Letters From The Readers Viewpoint \ Editorial-Opinion Page The Public Interest Is The First Concern Of This Newspaper Alden H. Spencer, Publisher unft General Manager Floyd Carl J-... Managing Editor 4A Â· SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 1976 Parking Problem. Â·Uh, -Yeqh Â· The Building and Grounds ' Committee Â·'of the University of Arkansas Board of Trus- .lees will recommend to the whole board an expansion of parking spaces at the University of. Arkansas at Little Rock. With the subject in the minds of board . members, maybe there can be a glimmer of hope that the parking situation at the University of Arkansas at Fayetjtevitte will also gain some attention. Â· . ' . . . Â· ' ' The cqriimittee. is recommending the spending of ,$250,000 for parking 'space at the Little Rock school, which is growing very rapidly: Actually, the new facilties would add only 300 additional parking spaces, but that is-because some present parking places would be eliminated in order to save damage to trees in wooded areas where cars are parked under present arrangements. The project which the,board will .consider would provide a paved section to accomodate more than 1,000 cars. A road would be built to provide access to the proposed new facilities. - ' . . - ' . ' . : ' ' Â· ' ' ; I The work could be completed by the . beginning of the fall'semester, the board committee has been told. Plant reserve funds 'plus revenues from student parking permits would be used to finance the proposed project. . Â· It is doubtful the'urgency of providing space for parking at any of the state schools can be cverstressed, and -the-'lack of sufficient areas for this purpose can be a serious drawback'to a school which wishes fully to Art carry out its public obligation. If school regulations permit the use of motor vehicles by students on the campus, which they do, then there ought to be places available to leave the conveyances; at least ati effort to meet the evident!needs is called for. And in some measure, because [he universities can and should serve the public in addition to taking care of the student body and faculty, visitor or public parking spaces, ideally would be provided. When those-who want and need to visit ihe campus can not do so because there is no place to park, even for r a 30-minute stay, the public institution is falling short in living up to its potential. Some of the parking area now being used at the Litlle Ro.ck. facility will be lost in future years if the master plan for the campus Is followed, for there are plans for buildings in that particular sector. When building lime comes, some other parking arrangements must be made, and, hopefully that question has been considered and the answer is part of the master plan. The importance of providing parking - space to match the growth of public institutions is evident, particularly where the problem has not been met in -the past. Apparently the board, or at least the committee, is recogni7,ing a need at the fast-growing school in. Little Rock, and intends to do something about It. When the matter there is settle'd, perhaps the same.need elsewhere in the.University .system will be recognized to 'he'exlent that alleviation of the parking problem all over will be achieved. Washington Isn't The Place To Visit' -'WASHINGTON -- Washington : is being : beseiged by visitors this year to celebrate" the Bicentennial. While everyone is happy, to see them, it is affecting the town, and many residents are trying to figure out '-ways of discouraging their friends and relatives from coming "here. : : : My friend GlaubeL has even composed, a letter-.: which he sends out, Jo i anyone who is threatening to conYe*:lo the capital in 1976, and it goes something like this. "Dear Steve'and, Jean, "Lola and I were-thrilled'To 1 ? - v -- -hear ihe-good news about you. coming to Washington with your sit children for the week. It's a. wonderful time of year to visit the nation's capital, and I know you'll have a good time. "THE SWINE flu Â· epidemic hasn't hit us yet, though we did get word thai two people down the street had it. I'm sure It's just a w i l d ' r u m o r , but I would get shots for it just in case. Â· Â· Â· Â· , . , , Â· "The ."azaleas are in bloom and the'dogwoods are out. and Washington is now a veritable splash of color. Unfortunately the air pollution count is" now over 100, .so if any of the children have respiratory diseases I'd leave them home. If you have an air-conditioned car the smog shouldn't get to you, but at t h i s ' t i m e of year I can't guarantee it. "You asked me what to see in Washington. The White House, of course, is a must. You only have to watt, five hours to get in, and they move ' you pretty fast once you' do, : but it's worth it. They now have tents so that you' don't have to stand in the blazing sun for more than two hours, and there are nurses on hand .if you get . sunstroke. "f ALSO recommend the Capitol, although I would warn the children if they "visit the Senate or House not.to expect much in the way, of excitement as there are never more than three or lour congressmen on the floor at one time. The _ waiting time to get in is only Hhree hours, but it's indoors so you don't have to worry about. , the heat, as you do at the Washington Monument which takes foiir hours, but is a great thrill for the kids. "You asked me if crime is a problem in Washington. J)on'l believe everything you read in the newspapers. We have rapes, muggings and purse-snalchings just like any other city, but the street gangs that h a n g around the Mall and the Reflecting Pool don't bother anybody unless they see a camera or _ bicycle they like. I'd say in the ' d a y t i m e you would be as safe 'in Washington as you would he at night in Central Park. "TRAFFIC IS no problem, particularly if you're on vacation and don't have to be anywhere al any particular time. They've opened up several .of the streets that were closed because of the Metro construction, though they're digging up oihef ones. "fs it expensive you asked. Hardly. Yau can feed your entire family at a cafeteria for less than $60, but if you want to si f down it will, of course. cost more. "The Potomac is beautiful at thts time of year, though f would warn everyone not to put their hands into it unless they've had typhoid shots. .A friend of mine said he saw a shark in the cam" I the ither ' . day that ripped a canoe*to .shreds with three people in it, Â· but I didn't see 1 anything about it in (lie newspapers. '-'PARKING IS not a problem. There ;ire plenty oF garages in ' ' the" city that will "'take ' your car for $3.50 an hour, ft only takes 45 minutes to get it back. , "The motels and hotels are jammed so be sure you have a confirmed, reservation before you come, even though that is no guarantee you'll get a room. We could put you up at our place except our Josie has scarlet fever, and the doctor says she'll probably have it right through the entire Bicentennial year. "Well, that seems to he it. Hope you're coming because 111 ere won't be anything like it. Oli, hy the way, don't plan on seeing President Ford. He'll be out campaigning j o u r u a while you're here 1 m not sure you'll even sec Ron Ncssc/i. The week you're coming he agreed to do "a guest spot on M a r y Harlman. Mary H a r t m a n . " C h e e r s from all the Blaubets" (c) Los Angeles Times' To Ihc'Kdiloc: On my w a y to file for JP, l'h\id coffee - w i t h a red-faced egg-hea d . He s n i ri tua irry i n ' people conflicts', wilh his line about "population growth", that m u r r y i n ' is about a tiling .of the past, that "population" Es the ghmiiick of the "new world order." "Red." .said this country needs de development, Â· growth retarded. Â· production throUlcd on, tiny evciise. Not 'just population - - - everything, When I asked,- "Why cut production if- over-populated ?" he whispered. "Not so loud. 