Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 27, 1973 · Page 4
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, February 27, 1973
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From The People The Public Interest Is The First Concern of This Newspaper Tucwlay, February 27, 1973 Soy It Isn't So ' · It is difficult to love the,Corps of ..En-., giheers. Sometimes, in fact it seems the · Corps goes out of its way to aggravate its cli- ejitele. Take the case of user fees, which are ijue to be slapped on projects such as Beaver Lake this summer, ;. : Congress passed the authorization, true enough. The Corps, though, does have the ^responsibility of holding public hearings on what is best for various project areas, and of'deciding just what, where and how much the fee system will amount to. The Corps in Oklahoma, for instance, gave the public two days to file protests; and didn't publicize that period very extensively. We don't know what the period was-in Arkansas, but it was a fairly well'kept secret. With the word finally out---in' the Fed- ,eral Register of this month--howls of.-..protest have resulted. Sportsmen's groups have £filed vigorous protests with their congres- Jsional representatives (petitions are being tpassed aroimd Northwest Arka'nsas this Jvveek, and will be forwarded to Repl John ijPaul Hammerschmidt.) *""' Responding to the protests, congressional leaders have prevailed on the director of Civil Works to delay collection of fees long enough to get additional public statements on the ' record. The Corps announced last weekend that it would, therefore, extend until Feb. 28 the deadline for inclusion of public protest in the official record. Less than endearingly, however, the Corps statement adds that although the fee enactment will thus be slightly delayed, it is unlikely that the present fee system will be sub- ISifcntiially changed. The best the Corps will be willing to do, apparently, is drop one or -fayp fee categories-which it concedes are "confusing." These include boat rentals, which do not involve projects such as the White River flood control impoundments. nterestingly enough, it appears that e the Corps does plan "officially" to elim- ^inate mention of the boat rental fee (because fit is confusing) it doesn't intend to dispense if with such fees where applicable. . . £ From available evidence at this point, 'the jlCorps will begin collecting fees, at better de- ^veloped public access points around their * lakes, on a (1) "day -use or (2) overnight-use 'basis -- at least by "early Rummer. Whether. $this will include use of launching' 'ramps' ^awaits district interpretation^ · Soiftces in Lit- Hle Rock indicate that they do not anticipate $a launch charge. In Oklahoma, however, the ^interpretation is expected to be that parking of one's car and trailer, after launching, con- fstitutes a "day-use," and subject to a '{fee. ; Rep. Hammerschmidt, we understand, has ·;been in contact with area fishermen and while f sympathetic, says he can't do much without ·a strong response from constituents. Rep. £Cle'm McSpadden of Oklahoma says he will introduce legislation preventing the Corps from .'charging ANY camping fees, .McSpadden's ;bill isn't given much chance of being adopted, ^because the Congress has shown -partiality, ifor the past half-dozen years, for some sort '-oi user-fee for recreational developments as a ^eost offset for cleaning- up litter, and for ·isuperyision and development of better camp- iing sites. As far as "camping" is concerned, fees in |!many cases are surely justified. For the .jcasual fisherman, however, a fee system is r "an unfair burden. To ruin a good fishing ·t river -- on the excuse of flood control and :-power production -- and then charge the luck- i-less angler for use of what's left is like imposing a breathing fee on residents for use 7of smogged-up air they breathe. It isn't ·proper . . . it isn't fair . . . it isn't acceptable. jWe hope it isn't true. iCatching Up ; Someone remarked that one of the impressive Clhings about last week's winter storm and its paralyzing after effects was that it proved a fast-paced jlile is not really essential to the survival of man and -his social structures. · . T It was said that all those meetings and other ·things lhat seem of such supreme importance aren't ;really life and death events after all. ; Uh-huh. . .Then why is everybody rushing about ;-so madly this week trying to catch up on what was ; missed last week?