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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, July 2, 1966
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All You Folks Out There Much has been said and written about a newspaper's responsibilities and Lord knows they are diverse and profound and no newspaper pwbably ever had the time, staff and money to get around to meeting all its challenges. However, there are certain citizen responsibilities, too, you know, which when properly discharged will be salutary for at least one small corner of America. And this fact, in a manner of speaking, puts the newspaper in team with the people, a position the newspaper assumes with joy and anticipation. So, since we're all in this thing together, it is a happy occasion whenever we hear from our partners. This week, we heard from two of them. One caller read the Luxora gambling clean-up story and had a question. If some gambling is illegal, is not all gambling illegal? If it is illegal, she inquired, for the folks to gamble in a place of business, is not it equally culpable to gamble anyplace else? Obviously, she had something there. She went on to say she had attended a bingo game in Luxora where one pot was worth |250. This, she allowed is gambling "even if it's done by the nice folks or the rich folks." The fact that the proceeds are going for a good cause, she argued, probably has nothing to do with the issue. "That fella that runs that pool hall probably uses his earnings for a good cause ... he probably feeds his family with it." What's the difference in some folks gambling and other folks gambling, she wanted to know. There's no difference. When bingo is played for money and prizes in games where cards are purchased, it's gambling and long has been recognized as such by the United States Post Office, which forbids mention of the fact in publications such as daily newspapers. Such bingo games, in Luxora and in Blytheville, are patently illegal, but have been in existence for years in violation of state laws. We hope bjngo players and bingo game promoters continue to live in peace, happiness and prosperity. But to call a spade the tool of ignorance and sweat which it is, bingo, where consideration is present, is gambling and gambling is illegal. However sad that may be, it's nonetheless true. The second contact of the week was with an unsigned letter-writer. Although unsigned notes will not be considered for publication, they are given consideration and if a person can't find it in his heart to sign his name, we still will appreciate the questions and comments from these anonyms. This letter points out that landowners in a recent litigation placed an ?800 an acre value on their property. The writer states that on the tax books of this county the values on fsrm land are far, far less and, the writer goes. on, "there is quite an inequity between farm land values against residences and commercial buildings in our county ... if you doubt it go see for yourself." We don't doubt it because we've been to see for ourself. We've even taken the pains to write several editorials on it, not that we think anything will come of it... of the editorials or the discrepency In property valuations for tax purposes. JACOBY ON BRIDGE Hie duck pity it someUmei just u valuable tt • luit contract as in no • trump. It U a lot harder to recegntoe. South loft no time playing dummy's ace of diamonds on Weil's tern He lost a good deal of time trying to make the contract later'on. At trick two he led a trump West took his ace and led a second diamond. South ruffed and started to draw trumps When East showed out on the third trump lead Souft came to a complete stop. Finally he did draw West's last trump but he had to use his own last trump to do it. Then he led a heart.- East took his ace and cashed his .last three diamonds for down two. If South had recognized the possibility of ducking his first diamond in order to cut communications he would have made the hand. Furthermore, he could duck without losing a trick. Barring something unusual one of his three clubs was going to be a sure loser eventually. Suppose South ducks the first diamond. If East holds a six- card suit he can give bis partner a ruff but with six diamonds to the king - queen - jack the. chances are that East would have found a diamond rebid. So South ducks the first diamond and discards a club on the second diamond. Then he knocks out West's ace of trumps. West can't lead a diamond to force South and South makes his game. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier News Page Four Saturday, July 2, J968 NORTH A 100 VQ104 « A654S *K62 WEST EAST AA541 • 102 + 8875 (D) . . •KQJIt *QJ4 SOUTH VCQ.T98 .. •' VKi'SS 47 . . . . *A103 . . .North-South vulnerable Wett North East South 1* Dblt Pass 1N.T. Pass 24 Pass 34 Pass 4 4 Past Past Pass Opening lead— 4> 10 15 Years -InBlythwIlh Blytheville,will be the site of the Arkansas - Missouri Cotton Dinners Association and W. Kemper Bruton, formerly of Blytheville, will return as the executive secretary of the organization, it was announced today by J. P. Ross, association president. Mrs. H. 6. Reichel has returned from a buyers trip to Dallas and Los Angeles. Russell Campbell and daughter Jeanne and Shirley Barksdale are spending several days on their houseboat on Lake Nor- oik. Richard Osborne is undergoing reatment at Walls Hospital. Pvt, Richard Lum of Camp Chaffee is spending a 12-day eave with relatives here. •iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii niiiiiiiiiiininiiiniiniiiiiiiiiniH Strictly a Matter of Opinion Pine Bluff Commercial Now that the Civilrighters are erecting a power structure of their own, they're doing what others do with their power structure — maneuvering to control it. No sooner had James Meredith been gunned down than the maneuverers raced to his bedside. It was pretty much a three - way draw between the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's standard bearer (Martin Luther King) and the Congress of Racial Equality's starter (Floyd McKissick) and the Student Nonviolent Co - ordi- nating Committee's new entry (Stokely Carmidiael). The Na- iional Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has become the Old Fuddyduddy of The Movement, wasn't represented and the Urban League night as well be a Double A baseball combine for all its relevance to Negro militance today. Undeterred by some unenthusiastic comments from Mississippi's NAACP and James Meredith himself, th« three - headed march contniues to pick up publicity, marchers and even some mileage. Martin Luther King is getting the play he missed at the White House Conference on Civil Rights and CORE may yet be able to demonstrate its way out of bankruptcy. These are aot unusual, objectives but Stokely Carmichaers leadership is a new departure for The Movement. Unlike the other leaders of the march, he has dismissed the current move toward racial integration as irrelevant and he refuses to rule out violence as an acceptable possibility. Over the weekend, Mr. Carmichael contributed another item to the What's In a Name? 'Department: The new chairman of the Student Nonviolent Co • ordinating Committee said that bis group's nonviolence was only tactical. SNCC was a loosely organized group to begin with and under Mr. Carmichael it is becoming a violently non - coordinated committee. Stokely Carmichael's ideas — his non - nonviolent stance and his opposition to integrating the agitatees with Hie rest of the population — would be perfectly orthodox in any non -American agitator. There is nothing unorthodox or unreal in Mr. Carmichael's line of thought except and a lot in Asia and Africa (And the closest tiling America has to a native population is the one group that may have been victimized more than the Negroes.) The White Menace is an amorphous target in this coun. try, particularly when some of The Movement's most hardnos- ed members tuin out to be palefaces. Mr. Carmichael says that the solution to the Negroes' problems is to achieve political power. Black Power may be a stirring slogan, but it breaks down into shades of gray in practice. How deal with the whites in The Movement, in Congress, in the White House, in tiie churches who insist on helping the Negro achieve his political rights? What about those areas of the country where Negroes do not have a numerical majority? And what happens when, as in Tuskegee, Alabama, fiie Negroes achieve numerical dominance at the polls but insist on sharing political power with their white neighbors? Why should the Black Power Structure prove any less divided than the white one is? Why should the Negroes in the Black Belt, once in power, be any more united than Martin Luther King and Floyd McKissick and Stokely Carmichael and Roy Wilkins and whoever it is who heads the Urban League? If Stokely Carmichael were out to seize power in an authoritarian state, his theories would be applicable to reality. But there are restraints on power that even those in charge (whatever their complexion) must observe in a democracy. Mr. Carmichael is given to that he is America. expounding it in In America, there is no clearly defined and dominant native group to agitate against; there is only a majority of minorities from every country in Europe Citing the history of other ethnic groups in America — Irish, Jewish, Italian — as an example for Negroes to, follow. True (here was a time when everything from trade unions to the Dolice force was organized as nuch along ethnic as craft lines, )ut Mr. Carmichael has arrived on the scene some fifty years too late to join that arrangement. It is gone. If America were still a network of distinct ethnic communities, the examples iie cites might be relevant. But, what with military conscription and public schools, the old differences are disappearing in the melting pot. Not all police men are Irish and David Dubinsky's International Ladies Garment