Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 22, 1976 · Page 4
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Thursday, April 22, 1976
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CimeS Costly Missle Built To Be Scrapped Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper Alden H. Spencer, Publisher and General Manager Floyd Carl Jr., Managing Editor 4 · THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1976 Religious Issue Reman The "Religious Issue," virtually absent rrom national politics since 1960, has returned in an entirely new guise. In the past, religion served to widen political differences. Tills year, in contrast, it could well be a unifying factor and go a long way toward determining the Democratic presidential nomination as well as the outcome of the presidential election. Or so Jimmy Carter appears to think. .The forriier Georgia governor, who is the surprise- front-runner among Democratic presidential candidates at .present, laces.his campaign speeches with references to his Southern Baptist faith. Audiences have responded favorably. A deacon and a Sunday school teacher at the Plains Baptist Church in.Plains, Ga., Carter last year put out a campaign biogra- phy'that was printed by Brbadman Press, the publishing arm ;of the Southern Baptist Convention. His image as a deeply religious person has been further. enhanced by his sister, Ruth Stapleton, who .was' recently described by a National Observer reporter as a "lady preacher, faith healer .evangelist, a 46-year-old woman of. intense belief, boundless energy, and granitic determination..." , . To Carter's most fervent supporters, the religious aura is all important. Joan Saliba, a Georgian who flew to Wisconsin to work in the Carter primary campaign, had this . to say to a Chicago Sun-Times reporter: "He is blessed. We didn't; fly up here .because . rhe's nice, and .sweet. We flew up here because he is blessed." , The emergence of religion as a major issue in' American politics coincided with the arrival of millions of European immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The great majority of them were poor, and many were Catholics and Jews. The Protestant political establishment .correctly perceived a threat lo its hitherto unchallenged domination of American institutions. Catholic and Jewish immigrants tended to concentrate in the great cities of the North and the Middle West, while the South remained overwhelmingly Protestant. Thus, the already, keen urban-rural and North- South rivalries became even more intense The'notorious Democratic National. Convention of .1924-was hopelessly deadlocked along religious lines. Urban Catholics and Jews were solidly for Alfred E. Smtih, while rural Protestants rallied behind William Gibbs McAdoo.. After 103 ballots, John W. Davis was nominated. Smith won the nomination in 1928, but he failed to carry five of the; 11 states of the'old Confederacy. With a single exception, these states had all voted for the Democratic nominee in every presidential election since Reconstruction. 1 . The nomination of John F. Kennedy in . 1960 stirred memories of,the Smith debacle. And sure enough, th'e fact that Kennedy was Catholic did become a leading campaign, issue. The candidate sought to put the matter to rest in a widely publicized speech to the,Greater Houston Ministerial Association. "I do not 'speak for my church oh public matters," he declared, "and the church does riot speak for me." He pledged that he'would be guided as President by the national interest "without regard to, outside religious pressures or dictates." Kennedy's election was taken by-many observers to mean that the religious issue was finally dead. But now we know it was only Sleeping. At Large would :By BILL VAUGHAN. It is disappointing to notice that '-respectable "economists -have caught up with an old ioa i of mine for .simplifying the 'income tax b y ' e l i m i n a t i n g - a l l : exemptions'and 'just charging a flat percentage, possibly .graduated . Every year wh en I wrestled-.'with the old 1040 it seemed like a great'idea. ''· Not only .would we be spared all the agony and heartburn a n d " yelling at the Jcicls, (just .at^.a" ,,,' time when they';' should have... been, most loved on account of being deductible), but 1 was pretty sure the average man, meaning me, would pay less while the government would get more. - ' _ . ' ' . , , , ; It all seemed so simple that I'was safe in assuming nobody would 1 ever.