--Florence (S. C.) Morning News Arfewwaa 3fon» 212 N. East Ave., FayeltevlUe, Arkansas 7Z70I :; Phone 442-6242 '··Published every afternoon except Sunday, New /Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and ': Christmas Day. Founded June 1-4, 18*0 Include US; Out Of SEATO By CLAYTON KRITCHEY : WASHINGTON -- Sen. Robert Byrd',' fliw.V.a,, is the assistant majority leader of the'"iU-.S. Senate. He is a capable but provincial politician; until a few days ago he was never known ,to express an opinion^on fc-reign policy. Hence, it is'fti.f'lii't' more astonishing to heaf him make one of the most constructive of all Vietnamese post-cease-fire proposals. . · ; ·'· He thinks It's time for us to withdraw from the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization -- the mischievous SEATO that has meant nothing but trouble for the United States since former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles invented it almost 10 years ago to legalize American meddling in Asian affairs. Sen. Byrd. stating it politely, says the treaty hasn't served U.S. interests. And he adds; "AH SEATO has done Is talk. The pact has no power to unite its members in efforts to maintain peace and security, and thus tails its basic purpose." Actually, it has templed the United States to disturb the peace rather than maintain it. So now:'ijVthe.Unie, following the lead of some of the treaty's .other signatories, to get. out -before it leads us into more Asian misadventures. With possibly one or two exceptions, none of the other members of SEATO has ever had much use for the treaty. It has never really been what its name implies, for aside from Thailand, no Southeast Asian nation would join it. Britain and France reluctantly joined in order to humor Washington. Australia and New Zealand came -in .because. they.. depend on the United States to protect them. Thailand and the Philippines are quasi-U.S. satellites. Pakistan, at the time, was also , gne of our .client states. , ': ( ..' ' ' vTNJty SOUTH Although Washington has for years invoked SEATO a,s legal authority for intervening in South Vietnam, it should be noted that the. Saigon government is;hot a signatory..Indeed, the treaty doesn't even recognize the existence of a state of South Vietnam, but only of a state of Vietnam, which, under the 1954 Geneva peace agreement^ meant Hanoi. It wasn't until after the United States began sending in ground troops that former President Lyndon B. Johnson suddenly discovered (in 1966) that- under SEATO we had to defend South Vietnam. "We are in V i e t n a m , " the late President proclaimed, "because the United States and our allies are committed to meet the common danger of aggression in Southeast Asia." This was news to our allies. The, other major signatories of the treaty-Britain, France and Pakistan-have never recognized any obligation to help Saigon. Pakistan, in fact, has since w i t h d r a w n from SEATO. France is' inactive. The new prime m i n i s t e r o f N e w Zealand, who [eels SEATO has "atrophied;" says "We need an organization wh i c h brings countries together rather than separates them, as SEATO does." Australia also is close to withdrawal. u Sen. Byrd can render a real public service if he now goes on to show how the American people were deceived into thinking that SEATO imposed on Ihem a sacred commitment to fight for South Vietnam. That question ought U be clearly settled, so that it can never be exploited again. JUST CONSULT j Second Class Postage Paid at Fayetteville. Arkansas '$ · MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A the Associated Press is exclusively entitled to the Juse for republication of al) news dispatches credited P-lo it or not otherwise credited in this paper and also fthe! local news published herein All rights of republication of special dispatches Mierein are also reserved. · · - · / · · · . . · - - 'j. i SUBSCRIPTION RATES itPer Month '.'--' (by carrier) $2.40 jMail rates in Washington, Bcnton, Madison counties f Ark. and Adair County, Okla. tZ months $6.00 £6 months -.-.' $11.00 n YEAR I". v..v. $20.00 JCity Box Section $24.00 al Mail in counties other thin above-. .,...-. yt months $7.00 !· months $13.00 U YEAR -,...... $24.0* f ALL MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST *·»·- BB PAID IN ADVANCE The question first arose when the treaty was before the U.S. Senate in 1955 for ratification. The them chairman of the foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Waller George, said (with the approval of Secretary Dulles) "I cannot emphasize too strongly that we have no obligation ' to take positive measures ot any kind. All we are obligated to do is consult together',', Mr. Dulles himself told the Senate, "We do not intend to dedicate any major elements of the U.S. military establishment to form an army of defense in this area,,.". Yet, in the end, 'a willful President did just that -- without consulting Congress, the public or even the other members of SEATO. Before his election in 1968, Mr.. Nixon described SEATO as a ''somewhat anachronistic relic;" while Henry Kissinger ,.was', calling it ..'