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Jlortfttoesft The Public interest Is The First Concern of This Newspaper *Grpggy, But Still On His fett After B^ing Propped Twice..." 4 · Piundoy, March T, 1973 Act 168 ·· Act 168 of 1973 was signed into law by Gov. Dale Bumpers last week with a minimim of fanfare. Dealing only with minor changes . In the election format of directors of cities ':· with the city manager form of government, It wasn't one of those hotly debated, nor closely followed issues. The new Isiw simply stipulates that henceforth members of the board shall be elected by majority vote. This will require that the Fayetteville city election take.place hence- JForth in the primary balloting, rather than at general election time. And THAT isn't such a big deal. Candidates (who run as independents according to law) will have their names on both Republican and Democratic primary bal" lots, and the results will be added. Involvement in the general election will cease, since the issue will have already been decided. In our view the legislation, which was devised and submitted by Little Rock legislators, is proper, and in keeping- with a strong national attachment to the idea of "majority rule." Candidates, from now on, will have to announce in the spring rather than the fall, in order to make the first primary. One would be inclined, therefore, to anticipate a bit more in the way of campaigning on "the issues," particularly with prospects for run-off elections. To us, all of this sounds healthy. And we don't say it just because three of the last four directors elected in this city hold office by plurality rather than majority choice. We Just think the new law will promote strong- fir, more consistently positive voter-candidate relationships. Couple Of Vetoes ». i Gov. Bumpers vetoed a couple of bills this Jveek that the state will be just as well with- put, in our view. He vetoed a bill that would have created a regulatory board for state employment agencies, and he nixed a measure .$hat would have extended the state's horse jpacing season. ·j Mr. Bumpers' veto of the employment agency measure was based on his conclusion that a majority of the members of the regulatory board would be persons in the employment agency business or employers who used the agencies, and that such an arrangement flight work against the people who went to the agencies in search of employment. Also, he said, the bill did not provide for enough disclosure to protect job applicants. ': We imagine the employment agency people are somewhat disappointed in the veto. Their bill was patterned, in philosophy at least, after a host of other selfervirig state regulatory boards and commissions (where {Host of the members are associated with the profession they are regulating). The governor is correct, however, in observing that a whole catalog of wrongs doesn't make a right. , Veto of the racing extension comes as a disappointment, too, to some interested parties in this area. Horsemen Gene Goff and John Askew have contributed a good deal of expertise as well as precedent for successful thoroughbred operations here in Northwest Arkansas. A good number of area residents own or share in some form of the thoroughbred raising industry. Since an extended season would have provided approximately $500,000 in subsidy for the raisers, they have room for disappointment. j_ The governor explains, however, that he finds scant evidence that an extended racing season in the state would do either the sport or the industry much permanent good. Other states for the most part, Mr. Bumpers explains, have found "that continual extensions of the season benefit neither the public nor the sport of racing." The racing bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Charles Stewart of Fayetteville. What Are We Drinking? Americans who travel abroad have always been quite superior about being from a country with high sanitation standards and water which is safe to drink. That was the case in the pasi. But now there are more and more areas in t h e United Slates where water is dangerously contaminated. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that one out of every two people in this country is drinking water of uncertain quality or water which docs not measure up to public health standards. This h a r d l y fits in with all the hornhlowing about this being the most medically and scientifically advanced nation. -- - Armiston (A'la.) Star ·Nortljmrat Arhanaaa ; 212 N. East Avc., Fayetlcville, Arkansas 72701 Phone 4«-6M2 Published every afternoon except Sunday Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Da Christmas Day. T _ Foundr-d June 14, 18GO Second ClaslTPostage Paid at Fayelteville, Arkansas 1 MEMBER OF TME~A~SSOC"iATED "I'ftESS . The Associated Press Is exclusively entitled to the ifsc for republicalion of all news dispatcher, credited to it or not otherwise credited in t h i s paper and also the local news published herein. [ All rights of republication of special dispatches tfcrein are also reserved. "T SOnSCRIPTION~RATES rfer Month ......... (by carrier) .......... ·. J2.40 tfail rates in Washington, Benton, Madison counties · Ark. and Adair County, Okla. 3? months ....................................... $6.00 6tmonths ...................................... $1100 I:YEAR ................................ ..... $20.00 Oily Box Section .............................. $24.00 t Mail in counties other than above' »J months ......................... ............ $7.00 Irmonlhs ..................................... $13.00 1JYEAH ...................................... $24.00 AM, MAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS MUST BE I'AID IN ADVANCE ng Day and Area Farming By JOHN I. SMITH Last week, while attending the cattle sale barn, one farmer, who is concerned about the ups and downs--mostly downs--of the American dollar, asked; "What is wrong with our dollar?" He was thinking primarily about the changing value of the American dollar on the world money market, not its changing value in America in relation to its ability to buy food and oilier necessities, primarily less all the time. A simple answer would havB been; "They have too many of our dollars." However, we need to ask why they have so many of our dollars. At the end of the Second World War, we had nearly all of the gold--the main medium of exchange in. international trade. They had spent their gold here in the purchase of food and guns. Then, too, a good portion of their territories had been destroyed by war and a greater p o r I i o n financially impoverished. Those nations then had two ways to go: (1) to revolution and communism and the repudiation of all past debts to us and to their own people. Or (2) reconstruction and high productions of goods to sell (primarily to us) in order to restore their economy. The Truman Administration instituted the Marshall Aid Plan which was aid to help them to rebuild, to buy, and to sell. It was first used in Greece to prevent that country from going into revolution and slipping behind the Iron Curtain of Communism. Then it was used extensively in Italy which was rapidly traveling toward a m a j o r i t y i n communism. Subsequently, it was used in West Germany and Japan -two of our former enemies. Then it was user! in England, in France, and in a multitude of smaller countries, and h e r e t o f o r e underdeveloped countries. THUS, WE exported dollars to keep the world from a communist revolution, and, frankly, it must have worked. The rehabilitation of those. nations gave them a working economy with which they could carry on a two way commerce with other nations. In the early part of the Eisenhower Administration, Romeo Short, an Arkansan, was sent abroad to promote markets abroad. At Fayetteville, we heard him say, "Many .pj.them do not have " a'·"·convertible currancy." They were printing money, but it would not exchange for gold--or for American dollars. Thus, foreign aid had to continue, and it has continued too heavy, too long. They now have received as aid so many of our dollars, have sold us so many cars and other goods for our dollars, have fed and entertained so many of our tourists for dollars, and have sold so much to our troops abroad that they have more dollars than we have goods to sell them in exchange. TJiey have more dollars than they know what to do with. Thus, they go to their banks to trade their American dollars for Francs, Marks. Yens. Guilders, or what-have-you, and their banks become loaded with American dollars. Then they give fewer Francs, Marks, Yens, or Guilders for a given amount of dollars, and we see in the papers that the dollar has fallen on the world market. WHAT CAN WE do about this r i d i c u l o u s situation? Less foreign aid; less troops abroad; and less buying of foreign ·goods. But finally we must sell more goods abroad to recover these dollars. The papers say that we did a little better last month--lost only $304 million. (That is like an ill man with fever of 105. and he improves to 104%.) No nation can stand t h a t k i n d of unfavorable balance of trade for long. Farm goods is one field in which the thickly populated countries of Europe and Asia cannot compete with us. Farmers, get ready to do your part. You have the k i n d of m a r k e t which you have been bctfffing for since the last World War. Bring those dollars back home by selling food and liber to them for dollars. By H. B. Dean Bible Verse "Blessed is he .whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered." Psalms 32:1 Only the person who eornes by the way of the cross can know that his sins are cancelled. "The blood of Jesus Christ, God's son, clcanseth us from all sin." "I the Lord have called thce in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thec. and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles." Isaiah 42:6 