Ministers and Liz Taylor One day this summer, a group of concerned citizens appeared at a meeting: of Blytheville's Ministerial Alliance and put forward a case for clean motion pictures. The Alliance responded with a civic cliche: they appointed a committee to study the problem. Although the appointment of a committee is predictable whenever civic types face a crisis, it is, after all, the pragmatic thing to do. In the case of the Ministerial Alliance's confrontation with the simulated likes of Elizabeth Taylor, we feel it most proper that they appointed a committee. The situation is rather odd, due to the generally high quality of the bill of fare at local theaters. Of course, what with the way things are in Hollywood and Home and the other places where pictures are made, the film exhibitor is hard put to show a month's movies without offending someone. But on the brighter side, the Ritz seems to opt for all the better movies — Walt Disney and the like. By comparison with movie houses In other towns, the Ritz comes off quite well. Although it shows such crowd- pulling attractions as those empty- headed, brilliantly photographed James Bond things, it is not in the "Adult" theater business and for that, we take it, everyone is properly grateful. Ritz programming generally is respectable if not entirely free of boy-girl film situations calculated to put egg in your leer. The fact is, the Ritz would have to dig deep in the barrel of re-releases and late show material to free its film offerings of these juvenile innuendos about sex (a topic, by the way, in which the American public is much interested). We would suggest that anyone who is looking to the Bits Theater as an agency for maintaining the morality of our young people in the immaculatft- ness to which we would like to have it accustomed is misplacing emphasis and interest. The Ritz, whatever else it might do, is not in the business of raising children or teaching morality (although for many years it has served as a babysitter for children aged three to 18). There is no Constitutional privilege involved in attending a picture show. There is no reason why young people (or older ones, for that matter) are entitled to see every movie shown here or even one movie a week. There are times when the young people should not be watching television. When those times come, a parent should refuse permission to attend a movie and turn off the television set, if the parent feels his child is not equipped (by virtue of age or emotional stability) to deal with the material th« child might see. This probably is an over simplification. But if the Ritz committed itself to nothing but eight hours a day of Wait Disney and re-runs of Pathe News, the sexual morality index of teen-agers wouldn't rise one point. It would be quite convenient if morality were that obvious a thing. Most seek to achieve moral honesty during a lifetime. All who do, however, launch their search from the attitudes they found in the home . . . not in a book or a theater. JACOBS ON BRIDGE OVERHAUL TME "c«mtlfl| hand" represents bridge (bought •t its best. It also it fsirly easy If you get in the bibljt of it«rt- Ing your count •arty'tad bear to mind that when you know how many cards a player holds in three sulti then by simple aublractioi. from 1J you know the total in the fourth. Everyone at the table except South scraped the bottom of the barrel in order to find bids. With 19 high card points, South was well within bounds when he jumped to three no-trump. South won the second heart and went to dummy with the queen of clubs In order to lead the ten of diamonds for a finesse. West won with the kind and, for want of anything better to do, returned the suit. Usually, when both sides play the same suit one is wrong but this time both sides were playing correctly. South checked off two hearts for West. Had West held another heart, West would have led that suit, South rah the rest of his diamonds while West fol lowed. South checked off four diamonds. Then South took his ace and king of clubs and checked Off two clubs when West discarded on the last club lead. This meant that West had started with five spades an was still holding four of them. East therefore held only one spade. South played his king of Ipades. West took his ace and led the suit back. He couldn't do anything else because he was down to spades. South ducked in dummy and let the trick ride around to his ten spot. There was no danger in the play. South knew that East had no *Q«« WIST BAST 4AJ0M *« *J10»4 SOUTH (D) *X10S + 75 4AJ98 +AK32 Both vulnerable Wet* N«rik Ewt ftmth . . ,-. 