esL-free loans to anyone,. A; spokesman contended t h a t . ' f h f ; loans are granted to help offir; cials with relocations. This, is,cheaper, he insisted,, than lh«" per diem and subsistence -ex.. ncrises.thal the officials otherwise could claim. . : : ' . . , , (C) Drilled Feature Syndieal»,i inc. ,.:,;,;-. The Draft Works In Everyday Life By BILL V A U G I I A N Every year when the professional football teams gel around to drafting from the ranks of college stars they arc not necessarily picking young men by position. In other words, it doesn't make any difference whether tile man can play defensive guard or fullback or [tirow the football or tackle. As a specialty, that.is. , . , ., "What we are looking for, the mentor will tell the press, "is the best athlete." Cynics will say that often this means Hie Troglodytes didn't gel the particular quarterback or linebacker they desperately needed, and are therefore falling back on the "best alh- 'Icte" play to save some face as well as a few games. I CONSIDER this to be im- josl Not only 'Iocs it make a kind of sense lo figure thai If a kid is big. strong and fast enough he 'can learn lo play any position, but it is a theory we all apply in other areas of our livt',s. For example, when we d r a f t a man lo dn our income lax. wo may need a deduction whiz more than we need A tax shet- Icr. ,- . . ' : . ' · · ".. i'..'·. :' . nut -usually we -go lor the man (or woman) who can be expected to handle any role competently. If you arc r u n n i n g a restaurant you may be weak at salads and looking lo build s o m e strength at that position.- But suppose a good gravy man is available. You already have a Ihrce-star gravy man. Still, I would say, go for tho gravy man and have ynur salad coach (surely you have one of those) help him make the transition. In other words you go for the best cook. SOMK PARENTS are not satisfied unless they have the best musician or mathematician or basketball player or poet or room -- slraighlencr. and will wish that Ihcy had draflcd riifferenllv. The happier solu. lion. I lliinti, is to take t h e best kid you can, and hope thai he will fit in somewhere. I have known girls who have married fellows because they were keen dancers (or bellcr lhan me anyway).. A n d , boy. have they liccn sorry when they discover lhal dancing isn t e v e r y t h i n g . (Although il s something; I won't deny lhal. Especially at a dance.) Or a fellow will marry a girl lor her money anrt he will find out Hut Ihcrc are other things in life besides money. (Dancing, for example.) What most, of us. oof whatever sect, really look for is the best possible' person of Ihe opposile ipersuasion who hasn't been 'snapped up in Ihe earlier rounds. We go. in oilier words, for the lolal person, not Ihe specially. IN PASSING, il mighl ho noted that In the world of the sports draft there is a certain From The Readers' Viewpoint built-in equa^er that is denied us in many other fields. The losers, cuslomarily, gel to draft first. This doesn't work in, for example, the field of romance where lho.se with certified winning records usually get to pick first. Well, as has been said, nobody ever promised lhal life would he fair, and everything seems to work out all right somehow. But Ihe MB example of the way \ve go for the best athlete is in politics. A check of the rosier may indicate that at the moment, let's say, we would he shaking the political Irecs (or a hard-nosed international a f f a i r s expert, or maybe a slashing ground-gainer against uiicmploymcnl. WE HAVE Ihe form chart on ' Ihe candidates available for drafting and what special abili- lies Ibey have. Some, of course, wliom we mighl have liked to pick, have injured themselves in the primaries and would b« risky investments. In any event what we end up with is drafting the president who seems to he Ihe best all- around polilieian fathlete). So let's not laugh at the coach who claims anybody who has the basic equipment lo play Ihe game can fit in at just -about any position. That's the way we pick oiir presidents, Anfl usually they lurn put l» be about as good a choice as the average football draftee. (C) Unil-M Feature Syndicul*. EDITOR'S NOTE; T k « . TIMES welcomes ud Hlicltt letters to the editor on a a y - · topic. Writers tie tiked to limit letters to 4M wordt b«- · eaase of space reqalraoeBtfj: In an attempt te print all M' ters received. We will nut eoaslder anonymous letlertr · nor will the TIMES pnbllsk letters with names withheld. All letters should be typed, · It possible, or In clear handwriting. The TIMES will no* - rnt or edit letters; those el- , ther loo long or unacceptable because of obscenity or libel.: will not b« published. ' · - ' Right-To-Work \ To The Editor: 1 . " ..'