- take it seriously. But now T'rri getting worried. The idea is heing bruited about. I still think it's too sensible lo be adopted but you can't be sure of anything these days. , The problem is that I have come to the realization that this .sort of total tax reform wouId destroy conversation as we,know it in 'America. Conversation as we know it isn't very . m u c h , but it's the only conversation we have. - ; And, such as it is/; conver- - sation centers mainly' 'on' in- . ' 'co/ne Inxcs and the common cold. Medical science will even-, ,,7,'n Dually eliminate the cold, which' .. -would leave only taxes'. ' IP INCOME TAXES are going to be; simplified to the point of dullness, we're going to be teft with nothing to do hut stare silently a t o n e another. . , . . : . The.truth is that a lot'of our social i amenilies center around the vagaries of the tax laws. Who has -not bathed in Ihe , , warmlh of. a tax-exempt meal? There" is no unseemly squabbling .over, the check .iffcr it is understood that it will come off somebody's income tax and will eventually be paid for by the , Arizona sheepherrier,' the N/5W Jersey grocer, the Florida citrus grower and the Chicago contractor. In other words, the people. Nor Is there any reason to ·feel guilty about' the: : people paying 'for the ! lunch 'because Ihey all have ' their; own liltle clutch of deductibles, for which we are ourselves paying. (But r ; ; ' ! ; "we : " are paying painlessly because we don'!, know about them.) I n a t u r a l l y ' h a v e no way of , knowing how many people sav/a. how much money with lax sliel: ters, All I know is that they would he. tongue-tied in public conversation without them. Traditionally Ihe American dream centered around making money; that was r what people bragged about. Income equalled " , status. How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Gross national product, ' th" e value.of all goods and L^rvices produced in the economy, rose to a seasonally-adjusted rale ofi $714 billion during the first quarter of this year, - Lowell will receive water from Spnngdale's new 16-inch transmission line which runs from [he rww water treatment plant on Beaver Lake to Springdale. - ' · Only a gnat's difference separated Ihe two bids the city r e c^ i v e (3 Friday on the relocation of a 12-inch water line lhat crosses Leroy Pond athletic field.- SQ YEARS AGO M c A l l i s t e r Brothers w h o recently bought the shoe stock or Sillern Ross Company and the bankrupt men's furnishings store of Wright and Son, will open bankrupt sale of the two -stocks! Tuesday morning. Building of Sequoyah Terrace. ; assembly hotel, will ho delayed unavoidably until fall. ' ' Famous art masterpieces vyill be shown in faithful reproduction in living pictures to be presented at the University benefit Wednesday. IOC) YEARS AGO ' ' Our fellow townsman, Col. E, I. Stirrnan, is out in a card in today's paper announcing himself as n candidate for.Pro- secuting Attorney. Colonel S. is first class material for . t h i s position. . Rudolph is just in receipt of the best a s s o r t m e n t ' a n d , finest lot of shoes he has brought to this city. He means business. ' By JACK ANDERSON \ with Les Whitten WASHINGTON -- A secret study suggosts : jlhat the Pentagon *is.squandering $500 million on * cruise missile s\ stem because Secretory ; of Stale Henry Kissinger wanted it as a bargaining chip at the Strategic Arms'Limitatlon Talks. T h e General AtLounlmg Office study reports that in 1973 the A i r ' Force, had abandoned Its air-launched cruise missile and the Navy had downgraded its sea-launched cruise missile. But then Kissinger proposed t h a t a long-range, air-to-surface missile "made sense strategic- 'ally.and would assist/Ihe U.S. in Ih'e SALT negotiations." The Defense Deparlmcnl immediately took a new interest in the u n m a n n e d , jet-powered, subsonic missile. Apparently Kissinger wanted to build the cruise missile system merely so he could o f f e r ' to scrap il.-It has already cost the taxpayers .about $250 million for Kissinger to make this point at t h e . SALT talks.- The final cost,, according lo the GAO's calculations, could surpass $500 million, Yet except for its use as a diplomatic ploy," the expensive missile has stirred little enthusiasm in the Pentagon. The secret GAO -study/ questions 'whether a valid need has been e st ablished for a long-range missile. The Strategic Air Command. The Washington Merry-Go-Round They'll Do It Every Time THE LEADIWG LI6MT OF. THE STATEWIDE 6AFET/ 6O I F V ^ E PLE03E OOR- W\ I SELVES TO SAFETY W£ 1 j|m CAM " 1 -' " 20O PECCEMT- · which is supposed lo be equipped with .cruise missiles, "has not expressed an operational requirement for the system. 