The Public Interest Is The First Concern oj Thit Newspaper "Look, Lady, Arc You Gding To Believe Your Eyes Or Are You Going To Believe Me?" The Art Buchwald Column Dollar And N. Vietnam Wedrwtday, February 28, 1973 Art's Importance Support of the arts is simply good business. That's the conclusion reached by a select group of Little Rock business leaders called Fifty For the Future. FFF held a "Business and the Arts" conference last week, and acknowledged the importance that the arts play in a strong, economically viable society. They pledged additional support for central Arkansas arts programs. The state, meanwhile, under impetus of Gov. Dale Bumpers, figures to expand its subsidization of arts projects across the state by tenfold in the next b i e n n i u m . (If the General Assembly approves, of course.) Mr. Bumpers is asking an appropriation of $164,000, to be used in grants and matching funds for community projects in music, theater and artworks. Fayetteville, as we see it, finds itself no closer than the outer fringes of this statewide ferment. This is due in part to the fact that local business leadership f i n d s it all too easy -- even when recognizing the importance of the arts -- to leave such activity to "our" University. Even the city's public school system is less art-oriented than in many locales; partly, we presume, because the proximity of the University's program reduces patron pressure. Interweaving of art into a business society, however, has many subtle (but rich) rewards in terYns of a heightened appreciation of the value of such things as buildings, landscaping, and interior decorations, which reflect back ultimately in better public and customer relations. Too, there are the less obvious rewards in the realm of ideas and even pragmatic business techniques which incorporate or borrow from a better understanding of aesthetics. On the most basic level, one Little Rock businessman notes t h a t in his experience large capital investments -- that come from outside a community, and often are essential to that community's progress --Â· are almost always preceded by questions about the community's arts and cultural activities. Big, smart money, in other words, knows that art is important. The task then, is to persuade the local businessman. Energy Problems Two things t h a t emerge from the national dialogue on current fuel shortages are--that the problem has a great number of causes, and will require a considerable number of remedies. There is no simple explanation--nor a simple solution. Some things are getting clearer though. Sen. Henry Jackson, Interior Affairs Committee chairman, offers some interesting conclusion* t h a t he believes can be drawn from recent Senate hearings into the so-called "energy crisis." Jackson itemizes his conclusions thusly: (1) There is an unprecedented breakdown in f u e l distribution systems; (2) Fuel shortages are more extensive t h a n anyone anticipated; (3) More severe shortages of fuel (specially gasoline) are in the o f f i n g ; (4) Administration of the oil import program has played a major role in creating the shortage problem; (5) There has been a serious lack of government and i n d u s t r y p l a n n i n g aimed at averting the hardships caused by shortages; (6) Adequate information to predict this winter's shortages was on public record last summer, but neither industry nor government responded effectively; (7) The government's capacity to gather and analyze reliable energy supply and dem a n d data is seriously deficient; (8) The government lacks the tools to deal with the shortage problem; and (9) Existing policies are apparently inadequate to deal w i t h the shortages. We seem to get the idea that the senator believes some new federal regulations arc in order. Maybe so, but then t h a t isn't always a sure path to redemption, either. Bureaucratic Buff? M i k e Royko of the Chicago Daily News is a man after our own hearts. He is a bureaucracy ' b u f f . He loves to watch bureaucrats it) action - ..... (hey communicate by memo, they live by the hook and when they go home at night, (heir desks arc clean. Mr. Hoyko, like so many of us, would nuiko poor bureaucrats. We arc sloppy and we dislike detailed paper work. "1 hale writing memos." observes Mr. Royko. "because it is just as easy to yell something across the office." The trouble is, you can't yell in triplicate. And worse slill for the srlf-rcspccling bureaucrat, you can't put a yell in a file. -- Nashville (Tenn.) Banner uitmeu 212 N. East Avc., Fayclfevlllc. Arkansas 72701 Phone Â·M2-6242 Published every afternoon evcepl Sunday. New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 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The sainted Hoover had his faults, some of which became glaring in the last years of his near 50-year reign, but in tho eyes of Congress he had ona supreme virtue: He took the FBI out of sleazy politics and kept it out. On Capitol Hill, the fear is that Mr. Gray will do the reverse, which alone is enough to jeopardize his confirmation. The acting head of the FBI, who had no previous experience in law enforcement, also suffers from comparison with Hoover's expert on crime, yet that might be overlooked if it weren't for Ihc political factor. Until Hoover took over the FBI, it had no public standing owing to its involvement in politics. Hoover turned it into the most respected law enforcement agency in t h e world. He served loyally under both Republican and Democratic Presidents. OUT OF POLITICS He had his private likes and dislikes among the Presidents he worked for, and, as he got