Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 14, 1972 · Page 5
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Monday, August 14, 1972
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"Did You Get The License Number? 7 ' Thg Public Mtrest I* Thi Fint, Concern of This Newspaper Monday, Auguil H, 1972 Long-Time Debts Air Pirates Said Boost To Business .The young won't remember, but at the _·"· end of World Wnr I nml again when World ,. War II was over, n great deal of money was owed to Uncle Sam by a number of countries. Funds went out by the billions (and in those days n billion dollars WBS not a little thing:), ' · . ' . «ome in grants but most in loans. -. Well, in numerous cases the money has ^ ' never been paid back by the debtor countries. ··,,.' This fact has rankled with some who think - honest debts should be paid. ; ' / . Now comes word that a majority of the j . House of Representatives has joined in spon- .".' soring a resolution calling on the Treasury ·: Department to account for overdue loans and ' : press for collection. ;; , Rep. Lester L. Wolff, a Democrat of New :.[.' York, reports the debts total about $46 bil- ;;'. lion, and that this amount includes 518 bil- ;' lion still owed from the First World War. ~- "It is imperative," said the congressman, "that we find out (from a reluctant Trea- ··v-sury) what is owed to us and by whom and ij'.begin making the necessary arrangements to !:t-be paid." 1»V. Finland has through many years been ::;" : looked on as "the only country to pay off on j^time its war debts" to the United States. :;|,',0thers of the claims have been collected, but J.'ijnot nearly what is owed. ; V5 Once the Treasury tots up the debt and ^itells Congress who owes it and how long the Inpayments have been overdue, presumably "i.House members will decide to ask this coun- ·i-r-try to try to collect. '"*"' ;"' The way the world operates today, col- rJlection could be extremely costly to this na- 4'tion -- provided Washington decided to "aid" · ithe countries involved to the extent of financ- vjihg the repayments. · 1: And that isn't nearly as far-fetched as rjmight be thought. ;JToo Soon ;,[! The United States Postal Service, what: fever that stands for these days, quite obvi: : pusly is starting a public relations campaign. : It is using direct mail into the homes, as . one phase of a prop-am supposedly worked : but to try to convince the public that the I people are being well served by the agency. · ' Nobody should dispute the fact that the --Postal Service needs improved public rela- -c- tions -- hut there is such a thing as jump- ,:· mg the gun, and this is exactly what is hap- lf penmg in this case. J Better relations can be achieved only af- : : ter service is improved to the extent that ;.. it is noticeable to those who dispatch and re: ceive mail. Getting air mail and first class ; letters and packages in bunches after days on ;J the road, rather than daily as sent, can be a ·_; plague -- yet it occurs regularly. Being un;J able to depend on delivery of mail promptly r ; and with certain regularity is a curse Ameri- : ; cans have (almost) learned to live with in ·; silence. '·'* w 1 ^. 1 ! 16 Postal Service is making a genuine .; effort to operate efficiently and constantly, · : : well and good. However, the time to promote :·, success of such a program is after the fact, · ; rather than before. p ; ll Newsman's Privilege Cited 5; _ While we do not always share the ultra-liberal . : views of the so-called Twentieth Century Fund, there . is great m e r i t in a recommendation by its Task ;·· Force on Government and the Press that laws be ; enacted to protect newsmen from being required to *· juries"" d . sourc:es of information before grand J This is one of several recommendations by t h e · task force in the interests of "protecting the flow . or information through the press to the public " The : ; task force recommends (hat a newsman's privilege ;. be incorporated Jnto the law protecting the newsmen · from having lo give testimony that would lead to · disclosure of confidential sources of information. · Another task force recommendation is that no ; arm of government should attempt to use subpoena ;. power to obtain the unpublished material of news; TM e n - This, of course, is a reasonable and proper :· Interestingly, with reference to the controversial j . Pentagon Papers, allegedly stolen and distributed ., to Ihe press by Daniel Ellsberg, the task force says -·' !l ur § E 2 ltle nalion lo P"ider a broader question -- · : s e f f " " TM ° f uncfleckcd government secrecy it" The public has the most to lose from the loss of ; . a free press, the task force rightly stresses, and it .. behooves the news media to use the courts to pro. tecL their constitutional rights. : ; h ??2 Se , who fram «l oar Constitution recognized ., tnal the free society they envisioned would be largely " «TM f .i"" a ree press ' Our democratic system : and