.' Mr. Mairtin, president ,of :th'e NWA Labor Counsel, in his re- 1 . cent open Letter lo Bill'Clinton on the subject of the AFL-CIO's move to nullify the Arkansas^ Righl-to-Wqrk law, offered most of tlie typical arguments' uscH by union bosses in their effort to force compulsory unionism Tacts. Let's look al them, b u t , not for Mr: Martin's - HI-,;.. formation as I ;nn sure- he is well aware of them. Of course, there is -a difference between average hourly earnings in Arkansas and - the national average; and thereof whenever -you' compare a predominantly agricultural's I a' I .'fit with Hie national average th*at is heavily weighted, by highly skilled; durable goods industry jobs in the .millions. '...-,·"· Mr. Martin .challenged \, Bill Clinton to show h i m ' how unemployment in states ^'hat have Right to Work ' r,au - s;;.is. lower than thosp 'that perjrnit forcing working people .-inlo unions. The statistics are available from the Manpower-»"Ad- ministration. U.S. Department ot Labor, wilh the latest published for the.years through 1974.- . · ·."T" For the 19 states with Right- to-Work protection, the.average rale of unemployment WHS. 1970 . A.I per cent; 1971 - '4.7 per" cent.; 1972 - ·l.O per cent; 1973 - 3.6 per cent; 1974 - 4.6., per cenl. . . ' . . . . ' . . " , - Tht other 31 stales' that permitted contracts -forcing e m p lo y e e s .to pay dues averaged as follows: 1970 - 5.1 per cent f 1971 - 6.3 per eenli 1972 - 6.0 nor cent: '1973 -.5.3 per cent: 1074 - 6.3 per cent, ; :-,· Let's took now at Ihe opportunity 'to work for which' ,R.t lo-Work laws can lake some credit by creating a clmiate oT compulsive membership. : Bet had a net increase of manufacturing jobs "ot 82,000. .The lotal for all the TligliL-to-Work slates, 19, was 1,635,900. I n . t h a slal/is without this worker projection, which, keep in mind, number 31 .the increase in 'job's was only 1,361,600 with New York actually losing 187.700 jojs. This is Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, information. . . " " " ' · . I have used the phras» worker protection, above - ·· for gcail purpose, M r . . M a r t i n is'al- mosl correct when he sa'ys'olir stale law denies labor and management the right"-Mo negotiate a union shop contract. He should say it denies ".th/s iin boss can and will inter- bosses the right to -'ore* workers to join the unioft' regardless of 'their wishes'. Indifference, to employee -. interest can be found on both sides of the bargaining lanf«, The union bosses, of course, like a steady, assured flow of worker's riu.es without any -.special effort or parlicuiar responsibility. The company boss " at Ihe same lime may want '.lo "cooperate" if he thinks iht union boss can an riwil Imler- fere with his company's ··pro- duction in some way, or H ht is offered a "cheapy" deal. -··· The stale law makersr..(H vious'y recognized such human frailties and the'ref ore-.the.'need lo protect ils ,cili7,ens. But as we all know, even (he law cannot i n s u r e protection from violence. For example, in' 1972 a construction contractor hac! the audacity to operate an open shop in Philadelphia, PA, a;city t h a i permits , compulsory unionism. He was bcaleiCin broad daylight in tlie downtown area: bul Philly, being ·-.$ "union" lown, acquitted th« men charged. - - . - V Compulsory membership.-has . never required or demanded responsibility. Anyone asked to .sign a petition for the innocent sounding purpose of modifying Amendment 3-5 lo -make cpnv pulsory union membership arj optional negotiating item hot IT think twice. The record o[ unioji power, irresponsibilily, '· corruption and violence in. Iht .states without RlfihUo-Work protection is all too evident..' . H.D. Bairtf Fayelteville , -.-. ''t

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