Insiders see White House bid for Jerry Brown in 1980 By OTTO KREISHER Copley News Service SACRAMENTO - There is a joke among Gov. Jerry Brown's aides and supporters these days that tells a lot about what these people are thinking. It consists of saying, "Four more years" while holding up two fingers. It is not that the Brown loyalists cannot count. It just indicates how long they think Brown's newly won four- year term should last. It is perfectly clear to these Brown insiders, as it is to most reporters who followed the governor's smashingly successful re-election campaign, that Brown still has his eye on the presidency and will make the run in 1980 if it appears at all possible to knock off President Carter. Brown, of course, continues to deny he has any immediate thoughts of running for president, insisting, "My focus is right here, I have a big job to do- However, he was making similar denials virtually up to the day he announced his entrance into the Democratic presidential primaries in 1976, so his denials are given no credence at all. Besides, in between denials of presidential plans. Brown is dropping such broad hints about his ambitions that they are impossible to overlook. In his victory statements and post election news conferences, Brown did not talk about his goal of cutting the cost of state government merely in terms of California, but in terms of a "new historic mission for the Democratic Party," as something presidents since the late Lyndon B. Johnson have talked about doing but failed to complete. It also is interesting to note that when he lists the political leaders who have talked about cutting the cost of government, only to preside over further increases, the only non- president he mentions is former Gov. Ronald Reagan, who is an active, though undeclared, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination Brown repeatedly says California can be "a model for the nation" on cutting the cost of government, increasing productivity of its workers and helping to curb inflalion which, he notes, is the No. 1 problem facing the nation. Not only does Brown talk about inflation and how California can help show the cure for that economic problem, but he began to talk during the closing days of his campaign of an economic "common market" for the United States, Canada and Mexico, and criticized, in a gentle way, the mistakes of the Carter adminstration which prevented an early American lock on Mexico's vast petroleum reserves. He also expounded on the expanding influence of Pacific rim nations, a group in which he includes California. At one point. Brown spoke in op position to the international arms race — hardly a subject of concern to most governors. When Brown says his focus is on the state, he is telling the truth since it will be important for him to stop the growth in government spending here before he starts trying to convince the nation's voters he can do it on a national basis. Meanwhile, a Democratic Party official and a reporter in New Hampshire say two men showed up at the state contention there in September and indicated in conversations with party activists that they represented Brown. They would not talk to reporters and, so far, their names are unknown. However, US. Sen Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has been in the state, which conducts the nation's first presidential primary. Brown frequently points to the gain in Mr. Carter's popularity since the Camp David Middle East peace accords and the popularity of Kennedy among Democratic voters as the reasons he is "lowering my expectations" about a presidential bid But he replies to a direct question on his presidential ambitions: "I'm not locking anything in, I'm not locking anything out." To the Brown supporters who hold up two fingers when they smilingly say "four more years," the emphasis obviously is on the fact that nothing has been locked out. "Forget the anchor-take in the sail!' Copley News Servici Editorial Did U.S. agencies take proper steps to safeguard Ryan party? —Is there a lesson to be learned from "Black Saturday" in Guyana that resulted in the death of Rep. Leo Ryan, and four members of his party and shortly thereafter the mass suicide and execution of 409 Peoples Temple members at Jonestown? We believe there is and that some good may result from this horrifying tragedy. A youthful commentator for Channel 9, KQED, San Francisco, summed up the entire situation Tuesday when he noted the attraction that a quasi-religious cult such as Peoples Temple might have for politicians who are well aware of such an organization's ability to deliver a block vote at the direction of its leader. He also made the observation that the Peoples Temple attorneys, Melvin Lane and Charles Garry, were opportunists who became aware of the possible publicity value of becoming associated with Peoples Temple. That such a cult could woo politicians like Assemblyman Willie Brown and San Francisco Mayor George Mosconi was clearly proven during a testimonial dinner that took place in San Francisco in 1976 with the late Jim Jones as the guest of honor. It is no wonder that Peoples Temple flourished both in San Francisco and Los Angeles before Jones and his flock chose to relocate in tiny Guyana. The unfortunate Ryan's chief aide, Joe Holzinger, was interviewed at length during the Channel 9 show as to what precautions had been taken through official channels to insure the safety of Ryan and the delegation of newsmen and concerned relatives. Holzinger repeatedly hedged and had great difficulty in satisfying the newsmen on the panel that he was providing candid answers. He never did tell the panel that several days before the delegation was scheduled to depart from the United States, Holzinger was thoroughly briefed by a former Daily Journal reporter who journied to Guyana last May and was immediately taken into protective custody by a Guyanese elite police force. The reporter spent 11 days in Georgetown, the capital city of Guyana, constantly harassed by delegations from Peoples Temple and constantly moved from one room to another in the Pegasus Hotel for what police believed to be for her safety. Nor did Holzinger state, although he may have not known, that the same reporter called Rep. Ryan in Georgetown the Friday night on which the delegation arrived in Georgetown, to inform the congressman that he should give serious thought to the dangers that awaited him if he carried out his stated intentions to interview the people at Jonestown. The^t^agic results have been well documented. And the Channel 9 commentator, and properly so, laid much of the blame on our own State Department which was apparently oblivious of the dangers of entry into Jonestown and of the possible fate of the Temple members in that colony. The lesson to be learned is that although our government is reluctant to interfere in religious matters, that a close watch must be kept on the activities of off-beat