Workers Union is becoming a Puerto Rican outfit. And a restirctive immigration policy has cut off the old waves of newcomers who used to keep ethnic differences slive. miiiwiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiN^ Differences may live on In dialect jokes or gestures like Congress's annual observance of Ruthenian Independence Day, but the closest that ethnic groups come to wielding power these days is the traditionally balanced ticket, as in New York's line • up of Lefkowitz Fino - and - Gilhooley the other year. (They lost.) The mayor of New York today comes from the most unorganized and indistinct ethnic minority in that city: John V. Lindsay is a white Anglo - Saxon Protestant. Only in America... If Mr. Carmichael seeks political guestures like an occasional Negro congressman, appealing to ethnic solidarity may work- it does in Harlem and a part of Chicago, where the congressman happens to be Negro. But that is a far cry from Black Power or anything else revolutionary. If he is out to build an all- Negro society or one dominated by Black Power, Mr. Carmichael is fighting the tide of American history. And the American Negro, unlike minority groups in other societies, cannot be separated from that society. His religion, culture, achievements j and thought are American and, I more specifically, Southern j American. Jazz and the Negro spiritual are as American as Uncle Remus. When Negroes study their heroes, they must turn to Cris)us Attacks at Bunker Hill and 3eorge Washington Carver, who rescued tiie Southern economy with the peanut. The Negro's vocal demands for his rights is a ;ign of his assimilation rather than alienation. Stokely Carmichael might have made a realistic leader ong ago or in another country. Jut here and now his ideas run aground on The American Experience. Warren Eagle Democrat Whether you like him or not, or whether,you agree with justice Jim Johnson that he is a tool of "The Interests," it appears that Frank Holt is becoming more and more the man to beat in this summer's Democratic primaries for Governor. Holt has several things going for him: 1. He has a name that has been a vote • getting name in Arkansas politics for many years. In Louisiana, one can even survive having the given name of "Speedy 0." If h i s last name is Long. The same, Ill 1 to a lesser degree, applies to the surname of Holt. 2. Frank has the advantage held by many graduates of the University of Arkansas: he has friends of long standing spread throughout the State — and some of them are persons of considerable power and influence, like Gold's farmer-banker Howard Holthoff, Holt's co- Campaign manager. 3. He projects well on television. Some of the candidates (there are two running for Congress) should do everything possible to stay off television. The medium just wasn't made for some people — Richard M. Nixon, for example. But if you look good on TV (like the late Jack Kennedy, like Frank Holt or Frank Broyles) it's a great help. He has other attributes for South Arkansas people. He is the first candidate in a long time to actively seek votes from our stepchild of an area. He is the first candidate in a long time to staff his campaign at the top level with South Arkansas men (Holthoff of Gould, John A. Davis, III of Pine Bluff.) This doesn't amount to an endorsement of Frank Holt by this newspaper. It does amount to the observation that he is ahead in the rac« and that it will take lots of kick by the others to catch him from behind by late next month. Benton Courier Doily Eight gubernatorial cand dates* lined up on a patform at Arkansas State Colege las Saturday and engaged in a ham to-hand game of comparative politics. It was a revealing session from many standpoints. Six Democrats and two Re publicans took part in the panel The only missing candidate was Sam B o y c e, who was busy launching his campaign else where. That meant that Dale Alford Jim Johnson, Raymond Rebas men, Frank Holt, Kenneth Sul cer and Brooks Hays were there to represent the Democrat!' viewpoint while Winthrop Rock efeller and Gus McMillan were the GOP standard bearers. We exerted every effort to clear our minds of preconcep tions and listen as each candidate spoke in turn and thereby attempted to select the man whom we thought would be the aest possible governor of Arkansas. We were watching and listening for what they said, how :hey said it and what appeared * '0 196* by Mi, IK. You'n not rte oiily one wondering how came Bcbbf Ktnndjf gets to much good publicity" to underlie the words. s It was a good test because of the direct. comparison among the candidates, most of whom we had never heard in person previously. In all fairness and as objectively stated as we can make it, the man who stood out head and shoulders as a prospective governor was Winthrop Rockefeller. As far as we are concerned, this was no obvious conclusion. We have been lukewarm in our support for Rockefeller. We've never subscribed to the idea of a