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Sunday, September 24, 1978
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6-B CV o r »:ihu-'jtim P.-iit\i -N'l-uia Sunday Morning. September 24,1978 LURE'S OPINION Jack Anderson Powell Performance Demands Reviewing :r * o» I »»ix^«r*/^ k.f »:. _ t_ _.__ _.i_;_»_j_ .. __ _ _ . , .ft . i * • i p ^~ -^ WASHINGTON -Jimmy Carter, the trust-me president, promised never, never to lie to the American people. But in politics, unhappily, deception is a way of life. His press secretary, Jody Powell, is as amiable a wool merchant as ever peddled stories out of the west wing of the White House. Last week, he demonstrated his skill at stuffing wool in the public eye. It was a superb performance, which deserves a full telling. Powell had learned in advance that we were about to explode a bomb in our thousand newspapers. We had compiled the saga of some enterprising, if motley, Georgians who had just pulled off the financial coup of the decade. For a paltry $42,000, they had purchased $12 million worth of fugitive financier Robert Vesco's prime stock at an obscure judicial sale in Panama. At least that was the paper value of the stock. We discovered that the inimitable Vesco, himself, was behind the bargain. But the Georgians' gain, we also learned, was not supposed to be his loss. In return for their sudden prosperity, they had promised to get the federal government off Vesco's back. Our inquiries led us to letters, affidavits and tele- phone messages, which indicated that the Georgians were counting on the cooperation of President Carter's two most trusted advisers. This was vigorously disputed by the two advisers, White House aide Hamilton Jordan and Atlanta attorney Charles Kirbo, known in the backrooms as Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside. They denied all but the most innocent contact with the fixers. Still, the evidence suggested a multimillion-dollar political fix might be in the works at the highest levels of government. Our interest was piqued by a report that the payoff had followed a decision by the Justice Department to drop its efforts to extradite Vesco. We went to the top to check out this report. Attorney General Griffin Bell personally confirmed that the extradition effort had been abandoned. He explained that the strategy had been exhausted and that additional extradition attempts would be "fruitless." There had been no pressure from the White House, he hastened to add. It was a story, we felt, that required a full airing. So we assembled the details in four columns, with proper attention to Griffin Bell's explanations. Although the White House is not a subscriber, the columns were delivered mysteriously to Jody Powell prior to publica- tion. He made a hasty descent from the Camp David summit to seed the storm clouds. First, he telephoned us in a voice of wounded innocence. He appealed to us, in the name of all that is patriotic, to hold up the columns. He explained that he was busy helping to save the peace in the Middle East. But we declined to schedule our news to suit the White House's convenience. The next voice on the telephone was that of Robert Strauss, a tiger with a pussycat's purr, who has become President Carter's trouble-shooter. Unable to reach me at church, he settled for our associate I^es Whitten. Strauss announced that my soul may belong to the church but my "a- is going to belong to Ham Jordan." Strauss explained cordially that Jordan had retained the high-powered Washington attorney, Edward Bennett Williams, to consider filing a libel suit against us. The invoking of Williams' name, if not the mere threat of libel, should strike terror into the heart of a potential defendant. But we did not succumb to the psychological warfare. Meanwhile, the indomitable Jody Powell, using the long reach of the White House, began scrounging for information to knock down our stories. He seized triumphantly on evidence from Justice and State De- *** Viewpoints Commentary, Editorials *** Jim Aylward Students Have Many Answers, But Most Are Wrong Who will be the most intelligent youngster in the first grade this week? The answer is ... the one who has had home teaching prior to school. That's what a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina reports. Children learn to read much faster in school when they've done things with their parents at home and built up a good vocabu- lary. Speaking of being smart In school today, America's teenagers may not be. A study conducted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress says that 13- and 17-year-olds don't seem to have the basic facts on a lot of things. Twenty-five percent don't seem to realize that the president, judges William Steif Buyer Be Careful So you're going to buy a car. Considering the price of cars today, this may be the biggest investment of your life next to your home. So maybe you should hold off until you've taken a good look at two free federal pamphlets. Both are short and clearly written. They were prepared by the Department of Transportation, They can prevent you from being gyped. Their titles are: "Common Sense in Buying a New Car" and "Common Sense in Buying a Safe Used Car" and they are available from Consumer Information Center, Pueblo, Colo., 81009. If you want the new-car pamphlet, ask for Item No. 693F. If you want the used-car pamphlet, ask