Don't worry, the Lord will keep in touch with tluisc who trust in Him. "I will never leave thee nor forsake thce." "I am with you always." From Th« Ptoplt \VhatDoWebo Next? ····«··£ H'l The Washington Merry-Go-Round IRS, Like 'Sharks/ Get Their Prey By JACK ANDERSON WASHINGTON - Senator Joseph Montoya, D-N.M., is investigating complaints from taxpayers who claim they have been hounded, bullied and browbeaten by tax collectors whose methods would put a loan shark to shame. Many a widow's last mite has been snatched from her by an overeager Internal Revenue Service. · · · M e n have been stripped of their livelihood and, along with it. their only means of paying the government. M o n t o y a will present testimony that agents are trained to presume the taxpayer has cheated; that they are encouraged to claim the taxpayer owes too much rather than too little; that two out of every three dollars in IRS auditors' claims turn out to be baseless; that a taxpayer's appeal varies according to where he lives and how much money is involved; .that wealthy taxpayers don't 'appear to receive as close scrutiny as do poorer taxpayers; and that people of prominence or political pull are given special treatment. There will also be testimony that the IRS sets a "quota target or plan" for squeezing money out of taxpayers who are selected for audit. Last year's figures, it will be alleged, called for auditors to bring in $68 to $71 for each audited individual making $10,000 or less, $926 for individuals in the $10.000 to $30.000 income bracket and $1,000 for small businesses in the $100,000 to $250,000 range. Tax agents will be quoted as boasting they can find "errors in 99.9 per cent of all tax returns if we w a n t to." NIXON-WALLACE RUPTURE? The peace between President Nixon and Alabama's Governor George Wallace may be coming to an end. T h e stricken governor reportedly is angered over some of the Nixon cutbacks, particularly the hold-up of a Law Enforcement Assistance grant to the University of Alabama. Nixon and Wallace reached an accommodation, apparently, on a presidential flight from Mobile to Birmingham in May 1971. No one knows what the two men said to one another on the f l i g h t . But shortly thereafter, a c r i m i n a l lax investigation of Wallace's brother, Gerald, was dropped. The governor, in return, announced he would sock the D e m o c r a t i c presidential nomination rather than run as an independent, thus assuring the President that conservative votes wouldn't he drained away from him by a Wallace candidacy. Gerald Wallace now heads a shadow group, which claims to speak for the governor who increasingly remains holed up in his mansion nursing his pain and paralysis. The Gerald Wallace group, say our sources in Montgomery, dispenses state contracts, leases and other favors. This was precisely what got him into trouble with Internal Revenue before the charges against him were dropped. Despite his militant conservatism. Governor Wallace is basically a populist who Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday, March 1, the 60th day of 1973. There are 305 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1781, the American colonies adopted the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for a federal union. On this date: In 1552, 1,200 French Huguenots were slain in a massacre at Vassy, France, provoking the first war of religion in France. In 1780, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an act abolishing slavery. In 1867, Nebraska became the 3-7th. stale. In 1932, the infant son of Col. and Mrs. Charles A. Lindbergh was kidnaped from the Lindbergh home near Hopewell, N.J. In 1954. f i v e U.S. congressmen were wounded as three Puerto Rican Nationalists fired wildly from the gallery of the House of Representatives in Washington. Ten years ago: CIA Director John A. McCone reported that up to 1.500 Latin Americans had gone to Cuba in 1962 to be trained in guerrilla w a r f a r e and subversion. Five years ago: In Britain, a law was passed drastically reducing the immigration of British citizens of Asian ancestry from Kenya. One year ago: Syrian jets bombed Israeli positions in the Golan Heights in retaliation for Israeli air and artillery strikes against guerrilla hideouts in Arab territory. believes in projects for the poor. A p p a r e n t l y , h e h a s also developed a scientific side to his tough law-and-order philosophy. He is eager to get federal funding for criminal justice centers, which would attempt to find a way of identifying the criminal mind and treating it. The Nixon cutbacks, therefore, have upset him. WASHINGTON WHIRL FAITHFUL SECRETARY -President Nixon's new defense secretary. Elliot Richardson, has issued a directive to his staff explaining precisely how h e wants ' correspondence prepared for his s : -;nature. Mindful that the President appreciates loyalty above all other qualities, Richardson instructed: "Use the