The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 25, 1966 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, June 25, 1966
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The Kids Aren't Complaining Iii view of the fact that the Courier News is a nominally Democratic newspaper, it seems that local Republican organizations get far more than what is due them in this space. This could b« because local Republican organizations are active and local Democratic organizations are not. American Republicanism, to date, however, has been something like the German measles— practically everyone gets it at one time in life; but it is never fatal and, follow- recovery, you usually enjoy lifelong 1 immunity. Our preoccupation with the Republicans may stem from the fact that they have dirtied their hands in some important, if controversial, issues of late. Mississippi County Young Republicans kicked off their Town Meet, ing series with Ancil Douthit and an exploration of the city manager system (the nemesis of urban politicians). This is the sort of thing which strikes terror in the hearts of ward heelers. Now, the YRC is staging. Tuesday night, its second in the series. The topic will be fluoridation of this city's drinking water. Debating the merits of fluoridation is as futile as reviving Social Security as an issue. However, it is good that the YRC's are reviving fluoridation ... for it hasn't publicly been discussed outside of the columns In this newspaper for years... perhaps since that ridiculous plebiscite of some dozen years ago. At that time, fluoridation was defeated, thanks mainly to a brilliant campaign led by the late Frank Douglas. Mr. Douglas in our opinion was wrong in his views on fluoridation (and, in his traditionally kind, friendly fashion, he, of course, felt we were wrong), but he was open and honest about his opposition. That he had other support never was an issue. No ont, it seems, can remember from just what s6urce this support came, if, indeed, they ever knew and we suspect they didn't and don't. But fluoridation it an unresolved problem of city government-^the Council and mayor. If they can sleep w*ll in the knowledge that they are denying thousands of Blytheville children the dental care whfch should be theirs, then who's to complain? VL* Of Otk.» Driving Patterns Change Driving patterns have more effect on traffic accidents than people generally realize. As a consequence, whenever driving patterns change it behooves all motorists to adjust accordingly. A pattern now changing calls for every person who operates an automobile to be more alert in driving through residential neighborhoods during what used to be school hours. This is to say that where children haven't been present on bicycles, on foot and at play during certain hours Of the day, they are now—and will be for the remainder of the summer vacation. In other words, the extra caution required while driving through school zones during the morning, noon and afternoon should be made to apply in the residential areas. Children are still children—they've just shifted the scene of operations.—Dothan (Ala.) Eagle. JACOBY ON BRIDGE CE Today'* hind was reported to the Bridge Bulletin of South Africa by H. St. John Ingram of Kent, England. It was played In • team of four match between England and Scotland. Six hearti was reached at both tables and the king of clubs was opened. Each declarer won In his own hand. The Scottish expert decided quickly that his best chance was a successful diamond finesse. He tried and lost. East led a second club and the hand collapsed. The English declarer thought things over for five minutes. The time and thought proved well worthwhile because he came up with a play that was certain to win for him provided diamonds broke S - 2 and trumps broke I -1 or better. You are looking at all the cards. See if you can come up with this play. He started by leading a diamond to dummy's ace. Then he ruffed a diamond with a high trump. This was the first key play. The second was to lead a low trump toward dummy. West went up with the jack and forced dummy with a club but it did him no good. South ruffed another diamond with another high trump. This set up the rest of dummy's diamonds. Then he drew West's last two trumps by leading his last high trump and the low trump he had kept carefully to put dummy in to run off the rest of the diamond suit. Mr. Ingram did not mention the name of the declarer but we rather think that he himself played the hand and modestly refrained from mentioning it. NORTH I* *« » 10811 *A<S87«5» *S WIST BART C.K1054 *J»I1 4J10 «K»f 4.KQJI 410IM! •ODTH(D) AAQ1T VAKQ52 • 3 *AT4 Both vulnerable Weil North But tenth J» PIH S* Pass J* P.M 4V tut « NT. Fill 5» J>«w SN.T. «* Pi« «¥ PIM Pus Fin Openini le»<!