for Item No. 503F. You can have both and need only send a postcard request. They're free. The new-car pamphlet is 32 pages and was published last April. First it tells you "how NOT to buy a new car." It talks about the unwary buyer who kicks a tire, takes a spin around the block, falls in love with what he uncritically sees and tumbles into a pit he's dug for himself. The right way to buy your new car breaks into three parts: Real shopping, a period of checking out your choice and, finally, the purchase. Real shopping means taking time to look up consumer magazine road tests (and ignoring auto industry puffery). It means going over information on tires, braking, acceleration, all available from dealers by federal law. It means preliminary driving tests, careful choice of dealer and a dealer's service. Once you've picked the kind of car you want, the pamphlet urges "patience... Don't go out and buy the first car that seems to fit your basic requirements." Road-test the car the way you'd use it; check fuel economy and the warranty. Read the requirements of ALL warranties, a right you have under law. Before taking possession, make sure your car is exactly what you ordered. Check all optional equipment. Make sure the "dealer prep" is complete. And be patient about it. Inspect the car, inside and out, again road-test it. A tip: Running the new car through a car wash will determine if it leaks. Check the odometer. A federal law makes it illegal to tamper with mileage. If you have problems after purchase, pursue the dealer; don't let him off the hook if he says, "wait for your next regular checkup, we'll fix it then." Demand itemized bills and work receipts, and keep them. The pamphlet has a section on "where to take your complaints," and hints about trade-ins and new-car financing. The used-car pamphlet is only 20 pages, but it warns that the used-car "adventure can turn into a misadventure ending in dissatisfaction, frustration, monetary loss and a real threat to safety." The first rule, the pamphlet says, is "to inspect a used car as thoroughly as you would a house," preferably taking it to a competent mechanic. There's no such thing as "dirt- cheap," the pamphlet says, and it repeats you must be "patient... curious and observant... suspicious ... choosy and uncompromising." The pamphlet details the odometer law, suggests that used-car warranties aren't worth much, lists different places to buy a used car (some you may not have thought of). It gives basic rules for avoiding problems. For example, don't buy at night or in the rain, and don't buy at all if you're refused a test drive or if the dealer *on't let your mechanic check out the car. Look for body putty, excessive rust, leaking fluid, worn shock absorbers, cracked battery, dirty oil, badly worn carpets or upholstery, rough transmission, unusual vibrations, white or bluish smoke out of the tailpipe, and check on how the lights work. A page is headlined: "Be Careful of Tricks." Nine are listed. Once again, the pamphlet warns, "Be Suspicious." Those two words could be the motto for all new and used- car buying. (This weekly column by provides information about federal services offered to Individuals and groups. Queries are invited. We can't reply to each letter but will answer as many as possible. Write to "THE U.S. AND YOU," care of this newspaper.) f NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) and generals must obey laws just like anybody else. Nearly 50 percent think Congress is appointed by the president, and most of them think it's illegal to start a new political party. DOC, HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD THIS? - If you don't believe what your doctor or psychiatrist tells you, don't tell him he's crazy. According to Medical Economics magazine, family doctors and psychiatrists are the most likely members of the medical profession to end up in mental hospitals. It's because they tend to work alone. The magazine thinks that surgeons are the least likely to crack up, since they often work in groups. THINGS NO ONE EVER TELLS YOU ... but I will: - In 1965, a gall-bladder operation cost $839. In 1975 the same operation was $2,208. Take your Di-Gel and give up the butter. - Mickey Mouse was born Nov. 18, 1928. - Hermit crabs spend much of their lives seeking discarded seashells in which to make their homes. In the absence of a shell, a crab will crawl into anything that fits, even the base of a broken light bulb. - Fruit-flavored beer is on the way to us from Schlitz. Cherry, orange, lemon and gusto. That's a real Hawaiian punch! - The company that makes those padded collars for whiplash now turns them out in 12 fashion colors (including whiplash white and insurance indigo). — Chronic TV-watching reduces romantic interludes. It's all Johnny Carson's fault. - The average annual income in 1776 was $400. - America's favorite food is hamburger. It's possible to eat a different kind of burger every day for an entire year without repeating yourself. Unless it's a chili-burger. That might repeat. BRING BACK THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS - The high cost of medicine in the United States today might take a turn for the better if doctors and patients followed the lead of ancient Chinese acupuncturist. The patient paid the doctor only for one thing ... to keep him well. If the doctor failed, HE paid the