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Chief Navy Weakness Is The Top Brass , : Editorial-Opinion Pog« . Tte Public Interest Is T*e First Concern Of This Newspaper Alden H. Spencer, Publisher and General Manager Floyd Carl Jr., Managing Editor 4 · TUESDAY, APRIl 20, 1976 Growth Problem These are the times that try Ihe souls of the Gerber baby-food folks. Gerber is : . the sponsor of National Baby Week, which begins on Saturday, April 24, and is' intended lo 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 anci overpopulation. A few years ago, Gerber.took cognizance of the declining birlh 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. , · · U 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 lo 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 Stales 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. ; State Of Affairs A typical warning came from the World- watch Institute of Washington, B.C. In a recent study, the institute forecast that if. current growth rates continue, Hie present world population of four billion would triple in just over 50 years. But "current population growlh'rates cannot continue for much longer. Birth rates will come down, death raEes will go up, or 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 it 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 1 and launch against the void, the human race has no future--no wisdom, no advance, no community, no grace." .Foggy Bottom Make Believe By CLAYTON, FR1TCHEY WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's .warning that the United States .would not tolerate the, participation of Communist Parlies in . 'East European governments, especially Italy and France, is not being taken very seriously by our allies. ' : .Although Dr. Kissinger omin- 'ously says - that the United States would not he "indifferent to such developments." the Europeans think this is. mostly bombast. So f a r , the London Economist notes, the secretary "has fallen back on a program of pinpricks, ranging from using (he CIA" to provide money for Italy's non-Communists to the refusal of American visas · lor senior Italian Communists." NEVERTHELESS, Dr. Kissinger keeps on saying that : participation of Communists in the Italian government would be "unacceptable." That kind of u l t i m a t u m inspires skeptical questions- What, for instance, would the United States do if the Italian people., possibly .in the 1977 election or sooner, voted th e Commun ists into power or partial power? Would we, as in Chile, secretly conspire with right- ' wing militarists lo overthrow by force a democratically elected government? Considering the present attitude in America toward covert CIA operations, such a possibility seems remote. - " ·,,. Dr. Kissinger could call on NATO to expel Italy, but alt : 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 morn NATO countries via the ballot box. THE ADMINMSTRATION'S most open threat has been its talks about withdrawing American support of NATO. "It is inconceivable," Dr. Kissinger has said, "that the United _ States could maintain g r o u n d ' forces in Europe if there is a major Communist participation in Western governments...." Pulling back our troops from Europe would please a lot of Americans, and probably a majority of U.S. senators, who have been trying for years to get the administration lo (Jo just that, Moreover, a U.S. pullback would not trouble some of the most prominent 'leaders of NATO countries, who have 46ng believed that Europe will never develop a unified defense of its own as long as the 'United States is willing, to shoulder fhe burden for them.. .· On a rece nt trip abroad I f o u n d m a n y sophisticated Europeans who ai e wondering whether NATO, bseful as.it «as when founded more than two decades ago. is not becc-mm? anachronistic. H was never intended to be forever, : but as a bridge to Europe organizing a defense community of its own. IN ANY CAS?:,-the Europeans see the Communist threat In NATO as theoretical/ if not distant, in can'.rast'to the more real and iia.aydiate developments that ar-. presently raising ·'Bible Verse "Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let s u c h ' a s "love thy salvation- say continually. The Lord be magnified." Psalms 4 0 : 1 6 ' Let's get. our priorities straight. Make big of God! Man 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 will guide you into a l l - t r u t h : for he shall not speak of h i m s e l f ; 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 yon." John 16:13,14 Careful that we don't, h a n g up on the Holy Spirit. He has a very important message from Heaven for us along with many gifts. "Jirdge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not he condemned: [or- give, and ye shall be forgiven." Luke 6:37 Before we can he cleansed of our own faults, we,must have everything in the clear wilh our neighbour. "If ye forgive not, neither will .your Heavenly Father forgive you," doubts about Ihe