.'moribund." pncff ifi 'the White House, nowefver, their criticism ceased. Now that Mr. Nixon is disengaging from Vietnam, it might be a good time for him to substitute for SEATO a policy he once enunciated rat- Manila. He saict: A'Pctf in £sla cannot come' from" the'- United -.'States. It must cpme from Asia. The people o'f Asia, the'governmc-nts of Asia -- they are the ones who must lead the way to peace In Asia." Amen. . (C) 1»73, Analyzing The Danger The Washington Merry-Go-Round FBI Backtracks' Anderson Informants By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- Acting FBI chief Pat Gray is now using his agents, apparently, to help Sen. Paul Fannin, R-Ariz., find out who told us about a drunk- driving episode. FBI men have been going over our long- distance calls to Phoenix in search oF our sources. We reported that Fannin, a stern law-and-order senator, had shown contempt for the law after he was arrested For drunk driving in Phoenix. We quoted f r o m suppressed official records, which charged he was "stuperous," "profane 11 and "insulting." At one point, he a l l e g e d l y snarled a t t h e arresting o f f i c e r. Josep 11 Munoz: "This is going to make you a big m a n , isn't it, boy?" A c o n f i d e n t i a l memo smuggled to us out of the city prosecutor's office,-charged that "Senator Fannin's file was taken out of the normal place" and that "Hie next thing anyone knew... the Driving While In- toixicated charge had been dis- missd." The police reports and other evidence against Fannin were never introduced in court. Our story caused more than 50 Phoenix lawyers, led by Jack Levine, to protest to the city council that the Fannin case had "severely shaken" t h e i r confidence "in what previously has been an uncorrupted Police Department, an uncorrupted City Prosecutor's office and an honest, although · overworked, City Court." The showdown at city hall occurred on February 13. Levine told us that two well- mannered, clean-cut young men kept a sharp eye on the proceedings and approached him afterward for a copy oF his statement. A former G-man himself, he took them to be FBI agents but couldn't positively identify them. Later the same clay. FBI agent John Hunt contacted Robert Updike, the assistant city prosecutor who wrote the confidential memo on the Fannin case. The first call was made to his home and was taken by his wife. Since the telephone number is unlisted, she demanded to know how the FBI got it. TOLL CALL We have established that the number appeared on our long- distance toll sheets, which were subpoenaed from the telephone company. We had left a message for Updike to call us, so we could ask him about the F a n n i n memo. Subsequently, te FBI man r e a c h e d Updike, w h o a l - so was upset over the FBI's a c c e s s to his unlisted number. He marched down to the FBI's Phoenix office, confronted agent-in-charge Paul Mohr and agent William Billings and asked how they had obtained his number, They refused to tell him, saying: "We were just following orders." Still boiling, Mrs. Updike wrote the next day to Attorney General Richard Kleiridienst. "Mr. Kleindienst," she wrote, "could you please explain to me why my husband is being investigated by the FBI at this particular time? Is it because Jack Anderson mentioned my husband's name in his column about S e n a t o r Fannin? Is it, now the FBI's responsibility to investigate anyone mentioned by name in Mr. Anderson's column, especially when the column has to do with a United States Senator? Doesn't the FBI have more urgent matters to attend to?" Kleindienst, Gray and Fannin, of course, are three peas in the same political pod. Gray coached Kleindienst in his testimony before the Senate ITT hearings and Fannin was one of the first to defend Kleindienst on the Senate floor, calling the charges against him "character assassination." Ducalred Fannin: "I have known Kleindienst for 20 years and I know that he is a God- fearing man who is sincere, honest and devoted to his nation." N o w Kleindienst and Gray, apparently, are returning the favor. It dramatizes again how they have turned the FBI into a political police force. Footnte: We invited the FBI to comment and made repeated By H. B. Dean Bible Verse Give while you can see the good that it does, and while you can feel the joy that it brings. The one who is willing to given generously Avill discover that He is drawing from an endless well that will never run dry. "The Lord loves a cheerful giver." "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." James 4:10 Quit struggling, just submit it all to Him, the resurrection will come! He will lift you up. Just keep looking past all of your problems and directly to Him. The victory is yours. calls to Kleindienst. They had no response. NIXON'S PEACE PLAN The architect of our dramatic diplomacy in Asia wasn't really Henry Kissinger -- who was skillful enough at the repartee in the backrooms of Hanoi and Peking -- but Richard Nixon, himselF. The President has practiced a more daring diplomacy than his national security adviser has advocated. All along. Nixon believed he could clear away the misunderstandings and establish a firm basis for peace with some frank talk in Moscow and Peking. The President spoke bluntly to Chairman Leonid Brezhnev in the Kremlin, laying on the table exactly what he considered our national interests to be. He startled Brezhnev, for example, by making it clear the United States would consider a Soviet attack upon China as a trespass upon our national in- terets. In Peking, the President was more subtle, figuring the best way to impress Premier Chou En-lai was to speak softly. Nixon, would lower his voice, therefore, to emphasize the important points. But at both Communist capitals, he stressed with all his power that he truly wanted an "era of peace. 