Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 24, 1973 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Saturday, February 24, 1973
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Ctmes! The Public interest Is The First Concern o/ This Newspaper Saturday, February 24, 1973 WR It is too bad the state's press, political leadership and prominent citizenry didn't have time to express their unabashed esteem for the late Win Rockefeller while he was in office, or still vigorously on the Arkansas development scene. He would have enjoyed more compliments, while striving so hard to get himself elected and undertaking so many difficult reforms against entrenched and intractable foes, We feel certain. Still, there has been a grudging sort of statewide respect for the Squire from Petit Jean all along due to a politically unique (fov Arkansas, at least) combination of wealth and candor which always made it plain that his honesty and sincerity were well beyond the reach of corruption. Not the least of his innumerable contributions to the state was in the wresting of Arkansas' political conscience from darkness into the light of public inspection. It isn't entirely coincidence that gambling was halted during his tenure, and the state's Freedom of Information Act became law. Hunting the highlight of the Rockefeller years in Arkansas is difficult. He did so many things, from galvanizing an economic recovery that is the pride of the South, to commutation of death sentences which helped emphasize the need for Supreme Court review of the subject, Finding the low point is less hard. The odd joy the etate seemed to experience, and the size of the majority given Dale Bumpers, as Mr. Rockefeller sought a third term, wounded him more than he ever really let be rknown. It was an unfortunately ungracious ;gesture on the state's part, though a typical;]y political one. Fortunately, there were a few voices that quickly acknowledged the ·"pure affection as well as the achievement, "that went With Mr. Rockefeller's efforts on ';behalf of the state, as he stepped down. (The ^TIMES is glad to have been one of these.) j There is no doubt that having come from ·:the East, Mr. Rockefeller's combination of ·.wealth, restlessness and personal anxiousness : "to contribute made him uniquely capable of ;perceiving the nature of Arkansas' economic tdilemma of the 1950s. He sized up the state's '. need for industrial development, and made a, most substantial contribution to progress 'in that area. He also, importantly, recognized the state's needs in education and cultural enrichments, so as to be prepared to utilize and better appreciate the rewards of growth and prosperity. No native 'son that we can think of was of a background to persuade the state on this course. His efforts on behalf of the Arkansas Arts Center will have profound consequences for the state for generations to come. . We mourn, along with those who knew him better than we, the passing of a great, compassionate Arkansan and American. Subverting Spirit Of The Low By CLAYTON FRITCHEY This is a report on how a. d e t e r m i n e d Administration can t ti w a r t the will of Congress and the public by violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the law. This revealing example involves the financing of presidential election campaigns, now very much in the public mind because of the Watergate scandal. Even before the Watergate revelations aroused interest in the $10 million secret Nixon c a m p a i g n fund, however, Congress, prodded by the mounting concern of the electorate, passed a bill providing for public financing of presidential election campaigns. The plan was simplicity itself. It invited every taxpayer to make a checkmark on his inc o m e -1 a x return indicating whether he would like $1 of his payment to be set aside to s u b s i d i z e the presidential c a m p a i gn of his party's nominee or an independent. The idea was that this would free all of the nominees from obligating themselves to special interests. It was calculated that the checkoff (not costing the taxpayer anything), would provide $20.4 million for each of the major presidential candidates, as well as substantial sums for any minor candidates. The candidates were not required to accept the public subsidy, but if they d i d , they could not legally accept private money in addition. Although the bill generated bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, it was poison to the Nixon moneymen who, with their connections to the rich and big business, rightly figured they could raise twice as much as the opposition, regardless of who the Democratic nominee might he. A COMPROMISE The. upshot was a comp r o m i s e . Faced with a presidential veto, Congress got the bill through by postponing the effective date from 1972 to 1976. This enabled Mr. Nixon to swamp the Democarts last year with a record campaign chest of $50 million, or maybe more. The word from the Ad- Open Meetings The executive