strength and reliability oE the great alliance. If the Communists win a place in the French government, it is possible that they " m i g h t n o t ·nlhusiastic- ally support NATO, b u t could they he less enthusiastic than De Gaulle? It was the Into president of France, whose parly is still in power, who dealt NATO ils most severe blow when he abruptly withdrew his country f r o m the military alliance, fn Ihe minds of many experts, it is questionable whelher Europe is logis- t i c a 11 y defensible without France. And what about the so-called southern flank of NATO, supposedly anchored lo Greece and Turkey? Greece, in reprisal for U.S. policy i n Cyprus, has partially withdrawn its forces f r o m 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. KISSINGER, not without reason, is skeptical about democratic professions of the West Eu rop ean Co mmu nist Parties and their new show of independence of Soviet Russia. His reasoning is lhat once a subject of Moscow, always a subject. No one, of course, can say with certainty how these Western Communist Parties will act once they acquire governmental power. But China, Yugoslavia and R o m a n i a ' (all former satellites of Russia) have not hesitated 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) Lo.s Angeles Times By JACK ANDERSON u'ith Lrs WliUten WASHINGTON -- A secret rludy warns that the Pacific fleet is in such poor shape lhat it cannot "carry out its mission." The ships are run rtown, uudei'manned and undergunucri. They arc in desperate need ot repair and inodcrnizntion. It's a story, lh.il the Pentagon poohhahs have tried lo sweftp under the secrecy label, not lo protect national security b'jt to C rot eel Ihcmselvcs from cm- arrassing quest ions. The public might want lo know, for example, why the admirals let the fleet deteriorate but maintained their o\vn comforts. They have no shorl- age of servants, no malfunctioning limousines, no broken down armchairs. Only combat equipment, seems to be neglected. T3\e m ilit ary brass spend plenly, mind y o u , ' 'on armaments. But loo much money is sqnmirierecl on pel · weapons 'which turn out to le 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. 'TIIK NATION cannot te de- fonrlecl wiili fancy furniture, plush rugs and 1 sleek automobiles In past columns, therefore, we. have published classified hiformalion about the deterioration of the fleet. T h i s has slin-ed a hullabaloo in iha backrooms of Washinglon. The House Armed Services Committee ordered an inves- The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time FOR THE W.L BACK FRCM SICK LEAVE-- WELU-60OO TO SEE VOO, LDSUWELL-WKAT HAPPEN EP TO MJ? lieallon of UK fleet. But (lie admirals insisted that the committee must not declassify the embarrassing f a c t s that they had classified. The '16-page survey, therefore, is stamped "Secret" on every page. We will omit the technical details, which might be legitimate secrets. But the public is entitled to know hoyv the admirals .have neglected the ships under their command. "Clear U.S. naval superiority cannot be established." the document warns, because of the fleet's poor condition. Only the carriers and submarines "can still deter." But unfortunately, "the majority of the ships a r e neither carriers nor sur marines." · Declares the study tersely: "Navy weapons systems which will he deployed in the near- Icrm are not equal to 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 t h e carriers or keep our sea lanes open - is unacceptable to marginal at best." IN VEILED language, the report suggests that the A r m y and Air Force m.a y have to be cut back in order to make more monev available to the Navy "in the light of' the serious decline of our naval superiority." The report praises the Navy men who are trying to k e e p the fleet in fighting shape but chicles the armchair admirals at Ihc Pentagon. "The premise that 'the chief of naval opera- lion wants it, so it must be good' is no longer valid." the report commcnls. FOLLOW HI'S -- Headers are constantly asking us about the outcome of stories wo have broken. So from lime lo lime, we will report new developments: --Last year, we published a detailed -expose of how Ambassador Turner B. Shellon had mishandled U.S. a f f a i r s in Nicaragua. We called him the worsl ambassador in the foreign service. Shortly afterward. Shellon was called home, anil the State Department thought it had heard the List of him. Bui he began lobbying intensely for a new post in the Bahamas. Under pressure from Shellon's f r i e n d s on Capitol Hill, President Ford asked the Bahamian government lo accept him. Outraged foreign service officers protested, and the Bahamians turned him down. But Shellon is slill hanging out in Washington, maneuvering for another diplomatic appointment. --\Ve recently reported lhat Comptroller nl Ihe Currency James Smith had granted interest-free loans to his subordinates from official funds. We have now learned lhat most of the money hasn't been paid back. The latest available figures show that 12 Smith aides still owe $167.936.10. Those with Ihe largest out- HOW TIME FLIES 10 YEARS AGO People who die young from h/rarl diseases were bottle-fed babies, says a leading British palhologisl. Sen. J. William Fulhright, chairman of the Senate Foreign Rela lions Com m ill ec, denounced Monday U.S. policy in Viet Nam. About 123 firefighters brought under control early today seven fires in Ihe Ouachita National Forest which burned about 2,000 acres of Limberland. 