religious orders. Only in this way can a possible repetition of what occurred at Jonestown be avoided. Viewpoint UkiahDailq Journal 4—Friday, November 24, 1978 From Daily Journal readers Prep student relays views Ukiah, Calif. Editor, Ukiah Daily Journal: Response to letter from Vi Allen I was trying to express my views on how the board of trustees of the college . have spent funds already approved for the purpose of building a college was approved before the new high school. Why, then, do we have a new high school but no college' 1 Where has your sense of taxpaying dollars been during the years the college board has played with the subject of where to build the college? Why did they wait until the new high school was built before they thought that was an ideal location 11 I am a high school student. I really feel their age group would not be compatible with a college level age group. I think the new high school has more than enough problems without creating more. Perhaps you are right about good teachers, but no one can teach when you have over crowding and lack of adequate time idouble sessions). I will be a taxpayer some day. my parents already are. and I hope my children get a better education than my older brothers did from Ukiah high when they were on double sessions and over-crowded classrooms. Taxes are too high, but why criticize our new high school, why not criticize our inadequte welfare program. This is the only country in the world that pays people to be unproductive. There are many issues today we could discuss Perhaps when I am old I will agree with you, right now I feel I am entitled to a decent education as are future generations, Please don't try to downgrade my opinions, my dear Vi. Kathy Miller A future taxpayer UkiahDailu Journal 'Tell the truth and don t be afraid' J • rrti- M.ir k k ,i / morul Gwjnjt- Hunter f" (I (I M • ',r-qufir,i •"j-ir ^ F- ,i A/son F- rer| Ki-Hi7 f ' 1 • tor ,m <1 f-'ubl i shcr V<iri f icjin(j £ rjitor f ul.vf Fn.tor Arlvt-rt.s.nq U.n-r l 0 r tl ,iS'Mi.-M M.m.iq .T Pf oMijt t .on Sup! PublUhed daily except Saturday and cer loin holiday* by the Mendocino Publishing Co. of 590 S. School St., Ukiah, Mendocino County. California 95402 Subscription r«t «i Corrl»f rout..: »3 7J p., month. II JJ thr*« month* lit 10 li* monthi 1)) per year Auto roultl tj p«r month, It thr*« monthi. Ill tla monlhi life par y*v/ II' p*' copy ntMiifonrfi Telephone 468 0123 Barbs By [•Mil. I'ASTOKKT Recall when, if you were having a wonderful time, it was quite permissable to tell friends, "Gee, I feel gay today?" Loudest criticism of election results comes from the people who couldn't be bothered to turn up at the polls. Taking something for that cough won't help, most likely, but it will shut up your spouse. I'm open-minded — it's you who can shine a flashlight in one ear and have the light come out the other one. It's hard to maintain romantic remembrance of a hayride while still picking hay out of your socks three weeks later. When your dream girl starts to haunt you, you begin to understand why sleeping nostrums are so popular. Our boss grumps that his top salesman ought to go back in the toy business. When exercising your rights, make darned sure the other fellow hasn't been practicing up on his lefts. Americans 9 image of Japan has changed since World War II By EDWARD NEILAN Copley News Service WASHINGTON - Americans are quite knowledgeable about Japan and generally hold Japan and the Japanese people in high regard. Many of the negative stereotypes prevalent in the era of World War II have been replaced by a remarkably positive image of Japan and Japanese among Americans These are among the findings reported by George R Packard and William Watts in a study "The United States and Japan American Perceptions and Policies" which has just been published in the Policy Perspectives series by Potomac Associates of Washington DC. The study is adapted from the forthcoming book "Japan, Korea and China: American Perceptions and Policy Alternatives" by Watts, Packard, Ralph N. Clough and Robert B. Oxnam (Lexington Books, DC. Heath and Company). Despite all the furor over the emergence of China, it is American relations with Japan that will be the crucial element of the Pacific future. This study shows that Americans generally are better prepared in attitudes, outlook and information about Japan than many might have expected. For example, the study shows that Americans look upon Japan as a reliable friend and rank that nation near the top of the list as a nation important to U.S. global interests. Most Americans support maintaining U.S. troop levels in Japan at current or higher numbers. Further, according to the survey made in April 1978, at least one American in two favors coming to the defense of Japan with U.S. military might should Japan be attacked by either the Soviet Union or the People's Republic of China. TheNonly concern in the minds of Americans is over the trade imbalance between the two countries and its perceived effects on unemployment. The authors make a strong point for administration action to deal forcefully with the negative aspect of the relationship the trade imbalance. They write, "The generally warm view of Americans toward Japan and the Japanese holds much promise for the future. But this condition could be dissipated by an uncritical acceptance of the positive, and a failure to deal with those negatives that could sour the public outlook and generate a strong anti-Japanese trend both in the public at large and among their representatives on Capitol Hill." One interesting set of questions in this study concerned the importance of Europe versus Asia in the minds of Americans. Asked which nations were most important to the United States, 39 percent said Western Europe, 18 percent said "friendly nations of Asia" and another 29 percent said both were equally important. People in the 18 to 29 age group saw nations of Asia as more important than did any other group. As for individual countries, respondents in the poll were asked this question: "When it comes to pursuing our interests all around the world, how important do you think it is for the United States to try to get along well with each of the following countries - very important, fairly important, not so important, or not important at all?" Adding together those who answered "very important" and "fairly important" the list comes out with Canada on top with 88 percent, Soviet Union and Japan tied for second with 86 percent. Others receiving more than 60 percent were (in order): West Germany, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, People's Republic of China, Republic of China (Taiwan), Brazil, India, Cuba and South Korea. My own view is that the administration has been remiss in not working harder to improve the all- important relationship with Japan, which is recognized by Americans as vital to our interests.
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