id Me ^ Ure h WUll h 0 r l ^ ' Ice flow of 'n'ormalion ' from news media ' Jackson I 3 Arkanaaa 212 N. East Ave., Fayeilevilk Arkansis 72701 Phone 44Z-6MZ Published every aflernoon except Sunday _ Founded June H, Ig60 Second Class Postage Paid_at£aycttcvme. Arkansas MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PKESS The Associated Press is exclusively entitled da the use for republication of a l l news dispatches credited I? it , or I 101 otherwis e credited in this paper and also the local news published herein, All rights of republicalion of special dispatches herein arc also reserved. SUBSCRIPTION RATES ' Per Month ......... (by carrier) .... «j An Mail rales in Washington. Benton, Madison'co'unlies Ark. and Adair Counly, Okla , 3 months ........................ ,, nn « months ......................... ,,;;;;;·; ....... $ «-°" i YEAR ....................... A ........... !1H° City Box Section ............. ...'..'.'.'.'." ' n ' ! ' m o o · Mail in counties other than above- " ' ) months ................. ., «, « months .................... ................... ,?HJ I VF1T? .................... +1-I.OO I YfcAK .............................. 12400 AM, MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST" BE PAID IN ADVANCE By CLAYTON FRITCHEY (This Is A Joke) WASHINGTON--The government is sore at Ihe airlines for 'coddling" hijackers. It wauls the carriers to "get tough and stop treating hijackers like first- class passengers." In particular, it is angry at one company for shunting aside the FBI and forking over $1 million to hijackers who demanded to be flown to Algeria. The government's irritation is understandable, but then, if you think about it, so is Ihe cooperativeness of the airlines with the hijackers. After all, the carriers are in business to make money, and most of them were losing money until the sky pirates came along and revived public interest in flying. Before that, the airlines, In a losing effort to stimulate passenger traffic, tried free d r i n k s , movies, glamorous stewardesses family fares and countless other gimmicks. Yet. until the hijackers started putting air travel on the front pages and on television a couple of years · ago, business was terrible. But now look: Business is booming, and after every sensational new hijacking the passenger volume soars still higher. PROMOTES FLYING Hijacking may be a pain in the neck to the plane crews, the FBI and the Federal Aviation Administration, but tha passengers seem to take to it, and the carriers have found it a relatively cheap form of promotion. The hijackers have extorted $7,712 million from the airlines, but in the end they haven't got away with a penny of it. Nearly all has been recovered. Some planes, it is true, have been forced to change destinations and fly to foreign airports, but a plane, once in the air, doesn't cost so much to operate. So, if the boom in hijacking is accompanied by a boom in business why should the airlines gel tough about it? There remains, however, the intriguing question of why, in the face of aerial holdups. Americans are flying more than ever. The story of Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Middle America explains it. Like millions of others, the Joneses had the dullest life imaginable until their plane was hijacked. Mr. Jones, a very ordinary fellow, had been a bank teller all his l i f e , with no promotion in sight. Mrs. Jones, a nice but f r u m p y woman, mostly did the dishes. They had never been anywhre.. Nothing interesting ever happened to them. Nobody ever asked them out. Their kids paid no attention to anything they said. MID-OCEAN PARTY To "celebrate" their silver wedding anniversary, however, they decided to fly to Miami for a few days. They really didn't, want to go, but felt it would look peculiar if they didn't do something to mark their 25th year together. So off they glumly went. They were hardly in the air before the hijackers took over and diverted the p l a n e lo Algeria. H was fun from the start. When the hijackers learned that an anniversary couple was aboard, they ordered up all the imported champagne on the plane and gave a mid-ocean party for the Joneses. When the plane landed in exotic Algiers, the Joneses experienced for the first t i m e the thrill of a foreign country. Then they and the other passengers were put up at no cost at a luxury hotel with l u x u r y food and drink. Before the return flight lo New York, they were given a free tour of the Algerian capitol. All very t h r i l l - ing. When they got back to New York's Kennedy Airport, an army of newspaper and television reporters was waiting to put them on the front pages and the national networks. Of course, when they were flown back to their home town a i r port, they were even a bigger deal, for by then Ihcy were already the town's mosl f a m o u s couple. .BUSINESS PROMOTION Recently, on the first anniversary of their adventure, Mr. and Mrs. Jones appeared on the