older, his conservative bias began to show. Nevertheless, he ran his own show independent of the White House. Over the years he never campaigned for any presidential candidate, nor did he ever make a partisan political speech. The Gray record is just the opposite. The concern of Congress over this is not put on. While the vaunted efficiency of the FBI is a national asset, its ever- growing power is also a problem. In less than scrupulous hands, it could he a national threat. Congressmen are well a w a r e that they, too, could be subjected to investigation, wiretapping, bugging and secret surveillance. The desire to keep the FBI above politics is shared by Republicans and' Democrats alike, as was shown when the Senate decided in 1968 to make the f u t u r e directors subject to confirmation. The vote was 72 to 0. Some of the most conservative men in the Senate s p o n s o r e d this change, including Sen. Harry Byrd. Indcp. - Va., who said "I doubt that t h e r e is any more important position in our government. 1 doubt that any office in our government can have such a great effect on the lives of individual citizens as that of the FBI director." The present opposition to Gray is being led by another prominent conservative, Sen. Robert Byrd D-W.Va., the assistant majority leader. His hostility, like that of others, is impersonal. He has, in fact, never met Gray, but he does not think he is a "proper nominee" hecause of his "political partisanship." CERTAIN DAMAGE The appointment of a director who is "openly partisan," Sen. Byrd says, "is certain to damage FBI professionalism and morale and will impair p u b l i c confidence i n t h e bureau's competency, effectiveness and objectivity." He also says: "Considering the vast intelligence network that is under the control of the FBf, with its t h o u s a n d s o f computerized dossiers, it is obvious that the FBI can reach so far into the lives of all Americans that no administration -- Democratic or Republican -- should have direct political control of that agency through a complaint and politicized director." Sen. Byrd cited Mr. Gray's long political association with the President, his pro-Nixon speeches during last year's election campaign and his h a n d l i n g of the Watergate investigation, which did not turn out to be the FBI's finest hour. The assistant majority leader also says he will vote against Mr,Gray's confirmation. Meanwhile, he thinks a vote on Mr. Gray should be postponed until the Senate has had lime to complete its o w n investigation of the Watergate scandal. Not a bad idea. (C) 1973, Los Anjiclcs Times By H. B. Dean Bible Verse "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25 When you think of what you are facing, take a look at who Is backing you up! "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," The Washington Merry-Go-Round Kids Are Guinea Pigs For TV Ads By ART BUCHWALD WASHINGTON -- The big question in Washington is do we or do we not vote billions of dollars to rebuild North Vietnam? While this battle is raging, the world money markets are selling their dollars for gold, and in just a few weeks the dollar has been considerably weakened. Hanoi reads the newspapers, too, and it's Just possible that they may raise some problems about accepting the dollars for aid. It is not too farfetched to a s s u m e that on Henry Kissinger's next trip to Hanoi the following exchange could take place between Muc Dam Luc, the North Vietnamese finance minister, and Mr. Kissinger. Mr. Kissinger arrives smiling. "Mr. Minister, I am - h a p p y to report to you that the Congress of the United States has voted to give you S3 billion to help you rebuild your country." "Dollars?" the minister asks. "Yes, $3 billion, Is there anything wrong with that?" "We were thinking more in terms of Japanese yen or German marks." "That's out of the question," Kissinger replies. "The bill specifically says the aid will be in dollars." SWISS FRANCS The minister asks, "Would you be willing to give us Swiss francs?" Kissinger tried to control his temper. "Mr. Minister, the President had a great deal of difficulty persuading Congress to vote $3 billion in aid to your country. Do you realize the spot he'll he in if he has to announce you won't accept the aid in dollars?" "But look at it from my viewpoint," the finance minister said. "How can I tell the people of North Vietnam that the United States is giving us $3 billion when everyone north of By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON -- In Ihe constant campaign to separate the customer from his cash, small children are 'now used as guinea pigs to find out how to whet t h e i r appetites and, through the children, to influence the buying habits of their parents. M i l l i o n s are spent on motivational r e s e a r c h t o stimulate youngsters, so they will pester Iheir parents into buying advertised brands. A t y p i c a l research group, describing its sophisticated operations, boasts: "Our new offices have four large focus rooms, a complete laboratory, rooms with one-way mirrors for observing children, video tape., and recording facilities, test kitchen, commercial viewing rooms, etc." One outfit even uses moisture detectors, placed in contact with t h e children's hands, to measure their subconscious responses to advertising. Explains another research group, which claims to have special insight on how to aim a d v e r t i s i n g a t children: "Remember if it is a multichild family with a child in preschool, there is an awesomely greater influence on the mother than there would be in a family where there is a six-year-old