1* 1* .»» ...J» 3N.T. Fan F»i Pass Opening- le»*-» 8. more spades just as surely at if East had exposed his hand. 75 Years Ago -In Blythtvilb Mrs. Worth Holder, Mrs. Jim Smart and Mrs. Newton Whitis were guests for an afternoon ot bridge at the Coleman Stevens home when Mrs. Stevens entertained the La Neuve Club. Over 100 guests called last night at the First Christian Church to greet Rev. and Mrs. James Rainwater and family who recently moved to Blytheville to make their home. They formerly resided in Danville, Va. Cpl. R. A. Friend who is stationed at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., is spending a furlough here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Friend. Blytheville (Ark.) Courier Newi Saturday, July 9, 1M6 Page Four : ' ' ' s ('•'" " ''"'"•^"•'•"""""iHMiiuimumiimiummiMiimiimimimiiJM^u'aiimimiminiiENiiim^ Strictly a Matter of Opinion Poragould Daily Press Paragoud's City Council Is studying a contract whereby an organization of specialists and professionals would formulate a "workable program" of community projects and then develop a master plan designed to obtain federal assistance on ttese projects. Community planning is nothing new — and, it encompas- ses a number of municipal needs — proper land use, traffic control, off - street parking, zoning, population studies, etc. This is the day of p 1 a n n e d growth for communities. Progress takes a planned program which sets certain goals for the community in the years to come Good communities no longer "just grow" like Topsy. And, those communities that have a Phil Mullen In The Oseeola Times In the recent years of tl Civil Rights turmoil, Mississi pians have bitterly proteste< that the national news med slanted its reports to creat sympathy for the agitators an to put the Southern white peop in the worst possible light. We, as a Mississippi newsma didn't always go along wit this viewpoint, believeing th the top reporters of the countr; are professionals, with ethic: who reported what they sa And in many cases where vi lence erupted, the scene was a despicable as it was reporte However, It always was tru that the violence was what th newsmen headlined, particula ly did television report nothin else, and seldom were the pr vocation and extenuating ci cumstances and conditions in eluded in the news stories broadcasts. Much of the reporting, las week, upon the trouble in ou old hometown of Canton, Miss was a clear cut example of how only the side of the agitator was presented and it looked bad very bad, for Canton. It took only a phone call I secure the true facts and Canton should not have been so sland ered. The advance party for the Mer edith Marchers came to Canton and was offered at least two adequate sites for their camp both with electric power a n < told they could not camp on the grounds of McVeal School, an at- iractive, well • kept school. Later, the agitators drove their truck to the school and started setting up their tents. Two policemen arrested 11 of them. Later that day the agitators were released and were given their truck and tents were given idea they would go to one of the offered shies. That afternoon, Martin Luther King came to Canton and declared that the school site would (w used., He made one of his iches and col- Infiammatory specel lected a mob of some 2,000 chanting, yelling, belligerent Negroes. Then was when the state troopers were called in to con- comprehensive city plan to go'ity rate in relation to the high- by find that ftey do have many distinct advantages. They, for the most part, go through growing pains without a lot of the ugliness that sprouts up when a community "shoots up" willy nilly and without planning. The federal and state governments have long recognized this fact and offer assistance, financial and otherwise. Professional guidance is a necessary and vital part of community planning — along with long thought and study by people in the community. These firms that specialize in planning study and make comprehensive surveys of what a community needs in the way of public improvements and then help local people develop the master plan. The firm is paid a fee for handling and planning the tain the mob and, inescapably, I projects in the program. some of the frenzied mobsters it's this simple. The i were roughed-up. No Canton white people took part hi this and, In fact, Canton people ignored the agitators, die not Indulge In any spoken insults, merely resigned themselves to "survive." The entire affair hi Canton was a planned provocation of police action to capture the deadlines and the television cameras which it did. None of the news stories, not even in the Commercial Appeal, explained how Canton officials tried to cooperate, as much as [hey disliked and resented the entire affair. Sheriff Jack Cauthen, of Canton, and Charles Snodgrass, lead of the Highway Patrolmen on the scene, never mistreated a Negro in their lives. But they are good police officers who can handle most any situation. We called Bill Street, assis- ant tri-state editor Of the Commercial Appeal, on Saturday, and he said he did not know he true facts but that he would ave a story in Tuesday's paper bout them. What we can't understand is why Governor Paul Johnson It's this simple. The communities in Arkansas — and elsewhere — showing the