Connie Jarson television show and told what had happened to them in the past year. Mr. Jones was promoted to vice president of his bank and elected president of the local Rotary and American Legion affiliates. There's talk of his running for Congress. His wife is Ihe new president of the DAR. Today, the Joneses are the life of every parly. Their many new friends never lire of hearing about Ihcir great adventure. Most remarkable of all is Ihe respectful way they are treated by their son and daughter, who now nevei do anything without consulting their parents. The airline has given Ihe Joneses $10,000 for the righl lo publish their slory in an advertising spread. Apparently, all the airlines are planning a new promotional slant. One ad is based on the Avis appeal. It says: "Our Hijackers Try Harder." Another boasts of more hijackings than any other line. Still another shows a very sexy female hijacker saying I m Dolores, fly me lo Havana." President's Secret Plan; Send Fischer To Paris The Washington Merry-Go-Round North Vietnam Supplies Are Ample By JACK ANDERSON W A S H I N G T O N -- ' T h e blockade of Haiphong harbor, according lo the lalest intelligence reports, has failed to stop the steady flow of supplies into North Vietnam. Aerial photos show that heavy shipments are rolling across China without any appreciable backup at the border. This means the supplies are pouring into North Vietnam through the existing network of roads, trails and rail lines. Oil from China is also being pumped through a new, jungle- hidden pipeline into the Hanoi area. Enough oil is coming through, apparently, t o . e n a b l e Hanoi to get along without fuel rationing. Captured documents also indicate that the North Vietnamese troops at the front have an ample stockpile of arms, ammunition, food and luel. These supplies had already been moved into position, reportedly, before Haiphong harbor was mined. FINANCIAL SECRETS Banks are supposed to protect Ihe f i n a n c i a l secrets of their customers. If the FBI wants to snoop into Ihe accounts of a suspect, however, the bankers usually fall all over themselves in their eagerness to cooperate. For the record, the bankers say they don't release financial information to government gumshoes without a subpoena. Dozens of FBI files in our possession, however, . tell a different story. An FBI memo about baby doctor Benjamin Spock, for example, stales that, on Dec. 12, 19G7. he received a $500 check from the "Fifth Avenue Vietnam Peace Parade Committee." A subsequent notation warns that "the above check information cannot be made public except in the usual proceedings following the issuance of a subpoena duces tecum. . . The person to he subpoenaed in this matter is Miss Sara T. Malloy, senior vice p r e s i d e n t , Amalgamated Bank of New York, 11-15 Union Square, New York. New York." ADVICE IGNORED Miss Malloy refused to discuss the matter with us, but Ihe bank's executive vice president. Nicholas Agneta, insisted it was A m a l g a m a t e d ' * "policy to get a subpoena before releasing such information." An attorney for the b a n k , Alan Blumuerg, admitted to my associate Joseph, Spear that b a n k officials frequently cooperate with federal investigators usually againsl the advice of their counsel. The same memorandum on Dr. Spock discloses that Ihe FBI was provided financial information by Ihe "Chemical Bank New York Trust Company" c o n c e r n i n g - a n organization called the "Doctor Edward Barsky Dinner Committee." The person to serve with a subpoena in this case, !n Review AMERICAN MUCKRAKING. K. Scott Christiansen, "The New Muckraking." Quill, July 1972, pp. 10-15. " T h i s history o f A m e r i c a n muckraking is a long one, more honorable than dishonorable, more helpful than harmful.... It has saved lives, improved living, and that alone has made ·it worthwhile... When it is sincere, authentic and compassionate, investigative reporting can make a genuine contribution." ' ' W h a t sets today's investigative reporting from earlier eras of muckraking is not. its spirit, for both are unmistakably geared lo achieve reform. Rather, it has only been within the last, fe wy earsthat within the last few years t h a t t h i s n e w creature h a s emerged--that a specialty has been made of ii: Investigative reporters, armed with new techniques, now are seeking lo make an art of muckraking-one which will enable it to endure. They have use computers and mathe- malical formulae--to harness new energy. They have probed Ihe pollutinn of our environment and explored new ways to help the consumer." "Rcalixing that much of whal Ihey do involves violations or abuses of the l a w , they have begun lo put the law lo betler use. Suddenly, the law is being wielded offensively and a g g r e s s i v e l y a s another weapon... Lawyers are being hired to work on investigative teams. An investigative reporter is not a cop-out. He is not a subversive. Fie is w i l l i n g to