branch of government under Richard Nixon has become ever more secretive.and withdrawn from public scrutiny, but there is a growing willingness on the part of Congress to open its actions to full view. The House has already gone a long way toward full accountability by requiring that votes he recorded, so that each congressman's constituents can know iiow he stands on amendments .as well as final passage. A recent Common Cause survey indicates thai, a majority of the new House of Representatives is also committed to doing away with most closed committee meetings. How important that can be to the public's right to know is 'illustrated by one set of statistics and one statement of fact. In 1971, some 36 per cent of all congressional committee meetings were closed. Almost all of those held by the House Ways and Means Committee, which dictates tax policy for the House, were closed, The fact is that Congress' most important work takes place in committee and not on the floor. According to John Gardner, the chairman of Common Cause, 229 congressmen are in favor of holding open meetings except in cases involving national security or personal privacy. That is U more congressmen t h a n a majority. Gardner's figures are based on a congressman-by-congressman survey, and each is named in the Common Cause study. "These commitments in support of reform are redeemable now." Gardner said. "If the issue comes to a record vote, we believe the votes are there to end secrecy In the Congress of the United States." If Gardner is right the issue must he forced to a vole. The light of publicity and disclosure usually hurts only the corrupt and inefficient; it helps the political process and the body politic alike. -- Greenville (Miss.) Delta Democrat-Times What A Waste Health experts have determined that physical strength of humans is at its peak at 30, while the mental zenith is not reached until 60 or 70. What a waste! By then, no one will pay attention. --.Little Rock (Ark.) Arkansas Gazette Arfeatiaaa JUtau* 212 N. East Aye., Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 Phone 442-6241 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 Fayettevillc. 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) J2.40 Hail rates in Washington, Benton, Madison counties Ark. and Adair County, Okla. 3 months ...-M *6.00 S months - :*: JU-00 I YEAR ,....?... 3 . $20.00 Qity Box Section · ,i Mail in counties other than above: 1 months « months $13.00 1 YEAR $24.0« ALL MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST JJE PAID IN ADVANCE There Goes The ENTIRE Neighborhood" ' From The People y$mf$y-y^- Education For Future To the Editor: I was very interested, and very impressed with the fine article on the Vocational School at West Campus. 1 was concerned when I read the seemingly impending death knell of this program. Vocational education is not of the past; this phase of education is of the future. Education is a necessary investment to us and to our children, but we must open our eyes to the fact that all children cannot be directed to college work, nor do they want to be. They are interested in learning -- to compete for responsibility in physical skills as well as to earn a living. There is a question of money _ but more important, there Is a question of priority. If the financing of our school system Is in such dire straits that we must choose -- wouldn't it be tar best to economize on those From The People things that we can best do without. : 1 agree that athletics ar« important -- but how many of our sons will make their living playing football. Band is im : portant but w i l l this qualify these students to earn their pwn way? It would be far better to choose -- if the choice must be made -- those-things that will insure a measure of security for our children.. The list of things that we can do without is long -- and if we must -- we can do without them..but vocational training should not be added to that list. It would- seem that, ,lhe members of the Fayetteville school board should examine all phases of education, and place their priority on those things that will benefit our people -not entertain them. Mrs. Clyde Randall Fayetteville When Shoe Fits To the Editor: During debates preceding ratification o f Amendment XXVI (Lowering the voting age to 18 years) to the U.S. Constitution, we heard 18-year-olds described as mature sophisticates; better informed than many of their elders; capable of making intelligent, well reasoned decisions. It is interesting to note that .consent; and to otherwise function as an adult, then he-she should be treated as any other adult person when it copnes to violations of our laws. Mitigation of punishment should b» based on fads other than age. How is it that courses hvdrug abuse now conducted in many schools and the horrible examples of drug addiction p a r a d e d b e f o r e . o u r " one of our Northwest Arkansas p a i n u c u ^ Kt "'~i.