-4 K 15 y«o» Ago -In Blythivilb Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Stout and daughter Mary Ann of Little Rock are spending several days here with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Marshall entertained 18 young guests at Sieir home on Adams yesterday in honor of their daughter, Carolyn Sue, on her sixth birthday. Miss Vera Goodrich has rein the Smoky Mountains and Knoxville. She was accompanied home by her mother, Mrs. E. A. Goodrit* who has spent six weeks there visiting relatives. Mississippi County's draft quota for the month of July has been set at 12 men. They will depart July 1C. Strictly a Matter of Opinion j J- Fort Smith Southwest American Arkansas just recently got through one dispute over the new voter registration law, on the question of whether someone absent from the state could register to vote. In that case, the attorney general held that there was no way it could be done — although it was brought out that eligible members of the armed services, and their wives when traveling with them, were not subject to the registration requirements. Most folks apparently thought that this ruling disposed of the issue of "absentee registration." However, the question now has a new twist — whether a person may register to vote in a country other than the one he lives in. The attorney general has ruled that he may. Sponsors of tile original voter registration amendment contend that he can't. Maybe, first of all, a legal definition will be required of that Benton Courier Joe Purcell stands at approximately the halfway point in his bid to oust Bruce Bennett as attorney general of Arkansas. The grueling effects of run 1 ning a statewide campaign at the place Purcell has set « showing in the former municipal judge's face. There are deep new lines in his cheeks and black circles of fatigue around his eyes. There's good reason. Thus far, PurceU has covered SB of the state's 75 counties. In several of them he has made repeat appearances. Purcell intends to visit each county at least once during the campaign. He has done the majority of his own driving. The primary is now a little more than six weeks away. A lot of water will flow under the bridge between now and then, but if we know Joe Purcell, he'll be hammering away right up till the final gun, no matter how long the roads become ... or how deep and black the circles get around his eyes. The wear and tear of a political campaign tells voters a great deal above and beyond the issues of a particular race or the qualifications of a given candidate. It shows which candidates have the desire and tenacity to unstinting]}' seek office ... and It thereby gives a good purpose and character to make Indication of who possesses the the best man in office. Purcell has to be scored high In this department. It Is no surprise to people In Benton who know Joe Purcell. It is almost axiomatic in politics that a candidate runs poorly in Ms home town because people there know him as he really Is. On this count, toe, PurceU scores high. He Is strongest with those who know him best. Then an no hidden flit spots In tbt armature. PurceU has impressed a great many people to the M eountfn be hat visited. Among them to editor Bob Fisher of the Crossett News-Observer, one of the f o r e m o s t weekly editors in the South. Fisher wrote recently in an editorial: "Judge Purcell brought his campaign to Crossett and Ashley County this past weekend on a quick swing through this end of the state, and if we are any judge, he is the man to beat. Purcell, who comes highly recommended, Is working hard for the office and if hard work alone is the key, he should be able to open the door. "We hope so, because It is well past time Arkansas had a new Attorney General; The present occupant of that illustrious office is Mr. Bennett, who has half-jokingly been referred to as just "SOB", Sweet Old Bruce. "Sweet," though he may be, Mr. Bennett has demonstrated on more than one occasion the vast amount of knowledge he still has to acquire about the law and the vast disrespect he has for what law he does know. "Campaigning on a platform of 'Dignity and Responsibility,' Judge Purcell stands in vivid contrast to Mr. Bennett and should be a refreshing change, and then election in November. That of course is one further reason to support his cause, in that Purcell, as a strong Democrat, will certainly stand a better chance against the Republican opposition than would Bennett, who is a well known lieutenant of the Old Faubus Guard." And then, speaking of the home folks, the Warren Eagle Democrat (Purcell is a native of Warren) said it wholehearted ly supports the candidacy of Purcell for attorney general. The Eagle Democrat said editorially: "He is a Warren native, of course, and his qualifications and background are excellent. "We would be most pleased to see him become the Democratic nominee. "We will da ill we can for Mm, end we hope our friends will do likewise." term "lives in". We can find no place in the voter registration amendment in which it definitely says that a voter can not vote elsewhere than the county he lives in. On the other hand, we find no place where it says he can and sets up the procedure for doing it. What it does say is: "Eligible voters resident in a county may register.. .at the office of the permanent registrar and at any place or places within the county as are designated by the permanent registrar." At another point, it says that: "Upon a change of legal residence to another county within the state of Arkansas, an eligible voter must register again." To many observers, that would seem to suggest flatly that one must register