complimentary close 'Sincerely 1 on all letters except on those addressed to the President. In the latter case, use 'Faithfully yours.' " TEL · AVIV PLOT -- We reported on January 12 that Black September terrorists were plotting to hijack an airliner and crash it into downtown Tel Aviv. Our story was based on information that intelligence agencies bad picked up on the secret radio bands used by the Arab terrorists. Representative John Murphy, D-N.Y.. wrote to President Nixon about the plot and his office alerted the Israeli Embassy. This may explain why Israel was so sensitive over the appearance of an airliner over Israeli territory and why Israeli pilots shot the airliner down when it refused to heed orders to land. BLATCHFORD'S TRAVELS -- Government auditors h a v e reported, following an investigation of Action Director Joseph Blatchford's travels during a 17-month period, that he made "extensive use of chartered aircraft" and that the government paid his wife's travel costs on eight trips. The u n p u b l i s h e d report, dated January 12. has been delivered to a Senate subcommittee headed by Sen. Alan Cranston, D-Calif. On at least two occasions, Blatchford stuck the government for an extra $700 for chartered planes j u s t (o save himself a few hours. But the a u d i t o r s Found the use of chartered planes in seven other instances "was j u s t i f i e d . " They also reported t h a t Mrs; Blatchford had participated in Action's r e c r u i t i n g a n d publicity programs on her eight trips. (C) JD73, hy United Features They'll Do It Every Time A/ERE SET FCftTHE REST OF OUR PAYS YEAH, HON- IT'S ALL OCRS AND SO MUCH CHEAPER THAN CITY WINS £R LOOKING FAR ANDV/IPE, THECREEUYS FOO N D A COMMON ITY WHERE PROPERTY TAXES WERE REASONABLE ENOUGH FOR THEIR MODEST RESOURCES'" ALLTHOS6 Itf FAVOR OF BOfLDIHGTHE i HEW FIVE-WLLION-DOU-M? SCHOOL^ ATTEND THEIR FIRST TOWN MEETIMS AND WHERE Dip ALL THEVOON6 SPENDERS COME FRCVA? VK TIP TO IM-WCLP TIMERS! To the Editor; Since r have been working on * part-time- basti tt Wtit Ca.mpus, the vocational campus . of Fayetteville High School. I have observed four situations which could be considered problems. The muln problem Is the physical separation of the two campuses. ' This contributes heavily to the extremely artificial relationship between the two cnmpusea, a second major problem. A third- la the strong academic gearing of a majority . of East Campus students, with inevitable overtones of academic snobbery and worse. F,H,S's longtime a c a d e m i c bent seerns partly due to tradition and partly due to no let-up in lough college requirements, (a curious factor In view of current college enrollment trends.) A fourth problem, naturally following, is the highly defensive attitude of most of the students at West Campus. This attitude Is not really hard to understand it you have watched some of them, as I have, progress through the schools. More has been conveyed to them from all our institutions of society, including schools, than we like to think about. On the national scene Mr. From The People N i x o n endorsed vocational education as "Career Education", a concept mych-wlder than past vocational education . and on the wh'oJeJvery'Conunen- dable. Howevieri 'funds for present vocational schools have · been Impounded. These funds have kept poorer states lacking suitable tax bases (like Arkansas) more or less on a p a r . with the rest of the nation. At the stale level the legislature has jiist passed what appears to be a politically expedient hill to build 10 vooalfonal- tcchnical schools. Recommendations of the state vocational advisory council, to enrich existing programs and Inlitiato other programs in secondary schools, went unheeded. I really think most of us are a little confused as to what to do next. The problems are local, slate and nallonal, and they are complex and difficult. But as one whose antecedents have all been academic, I nevertheless see in the comprehensive, all- school, all-grade approach of Career Education a valid rejuvenation of public school education. I am willing to work constructively for schools that serve all our children. I just want to know how to do it. Betty B. Williami Fayetteville '. The Very Idea...!!! To the Editor: I am so glad we finally have someone on the Board of Directors who has the tax payers' interest at heart. Namely Mrs. Carlson. I am so glad she is bringing things to light. That has needed to be done much too long. We are fortunate to have a capable lady who will get in there and work for the good of the people. The very idea of paying for membership in the Chamber of From Our Files Those Lake To the Editor: On Feb. 1 a little noticed proposal appeared in the Federal Register. It introduced s o m e proposed additional charges for camping fees arid user's fees at public use areas at all Federal water projects operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. There have since