'The 'population thing is our scare- gimmick. Dumb Americans go lor gimmicks. Look how they believed our "oil-shortage' line at the very moment we wore forcing (.hem to buy more gas. .They paid move for the special gas our converters required, got loss put of it. used up metals for its new pumps, and nobody called us inconsistent. They're stupid, look ITOW they went for tlrtil phoney phosphate thing - it gave them ' a n excuse to go dirty, and they loved it." I must have grinned. He handed, me a roll of money. When I started to" count it, he laughed, said never mind, there is more .where it came from.. As promoter of his thing. I am to get 1 a bicycle; don wig, earth shoes, back pack and denims of the 'proletariat," I am to prowl around talking land-use, -clean air, clean water. clean anything but myself, until disciples are found. Afterwards. I find something for headtiimrlcrs, not air- conditioned, h e s t r e s s e d . "Brush arbor?'' ' He t u r n e d more red than ever, "And cut a tree! , We need those trees to 'hide behind," So, I forsake the marryin' business for . itnmedi'ale participation in the "new world order." First off; today we are starting an advertising campaign to kill all advertising. It uses, precious newsprint that is n e e d e d for our impact statements. L. Ostendorf 1 'Fayetteville -The Commies 1 To I lie'Edit or: 1 see Governor Pryor has gone fl'gain to Washington to genuflect before lus melro-mas- tcrs -- t h e n back 1 to Â· report to the coxy-coterie at the UA. Woe unto you Washington County. For ' t h e whole of the GOs, the boob brigade ' proved that they ' could not run their own campuses; w h a t ' m a k e s ' t h e m think thoy can' run a country'? -Too weak to stand on . m e r i t , they hide their mediocrity behind] tenure of o f f i c e . We don'I need Die humanists,- This' hour calls for men who fear 'God, love their country's "sovereignty and will accept only Constitutional laws. ( A m e n d m e n t 55 is.not constitutional, because i t . h a s been .a secret thing ; a n t l a dirty trick on the people. One of the first casualties is to be the elected assessor.^ The office is to Iw filled by appointment. The whole , scheme of regional government is to g e l ' t h e officials from u n d e r the.control ol the people and then put them under the Rockefeller-metro- federal government, and then call it home rule. It is definitely against the people's best interests. Planning, and Communism are inseparable. Does it not follow, tUat anyone who lakes part in planning, takes pact in Communism? Reason tells us that the plans they have in mind are not the plans the rest of us have. Can an honest American run for the post ol justice of the peace as presently sot up *jnder Amendment 55? Can honest Americans allow this ridiculous charade t o 1 continue? I .think not. Governor 51 elro wi I h al I his pla liners must go in. 1976. Freida E. Morris Fayetteville The Button To the Editor: Ford, Kissinger, and Ambassador G r a h a m 1 Martin (!) s t i l l were reviling the Congress for not providing more guns and dollars lo ' prop up Thieu and Co. right lip to the final lofal collapse of Vietnam -- that most disastrously stupid and cosily imperial adventure in American history. ' But a marvelous victory, and p u i l e n t of things lo come, followed tiimuHliqtely; Mayn- giicz! W i l h ' M I C nearly uimiiim- o n s ' S h a r i n g of euphoria, as if this bold example of Ford-Kis- singer-SchU'Ssinger Â·Â· h e r o i c s against the hon-imvy of a non- country had somehow restored USA confidence, self-respect, and! Vietnam behind us, already, and a l r e a d y ' t h e USA show: ing ah Hie world that \\e won't be" pushed around! Se what will happen to any who may try? But then the USA (Congress) lost Us guts over Angola, fool- ishlv starting at .a (phony!) ghost of Vietnam? So soon too after Mayague^, ami just a s our very gutsy (unelcctcd) President was being viciously assaulted by ambitious, actor c'antli- riate Ronnie Reagan, who is charging military nnprcparctl- Â·iiL'ss amounting lo criminal neglect of the national .security. So now, with all the.World watching the show, what lo do? Why, naturally, apply the brilliant panoply of the Presidency to out-Heagfin Reagan, Challenge the Republican right wing challenger; to out-macho, 'out-Pentagon, brave Gerry Ford! Endorse and enlarge the James Schlessinger nuclcar- counleiTorcc, prevent Eve-nuking, plans for .unprecedented mJHl- Â· a r v spending, immediate and long-term! Scare the Soviets! Set up Â·slrjawinan opposition to these warfare schemes as basis lo threaten veto if the Ford warfare budget is cut by this cowardly Democrat Congress below the Ko rd-S chkss Inge r determination, of requirements! Send Â· forth angry Henry Kissinger, plagued by. almost certain conviction Eor bugging and perjury in tlip llalperiu case, frustrated by failure of slcpiby.