just starting school." Consumer advocate Robert Choate is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the child-manipulation techniques as an u n f a i r business practice. He also wants the F e d e r a l Communications Commission to investigate the possibility that the commercials, in their very preparation, violate the fairness doctrine, since few parents understand the sophistication of the ads aimed ai their children. "The average child," Choate tells us. "sees about 25,000 commercials a year and so spends four hours a week watching commercials, but this four hours is much more sophisticated and intrusive upon a child's mind than we had ever guessed." INCIDENT IN HAVANA The bizarre story can now be told of what happened in Havana after Pat Gray, the bullet- headed boss of the FBI, ordered his agents to shoot out the tires of a skyjacked Southern Airways jetliner last November in an attempt to keep it from taking off from Orlando, Fla. The details were gathered by Rep. John Murphy, D-N.Y., as part of his research on skyjacking legislation. As he pieced together the story, FBI sharpshooters punctured all the tires except on the nose wheel. This enraged the sky pirates who shot copilot Billy Harloyd Johnson and held a grenade at the head of chief pilot William R. Haas, Despite the flat tires. Haas was forced to attempt a takeoff. An "act of God," he told Murphy, provided an airpocket that lifted the crippled craft into the air just as the runway ran out. In Havana, Cuba's mercurial Fidel Castro heard the news and hurried down to the airport to direct the landing from the control tower. He ringed the area with combat troops, 27 ambulances and seven fire- trucks. Thousands of Cubans also gathered to watch the drama unfold. Haas miraculously brought the huge jet to a shuddering halt at the end of a long slide. "I thought we would wind up in a fire ball at the end of the runway," he said. The skyjackers, meanwhile, piled out of the plane and raced in opposite directions for the neanby woods. They left behind $2 million in ransom, which they had handed out to the passengers with abandon. The air pirates didn't get far before they were collared by Fidel's finest. At first, they threatened the Cuban soldiers with hand grenades. Castro himself was close enough to the action to have been killed or injured. They were subdued, however, to the accompaniment of cheering Cubans. Then the jubilant Castro grabbed the chief pilot, hugged him and lifted him into the air crying "Magnlfico, magnifico!" Haas was driven to a Havana hotel in Castro's private jeep by Army aides. Asked what would happen to the skyjackers, an aide said: "We don't need bandits in this country. These two will be put into a 4-by-4 prison cell for life." ATLANTA TRAGEDY A tragic Atlanta apartments- for-lhe-elderly fire, which cost the lives of 10 residents last fall, could have been avoided by the installation of a simple smoke detection device costing about $50 per apartment. This will be charged at hearings, which Sen. Harrison Williams, D-N.J., has scheduled this week into faulty nursing home construction. Housing experts, including ordained minister Richard L. Fullerton of nearby Smyrna, Ga., will testify that FHA financing has made the funding of old people's homes so complicated and expensive that cuts are made in construction, sometimes with tragic results. Witnesses will blame the Baptist Towers fire in Atlanta partly on FHA officials who winked at their own regulations and permitted construction without modern fire protection equipment. It will he alleged, for example, that the door knobs in Baptist Towers were small metal knobs difficult for the elderly to turn and not the levers recommended for nursing homes. The fire alarm was also so inadequate, it will be testified, that one resident who barely escaped with her life told rescuers she thought the warning siren was an alarm clock. The FHA manual on property s t a n d a r d s requires that buildings such as Baptist Towers "of eight or more stories having more than 15 living units per floor shall be equipped with an automatic fire detection system." The requirement, however, was waived for the Atlanta construction. Explained officials later: "We didn't have enough money for everything." The devices, which could have saved the lives of the Atlanta victims, would have c o s t the contractors a total of $15,000, it will be charged. (C) 1973, by United Features They'll Do It Every Time Â® TRY ' TORNINS AROUND AUD PACKING UP.' ATTRACTION! STEEP WHEN WE HOUSE AND 6ARASE ARC ON A HILLTOP Â·R. WALTER SALLO AMUUn'SCOU. MANCHESTER, the DMZ line knows the dollar is in trouble? If we accept the aid in dollars, we will losÂ» face." "How can you say that?" Kissinger shouts. "After all our countries have been through together." "Mr. Kissinger, we feel you negotiated the peace treaty with us in bad faith. At the time we were working out a peace with h o n o r you never once mentioned to us that Ihe dollar would be devalued." "I didn't know the dollar was g o i n g to be devalued," Kissinger protested. "That's not my department." "Well, someone should have told us. How can we trust you when we've already lost 10 per cent on the devaluation, and the ink on the documents hasn't even dried?" LOUSY .STAND Kissinger said, ''Mr. Minister, surely you're not going to let a lousy devaluation stand in the way of a generation of peace." "Mr. Kissinger, my government insists on rewriting the treaty so that aid to North Vietnam will be tied to the prica of gold instead of dollars.". "Impossible," Kissinger says. "The dollar is in enough