work within Ihe system lo expose Ihe system to improve the system." the memo said, was "Irwin H. Sklar, Manager." Sklar was on vacation and unavailable for comment. The FBI file on black leader Floyd McKissick reveals that, in 1967, he "received Check Number 2666 made out in his name and drawn against the account of the Louis M. RabinovviU Foundation, Incorporated, In the amount of $2,500." "The above information," the memo warns, "is not to be made public without the issuance of a subpoena duces tecum, directed lo Mr. Henry F. Skelton, Vice-Presidcnt, Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, 40 East 42nd Street, New York, New York." Skelton has subsequently retired, but the man who took his place, Frederick E. Lyon, told us "it is the bank's strict policy to require whatever legal documentation is necessary before we release any information." OPEN BOOK Movie actress Jane Fonda's checking accounts are an open book to the G-Men. A "Top Secret" FBI memo dated April 30, 1971, for example, lists five checks written by Miss Fonda to various groups, including Ihe Nalional Council of Churches. Another memo dated this past January listed 10 checks written on Miss Fonda's accounts. The federal sleuths also visited the City National Bank, Los Angeles, Calif., and copied down the details of 18 checks written by Ellen Lustbader, who is identified as "Fonda's personal secretary." According to Ihe FBI, Miss Fonda keeps her personal checking accounls at the M o r g a n Guaranly Trust Company, New York. The information they collected, the memo warns, "is not to be made public" without a subpoena directed to "Arthur VV. Herbert. Assistant Secretary." Herbert told us he didn't release the information and suggested il may have been given to the FBI "by our counsel." NOTK: Several senalors have expressed concern thai f e d e r a l law doesn't adequately protect the privacy of bank records. Senator W i l l i a m Proxmire, D- Wis., in fact, is c u r r e n t l y holding hearings in an e f f o r t lo close loopholes in the law (C) 197Z, by Unlleil Fealure Syndicate, Inc. Do It Every Time OLD BUZZSAW AND W6 DON'T K HAVE OLD BOZZSAW. 1 148 DIFFO BRANDS OFOUICEOITHE^/CK BAR ANDWHAT DOES MQOn-EYASK JIAA ALUGER 136 6HWJ HA TONAWANDA, N.y. I)y ART IIUCHWAU) WASHINGTON-AX reported In t h i s column several weeks ago, President Nixon planned lo telephone Bobby Fischer nntl Invllo him lo Hie While House for dinner. The White House has lust announced thai Ihe president intends to go abend with this plan whether Fischer, wins or loses his championship match with Boris Spassky. It, t u r n s out thai Itiis Is not Just a friendly invllalion by a president to an American chess personality. Mr. Nixon has definite plans for Fischer which I can reveal today. The president has decided to ask Fischer lo take over the Paris peace talks with Ihe N o r t h Vietnamese. Since Fischer has driven everyone in Iceland crazy, Ihe president feels he can do the same Ihing in Paris. GAME PLAN This is Ihe Presidents game plan; First, he will announce lhat he is sending Fischer to Paris on Sept, 1. All the reporters will be waiting for him al Andrews Air Force Base lo lake off in Ihe president's plane. No Fischer. The newsmen find him in his holel room. His lawyer announces Fischer will not go lo Paris to meet with the North Vietnamese unless the French, who are Ihe hosls lo Ihe peace lalks, pay him $100,000 to attend the conference. Cables go back and forth. The North Vietnamese are waiting at the table, prepared with a series of attacks on the Americans, but there is no one to deliver them to. They win by default, but it's a hollow victory, and it is obvious they are unnerved by Ihe events. LATE ARRIVAL Fischer is finally presuaded to go to Paris, and another meeting is sel up with the North V i e t n a m e s e . They arrive exactly at 10:30 a.m., the time agreed upon by both parlies. Fischer shows up at noon. The North Vietnamese are agitated by Ihls discourtesy. and they Inimoli Into a (llnlrlbo ugnlusl the United Stutca. Kischcr Ignores thorn uml complains about flic slmpo of Urn Inblc and Ihe clinlrs, He snys he cnnnol conduct negotiations unless A new tnblc mul chain arc built to his specifications. He also tells the French ho cnnnol continue the peace lalks unless Iho lighting'is changed. The Norlh Vietnamese nro frothing with rage. They Imvcn't had a chance to deliver their attacks on the Americans. They decide lo show up Jale themselves the next day. The next day Fischer shows up exoclly on lime and when Ihe Hanoi delegates walk In, he Is playing a game of chess wilh himself. He tells them thai If Ihey can'l show up on time, he would Just as soon break off Ihe ncgotialions. As the North Vietnamese start talking, Fischer turns on a chess clock rnd warns them Hint If they don't make 40 major points vvU'iin two-and-one-half hours, lhey'11 lose the match for the iluy, ANOTHER DELAY The North Vietnamese trip over Ihemselves