-slcp, ami harshly cri- lized by every candidate, to threaten unspecified disaster to Castro Cuba (not for serving as myrmidon to Soviet Russia, unmenlioned!). The despairing thing is that Congress does seem to have lost its guts. Only a handful oppose, or .even go beyond 1 quibbling criticism in this election year, remotely related to " iialVuial security, however, or by whom defined! The Pentagon dream machine biiriget is increased! Every candidate attacks Henry Kissinger, but only for his tricks and tactics -- not for his concepts, his big-po\ver-elit- ism, -nor lor Ihe 1 NlxissInger. Ford ' interventionist. ' power, balancing. ' diclalor-suporfmj^ policies with every implication' of economic* Imperialism, Third W o r l d : aplniQslly-dcflAiice! nuclear proliferation^ and' even: lual ; confrontation wilh ;,.thÂ» Soviet ove r world he ge trtonyj Then?- The Button.' Holocaust. If Americans are so blind, .50 gullible, so naive, so stupid\-- Â·so susceptible,lo such establish,, in c n L a r i a n cl e m a g 6 g y paraded as n a t i o n a l interesl,*rJy a Few ambitious corporate- interest conli oiled, self serving pols, as thus to he taken" in.' they (we) deserve what we'are ccrlain to get,. What Irony-[hat it all seems to come (oiclimax on our 2flOlh anniversary 1 ./ Kfiuben. Thomai FayeHeville :". The Closed Shop To Hie Editor; A few words Â· about,' thÂ» "Right-to-WorkV law. -The .right' lo-work,law simply allows.free- dom of choice. It butlaws^lha closed 'shop, 'which s a y'svyou must join the* union. ' ;Â·,,_' In states where. : the closed shop is legal tlvi big unions have a stranglehold on "their industry. 'Abolishing the: rlghl- to-work law will allow the^-bifj union management to control Arkansas "industry and Arkansas politics." Closed shbpT/wiH l)i ing an higher wages* possibly, hut it will also bring.-, on feather bedding, strikes, jyio- lence and all of "he otli^rthings associated w i t h big unionism. T h e only reason the pohti- cians are considering abolishing Hie right-Eo-work law is because they are afraid that theyTwill offend^labor and lose voles.',Th,; law encourages . .business^lo come to the stale because-.they don't have to ; bow , to '. ujjigti 'bosses. The law is 'one b";wnich ArV^iiFas can he promt.,It"gy* 1 " ranters our : cbnstjtutional right of freedom of. choice." Â£ . TM . Let's not become Â·- like XIhe slate of Alaska', where '-Cone Teamster local union controls the whole slate. -Â· ,;3 In the upcoming ; .elections let's, support the candidates,"who Â·support the; right-to-work law;, Â· Tom PJjaiit Faycttcville -^ The Editors Ponder A Variety Of Arkansas Problems ARKANSAS GAZETTE . The American society is profligate in its use of energy, but the signs are increasing t h a t the greater awareness of the fact -- and its consequences -is beginning to get a foothold. There is strong evidence in fact in the findings of a Bureau of Mines report issued (his month, showing t h a t the United States reduced its total energy consumption in J975 by about 2,5 per cent from 1974. This continues a pattern started in 1S74, to show (hat d u r i n g the last two years, total energy consumption in this country has fallen about 4.8 p/jr cent from its peak in 197-1. These absolute reductions are significant in themselves, even though a substantial measure of them may be attributed to the downturn in the rconomy during the two-year period. William f-. fisher, an assistant secretary of the Interior, cites three other reasons as well for the drop in consumption in 17.1, It was a relatively mild winter, for one thing, and fuel prices were higher. But there ore clear indications as - w e l l of strong conservatiorr efforts on the part of bolf\ industries and individuals. What we should recogni7,e in assessing the absolutes in the Rureau of Mines figures is that in 1073 a lot of- assumptions were hcing marie in both governmental and private circles about '.he future Â· o f energy usage, ft was p/jner-. ally assumed that the onfy realistic challenge would be to reduce the percentage of increase in consumption for thÂ« remaining y/?ars of this century. An absolute decrease in the use of fuel was an idea clearly shunned, especially by the energy companies themselves. Americans, as a society, have "cooled" it since the jarring days of the Arab oil embargo, although llicy remain the biggest users of energy among all the industrialized peoples. Conservation now can he ac- cepl.od as a realistic expectation , in reducing energy consump-. lion, and it wil 1 have to he t a k e n into account in the formulation of a truly comprehensive energy policy, for a long- term use, that the Congress and the PreskV*nl continue putting o f f u n t i l another day. ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT A r k a n s a s will have a full- hoiise presidential primary its f i r s t lime out. All the vrahie candidates in both camps arc entered on the ballot and mor^t of them plan to visit the slate before May 25, at least those of thn/n that are still alive. The list includes President ForrJ. Ronald Reagtm, J i m m y Carter, Son. Henry Jackson, George Wallace and Rt-p. Morris U i J a l l . Arkansas ii the only Southern state that L/dall plans to campaign in, perhaps hecause he may have the editorial hacking of one of the two major state ncw.ipanfM'.s and perhaps, loo, because Arkan.ias is the one of the " Southern states "furthest West", Udall, of course,, may not still be any kind of candidate by late May. There ars 10 primaries between now and then, most of them Southern or Midwestern, and he ,-:cems unlikely to survive them, There could be some 'gamesmanship in his announcing for a prJmary so fur in advance. On the olher hand, there could he some bright expectations on George Wallace's part. Arkansas is one oT the states he carried handily last time around. But here again Wallace meets the man who has proved to he hi.s nemesis in Ihe South and elsewhere, Jimmy Carter, whose position 1!) p r i m a r i e s ' f r o m now might he almost unassailable. Trying to judge confrontations so far ahead, however, is prof'1'css at present. The m a i n thing h that Ark-un-sax has joined the presidential primary stales and has not had to hcg or wheedle a cast for its ia'.e, late show. As primaries go. ours may appear to he small, only 27 delegates--hut riot al] thai smalt. It is in the class wilh Oregon and West'Virginia and outranks New Hampshire, i Vermon',, the District of Columbia, I^tirnskn, Idaho. Nevada, Montana, Rhode J.citand and South Dakota, That's reason enough, we'd [him:, lo draw a f u l l houfic/ R A T K S V I f , L K G E M I 1 D , . Maybe the National Sucnce Foundation should .award a sizeable grant to a coJfcge nro^ fes.sor Eo conduct a study of c e r t a i n . Stone County natives and try to find out what twites f l i e m tick. That's not meant as a back- hand to our friends and neighbors in the adjoining territory. It's just a way of posing a question:. Why does the. fcutlin' continue among musicians in the county when so much is at slake? Â· ; When the 14th a n n u a l Arkan- sa s Fol k Fes t i va 1 otvma 1 i n Mountain View , last weekend, there was plenty of evidence t h a t the natives svere restless ami not get ing along loo, well, To rjiioie from 'an editorial in tho'Stone County'Lca'de'r: ' Â·Â·Jnstoarl rf a "coiiccrlcd and coordinated event where everyone promotes one t h i n g , there is a Fioclgcpmlftp of ;iclivities with everybody doing their own thing regardless of the effect or appearance it has on the overall nvenl," For instance, ther/: are three s e p a r a t e musical groups staging performances al almost the samn'limes. There" are at le.isl two separate c r a f t shows, plus, individual craftsmen, at various limes during th/j festival. And then there is what amounts to almost no parli- cipnlion, hy townspeople. The. musicals are .apparently competing "with each' o t h e r Jimmy Driftwood, who lias. been traditionally associated wilh the Ozark Folf; Center, is performing with the Racton- sÂ»ck Fofklore Society at Ihe school gymnasium. The Moun- 'lian View Folklore' Kociely. is presenting shows at llic court house,.. And rnirsical shows Fire scheduled at tlv* 0/nrk Folk Center- .each ..weekend at the Folk Festival. All three show.? conflict, for the most p a r t , with each oLEvÂ»r! Stone County