11 And the Navy hasn't yet found a - u s e for il$ cruise missiles except to deploy them as a reserve force on attack submarines. To add to the cost, the two seruces are dcsclnpmg separ ale but similar missiles The Pentagon is supposed to save money by stopping Ihe duplication ot weapons. Government fuddling has' 1 also auded lo the i-oii uf developing the cruise missile. The Defence Department. : : E o r example, hasn't gotten around lo pro\ iding (he Defense Mapping Agencj ttilh the missiles' mapping requirements. Nor h a s ' t h e Energy Research and Development Adminis- E ration been -given the data il needs to-complete ; its work on the nuclear warheads for the cruise missile. The delay, of course, will increase "cosls unnecessarily But if the cruise missile has dubious value tor defense, il already is, being used for diplomacy., A State Department .spokesman acknowledged that the missile has been mentioned at ( t h e SALT negotiations. But he claimed "nothing substantive;" has been discussed/ "The negotiating points;" he added, "are very closely held." WATCH ON i WASTE: The price of a first-class s t a m p ' h a s more . t h a n . - doubled"- in four years. Only a few months ago, Ihe price jumped again from 10 to 13 cents Postal authorities predict (hit in another ti\e j e i i s a stamp \ull cost 23 cents. Other postal charges are .also going up, up, up. The coat of special delivery shot ( up' this week from 60 to 80 cents. The fee for registering mail climbed from 95 cents to $1.25. And money order fees" rose from 25 lo .10 cents. Yet as mail rates have gonft up, the service has gone down. M a i l , users might be excused for wondering, therefore," where their stamp ; money is going. Here are a few specifics: -- r h e postal plight hasn t restrained the top otticials from raising their, own salaries. Post- m a s t e r General Benjamin Franklin Bailar, for" example, upped his sal try from $60000 lo $63,000 at'the'same time that h e w a s explaining . h o w necessary it was to increase the price of stamps another three cents. In the western states region alone, more than three dozen 1 postal -officials wangled promotions for themselves. -- As a bicentennial project, the Postal Service shelled out $120,000 for two 28-foot motor - But no longer. Now the person who draws (he .admiring knot of listeners Is'the pine'who boasts of the clever wiiyji in which he lost enough mofi^y lo save on his tax bill. ;" I don't mean to indicat^ that I travel in circles so fiscally elite lhat people have to lose - a" few million in order to keep the yacht running! Those who . f l a u n t their losses are no more ' ' t o he · relied 4 upon than those who used to do Ihe same with their incomes. It's just lhat fashions in lying', more have - 'changed. QUiTK A BIT of conversalion centers around the unfairness - ,- of i t . all. Every American is convinced that he pays more , taxes than t h e average billionaire, and complaining about it .is n task which can knock off ' a six-pack without even trying. . Then there is the fun of persuading a friend that some deduction he has; claimed is illegal and that': He is undoubtedly going to prison for it. Nothing brightens a taxpayer's tiny . like ruining . it for another one. ^Anri, of course, for the rigidly - honest, which includes al] those here ,- present, there is the goideb glow that comes with knowing .that we :are not like those weaker vessels who claim their rlog's tonsillecEomy as a , modical expense or ask lh/jir customers lo pay them in small, u n m a r k e d bills. If ,a simplified .lax system were to -make honesty virtually compulsory, why it would take all the enjoyment out of it. .That's why I hone we never end up with a reasonably sensible income tax law, 1 have never profiled, or;even understood, any of those complicated syslems for eluding taxes .which ar/2 whisnered in my c a r . by knowing-friends or strangers. But when I tell (hem, "Thai's a sweet .set-up, Sam," it gives me A sort of thrilling-sensation of heing part of a'high adventure. . . Listening to a man lcl( now he skewered the HIS fin a perfectly legal -manner) is as exciting as hearing him tell how he throttled a boar with his unaided hands. T know I ' l l never do either · one. but they're wonderful to hear about. And that's why I hone (he lax reformers