in his home county, in which he will vote. But apparently there are some questions about it. So — once again — it looks K if another question about the new voter registration system may be heading for the courts Morionna Courier Index The policeman's lot can hardly be considered "easy". He works long hours in a dangerous profession. He is exposed to ridi- icule and treated with contempt. Yet, we have never heard of one being overpaid. Now, heaped upon all his other troubles is the abused ruling of the United States Supreme Court concerning what he can, and more important, what he cannot do when making an arrest. Their ruling will make the job of law enforcement almost impossible. A good example is the man who was stopped for a traffic violation and found to be transporting heroin. He was arrested and convicted but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling saying the officer did not have a proper search warrant when th* arrest was made! This is all done in the name of protecting the rights of the individual. The Supreme Court seems to have forgotten that the public has rights, too. So the dope peddler goes free. How many more murderers, rapists, robbers and thieves will be turned loose on society in the nam« of "individual freedom"? What it boils down to is this— those who have the money to fight their way through the courts can beat any crime. It will be impossible for an officer to make an arrest without touching the criminal's "individual rights", so all the criminal must do is find a small technicality and carry it to the highest court in the land. Thar* ht will be freed In society to repeat his crime without too or not he much fear of retribution — for he can always carry his case back to the men in black for protection of his right to rob and steal and rape. Tom Gillespie IB The Atkins Chronicle It looks like the main issue in our congressman's race is whether a dam should be built on the Buffalo River. Judge Trimble thinks so, his opponents think not. Personally, we don't give a rip one way or the other. We don't feel like we. are going to be affected if it is or if it isn't. We are going'to choose our congressman on criteria other than whether the Buffalo is worth a dam or not. Form Bureau Press The U. S. House of Representatives passed to the Senate a minimum wage bill which would carry federal wage control to farms for the first time. Senators may well heed the words of First District Congressman E. C. "Took" Gathings, who during the course of debate in the House spoke in favor of an amendment to continue the exemption of farm labor. The proposal, Mr. Gathings pointed out, makes no allowance for the productivity of the particular worker. "It says nothing about his skill or whether could perform the assignment accept- particular ably." Nor was anything said with reference to the ability of farmers to pay the rates as set out in the bill. Specifically, he called to the attention of the House a decline of 14 per cent in prices of farm commodities between 1952 and 1965. With the 1957-59 average price indexed as 100, Hie 1952 to 1965 price declines for selected commodities looked like this: Feed grains, 150 to 106; cotton, 119 to 94; oil bearing crops, 129 to 116; livestock, 119 to 101; dairy products, 118 to 101; and poultry and eggs, 30 to 92. Tobacco was the only charted commodity which rose in price, from 89 per cent of 1957-59 in 1952 to 105 per cent in 1985. At the same time, he said, average gross hourly earnings in agriculture increased 43.9 per cent, from 66 cents to 95 cents per hour. Overall, farm costs rose 12.3 per cent. Among them, only in terest and taxes showed bigger increases than labor costs. Also up were motor vehicles and farm machinery. Feed was down slightly; so was fertilizer. Mr. Gathings said, correctly, that the ability of the farmer to pay the added wage rate is a most significant consideration. "If he cannot pay and continue to operate his farm at a profit he will have to resort to other means of operation. He will have to change his system. That means additional mechanism instead of the use of manpower to do the particular job." How about passing the buck to consumers? "If the farmer could Increase the prices of the things he sells to make up the added difference which the legislation would call upon him to pay, then the farmers could not object to th« Increase set forth in the bill. "Such a situation does n o t exist. The added cost to the fanner has no bearing whatever on the imposition of tiie new wage rates. "The bill would be most harmful to all farm operations, especially small farmers. Pine Bluff Commercial If the behavior of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has encouraged observers of American foreign policy to seek ««»i««^ jffi e* TW effete* >»t for rt« siderable measure of it in the I have been playing obstruction- actions of the Senate commit-list (a new role for Senator Ful- tee's counterpart on the hill, the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Under (lie leadership of Representative Thomas E. Morgan of Pennsylvania, the representatives have stood fast for a farsighted program that the senators are about to junk. The junior senator from Arkansas and 