change for the sheer beck of it ... and during the last campaign, Rockefeller frankly failed to stir much enthusiasm, even when we were wishing most strongy feat he would. He seemed almost the man but not quite ... minus some indefinable key piece. Whatever was missing, Rockefeller looks, acts and sounds like he has located it. Anybody who truly listened (and looked) at those eight men sitting on the same platform in Jonesboro last Saturday absolutely had to see that Winthrop Rockefeller was in a class by limself in comparison with the other seven. There is an underying vibrancy that approaches down-righl passion in Rockefeller's utterances. The man wants to be governor of Arkansas with every fibre. You can bet that if le wins, he'll drive himself to iie limit of his resources to Justify his election. And that absolutely must work o the overwhelming benefit of the people of Arkansas. The issue is so clear cut, the jotential so great, that consideration of whether Rockefeller s a Democrat or Republican mcomes awfully unimportant if rou're considering the best in- erest of Arkansas. By all indications, the best we could have reason to ex- >ect from Sie Democratic gubernatorial candidates is more of what we have. It could turn out to be even ess. Here is our nutshell impres- ion of the candidates: Dale Alford: A man in love with the sound of his own voice, stentorian windbag with noth- ng constructive to offer. Jim Johnson: A crafty speaker who blends in whiff of Bob Burns to flavor his common- ilace but artfully contrived expressions. He'll make a good ountrystyle speaker and could be a winner in ttie Democratic jrimary. Kenneth Sulcer: A man of over-quick with his over-positive answers to everything. Brooks Hays: You can hear dry papers crackling under thin white fingers when he talks. Everything about him is dry — his manner, his speech, his philosophy. He has poise and experience but no spark. Gus McMillan: A complete windjammer who winds up like a country preacher and goes on and on — tastelessly. Frank Holt: Everything to everyone. A smooth and accomplished politician who manages to avoid extremes in either direction. The type of man anyone can vote for. He's the likely Democratic winner. He offers a routine governorship with little rocking of the boat. Raymond Rebsamen: A nice seeming gentlemen and a prov- en business success who makes yoy wonder what on earth he's doing in the race. He gives lit- te indication of making a serious effort to win the Democratic nomination ... and doesn't act like he'll be too disappointed when he doesn't. He'll probably withdraw before the primary. If you wanted to generalize on the nature of the candidates, you might well picture the Democratic contenders as "average" or "typical" politicians ... and Rockefeller as the outstanding, uncommon hopeful who stands taller than the pack. Therefore, the choice bollz down to repetitious, familiar state government ... or government based on the expectation of much better things. November will tell. Arkansas Outlook Official Publication of The Arkansas Republican Party incerity who .'an't recite the phabet without sounding rad- csl. He comes on too strong, is Ever since the voter registration system was approved by the people of Arkansas in November, 1964 the political machine has tried just about everything to keep it from going into effect as adopted. In the early months of 1965, there were countless delays cuased by foot-dragging officials who were reluctant to relinquish the control that had been theirs under the old poll tax system. Finally, registration was start ed . . . but still, hardly a month passes that the rules and regu lations of Amendment 51 are not questioned. Attorney General Bruce Bennett seems to take great delight in taking issue with the people of Arkansas. He wants to change the rules to suit his own purposes. His latest caper involves a ruling on what justifies a man's residence. Bennett says that a person does not have to live in the county where he is register- that county to be his place of residence. * * » Amendment 51 states that "It shall be the duty of the permanent registrar to cancel the regisration of voters ... who lave changed their residence to an address outside the county." The regulations for voter registration were specifically designed to prevent people from voting in places OTHER than in the precinct where they live. This ruling guards against fraudulent absentee voting. Bennett's ruling would incorporate into the new system all he flaws of the old one. We concur with Jerry Thomasson who says: "It is unfortunate that he (Bennett) does not approve of Amendment 51, and insists on trying to change it instead of implementing it to make it workable." Do the people of Arkansas really have a voice? If they do. then Mr. Bennett doesn't choose to listen. Maybe they can get their "message" across on November 8 if Brucs lucks out in the primary. 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