trying to get in everything they want to say in the two-and-one-half-hour time allotment. They adjourn until the next day to decide whal to do. That evening they work out Iheir altacks and without sleep show up wearily the next day lo pursue · their strategy. But Fischer sends word, accompanied by a doctor's certificate, that he has a cold and can't show up for the meeting. The Norlh Vietnamese stagger out not knowing what to do. Three days' later Fischer appears but insists he can't negotiate in the hall and wants the talks adjourned to a smaller By this lime the North' Vietnamese can't lake it any Fischer, "What do you want from us?" At this moment Henry Kissinger steps from behind a curtain and says, "Gut, now ve vill begin." From The People All "Business' To the Editor: In the Arkansas Gazette of August 10 there is a report of the appointment of a young man as chief campus security officer for the FayeUeville campus at a salary of $18,000 a year. This .new member of Ihe establishment at Fayetteville has a bachelor's degree in "police administration" from Michigan State and has held a few minor jobs since. One can only wonder at the reaction of many long-time and devoted faculty members, most with several higher degrees, whose salaries are little more than half the above figure. It further illuslrales how tha "business office" has come to dominate the lolal program at the Universily of Arkansas. John Q. Academesis Billy Graham This is My Answer My husband deserled me and our teenage son and has been gone for over a year. Yet he claims lo be a Chrislian. We have not heard from him, nor does he send us any support. This has not only been a humbling, embarrassing experience, but il is h a v i n g a damaging effect upon my nerves and mind, and has all b u t ruined my son. Please tell me what you think of such a man? T.Y. Over 350,000 men abandon their wives and families annually in these United Slates. And surprisingly several thousand women desert their families an- n u a l l y too. The problem, of course, is a spiritual one. By nature we all seek the easy, comfortable, tension free life. A happy home doesn't just happen. It is the result of blood, sweat and tears, and (he discipline and sacrifice of (he members of the family. But, we who h a v e happy homes From Our Files know lhat Ihey are worth everything they cost. There is nolh- ing in the world more beautiful t h a n a family who live, work, and worship God together, and if I were Satan I would spend a great deal of my time wrecking homes and it seems that this takes up a great deal of his lime. The Bible has much lo say aboul homes and members of the family. In facl, it equates good, responsible parenthood with being a Christian. It says: "If any provide not for his own . . . .he hath denied t h e f a i t h and is worse than an infidel " I Timothy 5:8. The provision it refers to is not just material things, but love, concern and understanding. Only Christ can give m these, and when he is ruled out, the. home is on dangerous ground. Descrliops are very, very rare in a devout Christian home. In facl, they are v i r t u a l - ly nonexistent. How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Members of Ihe Fayelleville Police Department made .139 arrests in July. A total of $5,959 in fines was assessed in Municipal Court. Voting was light in Fayet- (eyille and Prairie Townships this morning as most qualified voters, apparently unconcerned 15 YEARS AGO Aboul 550 Home Demons i r a t i o n Club members, rcprescnlating every counly in A r k a n s a s , registered yesterday on the University campus for Ihe 29lh a n n u a l meeting of the A r k a n s a s Council of Home Demonstration Clubs. Pulling was featured in 25 YEARS AGO All was in readiness loday for n drive starling with a 7:M hreakfjist tomorrow at the Blue Moon cafeteria lo rnfsc $25,0(10 tn bo used in the construction of a p e r m a n e n t home for Fny- cltevlllc's Boy'n Club, Cy Carney is c h n l r m u n of the carn- palffn. W. G. SMploy of Fnyeltevlllc wns nloclcil to Hie Board of Governors of Ihe Soulhcrn B n k - with the race for sheriff, stayed away from the polls. Hundreds of visitors f r o m throughout the state are expected to visit Ihe small Italian- American town of Tontitown during its Ihrec day Grapa Fcslival tomorrow through Saturday. yesterday's golf event for women of Ihe Country Club. Some 165 guesls wera present at a turkey dinner Monday evening at Ihe Goshen Cnm- m u n i t y Building. Proceeds amounling lo more lhan $BOO are lo he used for the Goshen- Tultle Road F u n d . «rs Association yesterday nt n meeting in Savannah. Gn. Over 200 r.ollcltalion lollcru worn mailed lo Individuals and f i r m s In Wnshlnglon County t h f j week us the 1IM7 drive for Ozark Playground* Association memberships got underway, Snm E. Gcarlinrl, Playground* prcsldcnl nnd c h n l r m n n of Iho counly campaign, snid Saturday.

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