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 tach day in the Democrat. A new brand of sheik -- the inlclleclual lowr -- is supplanting 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 Deputy Sheriff Davis left, Saturday on the Pine B S u f f , with eight happy delegates for fh/j penitentiary. "Uncle Xeb" w i l l take good care not lo let any of them'escape. Notice: ff this does not meet the eye of Mrs, M a r t h a J. Murray, living near Litllc Springs in Washington County- will .some of her friends please s/mdl her address lo Jacob Mitchell of Potosi, Mo. "TH| W CAUAWAYIWTER m STRICTLY ROUTIHF* Jfet Vaughan At Large standing loans are Leo Hotel: berg $36,000; Harry Hess,;, S30000; l.ou Frank. $25.350;Kim Arenas. $23.336; and J»h»? Rogers. $22.500. .-.-· These officials regulate ,tb«i national hanks, wHich. hav«. never been known to Rive inlerv,, e.st-free loans to a n y o n e ^ ; A* spokesman contended thal;lh«; loans are granted to help offi-; cials with relocations. This. is; cheaper, he insisted., than .the" per riiecn and subsistence -'fiX" pensbs.that the officials otherwise could claim. . . ' · · , . (C) United Feature 5yiidie»l«,.; Inc. ...,;,;. By BILL ViMICillAN Every year when the professional football teams get around to d r a f t i n g f r o m the ranks of college stars Ihey are not necessarily picking young men by position. In other \yonls, it doesn't make any difference whether the man can play defensive guarrl or f u l l b a c k or Ihroiv the football or tackle. As a specialty, that,is. "What we arc looking Tor," Ihe mentor will tell the press, "is the best athlete." Cynics will say [hat o f t e n this means the Troglodytes didn't get the p a r t i c u l a r quarterback or linebacker they desperately needed, and are therefore tailing hack on the "best alh- ' letc" play to save some face as well as a few games. I CONSIDER this lo be unjust. Not only does it make a kind of sense to figure t h a t if a kid is big, strong and fast enough he 'can ]carn lo play any posilion, but it is a theory we a l l a p p l y in other areas of our livc,s. For example, when we draft a ma« to dn our income .tax. we may need a deduction whir, more than we need a tax shelter, . . . . ' :. ;'..'.- , But usually we go for the. man (or woman) who can he expected lo handle any role competently. If you are running a restau- r a n t you may IK weak at safaris end looking to build s o m e strength at that position.- B u t suppose a . g o o r l gravy man is available. You already have a three-star gravy man. Still, I would say, go for the gravy man and have your salad coach (surely you have one of those) help him make the transition. In other words you go for the hcst cook. SOMK PARENTS are not .satisfied unless Ihcy have the best musician or mathematician or basketball player or poet or room -- slraightencr. and will wish that they had drafted differently. The happier solu. Iron. I t h i n k , is to lake I n e best kid you can. and hope that he will fit in somewhere. I have known girls who have married fellows because they were keen dancers for better than me anyway). And. boy, have they been sorry when they discover that dancing isn t e v e r y t h i n g . (Although it s something; I won't deny that. Especially at a dance.) Or a fellow will marry a girl for her money anil he will find out llwt there are other things in fife besides money. (Dancing. for example.) What most, of us. oof whatever sect, really look for is the host possible person of the opposite .persuasion who hasn't been snapped up in Ihc earlier rounds. We go, in other words, for the total person, not the specialty. IN' PASSING, it might he noted that in Ihe world of the sports draft there is a certain The Draft Works In Everyday Life built-in cquali/er that is denied us in many other fields. The losers, cuslomarily, get to draft first. This doesn't work in, tor example, the field of romance wh ere th osc wilh ce rti f icd winning records usually get to pick first. Well, as has been said, nobody ever promised that life woulrl he fair, and everything seems to work out all right ·somehow. But the big example of t h e way we go for the foc-sl athlete is in politics, A check of Ihe roster may indicate Ihnt at Ihe moment, let's say, we would he shaking the political trees, for a hard'HOsed international affairs ejiperl, or maybe a slashing ground-gainer against unemployment ' WE HAVE the form chart on ' the candidates available for d r a f t i n