greatest industrial growth and the greatest progress we those communities in which there has been comprehensive planning. The community has its blueprint for progress on the drawing board — and, being followed. A comprehensive city plan for Paragould is a must if Paragould is to grow in an orderly fashion. oesn't put a public relations Xpert — perhaps Erie Johnston — at scenes like this to work Eudora Enterprise One hundred and ninety years ago, the Liberty bell rang out ;o proclaim the Declaration of Independence to the American colonists, marking an entirely new concept in the development of human progress. The immortal words of Thomas Jefferson asserted that "all men are created equal" and "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights ... life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Just what does Independence Day mean to us today? Is it just another day off ... a long weekend ... a parade or fireworks display? The celebrating of Independence Day can be more deadly ith the national news media so than the war it commemorates. lat at least part of the true eture can be presented. From what we hear, the people Canton have accepted the ew Civil Rights laws and are trying their best to live with em, no matter how hard it ay be tor them In this radical eparture from the customs ey have known for three gen- ations. ; Perhaps they, also, need a blic relations man. They once d one. For example, from 1900 to 1930 more Americans were killed (4,290) and more maimed (96,000) by fireworks than were killed in the eight-year Revolutionary War in which we losi 4,044 killed and 6,188 seriously wounded. Public display accidents now account for one-third of all ma- ior injuries from fireworks. Accidents on the highways continue to take their ever-increaa- ingly deathly toll, but the fatal- way mileage is decreasing. Let us take a minute to pause and reflect on the basic precepts which are as true today as they were that memorable day In Philadelphia. Make this a safe and sane holiday, so we may live to enjoy the guarantees of freedom, and retain them in our minds, hearts and deeds. Doily Dunklin Democrat One of the greatest needs of file Bootheel is in the field of inter • community communications, a so-called meeting of the minds from the various cities and towns that make up this area of the state. For as we have noted before, one of the most conspicuous characteristics of the Bootheel is its community rivalries and jealousies. An example of how this community suspicion can be overcome is the recently - formed Highway 25 Association. When community leaders got together vainly, for other ways to end | lem of the Bootheel. Ways could | and direction? this community jealousy and rivalry. All start with the premise that such differences are harmful to the Bootheel as a whole. Most recognize that while high school football rivalries are unavoidable, and perhaps even beneficial, the lack of inter-community cooperation is basically harmful to the Bootheel.. This much is certain: the start to end this rivalry must, of necessity, be slow and perhaps even painful at times. The jealousies will not evaporate overnight just because some would will it. More will be required; small steps lead to bigger ones. One way in which initial steps could be taken can be seen in Northwest Missouri. There, mayors from throughout that area of the state have formed a regional mayor's association, designed to p r o v i d e forums for these officials to discuss mutual problems and attempt to find solutions to common ones. The same type of association could well be adopted here in he Bootheel. This area's ma- be devised, we believe, to es-; The answer of the vast major- tablish better relations, and bet-! ity of the American people is, in ter communications, between the towns and cities of the Bootheel. The end result of a mayors' association would be mutual un- our opinion: Let's end it by reasonable negotiation if humanly possibly. If the enemy still stubbornly refuses to talk peace, and if other nations refuse to help derstanding and perhaps mutual i bring it about, then let's seek involvement in not only local but regional problems as well. It's certainy worth a try. to form the association, they yors do possess many of t h e found they not only liked each other, they also discovered they could easily forget community rivalry in the interests of the area as a whole. Some persons have sought, same problems, and inter-city communications could be used to find some answers. Hopefully mayors in the Boot- heel could make some real inroads in solving this basic prob- lilllillirililllilllllllllllllllliilliiiailllilllllilllllllim iiiiiniiiiiiiHipiiiiiiii •iiiHiininiiiiiiniB Southwest American The angry denunciations from the North Vietnam Communists over the wiping out of oii and dock resources there by American bombers could be expected. Those from other nations and other sources are harder to understand. Take a