'chairman of the Senate committee, J. William Fulbright, used to be in the forefront of those demanding that foreign aid be handled to a better basis than one-year-at- a-time financing. In terms of projects like the Alliance for Progress and the African Development Bank and the Indus Valley Project, one year budgeting would be a fly-by-night operation. Now, with Senator Fulbright in the lead, the senators have bright but one he plays with unexpected fervor) the House Committee has been approving five year authorizations for the Alii- ance for Progress and for similar long-term programs of capital development. This kind of leadership from the House presents a new and encouraging contrast to the irresponsibility suddenly displayed by (he Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which now has turned down an Indus Valley development projetct in dia and rfused to make low interest rates available to th« new, weak but important African Development Bank. Unless the people of the emerging nations can utilize the tools and techniques of capitalism (in eluding capital) to develop their economies, they will present an inviting target for militant corn- the future. While the senators consolation, they can find a con- Daily Dunklin Democrat Kennett, Mo. Complacent citizens who I decades, oeen successful in gain- thought the Ku Klux Klan went' out of style when a more enlightened age came in are due for a shock. As revealed in this newspaper's weekend edition, at least one of the divisions of the KKK is still kicking and is planning a major recruitment campaign in the state, along with the establishment of some chapters in Southeast Missouri. This is certainly not welcome news. For the most part, relations between white and colored in Southeast Missouri have been excellent. This newspaper reported several weeks ago that civil rights complaints filed from the Boofiieel were lower than for almost all other areas of the state. Southeast Missouri has been free of racial incidents, racial demonstrations and almost vir- tualy free of militant civil rights organizations that have been quick to take root elsewhere across the nation. Thus the news that the Ku Klux Klan is planning to organize chapters in Southeast Missouri points up not civil unrest in this area of the state but the desire of KKK officials to extend their power and in- flunce. The national activities of the Klin have, however, been increasing in direct proportion to increased federal control in th« South, useless demonstrations, lawi and such shameful outbursts it the Wattt rioti. In some areas of the South, and even in the Middle West, the KKK has, far the first tine in refused to authorize foreign aid munism and other dangerous in- grants for more ihan a year in fections — racism, anarchy and ing a stronghold. This success can, in effect, be traced to the frutration of some when excesses reach ridiculous heights. The history of the Klan in Southeast Missouri is a dark one. It thrived in the Bobtheel in a less enlighteened age, when it was not unusual for some chapters to fulfill a social need as well as psychological one. The last vestige of the Klan passed out of existence in the Bootheel with the unfortunate lynching in Sikestoi. in the 1930's. The Klan has not been missed in Southeast Missouri. It is not welcome now. For if it is the desire of national officials to foment racial trouble in Southeast Missouri, such activity will be dealt with quickly by proper law enforcement officials. If it is the desire of the KKK to extend its influence to this area of the state, then we predict it will be met with the same indifference that has greeted the NAACP, CORE and other racial groups. The Klan is a divisive organization that hinders the work of men of good will regardless of the color of their skin. The progress that has been made in Southeast Missouri In r e c e n t years could be undone with active Ku Klux Klan chapters. This is not the time nor the place for an organization that preaches racial hate and intolerance. Southeast Missouri needs only organizations that ire devoted to progress, tolerance and Christian charily. The Klin does not meet these qualifications. poverty. How many Cadillacs or vae- uum cleaners or pounds of paper can the United States expect to sell people whose concept of economic progress is not to starve to death? It may not matter directly to this generation of Americans, but a wjrld dominated by hunger and poverty and disease is a dangerous one to bequeath to the coming America. iiiiiHiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiiiiiiiiiifliiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiiniiiiiiiHiii Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Page Four Saturday, June 25, 1968 CHE COURIER NEWS fHE COURIER NEWS CO, a. w. BAINES RARRT A. HA1NRI Anlitlnt Publlibiir-EdltH PAUL D. BUMAN Admmini Mutt* Sat; NHIooil Adtenlilu RepreienUtlTt. W«llic« Wltmiir Co. N«w TOT*. .lc»to. Ditrolt AtUnu. Merapbte iM poitue nu M Blvthiiillr *Ark Member or the AsioclUed Frtii SUBSCRIPTION RATES B; cirrler In the cltj of Blytkc rllle or in? tubtirban <o«n* curler Mrrfct li ratlntilnei Me uti week II.N P«r nontb. 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