g and what speeial abili- · lies they have. Some, of course, whom we might have liked to nick, have injured themselves in the primaries and would be risky investments. In any event what we end up with is d r a f t i n g the president who seems lo he t h e best all- aro-.mri politician (athlete). So let's not laugh at the coach who claims anybody who has the basic eriuipmcnt to play the game can fit in ai just -about any position. That's the way we pick our presidents. And usually Ihcy turn out la he about as good a choice as the average football draftee. (C) United Feature Syndicate, From The Readers Viewpoint EDITOR'S NOTE: T k · TIMES welcomes uul foliell* tetters lo the editor on » n y topic. Writers are uked la limit letters to 400 wordi because of space requirement** in an attempt to print all ltd*-ten received. We will nut consider anonymous letters; nor will the TIMES publish letters with namei withheld, All Utters should be type*, ? It possible* or in clear handwriting. Ihe TIMES will no* - ent or edit letters; those efe. ther too long or unacceptable because of obscenity or libel will not be published. ' · · Right-To-Work ":V To The Editor:-' " .",, Mr. Martin, president ,of .Ihc N W A Labor Counsel,, in his re-', cent open letter to Bill Clinton _on Ihe subject of the AFL-ClG's move to n u l l i f y the Arkansas Righl-lo-Work law, offered most- of the typical, argumenls- used by union bosses in their effort lo force compulsory unionism facts. Let's, look at them, b u t , not for Mr: Martin's ; m-; formation as I am sure he is well aware oE them. ;Of course, there is a difference between -average-hourly earnings in Arkansas and Ihe national average; and Ihere'is whenever you compare a predominantly agricultural's t a t.'efc with the national average that is heavily weighted "by. highly^ skilled; durable goods industry jobs in the millions. '. . * : Mr. Martin .challenged ;. Bill Clinton lo show him h.o,w unemployment in slates '-hat have Right to Work ' Laiv'^'.is lower than thos/j 'that - permit . forcing working people -into unions. The slatislics are available from Ihe Manpower : Ad- minislration, U.S. Department of Labor, with Ihe lalesk published for the years through 1974.- . , For the 19 stales with lUfihV-' to-Work protection, lh^ average rate of unemployment was. 1970 - 4.2 per cent; 1971 - '4.7 per" cent; 1972 - 4.0 per cent; '1973 - 3.6 per cent; 1974 - 4,6,. per cent.. . * , , ,'Till other 31 states that permitted contracts 'forcing e m p l o y e e s to pay due.a averaged'as follows: 1970 - 5.1 per cent ; 1971 - 6.3 per cenLj 1972 - - f i . 0 nrr ecu!: 1973 5.3 per cent; 1974 - fi.3 per cent./,';., ; Lei's look now at the opportunity to work for which" ",FU to-Work laws can l a k e : snvnc credit by creating a climate of compulsive memhersnip. Bet LWRGII' 1%3 HIT' "'is.*- Arkgir^is had a net increase of manufacturing jobs "of 82,000. Tlia toial for all the Right-to-W.qrk slates, 19, was 1,635,900. In. tha slates without this worker n/p- teclion, which, keep in niiii'd, number SI ,lhe increase in j6ba was only 1,361,600 with New York aclually losing 187.700 jobs. Tins is Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor, intorrnalion. ; "·'·. I havp useH 'the " prirass worker protection abqve-'fof gSQtl purpose, M r . . M a r t i n is'al- nio'st correct when he says:oiir slate law denies labor arid management Ihe rifihtV'^o negotiate a union shop contract. He should say it denies'^Ihfl ui. boss can and will 'niter', bosses the right to -'orcf workers to join - the union regardless of 'their wishes; Indifference.. to employee . i n - terest can, be found on botji sides of Ihe bargaining table, The union bosses, of course, like a sleacly, assured flow of worker's dii.es without any-special effort or particular responsibility. The company boss ' at the same time 'may w a n t ' . t o "cooperate" if he thinks lh» union boss can an d\vil Hnter- fero with his company's-pro- duclion in some way, or i f : h t is offered a "chcapy" deal.- ··-'· The stale law . makers-, ob'- viously recognized such h u m a n frailties and therefore .the need . to prelect its .cil'iTcns. B u i ' a s w/j all know, even (he law cari- nol insure protection from violence. For example, in 19V2 a construction contractor hacl the audacity to operate an'Open shop in Philadelphia, PA, a,city t h a t permits . compulsory unionism. He was beaten r in broad daylight in the (3ownlo\yn area; but Philly, being --.p "union" town, acquitted th« men charged. . .. -V Compulsory membership -ha* never required or demanded responsibility. Anyone asked to sign a petition for the innocent sounding purpose of modifying Amendment 34 lo make compulsory union membership a n oplional ncgolialinjj item belter think twice. The record of u'nipfc power, irresponsibility, ' cor- r u p t i o n and violence in. th« slates without Righl-tb-Work proleclion is all too evident. H.D. Baird Fayettevilte ,1 s

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