~ ~~ · · youngsters fail to make an The Washington Merry-Go-Round FBI Makes Most Of 'Whitten Probe' By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- The false arrest of my associate Les Whitlen. we have now learned, was used as a pretext for launching a massive FBI investigation into our operations. Some excuse was needed to get a court order to pry into our telephone calls around the world. This was provided by Whitten's arrest on January 31 while he was reporting on the return of stolen Indian documents to the government. A grand jury agreed this was no crime and refused to indict him. But meanwhile, the FBI, p r e t e n d i n g t o investigate Whitten's "crime," secured a court order and served it on American Telephone and Telegraph. FBI agents immediately began checking into our phone calls, digging into our news sources and using all the the excuse for getting our telephone records. This was a flagrant violation of our rights under the First Amendment. Obviously, freedom of the press is a mockery if the FBI can block our access to the news by investigating and harassing our news sources. This is just another example of how the FBI, under Pat Gray, has been used as a political police force. Footnote: We invited the FBI to comment, but a spokesman had no response. WASHINGTON W H I R L MILITARY SHOOTING -- To stop military spying on civilians and other abuses, former Defense Secretary Melvin Laird announced two years ago that of Mr. Nixon, there would be four years in which to discredit, sabotage or repeal the ?1 check- off reform. As .will he seen, this was not idle talk. The operation has begun. The discrediting started last week with "leaks" intimating that the checkoff plan, contrary to general belief, had little popular support. The Administration reported that only 4 per cent of the first 12 million income-tax returns received this year approved $1 being set aside for financing future political campaigns. But Sen. Russell Long. D-La.. chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and author of the checkoff, was not born yesterday. In his politically shrewd mind, something was wrong in Denmark, or at least in the Internal Revenue Service. Within 24 hours, he had the answer. The government had not alerted the taxpayers to the checkoff hox on this year's income-tax form. In fact, if wasn't included on Form 14 and 140-A at all. It appeared only on a small supplementary form, which millions of taxpayers are not likely to notice. LITTLE DONF. Over in the House, Rep. Donald Fraser, D-Minn., also has done some investigating, which shows that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has not only done little to publicize or explain the checkoff innovation but in many cases has made it difficult for taxpayers even to get this special checkoff form, known as Form 4875^ The checkoff, Rep.. Fraser says, is "one of the most im- portanf political reforms for the last 50 years, hut IRS is not doing much to let people know about it." Rep. Fraser put it mildly. The IRS has not provided From 4875 to banks, post offices and other places where millions of taxpayers pick up their forms. Even those who get tax packets mailed out by the government are not likely to be alerted to the checkoff. There is a brief explanation, hut, as Rep. Fraser points out, it "neglects to tell the taxpayer that he can allocate $1 to the party of his choice at no extra cost to himself. Not until he gets to the form itself at the hack of the packet does he get this information." Even if Sen. Long and Rep. Fraser succeed in getting some co-operation from the IRS, the Administration has still other ways of circumventing the checkoff reform. As the legislation stands, the money earmarked between no\v and 197ft will require a further appropriation act before it can be used, and that, of course, will be subject to a presidential veto. (C) 1973, Los Angeles Times powers of government to f i n d _ out how we get information that By H. B. Dean the government doesn't want Bible Verse the gov published. The court order was granted on February 2, two days after Whitten's arrest. Its stipulated purpose was to investigate the theft of the Indian documents. Yet the FBI subpoenaed our telephone records back to July, four months before the documents were stolen. When I appeared before the grand jury, the prosecutor emphasized that I was not under investigation. He declared in front of the grand jury that I w a s not in any way involved in the alleged "crime." Yet the FBI also subpoenaed the telephone records of my home as well as the office. Once the FBI go't its hands on our telephone records, the agents seemed less interested in our Indian sources than in our sources inside the government. They tried to f i n d out which B-52 crewmen, for example, had talked to us by overseas phone about the failure to change flight patterns during the first three days of the Hanoi bombing last December. This failure, the pilots alleged, cost lives. The G-men traced phone calls in an effort to locate the sources of our information