11 He warned, however, that the United States wouldn't pay any price for peace. To demonstrate his firmness, he risked rupturing the new relationship with Moscow and Peking by mining Hai-phong harbor and later bombing the Hanoi environs. Once he got the North Vietnamese back to the truce table, however, he took some bold diplomatic gambles to demonstrate his sincereity to the Chinese. He agreed to a generous settlement in Laos, which will leave the Communists in a stronger position in the new coalition government. He also expressed willingnes to accept a coalition government in Cambodia if the opposing forces can be brought together. He is ready even to urge President Lon Nol to give up his rule and retire in the United States for medical treatment. In return, the Chinese would also agree not to press for Prince Norodom Sihanouk's return to power. The President wants Peking, in return for these concessions, to use its influence to prevent a complete Communist takeover of Indochina. (C) 1973. by United Features To the EdJtor: Congratulations o n your printing of the very frank and analytical letter by Ms. Ella Potee of Winnlow. Her basic point seems to be in a nutshell that, if Nixon does not deliberately plan a dictatorship, h.e is a dupe for those who do; and the danger is no less great regardless of which is the case. May I add a few observations as to the danger signs I see? (1) Attempts to cow informed citizens or to force them into greater dependence on Nixon's friends in either big labor or big business. Professors may find their tenured positions untenable in state universities as Nixon's phase III turns the economic "show" over to the free bargaining of AFL-CIO and the big industries. The professors' relative position in society will go down as the better organized get more and more of the benefits with Nixon's blessing and as the less organized (teachers, social workers, etc.) academic types s h o u l d e r a proportionately larger share of the rising cost of living. U n i v e r s i t y academicians under tenure or under widely accepted university policies of academic freedom have long been a healthy source of criticism. But what about the ex-professor who has to give up under economic pressures and take a job in industry favored by Nixon policies (like an oil company) and has to join one of Meany's unions? Forcing him into this sort, of change for economic reasons is more subtle than the old McCarthy investigating committee approach to alleged subvervise activities and more lasting in its effect. The cutting of programs to aid education works in here neatly. Although -most of these were not directly aimed at faculty salaries, their loss forces cutbacks in college and university faculties as part of an over-all budgetary crisis. (2) The slant of economic aids and permissive policies to speed up the usual or normal trends against the small farmer and the smaller business man. Despite the fact farmers of all sizes and the average small business man supported Nixon in two succeeding elections, the fact remains their conservatism could take a nastily independent turn as long as they remain nobody else' employee and remain outside George Meany's unions. The pressures here are much the same type as on the academic community despite the fact that latter was more strongly opposed to Nixon. Cancellations in such fields as REA and REAP hurt a certain class of a small to medium sized farmer and th« small town They'll Do'It Every Time xs WHEM CRESCENDO HAS A BUG, HEK . VIS.ITIN3 BROTHER ANDFAfAILY/AAKE THEMSELVES TRES SCARCE- · VOU SICK.SIS? WE'D BETTER BE SWlFf-IWASWfTWELU . ENOUGH TO 00 TO WORK, BUT I DIDN'T FEEL BeTTER, WANNA GO HOME.' HAVE SOME HOT TEA AND **«* BuT WHEN HE GETS THE LONDOH FLU WHERE DOES HE 60 TO SPREAD THE GER/AS? YEAH- business related to his trade, while Russian and Chinese wheat deals (for one type ot example) help larger scale agribusiness. As a historian I am reminded ot the ruthless enclosure laws in Britain which once served to make wage laborers (either for landlords or factory owners) out of once free peasants. I am also reminded in part ot Stalin's forced · collectivization of the farm middle class in Russia, although the Stalin brand of collectivization was couched in sflcial-ist 'terms and Nixon's in terms of corporate capitalism. ··:. (3) In Argentiana'' under Peron the free press soon found itself beset by labor troubles which the dictator could'settle very readily when ' the newspapers changed their editorial and reporting policies or which he .could use an excuse.for a take over (as with La Prensa) when they refused to change. Note the interesting coincidence that newspapers strikes have stepped up in USA near same time that presidentail harassment has done so, near same time as Nixon-Meany conferences, and so on. We need to take a leaf from the President's notebook to wit: Despite the high emotional tone of terms like "individualism" and "free enterprise," ' the President and Congress respond