realistic look at the situation: The United States did not start this conflict. And it has tried in every way possible to bring about a peaceful settlement of the fighting. The North Vietnam government has scorned every approach. And some other red leaders have cheered on the rejections. Others have refused or failed to bring pressure on North Vietnam to join in negotiations for a settlement. What did they expect? Did they believe that this country would go on forever letting the enemy set the terms of semi - primitive combat on jungle trails in South Vietnam, while the real enemy sat safe and protected in his "privileged sanctuary" across the border? Certainly we share the oft-ex- expressed fear of the dangers of a spreading conflict. Certainly, as others do, we deplore the destruction and suf fering resulting from war — in any and all lands. Certainly, as the protesters do we dread the possibility thai nuclear weapons, the very exis :ence of which is unfortunate, might come into play if certair other nations eventually entered the war. But it's still true that this already is war. And that many ol the men, the weapons, the explosives — and the orders — that already have adopted the system include Eudora and Warren and Dumas an Monticello Now Dermott, too, is considering fluoridalion — an economical, simple and comprehensive health measure backed by the American Dental Association. Also comprehensive is the case with bombs and fire to destroy j that leading dentists and doe- his power and his resources and force the fighting to a conclusion. Most of the people in this country, we believe — since the nation is already at war and it seems can't avoid it — are tired of pulling punches! Pine Bluff Commercial Cities in Southeast Arkansas throughout the country have made for this simple but effective way to fight what is one of the most prevalent ills in the country — dental caries. To repeat: Eudora and Warren and Dumas and Monticello and Sheridan an Star City are on the roll call. Dermott is considering joining. Why not Pin* Bluff? Pine Bluff Commercial which have been responsible for the increasing stream of young Americans coming home in boxes or maimed for life have '••* come from North Vietnam. And still are coming. Ignoring that situation makes ) sense. So now the nation teems to be facing the stark question: Do we continue a combat only In the forests and jungle on enemy terms and withhold destruction from his home base of supplies Leave It to Orval Faubus. to come up with the craftiest story yet to excuse Orval Faubus. On a television show this week, Governor Faubus gave one of his usual star performances. By the time he finished explaining why he had given a private horse show $20,000 of the state's money, it appeared that he had actually saved $10,000 of the taxpayers funds. If Mr. Faubus should take up selling used cars in his eagerly awaited retirement he could put Detroit out of business in a year: No one would ever want a new car again when they could buy one of Orval's specials. You see, according to the governor's explanation last night, his giving the horse show $20,000 somehow prevented the show from using the $30,000 appropriated for it by the legislature. The next morning, and not before then, we began to wonder what ever happened to that $30,000 if it wasn't used by the horse show. Was it returned to the state? When? Where? Why hadn't anybody said so before? Where's the money now? How did Mr. Faubus get the horse show promoters to take only $20,000 when if his story is right, they could have gotten $30,000? It's questions like these that occur to the customer only after he's swallowed the product and the salesman's gone. The governor offered still another explanation for the horse show deal before he left the air. This one we caught on to even before his image had faded. (Probably because we are always suspicious of people who offer you more than one explanation for things. When a man says he can't go fishing next week-end because his broth IlilllllilllllilHM^^ er-ln-law's going to be In town. that's that. But when he says that he can't go to church this Sunday because his car broke down and he's go a cold and a lot of other things, our eyebrows tend to elevate.) Anyway, Mr. Faubus' subsidiary explanation for that $20,000 deal is that the horse show wasn't a private but .a public - spirited endeavor, like the Children's Colony, and therefore deserved public funds. (That's what he compared the horse show to, all right, Te Children's Colony ) Our immediate reaction was to assume that Orval Faubus can't tell the difference between a crippled child and a horse. But then we thought better of it: The trouble is, judging by the explanations he comes up with, is that he thinks the oeople of this state can't. THE BLYTHEVILLE COURIER NEWS THE COURIER NEWS CO. y, "A'NES, PUBLISHER HARRY A. HAINES *«slstant Publisher-Editor PAUL D. 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