about the Watergate scandal, secret drug- smuggling reports and other stories. Most of all, the agents seemed eager to find out who has been slipping us confidential excerpts from the FBI's own files. All of this has nothing to do, of course, with the Indian documents, which the FBI used as "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4 Heaven is a wonderful place where all the hurts of life are strangers. There is only one way to get there and that is through the one who has planned and it. Jesus said, "1 go to prepare a place for you." a 1 1 personnel inevstigations, counter-intelligence and criminal investigations would be b r o u g h t under Washington control. This would take the sleuths out f r o m under the domination of the local generals and admirals who no longer would be able to quash investigations of their own mis-doings. The big brass raised such a howl, however, that the reforms promised two years ago still haven't gone into effect. ARMY CREDIT -- House Banking Chairman Wright Patman has asked government auditors to investigate the Army's credit schemes. He is particularly critical of the charge system used by Army officers clubs around. the world. T h e Army advertised for a firm to handle the credit, then chose the Bank of America for a tryout. This was restricted to the Sixth Army in California. It was a fiasco, yet a permanent. Army-wide contract was granted to the Bank of America. The cost of the operation promptly went up about 20 cents per officer each month, but the proceeds to the Army Central Welfare Fund went down. A b a n k spokesman in San Fransisco at first denied that its Army credit system had failed but finally acknowledged: "There may he truth in what you're sayine." BRASS RING -- The brass ring, good for a free ride on t h e Washington Merry-Go- Round, is awarded today to James B. Jenkins. As a custodian at Washington's St, E l i z a b e t h ' s hospital, h e befriended a lonely, hostile, mentally disturbed patient. For 18 years, Jenkins has paid the patient out of his own pocket to help with small chores around the hospital. The friend representatives in the Arkansas General Assembly (an aggressive proponent of votes : for 18- year-olds) defended his vote against more 'severe punishment for drug users on the grounds that many of t h e s e "youngsters" were 18 and 19- year-olds who failed to recognize the seriousness of their 3C If we had no USERS we would have no PUSHERS! If an 18-year-old is intelligent enough to vole; e n t e r into binding obligations, marriage, for example, without parental impression on them? Our laws will be more, effective when 18-year-olds, now functioning as adults, get the same treatment in our courts that is meted out to their elders. Robert E. Lee Masters (Colonel AUS-Ret) Springdale ' (Editor's Note: A bill to lower the age of majority for residents of the state in ways other than eligibility to vote in national elections has, in fact, been rejected by the current session of the Legislature.) From The People Back Of Lettuce Leaf To the Editor: In this column recently, two "concerned citizens" of Fayetteville invited the reader, to join them in a lettuce boycott on behalf of the "poverty- stricken, unionless, dehumanized" l e t t u c e picker. This lack of knowledge of t h e lettuce picker's true working conditions suggests to me that they have never been closer to the lettuce fields than their local supermarket. In justifying a lettuce boycott they relied on myths, not facts. The first myth is that lettuce pickers are "grossly underpaid" and. are "not able to make a living wage." Here are the facts. According to C. B. Christensen, director of California's Department of Agriculture, lettuce workers receive "ear- In another one of their myths, the "concerned" couple tried to relate the Aztec Black Flag, symbol of the Chavez movement, to "individual rights" and the "free" grower. The actual "rights" of a lettuce picker "liberated" by the UFWOC are as follows: CD UFWOC members have no voice in ths election of officers or in the setting of dues; (Z) the UFWOC has no bylaws, and no legislation currently exists to protect its members from union abuse; (3) Jobs are available only through the union hiring hall which amounts to an illegal closed shop; (4) UFWOC contracts establish absolute control over the hiring and firing practices of its members ; ' All dues are compulsory; and nings ranging from $5.70 to $7.41 (6) Anyone expelled from the i " c t n t n ^ ·,,,«(!,or , u a u UFWOC automatically loses his per hour." Stated another way, lettuce workers receive an average salary of $52 per day or $1258 per month, which. according to Christensen, are "the highest wages of any farm workers in the United States." job Are these the "individual rights" the Fayetteville couple seek for the lettuce picker? For his sake, I surely hope not. The only important voices in this issue should be those of Myth number two stated that the agricultural workers ^them- "ujrf ara