best to collective blocs of voters. Voluntary collective action for individual freedom is less contradictory than the wide use of "tree enterprise" slogans to justify government favors to corporations (Lockheed, etc:). I suggest coalition along the following lines: ·+ (1) dismissed professional staff of OEO and other war on poverty agencies with teachers (NEA, AFT, AAUP, etc.) (2) disappointed small or medium sized farmers working through NFO and any other entities left of the Farm Bureau. (3) student groups, especially the usually non-radical type who are now having aids cut. (4) ecology agencies who hava taken note of the open disregard to scientific findings bn /! :our conservation needs. lr (5) aged and the m'a n y people with aged relatives apt to become more dependent on them from Nixon's cutbacks. (6) correlation of the above on as many points as possible to pressure for real, balanced and fair inflation curbs; ends to press harassment, and recognition ot human welfare'as an obligation of national government. . /: I would welcome a sharing of ideas as to how we m a y proceed more specifically. Leland R. Whit* Jonesboro (Box 905) 72467 From The People Silent Complaints To the Editor: I went to the. city Board meeting Tuesday "night because the taxi situation was on the agenda. I was interested in a comment by a Yellow Cab company spokesman. He implied that the city manager's study of the cab situation was inaccurate and that the company had satisfied customers who just hadn't spoken out. The same argument applies to dissatisfied customers. I think that for every citizen who complained about the cabs, by letter, half a dozen others had complaints but didn't voice them. Perhaps they felt nothing would be done, anyway. Before the Board meeting I called five friends offering to drive them to the meeting with me. None of them could come, two because of age and ill health or infirmity, three because of small children. Four of them repeated their awn personal complaints about the taxi situation, and urged me to speak for them. My fifth friend said. "Well, compared to Washington, D.C., Fayetteville cabs just aren't that "bad" and went on to cite some super-horror stories about Washington taxis. The local taxi company should not count this sort of customer in their satisfied column. Many of us are happy to be living in Fayetteville rather than a crowded eastern city, continue to I hope we can r improve living conditions in our town. It is. » shame to settle for. second best just because things are worse elsewhere. Apparently the taxi situation will really be discussed March 6 when a new city taxi ordinance and applications from prospective cab companies will be considered. This seems to be a good time to make the cab services fit the needs of Fayetteville. I see two areas where changes are in order: (1) The present fare system based on zones from the Square is unfair. A meter system based on actual distance traveled would be more equitable. (2) Fayetteville needs a small cab company bus, maybe twice a week, running along College A v e n u e as a "shopper's special," w i t h frequent stops and low fares. Perhaps a connecting bus to the campus would be possible. I think this would reduce traffic and would make areas available to non- driving residents who at present seldom venture farther than the neighborhood store. (Current cab riders are accustomed to riding in "buses" since the cabs often pick up several riders on one trip. A van with room for 6-8 would be a welcome improvement. Nancy Gildersleev* Fayetteville How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Crews of the Arkansas Highway Department were busy today surveying a possible route of Highway 16 along 15th Street in FayelteviUe and a bypass west for Highway 71. The annual convention of the Ozark Canners and Freezers 15 YEARS AGO Two judges in the 8th annual A r k a n s a s Community A c - complishments Contest visited Prairie Grove and Decatur yesterday. T h e Washington County sheriff department got wind of a "phony" robbery this week when roadblocks were set up within minutes- of the report and 25 YEARS AGO Razorback head coach John Barnhill is supporting a drive to construct a new fieldhouse where his football team could practice indoors on rainy days. Fayetteville's new curbslde parking meters will be put into operation officially Monday Association swings into action today with about 250 persons present. "Haniwa,'.' a Japanese dance- drama opens for a three-night run at the University Theatre Thursday as part of the ' ' T h e a t r e of Imagination" presentation. no suspects were caught. It seems the owner of the tavern involved was after insurance money. A Springdale girl escaped serious injury last night when she leaned against the inside of a car door, which opened while the car was moving. ; morning, March 2, at t a.m. ' Representatives of cement *nd asphalt companies discussed the merits or their products for runway construction last night before the Chamber of Commerce and City Council Avittioft Committees,

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