been a number of conflicting statements issued by the Corps concerning this matter. I have been in contact with Rep. John Paul Hammerschmidt's office, and he has gone on record as opposing some of these charges. However, there are some;facts that need to be brought to the public's attention. First, the Corps can legally charge campers and boaters for just about anything. The Omnibus Flood Control Act of I960 grants them this power. These charges grow from one year to the next, and are "justified" this way: electricity is installed at campsites; then, the camping fees are increased to cover the ."expenses" i n v.o 1 v e d . The money resulting from these fees is then used to finance f u r t h e r construction, such as showers, flush toilets, etc. Then, since t h e s e "conveniences" a r e provided, camping fees are again raised, etc., etc. There is no limit stipulated by law as to how much can be charged. As proof that the Corps works this way, consider this: two years ago. electricity was installed at all campsites at Horseshoe Bend. Last year, it was installed at Prairie Creek. Camping fees of $1 per nite were charged. Now, a contract from the Corps has been awarded, in the amount of $170.000 for the construction of. among other things, showers and flush toilets at Beaver Lake campsites. The Corps has announced t h a t camping fees of up to $4.50 per nite may be charged. How m a n y people can afford this? Another aspect of the Corp's Commerce and civic and country clubs with the taxpayers" money. Then, when something worthwhile needs to be done, they don't have the money. As City Manager Donald Grimes accepted the Country Club membership, it seems ha has much more interest in breaking into the social life than in working for the good of the people. (Name Withheld by Request) Fayetteville User Fees operational methods can be seen by · the fact that the proposed charges were not announced to the public until after their proposed "cutoff date" for the rcceival of complaints. These charges are to go into effect March 1. The only way that the private citizen can get the free use of these public facilities (which we have all purchased with our tax monies) is to remove the Corp'a power to charge. This can only be done by inducing Congress to repeal those laws granting the power. A bill has been introduced into the House by Rep. M c S p a d d e n of Oklahoma designed to do just that. But he must have support. Rep. Hammerschmidt sits on many committees pertinent to thesa laws. Please write h i m , and urge him to vote for such legislation. In addition, I have begun a petition drive in Fayetteville, Springdalc, Rogers. Fort Smith, Farmington, Prairie Grove, Huntsville, and other parts of the state. These petitions can show our representatives that the people back such legislation. Locally, they are located at all IGA stores. Dillon's stores, most major industrial plants, and ' small businesses too m a n y to mention. If we. as citizens, are to have the free use of our own properties, we must claim them, for they are being taken from those who can't afford those horrible fees. Please sign Ihese petitions, and write Rep. Hammerschmidt, Sen. Fulbright, and the Corps of E n g i n e e r s . Rep. Hammer- Schmidt's address is: Rep. John P a u l llammerschmidt, 137 Cannon Building, Washington, D. C., 20515. 1 realize that the Corps has done a fine iob of maintaining OUR lake 'in Ihe pasl. but enough is enough. A. G. Crouton FayettevillB From Our Piles How Time Flies 10 YEAR?. AGO Dedication ceremonies for the A n n i e f. Futrall Hall newly- completed women's dormitory at the University of Arkansas, will be Sunday afternoon. Spring enrollment at the University of Arkansas has hit 15 YEARS AGO The Kelly-Nelson Construction Co., of Little Rock has received the contract for a new Women's dormitory to be constructed on the south side of Cleveland Ave at a cost of $1.435,1(10 John K, Ellis, 3.17 N. Gregg, 25 YEARS AGO T h t! KnycltevillR Airport probably will have a fully- equipped, federally-manned communications mid Weather Hiiroaii Hi Is summer, according to Mfiyor George Sanders. The University of A r k a n s a s wlJl play host this summer to a new high: MSB. Brigadier General Maupln Cummings. judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit, today assumed command of the 39th I n f a n t r y Division of the Arkansas and Louisiana National Guard. was sworn in yesterday afternoon as r'ayeUcville's acting postmaster, succeeding A. D. McAllister, Sr. The Ilildiin Post Restaurant In Springdalc was robbed last nighl with $250 to $300 a n d chocks missing from the office. four business mill professional seminars drawing persons from throughout the stiilo, the South, null the .Southwest. A "Iloanx Arts" n n I 1, using a surrealistic theme, Is sot for lo'ilght nl th(! University of Arkansas, sponsored by Ihe University Art Guild.

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