people have a great 'Â· opportunity lo parlay thei r res on rces a net pot en t ial into a top-drawer national attraction. The federal government gave th/:m a running start by, pouring millions of dollars in tax money into Ihe constnic- lion of the Ozark Folk Center and I h e development of nianch- arrt 'Caverns, one o f - the lop throe subterranean phenome- iions in Ihe n a t i o n , , .W h a I e v e r game you're .. playing or objective you're striving for, you can't- emerge .victorious ' by pulling apart. Teamwork is still the name of the game. Don't blow it; Stone County. ARKANSAS GAZETTE : Hardly a n y t h i n g . i s more disgraceful this season than Congress' delfty in reconstituting Ihe Federal F.loction Commission so it. will .meet Ihe.sfmid- anfs set, by the Supreme Court. The high Court ruled in J a n u a r y thai the FKC was unconstitutional, in a way that .required only one minor legislative Â· change to correct. But here il is Ihc middle of April, and the change slifl hasn't' heen made, ahrl presidential candidates are .going broke because Ihe FF.C cannot disburse llic public campaign matching- funds il was set lip to'tlispehse.' Mast notably, we have Hie spectacle of Morris Utliill hcing forced lo abandon his campaign a i r p f a n e , and even commercial airlines, and lake to the road by car in the national primary battle. This, in spite of the fact thai he has a lol of money coming from Ihe federal government if only there were a functioning agency to hand it out. Most of the other candidates also a r c g e t t i n g i n t o , serious financial straits -having to plead for hank loans -- and this is a critical period for lliieir a s p i r a t i o n s , ' w i t h the ; i m p o r t a n t Pennsylvania primary coining up and fast politicking required in some other places at the same time. This inability to get whal's dire them 3s especially insufferable because Ihe candidates have been rc-quirci] under the political finance reform law to give up those rich "angels," both' liberal and conscryalivc. who always dumped millions of dollars inlo camapigns heretofore. This , is lo serve Ihe c o m m e n d a b l e purpose o f cleaning up the system, reducing the power of big money over government, but for the federal govcrmnciil lo fall down on its part of the bargain is outrageous. II. will finally como around, of course, bul time i.s of the essence here at (be height of the primary conflict, Also, the most, infuriating display of congressional . casual- ness came jusl.lhis week. On Tuesday, House* and Senate conference negotiators agreed on a compromise bill to remove the ..Court's .objection, t h a t Â· members of the election commission cannot be apponv' ted by Congress. But Congr'ess, in its weeks of haggling. ]haÂ» altered the bill to remove much of Ihe FKC's independence,^ and) added olher unnecessary provisions which couEd result in a " presidential veto of the whole thing, - ' ; ; Â· . ' - _ " Â· Â· Â· , ' Â· That isn't the worst, However;" Even Ihtnigh agreement, finally has been reached by the conferees, much too late, there is iittlc chance ...that.-'this - can become - law until, sometime 'next month, because Congress is, going .home on. .a- Icnglhy Faster vacation. B o t h - house* still musl put their final stamp of approval on lhc.comprdnii.se version, and th'at's befng post-. : poncd until Iho last -ofT-the month," a f t e r ' t h e lawmakers' return f r o m , their traditional spring recess,' . . . . . . " .", ;Â·Â·Â·; It's too.bad; they should-give up whatever of their. Easter vacation is necessary lo'geC'lliis bill on (he. President's 'desk ' right away. - Meanwhile, -Ihe -.Democratic presidential canrii- . dates can't very well slibul'foo loud a b o u t ' the maddening '.sluggishness'; because Ibis .is* a -Democratic Congress.: And .not ,only is the campaign money going u n p a i d ; , ( h e FEC also'is inhibited in Us vital . t a s k * of -oversight and reporting on 'Ihe - financing of political races. This is the agency that's. supposed to be the watchdog against campaign corruption, but" '6ne has llic impression ' t h a t many members of Congress are in'no hurry lo give il any teeth, " '
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