troublo as it is. If it ever gets out that even NORTH VIETNAM won't accept dollars, our monetary system could be ruined forever." "That is not our problem; After all, you people claim you won the war, therefore we ara entitled to aid on conditions favorable to us." "When I report this con- v e r s a t i o n back to tha President," Kissinger said, "he's going to become very angry, and you know what ha does when he gets angry." "Yes, we do," the minister said, "but you might remind him that if he does it, it's just going to cost him more in aid." (C) 1973, Los Angeles Times From The People Some Farmington Facts To the Editor: This letter is intended to expose some facts concerning the city of Farmington's upcoming 30,000 dollar bond issue to purchase fire fighting equipment, etc.; This issue was supposed to have been on the ballot last November but for some unknown reason it was not. In a special election in December the issue was defeated with only 135 voters voting. A petition to bring this issue to the polls again was then circulated in Farmington, and when presented to the .city council on Jan. 9, the petition had the signatures of some 120130 voters. On Jan. 23 the Farminglon city council met, in a special meeting to discuss what we could or should do with our revenue sharing money. The idea to pay the balance owed on the fire truck was introduced and after much discussion a vote of the city council was taken on this idea. (Note: The special election'had not been called yet at this time). The motion to pay the fire truck off was defeated by the count of 5 to 2 with the mayor and 4 aldermen voting no. It is my opinion that the city of Farmington could very easily support the fire department without a tax increase. Consider these facts and determine for yourself. No. 1 - Our fire station is clear of any financial burden. It's paid for. No. 2 - The fire department has been given 1,000 dollars by the city for the p u r c h a s e of miscellaneous equipment. No. 3 -Â·Â· We are paying for our fire truck on a dease-purchase agreement; the .amount paid per year can hardly .be considered a big burden, considering the amount of money the city receives each year plus the money the city has in deposits at this time. No. 4 - In the February 7 edition of the TIMES an announcement was published concerning the upcoming election oh the bond issue and stated that part of From Our Piles the 30,000 dollars would be used for remodeling the fire station. This is rather strange since the fire station is only 18 months old, it was built to house 2 fire trucks and we only have the one fire truck. On February 3 the city '. council met for another special meeting. The recorder reported that the petition presented in January did have a sufficient number of registered voter signatures. The council then proceeded according; to State Law and passed an .ordinance calling for another election on the bond issue. The election will be held on March 13. Some of the , Farminglon residents . have been told that this election is to determine whether to keep or sell the fire true?, and I admit some of the city;0f f i c I a l s feel this way about t h e matter. But this is nonsense! I have yet to hear anyone other than these elected officials, who want to do away with the fire department. This department is 14 months old and is very well organized already and is under the respected leadership-of fire cUef Bill Andrews. These elected officials are: your representatives. Give them a call and let them know your feelings on this matter.. I do urge all voters in Farmington to go to the polls on March 13, and vote. Vote however, you please, but go vote. If you want your taxes raised, vote Yes, if you don't want your taxes raised vote No, it's that simple. But as far as Â· I'm concerned the Farmington Fire Department ' is here to stay, regardless of the outcome of the election. Jon D. Steele ., (Alderman, Ward 3) Farmington P. S. A public meeting will be held, Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 at the Fanmingtpn City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Farmington Fire Department and tha bond issue; if you are interested be there. How Time Flies 10 YEARS AGO Following council action last night, Springdale voters will ballot April- 9 on a $583,000 revenue bond issue, which would be used to build a new library, and a new fire station, and to retire older bonds. About 66 acres of woods and fields in the area burned over 15 YEARS AGO Rogers citizens have.sent a petition to the United States Post Office department asking that a new post office be constructed to replace the one built in 1918. A government class at I-ay- etteville High School conducted full-fledged campaigns and 25 YEARS AGO The most elaborate band festival ever held In Fayetteville is scheduled .for tonight with all-state musicians making up two 116-piece bands under due to high winds yesterday, a day described as the roughest of the year for firefighters. Fayetteville is one of five Arkansas towns where the United Slates Post Office- will Institute its new system of same-day delivery of business mail, it was announced today. elections for student body officers -- Fontaine Richardson was elected president. Fayetteville cagers face two big contests this weekend: the Bulldogs against Van Buren for the district crown, and the Razorbacks against Baylor to stay in the conference running. Â· the direction of Mark Htadsley, University of Illinois. A crowd of 1,500 persons visited the area Boy Scout merit badge show at the Rogers Armory last night.
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