hold off, «t l e a s t ' until -we find ' some other conversational subject to lake the place of the mess uvi have now. (C) United Feature Syndkaf* Tnc, State Of Affairs Women Needed In Government By CLAYTON FRITCHEY WASHINGTON -- There · is not much wrong .with America [hat couldn't bo cured if the majority of. the population (women) was fairly represented in Congress- Also,' with 1 a woman in the White House, the country might avoidiwar, if for no other reason than that women are seldom' afflicted with machismo, the most dangerous vice of male Presidents. The belief-that wonien oEMce holders tend, more than men, to oppose a belligerent foreign policy and cxlravaganL m i l i t a r y spending i s ' ' h o m e out by a study nf the 1075 voting records of , women members of Con^ gress, the first such analysis ever made. There arc now 19 woman in-the House and they voted unanimously against U.S. involvement in the Angolan /war, including the five .women Republicans who had the courage lo go against (he policy of their own party leader. Large - majorities of ,the 19 women also opposed the leaders of both major parties in voting against the costly new -R-l bomber. They balked at providing arms or security aid to the Chilean military dictatorship; they supported a ban en using . U.S. funds r to plan ·assassinations or lo influence foreign elections. All but two of the group voted lo override President Ford's vetoes of a bill controlling strip- mining and legislation creating a public works jobs program. A majority of the women of both parlies had voting records more liberal t h a n their, party leaders, DESPITE THIS independence, the women's bloc -- the best and biggest in history -is still not BS effective as'lhe congressional Black'. Caucus 'with its 17'members. While'the women representatives are intelligent and diligent, they are not tightly organized like (he Black Caucus, which, by working closely together has achieved notable clout. The women members are also handicapped by lack of seniority ^ and - committee chairmanships, but what they need most is* leadership of their own. There' are more t h a n 6 million more women of voting age than men, yet after 56 years of suEf- irage and a decade of Women's Lib.lheir political status shows little improvement. .There used to be two women in the Senate as against none now; Ihe 19 House fotat is only two more than it was 30 years ago;, there is just one woman in Ihe Cabinet,'the same as in 1933: And ' ( h e r e , is still no woman on tlic Supreme Court. A complete count of all Ihe elected women officials in the entire nation shows- them holding fewer than 5 per cent 6F the offices. It is difficult-lo understand .Ibis political standstill, for in other fieMs the female work ··. force' has grown f r o m ' .16,6 'million in 1947 to 37 million in J75. Moreover, all the poljs 'show Ihe climate for women in politics is now more favorable llian ever before, ' T h e Gallup- survey reports 7 out of 10 -Americans bolieve the nation would be 'governed as well or better if more women held political office. Further, 73 per cent now fay they - would- r vote . for ,a woman as , President. Four vans, which wer« subpoicd "'Us be outfitted as traveling exhl bils, .The postal·' authofltlei unhappily concluded, ho*«Ver, thai the mail service was jn such bad grace thai it jWouldn.'i be a good lime for postal di$, plays As a result the bicen, lenmal \ a n s have been quietly, set aside f o r r use as emer'' gency post offices in areas hit by natural disasters --Postal planners have signed a lease on 21 acres of acant ;land near New York's Kenn^Ujf, airport It's costing Ihe tsxpaj^ ers $25.000 a m o n t h , la hold: .IJVd. property, which is suppo^d to be used for the construction ot a new airmail facility rt T$ul meanwhile, the top postal brasj a r e senouslv considering abolishing airmail letter* (C) United Feature Syndicate, lac. Chip Throwers Winding Up * In Oklahoma By JOHN HAMER » Editorial Following are excerpts frpi^i an .exclusive, interview ; '-by Editorial Research' Report s ·''.with Ralph Rector, secretary of~th* Beaver. Okla., .-'Chamber ::!'df Commerce which it. sponsor of the Cimarron Territory celebration April 19 24 and hast "to the 7th Annual World Champipij Cow Chip Throw ; on ; Saturday, April 24. _ -,, ·* EHR Who throws cow chip*? Rector W« have three ca(« gories -^ men's 'open, women 'i open and VIPs, with a limit of 25 in each category WtVi never failed to fill. " "V ERR: Who are the VIPs?