fiffhMnt/ selves. What do they think -of "And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should s n jp anc j the activity completely raise it up again at the last changed the patient's attitude, day." John 6:37 .... . . · , --!:_:..t_ Make no piistake about it. resurrection is a reality. Jesus said, "Because I live ye shall live also." "For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:27 The second coming of Christ will be swift but will carry with it long consequences. So very much depends on whether or not we are ready. "Be ye also ready." "Behold I come quickly. What I say unto one, I say unto all, watch." We found hrm happy, optimistic and extremely fond of his friend. James B. Jenkins. WASHINGTON WIT -- Satirist M a r k Russell tells us he has taken off the POW bracelet he was wearing for Les Whitten. He is anxious meanwhile, to see the ballyhooed movie. "The Last Tango in Paris." Whe nhe first heard of it, he thought "it was about Henry Kissinger." Russell also has some advice for the oil industry, which is worried about bringing down Alaskan oil."How about busing it down?" he sug- "big corporations are fighting the lettuce farmer's' attempt to form a union." The fact is. that the lettuce pickers are already unionized; 75 per cent of California's lettuce workers are presently covered by independent Teamster Union contracts. Ninety per cent of all lettuce harvested in California is harvested by union workers. according to that state's official statistics; and California lettuce pickers are protected from "corporate-moneyed e f f o r t s over individual rights" by 9 out of 10 recommended labor laws. In the interest of fair play. the "concerned" Fayetteville couple should have told the reader where the lettuce boycott scheme originated and its true purpose. The boycott was started by a militant union organizer named Cesar Chavez. whose United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UF- WOC) is engaged in a jurisdiclional dispute with the rival independent Teamsters Union. The battle in the lettuce fields is union versus union, not . Cesar Chavez? In an attempt to answer this very question.' a reporter named Ralph 'de Toledano went out into the fields and interviewed several hundred grape pickers just after the grape boycott of 1970 had brought grape pickers under the Chavez dictatorship. Mr. Toledano summed up the worker's opinion of Chavez as follows; "They hated him with ; a passion, as they still do. because he knew nothing of their needs or desires -- and they universally described him as an ambitious and unscrupu- 1 o u s phoney who was threatening their livelihood." In short, the lettuce boycott represents one man's attempt to yank already unionzied w o r k e r s , working under collectively bargained . agreements, into his own little empire. If Americans choose not to purchase lettuce. I hope they do so- because they 'don't like lettuce or can't afford it. and not because of myths and mis- . Iieiaa IS UlllUIl vctsuo uuiun, ,iu\, i i v v ,«_^«««w ir\ im hv UNITED grower versus picker RS the information. . ( L ) 197J, »y u n u a u fi^ nn ^ w , rl H" iru-al rmmle irrt- Ron Foldviry Features "concerned" plied. local couple im- Fayetteville The/11 Do It Every Time « V£0 KNOW 00/NER, CHAIRMAN OF EVERY DO-GOOD COMMITTEE IN TCWN- · · NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION MEETING How Time Flies So AFTER A 8K5 SATURDAY NIGHT SASH,HaWCONSIDERATE S HE OF NEIGHBOR OR POOCH-- /THE BOM.' 'LEFTTHE POOR' PORPOOTIN THE FR66ZIN' V COLD." 10 YEARS AGO Roscoe Kuhn of Fayetteville has been elected to another term as head of the Ozark Playgrounds Association, with Jack Howe named as executive director of the organization. An address by a U.S. Department of Commerce .official will 15 YEARS AGO The Arkansas Rarorbacks play Rice tonight in Houston in a game that will decide who gets a chance at the league title. A change in zoning laws In Fayetteville in order to assist in securing the Baldwin Piano 25 YEARS AGO Mayor George T. Sanders and the Street Committee have been authorized by the City Council to confer with real estate dealers on obtaining property to provide right-of-way for Highway 71 from the present highway to Rock and Collet* Streets. highlight the Ozark Canners and Freezers Association convention o p e n i n g in Fayettevill* tomorrow. S a m u e l . (Sam) Burka Wheeler, 79, a retired wholesale grocer and banker, died.yester- day morning at a local hospital. Company's proposed plant In the southwest part of town was approved last night by the City Council. William L. Bush, forme* Washington' county judge, ha* announced he will seek th« office again for the next term. Louis Silverman, Fayetteville' businessman since 1919, died unexpectedly at noon today of a heart attack. ' '. Two pony express riders,; promoting the new Jack Hoxie, Ozark Trail will ride into town at 4 p.m., today as part of their 15-mll* trek to Eureka Springs. "·

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