patient! IT'S NOT THE COMPANY'S FAULT - A friend of mine recently found that the brand of razor blade he had been using seemed to be getting duller and duller. At first he got many shaves per blade, then fewer shaves, and finally only one or two. So he wrote a letter to the com- apany. They told him, Samong other things, that shaving is a complex mat- *cer. They said one's general attitude changed from time to time. My friend's attitude toward that razor-blade company has changed, and so has his brand. DON'T PULL YOUR PLAYTEX IN THE PLYMOUTH - A woman in Illinois was in an auto accident recently. She veered the car from side. Then she hit a mailbox. Why? Well, police report that she was tryng to take off her girdle while driv- ing, and it got caught between the brake pedal and the accelerator. The girdle is a hurdle to safe driving. THE LAST WORLD IN PHILOSPHY - Here is one of the great quotes of all time. I collect these, as you know, and this one is sure to inspire. Here it is: "The American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it Capitalism, call it what you like, gives every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it!" Those words were said in 1929 by Al Capone. Copyright, 1J78, United Feature Syndicate, Inc. Looking Backward POUNDED IN 1M2 TEXAS' OLDEST NEWSPAPER Dedicated to tha Growth and Progress of Gatveston and Gatveston County MANAGEMENT TEAM LES DAUGHTRY Editor aid Pubfcsher BRAD MESSER Managing Editor WADE J. PARKER Susrtcss Manager RONALD B. SCHULTZ Beted Advertising Manager DAVID LYONS Classified Advertising Manager BILLYTUMA QrcUation Manager ROBERTLEYVA Mail Room Foreman DALE THOMPSON Production Manager BILLCOCHRANE Composing Room Foreman CECIL DILL Press Room Foreman Published every morning by Galveston Newspapers, Inc.. 8522 Teichman Rd., P.O. Sbx 628, Galveston. Texas 77553. Second Class Postage Paid at Galveston. Texas. United Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or republication of el the local news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY CARRIER, $4.25 per month, BY MAIL, $54.00 per year in U.S.. $108.00 outside U.S. Readers are encouraged to submit their statements or opinions on local matters for publication on this page. Letters to the editor, also are always welcome. PHONE 744-3111 By SALLY REEDY 25 YEARS AGO Sept. 24,1953—Texas City won the Gulf Coast League play-offs by defeating the White Caps 5-3. The mayor (Herbert Cartwright) has changed his mind and is not going to resign his office. Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Woodruff of San Antonio are here visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Deimar Dean Sr. Mr, Woodruff has recently returned to the U.S. after two years in Korea and Japan. Mrs. W.H. Tinsley is the new leader for Girl Scout Troop No. 53 with Mrs. Garth Jarvis and Mrs. Ed Leach as co-leaders and Mrs. A.W. Moffett and Mrs. Lane Howell as troop committee women. Sun Oil Company has opened new gas pay at the new North Caplen field of Galveston County. Standard Oil and Gas has staked a new location for the High Island area of Galveston. The starting line-up for the Kirwin Buccaneers Saturday night will be, Bob Billington, Robert Gonzales, Anthony Fertilla, Malcolm Nicoll, Wirt Ludwick, Bob Toilett, Charles Mallia, Bobo •Sweeney, Harry Forester, Tom Watson and Ray Valdez. Three members of the local Typographical Union No. 28 will attend the 1953 convention Saturday and Sunday in Houston. The delegates will be R.A. Carey, president; Sam Wilson, secretary, and —Leroy Markowski, ap- 'prentice delegate, fc The 1953-54 city budget {will come up for a tentative adoption Friday at 11 a.m. It provides for a tax rate of $1.49 on $100 valuation. partment files that the effort to extradite Robert Vesco had not merely been abandoned as we had reported, but had been superseded by a new strategy. Justice officials hoped to get Vesco expelled from his refuge in Costa Rica the better to seize him and bring him home for trial. This new information was communicated to us, and we immediately made changes in our columns to take it into account. Of course, this was information that we had sought from the attorney general and that he had neglected to include in his answers to our questions. We didn't feel responsible, therefore, for Bell's failure to give us the full facts. But the resourceful Powell began citing the changes in our columns as evidence that our reporting was unreliable, not that Bell's answers had been inadequate. The press secretary called in certain reporters for . elaborate briefings. They were overwhelmed with evidence that the Justice Department wanted to get poor Vesco expelled if not extradited. Following the old adage that in politics there is nothing better than to be the victim of an outrage, Powell trotted out Jordan and presented him as a shorn lamb. We were portrayed as the culprits whose careless reporting had shorn Jordan of his good name. Never mentioned was the fact that it was Bell's answers, not our reporting of them, that had been careless. We also asked the White House to allow us to attend Powell's powwows. We offered to face the reporters with him. We offered to lay our findings side by side with his. But we were excluded from the briefings. The government does not own the news, but every president has tried to control its flow. Jimmy Carter is no exception. 