^ Rector Oh politicians neMrt paper people radio people, TV people and other fellas of im portance Last year we had 40 VIPSs. ERR Is this a big event jn Beaver' "· ^ Rector This is a champion shi p th row, like the World Series This js the World S«nei of cow chip throwing so to speak ERR How do you throw * eow chip? ; t Rector Oh the throw em everj way in the world, ju*t whatever comes natural Usif- Hh*3, they just take em through the thumb and fingers - and throw it so it fcinda cutt the wind A high sidearm throw il Best, "j ERR: Will any old cow" chip do' " Rector Oh no No less thap six inches across but the bijj , ones arej] t tpa good And they j, ha\e to be good and dry K's pretty eas to' find them around here A whole bunch of guyi goes out to the watering notes and fppd lots and picks ' thft things up a week or so before the throw i .,,,,, ERR Can you wear' Rector Barehanded only,, We \e been thinking of pu(trn| We years ago it was 66 per cent, and in 1937 only 31 per cent." LAST . PALL a group of prominent, politically active women, headed by Gloria Stein- em, formed an alliance to achieve, .among other, things, an a l t i t u d e - o f serious .consideration of women" .for,.* Ihe Presidency .and Vice ; Presidency. Yet, with the primaries nearing ,lhe homestretch, no woman 'is being seriously considered for a n y . place on the national ticket of either parly. India Ed wards, former vice c h a i r m a n - of the Democratic N a t i o n a l CommrUec, say's "Women are their own worst enemy. They're afraid of women; they won't vote for women; they simply won't push another woman ahead," Rep. Bella Abzug (D-N.Y.), who says "Women have lo lake care of Ihoir own revolution, is doing just [hat by r u n n i n g for the U.S. Senate this year. Her view is that "a slag Senate is a,slag nation." Back in 1969, former President' Nixon was .saying,. "A woman can and should be able to .do any [wlilical job that a man can do." Nevertheless; he never appointed a woman to Ehe Cabinet or Supreme Court or to any other post that might lead lo the White House When Americans are polled on Ihe women they,most admire in Ihe world, they invariably named Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India and Golda lUeir, former prime minister of Israel, but [hey don't mention l any officeholders in the United , State 1 ; It's hard lo see how any woman could do worse Uiao Nixon. (C) Us Aifetes Timei in Ihe rules, thai they;have-"lp lick their thumb on the second throw. Sorhelitnes .we'g'el-'an old pnssv gal v,ho comes out here m glo\ es but we have to slrarghten her out right a^a?' FRR This is becoming A famous event.--isn't it? _ Rector Why T had an inquiry from the'Archives iri Pari^, France Lets see wheresjth*u letter' Here it is from" fbj secretariat of something or other I dorVt know hovs Ih^y pronounce that stuff but it ends up tyilh Culture They wantpcl ·^me goop for their Archues, ] ERR You mean cow chips! w Rector Lord Almights, no -just what I could get ir^, gri pnvelopc Anjhow he s gonqa. ha\e some stuff for his^ Archives one of. these days. Bible Verse: -: i But this comc'th to pass, that the word might be fulfilled thai is «rill en in their law Th«y hated me without a caiut" \ John'15:25 ' Dont he so hard on people who rejected Ihe Savior : in ' the S ast If up to this point soil ave unaccepted Him', you are m the same company Wh« have \ ou rejected Hirn'' nou ask Him lo com* into youf heart and He will _ -. I "But when the Comforter \* come, .whom I will send n n t · you from . t h e , Father,: even th'i S p i r i t of truth »hioli proceedelh from the Father, lu shall testify of me " , JoW 15:26 f The Holy Spirit is our coif slant companion, and ouf'.divintf (eacher, whose numher one as~* signment is . pointing us l« Jesus. When we have learned that lesson, we will have pleased the teacher,* received power m our lives, and fulfilled the plan of the Father - ' Then with Jesus unlo him, Get fhee hence. Satan: for it is wntlen Thou shall worship the Lord thy God, and him only i shall Ihou serve Then the de\d, · feaveth him, and behotoX angels came and ministered unto him ' Matthew 4'10. II y There is a liberation of 'our ·pint that comes only from looking up to the Lord mi speaking u p ^ t o . t h e - d e v r t ) "Resist the devil and he wift flee from you " We over com* by the "word of our testimony ·arid the blood of the Lamb 1 / Thank you.-I.ord (or the pow« ^ your Wood,-.and the:might of your Word! Amen

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