50YEARSAGO Sept. 24,1928—The repeat performance of "Sunny Days" is sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles and proceeds will go to the Red Cross fund for storm sufferers in Florida. For sale: grocery building with a living room, etc. and half of corner lot, now paying $30 per month; good location; must be sold this week, $2,750. C.O. Hervey, Realtor-Insurer. Clara Bow, with all her "It" pep, is playing in "The Fleet's In" at the Queen theater. Miss Dolly Scholl, who enters her junior year at the Texas University, will stay at the Alpha Chi Omega house this term. Miss Helen Margaret Buckley has departed to enter her sophomore year in pharmacy at the University of Texas. Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at the University of Texas has announced the pledging of Miss Melba Johnson. Miss Bernice Lyons has returned from Austin where, as the guest of Ruth Thornton and Melba Johnson, she enjoyed rush week activities. Shearn Moody and Robert A. Lyons Jr. who have been at the Waldorf- Astoria during their visit in New York will stop in Philadelphia and Richmond, Va., on their route home. Write Us! Headers are encouraged to write the Galveston Daily News concerning any topic, preferably of a local nature. Letters should not exceed 300 words In length. Opinions, letters which respond to an issue In an enlightening way. should not exceed 500 words and must be signed. Address letters to P.O. Box 028, Galveston, 77553. Angle & Walters 4 No Frills' FaUs By Martha Angle and Robert Walters BOSTON (NEA) - Most of the state executives cheerfully accepted the no-frills atmosphere that permeated the 70th annual meeting of the National Governors' Association. But there's always someone who doesn't get the word. The governors in recent years have toned down the lavish parties and expensive gifts (donated by lobbyists) that once characterized their annual sessions, and host Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts tightened the belt still further this time. Not only did he wipe out the customary "state dinner," featuring a parade of the governors and their spouses, he also eliminated the airport reception committee that annually speeds arriving governors into town in cars driven by state troopers. Governors, White House aides, Cabinet officers and journalists had to get themselves from Logan Airport to the conference hotel in downtown Boston, and most arranged very nicely indeed. But not Tennessee Gov. Ray Blanton who is notorious in his home state for high living at the taxpayers' expense. When Blanton arrived in his state jet a few nights before :he start of the governors' meeting, he went into a snit ffhen he found no one there to meet him. He put through an 'emergency" phone call to Dukakis at the host governor's lome in Brookline, demanding to know where his courtesy :ar and driver were. An astonished Dukakis, who had been •eady for bed, choked back a few choice replies and phoned iround Boston until he found someone to go fetch the mperious Blanton. *** The great trivia question of this year's governors' Conference was "Who is Harvey Wollman?" Answers from 'arious state officials, White House aides, reporters and ithers ranged from "third baseman for the Cubs?" to 'Isn't that a drink?" Among those flunking the quiz, which was popped in a tar about midnight on the first day of the meeting, was California Gov. Jerry Brown, who absolutely refused to >elieve the correct answer when he was finally told that larvey Wollman is the governor of South Dakota. The newest member of the governors' association, Vollman is also likely to set some kind of record for Brevity of tenure. After serving as lieutenant governor iince 1975, he became governor only in late July when the ncumbent, Democrat Richard P. Kneip, was named ambassador to Singapore. Unfortunately for Wollman, no sooner did he become governor than he lost the primary election in South Dakota. So his first trip to a national governors' conference will most probably prove to be his last. *** When the Democratic governors huddled for a little purely partisan chitchat the second day of the conference, they approved a pro forma resolution pledging support for President Carter and his policies. When asked later whether he had voted for the pro- Carter resolution, Jerry Brown — who is known to covet the president's job — smiled and replied, "It was unanimous." Yes, governor, but did you actually vote for it or simply remain silent? "I supported it," Brown finally said, after a pause. "But you know it's non-binding, don't you?" *** Another potential 1980 presidential contender, Gov. Jim Thompson, R-I11., skipped the Boston meeting, even though he had been scheduled to lead a discussion on no-fault insurance and other transportation issues. Thompson reportedly wanted to attend the meeting but was talked out of coming by his staff, who felt the last thing the governor needed going into a tightening November election contest against Democrat Michael Bakalis was a new flurry of national press speculation about his 1980 presidential plans. Three Democratic governors facing tough primary elections this month — Blair Lee in of Maryland, Hugh Carey of New York and David Boren of Oklahoma — also stayed home to campaign, as did Republican James Rhodes of Ohio. Berry's World © 197»byNEA,lnc "Howard Jarvis!"

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